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  • The self-image Adelaide portrait is- Sophisticated, cultured, neat-casual. There are so many things you can explore, so many things you can discover and so many things you can experience. But, everything is incomplete without the experience of Adelaide Beaches.

    Sandy beaches, beautiful views, beach sports and great nightlife make Glenelg Beach the most popular beaches of Adelaide. You will enjoy the swimming here and you can also go for diving or snorkelling. And here is the most attractive point that you can also swim with wild dolphins and soak up the classic seaside charm in Glenelg.

    If you want less crowd than Glenelg beach, then Henley beach is best for you as it is far less crowded than the Glenelg beach. Henley beach offers you clean sand, clear water, a lovely old wooden jetty and plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants. So, you can take a quick dip and get refreshed enjoying the lovely beach.
     

    Here are some of the Best Beaches in Adelaide:

  • 01Visit Glenelg Beach

    Glenelg Beach is the most popular and sought after metropolitan beach of Adelaide city. With easy access the beach is only a 20 minutes drive from city centre or for all those who love ethnicity can ride the vintage tram in North terrace and land at Moseley Square to take a small turn and reach the wonderful location. Sandy beaches, brilliant views, rippling gush of waters, buzzing of shopping strip at Jetty road, beach sports like volleyball, nice eateries, great nightlife, the location is a jam packed entertainment package for all visitors.



    Apart from all the thriving and buzzing, one can get some good ocean adventures here too which includes snorkelling and scuba diving. Dolphin sailing tours are also quite popular here. For all the enthusiastic hearts the overnight adventure on a fishing carter is truly alluring. Some of the best restaurants are present on the beach side serving a host of cuisines for all to savour. 

  • 02Visit Henley Beach

    When it comes to visiting beaches in Adelaide, one can never miss a trip to the exotic Henley beach and explore the beauty of the location. Similar to Glenelg beach, Henley beach can also be reached by fetching a tram ride from the city centre and is much easy to access. Surrounded by classy, top rated sea food restaurants the bustling Henley square is one of the must visit destination to enjoy and savour , the mouth melting tastes of versatile sea food cuisines.



    The shoreline stretches far away and what more swimming is allowed here. So take a quick dip and get refreshed enjoying the lovely beach. There are awesome activities that can be done here but one that really feels good is the nature walk following the River Torrens Linear Park trail that starts from the city and goes straight to the Henley beach. One of the best places to spend a quality evening, this is indeed a must visit destination. 
  • 03Visit Semaphore Beach

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    Bounded by a thick border of sand dunes, the popular Semaphore Beach is a place for all those who love to explore the historical side of Adelaide and know more about the rich culture of the city. Semaphore Beach is wide long beach beautifies with expansive foreshore and boulevard which remains effortlessly adorned by Art Deco buildings. Almost a replica of the grandeur of the Palais, this is undoubtedly a fascinating location to spend quality and experience classic gourmet coupled with best in class wine collection.

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    Other attractions nearby includes Semaphore’s iconic Time Ball Tower, historic buildings, ferry wheel, awe some boutiques and historic pubs. So go ahead and visit the destination for good time spend. Accommodation in the nearby location remains available for the interested visitors.  
  • 04Visit Christies Beach

    Based at a distance from the city centre, Christies Beach is another beautiful location to visit in Adelaide. With crystal clear water and towering cliffs the place is well beautified to enjoy fascinating scenic view that mesmerizes every mind. The beach is long and spacious that makes room for all and never feels too much crowded. Covered with small eateries run by locales this is an excellent sun soaking beach where one can spend some good time in the serene ambience, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Beach sports like volleyball is common here.



    For all the coffee lovers, Viscous coffee at Christies beach s quite famous and a must stop. Coupled with great local snacks this is indeed a must have.
  • 05Visit Aldinga Beach

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    Based in the southern suburb of Adelaide, the Aldinga beach is one of the sought after beaches in South Australia. Adjacent to Port Willunga, the beautiful beach is about 50 minutes drive from the city centre. Especially in the summer days the beach provides great solace and remains quite crowded with both natives and visitors. The greatest attraction of the beach is its lovely blue waters that contrast perfectly with the sandy beaches forming a pictorial location admired by all.



    The aqua marine waters are safe for swimming and other water sports which are indulged into by visitors. Snorkelling and diving is also allowed in these waters making it quite popular among the adventure seekers. Cars are allowed n the beach though the speed limit is maintained at 10km/hour. One can also take pets to the beach area only if they are kept on leash during the peak time. Plenty of accommodation is available near the beach area for the people who want to stay here. 
  • 06Maslin Beach

    Located in the suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia, Maslin Beach is a famous beach of the city of Onkaparinga and the tourists can relish the beachside experience with their family and friends. The name of this beach is kept based on the town of Maslin Beach and it refers to the South Australian suburb.. It offers an alluring scenic walk, serene conditions, as well as crystal clear water. It provides the pleasure to experience one of the most beautiful sunsets of the evening. The best attraction that it offers the visitors cliff-lined recreation reserve starting from Maslin Beach town and ending at the Balance Point in the South. The first official beach whose southern half is declared as Australia’s nude beach and this area is away from rest of the beach.

    Highlights: Less crowd, Lovely sunset, Eye-soothing coastal and cliff landscape, regular as well as Nudist section and more. 
  • 07Grange Beach

    Located 11 kilometers from the Adelaide City Center, in the City of Charles Sturt, Grange Beach is another coastal suburb of Adelaide in South Australia. It is considered to be the quietest beach of the city of Adelaide with a flat surface of ocean and plenty of shade. The nearest hotel where the visitors can stay is the Grange Hotel on the avenue at the Grange Beach. Here, one can find all the modern as well as basic facilities essential for a comfortable and peaceful stay. The front area of the hotel provides an amazing view of the calm ocean. Dine in facilities are also available here. Also, there are few parks and reserves in the suburb that offer a playing field. The green area in the heart of the suburb is said to be the location of Charles Sturt’s cottage.

    Highlights: free parking space, waterfront café, a decent pub.
  • 08Seacliff Beach

    Situated in the City of Holdfast Bay, Seacliff Beach is a suburb of Adelaide City and this suburb is adjacent to Brighton, Kingston Park, and Seacliff Park, Mario. Being South Australia’s most popular stretch of beach, seacliff allows the tourists to experience the most amazing beach holiday ever. It is backed by a park in the south direction, two club houses, and a caravan park, accompanied by boat ramp and a car parking area. It comprises of fronting rock flats as well as a high tide sand section, with a shallow sand bar taking the rocks to the north. Offering a good and easy access and a wide range of facilities and utilities, it provides a safe swimming experience with a very gentle surf. The visitors will not be able resist such an enjoyable place where there are water sports as well.

     Highlights: swimming, surfing, fishing, sailing club, life saving club.
  • 09Second Valley Beach

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    A beach located just 90 kms from Adelaide, South Australia, second valley is sheltered in a valley amidst the farming lands. There is no specific season that one needs to find for going to this beach, the tourists can take pleasure of this beautiful beach during any time of the year. Named after a coastal town on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, second valley has been rated amongst the top ten beaches of this country. It is perfect blend of spectacular scenic view as well as a beautiful beach to bask on. The Jetty Store offers delicious take away meals to tingle your taste buds and if you are a fishing fan, it provides you all kind of equipment required for fishing. In fact, second valley is a beach that offers something for everyone.

    Highlights: Be it bush walking, fishing or swimming, no one would return without enjoying.
  • 10Noarlunga Beach

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    Being a small sea-side suburb in the City of Onkaparinga, South Australia, Noarlunga Beach possesses a population of 2,632 and is located approximately 30 kilometers to the south of the Adelaide City Center. It serves as popular holiday destination presently but was created as a sea port. It is a long beach having ample space for surfing in the South Port area, the surfing can be done at reasonable rates. To the south, it is bounded by the river Onkaparinga and by Gulf St. Vincent to the west. Christies Beach lies to its north whereas Noarlunga Downs and Noarlunga Centre rest to the east of Noarlunga Beach. Like any other beach, this one also does not lag behind in terms of enjoyment and recreational activities.

    Highlights: One can go for activities like swimming, fishing, and fishing and all of them are relatively safe, secure, and available at affordable prices.

Attractions

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North Terrace

Located at the centre of Adelaide, the North Terrace gives the insight about the culture, history and architecture of the city. There are a number of buildings and structures like War Memorial, museums, art gallery, Casino, restaurants, hotels among others. There is a lot to do in and around North Terrace. After exploring the area, you can take refuge under one of the shady trees over the bench and enjoy your lunch while watching the world around you.



Highlights: Take a tour through the cultural boulevard of the North Terrace which includes galleries, museums, university and library. Visit the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum. Enjoy your meal and drink at any of the several restaurants and bars in the area.

Location: North Terrace is 20 minutes drive away from Adelaide Airport. It is a few minutes’ walk away from Rundle Mall.

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Semaphore Beach

Bounded by a thick border of sand dunes, the popular Semaphore Beach is a place for all those who love to explore the historical side of Adelaide and know more about the rich culture of the city. Semaphore Beach is wide long beach beautifies with expansive foreshore and boulevard which remains effortlessly adorned by Art Deco buildings. Almost a replica of the grandeur of the Palais, this is undoubtedly a fascinating location to spend quality and experience classic gourmet coupled with best in class wine collection.



Other attractions nearby includes Semaphore’s iconic Time Ball Tower, historic buildings, ferry wheel, awe some boutiques and historic pubs. So go ahead and visit the destination for good time spend. Accommodation in the nearby location remains available for the interested visitors.  
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State Library of South Australia

The State Library of South Australia is the largest public research library of the state. It has materials related to the information of South Australia. It consists of a number of materials and documents of the history of the region before and after the European settlement. The Mortlock Wing is not only a public library but also an art gallery and museum. It has the rich architecture with French roof. There are collections of some of the rare books along with general and heritage books.



Highlights: Book a guided weekday tour to the library where you can browse through the extraordinary exhibitions and appreciate the spectacular architecture of the Mortlock Wing. The informative tour will enlighten you about the history and important events of South Australia.

Location: The library is located in the North Terrace.

Timing: The weekday tour starts from 11 AM and 2 PM.

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Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide has a number of attractions that one cannot miss while on a trip to Adelaide. Port Adelaide has a marine setting with a number of seafaring ships and grand buildings. The place has numerous accommodation sites including hotels and self contained apartments. There are also a number of cafes, eateries and restaurants to enjoy a hearty meal. With a range of entertainment options like theatres, events and cinemas, and museums and galleries, the Port Adelaide is an intriguing place to visit.



Highlights: Port Adelaide has the largest railway museum of Australia, The National Railway Museum with over hundred exhibitions. There are South Australian Aviation Museum and South Australian Maritime Museum which are the major highlights of the suburb. There are also several pubs and wine cellars across the suburb.

Location: Port Adelaide lies fourteen kilometers away from Adelaide in the northwest.

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Seacliff Beach

Situated in the City of Holdfast Bay, Seacliff Beach is a suburb of Adelaide City and this suburb is adjacent to Brighton, Kingston Park, and Seacliff Park, Mario. Being South Australia’s most popular stretch of beach, seacliff allows the tourists to experience the most amazing beach holiday ever. It is backed by a park in the south direction, two club houses, and a caravan park, accompanied by boat ramp and a car parking area. It comprises of fronting rock flats as well as a high tide sand section, with a shallow sand bar taking the rocks to the north. Offering a good and easy access and a wide range of facilities and utilities, it provides a safe swimming experience with a very gentle surf. The visitors will not be able resist such an enjoyable place where there are water sports as well.

 Highlights: swimming, surfing, fishing, sailing club, life saving club.
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Adelaide Botanic Garden

Based in North Terrace, The Adelaide Botanical Garden is a great choice considering afternoon stroll or a leisure picnic. Situated over a spread of 125 hectares, this beautiful garden was opened in 1857. The best part of the garden is the Palm House which is a Victorian glass house built in 1877. Designed artistically with stained glass this is a beautiful creation. The Bicentennial Conservatory, being the largest in the southern hemisphere is also another prominent attraction here.



The opening timings of the garden varies in winter and summer months however the usual time is from 7 am to 7pm. The entry in the garden is absolutely free. Information on the garden can be collected from the centre at Schomburgk Pavilion which is open from 10am to 4pm everyday. Apart from having leisure strolls one can also enjoy Australian cuisine at the Botanical gardens Restaurant along with some of the best wines. It’s indeed a good destination to spend few hours. 
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Glenelg Beach

Glenelg Beach is the most popular and sought after metropolitan beach of Adelaide city. With easy access the beach is only a 20 minutes drive from city centre or for all those who love ethnicity can ride the vintage tram in North terrace and land at Moseley Square to take a small turn and reach the wonderful location. Sandy beaches, brilliant views, rippling gush of waters, buzzing of shopping strip at Jetty road, beach sports like volleyball, nice eateries, great nightlife, the location is a jam packed entertainment package for all visitors.



Apart from all the thriving and buzzing, one can get some good ocean adventures here too which includes snorkelling and scuba diving. Dolphin sailing tours are also quite popular here. For all the enthusiastic hearts the overnight adventure on a fishing carter is truly alluring. Some of the best restaurants are present on the beach side serving a host of cuisines for all to savour. 

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Waterfall Gully

Located at the foothill of the Mount Lofty range, the Waterfall Gully is famous for the First Fall waterfall. To reach the peak of Mount Lofty range, you have to traverse through the popular trail that starts from Waterfall Gully. Along the route, you can view the steep slopes of the hills covered with vegetation and forests native to this area. You can enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Adelaide from there.



Highlights: Halt at Utopia @ Waterfall Gully to enjoy snacks, breakfast and lunch. It is located at the base of the waterfall and is the only restaurant in Australia next to a waterfall. It is accommodated in a century old stone chalet. Location: 5 Kms east from Adelaide city centre.

Timing: 6 AM to 7 PM from Monday to Sunday. During Daylight saving period the time is 6 AM to 9 PM from Monday to Sunday.
  
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Barossa Valley and Winneries

Barossa Valley is one of the oldest wine regions of Australia. It has around hundred and fifty wineries and celler doors. The region was first occupied by Europeans in nineteenth century. The wineries are mostly open for the tourists. At some wineries you will have to take prior appointment. The valley is also renowned for its world class restaurants, fresh and seasonal agricultural products, and skilled food manufacturers. Motorbike, bicycle and hot air balloon tours are available.



Highlights: The valley has meticulously designed wine and food trail which you can traverse through bicycle. Enjoy mouth watering meal of smoked meat and fresh bread at Butcher, Baker and Winemaker Trail. You can also visit the antique shops and galleries. Hire a tour guide for the spectacular experience of the valley on a hot air balloon.

Location: Barossa Valley is located around 70 kilometres from Adelaide city centre.

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Cleland Conservation Park

If you want to experience the natural and cultural beauty of Adelaide, the visit to Cleland Conservation Park is a must. The area includes the renowned Cleland Wildlife Park, the Mount Lofty Peak and the famous Waterfall Gully. There are walking as well as cycling trails that let you enjoy the varied wildlife and picturesque view of Adelaide hills.



Highlights: Cleland Wildlife Park is the habitat of hundred and thirty native Australian species. These include the kangaroos and koalas. Stop by the Cleland Cafe for a refreshing meal and coffee. The cafe uses fresh and seasonal produces for their cuisines.

Location: The protected area is located twenty two kilometres from Adelaide.

Timing: The Cleland Conservation Park is opened 24/7. The Cleland Wildlife Park is open from 9:30 AM to 5 PM.

Price: The entry fee to Cleland Wildlife Park is $22 for adults. The fee for children is $11. 
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Mt. Lofty

Mount Lofty is the highest peak of the Mount Lofty ranges in South Australia. The summit offers the sweeping view of the Adelaide city. Every year a large number of tourists from all across the world visit the summit. The most popular hiking route is from Waterfall Gully. Along the trail you can enjoy the picturesque beauty of the surrounding forests. There are seven other trails which you can follow to reach the Mount Lofty Summit.



Highlights: There is a visitor’s centre where you can find all the information related to the summit and the famous attractions nearby. The shop at the centre has sells beautifully crafted gifts. Stop by the Summit Restaurant and Cafe to have a meal while enjoying the magnificent view of the Adelaide city.

Location: Fifteen kilometer away from the Adelaide city centre.

Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM, 7 days a week.

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Adelaide Festival Centre

Adelaide Festival Centre is literary the art and cultural centre of South Australia. It was built in 1973, and since then the centre holds some of the most beautiful arts, performance and cultural and artistic exhibitions. With six diverse venues in two different locations, the centre entertains a large number of audiences with concerts, theatres, gallery exhibitions, performances, community events and Cabaret Festival. An hour and half tour to the Adelaide Festival Centre will give you a glimpse of the life of the performers.



Highlights: Post events, you can enjoy a casual meal at the Foyer Café or sip delicious drinks at Foyer Bars. You can also enjoy the a la carte menu from Bistro, which offers you a magnificent view of the River Torrens.

Location: The Adelaide Festival Centre is located at King William Street and is easily accessible with public transport.

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Price: Varies for different events. 
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Maslin Beach

Located in the suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia, Maslin Beach is a famous beach of the city of Onkaparinga and the tourists can relish the beachside experience with their family and friends. The name of this beach is kept based on the town of Maslin Beach and it refers to the South Australian suburb.. It offers an alluring scenic walk, serene conditions, as well as crystal clear water. It provides the pleasure to experience one of the most beautiful sunsets of the evening. The best attraction that it offers the visitors cliff-lined recreation reserve starting from Maslin Beach town and ending at the Balance Point in the South. The first official beach whose southern half is declared as Australia’s nude beach and this area is away from rest of the beach.

Highlights: Less crowd, Lovely sunset, Eye-soothing coastal and cliff landscape, regular as well as Nudist section and more. 
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Himeji Garden

Himeji Garden provides you a safe haven away from the busy city life. It is one of the most peaceful places in Adelaide. It is a great place to enjoy some quiet moments with your loved ones. You can enjoy picnic or explore the mesmerizing garden. It was gifted to Adelaide by the sister city Himeji. There are two traditional areas - The sensui area has mountain and lake while the kare sensui area has rock garden.



Highlights: You can take a walk under the canopy of trees to reach the old fashioned teahouse. You can also visit the traditional Japanese Zen Garden. The Adelaide central market is just a few minutes ride away.

Timing: 8 AM to 5:30 PM from Sunday to Saturday. It closes at 4:30 PM on weekends and public holidays during April to September.

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Christies Beach

Based at a distance from the city centre, Christies Beach is another beautiful location to visit in Adelaide. With crystal clear water and towering cliffs the place is well beautified to enjoy fascinating scenic view that mesmerizes every mind. The beach is long and spacious that makes room for all and never feels too much crowded. Covered with small eateries run by locales this is an excellent sun soaking beach where one can spend some good time in the serene ambience, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Beach sports like volleyball is common here.



For all the coffee lovers, Viscous coffee at Christies beach s quite famous and a must stop. Coupled with great local snacks this is indeed a must have.
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Adelaide Hills

Adelaide hills are actually part of the Mount Lofty. In contrast to the warmer Adelaide plains, these hills have cool and crisp air and pleasant climate. There are a number of summer houses in the region with prominent European architecture. But the hills are most famous for their wineries and cellar doors. In fact, it is reputed as the one of the most prominent wine producing region across the world.



Highlights: The wineries are the major highlight of the area. There are a number of guided tours for food, fine dining and wine experience. It is also the way to reach the Mount Lofty Summit which is more than seven hundred meters above sea level, and enjoy the panoramic view. Visit the Cleland Wildlife Park to witness the native Australian wildlife.

Location: Adelaide hills are just half an hour drive from the Adelaide central business district.

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