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 the Fleurieu Peninsula

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To Perk Up

If you are heading further down the south coast, going for a blissful drive through the Hindmarsh Tiers or a ramble around the Myponga Reservoir your first stop should be for a coffee and breakfast at Valley of Yore – coffee and concept store. This welcoming space is housed inside the old cheese factory. Holly and Nigel have maintained the wall patina and exposed ceilings and floors. Highlighted with a cute loft to dine in and some clever styling. The delicious coffee is roasted by our Port Elliot buddies – DeGroot Coffee. There are cabinets and countertops of tempting croissants, cakes
and delicious pastries to fill your bellies. Valley of Yore oozes of sentiment, values and community and should not be missed.

Valley of Yore

46 Main South Rd, Myponga SA 5202

Instagram: @valleyofyore

Facebook: @yalleyofyore



To Drink

The folks at Ogre Brewing are committed to the artistry of crafting beer. The Ogre Brewing blends tradition, creativity and boldness which match any of the great brews on the Fleurieu. Their traditional methods are inspired by their roots in Ogre, Latvia. The hospitality, vibe and food menu will keep this business in the ‘must go to’ itinerary of visitor and locals alike.  I mean where else can you get a pork and black pudding picnic pie with beer mustard?
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Ogre Brewing Taphouse

— 252 Main Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171
Instagram— @ogrebrewingco
Facebook — @ogrebrewingco

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To Explore

The reservoir park has been increasing in popularity since it has been opened as a recreation park. The trail follows the edge of the reservoir taking you through open plains, forested area’s and native vegetation, with a couple of viewing areas along the way. Further developments include recreational fishing! Make sure you grab a permit and are in the shore-based fishing zones. It is an angler’s delight with thousands of Murray cod fingerlings, silver and golden perch released early Feb 2020. There is talk of yearling trout stocking sometime in the near future. Grab a permit and cast a line.


Myponga Reservoir

Click here for fishing permit

Click here to see walking trail


To Eat

Beaches in Port Elliot is worth a pit-stop when your tummy rumbles. This light, airy building makes you feel like you’re in an original beach shack and the menu gives you so many wholesome healthy options you can feast guilt free. Your interest is further sparked by sweet edible gardens and ‘Beaches Pantry’ to stock up on local gourmet foods. It is walk- ins only…so you are always welcomed as long as they have a space.

Beaches - Port Elliot

— 55 North Tce, Port Elliot, SA 5212
— 8am – 3pm (Closed Mondays & Tuesdays)

Instagram – @beaches.ptelliot

Facebook – @beaches.ptelliot

To Stay

Introducing CABN X, redefining off-grid, self-contained accommodation and enhancing regenerative tourism lies CABN’s latest architecturally designed nature escapes. CABN recognise the importance of regenerative tourism and culture, taking a holistic approach to wellbeing and the entire ecosystem in which we live, creating growing and balanced communities. CABN are early adopters of the regenerative tourism principles and want to help educate everyone that stays in one of our CABN’s to embrace their philosophies. CABN will donate a portion of your stay to the CABN conservation fund as well as plant a native tree on your behalf.  Every detail of your stay has been carefully considered from your individually selected local produce from curators of fine food and wines, you are provided with some of the region’s most outstanding selections. Spend a summer evening watching the sunset in guilt free opulence as you relax in the outdoor bath, sunken into the deck. Both CABN’s are available now for advanced bookings to secure your perfect 2021 dates, launching in April. Within a short distance of one another, the site caters to an idyllic couples escape.

CABN X, William & Giles - Gemtree, McLaren Vale

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Situated amongst a biodynamic vineyard setting, you can book a personalised Gemtree Wine tasting experience or a being Biodynamic Tour to discover more, or you might like to order a picnic pack to enjoy within the natural beauty of the Gemtree Eco-trail, just a short 1 minute drive from your CABN X experience.

You can book your Gemtree tasting here.

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