Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A jetty with a history and a heritage.

What a treat to spend on a day at Glenelg - the popular beach-side suburb of the South Australian capital of Adelaide. Located on the shore of Holdfast Bay in Gulf St Vincent, it has become a popular tourist destination due to its beach and many attractions, home to several hotels and dozens of restaurants.

Established in 1836, it is the oldest European settlement on mainland South Australia, with the proclamation of the colony of South Australia.

Glenelg Luna Park 1859

Glenelg Water Slides 2014

In August 1857, construction of Glenelg's first jetty commenced; it was opened on 25 April 1859. Costing over £31,000 to build, the structure was 381 metres long. The jetty was used not only by fishermen but also to accept cargo from ships, including a mail service.

The entire jetty was destroyed by a freak cyclone in 1948, most of the structure washed away. A new jetty and construction was completed in 1969. The new structure was just 215 metres long, less than two-thirds of the original jetty. The second jetty continues to stand today, and that is where we found it, at the end of Jetty Road.

Between the ribs of the jetty;
if you can't run, walk; if you can't walk, crawl.

Looking for some retail therapy, great food and wine, entertainment and over 350 specialty shops? Jetty Road, Glenelg has it all.

The plain where Jetty Road originate.