McLaren Vale is famous for its shiraz, but that's not the only reason you should visit this 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, bucolic scenery and more than 80 cellar doors to discover. Whether you fancy cycling through three wine regions or combining wine, wildlife and wild landscapes on our Flinders Ranges Explorer trip, get ready to fall in love with McLaren Vale's lush green vineyards, pristine beaches, and boutique wineries and restaurants that celebrate local produce.
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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 about a 45 minute drive to McLaren Vale. If you're travelling to McLaren Vale from Adelaide CBD, the trip is slightly quicker. Bus and train services are also available between Adelaide and McLaren Vale.
The easiest way to get around McLaren Vale is by car or on a small tour group. A limited bus service is available once you reach McLaren Vale, but it's difficult to travel around to the wineries, beaches and other attractions if you don’t have your own transport.
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. Winter is perfect for snuggling up in front of a fire with a glass of red wine. Autumn brings with it sunny days and crisp mornings and nights, while the weather in spring is generally good although it can get chilly after the sun goes down.
What to pack will depend on the time of year you're visiting, but you can't go wrong with clothes you can layer, a jumper and a waterproof jacket. One or two smart casual outfits should be more than enough for dining out unless you're planning on visiting high-end restaurants or wineries.
There's good wi-fi coverage in McLaren Vale's major towns. However, if you're visiting more remote areas, such as those around Onkaparinga River National Park, you may experience periods of time with no internet access.
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