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Where to find Breakfast, Coffee/Tea, Lunch, Dinner and More
I wanted to know what's going to be open this long weekend, June 6th-8th, 2020, so I googled Wallaroo. Don't do that. The pages that came up where many years out of date. They had no idea what is going on in Wallaroo these days, and photos were from... I don't even know where! Certainly not this Wallaroo, on Spencer Gulf, 2hrs drive north of Adelaide in South Australia. One page had a very enticing photo of impressive hills and a lovely broad flowing creek with a rocky bed. If you know Wallaroo, you know there is no landscape even remotely like that anywhere around Wallaroo. So, I had to resort to a bit more of a hands-on approach to see what's what in this COVID recovery phase of 2020. Here's an outline, current at the time of writing, for you.
Bond Store Gin Distillery, bar and restaurant, 13 Owen Tce, Wallaroo, will be open Friday 4pm to 10pm, Saturday 10am to 10pm, and Sunday 10am to 10pm. Please book for seating indoors (phone 88233809). However if the early winter weather doesn't bother you, you can drop in for an outside table without booking. Expect to find beers, gins, char-grill and other delights! You can follow Bond Store Wallaroo on Facebook. It's worth noting Bond Store Wallaroo is a microbrewery and gin distillery!
The Smelter Cafe, 15A Owen Tce, is serving the full menu again for breakfasts and lunches! There is a limit of 18 people seated inside and 10 seated outside. Takeaway is available (ph 88232329). The Smelter Cafe is open 7am - 3pm every day, except Monday. Lovely friendly staff and good coffee! The Smelter Cafe answer the phone, and keep their Facebook page up to date; gotta love good communications!
Saltwater Cafe and Pizza, across the road at shop 4 / 2 Owen Tce, should be open Thursday 5pm - 8pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm - 8:30pm, Sunday & Monday 5pm - 8pm for Takeaway and Delivery orders only. Please see menus below. However Friday 10am - 12pm there will be Takeaway Coffee and outdoor seating, but no food service at this time. Confused? Check Saltwater Cafe Pizza Facebook page for updates in case anything changes. Or try phoning on 88232717.
Drakes Supermarket, 2 Owen Tce, is no longer a Foodland as you may know. Drakes are open every day from 7:30am to 8pm. There are hand sanitizer dispensers before you enter the supermarket. This is still the only supermarket in Wallaroo, and it is situated in the centre of town with ample parking.
Cafe Mia, 4 Chatfield Tce (that's down by the jetty) appears to be open for takeaway, with limited outdoor tables possibly available. Hours as far as I can tell are 9am - 12pm. As no one answered the phone and the Facebook page was not very helpful, I'm afraid I can't tell you more. Try Cafe Mia on Facebook. Or try phoning on 88232202, to see if you have better luck! Or just pop in over the weekend and see how you go. Cafe Mia is known for having good coffee, and is set right on the water's edge.
Best Pizza is reopening from June 5th, which is good news for pizza lovers. Best Pizza is a takeaway and delivery business, located at 16 Irwine Street. Phone 88232177. Expect their usual opening hours to be from 5pm till late, Thursday to Sunday each week.
Noelene's Book Cafe, 4B Evans Road North, can be expected to be open Tuesday to Saturday, 9am - 4:30pm. Noelene is well known for her fabulous baking! Noelene's Book Cafe is quite a treat in itself! Get along for a look. This is one of the most interesting cafes you'll see! Noelene has not long reopened, but appears to have good seating allocations due to large area. If you want to call to make a booking catch Noelene on 0488933358.
Wallaroo True Value Hardware Store, 15 Owen Tce, (ph 8823 2042) is normally open 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 12pm on Saturday, and 9:30am to 12:30pm on Sunday and also on public holiday Monday! So if you promised to fix up the shack while you're in Wallaroo but you forgot your drill bits, there are no more excuses!
Treasures and Treats Cafe and Second Hand Shop, 33 Owen Tce, is open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm. Saturday and Sunday 9am - 2pm. Expect shorter hours from public holidays. Find something old, antique, retro, vintage, forgotten or long-lost at Treasures and Treats Cafe and stop for a coffee while you're there!
Lifeline shop Wallaroo will not be open over the long weekend. There have been preparations going on behind the windows! Here, a nice person did reply to my enquiry. You'll have to catch Lifeline bargains on another visit.
Wafflin' On Cafe, 5 Owen Tce, has been closed for a couple of months now, with no indication of when or if it might reopen. Check the Wafflin' On Facebook page for updates, presumably. The phone number is disconnected, which is not a good sign for a small business.
There are bound to to be other businesses central to Wallaroo that I have forgotten, I'm sorry! But at least we can see that a number of things will be open for this June Long Weekend! I have not even looked into the hotels and other accommodation around Wallaroo. Maybe I will. Or maybe you'll have to do that for yourself! Have a great weekend!