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Brighton Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

Brighton Beach featuring a sunset, general coastal views and a beach
Check out one of South Australia’s best urban beaches with crazy surf sessions and quirky art. Follow it up with a movie or sunset drinks at the “Espy”.

Brighton Beach is a large, sandy beach with pretty deep water, making it great for ocean swimming and other summer activities. While usually quieter than Glenelg Beach to the north, there is always something to see and do around Brighton Beach’s old jetty. So, grab your togs and check it out.

First, walk along the paved Esplanade and spot the sculptures by the seaside, which make for fun pictures. Next, walk over the beach to the Arch of Remembrance, the war memorial that forms the gateway to the Brighton Jetty. Stroll to the end to chat to the fishing locals and soak up those timeless Holdfast Bay views.

On windy days, watch experienced surfers take on the highly erratic surf breaks that Brighton Beach is famous for. If you do go swimming, take care in summer, as a sandbar produces rolling waves that can catch you unawares. 

Get training for South Australia’s largest ocean swim, which takes place around the jetty on the first Sunday of February as part of the Brighton Jetty Classic event on the beach and Esplanade. The day-long festival also has a Surf Boat Carnival and the Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures festival. Cheer on the locals, admire the artworks and watch the fashion parade, or just swing and sing to the tunes of local DJs and bands.

Just like Glenelg, Brighton Beach has a Jetty Road, running perpendicular to the Esplanade. Go here to grab fish ’n' chips or splurge a little in the cool little cafés and restaurants. At sunset, live it up at the “Espy”, the always popular Esplanade Hotel.

Before leaving Brighton, check out what’s on at the local Windsor Theatre. This art deco cinema may be nearly a century old, but it is still going strong.

Brighton Beach sits between Seacliff and Glenelg Beach. The beach is about half an hour by car from central Adelaide. Find a range of free and paid car parking along the nearby streets in the suburb of Brighton in the City of Holdfast Bay. South Brighton has its own train station. The Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club patrols the beach during weekends and public holidays in summer.

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Esplanade Hotel
Esplanade Hotel
2.5 out of 5
135 Esplanade, Brighton, SA
The price is $51 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Located in Brighton, this beach hotel is steps from Brighton Jetty and Brighton Beach. Glenelg Beach is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away. Adelaide Brighton Station is 10 ...
3.5/5Good! (130 reviews)
"The room had all that you needed for and overnight stay. Also good location."

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2021

Esplanade Hotel
Sea La Vie-the House and Studio- Perfect Tranquil Getaway in Premier Location
Sea La Vie-the House and Studio- Perfect Tranquil Getaway in Premier Location
Adelaide, SA
This family-friendly Adelaide vacation home is located in Brighton, within 1 mi (2 km) of Brighton Jetty and Brighton Beach. Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Beautiful Beach house
"Very relaxing break with family. Loved the flow of the inside of the house to the outdoor entertaining and dining space where we sat a lot of the time. Great position close to the beach and shops. Would definitely love to stay here again."

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2021

Sea La Vie-the House and Studio- Perfect Tranquil Getaway in Premier Location
Relax @ Esplanade - Oceanfront Apartment Brighton Beach
Relax @ Esplanade - Oceanfront Apartment Brighton Beach
Adelaide, SA
Located in Brighton, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brighton Jetty and Brighton Beach. Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty are also within 3 mi ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
excellent
"Fantastic location. Clean and tidy property. would stay again."

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2021

Relax @ Esplanade - Oceanfront Apartment Brighton Beach
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Esplanade Hotel
Esplanade Hotel
2.5 out of 5
135 Esplanade, Brighton, SA
The price is $51 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Esplanade Hotel
Sea La Vie-the House and Studio- Perfect Tranquil Getaway in Premier Location
Sea La Vie-the House and Studio- Perfect Tranquil Getaway in Premier Location
Adelaide, SA
Sea La Vie-the House and Studio- Perfect Tranquil Getaway in Premier Location
Relax @ Esplanade - Oceanfront Apartment Brighton Beach
Relax @ Esplanade - Oceanfront Apartment Brighton Beach
Adelaide, SA
Relax @ Esplanade - Oceanfront Apartment Brighton Beach
Brighton Beachfront Sanctuary
Brighton Beachfront Sanctuary
Adelaide, SA
Brighton Beachfront Sanctuary
Brighton Sea J's - a 4 Bedroom Private House Ideally Located. Free WI FI
Brighton Sea J's - a 4 Bedroom Private House Ideally Located. Free WI FI
Adelaide, SA
Brighton Sea J's - a 4 Bedroom Private House Ideally Located. Free WI FI
Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
4.5 out of 5
16 Holdfast Promenade Glenelg, Glenelg, SA
The price is $92 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 18
Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Stamford Grand Adelaide
Stamford Grand Adelaide
5 out of 5
2 Jetty Road Moseley Square, Glenelg, SA
The price is $88 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
Stamford Grand Adelaide
Brighton Beach, Westfield, Cafe's, Transport n Entire House
Brighton Beach, Westfield, Cafe's, Transport n Entire House
Adelaide, SA
Brighton Beach, Westfield, Cafe's, Transport n Entire House
Bella Vista 2 Apartment
Bella Vista 2 Apartment
Adelaide, SA
Bella Vista 2 Apartment
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