Glenelg was the
first South Australian settlement and where white men first
put foot on the shores of South Australia. The state was
proclaimed here on 28th December, 1836 at "The Old Gum
Tree". It was named after the then Secretary of State for
the Colonies Lord Glenelg.
The area was originally inhabited by the
Kaurna Aboriginal Tribe. Being not much more than a pile of
sand dunes the area quickly developed into the main seaport
for the town of Adelaide and the settlements beyond. Other
coastal towns that sprung up in the region include Brighton,
Somerton and Queenscliff.
Today, Glenelg offers a great coastal destination,
the region now a holiday mecca with miles of white beaches
and water activities to enjoy in the hot summers. Good
transport links are available to the centre of Adelaide,
which include the wonderful old trams pictured (soon to be
replaced with modern air conditioned carriages). These
transport links encourage thousands of day trippers to come
and enjoy even for the day coastal delights. The area boasts
up market resorts right on the beach and many historical
buildings remain in the city.
Check out our listing of
accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information,
contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more
attractions, tours, local maps and other information.