Have talked a bit about McLaren Vale, but haven’t had a chance to give you my top tips for a Sunday hanging in High Street, Willunga.
The Willunga township was established in the early 1840’s and you can still see lots of evidence of the old buildings in High Street and surrounds. This makes for lots of lovely little nooks and crannies to explore. The first important thing to note about Willunga is even though its population is pretty small, it is home to no less than three pubs!
There is the Alma Hotel (http://www.almahotel.com.au/) – next door to Fino and the Saturday Willunga Farmers Market. Just around the corner on High Street is the Willunga Hotel (aka The Middle Pub), owned by the impressively haired ‘Beefa’. Further up the road is the Old Bush Inn (aka The Top Pub)(http://www.oldbushinn.com/). All of the pubs have decent pub food, pool tables and often have live music.
If pubs are not your scene, there are a few awesome places to do coffee with friends and browse. A great little providore and coffee house is 3 monkeys fine foods (http://www.3monkeys.net.au/) – fully licensed and probably the best coffee in the region, this is a gorgeous little place and a must see for the region.
Another lovely little place is The Green Room, packed with organic/biodynamic/sustainable gifts and produce, also a great little coffee and cake stop. Those keen on a bit of a retro feel shouldn’t miss Tango Turtle (http://tangoturtlecafe.com.au/) – very retro, great food, art and live music. Christinas on High Street is contained within an old church (http://www.staysouthsa.com.au/) and is arguably the best place for breakfast anywhere.
Russells Pizza is an SA icon, and well worth booking ahead! Only open on Friday and Saturday evenings, this place is awesome. Very rustic- old shared tables, bonfire pit, BYO all drinks other than water, 15 year old waiting staff, no plates and dancing later in the night! What it lacks in 5 star dining- it makes up for with the most amazing pizzas you will ever eat and the best atmosphere going round. Ridiculously cheap. Get a gang together and make a booking- you won’t regret it.
For the arty, there is the Off the Slate Gallery (http://www.offtheslategallery.com.au/) and The Willunga Glass Studio (http://www.willungasa.com/mini-sites/Willunga-Glass-Studio.asp). For the historians, the 1830’s built Willunga Court House is also a very interesting visit: (http://www.nationaltrustsa.org.au/index.php/places_to_visit/historic_buildings_museums_nature_reserves/fleurieu_peninsula/willunga_courthouse_museum/) and has beautiful gardens.
See you there for a cup of tea one day soon!