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Glenelg Beach

This historic settlement is a thriving cultural destination, right on the beach.

The coastal town of Glenelg is a local favourite, ideal for swimming, dining and entertainment. When Europeans first settled in South Australia in 1836, they chose the sandy white shores of Holdfast Bay to build their homes. Almost 180 years later, the town they formed, Glenelg, remains one of the most popular coastal regions in the state.

Take the last remaining tram in Adelaide from the CBD and you’ll be dropped at the Glenelg shore in just 20 minutes. This centrally located spot at the end of Jetty Road is the perfect starting point to explore the streets and beach with ease.

Glenelg is perfect for all kinds of beach lovers. Find a quiet spot to relax with a book, entertain the kids at The Beachouse amusement park, or simply refresh yourself in the calm blue water. Glenelg’s Surf Life Saving Club provides peace of mind with supervised swimming available between the red-and-yellow flags. Further down the beach you’ll find a number of spots to surf. Take a swim in Holdfast Bay and you may find you have the company of the local dolphins. There are a number of chartered trips available from town.

Dry off as you take a walk down the historic Glenelg jetty. While the original was destroyed by storms in 1948, its replacement remains the centrepiece of Glenelg Beach. At 215 metres (705 feet) it’s the perfect length to work up an appetite so that when you return to land you’ll be ready to try one of Glenelg’s culinary hot spots.

Bustling Jetty Road is Glenelg’s shopping and cultural precinct. By day, this area is perfect for a boutique shopping experience. Take in a gallery or two, and grab a coffee at one of the many cafés. As night falls, the mood changes and the street comes alive with the excited chatter of diners at Glenelg’s premier restaurants. The sounds of live music drift from the doors of Jetty Road’s many bars.

Glenelg is located nine kilometres (5.6 miles) from central Adelaide and can be accessed by tram, car or bicycle via one of two dedicated bike paths.


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Stamford Grand Adelaide NT$2,504
Stamford Grand Adelaide

Stamford Grand Adelaide

2 Jetty Road Moseley Square, Glenelg, SA
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the boardwalk, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Jetty Road and Glenelg Beach. West Beach and Brighton Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Oaks Plaza Pier NT$2,832
    Oaks Plaza Pier

    Oaks Plaza Pier

    16 Holdfast Promenade Glenelg, Glenelg, SA
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Glenelg, this beachfront apartment building is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Holdfast Marina and Glenelg Beach. West Beach is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.

      Oaks Liberty Towers NT$2,720
      Oaks Liberty Towers

      Oaks Liberty Towers

      25 Colley Terrace, Glenelg, SA
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of The Beachhouse and Glenelg Beach. West Beach is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

        Haven Marina NT$2,257
        Haven Marina

        Haven Marina

        6-10 Adelphi Terrace, Glenelg North, SA
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Glenelg North, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Holdfast Marina and Glenelg Beach. West Beach is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away.

          Ensenada Motor Inn and Suites NT$2,646
          Ensenada Motor Inn and Suites

          Ensenada Motor Inn and Suites

          13 Colley Terrace, Glenelg, SA
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Glenelg, this beach motel is steps from The Beachhouse, Moseley Square, and Bay Discovery Centre. Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty are also within 5 minutes.

            Taft Motor Inn NT$2,544
            Taft Motor Inn

            Taft Motor Inn

            18 Moseley Street, Glenelg, SA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Jetty Road and Glenelg Beach. West Beach and Brighton Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Atlantic Tower Motor Inn NT$1,882
              Atlantic Tower Motor Inn

              Atlantic Tower Motor Inn

              760 Anzac Highway, Glenelg, SA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of The Beachhouse and Glenelg Beach. West Beach and Brighton Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Buffalo Motor Inn NT$2,356
                Buffalo Motor Inn

                Buffalo Motor Inn

                766 Anzac Highway, Glenelg, SA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Glenelg, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of The Beachhouse and Glenelg Beach. West Beach and Brighton Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).