Suburb Profile

Suburb Profiles


Normanville, established in 1849, is a seaside town home to many shipwrecks along its coastline. The foreshore at Normanville is first class and the beach and heritage listed sand dune system beckons many visitors to the area each year. A range of shopping, art and craft, accommodation including two large caravan parks and eating options makes Normanville a favourite holiday destination all year round. Golf, horseriding, walking, cycling and fishing are other pursuits that are enjoyed. A growing population made up of retirees, the locally employed and those happy to commute to the Southern Suburbs of Adelaide makes for a vibrant and healthy local economy. 


Yankalilla has a village atmosphere and is nestled in the valley of the Bungala River. This quaint historical town is home to the Shrine of our Lady of Yankalilla. The Agricultural Museum at Yankalilla is well worth a visit and is open every Sunday afternoon. A walk along the tree lined streets viewing its rural architecture, cottage gardens and chatting to local folk will please. The local area School is excellent with classes through to year 12. Sporting grounds are extensive and there is a growing business district including supermarket, banks and cafes servicing the visitors, locals and the wider farming community. 


It is believed that the name came from the Kaurna language from the expression Karra-kalya-ngga meaning 'place of red gum firewood'. Carrickalinga has been a favourite holiday destination for many years. Golden beaches, calm seas, memorable sunsets and beach fishing and crabbing make Carrickalinga a very popular retreat for families. Numerous private and rental holiday homes cater for thousands of visitors each year.

Second Valley

Second Valley is located just of Main South Road between Rapid Bay and Normanville. It was originally named Finniss Valley by Colonel Light, however in later years locals began to call Rapid Bay first valley and Finniss Valley as the second valley and the name has remained. The sheer cliffs and steep coastal range, popular fishing jetty, old boat sheds and quaint swimming cove attract not only families, but also those seeking artistic fulfilment. Wander along the pathway leading south from the Jetty, noting examples of extreme geological folding in the cliffs. A caravan park, general store and a number of rental holiday homes cater to visitor needs.

Rapid Bay

Rapid Bay is where Colonel Light first stepped ashore on the new colony. He named the bay after his ship the HMS Rapid He recorded the event by engraving his initials and date on a boulder, now incorporated into a beachside monument. Rapid Bay was once the centre for limestone mining however is now more well known for its extremely long jetty and the fishing and diving opportunities that prevail. The endangered Leafy Sea Dragon has made Rapid Bay its home and is a major reason why Rapid Bay attracts so many divers.