Whether you are coming down to Middleton for the day for a surf lesson or spending a few days on the South Coast to enjoy all it has to offer, there will be times you are too tired (or it is too dark!) to be in the water. Below are a few of the things we like to do when we are not teaching lessons or surfing ourselves.
The first stop after a lesson is usually for something to eat. The Fleurieu Peninsula is known for its fantastic bakeries. Pop into Heritage Pies & Pastries in Goolwa or Home Grain Bakery in Middleton to treat yourself to a hot pie and an ice coffee. If you’d rather sit down and have a full meal and a few drinks, head to the pub. There are plenty to choose from but one of our favorites is The Hotel Elliot on the Strand in Port Elliot. Sit in the beer garden or in front of the big bi-fold windows and watch the world go by as you enjoy a fantastic meal. Another option is to visit Ash, Jen, and the rest of the team at the Yilki Deli in Encounter Bay and order a chocolate milkshake and a Yilki Deluxe Chicken Burger with Pineapple – an afternoon nap is highly recommended afterwards! Or enjoy an evening wood-fired pizza or curry with Ray from The Beach House just a couple of doors down from the Yilki Deli…the food options are endless on the South Coast.
If you have kids (or even if you don’t!), you can’t go past the Train Park and Victor Harbor Causeway. We like to pack a lunch and eat it with the Clydesdale horses that are working on any given day. If you have plenty of time, you can ride the tram over to Granite Island or walk over and get the tram back. Walking around the entire island doesn’t take long and depending on the day and season, you might see dolphins and maybe even whales.
The best place to be on a Saturday morning is the Victor Harbor Farmers’ Market in the middle of Victor Harbor. It opens at 8 am with the ringing of the bell. Pick up some local produce to snack on for the rest of the day. They only carry what’s in season and it is always at its best.
We love Middleton but there are also so many other places to have coastal adventures on the Fleurieu.
- Ride your bike, skateboard, or walk from Middleton to Port Elliot and back along the bike trail that goes through Basham Beach Regional Park.
- Walk from Rosetta Bluff to King’s Head and go for a swim in the big rock pool if it is a hot day.
- Drive out to Waitpinga or Parson’s Beaches to go for a fish or watch the more experienced surfers.
- Snorkel from one of the beaches along Franklin Parade in Encounter Bay.
Take your camera along and see what you can capture at any one of these stunning locations. Just be sure you save enough time and energy for another surf lesson…