Best of Australia & New Zealand (18 Days)
Sydney, Ayers Rock, Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, Auckland, Rotorua & Taupo, Canterbury, Queenstown & Milford Sound
Best of Southern Australia
(11 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Melbourne, Kangaroo Island, Barossa Valley, Tasmania
Southern Australia is known for outstanding food and wine, beautiful beaches, heritage architecture, a creative music and arts scene and abundant wildlife. This tour highlights the main attractions.
Begin in lively Melbourne and enjoy flexible private touring of the city’s highlights, including the chic South Yarra and Southgate neighborhoods, the Victorian Arts Centre, famed sporting precincts such as the Melbourne Cricket Club, historic Cooks Cottage in the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens, Federation Square and the Queen Victoria Markets—packed with exotic foods, clothing and crafts. One day enjoy a wildlife excursion to see the Koala Conservation Center and “penguin parade” on Phillip Island. Additional excursions can be arranged upon request, such as a scenic flight over the Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles.
Spend two nights on Kangaroo Island to see spectacular rock formations, beautiful beaches and abundant wildlife in their natural habitat, including kangaroos, koalas, sea lions, echidnas, goannas, platypuses, rare birds and even whales. See Adelaide, known for its gardens, antique shops, heritage architecture and many acclaimed restaurants. Tour the Central Market, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute and the superb National Wine Centre of Australia. Continue on to explore the Barossa Valley—perhaps Australia’s premier wine region—visiting small wineries, sampling local cheeses and strolling through historic towns.
Next, fly to Tasmania. Experience dramatic mountain peaks, waterfalls, native wildlife, fields of lavender and small Victorian towns becoming increasingly known for their production of Tasmanian wines, cheeses, honey and other culinary specialties. Stay at a lodge in Freycinet National Park, surrounded by natural wonders including Mole Creek, an area renowned for its caves and sinkholes. Visit local attractions such as vineyards and Wineglass Bay to enjoy coastal walks and wildlife spotting.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Private full-day city tour
Melbourne & Phillip Island
Full-day excursion to Phillip Island, including wildlife viewing
Melbourne - Adelaide – Kangaroo Island
Transfer and flight to Adelaide, connecting with flight to Kangaroo Island for 2 nights
Lodge-based activities including bush walks, nature excursions or a visit to a seal colony
Kangaroo Island - Adelaide - Barossa Valley
Transfer and flight to Adelaide. Private afternoon city tour. Continue to Barossa Valley for 2 nights
Full-day private tour of wineries and villages
Barossa Valley – Adelaide - Tasmania
Private transfer to Adelaide for flight to Tasmania. Private transfer to Freycinet National Park for 3 nights
Day 9 & 10
Lodge-based activities with options for coastal walks, a visit to an oyster farm, wildlife spotting, winemaking, canoeing, cooking and mountain biking
Private airport transfer
Park Hyatt Melbourne
Southern Ocean Lodge
Per person (double occupancy)
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