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Middle Beach is a small coastal township approximately 40 km north of Adelaide and 10 km west of Two Wells. It is popular for its crabbing, fishing, boating, kayaking, walking and other recreational activities.
Approximately 50 beach houses line the foreshore and entrance road to the beach. Almost half are permanent residences, whilst the remainder are mostly owned by people from the greater Adelaide region.
Salt Creek, a tidal estuary at the southern end of the beach, has the only purpose-built concrete boat ramp and pontoon along the 70 km of coastline between St Kilda to the south and Port Wakefield to the north. The beach itself is protected behind a mangrove forest, the southern portion of which is transformed into a lagoon of around 6 ha surface area during periods of high tide.
The creek winds its way through the mangroves and provides access to waters of Gulf St Vincent. With care, it is possible to walk along the edge of the creek at low tide to get to the crabbing grounds in the seagrass beds along the outer edge of the mangroves.
Boat owners wanting to launch must be aware of the tidal movements. As a very rough guide, the tide height must be 1.8 m or higher to be able to motor smaller boats across the sandbar at the mouth of Salt Creek and across nearly 1 km of seagrass beds to get to permanent waters of the gulf.
The Friends of Middle Beach was incorporated in September 2019 to carry on the work previously undertaken by the Middle Beach Boat Owners and Progress Club. MBBOPC was responsible for successfully applying for the grant to build the boat ramp, and lobbying Adelaide Plains Council to have the foreshore dune protected by a concrete seawall.
More recent projects carried out by FOMBI include planting of 700 trees and shrubs in the nearby treated wastewater reticulation paddock, and lobbying of the council to have a beach shelter constructed adjacent to the boat ramp. The shelter incorporates two stainless steel BBQ plates that are available to the public free-of-charge. The shelter provides a great view of the lagoon where visitors can watch the incoming tide.
Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park - Winaityinaityi Pangkara
0.9km, 20 mins
Explore the unique habitat of this section of the coast. The trail meanders through the mangrove, following a chenier, which is an ancient sand dune from 4,000 to 6,000 years ago, out to a viewing point at overlooking a creek. The trail was constructed in 2000, but has suffered in more recent times from lack of maintenance. The trail itself and the boardwalk are easy to follow. The interpretive signs have faded, and some are missing, but nonetheless they present an informative way to explore this unique coastal habitat.
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