Flanked by rolling vineyards and some of McLaren Vale's best wineries, the Shiraz Trail one of the best ways to experience the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Stretching 8kms from McLaren Vale to Willunga, this former rail-trail is a favourite among cyclists and bushwalkers for its compact, mostly-flat terrain, incredible vineyard views and cellar doors. The Shiraz Trail is a smaller extension of the longer 35km Coast to Vines Rail Trail and a popular choice for Fleurieu Peninsula holiday-makers and locals alike. Navigate it on your own or have a local point out all the best spots along the way on a guided e-bike winery tour with Coast & Co.
Ready to hit the road? Here are the best things to see and do along the way, including cellar doors, breweries and providores.
Start your morning with a coffee in McLaren Vale at Mullygrub. Here, the coffee is expertly roasted by local roaster Villere Coffee and is sure to kickstart your energy levels before putting the pedal to the metal and hitting the trail.
Starting later in the day? Chalk Hill serves up seriously tasty pizzas, gin and (of course) a solid wine list. Along the journey, have a camera ready for some scenic snaps by the lake at Serafino Wines as well as enjoy the unique architecture and panoramic tasting room of the d'Arenberg Cube. Stretch your legs and reward your tastebuds here or grab a cold beer at Swell Brewing.
Cycling on a Saturday means you can wander through the variety of fresh produce and local artisan creations on offer at the Willunga Farmers Market. Save room in your basket for the goodies you'll find including local fruit and vegetables, cheeses, gourmet small goods, olive oils, bread, almonds, pastries and more.
But if it’s wine you’ve pedalled hard for, Mino Wines and Hither & Yon both have cellar doors on High Street, and at the Three Monkeys Provedore, you can stock you up on gourmet delicacies and cheese to reward yourself for a day well spent. Afterwards, venture a few minutes to the coast and enjoy dinner with a view at Star of Greece.