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Rapid Bay

Nestled between a long sandy beach and towering cliffs, Rapid Bay is 105 kilometres south of Adelaide and reached by a steeply descending road from the main Normanville-Cape Jervis Road.

Here you’ll find an important South Australian landmark – a boulder on which Colonel Light carved his initials after he first stepped ashore. It’s reported that he said “I have hardly seen a place I like better”.

The bay was named after the brig HMS Rapid in which Colonel Light and his staff came to South Australia, discovering Rapid Bay in 1830 en route to Glenelg. The HMAS Hobart was scuttled off Rapid Bay in November 2002 which has created an even more exciting dive experience for dive enthusiasts.

Activites and Experiences at Rapid Bay

  • Camping
  • Crabbing
  • Fishing – Deep Sea
  • Snorkelling
  • Takeaway Food
  • Fishing
  • Marine
  • Water based

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