Adelaide-based writer with a passion for good coffee, beach walks, bike riding, the great outdoors and writing about my experiences!
Published May 1st 2012
Jetty Road, Brighton is the perfect setting for a day out this weekend with friends or family. Located in Brighton, on the southern beaches of Adelaide, this 200 metre precinct provides a tranquil suburban environment with cafes, restaurants and shops.
The street and its nearby park offer something for all ages and tastes.
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A stroll down the street towards the beach and Brighton Jetty will take you past many colourful and interesting shops and eateries. Whether you're after a simple snack and coffee, a substantial breakfast, lunch or three-course dinner, there will be something for you.
While this popular strip offers a good mix of food, galleries, a book store and boutiques, it still has a strong focus on relaxation. It retains its seaside feel, Art Deco architecture and offers an escape from the crowds, hustle and bustle so common with bigger shopping strips.
From the end of Jetty Road, head out under the Arch of Remembrance onto Brighton jetty and experience fantastic views of Marino to the south and Glenelg to the north. The jetty is in good condition and a popular early morning or late afternoon fishing spot so while you're there, inspect the day's catch of one of the regulars.
Take-away fish 'n chips from The Beach Café is the perfect lunch for those with younger families. Relax and enjoy in Bindara Reserve, just one block south of Jetty Road along the Esplanade. This reserve offers a well maintained playground, wonderful lawns and amenities. There is ample space for those young at heart to stretch out and enjoy some sun, fresh air and open space in an unhurried environment.
Need to check out the footy score? Head back to the Esplanade Hotel - commonly called the Espy - for a drink and take in the excitement of the last quarter of the day's football, and of course no day out is complete without an ice-cream as you head home.