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South Australia

South Australia boasts a wide variety of environments, from spectacular coastline and long sandy beaches to the red sands of the outback and majestic mountain ranges of the Flinders, all within relatively close reach.

Adelaide, South Australia’s capital and Australia’s first city of free settlers or landed gentry, has an air of pride with wide streets, colonial architecture and abundant parklands.

Australia’s wine heartland is on the doorstep of Adelaide and midway to the accessible Outback of the magnificent Flinders Ranges. The Barossa Valley boasts over 150 years of tradition and culture, fuelled by centuries of European experience. While the entire region is renowned for its luscious shiraz, the cooler climate produces the best rieslings in Australia.

Head north into the South Australian Outback and immerse yourself in the varied habitats of the Flinders Ranges. From dry creek beds, isolated waterholes lined with 1,000 year old river red gums, craggy ridge lines and rolling hills covered in cypress pines to the ancient ramparts of Wilpena Pound, this is some of the most quintessential countryside in Australia.

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WHEN TO TRAVEL
Best Months
March - October
Epic Suggests
5 Days
South Australia
  • EYRE PENINSULA
  • Barossa Valley and Flinders Ranges
EYRE PENINSULA 4 DAYS / Price on request
Day 1
Wudinna Rock

Upon arrival in Port Lincoln, you visit a colony of wild koalas at Mikkira Station before travelling to Wudinna, population 600, stopping for lunch along the way. You will pass Wudinna Rock as you travel into the outback to Kangaluna Camp. After a rest at Kangaluna, there is an afternoon tour to begin your wildlife experience. Return to the camp after sunset drinks at Kolay Mirica Rocks.

Stay: Kangaluna Camp

Day 2
Lake Gairdner

Visit an ochre pit on the morning drive to spectacular Lake Gairdner, which is like a piece of Antarctica with its glistening white salt pan set in the red landscape. Here you can walk on the surface of the lake and look north to see the endless white plain and the striking red surrounds and islands. You may see emus and red, western grey and euro kangaroos as we drive through the ancient outback range to Kangaluna Camp. You can enjoy the stars with a computerised telescope after dinner.

Stay: Kangaluna Camp

Day 3
Lake Sturt

Morning is leisurely and allows plenty of time to walk through the bush near the camp. This morning you will walk on Lake Sturt in the Corrobinnie Depression and see the array of colours and patterns in the bed of the old lake. Continuing around the lake to Mt Sturt, you observe a diversity of plants and trees. Early arrival back to the camp gives the extra chance to spot some of the 110 species of birds observed at Kangaluna and the visiting animals, or relax in the stunning surrounds.

Stay: Kangaluna Camp

Day 4
Baird Bay

Early this morning you head to Baird Bay and board the boat for an unforgettable wildlife experience. On the 5 kilometre journey to a lagoon at Jones Island near Cape Radstock, you can watch Bottlenose dolphins ride the bow wave of the boat. Cross the bay to visit a resident colony of rare Australian sea lions. After lunch on the beach we leave Baird Bay and visit Venus Bay, Elliston and enjoy magnificent coastal scenery on the journey to Port Lincoln.

Stay: Port Lincoln Hotel

Day 5
Port Lincoln / Coffin Bay

Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay are located in a beautiful, untamed region of Australia, boasting some of our country’s best seafood, scenic locations and native wildlife. Meet the local fishermen and find out how your favourite fish are caught. Take a picnic out into the bush among beautiful old eucalyptus and manna gums. You may just meet a few koalas, kangaroos and emus along the way.

Stay: Port Lincoln Hotel

Day 6
Adelaide

Today you return to Adelaide and continue on your Australian journey.

Barossa Valley and Flinders Ranges 6 DAYS / Price on request
Day 1
Adelaide

This morning depart your Adelaide hotel enroute to the Barossa Valley via the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Creek Dam where you enjoy morning tea in this picturesque location.  Continuing north you will visit some small wineries with big reputations; Rockford, Kellermiester, Grant Burge and Charles Melton. Hopefully you will have opportunity to venture into his cellar with winemaker to sample his recent and past vintages.

You will enjoy a gourmet lunch at the awarded  St Hugo’s cellar door.

Depending on your wine variety preferences you will venture further into the valley sampling wines at Langmeil, Tscharke, Elderton, Greenock Creek, Two Hands or Torbreck.

Stay – The Louise, Vineyard Suite

Day 2
The Barossa Valley

Start the day with two Australian icons – Sparkling Shiraz & Tim Tams.
After driving through the rolling hills lined with huge River red Gums you will visit the renowned wineries of Killikanoon, Mitchells and Jim Barry.  This is followed by lunch among the rose garden at Reillys of Mintaro, a small winery which has won many accolades but it is the passion of winemaker Justin Ardill that makes this encounter special.
To cleanse the palate you will sample some of the best Rieslings in Australia at Pikes and Paulettes before visiting the 1851 Jesuit Church at Seven Hill.

Stay – The Louise, Vineyard Suite

Day 3
Flinders Ranges

Today you travel into the accessible Outback of the Flinders Ranges along the Explorers Way where you will see evidence of the early pioneer’s struggles to eek a living off the land. Rusting windmills and crumbling sandstone cottages make fabulous subject matter for photographers as do the enormous River Red Gums endemic to this region.

Stay – Arkaba Station

Day 4
The Elder Range

Embark on an early morning 4WD safari  to explore the huge diversity of wildlife which abounds on the 60,000 acres of private conservancy in open top safari vehicles. Red and Grey Kangaroos, Euros (Common Wallaroos) and Emus are regular sightings on the property and a couple of colonies of Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies reside in the Elder Range. This vulnerable species is one of the most colourful of all wallabies and a rare treat.

Stay – Arkaba Station

Day 5
Arkaba

Relax in breathtaking surrounds with the Arkaba team spoiling you and keeping the kids entertained, immersing them in the stories of the bush. While Arkaba has been transformed from a working outback sheep station to a private wildlife conservancy, there is still the heritage aspect of the station evident in parts of the property. Guests will have the opportunity to visit the historic woolshed and learn the early settlers way of life.

Stay – Arkaba Station

Day 6
Adelaide

Today you venture back through the Outback to Adelaide to enjoy a night in Adelaide before continuing your Australian journey.

Stay  – Luxury King Room – The Mayfair

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