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Tastes of Southern Australia

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    Parliament House, Canberra

Tour code: ESMA

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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.


1 April 2017 - 20 March 2018 ?
Day 1
Sydney – Canberra

As this Guided Holiday departs early morning, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Welcome to your holiday! This morning begin your scenic 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 an Aussie BBQ highlight 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: Novotel Canberra

Included Meals: Highlight Lunch, Dinner with wine

Day 2
Canberra – Beechworth

Before leaving Canberra this morning, you'll 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! Tonight, if you're feeling up to it, head down to Hotel Nicholas for a good pub meal. The hotel was built in 1857 during the heady gold rush days and houses a great collection of local memorabilia.

Hotel: Boutique Country Accommodation, Beechworth

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - 4
Beechworth – Melbourne
Day 3: Beechworth – Melbourne

Be my guest dining experience 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 at Southbank.

Day 4: Melbourne Included Choice

Included Choice Today Melbourne is all yours to explore! Choose from a selection of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Visit Eureka Skydeck for fantastic views of Melbourne. With 360 degree floor to ceiling views, it's the Southern Hemisphere's highest viewing platform. Maybe join a Hunt & Gather Food Tour of Queen Victoria Market to take in the life, sounds and stories of the historic marketplace and taste your way around the market's seemingly endless food stalls. Or you may choose to discover the city's famous laneways and arcades on a walking tour. These hidden laneways also house some of the best restaurants the city has to offer. Treat yourself for dinner tonight.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 3: Be My Guest breakfast. Day 4: 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. Visit the amazing Twelve Apostles. These fascinating limestone formations tower 45 metres above the Southern Ocean. Later view Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge before arriving in Warrnambool.

Hotel: Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs, Warrnambool

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 6
Warrnambool – Naracoorte

Aboriginal culture 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 Brand's Laira vineyard for a wine tasting. The vineyard's first vines were planted in 1893 when an English Sea Captain purchased a plot of land in the Penola fruit colony, naming it 'Laira' after the ship that traded around the Australian and New Zealand coasts at the time. Afterwards you'll continue to Naracoorte, your stop for the night.

Hotel: William MacIntosh Motor Lodge, Naracoote

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 7 - 8
Naracoorte – Kangaroo Island
Day 7: Naracoorte – Kangaroo Island

Journey to the Fleurieu Peninsula and visit the seaside town of Victor Harbor 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. Yum! This afternoon board a 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.

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. Later enjoy a delicious lunch at Vivonne Bay Lodge before attending Raptor Domain to experience the only “In-Flight” Birds of Prey Display in South Australia. Meet an array of birds including Jedda the majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle. Enjoy a delightful interactive experience with Casper the friendly Barn Owl, Banjo and Clancy the laughing Kookaburras and many more. Afterwards join a ranger at Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided walk among a colony of sea lions.

Hotel: Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kangaroo Island, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 7: Breakfast, Dinner with wine. Day 8: Breakfast, lunch

Day 9 - 10
Kangaroo Island – Adelaide – The Barossa
Day 9: Kangaroo Island – Adelaide

This morning board a ferry to cross back to the mainland and travel to picturesque Adelaide. On arrival enjoy an orientation of the 'City of Churches' with your Travel Director, before checking in to your hotel. This afternoon you're free to explore Adelaide and enjoy a meal at any of the wonderful local restaurants. Did you know that Adelaide boasts more restaurants per capita than any other city in Australia? You do now!

Day 10: The Barossa

The rolling Adelaide Hills and Barossa lay ahead of you today and you'll 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. Enjoy a wine tasting overlooking the stunning vineyards before continuing to The Barossa 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'll taste two local wines with canapés that feature fresh local produce, followed by a delicious main meal of your choice. Travel back to Adelaide through the Barossa's rolling hills. This evening join your Travel Director and new-found friends for a farewell dinner.

Hotel: Stamford Plaza Adelaide, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 9: Breakfast. Day 10: Breakfast, Highlight Lunch, Farewell Dinner

Day 11
Farewell from Adelaide

After an indulgent time away, it's time to bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday concludes after breakfast. 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

11 Day Guided Vacation

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Lookout at Tower Hill National Park with guide

Tower Hill

Tower Hill is one of the most fascinating geological formations in Victoria; it’s an enormous volcanic crater! It has an important place in local Aboriginal history and it teems with wildlife including substantial populations of native birds, emus, kangaroos and koalas. When you visit you’ll have the opportunity to gain an understanding of traditional Aboriginal lifestyles as well as learning how to identify native plants for food and medicinal purposes and you may even get to throw a boomerang.


  • Travel along the magnificent Great Ocean Road
  • Visit the Twelve Apostles
  • Visit historic Berrima in the Southern Highlands
  • Experience farm life at Gold Creek Sheep Station
  • Enjoy a guided tour through impressive Parliament House
  • Explore the Australian War Memorial
  • Enjoy views over Canberra from Mt. Ainslie
  • Discover historic Beechworth
  • Visit Ned Kelly Country
  • Throw a boomerang and taste bush tucker at Tower Hill Nature Reserve Aboriginal culture
  • Visit the Coonawarra for a wine tasting
  • Indulge in food & wine in the Barossa
  • Wine tour & tastings at The Lane Vineyard
  • Visit a micro distillery on Kangaroo Island
  • Explore seaside Victor Harbor
  • Walk amongst Sea Lions at Seal Bay
  • Explore picturesque Hahndorf
  • Included Choice Experiences in Melbourne Included Choice
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide


  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)


  • Full buffet breakfasts (9)
  • Be My Guest breakfast (1)
  • Lunch (1)
  • Highlight lunches (2)
  • Dinners with wine (4)
  • Farewell dinner (1)

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day Prior   Flights to arrive anytime
into Sydney Airport
Day 11   Flights to depart anytime
from Adelaide Airport

What to bring

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

Ways to Save

Departures before 31 March 2018
Triple share    Save up to $185
Kings Club    Save up to $185

All savings are per person.


Departures from 1 April 2018
Early Payment Discount – 7.5% saving

when you pay in full by 27 April 2018

Pay by 27 Apr 2018   7.5% saving
Pay by 29 Jun 2018   5% saving
Kings Club   5% saving
2nd vacation discount   2.5% saving
Groups (5 people or more)   5% saving
Triple share   5% saving

* All savings are per person, apply only to the land component. Conditions apply.


Find your applicable discounts as many discounts are combinable. More Information


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Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Novotel Canberra
    65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra, ACT 2601

    • Novotel Canberra - Room

    Novotel Canberra is an award winning hotel ideally located in the city center. Showcasing fresh, contemporary designs throughout the public areas, bar and restaurant, the hotel is the ideal destination for both business and holidays alike. The hotel is conveniently positioned close to government agencies, national attractions, restaurants and shopping.

    • Features
    • 220/240 V AC
    • Air-conditioning
    • Radio
    • Direct Dial Telephone
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • High speed transmission line (pay)
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Data port in room
    • In-room safe
    • Work Desk
    • Wi-Fi in room (Pay)
    • Iron
    • Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Security peephole
    • Alarm Clock
  • Boutique Country Accommodation


    The accommodation in Beechworth is selected from a range of boutique properties.

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne
    1-5 Spencer St, Melbourne, VIC 3008

    2 nights

    • Crowne Plaza Melbourne Standard Room

    Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne is located on Spencer Street on the fringe of the CBD. Just a short stroll to Crown Casino, Docklands and South Wharf, Crowne Plaza Melbourne is a Southbank hotel ideally situated on the bank of the Yarra River.


    Please Note: The Crowne Plaza Melboure will be refurbishing guest rooms from 14 Nov 2017-31 Oct 2018. There will be minimal disturbance and refurbishment will not take place in public areas.

    • Features
    • 220/240 V AC
    • Air Conditioning
    • Radio
    • Direct Dial Telephone
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Wi-Fi
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Microwave
    • Hair Dryer
    • Communal self-catering kitchen
    • Manual temperature control
  • Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs
    Worm Bay Road, Warrnambool, Victoria 3280


    • Guest Room at Quality Suites Deep Blue 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
  • William MacIntosh Motor Lodge, Naracoote
    Corner of Messamurry Road and Stewart Terrace, Naracoorte, SA 5271

    • Aerial view of William MacIntosh Motor Lodge

    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.

    The 30 comfortable rooms are nestled in Naracoorte amongst 2 acres of lawns, native shrubs, trees and fruit orchards. William MacIntosh Motor Lodge is the perfect place to stay when visiting Naracoorte. All rooms are on the ground floor and set in a tranquil garden setting and just across the road from the spectacular Naracoorte Golf course.

    At the William Macintosh Motor Lodge you will find the Highlander Restaurant which offers a fully licensed fine dining experience, perfect for that special occasion. Serving both local and international dishes, complimented with local wines direct from the Coonawarra and Mount Benson regions.

    • Features
    • Iron
    • Electric blankets
    • Austar
    • Air-conditioning
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Broadband
    • Clock radio
    • Refrigerator
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Hair Dryer
    • Ensuite
  • Aurora Ozone Hotel
    Foreshore at Kingscote, SA 5223

    Kangaroo Island, 2 nights

    • Aurora Ozone - Exterior

    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
  • Stamford Plaza Adelaide
    150 North Terrace, Adelaide SA, 5000

    2 nights

    • Stamford Plaza Adelaide Superior Room

    Overlooking either Adelaide's historic parklands or the CBD, the superior rooms offer recently refurbished decor, with a selection of bedding configurations, large work desks, excellent lighting, flat screen colour televisions, broadband internet, variety of cable channels and in-house movies.

    • Features
    • Broadband Internet access
    • Executive Desk
    • Marble bathroom with double vanity
    • In-room safe
    • Communal self-catering kitchen
    • Laundry/Valet service
    • Bathrobe and slippers
    • Coat stand