Best Things to Do in McLaren Vale (Especially for Non-Wine Drinkers)

Not a fan of wine? Or want to combine wine tasting with things the kids will also enjoy?

That’s okay, the good news is you can still thoroughly enjoy your time in McLaren Vale as there is so much to see and do!

Not sure where to start? Let Trailhopper show you the way for your next tour – we stop at many great places that will please even the pickiest non-wine lover or bored kid!

Red Poles Gallery and Restaurant – Here you find a place filled with many wonders – a fabulous relaxed garden restaurant, an art gallery, a B&B and the cellar doors for Vale Brewing and Brick Kiln wines all under one roof! You can relax in this lovely setting amongst the vineyards on the lawns, surrounded by beautiful gardens, natural bushland, quirky courtyards and spacious verandas. Kids will be happy to have space to run around, and there is beer to taste and wonderful food to please everyone.

McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre – This information centre isn’t quite your norm – it’s equipped with a modern café, ever changing gallery, playground and cellar door. There are markets held regularly featuring locally made produce and products, wine, art and craft, handmade souvenirs, great entertainment and free bouncy castle for the kids. The information centre also has a huge lawn area and playground, what a great way to tick all of the boxes for everyone!

McLaren Vale Town Centre – The following places are just a selection of treats in store at McLaren Vale township. There’s also plenty of wine tasting available at Hardy’s Wine, Tatachilla and Vassarelli, so this is one stop that can keep everyone happy!

Blessed Cheese – This gorgeous rustic café in McLaren Vale township was voted best coffee on the Fleurieu Peninsula, also serving up an eclectic menu showcasing local and seasonal produce, you won’t be disappointed. Blessed Cheese is also the starting point of the McLaren Vale cheese and wine trail which is a progressive picnic across the cellar foots of the district. But probably most importantly this place is home to a world class cheese selection. Mmm cheese…!

The Almond Train – Here you can step back in time and explore a 1920’s train carriage right in the heart of McLaren Vale, while exploring you can pick up some delicious treats to take home as they really are a one-stop shop for regional produce that showcases some of the best gourmet foods in the region, daily tastings are also held daily to help you decide.

The Almond Carriage Café – Right next door to the Almond Train, this cafe is located inside a 1908 train carriage that has been converted into a cosy café, you can count on a great range of meals and beverages. Serving anything from light snacks to big juicy burgers, you are sure to find something you will love.

This is just a selection of the delights that abound on our McLaren Vale tour – so if you have a wine-hating partner or the kids in tow, don’t let that stop you joining us on a fantastic day out!


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