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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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Esplanade Hotel
Esplanade Hotel
2.5 out of 5
135 Esplanade, Brighton, SA
Fully refundable
The price is AU$72 per night from 22 Oct. to 22 Oct.
Located in Brighton, this beach hotel is steps away from Brighton Beach and Brighton Jetty. SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre and Westfield Marion Shopping Centre ...
3.6/5 Good! (140 reviews)
"Great spot excellent helpful staffs but they need to give their cleaning staff more time to do there job . Dust on the walls the fridge was sticky to touch and the bathroom needed a good cleaning especially with these covid times."

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2021

Esplanade Hotel
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$134 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
Located in Glenelg, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Glenelg Beach, Holdfast Marina and The Beachhouse. Glenelg Jetty ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (979 reviews)
"Great parking facility. Issues with cleanliness of rooms."

Reviewed on 15 Sep. 2021

Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Relax @ Esplanade -  Oceanfront Apartment Brighton Beach
Relax @ Esplanade - Oceanfront Apartment Brighton Beach
120 Esplanade, 13, Adelaide, SA
Located in Brighton, this romantic apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Brighton Beach and Brighton Jetty. Glenelg Beach and SA Aquatic and Leisure ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (14 reviews)
excellent
"Fantastic location. Clean and tidy property. would stay again."

Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2021

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Esplanade Hotel
Esplanade Hotel
2.5 out of 5
135 Esplanade, Brighton, SA
The price is AU$72 per night from 22 Oct. to 22 Oct.
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Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
4.5 out of 5
16 Holdfast Promenade Glenelg, Glenelg, SA
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Relax @ Esplanade - Oceanfront Apartment Brighton Beach
120 Esplanade, 13, Adelaide, SA
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Stamford Grand Adelaide
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2 Jetty Road Moseley Square, Glenelg, SA
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247 A Esplanade, Adelaide, SA
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Eton House - Brand new house that you will not want to leave!
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