McLaren Vale in South Australia

McLaren Vale is a notable wine region in Australia. This region has about 65 cellar doors. If Shiraz is your choice of wine, McLaren Vale is the must visit place as it specialises in Shiraz. Other excellent choices from McLaren Vale are Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

How could I not visit a winery when in Australia, though I don’t enjoy drinking wine.



McLaren Vale


Your first stop at McLaren Vale should probably be the McLaren Vale Visitor Centre. The Visitor Centre is at the entrance of the Main Road. You can drop by the centre to obtain more information about the place. The opening time from Monday to Friday is 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday from 10 am to 4 pm. The centre is closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.


McLaren Vale Visitor Information Centre


The McLaren Vale Central is like the town centre. There are supermarket, cafe, bakery and many other essential shops and services provided here.


McLaren Vale Central


As I strolled along the Main Road, I spotted a small cozy cafe. It was lovely.


Blessed Cheese Cafe


Another lovely cafe in McLaren Vale area also along the Main Road.


Another cafe


There is a church serving the residents in McLaren Vale.




Almond Train is a good place to visit. It is a shop housed in a train. The shop specialised product is almond as the name suggested. Almond Train sells other products like olives, chocolate, sweets, dried fruits and different types of sauces as well.


Almond Train


Since there are more than 65 cellars doors in McLaren Vale, how can I not visit at least one. I visited Tintara Cellar Door.


Tintara Cellar Door


I continued to explore McLaren Vale and I found this pretty scenery …


A View


and one of the many vineyard. I took a bus ride to explore McLaren Flat and I saw a number of fruit farms.


A vineyard


McLaren Vale is scenic and for wine lovers, you can cellar door hopping to taste the wine. The area is good to explore by foot or cycling. There are a number of cycling routes and walking trails. There are also many accommodation to choose from if you are interested to stay over for a night or few.




McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale, South Australia



How to get there?


By Train: From Adelaide Railway Station in North Terrace, alight at Noarlunga Centre. The train departs at about 25 minutes on Monday to Friday while on Sunday, the train departs about every 30 minutes. The journey takes about 35 minutes. You need to take Bus 751 from Noarlunga Centre to McLaren Vale.


When to go?


Anytime of the year with Spring and Autumn being the best periods.


Rating: 7.5/10