Adelaide's Favourite Beachside Suburb, Glenelg
Accessible by car, a stroll down the coastal pathway or the J1 bus, Adelaide's popular beachside suburb Glenelg is the perfect spot for those who love relaxing on the beach, eating well, seeking a little fun or simply wanting to shop 'til they drop.
If you're after something to eat, Glenelg’s main street Jetty Road and the stunning Holdfast Shores Marina are packed with eateries. Crammed with cosmopolitan cafes, restaurants and fine dining, there is something to suit all tastes. Whether it's a quick, casual snack or a formal fine dining experience, you will be spoilt for choice with seafood, Thai, Japanese, Greek, Indonesian, and Indian among the many delicious and exotic cuisines on the menu. For those with a sweet tooth, there’s ice-cream, cake and candy shops galore!
For the shopaholics, Jetty Road boasts more than 300 speciality boutiques. An eclectic selection of fashion, beauty, interiors, craft and book shops line the one-kilometre shopping strip. We guarantee sore feet and shopping bags by the time your toes touch the famous Glenelg beach.
If fun and entertainment is what you're after, you'll find it aplenty in Glenelg. Not only home to a museum, gallery, a cinema, boat tours, amusement centre and beach bars, Glenelg has a unique and vibrant events calendar that runs all year round.
Rain, hail or (hopefully) shine, there's always something happening in Glenelg. From beach concerts and street parties to sunset markets and so much more, there's fun for the whole family no matter the season. If you're lucky, you might even stumble across a Winter Wonderland, see the start of the Tour Down Under or catch a glimpse of the Glenelg Christmas Pageant!
Hooray for Henley Beach!
A short trip north from West Beach Parks will place you in Henley Beach, another one of Adelaide's favourite beachside locations. Whether you're looking for a lively lunch, an evening meal or a stroll along the seaside, Henley Beach caters for all ages.
Henley Square also offers the very best in retail therapy with fashion boutiques, gourmet food outlets, hair, beauty and pampering, eclectic gifts and homewares all in a single stretch.
Popular with locals and visitors alike, Henley Beach is renowned for its amazing boutiques and gorgeous cuisine but it's the beautiful beach that is the jewel in the crown. Clean and safe with a crystal clear sea, the beach and jetty provide an unbeatable backdrop for a day of swimming, paddling, fishing, sunbathing or picnicking.
A coastal path runs along the beachfront and the energetic may opt to travel the Linear Path to Adelaide by foot or by bike.
Things To Do Around West Beach Parks
Harbour Town Premium Outlets
Hop across to Harbour Town and bag yourself a bargain. Over 120 stores with up to 70% off everyday are only a short stroll away. From high-end fashion to sports apparel, homewares and cafes, it’s easy to spend hours strolling and spending.
West Beach Parks Skate and BMX
The West Beach Parks Skate and BMX is free, open 24/7 and includes a Beginners Bowl, Street Circuit, Dirt BMX Track and Large Vertical Ramp. Take advantage of the sheltered BBQ areas, or the onsite skate shop and kiosk run by Da Klinic.
Bay Discovery Museum Glenelg
Want to know what Glenelg was like in days gone by? Then check out the Bay Discovery Museum Glenelg. Walk through the social history of South Australia, with amazing artefacts, interactive exhibits and all you need to know about SA culture!
Glenelg Foreshore Playspace
Let the kids run free at Glenelg Foreshore Playspace, an interactive play area with all kinds of equipment and activities to encourage imagination and exploration.
GU Film House
Just off Glenelg’s Jetty Road, GU Film House is a fantastic place to unwind with a movie, snacks and, if you fancy, a glass of wine! The relaxed atmosphere, spacious surrounds and beautiful décor ensures an amazing experience every time.
Take a Trip to the CBD
Less than 30 minutes from your West Beach Parks base, Adelaide's CBD boasts an almost endless list of things to do and see. Soak up culture, flavours, events and entertainment all year round.
If eating's your thing, every corner of the suburb of Adelaide is crammed with amazing eateries and intimate bars slinging delicious food and cocktails. Every cuisine is on the menu, so whether it's a quick stop at Chinatown, a meal on Rundle Street or a beer in one of too-many-to-count bars, there's no better way to end (or start) your day. Hungry? Find the best restaurant for you here.
Here's a few of our favourite things to do in Adelaide
Adelaide Zoo —home to Australia’s only pandas— also tops our lists of things to do. You’ll find this beautiful animal attraction in the heart of the city on Frome Street.
A must-see for sports fans, architecture enthusiasts or adrenaline junkies who are keen to climb the roof of one of the most picturesque sporting grounds in the world!
Adelaide Central Markets
With over 70 traders under one roof, the Adelaide Central Market is one of the largest undercover fresh produce markets in the southern hemisphere, buzzing with life and colour all year round.
Lined with history, North Terrace is a must for culture vultures. You’ll find the South Australian Museum, Migration Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia, State Library, Botanic Gardens and National Wine Centre.
Consider Rundle Mall your one-stop-shop for the biggest and best brands, an enticing range of dining destinations, and a suite of services catering to your every need. Year-round, Rundle Mall is a bustling hob of activity and excitement.
Want to shop till you drop? Why not! You are on holiday. West Beach Parks is ideally located with several shopping precincts close by and easily accessible.
Just across the road from West Beach Parks is Harbour Town Adelaide, a factory outlet village that boasts many of Australia’s top brands, we are sure you’ll snap up a bargain or two.
Westfield West Lakes is just 20 minutes from West Beach and features familiar high street shops as well as a food court, beauty parlours and supermarkets.
For the more eclectic shopper, Jetty Road in Glenelg is fantastic for a unique fashion find, an amazing piece of artwork and a special souvenir or two. Visit here for more info!
Henley Square is also a treasure trove of boutiques and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Once you’ve exhausted the retail outlets, pop into one of Henley’s many cafes and bars for a well-earned refreshment (or two)! Visit here to learn more!
Fancy packing your bags for the day and heading further afield? Well, you don't need to drive too far to experience wonderful wine, fantastic food or famed sights.
West Beach Parks is only a short trip away from some of Australia's best wine regions. If driving's not your thing, book a minibus for the day and let someone else do the driving.
From the Barossa Valley in the North, the Adelaide Hills in the East and McLaren Vale to the south, South Australians are spoilt for choice when it comes to reds, whites and rosés. Plus, many wineries are family friendly and provide the perfect backdrop for a delicious day out, lazy lunch or afternoon adventure.
Many wineries are family-friendly and provide the perfect backdrop for a delicious day out, lazy lunch or afternoon adventure. Find the cellar door right for you here.
We’d keep you here all day if we listed every single adventure South Australia has to offer…so we’ll just leave this here.