Adelaide is well known for its intense summer heat – usually a dry sapping heat with temperatures frequently topping 40+C in January and February.
When the heat sets in, the best remedy is a trip to the coast. Adelaide has a string of good beaches close to the city, including well-known suburban beach hang outs such as Glenelg and Henley Beach.
My pick on a hot summer’s night is to head to the much quieter West Beach, about a 15 minute drive from the city. You won’t find coffee shops, bars or restaurants on the beach but you will find a long stretch of glorious white sand, generally calm waters and best of all, plenty of space to enjoy this stretch of coast to yourself. It’s a totally reasonable expectation to have no-one else within 100 metres – just couples, families, friends dotted here and there.
West Beach is the sort of beach where families play beach cricket, groups of friends set up a sunshade to enjoy a sunset picnic, and locals walk their dogs. As the water is calm, it’s also great for smaller children, or just for getting your feet wet.
To the south of West Beach is Glenelg – the busiest and most bustling of Adelaide’s suburban beach suburbs, while just north is Henley Beach – the jetty easily visible from West Beach and approximately a 15 minute walk along the sand.
Pack a picnic and your own supplies, head to West Beach and you will find yourself wondering as the sun sets in a burst of colour, why you don’t do this more often.