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Things to do in Glenelg Beach - Top Activities at Glenelg Beach

As one of Adelaide's premier beach hubs the white, sandy confines of Glenelg Beach are the stuff of dreams for beachgoers. From water sports to fishing tours here are the top activities at the beach.

Cycling and Hiking

Cycling and Hiking
Blessed with breathtaking landscapes and natural beauty Glenelg Beach and the surrounding area offer some of the best cycling tracks and walking trails in Adelaide. Taking in the captivating sights and historic sights of Glenelg at one's own pace some of the most popular cycling trails in the area includes the Federation Trail which winds its way across Holdfast Bay and takes cyclers around imposing historic structures dating back to the colonial era and also goes past an air raid shelter dating back to the Second World War. Other intriguing sites include sand dunes and the sacred Tjilbruke Spring which serves as the main source of freshwater for the local indigenous communities. Walking tours to iconic Kingston Park which is home to famed Kingston House are also available while walks across the Marino Rocks and the esplanade are equally popular. Glenelg also serves as a gateway point for walking enthusiasts and bikers to explore neighboring seaside hubs such as West Beach, Grange and Henley Beach.

Swim with the Dolphins

Swim with the Dolphins
Glenelg Beach is also home to the marina where sailing tours for dolphin spotting depart daily. Concentrating on the waters surrounding Holdfast Bay the dolphin watching tours circle the area in hopes of spotting bottle nosed dolphins and other common dolphin species throughout the day. Day time as well as night time or twilight tours are available and visitors can select a tour which allows swimming with the dolphins if they so desire.

Diving and snorkeling and Other Water Sports

Frequented by water sport lovers from all across Adelaide and Australia at large Glenelg Beach is an adrenalin junkies dream come true as well. Popular water sports activities in the area include Jet Ski rides along the shorelines while snorkeling expeditions are also available in the area. Surfers can catch massive point breaks while scuba divers explore the coral reefs that litter the seabeds off the coastline. Those who wish to take up water sports such as surfing, diving and snorkeling can also learn the basics through beachside schools and instructors. Angling fans on the other hand can catch a day time or overnight fishing charter and experience the tranquility and joy of fishing at one's leisure.

Retail Therapy and Dining

Retail Therapy and Dining
Revered as a beach side retail Mecca Glenelg's is a shopaholic's hub in Adelaide. A majority of Glenelg's finest boutiques are located down Jetty Road and its retail district which is lined with hundreds of stylish boutiques selling unique, specialty items. Littered with a plethora of fine dining and al fresco restaurants visitors can sample the best of local cuisine after a day of shopping. Visitors based in Oaks Liberty Towers or other conveniently located Glenelg hotels will be within close range of the best shopping and dining options the city has to offer.

Enjoy Local Festivals

Holidaymakers vacationing in Glenelg during Christmas holidays can witness the yearly Christmas pageant while jazz fanatics can enjoy the smooth sounds of local jazz artists at the annual Glenelg Jazz Festival. Beach celebrations and parties take centre stage during Australia Day while athletic visitors are welcome to join the annual City to Bay Fun Run.