McLaren Vale + Adelaide Hills walking tour itinerary

This seven-day guided walking tour explores McLaren Vale, the Fleureiu Peninsula and the Adelaide Hills: excellent accommodation, great walks, fine food and wine and good company!


Day 1:

Welcome to Adelaide!  You will be collected from the airport and transfer you to your hotel located in the East End of Adelaide next door to the Central Markets from where you can explore the South Australian Art Gallery, Museum, the Botanic Gardens and Rundle Mall.  Dinner tonight is at Adelaide’s most-awarded Italian restaurants.

Day 2:

Today we leave Adelaide, heading south to McLaren Vale.  On the way, we stop for a beautiful, winding walk through the Morialta Conservation Park.  10 km, 3.5 hrs.  We will enjoy a light lunch along the walk.  After a refreshing drink at an historic pub,  we drive through the Adelaide Hills to our accommodation in a vineyard on the edge of McLaren Vale, where we'll have the opportunity to sample their wines before dinner at a gastropub in town.

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Day 3:

This morning we drive to nearby Onkaparinga Gorge National Park for a short walk through native bushland with views into the Gorge.  8 kms, 2 hrs  After freshening up back at our base, we drive to D'Arenburg winery, where we'll have a tasting in the famous Cube and then enjoy a delicious degustation lunch at their celebrated restaurant.  Back at the base, the evening is free.

Day 4:

Today we start early to drive further south through the Fleurieu Peninsula to the southern ocean.  Here we'll pick up a section of the Heysen Trail, following the winding path along the cliff tops with spectacular views across the Southern Ocean.  13 kms, 4 hrs  We’ll have a light lunch along the way.  Dinner tonight is a short drive away at an award winning Portuguese restaurant with views over the sea.

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Day 5:

Today we stay close to home.  We will have a later start, giving you time to poke around the shops and cafes of McLaren Vale town.  We then follow a section of the Shiraz trail through vineyards to the prettiest town in the region, where we'll enjoy a wine-tasting with a small, family-run producer before having a light lunch. 9 kms, 2.5 hrs  After freshening up at our base, we'll drive to one of McLaren Vale’s historic vineyards for a guided tour and a wine tasting.  Dinner tonight will be at our hotel’s own restaurant.


Day 6:

Time to say goodbye to McLaren Vale this morning as we make our way to the Adelaide Hills for your final night and staying at an historic 4-star hotel.  On the way, we’ll stop to make an unhurried walk up Mt Lofty, following a trail less-well travelled to the top of this iconic mountain, rewarded with spectacular views.  We'll have a light lunch at the lookout.  11 kms, 4 hrs  As a grande finale, we’ll enjoy a 4-course degustation dinner at the hotel's 3-hatted restaurant.


Day 7:

After breakfast, around 09.00, there will be a transfer back to Adelaide via the airport.


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A seven-day gourmet walking tour in South Australia

  • Tour Lead

    Simon Tancred

  • Tour Dates

    28 May to 3 June, 2022

  • Tour Size
    10 people
  • Tour Cost


    per person
  • Single supplement: $600
  • 6 nights accommodation in 4-star accommodation
  • All breakfasts, five lunches and five dinners at excellent restuarants/vineyards
  • Tastings at wineries
  • Private luxury bus transport throughout (Mercedes Sprinter or similar)
  • Two professional guides
  • All paid admissions/fees during the tour

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