Itinerary Inspiration - South Australia - Wine, Wildlife & Walking
The bounty of South Australia
Fresh seafood plucked from the ocean
Up close wildlife encounters
Private wine masterclass
Epic hiking in the Flinders Ranges
The exquisitely & eco-conscious Arkaba Homestead
- SA, Australia
- Great for foodies, wine buffs, walkers and wildlife lovers
- 12 days
- Designed as a framework for inspiration
This itinerary is a journey of two halves. The first explores the gourmet riches of South Australia from abalone and oysters plucked fresh from the ocean to private wine masterclasses and hatted restaurants. Along the way you’ll come face to face with the many species that inhabit this region’s unique biospheres and plunge into the ocean with friendly sea lions, all the time enjoying the endless knowledge and fascinating insight of a team of expert guides.
The second part sees you tackling the Flingers Ranges on foot, using the beautifully restored Arkaba Homestead as your base as you hike the 540-million year old landscape. Sleeping under the stars and tucking into gourmet bush tucker you’ll gain a whole new appreciation for frontier life whilst never compromising on quality or comfort. Arkaba is a pioneer in conservation and your stay will directly support the restoration of wild habitats and native species. You can also get involved in the conservation efforts if you wish.
This journey is ruggedly luxurious, exquisitely tasty and effortlessly stylish, celebrating the very best of South Australia’s beauty and abundance.
Arrive in Adelaide and transfer by air straight to Port Lincoln where you'll check in to a contemporary hotel overlooking Boston Bay.
Spend time exploring the likes of Big Swamp (freshwater) Wetlands, Coffin Bay National Park, Avoid Bay, Mount Dutton Bay Conservation Park, Port Lincoln National Park, and Mikkira Station where a specialist guide will reveal an incredible diversity of environments is also home to some of Australia’s rare, endangered and vulnerable wildlife; Visit an an oyster farm, where you’ll learn about, and sample, fresh Pacific and Native Agassi Oysters; enjoy a hunt and gather seafood experience, collecting abalone and 4Wdriving through massive sand dunes to to cast a fishing line into remote waters.
In addition to experiencing land-based wildlife and birdlife in their natural habitat, you’ll have the option to spend an amazing day in Baird Bay swimming with Australian sea lions — one of only two places in the world where this is available. You’ll also have the opportunity to venture into deeper water where you can swim with bottlenose dolphins. These lightning-fast and powerful animals sometimes come so close you can hear them chatter.
Take a quick flight back to Adelaide and check into a designer boutique hotel. Take a day to explore Adelaide under your own steam. Specialist optional touring can be arranged for those interested in the city's history or art scene. Enjoy dinner at the hotel's fine dining restaurant which boasts three chef hats, a sensational wine list and local ports.
A full day of vineyard visits and wine tastings to include a personalised masterclass, dining room luncheon and private transportation.
Transfer to the epic landscape of the Flinders Ranges where you will stay at the beautiful Arkaba Homestead,
part of a historic 1950s sheep station which is now leading the way in conservation as a member of 'The Long Run'. Spend one day (or more if you like) relaxing at the Homestead, then undertake the iconic
Arkaba Walk - a challenging 3 night/4 day expedition style hike exploring the 540-million year old landscape, sleeping under the stars and tucking
into gourmet bush tucker. Read more about the walk here.
Today your itinerary draws to a close. Make your way home feeling energised and relaxed.