Seacliff Beach (230A) begins amongst the broad rock flats of Mario Rocks. Several hundred metres north of the rocks, the rock flats thin as the sandy beach increases in extent (Fig. 4.59). By Seacliff Surf Life Saving Club and the adjoining Seacliff Sailing Club the beach has almost replaced the... Read more
Seacliff Beach (230A) begins amongst the broad rock flats of Mario Rocks. Several hundred metres north of the rocks, the rock flats thin as the sandy beach increases in extent (Fig. 4.59). By Seacliff Surf Life Saving Club and the adjoining Seacliff Sailing Club the beach has almost replaced the rocks and a sandy beach continues to Glenelg (Fig. 4.60). In the south the beach is backed by a park below the old seacliff , then a caravan park and the two club houses, with a car park and boat ramp north of the sailing club. A road and housing then back the beach all the way to Brighton.The beach itself consists of a high tide sand beach and fronting rock flats south of the surf club, with a shallow sand bar replacing the rocks to the north. Waves are low in the south, increasing to about 0.5 m past the clubs. The bar is usually continuous and rips present only during bigger seas.
The Seacliff to Glenelg beaches offers relatively safe swimming owing to the usually low waves and continuous shallow bar. However rips occasionally cross the bar scouring deeper channels. Stay on the inner bar and clear of any deeper troughs. Care must also be taken near the rocks at Seacliff, around the two jetties, at the Patawalonga breakwater where there can be strong currents, and at occasional breaks in the bar where there are deeper holes. The safest swimming is at the four areas patrolled by the Seacliff, Brighton, Somerton and Glenelg Surf Life Saving Clubs.
Surf is usually low and sloppy along the Adelaide beaches. A high swell in the south or a strong westerly is required to produce waves over 1 m.
The jetties attract most Brighton and Glenelg fishers, while Seacliff rock flats are also popular, as it the Glenelg breakwater. The water off the beaches tend to be shallow, with the best fishing at high tide.
This is Adelaide’s and South Australia’s most popular stretch of beach. It offers good access, a wide range of facilities and relatively safe swimming, with usually little surf.Read less
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.