The South Australian coastline is more than 3,800 kilometres long, punctuated by towns, beaches, cliffs and jetties.
From tourist strip bustle to splendid seclusion
Adelaide's beaches stretch from North Haven to Sellicks Beach in the south. Many beaches are less than 30 minutes from the city, and Adelaide's warm climate means you can enjoy them practically all year round.
Catch the tram from the city to historic Glenelg. It’s a major tourist beach and popular beachside town. Drive 45 minutes south of the city to Silver Sands. It’s just past Aldinga and you can drive your car onto the beach there.
South Australia is home to some of the best beaches in the world. Pictured: Ethel Beach, Yorke Peninsula.
Follow the coast
People come from all over to enjoy fishing and beaches in the beautiful coastal village of Robe on the Limestone Coast.
Vivonne Bay on Kangaroo Island was once voted Australia’s best beach. With its long stretch of pure white sand and jetty, it’s not hard to see why. Families can relax and enjoy the safety of Stokes Bay on the northern coast of the island.
If surfing and big waves are more your thing; head to the southern beaches. Middleton is a favourite with the locals and many surf schools operate there. For the experienced surfer, head to Waitpinga Beach but do be careful of strong rips and currents. See more of the Fleurieu Peninsula's best beaches.
The Yorke Peninsula boasts over 700 kilometres of coastline. Try the family-friendly tidal pool at Edithburgh, or go catch some gnarly waves at Corny Point or Innes National Park.
The Eyre Peninsula, stretching all the way across to the Western Australian border, has all of the above. Stunning cliffs give way to deserted beaches, which are great for swimming, fishing or surfing.
A word of caution
Although our beaches are beautiful, some can conceal hidden dangers. Follow the advice on beach entrance signs. Strong rips and currents can carry even the most experienced swimmers out to sea. Always swim within the flags where lifesavers are on duty and don’t stand too close to unfenced cliff edges.
South Australia is known for its beautiful beaches. Any coastal region you visit will have wide, sandy beaches. With so many beaches, they're usually not crowded, so relax, lay back and enjoy the sunshine.