SOUTH AUSTRALIA: RAIL, SEA & BEYOND

Join us on a magical 9-day journey discovering some of the best of South Australia including the wonderful wildlife sanctuary of Kangaroo Island, and soaking up the remote outback landscapes aboard the Indian Pacific train to Perth.

This is an exciting tour that begins in Adelaide with a tour of the city, before enjoying a welcome dinner at our hotel. The next day we set off from Cape Jervis aboard a ferry bound for Kangaroo Island where we have a one-night stay. Returning to Adelaide we board our coach and head towards the magnificent Flinders Ranges and the iconic natural amphitheatre, Ikara (Wilpena Pound). This startling landscape epitomises the Australian outback and we enjoy a two-night stay here before heading to the wonderful Barossa Valley. After our overnight stay here we head back to Adelaide and board the famous Indian Pacific train for the two night journey across the Nullarbor Plain to Perth. Join us on a fabulous fully escorted tour by road, sea and rail from South Australia to Perth.

Tour Fitness Level: Moderate

Highlights

Highlights

  • 2 days exploring Kangaroo Island
  • Tour and tasting at Clifford’s Honey Farm
  • Birds of Prey tour and guided walk of Seal Bay
  • Visit iconic Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch at Kangaroo Island
  • 2-night stay in the Flinders Ranges at Wilpena Pound
  • Experience the Gorgeous Gorges tour at Wilpena Pound
  • Visit to Jeff Morgan Gallery at Quorn
  • See the amazing silo art at Wirrabirra
  • Visit to the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company
  • Enjoy wine-tasting in the wonderful Barossa Valley
  • Travel on the iconic Indian Pacific train across the Nullarbor to Perth
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner under the desert stars at Rawlinna

Inclusions

  • All accommodation (twin share)
  • Gold Class cabin aboard the Indian Pacific
  • All meals as specified
  • All tours and touring as specified
  • Travel Directors Tour Leader

A booking form is to be completed by all passengers, and a non-refundable deposit of AUD $800 per person paid at the time of booking. The maximum number of passengers on this tour is 20. 

Itinerary

15 /04/2022 Adelaide (D)

On arrival into Adelaide make your own way to the hotel. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel

Adelaide

16/04/2022 Adelaide – Kangaroo Island (BLD)

After an early breakfast we transfer to Cape Jervis and board the ferry for Kangaroo Island. We arrive into Penneshaw at 10am and begin our day with a tour and tasting at Clifford’s Honey Farm. Then it is onto Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery for a BBQ lunch and guided tour. In the afternoon we enjoy a Birds of Prey Tour plus a guided walk at Seal Bay before arriving at our hotel at approx. 5.45pm. Dinner this evening is at the hotel.

Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge

Kangaroo Island

17/04/2022 Kangaroo Island (BL- Light Dinner)

After breakfast we embark on a guided tour of Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, with over 150 species of native Australian wildlife and more than 600 animals. We stop at a local bistro for lunch before a visit to Flinders Chase National Park. This vast area of wilderness features the iconic Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and a longnosed fur seal colony. Then we head back to Penneshaw where we enjoy a preferry supper at Penneshaw Hotel before boarding the ferry for a 7.30pm departure back to Cape Jervis. On arrival we transfer back to Adelaide arriving at our hotel around 10.20pm.

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel

Adelaide

18/04/2022 Adelaide – Wilpena Pound (BLD)

Today we bid farewell to Adelaide and head towards the stunning Clare Valley, scattered with some of the most charming wineries in Australia. We stop along the way for some wine tasting before heading to Jamestown for lunch. Continuing our drive around this beautiful region, we stop at Kanyaka Station Ruins and learn the history of the old cattle and sheep station. We arrive at Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges around 5.30pm in time to settle in before dinner.

Wilpena Pound Resort

Flinders Ranges

19/04/2022 Wilpena Pound (BLD)

The Flinders Ranges is South Australia’s largest mountain range and encompasses some of the most spectacular scenery in South Australia. Its iconic natural amphitheatre, Ikara (Wilpena Pound), stands out in the vast landscape as the centre piece to the National Park. Adnyamathanha people have lived in the Flinders Ranges for tens of thousands of years and the region remains a place of enormous significance today in contemporary Adnyamathanha society. The Adnyamathanha people translate the word Wilpena as Ikara meaning ‘meeting place’. After breakfast we embark on a half day tour, exploring more than 800 million years of geological history in the ‘Corridor Through Time’. As we soak up the rugged beauty of Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges, we search for yellow-footed rock wallabies and enjoy sweeping views of Bunyaroo Valley and the eastern wall of Wilpena Pound.  The afternoon is at lesiure to relax at the resort, or perhaps enjoy one of the many optional tours. In the evening we head to a spectacular local lookout point to watch this ancient landscape change colour as the sun sets over Wilpena Pound and the Flinders Ranges, whilst enjoying canapes and drinks.

20/04/2022 Wilpena Pound – Barossa Valley (BLD)

After breakfast we leave Wilpena Pound and visit the Jeff Morgan Gallery where the internationally acclaimed artist will take us on a mind-blowing virtual reality trip! We then take a tour of the Pichi Richi Railway Workshop before enjoying lunch at Quorn. After lunch we drive towards our Barossa Valley Hotel, stopping en route in Wirrabirra to take in the very unique silo art there. We arrive at our hotel around 5.45pm, checking in before meeting up for dinner.

Barossa Weintal Hotel

Barossa Valley

21/04/2022 Barossa Valley – Adelaide – The Indian Pacific (BLD)

A slightly later start this morning as we depart at 10.00am and head for the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company for chocolate and wine tasting. After our visit here we have lunch and then enjoy more wine tasting at the magnificent Lambert Estate. Continuing through the Barossa Valley, we stop for a vineyard tour and tasting at Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre. As our touring nears the end, we head back to Adelaide, arriving at Parkland Station by 5.00pm. Here we check in and board the iconic Indian Pacific train for our two-night journey to Perth.

Depart Adelaide Indian Pacific 21.40

As the Indian Pacific rolls out of Adelaide, we sit back and enjoy the comfort of our Gold Class compartments.

22/04/2022 Aboard The Indian Pacific (BLD)

This morning we wake up to the seemingly endless expanse of the Nullarbor Plain. As we travel along the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world we enjoy a delicious breakfast in the dining car. As the train continues on its way, we can relax in our cabins, or perhaps head to the lounge carriage to enjoy the view, or have a chat with other travellers. The lounges are open from breakfast to late evening, and the Hospitality Attendants are ready with barista-style coffee and information about the regions we are passing through. In the evening the train stops at the remote locality of Rawlinna, where we disembark and enjoy the tranquility of a delicious dinner under the desert stars. After this unique and memorable experience, we re-board the Indian Pacific and continue our journey to Perth.

23/04/2022 The Indian Pacific – Perth (BL)

This morning we enjoy breakfast as we glide through the cool green vales of the Avon Valley en route to Perth. After a relaxing morning we have an onboard lunch before arriving into Perth around 3.00pm, at the end of our exciting and memorable tour.