A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
Published January 2nd 2020
South Australia's best kept secret cafe
South Australia has an abundance of natural sandy beaches for all to share. Summertime sees an influx of visitors and crowds of people flocking to local beaches. If searching for a more secluded beach to visit, why not head to the Murray Mouth on Hindmarsh Island. Here you will find a unique place, where the river Murray and sea converge. There are plenty of unspoilt beaches to walk and explore, plus a great local cafe that caters to a wide range of tastes.
Coorong Cafe The sought after cafe has a great line up of fresh local fish and fat cut chips, seafood, burgers, great coffee, cold drinks and Golden North ice creams. But be warned, their servings are generous and large. It's also a popular place with people arriving on all modes of transport, including car, boat, bicycle and on foot.
Once you have ordered the wait time can vary from 10 to 20 minutes, but it is well worth the wait. If you are fortunate enough to arrive between 3pm and 5pm it is happy hour during summer, and all alcoholic drinks are five dollars. Very good for a nice cold Coopers Pale Ale or Corona beer and others on the menu. Eftpos is also available, even in this remote part of the world.
Fresh Local Fish The Coorong Cafe sources local fish to give visitors a real taste of the Coorong. Their specialty (when available) is freshly caught and grilled, Coorong Mulloway. The cafe is open daily for breakfast for the early risers, and right through the day, however, if there is extreme weather, opening hours may vary.
Hindmarsh Island is located just South of Goolwa and is accessed via the Hindmarsh Island Bridge, follow the signs to the Murray Mouth.
Murray Mouth The Murray Mouth is the point at which the River Murray meets the Southern Ocean. The river outlet into the sea has been changeable over the years, with dredging occurring to keep this outlet open. A dredging machine can be seen by the shoreline and the occasional pelican or two, as the Coorong being here. The Coorong National Park stretches from here along 130 kilometres.