Escape to the seaside
A trip to the beach caps off any ideal getaway to Adelaide. You’ll find all the delights of a seaside village at Glenelg in Holdfast Bay, a 25-minute tram ride from Adelaide’s centre.
You’re already off to an idyllic start from the moment you step on the vintage tram that has been shuttling passengers from Adelaide’s North Terrace since the 1920s. The tram stops at Moseley Square, right behind the jetty. Once you’re at Glenelg, it’s time to explore sandy white beaches, charming heritage hotels, quaint shops and relaxing sidewalk cafes.
If the weather’s good, take a swim with wild dolphins, go diving or snorkelling, head out on a boat for a day of fishing, or even take a high-speed jetboat joy ride. At the marina, dolphin sailing tours depart several times a day on circuits around Holdfast Bay. Spot bottle-nosed and common dolphins or join a tour that lets you jump in for a swim with them.
With calm waters, sun, sand and classic European-influenced architecture, a day at Glenelg Beach will take you back to a simpler time (with the bonus of readily available cappuccinos). Established in 1836, Glenelg town is the oldest European settlement on mainland South Australia. Get a history lesson at the Town Hall discovery centre. For dining, head to Jetty Road with fish and chips to Mexican and everything in between, all with a relaxed, beachside atmosphere. Be sure to wander the Marina and check out the old-school teacup Ferris wheel and indulge your inner child at the The Beachhouse arcade with dodgem cards, bumper boats, water slides, mini golf and arcade games.