Bespoke Australian Gourmet Extravaganza
Designed Exclusively for
14 Food & Wine Lovers
DAY 1 Fly to Sydney, Australia by your own arrangements
Your Adventure in the Lands Down Under commences when you depart ***your home city for Los Angeles. When you arrive in Los Angeles Airport you will board your onward flight to Sydney, Australia. International airline tickets to be purchased by your own arrangements. Your flight should arrive in Sydney between 7.50 A.M and 8.45A.M. ***
DAY 2 In Transit
During your flight over the Pacific Ocean your will cross the international Dateline and lose a day.
DAY 3 Arrive in Sydney, Australia. City Orientation Tour L You will arrive in Sydney early this morning and clear customs. After you have completed the Australia Immigration formalities your luggage will be collected and transferred to your hotel while you join our local private Sydney tour guide, Suzanne who will lead your elite group of 14 wine and food lovers on an introductory tour of Sydney Downtown. As part of your day you’ll visit the exclusive Eastern Suburbs, and famous Bondi Beach where you’ll stop for lunch at a local trendy bistro overlooking the beach. Your day of exploration will conclude with a privately guided tour of Sydney Opera House commencing at 3.45P.M.
Since 1996 readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines have voted Sydney the World’s Best City for sixteen years in succession. You will enjoy this cosmopolitan city with its impressive harbor foreshores, glamorous homes and coastlines dotted with jagged sandstone cliffs and thirty seven golden beaches. With its Mediterranean climate where the temperature rarely falls below 50F, arcade shopping, restaurants, parks, gardens, museums, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge- you’ll find Sydney a gem.
Following your tour you will be transferred to your hotel where your luggage will have been stored awaiting your arrival.
During your four nights stay in Sydney you will be accommodated in eight city view rooms at the Park Hyatt Sydney with views of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney city skyline Your luxury hotel is uniquely positioned on the very edge of Sydney Harbor with spectacular views of the Harbor Bridge above and the Opera House at eye level. Architecturally designed guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling glass that open onto private balconies affording exquisite views of Sydney Harbor, Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Skyline. Join Check in time: 2.00P.M.
Suggestions for a light dinner to be enjoyed at a variety of Sydney restaurants (at own expense). Reservations to be made by your hotel Concierge
*****Optional tour at additional expense
Massages in hotel rooms
DAY 4 A Foodies Delight Private Gourmet Tour of Sydney B L
An early start at 6.20A.M.this morning. Join Suzanne at the well-known Sydney Fish Markets for a Behind the Scenes Auction Tour where you will have the opportunity to join a vibrant, leading edge commercial auction at the largest fish market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere where over 100 species of fish are auctioned daily. During the 1 ½ hour tour you will experience all facets of the fish markets operation from the auction floor to the sashimi pavilion and the crustacean pen. At the conclusion of the tour you’ll be able to sample tastings of fresh sushi, sashimi and famous Sydney rock oysters while speaking to the locals about the catch of the day.
You will return to Circular Quay to meet any members of your group who would prefer to sleep-in or take an independent stroll around Circular Quay or The Botanic Gardens. Your day will continue along the Harbour Foreshores to Woollahra with its fine array of food provisioners including Victor Churchill’s Butchery and Simon Johnson for an introduction of Australia’s finest products. You’ll soon appreciate Australia has moved a long way from its British roots and “Bush Tucker” days. Visiting a fine wine shop to look at the wide regional variety of Australian wines will be the last stop before you are introduced to another cultural event, the Long Sydney Lunch. Your luncheon experience at the award winning Catalina’s overlooking Sydney Harbour at Rose Bay will reflect the very essence of Sydney’s gastronomy. An inspiring spot to contemplate the joys of Australian cuisine and to develop an appreciation of the Sydneysiders mantra. “Nobody cares about the meaning of life – it’s Harbour frontage that counts”
You’ll return to your hotel via water taxi suitably impressed and ready to write postcards boasting of your introduction to Sydney, The Best City of the World”
*****Optional tours at additional expense
Massages in hotel rooms
Visit to Sydney Aquarium
Visit to Sydney Wildlife Park
Suggestions for a light dinner to be enjoyed at a variety of Sydney restaurants (at own expense). Reservations to be made by your hotel Concierge.
DAY 5 The Ultimate Sydney Day. Lunch at Suzanne’s Beach House B L
After breakfast at your hotel You will meet your Harley Davidson tour gides outside your hotel this morning to be kitted with helmets and leather jackets before taking a scenic ride across Sydney Harbour bridge, past Luna Park and through the Northern Suburbs. During your putt you’ll stop for photo ops at Balmorral Beach. Your tour will continue along the Northern Beaches to Church Point on the edge of, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park the 4th oldest national park in the world where you’ll meet Suzanne and board your private water taxi for a cruise along Pittwater en route to your luncheon site at Suzanne’s splendid beach house on Towlers Bay. Meet the local caterer and Suzanne’s husband Piers Akerman as the BBQ is lit and the wine cellar opened. Join in the preparation in the kitchen or relax on the verandah feeding the local parrots and kookaburras. You’ll find Towlers Bay on Pittwater an affluent yet unpretentious hideaway. It’s casual, stimulating and breathtaking. Far too quickly your day will pass and you’ll bid your hosts farewell as you return to Church Point where you’ll meet your limo driver to return to your hotel in Sydney. A day of Aussie culture like no other! This will be a fantastic day so not forget your cameras!
Far too quickly your day will pass and you’ll bid your hosts farewell as you hop in the dingy to board your seaplane to return to Sydney flying low along the rugged Sydney coastline and over the Harbour to Rose Bay. From Rose Bay you’ll hop on the local ferry to return to Circular Quay and take the short stroll to your accommodation. Ferry ticket will be at additional expense and will be purchased once you have disembarked from the ferry.
Suggestions for a light dinner to be enjoyed at a variety of Sydney restaurants (at own expense).
DAY 6 Sydney Harbour Cruise. Performance Sydney Opera House B L D
After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel you’ll join Suzanne before boarding a luxury motor launch on a 4-hour private luncheon cruise to discover beautiful Sydney Harbor and its many picturesque coves. During your cruise Suzanne you give good commentary on the Harbour’s history, scenic sights and unique marine biology. Canapés and a two course buffet luncheon will be served while anchored at a scenic cove on Sydney Harbour. You will return to Circular Quay at 3.00P.M. and have the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to return to your hotel to relax or to explore the city independently.
*****Optional tours at additional expense
- Massages in hotel rooms
- Personal shopping
- Visit to Sydney Aquarium
- Visit to Sydney Wildlife Park
- Early morning Bridgeclimb
The famous Sydney Opera House is a matter of minutes’ walk from your hotel. Early this evening you ‘ll take a leisurely stroll to Sydney Opera House to enjoy pre-theater dinner at Aria Restaurant before enjoying the spectacle as you attend a performance of opera, ballet, music or drama in one of the three halls in the world renowned Sydney Opera House.
Note: Sydney Opera House Diary for 2016 performances will be released in November 2015.
DAY 7 Fly to Melbourne. Food Lovers Melbourne Walk B L
After breakfast you will be transferred to Sydney Airport in time to board your onward flight to Melbourne. On arrival in Melbourne you will be met by your local specialist guide to discover the diversity of Melbourne’s cuisine. During your four hour private walking, talking and tasting tour you’ll discover Melbourne’s best kept foodie secrets and learn of Melbourne’s culinary history, culture and architecture. You’ll visit Federation Square and meander through the beautiful lanes, arcades and alleys that define Melbourne. You’ll visit the best and most interesting chocolate stores, bakeries and spice stores and meet local artisans and baristas. In Chinatown you’ll enjoy Chinese egg tarts, dumplings and roast duck. You’ll discover the latest and greatest restaurants and bars often hidden in basements and on city rooftops. Your tour will conclude with lunch of substantial small plates a glass of wine at renowned dining hot spot Cumulus Inc on Flinders Lane. Following lunch you will be transferred to your hotel.
During your three night stay in Melbourne you will be accommodated in eight Club King Rooms at Park Hyatt Melbourne, a luxury hotel. Overlooking St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fitzroy Gardens and the cosmopolitan mix of Victorian and modern architecture your hotel offers exclusive, luxury accommodation in the heart of the city. It provides a warm ambience and exceptional levels of personalized service. With walk-in closets, Italian marble bathrooms and open windows your hotel provides an unparalleled experience of elegant, contemporary luxury. Guests are invited to enjoy the award-winning ‘radii‘ restaurant and bar, the decadent lounge and Melbourne’s favourite day spa featuring an indoor aquamarine pool, spa, sauna, gym and private sun deck. Check in time: 2.00P.M.
This evening you’ll be transferred from your hotel to Coda, an award winning Asian restaurant that’s fusion cuisine reflects its French Vietnamese origin. Following diner you will be transferred to your hotel. Dinner and beverages will be at your own expense.
****Optional tour at additional expense
- Performance at Melbourne Art Center
DAY 8 Drive/ Fly tour of the Great Ocean Road B L
On any given Sunday, this very James Bond Road, (in terms of its sheer geographical theatricality) is threaded with “Hogs” and sleek 750s twisting & dipping between forest and surf while we regular journey-makers proceed Indian file, too intent on drinking in the scenery to manage much more than 30 mph. Which, as it turns out, is pretty OK – for Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is one of the loveliest, and most dramatic, coastal drives in the world.” Christine McCabe
Following breakfast at your hotel you’ll join your specialist guide on a day of exploration. As you are driven to Apollo Bay via luxury 28 seat motor coach you’ll gain an insight in to the Australian surfing culture at Bells Beach. You’ll visit the historic Split Point Lighthouse that’s beacon of light has been credited with having saved thousands of lives aboard hundreds of ships that sailed along Australia’s treacherous “Shipwreck Coast”. During a stop for freshly roasted coffee and delectable pastries you’ll have time to enjoy the spectacular beach and ocean views and see koalas in the wild at Kennett River before enjoying an indulgent gourmet picnic lunch on the sand at Apollo Bay. Following lunch you’ll board your Piper Chieftain fixed-wing aircraft to enjoy one of the world’s most scenic flights as you fly above the Great Ocean Road you’ll enjoy breathtaking aerial views of the rock formations known as the Twelve Apostles, Moonlight Head, The Cape Otway Lighthouse Station, Gibson’s Steps and Loch Ard Gorge. On landing at Apollo Bay you’ll board your motor coach to relax and enjoy the return journey to your hotel in Melbourne.
This evening you’ll be transferred from your hotel to Movida, a fabulous Spanish eatery serving tapas. Following diner you will be transferred to your hotel. Dinner and beverages will be at your own expense.
DAY 9 Full day tour of Yarra Valley Wineries B L
After breakfast at your hotel you will join your private specialist guide to travel to the Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s oldest and most diverse wine producing regions where commercial enterprises and boutique wineries produce Pinot Noir, fine Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz varietals. The Yarra Valley offers a unique food and wine experience, with many wineries specializing in the foods of the region at the cellar door and adjacent restaurants. There’s an organic, artisan style bake house and a unique coffee bean-roasting facility. There’s something incredibly connective about wine tasting in the very place the wine is crushed, fermented, bottled and stored. Commence your day with an exclusive behind the scenes French Oak barrel room tasting with carefully matched Yarra Valley produce at the renowned Dominique Portet vineyard owned by the Portet family who have been making wine in France, Napa Valley and most recently Australia for ten generations. Commencing with Sparkling Rose, guests will be guided through a private tasting of four wines from the Dominique Portet Premium Range and come to understand the aromas and nuances of making wine in a cool climate winemaking region. Just down the road you’ll enjoy a signature food and wine master class experience at Oakridge Winery. There you’ll taste eight wines from Oakridge multi award winning 864 range with canapés to match each wine variety. As part of the experience you’ll be treated to a one hour private tutorial discussing food and wine matching principles. A three course lunch with matching wines will be served overlooking the vines. Following lunch there will be time to explore the region where you’ll meet the local characters and sample wine from boutique wineries such as Yarra Yering, Coldstream Hills, Pimpernel and Yering Farm. You’ll return to Melbourne in time to prepare for dinner.
You will be transferred to Cutler & Co. Dining Room, located in an old metal works factory in Fitzroy, Melbourne’s first suburb and industrial area. The open plan kitchen at the front of the restaurant creates a dynamic focal point and allows for ring-side dining, light bites and drinks. The restaurant, opened in February 2009 by Chef Andrew McConnell reflects his passion for exceptional and often unusual produce. It strikes a balance between elegance and simplicity. Following dinner you will be transferred to your hotel. (Dinner and beverages will be at your own expense)
DAY 10 Fly to Adelaide. Grange Hermitage Wine Tasting at Penfold’s Magill Estate. Chef’s Dinner at Appellation B L D
After breakfast at your hotel you will be transferred to Melbourne Airport in time to board your onward flight to Adelaide. When you arrive in Adelaide Airport your private tour guide will meet and escort to Penfolds Magill Estate where you’ll join the local wine expert to tour the magnificent property nestled in the Adelaide Foothills before entering the underground cellars to taste a selection of Penfolds Premium wines including iconic Grange Hermitage. Tapas, wine and cheese platter are included as part of your Great Grange Tour. Following your tour you’ll be transferred to your accommodation in The Barossa Valley.
During your two night stay in the Barossa Valley you will be accommodated in four Vineyard Suites and four Stonewell Suites at The Louise, an idyllic luxury vineyard retreat set atop a gentle hill with sweeping vistas across the internationally renowned Barossa Valley. The vineyard views will get any wine lover’s blood pumping.
This evening you’ll enjoy a Chef’s Tasting Dinner with wine pairings at The Louise, Appellation where Executive Chef Ryan Edwards’ menu is prepared daily. The chef’s innovative and meticulous preparations are based on the freshest ingredients available sourced from an extensive network of local Barossa suppliers. Appellation Restaurant was honored with top marks in the 2014 Australian Restaurant Guide by Australian Gourmet Traveler Magazine. At the Annual Wine List of the Year Awards sponsored by Traveler WINE magazine and Fine Wine Partners Appellation was named for the sixth year in a row as the restaurant with the Best Wine List in South Australia. For the fourth year in a row the international Wine Spectator Magazine granted Appellation with an Award of Excellence in the magazine’s list of “The World’s Best Wine Lists”.
DAY 11 Full day Private Tour of The Barossa Valley B L D
After breakfast at your hotel you will join your wine specialist guide to travel through the famous Barossa Valley that’s backdrop of rolling hills is enriched by the hospitality and traditions of the German heritage. The Barossa Valley renowned for producing some of the best table wines is also one of the most picturesque parts of South Australia. During your day you’ll visit a selection of wineries for private tastings. Among those will be Seppeltsfield. With a proud and priceless legacy dating back to 1851, Seppeltsfield is Australia’s iconic wine estate famed for the Centennial Collection, an irreplaceable and unbroken lineage of Tawny Port from every vintage commencing in 1878 to the current year. It is the only winery in the world to release a one hundred year old single vintage wine each year. In addition to tasting the current 100 Year Old vintage you’ll be able to taste, and be given the opportunity to purchase port created in the year of your birth. A private Barossa Shiraz Masterclass cellar door tasting will be included at Turkey Flat Winery along with a gourmet picnic lunch in the winery.
At the award winning Henschke winery you’ll enjoy a tasting of Hill of Grace wines, surely one of the most evocative phrases in the world of wine. “Whenever I visit the Hill of Grace vineyard, perched up in the Eden Valley next to the angular Gnadenberg Lutheran Church, its cemetery and some old ruins, I inevitably catch myself alone, standing and staring at the oldest vines planted in 1860 by a bloke called Nicolaus Stanitzki. It’s a state of wonderment in which I stand, in awe of the more than 150 years these vines have witnessed and the implied wisdom of their gnarly, wizened old bodies.
Known today as the Grandfathers, these are the centerpiece of the Hill of Grace vineyard, sitting among thirteen plots of variously aged vines. Of these plots, just seven are planted to Shiraz, the others comprising Riesling, Semillon and Mataro. Aside from the 1860s plantings, which sit right at the center of the vineyard, other shiraz plantings date from 1910, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1965 and 1989, with a section of the 1952 Church Block replanted in 1997.”
You’ll be returned to your accommodation in time to relax and freshen up for dinner at 1918 Bistro Grill set within an old villa in a delightful garden setting in the Barossa Valley. There you’ll enjoy some of the best modern Australian cuisine in the Barossa Valley. (Beverages and wine will be at additional expense)
DAY 12 Fly to Kangaroo Island. B L D
Following an early breakfast you will be transferred to Adelaide Airport in time to board your onward flight to Kangaroo Island departing at 9.30A.M. You will stow your excess luggage and board your Rex Airlines flight to Kangaroo Island to commence your three night stay on this
extraordinary island, one of the world’s few remaining unspoiled natural wonders.
Widely regarded as Australia’s Galapagos and brimming with diverse wildlife and natural beauty, Kangaroo Island is a place of extraordinary contrasts. With a rich heritage and a world-class food and wine culture, Australia’s third largest Island offers endless opportunities for exploration and adventure.
During you three night stay on Kangaroo Island you will be accommodated in eight Flinders Suites at Southern Ocean Lodge. With floor to ceiling glass to embrace an uninterrupted view of the magnificent Southern Ocean and foreground of rugged coastline. Each suite features spacious interiors at 700 square feet king or twin beds, curved sunken lounge with bespoke soft furnishings, walk-in closet, ensuite with oversized rain shower and in-suite bar. An outdoor terrace with day bed invites.
Located at Hanson Bay on the Island’s south west coast, the Lodge adjoins the Flinders Chase and Cap Bouguer / Kelly Hill National Parks. Set back from a cliff above the pounding surf the sensitive design showcases a full frontal panorama and is within easy reach of all of Kangaroo Island’s major attractions. Modern luxury and design integrity meld with the Kangaroo Island vernacular and an amazing coastal color pallet, creating a unique eco chic style. Its location, stunning views, contemporary environmental design, locally sourced food and beverages, personalized interpretative activities and modern wellness spa will ensure its status as a South Australian icon.
Included daily in your stay: All meals with inspired daily dinner menu, open bar with premium wine and spirits, in-suite bar and signature experiences and island airport transfers.
DAY 13 Private Wildlife Tour on Kangaroo Island B L D
Following breakfast with your fellow travelers you will join your specialist guide to spend a day in the Aussie bush on Kangaroo Island where things take time….where drivers wave as they go by – or even stop for a chat… You’ll stop for a “cuppa and home-made cakes before taking a walk down a country track through tall eucalyptus trees where koalas snooze overhead, or perhaps wake briefly for a feed. You’ll travel through some of the Island’s best farming country to the north coast. At Lathami Conservation Park you’ll walk quietly through the bush with your guide – what makes that noise, whose tracks are those, and who left THAT little pile there? Look for wallabies that are almost extinct on the mainland, and a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island.
When you break for lunch you’ll enjoy a delicious meal featuring King George whiting (local sea fish), fresh salads and fine South Australian wines at a private bush location.
At Seal Bay Conservation Park you’ll walk with your guide among Australian sea lions on a beautiful sandy beach. You’ll watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding biology. The remainder of the afternoon is spent exploring more of the south east region of the Island with destinations and experiences chosen to reflect seasonal opportunities.
DAY 14 Full day Private Art of Nature Tour B L D
Following breakfast you’ll join your specialist guide on a full day tour to discover Kangaroo Island’s creative side. As you traverse the island you’ll visit a variety of studios and galleries where you’ll meet local artisans whose work has been influenced by the solitude, wildlife and stunning coastal landscapes of KI. From ceramics, to fine arts, bronze sculptors, photography and jewelry your creative juices will be sated.
DAY 15 Fly to Sydney. Farewell Gala Dinner in Paddington. B D
Following breakfast you will be transferred to Kangaroo Island Airport in time to board your onward flight to Adelaide. On arrival in Adelaide Airport you will walk to the baggage area to collect your stored excess luggage that will have been placed on the carousel along with the luggage you had taken with you to Kangaroo Island. Once you have collected your luggage you will check-in at the Qantas Airways counter in time to board your onward flight to Sydney. On your arrival in Sydney Airport you will be transferred to your overnight accommodation in City Harborview rooms at Sydney Park Hyatt.
Take a moment to freshen up before being transferred to Paddington to join Suzanne and Piers for dinner at a local Italian trattoria. Your host Lucio, an avid collector of Australian art will be delighted to introduce you to the art displayed on the walls of his restaurant. You’ll enjoy the creative cuisine of one of Australia’s young chefs paired with Australian wines in the perfect setting to reflect on the past two weeks of your ‘Epicurean Extravaganza’. Following dinner you’ll bid your new Aussie friends farewell before being transferred to your hotel.
DAY 16 Depart Sydney B
Say farewell to Australia today. Before breakfast at your hotel early morning risers may wish to take a stroll along the Grand Boulevard in Circular Quay or pass by the Sydney Opera House and continue through the Sydney Botanic Gardens. You will be transferred to Sydney Airport in time to board your ***onward flight to Los Angeles. Once you have cleared customs in Los Angeles you will board your onward flight to your home city. Flights from Sydney should depart Sydney between 10.30A.M.a and 11.40A.M. *** You will return to your home in USA after having experienced the kind hospitality of the Aussies, stayed in an eclectic mix of our hotels and loges, visited our cultural, historic and natural icons, and explored the usual and the unusual from extreme perspectives. You’ll have seen the sights, found time to share a yarn with the locals and perhaps somewhere along the way you’ll have made a new mate. (That’s Aussie for friend)
*** Indicates international airline tickets are NOT included. Such tickets may be purchased by your own arrangements or through Australia 2000 Travel ***
Your 14-Day Gourmet Extravaganza includes:
- Economy class flights within Australia
- 13 nights deluxe hotel & B&B accommodation – twin share basis
- Services of professional tour guide throughout
- 11 Professionally guided private tours with local specialist guides
- Performance at Sydney Opera House
- Airport arrival & departure transfers
- Baggage handling
- 32 meals as denoted by B, L, D code
- Australia goods & services taxes
- Park entry fees
- Selected wine lists at the included lunches and dinners
- Travel Insurance
Does not include:
- Optional tours and meals not listed
- Items of a personal nature
- International airfares
- Roundtrip airfares from your home city to international departure city
- International airport departure taxes
Please be aware that:
- International air fares in economy, premium economy, business or first class may be purchased from Australia 2000 Travel. Please consult to airline information as part of your itinerary
- Tour will run for 14 passengers. Price will vary if numbers falls below 14 passengers.
- Tour will run for a minimum of 10 passengers.
Australia 2000 Travel retains the right to modify the itinerary or venues due to unforeseen circumstances.
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