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Unique experiences for couples and friends

Come for a road trip and make some beautiful memories with your friends as you explore our backyard.

9.30 – 10.30am
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at one of our fabulous cafes in Penola.

10.30am – 11.30pm
Have a browse through the wide range of retail stores and stunning art galleries along the main street of Penola encasing homewares, clothing, gifts, candles, plants, fresh flowers, hardware, books and more.

11.30 – 12.30pm
Make your way to the Mary MacKillop Centre, paying homage to Australia’s first saint providing exhibitions on the lives of Mary and Julian Tenison Woods. Continue further down Petticoat Lane to historical Sharam Cottage and the Petticoat Lane Herb Garden. Like a bit of vintage? Visit the iconic, Jill’s Vintage, opposite the Royal Oak Hotel on Church Street and see what unique item you might find.

12.30 – 4.30pm
No matter the weather, the outlook is stunning from Upstairs at Hollicks in Coonawarra. While enjoying the view over the vineyards and into the winery’s barrel shed, partake in gourmet cuisine, perfectly in keeping with a girl’s day out. Or, venture to Ottelia + Fodder to enjoy some of the most delicious seasonal produce around with delectable wines. Not feeling overly hungry? Most Coonawarra wineries offer beautiful cheese platters to compliment their wine.

Alternatively, many of our Coonawarra wineries offer unique experience packages including personalised tours, lunch or dinner with a winemaker and cooking classes. Contact Coonawarra Vignerons for more information or the Penola Coonawarra Visitor Information Centre.

If you’re moving at your own pace, continue wine tasting along the Coonawarra strip, meeting the locals and visiting some of our unique cellar doors. Drive from your lunch destination, or make the most of the Coonawarra Walking Trail while getting some fresh air and walking off your lunch. Win-win!

4.00pm – 5.00pm
Heading home from a day trip? Top of with some extra wine purchases from the Royal Oak Hotel before heading to the award-winning Penola IGA Supermarket for some tasty cheese. Otherwise, top up and head back to your accommodation.

5.00pm – 7.00pm
Put your feet up and relax at your accommodation before a refresh and heading out for an unforgettable dinner.

7.00pm – onwards
Dine at one of our local hotels in Penola or delicious restaurants in Coonawarra. Fancy a night in? From cottage-style B&B stays, deluxe romantic spas, bubble tents, glamping and whole houses amongst the vineyards, there’s amazing options to suit all tastes. Looking for a private chef? No problem.

Tip: Coonawarra Experiences offer a premier wine touring service throughout Coonawarra and the Limestone Coast. They’re also available to pick up from your choice of town and return (for day trips).

Tip: For further detailed information before your visit, please reach out to the Penola Coonawarra Visitor Information Centre.

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