These are some of the many contributors to Willunga’s quality of life. Only 45 mins from the centre of Adelaide, it is the gateway to the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula. To the west are amazing beaches, to the south are rolling hills and to the north is the McLaren Vale wine region.
Food, Wine and Beer
With local wineries offering their unique blends, plus our very own craft breweries offering tastings and music evenings, you couldn’t ask for more. Add a stunning variety of food choices starting with local cafes, wood fired pizzas, and local produce on offer at our Saturday farmers market, there is something for everyone.
Willunga Farmers Market established in 2002 is South Australia’s first farmers market. It is the regional hub for the community and visitors to gather and buy fresh, local and seasonal produce in the McLaren Vale region. Held every Saturday in the Willunga Town Square, more than 80 farmers and artisan food producers from the region sell their fresh produce; rain, hail or shine. Every Saturday 8am – 12.30pm. Willunga Town Square.
The Willunga Quarry Market held the second Saturday of the month offers a leisurely, stress free shopping and a social experience. Visitors can purchase a variety for fresh and homemade produce, plants, seedlings, hand crafted jewellery, clothing, soaps, plus collectables and gifts.
Willunga Artisans & Handmade Market, is a collective of local artisans’ contemporary handmade wares showcasing handmade ceramics, jewellery, printmaking, wood, textiles and illustrations for sale in the historic Show Hall on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Opposite the Willunga Farmer’s Market.
Green Light Organic Market held opposite the Willunga Farmer’s Market each Saturday morning offers, organic coffee and food along wonderful stalls offering organic or handmade items and LET”S garden share.
EVENTS IN WILLUNGA
Annually in January, Willunga plays host to the Tour Down Under cycling race. With international cyclists and visitors alike enjoying all the Fleurieu Peninsula has to offer. In July each year the township celebrates with the Willunga Almond Blossom Festival; a fun family weekend filled with show rides, camel and pony rides, animal nursery, market stalls, live local music, Saturday night fireworks and Sunday street parade. Plus Willunga hosts a variety of other festival including the Fleurieu Folk Festival, Cinemallunga, Fleurieu Beer Festival, Chilli Fest Willunga, Willunga Hill Climb, Christmas Tree Festival and much more.
The Kaurna people were the original inhabitants of the eastern shores of Gulf St Vincent and was first settled in 1838. The district quickly became known as a fine wheat-growing region up until the 1860’s with the establishment of many farmsteads. Inland at Clarendon, Coromandel Valley and Kangarilla there was an emphasis on orchards, market gardens and timber production; farming practices incorporated mixed farming, and industries such as the booming slate quarrying industry at Willunga brought other sources of income. The wine industry in particular came to the fore with wineries at Clarendon, Morphett Vale, Reynella, Happy Valley and McLaren Vale producing and exporting wine.
By the early twentieth century the district’s wine making, natural beauty and magnificent beaches enticed holiday makers from Adelaide. Coastal townships of Port Noarlunga, Moana, Port Willunga, Sellicks Beach and Aldinga became popular tourist towns with tourism becoming a seasonal support for these communities.
Willunga offers exceptional bed and breakfast options from luxurious and indulgent retreats to local heritage listed cottages. All this nestled among the vines of the McLaren Vale wine region, or in the historic township of Willunga. Accommodation is self-contained or hosted depending on your preferences, please contact one of our unique accommodation options to find out more via our business directory.