A trip to the beach

Trip Start Aug 16, 2004
Trip End Aug 13, 2005

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Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Our first full day in Adelaide. We decided to go to Glenelg and Port Adelaide. We caught the tram from the city centre to Glenelg. Glenelg is a very pretty little suburb of Adelaide, right on the coast. The tram takes 30mins and goes through the nice suburbs of Adelaide. Also helped by the fact that the sun was shining and there was a blue sky.

At Glenelg, we walked along the beach and down the pier. Then we went to a Shark Museum - right next to the Tourist Information centre. It cost $6 and although it is small, it has a lot of exhibits and information about sharks.

The main street in Glenelg is Jetty Road, where there are numerous shops to pick up a bargain from. We wandered down here and then went to visit HMS Buffalo - a ship/museum in the harbour. Further along from HMS Buffalo is the trendy part of town. Modern apartments, expensive restaurants and posh shops. Well worth a walk round though, if only to pretend you can afford the lifestyle!

After Glenelg, we decided to catch the bus to Port Adelaide - a bit further along the coast. You can buy a day ticket that covers the tram, buses and trains, all for about $6. The bus wasn't the quickest route - takes about 1hr, but does let you see other parts of Adelaide.

We didn't think much of Port Adelaide - it is very small and looks almost rundown. There is a good information centre though and the staff there were very helpful. From the river they do boat cruises to go and watch the dolphins, but these have to be booked in advance so wasn't any good to us.

We quickly decided to catch the train back - I wouldn't advise this if travelling alone. The train station is basically just 2 platforms on a bridge over the main road into the port. It is quite isolated and there can be some dodgy characters on the platforms. Having discovered this, we went back to the main road and caught the bus back to Adelaide city centre instead!

In the evening, we had a short walk from our hostel, over the river Torrens into North Adelaide. This has a couple of streets just full of different restaurants, bars and cafes, most of them reasonably priced, and worth visiting at least once.
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