McLaren Vale is a beautiful town that lies in the southern part of Australia. It is known for a number of things including its famous wineries that are some of the oldest in Australia and the beautiful landscape. The town is just about 33 kilometers away from Adelaide City.
If you are planning a trip to McLaren Vale, here are a few things you should definitely do:
- Enjoy Fine Wine At Historic Wineries
McLaren Vale is one of the oldest wine-growing regions of southern Australia. There are a number of wineries that produce fine wines and are situated in beautiful locations.
In McLaren Vale, visiting wineries is not just about enjoying excellent wine. You will get to spend your day learning about the process of making wine at the winery, the winery’s history, and the best thing is that you will be able to enjoy the wine while looking at fantastic views.
You could spend an entire day at wineries like Hardys Tintara – one of the oldest wine regions in Australia that houses a great museum besides other activities.
- Have Amazing Adventures
With McLaren Vale’s beautiful coastal cliffs, sea caves, spectacular beaches, and the presence of seals, it is one of the best places to go sea kayaking!
You can start your kayaking tour on the lower Fleurian Peninsula, in Rapid Bay. You will be instructed about the several procedures on the beach that has a great view of the sea and soon after you are done, you will find yourself in one of the region’s enchanting sea caves.
Here, you will be able to meet a colony of extremely friendly seals. You can be sure that kayaking will be a safe experience for you because all the safety guidelines are strictly adhered to and the entire experience will leave you amazed.
- Complete the Shiraz Trail
The famous Shiraz Trail stretches about eight kilometers. It follows an old railway line between Willunga and McLaren Vale. You can either walk through the trail or rent a cycle.
Along the trail, you will be able to come across some of the most famous wineries of the region including Wirra Wirra and Hardy’s Tintara. All the wineries produce the region’s signature wine- the Shiraz. You can also get a map of the trail to help you along the way.
If you are interested in going further than the eight-kilometer stretch, you can visit the Coast to Vines Rail Trail that continues for about thirty more kilometers.
- Visit The Weekly Farmer’s Market
McLaren’s farmer market is visited in large numbers by both locals and tourists alike. Every Sunday morning, the Willunga Farmers Market is set up where more than 80 food producers and farmers bring their fresh produce of everything from honey and chocolates to organic fruits and vegetables.
You will also be able to get your hands at the famous McLaren Vale olive oil that is used extensively by beauty and food producers across the world owing to its excellent quality.
- Go For A Helicopter Tour
With all its amazing wineries, breweries and other attractions, one of the best things about McLaren Vale is still its natural beauty. Despite receiving many tourists, the region has been able to maintain its mesmerizing landscape. It is also one of the main reasons why everyone who visits the place falls in love with it.
While there are several activities that can help you in enjoying the landscape, there is little that comes close to the views offered in the Helivista helicopter tour. It is a great tour that offers you great flexibility.
You can choose to be picked up from several accommodation options in McLaren Vale and ask for a dop at some famous winery. You could also go for beer flights or winery hopping. If you are simply willing to enjoy the landscape for the day, you can choose the thirty-minute scenic flights. During the tour, you will get a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the coastline, the rolling hills, and the beaches.
These are some of the best things you can do during your visit to this beautiful town. Besides the activities mentioned, you will also find a number of attractions that will make your trip worth it.