Aldinga Beach has been named best beach for children, dogs, picnics and water sports! Kaiden Sherrah, 3, Bella Bignall, 4, Jessica Sherrah with one-year-old Lakyn Sherrah, Liz Cooper and Holly Kingsmill, 10, enjoying Aldinga Beach, which has been named Adelaide’s best beach in a survey by Messenger Community News and The Advertiser. Picture: Sam Wundke. Source: News Limited
Aldinga Beach is named Adelaide’s Best Beach 2013 in a Messenger and Advertiser survey
MESSENGER COMMUNITY NEWS
DECEMBER 16, 2013 10:30PM
IT’S OFFICIAL – Aldinga Beach is Adelaide’s best beach.
Messenger Community News and The Advertiser put out the call to you, to tell us which beach is your favourite.
More than 720 people answered our survey, with Aldinga Beach coming out on top at 11 per cent of the votes, just in front of Port Noarlunga on 9.1 per cent.
Aldinga Beach was also voted the best beach for families with children under 4 and over 4, the best beach for dogs, water sports and swimming.
Surf Life Saving South Australia general manager commercial operations Shane Daw said Aldinga Beach’s stretch of coast was one of the best in the state.
“This stretch of coast has beautiful aqua oceans and is not built up,” Mr Daw told Messenger Community News.
“The patrols set up by Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club are on weekends and public holidays and there is plenty of beach to enjoy.”
Aldinga Beach resident Liz Cooper said the southern beach was definitely the best in Adelaide.
“You can take the car on the beach, which is a real positive when you have kids, because you can take everything on to the beach,” Ms Cooper said.
“(It’s) a beautiful, clean and magnificent beach.
“It’s something that attracts people to the area and keeps them here.”
Onkaparinga Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg was not surprised Aldinga Beach was Adelaide’s favourite.
“It ticks all of the boxes,” Ms Rosenberg said.
“It’s a unique beach because not only can you drive on it, which makes it easy for a lot of people to access, you can launch a boat from it, snorkel in the shallows and it’s a great playing beach.
“We have beautiful marine and land life at Aldinga Beach too. It’s a beach for everyone.”
Meanwhile, great shopping, dining and entertainment have helped Glenelg win the title of Adelaide’s best beach for children over 12.
The beachside shopping and entertainment precinct also won the public’s vote for its night life after 64.6 per cent rated it the best.
Belair teenager Hannah Crockett-Naini and Swedish exchange student Moltas Engstrom, both 15, said they loved to spend time at Glenelg.
“It’s a convenient place to spend the day because you can catch the tram from the city, which is fun and easy, and everything is there,” Hannah said.
“You don’t have to go far to get an ice-cream or lunch and the shops are close too … plus Glenelg is a great beach.”
Surf Life Saving SA general manager commercial operations Shane Daw said Glenelg was “without doubt” SA’s most popular tourist destination.
“Access for all visitors is made easy with the tram stopping at the beach front,” Mr Daw said.
“Plenty of entertainment and great expanses of beach with lots of activity including beach volleyball, amusements and lots of places to dine. A combination of volunteer surf lifesavers and paid lifeguards ensures this beach has safety services available almost every day during summer.”
ADELAIDE’S BEST BEACHES 2013
Best beach for surfing
MOANA has been named Adelaide’s best surfing beach with 21 per cent of the vote. Surf Life Saving SA general manager commercial operations Shane Daw says Moana is great for surfing. “It has great access and parking for visitors and regularly has great waves,” he says.
Other great surfing beaches as voted by you: Port Noarlunga, Seaford, Aldinga Beach and Christies Beach.
Best beach for children under 4
ALDINGA Beach has been voted best beach for families with children under 4 with 13 per cent of the vote.
Other great beaches for young children: Semaphore, Port Noarlunga and Brighton
Best beach for children over 4
ALDINGA Beach also took out the honour for best beach for families with children over 4 with 12.4 per cent of the vote.
Other popular beaches for children over 4: Port Noarlunga, Semaphore, Henley Beach and Glenelg.
Best beach for children over 12
GLENELG has been named Adelaide’s best beach for over 12s with 17.9 per cent of the vote.
Other great beaches for children over 12: Aldinga Beach, Port Noarlunga, Henley Beach and Moana.
Best beach for swimming
ADELAIDE’S best beach for swimming, according to you, is Aldinga Beach with 13.4 per cent of the vote.
Other popular swimming beaches: Port Noarlunga, Brighton, Henley Beach and Grange.
Best beach for crabbing
ST Kilda has been named Adelaide’s best crabbing beach with 23.9 per cent of the votes. SA fishing guru Shane Mensforth says St Kilda allows people to wade in the shallows or go in a boat to go crabbing. “Nowhere else has this. It’s why St Kilda is so popular,” he says.
Other great crabbing beaches as voted by you: Semaphore, Largs Bay and Aldinga Beach.
Best beach for fishing
PORT Noarlunga has been named Adelaide’s best beach for fishing with 13.7 per cent of the vote.
Other great fishing beaches: Aldinga Beach, Sellicks Beach, Brighton, St Kilda and Outer Harbour.
Best beach for dogs
MORE than 14 per cent of voters picked Aldinga Beach as the best for dogs.
The next best dog beach according to you: O’Sullivan Beach.
Best beach for picnics
ALDINGA Beach has been named Adelaide’s best picnic beach with 14.6 per cent of the vote.
Other great picnic beaches as voted by you: Semaphore, Henley Beach and Moana.
Best beach for coffee or lunch with friends
HENLEY Beach has been named Adelaide’s best beach for coffee or lunch with friends with 25.7 per cent of the vote. Mr Daw says Henley Beach is rising in popularity. “It has become a busy area with a shopping precinct backing the great beach,” he says.
Other great spots as voted by you: Glenelg and Brighton.
Adelaide’s best jetty
PORT Noarlunga has been named Adelaide’s best jetty with 33 per cent of the vote. Mr Daw says Port Noarlunga offers a unique setting for families and divers. “The reef, the beach and the jetty top the beach off perfectly,” he says.
Other great Adelaide jetties as voted by you: Brighton and Semaphore.
Best beach for water sports
ALDINGA beach has been voted as the best for water sports with 15.7 per cent of the vote.
Other popular beaches for water sports: Glenelg, Port Noarlunga, Moana and West Beach.
Best beach for night life
GLENELG has been named Adelaide’s best beach for night life with 64.6 per cent of the vote.
The other best beach for night-life: Henley Beach.