Latest Covid-19 Information for McLaren Vale

22 September 2021

With the restrictions and limitations around Covid-19 continuously changing, we have created this page to provide you with the most up-to-date and relevant information available to us on:

Travel restrictions within and to South Australia 

Our Covid Safe Plan

Our Covid Peace of Mind Cancellation policies

You can click on what is most important for you or simply continue on reading below.

South Australia open for Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and for the NT

The SA borders are open to all travellers from Western Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory as well as Queensland. Travellers who have been to the Logan City and City of Brisbane LGA in Queensland and arrive prior to 25 Sep in SA, have to get tested on day 1, 5 and 13 of arrival in SA and self-quarantine until the first negative test result. Testing is available at Adelaide airport or at Aldinga Beach (20min from Karawatha Cottages) and results are usually available within hours/overnight. This testing requirement has been removed for any arrivals as of the 25th of September.


All interstate traveller will need to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration and download the mySA GOV app for QR code check-ins from Google Play or the App Store prior to travel to South Australia.

The SA borders for travellers from New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria however remain closed for now. We continue to reach out to all our guests whose bookings may be impacted, to re-accommodate in line with our Covid-Peace-of-Mind policy.


We are looking forward to welcoming you back as of this weekend. With more than a year now of practice operating under our COVID-Safe-Plan, we ensure that your health and safety is not compromised during your stay with us. And the same is true for our friends and partners at local restaurants and cellar doors - cleaning regimes and social distancing are by now part of all our standard operating procedures! 

Here is what Rosemary & Jeff thought about their most recent stay:

"When things 'opened up', we thought of Unwind and we're so glad we did. We'd stayed at the cottage in 2017 and remembered the lovely views, the cosy wood fire and the well appointed rooms. It is also scrupulously cleaned.

It was a relaxing get-away, filled with more happy memories. Much needed this year!!!"

Restaurants, cafes and cellar doors are all allowed to welcome guests again, but keep in mind that capacity restrictions do apply. Make sure to call and book in advance, whether it is for cellar door tastings (seated tastings only) or for dining out - in particular weekends are always filling up fast.

You can find all restaurants with their opening hours, plus those offering take-away menus on our Restaurant page; our suggestions for tasting experiences, walks, beaches and day-trips on the Fleurieu Peninsula are listed on our Explore page.

For your extra peace of mind and to ensure your and our safety and well-being, we have also implemented the following additional measures:

  1. As part of us completing the SA government “Covid-Safe-Aware” training and the implementation of our "Covid-Safe-Plan", we have reviewed our cleaning protocol accordingly and are pleased to confirm that even our ‘normal’ clean is already exceeding official recommendations. In addition we have now added hand sanitiser to public areas, plus disinfectant spray for your use in the cottages.

  2. For the time being, we are also limiting/blocking same day check-outs & check-ins to increase time between use of cottages (and further reduce the risks), but can therefore unfortunately no longer accept early check-in or late check-out requests.

  3. Whilst we loved our personal welcomes and the opportunity to share more about McLaren Vale with you, we have reduced this for now to a minimum (or you can also choose to self-check-in) and are moving our recommendations to the Explore section of our website.

  4. With travel restrictions being removed again, we have returned to our normal cancellation provisions; but you have our commitment that we will apply our ‘peace of mind’ T&Cs should government travel restrictions be imposed again at a later stage:

    Peace of Mind provision for cancellations due COVID-19 travel restrictions: Should you be unable to travel due to a change in border closures (or re-introduction of intra-state travel restrictions) within the 30 day cancellation window (e.g. you reside in Queensland and the SA borders  are open for you to travel at time of booking, but are subsequently closed again within 30 days of your check-in date), the following 'peace of mind' provisions apply for all bookings that are made directly on our website (excluding group bookings) and that show a residential address/suburb that is covered in the government directions: 
    Fully refundable until 15 days prior check-in; free change of dates or travel credit for cancellations made within 14 and 2 days prior arrival. 

    Please note this relates to government imposed border closures/travel restrictions only and  does not cover sickness or any other cancel reason. Cancellations need to be made within 24 hrs of the changed travel restrictions being announced. We recommend to always purchase travel insurance.


So come and treat yourself to a stay at Karawatha Cottages for a well-deserved change of scenery and some fresh air; enjoy our beautiful surrounds, go on a walk along our beaches, explore the Onkaparinga Gorge (the river is flowing!) – or follow our wine walk or our other walking recommendations, starting right at your cottage.


If you have stayed with us before, check-out what we have done over the past few months whilst we had plenty of time up our sleeves: From planting just close to 50 new native bushes and trees throughout our gardens and the forest, to finally getting to work on our long-time planned veggie patch, to completing a bit of “isolation renovation” in the cottages. Kitchen bench-tops and our recycled hardwood vanity tops have been sanded and re-sealed, cottage decks are oiled, the combustion heaters (and flues) cleaned and ready for winter, and an array of other little odd jobs completed.

If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at anytime

Thank you so much for your ongoing support.


We are looking forward to welcoming you soon to Karawatha Cottages.

Friederike & Georg