Semaphore's beautiful heritage buildings and the foreshore with its landmark beachfront “ball tower" retain the ambience of days past.
A number of great cafes, eateries and restaurants, along with numerous interesting shops and galleries line the main street. There’s even a picture theatre.
The foreshore has long been the focus of Semaphore with carousel, ferris wheel, and amusements. The jetty is ideal for a stroll, or to catch a fish or two.
On weekends and holidays a little steam train called “Bill” takes passengers for rides along the beachfront to Fort Glanville and back. The foreshore is an ideal location for the many events hosted there.
In the early days of settlement, the Semaphore area was the residential choice of sea captains and Port Adelaide’s industry chiefs. Many stately homes and beautiful buildings have been restored. Semaphore was the elite home of merchants and the setting for grand seaside holidays. Once a tram would take holidaymakers to the seaside there. In later years a “double-decker” bus was the mode of transport.