South Australia is growing in stature and appeal as a high-end travel destination. The state has a great deal to offer due its long heritage in the food and wine sector and now the industry is building on these foundations to offer more in the luxury space. At the invitation of Tourism South Australia, Touring Treasures recently had the opportunity to sample some of these developments and products.
Setting off from the capital, Adelaide, the five-day journey was supported by regional private aircraft operator, Air Tours. It sampled the best of South Australian food, wine, flora and fauna with some charming experiences in the red centre. A tour through South Australia would not be complete without visiting the wineries of the Barossa Valley and surrounds. This valley is home to the world-renowned Penfolds winery and their Grange Hermitage which the team was lucky enough to sample. A short distance away was Seppeltsfield and their grand homestead where there was an opportunity to taste Tawny port from your individual birth year.
Touring Treasures’ Co-Founders, Suzy & Olivier tasting their year of birth Tawny, direct from barrel, as well as the legendary 100 year old Para Vintage Tawny during their private Century Tour.
The next day and a short flight on a Pilatus privet aircraft, the group landed at the Eyre Peninsula; the home of the famed Coffin Bay oyster. It is one of the most undeveloped areas of Australia – if not the world – and so the luxury 4WD and boat tour got close to a variety of marine and land wildlife. After a full day touring, the expedition party headed up the Gawler Rangers to the Kangaluna Camp; an environmentally sustainable camping resort integrated into the landscape.
From here, it was easy to discover the outback of South Australia including Lake Gairdner; the third largest saltlake in Australia. It is a vast and awe-inspiring location which has been compared to the surface of the moon. Another short private air transfer and the team headed over the Flinders Rangers to Arkaba Homestead.
Touring Treasures connecting with South Australia’s remotest places with Air Tours
Arkaba is a former 1850s pastoral homestead which has been redeveloped into a private luxury lodge of five suites. Aside from the sublime luxury of the accommodation, the property is now dedicated to the conservation of the native wildlife ensuring their continued abundance. There is no Wifi, phones or televisions this far into the centre of Australia yet plenty of excellent food, wine and vistas to soak up.
“We used this trip to validate and expand the experiences we offer in the Seamlessly Australia by Private Jet. Undoubtedly, South Australia has a huge amount to offer the gourmand as well as the wildlife explorer. Now, there are more and more options for private transport and luxury, unique accommodation. It is a destination worthy of exploration,” said Oliver Mercien-Ferol, Co-founder of Touring Treasures.
Suzy Mercien-Ferol immersing in the story of the Flinders Ranges
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