Bespoke Australian Gourmet Extravaganza

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.

Park Hyatt Sydney - Exterior Cameo Horizontal

Photo Credit to Park Hyatt Sydney

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.

Park Hyatt Sydney - City Harbour Room

Photo Credit to Park Hyatt Sydney

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

Sydney Fish Markets 2An 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

Personal shopping

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!

Barrenjoey Pittwater from SeaplaneFar 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

Sydney Harbour CruiseAfter 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

Sydney Opera House

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.

Park Hyatt Melbourne Lobby

Photo Credit to Park Hyatt Melbourne

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

Twelve Apostles, Vic

Photo Credit to Tourism Australia

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

Dominique Portet Vineyard

Photo Credit to Dominique Portet Vineyard

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

Winery, Carnarvon, WA

Photo Credit to Tourism Australia

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

Ultimate Winery Experiences of Australia

The Centennial Cellar at Seppeltsfield Wines Barrossa Valley ~ Photo credit to Tourism Australia

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.

Seppeltsfield Wines ~ Photo Credit to Tourism Australia

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

Sealion on Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Sealion on Kangaroo Island ~ Photo Credit to Southern Ocean Lodge

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.

Southern Ocean Lodge, Luxury Lodges of Australia, South Australia

Southern Ocean Lodge Kangaroo Island ~ Photo Credit to Southern Ocean Lodge

Wines at Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, SA

Wines at Southern Ocean Lodge ~ Photo Credit to Luxury Lodges of Australia

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

Echidna at Hanson's Bay Sanctuary

Echidna at Hanson’s Bay Sanctuary ~ Photo Credit to Tourism Australia

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.

Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA

Seal Bay Kangaroo Island ~ Photo Credit to Tourism Australia

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

KI Private Art of Nature TourFollowing 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.

Lucio's interior 2

Photo Credit to Lucio’s

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
  • Gratuities

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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Golfing in Australia

As an expansive and topographically diverse continent, Australia has a variety of golfing resorts that offer first class golf, dining, accommodation, experiences and recreational activities that make for a complete golfing break. International visitors are made especially welcome.

Visit Tropical North Queensland and complete a round under the dappled sunshine filtering through a rainforest canopy. Many resorts in this part of Australia offer accommodation and courses built on undulating sand-blown coastal land beside the Coral Sea. When you’ve had enough golf, you can dive among the splendor of the Great Barrier Reef and sail to deserted islands.

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Australia’s Capital Cities

ADELAIDE

The wine and festival capital of Australia, Adelaide in South Australia is one of the most vibrant, stylish and innovative cities you’ll ever visit. With rolling hills, pristine beaches, a lively nightlife, galleries, cafes, pubs, bookshops, fashion houses, antique stores, cellar doors and National Parks (all within Adelaide’s boundaries!), it’s a city you’ll want to come back to time and time again…

BRISBANE

Brisbane, capital city of Queensland is Australias third largest city. It has been built around the Brisbane River that snakes its way through the downtown. Be sure to check out the Botanic Gardens and the unique Customs House that have become part of Brisbanes heritage icons.

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Australian Islands

BEDARRA ISLAND

Bedarra Island is your own private island in the Australian tropics. A romantic rainforest retreat where a fortunate few can savor the finer things life has to offer. With only sixteen villas hidden in the rainforest, each just a minute from the beach guests are able to set their own agenda.  The food is exquisite with a team of chefs and a new menu every day, all food and drinks are included. The island is never crowded; it’s not unusual to find more beaches than guests.  Bedarra Island is for people who do not wish to be found, who desire a civilized escape to unwind. Bedarra Island is not open to children under 14 years of age unless the entire island is privately booked.

DUNK ISLAND

You will receive a traditional island welcome when you arrive on the island in the Whitsundays that was known to the first inhabitants as Coonanglebah, the isle of peace and plenty. The palm fringed beaches and lush rainforests of this tropical island are ideal for those who want to enjoy time out or the time of their lives. From spa treatments to adrenaline sports Dunk Island has it all for families wishing to vacation on a tropical Aussie island.

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Australian Beaches

The Australian coastline is approximately the same length as the circumference of planet Earth. Along this vast coastline you will find endless idyllic beaches.

BELLS BEACH

The worlds longest running surf competition is staged annually at Bells Beach, Torquay near Melbourne. The swells from the Southern Ocean that slow down and become steep over the reef-strewn shallows form the outstanding, reliable surf. It is here at Torquay that you will find

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BONDI BEACH

Bondi Beach in Sydney is one of Australias most famous beaches and one of the worlds most well known. It is quintessentially Australian; you will find bronzed bodies and lifeguards ensuring the safety of the many that flock to Bondi to surf in the local waters.

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Australia’s National Parks

New South Wales

In the year 2000 UNESCO awarded The Blue Mountains area a world heritage listing based upon its outstanding natural value to humanity and the pristine environment that provides protection for an unusually diverse range of rare and ancient vegetation communities and isolated animal populations ensconced in its deep gorges.

Our special guides will take you to view The Three Sisters and the Jamison Valley, an iconic site of this vast and special area.

Northern Territory

Kakadu National Park, located 160 miles east of Darwin, in Australias Northern Territory is the largest National Park in Australia and has been awarded a World Heritage listing. Adjacent to Kakadu National Park lies a vast subtropical savannah that has been described as a national treasure trove depicting ancient human occupation and a pristine wilderness area hosting myriad ecosystems and wildlife inhabitants. The Aboriginal association with the land is constantly on display in Kakadu National Park where richly descriptive rock paintings from 50,000 years ago depict events of the distant past. Let us send you to this ancient area where your hosts, Max and Phillipa Davidsons passionate devotion to the area and its people has developed into a relationship of trust and respect with the traditional owners. Their association has resulted in an unchallengeable, in-depth knowledge of the history and traditions of the area.

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Australian Outback

ARKAROOLA – SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Arkaroola is a 380 square miles privately owned wildlife sanctuary in the rugged Northern Flinders Ranges just to the east of the Gammon Ranges National Park in South Australia. The surrounding area includes spectacular arid zone mountain terrain, picturesque gorges, water holes and wildlife unique to the area. It is a truly fascinating region with dramatic, ancient hills where some of the rocks are estimated to be older 1,000 million years and marine fossils are being found from 600 million years ago giving proof to the fact that our Outback was once an inland sea.

BROKEN HILL – NEW SOUTH WALES

People used to say that you would find Broken Hill beyond the Darling River on the edge of the sundown, as if there was nowhere further to travel in Australia.

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Perhaps it was the feeling of being confronted by an unspeakably vast space that looked like an inland sea rolling into the sunset. The desolate landscape surrounding Broken Hill is like driving towards a painting of soft mauve and sage hues. Is it any wonder the city has become known as a Mecca for artists? It is there that the magnificent clear blue skies and the magic light are much loved by film makers from Mad Max 2 to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

It is in Broken Hill that the big red kangaroos will run one hundred and twenty five miles in a night chasing a thunderstorm, and the unique Sturt Desert Peas bloom in dark red soils. The Tower Mulloch heaps around Broken Hill represent billions of dollars spent on mining that drove the economy of a fledgling nation. In this historic city it is easy to be reminded of the struggles of the pioneers. What greater adventure can there be than to travel to the Australian Outback via the Indian Pacific train where our special guide will meet you at railway station when you arrive in Broken Hill. You will be taken on a journey through the national parks to discover the Outback and the opal mining area of White Cliffs. There will be time to noodle for opals as you walk around in the old field At Lightening Ridge you will discover the true meaning of the word remote Here people live in houses built under the ground to escape the extreme heat of the Aussie sun.

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Australian Wildlife

KOALAS

There is no place better to view koalas in the wild than on Kangaroo Island, a remote island that was separated from the Australian mainland about 9,000 years ago and remains one of the most unspoiled natural wonders of the world. Your specialist guide will lead you to koalas munching on gum leaves in trees by the side of the road. At nearly every turn you will find a variety of Aussie wildlife from seals basking on quiet beaches, echidnas wandering in search of insects, kangaroos, goannas, wallabies to all manner of birdlife (including little blue penguins).

KANGAROOS

Kangaroos number the millions in Australia providing many opportunities to view them in the wild. You may be luck enough to find yourself in the unique situation of playing golf amidst a mob of kangaroos! Contact us to include a game of golf on this amazing course as part of your customized itinerary.

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Australian Cruise Destinations

SYDNEY HARBOUR

Sydney Harbor is known as one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. We have just the person to help you explore The Harbour aboard his luxurious 40 ft yacht. You will sail under the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge to be confronted by the magnificence of Sydney Opera House. You will pass the historic Rocks, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs. Macquaries Chair and Fort Dennison. When Colin sails past the spectacular private homes lining the foreshore and you explore some of the picturesque harbor coves you will instantly understand why Sydneysiders measure quality of life as life by The Harbour.

THE WHITSUNDAYS

With its magnificent coral reefs, tropical rainforests, pristine beaches and crystal clear waters The Whitsundays are one of the most beautiful sailing and cruising destinations in the world. The Great Barrier Reef provides protection for the numerous sheltered coves and safe anchorages and ensures idyllic calm water sailing and cruising. You might enjoy cruising this glorious area on your privately chartered crewed yacht, aboard a lovingly restored traditional 23 meter square-rigger sailing ship, aboard a windjammer that was designed along classic lines of the trading schooners of yesteryear or aboard a mini cruise ship that combines the amenities of a luxury yacht with the versatility of an expedition cruise. Accomplished sailors often enjoy exploring the islands via bareboat charter.

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Australian Adventure

Helicopter pub-crawl, Sydney
Join our helicopter pilot on a Sydney pub-crawl. Your morning will start with a glass of champagne at the helipad. After take off your pilot will fly the length of Sydney Harbour before flying inland to your first pub, built in 1860. After a glass of the famed Dr Jeurg’s Jungle Juice you will fly to the Hunter Valley, the premier wine growing area of New South Wales. After flying low over the vineyards you will land at the Hunter Resort for lunch and a wine tasting. Following lunch you will fly to St Albans and land on a sand bridge. Here you will join the locals in their tiny pub built by convicts in 1863. You will return to Sydney via helicopter having flown along the rugged Sydney coastline and Sydney countryside.

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Delectable Sampling of South Australia

This nature filled state has everything Australia is famous for ~ golden beaches, lively cities, vast outback, unusual wildlife, endless sky and welcoming people.

Adelaide
Bounded by rolling hills and pristine beaches, Adelaide is a vibrant, stylish city. And as the wine and festival capital of Australia, you’ll always find something going on.

Do: For parents and older children, the city has plenty of diversions – galleries, cafes, pubs, bookshops, fashion houses, antique stores, nightlife, cellar doors and national parks. Young children and adults alike will love the wildlife park where you can hold a koala.

Learn about Australia’s indigenous peoples’ culture and art at Tandanya, Australia’s oldest Aboriginal-owned and managed multi-arts center. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples guide visitors through exhibitions in the art galleries and give performances in cultural arts such as the didgeridoo and traditional dances.

The Adelaide Central Market buzzes with life all year round with fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and seafood, cheeses, cakes, and other gourmet delights. Along with the food, it’s a wonderful introduction to the colorful Aussie lifestyle.

Stay: In a Fire Station – a classic fire engine station that has been fully restored to meticulous historical standards but with welcome modern features such as a king-size spa bath and kitchen facilities. Among the inn’s many antiques and memorabilia, children love the full-size fire truck.

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