The adventure, put together with our partners Imagine Holidays, begins in Adelaide, nicknamed the City of Churches and regarded as one of the most liveable cities in the world. A full-day tour will take you to South Australia’s premium wine region where you’ll sample some of the Barossa Valley’s finest wines. You’ll also explore the town of Hahndorf, with its original German-style architecture and charming boutiques.
After time in Adelaide, you’ll take the ferry to Kangaroo Island, home to a plethora of nature-based activities. During a two-day tour of this magnificent island, you’ll enjoy encounters with koalas and majestic birds of prey as well as the kangaroos the island is named after.
You’ll also get to experience some of the famously picturesque landscapes this region has to offer, from the rugged coastline of Pennington Bay to the enchanting vineyards of Dudley Wines.
Next, you’ll board the paddlewheeler PS Murray Princess, at Mannum, where you’ll settle in for a wonderful voyage that harks back to the river cruises of yesteryear. Savour the timeless charm and elegant surroundings as you begin your cruise along the delightful Murray River, calling first at Blanchetown where you’ll visit the Burk Salter Boutique Winery. Sample their award-winning red and white wines and spot the flora and fauna of the surrounding wetlands on a vintage truck.
You’ll then sail to Swan Reach where you’ll head on a walking tour to the Swan Reach Museum, and then Sunnydale with its Native Wildlife Centre — a great place to see the local wildlife up close. After a barbecue feast on the riverbank, choose from one of two nocturnal experiences that either take in the wildlife after dark or the marvels of the night sky.
Before disembarking back in Mannum the following day, you’ll also spend some time at the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, a sacred Indigenous site that’s the ancestral home of the Nganguraku people. Learn about their culture and history and witness their ancient rock art.
HOW TO JOIN US
- From August 12 to 20, 2021.
- From $3199 per person twin share.
- All flights, taxes and transfers.
- Three-night four-star hotel stay in Adelaide with breakfast.
- One-night four-star hotel stay on Kangaroo Island with breakfast and lunch.
- Full-day tour of Barossa Valley and Hahndorf village with lunch and wine tastings.
- Two-day Kangaroo Island tour including guided beach walk and and wildlife park.
- Pre-departure get together at Newspaper House.
- Special two-hour Photowalk.
What extras Mogens is bringing to the trip
Mogens Johansen is an experienced travel writer and photographer, and a senior member of the West Travel editorial team. He will accompany guests throughout the trip, making this a chance to travel alongside a member of our experienced team, and an opportunity to learn photography from a professional with 40 years experience. Mogens is very familiar with the Barossa, Kangaroo Island, Murray Princess and the route on the Murray River.
Thursday, July 22
Pre-departure get together at Newspaper House. This social event will be a chance to meet and be briefed by Mogens Johansen, and include a presentation by Travel Editor Stephen Scourfield.
Sunday, August 1
Photowalk with Mogens Johansen and Stephen Scourfield. Get your eye in before leaving, and meet our team on this special two-hour Photowalk, just for guests travelling to South Australia.
On the trip
Each day, there will be an opportunity to work on photography with Mogens Johansen, Travel’s lead photographer. Mogens will teach fundamental photography skills, lead photowalks and show post-production techniques. He will help travellers collect sets of photographs which capture the spirit of their trip, including landscapes, portraits, night and food photography.
Full itinerary & details
Some of the best bits …
- Four-night Murray River Cruise with all meals and sightseeing.
- Walking tour of the Swan Reach township and visit to the Swan Reach Museum.
- Seal Bay Conservation Park guided beach walk.
- In-Flight Birds of Prey Display at Raptor Domain.
- Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.