We’re pretty lucky to have a seaside playground this good, stretching the length of metropolitan Adelaide. Since the early 1990s, six local councils and the state government have been working to build an uninterrupted, accessible pathway from North Haven to Sellicks Beach, called the Coast Park Trail.
Now, one of the last pieces of that mammoth task has been completed by Holdfast Bay Council and opened to the public. This new section is called the Minda Coast Park, and it winds its way for half-a-kilometre through the dunes behind the Minda complex at North Brighton.
Previously, the only route was via the beach itself – not an option for those with mobility challenges — or by hiking through the suburbs.
With so much of the Adelaide dune system already lost to development, protecting this natural habitat has been a primary focus, and a chance for the community to get involved, with around 10,000 native plants added.
The education zone is a good place to escape the sun for a bit and contemplate the Kauna connections to this region.
The local birdlife hasn’t been forgotten either, with some new “seaside, tree-side” apartments on offer.
Outside the Somerton Surf Lifesaving Club, an open plaza area offers another stopping point, with easy access to treats from the kiosk, and plenty of seating to tempt you to linger and take in that long coastal view with the help of an ice cream.
Speaking of snacks, if you’re here on a weekday, you can also take a very short detour off the track and visit the friendly folks – and great cooks – at INC Cafe. The disability support organization has been an integral partner in the Coast Park project, which passes thought the precious remnant dunes on its private landholding.
Technically, you could walk the whole 70 kilometres of metropolitan coastline if you don’t mind a sandy beach scramble and a detour or two; there is still some work to be done to the north.
But for the City of Holdfast Bay section – we’re happy to report, it’s ‘job done’!