Relaxed, friendly and safe - McLaren Vale is a wine and tourism region that welcomes all visitors, big and small!
With an abundance of family-friendly cellar doors and cafes, playgrounds, walking trails and restaurants, there's no better place to spend some quality time during the school holiday break.
Some itinerary suggestions for fun in-region activities for families includes:
Sausage rolls and park hangs
If a bakery visit and park adventure are on the cards, a wander down the Shiraz Trail (pictured) to Willunga's nature play playground and skate ramp will deliver for big and little kids alike.
A cellar door for the whole family
McCarthy's Orchard is a rustic family friendly cellar door that offers special drinks just for adults, whilst the little ones can meet a pony, donkeys and inquisitive free-range chickens along before tucking into the perfect grazing platter for little fingers and tummies.
Fairy gardens and picnic rugs
Coriole Vineyards has spectacular cottage gardens that make beautiful backdrops for family photos. The sprawling lawns are perfect to lay down a picnic rug and enjoy a bottle of wine from cellar door or some artisan cheese.
Pizza, views and a sandpit
The Beach Road Wines restaurant features a rustic wood oven which inspires a menu with a focus on traditional Italian style pizza and super-fresh seasonal produce, matched perfectly to wines and sangria! Beach Road also features a great toy box and a sandpit for the little ones to occupy themselves before lunch is ready.
Active kids and laidback parents
Oxenberry Wines located on Kangarilla Road is adjacent the Shiraz Trail and is the perfect runway for (supervised) bikes and scooters, there's also an established wetland to explore and a great lawn for balls and frisbees. The cafe offers coffee and cake or more substantial meals with wine tastings and platters for the bigger kids.
Alpacas, playgrounds and an eco-trail for learning
Gemtree Wines has a great hill for rolly-polly's, some resident alpacas, a playground and some wine and platter food. Nearby is the Gemtree Wines eco trail - perfect for a game of nature eye-spy!
The McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association acknowledges the Kaurna people as the Traditional Owners of the Country where the McLaren Vale Region is situated today, and pays its respect to Elders past and present.