journey takes you from Melbourne to the Goldfields,
Spa Country and The Grampians, on to Penola and the
Coonawarra wine region, and then through the
Murraylands and Adelaide Hills.
The Country Lover's Way introduces
the traveler to historic Victorian cities including
Ballarat built on the prosperity of the 1850s gold
rush. Today Ballarat combines heritage and cafes, a
music and arts precinct and botanic gardens.
There are four wine-producing districts in the
Goldfields − Ballarat, Bendigo, Heathcote and the
Pyrenees and Grampians most offering cellar-door
For relaxing walks the Grampians mountain ranges
stretch skyward from the western Victoria's plains.
The 167 000-hectare national park is home to almost
a third of Victoria's plant species and numerous
Just over the SA border you reach Penola which was
first settled around 1840 and has become famous for
its association with poets, including Adam Lindsay
Gordon, and Mary MacKillop, the first Australian to
be beatified. The heritage town is the southern
gateway to the Coonawarra wine region.
Coonawarra's rich red soil, pure underground water
and a long, cool ripening period are its secrets to
creating fine wines. There are more than 20 cellar
doors from which to taste and buy throughout the
Before reaching Adelaide, spend time enjoying the
mighty Murray at Murray Bridge. In total, the town
has more than 68 hectares of river reserves. Sturt
Reserve is the most popular as it includes picnic
facilities and houseboat moorings.
Towards the end of the trip you'll be amazed at the
beauty of the Adelaide Hills, potter in towns such
as Hahndorf, Australia's oldest surviving German
settlement, before driving down to the coast and
arriving in Adelaide.