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Located in Cleland Conservation Park. Excellent walking trails with panoramic views of the Adelaide plains from the sea to the hills. Spectacular vista of the city lights at night. Walk amongst Kangaroos, Emus and other abundant wildlife. The hostel is also adjacent to the Cleland Wildlife Park, Mt Lofty Summit and Restaurant and Waterfall Gully.

Tours & activities related to this hostel

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2 Day Grampians and Great Ocean Road Wildlife Escape

Hike through the vastness of the Grampians before you drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road on this 2 day adventure from Adelaide to Melbourne.

Day One – Adelaide to Grampians National Park

This morning we head through the beautiful countryside of South Australia with views along Australia’s longest river – the Murray River. We stop along the way to discover old towns and discuss the history of local Aboriginal tribes. We arrive into Horsham which gives us a chance to stretch our legs, look at the town and grab lunch (own expense). It is then onto the beautiful Grampians National Park. A highlight of this beautiful area is Mackenzie Falls and the interesting rock formation The Balconies which is also known as the jaws of death. It is then time to enjoy one of the region’s best hikes, up to Boroka Lookout. The view from the top is breathtaking over the Wimmera Plains. We then head into Halls Gap, a beautiful little town in the heart of the Grampians.

Day Two - Great Ocean Road to Melbourne

This morning we travel back in time and start our day off with the fascinating volcanic formations at Tower Hill. On our way along the Great Ocean Road we start at Bay of Martyrs with its beautiful bay full of limestone Islands. Along the way we visit London Bridge which is a beautiful photo opportunity and has an interesting story. We continue on to Lock Ard Gorge which is a breathtaking part of the coastline and named after a tragic ship wreck. The main highlight of the Great Ocean road is the Twelve Apostles. Treat yourself to an optional helicopter flight over this beautiful area (additional cost, time and weather permitting).

Leaving the coast behind us we get a change of scenery and head to a beautiful and ancient cool temperate rainforest and see some of the tallest trees in the world. We then arrive at the Seaside town of Apollo Bay where we have a chance to explore the town or hit the beach. It is worth a stop at Kennett Riverfor its amazing local birdlife and Koala spotting. We then finish our journey in Melbourne in the early evening.

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3-Day Great Ocean Rd and Grampians Adventure

Experience the rugged beauty of the Grampians National Park and one of the world's best coastal routes, the Great Ocean Road, on this 3 day experience from Adelaide to Melbourne.

Day One - Adelaide to Grampians

This morning, escape the city and cruise through the beautiful Adelaide Hills and on to Halls Gap, gateway to the famed Grampians National Park. Around dusk, when all the wildlife comes out to play, walk through rocky outcrops and forests to the Balconies, a stunning geological formation. Tonight there is time to relax over a delicious dinner.

Day Two - Grampians to Great Ocean Road

This morning prepare for a challenging but rewarding hike up to the Pinnacle, possibly the finest view in the Grampians. Next, you will visit the Brambuk Cultural Centre to learn about the local Aboriginal history. It is then time to depart the beautiful Grampians and have lunch in a place that is truly spectacular: the Tower Hill Reserve, home to wetlands, wildlife and a dormant volcano.

Continue to the magnificent Great Ocean Road and stop at places along the Shipwreck Coast such as, the Bay of Martyrs, London Bridge and Lock Ard Gorge. For many the most amazing site is the famed Twelve Apostles. This spectacular collection of limestone stacks is best seen at sunset. Tonight there is more time to relax and compare photos of the beautiful places we have been so far.

Day Three - Great Ocean Road to Melbourne

Your final day on tour starts with an easy walk through the Otway National Park, a beautiful temperate Rainforest. You will then continue along the Great Ocean Road, take in the breathtaking scenery as it is some of the most impressive coastal roads you will ever see. There is time for a swim in the ocean or explore the artistic beachside villages of Apollo Bay and Lorne. You can watch the surfers in action at the famed beaches of Bells Beach and Torquay. There is also time at Kennett River to view Koalas in the wild before heading on through to Melbourne.

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Adelaide Hills Hiking and Winery Tour

If you enjoy bush walking, food and wine then this is the tour for you. Enjoy a spectacular hike in Morialta Park, followed by a private tour of a local winery and barbeque lunch

This morning after departing Adelaide we start our adventure hiking along the walking trail of Morialta Conservation Park. Morialta is a spectacular area to explore. Look around as we will see spectacular scenery including breathtaking natural bushland, amazing rock faces, gorges and seasonal waterfalls cascading over sheer quartzite cliffs. Morialta is the best place in Adelaide where you can see Koalas in the wild. We may even get lucky and see the occasional Kangaroo or elusive Echidna. The creeks and rock pools in the gorge offer a perfect habitat for Frogs and small lizards. Don’t forget to look up as you may spot a Rainbow Lorikeet and the iconic laughing Kookaburra

As we approach the end of the trail we arrive at the award winning eco-certified Sinclair’s Gully Winery. We enjoy a private tour of this rustic winery and sample the handcrafted cool climate wine. After our memorable hike it is then time to sit down and relax over an Aussie barbeque. This is paired with native ingredients and spices, a perfect way to end our adventure.

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Kangaroo Island Food and Wine Tour

Experience Kangaroo Island in all its glory. Spectacular wilderness and wildlife. Plus amazing local food and wine, all expertly prepared in a breathtaking setting.
Day 1 – Adelaide to Kangaroo Island

This morning, start the day with a scenic drive to Cape Jervis taking in the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula with its vineyards, coastal views and rolling hills. The 45 minute ferry ride takes you to Penneshaw, the gateway to Kangaroo Island and some of the best food and wine Australia has to offer. 

Your first destination gives a glimpse of life at Island Pure Sheep Dairy. Meet the “ladies” and learn about production of their fabulous cheeses, yogurts and other dairy products. Of course, there will be tastings and a spot of morning tea.

The next stop if the incredibly popular Kangaroo Island Spirits (KIS), a boutique distillery specialising in handcrafted premium Australian spirits. Taste gins, vodkas and liqueurs which are made using Native Australian Botanicals and locally grown ingredients. You won’t want to leave, but your 2 course lunchawaits at Zone Restaurant. It is located on the Kingscote foreshore with stunning views overlooking the bay. There may be a chance to stretch your legs and work off some of lunch with free time in Kingscote

Then it's time to head to . Sample a selection from their great range of award-winning wines while taking in the magnificent views.

At the next destination, Island Beehive, you will hear a lot about the local Ligurian Bee and its importance to the Island’s honey industry. Learn about the extraction process and get a chance to taste the amazing honey produced here. 

Travel to the western end of the Island to the spectacular Flinders Chase National Park. A highlight is the Remarkable Rocks and what better way to enjoy it then watching sunset with a glass of sparkling wine in hand. Wander around these impressive rock formations, which are like a natural sculpture gallery. 

After a full day of activities, it's time to head to your accommodation for the night at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat where you will enjoy a 2 course dinner before retiring for the night. 

Day 2 – Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

After a delicious breakfast enjoy the scenery on the way to the rugged southern coastline for a walk around Admirals Arch. Watch the fierce ocean swells at this spectacular natural arch and see the playful Long Nose Fur Seals that are usually playing in the waves or having a sleep on the rocks. You'll then have another visit to the Remarkable Rocks where you can take contrasting day time photos of the stunning granite boulders and sea views. 

After all of that fresh air, you will visit Kelly Hill Conservation Park and its maze of surprising caves. Explore sinkholes, caverns and ornate calcite formations, with a National Parks Ranger showing us the way. After climbing through the caves and working up an appetite, it's time for a 2 course Lunch at the Marron Café at Andermel. Marron is a tasty freshwater crayfish, so this will be a special lunch! 

Once your belly is full, you'll move on to the Raptor Domain to witness the remarkable Birds of Preydemonstration. Marvel as a variety of birds show off their flight and hunting skills. 

Time permitting, there will be a stop at Pennington Bay for a photo opportunity of this stunning bay before heading to Sunset Food and Wine for dinner. It is spectacular taking in the sea views as you relax with a wine and sample the local produce. 

After dinner, it's back to the ferry and onto a coach transfer to Adelaide.

While it is our intention to follow the itinerary as described, on occasion it may be necessary and desirable to make changes due to weather conditions and other factors.
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Mount Lofty Hike and Cleland Wildlife Tour

Hike with the locals. Trek to the summit of the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Hike, Adelaide’s most popular Hiking trail. Finish up with local wildlife at Cleland Wildlife Park

This morning we depart early to hit the popular Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty trail. After arrival we receive an orientation of the trail including points of interest. There are many places to stop along the way and you can take the hike at your own pace stopping at the places that interest you. 

It is a challenging hike to the summit. Just under 4km the trail rises 400 meters, meandering up and down around the mountain ridge. The scenery is beautiful through the Stringybark forest with ferns cascading over the trail in places. The trail climbs past waterfalls, along streams and gully ridges. Save some of your energy as the last 1 km is the steepest part. It will be worth it as you reach the top and be rewarded with an amazing view of Adelaide and beyond. 

Just down from the Summit is another beautiful bush track leading to the Cleland Wildlife Park. Re-energise at the Cleland Café on arrival (own expense) before exploring the 35 hectare park on the self-discovery trails. Walk among the free roaming animals in their natural environment. Stop to feed the kangaroos and wallabies. Be sure to visit Australia’s cutest inhabitants with the Koala ‘close up’ experience. It is an amazing experience seeing Australian animals, up close and in their natural environment. After our nature experience it is time to head back in the city to rest up. 

Day tour is comprised of 2 half day tours. If you would like to book Mount Lofty or Cleland Wildlife Park separately please contact us.

  • Walk up the summit for a morning coffee or breakfast or if you sit out the front long enough in the morning or afternoon you might see kangaroos as we did!
    Julia p
  • The hike to the summit is well worth the effort! Visit Stirling for coffee at Ruby's Organic Cafe. Their breakfasts are yum!
    Peter W
  • Jimmies Restaurant in Crafers does great pizza!
    Michael M
  • Relax & enjoy the setting of the cottage & the national park itself rather than venturing of in the car each day. Watching the sunsets is a must & even the changing colours to the east as the sun rises over Mt Lofty. A wonderful little outage in a very beautiful place.
    Meg B
  • Relax and enjoy the scenery, wildflowers, birds and other animals, and the location.
    Wayde H
  • Thoroughly recommend it. The ability to walk up with a group, but take food and bedding up by car made it a great weekend adventure.
    Kevin J

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