McLaren Vale Tourism & Travel
McLaren Vale Australia
Situated on the Fleurieu Peninsula some 41kms south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale lies in the heart of the world-renowned wine region of the same name. One of the few destinations offering a wine tasting adventure and nearby coastal playground, McLaren Vale makes the most of both worlds. Delicious gourmet produce, historic sites, great beaches and festive events are just some of the delights of the region, including the breathtaking scenery of Onkaparinga National Park.
McLaren Vale Attractions
The internationally renowned McLaren Vale wine region contains many highly regarded wineries offering cellar door tastings and sales. To complement a wine tasting escapade, the McLaren Vale Olive Grove and the Almond and Olive Trail feature a wide variety of exquisite olives and local gourmet produce.
For an insight into the region itself, heritage-listed sights and historic wineries are found on the McLaren Vale Heritage Trail, and the many fine local art and craft galleries can also be explored around the area.
McLaren Vale Beaches
Conveniently located just west of McLaren Vale, a series of long, sandy swimming beaches stretch along the coast from Maslin Beach to Sellicks Beach. Port Willunga and Aldinga Beach are also excellent for snorkelling, and Sellicks Beach is a popular sail boarding destination.
McLaren Vale Events
Famous for fine food and wine, McLaren Vale celebrates these life luxuries every year. The Sea and Vines Festival incorporates the joys of music, wine and fresh local seafood; the Wine Bushing Festival celebrates the new vintage with wine, food, art and music; and these pleasures are all celebrated again over a month during the Fiesta Food and Wine festival.
McLaren Vale Restaurants and Cafes
Fresh local produce is proudly served in the cafes and restaurants along Main Rd in the centre of McLaren Vale. The McLaren Valley Bakery is not to miss with its unique wine pies, and the perfect medley of food and wine can also be experienced at the many restaurants located within the regions renowned wineries.
McLaren Vale - Near by
With all the delights of the Fleurieu Peninsula on its doorstep, McLaren Vale is in close proximity to a wealth of attractions. Quaint colonial buildings can be explored throughout the historic towns of Old Noarlunga and Willunga. Travelling further inland, the small farming town of Mt Compass is renowned for its local gourmet food produce and open farms for viewing and sales. Further south, on the eastern side of the Fleurieu Peninsula, visitors can climb aboard a horse-drawn tram to Granite Island, taking in little penguin colonies, dolphins and the occasional whale in season. On the western shoreline, the states best diving spots are located at Aldinga Beach, and many shipwrecks can be explored around the coastal town of Normanville.
National Park Onkaparinga River National Park
The highlight of Onkaparinga River National Park would have to be its magnificent gorge comprised of towering cliffs and expansive rock pools. South Australias second largest river, the Onkaparinga meanders through the gorge and forms a beautiful estuary encompassing wetland ponds and flood plains. Visitors can take in the diverse natural environment on bushwalks, explore the estuary channels by kayak or canoe, and make use of the many great fishing spots.
McLaren Vale History
The region was named for either David McLaren, the Colonial Manager of the South Australian company originated to develop the new Settlement in South Australia, or John McLaren who surveyed the area in 1839. Initially the region's main industry was the production of cereal crops. Subsequently, winemakers John Reynell and Thomas Hardy began planting grape vines in 1838. They formed the Hardy Wine Company now owned by Constellation Wines Australia.
McLaren Vale Today
A prominent wine region and popular tourist destination, McLaren Vale currently has over 88 cellar doors with the majority being family-run operations and boutique wineries. A number of winemaking subregions are found within the greater wine region of McLaren Vale, including Blewitt Springs, Seaview, McLaren Flat, Willunga and Sellicks Foothills. In the city of Onkaparinga, the McLaren Vale wine region has a population of 2583 souls.