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Glenelg - Cities, Towns and Localities

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The main beach here is to Adelaidians what Bondi is to Sydneysiders. A place to getaway unwind, relax, go shopping amongst the surf type boutiques, enjoy an ice-cream or stay in a beachside apartment, hotel or B&B.

Glenelg was the first South Australian settlement and where white men first put foot on the shores of South Australia. The state was proclaimed here on 28th December, 1836 at "The Old Gum Tree". It was named after the then Secretary of State for the Colonies Lord Glenelg.

Glenelg TramThe area was originally inhabited by the Kaurna Aboriginal Tribe. Being not much more than a pile of sand dunes the area quickly developed into the main seaport for the town of Adelaide and the settlements beyond. Other coastal towns that sprung up in the region include Brighton, Somerton and Queenscliff.

Today, Glenelg offers a great coastal destination, the region now a holiday mecca with miles of white beaches and water activities to enjoy in the hot summers. Good transport links are available to the centre of Adelaide, which include the wonderful old trams pictured (soon to be replaced with modern air conditioned carriages). These transport links encourage thousands of day trippers to come and enjoy even for the day coastal delights. The area boasts up market resorts right on the beach and many historical buildings remain in the city.

Check out our listing of Glenelg accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Glenelg Visitor Information Centre
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Tourism Commission Building
Glenelg Foreshore
Ph: 08 8294 5833

Glenelg Attractions

Glenelg Jetty
• At the end of Jetty Road, GLENELG
• The Jetty was first built in 1859. A wooden lighthouse and aquarium once stood at its end but was destroyed by fire. In April 1948 a storm ruined the jetty itself. It was rebuilt in 1969 and is 215 metres long.
Glenelg Town Hall
• Moseley Square, off Jetty Road, GLENELG
• Now the home of the Bay Discovery Centre, was built in 1875 to the design of architect Edmund Wright. It was formerly the Glenelg Institute which housed a library reading room (with separate ladies’ quarters) a grand concert hall, a chess room, a museum and a lecture hall. The Mayoral chair is over 150 years old and is crafted from timbers salvaged from the shipwreck HMS Buffalo off the coast of New Zealand.
HMS Buffalo
• Adelphi Terrace, GLENELG NORTH
• HMS Buffalo is a replica of the sailing ship that brought the early settlers to Holdfast Bay, Glenelg in 1836. It is an award winning restaurant.
The Glenelg Tram
• The electric tram was officially launched on 14 December 1929 and the Glenelg line is the only tram-line left in Adelaide. The original trams have been preserved and still operate on the line today.
The Old Gum Tree
• MacFarlane Ave, GLENELG
• Was the site chosen by Governor Hindmarsh to read the proclamation which formed the State of South Australia on 28 December 1836. Each year on this day a re-enactment gathers around this historic tree.

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