Gulf St Vincent Attractions
The much frequented bathing beaches in the Adelaide region extend for 32km along Gulf St Vincent from North Haven in the north to Hallett Cove in the south; the finest are Glenelg and Henley Beaches. There are boat slips at Marino, Seacliff, Brighton, Somerton Park, Glenelg, West Beach, Semaphore, Largs North and North Haven. Further south too, on the Fleurieu Peninsula, the beaches are clean and not overcrowded. There is safe bathing at O'Sullivan, Christies and Sellicks.The best surfing beaches are on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, where there is a perpetual high swell coming in from the ocean.
The popular bathing resort of Glenelg is in the sheltered (and surf-free) Gulf of St Vincent. The quickest way to reach it is on the Anzac Highway or in Adelaide the old-style trams (one has been refurbished as a restaurant) which leave from Victoria Square. The first group of free settlers disembarked from HMS Buffalo here, in Holdfast Bay, and Captain Hindmarsh took possession of the territory in the name of the British Crown.There is a replica of the Buffalo in Patawalonga Marina (Adelphi Terrace, North Glenelg).In Mosely Square is the Town Hall (1875). The latest attraction is The Beachouse, an amusement complex with a giant waterslide and a variety of other entertainments.North of Glenelg, on the Military Road (West Beach), is Marineland, with a large aquarium and displays by performing dolphins and seals.
Port Adelaide, Australia
In 1837 Port Adelaide was an area of marshland which became known, not without reason, as Port Misery. Gradually, however, it developed into a busy port with a considerable freight-handling capacity. A number of imposing 19th C buildings bear witness to its early prosperity - the Customs House (1879), the Courthouse, the Police Station (1861) and a number of historic warehouses, banks and hotels.The South Australian Maritime Museum (119 Lipson Street) has an interesting collection of material on ships and the sea, including a lighthouse and a number of ships.Nearby, in the former Port Dock Station, is the Railway Museum with a veteran train that runs at certain times.
Charles Sturt Museum, Charles Sturt, Australia
The City of Charles Sturt (formerly the cities of Hindmarsh Woodville and Henley and Grange) features the Charles Sturt Memorial Museum, at the corner of Jetty Street and Nepean Drive. This historic brick house with an attractive interior was the home of Charles Sturt, who explored the course of the Murray River in a whaler.
Largs Bay, Australia
In Largs Bay is the Largs Pier Hotel (1883), an imposing building reflecting the prosperity of the late 19th C.
At Semaphore, is Fort Glanville, South Australia's first fort (never used), built in 1878 when an attack by Russia was feared.