South Australia & Kangaroo Island
- Duration: 15 Days (approx.)
- Location: Barossa Valley
- Product code: SA21
DAY 1 MON 8 NOV
HOME TO BAROSSA VALLEY
Meet your Ross Tour Leader at Sydney Domestic Airport or join us in Adelaide. We’re heading to the Barossa Valley, one of Australia’s most iconic wine destinations with many vineyards boasting beautiful gardens. Check into our hotel, the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort where you’ll enjoy two nights at this lovely retreat nestled among the vines.
DAY 2 TUE 9 NOV
A day exploring the Barossa! Our first garden is the wonderful Al-Ru Farm at One Tree Hill. Irrepressible Ruth Irving is a clever and passionate gardener. Her garden is the most amazing exuberance of poppies, iris, perennials and her favourite roses. Next, step back in time at Anlaby Station, this important pastoral estate once employed 14 gardeners! Our private tour includes both the house and garden.
DAY 3 WED 10 NOV
BAROSSA VALLEY TO ADELAIDE
To Ashgrove Iris Garden, a treat for those who love the magical combination of roses and iris. Owner Di is a passionate iris collector and you will love strolling her gorgeous creation. Close by nestles ‘The Cedars’, the home for more than 50 years of the Heysen family. Our host will take us on a tour to discover the chalet-style studio where Hans Heysen painted many of his famous landscapes. The garden has been recreated with the roses, zinnias and many of the ﬂowers that Heysen loved to paint.
DAY 4 THU 11 NOV
Hamlyn Cottage, the garden of ABC TV presenter Sophie Thomson, is our destination this morning. Here in the Adelaide Hills, Sophie has made a remarkable garden around her restored 1847 stone cottage.
DAY 5 FRI 12 NOV
The Gamble Garden is an important example of a working-class garden surviving from the early years of the 20th century. Take a tour with the dedicated volunteers who keep this garden thriving. Next, we head to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. This historic botanical garden features stunning architecture including the Bicentennial Conservatory and Amazon Water Pavilion. Take time to walk through the National Rose Trial Garden.
DAY 6 SAT 13 NOV
ADELAIDE TO KANGAROO ISLAND
This morning is the start of our island adventure! Head south to Cape Jervis and take the Sealink ferry across to Kangaroo Island, an unspoiled refuge, internationally famous for its pristine wilderness and wildlife. Visit two local gardens plus Frogs & Roses Nursery and Cafe. Check into the Aurora Ozone Hotel overlooking Nepean Bay at Kingscote.
DAY 7 SUN 14 NOV
Begin the day at Seal Bay with incredible views of the extraordinary coastline and sea lion colony. This is the only place in the world where you can see these Australian sea lions at close quarters. You’ll be given unique insights into how these endangered animals fish, surf, rest, interact with their pups and defend their territory. Lunch included today at Rockpool Cafe.
DAY 8 MON 15 NOV
FLINDERS CHASE NATIONAL PARK
We cross the island this morning to reach the rugged wilderness of the iconic Flinders Chase National Park. Spend the afternoon exploring the stunning coastal park and bush regeneration. The spectacular Admirals Arch and wind sculpted Remarkable Rocks are just two of the outstanding landmarks you see on this very special scenic day.
DAY 9 TUE 16 NOV
KANGAROO IS. TO MCLAREN VALE
Say goodbye to Kangaroo Island as we head back to the ferry and travel to Victor Habour on the mainland this morning. Clear turquoise waters and stunning views have made this town a popular coastal destination for generations of South Australians. Our last night together is in the beautiful wine region of the McLaren Vale.
DAY 10 WED 17 NOV
ADELAIDE TO HOME
This morning take a behind the scenes tour at Jurlique Farm to see and learn about the nature and science behind their range of skin care products. On to Adelaide and farewell to South Australia as we depart for our ﬂights home.