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5 days drive GOR Melbourne to Kangaroo Island

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5 days drive GOR Melbourne to Kangaroo Island

I am planning on driving from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island Oct. 17-21. The first night I was planning on staying in Apollo Bay. I'd like to do a night walk in Melba Gully to see the glow worms. Do I need to be on a tour? I'd also like to do the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk. Would it be better to spend the night in Lavers Hill? Second night in Warrnambool. 3rd night Mt Gambier. What is the fastest, most interesting way to go from Mt. Gambier to Cape Jervis to get the ferry to Kangaroo Island? Where should I spend the 4th night before driving to the ferry?

Thank you

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1. Re: 5 days drive GOR Melbourne to Kangaroo Island

Leaving Mount Gambier after viewing the Blue Lake, you can travel to Penola now famous for Australias first saint www.mackilloppenola.org.au

Who began the order of St Joseph.

Continue north to Naracoorte and visit the Heritage Caves www.naracoortecaves.sa.gov.au

Travel west from Naracoorte to the Limecoast town of Robe, you may choose to stay there, or continue north along the Coorong to Meningie an indigenous area and stay at www.coorongwildernesslodge.com

Meningie to Cape Jervis is about a three hour drive.

Distances www.auinfo.com

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www.tourkangarooisland.com.au

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2. Re: 5 days drive GOR Melbourne to Kangaroo Island

For other advisors - first part of query answered on the S.A forum - Apollo Bay or Lavers Hill. But others may have further info.

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3. Re: 5 days drive GOR Melbourne to Kangaroo Island

FWIW, and in particular other (future) readers, I'll offer an alternative:

Day 1 - Melbourne to Lorne - 140kms; 2.5 hours

Day 2 - Lorne to Port Fairy - 230 kms - 3.5 hours

Day 3 - Port Fairy to Coonawarra via Mount Gambier - 275kms - 3 hours

or Port Fairy to Robe via Mount Gambier - 346 kms - 3.5 hours

Day 4 - Coonawarra to Victor Harbor via Naracoorte and Strathalbyn - 290 kms - 3.5 hours

or Robe to Victor Harbor via Meningie and Strathalbyn - 275kms - 3.3 hours

Day 5 - Victor Harbor to Cape Jervis - 60 kms - 1 hour

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4. Re: 5 days drive GOR Melbourne to Kangaroo Island

I decided to stay the first night at Lavers Hill. I found what looks like a lovely B&B that gives a glow worm tour. It makes my first day longer than I wanted but I can see Triplet falls and the Otway Fly Treetop Walk (although OFTW got some bad reviews) the next morning. The only hotel I haven't already booked is the one in Meningie. I plan on catching the 6:00 ferry to Kangaroo Island the next evening, so I want to get to Cape Jervis by 4:30. Would I be taking a risk If I don't book a place to stay and just see how far we get, maybe going as far as Strathalbyn?

This is my route-

http://goo.gl/maps/yKMp

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5. Re: 5 days drive GOR Melbourne to Kangaroo Island

Not booking the accommodation is a risk - it then becomes a question of managing the risk. Perhaps make a decision that morning about how far you will travel, and ring ahead to book.

In Meningie - the Lake Albert as you already know:

http://www.lakealbertmotel.on.net/welcome.htm

In Strathalbyn - a couple of options (not including B&Bs)

http://www.strathmotel.com.au/

http://www.victoriahotelstrathalbyn.com.au/

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6. Re: 5 days drive GOR Melbourne to Kangaroo Island

I read your original inquiry and all the answers you got. I'm wondering if you did the trip, how it went, what the weather was like, where you stayed etc. We're thinking of a similar trip this fall.

Thanks,

Scupper

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