Discover South Australia

The cooler months are the time to visit South Australia's Flinders Ranges. This 12 day small group tour winds its way from Flinders Chase to Flinders Ranges with a host of exciting stops along the way. Explore our diverse and wonderful state, from world class wineries, to the sparkling gem that is Kangaroo Island, the historic charm of Hahndorf and the expansiveness of Wilpena Pound.


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12 Days from $4,995* per person, twin share

Inclusions:

  • All touring in full sized 46-seater air-conditioned coach (max group size 20)
  • Return ferry to Kangaroo Island
  • 11 nights accommodation in 3-4 star hotels
  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners
  • Escorted by a Bunnik Tours representative
  • English-speaking driver guide

Highlights

  • Visit the quirky d’Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale and enjoy a tasting while overlooking the vineyards.
  • Explore the best that Kangaroo Island has to offer, including spectacular scenery, inquisitive wildlife and delicious local produce.
  • Discover the old-world charm of the German heritage-listed town of Hahndorf, including a tour of the home and studio of famous Australia artist, Sir Hans Heysen.



Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Adelaide

Welcome to Adelaide. With impeccable wineries and pristine beaches, arid outback and rolling hills all within an arm’s reach of the city, Adelaide is the gateway to all that South Australia has to offer.

The city is also the home of Bunnik Tours, which is where our tour begins late this afternoon. Please note, you will be met in the hotel’s reception at 4pm.

Special Experience: Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of Bunnik Tours to see how our tours are created. Explore our headquarters including the historic ballroom and the hidden basement.

We’ll enjoy welcome drinks in the heritage headquarters’ ballroom before making our way to a local restaurant for dinner this evening.

Meals Included: Dinner


Day 2: Adelaide

Adelaide is renowned for its incredible food and wine scene and we’ll visit the food hub of the city this morning, the Adelaide Central Market. One of the largest undercover markets in the Southern Hemisphere, the Adelaide Central Market is home to over 70 traders offering a variety of fresh produce and gourmet goods.

Special Experience: Join the Adelaide locals for ‘breakfast at the markets’ followed by a private tour of the Adelaide Central Market.

From here, our tour of the city continues with a short tram ride to Adelaide’s cultural boulevard North Terrace. Home to beautiful heritage architecture, wide footpaths and the State’s Museum and Art Gallery, North Terrace is a wonder to explore.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Day 3: Adelaide – Hahndorf – Adelaide

Venturing out of the city today we’ll head east to the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Stopping along the way, we’ll take in the incredible views of Adelaide from the Mt Lofty Summit, the ideal spot for that perfect panoramic photo.

The Adelaide Hills is arguably South Australia’s most charming region, with quaint towns, a proud history and a delicious food and wine scene waiting to be explored. Our destination is the charming German heritage-listed town of Hahndorf. Here, we’ll explore the enchanting main street that is lined with traditional German buildings housing boutiques, pubs, bakeries, and cafes. We’ll also visit the home of one of Australia’s greatest artists, Sir Hans Heysen, and tour his house and studio.

Making our way to the end of the main street, we'll visit the famed Beerenberg Farm to explore the strawberry fields and peruse their vast array of specialty products.

Special Experience: Visit Penfolds Magill Estate, nestled amongst the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges, for a tour of the original winery and a tasting of Grange.

Meals Included: Breakfast



Day 4: Adelaide – Kangaroo Island

The jewel in South Australia’s tourism crown, the raw and rugged Kangaroo Island awaits us today. Travelling to Cape Jervis, at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula, we board the ferry for a 45-minute ride to Kangaroo Island.

Home to crystal clear waters, an abundance of wildlife, incredible natural wonders, and delicious local food, the Island is truly breathtaking. With a vast array of small producers, today we’ll savour local produce as we explore the Island, learn about the purest strain of Ligurian bees in the world, enjoy lunch overlooking lavender fields, tour an oyster farm and sample the wares of South Australia’s first boutique gin distillery.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 5: Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island was hard hit by the summer 2020 bushfires. Today, we spend the day on and off the tourist trail as we see how the Island is recovering. Beginning at Seal Bay, we’ll have the opportunity to walk on the beach alongside a colony of endangered Australian sea lions, a unique species only found in South Australia and Western Australia.

Next we continue to the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Here we’ll take a tour of the sanctuary, meeting many of the native species as we learn about how they were impacted by the bushfires.

We’ll then visit Flinders Chase National Park at the far end of the Island, home to the Remarkable Rocks, a beautiful arrangement of granite boulders sculpted naturally by wind, sea spray and rain over the course of 500 million years. Just a short drive away from the Rocks, we’ll also visit Admiral’s Arch, where playful fur-seals can often be spotted from the boardwalk swimming in the rock pools below.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Kangaroo Island – McLaren Vale

Making our way back to the Fleurieu Peninsula today, we have the privilege of exploring this land of good food, rolling vineyards, pristine beaches and the world-renowned McLaren Vale wine region.

We board the ferry back to the mainland and travel through historic Willunga, meeting some local characters along the way. We’ll then spend the afternoon exploring the picturesque McLaren Vale, tasting a drop or two of the region’s finest wines.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 7: McLaren Vale – Clare Valley

Before leaving the McLaren Vale region, we’ll visit the impressive and quirky d’Arenberg Cube. This Rubik’s cube like structure juts out of the d’Arenberg winery’s vineyard and is home to a tasting room and museum.

We then head north to another of South Australia’s award-winning wine regions, the Clare Valley. The region is not only known for its incredible Riesling, but for its strong heritage as well.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 8: Clare Valley – Flinders Ranges

After a wine tasting in the Clare Valley later this morning, we continue towards the Flinders Ranges and see the historic Pichi Richi Railway track that dates back to 1879 in the historic town of Quorn. We’ll admire Quorn’s beautiful heritage buildings and learn about the town’s past as a vibrant railway hub for the region. You might recognise the streets of Quorn from films including Gallipoli, Wolf Creek and The Lighthorsemen.

Step back in time, into another world when we travel to the Flinders Ranges. Dusty red rocks jut out of the dry and arid landscape, as long roads lead to the epicentre of the region – mighty Wilpena Pound. With a laidback and welcoming country hospitality and stunning scenery made world famous by the watercolour paintings of Sir Hans Heysen, it can be hard to forget that the region is just a five-hour drive from the heart of Adelaide.

We’ll reach our accommodation in the shadow of Wilpena Pound late this afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 9: Flinders Ranges

Arguably the Flinders Ranges’ most iconic landmark, Wilpena Pound is a natural amphitheatre home to impressive gorges and an abundance of wildlife. The Adnyamathanha people have called the Flinders Ranges home for tens of thousands of years, with ‘Wilpena’ translating to ‘Ikara’ meaning ‘meeting place’.

We’ll spend our day exploring the incredible desert landscape and jagged, rugged gorges that surround us. We’ll also visit South Australia’s highest town, Blinman, a historic copper mining settlement dating back to 1859.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10: Flinders Ranges – Burra – Barossa

One of Australia’s most well-known and highly regarded wine regions is calling our name today. The Barossa, home to some of the world’s oldest vines, over 80 cellar doors and passionate and welcoming locals, is a must visit region for anyone who visits South Australia.

We discover South Australia’s mining history on our way to the Barossa today, when we visit the town of Burra. A thriving copper mining hub in its heyday, Burra is home to fascinating remnants of its past including heritage buildings, abandoned mine dugouts, police quarters and more. We’ll arrive in the Barossa this afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Day 11: Barossa – Adelaide

The Barossa, home to some of the world’s oldest vines, over 80 cellar doors and passionate and welcoming locals, is a must visit region for anyone who visits South Australia. We’ll spend the day uncovering some gems of the Barossa, beginning at the family owned Yalumba Winery. Beautiful landscaped gardens surround the historic clock tower where we’ll enjoy a tasting of the wine. We’ll also have the opportunity to explore the estate on a guided tour of the winery that was first established in 1849.

Next, we continue to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop for a private cooking demonstration. While here we’ll sample Maggie’s flagship and seasonal products and enjoy a wander around the property.

We then make our way down a palm-tree lined road to Seppeltsfield. Here, we’ll explore the expansive grounds that are home to heritage buildings housing local vendors including the craft and design studio JamFactory and the handmade skin and body care business Vasse Virgin. The Centennial Cellar is a highlight at Seppeltsfield, home to an unbroken lineage of each vintage of tawny from the current year all the way back to the year 1878.

Special Experience: Tour the Centennial Cellar at Seppeltsfield and taste tawny directly from the barrel.

We’ll make our way back to Adelaide this afternoon and enjoy a group farewell dinner together this evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 12: Depart Adelaide

Our tour concludes after breakfast this morning. We bid farewell to our new friends and to the diverse and wonderful South Australia.

Meals Included: Breakfast


*Terms and Conditions: Prices, inclusions and itinerary correct as at 23 March 2022. Valid for travel in 2022. Prices, offers and inclusions are strictly subject to availability and can change at any time, without notice. Booking, payment and cancellation conditions apply. Photo Credit: Colin Page & Isaac Forman. Contact your travel agent for full details. SUPPLIER: Bunnik Tours