The Coonawarra region is famous for its superb wine, festival and food scene. The town is just under 400km southeast of Adelaide, making it a great destination for a weekend getaway, if that’s all the time you have.
But if you have a week or two, then Coonawarra is a great place to spend the summer. There’s plenty to do, from sussing out wine cellars to exploring the area’s history. Just hire a car from Adelaide and tick these activities off your bucket list.
In the heart of the beautiful Coonawarra region, lies Katnook. Its history dates back to 1867, and today it has numerous accolades to its name. For example, it’s the official wine for the country’s largest arts organisation, Opera Australia. Katnook Estate vineyards include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Pinot Noir.
Hells Hole Sinkhole
This large sinkhole has existed for thousands of years. It sits in the depths of the Lower Glenelg National Park’s pine forest, near Mt Gambier. It’s less famous than Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake, but these deep blue hued waters are worth seeing at least once in your life. Admire this spectacular sight from the viewing platform.
Mary MacKillop Historical Centre
Penola is about a 15 minute drive from Coonawarra. You should consider stopping by this small town to explore the Mary MacKillop Historical Centre. It’s dedicated to Australia’s first saint of the Catholic Church. You’ll find it interesting to learn about the difference she made to the lives of many Australians through helping them.
Fishing along the Limestone Coast
Head for the coast, where the Limestone Coast has many great fishing spots. You’ll find places that are perfect if you want to case out by boat, beach or jetty. Some of the best fishing hotspots in the region are found off Cape Jaffa, Port MacDonnell, Beachport and the Glenelg River.