Willunga

Vineyards near Willunga, South Australian Tourism Commission

Population 2103

The historic town of Willunga grew rapidly around the slate quarries, which drove the town's economy until the late 1800s. Fortunately, by that time Willunga already had a thriving new industry – almonds. The town sits at the southern edge of the Fleurieu wine region and is surrounded by farmlands and olive groves. Its name is derived from the Aboriginal word 'willa-unga', meaning 'the place of green trees'.

Visitor Information

McLaren Vale Visitors Centre, Main Rd, McLaren Vale; (08) 8323 9944 or 1800 628 410

www.mclarenvale.info

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • McLaren Vale

    McLaren Vale is recognised as a world-class region of vineyards, orchards and gourmet-produce farms. The first grape vines were planted here...more

  • Aldinga Beach

    The rolling hills of the southern Mount Lofty Ranges form the backdrop to Aldinga Beach, a long curve of white sand facing Gulf St Vincent....more

  • Yankalilla

    Since the first land grant in 1842, Yankalilla has been the centre of a thriving farming industry. It is a growing settlement just inland...more

In Town

Courthouse Museum: National Trust museum with local history displays in the original 1855 courtroom, cells and stables; guided 'Willunga Walks and Talks' tours; open 11am–4pm Tues, 1–5pm Sat–Sun; High St; (08) 8556 2195.

Quarry: operated for 60 years (1842–1902), now a National Trust site; Delabole Rd.

Historical walk: self-guided walk featuring historic pug cottages, colonial architecture and an Anglican church with an Elizabethan bronze bell; brochure from museum.

Nearby

Fleurieu wine region This region has a climate conducive to vines and some high-quality wines are being produced.

Mt Magnificent Conservation Park: explore virtually untouched rocky landscapes and vegetation popular for picnics and scenic walks. The highlight is the walk to the Mt Magnificent summit for coastal views; 12 km SE.

Mt Compass: a small farming town featuring the Wetlands Boardwalk and many farms open for viewing and sales, offering both primary products and gourmet food. Australia's only Cow Race is held here each Jan/Feb; 14 km S.

Fleurieu Big Shed: local produce, art and craft sales; 15 km S.

Kyeema Conservation Park: completely burnt out in the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires and then again in the fires of 1994 and 2001, this park is evidence of nature's ability to constantly regenerate. It is home to over 70 species of birdlife and offers good hiking and camping. Part of the Heysen Trail passes through it; 14 km NE.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Whale-watching on the Fleurieu Peninsula 31 km

Between May and October, southern right whales often cruise right next to the shore of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Popular viewing spots include Port Elliot, Goolwa, Middleton and Victor Harbor, but your best starting point... Find out more


Swimming along the Fleurieu Peninsula 32 km

There are plenty of great swimming beaches along the peninsula. Victor Harbor has a plethora to choose from – including Kent Reserve and Dump Beach – but there is also Horseshoe Bay at Port Elliot, and the... Find out more


Swimming with dolphins off Glenelg 33 km

Since 2002, the eco-accredited Temptation Sailing has offered a ‘swim with the dolphins sail’ on a 17-metre catamaran out of Glenelg, in which the bottlenose and common dolphins reputedly come to the vessel... Find out more


Birdwatching around the Fleurieu Peninsula 33 km

Abutting the Coorong, and with wetlands, beaches and a wide variety of terrain, the Fleurieu Peninsula is a top spot for birdwatching. There is a hide off Barrage Road at Goolwa, and the Goolwa Effluent Ponds can have... Find out more


Morialta Conservation Park 38 km

One of the most stunning parks in the region and located only 10 kilometres north-east of Adelaide, this has waterfalls and deep gorges, woodlands, koalas, echidnas and southern brown bandicoots. The pick of the walks is... Find out more


Aboriginal gallery, Adelaide 39 km

The Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery at the South Australian Museum holds the largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts in the world. Some 3000 are on display at any one time.... Find out more


Adelaide Zoo 40 km

With its catchphrase ‘We exist to save animals from extinction’, this is another of Australia’s excellent zoos. Visit the Giant Panda enclosure to see the Wang Wang and Funi. The sea-lion display... Find out more


Diving and snorkelling off the Fleurieu Peninsula 41 km

Some of the state’s best diving – particularly in-shore and around jetties – is on the Fleurieu Peninsula, with leafy sea dragons, shipwrecks, dolphins and myriad fish species. Second Valley is great... Find out more


Golf courses around town

Links Lady Bay Resort 30 km

‘A pleasurable golf course,’ Dr Alister MacKenzie once wrote, ‘is not necessarily one that appeals at first sight, but rather one that grows on a player like good music, good painting, or good... Find out more


Glenelg Golf Club 34 km

Glenelg is to Adelaide what Bondi is to Sydney – the city’s most popular beach suburb. The terminus for the City to Bay tram, a Glenelg icon, can be found where Jetty Rd meets the beach, where you will... Find out more


Kooyonga Golf Club 38 km

Kooyonga is a thinking player’s golf course. One of the game’s greatest strategists, Peter Thomson, gave an insight into what is required to play well at Kooyonga after winning the 1972 Australian Open here.... Find out more


Royal Adelaide Golf Club 42 km

In the city of churches, Royal Adelaide is the golfing equivalent of the Vatican. Every visiting golfer should make a pilgrimage to this Dr Alister MacKenzie-designed layout, one of Australia’s top 10 courses,... Find out more


The Grange Golf Club (West Course) 43 km

Melbourne’s sandbelt wasn’t the only region in which golf course construction was booming during the 1920s. Various sites in Adelaide’s western suburbs – Kooyonga in 1922, Glenelg in 1926... Find out more


The Grange Golf Club (East Course) 43 km

Vern Morcom was working on the final changes to The Grange’s West course redesign when the club announced plans for a second course. Morcom was asked to design it, on 150 acres of adjoining land, and the East... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Fino Restaurant

Located next door to Willunga’s famed farmer’s markets, it’s hardly surprising this restaurant enjoys a passionate rapport with fresh, local produce. The authentic simplicity of its 1850s cottage also... Find out more


Victory Hotel

Expect to rub shoulders here with everyone from holiday-makers and executives to winemakers kicking back after a hard day’s barrel sampling. There’s nothing prissy about this much-loved pub – it just... Find out more


Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Goodlife 32 km

This innovative restaurant and takeaway not only makes carbon-neutral pizzas, but also places an emphasis on sourcing produce that is organic and local. Takeaway pizzas here even come tied up with string.... Find out more


The Organic Market and Cafe 33 km

This bustling cafe and organic produce outlet in Stirling was the national winner of the best organic retailer award. Something of an institution in the area, it has delicious antipasto platters and great coffee. About... Find out more


The Locavore 33 km

The Locavore (‘local eater’) at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills sticks to the ‘100-mile’ philosophy of sourcing food, which in its case includes the Barossa, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and the... Find out more


Nearby breweries

The Steam Exchange Company 33 km

South Australia seems to have more than its fair share of craft breweries in significant historical locations, and The Steam Exchange Brewery is no exception. It’s housed in a heritage-listed former railway goods... Find out more


South Australian Brewing Company 40 km

Established in 1888, the South Australian Brewing Company became the state’s dominant beer-maker by steadily acquiring competitors like the Kent Town Brewery, West End Brewery and the Walkerville Co-operative... Find out more


Brewboys 44 km

One of the country’s newest craft beermaking enterprises, Brewboys is a partnership between Stephen Nelsen and Simon Sellick, who also operate the contract brewing company Fresh Cellars. At present they utilise a... Find out more


Coopers Brewery 44 km

More than any other Australian brewery, Coopers has grown significant market share over the past two decades on the back of increased demand for alternative beer styles. It was established in 1862 by Yorkshireman Thomas... Find out more


Adelaide Hills Craft Brewing 50 km

Located in the former Onkaparinga woollen mill complex at Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills, this brewery/bar is run by Alistair Turnbull and Phil Jones. The pair turned their backs on careers in banking to study brewing in... Find out more


Campsites around town

Jacks Paddock camping area 12 km

Opposite Kuitpo Hall, with access from Christmas Hill Rd, this paddock campground is 11 km south of Meadows. With a restored barn and horseyards, it’s recommended for group camping. Arrange your booking and permit... Find out more


Woodcutters Cottage 14 km

This former youth hostel is a 4-room stone cottage with a lounge, kitchen and sleeping room for 12, plus room nearby for tents. It is just 2 km from the information centre on Brookman Rd. Booking is necessary and a... Find out more


Chookarloo camping area 16 km

Creekside camping is permitted just 1.5 km from Kuitpo’s main information centre, 8 km south-west of Meadows on Brookman Rd.... Find out more


Cole Crossing camping area 17 km

Around 17 km north-east of Mt Compass, this peaceful camping area is reached from Cole Crossing Rd, 6 km south of Mt Magnificent Rd. No fires: only gas/fuel stoves are permitted.... Find out more


Rocky Creek Hut camping area 22 km

On the Heysen Trail, this camping area next to a cottage is on Razor Back Rd, 7 km north-west of Meadows. The stone cottage has a wood heater, sink, rainwater tank and sleeping platforms for 8. There is a short walk from... Find out more


Belair Park Caravan Park 31 km

Just off Upper Sturt Rd, close to the national park’s main entrance, this well-equipped caravan park has a playground and pool. Book ahead during peak holiday times, and bring a gas/fuel stove.... Find out more


Brownhill Creek Recreation Caravan Park 32 km

At this surprising natural nook just a few minutes south from Adelaide, mighty river red gums flank the creek, part of a major valley catchment. There are picnic areas and trails exploring the valley and beyond. To get... Find out more


Waitpinga camping area 41 km

Sheltered sites are set amongst coastal scrub a short stroll from Waitpinga Beach, 16 km south-west of Victor Harbor. Access is from Range and Dennis rds. A permit is required and cooking is by gas/fuel stove only.... Find out more


Barker Knoll camping area (boat-based camping) 45 km

This is a great beach location for self-sufficient campers, right at the Murray Mouth and reached only by boat via Goolwa or Mundoo Channel, or from Hindmarsh Island. Pick up a permit from the self-registration station.... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park 6 km

This is a spacious, quality park amid the vineyards of the McLaren Vale region. If you want to experience the great wines from the multitude of cellar-door outlets, you will find the park the best base on this part of... Find out more


Big 4 Port Willunga Tourist Park 8 km

In a quiet rural location about 4 km from Aldinga, this is a spacious park with well-established shady trees. Bookings are necessary at Christmas, January, Easter and long weekends and a minimum-stay period applies.... Find out more


Moana Beach Tourist Park 11 km

Only a short distance from the Moana town centre and close to the beach, this park is also not far from Adelaide’s southern suburbs. Bookings are required at Christmas, January, Easter and long weekends. There is a... Find out more


Mount Compass Caravan Park 11 km

As neat as a pin, this newer caravan park in a rural setting has reached a high standard in its early years. It is a great inland base for exploring the Fleurieu Peninsula. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Brighton Caravan Park and Holiday Village 26 km

Just 17 km from Adelaide city, this tourist park enjoys absolute beach frontage and has a nice, relaxed feel. It is a popular family park and bookings are essential during busy holiday periods. A 2-night minimum-length... Find out more


Marion Holiday Park 28 km

This tourist park in the southern suburbs is close to the enormous Marion shopping centre. It has very good amenities, shaded areas and good facilities including a recreation room and a tennis court. It makes a good base... Find out more


Jetty Caravan Park - Normanville 29 km

This is a neat tourist park alongside the beach. Bookings are required during Christmas and Easter holidays and a minimum-stay period applies at Christmas, January, Easter and long weekends.... Find out more


Port Elliot Holiday Park 31 km

Located just 2 km from Port Elliot, between Victor Harbor and Goolwa in a fabulous beachfront position, this is an excellent place to stay year round. We feel this is one of the great seaside caravan parks on the... Find out more


Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park 32 km

Right on the beachfront, this park is also within walking distance of the town centre (1.5 km). It is a quality tourist park with good facilities. Ideal for a few days or an extended stay, bookings are required during... Find out more


Brown Hill Creek Tourist Park 32 km

This picturesque owner-operated park is set in the Adelaide foothills, 7 km south-east of the city. Its 120-acre bushland setting offers lots of shade and facilities include a tennis court. A minimum-stay period applies... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Citrus Cottage

With its rose-clad front verandah, slate floors, brass beds and pine kitchen, this 140-year-old residence is the epitome of heritage style. It’s situated in the heart of Willunga, only metres away from top... Find out more


Saltaire

This relaxed family-orientated beach house is close to the picturesque bay at Port Willunga and its famed Star of Greece cafe. The weatherboard house is fully self-contained with two bedrooms, a stylish kitchen, and... Find out more


Sea & Vines Cottage

Set within three secluded acres, this 1850s bluestone cottage offers a tantalising taste of the good life. As well as its historic appeal – a venerable farmhouse, with classic country kitchen, open fires and a... Find out more


The Blue Grape

A modern vineyard retreat brought to life with great style and verve, Blue Grape has two studio suites with balcony and ensuite. There’s also a delightful guest lounge with an impressive log fire, from where a wall... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Clarion Hotel Soho 39 km

Completed at the end of 2008, this five-star boutique hotel was designed with many hidden environmental features, such as water-recycling systems, sustainable building materials and airflow and passive cooling to reduce... Find out more


Ridgetop Retreats 47 km

Three funky, architecturally designed cabins sit in quiet seclusion in Deep Creek Conservation Park at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula. They have solar hot water, composting toilets, two bedrooms, floor-to-ceiling... Find out more


What's on around town

Farmers Market: Hill St; Sat mornings.

Quarry Market: country market with local produce and crafts; Aldinga Rd; 2nd Sat each month.

Almond Blossom Festival: running since 1970, celebrates the blooming of almond trees; July.

Fleurieu Folk Festival: Oct.

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