7 or 11 Day Best Of South Australia tour

 JUST CRUISIN 7 OR 11 DAY BEST OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA


(includes Kangaroo Island, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Flinders Ranges)

DAY 1: Depart Adelaide approximately 6:45AM for Kangaroo Island. We travel along some of South Australia’s magnificent coastline to Cape Jervis where we board the Kangaroo Island Sealink to Penneshaw. On arrival we take some time discovering Penneshaw which is situated on the north-east coast of Kangaroo Island, offering a commanding view of the mainland just 18 kilometres away across Backstairs Passage. We now follow the coast to Kingscote. On the way to Kingscote is Prospect Hill. The hill is the highest point in the area and provides a marvellous view of Pelican Lagoon, the rolling hills and the Southern Ocean at Pennington Bay which is a wonderful surf beach. On a clear day looking north you can see Mount Lofty in the Adelaide Hills. We now head to the south coast of the island. It is now onto Seal Bay, a large sandy beach and dune area where Australian sea lions rest and nurse their young. We see these rare sea lions under the guidance of a National Parks Ranger. We walk on the beach within a few metres of the resting sea lions, basking in the sun. We now head to Little Sahara, an area of spectacular white sand dunes surrounded by bush vegetation. Climbing over the first ridge you are confronted by a second and much higher dune, which when scaled reveals more dunes flanked by bushland. Vivonne Bay is also visited and can only be described as stunningly beautiful. Vivonne Bay is the only safe harbour on the south coast of the island and is the base cray fishing and game fishing boats. Overnight Flinders Chase Farm.

DAY 2: Today we visit Flinders Chase National Park, one of Australia’s largest covering 74,000 hectares. Here you will see many of the animals and birds you have come to see. At Rocky River it is possible to view koalas in the nearby trees. At Cape du Couedic we view the lighthouse which was constructed in 1906 and considered to be the islands finest structure. We then proceed down a walkway to Admirals Arch, the home to a colony of New Zealand Fur Seals. We travel east to Remarkable Rocks; a cluster of huge, weather sculptured granite boulders perched on a granite dome that swoops 75 metres to the sea. We now visit Parndana Wildlife Park (optional tour) where we see Kangaroo Island’s largest privately owned collection of native animals and birds. We now take in the sights around Kingscote including Cygnet River and Duck Lagoon and Emu Bay. This long beach is one of the most popular spots on the island with safe clear water for swimming. We head to Penneshaw where we board the Kangaroo Island Sealink for trip back to Cape Jervis. We now head to McLaren Vale for overnight stay, arriving approximately 9:00PM. Overnight McLaren Vale Motel

DAY 3: After breakfast we head to Victor Harbor where we walk along historic causeway to Granite Island for a peaceful stroll. Our next stop is Goolwa. We return to the McLaren Vale Wine Region to visit some different wineries. While we are in McLaren Vale we visit Dridan Fine Arts and Fleurieu Showcase (one of South Australia’s most respected galleries). Arriving at your accommodation at approximately 5:00PM. Also available today is a 2 hour surfing lesson with fully qualified instructors. (optional tour) Overnight McLaren Vale Motel.

DAY 4: Depart McLaren Vale for the Clare Valley approximately 8:00AM. The Clare Valley is a 90 minute drive north of Adelaide. Nestled among wooded hills, rolling vineyards and neat pastures, the region is renowned for for its historic towns, fertile soils and elegant wines that have a reputation for quality and character. Whilst we are in Clare we visit Seven Hill cellars, Jim Barry Winery and Skillogalee Wines where we have lunch. Several other wineries are visited depending on available time. Overnight Rising Sun Hotel in Auburn.

DAY 5: Depart 8:00AM for Wilpena Pound Resort via Burra and Hawker. From Hawker we visit Kanyaka ruins and Death Rock. We spend tonight at Wilpena Resort.

DAY 6: After breakfast we have a peaceful bushwalk to Wangarra Lookouts and the Hill Homestead. After our walk we visit Sacred Canyon and Arkaroo Rock (optional) which are major Aboriginal Art sites. We then travel the geological trail through the Brachina Gorge. This gorge traces the geological history of the area for hundreds of million years. Our next stop is the Prairie Hotel at Parachilna where we taste some Aussie tucker. Blinman is our next destination before returning to Wilpena Resort.

DAY 7: Depart Wilpena Resort approximately 9:00AM for Adelaide via Hawker and Quorn. At Port Augusta we explore the Flinders Ranges and Outback in Wadlata Outback Centre’s Tunnel of Time. We discover its origins, the Aboriginal Dreaming, European settlement and much more. From Port Augusta we head to Adelaide on Highway 1. Arrive Adelaide approximately 6:00PM

COST PER PERSON: $3565:00(including GST) minimum 2 passengers

TOUR DEPARTS WITH MINIMUM 2 PASSENGERS. PLEASE CONTACT PAUL ON 0414807891 OR cruisin2@tpg.com.au TO CHECK AVAILIBILITY BEFORE BOOKING TOUR IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING ALONE

TOUR INCLUDES: Ferry ticket, Accommodation (twin share) Flinders Chase Farm,McLaren Vale, Auburn and Wilpena Resort, breakfasts, morning & afternoon teas, Evening meals,entry Wadlata Outback Centre.

NOT INCLUDED: Lunches, Optional tours & mobile phone calls.

TOUR CONDITIONS: “JUST CRUISIN” reserve the right to alter or modify itinerary if prevailing weather, road conditions or adverse conditions require such change. Tour costs do not include additional accommodation, meals and incidental expenses incurred from flooding, natural delays, unavailable connections or other unforseen circumstances. It is suggested travel insurance is purchased to cover additional accommodation, meals and incidental expenses resulting from flooding, natural delays unavailable connections or other unforeseen expenses prior to departure. Due to the nature and remoteness of outback travel it is suggested anyone with health problems should seek advice from their doctor if necessary.

CANCELLATIONS : More than 14 days prior to departure will incur $100.00 Admin. Fee. Between 14 days and 48 hours cancellation incurs a 20% fee of full payment. Between 48 hours and 24 hours 50% fee of full payment. Less than 24 hours or fail to board - no refund.
Kangaroo Island tours will incur additional fees of:
In the event that a booking, or part thereof is cancelled, cancellation fees apply to the booking value as follows:
Due to the complexity, staff time and communication costs of the booking process, a charge of $22 (incl GST) may apply to each modification made
after the original booking
Cancellation more than 30 days before departure - $75 per person
Cancellation between 7 & 30 days before departure - 55% of total cost of ferry fare
Cancellation less than 7 days before departure - 85% of total cost of ferry fare
Cancellation within 24 hours of departure - 100% of total cost of ferry fare
No refunds will be made for services not availed once travel has commenced.


DON’T FORGET: Your camera, good walking shoes and hats. Please limit luggage to a small bag, and most of all don’t forget your sense of adventure. It is suggested that appropriate sickness, accident & personal liability insurance be taken out.

OPTIONAL TOUR ADD ON

DAY 7: After breakfast we head to William Creek via Marree and the Oodnadatta Track. At William Creek: the worlds most isolated pub, you can indulge in a well-deserved Australian beer. The most important claim to fame for William Creek is that it is the smallest town in Australia and that it is located on the worlds largest cattle station (Anna Creek Station) which is 32,500 square kilometres. We can walk along the old Ghan Railway Line to the bridge at Breakfast Time Creek This is a land of contrasts. There’s red gibber plains stretching to the horizon, mound springs (we visit Bubbler Springs and Blanche Cup Springs) which create bush oases and wetlands, red gum lined creeks and vast areas of grey salt bush and spiky spinifex. Remnants of the old Ghan Railway are abundant along the Oodnadatta Track. An optional flight over Lake Eyre North and South is available (own expense). Lake Eyre North which covers 8430 square kilometres, is 144 kilometres long and 77 kilometres wide is by far the larger of the two lakes. The creek like Goyder Channel joins Lake Eyre South to Lake Eyre North, which at its narrowest is only 150 metres wide. At the lakes lowest point it is 15.2 metres below sea level and drains more than one sixth of the continent. Overnight William Creek Hotel.

DAY 8: Today we head to Coober Pedy in the heart of South Australia’s vast outback; it is an opal wonderland. We spend some time visiting mines and interpretive centres which a great insight into the town and its mining operations. There are more than 30 opal shops in Coober Pedy if you like to purchase some opal. The town takes its name from the Aboriginal word Kupa (uninitiated man or white man) and Piti (hole).We also visit the Breakaway’s Reserve and Moon Plain before we head back to Coober Pedy via the dingo fence ( the worlds longest fence, 5300km long). We spend tonight in The Underground Motel .

DAY 9: Depart Coober Pedy approximately 10:00AM for the opal mining town of Andamooka via Woomera and Roxby Downs. After lunch we visit Woomera. This outback town was established in 1947 as a site for the launching of experimental rockets. Attractions include Woomera Heritage Centre and Missile Park displaying examples of rockets, aircraft and weapons associated with the testing range. Overnight Andamooka or Roxby Downs.

DAY 10: After breakfast we visit Andamooka we for a tour of this “incredible last frontier town”. The opal is mined 3 to 10 metres down on the ancient sea bed of 1.8 million to 70 million years ago. From 24 separate fields, opalised shells, stones and dinosaur bones are still being brought to the surface. In Andamooka we see how wide the range of opal can be in the many showrooms. We also take a trip to see the shimmering - white salt of Lake Torrens (time permitting). We can also take a tour, learn about mining, and go noodling. We also see the sights of Roxby Downs with an optional tour of Olympic Dam Mine. Overnight Andamooka or Roxby Downs.

DAY 11: Depart Roxby Downs approximately 7:00AM for Adelaide via Port Augusta. We follow the Stuart (Explorer) Highway south revisiting Port Augusta on our return to Adelaide. Arriving at your accommodation approximately 6:00PM.

COST PER PERSON: $5550:00 (MINIMUM 2 PASSENGERS)

 

 

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