Adelaide's Mid Coast Beaches
South Australia, Mid Coast
The sheltered Metro and Mid Coast beaches around Adelaide more often than not see tiny waves break on their sandy shores. This lack of wave energy can be frustrating for experienced surfers who spend a lot of time driving to the more exposed south coast or challenging gems to the west of Adelaide. However, beginner surfers and kids will find that the small waves that break on the beaches south of Adelaide can be great for learning to surf on. So grab a big softboard or longboard on the many small surf days, find an empty peak and enjoy.
Whilst the accessible Glenelg Beach can have a wave at times, the beaches further south between Port Noarlunga and Aldinga provide more consistent surf. At Southport Beach good sandbars often form towards the southern half of the beach along with marginal shelter from south winds. Moana & Christies Beaches are also spots which can have a fun wave for practising surfing. Like all surf beaches, watch out for rips and also rocks and reefs that are scattered along this coastline.
During rare bigger swells, or when the waves are whipped up from locally generated winds from the south west, the southern end of Sellicks Beach can provide safer and smoother surfing conditions. If the surf is flat in this area, head south to the exposed beaches of Middleton and Goolwa.
Good Wind Direction
Adelaide's beaches are best on South East to North East winds for smooth surface conditions (although it is west winds that create the small messy wind waves that many local groms froth on).
Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Moderate West to South West and big South swells.
Rocks, Rip Currents and Marine Life.
Have fun surfing Adelaide by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.
Car parks are located at all of Adelaide's beaches, and driving on the beach is permitted on Sellicks and MoanaBeaches - watch out for high tide…
Most of Adelaide's beaches are patrolled on weekends and public holidays from November until March - always swim between the red and yellow flags.
Beginners & kids are best to surf when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.
Located in the foreshore reserves and next to car parks behind the beaches.
Good coffee and food is always close by at Adelaide's beaches. Many surf shops are located in Adelaide and around the mid coast beaches to the south.