- Accommodation - Sydney (3 Nights), Adelaide (2), Kangaroo Island (2), Barossa Valley (3), Ayers Rock (2), Port Douglas (4), Brisbane (2)
- US Domestic Flights - Not Included (as per your own arrangements)
- International Flights - Los Angeles to Sydney, Brisbane to Los Angeles
- Australian Domestic Flights - Sydney to Adelaide, Adelaide to Ayers Rock via Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Brisbane
- Shuttle Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return), Ayers Rock Airport to Accommodation (Return), Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation (Return), Brisbane Airport to Accommodation (Return)
- 7 Day Car Rental - Pickup and Drop-off in Adelaide
- Ferry Transfer, with rental from Jervis to Penneshaw (Return)
- Day Tours Included - Sydney: Opera House Tour, Hunter Valley Wine Experience; Ayers Rock: Sounds of Silence Dinner, Piti Pass to include Uluru, the Olgas & Cultural Center; Port Douglas: Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Skyrail, Tjapukai & Scenic Railway; Brisbane: Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo
- All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
- Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (additional US$15.00 per person)
- F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
- All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
- Rental Car Hires are base rate only and do not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees.
- Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
20 Days / 18 Nights – Australia
Reinvigorate your palate! Send your taste buds on a delectable journey exploring the famed wine regions of Australia. Enjoy a relaxing vacation as you taste your way through gourmet Australia. This package is great for couples, wine lovers & foodies vacationing to Australia.
Travel to Australia on your vacation. After departing from Los Angeles you will be provided with an evening meal. You can relax, have a drink, watch a movie, review your itinerary or just rest. You will be given Breakfast before landing in Sydney, Australia. (You lose one day crossing the International Date Line but don’t worry you catch it up again on your return flight to the USA)
Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.
Travel by shuttle transfer from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.
Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights in your studio room apartment.
Just 30 minutes from Sydney Airport, your accommodation is conveniently located between Darling Harbour and the Sydney CBD.
The friendly staff at your accommodation can attend to your every need with 24 hour guest reception. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at their signature restaurant.
Relax in a stylish and comfortable haven whilst being in close proximity to shopping at Westfield’s Pitt St Mall and Darling Harbour. Don’t forget to take a stroll down Pitt St towards Circular Quay to take in more of Sydney’s world famous sites- like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
On your vacation, participate in an inspiring tour of the Sydney Opera House.
This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece. You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room. You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour – a perfect photo opportunity.
Upgrade to Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate Available
Explore the fertile Hunter Valley and taste delicious food and awardwinning wines. Enjoy private vineyard inspections and learn of the winemaking process. Spend time strolling in the vineyards, purchase some wine or simply enjoy the beautiful Australian countryside.
Admire the magnificent views of the Hawkesbury River on your drive through the Central Coast. The Hunter Valley is home to Australia’s oldest wine-producing region and owes its fame to world-class viticulturists and fertile soils.
Enjoy a private wine tasting experience at Leogate Estate Wines, which produces trophy-winning wines such as Chardonnay, Semillon and Shiraz, and learn of local wine-making techniques. Visit Hunter Valley Resort, where you can walk among the vines and learn about the wine-making process and the key role the resort plays in this region.
Enjoy lunch made with local produce, while you sample some of the area’s best wines. You’ll also have the chance to purchase a beer tasting paddle from the on-site brewery. The McGuigan family are respected pioneers of the industry and at their cellar door you’ll be greeted warmly and welcomed to a tasting of their fine wines.
Finish the day at Roche Estate, where you’ll have free time to explore the shops offering Australian cheeses at the Smelly Cheese Shop and gourmet delights plus coffee, gelato, craft beer and cellar doors (own expense).
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
Sydney CBD hotel Pick-up 7:45 – 8:00am & Return 6:30pm (approximate times)
– 3 Wine Tastings
– Experienced Driver Guide
– Comprehensive commentary
– Travel in an air-conditioned coach
Upgrade to a Small Group Luxury Tour
With Sydney at your fingertips, take the chance to explore the Darling Harbour area at your leisure, which is a modern collection of Shopping Malls, Parkland, Restaurants and Harbour Front activities.
Walk to Circular Quay and catch a ferry to our wonderful harbour-side Taronga Park Zoo, or take the 30 minute ferry ride to Manly Beach, Sydney’s premier beach resort. Here you can enjoy the laid back beach culture as well as many festivals and events. If you prefer to stay closer to downtown Sydney, Bondi Beach is approximately a 10 minute train ride and is one of Australia’s most famous and iconic beaches. Save some time to take a beach walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach, it’s known to be a true highlight. If visiting on a weekend then go to the Rocks Market and shop for local Arts, Crafts & unique Australian Souvenirs.
Discover the natural and cultural history of Sydney through the eyes of the Aboriginal people who have lived here for thousands of years. Explore The Rocks, Sydney’s historic harbor precinct, on a guided walking tour uncovering the authentic Aboriginal heritage of Sydney Harbour, and learn how modern Aboriginal people maintain their cultural practices in such a dynamic global city.
The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour is 100% Aboriginal owned and was developed by Aboriginal Elder, Margret Campbell, a Dunghutti-Jerrinjah woman. It is led by Aboriginal guides who share cultural knowledge and interpretation of Sydney’s Dreamtime symbology and creation, a living history passed down through generations. Learn how the Dreamtime ties within Sydney’s natural billion year old saltwater harbor and marine environment, sandstone strata, fresh waterways, flora and fauna that continue to influence Aboriginal people’s thinking and lifestyle today in modern Sydney.
Your journey begins with a traditional OCHRE acknowledgement of Earth Mother’s EORA Cadigal heritage. This is further showcased in a leisurely ‘walking on county experience’ that will connect you to the living wisdoms inherent in Sydney’s natural waterways, skies, and landscape.
This 90 minute walkabout tour in The Rocks is a perfect introduction of Aboriginal culture. It highlights the perspective of Sydney’s Dreamtime heritage that is intimate, enlightening and transformative.
Daily, on request. Does not operate on Christmas Day (December 25) and Good Friday.
Need to Know
– Tour departs at Cadman’s Cottage courtyard area (110 George Street, The Rocks).
– The tour is an all-nature activity.
– Please wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat, and bring a bottle of water.
Departs at 10:30am and returns 12:00pm, lasting approximately 1.5 hours (90 minutes).
– Local Aboriginal basic ceremonial greeting (good manners) that connect to Dreamtime Custodian Characters who Belong to Sydney Harbour’s saltwater sunrise and freshwater environment.
– Knowledgeable Aboriginal guides.
– Discover Aboriginals’ acknowledgement of “country” using Earth Mother’s traditional ochre paint.
– Discover everyday resources/equipment manufactured from natural environment – its origin source of cultural objects and materials harvested from landscape and handle small samples.
– Learn about the story of Aboriginal DreamTime, it’s origin, history and how culture evolved.
– Understanding the connection of modern Sydney and the Aboriginal Dreaming in The Rocks Sydney.
Reach new heights and climb the famous Harbour Bridge in Sydney!
Achieve exhilaration and personal satisfaction as you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For approximately 3.5 hours you and 11 other eager climbers will join a climb guide and weave through catwalks, climb up ladders and then arrive at the most spectacular point of all – the upper arch climb. The steady incline to the upper arch leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities for 360 degree views of Sydney, including east to the ocean, west to the mountains and the harbor city surrounds.
It is at this point that you not only have a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Sydney Harbour and the city, but have the exhilarating and rewarding experience of reaching the top of the iconic Harbour Bridge.
When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement you’ll remember forever – you’ve conquered an Australian icon recognized the world over! No other Sydney tourist attraction can give you this feeling of standing at the top of the world, with the harbor spread before you.
All climbers will be issued a complimentary photograph of your climb group.
Daily, in all weather conditions (except in cases of extreme weather conditions like electrical storms or high winds).
Need to Know:
– Wear comfortable, enclosed rubber-soled shoes and comfortable clothing;
– Secure lockers will be provided to store your personal belongings;
– No cameras, phones, GoPros or other video and mobile devices are allowed on the climb;
– Children ages 8 – 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Children younger than 8 are not permitted on the climb;
– Maximum of 14 people per group.
The climb lasts approximately 3.5 hours. Climbs are available at dawn (limited departures), day, twilight or night.
Certificate of Achievement;
A complimentary Climb Group photo.
Photo Credit: BridgeClimb Sydney.
Altmann & Cherny is a family owned jewellery business in Sydney with an international reputation for excellence in opals and is one of the World’s foremost Australian Opal authorities.
Australia is known as the country of origin for this splendid stone with 95% of the world’s precious gem opal found exclusively in Australia. The Australian opal displays all the colors of the rainbow; holding a spectrum of colors found in nature. It is these contrasts that make opals a truly fascinating and unique gemstone, with no two opals appearing exactly the same. In the Middle Ages the Romans considered opal a stone that could provide great luck, as it was believed to possess all the virtues of Emeralds, Sapphires and Rubies.
Established in 1948 in hopes of sharing this unique gemstone with the world, they have built a reputation of providing the highest level of quality, service and value for three generations. Their mantra has always been and will continue to be – “Excellence in service, quality and value.” So come share in this unique experience to learn more about Australian Opals at Altmann & Cherny!
Altman + Cherny
18 Pitt St., Sydney, NSW 2000 / Ph: 61 (02) 9251 9477
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm / Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Blu Bar 36 is located high above the city on level 36 of the Shangri-La Hotel.
A New York inspired design the Blu Bar 36 is located high above the city on level 36 of the Shangri-La. The Blu Horizon Bar boasts the best views in Sydney incorporating stunning Blue Mountain sunsets, Opera House, harbour bridge, northern suburbs and of course the harbour.
Sleek, sophisticated and sexy summarises the Blu Horizon Bar with bragging rights guaranteed. Be sure and notice the $10,000.00 drink on the menu.
Dress Code: Smart casual
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to Adelaide.
Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for seven days.
As part of your vacation self-drive Australia and explore our stunning landscapes, coastlines, regional towns and wildlife. Stop and meet the locals, maybe enjoy a counter meal at a local Aussie pub, or relax on the beach while sampling some takeaway fish & chips from the local deli or servo. During one of your rest stops try to spot a kangaroo, emu or even a Koala in the wild.
Please bring a valid American drivers license with you and be aware that the Australians drives on the left hand side of the road.
Base rate only paid by About Australia. GPS, Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.
Travel to your accommodation in Adelaide, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your 4 Star boutique style hotel, is located in the heart of Adelaide’s central district. The hotel is within walking distance to the city’s major cultural attractions, shopping precinct’s and entertainment centres.
Adelaide is known as the city of food and wine, a place to experience the buzz, culture and convenience of a big city without big city frustrations. The city centre, surrounded by parklands, is a charming blend of historic buildings, wide streets, numerous shops, street cafes and restaurants.
Rest, Relax or Explore Adelaide
This elegant city is known for its colonial stone architecture, expansive parklands, lively festivals and incredible sense of space. Explore the museums and libraries of North Terrace, dine on dedicated “eat streets” or picnic in gardens that sprawl over almost half the city. Go bike riding in Botanic Park or row past rose gardens in Rymill Park. Swim with dolphins or fish from the jetty in Henley or take the tram to Glenelg Beach and learn to sail. Glenelg Beach is also a fabulous area to explore and full of terrific restaurants. Just beyond the city centre you’ll find the picturesque Adelaide Hills and the world-class wineries of the Barossa Valley.
Photo Credit: South Australia
The city of Adelaide in South Australia is one of the most cosmopolitan cities that you’ll come across. One of the best ways to experience all that this wonderful city has to offer is through the Adelaide City Half Day tour that highlights the wonderful things about this city.
This half-day tour is filled with the sights and sounds that make this coastal town one of a kind. You’ll start with a morning pick up from area Adelaide hotels, and enjoy some wonderful commentary as you are driven through the city. You’ll get to see many of the places that Adelaide is famous for, including stops at the Haigh’s Chocolate Factory, the University of Adelaide, and even the world famous St. Peter’s Cathedral.
This tour operates daily, except for Christmas Day.
Need to Know
The itinerary can change without notice. Haigh’s Chocolate Factory does not offer tours or tastings on Sunday and South Australia Public Holidays. The National Wine Centre will be closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Years Day
The tour starts from either the Adelaide Central bus station, or select area hotels at 9:15am. You will be returned at 12:15pm.
A chance to see some famous Adelaide city sights.
A visit to Adelaide’s Cultural Boulevard of North Terrace, including the University, Library, Art Gallery and Museum.
A chance to see the heart of Historic North Adelaide.
A visit to St. Peters Cathedral.
A view of the famous Adelaide Oval.
Either a tour of Haigh’s Chocolate factory, a visit to the National Wine Centre, or a chance to explore the heart of the city.
Right outside Adelaide’s doorstep are the magnificent landscapes of the renowned Adelaide Hills. This sublime region is home to rolling vineyards, historic villages and boutique shops where local producers showcase their artisan foods and wines.
Get an insight into the rich Germanic heritage of Adelaide Hills as you travel through the villages of Crafers, Stirling, Aldgate and Bridgewater. Take in spectacular views out toward Adelaide and the coastline in the distance at Mount Lofty Summit.
Experience the region’s Bavarian heritage with a taste of tour the township of Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German settlement. Wander along the town’s charming main street, lined with beautiful historic German-style architecture. Step into boutiques, gift shops, art studios or sample regional fare at bakeries, cafes and pubs.
Known for artisanal food, numerous wineries, craft breweries and quaint museums, Hahndorf is an escape to where finer things are simply the way of life. Spend the afternoon enjoying tea or a traditional German beer tastings at the popular Hahndorf Inn.
Operates Departs daily (excluding Christmas Day); Tour departs at 1:15pm from Adelaide Central Bus Station or select Adelaide Hotels. Tour returns at 5:15pm.
Need to Know Minimum of 4 people required for this tour. Maximum of 48 people allowed for this tour.
Inclusions Pick-up and drop-off transportation. Expert commentary by local driver/guide. A stop at Mount Lofty Summit Lookout. Drive past Bridgewater Mill water wheel and the villages of Crafers, Stirling and Aldgate. Stop at the Beerenberg Farm Shop. Free time in the German village of Hahndorf where you can explore many shops including art, craft, leather and fabric shops, butchers, bakers, cafes and pubs. Afternoon tea or beer tastings.
Be sure to see the world’s largest display of Aboriginal culture and artifacts in the South Australian Museum and Tandanya (National Aboriginal Cultural Institute).
As a visitor to Tandanya, you can meet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, walk through diverse and exciting exhibitions in the art galleries, watch a cultural presentation and yidaki (didgeridoo) or dance performance (Tuesday – Sunday at 12pm) and browse in the colourful award winning shop. On Thursdays at 11am join in learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history on a free guided cultural tour.
Free Entry (Cultural Performance is an additional cost)
Open Daily: 10am to 5pm & Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Be sure to visit the Adelaide Central Market, the largest fresh produce market in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Adelaide Central Market is a community of people: traders, artisans and shoppers, who share a passion for food. It buzzes with life and colour all year round.
The range of fresh food is extensive! You can find fruit & vegetables, meat & poultry, seafood, gourmet cheeses, cakes and more all under one roof. People love to return again and again for the delicious aromas, vivid colours and atmosphere of this international and cultural melting pot.
Hours of Operation: Closed Sunday & Monday; Tuesdays – 7:00am to 5:30pm; Wednesdays* – 9:00am to 5:30pm; Thursdays – 9:00am to 5:30pm; Fridays – 7:00am to 9:00pm; Saturdays – 7:00am to 3:00pm
*Be sure to visit their website for their most update to date hours and current events: https://adelaidecentralmarket.com.au/
Photo Credit: Adelaide Central Market
Self Drive from Adelaide to Cape Jervis to catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island.
For your trip to Kangaroo Island, you can drive straight down the coast to Cape Jervis. But if you have the time, we recommend taking the long way through Adelaide Hills to see some of the sights. Click Here for the fastest route (1hr 30min)
- Mount Lofty summit, rising over 710m above sea level, provides a picturesque panoramic view over Adelaide’s city skyline, as far as Kangaroo Island and Yorke Peninsula on clear days. For a more accessible view, check out Mount Lofty House.
- The Lane Vineyard offers one of Adelaide Hill’s most unqiue wine experiences with 360 degree Hilltop Tasting. Work your way through a flight of seven premium wines and chef-prepared goodies in The Lane’s unique tasting room with retractable walls, opening-up to stunning 360-degree views of the rolling Adelaide Hills.
- Hahndof Main Street is a contemporary village proud of its German heritage still visible in its traditional streetscape with smallgoods, bakeries, cuckoo clocks, wooden folk art and German-style pubs. Stroll the tree-lined main street and discover shops, galleries and studios, a cheese maker, leathersmith, jeweller, candle makers, a craft brewery, winery cellar doors, gin distillery, chocolatier, traditional sweet shops, restaurants and cafes.
Ferry Transfer with rental vehicle from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw and return.
Travel to your accommodation on Kangaroo Island, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your vacation accommodation has just 27 rooms. Why not take some time out and laze away the hours by our sparkling solar heated pool, spa and sauna. Wander through our gardens at sunset and you will probably meet one of the little penguins that waddle up from the beach for a visit. The Kangaroo Island vacation accommodation is a stylish and very welcoming property and is the perfect base for you to enjoy all the natural beauty that Kangaroo Island has to offer. Organise adventures with the friendly and professional staff that know and love the Island. Whether it is deep sea fishing, 4WD wilderness tour, or horse riding, it is up to you. Or what about a walking tour, food tour, swimming, snorkeling, diving, climbing and of course there are wonderful national Parks to explore. In fact, everything the Island has to offer is just a short drive away.
Rest, Relax or Explore Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness – a place that has offered protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape.
Kangaroo Island (or ‘KI’ as the locals call it) is also big and surprisingly diverse. If you traverse its 155km length you’ll find soaring cliffs, dense bushland, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive arcs of bone white beach.
Photo Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission
A private tour visiting the pure source of Kangaroo Island’s extraordinary food.
Discover the diversity of the produce, the passion of the producers, and experience the “paddock to plate” phenomenon. This full day can incorporate seafood, artisan cheeses, honey, free-range eggs, marron, native spices, yoghurt and excellent wine.
Kangaroo Island Olive Oil
Sue and Dan Pattingale have established Kangaroo Island as an excellent source of olive oil. The herbaceous and peppery wild oil is harvested from ancient, gnarled trees from across the Island. In contrast the plantation grown oil is smooth and mild. Try each of these in a tailgate tasting overlooking the groves.
Kangaroo Island was declared a bee sanctuary to protect the only remaining population of Ligurian bees introduced from Italy in 1886. This traditional cottage industry is emerging as an important part of the Island food scene. Beekeepers have a nomadic programme where the hives are moved in response to flowering patterns and nectar flow. Taste a range of honeys and track down the source of the delicate flavours.
Marron, wine and native spices
Have you ever been to a farm where the stock lay hundreds of eggs, have big claws and live under water? Two Wheeler Creek is an extraordinary farm which produces wine, sheep for wool, native spices (lemon myrtle and native pepper) and marron which is an Australian freshwater crayfish. Here we can learn about the breeding ponds,
grow-out dams, harvesting and grading the marron and then get to sample them in the restaurant right on the farm, accompanied by Two Wheeler Creek wines and sauces featuring native spices grown on site.
The Islander Estate Vineyard
This vineyard is located on the gentle slopes of Kohinoor Hills. The idea of making wine on Kangaroo Island occurred to Jacques Lurton in 1997, when he visited on his honeymoon with his wife Francoise. They fell in love with its natural beauty, saw few planted vines but recognised its considerable potential. The Island offers near perfect growing conditions with a cool, semi dry climate that allows slow ripening which produces exceptional quality wine. The winery is not open to the public however we have negotiated access.
Remarkably Wild Day Tour (on island only)
After your morning hotel pick up, your tour begins at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, an interesting bush engineered eucalyptus distillery that makes the most of its environmental resources. After testing and tasting the eucalyptus products travel to the centre of Kangaroo Island to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park where you can feed Kangaroo Island kangaroos, have your photograph taken with a koala, and take a guided tour of this wildlife and bird park. Next, travel to Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary to look for Koalas nestled up in the eucalypts followed a scrumptious 2-course lunch at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat.
After lunch travel to the western most part of the Island and Flinders Chase National Park, one of Australia’s largest and earliest conservation parks. One third of Kangaroo Island has never been cleared of natural vegetation and the thick eucalypt scrub is the habitat of many species of wildlife, much of which is uncommon or extinct on the mainland. After a short stop at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre travel through the park and enjoy breath-taking views of its unique trees, plants and coastal scenery. You will be taken to the rugged southern coastline for a walk on Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Remarkable Rocks provide great photographic opportunities and stunning sea views. Admirals Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal this spectacular arch, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful New Zealand fur seals that can be seen swimming and playing in the waves, or resting on the rocks.
There is also a possibility that you will see more kangaroos and wallabies on your return journey back to your overnight accommodation on Kangaroo Island.
Self Drive from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide. (Approx 2.5 hrs)
This is a beautiful and scenic drive through the small towns and villages of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Discover nature’s playground and charming towns. The region is home to the internationally renowned McLaren Vale – boasting sustainable wine production, world-renowned labels and unparalleled gastronomic experiences.
If you take this drive around dusk, you will likely see hundreds of Kangaroo mobs in the fields along the side of the road. Drive carefully!
Choose one or two of these suggested stops to stretch your legs and explore the local culture.
Second Valley Heritage Walk
Starting at the historic Leonards Mill in Second Valley, this self-guided heritage walk is brimming with fascinating history. Download a copy of the brochure beforehand, which complements the onsite information display boards.
As you walk, soak up the story of Leonards Mill which was formerly an operational flour mill, the old Finniss Vale Hotel which was established in 1856 and burned down in 1928, as well as the blacksmith’s shop and cottage and various war memorials.
The walk also passes by the site of two old steam-operated sawmills, and explains the history of the heritage-listed causeway and jetty. Allow 2 Hours.
Known affectionately to locals as ‘Normy’, Normanville is a popular seaside resort town with long sandy beaches. Stroll along the white sands to nearby Carrickalinga or Lady Bay. Take a walk down Main Streets and check out the local shops. If you’re missing American comfort food, try South Bound Diner for an Australian take on Retro American Diner food. A few blocks down the street look for a HUGE tree and you might just spot thousands of cockatoos!
Aldinga Beach is one of the few beaches in Australia where cars are permitted to drive on sections of the broad sand, making access to the beach especially easy. It is renowned for its safe swimming and impressive surf, which sees the population in the local area boom come summer.
The D’arenberg Cube
The d’Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale is a five storey multi-function building set among Mourvèdre vines.
The building has the optical illusion of floating in a vineyard, each level with spectacular views overlooking the rolling hills of Willunga. Inside is the winery’s Tasting Room, a restaurant, private function areas and numerous artworks and features throughout, detailed in the company’s new smart phone application, ‘The Alternate Realities Museum’
Advance reservations are recommended.
The restaurant offers degustation dining with optional wine pairings, an extensive list featuring a selection of imported wines, and both current vintage and museum releases from d’Arenberg. Open for lunch Thursday to Sunday, bookings are required in advance.
Self Drive from Adelaide to Barossa Valley. (approx. 1.5 hours)
Take the Princess Highway northbound from Adelaide to Gawler Historic Town, then eastbound on to the indulgent pleasures of the vine clad hills and dales, orchards, and historic country towns of the Barossa Valley wine region.
Travel to your luxury accommodation in the Barossa Valley, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.
Just one hour from Adelaide and set atop a gentle hill surrounded by hundreds of acres of vines overlooking the world renowned Barossa Valley, Your vacation accommodation is the region’s premier luxury vineyard retreat. The retreat has just fifteen suites each with private terraces and gated courtyards, soft contemporary furnishings and generous ensuites. Guest suites feature king beds, luxurious linens, spa tubs, dual rain showers, Bose soundsystems, individual espresso makers and superb sunrise or sunset views over the adjacent vineyards. All suites include gourmet continental breakfast delivered insuite as well as complimentary wireless internet.
Art and design are central to the guest experience at your luxury accommodation. South Australia is home to hundreds of world class artists; artworks and glass pieces are featured in suite and throughout the property. With professional, attentive and caring staff with excellent local knowledge about local wineries and touring options such as hot air ballooning, private guides and heritage sites, your retreat is the destination for discerning travellers.
Rest, Relax or Explore the Barossa Valley
The Barossa is one of the world’s great wine regions, renowned for its food and wine, cultural experiences and easy-going lifestyle.
The picturesque rolling hills of the Barossa Ranges overlook a colourful patchwork of vineyards and picture-book villages, dotted with historic churches, stone buildings, thatched-roof barns and cottages beckoning visitors to explore.
Take a day trip in South Australia’s Barossa Valley on a full day private tour.
Enjoy a full day tour where you will be collected from your accommodation in Adelaide or the Barossa Valley. You will be transported in luxury to encounter this internationally renowned wine region.
To begin the day we start with an experience which is the first of its kind in the Barossa.
You are invited to the winemaker’s laboratory at Penfolds to try your hand at making your own blend of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mourvedre. You will be able to take your wine home in a personalised bottle.
After the Penfold’s experience you will be taken to the top of Mengler’s Hill to gain a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding countryside and vineyards of Barossa Valley and the greater Barossa wine region.
From here we progress to the village of Angaston. You will join your wine guide for casual lunch at a local cafe. If you wish we can also visit Barossa Valley Cheese Company – the makers of many award winning cow and goats’ milk cheeses.
The next cellar door visited will be the premium winery of Turkey Flat, where we can sample the traditionally made wines which have made these producers internationally celebrated. Here you can also compare your own blend to Turkey Flat’s Grenache, Shiraz, and Mourvedre.
To complete the day we visit the boutique producers of Torbreck Vintners -artisans of exceptional Barossa wines.
You are then returned to your accommodation in Adelaide or the Barossa.
Self Drive from Barossa Valley to Adelaide. (approx 1.5 hours)
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Adelaide to Alice Springs.
Travel within Australia by domestic air from the heart of the Outback, Alice Springs, to Ayers Rock.
Travel to your accommodation in the heart of Australia, the Red Centre, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your 4 1/2 Star vacation accommodation is centrally located to all resorts and Australia touring facilities and offers a range of stylish accommodations, from shaded poolside rooms to the magnificent deluxe rooms overlooking the desert. You can relax from your travel in the comfort of your own private balcony or courtyard, or unwind in the hotel’s refreshing pool, sipping cocktails. It’s only a short stroll to the resorts numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia’s best sunset. Its spectacular display of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert turns your vacation into a memorable event.
Airport shuttle transfers included.
Enjoy a unique gourmet desert dining experience at Uluru, the spiritual heart of Australia’s Red Centre.
Forty minutes before sunset, travel into the desert where a didgeridoo welcome awaits you.
As the sun sinks behind the domes of Kata Tjuta (Olgas), enjoy a selection of fine beverages and sample delicious Outback canapés. At sunset, enjoy a special bush-blend vegetable soup followed by choice cuts of Australian delicacies, including kangaroo, emu, crocodile and barramundi, all served with fresh salads and followed by a selection of desserts.
Then relax as an astronomer guides you through the stars. Sit around the campfire (winter only) with tea or coffee and a glass of port.
Operates Daily; Departs 1 hour prior to sunset and lasts approximately 4 hours.
Need to Know Not available for children ages 9 and under.
Inclusions Canapes and sparkling wine. 3-course bush tucker inspired buffet. Didgeridoo performance. Guided tour of the night sky. Return transfers from accommodation.
Explore the fascinating surroundings of Australia’s outback in the Red Centre.
Enjoy tea or coffee and be inspired by an incredible view through stunning desert landscape as the sun rises over Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
From the viewing platform it is possible to see way into the distance, providing an ideal photo opportunity.
After the amazing sunrise and a relaxing morning tea, you will join a tour around the base of Uluru learning details on its geology and incredible history.
Last on the morning tour is a visit to the Mutitjulu Waterhole and the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.
Your experienced driver guide will give you an overview of the fascinating history of Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park as you make your way to Walpa Gorge, a lush desert haven for plants and animals.
The gentle but rocky track will lead you into a world of rare plant species and lush evergreen shrubs known as Spearwood.
Time to head off to the Uluru sunset viewing area. On arrival you’ll be served from a selection of Australian wines and nibbles.
You can just sit and relax or stroll around the area to find your own personal space to watch an amazing outback sunset.
Need to Know
- Full breakfast is not provided. Bringing snacks for breakfast is recommended.
- Please wear closed walking shoes, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.
- Bring your own water bottle.
- Wear warm layers in cooler months.
Morning tour pick ups are 1.5 hours before sunrise and returns approximately 11:00 – 11:30am, lasting approximately 5 hours (seasonal). Afternoon tour pick ups are 2:30pm – 3:00pm and returns half an hour after sunset, lasting approximately 5 hours (seasonal).
- Tea, coffee and cookies at sunrise and snacks.
- Wine and canapes at sunset.
Upgrade to a 2-day tour pass and split the tours over two days. Add a BBQ dinner with your Uluru sunset tour.
Photo: Tourism NT
Travel within Australia by domestic air from the Red Centre at Ayers Rock to Cairns.
Travel by shuttle from the Cairns Airport to your vacation accommodation in Port Douglas, Australia.
Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. If traveling with excess baggage please advise us immediately so appropriate trailer size is available.
Departures occur approximately 30 minutes after aircraft arrival-time for domestic flights. For international flights, this will be considerably longer because of customs and other formalities.
Travel to your accommodation in Port Douglas, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 4 nights.
Your vacation luxury boutique accommodation is located within walking distance of the three icons of Port Douglas – 200 metres from 4-Mile Beach, 100 metres from Macrossan Street and 400 metres to the Marina Village, where boats depart daily to Australia’s Outer Great Barrier Reef. The apartments are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV, CD & DVD players, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, laundry facilities and security basement car parking. Free Wi-Fi available. There is a Lagoon style pool, an outdoor BBQ/ entertaining area, and an 8 person spa amongst a luscious tropical garden. Travel to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation or maybe to the Great Barrier Reef. Port Douglas offers a winning combination of a cosmopolitan township and friendly village. You can relax from your travel or shop, dine in award winning restaurants and visit superb galleries and craft stores. (Children under age 15 are not catered for at this property. Other properties available upon request.)
*Optional upgrade to 5 Star Accommodation is available. Pricing upon request
Today you will cruise out to the crystal clear waters, beautiful corals and incredible fish life found at the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs located on the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, which is the best possible for boat diving and snorkeling.
Your cruise will include courtesy transfers from the Port Douglas area, Morning and Afternoon tea, Delicious tropical buffet lunch, reef interpretation talk, guided snorkel tour with marine naturalist, all snorkel equipment and tuition to include prescription masks, flotation devices, spacious air conditioned bar and saloon area, 3 spectacular reef sites, professional photographer on board.
No problems if you wish to dive. This can be coordinated and will include DRIFT and WALL DIVES, isolated pinnacles surrounded by Pelagic fish, and coral gardens with their endless variety of colorful wrasses, cods, parrot fish, angel fish, clams and anemones, that make a healthy living reef so beautiful. All our sites have been selected for both the shallower coral gardens favored by snorkellers, and the adjacent deeper walls and drop-offs preferred by scuba divers. Introductory Diving available on request.
This tour combines the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Skyrail, the “World’s Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience.”
Skyrail will take you on an amazing experience over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest.
Your Skyrail experience should take approximately 1 ½ hours and includes spending time at the two rainforest mid-stations. Allow 20 minutes for each station, to enjoy Ranger guided boardwalk tours and visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre, lookouts and historical displays.
The famous Kuranda Scenic Railway was built over 100 years ago and winds its way through the tropical mountain ranges between Cairns and Kuranda.
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is located within walking distance of Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal and combines dance, history and legends to create a dynamic interpretation of 40,000 years of culture.
This package includes time for you to explore Kuranda ‘The Village in the Rainforest’. There are rainforest walks, markets, cafes, restaurants, and galleries for you to visit
Includes: Skyrail Cableway & Kuranda Railway & Entry into Tjapukai Aboriginal Park
Estimated Times: Departure: 8:00am Return: 5:30pm
Operation Days: Daily
Experience the distinctive laid back atmosphere and low-rise tropical old world charm of Port Douglas!
Experience a range of attractions from one of the many galleries to the great shopping districts. Stop for a bite to eat at the Marina Mirage and take a walk on the boardwalk while you’re there. Take a visit to Port Douglas’ first church, Saint Mary’s by the Sea and see fantastic views of the Coral Sea and distant mountains. Don’t forget to soak up the sun at Four Mile Beach or even take in a game of golf.
What ever your tastes happen to be, Port Douglas is a great place to relax and simply enjoy the many great features of this town.
Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland
If you’ve ever wanted to ride in a hot air balloon, picturesque Atherton Tablelands is the perfect place! Treat yourself with this tour from Port Douglas for a sunrise fly!
Your day starts early, with a big payoff! An air conditioned coach will pick you up at your Port Douglas hotel and drive an hour west to the Atherton Tablelands. Experience the fun & unique sensation of a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise with 30 minutes minimum flying time. Breathe in the wide-open spaces! This is a great experience with Australia’s largest fleet of balloons and a fun and highly trained crew to maximize the fun of your morning.
Your balloon will return and the group enjoys hot air balloon pack-up games and lots of laughs. You’ll then have some time to enjoy the Australian bush at a historic country homestead.
Need to Know
– Payable on Board (Not Included) – 30.00AUD* Civil Aviation Insurance Levy
– Child Age Restriction: 3 Years and Under Not Allowed to Fly
Pick-up around 5:00am and Drop-Off around 9:30am.
– Free door to door air conditioned coach transfers to most Port Douglas accommodations
– Spectacular 30 minute Hot Air balloon ride
– Expert interpretive commentary
– Cross Country Hot Air Balloon Chase
– Hot Air Balloon Ride Commemorative Certificate
Extended Fly (60 minutes):
– Luxury Fly with Extra Sleep In
– Personal Chauffeur & Private Transfers
– Extended Hot Air Balloon ride
– 5 star gourmet beachside breakfast at Palm Cove
– A bottle of Champagne to take home
– Complimentary photo set – delivered digitally
The half day ATV Quad Bike adventure travels through tropical rainforest & creek beds, encountering spectacular unspoilt mountaintop views, and purpose built obstacles, mud pits, and motocross track on 5 acres to itself.
Half day tours operate twice daily with sessions at 9:00am and 1:30pm. Actual riding time is 2hrs and includes a pre-tour riding lesson, and safety briefing. Riders will be given plenty of practice time on the training track, and guides will asses riders to determine the trails to venture on.
The ATV Quad bikes on the fleet are Polaris 300cc, and there are also some Yamaha 90cc bikes for the kids and small adults. All bikes are fully automatic, requiring no use of a foot or hand clutch, and adopting a single hand braking method for all 4 wheels making these bikes extremely safe and fun to ride for anyone. Comfortability is also well considered with the fleet of bikes having independent quad suspension, and being shaft driven for that additional sustainability of trekking up hills and through the mud.
All riding abilities, and children ages 12yrs and up are welcome to participate. Group sizes are small and personalised with a maximum of 8 riders per group and all experience levels catered for.
Freshly made morning & afternoon tea. Refreshments are served following your tour.
This fun, exclusive tour allows you to join in a real Aboriginal cultural experience, combining
pristine natural beauty of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park. A day you will
Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours: Travel to Cooya Beach north of Port Douglas and meet with the Kubirri Warra brothers who follow the traditions of their ancestors. This special place is a traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji. This unique coastal place has three diverse ecosystems – beach, mangroves and coastal reef – that are connected to each other by the every changing mud-flats and tidal lagoons.
The brothers teach their guests how to throw a spear and demonstrate how to search and hunt for fish, mud crabs and mussels. Learn about bush tucker and medicines before enjoying homemade damper on the balcony of the family home and taste your catch of the day.
Welcome to Country at Mossman Gorge: You are welcomed with a traditional ‘smoking’ ceremony. This ceremony is conducted by Aboriginal people with specialised cultural knowledge and will protect you whilst visiting Kuku Yalanji country.
Mossman Gorge Centre: Enjoy a delicious lunch infused with local flavours.
Mossman Gorge: Wander into the lush rainforest of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park – Mossman Gorge, home of the Kuku Yalanji people and experience one of the world’s oldest and most beauLful rainforest. An easy going walk is across boardwalks, tracks & bridges protecting the delicate eco system that adorns spectacular waterfalls and mountain ranges. Your guide will explain the rich flora, fauna and eco system of this amazing rainforest. Ensure you bring your swimming bathers so you can make the most of the beautiful private swimming hole that is encased in the rainforest.
What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, towel, swimmers and bottle of water.
Please note: Itinerary can operate in reverse subject to tides.
Great Barrier Reef Cruises. This is a MUST DO for visitors to Port Douglas! The Sunset Sail is the ultimate way to relax and unwind whilst enjoying the fantastic views of the coral sea and Daintree Rainforest. Pure luxury sailing, great music and ambiance, first class service.
Enjoy the thrill of pure sailing! Relax with an exhilarating afternoon onboard the new luxury ‘Lagoon’ sailed from France. Soak up the peace and tranquility of a Tropical Sunset over the Coral Sea with spectacular mountain views while enjoying a welcome drink and canapés.
Operates: Daily. 2 Hour Tour from 4:30pm – 6:30pm from Port Douglas Marina
Need to Know Bring along a camera, light jacket in cooler months, cash for bar. You will make your own way to the Marina from your Port Douglas Accommodation. Minimum Ages for the tour is 12 years old.
Inclusions Approximately 1.5 hours sailing on the Coral Sea off the coast of Port Douglas; A welcome drink of wine, sparkling wine, beer, cider or soft drink; Fully licensed premises, additional drinks available for purchase on board; A selection of delicious Hot/Cold canapés including, Vegetarian California Rolls, Coconut Prawns, Selection of Greek Dips with antipasto/cheese/olives, Assorted Thai Spring Rolls & Beef Salad Cucumber cups. First class service; Environmental Management Charge (subject to change)
Stop in for a bite to eat at Zinc, where the Great Barrier Reef is at its doorstep and the tropical spirit is embraced. Come and taste what locals and visitors alike have been raving about!
Zinc is contemporary dining with a relaxed coastal feel. Experience modern Australian cuisine made with fresh ingredients, such as local seafood, on either the outdoor terrace with views of Four Mile Beach or in the modern decor indoor dining area. Zinc is home to the largest privately owned aquarium on the east coast of Australia.
Zinc’s relaxed lounge bar features a large range of wines by the glass, over 70 cocktails, as well as over 110 spirits, liqueurs and a selection of cold beers on tap…perfect for that pre-dinner drink or after-dinner nightcap.
Zinc, a unique combination of restaurant, cafe and lounge, is located in the Portico Building on the corner of Macrossan & Davidson Streets. Lunch is served from 12 noon, Dinner from 5:30pm and Tapas are available all day from midday. Lounge closing time varies by day. Reservations are highly recommended; make yours by calling (07) 4099 6260. (Children’s menu available until 6:30pm)
Photo Credit: Zinc Port Douglas
Travel by shuttle from your Port Douglas vacation accommodation to the Airport in Cairns, Australia.
Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Brisbane.
Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Brisbane, Australia.
Luggage is limited to 2 suitcases per person. Excess luggage, surfboards & bicycles will be carried at a rate of $10.00 AUD per item. All luggage must be clearly labelled by the passenger, including name and full address.
Travel to your accommodation in Brisbane, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your 4 1/2 Star vacation accommodation is within walking distance to the city centre and shopping precinct. All rooms are spacious offering a view across Brisbane and are equipped with free coffee/tea making facilities, hair dryer in room, mini bar, and air conditioning. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, cafe, pool, gym, and sauna.
Brisbane, Australia, is a vibrant city offering many vacation activities and sights to enjoy all within walking distance. Enjoy the shops and festivities at Southbank Parklands (World Expo 1988 was held here). See Kodak Beach, one of Australia’s large man-made inland beach/pool, surrounded by real beach sand, ferns and palm trees. Explore and experience a living rainforest complete with wildlife in the Southbank Wildlife Sanctuary. Wander the board-walks that follow the river through the city, walk past Kangaroo Point cliffs (watch people rock climb). Ride on a ferry (River Cat) and tour the city from the river (day or night). Cross the river to Brisbane Mall and shop till you drop. Or perhaps rest from your travel through the city and enjoy a coffee in a sidewalk cafe as you watch the world go by.
Travel along the Glasshouse Mountains scenic route 2 hours North of Brisbane to the Wildlife Park of the famous Crocodile Hunter (Steve Irwin) at the Australia Zoo.
You will be taken directly to and from the Wildlife Park and have nearly 6 hours to experience the best of the zoo. Take in the many daily shows and demonstrations where you can see exciting snakes, birds and crocodiles in action! The “Call of the Wild” experience leads you to Steve’s home and over 550 animals that you would only expect to see in the wilds of Australia. Experience a truly remarkable day as you watch a demonstration featuring wild crocodiles.
Meet Amelia, the Wedged-Tailed Eagle and other birds of prey. Watch the small clawed otters frolic and Harriet, the world’s oldest giant Galapagos land tortoise, as they feed. Encounter cuddly Koalas close up and join in the feeding of the kangaroos and wallabies. This is a day to experience the pleasures of the wild and watch very experienced professional handlers get close to extremely dangerous creatures. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a photo with a snake at the Croc Hunter Museum or see the wild caught croc demo. Keep your eyes out for handlers walking through the park with the animals so you can get “up close and personal”. With many more shows including foxes, camels, otters, koalas and birds you’re sure to have a wild time!
Operation Days: Daily (Except Christmas Day); Estimated Times: Departure: 9:00am; Return: 5:30pm
Includes: Entry to Australia Zoo
Upgrades Available: Hire a Caddie Tour, Safari Guided Tour & Private Guided Tour or Behind the Scenes Wildlife Hospital Tour
Spoil yourself with an upgrade to your Australia Zoo experience with a caddie chauffer for 5 hours!
Be a VIP with your own private caddie chauffeur and a golf buggy at your disposal to take you on a mind blowing journey around Australia Zoo. You’ll never forget this “insider tour” discovering the knowledge, joy and history of the zoo and its hundreds of inhabitants whilst enjoying five-star service.
Be the envy of everyone as you explore the exciting exhibits and receive exclusive reserved seating in the Crocoseum Stadium for the Wildlife Show. Your guide will ensure you have comfort, refreshments and the flexibility to create a tour that suits your needs.
This tour allows you to experience the Zoo at your own pace and take home some wonderful memories of this amazing adventure park.
Need to Know Tour Duration 5 Hour; Max Number of people 5; This is an upgrade, Zoo Entry and Transportation to Zoo to be booked separately
Inclusions Five star service being chauffeured around Australia Zoo in your very own private buggy; Exclusive reserved seating in the Crocoseum Stadium for the Wildlife Warriors Show; Cold water; Flexibility to create a tour just for you so you can experience the Zoo at your own pace
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Brisbane, Australia, to the Airport.
Luggage is limited to 2 suitcases per person. Excess luggage, surfboards & bicycles will be carried at a rate of $10.00 AUD per item. All luggage must be clearly labelled by the passenger, including name and full address.
Mid-day Departure from Brisbane, In-flight Dinner and Movie with arrival in the USA. Note: You will be traveling back across the International Date line so you will gain a day. You actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Australia.
- a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
- b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
- c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
- d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.