Sth Australia – Port Noarlunga and Port Willunga

Written by Gary on April 6th, 2015

Continuing on from my quick rental car trip to South Australia, starting in Adelaide, I then decided to stay a couple of nights on the lovely beaches of Port Noarlunga and to use this as a base to explore the Fleurieu Peninisula further south as a day trip – although one could spend a lot of time exploring this region and the nearby Adelaide Hills which I didn’t get time to explore.

When I arrived at Port Noarlunga on the Saturday afternoon I was surprised by the car parks all being taken, and it was only when I went down to the beach I discovered South Australias annual surf life saving club championships were being held there all weekend. This proved to be an opportune time to test my new Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the Olympus ZD 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD lens for continuous autofocus in burst mode, and it did better than I expected, although I am sure not as good as could be achieved with the new Micro Four Thirds lens – the Olympus mZD 40-150mm f/2.8. To get the most out of shooting sports with this camera you need to have the camera’s settings optimised for continuous AF (C-AF) – see here.


Port Noarlunga:

Port Noarlunga

Surfer guy getting ready for the surf canoe race, seems fashion for the year is pink crop tops:

Port Noarlunga

Port Noarlunga jetty – 1/4sec long exposure in bright sunlight using the ND400 10x neutral density filter hand held with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Olympus mZD 12-40mm f/2.8 lens:

Port Noarlunga

Port Willunga:

Port Willunga’s cliff caves dug out many years ago to store boats:

Port Willunga

The remnants of the old jetty at Port Willunga at sunset, hand held with Olympus OM-D E-M1, 12-40mm f/2.8 lens and a Cokin gradient filter:

Port Willunga

Port Willunga

There are many places near Port Noarlunga which I did not get time to explore including:

  • Maslin Beach – Australia’s 1st official nude beach
  • Mclaren Vale wine region
  • Onkaparinga National Park with its many walks which follow the Onkaparinga River

My brief exploration of the Fleurieu Peninisula is in my next post.


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