For an alternative Australian beach, wine, wildlife and outback experience without the crowds, on this trip we’ll be taking you to some of the lesser-known gems of South Australia to meet and greet the wildlife, tour the hippest lux hideaways and share with you the secrets of this unsung wilderness. Trust us, this luxury Southern experience will really give added oomph to your postcards home.
KANGAROO WILDS & ISLAND PARADISE
Fly in via Adelaide, where you’ll take tram rides and tours of the colonial architecture before hopping over to the pristinely-conserved Kangaroo Island. A little-known slip of sand off the southern mainland, ‘KI’ (as the locals say) is a gem in the wild waters of the Southern Ocean. This incredible beach spot is bursting with wildlife; home to koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, possums, seals, and miles and miles of white sand and pristine turquoise waters. For cutting-edge luxury nestled into this dramatic coastal wilderness, we’ll book you a cliff-top suite at the in-demand Southern Ocean Lodge, where you will wake up to hear kangaroos and wallabies softly thumping through the nearby dunes.
Walking on the 99 miles of soft white sand beaches is an absolute must, as is swimming in the clear turquoise waters, mountain biking over the dunes and kayaking out to sea. From December to February, admire tiny new-born koalas: virtually your only neighbors. Expect total indulgence in your fresh, minimalistic suite, cutting-edge treatments in the enormous spa and uninterrupted views of the pink and purple sunsets from your curved sunken lounge. Bliss.Read more
BAROSSA’S WINE VALLEYS
After all this excitement, you’ll need a glass of good quality wine. No problem, when you have a cellar of South Australia’s finest to choose from. Next you’ll make a visit to the world-famous Barossa Valley wine region to try a red from some of the oldest shiraz vines in the world. We’ll make sure to give you the full works with a whole day devoted to a private tour of the best vines. To pair with your wine tastings, you’ll be staying in The Louise in the heart of the Barossa Valley, where you can sample culinary delights at their Appellation restaurant and wake up to inspiring vineyard views.
RED MOUNTAINS & OUTBACK HOMESTEADS
And now for wilderness of another kind: total switch-off in the Flinders Ranges. For sandstone bluffs and dry creeks lined with river gums, we’ll fly you over to the ancient Flinders Ranges: an explosion of red in thousands of miles of Outback. In the 60,000 acres of a sheep station, stay at converted 1850’s homestead Arkaba, now a luxury five bedroom homestead offering classic Australian outback hospitality. With no telephones, computers or TVs, you’ll love the unbroken sounds of nature here.
Don your hiking boots and explore the highest mountain range in the region with our expert guides. If anywhere in the world was designed for panoramic photos, this is it. We’ll book you private walking safaris, treks to the peak of Mount Remarkable, and rugged 4×4 drives across the red earth. Learn about the indigenous carvings deep inside caves and gorges, and sights such as a flight over the natural 17km-long amphitheater of Wilpena Pound. By the time you’re back in Adelaide enjoying your final days in the super-luxe Mayfair Hotel, you’ll already know you’ve had the trip of a lifetime.