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This is Adelaide’s most popular – and most built-up – beach suburb. The sandy strip here is surf patrolled, family-friendly as well as great for people-watching and sports like beach cricket and volleyball.
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Where the Onkaparinga River meets the sea; this river mouth and beachscape are seriously picturesque. The offshore reef (at the end of the jetty) is ideal for snorkelling and scuba-diving, plus it shelters the beach from swell and waves making this sandy patch perfect for little ones who need calmer swimming conditions.
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Not only is the natural curve of Horseshoe Bay extraordinarily pretty, it’s super-sheltered. No wonder it’s a family-friendly hotspot. Hungry? Nothing beats takeaway fish ‘n’ chips from local hotspot Flying Fish Café.
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Bounded by rocks bluffs to the south and a sea wall to the north, and with Norfolk Island pines lining the foreshore, Christies would be millionaire’s row if it were in Sydney. It’s that picturesque. Instead, it’s a delightfully untouched seaside spot with a laidback 70s vibe.
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It’s a bustling seaside suburb but there’s still plenty of space to spread out on this vast, golden stretch, which is backed by a rocky seawall. The boardwalk runs all the way to Seacliff – a beautiful way to enjoy the views. The adjacent main street features chic cafés and homewares boutiques.
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The flat, inviting sands at Henley are just 10 kilometres from the CBD. Behind the beach, on Seaview Road, is a gently buzzing nucleus of shops, cafés and restaurants. The esplanade walk, between the beach and the road, is popular with cyclists, joggers and walkers.
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The vibe here is more chilled than Henley, Brighton and Glenelg. Nab a spot under the jetty for shade and, at low tide, wade in the gentle lapping waves.
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With a coastline that curves into the ocean, Seacliff offers delightfully sheltered swimming conditions. Dolphins regularly patrol this part of the coastline: keep your eyes peeled for these inquisitive creatures as you paddle, they often come close to shore.
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The shimmering waters, skeletal remains of the jetty and steep sandy cliffs make Port Willunga scenic beyond belief. It’s known for reliable surfing breaks and one of South Australia’s best regional restaurants, Star of Greece, is perched high on the cliffs here.
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A smooth, pale expanse of sand with calm shallows and lapping waves, Carrickalinga, in any of the eastern states, would be bustling. In glorious South Australia, it’s often deserted – even in the midst of school holidays. There’s very little here, so if you’re in need of sustenance, head to nearby Normanville, where the kiosk is right on the beach.
Second Valley Beach
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Only 100 or so metres long (tiny by South Australian standards), but surrounded by steep cliffs on both sides, this picturesque cove features rocky outcrops and tidal rock pools that will keep the kids entertained. Even though it’s 90 kilometres from the CBD, it’s still a firm favourite with many Adelaideans.
The Most Glamorous Hotel Pools in Australia
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From Bedarra Island Resort's private plunge pools to The Olsen's pristine glass-bottomed pool, these are the most glamorous hotel pools in Australia.