Adelaide is a long, narrow city, bordered by the ocean to the west and the Adelaide Hills to the east. All along that coastline are stunning beaches, great walking paths and some of the best sunsets in the world. Instead of choosing to stay in a small hotel room in the city centre, wake up to the sound of the waves then come home in the evening and relax with sea views as the sun goes down. To help you choose the perfect place for your stay, I have been looking for the best Adelaide holiday homes with beach views. Here are the top contenders.
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Best Adelaide Holiday Homes with Beach Views
When searching for the perfect holiday home in Adelaide with ocean views, I took into account that not only would you want to be by the ocean, but you would like to have a fantastic space to enjoy that view too. The accommodation also needed to be highly rated, look amazing, and be located as near to shops, restaurants and transport as possible.
I have included all types of accommodation for North Haven down to Port Noarlunga. Some are apartments for two people, others are large houses for many more. All of them have great views of the sea. Take a look and choose one for your next visit to Adelaide or your next seaside staycation.
North Haven is located at the top of the Le Fevre Peninsula. It has train access into the city centre and plenty of restaurants and shops nearby, including a supermarket. The North Haven Marina area includes the popular Sailmaster Hotel and restaurants, so you will have those practically right next door.
While not technically a beach view, the view from this property takes in the marina. Enjoy an evening meal on the outside patio while watching the local dolphins play between the boats. This two bedroom town house can accommodate up to five guests. Parking is available for two cars.
Largs Bay is a fantastic relaxed location. Life revolves around the Largs Bay foreshore. Take a stroll along the jetty, enjoy an ice cream at the kiosk or have a meal at the iconic Largs Pier Hotel, one of the homes of rock music in Adelaide. There is a small shopping strip on Jetty Road, and it’s a lovely walk along the foreshore to the larger shopping area at Semaphore. The train to the city has a station at Largs Bay for easy public transport.
This two bedroom executive apartment accommodates two people. It has a large balcony with outdoor dining and BBQ area to encourage you to enjoy the sunset.
The Semaphore beachfront is well known for its recreation area right near the jetty. Year round there is a large children’s playground and kiosk open. There is a waterside and fun park, with mini-golf, sideshows and other games. During school holidays many more fairground attractions are set up to keep the young – and young at heart – busy. On weekends and school holidays year round the little Semaphore train puffs up and down the coast too. Once all the fun is over, make your way to the adjacent Semaphore Road for restaurants, take aways and shops. I recommend getting some fish and chips from Sotos (one of SA’s best fish and chips shops) and enjoying them as the sun goes down.
The best place to eat those fish and chips is on your own balcony with sea views. This place is an easy walk to Semaphore Road. It has two bedrooms and is suitable for up to four people. The space is bright and airy with modern appliances, a new bathroom, and even a Nespresso machine if those Semaphore Road cafes are too far away.
Semaphore has train access into the city centre, and is about 20-30 minutes drive there by car.
Grange is one of the quieter coastal suburbs. There is still a jetty with a fantastic cafe, a pub and a few other food and shopping outlets. There is easy train access into the city centre for the days you would like to explore further afield. The best part here is the lovely beach setting for you to enjoy and relax.
This property is right on the beach. There is not even a road to obstruct your access. You can easily imagine you are in a much more remote location than twenty minutes drive from the centre of Adelaide. This five bedroom house can accommodate up to eight people, which for the price is a bargain!
Henley Beach is one of the trendiest beachside suburbs of Adelaide. It has a busy beachfront restaurant and cafe precinct, with other shops, pubs and a supermarket only a block away. This is where you will find many Adelaide locals on a warm summer evening, enjoying the alfresco dining and the many ice cream shops.
This cosy three bedroom apartment has a lovely balcony overlooking the sea. Renovated throughout, the apartment has an eclectic but bright and airy style with plenty of room to move and can accommodate up to five people. This is also an AirBnB Plus property, which means it has been personally checked my an AirBnB employee to ensure it is exactly what it claims to be.
Access to the city from Henley Beach is by bus. There are a variety of routes available, and it usually takes about 35-45 minutes.
West Beach is another quieter area along Adelaide’s beaches. It’s a lovely area with many recently rebuilt houses along a pristine seafront. There are few restaurants, cafes or shops right here, but only a few minutes by car in either direction gives you access to Glenelg and Henley Beach. West Beach is a sort after location for Adelaide locals who want to live the coastal lifestyle.
This one bedroom apartment would suit a couple looking to relax and enjoy the beach. There is a sofa bed so up to four can be accommodated, but that looks a little crowded – unless it’s young children, who have been well catered for with some toys included.
Glenelg is South Australia’s most well-known beach location. Here you will find a beachfront scattered with multi-storey apartment buildings. You will also find a busy shopping strip with many shops, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and supermarkets. There is a marina area and plenty of outdoor space to picnic, exercise and relax. During summer there is a pop-up beach bar right on the sand.
This luxury apartment is only minutes walk from the centre of the action in Glenelg. The one bedroom apartment caters for two people, who will also have access to the pool, gym and sauna. There is also restaurants, cafes and bars right downstairs.
The easiest way to get from Glenelg to the city centre is by tram, which leaves from right in front of the jetty only minutes from this apartment.
Somerton Park is another more residential area. It has a great beachfront with lots of space and your time on the sand will not be spent with crowds of people. Access to the Adelaide city centre will take about 45 minutes by bus or about 30 minutes by car.
This property is an impressive renovated two bedroom townhouse in an Art Deco building. The executive style, two-storey property can accommodate up to seven people, with extra beds in the second bedroom.
Brighton is another of those suburbs that has a lovely local shopping strip, with a few shops and cafes, a pub and a restaurant or two. It’s nowhere near as busy as Glenelg, but has a much more relaxed, beach vibe.
This bright and airy property is located just metres from the Brighton Jetty. This house is huge, having three bedrooms and multiple indoor and outdoor living spaces over three floors. Beautifully decorated in boho style throughout, it can accommodate six guests. This one has an impressive perfect 5* rating from all the guests who have stayed (as of Feb 2021)
The best way to get from Brighton to the city centre is by train.
Seacliff is just a little further along the coast than Brighton, but still within walking distance. There are a couple of small cafes a great playground for kids and a local pub, and the peacefulness of this location is part of the appeal. To get to the city from Seacliff, catch the train.
This property is described as a stunning seaside retreat, and retreat seems to be the perfect word. It feels like visitors could holiday here without leaving the house as in provides so many different areas to enjoy. The three bedrooms can accommodate six people so this is a great location for a family holiday in style.
Hallett Cove isn’t really a beach suburb, it’s more of a clifftop suburb, but that just means the views are even more incredible. There is a small beach though, and the Hallett Cove Conservation Park has some lovely walking trails. If you really want to test your fitness, take the Hallett Cove boardwalk along the seafront – but let me warn you, the locals call it the Hallett Cove Stairs for a reason.
This property takes advantage of those clifftop views with a huge decked outdoor living space. Light and airy throughout, it has three bedrooms and can accommodate six people.
Christies Beach is a relaxed beachside location but it is very close to Noarlunga Centre so there is great access to restaurants and fast food places, shops, including supermarkets, department stores and bigger electrical and homewares stores. Bus (751), the train from Noarlunga Centre Interchange is the best was to get into the centre of Adelaide.
This spacious three bedroom house right on the Esplanade can accommodate up to eight people with four bunks in the third bedroom. It just screams out family holiday with friends right by the beach.
Port Noarlunga is best known for it’s off-shore reef. It’s therefore a popular location for snorkelling and scuba diving. There is lovely strip of restaurants and cafes opposite the jetty for eating out, The McLaren Vale wine region isn’t very far away from here either.
This property is not only a great summer holiday house, but it is great in winter with a combustion heater creating the warmth inside while you still enjoy those coastal views over the jetty and reef. This upstairs apartment has recently been completely renovated. With two bedrooms, it can accommodate four people comfortably.
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Josie Kelsh is South Australian, born and bred. She has lived in the state for almost her whole life, just one short stint away as a teenager with her family. Travelling all over the world has shown her exactly how amazing South Australia is to live and travel in and she uses her passion to show it to you the way a local sees it.