FLEURIEU PENINSULA, CLARE & BAROSSA VALLEYS 5 DAY
In the morning pick up from the airport then head to Adelaide Central Markets, a South Australian culinary icon that dates back to 1869. Take a walk through of some of the most iconic providores in the markets. At the end of your tour, enjoy lunch at famous Italian café, Lucia’s.
After lunch enjoy a tasting at Bekkers, one of the top 6 winemakers in the country, then a drive down the Fleurieu Peninsula to check into the Coastal Lodge, overlooking Gulf St Vincent. The Coastal Lodge is a boutique retreat just past McLaren Vale with stunning views of the Fleurieu Peninsula Coastline. That evening you’ll be provided with dinner, made by the Italian wife of owner, Simon Burley.
In the morning enjoy a stunning drive through rolling hills to the mouth of Australia’s longest river, the Murray River. We’ll take a walk through the sand dunes to see the famous Coorong estuary system and the Southern Ocean that borders it, enjoying spectacular views. We’ll then cruise a strip of sand in the Land Rover so wild & isolated, you’ll feel you’ve truly escaped civilisation. Fully invigorated we’ll head to Port Elliot to see Horseshoe Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches on the Peninsula. Lunch is one of the region’s most iconic seaside diners, the Flying Fish Café.
A short drive later we’re in the holiday town of Victor Harbour to walk to the “Bluff” lookout, with its 360-degree views across Granite Island and the Southern Ocean. After climbing the Bluff we’ll tour the Softfoot Alpaca Farm. Established in the late 1990’s, Softfoot is a privately owned family farm dedicated to the breeding of World Class Alpacas as well as a Sanctuary and Genetic Ark for endangered Australian Marsupials. You’ll enjoy a private guided ATV tour of the property. Early evening we’ll drive to iconic local pub, the Victory Hotel, for a dinner in their famous cellar.
Check out of the Coastal Lodge late morning for your transfer to Clare Valley. Enjoy lunch at the famous Watervale Hotel in Clare Valley. Lunch offers broad choices, but will include some stunning meat dishes from the ‘Fires of Hell’ Argentinean asado style BBQ. The fires allow Watervale’s chefs to cook with fire and embers on grills, cast iron plate, and iron-crucifix, rotisserie, between coals, hanging above embers on hooks and chains, or slow baked in the embers themselves. Late afternoon we’ll visit the owners at Sussex Squire Wines, before checking in at Neagles Retreat in Clare Valley.
Enjoy a Ploughman’s Platter and bottle of wine from Shut The Gate Wines, which will be delivered to your guesthouse.
Enjoy a private tour of Clare Valley starting with a walk around Martindale Hall. Martindale Hall is a Georgian styled and Italianate influenced sandstone mansion which has significant heritage value in South Australia. Built in 1879 – 1880 for Edmund Bowman Jr. at a cost of £30,000 it has some 32 rooms and boasts a large cellar of some 7 rooms. Edmund surrounded the home with a polo ground, a racecourse, a boating lake and a cricket pitch where the English 11 played at least once.
For lunch visit Skilogalee Wines, siting under the oak tree overlooking the vineyards. In the afternoon savour the Revelation Tasting at Kilikanoon Wines, which includes a Shiraz that has been voted the World’s Best.
Enjoy dinner in the famous cellar at the Sevenhill Pub with a local winemaker.
Check out of Neagles Retreat and head to the Barossa Valley. We’ll start the day at Torbreck Vintners which has assembled some of the finest vineyards and growers in the region to make their ultra-premium wines. They source their fruit from vines that date back as early as the 1840s, paying tribute to these vineyards with minimal intervention, creating wines of richness, structure and length that age gracefully. Enjoy a private tasting plus a tour of their icon cellar, with its incredible collection of large format bottles.
We’ll then visit Elderton Wines, a wonderful Barossa estate with vineyards dating back to 1894. Since winning the prestigious Jimmy Watson award in 1993 for their Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Elderton has been celebrated as one of the very best winemakers in the country. Enjoy a private tasting in the dining room of the original Ashmead homestead.
Next enjoy a two-course lunch with wine at Vintners Bar & Grill, a Barossa icon and multi award winning restaurant that creates distinctive and brilliantly balanced dishes in the heart of the valley. Late afternoon return back to Adelaide.
Price for Private Charter
2 pax: $6750 per person
3-4 pax: $5500 per person
5-6 pax: $4800 per person
5 days, 4 nights
Private charter for 2-6 adults