Do you like wine? Have you ever wanted to go to Australia?
An Australian wine tasting road trip could be a great travel hook.
Australia is a big exciting country. There is so much to do that a tourist could be overwhelmed... you need a focus. Other visits we concentrated on seeing Australia's cities or natural wonders.
We've been birding and snorkeling and diving, but for this visit wine tasting was the hook.
Be warned, some of the Australian road signs will tempt you to linger and watch for all that great Australian wildlife... and that will make you're trip longer and even more fun!
We tasted and toured our way through Victoria and Tasmania....
...Visiting old travel friends and friends at Taltarni Winery in the little town of Moonambel in the Pyrenees.
We ended our wine tasting road trip in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales.
There are wine producing regions all over Australia.
A friend we visited in Canberra served us some wine from her home state of Queensland... a very nice Rimfire Shiraz. Wine in the tropics? Yep... And we hope to get there on our next Australian wine tasting trip.
Things to Know for YOUR Australian Wine Tasting Trip
You also need to remember that the legal limit for blood alcohol level in Australia is 0.05. Some of the bigger wineries have breathalyzers on hand so you can make sure you're legal to drive. Many have dining rooms or delis attached so you can get something to eat... and they all will encourage you to drink lots of water.
Most tastings are free, and they open almost everything they produce, so you have to be judicious and careful!
We tasted at 45 wineries in 10 wine producing regions, but we didn't spend all of our time at wineries. In Victor Harbor we enjoyed the great sea views from our funky historic hotel, visited a penguin colony, and rode on a horse drawn tram over the bay.
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