Hit the Road…
Coonawarra is a comfortable 4 1/2 hour drive from Melbourne (427 km) and a 4 hour drive from Adelaide (375km). For those with more time to enjoy a longer break, then why not consider the scenic route via the world renowned Great Ocean Road if coming from Melbourne, or via the spectacular Coorong National Park if coming from Adelaide.
Nestled in the heart of the Limestone Coast, Coonawarra is a short 40 minute drive from the picturesque Blue Lake City of Mount Gambier, 25 minutes from the World Heritage Naracoorte Caves National Park and 1 hour drive from the pristine coastal towns of Beachport and Robe.
Hire car services are available from the Mount Gambier Airport terminal:
Budget – 08 8725 4340
Avis – 08 8723 4300
Hertz – 08 8723 0870
For more information about local tour companies contact the Penola Visitor Information Centre on 08 8737 2855 or 1300 045 373.
Fly on in…
Coonawarra has its own airstrip, (YCNQ) which is available for private flights, or you can book a flight through RossAir Travel. For enquiries and landing at Coonawarra Airstrip contact Cory Air’s Joe Cory on 0418 743 279. Mt Gambier Airport, (MGB) is serviced by multiple daily flights by Regional Express Airlines.
By Bus and Train
Visitors can also make their way to Coonawarra using state bus services, Premier Stateliner. From Adelaide, there is a daily service to Penola/Coonawarra via Premier Stateliner Services.
Catch the train from Melbourne to Warrnambool and then you will be taken by bus through the portside villages of Port Fairy and Portland on to Mt Gambier on V/Line.