Fine Wines and Kangaroo Island
7 Day Guided Journey
Combine two favourite past times – wine and wildlife – in one relaxing luxurious tour. Enjoy time in both the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale visiting some of Australia’s finest vineyards. Indulge in sumptuous wine tastings and dine at some outstanding venues. It’s then time to relax and unwind on spectacular Kangaroo Island. Your days will be spent with a private guide, and together you can discover the amazing wildlife and hidden gems on this stunning island.
Day 1: Adelaide – Barossa (L,D)
This morning you will be collected from your hotel and commence your three day tour of some of the best that South Australia has to offer. Commence today exploring the most famous wine brands in the country, including Torbreck Wines and Elderton Wines and finishing with a private VIP experience at Henschke Wines in the vineyards and behind the scenes to discover the secrets of this most prestigious wine label. Lunch today is a two course meal with matched wines at Vintners Restaurant.
Following your experience at Henschke Wines, transfer to the Coastal Lodge at Carrickalinga.
This evening enjoy a sunset dinner at the farm of Coast & Co. owner Simon Burley. Built high on a hill, with views across Gulf St Vincent to Kangaroo Island, land at your own personal lookout and enjoy a stunning BBQ in the fields with wine from Simon’s own private collection.
With magnificent ocean views and a pastoral setting, Coastal Lodge offers private luxurious accommodation in a tranquil and exclusive setting. The lodge has three private suites as well as sumptuous communal areas, and offers a home away from home with a designer kitchen and personal wine fridges. Two BBQ areas, both undercover and outdoor, provide incredible views spanning as far as the ocean. Daily breakfast provisions are provided. Coastal Lodge is the ideal retreat in an idyllic location.
Coastal Lodge, Carrickalinga 2 nights
Day 2: McLaren Vale (B,L,D)
Today starts with nature and wildlife then explores some of the best wineries of McLaren Vale and its most celebrated winemakers. You will be collected from Coastal Lodge and transferred to Onkaparinga Gorge to see indigenous history, native animals and geology that dates back 600 million years.
Continue to Samson Tall vineyard for tasting and a tour before enjoying a two-course lunch at the Salopian Inn, named South Australia’s best restaurant in The Advertiser Food Awards for 2018. Set in a charming 1850s building with a fireplace and vineyard views, the Inn has an exceptional local and international wine cellar, and offers contemporary Australian cuisine with a regional, seasonal focus.
After lunch visit the avant-garde, Rubik’s Cube inspired, d’Arenberg Cube, which erupts from the heart of its original McLaren Vale vineyard. The branchild of Chester Osborn, take a tour of the Alternate Realities museum and enjoy a tasting in the Cube Cellar Door.
Enjoy a further tasting and tour at Bekkers Wine before driving to Silver Sands Beach, a famous strip of beach taking in majestic views of the Fleurieu coastline and spectacular biodiversity.
This evening dine at local icon, the Victory Hotel, with its magnificent cellar and coastal views.
Coastal Lodge, Carrickalinga
Day 3: Fleurieu Peninsula – Adelaide (B,L,D)
Today return to Adelaide touring the majestic Fleurieu Peninsula taking in some of the state’s best coast, nature and 4WD tracks into raw national park and wild beaches.
Commence your day with a 4WD trip along wild Goolwa Beach, with some easy hiking through the coastal dune system that sits behind it. See the wild beauty of the Southern Ocean as you drive the beach, and the Coorong estuary system as you walk the dunes. This takes in pelicans and other bird life, the Coorong estuary, cockle hunting along the beach, raw Southern Ocean views.
Continue to famous coastal town of Goolwa, overlooking the might Murray River as it verges into the Southern Ocean. Situated on the water’s edge in the old port of Goolwa, take a walk past the Fleurieu Distillery and then hop on board for a tour of one of the original paddle-steamers that use to ply the mighty Murray River.
Enjoy a casual lunch on the boardwalk of the Flying Fish Café, looking out over Horseshoe Bay, Port Elliot. The Flying Fish Cafe is an iconic beachside eatery providing some of the freshest seafood on the Peninsula. After lunch take a path around the Horseshoe Bay heads to see the Southern Ocean, dramatic granite cliffs and the occasional humpback whale!
Visit Victor Harbour, the original port where the capital of South Australia was first destined. Take a drive around Encounter Bay before taking a walk up the ‘Bluff’.
Then continue to Deep Creek Conservation Park, a spectacular nature reserve at the southern-most tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula. It has magnificent views of Kangaroo Island, bountiful flora and fauna, and the famous Heysen Trail which traverses the coast. Take a 4WD trip into the park and visit Goondooloo Trail with its multitude of kangaroos and spectacular Kangaroo Island views, then enjoy a breathtaking lookout over wild Blowhole Creek beach.
Finally continue to Adelaide where you will be dropped at your accommodation.
Your tour concludes at your Adelaide accommodation.
The heritage-listed, beautifully renovated Colonial Mutual Life building in the heart of the city houses the magnificent Mayfair Hotel. This gorgeous hotel is a stylish mix of modern, elegant grandeur infused with warmth and serenity. Luxurious rooms offer refined comfort with custom made beds and pampering bathroom amenities. Contemporary dining showcasing the very best of South Australia’s amazing food and wine is available in the Mayflower Restaurant & Bar, while the chic rooftop bar Hennessy is the perfect place for a cocktail while enjoying sparkling views of the city.
Mayfair Hotel, Deluxe King Room 1 night
Days 4-6: Adelaide – Kangaroo Island (B,L,D)
Meet your driver and transfer by private vehicle to Adelaide Airport in time for your flight to Kingscote, Kangaroo Island (flight not included). On arrival transfer to your luxury lodge for the next three nights. Sea Dragon Lodge & Villas is a boutique luxury eco-friendly retreat, set on a spectacular seafront estate, overlooking the stunning coastline on the eastern end of the island, with plenty of wildlife on it’s doorstep. Widely acclaimed as Australia’s Galapagos, Kangaroo Island is home to an abundance of native wildlife and natural attractions. It is Australia’s 3rd largest island with more than one third of the island declared as Conservation or National Park.
Sea Dragon Lodge offers several nature walks and extensive wildlife. Its 250 acre wildlife sanctuary is home to most species of animal living on Kangaroo Island, (except Koalas).
Guests say they see more kangaroos and wallabies at the Lodge than anywhere else on the island. The reason is simple – most animals are more active in the early morning and late afternoon, which is generally when you are at the property.
While having dinner on the deck kangaroos often come to visit, if on a walk to the private beach you will always see kangaroos, but you might also see an echidna or goanna and perhaps a pod of dolphins passing through the bay.
If you are interested in nocturnal wildlife, you can simply pick up a torch from the villa and walk outside to see wallabies, possums and other nocturnal animals. Sea Dragon Lodge is truly a wildlife lovers dream come true.
Sea Dragon Lodge & Villas is also the only Kangaroo Island seafront accommodation provider with its very own private beach, Pink Bay. Relax with a glass of wine while sitting on one of the 450 million year old granite boulders which line the bay.
Enjoy the sunset, wildlife and natural beauty in relaxed privacy. Dolphins and seals are often seen in the bay, which is also safe for swimming. The beach is also a great spot for a picnic. Our private beach Pink Bay is a very special Aussie experience.
Sea Dragon Lodge & Villas – Eco-Villa (3 nights)
Sea Dragon Lodge & Villas is a boutique luxury eco-friendly retreat, set on a spectacular seafront estate, overlooking the stunning coastline on the eastern end of the island. Its private, pristine sandy beach is just below with plenty of wildlife on the doorstep. The Sea Dragon experience is one of relaxed, informal luxury.
Overlooking beautiful Pink Bay and with outstanding ocean views, the Deluxe Eco-Villa ‘Kestrel’ offers luxury Kangaroo Island accommodation that is perfect for the guest that wants to experience the Island’s amazing coastal vistas and wildlife. The villa features a King size bedroom plus has a Queen size sofa bed in the lounge along with a modern kitchen with a pantry stocked with essentials. The stunning private beach is only a 3-4 minute walk from the villa. Large picture windows and glass doors provide a seamless connection from the living areas to the natural wilderness beyond. What better place to kick back and read a book, take afternoon tea or enjoy a glass of wine on the deck while watching the kangaroos hop past your front door.
Sea Dragon Lodge & Villas – Deluxe Eco-Villa (King) 3 nights
Day 7: Kangaroo Island (B)
This morning, meet your lodge representative and transfer by private vehicle to Kingscote Airport in time for your onward flight.
Fly Kingscote, Kangaroo Island to Adelaide (flight not included)
Price + Inclusions
|Fine Wines and Kangaroo Island||Price per person|
|Twin Share||from $7,790|
- 2 nights – Coastal Lodge, Carrickalinga
- 1 night – Mayfair Hotel in Adelaide, Deluxe King Room
- 3 nights – Sea Dragon Lodge & Villas in Kangaroo Island, Deluxe Eco-Villa (King)
- Various Wine Tastings
- Entrance fees and touring as per itinerary
- All accommodation as detailed on a double/twin share basis with private facilities
- Meals as specified
- Beverages are excluded at all properties unless specified
- Transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle complete with bottled water
- Flight – ADL/Kangaroo Island/ADL