- Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Willunga, SA
- Product code: FE1819ST
Explore the magnificent Fleurieu Peninsula unlike any other with Off Piste 4WD Tours. This is an exclusive and exciting one-day adventure only 40 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD. It introduces the visitor to the hidden delights of a spectacular wine and food province set in a pristine pocket of South Australian bushland and coast. We drive off the tourist routes in a luxury, custom-built 4WD vehicle to discover exclusive locations made accessible to tour guide and passionate Fleurieu local Benjamin Neville. This exhilarating off-road adventure embraces sprawling vineyards with a dramatic backdrop of rolling hills, local flora and fauna, a spectacular beach drive and a glimpse into indigenous history. It includes a relaxed, mid-morning refreshment stop of handmade cheese and local wines to the sounds of the didgeridoo and a specially-prepared outdoor, private lunch experience followed by a visit to the world-acclaimed McLaren Vale wine region and a wine tasting at a respected family vineyard. Throughout the tour Ben shares his knowledge of and passion for the region, stopping at intervals to allow you to soak in breathtaking views of rocky headlands, the Great Southern Ocean and Kangaroo Island.
OVERVIEW OF TOUR
The full day tour itinerary begins daily from central Adelaide at 9:30am, Glenelg at 9:50am, McLaren Vale at 10:15am from your hotel or a pre-arranged location, including Adelaide Airport. A relaxed 40-minute drive brings us to the picturesque internationally acclaimed McLaren Vale wine region. Adventure begins by exclusively exploring off-road tracks journeying through beautiful bush landscapes passing world-class vineyards, and visiting incredible ancient geological sites.
First off, visitors experience a thrilling off-road journey through the heart of the magnificent Onkaparinga River NP. Morning refreshments are served consisting of cheeses served with locally sourced wines while taking in the captivating views across the treasured region.
Popping into a winery while visiting McLaren Vale is a must, depending on availability, visitors will be entertained by a local winemaker, gain a first hand understanding of a winery’s complex operation and sample wine straight from barrel*. This brings up the halfway mark where we will stop for a delicious lunch with locally sourced, regional produce (catering for all dietaries) at a secret location exclusive to Off Piste 4WD Tours.
We continue southwards with a unique opportunity to drive along the water’s edge of Gulf St Vincent on Silversands beach**. Passionate photographers are blessed with photo opportunities at this point on the tour capturing the timeless vista of the surrounding landscapes. Leaving the coastline, we start the climb over the Willunga Hills into Inman Valley and Second Valley via a matrix of thrilling off-road tracks linking together an ever-changing environment.
Along the way your guide will share aboriginal stories about the traditional lands of the Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri, the Indigenous Australians of the Fleurieu Peninsula. The tour continues to make its way into the incredible preserved bushland sanctuary of the Fleurieu southern parklands*** inaccessible to other tours. Boasting some of the Fleurieu's most dramatic views, the tour will stop at unforgettable vistas overlooking Kangaroo Island, the southern coastline, its sublime beaches and the vastness of the Southern Ocean. Hopefully, a great opportunity to meet some of the local wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, echidnas and a huge range of native birds. From mid May through to late October we keep a keen eye out for the spectacular Southern Right Whale.
Weather depending, we take a rugged track through a beautifully eerie bush landscape that is very unique to the southern region of the Fleurieu Peninsula. A tea and coffee stop can be arranged upon request on the return drive back to your accommodation where the adventure first began.
* Barrel tasting at winemaker's discretion. ** Beach drive accessible depending on tide level.
*** National Parks may be closed due to weather / feral animal removal. **** Brewery visit by request (tasting fees not included).
• 8 hour fully guided 4WD tour
• Tour is fully flexible and operates with a local guide
• Outdoor 3-course lunch catering for all dietary requirements
• Permits and entry fees to National Parks
• Free onboard WiFi
• Morning refreshments of handmade cheese paired with a local wines and non-alcoholic beverages
• Luxury tour vehicle - Air conditioned 2016 Toyota VX 200-Series 4WD Land Cruiser
• Pick up/drop off from Adelaide's CBD hotels or an arranged location: Airport, Glenelg, McLaren Vale (Victor Harbor - private basis only).
• Bottled water available during tour
WHAT TO BRING
• Binoculars (Optional)
• Sturdy shoes
• Water bottle
• Hat and sunglasses
• Warm clothing including during summer months
• Adult: $299
• Child: $249 (16 and under)
• Tours depart daily at 9:30am
• Minimum 2 passengers for tour to operate
• It is extremely important that you have valid travel insurance prior to departure
• Extreme weather can affect the itinerary at any time during the tour
• We highly advise checking the weather forecast prior to travelling and dressing accordingly