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 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.
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Tours offer a friendly service filled with local history, wine knowledge and interesting facts that only a ‘local’ would know.
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08 8737 2449


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


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


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


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.
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1300 045 373
Or visit The Penola information centre


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


d'meg & johl a quirky art-based label that is definitely different.
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0438 254417


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


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.
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08 8736 6070


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.
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08 8736 6070


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


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


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


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


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


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


Piper’s of Penola
Pipers offers an à la carte restaurant menu with an emphasis on regional produce.
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08 8737 3999


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


An idyllic getaway in the heart of famous Coonawarra vineyards, the Retreat offers serenity in a spacious environment.
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0408 816 312


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


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.
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08 8737 3603


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


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


Sarah’s Cottage
A romantic 1870's stone cottage surrounded by peaceful parklands.
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0400 646 699


Murray Cottages
Murray’s Country Cottages are nestled in amongst scrubland in a unique part of the south east.
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08 8736 3321


Koonara Cottage
Classic Country Accommodation with traditional Australian charm.
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08 8737 3222


Jessie’s Cottage
Step back in time with this charmingly refurbished 1890's cottage.
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08 8737 2630


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


Georgie’s Cottage
Indulge yourself with this luxuriously renovated 1880’s Cottage
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08 87373540


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
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08 8736 3219


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


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.
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08 8736 5001


Parker Coonawarra Estate Wines
Established in 1985 by John and Faye Parker, Parker Coonawarra Estate is located on the iconic terra rossa strip
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08 8737 3525


Majella Wines
Majella Wines are regarded as one of the best producers of premium Australian wine.
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08 8736 3055


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


With passion, determination and a hands on approach, Hollick Wines have developed into an iconic family owned winery.
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08 8737 2318


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.
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08 8736 3260


Balnaves of Coonawarra
We are a small family owned wine company
in the heart of the famous Coonawarra terra rossa strip
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08 8737 2946


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.
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08 8737 2229


Raidis Estate
Family owned and operated, Raidis Estate
is Coonawarra’s new ‘kid’ in wine
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08 8737 2966


Davidson Cottage circa 1860
Located in the historic Petticoat Lane, Penola, South, Davidson Cottage circa 1860.
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0488 646 446


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.
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08 8736 3323


Ardmeen Cottage
Cosy, self-contained house, sleeps 8 comfortably.
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03 55 867 503


Merlot and Verdelho
Merlot & Verdelho Townhouses are superior luxury situated in the heart of the Coonawarra Region.
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08 8737 3035


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.
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08 87373444


Alexander Cameron Suites
Eighteen quality new suites specially designed to enhance the ambience and history of Penola offer a range of options for the busy traveller
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