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Australia Adventure: Kangaroo Island, Tasmania & Sydney 2020

15 days with Tauck   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
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DAY 1 | Arrive Adelaide
Tour begins 5:00 PM. Welcome to Adelaide, the laidback capital city of South Australia, and gateway to Barossa Valley wine country. A transfer is included from Adelaide Airport to the 5-star Mayfair Hotel in the central business district, overlooking the Rundle pedestrian mall.  Join us at the National Wine Centre of Australia for a welcome reception and dinner featuring wines from the Barossa Valley. (Dinner)
 
DAY 2 | Adelaide Sightseeing
Experience the intoxicating aromas of Central Market, one of the largest food emporiums in the Southern Hemisphere; 80 stalls offer a dazzling array of mouth-watering local produce, from vegetables to seafood, olive oils, artisan cheeses and baked goods, where you'll taste and explore with a local guide and enjoy free time on your own. This afternoon you have a choice of sightseeing excursions: ride a Segway on a tour of the Riverbank district, along a trail that includes the bridge over the Torrens River, the Adelaide Oval sports stadium, the arts center, and the zoo; or view the city sights from the back of an eco-caddy (pedicab); or take a walk on the wild side along the billowing rooftops of the Adelaide Oval stadium, high above the grandstands, with stunning views of the coast, the city, and the surrounding hills. This evening dine at a choice of select restaurants in walking distance of your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
DAY 3 | Barossa Valley
Drive to Barossa Valley, Australia's premier wine region, a landscape of flatlands, creeks, and lush rolling hills that is home to some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world; Shiraz is the local specialty but the valley's estates produce internationally acclaimed Rieslings, Grenache, Cabernets, and fortified wines as well. Stop at Jacob Creek Winery, where an expert will guide you in creating your own blend of red or white wine (and bottle it for you on the spot). Visit Maggie Beer, a well-known, well-loved Australian cook and food writer who lives in the valley. Discover Moments of History in the Centennial Cellar at Seppeltsfield Winery, where you can taste a vintage from the year of any major historical event going back to 1878. Return to Adelaide and spend the rest of the day and evening as you please. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
DAY 4 | Fleurieu Peninsula & Kangaroo Island
Pack a duffel bag for three nights and depart the hotel for Cape Jervis, with a stop for lunch and a tasting at Chapel Hill Winery in McLaren Vale; the lovely ironstone chapel was built by Methodist settlers in 1865 but has now been restored and renovated as a tasting room and gallery with warm oak floors and furnishings, and stained glass windows. Continue to Cape Jervis at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula, where you'll sail aboard a ferry to Kangaroo Island, a 45-minute ride. Check in at the Southern Ocean Lodge, a clifftop luxury hotel with sweeping views of Hanson Bay and the surrounding wilderness; the lodge's ideal design, decks, and floor-to-ceiling windows offer an immersive, mesmerizing experience of unspoiled land and seascapes. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 5 | Remarkable Rocks and Wildlife
Kangaroo Island is known as Australia's Galapagos, a photogenic landscape of sea cliffs, near-deserted beaches, and unspoiled wilderness; one third of the island is protected as national parks and nature reserves, home to sea lions, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, penguins, black swans, Cape Barren geese, glossy black cockatoos, and wedge-tailed eagles. A guided tour of the island's landmarks includes stately Cape de Couedic Lighthouse (built in 1909), Remarkable Rocks, bizarre granite monuments sculpted by rain, wind, and waves, and Admirals Arch, a towering rock bridge overlooking a seal colony. Return to the lodge for lunch, and hike the scenic trails that wander the coastal cliffs not far from your doorstep. This afternoon at the lodge a naturalist lectures on the island's natural history. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 6 | Hanging with the Roos
With an expert guide, venture onto the beach at Seal Bay and walk amid a large colony of wild Australian sea lions (a privilege unique to Kangaroo Island). There are only about 12,000 of these endangered creatures left in the world, and an estimated 1,000 of them live at Seal Bay, where you can see them at play, resting on the sand, or surfing in the waves.  Return to the lodge for lunch, then depart for a special reception at Grassdale, where you can watch kangaroo mobs forage and play as you sip on premium Australian beverages and nibble on canapes; kangaroos on the island are typically laid back and accustomed to visitors. Dine a la carte at the lodge tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 7 | Melbourne
Fly from Kingscote to Adelaide, then from Adelaide to Melbourne, the coastal capital of Victoria.  A guided walking tour will take you along Melbourne's famous laneways and cobbled side-streets where you'll discover street art, arcades, cafes, and small shops that give the city its intimate charm and character. Check into your regal 5-star hotel in Parliament Square, overlooking St. Patrick's Cathedral and Fitzroy Gardens. (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
DAY 8 | Great Ocean Road
Drive from Melbourne to Port Campbell along the Great Ocean Road, one of the world's great scenic drives, with stops along the way. Pause at Split Point Lighthouse in Airey's Inlet for stunning views of the rugged coast; stroll through the eucalyptus trees along the Kennet River for a chance to see koalas and king parrots in the wild; lunch at Apollo Bay, and hike in the cool rainforest at Great Otway National Park. At Port Campbell, the otherworldly, towering array of limestone stacks known as the Twelve Apostles rising along the shore as if built by gods or aliens will leave you awestruck.  At Loch Ard Gorge the tide pours through limestone gates to an inlet of idyllic white beach and turquoise water set between dramatic sheer cliffs.  Return to Melbourne and spend the evening as you please. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
DAY 9 | Hobart and Art
Drive from Melbourne to Port Campbell along the Great Ocean Road, one of the world's great scenic drives, with stops along the way. Pause at Split Point Lighthouse in Airey's Inlet for stunning views of the rugged coast; stroll through the eucalyptus trees along the Kennet River for a chance to see koalas and king parrots in the wild; lunch at Apollo Bay, and hike in the cool rainforest at Great Otway National Park. At Port Campbell, the otherworldly, towering array of limestone stacks known as the Twelve Apostles rising along the shore as if built by gods or aliens will leave you awestruck.  At Loch Ard Gorge the tide pours through limestone gates to an inlet of idyllic white beach and turquoise water set between dramatic sheer cliffs.  Return to Melbourne and spend the evening as you please. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 10 | Port Arthur
Separated from Tasmania by a narrow neck of land, the prison at Port Arthur was built in the 19th century to house hardened criminals sent from Britain. The remains of its more than 30 buildings, including the gothic-style church (built by convicts), are now an open-air museum where you'll take a guided tour, hear compelling stories, and learn about convict life there; you'll also take a cruise around the rocky islands and towering cliffs for a sense of why Port Arthur was believed to be "inescapable". Return to Hobart and dine on your own tonight at a choice of select restaurants. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 11 | Bruny Island
Take a ferry ride to Bruny Island (two land masses connected by a narrow spit of land) for a choice of activities: Cruise the D'Entrecasteaux Channel for close-up looks at the spectacular sheer cliffs and rock islands and geologic wonders along the coast, including the craggy tower known as The Monument and the sea cave called Breathing Rock; the cliffs are home to gannets, pardalotes, shearwaters, swift parrots, sea eagles, and falcons; and dolphins, seals, and whales frequent the waters. Or if you prefer dry land, go on a wildlife safari along the isthmus, thick with wildflowers, in search of white wallabies, fur seals, wedge-tailed eagles, and other exotic birdlife; see the Truganini Monument, dedicated to the Aboriginal woman who worked to unify indigenous communities in the 19th century; visit the Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration; hike to the top of Mt. Mangana for the view; discover the Cape Bruny Lighthouse atop plunging sea cliffs with stunning vistas; taste Tasmanian oysters and salmon, and Bruny Island berries, freshly picked (or pick your own). Return to Hobart for a free evening on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
DAY 12 | Richmond and Bonorong
Spend the morning sightseeing in Hobart, or take a long view of the city and coast from the top of Mt. Wellington.  This afternoon, you'll drive to Richmond, a charming village of Georgian architecture, famous as a destination for food and wine lovers. After a walking tour of the town, drop in at Pooley Wines, an elegant Georgian property with vineyards and a garden, for a cellar-door wine tasting, and Wicked Cheese Company for its award-winning artisan cheeses. Lunch at Frogmore Creek Winery with its breathtaking views of rolling hills and vineyards. Then drive to Brighton for a visit to Bonorong, a wildlife center whose mission is rescuing and caring for indigenous animals and returning them to the Tasmanian wild; here you can meet Tasmanian devils, blue-tongued lizards, bettongs, koalas, and quolls, and animals that went extinct long ago in other parts of Australia. Dine at leisure tonight at your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 13 | Sydney, Bondi Beach & Darling Harbour
Fly to Sydney this morning and arrive at noon for an introductory sightseeing tour that includes Bondi Beach, named for the suburb it's in, and known as one of the best beaches in the world for its pristine sands, surfing, warm temperatures and easy lifestyle. Your waterfront luxury hotel is in the Darling Harbour district, one of Sydney's largest dining, shopping, and entertainment locations, in easy reach of the Sea Life Aquarium and the National Maritime Museum, as well as wine bars, bistros, and nightclubs. Dine at the hotel this evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
DAY 14 | Sydney Opera House and More
Get a private guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House, a performing arts center housing multiple venues under its famous roofs, which echo shells or billowing sails; then take a sightseeing cruise with lunch around Sydney Harbor. This afternoon you have a choice of city tours: explore the artsy, hipster enclaves of Darlinghurst and Surry Hills, a former industrial district, now home to art galleries, wine bars, terrace cafes, and upscale boutiques; taste your way through Chinatown with a local guide; get an inspiring, eye-opening tour of the latest Australian styles in the fashion district; or let a local guide show you some of the city's hidden treasures. Spend the rest of the day as you please, then join us at the hotel this evening for a farewell reception and dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 15 | Journey Home
Tour ends Sydney. Fly home anytime.  A transfer is included from Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour to Sydney Airport. Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in. (Breakfast)
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All This Included
Taste your way through the best of South Australia, with food and wine adventures in Adelaide, the Barossa Valley, Hobart, Richmond, and Sydney... with an occasional step onto the wild side: sea-lion encounters on Kangaroo Island... a safari in search of sea eagles and white wallabies on Bruny Island... and cruises along the striking Tasmanian coast...

Breathtaking Australian landscapes, exotic wildlife, world-class wine, and innovative cuisines await on this 15-day journey off the beaten path. Start with 3 nights in Adelaide, gateway to South Australia's famous wine country; tour the ethnically-diverse, gourmet-friendly town by Segway or pedicab... tour wineries in Barossa Valley, Australia's premier wine-making region... Stay 3 nights at an oceanfront lodge on Kangaroo Island; encounter kangaroos, wallabies, sea lions, and rare birdlife as you tour the island's nature reserves and national parks with a naturalist guide... Explore Melbourne's trendy backstreets and laneways; take the Great Ocean Drive to  stunning seascapes of sheer cliffs, beaches and towering rock formations, and hikes in national parks... fly to Hobart, Tasmania; visit a wildlife rescue center and meet Tassie devils, blue-tongued lizards, bettongs, koalas, and quolls, among other exotic residents; spend a sparkling private evening at the Museum of Old and New Art, and explore the town's exciting food scene; tour the remains of Port Arthur prison; go on a wildlife safari on Bruny Island; and a wine and cheese tasting excursion in Richmond... Cruise the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, teeming with birds and marine-life, for close-up views of its breathtaking cliffs and rock towers. Fly to Sydney for a private tour of the Opera House, a luncheon cruise, in the harbor, and a choice of guided neighborhood tours from your base at a waterfront luxury hotel.

EXPERIENCE WITH TAUCK

  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Join a naturalist guide for a walk on the beach at Seal Bay amid a large colony of wild Australian sea lions
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – A reception at a kangaroo sanctuary
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Visit with Maggie Beer, Australian food author
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Wine-blending class at a Barossa Valley winery

TAUCK VALUE INCLUDES

  • 3 nights at an oceanfront lodge on Kangaroo Island
  • 2 nights at a waterfront luxury hotel in Sydney
  • Winery visits and tastings in the Barossa Valley and Richmond
  • Visit to Port Arthur prison in Tasmania
  • Wildlife safari on Bruny Island
  • Visit to the avant-garde Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart
  • Visit to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Tasmania
  • Drive Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Port Campbell, one of the world's great scenic drives
  • A sightseeing cruise with lunch in Sydney Harbor
  • Tasting tour in Sydney's Chinatown
  • Tour of Sydney's less-visited, hidden treasures with a local guide
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 35 meals; gratuities to local guides and drivers, service charges, taxes, and porterage
Accommodations
Adelaide: Mayfair Hotel
Kangaroo Island: Southern Ocean Lodge
Melbourne: Park Hyatt Melbourne
Hobart: MACq 01 Hotel
Sydney: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
Notes
  • Hot Air Balloon Option, Day 7 – add $239 per person (ask at booking)
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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