Definitely the highlight and best two days of our trip. From the outdoor teatime along the river to the unbelievable grilled fish, grilled cheese (yes, grilled cheese) fresh salad and wine, to the remarkable guide, the first day was truly exceptional. The things that we got to see up close and personal were sensational

We Recommend

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Australian Wildlife Journeys - sustainable wild encounters across Australia


**NEW** Australian Wildlife Journeys

A group of 12 independent businesses across Australia are working under a non-profit marketing and product development alliance trading as Australian Wildlife Journeys. The group launched 15 February 2017 under the leadership of John Daw as Executive Officer, chaired by Craig Wickham. The membership criteria include:


• A focus on wildlife in the wild - no feeding, handling or captive animal encounters
• Independently owned and operated - international ready
• Regional hosts with access to quality accommodation
• Triple-bottom line performance
• High service and hospitality standards
• A commitment to leadership and innovation

The journeys section of the website enables guests to search for experiences by wildlife type (marine mammals, macropods, birds, reptiles), season or geographic region. Attention is being paid to developing detailed material which will aid in demystifying seasonal wildlife events and how to access sustainable wild encounters - addressing what has long been recognised as a gap in the market. The twelve founding members are listed below.

Arkaba Conservancy, Flinders Ranges, South Australia


Echidna Walkabout, Melbourne, Victoria


Exceptional Kangaroo Island, South Australia


Exmouth Diving - Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia


Far North Queensland Nature Tours, Cairns, Queensland


Goin' Off Safaris - Port Lincoln, South Australia


Lords Safaris, Arnhemland and Kakadu, Northern Territory


Maria Island Walk, Maria Island, Tasmania


Oz Whale-watching, Sydney Harbour, New South Wales


Premier Travel, Hobart, Tasmania


SEIT Outback Australia, Red Centre, Northern Territory


Wildlife Coast Cruises, Phillip Island, Victoria



Other recommendations organised by region





Check out Craig's guide to some great experiences in Adelaide at the bottom of this page










Craig’s recommendations for Adelaide - arts, culture, shopping, designers. This is a synthesis of my experiences and some co-operative retail materials. Apologies if some things have changed - it takes a bit to keep this updated! Any ideas for additions email me.

South Australian Museum, North Terrace
Largest global Aboriginal artefact collection
plus a great natural history museum

Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute

On Grenfell Street near East Terrace this performing and visual arts space is Aboriginal owned and managed and interprets traditional and contemporary Indigenous life through various media with plenty of hands-on engagement

Opal Diamond Factory
Michael or John Rynes and master jeweller Stefano Trigatti (08) 82122652
32-34 King William Street, Adelaide

Only 2 doors away is Haigh's chocolate which is an Adelaide institution, superb hand-made chocolates

ART - private commercial
Greenhill Gallery.
140 Barton Street, North Adelaide
(08) 8267 2933

ART - public
South Australian Art Gallery
Excellent collection of colonial art and contains many of Australia's iconic paintings that featured on stamps throughout my childhood

ART - public, contemporary
Samstag Museum of Art
This museum, part of my alma mater University of South Australia, honours the contribution American benefactors Anne and Gordon Samstag made to Australian art. Their bequest makes it possible for emerging Australian artists to further their development by studying overseas.
(08) 8302 0870
Hawke Building, City West campus
University of South Australia
55 North Terrace, Adelaide

ART - contemporary commercial
The Jam Factory
Utilitarian pieces often made on site by artists in residence - bright colourful pieces utilising cutting edge materials, design and techniques
19 Morphett Street, Adelaide
(08)8231 0005

Migration Museum
This inspiring collection of exhibitions and materials interprets the extraordinary melting pot which has made the South Australian community what it is today. It is our equivalent to New York’s Ellis Island.
(08) 8207 7580
82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide

Adelaide Botanic Gardens
This extensive garden is an interesting blend of heritage gardens harking back to the English influence of Kew Gardens and both indigenous and contemporary use of Australian plants. The Museum of Economic Botany and Garden of Health provide interesting filters through which to view our flora.
North Terrace, Adelaide

Adelaide Central Markets
This is the largest undercover produce market in the Southern Hemisphere and is an energetic riot of colour, noise and wonderful smells. Operating for some 140 years the markets feature the best of South Australia’s fresh foods and produce with over 80 specialty stalls. Open:
Tuesday 7am – 5.30pm
Wednesday* 9am – 5.30pm
Thursday 9am – 5.30pm
Friday 7am – 9pm
Saturday 7am – 3pm
*selected stalls only - please check as there are seasonal variations to opening hours
44-60 Gouger Street, Adelaide

Note: my friend Mark Gleeson from The Providore operates fun and informative walking tours of the markets

Edinburgh Cellars
This is a bit of a way out of town in the leafy suburb of Mitcham but worth the trip if you want excellent wines with some serious vintage. Many cellar doors have limited back vintages and this is the place to add considerable depth to your personal wine collection.
(08)8373 2700
1-7 High Street , Mitcham


This is the bit that I grabbed from the precinct co-op marketing which I was given when I started researching this. If the language suddenly changes it's not because I suddenly found my feminine side!

Alannah Hill
One of Australia's leading fashion designers. Her passion for love and romance mixed with her unique and whimsical style embodies all things sexy and feminine. Her Rundle Street boutique is a feast for the eyes. The design of the boutique is in keeping with the beautiful façade of the 19th Century building.
(08) 8215 0477
269-271 Rundle Street, Adelaide

Australia's most respected leading men's fashion brand and recognised as a pioneer in Australia's fashion landscape. Calibre's recognisable signature elements and inventive classic adaptations has captured the imagination of style leaders around the country since it launched Australia's first men's only, upmarket boutique shopping 21 years ago.
(08) 8359 3204
259 Rundle Street, Adelaide

Lisa Gorman has been dressing Australian women since her launch in 1999 and is now one of Australias best selling labels. Gorman has established itself as a forefront in womens designer fashion. Her clothes are recognised for their quality in materials, shapes, styles and prints inspired by everyday people and life.
(08) 8232 8410
245a Rundle Street, Adelaide

Jack London
Think Beatles/Rolling Stones in their early days. The brand merges a punk/rock attitude with classic tailoring. Producing classic suits, shirts and singlets with a more wayward, youthful swagger, alongside superfine jerseys and light knits; complimented by drainpipe jeans and winkle picker boots.
(08) 8223 2500
267 Rundle Street, Adelaide

Midwest Trader
For over 18 years they have been specializing in
importing exclusive American & UK underground clothing labels to Australia. The shop has a strong outlaw rock n roll feel with vintage cowboy boots, hip street labels & accessories.
(08) 8223 6606
Shops 1 & 2, 4 - 10 Ebenezer Place, Adelaide 5000

A contemporary women’s brand whose classic silhouettes have the effortless signature of chic sophistication and relaxed-ease. Morrison is the brain child of Perth-based duo, Kylie Radford and Richard Poulson, who reflect natural, love, honesty, trust, passion as brand values.
(08) 8223 4338
245b Rundle Street, Adelaide

Naomi Murrell
Designer Naomi Murrell has all sorts of bright and funky fashion items and keeps moving all over the city with pop-up stores, often in combination with other designers. She has been at the Mill at 154 Angas Street recently and during Fringe 2014 she will be at 231 Rundle Street. THIS WILL CHANGE! Check her website or facebook
(0403) 876 955

RM Williams
Legendary Australian bush outfitter with an extraordinary South Australian heritage of quality boots, outdoor clothing and more recently a line of more tailored urban wear. The boots are the heart of the brand but quality underscores the entire line.
(08) 8232 3611
6 Gawler Place , Adelaide

Fashion, apparel, mens & womens – tailoring, bold prints, dresses, shirts - a bit of an institution in the Australian fashion scene for over 40 years typified by modern, stylish clothing.
(08) 8359 3575
241-243 Rundle Street, Adelaide

sass & bide
One of Australias most loved fashion brands,
recognised for modern, distinct designs. sass & bide is the namesake label of Sarah-Jane Clarke (sass) and Heidi Middleton (bide). This duo broke the rules, followed their hearts & today enjoy global success.
08 8359 3130
247 Rundle Street, Adelaide

sooki is home to all things nice - a portfolio of amazing designers, all of which cater for the stylish, unique and fashion forward customer.
(08) 8223 2225
255 Rundle Street, Adelaide

Uggs & Kisses
Every Australian loves a soft and fluffy pair of sheepskin ugg boots, but finding that perfect style is never easy. Until now! Uggs and Kisses is South Australias specialist in handmade designer ugg boots and luxurious fine wool apparel.
08 8223 7773
18 Ebenezer Place, Adelaide

An urban, sophisticated approach to Australian femininity, drawing on delicate original prints, a strong silhouette and clever colour combinations. Founded by Nicky and Simone Zimmermann, the brand creates quality ready-to-wear and swimwear collections for its avid international market. Elevated casual.
(08) 8359 3030
265 Rundle Street, Adelaide