Glenelg Beach, on the shores of Holdfast Bay in Gulf Saint Vincent, is where the proclamation of South Australia as a new colony was made. It is a popular local and tourist beach due to the many diverse attractions it offers.
Moseley Square, right on the beach, where the panorama was taken, contains the Glenelg Town Hall, built in 1875, which houses restaurants and two museums, the Bay Discovery Centre, a free museum about Glenelg's history, and the Rodney Fox Shark Experience, a shark museum owned and operated by conservationist and shark attack survivor Rodney Fox.
The old Town Hall building contrasts with the fifteen storey Stamford Grand Hotel across the square, where the hotel rooms look right over the sea, and the numerous Holdfast Shores high-rise apartment buildings.
There are restaurants, a famous fishing jetty at the end of Jetty Road, an amusement park and water slide, and the beach is used for volleyball competitions which were in progress when this panorama was taken.
Jetty Road is a long ribbon of shops, entertainment facilities and other commercial activities - it is the main shopping precinct in Glenelg.
Glenelg is the finishing point of the annual 12km City-Bay fun run held in September, the home of the annual Bay Sheffield race held in December, and the annual celebration of the Epiphany for the Orthodox faithful of Adelaide, accompanied by the Greek festival of the Theophany.
Glenelg has been a popular spot for recreation and leisure for much of its history. People of all nationalities enjoy the weather, the warm swimming, the beach and the many attractions of Glenelg, which is also notable for being a palindrome (a word which is the same spelled backwards).