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Wanderlust Australia 13 Day Adelaide and the SA Riverland tour

Wanderlust Australia Coach Tours, Adelaide Riverland to Melbourne coach tour

If you’re looking for the perfect combination of nature, history, country farms and foodie local experiences, we’ll share the ones that not everyone gets to see – all the way from Adelaide to Melbourne via the mighty Murray.

Tick off your bucket list of gorgeous gardens, wetland walks, river cruises and the stunning Riverland scenery. Add to it with local stories of, city planners, seafarers, bushrangers, ghosts, German heritage, early river-life history and parts of the Silo Art Trail too.

Love food? Love wine? Love beer? Explore a tour of taste-buds in Adelaide’s Central Markets, Riverland’s best paddock to plate produce, wineries in the Barossa and the Riverland plus one of the best craft beer views right on the Murray River.

Pack your bags because Wanderlust Australia is inviting you along for the ride. It’s going to be a fun trip!

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TOUR SNAPSHOT

Departure point: Adelaide, SA

End destination: Melbourne, VIC

Tour duration: 13 days

Dept date: 23 August 2021

Accommodation type: 4 star hotels

Trip style: Escorted & free time

Meals: Most included + freedom to choose lunches & dinners

Free time : Yes for shopping, meals and exploring like a local

TOUR PRICES

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

Save $250.00 if paid in full by 23rd June 2021 !

$4,990.00 per person based on twin/double share room

$1,000.00 single supplement for a guaranteed single room

BONUS TWO FREE HOTEL NIGHTS !

* The night before departure & night of end of tour.

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What you’ll experience like a local on your Wanderlust Australia 12 Day tour

On arrival at the Adelaide airport, self-transfer to our group hotel using the Taxi Voucher.

Dinner tonight is our own choice. Adelaide has a reputation of excellent food and diversity in the range of cuisine offered, so explore its city laneways and the Central Adelaide Markets to find a hidden local food and wine gems, beginning our time together with a story to tell from day one!

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, Adelaide | (08 8100 4476)

No meals included

Following breakfast, we head to the hills – literally! Mount Lofty Summit is our first stop where we receive stunning views over the city and the Gulf St Vincent, as well as getting our bearings of all that is around us.

From here we make our way to Hahndorf – Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement and a superb “flashback” to the nineteenth century with its shops, eating houses and attractions housed in authentic surroundings.

World renowned artist, Hans Heysen, settled in Hahndorf in 1908 and built his studio, “The Cedars” in the style of a Bavarian Chalet. We will enjoy a guided tour of the house, the studio (which has been kept just the way Hans Heysen left it, including some unfinished sketches) and the extensive gardens. This was his base as he painted extensively onsite in the hills around Hahndorf and in the Flinders Ranges.

There is now plenty of time to explore the many shops and galleries with a chance to find the perfect place for lunch! Mid-afternoon, we make our way back to the city.

 Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, Adelaide (08 8100 4476)

Meal: Breakfast

This morning we will be introduced to the city’s gardens. The Parklands or the Green Belt as it is known, surrounds the entire city. The beautiful, formal Botanic Gardens have 16 hectares of Australian and imported plants and man-made lakes. In the north east corner of the gardens is the Bicentennial Conservatory, said to be the largest in the southern hemisphere, housing exotic tropical plants from all over the world.

There is opportunity for a guided tour of the gardens or if we prefer we can amble through at our own pace.

Carrick Hill is our next visit and was a creation from the imagination of a man and his wife who decided to bring some of the magic that they had been so captivated by when honeymooning in England to their own home in Adelaide. Apart from the home we explore the vast grounds. We will enjoy a guided tour and lunch here before departing.

From here we return to the city and the South Parklands for a walk through the contemplative Adelaide-Himeji Gardena blend of traditional Japanese lake, mountain and dry gardens.

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, Adelaide | (08 8100 4476)

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

The Barossa Valley is one of the world’s best known wine valleys located just 60 kms north of Adelaide.

Barossa Chateau is where we jump off the coach to marvel at this stunning building that sits in one of Australia’s most important rose gardens of international significance. Combined with Lyndoch Hill, the overall estate covers an impressive 25 acres, 30,000 roses and 5kms of walkways. The Chateau is also home to one of the largest collections of porcelain in Australia.

If this is not of interest the gift shop is full of items that can tempt the most disciplined shopper! Alternatively the coffee shop and wine tasting area is also within the Chateau, something for everyone!

Making our way to the centre of the valley we have some time in Tanunda to browse the local shops and pick up some lunch. Ask the crew for a recommendation.

Our afternoon visit is to the magnificent Seppeltsfield Winery, which is now a destination in its own right. We begin with a behind the scenes heritage tour with a Seppeltsfield educator. The family history has had a profound influence on Australian wine and is very interesting.  We include the Seppelt homestead, elm walk, distillery and blending cellars followed by a hosted tasting in the multi-awarded cellar door. A modern addition to the winery is the workshops at the Jam Factory where we spend the rest of the afternoon. After a great day we return to Adelaide.

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, Adelaide | (08 8100 4476)

Meal: Breakfast

Heading for the sea at Glenelg with a knowledgeable guide on the coach entertains us with colourful stories you won’t find in any books! Locally referred to as “the Bay” Glenelg, on the Gulf St Vincent is, historically, where Adelaide really started its history.

We then head into the city to visit The Adelaide Central Market which has over 80 stalls and is South Australia’s most visited tourist attraction. It trades largely in fruit, vegetables, small goods, and café food and is divided into a colourful array of lanes which our guide will help us negotiate. The Central Markets remain “the Heart of Adelaide!” It’s the perfect spot to buy your foodie souvenirs.

This afternoon we make a stop at Montefiore Hill where we can see the spot Colonel Light planned a great city of the future in the sweeping valley below. Nearby is one of Adelaides’ most prominent landmarks – St Peters Cathedral, which overlooks the city from North Adelaide. Farewelling our guide, we now have a greater understanding of what makes Adelaide such a desirable place to live and visit.

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, Adelaide | (08 8100 4476)

Meal: Breakfast

This morning we have organised a visit to the Adelaide Oval. This revered venue offers a unique blend of new and old – from the latest in stadium design to the famous features such as the heritage listed scoreboard. Our Adelaide Oval Tour will take us behind the scenes to the inner workings of this iconic ground.

We take a stroll across the footbridge where we are greeted with a multitude of eateries and the unique building that is the Festival Theatre. Right before us on the riverbank is The Popeye, which has been a constant sight on the Torrens River since 1935. This iconic vessel gives us a great vantage point to experience the city from as we take the cruise to the front entrance of the Zoo.

We can choose to get off and spend the afternoon at the Zoo (entry fee at our expense) where Australia’s only pandas live or stay onboard and relax for the return journey for an afternoon at leisure.

Walking along North Terrace is where we will find venues of cultural significance that are all worth visiting. Our final night in Adelaide will be spent at our hotel including dinner together at the hotel restaurant.

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, Adelaide | (08 8100 4476)

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

With bags packed we are off to the beautiful Riverland town of Barmera on South Australia’s Lake Bonney where, over a 4 night stay, we will meet some local characters and sample some local Riverland produce.

Late morning we stop at Waikerie, to visit a small gallery named the Rain Moth Gallery where we find works from local artists. There is time for a short heritage walk to the Murray River from the gallery and to view the stunning grain silo artwork.

From here we head to nearby Barmera and the Comfort Inn & Suites Riverland, adjacent to the Barmera Golf Club. Spacious ground floor rooms – all with fairway views – an onsite restaurant, a recreation room exclusively available for visiting groups and a passionate management team make the property a popular choice.

Over the next few days we will enjoy some excellent country hospitality and sample some produce from the rich irrigated farm lands alongside the Murray River including stone fruit, citrus, grapes and vegetables. Our welcome dinner tonight will be hosted in the motel restaurant by the motel managers.

4 nights l Comfort Inn & Suites Riverland, Barmera |(08 8588 2888)

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Barmera is a popular holiday resort town situated on the shores of Lake Bonney. Our first stop this morning is at Rocky’s South Australian Country Music Hall of Fame before heading to Berri – another of the four major Riverland towns.

Some of the widest and most picturesque sections of the Murray River are found around Berri. We have arranged to join “Fay” – a fantastic, fully restored river boat, for a two hour river cruise on this wide section of the Murray River. There will be some entertainment on board, the bar will be open and a platter lunch will be served! This is the Murray River at its best!

From Berri we head across to Renmark to visit Olivewooda homestead and museum containing relics from 1887. Olivewood traces the story of the Chaffey Brothers who were instrumental in introducing irrigation to the area.

Nearby is Angoves Winery, the largest privately owned winery in Australia. Today, the fifth generation of the winemaking family carries on the business. We enjoy a talk and a taste before making our way back to Barmera.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

One of the other major Riverland towns is Loxton – and that is where we are heading this morning. Loxton on the Murray was first settled by people of (predominantly) German origin, who were escaping religious persecution. Much of the town’s fascinating history is on display at the Loxton Historical Village.

Lunch today is at a local riverside brewery called The Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery, which is the Riverland’s only independent craft brewery – and as it’s located on the banks of the Murray River, its known as a “Brew with a View!” Based in a 100 year old shearing shed this is a truly unique cellar door experience.

Our afternoon stop is in Renmark where we will park at the Renmark Paringa Visitors Centre and visit Paddle Steamer Industry, which is moored here. Commissioned in 1911, the Industry once worked for South Australian Water, keeping the Murray River open to traffic. Following a hectic work life the steamer was retired in 1969. There is a delightful short “river bank walk” to the Renmark Club.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Just downstream from Barmera is the award winning Banrock Station lying at the junction of the Banrock Creek and the Murray River. Here there is 12.5 kms of river frontage, adjacent to the Banrock Lagoon and wetlands.

We will take a short walk followed by morning tea a wine tasting. Another fabulous visit today is at Flavours of the Riverland – home of Backyard Bread! The owners are delightful and they are keen to provide a tour, tasting and afternoon tea just for our group at their rustic venue, with its extensive range of local produce that showcases the diverse flavours of the Riverland.

With some time to relax and make the most of our accommodation the rest of the afternoon and evening is free.

Meals: Breakfast and morning tea

From Barmera we travel to Bordertown for an early lunch at a local eatery. Then, at Nhill on the Western Highway, we head across to a little place called Sheep Hills that has a painted silo standing proud in its midst.

Melbourne street artist, Matt Adnate used 300 litres of house paint and 100 spray cans on the project, which had its challenges, including working at height in heat and wind, as well as a curved surface for a canvas.

Adnate spent time with the Barengi Gadjin Land Council and other indigenous people to inspire his artwork, featuring the two most senior elders, Uncle Ron Marks and Aunty Regina Hood, alongside two children from the community.

From here we continue to Horsham for our overnight accommodation.

Best Westlander Motel, Horsham | (03 5382 0191)

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

We have a second set of silos to see this morning, located in Rupanyup. When Julia Volchkova first heard about the silos already painted she knew the project would be significant and believed it would go down in history. When she later received an invitation to travel to Rapanyup and be a part of the Silo Art Trail project, the Russian artist says it was “a dream come true.”

Her chosen subjects, a pair of young local sportspeople, symbolize the huge role of sport (namely, netball and Aussie Rules football) in rural communities. These fascinating projects have changed this remote region and we can see why, they are awesome to look at.

From here we make our way to Ballarat where our lunch has been arranged for us at the Flying Horse Bistro at the Ballarat and District trotting Club. What an interesting time we have had with surprises throughout the day.

Melbourne is our home this evening for our last night this tour. Melbourne is a foodie’s paradise. Venture out and find a quirky laneway bar for drinks then on to one of city’s restaurants for dinner, to wrap up your holiday! Don’t forget the crew is always available to help with suggestions or simply explore on your own.

View Melbourne | (03 9529 8888)

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

It’s our last day of the tour. After breakfast our holiday comes to an end.

Use your Taxi Voucher in your Holiday Pack to the transfer to Melbourne Airport for your flight home.

Bon voyage! We hope to see you on another Wanderlust Australia Tour soon!

Meal: Breakfast

All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times or days. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures or inclement weather.

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Wanderlust Australia 13 Day Adelaide and the SA Riverland tour

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Save $250.00 if paid in full by 23rd June 2021 !

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Why I love this tour... Leigh

The Riverland has so much history to hear along its majestic mighty Murray. The Silo murals on this tour are a ‘must ticK’ off the travelling bucket list as are the Banrock wetlands.

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