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'Food Walk' to Bombora, Goolwa Beach

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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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Published December 21st 2015
No shoes, no shirt, no problem
If you like walking, and you like eating, it's a great idea to combine the two. The more you walk, the more you can eat. Summer, in Goolwa, is the perfect time and place for both pursuits, so let's get started.

I always like to begin things with the end result in mind. So when I set off on my marathon walk from Goolwa Beach carpark recently, I knew I'd end up eating fresh local seafood at Bombora Beach Cafe.

Bombora used to be the old beach kiosk back in the day and I remember buying ice creams there as a child. It's right next to the beach carpark and you can't miss it due to the 'surfer' out the front!

No Shoes, No Shirt, No problem
No Shoes, No Shirt, No problem

So park your car and walk back along Beach Road, away from the beach, where you'll see a sign to the Encounter Bikeway on the left. This path goes all the way through Middleton and on to Victor Harbor. I walked 8kms, but don't despair. There's a much shorter option below.

Encounter Bikeway
Encounter Bikeway

If you follow the blue bikeway signs you'll pass through a coastal reserve, then quiet streets with quirky garden decor statements

Quirky beach garden decor
Quirky beach garden decor

Follow the blue signs until you reach Redclift Street. It's a teensy street, and here you will resume the bike path/walking track.

Path through Tokuremoar Reserve
Path through Tokuremoar Reserve

The path winds through Tokuremoar Reserve and it's not unusual to see kangaroos and other local wildlife.

The end of the path will bring you back to Goolwa Beach. This stunning stretch of pristine coastline leads to the Murray Mouth, where the majestic Murray River meets the Southern Ocean.

Goolwa Beach is also famous for it's cockles (or pipis), and if you are there between October and May, you'll be sure to see people eagerly digging for the small goodies.

Cockling at Goolwa Beach
Cockling at Goolwa Beach

Keep walking, and you'll come across cockles already cooked for you to enjoy!

Once you see the tall, yellow, Surf Life Saving tower across the sand dunes, you will have just about reached your destination. And your reward.

Bombora Beach Cafe
Bombora Beach Cafe

Bombora is open every single day during the summer school holidays, including some evenings for dinner. The menu includes baguettes, burgers, Coorong mullet, local Mulloway and, of course, COCKLES!

'Superbowl'- based on a French Bouillabaisse

Try the Superbowl. It's based on a French Bouillabaisse and is full of delicious, fresh, fish pieces, cockles, mussels and more. Or there's a Nicoise Salad with sardines. Or Thai Fishcakes

Thai Fishcakes
Thai Fishcakes

The wine list includes local wines and of course there is Coopers, (South Australian) Beer.

If you're lucky you may catch a glimpse of the handsome and famous (at least in Goolwa!), Olaf Hansen on his 'cockle cart'. If so, buy a bucket of freshly cooked cockles in a divine sauce for $10 a bucket.

Olaf Hansen
Olaf on his Cockle Bike

And what if you don't want to walk 8kms? Look for the Goolwa Beach Dune Walk, right next to the carpark.

Goolwa Beach Dune Walk
Goolwa Beach Dune Walk

It's only a few hundred metres to the top platform where you'll see a splendid view of Goolwa, from the river to the sea.
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Why? Because Goolwa Beach is the place to be in the summer.
When: Every day during summer for breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner.
Phone: (08) 8555 5396
Where: Goolwa Beach
Cost: $5-$30
Your Comment
Thanks Karen.
I have heard about this place, but not managed to get there yet. Love the pictures.
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1251) 1427 days ago
This is a great article..seems like my kinda place for sure. thanks for sharing and love the pics
by Rota (score: 2|708) 1425 days ago
Great article Karen, it's on my list of things to do when I come to Adelaide.
by CassandraJoy (score: 3|1021) 1420 days ago
Beautiful walk and certainly worth every step to get to Bombora for the food and views! Thanks for sharing this great idea for a weekend outing.
by kerry (score: 0|2) 1427 days ago
Thanks Karen I love love love Bombora had a magnificent meal last time we were there - I promise to do the walk when Im next in Goolwa ! Regards Kaaren from Darwin
by craft (score: 0|4) 1427 days ago
Can't wait to experience your walk and the delicious looking food at Bombora over Summer. Thanks for the tip.
by linco (score: 0|2) 1427 days ago
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