Groovy Grape Getaways

Adventure and Outdoors Tours Air, Helicopter and Balloon Tours Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours Cultural and Theme Tours Extended Food and Wine Tours Full Day Nature and wildlife Shopping Tours Sightseeing Tours Walking and Biking Tours

Groovy Grape Getaways offers all inclusive tours to exciting destinations throughout Southern and Central Australia; covering regions such as Kangaroo Island and the Barossa Valley in regional South Australia, Flinders Ranges, William Creek and Coober Pedy in outback South Australia, the Great Ocean Road and Grampians in Victoria and Kings Creek, Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

Groovy Grape Getaways caters for the backpacker market who want fun informative adventurous trips. Their culturally aware tours have been endorsed with accreditations for Eco Tourism and Tourism Business. They recently won the award for Best Tour Operator in Australia at the Golden Backpack Awards, which is the only dedicated awards program for the independent travel sector.

Groovy Grape Getaways also offers both intrastate and interstate charter tours for social, sporting or student groups upon request.

Facilities

Aboriginal Culture Adventure Adventure and Outdoors Tours Air, Helicopter and Balloon Tours Beaches & Surf Birdwatching Boating Camping Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours Cultural and Theme Tours Cycling Extended Food & Wine Food and Wine Tours Full Day History & Heritage National Tourism Accreditation Nature & Wildlife Nature and wildlife Shopping Tours Sightseeing Tours Snorkelling Surfing Swimming The Ecotourism Association of Australia Walk Walking and Biking Tours

Services

$90

The Barossa Valley is Australia’s most famous wine region. The Groovy day begins by travelling through the Adelaide Hills, stopping at the world’s largest Rocking Horse and the amazing Whispering Wall and then on to our first wine tasting experience.

We spend approximately 45 minutes in the Jacob’s Creek Visitor’s Centre, going through the history of the Jacob’s Creek brand, followed by a structured wine tasting and an educational presentation.

Our next winery is Kies, a small family owned winery with ironstone cottage cellar door. Their wines are exclusively sold from the cellar door and we taste a selection of their range today, while the tour guide prepares our lunch.

Lunch is a barbecue extravaganza including the Aussie speciality of marinated kangaroo, as well as chicken, steak, sausages and a range of fresh salads.

We head to Chateau Yaldara to enjoy their wine. We fit in a trip to Mengler’s Hill lookout to admire the views across the valley. We visit our fourth and final winery for today, the historic Seppeltsfield, before returning to Adelaide by about 5pm.

Departs: Every Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7.45am

$975

Truly a trip of a lifetime! Destination outback and Australia’s desert wilderness. Explore the frontier opal-mining town of Coober Pedy, hike ancient rock formations in the Flinders Ranges, swim in remote waterholes and discover places of unique and inspirational beauty. Absorb the spirits and secrets of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. Wildlife, campfires and bushwalking all in one informative and culturally aware tour.

Departs: The first Friday of every month at 6.45am.

$425

Day One – Departing Adelaide we cruise through the Adelaide Hills. Marvel at Mount Arapiles then onto the Grampians National Park. Hike to the bottom of McKenzie Falls and see breathtaking views from The Balconies. See the kangaroos and other wildlife. Overnight in the heart of the Grampians National Park in hostel accommodation.

Day Two – Visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre and spend a great morning hiking. Lunch at Tower Hill Reserve, the site of a dormant volcano, wetland, lake and home to lots of wildlife. Head south to the Great Ocean Road and Bay of Martyrs, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge, finishing the day with a sunset at the spectacular Twelve Apostles. Overnight in hostel accommodation on the Great Ocean Road.

Day Three – Soak up the beauty of the Otway National Park. Walk through some of the oldest temperate rainforest in the world. Marvel at the historical section of the Ocean Road. Explore the seaside villages of Apollo Bay, Lorne, Anglesea, Bells Beach and Torquay. Stop at the Split Point Lighthouse before heading through Geelong to arrive in Melbourne approximately 7pm.

Departs: Tuesday and Saturday April to November. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday December to March.

$795

Start your journey in the red centre, camping under the outback stars and exploring the spectacular sights of the area, including Uluru with an unforgettable sunset and sunrise. Visit the cultural centre and Kata Tjuta, where you will hike the magnificent Valley of the Winds. Hike Watarrka (Kings Canyon) and take a dip in the waterhole of the Garden of Eden. Cross the border and visit the town of Coober Pedy, unique in its opal mining history and underground dwellings where you will stay underground in bunkhouse accommodation. Experience the scenic Alligator Gorge of the southern Flinders Ranges before arriving at your destination, Adelaide.

Departs: Every Wednesday and Sunday April to November. Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday December to March from Alice Springs.

$445

Our tours start when we pick you up from Adelaide and travel to Cape Jervis and jump on the ferry to cross Backstairs Passage to Penneshaw.

We start our Kangaroo Island experience with the panoramic views atop Prospect Hill.

Our days include encounters with sea lions at Seal Bay, sand-boarding at Little Sahara, kayaking down Harriet River, snorkelling and swimming at beautiful North Coast beaches and optional quad biking.

Overnight is spent at farm house accommodation, surrounded by wildlife. After dinner we spend the night around the campfire, story telling, wildlife spotting and playing the didgeridoo. Sleep inside in bunk beds, with all bedding provided.

We check out Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, where we view a colony of New Zealand Fur Seals. We spend time in the Flinders Chase National Park where we choose a selection of short hikes. Flinders Chase is home to vast tracts of untamed wilderness, the elusive platypus and other wildlife.

We make our way back to Penneshaw for the return crossing to Cape Jervis and the drive back into Adelaide, usually arriving at about 8.30pm.

Operates: Wednesday and Saturday and daily from November to April.

$795

Day One – Head north through one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, the Clare Valley. Enter the Southern Flinders Ranges and hike through the Alligator Gorge. Tonight we camp at Stony Creek.

Day Two – Head to Coober Pedy and take a tour of an opal mine and check out some of the town’s unique underground attractions. Tonight we sleep underground, in bunkhouse accommodation.

Day Three – Head towards Uluru. On arrival we set up camp and go out for our first Uluru sunset.

Day Four – Enjoy a walk around the base of Uluru and spend time learning about the Aboriginal people at the Cultural Centre. Spend the rest of day soaking up the magic of Uluru.

Day Five – Today it’s at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). We hike the majestic Valley of the Winds. Lunch is at the campground, with a departure for the bar and swimming pool at Kings Creek Station.

Day Six – Walk Watarrka (Kings Canyon) to experience the fantastic views of the gorge, huge sandstone walls and the immense canyon floor. Cruise into Alice Springs at approximately 6.30pm.

Departs: Tuesday and Saturday April to November. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday December to March.

$495

Day One – Head north to the beautiful Flinders Ranges. Passing through towns like Quorn and Hawker and discover the ancient Aboriginal artwork at Yourambulla Caves. Stop for amazing photos and keep an eye out for wildlife. Stay at Angorichina, in the magnificent Parachilna Gorge.

Day Two – Visit Talc Alf – this outback artist is a true character! From Maree along the Oodnadatta Track, we follow the old Ghan Railway. Traverse the bottom of Lake Eyre and stop at Coward Springs for a relaxing, all-natural spa. At William Creek we stay at the “Trillion Star Hotel” and camp out under the desert’s sky.

Day Three – Taking an isolated track through Anna Creek, the largest working cattle station in the world, we head for Coober Pedy – opal capital of the world. Take an underground tour to learn about the history of Coober Pedy and its opal. Free time is available to explore the charms of the opal town. Sleep in an underground bunkhouse.

Day Four – Cruise down the Stuart Highway, relax and take in the arid outback scenery, returning to Adelaide around 6pm.

Departs: The first Friday of every month.

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