DAY TRIP: NORTH
*We suggest you save the Wine regions for a separate day trip to allow a chance to roam from winery to winery and enjoy not only the wines themselves but soaking up the history and taking in a leisurely lunch.
Coonawarra is only a 30 minute drive from Mount Gambier, so a return trip to wander from vineyard to vineyard will deliver a memorable experience.
Popular Tourist Drives
With its excellent range of accommodation and dining, Mount Gambier is also the ideal base for self-drive exploring. Spontaneity often rules when it comes to road trips, but there are also several well-plotted journeys.
This starts at Penola’s Woods Mackillop Schoolhouse on the corner of the history-laden Petticoat Lane, before sharing significant glimpses into the past at Portland and Hamilton, Victoria.
This is a heritage and nature-based touring route of 130 kilometres in and around Mount Gambier. The trail passes through Robe, Beachport, Millicent, Carpenters Rocks, Port MacDonnell, Mount Gambier, Nelson and Portland.
It follows 21 maritime-themed interpretive trail markers which emotively recount the tale of the Wreck of Admella. Your walk will recount the 1859 shipwreck which claimed 89 lives, while the Great South West Walk has been developed as a bushwalking trail that can be tailored to various fitness levels.
You can sample shorter sections of the trail just over the border at Nelson where the Glenelg River meets the sea, or brave the entire 250km loop that officially starts and finishes in Portland.
Visitor information centers have the full map of the trail.
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