When you plan a holiday to Adelaide, visiting Wineries will probably be at the top of your to-do list, as this area is blessed with some of the best wine producers in the country. Another stunning feature of this city is the abundance of beautiful beaches that are only a short distance from the heart of the city. It is certainly worth including one or more of these in your itinerary that you plan.
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Only 20 minutes from the city and you can be enjoying the white sand between your toes. An expansive beach with usually calm waters it is the perfect place to spend the day with the family, and you can even catch a tram to save you struggling to find a car park at this very popular spot for tourists and locals alike.
When you have had enough sun, swimming and sand you can spend some time enjoying fine dining, or more casual fare with plenty of dining establishments to pick from. There is also a whole street full of lovely shops including gifts, stationary and clothing that you can easily spend a couple of hours perusing at a leisurely pace.
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Just a few minutes further down the road is picturesque Brighton Beach. Usually a little quieter than Glenelg so parking can also be easier to secure. There is a long jetty that you can walk down and take photo after photo of the beautiful coastline.
There is a great pub with good food you can enjoy with a view of the ocean making everything seem to taste even better. There are some great cafe’s and a bakery if you would prefer something a little lighter or just to sit with a really good coffee. You might also find that perfect little gift to take home from some of the unique shops along the strip.
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Only 14km from the CBD, Semaphore Beach is a pristine water playground with safe shallows for all to enjoy. Visiting this area can feel like you are have slipped into a time machine and come out in the middle of Art Deco era with beautiful period buildings lining the foreshore.
Nibble on fish and chips, indulge in ice-cream, play mini golf or enjoy a steam train ride along the foreshore. Semaphore is home to some funky boutiques, the oldest carousel in the Southern Hemisphere and hosts regular markets and events so be sure to check out the dates of these and try and include that in your itinerary.
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If you love a good walk, why not try the Marion Coastal Walk that provides 7.2km of uninterrupted ocean views. Starting at Marino and winding its way to Hallett Cove. Follow the path that includes boardwalks for a unique natural escape from metropolitan life.
You are able to join the walk at various entrance points along the way if the distance is a little longer than you are used to. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this walk as there are some steps at gully crossings. Good walking shoes are a must and you might get to meet some of the local snakes! Also keep your eye out for 33 ‘art signs’ along the way that have been produced by locals in the shape of dolphins and fish etc.
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If you would like to venture a little further afield, a day trip down to Victor Harbour is a lovely way to discover some of country South Australia’s delights. It only takes about an hour heading south to reach this popular holiday spot.
You can try out just about every water sport possible such as kayaking, canoeing, jet skiing or reef snorkelling. Take the horse drawn tram across to Granite Island which is a very popular spot for whale watching or discovering pods of dolphins.
There are some very scenic bike trails and cliff top walks where you can take in the beautiful views. After all that exercise the township offers great shops and plenty of eating establishments.:-
No doubt a new swimsuit should be on the to-do list as well, so that you can really enjoy all the fun of the beach. The following boutiques will be able to fit you with a perfect new one:-
Beachpool Swimwear – 355 Greenhill Road, Toorak Gardens
Blackwood Lingerie – 364 Shepherds Road, Blackwood
Jem Designs Swimwear & Dancewear – 128 Main North Road, Prospect