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Wine, Wilderness & Wildlife

Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,849

This Australia vacation brings together unique icons, unforgettable flavours, and all-Aussie wildlife to create a Downunder trip you’ll be talking about for years to come.


This 15-day tour combines Australia’s most sophisticated cities with a chance to explore two of its best known winemaking regions, along with the natural wonders of Kangaroo Island and Cradle Mountain, Tasmania.

Diverse and historic Sydney greets visitors with its sparkling harbour, iconic Harbour Bridge, and the unforgettable Sydney Opera House. Your included ferry ticket allows you to enjoy all three, including entry to Taronga Zoo, where you can say ‘G’day’ to kangaroos, koalas and other natives as well as many international guests. Your guided tour of The Rocks area offers a fascinating insight into Australia’s convict past, while an afternoon tour takes you to the Botanical Gardens and famous Bondi Beach for a more modern slice of Sydney.

Pick up your hire car and spend a leisurely day exploring the wineries of the Hunter Valley. A short flight to Adelaide continues your wine-tasting adventure in South Australia’s famous Barossa Valley. Originally settled by German settlers in the 1840s, towns such as Tanunda retain a strong German character amid Australia’s largest winemaking region.

Go on to Kangaroo Island, Australia’s best kept ecological secret. A guided walk will introduce you to the local wildlife, which includes over 260 species of birds. Other highlights include Flinders Chase National Park, the Rocky River region and a stop at Seal Bay National Park, where you’ll have the chance to walk among the island’s famous sea lions.

Rustic Cradle Mountain Lodge puts you in the heart of Tasmania’s spectacular wilderness. Enjoy a full day in the idyllic surrounds of the island state before returning to Launceston for your flight back to the mainland.

Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne offers world class shopping, a thriving arts scene, beautiful urban parks and endless restaurant options, which combine to seduce culture vultures, foodies, and casual visitors alike. Catch a ride on its famous trams, or for a uniquely Melbourne experience, book a table at the Tramcar Restaurant. Your second day includes a city tour, plus an evening tour to Phillip Island to see the world renowned ‘Little Penguin Parade’.

Your Australian wildlife adventure ends with a guided ecotour, giving you the chance to get close to kangaroos, koalas and other native animals in the wild.

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,849

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Day 1

Arrive Sydney

G'Day! You will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Park Regis City Centre Sydney

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    Park Regis City Centre Sydney



    Park Regis City Centre is an ideal hotel for leisure or a business stay. Located in the heart of Sydney, the hotel is close to Hyde Park, Darling Harbour, Pitt Street, the Queen Victoria Building and Town Hall. The best shopping, entertainment and sightseeing are ...

    Park Regis City Centre is an ideal hotel for leisure or a business stay. Located in the heart of Sydney, the hotel is close to Hyde Park, Darling Harbour, Pitt Street, the Queen Victoria Building and Town Hall. The best shopping, entertainment and sightseeing are all within walking distance. The hotel has 122 guest rooms ranging in style and size.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)

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Day 2

The Rocks Walking Tour and Bondi and Kings Cross

Historic Sydney Walking Tour brings alive the story of the early convict settlement, while entertaining visitors with stories of "Rascals, Rats, and Restoration". The tours are conducted by friendly and enthusiastic guides who, by relating the many tales of Australia's colourful past, capture and hold the visitor's imagination.

Let your guide show you some of Sydney's earliest buildings, shops, old and new, homes of the "well-to-do" and the quaint cottages of the working class. Still to be seen are the pubs and hotels, once frequented by the locals and sailors alike, and the haunts of larrikins and rogues. The many historic streets, narrow alleyways, cobbled lanes, sandstone steps, and beautiful churches combine to weave a rich tapestry of life in the past and present times.

In the afternoon you will get to know the bustling city of Sydney. You can walk along the beautiful sands of the world-renowned Bondi Beach, see cosmopolitan Kings Cross, exclusive Double Bay and Vaucluse as well as trendy Paddington with its beautiful lace fronted Victorian Terraces. Your tour will also take in views of Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, one of Sydney's most visited and photographed views, The Rocks, Sydney Opera House, St.Mary's Cathedral, Sydney Tower, Darling Harbour and much more. Return to Circular Quay or request a hotel drop off.

Day 3

Harbour Express Cruise plus Zoo

This 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise departs every 45 minutes from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour. The cruise takes in all the sights of Sydney Harbour including Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Stop off at any attraction and reboard the next Explorer throughout the day with your all day ticket. Your pass includes a cruise to Taronga Zoo from Darling Harbour or Circular Quay, entry to Taronga Zoo, and Sky Safari cable car. Plus, when your visit to the Zoo is complete you will enjoy a return cruise back to Darling Harbour or Circular Quay. Taronga Zoo is open from 9am to 5pm daily.

Day 4

Hunter Valley

Pick up your rental car from Downtown continue your journey.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hunter Valley Resort

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    Hunter Valley Resort



    The Hunter Resort is a perfect place to stay for a getaway in the Hunter Valley. Within minutes are 2 championship golf courses, chocolate and cheese factories, hot air ballooning, antique stores, bookshops, award winning restaurants and cafes, and over 90 wineries, all accessible with ...

    The Hunter Resort is a perfect place to stay for a getaway in the Hunter Valley. Within minutes are 2 championship golf courses, chocolate and cheese factories, hot air ballooning, antique stores, bookshops, award winning restaurants and cafes, and over 90 wineries, all accessible with the Vineyard Shuttle. There are 35 rooms and cottages with 4 different styles of accommodation to try.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Horseback Riding
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Tennis

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Day 5

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 6

Arrive Adelaide

Arrive to Adelaide and rest of the day at your leisure. You can ask for optional excursions.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide

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    Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide



    The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide is an imposing 5-storey hotel on North Terrace in the heart of the Adelaide business district, opposite the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Festival Centre, and in the hub of Adelaide's entertainment district. The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide offers ...

    The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide is an imposing 5-storey hotel on North Terrace in the heart of the Adelaide business district, opposite the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Festival Centre, and in the hub of Adelaide's entertainment district. The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide offers the warmth and charm of a bygone era.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Room Service

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Day 7

Barossa Food and Wine Experience

Travel through the city of Adelaide northwards to the world renowned Barossa wine region. Enjoy the change of scenery as you make your way into the vineyards of South Australia's premium wine region.

The first stop is TeAro Estate, located in the main street of Williamstown in a heritage listed 1850's barn. In the intimate Tasting Room, you will be treated to morning tea sourced from the local bakery and wine tastings while hearing stories from 4 generations of family vignerons.

Leaving Williamstown, drive a short distance through the town of Lyndoch to Kellermeister, which is a delightful mud brick cellar door with breath taking views over the estate vineyard to the Barossa ranges beyond. Enjoy tastings of a wide variety of international award winning wines including their Wild Witch Shiraz, the 'Retro' selection and a crisp apple cider.

Your next stop is a visit to Maggie Beer's Farm Shop, an absolute must whilst visiting the Barossa. Maggie Beer - cook, writer and founder of 'Maggie Beer Products', offers tastings and sales of her full product range including limited edition seasonal produce. Here you can browse amongst her personally selected regional specialty goods, purchase one of her signed books or simply sit back and take in the view.

On arrival at the Wolf Blass Visitor Centre sit down and enjoy a delicious platter-style Barossa gourmet lunch then enjoy tastings of some of the award-winning wines and learn about Wolf Blass the man, the wines, the winery and the vineyards.

Leaving the Wolf Blass Visitor Centre, head to Saltram Wine Estate at Angaston. Here you will learn about Saltram's 150 year history and taste some of the wide selection of quality wines from the stunning cellar door.

Day 8

Adelaide to Kangaroo Island

Early morning pick up for a scenic coach trip through the south coast to Cape Jervis. There you will connect with SeaLink's ferry for the 45 minute cruise to Kangaroo Island to meet your tour coach.

Upon arrival on Kangaroo Island if time and weather permits you will get an opportunity to see and walk along one of Kangaroo Island's most picturesque beaches. Your first official stop will be Clifford's Honey Farm to enjoy an informative talk by the beekeeper followed by tastings and an opportunity to sample homemade honey ice-cream and honey beauty products. Then travel onto Vivonne Bay Bistro located on a 260 hectare bush property, for a delicious 2 course lunch.

After lunch visit Seal Bay and enjoy a guided beach walk with a National Park Ranger amongst a breeding colony of wild and rare Australian Sea Lions. Your tour will then visit another amazing wildlife attraction, the fascinating Birds of Prey free-flight demonstration, an interactive and educational display of native Australian birds and raptors. From here you will then travel back to Kingscote to watch the pelican feeding and learn a little about these fascinating and ancient birds. Your coach will return to your overnight accommodation.

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn

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    Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn



    Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn is a country style motel ideal for leisure travellers. The Hotel is situated on the foreshore of beautiful Nepean Bay in Kingscote, Kangaroo Island's largest town, and is just a 10 minute walk from the town centre and a 15 minute ...

    Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn is a country style motel ideal for leisure travellers. The Hotel is situated on the foreshore of beautiful Nepean Bay in Kingscote, Kangaroo Island's largest town, and is just a 10 minute walk from the town centre and a 15 minute drive from the airport. There are 20 rooms all with ocean views, three of which are executive spa rooms.

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    • Breakfast Only Available
    • Children's Activities
    • Conference Facilities
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 9

Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

After your morning hotel pick up your second day of touring begins at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, an interesting bush engineered eucalyptus distillery that makes the most of its environmental resources. After testing and tasting the eucalyptus products travel to the centre of Kangaroo Island to the Parndana Wildlife Park where you can feed Kangaroo Island kangaroos, have your photograph taken with a koala, and take a guided tour of this wildlife and bird park. Next, travel to Hanson Bay Sanctuary where you will enjoy a scrumptious 2 course lunch before taking the time to look for Koalas nestled up in the eucalypts. There is also the possibility to get up close and personal with kangaroos and wallabies.

After lunch travel to the western most part of the Island where Flinders Chase National Park is located. Flinders Chase National Park is one of Australia's largest and earliest conservation parks. One third of Kangaroo Island has never been cleared of natural vegetation and the thick eucalyptus shrubs is the habitat of many species of wildlife, much of which is uncommon or extinct on the mainland. After a short stop at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre travelling through the park you will enjoy breathtaking views of its unique trees, plants and coastal scenery. You will be taken to the rugged southern coastline for a walk on Remarkable Rocks and Admiral's Arch. Remarkable Rocks provide great photographic opportunities and stunning sea views. Admiral's Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal this spectacular arch, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful New Zealand fur seals that can be seen swimming and playing in the waves, or resting on the rocks.

Your Kangaroo Island Coast to Coast adventure comes to a conclusion at the SeaLink ferry terminal for your evening return journey to Adelaide.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide

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    Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide



    The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide is an imposing 5-storey hotel on North Terrace in the heart of the Adelaide business district, opposite the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Festival Centre, and in the hub of Adelaide's entertainment district. The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide offers ...

    The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide is an imposing 5-storey hotel on North Terrace in the heart of the Adelaide business district, opposite the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Festival Centre, and in the hub of Adelaide's entertainment district. The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide offers the warmth and charm of a bygone era.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Room Service

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Day 10

Cradle Mountain

Pick up the car at Launceston and continue your journey.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

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    Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge



    If you appreciate the finer things in life, this is the place for you. Surround yourself with the pristine wilderness of World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and be treated to one of Australia's iconic wilderness experiences - Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. ...

    If you appreciate the finer things in life, this is the place for you. Surround yourself with the pristine wilderness of World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and be treated to one of Australia's iconic wilderness experiences - Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. This serene retreat offers a haven of luxury steeped by breath-taking mountain surrounds and spectacular wilderness. The lodge is home to one of Tasmania's acclaimed dining experiences and Australia's most spectacular wilderness spa, while the luxury cabins and mountain venues are perfectly unique. Just add cascading streams, an abundance of wildlife and that discreet yet impeccable Peppers service. You won't want to leave.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Games Room
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 11

Day at Leisure

This naturalist guided eco-tour gives you quality time to learn about wildlife and enjoy the wide open spaces of Australia. Get close to kangaroos, koalas and abundant birdlife - in the wild. This is a small group experience that will introduce you to the Australia's unique wildlife, and learn about life in Australia.

Day 12

Arrive Melbourne

The day is at leisure (Melbourne is great for shopping) until you are transferred to your onward travel arrangements. Stay longer if you wish.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Travelodge Southbank

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    Travelodge Southbank



    Travelodge Hotel Southbank is ideally located in the heart of Melbourne's Southbank precinct, right on the Yarra River and just a short stroll from downtown. The hotel is within easy walking distance to many attractions and is close to transport, shopping and dining. With 24 ...

    Travelodge Hotel Southbank is ideally located in the heart of Melbourne's Southbank precinct, right on the Yarra River and just a short stroll from downtown. The hotel is within easy walking distance to many attractions and is close to transport, shopping and dining. With 24 hour reception, friendly service and complimentary WIFI internet this hotel offers great value and access to everything this diverse city has to offer

    Facilities

    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Conference Facilities
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking (Paid)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 13

Marvelous Melbourne, Phillip Island Penguins and Wildlife

Explore the city of Melbourne with its wide boulevards and fine historic buildings. Pay a visit to Bourke Street Mall and the tree-lined beauty of Collins Street, the ultimate shopping strip and business centre. There are fine examples of Melbourne's architectural splendour, including St. Paul's Cathedral, Princess and Regent Theatres. Stop by Melbourne Town Hall, the Royal Exhibition Buildings and Federation Square. Stroll around Melbourne's spectacular Royal Botanic Gardens and the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. Explore Captain Cook's Cottage (optional). Visit the bustling Queen Victoria Market and tranquil Albert Park Lake. Pay tribute to the soldiers of war at the historic Shrine of Remembrance and explore Southbank a world of waterfront shopping, dining and arts; incorporating the Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct and Crown Entertainment Complex.

Enjoy your tour to Phillip Island, home to an astounding array of wildlife, including Australia's largest fur seal colony, the Little Penguins and cuddly koalas. Enjoy getting close to koalas and kangaroos before joining the Little Penguins at dusk as they emerge from the surf and waddle to their burrows. Visit Maru Animal Park, for up close and personal encounters with koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils and much more. Enjoy the opportunity to pat and feed kangaroos, wallabies and a host of Australian wildlife. View spectacular coastal scenery at the Nobbies, two rocky outcrops abundant in marine life. Browse through the educational Phillip Island Visitors Information Centre. Learn about the little penguins and life on this stunning island. Watch the Little Penguins as they battle the surf and make their way to their dune burrows and learn of the environmental and conservation methods that are initiated to ensure the remarkable wildlife and vulnerable geology of Phillip Island remains protected. See the Little Penguins up close as they return to their nests to greet their young families and view the powerful southern coastline with its clean, sandy beaches and rocky shores. Enjoy more personalised wildlife viewing in an area limited to 140 people with ranger interpretation giving you a closer viewing of the Penguin arrival than the main viewing stands. Stop in Cowes for dinner (own expense) before returning back to Melbourne.

Day 14

Kangaroos and Koalas in the Wild

In small groups this naturalist guided ecotour gives you quality time to learn about wildlife and enjoy the wide open spaces of Australia. Get close to kangaroos, koalas and abundant birdlife in the wild. Our special Koala Research Project ensures that we often have multiple sightings of these delightful creatures in the wild. A delicious bush lunch is included. On this naturalist-guided ecotour, spend the morning in the famous grasslands and around the billabongs of our Open-range Sanctuary in the company of hundreds of wild Kangaroos, dozens of Emus and many species of birds.

Day 15

Depart Melbourne

The day is at leisure (Melbourne is great for shopping) until you are transferred to your onward travel arrangements.

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DEPARTURES:

Tour departs daily from Sydney. Tour can be done in reverse direction departing daily from Melbourne as well.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Hertz Group C car rental
  • Sightseeing and meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Park fees unless stated
  • Drinks unless specified
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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