Reasons to visit
The town is the gateway to the renowned Coonawarra wine district, just seven kilometres up the road. The strip of rich terra rossa soil produces superb red wines and a cellar door tour is a must. For an eating adventure try emu mettwurst and steaks, native preserves and pickled walnuts.
Penola lies about half-way between Adelaide and Melbourne on the gorgeous Limestone Coast. Get a sense of the heritage by following the Walk with History and explore the town and its intriguing past.
Pay homage to Australia's first saint at the Mary MacKillop Penola Centre and see a shrine to Mary at St Joseph's Church, the Old Convent and other significant sites.
The Limestone Coast is full of natural wonders. Wander around The Blue Lake at Mount Gambier or take the Aquifer Tour for a more detailed examination. Explore one of the 28 World Heritage-listed caves at Naracoorte Caves National Park and check out the fossils.
A local's top tips
Shane McPherson, owner, Penola IGA Fresh
"The soil over limestone here is extremely fertile and this a very good dairy and wine region.
One of our best-loved local producers is Kalangadoo Organic Orchards and we guarantee apples picked within the previous four days. Customers can't wait for those to come in. Other popular local producers include Robe Dairy yoghurts, Limestone Coast Cheese Company in nearby Lucindale and Coonawarra Honey.
We also have an extensive gourmet range including lovely cheeses, sauces and antipasti and we occasionally showcase the local wines and our cheeses and gourmet items with a tasting event in the carpark."