Glenelg Destination Guide
Glenelg is a European summer getaway minus the trouble, time and money required to get there.
Located 20 minutes south of Adelaide, the stunning seaside town is renowned for its white sandy beach, stunning sunsets, rich heritage and perfect Mediterranean climate year-round. It is the state’s most popular beach holiday destination with plenty to see, eat and do.
For the travelling golfer, it is a relaxing spot to base yourself with access to some of Adelaide’s best courses including Glenelg and The Grange.
Discover the stunning seaside town of Glenelg on our South Australia Golf Tour →
THINGS TO DO IN GLENELG
Take a dip in Adelaide’s most popular beach
NSW has Bondi. Queensland has Surfers Paradise. Victoria has St Kilda. South Australia has beautiful Glenelg.
The city slickers from Adelaide come in droves to Glenelg during the warmer months. The seaside town is famous for its sandy wide beach, which also features long grassed and shaded picnic areas right on the foreshore.
Yet there’s more to the beach than just a swim and tan. Walk around and you will discover the bustling shops, lovely cafes and great entertainment. Keep your camera at the ready as the beach faces west making for a postcard-worthy shot of the sun setting over the water!
Shop until you drop along Jetty Road
Shopaholics are guaranteed to get their fair share of retail therapy along the main street of Glenelg.
Jetty Road is the shopping hub of the town. Stretching for a tick over a kilometre, you will be spoilt with plenty of stylish boutiques, novelty gift stores and charming cafes to keep you fuelled up along the way.
One store to duck into is Haigh’s chocolates. Established in Adelaide, it is the country’s oldest family-run chocolate maker. Check out their wide range of chocolates – some of which you can sample for free – and buy some for you to enjoy back in your hotel room!
Stroll through the Marina at sundown
If you’re not soaking up the sunset along Glenelg beach, then stroll further along the foreshore down Marina Pier.
Here you will discover a relaxing food and shopping precinct that looks out to breathtaking panoramic views of the marina. Speaking of the food, there are an array of cuisines to discover that will be sure to suit everyone’s tastebuds.
The most popular restaurant along the pier is Oyster Bar, which attracts oyster lovers from around the world. You can sample some of the state’s finest oysters and other seafood delights perfectly paired with a wine or cold beer.
Jump on in and swim with the locals
Dolphins are one of the Earth’s most fascinating, curious and friendly animals. In Glenelg, you can get the rare chance to jump in the water for a swim alongside the local dolphin colony.
Local charter business Temptation Sailing has been doing this for nearly 20 years. They offer a memorable experience either swimming alongside dolphins or watching them from the boat.
On our South Australia golf tour, we won’t be jumping in the water, but we will be jumping aboard Temptation for a dolphin watch. You will get to enjoy a 360-degree view, walk around the boat and watch dolphins play only a few feet away from you and your camera.