Invest in Penola Coonawarra

Penola and Coonawarra are highly productive and innovative adjoining regional towns centrally located in the Wattle Range Council area of the Limestone Coast, approximately half-way between Adelaide (400km) and Melbourne (500km).

Established in the 1840s, the townships of Penola and Coonawarra were built upon the ‘Penola Fruit Growing Colony’ now known as the world-renowned Coonawarra wine region. Along with an extensive grape and wine industry, rural land is largely used for sheep and cattle grazing, broadacre crops, horticulture, timber production and milk powder production. Our region is largely characterised by fertile soils, lush green grass, reliable rainfall and significant good-quality groundwater resources.

The adjoining towns are close to major regional centre (50km), Mount Gambier (population around 27,846), which has a strong economy based on agriculture and timber processing, a wide range of educational, retail and commercial facilities and services, and extensive infrastructure including a regional airport.

Steeped deep in history and the arts, nestled amongst our highly productive and picturesque landscape and home to some of the most exquisite produce and wine on the planet, Penola and Coonawarra offer visitors a busy food, music and cultural scene. The towns central location in the region, which includes under an hours drive to stunning coastline or a 25 minute drive to the world-heritage listed Naracoorte Caves makes an ideal destination to stay in comfort and explore as a destination in its own right, or for travellers driving through from Melbourne to Adelaide along the Great Ocean Road.

With a population of over 2000 the adjoining towns have three schools, one childcare centre, a hospital, doctors clinic, chemist, dentist, physiotherapist, 24-hr gym, pilates studio, hardware store, newsagent, industrial supplies stores, farm supplies, butcher, Foodland supermarket, two pubs, four cafes, two restaurants, bakery, one service station, carpenter, plumber, builders, electricians, wineries, galleries and various clothing, shoe and gift retailers.

Penola and Coonawarra have significant opportunities for investment in agriculture, manufacturing, grains, hay and silage, vegetables, wine, red meat production, dairy, horticulture, accommodation and tourism including value-adding products and bio-energy production.

Current Opportunities

  • Development of a 5-7 star eco-accommodation venue
  • Destination tourism experiences including nature and extreme sports
  • Cafe/wine bar
  • Local food regional distribution hub
  • Health retreat/Day spa/Well-being focused business
  • Housing development

If you would like to explore current opportunities or needs in Penola and Coonawarra, please feel free to contact us. Alternatively, reach out to the Wattle Range Council or to Limestone Coast Regional Development Australia.

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AUSTRALIAN BUSH BUDDIES are popping up at War Memorial Park Tuesday 16th and Friday 19th April at 10am.

Offering wildlife hands-on experiences and photo opportunities 📷

$10/child + an accompanying adult - free

1 hour sessions - call to book your spot on 0415597842
Limited to 25 children per session.

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The Winter Showdown Penola - a unique event filling a gap in the cattle show calendar.

Saturday 8th June from 9am at Penola Showgrounds.

Food will be available.

Competitions for steers, heifers and bulls plus a handler's competition.
Registrations close Wednesday 8th May.

Follow Winter Showdown for further event information.
Camawald Open Garden - fundraising for Penola's National Trust will be open on Saturday 13th April from 10am - 4pm at 170 Rocky Castle Road, Coonawarra.

Inclusive of morning & afternoon tea, tea and coffee, stalls and raffles with great prizes.

Please bring cash.

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Raidis Estate are now packing their wine in lighter weighted bottles 🍾

This is a step in the right direction for sustainability 🌏

Meaning less glass going to landfill
Less weight in shipping and reducing the carbon footprint 👣

Well done team! 🫶

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