7 amazing Adelaide beaches

Get your beach on in Adelaide with over 40 kilometres of stunning suburban beaches; all accessible by public transport (and some by Adelaide's FREE bikes) and enjoy the calm waters, historic jetties and amazing sunsets that come with a west-facing coastline.

1. Glenelg Beach

So Easy! Hop on the tram in the middle of the city and don't get off until you can't go any further. You'll be met by a buzzing beach location with loads of activity, bars, restaurants, cafes, shops, tourists, locals, and if you time it right, those sunsets.

2. Port Noarlunga

This little piece of paradise is as fun as it is stunning. With sandstone cliffs, turquiose waters, an incredibly accessible reef to snorkel the day away on, fun surf waves suitable for all levels and even a river tributary for kayaking and stand-up-paddleboarding. Catch the train to Noarlunga and then walk or bus or ride to Port Noarlunga beach - you wont regret it.

3. Henley Beach

Beautiful people, stunning sunsets and a square full of pumping restaurants, cafes and bars - what more could you want. Catch the bus from the middle of the city, or ride an Adelaide Free Bike along the river to the beach.

4. Semaphore

Close to the up and coming historic district of Port Adelaide, this beach area feels more like a country town with benefits. Everyone walks a little slower, the beautiful jetty is the longest of the locals and festivals, bars, quirky shops and interesting characters make it worth spending the day. Catch a train to historic Port Adelaide, have a look around and then hire an Adelaide Free Bike from the Info Centre and ride the short distance to the beach.

5. Brighton

Brighton Brighton Brighton - the new hot beach in the hoods.  Lots of happy doggies, locals, a pub overlooking the setting sun and a pumping cafe strip - how do they drink all that coffee. Easy train ride from the city will get you to Brighton train station - an easy 200m walk from the beach.

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6. Seacliff

The next suburb on from Brighton and a totally different vibe. Grab a stand-up-paddle board to feel like you're walking on water, head to the local sailing club and say cheers to the setting sun over a cheap local beer, and who knows, you might find a "yachtie" to take you for a sail! Get off the train one stop after the Brighton train station or walk along the beach from Brighton.

7. Hallet Cove

Not technically a beach, but so stunning, we couldn't leave it off of the list. Incredible cliffs in a rainbow of reds, yellow and white make their way down to the sea to form one of South Australia's most significant geological and archeological sites. Catch the train to Hallet Cove, explore Hallet Cove Conservation Park and if you like a good walk, follow the 5 km cliff top walking trail from Hallet Cove to Seacliff - from which you can catch a train back to the city or walk along the beach past Brighton to Glenelg.

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