When you’re heading to the Coonawarra you want to make sure you are well accommodated for your needs but also to be able to best enjoy the famous Coonawarra Wineries.
The Coonawarra accommodation choices are extensive ranging from the picturesque Coonawarra Caravan Park (Coonawarra Bush Holiday Park) Coonawarra cottages and hotels, through to Coonawarra winery accommodation.
Whether you’re heading to the Coonawarra for a romantic weekend away or taking the family, you will find our guide to the best Coonawarra wineries (including kid friendly Coonawarra wineries) to visit and the best Coonawarra wine tour to take, during your stay.
Check out the most up to date prices and details on Coonawarra accommodation, or see the recommendations below.
ALEXANDRA CAMERON SUITES
Alexandra Cameron Suites are located in the heart of Penola. Convenient and great access to everything in town. The rooms are spacious and well equipped. Rooms have a terrace area to enjoy and there is communal grassed area outside with picnic tables. Room configurations vary in this popular accommodation, so get in early to avoid disappointment.
COONAWARRA MOTOR LODGE
Coonawarra Motor Lodge is located just 5 minutes drive from some of the popular Coonawarra cellar doors. With easy access to all that Penola has to offer, the Coonawarra Motor Lodge is a great choice for families. Rooms are spacious, well equipped, air conditioned and overlook the well maintained gardens.
Penola Parkview is located directly opposite the park and swimming pool on the main street of Penola. Perfectly located for families, Penola Parkview has accommodation to suit a range of configurations, including large groups. Look here for more details on this unique accommodation.
SOTTO IL NOCE
For easy, family friendly accommodation in Penola, look no further than Sotto Il Noce. The house sleeps six, however, the owner is very accommodating and may allow extra bedding for the floor if you’re traveling in a larger group. The house was perfect for a comfortable, home-away-from-home feel and the garden is brilliant to let the kids run and play!
A COONAWARRA EXPERIENCE
A Coonawarra Experience offers very comfortable accommodation in the heart of Penola. Simon and Kerry, pride themselves on giving their guests the best Penola experience. Their accommodation is clean, well presented, functional and well maintained. They are easy to communicate with, very accommodating, will be helpful in all aspects of your trip and friendly.
Coonawarra Winery Accomodation
Coonawarra Units are located in the heart of the Coonawarra vineyards, just 8km from the restaurants and cafes in Penola. Units are well equipped with a kitchenette, basic breakfast provisions are supplied on arrival. This popular family accommodation is located in walking distance to Zema Estate and Chardonnay Lodge is next door which offers casual dining and wine sales.
GLAMPING AND COONAWARRA CAMPING
If you’re looking for a unique Coonawarra accomodation, try glamping at Bellwether Wines. Bellwether have beautifully set up Bell Tents and bring your own campsites, spaciously set out among red gums. There are communal amenities including an impressive camp kitchen and fire for the cooler months.
Explore Coonawarra Region, Penola
Penola has a bustling main street with boutique stores, cellar doors, two pubs including the Royal Oak Inn which boasts a lovely beer garden. There is an IGA Supermarket, Bank, Newsagent, Bakery, Butcher, Chemist and all of your essential everyday needs.
Things to do in Penola
Penola is a charming little town itself. Explore the historic town by foot or bike, enjoy the remarkable sites in the South Australian towns lovely little streets.
A must-do for everyone who visits Penola, is its lovely hidden gem, National Trust Petticoat Lane which retains some original gardens and cottages from the 19th century.
A stop in at the Mary MacKillop Penola Centre is worthwhile to learn some of the history of Mary MacKillop and the foundation of Australian Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1866. If you are a building lover, find St. Mary the Virgin, Anglican Church in Penola, where the foundation stone was laid January 8th 1872 and opened for worship in July 1873.
The Lions Club have constructed a great path which you can use for bikes or on foot out to the Greenrise Arboretum. It is an easy ride from the Penola township, starting on some back streets heading towards Mt Gambier, keep an eye out for the Lions Club track!
It is perfect for families, roughly a 5km round trip, depending on which end of town you are staying. There is a BBQ area at the other end of the arboretum which you’ll find by wandering through the nice paths created. Camping is available by donation at the Penola Coonawarra Information Centre.
Where to eat in Penola
There are a few options for eating out in Penola itself. The Royal Oak Hotel is a popular choice, with its attractive building and lovely beer garden. There are cafes to choose from in the main street, the bakery, as well as BBQ facilities at the park with playground.
Go south into Victoria and explore the Southern Grampians region, Eastern Grampians region or South West Victoria. Alternatively head towards the coast to beautiful Robe.