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Second stop, Victor Harbour
Second stop, Victor Harbour
Third stop, Mannum
Last but not least, Barossa
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Two hours from Adelaide

Thursday, March 6, 2003
We give you five fantastic, fun and fabulous things to do, just two hours from Adelaide.

Getaway has decided to find great things to do within two hours of Australia's capital cities. Adelaide is first cab off the rank, and we found some good places for visitors to explore.

The summit of Mt Lofty, just 20 minutes out of town, is a good place to get your bearings and see the layout of Adelaide. Buses operated by Transit Plus have several drop offs and pick ups from the CBD to the top of Mt Lofty and surrounding areas. An obelisk which was built in 1885 to establish latitude and longitude still stands there.

At 710m above sea level you get a good look at the Adelaide Hills lying between the Barossa in the north and McLaren Vale in the south, plus Piccadilly Valley, the city and, on a clear day, Kangaroo Island.

Plenty of walking tracks take you into the Cleland Conservation Park, but you might want to enjoy something to eat at the Summit Restaurant and Cafe before you head off.

Just one hour south of town is Victor Harbour, South Australia's most popular beach getaway. From there you can take a horse-drawn tram to Granite Island where tiny penguins nest. Between June and October you can see whales which come in to breed and care for their young in the area. Rug up and stand on the bluff for one of nature's most beautiful sights.

The cockle train runs from Victor on Sundays, public holidays and during school holidays and the 30-minute run to Goolwa is a fun outing.

Next stop is Mannum, a town on the Murray River. There you can float along in a dinghy, kayak, Canadian canoe or rent a houseboat for as long as you like. Breeze Holiday Hire has most things that float and if you feel like something a bit faster, they will rent you a ski boat, skis, rope, life jacket, wetsuits and a biscuit — which is a tyre attached to the speed boat and is great fun to ride in.

A visit to South Australia without a visit to one of its wine-growing districts just doesn't seem right, and fortunately there are plenty of vineyards within our two-hour limit.

The colony's first surveyor-general, Colonel Light, was reminded of Barrosa in Spain when he first saw the valley, but constant misspelling saw it become the Barossa Valley. Whatever the spelling, it produces top quality whites and reds.

Peter Lehmann's wines are famous worldwide and visitors to the Barossa enjoy seeing one of the district's original wineries where they can enjoy tasting some wines and cheeses and possibly make some purchases at the cellar door.

Just 45 minutes east of Adelaide is Monarto which has a 1000ha open range zoological park. It opened in 1982 and 400ha of it are devoted to the breeding of rare animals. There has been great success with the Mongolian wild horse and they are aiming to have the animal removed from the endangered list and return some to Mongolia.

There are many species of birds, some migratory and visiting for a few months, and others which call the park their permanent home. Walking trails take you through mallee woodland habitat and you can wander along them yourself or have a guide who can answer any questions you might have.

Location

Adelaide, South Australia's capital.

Cost

Mt Lofty Summit is 20 minutes south-east of Adelaide and entry is free. The Summit Restaurant and Cafe has breakfast starting at $5.
Breeze Holiday Hire in Mannum, a 90-minute drive east of Adelaide, rents speed boats from $120 an hour, including driver. Dingy hire starts at $75 a day and jet ski hire starts at $290 a day.
Peter Lehmann Wines is in Tanunda, a 75-minute drive north-east of Adelaide. Wine tastings are free.
Monarto Zoological Park is 45 minutes south-east of Adelaide. Entry costs $15.50 for adults and $10 for children.
Victor Harbor Cockle Train fares start at $15 one way for adults and $8 one way for children.
Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram costs $17 for a return family pass. They run every day from 10am to 4pm.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Mt Lofty Summit
Summit Road via Crafers Mt Lofty 5152
Ph: 08 8370 1054 Fax: 08 8370 1053
www.parks.sa.gov.au
mtloftysummit@saugov.sa.gov.au
The Summit Restaurant & Café
Ph: 08 8339 2600 Fax: 08 8339 2608
summit.restaurant@bigpond.com

Monarto Zoological Park
Princes Highway Monarto 5254
Ph: 08 8534 4100 Fax: 08 8534 4077
www.monartozp.com.au
mzpadmin@monartozp.com.au

SteamRanger Tourist Railway
(Cockle Train and all other services)
Box 960 PO Mt Barker 5251
Ph: 08 391 3621
Fax: 08 8391 1933
www.steamranger.org.au
info@steamranger.org.au

Victor Harbor Tramway
The Causeway Victor Harbor 5211
Ph: 1800 008 662
Fax: 08 8551 0501
www.tourismvictorharbor.com.au
horsetram@victor.sa.gov.au

Tourism Victor Harbor: 08 8552 5738

Breeze Holiday Hire
14 Randall Street, Mannum 5238
Ph: 1800 236 569 Fax: 08 8569 2223
www.growler.com.au/breeze
breeze@lm.net.au

Qantas: 13 13 13.

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