Luxury Food, Wine and Wildlife
Get a real taste of Australia in this luxury gastronomy tour. Start with a a full day of exploring Sydney from both land and water where you enjoy fresh seafood, delicious salads and barbecue with local beer and wine. Taste the fine wines tucked away in the Adelaide Hills. Start the day in Kangaroo Island with a cuppa and some home-baked morning tea while looking for small wallabies, which are almost extinct on the mainland, a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island and a variety of other birds, plants and animals. Spend a day in "Foodie Heaven" where you'll sit back, relax and enjoy the surroundings while eating and drinking some of the finest food and wine the Mornington Peninsula has to offer. Interact with wild animals in their natural habitats on a private eco-tour.
Trip Type: Cosmopolitan, Food & Wine
Day By Day
Day 1 – Arrive in Sydney
Welcome to Sydney. Australia’s most visited state, New South Wales partly owes its popularity with tourists to the glamorous city of Sydney. With its harbor beaches and intoxicating blend of bushland and bustling city, Sydney is a perfect snapshot of Australia. Beyond the glow of Sydney, New South Wales becomes a sweeping landscape of quaint, beachside hamlets, inland opal-mining towns, and alpine hideaways. Visitors can take a surfing lesson on one of the world’s most renowned beaches or get intimate with Sydney – whether by a walking tour of the Rocks area, a visit to Sydney’s fish market or dinner at one of the city’s famed restaurants.Starting Accommodation:
Day 2 – Full Day Harbour and City Tour - Private Tour
Enjoy a full day of exploring Sydney from both land and water. After being picked up from your hotel, you will begin the first portion of the land tour in the birthplace of Australia, The Rocks. Here, you'll learn about the settlement of Australia and the early days of life in Sydney. Weave around the back streets of The Rocks, under the Harbour Bridge and on to Walsh Bay, the recently developed theatre district. Continue to the Botanic Gardens to take in the beautiful views of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Government House, and Kirribilli House. You will then explore Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross, Paddington, and Woollahra, before beginning the descent to Double Bay.
From Rose Bay, commence your Sydney Harbour Cruise as you board the luxury motor cruiser, Iluka. After a short briefing, begin your 4-hour cruise past some of Sydney's most iconic landmarks. A gourmet lunch is included, featuring an assortment of fresh seafood, delicious salads and barbecue with local beer and wine. After arriving back in Rose Bay, start the second half of your Sydney discovery by road. Take in the colonial architecture as you make your way to Vaucluse House and Watsons Bay before arriving in Bondi Beach. Take a short walk along the coast before returning to your Sydney hotel.Starting Accommodation:
Day 3 – Sydney at Leisure
It is no surprise that when the British first arrived in Sydney they named the area Botany Bay. Even today, with a population of over 4 million people and a reputation for fun rather than flora, one is still surrounded by bush land in this bustling city. Native Waratah wind their way through the historic Rocks area, palm trees frame long stretches of pristine beach, and Eucalyptus embrace the endless and beckoning bays of Sydney Harbour.
It is Sydney's man-made wonders, however, that draw most visitors. The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are the most photographed icons on the continent. Choose a Seaplane Safari experience and enjoy a bird's eye view of the Opera House's signature sails. See the Harbour Bridge up close and personal by climbing the metal monolith to enjoy stunning 360-degree views of the glittering vista below with BridgeClimb as you climb to the top. Whether it is an early morning visit to the largest fish market in the southern hemisphere, or your very first surfing lesson on Bondi Beach, in this vibrant metropolis you will find no lack of energetic escapes and dynamic distractions.
There are many ways to enjoy the harbor: on a small luxury motor cruiser or sailing yacht, or ferries that take you to Taronga Park Zoo or Manly and the harbor suburbs. Take the Darling Harbour Rocket that connects Circular Quay to Darling Harbour where there are many restaurants and attractions such as The Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife World, The IMAX Theater and the Naval Museum. For a more leisurely afternoon, take a walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens and Hyde Park, or learn about Australia's National Gemstone, the Opal, at Altmann; Cherny or The National Opal Collection, right in the heart of the city on Pitt Street.Starting Accommodation:
Day 4 – Travel to to Adelaide
Takeoff to Adelaide and continue on the next stage of your adventure. Upon arrival in Adelaide. meet your driver who will take you directly to your accommodations.Starting Accommodation:
Day 5 – Adelaide Hills Wine Tour
Departing Adelaide, travel through the scenic Adelaide Hills to Mount Lofty Summit for an unsurpassed view over the City. From here, begin to taste the fine wines tucked away in the Hills. Wander through the small villages of the Hills, Crafers and Stirling, with a short visit to the Organic Market before visiting Hahndorf. Stroll through the German village of Hahndorf then do a tasting of the excellent Hahndorf Hill wines. Perhaps also visit the stylish Shaw and Smith winery to taste their exceptional white wines and new reds. Visit the Bridgewater Mill, home of the renowned Petaluma Wines, then tour through the Methode Champenoise Cellars followed by tasting. Lunch is at a restaurant in the region. If time permits, travel further into the heart of the Hills to Chain of Ponds wines owned by the Amadio family. They produce a range of award winning white and red wines in their little piece of land reminiscent of Tuscany.Starting Accommodation:
Day 6 – Travel to to Kangaroo Island & Kangaroo Island Tour
This morning, travel to Kangaroo Island. Wear appropriate casual clothing, as you are met on arrival by your guide to go straight into the first day of touring.
Start the day with a cuppa and some home-baked morning tea before taking a walk down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees where koalas snooze overhead or wake briefly for a feed. Travel through the Island’s most productive country to the north coast. Walk through the bush with your guide – through strangely shaped trees learning what makes that noise or whose tracks those are. Look for small wallabies almost extinct on the mainland, a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island and a variety of other birds, plants and animals. Break for lunch at a private bush camp and enjoy a delicious meal featuring King George whiting (local sea fish), fresh salads and fine South Australian wines. End the day at Seal Bay Conservation Park, where you take a private tour with your guide among Australian Sea-lions on a beautiful sandy beach – an experience similar to that of the Galapagos. Watch pups nursing or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding biology. Transfer to your accommodation for the next two nights.Starting Accommodation:
Oceanview Eco Villas Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 – Kangaroo Island Touring
Begin the day on the island’s north-west in an important private wildlife refuge with Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife. Check out wildlife surveys targeting tiny endangered mammals and get an introduction to the bush, so the fire ecology experienced later in the day has context. Break for an elegant picnic lunch in the bush, featuring marinated poached chicken, fresh salads, cheeses and fantastic South Australian wine, beer, soft drinks and spring water. After lunch, travel into Flinders Chase National Park and explore the massive shapes of Remarkable Rocks, a natural sculpture perched impossibly on top of a dome of granite emerging from the ocean. Evidence of the power of the Southern Ocean swell continues at Admirals Arch – a coastal grotto which provides a haul out for a large colony of Long-nosed fur seals who swim effortlessly through the crashing waves.
Good wines and local produce features highly in a picnic lunch which is enjoyed out in the bush before exploring more of the Island. After a full day of touring, you will be transferred back to your accommodation.Starting Accommodation:
Oceanview Eco Villas Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 – Travel to to Freycinet
Takeoff to Hobart and continue on the next stage of your adventure. Transfer from Hobart to the Coles Bay/Freycinet area by private vehicle.Starting Accommodation:
Day 9 – Schouten Island Tour
Step aboard the Saffire vessel to enjoy a portion of the Schouten Island Signature Experience - exclusive to guests of Saffire. Schouten Island's vast and abundant eco-system has played a part in early Aboriginal settlement and the farming, mining and fishing in the area. Now, it is part of the Freycinet National Park, a rarely explored, wild, unpredictable, delicate and unforgettable place both above and below the sea. Be engaged by close-up interactions with soaring sea birds, playful marine mammals and a diversity of life on Tasmania's temperate reefs. The adventure also includes a visit to culturally significant sites of past and present inhabitants. Behold the beauty of Freycinet Peninsula and discover Schouten Island on this memorable 3-hour adventure. Morning tea is included and prepared by the team of chefs at Saffire. Bookings are essential. Please note: this excursion will only operate with a minimum of four people.Starting Accommodation:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 – Saffire Freycinet at Leisure
Included in your Saffire accommodation is a broad range of activities that will offer innovative options for all styles of travelers and moods. These activities last from one to three hours and are your opportunity to engage and connect with this stunning location. From adventure to romance, rejuvenation to exploration, Saffire's activities add greater depth and dimension to your stay.Tasmanian Devil Experience
: This experience offers the rare opportunity to encounter Tasmanian devils in a natural setting, and to participate in the quest to save this endangered species from extinction. Led by a knowledgeable guide, visit Saffire's open-range Tasmanian devil enclosure, where you'll meet some of the resident population of Tasmanian devils and observe them as they feed and interact. Hear the story of the crucial effort to find a cure for Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease -the rare and contagious cancer that is threatening the devil's survival. You'll also have the chance to contribute to Saffire's management and observation of their devil population by participating in a visual health inspection of the devils. Freycinet Marine Oyster Farm
: Slip on a pair of waders and visit a working oyster farm located in a beautiful setting within an internationally significant wetland and ornithological site. Develop an understanding for wetland and marine ecology, plus a taste for prized Pacific oysters.Freycinet Walks
: Freycinet National Park is a must see during your stay. Join an informative guide on a walk to the lookout over Wineglass Bay. Learn about the Peninsula's rich history and acquaint yourself with one of the world's most famous beaches on a two-hour walking adventure. Alternatively, join a guide for an easy two-hour tour, which combines two of the popular shorter walks of the Freycinet Peninsula; the first walk around the Cape Tourville lighthouse, with stunning views of the Tasman and the second walk to Sleepy Bay, where you will descend gently graded steps to the rocky shoreline.Wine and Vine Adventures
: A wine lover's delight! At the local Freycinet Winery, you will learn the art of winemaking and indulge in some fine Tasmanian fare - and some wine tastings of course!Pelican Bay canoeing and bird-watching
: Unwind and absorb the breathtaking beauty of the Swanport estuary on this guided canoeing adventure at the mouth of the internationally significant Moulting Lagoon wetland. Observe the flocks of pelicans and gaze into the crystal clear waters teeming with marine life.For the Palate
: Love your food? Watch, learn and participate as one of Palate's creative and delicious dishes is prepared from start to finish. This is an interactive, must-do activity for lovers of luxury dining. Meet in the Lounge for a mixology masterclass, where we will show you how to muddle, stir and shake up your favorite classic cocktails, as well as share some Saffire exclusive innovations.For the Active
: Venture out on mountain bikes on a specially devised interpretive route, or for those wanting a longer and more technical adventure, book a guide for the much more rugged track from Cape Tourville. Perhaps paddle in the calm and tranquil waters of Muirs Beach wetland, located directly in front of Saffire Freycinet. Sit-on-top kayaks are available to paddle at your leisure behind the windswept sand dunes amongst coastal bush-land. Or you may like to go fishing off the rocky shoreline in front of Saffire. Flathead, flounder, calamari squid and Australian salmon can be caught in Great Oyster Bay. Four fishing rods are available.Starting Accommodation:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 – Travel to to Melbourne
Takeoff to Melbourne and continue on the next stage of your adventure.Starting Accommodation:
Day 12 – Foodies Journey Through The Mornington Peninsula
Serious food lovers are in for a treat. Prepare to be constantly inspired and delighted by this diverse, boot-shaped region; you are now entering 'Foodie Heaven.' Our hosts' own 27 acres of charming farm land with red fertile soil allows them to grow and produce premium quality olives, grapes, herbs and veggies. They also raise sheep, chickens and fish, and they turn amazing produce from local farmers into a range of delectable goodies. You'll get a whole new perspective on the concept of 'Paddock to Plate.' Spend time in the kitchen with the chef, cooking in a wood-fired oven with wood collected from fallen timber on the property. What you do on the day depends on the season. You may try your hand at curing olives grown on the farm, create handmade sausages in natural skins, make mouth-watering gnocchi, master the art of sourdough bread, learn ways to cook with olives and olive oil or successfully roast and make great coffee. Later, you'll sit back, relax and enjoy the surroundings while eating and drinking some of the finest food and wine the Mornington Peninsula has to offer. After lunch, take a drive down the road to sample cool climate wines with one of our favorite wine makers, taste freshly made goats cheese from a local dairy or savor succulent strawberries and cherries from the fruit farms in the area. What more could a foodie want? Your day includes morning tea, lunch, food, wine tasting, cooking class and produce.Starting Accommodation:
Day 13 – Yarra Valley Private Wine Explorer
Wine touring at its very best. Outstanding scenery with wines to match and only an hour from Melbourne CBD. Your driver/guide is friendly and a knowledgeable wine expert that helps guarantee a superb day in the Yarra Valley. The itinerary outlined can be adjusted to suit your special requirements (additional arrangements at additional cost). Head from the city to the Yarra Valley, and start the senses going at French Champagne company Moet & Chandon's Australian production house Domain Chandon. Your guide will take you for a fascinating walk through the winery explaining the nuance of Sparkling Wine Production, then enjoy a relaxing glass of Australia's best bubbly with a view that you will not wish to surrender. From there, head to Soumah, a location that delivers with spectacular undulating topography, ancient soils and well tendered vines. A hidden gem, enjoy wine tasting and then a one course lunch with a glass of wine and tea or coffee. The afternoon offers flexible touring, with your driver able to make suggestions for some wonderful wineries to visit. Top of the list is Helen & Joey Estate, nested in the foothills of the Warramate Hills this cellar door offers a unique range of wines. Another option is Yering Station Winery and Gallery, offering rustic charm in the winery building, and a contemporary art gallery. You will then leave the Yarra Valley and head back to Melbourne.Starting Accommodation:
Day 14 – Depart Melbourne
Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your accommodation to Melbourne Airport.
|Please note all prices listed are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.|
|10/1/2022 - 3/31/2023||$16,210|
|10/1/2022 - 3/31/2023||$31,515|
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