Not Your Normal Australia

The Best of South Australia Nature and Culture

Highlights

Stay in iconic hotels and lodges as private guides and small group tours offer you an insider prospective and the flexibility to do only the things that interest you. The colorful neighborhoods of Sydney are followed by a coastal wonderland on Kangaroo Island and outstanding food and wine in the Barossa Valley. Have an unparalleled safari experience in the Flinders range, then travel through the Blue Mountains with a private guide for more pampering at the renowned Wolgan Valley.

Explore the exciting food and wine culture of Sydney’s quirky neighborhoods and cruise its harbour. Choose your activities: climb the Sydney bridge at sunset or learn to surf at Bondi beach or gain a new perspective from acclaimed aboriginal Sydney guide. Small group or walking tours take you to fun & quirky neighborhoods to see street art and find the ultimate best food. Your unique accommodations are a highlight, each perfect in its remote surroundings and offering the best in service and food. At Wolgan Valley watch kangaroos and wombats from your own indoor pool. Extend to Lizard Island or Uluru.

Summary

  • 3 nights Pier One with introduction to Sydney small group tour and harbor lunch cruise
  • Choice of exciting activities in Sydney
  • 2 nights Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island including touring and nature activities
  • 2 nights at The Louise with full day Daimler-Benz food and wine private tour.
  • 2 nights at exclusive Arkaba station in Flinders Range. Includes game drives, visit to rock paintings, nature hikes and star gazing.
  • Scenic flight over Wilpena Pound
  • Overnight at Mayfair Hotel in Adelaide
  • Private guide transfer through Blue Mountains en route to and from Wolgan Valley
  • 2 nights Wolgan Valley.
  • Opera plus dinner, The Rocks with acclaimed aboriginal guide, learn to surf at Bondi Beach, street art, tastes of Sydney off the beaten track where kangaroos and wombats surround your private cottage and pampering is the order of the day.

Day 1: Soak up Sydney’s gorgeous harbour, seductive outdoor lifestyle and great natural beauty. Cruise under the Sydney Harbour Bridge or wave at the Opera House as you ride a ferry across the harbour to Manly. Learn to surf at Bondi Beach or swim in the calm waters of Coogee. Lose yourself in the cobblestone cul-de-sacs of The Rocks or in the markets, boutiques, cafes and pubs of Paddington. As well as a world-famous harbour and more than 70 sparkling beaches, Sydney offers fabulous food, festivals and 24/7 fun.

Private Transfer to Pier One. This afternoon get an introduction to Sydney’s colourful neighbourhoods on your ultimate Sydney small group tour.

Day 2: This morning you have a choice of a walking tour to explore street art, funky shops and best food of one of Sydney’s neighbourhoods or get a new perspective from an acclaimed Aboriginal guide. Since Sydney is all about its harbor and its myriad inlets, lunch simply has to be on a harbor cruise. This afternoon at Manley or Bondi beach, learn to surf or enjoy the sun. Or climb the Sydney Bridge to enjoy the sunset.

Day 3: Get an exclusive view into the heart of four of Sydney’s newest precincts on a six-hour small group driving and walking tour.
The Cannery; a one-time industrial building converted into a food haven. Barangaroo; once a working-class wharf region is now a curated dining and shopping precinct. Tramsheds; is a restoration of Rozelle Tramway Depot, and Kensington Street has been converted to award winning high-rise Central Park known for its hanging vertical gardens and home to creative businesses, cafes, bars, restaurants, and galleries.

Day 4: Transfer to Sydney airport for your flight to Adelaide (not included). Transfer to Regional air flight to Kingscote (included 9:30/10:05). Your transfer to the Southern Ocean Lodge is the perfect introduction to the rolling hills and farmlands dotted with kangaroos of the island. Enjoy a gourmet lunch overlooking the magnificent coastline and a scenic walk atop the limestone cliffs of Hanson Bay with thundering waves crashing along the coastline below. Stand on top of the cliff with the wind blowing, look out to sea and realize there is nothing but ocean between here and Antarctica. This evening, learn about the culture and history of the island over drinks in the lounge.

Day 5: You have a choice of experiences today. A half day program takes you to Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and a fur seal colony to see the island’s wildlife, maritime heritage and stunning coastal landscapes. Or visit Seal Bay to stroll the beach alongside Australian sea lions. Sip premium beverages and enjoy a 'Kanapé' as the sun sets at a spot where kangaroos and wallabies congregate. In between you may want to give the mountain bikes a spin or take a self-guided walk. That is only if you resist the pull of the spa!

Day 6: Return to Kingscote for your Regional Air flight to Adelaide where you collect your rental car. On your short drive to Barossa Valley we suggest a stop at WHISPERING WALL, the retaining wall of the Barossa Reservoir. Built between 1899 and 1903, the dam was a revolutionary engineering feat. It has unique acoustic effects: words whispered at one side can be clearly heard at the other, more than 100 meters away. Your luxury hotel is in the heart of the scenic Barossa Valley, often compared to Tuscany.

Day 7: Have breakfast with kangaroos in a natural setting before your private tour in a classic air-conditioned, 1962 Daimler with award winning wine guide, John Baldwin. Blend you own wine at Penfolds. Then experience a private tasting of super luxury premium Barossa wines at Roennfeldt Road cellar door. After lunch at Vintners Restaurant experience Seppeltsfield, a living, national treasure dating back to 1851, home of the world's only continuous collection of fortified wines dating back to 1878 and the opportunity to draw from the barrel of your birth year. To top it all off, afternoon tea is at Maggie Beers Farm Shop.

Day 8: A beautiful three hour drive takes you to the base of the stunning Flinders range and an abandoned sheep station, now a thriving conservation success story, where African Safari meets Australian Outback. With only 10 guests, miles from anywhere, this 1850s homestead offers true “wild bush luxury.” The station boasts prolific wildlife with Australia’s three largest macropods (Red and Western Gray Kangaroo and Common Wallaroo seen frequently. The near threatened Yellow footed Rock Wallaby has made a comeback as well. There are well over 100 bird species.

Day 9: Create your own program of for approximately seven hours of guided activities today by 4X4 and on foot. Wallabies and kangaroos abound. See ancient rock drawings and star-studded night skies. In between catch a swim in the homestead’s pool. Exquisite food and fascinating hosts make your stay a life highlight.

Day 10: Drive to nearby Wilpena to board a scenic 30-minute small plane flight over the stunning Wilpena pond that you have been exploring by land. On the drive back to Adelaide, stop at Quorn to board the historic Pichi Richi railroad through the beautiful Pichi Richi Pass. The drive to Adelaide is about 5 hours. Explore the wine and festival capital of Australia, a charming blend of historic buildings, wide streets, trendy shops and street cafes. Take a tram to the beach, or visit Aboriginal Culture Centre or the Adelaide Central Market. Overnight Adelaide.

Day 11: Fly to Sydney (not included) where your private guide is waiting to take you into the rugged Blue Mountains. Visit an ancient Aboriginal site and outstanding lookouts. Examine rock formations and unusual plants. At Katoomba look out over the magnificent Jamieson Valley and Three Sisters rock formation. At Wolgan Valley, shaped by glacial movements millions of years ago, you’ll see amazing gorges that dominate the area before arriving at Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa.

Day 12: Wolgan Valley is the epitome of luxury in nature. It is a marvellous conservation story, so successful that kangaroo, wombats and even platypus abound. Your cottage has everything you could wish for, including an indoor pool. Outside a bicycle awaits. Included are guided walking tours and hikes. Horseback riding and safaris by vehicle are additional. Food and wine are as exceptional as one would expect.

Day 13: Return to Sydney with your private guide along a different and possibly even more beautiful route. Have tea at the Botanic Garden then head on to Sydney and your room at Pier One. This evening we suggest a dinner cruise or gourmet restaurant for your last evening.

Day 14: Private transfer to the airport.

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