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South Australia's Best Coastal Suburbs to Call Home

Those looking to make a sea change can find their little slice of paradise in these eight coastal enclaves around South Australia.

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? South Australia’s seaside beckons with some of the most popular regional spots to pick up and move. Here are eight of our favourite coastal neighbourhoods where you can make the ultimate sea change.

Goolwa (Photo credit: Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism)
Goolwa (Photo credit: Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism)

In the heart of the Fleurieu Peninsula, the small town of Goolwa is where the mouth of the Murray and Southern Ocean meet. The historic river port combines a bustling village atmosphere with picturesque beaches and great surf. Property here is tightly held – a combination of quaint cottages, modest 1940s residences and new homes, with a median price of $362,000. The suburb is popular among empty nesters, enamoured by its coastal charm.

Semaphore Beach - Gabrielle Walsh
Semaphore Beach - Gabrielle Walsh

The seaside suburb of Semaphore is conveniently located just 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre yet feels as though it is a world away. With its glistening, calm waters, bustling foreshore and flourishing food scene, it gives residents a sense of life on holidays. It’s no wonder the neighbourhood lures everyone from professionals to young families looking to put down roots. Semaphore is known for its genuine community spirit and beautiful character homes, with median property prices ranging from $743,000 for houses to $344,000 for units.


The bustling suburb of Glenelg remains Adelaide’s most popular beachside suburb for good reason. It combines an energetic, outdoor lifestyle with cafes, pubs and alfresco eateries. A quick tram ride will take you straight into the city centre, while the picturesque foreshore encourages plenty of space to stretch your legs. A mix of art deco houses, character cottages and high-rise apartments, newcomers can expect to pay between $680,000 for a unit, to over a million for a small house. 

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Aldinga Beach

Flanked by pristine coastline, the peaceful suburb of Aldinga Beach has transcended from day-trip destination to sought-after lifestyle locale. This relaxed beachside neighbourhood offers quality schools, sporting grounds, a shopping centre and eateries and sits just a short drive to the McLaren Vale wine region. For commuters, Aldinga Beach is roughly 50 minutes’ drive from central Adelaide. It has a growing, family-friendly community yet remains affordable with a median house price of $425,000.

Kangaroo Island

With more than 500 kilometres of coastline, life on Kangaroo Island is all about the great outdoors. Suited to those preferencing a slower pace, Kangaroo Island combines stunning beaches with foodie delights and true untamed wilderness. It’s a 45-minute ferry ride from the mainland, posing a rural and restorative lifestyle where residents are part of a unique, close-knit community. In the town of Kingscote, houses can be snapped up for less than $300,000.

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Adam Bruzzone - South Australian Tourism Commission
Adam Bruzzone - South Australian Tourism Commission
Victor Harbor

With its sea-salty lifestyle and captivating charm, Victor Harbor continues to attract young families and those embracing the work from home trend. Situated on the south coast just over an hours’ drive from Adelaide, it caters to those seeing a laid-back, small-town atmosphere. Residents can soak up secluded beaches, coastal bike trails and a historic township lined with pretty shops, pubs and cafes. Property prices range from $300,000 for units to $440.000 for houses, with Victor Harbor seeing some of the greatest rental returns in regional South Australia.

Robe (Photo credit: District Council of Robe)
Robe (Photo credit: District Council of Robe)

Nestled on South Australia’s Limestone Coast, Robe is an idyllic spot to raise a family or retire to. The picture-perfect town is a popular holiday destination come summer, while many are choosing never to leave. Its streets offer a string of shops, cafes and grocery stores, while the closest major town is Mt Gambier, about an hours’ drive away. Houses here will set you back about $440,000.

Port Lincoln

Those looking for a waterside escape in South Australia, can nab a beach house in Port Lincoln for just $340,000. Tucked away on the Eyre Peninsula – the “seafood capital of Australia” – it’s an aquatic playground with fishing, secluded beaches and rugged walking trails that hug the coastline. Port Lincoln is a foodie paradise, home to the highly desired Coffin Bay oysters along with a handful of surrounding wineries and excellent local restaurants.

*All statistics sourced from Core Logic, and Domain.

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