Recommendations while in the region
Every Saturday morning 8.30 to noon. Great opportunity to have breakfast/ coffee buy up local very yummy produce.
Great Coffee - McLaren Flat Bakery – about 8 minutes away
Our favourite wineries and restaurants:
Seriously good food (generally require booking to make sure)
- Salopian Inn – lunch and dinner always brilliant and only 8 minutes away at the bottom of our hill. Lash out and try the degustation menu – its hard to beat.
- Darry’s Verandah - Amazing! But need to book well in advance usually lunch only with two sittings on Sunday – 10 minutes away
- Current Shed – for lunch - 10 minutes away (lunch only) gorgeous vineyard ambience
- Maxwells – for lunch -great food and views
- Coriole – for lunch – great food and views
- Vasarellis – Lunch and dinner - Authentic Italian – cosy.
Layed back and casual
- Nearest good coffee close by: McLaren Flat bakery – great bakery!
- Pizzatecca – Set In the vineyard – amazing authentic Italian Pizzas - We love it and their wine and their home made lemoncello!
- Oscars (main street McLaren Vale) – open Sunday evenings when not much else is!
- Dowie Doole - just opened a great little cellar door on the hills to the north of Tatachilla School. Check out their Rose and Sparkling Moxie
- Yangarra - James Halidays wine maker of the year in 2016. Open Monday to Saturday
- Samuels Gorge – great wine, ambience and views to die for
- Primo Estate
- Wirra Wirra (café food available)
- Gemtree (casual food available)
- Chapel Hill – great Cabernet
- Coriole – great restaurant!
- Hardys - This is where it all began - a historical must and they feature a terrific gallery
- Hugos – long time favourite
- K1- gorgeous ambience and great cool climate varietals (Adelaide Hills)
- Kay Brothers – classic McLaren Vale
- Maxwell – great wine, mead and lunch
- Hither and Yon – Willunga – terrific selection of new and unusual varieties
- Fox Creek - Sparkling Vixen is a must!
Day trips – Whale-watching, Bike riding and Bird Watching and Lunch
- Whale watch at Victor Harbour during spring and summer
- Port Elliot – some lovely boutiques and antiques – its got the style! Check out the surf at Middleton.
- Strathalbyn – for antiques and country ambience.
- Normanville and Carrickalinga - fabulous beaches and the Jetty Cafe at Normanville is a must
- Picnic at Deep Creek Conservation Park – 15 walking trails provide spectacular scenery of Backstairs Passage and Kangaroo Island. Google Deep Creek Conservation Park
Kenwood Bank property is on the corner of the Tour Down Under track
There are some great family bike tracks around the region
- Coast to Rail Trail http://www.onkaparingacity.com/custom/files/docs/coast_to_vines_rail_trail_brochure.pdf
- Map my Ride – McLaren Vale Loop
- Willunga to McLaren Vale
- McLaren Vale to The Beach
- Victor Harbor to Goolwa
- Encounter Bikeway – a little further away but winds around the coast between Goolwa Port Elliot and Middleton – range of distances so suitable for all ages
Bush walk Kuipo Forrest walking trails – 5 minutes away
Picnic at K1 Winery 7 ks away - beautiful surroundings
Picnic at Kuitpo Forrest – only 5 -10 minutes away – forestry sa – Kuitpo Forrest for a brochure
Visit the beach - Port Willunga Beach – our favourite - (and listed as one of the 10 best beaches in the world) is 20 minutes away
Visit Lazy Ballerina winery and gardens (stunning gardens!) only 5 minutes away
Call Chooks Taxi Alternative:
0414 922 200 – Chook or his wife will find someone else to help if he cant help you out,
Shopping for general groceries:
Foodland – Main Road McLaren Vale
Coles – behind Foodland
Nearest Medical Centre – McLaren Vale Family Practice
Main Road McLaren Vale (open Saturday morning)
All night Chemist - Christies Beach
Nearest Hospital - Noarlunga Hospital – Alexander Kelly Drive Noarlunga Centre
Emergencies phone 000