Day 1: Once you’ve hopped off your plane to Adelaide, left your luggage in your hotel room and had a chance to get your bearings, take the tram to Glenelg for some sun, sea and sand. The ride will take around half an hour, if you hop on the tram near Adelaide railway station. When you spy sand, hit the beach and try parasailing or windsurfing.
Day 2-3: Spend a couple days getting to know Adelaide. Visit Adelaide Central Market, which has been doing a roaring trade for more than 140 years. Local produce on offer includes fresh fruit and vegetables and smoked meat and seafood. Sticking with the food theme, explore Adelaide’s laneways, home to buzzing bars and amazing food.
Day 4-5: Keen to explore further afield? Take a day trip to jaw-droppingly beautiful Kangaroo Island with Exceptional Kangaroo Island and tick off sightings of the island’s top five locals: koalas, kangaroos, fur seals, echidnas, platypus and Ligurian bees. Stay the night to experience the amazing food and wine the island has to offer. It takes just under half an hour to fly to Kangaroo Island from Adelaide; alternatively, it’s a 45-minute ferry ride from Fleurieu Peninsula.
Day 5-6: Having given South Australia your undivided attention, take a flight to Perth (flight time: three hours and 20 minutes). Western Australia’s capital is famed for its dazzling beaches, so start with fish and chips on Cottesloe Beach. Stay over at Alex Hotel.
Day 7-8: Go for a ramble around eerie Fremantle Prison, then see more of the city by joining a walking tour with Two Feet & a Heartbeat. Hire some bikes on Rottnest Island, a short ferry ride from Fremantle, and explore the island, discovering more wildlife (including the island’s native marsupial, the quokka).
Day 9–11: Fit in a trip to the pretty Margaret River region – famed for its vineyards and wine – a three-hour drive south of Perth. Wineries for your hit list include: Leeuwin Estate, Xanadu Wines and Voyager Estate. Stay overnight at Empire Retreat and Spa.
Day 12–13: Experience the amazing south-west beaches. Swim with dolphins in Bunbury and Rockingham.
Day 14: Time’s up: your Australian adventure has come to an end! Drive back to Perth and catch a flight home to London.