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Rainy days activities for Penola and Coonawarra

Don’t dismiss a day out, just because the weather is wet; Penola and Coonawarra can look after you.

  • Start your day at the John Riddoch Centre to better acquaint yourself with Penola’s history.
  • Head to the warmth and comfort of the Royal Oak Hotel or Prince of Wales Hotel for a sumptuous luncheon or try one of our amazing cafes.
  • Post lunch binge, collect some lollies at Toffees and Treats for your drive home.
  • Head to the Mary MacKillop Centre to learn about this important piece of our local history and Australia’s first Saint.
  • Head to one of Coonawarra’s stunning cellar doors for a wine-tasting extravaganza by the fire. Many wineries also offer personalised experiences such as tours, group tastings and cooking classes. Contact Coonawarra Vigernons for further information.
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