Holdfast Bay is the site of the landing for the first South Australian migrants from England in 1836. It is here, near the Old Gum Tree, that the proclamation for the settlement was read by the Governor, John Hindmarsh, on December 28th 1836, and it was from here that families moved across to the city of Adelaide and beyond to start their new lives.
The Holdfast Bay area, Adelaide's most popular coastal region, is only 15 minutes drive from the Adelaide CBD. Holdfast Bay has sandy white beaches, great ocean views and wonderful sunsets, plus festivals, popular restaurants and cafes, seven day shopping, feature-packed museums, galleries and many other attractions. Tourism is the main industry. With a wide variety of shopping, appealing attractions, excellent accommodation and facilities, Holdfast Bay is an all-year-round coastal holiday and conference destination.
Places to visit include Captain Sturt's cottage at Glenelg, the Old Gum Tree, the old Town Hall on Mosely Square - a museum and Visitor's Centre. Walking Tours are offered to see some of the older homes. There is even a World War 2 Air raid shelter to visit.
For kids and teens there is the Beach House, with its games and and activities.
Trip Advisor offers more information about Glenelg's attractions
Check out the SA Government website's list of Places to visit
Discover the Broadway, Jetty Road, Brighton and the wonderful beaches from Seacliff - Glenelg North.
Glenelg and Jetty Road are particularly easy to visit. Just jump on a tram in Adelaide to get straight to the beach!
The City of Holdfast Bay consists of the suburbs and localities of Brighton, Glenelg, Glenelg East, Glenelg North, Glenelg South, Hove, Kingston Park, North Brighton, Seacliff, Seacliff Park, Somerton Park, and South Brighton. The Adelaide Airport, Barton Gully Reserve, City to Bay tram, Gilbertson Gully, Glenelg Jetty, Gulf St. Vincent, HMS Buffalo, Kingston Park Cliff Face Conservation Park, Minda dunes, Moseley Square, Patawalonga Lake, Pine Gully, Tjilbruke springs, the "Old Gum Tree" and the Torrens River are significant regional landmarks.