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5 Family Friendly Beaches in Adelaide

It’s finally starting to feel like beach weather! Yay! The beach is one of the best FREE activities you can do with your kids (as long as you don’t mind coming home with a car full of sand!). They love the waves, the paddling, digging and playing. It’s nature play and sensory play at it’s best. So over the coming months here at Baby Hints & Tips we are calling in some of our resident bloggers from across the country to bring you a wrap up of the BEST beaches to visit this summer. Here are 5 family friendly beaches in Adelaide you won’t want to miss!

Family Friendly Beaches in Adelaide


Glenelg beach is known as Adelaide’s most popular and busiest beach. Jetty Road has plenty of shops and restaurants to keep everyone happy, and it’s easy to get there by tram from the city. The nature playground along the foreshore is a must visit for little ones who will love the big slide, tunnels as well as sand and water play (that is if you haven’t already had enough down on the beach). When we visit Glenelg we love to have a bite to eat at Boomers on the Beach sitting outside where we can watch the kids play (but do keep an eye on little ones climbing the steps to use the slide as it’s easy to lose sight of them). Another highlight of Glenelg is The Beachouse amusement park with waterslides, dodgem cars, mini golf, train rides and so much more. There’s also another playground a little further north at Wigley Reserve. There is just so much to do at Glenelg you could easily make a while day of it!


For a beach community less busy than Glenelg, but still with plenty of shops and cafes is Brighton beach (there is actually a 4.2 km walking trail between the two with numerous playgrounds and picnic areas along the way). The “Espy” (Esplanade Hotel) is a popular spot to have a meal and the jetty gives you a great view of the coastline. Accommodation is also available for travellers.


Semaphore beach is just gorgeous and has such a friendly and welcoming vibe. There’s a cool new playground right near the jetty (and a little café there as well), and on certain days the steam train runs along the foreshore which the kids will love. Semaphore amusement park opens during the warmer months (weekends and school holidays) with a waterslide, ferris wheel, jumping castle and other fun activities! The Semaphore Palais is one of Adelaide best pubs and there’s a playground for the kids right outside! The main street of Semaphore has some really cool and trendy places to eat such as Likerish and Barry’s Burgers, and I’m so keen to try the newly opened cookie dough store!


Henley beach is directly west of the CBD with Henley Square being the focal point where all the action happens. Kids will love playing in the water fountains, the adults can relax on the wooden ‘wave’ benches and the square lights up beautifully by night. Surrounding the square are some fantastic places to eat a variety of cuisines, however if you want something more casual, many locals just love to get fish and chips and sit on the grass (followed by an ice cream of course!). The beach itself is fantastic and there’s also a supermarket nearby if you are needing essentials while you’re there.


In my travels, I would have to say that Carrickalinga is one of the most pristine and picturesque beaches in South Australia. It’s about an hour drive south of the city and what makes this little community unique is that there are no shops, businesses, cafes or anything – it’s only residential. There are plenty of places you can book to stay walking distance from the beautiful beach. If you do want to go out for a meal or have to grab something from the shop, Normanville and Yankalilla are a short drive away. Carrickalinga is the ideal spot if you and your family want a quiet and relaxing weekend away. Oh and look out for dolphins while you’re there!

For more fun, family-friendly things to do in Adelaide, see our posts on 2 Awesome Days in Adelaide and Adelaide’s Top 5 Playgrounds.


About the Author:

Lauren is a teacher and mother of two from Adelaide, South Australia. She writes all about early learning and parenting stories over at Teacher Types. Find Lauren on Instagram and Facebook

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