Itinerary Highlights

  • Stay at some of Australia’s finest hotels & resorts including five Luxury Lodges of Australia
  • Discover Australia’s diverse landscapes from Murray Riverland, Flinders Ranges outback, Margaret River’s vineyards and the world’s largest fringing reef
  • Endless wildlife encounters including the endangered Australian sea lion, echidnas, emus, kangaroos and koalas
  • Inclusive experiences such as vineyard tours, walk among sea lions, wildlife and wetlands cruise, soak in natural thermal springs
  • Best time to travel March to October

What's Included

  • Accommodation Throughout
  • Domestic Flights
  • International Flights
24 nights from £18,999 per person

Nikhil

Travel Specialist

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Explore South and West Australia’s natural showstoppers on a safari experience of a lifetime. With this tailor-made itinerary, you’ll encounter some of the continent’s most unique wildlife, relax in luxurious hotels and lodges and explore the iconic vineyards, reefs and cities.

Begin your tour in South Australia. Starting in Adelaide Hills, the country’s leading region for Pinot Noir, you’ll savour local wines whilst you unwind and soak in views of the sweeping green hills. Continue to Murray River, where you can keep an eye out for kangaroos, koalas and emus, before exploring Kangaroo Island. Located just off the Australian mainland, this natural haven is home to dramatic cliffs and abundant wildlife. Your final stop in South Australia is Flinders Rangers, where you might encounter the yellow-footed rock wallabies and emus.

Next, travel to Western Australia to the lively city of Perth. Take a scenic seaplane to Rottnest Island, just off the coast, to explore secluded coves, white-sand beaches and crystal waters. In contrast to this beachside bliss is East Kimberley, where you’ll find picturesque waterfalls and winding rivers, making for a land of outdoor adventure. Then, spend some time in Margaret River relaxing under the afternoon sun with a wine tasting session, before setting off for your final stop.

The picture-perfect Ningaloo Reef, nestled on the world’s largest fringing coral reef, is a spectacular finale to your tour. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is excellent for snorkelling and ethical encounters with manta rays, turtles, friendly whale sharks and majestic humpback whales.

Itinerary

Adelaide Hills
On arrival at Adelaide, you will travel to Sequoia in the Adelaide Hills by private transfer. Sequoia is a luxurious, adult-only lodge ensconced in nature with Adelaide Hills Botanic Gardens on one side and thousands of acres of national park on the other. Tonight enjoy a beautiful culinary dinner.
Today you will explore the Southern Adelaide Hills, enjoy wine tasting in McLaren Vale, and visit the iconic d’Arenburg Cube. Enjoy the rolling green countryside, endless vineyards, and the Southern Ocean. Keep an eye out for native wildlife including white-bellied sea eagles or kangaroos hiding in amongst the vines. Return to Sequoia to enjoy your luxurious suite with sweeping views or take time to relax in Artesian Spring Fed Hot Pools or a treatment at Gatekeeper’s Day Spa before settling down to a delicious three-course dinner.
Renmark, South Australia
After enjoying a hearty breakfast you will leave for Murray River, stopping in the world-famous Barossa Valley for a private wine tasting at Langmeil, the world’s oldest Shiraz vineyard. A gourmet lunch at The Eatery at Maggie Beers Farm follows before continuing your journey to Riverland and The Frames, where you will spend the next three nights. Late this afternoon board a 100-year-old Gondola for a sunset cruise, enjoying the tranquillity of this outback setting. Tonight, you have the choice of a chef-prepared meal or a BBQ dinner pack to enjoy on your private deck.
This morning you will be supplied with full breakfast provisions to enjoy in the comfort of your suite or on your private deck. You will explore the Murray River on Wetland & Wildlife Safari, discovering the region’s flora and fauna. Cruise in and out of tributaries and wetlands while keeping an eye out for wildlife such as kangaroos, emus, koalas, echidnas, and goannas. The area is home to an abundant birdlife, with up to 300 species found along many areas of the Murray River. Enjoy a gourmet “bush tucker” lunch and the spectacular scenery that surrounds you. Return to The Frames where you can enjoy that quintessential Australian pastime, the BBQ.
Today you have the choice of learning more about the ecosystems of the Murray wetlands and its wildlife on an Eco-Cultural Experience or tasting the flavours of Riverland on The Flavour Safari. The Eco-Cultural Tour is guided by ecologists and indigenous rangers, taking you to wetlands where fauna and birdlife are abundant (some threatened). During this tour, you will enjoy a homemade local Salt Bush Damper with Quondong Jam for morning tea and lunch by Ral Ral Creek. On the Flavour Safari, meet local producers, growers, winemakers and brewers, enjoying tastings and lunch along the way.
After breakfast in the privacy of your suite, you will be transferred back across the Murray River and through Adelaide Hills to Adelaide. Enjoy an afternoon and evening exploring the city and its surrounding parks. If you are a sports fan, take a tour of the Adelaide Oval. O’Connell Street and Melbourne Street offer a vast array of dining options from Asian, Mexican, and Italian. Overnight at InterContinental Adelaide
Transfer to Adelaide Airport for your short flight to Kingscote, Kangaroo Island. Known as the Galapagos of Australia, Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary for native wildlife and one of the best places in Australia to see kangaroos, koalas, sea lions and seals. It is also a foodie’s heaven, with fertile farms and a pristine ocean you can enjoy an abundance of organic produce from Ligurian-bee honey (you must try Jenny’s famous Honey Ice Cream), local oysters and Kangaroo Island Olives. Transfer to your luxurious accommodation at Southern Ocean Lodge.
Wake to awe-inspiring Southern Ocean views from the comfort of your bed or private outdoor terrace. Witness the morning unfold from your window table while enjoying help-yourself artisan cereals and pastries or a la carte hot breakfast. Each day at Southern Ocean Lodge includes a Signature Experience such as a guided tour of nearby Flinders Chase National Park with its “Remarkable Rocks” and fur seal colony or a walk amongst Australia’s largest colony of Australian sea lions with a naturalist guide at Seal Bay. A highlight of any stay at the lodge is their Southern Sundowners at Grassdale while watching kangaroos and wallabies grazing.
Discover more of this remarkable island and enjoy a scenic walk along the Coastal Clifftop Walk which starts right on the doorstep of Southern Ocean Lodge. Relax around the lodge and take in the breathtaking wild setting. Join one of the daily Signature Experiences or for a supplement there is a selection of bespoke experiences including a Kangaroo Island Producers Trail, visiting local producers and growers. Enjoy some beach fishing or for the early risers a unique private Seal Bay Sunrise experience.
Flinders Ranges
Transfer to Kangaroo Island Airport for your short flight to Adelaide where you are met for a private road transfer to the outback, Flinders Ranges. Alternatively, for a supplement, you can book a private charter flight from Kangaroo Island to Flinders. You will be staying at the historic Homestead at Arkaba, a private conservancy that stretches over 63, 000 acres, known for its diverse wildlife and flanked by the strikingly beautiful Elder and Chase Ranges. A stay at Arkaba includes all meals and selected beverages as well as safari-style activities.
This morning enjoys a hearty breakfast either at the kitchen counter, dining room or outdoor terrace before preparing for the day’s activities. Twice-daily guided safari experiences include a wildlife-viewing safari drive, taking you over picturesque high ranges and plateaus and through gorges and valleys, home to a huge variety of native wildlife and flora, including emu, raptors such as Brown Falcons and Black-shouldered Kites. Spot Yellow-footed rock wallabies and kangaroos, and if lucky the Short-beaked Echidna.
Discover more of South Australia’s outback with wildlife spotting experiences that can be tailored to your requirements, join short, guided walks with expert field guides and visit the historic woolshed which was built in 1856. Add-on experience for an extra fee includes private guiding and scenic helicopter flights over the ancient ramparts of Ikara-Wilpena Pound, a staggeringly beautiful mountain landscape.
Transfer by road to Adelaide via the scenic Clare Valley wine region, renowned for its Riesling. You’ll be able to admire many outback towns along the way such as Quorn and Wilmington, named “Beautiful Valley” by the pioneers from the 1850’s. From Adelaide fly across the country to Perth, the capital city of Western Australia. Alternatively, board the iconic Indian Pacific for a 3 day 2 night rail adventure across the Nullarbor.
Take to the skies by seaplane directly from Perth’s Queen Street Jetty. After a thrilling water take-off, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Perth’s skyline before flying over Perth’s beaches, circumnavigating Rottnest Island and landing on the water where you will begin your paradise island adventure. Explore the island by bike, stopping off at stunning beaches and bays for a swim and snorkel with an abundance of colourful fish. The main attraction of Rottnest Island is the resident quokkas, cute marsupials that are incredibly inquisitive.
A Day at leisure to explore Perth and Fremantle or take a gourmet wine and food cruise along the beautiful Swan River. Across the river, you will find Crown Perth, a luxury resort with a collection of hotels, Crown Casino, shopping, restaurants, and bars.
El Questro Station, Western Australia
Fly to Kununurra in the far north of Western Australia in East Kimberley. Adventure is synonymous in this region, with some of Western Australia’s most incredible natural attractions, including Purnululu National Park and its beehive-shaped Bungle Bungles and El Questro, a 700,000-acre wilderness of deep gorges, thermal springs, majestic ranges, rainforests, and cascading waterfalls. You will be staying at The Homestead, perched on a clifftop with majestic views of Chamberlain River.
A hearty breakfast prepares you for a day of adventure and exploration of the vast El Questro Station. A selection of inclusive activities is part of your stay at The Homestead including cruising through El Questro’s gorges along the Chamberlain River. Nature and wildlife tours; early risers can enjoy a complimentary bird-watching tour with an expert ranger. Lunch and dinner are served at a communal table where you can swap tales of your day’s adventures with other guests.
For the adventurous, there is a selection of guided gorge walks, horse-riding, hidden waterfalls, and caves to explore. Each afternoon guest of the Homestead has exclusive access to Zebedee Springs, a series of thermal pools and small waterfalls hidden in dense tropical vegetation, the perfect place to relax after your day of adventure. For an additional cost, you can experience El Questro and neighbouring attractions like Lake Argyle & Bungle Bungles, Mitchell Falls and Kimberley Coast by air.
Margaret River
Return to Perth where you are met and transferred by road to Margaret River, known for its world-class wineries, craft breweries and gourmet dining. In addition to this, you will find spectacular beaches, cliff-top walks, tall Karri forests and ancient underground caves.
Cape Lodge sits on the Cape Lodge Estate vineyard and offers 40 acres of manicured parkland and ornamental lakes to explore. As part of your stay you can enjoy afternoon tea, a vineyard estate tour and wine tasting plus evening drinks in Wine Lounge. There is a wide selection of tours available from the lodge to help you discover the beauty of the region, its wine and artisanal produce.
A Day of leisure where you may decide to take to the skies by helicopter for a scenic flight or wine tour or discover highlights such as Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, Boranup Karri Forest and dine at one of the region’s top restaurants at Vasse Felix on a private guided tour. Alternatively, explore the dramatic coastline on foot on a guided three to six-hour hike. From June to December, you may be lucky enough to spot migrating whales.
Exmouth
Transfer to Perth for your short flight to Exmouth, a small remote resort town on the tip of Western Australia’s North West Cape. On arrival transfer to your upscale tented accommodation at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef Safari Camp. Nestled on the world’s largest fringing coral reef and surrounded by Western Australia’s remote bushland; a stay at Sal Salis is one of those pinch-me once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Settle into your accommodation and soak in the remarkable views of Ningaloo Reef and the Pacific Ocean in front of you.
One of the main attractions of this remote part of Western Australia is to swim with whale sharks, a seasonal activity that takes place between mid-March to August, or with humpback whales from June to November. These activities are available at an additional cost but are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Slow-moving whale sharks, up to 12-metres long regularly visit Ningaloo Reef in large numbers, while over 30,000 humpback whales migrate along the reef, breed and give birth in Exmouth Gulf.
Wake to the sound of the wilderness and Pacific Ocean lapping the shore, followed by breakfast at the main lodge, with views of the sand, coastal scrub, and Ningaloo Reef. Complimentary activities at Sal Salis include snorkelling over the world’s largest fringing reef, home to over 500 species of colourful fish, rays, turtles, and harmless reef sharks. Guided gorge walks take you into Cape Range National Park to Madu Mandu Gorge and Yardie Creek Gorge, a sanctuary for wildlife such as black-footed rock wallabies, honeyeaters, and emus.
Your South Australia and Western Australia wildlife safari ends here. These two states truly offer some of the most remarkable landscapes and wildlife experiences in Australia. Transfer to Exmouth airport for your flight to Perth and onward connection.

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