Adelaide beach works

Sand movement from Semaphore and Largs Bay to West Beach and Henley Beach South

Works: Sand movement from Semaphore and Largs Bay to West Beach and Henley Beach South
Duration: Periodically 2-3 times per year (autumn and spring) in 2020 and 2021.
Contact: or phone 8124 4928

The department is continuing its beach replenishment program for West Beach with sand being moved from Semaphore this spring. 

Works started on Monday 12 October 2020 and are expected to be completed by Friday 6 November 2020.

Sand is being collected from between the Semaphore and Largs Bay jetties to replenish the eroding West Beach.

  • Sand is currently being moved to the eroded dunes near Rockingham Street, West Beach (Wednesday 14 October for approximately 1-2 weeks)
  • Sand will be then be moved to West Beach Parks dunes.
  • Please note that sand was originally planned to be moved to Henley Beach South, but the operation has been changed to avoid the endangered hooded plovers currently nesting near the Torrens Outlet.

The department regularly meets with community representatives and council to help guide the Semaphore sand movement works.

Visit the coast info van during works


Semaphore (near jetty)

  • Monday 19 October, from 10:00 am - 3:00pm
  • Tuesday 20 October, from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday 21 October, from 11:00am - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday 22 October, from 1:00 pm  - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 23 October, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

(The van was at Semaphore from Monday 12 October - Wednesday 14 October and West Beach from Thursday 15 October - Saturday 17 October).

Largs Bay foreshore (southern side of kiosk and jetty)

  • Saturday 24 October, from 8:00 am -12:00 pm

Dates and times are subject to change.

See below for details about community tours of the Glenelg to Kingston Park pipeline

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Glenelg North beach replenishment

Works: Sand movement works from West Beach harbour bridge to Glenelg North
Duration: November 2020 (approx. 3 weeks)
Contact: phone 8124 4928

Works to replenish the beach at Glenelg North will be undertaken in November 2020. 

From Monday 2 November, sand will be collected from the area just south of the West Beach harbour bridge and moved by trucks along the beach to the foreshore north of Burns Street, Glenelg North. The works are expected to take around 3 weeks

The sand will help to raise the beach level along the narrower stretch of Glenelg North beach.

The removal of sand will help prevent excess sand moving around the harbour breakwater and into the harbour where it would otherwise need to be removed with a dredge. The sand will help to raise the beach level along the narrower stretch of Glenelg North beach.

Sand pumping from Glenelg to Kingston Park

Works: Annual sand recycling with sand being pumped to replenish beaches from Glenelg to Kingston Park.
Duration: Annually every June to November
Contact: or phone 8232 1882

Sand recycling to replenish beaches from Glenelg to Kingston Park through the underground pipeline system commenced in June 2020.  McConnell Dowell is undertaking this work on behalf of the department.

The sand collection unit initially operated on the northern side of the Glenelg jetty before relocating to the southern side of the jetty in September 2020. 

It is anticipated all works will be completed by late November 2020.

Sand collection and pumping will take place between 7.00 am and 7.00 pm Monday to Saturday.  During this time, residents and beachgoers are requested to take care during works and adhere to safety signage and flagging that will be in place during operation. 

Works are subject to change depending on the weather and operational requirements.

Community tours


Registrations to attend a community tour to see the Glenelg to Kingston Park pipeline in action are now open. Numbers are strictly limited so book now to secure a spot.

West Beach replenishment – urgent works (recently completed)

Works: Restoration of eroded dunes at West Beach (Rockingham Street dunes) with sand from the Torrens Outlet.
When: May - August 2020
Contact: or phone 8124 4928

Urgent works were undertaken periodically between May and August 2020 to replenish the beach near Rockingham Street, West Beach. 

The dunes at this location are vulnerable and subject to ongoing erosion, and the additional top up of sand is required following storms and bad weather causing further erosion. 

Semaphore South dune restoration (recently completed)

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Works:Restoration of eroded dunes at Semaphore South with sand from north of the Largs Bay jetty.
Duration: Late April to August 2020
Contact: or phone 8124 4928

The Department for Environment and Water has been working closely with the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and community representatives on a project to rebuild eroded dunes at Semaphore South and stabilise the area with vegetation. 

A severe storm in 2016 impacted the area, between approximately Hart and Arthur Street, resulting in the loss of the dune and its vegetation.

The dune restoration works started in late April and were completed in August 2020. 

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