Luxury South Australia – Wines, Desert and Wildlife

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Luxury South Australia - Wines, Desert and Wildlife

Luxury South Australia – Wines, Desert and Wildlife

7 Day Guided Journey

Overview

This is the ultimate luxury safari experience – combining gourmet cuisine and fine wines in the Barossa Valley with the spectacular and vast desert scenery of the Flinders Ranges. Then it’s onto The Galapagos of Australia – the spectacular Kangaroo Island. Included is the indulgence of flying over the desert by private charter aircraft and staying at three of the most luxurious properties in South Australia. Come, relax and enjoy the best of South Australia in true luxury!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Monday, 01 February 2021 – Adelaide-Barossa Valley
The name Barossa is synonymous with great wine, from gutsy Shiraz to delicate Riesling and only one hour’s drive from Adelaide. No visit to the Barossa is complete without sampling some of its most famous products. There are more than 80 cellar doors & 150 wineries to choose from with a huge range of varietals. But apart from the wine tasting, the Barossa offers a myriad of experiences – from cycling to hot air-air ballooning as well as art galleries and local history.

Meet your representative in the lobby and commence your full day private tour to the Barossa Valley, just a one and a half hour drive through lovely countryside north of Adelaide.

The Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s most celebrated wine growing regions, originally settled by English and German pioneers in the mid 19th century. Enjoy the ‘Make Your Own Blend’ Tour – the first of its kind in the Barossa Valley, and an interactive and fun wine experience for anyone who has wanted to be a winemaker for a day! After a tour of the winery and cellars, guests are invited to the Winemakers Laboratory to try their hand at making their own wine from Genache, Shiraz and Mourvedre, just like Penfold’s own Bin 138. It’s a fascinating and satisfying experience, blending to suit your own personal taste. Take your wine home in a personalised bottle.

Next, taste the excellent local wines and enjoy a relaxing lunch at a local restaurant.

Your tour includes a VIP private tasting at Peter Lehmann Wines, with a selection of Super Premium and Cellar Door Exclusive wines which are showcased in an intimate private room and accompanied with a taste plate of fresh regional produce for you to indulge on during your tasting.

This tour will conclude at your Barossa Valley accommodation.

Day 2: Tuesday, 02 February 2021 – Barossa Valley-Flinders Ranges (B)
A trip to the Flinders Ranges is something everyone should experience. A few days in this beautifully rugged, 540 million-year-old landscape will stay with you forever and change the way you look at the world. The land is a country of thick, gnarled gum trees, growing alongside stony creeks. There are ruins of farms left by pioneers, beaten back by the harsh landscape. The Flinders Ranges is an ancient and unique part of the world. There are magnificent mountains, glowing red in the sunset, with caps of lichen covered rocks and razored edges. Feel part of nature with emus and kangaroos passing by your campsite. Experience the peace and darkness at night in the bush.

After a leisurely breakfast, we depart the Barossa Valley and continue north towards Quorn (known for its cluster of art galleries and heritage buildings) and the Clare Valley Region; another top notch food and wine region.

This region is situated in the beautiful northern Mount Lofty Ranges, the town of Clare nestled among wooded hills and orderly vineyards. Visit the nearby heritage towns of Burra and Kapunda and don’t miss the oldest winery – the beautifully historic Sevenhill Cellars established by the Jesuits in 1851.

Continue towards the Flinders Ranges. Arrive at Rawnsley Park Station and check into your villas followed by some relaxation time by the pool.

Tonight, watch a brilliant Flinders Ranges sunset overlooking the stunning Chace Range, whilst enjoying a glass of sparkling wine and gourmet canapés. Wilpena Pound provides a stunning backdrop to this experience.

Day 3: Wednesday, 03 February 2021 – Flinders Ranges (B)
After a leisurely breakfast in your villa, depart on a small group shared 4WD tour of Bunyeroo and Brachina gorges. Experience the spectacular scenery, wildlife and geology of the Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park, which was once an ancient seabed. Travel via Bunyeroo Valley to Brachina Gorge, home to the elusive Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies. Brachina Gorge provides a window through 130 million years of the earth’s history and offers insight into past climates, the formation of the ranges and the evolution of early life forms. Morning tea is included en-route. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Aroona Valley where Hans Heysen based himself when painting in the Flinders Ranges.

After lunch return to the Wilpena/Blinman road and enjoy a leisurely afternoon stopping at the Appealinna ruins, and learning about the early mining history of the region. Our final stop is Stokes Hill lookout which offers a spectacular panorama of Wilpena Pound, Chace, Elder and Heysen ranges. There is a 3D model of Wilpena Pound and explanatory panels for Adnyamathanha dreamtime legends, traditional plant uses and pictorial symbols.

Return to Rawnsley Park Station, where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 4: Thursday, 04 February 2021 – Outback South Australia-Kangaroo Island (B, D)
Widely acclaimed as Australia’s Galapagos, Kangaroo Island is home to an abundance of native wildlife and spectacular natural attractions. Covering almost 4,500 square kilometres it is Australia’s third largest island and offers the best of the mainland on a smaller, more intimate scale. With more than one third of the island declared as Conservation or National Park, visitors readily come face-to-face with prolific bird and animal species such as New Zealand fur seals, koalas, kangaroos, Australian sea lions, ospreys, echidnas and much, much more.

Meet your driver/guide in the lobby and transfer by private vehicle to Hawker airstrip in time for your onward flight.

Depart on board your private aircraft flight to Kingscote. Flight time is approximately two hours.

Please note: Based on C182 Single Engine aircraft. Due to finite luggage space, large and over-size hard and soft cases may not physically fit into the aircraft. Maximum luggage allowance is 50kg in the aircraft hold, and due to aircraft door dimensions, size restricted to 48cm x 35cm. Please speak with your Akorn representative for further details if required.

On arrival at Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, meet your lodge representative and transfer by private vehicle to your accommodation.

Day 5: Friday, 05 February 2021 – Kangaroo Island (B, L, D)
This morning meet your driver/guide for a full day of private Island touring.

Have a cuppa with some home made treats before taking a walk down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees where koalas snooze overhead or wake briefly for a feed. Listen for the sounds of the bush – brightly coloured honeyeaters and brilliant parrots, cicadas or perhaps just the sound of silence.

Travel through the Island’s most productive country to the north coast. Walk through the bush with your guide – through strangely shaped trees learning what makes that noise, whose tracks are those, and who left THAT little pile there? Look for small wallabies almost extinct on the mainland, a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island and a variety of other birds, plants and animals.
Break for lunch at a private bush camp and enjoy a delicious meal featuring King George whiting (local sea fish), fresh salads and fine South Australian wines.

At Seal Bay Conservation Park take a private tour with your guide among Australian sea-lions on a beautiful sandy beach – an experience similar to that of the Galapagos. Watch pups nursing or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding biology.

Your tour concludes at your accommodation.

Day 6: Saturday, 06 February 2021 – Kangaroo Island (B, L, D)
This morning meet your driver/guide for a full day of private Island touring.

Begin the day in the island’s north-west in an important private wildlife refuge with Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife.

Check out wildlife surveys targeting tiny endangered mammals and get an introduction to the bush, so the fire ecology experienced later in the day has context.

Break for an elegant picnic lunch in the bush, featuring marinated poached chicken, fresh salads, cheeses and fantastic South Australian wine, beer, soft drinks and spring water.

After lunch, travel into Flinders Chase National Park and explore the massive shapes of Remarkable Rocks, a natural sculpture perched impossibly on top of a dome of granite emerging from the ocean.

Evidence of the power of the Southern Ocean swell continues at Admirals Arch – a coastal grotto which provides a haul out for a large colony of Long-nosed fur seals who swim effortlessly through the crashing waves.

Your tour concludes at your accommodation.

Day 7: Sunday, 07 February 2021 – 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

Luxury South Australia – Wines, Desert and Wildlife Price per person
7 Days from $11,325

Private Tour based on 2 guest only.

Accommodation Summary:

  • 1 night – The Louise in Barossa Valley, Luxury Suite (King)
  • 2 nights – Rawnsley Park Station in Outback South Australia, One Bedroom Luxury Eco Villa (King)
  • 3 nights – Sea Dragon Lodge & Villas in Kangaroo Island, Deluxe Eco-Villa (King)

Includes:

  • 6 Nights Luxury accommodation
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Transportation in private air conditioned vehicle
  • Private guide throughout
  • Private Scenic Charter flight from Hawker to Kingscote
  • Touring and inclusions as per itinerary

Excludes:

  • Flight – Kingscote to Adelaide

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