Wine & Wilderness (Adelaide to Adelaide) 5 nights
6 days/ 5 nights Adelaide - Barossa Valley - Wilpena Pound - Clare Valley - Adelaide.
Price from £772 per person
Wine and wilderness – a combination that makes for a magical experience. This self drive tour includes 6 days car rental with Hertz Australia, 5 nights ‘boutique’ accommodation, meals indicated and daily driving notes. Price includes car pick up from downtown depot - supplements may apply from airport.
Adelaide - Barossa Valley - Wilpena Pound - Clare Valley - Adelaide
Prices depend on seasonality and based on twin share accommodation.
DAY 1 ADELAIDE – BAROSSA VALLEY (NM)
Pick up your HERTZ MEDIUM 4WD vehicle at Adelaide depot or Adelaide Airport and travel north to reach the Barossa Valley.
WILLIAMSTOWN - A pretty little hamlet at the southern edge of the Barossa, Williamstown is better known for its timber than its wine, being at the centre of the local pine forest industry. Many of the original stone buildings in the town centre are still in use. Of special interest is the Whispering Wall, the huge curved retaining wall of the Barossa Reservoir that's about 140 metres long and an acoustic miracle. You can speak in a normal voice and people at the other end of the wall can hear you clearly.
LYNDOCH - If your quest is to experience a country town that has evolved with the times into a mecca of contemporary ambience, but maintained its English foundations and strong German influences, then Lyndoch is the place for you. This rich soil today boasts several of the Barossa's finest wineries. If nature is more your thing, then roam through and enjoy the aromatic smells of the Lyndoch Lavender Farm. Get traditional German bread at the local bakery, pick up a stick of South Australia's awardwinning best smoky mettwurst and breathe the fresh air on the village green.
TANUNDA - Historically, picturesque Tanunda has always been the heart of the Barossa region, and its history is only a small part of its charms. Tanunda is a vibrant and growing community and is home to some of Australia's and the world's best-loved wines. Explore the magnificently restored Chateau Tanunda, now home to a modern function centre, as well as a showcase for the Barossa's boutique wineries. If you're looking for history, great food, memorable wines, fun times and friendly faces, you'll find a brilliant blend in Tanunda. You'll also find the Barossa Visitor Information Centre right in the centre of Tanunda's main street, where you can get friendly advice on everything you want to know about the Barossa.
OVERNIGHT: The Louise, Maramamga
DAY 2 BAROSSA VALLEY – RAWNSLEY PARK STATION (NM)
MELROSE is a charming reminder of early South Australia, nestled at the foot of Mount Remarkable National Park. The town serves a rural community and at the same time offers a pleasant holiday retreat. Many of Melrose's features are within walking distance. Climb to the War Memorial for a panoramic view over the Willochra Plain or to Lookout Hill near the water tanks. Cathedral Rock is a spectacular formation along the edge of Mount Remarkable Creek, west of the town. Walk through the fascinating Melrose Courthouse Heritage Centre which brings to life the early days of miners, timber workers, pioneering women and farm workers. This innovative museum has possibly one of the best depictions of the early history of the upper and far north of South Australia.
QUORN - Cradled in a Flinders Ranges valley, Quorn is one of Australia’s most historic railway towns. At one time trains from the north, south, east and west all stopped at Quorn and for many years it was the southern terminal for the famous Ghan rail journey to Alice Springs. Although its days as one of the nation’s major railheads are over, the romance lingers on through volunteer enthusiasts who continue to operate a steam train service which regularly makes the 33km round trip on a restored line between Quorn and Pichi Richi. They also maintain the railway workshops which supports a collection of old locomotives and rolling stock.
OVERNIGHT: Rawnsley Park Station, Wilpena Pound (2 nights)
DAY 3 WILPENA POUND
At Rawnsley Park Station, your stay can be as active or as relaxed as you like. The property is perfectly situated for exploring the Flinders Ranges National Park, and the region's most well-known landmark, Wilpena Pound, is on the doorstep. Four-wheel drive tours, scenic flights, horse riding treks and mountain bike hire are all available from Rawnsley Park Station. There is a network of excellent bushwalking trails, suitable for beginners through to experienced walkers, located on the property. If relaxation is more your thing, you can take a dip in the swimming pool, enjoy a leisurely meal at the Woolshed Restaurant or gather your friends around a camp bonfire.
WILPENA POUND - Amidst the vibrant colours of the 800 million-year-old quartzite and limestone outcrop that is the Flinders Ranges lies Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre 17km long and 7km wide. Shaped by the weathering and uplifting of land over time, this place has strong significance to the indigenous Adnyamthanha people. Wilpena Pound is a huge flat plain covered in scrub and trees and totally surrounded by jagged hills which form a rim. From the ground it looks like a rugged low mountain range which can easily be traversed. When you reach the top you look across the plain and can clearly see the hills around the edges.
DAY 4 WILPENA POUND - CLARE (NM)
This morning, head south to arrive at the Clare Valley. Visit the heritage-listed village of Mintaro and enjoy a walk around the remarkable buildings, all a short distance from each other. The magnificent 19th century mansion Martindale Hall is approximately a 10 minute drive from Mintaro and open to the public.
CLARE VALLEY - As well as being the centre of an important pastoral industry, the Clare Valley is internationally known for its cool climate wines. While a few of the larger wineries have a base here, Clare Valley is known for its boutique wineries whose cellar doors are generally located in close proximity to each other along the Main North Road. Take the opportunity to sample the area's fine wines at one of dozens of cellar doors.
OVERNIGHT: Thorn Park by the Vines, Clara (2 nights)
Day 5 CLARE VALLEY
Today is at your leisure to discover more about the Clare Valley. Perhaps discover the Riesling Trail which runs for 25 kilometres along the old Riverton to Spalding railway line between the towns of Clare and Auburn. It's suitable for recreational walkers and is also suitable for mountain and touring bikes, as well as wheelchairs and pushers. Named after the grape and wine variety that the region is famous for, the Riesling Trail travels past many cellar doors and other visitor attractions, making it ideal for those wanting a leisurely walk with a distraction or two. There are numerous loop trails, which allow users to return to their starting point without travelling over old ground.
DAY 6 CLARE – ADELAIDE (NM)
Enjoy a leisurely morning before returning to Adelaide.
Return your vehicle to the Adelaide Airport depot or Adelaide city Hertz Depot.