Dreaming of a seaside escape in South Australia?
There’s nothing like waking up to the sound of gently lapping waves outside the window of your very own beachside abode. From the Limestone Coast to the city and the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia is spoilt for choice when it comes to settling down seaside. Here’s our pick of some of the best beachfront accommodation options in South Australia.
1. Kings Beach Retreats, Fleurieu Peninsula
Perched cliff-top above the ocean, Kings Beach Retreat is affordable beachside luxury at its best. Boasting panoramic views of the deep-blue and surrounding headlands, here you’ll wake up to dolphins frolicking in the waves below and spot whales on their annual migration along the coast over your morning coffee. After breakfast, take a leisurely five-minute stroll down to the sheltered shores of Kings Beach and spend the day by the surf without another soul in site. Less than an hour and a half from Adelaide and with three separate and completely private retreats - each made of rammed-earth and fully self-contained – the idyllic Kings Beach Retreats are the perfect spot to escape fast-paced city life and revel in your own seaside seclusion.
2. Seawall Apartments, Glenelg
With front-row bath-tub seats overlooking the ocean at Glenelg, Seawall Apartments are the perfect spot for a seaside escape - minus the extensive travel time. Just minutes from the city and plonked in prime position on the Glenelg esplanade, these modern apartments are just a stone’s throw from Jetty Road’s buzzing restaurant and bar scene. Choose from chic studio rooms for couples or take the whole family to the beach and shack up in style in a four-bedroom apartment. Be sure to check out the impressive mural art by local artists Che Chorley and Dave Court, which is splashed across the building.
3. One Kangaroo Island
Picture this; soaking in a bath where the bush meets the beach while soaking in views of turquoise waters below, a glass of bubbles in hand. The stuff of island holiday dreams, One Kangaroo Island offers the ultimate seaside luxury right on the postcard-perfect waters of Kangaroo Island’s Browns Beach. Tucked on the Kangaroo Island’s protected northern coastline, you’ll never have to take your eyes off the ocean here. After spending the day exploring the crystal-clear waters, retreat to your outdoor bath with a view and then retire to bed where floor-to-ceiling windows offer uninterrupted views of the Southern Ocean beyond. With five bedrooms and every creature comfort catered to, it’s the perfect spot to unwind by the beach with friends. Did we mention One Kangaroo Island is also a wildlife wonderland? Get to know the locals; dolphins, kangaroos, pelicans, echidnas, stingrays and abundant bird species reckon this is a pretty special spot too.
4. West Beach Parks
Family fun in the sun is sorted at West Beach with two beachfront caravan parks unfurling across the esplanade at one of Adelaide’s most popular city beaches. Just minutes from the city, set up camp at West Beach Parks, the ultimate family-friendly beachfront accommodation. Home to West Beach Parks Resort and BIG4 West Beach Parks, choose from a range of accommodation options across the two neighbouring sites ranging from powered sites to brand-spanking new family cabins, all just a stone’s throw from the shores of the popular swimming beach. If you can pull your little ones away from the beach, summer fun continues at both parks with a lagoon swimming pool, splash zones, waterslides, jumping pillows, go karts and the Mega Adventure park next door – this is one epic school holiday destination.
5. Coast Motel and Apartments, Port Noarlunga
Swim, drink, dine, then unwind at COAST Motel and Apartments: a collection of 15 self-contained studio apartments, sitting in prime position above Southport Beach and just forty minutes from Adelaide. Here, you can enjoy the space and privacy of a self-contained apartment, with the convenience and luxury of a hotel. Just unpack your bags and get ready for some serious fun in the sun; at COAST, bike hire, kayak hire and snorkelling experiences are right on your doorstep. Once you’ve built up a thirst, the famed McLaren Vale wine region is conveniently 15 minutes away so you can grab a refreshing white to sip while watching the sunset from your balcony
6. Yondah Beach House, Yorke Peninsula
Seclusion, space and the sea; welcome to Yondah Beach House. Set on 150 ocean-front acres on the tip of the Yorke Peninsula, this impressive beach abode is the ultimate spot to seek seaside solitude with panoramic ocean views and private access to postcard-worthy beaches. The award-winning, architect designed retreat has been luxuriously kitted out with three bedrooms all with their own bathroom and boasts four huge decking areas perfect for kicking back with a local Watsacowie brew and soaking in the seaside vibes. A stone’s throw from Marion Bay and the rugged wilderness of Inness National Park, Yondah Beach House is an ideal base to explore the Yorke Peninsula. Better still, your pooch doesn’t have to miss out either - Yondah is pet friendly.
7. Horizons Robe, Limestone Coast
The chic coastal village of Robe is the perfect destination to dose up on vitamin sea and at Horizons, you’ll have front row seats to the Limestone Coast’s pristine beaches. Sitting clifftop, floor to ceiling windows and an impressive decking make the most of the ocean views so you can be surrounded by the sea without having to leave home. Just a few minutes’ walk from the bustling main street, famous Long Beach and with easy access to the coastal walking trail, Horizons is the perfect base to explore Robe. Spend your days lounging on sandy beaches and kicking back in cosmopolitan cafes and glam galleries before retreating to watch sunset over the ocean from your balcony at Horizons. Savour the smorgasbord of local seafood (Robe is famed for its crayfish) and sip a local brew from Robe Town Brewery. Need we say more?
8. Snellings View, Kangaroo Island
Taking in sweeping coastal views of one of Kangaroo Island’s most picturesque beaches; at Snellings View, up to 12 guests can wake-up to the ocean along Kangaroo Island's north coast. Tucked on the rolling hills above the ocean, two retreats are available for hire as a pair of holiday homes or individually making it the perfect seaside escape for groups or families. The beautiful interiors are matched only by the spectacular views of the coastline while Snellings Beach itself is about a kilometre away from the property.
9. Camel Beach House, Eyre Peninsula
Forget ocean views, Camel Beach House is practically on the beach. Set on 250 acres of pristine oceanfront wilderness, the golden sands and rolling dunes of Mount Camel Beach and the mesmerising blue waters of the Southern Ocean surround this environmentally conscious Eyre Peninsula property. The architecturally designed, eco house was inspired by the simplicity of the classic fisherman’s shack and is off the grid, but that doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on creature comforts. Relax in complete comfort with rainwater, solar panels, internet, tasteful interior design, all the appliances you need and a fully kitted out kitchen (convenient because this stretch of beach is famous for its salmon fishing). Keep in mind the swells at Mount Camel Beach can get pretty big so it’s better suited to surfing than swimming.
10. Hamilton & Dune, Kangaroo Island
Seaside slumber parties are a way of life on Kangaroo Island, and beachfront Hamilton & Dune sits centre-stage to one of the island’s best stretches of sand. Tucked on Emu Bay, you’ll be close enough to feel the gentle sprinkle of sea spray on your face as you kick back on the deck and watch the sun rise over the ocean. This 5km stretch of unspoilt coastline is protected from the elements and far from the mainland crowds, providing an unspoilt haven in both summer and winter. Choose from one of two retreats, Hamilton or Dune, for the perfect blend of luxury meets affordability. All that’s left to do is unpack your bags and meander on down to the bay to throw down your towel and sprawl out in the sun before wading waist-deep in the famed Kangaroo Island waters.
Explore South Australia’s beaches
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