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Epicurean Adventure
(14 days) The Yarra Valley to Sydney
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For the food and wine lovers, this itinerary travels outside of the main city centres and visits some of the rural regions where you can experience local foods and wines at a variety of locations.
Day 1 The Yarra Valley

Arrive Melbourne. Melbourne to Yarra Valley

LimoCentral, Melbourne

International Airport (Tullamarine) to Yarra Valley – Private Car/Driver Transfer

The Yarra Valley was Victoria’s first wine growing district – with a history stretching back nearly 180 years. Vines were first planted in 1838 by the Ryrie brothers, on their property known today as Chateau Yering. Viticulture spread rapidly through the 1860’s and 1870’s, with wine exports to the British and European markets and were winning awards around the world. However, Valley wine production cease in 1921. Replanting began in the late 1960’s and by the early 1990’s and the area under vine passed the high point of the 19th century. The Wurundjeri people have occupied the lands around the Yarra Valley for at least 30,000 years and the Yarra River was a life-source.

Chateau Yering Hotel, Yarra Valley Region

Accommodation in a Yarra Suite for 2 nights – Includes Full Breakfast

This heritage-listed 1854 mansion is located in Yering, near Yarra Glen. A sweeping driveway through an old world garden meets the gracious property. It proudly takes pride of place on the 250-acre estate overlooking the Yarra River, is the perfect place to explore the vineyards, fruit farms, villages and stunning scenery this region is famous for. It has several lounge areas with antique furniture and open fireplaces as well as a library, which offers a variety of reading material and board games. The fine dining room, Eleonore’s, with its emphasis on regional produce matched with local wine has been recognised with numerous culinary awards and the vibrant Sweetwater Cafe serves breakfast, light meals and luscious cakes throughout the day. Luxury suites are each decorated in a unique style to showcase a range of antique furniture and fine art. All are presented with large white marble ensuite and expansive private balcony offering unsurpassed rural views.

Day 2 The Yarra Valley

Melbourne Private Tours

Full Day Yarra Valley Tour – Private Tour

Inclusions: Hotel pickup & dropoff, 2 course lunch with a beverage (beer, wine or soft drink), wine tasting at a few local boutique wineries tailored to your preferences, entry to Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, a private tasting with local produce.

This 6 hour tour provides you with an opportunity to visit one of Australia’s leading wine making regions, just a short drive from Melbourne. With a picturesque backdrop of the Yarra Ranges as well as renowned restaurants throughout the area, wine and food lovers alike will revel in everything the Yarra Valley has to offer. Enjoy lunch at one of the regions picturesque vineyard restaurants, either TarraWarra Estate or Oakridge Estate followed by more time exploring the region meeting local characters and sampling wine from boutique wineries such as Yarra Yering, Coldstream Hills and Yering Farm. Avoiding the crowds of the larger wineries – the tour will be tailored to suit your tastes. Visit the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, regarded as one of Australia’s leading wildlife reserves, the Healesville Sanctuary has over 200 species of Australian birds and animals in pristine ‘Aussie’ bush land.

Day 3 Melbourne

Yarra Valley to Melbourne (via Phillip Island)

Melbourne Private Tours

Full Day Healesville and Phillip Island Wildlife Tour – Private Tour

Inclusions:

Hotel pickup & dropoff, entry to Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary with VIP Sanctuary Tour, light lunch, Koala Conservation Centre admission, 2 course dinner with beverage, Phillip Island Penguins Plus experience.

This 12 to 13 hour tour takes you to the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, an experience not to be missed. Regarded as one of Australia’s leading wildlife reserves, the Sanctuary has over 200 species of Australian birds and animals in pristine ‘Aussie’ bushland. Enjoy a 2 hour VIP private tour of this wildlife destination. Your ranger will share stories about native wildlife as you get close to koalas, kangaroos and many more. Wander through stunning bushlands with plenty of opportunities to grab a great photo along the way. Then sit back and be treated to VIP seating at the Spirits of the Sky bird show. After your sanctuary experience, we make our way down to Philip Island, stopping to enjoy a light lunch enroute. At Philip Island, you will come face to face with Australia’s most iconic marsupials at the Koala Conservation Centre. Exploring the tree-top boardwalks you can glimpse koalas up close in their natural habitat. Wander the extensive trails through Australian bushland, home to many animals including wallabies, echidnas, and bats. Visit ocean lookouts, spend time bird watching, or meander along coastal boardwalks at The Nobbies where you can view the treacherous Seal Rocks, a rocky outcrop home to Australia’s largest fur seal colony. Every evening at sunset the Little Penguins come out of the surf and return to Summerland Beach. They waddle up to their burrows, just as their ancestors have done for thousands of generations, meandering straight past eager visitors who wait in anticipation for the night’s performance. Watch this miracle unfold in front of you from an exclusive raised platform away from the crowds and see these unique creatures return to their nests in the sand dunes. Return to Melbourne, where you will be transferred to your Melbourne accommodation.

Park Hyatt Melbourne, Melbourne

Accommodation in a King View Deluxe for 3 nights – Includes Full Breakfast

This property is located on the edge of the city centre near Parliament House, overlooking St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Fitzroy Gardens. This luxurious and sophisticated property offers a cosmopolitan mix of Victorian and modern architecture. The spacious guest rooms and suites feature custom designed furniture in neutral shades, wood panelling and Italian marble bathrooms. Some guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city, parklands or St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Day 4 Melbourne

Hidden Secrets Tours, Melbourne

Half Day Lanes & Arcades Tour – Private Tour

Inclusions: Inner City Hotel meet up, drink and snack.

Have you ever been to a city and wondered what all the fuss was about? Or wasted time trying to find that cool cafe you were told of and ended up missing everything? Enjoy a 3 hour walk through Melbourne’s beautiful back streets and get orientated in the life of the city that locals love. Discover local designers and specialty retailers that often are only found in the city. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture and historical tales are found in these walkways. There is something for everyone. See over 30 stores on this casual stroll and return to those you like best in the afternoon.

Day 5 Great Ocean Road

Melbourne Private Tours

Full Day Great Ocean Road – Private Tour

Inclusions: Hotel pick-up and drop-off, luxury vehicle, professional local guide, complimentary water, morning tea, 2 course lunch with a beverage (beer, wine or soft drink)

This 12 hour tour provides you with the opportunity to travel along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. One of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world, the Great Ocean Road stretches 243 kilometres along the southern coast of Victoria. Travel it and you will discover some of the world’s most inspiring scenery, an ever changing hinterland and charming towns and hamlets. Marvel at the huge cliffs, roaring seas, tranquil coves, magnificent waterfalls and secluded beaches. Get an insight into Australian surfing culture at Bells Beach, with rugged cliffs and big waves. Discover seaside villages such as the popular town of Lorne, where you can stroll on the stunning beach. As you continue driving you may see koalas in the wild at Kennett River. Indulge in quality local produce and fresh seafood opposite the sandy beaches of Apollo Bay. Head inland through Cape Otway’s towering trees and ferns of temperate rain forest towards Port Campbell National Park to behold the sculptured beauty of The Twelve Apostles. Many of these stacks of flat-bedded limestone rise 65 metres above sea level and are an inspiring sight to see. Visit incredible natural coves and lookouts and hear tales from your host of romance and shipwreck tragedies whilst marvelling at the landmarks.

Day 6 Barossa Valley

Melbourne to Barossa Valley (via Adelaide)

LimoCentral, Melbourne

City Hotel to Airport (Tullamarine) – Private Car/Driver Transfer

Depart Melbourne/Arrive Adelaide

Your flight today is not included in your Southern World arrangements.

Hughes Leisure, Adelaide

Domestic Airport to Barossa Valley – Private Car/Driver Transfer

The Barossa Valley is located an hour’s drive from Adelaide City and is one of Australia’s premier wine regions. The area consists of many small towns. Nuriootpa, meaning ‘the meeting place’ is surrounded by vineyards. The town’s vine-lined main street becomes an amazing array of colours during autumn and is the business centre of the Barossa as well as home to some of the region’s best-known cellar doors including Penfolds, Elderton and, just a few kilometres from the town, Wolf Blass Visitor Centre.

Angaston is at the “English” or eastern end of the Barossa and was named after one of South Australia’s founders, George Fife Angas, who sponsored many of the region’s early German settlers. The Angas family was a major influence for many generations.

Lyndoch has evolved with the times into a mecca of contemporary ambience while maintaining its English foundations and strong German influences. Nestled at the fertile base of the Barossa Ranges, the town once featured the first flour mill north of Adelaide. This rich soil today boasts several of the Barossa’s finest wineries. Buy traditional German bread at the local bakery and pick up a stick of South Australia’s award- winning best smoky mettwurst. Tanunda historically has always been the heart of the Barossa region and its history is only a small part of its charms. A vibrant and growing community, its home to some of Australia’s and the world’s best-loved wines. Explore the magnificently restored Chateau Tanunda.

In Williamstown, of special interest is the Whispering Wall, the huge curved retaining wall of the Barossa Reservoir that’s about 140 metres long and an acoustic miracle. Built between 1899 and 1903, the dam was a revolutionary engineering feat for its day and attracted attention from all over the world. It continues to attract attention – you can speak in a normal voice at one end of the wall and people at the other end of the wall can hear you clearly!

The Louise, Barossa Valley

Accommodation in a Premium Suite for 2 nights – Includes Full breakfast, in-suite bar, pre-dinner drinks and canapes, gourmet dinner nightly in Appellation Restaurant and use of lodge facilities.

Ideally situated in the heart of Barossa wine country in South Australia, you’ll find absolute luxury and inspired design with private spaces, generous ensuites and breathtaking vineyard views. Appellation at The Louise is recognised as a world class destination for dining in South Australia. With food that creatively reflects a sense of place, the kitchen team are dedicated storytellers of the Barossa Valley region, its produce, and its people.

Day 7 Barossa Valley

A Taste of South Australia, Barossa Valley

Full Day Best of the Barossa Valley Tour – Private Tour

Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off, gourmet lunch, wine tastings, refreshments and wine & tourism information kit.

This 6 hour tour includes a city orientation tour and then travels through the scenic Torrens Gorge to the Barossa Valley, a natural chasm carved out of the Adelaide Hills by the River Torrens. Start your wine tasting experience by visiting smaller wineries such as Schild Estate or visit Trevor Jones’ Kellermeister. Travel to Jacobs Creek to visit some small wineries with rustic charm, making wines in traditional Barossa methods, such as Rockfords and Charlie Melton. Stop at Tanunda to discover the local arts and crafts shops. Enjoy a picturesque drive up to Menglers Hill for unsurpassed views over the entire Valley and then continue into historic Angaston. Visit Angas Park, specialising in fine dried fruits, or the local cheese maker who has won many awards for their farm cheeses. Lunch will be alfresco under the vines or at Vintners restaurant. For those more seriously into wine the next stop could be Henschkes winery in Keyneton, a fifth generation German winery producing outstanding wines that incorporate the best of old world and state of the art winemaking. Alternatively visit historic Yalumba, the biggest family run winery in Australia. Return to your Barossa Valley accommodation.

Day 8 Adelaide

Barossa Valley to Adelaide 

Hughes Leisure, Adelaide

Barossa Valley to Adelaide Hotel – Private Car/Driver Transfer

The wine and festival capital of Australia, Adelaide is a place to experience the buzz, culture and convenience of a city without the frustrations. The city centre, surrounded by parklands, is a charming blend of historic buildings, wide streets, groovy shops and a huge variety of street cafes and restaurants. Visit the largest undercover market in the southern hemisphere and taste the best of South Australia at the Adelaide Central Market or enjoy a ride on Adelaide’s tram from the city centre to the historic yet vibrant beachside suburb of Glenelg. The city also provides a great launching point to the many attractions surrounding Adelaide, including world class wine regions, the Australian Outback, Kangaroo Island and much more.

Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide

Accommodation in a Luxury King Room for 1 night – Includes Full breakfast

This property is located in the heart of Adelaide and overlooking Rundle Mall. Set within a heritage-listed, renovated Colonial Mutual Life building, and complemented by a stunning “jewel box” additional which beautifully compliments the “Romanesque” style original building. All accommodation rooms offer luxury appointments, featuring locally made products and furnishings.

Day 9 Kangaroo Island

Adelaide to Kangaroo Island

Hughes Leisure, Adelaide

Adelaide Hotel to Domestic Airport- Private Car/Driver Transfer

Depart Adelaide/Arrive Kingscote, Kangaroo Island

Your flight today is not included in your Southern World arrangements.

Widely acclaimed as Australia’s Galapagos, Kangaroo Island is home to an abundance of native wildlife and spectacular natural attractions. Covering almost 4,500 square kilometres, it is Australia’s third largest island and offers the best of the mainland on a smaller, more intimate scale. With more than one third of the island declared as Conservation or National Park, visitors readily come face-to-face with prolific bird and animal species, such as the New Zealand fur seals, koalas, kangaroos, Australian sea lions, ospreys, echidnas, and much much more. Flanked by the indomitable Southern Ocean, dramatic coastal vistas and sculptured landscapes lie unspoiled by development and riddled with sheer limestone cliffs, sheltered coves, rocky headlands and deserted stretches of sugar-white sand.

Exceptional Kangaroo Island, Kingscote

2 Day/2 Night Kangaroo Island In Style – Shared Small Group Touring

Inclusions: Pick up and drop off from Kingscote Airport, 2 x full day shared touring, all admission fees and on island transfers, 2 x lunch, 2 x breakfast, 2 x dinner and 2 nights’ accommodation.

You will be met by your guide at Kingscote Airport and join a full day sightseeing tour.

Island Life Tour (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun):
Travel through the Island’s most productive country to the north coast. Walk through the bush with your guide – through strangely shaped trees learning what makes that noise, whose tracks are those, and who left THAT little pile there? Look for small wallabies almost extinct on the mainland, a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island and a variety of other birds, plants and animals. Break for lunch at a private bush camp and enjoy a delicious meal featuring King George whiting (local sea fish), fresh salads and fine South Australian wines. At Seal Bay Conservation Park take a private tour with your guide among Australian sea-lions on a beautiful sandy beach – an experience similar to that of the Galapagos. Watch pups nursing or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding biology.
Arrive at your accommodation late afternoon and enjoy dinner which has been included this evening.

Stranraer Homestead, Macgillivray

Accommodation in a Guest Room for 2 nights – Includes Full breakfast

This property is set on a 3500 acre working property, producing prime lamb, wool and grain. Adding to its beauty, the property, surrounded by hummocks and beautiful scenery, has two large lagoons, and prolific bird and wildlife. It offers a country experience with peace and tranquillity. The property has been in the Wheaton family since 1911 and has been beautifully restored. Each room has been tastefully and individually decorated using elegant decor and featuring moulded high ceilings.

Day 10 Kangaroo Island

Enjoy breakfast this morning before being met by your guide for a full day sightseeing tour.

Flinders Chase Focus Tour (Tue, Thu, Sat):
Travel the island’s north-west in an important private wildlife refuge with Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife. Check out wildlife surveys targeting tiny endangered mammals and get an introduction to the bush, so the fire ecology experienced later in the day has context. Break for an elegant picnic lunch in the bush, featuring marinated poached chicken, fresh salads, cheeses and fantastic South Australian wine, beer, soft drinks and spring water. After lunch, travel into Flinders Chase National Park and explore the massive shapes of Remarkable Rocks, a natural sculpture perched impossibly on top of a dome of granite emerging from the ocean. Evidence of the power of the Southern Ocean swell continues at Admirals Arch – a coastal grotto which provides a haul out for a large colony of Long-nosed fur seals who swim effortlessly through the crashing waves.
Return to your accommodation late afternoon and enjoy dinner which has been included this evening.

Note: Day tours operate alternative days. Itinerary may swap around depending on the arrival day.

Day 11 Sydney

Kangaroo Island to Sydney (via Adelaide)

Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation before your transfer to Kingscote Airport for your return flight to Adelaide.

Depart Kingscote, Kangaroo Island/Arrive Adelaide

Your flight today is not included in your Southern World arrangements.

Depart Adelaide/Arrive Sydney

Your flight today is not included in your Southern World arrangements.

Soak up Sydney’s gorgeous harbour, seductive outdoor lifestyle and great natural beauty. Cruise under the Sydney Harbour Bridge or wave at the Opera House as you ride a ferry across the harbour to Manly. Learn to surf at Bondi Beach or swim in the calm waters of Coogee. Lose yourself in the cobblestone cul-de-sacs of The Rocks or in the markets, boutiques, cafes and pubs of Paddington. As well as a world-famous harbour and more than 70 sparkling beaches, Sydney offers fabulous food, festivals and 24/7 fun.

Royale Limousines, Sydney

Domestic Airport to City Hotel – Private Car/Driver Transfer

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, Sydney

Accommodation in a Deluxe Full Harbour King Room for 3 nights – Includes Full breakfast

This property is a short walking distance to Circular Quay and the historic Rocks district. The hotel is vibrant and elegant, and all rooms have been carefully designed and subtly furnished with the highest quality amenities. The guest rooms decor is inspired by the soothing blues and crisp whites of the surrounding harbour, with wood details and spacious marble bathrooms, starting from 26 sq. metres to 53 sq. metres and offers city, partial harbour or harbour views.

Day 12 Sydney

Sensational Sydney Cruises, Sydney

Tea at Sea – Morning Cruise – Private Cruise

Inclusions: 2 hour cruise, morning tea served with coffee, tea and juice

Begin your day with a sensational 2 hour morning tea cruise. Step aboard a 52 foot motor yacht. Your personal captain & host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a light morning tea with coffee, tea, juice, water and 5-star service.

Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Sydney Opera House Tour – Private Tour

Inclusions: 1 hour guided tour (English Language).

More than 60 years ago, Jorn Utzon designed what is now considered one of the greatest buildings of all time. But for Utzon, the Sydney Opera House story was no fairy tale. The 1 hour tour brings to life the saga behind the making of the world’s most famous house. Your guide will take you on an emotional journey inside this modern masterpiece, putting Jorn Utzon on centre stage and is a tribute to his creative genius. You will discover why Utzon was more than an architect: he was an architect of change. And how, against a landslide of political and public criticism, he created the youngest building ever to be World Heritage listed. You will be taken inside one of the working venues to experience the magic behind the world’s most extraordinary opera, ballet, symphony and dramatic performances.

Note: The Sydney Opera House Tour includes up to 200 steps. Flat, enclosed rubber soled shoes must be worn. While on a tour, all bags larger than an A4 size will need to be cloaked. A complimentary, secure cloaking facility is available near the tour desk.

BridgeClimb Sydney

Summit at Twilight – Shared Small Group Tour

Inclusions: Climb, group photograph, Certificate of Achievement and BridgeClimb cap.

Your 3 hour tour commences with a comprehensive briefing and safety demonstration, before you are led by one of BridgeClimb’s Climb Leaders, on a guided journey (including preparation and briefing), to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The tour takes you along the top arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour. The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on the surroundings, with the opportunity to witness 360 degree views of Sydney including east to the Sydney Opera House, west to the Blue Mountains and the Harbour City surrounds.

Day 13 Blue Mountains

AEA Luxury Tours Sydney

Full Day Private Blue Mountains Luxury Diamond Day – Private Tour

Inclusions: Hotel pickup and drop off, private touring as per itinerary, Calmsley Hill admission, morning tea, 2 course Lunch at Echoes Restaurant with 1 glass of beer, wine or soft drink per person, national park fee and bottled water on board.

This 9 hour tour travels to the Blue Mountains. Stop at Calmsley Hill, a working farm also home to Kangaroo, Emu, Wombat and Koala. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander at leisure. Visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas and enjoy a stress and hurry free environment. Arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds for views of the famous Three Sisters. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colours. Enjoy lunch at Echoes Restaurant, perched at the absolute edge of the Blue Mountains, with views of mountains, cliff edges and lush rainforest valleys. After lunch, visit Govetts Leap, one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. Your last stop at the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens where there is time for a short inspection of the flora including the ancient Wollemi Pine.

Day 14 Sydney

Depart Sydney

Royale Limousines, Sydney

City Hotel to International Airport – Private Car/Driver Transfer

Accommodation
The Yarra Valley
Chateau Yering Hotel
Melbourne
Park Hyatt Melbourne
Barossa Valley
The Louise
Adelaide
Mayfair Hotel
Kangaroo Island
Stranraer Homestead
Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney