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An interesting and varied tailor made driving route, providing a great combination of city, coast and wildlife. The scenery is stunning throughout and this suggested bespoke itinerary can be easily dovetailed with other regions of Australia.

An interesting and varied tailor made driving route, providing a great combination of city, coast and wildlife. The scenery is stunning throughout and this suggested itinerary can be easily dovetailed with other regions of Australia.

Day 1: Melbourne

Day 4: Apollo Bay

Day 5: Port Fairy

Day 6: The Grampians

Day 8: Victor Harbour

Day 10: Kangaroo Island

Day 12: Adelaide

Day 14: Depart Adelaide

An interesting and varied tailor made driving route, providing a great combination of city, coast and wildlife. The scenery is stunning throughout and this suggested itinerary can be easily dovetailed with other regions of Australia.

Day 1 – Melbourne

Arrive into Melbourne today for a three night stay. A free tram service circles around the edge of the Central Business District, enabling easy access to many attractions. Take in a sporting event at the Telstra Dome – a sliding roof here means there are no stoppages for rain. For an interesting dinner, try The Tram Car Restaurant, which tours the suburb of St Kilda with an excellent meal (remembering to hold onto your wine glass as the tram passes over the points)! Take a tour out to Pin Oak Court, the home of Neighbours’ Ramsey Street, or enjoy an adventurous city tour by Harley Davidson motorbike. Visit the Eureka Tower, which has a viewing platform 88 floors up, as well as The Edge – a cubed glass room which projects out from the building allowing you the view straight down.

Three nights Melbourne

Day 4 – Apollo Bay

Collect a hire car today and drive to Torquay, recognised as the surfing capital of Australia, and also, the start of the Great Ocean Road. From Torquay, travel first to Lorne, and then onto Apollo Bay, through what is considered by many to be the most picturesque section of the Great Ocean Road, with the highway carved into sheer cliffs that drop away into the ocean, offering breathtaking views of the waves crashing onto the rocks below. For keen walkers, there are some excellent guided and self-guided walks along the coastal path here, taking 3 to 4 days.

One night Apollo Bay

Day 5 – Port Fairy

Continue your journey along the Great Ocean Road, where you will see the amazing rock formations of the iconic Twelve Apostles – huge stone pillars rising up out of the surf, carved by millions of years of erosion of the limestone cliffs. Sunrise and sunset offer particularly impressive views of the twelve apostles. Take a helicopter flight for a different perspective of this unusual formation. Drive on to the charming fishing village of Port Fairy for an overnight stop, perhaps taking in a round of golf in the afternoon.

One night Port Fairy

Day 6 – Grampians National Park

Journey inland, a scenic drive through the Grampians National Park. The Grampians provides a diverse array of wildlife, scenery and walking tracks. Highlights include Mount Victoria Lookout, McKenzie Falls and Reids Lookout. Stay in the picturesque town of Halls Gap, set in the heart of the Grampians National Park. Spend two nights here, giving you a full day to explore the National Park.

Two nights The Grampians

Day 8 – Victor Harbour

A long drive west today, as you head across into South Australia and to the town of Victor Harbour on the Fleurieu Peninsula. With its historic horse-drawn tram across the causeway to Granite Island, and its population of Little Penguins, this region is also known for its wineries and lovely scenery.

Two nights Victor Harbour

Day 10 – Kangaroo Island

Take the ferry across to Kangaroo Island today. Kangaroo Island remains one of the most unspoilt natural wonders of our world. One third of the island is protected as conservation or National Park, and half the Island has never been cleared of native vegetation. Walk amongst huge weather-sculpted granite boulders at Remarkable Rocks, and roll down the snowy white dunes of Little Sahara. Stretch out on your own little spot on the Islands 480 km’s of coastline. Kangaroo Island is best known for its wildlife, and here you’ll find seals basking on the quiet beaches, koala’s munching on gum trees right beside the road, echidnas wandering in search of insects and kangaroos, goannas, wallabies, penguins and birds at just about every turn. Spending two nights on the island will give you time not only to see, but also to enjoy this wonderland.

Two nights Kangaroo Island

Day 12 – Adelaide

Return to the mainland today, and drive up to Adelaide. Two nights is a must in this city – where great shopping and internationally recognised hotels stand alongside historic buildings, great sporting venues and cultural attractions.

Two nights Adelaide

Day 14 – Depart Adelaide

Head to the airport today for the onward or homeward flight.

Taking a flight over the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road is a fantastic way to see this rugged coastline from a different perspective, and with the opportunity to take excellent photographs.

Kangaroo Island was a fantastic experience – we were thrilled with the amount of wildlife we saw there!

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Angie's pic

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Angie's pic

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Angie's pic

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Angie's pic

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Kangaroo Island – South Australia

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KAngaroo Island South Australia

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Kangaroo island is a must for any visitor to South Australia. I was lucky enough to visit just last week, and was hugely impressed with the amount of wildlife and natural attractions to be found- with long sandy beaches, plenty of walking tracks, geological formations, stunning vistas from lookout points and of course, the plethora of wildlife here there really is something for everyone.

Getting to the island is easy, with either a short flight from Adelaide or a coach ride or hire car and ferry crossing from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw. The island is deceivingly vast and as such needs a good amount of time to explore- I’d suggest two nights as an absolute minimum, but three would be ideal. Once on the island, consider joining a small group tour by four-wheel drive providing the best opportunity for viewing wildlife with the knowledge of your expert driver/guide an important element.

Kangaroo Island South Australia

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See kangaroos, Tamar wallabies, koalas, echidnas, numerous bird species, New Zealand fur seals, Australian sea lions, penguins and platypus- a large number of species are endemic to the island and it’s unspoilt predator-free environment enables them the flourish. Much of the island is made up of National Park, Nature Reserves or Marine Reserves, providing plenty of chances to explore using walking tracks and small roads.

In Flinders Chase National Park in the west of the island, visit the Remarkable Rocks formations, and Admirals Arch. In the east of the island, admire the views from Prospect Hill, explore the beautiful Pennington Bay and Stokes Bay areas.

For more information about Kangaroo Island, and how a visit here can be incorporated into a wider Australian holiday, call our office on 01323 446550, email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk or see our website- www.experienceholidays.co.uk.

South Australia

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A diverse itinerary from the beautiful outback of South Australia to the wildlife of Kangaroo Island.

Although many Australian itineraries suggest combining a number of highlights through different states, in this itinerary, we suggest a route in South Australia alone. Each state has so much to offer in its own right and South Australia is no exception, and with a little more time and inclination or perhaps on a second or subsequent visit downunder, consider this idea for some undiscovered corners of Australia.

Day 1: Adelaide
Day 3: Kangaroo Island
Day 5: Victor Harbour
Day 7: Clare Valley
Day 9: Flinders Ranges
Day 11: Adelaide
Day 12: Eyre Peninsula

Although many Australian itineraries suggest combining a number of highlights through different states, in this itinerary, we suggest a route in South Australia alone. Each state has so much to offer in its own right and South Australia is no exception, and with a little more time and inclination or perhaps on a second or subsequent visit downunder, consider this idea for some undiscovered corners of Australia.

Day 1: Adelaide
Adelaide Airport is small and friendly, and offers a delightful welcome to Australia. As the planes circles in to land, you are afforded a great view of the city centre, just a short taxi ride away. Two nights is a must in this city – where great shopping and internationally recognised hotels stand alongside historic buildings, great sporting venues and cultural attractions.
Adelaide 2 nights

Day 3: Kangaroo Island
Drive to Cape Jervis for the short ferry crossing to Penneshaw, on Kangaroo Island – still one of the most unspoilt natural wonders of our world. One third of the Island is protected as conservation or National Park, and half the Island has never been cleared of native vegetation. Walk amongst huge weather-sculpted granite boulders at Remarkables Rocks, and roll down the snowy white dunes of Little Sahara. Kangaroo Island is best known for its wildlife, and here you’ll find seals basking on the quiet beaches, koalas munching on gum trees right beside the road, echidnas wandering in search of insects and kangaroos, goannas, wallabies, penguins and birds at just about every turn.
Kangaroo Island 2 nights

Day 5: Victor Harbour
Returning to the mainland today, and following the southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsular to Victor Harbour or Goolwa. A causeway at Victor Harbour connects the mainland to Granite Island – home to a penguin colony and excellent interpretive centre. During your stay we suggest you include the 6 hour adventure cruise.
Victor Harbour 2 nights

Day 7: Clare Valley
Should you decide that moving on towards Melbourne from here is a good idea – this is the point at which you’ll begin to head southeast crossing the Murray River and heading off on the Dukes Highway.

Alternatively, this is the time for a little messing about on the river. Should you wish to trace it, you’ll find the source of the Murray River way out east in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales. You may choose to self drive a stretch of the River, or perhaps take to the water. From self-driven houseboats, to luxury cruises, the Murray River has something for everyone. All water based cruise operators will offer secure parking for your vehicle, or use the transfers available from Adelaide.

On this itinerary, we will now turn north instead, and head to the Clare Valley. We suggest a two night stop here. The Clare Valley is home to a number of excellent family run wineries, and what better way to wobble your way around these, than on a bike. The Reisling Trail follows the path of the disused railway line, and links a number of wineries along the way. The famous Barossa wine region is nearby; home to some of Australia’s best-known labels – including Jacob’s Creek, Wolf Blass and Yalumba.
Clare Valley 2 nights

Day 9: Flinders Ranges
We are now getting to the Outback, and the extraordinary ‘dish’ of natural rock formation called Wilpena Pound. A two night stop here is essential, and will give you time to take a 4WD tour to discover the ‘real’ Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges 2 nights

Day 11: Adelaide
Return to Adelaide where you will drop off your car and spend a further night in the city
Adelaide 1 night

Day 12: Eyre Peninsula
If you fortunate enough to be in the region between May and October, we highly recommend the following 3 night extension to your trip. Prepare to be amazed by the sheer magnificent beauty of this remote corner of Australia. The Gawler Ranges National Park has to be seen to be believed. If your thirst for wildlife has not yet been satisfied, see how many of the hundreds of species of birds you can spot, of all shapes, sizes and colours with Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris. This experience includes three nights in a tent (grown-up style with en suite bathrooms), and sleeping in a proper bed. On the last day your will visit to the beach where you’ll swim with the friendliest sea lions we have yet to find. You’ll see literally hundreds of kangaroos, of all three major species, wombats and even an emu or two.
Gawler Range Safari 3 nights

On the final day of your tour you will be returned to Adelaide by plane.

Almost too many Little Gem’s to mention here – Kangaroo Island is a must and although it is possible to visit on a short escorted trip from Adelaide, to drive yourself gives you more time to explore. The Gawler Ranges also should feature as a Little Gem – taking in the extraordinary Lake Gairdner.

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Flinders Range SA

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Gawler Range Wilderness safaris

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Great Australian Cattle Drive South Australia

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SA Banrock station board walk

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Region: South Australia

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Most people will recognise Adelaide as the gateway city to South Australia, many will know it as the crossroads of the two great Australian Rail journey’s – the Ghan and the Indian Pacific.  Almost without exception, wine-lovers will have sampled the delights of the excellent wines from the Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills.  But how many know of the Gawler Ranges and of Lake Gairdner, of Wilpena Pound and the Flinders Ranges, of Kangaroo Island and the expedition cruises of the Murray River.  South Australia should not simply be seen as a railway junction, but as a holiday destination in its own right.

Great Australian Cattle Drive South Australia

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South Australia - SA Banrock station board walk

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South Australia - SA Kangaroos

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Kangaroo Island ….

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Reasons to visit Kangaroo Island………………

  • Kangaroo Island is the best place in Australia to see native wildlife in its natural habitat, in abundance and guaranteed.
  • Kangaroo Island was voted the most unspoilt island in Asia Pacific by National
    Geographic Traveller.
  • Kangaroo Island is a 30 minute flight or 2 hour drive and 45 minute ferry crossing from Adelaide.
  • Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island, seven times the size of Singapore!
  • Seal Bay is one of just two places in the world where you can walk amongst rare sea lions.
  • Up to 9,000 New Zealand Fur Seals migrate to Kangaroo Island each year.
  • Kangaroo Island has a koala population of over 30,000 (compared to 4,500 people)
  • Kingscote and Penneshaw are both home to a colony of Little Penguins
  • On Kangaroo Island you can sand-board at Little Sahara.
  • Vivonne Bay has been named Australia’s best beach.
  • Kangaroo Island has a wide range of tours, accommodation and camping facilities.
Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Also why not see Kangaroo Island from a different angle! You can take a helicopter departing from an exclusive heliport situated on the South West Coast of Kangaroo Island you can take to the sky for an exhilarating helicopter scenic flight along the stunning coastline. Flights take in all the sights not readily available from the ground. Trust that you are in the safe hands of Australia’s leading Helicopter Scenic Flight Operator.

You can also take the Kangaroo Island Farm Gate and Cellar Door Trail which introduces you to procedures and products at their source, it invites you to enjoy the rich fruits of Kangaroo Island producers’ labours in your own time in a natural unspoilt environment.

Three different itineraries cover three areas, each about a days drive. 

Some like to call Kangaroo Island a zoo without fences. Kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, penguins, echidnas and bird life all call the island home. Seal Bay is the only place in Australia where you can walk on the beach amongst a colony of endangered Australian sea lions.  Kangaroo Island gives you Australian nature and wildlife at its very best.

If you would like to know more about Kangaroo Island or make it part of your bespoke tailor made holiday then please contact us on 01323 446550 or info@experienceholidays.co.uk

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Picture credit Angie Watson

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