A favourite spot for the hip and healthy, Henley Beach attracts people from near and far. Nurtured by a strong local community and a bustling café culture, the sandy beach is the major drawcard of this relaxed seaside enclave.
As soon as the sun comes out, families set up camp with bright umbrellas and beach towels, while kids make a beeline for the shallow puddles to look for shells. Runners hit the pavement early, relishing quiet mornings and a fantastic footpath that extends to beaches in both directions, while swimmers make the most of the clear water and gentle surf. On the weekends, stand-up paddle boarders take advantage of the calm conditions while kite surfers harness the breeze on windy days.
Those who are lucky enough to score a front-row seat gravitate to their balconies and front lawns to soak up the seaside air. Residents who live on the backstreets make walking to the beach a daily ritual. For those who’d rather keep their toes sand free, Henley Beach’s famous jetty juts out 500 metres over the sea – a favourite spot for fishermen and Sunday strollers.
The recently renovated Henley Square provides the perfect vantage point. A true community hub in every sense of the word, the Square offers up a bustling precinct of cafés, restaurants and eateries. Parklands beckons picnickers, while the ultra-modern Surf Lifesaving Club, the historic Ramsgate Hotel and other nearby bars provide the perfect spot to watch the sun go down.
A selection of shops, daily conveniences and services can also be accessed via the Square, while a handful of eateries and retailers can be found on the leafy backstreets. When home, locals tend to get around on foot or on bike, truly embracing the seaside lifestyle.