South of Adelaide in South Australia, lies the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula. This coastal paradise is famous for its dramatic and distinctive coastline, famous wineries including the world-renowned McLaren Vale as well as delectable gourmet cuisine. Our 4 day walks explores a diverse range of scenery from bushland to waterfalls, along trails through the vines and sections of the 1200km Heysen Trail as it winds its way along the Waitpinga Cliffs. The ultimate combination of walking, food, wine and coast.
Your 4-day walking holiday includes:
SUGGESTED PRE-TOUR NIGHT HOTEL: We suggest the Mantra Hindmarsh Square Adelaide; this is also our meeting point at 7.30am on the first morning of the tour.
DEPARTURE TIME: 7.30am
TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 1.5 hour transfer from Adelaide to trail.
Afternoon: 35-minute transfer from the end of the walk to accommodation.
WALK GRADE: Morning walks 5.2kms in total. Grade: Easy.
TERRAIN: Undulating trail, a mixture of dirt trails and cobblestone path with some stairs.
WALK ITINERARY: Meet your guides in the foyer of the Mantra Hindmarsh Square and transfer to the Fleurieu Peninsula and the start of the trail. This morning we enjoy walks at Port Elliot and Granite Island. Our first hike takes us from pretty Horseshoe Bay across the headland of Freemans Knob, passing Rocky Bay and Green Bay before reaching Knights Beach. See beautiful views over the Southern Ocean, pretty beaches, historic relics and beautiful bays. After we make our walk to Victor Harbour and make our way across the causeway to Granite Island. The landscape here is dominated by impressive granite boulders including Umbrella Rock as well as stunning views of Encounter Bay, the bluff and islands. The island is a wildlife paradise with many seabirds including Pied Cormorants, Pacific Gulls, Sooty Oyster Catchers easily spotted, as well as dolphins, New Zealand Fur Seal and little penguins. You can’t visit this area without seeing this region from the water. This afternoon we enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Coorong, an area best known as the setting for the iconic movie “Storm Boy”. During your experience, we cruise past the local Seal Colony and see lots of pelicans, cormorants and many other species of migratory birdlife.
After your walk, we transfer to our accommodation for the next two nights at Bluff Resort, Encounter Bay. Tonight enjoy dinner in the Whalers Restaurant featuring local wines from this area.
TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 40 minute transfer from our accommodation to the trail
Afternoon: 40 minute transfer from the end of the walk to accommodation.
WALK GRADE: 12kms. 6 hours. Grade: Moderate to Hard.
TERRAN: The track has a series of short, steep ascents and descents. Total cumulative climb 633m. The track has a firm base, some steps and occasional rocks.
FLEXIBLE WALKING: Shorter and easier walk also available today. Deep Creek waterfall walk. 4kms. 2-3 hours walk.
WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading out for today’s adventures. Today’s walk takes us into the Deep Creek Conservation Park. This walk which forms part of the 1200km Heysen Trail, showcases some of the best ocean and bush views in the park. As you walk through the park listen out for the 100 odd species of birds that live here and be on the lookout for the native wildlife such as western grey kangaroos and short-beaked echidnas. Explore a diversity of landscapes from Xanthorrhoea hillsides, through stands of tall eucalyptus, see pretty waterfalls and explore Deep Creek Cove. Afterwards, we return to our accommodation. Tonight the group will enjoy a la carte dining in a local restaurant including regional South Australia wines.
TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 13 mins from accommodation to the trail.
Afternoon: 52-minute transfer from the end of the walk to accommodation.
WALK GRADE: 11.5kms. 6 hours. Grade: Moderate. Total climb 418m.
TERRAIN: Undulating terrain with a combination of dirt walking trails, fire trails and boardwalks, some steps.
WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy breakfast before heading out for today’s walk. Our walk today’s forms part of the earlier sections of the Heysen Trail through the Newland Head Conservation Park. Our walk takes us through flowering coastal scrubland and along the rugged coastline offering spectacular views from Waitpinga cliffs lookout, Kings Head and the Bluff. Keep an eye out for white-bellied sea-eagles that inhabit the cliffs here and in the migrating season, you may be lucky enough to see a whale making its journey from the lookouts. After our walk, we transfer to our new accommodation in the heart of the world-famous wine region of McLaren Vale. Our accommodation for tonight is at the charming 4 star Serafino, set amongst the vines in deluxe spa rooms. Enjoy free time after we arrive to visit Serafino’s cellar door and sample their home-made wines. This evening we enjoy dinner in the restaurant featuring superb McLaren Vale wines.
TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: Walk directly from the hotel
Afternoon: 50-minute transfer from the end of the walk to Adelaide
WALK GRADE: 6kms. 3 hours. Grade: Easy.
TERRAIN: Mainly flat, scenic trail on a bitumen surface.
WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy breakfast before heading out for today’s walk. Our walk today takes us along the Shiraz trail from McLaren Vale to the quaint village of Willunga To McLaren Vale. The trail passes through pretty vineyards of the region, with scenic rolling hills as a backdrop. Take in views of charming wineries along the way as well as Suffolk sheep and llamas grazing. After our walk, we enjoy a celebratory lunch at d’Arenberg vineyard. Indulge in a superb lunch with wines from the vineyard. A great way to finish our walking adventure. Afterwards, we return to Adelaide where our walk concludes. If you have driven to the Fleurieu Peninsula transfer to your car will be organised for you.
FINISH TIME: Arrive back into Adelaide between 4.00pm and 4.30pm
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