South Australia: Flinders Ranges to the Fleurieu

Duration: 6 days

Highlights: - Explore the rugged Flinders Ranges on a guided three-day hike
- Camp under the stars in luxury swag tents
- Share stories over dinner and South Australian wines in your homestead oasis
- Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the d’Arenberg Cube, a must for wine connoisseurs

Explore the spirit of Outback Australia on a guided hike unveiling layers of history hidden within the Flinders Ranges. Traverse ancient landscapes and experience deluxe swag camping and gracious hospitality. Then, fly onto the Fleurieu Peninsula and explore the culinary playground which is McLaren Vale.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Adelaide – Flinders Ranges

Drive to South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, where the rugged Outback comes to life. Set off from Wilpena Pound, hiking to the rim of this natural amphitheatre, before descending into the Arkaba Wilderness and a walk in to camp late afternoon. Savour a three-course alfresco camp dinner and settle into your deluxe swag for a night under a canopy of stars (Walking approx 13km, 5-6 hours).

Overnight: Black's Gap Camp

Meal Plan: B,L,D

 

Day 2: Flinders Ranges.

Today is arguably the most scenic, as you move out from Black’s Gap through meandering riverbeds into the rolling hills. Follow the famous Heysen Trail for a while through Black’s Gap. Red and grey kangaroos and emus are regularly sighted. The last leg takes you into the hills, culminating in a sharp climb to the summit of the Red Range for panoramic views. Descend to the foot of the Elder Range and arrive at camp early evening (Walking approx 14-15km, 6–7 hours).

Overnight: Elder Camp

Meal Plan: B,L,D

 

Day 3: Flinders Ranges

Plenty of time today to stop for photographs, bird watching, botanising and discussion. Move southeast through mallee and native pine forests before crossing Slaty Creek. Ascend the Red Range ridge and down to the banks of Arkaba Creek, home to hundreds of magnificent river red gums. Arrive at Arkaba Homestead for a quintessential Outback experience and an evening spent in the elegant 1850s homestead enjoying a beautifully-prepared meal and some excellent South Australian wines (Walking approx 14-15km, 6–7 hours).

Overnight: Arkaba Homestead

Meal Plan: B,L,D

 

Day 4: Fleurieu Peninsula

This morning, depart your homestead and fly to Adelaide before being collected for your discovery of world-renowned wine region, McLaren Vale. Start your exploration with a leisurely walk to view spectacular Onkaparinga Gorge and learn about the ancient geology of the area. Reward yourself with an exclusive masterclass at Wirra Wirra’s Old Barrel Hall followed by a delicious lunch from local producers as you continue to explore this beautiful area.

Overnight: Coastal Lodge

Meal Plan: B,L,D

 

Day 5: Fleurieu Peninsula

Today enjoy your own exclusive experience of the d’Arenberg Cube, a unique cube-shaped complex built to excite the senses with its wine sensory room, Alternate Realities Museum, a virtual fermenter and tasting room. Have a behind-the-scenes tour followed by a wine masterclass and a superb 11-course degustation lunch. Finish your day dozing as you drive along the tranquil Silver Sands Beach back to your accommodation.

Overnight: Coastal Lodge

Meal Plan: B,L

 

Day 6: Depart Fleurieu Peninsula

Farewell this stunning wine region as you transfer to Adelaide for your departing flight.

Meal Plan: B

 

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