Old Reynella is a small suburb just 21 kilometers south of Adelaide, which is filled with living history. It is located 120 meters above sea level, right off Main South Road; between Morphett Vale and Happy Valley. It is a remarkable place to stop en route to the south from Adelaide.
Relax and enjoy a coffee, have a picnic by the scenic creek or drive, cycle or walk past Corn Street with its restored historic cottages. Reynella forms a part of the outer suburbs of the capital of the state. Even though it is not a major attraction in Adelaide, if you happen to be in the vicinity, a little visit will be worth your while. Below are some things to do in Old Reynella Australia:
The expanse of Adelaide is quite outstanding; it stretches to Gulf St. Vincent in the south and there are wineries literally everywhere. The Hardy Wine Company is huge and there is also a variety of small wine companies. The Old Reynella is well concealed in the newly developed area, which is a rare combination of fields of vines and wineries and new suburban project homes.
Established in 1838 by John Reynell, Chateau Reynella is reputed as the first winery in the district of Reynella. Its first wine was produced in 1842 and as such, it can make the claims of being the oldest winery in the country. There are still indications of the of the vineyard’s early history. The cellars date back to 1842 and its stone homestead was constructed between 1854 and 1855.
There are a number of small shops in Old Reynella as well as large supermarkets. There is also travel, health, financial and beauty services. Additionally, a Neighbourhood Center is there for persons who want to attend a local event or try a class. You can also enjoy good eating at the Crown Hotel, a local coffee shop or restaurants like Mr. India.
Many of the homes around Old Reynella date back to the 1800s. They definitely provide the streets with lots of character and will assist you in visualizing how the locals lived back in the day.
St. Francis Winery Resort
You can also stroll among shady trees to the incredible St. Francis Winery Resort, which features and the Old Distillery. Repurposed from its original use as a winery, the resort now offers accommodation, hosts functions and provides extremely picturesque views of a small, inviting lake that is full of playful ducks.
Horse Changing Station
The buildings of the Old Reynella Horse Changing Station have been restored and are now run by local volunteers. They house a number of fascinating collections of historical artifacts, photographs and heritage information depicting and describing the fascinating history of the area.
Located right across the road from the pub, the memorial park will provide you with a lot of information about the first vineyards of Old Reynella. In addition, you will be able to learn about the railway service, heritage buildings, the flour mill building and horses changing station.
The majority of these historic locations are still standing today. Many of have had slight renovations and others like the old railway tracks have been repurposed into a bike and walking path.
Cheese Fest & Ferment
Held in the picturesque Rymill Park, a ticket to this fest gives you exclusive access to a variety of local foods and beverages. Just a short distance from Adelaide CBD, this is a festival that all can enjoy.
Whether you are a craft beer fanatic, a die-hard foodie, a home fermenter, the top wino in Australia or you just want to enjoy a picnic while listening to the live music with your family and friends, Cheese Fest & Ferment is definitely the place to be. The event is set for October 26 and 27.
Things to do nearby Adelaide
Proud Mary is a modern and luxurious cruise vessel that provides cruises with durations of two, three or five nights. These cruises operate each week of the year and depart from Blanchetown or Murray Bridge.
Various cruises go past lagoons with teeming birdlife and floodlights illuminate the shore on evening cruises. Some of the tours stop in historic towns allowing you to go for a stroll through the area.
There is also the option to take a guided cruise aboard a small boat, which is directed by an ecologist. It will take you through the inlets of the River Murray and the lagoons. The cabins of the Proud Mar all have air conditioning, individual en suite bathrooms balconies and windows that allow you to soak in spectacular views throughout your trip.
Bellbird Birding Tours
Formerly Southern Birding Services, Bellbird Birding Tours specializes in first-class small-group birding excursions throughout Australia and beyond. The trips are directed by experienced and passionate tour leading professionals.
A selection of scheduled tours is offered and there is the option of tailor-making a private tour to satisfy your needs. Tours can feature any itinerary, be of any duration and cater to the individual needs of the individuals on the excursion.
A number of unique and rare bird species can be found along the journey. These include some endemic, sensitive or highly-endangered species. Bellbird Birding Tours are the foremost bird-guiding professionals in Southern Australia. Each year, they reveal birding secrets to a growing number of international and domestic visitors.
Wallaby Tracks Adventure Tours
These tours offer a wide variety of tailor-made and packaged four-wheel drive excursions from Adelaide to the Outback of Australia. You will be able to visit the Gammon Ranges and Flinders Ranges including Arkaroola Sanctuary, Coward Springs, Coober Pedy, William Creek and Lake Eyre by way of the renowned Oodnadatta Track.
Extend bushwalking, mountain biking and hiking tours are also offered in the remarkable Flinders Ranges. Explore the natural beauty of this magnificent wonderland. Highlights include Flinders Ranges National Park, Wilpena Pound, Lake Eyre National Park, Dutchman’s Stern National Park and Aboriginal art sites.