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Published March 30th 2016
Officially the Best Burger on the Fleurieu
When the sign says that this is the home to the best burger on the Fleurieu Peninsula, then it demands attention. And exactly as ordered, we pulled up, grabbed ourselves a seat and ordered two burgers from the Finniss General Store and Cafe. But where is Finniss ?

Finniss General Store, Finniss Cafe, Finniss Railway Station, Finniss Post Office, Best Burger on the Fleurieu, Steamranger, Finniss Markets
Best Burgers - Steve Hudson


Finniss is a small town located midway between Strathalbyn and Goolwa on the Victor Harbor Railway line. Passenger trains ceased running on the line in 1984 with occasional tourist trains by Steamranger taking over since then. But occasional trains and the attraction of other towns in the area meant the town's population dwindled.

Finniss General Store, Finniss Cafe, Finniss Railway Station, Finniss Post Office, Best Burger on the Fleurieu, Steamranger, Finniss Markets
Abandoned Station - Steve Hudson


The railway station was abandoned, and the churches reverted to less frequent services. All that was left was an old Post Office which could barely make ends meet, until a great plan was hatched in 2013 to restore the old Post Office to a version of its glory days.

Finniss General Store, Finniss Cafe, Finniss Railway Station, Finniss Post Office, Best Burger on the Fleurieu, Steamranger, Finniss Markets
Former Post Office - Steve Hudson


Now open 7 days a week and operating as a Cafe, General Store and Fodder Shop, the owners have created a unique offering in the midst of this farming country. With extended hours on Friday nights, and markets on the third Sunday of every month, visitors come from far and wide to enjoy.

Finniss General Store, Finniss Cafe, Finniss Railway Station, Finniss Post Office, Best Burger on the Fleurieu, Steamranger, Finniss Markets
Restored complex - Steve Hudson
Finniss General Store, Finniss Cafe, Finniss Railway Station, Finniss Post Office, Best Burger on the Fleurieu, Steamranger, Finniss Markets
Playground - Finniss General Store Facebook


The menu features some typical delights with an all day breakfast menu which is supplemented by burgers, pizzas and other standard offerings all served in a special Finniss style. We were tempted by the Chicken Burger, with a slice of real chicken breast, and the Steak Burger served with the lot. After spending some time devouring these dishes, it was easy to taste and see why the Cafe had won an award for the best burger on the Fleurieu.

Finniss General Store, Finniss Cafe, Finniss Railway Station, Finniss Post Office, Best Burger on the Fleurieu, Steamranger, Finniss Markets
Chicken Burger - Steve Hudson
Finniss General Store, Finniss Cafe, Finniss Railway Station, Finniss Post Office, Best Burger on the Fleurieu, Steamranger, Finniss Markets
Steak Burger - Steve Hudson


On a warm day we enjoyed the table and chairs outside with a light breeze coming up from the lakes and South Coast. However, had it been cooler, then a table inside near the wood fire or alongside the rows of bric a brac and memorabilia would have been ideal shelter from the elements.

Finniss General Store, Finniss Cafe, Finniss Railway Station, Finniss Post Office, Best Burger on the Fleurieu, Steamranger, Finniss Markets
Indoors - Finniss General Store Facebook
Finniss General Store, Finniss Cafe, Finniss Railway Station, Finniss Post Office, Best Burger on the Fleurieu, Steamranger, Finniss Markets
Relic of yesteryear - Steve Hudson


The Finniss General Store is open daily from 9am to 5pm, and open until 8pm on Fridays for the end of week meal, or a quick meal enroute to your holiday destination at Milang, Clayton Bay or Goolwa. Further details are available from Finniss General Store website or from their active Facebook page which often has details of future events.

Finniss General Store, Finniss Cafe, Finniss Railway Station, Finniss Post Office, Best Burger on the Fleurieu, Steamranger, Finniss Markets
Railway signage - Steve Hudson
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Why? Great Burgers
When: 9am-5pm 7days plus until 8pm on Fridays
Where: 3 Railway Terrace, Finniss
Cost: As per menu
Your Comment
What a welcome surprise...I remember this old store from way way back..a marked improvement in a nice little pocket.It looks so nice now,I have decided I will have to call in some time for some refreshments..congrats to the props. for putting Finniss back on the map.Pity the Strath /Milang rail was ripped up!And thanks to you Steve for checking it out and letting us know.
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