Luxury touring and accommodation options
Southern Ocean Lodge
South Australia is home to some of Australia’s most luxurious retreats with a wide range of luxury touring and accommodation options to choose from. Here's just a taste of what's on offer...
Exceptional Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is
the jewel in South Australia’s crown, offering some of the best wildlife
viewing in the whole of Australia. Luxury touring is best experienced with Exceptional
Kangaroo Island Tours, specialists in
nature (wildflowers) and wildlife (birding) as well as special interest
experiences like photography and geology.
Lifetime Private Retreats
Lifetime Private Retreats were a private family home before being converted into three individual retreats offering customised service and beach access. Cliff House, Sky House and Stone House have a chef on request and activity packages include yoga and meditation, snorkelling, massage, diving, cooking lessons and fishing expeditions.
Stranraer Homestead is a beautiful, historic family home. Each room is individually decorated with detailed personal touches. This traditional yet luxurious family hosted bed and breakfast brims with good old Australian hospitality and wonderful home cooking.
Kangaroo Beach Lodges
Kangaroo Beach Lodges consists of three secluded, sea facing, freestanding properties with private access to Kangaroo Beach. Whilst perfect for the self-drive, self-catering visitor, picnic hampers and an in-house chef can be booked.
Southern Ocean Lodge
And last, but by no means least, there is Southern Ocean Lodge, perhaps Australia’s most famous eco-wilderness lodge. This former Tatler “Hotel Of The Year” has fused design with nature, and gourmet with wilderness to offer impeccable service, sophisticated dining and exceptional touring. The result is luxurious in style whilst uncompromisingly sensitive to the environment.
Driving in the Flinders Ranges
The Flinders Ranges and the Eyre Peninsula both represent outback South Australia featuring ancient ranges, dry salt lakes, fossils and wildlife.
An exceptional place to stay is Arkaba Station, one of Australia’s oldest and most recognised outback sheep stations. This historic, sole occupancy homestead, which dates back to 1851, is situated on 60,000 acres. Activities include guided four wheel drives and the signature three night/four day walking safari which includes sleeping under the stars in swags at established en route camps.
Rawnsley Park Station - Eco-villa
Rawnsley Park Station is also a sheep station located on 12,000 hectares. It is renowned for its eight award winning eco villas which, whilst contemporary in design and décor, boast the latest environmental features. Activities include hot air balloon flights over Wilpena Pound, four wheel drive tours, mountain bike treks (including a 200 kilometre cycling track), five- and three-day ‘Flinders by Foot’ treks and sheep shearing demonstrations.
Kangaluna Camp, Gawler Ranges
On the Eyre Peninsula Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris specialise in wildlife and natural history tours. Their base camp of Kangaluna is set in a beautiful bush location and is itself the ideal spot for wildlife spotting and nature viewing. Activities include swimming with wild dolphins and sea lions at Baird Bay, stargazing, trekking, wildlife spotting and sleeping under a canopy of stars in the swagon.
Wine country luxury
The Barossa is one of Australia’s most celebrated wine regions. Its selection of cellar doors and restaurants, coupled with its proximity to Adelaide, make it a desirable destination.
Kingsford Homestead is a seven-suite property set on the banks of the North Para River in 225 hectares of rolling farmland. Dating back to 1856, its secluded location affords 360 degree views of the surrounding hills which, combined with the contemporary French country interior design, make for a stunningly relaxing environment for guests. Its most popular and romantic feature however is the outdoor bathtub located away from the property on the hillside overlooking the river.
Jacob's Creek Retreat
Jacob’s Creek Retreat is a historic vineyard property set in one of the area’s most beautiful gardens. With five individual accommodation options and an infinity edge pool, the property also has an impressively stocked cellar door.
The Louise is a 15-suite property surrounded by vineyards as far as the eye can see. Each suite has its own gated courtyard entrance, a spacious ensuite and private open air terrace with vineyard vistas. Some also have private outdoor showers. Activities include cycling, hot air ballooning, “Breakfast with Kangaroos”, “Make Your Own Blend at Penfolds” and private tours of small boutique wineries. The Louise is also home to Appellation, their acclaimed, multi-award winning restaurant.
Bring it all together
China Air Tours
And if time is short but you want to see it all, the best way is to take an air safari linking all the above into a bespoke itinerary. Chinta Air Tours comfortably covers the vast distances using light aircraft, regional airlines and four wheel drive vehicles. The main light aircraft used are cessnas - high winged aircraft that allow each passenger to have a window seat.
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Things to Do
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