The Best things to do in McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula
Summer 2017/2018A local guide on the best places to eat, drink, stay, relax and explore in McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula
3 hour Sunset Tour on the Coorong
Join family and friends for a peaceful kayak to the Murray Mouth. After a leisurely stroll around the Sand Dunes enjoy a picnic of local cheeses, seasonal fruit platter and beverages, overlooking the spectacular scenery that the Coorong has to offer. A short kayak trip back as the sun sets is the perfect end for your Coorong experience.
Elanora Rose 1900 Cottage – Port Elliot
Elanora Rose has been fully renovated to provide guests with a touch of luxury and comfort. A lovely cottage garden greets you as you enter the fully secured property. Two lawns provide ample room for the kids to play and an outdoor entertainment area allows for adults to relax and indulge. A great way to start the day is with a coffee on the verandah in the peaceful setting surrounding Elanora Rose. Dine out or simply entertain in the fully equipped kitchen. With local attractions such as walking trails, cafe’s, boutique shopping and restaurants only a casual walk away you are bound to find something to explore.
Just as you veer towards McLaren Vale on South Road, Old Noarlunga you will see the restored stone buildings on the left that are now known as Victor’s Place.
With a simple delicious menu accompanied by wine and beer flights this should be your first or last stop as you enter the McLaren Vale region.
An amazing view into the Old Noarlunga Gorge
and township. Great lawn areas to relax so you can bring the family.
You only have to say the word burger to get people’s attention. But the new cool kids in Port Noarlunga are pimping up these burgers like you wouldn’t believe. With new additions added to the range all the time – it’s essential to keep going back. Sea containers, lawned outdoor area and often live music…Your Summer weekend days and nights are already made! Just alternate eating between beach swims.
‘Port Willy’ as the locals call it, is one of the best beaches in the country. Don’t just take our word for it, it’s a fact polled by Adelaidians. On a good day, you’ll get crystal clear cool water, silky white sand and waves that are just the right size not to endanger the younguns. On a bad day however, and one such happened in the winter of 1888, you could wreck your favorite 3 masted Irish grain cargo ship… I hate it when that happens! In all seriousness, the shipwreck of the Star of Greece is an interesting story and part of Port Willy’s history, take a peep and check it out here…
One of the most popularly photographed spots in the entire region is the ruined Jetty haphazardly poking out of the sea at Port Willunga. Go on, go take a pic. If you don’t it’s like going to the leaning tower of Pisa and not doing one of those leaning shots. There’s some weird as man made caves going on near that site too. Some say the caves were for sailors to stash things in, some say a yeti lives there named Bert. If you’re lucky though, and the irritating teenagers are taking a break from selfy-ing themselves in there, it’s a quiet spot to close your eyes and listen to the echoing calm sounds of the coast.
Summer Hot Tip
Oliver’s Taranga have released their Porchetta, Beef and Lamb 2019 party dates. Book your gang now!