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Banksia Adventures Pty Ltd

Banksia Adventures operate exclusive and unique tours of South Australia and beyond. Tours can include Flinders Ranges and the outback, native flora and fauna, opals, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide fine dining and wine tours, the great Aussie outback pub crawl and much more.

Touring Options

Kangaroo Island and Victor Harbor 2 Days – 4069

Spectacular coastlines, wildlife and beaches… you will discover Australia here.

. Day One – Your day starts bright and early, when your four-wheel drive guide picks you up in Adelaide and heads south to the spectacular coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

. Highlights of today include the remarkable wilderness of Deep Creek Conservation Park, the old port town of Goolwa, Urimbirra Wildlife Park where you can get up close to koalas and kangaroos, the old whaling town of Victor Harbor and, of course, the beach. This seemingly endless stretch of sand goes all the way down to the Murray River Mouth – if the tide is right, you’ll drive along the beach here. Overnight accommodation is at Cape Jervis Station, at the foot of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

. Day Two – Kangaroo Island is where you are headed on day two. You’ll cross the narrow strait on the fast and luxurious SeaLink Ferry. Kangaroo Island is one of the world’s last unspoilt wilderness areas, with 450 kilometres of spectacular coastline. The national and conservation parks, which make up one third of the island, are teeming with wildlife and surrounded by pristine beaches.

. KI, as the locals know it, is famous for its seal, sea lion and penguin colonies. If you’ve ever wanted to get close to nature, this is the place to do it. Upon arrival, you will be met by your four-wheel drive driver/guide for a day of spectacular exploration. You’ll see landscapes and seascapes, ranging from thick bush and dramatic cliffs, to sand dunes and sheltered beaches. Along the way you’ll learn about the history of the island and the famous explorers who had a hand in naming its natural features.

. You’ll be treated to a delicious home cooked lunch served with renowned South Australian wines. From the beautifully eerie scenery of Remarkable Rocks to the special experiences of the Platypus Walk and Hanson Bay Koala Sanctuary, it is a day of discovery – you’ll understand why Kangaroo Island has become an international ‘must see’ destination. To complete your experience, you’ll return to Adelaide on a scenic flight giving you a spectacular bird’s eye view of this amazing region.

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. Daily, on application.

Aboriginal Culture 1 Day Experience – 4077

The Aboriginal people of Australia have a culture and traditions that stretch back into the mists of time. These people have a special relationship with the animals, birds, plants and the very landscape itself. Spend a day discovering the spiritual Dreaming, traditional skills, food and medicines of the bush. Explore and share this ancient culture.

. Your expert four wheel drive guide will pick you from the Adelaide metropolitan area and then travel through the Adelaide Hills, passing historic townships and areas important in Aboriginal tradition.

. Emerging from the hills, you arrive at Lake Alexandrina where the Murray River spreads out before ending its journey to the sea. At Wellington, you cross the river by the ferry that is situated next to the Old Courthouse and Police Station.

. Along the shores of Lake Alexandrina you will pass Poltalloch Station, an historic homestead with all the grandeur of a bygone era. This road brings you to Narrung, the site of Australia’s only inland lighthouse.

. From here, you follow some of the back roads to arrive at the Coorong, one of the world’s most significant wetlands. This narrow neck of water is of great importance both in Aboriginal culture and to the multitude of birds that live here or migrate through the region.

. The four wheel drive track through the Coorong National Park takes you through a habitat rich in kangaroos, bird life, scenery and history.

. Having travelled through the land of the Ngarrindjeri people, you now arrive at Camp Coorong. Here you will meet the traditional people of this country. They will share with you stories of their history and their culture, their beliefs and traditions.

. While at Camp Coorong you will have the opportunity to join a traditional basket-weaving workshop and try your hand at learning the local skills. A Dreaming presentation will help you share some of their traditions. You will see the local plants that are used as food and medicine. You will experience some of the art, craft and history of the Ngarrindjeri people.

. Your experiences at Camp Coorong will provide you with the most comprehensive insight into the diverse life and living culture of Australia’s Aboriginal people.

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. Daily, on application.

Great Ocean Road 4 Day Experience Adelaide to Melbourne – 4076

The Great Ocean Road – one of the world’s most scenic routes is brimming with experiences. The spectacular coastline is accompanied by a diversity of wildlife, historic seaside villages, extinct volcanoes and nature-filled rainforest. It blends into famous wine regions, extraordinary wetlands filled with bird life, sand dunes and long, deserted beaches. Travel this extraordinary route with your personal four-wheel drive guide. Explore the icons and the secrets of this breath-taking path through nature.

. Day One to Four – Your adventure starts at 0700 when you depart Adelaide and travel south. This adventure takes you on a scenic drive through the hills to Langhorne Creek.

. You continue your exploration around Lake Alexandrina, Australia’s largest freshwater lake to The Coorong. This is one of the most important wetland regions in the world. A long, narrow lagoon stretching from the mouth of the Murray River, it is home to a multitude of local and migratory birds as well as kangaroos, emus and other native fauna. It is a region steeped in history, both of the early settlers and the original Aborigines who inhabited this region. Here you will drive over sand dunes to reach a beach that stretches for 90 uninterrupted miles. At Kingston, you have arrived at the southern end of The Coorong.

. This is now the start of the Limestone Coast, a completely different type of coastline on this expedition of constantly changing scenery. You will move from sand dunes, long, deserted beaches and lagoons filled with animal and bird life to a rugged coastline carved by the sea.

. This region is known for its wines. To the southeast lies the famous Coonawarra district and ahead of you, Cape Jaffa and a chance to sample some of the local wares. You arrive at Robe for your overnight accommodation. This scenic and historic port is famous for its crayfish and beautiful Guichen Bay.

. Today we travel through Beachport, a quaint old whaling station on a sheltered bay – home to a small fishing fleet. Passing Lake George, your next stop is Mount Gambier, famous for its Blue Lake and the fascinating Sunken Gardens.

. Travel south east to the Lower Glenelg National Park down to Nelson, situated on the Glenelg River estuary. Then travel through the scenic Discovery Bay Coastal Park to Portland. Next stop is Port Fairy. Its delightful small harbour and many graceful historic buildings provide an enchanting setting.

. Visit one of the many extinct volcanoes in this region. This ancient crater is now home to a variety of animals and birds, including koalas, kangaroos and emus.

. Warrnambool is our destination for the second night. This is the heart of the ‘Shipwreck Coast’. This historic town is rich in maritime history.

. It is now time to visit those rock formations that have made this route one of the most famous in the world. The 12 Apostles, Loch Ard, London Bridge – will compete for most scenic view in your photo album.

. The old logging tracks through the Cape Otway National Park, provide a chance to travel through some very special, secluded forest areas, which are home to black wallabies, coloured parrots, kookaburras and many more forest inhabitants. This is Australia’s finest temperate climate rain forest. A visit to Mait’s Rest is a must. The boardwalk takes you through a breathtaking valley of ferns and giant trees. Soon you arrive at the lovely protected Apollo Bay.

. You will now travel along spectacular cliff face roads (another good reason for having an expert guide driving, so you can concentrate on the scenery) to the Wye River, one of many pretty fresh water inlets along the coast.

. Travel past Mount Defiance, through Angahook-Lorne State Park and into Lorne. Here we leave the Great Ocean Road at Mount Duneed. You will now follow the ‘Surf Coast’ through the pretty beach holiday towns of Airey’s Inlet, Anglesea and Torquay.

. Travel through the city of Geelong, passing through rolling farmland, over the Westgate Bridge and into Melbourne where your tour ends.

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. Departs daily at 0700, on demand from Adelaide.

The Great Aussie Pub Crawl 5 Day Tour – 4004

The Great Aussie Pub Crawl is more than just a tour in Australia. It takes one of the country’s great cultural icons, the pub-crawl, and translates it into a journey through the folklore and history of Australia. All this occurs in the setting of some of the most spectacular scenery, rarely seen by the average tourist, and viewed from a unique vantage point.

. Day One – The first day of your adventure takes you north into the wine regions of the Clare Valley. On your way, you will travel through historic towns with quaint cottages and historic buildings. At Clare, you have an opportunity to visit one of the boutique wineries in this region, before continuing your journey. The legendary lilac haze of the Flinders Ranges, loom ever closer in the distance. You are now in the habitat of Australia’s famous wildlife – not only kangaroos and emus live here in abundance, but also many species of birds and reptiles. Your accommodation for tonight is Wilpena Pound Resort at the base of the famous Wilpena Pound.

. Day Two – On day two, board your aircraft for your scenic flight, which will give you a perfect view of Wilpena Pound. Your flight takes you over Lake Torrens to the world famous opal mining area of Andamooka for a short tour. This town is opal mining in its rare form. The next stop is the quirky township of William Creek for lunch, before flying over Australia’s largest salt lake, Lake Eyre and the Channel Country. Your accommodation tonight is at one of the oldest and most famous outback hotels The Birdsville Hotel, in western Queensland.

. Day Three – Day three gives you the opportunity to visit the Birdsville Working Museum. Be in awe and amusement of the past, present and future of the Outback. Fly to the township of Innamincka for a true Aussie lunch and maybe a refreshing ale. Visit the famous Burke and Wills Dig Tree, an Australian icon of the early explorers of this unforgiving land. Your flight will then continue over the magnificent Gammon Ranges to your accommodation at Arkaroola Village. Discover native wildlife and walk over some of the oldest landforms on earth. This area is unique.

. Day Four – On day four, your four-wheel drive day starts with the famous Ridgetop Tour, which will give you some of the most breathtaking views imaginable. After lunch you will travel south through spectacular gorges to the old copper mining town of Blinman, your destination for tonight. Enjoy some Aussie tucker and maybe a cool beer or two.

. Day Five – The fifth day starts the return to civilization. Driving through tree lined Brachina Gorge to the western edge of the Flinders Ranges, as you travel towards the coast. Your journey takes you past historic ports and into the rich pastoral land near Adelaide. The richness of these surrounds is in stark contrast to the arid lands you have just been into. Your adventure has taken you through the extremes of the Australian Outback.

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. Departs Adelaide, departure dates and times on application.

The Complete South Coast Experience 2 Days – 4054

The Fleurieu Peninsula is a treasure chest of experiences. It is within easy reach of the city of Adelaide and provides the most diverse range of scenery, wildlife and activities. This two-day adventure takes you deep into the experiences of this most extraordinary region.

. Leaving Adelaide with your expert four-wheel drive guide, you travel through historic villages in the Adelaide Hills to the almost eerie environment of Lake Alexandrina. Home to many species of water birds, this area is steeped in history, both of the early settlers and the original Aboriginal inhabitants.

. Travelling on from here, you explore the historic paddle steamer port of Goolwa. Here, when the tides are right, you will travel along deserted beaches until you come to the mouth of the Murray River, Australia’s greatest waterway.

. Next stop is Victor Harbor. This was a whaling station in former times. During certain times of the year, whales can be seen frolicking offshore, but Victor Harbor has much more to offer. It is also home to Urimbirra Wildlife Park, an extraordinary wildlife sanctuary where you can interact with many of Australia’s native animals, including koalas and kangaroos.

. A lunch consisting of local produce in a seaside restaurant is followed by some free time to explore or just relax at the beach. In the evening you will once again be met by your guide to make your way off the coast to Granite Island. Joined to the mainland by a long, wooden causeway, the natural rock formations of Granite Island provide an ideal home for a large colony of Fairy Penguins.

. An overnight stay at an historic bed and breakfast provides the ideal country feel. After a leisurely breakfast, your guide will collect you to continue your explorations.

. Australia is known for its long, white beaches and by now you will already have experienced these around Goolwa. Equally extraordinary is the four wheel drive adventure touring through Deep Creek Conservation Park. This park is home to an abundance of wild kangaroos, native birds and flora. The dramatic coastline here provides a stunning backdrop to a real wildlife experience.

. From here it is a short journey to the Adelaide Plains as they open out in front of you for the completion of your journey into the heart of the Fleurieu Peninsula. The Fleurieu – Fantastic.

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. Daily, on application.

Life’s A Beach Day Tour – 4058

All over the world, Australia is known for its beaches. The area to the south of Adelaide shows why. This region is known as the Fleurieu Peninsula and is rich, not only with beaches and striking seascapes, but also has an abundance of native animals in their wild habitats.

. This adventure, takes you from Adelaide, down the rugged southern coast, along adventurous four wheel drive terrain, through conservation parks teeming with wildlife and down to the shores of the Great Southern Ocean.

. You will visit the Deep Creek Conservation Park. This Park is 4000 hectares of cliffs, heath, wild orchids and ferns growing by gully creeks and is home to a multitude of kangaroos that feed in the open grasslands and brightly coloured parrots.

. From here, you go on to visit Victor Harbor. This historic town was once a major whaling centre and there is much evidence of these by-gone days. With the hunters gone, the whales have returned and from time to time, can be seen frolicking in the coastal waters around Victor Harbor.

. A visit to Urimbirra Wildlife Park is a special experience. This is one of the few places where you can meet a koala up close and personal. In addition, this sanctuary is home to birds, including parrots, cockatoos and eagles as well as dingoes, wombats, kangaroos and even crocodiles.

. Next stop is the historic town of Goolwa. It is steeped in history, both of modern settlers and the original Aboriginal inhabitants. This was a thriving port in the days when paddle steamers traded up and down the Murray River. Here the Murray River, Australia’s largest waterway, is separated from the sea by only a very narrow strip of sand dunes.

. At Goolwa, you will make your way down to the beach. This huge expanse of sand stretches as far as the eye can see towards the mouth of the Murray River. The distance is hidden in the mist of the surf as it rolls in from the Great Southern Ocean, where when conditions are suitable, your four wheel drive guide will drive onto the beach.

. Travelling through Strathalbyn, one of the regions prettiest towns, which was settled by Scottish immigrants and is one of South Australia’s oldest towns as evidenced by the many heritage buildings.

. The scenic drive through the hills surrounding Adelaide brings you back home to complete your day of surf, sand and scenery.

. Operates:
. Departs daily, on application.

The Opal Trail By Air 2 Day Tour – 4036

Leaving the General Aviation Terminal, your aircraft travels to Coober Pedy (an Aboriginal word meaning ‘white man in a hole’). On arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour through this intriguing mining town. The tour visits the famous underground dwellings as well as giving an insight into how opal is mined. The tour provides a fascinating insight into how people adapt lifestyles to fit in with a harsh environment.

. The evening is spent at the famous Desert Cave Hotel, which features underground rooms and even an underground bar. There will be ample opportunity to sample the opal wares and maybe buy a special souvenir.

. The next day, your aircraft departs Coober Pedy for Roxby Downs, near South Australia’s second opal centre, Andamooka, where you will learn that ‘opals ain’t opals’ – and the same applies to opal towns. The day spent around Andamooka is barely enough to experience the contrasts between these frontier towns. The day at Andamooka includes an entertaining town tour and a chance to don a hat, take a pick and mine some opal.

. From Andamooka, the flight returns to Adelaide to complete the circuit of the Opal Trail.

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. Daily, on application.

Great Ocean Road 3 Day Experience Adelaide to Melbourne – 4075

The Great Ocean Road – one of the world’s most scenic routes is brimming with experiences. The spectacular coastline is accompanied by a diversity of wildlife, historic seaside villages, extinct volcanoes and nature-filled rainforest. It blends into famous wine regions, extraordinary wetlands filled with bird life, sand dunes and long, deserted beaches. Travel this extraordinary route with your personal four-wheel drive guide. Explore the icons and the secrets of this breath-taking path through nature.

. Day One to Three – Your adventure starts at 0700 when you depart Adelaide and travel south. This adventure takes you on a scenic drive through the hills to Langhorne Creek.

. You continue your exploration around Lake Alexandrina, Australia’s largest freshwater lake to The Coorong. This is one of the most important wetland regions in the world. A long, narrow lagoon stretching from the mouth of the Murray River, it is home to a multitude of local and migratory birds as well as kangaroos, emus and other native fauna. It is a region steeped in history, both of the early settlers and the original Aborigines who inhabited this region. Here you will drive over sand dunes to reach a beach that stretches for 90 uninterrupted miles. At Kingston, you have arrived at the southern end of The Coorong.

. This is now the start of the Limestone Coast, a completely different type of coastline on this expedition of constantly changing scenery. You will move from sand dunes, long, deserted beaches and lagoons filled with animal and bird life to a rugged coastline carved by the sea.

. This region is known for its wines. To the southeast lies the famous Coonawarra district and ahead of you, Cape Jaffa and a chance to sample some of the local wares. You arrive at Robe for your overnight accommodation. This scenic and historic port is famous for its crayfish and beautiful Guichen Bay.

. Today we travel through Beachport, a quaint old whaling station on a sheltered bay – home to a small fishing fleet. Passing Lake George, your next stop is Mount Gambier, famous for its Blue Lake and the fascinating Sunken Gardens.

. Travel south east to the Lower Glenelg National Park down to Nelson, situated on the Glenelg River estuary. Then travel through the scenic Discovery Bay Coastal Park to Portland. Next stop is Port Fairy. Its delightful small harbour and many graceful historic buildings provide an enchanting setting.

. Visit one of the many extinct volcanoes in this region. This ancient crater is now home to a variety of animals and birds, including koalas, kangaroos and emus.

. Warrnambool is our destination for the second night. This is the heart of the ‘Shipwreck Coast’. This historic town is rich in maritime history.

. It is now time to visit those rock formations that have made this route one of the most famous in the world. The 12 Apostles, Loch Ard, London Bridge – will compete for most scenic view in your photo album.

. The old logging tracks through the Cape Otway National Park, provide a chance to travel through some very special, secluded forest areas, which are home to black wallabies, coloured parrots, kookaburras and many more forest inhabitants. This is Australia’s finest temperate climate rain forest. A visit to Mait’s Rest is a must. The boardwalk takes you through a breathtaking valley of ferns and giant trees. Soon you arrive at the lovely protected Apollo Bay.

. You will now travel along spectacular cliff face roads (another good reason for having an expert guide driving, so you can concentrate on the scenery) to the Wye River, one of many pretty fresh water inlets along the coast.

. Travel past Mount Defiance, through Angahook-Lorne State Park and into Lorne. Here we leave the Great Ocean Road at Mount Duneed. You will now follow the ‘Surf Coast’ through the pretty beach holiday towns of Airey’s Inlet, Anglesea and Torquay.

. Travel through the city of Geelong, passing through rolling farmland, over the Westgate Bridge and into Melbourne where your tour ends.

. Operates:
. Departs daily at 0700, on demand from Adelaide.

The Opal Trail By Four Wheel Drive 4 Day Tour – 4038

Here is an opportunity to experience all the elements of the Australian Outback, travelling with an experienced guide in four-wheel drive comfort. On this adventure you will discover the world-famous opal fields of Coober Pedy and Andamooka, with scenery that looks like a mix of the Wild West and the moon. You will also explore the desert regions of the Outback, the Great Salt Lakes and the magnificent Flinders Ranges with their abundance of wildlife and spectacular gorges. You’ll meet the people of the country, experience the history and the culture and travel through some of the most diverse countryside on earth. Follow the Opal Trail and discover a real Australian gem.

. Day One – On day one, you will be transferred to the Adelaide Airport for a flight with Regional Express Airlines to Olympic Dam. On arrival, you will be met by your Banksia Adventures four-wheel driver/guide. Travel to Roxby Downs and the world famous opal mining area of Andamooka. The town is opal mining in its ‘rare’ form. Meet the people of the area and be in awe of their lifestyle and gemstones. Tour an underground working mine where ‘you may even strike some opal’. Overnight bed and breakfast accommodation will be at the Roxby Downs Motor Inn.

. Day Two – On day two, travel south for a short tour of Woomera, home to Australia’s rocket range. See the region around Island Lagoon and Lake Hart, before following the Stuart Highway, as you make your way further into the outback plains to the world famous opal region of Coober Pedy. Tour through the township, underground opal mines and meet with the characters of this region. There will be an opportunity to explore Coober Pedy’s many opal retail outlets. Overnight bed and breakfast accommodation will be at the famous underground hotel the Desert Cave Hotel.

. Day Three – On day three, you start the day travelling along the desert trails through Anna Creek Station, passing through the famous dog fence. First stop is along the Oodnadatta Track, at the quirky township of William Creek. From here, you follow the track, past the shore of the shimmering great salt lake, Lake Eyre, exploring the Old Ghan Railway and maybe even a quick dip in a natural spa. Gradually, in the distance, the Flinders Ranges rise out of the vast plains of the desert. The quaint outback pub at Blinman will be your stay for tonight – bed and breakfast.

. Day Four – On day four, you travel through the tree-lined gorges, filled with wildlife, which provide a stark contrast to the deserts and salt lakes you have been through. Today will be spent exploring this region, which attracts nature lovers and artists from all over the world. You will then travel through the gentler southern ranges and into the vineyards of the beautiful Clare Valley as you make your way back to Adelaide for the completion of ‘The Opal Trail’.

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. Daily, on application.

Outback Opals and Flinders Ranges Four Wheel Drive/Fly 3 Day Tour – 4037

This special Banksia Adventure will provide you with rare access to some of Australia’s most sought-after destinations. Touring in the magnificent Flinders Ranges is an experience not to be missed – majestic ranges, rugged scenery and ever changing light. The changing seasons bring a myriad of textures – in summer, clear blue skies with a purple haze over the mountains. A one-day scenic flight to Andamooka, William Creek and Lake Eyre will add to your Outback experience.

. Day One – On day one, you will travel north in air-conditioned comfort with a local guide, through picturesque countryside and historic villages into the Clare Valley. This beautiful region is famous for its wines. Your journey takes you northward into the Southern Flinders Ranges. Visit the historic town of Melrose and see Mount Remarkable, travelling towards the country towns of Wilmington and Quorn.

. The Flinders Ranges are famous for their nature filled valleys and riverbeds. Lined with massive gum trees, they are home to a multitude of native Australian animals. Your accommodation for the next two nights will be at the famous Wilpena Pound Resort. This provides an ideal base for exploring the Flinders Ranges and Outback.

. Day Two – On day two, you will board your aircraft for your scenic flight to the world famous opal mining area of Andamooka for a short tour. This town is opal mining in its rare form. The next stop is the quirky township of William Creek, where you will have lunch before flying over the middle of Lake Eyre. Gradually, in the distance, the Flinders Ranges rise out of the vast plains of the desert, as you return to Wilpena Pound.

. Day Three – On day three, after your second night at Wilpena Pound, your expert guide will take you through some of the most unforgettable scenery in Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges, to the western side of the ranges. Travel through Pichi Richi Pass, following the historic Old Ghan Railway line, to the top of the ranges, which provide a splendid panoramic view over the Spencer Gulf.

. Now, as you have the waters of the gulf on one side and the magnificent ranges on the other, you travel back towards Adelaide. The journey past historic ports provides an opportunity to reflect on the importance of this trade route in by-gone days.
Arriving back in Adelaide, you will have experienced both the wildlife and diverse landscape that is Australia.

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. Departs Adelaide, daily on application.

Flinders Fly, Four Wheel Drive 4 Days – 4061

The Flinders Ranges – this unspoiled wilderness area is brimming with wildlife in its natural state, displays geology and fossils of world class importance and has some of the most spectacular scenery in Australia. It won’t take long to realise why Australia’s most famous artists come here and try to capture the stunning landscapes, gorges, ridges and magnificent gum trees on their canvas.

. Day One – Your journey starts with a spectacular scenic flight from Adelaide, along the coast to Whyalla. On your arrival, your four-wheel drive guide, who will escort you through the Flinders Ranges, will meet you.

. After a short tour of Port Augusta, it is time to head north through Pichi Richi Pass, following the Old Ghan railway line to Quorn. Your destination for today is the Wilpena Pound Resort, nestled at the base of this remarkable formation. The resort provides access to walking trails into this remarkable region.

. Day Two – Today will be spent exploring the ridges and the gorges of the Flinders Ranges. You will travel through the habitats of emus, kangaroos and the rare yellow-footed rock wallaby. Many species of birds also inhabit this region, ranging from brightly coloured parrots through to the magnificent wedge-tail eagle.

. The landscape includes some of the oldest terrain on earth. The ‘young’ outcrops of only 560 million years age (some parts are nearly two billion years old) hold some of the world’s oldest animal fossils. Adorning this ancient landscape is a wealth of Australian flora. Delicate blossoms, native fruit, hardy desert plants and mighty gum trees all contribute to this most diverse environment.

. The second night of your expedition will be spent at Arkaroola Village, in the very northernmost part of this region. On a clear night, which is most nights, the jewels of the southern sky can be viewed not just with the naked eye, but also through telescopes at the Arkaroola Observatory.

. Day Three – Your third day starts with one of the most spectacular tours in the Flinders Ranges – the Ridgetop Tour. This journey takes you along a four-wheel drive track that traverses some of the most diverse and dramatic scenery in Australia – bring plenty of film.

. After lunch, it is time to head west. Your day of exploration takes you through habitats of Australian wildlife, picturesque, historic villages and finally on to the edge of the great plains of the Australian Outback.

. Tonight’s destination is the town of Parachilna and the Prairie Hotel. This old pub has an international reputation for its cuisine and provides some of the best Outback accommodation available in Australia.

. Day Four – The fourth day arrives and it is time to head south. There is still some time for discovery. The unique scenery of the Outback, with its red sand and great salt lakes provides a stunning contrast to the rugged, ancient ranges and gorges of the Flinders Ranges.

. You continue your journey down to the more gentle scenery of the Southern Flinders Ranges, visiting the quaint historic town of Melrose at the foot of Mount Remarkable.

. The destination for this afternoon is the delightful Clare Valley. Full of old-world charm and settler history, the hidden glades and valleys here are home to some of Australia’s most famous winemakers.

. After exploring this truly unspoiled gem of the Australian countryside, it is time to head for home.

. You arrive back in Adelaide, completing your journey into Australia’s greatest wildlife and wilderness region – The Flinders Ranges and Outback – the genuine Australia.

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. Daily, on application.

Great Ocean Road and Kangaroo Island 5 Day Tour Adelaide to Melbourne – 4074

The Great Ocean Road – one of the world’s most scenic routes is brimming with experiences. The spectacular coastline is accompanied by a diversity of wildlife, nature-filled rainforest, extinct volcanoes, and historic seaside villages. It blends into famous wine regions, extraordinary wetlands filled with bird life, sand dunes and long, deserted beaches. Travel this extraordinary route with your personal four-wheel driveguide. Explore the icons and the secrets of this breath-taking path through nature.

. Day One – Depart from Adelaide Airport and fly to Kingscote. Kangaroo Island is where you are headed today. Kangaroo Island is one of the world’s last unspoilt wilderness areas, with 450 kilometres of spectacular coastline. The National and Conservation Parks, which make up one third of the island, are teeming with wildlife and surrounded by pristine beaches.

. Kangaroo Island (KI, as the locals know it) is famous for its Seal, Sea Lion and Penguin Colonies. If you have ever wanted to get close to nature, this is the place to do it. Upon arrival your four-wheel driveguide will meet you for a day of spectacular exploration. You will see landscapes and seascapes ranging from thick bush and dramatic cliffs, to sand dunes and sheltered beaches. Along the way you will learn about the history of the island and the famous explorers, who had a hand in naming its natural features. You will be treated to a delicious lunch of fine fare including local produce. From the beautifully eerie scenery of Remarkable Rocks to the special experiences of Seal Bay, it is a day of discovery – you will understand why Kangaroo Island has become an international ‘must see’ destination. You will be transferred to Penneshaw where you will cross the narrow strait on the fast and luxurious SeaLink Ferry and arrive at Cape Jervis at the southernmost tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula for your overnight accommodation on a working sheep station.

. Day Two – Today is spent in the region known as the Fleurieu Peninsula and is rich, not only with beaches and striking seascapes, but also has an abundance of native animals in their natural habitats.

. Today we travel west towards Deep Creek Conservation Park. This Park is 4000 hectares of cliffs, heath, wild orchids and ferns growing by gully creeks and is home to a multitude of kangaroos that feed in the open grasslands. The rare southern brown bandicoots and western pygmy possums and brightly coloured parrots live here in abundance.

. After a memorable time spent in Deep Creek Conservation Park, you will travel to Urimbirra Wildlife Park – a special experience. This is one of the few places where you can meet a koala up close and personal. In addition, this sanctuary is home to birds, including parrots, cockatoos and eagles as well as dingoes, wombats and even crocodiles.

. From here, you go on to visit Victor Harbor. This historic town was once a major whaling centre and there is much evidence of these by-gone days. With the hunters gone, the whales have returned and from time to time in the winter months, can be seen frolicking in the coastal waters around Victor Harbor. Your overnight accommodation is at an historic bed and breakfast in the Victor Harbor area.

. This evening, you will be taken to Granite Island for your guided tour of the Fairy Penguin Colony.

. Day Three – Today we visit the historic town of Goolwa. This was a thriving port in the days when paddle steamers traded up and down the Murray River. Here the Murray River, Australia’s largest waterway, is separated from the sea by only a very narrow strip of sand dunes. When conditions are suitable, your four wheel drive guide will drive onto the beach and follow the coast all the way down to the mouth of the Murray River. This huge expanse of sand stretches as far as the eye can see towards the mouth of the Murray River.

. We enter the Langhorne Creek wine region where descendants of the early Scottish settlers still operate one of the original wineries.

. You continue your exploration around Lake Alexandrina, Australia’s largest freshwater lake to The Coorong. This is one of the most important wetland regions in the world. A long, narrow lagoon stretching from the mouth of the Murray River, it is home to a multitude of local and migratory birds as well as kangaroos, emus and other native fauna. It is a region steeped in history, both of the early settlers and the original Aborigines who inhabited this region. Here you will drive over sand dunes to reach a beach that stretches for 90 uninterrupted miles. At Kingston, you have arrived at the southern end of The Coorong.

. We then travel south travel to the Cape Jaffa wine region and a chance to sample some of the local wares. The Limestone Coast region is also known for its wines.

. This is now the Limestone Coast, a completely different type of coastline on this expedition of constantly changing scenery. You have moved from rugged coastline carved by the sea to sand dunes, long deserted beaches and lagoons filled with animal and bird life.

. You arrive at Robe for your overnight accommodation. This scenic and historic port is famed for its crayfish and beautiful Guichen Bay.

. Day Four – Today we travel through Beachport, a quaint old whaling station on a sheltered bay – home to a small fishing fleet. Passing Lake George, your next stop is Mount Gambier, famous for its Blue Lake and the fascinating Sunken Gardens.

. Travel south east to the Lower Glenelg National Park down to Nelson, situated on the Glenelg River estuary. Then travel through the scenic Discovery Bay Coastal Park to Portland. Next stop is Port Fairy. Its delightful small harbour and many graceful historic buildings provide an enchanting setting.

. Visit one of the many extinct volcanoes in this region. This ancient crater is now home to a variety of animals and birds, including koalas, kangaroos and emus.

. Warrnambool is our destination for tonight. This is the heart of the ‘Shipwreck Coast’. This historic town is rich in maritime history.

. Day Five – It is now time to visit those rock formations that have made this route one of the most famous in the world. The 12 Apostles, Loch Ard, London Bridge – will compete for the most scenic view in your photo album.

. The old logging tracks through the Cape Otway National Park, provide a chance to travel through some very special, secluded forest areas, which are home to black wallabies, coloured parrots, kookaburras and many more forest inhabitants. This is Australia’s finest temperate climate rain forest. A visit to Mait’s Rest is a must. The boardwalk takes you through a breathtaking valley of ferns and giant trees. Soon you arrive at the lovely protected Apollo Bay.

. You will now travel along spectacular cliff face roads (another good reason for having an expert guide driving, so you can concentrate on the scenery) to the Wye River, one of many pretty fresh water inlets along the coast.

. Travel past Mount Defiance, through Angahook-Lorne State Park and into Lorne. Here we leave the Great Ocean Road at Mount Duneed. You will now follow the ‘Surf Coast’ through the pretty beach holiday towns of Airey’s Inlet, Anglesea and Torquay.

. Travel through the city of Geelong, passing through rolling farmland, over the Westgate Bridge and into Melbourne where your tour ends.

. Operates:
. Departs daily from Adelaide, on application.

Barossa Valley 1 Day Wine Tour – 4100

The Barossa Valley is Australia’s most important wine region. This picturesque valley, dotted with quaint villages, is steeped in tradition. You will discover a wealth of taste sensations from gourmet restaurants to boutique wineries. Spend a day travelling with an expert wine guide, discovering the wines, the wineries and the countryside that have made this area so famous.

. Your guide will pick you up from your Adelaide accommodation for the start of your wine experience. Travel through the scenic Adelaide Hills, as you make your way towards the Barossa Valley, which lies just an hour from the heart of Adelaide.

. Spend the day in the Barossa Valley visiting a selection of premium and boutique wineries. The visits will include guided tasting and behind-the-scenes information from your expert guide, who will take you to a diverse range of wineries, that will depend upon the time of year, the best vintages available and, of course, your tastes. You will also have an opportunity to discover some of the local produce as well as the history and culture of this remarkable region.

. A delightful lunch at one of the fine restaurants in the Barossa, will also provide an opportunity to discover local life and produce as you explore the historic towns of Tanunda and Angaston.

. The afternoon provides further opportunities to visit the wide selection of wineries that are available in the area, before returning to Adelaide.

. Operates:
. Daily, on demand from 0900 to 1800 approximately.

Southern Flinders Experience Day Tour – 4019

This special Banksia Adventure will provide you with rare access to one of Australia’s most sought-after destinations.

. Touring in the magnificent Flinders Ranges is an experience not to be missed – majestic ranges, rugged scenery and ever changing light. The changing seasons bring a myriad of textures – in summer, clear blue skies with a purple haze over the mountains and contrasting shadows create eerie patterns in the canyons and gorges.

. Travel north in air-conditioned comfort with your local guide, through picturesque countryside and historic villages into the Clare Valley. This beautiful region is famous for its wines. Here you will have an opportunity to visit one of the wineries.

. Now you continue your journey northward into the Southern Flinders Ranges. Visit the historic town of Melrose and see Mount Remarkable, travelling towards the country towns of Wilmington and Quorn.

. The Southern Flinders Ranges are famous for their nature filled valleys and riverbeds. Lined with massive gum trees, they are home to a multitude of native Australian animals.

. Warren Gorge is one of the few gorges in the Flinders Ranges that is a natural habitat to the Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies.

. Travel through Pichi Richi Pass, following the historic Old Ghan Railway line, to the top of the ranges, which provide splendid panoramic views over the Spencer Gulf.

. Now, as you have the waters of the gulf on one side and the magnificent ranges on the other, you travel back towards Adelaide. The journey past historic ports provides an opportunity to reflect on the importance of this trade route in by-gone days.

. Arriving back in Adelaide, you will have experienced both the wildlife and diverse landscape that is Australia.

. Operates:
. Daily, on application, excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Flinders Ranges Discovery 3 Day Tour – 4021

To really get a feeling for this remarkable part of the world, you need to spend a little time here. This three-day adventure provides you with an opportunity to extensively explore this remarkable region with an expert guide.

. Day One – On day one of this adventure, you leave Adelaide and travel north to the wine districts of the Clare Valley and the historic mid-north. From here it is time to continue inland and head towards the Flinders Ranges, as they loom in the distance. There are some special experiences in store for you as you traverse regions settled by the earliest pioneers. This area offers spectacular scenery and a taste of what is to greet you further north. You continue your journey towards the first day’s destination – Wilpena Pound Resort. Optional scenic flights are available.

. Day Two – On day two, your guide will take your through Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges, over hills and ridges, with lunch at the outback Prairie Hotel at Parachilna.

This region was once an ancient seabed and it now carries some of the most important early fossils. Here you will find 600 million year old fossils, a time span that defies understanding. The Flinders Ranges are home to a vast number of native animals and birds, which abound amongst the gum trees and on the steep, ragged slopes of the gorges. The vibrant colours of the rock faces, change through the day with the passage of the sun. Dusk and dawn are unforgettable spectacular. Bring your camera for this one.

. Day Three – On day three, after your second night at Wilpena Pound, your return journey takes you through some of the historic townships of the Flinders Ranges. Leaving the high country, you make your way to the coast. The narrow corridor between sea and mountains gives way to the rich farming land that takes you back to Adelaide.

. Operates:
. Daily, on application.

Great Ocean Road and Kangaroo Island 5 Day Tour Melbourne to Adelaide – 4074

The Great Ocean Road – One of the world’s most scenic routes is brimming with experiences. The spectacular coastline is accompanied by a diversity of wildlife, nature-filled rainforest, extinct volcanoes, and historic seaside villages. It blends into famous wine regions, extraordinary wetlands filled with bird life, sand dunes and long, deserted beaches. Travel this extraordinary route with your personal four-wheel drive guide. Explore the icons and the secrets of this breath-taking path through nature.

. Day One – On day one, depart Melbourne over the Westgate Bridge and pass through rolling farmland, on to the city of Geelong and then follow the ‘Surf Coast’ through the pretty beach holiday towns of Torquay, Anglesea and Airey’s Inlet. Travel through Angahook-Lorne State Park and join the Great Ocean Road at Mount Duneed, into Lorne past Mount Defiance.

. You will now travel along spectacular cliff face roads (another good reason for having an expert guide driving, so you can concentrate on the scenery) to the Wye River, one of many pretty fresh water inlets along the coast. Soon you arrive at the lovely protected Apollo Bay, which introduces the Cape Otway National Park. This is Australia’s finest temperate climate rain forest. A visit to Mait’s Rest is a must. The boardwalk takes you through a breathtaking valley of ferns and giant trees. The old logging tracks through the National Park provide a chance to travel through some very special, secluded forest areas, which are home to black wallabies, coloured parrots, kookaburras and many more forest inhabitants.

. Now it is time to return to the coast and visit those rock formations that have made this route one of the most famous in the world. The 12 Apostles, Loch Ard, London Bridge will compete for ‘most scenic view’ in your photo album. Your overnight accommodation is in an exclusive bed and breakfast in Warrnambool.

. Day Two – On day two, depart Warrnambool, which is the heart of the ‘Shipwreck Coast’. This historic town is rich in maritime history. Now it is time to visit one of the many extinct volcanoes in this region. This ancient crater is now home to a variety of animals and birds, including koalas, kangaroos and emus. Next stop is Port Fairy. Its delightful small harbour and many graceful historic buildings provide an enchanting setting. Travel through Portland, the scenic Discovery Bay Coastal Park and on to the Lower Glenelg National Park down to Nelson, situated on the Glenelg River estuary.

. Your next stop is Mount Gambier famous for its Blue Lake and the fascinating Sunken Gardens.

. This is now the Limestone Coast, a completely different type of coastline on this expedition of constantly changing scenery. You have moved from rugged coastline carved by the sea to sand dunes, long deserted beaches and lagoons filled with animal and bird life.

. Beachport, a quaint old whaling station on a sheltered bay, is home to a small fishing fleet. Passing Lake George, you arrive at Robe for your overnight accommodation. This scenic and historic port is famed for its crayfish and beautiful Guichen Bay.

. Day Three – Travel north to the Cape Jaffa wine region and a chance to sample some of the local wares. The Limestone Coast region is also known for its wines.

. At Kingston, you have arrived at the southern end of The Coorong. This is one of the most important wetland regions in the world. A long, narrow lagoon stretching from the mouth of the Murray River, it is home to a multitude of local and migratory birds as well as kangaroos, emus and other native fauna. It is a region steeped in history, both of the early settlers and the original Aboriginal people who inhabited this region.

. Here you will drive over sand dunes to reach a beach that stretches for 90 uninterrupted miles. You continue your exploration along the Coorong until you reach Lake Alexandrina, Australia’s largest freshwater lake. From here you enter the Langhorne Creek wine region where descendants of the early Scottish settlers still operate one of the original wineries.

. Next stop is the historic town of Goolwa. This was a thriving port in the days when paddle steamers traded up and down the Murray River. Here the Murray River, Australia’s largest waterway, is separated from the sea by only a very narrow strip of sand dunes. When conditions are suitable, your four-wheel drive guide will drive onto the beach and follow the coast all the way down to the mouth of the Murray River. This huge expanse of sand stretches as far as the eye can see towards the mouth of the Murray River. Your overnight accommodation is at an historic bed and breakfast in the Victor Harbor area.

. This evening, you will be taken to Granite Island for your guided tour of the Fairy Penguin Colony.

. Day Four – Day four is spent in the region known as the Fleurieu Peninsula and is rich, not only with beaches and striking seascapes, but also has an abundance of native animals in their natural habitats.

. We will stop at a local winery before visiting Urimbirra Wildlife Park – a special experience. This is one of the few places where you can meet a koala up close and personal. In addition, this sanctuary is home to birds, including parrots, cockatoos and eagles as well as dingoes, wombats and even crocodiles.

. From here, you go on to visit Victor Harbor. This historic town was once a major whaling centre and there is much evidence of these by-gone days. With the hunters gone, the whales have returned and from time to time in the winter months, can be seen frolicking in the coastal waters around Victor Harbor.

. After lunch we travel west towards Deep Creek Conservation Park. This Park is 4000 hectares of cliffs, heath, wild orchids and ferns growing by gully creeks and is home to a multitude of kangaroos that feed in the open grasslands. The rare southern brown bandicoots and western pygmy possums and brightly coloured parrots live here in abundance.

. After a memorable time spent in Deep Creek Conservation Park, you will travel to Cape Jervis at the southernmost tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula for your overnight accommodation on a working sheep station.

. Day Five – Kangaroo Island is where you are headed today. You will cross the narrow strait on the fast and luxurious Sealink Ferry. Kangaroo Island is one of the world’s last unspoilt wilderness areas, with 450 kilometres of spectacular coastline. The National and Conservation Parks, which make up one third of the island, are teeming with wildlife and surrounded by pristine beaches.

. Kangaroo Island (KI, as the locals know it) is famous for its Seal, Sea Lion and Penguin Colonies. If you have ever wanted to get close to nature, this is the place to do it. Upon arrival your four-wheel drive guide will meet you for a day of spectacular exploration. You will see landscapes and seascapes ranging from thick bush and dramatic cliffs, to sand dunes and sheltered beaches. Along the way you will learn about the history of the island and the famous explorers, who had a hand in naming its natural features.

. You will be treated to a delicious lunch of fine fare including local produce. From the beautifully eerie scenery of Remarkable Rocks to the special experiences of Seal Bay, it is a day of discovery – you will understand why Kangaroo Island has become an international ‘must see’ destination. You will be transferred to Kingscote Airport for your return flight to Adelaide, giving you a spectacular bird’s eye view of this amazing region.

. On arrival at Adelaide Airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Adelaide.

. Operates:
. Departs daily from Melbourne, on application.

Flinders Ranges Explorer 2 Day Tour – 4020

The only thing better than visiting the Flinders Ranges, is exploring the region in four-wheel drive comfort with your own personal escort.

. Day One – The first day of your adventure takes you north into the famous wine regions of the Clare Valley. On your way, you will travel through historic towns with quaint cottages and historic buildings. At Clare, you have an opportunity to visit one of the unique wineries in this region, before continuing your journey. The legendary lilac haze of the Flinders Ranges, loom ever closer in the distance. You are now in the habitat of Australia’s famous wildlife – not only kangaroos and emus live here in abundance, but also many species of unique birds and reptiles. Your accommodation for tonight is Wilpena Pound Resort at the base of the famous ‘Wilpena Pound’.

. Day Two – On the second day, your expert guide will take you through some of the most unforgettable scenery. The Flinders Ranges are home to a vast number of native animals and birds. Some of Australia’s best-known animals abound amongst the gum trees and on the steep, ragged slopes of the gorges. Drive through Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges to the western side of the range. This region was once an ancient seabed and it now carries some of the most important early fossils. Here you will find 600 million year old fossils, a time span that defies understanding.

. The homeward route will take you through historic towns that hark back to the pioneering days. As you travel along the coastal road you will see the old ports and seaside towns that were so important in the development of this region.

. The countryside slowly changes as you approach Adelaide, but the memory of the raw majesty that is the Flinders will remain with you.

. Operates:
. Daily, on application.

Wine, Water and Wildlife Day Tour – 4053

A wealth of experiences, are to be found in this day of discovery. Explore the small boutique wine regions of the Fleurieu Peninsula, as well as the history, nature and wildlife of this extraordinary region.

. Your guide will pick you up from the Adelaide metropolitan area and then travel south, following the coastline. Back tracks to the top of the ranges allow for one of the most spectacular views of the St Vincent Gulf.

. Victor Harbor is the premier coastal town, where you will visit Urimbirra Wildlife Park for a very special treat. It is home to many native Australian animals, including koalas, kangaroos, wombats and more. Urimbirra gives you a chance to actually get ‘up close and personal’ with these animals.

. Lunch at a restaurant by the seaside provides an opportunity to relax.

. The historic river port of Goolwa is the site of Australia’s first passenger railway line. There are many highlights here, including Lake Alexandrina and the wetlands.

. You will visit a selection of boutique wineries, including one of Australia’s oldest family-owned wineries.

. Travelling through Strathalbyn, which was settled by Scottish immigrants, is one of South Australia’s oldest towns as evidenced by the many heritage buildings.

. The scenic drive through the hills surrounding Adelaide brings you back home to complete your day of wine, water and wildlife.

. Operates:
. Daily, on application.

Great Ocean Road 4 Day Experience Melbourne to Adelaide – 4076

The Great Ocean Road – one of the world’s most scenic routes, is brimming with experiences. The spectacular coastline is accompanied by a diversity of wildlife, nature-filled rainforest, extinct volcanoes, and historic seaside villages. It blends into famous wine regions, extraordinary wetlands filled with bird life, sand dunes and long, deserted beaches. Travel this extraordinary route with your personal four wheel drive guide. Explore the icons and the secrets of this breath-taking path through nature.

. Day One to Four – Leave Melbourne over the Westgate Bridge and pass through rolling farmland, to the city of Geelong and then follow the ‘Surf Coast’ through the pretty beach holiday towns of Torquay, Anglesea and Airey’s Inlet. Travel through Angahook-Lorne State Park, join the Great Ocean Road at Mount Duneed, then into Lorne and past Mount Defiance.

. You will now travel along spectacular cliff face roads (another good reason for having an expert guide driving, so you can concentrate on the scenery) to the Wye River, one of many pretty fresh water inlets along the coast.

. Soon you arrive at the lovely protected Apollo Bay, which introduces the Cape Otway National Park. This is Australia’s finest temperate climate rain forest. A visit to Mait’s Rest is a must. The boardwalk takes you through a breathtaking valley of ferns and giant trees. The old logging tracks through the National Park provide a chance to travel through some very special, secluded forest areas, home to black wallabies, coloured parrots, kookaburras and many more forest inhabitants.

. Now it is time to return to the coast and visit those rock formations that have made this route one of the most famous in the world. The 12 Apostles, Loch Ard, London Bridge – will compete for most scenic view in your photo album.

. Then it is time to move on to Warrnambool and the heart of the ‘Shipwreck Coast’. This historic town is rich in maritime history.

. Visit one of the many extinct volcanoes in this region. This ancient crater is now home to a variety of animals and birds, including koalas, kangaroos and emus.

. Next stop is Port Fairy. Its delightful small harbour and many graceful historic buildings provide an enchanting setting.

. Travel through the scenic Discovery Bay Coastal Park and on to the Lower Glenelg National Park down to Nelson, situated on the Glenelg River estuary.

. Your next stop is Mount Gambier, famous for its Blue Lake and the fascinating Sunken Gardens.

. This is now the start of the Limestone Coast, a completely different type of coastline on this expedition of constantly changing scenery. You have moved from rugged coastline carved by the sea to sand dunes, long deserted beaches and lagoons filled with animal and bird life.

. Beachport, a quaint old whaling station on a sheltered bay, is home to a small fishing fleet. Passing Lake George, you arrive at Robe. This scenic and historic port is famous for its crayfish and beautiful Guichen Bay.

. This region is known for its wines. To the north is the Cape Jaffa wine region and the opportunity to sample some of the local wares.

. At Kingston, you have arrived at the southern end of The Coorong. This is one of the most important wetland regions in the world. This long, narrow lagoon stretches from the mouth of the Murray River. It is home to a multitude of local and migratory birds as well as kangaroos, emus and other native fauna. It is a region steeped in history, both of the early settlers and the Aboriginal people who inhabited this region. Here you will drive over sand dunes to reach a beach that stretches for 90 uninterrupted miles.

. You continue your exploration along the Coorong until you reach Lake Alexandrina, Australia’s largest freshwater lake. From here you enter the Langhorne Creek wine region where descendants of the early Scottish settlers still operate one of the original Australian wineries.

. Enter the Mount Lofty Ranges, where picturesque hills form the gateway into the delightfully pretty city of Adelaide.

. Operates:
. Daily, on demand from Melbourne.

Ultimate Flinders Experience 4 Day Tour – 4023

The Flinders Ranges provide the ultimate Australian Experience. Rugged ridges and ancient gorges lined with massive gum trees, through to the unending expanse of the Australian Outback. Add to this an abundance of Australian wildlife and you have everything that is Australia.

. Day One – On day one, this adventure is for the traveller who is after a serious four-wheel drive experience. You start quietly in Adelaide as your experienced guide drives you north through historic towns and into the beautiful Clare Valley. This region is filled with vineyards and quaint villages. Then you will travel to the border of the Outback. Soon you reach the start of the Flinders Ranges with its majestic gorges, gum trees and, of course, wildlife. Your first night will be spent at the famous Wilpena Pound Resort.

. Day Two – The second day takes you through the heart of the Flinders Ranges. You will traverse Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges as you drive through this wildlife wonderland. Your destination today is the Arkaroola Village at the northernmost end of these ranges. This is some of the oldest landscape on earth.

. Arkaroola is renowned for its four-wheel drive tracks, some of which you will explore with your guide. On a clear night, which is most nights, the jewels of the southern sky can be viewed not just with the naked eye, but also through telescopes at the Arkaroola Observatory.

. Day Three – On day three, you start with the famous Ridgetop Tour, which will give you one of the most breathtaking views imaginable. After lunch you will travel south through spectacular gorges to the old copper mining town of Blinman, your destination for tonight. Enjoy some Aussie tucker and maybe a cool beer or two.

. Day Four – The fourth day starts the return to civilisation. Driving through tree lined gorges to the western edge of the Flinders Ranges, as you travel towards the coast. Your journey takes you past historic ports and into the rich pastoral land near Adelaide. The richness of these surrounds is in stark contrast to the arid lands you have just been into. Your adventure has taken you through the extremes of the Australian Outback.

. Operates:
. Daily, on application.

Great Ocean Road 3 Day Experience Melbourne to Adelaide – 4075

The Great Ocean Road – one of the world’s most scenic routes, is brimming with experiences. The spectacular coastline is accompanied by a diversity of wildlife, nature-filled rainforest, extinct volcanoes, and historic seaside villages. It blends into famous wine regions, extraordinary wetlands filled with bird life, sand dunes and long, deserted beaches. Travel this extraordinary route with your personal four wheel drive guide. Explore the icons and the secrets of this breath-taking path through nature.

. Day One to Three – Leave Melbourne over the Westgate Bridge and pass through rolling farmland, to the city of Geelong and then follow the ‘Surf Coast’ through the pretty beach holiday towns of Torquay, Anglesea and Airey’s Inlet. Travel through Angahook-Lorne State Park, join the Great Ocean Road at Mount Duneed, then into Lorne and past Mount Defiance.

. You will now travel along spectacular cliff face roads (another good reason for having an expert guide driving, so you can concentrate on the scenery) to the Wye River, one of many pretty fresh water inlets along the coast.

. Soon you arrive at the lovely protected Apollo Bay, which introduces the Cape Otway National Park. This is Australia’s finest temperate climate rain forest. A visit to Mait’s Rest is a must. The boardwalk takes you through a breathtaking valley of ferns and giant trees. The old logging tracks through the National Park provide a chance to travel through some very special, secluded forest areas, home to black wallabies, coloured parrots, kookaburras and many more forest inhabitants.

. Now it is time to return to the coast and visit those rock formations that have made this route one of the most famous in the world. The 12 Apostles, Loch Ard, London Bridge – will compete for most scenic view in your photo album.

. Then it is time to move on to Warrnambool and the heart of the ‘Shipwreck Coast’. This historic town is rich in maritime history.

. Visit one of the many extinct volcanoes in this region. This ancient crater is now home to a variety of animals and birds, including koalas, kangaroos and emus.

. Next stop is Port Fairy. Its delightful small harbour and many graceful historic buildings provide an enchanting setting.

. Travel through the scenic Discovery Bay Coastal Park and on to the Lower Glenelg National Park down to Nelson, situated on the Glenelg River estuary.

. Your next stop is Mount Gambier, famous for its Blue Lake and the fascinating Sunken Gardens.

. This is now the start of the Limestone Coast, a completely different type of coastline on this expedition of constantly changing scenery. You have moved from rugged coastline carved by the sea to sand dunes, long deserted beaches and lagoons filled with animal and bird life.

. Beachport, a quaint old whaling station on a sheltered bay, is home to a small fishing fleet. Passing Lake George, you arrive at Robe. This scenic and historic port is famous for its crayfish and beautiful Guichen Bay.

. This region is known for its wines. To the north is the Cape Jaffa wine region and the opportunity to sample some of the local wares.

. At Kingston, you have arrived at the southern end of The Coorong. This is one of the most important wetland regions in the world. This long, narrow lagoon stretches from the mouth of the Murray River. It is home to a multitude of local and migratory birds as well as kangaroos, emus and other native fauna. It is a region steeped in history, both of the early settlers and the Aboriginal people who inhabited this region. Here you will drive over sand dunes to reach a beach that stretches for 90 uninterrupted miles.

. You continue your exploration along the Coorong until you reach Lake Alexandrina, Australia’s largest freshwater lake. From here you enter the Langhorne Creek wine region where descendants of the early Scottish settlers still operate one of the original Australian wineries.

. Enter the Mount Lofty Ranges, where picturesque hills form the gateway into the delightfully pretty city of Adelaide.

. Operates:
. Daily, on demand from Melbourne.

A Night to Remember Evening Tour – 4055

This evening tour brings a new and extraordinary world. The Fleurieu Peninsula, within easy reach of Adelaide, provides one of the best opportunities to discover Australia’s nocturnal animals, including a Fairy Penguin colony.

. You begin your journey in mid-afternoon when your guide will pick you up from Adelaide. You will now travel through the scenic Adelaide Hills, passing through the townships of Hahndorf and Mount Compass and the Kuitpo Forest.

. Arriving at Victor Harbor, Urimbirra Wildlife Park provides one of the most extraordinary experiences. The opportunity to have exclusive access to the park is a real Banksia Adventure. As many of Australia’s animals are nocturnal, this provides you with the ideal opportunity to discover a host of wildlife not seen active during the daylight hours. Koalas, wombats, kangaroos, nocturnal birds and many marsupials come alive after dusk. And now you can meet them without any other members of the public in the Park.

. The highlight is a visit to the Fairy Penguin colony on Granite Island. The evening seashore is alive with the activity of these captivating little creatures.

. Enjoy dinner in the relaxed atmosphere along the seashore, before your homeward journey takes you to Willunga Hill Lookout for a spectacular night view along the coast to the lights of Adelaide.

. Operates:
. Departs Adelaide daily at 1430 and returns at approximately 2230.

Barossa Valley and Clare 2 Day Tour – 4022

Experience a taste of Australia at its best. On this adventure, you travel in comfort with your personal guide.

. Your journey starts in Adelaide. Leaving this delightful city, your guide will take into the nearby Adelaide Hills along a scenic route past lakes and the rural charm of horse studs, dairy farms and grazing sheep.

. You will be two full days exploring wineries, history, food and culture of two of the most famous wine and historic regions of Australia.

. The Barossa and Clare Valley are very important wine-producing districts. The Valley’s have preserved their charm, and provide an idyllic destination of discovery. Charming wineries, delightful villages, world famous wines, gourmet food, Australian history and culture all combine to enhance your senses.

. Lunches will be in one of the delightful villages that are dotted throughout the regions. A fantastic opportunity to sample fresh local produces, in beautiful surroundings.

. Upon arriving at your rural accommodation take the opportunity to just sit, relax and breathe in the tranquil peace of the gum trees and surrounding countryside or maybe enjoy exploring the land and its inhabitants. Whatever you choose, keep a hearty appetite for your Aussie Country dinner tonight.

. Travelling out of the Barossa and Clare Valley’s your journey will take you through the habitats of native animals, wildlife wetlands of the River Murray, Outback countryside and you will be guided through Burra. In the eighteenth century, this little town boasted the world’s most important copper mine. Now it is the home of the Burra Charter.

. At the end of the your two days, your homeward journey returns through the fertile plains north of Adelaide bringing to an end a delightful excursion through the real Australian countryside.

. Operates:
. Daily, on application.

Flinders Ranges Four Wheel Drive 2 Day Tour – SAH05

Banksia Adventures’ internationally acclaimed expert guided tours take in all regions of South Australia, including Flinders Ranges and Outback destinations such as Wilpena Pound, Arkaroola, and isolated areas where no other tours have access. Choose from a range of one to four day luxury four wheel drive tours, extended customised tours and air charters.

. Operates:
. Departs daily from Adelaide.

Activites and Experiences at Banksia Adventures Pty Ltd

  • National Tourism Accreditation Program NATIONAL TOURISM ACCREDITATION
  • Off Road Driving OFF ROAD DRIVING
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT I
  • Astronomy ASTRONOMY
  • Birdwatching BIRDWATCHING
  • Bushwalking BUSHWALKING
  • Farm/Station activity FARM/STATION ACTIVITY
  • Flora FLORA
  • Meditating/Relaxing MEDITATING/RELAXING
  • Scenic Flight SCENIC FLIGHT
  • Sightseeing SIGHTSEEING
  • Swimming SWIMMING
  • Marine Animal swimming MARINE ANIMAL SWIMMING
  • Animal Viewing ANIMAL VIEWING
  • Marine Animal watching MARINE ANIMAL WATCHING
  • Water-based WATER-BASED
  • Wine Tasting WINE TASTING
  • Wholesale
  • Waiting Area
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT I
  • Active
  • Adventure ADVENTURE
  • Aussie Lifestyle AUSSIE LIFESTYLE
  • Beach BEACH
  • Rural/Country RURAL/COUNTRY
  • Cultural CULTURAL
  • Environmental ENVIRONMENTAL
  • Farm/Station FARM/STATION
  • Flora and Fauna FLORA AND FAUNA
  • Food and Wine FOOD AND WINE
  • Historic/Heritage HISTORIC/HERITAGE
  • Island ISLAND
  • National Park NATIONAL PARK
  • Nature based NATURE BASED
  • Off road OFF ROAD
  • Outback OUTBACK
  • Pub Stay PUB STAY
  • Relaxation RELAXATION
  • Soft Adventure SOFT ADVENTURE
  • Water based WATER BASED
  • Wilderness WILDERNESS
  • Wildflower WILDFLOWER
  • Wildlife WILDLIFE
  • English English
  • Cheques By Arrangement
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale
  • Four Wheel Drive FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE
  • Aeroplane AIRCRAFT

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Where Are Australia's Best Islands?

Australia's Best Islands

Around the coast of Australia there are many amazing islands that are an unforgetable pleasure for all who visit. Naturally, the Great Barrier Reef dominates any list of great Australian islands, with pristine wonders like the Whitsundays, Dunk Island and Lizard Island. Further off the east coast is the spectacular Lord Howe Island and off the coast of South Australia is the unspoilt Kangaroo Island. See if you aggree with our selection of Australia's best island escapes.

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