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Seaside fun in Semaphore holiday homes to rent

Located on the Gulf St Vincent coastline of South Australia, Semaphore is a quiet Adelaide suburb with white sands, family-friendly seas and a colourful foreshore bordered by lush green. Whether you want fun in the sun with the kids or a secluded retreat as a couple, holiday homes to rent in Semaphore give you endless options for how to spend your trip.

Things to do

Things to do near Semaphore holiday homes

Several attractions are found throughout Semaphore and Adelaide for a fun-filled holiday. Holiday homes are available near the National Railway Museum, a heritage museum with railway artefacts and the Fort Glanville steam train, and Timeball Tower, a historic working carousel. Semaphore Road, one of the widest boulevards in the suburb, is lined with funky boutiques, cafes and old salt pubs for dining and drinks.


Activities and attractions in and around Semaphore

Do you want to discover things to do in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that Semaphore has to offer. These are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • The Semaphore Waterslide Complex (0.2 mi / 0.3 km)
  • Adelaide Aquatic Centre (7.4 mi / 11.9 km)
  • North Adelaide Golf Course (7.8 mi / 12.5 km)
  • Carclew Youth Arts Center (8 mi / 12.9 km)
  • Adelaide Zoo (8.6 mi / 13.9 km)
  • The Beachhouse (9.8 mi / 15.7 km)
Day trips

Best excursions near Semaphore holiday rentals

Semaphore offers a variety of day trips to charming towns, coastal areas and beautiful beaches. Holiday homes are close enough for day trips to places like the Barossa Valley, a premier wine valley with vineyards and wineries with tasting tours, and Adelaide Hills, an area of sweeping countryside, farmlands and wineries with quaint German villages. You’ll also enjoy Encounter Bay in the Fleurieu Peninsula, which has horse-drawn rides along the coast to watch for dolphins, and Kangaroo Island, a tranquil spot known for its native wildlife population and unspoilt landscape.

Natural highlights

Exploring the natural features in Semaphore

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, Semaphore is a great place to get out in nature. Here are some of the area’s most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Adelaide Botanic Gardens (8.9 mi / 14.4 km)
  • Brighton Beach (12.5 mi / 20.2 km)
  • Garden Island (3.6 mi / 5.9 km)
  • Grange Beach (4.4 mi / 7.1 km)
  • Henley Beach (5.7 mi / 9.1 km)
  • West Beach (8 mi / 12.9 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Semaphore

Fly into Adelaide, SA (ADL), the closest airport, located 7.5 mi (12.1 km) from the city centre.

Food & drink 

Regional cuisine in Semaphore

Semaphore offers a unique combination of seaside fare and South Australia’s signature cuisine. Near the coast, you’ll find everything from gourmet ice cream to fish and chips, but the many restaurants around the area offer regional staples like locally reared lamb, artisanal chocolate, fresh fruit and fresh-caught crabs, whiting, oysters and crayfish. German delicacies are also common, such as spicy cured sausage. If you want to experience all that South Australia has to offer during your stay in Semaphore, visit a restaurant or eatery near your holiday accommodation.


Best events near Semaphore holiday homes

Semaphore celebrates numerous events throughout the year, all within reach of your holiday accommodation. The Semaphore Street Fair brings the community together to celebrate local history, while the Semaphore Summer Twilight Markets offer a unique shopping experience with an array of goods. There’s also a kite festival in the spring, which showcases a variety of distinctive kite designs.

Family friendly

Family fun near holiday homes in Semaphore

Semaphore offers an array of options to entertain and educate the kids during your trip. Holiday homes are close to many family-friendly attractions, such as the Adelaide Zoo, a collection of thousands of animals with interactive experiences, and the South Australian Museum, a large museum with natural history artefacts and indigenous cultural exhibits. The kids will also enjoy Victoria Square, a large green space with gum trees, picnic areas and seasonal outdoor events, and the Migration Museum, a social history museum with exhibits of South Australia’s diverse cultures.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday rentals in Semaphore

Semaphore’s tranquil seaside atmosphere and romantic attractions make it ideal for a couple’s retreat. Holiday homes can be found near places like the Himeji Gardens, a traditional Japanese garden with meditative paths and ornamental features, and the Adelaide Casino, a gaming space with shops, restaurants and bars. The Adelaide Central Market, a bustling destination for fresh produce and meats, and the Adelaide Botanic Garden, a verdant garden with rare plants, statuary and greenhouses, are also enjoyable for couples.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Semaphore?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 504 holiday rentals around Semaphore. From 162 Houses to 249 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Semaphore is on Stayz.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Semaphore?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Semaphore. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Semaphore Jetty: 787 holiday rentals
  • The Semaphore Waterslide Complex: 787 holiday rentals
  • City Bridge: 880 holiday rentals
  • Henley Beach: 858 holiday rentals
  • Glenelg Beach: 928 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Semaphore listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Semaphore?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 162 Houses in Semaphore. Our other popular types of Semaphore holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 249 holiday houses
  • Villas: 6 holiday houses
  • Cabins: 18 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Semaphore?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 84 holiday homes with pool available in Semaphore. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.