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Penola the perfect place to pause.

Penola is a town steeped in history with a vibrant community spirit, surrounded by wineries, a short drive from World Heritage features
and beautiful beaches.

For anyone wishing to find a place where they can relax in comfortable surroundings, indulge in good food and wine while immersing themselves
in the culture and heritage of the community, Penola is the perfect place to pause and enjoy it all.

So why don’t you stop to eat in one of our many Cafes and Restaurants before shopping your way through our unique shops and galleries, then
take a wander along our Heritage Walk to see our many Heritage Listed and National Trust Buildings and Mary MacKillop

Interpretive Centre. You can stay in a broad range of accommodation in and around Penola from Retreats, B&B’s and Apartments to Hotels and Motels,
Backpackers and Farm Stays. Within a few minutes’ drive down the main strip, there are 20 or more Coonawarra and Penola Wineries and Cellar Doors
to visit and sample some of the best wines made in Australia.

Once you have seen all we can offer, use us as a base and take in one of the many day trips that are just over an hour away. The choice is yours;
World Heritage Caves & Blue Lake, Piccaninnie Ponds.The beachside towns of Robe, Beachport and Southend, Bool Lagoon and it’s waterbirds,
or if you love golf your choice of seven golf courses and that’s just a taste of what you can enjoy.

Why don’t you time your visit with one of our many events happening throughout the year; from the Coonawarra Vignerons Cup to Penola Coonawarra
Arts Festival, Generations in Jazz or Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations to name a few. So get yourself here, unpack and meander. Place yourself in
the middle of it all, Relax, enjoy and explore from Penola.

The perfect place to pause, you might find yourself staying longer than you thought.

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Pyrus Cottage
Enjoy your own private retreat in the beautiful Coonawarra Wine Country.
More Information
0409363390
www.pyruscottage.com

 

WINE TOURS WITH COONAWARRA DISCOVERY
Tours offer a friendly service filled with local history, wine knowledge and interesting facts that only a ‘local’ would know.
More Information
08 8737 2449
www.coonawarradiscovery.com

 

Gallery 54
The gallery was formed in 1997 by a collective of artists of the region to promote and sell their work.
More Information
08 8737 2808
www.gallery54.com.au

 

Local Images
The gallery houses locally made limestone sculptures, a beautiful cottage garden, Unique, handmade jewellery and gift wares. More Information
08 8737 3434
www.localimagespenola.com.au

 

Mary Mackillop Penola Centre
For a truly inspirational experience we invite you to visit us at Penola, where it all began.
More Information
08 8737 2092
www.marymackillop.org.au

 

Penola Heritage Trail
A Heritage walk, marked by posts with Heritage badges and green arrows, takes you past the major places of historic interest in the township.
More Information
1300 045 373
Or visit The Penola information centre

 

Never Too Old
An amazing collection of hard-to-find Baltic pine furniture, fine mahogany reproductions, collectables, framed prints, fountains and statuary.
More Information
08 8737 2077

 

Must, See, WANT, Have, Buy
Open the rustic doors of this old building to reveal a world of beautiful, inspirational and ‘Must Have’ homewares, clothing and gifts
More Information
08 8737 3990
www.mustseewanthavebuy.com.au

 

Jill's Vintage
Is a treasure trove of vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery plus a large range of vintage china and bric a brac.
More Information
0438 112 000
www.jillsvintage.com.au

 

D’MEG AND JOHL
d'meg & johl a quirky art-based label that is definitely different.
More Information
0438 254417
www.dmegnjohl.com.au

 

Penola Fantasy Model Railway & Rose's Tearoom
The Penola Fantasy Model Railway is the home of the Magical & Colourful Kingdom of Penolaraya.
More Information
08 87372247
www.penolafantasymodelrailway.com

 

St Mary’s Gardens
Meticulously crafted dry stone walls, paths, borders and artworks compliment a kaleidoscope of colour created by hundreds of roses, flowers, shrubs and trees.
More Information
08 8736 6070
www.stmaryswines.com

 

St Mary’s Sanctuary
St Mary’s Sanctuary is a 300 acre area of pristine native vegetation set aside last century and protected by the Mulligan family for the benefit of future generations.
More Information
08 8736 6070
www.stmaryswines.com

 

Mt Muirhead
This lookout offers spectacular views of Mt Muirhead as well as the township of Millicent. Mt Muirhead is also included on the Volcanoes Discovery Trail.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Penambol Conservation Park
Penambol Conservation Park conserves an important area of remnant vegetation and contains several interesting geological features, including the Caroline Sinkhole, and rich in Aboriginal Boandik people history.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park
An extraordinary display of cave decorations (speleothems) in beautiful shades of pink and brown, coloured by its dolomite base rock
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Peter Francis Points Arboretum
Marvel at one of the largest collections of Eucalypts in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as extensive collections of other Australian plants.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Coleraine Classic Cars
Located in an original working garage left as it was used, you can experience every aspect of a well oiled vehicle. There are currently 40 Cars and 15 Motorbikes on display.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Glenelg Chocolates
Step into Glenelg Fine Chocolates and you will be immersed in the rich aroma of German style continental chocolates.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

THE BILSTONS TREE
Considered to have the largest volume of millable river red gum in the world. It is thought to be 800 years old and stands over 40 m high
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Casterton
Casterton is an historic rural service town situated on the banks of the Glenelg River in a valley surrounded by rolling hills.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Edenhope Flora Reserve

 

Penola Conservation Park
Walk to the winter swampland where birds and frogs are prolific. In spring, see honeyeaters flock to wildflowers and echidnas shuffling under the low vegetation
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Lake Wallace
Is known for great fishing from bank or boat and is stocked with redfin and trout when conditions are right.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Bailey's Rocks
Are one of only two green granite outcrops found in the world, only 30 minutes drive from Edenhope. Picnic, BBQ and Toilet facilities are available in the natural bushland setting.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Edenhope Golf Course
8 Hole grass greens with watered fairways, set adjacent to natural bushland.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Dergholm Pub
“The Pub in the Scrub” offering Bar, Bistro and Beer Garden. Open seven days.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Russet Ridge Winery
A cellar door for Orlando Wines.

 

Wonambi Fossil Centre
Step back in time and discover what Naracoorte was like over 200,000 years ago

 

Naracoorte Swimming Lake
Open from 1st December to 31st March. Its the perfect place to cool off on a hot Summer day

 

Naracoorte caves
A popular attraction among the visitors due to its numerous subterranean wonders. There are in total 26 small and medium sized caves.

 

The Riddoch Art Gallery
Offering a broad range of art works and national touring exhibitions and houses a permanent collection of 19th and 20th Century paintings, sculptures, Aboriginal Art from Central Australia as well as a research library. Free Admission

 

Blue Lake Golf Club

 

Nangwarry Forestry & Logging Museum
The Museum presents the history of forestry through the ages.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

The Gaol
Built in 1866, the former Mount Gambier Gaol was operational up to 1995. Today it is available for budget accommodation with a difference.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Princess Margaret Rose Cave
An underground wonderland set in the natural bush surrounds of the Lower Glenelg National Park.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Glenelg River
Canoe, fish, camp along the Glenelg River to enjoy the beauty of its limestone cliffs and abundant wildlife.

 

Mount Schank
An extinct volcano rising 158 metres above sea level. Two steep walking trails offer a great geological experience
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Cave Garden
This sinkhole was the original source of water for the early settlers. Famous for its roses, the Cave Garden is a great place for a picnic.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Engelbrecht Cave
Wet Caves that run under Mt Gambier formed in Gambier Limestone by the process of chemical dissolution. The Limestone itself was formed some 35-45 million years ago.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park
Snorkel across the top of The Chasm and peer down into the dark depths below or dive down into the large underwater cavern known as The Cathedral. Or stay dry and meander along the boardwalks.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Port MacDonnell Golf Club
The par 36 nine-hole golf course, with its lush greens and well-maintained fairways, is a great way to relax and enjoy a game of golf, whilst at the same time enjoying the fresh sea air.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Port MacDonnell & District Maritime Museum
The museum documents Port MacDonnell’s important role as an historic trading port. It exhibits ship logs, diaries, communication equipment and timbers from numerous shipwrecks.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Little Penguin Colony
At dusk, head to Port MacDonnell and watch the colony of little penguins return home from a hard day’s work in the sea.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Remarkable Fishing Charters
Offer full and half day fishing and bird watching charters at Port MacDonnell in the South East of South Australia.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Ewens Ponds Conservation
Consisting of three large freshwater springs, each around 10 metres deep, interconnected by a series of shallow channels. Snorkel in an underwater garden teeming with aquatic life and leafy green plants.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Bool Lagoon
Bool Lagoon is an extensive area of wetlands; one of the largest in southern Australia.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Mt Benson Wine Region
The region’s first grapes were planted in the 1980s by local farmers well attuned to Mount Benson’s unique and rugged climatic conditions.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Little Dip Conservation park
Go off road and climb the sand dunes. Stroll the board walk at the Outlet and spot the local birdlife from ibises to pelicans.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Robe Golf Club
The course is situated in amongst the beautiful landscape of sand dunes and natural flora and fauna.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Limestone Coast Helicopters
Offer helicopter joy flights departing from Robe Airfield every day so you can experience the Limestone Coast - with a twist.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Long Beach
Is a safe family beach with gentle surf, perfect to drop in or a line in. A unique part of Robe's Heritage.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Rivoli Bay Sailing Club

 

Canunda National Park
The park offers an amazing diversity of scenery from limestone cliffs, sea stacks, offshore reefs and low scrub in the north, to mobile sand dunes and beaches further south.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Woakwine Cutting
Woakwine is an Aboriginal name, meaning elbow or bent arm and refers to the shape of the large watercourse near the Woakwine homestead.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Beachport Jetty
The second longest Jetty in South Australia 772m, great vantage point to view visiting Southern Right Whales.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Pool of Siloam
Float your cares away at The Pool of Siloam is fed by underground springs with the water seven times saltier than seawater.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Old Wool & Grain Store Trust Museum, Customs House
'The Old Wool and Grain Store' National Trust museum tells the story of the district's past and provides an insight into the whaling history.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Beachport & Lake George Conservation Park
This 710-hectare park protects beautiful white sandy beaches, weathered limestone cliffs, sand dunes and saltwater lagoons.

 

Millicent Golf Club
Glorious wide rolling fairways guide you through stands of large gum trees surrounded by native shrubs.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Millicent Swimming Lake
The unique man-made Millicent swimming lake is set among spacious lawns and trees
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Living History Museum
Exhibits Millicent, Shipwreck, Victoriana, Aboriginal & Natural History Rooms.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Canunda Wind Farm
Canunda Wind Farm has 23 turbines capable of generating enough to provide the power needs of around 30,000 homes.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Mayura Station Wagyu Beef
South Australia’s Mayura Station has now become one of the largest Full-Blood Wagyu Beef producers in the nation.
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Father Woods Park
A series of seven sculptures depicting the life of Father Julian Tenison Woods and Saint Mary of the Cross Mackillop
Visit The Penola information centre
1300 045 373

 

Rendezvous Inn
See local artwork and smell tantalising aromas from home-grown produce prepared in our kitchen
More Information
8737 2365
www.rendezvousinn.com.au

 

diVine Cafe
diVine Cafe situated in the centre of Historical Penola serving great coffee & fantastic food in a casual friendly environment.
More Information
08 8737 2122

 

Penola Station
Our wine list is exemplary of the famed Coonawarra Cabernets, and is complimented with the Chef's selections of Australian, French and Italian classics.
More Information
08 8737 3350
www.penolastation.com.au

 

Upstairs at Hollick
Upstairs at Hollick”, this restaurant has been outstandingly successful and makes Hollick a ‘must see’ in Coonawarra.
More Information
08 8737 2752
www.hollick.com

 

Piper’s of Penola
Pipers offers an à la carte restaurant menu with an emphasis on regional produce.
More Information
08 8737 3999
www.pipersofpenola.com.au

 

Fodder
Fodder has an eclectic daily menu that uses seasonal produce from its own garden, a highly awarded wine list & great Genovese coffee.
More Information
08 8736 3170
www.fodder.net.au

 

PUNTERS VINEYARD RETREAT
An idyllic getaway in the heart of famous Coonawarra vineyards, the Retreat offers serenity in a spacious environment.
More Information
0408 816 312
www.puntersvineyardretreat.com.au

 

Deluxe Retreat
This lovely 3 queen bedroom property is a modern home built 4 years ago and is positioned in a quiet street.
More Information
08 8737 2449
www.coonawarradiscovery.com

 

Yalumba ‘The Menzies Retreat’
Yalumba Menzies Retreat - a fantastic getaway in the heart of the Coonawarra. With panoramic views of the surrounding native revegetation area and Yalumba Menzies vineyard.
More Information
08 8737 3603
www.yalumba.com.au

 

Cuvee Cottage
Set back from the main road through Penola, Cuvee Cottage is ideal for a relaxing stay in the Coonawarra.
More Information
08 8737 2449
www.coonawarradiscovery.com

 

Cameron’s Cottage
This delightful turn of the century cottage has undergone a beautiful renovation to capture its original heritage without compromising on quality.
More Information
08 8737 2449
www.coonawarradiscovery.com

 

Sarah’s Cottage
A romantic 1870's stone cottage surrounded by peaceful parklands.
More Information
0400 646 699
www.sarahscottagepenola.com

 

Murray Cottages
Murray’s Country Cottages are nestled in amongst scrubland in a unique part of the south east.
More Information
08 8736 3321
www.murrayscottages.com.au

 

Koonara Cottage
Classic Country Accommodation with traditional Australian charm.
More Information
08 8737 3222
www.koonara.com

 

Jessie’s Cottage
Step back in time with this charmingly refurbished 1890's cottage.
More Information
08 8737 2630
www.jessiescottage.com.au

 

Honeysuckle Rise
The accommodation is located within the vineyards of Highbank Wines and affords guests the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere.
More Information
1800 653 311
www.highbank.com.au

 

Georgie’s Cottage
Indulge yourself with this luxuriously renovated 1880’s Cottage
More Information
08 87373540
www.georgiescottage.com

 

Zema Estate
Established in 1982, Zema Estate is a small family owned and operated winery located in the heart of Australia's Coonawarra wine region
More Information
08 8736 3219
www.zema.com.au

 

St Mary’s Wines
Our wines are made using time honoured, traditional winemaking techniques. St Mary’s wines are estate grown, made and bottled.
More Information
08 8736 6070
www.stmaryswines.com

 

Rymill Coonawarra
John Riddoch Rymill, was a distinguished polar explorer, whose son Peter and his wife Judy, both farmers and keen equestrians, established the Rymill Coonawarra Winery in 1990.
More Information
08 8736 5001
www.rymill.com.au

 

Parker Coonawarra Estate Wines
Established in 1985 by John and Faye Parker, Parker Coonawarra Estate is located on the iconic terra rossa strip
More Information
08 8737 3525
www.parkercoonawarraestate.com.au

 

Majella Wines
Majella Wines are regarded as one of the best producers of premium Australian wine.
More Information
08 8736 3055
www.majellawines.com.au

 

Katnook Estate
Katnook is an indigenous word meaning ‘Fat Land’ referring to Coonawarra’s red, fertile soil known as ‘terra rossa’.
More Information
08 8737 0300
www.katnookestate.com.au

 

HOLLICK WINES
With passion, determination and a hands on approach, Hollick Wines have developed into an iconic family owned winery.
More Information
08 8737 2318
www.hollick.com

 

Di Gorgio Wines
With a view to our heritage and a vision to excellence,
we proudly present the fruits of our family's labour.
More Information
08 8736 3222
www.digiorgio.com.au

 

Brand’s Laira
Situated in the heart of the legendary ‘Terra Rossa’ region of Coonawarra,
with their wines making an enormous contribution to the reputation of fine Coonawarra reds.
More Information
08 8736 3260
www.mcwilliamswinesgroup.com

 

Balnaves of Coonawarra
We are a small family owned wine company
in the heart of the famous Coonawarra terra rossa strip
More Information
08 8737 2946
www.balnaves.com.au

 

Bowen Estate
Family owned and operated business is a dream of Doug and Joy Bowen
that has gradually been evolving over the past 40 years and now involves their daughter, Emma.
More Information
08 8737 2229
www.bowenestate.com.au

 

Raidis Estate
Family owned and operated, Raidis Estate
is Coonawarra’s new ‘kid’ in wine
More Information
08 8737 2966
www.raidis.com.au

 

Davidson Cottage circa 1860
Located in the historic Petticoat Lane, Penola, South, Davidson Cottage circa 1860.
More Information
0488 646 446
www.davidsoncottage.com.au

 

Camawald Cottage
Surrounded by farming country, vineyards and majestic red gums, it is peaceful and secluded, an idyllic spot for a romantic holiday, honeymoon or special getaway.
More Information
08 8736 3323
www.camawaldcottage.com.au

 

Ardmeen Cottage
Cosy, self-contained house, sleeps 8 comfortably.
More Information
03 55 867 503
ardmeen42@hotmail.com

 

Merlot and Verdelho
Merlot & Verdelho Townhouses are superior luxury situated in the heart of the Coonawarra Region.
More Information
08 8737 3035
www.merlotverdelho.com.au

 

A Must @ Coonawarra
Stay in award winning luxury self-contained apartments after a hard day visiting some of the many cellar doors in the region.
More Information
08 87373444
www.mustatcoonawarra.com.au

 

Alexander Cameron Motel & Apartment
Eighteen quality new suites specially designed to enhance the ambience and history of Penola offer a range of options for the busy traveller
More Information
1800 217 011
www.alexandercameronmotel.com.au

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