Adelaide can get pretty hot in mid-summer, so finding a great beach to head to can be a good way to beat the heat. Don’t forget the sun screen!
Glenelg – is Adelaide’s best known beach and there is always something happening there too – with restaurants, cafes, shops and lots of places to walk, cycle or just people watch. You can even spell Glenelg backwards or frontwards – it’s a palindrome! Catch a tram to Glenelg, look for Jetty Road, walk out on the Jetty or take a look at Moseley Square and Holdfast Marina. Definitely if you are in Adelaide, then Glenelg should be high on your list of places to visit.
There are also lots of other beaches in Adelaide too…
Brighton Beach – also has a jetty, cafes and restaurants too, and is very close to Glenelg.
West Beach – A lot of sailors, wind surfers and kayakers head to this beach near a Caravan Park. There is also mini-golf and places to stay, including Adelaide Shores Resort as well as Harbour Town – a fashion outlet store complex – with great discounts.
Henley Beach – also bars, restaurants and also has a jetty and esplanade to walk along.
Semaphore Beach – has a beautiful long sandy beach and great atmosphere with the ‘Timeball Tower’ carousel, a 1920’s Bathing Pavilion, pubs, fashion shops, B&B’s, historic buildings, cycle tracks, even a steam train making this beach a popular beach to head to.
Other beaches to check out are North Haven and Grange with its jetty and sand dunes.
Heading south from Adelaide – on the Fleurieu Peninsula
Adelaide’s coastline faces Gulf St Vincent, and if you head southwards you can travel down the coastline of the Gulf all the way to Cape Jervis – where the Ferry to Kangaroo Island berths. Then if you travel eastwards on the southern side of the Peninsula, you will also find more beaches and come to Victor Harbor, Port Elliot and in turn Goolwa at the mouth of the Murray River.
All along the coastline there are beaches – and these are some of the best ones to between Adelaide City and Cape Jervis -
Hallett Cove – very close to Adelaide. Good also for fishing too.
Christies Beach – B eside a Pinetree Esplanade with great views from Witton Bluff.
Maslin Beach – A Nude “Unclad” beach, with coloured cliffs on the southern end.
Aldinga Beach – You can drive your 4WD on the beach to go fishing or just set up for the day.
Port Willunga Beach – close to the historic town of Willunga.
Sellicks Beach – Popular for surfers with white beach and high cliffs around it.
Cape Jervis – Look for Paradise Wirringa Cove and Normanville – where you can go snorkelling and fishing on the reefs just offshore.
South side of Fleurieu Peninsula
Victor Harbor – is located about 80 kilometres from Adelaide, and is a popular holiday destination. There is a causeway that leads from Victor Harbor to Granite Island, and horse drawn double decker trams pulled by horses take you out to the Island and back. There is a small penguin colony on the island, and it is also possible to catch the Cockle Steam train from Victor Harbor to Goolwa.
Whale watching and deep sea reef fishing are also popular from Victor Harbor, and as Victor Harbor faces the Southern Ocean, there are bigger surfing waves on the beaches than on the Gulf St Vincent. Beaches include Parsons, Middleton and Waitpinga.
Goolwa – faces onto the Lakes and waterways, including Lake Alexandrina that the Murray River flows into – what is called ‘The Mighty Murray’ – the river system that brings water more than 2000 kilometres from the north to the Lake System that connects into the Southern Ocean.
Goolwa is next to the Lakes and also the beach front onto the Southern Ocean, so it is a very popular destination for both surf lovers, and those who like to spend their time on the lakes – be that in a canoe, kayak, yacht, power boat or paddle wheeler. The village is virtually surrounded by water and water sports, and there are lots of accommodation options, cafes, restaurants and things to do, making this a popular destination for families, as well as fishermen and others.
Enjoy your time in South Australia.