Shores of the Southern Ocean – An Air Safari (2022-23)

Delve into a cornucopia of epicurean delights, rare wildlife, sophisticated artworks and coastlines battered by the great Southern Ocean on this exclusive 9-day air safari from South Australia to Tasmania.

Journey Overview

Delve into a cornucopia of epicurean delights, rare wildlife, sophisticated artworks and coastlines battered by the great Southern Ocean on this exclusive 9-day air safari from South Australia to Tasmania. On this extraordinary journey only made possible by chartered flights, you will dine on Port Lincoln’s daily catch and meet the fishermen who haul it in. Admire abundant wildlife and epic landscapes on Kangaroo Island. Visit workshops and studios where painters, sculptors and potters create singular works of art and learn about bees from an apiarist. You’ll banquet ocean to table and paddock to plate on the region’s finest produce from local farms, providores and the bountiful ocean, washed down by some of the country’s best wines and home-distilled beverages toasting the beauty of our rare southern land on this unique air safari.

Journey highlights

  • Discover one of South Australia’s signature sparkling vineyards with a private tasting
  • Take part in a seafood masterclass with wine pairings hosted by chef Kris Bunder at his Port Lincoln marina home
  • Cruise Coffin Bay on an oyster appreciation with an expert local guide
  • Live the paddock to plate experience over lunch on an ethically sustainable beef farm
  • Visit studios and workshops to see artists at work using locally-sourced natural materials
  • Travel in an intimate group of no more than 9 guests in your own private plane
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Adelaide, South Australia

Arrive into Adelaide this morning; the food and wine, arts, culture, and event capital of Australia and transfer to your overnight accommodation, EOS by SkyCity, located in Adelaide’s entertainment precinct in the historic Railway Station building.

After a welcome briefing with your pilot/guide and fellow travellers, depart for the Adelaide Hills.

Arrive at Mount Lofty to visit the lookout and take in spectacular views of Adelaide and the neighbouring Adelaide Hills, keeping an eye out for koalas in the surrounding gums.

Continue on to Deviation Road Wines, South Australia’s signature sparkling winemaker. Enjoy a lunch of fresh local produce whilst soaking up the spectacular garden and vineyard views. Afterwards, take part in a private tasting in the VIP lounge, before finishing with a glass of their most famous sparkling overlooking the vineyards.

Return to Adelaide, driving into the historic heart of the city with its majestic cathedral, stunning new stadium and beautiful parklands. Pause at some of its most famous monuments, view the early Victorian architecture that is a feature of the area and walk one of Adelaide’s most historic streets and learn the stories of the settlers who helped build South Australia.

Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at iTL Italian Kitchen in the SkyCity precinct.

EOS by SkyCity | Meals: LD

Day 2: Adelaide – Port Lincoln | Seafood & Sculpture

This morning you will be met and transferred to Adelaide Airport where your private aircraft awaits. Take to the air, soaring to the Eyre Peninsula and Coffin Bay on the western side of the peninsula, an area of outstanding beauty, home to world famous oysters and a variety of important species of flora and fauna. There are no other comparable systems of bays and inlets in such compact form anywhere on the coast, justifying the area’s classification as a maritime wilderness area.

Refuel with a unique behind the scenes coffee experience at the Boston Bean Coffee Bar. This is South Australia’s only specialty coffee roastery and bar. The finest green coffee is sourced from around the world and roasted according to the taste of Boston Bean’s coffee connoisseurs. Specialty coffee is the passion of owner, and chief roaster, Richard Scott, who will walk you through the process from crop to cup. Then savour the exquisite flavours of three different blends.

Lunch from the Fresh Fish Place is a highlight, where you can select your own piece of fresh fish and have it cooked to order.

Later, meet Ken Martin, a master sculptor in bronze and wood, who achieved master status in 1975. Keep an eye out for his famous sculpture of multiple-Melbourne Cup winning Makybe Diva and the newly revealed Tuna Poler on the Port Lincoln foreshore. Ken has completed many private works and exhibitions all over the world, and some of his commissions include famous names such as Jason Gillespie, Barry Robran MBE, Darren Lehman and Dr Robin Warren AC Nobel Laureate. A visit to his workshop and a conversation with this unique artist and local character is not to be missed.

Continue with your expert local guide to Whalers Way, a privately owned conservation park on the tip of the Southern Eyre Peninsula. This ancient rocky coastline boasts a series of natural bays and headlands, some of the rocky promontories are believed to be among the oldest rock formations in South Australia. Extremely isolated, Whalers Way was declared an Historic Reserve and comprises the stunning and popular surfing area of Fishery Bay on the eastern side and extends to the spectacular rugged cliffs on the west which have been shaped and battered by the huge swells of the Southern Ocean.

Cape Carnot is a spectacular and geologically significant headland where some of the oldest rocks in Australia can be seen, some around 2.46 billion years old. Whalers Way sits on an ancient bed of crystalline basement rock which is part of the Gawler Craton and is capped by a more modern limestone (aeolianite) formation. Together these two geological structures create this rugged and imposing coastline of sheer cliffs, rock pools, caves, crevasses, blow holes and beaches.

From here, travel back to Port Lincoln and freshen up before experiencing one of Australia’s best culinary and dining experiences. Let your tastebuds do the talking at a seafood masterclass and wine-paired dinner with one of South Australia’s best-known chefs, Kris Bunder. Be welcomed into the Bunders residence for an unforgettable evening of locally caught seafood and Eyre Peninsula produce.

Port Lincoln Hotel | Meals BLD

Day 3: Port Lincoln | Marine highlights and Mikkira Station

After a leisurely breakfast, board the Tesla, a unique electric canal cruiser which glides through the Lincoln Cove Marina. This silent eco-friendly cruise is the perfect way to discover Australia’s largest commercial fishing fleet and millionaire’s paradise. Your local guide has watched the evolution of the seafood trade and the coming-of-age of Port Lincoln’s famous Southern Bluefin Tuna industry and you’ll hear first-hand from someone with 40 years’ experience in Australia’s fishing industry.

Later, a tour of the MFV Tacoma, an active 25 metre seagoing tuna fishing vessel preserved to its 1950s layout. Hear the story of how one of the most historically significant vessels ever built in Australia was constructed, and how it was instrumental in the early commercialisation of the South Australian tuna industry. Exploring the MFV Tacoma, from pilot house to engine room, will bring to life what it was like as a young crew member aboard a tuna poling boat. You may even get to try your hand at poling tuna with an expert.

Head into the 29,000 hectare Port Lincoln National Park. Explore the diversity that lies within the park from its massive sand dunes, which can be explored by 4WD, to the naturally rugged and wild Sleaford Bay, the tranquillity of the Spalding Cove area and other beautiful beaches. Wander along Surfleet Cove or take a 45-minute hike up to the Stamford Hill Lookout for spectacular views of Boston Bay, Port Lincoln and the national park.

After lunch step on to historic Mikkira Station where a private nature reserve is home to a colony of koalas. Stroll under the canopy of beautiful old Manna gums and come face to face with these iconic marsupials. Kangaroos casually graze and emus roam around this beautiful historic setting where, in 1842, Scotsman Adam Borthwick and his family made their home as one of the very first European settlers of the region. There’s time to wander through the restored original homestead and look for some of the 160 native bird species that reside here, such as the Port Lincoln parrot, blue-breasted fairywren and an occasional scarlet robin.

As the sun sets, sit around a campfire with a platter of gourmet produce and some local wines surrounded by wildlife and the sounds of nature, a quintessential Australian bush experience.

Return to Port Lincoln, where the remainder of the evening is at leisure.

Port Lincoln Hotel | Meals: BL

Day 4: Port Lincoln – Kangaroo Island | Coffin Bay Oysters

Enjoy a morning cruise with Coffin Bay oyster farmer Chris Hank. He will educate you about the Pacific and the Native Angasi Oysters from his picturesque oyster-lease in Coffin Bay itself. Hear how the industry is alleviating the environmental impact with the aim of remaining sustainable for years to come. His is a typical operation that contributes to the 60 tonnes of oysters that are trucked out of Coffin Bay every week. Fresh out of the rack, you are invited to sample these magnificent jewels of the sea and appreciate why they end up on the menu of the world’s top restaurants. Look out for wonderful seabirds, seals and dolphins as you cruise.

Today’s lunch will be fresh seafood platters at Coffin Bay 1802 Oyster Bar.

From here, you are transferred back to the airstrip to join your private aircraft for the short flight across the Spencer Gulf to Kangaroo Island.

Head immediately to Seal Bay Conservation Park for a private guided tour among Australian Sea lions on a beautiful sandy beach. Watch pups nursing or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding habits.

Visit the studio of Janine Mackintosh – a local artist who creates unique work using natural materials, mainly collected on her heritage bush property on the island’s wild south coast. Janine has been awarded numerous prizes and her pieces are shown in public and private collections around the world.

Tonight, enjoy an evening of great company and wood fired pizzas at the home of Kangaroo Island local and tourism industry identity Craig Wickham and his wife Janet.

Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Kangaroo Island | Remarkable Rocks in Flinders Chase

This morning, travel into Flinders Chase National Park. Explore the southwest peninsula around Cape du Couedic including the lighthouse precinct and some of the island’s most iconic coastal landscapes such as the Remarkable Rocks, a massive natural sculpture perched impossibly on top of a dome of granite emerging from the ocean.

Break for an elegant picnic lunch in the bush washed down with boutique South Australian wine, beer and soft drinks.

Evidence of the power of the Southern Ocean swell continues at Admirals Arch – a coastal grotto which provides a haul out for a large colony of long-nosed fur seals who swim effortlessly through the crashing waves. Visit Rocky River, an important breeding ground for rare Cape Barren geese, and return to the eastern end of the island via the South Coast Road.

Dinner tonight is at Reflections, located in the hotel.

Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Kangaroo Island – King Island, Tasmania | Currie Wharf & Cape Wickham Lighthouse

Return to Kingscote Airport and take to the skies. Touch down on King Island, which lies off the northwest coast of Tasmania, surrounded by a rugged coastline with fresh seafood, famously good produce and some of the cleanest air in the world.

First stop, the thriving Arts and Cultural Centre in the picturesque Currie Wharf precinct where you’re guaranteed a warm welcome. With artists often at work and both large and small pieces for sale, it offers a glimpse into the incredibly creative community here on King Island.

Lunch today is with Ana Pimenta and Tom Perry on their 2,000 acre beef property where a paddock to plate experience showcases their ethically and sustainably produced and 100% pasture-fed beef. After lunch, tour the farm with Ana and Tom, whose passion for sustainable farming is inspiring.

Following lunch, the journey continues northward. The first stop is Penny's lagoon, a rare, perched lagoon and a hot spot for the island's bird life. It is also a favourite swimming location for King Islanders on a hot summer's day.

Just up the road is one of Australia’s surf beaches, Martha Lavinia. The wave park has been voted one of the top 10 surf breaks in Australia and is frequented by pro surfers when the region.

Just before Cape Wickham lies one of the Islands best kept secrets, Disappointment Bay, anything but a disappointment and one of the most spectacular beaches on the island.

Greeting you at the entrance to Cape Wickham is the Cape Wickham Light House, Australia's tallest, with stunning views over Bass Strait. Hear all about the history of the island’s treacherous coastline, and don’t miss the opportunity to view the beautiful original lens made in France in the 1860s.

From here you head to the world-renowned Cape Wickham Golf Course and your onsite villa accommodation. Take in the view from your private decking and indulge in the amenities available to each guest.

Tonight, enjoy dinner in the Clubhouse at Cape Wickham.

Cape Wickham | Meals: BLD

Day 7: King Island | Spectacular Views & Artisan Brews

This morning, we make our way to King Island kelp craft, an iconic craft to the island and a good lead into our next stop King Island kelp industries. This industry is one of the island's largest exports and is used in items we all use every day without realising.

Continue to Seal Rocks, which provides one of the island’s most spectacular vistas overlooking the dramatic coastline.

Afterwards you head to the Calcified Forest, an eerie remnant of a once majestic 7,000-year-old forest, now petrified. The forest was exposed when the lime-laden sand that covered the forested area was removed by wind erosion, and you’ll approach it via a short walk along an easy trail. Enjoy a lovely picnic of King Island's best produce prepared by one of the island's best chefs amidst this otherworldly habitat.

Following lunch, visit King Island Brew House, where you will meet Cory and Sarah and learn the unique story of their brewed beverages with the opportunity to enjoy a glass (or two).

The final destination today is the iconic King Island Dairy, one of the island's best-known exports. Enjoy a cheese tasting with the opportunity to purchase cheese directly from the factory. Afterwards, return to Cape Wickham to freshen up before dinner.

Tonight, feast at Wild Harvest where the chefs transform the culinary delights of King Island into a gastronomical dining experience celebrating “Ocean to Table” and “Paddock to Plate”. This will be followed by King Island’s Little Penguin parade.

Cape Wickham | Meals: BLD

Day 8: King Island – Hobart | Museum of Old and New Art

Golfers may like to rise early for a round on the links course before breakfast (additional cost), or enjoy the morning meal at leisure.

Transfer to the King Island airport to board your private aircraft for the flight to Hobart.

Upon arrival, transfer by road to your waterfront accommodation at MACq01. After settling in and enjoying lunch at leisure, you’ll be escorted on foot to the Brooke Street Pier to board the Mona ferry for a wonderful afternoon at the incredible Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), set on a peninsula of land jutting out into the Derwent River about 16 kilometres north of the city.

During the 30-minute ferry ride, enjoy exclusive access to the upper deck and its lounge, bar and private deck — the Posh Pit. A selection of canapés, pastries and antipasto platters will be served accompanied by selected beverages — including wines from Moorilla Estate and Moo Brew. This journey serves as an entrée to the museological main course.

Mona is the largest privately funded museum in Australia and is the brainchild of Tasmanian David Walsh. It houses a stunning array of interesting and diverse artworks, many of which are considered mildly controversial. MONA was designed, by Fender Katsalidis Architects, to be explored as a space of wonder and experiment.

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the galleries before returning to Hobart by ferry. Tonight, you will enjoy a 6-course shared menu paired with wines at the hotel for your farewell dinner.

MACq01 | Meals: BD

Day 9: Depart Hobart

After breakfast, transfer to Hobart airport for your connecting flight home (at your own expense).

Meals: B

Journey Details

Internal air included: Private charter flights
Touring on Days 2-4 may differ. Please contact A&K for details.

Inclusions
All accommodation as detailed on a double/ twin share basis with private facilities; Travel in a private aircraft from as specified in the itinerary; Meals as specified; Bottled water during transfers and touring; Wine and beer with all included dinners; Airport welcome; Assistance with luggage and group transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle; Services of a Pilot/Guide and Local Guide(s) in select locations; All entrance fees, planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Note: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this program.

Tailor-Made Travel with A&K

If scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer to travel privately, please talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey for you, or your own small group with family or friends.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Port Lincoln Hotel

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MACq 01 Hotel, Hobart

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Sep 8, 2022 - Sep 16, 2022
Price AU$16,855pp Single Supplement AU$1,440 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Book
Oct 27, 2022 - Nov 4, 2022
Price AU$16,855pp Single Supplement AU$1,440 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Book
Mar 30, 2023 - Apr 7, 2023
Price AU$16,995pp Single Supplement AU$1,495 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Book
Notes:

Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.

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