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Stay and play – Port Willunga, SA

Absolutely beautiful: Port Willunga Beach.

Claiming a prime coastal setting within easy range of the Adelaide CBD and airport and neighbouring a world-class wine region, Port Willunga delivers the key ingredients for a hassle-free and memorable break.

Proximity to a famous wine-producing area strengthens the allure.

Where is it?

Port Willunga is 45km south of Adelaide (45-50min drive) in the Fleurieu Peninsula region.

Why go?

Port Willunga exudes a relaxing vibe that belies its closeness to Adelaide’s heart. From here, beautiful beaches, character-filled towns, and other gems are within grasp. And the village’s attraction is only heightened considering iconic McLaren Vale wine region is on its doorstep.

This popular restaurant is an absolute star. More below. Credit: SATC/Zak Kazmasek.

The essentials – things to do in Port Willunga, SA


Port Willunga Beach

Offering a long, curving stretch of sand and sheltered by towering cliffs, the beach is the place to be on a sunny day and is well-suited to swimming, fishing, and snorkelling.

A couple of unique characteristics include ruins of an old jetty that are a reminder of Port Willunga’s grain-port days and caves that were carved into the cliff-face by fisherman for storage purposes.

The old jetty pylons have become an icon of Port Willunga Beach.

Star of Greece restaurant

Star of Greece is likely the most well-known Port Willunga restaurant, and deservedly so. Its beachfront setting serves up glorious sea views and is backed by a seafood-focussed Mediterranean-style menu with strong emphasis on local ingredients. A pleasant ambience and excellent wine list deliver more appeal.

Great views and tasty chews: Dining at Star of Greece is an essential experience. Credit: SATC/Josie Withers.

McLaren Vale wineries

Just 10min from Port Willunga is renowned McLaren Vale, synonymous with robust red wines. Cellar doors abound and mix big names with boutiques.

Highlights include d'Arenberg with its funky five-storey Cube structure, Wirra Wirra, Primo Estate, and quirky Alpha Box & Dice. There are microbreweries and ample dining options, too. Sweet tooths must stop at the Menz FruChocs Shop while in town.

Alpha Box & Dice. Not your average winery. Credit: Alpha Box & Dice.

A bit further afield


Links Lady Bay golf course, Normanville

When it comes to top-rated things to see and do around Port Willunga, a wander along these glorious fairways is right up there. Links Lady Bay has been ranked as the number one resort layout in the state as well as South Australia’s top public access course. An absolute must for keen golfers.

Distance: 35km south of Port Willunga.

There's a hole lot to love about Links Lady Bay. Credit: SATC.

Fleurieu Peninsula beaches near Port Willunga

The Fleurieu Peninsula has a string of sparkling yet underrated beaches that are incredibly inviting. They’re also ideal for swimming and other aquatic leisure.

The following are all within range of Port Willunga (distance indicated in brackets):

  • Aldinga Beach: Long stretch of sand, car friendly (2.5km)
  • Maslin Beach: Australia's first legal nudist beach (6.5km)
  • Sellicks Beach: Backed by huge hills, car friendly (11km)
  • Port Noarlunga Beach: Popular with families (15km)
  • Carrickalinga Beach: Gorgeous white sand with sensational views (32km)
  • Second Valley Beach: Pristine, shadowed by towering coastal cliffs. An Instagram favourite (48km)
  • Rapid Bay Beach: Another beauty backed by huge cliffs and alluring waters (57km)

Fleurieu Peninsula beaches are divine. Location: Carrickalinga Beach. Credit: Courtney Clark/Jason Batey.

Second Valley, first rate. Credit: Richard Kozuszko.

Prime time to visit

The Santos Tour Down Under is Australia’s premier cycling race, drawing world-class athletes and vibrant crowds. McLaren Vale and surrounds regularly feature in a stage of the men’s race, and in 2020 it’s scheduled to be in the spotlight on Sunday 26 January. There are excellent vantage points galore.

SA comes alive for the prestigious Santos Tour Down Under. Credit: SATC.

Random fact

The Star of Greece was wrecked just off the beach at Port Willunga in 1888 and is now a popular snorkelling site. It’s also where the iconic restaurant of the same name gets it inspiration.

Where to stay in Port Willunga, SA

Looking for accommodation in Port Willunga? Find out what we have below.

BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park

Park type: Holiday

This Port Willunga caravan park is set in tranquil surrounds and is a short drive to the main beach.

Alongside its assortment of cabin accommodation and caravan and camping sites, BIG4 Port Willunga has a cluster of OzShacks. These cosy wooden tents are the park’s take on the glamping craze.

The OzShack wooden tents are a different accommodation option.

It’s all backed by excellent facilities for young and old that include a camp kitchen and BBQs, swimming pool, tennis court, mini-golf, inflatable trampoline, games room, and playgrounds.

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