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Tastes of Southern Australia

11 Days 1 Country 10 Cities

Lush landscapes, wonderful wildlife and sumptuous seafood make up this Country Explorer trip.

"The experience was superb"


About this trip

This journey of discovery reveals lush landscapes, ocean views and fascinating wildlife. Experience the tastes of an Aussie barbecue, bush tucker, premium wines and sumptuous seafood.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... learning about bush food, medicines and indigenous lifestyles with your local Aboriginal guide, getting the hang of the boomerang, and spotting koalas and emu in the wild, all in the dormant volcano that is Tower Hill Reserve.

Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: ESMA

10 Nights


18 Meals
  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts (including Be My Guest).

  • 5 dinners.

  • 3 lunches.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Tastes of Southern Australia

Your Itinerary

1. Sydney - Canberra

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 a working sheep farm where you'll meet Local Specialist Craig Starr, to get a taste of life on his farm. Join Craig and his family for a Welcome Reception and Aussie BBQ lunch. Your destination is Australia's capital city, for a guided tour through Parliament House with a Local Specialist. Later visit the Australian War Memorial for a Cultural Insight. You'll hear the evocative Last Post before departing for your hotel. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers tonight and get to know each other over dinner with wine.

Welcome Reception
Dinner with wine

2. Canberra - Beechworth

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 mighty 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. 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. So have your camera ready! 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! Tonight, perhaps join your Travel Director for a meal at Hotel Nicholas, a traditional Australian pub. The hotel was built in 1857 during the heady gold rush days and houses a great collection of local memorabilia.

Buffet Breakfast
Boutique Country Accommodation Authentic Accommodation

3. Beechworth - Melbourne (2 Nights)

This morning join your host for a Be My Guest breakfast. Later, travel through Glenrowan and Ned Kelly country to culturally diverse and cosmopolitan Melbourne for a city sights tour, where you'll hear all about Melbourne's wonderful history, its famous buildings and sensational shopping. This evening is free for you to do as you wish. Your Travel Director will be able to point you in the direction of some of Melbourne's hottest eateries.

Be My Guest Dining
Crowne Plaza

4. Melbourne Sightseeing

Today your choice of sightseeing: visit Eureka Skydeck for fantastic views of Melbourne; join a Hunt and Gather Food Tour of Queen Victoria Market to take in the life, sounds and stories of this historic marketplace or take a guided walk through Melbourne's famous hidden laneways, where you'll discover the city's eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and fascinating street art.

Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Phillip Island Penguins Kangaroos And Koalas

Visit the Maru Koala & Animal Park to see koalas, kangaroos and other animals. View Seal Rocks and the Nobbies, overlooking one of the most treacherous oceans in the world, Bass Strait. At the Penguin Parade witness the wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard day’s fishing and waddle across the sand to their nests.

Adult Price: $144.00

Puffing Billy Steam Train And Wine Country In Style

Travel east of Melbourne to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Enjoy tea and coffee at Grant’s Reserve and hand-feed crimson rosellas. Take a ride through the spectacular forest aboard the Puffing Billy Steam Train. In the Yarra Valley have time to find a delicious lunch (own expense), before visiting two of Victoria’s premier wineries for tasting and wine appreciation.

Adult Price: $148.50

Phillip Island Penguins Up Late

Travel directly to the Penguin Parade. Enjoy panoramic views of the French Island before witnessing the amazing nightly ritual. Watch penguins march up the sand to their nests and enjoy time browsing through the educational centre. Travel express back to Melbourne. You might like to talk to your Travel Director about up gradable viewing options.

Adult Price: $121.50

5. Melbourne - Warrnambool

Hold on to your seats for one of the world's great road trips - the Great Ocean Road! Spectacular scenery and quaint towns await on this gorgeous coastal drive and you're sure to have plenty of photo opportunities. You'll stop along the way at Lorne and the seaside holiday destination of Apollo Bay. Visit the amazing Twelve Apostles, fascinating limestone formations that tower 45 metres above the Southern Ocean. Later visit Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge before arriving in Warrnambool, the whaling capital.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Quality Suites Deep Blue

6. Warrnambool - Naracoorte

This morning visit Worn Gundidj at Tower Hill State Reserve. A Local Specialist will provide you with insight into flora, wildlife, volcanic formations, bush existence and medicinal practices from an Aboriginal perspective. Journey across the South Australia border to Mt. Gambier to visit the Blue Lake then travel to the Coonawarra, one of Australia's finest wine regions, where you'll join a Local Specialist for a wine tasting at a local vineyard. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
William MacIntosh Motor Lodge

7. Naracoorte - Kangaroo Island (2 Nights)

Journey to the Fleurieu Peninsula and visit the seaside town of Victor Harbor 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. This afternoon board your ferry at Cape Jervis and cross to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is famous for its unspoiled natural beauty and fresh local produce. 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.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Aurora Ozone

8. Kangaroo Island Sightseeing

Today explore Kangaroo Island! Visit spectacular Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch in Flinders Chase National Park, where you may even spot koalas, wallabies and kangaroos. Later at Andermel Marron Farm, meet a Local Specialist 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 their own Two Wheeler Creek wine and farm-produced bush tucker before indulging in some marron with at Regional Meal lunch. Afterwards join a Local Specialist at Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided walk among a breeding colony of Australian sea lions as they doze in the sun.

Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal

9. Kangaroo Island - Adelaide (2 Nights)

Board your ferry to cross back to the mainland and travel to Adelaide. Enjoy an orientation tour of the 'City of Churches', with your Travel Director. This rest of your day is free to do as you wish. Maybe visit Adelaide Central Market and indulge in some fresh local produce, or take a stroll to explore Adelaide's stunning architecture. Adelaide boasts more restaurants per capita than any other city in Australia and tonight it's up to you where you choose to dine.

Buffet Breakfast
Stamford Plaza

10. The Barossa and Hahndorf

The rolling Adelaide Hills and the Barossa lay ahead of you and you'll have the opportunity to taste a number of their world-renowned wines. First stop is picturesque Hahndorf, Australia's oldest German settlement. Explore the village and experience its charm and hospitality while you wander the tree-lined streets to discover the quaint shops and taste some artisan produce. Enjoy a wine tasting overlooking the surrounding vineyards with a Local Specialist before continuing to the Barossa for lunch at the South Australian Company Store. Here you'll taste two wines and canapés featuring fresh local produce, followed by the main meal of your choice. Travel back to Adelaide through the South Australia's lush countryside. This evening join your Travel Director and new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner.

Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

11. Depart Adelaide

Bid farewell to your fellow travellers as you take home many special memories. You will be transferred to Adelaide Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Boutique Country Accommodation - Beechworth You'll enjoy true Australian hospitality with a stay at this unique Authentic Accommodation. You'll 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.

  • Be My Guest
    in a family home in country Victoria.

  • Cultural Insights
    at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialists
    Meet local farmers, park rangers, learn about Australian politics, wine-making and spirit-distilling.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Melbourne and Adelaide.

    • See Australia's premier wine-making regions.

    • View the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Sea-lions and Remarkable Rocks on Kangaroo Island.

    • Visit Parliament House, a sheep farm, a marron (crayfish) farm and wineries in South Australia.

What's Included


    • 10 hot buffet breakfasts (including Be My Guest).

    • 5 dinners.

    • 3 lunches.

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage, local tips and charges

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays

    • All hotel charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights

    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

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The Trafalgar Experience


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Guest Reviews and Ratings

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    Service rating : Excellent, caring, professional staff. Well organized itinerary, good service.Product : Interesting, varied, not at all boring, highly recommended.

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    It was a terrific trip. Delma, our travel guide and Darryl, the driver, were both fantastic.

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    Service rating : We had a great Director/Driver team. The Director made sure my wife, who is having mobility issues, always had a helping hand off the bus. The Director took time to learn my special interests and made sure to point them out along the way. Excellent Experience!Product : Overall,

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    • Departures between 1 Nov 2016-31 Mar 2017 operate as per the 2016 brochure itinerary.
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