Package Holidays in South Australia
Glenelg Adelaide South Australia Australia
Situated on the shore of Holdfast Bay some 11kms and 20 minutes southwest of Adelaide in South Australia, the seaside suburb of Glenelg is Adelaides most popular beach destination. Sitting in the local government area of Holdfast Bay, Glenelg has a population of 3,125 souls.
The Bay Discovery Centre situated within the Glenelg Town Hal displays the history of the Glenelg area. Outdoor leisurely activities abound at Glenelg include Kingston Park Coastal Reserve, picturesque walking trails and great picnic areas; the 1840-built Kingston House is the oldest building in Holdfast Bay. Visitors can see at this intriguing residence set on a large reserve, whilst taking in magnificent coastal views. The relaxed seaside suburb also provides endless activities for the whole family on weekends. The jetty at Glenelg is good for a brisk walk on winter days, and a pleasant stroll to watch the bathers.
The white sandy Glenelg beach boasts excellent swimming conditions, fishing and sailing and is renowned as South Australias most popular beach,. To the south, Brighton and Seacliff Beaches provide great swimming and sailing opportunities, and Christies Beach is a regularly frequented by scuba divers.
Jetty Rd is Glenelgs main shopping precinct. Visitors can browse through the many boutiques offering something for everyone.
A number of events enliven Glenelg every year, including the City-Bay fun run, the annual Bay Sheffield race, and the Greek festival of the Theophany.
Restaurants and Cafes
The main shopping precinct is also the dining hub of Glenelg. Many cafes and restaurants are found along Jetty Rd.
The Glenelg Tram travels between Glenelg and the Adelaide CBD, passing close by to the racecourse and visitors have easy access to the vibrant city centre or to the horse races. Just 5kms along the Esplanade, Brighton is also a favourite seaside destination.
The nearby Hallett Cove Conservation Park is one of Australias fascinating geological sites. Protecting a record of ancient chills, the Park shows evidence of an Australian ice age which occurred millions of years ago. More than a thousand Indigenous artefacts are found within the Conservation Park and there is a number of scenic walking trails taking in spectacular rock formations and native flora and fauna.
In 1836 eight ships landed on Kangaroo Island. Aboard two of the ships were the early surveyors, Col William Light and George Strickland Kingston. They surveyed the coastline in order to find a larger land mass to settle on. Eventually, they came across the area now known as Glenelg. In December 1836, the first Governor of South Australia, John Hindmarsh arrived and proclaimed South Australia at the location of the Old Gum Tree which can be visited today. Buildings in the main street of Glenelg tell of the history of Glenelg, including an interesting old church and other architecture, from the earlier days to modern sea front hotels.