Things to Do in McLaren Vale
You will be hard pressed to find anybody who does not associate the legendary McLaren Vale with their fabulous wineries. World famous and the origins of the Adelaide’s global popularity in the wine market, McLaren Vale is a haven for those looking for an impeccable drop.
As incredible as the wineries are in the region though, there is so much more to McLaren Vale than just wine. Among the vineyards and cellar doors, there is a smorgasbord of culinary delights that are sure to tickle your tastebuds. If being active is more appealing than spending the day sitting down drinking and eating, or maybe you want to break up the time, there is a whole range of activities on offer. One of the best trails to cycle or walk is the Shiraz trail. It is along an old railway track and if you wanted to combine seeing the sites on foot or bike, while having a sneaky taste test along the way, it is the perfect path to follow.
If being out on the water is more your speed, then you can take the opportunity to paddle down the Onkaparinga river. The Willunga Farmers market is also a must-visit. No matter what the weather, the market operates every Saturday morning selling a range of local produce, from cheese and chocolates, to spreads like jams, chutney’s and honey along with other locally grown products like vegetables and flowers.
As the region is so famous for their vineyards, there are many creative activities you can do amongst them including sleeping under them! With so much great accommodation in the region from guest houses to retreats, you will have a comfortable place to rest your head after a tough day sampling the tastes of the area. Since McLaren Vale is located on the Fleurieu Peninsula, you are in the perfect location to explore the rest of the area. Head down to the beach, check out the local wildlife- the options are endless! There are so many things to do in McLaren Vale, your biggest challenge will be fitting them all in.
How To Get There
If you are coming from outside of South Australia and planning to visit McLaren Vale, then it is the easiest to make your way to Adelaide first, especially if you are flying in. McLaren Vale is around a forty-minute drive from the CBD so it is not a long way to travel. There are also public transport options, with the train being the easiest. If you are planning to stay in McLaren Vale for a while, then driving is the best option as you can also explore the surrounding sites that the Fleurieu Peninsula has to offer. The best way, especially if it is just for a day, to really experience McLaren Vale is to go on a wine tour with Vino and Beyond. That way you can experience and taste all that McLaren Vale has to offer, with somebody else doing all of the driving.