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Penola, SA

Penola claims to be the oldest town on the Limestone Coast and has earned a strong reputation as a centre for culture and arts with its association with Australian poets Adam Lindsay Gordon, John Shaw Neilson and Will Ogilvie.


Penola has significant religious significance as the place blessed Mary MacKillop, ‘a saint for all Australians’, co-founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph with Father Tenison Woods, a priest and scientist of some note.

Penola is home to many quaint cottages, historical buildings and small boutiques shops through the main street. Explore Petticoat Lane to soak in the history of the village, smell the lavender farm and sample the products.

The excellent visitor information centre should be your first stop. It houses a complete range of brochures, historical walks and the John Riddoch Interpretative Centre that details the district’s development from early times to today.

The town is also home to many quaint self-contained style accommodation and excellent coffee shops and art galleries. Make sure to stop by Poets Corner to see the first sculptures of the town’s famous poets.


Majestic red Gum trees that provide such character to the beautiful countryside surround Penola.

Penola Map

About Penola

  • Locality: Urban locality
  • Penola Postcode: 5277
  • State: South Australia
  • Region: Limestone Coast
  • Latitude: -37.3808
  • Longitude: 140.83764
  • Elevation: 63m
  • Population: 1592
  • Median Income: $34996
  • Area (Sq/km): 252.473
  • Timezone: Australia/Adelaide

Tours In Penola

Discover some of the tours options around Penola

Explore The Outback

Australia has a vast remote interior, much of it largely untouched. By night, the outback is deathly quiet, with the only light provided by the stars and the moon - a perfect oportunity for stargazing. Explore the isolated heart of the country, meet and connect with Aboriginal people and experience one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Go ‘walk-about’ and immerse yourself with Australia’s endless outback horizons.

Outback Experiences

Luxe Accommodation

Enjoy a distinctly Australian luxury experience, such as the unforgettable reefs, islands, beaches and coast; rugged mountain ranges, rainforests and vast national parks; and the many vibrant food and wine regions. Take a once in a lifetime adventure and discover the sheer indulgence of experiencing the wonders of Australia in style and stay in total luxury.

Australia has wide variety of accommodation options to suit most budgets and travelling preferences. Choose from luxury lodges, boutique hotels, serviced apartments, motels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks as well as youth and backpacker hostels.


Glasshouse Mountains

The Glasshouse Mountains in the hinterland of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast are actually the cores of 20 million year old volcanoes. The sides of the volcanoes have eroded away leaving only the hardened rock spiremountain cores we see today. Learn more about this awe-inspiring landscape.

Glasshouse Mountains