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Brighton 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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    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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    135 Esplanade, Brighton, SA
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated 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 minutes by foot and Adelaide Hove Station is 14 minutes.

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      Brighton, SA
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Brighton vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brighton Jetty and Brighton Beach. Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty are also within 3 mi (5 km). Adelaide Brighton Station is only a 3-minute walk and Adelaide Hove Station is 16 minutes.

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        Brighton, SA
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brighton Jetty and Brighton Beach. Glenelg Beach is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away. Adelaide Brighton Station is only a 3-minute walk and Adelaide Hove Station is 13 minutes.

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            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on the beach, this romantic apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brighton Jetty and Brighton Beach. Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty are also within 3 mi (5 km). Adelaide Hove Station is 12 minutes by foot and Adelaide Brighton Station is 13 minutes.

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            Brighton, SA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Brighton vacation home is located by the ocean, within a 15-minute walk of Brighton Jetty and Brighton Beach. Glenelg Beach is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) away. Adelaide Hove Station is 5 minutes by foot and Adelaide Brighton Station is 10 minutes.

              Bella Vista 2 Apartment
              Bella Vista 2 Apartment

              Bella Vista 2 Apartment

              Seacliff, SA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nestled on the beach, this Seacliff apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Brighton Beach, Brighton Jetty, and SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre. Westfield Marion Shopping Centre is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away. Adelaide Seacliff Station is 10 minutes by foot and Adelaide Marino Station is 13 minutes.

                Spectacular Panoramic Oceanview House
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                Spectacular Panoramic Oceanview House

                Seacliff, SA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Seacliff, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Brighton Beach, Brighton Jetty, and Westfield Marion Shopping Centre. SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away. Adelaide Seacliff Station is 9 minutes by foot and Adelaide Marino Station is 17 minutes.