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.
Crowds flock to Henley Beach during summer – be prepared for extra traffic, limited parking and lines to popular cafés.
Did you know
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.
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.
Given its location and the pristine beach, the whole neighbourhood is in high demand – like most beachside suburbs, the closer you get to the sand, the higher the prices. The homes along the Esplanade fetch the highest prices and make use of the beautiful outlook with large windows and balconies overlooking the sand.
THE STUNNED MULLET
Gourmet seafood, fish and chips8 East Terrace, Henley Beach South 08 8356 7696 www.stunnedmulletsa.com.au
RUBENS PIZZA GASTRONOMIA
Authentic pizza and Italian1/326 Seaview Road, Henley Beach South 08 8356 5118 www.rubenspizza.com
Pies, pastries and cakes45 Henley Beach Road, Henley Beach 08 8364 1836 www.dulwichbakery.com.au
BOOST JUICE BAR
Smoothies health snacks and wraps4/72 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8235 9582 www.boostjuice.com.au
HENLEY TAKE AWAY
Greek, Middle Eastern, seafood255 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8353 4161
Traditional café right on the beachCorner of South Street and The Esplanade, Henley Beach
Greek dishes with laidback outdoor dining255 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8353 2875 www.estia.com.au
CHARMINAR INDIAN RESTAURANT
Traditional Indian in contemporary surrounds1 Henley Beach Road, Henley Beach South 08 8235 9911 www.charminar.com.au
THAI ORCHID RESTAURANT
Authentic Thai with sea views25 3 The Esplanade, Henley Beach 08 8353 4686 www.thaiorchidrestaurant.com.au
Italian by the sea257 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8356 4315 www.stellarestaurant.com.au
Authentic boutique Thai43 Henley Beach Road, Henley Beach South 08 8355 5195 www.facebook.com/Hypnothaized
Hearty Italian on the beach207 The Esplanade, Henley Beach 08 8356 8003 www.caffeprimo.com.au
Scandinavian pastries in a cosy cafe22/330 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8235 1116 www.facebook.com/SwedishTartsHenley
Great coffee and luscious pastries251 The Esplanade, Henley Beach 08 8355 4079 www.ciboespresso.com
303 BY THE SEA
Organic coffee, homemade goods, all day breakfast303 Seaview Road, Henley Beach www.303bythesea.com.au
American home cooking11 Henley Beach Road, Henley Beach 0405 274 110 www.yankeecafe.com.au
Dessert, coffee and chocolate340 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8356 8521 www.cocolat.com.au
GREEN BEAN CAFÉ
Coffee and homemade treats2 340- 352 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8356 5006 www.facebook.com/greenbeanhenley
BARS, PUBS AND CLUBS
HENLEY BEACH HOTEL
Modern Australian dishes in a seaside pubCorner The Esplanade and Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8356 5014 www.henleybeachhotel.com.au
Heritage building modern decor live music328 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8356 5411 www.ramsgatehotel.com.au
BACCHUS WINE BAR
Cocktails international dishes sea-view terrace253 The Esplanade, Henley Beach 08 8356 2644 www.bacchusbar.com.au
Café by day, cocktail and wine bar at night257 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8353 2372 www.malobo.com.au
HENLEY BEACH SLSC
Oceanview bar and restaurant246 The Esplanade, Henley Beach 08 8356 6587 www.henleyslsc.com.au
Bespoke jewellery4A 340-352 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8235 2683 www.naomischwartz.com.au
ONE RUNDLE TRADING CO
Home fashion art26/340 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8235 0136 www.onerundle.com.au
Women's fashion and accessories346 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8353 0013 www.seedheritage.com
MINNOW ON SEAVIEW
Flowers and gifts2/348-352 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8235 1088 www.minnowonseaview.com.au
Ladies and men's fashion346 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8356 9005 www.frenchconnection.com.au
KIDS LIKE THAT
Children's fashion and accessories6 East Terrace, Henley Beach 08 8355 3269 www.kidslikethat.com.au
BEACH STREET HAIR3/49 Henley Beach Road, Henley Beach 08 8356 8940 www.facebook.com/beachsthair
BLONDET25/330-354 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8353 7744 www.blondeadelaide.com.au
RELAX HAIR SKIN BODY251 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8355 0888 www.relaxhenley.com.au
ETERNAL IMAGE STUDIOS247 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8355 5115 www.eternalimagestudios.com
ENDOTA SPA23/330-338 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8355 4800 www.endotaspa.com.au
SILK LASER CLINICT24/336 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 7226 1789 www.silklaser.com.au
F45 HENLEY BEACH330 -354 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 0475 022 345 www.f45training.com.au/henleybeach
NEW LIFE FITNESS CENTRE
Equipment, classes, massage and crèche328 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8346 3633 www.newlifefitnesscentre.com.au
BEACH YOGA ADELAIDEOzone Reserve, Henley Beach South 0415 288 199 www.facebook.com/beachyogaadelaide
GYM WEST250 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8353 4770 www.gymwest.com
ST MICHAEL'S COLLEGE
Co-educational Catholic secondary, year 7 - 1215 Mitton Avenue, Henley Beach 08 8356 5966 www.smc.sa.edu.au
HENLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Co-educational, year 7-12Cudmore Terrace, Henley Beach 08 8355 7000 www.henleyhs.sa.edu.au
STAR OF THE SEA SCHOOL
Co-educational Catholic primary, reception to year 7333 Military Road, Henley Beach 08 8115 7400 www.star.catholic.edu.au
HENLEY COMMUNITY KINDERGARTEN
Sessional preschool for ages 4 and 58 White Street, Henley Beach 08 8356 2300 www.henleykgn.sa.edu.au
GROCERIES AND MARKETS
HENLEY SQUARE FOODLAND348 -354 Seaview Road, Henley Beach www.henleysquarefoodland.com.au
HENLEY BEACH SOUTH IGA16 Henley Beach Road, Henley Beach 08 8353 0340 www.iga.com.au
CELLARBRATIONS18/19, 352 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8353 3611 www.cellarbrations.com.au
CRESTCUT MEAT SERVICES348 -354 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8356 5343 www.adelaidesbestbutcher.com.au
SEAFOOD ON HENLEY15/348-354 Seaview Road, Henley Beach 08 8356 5343 www.adelaidesbestbutcher.com.au
TIMESAVERS SUPERMARKET538 Grange Road, Henley Beach 08 8235 0033
HENLEY SQUARE PLAYSPACE
Water play, reserve and beachSeaview Road, Henley Beach
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