• Location: Adelaide, Australia
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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If you’re more into craft beer than high-end wine, skip South Australia’s many wineries in favor of a 4WD day trip that highlights the hopping beer scene of the McLaren Vale region and Fleurieu Peninsula. With an insider guide, you’ll travel across rugged landscapes and into the Australian bush to visit four microbreweries, where you’ll taste the goods and learn about the beer-making process. Enjoy views of the coastal scenery of Gulf St Vincent, and stop for a hearty lunch on this small-group tour limited to 10 people.


  • Full-day beer tour of Fleurieu Peninsula by 4WD
  • Visit four small breweries to compare beers and enjoy the character of each place
  • Meet local brewers to discuss their brewing methods
  • Go off-road to reach remote locations with spectacular views and tasty refreshments
  • Savor a 3-course lunch at a celebrated local restaurant with the option to purchase dessert and drinks with your meal
  • Travel through McLaren Vale and see Gulf St Vincent, the Southern Ocean and the Myponga Reservoir
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a customized experience with a knowledgeable guide

What You Can Expect

Fleurieu Peninsula Craft Beer and Brewery 4WD Tour Including 2-Course Lunch

McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Peninsula 4WD Tour

After pickup in Adelaide by sturdy yet comfortable 4WD vehicle, your day trip starts with the 40-minute drive south of the city to the McLaren Vale region; while known around the world for its wines, the area is also home to several handcrafted beer operations.

Your tour of local microbrews begins at Goodieson’s Brewery, an award-winning boutique brewery where your tasting includes beers such as pilsner and German-style maibock. You may get the chance to chat with the expert brewer, Jeff Goodieson, if he’s around before continuing your tour with an off-road drive to a viewpoint that boasts photo ops of McLaren Vale and the coast. Then head to your next beer venue, Red Poles, where you’ll sample Vale Ale Brewing Company’s American-style dark lager and Australian IPA in a rustic Australian bush setting.

Next, refuel with a 2-course outdoor lunch at a local restaurant, where a beer-friendly menu features a number of mouth-watering dishes. (Dessert and drinks are not included but are available for purchase; the staff is happy to recommended beer pairings.) Then continue your beer adventure at Ekhidna Beer Haus for a tasting of their unique beverage that’s part beer, part ginger beer.

Back in your 4WD, take an exciting ride along Silversands Beach to admire views of Gulf St Vincent (depending on weather and tide conditions), and stop to take photos and enjoy another beer tasting before heading to your last stop, the Smiling Samoyed. From this microbrewery’s location next to the Myponga Reservoir, where kangaroos often graze in the sun, you can enjoy your tasting while keeping an eye out for wildlife. Your day trip then ends with the 45-minute drive back to Adelaide.

Tour includes lunch, morning snacks and a drink. Recommended beer paddles cost between $7.50 and $10 and can be purchased at will according to your thirst.

Customer Reviews

Jason A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Awesome local knowledge of ecology, culture and history. Great lunch in national reserve. Ben is a top-notch bloke and incredible tour guide! This was 1 of best experience of my life.
Only negative: beer paddle samples at breweries not included in price. An all-inclusive offering would be convenient.

Angela M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour is amazing. We had a great day. Ben is extremely knowledgeable of the local area and enjoys sharing stories of his home town. We recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see McLaren Vale. Wonderful!

jill m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

I highly recommend this tour! It is the only 4wd tour in Adelaide. The tour guide- Ben was awesome. He is very knowledagble

Todd R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This was one of the most entertaining tours my wife and I did in Australia. Ben was a great tour guide - friendly and full of information. We were the only people on the tour, so we ended up having a private tour for the day. Our tour was on a Monday, and only 3 of the 4 breweries were open (be wary on Monday/Tuesday, they're not all open). To make up for it, we spent more time at each of the breweries after our tastings and had a pint of our favorite from the tasting. Note that you do have to pay for your own tastings/beers at each brewery - but lunch is included in the price of the tour. Our lunch was excellent - Ben works with great vendors to make sure your meal is top notch. At the last brewery (which was our favorite), you can buy beers to bring back with you to Adelaide. Ben takes you on a drive on a beach, and you drive into a few parks to get some great scenic views.

Since Ben grew up in the McLaren Vale region, he is very knowledgeable about the landscape and area. He keeps you engaged and involved throughout the day, making sure all needs are met. We had a great day tasting beer and off-roading!

Marion L

4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

A very unique experience as first time in a 4WD. Ben our host was very passionate and informative. Although one of the brewery's visits was cancelled, it was replaced with a winery visit which we also enjoyed.

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