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6 of South Australia's top metropolitan beaches – Experience a medley of exquisite beach experiences!

Whether in South Australia for business or pleasure, you are in the right place to witness some fantastic seascapes in the country. Whether you want to spend a few hours relaxing or an entire day unwinding, here are a few exceptional beaches to try with plenty to eat and drink in the vicinity.


Semaphore Beach

This beach is a great attraction for visitors to the south, especially those using hotels in Adelaide city. Offering scenic views of the Central Business District CBD), the beautiful Fleurieu Coastline and the inlets of Gulf St Vincent, the long stretch of beach is bordered by low dunes making it ideal to chill out on a towel on warm days. Your family will not only enjoy the beautiful beach but also appreciate the boulevard offering many facilities like restaurants, historic pubs, and boutiques in addition to the iconic Semaphore Palais Hotel & Function Centre.


Glenelg Beach

Considered the most popular city beach in Adelaide, Glenelg is easy to access by driving or taking the train to Mosley Square in the suburbs of Glenelg. Suitable for all kinds of visitors, it is especially loved by families for its atmosphere, bustling cafes, and entertainment. The shimmering turquoise blue beach is wide offering space for beach games with fun and frolic. This beach is also sought after for its glorious sunsets by many guests from hotels like Avani Adelaide Residences with their families and by lovers enjoying a day out by the beach.


Henley Beach

This beach is well enjoyed by everyone during holidays and weekends with its long stretch of fine sand whilst it is also a convenient beach for the workforce being close to the CBD. They would drive there, enjoy a quick dip after work and walk back to have their hunger sated. With delightful seafood meals offered at trendy seafood restaurants, and early dinner from the chic Australian Restaurants and pubs and ice cream parlours. Henley offers an exciting diversion. During the weekend you can spot families engaged in water sports and even fishing.


Seacliff Beach

Seacliff is in the city of Holdfast Bay and is a popular stretch of beach with locals and visitors. To complement its picturesque beach are the facilities such as a caravan park, clubhouses, and a park so that friends and families come and spend time at this beach. This safe beach also offers many water sports options such as surfing, sailing, paddle boarding, fishing and the exciting occupation of dolphin-watching. For the hungry beachgoers, there is food and drink at the Seacliff Beach Hotel close by.


Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach is in between Seacliff Beach and Somerton Beach so walking from one to another is often done by visitors. This family-oriented beach with crystal clear water offers plenty to do, see on your walks and go away with your hunger pangs sated. The long jetty over the sandy beach even has surveillance by the Brighton Lifesaving Club during summer months which makes it quite a safe beach for all. Esplanade Hotel close by serves great fish and chips and more for hungry mouths.


Port Noarlunga

A 35-minute drive away from Adelaide, you spot the red sandstone cliffs as you approach the scenic beach backed by the cliffs, a long jetty and an exciting, enclosed reef enticing divers and snorkellers, both expert and novice categories. Port Noarlunga Surf Lifesaving Club provides surveillance and support for the overwater activities of visitors and locals.