Tastes of Southern Australia

Explore the nation’s capital Canberra, country Victoria, cosmopolitan Melbourne and the spectacular coast of Southern Australia on this well-paced journey. Spend the night in a unique bed-and-breakfast property in historic Beechworth. Meet local farmers and winemakers and indulge in their delectable produce while you take in the stunning scenery of the Great Ocean Road, Kangaroo Island and the Barossa.


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11 Days from $5,291* per person, twin share 

Guided Holiday | Sydney - Adelaide

Inclusions:

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Meals:
    • 10 Full buffet breakfasts
    • 4 Dinners with wine
    • 1 Be My Guest Lunch
    • 1 Farewell Dinner
    • 2 Lunches
  •  Airport transfers (flights not included)
    • Day prior – flights to arrive anytime into Sydney Airport
    • Day 11 – flights to depart anytime from Adelaide Airport

Highlights:

  • Meet a local sheep farming family at Gold Creek Station – an AAT Kings specialty experience for 40 years
  • Take in historical Parliament House followed by a moving visit to the Australian War Memorial, led by your specialist guide.
  • Gain a new understanding of both wildlife and traditional Aboriginal lifestyle, touring the regenerated land at Tower Hill with local guides.
  • Support the conservation and protection of the Australian Sea Lion with your guided walk at Seal Bay Conservation Park.

Tour Code: ESMA




Itinerary

Day 1: Sydney - Canberra 

Depart Sydney this morning and travel through the rolling hills and verdant pastures of the Southern Highlands. Pause at historic Berrima before arriving to Gold Creek Station.  Meet local sheep farmer, Craig Starr and get a taste of life on the farm before you join Craig and his family for a good Aussie BBQ Be My Guest lunch. Your final destination for the day is the country's capital where you'll enjoy a tour through Parliament House with a local guide. Later visit the Australian War Memorial and stay to hear the evocative Last Post. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers tonight and get to know each other over a delicious meal.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Canberra

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner 


Day 2: Canberra - Wangaratta

This morning, you’ll drive to the summit of Mt. Ainslie for panoramic views of Canberra and surrounds. Journey over the mighty Murray River into Victoria taking the scenic route to historic Beechworth, Victoria’s best-preserved gold rush town. The region offers plenty of great photo opportunities, with tree-covered ranges, wild rivers and tranquil rural farmlands. Get to know Beechworth with an orientation and some storytelling over a “cuppa” with a local. Enjoy some free time to explore the antique shops, galleries and the museum. Tonight, you’ll stay in the cathedral town of Wangaratta.

Hotel: Quality Hotel Wangaratta

Meals Included: Breakfast



Day 3: Wangaratta - Melbourne

Travel to historic Glenrowan and on through Ned Kelly country to cosmopolitan Melbourne, Australia’s sporting and cultural capital. Gain some interesting insights on an orientation tour of the city, then take some time to explore independently.

Hotel: 2 nights at The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins

Meals Included: Breakfast


Day 4: Melbourne Free Time

Today is free for you to explore the delights of Melbourne. You could start your morning with an up-close tour of Melbourne’s laneways and spend your afternoon at Philip Island witnessing the Penguin Parade. If wine and lush scenery is more your style, check out the Puffing Billy Steam Train journey through the Dandenong Ranges followed by wine tasting in the Yarra Valley. Speak to your Tour Director, the many choices are yours.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Day 5: Melbourne - Warrnambool

Hold on to your seats and make sure your camera is charged for one of the world’s great road trips – the Great Ocean Road! Enjoy spectacular scenery that never ends and the quaint seaside towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay before arriving at the limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles rising majestically from the wild Southern Ocean. Nearby you’ll see Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge natural rock formation before arriving in the rural town of Warrnambool.

Hotel: Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Warrnambool - Naracoorte

Visit Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, where your guide will provide you with an Indigenous perspective on the area’s flora, wildlife and volcanic formations. Cross the border into South Australia with a stop at Mt. Gambier, home to the Blue Lake. Continue to the world-renowned Coonawarra wine region for a wine tasting. Before arriving in Naracoorte you’ll be joined by a local expert for a guided tour through the Alexandra Cave

Hotel: William MacIntosh Motor Lodge, Naracoote

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 7: Naracoorte– Kangaroo Island

Journey today to the Fleurieu Peninsula, where rolling hills are complemented by rugged clifftops, sandy beaches and the winding Murray River. Visit the charming seaside town of Victor Harbor before a ferry takes you to Kangaroo Island, famous for its unique natural beauty and fine produce. Visit South Australia’s only boutique distillery to taste a selection of award-winning Australian gins and delicious liqueurs. Your destination is Kingscote, South Australia’s oldest European settlement.

Hotel: 2 nights at Aurora Ozone Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 8: Kangaroo Island

Begin your exploration of fascinating Kangaroo Island today with a visit to the spectacular Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch followed by a guided tour of the AAT Kings sponsored Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary which was badly affected by last year’s bushfires. Learn what part fire plays within this delicate ecosystem and how the koalas and other wildlife are adapting to their environment.  This is followed by a delicious lunch featuring fresh, local produce before joining a local specialist at Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided walk among a colony of rare sea lions in one of the country’s most important breeding colonies. Tonight, is free at leisure for you to explore.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 9: Kangaroo Island - Adelaide

This morning, board your ferry to cross back to the mainland and travel to picturesque Adelaide, the ‘City of Churches’. You’ll take an orientation tour with your Travel Director before checking into your hotel.  This afternoon you are free to explore. Why not choose one of our Optional tours or speak with your Travel Director about recommendations. There’s plenty to see, do and taste!  Did you know that Adelaide boasts more restaurants per capita than any other city in Australia?  You do now!

Hotel:  2 nights at Crowne Plaza Adelaide

Meals Included: Breakfast


Day 10: Adelaide Hills and The Barossa

Discover the rolling Adelaide Hills and the renowned Barossa Valley today, stopping first at picturesque Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Wander down its tree-lined streets and take time to explore the quaint shops. Continue to the Barossa Valley 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. From here you’ll visit famous Seppeltsfield for an indulgent wine tasting followed by free time to wander around the Jam Factory, watching local artisans at work. Travel back to Adelaide this afternoon through landscape dotted with stone cottages and olive groves to join your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Farewell Dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner


Day 11: Farewell from Adelaide

After an indulgent trip away, it's time to bid farewell to your fellow travellers after breakfast when your holiday comes to an end. Not ready to head home yet?

Meals Included: Breakfast

 


*Terms and Conditions: Price correct as of 15 July 2021. Prices are per person based on twin share accommodation. Dates and itineraries are valid until 31 December 2021. Beyond 31 December 2021 dates and itineraries are indicative only. Prices, itineraries and inclusions are subject to availability and can change at any time without notice. Booking, payment and cancellation conditions apply. Contact your travel agent for full details. SUPPLIER: AAT Kings