Dolphin swim, wildlife, food & wine, scenic flight over Wilpena Pound
Adelaide, Barossa, Clare Valley, Flinders Ranges and Outback, Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island has plenty of wildlife and amazing scenery. Highlights include getting up close to sea lions at Seal Bay and walking on Remarkable Rocks. For a change of pace visit the Barossa, one of Australia’s most famous wine regions. Tour with one of the many specialised local operators for an insight to the region’s superb wines. Stay overnight in the Barossa then travel north via the picturesque Clare Valley wine region to the Flinders Ranges. Highlights of this region include Wilpena Pound and surrounding ranges, wildlife and bushwalking opportunities.
Take a walking tour along North Terrace, Adelaide’s cultural precinct and visit the South Australian Museum or the Art Gallery of South Australia. Food lovers can explore the Adelaide Central Market, considered one of the best in Australia. For wine lovers a visit to Penfolds Magill Estate is a must, see the heritage-listed bluestone cellars, before taste-testing your way through the famous Penfolds wines. For a wildlife experience close to the city, cruise with Temptation Dolphin Swim to watch or swim with wild dolphins.
Adelaide - Kangaroo Island
Take a morning flight or travel by coach and ferry to Kangaroo Island, here are some options. Touring on Kangaroo Island includes self-drive, coach touring or luxury, personalised touring in four wheel drive vehicles. Highlights on day one could include Raptor Domain, Seal Bay Conservation Park, Little Sahara, pristine beaches and stunning coastline and local produce including honey. The island has a great variety of accommodation.
Overnight: Kangaroo Island
Adelaide to Kangaroo Island: 30 minute flight or 2 hour drive and 45 minute ferry ride
Kangaroo Island - Adelaide
Today head out on the water with Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari or Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures to see dolphins swimming in the wild. Once back on dry ground stop by Clifford's Honey Farm to learn all about the Ligurian honey bee and try some honey ice cream. To cap off your visit to Kangaroo Island why not make a stop at Bay of Shoals Wines or Kangaroo Island Spirits before returning to Adelaide.
Adelaide - Barossa
Choose one of the tour companies offering tours or alternatively these regions make a great self-drive destination. Spend the first day exploring the Barossa, one of Australia’s most famous wine regions. Taste premium wines and visit the homes of some of Australia’s best-known labels such as Jacob's Creek, Seppeltsfield and Henschke. Penfolds allow visitors to ‘Blend Your Own’ wine and take it home. Many tours include interaction with local winemakers and showcase the stunning local food produce of the region.
Adelaide to Barossa: 1 hour drive
Barossa - Flinders Ranges via Clare Valley
From the Barossa travel through the Clare Valley and taste wines at local wineries such as Skillogalee and Sevenhill. Hire bicycles and ride along part of the 35 kilometre (22 mile) Riesling Trail, stopping for wine tastings along the way. Continue to the Flinders Ranges and watch for wildlife at sunset, particularly the elusive Yellow-footed rock wallaby, for which the region is known. Accommodation options vary from luxury Eco-Villas and working sheep or cattle stations to camping out beneath the stars.
Overnight: Flinders Ranges
Barossa to Clare Valley: 1 hour drive
Clare Valley to Flinders Ranges: 3 hour drive
Take a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound, the best way to truly appreciate this natural Amphitheatre and awesome landscape. Explore Wilpena Pound and the surrounding gorges by foot with their excellent bushwalking trails and abundant wildlife. For lunch head to the quirky Prairie Hotel at Parachilna for an outback pub experience where some of the local wildlife has found its way onto the menu.
Overnight: Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges - Adelaide
For the return journey to Adelaide travel through Hawker and Quorn to Port Augusta. Port Augusta is the gateway to the Flinders Ranges and home to the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden and Wadlata Outback Centre, where visitors can learn more about the region. Then continue driving back to Adelaide.
Flinders Ranges to Adelaide: 5 hour drive