Willunga and the McLaren Vale Wine Region
Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia
With its stunning landscape of rolling hills, farmland, national parks and vineyards, fringed in the west by pristine sandy beaches and rugged coastlines, the Fleurieu Peninsula is the place which offers the perfect blend of indulgence, culture and outdoor adventure.
Just 45 minutes from Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula is a gateway for all kinds of year-round fun. Choose from world-class wineries, picturesque townships, wild surf beaches, national parks and untouched coastal scenery.
Willunga, South Australia
These days Willunga is identified by almonds (make sure you come to the annual Almond Blossom Festival in late July) and increasingly vineyards and olives, which have taken over from the original industries of wheat and mixed farms. In the mid 19th century, slate mining was an early industry for the town, still evidenced in local roofs, footpaths, fences and bridges, with turn of the century cottages built by the slate miners still among the more interesting buildings to be seen in the area.
The many fine old buildings dating back to the 1840s are a reminder of the region's rich history, including the National Trust's Slate Museum (in the former police stables), Old Courthouse and Police Station Museum and Bassett Boys' Schoolroom. The bell in St Stephen's Church, reputed to have been originally cast during the reign of Elizabeth I, was damaged during the course of time and purists claim the repairs have left it with a flat tone. Regional produce is available at the popular and entertaining Willunga Farmers Market held every Saturday, with the Willunga Quarry Market held on the second Saturday of every month.
For rose appreciators, the rose display garden in St Andrews Terrace attracts many rose lovers showcasing more than 1000 different varieties. Wander the main street and find a delectable array of galleries, cafés, antique and curio shops, craft workshops and good coffee.