Less than 40 kms from Adelaide is the relaxed town of McLaren Vale. This popular wine region has around 74 cellar doors and is known for its Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernets. We stayed at the quiet and comfortable McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park for the weekend and surprisingly for the time of year and with little rain to speak of so far, the sites had very lush, green grass. Our long double site backed on to an oval and the park is dotted with large gums trees, home to pigeons that roosted near us at night and kookaburras to wake us up next morning.
The park is looked after immaculately and has a pool and spa, volleyball net and tennis courts, playground, camp kitchen and spotless amenities. In fact the dump point area got a 2 thumbs up from the other half as being the best he’d ever seen, complete with hand washing basin and soap on tap. The park is situated an easy stroll to the main street of McLaren Vale or on the way you can take a detour and take a walk on the Shiraz Trail. This trail of around 16 kms return, goes from McLaren Vale to Willunga and follows a section of the former Willunga Railway line. It is mostly flat, great for bike riding or walking, and takes you past a few cellar doors on the way. In fact you don’t have to go far, less than 1 km, to get to Oxenberry Farm Wines where they have not only a cellar door but coffee, cakes, platters and light meals.