South Australia & Kangaroo Island

Explore South Australia and the coastal wilderness of Kangaroo Island. Gardens at their peak, roses mingled with iris and other favourites in the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills. Natural wonders of Admirals Arch and the Remarkables at Flinders Chase National Park.

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  • sun iconDay 1
  • calendar icon Saturday 28 October 2023
Home – Adelaide (D)

Meet your Ross Tour Leader at Sydney Domestic Airport for your flight to Adelaide, or join us in Adelaide. First up is the Adelaide Botanic Garden. Then we transfer to your hotel to settle in and meet this evening for our Welcome Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

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  • calendar icon Sunday 29 October 2023
Anlaby Station (B/L)

To Anlaby Station this morning, the oldest Merino stud in South Australia. Established in 1839, this once grand pastoral estate employed 14 gardeners! Our private tour includes the shade house, glasshouse, walled garden, rose garden & terraced lawns. Soak up life on this fascinating property at lunch. This afternoon we head to Maggie Beer’s famous Pheasant Farm at Nurioopta. Taste
Maggie’s famous wine & cheese.

  • sun iconDay 3
  • calendar icon Monday 30 October 2023
Private Gardens (B)

A day to meet three passionate gardeners! Al-Ru Farm is first this morning at One Tree Hill. Irrepressible Ruth Irving is a clever & passionate gardener. Her garden is an exuberance of poppies, iris, perennials & roses. Walk through her wisteria arbour into a restrained formal white garden. Ashgrove Iris Garden is next, a treat for those who love the magical combination of roses & iris. Meet Diane Michalk, iris collector, who will show you why Iris is called “The Rainbow Flower”. Last stop is a new garden, made with incredible attention to detail.

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  • calendar icon Tuesday 31 October 2023
Adelaide Hills (B)

First is a large country garden that was rescued from a cow paddock! Hundreds of roses, iris, perennials, woodland with spring bulbs & ‘picking’ garden. No photos could ever fully capture the wonder & whimsy of Irene Pearce’s ‘Tickle Tank’ this afternoon. Every inch is filled with colour & form, mosaics & sculptures. Next ‘The Cedars’, the home where Hans Heysen painted many of his famous landscapes. The garden has been recreated with the roses, zinnias & many of the flowers that both Heysens loved to paint.

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  • calendar icon Wednesday 1 November 2023
Carrick Hilln (B)

Carrick Hill is Australia’s most intact 20th C. heritage house museum & garden. Roses play a large part in this historic garden with formal rose beds & three separate rose gardens: one for Old Garden Roses, one for modern Hybrid Teas & the third is devoted to Alister Clark roses.

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  • calendar icon Thursday 2 November 2023
Adelaide – Kangaroo Island (B/L/D)

This morning is the start of our island adventure! Head south to Cape Jervis and take the Sealink ferry across to Kangaroo Island, an unspoiled refuge, internationally famous for its pristine wilderness and wildlife. Kangaroos and Tammar wallabies wander across the island. Echidnas and goannas scuttle in the undergrowth and koalas doze in the trees. Visit two local gardens plus lunch at Emu Lavender Bay. Check into the Aurora Ozone Hotel overlooking Nepean Bay at Kingscote.

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  • calendar icon Friday 3 November 2023
Seal Bay(B/L)

Begin the day at Seal Bay with incredible views of the extraordinary coastline & sea lion colony. This is the only place in the world where you can see these Australian sea lions at close quarters.

You’ll be given unique insights into how these endangered animals fish, surf, rest, interact with their pups & defend their territory. Lunch included today at Rockpool Cafe.

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  • calendar icon Saturday 4 November 2023
Flinders Chase National Park (B/L)

We cross the island to the rugged wilderness of the iconic Flinders Chase National Park. Spend the afternoon exploring the stunning coastal park with special note of the bush regeneration.

The spectacular Admirals Arch & windsculpted Remarkable Rocks are two of the outstanding landmarks you will see today.

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  • calendar icon Sunday 5 November 2023
Kangaroo Island to Mclaren Vale (B/L)

Take the ferry from Penneshaw to Cape Jervis, then on to McLaren Vale this morning. First stop is our Farewell Lunch at Bec Hardy Wines. Tipsy Hill, McLaren Vale is next with sweeping views across the McLaren Vale vineyards to the Mount Lofty Ranges. Planted 20 years ago by Margaret Burrell & designed by landscape gardener, Pam Hailstone, the garden is surrounded by vineyards on all
sides, & terraced with a real sense of the Mediterranean.

  • sun iconDay 10
  • calendar icon Monday 6 November 2023
Adelaide – Home (B)

A cruise this morning from Goolwa to discover the Spirit of the Coorong, a magnificent wetland at the mouth of the Murray River. The long narrow Coorong Wetland Lagoon complex stretches 100 kms from the Murray Mouth, separated from the Southern Ocean by a series of enormous sand dunes. On to Adelaide and farewell to South Australia, as we depart for our flights home.

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Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations received prior to departure will incur loss of deposit.
  • Cancellations received between 119-60 days prior to departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received between 59-30 days prior to departure will incur a 75% cancellation fee plus any non-recoverable costs incurred.
  • Cancellations received within 30 days prior to departure will incur 100% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations must be sent in writing.
  • Cancellation fee is based upon the total amounts paid including tours, airfares and all other travel arrangements.

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South Australia & Kangaroo Island: A Captivating Small Group Tour

An unforgettable journey through South Australia and the pristine coastal wilderness of Kangaroo Island. Experience the splendour of gardens in full bloom, as roses intermingle with iris and other beloved flowers in the picturesque Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills. Discover natural wonders like Admiral’s Arch and the Remarkables at Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island. Our thoughtfully crafted itinerary ensures an immersive exploration of the region’s beauty and heritage. From private garden tours to encounters with endangered wildlife, this small group tour promises an extraordinary adventure. Book your spot now and secure memories that will last a lifetime!

Tour Inclusions
Tour Escorted by Libby Cameron
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  • ac-icon Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
  • bed-icon Deluxe accommodation for 9 nights with breakfast daily
  • lunch-icon 6 lunches and 2 dinners

Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including:

  • Ru Farm, Anlaby Station, Ashgrove Iris Garden, Hans Heysen – The Cedars, Adelaide Botanic Garden, Drouin Garden, Tickle Tank garden, Carrick Hill, Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, Seal Bay Conservation Area, Flinders Chase National Park, Island Beehive, Spirit of Coorong cruise, Bec Hardy Wines and Tipsy Hill
  • Twin Share including airfare
    $5,495 AUD per person
  • Twin Share land only
    $5,095 AUD per person
  • Single Supplement
    $995 AUD
  • Prices based on minimum 15 passengers
  • Airfare price is based on departure from Sydney
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