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Another Visit to Semaphore Beach South Australia

Semaphore Beach main foreshore.
Semaphore Beach is a favorite haunt of my partner and I. Oscar also loves it too. He's not a big fan of the water but he's not really scared of it either. With a bit of encouragement you can even get him to swim. He likes all the people and seeing other dogs.

I've written about Semaphore Beach before. It's a great family beach with plenty to do even for non swimmers like myself. You can see the main part of the foreshore in the image above. This area has playgrounds, a skate park, cafe, fairground, waterslides and even a miniature train that runs at least half the length of the foreshore.

The Frog Van at
Semaphore.
Semaphore is about 45 minutes to an hour away from where we live in Gawler. Part of the reason for going was to give my Frog Van its first long distance run since getting it up and running and back on the road. 

On the highway.
Obviously we made it there and back with no issues and not a single backfire from the van's engine. It happily flew along at the maximum speed limits for the fastest sections of the trip (110 kilometres per hour). It's a little hairy going at that speed in the van because it's so light and the roof vibrates a little too but otherwise it's okay.

Sotos Fish & Chips.
If you're ever down Semaphore way and planning to get a serving of fish and chips for lunch or dinner, although the Cafe/Ice cream shop on the foreshore is a good option, we prefer heading up the main street to Soto's Fish and Chip shop (be warned they don't have EFTPOS).

Oscar and I on the
foreshore.
In general Soto's food is just better quality and they cook all their chips fresh. Though we seemed to get a lot of scrappy little chips in our order but otherwise the fish and Calamari we ordered was very nice.

We ate ours on the grassed median strip that runs down the main street and features park benches and shady trees making it very pleasant despite the traffic running past either side.

There's not too much else to add. We enjoyed our day. The weather was great, with not a cloud in the sky and a breeze to keep the heat cool. Feel free to watch the very short video below for a few more images from our day.


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  1. Oh, I thought I was going to see actual video, as I wanted to see some more of Oscar! Would be nice to see some of Kathy too - and you of course as well, though Kathy would have to do the honours for that maybe.

    I'm sure I must have been to Semaphore beach in the long, distant past when we all lived over there, but it will have changed since the 70s, so I can't remember it. Looks a nice place to go, even if it is a long drive, but nice for a day or afternoon out.

    Don't suppose your van runs to air con when the real heat is here? Still, fresh warm air's not too bad, that was all we had then. Which is your nearest beach - though - I don't think you are too far away from it in Gawler? Are the beaches nice there - I've never been to Gawler?

    I forget we've got beaches in Perth, as I very rarely get to go there, and it would probably be just Fremantle if I did. I haven't been for quite a few years now, and the time before that it had been 6yrs since I'd been to a beach!

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    1. I was going to do some video of the trip but it starts to feel a bit like work trying to get some interesting footage. Just wanted to have a nice afternoon, and take a few photos for the blog.

      Kathy prefers not to be filmed so don't expect to see her in a video any time soon.

      The van has windows for air con - and a fan. That's about it. I've never really found it that hot to drive in, even on hotter days.

      Semaphore, I think, is our nearest beach for swimming. I think St. Kilda might be the closest but it's more of a playground near a beach that people use for boating and fishing.

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  2. Indeed the beach is built to guarantee your safety while providing you with a perfect way to enjoy its unspoilt beauty. Bondi beach features some of the finest hotels and restaurants in this part of the world.

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