Semaphore Foreshore, the Beach, Jetty and Carousel
The Semaphore Foreshore is a hive of activity during the warmer months with a host of traditional family attractions.
Located on the corner of the Esplanade and Semaphore Road, the foreshore is watched over by the ‘Semaphore Angel’ positioned on top of the War Memorial Clock which was built in 1925 after the First World War. The first Christmas Carnival was held in 1920 to raise the money to pay for this Memorial Clock.
Highlights of Semaphore Foreshore
Highlights of the foreshore include the Waterslide Complex, the Fort Glanville train rides during the warmer months, an historic carousel, the Semaphore Summer Carnival and of course the beach and jetty. There are also some great shops, cafes and restaurants on nearby Semaphore Road.
Semaphore Foreshore Reserve
The Semaphore Foreshore Reserve is a large grassy area with ample room to run around and kick a ball. There is a fully fenced undercover playground here next to the kiosk, a skate park, picnic and BBQ facilities and access to the beach and jetty.
There are convenient beachside showers and the path that runs along the foreshore is perfect for a leisurely coastal walk, running or riding bikes and scooters.
On the other side of the foreshore are public toilets and if you walk along the path down in front of The Palais you’ll find another playground.
Semaphore is the perfect spot to enjoy time outdoors with your family with options to play on or off the sand. The beach itself is great for kids with soft white sand and low, gentle waves.
If it’s a little too cool for a swim you can always build sand castles, fly a kite, throw a frisbee or play with a bat and ball.
This beach plays host to the Adelaide International Kite Festival each year.
The entrance to the jetty is next to the shed for the Fort Glanville heritage steam train, which is operated by the National Railway Museum. The jetty is a Semaphore landmark and today is approximately 585 metres long.
Take a walk to the end and try to spot the schools of little fish swimming in the shallows. It’s a lovely view from the end of the jetty looking back at Semaphore and along the coast. It’s a great spot to drop a line too if you like to fish.
The Semaphore Carousel
The Semaphore Carousel has been a resident of the Semaphore Foreshore since 1938. It is believed to be the largest operating carousel in Australia with 40 handcrafted wooden horses. The carousel is housed in an undercover enclosure to protect it from the elements and is a unique venue to hire for private parties and functions.
Semaphore Carousel Opening Hours
- Summer | 10am to late
- School Holidays | Everyday 10am to 5pm
- Weekends/Public Holidays | 10am to 5pm
(Carousel is closed on Christmas day and during days of bad weather and high heat).
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Semaphore Carousel Facebook page or Rotary Club of Henley Beach website.
What: Semaphore Beach, Jetty & Carousel
When: Beach & Jetty – All Year | Semaphore Carousel (see opening hours above)
Where: Semaphore Foreshore – cnr Esplanade & Semaphore Road, Semaphore
Who: All Ages
Main Carousel image from the Carousels in South Australia and Beyond Facebook page. All other images by Play & Go Adelaide 2013.
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