McLaren Vale is famous for its shiraz but that is not the only reason you should visit this picturesque wine region.
Located less than an hour’s drive from Adelaide, McLaren Vale is known as the birthplace of South Australia's wine industry. It has a lively vibe that’s more contemporary than quaint, affable locals, bucolic scenery, and more than 80 cellar doors to discover. McLaren Vale is the perfect destination to explore on two wheels or two legs as you explore lush green vineyards and admire the region’s stunning scenery. Discover stunning seaside vistas, boutique wineries and restaurants and trails winding through untouched Australian bushland and celebrate fabulous food, top drops, and scenery in South Australia with like-minded travellers on a McLaren Vale small group tour.
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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
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The closest major airport to McLaren Vale is Adelaide Airport. From here, it's a 45 minute drive to McLaren Vale. If you are travelling to McLaren Vale from the Adelaide CBD, the trip takes 5 minutes less. Bus and train services are also available between Adelaide and McLaren Vale.
The easiest way to get around McLaren Vale is by car or with a small tour group. A limited bus service is available once you reach McLaren Vale but it is difficult to travel around to the wineries, beaches and other attractions if you don’t have your own transport or aren't part of a group tour.
Any time is a good time to visit McLaren Vale. Summer can be hot but cool breezes keep the temperature at a comfortable level for walking and other outdoor pursuits. Autumn brings with it crisp mornings and nights. Winter is perfect for snuggling up in front of a fire with a glass of red wine. The weather in spring is generally good although it can get chilly, especially after the sun goes down.
What you pack will depend on the time of year you are visiting, but you can't go wrong with clothes you can layer plus a jumper or jacket and wet weather gear. One or two smart casual outfits should be more than enough for dining out unless you're planning on visiting a lot of high-end restaurants or wineries.
There is good WiFi coverage in McLaren Vale's major towns. If you are visiting some of the more remote areas such as those around Onkaparinga River National Park, you may experience periods of time with no internet access.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.