It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for a relaxed restaurant specialising in dishes containing Goolwa cockles, than behind the sand dunes overlooking the beach where they can be harvested. The Kuti shack is at the end of Beach Road at Goolwa Beach and sits between the new Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club and the popular surf beach. If you’re planning a holiday to the Fleurieu Peninsula region of South Australia, you will want to add the Kuti Shack to your list of places to try if you want the best views and seafood experiences on the coast.
It’s Christmas Eve and if you are like our family, Christmas is already in full swing with extended family members to visit, food to eat, drinks to celebrate with and a year of ups and downs to look back on. The presents are all bought and wrapped, food waiting to go when it’s needed and chores done to prepare for the holiday season.
We are in November and thoughts are turning to our end of year holiday which involves caravanning, fishing, boating, family, friends, good food and good times. So the preparation starts now. One of the jobs on the list is to get bait for all the whiting (amongst other fish) we hope to catch, and they love cockles. So now with cockle season open, as of the 1st of November, we headed down to Goolwa Beach on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia.
It’s almost that time of year again; cockle season begins at Goolwa Beach from the 1st of November. Cockles in South Australia (also known as pipis in the eastern states) are a popular bait for a huge variety of fish species. They can also be used in marinara so I’m told, but it’s hard for me to get my head around them being anything other than bait for something better!
Collecting them or “going cockling” is half the fun and a lot less expensive than buying them from bait shops. You will need a four wheel drive to get onto the beach at Goolwa with the entry onto the beach at the Goolwa Beach carpark. Here you will also see the regulations and size for keeping cockles.