Tastes of Southern Australia

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Fabulous food, Australia’s most awarded wines, windswept coastlines – experience it all on this Sydney to Adelaide tour. With so many great moments, it’s hard to pick a highlight. Perhaps the breaking waves and seaside towns along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. Maybe the Barossa shiraz. Possibly Melbourne’s oh-so-cool cafes down graffiti-decorated alleys. Most definitely Kangaroo Island’s the rambunctious sea lions just metres away.

Tour Highlights

  • Gold Creek Station – Farm Experience and Lunch
  • Guided tour of Parliament House
  • Beechworth historical pub – Chat with the passionate local owner about his town
  • Worn Gundiji Aboriginal Experience at Tower Hill
  • Coonawarra Winery tour
  • Narrocoorte Caves Guided Tour
  • Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Locally guided tour at Seal Bay Conservation Park

Tour Itinerary

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Specialty Dinner
Tour Code: ESMA

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Sydney – Canberra (L, D)
Day 1
Sydney – Canberra (L, D)
As hard as it is to say goodbye to Sydney, it’s just as easy to say hello to the Southern Highlands. South of the ‘Harbour City’, the bucolic countryside of Berrima awaits – fun fact: this is the oldest Georgian village in Australia. Not far from here you’re welcomed to Gold Creek Station by sheep farmer Craig Starr for a Be My Guest BBQ lunch and tales about life on the land. And what eye-catching land it is, ringed by glorious gardens and deciduous forest that changes colour with the seasons. Your Sydney to Melbourne trip continues onward to the country's cool little capital, home to Parliament House, where you’ll go behind the political scenes, as well as the Australian War Memorial. Hearing the Last Post on your Canberra guided tour is a moving experience.
Crowne Plaza, Canberra
Set in a tranquil park settingin the heart of the city.  The central location is a 2 minute walk from the National Convention Centre Canberra and a short stroll to the city’s many shops, bars and restaurants.
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Canberra – Wangaratta (B)
Day 2
Canberra – Wangaratta (B)
Get some Canberra perspective from the summit of Mt. Ainslie. You won’t be able to see the Murray River, but you’ll soon cross it en route to Beechworth, Victoria’s best-preserved gold rush town. Get the lowdown on Beechworth over a chat with the publican of the historic local pub, then set you on your way to explore character-filled antiques stores, galleries and museums at your leisure. There are plenty of charming places to refuel, as well, before Wangaratta’s cathedrals beckon.
Quality Hotel Wangaratta
Located in Victoria’s High Country, within minutes drive by car or a short cycle of the acclaimed wineries, artisan producers and providores;.
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Wangaratta – Melbourne (B)
Day 3
Wangaratta – Melbourne (B)
Meandering south toward historic Glenrowan, you’re well and truly in Ned Kelly country – this is where the infamous bushranger and his gang were finally captured in 1880. We’ll tell you all the tales, then a few more about Melbourne, the home of Aussie rules football, some of the country’s best arts institutions, and a swag of stellar restaurants, cafés and bars. Once you have your bearings, explore as you will. We can help with evening restaurant reservations, as well as Melbourne laneway tours. But there’s something magical about just getting lost in the art-filled alleys of Australia’s second-largest city, discovering underground jazz lounges and rooftop eateries to watch the sun set.
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Located right on the riverfront this hotel offers spacious guestrooms, unrivalled city skyline and river views.
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Melbourne Free time (B)
Day 4
Melbourne Free time (B)
You’re on your own today. Well, not really, because your Travel Director is at your service to help arrange sightseeing experiences. After you’ve enjoyed a strong coffee in one of Melbourne’s atmospheric laneways, that is. Adrenaline junkie? Linger in the city, gaining bird’s-eye views from the Eureka Skydeck, the Southern Hemisphere’s highest attraction, looming almost 300 metres above the ground. Animal lover? Venture out on a Phillip Island little penguin tour to see hundreds of these cute creatures pad from the ocean along the sand back to snuggle in their burrows for the night. Want to get back to nature? Chug through the lush Dandenong Ranges on the Puffing Billy Steam Train, followed by a sip or two of wine in the Yarra Valley. This cool-climate growing region makes standout chardonnay, pinot noir and sparklings. The choice is yours.
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Located right on the riverfront this hotel offers spacious guestrooms, unrivalled city skyline and river views.
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Melbourne – Warrnambool (B, D)
Day 5
Melbourne – Warrnambool (B, D)
The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most epic journeys, a dramatic 240-kilometre union of limestone stacks (Twelve Apostles, we’re looking at you), World Heritage listed rainforest, untouched coastal coves and sleepy towns, like Lorne and Apollo Bay. It’s hard to know where to point your camera on a Great Ocean Road Melbourne tour. We recommend having it poised to snap shots of the Loch Ard Gorge, the site of a famous shipwreck, and London Bridge rock formations. The latter sandstone arch once resembled its namesake bridge; even after its collapse, it’s still an impressive natural wonder. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs, Warranambool
Located at the idyllic Warrnambool Foreshore, The Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs is surrounded by extensive walking & cycling trails and some of the Great Ocean Road’s best beaches including Warrnambool’s main beach and Middle Island. 
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Warrnambool – Naracoorte (B, D)
Day 6
Warrnambool – Naracoorte (B, D)
Emus, kangaroos, koalas, echidnas… oh my! These are just some of the animals you’ll likely spot visiting Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve – housed in a dormant volcanic crater – with an Aboriginal guide. Remarkably, this pocket of paradise was once wasteland, transformed by volunteers. More volcanic history awaits across the South Australian border in Mt. Gambier, home to the crater-filling Blue Lake. Because it’s very blue. And it’s a lake. By now you’ll be pretty thirsty, so it’s a good thing the Coonawarra wine region is around the corner. After a few sips, you may find yourself getting deep – literally. Naracoorte’s Alexandra Cave is a maze of delicate needle-like stalactites and massive twisting columns.
William MacIntosh Motor Lodge, Naracoorte
William MacIntosh Motor Lodge is located in Naracoorte, just inland from Mount Gambier on the South Australian/Victorian border.
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Naracoorte – Kangaroo Island (B, D)
Day 7
Naracoorte – Kangaroo Island (B, D)
The Fleurieu Peninsula region of South Australia is a natural adventure playground, all rolling hills, rugged clifftops and sandy beaches. Seaside Victor Harbor turns on the charms – there are steam locomotives – before your ferry blasts its horn. All aboard to tour Kangaroo Island. A well-deserved tasting of craft beer awaits at a boutique brewery, the only one on the island. How does sheoak stout sound or a Mexican inspired brew made using a combination of malted barley and flaked rice? We won’t judge you for sneaking in a nap en route to is Kingscote, South Australia’s oldest European settlement and your base for the night.
Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kangaroo Island
The Aurora Ozone Hotel is situated at Kingscote, Kangaroo Island in South Australia, boasting a truly unique location.
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Kangaroo Island (B, L)
Day 8
Kangaroo Island (B, L)
If you like alliterations, you’ll love today’s attractions: first stops are Remarkable Rocks (because these rust-hued monoliths really are) and Admirals Arch, home to an immense colony of raucous fur seals. AAT Kings-sponsored Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary was badly damaged by the 2019 bushfires; your Kangaroo Island tour reveals the part fire plays within this delicate ecosystem, and how koalas and other wildlife adapt to their environment as it regenerates. More wildlife greets you at Seal Bay Conservation Park, where enormous sea lions barrel down the sand to the water. This is one of the most significant breeding colonies in the country, and they are certainly curious characters. Just try not to laugh at their antics.
Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kangaroo Island
The Aurora Ozone Hotel is situated at Kingscote, Kangaroo Island in South Australia, boasting a truly unique location.
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Kangaroo Island – Adelaide (B)
Day 9
Kangaroo Island – Adelaide (B)
You’ve arrived in the South Australian capital, known for its well-preserved churches and well-admired cuisine. Did you know that Adelaide boasts more restaurants per capita than any other city in Australia? After an Adelaide city tour, the afternoon is yours to see just how many you can sample – we have a few recommendations, including a visit to the epic Central Market, where you can try green ant gin with cheese, among so many other delicacies. This place is the largest covered market in the Southern Hemisphere, with more than 70 stallkeepers showcasing their tasty wares.
Crowne Plaza Adelaide
Located in Adelaide, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rundle Mall and Adelaide Casino and has 329 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and Smart televisions
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Adelaide Hills & The Barossa (B, L, D)
Day 10
Adelaide Hills & The Barossa (B, L, D)
Pull on your elastic - waisted pants – today is one of indulgences through the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa, dotted with atmospheric towns like Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. A Barossa and Hahndorf tour reveals the bountiful food and wine this pocket of the state is known for. And you’ll enjoy a tasting from small batch wine makers from across the valley as well as discovering local flavours at the historic South Australian Company Store, replete with century-old stone buildings enveloped by vines.
Crowne Plaza Adelaide
Located in Adelaide, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rundle Mall and Adelaide Casino and has 329 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and Smart televisions
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Farewell from Adelaide (B)
Day 11
Farewell from Adelaide (B)
By day 11, you will have a suitcase full of gin, wine and cheese; a camera full of dreamy images; and more memories than you can count.

Inclusions

Attractions Included

  • Gold Creek Station – Farm Experience and Lunch
  • Guided tour of Parliament House
  • Beechworth historical pub – Chat with the passionate local owner about his town
  • Worn Gundiji Aboriginal Experience at Tower Hill
  • Coonawarra Winery tour
  • Narrocoorte Caves Guided Tour
  • Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Locally guided tour at Seal Bay Conservation Park

Coach Features

  • 48 Seat coach
  • Restroom
  • Air conditioned

Experiences Included

  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Local specialist guides
  • Centrally located premium 4-star hotels

Meals Included

  • 10 Full Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners
  • 1 Farewell dinner
  • 1 Be My Guest Lunch

Fitness Requirements

  • Tower Hill Reserve – Low level fitness required
    Slow-paced tour around Tower Hill site. Mainly flat, comfortable pace, some parts involve walking over uneven surfaces (i.e. gravel, grass, leaves)
  • Great Ocean Road and Kangaroo Island lookouts – Low level fitness required
    Short walks from coach to lookout spots at your own pace, lookouts have shorter and longer options so you can take the option most suitable to your needs.

Visited Locations

  • Canberra
    You'll find a mix of history, art and the outdoors in Australia's capital city.  Founded following the federation of the colonies of Australia as the seat of government for the new nation, it is Australia's largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall.
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  • Wangaratta
    Wangaratta is a substantial rural service centre in north-east Victoria famed for its Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues which attracts artists of genuinely international stature and its proximity to some of Victoria's finest wine growing regions.
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  • Melbourne
    Melbourne is the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. At the city's centre is the modern Federation Square development, with plazas, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River.
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  • Warrnambool
    Warrnambool is a city along the Great Ocean Road, in Victoria, Australia. The coast around Warrnambool and down to Cape Otway is known as the Shipwreck Coast, due to the large number of water vessels that ran aground in the 1800s and early 1900s due to ferocious weather conditions and the rocky coastline. 
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  • Naracoorte
    Naracoorte is home to the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves which are World Heritage listed because of the importance of the fossils at the site and is located midway between Adelaide and Melbourne.
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  • Kangaroo Island
    Kangaroo Island lies off the mainland of South Australia, southwest of Adelaide. Over a third of the island is protected in nature reserves, home to native wildlife like sea lions, koalas and diverse bird species.
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  • Adelaide
    Adelaide is South Australia’s capital and is bursting with culture, flavours, events and entertainment. It is a pretty city, surrounded by a ring of parkland on the River Torrens and it is home to renowned museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia.
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  • Sydney
    Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and one of Australia's largest cities, is best known for its harbour front Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design.
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Attractions

  • Wine tasting and talk at Artisans of Barossa
  • Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
    Visit Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, where your guide will provide you with an Indigenous perspective on the area’s flora, wildlife and volcanic formations. 
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  • Kangaroo Island Brewery
    Located on pristine Kangaroo Island, this brewery is born from blood and sweat.  This Island has been built on the hard work of generations before, something not to be taken lightly.
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  • Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
    Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is a privately-owned conservancy focused on providing habitat for native animals to live in the wild.
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  • South Australian Company Store
    In the Barossa Valley stop for lunch at the South Australian Company Store where you’ll try tempting canapés made up of fresh local produce, followed by a delicious main meal of your choice. 
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29 Aug 2024 - 08 Sep 2024 $5,066$6,324
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17 Oct 2024 - 27 Oct 2024 $5,960$7,812
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05 Feb 2026 - 15 Feb 2026 $6,021$7,520
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19 Mar 2026 - 29 Mar 2026 $6,021$7,520
Tastes of Southern Australia
Days
11
Price from
AUD $5,066