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Tastes and Tales of South Australia 10-day Food and Wine Tour
This 10-day tour takes you to two of the best South Australian wine regions for some gourmet food and wine experiences as well as a few walks or bike rides around the small townships of the Clare and Barossa Valleys. Adelaide was named the 'foodie' capital of Australia by Conde Nast magazine, and the wine regions certainly live up to that standard with world class food and wine. South Australia has the largest number of wine producers in Australia with over 680 and growing.
The Flinders Ranges takes you from the modern world to an Outback environment with an incredible history going back 550 million years, proven by the fossils of the region, some of which can only be found in Namibia and the Flinders Ranges. Spectacularly rugged and beautiful, the ranges are a place where you will find kangaroos, emus, wombats and other wildlife as well as a wide range of flora. Peace and tranquility are your friends in this unique place. The interpretive centre and Arid Lands Botanic Gardens of Port Augusta will prepare your trip to this place of history.
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Adelaide to Clare Valley
Meet your guide at 8.30am outside the Hilton Hotel in Victoria Square ready to leave for the Clare Valley. Visit to Martindale Hall in Mintaro followed by lunch at Pikes restaurant, and a Riesling Masterclass and an afternoon activity (depending on weather). Around 5.30pm you will check in at your accommodation with free time until a gourmet dinner at 7.30pm.
After breakfast, we will leave for Sevenhill for an interesting presentation of their wines and premises. Mid-morning, for those who are energetic, there is the option of a bike ride ( or a walk around 50 minutes) along the Riesling Trail to Tim Adams winery for tastings and lunch at 1.30pm.
After lunch a ride (a half hour walk or we can pick you up) to Mr Micks cellar door and kitchens for a visit of the beautiful gardens, gallery, boutique and more - plus tastings. You can ride the remaining 4 kms of the Riesling Trail to your accommodation or take the 45 minute walk to arrive around 5-5.30pm. Free time till 7.30pm fand a dinner in Clare
After breakfast we leave Clare for Port Augusta, around a 2 hour drive. On arrival, we will go to the Port Augusta Tourist Office and the Wadlata Outback Centre where you will discover the history of the Flinders Ranges and its occupants, from the time of dinosaurs to modern day. After a light lunch in Port Augusta, check in at your accommodation, followed by a visit to the fabulous Arid Lands Botanic Gardens, designed to exhibit plants which grow in the Outback. A walk overlooking the Red Cliffs will give some great photo opportunities before returning to your accommodation around 5.30-6.00pm. Free time to go to the restaurant, hotel or cafe of your choice for your evening meal.
We leave the hotel and take you to the Pichi Richi Railway Station at 10am for a 10.30am departure to Quorn. This unique railway line with its steam trains takes you through the Pichi Richi Pass and into the Ranges. We meet you at Quorn around 12.15pm for a light lunch in this township. After lunch, a short drive to Hawker to see Jeff Morgan's stunning panorama art gallery, a coffee and cake at the Quandong cafe, and then we take you to Rawnsley Park Station where you will check in. Free time until the Sunset on the Chace with local wines and canapes. A 40-minute drive through the property and dinner in the Woolshed cafe will finish off your day.
Today, you can take an early morning option for a 30-minute scenic drive over Wilpena Pound (A$195) After breakfast we take a day tour in the Flinders Ranges to Bunyeroo, Brachina Gorges, with some short walks. We will have lunch at the Prairie Hotel where you can taste the famous Antipasto platters. There is also an interesting fossil display. These fossils indicate some of Earth's oldest animal ecosystems in the world and the Flinder Ranges is known for having some of the best on record.
A visit to Blinman and a return to Rawnsley Park for dinner in the Woolshed Restaurant finishes your day.
This morning, we will take a walk to the Wilpena Pound. A free afternoon on the station property to relax and unwind, take a walk on your own or enjoy a drive around this working farm.
Breakfast in the Woolshed before leaving around 9.30am for the Barossa Valley. A short stop at Jamestown and Hallett will reveal two of South Australia's unsung heros on our way to Lyndoch, and we will have a light lunch at Jamestown.
Around 4.30pm we arrive at our accommodation and check in. Free time. Dinner at the hotel .
A relaxed breakfast is yours this morning, leaving for Yalumba at 9.45am for a special program. Around midday, we will take the Little Kaiserstuhl Walk - a great place to see the rugged views and vineyards of the Barossa Valley. Lunch at Charles Melton includes tastings and a tour of the property.
Afterwards we visit the Hongeli vineyards where you will find only Grenache vines. Find out why! At 5.30pm you will be taken to your accomodation for free time until 7.30pm when we go for a gourmet dinner.
After a light breakfast we will visit Maggie Beer's for a coffee then on to the Seppeltsfield Jam Factory. Before lunch you will have a special treat of a tasting of your birth year of tawny port. A lazy lunch at the delightful Fino restaurant then we are off to the Seppeltfield Mausoleum, before a visit to Tscharke wines for a tasting. You return to your accomodation around 5pm with some free time until 7.30pm when we go for a gourmet pizza.
9.00am End of the tour. Leave after breakfast arriving in Adelaide around 10.30am
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