Onkaparinga Farms for Sale – Region Spotlight

Onkaparinga - where the coast meets the vines

The City of Onkaparinga is the only place in Australia where pristine beaches and unique villages are part of an internationally renowned wine and food region within 40 minutes of a capital city.

It encompasses the tourism destination, McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast, offering some of South Australia’s best food and wine experiences, and boasting an unmatched combination of affordable housing options, available land for development and Mediterranean climate.

A unique lifestyle

Onkaparinga is awash with premium restaurants and cafés presenting paddock-to-plate inspired menus, alongside more than 80 cellar doors in the world-famous McLaren Vale wine region.

The city’s also home to SA’s first farmers market—the beloved Willunga Farmers Market—and a recent emergence of craft brewing and distilling, with a number of new taphouses and distilleries to experience.

Onkaparinga’s 31 kilometres of pristine beaches present a range of aquatic experiences, from diving at Port Noarlunga and Aldinga (two of the most dived spots in SA), to surfing in Australia’s first regional surfing reserve, the Mid Coast.

Surfers at the stunning South Port beach

Nature and wildlife abound with camping, hiking and biking among the rugged beauty of Onkaparinga River National Park, alongside Onkaparinga River Recreation Park, which boasts wetlands, boardwalks to explore and kayaking opportunities.

Onkaparinga’s coastal and historic villages each offer their own unique vibe. The relaxed coastal atmosphere at Port Noarlunga and Aldinga’s Old Coach Road, combined with the eclectic and vibrant village of Willunga and the picture-perfect township of Clarendon, provide immersive local experiences and a sense of discovery.

The heritage-rich town of Willunga

The city hosts a thrilling annual stage of international cycling event, the Santos Tour Down Under, alongside a stacked calendar of events, including the Willunga Almond Blossom Festival, Fleurieu Folk Festival, Fleurieu Film Festival, the Sellicks Beach Historic Motorcycle Race and Tasting Australia events.

The thrilling Onkaparinga stage of the Santos Tour Down Under

Fertile lands

The climate of the McLaren Vale wine region – capturing an area from Hallett Cove, to Clarendon and along the ridge of the foothills to Sellicks Beach – is Mediterranean, boasting warm summers, moderate winters, winter-dominated rainfall, low relative humidity and relatively high evaporation.

McClaren Vale from above

It’s also one of the most geologically diverse regions in the world, with more than 40 unique geologies present, varying in age from 15,000 years to over 550 million years.

This varied terrain means a wide variety of soil types, from red brown sandy loams, to grey brown loamy sands with yellow clay subsoils interspersed with lime; to distinctly sandy soils and patches of red or black friable loams.


Onkaparinga has a proud agricultural tradition and includes a mix of urban and agricultural areas. Sixty-five per cent of its 518 square kilometres is used for primary production.

Wine grape growing accounts for 35.7 per cent of agricultural, forestry and fishing businesses, followed by livestock farming (16.1 per cent), and fruit, nut and vegetable growing (3.2 per cent).

Locals at McClaren Vale

Of the 7308 hectares of area under vine, 54 per cent is dedicated to Shiraz, but the region also excels with Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mataro (Mourvedre), Chardonnay, and Mediterranean varieties such as Fiano, Vermentino, Barbera, Montepulciano, Nero d’Avola and Tempranillo.

In 2018-19, beverage manufacturing contributed the most to the region’s total exports ($445.9 million; 23 per cent), accounting for 15 per cent of the state’s total exports of beverage products, with Onkaparinga’s wine grape crops having an approximate value of $22.8 million.

The McLaren Vale wine region has an international reputation for clean, green and sustainable produce, with 37 per cent of its vineyards being Certified Organic/Biodynamic (compared to four per cent nationally).

Other industries

Onkaparinga’s economy is driven by established and emerging small, medium and large business enterprises, and its wine, food and tourism underpin the rural and coastal areas.

McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast tourism is centred on wineries, gourmet food production, vibrant villages, festivals, events, arts and culture, and kilometres of spectacular beaches, with the city receiving more than 1.2 million visitors in 2017/18, generating $210 million in visitor expenditure (a 79 per cent increase from 2013).

A new wave of innovative tourism development has emerged within the city, with the iconic d’Arenberg Cube creating a game-changing tourism experience, while more than $70 million of accommodation is planned for McLaren Vale, including South Australia’s first luxury winery resort at Wirra Wirra Vineyards.

The d’Arenberg Cube

The city also supports a number of world-class advanced manufacturing businesses, and there are a number of industrial precincts available for development or occupancy.

Whatever you’re looking for in a rural property, you’ll find it among Onkaparinga’s unique blend of coast and vines, just 40 minutes south of Adelaide.

Onkaparinga at a glance

Population: 172,938

Area: 51,816m²

Average max temp: 21.7°C (Noarlunga)

Average min temp: 12.8°C (Noarlunga)

Mean rainfall: 442.1mm annually (Noarlunga)

For further information: 

Considering a move to the City of Onkaparinga region of South Australia, or just want to learn more about this fascinating region that combines coastal living with a world-class food and wine scene? Have a look at the Council's website here

Be sure to check out some of our favourite Onkaparinga farms for sale below, too!

Author: Erin Thompson is the Mayor of the City of Onkaparinga. When she’s not working, you’ll find her at the beach with her family, paddleboarding or exploring the fabulous wine region of McLaren Vale.

80 Bellevue Drive, McLaren Vale, SA
Quality Vineyard with Family Home on 7.97 ha

**Inspections will be by appointment only. Please contact Agent**

Close to the outskirts of McLaren Vale & In the Heart of the McLaren Vale Wine Region, surrounded by 18 acres approx of vineyard this 3 bedroom Mediterranean Style Home offers breathtaking views across adjoining vineyards & gently rolling countryside leading to the distant backdrop of the Willunga Hills. Easy access to township & amenities, exciting potential for cellar door (stcc).

Planted to red varieties & with a history of producing quality fruit for premium wine production.

Irrigated from a licensed bore with a recently installed new pump.
Updated 3 bedroom residence, impressive family home & adjoining shed/workshop with 3 phase & pit.

Exciting opportunity to invest in this renowned wine region.

The information contained in this document is provided as an aid to further investigation. Information in this document may have been provided to
Southgate Real Estate by other people and therefore we do not warrant that it is accurate or correct. All figures quoted are approximations only. Independent
parties should make their own enquiries and seek independent advice before acting.

238 Harper Road, Kangarilla, SA
Exclusive flora & fauna retreat on 31.2ha (77acs)

Situated at the end of a no-through road offering total privacy, peace & tranquility - this is 'Bunjil Ridge.'
Beautifully presented & decked out in style overlooking pristine native vegetation & wildlife, the modern resort style homestead overlooks a sprawling 31.2ha (77acs), & is no doubt the ultimate nature lovers haven.

Self sufficiency & low carbon impact were front of mind for the owner when establishing this property with off the grid modern solar system & high volume rain water catchment & storage.
Attention to detail with landscaping & plant selection have created an amazing habitat for the plethora of bird-life that call this property home.
The garden has been designed to be fire smart, low maintenance, drought tolerant & self sustaining.

Preferred & central Adelaide Hills location - 8km Meadows & Kangarilla & 40km Adelaide CBD.

To view the photo gallery & description of plant, bird & animal species observed on property - click the video link or copy & paste:

The EXTRA features you will love-
- Architect designed brick homestead - 2007 build.
- Solar system - 40 panels (5kw), 21kw battery battery storage & 8kva diesel generator.
- Shedding - 18m x 8m x 5m sliding doors plus additional wood/storage shed.
- American oak kitchen - Caesar stone benches, Miele appliances including dishwasher, steam & conventional oven, glass splash-backs.
- Bamboo flooring throughout living areas - Marbeau deck of 110m2.
- Double glazed western red cedar windows.
- Nectre combustion wood heater with hot water jacket plus reverse cycle air.
- Hot water service - solar, hot water jacket via wood heater & electric booster.
- Very well fenced to 4 stock paddocks - native vegetation with permanent creek fenced separately.
- Internet connection - Optus WiFi ADSL.
- Fully engineered drive way access with high quality finishes - culverts, gutters & drainage pit.
- Plumbed fire fighting unit - sprinklers to house & shed roof.
-Approx. 300,000 litres of rainwater storage.

"Set within a beautifully private valley with endless views to the north & rugged unspoilt beauty, "Bunjil Ridge' is a remarkable achievement of enthusiasm & passion for nature."

C.T. 5150/69
Allotment 201 Filed Plan 5181
In the area named Kangarilla - Hundred of Kuitpo.
Land Area - 31.2ha (80acs)
Zoning - Primary Production.
Council Area - Onkaparinga.
Council rates (inc NRM levy) - $2,897.34

Paul Clifford 0427 796 144 Elders Hills & Fleurieu.

985 McLaren Flat Road, Kangarilla, SA
'It's a Lifestyle Choice'

This is an absolutely magical property set on 9.10 ha. (approx. 22.5 acres) just on the outskirts of the picturesque Kangarilla township, well known for its quiet and peaceful lifestyle. It boasts a large homestead-style residence that offers an excellent mix of indoor and outdoor living space that takes full advantage of the relaxing views over the beautiful gardens and yards that surround it. The internal of the residence was completely professionally rebuilt around 5 years ago, and is beautifully appointed with high quality materials and fixtures throughout. The design included the intelligent use of energy cost reducing features including a focus on solar.
The 4 bedroom 2 bathroom residence oozes quality with some of its many features including;
• Large central open plan kitchen/dining/family room, with slow combustion heater
• Country-style solid timber kitchen with pantry, dishwasher, plenty of bench and cupboard space.
• All bedrooms with BIR
• Office with BIR
• Quality floor coverings throughout; ceramic tiles, industrial grade ‘floating floor look’ vinyl and carpet.
• Ceiling fans throughout
• Large laundry
• Quality window coverings
• 4 x split RC air-conditioners
• ‘Crimsafe’ security doors fitted to entrances
• Solar HWS
The residence is set at the end of the long driveway entrance that takes you past the front paddock and it's beautiful front gardens.
The property has hosted wedding party photographs and wedding ceremonies on the grounds', not surprising as the picturesque trees and gardens are a perfect setting for a special occasion.
Just take a look at some of the AMAZING WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS that have been taken here at - 985 McLaren Flat Road, Kangarilla.
Those facilities include;
• A large alfresco-style all weather area complete with outdoor kitchen
• Adjoining fully fenced solar-heated in-ground pool
• A large lined games/retreat room
• A large workshop/storage area
• 2 car garage
The outdoor living doesn’t stop there, because a short stroll from the residence is the detached ‘cottage’ that overlooks the winter creek, complete with its own bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette, living room and veranda. The cottage is kept comfortable throughout the year with slow combustion heater and split RC air-conditioner.
You can take a relaxing stroll around the extensive fruit tree orchard that includes a range of citrus, plums, apples, nashi pear, avocado, stone fruit, etc. The adjacent large veggie garden will keep you well supplied with seasonal produce throughout the year.

Beyond the creek is the remaining 2/3rds of the property with its paddocks, winter dam and pockets of remnant scrub. The back boundary is Jackson Road and this provides a second access to a most magnificent property. So there is plenty of room for a few animals and/or whatever else you want to use it for.
Other improvements include;
• 7kW solar system
• 85,000L (approx.) rain water storage.
• Fully equipped bore that is plumbed to gardens, toilets and laundry
The school and general store in Kangarilla are just minutes away, the property is only around 15 minutes by car to the shopping, services, schools and attractions in McLaren Vale. The Adelaide CBD only around 45 minutes away by road.

This must see property that presents an exceptional secluded rural lifestyle awaits you!

314 Kangarilla Road, McLaren Flat, SA
"Bella Cosa" Three B&Bs On 5.6 Acres

The Cottage, The Chapel, The Gallery; three very unique dwellings with their own story to tell, a combined history of drawing holiday makers from near & far, & a pine forest like no other at their feet on some 5 picturesque acres.

Welcome to Bella Cosa; your rare chance to claim an instant income & three homes-in-one on the beautiful doorstep of D'arenberg, Wirra Wirra, Coriole & many more of the cellar doors that put McLaren Vale on the world map.

Each with their own quirks & backstory, all fully equipped & self-contained. How you manage these fully furnished, ready-to-go homes is up to you.

Live in one & manage the other two on AirBnB & booking.com or stay where you are & control it all remotely; the options are plenty on a property with the added bonus of a hobby vineyard & striking art sculptures.

Truth is; it's hard to pick a favourite. The Cottage carries that old-world charm that a character home should. With its cathedral ceilings, mezzanine bedroom & pool, The Chapel is truly unique.

And, thanks to a modern bathroom with a freestanding tub & big, green view; The Gallery adds a bit of luxury to this versatile equation.

Since 2017, it's all added up to yearly income growth, tipping the scales of $100,000 in 2019, making this a sound business opportunity in its own right.

The Cottage

2 bedroom built in circa 1920's.
Courtyard area with BBQ, Slow wood combustion fireplace, reverse cycle split air con, ceiling fans electric oven, gas hot water.

The Chapel

Built in 2004 – 1 bedroom on Mezzaine level.
Split system r/c air conditioner, gas hotplates, electric hot water, ceiling fan.
Salt chlorinated swimming pool.

The Gallery

1 bedroom built in 2004 fully refurbished in 2017.
Gas log fireplace, reverse cycle split air con, gas hot plate, gas hot water, electric oven, free-standing bath, double shower, double vanity.

Background - The current owners purchased the property in May 2015. Prior to settlement the three buildings on the property had been used as a cellar door/coffee shop, primary residence & B&B.

The current owners renovated the B&B building (The Cottage) including the installation of a new bathroom, made several cosmetic updates to the residence (The Chapel) & opened both buildings to B&B guests from July 2015.

Development Approval was obtained in January 2017 to renovate the cellar door/coffee shop building. That building was gutted & transformed into what is now The Gallery B&B. The works conducted extended beyond that internal redesign & included the installation of a 20,000 rain water tank, fire hoses & other substantial upgrades to meet the BAL 19 requirements. The Gallery welcomed its first B&B guests in June 2017.

Extensive landscaping works were carried out at the property in 2019 including the removal of several large trees & large scale clearing around the three buildings.

Operational Information - All three buildings, The Cottage, The Chapel & The Gallery, are currently being rented out as B&B accommodation. The overwhelming majority of bookings are made via the internet (approx 90%) through on-line distributors Booking.com & Expedia, AirBnB & own website.

Future Bookings

Based on their experience the current owners estimate that the majority of bookings are made 4-6 weeks in advance. Bookings made beyond this time frame are unusual. Conversely, a high number of last minute (within the next week) bookings are the norm.

Visitors are starting to return to the area as COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted. The removal of South Australia's quarantine requirement for interstate travellers on 20 July 2020 is encouraging.

The value of future bookings as from 12 July 2020 (as at 10 July 2020) is $12,625.

For Sale

This exciting property is being offered for sale by expressions of interest as a going concern on a walk in walk out basis.

For more details & to register your interest please contact
Mike Cross 0438 323 933

The information contained in this document is provided as an aid to further investigation. Information in this document may have been provided to
Southgate Real Estate by other people and therefore we do not warrant that it is accurate or correct. All figures quoted are approximations only. Independent
parties should make their own enquiries and seek independent advice before acting.

Erin Thompson