You might wonder what a town like Glenelg has to offer, in terms of entertainment general things to do, when you visit. Well, I am here to tell you that there is a load of things that can be done in Glenelg, for you and your whole family to enjoy. Glenelg has plenty of activities and sites inclusive to all age groups and everyone can have a good time when they visit this town. Let’s have a look at some of the best things to do in Glenelg.
1. Glenelg Visitor Center
With characteristics such as white sandy beaches, an active shopping hub and restaurants with a variety of foods to savor, you are bound to enjoy a lot of the things on offer at Glenelg. When you visit the Glenelg Visitor Center, you will not believe that this town was once an old settlement area, which began in 1836. The Center gives an insight into how the town started.
The Center also has a museum with no entrance fee and features exhibits that involve the visitor while educating them on the history of the town and its heritage.
Glenelg Visitor Center
Address: Glenelg Town Hall, Moseley Square, Glenelg SA 5045, Australia
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9am–4:30pm. Saturday and Sunday: 10am–2pm
Contact: +61 8 8294 5833
Website: Glenelg Visitor Center
2. Bay Discovery Center
Priding itself in detailing Glenelg’s social history in its museum, the Bay Discovery Center is the place to go to revel in south Australia’s heritage. Art lovers, history buffs and everyone, in general, are welcome to visit the Center to learn one or two things about Glenelg.
Bay Discovery Center
Website: Bay Discovery Center
3. Glenelg Art Gallery
All art enthusiasts will have a ball visiting the Glenelg Art Gallery as they sample an array of art from upcoming and award-winning established artists.
Glenelg Art Gallery
Website: Glenelg Art Gallery
4. Glenelg Pier - The Jetty
Built in 1859, this jetty used to lead to the lighthouse at the end but a fire destroyed the lighthouse in 1873. Years later, in 1948, a hurricane hit the jetty, washing it away, leaving behind only a kiosk and the aquarium, which was later demolished, as it was a hazard. The jetty was rebuilt to what it is now, in 1969.
Glenelg Pier - The Jetty
Address: Glenelg Beach, Glenelg, South Australia 5045, Australia
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours
Contact: +61 8 8229 9999
Website: Glenelg Pier/Jetty
5. Oldgum Tree Reserve
28 December, 1836, South Australia proclaimed as a British province by Governor John Hindmarsh. Took place near where we live at the Old Gum Tree Reserve, Glenelg North.Posted by Sean Smith on Sunday, 27 December 2015
The old gum tree was where the ‘Proclamation of South Australia’ was read, making it a landmark in the area. The tree stood on land owned by John Hector who gifted it to Glenelg municipality, in 1857.
Oldgum Tree Reserve
Website: Oldgum Tree Reserve
6. Proclamation Trail
This is a self-guided walk through Glenelg starting from Glenelg Town Hall and taking you through eight sites that have quite a history, in Glenelg. Walking or cycling through the self-guided tour, you will come across sites like ‘First Landing and the ‘Old Gum Tree’, through the original streets of Glenelg and Colley Reserve.
Website: Proclamation Trail
7. Haigh’s Chocolates
This family-owned chocolatier has been running for years. They have been producing quality chocolates in Australia with confectioners who are dedicated to making new chocolate recipes and modifying old recipes to come up with the best product. They also have tours, made famous by the many tourists and other parties interested in chocolate making.
Address: 154 Greenhill Rd, Parkside SA 5063, Australia
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9am–5:30pm. Saturday: 8:30am–5pm. Sunday: Closed
Contact: +61 8 8372 7000
Website: Haigh’s Chocolates
8. Marina Experience
The Marina Pier, with its golden sands, is the best walking location for those who would like to take it nice and slow while taking in the ocean view. You can also people watch at the many restaurants lined up along the Marina, as you enjoy an array of delicacies and watch the sunset.
The Marina Restaurants
Website: The Marina Restaurants
9. The Beachouse
Pack up the whole family and head out to the Beachouse which is jam-packed with waterslides, games, rides and other family activities that will be fun for the kids as well as the adults.
Address: 4 Colley Terrace, Glenelg SA 5045, Australia
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 10AM–5PM. Friday: 10AM–9PM. Saturday: 9AM–9PM. Sunday: 9AM–7PM.
Contact: +61 8 8295 1511
Website: The Beachouse
10. Temptation Sailing Dolphin Swims
This cruise will give you the opportunity to come face to face with dolphins. Minutes into the cruise, the first pod of dolphins show up near the boat, they do not swim away in fear but rather come towards the boat and play around its hull.
There are a few optional experiences when you cruise with the Temptation. If you opt to swim, you will have over an hour of interaction with the dolphins as they showcase their agility in the water. Their playfulness will leave you giddy and with a lifetime of memories. If you’d rather stay dry and watch from the safety of the boat, you will still get to enjoy their playful nature as they play with the boat and give a show. You can take pictures and have an experience worthy of your payment.
Temptation Sailing Dolphin Swims
Address: 10 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg SA 5045, Australia
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9AM–7PM. Saturday and Sunday: 10AM–7PM.
Contact: +61 412 811 838
Website: Temptation Sailing Dolphin Swims
11. Chorus Stones
Photos are unavailable. Please refer to South Australian Memory
We have already learned a bit about Glenelg history, with the Old Gum Tree and the Proclamation Trail. Chorus Stone, on the other hand, is a monument set up to venerate the many conflicts experienced over the years. Rather than choosing to remember any one specific war, refined stonework is placed at the center of the memorial, with the word ‘remember’ engraved on it.
This place has a lot of history and there is more information at the site regarding the many wars the monument symbolizes.
Address: Anzac Plaza, Glenelg
Opening Hours: 24 hours
There is a place known as Jetty Road in Glenelg which is synonymous with great eating places to suit all, from cafés to fine dining. You can sample all types foods here, like Indonesian, Thai food, Indian, Japanese, French, seafood and so many other delicacies. The following are some of the restaurants one can enjoy on Jetty Road:
12. Grind It
Adorned with trendy graffiti-like paintings, a lot of the décor at Grind It is made of wood and metal. The food is great, and they offer many of the foods usually served in cafés. Check it out for an experience.
Address: 4 Moseley St, Glenelg SA 5045, Australia
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday: 7AM–3PM. Sunday: 9AM–3PM
Contact: +61 8 8376 0049
Facebook: Grind It
13. The Good Life Modern Organic Pizza
Starting soon. 'Kesh'- Turkish style Fleurieu Lamb mince with herbed B.-d. Farm Paris Creek yoghurt. - Hutt St ☎️8223...Posted by GoodLife Modern Organic Pizza on Tuesday, 24 January 2017
This restaurant makes their pizzas from organic produce that is in season. Their intention is to have people enjoy good food and wine at their establishment.
The Good Life Modern Organic Pizza
Website: The Good Life Modern Organic Pizza
Sightsee and learn at Glenelg
Come and enjoy the wonderful scenery in Glenelg and learn about the historical background of the town. Apart from that, there are a lot of restaurants and other fun things to do.
Get Trip101 in your inbox
You can buy and claim online, even after you've left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.
*5% off when you book with our promo code: TRIP101
*For our Canadian and US travellers, unfortunately due to financial services laws, we cannot provide a discount. This promotional code cannot be used with any other discount offer, including World Nomads Members’ discount for travel insurance policy holders.