Sip & sample, fish & feast
The Great Australian Gourmet Adventure
A 10-night odyssey showcasing South Australia’s finest produce with epic adventures and exclusive experiences from wine country to coast.
Tour Adelaide’s Central Markets to meet passionate providores and producers. Blend and bottle your own wine in McLaren Vale’s d’Arenberg cube. Sample iconic Australian drops at Penfold’s Magill Estate and lunch at Maggie Beer’s Barossa Valley Farm. Set off from Adelaide on a food safari by sea to sample Kangaroo Island highlights and shuck oysters in Coffin Bay. Enjoy chef-prepared meals showcasing South Australia’s finest as you cruise the Gambier, Pearson and Franklin islands, whose remote and rocky outcrops offer wonderful wildlife watching (sea lions, seals and seabirds) and fabulous fishing (snapper, salmon and prized King George whiting).
On arrival into Adelaide your private transfer will transport you to your accommodation.
A private tour of Adelaide’s Central Markets with a well-connected local will introduce you to some of South Australia’s most flavoursome eats and the colourful characters behind them.
We recommend you try Restaurant Botanic for dinner this evening. Nestled in Adelaide’s picturesque Botanic Gardens, Restaurant Botanic delivers a true feast for the senses.
Accommodation:Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets, Adelaide (2 nights)
Your private driver will deliver you to the striking D’Arenberg Cube among the McLaren Vale wines where you can take yourself on a tour of the Alternate Realities Museum to awaken the senses. Then pull up a chair at the Blending Bench for a hands-on opportunity to turn your hand to winemaking. Blend your own flavours to suit your palate, and the D’Arenberg team will bottle and label it for you to take home and serve at your next dinner party.
Sit back and relax over an eight-course wine-paired degustation experience at d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant, before being transferred back to Adelaide.
If there’s still enough room for dinner, we can recommend the long-time Adelaide locals’ dining institution, Africola, an African-inspired riot of colour and flavour.
Accommodation:Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets, Adelaide
Transfer to the foothills of the Adelaide Hills to enjoy an introduction to (and tastings at) historic Magill Estate, home of Australia’s iconic Penfolds wines; then on to Maggie Beer’s Farm Eatery in the Barossa for lunch.
Returning to Adelaide this afternoon, settle in on board your small group expedition-style cruise with cocktails and dinner as you sail towards Victor Harbour.
Far from purely functional, dining is an included highlight of any True North cruise. The galley door is always open, and you are encouraged to engage with the chefs throughout the journey to learn about their destination-inspired dining philosophy and the provenance of your meals.
Accommodation: True North Cruise (8 nights)
A visit to Oceanic Victor in-sea aquarium delivers up close encounters with southern blue fin tuna and an array of other marine life, before cruising to Kangaroo Island.
Anchored in Redhouse Bay, the afternoon is yours to explore the Dudley Peninsula: sightseeing, beach combing or fishing for highly prized King George whiting.
Australia’s “Galapagos”, Kangaroo Island is home to wide variety of native animals, bird and marinelife including: kangaroos and koalas, echidnas and wallabies, sea lions, penguins and more. A road trip to the island’s south-west reaches and the Flinders Chase national park offers opportunities to spot these feathered and furred locals in their natural habitats whilst also visiting the Remarkable Rocks and Admiralty Arch striking rock formations.
Exploring Kangaroo Island’s North Coast, where farmlands roll into sandy coves, provides opportunities for snorkelling, fishing, wildlife spotting and beach combing.
Kangaroo Island also produces a bounty of delicious local produce: premium honey and halloumi, craft beers and boutique wines, seafood, sea salt and spirits; which may also feature on the True North menus.
For those who are feeling brave, today presents the bucket-list opportunity to dive into the deep with Great White Sharks (from the safety of a cage dive experience). For those feeling less adventurous, there are also sightseeing excursions to explore the Gambier Islands and local fishing adventures to be had.
Come together again this afternoon with canapes and drinks served on the beach at Memory Cove.
Wake up in Coffin Bay for a day of hiking and oyster tasting in spectacular surrounds. (We can also highly recommend taking up the opportunities to take to the skies with a scenic helicopter flight over the region’s coastline and clifftops, tranquil turquoise bays and white sandy beaches).
Venture further than most visitors have been to explore the pristine Pearson Islands. Well known for producing giant whiting, the waters here provide rewarding fishing for any avid angler! You may prefer to take a dip at one of the inviting beaches, visit a local seal colony or challenge yourself with a rewarding ranger-guided hike to the top of the island.
The last day of your South Australian safari by sea begins in the picturesque township of Streaky Bay is situated on the western coast of the Eyre Peninsula. Don’t miss the opportunity to jump in the adventure boats to join in the hunt for revered blue manna crab!
The Franklin Islands are your final destination. Spend the afternoon exploring, fishing, snorkelling or diving ahead of a magnificent farewell dinner on board.
Disembark in Smoky Bay and board the short flight from Ceduna to Adelaide to connect with your onward travel arrangements,
NOTE: Cruise schedule, itinerary and activities are subject to change to accommodate the prevailing weather conditions at the time.
Price – From $23,400 for two people on a double/twin share basis