10 Great Ideas for Things To Do In Moana

kids surfing lessons in Moana

If you love doing great outdoor activities, Moana situated on the coast 40 minutes south of Central Adelaide is a great place to get some fresh air, make use of the wide range of leisure activities or try something new!

In recent times, urban sprawl has reached Moana and therefore it is now considered a southern suburb of South Australia’s largest city.

We suggest ‘10 Great Ideas for Things To Do in Moana’ if you come to this popular region.

1. Marion Coastal Walking Trail

This clifftop trail set in the Marion Coastal Park is 7.2 kilometres oneway from Marino in the north to the Hallett Headland Reserve. Its environment is unique in the metropolitan area, with its rugged cliffs, small coves and a rocky coast.

It also features world famous geological formations at Hallett Cove, important sites of remnant coastal vegetation, and the significant cultural presence of the Tjilbruke Dreaming. The trail has boardwalks for access and there are pieces of community art placed along the walkway.

For a copy of the walking trail map, go to https://www.marion.sa.gov.au/coastal-walking-trail

2. McLaren Vale Wine & Food District

The McLaren Vale region is a honeypot of top South Australian wineries with over 70 vineyards producing and selling top Australian wines. Moana is a good base for visiting the McLaren Vale wineries where you can enjoy lunch at vineyard restaurants and wine tasting.

3. Fishing

Moana is one of just a few beaches where you can legally drive and park right on the sand, so it’s a popular spot to head to for a day out fishing. Take your esky, a comfy fishing chair and reel ‘em in!

4. Jubilee Adventure Playground

Located in Port Noarlunga just north of Moana, this adventure playground is sure to burn off energy in your little ones with a range of fun play equipment such as monkey bars, slides, swings and bridges.

Families are well catered for with park facilities including barbeques, picnic tables, and accessible public toilets.

5. Surf lessons

It has a great beach to learn to surf with small waves and its proximity to Adelaide means you can easily slot in a fun surf lesson in Moana without worrying about travelling all day.

Surf & Sun provides all equipment and expert instructors so you can learn to surf without having to buy all the gear first.

6. Moana Sands Conservation Park

The coastal sand dunes in the Moana Sands Conservation Park are significant to Aboriginal culture for the Kaurna people, and archaeological artifacts (shell middens, burial sites) have been uncovered here.

Birdwatchers can visit and try their luck spotting rare hooded plovers, wattlebirds, and swamp harriers.

7. Moana Surf Lifesaving Club

Surf lifesaving is a big part of Australia’s history and lifestyle with most beach towns having an active club. An important part of Moana’s community, stop by the club to watch a surf lifesaving event or buy an ice cream or fish and chips.

8. Coast to Vines Rail Trail

This bike trail leads from Adelaide to Willunga with much of it following the old rail corridor. The trail follows sealed surfaces and gentle gradients and you can join the trail from Moana and cycle your way to the McLaren Vale wineries.

9. Kayaking

Onkaparinga River estuary and wetlands are a good choice for a leisurely kayaking session. There is a barbeque area and public toilets at the River Road entrance of the Onkaparinga River Recreation Park so you can spend a few hours there.

10. Moana Park

A family-friendly beachside park set up with a cycle path, covered picnic tables, barbeques, grassed area to kick around a ball or two, and playground (suitable for older kids).