Glenelg Travel Guide

  • Tram down main street - Jetty Road
    Tram down main street - Jetty Road
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    Recent Marina Pier Development
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    Glenelg Beach
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Glenelg Highlights

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     Great beach with modern restaurents and the like 

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     Could be anywhere really 

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     Nice side trip from Adelaide 

Glenelg Things to Do

  • St Peter’s Anglican Church

    The first St Peter’s Anglican Church in Glenelg was built in 1851 on land set aside by Colonel William Light, surveyor and planner of the City of Adelaide in 1839. Fire destroyed it and the current English Gothic style bluestone church, designed by Edmund Wright (often referred to the 'Christopher Wren of Adelaide' due to the number of buildings...

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  • Moseley Square and the Beachouse –...

    On my most recent visit to Glenelg, on 26 December 2013, I had fully intended to visit the Bay Discovery Centre (a museum/ historical record of the development of Glenelg) in the former Town Hall. Though the Centre claims to be open every day of the year apart from Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Years Day it was firmly closed on Boxing Day...

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  • The Old Gum Tree

    The HMS Buffalo, the ship carrying Governor “elect” Hindmarsh and other early settlers of South Australia arrived in Holdfast Bay, Glenelg on the 28th December 1936.That afternoon in a temperature of over 40 degrees centigrade (100+F – nothing has changed in this regard and summer temperatures regularly reach 40 degrees still) everyone gathered...

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  • A Chorus of Stones

    I actually stumbled across this rather unique war memorial while I was having a look around the newish Marina Pier, a multi-million dollar development of apartments, restaurants and a marina on the foreshore a few hundred metres north of the Jetty.The Chorus of Stones War Memorial was officially opened on Sunday 4 March 2001 by Lieutenant General...

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  • HMS Buffalo

    The HMS Buffalo was built as the Hindostan in Calcutta in 1813. She was subsequently purchased by the Royal Navy as a storeship and renamed HMS Buffalo. Prior to the event for which she is remembered in Glenelg, the Buffalo, after service in the Napoleonic Wars had made a number of trips to Australia and New Zealand as a freighter, quarantine ship...

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  • The Pioneer Memorial

    As soon as you step of the tram or otherwise arrive in Moseley Square at the end of Jetty Road and look towards the sea the first thing that will capture your attention is this striking 12.9 metre high monument of Kapunda marble with its base of Murray Bridge granite. You also can't fail to notice the beautiful setting amongst the palm trees. When...

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  • The Red Rattler

    In 1873 the railway line between Adelaide and Glenelg was build by the Adelaide, Glenelg & Suburban Railway Company Ltd. Until 1899 the company operated steam trains on the line when it was acquired by the state owned South Australian Railways (SAR) which ran the trains until 1929.In April 1929 ownership and operation transferred from the SAR to...

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  • Glenelg Jetty – for your next promenade.

    If you have read my tip on Glenelg beach you will be aware of the restrictions put on people (particularly males) bathing on the beach during day light hours in the second half of the 19th century and, when the bathing was eventually permitted during the day, the restrictions on bathing attire that could be worn into the 20th century.Picture five...

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  • Relax on the Beach

    Glenelg is Adelaide’s premier seaside destination and when you look at the beach you would think that the reason it is so, is obvious. I have been coming to Glenelg for years now and it seems that less people are using the beach as time goes by and more and more are spending their time in the cafés and restaurants along Jetty Road and more recent...

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  • Spend time on the beach and jetty

    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...

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  • Visit the Glenelg Town Hall

    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...

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  • ST. ANDREW'S BY THE SEA UNITING CHURCH

    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.

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  • MORPHETTVILLE RACES

    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...

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  • HMS BUFFALO

    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...

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  • GLENELG JETTY & BEACH

    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...

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Glenelg Restaurants

  • Best Lamb Yiros

    I am not a fan of yiros and as such I rarely partake. So why am I writing a tip on a Yiros eatery I hear you ask. Let me explain.There is one occasion on which I invariably break this abstinence and that is on my roughly annual visit to Glenelg. I can’t explain why but when I’m in Glenelg I am habitually drawn to Makis Yiros. Over fifteen years ago...

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  • Seafood on the marina

    I can't remember the seafood that I had here but I do recall the ambience being located on the marina boardwalk in Glenelg.

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  • Mexican food in Glenelg

    Gringo's Mexican Cantina is, as its name suggests, a Mexican restaurant in the beach resort of Glenelg. It is located on Colley Terrace, just a few metres from Jetty Road and Moseley Square. The long sandy beach is just a 2 minute walk away.It offers an indoor dining area as well as a handful of outdoor tables with views of Moseley Square. I ate...

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  • Fish and chips on Jetty Road

    The Bay Fish Shop sells fish and chips and other snacks near the beach in the resort of Glenelg. It is located on Jetty Road, just a few minutes walk from the long sandy beach.It is primarily a fish and chips shop, and there are no tables provided for indoor dining. A sample of the menu and prices is as follows:FishButterfish ($3)Garfish...

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  • Ice cream on Jetty Road

    Andersen's Ice Cream is a Danish ice cream shop located on busy Jetty Road in the beach resort of Glenelg. It is located just a few minutes walk inland from the beach.As you would expect, Andersen's offers a large selection of ice cream flavours, to be enjoyed in either a cone or a tub. Some of the flavours that I noted were:- mint choc chip;-...

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  • Malay and Thai food on Jetty Road

    Glenelg Spices is a Malay / Thai restaurant located on Jetty Road, the main shopping, dining and entertainment street in the beach resort of Glenelg.I ate here one evening during my visit to Glenelg in April 2006.The interior is comfortable but simple, with wooden tables and chairs and a complete lack of table decor. That is fine with me, so long...

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  • Noodles on Jetty Road

    Noodle Box is, as its name suggests, a restaurant selling mainly noodle based dishes.It is located on Jetty Road, the bustling main stretch of shops and restaurants in the beach resort of Glenelg near Adelaide.I ate here on my first ever day in Australia in April 2006. The service was very friendly and efficient.The menu includes a number of noodle...

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  • Irish Pub ~ View of the beach

    Pub downstairs and restaurant upstairs. This place is only a few months old. The location is incredible, with a view from the upstairs and downstairs balconies of the beach, jetty, final tram stop and Moseley Square. Great spot for people watching!Only downside of this place is that it does not have a great deal of atmosphere, probably due to the...

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  • Don't Miss the Fried Icecream & Yummy...

    I have used Yakumi for catering an event for 200 people and they were fantastic!! Very competetive prices and excellent feedback from my guests!! We eat at the restaurant every so often since it just down the street from our flat. Also check out my tip about Spices if you like Malaysian and Thai food! All of their food is amazing! You MUST finish...

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Glenelg Nightlife

  • Have a drink watching the sunset over...

    The Grand Bar, located underneath the beachfront Stamford Grand Hotel in Glenelg, provides a great place to watch the sun set over the ocean. Happy hour drink prices run each day, providing some budget pint options. The menu boasts lots of classic pub favorites, like chicken parmagiana, steak sandwiches and a good range of burgers. While the bar...

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  • Nightclub / Pub at the Jetty

    If you enjoy a mix of live bands and DJ's with modern loud music - mainly R&B and top 20 - this is the place for you. Open 11am til late. Bar and cafe by day, night club by night. (Formerly Pier & Pines) No thongs (flip flops). Jeans are allowed, but most women dress up.

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Glenelg Transportation

  • Getting to Glenelg – Take the Tram

    Since the arrival of the first train in Glenelg and then the tram this became “the” way to get to Glenelg from Adelaide. Catching a train or tram to the seaside was very much part of the experience and the day out. While trains no longer go to Glenelg the tram certainly does and this remains the best way to get to the seaside resort.I should point...

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  • Catch the Tram to Adelaide

    The tram provides an easy, hassle free way to get to and from Adelaide from Glenelg - and there are no parking hassles once you get there! The tram runs approximately every 20 minutes, the first one leaving Glenelg for Adelaide before 6 am, and the final one returning to Glenelg at midnight. Payment is made onboard to the conductor, using either...

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  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT

    The best way to reach Glenelg from Adelaide, is by Tram. I am not sure if the "old" Trams still run on this line, as Adelaide has brand new Trams and that is all I saw. Pity if they have retired the old trams, as these were a tourist attraction.Glenelg Trams run approx every 15mins and terminate at Mosely square, Glenelg, right at the beachfront.

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Glenelg Shopping

  • Many small shops with good prices

    All of the shops in Glenelg are worth a visit. Every kind of clothing shop, two bookstores, two newsagents, two chocolate shops, one lolly (candy) shop, and some jewelry shops. It's all here! Anything and everything. As much as you have or as little as you have the discipline to keep from spending.

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  • Real shops

    The shopping street is the same as the cafe and restaurant street and as the tram street: It is Jetty Road :-) And there are real shops, not a mall: Butcher, ice cream store, clothes store etc. You get everything you need there!

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    Historical Site in Glenelg!

    by wabat Written Jan 15, 2014

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    I am a big fan of heritage/ historical walks in small towns in Australia and most towns have one. Always ask at the tourist office if one exists.

    Glenlg is no exception when it comes to having one and indeed it has at least three self-guided walks that I know about.

    There are two shorter ones – An On the Beach Walk and the Proclamation Trail. Additionally there is a longer walk which invites you to walk through street after street of suburbia with very little to see (harder to locate the guide for this one).

    Having determined that the brochure linked to the On the Beach Walk (a tour of 15 artistic works scattered along the beach) had nothing to do with walking on the beach (or indeed anywhere else) I chose to follow the Proclamation Trail. It was the one that appealed to me anyway.

    This is a 3.5 km walk covering eight sites significant to the cultural heritage of Holdfast Bay. Alas, the early part of the walk is through a major new development – Marina Pier – this is not even mentioned on the outdated brochure and the majority of the eight sites equate to an information plaque and nothing to see. I don’t mind having to use a big of imagination on heritage walks, but really?

    In regards to the sites mentioned there is only one that I found of any interest and I have prepared a separate tip on this – the Old Gum Tree. This you can and should visit separately.

    Unique Suggestions: I cannot recommend this walk.

    Wander around the inner town and beach area in Glenelg or indeed lie on the beach.

    Fun Alternatives: Enjoy Glenelg for what it is and spend another day in Port Adelaide and walk the Heritage Trail or the Heritage Pub Trail which I thoroughly recommend. See my Port Adelaide page for further information on that very different town.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

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