|Second Valley has a lot to offer all visitors - historical sites, geological formations, a beautiful sandy beach safe for swimming and snorkeling, a range of accommodation options, a restaurant, general store and art and antiques shop.
POINTS OF LOCAL INTEREST
Second Valley is the traditional land of the Kaurna people. Many legends of the Dreamtime tell of journeys of ancestor beings and one local story tells of the formation of the coastal springs on Fleurieu Peninsula by a giant called ‘Tjilbruke’.
Whilst exploring the Fleurieu coastline in 1836 Colonel William Light speaks of the location as the ‘Second Valley’. The name is derived from being the next valley north of Rapid Bay, the initial camp established on the South Australian mainland. This is the name that has stuck to the present day.
Today Second Valley has three sites listed on the State heritage Register:
The Second Valley jetty and causeway
Geological formations along the cliff line
Of local interest also is the statue of Fanny Lipson Finniss, the first European female child born in the new colony of South Australia, at Second Valley in January 1837. The Second Valley Progress Association commissioned a replica of the original statue (which was lost many years ago), which was officially unveiled in January 2010 opposite the Soldiers’ Memorial Hall.
For many years Second Valley was synonymous with the boat sheds located across from the jetty on a rocky outcrop known locally as ‘The Island”. In 2009 the sheds were removed in the interest of public safety, but a boat winch was retained in place after lobbying by the Second Valley progress Association as a reminder of the sheds, which once housed fishing boats which were launched along iron rails into the bay.
For local residents and visitors there are a wide range of services available in the area for food, meals, accommodation, art and antiques, cleaning, recycling, tradespeople. A directory of services is published annually by the Second Valley Progress Association.
Click here to view the latest Second Valley Services Directory