A local guide on the best places to eat, drink, stay, relax and explore in McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula
To Eat – Sicily Mare Pizzeria
The increasingly popular seaside town of Aldinga now hosts an authentic pizzeria on the Esplanade. Painted
and decked out in the colours of the Mediterranean you feel like you are on European getaway. An outdoor fresco area spills out onto the sidewalk during the warmer months where you look out to the sea (Mare). The menu rivals our other local favourite pizza joint, Pizzateca. Sicily Mare’s homemade gelati and local seafood inspired entrées are also a real treat..
To Drink– Ginny Pig Distillery
Ginny Pig gins are handcrafted using traditional distilling techniques, small batch production and highest quality botanicals. Their gins are inspired by the seasons and happy memories of family and friends -everything they do is produced by hand and made with love. Taste their award-winning artisan gins paired with garnish and tonic and you can also take the option of upgrading your flight by pairing it with delicious local artisan cheeses.
Their Distillery Door is located within the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast Visitor Centre, the gateway to the Fleurieu Peninsula.
— 106 – 107 Esplanade, Aldinga, SA 5173
— Bookings: https://www.ginnypigdistillery.com.au/collections/gin-flight
To Explore – Deep Creek Conservation Park – Eagle Waterhole Campground
There are five campgrounds at Deep Creek conservation park and the Eagle Waterhole is the only one that is for hikers only. The Eagle Waterhole has been recently refurbished with a functional shelter and camping platforms.
There are two ways to access the campsite from the Trig Campsite car park or from Cobblers Hill, which is the shortest way. From Trig – the distance is 5.05km, from Cobblers it is 2.09km.
The walk is part of the Heysen Trail, so you can expect to find hikers traversing this part of Deep Creek, but for many hikers, Eagle Waterhole is a short stroll for the day giving you plenty of time to enjoy your bush surroundings. There is plenty of shade for those hotter days.
Bookings are still essential so jump on to the website and get your hiking boots on ->
To Perk Up – Adelaide Bi-planes Cage Aldinga Airfield
This vintage style café offering coffee, homemade cakes and toasties has homely appeal. Sit on the verandah reading a magazine or playing a board game while watching the small planes take off and land in our beautiful region. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous tie it in with a scenic biplane flight. Plan something different today.
— Aldinga Airfield, 174 Colville Road, Aldinga SA, 5173
— Open 7 days: 9:30am – 4pm
To Stay – The Farm, Willunga B&B
Book into one of these lovely self-contained luxury apartments. Elegance and comfort are the first words that come to mind to describe this boutique accommodation. Enjoy a generous gourmet breakfast served in the onsite café or you
can enjoy a private breakfast on the veranda by the garden. A great location to explore the region or to stay in and completely unwind.