Venture a short distance from Adelaide and you'll find yourself captivated by the contrasting wine and outback regions of South Australia.
From the vine-covered hills of the world-famous Barossa Valley to the rugged foothills of the Flinders Ranges, South Australia's diverse landscapes will stay with you forever.
At a glance:
- Adelaide – Penfolds Magill Estate (15 min)
- Penfold’s Magill Estate – Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre (1 hour)
- Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre – Seppeltsfield (20 min)
- Seppeltsfield – The Louise (5 min)
- The Louise – Arkaba (70 min)
- The Arkaba Walk, Flinders Ranges (5 hour drive from Adelaide), or fly one way through Port Augusta
Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide Hills
Magill Estate is an urban winery on the outskirts of Adelaide, just 15 minutes from the city, in the foothills.
Magill Estate is the original home of Penfolds wines and of Australia’s most prized wine, the famous Grange. As well as the accolades for Grange, the Chardonnay portfolio has enjoyed remarkable wine show success.
- Join the wine education team for a tasting of Penfolds famous labels.
- See the vineyard where the Grange story started.
- Dine on fresh local produce in the award-winning restaurant.
- Explore the heritage-listed winery, underground tunnels, bluestone cellars and Still House, as well as Grange cottage.
Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, Barossa Valley
As well as its numerous world-renowned wineries, the Barossa is home to Australia’s oldest continuous food culture and a number of award-winning restaurants. It is a distinctive region, characterized by stone churches and heritage buildings, and a uniquely Australian landscape of gum trees, ancient orchards and vineyards.
Tour the Barossa and you’ll see well preserved 160-year-old villages, chateaus and churches, gracious heritage towns, century-old cellars and some of the world’s oldest Shiraz vineyards.
The Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre is the home of the Jacob’s Creek wine brand. It has been recognised as a leading wine tourism site in Australia and was entered into the South Australian Tourism Hall of Fame in 2010 for winning Best Major Tourist Attraction three years in a row.
The centre offers a memorable culinary experience with a tempting combination of food and wine, and sweeping views of vineyards and hills.
Seppeltsfield Wines, Barossa Valley
With a proud legacy dating back to 1851, Seppeltsfield is an iconic Australian wine estate.
Seppeltsfield is the only winery in the world to release a 100-year-old, single vintage wine each year. It is famous for its Centennial Collection - an unbroken lineage of Tawny of every vintage from 1878 to the current year. Its rich heritage is an inherent part of any visit to this magnificent estate.
- Visit the Centennial Cellar and sample vintage Tawny from your birth year.
- Call in at the cooperage to see barrels being made.
- Explore the heritage gardens or sample German-style beer or cordial at the traditional kiosk in the picnic grounds.
The Louise, Barossa Valley
The Louise is a boutique vineyard retreat combining absolute luxury and inspired design with restaurant Appellation, one of Australia’s finest regional dining experiences. The design is soft and contemporary and its 15 luxuriously appointed suites, each with their own private terrace, overlook the vineyards and vistas of the Barossa.
- Dine at destination restaurant Appellation showcasing the extraordinary bounty of the region’s produce.
- Discover the best of the Barossa with private winemaker introductions and bespoke tasting experiences.
- Explore the region - activities include hot air ballooning, cycling, hiking, a visit to the acclaimed Barossa Farmers Market, or signature experiences including a guided 'Breakfast with the Kangaroos'.
The Arkaba Walk, Flinders Ranges
Traversing the ancient Flinders Ranges and the private Arkaba Conservancy in outback South Australia, The Arkaba Walk is a 4 day, 3 night walk over moderately challenging terrain. Immerse yourself in the story of the land and experience stunning backdrops, Red River Gums, wildlife and pioneer stories.
Distance: 45km / 28miles
Arbaka’s conservation management program offers interested guests the chance to learn about the challenges that Australian faces in conserving its unique and diverse environment. Field guides share a passion to reconnect you with the bush.
- Admire the panoramas of Wilpena Pound and the Elder Range as the ranges glow with the red light of sunset.
- Sleep under the stars in Arkaba’s signature ‘star beds’ then enjoy the final night in the luxurious Arkaba Homestead.
- Take an optional scenic flight over Wilpena Pound.
Suggested Trip Extensions
d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale
d’Arenberg is a family-owned winery producing internationally renowned red wines. You will find the cellar door in a restored 19th century homestead overlooking McLaren Vale, the Willunga Hills and the Gulf St Vincent. Next door, d'Arry's Verandah Restaurant serves up a quintessential Australian dining experience showcasing local and seasonal produce to complement d’Arenberg wines.
The Lane Vineyard, Adelaide Hills
Housing a state-of-the-art winery, restaurant and cellar door The Lane Vineyard is home to the Edwards family who grow every berry and make every drop to bring the beauty of their vineyard into your glass of wine. The Restaurant offers a unique dining experience overlooking the picturesque Adelaide Hills, perfect for a relaxing long lunch.
Royal Adelaide Golf Club, Adelaide
With a core of outstanding holes and an unmistakably adventurous streak, Royal Adelaide provides a platform for creative shots and an extremely picturesque golfing experience in South Australia’s iconic capital.
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island
Southern Ocean Lodge offers a unique fusion of nature and luxury, 21 luxury suites, breathtaking views to the great Southern Ocean, all-inclusive rates, first name service and a personalised experiential itinerary. This is a globally celebrated luxury lodge on an island brimming with diverse wildlife and natural beauty.