McLaren Vale Nature & adventure

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From Adelaide: Victor Harbor & Southern Highlights Day Tour

1. From Adelaide: Victor Harbor & Southern Highlights Day Tour

Enjoy a delightful tour of South Australia’s premier tourist region, the Fleurieu Peninsula. This tour begins with a picturesque journey through the Adelaide Hills to the historical Scottish settlement of Strathalbyn. Here you will stop for some free time and morning tea in High Street (own expense). Continue on to the paddle steamer town of Goolwa where you'll have a brief tour of the town including the wharf, barrage and beach. On your way to Victor Harbor, cruise past the charming coastal town of Port Elliot including Horseshoe Bay, and stop at Whale Lookout for a photo opportunity. Upon arrival at Victor Harbor, South Australia’s most popular seaside village, wander through the main street, sampling the fresh local product. Enjoy free time to explore Victor Harbor. Visit one of the many pubs or cafes for lunch, and following that, you may choose to explore Granite Island, where you’ll find the Little Penguins and might even catch a glimpse of a Southern Right Whale during the winter months. Your tour then continues to the wine-making region of McLaren Vale, best known for producing outstanding Shiraz. Wander the main street, sample the fresh local produce including the delicious cheeses at Blessed Cheese, taste some of the fine wines or grab a coffee at one of the many cafés. From here, enjoy a scenic drive through South Australia’s southern metropolitan beaches of Port Noarlunga and Moana before returning to Adelaide.

Mclaren Vale Hills Vines and Wines Bike Tour from Adelaide

2. Mclaren Vale Hills Vines and Wines Bike Tour from Adelaide

You will be picked up in central Adelaide and transported to Kuitpo Forest, a beautiful spot above the McLaren Vale wine region. You will be provided with a good quality mountain bike with front suspension & disc brakes, and a helmet if you do not have your own. Set off to explore the forest. Kangaroos and koalas can regularly be seen on the ride. Next is a lovely descent down Willunga Hill towards McLaren Vale, and then it’s time for wine tasting. Then ride through the vineyards and stop at a number of local wineries to sample their fare and perhaps purchase some wine to take home with you. Stop for a lunch comprising of a local produce platter along the way.  In the afternoon leave it to the group to decide your final visits- maybe a micro-brewery, another winery, a cafe/chocolate stop for a little desert, or if it’s really warm maybe a swim stop at one of the beautiful beaches that fringe the Vale. Finally, you will be picked up and transported back to Adelaide.  The ride is fairly leisurely and is suitable for anyone who is happy riding a bike on firetracks and country roads. The van can also pick up your wine purchases along the way so you don't have to carry them.

Adelaide: Full-Day Vines and Victor Harbor Eco Adventure

3. Adelaide: Full-Day Vines and Victor Harbor Eco Adventure

Take a scenic drive to Victor Harbor through the stunning Mclaren Vale region. Get a glimpse of the vineyards and rolling hills in the distance that you will be back to explore later. Arrive in Victor Harbor and be greeted with ocean views, discover the history, geology, and nature of the local area. Next, enjoy a 90-minute open ocean boat cruise through the Southern Ocean passing by Seal Rock, The Bluff and West Island. Witness the spectacular Waitpinga Cliffs and look out for seabirds such as petrels, shearwaters, and cormorants. Looping around Seal Island, see Australian sea lions and long-nosed fur seals basking in the sun or frolicking in the water. Following your Southern Ocean Adventure boat cruise sit down and enjoy a picnic lunch in one of the many reserves along Victor Harbor's foreshore. Soak up the atmosphere of this popular tourist town, with Granite Island in the distance you may even see one of the local horse-drawn trams crossing over the Causeway. After a short drive to the McLaren Vale wine region arrive at d'Arenberg Winery with time to explore the famous cube before enjoying a tasting session of their delicious biodynamic wines. Then heading onto Gemtree Winery, begin your progressive wine tasting and learn about the biodynamic practices and philosophy behind this family-owned property. Finish off the afternoon with a Vintner’s platter and a glass of Gemtree regional wine, before your afternoon drive back to Adelaide city.

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What people are saying about McLaren Vale

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 26 reviews

Excellent!

We had a really wonderful day exploring the Mclaren Vale Hills. We are a couple and were joined by 4 other passengers who we all got along with really well. We all had E-Bikes (we are relatively fit and have never used E-Bikes before) and would totally recommend again! They were so easy to use, made the ride so much more enjoyable and everyone stayed as a group as we all went at a similar speed. The wine tastings were delicious at both venues as was the lunch. Our group then went to the microbrewery which was an extra charge if we bought anything - but didn't break the bank balance at all. The day was really well run by Ian and I would 100% recommend this trip. Thank you!

It was a lovely day and Mike and Ulli did a fantastic job! Weather and coronavirus threw wrenches into our plans, but our guides were flexible and put together a wonderful day despite the difficulties. We had a great time out and about in Victor Harbor and McLaren Vale.

Good fun. Small group. First part of the ride is a mountain bike track; a little bit challenging. Lunch delicious selection of local produce. Wineries and boutique brewery offered good selection.

Our guide Phil was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. He continued telling us about history and stories of SA throughout the tour. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you Phil!

new, well maintained bikes, clean helmets. well paced, informative and 2 great venues. beer stop was just ok and on your own dime. had a wonderful ride and many tastes!