North of the Torrens River the coast runs north-northwest for 10 km to the protruding sandy Semaphore foreland, then slowly curves into west facing Largs Bay. This entire 16 km of beach is backed by Adelaide’s beach suburbs. It is bounded by the Torrens and North Haven breakwaters, with four jetties crossing the beach. Waves average less than 1 m at the southern Henley, and decrease even further north of Semaphore. At the same time the beach has a continuous attached bar, fronted by a trough then a second bar, and past Semaphore and into Largs Bay a third bar is present, however waves only break on the outer bars during higher wind wave conditions. Under normal low wave conditions these are all relatively safe beaches. Just be aware of the troughs between the bars if swimming out past the inner bar.
Beach Length: 15.8km
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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.