Semaphore is a north-western seaside suburb approximately 14km from Adelaide. Semaphore’s white sands, family-friendly shallows and colourful foreshore make for a classic Adelaide beach escape.
Semaphore beach is deep and white and backed by low dunes rather than tall buildings, so you get a sense of being miles from anywhere.
Enjoy the expanse of green foreshore – two kilometres of public space preserved for what beach holidays are supposed to be all about. Fun! Play mini-golf, slither down the water slide, ride on the vintage carousel or ferris wheel, buy ice creams and fish and chips from a beachside kiosk, cycle on the bike track, and ride on the steam train that puffs along the shoreline.
Semaphore’s history isn’t confined to a museum. Even from the end of the jetty you can see the Timeball Tower, the oldest working carousel in the southern hemisphere, the glorious 1920s Palais bathing pavilion (now the Semaphore Palais hotel), historical buildings along Semaphore Road and the Ozone Theatre building.
Semaphore Road – one of Adelaide’s widest boulevards – is finding a new sense of style. Funky boutiques have opened their doors alongside famous ‘old salt’ pubs. Contemporary cafes are serving beneath the tin ceilings of century-old buildings. Indulge in high quality food in a beachside atmosphere, where fine dining and great pubs mix with quirky cafes and good old-fashioned fish and chips.
Want to wake in the morning to the sound of waves? Start the day with a swim. In the area you’ll find bed and breakfasts, apartments, a caravan park, heritage pub style hotel accommodation, student accommodation and even a converted church.
The Semaphore Street Fair on the last Sunday in November sees the community get together on Semaphore Road to celebrate everything Semaphore! Other events in Semaphore include the Summer Carnival on the foreshore during the summer school holidays, Semaphore Summer Twilight Markets Friday Friday nights January – March each year, New Year’s Eve and Australia Day fireworks, Greek Festival in January, and Semaphore Music Festival (October Long Weekend), Seaside Carols in Semaphore in December and Semaphore hosts Australia’s largest kite festival at Easter.
The Semaphore Mainstreet Association continues to win awards for both Semaphore Road and our major event the Semaphore Street Fair. In November 2016 the Semaphore Street Fair was presented with the Silver Medal in the category of Major Events & Festivals at the SA Tourism Awards night at the Adelaide Convention Centre (tied with the Clipsal 500 Adelaide). In 2015 at the same awards we were presented with the Bronze Medal (tied with the Tour Down Under).
Semaphore Road has twice won the ‘People’s Choice Award Best Mainstreet in SA’ at the Mainstreet SA Awards – 2014 and 2016. Semaphore Street Fair also received the Mainstreet SA 2016 Award for Events with Expenses over $50,000 Award (tied with the Winter Wonderland in Glenelg).
The Semaphore Mainstreet Association also won the Port Adelaide Enfield Australia Day ‘Community Event of the Year 2016’ for the Semaphore Street Fair an award they also won in 2014.