Intrepid travellers Rob and Janine Caldwell.
Intrepid travellers Rob and Janine Caldwell.

Retiree travellers' guide to the best of South Australia

IT'S the trip we'd all love to do - travelling from Queensland's Sunshine Coast to South Australia and back up the east coast of Australia.

Intrepid travellers and bloggers, Sunshine Coast-based retirees Rob, 61, and Janine, 56, Caldwell, are half-way through a six-week odyssey doing just that.

Having recently left South Australia for the Great Ocean Road, we've pulled together some of their highlights from the festival state:

 

Kapunda.
Kapunda.

* Kapunda: Located between the Clare Valley and the Barossa, this historical town makes a good spot for a stopover. Classified as Australia's oldest mining town, it was established in 1839, with a large copper mine opening in 1842 on the outskirts of town. Remnants of the mine and associated buildings are on display. A circuit of the open cut mine is an easy 1.5km walk.

 

Handorf in the Adelaide Hills.
Handorf in the Adelaide Hills.

* Hahndorf: This quaint village in the Adelaide Hills is the oldest surviving German village in Australia. While boasting good shopping and the dog-friendly The Haus restaurant that served great lunches and desserts, Rob and Janine warn that the town itself cannot be classified as an RV-friendly town with the lack of suitable parking and narrow roads with cars parked on both sides. "We had to hold our breaths to fit down Main Street."

 

A winery in McLaren Vale.
A winery in McLaren Vale.

* McLaren Vale: This wine region about 35km south of Adelaide was well received, and Rob and Janine said they "had a few hit and misses but nevertheless gave the credit card a good work-out". They noted D'Arenberg, Samuel Gorge and Alpha, Box & Dice as their favourites.

* Willunga: Rob said the farmer's market held at Willunga every Saturday morning is a great visit with a good variety of local products. The local shops also provide breakfast and coffee.

 

Vineyards near Penola.
Vineyards near Penola.

* Penola: "Penola is an interesting township. While wine is the backbone industry, there is some interesting history associated with the place. The Information Centre has a great display of the Scottish heritage and information on the role Mary MacKillop played within the Catholic church in her early days in Penola. Petticoat Lane also has some interesting historical buildings and cottages to visit," Rob said.

* Wikicamps: Rob and Janine have been using this app to identify where to stay along their trip, which has largely been successful, with only a few disappointments. It is a database of campgrounds, caravan parks, day use areas, points of interest, information centres and public dump points that is kept up-to-date by users just like yourself. And it works off-line, so you don't need phone signal or a WiFi connection.

Read Rob and Janine's full adventures on their blog: https://onceuponaroad.wordpress.com/

* If you'd love to follow in Rob and Janine's footsteps but lack the caravan to take the journey in, why not enter our competition in conjunction with Palm Lake Resorts to win a $69,990 Majestic Caravan. Full details on how to enter can be found here: http://www.seniorsnews.com.au/news/how-enter-seniors-news-caravan-competition/3082582/


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