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Top Choice National Park in Penola & the Coonawarra Wine Region

Naracoorte Caves National Park

About 10km southeast of Naracoorte is World Heritage–listed Naracoorte Caves National Park. The discovery of an ancient fossilised marsupial in these limestone caves raised palaeontological eyebrows around the world…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Penola & the Coonawarra Wine Region

Pipers of Penola

A classy, intimate dining room tastefully constructed inside a 1908 Methodist church, with friendly staff and seasonal fare. The menu is studded with ingredients like truffled parsnip, mustard fruit and labneh (Leba…
Winery in Penola & the Coonawarra Wine Region

Majella Wines

The family that runs Majella are fourth-generation Coonawarrans, so they know a thing or two about gutsy reds (love 'The Musician' shiraz-cabernet).
Modern Australian in Penola & the Coonawarra Wine Region

Upstairs at Hollick

About 1km north of Penola's town boundary, this elevated eatery has been doing it in fine style for a few years now. Sit on the verandah on a warm afternoon for some stylin' dinin' with vine views, mains matched wit…
Museum in Penola & the Coonawarra Wine Region

Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre

The centre occupies a jaunty building with a gregarious entrance pergola (perhaps not as modest as St Mary might have liked!). There's oodles of info on Australia's first saint here, plus the Woods MacKillop Schoolh…
Cafe in Penola & the Coonawarra Wine Region

diVine

A bright, mod cafe serving baguettes, all-day breakfasts, great coffee and internationally inspired lunches (try the chicken curry or the Texan BBQ brisket sandwich). Nattering Penolans chew muffins and local cheese…
Museum in Penola & the Coonawarra Wine Region

John Riddoch Centre

In Penola's visitor centre building, this museum casts a web over local history back to the 1850s, covering the local Pinejunga people and original Penola pastoralist Riddoch, who, from all reports, was a hardy and …
Winery in Penola & the Coonawarra Wine Region

Wynns Coonawarra Estate

The oldest Coonawarra winery, Wynns’ cellar door dates from 1896 and was built by Penola pioneer John Riddoch. Top-quality shiraz, fragrant riesling and golden chardonnay are the mainstays.
Winery in Penola & the Coonawarra Wine Region

Rymill Coonawarra

Rymill rocks the local boat by turning out some of the best sauvignon blanc you'll ever taste. The cellar door is fronted by a statue of two duelling steeds − appropriately rebellious.
Street in Penola & the Coonawarra Wine Region

Petticoat Lane

One of Penola's first streets. Most of the original buildings have been razed, but urban archaeologists can still see a few old timber-slab houses, red-gum kerbs and gnarly trees.