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You can feel it as the sun be­gins to rise. A buzz is in the air, grow­ing louder and more vi­brant as the min­utes tick by. It’s the sound of cy­clists and jog­gers, par­ents push­ing prams and own­ers walk­ing dogs.

It’s the sound of Hen­ley Beach in the morn­ing. At the cen­tre of all this hub­bub is Hen­ley Square, above. Ren­o­vated and re­vived just over two years ago, the Square fea­tures seat­ing and grassed ar­eas, shade struc­tures and three restau­rants serv­ing ev­ery­thing from break­fast to cock­tails over­look­ing the beach. It’s the place where all those cy­clists, jog­gers and walk­ers re­lax and catch up af­ter their ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Hen­ley Beach Surf Life Sav­ing Club is not just pop­u­lar with fam­i­lies; its bar and restau­rant of­fers un­in­ter­rupted beach­front and panoramic views, mak­ing it the per­fect spot to watch the sun go down while tuck­ing into some qual­ity lo­cal fare. Or there’s the Bac­chus Bar, which again of­fers mag­nif­i­cent views with its food.

Across the road is one of the area’s old­est es­tab­lish­ments and a firm favourite with the lo­cals, the Rams­gate Ho­tel.

For those look­ing to eat on the go, a 10minute walk from the Rams­gate takes you to the Stunned Mul­let take­away, win­ner of sev­eral awards for its seafood dishes.

Turn­ing your back on the beach, a three­minute walk across Seav­iew Rd takes you to the shop­ping precinct, where you’ll find fur­ni­ture at One Run­dle Trad­ing Com­pany and fash­ion at Seed Her­itage. Ade­laide’s most pop­u­lar beach­side des­ti­na­tion, Glenelg’s vi­brant mix of tourists and lo­cals gives it an en­ergy all of its own. The main street, Jetty Rd, above, is a mash-up of one-off bou­tiques, larger chain re­tail­ers, cafes, restau­rants and bars.

Car­done’s Seafood & Grill, Eu­ropa at the Bay, The Strand Cafe Restau­rant, Glenelg Bar­beque and Mamma Carmela Cafe Pizze­ria Inn are just some of the high­lights to be savoured on Jetty Rd while, at Mose­ley Square, which is be­tween where Jetty Rd ends and the ocean be­gins, you’ll find In­dian Spice, The Prom­e­nade Restau­rant and The Mose­ley Bar & Kitchen, run by award-win­ning ex­ec­u­tive chef Sam Cromwell.

For more din­ing op­tions, a five-minute walk from Mose­ley Square takes you to Ma­rina Pier. Here, you can ad­mire the sail­ing boats moored at the ma­rina while savour­ing a se­lec­tion of mouth-wa­ter­ing meals from such es­tab­lish­ments as The Oys­ter Bar, The Wharf, Zucca Greek Mezze, El­lenika Tra­di­tional Greek Tav­erna and Sammy’s on the Ma­rina.

For some un­for­get­table beach bliss, treat your­self to a night or week­end at the Stam­ford Grand Ho­tel, which boasts stun­ning views from its Prom­e­nade Restau­rant and Grand Bar. The other Jetty Rd in Ade­laide, Brighton may be lack­ing in the num­ber of tourists that its sis­ter street in Glenelg at­tracts but it is not lack­ing in high-qual­ity at­trac­tions.

Si­t­u­ated on ei­ther side of Jetty Rd on the Es­planade, both the Es­planade Ho­tel and View at 85 Cafe of­fer a spec­tac­u­lar vista across the white sands and pop­u­lar pier to the sparkling ocean. The former, af­fec­tion­ately known as The Espy, of­fers a range of ac­com­mo­da­tion and two din­ing op­tions while, at View at 85 Cafe, you can in­dulge in a leisurely break­fast, a long lunch, or watch the sun set over din­ner.

Mi­nus the view but still in great taste, Cafe Lune opened its doors on Jetty Rd in March last year and serves up Italianthemed cui­sine from break­fast to din­ner, seven days a week. A lit­tle fur­ther along are a num­ber of cafes in­clud­ing The Seller Door, A Cafe Etc, Brighton Beach Pit, C.R.E.A.M. and The Edge Deli, each with its own dis­tinct flavour. And don’t for­get to check out Brighton Jetty Bak­ery’s range of breads, cakes, pies and pas­tries, above.

Fol­low­ers of fash­ion will en­joy a rum­mage through Haute Cul­ture and Eva & Paige Em­po­rium, while those look­ing for a unique gift or just to treat them­selves to some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent should check out Aqua Liv­ing Gifts. The small sea­side-town vibe of Port Noar­lunga is as mel­low as ever, en­hanced by the schools of black-clad scuba divers and more brightly coloured snorklers and swim­mers mov­ing to and from the jetty and the reef at its end in a steady tide.

Seafood is abun­dant in lo­cal bas­tions Hor­tas Restau­rant and less for­mal Jimmy’s Fish & Chips. Fur­ther along Salt­fleet or Gawler streets, the cafes keep on com­ing, in­clud­ing Agatha’s, Café CODY and the Cof­fee Fac­tory. Din­ers can also choose from pizza, steak, In­dian food or set­tle for sim­ple pub grub at the Port Noar­lunga Ho­tel. If noth­ing but baked goods will do it, keep walk­ing to Beck’s Bake­house.

The town is home to plenty of re­tail­ers, es­pe­cially cater­ing to surfers and sports­peo­ple, with an­tique shops, above, dot­ted in be­tween gift shops, artsy crafty bou­tiques, an in­or­di­nate num­ber of hair­dressers and one day spa.

A few min­utes along the coast, a bevy of eater­ies watch down from the cliffs over the sandy ex­panse of Christies Beach. With its gen­tler pace, the beach and the Es­planade above are home to the Surf Life Sav­ing Club and Sail­ing Club.

An­other hive of busy gulf-view cafes can also be found the end of Beach Rd.

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