Depart Sydney this morning for your journey to the nation’s capital via the Southern Highlands with a stop at historic Berrima. Visit Gold Creek Station, a working sheep farm, for a taste of country life from a local expert including a welcome reception and an Aussie barbecue lunch. On arrival in Canberra, you’ll walk through impressive Parliament House with a local guide and visit the Australian War Memorial before enjoying dinner with your Tour Director and travelling companions.
Before departing Canberra, you’ll visit the summit of Mt. Ainslie in Canberra Nature Park to take in views of this unique city and surrounding ranges. Journey over the mighty Murray River into Victoria taking the scenic route to historic Beechworth, Victoria’s best preserved gold rush town for your unique overnight stay in one of the Bed and Breakfast properties. The region offers plenty of great photo opportunities, with towering winter snow-capped mountains, tree-covered ranges, magical lakes, wild rivers and tranquil rural farmlands. Get to know Beechworth with an orientation and enjoy some free time to explore the legendary Beechworth Bakery as well as antique shops, galleries and the museum.
Travel through Glenrowan and Ned Kelly country to culturally diverse and cosmopolitan Melbourne for a sightseeing tour including a private walk through Melbourne’s famous hidden laneways. You’ll discover the city’s eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and interesting shops. This evening perhaps take a relaxing walk to Southbank for a stroll along the Yarra River.
Today Melbourne is all yours to explore! You’ll have time to discover some of the secrets of this exceptional city – with plenty of cafés, galleries, museums, markets, restaurants, laneways and parks to choose from. If you wish to explore further, you can join a day tour to the famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. Or, visit the Yarra Valley wineries, the Dandenongs and Puffing Billy Steam Train or Sovereign Hill’s goldmine.
Hold onto your seats today for one of the world’s great road trips – the Great Ocean Road! You’ll get plenty of photo opportunities along this coastal road. Stop in the coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay before you visit the amazing Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. We finish the day in Warrnambool.
This morning visit Worn Gundidj at Tower Hill State Game Reserve. The area was a rich food source for the Koroit Gundidj people whose descendants retain links with this country. Your guide will provide you with an Aboriginal perspective about flora, wildlife, volcanic formations, bush existence and medicinal practices. Continue into Mt. Gambier to visit the mysterious Blue Lake and then travel on to the world renowned Coonawarra wine region. Stop at Brand's Laira vineyard for a wine tasting. The vineyard's first vines were planted in 1893 when an English Sea Captain purchased a plot of land in the Penola fruit colony, naming it 'Laira' after the ship that traded around the Australian and New Zealand coasts at the time. Afterwards you'll continue to Naracoorte, your stop for the night.
Journey to the Fleurieu Peninsula and visit the seaside town of Victor Harbor at lunchtime. You might like to take the horse-drawn tram to Granite Island or just sit back and relax with some fish and chips on the beach. Yum! This afternoon board a ferry at Cape Jervis, bound for Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is famous for its unspoiled natural beauty and its fresh local produce. Kick off your island adventure with a visit to South Australia’s only boutique distillery to taste a selection of their handcrafted premium spirits. All the spirits are hand made in small batches onsite, so you’ll be able to smell the aroma of botanicals, citrus peel or even fennel lingering as you taste the award-winning Australian gin and delicious liqueurs. Finish up with a short journey to Kingscote, and rest up for the exciting day that awaits you tomorrow.
Today explore Kangaroo Island! Visit spectacular Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch in Flinders Chase National Park and enjoy the stunning coastal scenery, where you may even spot koalas, wallabies and kangaroos. Later enjoy a delicious lunch at Vivonne Bay Lodge before attending Raptor Domain to experience the only “In-Flight” Birds of Prey Display in South Australia. Meet an array of birds including Jedda the majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle. Enjoy a delightful interactive experience with Casper the friendly Barn Owl, Banjo and Clancy the laughing Kookaburras and many more. Afterwards join a ranger at Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided walk among a colony of sea lions.
This morning board a ferry to cross back to the mainland and travel to picturesque Adelaide. On arrival enjoy an orientation of the 'City of Churches' with your Travel Director, before checking in to your hotel. This afternoon you're free to explore Adelaide and enjoy a meal at any of the wonderful local restaurants. Did you know that Adelaide boasts more restaurants per capita than any other city in Australia? You do now!
The rolling Adelaide Hills and Barossa lay ahead of you today and you'll have the opportunity to taste a number of their world-renowned wines! First stop is picturesque Hahndorf. Experience its charm and hospitality as you wander down the tree lined streets and take time to explore the quaint shops and even taste some of the town's artisan produce. Enjoy a wine tasting overlooking the stunning vineyards before continuing to The Barossa for lunch at The Company Kitchen, part of the South Australian Company Store. At The Company Kitchen they believe in locally produced South Australian food and that a food experience is to be savoured and enjoyed. You'll taste two local wines with canapés that feature fresh local produce, followed by a delicious main meal of your choice. Travel back to Adelaide through the Barossa's rolling hills. This evening join your Travel Director and new-found friends for a farewell dinner.
After an indulgent time away, it's time to bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday concludes after breakfast. Not ready to head home yet? Why not consider a 3 night cruise on the Murray River aboard the PS Murray Princess.
Package Includes: 9 nights of accommodation, 16 meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, Luxury Coach Transportation, Professional Tour Director and Tour Driver, Airport transfers, Welcome reception, Hotel porterage, sightseeing and attractions as listed below.
|11 Day Tastes of Southern Australia|
|Style:||N/A Partner Operated||Start:||Sydney|
|Pricing is per person|
|CAD (does not include applicable taxes)|
|Note: Arrival and departure flights can be booked for any time on arrival and departure day.|