Swimming in Crystal Clear waters, World Heritage Listed caves & biodynamic wine


4 days with optional extensions


Adelaide, Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula, Limestone Coast, Murray River Lakes and Coorong, Riverland, Eyre Peninsula

South Australia has an abundance of natural attractions from beautiful national parks to Australia’s first official dark sky reserve. The Natural Therapy itinerary begins in Adelaide and travels through the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and the Limestone Coast taking in some incredible scenery along the way. If you have a little more time extend with trips out to the Eyre Peninsula and Murray River to further take in the natural diversity found across SA.

SATC Trade Web Itineraries Maps 100920 Naturaltherapy (1)
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Day 1

Adelaide & Adelaide Hills

Head out from Adelaide into Morialta National Park with a guided nature and wildlife bushwalk from Pure SA. If you are looking for something a little more adventurous you can go downhill mountain biking with Escapegoat from Mount Lofty Summit through stunning native bushland. After your tour head out to lunch at Dina Hao to recharge your batteries before heading up to the Adelaide Hills. Next stop is a visit to the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens to see cool climate plants from around the world in a beautiful setting. Finish the day off with a stay at Sequoia and relax with incredible views of Piccadilly Valley and dinner at the renowned Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant.

Overnight: Adelaide Hills

Adelaide to Adelaide Hills: 20-minute drive

Day 2

Adelaide Hills & Fleurieu Peninsula

Time to head off to the coast and learn to surf with Earth Adventure at Southport on the Fleurieu Peninsula. You can also enjoy snorkelling or diving at the Port Noarlunga reef sanctuary zone. Next stop is the wine region of McLaren Vale and a visit to Gemtree Winery for their Being Biodynamic tour to learn about their biodynamic philosophy and to sample regional produce and their wines. Continue on to Goolwa and visit the Coorong National park with Canoe the Coorong. Paddle through pristine wetlands and marvel at the incredible dunes without impacting the natural ecology. Overnight at Middleton Beach Huts and enjoy the fresh sea air.

Overnight: Fleurieu Peninsula

Adelaide Hills to Fleurieu Peninsula: 1.5-hour drive

Day 3

Fleurieu Peninsula & Limestone Coast

Drive around the Murray River lower lakes via the historic punt ferry at Wellington and then along the Coorong on your way to the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves. Guided tours are available where you can learn all about the ancient mega fauna that used to roam the area. Next stop is the Coonawarra wine region and the best way to explore is on a tour with Coonawarra Experiences. For dinner stop by Raidis Estate for the winemaker’s winery dinner experience to enjoy a meal with the winemakers out in the vineyards. You can also organise your own glamping experience and spend the night under the stars in a glamping tent.

Overnight: Limestone Coast

Fleurieu Peninsula to Limestone Coast: 4.5-hour drive

Day 4

Limestone Coast

Continue south to Mount Gambier and visit the Blue Lake, an extinct volcano that is filled with vivid blue water during the warmer months. You can also take in the Umpherston Sinkhole, a natural cenote that is caused by geological changes in the limestone that now houses beautiful gardens and a resident family of native possums. The Limestone Coast has an abundance of geological wonders and a dip in the pristine crystal-clear waters of Kilsby Sinkhole, Piccaninnie Ponds or Ewen Ponds is a must do when in the region. After a refreshing swim it is time to head back to Adelaide but ensure you stop at Mayura Station on the way for an incredible paddock to plate experience featuring top quality Wagyu Beef.

Limestone Coast to Adelaide: 5-hour drive

Day 5

Eyre Peninsula (optional)

Fly from Adelaide to Port Lincoln and hire a car or you can venture out on a tour with Untamed Escapes or Australian Coastal Safaris. From Port Lincoln head out to Baird Bay while taking in the picturesque coastline along the way. Join a tour and swim with the local Australian Sea Lions and Dolphins that make their home in the area. Next stop is Murphy’s Haystacks, a unique collection of large boulders that are over 100,000 years old and have formed their unique shapes from the wind. Head back towards Port Lincoln and stop off at Greenly Beach and take a dip in the incredible rock pools. Your last stop is Coffin Bay to join an Oyster Farm Tour where you can sample fresh oysters with a drop of SA wine. Return to Port Lincoln and fly back to Adelaide or extend your time in the Eyre Peninsula with Gawler Ranges Safaris to take in the natural wonders of Gawler Ranges National Park or get off the grid at the luxury Tanonga Eco Villas.

Adelaide to Eyre Peninsula: 40-minute flight

Day 6

Murray River (optional)

Drive East from Adelaide and make your way to Mannum and enjoy a lunch cruise along the Murray River on the Proud Mary (Departs on Mondays). They also offer 2 and 5-night cruises from Murray Bridge if you are looking at an extended stay on the Murray River. You can also do extended cruising on the Murray Princess or hire your own houseboat from Unforgettable Houseboats and enjoy the natural surrounds at your own pace. After your lunch cruise head north to Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre where they bring wine, food & nature all together in one location. Enjoy a tasting of their wines and take a walk through the wetlands and discover the unique flora and fauna that inhabit the centre. Head back south and join the Dark Sky Gold Stars Sunset Dinner from Juggle House Experiences and admire the incredible dark sky reserve, the first in Australia. You can either stay the night on the river, or head back to Adelaide. If you are looking to extend your time in the Riverland to take in the natural scenery than Murray River Trails have a variety of different options to get you close to nature paired with amazing local produce and houseboat accommodation.

Adelaide to Murray River:  3-hour drive