This wonderful guided coach holiday will explore the nation’s capital Canberra, country Victoria, cosmopolitan Melbourne and the spectacular coast and delicious produce of Southern Australia on this well-paced journey.
Spend the night in a unique bed-and-breakfast property in historic Beechworth. Meet local farmers, winemakers and whisky distillers while you take in stunning scenery on the Great Ocean Road, Kangaroo Island, the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa
Visit historic Berrima in the NSW Southern Highlands
Experience farm life at Gold Creek Sheep Station
Free time in cosmopolitan Melbourne
Enjoy a guided tour through impressive Parliament House
Explore the Australian War Memorial
Enjoy views over Canberra from Mt. Ainslie
Discover historic Beechworth
Be My Guest breakfast with your B&B host in Beechworth
Visit Ned Kelly Country
Travel along the magnificent Great Ocean Road
Visit the Twelve Apostles
Throw a boomerang and taste bush tucker at Tower Hill Nature Reserve
Visit the Coonawarra for a wine tasting
Explore seaside Victor Harbor
Taste delicious local cuisine & wine on Kangaroo Island
Visit a micro distillery on Kangaroo Island
Walk amongst Sea Lions at Seal Bay
Explore picturesque Hahndorf
Accommodation includes: Crowne Plaza Canberra, Crowne Plaza Melbourne, Aurora Ozone Hotel, Stamford Plaza, Adelaide.
Departures dates for this advertised specials rate include:
16 April, 2019; 7 May 2019; 3 September 2019 or 24 September 2019
$3975 per person twin share (Usually $4530pp - save $555pp)
Solo travellers can have the single supplement waivered if they are willing to share with a stranger of the same gender - ask us how.
Other dates also available - contact a Travel Consultant for details.
Day 1 Sydney – Canberra
0730am - This morning begin your journey to Canberra via the Southern
Highlands. Stop at historic Berrima, famous for its gaol and early colonial
architecture then visit Gold Creek Station and meet local sheep farmer, Craig Starr. Get a taste of life on the farm before you join Craig and his family for a good Aussie BBQ lunch. Your destination is the country's capital where you'll enjoy a tour through Parliament House with a local guide. Later visit the Australian War Memorial and stay to hear the evocative Last Post. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers tonight and get to know each other over a delicious meal. HL DW
Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Canberra
Day 2 Canberra – Beechworth
Before leaving Canberra this morning, you’ll visit the summit of Mt.
Ainslie to take in views of the city and surrounding ranges from the lookout.
Journey over the mighty Murray River into Victoria taking the scenic route to historic Beechworth, Victoria’s best preserved gold rush town for your unique overnight stay in one of the Bed and Breakfast properties. The region offers plenty of great photo opportunities, with tree-covered ranges, wild rivers and tranquil rural farmlands. Get to know Beechworth with an orientation and enjoy some free time to explore the antique shops, galleries and the museum. Why not grab a coffee and delicious treat from the legendary Beechworth Bakery! B
Hotel: Boutique Country Accommodation, Beechworth.
Day 3 Beechworth – Melbourne
This morning join your B&B host for a Be My Guest breakfast. Travel through Glenrowan and Ned Kelly country to culturally diverse and cosmopolitan Melbourne for an orientation tour. This evening perhaps take a relaxing walk along the Yarra River and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants. BMGB
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Melbourne, 2 nights.
Day 4 Melbourne ‘Free time’
Today is free for you to explore the delights of Melbourne. Perhaps Eureka Skydeck for fantastic views of Melbourne, join a guided tour of the historical Queen Victoria Markets. Or visit the Maru Koala & Animal Park to see the Penguin Parade. Witness them emerging from the sea after a hard day’s fishing and waddle across the sand to their nests. Speak to your Tour Director, the many choices are yours. B
Day 5 Melbourne – Warrnambool
Hold on to your seats and make sure your camera is charged for one of
the world’s great road trips – the Great Ocean Road! Enjoy spectacular scenery that never ends and the quaint seaside towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay. Visit the amazing Twelve Apostles. These fascinating limestone formations tower 45 metres above the Southern Ocean. Later visit Loch Ard Gorge and London Arch before arriving in Warrnambool. B DW
Hotel: Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel & Spa,
Day 6 Warrnambool – Naracoorte
This morning visit Tower Hill State Reserve. The area was a rich food source for the Koroit Gundidj people whose descendants retain links with this country. Your guide will provide you with an Aboriginal perspective about flora, wildlife, volcanic formations, bush existence and medicinal practices. Continue into Mt. Gambier to visit the mysterious Blue Lake and then travel on to the world renowned Coonawarra wine region. Stop at a vineyard for a wine tasting. The Coonawarra wine region is centred in the Limestone Coast zone of South Australia. It is known for the Cabernet Sauvignon wines produced on its "terra rossa" soil. Afterwards you'll continue to Naracoorte Caves, home of 28 limestone caves in this world heritage park before continuing to your stop for the night. B DW
Hotel: William MacIntosh Motor Lodge, Naracoorte
Day 7 Naracoorte – Kangaroo Island
Journey to Fleurieu Peninsula and visit the seaside town of Victor
Harbor at lunchtime. This afternoon board your ferry at Cape Jervis, bound for Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is famous for its unspoiled natural beauty and its fresh local produce. Kick off your island adventure with a visit to South Australia's only boutique distillery to taste a selection of their handcrafted premium spirits. All the spirits are hand made in small batches onsite, so you'll be able to smell the aroma of botanicals, citrus peel or even fennel lingering as you taste the award winning Australian Gin and delicious liqueurs. Finish up with a short journey to Kingscote, and rest up for the exciting day that awaits you tomorrow. B DW
Hotel: Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kangaroo Island, 2 nights.
Day 8 Kangaroo Island
Today explore Kangaroo Island! Visit spectacular Remarkable Rocks and
Admiral’s Arch in Flinders Chase National Park and enjoy the stunning coastal scenery, where you may even spot koalas, wallabies and kangaroos. You will then enjoy a lunch at Andermol Marron Cafe. Afterwards, join a local specialist at Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided walk amongst a breeding colony of Australian sea lions. B L
Day 9 Kangaroo Island - Adelaide
This morning, board your ferry to cross back to the mainland and
travel to the picturesque Adelaide, the ‘City of Churches’. Choose from a
selection of three Included Choice sightseeing experiences.
This evening you're free to explore Adelaide and enjoy a meal at any of the wonderful local restaurants. Did you know that Adelaide boasts more restaurants per capita than any other city in Australia? You do now! B
Hotel: Stamford Plaza, Adelaide, 2 nights.
Day 10 Adelaide Hills and The Barossa
The rolling Adelaide Hills and Barossa lay ahead of you today and
you'll have the opportunity to taste a number of their world-renowned wines! First stop is picturesque Hahndorf. Experience its charm and hospitality as you wander down the tree lined streets and take time to explore the quaint shops and even taste some of the town's artisan produce. Continue to The Barossa Valley for lunch at The Company Kitchen, part of the South Australian Company Store. At The Company Kitchen they believe in locally produced South Australian food and that a food experience is to be savoured and enjoyed. You'll taste two local wines with canapés that featuring fresh local produce, followed by a delicious main meal of your choice. After lunch, one more stop to The Lane Vineyard to sample some of their world famous wines before traveling back to Adelaide through the Barossa’s rolling hills. This evening join your Travel
Director and new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner. B L FD
Day 11 Farewell from Adelaide
After an indulgent trip away, it's time to bid farewell to your fellow
travellers after breakfast when your holiday comes to an end. Not ready to head home yet? Why not consider a 3 night cruise on the Murray River aboard the PS Murray Princess. B
*Itinerary may be subject to change*
If you have longer than 11 days and want to extend your holiday, why not consider with a 3-night cruise on the Murray River?
Travel at 60 and AAT Kings booking conditions apply.