SA Wine, Outback and Wildlife

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SA WOW Factor – Wine, Outback, Wildlife

Suggested duration

9nights, suggest 2-3 nights at each property for an unforgettable SA experience.

 

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With significantly improved air access into Adelaide both domestically and internationally, it has never been easier to combine some of the best of Australia’s Wine, Outback and Wildlife, in South Australia. With less than a half-day to transfer between each lodge, Arkaba in the Flinders Ranges, The Louise Barossa Valley and Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island offer an easy to plan, compelling, diverse and uniquely Australian itinerary. This really is South Australia’s WOW factor.

1.5hr drive from adelaide airport to the louise.

1 The Louise Barossa Valley, South Australia

The Louise, an idyllic luxury vineyard retreat, encompassing acclaimed restaurant Appellation, is situated on a gentle hill surrounded by hundreds of acres of vines, with breathtaking vistas across the world renowned Barossa Valley. Just fifteen luxuriously appointed, contemporary styled suites, each with its own terrace, are sited to provide guests with complete privacy.  

A selection of must do’s

  • The Most Brilliant Blend with Appellation restaurant and Penfolds – Don a lab-coat and enjoy the challenge of being a winemaker for a day in the Penfolds laboratory where many of the iconic Penfold’s wine blends originate. Bring your blended wine back to Appellation to form part of your dining experience that evening.
  • On a Saturday morning join one of Appellation’s chefs at the Barossa Farmer’s Market and share in their delight for the food of the region.
  • Private tour of Seppeltsfield – A national treasure and living museum of Australian wine history. Taste fortified wine from the year of your birth, and visit the cellars, a global gem. Don’t miss the Jam Factory contemporary art gallery and Fino restaurant.
  • Spend a day touring a selection of (over 100) wineries that have made the Barossa Australia’s most famous and revered wine region. Or ask The Louise staff for a special introduction to one of their ‘private winemaker’ or ‘food producer’ connections for a very personal connection to the Barossa.

1 The Louise Barossa Valley, South Australia

The Louise, an idyllic luxury vineyard retreat, encompassing acclaimed restaurant Appellation, is situated on a gentle hill surrounded by hundreds of acres of vines, with breathtaking vistas across the world renowned Barossa Valley. Just fifteen luxuriously appointed, contemporary styled suites, each with its own terrace, are sited to provide guests with complete privacy.  

A selection of must do’s

  • The Most Brilliant Blend with Appellation restaurant and Penfolds – Don a lab-coat and enjoy the challenge of being a winemaker for a day in the Penfolds laboratory where many of the iconic Penfold’s wine blends originate. Bring your blended wine back to Appellation to form part of your dining experience that evening.
  • On a Saturday morning join one of Appellation’s chefs at the Barossa Farmer’s Market and share in their delight for the food of the region.
  • Private tour of Seppeltsfield – A national treasure and living museum of Australian wine history. Taste fortified wine from the year of your birth, and visit the cellars, a global gem. Don’t miss the Jam Factory contemporary art gallery and Fino restaurant.
  • Spend a day touring a selection of (over 100) wineries that have made the Barossa Australia’s most famous and revered wine region. Or ask The Louise staff for a special introduction to one of their ‘private winemaker’ or ‘food producer’ connections for a very personal connection to the Barossa.

4hr drive from the louise to arkaba.

2 Arkaba Flinders Ranges, South Australia

Arkaba’s true luxury lies in the fact that its 60,000 acres are shared by just 10 guests.  Located in the ancient and awe-inspiring scale landscape of the Flinders Ranges, Arkaba’s 5 room Homestead is at the heart of a 60,000 acre private wildlife conservancy and provides the opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in the story of the bush – its ancient geology, diverse wildlife and the chance to understand the conservation challenges that Australia faces.

A selection of must do’s 

  • Spending time with a local guide bushwalking along the dry bed of the Arkaba Creek is a great way to soak up the sounds and smells of the bush and expand your knowledge of Australian fauna. Australia’s three largest macropods (Red Kangaroo, Western Grey Kangaroo and Common Wallaroo) are all regular sightings. The country’s endangered Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby, has also returned to Arkaba’s range since the introduction of conservation management programs.
  • Evening dining – Dining is a communal affair –within the homestead, or al fresco around an old wool-classing table on the outdoor terrace. With the ever-changing light and sounds of the bush all around, this is a special and uniquely Australian outback experience. After dinner be lured to the fire-pit and take in the enormity of the night sky and stars. 
  • Indigenous culture – the area is rich in Aboriginal culture and the Elder Range on Arkaba is steeped in stories and with rarely visited art sites. Allow the guides to introduce you to the region’s Aboriginal story.
  • 4WD safari – During a longer stay at Arkaba, a day trip into the neighbouring Flinders Ranges National Park includes driving through the Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges, a visit to the old mining town of Blinman and lunch at an outback pub hotel.

2 Arkaba Flinders Ranges, South Australia

Arkaba’s true luxury lies in the fact that its 60,000 acres are shared by just 10 guests.  Located in the ancient and awe-inspiring scale landscape of the Flinders Ranges, Arkaba’s 5 room Homestead is at the heart of a 60,000 acre private wildlife conservancy and provides the opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in the story of the bush – its ancient geology, diverse wildlife and the chance to understand the conservation challenges that Australia faces.

A selection of must do’s 

  • Spending time with a local guide bushwalking along the dry bed of the Arkaba Creek is a great way to soak up the sounds and smells of the bush and expand your knowledge of Australian fauna. Australia’s three largest macropods (Red Kangaroo, Western Grey Kangaroo and Common Wallaroo) are all regular sightings. The country’s endangered Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby, has also returned to Arkaba’s range since the introduction of conservation management programs.
  • Evening dining – Dining is a communal affair –within the homestead, or al fresco around an old wool-classing table on the outdoor terrace. With the ever-changing light and sounds of the bush all around, this is a special and uniquely Australian outback experience. After dinner be lured to the fire-pit and take in the enormity of the night sky and stars. 
  • Indigenous culture – the area is rich in Aboriginal culture and the Elder Range on Arkaba is steeped in stories and with rarely visited art sites. Allow the guides to introduce you to the region’s Aboriginal story.
  • 4WD safari – During a longer stay at Arkaba, a day trip into the neighbouring Flinders Ranges National Park includes driving through the Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges, a visit to the old mining town of Blinman and lunch at an outback pub hotel.

4.5 hour drive to adelaide airport (or 10min drive and 65min private air charter from hawker), 30min flight to kingscote kangaroo island airport, 50min hosted drive to southern ocean lodge. alternatively, 80 min private charter flight to snug cove on kangaroo island with 30min hosted drive to southern ocean lodge.

3 Southern Ocean Lodge Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Kangaroo Island is renowned as Australia’s Galapagos and nicknamed ‘the zoo without fences’. It brims with diverse wildlife and natural beauty. On the island’s southwest coast, globally celebrated Southern Ocean Lodge offers unrivalled luxury in a uniquely Australian setting.

A selection of must do’s

  • Wonders of KI – A half-day guided journey into Flinders Chase National Park showcasing natural icons the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, home to a fur seal colony. A spectacular introduction to Kangaroo Island’s wildlife, marine heritage and stunning coastal landscapes.
  • Kangas & Kanapés – Signature sunset drinks experience at nearby Grassdale, a historic island property. Premium South Australian beverages, canapés and kangaroos grazing in the late afternoon sunlight.
  • Discover Kangaroo Island’s superb produce – Ligurian honey, sheep’s milk yoghurt and cheeses, and local seafood.
  • Quad Bike Safari – a fun, interpretive quad bike adventure led by the lodge naturalist guide providing insight into the local wildlife and wilderness seen along the way.
  • Southern Spa – Rejuvenating treatments embrace the Island’s bounty of endemic wilderness beauty products, lavender, pink clay, eucalyptus, Ligurian honey and nutrient-rich sea salts among them.

3 Southern Ocean Lodge Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Kangaroo Island is renowned as Australia’s Galapagos and nicknamed ‘the zoo without fences’. It brims with diverse wildlife and natural beauty. On the island’s southwest coast, globally celebrated Southern Ocean Lodge offers unrivalled luxury in a uniquely Australian setting.

A selection of must do’s

  • Wonders of KI – A half-day guided journey into Flinders Chase National Park showcasing natural icons the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, home to a fur seal colony. A spectacular introduction to Kangaroo Island’s wildlife, marine heritage and stunning coastal landscapes.
  • Kangas & Kanapés – Signature sunset drinks experience at nearby Grassdale, a historic island property. Premium South Australian beverages, canapés and kangaroos grazing in the late afternoon sunlight.
  • Discover Kangaroo Island’s superb produce – Ligurian honey, sheep’s milk yoghurt and cheeses, and local seafood.
  • Quad Bike Safari – a fun, interpretive quad bike adventure led by the lodge naturalist guide providing insight into the local wildlife and wilderness seen along the way.
  • Southern Spa – Rejuvenating treatments embrace the Island’s bounty of endemic wilderness beauty products, lavender, pink clay, eucalyptus, Ligurian honey and nutrient-rich sea salts among them.

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