Day 1: Relax after your flight to Adelaide.
Day 2-3: Spend a few days exploring the surroundings of Adelaide. Glenelg (a half-hour tram ride from the city centre) is a popular seaside destination where you can relax on the beach watching the sunset or even tick swimming with dolphins off your bucket list. Try Temptation, who have been running dolphin cruises and swims for years. Have dinner at Restaurant Orana, where Scottish chef Jock Zonfrillo champions indigenous ingredients. Try sea blight, quandong and green ants.
Day 4-5: Any oenophile worth their decanter knows that Barossa Valley grapes take some beating – see why with a trip to Seppeltsfield Winery, ticking off a memorable meal in Fino and a peek in the winery’s JamFactory, a creative space that champions local artisans. It takes an hour to drive to the bucolic Barossa Valley from Adelaide.
Day 5-6: Relax for a day or two in the tranquil Adelaide Hills. Take a trip to scenic Hahndorf (Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement).
Day 7-9: Tickets at the ready: it’s time to board the famous Ghan train, which will take you to Darwin via an eye-boggling epic journey. The Ghan – Great Southern Railway – is one of the world’s most amazing rail journeys. It takes three days to reach Darwin from Adelaide, travelling coast-to-coast through Australia’s iconic red centre. On the second day of the journey, you’ll stop at Alice Springs, where you can admire local landmarks or see a bird show at Desert Park. On the final day, you’ll have time to explore Katherine in the Northern Territory, before boarding the train for the last leg to Darwin.
Day 10–11: Drive to the Mary River Wetlands (an hour away; you can also catch a coach) and go on a cruise, looking out for crocs. Alternatively, make the 45-minute drive to the Adelaide River Wetland and learn about the Pudakul people on a NT Aboriginal Cultural tour. If you’re here between April and October, don’t miss the Mindil Beach Sunset Market, held every Thursday by Raffles Plaza. Expect an array of street-food stalls, arts and crafts, music, masseuses and more.
Day 12–13: Catch a half-hour flight from Darwin to Bamurru Plains, whose boutique bungalows are in a prime position for croc-spotting. If you want a bird’s eye view of your surroundings, sign up for a helicopter ride over Kakadu; get another perspective by cruising Yellow Water Billabong. Stay at Bamurru Plains for two nights to get the best taste of the region.
Day 14: Fly from Darwin to London with Singapore Airlines.