Historic Penola has a fascinating economic, agricultural and social history.

Make sure you stop at the John Riddoch Centre that also incorporates the Penola/Coonawarra Visitor Information Centre. It offers a wide range of brochures, maps and souvenirs, the Hydrocarbon Centre, and the prize-winning John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Gallery.

A guided walk is the ideal way to visit the historic and heritage sites within the town. Beginning at the John Riddoch Centre, this walk takes in the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre and School House, Petticoat Lane, historic buildings, cottages and churches. Then journey onto the Victorian Mansion, Yallum Park, one of the best preserved homes in the country.

Enjoy the natural beauty and relax at one of the many Parks or Gardens in the area such as the Penola Conservation Park, Greenrise Recreational Park, Penola War Memorial Park and the Coonawarra Centenary Sculpture Park which have popular spots for BBQs, walks and picnics. Do some shopping, have a coffee and visit one of the many small art galleries.

The town has a variety of accommodation from charming bed and breakfasts, convenient caravan parks and grand old hotels to stylish self-contained apartments.

Penola has many things to do making it a must stop for all visitors along the Great Ocean Road.

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