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Somerton Park Beach

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by David Francis (subscribe)
David Francis is a freelance writer based in Adelaide.
Published January 14th 2012
The beach at Somerton Park has more to offer than white sand and clear water.



Situated mid-way between the, arguably, better-known beaches at Glenelg and Brighton, Somerton Park Beach is home to the Somerton Yacht Club and the Somerton Surf Life Saving Club.

All along the Esplanade adjacent to these beaches are parks with public toilets, barbeques and play areas for young and old. These are good-sized grassed areas ideal for picnics or, being right across the road from the beach, a brief respite from the sand.

John Miller Reserve has one-size-fits-all gym equipment which adults can utilise while the kids are in their own enclosed section. In fact, each piece of equipment comes in two sizes, so larger children can partake as well, but there are no adjustable settings for weights.

Somerton Park Beach
John Miller Reserve has adult gym quipment as well as a children's play area


Wattle Reserve, a little further south at Hove, has half-court tennis, a volleyball net and basketball ring.

A full list of parks can be found on the City of Holdfast Bay website - just type "reserves" into the search box.

All the reserves are accessible by car but walking or riding along the beach-front is the best way to get anywhere along here. There is a wide, paved pathway at street-level, suitable for pedestrians or cyclists, or the beach itself. At intervals there are steps down to the beach or you can climb down over the rocks if you feel like it.

Somerton Park Beach
A paved pathway runs along the Esplanade


You can walk north to Glenelg (a little over a kilometre) or it's four and a half kilometres or so in the other direction to get to the Seacliff Hotel - a nice spot for a cool drink or a meal before you head back.

Somerton Park Beach
Looking south, towards Seacliff


In some places the Esplanade does not continue along the beach front, for example where the Somerton Surf Life Saving Club is situated, and you need to take to the beach or the back streets for a while.

Somerton Park Beach
Looking north, towards Glenelg


Then there's the beach itself, of course. The water is clear and the beach sandy. You can take the dog for a splash, the kids for a dip, or a kayak for a paddle if you have one.
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Why? Beaches are great places to go, in winter or summer
When: All year round
Where: Somerton Park Beach
Cost: Free
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