Welcome to Don’t Delay Your Stay, news.com.au’s campaign to support communities hard hit by this summer’s devastating bushfires. Many of these regions rely on tourism so one of the best ways to help is to visit and spend time in some of the most beautiful parts of our great country.
The area around Lobethal was hard hit by the fires but the main street was saved and the community is now welcoming back visitors.
The historic Onkaparinga Woollen Mill, which once produced those famous coloured check blankets that were on every Aussie bed, is being transformed into an arts and heritage hub called Fabrik. It’s not always open so check out its Facebook page for upcoming events.
Lobethal Bierhaus has taken residence in part of the old woollen mill. Picture: Adam BruzzoneSource:Supplied
The old mill is also home to the Lobethal Bierhaus, a popular micro brewery with cellar door tastings (anyone for lentil beer?) and a restaurant that features lots of local produce and wine.
There are plenty of other food spots to try including the Amberlight Motorcycle Cafe or Lobethal Bakery for breakfast, lunch or coffee or head over to Emma & Ivy, which, as well as serving great food and coffee, sells beautiful gifts and plants.
Stop in for some breakfast and a touch of shopping at Emma & Ivy.Source:Supplied
You can search for the perfect vintage find at Hunted Home and Vintage or check out “slow fashion” store Tracy Prior Creations, dedicated to Australian designers and unique pieces.
One of the newest additions to the town Hugel Wine Bar & Kitchen, has just opened in an old bank building in the main street and features lots of local wines and produce on the menu.
Lobethal Road Wines managed to save its vineyards and cellar doors and is encouraging people to visit.
Lobethal Road Wines managed to survive the bushfires. Picture: Adelaide Hills Wine Region/South Australian Tourism CommissionSource:Supplied
There are plenty of accommodation options in the area including 1965 Lobethal Bed and Breakfast.
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Just a few minutes from Woodside and Lobethal is the even smaller village of Charleston and this is where you will find homewares and fashion store Pony, which stocks the kind of gear that deserves a spot on your Insta feed.
Venture to nearby Charleston and visit homewares store Pony.Source:Supplied
Unfortunately nearby Almondcart Wines lost almost all of its vineyard in the fire but the owners are still welcoming visitors for tastings on the property or you can head online to support them.
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