Image: d'Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale 

While enjoying beach walks where the sand squeaks between your toes, or sampling and buying beautiful wines or dining out may be top of mind when visiting McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast, there are also plenty of other reasons to enjoy this incredible part of South Australia.

The region plays host to some unique, unusual, and innovative tourism experiences that will delight and surprise, get your adrenalin pumping, and your senses tingling.

How about getting a birds-eye view of the region with a flight in a vintage biplane from Adelaide Biplanes? Or perhaps a helicopter is more your thing? Hop in and let Helivista at Aldinga show you the spectacular McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast.

What about rock climbing and abseiling in Onkaparinga River National Park, or steering a segway around Serafino Winery?

You might like to experience the Mediterranean-style pop-up Cabana Club over summer at Port Noarlunga beach, or dive Port Noarlunga or Aldinga Reef, or perhaps step back in time and see a master of hammer and steel create beautiful pieces of art in the Willunga Forge.

All this, could leave you a little parched and hungry, so don’t miss the d’Arenberg Cube where desserts are 3D printed, and you can blend your own wine creation. Try standing behind the ‘Lizard Line’ and landing your toy lizard on the pegboard at Shifty Lizard Brewing. You might also like to enjoy a few ales at Goodieson’s Brewery and watch the boutique bottling process in action. Or, experience Maxwell Wine’s Lime Cave which is also home to the mushrooms heroed throughout the menu, and make sure you try their famous mead.

Others that have caught our eye

The above is just a sample of the extraordinary experiences available throughout the region. Here’s a few more that are definitely worth considering.

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