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
It often helps to get a recommendation to other service providers – these are people who we know and trust, offer a distinctive personalised service, and are customer focused. Please feel free to let them know that they were recommended by their friends at Exceptional Kangaroo Island.
**NEW** Australian Wildlife Collection
A group of 12 independent businesses across Australia are working under a non-profit marketing and product development alliance trading as the Australian Wildlife Collection. 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.
Other recommendations organised by region
- Islander Estate Vineyard - Bordeaux-inspired wines handmade on Kangaroo Island
- Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures
- Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action
- Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn
- LifeTime Private Retreats
- Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge
- Mollys Run
- Ozone Hotel
- Seadragon Lodge
- Southern Ocean Lodge
- Stranraer Homestead
- A Taste of South Australia
- Central Market Tours
- D'Arenberg Wines - McLaren Vale
- InterContinental Adelaide
- Kangaroo Island Shop at Central Market or to purchase Kangaroo Island produce online
- Lake Breeze Wines - Langhorne Creek
- Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
- Mayfair Hotel
- North Adelaide Heritage Apartments
- Off Piste 4WD Tours
Check out Craig's guide to some great experiences in Adelaide at the bottom of this page
OTHER SOUTH AUSTRALIA
- Angorichina Station - Flinders Ranges
- Arkaba Station - Flinders Ranges
- Desert Cave Hotel – Coober Pedy
- Kingsford Homestead - Barossa Valley
- The Australasian circa 1858 - Goolwa
- The Louise - Barossa Valley
- Australian Wild Escapes
- Bamurru Plains Safari Lodge - North Territory
- Big Blue Air Touring
- Capella Lodge – Lord Howe Island
- Echidna Walkabouts - Melbourne, Victoria
- Fine Feather Tours - Mossman, North Queensland
- Just Sydney
- Kirkhope Aviation - Australia-wide Air Adventures
- Lord's Kakadu and Arnhemland Safaris - Darwin
- Lord Howe Island Nature Tours
- Melbourne Private Tours
- Pennicott Wilderness Journeys - Tasmania
- Premier Travel - Tasmania
- SEIT Outback Australia - Alice Springs and Uluru
- Sensational Sydney Cruises – Sydney Harbour
- Tanja Lagoon Camp - Sapphire Coast, Bermagui, Southern New South Wales coast
- The Tailor - Bespoke Australian Travel Experiences
- Artisans of Leisure - New York City
- Aspire Down Under - New York City
- Audley Travel - Boston MA, Shepherd's Bush, London and Witney, OX
- Down Under Answers - Seattle
- Downunder Endeavours - Chicago
- Outdoor Travel Adventures - San Diego
- Outside Go Travel
- Safari Expert – Tim Lapage Park City Utah
- SeeANZ, See Australia, New Zealand
- Swain Destinations - Philadelphia
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
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
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
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
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.
1-7 High Street , Mitcham
SHOPPING+FASHION OFF RUNDLE
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!
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
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
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
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
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