Best of South Australia (departing Melbourne)
Explore some of the best locations that South Australia has to offer, on this 10 day/9 night adventure. Board the Indian Pacific in Sydney and head south to Adelaide where you’ll spend 2 days exploring the breathtaking landscapes of Kangaroo Island. An additional 4 nights cruising along the mighty Murray River aboard the PS Murray Princess paddlewheeler will make this trip one you’ll want to tell everyone about!
- Air travel, Melbourne to Sydney
- Gold Service on the Indian Pacific, Sydney to Adelaide, including all meals, beverages and an off train excursion in Broken Hill
- 3 nights accommodation in Adelaide at Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide
- Full day Ultimate Adelaide & Hahndorf tour
- 2 day Best of Kangaroo Island tour
- 4 night Outback Heritage Cruise aboard PS Murray Princess in an Outside Cabin
- Coach transfer from Mannum to Adelaide Airport
- Air travel, Adelaide to Melbourne
- Meals as stated – 6 x breakfast (B) / 6 x lunch (L) / 5 x dinner (D)
Day 1 - Melbourne to Sydney to Adelaide (D)
This morning fly to Sydney and make your way to Central Station to board the Indian Pacific. Settle into your comfortable Gold Service cabin, and enjoy the meals, beverages and facilities available to you.
Overnight: Indian Pacific
Day 2 - Arrive Adelaide (B, L)
Today you can take an off train excursion in Broken Hill and visit the famous Australian artist Pro Hart’s gallery, and view a selection of his signature paintings. Alternatively you can head over to the Miner’s Memorial, a unique structure that sits high above Broken Hill offering amazing views of the township. At the end of your day, return to your cabin on the Indian Pacific and continue your journey from Broken Hill to Adelaide. On arrival make your own way to your accommodation.
Overnight: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide, 2 nights
Day 3 - Ultimate Adelaide and Hahndorf
Today's explorations are a perfect blend of the highlights of this cosmopolitan city, with the quaint and classic Adelaide Hills. A visit to Adelaide is not complete without time visiting the many historic buildings along North Terrace. Stop at the famous St Peter's Cathedral and Adelaide Oval, followed by a tour and tastings at South Australia's renowned Haigh’s Chocolate Factory. After this you'll head into the Hills via Mount Lofty Summit, where you can get a birds-eye view looking back over the city out to the ocean. It's the perfect spot to get a selfie with the city views in the background.
Stop at the Beerenberg Farm Shop to purchase some of their delicious strawberry farm produce, and enjoy free time to explore the main street of this picturesque town.
Day 4 - Adelaide to Kangaroo Island (L)
Early this morning you will be head to Cape Jervis to board the ferry to Kangaroo Island. Visit Clifford’s Honey Farm, and enjoy a tour and taste some of their popular honey products, including their famous honey ice cream. Stop at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery for lunch, before continuing on to Raptor Domain to see their interactive Birds of Prey display. You'll finish the day walking amongst the wild and playful Australian sea lions at Seal Bay - a very unique South Australian experience.
Overnight: Aurora Ozone Hotel
Day 5 - Kangaroo Island to Adelaide (B, L)
This morning you will travel to the most western part of the Kangaroo Island, and visit Flinders Chase National Park. Get up close to the iconic Remarkable Rocks and follow the boardwalk down to Admirals Arch, a natural archway formed in the rocks and used as a safe play haven for the Long-Nosed Fur Seals. After spending the day exploring the many other amazing sights and sounds of this pristine island, it's time to return to Adelaide for an evening reflecting on the highlights of your Kangaroo Island visit.
Overnight: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide
Day 6 - Adelaide to Mannum (D)
Around lunch time you will travel from your hotel to Mannum to meet the PS Murray Princess paddlewheeler. Settle into your cabin before enjoying a delicious dinner as you cruise down the mighty Murray River to your overnight mooring point at Caurnamont.
Overnight: PS Murray Princess, 4 nights
Day 7 - River Murray (B, L, D)
Enjoy a leisurely morning cruising upriver to Blanchetown where you will go through one of the locks which maintain the flow and levels of water in the Murray River. While the PS Murray Princess is moored opposite the township of Blanchetown, join a guided tour of the Burk Salter Boutique Winery and its surrounding vineyard. It's the perfect location to relax and indulge in some wine tasting at the cellar door.
Day 8 - River Murray (B, L, D)
Today cruise downriver to picturesque Swan Reach. Take a guided walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum, housed in the original school building that was built in 1917. The museum collection consists of documents, photographs and historical items relating to the history of education and society in the river and rural communities of South Australia. After the tour, continue to cruise downriver to Sunnydale, where you will go ashore to enjoy the Woolshed Show and visit the Native Wildlife Shelter.
Learn all about the Australian woolshed history, and meet some interesting native animals. Tonight you'll enjoy a great Aussie BBQ set on the banks of the mighty Murray.
Day 9 - River Murray (B, L, D)
This morning you have the option to tantalise your tastebuds with a Bush Tucker Breakfast. Savour the taste of kangaroo sausages, wattleseed toast or pancakes, lemon myrtle butter, quandong jam and real billy tea! Or join a bushwalk with the Captain to stretch your legs and enjoy exploring the banks of the Murray up close. Hop back on board to continue downriver past the magnificent cliffs scoured by the Murray River over millions of years.
At Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve the boardwalk tour will take you amongst ancient rock carvings where you will learn about Aboriginal history in the area. This evening the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Farewell Buffet Dinner - it's the perfect night to dress up and dance the night away.
Day 10 - Mannum to Adelaide to Melbourne (B)
On this final day you'll cruise back to Mannum, disembark after breakfast before heading back to Adelaide Airport for your return flight back to Melbourne.