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McLaren Vale in South Australia as base for 4 days?

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We are flying into Adelaide from Boston arriving mid-day on January 25 with an early morning flight to Sydney on January 30. We love wine destinations and seeing sights, but not real hikes as my husband can't do long walks. I have my eye on either the Vineyard Retreat or Karawatha Cottages in McLaren Vale as a base to see the area, thinking we can drive into Adelaide for a day. Is it worth staying a night in Adelaide when we would be so close in McLaren Vale? It takes so much time to pack up and move hotels and I'm thinking we can make our 9:15 a.m. flight driving from M.V. that morning. I have done a good amount of research and it seems there is lots to do in the general area - we don't mind driving a bit, even if we decide to go up to the Barossa, although the Adelaide Hills sound more appealing to me. P.S., red wine is our thing. Any thoughts, recommendations would be appreciated!

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