From venerated wines to unspoilt wilderness – discover the best of South Australia
This all-encompassing South Australian adventure takes in all that makes this state great. Starting in peaceful Adelaide stay at the boutique Mayfair Hotel, a beautifully restored 19th century building, before driving south along St Vincent Gulf to magical Kangaroo Island. Staying on the island’s cliff edge at the newly rebuilt Southern Ocean Lodge (a Luxury Lodges of Australia member) or inland at peaceful Ecopia Retreat, discover the flora and fauna of Flinders Chase National Park, or visit some of the coastal hotspots including Seal Bay and the Kelly Hill Caves. Head north and finish at The Louise, a lovely hilltop property in the Barossa Valley. Housing an acclaimed restaurant, relax and enjoy the fabulous food, fine wines and pastoral beauty of the region. Explore on guided activities or hire bikes and casually cycle through the region.
- Adelaide, South Australia’s thriving, leafy capital
- Fantastic restaurants, vibrant pubs and peaceful parks
- Kangaroo Island, Australia’s answer to the Galapagos
- Lonesome Cape du Couedic and Cape Borda lighthouses
- Surreal Remarkable Rocks and the impressive Admirals Arch
- Award-winning wineries in the Barossa and Clare valleys
- Dine at fine-dining Appellation restaurant
- Prolific native wildlife including kangaroos, koalas and seals
- 2N at the Mayfair Hotel (room only)
- 3N at Southern Ocean Lodge (full board) OR Ecopia Retreat
- 3N at The Louise (half board)
- Pre-dinner drinks and snacks
- Dinner at Appellation restaurant with matched wines daily
- In-suite bar with a selection of house-made treats and beverages (replenished daily)
Adelaide is serviced by direct flights from all major Australian capitals and dozens of international hubs including Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.
For a true outback adventure, head a little further north to the dramatic Flinders Rangers. From Adelaide, it’s just a short flight to Melbourne, often considered Australia’s sporting capital and the most liveable city in the world. Alternatively, it is also driving distance and a stop at Victoria’s Grampians National Park is a fantastic way to break up the journey.
South Australia Wines & Wildlife in Luxury
9 days/8 nights
Your journey begins in the South Australian capital of Adelaide. Home to a superb restaurant and nightlife scene, there are also terrific beachside suburbs to experience, including Glenelg and Brighton. The Mayfair also boasts a beautiful rooftop bar (one of the only rooftop bars in the city) with fantastic views and an excellent selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. During the AFL season (March-September) watch a game of Australian Rules Football at the impressive Adelaide Oval precinct, just north of the CBD.
Drive south to Cape Jervis, where you will board the ferry to Penneshaw on idyllic Kangaroo Island. On disembarking, continue driving to Southern Ocean Lodge, a luxury lodge locate on the south-west corner of the island , or Ecopia Retreat in the island’s centre. The lodge sits on the very top of the cliff-line, with sensational views of the Southern Ocean. Over the next three days explore Flinders Chase National Park, home to the Glossy Black Cockatoo, or visit some of the coastal hotspots including Seal Bay and the Kelly Hill Caves on guided or self-guided tours. B L D
Today, self-drive back to Penneshaw and board the ferry back to the mainland. Carry on north to South Australia’s premier wine district, the Barossa Valley and spend the next 3 nights at The Louise. During the next 3 days, enjoy a variety of tours and adventures exploring all the Barossa Valley has to offer. Start your day with a guided yoga or meditation session, or perhaps enjoy “Breakfast with the Roos” in the nearby Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park (20 minute drive). Countless wine experiences can be had at legendary wineries including Elderton Wines, Two Hands and Seppeltsfield Estate. Other activities include bike hike, a visit to a local Farmers Market, and a behind the scenes look at the Casa Carboni Cooking School, learning the secrets of a traditional Italian pasta. Their are a host of other activities to discover, including vintage car tours and hot air balloon rides. At the end of each day, experience the very best of South Australian dining at The Louise’s signature restaurant – Appellation. B D
After a hearty breakfast checkout and self-drive back to Adelaide. Tour ends. B
Places to stay in South Australia
Below are some of our most popular places to stay in South Australia. Please contact us for more information.
Some of Australia’s best bush walking can be found at historic Arkaba, a 19th century homestead situated in South Australia’s remarkable Flinders Ranges.
Situated in the heart of South Australia’s Kangaroo Island, Ecopia Retreat is located on a 150 acre pocket of natural wilderness.
The boutique Mayfair Hotel is a fantastic option for travellers seeking a relaxed, comfortable setting and personalised service in the heart of the city.
A brilliant place to begin your explorations of the Barossa Valley, The Louise is all about exquisite accommodation and to-die-for epicurean experiences.
Recommended South Australia Tours
A personalised itinerary takes into account your individual travel style, budget and special interests. To get you started on deciding what you may want to do and see in Australia or New Zealand, we have compiled a range of suggested itineraries and inspirations in case you are travelling as a family, on a honeymoon or enjoy more physical activity. Below are some of our most popular sample tours in South Australia.
Arkaba Lodge Based Walk
Experience the Flinders Ranges from the comforts of a luxury homestead, taking in the Australian outback, a private conservancy and wildlife.
South Australia Wines & Wildlife
This all-encompassing South Australian Wines and Wildlife holiday is short relative to the distances covered yet comprehensive.
The Arkaba Walk
Journey through the Flinders Ranges taking in iconic Australian outback. Stay at Arkaba Homestead, Wilpena Pound, Black's Camp and Elder Camp
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