Adelaide locals know well what a long hot spell is like, so we’ve pulled together some of the best spots to head to when that oppressive heat sets in. With some of the best beaches in the country at our fingertips, we really are spoiled for choice!
The sparkling pristine beach and glistening white sands make Grange Beach one of the nicest beaches in Adelaide. On nights following particularly hot days, the beach comes alive with the spiritual hippy-types coming out of the woodwork, but it’s a great low-key vibe that encourages everyone to come and join the summer fun. Be sure to head to the Grange Jetty Café for refreshments and stunning beach views.
Adelaide Himeji Garden
Need some alone time? The Adelaide Himeji Japanese Garden is the perfect place to head this summer for some peaceful meditation on life as you stroll along the path through plants and trees and rocks and water. If you follow the path in its intended direction, you’ll complete a circuit at the Perspective Stones that ask you to take a moment to breathe, relax, look, listen and imagine. We like to think that’s pretty zen-sational.
Just an hour’s drive out of Adelaide, you’ll find this gorgeous hidden little beach on the Fleurieu Peninsula. It’s a great spot for snorkelling to see the leafy sea dragons (we always knew dragons were real!) or stroll along the picturesque cliffs that flank the beach for some breathtaking scenic views. If you’re feeling a touch more adventurous, the southern portion of Maslin Beach hosts the Nude Olympics! Head down on January 17th to see events such as the ‘three-legged race’, ‘doughnut eating contest’, the ‘sack race’, and the ‘best bum’ competition. Too much fun will surely leave you hungry, so check out the cafes nearby.
Jade Monkey Beer Garden
After a long hot Adelaide summer’s day, cool off at the Jade Monkey’s uber-chill beer garden. No pretence here, just solid service, great drinks, good music and live bands, fun and social vibe, and a cute outdoor setting. The Jade is about to be your new fave summer bar. Guaranteed.
Port Willunga Beach
Port Willunga Beach is like a serene summer paradise. A natural sandbar creates a shallow stretch for dipping the toes in, or further out there’s some good swimming and snorkelling around the famous shipwreck ruins. While you’re in the area, make sure to grab some ice cream or have a long and lazy lunch at the iconic Star of Greece.
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