It may be a quaint seaside suburb but there is plenty to do in Port Noarlunga all year round. In days gone by Port Noarlunga acted as a sea port but today it is inhabited by permanent residents and is a popular holiday destination. Despite much development, it has managed to preserve its village-like charm.
The main attraction of Port Noarlunga is a beautiful beach. For this reason summer is the busiest (and debatably best) time of year to visit but the cooler months in historic Port Noarlunga can be equally charming. Below you will discover the best places to stay and eat and things to see and do.
If you're not lucky enough to live in the area, you can stay at Briny View Bed and Breakfast on the Esplanade at Port Noarlunga South. Briny View is the ideal location to base your weekend escape as it is just a short walk/drive to the township and boasts impressive ocean and river views. In the evening you can watch the sun set from your private spa and Bali hut and in the morning you will be able to start the day with a delicious home cooked breakfast.
Hortas has a prime location overlooking Port Noarlunga beach so you can enjoy a sunset and a delicious meal whilst watching the waves lapping at the shore. It has an enticing menu with mains around $30.00 and acoustic guitarists setting the mood three nights a week.
The Fleurieu Pantry is a delightful café set behind Patricia's Classic Interiors. Wandering along the private alleyway creates a whimsical mood before you have even entered the café. Revel in the quirky atmosphere as you enjoy a varied menu with locally sourced produce and many healthy options including vegetarian and gluten free.
There is no shortage of cafes and restaurants in Port Noarlunga. You can spend the weekend choosing your favourites: The Salty Lime Agatha's Food Pantry Beck's Bakehouse Manoli's Mezes Mediterranean Café
•Harvest of India
•The Teal Turtle
•The White Dove
•Port Noarlunga Hotel
And of course, the fish and chip shop!
Spend an afternoon browsing the assorted boutiques, antiques and speciality shops along Gawler Street.
A rare find in the age of the e-reader is a real life book store called Shakespeare's Book and Coffee Shop. Shakespeare's presents book lovers with personalised customer service and a wide array of genres. The kids will be entertained in the kids' corner while you browse the vast selection of titles and enjoy fresh coffee and cake.
If your interests lie in fashion, accessories and beauty then CharliRose Beautique is for you. You'll need to allow some time here as it is well stocked with many hidden gems. It is not only a beautiful clothes shop specialising in formal and wedding wear but also includes a beauty room for pampering and personal grooming. CharliRose is a one stop shop for special occasions.
Also worth checking out:
•Patricia's Classic Interiors
•Lavish Home and Gifts
•Fairies by the Seaside
Set in one of the original cottages, at Wild Indigo Natural Health and Day Spa you can indulge in a rejuvenating treatment and feel a part of history. A roaring open fire and heated treatment tables are enticing when the temperature drops, while in the warmer months you can relax and enjoy open air treatments in the Bali hut. Either way you will want to spend the day. Wild Indigo specialises in naturopathy and remedial massage which means some of your treatment costs may be able to be claimed with your private health fund. Popular treatments include hot stone massage, facials, scrubs and wraps.
The kids will want to visit Jubilee Park Adventure Playground in Port Noarlunga South. It is a huge community built and funded playground also known as 'the wooden fortress.' It has lots of different areas for children to play in and discover. There are barbeques, shelter, and seating available with the local ice cream van never too far away.
Rug up and enjoy an invigorating walk along the beach. Be sure to head down the jetty and watch the waves crash around the reef. You can witness some glorious views and interesting monuments if you walk along the Esplanade towards neighbouring Christies Beach.
Port Noarlunga Beach is known for being one of Australia's cleanest beaches. Its jetty, reef and connecting river make the area a mecca for watersports such as:
Winter, spring, summer or autumn Port Noarlunga makes an ideal getaway whether just for the afternoon or for a relaxing long weekend. Choose your favourite café, browse the shops, enjoy a massage, spend some time at the beach and be charmed by Port Noarlunga, all year round.