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Must Discover Beaches and Waterways in Adelaide During Your Next Holiday Getaway - For the beach bums!

Adelaide's urban beaches are so accessible. Get in the vehicle, put on your swimsuits, and within just one hour you'll be stretched on a blanket in the sun in Glenelg or practising your freestyle at Semaphore. Here are our top picks for the best beaches in Adelaide.


Glenelg Beach

The most renowned metropolitan beach is definitely Glenelg. And it is known to be family-friendly too. If you're looking to spend some quality time with your family at the beach during the weekend, then this should be your pick! It is also extremely convenient to get there. Simply take the tram from the city and then get off at the well known Moseley Square, which is only a few metres from Glenelg Beach. Jetty Road is a lively mix of high-end cafés, shops, and eateries. If you're looking for accommodation in Glenelg, you can check out properties like Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites for a beachfront hotel.


Henley Beach

Henley Beach is a must-see whether you're looking for a nice meal, a good swim, or a little bit of both. The beach is surrounded by a plethora of high-end seafood eateries and is centred around a lively grassed area. So make sure you pack up a picnic before you head out! The beach also spreads into the horizon offering dramatic scenic views. Nestle in for some brilliant views you won't get elsewhere!


Semaphore Beach

The beach in Semaphore is long and broad, and it is surrounded by sand dunes. The vast beachfront and boulevard are studded with Art Deco structures that have been wonderfully restored. In Semaphore, nothing compares to the opulence of the Palais, which was initially built as a bathing pavilion back in the 1920s and is now a fantastic spot to have a pub-style meal or some wine. Semaphore Road, which is only a few metres away, is lined with old pubs, restaurants, amazing boutiques, and some great businesses selling brilliant second-hand items.


Port Noarlunga, Moana and Christies Beach

Some of the best beaches in the area are located a little farther out of the city, but they are well worth the journey. The 3 beaches are popular among surfers and body-boarders, but they are also ideal for families because the surges are rarely too harsh. Travel to Port Noarlunga with your snorkelling equipment. This beach has a lengthy boardwalk that connects to a reef that is frequented all year long. Get some food at the award-winning Hortas restaurant before settling into a cosy spot to witness some brilliant views.


Brighton Beach

You will be in Brighton in 10 minutes if you head out to the beach in your car. Brighton offers a similar laid-back atmosphere as Glenelg, having its own Jetty Road and a plethora of quirky cafés, eateries, and fish and chip restaurants. This beach too is an ideal place to unwind and rest. If you would like to get away from your daily chores to relax and rejuvenate, then this is the place to head out to!