Time with the Girls in Penola and Coonawarra

Make memories with your besties in Penola and Coonawarra.

7.30am — 9am
Visiting on a weekend? Pre-book a reformer pilates class at EJ Studio for Saturday morning or head out for a beautiful walk around Greenrise Recreational Reserve.

10am – 11.30pm
Start the day right with a browse through the wide range of stores and stunning art galleries along the main street of Penola. Lovely homewares and clothing can be found at Moss and Wild, Di’s Gifts and Flowers or Koonara, vintage finds and antiques at Never Too Old, in-season fashion at Salt and Co (Town Square) and Balnaves of Penola, shoes at Attwoods, and even plants at Penola Home Hardware (Arthur Street). Mid-way through your wander, take a break with a coffee and treat at one of our hospitable cafes.

Looking to dine-in for the night? Delicious meats can be purchased from Meek’s Butchers (open until midday on Saturday).

11.30 – 12.30pm
Want to take a gift back for the kids? Pop into Toffee and Treats for old fashioned lollies or step around the corner to Riddoch Street (corner of the Royal Oak Hotel) to visit the George the Farmer concept store with toys and picture storybooks created in Penola. On the stroll back, take a look at newly opened cellar door, PoPo, located in the Old Post Office.

12.30 – 2.30pm
Venture to award-winning Ottelia to enjoy some of the most delicious seasonal produce around with delectable wines (pre-booking advised). Not feeling overly hungry? Most Coonawarra wineries offer beautiful cheese platters to compliment their wine. Visit the Coonawarra Wine Region website for current events and cellar door offerings.

2.30pm – 4.00pm
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? Collect a coffee at one of our delicious cafes or the award-winning Penola Foodland and some delicious Coonawarra wine from the Royal Oak Hotel before you leave town. Staying for the night? Head to Koonara down the main street for a final shop and tasting.

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, fine dining restaurants such as the award-winning Pipers of Penola (pre-booking advised) or participate in one of our district’s regular events. Fancy a night in? From cottage-style B&B stays to the recently updated cabins at the Penola Caravan Park and whole houses amongst the vineyards, there’s amazing options to suit all tastes. Looking for a private chef? No problem. Contact the Visitor Information Centre for suggestions.


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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