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Tastes of Southern Australia

11 Day Guided Vacation | Sydney to Adelaide

Tastes of Southern Australia

11 Day Guided Vacation | Sydney to Adelaide | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Tastes of Southern Australia

11 Day Guided Vacation

Sydney to Adelaide

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.

Why you'll love this trip:

  • The famous Great Ocean Road road trip is a must-do
  • Wine lovers rejoice as you taste the region’s best wines/ Sampling the region’s best wines will delight wine lovers
  • Discovering native wildlife on Kangaroo Island is a joy
  • Eight local specialists immerse you in the region

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Local Connection

Meet a local sheep farming family at Gold Creek Station – an AAT Kings specialty experience for 40 years!

Insider Knowledge

Take in historical Parliament House followed by a moving visit to the Australian War Memorial, led by your specialist guide.

Cultural Immersion

Gain a new understanding of both wildlife and traditional Aboriginal lifestyle, touring the regenerated land at Tower Hill with local guides.

Sustainable Footprints

Support the conservation and protection of the Australian Sea Lion with your guided walk at Seal Bay Conservation Park.

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

Included Meals: Be My Guest Lunch, Dinner with Wine

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

Included Meals: Breakfast

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: The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

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.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

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

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

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: Aurora Ozone Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

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.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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: Crowne Plaza Adelaide, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

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.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner

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?  Why not consider a 3 night cruise on the Murray River aboard the PS Murray Princess.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

At Crowne Plaza Canberra you’ll find a warm welcome with friendly staff, spacious and comfortable Canberra accommodation, and everything you need to make your trip a success. Crowne Plaza Canberra offers seamless service, premium facilities and well-appointed guestrooms with a central city location adjacent to tranquil parklands. The hotel is close to restaurants, cafes, shops and attractions.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Bathtub and shower
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
  • In-room Movies (fee applies)
  • Broadband Internet access
  • In-room safe
  • Electronic security key system
  • Security peephole
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Bathrobe
  • Work Desk
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Quality Hotel™ Wangaratta Gateway offers modern and relaxing accommodation in the heart of Wangaratta with convenient access to the CBD and local attractions. The hotel is located less than 15 minutes from Wangaratta airport and conveniently close to the Wangaratta Base Hospital, Performing Arts & Convention Centre and the Court House.

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, located in the heart of the Melbourne’s CBD, is less than a minute’s walk to Southern Cross Station. The Hotel, built in 1928, maintains its reputation as one of Melbourne’s most sophisticated yet modern hotels with convenient amenities for its local and international visitors.

    Features

  • In-room safe
  • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Air-conditioning
  • Work desk with lamp
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Flat Screen TV
  • In-room Movies (fee applies)
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Room service
  • USB charging ports
  • Walk in shower
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel & Spa Warrnambool is perfectly positioned on a peninsula between Lady Bay and Stingray Bay. Warrnambool is known as Victoria’s ‘City by the Sea’.

All guestrooms offer balconies, many boast magnificent views of either Lady Bay or Stingray Bay.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Clock Radio
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Heater
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Guest Laundry
  • Towels and Bedlinen
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Refrigerator
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Phone
  • Operator wake up call
  • Work Desk
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Room service
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Brenton and Kemelee invite you to rest and explore from the William MacIntosh Motor Lodge, Naracoorte, just inland from Mount Gambier on the South Australian – Victorian border.

In the heart of the Limestone Coast region lays a district that is clearly a destination in itself. A collection of townships rich with assets, offering visitors a range of unforgettable experiences.

    Features

  • Iron
  • Electric blankets
  • Austar
  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Broadband
  • Clock radio
  • Refrigerator
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Hair Dryer
  • Ensuite
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Our Kangaroo Island hotel, Aurora Ozone, is located on the beautiful foreshore at Kingscote. The original section of this hotel on Kangaroo Island has a Victorian façade & amenities that blend with the refined atmosphere of old world charm. Enjoy the extensive menu made up of local produce & seafood as well as the panoramic views over Nepean Bay while dining at the bistro restaurant. Dolphins can often be spotted in the calm waters over breakfast.

    Features

  • Flat Screen TV
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Room service
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Radio
  • Air Conditioning
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Enjoy a culturally-rich and inspiring escape at Crowne Plaza Adelaide with stunning views from the city’s tallest building in design-led rooms. Stay in the East End— Adelaide’s sweet spot— close to Lot Fourteen and Adelaide Botanic Garden with easy access to the casino, Adelaide Convention Centre and Adelaide Oval.

    Features

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Porter / Bellman
  • Same-Day Dry Cleaning
  • Heated Outdoor Infinity Pool
  • State-of-the-art Fitness Centre
  • Level 10 Bar
  • Restaurant and In Room Dining
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Find out more

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

  • Low level of fitness required

Dining

  • 10 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Be My Guest Lunch
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 2 Lunches

Flight Information

  • Day prior – flights to arrive anytime into Sydney Airport
  • Day 11 – flights to depart anytime from Adelaide Airport

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