Centrally located in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia, our district offers something for everyone, from outdoor and cultural pursuits to shopping, wine tasting and fine dining. For more information on Coonawarra wineries, visit this Cellar Door list compiled by the Coonawarra Vignerons Association: www.coonawarra.org.
Create your experiencePenola and the surrounding regions offer an outstanding range of activities for all tastes:
FOR THE GOURMET
With more than 20 cellars, the Coonawarra region is a hidden gem among the wineries of South Australia, featuring outstanding value in a peaceful setting surrounded by unmatched natural beauty. After a day of wine tasting, enjoy delicious options at any of Penola or Coonawarra’s excellent award-winning restaurants and cafés.
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FOR NATURE LOVERS
Penola offers an amazing array of outdoor activities. Experience bird watching areas such as the internationally-recognised Bool Lagoon, Greenrise Swamp and nearby National Parks. You can also explore Naracoorte’s Naracoorte Caves National Park -- South Australia's stunning World Heritage site. Interested in a bike ride? We offer bike rentals for guests. Want to hit the beach instead? Bask in the sun or go for a swim at Robe and Beachport, both located within an hour’s drive.
FOR GOLFERS AND ANGLERS
Enjoy golf at some of South Australia’s best country courses, or try a day of sea, river and estuary fishing, all available within a one-hour drive of Penola.
FOR THE CULTURAL ENTHUSIAST
Take a historic walk around town, through the streets of Penola’s famous poets John Shaw Nielson, Adam Lindsay Gordon and Will Ogilvie. Visit the John Riddoch Centre, Petticoat Lane, the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre and nearby classic churches, and discover Julian Tennison Woods’ story. See John Dowie’s sculpture of Alexander Cameron, tour local art galleries, and explore a range of architectural styles.
Penola is where Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods co-founded the uniquely Australian Sisters of St Joseph in 1866. Start your journey in the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre to find out more.
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