Best Beaches in Adelaide

Adelaide's coastline is dotted with excellent beaches, ranging from surf spots to family friendly bays, there is something to suit every type of traveller. We've put together a list of some of the local favourites to help you explore.


Moana, known as “Mowies” among locals, is a little slice of paradise with something to satisfy everyone. Here, there are small waves, enough for a budding surfer, and perfect for a paddle boarder. There's a designated off-leash dog area at the northern end, and cars are allowed onto the beach at it's southern end. The beach is also opposite to a great grassy esplanade with shading, picnic and BBQ facilities and the surf club has a great cafe attached.



Glenelg is Adelaide's most popular beach, easily access from the city with a great strip of cafes, restaurants and boutiques opposite. The tram from the Entertainment Centre heads into Glenelg, dropping you off metres from the water. The jetty at the end of the beach is home to Cardone’s Seafood & Grill for a great lunch option.


Often called the best swimming spot in Adelaide, Seacliff is generally quite safe with consistent calm conditions. The surf club and sailing club provide great dining options as well as the nearby pub and park if you're packing a picnic. All just a 30 minute drive from the city.

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Got your own 4WD and keen to take it onto the sand? Aldinga is Adelaide's most popular drive-on beach, 40km south of the CBD. Pack your picnic basket, beach towels, beach football and settle in for a day of fun in the sun!


Looking for big swell? Head to West Cape on the Yorke Peninsula, where you'll find great waves perfect for surfers. After you've had your ride on the waves, walk over to Ethel Beach where you can explore the remains of shipwrecks.


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