Mount Gambier

It’s a place with red wine and a blue lake, people. This is a compulsory destination!

If you need further convincing, take it under advisement that it is close to the Shipwreck Trail Coast and if you manage to make it out without tasting sumptuous, local Waygu beef and/or rock lobster, it will be a minor miracle.

Mount Gambier is turning pinot into an artform and the sauvignon blanc and chardonnay there are pretty special, too.

Smack bang in between Melbourne and Adelaide (approximately 450kms from each), this is a sizable rural hub with lots of historic buildings and a pocket of wineries with cellar doors willing to play host to tourists.