What better place to enjoy your holiday in Adelaide than at one of the best beaches in the area? When you’ve visiting this gorgeous region, be sure to check out some of these hot spots.

Glenelg

Glenelg is right at the heart of the city and is a stunning urban beach. The white sand is contrasted by the bright blue sea, and the bustling city makes for a lovely backdrop. Interestingly, this was the location of the first mainland settlement in South Australia, back in 1836.

Another feature that makes this beach special is the marine life. This is the only place where you can see and swim with wild dolphins, which is a truly memorable experience. Temptation Sailing offers a dolphin watch cruise and gets you in the water with this majestic animal.

With warm and dry summers and constantly balmy winters, you’ll find the weather is always perfect for a holiday. While you’re there, be sure to witness the glorious sunsets, check out the 200 specialty shops, pop into a museum or gallery and eat out at one of the top notch restaurants that offer al fresco dining.

Henley Beach

Another stunner, this beach is slightly less well known than Glenelg, but is just as lovely in a more relaxed way. Henley Square, right by the beach, is a place where you can enjoy a picnic before you head to the sand and surf. In the warmer months, there are often festivals and gigs taking place here, so you can enjoy live music along with the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach.

Oceanview, the restaurant above the Surf Lifesaving Club, is undoubtedly the best place to get a meal with views of the beach and ocean stretching out before you. The salt and pepper squid, pale ale battered fish and Henley signature seafood share plate are all meals that highlight the delicious seafood of Adelaide. Other fantastic eateries here include the Ramsgate Hotel, Bacchus Wine Bar and the Yankee Cafe, which serves up hearty and tasty all American favourites such as hot dogs, milkshakes, pie and coffee.

An Adelaide rental car will take you the 20 minute scenic drive out of the city to Henley Beach.

Middleton

This is another seaside spot that is best reached with a hired car – after an hour and a half drive from Adelaide, you’ll find yourself in a totally lovely beachy area that is welcoming, warm and exciting. In the past, when it was first settled, the ocean only reached 400 metres from the sand hills, today the white sand beach is a fraction of the size, but still completely beautiful.

With such a fabulous beach, surfers and fishers flock to this beach. Middleton Point is considered one of the best surf spots in the area. If you’ve never surfed before, there are surf schools such as Surf and Sun where you can take a lesson which will have you on the board in no time. This is also a great place for kite flying, so grab a colourful contraption and feel like a kid again!

Along with surfing and fishing opportunities, there are wonderful bakeries and cafes where you can have a bite to eat and replenish your energy after a long day of swimming and fun. Check out Calsen’s European Bakery for breads and cakes that are made with the finest ingredients and traditional techniques. The German hearth bread and artisan sourdough loaves are lovely.