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Follow the Esplanade for 6 kilometres along the coast from Glenelg to Seacliff in Adelaide’s premier seaside suburbs. The continuous two-way pedestrian and cycling trail features scenic views, swimming beaches, jetties, outdoor dining, parks, sculptures, sites of aboriginal cultural significance and has full accessibility for wheelchair users. Enjoy catching up with friends at one of the many cafes, restaurants, pubs, or takeaway and enjoy the seaside atmosphere.

Points of interest

Marni niina pudni Kaurna yarta–ana
- Welcome to Kaurna Country

Glenelg to Somerton Park

Glenelg / Pathawilyangga

  • Distance: 2.7 kilometres from Glenelg Pioneer Memorial Monument to Somerton Surf Lifesaving Club
  • Time: 34 minutes plus stops
  • Difficulty: Mainly flat
  • Transport: Adelaide City to Jetty Road, Glenelg tram line

The Glenelg to Seacliff Coastal walk begins at the Glenelg foreshore and heads south along the pedestrian and cycling path lined with Norfolk pines trees. This part of the walk features historic mansions of Glenelg. Pick up a historic mansion of Glenelg brochure from the Glenelg visitor outlet to find out more about these old homes. Make a stop on the Broadway to enjoy food and a bit of retail therapy or continue on your journey.

Highlights
  • Jetty Road, Glenelg shopping and entertainment precinct
  • Historic mansions of Glenelg
  • Glenelg Pioneer Memorial Monument, Moseley Square
  • The Broadway Kiosk – waterfront casual dining, public toilets
  • The Broadway local shopping and dining (600 metres or 8 minute walk, inland on The Broadway)
  • Swimming beaches
  • Fish ‘n’ Chip Sculpture (person sitting on a bench)
  • John Miller Reserve playground, picnic area, public toilets, outdoor gym
  • Somerton Yatch Club
  • The Kiosk at Somerton
  • Boardwalk entry to the Minda Coast Park
  • Somerton Surf Life Saving Club and public toilets

Somerton Park to Brighton

Brighton / Wituwartingga

  • Distance: 1.7 kilometres from The Kiosk at Somerton to Brighton Jetty
  • Time: 21 minutes plus stops
  • Difficulty: Mainly flat, Boardwalk contains some elevation in Southern section.
  • Transport: Seaford railway line - Brighton Railway Station
  • Car parking: Parking is available along The Esplanade at Somerton Park and Brighton and around Wattle Reserve.

Starting from the Somerton Surf Life Saving Club public plaza walk south to enter the Minda Coast Park, a 500 metre long and 4 metre wide accessible pathway through the Minda Dunes. The path allows shared use by pedestrians, cyclists, and wheelchair users and links the esplanade pathways from Somerton Park and Brighton. Enjoy the native vegetation, sweeping views of the coastline and there are seating and picnic areas for those who need a rest or simply want to sit back and enjoy the surroundings.

The Minda Coast Park features a public education zone near the dunes, with a focus on the indigenous environment and 10,000 natural plantings. The Minda coastal dunes are one of only two remaining natural sand dunes along the metropolitan coast and a site of significant cultural importance to the traditional owners, the Kaurna People of the Adelaide Plains.

The coast path has been designed to both protect and enhance the environmental and cultural features of this sensitive site and has been constructed out of materials that reflect and blend into the natural environment. Further south along the walk you’ll find Wattle Reserve and more swimming beaches before you arrive at Brighton foreshore and Jetty.

Brighton is a seaside suburb with a popular Mainstreet which offers cafes, casual dining, take-away, clothing, and homewares stores as well as The Esplanade Hotel with views out to Brighton Jetty.

Highlights
  • The Kiosk at Somerton
  • Somerton Surf Lifesaving Club public plaza
  • Beach access ramp, shower facilities, and public toilets
  • Minda Coast Park – trail, seating areas, picnic area, public art installations, education zone
  • Scenic lookouts offering sweeping views of the coastline
  • Minda Dunes
  • Wattle Reserve – playground, basketball court, tennis court, BBQ area, public toilets
  • Swimming beaches
  • Jetty Road, Brighton – local dining, cafes, take away and shopping precinct
  • Iconic Brighton Jetty
  • Arch of Remembrance memorial, Brighton
  • Public Art

Brighton to Seacliff

Brighton / Wituwartingga

  • Distance: 2.1 kilometres from Brighton Jetty to Seacliff Surf Lifesaving Club
  • Time: 26 minutes plus stops
  • Difficulty: Flat
  • Transport: Seaford Railway Line - Brighton Railway Station, Seacliff Railway Station, and Marino Railway Station
  • Car Parking: Parking is available along The Esplanade at Brighton all the way to Seacliff. A public car park is situated at the Seacliff Surf Lifesaving Club, however, this fills quickly during warm weather and on weekends.

Brighton is home to the annual Pattriti Brighton Jetty Classic Sculpture Trail held in January which means you’ll find a variety of public art on display around the Brighton foreshore and along the esplanade. If you’re lucky you might see local sand artist Sue Norman, crafting one of her sand mandalas under the Brighton Jetty which are photographed by many visitors passing by.

Continuing south the walk will take you past two beachfront reserves with playgrounds and picnic areas before you arrive at the Seacliff Beach esplanade, home to the iconic Seacliff Beach Hotel offering waterfront dining. The final stretch of the walk will take you to the Seacliff Sailing and Surf Lifesaving Club where you can continue on to the Kingston Park Coastal Reserve (Kingston Park / Tulukutangga) and Tjilbruke Spring. The Tjilbruke Spring site is of great cultural importance and spiritual significance to the Kaurna people and to the wider Aboriginal population. For thousands of years, the permanent freshwater spring has been bubbling away in the sand and once formed a freshwater coastal lagoon.

The Kingston Park Coastal Reserve and Lookout is a must-see. On top of the cliff overlooking both Tjilbruke Spring and the Kingston pines, is the John Dowie Rock Sculpture commemorating the Aboriginal Dreaming story about the spring and offers spectacular views of the coastline. The Kingston Park cliff face is a natural reserve that supports many native animals including echidnas and blue tongue lizards and over 76 indigenous plant species.

Highlights
  • Brighton Jetty.
  • Jetty Road, Brighton – local dining, cafes, take away and shopping precinct.
  • The Esplanade Hotel – waterfront dining.
  • Bindarra Reserve – playground, picnic area, BBQ facilities, public toilet.
  • Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club.
  • Brighton pump track – 400 metres inland, along Beach Road.
  • Angus Neill Reserve – playground, picnic area, BBQ facilities, public toilet, car park.
  • Swimming beaches.
  • The Seacliff Beach Hotel – waterfront dining.
  • Brighton Beachfront Holiday Park.
  • Stand Up Paddle SA.
  • Seacliff Sailing and Surf Lifesaving Club – café, bar, and restaurant.
  • Oceans Seafood Food Truck – coffee and takeaway.
  • Kingston Park Coastal Reserve – playground, picnic area, BBQ facilities, Tjibruke Spring and Monument, Spinway Adelaide Bicycle Hire.

Accessibility

The Glenelg to Seacliff Coastal Walk provides general access for people with access needs including; wheelchair-accessible transport options available in the general vicinity, wide paths, ramps, seating, and wheelchair-friendly public toilet facilities at our parks and reserves.

This coastal route is suitable for wheelchairs and prams with good even surfaces – enjoy good views from Glenelg Jetty, The Broadway Kiosk looking back to Glenelg, lookouts at the Minda Coast Park, around Brighton Jetty and the Seacliff Surf Lifesaving Club.