6. Adelaide Beaches
Sydney has Bondi, Perth has Fremantle, Melbourne has St Kilda, and
Adelaide has Glenelg. Glenelg is a highly developed ocean-side suburb
of Adelaide, and feels like it is trying to be a Fremantle. It is a
pleasant enough area with a pier, cafes, pubs, pony rides, and ugly
new apartment blocks. On a pleasant summer evening it has that
city-meets-the-bay type of atmosphere.
|Beach at Glenelg|
As far as the beach goes, don't expect too much in the way of surf: it
isn't that type of beach. It seems they even have to truck the sand
in, because there were signs up about sand trucking movements.
One thing that struck me is that the ocean-side here is very much a
different feeling to that of Sydney or other places with
surf-beaches. The calm ocean waters and piers create a much different
atmosphere. I wouldn't say that one is better than the other, but
certainly a different experience.
On the weekend, the waterfront park was complete with camel and pony
rides for kids. The animals just looked so much sedated.
Being a west coast, I had to try for a few sunsets over the water, and
as expected a couple put on a good show.
|Sunset at Glenelg|
Fortunately Glenelg isn't all there is in terms of beaches in
Adelaide. There are a string of other remarkably similar stretches of
sand. Going South, Noarlunga Beach is about the closest to an
East-Coast style surf beach. It has a headland, and apparently
occasionally there are waves there.
I was also told that while Glenelg was for the tourists Henley Beach
was the local's pride. Apart from the lack of cafes and pony rides,
it actually seemed much the same to me though.
When I was there, there was a mighty strong southerly wind blowing the
sand up the beach, and I get the feeling that's a fairly common
feature of the Adelaide beaches.