Duration(in days): 16
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Travel from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island on this holiday in South Australia, taking in wildlife, wine and boutique accommodation. Start in Adelaide, where you can explore the Victorian architecture and relaxed vibe of the city, before flying to the Eyre Peninsula, where white sands and wildlife awaits. Spend a few days exploring the peninsula with your private guide, tasting fresh oysters, looking for dolphins and driving along wide, beautiful beaches. Next, you’ll fly back to Adelaide for a few days of wine tasting in the Barossa Valley before driving north to Rawnsley Park Station. In the heart of the Flinders Ranges, you’ll spend your time here hiking in the red rock landscape, taking a helicopter up the ridge and camping out under the stars. Finish your trip in Kangaroo Island, with a relaxing stay at boutique Sea Dragon Lodge, exploring the unique island, looking for wildlife and enjoying delicious food and wine.
This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements; please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
On arrival in Adelaide, you’ll be met at the airport and driven to your hotel in the city. There is so much to discover in Adelaide – little laneways filled with bars and heritage architecture that hints at the city’s history. Spend the rest of your day relaxing or exploring before an early night, as you’ll be flying out early in the morning.
This morning, you’ll be picked up and taken to the airport, for the short 45 minute flight to Port Lincoln. You guide will meet you at the airport, with a coffee in hand! The best Port Lincoln tours are fuelled by seagood and today is no exception. You’ll enjoy lunch at a local favourite, the iconic Fresh Fish Place, where you can sample the Eyre Peninsula’s best seafood – oysters, scallops, crayfish and crab, as you watch the day’s catch hauled to shore.
In the afternoon you’ll join a local legend out on the water aboard the 'Tesla', a unique electric canal cruiser. Cruise Port Lincoln's marina and learn about the Eyre Peninsula's enviable seafood industry surrounded by Australia's largest commercial fishing fleet. Winding further along the coast, you will make your way to Lincoln National Park. Kick-off your shoes and wander into the wild while your guide lets down the tyres in preparation for a 4WD adventure through the dunes. Ascending Stamford Hill, soak in panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness and the Southern Ocean swells beyond. Set to the soundtrack of the bush and waves lapping on the shores below, take a moment of repose immersed in nature. Back in town, unpack and refresh at the Port Lincoln Hotel, perched on Boston Bay, before making your way to the waterfront Marina Hotel for dinner featuring the region's best produce.
This morning, you’ll head down the coast to taste the world-famous Coffin Bay oysters. Embark on a three hour meet-the-grower experience, gliding through crystal clear waters to a working oyster farm to sample the plump Pacific oysters. Keep an eye out for the pod of dolphins that call these clear waters home. Back on land, you’ll tuck into the main course in main course at 1802 Oyster Bar and Restaurant. Chef Andy has been busy plating up a selection of his favourite dishes utilising local produce from the sea and land.
Next, arrive at Yarnbala for a grounding and immersive experience in nature with the property owner, Kane. On this 1.5-hour guided tour through South Australia's last grassy she-oak woodlands, Kane will share his wisdom and passion for the native fauna and flora of the area. Taste native bush foods and learn about the ancient art of water divining. Feel a deep connection to Country during a mesmerising didgeridoo performance and soak up the serenity of the Australian bush.
In the afternoon you’ll visit Coffin Bay National Park, home to a swathe of the Eyre Peninsula's best beaches, including Almonta Beach and back in Port Lincoln, the remains of the day are yours to enjoy while dinner is courtesy of the award-winning restaurant Del Giorno's.
Your final day in the Eyre Peninsula kicks off at Sleaford Bay, where undulating dunes give way to crystal clear waters frequented by dolphins and whales. A scenic drive along Whalers Way brings you to Mikkira Station and the chance to get up close with some 150 wild koalas residing among the mana gum mallee. Home to the only wild koala population on the peninsula, as well as kangaroos and emus, this sanctuary is a must for wildlife lovers. The on-site historic homestead offers a glimpse back in time to the lives of the region's pioneers. Come lunchtime, arrive at your final destination, Boston Bay Wines. Meet Chef Tony Ford for the "Feed Me Fordie" experience and learn about his second-generation vineyard. Graze on fresh local produce and taste a range of premium wines over a long lunch. Nourished by local produce and rejuvenated by nature, your guide will drop you back at the airport for your return flight to Adelaide. You’ll be collected from the airport and driven to your hotel in city.
This morning you’ll pick up your hire car and drive to the Barossa Valley, a verdant wine region just north of Adelaide. Spend the afternoon relaxing in your boutique hotel, which has views over the estate vineyard or head out to visit some of the other local wineries.
Today we’ve included a trip through some local vineyards. The day will be very wine focussed, including tastings at 4 boutique wineries and a sensational restaurant lunch. You’ll be visiting smaller vineyards but if you have any specific requests, it might be possible to be flexible with the itinerary. If you want something completely private that visits vineyards specific to your wine taste, we can build that too – just ask.
After breakfast, you’ll head off for the long drive north into the Flinders Ranges. While it might be a long journey, it’s absolutely worth it as you notice the landscape changing the further you drive into the outback. On arrival at Rawnsley Park Station, you’ll check into your luxurious eco-villa for three nights.
On the morning of Day 9, you’ll have free time to explore the property at your leisure, or you can book onto an optional tour. There are lots of bushwalking trails to enjoy, or you could do a guided day walk in the morning with a cooked breakfast in the bush. How ever you spend your morning, you’ll be constantly wowed by the rolling hills around you with lush green vegetation covering the red earth.
In the late afternoon, you’ll be taken by helicopter up past Rawnsley Bluff and Wilpena Pound before landing on the Chace Range. Watch the sun set over the unbelievable landscape, while the staff set up your swag and camp for the night. You’ll be provided with a 2-course camp oven meal that you can finish preparing before eating together around the fire and falling asleep beneath the star-filled sky. The next morning you’ll cook yourself a bush breakfast over the campfire with the provisions provided. In the cool morning air you’ll walk back to Rawnsley Park, enjoying the scenic hike back to the station. If you would rather be picked up and return by helicopter, that can be arranged for an additional cost.
Back at the station you’ll have more time to relax in your luxurious eco villa or head out on another tour to explore some more walking trails or discover the nearby gorges on a 4WD tour. Your time in this spectacular area of South Australia is sure to be a highlight of your trip.
After breakfast, you’ll start the long drive back to Adelaide. Arriving back in the city by the early afternoon, you’ll drop your hire car at the airport before boarding the short flight to Kingscote in Kangaroo Island. On arrival in Kangaroo Island, you’ll be met and driven to the gorgeous Sea Dragon Lodge, on the eastern tip of the island. Once you have relaxed take a walk in the surrounding bushland or head to the secluded private beach at Pink Bay before settling in for a delicious dinner.
After breakfast, head off for half a day of touring on Kangaroo Island. You’ll spend the day indulging in some of the island’s best food and drink providers – the day might include a visit to the organic honey farm to learn about Ligurian bees and taste their honey, a KI Brewery for a tasting paddle of their craft beer or a visit to Emu Bay Lavender Farm, home to an estimated 7,500 plants. One place you’ll definitely visit is Kangaroo Island Spirits, Australia’s first dedicated gin distillery. Join a guided tour of the garden with a distillery host, learning about the native botanicals that go into the specially crafted gin. Afterward, take some time to appreciate samples of gin and mixers and enjoy lunch in the garden. Come back to the lodge in the afternoon to relax on your deck, swim from the private beach at Pink Bay and enjoy an indulgent and delicious dinner.
Spend the day on a small-group tour with other lodge guests, exploring the diverse natural attractions and wildlife of Kangaroo Island. Enjoy short walks, a picnic lunch and close up wildlife encounters while learning about the history and nature of this amazing island.
First stop is the enormous Australian sea lion colony at Seal Bay, where you can wander along the pristine beach, learning about these beautiful mammals from your guide. After this, you’ll head to Flinders Chase and along the drive you’ll witness the remarkable regrowth of the island after the 2019 bushfires. A stop at Remarkable Rocks will give you the first views of the rugged coastline in this diverse national park. Learn about the early maritime history of this wild environment, all the while spotting other native animal species including long-nosed fur seals at Admirals Arch, echidnas, kangaroos, tammar wallabies and a range of birds and reptiles.
On the return to Sea Dragon, you’ll stop for a swim or a short walk at one of the many picturesque beaches (temperatures permitting), arriving back at approximately 5.30pm. Enjoy a rest in your room with a cold glass of wine before tucking into another sumptuous dinner.
After one last delicious breakfast, you’ll be driven back to the airport in time for the short flight back to Adelaide. Spend the rest of your day exploring the city and enjoying a delicious dinner to celebrate your final night in Australia.
This morning you’ll be driven to the airport in time for your flight back to the UK.
South Australia gets most of its rainfall during the winter months of June, July & August. It rains more around the city than in the outback, temperature averages at around 15 degrees. Autumn (March to May) & spring (Sept – Nov) are great times to visit, with lots of sunshine and temperatures staying in the low 20s. Prices will also be more reasonable and availability better during this time. Summer season is peak time for Adelaide with hot sunny, days and temperatures reaching up to 30 degrees.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.