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The Sequoia Experience

Nature, Connection and Indulgence

The Sequoia Experience

The way life is meant to be

Feel a weight lift off your shoulders as you drive up the hill, savour world-class wines and delicate artisan food on exclusive terraces, in small sheds, or just on a picnic blanket. Explore the state’s pristine nature, the world’s largest koala population, and other incredible wildlife simply by foot, 4WD, or helicopter.

Feel grounded and connected as you sit at the campfire by the valley rim, listening to the fascinating story of this ancient Aboriginal meeting place and its flamboyant colonial history. Fuel your body and mind with stone filtered spring water, deep breaths, peaceful sleep, and organic massage.

Whether you are interested in food and wine, nature and wildlife, cultural events, history, or just a wellness retreat, this is the right place. While Sequoia does offer pre-set experience packages, our local Hosts will be delighted to design your individual program to reflect who you are and what you like. 

Due to the nature of its exclusive experience offerings, Sequoia Lodge, only accommodates guests over the age of 18 years. 

The most beautiful things in life cannot be seen or even touched. they must be felt by the heart.

Helen Keller

signature on-site experiences

escape the ordinary

Part of Sequoia’s philosophy is to connect you with the land and its people through a range of intimate and curated on-site experiences that are included in your stay. As part of these daily and seasonally changing experiences listen to ancient dreamtime stories, savour and learn from artisan winemakers, enjoy a sunrise yoga session or join a guided nature walk of the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, or simply sit back and relax in one of our artesian spring-fed hot pools overlooking the breathtaking Piccadilly Valley.

Each evening our guests are invited to gather on the valley rim at sunset where you are introduced to the Sequoia story, the region and our experiences during your time at the lodge.⁠ Listen to the fascinating stories of our region, enjoy some local wines and share some delicious Adelaide Hills produce.⁠ This is the perfect opportunity to meet fellow guests. 

Yoga is a transformative pathway to a stronger body and calmer mind. At sunrise, join our local practitioner for a private and bespoke session of movement, designed for beginners and advanced yogis alike. With a focus on connection to the land, this session will break from reality and put you in touch with the nature and wildlife surrounds.

A South Australian based winemaker will join one of our sommeliers for an hour to pour, discuss and taste their wines. A rare opportunity to spend time with the duo, in an intimate, creative, and informative setting. Canapés and tapas are appropriately paired with the wine selection. The Maker & Somm series will answer all your pressing wine questions. 

Who has never sighed ‘I know this smell but I can’t put a name on it’? Learn about the aromas from nature or perfumery through ‘The Nose of the Wine’ kit designed by Jean Lenoir, consisting of 54 superb quality aromas for making rapid progress in wine tasting. Join this experience, led by one of our sommeliers, for a playful way to practice and learn the notes. 

Absorb the land, nature and wildlife surrounding Sequoia on our daily walk, guided by our experience team. Hike along the Heysen Trail, up to long ridge look-out, observing sweeping views of Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges. Be sure to look for Kangaroos, Koalas and wallabies. The team will greet you with refreshments and a transfer back to the lodge.

From dusk until midnight, gaze into the stars that light up the Piccadilly Valley, with Sequoia’s private telescope. Locate ancient constellations and planets, and discover thousands of stars that are exclusive to the Southern Hemisphere and can only be viewed in this part of the world.

The Estate is connected to the local ancient natural spring waters that run deep down in the mountain. The naturally filtered springs feed every tap on the estate and provide for the lodge’s bottled water. You can also reap its benefits when relaxing in the artesian spring-fed hot pool or infinity pool overlooking on the valley rim. 

Mount Lofty Estate lies above the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden and also provides access to the famous Heysen Trail that runs 1,200km across South Australia. The Adelaide Hills are famous for its exceptional network of hiking trails and loved by all cycling enthusiasts. The Sequoia team can organise hiking sticks, (electric) bicycles and  private tour guides.

exclusive off-site experiences

discover the secrets of THE Adelaide Hills

Sequoia’s off-site experiences take guests behind the scenes on an intimate journey of discovery with some of South Australia’s most popular luxury brands. Go behind the scenes at RM Williams, drive a Ferrari through the Adelaide Hills, or take a private helicopter to meet the winemaker. SEQUOIA has crafted a selection of unique off-site experiences, available as private charters exclusive to our guests.

Contact our local Hosts or explore some sample itineraries below.

 Go behind the scenes of the iconic R.M.Williams workshop on an exclusive tour and experience the many processes and the care that each and every pair of RM’s handcrafted leather boots receive. You’ll even get to take home your very own pair of R.M.William’s boots – personally fitted! After lunch, head to Adelaide’s West End creative precinct for private tours of the Jam Factory followed by the South Australian Museum.

Cleland Wildlife Park comes alive to the tune of native Australian animals. Experience our park before it opens to the public. Visit the aviary to hand feed the cockatoo’s, or hand feed the freely roaming kangaroos and emus. Learn intriguing facts about the koala and fall in love with their beautiful aroma, as you cuddle their thick soft fur and big grey ears, for a souvenir photograph. A special, experience that will provide you with a lasting memory.

Traverse up to two of the highest wineries in the Adelaide Hills then explore the very best of McLaren Vale and its spectacular coastline. Includes visits to Tapannapa Wines and lunch at Deviation Road Wines. Conclude with a masterclass at Bekkers wine, which was recently named by Gourmet Traveller Wine as one of the top 6 wineries in the country. Head to the beach to view spectacular Fleurieu Peninsula coastline.

A spectacular private 4WD tour to visit pristine coastlines and some of the finest small winemakers in the country, included are visits to Samson Tall, Church Block, Brekkers Wine and Yangarra Estate. Marvel at the ancient Onkaparinga Gorge geology that dates back 600 million years and soak up spectacular views over the vineyards, whist enjoying a lunch at award winning Salopian Inn.

Your local guide will drive you through the winding roads of the Adelaide Hills to arrive at Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German settlement. Dating back to 1839, Hahndorf’s aesthetics combine traditional European village charm with modern Australian influences. Explore this historic town before visiting Shaw + Smith for a private behind the scenes tour. Continue your viticultural journey at Deviation Road and disgorge your now bottle of sparkling to take home.

Experience a luxury drive across South Australia’s Adelaide Hills.  An immersive, private driving experience paired with a luxury stay at Sequoia. Prancing Horse provides high-end driving experiences that feature the latest Ferrari F8 Tributo, Lamborghini Huracán EVO plus an exclusive collection of different supercars.  Available September – November.

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