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Semaphore is one of the most popular beaches in Adelaide, and on a summer day you will find crowds of people enjoying themselves there.
There's a clean sandy beach, a lawn reserve with shaded picnic areas and a kiosk, and the Semaphore jetty to explore.
Most importantly there is also an amusement park in the reserve, located between the Semaphore jetty and the Palais Hotel. Many say it's the top amusement park in Adelaide, although fans of the Glenelg Beach House may want to dispute that.
During the summer school holidays finding things to do in Adelaide can be difficult if you have children, but you're pretty much guaranteed to find things they will love to do at Semaphore.
The Carousel is one of Adelaide's oldest beachside attractions, having been at Semaphore since 1938.
Its magical merry-go-round with 40 hand crafted horses is an instant winner for small children, while adults marvel at the intricate decorations and careful carving that went into making this unique ride.
The Carousel is open every weekend, and on public and school holidays (excluding Christmas Day) – from:11.30am to 3.30pm. During Summer school holidays they are open until mid evening, but are closed in bad weather or if extremely hot. (Times are approximate)
The water slide at Semaphore is a top amusement attraction, together with a Ferris wheel, mini golf course and bouncy castle.
During the summer months the air is full of children's screams as they fly down the water slide or jump high in the air in the bouncy castle.
The Waterslide Complex is open during all school and public holidays (except Christmas), from 10.30 until at least 5.30. During summer it is usually open much later - check times on their website or by calling (08) 8449 6323.
You can find it across the road from the former Semaphore Coffee Palace, just near to the Palais Hotel.
But the thought of being strapped down and flung into the sky with ten other people makes my stomach a little unsettled. Just as well Semaphore is well served by hotels where one can settle and revive oneself.
Rides usually open from 11am during the summer school holidays only, and closing time depends on the weather. More information is available from Greg on 0418 827251
Love Semaphore. Am there every weekend with my 2yo to ride Bill the steamie and also the Merry Go Round. Only downside is there are no baby changing facilities. I have engaged the local Pt Adel/Enfield council about it and it is part of their next budget. Either way we love the place!!
Perusing through your articles of late Dave tantalised my eyes with neon brights. I had queried whether there was something wrong with my vision being the hypochondriac I am. Thank god it is just camera tricks. Nice write up on Semaphore.