From important avian habitats to inviting beachside cafes, the pretty village of Seaford has much to offer the visitor.
Take a scenic stroll through Seaford Reserve and to the end of Seaford Pier, built in the 1920s, to soak up the atmosphere of this tranquil village. It’ll also work up an appetite you can satisfy at Beach Cafe Seaford. Perched in the dunes, it offers short but satisfying menus for both breakfast and lunch. With its views of the entire bay on offer, you might be lucky enough to spot a pod of dolphins while devouring your cake and coffee.
For tasty Spanish tapas, sangria and the occasional flamenco lesson, head to Spanish Bar, a favourite among locals. In the cosy space dominated by a portrait of Salvador Dali, snack on tortilla and empanadas, sip on a tempranillo and, on Thursday nights, enjoy some live Spanish music.
Birdwatchers rejoice. The Edithvale–Seaford Wetlands covers 260 hectares of coastal land, with 14 different ecological vegetation types. Most importantly, it supports about 190 species of birds, some of them migratory. Follow one of the walking trails through the wetlands or spend some time doing heavy-duty spotting in the bird hide near Edithvale Road on Sunday afternoons when it’s staffed by volunteers.
On the third Sunday of every month, the Seaford Farmers Market takes over the Broughton Street Reserve. Pick up some local fruit, veg and other produce and support the thriving growers’ community — many of these farmers don’t sell their value-added products to major retailers so you’ll be getting something completely unique. Oh, there’s a hot donut stall, too.