Glenelg South Australia

A few weeks ago as many of you will know I was lucky enough to go to South Australia for a conference and spend a few days beforehand travelling around the area near the city for a bit of a look.

We started our trip in Glenelg, a pretty and popular beachside suburb of Adelaide (the states capital). It sits on Holdfast Bay in Gulf St Vincent which is were I took my photos along the picturesque Glenelg Jetty.


As I really liked this jetty so much I visited it twice, once for sunrise and then for a sunset. I look around Glenelg but to my annoyance didnt really take many  more photos  I was so focused on what I wanted from the sea that I didn’t think to take many shots of other things. Originally in the 1800s it was a lot longer (381 metres, 1250 ft) and was built for cargo ships coming into the bay.  At one point it had a lighthouse at the end of it.  Sadly in 1873 fire engulfed the end of the pier so they cast off the lighthouse to save the rest of it.  In 1948 a cyclone completely  destroyed the entire Jetty.  As with most things a new Jetty plan was drafted soon after but construction wasn’t finalised until 1969.  This jetty was only 215 metres long (705 ft) and practically made of cement.  This is the Jetty that remains here today.  I know we need to be practical and cement is much more long lasting than wood but I myself feel something is lost along the way – the character.  Although I was very pleased with my pictures of this Jetty I couldn’t help but feel they would have been better if the wood had remained…..

I did take a couple of the Glenelg Marina just before sunrise. They are a little grainy and not sharp as I was hand holding the camera at the time. A very pretty place and well worth a visit. Glenelg is also known for its shopping along the street to the pier.

The Glenelg tram is a 15km trip from the Adelaide Entertainments Centre to Glenelg Jetty. In 2006 they changed from the old fashioned style car to a newer style. Although being more comfortable it loses something in the aesthetics by modernising these trams. I was hoping for a trip back into yesterday but unfortunately life is more practical now and its faster and more comfortable and able to hold more passengers and I am sure the people who use it every day would be grateful for that.

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  1. I am so jealous of the beauty of the images you are sharing here. I enjoy being in Australia.

    Located only 10km from the heart of Adelaide City, Glenelg is a charming seaside resort set on the long sandy white shores of Holdfast Bay. Glenelg is the site of South Australia’s original mainland settlement in 1836.

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  2. I enjoyed reading about your trip Kaz and hearing about Adelaide… somewhere I haven’t been yet.
    ..and of course beautiful images!! I especially enjoy your seaside photos.

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  3. Gorgeous! I love the tones here.

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  4. Wonderful photos and history of the jetty, and I must agree that some character is lost when erecting a cement jetty to replace a wooden one.
    Way back in the 60’s I spent 3 months in Adelaide (Elizabeth Vale) and caught the train into the city and then the bus out to Glenelg. I spent too long on the beach there one time, and ended up with sunstroke! It was a lovely beach even way back then, and I loved looking at your photos of it. Memories…….

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    • Thanks Barb, glad it brought back memories even though it was reminding you of your sunstroke! Id almost think being in the 60s the jetty would not have been finished at that stage? Sounds like you had a wonderful three months 🙂

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  5. As always, your photos are beautiful, and I always learn something about my country as you have such lovely little stories to accompany them.

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  6. Love your slow shutter speed images of the jetty! 🙂

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  7. These are stunning photos, especially the sunset ones! Since I have been following your and Leanne’s blog i want to go to Australia. 😉

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    • Thanks Andrea that’s a lovely compliment. Funny since I’ve started photographing more I want to see more of Australia as well whereas it was always Europe previously. Hopefully one day you will get here!


      • I suppose its like wherever you live, a different continent seems more exciting. I travelled round Europe and of course countries are different but kind of similar if you know what I mean. But for me Australia would be a completely different world, as Europe is perhaps for you. Yes, me too 😉


  8. Reblogged this on Covey View and commented:
    Beautiful photos


  9. Wow, you caught some beautiful shots of that jetty….the varied light is wonderful


  10. such gorgeous photos fill me with more longing to visit!! ( hoping to win the lottery soon!!) Thanks for sharing your adventures!!

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  11. Beautiful landscapes and beautiful mastery long pause! I loves


  12. Wonderful. So after you drowned your first ND filter, which one did you end up getting as a replacement?

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