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Emus, Southern Australia, Australia

South Australia and Kangaroo Island

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

10 Days

Prices Start from

£6,000 ex. flights

Often less visited that some areas of the country, Southern Australia is a land of extreme contrasts and offers visitor’s spectacular outback scenery, amazing wildlife, beautiful wine lands and stunning beaches.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Forester (Eastern grey) Kangaroo, Tasmania, Australia 1

Australian Wildlife

The chance to observe prolific birds and wildlife from kangaroo and emu to sea lion and koala.

Flinders Suite, Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia 2

Diverse accommodation

From a traditional homestead to a world-class restaurant and a lodge with never ending views.

Close up of bunch of black grapes on vine. 3

World-class vineyards

Sample some of Australia’s premium wines in regions known for their Shiraz and Riesling grapes.

Jeep, Arkaba Station, Flinders Ranges, Australia 4

The Flinders Ranges

Explore outback scenery and ancient Aboriginal rock art in the Flinders Ranges.

Why we like it

We love this area of Australia – less visited yet showcasing remote outback landscapes alongside rugged coastlines and world class food and wine. Diverse wildlife ranges from seals and whales to kangaroos and varied birdlife and our guides and hosts are second to none. Often born and bred in the area they will ensure you get under the skin of this region learning everything possible about the history, wildlife and produce. Add to this some sublime lodges and the ability to self-drive allowing flexibility and freedom plus there are minimal flights involved.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

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Keys:
Internal Flight
  • Day 1
    Adelaide
  • Day 2
    Adelaide - Flinders Ranges
  • Day 3 - 4
    Flinders Ranges
  • Day 5
    Flinders Ranges - Barossa
  • Day 6
    Barossa
  • Day 7
    Barossa - Adelaide - Kangaroo Island
  • Day 8 - 9
    Kangaroo Island
  • Day 10
    Kangaroo Island - Adelaide
Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Flinders Ranges, Australia

Outback Experience

Venture deep into the vast and beautiful outback of Southern Australia and the Flinders Ranges, spending three nights at Arkaba, a small, intimate homestead, with a wonderful history dating back to the 1850’s. The Flinders are home to huge river red gum trees, wide gorges, extensive bushland and is the natural habitat to many of Australia’s iconic wildlife including kangaroo’s, emu, kookaburra and yellow-footed rock wallabies.

Spend days exploring on foot, by 4WD or from the air, the perfect way to truly experience the scale and grandeur of the outback.

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Group of four seals on the sea shore.
Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Endless Views and Iconic Wildlife

Australia’s third largest island, Kangaroo Island is home to rugged cliffs lined with hidden coves and beautiful sandy beaches. It is a haven for wildlife including sea lions, penguin, echidna, koala and possum. Spend three nights at Southern Ocean Lodge – sitting high on a cliff side above sandy coves and crashing waves below, the panoramic views from this lodge seem endless.

Try your hand at beach fishing, take a cooking lesson or just relax and having a spa treatment. Spend your days exploring the island with local guides who will seek to educate and entertain you with stories of life on their beloved island.

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Kookaburra, The Kimberley, Western Australia
Kookaburra, Australia

Wildlife and Conservation at Arkaba

The prolific wildlife in the area is largely thanks to the conversation efforts of Arkaba who have worked hard to transform what was once an outback station into a private wildlife conservancy. Expect regular sightings of Australia’s three largest macropods, the red kangaroo, western grey kangaroo and the common wallaroo, as well as far less common species and some wonderful birdlife.

Gourmet platter at vineyard on Tasmania's north coast, Australia
Delicious local produce, Australia

Wine, Dine and Stay in Style

Stay amidst the vineyards and wineries of the Barossa Valley at the Louise Hotel. A contemporary hotel with just 15 rooms, it is renowned for its award-winning restaurant, Appellation. Join the chefs in the kitchen garden or at the local farmers market or ask the sommelier to show you the wine cellar.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Arkaba Station £££££

  • Australia
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Arkaba Homestead sits on a 60,000-acre private conservancy amidst the Flinders Ranges; an ancient landscape moulded by millions of years of geological activity and home to some of Australia’s most spectacular outback scenery and wildlife. With just five rooms the homestead which dates from the 1850s offers guests a real taste of classic Australian hospitality. The decor of the homestead pays homage to its history, with headboards made from fence posts and bedside tables covered by wool sacks. Each bedroom opens onto a shaded verandah with views of the surrounding ranges.

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The Louise £££££

  • Australia
  • Boutique
  • Vineyard

Perched atop a gently rolling hillside, lined with vines, The Louise is a boutique hotel set in gardens amidst the wineries and vineyards of the renowned Barossa wine region. Each of the 15 suites offers a private terrace, contemporary furnishings and log fires. Additional amenities include a heated swimming pool, sauna, restaurant, boules court and bicycles.

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Southern Ocean Lodge £££££

  • Australia

Above the crashing surf of the Southern Ocean on Kangaroo Island, this stunning lodge boasts beautiful panoramic views and adjoins two National Parks. Each of the twenty-one luxurious suites features lavish king sleeping areas, sunken lounge, dramatic glass-walled bathroom and an outdoor terrace from which to enjoy the spectacular view.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £6,000 Per person

When to travel

South Australia can be visited for most of the year but the best time is from October to May. Kangaroo Island has a Mediterranean climate so is a pretty good destination year round, with the exception of June to September when it could be cold and wet – that said the wildlife in the winter is great and luxurious accommodation such as Southern Ocean Lodge have beautiful open fires.

The Southern Outback ranges can get extremely hot during the summer months from October to March and temperatures can reach freezing at night and in the early mornings during winter, from June to September.

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