Here's what’s open in McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast today. A great way to support local. With current restrictions in place, please check individual websites for their current COVID safe practices.



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How to support local

As we responsibly work our way into a recovery phase of COVID-19, we are encouraging all travellers to support our local communities. We know you love to do your bit and have put a few top tips together for you.

Morning or afternoon tea – we have you covered – a range of bakeries still offer great coffee (or tea, chai and hot chocolate!) and some of the tastiest treats on the Fleurieu (non-fattening of course) – Clarendon BakeryHomegrain Bakery and Beck’s Bakehouse are some top tips.

With restrictions now eased, you are now able to visit our local wineries again for tastings, you can also organise a pick up or delivery – tell them what you have planned for lunch or dinner and ask for their suggestion (our top 10 wines to try also provide inspiration)

Taste the region ‘takeaway style’ – there are great eateries providing a range of pick up or delivery options – Salopian Inn, The Currant Shed and The Victory Hotel are a couple of tips. Many of our amazing restaurants are now re-open for seated dining but be sure to ring and book in advance for your seating time.

Cooking a BBQ – local Ellis Butchers have teamed up with Maxwell Wines and are offering great BBQ pack options for lunch or dinner – they can even plan your meals for the whole week – yes please!! Some of our eateries are also still providing pre-prepared meals to store and eat when you are ready – perfect for a lunch or dinner stop on the go – check out Fleurieu Pantry

Our accommodation sector has been doing it really tough – it would be great if you could spend a night or two (maintaining social distancing) and enjoy long walks along the beach or Onkaparinga River National Park.

It's also a great time to stroll along the main streets in our villages – Clarendon, Reynella, Christies Beach, Port Noarlunga, Aldinga, McLaren Vale and Willunga – there are a range of retailers open – who doesn’t enjoy a little off line retail therapy and talking to a real person!

Take a taste of the region with you – stock up on great wine, beer or gin (check out our local breweries interesting brews and our regional distilleries)

Willunga Farmers Market also makes for a wonderful adventure. The weekly Saturday morning farmers market at the Willunga Town Square is renown throughout the state with thousands attending rain, hail or shine. More than 80 farmers and artisan food producers from the region sell fresh produce that includes meat, poultry and seafood, fruit and vegetables, dairy and bakery items, drinks, artisan goodies and condiments and garden products.

A few tips to remember about supporting local:
 - Most businesses now only accept credit card (not cash)
 - Grocery shop responsibly – only take what you need to last a couple of days
 - Maintain your social distancing of 1.5m
 - If you are unwell, please socially isolate until you are well again
 - Wash your hands regularly
 - If you cough or sneeze, please cover your mouth into your arm or tissue

Thank you for helping to keep our communities safe and staying well.


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