Glenelg is Adelaide's most popular seaside resort, located 11km South West of the city. Its long white sandy beach is clean and safe which makes it a great beach for families and swimming, it is also surrounded by lovely picnic areas, a great esplanade and many restaurants , cafes and bars.
There are so many different things to do and see here I recommend spending a day or two exploring.
Great White Shark attack victim, film maker and expedition leader, Rodney Fox. He is regarded as a miracle survivor of one of the world's worst shark attacks. The Fox family have opened "The Rodney Fox Shark Experience” a Shark Museum and Nautical Gift Shop. This museum features Rodney's private collection of displays and items from a life time film making and research with sharks. The displays feature Great White Shark models, cages from the film "Jaws", giant fossil teeth plus photos and video highlights from many films that he has been involved in.
As well as a thriving domestic shopping strip, Jetty Road, Glenelg has many eating options, and these continue along the beach front.
They serve both locals and tourists, many of whom, take apartments in the nearby towers or rooms in local hotels and motels.
The day I was there was the first of the school holidays and there were camel rides available along the foreshore as well as many family groups picnicking on the sand and paddling in the water.
Since magic mountain closed down, there's not really not much to do for younger children but at glenelg beach the best things to do are fish, shop, eat and simply enjoy the scenery~ Its always a great experience to catch the tram to the glenelg beach. I usually catch the tram from the City's Victoria Squre~
We boarded the tram from Victoria Square and went off to spend an afternoon on the beach at Glenelg. Glenelg is located 10 kilometres from the centre of Adelaide. It is a pretty seaside resort set on the white sands of Holdfast Bay. Victoria Square, Adelaide to Moseley Square, Glenelg takes only 25 minutes by tram.
Adelaide is not a very touristy place but there are a few popular places you may like to visit.
Rundle Mall - a pedestrian street in the city centre - and Marion (Westfield Shopping Centre, kind of south of the city centre) are two popular shopping places. Marion has one of the biggest movie theatres; both of these places are popular with young people.
The city itself is a good place to visit; apart from shops and buildings there's the museum, an art gallery and a few other places of interest. There are also parklands, botanical gardens and a zoo. The city is not very big; you can explore a good deal of it on foot if you choose.
Glenelg is probably the most popular beach in Adelaide, yet it's still not hugely crowded - obviously, the hotter days in summer are the busiest but even then the crowds aren't too terrible (but if you don't like them, just drive north or south to find another beach area). Just behind the beach is 'Jetty Road', a popular shopping street. You can also catch a tram there if you feel like the experience.
Then there's the Adelaide Hills which is a nice place for a drive. Stirling has some good cafes and is particularly beautiful in autumn, Mount Lofty offers good views of the city and has a beautiful botanic gardens, and a nearby wildlife park, Cleland.
Glenelg always was the place to be if you were in Adelaide in the summer. Known to be the best beach, plus it also had Magic Mountain, which I believe is now shut down. Magic Mountain was a waterslide complex, right on Glenelg Beach, and it was a lot of fun!
I am not 100% sure if this tram is still up and running, but I know our boys really enjoyed it way back in 1992! It is a direct tram-line from the centre of Adelaide to the beach-side suburb of
Glenelg. And if you had children that were train made (as our boys were!) then this was indeed a highlight of a holiday to Adelaide.
Glenelg is a busy little town where you can relax on the beach, shop in the fashionable clothes and surf stores, and eat at one of the many restaurants or cafes either in the town itself, or at the Holdfast Shores Complex. Glenelg also offers loads of activities. There is also a cinema in Glenelg that we went to on one night.
Adelaide is very green and has many parks so is a great place to chill out. Glenelg is the main beach, just out of town, but very popular.
I visited the South Australia museun(free entry) and was very impressed, especially with the Aboriginal stuff.
OK- the beach here is not quite up to the standard of some in WA, Queensland or even NSW but it is pretty good. But Glenelg has more to offer than just a great beach. It is a town with character and the cafes, pubs and restaurants make it an excellent place to chill out.
This is Adelaide's beach side resort suburb, and it was also the beachhead for the establishment of the colony of South Australia, in the early 1800's.
Long white,sandy beaches, that are clean and safe. You can catch the electric train from Adelaide to arrive here in 25 minutes.