AAT Kings is pleased to announce its 2023-2024 Guided Holiday tour season for Australia and New Zealand, with the launch of three new South Australia tours. The wild, wide and wonderful sites of these countries are calling travellers back and this new season’s offerings cement South Australia as the next hot international destination. The trips focus again on the places, stories and tastes of Australia - from incredible landscapes, to food and drink that immerses guests into the destination, stories from local people and the unexpected experiences, AAT Kings invites guests to embark on a new adventure.
“Our new 2023/2024 season showcases the best Australia and New Zealand has to offer and has a real emphasis on South Australia, a bucket list destination for travellers, rich in breathtaking landscapes, natural wonders and one-of-a-kind experiences,” says AAT Kings CEO Ben Hall. “After too much time away from these beautiful lands, we’re thrilled to welcome Canadian travellers back and reinvigorate their passion for travel.”
AAT Kings’ 100+ year history is an adventure story, filled with pioneering characters, passionate storytellers, cultural connection and pushing boundaries to create remarkable experiences, reflected through its new trips:
The new 4-day Outback Explorer: Uluru to Adelaide: Clients will have the opportunity to connect with living cultural landscapes and absorb the beauty of sacred lands. They will start their journey in Uluru and witness its majesty with awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets. Onwards, they cross from the Northern Territory into South Australia to visit the opal capital of the world – Coober Pedy with its stunning lunar landscape and natural wonders. This iconic outback town houses many of its inhabitants underground and famous dugouts which served as the backdrop for the post-apocalyptic movie, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Guests will visit Port Augusta, known as “Kurdnatta” in its Indigenous name, translating to “the place of drifting sand and stroll along the scenic coastline. They will time travel back to the era of dinosaurs as they visit the Wadlata Outback Centre before travelling to some of Australia’s best wine country in Adelaide and savour award-winning Riesling at Knappstein Wines set in Clare Valley.
The new 5-day Adelaide to Kangaroo Island tour: A favourite destination for foodies and culture lovers, this trip kicks off in Adelaide, home to delicious local produce and only a short drive away from orchards, vineyards and cheesemongers. Considered one of the best islands in the world, Kangaroo Island is next on the list, full of untamed landscape and native wildlife for clients to embrace its pristine beauty. They will meet Mike, who will host them at the one-of-a-kind Kangaroo Island Brewery, where all beers are made using rainwater from a shed top. The next excursion is reserved for wilderness exploration before indulging in a two-course lunch at Vivonne Bay Bistro, serving unexpected treats full of Ligurian bee honey - the only place in Australia they will experience this. Guests will learn about Islander Estate Vineyard wines over a few glasses and the wonderful viticultural conditions of this region. Lavender lovers will delight at the 10 varieties of flowers they will explore at the Emu Bay Lavender Farm. They can purchase their therapeutic souvenirs at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, offering essential oils, body creams, honey, soaps and more.
The new 7-day South Australian Eyre Peninsula: This unforgettable South Australia journey starts with an Eyre Peninsula tour, full of premier wines and gourmet seafood to treat guests’ tastebuds. They will enjoy the turquoise lagoons, pink lakes and abundant wildlife. On to Kimba in Streaky Bay, a town established for pioneering back in 1915, where they can view innovative art displays of murals painted on the town’s silos. Clients will embark on a coastal scenic drive and enjoy the turquoise water before indulging in a seafood fest on a cruise around the Bay. For nature and wildlife lovers, an excursion to the only place on mainland where clients can observe seal pups at Point Labatt Conservation Park. They can view the 1500-million-year-old pink granite boulders at Murphy’s Haystacks and honeycomb-patterned rocks at Talia Caves. At the right place and time, guests can spot dolphins at Coffin Bay, before an oyster farm tour and another round of seafood indulgence. Off-grid organic orchards and gardens awaits on a Wild Yarnbala tour where they will explore Indigenous culture and experience bush food, while listening to a didgeridoo performance. They will cruise the gulf to Wallaroo the next day to see the Bumbunga Pink Lake.
Aligning with the new season launch, AAT Kings has also introduced new tour highlights: First Choice - Wildlife & Nature and Best Buys - Natural Wonders. These experiences showcase the wild, natural elements of AAT Kings tours. Whether it’s visiting ancient red rock cliffs encircling desert palms at Kings Canyon or seeing the dance of dolphins and whales over the pacific, travellers will be able to let their senses run wild.
For more information, visit: www.aatkings.com/wild.