Maslin Beach, South Australia

Maslin Beach is a southern coastal suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in the City of Onkaparinga.

Maslin Beach
AdelaideSouth Australia
Maslin Beach recreation reserve, viewed from the north, from the outskirts of the town of the same name
Maslin Beach is located in South Australia
Maslin Beach
Maslin Beach
Coordinates35°13′23″S 138°28′48″E / 35.223°S 138.480°E / -35.223; 138.480Coordinates: 35°13′23″S 138°28′48″E / 35.223°S 138.480°E / -35.223; 138.480
Population1,152 (2016 census)[1]
Location35 km (22 mi) SW of Adelaide city centre[2]
LGA(s)City of Onkaparinga
RegionSouthern Adelaide[3]
State electorate(s)Kaurna (2011)[5]
Federal division(s)Kingston (2011)[6]
Suburbs around Maslin Beach:
Gulf St Vincent Moana
Seaford Rise
McLaren Vale
Gulf St Vincent Maslin Beach McLaren Vale
Gulf St Vincent Port Willunga
FootnotesAdjoining suburbs[7]
Agricultural area in Maslin Beach

The name refers to the town of Maslin Beach, the beach after which it was named and the suburb which contains both. In this article, the name refers to the suburb, unless stated otherwise.

Red Ochre Cove lies south of Ochre Point, which separates Maslin Beach from Moana Beach to the north.


Maslin Beach is located between Main South Road, which forms the suburbs eastern boundary, and Gulf St Vincent.[8]


The 2006 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 1,066 persons in Maslin Beach on census night. Of these, 50.6% were male and 49.4% were female.[9]

The majority of residents (68.8%) are of Australian birth, with other common census responses being England (15.8%) and New Zealand (2.2%).[9]

The age distribution of Maslin Beach residents is similar to that of the greater Australian population. 71.7% of residents were over 25 years in 2006, compared to the Australian average of 66.5%; and 28.3% were younger than 25 years, compared to the Australian average of 33.5%.[9]


Local newspapers include The Times and On The Coast.[10]

On 18 April 2012, a 14-year-old boy from Aldinga died after falling 50 metres off a cliff at Maslin Beach[11]

Facilities and attractionsEdit

The beachEdit

The most well-known attraction in the suburb is the beach at Maslin Beach. Also known as Maslin's Beach or, simply, Maslin's, the beach is the site of a cliff-lined recreation reserve stretching from Maslin Beach town in the north to Blanche Point in the south.

In 1975, the southern half of the beach was declared Australia's first official nude beach.[12] The beach is almost 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) long, so the area reserved for nude bathing is away from other beach users.

The Maslin Beach Nude Olympics are held annually, consisting of informal competitions such as three-legged races and the judging of "best bum".[13] This is now called the Pilwarren Maslin Beach Nude Games.


There are three parks in Maslin Beach.[citation needed] One is at the top of the stairs[where?], one is on Beachway Avenue and one is on Parkway Avenue located next to the town hall.


The development of Maslins Beach and adjacent lands for prospective tourism and recreational facilities has been a subject of controversy. In 2014, the Onkaparinga Council rejected the prospect of rezoning lands for the potential development of a marina following objections from residents. The proponent lobbying for rezoning was Nobletech, represented by John Hunt.[14][15] The Development Assessment Commission's agenda of 14 November 2013 noted that Nobletech wished to develop "a regional tourism hub to promote the natural environment and greater use of Maslin Beach."[16]



Maslin Beach is serviced by Main South Road, connecting the suburb to both Adelaide city centre and the Fleurieu Peninsula.[8]

Public transportEdit

Maslin Beach is serviced by public transport run by the Adelaide Metro.[17]

Notable residentsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Maslin Beach (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 February 2018.  
  2. ^ a b "Maslin Beach, South Australia (Adelaide)". Postcodes-Australia. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Southern Adelaide SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Search result for "County of Adelaide, CNTY" with the following data sets selected - "Counties" and "Local Government Areas"". Property Location SA Map Viewer. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Electoral Districts - Electoral District for the 2010 Election". Electoral Commission SA. Archived from the original on 22 August 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Find my electorate". Australian Electoral Commission. 15 April 2011. Archived from the original on 30 April 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  7. ^ "City of Onkaparinga suburb boundaries map". City of Onkaparinga. 9 January 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  8. ^ a b Adelaide and surrounds street directory (47th ed.). UBD. 2009. ISBN 978-0-7319-2336-6.
  9. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Maslin Beach (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  10. ^ "South Australian Newspapers". Australia G'day. Archived from the original on 29 April 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  11. ^ Thomas Conlin (19 April 2012). "Teen dies after falling off cliff at Maslin Beach". The Advertiser. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  12. ^ "Page on SA Memory Website". Government of South Australia. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  13. ^ "About Maslin Beach". Maslin Beach Community Association official website. MBCA. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  14. ^ "Call to keep Maslin beach 'pristine'". Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Minutes of the 491st Meeting of the Development Assessment Commission" (PDF). Development Assessment Commission.
  16. ^ "DAC Agenda 3.4 - 14 November 2013" (PDF). Development Assessment Commission.
  17. ^ "Public Transport in Adelaide". Adelaide Metro official website. Dept. for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, Public Transport Division. Archived from the original on 26 April 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011.

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