Beach | Food and Wine | Family | Adventure 25 April 2024

Beachside Bliss in Glenelg: Sun, Sand & Seafood

Whether you crave sun-soaked relaxation, thrilling adventures, or delightful culinary experiences, Glenelg promises an unforgettable escape that caters to every traveller's desire. With its pristine beaches and vibrant atmosphere, this charming South Australian seaside haven offers so many things to do and see.

Where is Glenelg?

Just a 20-minute tram ride or drive southwest of Adelaide's city centre lies the charming suburb of Glenelg. It boasts gorgeous beaches and a convenient location, making it a favourite escape for both locals and tourists seeking a quintessential Australian beach holiday.

Glenelg offers an idyllic setting for sunset strolls along the bustling Jetty Road and the white sands of Glenelg Beach. This endearing town exudes a picture-perfect charm – think relaxing seaside views of the Southern Ocean, heritage buildings with a touch of yesteryear charm, and yes, even its very own iconic Ferris wheel.

The Best Things to Do in Glenelg

Glenelg offers something for everyone, from adventurous thrill-seekers to families with young children. Here are a few ideas to set your planning in motion:

1. Ride the Famous Ferris Wheel

Experience panoramic views of Glenelg and its picturesque surroundings from the Glenelg Ferris Wheel. This family-friendly attraction promises a memorable ride above the coastline, offering unparalleled views of the shimmering ocean and bustling promenade.

2. Play at the Beachouse

For a day filled with fun and excitement, head to the Beachouse. This entertainment complex boasts a heap of thrilling rides, including waterslides, bumper cars, and arcade games, ensuring endless entertainment for visitors of all ages.

3. Explore the Bay Discovery Centre

Explore Glenelg's rich history and heritage at the Bay Discovery Centre with fascinating exhibits and interactive displays that showcase the area's maritime past. This is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Glenelg to better understand the area’s past.

4. Surfs Up at Glenelg Beach

Embrace the laid-back vibes of Glenelg Beach, where white sands and rolling waves entice beach lovers and surf enthusiasts alike. Whether you're looking to catch some waves or simply soak up the sun, this stretch of coastline is the perfect spot to do both.

5. Shop till You Drop at Jetty Road

Indulge in some retail therapy along Jetty Road, Glenelg's premier shopping precinct. Browse an eclectic mix of boutiques, galleries, and specialty stores, where you can pick up fashionable vintage finds, homewares, souvenirs and gifts.

6. Swim with Dolphins

Encounter these majestic creatures in their natural habitat for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Dolphin swim tours depart from Glenelg Marina and take you into the crystal clear waters of Holdfast Bay for an unforgettable marine adventure.

7. Sightsee on Glenelg Pedal Bar

Discover Glenelg's sights in a unique way aboard a pedal bar. Gather your friends and pedal your way around town while enjoying refreshing beverages and lively tunes, stopping at iconic landmarks along the way.

The Best Places to Eat in Glenelg

Glenelg’s food scene is fuelled by its proximity to powerhouse culinary regions. To the north lies the renowned Barossa Valley, a haven for winemakers and growers of exceptional produce. And Adelaide itself thrives on the fertile Adelaide Plains, ensuring a constant supply of outstanding ingredients. Alongside the abundance of fresh seafood naturally available in a coastal town, restaurants can showcase the region's finest offerings. And this bounty translates directly onto Glenelg's plates. Here are some of the best places to eat in Glenelg to discover fresh takes on fresh seafood and the food of the Adelaide region:

Moseley Beach Club

Embrace the beachside vibes at Moseley Beach Club, a lively restaurant with an expansive outdoor terrace overlooking the scenic Glenelg foreshore. Their menu features modern Australian cuisine with a focus on local produce, and they have a calendar full of fun events.

Just nearby, Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites provides stunning beachfront views, giving guests a relaxing haven right on the doorstep of all the action.

Sammy's on the Marina 

Along the vibrant Glenelg Marina, Sammy's offers a casual atmosphere perfect for enjoying a delicious meal with a view. The first floor offers a 270-degree view of the ocean and Holdfast Promenade, and while their menu is known for fresh seafood, you can also order succulent steaks and various pizzas to satisfy every palate.

Bottega Gelateria

Treat yourself to a delightful scoop (or two!) of handcrafted Italian gelato at the very chic Bottega Gelateria. With classic flavours of hazelnut, pistachio and chocolate, you’ll feel like you’re on a little seaside Italian holiday. Still, you can also try some of the more experimental flavours on their rotating menu.


This trendy Glenelg South spot beckons with a bold neon sign, hinting at the explosion of flavours that await you inside. Polk specialises in modern Asian fusion cuisine, offering a menu of dishes perfect for sharing, encouraging you to gather for a fun, flavourful time.


Coast, a casual eatery open all day, serves modern Mediterranean fare with fresh seafood as its star. Enjoy relaxed vibes, a beautiful meal, and a stunning view of the Glenelg foreshore. This restaurant sits not far from the centrally located Oaks Glenelg Liberty Suites, which offers modern, stylish suites ideal for those seeking a comfortable, convenient base to explore Glenelg.

Discover the Charms of Glenelg

Glenelg is a stunning spot for old-world, sunshiny fun and an excellent place to explore diverse and exciting dining experiences. Whether you're indulging in fresh seafood by the beach or savouring international flavours in the heart of town, Oaks Hotels provides the perfect place to rest amid outings to explore all this vibrant seaside destination has to offer.

Book your stay at Oaks Hotels today and experience all the wonderful things to do in Glenelg!