your guide to the fleurieu peninsula's best fish & chips
The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to some of Australia's best beaches, and crispy chips and delicious battered fish are among the top two things most Australians associate with a day at the beach. After a sun-soaked day of beach cricket and surfing, some delicious fish and chips are the perfect remedy for an empty stomach. Or maybe you're rolling out a rug in the park unwrapping a piping-hot serving of one of life's simple pleasures: a nostalgic throwback to family holidays. It is hard to resist the pull of golden, crunch, salty fish and chips on a sunshine-filled day... Plus you'll receive bonus points if you can unwrap them right on the beach with sand in between your toes.
The best fish and chips on the Fleurieu Peninsula is a hotly-debated topic, and it comes as no surprise. Here, we take our fish and chips very seriously. No matter where you are, quality fish and chips are never far away. Whether you like your fish crumbed, battered, or grilled, and your chips salt-free or heavy on the chicken salt, we've listed the top 4 (as voted by you) fish and chipperies on the Fleurieu Peninsula that we think you need to try.
Left: Snorkelling at Port Noarlunga Jetty. Right: Fish & Chips from Normanville Fish Shop.
The perfect classic takeaway shop and just a short walk from the Port Noarlunga Jetty, Port Noarlunga Fish & Chips (also known as Jimmy's Fish & Chips) is absolutely buzzing with locals and regional visitors alike: queuing up to enjoy freshly hand cut chips and some of the best fish south of Adelaide. You'll be greeted upon arrival with a beaming smile from Jimmy, Kathy & their daughter Marina. In 2022, the Leonardos' are celebrating the 30th anniversary of this iconic family owned business. While some fish and chip eateries can be hit-and-miss, Port Noarlunga Fish & Chips is consistently delicious.
Local Tip: Just a hop-skip-jump away (230m to be exact), you'll find the breathtaking natural marine playground that is Port Noarlunga Beach, perfect for safe aquatic exploration. The red sandstone beach cliffs, long jetty, and reef make it one of the iconic destinations in the state.
Let us introduce you to the Murray Mouth's bright blue takeaway van: the sought after Coorong Café. You'll find this true Fleurieu Peninsula gem perched up adjacent to the Sugars Beach Jetty, with waterline seating amongst a rustic hay bale shelter. A popular place for visitors on foot, by boat, on a bicycle and in their cars. The team behind Coorong Café source local fish to give visitors a real taste of the Coorong, we recommend their specialty of freshly caught and grilled Coorong Mulloway. It certainly won't disappoint.
Local Tip: Spend the day exploring the beauty of the Coorong with the team at Canoe the Coorong. Enjoy an all-inclusive relaxing day on the water exploring the Coorong and Murray River, followed by afternoon arrival at the Coorong Café for happy hour & mouth-watering fish and chips to compliment an exceptional day.
On the shores of Yankalilla Bay, you'll find the seaside gem that is Normanville Kiosk and Café. Located on the west coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, in the small coastal town of Normanville, you'll find the perfect place for fine local fresh food and wine. Just over an hour's drive from Adelaide's CBD, and 40 minutes from Victor Harbor, the Normanville Kiosk and Café is an achievable day-trip from both the north & south. It’s pretty apparent from the moment you step foot through the door that they take their seafood pretty seriously – so make sure this one is on your hit list.
Here you'll experience unbeatable views of Normanville Jetty, the incredible rock faces of the bay plus a huge expanse of crystal blue sea, whilst enjoying those mouth-watering fish and chips.
Local Tip: Head up the hill from Normanville to Forktree Brewing for some incredible views and locally brewed beer beforehand. Then if it's the ultimate sunset spot your after with your fish and chips. This is a locals favourite and you can set up overlooking the jetty as the sun sets over the ocean.
With sun, surf and sand, clear turquoise waters and stunning views it’s easy to understand why Victor Harbor is one of the most popular coastal playgrounds of South Australia. If you're visiting and are planning an obligatory fish hand chip dinner, look no further than JF&C. Masters of great food in generous portions, the team at JF&C have really hit the fish and chip nail on the head. Gluten-free & coeliac friendly, the winding line on its way out the door really speaks for itself.
Local Tip: Enjoy an afternoon exploring the nearby Granite Island before your delectable fish and chip feast. Granite Island is so iconic to the Fleurieu Peninsula, you can meander the 2.9km walking trail, admire featured artworks designed by five local Ngarrindjeri & Ramindjeri artists & watch the dolphins from atop the rocks.
- Champion Takeaway, Christies Beach
- The Shack, Aldinga
- Jimmie's, Aldinga Beach
- Breeze Café & Bar, Aldinga Beach
- Port Willy Kiosk, Port Willunga
- Sellicks Beach General Store, Sellicks Beach
- Cadell Street Fish & Chips, Goolwa
- Bombora Café, Goolwa
- Kuti Shack, Goolwa Beach
- The Chicken Run, Port Elliot
- Flying Fish Café, Port Elliot
- Ocean Crest Café, Hayborough
- The Original Fish & Chip Shop, Victor Harbor
- Mr Fill-It, Milang