Eight days in Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, South Australia

South Australia, simply put, is an amazing place for travellers. There really isn’t a landscape, cultural institution or experience culinary, entertainment or otherwise the state can’t offer.

If embracing good food and good wine in good company is more your flavour, then this eight-day South Australian tour – put together by Tourism Australia – will satisfy.

Day 1
Make your way to Adelaide Oval for a Stadium Tour. Hear captivating tales of the history of the venue, the sporting greats who have competed here and the oval’s iconic status in South Australia.

Sit back and enjoy views of the River Torrens whilst you linger over lunch at a riverside café. This afternoon, explore the boutiques of Rundle Mall or enjoy a gentle stroll through the North Terrace Cultural Precinct.

Check into your accommodation then grab dinner at one of Adelaide’s lively restaurants.

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Day 2
Explore the McLaren Vale region on a private tour with specialist food and wine tour operator Rich and Lingering.

Arrive at d’Arenberg Wines for the Blending Bench experience, a hands-on experience where you play winemaker, then take home a bottle of your favourite blend.

Next up, travel to Gemtree Wines for the Being Biodynamic experience. Learn about biodynamic grape growing and wine making with a guided tour of Gemtree’s Biodynamic Hut.

Tonight, enjoy a casual dinner at one of Adelaide’s many historic pubs. Alternatively, head down to the beachside suburb of Glenelg for some beachside dining.

Day 3
Pack your bags for two days’ wine tasting in the Barossa Valley.

Drive to Barossa’s most historic operational winery, Seppeltsfield Wines, for the Centenary Tour and Taste Your Birth Year Tours. Seppeltsfield is the only winery to release a hundred-year-old port every year – the legendary Para Liqueur Port. Spend some time at the Jam Factory and Vasse Virgin located in the Seppeltsfield Complex.

Stop off at Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop to stock up the pantry, purchase a hamper or enjoy a free daily demonstration before continuing on to Yalumba for the Yalumba Unlocked experience. This private tour visits the grounds, historic building, unique Cooperage and family’s private museum cellar. The tour concludes with a hosted tasting of Yalumba’s finest wines.

Check in to The Louise for an overnight stay where food, wine, luxury accommodation and a genuine welcome await you.

Tonight, dine at Appellation, The Louise.

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Day 4
This morning, depart on the Breakfast with the Kangaroos experience. The Louise has developed a unique experience that offers guests access to one of the simple pleasures of visiting regional Australia, seeing kangaroos up close in their natural habitat.

Make your way to St Hugo winery where you can partake in a guided tasting, visit the vineyard and enjoy bespoke experiences, along with specially crafted wine flights in The Lounge and superb regional cuisine in The Restaurant.

Return to Adelaide and head to Leigh Street and Peel Street towards Adelaide’s west end for dinner. Here, hip new little bars serving select tapas plates stand alongside a smattering of already locally renowned restaurants.

Day 5
Make your way to Adelaide Airport for the flight to Kingscote, Kangaroo Island. Meet your knowledgeable Exceptional Kangaroo Island guide at the airport and commence your 2-Day Kangaroo Island In Style tour.

Start day one of island life by enjoying morning tea before taking a walk, spotting koalas and listening for the sounds of the bush – brightly coloured honeyeaters and brilliant parrots, cicadas or perhaps just the sound of silence.

Travel to the north coast where your guide will identify trees and wildlife before enjoying a delicious lunch at a private bush camp with fine South Australian wines.

At Seal Bay Conservation Park take a private tour with your guide among Australian sea-lions on a beautiful sandy beach – an experience similar to that of the Galapagos.

A range of accommodation is available from 3- and 4-star hotels, farm stays or luxury villas.

Day 6
Travel to Flinders Chase National Park with morning tea en route. Learn about a century of conservation activities before exploring the massive natural shapes of Remarkable Rocks – a dramatic natural sculpture which appears to be precariously balanced granite boulders.

Visit Admirals Arch, home to a large colony of long-nosed fur seals. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the cliff tops or sheltered in the bush depending on weather.

Read more: Where to eat, drink and play on Kangaroo Island

Day 7
You may wish to extend your time on Kangaroo Island with an optional day tour.

Start the day at Pennington Bay situated at the narrowest part of the Island. Enjoy home-baked morning tea before heading to Pelican Lagoon to view an excellent kangaroo habitat where tammar wallabies shelter from their constant predator – the wedge-tailed eagle.

Enjoy a cellar door experience at False Cape Wines, then enjoy a local produce picnic nearby. Head to Cape Willoughby Lighthouse, where there is time to explore the lighthouse precinct and the granite canyon known as Devil’s Kitchen.

Take a walk on the long white sandy beach or seek out birds on the quiet backwaters of the Chapman River estuary. End the day in Penneshaw, which can be accessed via a 4WD trail known as Binney’s Track. This runs adjacent to Baudin Conservation Park, which provides habitat for a range of wildlife including glossy black cockatoos, kangaroos, wallabies and echidnas

Day 8
Take a return flight to Adelaide.

Information supplied by Tourism Australia.

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Written by Ellie Baxter

Writer and editor with interests in travel, health, wellbeing and food. Has knowledge of marketing psychology, social media management and is a keen observer and commentator on issues facing older Australians.

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