Pets are welcome in Penola and Coonawarra

Fur-friends need not be left home when you plan a visit to Penola and Coonawarra. With stunning walking tracks, wineries and lovely accommodation, we warmly welcome you and your pet.

9 – 10am
Pop your pet friends on a lead and take a leisurely stroll around the beautiful setting that is the Greenrise Recreation Reserve and Arboretum Trail amongst 110 species of trees, a dry lake and sensational Red Gums.

10 – 12pm
Collect the Penola Walk with History Map and trail information from the John Riddoch Centre before collecting takeaway coffees and snacks from one of our lovely cafes or the bakery. Make your way down Petticoat Lane for a picnic at the garden tables of the Petticoat Lane Herb Garden at the rear of historical Sharam Cottage.

12 – 3.30pm
There are loads of pet friendly cellar doors in Penola and Coonawarra just waiting to welcome you and your pooch. Enjoy tastings and a delicious produce platter relaxing in the surrounds of a winery. Click here for a list of dog-friendly wineries. Walk to each winery via the Coonawarra Walking Trail or drive. Your choice.

3.30 – 5pm
Finish off your day with a stroll down Penola’s main street, Church Street, for some shopping and a browse in our unique art galleries.


Tip: For overnight or longer stays pets are welcome at many accommodation venues in Penola and we also have a dog-sitting service. Please speak with the Penola Coonawarra Visitor Information Centre for tips.

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You're invited to a casual information session with networking drinks this Wednesday, July 6 at Koonara 5.30pm - 6.30pm.

The RBCA is partnering with Adelaide-based organisation, Youth Opportunities/Generation Thrive, to deliver a personal leadership program for our community aimed at 15 - 35 year-olds.

Recent research has indicated that young people now take three and a half years more to settle and develop the emotional and social skills required for success in the workplace compared to 30 years ago. Additionally, they are motivated differently, seek more connection to purpose, and are at the highest risk of acquiring mental health issues.

The Riddoch Leaders program will develop and enhance participants' social and emotional capabilities while increasing personal accountability, self-leadership, resilience, and well-being, which will better prepare our young people and adults for success in their personal and professional lives.

Generation Thrive has had terrific results with their program in the Tatiara region. One of Bordertown’s largest employers, Tatiara Truck and Trailer has put 17 staff members through several Generation Thrive programs after witnessing the difference the program made to their team and, ultimately, their business through happier employees, better communication, and retained staff.

Our community must invest in the next generation of business and community leaders. We'd love your support to make this happen.

Come along and hear what the program is all about while getting an update on the RBCA budget response.

For further information: https://penolacoonawarra.com/riddoch-leaders-program/

Generation Thrive: https://generationthrive.com.au/
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