As with all of the large Australian cities, Adelaide is located on the coast, and this means there are lots of beaches within a very short distance of the centre. It was therefore only right that we spent a day travelling along the coast, visiting as many of these as possible.
The largest of Adelaide’s beach resorts is Glenelg. A popular tourist destination, it has the feel of a very tradional seaside resort. Much like those found in the U.K., there were plenty of ice cream parlours, fish and chip shops, and games arcades. During our visit the weather also had a very familiar feel to it, with thick grey clouds filling the sky.
As with most of our beach visits, our time in Glenelg consisted of a relaxing walk along the very busy front, and a stroll along the jetty.Our favourite of the beaches we visited was at Henley. Not only was this the nicest beach we saw, but it also had a great selection of independent cafes and bars to choose from. The seemingly luxury houses and flats along the front, made this seem like a very nice place to live or spend some time out of the city.
We also made a very short stop at Brighton beach, where the sun finally made an appearance. Given neither of us have ever been to Brighton, we can’t give a comparison to the UK version this time. It was however another very nice beach, which I imagine would be full in the summer months.
The final beach we visited was Semaphore, which is north of the City. The beach itself is hidden behind huge sand dunes, meaning the views from the front are less impressive than some of the other places we visited.
While the beach is nice, the highlight was probably Semaphore road, the busy main street heading away from the beach, which seemed like a great place to do some shopping.
We also found time for a short visit to Port Adelaide. Although not strictly a beach town, it is just 5km from the beach at semaphore, on the banks of the Torren River, and has recently undergone much renovation.
Despite this, there didn’t seem to be a huge amount to see in the town. After a quick visit to the tourist information centre, we followed part of the historic buildings walk, before arriving at the town’s lighthouse. After paying the $1 entry we climbed to the top, where the views were somewhat underwhelming.
Far more impressive was the street art on display, with a number of large murals located around the town. We even got to watch one of the local artists in action, as he put the finishing touches to a new piece, which seemed to be dedicated to Rachael.