Posted by Craig Leverenz on 20 July 2015
So you’re travelling to Adelaide; perhaps for business, to visit family, or you’re coming to watch an AFL or cricket game at the revamped Adelaide Oval? While Adelaide is a smaller city than some of Australia’s other major centres, that doesn’t mean you’ll be avoiding the hustle and bustle. Have you considered staying in Glenelg instead?
Glenelg is Adelaide’s favourite beach. The beautiful beachside suburb locals refer to as “The Bay” holds a significant amount of history for South Australia, and is one of the most vibrant and cultural centres in the state. Here’s five reasons why Glenelg is the place to stay…
Travel by car from Glenelg to Adelaide city in only 15 minutes. Don’t have your car or don’t fancy paying for Adelaide’s expensive parking? Adelaide’s only tram runs every 15 minutes and takes commuters from Glenelg’s main precinct of Jetty Road, to Adelaide's city centre in a comfortable half hour journey. The tram then continues on from the city to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. If you're heading into Adelaide to watch an AFL game at Adelaide Oval, you can take the tram for free to and from the game with your match ticket!
Glenelg has a plethora of fantastic dining venues all of which are located within walking distance. Seafood is a speciality of the area and many local restaurants offer stunning views while you dine. Glenelg’s restaurants boast great reviews from customers for their unbeatable service and atmosphere. Have a break or catch up with friends and enjoy a coffee at one of the many top class cafes, or enjoy a cocktail or a beer at one of Glenelg’s many trendy drinking venues. Whatever you’re after, day or night, you’ll find it in Glenelg.
During the day spend your free time ambling down Glenelg’s Jetty Road, shopping the wide range of stores from name brands stores you know and love, to one off local boutiques. Jetty Road’s stores have the unique bonus of being open almost all year round, trading on most public holidays. Have you browsed Jetty Road’s extensive list of retailers and still want more? Adelaide’s Harbour Town is only 5 minutes away by car for more designer brands at discount prices! Shopping not your thing? How about playing a round of mini golf at The Beachouse, or riding the Ferris wheel, waterslides or dodgem cars? Beach goers will love swimming next to Glenelg’s jetty, or reading a book on the sand whilst soaking up the sun.
Did you know that Glenelg was the site of Governor Hindmarsh’s landing on the HMS Buffalo and the proclamation site for the state? The South Australian colonies and our marvellous state all started out right here – you can even see a replica of the HMS Buffalo moored at the edge of Wrigley Reserve (Anzac Highway). The Atlantic Tower itself even makes up part of Glenelg’s unique modern history; it was the first high rise building, and spent several years as a shell awaiting completion! There is plenty of history to discover in and around Glenelg. Take a walk to the Bay Discovery Centre in the Glenelg Town Hall to find out more about the cultural heritage of Glenelg and South Australia.
Glenelg is a bustling centre with a busy tourist population and night life. However its coastal setting, stunning views and ‘oh-so convenient’ location means everything you need is right at your fingertips! If you’re staying in Glenelg you can travel for business, but stay for the holiday – and what better escape than watching the planes take off over the ocean, or the twinkling lights of the Adelaide Hills.
With the city only minutes away, the beautiful seaside town of Glenelg is the best location to stay, not only for convenience, but to give yourself a holiday too! Go on, you deserve it!