Wine and Wildlife Adventure Australia: Sydney and Kangaroo Island

On this Kangaroo Island and Sydney highlights tour, get up close and personal with iconic Australian animals! Explore Kangaroo Island with a private guide and see Sydney through the eyes of a local on a lunch cruise.

We designed this Wine and Wildlife Adventure Australia: Sydney and Kangaroo Island package for an adventurous couple in their 50s. They were both nature lovers and the wife was enamored with Australian animals, so we created this trip as the ultimate wildlife vacation!

Based on everything they wanted to see and do, we knew South Australia, with its incredible food, wine, wildlife, and beaches, was the perfect destination. Our clients started their trip in the cosmopolitan capital of Adelaide, where they had a day to rest and explore.

Their Wine and Wildlife Adventure Australia continued on the gorgeous Kangaroo Island, where a third of the land is set aside for wildlife conservation. They loved the stunning scenery and the opportunity to see iconic Australian animals in their natural habitat. We arranged 2 days of private nature and wildlife touring with our friends at Exceptional Kangaroo Island, and our clients formed a close connection with their guide. Exploring Kangaroo Island was certainly a highlight of their trip.

Then, it was another short flight back to Adelaide, and they drove to Barossa Valley, Australia’s undisputed wine capital, and spent 3 nights at the beautiful luxury lodge The Louise. Dining at the lodge’s Appellation restaurant was one of the highlights of their trip!  And of course, the enjoyed a full day of wine tasting expertly hosted by their private local guide.

From the Barossa Valley, they flew to magical Sydney.  They stayed at The Langham Sydney, a fabulous luxury hotel nestled into a quiet oasis near the city center.  That evening they wondered the city with a local Splendour guide who showed them some of the best local food in the city.

The next day, they were treated to a very special authentic aboriginal experience in the city.  Hosted by an expert guide, the couple saw the city through the historical and cultural lens of their Aboriginal guide.  And then enjoyed a progressive long lunch on local yacht.  This lunch was accompanied with the best Australian wines, and it included three stops at hidden gem restaurants.

After 9 days of incredible Australian experiences, it was time to begin their journey home. They returned with some amazing memories and photos to share!

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to Australia! Fly Qantas from the US to Adelaide, the cosmopolitan capital of South Australia. Enjoy a transfer to your city hotel and spend the afternoon exploring the charming colonial streets, selecting unique souvenirs at the Adelaide Central Markets, and uncovering hidden gems among the city’s many wonderful bars and restaurants.
Mayfair Hotel

Day 2
Today take a short flight to the idyllic, wildlife-filled Kangaroo Island! You will be picked up from the airport by your fabulous local guide and set off on an incredible wildlife tour. Discover the laid-back way of life on the island, along with its bountiful local produce, as you enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch in a scenic location. You’ll have a chance to see wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, and much more in the wild, and even visit Seal Bay to see countless sea lions basking on the beach! Your accommodation for the evening is a comfortable B&B filled with local charm.
B&B on Kangaroo Island

Day 3
Enjoy another day of touring the beautiful Kangaroo Island with your guide. Today, you’ll explore the highlights and lesser known backtracks of Flinders Chase National Park—a wilderness covering nearly 200,000 acres. It is home to a wide array of wildlife species, such as kangaroos, fur seals, wallabies, possums, goannas, echidnas, koalas, platypus, and many birds, including rare Cape Barren Geese. You will be dropped back at your B&B this evening.
B&B on Kangaroo Island

Day 4
Fly back to Adelaide, where you’ll pick up your rental car and enjoy 2 days in the Barossa Valley. Your stay is at the Louise, this boutique luxury lodge is a paradise for food and wine lovers; the world-renowned restaurant Appellation is a destination in itself. Enjoy fresh fruit and port-style wine on arrival, and soak up the tranquil views of the surrounding green hills.
The Louise

Day 5
Today, you will enjoy The Barossa Valley, which is the undisputed wine capital of Australia, with over 100 wineries in easy driving distance. Your expert local wine guide will allow you to explore several wineries in the area, including a wonderful lunch.
The Louise

Day 6
Back to Adelaide then board a flight to Sydney. You will be met by your driver and transferred to your luxurious hotel, The Langham. This elegant hotel is nestled into a quiet area of the city, but still close to all the major attractions. In the evening, you will be met by your local guide for a fabulous Gourmet Nights private tour of Sydney. On the tour you will discover local restaurants and cuisine unique to Sydney.
The Langham Sydney

Day 7
Today you will be hosted by an expert local guide, who will show you Sydney through the historical and cultural lens of her Aboriginal background.
The Langham Sydney

Day 8
Today you will cruise on sparkling Sydney Harbour. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard your 52-foot motor yacht as your personal captain and host share the harbor’s rich history. Cruise along the foreshore for wonderful views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, and beautiful bays and coves lined with luxury homes. This journey includes 3 stops for a progressive style lunch, allowing you to enjoy hidden gem restaurants, rub elbows with the local Australians, all the while sipping on local Australian wine.
The Langham Sydney

Day 9
Explore Sydney at your leisure today. Visit the popular Bondi Beach or Manly Beach, go shopping at fabulous boutiques, and discover the city’s vibrant neighborhoods. Enjoy an exclusive lunch with beer or wine at the iconic Sydney Opera House. This evening, discover a spectacular 360 view of Sydney as you climb to the top of the Harbour Bridge.
The Langham Sydney

Day 10
Your incredible Australian vacation comes to an end today. Enjoy a transfer to the Sydney airport, where you’ll begin your journey home.

About this vacation
Cost Per Person

Does not include the cost of airfare

Based on
9 day stay
2 travelers

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