ULTIMATE SOUTH AUSTRALIA TOUR (7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS)
Airtours touring itineraries make the most of the beautiful outback landscape in a fast and comfortable aircraft enabling maximum time on the ground to explore these wonderful and remote outback destinations. We believe the true Australian Outback is experienced at its best when you interact with the people who live and work on the land, sharing their stories with you and inviting you into their world.
This 7 day, 6 night Ultimate South Australia tour encompasses the best of South Australian
Coastal and Outback destinations in an easy to manage, comfortable and exciting itinerary.
DAYS ONE & TWO
Guests are collected from Adelaide airport and transferred by road to D'Arenberg winery in McLaren Vale for your wine blending masterclass. On completion, with your personalised blend of McLaren Vale wine in hand, you transfer to the rural Aldinga Airfield. Here, you board your private charter aircraft for the quick flight to Millicent to begin your Wagyu Beef paddock to plate degustation dining experience. A four course long lunch is served in the
Mayura Station award winning Tasting Room where you will be able to watch your chef cook the wagyu beef to perfection in front of your eyes. Matched with museum wines from Coonawarra, this is a feast for all senses. On conclusion, a short flight back to Adelaide Airport finishes this day of gastronomic delight!
Once occupied by Australian Aborigines, the native population disappeared from the
archaeological record when the land became an island following rising sea levels several thousand years ago.
It was subsequently settled intermittently by sealers and whalers in the early 19th century, and from 1836 on a permanent basis during the establishment of the colony of South Australia.
Since then the island's economy has been principally agricultural, with a southern rock lobster fishery and with tourism growing in importance. The largest town, and the administrative centre, is Kingscote.
The island has several nature reserves to protect the remnants of its natural vegetation and native animals, with the largest and best-known being Flinders Chase National Park at the western end.
"Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself"
DAYS THREE & FOUR
After breakfast overlooking the Southern Ocean, depart to meet your private aircraft at Kingscote Airport. Next is a flight over Port Lincoln to land at Streaky Bay, where you will be met by Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris for transfer to your Sea Lion swim. These creatures are so playful they will have you smiling for days!
A road transfer to Kangaluna Safari Camp allows enough time to settle in and be ready for a hearty dinner. This camp is luxury in the outback and with owners Geoff and Rene you will be in excellent hands with their team of passionate staff.
Day four is a discovery of the Gawler Ranges National Park venturing to the massive and usually dry salt lake of Lake Gairdner where you will be able to walk out onto the salt crust.
Overnight Kangaluna Safari Camp nights three and four.
GAWLER RANGES WILDERNESS SAFARIS
A small family business operated by the owners Geoff and Rene along with their dedicated staff. They began operating nature based tours in 1988, specialising in the wildlife and nature our land has to offer. Our guides provide experiences in the Outback and West Coast of Eyre Peninsula and its amazing wild beauty and contrasting landscapes rich with
Our love is to send you home with the most memorable choice of the holiday you made in Australia.
To date, we’ve trekked all through the South Australian outback, to the ocean and beyond… with guests from all over the globe returning home with new tales to tell and memories of a land with wildlife and scenery that is spectacular and unique.
"We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us"
AUSTRALIAN SEA LIONS
The Australian sea lion is a pinniped, most closely related to other species of sea lions and fur seals making up the family Otariidae. These mammals use their flippers to propel themselves in water and can walk on land with
their flippers. Australian sea lions share distinct features with other sea lions. These include short fur, short flippers and a bulky body.
DAYS FIVE, SIX & SEVEN
After a leisurely morning at Kangaluna, transfer back to your private aircraft for the 40 minute flight to Hawker, in the heart of the Flinders Ranges. You will be collected for a short road transfer to Arkaba Station, your luxurious home for the next two nights.
In true Wild Bush Luxury style, the Arkaba Homestead pays homage to its rich pastoral and exploration heritage in a manner that is both rustically chic and utterly exclusive.
Your hosts ensure a friendly and personal level of service that is typically ‘down to earth’ but does not lose sight of the attention to the small details that are so important in delivering an outstanding outback experience.
On day seven, after breakfast and checkout, board your aircraft to fly 50 minutes back to Adelaide, arriving by 12pm.
The Flinders Ranges are composed largely of folded and faulted sediments of the Adelaide
Geosyncline. This very thick sequence was deposited in a large basin during the Neoproterozoic on the passive margin of the ancient continent of Rodinia.
During the Cambrian (about 540 million years
ago) the area underwent the Delamerian orogeny, when the geosynclinal sequence was folded and faulted into a large mountain range. The area has undergone subsequent erosion resulting in the relatively low ranges today.
Most of the high ground and ridgetops are sequences of quartzites that outcrop along strike. The high walls of Wilpena Pound are
formed by the outcropping beds of the eponymous Pound Quartzite in a synclinal structure. Synclines form other high parts of the Flinders, including the plateau of the
Gammon Ranges and the Heysen Range.
Cuesta forms are also very common. The Ranges are renowned for the Ediacara Hills, South-west of Leigh Creek, where in 1946 some of the oldest fossil evidence of animal life was discovered. Similar fossils have
subsequently been found in the ranges, although their locations are kept secret to protect the sites. In 2004 a new geological period, the Ediacaran Period, was created to
mark the appearance of Ediacara biota.
"I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list"