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Coorong Cafe, Hindmarsh Island

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Published January 26th 2016
Have lunch with the Pelicans at Sugars Beach
The mouth of the River Murray can be seen from Hindmarsh Island. It appears as an opening in the sand dunes which stretch along the coastline for about 145 kilometres, or 90 miles. This explains why you may have heard references to 'The Ninety Mile Beach'. Two peninsulas meet at the point of the Murray Mouth; Sir Richard Peninsula on the west side and Younghusband Peninsula to the east.

If you go to see the Murray Mouth, you'll find Sugars Beach nearby. It's a popular spot for kayakers, sailors and fishers.

Sugars Beach
Sugars Beach

And they all get hungry!

Heather and Peter Oliver have a holiday home near Sugars Beach and recently decided to set up a pop-up cafe there to feed the locals and visitors.

Heather and Peter Oliver with their 'Coorong Cafe' food van.
Heather and Peter Oliver with their 'Coorong Cafe' food van.

The cafe opened at the very end of 2015 and has proved extremely popular. Heather and Peter serve good coffee and Golden North Ice Creams as well as hamburgers fish and seafood. On the menu you'll find salt and pepper squid for $10, panko-crumbed prawns, also for $10 or a combination of squid, prawns and fish for $15. There's chunky chips, of course, and various battered and grilled fish options. The Mulloway, sourced fresh from nearby Hoads Fishery, is a particular favourite.

Coorong Cafe at Sugars Beach
Coorong Cafe at Sugars Beach

The cafe has been open every day throughout the school holidays, but will reduce opening hours to Friday evenings and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am -8pm.

You can hire a kayak here and go for a paddle. Alternatively it's a wonderful spot to sit and relax with a cup of coffee or something to eat and watch the abundant pelicans, seagulls and other birds.

Photo by Jules Wagner
Photo by Jules Wagner

I plan to return on a warm, summer evening with a bottle of wine and a home-made salad to enjoy with Coorong Cafe seafood.
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Why? Because fishers, sailors and kayakers get hungry.
When: Friday evenings, Sat and Sun 10am-8pm
Phone: 0432 375 211
Where: Sugars Beach Car Park, Goolwa Channel, Hindmarsh Island, SA.
Cost: $5-$15
Your Comment
Sounds a very inviting casual dinner destination. Thanks Karen.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4155) 1622 days ago
Awesome!!! I never knew...thank u we will be going this weekend xxx
by kelli (score: 0|2) 1622 days ago
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