• Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton
    Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton

South Australia

A diverse itinerary from the beautiful outback of South Australia to the wildlife of Kangaroo Island.

Summary

South Australia

Although many Australian itineraries suggest combining a number of highlights through different states, in this itinerary, we suggest a route in South Australia alone.  Each state has so much to offer in its own right and South Australia is no exception, and with a little more time and inclination or perhaps on a second or subsequent visit downunder, consider this idea for some undiscovered corners of Australia.

Day 1: Adelaide
Day 3: Kangaroo Island
Day 5: Victor Harbour
Day 7: Clare Valley
Day 9: Flinders Ranges
Day 11: Adelaide
Day 12: Eyre Peninsula

Description

Description

 Although many Australian itineraries suggest combining a number of highlights through different states, in this itinerary, we suggest a route in South Australia alone.  Each state has so much to offer in its own right and South Australia is no exception, and with a little more time and inclination or perhaps on a second or subsequent visit downunder, consider this idea for some undiscovered corners of Australia.

Day 1: Adelaide
Adelaide Airport is small and friendly, and offers a delightful welcome to Australia. As the planes circles in to land, you are afforded a great view of the city centre, just a short taxi ride away. Two nights is a must in this city – where great shopping and internationally recognised hotels stand alongside historic buildings, great sporting venues and cultural attractions.
Adelaide 2 nights

Day 3: Kangaroo Island
Drive to Cape Jervis for the short ferry crossing to Penneshaw, on Kangaroo Island – still one of the most unspoilt natural wonders of our world. One third of the Island is protected as conservation or National Park, and half the Island has never been cleared of native vegetation. Walk amongst huge weather-sculpted granite boulders at Remarkables Rocks, and roll down the snowy white dunes of Little Sahara. Kangaroo Island is best known for its wildlife, and here you’ll find seals basking on the quiet beaches, koalas munching on gum trees right beside the road, echidnas wandering in search of insects and kangaroos, goannas, wallabies, penguins and birds at just about every turn.
Kangaroo Island 2 nights

Day 5: Victor Harbour
Returning to the mainland today, and following the southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsular to Victor Harbour or Goolwa. A causeway at Victor Harbour connects the mainland to Granite Island – home to a penguin colony and excellent interpretive centre. During your stay we suggest you include the 6 hour adventure cruise.
Victor Harbour 2 nights

Day 7: Clare Valley
Should you decide that moving on towards Melbourne from here is a good idea – this is the point at which you’ll begin to head southeast crossing the Murray River and heading off on the Dukes Highway.

Alternatively, this is the time for a little messing about on the river. Should you wish to trace it, you’ll find the source of the Murray River way out east in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales. You may choose to self drive a stretch of the River, or perhaps take to the water. From self-driven houseboats, to luxury cruises, the Murray River has something for everyone. All water based cruise operators will offer secure parking for your vehicle, or use the transfers available from Adelaide.

On this itinerary, we will now turn north instead, and head to the Clare Valley. We suggest a two night stop here. The Clare Valley is home to a number of excellent family run wineries, and what better way to wobble your way around these, than on a bike. The Reisling Trail follows the path of the disused railway line, and links a number of wineries along the way. The famous Barossa wine region is nearby; home to some of Australia’s best-known labels – including Jacob’s Creek, Wolf Blass and Yalumba.
Clare Valley 2 nights

Day 9: Flinders Ranges
We are now getting to the Outback, and the extraordinary ‘dish’ of natural rock formation called Wilpena Pound. A two night stop here is essential, and will give you time to take a 4WD tour to discover the ‘real’ Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges 2 nights

Day 11: Adelaide
Return to Adelaide where you will drop off your car and spend a further night in the city
Adelaide 1 night

Day 12: Eyre Peninsula
If you fortunate enough to be in the region between May and October, we highly recommend the following 3 night extension to your trip. Prepare to be amazed by the sheer magnificent beauty of this remote corner of Australia. The Gawler Ranges National Park has to be seen to be believed. If your thirst for wildlife has not yet been satisfied, see how many of the hundreds of species of birds you can spot, of all shapes, sizes and colours with Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris. This experience includes three nights in a tent (grown-up style with en suite bathrooms), and sleeping in a proper bed. On the last day your will visit to the beach where you’ll swim with the friendliest sea lions we have yet to find. You’ll see literally hundreds of kangaroos, of all three major species, wombats and even an emu or two.
Gawler Range Safari 3 nights

On the final day of your tour you will be returned to Adelaide by plane.

Flinders Range SA

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Gawler Range Wilderness safaris

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Great Australian Cattle Drive South Australia

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SA Banrock station board walk

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Little Gems

Little Gems

Almost too many Little Gem’s to mention here – Kangaroo Island is a must and although it is possible to visit on a short escorted trip from Adelaide, to drive yourself gives you more time to explore.  The Gawler Ranges also should feature as a Little Gem – taking in the extraordinary Lake Gairdner.

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