The Fleurieu offers some of the best food, wine, wildlife and events in the state.  Ranging from sandy beaches, recreational activities, cliff-scapes and sheltered coves offer year round activities that include:

oxygen-cycles1….. Hire a bicycle and tour the wineries… it’s very french inspired!

Oxygen Cycles:  Hire quality bicycles Mountain Bike, Tandem Bikes, bikes with baskets and more.

  • $5 per hour, with $15 minimum  (up to three hours)
  • $40 for 30-hour hire  (Hire in morning, return next evening)
  • Tandems $10 per hour, $20 minimum
  • Helmets and baskets are included.

See Facebook page for details

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2….. Award winning indulgent chocolate is always delightful!  

bracegirdles1Bracegirdle’s house of fine chocolate:

Enjoy the new fantastic full menu at McLaren Vale. It includes restaurant style meals served in a relaxed cosy atmosphere that is truly Bracegirdles.  All Bracegirdles baristas have undergone extensive training to make our range of drinks. We use our own exclusive blend of coffee that is roasted weekly for Bracegirdles by a boutique roaster in Melbourne. It is a round full bodied blend that is not bitter or sharp and has notes of caramel and chocolate. We also have different single origin varieties to try on a regular basis.

bracegirdles-2Address: 190 Main Road McLaren Vale T: 08 8323 8558

Opening hours:
Mon 8am-5pm
Tues 8am-5pm
Wed 8am-5pm
Thurs 8am-5pm
Fri 8am-10pm
Sat 8am-10pm
Sun 8am-5pm

View Map

See Website for details

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3….. Stroll through the pristine Wetlands Ecotrail

Wetlands Ecotrail is owned by the Gemtree family in collaboration with Greening Australia decided to preserve a 10 hectare section within the vineyard.  Originally it was a degraded creek line littered with rubbish from past farming use and feral weeds, Gemtree partnered with Greening Australia to develop the site and planted over 50,000 natives. The site is now a biodiverse wetland and a haven for native birds, plants and animals.

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Sustainable Cellar Door:
167 Elliott Road, McLaren Flat, SA 5171
P. (08) 8383 0802
E. cellardoor@gemtreewines.com
Open:
Seven Days: 10am – 5pm
Closed:
Good Friday and Christmas Day.

See Website for details

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4…..  Have a beer with Duncan!

goodieson-beers-300x263Goodieson Brewery

Our passion for brewing came from our passion for drinking good beer, and we’ve put a lot of “research” into drinking good beer.

Brewery:  194 Sand Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171 – View Map

Tel: 0409 676 542

Opening Times :  7 days – 11am to 5.30pm  (Closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and Sea & Vines)

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0808d42525996cb56967f96df9e8d54c-15…..  Be amazed at the Maxwell Maze

The Maxwell Maze is a conifer maze that is now in the final phase of development. While visitors to the Winery (and especially children) would like to meander through… we do ask that visitors minimise their impact on the still-growing maze. Please check with cellar door staff on the current condition of the maze before entering.

A terrific time to visit is during vintage (Feb/Mar/Apr – particularly March), when you may have the opportunity to see a working winery, plus watch and smell the fermenting red grapes as they’re transformed into brand new wines…

Cellar Door is open daily, 10am to 5pm
(except Good Friday, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day).

Maxwell Wines, Corner of Olivers & Chalk Hill Roads, McLaren Vale   SA  5171

Telephone: +61 8 8323 8200

See website for further details

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759371-d626a86a-ff11-11e2-ad9c-2c066da842986…..  Get back with nature at the naturalist beach

Maslin Beach is for the clothing challenged and get an all over tan using olive oil.

Dress code:  Sunnies, hat and shoes.

Map of Maslin Beach

See website for information

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7…..  Stroll the quaint Willunga Village

Willunga village is a quaint, vibrant, historic and heritage rich town offering exceptional quality of life in a ubiquitous food region.

Heritage:  Old Courthouse & police station, churches, relics, slate quarry & Waverley Park.

Markets:

  • The Willunga Farmers market:  Corner Main Rd and St Peter’s Tce, Willunga SA 5172.  Web
  • Willunga Quarry Market:  Cnr Aldings Road & McLaren Vale-Willunga Road, Willunga  SA 5172.  Web
  • The Artisans Market:  Old Show Hall, 2 Main Street, Willunga SA 5172.  Web
  • Well-being Market.

Recreation:  Willunga recreation park & Port Willunga beach.

See more about Willunga

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creamery-bike-and-name-wheels_58…..  Cheese and wine are the perfect match!

Kangarilla Creamery

Established in 2012, Kangarilla Creamery is located in the heart of McLaren Vale, a unique pocket of coastal land famed for its wines, produce and being the gateway to South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula.

Set amongst a diverse collection of local wine producers and artists we form part of a unique collaboration of like-minded people looking to showcase the beauty and capabilities of our region.  All of our cheeses are made and matured on site and are available to be purchased directly from the creamery.

Where:  mclaren vale winemakers, 200 chalk hill rd, mclaren vale
south australia

See more information at website

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9…..  Think outside the jar

sg-logoThe Spice Girlz are a popular brand amongst locals and are known as the Girlz who can’t sing… but boy they can cook (and dance at times)!  The evidence is in the jar.

Business originally started in 2001 with the cultivating and selling of fresh herbs, including chillies, supplying local restaurants and cafes.  Nowadays the range of products can be found in many leading gourmet food stores throughout Australia including SA Foodlands & IGA or at the Spice Girlz store every Saturday morning between 8am and 12:30pm at the Victor Harbor Farmers Markets (Grosvenor Gardens, Torrens St, Victor Harbor SA 5211).

See more info at Website

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10….  See the South Coast by air… from the sea to the vines!

South Coast Helicopter tour:  From their Strathalbyn Base departing to the West on climb to over fly the Kuitpo Forrest.  After taking in the rolling hills of the Mount Lofty Ranges the McLaren Vale wine region gently emerges from the shadows of the Willunga Hills and stretches all the way down to the golden beaches of Gulf Saint Vincent.  Plus much more…

  • Flight duration:  33 mins
  • Cost $330 per person (Min 2 people)

To book this flight or any other flight click here. You will be able to choose to book or seek further information from this contact section.

See more information at Website

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11.  Indulge in the food of the region

Our partners, Fleurieu Food, have a wonderful list of places to eat

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12.  Explore the wineries of McLaren Vale

110770Thanks to the James Halliday, wine companion follow this link

Here are a list of the names:

  1. 2 Mates  ****
  2. Aldinga Bay Winery
  3. Ambush Hill  ***
  4. Amicus
  5. Andrew Garrett
  6. Arakoon  ****
  7. Aramis Vineyards
  8. Battle of Bosworth
  9. Bekkers  *****
  10. Bellevue Estate
  11. Bent Creek  ****
  12. Beresford Estates  *****
  13. Beresford Wines  ****
  14. Blown Away
  15. Bondar Wines  *****
  16. Brash Higgins  *****
  17. Braydun Hill Vineyard  ***
  18. Brick Kiln  ****
  19. Brini Estate Wines  ****
  20. Brookman Wines
  21. Burton Premium Wines
  22. Cape Barren Wines  ****
  23. Cascabel
  24. Chalk Hill
  25. Chapel Hill  *****
  26. Charlatan Wines
  27. Clarendon Hills  *****
  28. Classic McLaren Wines
  29. Coates Wines  *****
  30. Colville Estate
  31. Conte Estate Wines  ****
  32. Cooter Cooter  ****
  33. Coriole  *****
  34. cradle of hills  ****
  35. Curtis Family Vineyards  ****
  36. Dandelion Vineyards  *****
  37. d’Arenberg  *****
  38. De Lisio Wines
  39. Dennis
  40. Di Fabio Estate  *****
  41. Doc Adams  ****
  42. Dodgy Brothers  ****
  43. DogRidge Wine Company  ****
  44. DOWIE DOOLE  ****
  45. Ducks in a Row Winemakers  *****
  46. Dyson Wines
  47. Ekhidna  *****
  48. Fern Hill Estate  ***
  49. Five Geese  *****
  50. Foggo Wines
  51. Fox Creek Wines  *****
  52. Geddes Wines  ***
  53. Gemtree Wines  *****
  54. Geoff Merrill Wines  *****
  55. Gilligan
  56. Grancari Estate Wines
  57. Green Road Wines  ***
  58. Halifax Wines
  59. Hancock Hancock  ****
  60. Hardys  *****
  61. Haselgrove Wines  *****
  62. Hastwell Lightfoot  ****
  63. Hawkers Gate
  64. Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard  *****
  65. Hills View Vineyards
  66. Hither Yon  ****
  67. Hoffmann’s
  68. Hugh Hamilton Wines  *****
  69. Hugo  ****
  70. Ingoldby  ****
  71. Inkwell  ****
  72. J &J Wines  ****
  73. James Haselgrove Wines
  74. Kangarilla Road Vineyard  *****
  75. Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards  *****
  76. Kimber Wines
  77. KJB Wine Group  ****
  78. Koltz
  79. La Curio
  80. Lavina Wines
  81. Lazy Ballerina
  82. Linda Domas Wines
  83. Lino Ramble  ****
  84. Little Creek Wines  ****
  85. Lloyd Brothers  *****
  86. Long Yarn Wines
  87. Lost Buoy Wines  ****
  88. Maglieri of McLaren Vale  ***
  89. Marienberg | Fern Hill Estate
  90. Marius Wines
  91. Maxwell Wines  *****
  92. McLaren Ridge Estate
  93. McLaren Vale III Associates  ****
  94. Middlebrook Estate
  95. Minnow Creek  ****
  96. Mitolo Wines  *****
  97. Morgan Simpson  ***
  98. Mr Riggs Wine Company  *****
  99. Nardone Baker Wines
  100. Nashwauk
  101. Neighbours Vineyards
  102. Noogoora  ***
  103. Noon Winery
  104. Old Oval Estate  ****
  105. Oliverhill
  106. Olivers Taranga Vineyards   *****
  107. Paxton  *****
  108. Pende Valde
  109. Penny’s Hill  *****
  110. Pertaringa  *****
  111. Pirramimma  *****
  112. Possums Vineyard  *****
  113. Potters Clay Vineyards
  114. Primo Estate  *****
  115. Renards Folly  ****
  116. Richard Hamilton  ****
  117. Rockbare | Mojo  ****
  118. Rosemount Estate *****
  119. Rudderless *****
  120. Rusty Mutt  *****
  121. S.C.Pannell Wines  *****
  122. Sabella Vineyards
  123. Samuel’s Gorge  *****
  124. Saunders Springs Vineyard
  125. Scarpantoni Estate
  126. Semprevino
  127. Serafino Wines  *****
  128. Settlement Wines
  129. Shingleback  *****
  130. Shirvington  *****
  131. Shottesbrooke  *****
  132. Simon Hackett
  133. Skin Deep Wines
  134. Southpaw Vineyard
  135. Springs Hill Vineyard
  136. St Brioc Wines
  137. Sylvan Springs
  138. Tapestry
  139. Tatachilla  *****
  140. The Old Faithful Estate
  141. The Wine Doctor
  142. Thomas Vineyard Estate
  143. Thorpe Wines
  144. Three Dark Horses
  145. Tilly Devine Wines
  146. Tinlins
  147. Tintara  *****
  148. Torresan Estate
  149. Ulithorne
  150. Vasarelli Wines
  151. Vigna Bottin
  152. Vinrock
  153. Walter Clappis Wine Co
  154. Wayne Thomas Wines
  155. WayWood Wines  *****
  156. Willunga 100 Wines
  157. Willunga Creek Wines
  158. Wirilda Creek
  159. Wirra Wirra  *****
  160. Woodstock  *****
  161. Yangarra Estate Vineyard  *****
  162. Zerella Wines  *****
  163. Zonte’s Footstep

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**** All pricing listed is correct at time of publishing and is supplied as an information guide only.  Information is not binding and needs to be verified with the provider.  13/9/16