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Glenelg Beach

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
Food and words.
Published August 20th 2011
Glenelg Beach is one of the most popular seaside spots. Whether you're looking for a day on the beach, breakfast by the sea, or a fun day with the kids, this is a great place to go. It is a shopping and leisure destination, that is in its prime during the warm summer months.

The beach itself has a long sandy stretch, and in winter this is a nice place to go for a walk with your dog. It comes to life in summer. On some days you might be able to participate in a game of beach volleyball, and on others you could take a camel ride along the beach. There is even a long jetty for you to walk along or fish off of. As this is Adelaide's main tourist beach there are lots of fun activities that locals will enjoy too. There are picnic spots nearby where you can enjoy some lunch, or some takeaway fish and chips, by the seaside.

The main beachfront area at Glenelg is called Moseley Square. Here you'll find a range of takeaway options, and some dine in restaurants. Glenelg is very popular for its ice cream, and there are about four different options all within in a very close proximity. The ice cream is great on a warm summer day, but it is also very popular as a dessert option for diners visiting Glenelg at night. If you want to enjoy your ice cream at Moseley Square there are benches and tables for you to use.

Another popular activity that visitors love at Glenelg is getting breakfast. There are some great options like Zest Cafe and The Strand, you can enjoy a hearty breakfast here, and then walk it off on the beach afterwards. There is dining to be found all up Jetty Road for all meals of the day. There are also plenty of shops up Jetty Road, for any beachgoers who feel like a spot of retail shopping. While there are some really great options along here, there are also plenty of $2 Shops that bring down the quality of the street.

Kids will love heading down to Glenelg, because not only will they get to have fun at the beach, but they might also get to visit the very fun Beachouse. Here kids can find a load of fun activities including arcade games and waterslides. It can be a bit expensive, but the kids always have a great time. If you're looking for somewhere a bit more educational, you can visit the Bay Discovery Centre, a museum that looks at the history of Glenelg, the settlement of Adelaide, and beach culture.

Glenelg may not be the best beach in Adelaide, and its surf doesn't compare to some other options, but there are so many fun possibilities at this beach that it is hard to go past. The surrounding shops and eateries embrace their beach location, to provide a great beach experience.
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Why? Camels, waterslides, and ice cream
When: Anytime
Where: Moseley Square, Glenelg
Cost: Free
I love Glenelg and there are some great cafes there too for winter time. I feel a bit sad that they decided to let them build right on the beach front. It sort of takes away from the Glenelg I remember when I was young.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 30th of August @ 12:20 pm
I agree Jodi, The carnival area was far more kid friendly than the wind tunnel high rise apartments. The powers that be ,they call it progress. The only nice spot now is the lawn area near the jetty with fish and chips although it needs more shade for those sunny days and the little water fountain in the square for the little kids.
By samir - reader
Monday, 26th of November @ 12:58 am
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