Similarly, walking through forests of eucalyptus trees or along the beaches of Kangaroo Island will bring you into contact with a whole range of marsupials, birds and sea lions. But sometimes your feet won’t carry you far enough. Exploring the mighty Murray River, for example, means cruising on a houseboat. Then hopping off at destinations along the way and walking to see the amazing geology, views and wildlife of places like Headings Cliffs, Reny Island, Hunchee, Amazon Creek and Bunyip Reach.
Fly from the UK to Australia, arriving in Adelaide the following day. After checking into your hotel you’ll have plenty of time to explore the interesting city of Adelaide. The scale of this iconic city means you can explore at walking pace and see a whole collection of interesting sights, discover the culture of the place and visit any number of quality restaurants, bars and galleries.
Stay: One night at the Mayfair Hotel.
Today you’ll fly from Adelaide Airport to Kangaroo Island – famous, naturally, for its large numbers of kangaroos, not to mention a range of other indigenous wildlife. You’ll have a barbie out in the bush before wandering beneath huge eucalyptus trees with koalas dozing in their ample branches. In Lathami Conservation Park your guide will show you rare wallabies that are all but extinct on the mainland, whilst at Seal Bay Conservation Park you’ll have the chance to watch sea lions lazing about on the beach, gambolling in the surf and playing with their pups – or avoiding battle scarred and bad tempered old bulls defending their territories. Keen birdwatchers will be delighted to sight a wide range of species, from cockatoos to osprey.
Stay: Two nights at the Stranraer Homestead.
After the wildlife of Kangaroo Island it’s time to fly back to the mainland and collect your hire car. You’ll then drive to the sophisticated, luxurious Renmark Hotel. Set on a sweeping bend in the Murray River this historic hotel has been a landmark since it was built in the 1890s and is today known for its wonderful Art Deco architecture and innate sense of style.
Stay: One night at the Renmark Hotel.
Now your adventure takes on a distinctly cruising-and-walking theme. You’ll drive from the Renmark to Paringa where you’ll board one of the River Murray Houseboats and meet your fellow cruisers. Then you’ll set sail along the mighty Murray Rover to the spectacular Headings Cliffs, where you’ll moor, ready for your first walk through the red gum forest and black box woodlands of Reny Island. Pushing on even further takes you to the dunes and wildlife of Hunchee. The following day you’ll explore part of the largest anabranch water system in South Australia – after watching the sunrise over Headings Cliffs, marvelling at the wind-and-time carved geology and following a natural oxbow to Amazon Creek. Great birdwatching is yours at Big Hunchee’s wide waters.
There are more wetlands, floodplains and water systems to explore as the Murray River meanders through an untouched natural wilderness to Bunyip Reach, the site of the proposed Chowilla Dam and the cliffs of Queens Bend with their fabulous lookout views.
On your final day of cruising your feet can take a break too. You’ll sail to the historic Customs House, Border Cliffs and the interesting Lock 6. You’ll cruise past the Chowilla Shearing Station and on to the Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery for lunch and a tour. Then it’s time to drive back to Adelaide Airport to catch your international flight home.
Stay: Three nights in a double room aboard a houseboat.
Adelaide – London
After your overnight flight from Adelaide you’ll arrive in the UK on the following day.