Day 13 – Granite Island and McLaren Vale

Up early to go back to Victor Harbor to try get a glimpse of some whales…

Summoning the whales

Summoning the whales

Still no whales

Still no whales

No luck in the morning so after a coffee and cakes at the Goolwa Markets we took the horse drawn tram over the bridge to Granite Island to have a look around and try see some whales.

Smash being an enthusiastic tourist

Smash being an enthusiastic tourist

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Granite Island, SA

Granite Island, SA

View to The Bluff from Granite Island

View to The Bluff from Granite Island

Still no whales..

Still no whales..

Walking around Granite Island

Walking around Granite Island

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Smasha inspecting a fig tree

Smasha inspecting a fig tree

No joy on the whale front but the walk around Granite Island was lovely and really worth going over to see. We opted for a walk back along the tram tracks to the mainland.

Back along the tram tracks to the mainland

Back along the tram tracks to the mainland

Looking back to Granite Island

Looking back to Granite Island

Victor Harbor tram

Victor Harbor tram

And of course.. camels

And of course.. camels

We said goodbye to the coast for now and drove up north to McLaren Vale to do some winery-ing.. wining? There’s a slick bike route that goes past a lot of the less hilly wineries called the Shiraz Trail that we followed for some of the way on a couple of hired bikes from the town.

Wineries in the McLaren Vale

Wineries in the McLaren Vale

Cycling the Shiraz Trail

Cycling the Shiraz Trail

Wineries along the McMurtrie Mile in McLaren Vale

Wineries along the McMurtrie Mile in McLaren Vale

Hugh Hamilton’s cellar door was pretty spectacular – they’ve built up this pavilion-style circular room on a hill that gives you a 360 degree view of the vines and the beautiful rolling hills surrounding them. Great wines but we definitely stayed for the scenery… and the snacks.

Hugh Hamilton Winery

Hugh Hamilton Winery

Hugh Hamilton - vineyards for days

Hugh Hamilton – vineyards for days

A little further along the bike path was the McLaren Vale Brewery and a cafe called Red Poles, where we stopped in for more drinks and some cheese and bits for lunch. Tough times.

McLaren Vale beer and cheeses from Red Poles restaurant

McLaren Vale beer and cheeses from Red Poles restaurant

Riding back to McLaren Vale

Riding back to McLaren Vale

Getting a bit wet in the rain so we took the bikes back and drove up the hill to d’Arenburg to try some more reds. Good views from up here too!

d'Arenburg winery - McLaren Vale, SA

d’Arenburg winery – McLaren Vale, SA

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d'Arenburg winery - McLaren Vale, SA

d’Arenburg winery – McLaren Vale, SA

d'Arenburg cellar door

d’Arenburg cellar door

Full of wine and cheese and other really lavishly difficult things, we drove a little further on to Clarendon to camp for the night and Smash wanted to record how beautifully packed the tent was from this morning – Rassi would be proud. Tomorrow should be Adelaide and the hills, and then possibly on to the Flinders Ranges!

Smasha showing off our compact tent packing skills from this morning

Smasha showing off our compact tent packing skills from this morning

Departed: Goolwa, SA
Arrived: Clarendon, SA
Distance travelled: 86km
Trip Total: 2772km

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