Up early to go back to Victor Harbor to try get a glimpse of some 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Departed: Goolwa, SA
Arrived: Clarendon, SA
Distance travelled: 86km
Trip Total: 2772km