See & do
Coonawarra and Penola have over 20 Cellar Doors, award winning restaurants, cafes, boutique gift stores, museums, art galleries, and vintage shops.
Visiting Penola & Coonawarra
Penola and Coonawarra are located in the heart of the Limestone Coast, in the south-east corner of South Australia. Because we are so central, it’s the perfect place to be based while you discover surrounding towns.
With over over 20 Cellar Doors, award winning restaurants, cafes, boutique gift stores, museums, art galleries, and antique shops – there is loads to see and do in Coonawarra and Penola. We suggest stop over for a couple of days.
Penola is steeped with history, and was the home to poets John Shaw Neilson, Adam Lindsay Gordon and Will Ogilvie. The picturesque town was also home to Australia’s first Saint Mary MacKillop, who co-founded the The Sisters of St Joseph with Father Julian Tenison Woods.
Discover the town’s historical sights and walk down the State Heritage listed Petticoat Lane.
Artists, winemakers and other creatives call Penola home. We love living here and enjoy sharing our great way of life with visitors from around the state, country and globe.
If you love food and wine, a visit to Coonawarra will tick all the boxes.
Pipers of Penola, Penola (top 10 places to eat in SA, The Traveller 2015)
Royal Oak Hotel, just down from the cellar door
Upstairs at Hollick in Coonawarra
Ottelia + Fodder in Coonawarra
The Tasting Room, Mayura Station in Millicent (top 10 places to eat in SA, The Traveller 2015)
The Barn Steakhouse Mount Gambier
GETTING TO COONAWARRA BY ROAD
Coonawarra and Penola are halfway between Adelaide and Melbourne, a comfortable 5 hours drive from Melbourne, and 4 hours drive from Adelaide.
For those with more time, consider the scenic route via the world renowned Great Ocean Road if coming from Melbourne, or via the spectacular Coorong National Park if coming from Adelaide.
GETTING TO COONAWARRA BY AIR
The nearest airport to Coonawarra is located in Mount Gambier, a handy thirty minute drive south.
Regional Express Airlines service Mount Gambier daily. For bookings, head to rex.com.au