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Sydney: Tastes of Southern Australia: Premier Escorted Vacation

11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,515

FIRST-CLASS | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: See the sights of Southern Australia as you go from Sydney to Adelaide. Visit Canberra and the Snowy Mountains, then embark on the Great Ocean Road heading to Kangaroo Island and Adelaide.

See the best of Australia’s southern states in style, with stops in up to 4 capital cities on a fully escorted 5, 7 or 11 day itinerary.

Consider arriving a few days early to explore Sydney, Australia’s most diverse and iconic city, before departing for Canberra. A purpose-built national capital, Canberra is packed with sights including Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial. You’ll visit both on an afternoon tour, after a delicious BBQ lunch at a working sheep farm. At the nearby Snowy Mountains, ride the chairlift up Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak.

Cross the border into Victoria for an overnight stay and tour of historic Beechworth, the state’s best preserved gold rush town. Walk in the footsteps of notorious bushranger Ned Kelly on your way to Melbourne, Australia’s cultural, shopping and sporting capital. We bid farewell to our guests on the 5 day itinerary here.

A full day in Melbourne gives you time to experience this world class city your way. Culture vultures might enjoy a visit to Melbourne Museum (the Southern Hemisphere’s largest), or the National Gallery of Victoria. Consider a twilight excursion to Phillip Island in time for the famous ‘little penguin parade’. Immerse yourself in history, panning for gold at Sovereign Hill. Or spend the day shopping in the central business district, enjoying the intimate laneways and chic cafes of Australia’s most European city.

Guests on the 7 day itinerary join in time for one of Australia’s most spectacular drives, the Great Ocean Road. See famous landmarks including the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge, all formed by centuries of erosion from the wild Southern Ocean. Learn more about the local Aboriginal culture at Worn Gundidi, including insights into medicine in the bush.

Enter South Australia, with a stop in picturesque Mt Gambier before you reach Adelaide. This mid sized capital is a major cultural centre and hosts numerous festivals throughout the year including the renowned Adelaide Cabaret Festival. It’s also the ideal jump-off point for an excursion to Kangaroo Island, a living gallery of natural wonders sometimes referred to as Australia’s Galapagos. Visit the famous sea lions of Seal Bay and see fascinating geological sights such as Admiral’s Arch. 


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11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,515

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Day 1

Sydney to Canberra

As hard as it is to say goodbye to Sydney, it’s just as easy to say hello to the Southern Highlands. South of the ‘Harbour City’, the bucolic countryside of Berrima awaits – fun fact: this is the oldest Georgian village in Australia. Not far from here you’re welcomed to Gold Creek Station by sheep farmer Craig Starr for a Be My Guest BBQ lunch and tales about life on the land. And what eye-catching land it is, ringed by glorious gardens and deciduous forest that changes colour with the seasons. Your Sydney to Melbourne trip continues onward to the country's cool little capital, home to Parliament House, where you’ll go behind the political scenes, as well as the Australian War Memorial. Hearing the Last Post on your Canberra guided tour is a moving experience

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Canberra

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 2

Canberra to Wangaratta

Get some Canberra perspective from the summit of Mt. Ainslie. You won’t be able to see the Murray River, but you’ll soon cross it en route to Beechworth, Victoria’s best-preserved gold rush town. Get the lowdown on Beechworth over a chat with the publican of the historic local pub, then set you on your way to explore character-filled antiques stores, galleries and museums at your leisure. There are plenty of charming places to refuel, as well, before Wangaratta’s cathedrals beckon.

Accommodation: Quality Hotel Wangaratta

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 3

Wangaratta to Melbourne

Meandering south toward historic Glenrowan, you’re well and truly in Ned Kelly country – this is where the infamous bushranger and his gang were finally captured in 1880. We’ll tell you all the tales, then a few more about Melbourne, the home of Aussie rules football, some of the country’s best arts institutions, and a swag of stellar restaurants, cafés and bars. Once you have your bearings, explore as you will. We can help with evening restaurant reservations, as well as Melbourne laneway tours. But there’s something magical about just getting lost in the art-filled alleys of Australia’s second-largest city, discovering underground jazz lounges and rooftop eateries to watch the sun set.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 4

Melbourne at Leisure

You’re on your own today. Well, not really, because your Travel Director is at your service to help arrange sightseeing experiences. After you’ve enjoyed a strong coffee in one of Melbourne’s atmospheric laneways, that is. Adrenaline junkie? Linger in the city, gaining bird’s-eye views from the Eureka Skydeck, the Southern Hemisphere’s highest attraction, looming almost 300 metres above the ground. Animal lover? Venture out on a Phillip Island little penguin tour to see hundreds of these cute creatures pad from the ocean along the sand back to snuggle in their burrows for the night. Want to get back to nature? Chug through the lush Dandenong Ranges on the Puffing Billy Steam Train, followed by a sip or two of wine in the Yarra Valley. This cool-climate growing region makes standout chardonnay, pinot noir and sparklings. The choice is yours.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Melbourne to Warrnambool

The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most epic journeys, a dramatic 240-kilometre union of limestone stacks (Twelve Apostles, we’re looking at you), World Heritage listed rainforest, untouched coastal coves and sleepy towns, like Lorne and Apollo Bay. It’s hard to know where to point your camera. We recommend having it poised to snap shots of the Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge rock formations. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Accommodation: Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 6

Warrnambool to Naracoorte

Emus, kangaroos, koalas, echidnas… oh my! These are just some of the animals you’ll likely spot as you drive through Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve – housed in a dormant volcanic crater. Remarkably, this pocket of paradise was once wasteland, transformed by volunteers. More volcanic history awaits across the South Australian border in Mt. Gambier, home to the crater-filling Blue Lake. Because it’s very blue. And it’s a lake. By now you’ll be pretty thirsty, so it’s a good thing the Coonawarra wine region is around the corner. After a few sips, you may find yourself getting deep – literally. Naracoorte’s Alexandra Cave is a maze of delicate needle-like stalactites and massive twisting columns.

Accommodation: William MacIntosh Motor Lodge

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 7

Naracoorte to Kangaroo Island

The Fleurieu Peninsula region of South Australia is a natural adventure playground, all rolling hills, rugged clifftops and sandy beaches. Seaside Victor Harbor turns on the charms – there are steam locomotives – before your ferry blasts its horn. All aboard to tour Kangaroo Island. A well-deserved tasting of craft beer awaits at a boutique brewery, the only one on the island. How does sheoak stout sound or a Mexican inspired brew made using a combination of malted barley and flaked rice? We won’t judge you for sneaking in a nap en route to is Kingscote, South Australia’s oldest European settlement and your base for the night.

Accommodation: Aurora Ozone Hotel

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 8

Kangaroo Island

If you like alliterations, you’ll love today’s attractions: first stops are Remarkable Rocks (because these rust-hued monoliths really are) and Admirals Arch, home to an immense colony of raucous fur seals. AAT Kings-sponsored Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary was badly damaged by the 2019 bushfires; your Kangaroo Island tour reveals the part fire plays within this delicate ecosystem, and how koalas and other wildlife adapt to their environment as it regenerates. More wildlife greets you at Seal Bay Conservation Park, where enormous sea lions barrel down the sand to the water. This is one of the most significant breeding colonies in the country, and they are certainly curious characters. Just try not to laugh at their antics.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 9

Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

You’ve arrived in the South Australian capital, known for its well-preserved churches and well-admired cuisine. Did you know that Adelaide boasts more restaurants per capita than any other city in Australia? After a cultural walking tour through the city’s Botanic Gardens with an Aboriginal Guide, and an Adelaide city tour, the afternoon is yours to see just how many you can sample – we have a few recommendations, including a visit to the epic Central Market, where you can try green ant gin with cheese, among so many other delicacies.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Adelaide

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 10

Adelaide Hills and the Barossa

Pull on your elastic-waisted pants – today is one of indulgences through the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa, dotted with atmospheric towns like Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. A Barossa and Hahndorf tour reveals the bountiful food and wine this pocket of the state is known for. And you’ll enjoy a tasting from small batch wine makers from across the valley as well as discovering local flavours over lunch at Lambert Estate enveloped by vines.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Depart Adelaide

By day 11, you will have a suitcase full of gin, wine and cheese; a camera full of dreamy images; and more memories than you can count. 

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information


2023: Aug 29; Sep 19; Oct 17, 31; Nov 21
2024: Jan 9, 23; Feb 6, 20; Mar 19; Apr 11; May 2; Aug 29; Sep 19; Oct 17, 31; Nov 21


  • Tour by luxury air conditioned coach with 2 door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows
  • Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director & Tour Driver
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels
  • Welcome drink
  • Hotel porterage


  • Optional excursions & touring that are available for purchase on tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Gratuities


Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share in low season. Seasonal surcharges will apply.  Limited seats and subject to availability. Single supplements are available on request.  Single guests who are willing to share a room with a fellow traveller (same gender and non smoking) are eligible for twin share rates, ask your Goway Agent for details on the ‘Twin Share Guarantee’ option.

21 Dec 2021
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