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. Coming into summer it’s a hive of activity with the huge lawn foreshore with lots of green space and pavements for scooter enthusiasts.

Semaphore is so spectacular you can spend a whole day at this beach side suburb doing so much or so little….the choice is yours! I recently had a beautiful morning at Semaphore indulging in some pancakes with the kids for breakfast followed by exploring the playgrounds and a carousel ride to finish.

The Vintage Carousel

Take a ride back to 1928 in the Vintage Carousel. This 1928 vintage carousel, still in use, is the largest in Australia. The horses were carved by Melbourne craftsmen with modest ornamentation. It is driven by an electrical lift motor and gearbox, and was the envy of steam-driven carousels.. and its heaps of fun for a $5.00 ride.

Please note as the lovely volunteer explained to me their facilities are as old as the carousel so cash only.

Semaphore Summer Carnival

In 2018-19, the Semaphore Summer Carnival will be open each day except Christmas Day, and is the perfect setting to enjoy the celebrations of New Years Eve and Australia Day, each with the popular fireworks displays which have been enjoyed by locals and visitors for many years.

Two amazing playgrounds

Two amazing playgrounds are situated on the Semaphore Playground and one is fenced! Even Get double playground fun with two beachside adventure playgrounds situated only metres from one another. Great adventure equipment including rock climbing wall, sensory swing, pirate ship, swings and more.

Steam Train

All aboard! The Semaphore Steam Train is in full swing for Summer. The magical steam train along the Semaphore Sand Dunes. The National Railway Museum operates a 2km long 457 mm gauge railway from Semaphore to Fort Glanville which departs from the foot of the jetty at the end of the popular Semaphore Road cafe strip, and parallels the Esplanade and the sand dunes of one of Adelaide’s most popular swimming beaches, before passing through the dunes near historic Fort Glanville at Point Malcolm.

The railway operates:

  • Every Sunday and Public Holiday from end of September to end of April (inclusive)
  • Daily during the September & April school holidays EXCEPT Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Daily from and including 26 December to the end of the January school holidays

Steam trains will depart between 11am and 4pm, roughly every hour or at frequencies varied according to demand.

Eat! Eat! Eat!

There are oodles of places to choose to eat along Semaphore Road, a personal favourite is Fish & Chips on the Foreshore! My new recent discovery is a family breakfast at the Semaphore Palais. An Adelaide icon, the Palais is right on the beachfront and offers such a laid back and cool vibe for a summer’s breakfast … hello room for prams as well! No overcrowded cafes with bumper to bumper prams.

Take in a movie

Want the cheapest movie in town? head to the family owned Odeon Star Cinema at Semaphore with $8.00 movie tickets , any day, any time! With a retro candy bar and classic old charm – this piece of history in Cinema is a great way to end your day at the beachside suburb with a tub of popcorn and the latest flick.

Don’t forget the waterslide!

The semaphore waterslide is a 30 year favourite in Semaphore… and a personal favourite childhood memory of mine! If you do not feel like getting wet there is mini golf (for perhaps us parents as the kids zoom down the slide) a bouncy castle and a side show alley of games. $10.00 will give you 5 rides!

Don’t forget to check out our What’s on calendar on the Kids in Adelaide website for all the Semaphore events including Australia Day Celebrations, Carols, Summer Carnival and Semaphore Street Fair.