If we are honest, Adelaide’s beaches are pretty tame. Stunning but tame. Most of us from the city of churches haven’t seen a wave bigger than a ripple. We have beautiful, world-class beaches but for the wild ones amongst us, we need to look incredibly hard for an adrenaline rush.
SECOND VALLEY CLIFF JUMPING
Second Valley might just seem like a quiet coastal town on the Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia, perfect for a family holiday. However, hidden along the coastline of Second Valley is one of the best cliff jumps within close proximity to Adelaide.
When you arrive at Second Valley park in the car park, head down towards the jetty skipping the little beach to your right. The jetty is usually deep enough to jump from and acts as a good warm-up for what is to come. Don’t take my word for the depth of the water as it is the ocean and can change. Do a quick check first to be safe.
After hanging out and getting a few jumps in on the jetty for a while we headed to the cliff jump. To get there, head left from the jetty. A worn trail will lead you along the coast and up the rocks. Many people did the walk-in with flip-flops but I would recommend shoes to walk, climb and jump in.
Second Valley Cliff Jumping
When you arrive at the spot pictured below you will need to clamber down the cliff, which isn’t too steep, and swim across the gap to the other side. From here there are two common jumps. The first jump is about 6 meters or 19ft. approximately and I would say it is relatively safe with a good depth below it and you don’t need to push off too far to clear the cliff. As I mentioned before check the conditions and only attempt it if you feel comfortable and confident.
This is me backflipping from 20ft.
If you climb further up from the first jump there is a small ledge that hangs over the edge enough to enable you to jump from 15 meters or 50ft. This jump is more dangerous as you need to push off a little further and there is a part of the cliff that sticks out a little that you need to miss. Having said that it wasn’t a difficult jump, just push off and land steadily.
This is me jumping from 50ft.
This is definitely one of the best places within day-trip distance of Adelaide. I would head down on a calm, sunny day. That way you are jumping into crystal clear water and you don’t get washed up onto the rocks. If it’s hot it means you can hang out on the rocks, enjoy some drinks and food and make a day of this perfect little spot on the coast.
I’ve written a short guide you might be interested in about some of the best cliff jumping spots in Adelaide.
What are my favorite pieces of gear for the beach?
There are three pieces of gear that I simply never forget when I go on a beach adventure. These are three items that I using right now and this list gets updated every year! Here are my beach essentials.
- PackTowl Quick-Dry Towel: A quick-dry towel is a must for travelers. It hardly takes up any room and dries in seconds.
- Osprey Ultralight Dry Sack: The beach can be a great place to ruin your precious gear so having this ultralight dry sack for cameras, phones and valuables mean you have a safe place to store everything.
- GoPro Hero 10: The best and easiest way to capture your underwater and snorkeling adventures.
Second Valley Map
I’ve pinned the location below for Second Valley, which is about 75 minutes from the city of Adelaide.
I hope you enjoyed this guide about cliff jumping at Second Valley.
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