Perth to Adelaide Australia Walking

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Overview

Some of the most classic images of Australia come from the vast landscapes that lie in the most remote regions – long, spectacular coastlines, dotted with empty sand beaches and framed by clear aqua waters; vast tracts of red sand and ancient rocks, populated by unique wildlife seen nowhere else on earth. These are some of the images you’ll discover on this 12-night journey taking in the southwestern region of the Margaret River and the Outback and island landscapes of South Australia. In Western Australia, the four-day Cape to Cape Walk winds through the vineyards and along the coastline of the Margaret River, a combination of spectacular walks, stunning food and wine. Travel across to South Australia to explore the vineyards of the Barossa Valley, followed by the ancient landscapes of a 60,000 acre Outback station. On Kangaroo Island, see the prolific wildlife and incredible vistas as you indulge in the luxury of one of Australia’s best lodges.

Price
$16,995 per person (based on 2 people, double occupancy)

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Itinerary

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Day 1 Perth, Western Australia

Welcome to laid-back, relaxed Perth – home to the most sunny days per year of all the Australian state capitals, and blessed with a mix of cosmopolitan sophistication, beautiful beaches and an easy-going lifestyle. You’ll be driven from the airport to your hotel – COMO The Treasury, recently named as one of the best hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveller. The hotel is part of the heritage Cathedral Square district, which has recently been lovingly revitalized to huge acclaim, bringing new life and soul to downtown Perth. This evening, enjoy this vibrant part of the city before an early night and well-deserved rest after your travels.

HOTEL | COMO The Treasury
HERITAGE ROOM
Housed in Perth’s 140-year-old State Buildings, COMO The Treasury is part of the recently revitalised heritage precinct of Cathedral Square, which has now become the hottest spot in Perth. The 48 elegant rooms and suites maintain the high ceilings, cornicing and balconies of its heritage past, while the contemporary furnishings and sleek design bring sophistication and an air of tranquility. While you’re there, check out the remarkable rooftop restaurant, Wildflower.

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Day 2 Cape to Cape Walk, Margaret River

After a night in Perth to shake off the jetlag, you’ll be ready to take on the fabulous Cape to Cape Track in the beautiful Margaret River region. This well-loved track traverses 135 km of stunning coastline in Australia’s southwest, from Cape Naturaliste in the north, to Cape Leeuwin in the south, winding past pristine beaches, dramatic coastal cliffs, wildflower-laden bushland and Karri forests. Over the next four days, your expert guides and a small group of walkers will explore some of the most picturesque and varied portions of this walk, combining it with fabulous food and wine experiences, and staying in luxury beachside villas each night.

Following the morning drive from Perth, meet your guides in Margaret River for a pre-walk briefing. Then, set off from Smiths Beach for a three hour, 6 km walk. On the way, you’ll have the chance to stop for a swim at ‘The Aquarium’, a secluded rock pool with crystal clear waters that is beloved by locals. At day’s end you’ll find yourself at Injidup Spa Retreat, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and your base for the next three nights. Your luxury beachfront villa offers spectacular ocean views with a private plunge pool to relax in post-walk. Tonight, a group briefing in the lounge is followed by sunset drinks overlooking the Indian Ocean, before indulging in a gourmet platter of local food and tasty Margaret River wine enjoyed in your Villa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activity: 6 km hiking, Cape to Cape Track

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Day 3

Your morning meal is a gourmet breakfast hamper, enjoyed at your leisure in the villa before you set off on your walk from Cape Naturaliste lighthouse to the surfing mecca of Yallingup. The 14 km walk today takes in several popular surf beaches, stunning clifftop vistas and the impressive Sugarloaf Rock. Enjoy a picnic lunch hamper on the track. Return to Injidup for free time to relax in your villa, swim at the beach, or indulge with a massage treatment at the spa. In the evening, join one of the region’s Traditional Owners for a private didgeridoo performance in Ngilgi Cave, before enjoying an exclusive dinner with matched Margaret River wines at the award-winning Cape Lodge Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activity: 14 km hiking, Cape to Cape Track

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Day 4

Today’s walk includes what is arguably regarded as the most stunning section of the Cape to Cape Track. Our 13 km walk begins at Redgate Beach and takes us to Boranup Karri Forest with a gourmet lunch hamper to enjoy along the track at your own pace. Our walk takes in pristine white sand beaches, limestone cliffs and towering forests of the beautiful Karri trees endemic to this area. These eucalypts can grow up to 80 metres in height, making them one of the tallest trees in the world. Our final night on the track is marked with a celebration dinner on the terrace at Injidup, with a private chef preparing a dinner of fresh local produce, with matching wines presented by a local winemaker.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activity: 13 km hiking, Cape to Cape Track

HOTEL | Injidup Spa Retreat
OCEANFRONT VILLA
Nestled high on hills overlooking the Indian Ocean, and close to the many fabulous wineries of the Margaret River, Injidup Spa Retreat is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Each of the ten luxury villas offer spectacular ocean views, a private plunge pool in which to relax after a day’s walking, and a private bar stocked with quality local Margaret River wines. The onsite spa offers a range of optional treatments, ideal to soothe muscles after a day of walking.

Injidup Spa Retreat

Injidup Spa Retreat

Day 5 Cape Lodge, Margaret River

A last morning at Injidup Spa Retreat before you set off for the final walking day on the track. An 8 km walk brings you from Moses Rock to Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs, beautiful burnt orange cliffs popular with rappellers and rock-climbers but off the radar from mainstream tourists. A final celebration lunch with matched wines and a four course lunch at a local winery and former Restaurant of the Year, Wills Domain. After lunch, transfer to your accommodation, the lovely Cape Lodge for a last night in Western Australia before you head to South Australia tomorrow.

Meals: Breakfast

Activity: 8 km hiking, Cape to Cape Track

HOTEL | Cape Lodge
GARDEN ROOM
Idyllically situated within its own vineyard in the renowned wine region of the Margaret River, Cape Lodge feels like the elegant country estate you own in your dreams. With 22 secluded rooms and a fabulous private Residence, it neighbours superb wineries like Vasse Felix, Pierro and Cullen. While you’re here, don’t miss the opportunity to dine at the Cape Lodge Restaurant – acclaimed in Conde Nast Traveller’s Gold List – with seasonal produce plucked from nearby oceans, local farms & on-site kitchen gardens.

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Day 6 The Clare & Barossa Valleys

Depart Cape Lodge this morning and drive to Perth Airport for your flight to Adelaide. Arriving in Adelaide you’ll be met by your driver for the 1-hour drive north into one of Australia’s oldest and most famous wine regions, the Barossa Valley. Arrive at The Louise, your home for the next two nights. Surrounded by vineyards, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the Barossa, and to experience some of the great food and wine of the region. Keep in mind that The Louise’s fine-dining restaurant, Appellation, might be the perfect choice for dinner at least one night. It has a great reputation, offering elegant, locally-sourced 4-course dinners.

Meals: Breakfast

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Day 7

Today you’ll be in the capable hands of our local host as you’re treated to a full day private tour of the lovely Barossa Valley. Home to some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world, the Barossa is known for world-famous names such as Penfolds, Torbreck and Henschke, and the region is dotted with the unmistakable presence of a rich Germanic heritage. Your guide will tailor the day to suit your interests, stopping off for private tastings at vineyards, trying the outstanding local produce of the region, and taking you through the small historic towns. Visit big-name wineries, or let your guide take you to the smaller, boutique wineries to find the hidden gems. Enjoy lunch along the way at a local winery.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Activity: Private tour through the Barossa Valley with lunch

HOTEL | The Louise
VINEYARD SUITE
This idyllic vineyard retreat lies in the heart of the Barossa Valley, renowned world-wide as home to some of Australia’s – and the world’s – best wines. Situated on a gentle hill and surrounded by hundreds of acres of vines, The Louise has just 15 luxuriously appointed suites, each with its own private terrace. The acclaimed Appellation restaurant is known as one of Australia’s best regional restaurants, with a fine-dining menu focusing on the best local produce, with a stellar wine-list to match.

Day 8 Arkaba Homestead & Flinders Ranges

Depart the Barossa Valley this morning and head north through the Clare Valley and into the Outback, arriving at Arkaba Station. Set on 60,000 private acres of a former sheep farm, the Arkaba Station homestead is a refuge on the edge of the hauntingly beautiful Flinders Ranges, the largest mountain range in South Australia. This historic 1850s homestead is the perfect setting for a truly unique and unequivocally Australian experience—a chance to understand the vastness of the Outback and the warm hospitality of homestead living. At the end of the day, you’ll find yourselves just where you should be – with a chilled glass of wine in hand, watching as the sun sets over the craggy sandstone bluffs on the western ramparts of the stunning Wilpena Pound amphitheater.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activity: Flight to Adelaide; scenic drive to Arkaba Station

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Day 9

Today, you’ll journey out with your local hosts to hike, drive and explore the station (that’s the local lingo for a very, very large ranch!). You’ll discover the gorges and valleys of the Flinders Ranges, keeping an eye out for wildlife, such as red kangaroos, emus, euros, yellow-footed rock wallabies and countless species of loud and colorful birds. Fauna aside, it’s the region’s geology that really makes it special, offering an insight into the depths of Australia’s geological history of long-disappeared mountain ranges, beaches, tidal flats, reefs and glacial moraines. Our fabulous naturalist guides will make the area come alive through walks and 4WD adventures while your evening meal of fabulous local food and sensational South Australian wine is prepared back at the homestead by an in-house chef.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activity: Hiking & a 4WD expedition on Arkaba Station (tailored to suit)

HOTEL | Arkaba
HOMESTEAD ROOM
Built in the 1850s in the protective shadow of the Outback’s Flinders Ranges, Arkaba is a place that could only be found in Australia. The homestead is at the heart of a 60,000 acre, former sheep-station with just 5 rooms, housing a maximum of 10 guests – not a bad ratio if you’re looking for some ‘alone time’. Wildlife and birdlife are bound to be spotted on walks and drives with the in-house naturalist guides. Homestead meals are served with generosity and hospitality in the cozy dining room, or outside under the endless canopy of stars.

Day 10 Hop along to Kangaroo Island

Enjoy a leisurely morning at Arkaba this morning, taking in the colours of the Outback before you head to nearby Hawker Airstrip for your private charter flight to Kangaroo Island. This scenic flight will be a great chance to see the incredible spectacle of geology and landscapes of Wilpena Pound and the Flinders Ranges from the air, before heading south and across the water to Kangaroo Island. Landing in Kingscote, you’ll drive to the stunning sanctuary of Southern Ocean Lodge, your base for the next three nights. That first view as you walk in the lounge area and take in the floor to ceiling windows is a killer, with cliff top vistas over the Southern Ocean towards Antarctica.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activity: Scenic private charter flight from Arkaba to Kangaroo Island

Day 11

Today, your local guide will take you on a full day adventure starting at the southwestern end of the island in the spectacular Flinders Chase National Park—a wilderness spanning almost 200,000 acres. It’s home to a wide array of wildlife including ‘roos, wallabies, possums, iguanas, echidnas, koalas, platypus and countless birds, including the rare Cape Barren Goose. At Cape du Couedic you’ll visit a fur seal colony of nearly 50,000, catch a glimpse of the island’s remote lighthouse and finally, head on to see the aptly-named Remarkable Rocks. At Vivonne Bay, embark on a private 4×4 tour – one of the best ways to see the wildlife. Explore private bushland tracks looking for kangaroos, wallabies and other wildlife in their native habitat. This is a day to hike, drive and explore the many sights and experiences of Kangaroo Island, with your private guide always able to tailor your day to suit your needs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activity: Full-day discovery tour of Kangaroo Island with a local guide, with private 4×4 ride

Day 12

Meet your guide for another full day of exploring today. The day is planned to suit the seasons but usually begins with a scenic drive in search of koalas feeding high in the eucalyptus trees. Stop for a cuppa and homemade cakes, then travel through some of the island’s best farming country to the North Coast and Lathami Conservation Park. Here, you’ll walk quietly through the bush with your guide, looking for tracks and listening for birds. There are huge numbers of Tamar wallabies here, as well as species endemic to Kangaroo Island. Lunch is served in a private bush setting – a gourmet seafood BBQ prepared by your guide with local wines. Travel on to Seal Bay Conservation Park to walk among Australian sea lions on the beautiful sandy beach. Watch pups nursing or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding cycle. Return to the lodge for your last night, and don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular night sky from this isolated location.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activity: Full-day discovery tour of Kangaroo Island with a local guide

HOTEL | Southern Ocean Lodge
FLINDERS SUITE
Southern Ocean Lodge provides more than just accommodation – expect serenely beautiful guest rooms, captivating coastal views, exceptional cuisine based on the island’s fresh and innovative produce, as well as a high level of intimate and professional service. Located overlooking the cliffs and pounding surf of the Southern Ocean, the lodge adjoins the Flinders Chase & Cape Bouguer / Kelly Hill National Parks. Just 21 luxurious suites line the coast, offering breathtaking views from every room.

Day 13 Farewell

This morning, a one-hour road trip to Kingscote will connect you with your flight to Adelaide, and onward to your next destination.

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

  • All hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Services of B&R-trained local guide(s)
  • Detailed maps and water bottle
  • All special events and private tours
  • All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
  • International and domestic flights
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity for local guides
  • Visa to Australia (if applicable)