In the full throes of celebrating the release of our new Bridge the World brochure, we’ve spent the last couple of weeks touring Australia to bring you some of our favourite wilderness adventures and luxurious retreats. This week we are in South Australia – a state of extraordinary natural wonders, unapologetic puns, and a corner of the world in which we have fallen hopelessly in love (or at the very least in serious wander lust).
Home to hauntingly beautiful and diverse ancient landscapes, stretching from the scorched jagged ridges of the southern outback to the crashing white peaks of the Southern Ocean, there is a rawness and wildness to South Australia’s beauty that cannot be found anywhere else.
A trip here will take you to the mind-blowing extremes of nature and geology; diving with prehistoric Great Whites in the wild waters off the Eyre Peninsula, climbing Kangaroo Island’s remarkable rocks sculptured by 500 million years of Antarctic winds and ocean spray, and hiking into the vast lunar crater of 800 million year old Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges. In stark contrast to this giant and dramatic wilderness, are the rolling woven hills, undulating countryside and intimate vineyard retreats of the Barossa Valley, and the gentle colonial charms and long alfresco summers of Adelaide.
And, if this wasn’t enough, South Australia is also the country’s gourmet capital – with delicious seafood hauled from its oceans, fresh produce pulled from its pastures, and world-class wines drunk from its picturesque vineyards.