CLARE VALLEY, MANNUM & VICTOR HARBOR
7 Day Tour
7 Day Tour
Join us on a fully hosted tour of iconic locations in South Australia. Let Kim and David take care of everything for you, ensuring you have the best possible time.
Sincere thank you Kim and David for providing us with such a wonderful, hassle free holiday in Tasmania. With Kim's expert organization and David's unbelievable driving ability you are a credit to yourselves. We are so glad we took the plunge and joined you and the absolutely fantastic group of people that shared our holiday with us. Big Thank you!!!
I would also like to add my praise and gratitude for making the tour so enjoyable. Thank you David and Kim for a wonderful trip, i will & have recommended your business to many friends & family.
I would like to add my praise for the wonderful way in which the tour was organised. I too would like to say how safe I felt and the interaction between Kim and David and the tour group made every one feel at home. The fact that you booked us into other family businesses added to the feeling of "family" that was the signature of the trip. I will recommend your business whenever I get a chance and hope I can travel with you again.
Thank you for a Wonderful holiday to Tasmania You have gone above and beyond all expectations. Your Planning and Care made each one of us feel Very Special. And I will certainly be recommending your Business to everyone, Young and Old."
I had a lovely holiday with all you fellow travellers, being a small group we got to know each other very well, even though some of us have known each other for many years but have reconnected! DAVID could make that bus dance and whirled us around all these mountains and corners in an amazing and very reassuring safe fashion. Thanks to you both, we just walked in to pre-arranged venues and received top treatment, with top meals and accommodation. I also liked the way you supported family owned businesses who you returned to. Fully recommended company!
fully hosted and wonderful tour
DAY 1 – TO ADELAIDE
We have an exciting tour ahead of us; we are touring iconic areas of SA giving us a taste of each one. We depart this morning to the lovely Clare Valley. Sit back and let us do the driving as we head out from Port Lincoln. We break along the way to stretch our legs and purchase lunch. Arriving in the “Valley” we make our way to our accommodation where we unpack and settle in before joining together for our first dinner on tour.
(Dinner in the motel)
Clare Country Club – 08 8842 1060 – 2 nights (subject to availability)
Day 2 – SEVEN HILL & AUBURN
We don’t travel far today but there sure are some wonderful places to spend time at throughout the day.
Sevenhill was settled by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1851 to produce sacramental wine. This makes this the first winery established in the Clare Valley. But today Sevenhill Cellars are highly regarded for their premium table wines as well. During a tour we take a step back in history taking in the significant wine and spiritual sites, including the Underground Cellar, old- vine vineyards, St Ignatius of Loyola Shrine and St Aloysius’ Church with its crypt. Continuing a bit further south we stop in the town of Auburn for a bit of a look around. There are some historical buildings of significance to pass by before we turn back to make our lunch appointment, which is a very special venue. At Skillogalee Winery we’ll enjoy a talk, tasting and a lovely lunch in the delightful setting of the old stone cottage, built by a Cornish miner in 1851. This is the type of lunch that we won’t want to leave, so we have plenty of time to enjoy our surroundings. When we are ready we head back to our accommodation to enjoy the facilities before another lovely dinner this evening.
(Breakfast and dinner in the hotel, lunch Skillogalee)
DAY 3 – CLARE TO MANNUM
This morning we embark on a sightseeing drive through to the historic township of Mintaro. This heritage listed town had many buildings developed using the locally quarried slate. We’ll also stop in at Martindale Hall, the stately mansion built in the 1800s, known for its role in Picnic at Hanging Rock. For lunch we have a little bit of an adventure at Mintaro Maze. This living hedge maze consists of over 800 conifers. Features fountains, twists and turns to trick even the most committed explorer. Don’t worry we don’t have to find our lunch in the maze! We’ll drive back to Clare via Polish Hill, so named to commemorate the contribution of polish migrants who were the early pioneers arriving in the area in the 1870s. Sit back and relax as we travel to the beautiful town of Mannum located on the Mighty Murray River.
(Breakfast and dinner in motel, lunch at Mintaro Maze)
Mannum Motel – 08 8569 1808 – 2 nights (subject to availability)
Day 4 – MANNUM
We begin to explore Mannum – one of the oldest towns on the Murray – and one of the most picturesque. In this enchanting town are many of the original buildings, dating back to the last century which have been retained and preserved. We welcome our local guide onto the coach for a tour of the town. Not only will the guide explain the historical importance of Mannum as a river port in the 1800s but the guide will show us some of the town’s original buildings that date back to the last century. After we farewell our guide we visit the Mannum Dock Museum, home of the fully restored Paddle Steamer Marion, presents river history at its best. The Paddle Steamer Marion is a fully restored heritage vessel built in 1897. We now board the PW Mayflower for our cruise on the Murray River. This cruise will take us to the Caloote Cliffs and return capturing an ever-changing river landscape for us to enjoy. We have arranged lunch at The Pretoria Hotel which also has an interesting history. There are photos documenting how the beer was still being served (during the 1956 flood when the first floor was completely underwater) from the second storey balcony!!
(Breakfast and dinner in motel, lunch Pretoria Hotel)
DAY 5 – MANNUM TO VICTOR HARBOR
Our destination is Victor Harbor today and we head off just after breakfast to make the most of our 2 nights here. Our first visit for the day is to the SA Whale Centre, housed in a heritage building. It has 3 floors of displays featuring whales, dolphins, sharks, sea lions and fairy penguins. The remnants of Victor Harbor’s whaling history are here along with the modern story of the return by the Southern Right Whales, in increasing numbers, to this coastline each year between June and September. We now enjoy some time at leisure to purchase lunch. We have a relaxed afternoon planned. We take a ride on the Horse Drawn Tram, across the causeway to Granite Island. Granite Island was once used as the main port for vessels travelling overseas with cargo. The cargo came from Port Goolwa then transferred overland to Victor Harbor by horse drawn vehicles. We have time on the island to take a short walk before returning to the mainland and to our accommodation.
(Breakfast and dinner in the hotel)
McCracken Country Club – 08 8551 0200 – 2 nights (subject to availability)
DAY 6 – COCKLE TRAIN & THE COORONG
We now head to the local train station to board the Cockle Train for a run along the oldest steel-railed railway in Australia, dating back to 1887. The train gained its name from the early days of settlement when the local residents would take a horse drawn train to Goolwa to collect cockles from the sandy beaches near the mouth of the Murray River. Our 30 minute journey will take us via Port Elliot and Middleton into the historic wharf precinct of Goolwa. The lower lakes that form the delta area where the Murray enters the ocean have recovered significantly since the drought broke in 2010. We are booked on a two hour cruise to the mouth of the Murray on the Spirit of the Coorong. It’s a fascinating trip that takes us downstream through the lock in the Goolwa Barrage and onto the mouth of the Murray River for a guided walk. After our fascinating day we return to the hotel with a bit of free time before dinner.
(Breakfast and dinner in hotel)
DAY 7 – VICTOR HARBOR TO HOME
Early morning we check out of the hotel and commence our journey back to the Eyre Peninsula. Today is a travel day and we will have plenty of stops to stretch the legs and purchase lunch. Late afternoon we arrive home following a great time away with new friendships made along the way.
notes from your tour guides
- Complete charter
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Itinerary subject to change due to weather or events out of our control