GlenelgAustralia

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Enjoy the delights of the ocean, a pretty coastline, heritage architecture and a fun-filled amusement park at this charming beach resort on the edge of Adelaide.

Stroll along the jetty, feel the sea breeze on your face, swim with dolphins and dine on the region’s sumptuous seafood in Glenelg, Adelaide’s beloved waterfront resort. The bayside suburb is a traditional spot for day trips from the city centre.

Glenelg’s wide sandy beach frames the shining waters of Holdfast Bay. Take a sailboat trip, drop a line for fish and squid, dive, snorkel or surf. Dolphins and seals roam here and you can see them up close on a tour departing from the main marina. Wander along the Glenelg Pier that juts out into the sea and look back at the lovely view.

Admire the stately architecture across from the gorgeous beach. Go on a journey through history by following the Federation Trail walking track, which will take you past important heritage buildings. Learn about the history of this area at the Bay Discovery Centre in Glenelg Town Hall, which also hosts changing art exhibitions throughout the year.

Take the kids for a day of fun at The Beachouse, an amusement park with waterslides, Ferris wheels and other rides. Delight in the variety of foods on Jetty Road or head to the busy Holdfast Shores Marina to shop or watch a vivid sunset while you try local seafood and South Australian wines.

The region’s first European settlers lived along the shores of Glenelg and Holdfast Bay, the traditional lands of the Kaurna Aboriginal people. Walk along this pretty coastline and enjoy the natural environment or venture south to the headlands at Seacliff and the small hamlet of Brighton. In Glenelg North find the wide green space of Anderson Reserve, Patawalonga Lake and the Sturt River.

Reach Glenelg’s Moseley Square from central Adelaide by hopping aboard a vintage tramcar on the city’s last remaining tramway. It’s an easy trip of around 10 kilometres (6.2 miles). Glenelg is ideal to explore on foot, but there are bus services available as well.

Top Hotels in Glenelg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Oaks Plaza Pier
Oaks Plaza Pier
4.5 out of 5
16 Holdfast Promenade Glenelg, Glenelg, SA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NT$3,504
per night
Mar 15 - Mar 16

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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,156 reviews)

"Amazing location and amazing room with great facilities. Perfect beach view."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/12

Oaks Plaza Pier
Oaks Liberty Towers
Oaks Liberty Towers
4.5 out of 5
25 Colley Terrace, Glenelg, SA
NT$3,505
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

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.

4.4/5Excellent! (1,585 reviews)

"Enjoyed my stay. The apartment was huge, problem too big for one but very enjoyable nevertheless."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/18

Oaks Liberty Towers
Stamford Grand Adelaide
Stamford Grand Adelaide
5 out of 5
2 Jetty Road Moseley Square, Glenelg, SA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NT$3,038
per night
Mar 15 - Mar 16

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,072 reviews)

"A little expensive considering it’s Adelaide, you can get much better value in bigger and better cities!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/27

Stamford Grand Adelaide

Popular things to do in Glenelg

Glenelg Jetty
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Glenelg Jetty

4.5/5(26 reviews)

Iridescent blue waters surround the historic structure that juts out from one of Adelaide’s most popular beaches and into the beautiful Gulf St Vincent.

The Beachhouse
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The Beachhouse

5/5(3 reviews)

Ferris wheels, water slides and fairy floss add up to hours of fun for all ages at this beachside amusement park.

Jetty Road
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Jetty Road

4/5(9 reviews)

During your trip to Glenelg, you can search for that perfect souvenir at Jetty Road. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Moseley Square
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Moseley Square

Enjoy a stop at Moseley Square, a landmark worth seeing in Glenelg. Check out the spas and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Glenelg Town Hall
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Glenelg Town Hall

Glenelg Town Hall is just one of the places to see in Glenelg, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Check out the spas and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Glenelg Beach
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Glenelg Beach

4.5/5(42 reviews)

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

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Dec 6, 2019

A prefect Australian seaside town!

5/5 - Excellent

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Sep 28, 2019

A diamond in the rough

4/5 - Good

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Jan 26, 2019

We visited the local cinema. Modern and comfortable with lots of movie choices.

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 20, 2018

Beautiful. Easy commute into city, so you get the best of both worlds.