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– Adelaide, Semaphore –

Semaphore’s white sands, family-friendly shallows and colourful foreshore make for a classic Adelaide beachside escape

Semaphore Road – one of Adelaide’s widest boulevards – is finding a new sense of style. Funky boutiques have opened their doors alongside famous ‘old salt’ pubs, contemporary cafés are serving al fresco and the delicious aroma of fish and chips fills the night air – fine dining has undoubtedly come to Semaphore

Semaphore BeachEnjoy a tremendous sense of space. Semaphore beach is deep and white and backed by low dunes rather than tall buildings, so you get a sense of being kilometres from anywhere.There’s a famous expanse of green foreshore – two kilometres of public space preserved and reserved for what beach holidays are supposed to be all about – having fun. Here play minigolf, slither down the water slide, ride on the vintage carousel or ferris wheel, buy ice creams and fish and chips from a beachside kiosk, cycle on the coast path, and ride on the steam train that puffs two kilometres along the shoreline. Semaphore’s maritime history isn’t confined to a museum, nor hidden by developments.

Even from the end of the jetty you can see the largest working carousel in the Southern Hemisphere, Timeball Tower; the glorious 1920s Palais bathing pavilion; the historical buildings along Semaphore Road; and the Ozone Theatre building.

SemaphoreDiscover a colourful shopping experience, with a diverse range of shops doing their own thing, creating one of the most colourful shopping experiences in South Australia. Check out the edgy mix of old, alternative and new – the street where ‘boutique’ sits beside ‘bargain’, ‘chic’ beside ‘cheeky’, and ‘contemporary vintage’ beside shops that have been serving the locals for decadesEnjoy high quality food in a unique beachside atmosphere where fine dining and great pubs mix together with quirky cafés and spots where you can enjoy good old fashioned fish and chips by the beach. Semaphore is fast becoming one of Adelaide’s premier eating out hot spots

Stay longer, discover more and wake to the sound of waves. In the area you’ll find luxury apartments, bed and breakfasts, a caravan park, hotel accommodation in pubs and even a converted church. Regular events include the Kite Festival, Summer Carnival, New Year’s Eve and Australia Day fireworks, Greek Festival, and Semaphore Music Festival.

Information courtesy of South Australia Tourism

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