In warmer weather the water is great for a swim, or just spend time on the beach. People are often seen playing beach volleyball or other games on the white sand that makes up the beach area. If the ocean isn't your thing, a walk out along the jetty gives a different view of the foreshore. As the beach is west facing, sunset is a great opportunity to watch the sun set over the sea.
None of the beach is private so all parts are accessible. There are restaurants along the foreshore and thoughtfully provided taps to rinse the fine sand from your feet when you decide to leave.
A walk along the foreshore is also a good opportunity to spot birds and sometimes even other marine wildlife, such as small crabs or jellyfish.
Glenelg's town hall was originally build in 1875, although the clock and clock tower were added later. It was originally planned to be used as an institute building, but in 1887 the building was bought by the Glenelg council and it was then used as the town hall, In 1997 the Glenelg and Brighton Councils came together to form the council of Holdfast Bay, which say the end of the building's use as a town hall. Instead, it became an historical museum called the Bay Discovery Centre.
The Bay Discovery Centre has free admission and features interactive exhibits to help learn about early life on the sea in this area. A changing program of visual art exhibitions is also featured. The centre is open daily.
I have seen St. Andrew's Church many times, and I don't think I ever realized it was a Church!
To me, it looks a bit like the Glenelg Town Hall.
Well, it isn't the original quite small church that was built in 1848, but a much larger one that was built in 1879, in Italian style. The church was completed and opened for divine service in 1880.
The South Australia Jockey Club is situated at Morphettville Racecourse. The race-course has been here since 1875.
Race's are held here every Saturday, including major races like The Adelaide Cup, Australasian Oaks and Robert Sangster Stakes in March and Group 1 SA Derby and the Goodwood Handicap in May.
The Adelaide Cup is held on the second Monday of March each year, and is a state holiday in South Australia. It is one of the biggest events of the horse racing year, and is a social event with women dressing in their finest outfits, some hoping to be chosen to take part in fashion shows.
Getting to Morphettville races is pretty easy if you want to take public transport. Just catch the GLENELG TRAM from Victoria Square in the city centre, and get off at the Morphettville Racecourse. You can’t go wrong!
ADMISSION INTO GENERAL PUBLIC AREA IN 2012...
Adults: $10...Concession: $5...Children Under 18 FREE
Subject to change on Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup, Melbourne Cup Day and other Feature Race Meetings.
Gates open at 10.00 a.m. unless otherwise specified.
Carparking: $5 on Adelaide Cup and Melbourne Cup Day
Available in the Morphettville Junction car park (off Anzac Highway), and the Morphett Road car park, across the road from Morphettville Racecourse.
Plenty of places for food and drinks.
ATM's on course.
Located in Wigley Reserve, is the replica of the HMS Buffalo, the ship that came out from England in 1836, with Governor Hindmarsh on board.
HMS Buffalo was built in India and used as a storeship, convict ship and as transport for immigrants to Australia before being wrecked in 1840.
The Buffalo sailed to Australia in May 1833, carrying 180 female convicts. She was an important ship in the maritime history of South Australia, serving at times as a quarantine, transport or colonisation ship. She was wrecked in 1840 during a storm.
In memory of this Ship, a Replica was built. You can only view from the outside, unless you are going onboard to enjoy a meal at the Restaurant.
Jetties, I always go for a walk along them to see if people are catching fish, to see if there are fish in the clear waters, or just to watch the children jumping into the ocean.
So, a walk along the Glenelg Jetty was a must for me! This isn't the original, which was built in 1859. That one had a Lighthouse at the end, and it caught fire destroying the Jetty. Bad luck again, as in 1948, the jetty was washed away during a storm, leaving behind a kiosk and aquarium.
In 1969, a shorter jetty was built, and this one is still there.
From the jetty, there a nice views back to Glenelg, and of the Beach and the Norfolk Island Pine Trees. If you don't want to sit on the sand, there is plenty of lawn right beside the Beach.
Glenelg is quite a popular beach in Summer.
The Pioneer Memorial is located on Moseley Square, directly infront of the Glenelg Jetty.
This Memorial was built to commemorate the foundation of South Australia and to honour the early settlers. It is beautifully sculpted with different scenes.
On the side facing the sea, the panel depicts the proclamation ceremony. The other side reads: "Erected to Commemorate the Hundredth Anniversary of the Province of South Australia 1836-1936."
On the south and north faces are bronze tablets listing the names of the first explorers, Nuyts, Flinders, Baudin, Sturt, Barker, Light and the first settlers.
The north tablet lists the founders, Wakefield, Gouger, Torrens, G.F. Angas and others. At the top of the four panels are portraits of Wakefield, Hindmarsh, Gouger and Angas,
Right at the very top of this marble monument, is a bronze replica of the Ship "Buffalo."
One building you can't miss seeing, is the lovely Town Hall that was built in 1875. At that time, it was minus the clock-tower and clock. It was built to be used as an Institute, but in 1887, the Glenelg council bought the building and it was then used as the Town Hall.
It is now used as a Museum, " The Bay Discovery Centre," where interpretive and interactive multimedia exhibitions help you learn about the early days of Foundation and life by the sea. One of the galleries supports and promotes local South Australian artists, so the gallery often changes.
OPEN....daily from 10am to 5pm
CLOSED....Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Jetty road is the long road on which the Glenelg Tram runs to its terminus at the end. There are plenty of shops lining either side of the road, so you should be able to find a souvenir here.
I like the end nearest the beach, because this is where the cafes with outdoor seating are. We were here on a nice day, and this place was abuzz with people!
When in Glenelg take some time to visit the Historical Town Hall and check out the wonderful exhibit of the history and early settlement of this part of South Australia..Really well done and very informative with many early photos and paintings Lots of artefacts on display with informative history of how life was at first settlement.How difficult it was for the first settlers trying to make sense of it all what was for them such a different environment with the extreme temperatures. This little museum is well worth the look as it is extremely well put togeather.
.Entry is free.
Rodney Fox Shark Experience is a small museum located on the ground floor of Glenelg's Town Hall.
Rodney Fox is a shark attack survivor turned shark expert, and the majority of this museum is devoted to the more notorious side of sharks.......attacking people!
The exhibits include model sharks and a life size model of a Giant Megalodon shark jaw. A warning sign warns you not to touch the razor sharp teeth.
A series of articles provides visitors with facts and figures about a variety of different sharks. These include statistics about the size of the sharks, the speeds at which they swim, the estimated number of such sharks in existence, the frequency of attacks on people....and much, much more.
A theatrette shows a continuously running shark documentary, part of which details the circumstances surrounding Rodney Fox's attack by a Great White Shark in 1963. A pretty gruesome waxwork model shows the injuries suffered by Rodney in that attack.
Towards the end of the museum there is an archive of newspaper cuttings with reports of recent shark attacks in Australia and further afield. This appears to be updated on an ongoing basis, so you can read about the very latest unfortunate victims.
As well as the museum, there is also a gift shop from which you can buy shark related souvenirs, such as books and videos, t-shirts, keyrings and fossil shark teeth.
The museum is pretty small, filling just one room, and it can be covered fairly extensively in under an hour.
Family (2 adults, 3 kids): $17.50
Open 7 days a week: 10am - 5pm
In 1963, a young adult from South Australia named Rodney Fox had his life altered forever when he became a tasty afternoon snack for a local Great White Shark. Miraculously, he was able to make it back to shore where he was rushed to a hospital, and after extensive surgery is still alive today. While most people would take this sort of thing as a sign to just stay away, Rodney decided in turn to dedicate his life to the research and preservation of sharks.
Rodney was one of the key contributors to the movie Jaws, which struck fear into the hearts of millions worldwide and really gave the large Great White Shark the reputation they have today.
Now located in Glenelg, the Rodney Fox Shark Experience is a little piece of history, mixed in with alot of valuable information about sharks in general. There are a couple good short films to learn more about the species, as well as a great documentary on the life of Rodney Fox.
Definitely worth a look when you are in Glenelg!
10:00am to 5:00pm
7 days a week
(or by appointment)
Museum Entry Prices (as of July, 2006)
Children: 5-15 years $4.50
Family: 2adults, 3 children $17.50
Groups: clubs, schools, social P.O.A
When you arrive at the tram terminus in Glenelg you will be at the end of Jetty Road and this is Glenelg's main shopping precinct....This long Road has many shops , restaurants and cafes on either side ..I found a nice seafood cafe for dinner after a great afternoon on the beach..there are many to choose from as this is a very popular place with locals..Just so easy to find a nice cafe and sit and enjoy..
Glenelg Beach is a vast stretch of white sand on the coast of South Australia.
The resort of Glenelg reminded me very much of a British seaside resort, especially as it was cold and cloudy during much of my visit there!
Because of the miserable weather, the beach was almost empty when I visited in April 2006. However, there were people walking dogs on the beach, locals playing a game of cricket and I saw a handful of surfers in the sea one afternoon.
A long fishing pier juts out from the shore, while fish and chip shops and ice cream vendors aplenty can be found on Jetty Road just behind the beach. Seagulls flock overhead, and the only telling sign that you're not on the east coast of England are the signs warning of sharks.
Moseley Square, just inland from the pier, is the departure point for Glenelg's famous tram which makes the short journey to Adelaide city centre throughout the day.
There are hotels and hostels in Glenelg, and plenty of restaurants and shops along Jetty Road.
This charming coastal resort is a great base for visiting Adelaide and the surrounding areas.
The Glenelg Tram is the most interesting way to make the short journey from the beach resort of Glenelg to the centre of Adelaide.
Arguably, I should be writing this as a "transportation" tip, but this historic tram ride will be seen by many as an activity in itself rather than a mere means of getting from one place to another.
The Glenelg Tram dates back as far as 1929 and while some of the trams are modern (similar to the "Supertrams" that operate in my home city of Sheffield), most of them are the brown old fashioned trams that can be seen in the photos accompanying this tip.
The trams operate continuously throughout the day, making the journey between Glenelg's Moseley Square and Adelaide's Victoria Square, via a total of 21 stops. The journey from Glenelg to the heart of Adelaide takes 25-30 minutes.
Tickets are purchased from a conductor on board the trams. I don't know the exact pricing structure of the tickets, but the following information was correct in relation to my trips on the tram in April 2006:
Tickets are valid for 2 hours on Adelaide's public transport network. When I caught the tram at peak times (generally before 10am and after 5pm), I was charged 3.50 AUD for a ticket. When I caught the tram during the day, at off peak times, I was charged 2.10 AUD for a ticket.
At the time of my visit, a sign in Victoria Square outlined plans for an extension of the tram line to beyond Victoria Square as far as Adelaide central bus station. This would add 2 or 3 more stops to the route.