Tastes of Southern Australia

Tastes of Southern Australia

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$3894

Tastes of Southern Australia

11 Days Starting in Sydney, New South Wales(AU) and ending in Adelaide, South Australia(AU)

Visiting: Sydney, Southern Highlands, Berrima, Gold Creek Station, Canberra, Mt. Ainslie, Beechworth, Wangaratta, Glenrowan, Melbourne, Phillip Island, Great Ocean Road, Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge, Lorne, Apollo Bay, Warrnambool, Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, Mt. Gambier, Blue Lake, Coonawarra, Naracoorte, Alexandra Cave, Fleurieu Peninsula, Victor Harbor, Kangaroo Island, Kingscote, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Seal Bay Conservation Park, Adelaide, Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Adelaide Central Market, Adelaide Hills, Hahndorf, Barossa Valley

Tour operator:

AAT Kings

Tour code:

ESMA24

Physical rating:

A low to medium level of fitness is required.

Age range:

16-

Trip Styles:

Luxury

Activities:

Sightseeing

From: $4730 $3894 Operator discount: -$709 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$127 -18%

NB: Prices correct on 15-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

This trip fully deserves its name. Expect to sample some of Southern Australia’s most drool-worthy produce – think craft beers, wines and cheeses - and also savour some of its most dreamy landscapes, from the Great Ocean Road’s Twelve Apostles to the sparkling coves of South Australia on a Kangaroo Island tour. In between there are Phillip Island little penguins, Melbourne laneways, the Barossa and Canberra, Australia’s culture-filled capital.

Highlights

  • Meet Craig Starr on his 400-hectare sheep farm Gold Creek Station for a tale or two, and a BBQ. The stories continue at Australian Parliament House.

  • Walk with a guide through the galleries of the First Peoples arts and cultural centre at Federation Square.

  • By visiting Kangaroo Island’s Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, you not only gain insights into Australian animals, but also have the chance to support them.

  • Across the Great Ocean Road’s 240 kilometres you’ll discover all manner of natural drama, from limestone stacks to World Heritage listed rainforest and untouched coastal coves.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Sydney - Canberra

Location: Sydney, Southern Highlands, Berrima, Gold Creek Station, Canberra

Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Canberra

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. Further on, 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. Onward to the country’s cool little capital, home to Parliament House, where you’ll go behind the political scenes. Tonight, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 : Canberra - Wangaratta

Location: Canberra, Mt. Ainslie, Beechworth, Wangaratta

Accommodation Name: Quality Hotel Wangaratta

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. We’ll give you the Beechworth lowdown, 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.

Day 3 : Wangaratta - Melbourne

Location: Wangaratta, Glenrowan, Melbourne

Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne

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.

Day 4 : Melbourne Free Time

Location: Melbourne, Phillip Island

Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne

You’re on your own today. Well, not really, because your Travel Director is at your service to help arrange optional 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 Melbourne Skydeck at the Eureka Tower. Animal lover? Venture to Phillip Island to see hundreds of little penguins pad along the sand.

Day 5 : Melbourne - Warrnambool

Location: Melbourne, Great Ocean Road, Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge, Lorne, Apollo Bay, Warrnambool

Accommodation Name: Lady Bay Resort

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. We recommend having it poised to snap shots of the Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge rock formations. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Day 6 : Warrnambool - Naracoorte

Location: Warrnambool, Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, Mt. Gambier, Blue Lake, Coonawarra, Naracoorte, Alexandra Cave

Accommodation Name: William MacIntosh Motor Lodge, Naracoorte

Emus, kangaroos, koalas, echidnas… These are just some of the animals you’ll likely spot as you drive through Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve – housed in a dormant volcanic crater. 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. 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.

Day 7 : Naracoorte - Kangaroo Island

Location: Naracoorte, Fleurieu Peninsula, Victor Harbor, Kangaroo Island, Kingscote

Accommodation Name: Aurora Ozone Hotel, Executive Rooms

The Fleurieu Peninsula 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 for Kangaroo Island. A well-deserved tasting of craft beer awaits at a boutique brewery, the only one on the island. How does a Golden Ale sound? Your destination is South Australia’s oldest European settlement, Kingscote.

Day 8 : Kangaroo Island

Location: Kangaroo Island, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Seal Bay Conservation Park

Accommodation Name: Aurora Ozone Hotel, Executive Rooms

If you like alliterations, you’ll love today’s attractions: first stops are Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, home to an immense colony of raucous fur seals. Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary was badly damaged by the 2019 bushfires. Through your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, you’ll assist with their bushfire recovery plan and wildlife rehabilitation program. Learn from one of their experienced guides about the delicate ecosystem and Australian native animals. 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.

Day 9 : Kangaroo Island - Adelaide

Location: Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Adelaide Central Market

Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Adelaide

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 a cultural walking tour through the city’s Botanic Gardens with an Aboriginal Guide, and 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.

Day 10 : Adelaide Hills And The Barossa

Location: Adelaide Hills, Hahndorf, Barossa Valley

Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Adelaide

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 over lunch at Lambert Estate enveloped by vines.

Day 11 : Farewell From Adelaide

Location: Adelaide

Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Adelaide

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.

What's Included

  • Dining

    1 Be My Guest Lunch
    4 Dinners with Wine
    10 Full Breakfasts
    2 Lunches
    1 Farewell Dinner

  • What's included

    Centrally located premium 4 and 4.5 hotels
    National Park entrance fees
    Arrival and departure private airport transfers

  • Flight Information

    Day prior – flights to arrive anytime into Sydney Airport
    Day 11 – flights to depart anytime from Adelaide Airport
    Flights are not included in the holiday price
    Return airport to hotel transfers are included in the holiday price

  • What to Bring

    Water bottle
    Warm layers in cooler months
    Camera
    Comfortable walking shoes
    Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat

Mode of Transport

Day prior – flights to arrive anytime into Sydney Airport
Day 11 – flights to depart anytime from Adelaide Airport
Flights are not included in the holiday price
Return airport to hotel transfers are included in the holiday price

Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort. The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes: Centrally located premium 4 and 4.5 hotels

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  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a holiday with us is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    It is important to adhere to departure times while on tour for the comfort of everyone on-board, and to make sure no one misses out on the planned experiences. The coach will not be able to wait for you, and in some instances, if you miss a departure time you will need to make your own way to the next destination to re-join the tour.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    AAT Kings operated Guided Holidays have competitive single supplement rates available if you prefer to confirm your own room. Or we can match you to share with a guest of the same gender at no extra cost. If we fail to match you, we will accommodate you in a single room at no extra cost.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Over 100 years

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    We will email your documents to you approximately four weeks before your departure date provided you have completed your pre trip registration using the My Travel Portal. If you’ve booked through a travel agent, your documents will be emailed directly to your agent.

Reviews of this operator

Ann Purcell  

Well worth the money

24-Feb-2023

Absolutely wonderful trip. Tastes of southern Australia. Hotels were good quality. Sightseeing was amazing. Manuela our travel director was lovely. A great trip all round

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Lynda Whittingham  

Particularly loved QUEENSTOWN (jet boat) and plane ride over Mt Cook

18-Feb-2023

Great guide “Dexter” who was pleasant and knowledgeable, skilled and pleasant driver, Aaron, interesting activities, and comfortable hotels in good locations. I have been on organized bus trips in different countries and this company stands out. I would travel with them again. Read less

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Milford Sound , West Coast , Queenstown, Christchurch

22-Feb-2023

The most professional tour group i have ever travelled with. Both tour director (Hope) & driver (Dave) had extensive knowledge of NZ. Highly recommended.

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Keith Jones  

Christchurch, Milford Sound and the Franz Joseph Railway journey

02-Mar-2023

Very professional service throughout. Friendly experienced tour guide imparting excellent knowledge and local anecdotes. Friendly professional driver enhanced the overall pleasure. Excellent hotels throughout the holiday.

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Allison Cooper  

Wonderful experience, highlight had to be Uluru so spiritual and beautiful

22-Feb-2023

Very professional. Excellent travel director very knowledgeable and a lovely guy. Amazing experience seeing do many great places.

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