Play in Penola Coonawarra

If you have a love of wine, history, nature or the arts, Penola and Coonawarra are the places for you. Not sure where to start? We’ve made it easy with some itinerary suggestions for couples, families and friends.


Looking for some tips for your stay in Penola Coonawarra? Look no further.

Family Time

Choose from three family-friendly itineraries full of exploration, nature, food and fun! View now.

A Day in Nature

Enjoy our beautiful landscape and get out amongst nature while sampling delicious food and wine. View now.

Girls Day Out

Make memories with your besties in Penola and Coonawarra. View now.

Friends and Couples

Unique experiences for couples and friends. View now.

Pet Friendly

Fur-friends need not be left home when you plan a visit to Penola. View more.

Sun's Out - Extra Tips

Penola and Coonawarra are beautiful towns to explore on a sunny day. View more.

It's Raining - Extra Tips

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

Shop til you drop

With a vibrant shopping scene, there’s something for everyone in Penola and Coonawarra. Search our shops below.

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Step Back in History

Discover Penola’s fascinating history on our heritage walk where you can relive the days of yesteryear along the historic Petticoat Lane which includes National Trust heritage-listed cottages to explore and the St Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre — a centre created to honour Australia’s first saint and Penola resident, St Mary MacKillop who co-founded the Congregation of the Sister of Saint Joseph with Father Julian Tension Woods.


Vibrant Shopping and Food Scene

Our historical charm marries well with an eclectic and innovative mix of cafes, galleries, a children’s theme park, experiences and boutique-style shops that include vintage heirlooms, Australian homewares and fashion, hardware, shoes, giftware, kids toys and more.

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Wine Tasting, Events and Experiences

The world-renowned Coonawarra wine region adjoins the township of Penola, hosting award-winning restaurants plus over 30 wineries and cellar doors with unique tasting experiences waiting to be discovered. With a multitude of regular events incorporating the arts, food and music — there is always something to do. Visit the Limestone Coast Wine Trails website to make the most of a digital itinerary builder.


Nature Lover or Fitness Guru?

And for the nature-lovers a visit to the Penola Conservation Park for bird-watching or Greenrise Recreation Reserve on the Mount Gambier side of Penola is a must.

Stroll, run or bike ride around the arboretum trail of 1.2km showcasing 110 species of trees before linking up to the Adam Lindsay Gordon Walk around the dry lake and cemetery (a full loop of approximately 3km). Greenrise Recreation Reserve also contains park-style exercise equipment near the cemetery. Enjoy the scenery taking in kangaroos, sheep and birdlife. Greenrise Recreation Reserve links to the main street walking path past the Hospital for a fantastic 5.5km return track.

Visit the Penola Coonawarra Visitor Information Centre on Arthur Street when arriving in Penola for friendly advice and local tips.

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Our community has been extremely fortunate to have a beautiful artwork donated for auction (shown below), with all proceeds fully funding more positions in the upcoming Riddoch Leaders X Generation Thrive program which was recently launched at Koonara Wines. See here: https://www.facebook.com/PenolaCoonawarraSA/posts/pfbid0aXNHzkk8Br3oY6Dr5bKVkr7kYvERgxNriiYKiY8gAtiyTBDix8XVTbL29UaZi5LLl
The artwork was created by local Boandik artist, Matthew Brookes. It represents Saint Mary MacKillop, Father Tenison Woods, the Sisters of St Joseph, and the local landscape with the vineyards. Matthew has tried to showcase the important education offered by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. He has generously donated this artwork by way of continuing education for youth in our region.
The artwork is currently on display at Koonara and bids can be made here (bidding closes 8pm this Sunday, August 7): https://airauctioneer.com/art-for-riddoch-leaders/original-artwork-by-indigneous-artist-matthew-brookes?position=0&list=9U0Nn0duPxCZb9RDbL1Lc8f-qNjPU1Ossr76mXdg-4o

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 X Generation Thrive 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 future leaders for success in their personal and professional lives.

For further information, express interest or apply for a scholarship: https://penolacoonawarra.com/riddoch-leaders-program/
Generation Thrive: https://generationthrive.com.au/
For telephone enquiries, please contact Courtney Grigg, Generation Thrive General Manager on 0434 124 592.
We’re into our third weekend in July! With Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers still in full flight, there’s so much to do this weekend. We’ve popped a few winter-warming food ideas below:

⭐️ Rymill Winery - ‘Hot pots in July’. With the choice of Meatballs in Sugo, or Over the Rainbow minestrone.. you’re sure to be in for a treat with a vino in hand too!

⭐️ Patrick of Coonawarra - enjoy a heart-warming bowl of Thai Pork and Peanut Curry matched perfectly with their award-winning '2014 Block 5 Aged Riesling'. This can be enjoyed as an experience on its own or with their Riesling Flight. 

⭐️ Ottelia is taking you back in time! For the first time, Ottelia will be hosting a back vintage tasting, including their 2012 Coonawarra Cabernet. Experience two aged wines alongside their current release counterparts, with a trio of snacks inspired by the decades gone by. 🍷

Do you have something to add to this list? We’ll have more inspiration to come! 
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