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McLaren Vale

Enjoy watersports, visit historical buildings, explore a shipwreck and go on wine-tasting tours in one of South Australia's oldest wine regions.

For nearly 200 years, the landscape and soils of McLaren Vale have been producing wines, among them shiraz, tempranillo and cabernet. With more than 100 vineyards, there is no shortage of places to stop and sample local varieties. But the region also has a lot more going on beyond its wine production. Hike through the picturesque countryside, visit historic towns and relax on a beach.

Find superb wines across the region by going on organized or self-guided wine tours. One way to reach some of the wineries is to walk or cycle the 5-mile (8-kilometer) Shiraz Trail. The route follows an old railway line through the scenic surroundings, passing wineries and olive groves.

Combine your wine tastings with exploration of other McLaren Vale attractions. Experience even more of the beautiful scenery by walking or cycling along the many dedicated paths. Go bushwalking in the Onkaparinga River National Park and kayak on the Onkaparinga River, the second longest in the state.

Sample cheeses, chutneys and other local produce at the Willunga Farmers Market, held every Saturday morning in Willunga's town square. Among the town’s other sites of interest are the 19th-century old courthouse and police station and the old post office and telegraph station. Visit additional old buildings in the historic towns of Clarendon and Old Reynella.

Spend some time in the town of McLaren Vale, browsing boutiques and art galleries and dining in its restaurants.

Relax on one of the beaches along the region's extensive coastline. Dive the wreck of the Star of Greece at Aldinga Beach, surf and swim at Moana Beach and snorkel and scuba dive the reef at Port Noarlunga.

The easiest way to get around to McLaren Vale's wineries, beaches and historic towns is in a rental car. Get to the region in about 45 minutes by car from Adelaide, a journey of about 25 miles (40 kilometers). There are also bus services between the city and some of the region’s towns.

Top Hotels in McLaren Vale

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Serafino McLaren Vale
Serafino McLaren Vale
4 out of 5
39 Kangarilla Road, McLaren Vale, SA
The price is NT$2,411 per night

Situated near the beach, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Primo Estate and Maxwell Wines. Tapestry Wines and Wirra Wirra Vineyards are also within 2 mi (3 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (387 reviews)
Memorable stay

"Wonderful setting with an ornamental lake and birdlife in beautiful grounds. Comfortable bed in good-sized rooms. If you enjoy a wine then the cellar for wine tasting is well worth a visit. Friendly and helpful staff make it a pleasant stay."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/15

Serafino McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale Motel & Apartments
McLaren Vale Motel & Apartments
4 out of 5
Cnr Main Road &, Caffrey Street SA (Motel), McLaren Vale, SA
The price is NT$2,597 per night

Situated in a rural location, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Maxwell Wines and Tapestry Wines. D'Arenberg Wines and Primo Estate are also within 3 mi (5 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (431 reviews)
Good place to stay

"Always a pleasure to stay at McLaren Vale Motel & Apartments. BIG rooms, comfy bed, great pool and outdoors area, sufficient parking. close to everything you would need in McLaren Vale."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/19

McLaren Vale Motel & Apartments
McLaren Vale Studio Apartments
McLaren Vale Studio Apartments
4 out of 5
222 Main St, McLaren Vale, SA
The price is NT$3,512 per night

Situated in a rural location, this luxury apartment building is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Maxwell Wines and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from d'Arenberg Wines. Coriole Vineyards ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (90 reviews)

"The cottage we stayed in was very clean, & well equipped. There was a nice little courtyard with seating& Bbq facilities. The cottage was spacious as there was 4 of us, lots of extras such as coffee pot with ground coffee, boom box for music, games, dvd's etc Even had a bath. I highly recommend this ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/6/12

McLaren Vale Studio Apartments

Popular places to visit in McLaren Vale

d'Arenberg Wines
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d'Arenberg Wines

4/5(9 reviews)

Experience magnificent McLaren Vale flavors paired with fresh seasonal dishes when you take a seat on the veranda of this family-owned winery.

Chapel Hill Winery
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Chapel Hill Winery

Treat your taste buds to the distinctive flavor of McLaren Vale wines at this elegant winery and its cellar door housed within a 19th-century ironstone chapel.

Coriole Vineyards
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Coriole Vineyards

You can enjoy a tasting or tour at Coriole Vineyards during your travels to Adelaide. Stroll along this relaxing area's seaside, or simply enjoy its wineries.

Wirra Wirra Vineyards
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Wirra Wirra Vineyards

You can enjoy a tasting or tour at Wirra Wirra Vineyards during your travels to Adelaide. Stroll along the seaside or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

Glenelg Beach
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Glenelg Beach

4.5/5(45 reviews)

This historic settlement is a thriving cultural destination, right on the beach.

Rundle Mall
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Rundle Mall

4.5/5(85 reviews)

World-class shopping at over 700 stores, farm animals and even a few ghosts make this much more than a typical shopping mall.

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Oct 27, 2019

A bit hard to get around without a car. Uber is available, but coverage is light

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Jan 17, 2019

Excellent tourist office with nice cafe with outdoor space. M6 cafe at the end of the road does excellent coffee and breakfast.