South Australia Travel Tours and Events
South Australia has long been recognised for its abundant free roaming wildlife, its fine quality food and wine, and its laid-back, alfresco lifestyle. Now it is developing a matching reputation for its luxury accommodation and touring opportunities.
Discover some of South Australia‘s top luxury tour operators and properties who provide easy access to the State’s signature experiences.
Southern Ocean Lodge: is a luxurious world class eco-wilderness lodge located on Kangaroo Island, renowned as Australia’s Galapagos. Southern Ocean Lodge opened in April 2008 to instant success and international acclaim. From the start, the Lodge has exceeded guests’ traditional five-star expectations by fusing design and nature, gourmet and wilderness. By offering impeccable service, sophisticated dining and exceptional touring, the result is luxurious in style whilst uncompromisingly sensitive to the environment.
Arkaba Station: This is one of Australia’s oldest and most famous Outback sheep stations whose historic homestead dates back to 1851. Guests are now able to experience the authentic country lifestyle of a working sheep station as well as the majesty of the Flinders Ranges and its prolific wildlife. Arkaba Station activities include guided scenic four-wheel drives and three-night/four day walking safaris that include sleeping in swags under the Outback sky at established en route camps.
Outback Encounter: A private concierge and full service travel company that has the ability to organise every aspect of a trip from flights and accommodation through to dinner reservations, opera tickets and golf lessons. Boasting an impressive knowledge database of local contacts, Outback Encounter provides access to exclusive beach houses, city villas, private jets, specialist guides, sporting and entertainment stars and other memorable experiences. All itineraries are customised to meet a client’s exact requirements.
Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safari: Run by a passionate team of South Australians who have lived in the Outback most of their lives, has specialised in customising wildlife and natural history tours for over two decades. Based 600 kms north west of Adelaide on the Eyre Peninsula, they focus predominantly on the Gawler Ranges and the immediate coastline. Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris’ tour groups are small, between two and six people, with travel in luxury four wheel-drive, air-conditioned vehicles.
Chinta Air Tours: Appreciate South Australia’s vast vistas from the air. Chinta Air Tours offers a selection of air safaris that include whale watching at Head of Bight and wildlife spotting on the Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island. To comfortably cover the vast distances involved, tours combine light aircraft flights with regional airlines and four wheel drive vehicles. The main light aircraft used are Cessnas – high winged aircraft that allow each passenger to have a window seat.
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours uses knowledgeable local guides to introduce visitors to Australia’s top wildlife destination. Each fully hosted tour have been developed over the years to reveal Kangaroo Island at its best using luxury four wheel drive vehicles. In addition, should a client have a special interest in flora, fauna, birds or photography, Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours offers private charter tours for an exclusive touring experience. In addition, after a day’s touring, guests can enjoy the comfort of Seascape Lodge located on Emu Bay, a five-star, fully hosted bed and breakfast which is available exclusively to Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours’ guests.
Banksia Adventures adheres to the slogan ‘Go Beyond Your Expectations’ revealing lesser known destinations and experiences to their clients in style and comfort. Experiences include Outback Australian Culture, Marine and Coastal, Nature and Eco-tours plus Unique Food and Wine tours. Banksia Adventures team includes outback 4 wheel drive guides, pilots and wine guides. Their internationally renowned air charter tour is the ‘The Great Aussie Outback Pub Crawl’, a five-day private air charter and 4WD experience through the Outback, whilst newer tours include a luxury golf package based on the world’s longest golf course, The Nullarbor Links.
Situated in the renowned Barossa wine region, The Louise is a luxuriously appointed 15-suite property surrounded by vineyards as far as the eye can see. Each suite offers guests their own gated courtyard entrance, a spacious ensuite and private open air terrace with vineyard vistas. Some suites also have private outdoor showers. Bicycles are available on site whilst activities include hot air ballooning and private tours of heritage sites and local wineries.
The Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive on July 30-August 29. Riders and nature lovers looking for the ultimate Outback experience should take part in the Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive. Over these five weeks riders of all levels and experience can choose to join one of six four-night/five-day cattle drives that will take them through the pristine landscapes surrounding South Australia’s legendary Oodnadatta Track, droving cattle and working with some of country’s most experienced drovers. This epic journey involves approximately 500 head of cattle and up to 120 horses.
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