Best of South Australia


Would you rather sip world-class wine at spectacular wineries, explore a wild landscape of geological wonders, or learn about a culture that’s prevailed for hundreds of years? On this five-day trip exploring the best of South Australia, there’s no need to choose! Walk through the awe-inspiring scenery of Ikara (Wilpena Pound) with a First Nations guide and gain a special insight into the culture of the Adnyamathanha people, wine and dine in the famed Barossa Valley, stay on the outskirts of the vast Flinders Ranges and learn about the importance of preserving and caring for land from a local First Nations elder at an organic winery south of Adelaide. What better way to spend a long weekend?

5 days, from

$1,890

per person

GROUP SIZE

12 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

3
Trip code: PZKA
Style: Comfort
Theme: Explorer

Details

Countries Visited:  Australia
Accommodation: Hotel (4 nights)
Transportation: Private Vehicle
Included Meals:

  • 3 breakfasts
  • 1 lunches
  • 1 dinners

Group size: Minimum 1, Max 12

  • Taste the best of South Australia’s famous wines in this gorgeous region of rolling hills, barren bush and world-famous wineries including in the Barossa Valley and Clare.

  • Take a walk with a First Nations elder and learn about the importance of preserving the land. After, enjoy a native tasting plate at an organic winery with biodynamic credentials.

  • Stay on the fringe of Ikara (Wilpena Pound) – a remarkable natural amphitheatre – and join a local First Nations guide to learn about the biodiversity of the landscape and its relationship to the Adnyamathanha people.

  • Spend some free time in the gorgeous landscape of the Flinders Ranges and watch the sunset over the vast horizon. If you’re in the mood, there are plenty of optional hikes here, too!

  • Take in the vast night sky and the glittering Milky Way – as these areas are fairly remote, there is little light pollution, meaning incredible stargazing opportunity!

  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Greening Australia. Donations help them tackle Australia’s complex environmental challenges, restoring landscapes at scale – in ways that work for communities, economies and nature.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Adelaide

Welcome to South Australia! Your adventure begins in Adelaide, or Tandanya in the language of The Kaurna people – the traditional owners of the land. If you arrive in Adelaide early, there is much to see and do, from the Central Market to a footy game in the Adelaide Oval. Your trip will start with a welcome meeting at 6 pm at your hotel. After, the night is yours. Maybe get your group together and head to one of the best restaurants in the city.

Day 2: McLaren Vale & Barossa Valley

After breakfast this morning, you’ll travel south to McLaren Flat to Gemtree Wines. Here, you’ll head out on the Gemtree Eco Trail with a Ngarrindjeri elder who will share ancient stories of his people and the importance of protecting the land. After the walk, you’ll enjoy a native food plate for lunch, served with an optional wine tasting of the local wines. Share stories and then continue your drive to the famed Barossa Valley. A renowned region of wine, the Barossa is home to a string of rural towns, sun-kissed rolling hills and world-famous wineries – with shiraz grapes the local speciality. Enjoy an included wine tasting here, take in the gorgeous scenery and then sit down for a group dinner with a view.

Day 3: Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

After breakfast this morning, you’ll drive to Flinders Ranges – the largest mountain range in South Australia, stretching for over 430 km. Stop in Ikara (Wilpena Pound) – a natural amphitheatre of mountains. Head out on a leader-led walking tour of the area when you arrive. Your base for the night is a stunning spot on the outskirts of this geological marvel. Tonight is free for you to explore, search for the perfect spot to watch the sunset or relax at your eco-style accommodation.

Day 4: Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

After breakfast this morning, meet with a local First Nations guide for a walk around the magnificent Ikara (Wilpena Pound) area with your group and potentially some other travellers. Your expert guide will share ancient stories of the landscape that have been passed down from generation to generation, provide insight into the region’s biodiversity and the life it sustains, and explain the relationship between the land and the Adnyamathanha people. Once you have a better understanding of the landscape, the rest of the day is yours to explore – maybe join your leader on a hike, opt to go it alone or simply sit back and relax while enjoying the incredible scenery. Tonight, why not join your group for a farewell dinner?

Day 5: Clare Valley - Adelaide

After brekkie this morning, you’ll return to Adelaide. Along the way, make a stop in Clare at a local winery for a delicious tasting paddle of their favourite wines. Maybe grab some lunch here and spend the last day of your trip sharing stories with your fellow travellers. After, you’ll end your journey and arrive back in Adelaide at about 4 pm. If you’d like to extend your stay, just speak to your booking agent.