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Exploring Glenelg

Adelaide's most popular seaside retreat, Glenelg, was first founded as mainland South Australia's oldest European community in 1836. Tourists wishing to stay steps from the beach during their visit to Adelaide need look no further than the Glenelg hotels along Holdfast Bay's seemingly endless stretch of white sand. One of this Adelaide suburb's most luxurious hotels is the four-star Oaks Liberty Towers, whose spacious apartments all include private dining areas and kitchens.

The busiest times of year in Glenelg are the annual September City-Bay Fun Run and the December Bay Sheffield race. However, there is never a bad time of year to visit this seaside community whose Mediterranean climate is warm and dry in summer, yet cool and mild in winter. It takes less than half an hour to reach Adelaide by tram from Glenelg. Here, visitors can easily spend hours learning about Glenelg's history at the free Bay Discovery Centre, riding the Beachouse's 25m Ferris wheel, or strolling along the beachfront Jetty Road.

Sights nearby

Jetty Road is within walking distance of most other Glenelg attractions, while Adelaide is just under a 30-minute taxi, bus, or tram journey from this smaller seaside suburb.

Jetty Road
A large percentage of Glenelg restaurants and shops stand along Jetty Road, whose western end contains the community's beachfront and Moseley Square. The Glenelg tram stops at the beginning, middle, and end of Jetty Road, Adelaide's only road which is completely covered by a tramline. The four-star Stamford Grand Adelaide is merely one of many Glenelg hotels which are conveniently located on Jetty Road, from where visitors can easily walk to the majority of local attractions.

The Beachouse
A painstakingly restored 25m Ferris wheel is merely the tallest of the Beachouse's many family-friendly attractions. This popular theme park on Glenelg's foreshore boasts a miniature golf course filled with special effects, a towering play castle where sea creatures dangle from the roof, bumper boats, and 130m long waterslides. The Beachouse can be reserved for birthday parties or business conferences.

Bay Discovery Centre
Glenelg's largest museum, situated within its town hall, may be the best place to spend a rainy day in this seaside community. Several of South Australia's most talented artists have had their finest work exhibited at the Bay Discovery Centre's mezzanine gallery. Daily life by the sea throughout the centuries is depicted through the museum's interactive multimedia exhibitions.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Guests at Atlantic Tower Motor Inn and other Glenelg hotels can easily stroll along Jetty Road, home to most local shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. Nearly a mile long, this seaside strip is loaded with more than 350 specialty shops, noodle bars, and restaurants serving dishes from numerous Asian and Mediterranean nations. The area's other main place to shop and eat is Harbour Town, a West Beach direct outlet shopping centre about 10 minutes’ drive outside of Glenelg. Harbour Town visitors can relax in the tourism or customer lounges, choose from a wide variety of restaurants and cafés, or purchase high quality house wares and clothing at up to 60 percent less than typical retail prices. Many Glenelg bars are located within local hotels.

Public transport

Adelaide's only remaining tram line, the Glenelg Tram, has made the approximately 10 kilometre journey between the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and Glenelg's Moseley Square since 1873. Trams run about once every 20 minutes from 05:46 to midnight. A community bus travels across Glenelg between Wednesday and Friday from 11:00 to 16:00. Although passengers can hop and off the free-of-charge community bus as often as they please, donations are appreciated. Buses also regularly travel between Moseley Street and various destinations across Adelaide. A free taxi telephone is located at Brighton Road's Bay Junction Shopping Centre, but passengers can board paid taxis at many other Glenelg locations.