I thought it was time for a post to explain who I am and why the website? Firstly thanks for stopping by and whether you found it by accident or were searching for something, I hope I can help you. If you’re travelling in Australia and in particular if you are planning a road trip I might be able to help you find some interesting places to visit and ideas on what to do when you get there.
The wines produced in the Coonawarra in South Australia are unique for the Terra Rossa soil in which they grow, a soil type specific to this region. The soil which is rich in iron, silica and nutrients sits on top of a bedrock of limestone and this combined with pure underground water creates the terroir soil renowned for red wine.
Have you ever stayed in a town where everyone you encounter is friendly and helpful, from the caravan park to the supermarket, retail shops to wineries and everything in between? We encountered this at Penola in South Australia’s south east, around 390 kilometres from Adelaide. Maybe it’s something in the water or maybe it has something to do with Penola being the one time home of Mary MacKillop, Australia’s only saint. Either way this friendly little town is one to put on your visit list with interesting shops in the main street, galleries, historic buildings and over 20 wineries in the wine growing region of Coonawarra just 14 kilometres away.
The regional city of Mount Gambier is a little over 430 kilometres from Adelaide which makes it close enough for a long weekend but with so many interesting natural features to discover you’ll want at least a week to delve into all of it. It’s also a convenient half way mark if you are travelling to Melbourne.
Every now and again a spanner gets thrown into the works when you’re caravanning but hopefully with pre trip planning and maintenance, the troubles are minor. On the last caravan trip when the weather was too cold for spending time outdoors past sundown, we had the consolation of the TV on board so at least we could catch a football game in the evening.
Disaster struck though when there was no reception, despite being in a caravan park and noticing other vans with television reception. With limited knowledge other than to turn the antenna on the van in one direction or another, check plugs and switches inside, all to no avail, it was time to call on the experts, good old Jim’s Antennas.
The Mornington Peninsula may be best known for its wineries but there is something for everyone to taste, see and explore in this region, a little over an hour from Melbourne. On our first visit to this region we couldn’t have picked a better day for the weather. The coastal vistas were at their most vivid blue hues as we stopped to admire the scenery at lookouts on the way up to Arthurs Seat, the highest point of the peninsula.