Penola is the oldest town in the South East of South Australia
and has an abundance of exciting attractions to offer the visitor.
A Scot, Alexander Cameron, founded the town, while another Scotsman
John Riddoch, planted the first vines, laying the rich foundations
of Coonawarras quality wines.
Mother Mary MacKillop, Australias first declared saint together
with Father Julian Tenison Woods, founded the religious order of
the Sisters of St Joseph in Penola over 125 years ago. World famous
poets, Adam Lindsay Gordon, Will Ogilvie and John Shaw Neilson,
who were born in Penola found the country side attractive with its
native flora and fauna offering a never ending source of inspiration.
Visitors have every opportunity to remember the historical significance
of Penola as signposts throughout the town point to the relationship
with the past. There is a heritage walk around the town, many art
and craft shops, two art galleries, first class restaurants, historical
homesteads & cottages and sport & recreation facilities.