Experience the very best of South Australia in this self-drive package showcasing the food, wildlife and rugged outback terrain of “The Festival State” with stays in Port Lincoln, Kangaroo Island, the Flinders Ranges, the Barossa Valley, Whyalla, Port Pirie and Adelaide including car hire, hotels and flights. Enjoy 3 days on the Eyre Peninsula in Port Lincoln, the “Seafood Capital of Australia, 3 days on Kangaroo Island taking in the food, wine and wildlife of Australia’s third largest island, 2 days in the Flinders Ranges, the tallest mountain range in South Australia and 2 days in the world famous Barossa Valley as well as 2 days along the Spencer Gulf and 2 days in Adelaide. This package truly encompasses the very best of South Australia! Themes include: Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Departs from Adelaide, Fly-Drive Car, Returns from Adelaide. + Show more
Return Flights to Adelaide (pricing options below)
13 Days Car Hire, "no worries" unlimited kms, comprehensive insurance
2 Nights Adelaide Hotel (luxury upgrades available)
2 Nights Kangaroo Island Hotel (luxury upgrades available)
2 Nights Barossa Valley Hotel (luxury upgrades available)
2 Nights Flinders Ranges Hotel
1 Night Whyalla Hotel
2 Nights Port Lincoln Hotel
1 Nights Port Pirie Hotel
Cruise to Kangaroo Island (including car onboard)
FREE DISCOVER AUSTRALIA South Australia Bonus Voucher Book ($500 value discounts at shops, restaurants & attractions)
Relax all the hard work has been taken out of your Self-Drive Holiday. Enjoy the freedom of the open road and the security of this popular DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Itinerary
AdelaideKangaroo IslandBarossa ValleyClare ValleyFlinders Ranges & OutbackWhyallaPort LincolnEyre PeninsulaCoffin BayWilpena PoundSeal BayVivonne BayFlinders Chase National ParkHanson Bay Wildlife SanctuaryRemarkable RocksAdmirals ArchCape BordaCape du CouedicPenneshawKati Thanda-Lake EyreArkaroolaAroona ValleyKingscoteKangaroo Island CruiseWineriesHoney FarmsEmu Ridge DistilleryLavender Farm Adelaide HillsQuornHahndorfWhispering WallMaggie Beer Farm ShopSpencer GulfPort PiriePichi Richi Heritage RailwaySeafoodWineriesSnorkellingKangaroo Island Wildlife ParkSecond World War Memorial GatesHMAS WhyallaFleurieu PeninsulaGourmet South AustraliaWildlife of South AustraliaWineries of South Australia
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DAY 1 Fly to Adelaide
Adelaide, sitting on the Torrens River, with the Southern Ocean at its heel, and wide elegant, tree lined avenues; the friendly city of parks, and spires and oh! Sooo much more! Discover elegant colonial architecture, boutique shopping, great sandy swimming beaches, vibrant arts and festivals, cultural and sporting events, happening nightlife, fine dining, great cafe strips. A pleasant drive away from the city, see friendly country towns and fertile farmlands welcome visitors to wineries and orchards with farm gates and cellar doors of world famous wineries as Adelaide comes of age as a world class tourism destination.
Fly to Adelaide, pick up your car from the airport and make your way to your Adelaide hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure.
Overnight Adelaide Accommodation.
DAY 2 Explore Adelaide
Spend the day taking in the sights and surrounds of Adelaide. Visit the scenic Adelaide Hills or spend the day exploring the churches, parks and famous museums and galleries of Adelaide.
Alternatively, you can visit the seaside town of Glenelg, famous for its beaches and many tourist attractions.
The choice is yours.
Overnight Adelaide Accommodation.
DAY 3 Cruise to Kangaroo Island
Enjoy a leisurely start to your day before driving along the South Australia coast via McLaren Vale to Cape Jervis.
At Cape Jervis load your car on board your cruise to Kangaroo Island and enjoy the 45 minute journey to this nature lovers’ paradise.
Choose from a variety of accommodation options and locations on Kangaroo Island. Direct driving 107km (1.5 hours)
Cruise to Kangaroo Island, Overnight Kangaroo Island Accommodation.
DAY 4 Explore Kangaroo Island
Spend the day exploring Kangaroo Island at your own leisure. The island is a haven of wildlife and natural beauty. On the western part of the island you can visit Flinders Chase National Park home of the Remarkable Rocks, one the islands signature landmarks which took 500 million years of rain, wind and waves to create. Admiral’s Arch, the lighthouses at Cape Borda and Cape du Couedic and multiple walking and hiking trails also make up Flinders Chase National Park.
In the South, you can visit Seal Bay Conservation Park, home of the third largest Australian sea lion colony in Australia. You can take a guided tour of the beach to see these beautiful animals in their natural habitat.
Kangaroo Island is also famous for its honey and Ligurian honey bees. The island is home to the world’s only pure bred and disease free population of this type of bee. There are many honey farms that are open to the public to visit.
Kangaroo Island is a food and wine lover’s dream destination. The island is home to 30 wine growers and 12 wineries. The island is famous for being from where some of the best Southern Rock Lobster is sourced. It also has South Australia’s only eucalyptus oil distillery with oil that is distilled from the endemic Kangaroo Island narrow leaf mallee, The Emu Ridge Distillery.
Maybe visit Kangaroo Island Spirits, South Australia’s only boutique distillery which specialises in handcrafted Premium Australian Spirits. Here, spirits are produced with a philosophy of “Slow Spirits”; a term used to describe spirits made in a similar vein to “slow food”, i.e using high-quality local and seasonal ingredients made using traditional processes and recipes. Kangaroo Island Spirits award winning local Gin, Vodka and Liqueurs.
You can also visit Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, located in the centre of the island, where you can cuddle a koala, interact with snakes, crocodiles and reptiles or even hand feed kangaroos and wallabies! The wildlife park is home to over 150 species of native Australian wildlife and over 600 animals!
Emu Bay Lavender Farm is located about 20 kms from Kingscote and has 10 different varieties of lavender which is produced and distilled on the property. You can purchase lavender products or enjoy an afternoon tea of handmade lavender scones with a cup of tea or coffee while enjoying your surroundings.
Overnight Kangaroo Island Accommodation.
DAY 5 Cruise to Cape Jervis & Drive to the Barossa Valley
This morning cruise back to Cape Jervis and enjoy a drive to the famous Barossa Valley. En route, you can stop at the Lutheran settlement of Hahndorf, the oldest surviving German village in Australia.
Continue to the Barossa Valley where you will spend the next two nights.
The Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s best and most famous wine-producing regions, now regarded as one of finest in the world, and is home to Australia's most expensive wine, Penfolds Grange.
Alternatively, you can also choose to stay in and explore the beautiful Clare Valley with its many wineries and walking trails. Simply let us know if you would prefer to stay in the Clare Valley at the time of making your enquiry. Direct driving 172km (2.5 hours)
Cruise to Cape Jervis, Overnight Barossa Valley Accommodation.
DAY 6 Explore the Barossa Valley
Spend the day visiting some of the best cellar doors in Australia or alternatively visit Maggie Beer’s Farm shop, the Whispering Wall or even take a hot air balloon over the verdant and pristine rolling landscape of the region.
The Whispering Wall in Williamstown in the Barossa Valley is a unique phenomenon allowing you to “throw” your voice over 100 metres. The unintentional phenomena is created due to the wall’s curved shape which leads to voices being carried from one side of its arch to the other, even when whispered, hence its name.
For visitors looking to take in the gourmet side of South Australia, a visit to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop is a must. Maggie Beer is a renowned figure on the Australian food scene and the Farm Shop has been enthralling visitors since the 1970’s. The shop is a celebration of the diversity of produce of the region and visitors can try an array of jams, oils, pates and ice creams or even enjoy a meal at the restaurant on the lovely lakeside property. Guests can even enjoy cooking demonstrations or a walk around the farm itself and take in the birdlife of the area such as peacocks, quails and pheasants.
There is truly something for everyone in the Barossa Valley!
Overnight Barossa Valley Accommodation.
DAY 7 Barossa Valley to the Flinders Ranges
Today, journey north to the beautiful Flinders Ranges, the largest mountain range in South Australia. The most prominent feature of the Range is Wilpena Pound, a large sickle shaped amphitheatre covering 80 square kilometres and containing the Ranges’ highest peak, St. Mary Peak.
The Flinders Ranges are teeming with endemic flora and fauna adapted to the semi-arid environment such as sugar gum, cypress-pine, black oak, red kangaroos, western grey kangaroos, wallaroos, and yellow footed rock wallabies as well as a large number of bird species such as parrots, galahs and wedge tailed eagles. Direct driving 405km (4.75 hours)
Overnight Flinders Ranges Accommodation.
DAY 8 Explore the Flinders Ranges
Spend the day exploring the fascinating Flinders Ranges. Maybe take a scenic flight over Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, the largest lake in Australia which rarely fills with water. When empty, the lake is a giant salt pan with the white crystals reflecting the sunlight.
You can even take guided tours of the region to get a better understanding of the area and its history with experienced and knowledgeable guides.
Alternatively, explore the region on your own. There are many walking trails, hiking trails and gorges that you can visit. Please note that if you wish to visit certain scenic spots such as Aroona Valley or Arkaroola, you will need a 4WD vehicle. Please ask your specialist consultant when planning your holiday.
Overnight Flinders Ranges Accommodation.
DAY 9 Flinders Ranges to Whyalla
Say goodbye to the Flinders Ranges today and travel south through the towns of Hawker and Quorn to Whyalla.
Quorn is a historic township most famous for the Pichi Richi Railway which is a narrow gauge railway line that connects it to Port Augusta and was initially opened in 1879. The township gained fame and importance in the early 1900’s as it became the crossroads of any north-south or east-west travel in Australia, so anyone travelling in either of those directions would have to pass through Quorn. As a result, many fine building were built in the town which are still Heritage Listed.
There is a visitor information centre where you can get a map for a self-guided walking tour of the town based around the historic buildings, railways yards and other historic locations.
Continue your journey south to the seaside town of Whyalla, the third most populous town in South Australia. Famous for its annual migration of Giant Australian Cuttlefish, the town has become a hotspot for snorkelers and divers and between the months of May and August the animals can be seen in water and shallow as 1 metre!
There are also several museums and public tours that showcase the history of Whyalla. You can also view the HMAS Whyalla, a retired World War II era corvette that was the first ship built in Whyalla during the war. Direct driving 246km (3 hours)
Overnight Whyalla Accommodation.
DAY 10 Whyalla to Port Lincoln
Depart Whyalla and travel south along the pristine Spencer Gulf and into the Eyre Peninsula.
Stop at the picturesque seaside towns of Port Neill and Tumby Bay on your journey to the “Seafood Capital of Australia”, Port Lincoln. Direct driving 268km (2.75 hours)
Overnight Port Lincoln Accommodation.
DAY 11 Explore Port Lincoln
The Eyre Peninsula is gifted with something unique, powerful and highly sought after: a coastal region that is isolated, rugged, raw and with seafood to die for. Port Lincoln, situated on the shore of Boston Bay is the largest city in the West Coast region and is famous for its seafood industry, especially for its Southern Bluefin Tuna fishing industry.
The city is home to Australia’s largest commercial fishing fleet and produces a cornucopia of seafood including Southern Rock Lobster, abalone, clams, Southern Bluefin Tuna, mussels, yabbies, marron, oysters, Kingfish, crabs and prawns as well as a variety of other deep sea marine life.
Port Lincoln is truly a seafood lovers’ dream destination!
Overnight Port Lincoln Accommodation.
DAY 12 Port Lincoln to Port Pirie
Travel back north up and around the Spencer Gulf to Port Pirie.
Port Pirie is the sixth most populous town in South Australia with a rich industrial history and home to the world’s largest lead smelter.
Port Pirie is located on the Pirie River, a tidal saltwater inlet from the Spencer Gulf. The town is home to many Heritage Listed sites including the Second World War Memorial Gates.
The town also has a lovely beach with a picturesque palm lined esplanade running alongside. Direct driving 435km (4.5 hours)
Overnight Port Pirie Accommodation.
DAY 13 Port Pirie to Adelaide
Depart Port Pirie this morning and travel back to Adelaide for your flight home. Alternatively, why not spend some more time discovering South Australia. Simply ask your Specialist Consultant. Direct driving 224km (2.5 hours).
Flights Home Included
This package includes all flights as detailed below in the price section (including all fees, levies and taxes). However, we can tailor this package to include our special discounted 'package only' airfares from anywhere. Simply let us know.
About Your Accommodation
You have 3 choices of accommodation. Our "Good Standard" central hotels have great facilities, a comfortable room and friendly service (typically 3.5 stars). Alternatively, why not treat yourself? The "Deluxe" hotels have superior facilities, stylish room and first class service (typically 4 stars). The “Luxury” hotels are upscale with a more luxurious feel for the discerning traveller and great for celebrating an anniversary (typically 5 stars).
The package is priced on the "Good Standard" option. See Optional Upgrades below for more details, or simply ask.
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You’ll receive the FREE DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book that includes $500 value of discounts and bonuses throughout Adelaide and South Australia at shops, restaurants attractions etc. It’s a great way to save even more on your South Australia holiday.
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