HENLEY At A Glance
Life revolves around the beach in this iconic seaside neighbourhood. Spanning the entire length of the suburb, a pristine stretch of coast forms the perfect backdrop for a relaxed yet active lifestyle. Blending its vibrant café scene with contemporary shopping and a relaxed surfie vibe, Henley Beach retains a distinct, laid-back holiday feel that Adelaideans can’t get enough of.
The beach, the cafés, the convenience – get home from work in time to walk along the beach and eat fish n’ chips while the sun sets.
Bustling with action all weekend long, the iconic Ramsgate Hotel is a true institution for Henley locals and visitors alike.
Established in 1925, Henley Surf Lifesaving Club was the first surf lifesaving club in South Australia.
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.
Henley Beach attracts families, young professionals and established couples who all crave the fresh seaside air and open space that only the beach can provide. Access to prestigious schools and plenty of choice in outdoor recreation appeals to growing families, while older singles and retirees lap up the comfort of the beach atmosphere and friendly vibe.
Locals like to stay active and can often be seen walking, running or cycling along the Esplanade. They also enjoy letting their hair down, often dining out at the many restaurants, cafés and bars on offer.
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SHOPPING & DINING
There’s something about salty air that increases the appetite. Fortunately, Henley Beach delivers on cuisine and culture with a line-up of well-loved Thai, Italian, Greek and even Scandinavian fare to quell hunger pangs. Seaview Road attracts shoppers for fashion and gifts.
With a sandy playground right on the doorstep, Henley Beach caters to active locals. New paths along the Esplanade attract runners and dog walkers, cyclists take advantage of blessedly flat roads, and nearby suburbs such as Grange and Seaton host world-class golf courses and reserves.
Although it can get busy during summer, the recently revamped Henley Square is where all the action is. Outdoor cafés, relaxed bars and rolling lawns all provide plenty of spots for people watching and mingling.
Henley Beach has inspired a myriad of architectural styles over the years, creating a melting pot of art-deco units, solid-brick apartment blocks, contemporary new townhouses and seaside mansions.