Journey today to the Fleurieu Peninsula, where rolling hills are complemented by rugged clifftops, sandy beaches and the winding Murray River. Visit the charming seaside town of Victor Harbor before a ferry takes you to Kangaroo Island, famous for its unique natural beauty and fine produce. Visit Kangaroo Island’s only boutique brewery to taste a selection of fine, local beers. Your destination tonight is Kingscote, South Australia’s oldest European settlement. (B/D) Stay: Aurora Ozone Hotel (2 nights)
Begin your exploration of fascinating Kangaroo Island today with a visit to the spectacular Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch followed by a guided tour of the AAT Kings sponsored Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary which was badly affected by 2019 bushfires. Learn what part fire plays within this delicate ecosystem and how the koalas and other wildlife are adapting to their environment.This is followed by a delicious lunch featuring fresh, local produce before joining a local specialist at Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided walk among a colony of rare sea lions in one of the country’s most important breeding colonies. Tonight, is free at leisure for you to explore. (B/L)
This morning, board your ferry to cross back to the mainland and travel to picturesque Adelaide . You’ll take an orientation tour with your Travel Director before checking into your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for your to explore the city at your own pace. (B) Stay: Crowne Plaza Adelaide (2 nights)
Discover the rolling Adelaide Hills and the renowned Barossa today, stopping first at picturesque Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Wander down its tree-lined streets and take time to explore the quaint shops and taste some of the town’s artisan produce. Enjoy lunch at the Company Kitchen and then visit Seppeltsfield Barossa to sample some of their award-winning wines. Later, you’ll have free time to wander through the Jam Factory to see local artisans at work, and soap and perfume being made at Vasse Virgin. Travel back to Adelaide through a tranquil landscape dotted with stone cottages and olive groves to join your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Farewell Dinner. (B/L/D)
Want an adventure that starts with a bang? This is it. We advise arriving early for a Melbourne laneway tour, taking in the city's eye-popping alleys filled with colourful art. Then you're on your way from Melbourne on a Great Ocean Road tour, enjoying a snaking coastal route that is one of the world's most epic journeys. Across a dramatic 240 kilometers you'll take in limestone stacks like the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge.
Then traverse through World Heritage listed rainforest, skirting untouched coastal coves, and pausing in sleepy towns like Lorne and Apollo Bay, where bare feet and boardshorts are the dress code. We wouldn't blame you for following suit… (B/D) Stay: Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs
The south's volcanic history bubbles to the surface at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, an immense natural wonder spanning a dormant volcanic crater. You'll learn about the area's flora and fauna - think emus, kangaroos, koalas and echidnas - with an Aboriginal guide. More volcanic history awaits across the South Australian border in Mt. Gambier, home to the crater-filling Blue Lake. Bring your sunglasses, because the lake's name doesn't do it justice - the intensity of the hue is blinding.
By now you'll be pretty thirsty, so it's a good thing the Coonawarra wine region is around the corner. Fancy a world-class cab sav, shiraz or merlot? You've come to the right place. Sit down to a wine tasting to fully appreciate the region's flavours. Your final adventure is deep, in every sense of the word. Naracoorte's Alexandra Cave is a maze of delicate needle-like stalactites and massive twisting columns. (B/D) Stay: William MacIntosh Motor Lodge, Naracoote
Nature rules large again today as you weave along South Australia's wild and wonderful Fleurieu Peninsula to Victor Harbor. After rolling hills, sandy beaches and rugged cliffs, you're greeted with the charms of this seaside town - the gateway to Kangaroo Island. Fun fact: it still has a steam train. But you're boarding the ferry for your journey toward Australia's ‘mini Galapagos' to tour Kangaroo Island.
Kangaroo Island deserves its moniker, as you'll discover tomorrow. But today, a well-deserved tasting of craft beer awaits at a boutique brewery, the only one on the island. How does Indian Pale Ale sound or a Mexican inspired brew made using a combination of malted barley and flaked rice? (B/D) Stay: Aurora Ozone Hotel, Executive Rooms (2 Nights)
First stop on your tour of Kangaroo Island truly deserves its name: the orange-lichen-clad Remarkable Rocks command your attention over the blazing blue of the Southern Ocean. Then there's Admirals Arch, home to an immense colony of raucous fur seals and a very photogenic lighthouse. Like much of the island, AAT Kings-sponsored Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary was badly damaged by the 2019 bushfires.
On your visit, you'll discover the role that fire plays within this delicate ecosystem, and how koalas, kangaroos, echidnas and other wildlife have adapted to their environment. More wildlife greets you at Seal Bay Conservation Park. Move aside: enormous sea lions regularly barrel down the sand toward the water, and you'll learn about their habitat on a Kangaroo Island tour of the beach. (L)
On your cruise back to the mainland, picture some of the culinary opportunities that await in the South Australian capital. Adelaide is known as the ‘city of churches', but we think a more apt title is the ‘city of cuisine'. The afternoon is yours to see just how many restaurants and bars you can sample.
Want recommendations? You could sign up for an Adelaide city tour, or we can point you in the direction of the epic Central Market, the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere with more than 70 stalls selling artisan edibles (and drinkables). Have you ever sipped green ant gin? (B) Stay: Crowne Plaza Adelaide (2 Nights)