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.

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Beaches, Budget and Dining

Top hotels in Brighton

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Esplanade Hotel
2.5 out of 5
135 Esplanade, Brighton
AU$85/night
21 Jul. - 22 Jul.
3.4/5 (92 reviews)

"Property was excellent..meals were perfect..lived the 25% discount on food and drinks for staying at the hotel. That was a surprise and a bonus. Rooms were hard to get to up the stairs..particularly if you have trouble climbing as I did with sorr knee. Rooms were dated..still in the 60's...need refreshing ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Apr. 2019

Esplanade Hotel
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Peppers Waymouth Hotel
5 out of 5
55 Waymouth Street, Adelaide
AU$129/night
4 Aug. - 5 Aug.
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,380 reviews)

"Thanks very good service and i would stay there next time"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2019

Peppers Waymouth Hotel
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Atura Adelaide Airport
1 Atura Circuit, Adelaide Airport
AU$142/night
27 Jul. - 28 Jul.
4.6/5Exceptional! (410 reviews)

"Perfect airport hotel for those late night arrivals and early morning departures"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2019

Atura Adelaide Airport

Popular activities in Brighton

Brighton Beach
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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”.

Rundle Mall
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Rundle Mall

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

Adelaide Oval
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Adelaide Oval

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.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens
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Adelaide Botanic Gardens

See how roses are tested for Australia’s climate while you return to nature in these historic gardens.

Victoria Square
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Victoria Square

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.

Art Gallery of South Australia
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Art Gallery of South Australia

Visit one of Australia’s most important collections of indigenous art at this cultural institution.

Top activities in Brighton

Barossa Valley Premium Wine Tour with Lunch from Adelaide
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Barossa Valley Premium Wine Tour with Lunch from Adelaide

AU$139

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.

Adelaide Zoo Admission
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Adelaide Zoo Admission

AU$19

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.

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$304

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.

Adelaide Hills Tour & Murray River Cruise
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Adelaide Hills Tour & Murray River Cruise

AU$138

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.

5-Day Adelaide & Kangaroo Island Discovery Tour
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5-Day Adelaide & Kangaroo Island Discovery Tour

AU$1,176

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.

Barossa Valley Hop-On Hop-Off Winery Tour
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Barossa Valley Hop-On Hop-Off Winery Tour

AU$45

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.