Around the world, Australia is renowned for it’s beautiful beaches and South Australia is lucky enough to have some incredible coastlines that I just have to share with you!
Adelaide’s most popular beach. A 20 minute drive from the CBD. Buses and a vintage tram from Victoria Square take you to Moseley Square, the end of the line and the beginning of the beach. Glenelg is close enough to the centre of the city for friends to meet after work for a swim, coffee, dinner or drink. Jetty Road has hotels, restaurants, cafés, shops and a beautiful beach which has been attracting people since the first settlers in 1836. The side streets are also worth checking out.
Not just for grown-ups, The Beachhouse amusement park is open every day and has numerous waterslides and Australia’s first single-arm ferris wheel. There are bumper boats, dodgem cars, a play castle and beautiful 19th century carousel.
The Oaks Plaza Pier is a 4.5 star rated, self contained apartment-style hotel – with beach-views! Choose between a one, two or three bedroom apartment with balcony. The hotel features an indoor lap pool, gymnasium, spa, plunge pool, sauna, steam room and great selection of bars, restaurants and cafés. It overlooks the beach and is a fabulous place to stay.
40 minutes from Adelaide on the laidback Fleurieu Peninsula, Port Willunga is another local favourite. The coastal village is home to ancient shipwrecks and fantastic marine life making it popular with divers, snorkelers and fishermen. The soft, sandy beach is popular as a safe family swimming haven. It has seaview restaurants and some great ice cream. It’s perfect for a day trip or longer stays.
Willunga was once a busy grain port, but now all that remains of those times are the Fisherman’s Boat Caves in the cliff, where boats and nets were stored, and the old jetty pylons.
The wreck of the Star of Greece, a three-mast iron cargo ship which sank in 1888, is a poignant reminder of storms that can occasionally disturb the normally placid coastline.
Star of Greece restaurant on the waterfront was established in 1947 and you’ll experience here, a little bit of the Mediterranean in South Australia. Enjoy a quick coffee, a meal of local squid and fish or other delights in colourful and quirky surroundings.
EXPERIENCE – ADELAIDE SCUBA
Josh D’Ambrosio of Adelaide Scuba specialises in diver training and offers great tours for those wanting to explore the wrecks. Adelaide Scuba is located in Glenelg and is a world class, award-winning dive centre.
SA has is home to some of the best and most unique diving locations in the world and with over 20 dive sites within a 30 minute boat ride from their boat deck, you have a diverse range of diving to choose from… Wrecks, drop offs, caves, swim throughs and reefs, teamed with the abundant marine life on show, promise an experience like no other.
Adelaide Scuba regularly visit these sites with mid-week and weekend dive charters that are tailored to all levels of diver.
McLaren Vale, where the vines meet the sea, isn’t far away, so take a trip there. The wine growing area goes back to 1842 and produces some excellent vintages enjoyed the world over.