Australia Wine, Wildlife & Beach Trip [ST-RT2033]
15 Days: Australia Wine, Wildlife & Beach Trip [ST-RT2033]
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Sydney (3 Nights), Hunter Valley (3), Port Stephens (2), Adelaide (1), Kangaroo Island (2), Adelaide (2)
  • USA Domestic Flights are not included in pricing. Please inquire for flight pricing to be included
  • International Flights (not included - can be included on request - see detailed pricing below) - Los Angeles to Sydney, Melbourne to Los Angeles
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Sydney to Adelaide, Adelaide to Melbourne
  • Private Car Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation
  • Car Hires - 5 Day Car Rental for pick-up at Sydney City Location and drop-off at Sydney Airport, 6 Day Car Rental for pick-up and drop-off at Adelaide Airport
  • Rental Car Hires are base rate only and do not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees
  • Ferry Transfers - Rental Car and Passenger(s) from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw and return
  • Day Tours - Sydney: Hop-On Hop-Off Sydney Harbour Cruise, Opera House Tour; Hunter Valley: Your Choice of Segway Tour or Horseback Trail Ride, Wine School
  • 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)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs
Itinerary Details
Day 1 - International Flight, Los Angeles to Sydney (can be included on request)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

Day 2 - Private Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation

Travel by private car from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Allow a chauffeur to drive you to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Days 2 to 5 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

Travel to your Sydney Accommodation where you will stay for 3 nights.

Nestled in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, your hotel is an easy walk to many of Sydney’s best attractions, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the historic precinct, The Rocks.

Your modern guest room is comfortable and spacious featuring Free WIFI. The hotel’s 24 hour reception is on hand to help you make the most of the facilities and the local area, with recommendations on everything from picturesque running tracks to memorable small bars. The hotel features a well-equipped gym, coin-operated laundry, lobby bar and a restaurant for a quick and convenient bite to eat (not included) before your adventures in Sydney begin.

The hotel’s ideal position means you can choose between exploring the city on foot or via the extensive public transport network. Many of Sydney’s best attractions are within a short distance of the hotel, including some of the city’s most heavily awarded restaurants, such as Rockpool and Bennelong. The inner-city streets are also dotted with bars of every size, shape and specialty, from small, whiskey-focused Baxter Inn to the sprawling, cocktail-ready Opera Bar.

Day 2 - Day Tour, Hop-On Hop-Off Sydney Harbour Cruise (2-Day Pass)

On your vacation explore Sydney Harbour in Australia with this unlimited 2-day pass and see all the wonderful Sydney harbour sights with local commentary.

Start your Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer from one of the main tourist precincts of Circular Quay or Darling Harbour and enjoy seeing its stops as you cruise the harbor. The Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer 2 day pass is the perfect way for you to explore Sydney as you stop off at eleven famous harbor attractions.

These red rocket ferries criss-cross the harbor throughout the day, travelling between world famous stops including Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Manly, Taronga Zoo, ICC Sydney, Barangaroo, Fort Denison, Luna Park, Shark Island, Garden Island and Watsons Bay. Hop-on and hop-off as you like using one easy to follow timetable, rather than the maze of commuter ferry timetables. You’ll also be welcomed onboard, given full commentary and provided hints on how to make the most of your time in Sydney that only the locals know.

The Harbour Express stops at the following tourist attractions:

Darling Harbour: Aquarium & Wildlife World, Australian Maritime Museum, shops, restaurants and only a short stroll or Monorail to Sydney Tower, Star City Casino, Powerhouse Museum and China Town.

Barangaroo: Walk around the waterfront of Barangaroo Reserve or visit one of the many the restaurants or bars to grab a bite, as you look over the water.

Luna Park: Sydney’s famous fun park with rides and games, or walk across the Harbour Bridge from Milsons Point station.

Circular Quay: The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Harbour Bridge pylon.

Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia’s amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos.

Shark Island: This island national park is the perfect destination for a BYO picnic lunch, complete with a small beach area for swimming.

Watson’s Bay: Home of Doyle’s famous seafood restaurant and only a short walk to beautiful harbor swimming beaches, HMAS Watson and headland parks.

Manly: Famous for its surf beaches, ocean-front restaurants and cafes. Take a 45-min walk to discover the natural beauty of North Head Sanctuary.

Fort Denison: The historic island and cafe in the middle of Sydney Harbour.

ICC Sydney: Sydney’s premier convention and entertainment precinct with harborside shopping, restaurants and bars.

Garden Island: Visit the Royal Australian Heritage Centre and the 150-year-old historic gardens adjacent to the Centre with its panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. Come stand in a simulated open bridge of a World War II destroyer and get a submariner’s view of Sydney Harbour through the only fully operational attack periscope available for public use in Australia.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

Additional Fees apply for Park Entry to Fort Denison, Shark Island & Taronga Zoo.

Times

Departure times vary by date and harbor stops. Exact times confirmed after booking.

Inclusions

2-Day Harbour Cruise Sightseeing Pass.

Day 3 - Day Tour, Sydney Opera House Tour (1 Hour)

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

Day 4 - Free Day to Explore Sydney

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.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Panoramic City Sights

See The Rocks, Opera House, Sydney business & shopping districts, historic homes, Tamarama, Bronte & Bondi Beaches (stroll the beachfront at Bondi), Dover Heights, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay, Kings Cross, Mrs Macquaries Point.

Depart your hotel for an unforgettable Panoramic Sydney half day city sights tour. On tour you’ll visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city, QVB, Centrepoint.

Visit Sydney’s trendy new district Oxford Street. Travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte.

Travel on to famous Bondi Beach. Visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost), then continue on to Sydney’s best panoramic view at Dover Heights.

Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs. Macquarie’s Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbor before returning to the city center. Passengers can join an optional harbor lunch cruises or seaplane tours (additional expense). The designated harbor lunch cruise drop-off point is Darling Harbour (adjacent to the aquarium). If you do not wish to join a lunch cruise you will be returned directly to your hotel.

Operates

Daily. Does not operate on Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year’s Day (January 1). Afternoon tour also does not operate on New Year’s Eve (December 31).

Need to Know

Child pricing available on request.

Times

Morning tour departs at 7:30am and returns at 11:30am.
Afternoon tour departs at 1:00pm and returns at 4:30pm.

Inclusions

Hotel pick-up & small group touring for 3.5 hours, as per above.

Photo Credit: Tourism New South Wales

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Blue Mountains Deluxe Day Tour - Full Day

The Blue Mountains Deluxe Day is a real journey into the heart of a unique World Heritage Region. From temperate rainforests to towering sandstone escarpments, you’ll see and experience it all. Let the landscape work its wonders and become part of you for a lifetime.

Upon departing from the city, you will travel directly to the Blue Mountains and your first stop of the day is at Calmsley Hill Farm a working farm also home to Kangaroo, Emu, Wombat and Koala. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander at leisure.

From Calmsley Hill you will continue to ascend the Blue Mountains via the highway. Visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas. Where possible this will be away from the crowds of tours that visit the mountains each day with other operators, thus you will have the opportunity to enjoy a stress and hurry free environment taking in the views and information imparted by your guide.

Continuing on you will arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout points away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can’t help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colors. Here your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation and time available for you to take some great photos.

Next you will be taken around the mountain towards the village of Blackheath and our lunch venue the Boiler House Cafe. Here in this relaxed venue with stunning views, you can enjoy a 2-course lunch with tea or coffee. All diets are catered for (excluding Kosher Meals). Please note that beverages can be purchased at your own expense from the Bar.

The afternoon is spent visiting a selection of lookouts. Once you clap your eyes on the view from Govetts Leap you’ll know why it’s one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. If you’re not mesmerized by the dancing waves of water spray, you’ll be transfixed by the sweeping views down the valley to the Grose Wilderness.

Then take a brief stop to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice at the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, where you can enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney before traveling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4:30pm.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

This is a specialized small group tour with a maximum group size of 17 passengers.
Minimum of 2 guests required for tour departure.

Times

Pick-up from Sydney CBD hotel between: 7:00am – 7:30am.
Drop-off at Sydney CBD hotel between: 4:30pm – 5:00pm.
 
Inclusions

– Professional Guide
– Hotel pickup & drop off from Sydney CBD
– Small group touring
– Morning tea
– National Park Fees
– 2-Course Lunch (Beverages with meals are not included)
– Glass of Sparkling Wine
– Mt Tomah visit

Upgrades

Private Touring

Insider's Tip: Altman + Cherny: Specializing in Australian Opals Since 1948

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

Day 5 - Taxi from Sydney Accommodation to Rental Car City Location, pay as you go

Taxi transfer as per your own arrangements (pay as you go).

Days 5 to 10 - 5 Day Car Rental, for Sydney

Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for five 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.

Day 5 - Self Drive from Sydney to Hunter Valley

Drive from Sydney to one of Australia’s premier wine regions – Hunter Valley.

Depart for the spectacular Hunter Valley, the true wine lover’s playground! With Motorway all the way, it makes for a pleasant 2 1/2 to 3 hr drive. If you have time, you might like the scenic route through the Yengo National Park.

The Hunter Valley is the earliest winery region in Australia with vines planted in the year of 1825. Once you arrive, feel free to enjoy lunch at the delicious Matilda Bay Brew house at your leisure. You can pop down to Visit Hunter Valley Wine Theatre where you will watch and learn the basic processes of making wine – from grape to bottle. You can taste all different sorts of delicious Australian wines and get a real hands on experience, learning from professionals.

There are so many different activities to choose from, for the couple on a relaxed vacation, to a family looking for some fun! Try out some grape stomping, take a 2 hour cooking school with an expert chef, or take an off-road Segway tour and see the absolutely beautiful scenery the Hunter Valley has to offer – maybe even spot a local kangaroo or 3! You can head just across the road and stop in at the Binnorie Dairy Cheese Factory– one of the best cheese factories in the Hunter.

This stunning region is home to a number of world class golf courses. One worth a mention is the Cypress Lakes and Greg Norman’s Vintage golf course, an 18 hole trophy golf course ranked as one of the top resort courses in Australia. If you are more of the adventurous type, get a thrill out of skydiving over the valley, with absolutely breathtaking views of the beauty bellow. Not into jumping out of a plane? No worries! Hot air ballooning provides another excellent way to view this astonishing valley from above.

In addition to this, there are a number of charming shopping villages, cheese and chocolate factories, horse & carriage tours, galleries, antique stores, cafes & restaurants, and over 120 wineries to explore…there will never be a dull moment! It is such a unique region, and will provide you with an experience unlike any other.
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Photo Credit: Tourism Australia

Days 5 to 8 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Hunter Valley

Travel to your accommodation in the Hunter Valley, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.

With a contemporary holistic design that captures the distinctive light and colours of the breathtaking Hunter Valley landscape, your accommodation blends impeccably with your idyllic surrounds.

Day 5 - Day Tour, Your Choice of Segway Tour or Horseback Trail Ride

Take a tour of the Hunter Valley bush land on horseback or on a Segway.

Hunter Valley Wine Country Horse Riding: Get acquainted with your surroundings on a one hour ride, available on the hour between 8am and 5pm. The tour runs from the base of the spectacular Broken Back Ranges of Pokolbin in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country. Trail rides suit the timid beginner through to the seasoned rider. Children must be at least 8 years old.

Or

Segway Tours Hunter Valley: Explore this historic region famous for its world class wine on your very own Segway! This amazing adventure starts off at the brewery at Hunter Valley Resort, before entering the off road tracks / trails of this vast bush land property and travelling along an old 1880’s stock route. No cars!!!. Here you will encounter scores of kangaroo’s, awesome views of the Brokenback Ranges and even the odd wombat. The tour also ventures through the resort’s vineyard on the way home… which is the icing on the cake!

Day 6 - Day Tour, Wine School (2 Hr)

Hunter Valley Resort offers the total Wine Education Experience.

The Wine Tasting Cellars are open everyday to try the fruits of their labour, not to be missed is the daily comprehensive vineyard tour to experience how wine is actually made right from the grapevine to bottle!

The two-hour Hunter Valley Wine School promises an education of wine. Walk through the vineyard and learn how and why a grapevine grows.

Then it is a comprehensive winemaking tutorial with our Cellarmaster.

The structured wine tutorial covers:
Where and how is wine made?
What is its history?
What are the grape varieties?
How are they different?
Blending – Why, and what does one look for with the bouquet, taste, and colour?

Finally – you receive a personalised Wine Appreciation Certificate to take home with you. Plus lots more knowledge about Hunter Wines

Day 7 - Free Day to Explore Hunter Valley

Free day to rest, relax or explore Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley Wine Country is a two hour drive North of Sydney. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Brokenback Range, the area now yields more than a hundred and forty wineries and cellar doors, embracing areas such as Pokolbin, Rothbury, Broke Fordwich, Lovedale, Wollombi Valley and Mount View.

If you are hunting for something new to do, you may wish to experience a glorious sunrise from a hot air balloon, horse ride through a vineyard, browse through galleries and antique shops, or see the Valley by horse and carriage, bicycle or even limousine!

The Hunter Valley is known for its award winning wines; however the valley now supports a burgeoning olive industry with cold pressed olive oil and other olive products. You will also find wood fired bread, delicious Hunter Cheeses, stone fruits, table grapes, honey, home made condiments and sauces, and even chocolate made with chilli.

Photo Credit: Destination New South Wales

Day 8 - Self Drive from Hunter Valley to Port Stephens

The drive from Hunter Valley to Port Stephens is about 1 hour and 19 minutes. Make sure you allow plenty of time to enjoy all the wonder of Port Stephens!

Begin your journey by driving east from the Hunter Valley toward the coastal town of Port Stephens.

Slide down sand dunes, swim with dolphins and learn to surf. Port Stephens, in New South Wales, is an aquatic playground with an impressive 26 beaches. Adventurous travelers will thrive on the opportunity to scuba dive with grey nurse sharks, go horse riding beside crashing waves and tackle a challenging coastal hike. Families will love snorkeling in the gentle bays, swimming with wild dolphins and searching for koalas. There are also many opprotunities to hike.

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Photo Credit: Destination NSW

Days 8 to 10 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Port Stephens

Travel to your accommodation where you will be staying on vacation for 2 nights.

Relax in the comfort and privacy of your own space at this tranquil bayside retreat in Port Stephens. This gorgeous apartment-style accommodation sits among sheltered waterways, golden beaches, and pristine national parks. Designed in a laid back coastal fashion with swaths of palm trees and landscaped tropical gardens, this is the ultimate haven to unwind.

Enjoy the open layout of your room, featuring king or split single beds fitted in freshly cleaned linens. A kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities allow you to enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon tea while relaxing in your private patio or balcony. Complimentary WiFi keeps you connected to loved ones back at home, and the flat screen TV lets you unwind while lying comfortably underneath the covers.

A stunning swimming pool winds throughout the resort complex, perfect for a refreshing dip or leisurely lounging by with your favorite cocktail in hand. Your resort also features a gymnasium, heated spas, Japanese steam room, heated lap pool and tennis courts for enjoying your vacation your way.

Inclusions
– Complimentary WiFi
– Free parking
– Tea & coffee making facilities
– Kitchenette
– Gymnasium
– Swimming pool
– Jacuzzi
– Onsite restaurant
– Tennis courts

Day 9 - Free Day to Explore Port Stephens

Rest, Relax, or Explore in Port Stephens

Port Stephens is a special destination with a plethora of interesting things to do. Here are a few ideas:

  • Visit the Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve for beautiful views, local history and photo opportunities. Enjoy dinner at one of Nelson Bay’s waterfront restaurants to unwind an eventful day.
  • Go beach hopping! ort Stephens is famous for its 26 sandy golden beaches and scenic waterways, home to over 150 bottlenose dolphins making this the dolphin-watching capital of Australia. Spend your morning swimming, surfing or dolphin-spotting in the calm waters of beaches like Shoal Bay Beach or Zenith Beach.
  • Visit the famous Stockton Sand Dunes at the Worimi Conservation Lands, the largest sand dune system in Australia, covering an area of 4,200 hectares. Here you can go on a thrilling quad biking tour or sandboard across the dunes that climb up to 40m (131ft) high.
  • The rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park form part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Carved out of ancient volcanic flows, the park rises from near sea level to over 1,500 metres (4921ft) and protects one of the largest temperate rainforests in mainland Australia. Immerse yourself in nature and spend the night here in the campground.
  • Walk to the top of the headland for some incredible photos of the bay and Tomaree National Park. Walk to the top of Tomaree Headland Lookout to enjoy striking views of Port Stephens and the offshore islands. It will take you about half an hour or so to reach the top but it is well worth the effort.

Image Credit: Destination NSW

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Port Stephens Dolphin Cruise

Experience a magical dolphin encounter on an exciting dolphin cruise! See dolphins in the wild as you set off into the waters of Nelson Bay, aboard a spacious and comfortable vessel chartered by a friendly and knowledgeable crew. Get a closer look with a boom net ride for the chance to pet the dolphins right in the water!

This dolphin watching cruise starts with complimentary coffee and tea to get you ready to see some serious dolphin action. Learn about the pristine Nelson Bay and Port Stephens area with insightful and entertaining commentary from your Captain as you cruise out into the bay.

Soon you’ll see pods of bottlenose dolphins swimming alongside the vessel! Jump into the water for a fun boom net ride to get closer to the dolphins, who love to put on a show. You might even spot migrating whales, turtles, and seals along the way!

Cool off with refreshments onboard, available for purchase, and enjoy a stunning day out in the waters of Nelson Bay.

Operates
Daily, except Christmas Day.

Need to Know
Please bring a towel, sunscreen, hat, swimsuit, and warm jacket for cooler days.

Times
Tour departs at 10:30am and 12:15pm, lasting approximately 1.5 hours.

Inclusions
– Complimentary coffee and tea
– Boom net rides
– Scenic cruise with informative and entertaining commentary
– Bar and snack foods available for purchase onboard

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Port Stephens Quad Biking

Hop on a 4WD quad bike and ride the tallest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere! This exhilarating tour puts you behind the wheel on a thrilling quad bike adventure, scaling the breathtaking dunes of Port Stephens.

Located in the Worimi Conservation Lands of Port Stephens’ Stockton Beach, this quad bike tour takes you through majestic sand dunes that stretch endlessly to the distant coast.

Never tried your hand at quad biking? No worries! Each tour begins with a safety briefing and instructions on how to safely operate a quad bike. Don on a helmet and vest (provided for you) and jump on the quad bike of your choice. You’ll be a pro in no time!

Your experienced Aboriginal guide will lead the way as your small tour group (no more than 20 guests) follows one-by-one, trailing at a safe distance in line with your guide’s tracks. You’ll ride across gentle mounds as well as tall dunes for a thrilling adventure you’ll never forget!

Operates
Daily, except Christmas Day & New Year’s Day.

Need to Know
Please bring sunglasses and water, and wear sunscreen, enclosed shoes and long pants. Minimum of 2 guests required. Maximum of 20 guests allowed. Children must be age 7 or older to ride.

Times
Tours depart daily at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm and 2:30pm, lasting approximately 1 hour.

Inclusions
– Safety briefing and quad bike instruction
– Quad bike riding on Stockton Beach
– Experienced guides
– Tailored experience to meet group needs

Insider's Tip: Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary

The Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary is all about delivering first-class care to sick, injured and orphaned koalas. Set in a natural bushland setting, every detail of this sanctuary displays the passion behind koala conservation. Tour the sanctuary and meet adorable koalas in their natural habitat. Your visit directly contributes to the long term rehabilitation and preservation of koalas!

This newly built sanctuary is the effort of the Port Stephens Council in partnership with Port Stephens Koalas to offer visitors an extraordinary experience viewing koalas in their natural habitat. Large enclosures set right within natural bushland of eucalyptus trees offer koalas the perfect playground for gathering up their strength before being released back into the wild.

Stroll the Sanctuary Story Walk, offering an immersive experience of the koala bushland habitat. Plastic grates are used throughout the walk instead of metal to keep sanctuary quiet for the koalas. Look above at the eucalyptus trees to spot koalas snoozing on branches and snacking on leaves.

See the Koala Hospital in action through a purpose-built viewing window, or see the koalas from a unique treetop perspective on the skywalk and elevated viewing platform.

After meeting the koalas throughout the sanctuary, stop for some grab-and-go snacks at Fat Possum Café, offering quick bites, coffee and souvenirs to share back home!

Day 10 - Self Drive from Port Stephens to Sydney

Drive a 3.5 hour section of the Legendary Pacific Coast Drive from Port Stephens to Sydney.

Depart Port Stephens by heading south toward Newcastle, Australia’s second oldest city.  ‘Newie’ as it is affectionately known, like Sydney, is bound by a harbour and glorious beaches. This little town makes a great stop for coffee or to stock up on supplies for your Road Trip.

Just south of Newcastle, you’ll find Caves Beach. Famous for its network of sea caves at the southern end of the beach, Caves Beach also has well maintained barbecue facilities and a picnic area.

Continue your drive along the Pacific Highway passing through the Central Coast and ending in Sydney, just over the iconic Harbour Bridge. If you aren’t ready to get back to city life, stop by Somersby Falls. a perfect spot to enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the lush rainforest. Hike the 500m Somersby Falls walking track to take in the views of the top and bottom waterfalls. Make sure you have some good walking shoes on, as the walk can be steep and slippery in places.

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Photo Credit: Destination NSW

Day 10 - Australian Domestic Flight, Sydney to Adelaide

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to Adelaide.

Days 10 to 16 - 6 Day Car Rental, for Adelaide

Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for six 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 driver’s 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.

Days 10 to 11 - 1 Night Accommodation in Adelaide

Travel to your accommodation in Adelaide, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

This 4-star modern un-serviced apartment property in an industrial-chic building is walking distance from the renowned Central Market and Rundle Mall and just under 2 miles from the Adelaide Zoo.

The relaxed, contemporary apartments contain full kitchen and laundry facilities, an open plan living area and private balconies with sweeping city views. Facilities include an indoor heated pool, spa and steam room to help you relax after a day of exploring the city.

This hotel is minimally appointed, but clean, comfortable and spacious. The apartment is un-serviced, meaning there will be no housekeeping during your stay, no room service and does not have a hotel restaurant or bar.

For a quick bite to eat we recommend Saffron, a causal Mediterranean eatery serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and open late. For breakfast or lunch, 2 Lime Café offers more standard fare. Both are only a 4-minute walk. For more upscale modern Australian dining, try Press Food & Wine, a 7-minute walk.

We choose this hotel for its exceptional value and location. If you prefer a serviced hotel, please inform your Destination Specialist. Serviced 4-star and 5-star hotels are available for an additional cost.

Day 11 - Self Drive from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island via Cape Jervis

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.
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Days 11 and 13 - Return Ferry with Car, Cape Jervis to Penneshaw

Ferry Transfer with rental vehicle from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw and return.

Days 11 to 13 - 2 Nights Accommodation on Kangaroo Island

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.

Day 12 - Free Day to Explore Kangaroo Island

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

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Kangaroo Island Highlights Tour

Discover the highlights of South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destination, Kangaroo Island.

Your day tour will visit highlights such as Seal Bay Conservation Park where you’ll get up close to nature as the wild Australian Sea-lions frolic and laze about on this stunning beach. Head to Vivonne Bay for a two-course lunch, followed by a spectacular free-flight display of Australian Birds of Prey. After a two course lunch we head on down to Flinders Chase National Park for the rest of the afternoon. Flinders Chase is internationally renowned as a sanctuary for a host of native Australian animals – kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, echidnas, goannas and more. Walk along the rugged southern coastline (on specially constructed walkways to protect both you and the environment!) to Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch. Remarkable Rocks provides a spectacular backdrop for all you creative photographers so bring plenty of film. Admiral’s Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to confront a spectacular rock arch and a nursery haven for fur seals. Watch the fur seals diving, playing or just lolling about on the sundrenched rocks, warming up again after swimming in the surf.

Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
A reasonable degree of fitness is required for walking at Seal Bay, Admiral’s Arch and Remarkable Rocks.

Photo Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

Day 13 - Self Drive from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

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.

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Normanville
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
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.

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Days 13 to 15 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Adelaide

Travel to your accommodation in Adelaide, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

This 4-star modern un-serviced apartment property in an industrial-chic building is walking distance from the renowned Central Market and Rundle Mall and just under 2 miles from the Adelaide Zoo.

The relaxed, contemporary apartments contain full kitchen and laundry facilities, an open plan living area and private balconies with sweeping city views. Facilities include an indoor heated pool, spa and steam room to help you relax after a day of exploring the city.

This hotel is minimally appointed, but clean, comfortable and spacious. The apartment is un-serviced, meaning there will be no housekeeping during your stay, no room service and does not have a hotel restaurant or bar.

For a quick bite to eat we recommend Saffron, a causal Mediterranean eatery serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and open late. For breakfast or lunch, 2 Lime Café offers more standard fare. Both are only a 4-minute walk. For more upscale modern Australian dining, try Press Food & Wine, a 7-minute walk.

We choose this hotel for its exceptional value and location. If you prefer a serviced hotel, please inform your Destination Specialist. Serviced 4-star and 5-star hotels are available for an additional cost.

Day 14 - Free Day to Explore Adelaide

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

Optional Morning Tour (Not Included) - Central Market Discovery Tour

Discover and taste the best market in Australia on a tour of the Adelaide Central Market.

Since 1869, the Adelaide Central Market has been the jewel in the crown of South Australian Tourism experiences, a haven of premium food and wine products, and a second home to chefs and food lovers.

Explore the market on a sensory and interactive gourmet walking tour with a local food expert. Enjoy a range of delicious samples that represent the multicultural community of South Australia, and taste the clean and green produce harvested from local farms and waterways. Meet some locals, enjoy their hospitality and discover the true South Australia.

Operates

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday mornings. The tours starts at 9:30am and lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

Need to Know

A minimum of 2 people is required for tour departure. The tour departs from Providore, Stall 66 in the market.

Inclusions

Tastings from a wide selection of premium offerings at the Adelaide Central Market. Meet the producers, suppliers, and vendors who run the market with a knowledgeable, local guide.

(Day 15) - Optional Tour (Not Included) - Murray River Highlights

Relax while taking a lunch-time cruise along the historic Murray River.

On your arrival at the river your will board the MV Proud Mary and relax as you cruise the historic river enjoying the wildlife and surrounding scenery.

Enjoy lunch on board the Proud Mary as you continue your journey along the river and gain insight into the river system and unique landscapes of the region.

Upon disembarking you will journey on an incredible coach tour along the river bank of the River Murray taking in spectacular views, traveling over the river on punts and stopping regularly for great photo opportunities, including the Mannum Lookout.

Travel back to Adelaide via the delightful Adelaide Hills, stopping at Melba’s Chocolate Factory and Woodside Cheese Wrights at Woodside with an opportunity to purchase afternoon tea (own expense).

Operates

Monday and Friday, excluding December 25. Departs at 9:15am and returns at 5:15pm, lasting approximately 8 hours.

Need to Know

– Pick-ups available at Adelaide Central Bus Station or selected Adelaide Hotels.
– Minimum of 4 passengers required.
– Maximum of 48 passengers allowed.
– Cruise times may vary slightly depending on river boarding point:
– Monday – Board at the river town of Mannum.
– Friday – Board at Woodlane Reserve (Near Mypolonga).
– Vessel type and lunch may vary at times of maintenance and if a second division is scheduled.
– Tastings at Woodside Cheese Wrights is $3 per person payable direct at time of visit (optional).

Inclusions

– Morning pick-up and evening set-down at selected Adelaide hotels.
– Expert commentary by local driver guide.
– Two hour cruise.
– Buffet lunch with complimentary water, tea and coffee.
– Free time to explore the historic river town of Mannum.
– Scenic drive through Adelaide Hills.
– Afternoon tea at Melba’s Chocolate Factory and cheese tastings at Woodside Cheese Wrights (own expense).

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Wine Centre Adelaide

National Wine Centre in Adelaide

The Wine Discovery Journey is a state-of-the-art, award-winning interactive wine experience. This outstanding Australian wine industry showcase examines everything from the challenges of winemaking to the pure enjoyment of drinking fine Australian wine. The exhibition is where visitors come to understand the role wine has played in history, recognise the position of Australian wine in today’s international market and appreciate the relationship between food and wine.

The exhibition is where visitors come to understand the role wine has played in history, recognise the position of Australian wine in today’s international market and appreciate the relationship between food and wine.

The open cellar is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere with the capacity to store up to 38,000 bottles at any one time. Approximately 12,000 bottles of Australian wine is cellared year round. All wines are used in function packages, consumed in the Concourse Cafe and sold to visitors.

The Wine Discovery Journey, located on level one, is a free interactive experience to be enjoyed at your leisure. Complimentary Self Guided Tour brochures can be collected from reception. Free hosted daily tours leave reception at 11.30am daily, and guided group tours can be booked – subject to availability.

Day 15 - Australian Domestic Flight, Adelaide to Melbourne

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Adelaide to Melbourne.

Day 15 - International Flight, Melbourne to Los Angeles (can be included on request)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

  • 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.