Wine and Wildlife Escape
Romance and relaxation are in store for you on this 15 night adventure. Arrive in Sydney and enjoy a harbor cruise, taking in the gorgeous views and sights from Sydney Harbour. Once you head down to Adelaide it’s time for adventure. Full day tours of Kangaroo Island and the Barossa Valley are on the itinerary. Enjoy the iconic animal of Australia and more wine sampling as you absorb the culture of southern Australia. Wine and Wildlife Escape combines the great outdoors with Australian culture, the perfect mix of relaxation, fun and sightseeing to give you a real taste of Aussie life.
Trip Type: Cosmopolitan, Food & Wine, Romance & Honeymoon, Wildlife
Day By Day
Day 1 – Welcome to Sydney, Australia
On arrival into Sydney you will need to clear customs and make your way through the main arrivals hall from where you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.Starting Accommodation:
Day 2 – Wildlife In The Wild - Southern Highlands Tour
You don't have to go far from Sydney to experience Australia's fabulous wildlife - you just have to know where to look. This is the ideal afternoon/evening tour in which to encounter iconic Australian wildlife. You travel with a small group in a luxury 4WD vehicle to the South Coast and Southern Highland areas in search of kangaroos, wallabies, platypuses, possums, wombats and koalas in their natural settings. Great bird-life viewing is possible, including parrots, lyrebirds, bowerbirds and kookaburras. There is stunning scenery and short bush walks. Wildlife is seen in its natural setting.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 Adelaide
Takeoff to Adelaide and continue on the next stage of your adventure.Starting Accommodation:
Day 5 – Kangaroo Island One Day Adventure
This full-day tour starts with a flight from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island. Meet your host on arrival who will be on-hand through the day to introduce you to the lifestyle, culture and wildlife of this large and diverse Island. Today you will get an introduction to Island life - where things take time. Where drivers wave as they go by - or even stop you for a chat. Have a 'cuppa' with home-made refreshments and perhaps walk down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees where koalas snooze overhead.
Start the morning at Emu bay, looking for kangaroos before enjoying morning tea at the jetty. Heading inland, stop at Duck Lagoon, seeking out koalas and birds, then joining the Historic Eucalyptus distillery interpretive walk. Lunch is at Cygnet Park, before heading to Seal Bay, where you may walk with your guide among Australian sea lions on the sandy beach. Watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding biology. The remainder of the afternoon is spent exploring more of the southeast region of D’Estrees Bay before returning to Kingscote for your flight back to Adelaide.Starting Accommodation:
Day 6 – Fleurieu Food, Wine & Wildlife
The Fleurieu has the land, the produce, the wildlife and its people living in harmony - the aboriginal Kauna people enjoyed the unspoiled habitat in ancient times. The rolling vine-covered hills in the McLaren Vale region feed over 60 small, very individual wineries. The vineyards snake down to the tumbling surf on the coast, where sea creatures such as whales and penguins thrive. The area enjoys a Mediterranean type climate influenced by the St. Vincent's Gulf only 4 miles away.
Today's tour departs Adelaide and first heads south to the picturesque McLaren Vale Wine Region with over 50 small to medium wineries. It is situated near the coast hence the area has a distinctly Mediterranean feel. Tours of the McLaren Vale wine region feature some of the most beautiful scenery in the state. Wineries include Wirra Wirra, d'Arenberg, Coriole and the historic Hardy's winery. Other attractions include the Olive Grove and Medlow Fine Gels. Then, head south to the coastal town of Goolwa, once a thriving paddle steamer port. Enjoy lunch at a local cafe, then travel alongside the beach up to the mouth of the River and travel to scenic lookouts in search of the Southern Right Whales that visit these shores with their newborn calves (seasonal - May to October). Call into Victor Harbor and take a ride on Australia's only horse-drawn tram along the causeway, which links the mainland to Granite Island. Return to Adelaide late afternoon.Starting Accommodation:
Day 7 – Travel to Hobart
Takeoff to Hobart and continue on the next stage of your adventure. Once in Hobart, collect your rental car and drive to your accommodation.Starting Accommodation:
Crowne Plaza Hobart
Day 8 – Bonorong Feeding Frenzy
Bonorong Park was established in 1981 as a sanctuary for injured and orphaned wildlife. Owner, Greg Irons, has had a lifetime passion for animal rehabilitation and releasing animals back into the wild, and he has turned Bonorong into a sanctuary that focuses on education, rehabilitation and the release of native wildlife. The staff at Bonorong is very experienced in interpretation and wildlife husbandry. Enjoy an exclusive, guided feeding tour of the park where visitors engage with the animals in a very special and individual way. During this unforgettable excursion, experiences may include feeding the wombats their breakfast, giving the cockies (cockatoos) their wattle treats, feeding the echidnas as they snuffle around your feet, having a tug of war with a Tassie devil, feeding Bonorong's two special species of quoll (can you spot their differences?), putting in some fresh leaves for the koalas and watching them while they snack, hand-feeding the tawny frogmouth to watch him swallow his food whole, throwing lunch to the kookaburra and seeing how well he can catch and getting up the courage to hold a blue-tongued lizard. The excursion is two and a half hours. Wear casual clothes, closed-toe shoes and a hat. Please bring your own lunch - cool drinks and coffee are available in the gift shop. If you are driving, follow the A1 (the highway between Hobart and Launceston) from Hobart. When in the township of Brighton, follow the signs to Bonorong. Car parking is provided.Starting Accommodation:
Crowne Plaza Hobart
Day 9 – Hobart to Freycinet Self Drive
Travel at your leisure as you make the 3 hour drive to Freycinet.Starting Accommodation:
Day 10 – Day at Leisure in Freycinet
Freycinet National Park is loaded with natural assets, including the pink granite peaks of the Hazards Range that dominate the Peninsula and the iconic Wineglass Bay. The short trek to Wineglass Bay lookout is a bit of a scramble, but it's well worth it for one of Tasmania's most photographed views.There are many more short walks across the park that are suitable for all abilities and that lead to secluded bays, clean beaches and bird-filled lagoons. For an excellent half day trek, continue on from the Wineglass Bay lookout down to the beautiful, perfectly curved beach and back to the park entrance via the Hazards Range for amazing views of Great Oyster Bay and the coastline surrounding the sleepy seaside village of Swansea. The Hazards look their best at sunrise and sunset when the pink granite glows bright and brilliant. For a longer trek, take on the whole length of the Freycinet Peninsula on a minimum two day walk, taking in more remote places like Cooks Beach and Bryans Beach.Starting Accommodation:
Day 11 – Freycinet to Cradle Mountain Self Drive
Make your way to Cradle Mountain, traveling through scenic historic towns along the way. There will be opportunities to see the wildlife along the way, you may even end up in a traffic jam behind wallabies, devils, possums, echidnas, or wombats crossing the road.Starting Accommodation:
Cradle Mountain Hotel Meals:
Day 12 – Cradle Mountain National Park At Leisure
Carved by glacial ice more than 20,000 years ago, Cradle Mountain National Park is Tasmania's most beloved wilderness area. Its deep gorges, wild moorlands and glacial lakes are enjoyed by hikers of all abilities. Day walks to Lake St. Clair, Australia's deepest freshwater lake, are popular, but it is the spectacular trek from there to Cradle Mountain that has earned its reputation as a bush-walker's Mecca.Starting Accommodation:
Cradle Mountain Hotel Meals:
Day 13 – Cradle Mountain to Launceston Self Drive and Travel to Melbourne
There are many places of interest along the way. Make a stop at the small town of Sheffield, just at the foot of the mountains. Sheffield is noted for its murals painted on the sides of buildings along the main street. For some of Tasmania's best scenery, travel via the north coast towns of Wynyard, Burnie, Pelican and Devonport. The Bass Highway follows the coastline most of the way. In season, you will see fields of lavender and tulips extending right to the ocean, a photographer's delight.
After you return your rental car, takeoff to Melbourne and continue on the next stage of your adventure.Starting Accommodation:
Crown Promenade Melbourne Meals:
Day 14 – Yarra Valley Wine Experience
Renowned for its quality wines, specialty foods and breathtaking scenery, the Yarra Valley is the ideal place to enjoy a day away from the city. Depart Melbourne for the Yarra Valley - it is about an hour to Punt Road Wines, a winery with a rich history and the ideal place to sample a selection of exciting wines that reflect the earthiness and personality of the Yarra Valley. You will start the day learning how to 'swirl, sniff and slurp', which will prepare you to taste some of Punt Road's award-winning Australian wines. Next, head to Balgownie Estate and indulge in a guided tasting session at their tasting table. Yering Farm, with its converted old hay shed that showcases stunning views, is next up. Finally, there's a visit to Domaine Chandon. You'll have a relaxing glass of Australia's best bubbly and a view that will leave you in awe.Starting Accommodation:
Crown Promenade Melbourne Meals:
Day 15 – Phillip Island and Moonlit Sanctuary
This Phillip Island Tour is full of new experiences and dramatic views. The attractions visited have a particular focus on the protection of wildlife and conservation, local history and breathtaking scenery. Your day will commence with a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where you are guaranteed plenty of close encounters with an array of Australian native animals like kangaroos, wombats and echidnas. Then head to Churchill Island to visit the historic working farm that gives a glimpse into a day in the lives of the first settlers on this remote island. A visit to the Koala Conservation Centre guarantees a close-up encounter with these furry little fellas in their natural habitat. Wallabies and echidnas are often seen in the wild at the center as well. A stop is made at the boardwalk to view The Nobbies and you can appreciate the full force of the ocean and maybe spot a few penguin nests. In the summer months only, a stop is also made in Cowes for a stroll along the pier with time allowed for dinner (own expense - not included). Arrive at the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre with time to shop, have a coffee and meander down to the viewing platform to see the amusing arrival of the little penguins coming in on the surf to make their way across the beach to their sand-dune burrows. The 'Penguin Plus' exclusive viewing platform is limited to 300 people per day. Photos and videos of the little penguins are not permitted. Park entry fees are included, but dinner and refreshments are at your own expense.Starting Accommodation:
Crown Promenade Melbourne
Day 16 – 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 - 11/30/2022||$4,545|
|12/1/2022 - 1/31/2023||$4,480|
|2/1/2023 - 3/31/2023||$4,555|
|10/1/2022 - 11/30/2022||$7,600|
|12/1/2022 - 1/31/2023||$7,470|
|2/1/2023 - 3/31/2023||$7,615|
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