My Wife and I will be visiting Australia (and New Zealand) this coming Feb./March. After spending 4 nights in Melbourne, we will rent a car and drive the great ocean road to Kangaroo Island and then fly out of Adelaide. Here is what I have planned:
Day/night 1 - leave MEL early and drive the GOR to Warrnambool.
Day/night 2 - Drive to Coonawarra, maybe stopping at Mt. Gambier to see the blue lake. Time permitting, do some wine tastings in Coonawarra.
Day/Night 3 - Drive to Kangaroo Island (in a rental car approved to go on the ferry). Stop along the way in the Adelaide Hills for a wine tasting or two...Probably arrive to KI pretty late.
Days/ Nights 4 and 5 - KI.
Day/night 6 - Catch the ferry back to the mainland and spend most of the day tasting at wineries in the McLaren Vale region. Also, plan on spending the night in McLaren Vale.
Day 7 - Flight leaves ADL at 9:45.
What do you think? Good plan? We obviously enjoy wine tastings. Also, I wanted to get two full days on KI to allow us to experience the island (although still briefer than the ideal trip length).
My concerns - not enough time for the GOR portion. Originally, I planned on stopping in Apollo Bay and Mt. Gambier. Is that a better plan?
Also, I wanted to visit Barossa, but it just did not seem practical to work in for as time strapped as we are. Plus, we like big reds, and the more I read the more it seems like the regions we'd visit in the above plan would suit us better.
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thanks,