Make a day trip to a number of interesting locations:
PORTLAND – 76Kms
Travel to Portland to shop, dine on the cliff overlooking the bay and port. Stop at the Tourist Information Centre. Visit nurseries, wineries and antique market. See the smelter and lighthouse. Proceed home via Bridgewater Bay with its spectacular views, seal colonies and blowholes. Pass the Bridgewater Lakes on the way back to the Nelson road. www.glenelg.vic.gov.au
MOUNT GAMBIER- 35 Kms
Visit Lady Nelson Tourist Information Centre for info on the volcanic trail. Visit the excellent shopping facilities and browse antique shops or gallery. See the Cave Gardens and of course the Crater Lakes–take the Aquifer Tour if you can. Stop at the several sinkholes within the city itself. Drive through pine forests and visit the local boutique wineries. Take in a movie and lunch at one of the excellent restaurants.
WARRNAMBOOL/PORT FAIRY- 180 Kms
Travel via Portland and see Tower Hill Craters. Detour through Koroit for antiques and an Irish experience. Travel on through Mailors Flat. Shop in Warrnambool and visit Fletcher Jones gardens. Spend some time at Flagstaff Hill and walk around Lake Pertobe. Visit the sea front.
Travel back through historic Port Fairy-see antique and other shops and have afternoon tea at one of the great bakeries or cafes.
SA LIMESTONE COAST –190 Kms to Kingston
Visit many fishing villages with long clean beaches and spectacular cliffs. You may be able to buy fresh crayfish in season or just enjoy fish and chips on the beach. Fish from the jetties. Visit new coastal wineries at Mount Benson and see the Barramundi Farm near Beachport.
PENOLA/COONAWARRA Wine Regions –110 Kms
Visit Penola and experience the Mother Mary MacKillop history first hand.
Eat at the boutique cafes and visit the local galleries before proceeding to the Coonawarra for a wine tasting experience.
NARACOORTE CAVES/BOOL LAGOON 160 Kms
Combine with the above trip and visit Naracoorte caves –world heritage listed. Lunch in Naracoorte. Nearby Bool Lagoon is bird watchers delight in season. Try the board walk.
THE GRAMPIANS VIA HAMILTON/DUNKELD approx. 500 Kms round trip.
A big trip but well worth the effort. The Grampians are majestic and very accessible with bush walking, water falls and wild flowers. Visit Brambuck Centre to learn about the local dreamtime and taste bush tucker.
Jackass Fern Gully - situated near the Fitzroy River, about 20km along the T & W Road from Nelson/Portland Road. The Jackass Fern Gully served as both watering hole and river ford in early settlement times. Vegetation in the area includes, five different fern types, stringybark, paperbark, prickly current-bush and tall saw-sedge. The picnic facilities are fabulous, there is also some walking and cycling track on the dirt roads around the area.
Mount Richmond National Park- located just off the Portland/Nelson Road, the park features BBQ's and picnic tables, a lookout tower at the summit giving spectacular views of Discovery Bay, Cape Bridgewater and Portland. There is also a number of short, circular walks in the park.
Crawford River Regional Park - situated near Greenwald on the Princes Hwy. Take the Boulevard forest drive, which follow the northern bank of the river, through stringybark and tree lined gullies. Camping is permitted.
Swan Lake - can be reached by turning off the Portland-Nelson Road. there is a walking track across the dunes to the Ocean Beach. Areas of the dunes have been set aside for using Dune Buggys. The sand dunes of Swan Lake can reach 70 metres in height, however the form of the dunes is not fixed and they extend as far as Bridgewater Lakes.
Penambol Conservation Park - located 22km south east of Mount Gambier, the area contains several geological features, one of which has archaeological significance. The park is one of the best places to see evidence of wombats. There are several walks to do within the park, one of which provides an elevated viewing platform to view Caroline Sinkhole.