Leave no stone unturned when you explore country Victoria, cosmopolitan Melbourne and the spectacular coast and delicious produce of Southern Australia. Meet local farmers, wine makers and whisky distillers and indulge in their delectable produce while you take in stunning scenery on the Great Ocean Road, Kangaroo Island, the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa
Tastes of Southern Australia (11 Days/10 Nights)
Tour Code: ESMA.
This trip visits Canberra, Melbourne, Great Ocean Road, Naracoorte, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide and the Barossa.
Note: As this Guided Holiday departs early morning, accommodation should be pre-booked for the previous night.
Flights to arrive prior to Day 1 – Sydney Airport.
Flights to depart after breakfast on Day 11 – Adelaide Airport.
Day 1 Sydney – Canberra
This morning begin your journey to Canberra via the Southern Highlands. Stop at historic Berrima, famous for its gaol and early colonial architecture then visit Gold Creek Station and meet local sheep farmer, Craig Starr. Get a taste of life on the farm before you join Craig and his family for a good Aussie BBQ lunch. Your destination 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
Day 2 Canberra – Beechworth
Before leaving Canberra this morning, you will visit the summit of Mt. Ainslie to take in views of the city and surrounding ranges from the lookout. 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 antique shops, galleries and the museum. Why not grab a coffee and delicious treat from the legendary Beechworth Bakery. Hotel: Boutique Country Accommodation, Beechworth.
Day 3 Beechworth – Melbourne
This morning join your B&B host for a Be My Guest breakfast. Travel through Glenrowan and Ned Kelly country to culturally diverse and cosmopolitan Melbourne for a sightseeing tour. This evening perhaps take a relaxing walk along the Yarra River and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants. Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne.
Day 4 Melbourne Free time
Today is free for you to explore the delights of Melbourne. Perhaps Eureka Sky deck for fantastic views of Melbourne, join a guided tour of the historical Queen Victoria Markets or discover Melbourne’s famous laneways on a guided walking tour of the city’s eclectic lanes of cafe acute; society and fascinating street art. Speak to your Tour Director to hear about the many options on offer.
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. Visit the amazing Twelve Apostles. These fascinating limestone formations tower 45 metres above the Southern Ocean. Later visit Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge before arriving in Warrnambool. Hotel: Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel & Spa, Warrnambool.
Day 6 Warrnambool – Naracoorte
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 a vineyard for a wine tasting. The Coonawarra wine region is centred in the Limestone Coast zone of South Australia. It is known for the Cabernet Sauvignon wines produced on its terra rossa soil. Afterwards you will continue to Naracoorte where you will experience a 30 minute guided walk through The Alexandria Cave. One of 28 limestone caves in this world heritage park before continuing to your stop for the night. Hotel: William MacIntosh Motor Lodge, Naracoorte
Day 7 Naracoorte – Kangaroo Island
Journey to Fleurieu Peninsula and visit the seaside town of Victor Harbour 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. This afternoon board your 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. Hotel: Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kangaroo Island.
Day 8 Kangaroo Island
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. You will then enjoy a sumptuous lunch behind the sand dunes at Vivonne Bay Lodge before heading over to partake in a private Birds of Prey show at Raptor Domai. Put on a glove and have one of the many birds fly to you including kookaburras, owls and falcons or experience holding a wedge tailed eagle and some amazing Australian reptiles. This experience is interactive, educational and fun.
Day 9 Kangaroo Island – Adelaide
This morning, board your ferry to cross back to the mainland and travel to the picturesque Adelaide, the City of Churches. Choose from a selection of three included choice sightseeing experiences. A guided tour of The Art Gallery or a 1.5-hour guided walk through historic Adelaide’s North Precinct. For the animal lover, maybe The Adelaide Zoo would appeal to you more. This evening you are free to explore Adelaide and enjoy a meal at any of the wonderful local restaurants. Hotel: Stamford Plaza, Adelaide.
Day 10 Adelaide Hills and The Barossa
The rolling Adelaide Hills and Barossa lay ahead of you today and you will 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. Continue to The Barossa Valley 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 will taste two local wines with canapés that featuring fresh local produce, followed by a delicious main meal of your choice. After lunch, one more stop to Jacobs Creek Estate to sample some of their world famous wines before traveling back to Adelaide through the Barossa is rolling hills. This evening join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner.
Day 11 Farewell from Adelaide
After an indulgent trip away, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow travellers after breakfast when your holiday ends.
Travel Dates: 1 Jun 2018 - 31 Mar 2019