Day 1 – USA to Sydney
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.
Day 2 – Cross the International Date Line
Cross the International Date Line, an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth that runs from the North to the South Pole - and defines one calendar day from the next. Crossing the International Date Line adds one day (24 hours) traveling west, and subtracts one day (24 hours) traveling east.
Day 3 – Welcome to Adelaide
Upon arrival into Sydney you will need to clear customs and make your way to the domestic terminal for your connecting flight to Adelaide. Upon arrival, transfer by shuttle service to your hotel.
The capital of South Australia, Adelaide is nestled between the sea and hills. It is a graceful city of wide streets, elegant buildings and parkland. Adelaide is compact and easy to walk around. It is known for its refinement and has a charm and grace that shows in sophisticated wining and dining, and beautiful architecture that has been well preserved. The state of South Australia is home to some of the freshest food and finest wines in Australia. Adelaide has a reputation for innovative, affordable cuisine which, when combined with local wines, is a memorable experience.
Regardless of the season, the Adelaide Hills offer a welcome respite in country air. Investigate historic townships and enjoy heritage accommodation properties with stunning gardens. Adelaide has a great reputation for its art and culture. The Adelaide Festival of Arts and associated Fringe Festival generate a constant energy in the city. The Festival Centre on King William Road is the hub of opera, theatre and orchestra. For visual arts, the Art Gallery of South Australia is a must for its collection of Aboriginal works, Australian 19th century paintings and a collection of Rodins. Several galleries specialize in indigenous art and Melbourne Street is the place for antiques.Starting Accommodation:
Day 4 – Adelaide Market Tour
Join the hustle and bustle at Adelaide's famous Central Market as you explore and discover the unusual, the exotic and the bizarre as layer by layer the charm and character of the Market are peeled away for your absolute enjoyment.
Your guided Central Market tour will take you on a walking journey of discovery. Just for 'starters' you will visit a selection of fresh produce stalls uncovering an assortment of irresistible fresh produce and gourmet foods, along with native and exotic delights reflecting Adelaide's vibrant multicultural influences and passion for fresh foods. You'll also meet stall holders and share their knowledge as you get to sample their array of fresh produce. Be prepared for a few surprises tucked away on this amazing introductory tour of Adelaide's favorite icon, the Adelaide Market.Starting Accommodation:
Mayfair Hotel (B)
Day 5 – Adelaide to Flinders Ranges
This is a really interesting drive into Australia's countryside. After leaving the city you very quickly arrive into the famous Barossa & Clare Valley Wine District and even more quickly into the true countryside of Australia that you have heard about. The Flinders Ranges make an awesome backdrop to farm lands that soon disappear into true Outback Australia with your final destination oasis of Arkaba Station.
The Flinders Ranges are one of Australia's most ancient landscapes, molded by hundreds of millions of years of geological activity, and also home to some of the most spectacular outback scenery in the country. Arkaba is a 60,000 acre wildlife conservancy, its craggy sandstone bluffs and dry creek beds lined with River Red Gums are a quintessential Australian scene, while the geological amphitheater of Wilpena Pound lies on the northern boundary of the property. The rest of your day is at your leisure to enjoy the surrounding at this unique Australian property. Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 6 – Activities at Arkaba Station
Sculpted by millions of years of rain and sun into a fractured landscape of rugged gorges, furrowed valleys with cypress pines, dry creek beds lined with river red gums and vistas from the high ground across miles of outback plain, the Flinders Ranges is an introduction to the sheer scale of the outback. For wildlife watching, bush-walking, photography or just soaking up the sights and sounds of outback Australia, the Flinders is in a class of its own.
Take part in some of the incredible activities offered at Arkaba including 4WD trips, wildlife viewing, mountain biking and the Arkaba Woolshed and working sheep farm.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 7 – At leisure, Arkaba Station
Today you are at leisure to enjoy the activities at Arkaba or relax in the natural setting. You also have the option of including a day trip into the neighboring Flinders Ranges National Park. This day tour includes a drive through the likes of Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges or a visit to the old mining town of Blinman and lunch at an outback pub hotel - a great way to explore some of the local surroundings! Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 8 – Flinders Ranges to Barossa Valley
Experience Australia's countryside as you journey through the true Outback and the amazing Flinders Ranges before arriving into the relative civilization of the Clare & Barossa Valley wine district.
Your next two nights will be spend at The Louise. With just fifteen suites, each with private terraces, soft contemporary furnishings and spacious en suites, the romance of an idyllic vineyard hideaway is complete. Acclaimed on-site restaurant Appellation, offers seasonal cuisine nightly for casually elegant dining. One hour from Adelaide, The Louise is one of Australia's premier vineyard retreats.Starting Accommodation:
Day 9 – Breakfast with Kangaroos
It's no secret that most visitors to South Australia's Barossa Valley have come for a world-class food and wine experience. The global reputation of the Barossa's iconic wines is undisputed, and fine dining venues such as Appellation, provide guests access to fresh local cuisine paired with the region's outstanding wines. Lesser known, the Barossa is home to a large conservation park abundant with native Australian flora and fauna. The Louise has developed a unique experience that offers guests access to one of the simple pleasures of visiting regional Australia, seeing kangaroos up close in their natural habitat.
Your guide arrives at dawn in a 4-wheel drive vehicle for the 20-minute ride to the nearby conservation park. An easy 15-minute bushwalk into the park leads to a clearing where families of kangaroos are enjoying their breakfast and your gourmet breakfast will be laid out on a picnic blanket in this truly natural setting.
The rest of the day is at your leisure. Enjoy the relaxing surroundings at The Louise or head on some wine tours of the nearby wineries.
Day 10 – Barossa Valley to Kangaroo Island
Today your driver will meet you at your hotel and you will be transferred by private vehicle from the city to Adelaide Airport for your onward flight and transfer to Kangaroo Island.
As Australia's third largest island, Kangaroo Island is just 100 miles long by 35 miles wide. The Island boasts outstanding natural beauty and its relative isolation since European settlement has ensured an abundance of wildlife in a stunning and protected natural environment. With 21 national and conservation parks covering more than 30 per cent of the Island's total area, Kangaroo Island has established itself as a premiere destination for nature lovers of all types.
Southern Ocean Lodge provides a level of style and sophistication on Kangaroo Island. Set in natural bush land overlooking a spectacular section of coastline, the organic luxury of the contemporary Lodge will ensure guests have every opportunity to relax and explore the Island's wonders with a dash of indulgence.
Located at Hanson Bay on the Island's south west coast, the Lodge site adjoins both Flinders Chase and Cape Bouguer/Kelly Hill National Parks. Set back from a cliff above the pounding surf the sensitive design showcases a full frontal panorama and is within easy reach of all of Kangaroo Island's major attractions. Its location, stunning views, contemporary environmental design, locally sourced food and beverages, personalized interpretative activities and modern wellness spa will ensure its status as a South Australian icon.Starting Accommodation:
Southern Ocean Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 11 – Activities at Southern Ocean Lodge
Southern Ocean Lodge offers guests a complete Kangaroo Island experience. With selected guided island experiences, all guests enjoy a personalized experiential touring itinerary of the Island's unique natural attractions.
A range of signature activities are offered daily allowing guests to encounter rich and varied wildlife, indulge in world-class food and wine and discover the Island's unique natural attractions, often with exclusive access and always with a touch of luxe. Rates include Signature Lodge Experiences. A menu of Bespoke Experiences provides further opportunity for exploration and excellent private charters are also available at additional cost.Starting Accommodation:
Southern Ocean Lodge
Day 12 – Activities at Southern Ocean Lodge
There are many activities on offer at the Southern Ocean Lodge for you to enjoy. Some of those include the following.
Wonders of Kangaroo Island is a half day experience, and a spectacular introduction to the Island's wildlife, maritime heritage and stunning coastal landscapes. The Coastal Clifftop Walk is a scenic walk starting on the Lodge's doorstep atop the limestone cliffs of Hanson Bay. Kangaroos & Kanapés. Soak up the history of the early island settlers at Grassdale, an historic island property reached by a short drive from the Lodge and where local wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies congregate to graze.Starting Accommodation:
Southern Ocean Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 13 – Adelaide to USA
Transfer from Southern Ocean Lodge to Kingscote Airport for your flight to Adelaide and onward flight to the USA via Sydney. (B)