If an indulgent 'down-under' vacation is on any of your lists, then you’ll probably wish to include South Australia in your itinerary.
In our last few blogs we’ve spoken about fabulous lodges in natural Australian settings, boasting majestic views and exclusive hospitality ... and as promised, this blog focuses on three such luxury lodges in South Australia.
Luxury experiences can be truly delivered in the Australian outback!
Arkaba is a 60,000 acre South Australian outback property, that can truly deliver.
Located in the colorful landscapes of the Flinders Ranges and flanked by the awe-inspiring Chase Ranges and Rawnsley Bluff, Arkaba is probably one of the most splendid outback properties in Australia.
Just ten guests at a time have a unique opportunity to be immersed in guided wildlife safaris, and to enjoy relaxation in one of the finest Australian outback landscapes.
We recommend dining outdoors on the terrace at the end of the day ... enjoying the ever-changing colors and sounds of the bush ... and then indulging an after-dinner drink in front of the fire-pit just watching stars appear in the ancient outback 'big sky'.
Getting There: By Air: Private charters can take you from Adelaide to the closest airstrip, Hawker, in just over an hour.
You can also fly from Adelaide to Port Augusta and then take a 75 minute drive north to Arkaba.
By Car: You can take a splendid 4.5 hours drive from Adelaide. Stop at Quorn and the Pichi Richi Railway on your way north.
Things to Remember: The adventure-minded can also enjoy a memorable four day walking safari (along with camping-swags-under-the-stars) ex Arkaba.
Located in the heart of an idyllic vineyard, with an acclaimed restaurant on-site, and breath-taking vistas of the world-renowned Barossa Valley is The Louise.
Inspired design, fabulous artwork, and luxurious suites (each with its own private terrace) cater to a maximum of just 15 guests.
With more than one hundred Barossa wineries to choose from, The Louise offers wine tastings beyond compare. Quite apart from fabulous wine experiences, you can enjoy hot air ballooning, cycling and hiking, and/or relaxing massages in the spa ... and, we recommend enjoying a Barossa Farmers’ Market Breakfast with the Kangaroos while staying at The Louise.
Make your very own blend at iconic Penfolds winery, or accompany 'Appelation' chefs on their farmer’s market visit and watch them securing the very best regional produce for the restaurant kitchen.
The Louise is all about enjoying simply outstanding food, spectacular wine, and fabulous accommodation in the very heart of one of Australia’s most respected wine regions.
Getting There: By Air : The Louise can arrange for helicopter transfers from Adelaide ... or to/from Southern Ocean Lodge.
By Car : The Barossa Valley is just over a one hour drive north of Adelaide.
Things to Remember: Leave your scales at home.
Southern Ocean Lodge
There's a very good reason that Kangaroo Island has been referred to as 'Australia's-zoo-without-fences'.
Set atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of Kangaroo Island's south coast, commanding spectacular ocean views, and with nothing but open ocean for 2,000+ miles to the south, is Southern Ocean Lodge - a sensitively designed luxury lodge, recognized for its unique fusion of luxury and nature.
[Read Our Previous Blog On Luxury Lodges Of Australia : New South Wales ]
Southern Ocean Lodge offers just twenty one glass-walled suites each featuring bespoke furnishings, lavish sleeping areas, and a sunken outdoor lounge with spectacular Southern Ocean views.
This is certainly the place to fine dine on fabulous local produce, and enjoy spectacular guided touring of Australia's very own Galapagos.
Getting There: By Air: Kangaroo Island is just a 35 minute flight from Adelaide International Airport.
By Car/Ferry: It’s 90 minute drive from Adelaide to Port Jervis and then a 50-minute ferry across to Kangaroo Island.
Things to Remember: Take a camera!