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McLaren ValeAustralia

Enjoy watersports, visit historical buildings, explore a shipwreck and go on wine-tasting tours in one of South Australia's oldest wine regions.

For nearly 200 years, the landscape and soils of McLaren Vale have been producing wines, among them shiraz, tempranillo and cabernet. With more than 100 vineyards, there is no shortage of places to stop and sample local varieties. But the region also has a lot more going on beyond its wine production. Hike through the picturesque countryside, visit historic towns and relax on a beach.

Find superb wines across the region by going on organized or self-guided wine tours. One way to reach some of the wineries is to walk or cycle the 5-mile (8-kilometer) Shiraz Trail. The route follows an old railway line through the scenic surroundings, passing wineries and olive groves.

Combine your wine tastings with exploration of other McLaren Vale attractions. Experience even more of the beautiful scenery by walking or cycling along the many dedicated paths. Go bushwalking in the Onkaparinga River National Park and kayak on the Onkaparinga River, the second longest in the state.

Sample cheeses, chutneys and other local produce at the Willunga Farmers Market, held every Saturday morning in Willunga's town square. Among the town’s other sites of interest are the 19th-century old courthouse and police station and the old post office and telegraph station. Visit additional old buildings in the historic towns of Clarendon and Old Reynella.

Spend some time in the town of McLaren Vale, browsing boutiques and art galleries and dining in its restaurants.

Relax on one of the beaches along the region's extensive coastline. Dive the wreck of the Star of Greece at Aldinga Beach, surf and swim at Moana Beach and snorkel and scuba dive the reef at Port Noarlunga.

The easiest way to get around to McLaren Vale's wineries, beaches and historic towns is in a rental car. Get to the region in about 45 minutes by car from Adelaide, a journey of about 25 miles (40 kilometers). There are also bus services between the city and some of the region’s towns.

Top hotels in McLaren Vale

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Serafino McLaren Vale
Serafino McLaren Vale
4 out of 5
39 Kangarilla Road, McLaren Vale, SA
The price is NZ$139 per night

Situated near the beach, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Primo Estate and Maxwell Wines. Tapestry Wines and Wirra Wirra Vineyards are also within 2 miles ...

4.4/5Excellent! (386 reviews)

"Staff were very welcoming and accomodating to an earlier check in - made our weekend seamless"…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar. 2020

Serafino McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale Motel & Apartments
McLaren Vale Motel & Apartments
4 out of 5
Cnr Main Road &, Caffrey Street SA (Motel), McLaren Vale, SA
The price is NZ$138 per night

Situated in a rural location, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Maxwell Wines and Tapestry Wines. D'Arenberg Wines and Primo Estate are also within 3 miles ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (427 reviews)

"Shower cubicle needs some support fixture for those with balance problems."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb. 2020

McLaren Vale Motel & Apartments
McLaren Vale Studio Apartments
McLaren Vale Studio Apartments
4 out of 5
222 Main St, McLaren Vale, SA
The price is NZ$192 per night

Situated in a rural location, this luxury apartment building is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Maxwell Wines and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from d'Arenberg Wines. Coriole Vineyards ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (88 reviews)

"Place was as advertised. Very nice condition and good location."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 2020

McLaren Vale Studio Apartments

Popular places to visit in McLaren Vale

d'Arenberg Wines
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d'Arenberg Wines

4.5/5(131 reviews)

Experience magnificent McLaren Vale flavors paired with fresh seasonal dishes when you take a seat on the veranda of this family-owned winery.

Chapel Hill Winery
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Chapel Hill Winery

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Treat your taste buds to the distinctive flavor of McLaren Vale wines at this elegant winery and its cellar door housed within a 19th-century ironstone chapel.

Glenelg Beach
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Glenelg Beach

4.5/5(1,577 reviews)

Take in the culture, cuisine, shopping and the abundant rays on Adelaide's sunset strip.

Rundle Mall
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Rundle Mall

4/5(1,838 reviews)

Shop til you drop at the historic and artistic Rundle Mall, located in the heart of the city.

Henley Beach
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Henley Beach

4.5/5(403 reviews)

Enjoy the buzz of its seaside square, soak up the views from its jetty or just relax on the warm sands of this beautiful stretch of coastline near Adelaide.

Adelaide Oval
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Adelaide Oval

4.5/5(681 reviews)

Tour the stadium, witness an AFL showdown, see a game of rugby or cricket, browse the Bradman Collection, dine in style or rock out at a concert.

Top activities in McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale Hop-On Hop-Off Winery Tour
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McLaren Vale Hop-On Hop-Off Winery Tour

96% of travellers recommend
NZ$64
Per adult
McLaren Vale Highlights Tour
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McLaren Vale Highlights Tour

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$165
Per adult
Half-Day McLaren Vale 4-Wheel Drive Adventure with Wine Tastings
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Half-Day McLaren Vale 4-Wheel Drive Adventure with Wine Tastings

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$214
Per adult
Luke's Wine Tour
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Luke's Wine Tour

NZ$106
Per adult
McLaren Vale Intimate Winery Tour by private Limo
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McLaren Vale Intimate Winery Tour by private Limo

NZ$1,065
Per adult
Road to Kangaroo Island Fleurieu Peninsula 4-Wheel-Drive Adventure
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Road to Kangaroo Island Fleurieu Peninsula 4-Wheel-Drive Adventure

NZ$322
Per adult

Reviews of McLaren Vale

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Jan. 2020

Some beautiful wineries .. a great setting for a few days away.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Dec. 2019

unique locations and great cellar doors

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Sep. 2019

Lovely town Just need to be aware that the supermarkets and shops shut at 5pm

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Aug. 2019

great wineries and food very pleasant and relaxed place to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Jul. 2019

McLaren Vale is a beautiful town. We were visiting friends, so we didn't have much time to explore, but what we did see was beautiful

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Jul. 2019

i really enjoyed the country feel about the place & loved the wineries

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