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South Australia


As the wine capital of Australia, the art of blending comes naturally. But South Australia blends far more than wine. From the salt flats of Lake Eyre to the majesty of the Flinders Ranges, the diversity of South Australia may surprise you.

Nestled deep within South Australia’s remote Outback is the town of Coober Pedy. Coined the ‘Opal Capital of the World’, it’s an intriguing place where around half of the population live underground to escape soaring summer temperatures. 

Travellers can even stay at an underground hotel, and visit the underground homes, art galleries, restaurants and churches for an insight into this unique underground world.

Vast and empty, Kata Thanda-Lake Eyre basin occupies an area of nearly 10,000 square kilometres, and is Australia’s largest inland lake. Depending on seasonal rainfall, the dry salt lake’s barren landscape transforms into a thriving oasis. Walk along the salt flats watching for pelicans, gulls and the tiny Lake Eyre Dragon. Or take to air and experience the magnitude of this incredible site on a scenic flight.

After traversing the Birdsville track through some of the most arid landscape in the country, you can experience the hospitality of the welcoming waterhole, the Birdsville Hotel. Standing at the edge of the Simpson Desert, this hotel has become legendary as an authentic Outback pub. 

As its name suggests Cameron Corner is a unique Outback meeting point at the intersection of three states – Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales. One of the most easterly Outback reaches and bisected by the world’s longest wild dog fence, Cameron Corner is a remote and quirky gateway to far-flung wilderness adventures.

Flinders Ranges National Park, sculpted by climatic events over many millions of years, encompasses rugged mountains and red sandy landscapes, intriguing fossils and the evidence of early pioneers. Wildlife abounds within this 540 million-year-old landscape, including the Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby.

The striking natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound is one of the most beautiful sites within Flinders Ranges National Park.

Pass the exposed rock faces of Bunyeroo Valley, see imprints of some of the earliest life forms on earth at Brachina Gorge and ascend Razorback Ridge for panoramic views to this ancient landscape.

An easy hop across South Australia’s border lies one the most accessible Outback regions – Mungo National Park – tucked into the southwestern corner of neighbouring New South Wales. This is an otherworldly land of ancient arid lakebeds and fluted crescent-shaped sand dunes, known as lunettes. Where an age-old history has been cast in sand held sacred by Aborginal people. If you dig a little deeper, you’ll discover that the oldest human remains in Australia were found here, dating back over 40,000 years.

Less than an hour from Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is home to some of the world’s most celebrated vineyards and premier wine producers, such as Penfolds, the home of Penfold’s Grange and St Henri. Along with its famous cool-climate reds, the region is renowned for its amazing produce.

Kangaroo Island lies a fleeting ferry ride away from Cape Jervis on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. As its names suggests, the island provides an idyllic haven for indigenous and marine wildlife and a wealth of outdoor adventure. While spectacular coastal scenery, fresh produce and fine wine are always the order of the day.

The special combination of breathtaking natural diversity, Outback culture, gourmet produce, and isolated mining towns is all part of the brilliant blend that is South Australia.

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Signature Invitations

APT’s Signature Invitations have been carefully designed to offer that something extra. With these once-in-a-lifetime moments, you’ll experience the best the Outback has to offer.

Kangaroo Island

Discover the landscapes, local produce and wildlife of Kangaroo Island. Explore Seal Bay Conservation Park and get up close to the Australian Sea Lion.

Explore Lake Eyre by Land & Air

Enjoy walking on the salt flats of the Australia’s largest inland lake as well as be treated to a fantastic included scenic flight over this vast and incredible site.

Drive the Birdsville Track

Traverse some of the most arid land in the country along one of Australia's most iconic 4WD tracks, opened in the 1860's as a route for herding cattle from Queensland.

Hotels, Lodges & Resorts

Enjoy a luxurious stay in the heart of Adelaide on your 4WD Outback Adventure.

The Playford Hotel, Adelaide

Located in the heart of North Terrace, The Sebel Playford Adelaide is a five-star property with art nouveau styling and beautifully appointed guest rooms.

Engage with local Wildlife during your 4WD Adventure stay at Wilpena Pound Resort.

Wilpena Pound

Witness the beauty of Wilpena Pound. Set amongst the Flinders Ranges, this resort is your gateway to this stunning region.

Experience the fascinating world of Coober Pedy on your 4WD Tour with a stay at the Desert Cave Hotel.

Desert Cave Hotel

Stay at the unique Desert Cave Hotel in Coober Pedy. The quirky underground rooms are cool, dark and airy and visitors say it’s ‘the best night’s sleep they’ve ever had'.

Awake to the sounds of the bush at Ikara Safari Camp in South Australia.

Ikara Safari Camp

Ikara Safari Camp is the perfect base for exploring Wilpena Pound National Park. This is the ultimate wilderness experience with a few of life's modern luxuries included.

Enjoy a relaxing stay at the Aurora Ozone hotel your 4WD Outback Adventure.

Aurora Ozone Hotel

New for 2016! Situated on the foreshore overlooking Nepean Bay. The Aurora Ozone is the perfect base for exploring the wildlife and sampling local produce of Kangaroo Island.

Discover Birdsville Pub Hotel a true icon of the Outback, during your South Australia 4WD adventure.

Birdsville Hotel

Since 1884, the Birdsville Hotel has stood proudly at the very edge of the Simpson Desert. Today, it is a true icon of the vast Australian Outback.

Ambient Dining

Indulge in magnificent Waterfront Dining on your 4WD Holiday.

Special Dining Experiences

We understand that food is an important part of any holiday. That’s why no matter where in the Outback you travel with us, you’ll enjoy unique and special dining experiences specific to the region you are visiting.

From sunset drinks to picnics and special Welcome and Farewell dinners, with APT, superb dining is all part of the experience.

Sample some of Australia's finest local Seafood on your 4WD Tour.

All Meals Included

You can leave your wallet at home as all meals are included on our South Australian trips. You can relax knowing that the bill is already taken care of. 

Sample some of the World's Finest Wine Produce on your 4WD Tour of the Barossa Valley. APT Exclusive

Clare Valley Wine Dinner

Be delighted by a spectacular dinner incorporating incredible local produce of Clare Valley. Accompanied by fine local wines, it's the perfect conclusion to your journey.

Expert Driver-Guides

As the 'Best Domestic Tour Operator', we know that our Driver-Guides are key to your experience. They are the heart and soul of APT. They understand extraordinary travel experiences—and what they have to do to make them happen.

Our talented bunch of guides are passionate about the quality of the experience they deliver, and strive to give you as much insight into the region as possible.

Many of our guides are undertaking study in the areas of horticulture, ecology, cultural heritage & conservation, anthropology and astronomy.