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Top 5 beaches near Adelaide you can’t afford to miss

Whether you’re travelling for work or play, being able to unwind during your stay helps you to relax and improve your productivity. Adelaide beaches are often overlooked by those visiting the city. However, some of the most beautiful beaches in Southern Australia can be found here. And the best part? Each of them is just a short drive from the Holiday Inn Express Adelaide.

Ranging from beautiful golden sand beaches to rock pool lined shorelines, there’s something for everyone. When the hustle and bustle of the city gets all too much, jump in your car or take the bus, train or tram to any one of these five Adelaide gems.

West Beach

Located just around the corner from Glenelg Beach, West Beach offers a slightly more relaxed pace of life. The beautiful soft sand and gentle waters make it the perfect place for a dip in the sea. It’s also a popular beach destination for families and those with dogs.Kids will love spending hours building sandcastles and exploring the dunes.

The vast open shoreline provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy a stroll at sunset. And even better, it is rarely overcrowded. The waves are big enough for bodyboarding, but gentle enough to make swimming a pleasure. It takes just 15 minutes to reach West Beach from the Holiday Inn Express Adelaide and is definitely one you’ll want to keep returning to.

West Beach, South Australia 5024, Australia

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Henley Beach

Henley Beach is just a 20-minute drive from the Holiday Inn Express Adelaide. This superb beach has beautifully clean sand and a rustic wooden jetty jutting out into the ocean. The sea is gentle and inviting and is the perfect place to head to escape the heat of the city. Public transport options are also available near to the Holiday Inn Express Adelaide to Henley Beach.

There is no need to pack a picnic to take with you as there are plenty of small ice cream parlours, coffee shops and a well-stocked supermarket opposite the beach. Many people opt to cycle to Henley Beach from the Adelaide oval using the Linea Park Cycle Way. Cycling to Henley Beach from the hotel takes approximately 40 minutes. If you are looking for a less crowded beach, then this is the one to head to.

Henley Beach, South Australia 5022, Australia

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Glenelg Beach

Glenelg Beach is located just 22 minutes away from the Holiday Inn Express Adelaide and is one of the most popular beaches along the coast. It has a sense of nostalgia of times gone by with its beautiful wooden pier. One of the main draws to this beach are the bottlenose dolphins, which are happy to play and swim with those in the water.

The surrounding area is filled with Victorian architecture, pubs, cafes and the nearby boardwalk. The sprawling soft sand of the beach runs along nearby cliffs that add a dramatic and almost Jurassic feel to the area. The water is clean and gentle, and the collection of nearby cafes and small shops are the perfect way to grab a bite and get to know the local area.

Glenelg Beach, Jetty Rd, Glenelg SA 5045, Australia

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Semaphore Beach

Reaching Semaphore Beach from the Holiday Inn Express Adelaide less than 25 minutes by car. While slightly further away, it is well worth the car ride. On your arrival, you will be rewarded you with warm white sands, a beautifully laid-out esplanade and gentle azure-blue waters. The surrounding area provides visitors a glimpse of pre-wartime Australia.

Built during the 1850s, original buildings and structures including the town library, Federal Hotel and the Semaphore Palais are still standing in all their glory. Throughout the summer months, kids will love the steam railway and fun fair and adults will enjoy perusing vintage boutiques and art deco buildings. Of course, the main attraction is the beach itself, which is a little slice of paradise on earth.

Semaphore Beach, Semaphore SA 5019, Australia

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Hallett Cove Beach

Hallett Cove Beach often overlooked gem is as beautiful as it is relaxing. Sure, there are rocks in the water and the sandy beach itself may be small, but there is plenty to see and do here. Located just a 30-minute train ride away from the Holiday Inn Express Adelaide, the generous BBQ areas, open green space and children's playgrounds provide the perfect place for a family day out.

Located right next to the beach is the conservation park. Filled with geological points of interest, such as the mountains which were carved 218 million years ago during the ice age. The rocky shoreline will prove to be a hit with youngsters on the hunt for crabs and small fish in the rock pools, while adults can enjoy a barbecue and soak up the cool ocean breeze.

Hallett Cove Beach, Hallett Cove SA 5158, Australia

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