Nov 25 - Dec 2, 2017
8 days
$3,845per person, twin share (land content only). $795 supplement for sole use of a hotel room

Tour Leader

Christopher Menz
Nov 25 - Dec 2, 2017

Tour Leader

Christopher Menz$3,845per person, twin share (land content only). $795 supplement for sole use of a hotel room
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Join like-minded travellers on this 8-day exploration of South Australia’s art, history and landscape. Settled in the 1830’s as a self-supporting free colony with no convict links, South Australia was built on freedom of persecution of religion and free emigration for young migrant couples who established agricultural lands and wine growing regions in to the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Kangaroo Island.

This tour is run in association with ADFAS Travel.



  • Adelaide’s heritage at Ayers House and the fine art housed in the South Australian Art Gallery and the private collection of David Roche
  • The quaint town of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills with its antique, curio and bookshops and a tour of artists, Nora and Hans Heysens studios and home at the Cedars
  • Sample fine food and wine at some of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale’s well regarded wineries
  • Enjoy a private boat cruise through the pristine waterways and wetlands of the Coorong and Lake Alexandrina to the mouth of the Murray River
  • Four days exploring the spectacular landscapes, wildlife and produce of Kangaroo Island

Itinerary Overview

Days 1–3: In and around Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley, visit galleries including the David Roche collection and Hans Heysen’s, The Cedars in Hahndorf, lunch and wine tasting in the Barossa and a private visit to historic Ayers House.

Day 4: Drive via McLaren Vale to Victor Harbour, enjoy olive oil and wine tasting.

Days 5–8: Cruise on the Coorong before departing by ferry for Kingscote. Explore Flinders Chase National Park, walk amongst Australian sea lions at Seal Bay, explore Kangaroo Island’s fantastic produce with visits to a honey farm and eucalyptus distillery before returning to Adelaide.

There are currently no places available on this tour. If you would like to be notified if a place becomes available on tour, please register your details above.

Getting There

The tour commences and finishes in Adelaide. Please contact us for further information on competitive airfares.

Detailed Itinerary

Included meals are shown with the letters B, L and D.

Saturday 25 November: Arrive

The tour begins in our Adelaide hotel at 6pm. Meet your tour manager on the lobby of the hotel before proceeding to a local Adelaide restaurant for our welcome dinner. Overnight Adelaide (D)

Sunday 26 November: Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley

This morning we travel to Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German settlement dating back to 1838 in the Adelaide Hills. Wander through the historic Main Streets browsing in the antique and craft shops or visit the Hahndorf Academy, housing a migration museum and artists’ studios featuring the works of local artisans. We visit ‘The Cedars’, and enjoy a guided tour of the home, garden and studio of renowned father and daughter artists, Hans and Nora Heysen with over 200 original works on display. We continue to the Barossa Valley for lunch in a local vineyard followed by a sampling of local Barossa wines at a well-known winery before returning to Adelaide this afternoon. Overnight Adelaide (B, L)

Monday 27 November: Art in Adelaide

A short walk from the hotel brings us to the Art Gallery of South Australia where we have a guided tour of the gallery’s comprehensive collection of Australian works including many Aboriginal pieces. Ayers House presents the Victorian era in one of Adelaide’s finest historic mansions. We enjoy a private tour through its three levels of grandeur containing a significant collection of furniture, silver, paintings and costumes culminating in a Devonshire tea of scones and local jam. We discover the areas heritage on a guided history walk showcasing the gracious homes, terraces, churches and parklands. This afternoon we visit Fermoy House and the adjacent Museum to see the extraordinary private art collection of David Roche. The collection, now bequeathed to the Roche Foundation and open to the public contains over 3000 works of decorative and fine art, antiques, painting and sculpture amassed over a sixty-year period.  Overnight Adelaide (B)

Tuesday 28 November: Tasting the McLaren Vale

After a leisurely morning, we depart Adelaide for McLaren Vale where our first stop is Primo Estate, a winery and producer of award the winning, Joseph olive oils for a tasting. We have lunch of local and seasonal produce in a vineyard with views over the hills and enjoy a tasting of the McLaren Vale’s well regarded shiraz and other varietals before departing for Victor Harbour. We visit the South Australian Whale Centre, situated in a historic railway goods shed and take a guided tour of the exhibits with insights into the history and operations of the whaling industry. Arriving at out accommodation at the McCracken Country Club set amongst a golf course just outside of town, the evening is at leisure. Overnight Victor Harbour (B, L)

Wednesday 29 November: The Coorong

Today we depart from Goolwa, on our private cruise into the Coorong National Park to view the mouth of the River Murray. The cruise heads into the pristine waters and wetlands of the Coorong, past the spectacular white sand dunes and birdlife. Enjoy morning tea while listening to the expert commentary of the captain and disembark for a guided boardwalk through the dunes to the Younghusband Peninsula and the Great Southern Ocean. Explore the local flora and fauna and discover how the local aboriginal people lived in the area. Cruise towards Lake Alexandrina and enjoy lunch on board before returning to Goolwa to meet our coach and transfer to Cape Jervis. We check in for the 45-minute ferry crossing to Kangaroo Island. Upon disembarking, we transfer by coach to our accommodation located on the foreshore of Nepean Bay at Kingscote. Dinner has been arranged in the hotel restaurant this evening. Overnight Kangaroo Island (B, L, D)

Thursday 30 November: Flinders Chase National Park

Heading to the west end of the island this morning we explore Flinders Chase National Park a sanctuary for endangered wildlife and featuring several geological phenomena. Much of the park is mallee scrub and coastal landscape. We visit the aptly named Remarkable Rocks, unusually shaped granite boulders shaped from years of wind, rain and wave erosion and Admirals Arch an eroded cave complete with stalactites near the historic Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse. After an alfresco lunch in the park café we visit a local gallery where you may spot the island’s namesake kangaroos or wallabies wandering freely throughout the property. Finally, we stop at Clifford’s honey farm which has over 300 hives of Ligurian bees which are only found on Kangaroo Island. Returning to the hotel the evening is at leisure.  Overnight Kangaroo Island (B, L, D)

Friday 1 December: Touring Kangaroo Island

Seal Bay Conservation Park is home to a large colony of breeding Australian sea lions which are unique to South and Western Australia. An endangered species, the sea lions breed, rest and birth their young on the beach amongst the sandy dunes. We are able to walk within a few metres of the colony with an experienced ranger to see the pups play, large bulls fighting for supremacy and mothers riding the waves back to shore to nurse their young. Returning inland we visit the Raptor Domain and see the free flight birds of prey display featuring Wedge-tailed Eagles, Owls and Kookaburras that have been rescued as orphans or rehabilitated from injury and can no longer survive in the wild. We have lunch at Emu Ridge and tour the eucalyptus oil distillery. There is free time in Kingscote this afternoon before a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.  Overnight Kangaroo Island (B, L, D)

Saturday 2 December: Depart

Depart the hotel by coach for Penneshaw where we board the ferry to Cape Jervis. We transfer to Adelaide airport in time for flights departing from 4pm this afternoon. (B)

Christopher Menz

A former Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia and previously a curator of decorative arts. He is also an experienced cultural tour leader.

Christopher Menz is a former Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia (2005–10) and in 2011–12 was Acting Director of The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne. Prior to these roles, he held curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the National Gallery of Victoria, specialising in decorative arts. He has published extensively on the decorative arts, notably the design work of William Morris, and is a regular contributor to ABR. In 2016 Christopher led the ABR/Academy Travel tour to the United States.

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Adelaide, Crowne Plaza Hotel (3 nights)

A modern hotel well situated in the City’s East End.

Victor Harbour, McCracken Country Club (1 night)

Friendly country style hotel 5 minutes’ drive from town.

Kangaroo Island, Aurora Ozone Hotel (3 nights)

Enjoy sea views over Nepean Bay and Kingscote Wharf.

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
  • All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

What is not included in the tour price?
Open-age tours do not include the following:

  • Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
  • Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
  • Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity

Booking conditions

You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.


A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 60 days before departure: $500*
  • 60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
  • 44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
  • 14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due

*This amount may be credited to another Academy Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.

Unused Portions of the tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Travel Insurance

Academy Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.

Will the tour price change?

If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates Academy Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an Academy Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.

Will the itinerary change?

Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of Academy Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.

Final Payment

Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.

Academy Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.

Fitness rating

Grade 2

A Grade 2 tour is appropriate for travellers in good health with good mobility, who can comfortably participate in up to 3 hours of physical activity per day on most days.
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Kathy Wardrop 02 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699
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