Discover Middleton, S.A
To escape the noise and busyness of the city for a weekend or perhaps even a week or two to a beautiful and quiet, yet interesting little town, you can’t go past Middleton on the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. Situated on the South Coast, about 80 km’s from Adelaide, Middleton is a small beachy town which is perfect if you’re wanting to get away from it all and recharge! The beach is a favourite amongst surfers and it’s a Whale watcher’s paradise from June to October but most of all, it is a friendly little town of only about 1000 people where visitors are welcomed with open arms. Here are just a few ideas of some things to do, places to eat and where you can stay (with your pets) in Middleton.
A little history
A Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Higgins, in 1849 bought up land in the area originally for a cattle run and soon realised that the River Murray could provide a lifeline for providing goods, particularly South Australian flour, up river to the gold diggers in Victoria, by connecting the river with a railway from Goolwa to Port Elliot. Hence the reason he established the location of the town near the railroad. The rest is history with the first iron railway in Australia built and passing through the town of Middleton. With the settlement of this area came farmers, whalers and then town residents.
The Middleton Tavern on Goolwa Road at
Middleton serves up some good wholesome
country style pub meals at reasonable prices. The large open dining room has a family friendly atmosphere and is decorated by displays of nautical artefacts and interesting old photos to look at. It is a popular place to be on a Friday or Saturday night, so booking a table at these times would be a good idea.
If you would prefer just a simple coffee, the historic ‘The Mill’, a beautiful old building built
in 1855 is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as well as Public Holiday Mondays. It’s a little like an Italian Hosteria or a Greek Taverna, the Wine Bar and Cafe offers a small but interesting menu using fresh, regional and often organic produce. They also offer an extensive range of local, national and international beers and wines.
As you drive through Middleton you can't help but notice the heritage buildings lining the
street and one that definitely stands out is Fortuna Gallery. It houses an amazing mix of
antiques and old collectables and is usually open to the public on a Sunday. Definitely worth a look.
A diversion off the main Goolwa-Victor Harbor
Road takes you down Chapman Road to the
esplanade and crashing waves of Middleton Beach. The beach offers attractive sandy tracts to play on and you can watch the skillful surfers their luck with negotiating the waves.. It is also a great spot for beach picnics and long walks.
If watching the surfers doing their ‘thing’ on the waves of Middleton Beach has inspired you to give surfing a try yourself, there is a great place called Surf and Sun who offer surfing lessons of all levels, right there on the beach alongside the pros (well in the same vicinity anyway!). However, if you are already a budding surfer and are looking for a surf shop, Surf and Sun also have retail shops on the main Goolwa – Victor Harbor road, selling everything a surfer could want.
A stay on the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula wouldn’t be complete without jumping on board the Cockle Train which is an historic rail journey by steam train from Goolwa to Victor Harbor, stopping at Middleton, a total journey of around 30 minutes. The train ride passes some of the most picturesque coastal scenery on the Fleurieu Peninsula, with nothing separating you from the beach below and a perfect view of the Southern Ocean – in winter as mentioned before, the home of Southern Right Whale. For running times, you can check the Cockle Train timetable online.
7 Glen Allen Road, Middleton SA
This brilliant holiday home is just one house back from Middleton beach, with great views from upstairs rumpus room and big deck, and some views in the downstairs living area. Enjoy backyard cricket, the billiard table, board games, the boogie boards, cubby house and Wii gaming console, your kids (little and big!) will not want to go home! This house is a kids holiday paradise and fur kid friendly too!
Newly renovated, this cute little place, named ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ has spectacular views of Middleton beach thanks to its million dollar location opposite a reserve. The living room, dining area, kitchen, main bedroom and, of course, the big front porch, all enjoy unrestricted beach views. Fitted with all the mods and cons and no expense spared, this is the quintessential Middleton beach “shack” with the vibe of yesteryear and all the comforts and style of 2017.
“Our House” was created to make you feel like it is “your house”. With all the comforts of home but with the added bonus of being only a short stroll to one of SA’s most loved surf beaches! Surrounded by iconic towns and stunning coastline, this 2 story home is the perfect spot to stay for that family holiday. It sleeps 8 and has everything you and the kids (and fur kids) need to enjoy a comfortable, entertaining and fun filled Middleton getaway!
1 Gregory St Port Elliot
This “Nordic Retro” themed beach house is secluded and private, with a walking track at your front door, a winery/cafe 100m away, the Pt Elliot dog park 300m walk away, and Middleton is just a stone’s throw away, this property is perfectly located for a quiet and peaceful get away. All three bedrooms look out to the vineyard and olive grove and the bbq on the deck allows you to cook while admiring the view. Heating and cooling, free high speed NBN wifi, DVD’s, CD’s and loads of books, this home is perfect if you're looking for a peaceful and
serene place to stay on your relaxing getaway to Middleton.
21 Rosetta Street Port Elliot
This Pet Let property has just had a full renovation and is looking fabulous! With new retro furniture, polished floorboards, a whole new kitchen, freshly painted throughout, a huge deck with BBQ, free NBN Wifi, books, DVD’s and so much more, this pet friendly home is another perfect choice for a quiet retreat from the city noise and only 5 minutes from the town of Middleton. Situated on an elevated corner allotment enjoying picturesque views over Lakala Reserve and the central township, this is a funky beach house with a retro/beach theme.
So if you’re thinking of visiting the Southern Fleurieu and are looking for a quieter area to stay and recharge, consider Middleton and be pleasantly surprised.