Milnerton is a northern suburb of Cape Town perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Situated 12km from the city centre, it offers easy access to the city hotspots and unbeatable views over the bay towards Table Mountain, Signal Hill, and Robben Island. With a beach, lagoon, shopping centres, and a golf course, Milnerton is the perfect place for a well-deserved break.
Founded in 1897 and named after High Commissioner, Lord Alfred Milner, Milnerton is one of the fastest growing areas in the Western Cape. It has notable maritime history and the Milnerton Lighthouse with its revolving electric optic producing over 800,000 candela is worth a trip to the top for the view over the bay. Interestingly, the coastline from Green Point to Milnerton has seen more than 150 shipwrecks - more than any other South African coastline.
Milnerton is famed as a recreation spot with lovely beaches and a lagoon for water sports. Milnerton Beach is set on the Atlantic Ocean and is popular for jet skiing, surfing, body boarding, fishing, prawn fishing, canoeing, and whale watching in winter. Other nearby beaches include Sunset Beach and Dolphin Beach. The lagoon is popular for canoeing, rafting, and bird watching.
Nature lovers will be in their element at Rietvlei Wetland Reserve with over 112 species of birds. Leisure seekers will enjoy a round of golf at the 18-hole Milnerton Golf Course, nestled between the ocean and the Rietvlei River. This links-type course is relatively flat with few trees. In summer, the south-easterly wind (Cape Doctor) can provide quite a challenge. Alternatively, you can indulge in retail therapy at Canal Walk, Paddocks Shopping Centre, or Bayside Mall. On Saturday and Sunday, a lovely flea market is held on the beach road in Milnerton.
Other attractions include Ratanga Junction, the Milnerton Aquatic Club, SANCCOB sea bird rehabilitation centre, Killarney motor racing complex, South African Air Force Museum at Ysterplaat Air Force Base, and Zonnekus, a beautiful Dutch home built on Woodbridge Island in 1929.
Milnerton has a host of leisure activities and attractions for all ages, making it a holiday destination of choice for the entire family.