The Best things to do in McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula


A local guide on the best places to eat, drink, stay, relax and explore in McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula



To Perk up

The Causeway Cafe

Kieran and Matt are passionate about coffee, food and chats. Go and visit them for a brew, a bite and maybe a glass of the good stuff. Stay for a chat. Walk around the island. Have another coffee! The Causeway Café are fantastic supporters of local artists and photographers, check out their latest display of neighborhood talent. Need a meal-to-go with that coffee? Take home one of Kieran’s healthy home made meals for a guilt free dinner option for when all that caffeine wears off !



1 Esplanade
Victor Harbor, SA 5211
FB @thecausewaycafe

To Explore

New Suspension bridge in Old Noarlunga

If you have a penchant for bridges and don’t mind an outing in the fresh air, then this is a lovely local walk!
In a stormy 2016 the swing bridge over the Onkaparinga River was washed away. After much campaigning a new bridge has been built; sympathetic to the original with a modern twist. Suitable for all ages you can take the kids and grandma for a gentle stroll and finish up a the local playground for a picnic or BBQ for all the family.
Gephyromania – a person who has a passion for bridges.


Paringa Parade
Old Noarlunga, SA 5168

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To Stay

Lush Pastures – Myponga

Imagine waking up to an amazing view over the valleys toward the sea, wedge tail eagles soaring in the sky, watching shadows disappear as the sun rises higher in the sky. You’ve just had a relaxing sleep in a comfortable king bed in your individual lodge at Lush Pastures. You make yourself a cuppa and sink back into the pillows on the bed as you watch the changing scene. A range of exquisite toiletries are provided in the spacious modern bathroom for you to enjoy and complement the soft white towels, hairdryer and bathrobes. Listen to your favourite music on the ipod dock/radio while putting your feet up in the comfortable armchairs. Lush Pastures is the ultimate relaxing escape, where you can immerse yourself in a range of activities or let time stand still and enjoy the natural surroundings.

29 Coomooloo Rd (off Bald Hills Rd)
Bald Hills, SA,  5203


To Experience

Oceanic Victor

Imagine the adrenalin rush … a Southern Bluefin Tuna whipping past you like a freight train in the pristine waters of Victor Harbor, gently plucking a pilchard from your fingers on its way through. Or the tranquility that comes from swimming lazily with hundreds of sea creatures or watching them shimmy past the windows of an underwater observatory. Imagine no longer –experience of a lifetime at the Oceanic Victor in-sea aquarium at Victor Harbor. Get in the water and get up close and personal with magnificent Southern Bluefin Tuna – one of the fastest fish in the sea! Alternatively, settle in to their undersea observatory and enjoy the spectacle of Australia’s marine life – all in the safety of a purpose built enclosure in the lee of uninhabited Granite Island.

Granite Island Rd
Victor Harbor, SA 5211

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To eat

Maxwell Restaurant – Max-well-dined

This past April, Myponga Reservoir has opened their park and recreation trails to the public. The first time
since 1962. Start your morning off by running a lap through a new 5km track cut through Myponga’s beautiful bushland, with new hardly-seen water-views. If running isn’t your preference the tracks are enjoyed by walkers or cyclists. The path travels through open plains, forested areas and native vegetation and is peppered with picnic tables. Allow at least half a day to enjoy the splendor of this
hidden gem.

Corner Olivers Rd & Chalk Hill Rd
McLaren Vale, SA 5171
Facebook:- @maxwellwines


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