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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.All Items of a personal nature. Meals not mentioned. Medical and Travel insurance.
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 : 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.
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
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 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 : Naracoorte - Kangaroo Island
Journey to Fleurieu Peninsula and visit the seaside town of Victor Harbour 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. 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.
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.
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.
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