Home' Trade Holiday Planner : South Australian Trade Holiday Planner 2015 - 2017 Contents DAYS 1-2
Melbourne to Lorne: 141km/88miles,
2 hour, 30 minute drive
Lorne to Port Fairy: 230km/143miles,
3 hour, 25 minute drive
Travel to the Limestone Coast of South
Australia today, stopping in Mount Gambier,
which is built on the site of an extinct volcano.
Mount Gambier is home to the Blue Lake
which mysteriously changes colour to a vivid
blue each November for a few months.
Continue north towards the historic town
of Penola and the world-famous
Coonawarra wine district, renowned for
fine red wines. An overnight stay here is
highly recommended: there are numerous
bed and breakfast properties and more
than 20 cellar doors to visit.
Alternatively, travel along the coast where
Beachport and Robe are tranquil lobster
fishing towns that in the height of summer
become bustling holiday spots. Robe is the
perfect place for an overnight stay. Indulge
in fresh seafood and explore the stunning
surf beaches and rugged coastlines.
Port Fairy to Coonawarra: 275km/171miles,
3 hour, 10 minute drive
Port Fairy to Robe: 346km/216miles,
3 hour, 45 minute drive
From Coonawarra, visit the impressive
World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves,
with caves full of delicate calcite formations
and a 350 000 year-old fossil bed (see
Two -hours on, cross the Murray River on
a car ferry (a short trip that offers a charming
introduction to the river landscape) and
travel to the historic town of Strathalbyn
on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
For those driving north from Robe, the
NEW SOUTH WALES
highway skirts Coorong National Park,
a long narrow stretch of shallow lagoons
separated from the ocean by a long
peninsula: it’s a waterbird habitat of
Follow the highway through Meningie to
Wellington where you cross the Murray
River and travel to Strathalbyn on the
Fleurieu Peninsula, a mecca for those who
love antique shopping.
From Strathalbyn, head towards the coast,
visiting the heritage river port of Goolwa
and the popular seaside town of Victor
Harbor. Stay overnight in one of the coastal
towns (see page for accommodation
Coonawarra to Victor Harbor: 290km/180miles,
3 hour, 30 minute drive
Robe to Victor Harbor: 274km/170miles,
3 hour, 20 minute drive
Spend time exploring the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Join a river cruise that takes you to the
mouth of the Murray River and into the
Coorong, and learn about the ecosystem,
wildlife and Aboriginal heritage of the area
(see page 123).
Drive to Cape Jer vis in the afternoon to
catch a ferry to Kangaroo Island.
There is a large range of accommodation in
Self-drive Holiday: 7 days via Great Ocean Road
MELBOURNE TO ADELAIDE
Kingscote, American River and Penneshaw
(see pages 109-110).
Victor Harbor to Adelaide: 78km/48.5miles,
1 hour, 30 minute drive
Cape Jervis to Penneshaw: 45 minute ferry
DAYS 6 -7
Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest
island and is known for its abundance of
Drive to Seal Bay to encounter sea lions.
Visit Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch
in Flinders Chase National Park.
Discover secluded beaches and try local
products such as honey, sheep’s milk
cheese and eucalyptus oil.
See page 108 for approximate distances and
driving times on Kangaroo Island.
Transfer from Penneshaw to Cape Jervis on
the morning ferry. Drive to McLaren Vale,
one of the most picturesque wine regions in
Australia. Stay overnight or end your journey
Cape Jervis to McLaren Vale: 74km/46miles,
Adelaide to McLaren Vale: 40km/25miles,
* Distances and times do not include detours or stops.
Maxwell Wines, McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula
The Great Ocean Road is one of the
world’s most spectacular coastal
drives, and a great way to travel from
Melbourne to South Australia.
38 Self-drive Holidays
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