The natural wonders of Kangaroo Island, a Murray River cruise aboard paddlewheeler PS ‘Murray Princess’ plus a tour of the world renowned wine regions of the Barossa and Clare Valleys are included in SeaLink Holidays new “Highlights of South Australia” 9 day escorted tour, departing 24 March 2017.
The tour is escorted by well-known South Australian, Shirley Tamm, with over 35 years experience in the travel industry and is ideal for wildlife, cruise and food & wine lovers, or anyone who enjoys new experiences, travelling in groups and meeting new friends.
Drive by coach through the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis to board SeaLink’s ferry to Kangaroo Island, where you visit Frenchman’s Rock, the historic Maritime and Folk Museum, Cape Willoughby Lighthouse and Clifford’s Honey Farm, home to the rare Ligurian honey bees and their famous honey ice-cream. Accommodation at Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn, right on the esplanade in Kingscote, with all rooms featuring sea views.
Day two includes a stop at Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided walk through a colony of wild Australian Sea-lions, then marvel at the spectacular Raptor Domain, Birds of Prey show. A visit to South Australia’s first sheep dairy and cheese factory, Island Pure Sheep Dairy is followed by a wine tasting at Bay of Shoals Winery.
Experience the natural rugged beauty of Flinders Chase National Park, Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch on day three. Fall in love with the Long-Nosed Fur Seal colony then lunch at Andermel Marron Farm. Spend the afternoon learning about the marron farm and sampling their Two Wheeler Creek Wines and bush tucker.
Sail back to the mainland on day four, then travel by coach to the historic town of Mannum via Victor Harbor and Horseshoe Bay to see stunning coastal views. In Mannum board the PS ‘Murray Princess’ for a four night cruise upstream along the Murray River. Sit back and relax as you cruise through one of 13 locks to Blanchetown, enjoying amazing views and sunsets, past towering limestone cliffs and riverbanks lined with mallee scrub and red gum forests. Learn about Aboriginal history at the sacred Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve and see the animals at a Native Wildlife Shelter followed by a very Australian Woolshed Show.
Nature and wildlife lovers can get up close to the abundant river bird life including swans, swamp hens and wood ducks onboard the ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat-bottomed boat, spot nocturnal wildlife on the riverbanks and join a guided nature walk and learn about the thriving ecology of the river.
Food is a highlight of the cruise which features the Captain’s dinner and dance plus the Aussie-style campfire barbecue dinner on the riverbank. Wine enthusiasts will enjoy the vineyard tour and cellar door tastings at Burk Salter Boutique Winery.
Disembark the ‘Murray Princess’ on day eight and head to the Barossa, Australia’s richest and best known wine region, for tastings and morning tea at the Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre. Travel to historic Tanunda and Kapunda and the beautiful Clare Valley for an overnight stay at the Clare Country Club.
On the final day, visit the famous Georgian style Martindale Hall before heading to historic Sevenhill Cellars, South Australia’s first winery established in the Clare Valley. Explore Clare Township before boarding the coach to drive back to Adelaide, via vineyards and wineries.