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Glenelg is Adelaide’s main recreational beach (230D). It is at the end of the tramline and has traditionally been Adelaide’s favourite and most accessible beach. The development here reflects this with a jetty, backed by parks, and major hotels and various recreational and amusement facilities (Fig. 4.65 & 4.66). The Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club is located in the foreshore park, 200 m north of the jetty. The beach terminates at the Patawalonga breakwater, where the breakwater and an artificial reef off the beach have trapped the sand causing the beach to build over 100 m seaward. Inside the breakwater is a quiet 50 m long pocket of sand (230E) used by the sailing club for launching their boats.
Beach Length: 2km
General Hazard Rating: 3/10

Patrolled Beach Flag Patrols

There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.


Formal parking area
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Toilets Block M/F
Boat ramp




SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.