The weird and wonderful d’Arenberg Cube at McLaren Vale in South Australia is currently home to the Salvador Dali exhibition. Salvador Dali lived from 1904 – 1989 and this six million dollar exhibition marks the 30th year since his passing. The pieces have come from the Dali Museum in Montmarte Paris and having the exhibition at The Cube is a match made in heaven. It is on one floor of the cube and entry cost is $25 per adult which includes complete access to all the strangeness of the cube, entry to the Dali exhibition and wine tasting, complete with expansive views of vineyards and landscapes of the McLaren Vale region.
The recommendations keep coming for ways to spend time in McLaren Vale with today’s tip a winery I’ve visited before but not taken advantage of dining there before. Well that’s an oversight I’ve now rectified and a place I intend visiting again with so much left untasted!
On a recent stay in the McLaren Vale wine region of South Australia I decided to find some previously untried places to visit. There are more than 70 wineries in this region and others seem to pop up every so often so you can guarantee that the next time you visit you will find another favourite. We stayed at the McLaren Vale Lakeside Holiday Park with a group of friends and this friendly, green park didn’t disappoint. Just be prepared for the evening and morning chorus of noisy corellas that come to roost in the trees. Nothing like natures alarm clock to start the day!
This region is an easy day trip from Adelaide but with so much on offer from more than 70 wineries, a craft brewery, fine dining, nearby farmers market, cycle trail and unique, zany architecture, really interesting shopping and artisans’ stores you will want to stay a few days at least to make the most of it.
Leave all of your sanity at the door people! Well that’s what the sign should say as you enter The d’Arenberg Cube at McLaren Vale. At the entranceway there is only the slightest hint of the weirdness that you are about to be drawn into as you step inside this five storey glass and metal architectural Rubik’s cube. Inside you’ll find a tasting room, restaurant and ‘Alternate Realities Museum’, not to mention the anything but humble toilets. All I can say is make sure you have a male with you to clear the way so that you can safely step inside the ‘mens room’ to have a peek in there too (it’s allowed). I will leave photos of the interior until later though, as the story behind all this needs to be told first.
A massive grey shed with the Swell logo, a surfer with board under arm, is what greets you when you arrive at this small brewery and taphouse in South Australia’s McLaren Vale. The region is known mostly for its red wines, gourmet food, interesting historical towns, but it’s also only 10 to 15 minutes from the beautiful Fleurieu coast and surf beaches.
We have met some lovely people through caravanning holidays, some we know are just in passing, but they have made a short stay very enjoyable, others closer to home that we’ve clicked with and known we would no doubt meet again in our travels. Last weekend we did just that, by joining in on an arranged get together with like-minded caravan travellers that we got to know from an annual holiday we used to take. What better way is there to catch up with people, enjoy a few drinks and lots of good food, swap stories of where everyone has been travelling this year and enjoy great company and lots of laughs in the great outdoors.