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Things To Do in your Summer Holidays

Things To Do in your Summer Holidays

McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast is the perfect spot to explore this summer with some of the best places to visit in the January school holidays. 

Here’s some of our tips! 

Time for the beach!

Aldinga Beach 

One of SA’s beaches you can drive on, this is the perfect spot for families. Pack the dog, kids, beach cricket gear and of course your picnic bbq and settle in for the sunset. If beachside dining is more your think, we have that in spades too, best to book as they are popular.

Silver Sands Beach McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast

Christies Beach 

Christies Beach is home to Witton Bluff Reef so great for snorkelling, but its clean white sands make for the ideal walk along the beach too. Adjacent the beach is the shopping precinct full of café’s, bakeries, and retail stores. 

Port Noarlunga Beach 

Port Noarlunga Beach is a true aquatic paradise. You can snorkel the reef and spot some of the sea life or hire a kayak from Easy Kayaks and discover the beautiful Onkaparinga River. 

Keep an eye out for  Cabana Club on the beachfront over summer when the heart of Brazil comes to Adelaide, think cocktails, food and dancing! 

Port Willunga Beach 

Try your hand with SUP (Stand up Paddle) or snorkelling across the Star of Greece Shipwreck.  SUP Down South offers paddle boarding hire and lessons,) or if your prefer swimming , you can swim at any time of day here and as the waves are often very calm. 

Port Willunga Beach McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast

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Dine with a beach view 

Star of Greece in Port Willunga offers stunning beach views, bookings are essential as the clifftop seats are in high demand! Or for a more relaxed feel, buy your freshly cooked seafood, squid, chips or burgers from the newly renovated Port Willy Kiosk (part of Star of Greece) and eat it on the deck while taking in the amazing views. (Image Josie Withers)

Star of greece Port Willunga

Already home to sandy white beaches, the thriving coastal hub of Aldinga Beach, is home to Breeze Café and Bar. While you pick from the delicious pizzas and sandwiches on offer, you can also indulge in their $10 cocktail menu, which they offer all day. Now that sounds inviting for summer! 

That’s just the beginning, discover more seaside dining 

Gin, Wine or Beer? 

With over 80 wine cellar doors, in the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast region, you can enjoy a tasting or indulge in a fully immersive food and wine experience. Many of our cellar doors are super kid friendly too, so you and the kids will all be looked after! 

What holiday would be complete without enjoying a delicious summer inspired locally distilled gin or perfectly brewed beer?! Think Shifty Lizard, Swell Brewing & Soul Bird Distilling, Kick Back Brewery, Settlers Spirits, Never Never Distilling and that’s just to name a few! (Image - Meaghan Coles)

Gin tasting in McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast

Choose your own adventure and discover the trail 

On your bike 

The Coast to Vines Rail Trail is a beautiful trail best enjoyed on your bike. It winds its way from Marino through McLaren Vale to Willunga (aka the famous Shiraz Trail). There are plenty of beaches, parks and reserves and cellar doors along the way. 

If you need to hire a bike, The McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast Visitor Centre is a great place to start, you can hire a ‘push’ bike or an e-bike, which is able to get up to 25 km/h. No matter your preference, we have you covered. 

Bike riding in McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast

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Relax and Unwind 

Throughout McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast, there is an abundance of accommodation options to choose from when staying in the region. Think luxury shipping container micro hotel, B&B’s set among the rolling vineyards, seaside vistas, coastal caravan parks and more. 

Whatever you need, there is something for everyone. 

Book your stay here 

Summer is ready and waiting for you! Head to our website to start planning your stay! This is where you will enjoy the goodlife. 




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