Forest Gate Cottages Bed and Breakfast Accommodation at Kuipto Forest, Meadows, South Australia, adjoing the McLaren Vale Wine Region      
  506 Brookman Rd, Meadows, South Australia, 0415 123 524 or 0415 761 427 all hours      
  SERVICING: Hahndorf, Meadows, McLaren Vale, McLaren Flat, Clarendon, Kangarilla, Willunga, Kuitpo Forest and Fleurieu Regions      
Local Attractions and Sightseeing Information

Photos courtesy David and Chiaki Nettle, Walnut guests, May 2013

Forest Gate Farm is just 10 metres over the road from the Kuitpo Forest. The area abounds in native fauna. There are kangaroos, possums, koalas, echidnas, and bandicoots, plus a huge variety of birdlife. This includes magnificent black cockatoos and sulphur crested cockatoos, blue wrens, mistletoe birds, fairy wrens, honeyeaters, pardalotes and many, many more species for nature lovers or avid birdwatchers.

Take an early morning stroll in the forest to see the joeys feeding; or go for a night walk through the scented pine and eucalypt forests with a torch to look for the wildlife. In wintertime through to spring, Forest Gate's new winter wetlands are worth a visit as well, (if you bring your gumboots).

If you like easy bushwalks, we can supply a detailed map of a fabulous short walk to the summit of Mt Magnificent where you get to see a picturesque 360 degree view of the entire area - all the way to Lake Alexandrina on a clear day. It's well worth the effort. It's an easy walk (except the last 200 metres), and if you remember to take your camera, there will be photos to remember your stay.

Economical lunches can be found at the local Meadows bakery, or the renowned Clarendon bakery a bit further on, and on the 2nd Sunday of each month, Meadows has a well attended Arts and Crafts market.

Very close to home and just a couple of minutes down the road, you will find the picturesque K1 Winery. The K1 cellar door is open on weekends for tastings and sales from 11am to 5pm. It is worth a visit, even if only to enjoy the modern timber architecture, the beautiful lakeside surrounds and the vineyard venue.

Fifteen minutes drive from Forest Gate Cottage takes you to the township of McLaren Vale - the vibrant hub of the Fleurieu and McLaren Vale wine district. McLaren Vale is home to a myriad of boutique wineries and restaurants. It is an excellent place to explore - stop for lunch, look at local art and handcraft, relax with a coffee, sample the local produce or even taste some more wine! The Dridan Fine Arts Gallery, located next to the Almond Train is 'the' place to view the works of local and interstate artists and sculptors.

On a fine day, you might like to continue driving on 5 minutes towards the sparklingly clean sandy beaches of Maslins. The southern end of Maslins was declared the first official nudist or 'free' beach in South Australia.

Travel the same distance in the other direction and you'll discover the charming and historic German township of Hahndorf. There are simply too many shops to mention here, but you will find a huge range of handicrafts and artworks on display. The Cedars gallery at Hahdorf, once the home of the renowned painter Sir Hans Heysen, is one of South Australia's unique heritage treasures. Hahndorf is also an excellent place to taste a wide variety of German mettursts and other smallgoods; or if you prefer... German beers and pilsners.

Nearby wineries within a ten minute drive of Forest Gate Cottage include Magpie Springs Winery, Hugo Winery, Kangarilla Road Winery, Woodstock Winery and Coterie, Wirra Wirra Winery, Oliverhill Winery, d'Arenberg Winery, Scarpantoni Winery, Pertaringa Winery, Tapestry Winery, Coriole Winery, Chapel Hill Winery, Kays Winery, Tinlin's Winery, and many more.

You will never run out of things to do here at Forest Gate Cottage. You could visit the historic Willunga township, especially for the Saturday morning markets. A game of golf on the public courses at Echunga or Willunga may not go astray either. Great photo opportunities exist at the nearby Mt Bold Reservoir near Kangarilla and also on the Heysen Trail (just over the road from our driveway!). The Prospect Hill museum (Sundays) is only 2km up the road, and if the weather is cold and wet in winter, the log fire and a film from our DVD library will save the day back at Walnut.

For a short day trip, how about a scenic drive to Victor Harbour for lunch with the seagulls on the beach, then a walk across the causeway to Granite Island to say hello to the resident Fairy Penguins. Or maybe a similar drive in another direction to the antique shops in Strathalbyn for retail therapy and lunch by the Angas River.

The summit, Mt Magnificent
Roos at Kuitpo
Mt Bold reservoir, late Autumn
Swing bridge, Mt Bold
View to Lake Alexandrina
Heysen Trail and massive pines
Historic Willunga
Pristine Maslin's Beach
VK1 Winery is a must see

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