The road from Adelaide to Mildura is a well worn path for drivers in South Australia. Mildura is a favoured place for a family holiday and is a nice distance to be able to drive in a 4-5 hours.
You can lengthen that to a full day trip if you'd like to do a bit of sightseeing on the way.
If you want to leave early you can go to the Barossa Valley the largest wine area in South Australia and the most famous in Australia. Obviously if you're driving wine tasting isn't an option but if you leave early a stop at the Barossa Farmer Market will break up the trip after the first hour. There are plenty of other places to visit in the Barossa Valley towns so check with Tourist Information.
We chose to have morning tea a little further along the road at Truro. The Sunrise Bakery had a good range of pies and pasties and other baked goods and cakes. The quality was really good and well worth a stop to the hungry motorist.
The next stops along the journey are the Riverland towns n the SA side of the border Waikerie, Barmera and then Renmark.
Further along the road for another hour is Banrock Station which is primarily a winery but has a very nice restaurant if you want lunch but also has walking trails through the wetland where you would be able to see many birds in their natural environment
Waikerie stands out for the orange shaped bins they have through the town they are quite an oddity but through this area you will find plenty of roadside stall selling fresh fruit and vegetables.
Lake Bonney in Barmera is a great place for watersports and we stopped outside Barmera at the Overland Corner Hotel which is a little difficult to find but is a pub that has been restored to some of its former glory.
Renmark is the largest of the towns and is the commercial centre of the region. Renmark Hotel is a really nice deco building and is notable because the community owns the hotel rather than it being privately owned.
From Renmark you pretty much have another hour and half until you arrive at your destination Mildura.
The Aussie Saver Travel Card is a discount card that is accepted by a large number of businesses throughout Australia.
For people who are caravanning there are a large amount of caravan parks that would give you a 10% discount on showing the card.
You may think that the $3 is not such a big thing but when your average stay at a caravan park is maybe 5 days that makes the discount $15 at each park. If you stay at 10 of the parks listed you have already saved $150. Which is about double what the card will cost for 12 months.
If you then add further savings on say a couple of fishing charters or a couple of the over 500 different tours that you can get discounts for an Aussie Travel Saver Card is a great investment if you are going on the "Big One" around Australia.
So to all you Gray Nomads this is a deal that you can't miss and as a further sweetener as a reader of Travelodium I will add another discount - a 20% discount for the card itself but you will need to add this code in the PROMOTION CODE box when you buy the Aussie Travel Saver card
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A very popular way to travel around Australia is by caravan. There is excellent infrastructure in place for owners of caravans because it seems just about every town in Australia has a caravan park.
Just about every Australian my age has been brought up with summer holidays in a caravan going to a seaside town usually a couple hundred kilometres away. An easy couple hours drive away and you spent those next 4 or 5 weeks by the beach,the Australian school holiday tradition.
Now as the baby boomer parents stop working they are packing up the caravan and finding a new life travelling around the country in caravans chasing an endless summer as they spend winter in the north and the summer in the south.
Now most of these grey nomads have money from their retirements from work and buy big 4 wheel drives and as large caravans, there has also been a resurgence in people wanting to travel in vintage caravans.
Whether it is budget or nostalgia you are seeing more and more of these caravans of the 60's and 70's on the road and as many being restored to their former glory.
And I'm shopping around for a vintage caravan now for a planned trip around Australia.
This is the type of caravans that I'm seeing on eBay and Gumtree.
I've taken these photos from eBay hopefully the owners of these vans don't mind me using the photos as examples of the models available.
Viscount caravans started production in Adelaide in 1955 and is a brand of vintage caravan that you see a lot, especially in South Australia where I live. A factory was also built in Sydney so you do see a lot of Viscount caravans all throughout Australia.
The photo is of a Viscount Ambassador 16ft, I'm fairly sure is from 1975.
This is an example of a Franklin Roadstar from about 1970. These caravans usually have bunk beds as you can see you get a window for each bunk, obviously they were catering to the family market.
This is a typical example of a York Caravan from 1978 although they look pretty much the same all through the 1970's.
Depending on the condition you see these caravans on sale in Australia for about $2500 to about $8000 for caravans in the very best condition.
As I continue my search I will let you know what I look at and eventually what I buy.