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7 Amazing Adelaide Beaches - Revel in Adelaide beachside 

The capital of South Australia, Adelaide has more than 40 km of spectacular coastline and nearly all are accessible via public transport. Here is a list of some of the best Adelaide beaches to enjoy from its historic jetties, to warm seas and unforgettable sunsets.

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Glenelg Beach

Glenelg Beach is perhaps the most accessible beach in Adelaide, and all you have to do is get on the city tram and wait until you reach the end of the line. You'll be welcomed by the sights and smells of the sea! It's one of the most buzzing locations in the city, with plenty of restaurants, cafes, shops, and so much more. Don't forget to experience one of Glenelg's most mesmerising sunsets here! 

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Port Noarlunga

Port Noarlunga is a small paradise, beautiful and fun. There are sandstone cliffs, a clear blue ocean, and an unrestricted reef perfect for snorkelling. If that's not your cup of tea, try some surfing, as its waves are appropriate for all types. There is also a tributary of a river, perfect for kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. You can reach Noarlunga via train and walk or take a bus to Port Noarlunga.

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Henley Beach

A lively square full of restaurants, bars, cafes, good-looking people, and spectacular sunsets, Henley Beach has it all! If you stay in one of the hotels in Adelaide City the likes of  Avani Adelaide Residences, the beach is easily accessible via bus from the CBD. If not, hop on an Adelaide Free Bike and ride along the waterfront to reach the beach.

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Semaphore

Near the historic neighbourhood of Port Adelaide is Semaphore beach. The location resembles a country town!  Its calm and laidback feel is palpable, with its residents taking life easy as it comes. The stunning jetty is the longest in Adelaide, with lots of festivals taking place around the beach during the summer. You can also find nice-looking bars and odd little shops where you can chat with some friendly locals. Best way to get there is to take the train to Port Adelaide, and then hop on an Adelaide Free Bike available at the Info Centre to ride the brief distance to the beautiful beach.

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Brighton

Lively Brighton is one of the most thriving beach neighbourhoods in Adelaide. You will encounter loads of happy people, puppies, and pubs! Catch a magical sunset overlooking the pier and get cosy in one of the many strings of cafes in a strip full of eateries and whatnot.  A comfortable train journey from Adelaide will take you there. Get off at Brighton station, and a short 200m walk and voila - the beachscape will open up before you! 

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Seacliff

This lazy and quiet beach suburb near Brighton has a completely distinct vibe. The beach here includes loads of activities, like stand-up paddle boarding, while the local sail club is very prominent here. You can always head over there to grab a drink and perhaps sail away into a magnificent sunset.  To get there by train, get off one stop after Brighton. You can walk there from Brighton beach as well.  

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Hallet Cove

Although not technically a beach, it's so stunning you would clearly miss out if you forego this amazing place. You will encounter an astonishing range of ridges in hues of red, white and yellow, making their way down to the ocean to create one of the most important archaeological and geological locations in South Australia. To reach Hallet Cove, you can take a train to Hallet Cove Conservation Park. From there, a 5 km hike from Hallet Cove to Seacliff will take you across all the beautiful scenery, after which, you can take the train to the city or go on a scenic coastal walk passing Brighton to Glenelg.