Barossa ValleyCredit: Barossa Valley Facebook, Glenn Malycha
Kangaroo Island WildlifeCredit: The Real South Australia Facebook
Barossa ValleyCredit: Barossa Valley Facebook, Bradely Phillips
Kangaroo IslandCredit: The Real South Australia Facebook
Barossa ValleyCredit: Barossa Valley Facebook, Melissa Grivas
Kangaroo Island WildlifeCredit: The Real South Australia Facebook
Kangaroo IslandCredit: The Real South Australia Facebook
Barossa ValleyCredit: Barossa Valley Facebook, Bradely Phillips
Adelaide - Southern AustraliaPhoto Credit: APT
- Accommodation - Adelaide (2 Nights), Kangaroo Island (2), Barossa Valley (2)
- Rental Car - For Self-Drive though South Australia. Base Rate only. Does not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees
- Day Tours are Optional (not included), but can easily be included on request
- Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (US$15.00 per person) available on request
- F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
- Additional Accommodation, Sigthseeing Day Tours, International & Domestic Flights are available on request
- Customize? Tell us what you want & our Travel Experts will design your vacation and give you a no-obligation Quote.
Self Drive South Australia, Kangaroo Island & Barossa Valley:
Days 1 – 3: Adelaide (Free Days)
Day 3: Adelaide to Kangaroo Island
Day 4: Kangaroo Island (Free Day)
Day 5: Kangaroo Island to Barossa Valley
Day 6: Barossa Valley (Free Day)
Day 7: Barossa Valley to Adelaide
Travel to your accommodation in Adelaide, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your 4 Star boutique style hotel, is located in the heart of Adelaide’s central district. The hotel is within walking distance to the city’s major cultural attractions, shopping precinct’s and entertainment centres.
Adelaide is known as the city of food and wine, a place to experience the buzz, culture and convenience of a big city without big city frustrations. The city centre, surrounded by parklands, is a charming blend of historic buildings, wide streets, numerous shops, street cafes and restaurants.
Right outside Adelaide’s doorstep are the magnificent landscapes of the renowned Adelaide Hills. This sublime region is home to rolling vineyards, historic villages and boutique shops where local producers showcase their artisan foods and wines.
Get an insight into the rich Germanic heritage of Adelaide Hills as you travel through the villages of Crafers, Stirling, Aldgate and Bridgewater. Take in spectacular views out toward Adelaide and the coastline in the distance at Mount Lofty Summit.
Experience the region’s Bavarian heritage with a taste of tour the township of Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German settlement. Wander along the town’s charming main street, lined with beautiful historic German-style architecture. Step into boutiques, gift shops, art studios or sample regional fare at bakeries, cafes and pubs.
Known for artisanal food, numerous wineries, craft breweries and quaint museums, Hahndorf is an escape to where finer things are simply the way of life. Spend the afternoon enjoying tea or a traditional German beer tastings at the popular Hahndorf Inn.
Operates Departs daily (excluding Christmas Day); Tour departs at 1:15pm from Adelaide Central Bus Station or select Adelaide Hotels. Tour returns at 5:15pm.
Need to Know Minimum of 4 people required for this tour. Maximum of 48 people allowed for this tour.
Inclusions Pick-up and drop-off transportation. Expert commentary by local driver/guide. A stop at Mount Lofty Summit Lookout. Drive past Bridgewater Mill water wheel and the villages of Crafers, Stirling and Aldgate. Stop at the Beerenberg Farm Shop. Free time in the German village of Hahndorf where you can explore many shops including art, craft, leather and fabric shops, butchers, bakers, cafes and pubs. Afternoon tea or beer tastings.
Relax while taking a lunch-time cruise along the historic Murray River.
On your arrival at the river your will board the MV Proud Mary and relax as you cruise the historic river enjoying the wildlife and surrounding scenery.
Enjoy lunch on board the Proud Mary as you continue your journey along the river and gain insight into the river system and unique landscapes of the region.
Upon disembarking you will journey on an incredible coach tour along the river bank of the River Murray taking in spectacular views, traveling over the river on punts and stopping regularly for great photo opportunities, including the Mannum Lookout.
Travel back to Adelaide via the delightful Adelaide Hills, stopping at Melba’s Chocolate Factory and Woodside Cheese Wrights at Woodside with an opportunity to purchase afternoon tea (own expense).
Monday and Friday, excluding December 25. Departs at 9:15am and returns at 5:15pm, lasting approximately 8 hours.
Need to Know
– Pick-ups available at Adelaide Central Bus Station or selected Adelaide Hotels.
– Minimum of 4 passengers required.
– Maximum of 48 passengers allowed.
– Cruise times may vary slightly depending on river boarding point:
– Monday – Board at the river town of Mannum.
– Friday – Board at Woodlane Reserve (Near Mypolonga).
– Vessel type and lunch may vary at times of maintenance and if a second division is scheduled.
– Tastings at Woodside Cheese Wrights is $3 per person payable direct at time of visit (optional).
– Morning pick-up and evening set-down at selected Adelaide hotels.
– Expert commentary by local driver guide.
– Two hour cruise.
– Buffet lunch with complimentary water, tea and coffee.
– Free time to explore the historic river town of Mannum.
– Scenic drive through Adelaide Hills.
– Afternoon tea at Melba’s Chocolate Factory and cheese tastings at Woodside Cheese Wrights (own expense).
Be sure to visit the Adelaide Central Market, the largest fresh produce market in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Adelaide Central Market is a community of people: traders, artisans and shoppers, who share a passion for food. It buzzes with life and colour all year round.
The range of fresh food is extensive! You can find fruit & vegetables, meat & poultry, seafood, gourmet cheeses, cakes and more all under one roof. People love to return again and again for the delicious aromas, vivid colours and atmosphere of this international and cultural melting pot.
Hours of Operation: Closed Sunday & Monday; Tuesdays – 7:00am to 5:30pm; Wednesdays* – 9:00am to 5:30pm; Thursdays – 9:00am to 5:30pm; Fridays – 7:00am to 9:00pm; Saturdays – 7:00am to 3:00pm
*Be sure to visit their website for their most update to date hours and current events: https://adelaidecentralmarket.com.au/
Photo Credit: Adelaide Central Market
Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for four days.
As part of your vacation self-drive Australia and explore our stunning landscapes, coastlines, regional towns and wildlife. Stop and meet the locals, maybe enjoy a counter meal at a local Aussie pub, or relax on the beach while sampling some takeaway fish & chips from the local deli or servo. During one of your rest stops try to spot a kangaroo, emu or even a Koala in the wild.
Please bring a valid American drivers license with you and be aware that the Australians drives on the left hand side of the road.
Base rate only paid by About Australia. GPS, Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.
Self Drive from Adelaide to Cape Jervis. (Approx 1.5 hrs)
Be sure to check out Aldinga Beach on the way to Cape Jervis & Kangaroo Island. It is one of the few beaches in Australia where cars are permitted to drive on parts of the broad sand. It is a great place to take on some underwater activities such as snorkeling or scuba diving. Or just stop by The Orchard for some fantastic coffee or gourmet wood-fired pizza.
Ferry Transfer with rental vehicle from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw and return.
Travel to your accommodation on Kangaroo Island, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your vacation accommodation has just 27 rooms. Why not take some time out and laze away the hours by our sparkling solar heated pool, spa and sauna. Wander through our gardens at sunset and you will probably meet one of the little penguins that waddle up from the beach for a visit. The Kangaroo Island vacation accommodation is a stylish and very welcoming property and is the perfect base for you to enjoy all the natural beauty that Kangaroo Island has to offer. Organise adventures with the friendly and professional staff that know and love the Island. Whether it is deep sea fishing, 4WD wilderness tour, or horse riding, it is up to you. Or what about a walking tour, food tour, swimming, snorkeling, diving, climbing and of course there are wonderful national Parks to explore. In fact, everything the Island has to offer is just a short drive away.
Kangaroo Island is a natural wonder with native bushland, wildlife, adventure & exploring. Pristine beaches, local wines and produce, dramatic cliffs and sunsets are on your doorstep. Your self drive exploration of this magnificent island is truly the experience of a lifetime.
From Cape Jervis you will hop on the ferry to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. We want you to make the most of Kangaroo Island, so we recommend a morning ferry. After checking into your vacation accommodation in Penneshaw you can head out to explore the wonders that Kangaroo Island has to offer. Koalas and Kangaroos, platypus and seals, these are just a few of the amazing wildlife you can experience on Kangaroo Island. All of the wildlife is in it’s natural habitat and you can see them in their natural habitat. Fresh produce and wines are also in abundance on Kangaroo Island, be sure to pick up some snacks and go for a picnic lunch.
Flinders Chase National Park is a must see. Visit the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, these are some amazing geological formations. You can even spot fur seals lazing on the beach at West Bay. There are plenty of walking trails to choose from, where you can discover the abundance of flora and fauna.
Kelly Hill Caves and Conservation Park is just outside of the Flinders Chase National Park. This outstanding destination provides a peek into a stunning maze of caves. There are guided tours offered here. For those wanting to stay above ground, you can choose one of the many walking trails. From 1.25km to 18km hikes there is something here for everyone.
Seal Bay Conversation Park is another highlight of Kangaroo Island. Here you can join a guided tour to spot the endangered Australian Seals lounging in their natural environment on the beach. You can opt to explore the self-guided boardwalk where you can see the seals and the majestic coastal scenery that only Kangaroo Island has to offer.
Self Drive from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide. (Approx 2.5 hrs)
This is a beautiful and scenic drive through the small towns and villages of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Discover nature’s playground and charming towns. The region is home to the internationally renowned McLaren Vale – boasting sustainable wine production, world-renowned labels and unparalleled gastronomic experiences.
If you take this drive around dusk, you will likely see hundreds of Kangaroo mobs in the fields along the side of the road. Drive carefully!
Choose one or two of these suggested stops to stretch your legs and explore the local culture.
Second Valley Heritage Walk
Starting at the historic Leonards Mill in Second Valley, this self-guided heritage walk is brimming with fascinating history. Download a copy of the brochure beforehand, which complements the onsite information display boards.
As you walk, soak up the story of Leonards Mill which was formerly an operational flour mill, the old Finniss Vale Hotel which was established in 1856 and burned down in 1928, as well as the blacksmith’s shop and cottage and various war memorials.
The walk also passes by the site of two old steam-operated sawmills, and explains the history of the heritage-listed causeway and jetty. Allow 2 Hours.
Known affectionately to locals as ‘Normy’, Normanville is a popular seaside resort town with long sandy beaches. Stroll along the white sands to nearby Carrickalinga or Lady Bay. Take a walk down Main Streets and check out the local shops. If you’re missing American comfort food, try South Bound Diner for an Australian take on Retro American Diner food. A few blocks down the street look for a HUGE tree and you might just spot thousands of cockatoos!
Aldinga Beach is one of the few beaches in Australia where cars are permitted to drive on sections of the broad sand, making access to the beach especially easy. It is renowned for its safe swimming and impressive surf, which sees the population in the local area boom come summer.
The D’arenberg Cube
The d’Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale is a five storey multi-function building set among Mourvèdre vines.
The building has the optical illusion of floating in a vineyard, each level with spectacular views overlooking the rolling hills of Willunga. Inside is the winery’s Tasting Room, a restaurant, private function areas and numerous artworks and features throughout, detailed in the company’s new smart phone application, ‘The Alternate Realities Museum’
Advance reservations are recommended.
The restaurant offers degustation dining with optional wine pairings, an extensive list featuring a selection of imported wines, and both current vintage and museum releases from d’Arenberg. Open for lunch Thursday to Sunday, bookings are required in advance.
Self Drive from Adelaide to Barossa Valley. (approx. 1.5 hours)
Take the Princess Highway northbound from Adelaide to Gawler Historic Town, then eastbound on to the indulgent pleasures of the vine clad hills and dales, orchards, and historic country towns of the Barossa Valley wine region.
Travel to your accommodation in the Barossa Valley, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your 4 Star vacation accommodation is nestled in the picturesque Barossa Valley, just 55 minutes from Adelaide, Australia. Surrounded by many world famous wineries, the resort is next door to a golf course. Each room is equipped with a balcony, ensuite bathroom, kitchenette facilities, and air conditioning. The resort features a heated outdoor pool, gymnasium, spa, sauna, kids club, and an 18 hole golf course. Originally settled by European peasant farmers and English free settlers who made the Barossa Valley their home from the 1850s, the region has a rich cultural legacy in superb Barossa specialty foods, dozens of festivals and events, historic architecture and inspiring arts and antique galleries. Travel and explore the region by going on a wine tasting tour.
Take 1 day to self drive through Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Be sure to stop at the Whispering Wall (Williamstown) – its quite incredible that a ‘whisper’ can travel that far. See the beautiful historic wine estates surrounded by colorful gardens with their boutique restaurants, classy cellars & daily wine tastings. Be sure to visit the country’s oldest and most beautiful wineries such as Seppeltsfield, Langmeil, Yalumba and Henschke – they are well worth the history lesson. Also check out the local ‘Events List’ to see if there is a local festival, fair, wine show or family fun day that you want to attend. Events are pretty regular here with maybe 2 -3 events each month. Other sightseeing highlights include lavender farms, a local Cooper where you can watch the process of wine barrels being constructed, hot air balloon rides & horse-riding to mention a few. Maybe hit the ‘Foodie Trail’ for some culinary delights, the Heritage trails if you’re a history buff, or just walk the historic main streets and shop for local arts & crafts. Must sees include the historic architecture such as the Wheatsheaf Inn near Lyndoch, fabulous churches in Tununda and Bethany (part of the Tanunda Heritage Trail) and Luhrs Cottage at Light Pass. Maps for all the foodie & heritage trails, short local scenic drives, walking trails and more are available at the local Visitor Centers.
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Self Drive from Barossa Valley to Adelaide. (approx 1.5 hours)
Remember, this road trip is fully customizable. Combine it with other destinations, add accommodation, sigthseeing tours and flights (international &/or domestic).
Just let us know what you want and our Travel Experts will design your complete itinerary with a ‘no-obligation’ quote.
|Approximate Pricing||Double Occupancy||Sole Occupancy||Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules|
|Land Content Only||$1,132||$1,878||International return flights from the USA are not included. Please see detailed itinerary (above) for more information on inclusions. Itinerary can commence any day (subject to availability).|
|Special (Economy Class)||$1,956||$2,701||
Mar 3 2020 - May 31 2021
USA Departures: 03MAR-28JUN, 01AUG-11DEC 2020 & 1FEB - 31MAY 2021. Expires 4 JUN 2020
International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable, Non-Changeable. Other Dates may also apply. For details phone Toll-Free: (888)359 2877
|Basic (Economy Class)||$3,068||$3,813||Basic: 24JUL-21SEP 2019 and 1MAY-8JUN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.|
|Shoulder (Economy Class)||$3,275||$4,020||Shoulder: 9JUN-23JUL 2019, 22SEP-8DEC 2019 and 1FEB-30APR 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.|
|Peak (Economy Class)||$3,792||$4,538||Peak: 9DEC 2019 - 31JAN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.|
|Premium (Economy Class)||$6,044||$6,790||Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.|
|Business Class||$7,653||$8,398||Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.|
- a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
- b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
- c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
- d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.