Middleton is located between
historic Port Elliot and the old river port town of Goolwa.
It is just a short drive from
the world ecological heritage area of the Coorong. Middleton
provides kilometres of easily accessible, scenic coastline,
year round surfing beaches and
The low coastal cliffs around Middleton
offer a wonderful location for watching the majestic
Southern Right whale from June to September.
Middleton also offers fishing, swimming,
boating, golf, wine tasting at local vineyards, fine
dining at the local restaurants and shopping.
For the cycling enthusiasts the Encounter
Pathway offers a shared bike path running along the
foreshore and continuing through to Victor
The stretch between Middleton and Port
Thomas Higgins purchased land in Middleton
in 1849 and named it after his family connections
in Ireland. It soon became an important siding for
the first public railway as well as being an important
agricultural area. Batson's Cottage was built in
the 1850's to mark Middleton's famous brickyard.
Bricks were sent up the Murray River on Paddlesteamers
for government building tenders. An example of the
bricks can still be found in "Brooklands" cottage
which is located next to the old level crossing and
was built 130 years ago. The old clay pughole was
reclaimed as a park.
Remains of the original Middleton village,
including the Old Schoolhouse and the government-built
school that has been expanded to become the Pioneer
Hall can be found on the hill side of the Goolwa road.
To really step back in time to the
Middleton of old, take a trip on The Cockle Train
which still passes through.
Middleton is full of historic buildings
including, the century-old Institute on the main
road which is now home to an art and craft gallery,
an old butcher's shop, a post office which is a striking
Georgian building, and an old flour mill which closed
in 1915 following a long drought.
The area has a Mediterranean style
climate with an annual rainfall of approximately
500mm or 20 inches. The majority of rain is received
from May to September.
Average winter temperatures 10-18 degrees
Average summer temperatures 24-35 degrees celsius
Middleton is easily accessed by:
Middleton is an easy drive about 88 kms taking approximately 1 hour 20 minutes
from Adelaide CBD
Middleton offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes
including self contained beach cottages and bed and breakfasts.
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