Rapid Bay, SA

Easily overlooked Rapid Bay hasn't yet succumbed to the flurry of beachside development seen elsewhere. Those with a nose for history will find an important South Australian landmark – a boulder on which SA's founding father, Colonel William Light, carved his initials after he first stepped ashore from his ship The Rapid, in the new colony. 'I have hardly seen a place I like better', Light is reported to have said – many would agree with him. The small hamlet is nestled snugly between a long sandy beach and towering cliffs. The approach from Main South Road is down a winding road with spectacular views across the gulf. The bay is a great fishing spot and also a well know dive site and one of the areas the endangered Leafy Sea Dragon calls home.