DAY 6: ADELAIDE BEACHES – Somerton & Glenelg.
Today was going to be full of activities, going to certain things in and around Adelaide. As it turned out, however, we didn’t do any of these things. It was a very hot and a very lazy day – Dan didn’t surface until 2pm. Because it was hot I suggested to Dan that we go the beach for a swim. He liked the idea so away we went. I had intended to go to Port Willunga, but I got lost and a bit confused, and in the end drove to Somerton Beach.
It was a lovely sunny late afternoon, and it was clear that simply lying on the beach and relaxing was exactly what Dan wanted to do.
From the relative peace and quiet of Somerton Beach we drove to Glenelg Beach, one of Adelaide’s most popular beaches. Even though it was late afternoon-early evening it was rather busy. There were lots of people, locals and tourists, indulging in Glenelg’s beach culture, which is basically similar with other major popular beaches throughout Australia. One activity that was particularly in full swing was a Beach Volley Ball tournament.
With the sun starting to go down we wandered up to the promenade jetty, past the Hindmarsh Memorial to the early settlers who established Glenelg, and the old Glenelg Town Hall, then into the main plaza. This central plaza was surrounded by bars, cafes and restaurant. There were a number of activities happening, all at the same time, in this busy precinct – including buskers, children playing in the central sprouting fountains, and what appeared was a gathering of like-minded people who were the proud owners of a particular breed of dog.
We found somewhere to eat – more fish and chips – followed by an ice cream and iced coffee – enjoying watching people at play.
Afterwards we wandered around, checking out the old buildings that had charm, grace and character, and the new modern concrete monstrosities that had none.
Finally, we agreed, it was time to go home. More sleep time. A relatively uneventful but very relaxing day.