Join Mainstreet SA for a tour of the beautiful Adelaide coastal area. 

Adelaide is blessed with 30 kilometres of continuous coastline some of which is less than 15 minutes from the CBD. Well-loved for their wide sandy beaches and historic port activity, on this tour (taking place Friday 8th November) we’ll take you to the places that are gaining a reputation for what’s on offer beyond the sand and sea. Join local practitioners as we explore key destinations along the metropolitan Adelaide coastline and delve into the significant urban renewal and placemaking initiatives that are helping to shape some of Adelaide’s premier beachside destinations, including:

Port Adelaide – a once thriving port and principal gateway to the colony for immigrants and provisions, historic Port Adelaide is being reimagined through a massive urban renewal project that has attracted new residents, businesses and visitors. The site for the Wonderwalls Festival in 2015 and 2017, Port Adelaide is now an iconic destination for street art by the best mural artists from around the world.  

Semaphore - home to one of Adelaide’s widest boulevards as it meets the sea, Semaphore Road retains a strong community connection yet is finding a new sense of style with funky boutiques opening their doors alongside famous ‘old salt’ pubs.

Henley Beach - totally reinvigorated with the redevelopment of Henley Square in 2016, this is now a destination for serious beach fun in playful spaces with a sublime outlook over the sea.

Jetty Road, Glenelg – a major tourism and retail precinct in South Australia with nearly a kilometre of street leading to Moseley Square and the popular Glenelg beachfront. Serviced from the CBD by the Glenelg Tram, Jetty Road is home to major sporting and cultural events and features on every ‘Must Do’ list for visitors to Adelaide.

 The programme for the day will be as follows:

  • The Mainstreet SA study tour will pick up Adelaide travel to Port Adelaide to start the tour which runs along Adelaide’s Coastline to Glenelg.
  • Port Adelaide: A walking tour to look at a challenging renewal of a working class industrial port that has a lot of potential but a history of falling short of that potential. It’s where all immigrants from Europe arrived to ‘transition’ into a new place (South Australia) since 1837.
  • Semaphore Road: high street of a coastal community that has been revamped to become a a hip and fashionable area. Lunch at the Palais, which is situated on the beach.
  • Henley Beach Square: an example of a local government ‘instituted’ urban design and public space renewal. Some may say it is functional but lacks soul, you can be the judge.
  • Jetty Road Glenelg: this coastal high street has a sharp high season (summer) and an equally pronounced low season (winter), which along with a mix of landowner and retailer politics, has  led to the area having a tenuous time redefining itself. This location is Adelaide’s most popular tourist beach location for visitors. The street has a Trader Group who try to drive collaboration. We’ll enjoy afternoon tea/drinks here, finishing about 4:30pm.


The tour is open to MainstreetSA members, as well as Conference delegates.

The tour is priced at $195AUD (£110), which includes Lunch, Afternoon tea, and transport.

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