When visiting historic Penola and the renowned Coonawarra wine region, make sure you stop at the John Riddoch Centre. Visitors will discover the fascinating economic, agricultural and social history of the area. This complex also incorporates the Penola/Coonawarra Visitor Information Centre which offers a wide range of brochures, maps and souvenirs, the Hydrocarbon Centre, and the prize-winning John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Gallery.
Take a Walk with History in Penola, the ideal way to visit the historic and heritage sites within the town. Beginning at the John Riddoch Centre, this walk takes in the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre and School House, Petticoat Lane, historic buildings, cottages and churches. Then journey onto the Victorian Mansion, Yallum Park, one of the best preserved homes in the country.
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and unwind at one of the many Parks or Gardens in the area. The Penola Conservation Park, Greenrise Recreational Park, Penola War Memorial Park and the Coonawarra Centenary Sculpture Park and popular spots for barbecues, walks and picnics.
Soak in the history of the village as you stroll down the main street, do some shopping, have a coffee and visit one of the many small art galleries. The town is also home to a variety of accommodation offerings ranging from charming bed and breakfasts, convenient caravan parks and grand hotels to stylish self-contained apartments.