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BrightonAdelaide

A historic jetty, elegant promenade and sweeping sandy beach make for a delightful day at this coastal suburb, only a short trip away from downtown Adelaide.

Discover a picturesque seaside village with heritage charm in Brighton, a fantastic daytrip destination easily accessible from metropolitan Adelaide. This suburb is in touch with the city but has the calm of a beach town.

Stroll along the long-established Brighton Jetty and enjoy the magnificent ocean views. This concrete jetty was built in the 1990s, replacing the original wooden structure that stood here for over a century. As you walk along the jetty, look for public works by local artists and the phone tower that resembles the mast of a ship.

Brighton has a collection of interesting shops within its preserved streetscapes and historic frontages. Look for the Pier Building on the Esplanade and the art deco Civic Centre building on Jetty Road. More of the area’s heritage buildings can be seen along Old Beach Road.

Walk between the majestic fig trees that line the main roads. Catch a film at the Windsor Theatre. Approach the beach from Jetty Road and you’ll see the beautiful Arch of Remembrance, a memorial to the local citizens who lost their lives at war.

When the weather is clear, get lunch to go and have a picnic on the spacious beach. The modern Brighton Surf Life Saving Club looks over the beach from the Esplanade. Swim in the safe and calm waters or sit on the sand and watch locals fishing for squid off the jetty. Check out one of the watersports events, such as the annual Brighton Jetty Classic open-water swimming competition, which is accompanied by an outdoor sculpture show.

To the north of Brighton is the busier suburb of Glenelg. The small hamlet of Seacliff is situated to the south. Go for a trek along the coastline here and discover the perfect place to look back over the waters of Holdfast Bay to the skyline of Adelaide. You can catch a train to Brighton from the city or make the 14.9-kilometre (9.2-mile) journey by car.


Popular places to visit in Brighton

Brighton Beach
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Brighton Beach

4.5/5(391 reviews)

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”.

Glenelg Beach
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Glenelg Beach

4.5/5(1,579 reviews)

This historic settlement is a thriving cultural destination, right on the beach.

Rundle Mall
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Rundle Mall

4/5(1,839 reviews)

World-class shopping at over 700 stores, farm animals and even a few ghosts make this much more than a typical shopping mall.

Henley Beach
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Henley Beach

4.5/5(404 reviews)

Enjoy the buzz of its seaside square, soak up the views from its jetty or just relax on the warm sands of this beautiful stretch of coastline near Adelaide.

Adelaide Oval
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Adelaide Oval

4.5/5(681 reviews)

Tour the stadium, witness an AFL showdown, see a game of rugby or cricket, browse the Bradman Collection, dine in style or rock out at a concert.

University of Adelaide
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University of Adelaide

4.5/5(319 reviews)

Wander the halls, gardens and boulevards of one of Australia’s oldest universities and find plenty of fascinating stories on your educational visit.

Top activities in Brighton

Kangaroo Island Full-Day Tour from Adelaide with Return Ferry
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Kangaroo Island Full-Day Tour from Adelaide with Return Ferry

AU$310
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Barossa Valley Premium Wine Tour with Lunch from Adelaide
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Barossa Valley Premium Wine Tour with Lunch from Adelaide

AU$139
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Barossa Valley Highlights Wine & Food Tour
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Barossa Valley Highlights Wine & Food Tour

AU$155
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Adelaide Zoo Admission
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Adelaide Zoo Admission

AU$32
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Kangaroo Island Experience by Gray Line
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Full-Day Kangaroo Island Experience by Gray Line

AU$312
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
The F Factor: Adelaide food tour
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The F Factor: Adelaide food tour

AU$45
Per adult

Top hotels in Brighton

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Esplanade Hotel
Esplanade Hotel
2.5 out of 5
135 Esplanade, Brighton, SA
The price is AU$89 per night

Situated in Brighton, this beach hotel is steps away from Brighton Jetty and Brighton Beach. Glenelg Beach is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away. Adelaide Brighton Station ...

3.5/5Good! (121 reviews)

"The meals were very nice, great price, rooms were clean & comfortable..... Only slight dissappointment was the parking facilities, but otherwise a great place to stay overnight. The views from the outdoor eating area is to die for, right opposite the ocean..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb. 2020

Esplanade Hotel
Relax @ Esplanade - Oceanfront Apartment Brighton Beach
Relax @ Esplanade - Oceanfront Apartment Brighton Beach
120 Esplanade, 13, Brighton, SA

Situated on the beach, this romantic apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Brighton Jetty and Brighton Beach. Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Perfect little get away spot for the family. Host was exceptional thanks Lisa we will be back

"CLEAN TIDY UNBELIEVABLE LOCATION"…"

Reviewed on 25 Apr. 2020

Relax @ Esplanade - Oceanfront Apartment Brighton Beach
Brighton Bay Holiday Home
Brighton Bay Holiday Home
64a Cedar Avenue, Brighton, SA

Situated by the ocean, this holiday 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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Great property in a lovely location

"Beautifully neat and clean property with everything we needed for our holiday with our two young children. The owner supplied a stair gate, high chair and portable cot for us which was wonderful. Lovely location only a few minutes walk to the beach. It is across from the train line but we didn't ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar. 2020

Brighton Bay Holiday Home
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
38 Marlborough Street, Brighton, SA

This family-friendly Brighton holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brighton Jetty and Brighton Beach. Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty are also within 3 miles ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (29 reviews)
Fantastic

"Great place to stay, beautiful, super close to the beach. We took our dog with us and he loved it. Hopefully we will return in the summer"…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2019

Sea La Vie-the House and Studio- Perfect Tranquil Getaway in Premier Location
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
3 Preston Avenue, Brighton, SA

This family-friendly Brighton holiday 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 ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (32 reviews)
Great location. Everything we needed in walking distance. Amazing super friendly hosts.

"Couldn’t ask for more in a property."…"

Reviewed on 5 Nov. 2019

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 AU$139 per night

Located in Glenelg, this beachfront apartment building is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty. Brighton Beach and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,226 reviews)

"Enjoyed my stay. Apartment was clean but is in need of a coat of paint and an update. Looked a little worn."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2020

Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites

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