Venture the diverse drive to the north, which offers everything from the home of a Saint to the famous Coonawarra wine region.

A breath of fresh air to start

Spend your journey to Coonawarra with a refreshing walk through Telford Scrub Conservation Park, located 15km north of Mount Gambier. Take the one hour Forest Canopy Walking Trail or venture a little further on the two and a half hour Stringybark Forest Walking Trail. With over 20 species of orchards located within the park, you’ll be surrounding by gorgeous natural surrounds.

Telford Scrub Conservation Park

Something for your inner history buff

At your next stop, take a step into one of the region’s largest industries at the Nangwarry Forestry and Logging Museum. The award winning displays will see you explore forestry through the ages, including historic machinery and trucks.

If you ever wondered what a Victorian mansion was like in the late 1800’s, Yallum Park is set to intrigue you. As one of the best preserved historic houses in Australia, take your time to explore the homestead and magnificent garden.

Nangwarry Forestry Museum
Yallum Park
Yallum Park

Take a break to enjoy a packed lunch at the Penola Conservation Park among the abundant wildlife that live in open wetland and woodlands. Didn’t come prepared? Head into the town of Penola and enjoy a meal at one of the many delicious lunch spots.

Penola Conservation Park
Royal Oak Hotel
Cafe Lito

Continue down history road

After lunch, take your time to explore the streets of Penola. This is a must stop town, with art galleries, wine tasting and an array of interesting stores. Next stop. visit the famous Mary MacKillop Penola Centre. Learn about Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop, and Father Julian Tenison Woods at the centre’s two main exhibitions. Continue to explore Penola’s rich history by taking a walk down a lane full of memories known as Petticoat Lane.

Penola Mary MacKillop Centre
Penola Mary MacKillop Centre
Penola Mary MacKillop Centre

Indulge in some of the regions finest

Take your last stop at Australia’s other ‘Red Centre’, the Coonawarra Wine Region. Taste your way through some of Australia’s best Cabernet Sauvignon at the historic cellar doors. With over 24 cellar doors, there’s plenty of choice. Can’t try them all? Why not purchase some to take home and try with friends and family.

Coonawarra Wine Region
Grape Vines