Start your day with a beautiful breakfast, relaxing brunch or a quick coffee and pastry pick-up as you discover the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast.
Uncovering one of the best spots for breakfast or finding the perfect cup of coffee is always a highlight.
Here’s some top spots to enjoy a relaxed morning of deliciousness.
Cantina 61, Seaford Rise
Savour breakfast and top-notch coffee in a cosy suburban setting. Don’t miss the ‘Godmother’s Creation’, a popular dish combining a traditional Aussie brekkie with Greek ingredients (think scrambled eggs, cucumber, labne, zaatar and tomatoes - yum).
Flava Food and Coffee, Christies Beach
Right on the Esplanade at picturesque Christies Beach, enjoy their all day breakfast menu. There’s gluten-free toast options, as well as a range of coffee, milkshakes and even champagne.
Breeze Café & Bar, Aldinga Beach
Enjoy breakfast, coffee and cake overlooking the sea. They’ve got a delicious smoothie menu too.
Willunga Farmers Market
As far as breakfasts go, the market has something for everyone – from freshly baked toasties, to healthy brekkie bowls and the classic bacon and egg sandwich.
Mullygrub, McLaren Vale
Starting out as a popular local food truck, Mullygrub has brought their truck ‘grub’ to a modern cafe setting. The Eggs Benedict with house-smoked salmon is divine, while the Reuben sandwich with house-smoked brisket is a must.
McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre
Locally-brewed Villeré coffee, light meals and homemade cakes or slices are available daily. Sit inside and enjoy the winter fire or relax outside under the vines on the deck and admire the stunning vineyard views.
Agathas, Port Noarlunga
This ‘Porties’ stalwart has been a popular brekkie spot for years, particularly with locals on weekends. Their smoothies and burgers are some of the best in the region and there’s a separate vegan menu too.
The Farm, Willunga
Lovers of peace and quiet - this is your spot. With breakfast and lunch on offer Friday to Monday, you can sit amongst the gorgeous garden and soak up the surrounding views.
Golden Fleece Cafe, Willunga
This Willunga staple is always busy. The full brekky here is enough to keep you going for a day of exploring and the smoothies have a cult following.
Three Monkeys Fine Foods, Willunga
A one-stop-shop, you can enjoy a vegetable rosti (regulars favourite) and then take away a picnic lunch. Their providore is always stacked to the brim with goodies.
FINDING THE BEST MORNING BREW
Many of us can’t start the day without our coffee, and when you’re exploring somewhere new, it can be tricky to find a good brew.
Here’s some local roasters to look out for and where to find them:
Dal Mare, McLaren Vale: Dal Mare Coffee Roastery/Cafe, Foodland (beans only).
Dawn Patrol Coffee, Kangarilla: Dawn Patrol cellar door, The Salopian Inn, Harry’s Deli, Goodness Coffee Co.
Villeré Coffee, McLaren Vale: Three Monkeys Fine Foods, Coriole, McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre.
A couple of local coffee shops that have caught our eye include:
• Viscous Coffee, Christies Beach have a passion for exceptional espresso based beverages, siphon brews and cold drip inventions.
• Gooby Goose Cafe, Happy Valley are quickly developing a loyal following, priding themselves on great coffee, friendly service and delicious bite size treats.
• Coffee Factory Cafe, Port Noarlunga serving specialty coffee and brekkie all day including vegan options like their apple pie pancakes.
IT’S BETTER BAKED
That all-important bakery stop-off is an integral part of exploring any region. Here’s some favourites:
• Beck’s Bakehouse, Port Noarlunga
• CJ’s Bakery, Christies Beach
• Clarendon Bakery
• Espy Bakehouse, Christies Beach
• Home Grain Bakery, Aldinga and McLaren Flat
• McLaren Vale Bakery
• Pik ‘a’ Pie, McLaren Vale
• The Cottage Bakery, McLaren Vale
• Willunga Bakery
To experience the region like a local, talk to the specialists at the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre and visit www.mclarenvaleguide.com
Meet the Masters: Diane & Chris Otley-Doe
What makes cycling even cycling better? When you race with a mate, or in this case, your spouse.
Husband and wife Diane and Chris Otley-Doe will be tackling the 2019 Cycling Australia Masters Nationals in South Australia this October.
After competing at elite levels when they were younger, the pair stepped away from the competitive sports landscape to raise their beautiful family and now that their kids are growing up the pair have decided to get back on the bike.
We spoke to Diane about her husband’s decision to start racing again, what that first step back into the competitive scene was like, last years results and more.
How and why did you decide to race Masters?
Chris and I met through triathlons when we were both in the RAF in the UK in 1996. We have both raced for the GB Team - Chris at Half Ironman and Duathlon as an Age Group athlete and myself at Duathlon as both an Age Group and an Elite athlete.
We both competed in the World Championships together for a number of years and I also did the European Champs. During that time we became hooked on Individual Time Trial racing as it is a much bigger sport in the UK than it is here in Australia with races most weekends and mid-week too.
My best result was a Silver Medal in the National 10 Mile Time Trial.
As we began to have a family, the racing had to take back seat and we now have three children - 18,17 and 13 who have all grown up as competitive swimmers so lots of time has been spent ferrying back and forth to the pool at ridiculously early times in the morning and sitting at swim meets as the support crew.
My eldest son, James, finally passed his driving test early last year and suddenly I had much more time on my hands so after watching various friends competing on the bike through Facebook, I asked Chris if he fancied racing again! We have always kept fit and ridden the bikes for pleasure so it was a nice move for us.
What was it like when you started competing?
Two weeks after we decided to give racing a go again, despite the onset of a cold, we were on the start line for the first of a four-race time trial series here in Queensland.
With a new pair of aero bars strapped to my old road bike and, apart from leaving my lungs somewhere out on the course, I very happily finished second in the C Grade.
Unfortunately, the cold developed into a persistent cough which had me sitting on the sidelines cheering Chris on in the second race, but for the third race, I entered the B Grade and came second again.
The last of the series was the Qld State Champs so I was really fired up by now and my loving husband bought me a new time trial bike and we upped the training regime. I entered the A Grade and had a great race to take out first place at the age of 52.
Our 2018 Nationals
I decided to try my hand at the Masters Nationals and with lots of support from my husband and my old coach, Bob Addy I managed to finish second.
I also gave the Elite Nationals a go in January this year and finished 14th. Both Chris and I were going to do the Bathurst Gran Fondo in March but unfortunately, I started to have lower back troubles and couldn’t race, though Chris had a great race and finished 54th/187.
I tried physio for my back but every time I tried to get back on the bike it came back. I’ve since put it down to an over-optimistic bike fit (our bodies are less flexible and forgiving as we get older!) Luckily, my local Trek dealer, Chris Moore kindly offered me a bike fit at his shop and after some chiro treatment, plus pilates and RPM classes I have been able to slowly build up my cycling again.
I did the third race in the Qld ITT series in August and came second in the A Grade so I’m now aiming for the State Champs in September and having another shot at the Masters Nationals in October. If that goes well then I will probably try to improve on my Elite Nationals result as I would love to get a top 10.
Our favourite event is definitely the Time Trial as we love the fact that it is an individual effort and all down to your fitness and mental toughness on the day.
I certainly would not be able to race as well as I do without the love and support of my husband Chris. We train together and race together when we can and are very competitive, we’re always trying to beat each other on Strava!
How does Gold Coast CC support Masters riders?
The Gold Coast Cycling Club has been very welcoming and they hold lots of crit racing for masters though we haven’t been able to race them yet due to work and family commitments.