Cosily nestled on the banks of the Onkaparinga River, Old Noarlunga invites visitors to rediscover nature and soak up the history and heritage of this unique little village.

With a past celebrated by the many old stone buildings and preserved areas throughout the township, visitors can step back in time and imagine Old Noarlunga as a bustling and significant township servicing the Fleurieu with its Market Square stockyard, steam-driven Flour Mill, Post Office, Blacksmith, Milliner, and row of shops and residences.

Parks, picnics and paddling

Today, as the Onkaparinga River winds through the township, Market Square is a beautiful reserve and a great spot for visitors and locals too. You can enjoy a picnic or BBQ or keep things simple by grabbing a great coffee just across from the park at Long Shot & Co, while the kids can pay until their heart’s content at the playground. Look out too for the family of resident ducks, always a winner with big kids and little kids alike. There’s also a beautiful memorial fountain for the late Princess Diana, the People’s Princess. 

For paddlers, to discover the river and enjoy its true beauty, a little further downstream at Perry’s Bend there are some great kayak or canoe launching facilities.

A short stroll from Market Square is Winnaynee Horseshoe Inn Reserve, home of the Old Horseshoe Inn, a popular landmark in the area until fire claimed it in 198. It also acknowledges the importance of Onkaparinga River in Kaurna Aboriginal People’s culture.

Walk on the wild side

For those whose passion is walking and hiking, Old Noarlunga is a fabulous gateway into the Onkaparinga River National Park. A pedestrian footbridge over the Onkaparinga River invites stunning views of the river and provides access to some of SA’s best walking/hiking trails including trekking the two and a half hour Old Noarlunga Hike.

If you still want great views into the Onkaparinga River National Park, but not so much of a walk, enjoy a couple of dining hidden gems accessible from Victor Harbor Road. Victor's Place offers a winery, brewery and kitchen, becoming a local and visitor hotspot. With great food, wine and beer and a beautiful lawn out the back, it's the perfect spot to relax and unwind as you look straight into the Onkaparinga River National Park. Another great option is 88 Seafood and Grill, offering an elevated look across the Old Noarlunga oval with uninterrupted views to the cliffs of the Onkaparinga Gorge. Just as the name suggest, seafood is a specialty, however meat lovers are also catered for too.This is one of the most unexpected views that you will ever find!

An oldy but a goody

The surprisingly modern touch in amongst its surrounds is the Old Noarlunga Hotel (the Oldy). Catering for locals, visitors, and perpetually thirsty, the (very busy) Oldy recently received a face lift and is looking spectacular.  A few wrinkles may be smoothed, but you can’t take the atmosphere or the good old Australian country pub out of the Oldy!

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