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Self-drive Holidays 37
SYDNEY OR MELBOURNE TO
ADELAIDE – 6 DAYS
Day 1 from Sydney
Travel from Sydney along the Hume
Highway through Goulburn and Gundagai,
ending the day’s journey in the Murray River
town of Albury.
Sydney to Albury: 575km/357miles, 6 hour drive
Day 1 from Melbourne
Travel to Echuca through the Macedon
Ranges and Spa Country.
Melbourne to Echuca: 205km/127miles,
3 hour drive
One of Victoria’s oldest river towns,
Echuca has fine examples of ornate 19th
century architecture and you’ll be able to
see paddle-steamers crawling their way
along the river. Continue on to Swan Hill,
another historic town, and then follow the
signs to Mildura. Set on the banks of the
Murray River, Mildura is in the heart of a
rich agricultural area, and has plenty to
offer the visitor.
Echuca – Mildura: 368km/229miles, 5 hour drive
Albury – Mildura: 551km/342miles
6 hour, 30 minute drive
Today you’ll cross the border into South
Australia and the northern Murray River
region. There are many towns to explore,
such as Waikerie, Barmera, Renmark and
Berri, where the region’s fruit industry
is on show at the many roadside stalls.
Houseboating and water sports are favourite
activities along the Murray River. Visit
This morning drive to the Barossa, one of
Australia’s famous wine regions, an easy
one -hour drive from Clare. There are more
than 80 wineries in the region, and you
can start exploring them in the town of
Nuriootpa, at places like Elderton Wines,
Penfolds Wines and Wolf Blass Visitor
Centre (see page 78).
The town of Tanunda is a delight, and a walk
around is the best way to see its unique
historic attractions. There are great cafés,
bakeries and antique and craft shops along
this street too. Other recommended wineries
on the outskirts of Tanunda include Peter
Lehmann Wines, Richmond Grove and
Drive to the town of Angaston via Mengler
Hill Lookout for one of the best views
of the Barossa. In Angaston, stop for
a well-deser ved break at Blond Coffee.
Both Saltram Wines and Yalumba are near
For a light lunch, or just to taste and
purchase the regional produce, Maggie
Beer’s Farm Shop is highly recommended.
For lunch or dinner, recommendations
include 1918 Bistro & Grill in Tanunda,
Appellation at Marananga and Vintners
Bar & Grill just outside Angaston (see
page 79 -80 for restaurant listings).
Accommodation in the Barossa is varied
and excellent. Pretty, historic self-contained
cottages, hosted bed and breakfasts,
heritage or resort-style accommodation,
hotels and motels are also available (see
pages 77-78 for accommodation options).
Clare to Tanunda: 100km/62miles, 1 hour drive
Continue exploring the many wineries and
attractions of the Barossa this morning.
From Tanunda, on the road to Lyndoch,
stop at the Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre
(see page 78 ) or Lou Miranda Estate. Other
wineries along this road include Grant Burge
Wines and St Hallett Wines, each known for
their premium wines.
Travel to Williamstown. Just outside the
town is the Whispering Wall. The wall
has a remarkable acoustic phenomenon:
messages whispered at one side can be
heard clearly at the other side, 140 metres
(153 yards) away. Continue on to Adelaide,
taking the picturesque hills route through
Kersbrook and Chain of Ponds.
Tanunda to Adelaide via the Adelaide Hills:
71km/44miles, 1 hour, 20 minute drive
* Distances and times do not include
detours or stops.
Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre, near
Kingston- on- Murray, where the wetlands can
be explored on a signposted walking trail,
and Banrock Station wines can be tasted,
purchased and enjoyed with a light meal.
There is a range of accommodation available
along the Murray River.
Mildura to Renmark: 144km/89.5miles
1 hour, 30 minute drive
Renmark to Blanchetown: 122km/76miles
1 hour, 30 minute drive
This morning, continue on to the Clare Valley
via Burra, about a two -hour drive. Clare
Valley is one of Australia’s premium wine
regions, as well as an important pastoral
Visit the historic village of Mintaro and
enjoy a walk around its remarkable heritage
buildings, including the magnificent 19th
century mansion Martindale Hall.
There are more than 40 cellar doors in the
Clare Valley. The oldest vineyard of the
valley is Sevenhill Cellars, established by
the Jesuits in 1848. Dine at Artisan’s Table
Wine Bar and Bistro or Skillogalee Wines
(see page 85 for restaurant listings).
The valley has many small towns to
explore. Auburn is recommended for its
heritage buildings. A self-guided walking
map is available.
Accommodation in Clare Valley ranges from
motels and apartments, to self-contained
cottages and beautiful country estates (see
page 85 for listings).
Blanchetown to Clare via Burra:
167km/104miles, 2 hour drive
Banrock Station Wine & Wetland
Centre, Kingston- On- Murray
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