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Glenelg Guide – Spend Less, Do More

Close to the Adelaide Airport and yet it feels a world away – that's what greets travellers to the seaside suburb of Glenelg. A lively seaside paradise awaits you that is an eclectic mix of modernity and history. How is that possible you ask? Glenelg is actually the original settlement on the South Australian mainland, dating back to 1836, while development has proliferated as tourists have flocked to see the adorable dolphins and seals. Come and explore seaside living – Adelaide-style!

The first step of any seaside vacay is a trip to the beach!

And they don't come much better than Glenelg Beach. Unlike some seaside locales, this one doesn't try to skim you for all your money. Chill vibes, sea breezes and some quality fish and chips. All in all, it's bound to be a great day by the beach!

Feel like feeding your inner child?

Head to the northern end of Glenelg Beach to The Beachouse. It might appear to be missing an 'h' but we can excuse that for the thrills this amusement park brings to people of all ages. Don't want to leave the water? Try the Speed Slide, hurtling forth as 90L of water gush by you a second, or the Raft Slide, which takes you into a pitch black tunnel! If you want dry-land thrills, then look no further than the Dodgem Cars, proudly sporting Soli Italian Formula 1 cars built in Bologna, Italy. Still not impressed? The Soli are only located in 2 countries worldwide and have been dubbed the Rolls-Royce of Dodgem! Or why not combine the water with Dodgem on Bumper Boats – navigate the channels as you blast each other with water cannons.

For the younger ones, there are a few less intense attractions. Try the 120 year old carousel, a perennial fixture, or the Castle – a 7-storey playground with enough nooks and crannies to keep your kids entertained for days (just remember to take them home at the end of the day!) Mini-Golf, surrounded by a mini-train completes the day perfectly (and the added bonus of tiring out the kids so much, they fall asleep straight away on the car ride back to the hotel).

You saved plenty on your accommodation…

Not that you used for much other than sleeping. After all, what use is a holiday without some unusual activities – those always create the best stories. And they don't come much more unusual than Australian Rules Football. Shortened (of course, the land Down Under always shortens everything) to Aussie Rules, this odd sport is only played in Australia (as expected). Swing by Gliderol Stadium to catch Glenelg Tigers. With a proud history dating back to 1920, the Black and Gold Tigers play in the South Australian National Football League, having won 4 premierships. Given the last was in 1986, maybe with your support, Tigerland will rise to the heights of premiers once again! Despite its relatively small size compared to the larger, Victorian clubs of the AFL, Glenelg has some notable celebrity support including club ambassadors Anna Meares, World and Olympic track cycling champion, and Gary Sweet, one of Australia's most prolific film and television actors, amongst others.

If you prefer a more leisurely game, then look no further than Glenelg Golf Club (although it still has ties to Aussie Rules as the official golf club of the AFL powerhouse, Adelaide Crows. Ranked the 25th best course in Australia by Golf Australia Magazine, Glenelg provides challenges for players of all abilities. The extensive training program for younger golf enthusiasts also ensures the next generation develops a unique passion for the great game. But don't think you are simply restricted to activities on the course. With superb dining facilities, the golf course makes an ideal backdrop for your 'big day'.

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Spend Less, Do More

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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