We’ve compiled some ideas of how you may spend your time during your stay at Willalooka Eco Lodge. Enjoy.
- Swim or put your toes in the sand at stunning coastal towns Robe, Kingston or Beachport
- Have a beer at the Mundulla Hotel—it offers a great atmosphere and gourmet ‘grub’
- Taste wines and indulged in gourmet delights from the famous Coonawarra wine region Find out more
- Spend a day in Penola unearthing the town’s history about famous past locals including, St Mary MacKillop, poet John Shaw Nielsen and Arctic explorer, John Riddoch Rymill Find out more
- Taste your way around the Limestone Coast Food Trail Visit their site
Walk, Wine and Dine Itinerary
Spend the morning exploring the Willalooka Wetlands. With over 35 species of waterbirds and native flora and fauna, the Willalooka Wetlands is well known as being one of the most picturesque, natural environments in the Limestone Coast.
Book a table for lunch at Farmers Leap Cellar Door and enjoy the sunshine and a glass of wine sitting on the veranda overlooking the adjoining Padthaway wine region. In the cooler months, relax next to the fire enjoying a glass of Farmers Leap Shiraz. Visit their site
Arrive back to the Lodge in the evening and embrace the sounds of nature whilst sitting on the deck with a glass of bubbles or a cold beer looking at the floodlit gums. If the weather is cooler, slip inside and enjoy a glass of red by the double-sided fireplace.
Family Time Itinerary
Go for a bike ride with the children along our rubble roads or soak up the fresh country air whilst watching the children climb trees, build cubbies, and embrace nature.
Have a picnic in the paddock—pull out the picnic hamper provided to you with hotplate and billy and cook a sausage or chop on the BBQ whilst sipping a cold beer or enjoying a red wine by the fire. Let the children toast marshmallows on sticks and explore the hidden treasures of the outdoors.
After the paddock picnic why not meander back to the Eco Lodge, freshen up and play a game of scrabble or cards by the double-sided fireplace.
Day at the Beach Itinerary
Within an hour’s drive from the Eco Lodge, Robe is a must-do trip for seaside lovers. If coffee is a ‘must’, the best place to start your day in Robe is at Mahalia Coffee. Mahalia is about as passionate a coffee connoisseur as your likely to meet and her multi-award-winning roasting house is well worth the visit.
Let the caffeine sink in as you wander Robe’s main street—a quaint strip dotted with boutique shopping and inviting cafes. Then it’s off to Robe’s pristine Long Beach, one of the few Australian beaches on which you can drive. Long Beach is popular with swimmers, surfers, and fishers—find the perfect spot—on four wheels.
Finish your day grabbing some fish and chips to have beachside with a cold beer – grab a roadie and hit the road to the peace and quiet of the Eco Lodge.
World Heritage and Wine Itinerary
A trip to the Limestone Coase would not be complete without a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Naracoorte Caves. Within an hour from the Eco Lodge, you could be joining a guided tour, where you will be led through underground chambers dripping with glistening stalactites and stalagmites. Feast your eyes on fascinating fossils and limestone formations or kick things up a notch with an adventure cave tour. Grab a coffee and a bite to eat at the in-house cafe. Bookings are essential. Visit their site
Afterwards, on your return to the Eco Lodge, pop in and visit the newly opened Padthaway Estate. The Cellar Door offers beautiful Landaire wines and delicious cheese platters. Why not purchase a couple of extra bottles to take back to the Eco Lodge to enjoy whilst sitting out on the floodlit deck or by the fireplace? Visit their site