A local guide on the best places to eat, drink, stay, relax and explore in McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula
To Eat – Lucky Ducks
Newly opened in the Temperance Precinct in Aldinga – a vegan restaurant is what the region has really needed.
Their personability and catch cry says it all. Want amazing vegan? We got you! No stereotypes, no bs.
The restaurant opened their doors on the 20th January and had every seat in the house full! With an evolving menu and more than ‘once choice’ for the vegan eater – there are smiles all round.
To Stay/Experience – Kingo’s Surf School and Camps
Kingo’s Surf Schools operate all year round in South Australia. Lessons are run at Goolwa Beach. Locals, visitor’s, and backpackers in Adelaide can join a surf class or surf camp either at Goolwa or the Eyre Peninsula. Accommodation
is available in Goolwa Beach for $30/ night if you want to get in as much practice as possible after your lesson.
With a Physical Education teaching degree and a background in Special Education, along with many years as
a swimming and aquatics instructor. Kingo has developed his own unique style of teaching surfing, which makes
the sport accessible to anyone. There are no restrictions on who can learn to surf. Anyone can do it.
The surf camps run over 5 days and are a highlight and an opportunity to appreciate the ocean every day.
To Explore – Encounter Bikeway
The Bikeway is an on-road and shared trail that links the coastal city of Victor Harbor and the river port town of Goolwa, via the coast of Port Elliot and Middleton. The total distance of the bikeway is 30km. However, a range of riding distances make it suitable for all ages and range of fitness. The Bikeway can be used by cyclists, walkers, skaters, roller-bladers and is wheelchair accessible.
Download the PDF and go and breathe in some sea air.
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To Perk up – Yeo Haus Coffee Hole
Who doesn’t love a cute hole in the wall? Especially with a cute black and white awning. The coffee run becomes even easier during the pandemic era with outside ordering for your favourite brew. The popular town of Port Elliot has many food options surrounding however, if you shimmy a little bit to the right, there is ‘Gang Gang Nice Day Deli’. I’ve heard their signature burgers- Spice Girl (cheeseburger with an Asian twist) and God’s plan (cheeseburger straight up) are the
way to go. A few seats are arranged on the lawn, if you are like me and can’t belt along the walking track at the same time.
To Stay – Grass Tree Gully
A secluded retreat hidden amongst the grass trees. Grass Tree Gully is nestled on traditional Ngarrindjeri land neighbouring Deep Creek Conservation Park on the southernmost tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula. The cabin has stunning views from the deck through a valley of pristine bush that meets the ocean and across to Kangaroo Island.
Grass Tree Gully is a 2 bedroom weatherboard cabin that’s all yours to enjoy. With a fully equipped kitchen and an open plan living space. With a large deck- the perfect spot for a morning coffee, sunset wine or find a cozy spot next to the wood fire heater to curl up with a book and a tea.
Your host Justine has thought of all of the details, so make a booking soon.