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Tastes of Southern Australia

11 Days from $3,623 per person

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Buckle up for the ultimate Aussie road trip, skirting the magnificent Southern Ocean through the rolling vineyard-clad hills of the Barossa, sharing the Twelve Apostles' spectacular coastal views and exploring the tree-lined streets of Australia's oldest German settlement – tastes of Aussie BBQ, bush tucker, premium wines and sumptuous seafood are never far.

Travel to Australia from the USA requires crossing the International Date Line. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Ensure your flights are booked two days prior to the start date of the tour itinerary.

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Buckle up for the ultimate Aussie road trip, skirting the magnificent Southern Ocean through the rolling vineyard-clad hills of the Barossa, sharing the Twelve Apostles' spectacular coastal views and exploring the tree-lined streets of Australia's oldest German settlement – tastes of Aussie BBQ, bush tucker, premium wines and sumptuous seafood are never far.

Travel to Australia from the USA requires crossing the International Date Line. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Ensure your flights are booked two days prior to the start date of the tour itinerary.

  1. The modern Australian capital of Canberra beckons this morning as we begin our encounter with Southern Australia on a journey through the Southern Highlands. Enjoy a quick stop at historic Berrima, famous for its gaol and early colonial architecture, then visit a working sheep farm where you'll meet Local Specialist Craig Starr and his family for a Welcome Reception. Gain a deeper understanding of life on his farm as you savor the flavors of a traditional Aussie BBQ lunch. On arrival in the 'finest capital in the world,' you'll take a guided tour through Parliament House with a Local Specialist. Later, dive into culture during a visit to the Australian War Memorial where you'll hear the evocative lament played by a piper to pay tribute to the Australian servicemen and women who have lost their lives in armed conflicts. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers tonight for dinner with wine.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Crowne Plaza
  2. Before leaving Canberra this morning you'll visit Mt. Ainslie Lookout to take in views of this unique city and surrounding ranges. Journey over the Murray River into Victoria. Your destination is historic Beechworth, Victoria's best preserved gold rush town, for your unique overnight stay in one of the quaint local properties. Get to know Beechworth with an orientation and enjoy some free time to explore the antique shops, galleries and the museum. Why not enjoy a coffee and delicious treat from the legendary Beechworth Bakery?

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Boutique Country Accommodation
  3. Connect with locals over a Be My Guest breakfast, then journey through Glenrowan and Ned Kelly country to cosmopolitan Melbourne for a city sightseeing tour. Discover why Melbourne has justifiably earned its reputation as one of the world's most liveable cities and delve into its Victorian history. Enjoy an evening at leisure to explore this stylish state capital on your terms, perhaps followed by a delicious seafood dinner on the banks of the Yarra.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Vibe Savoy
  4. Discover the heart and soul of Melbourne today, with a full free day to explore its iconic sights. Consider an Optional Experience to the Eureka Skydeck for panoramic views of the city, stretching far beyond its skyscrapers. Or join a Hunt and Gather Food Tour of Queen Victoria Market to immerse yourself in the life, sounds and stories of this historic marketplace. An alternative further afield will see you take a tour to Summerland Beach on Phillip Island to see the famous Little Penguins emerge from the sea and waddle up the beach to their sand dune burrows.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  5. Buckle up for an epic coastal road trip filled with pinch me moments. Your journey along the scenic Great Ocean Road will include a stop at the Mediterranean-inspired seaside village of Lorne and Apollo Bay. Visit the Twelve Apostles, admiring these limestone formations that rise up from the Southern Ocean and tower over the surrounding landscapes. Later, visit Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge before arriving in Warrnambool.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Quality Suites Deep Blue
  6. Encounter some of Australia's native creatures in their natural habitat, keeping a keen eye out for emus, koalas and kangaroos as you join a Local Specialist at Worn Gundidj in Tower Hill State Reserve. Dive into culture and gain insights into the local flora, volcanic formations and medicinal practices from an Aboriginal perspective, before crossing the South Australia border to Mt. Gambier to visit the Blue Lake. Your next stop is the celebrated wine-making region of Coonawarra, where you'll join a Local Specialist for a tasting at a local winery. Continue your journey to the Naracoorte Caves, one of the world's most important fossil sites, where you'll be taken on a guided tour through Alexandra Cave.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:William MacIntosh Motor Lodge
  7. Ease into the laidback lifestyle encouraged by the locals of South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula and visit the seaside town of Victor Harbor at lunchtime. Spend some time at leisure relaxing with fish and chips on its unspoiled beach or consider taking the horse-drawn tram to Granite Island. This afternoon, board your ferry at Cape Jervis and cross to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island, which provides sanctuary to a multitude of native animals, some of which are found nowhere else. Explore KI's unspoiled natural beauty and indulge in its artisanal food scene at your leisure. Later, you'll join a Local Specialist at South Australia's only boutique distillery to taste a selection of their handcrafted premium spirits. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Aurora Ozone
  8. You won't just see kangaroos on today's in-depth exploration of Kangaroo Island, which includes a visit to the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch in Flinders Chase National Park. Enjoy lunch at Vivonne Bay Lodge before taking part in a private Birds of Prey Show at Raptor Domain. Come face-to-face with kookaburras, owls and falcons as you don a glove and coax them to fly to you, or experience holding a wedge tailed eagle. Afterward, join a Local Specialist at Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided walk amongst a breeding colony of Australian sea lions as they laze in the golden Australian sunshine.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  9. Return to the mainland and continue your journey to Adelaide, the 'City of Churches,' for an orientation tour, followed by your choice of sightseeing: visit the Adelaide Zoo, including entry to the Panda enclosure and bamboo forest attractions; delve into the early colonial history of Adelaide and its colonial characters who shaped a sophisticated city free from the penal colony shackles of other Australian centers with a local guide or tour the Art Gallery of SA to see its old and new art. This evening is yours to indulge in the city's multi-cultural flavors.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Stamford Plaza
  10. The rolling Adelaide Hills, Hahndorf and the Barossa lay ahead of you today and you'll have the opportunity to sample a number of their world-renowned wines. Enjoy lunch at the South Australian Company Store's Company Kitchen in the Barossa, then visit Jacob's Creek, whose award-winning vintages can be found on tables all over the world. You'll enjoy an opportunity to sample some of our favorites with a Local Specialist before touring the surrounding vines. Return to Adelaide through South Australia's lush countryside, followed by a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and newfound friends.

     

     

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner
  11. Your journey through the beautiful natural landscapes and stylish cities of Southern Australia at its end, say farewell to your fellow travelers as you transfer to Adelaide Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $940.

Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. GET guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

10 hot buffet breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners.

Included Highlights

Connect with Locals

  • Enjoy true Australian hospitality with a stay at a country home. Get to know your host over a freshly-cooked breakfast as they share the stories and traditions of their community, giving you a deeper experience of local life.

Dive into Culture

  • Commemorate the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces of Australia who fought and died in wars.

Stays with Stories

  • Stay in boutique country-style accommodation in an historic gold-rush town.

Local Specialist

  • In Canberra, Tower Hill and the Coonawarra, Kangaroo Island and Seal Bay, the Barossa.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Melbourne, Adelaide
  • Visit Parliament House, a sheep farm, wineries in South Australia
  • View the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Sea-lions and Remarkable Rocks on Kangaroo Island
  • See Australia's premier wine-making regions
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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Australia must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Australia also requires an electronic visa which is obtained at the time of your airline ticket purchase.

  • You will be using the Australian dollar on your trip. You can use your debit or credit card for purchases. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Food in Australia is innovative and diverse. As an island nation with strong agricultural traditions, culinary traditions here are guided by local ingredients and seasonal variations, as well as international influences. You’ll find a variety of seafood including fresh oysters and crab, grilled steaks and lamb chops, meat pies, and fish and chips.

  • It is not customary to tip at restaurants in Australia. If you would like to reward good service when dining out it’s appropriate to leave 10 percent gratuity for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellent and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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