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10 reasons to live in Willunga

Just 47 kilometres away from Adelaide CBD, is the beautiful town of Willunga. Situated in the famous McLaren Vale wine growing region, Willunga is on the southern edge of metropolitan Adelaide and is located in the City of Onkaparinga.

Established just three years after the settlement of South Australia, this historic town boast old world charm from beautiful historic buildings to eclectic shops and cafes and charming cottages.

If that’s not enough, here are 10 other reasons why you should live in Willunga:


Schools: Willunga Primary and Willunga High School are public schools located just minutes from the township. Willunga Waldorf is a private school located close by too. Your kids also have the option of attending Tatachilla Lutheran College in McLaren Vale, another private school not far from Willunga. You also have the opportunity to send your kids to other private schools close by such as Southern Vales Christian College and Galilee Catholic School in Aldinga.


Shopping: Willunga’s High Street and Hill Street have an amazing vibe with eclectic boutique shops, art galleries and cafes located in old historic buildings. There is a convenience store, a butcher and organic foods and vegetable market conveniently located on High Street. But major supermarkets are located not far in McLaren Vale and Aldinga for all your grocery needs.

Willunga Butcher

Photo Credit – Hiro Ishino

Willunga is also home to the famous Willunga Farmer’s Markets– South Australia’s first farmers market – where you can socialise and buy fresh, local and seasonal produce.


Photo Credit – Willunga Farmers Market


Beaches: Willunga is conveniently located close to some of the south’s best beaches in the Aldinga Bay such as the famous Port Willunga beach and its popular Star of Greece restaurant, Sellicks Beach and Aldinga Beach.


Restaurants and Pubs: Willunga has plenty of great dining experiences to offer from delectable pizzas to French cuisine. You can enjoy fresh local produce featuring in most of the menus – for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

A walk down High Street and you will find many delightful cafes offering mouth-watering food options as well as a variety of beverages.

A visit to Tealicious Cakes will certainly satisfy your sweet tooth – enjoy morning or afternoon tea with Natasha and her delectable treats!


Photo Credit – Tealicious Cakes Facebook Page

And you can’t miss the warm inviting atmosphere of the three popular historic pubs including the heritage Alma Hotel and the historic Old Bush Inn.

Willunga Hotel
Photo Credit – Hiro Ishino


Proximity to McLaren Vale: The beautiful town of McLaren Vale is right at the doorstep – just a few minutes drive away where you can enjoy the vibrant and exciting atmosphere of its main street along with numerous award-winning restaurants and access to cellar doors and shops.

As Willunga is situated in Australia’s premier wine-growing region you will find yourself surrounded by a beautiful landscape of vineyards and wineries offering facilities and events to keep you and your family enthralled and entertained.


Festivals: Willunga is known for its festivals especially the world-famous Tour Down Under which holds its final leg of the race up the Willunga Hill.


Photo Credit – Trip Advisor & Adelaide Bike Hire

Willunga is also home to the popular Almond Blossom festival when the landscape is dotted with pink-white blossoms of almond trees.

Other popular festivals are the Fleurieu Folk festival and the Willunga Christmas Tree festival while the ever-popular Sea and Vines festival in McLaren Vale keeps the festivities going even in the winter months.


Family Entertainment: There is plenty to do in Willunga and in the surrounds for you and your family. You can play golf at the 18-hole Willunga Golf course or visit the historic courthouse museum and the slate quarry.

Watch planes take off from the quaint Aldinga Airfield while you sip coffee from their popular cafe.

You can take day tours to places in the Adelaide Hills and Mount Lofty ranges or take a bike ride along the beautiful Coast to Vine Trail that takes you from Willunga to Marino.

Spend quiet time at the local library or enjoy popular music concerts at Leconfield Wine in McLaren Vale.


Easy Accessibility: Willunga is closely situated to many other suburbs like Seaford, Aldinga, Port Willunga, Noarlunga and an easy drive to places in the Fleurieu Peninsula which offers you an array of food, wine, events and wildlife.


Public transport: While Willunga is connected to other places in the region by bus, it is approximately 15 minutes away from Seaford Railway Station from where you can take the train into Adelaide CBD and other places.

There is also the Willunga District Community bus which is a volunteer service for the frail, aged and disadvantaged people living in the area.


Houses: You will find a variety of homes in Willunga, ranging from historic architectural houses to modern homes.

From homes situated on large areas of land, farmhouse dwellings to little quaint cottages, Willunga has a lot to offer families, couples and older residents.


Check out our current properties for sale in the area.

With a home in Willunga, you are always surrounded by nature and beautiful trees. After all, Willunga is the aboriginal word for ‘Willangga’ which means, ‘the locality of green trees.’

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