Welcome to Semaphore, South Australia!

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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’s white sands, family-friendly shallows and colourful foreshore make for a classic Adelaide beach escape. After walking the path through the dunes, a wide expanse of white sandy beach leads to the water.

Enjoy the expanse of green foreshore – two kilometres of public space preserved for what beach holidays are supposed to be all about. Fun! Ride on the vintage carousel, buy ice creams and fish and chips, cycle on the bike track, and ride on the steam train that puffs along the shoreline.

In Semaphore, our history isn’t confined to a museum. You can often see our local dolphins and seals from the end of the jetty. You can also see the Timeball Tower, one of the only working timeballs left in the world, the oldest working carousel in the southern hemisphere, the glorious 1920s Palais bathing pavilion (now the Semaphore Palais hotel) and historical buildings along Semaphore Road and the Esplanade.

One of Adelaide’s widest boulevards, Semaphore Road, has found 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. You’ll find bed and breakfasts, apartments, a caravan park, hotel accommodation, student accommodation, and even a converted church in the area.

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, 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.

We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the land where we live, work and play. We pay our respect to their culture, elders past, present and emerging.

Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.