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Glenelg Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

Glenelg Beach showing a garden and a city as well as a large group of people

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


The coastal town of Glenelg is a local favorite, 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 centerpiece of Glenelg Beach. At 705 feet (215 meters) 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 5.6 miles (nine kilometers) from central Adelaide and can be accessed by tram, car or bicycle via one of two dedicated bike paths.


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Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
4.5 out of 5
16 Holdfast Promenade Glenelg, Glenelg, SA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $98 per night from May 23 to May 23
Located in Glenelg, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty. Brighton Beach and West Beach ...
4.2/5Excellent! (954 reviews)
"We selected an ocean view room and it was the best decision we made. The sunsets every day were amazing and beautiful. The location is also perfect and enabled us to spend a morning meditating on the beach during sunrise. It's a very convenient location with a beautiful walk along the beach and boardwalk ..."

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Stamford Grand Adelaide
Stamford Grand Adelaide
5 out of 5
2 Jetty Road Moseley Square, Glenelg, SA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $99 per night from May 23 to May 23
Located in Glenelg, this luxury hotel is steps from Jetty Road and Glenelg Jetty. Glenelg Beach and West Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).
4.2/5Excellent! (935 reviews)
"Gorgeous views from balcony, very comfortable"

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

Stamford Grand Adelaide
Oaks Glenelg Liberty Suites
Oaks Glenelg Liberty Suites
4.5 out of 5
25 Colley Terrace, Glenelg, SA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $107 per night from May 23 to May 23
Located in Glenelg, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of The Beachhouse and Glenelg Beach. Glenelg Jetty and West Beach are also within ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,633 reviews)
"Location was excellent and within walking distance to restaurants and hotels. Hotel has very good facilities."

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

Oaks Glenelg Liberty Suites
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Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
4.5 out of 5
16 Holdfast Promenade Glenelg, Glenelg, SA
The price is $98 per night from May 23 to May 23
Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Stamford Grand Adelaide
Stamford Grand Adelaide
5 out of 5
2 Jetty Road Moseley Square, Glenelg, SA
The price is $99 per night from May 23 to May 23
Stamford Grand Adelaide
Oaks Glenelg Liberty Suites
Oaks Glenelg Liberty Suites
4.5 out of 5
25 Colley Terrace, Glenelg, SA
The price is $107 per night from May 23 to May 23
Oaks Glenelg Liberty Suites
Haven Marina
Haven Marina
3.5 out of 5
6-10 Adelphi Terrace, Glenelg North, SA
The price is $70 per night from May 17 to May 17
Haven Marina
Atlantic Tower Motor Inn
Atlantic Tower Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
760 Anzac Highway, Glenelg, SA
The price is $66 per night from May 26 to May 26
Atlantic Tower Motor Inn
Ensenada Motor Inn and Suites
Ensenada Motor Inn and Suites
4 out of 5
13 Colley Terrace, Glenelg, SA
The price is $112 per night from May 23 to May 23
Ensenada Motor Inn and Suites
Taft Motor Inn
Taft Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
18 Moseley Street, Glenelg, SA
The price is $93 per night from May 17 to May 17
Taft Motor Inn
Nightcap at Watermark Glenelg
Nightcap at Watermark Glenelg
3.5 out of 5
631 Anzac Highway, Glenelg North, SA
The price is $96 per night from May 16 to May 16
Nightcap at Watermark Glenelg
Seawall Apartments
Seawall Apartments
4 out of 5
21-25 South Esplanade, Entrance from Oldham or Pier Street, Glenelg, SA
The price is $148 per night from May 26 to May 26
Seawall Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.