The great southern journey
Stunning cliff faces, roaring waves and spectacular beaches are just some of the highlights of the Southern Ocean Drive. Not to mention the Coonawarra wine region, the Naracoorte Caves and Victor Harbor – the perfect spot to take in some whale watching during the winter months. Four-wheel drive along pristine beaches or kayak along the still waterways of the Coorong and explore Kangaroo Island – one of the world’s most pristine natural environments.
Download the Southern Ocean Drive map, pack your car and away you go on this stunning six day adventure. Continue on to the Great Ocean Road or drive from Melbourne along the coast to explore the Southern Ocean Drive.
Southern Ocean Drive road trip highlights:
Mount Gambier to Coonawarra – 30 minutes. See the Blue Lake, Umpherston Sinkhole, Piccaninnie Ponds, Saint Mary McKillop Centre in Penola and stop in at cellar doors in the Coonawarra.
Coonawarra to Robe – 90 minutes. Visit more Coonawarra cellar doors and the Naracoorte Caves. See Robe’s Long Beach, do some shopping in the main street and snap photos of the stunning Robe Obelisk.
Robe to Victor Harbor – 4 hours 30 minutes. Marvel at the Coorong, Jack Point Pelican Observatory, Meningie Cheese Factory Museum and sample the offerings at Langhorne Creek’s cellar doors. Explore the Goolwa Wharf Precinct, take a Big Duck Boat cruise, enjoy views from The Bluff, take the horse drawn tram to Granite Island and join a Spirit of the Coorong Cruise.
Victor Harbor to Kangaroo Island – 45 minutes. Take the SeaLink Ferry to Penneshaw, visit Seal Bay, Raptor Domain, take a tour with Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action and get sandy at Little Sahara.
Kangaroo Island. Explore Flinders Chase National Park, see why Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks are among the most photographed places on Kangaroo Island, climb the lighthouse at Cape Borda and hit the beach at Stokes Bay.
Kangaroo Island to Adelaide – 1 hour 45 minutes. Follow the McMurtie Mile in McLaren Vale and taste, discover and experience the very best McLaren Vale has to offer all on one road. Explore the area’s cellar doors and restaurants featuring local produce.
This post is reprinted from www.southaustralia.com