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.
Beaches, Budget and Dining
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”.
World-class shopping at over 700 stores, farm animals and even a few ghosts make this much more than a typical shopping mall.
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.
See how roses are tested for Australia’s climate while you return to nature in these historic gardens.
In the centre of Adelaide’s CBD, this large city square is where you will find some of the most important buildings in the state, including many historic sites.
Visit one of Australia’s most important collections of indigenous art at this cultural institution.
Spend a carefree day touring vineyards, sipping fine Barossa Valley varietals, and enjoying the scenery of Australia's famed wine country with a visit to 4 world-renowned vineyards. Taste exquisite vintages and savor a special lunch of local meats, produce, and cheeses at Peter Lehmann Wines.
Explore Adelaide Zoo, which takes you on a discovery of over 2,500 species of exotic animals from around the world. See rare animals like the Bolivian squirrel monkey, lemur, and even the famous giant pandas Wang Wang and Funi.
Explore the natural highlights and wildlife of stunning Kangaroo Island. The beauty starts on the drive, continues on a ferry ride, and extends to the Remarkable Rocks and Flinders Chase National Park, to the playful fur seal colony, and even a break for a delicious 2-course lunch.
Explore the towering hills around Adelaide and travel to one of their highest points before settling onto a paddle wheeler boat for a relaxing river cruise. It's an easy and fun way to immerse yourself in the area's beauty and history, with transportation included.
The pristine environment of Kangaroo Island and pastoral wine country around Adelaide form the setting for your scenic 5-day tour. Sample award-winning wines, try some honeyed ice cream, and meet the region's unique wildlife for an experience you won't forget.
Sip and dine your way through the Barossa Valley at your leisure, hopping between world-class wineries, farm shops, and gourmet restaurants on a hop-on hop-off minibus. Arrange your own itinerary and fill your day with vineyard visits and winetastings, leaving the driving to the professionals so you can simply enjoy.