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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As the mercury drops and the rain rolls in, there is one thing the #penola and #coonawarra region are preparing for this July 🍷

Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers is back, with over 60 events to choose from in the jam-packed month-long program!

Indulge in exclusive wine tastings, degustation dinner events, long lunches, museum wine tastings, mulled wine and high tea sessions. All aim to showcase the breadth of beautiful wines, our emerging food credentials, and the warmth and hospitality that is so ... Coonawarra.

The whole month is packed full of different ways you can explore the magic of aged wines so make sure you plan your trip to enjoy what’s on offer! 

Beautiful vino snap, @missvino.sydney!

Looks like Sunday lunch is sorted... The Royal Oak Hotel Penola have a new menu (as of Friday)! 

Have you popped in to check it out? Let us know below 👇👇

When it comes to seriously delicious food, Pipers of Penola isn't playing around. 😍

You'll find this beautiful display of food on Sunday mornings. Prepared to get in quick, the good stuff doesn't stick around!

📍 Pipers of Penola
Is anyone else craving a getaway right about now? 

The Menzies Vineyard Retreat is set amid a sea of vines and a backdrop of native re-vegetation, creating the perfect environment to relax and enjoy Yalumba's Coonawarra Estate wines.

A comfortable getaway for friends, couples and families, lovely rammed- earth walls and exposed beams make for a cosy stay. 

For more accommodation options within Penola Coonawarra, please visit https://penolacoonawarra.com/stay-in-penola-coonawarra/#!directory/map