Step off the sand and into the region’s coastal villages, offering a vibrant selection of shops, eateries and arts scenes.
Aldinga’s historic township (Old Coach Road) is emerging as one of South Australia’s best villages and a top spot to visit. From baked goods and cafes to clothing boutiques and local grocers, the strip has a great vibe. There’s also a number of markets, concerts and small festivals like Laneway Love, complemented by the beautiful gardens and interactive laneway spaces.
Nearby Aldinga Beach is one of only a handful of drive on beaches in the state and is home to the famous Aldinga Reef ‘drop off’. One of the best views can be gained from Breeze Cafe and Bar, situated directly opposite the beach – with all day breakfasts or dinner admiring the sunset views, the choice is yours.
- Maxwell’s Grocery for local health foods, grocery items and coffee.
- Rosey’s Cafe and Goodness Coffee Co. for local coffee and light food.
- The Little Rickshaw for casual Asian cuisine
- The Shack for great takeaway fish and chips and burgers.
- Miss Gladys on Sea for unique clothing and footwear.
- Home Grain Bakery for unique local pies, doughnuts, coffee and bread.
Friday’s After Five are held every Friday throughout the summer months, with market stalls, food trucks, live entertainment and later shop opening times creating a buzzing atmosphere in the street.
With its glistening sea and beautiful beach, Christies Beach has long been a local coastal gem. A number of cafes and restaurants overlook the waterfront, providing the perfect place to enjoy a sip of local wine, craft beer, or a coffee and watch the world go by.
There’s hidden vintage boutiques, clothing stores, coffee specialists and more, all dotted along the ‘Beach Road’ shopping strip. Take time to wander the entire stretch, because you never know what you might find.
- CJ’s Bakery and Espy Bakehouse for baked treats and coffee.
- Nine50 Restaurant and Bar or Flava Food and Coffee for seaside dining.
- Blue Pepper Restaurant and Bar for cocktails and Mexican cuisine.
- Viscous Coffee is a must visit if you are a coffee fanatic.
- Bami Kitchen for casual Vietnamese food.
- Delicia Acai & Protein Bar for health foods and acai bowls.
There are a number of festivals and events held regularly at Christies Beach from food and wine to cinema by the sea. Keep an eye on social media for all the details.
The historic town of Port Noarlunga is perfect to soak up the seaside atmosphere. With a number of cafes and boutique stores, it’s great for a relaxed wander.
Port Noarlunga is also an arts haven, with the Arts Centre offering a range of exhibitions and activities. To continue your artistic journey, head to Sauerbier House delivering a contemporary arts program located on the picturesque banks of the Onkaparinga River.
- Public art along the coastline and throughout the town, including The Goggles (on the seafront), Totem Poles and Crossing the Future mural (wall of the Arts Centre).
- Keg and Barrel Steakhouse is a meat lovers paradise with steak, burgers and ribs – you can’t go past the ‘Keginator’ burger, ‘The Trifecta’ or kangaroo backstrap.
- Hortas restaurant offers its uninterrupted seaside vistas.
- The Fleurieu Pantry, Coffee Factory or Agatha’s for breakfast, lunch and coffee.
- Beck’s Bakehouse for a bakery treat. They also have a range of vegan options.
Fleurieu Fringe Festival is held in the grounds of Sauerbier House each year, so if you’re visiting in February, make sure to check social media for event dates and times, with entertainment, food trucks and roaming Fringe shows.