Roadtrip SA

November 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm 1 comment

Over the September school holidays (spring here) we embarked on an extensive roadtrip during which we visited some of the most beautiful spots in Southern Australia.

Are we there yet??

The boys drove up through the Mallee to visit relatives, continued north to Mildura and then west across through the Barossa to Adelaide (almost 1000km and 3 days).

Claudia and I flew direct to Adelaide, South Australia from Melbourne (1 hour) to meet up.

First stop was the seaside suburb of Glenelg where we stayed for two days in a fun retro apartment. We looked at Port Adelaide, the City Centre and drove into the Adelaide Hills to visit the quaint town of Hahndorf.

As we drove south along the coast we deviated to a few beaches and wineries/breweries including Thomas Hardy’s historic Tintara at McLaren Vale.

Moreton Bay Fig at Tintara winery

The river meets the sea

More sensational scenery on the route south

Our big destination though was Kangaroo Island. At 150kms long this is no small island. Three days on the island was not enough to really enjoy all the beautiful and fascinating spots to see, however it gave us a taste. We travelled over in comfort on the car ferry (50 minutes) and drove to American River, our base for the 3 days. The island was celebrating with an Art, Food & Wine festival so there were plenty of events to keep us busy.

Fishing at Vivonne Bay

The Remarkables

Seal at Admiral's Arch

Snorkelling at Stokes Bay

To get to Stokes Bay you need to walk through a tunnel in the rocks, fun for the kids.

Pelicans at Emu Bay

After catching the late ferry to Cape Jervis we drove in darkness to Victor Harbour for our next stop.

Harbourside at Victor Harbour

Being the long weekend there was a definite carnival atmosphere until we escaped to walk around Granite Island just across the boardwalk.

Granite island has lots of granite!

And lots of wildlife but we were too late/early for the fairy penguins.

As we continued on, the boys stopped for a surf with the whales:

Spot the whale!

We drove around The Coorong on the Limestone Coast, stopping at Robe for the night.

Wise words

We continued on to Mt Gambier and trekked around the ‘Blue Lake’.

Final stop on the trip was Warrnambool which is close enough for us to go back and spend longer.


Entry filed under: Landscapes, Travelling.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. maggi21  |  November 7, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Lovely photos. Thank you for sharing your trip.


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