Day 1-2: Fly into Adelaide. Once you’ve checked into your hotel and got your bearings, go for a ramble around North Terrace, pausing at the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum. Explore the city’s laneway drinking dens, including the new-breed dessert bars, which match cakes with cocktails.
Day 3-4: Bike-lovers will be grateful for the city’s fleet of free bikes: wheel your way to Henley Beach (9.7km from the city centre), via Linear Park. Spend the day lazing in the sun and people-watching – you’re on holiday, after all.
Day 5-6: Fly to Hobart (just over three hours away by plane) and discover local produce, arts and crafts at Salamanca Market open every Saturday morning. If wilderness is more your thing, sign up for a Bruny Island cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. This three-hour expedition will take you to ‘Breathing Rock’, secret sea caves and ‘The Monument’; you’ll also be shown the area’s rich wildlife (including seals, dolphins and seabirds) by expert guides. Stay at The Islington Hotel in Hobart.
Day 7-8: Feeling thirsty? Tasmania is good at drinking. Visit Coal Valley Vineyard in South East Tasmania, Cascade Brewery in South East Hobart or Lark Distillery in Hobart for whisky-laced adventures. MONA – Tassie’s Museum of Old and New Art – is a secular temple to Australian and global art through the ages. MONA is a lot more than just a museum, though: have lunch at Source restaurant, then stay overnight at MONA Pavilions, whose mega-modern sleeping quarters are decorated with covetable art and ravishing river views.
Day 9–10: Fly back to Adelaide and top up your tan on the city’s best beaches: Glenelg, Henley or Grange, perhaps? The Glenelg marina is where you can board a dolphin sailing tour, some will even let you get in the water with them. Back in Adelaide, join a tour of Adelaide Central Market and taste local produce and delicious locally caught seafood.
Day 11–12: Hire a car and explore the Fleurieu Peninsula. Stop at the McLaren Vale wine region, drive out to Cape Jervis where you can fish off the jetty or walk the coastline of Deep Creek Conservation Park.
Day 13: Fly back to London from Adelaide with Singapore Airlines, in TK class.