One of the many wonderful things about Australia is how well the topography and network of roads lend themselves to incredible road trips. One can journey between the country’s many bustling cities while sampling the natural wonders that make Australia the envy of the rest of the world whether you’re travelling amidst the arid beauty of the outback or along the sun kissed coastal routes. You can encounter incredible sights, wonderful wildlife and a whole of of great food not just in but between Australia’s great cities.
Here, we’ll skim over some of the treasures of the south and imagine that you’re taking a brief jaunt from Adelaide to Melbourne along the iconic Great Ocean Road. From here you can avail yourself not only of some of the most incredible views in the country but the varied and idiosyncratic charms of the south that will delight your eyes and your belly, including…
A little slice of Germany tucked away in the Adelaide Hills. Hahndorf’s quaint Bohemian style architecture and artesanal food give a sense of the “other” amidst the myriad comforts of home. The small town is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement and Germanic culture resonates in its architecture and its hospitality. Here you will find many B&Bs and hotels where you can hang your hat for the night as well as a range of great foods including Australia’s largest hotdog, craft beers, fine wines and the best strudel in the country.
Mount Lofty Summit
If there’s one thing Australia isn’t short of it’s national parks, and Mount Lofty Summit offers one of the most impressive that the south has to offer. Drive directly to Adelaide’s highest peak or take your time to wander the park’s many wandering trails. You’ll find a range of walks, hikes and treks to suit all abilities as well as mountain biking trails. Top off your stay with a meal with a view at the summit cafe and restaurant.
If your sense of adventure yearns for something a bit different, you’ll find an experience like no other in the Naracoorte Caves National Park in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia. The cave park is South Australia’s only national heritage site and is a site of tremendous historical and scientific importance due to the rare fossils that were found there. You can go all out with some adventure caving or opt for one of the more sedate walking tours designed with novices in mind. There’s also a cafe and learning centre where you can find out more about the important fossil discoveries found in the caves and about the native southern bent-winged bat.
As South Australia bleeds into Victoria there’s another opportunity to marvel at the sheer natural beauty that the country’s south has to offer. The city of Mount Gabier is best visited in the summer where the famous blue lake turns to a vivid shade of cobalt in the sunlight. You can also explore the verdant sunken garden of The Umpherston Sinkhole.