After departing from Robe, we headed along the main road towards Beachport. Not that far from Robe, was a brown tourist sign to woakwine cutting. I had read a little about it, so we followed the road probably a distance of 2kms where there was a car-park and some equipment which was used when making the cutting.
It really is a great engineering feat, when you think back to the year 1957, what equipment was about at this time, and when you see the sheer rock they had to cut through.
This was done by just two men and a D7 tractor to make a cutting to drain swampland for farming. It took 3 years to complete, and when I looked at the cutting, no wonder!
Some information supplied..........
The cutting is one km and the depth at the deepest point is 28.34 metres. The width of the cutting at the top is 36.57 metres and three metres at the bottom. There were 276,000 cubic metres of material removed using a new D7 tractor over a total of 5000 hours.
Through this amazing engineering feat, the swamp was drained, and instead of being useless land, it was ploughed and seeded and now Sheep were happily grazing on this land.
The cutting has a viewing platform, information boards and machinery on display.
Woakwine is an Aboriginal name, meaning elbow or bent arm and refers to the shape of the large watercourse near the Woakwine homestead.
- Historical Travel
MOUNT BENSON VINEYARDS
Mount Benson is another Wine producing area you most probably have never heard of.
As we drove towards Robe, we passed by acres of vineyards which were part of Mt. Benson.
Mount Benson is known as a "cousin" to other well-known winegrowing regions including Coonawarra, Padthaway, Wrattonbully, Penola, Mount Gambier and Robe.
The region’s first grapes were planted in the 1980s by local farmers. The vineyards grew and the Wine produced. The Wine is advertised as "delicate, cool-climate, maritime-influenced wine."
There are a few cellar doors you can visit.
Cape Jaffa Wines, Cape Thomas Wines, Wehl's Mount Benson, Ralph Fowler Wines, Frog Island Wines and Wangolina Station.
Most are signposted from the main road, if not, check out the directions on the website.
- Road Trip
- Wine Tasting