Glenelg is a popular beachside suburb located 10km from Adelaide’s CBD. Located on the white sandy shore of Holdfast Bay in Gulf Saint Vincent, it is a popular tourist destination due to its beach and many attractions. It is home to several hotels and dozens of restaurants.
Glenelg was established in 1836 and is the oldest European settlement on mainland South Australia (the oldest being Kingscote on Kangaroo Island). It has been a popular recreation and leisure location for much of its history.
Jetty Road is the main shopping and entertainment and shopping precinct. There are more than 200 shops, restaurants, cafes, hotels and other commercial activities.
Recreational boating is popular in Glenelg. To the north is the mouth of the Patawalonga River, which was dammed to create an artificial boat harbour.
The Adelaide Metro operates several bus services from Glenelg to various destinations including the City of Adelaide and Adelaide Airport. The local council operates a free loop bus service in the area.
Adelaide’s only remaining operating tram line is the Glenelg Tram, running from Moseley Square, along Jetty Road though Glenelg, to the CBD. A short 25 minute trip on an original vintage 1929 tram takes you into Victoria Square in the heart of Adelaide.
Glenelg has a Mediterranean climate characterised by warm dry summers and cool mild winters. Summer temperatures average around 27°C and winter months around 15°C.
The suburb has schools and is within close proximity to Adelaide’s major hospitals.