Sightseeing and Other Activities

McLaren Vale CubeWhile our scheduled Alfesta activities should keep you entertained, you may wish to use some of your free-time to explore the surrounding area and take in what this region of South Australia has to offer.

Mentioned below is just a small sample of the region's gems...

McLaren Vale is, of course, famous for its wine and there is no shortage of wineries to visit and sample.

Speaking of samples...

d'Arenberg Cube

The d'Arenberg Winery's Cube has been inspired by the complexities and puzzles of winemaking itself. Visitors are encouraged to explore the Alternate Realities Museum, located on the ground floor, and view the many art installations on display.

McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre

This information centre isn’t quite your norm – it’s equipped with a modern café, ever changing gallery, playground and cellar door. 

Blessed Cheese

This gorgeous rustic café in McLaren Vale township was voted best coffee on the Fleurieu Peninsula, also serving up an eclectic menu showcasing local and seasonal produce, you won’t be disappointed. Blessed Cheese is also the starting point of the McLaren Vale cheese and wine trail, which is a progressive picnic across the cellar doors of the district. But probably most importantly this place is home to a world class cheese selection. Mmm, cheese…!

The Almond Train

Here you can step back in time and explore a 1920’s train carriage right in the heart of McLaren Vale, while exploring you can pick up some delicious treats to take home as they really are a one-stop shop for regional produce that showcases some of the best gourmet foods in the region, daily tastings are also held daily to help you decide.

Red Poles Gallery and Restaurant

Here you find a place filled with many wonders – a fabulous relaxed garden restaurant, an art gallery, a B&B and the cellar doors for Vale Brewing and Brick Kiln wines all under one roof! You can relax in this lovely setting amongst the vineyards on the lawns, surrounded by beautiful gardens, natural bushland, quirky courtyards and spacious verandas. Kids will be happy to have space to run around, and there is beer to taste and wonderful food to please everyone.

Hit the Beaches

The Fleurieu Peninsula has long stretches of breathtaking coastline and six sprawling sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. If you want to see how your Stelvio fares off road, a number of the beaches allow 4WD vehicles on the sand with a permit. Sellicks Beach marks the location where the Mount Lofty Ranges meet the sea and is renowned for its fishing and surfing, while clothing at Maslin Beach is optional!

Strathalbyn & the South Coast

Strathalbyn, to the east of McLaren Vale, is a 19th-century town brimming with historic buildings and antique shops to delight both the casual browser and avid collector.  Founded by the agrarian gentry, a fair amount of gentitlity lingers on, and it's really quite relaxing and enjoyable.

You'll be seeing Goolwa and Victor Harbor on Friday, but you might want another look...  There's also Port Elliot, half-way between.  It's a delightful, traditional seaside town, and you could do a lot worse than having a coffee at "The Retro Vibe" on the Strand.  And don't just look at the coffee!

At Goolwa, at the mouth of the Murray River, you’ll find the Wharf Precinct with an array of businesses including cellar doors, cafes, restaurants, breweries, art galleries, wine bars and a whole lot of history as well.Goolwa Wharf Precinct

This is where the Murray-Darling River trade started, with boats coming and going up to and beyond the Queensland border (at least to Cunnamulla & St George, if not as far as Augathella) to bring grain, wool, and who knows what else, to the ships waiting at Goolwa to take Australia's produce to the world.

Off-shore

If you've got time to spare before or after Alfesta, you might like to visit Kangaroo Island – Australia’s third largest island (after Tasmania, and Melville Island in the N.T.)  You can get there by ferry from Cape Jervis, at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Despite being ravaged by bushfires in January 2020, Kangaroo Island has some wonderful scenery and features and is really worth the trip; but its roads are not really Alfa-friendly!  The major roads between Penneshaw (the Island’s Ferry Terminal), American River (a resort town near Penneshaw), Kingscote (the Island’s main town), Parndana (in the middle) and Flinders Chase (a National Park at the western end where you’ll find many of the really interesting bits) are sealed.  The remainder are unsealed and require reduced speed and caution - particularly on corners and when approaching other traffic.  

But we’re sure that if you do take the trip you’ll see and do things you’ll remember for a long time!

And there are many, many more fantastic things to see and do, and we can't list them all here.  So, check these websites for further inspiration: fleurieupeninsula.com.au  ...and mclarenvale.info  ...and trail.fleurieufood.com.au

Or, a quick chat with your Uncle Google will set you straight if you ask him...  Just say "Fleurieu Peninsula" plus whatever you want to know about, and browse the links!