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"Southport Sanctuary" an experience to remember.Experience the quality of "Southport Sanctuary". Tranquil, beautiful beaches at your doorstep as well as coffee shops, Copenhagen ice cream and unique Restaurants. Walk on the reef, snorkeling, surfing, fishing off the jetty and you may even spot the occasional whale. A short drive, and the McLaren Vale wine region as well as the Fleurieu Peninsula opens up before you. Close to transport hubs with easy access to the city, the Zoo and Botanic gardens. Allow the experience to embrace you.
Settlers Cottage a unique stay in a Heritage placeSettlers Cottage Circa 1800 completely renovated original settlers cottage believed to be one of the original first few buildings in McLaren Vale. Settlers Cottage is nestled within a heritage listed site featured with an original stone wall. Since opening our doors, Settlers Cottage has achieved the perfect balance between luxury and simple convenience. Situated in the heart of town, we provide everything you need to enjoy your stay. Settlers Cottage is within walking distance to the center.
Bundaleer Cottage B&B (one or two bedrooms)Established in 2018, situated amongst the gum trees in the McLaren Vale Wine Region Bundaleer Cottage is a wonderful place to stay for special occasions. Set for one or two couples, it features a beautiful rural outlook onto vineyards and a small forest. The front veranda looks onto the gum trees of the Heritage Beltunga Homestead. We have very good access for wheelchairs. We are also pet friendly on request. If requiring both bedrooms, a service fee will apply for the second bedroom.
Travel just 25 miles south from Adelaide and you’ll find yourself surrounded by some of the country’s oldest active grapevines. On the Fleurieu Peninsula, McLaren Vale is the birthplace of South Australian wine, producing standout Shiraz, Grenache, and Cabernet since the 1830s. (Later, Italian migrants brought distinctive European varietals, along with olive groves that now characterize the region.) Sandwiched by the dramatic Mount Lofty Ranges and miles of Gulf St Vincent coastline, this dreamy patch of countryside is home to more than 80 wineries, many with attached restaurants where you can linger to appreciate the region’s flavors.
A number of domestic and international airlines service Adelaide International Airport (ADL). You can catch a train (1.5 hours) or public bus (2.5 hours) to McLaren Vale from the airport. If you arrive thus, the best way to tour wineries is by bike, with rentals available from the Visitors Centre.
To speed things up, rent a car at the airport and travel just 40 minutes to the wine region. An alternative is to join one of the numerous tours from Adelaide taking in McLaren Vale’s top vineyards. Hop-on, hop-off buses from the South Australian capital enable you to discover wineries, and to linger when and where you please.
McLaren Vale sizzles over the summer months (December through February), with daytime highs rarely below 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The benefit of traveling at this time of year is avoiding the rains common to the winter months (June through August), when daily highs average 60 degrees. In between, spring (March through May) marks the end of the grape harvest, popular for its balmy days, from 65 to 80; similar temperatures can be expected in fall (September through November).
Sample some of the region’s best producers at the Willunga Farmers Market, the first of its kind in the state. Held Saturday mornings, the raucous affair draws growers, vintners, and distillers from across the peninsula, which means you can pick up organic vegetables and fruit, freshly baked breads, free-range meats, and artisan condiments. Don’t leave without getting a taste of McLaren Vale’s famed olives.
Linking the South Australian coastal suburb of Marino with the historic village of Willunga, the 23-mile Coast to Vines cycling trail captures some of the Fleurieu Peninsula’s most scenic spots. The five-mile section along an abandoned railway line from McLaren Vale to Willunga, known as the Shiraz Trail, is flat and easy to navigate, and passes some of the region’s most enticing wineries, from charming family-owned vineyards to dramatic chateaus.
The crystal-clear waters off the Fleurieu Peninsula are a magnet for marine life. Here you’ll see bottlenose dolphins and Australian sea lions, as well as fur seals and the smallest penguins in the world. During the cooler months (May through September), they’re also home to southern right whales, which retreat here for weeks on end. These mammals come remarkably close to shore, allowing you to spot them from coastal cliffs. But if you’re after a front-row seat, jump aboard one of the many boats that ply the gulf on the lookout for these gentle giants.