Glenelg Beach - SA

Glenelg Beach - SA

- 28 Jan

1 Glenelg beach
Glenelg 5045, SA

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, 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 100m seaward. Inside the breakwater is a quiet 50m long pocket of sand (230E) used by the sailing club for launching their boats.

The Seacliff to Glenelg beaches offers relatively safe swimming owing to the usually low waves and continuous shallow bar. However rips occasionally cross the bar scouring deeper channels. Stay on the inner bar and clear of any deeper troughs. Care must also be taken near the rocks at Seacliff, around the two jetties, at the Patawalonga breakwater where there can be strong currents, and at occasional breaks in the bar where there are deeper holes. The safest swimming is at the four areas patrolled by the Seacliff, Brighton, Somerton and Glenelg Surf Life Saving Clubs.


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Organisation name
Sonar Group
Street number
Level 2
Address line 1
217 Queen Street
Contact number
0414 600 861
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Contact first name
Alistair Ward
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