Australia's Best Beaches - South Australia

October 20, 2015
Australia's Best Beaches - South Australia

When it comes to beaches, we really do have the lot Down Under, which is why we’re bringing to you a series of Best Beaches. We’ll drop into all the coastline states and territories to share with you our opinion on the ultimate strip of sand and surf for your summer pleasure.

The latest trip in the series takes us to the festival state - South Australia.

Enjoy, and be sure to let us know which beaches we have missed and why you think they should have been top of our list!

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Glenelg is the state's most popular coastal region and only a short trip from Adelaide.

The long straight stretch of sand is popular with locals and tourists, all keeping an eye out for dolphins that are frequently spotted swimming close to shore. Small clean waves make it the perfect location to learn to surf, with snorkeling and diving popular along the jetty.

The Glenelg Marina is located on the north side of the beach where you can find some great seafood restaurants or if you fancy doing it yourself, there are fishing charters departing constantly.

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West Beach

West Beach, funnily enough, is north of Glenelg Beach and shares similar features. The sand is white and clean, the water is calm and safe, perfect for swimming and young families.

Splitting the beach in half is the entry to the River Torrens, where you will see pelicans come and go all day long.

For those looking to spend holidays at West Beach, there are award-winning caravan parks and the Harbour Town shopping complex, which will cover all your retail therapy needs.

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North Haven

If you are looking for somewhere to take the family then North Haven beach is the place. A major redevelopment to the northern part of Adelaide's coast has created the safest beach with little to no waves, calm conditions and no dangerous rips.

The secret lies in the excavation works that took place in the 1980's. The beach sits between two breakwaters that protect the entrance and provide a calm environment. The beach is flat and firm, creating the perfect conditions for an epic game of beach cricket.

Aldinga Beach

Aldinga Beach is south of Adelaide and near the coastal town of Port Willunga on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

The beach is famous for ancient shipwrecks and an aquatic reserve, which was established to protect the reef. These two features make it the perfect site for snorkeling or diving.

The beach is only a short drive from McLaren Vale where you can visit the prestigious vineyards and sample the phenomenal local drop.

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Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln is quite a protected beach offering calm conditions for swimming or snorkelling. It has a long jetty and tidal swimming pool, and may offer up some good waves if there is a strong northerly blowing.

Port Lincoln is most famous for sharks (thankfully not at the beach). Most shark cage diving charters leave the port and search for the underwater monsters circulating around the Great Australian Bight.

If you are up for a drive there are some hidden spots not far away that offer some serious waves, but they are for the experienced board rider only. The waves in the area are large and powerful, plus the potential hiccup of running into a previously mentioned large marine predator.

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