Maslins to Moana Beach… magic along the coast
Preparing for the Jodie Lee Foundation Trek in May this year has really got us out and about around Adelaide and how wonderful that has proved to be.
Last weekend, we set out early from Maslins Beach to Moana and experienced sunrise, many interesting early morning revelers, great views, magical landscapes and a spot of coffee before walking back to Maslins.
It’s amazing how in just 45 minutes from the city, you arrive at the most beautiful southern beaches and coastlines – some of the best in the world! Often we think about travelling afar to see great places – when in fact they are in our own backyard!
And lucky for us, while Gloria (another JLF team member) and I went ahead – Claudine captured some beautiful images…
And for those of you who like a little history…
The Gulf St Vincent beach front at Moana is a combination of low cliffs, sand dunes, and hard compacted sand.
Moana was originally farming land from 1841. In the 1850s a local landowner lent his name to the beach and it became known as Dodd’s Beach. In 1855, when shipping was the primary means of cargo transport in the area, the Nashwauk was wrecked on the beach near the Pedler Creek outlet.
Due to an increased interest in tourism in the area, in 1927 the land was subdivided by Lake Beach Estate Ltd who held a competition to name the new town. Mr C.H. Cave won the competition with Moana, which means “blue water” in the Māori language. The land was divided into blocks of land suitable for holiday homes and wide streets were planned and laid out, but due to the Great Depression in 1929 development of the area was slow.
In the 1950s Moana experienced renewed interest from tourism as the residents of Adelaide enjoyed the freedom and mobility of car ownership – Moana was a pleasant 40 minute drive from Adelaide.
One of the landmarks of the area was the Moana Roundhouse which was demolished in 2006.
In recent times, the urban sprawl of Adelaide has reached Moana (and beyond) and so Moana is now one of Adelaide’s outer southern suburbs.