A minutes walk from the doorstop of The Jetty, is the picturesque Port Willunga beach. Known to be one of the most stunning and photographed beaches within a short drive from Adelaide. Snorkel the Star of Greece ship wreck or the Aldinga Reef, swim in the tranquil blue waters of the bay, discover the old Jetty ruins and the fisherman caves cut out of the cliffline, take a walk along the clifftop, hire a stand up paddle board or on occassion, there is even a chance to surf at the reef breaks of Lions head and Gulls rock.
The Jetty, Port Willunga is next to The Star of Greece restaurant, located on the cliff top of the picturesque coastline of Port Willunga beach. Named after a ship that was wrecked just off the beach, the Star of Greece serves modern Mediterranean cuisine and fresh seafood, surrounded by the most breathtaking views. The menu changes with the seasons and the wine list, selected by wine connoisseur Doug Govan, is exceptional.
Opened in December 2017, the d'Arenberg Cube has already cemented it's reputation as an extraordinary food and wine destination. The vision of Chester Osborn, it was inspired by a Rubik's Cube and appears to float above the vines. Each of its five levels has been designed to entice and excite the senses, including features such as a wine inhalation room, a virtual fermenter, a 360° video room, an alternate realities museum, and many other surprises. The d’Arenberg Cube restaurant offers a fine dining degustation experience of artistic creations that change seasonally and an extensive wine list to match.
McLaren Vale is home to world-class wines and boasts more than 80 cellar doors and vineyards, from small boutique winemakers to large wineries. It is also home to a growing trend of culinary experiences, with many new restaurants appearing throughout the region. McLaren Vale offers a smorgasbord of fine wine, food, art and nature, with many pristine natural attractions and unparalleled tourism offerings. Be sure to visit the information centre on the Main Rd, where you can ask for recommendations, find out about the Shiraz Trail and grab a map which displays all the experiences on offer in the region.
The Willunga Farmers Market is the hub for visitors and community alike to gather and buy fresh, seasonal produce from more than 80 farmers and artisan food producers from the region. A wonderful place to go for tastings, have some breakfast and buy cheese, bread and other fresh produce, to make up a platter for an afternoon graze whilst relaxing at The Jetty.
Every Saturday 8am – 12.30pm. Willunga Town Square, Main Rd, Willunga
The most famous cycling race in Australia, the Tour Down Under is held in January every year in Adelaide and its surrounds. Luckily for us, Stage 5 section of the race, which is a spectator favourite and heralded as the 'Queen' stage of the Santos Tour Down Under, happens to pass literally at the doorstep of The Jetty! Book yourself in for this weekend for the best seat you could ask for as the race passes by.
Tasting Australia is a journey of South Australia’s produce, a collaboration showcasing the best chefs, winemakers, producers, or restaurateurs, both worldwide and locally. For 10 days Tasting Australia is your passport to the premium, unprecedented eating and drinking experiences that South Australia can offer. Many of the best events are based right here on the Fleurieu Peninsula, a short drive from The Jetty. Long lunches, exclusive dinners, farm tours, tastings, masterclasses, sharing and conversation; they’re all there. Be sure to check the website for what's on offer this April.
The Fleurieu Peninsula is becoming steadily more popular as a region to hold large events and festivals throughout the year. From the Sea and Vines wine tasting event at McLaren Vale, to music events held at Serafino, SC Pannell and Leconfield wineries. There is events throughout the year to suit everyone. Keep an eye out for events that may interest you.
Only a few of minutes drive from The Jetty, the old Aldinga township, is a beach town which attracts tourists and locals alike for the casual dining experiences such as Roseys Cafe, Maxwell's grocery, The Shack and Home Grain Bakery. For vibrant summer fashion for both men and women, the crew at Miss Gladys on Sea will have you covered. Pop into Fall from Grace, the small cellar door stocks amazing wines both from local and European producers and does wine tastings on Friday evenings. During the summer months, the Fridays After Five night market puts on live music and stalls, with drinks and food trucks to keep you going.
On the Fleurieu Peninsula, there are many fantastic spots to visit that are within an hours drive from The Jetty. Visit some spectacular beaches at Myponga, Carrickalinga, Second Valley or right into Deep Creek National Park, where you can go for a day hike on the Heysen Trail. The township of Victor Harbour is only 45 minutes drive from the accommodation, which has many tourist options, including a walk around Granite Island to spot some fairy penguins or go for a surf at Middleton Beach.
A 1 hour drive from The Jetty accommodation is the Sealink ferry at Cape Jervis to Kangaroo Island. Our beautiful accommodation is a great place to stay on the journey to Kangaroo Island, or as a stop over to visit McLaren Vale before visiting the island. Why visit one, when you can visit both tourist destinations, and combine your holiday by staying in accommodation next to McLaren Vale and halfway to Kangaroo Island?
The Epicurean Way is a stunning drive through four iconic wine regions: McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley and Clare Valley, something only on offer in South Australia. You can start or end your journey on The Epicurean Way at The Jetty accommodation, taking a couple of days of R&R with your wine and gourmet food purchases from the different regions. This four day food and wine drive is perfect for those who travel for their taste buds, and love beautiful scenery while doing so.