The small town of Glenelg can be reached from Adelaide directly by tram in about 45 minutes. Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is unfortunately not directly situated by the water, only the River Torrens crosses the city centre. But a beach and the endless ocean, the great Australian bay, this is, of course, still something quite different. Also, the ambience in a city by the water is often much more relaxed and maritime. This is exactly what Glenelg at ‘Holdfast Bay’ is famous and popular for.
Founded in 1836, Glenelg is, by the way, the oldest European settlement on the mainland of South Australia, and named after the Lord Glenelg, a member of the British Cabinet and Secretary of State for War and Colonies. Nowadays more than 4000 people live in Glenelg. There are some hotels, restaurants and the main shopping street, Jetty Road. I especially liked Mosley Square. This palm-lined square is the main square of Glenelg. There stops the Adelaide Tram, here you will find the Town Hall, many cafes and restaurants, and of course you are also right on the waterfront, the beach and the pier.
Glenelg is easy to explore by walking, as everything is located close together. Back in May, the temperatures in the Australian autumn were no longer high enough for an actual visit to the beach or even swim in the water, the short visit and sightseeing walk in Glenelg at Glenelg Beach was worthwhile for me nevertheless. After the city trip to Adelaide, it was nice to have met another of the many facets of Australia.
Address Glenelg Beach
Glenelg SA 5045
can be reached via Tram or Bus from Adelaide and via Bus from Adelaide Airport