Local Attractions

 

NARACOORTE

  • World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves National Park.
  • The Sheep’s Back wool industry museum, MacDonnell Street.
  • Naracoorte Community Playground with barbecues and nearby Skate Park. MacDonnell Street.
  • Lions Pioneer Park with historic locomotive, MacDonnell Street.
  • Tiny Train Park, Naracoorte Holiday Park, Park Terrace. Check first on 8762 2128 re whether it is operating.
  • Naracoorte Creek Walk.
  • Naracoorte Art Gallery, 91 Ormerod Street.
  • Mini Jumbuk, 61 Smith Street, woollen bedding products factory, with viewing gallery and souvenir shop.
  • Naracoorte Golf Club. The course was named No. 96 in the top 100 Australian golf courses, out of 1500 courses nationwide, by “Golf Australia” magazine in January 2015.
  • All three Naracoorte hotels for good pub food plus numerous takeaways including McDonald’s, Subway, Naracoorte Pizza House, Knight’s Snack Bar and Papa’s Rich  Asian Noodles.
  • • Dragon Village Chinese Restaurant, MacDonnell Street, and Pearl Indian Cuisine, Robertson Street.

PENOLA/COONAWARRA

  • Coonawara and Penola have more than 25 wineries with cellar doors. All are easy to find as they are either on the Riddoch Highway, from just north of Coonawarra township to Penola, or on short side roads off the highway.
  • All wineries have premium wines, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, but I highly recommend visits to historic Wynns Coonawarra Estate, the oldest in the region and featuring the famous triple-gable roof and stone buildings; Rymill Coonawarra for its full-sized bronze dancing horses, art and viewing gallery; Balnaves of Coonawarra for its pond and rose gardens; and Hollick for its restaurant Upstairs At Hollick.
  • Historic Penola has plenty of places to eat, especially the award-winning Pipers of Penola, as well as the Mary MacKillop Penola Centre which is a tribute to St Mary MacKillop of the Cross, public sculptures, Local Images Art Gallery and other smaller galleries and old-fashioned lolly shop in Church Street, the main street.

PADTHAWAY

  • If you are driving north from Naracoorte to head to Adelaide, you’ll see a flag and sign indicating Henry’s Drive and Farmer’s Leap cellar door on the right, on the corner of Hodgson’s Road (everyone loves the miniature fox terrier if he’s there). It’s about 5km before you get to Padthaway.
  • Another winery cellar door is at Padthaway Homestead, also on the right, in Padthaway. It’s not always open or attended, but you can drive through the vines to the cellar door in an old stone building and ring the bell.
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