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Nov 2, 2010 - Penola

2nd November Penola Melbourne cup day, it's tradition to watch it. We told Sarah we had bet on a horse I heard on the radio this morning but we didnt. We discovered a brand new hobby. Driving round wineries getting free fine wine at the cellar doors, having tipsy chats, not even being made to feel guilty for not buying and then being offered cheese! Brilliant. We would go in and say we don't know a lot about wines and would like to l ow and they would be happy to talk to us and just advise DRIVING to other winaries. We were going into oak...

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Mar 15, 2010 - Penola

We had planned to drive on to Adelaide, then back to Melbourne, but decided we were getting a bit tired of such long days in the car so decided to change our plans. Stopped an hour above Mt. Gambier in the town of Penola, set in the Coonawarra wine country. Very good decision as it allowed us to visit several wineries, have a nice lunch and to indulge in an afternoon nap. After getting some local opinions on where to go next, headed inland to the Grampians National Park for some hiking and critter spotting.

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Dec 1, 2009 - Day 133 – Coonawarra – Australia’s other red centre.

………or at least that is what the marketing will tell you. The slogan is everywhere. Today being the first day of December and first day of summer, the weather responded with a stunningly clear (but cold) and sunny start to the day. Ev spent an hour or so playing with his new friends (and the seed pods) before we got into the car and headed up to the Naracoorte caves. Naracoorte is the only world heritage listed site in SA. It could be described as , ‘we’re famous for our fossils’. Specifically a lot of Mega fauna has been found in the area...

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Nov 30, 2009 - Day 132 – Mt Gambier to Penola - Into the Coonawarra

Again South Australia greeted us with intermittent rain this morning as I was outside packing up the van. Before we left we walked up the hill to the centenary tower. There are no published opening times for the tower, all that is committed to is that the tower is open “when the flag is up”. I translate that as when we could be bothered….and they couldn’t this morning. Still the view from the top of the hill, over the volcanic craters and towards the town was impressive. One interesting fact, at the top of the hill there were distance...

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Dec 16, 2007 - The Coonawarra

Yvonne was going to a place called Chardonnay Lodge, just outside a small town called Penola, in the middle of the Coonawarra wine region for a meeting, so Richard and I dropped her at the airport to catch a plane down for her meeting, while we drove down to meet her when it was over. It was a lovely drive down, and we arrived at around midday, checked in to our rooms, then Richard and I went on to Mount Gambier, which was about 30km further along the road, while Yvonne finished her meeting. We had lunch in a hotel in Mount Gambier, then...

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