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  • Two Wheeler Creek Wine, Kanagaroo Island

    Two Wheeler Creek Wine, Kanagaroo Island

  • Jacobs Creek, The Barossa

    Jacobs Creek, The Barossa

  • Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road

    Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road

  • The Great Ocean Road

    The Great Ocean Road

  • Melbourne

    Melbourne

  • Gold Creek Sheep Station

    Gold Creek Sheep Station


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.

Itinerary

1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017 ?
Day 1
Sydney – Canberra


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

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 Tour Director and fellow travellers tonight and get to know each other over a delicious meal.

Hotel: Novotel Canberra

Included Meals: Highlight Lunch and 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 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

This morning 'You're invited' to join your B&B host for 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.

Day 4: Melbourne 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 or 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 iconic hidden lane ways and arcades on a walking tour. The lane ways house some of the hottest restaurants the city has to offer. You'll have to treat yourself to dinner at one of them tonight!

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 3: 'You're invited' 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 visit Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge before arriving in Warrnambool. 

Hotel: Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel & Spa, Warrnambool.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 6
Warrnambool – Naracoorte

Aboriginal Cultural Icon 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 renown Coonawarra wine region. Stop at Brand's Laira vineyard for a wine tasting. The vinyards'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 ship that traded around the Australian and New Zealand coast at the time. Afterwards you'll continue to Naracoorte, your stop for the night.

Hotel: William MacIntosh Motor Lodge, Naracoote

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

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

Journey to 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 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. 

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're Invited Dining Icon Later "You're invited" to Andermel Marron Farm for an experience that captures much that is very special about the island. You'll see the Marron (freshwater crayfish) tanks and enjoy a tasting of the farm's very own Two Wheeler Creek wine and farm-produced bush tucker before indulging in some marron for lunch. You can choose to try a hot or cold marron dish, or something else equally as delicious with a glass of wine before indulging a little more with dessert. It's up to you! 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 and Dinner with wine. Day 8: Breakfast and ‘You’re invited’ lunch.

Day 9-10
Kangaroo Island - Adelaide
Day 9: Kangaroo Island - Adelaide

This morning, board your ferry to cross back to the mainland and travel to the picturesque Adelaide Hills. Visit stunning Hahndorf and enjoy its charm and hospitality as you wander down the tree lined streets. Take time to explore the quaint shops and even taste some of the town's artisan produce before sitting down with a beer in one of the town's German inspired pubs or cafes. Enjoy an orientation tour of Adelaide, the 'City of Churches' with your Travel Director before checking in to your hotel for the next two nights. This evening you've got a free night to 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 hills of The Barossa lay ahead of you and you'll have the opportunity to taste a number of the world-renowned drops! First stop is Jacob's Creek Winery. Wander through the display vineyard with a wine specialist and taste some of the award winning collection. Lunch is 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 featuring fresh local produce, followed by a delicious main meal of your choice. 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 and Farewell dinner.

Day 11
Farewell from Adelaide

After an indulgent trip away, it's time to bid farewell to your fellow travellers after breakfast when your holiday concludes. Not ready to head home yet? Why not consider a 3 night cruise on the Murray River aboard the Murray Princess.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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11 Day Guided Vacation

Tour departs from Sydney and returns to Adelaide

Don't Miss

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.

Highlights

  • Travel along the magnificent Great Ocean Road
  • Visit the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge
  • 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 the charm of historic Beechworth
  • Visit Ned Kelly Country
  • Discover Melbourne’s colourful hidden laneways on a revealing walking tour
  • Throw a boomerang and taste bush tucker at Tower Hill Nature Reserve Aboriginal Cultural Icon
  • Visit the Coonawarra for a wine tasting
  • Indulge in food & wine in the Barossa
  • Visit a micro distillery on Kangaroo Island
  • Explore seaside Victor Harbor
  • Taste delicious local cuisine & wine on Kangaroo Island You're Invited Dining Icon
  • Walk amongst Sea Lions at Seal Bay
  • Explore picturesque Hahndorf

Inclusions

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

Dining

  • Full buffet breakfasts (9)
  • 'You're invited' breakfast (1)
  • Highlight lunches (2)
  • ‘You’re invited’ lunch (1)
  • 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
Day 11   Flights to depart anytime from Adelaide

Flights are not included in the holiday price

What to bring

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

Ways to Save

Early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $360
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $180
 
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $540
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $360
 
Triple share     Save up to $180
Kings Club     Save up to $180

All savings are per person.

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 - Dining Area
    • Novotel Canberra - Dining Area
    • Novotel Canberra - Room
    • Novotel Canberra - Pool Area

    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
    Beechworth

    Beechworth.

    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 Entry/Foyer
    • Crowne Plaza Melbourne Standard Room
    • Crowne Plaza Melbourne by the Yarra River

    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.

     

    • 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
  • Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel & Spa
    Worm Bay Road, Warrnambool, Victoria 3280

    Warrnambool.

    • Guest Room at Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel
    • Front driveway of Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel
    • Lobby area at Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel
    • Water Table Restaurant at Quality Suites Deep Blue

    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

    • Standard Room at William MacIntosh Motor Lodge
    • Aerial view of William MacIntosh Motor Lodge
    • The Highlander Restaurant at William MacIntosh

    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
    • Aurora Ozone - Bistro Area
    • Aurora Ozone - Restaurant

    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

    • Swimming Pool at Stamford Plaza Adelaide
    • Breakfast Area Stamford Plaza Adelaide
    • Stamford Plaza Adelaide Exterior
    • 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

Experience more on your holiday

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. We understand that everyone is an individual, and have therefore allowed some free time for you to experience different types of touring. These have not been included in the tour fare as we realise they may not appeal to all people. Our selection of optional excursions include scenic flights, helicopter rides, cruises, dinners, ballooning, fishing trips, four wheel drive tours, cultural experiences, and even camel riding.


Experiences available between 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

Phillip Island - Penguins, Kangaroos & Koalas (K10) (Melbourne)

$139.50 adult

Phillip Island - Penguins, Kangaroos & Koalas (K10)

Pat a koala, hand feed albino kangaroos, walk with the dingoes, talk to the parrots, meet a golden possum and get all wrapped up in a three meter python at Maru Koala & Animal Park. Travel through the town of San Remo and cross the bridge to Phillip Island. See the Nobbies rock formation overlooking one of the most treacherous expanses of water in the world, Bass Strait. Watch the famous Little Penguins perform their nightly ritual at Summerland Beach as they march up the sand to their nesting places.

Colonial Tramcar Restaurant (Melbourne)

$80 Adult $70 Child - Early Dinner (Mon-Sun)
$121 Adult $111 Child - Late Dinner (Sun-Thu)
$137.50 Adult $127.50 Child - Late Dinner (Fri-Sat)

Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

Dine and see the sights aboard the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. The restored 1927 trams are amongst the oldest in Melbourne. Included in your fare is a delicious meal, full bar service-including wine, beer, spirits and liqueur with dessert.

Puffing Billy Steam Train & Wine Country in Style (K35) (Melbourne)

$143.10 adult

Puffing Billy Steam Train & Wine Country in Style (K35)

Travel east of Melbourne to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Enjoy tea and coffee at Grant’s Reserve and hand-feed crimson rosellas. Take a ride through the spectacular forest aboard the Puffing Billy Steam Train. In the Yarra Valley have time to find a delicious lunch (own expense), before visiting two of Victoria’s premier wineries for tasting and wine appreciation.

Queen Victoria Market Hunt and Gather Food Tour (Melbourne)

$49 adult

Queen Victoria Market Hunt and Gather Food Tour

Learn about the history of the 130 year old site and discover Melbourne’s evolving food culture. Pick up hints on selecting the best seasonal produce and sample a range of specialty foods and deli items. Two hour tour includes generous food samples, a coffee, seasonal recipe cards written by some of Melbourne’s top chefs and an environmentally friendly shopping bag

River Murray Highlights Cruise (AS23) (Adelaide)

$154 adult

River Murray Highlights Cruise (AS23)

Cruise the River Murray enjoying the magnificent landscapes of this picturesque region. Relax while taking a cruise on the historic River Murray and gain an insight into this unique river system. After lunch, take in the spectacular views and stop for a great photo opportunity at the lookout overlooking the township of Mannum. On the return journey to Adelaide, visit Melba’s Chocolate Factory for afternoon tea (own expense) and Woodside Cheese Wrights at Woodside. *Post tour bookings only.

Bookings

The excursions can be booked through your Tour Director. You will be asked during the early part of your tour to name those that you may wish to join, as advance reservations are often necessary. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available.

Prices

Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 April 2016. Optional experience pricing is indicated in Australian dollars or New Zealand dollars depending on the country of operation and may be subject to change. Please note that reduced rates for pensioners or children may apply on some tours. Prices are inclusive of GST.