TOUR OVERVIEW / HIGHLIGHT
Combining three of South Australia’s most iconic destinations for the discerning travellers to enjoy the region's rich diversity through observation of diverse wildlife of Australia’s Galapagos at Kangaroo Island; immersion in the story of the bush and earth’s oldest living culture in the remote outback of the Flinders Ranges; and sampling some of the best drops in one of the world’s great wine regions at Barossa Valley.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
DAY 01: ARRIVAL - ADELAIDE / KANGAROO ISLAND
Welcome to Kangaroo Island of South Australia!
Renowned as Australia’s Galapagos and nicknamed ‘the zoo without fences’, Kangaroo Island truly brims with diverse wildlife and natural beauty.
Upon arrival at Kingscote Airport, transfer to your lodge for a three-night stay.
After lunch, enjoy a half-day tour with a visit to a remote seal colony on the spectacular south coast not far from your lodge. The colony is on private property, so you won’t encounter any other tourists. However, you would need to be fit enough to walk up and down a steepish track. Stand on the rocks above the colony and observe the seals going about their daily business. Occasionally an inquisitive pup will come up to check us out. After watching the seals, go for a walk along the 500-million-year-old coastline and then back to the top of some nearby spectacular cliffs to enjoy nibbles and a glass of local Kangaroo Island wine.
DAY 02: KANGAROO ISLAND
Go on a full day tour of the northern coast of Kangaroo Island. Your scenic journey’s first stop will be picturesque Pennington Bay, one of the island’s most photographed ocean beaches with dolphins regularly frolicking in the surf.
Next stop is Prospect Hill where (depending on your fitness) you can climb the stairs to the top and share the same panoramic views enjoyed by Matthew Flinders when he first mapped the island in 1802.
Visit the unspoilt wetlands of Duck Lagoon to view a variety of Australian water birds and other wildlife.
Go off the beaten track to Western River Cove for a leisurely stroll along the picturesque banks of Western River to view stunning rock formations and pristine sandy beach.
Then it’s off to what is arguably the most scenic drive on the island along the North Coast Road to Snelling Beach. Not only are the views beautiful, but we regularly see pairs of wedge-tailed eagles soaring in the thermals as they hunt along this coastline.
Finally to Stokes Bay, where you go on an interesting walk and discover a ‘secret’ beach.
DAY 03: KANGAROO ISLAND
Go on a Taste of Kangaroo Island tour to try some of the island’s great food and wine, designed to your interests.
Some of the most popular venues include the award-winning Dudley Wines Cellar Door where you can try some great KI wines from the island’s pioneer wine maker; the Oyster Farm Shop at American River to sample delicious local oysters straight from the ocean; the Cliffords Honey Farm to enjoy the different varieties of honey on offer, and try their delicious honey ice-cream and the honey-wheat ale; the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery and Kangaroo Island Cider where you can view a wide range of Kangaroo Island products including soaps, hand creams, arts, crafts and tastings of the award-winning apple ciders; the Islander Estate where you can enjoy some wine-tasting; award-winning Kangaroo Island Spirits to sample handmade Gin, Vodka and Liqueurs; and Kangaroo Island Brewery which offers a range of great handcrafted beers.
Have a picnic lunch in a bushland setting at Duck Lagoon where you can see and enjoy the sounds of many different Australian birds.
Meals: Breakfast, & Picnic Lunch
DAY 04: KANGAROO ISLAND / ADELAIDE / FLINDERS RANGES
Transfer to Kingscote Airport for your flight to Adelaide, and be driven to Arkaba Conservancy in the Flinders Ranges, the largest mountain range in South Australia. The Adnyamathanha people are the Aboriginal group who have inhabited the range for tens of thousands of years.
En route, stop for lunch in the Clare Valley, one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, most famous for its crisp Rieslings.
Arkaba’s true luxury lies in the fact that its 60,000 acres are shared by just 10 guests. Located in the ancient and awe-inspiring scale landscape of the Flinders Ranges, Arkaba’s 5 room Homestead is at the heart of a 60,000 acre private wildlife conservancy and provides the opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in the story of the bush – its ancient geology, diverse wildlife and the chance to understand the conservation challenges that Australia faces.
Your stay includes daily scheduled (join-in basis) activities from guided walks to 4WD wildlife safaris, approximately 7-hours of daily guided exploration, across the 60,000 acre property and beyond.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 05-06: FLINDERS RANGES
Enjoy 2 full days of a range of activities that gives you a chance to take in the sights and sounds of the bush. All activities maximise wildlife viewing potential in the varying terrains, take in some massive vistas, and encourage being out at the best times of day for beautiful light shows – early morning & late afternoon (throughout the year).
DAY 07: FLINDERS RANGES / BAROSSA VALLEY
After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to your lodge in the Barossa Valley, a world-class food and wine experience, and one of Australia’s most famous wine regions, primarily known for its red wine, in particular Shiraz.
Have lunch in Barossa town before continuing to The Louise.
Enjoy dinner at Appellation at the Louise, widely regarded as one of Australia’s finest regional dining destinations showcasing the finest produce and food culture of the Barossa.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 08: BAROSSA VALLEY
Enjoy a day of wine-tasting and vineyard visits starting at Menglers Hill, the Yalumba Wines in Angaston, Angas Park Fruits, and Barossa Valley Cheese Company for tastings.
Continuing on through the countryside of Tanunda, travel to the historic Seppeltsfield Winery to taste the wines of Hentley Farm, then journey on to Greenock village and Murray Street Vineyards for more wine-tasting with a Barossa lunch platter of fresh locally produced gourmet products.
End the day with a premium tasting at Penfolds followed by enjoying another dinner at Appellation at the Louise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 09: BAROSSA VALLEY / ADELAIDE - DEPARTURE
Rise early today for breakfast with the Kangaroos!
Your guide arrives at dawn for the 20-minute drive to the nearby conservation park and an easy 15-minute bushwalk into the park leads to a clearing where families of kangaroos are enjoying their breakfast and your gourmet breakfast will be laid out on a picnic blanket in this truly natural setting.
This is a memorable way to engage with Australia’s most unique living icons. Breakfast with the Kangaroos affords the perfect photo opportunity and operates daily October through May with prior booking.
There’s still time for a last taste of South Australia before heading to the airport for your flight home. Safe travels!
ACCOMMODATION WE LOVE:
9D8N - 3N Kangaroo Island, 3N Flinders Ranges, 2N Barossa Valley