SA – Food Safari

SA – Food Safari

A 7 day gourmet flying food safari through regional South Australia.

A “foodie’s” dream comes true when you step onto your 9-seater private Charter plane that will take you across South Australia to meet with gourmet chefs, cheese makers, Abalone farmers, olive oil producers, wine makers, tuna farmers, and alike.

This hand crafted journey, specially prepared by The Tailor, will take you on a seven day trip from Kangaroo Island to the Eyre Peninsula and the Barossa Valley to hunt, collect and experience various local and regional delicacies.

From a Tasting Journey, including local dairy, seafood, wine and even hydroponic lettuces, a Hunting & Collecting Tour for your lunch, swimming with the mighty Southern Blue Fin Tuna, and visiting wineries that have been running for over five generations, there is nothing that will be missed along the way.

The ‘Flying Food Safari’ is a celebration of the evolving and exciting world of food and wine in South Australia and is hosted by local South Australian identity, Mark Gleeson, a well known character from the Adelaide Central Market. Mark has been using his vast knowledge and passion of South Australia’s produce to introduce locals and visitors alike to the finest South Australian food and the people who make it happen.


Day 1 – Day 3
Lifetime Private Retreats

  • Private Charter Adelaide to Kingscote, Kangaroo Island
  • 2 nights Lifetime Private Retreats, including some meals & selected beverages
  • 2 full days of touring, including some meals & selected beverages

Your host, Mark Gleeson, will meet you at Adelaide Airport in preparation for your flight to Kingscote, Kangaroo Island’s largest town. At Kingscote you’ll be met by Nick Hannaford, owner of Lifetime Private Retreats, and transferred to your accommodation.

Kangaroo Island is ‘Australia’s Galapagos’ – an island sanctuary which is home to huge populations of native flora and fauna, including many endemic species. ‘KI’ is seven times the size of Singapore, but more than one-third of the area is National or Conservation Park. As well as the natural beauty of its coast, bush land and pastures, the island is highly regarded for the quality of its produce.

The next two days are spent traversing the island in search of manufacturers at the cutting edge of organic and innovative produce on Kangaroo Island.

Day 3 – Day 5
waterside accommodation on the Port Lincoln Marina

  • Met on arrival at Port Lincoln Airport and transferred to accommodation
  • 2 nights waterside accommodation on the Port Lincoln Marina
  • 2 full days touring

Port Lincoln is located at the end of Eyre Peninsula, a huge ‘shark’s tooth’ of land that pokes into wild and bountiful waters. The old fishing town has a long history (its generous harbour and striking hills meant it was considered as the site for South Australia’s capital) but ground-breaking techniques in farming valuable tuna has made it a true aquaculture champion. This interesting, far-flung community has lost little of its charm but is believed, proportionately, to have more millionaires than any in Australia.

In glistening Boston Bay (three times the size of Sydney Harbour), you’ll have the unique opportunity to swim with, feed and photograph the famous blue rockets, the mighty Southern Blue Fin Tuna.

At nearby Coffin Bay you will take to the tranquil waters aboard the Coffin Bay Explorer. Pods of dolphins frequently take to the boat’s bow wave, guiding you into the commercial oyster leases – the places to taste delicious product shucked fresh from the racks in the Little Douglas waterways. You’ll also have chance to see New Zealand Fur Seals basking amongst one of Coffin Bay’s best known landmarks, The Brothers. On conclusion you’ll meet local oyster farmer, Lester Marshall, of the Coffin Bay Oyster Farm.

Day 5 – Day 7
The Louise

  • Met by private driver for transfer to activities & accommodation
  • 2 nights The Louise – Stonewell Suite, Barossa Valley
  • 2 full days touring

Set atop a gentle hill with sweeping vistas across the internationally renowned Barossa Valley, The Louise is an idyllic luxury vineyard retreat encompassing acclaimed on-site restaurant Appellation, one of Australia’s finest regional dining destinations.

Over the next two days you will discover the secrets of some of the more prominent Barossa Valley winemakers and food producers.

On arrival back to Adelaide you will conclude your Food Safari with a Private Central Markets Tour with your Food Safari Host, Mark Gleeson. (Please note this tour is only available Tuesday to Saturday, as the market is closed on Sunday and Monday. Please keep this in mind when considering travel dates.)


This itinerary is available all year round, although the warmer months November through to May allow greater accessibility to some of the growers/suppliers.


As with all The Tailor itineraries, this programme can be customised or combined with other destinations to suit your individual interests and requirements.

Please contact one of our specialised travel designers to make an enquiry and check on pricing for your preferred dates of travel – call on + 61 8 8354 4405 or email.


2 nights Lifetime Private Retreats including all meals and selected beverages and private touring,
2 nights Apartment style accommodation in Port Lincoln including all meals and selected beverages and private touring,
2 nights stay at The Louise including dinner at Appellation & in suite breakfast and private touring, Private charter flights between Adelaide/Kingscote/Port Lincoln & Gawler