The road, on which Country Picnic Bakery is found, twists and turns up and down small hills taking you from one side of the Fleurieu Peninsula to the other. Ideally located on this beautiful stretch of road, between Willunga and Victor Harbor, this little bakery is a nice reprieve mid-journey. It’s hard to fight the temptation to pull over when there are multiple signs declaring “bakery open” on the side of the road. Part of the temptation in pulling over was to stretch my legs, part was that Mount Compass is a beautiful spot, and part was that I really wanted a donut.
On such an innocuous part of the road, Mount Compass appears out of nowhere as you come fast around the bend. Towering trees on either side give glimpses of quaint cottages with large and open gardens. To the north there is a rest stop, well supplied with leafy plants and shade, harbouring speciality shops placed along a brick veranda. Here you will find two bakeries, one of which we went to one sunny Monday.
A sister bakery to Country Picnic Bakery in Myponga, this little bakery in Mount Compass was comparable in regard to donuts. Hungry for lunch we took a couple pies to go, a tantalising smell drawing us in. The donuts sat up on top of the cabinet, fresh and ready to eat. We sat outside in the warmth enjoying our baked good and watching the world drive by. Despite being a busy road, the rest stop was shaded and quiet, a pleasant spot for lunch. Clearly, we weren’t the only ones to think so – at the start of lunch, we had been alone, by the end every table was full and the bakery was thriving.