Wine, Wildlife & Reef

Australia

Book By

Sep 30, 2020

Duration

14Days

from USD

$2,999

from CAD

$3,969

 
Price Includes
  • Gold Service accommodation on the Ghan Train and Indian Pacific Train with all meals and drinks

  • Accommodation;

  • 2 nights in Adelaide

  • 1 night in Alice Springs

  • 2 nights in Ayers Rock

  • 3 nights in Cairns

  • An overnight Kangaroo Island tour (Moderate – via coach, First Class -  via flights)

  • Sightseeing as indicated in itinerary

  • Meals as indicated.

Price Excludes
  • Travel insurance

  • Visas

  • Gratuities

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary

  • Drinks unless specified

  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

About this Trip

Experience Australia’s unique icons, unforgettable flavours, and fascinating wildlife on this journey across the country. Connecting to Sydney, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, and Cairns, you’ll see the Sydney Opera House, taste world-class wines, spot kangaroos and koalas, and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Depart from North America


Depart North America today for your flight to Australia




Day 2: Cross the International Dateline


You will lose a day today on your flight Downunder, which is regained on the return journey




Day 3: Arrive Sydney


On arrival in Sydney you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Nature blessed Sydneyenjoys one of most idyllic settings in the world. This is reflected in its large eye-appealing harbour and excellent beaches. This cosmopolitan city is not only scenically beautiful but, like most major cities, has an abundance of culture, history and venues to keep any visitor occupied for several days




Day 4: Sydney at Leisure


The day is free to explore Sydney. Perhaps add an i-Venture Sydney Attraction Pass (not included – additional cost applies). This includes entry to 5 top attractions. Some of the attractions you can choose from include a hop on hop off Sydney sightseeing gour, entry to Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House tour, entry to Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Aquarium or Wild Life Sydney Zoo, OZ Jet-boating on Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Cruise and much more.




Day 5: Sydney to Kangaroo Island


You will be transferred this morning for your flight to Adelaide and then Kangaroo Island. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. The remainder of the evening is free to rest and relax before you begin your tour of South Australia's premier nature-based tourism destination.




Day 6: Kangaroo Island Touring


Your first official stop will be Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery where you will listen to an introductory talk about the history of the oil distillery and take a guided tour. Finish off with some free time in their souvenir shop where you will find an assortment of Eucalyptus products. Continue onto Vivonne Bay Bistro located on a 260 hectare bush property, for a delicious two course lunch. After lunch visit Seal Bay Conservation Park and enjoy a guided beach walk with a National Park Ranger amongst a breeding colony of wild and rare Australian sea lions. Your tour will then visit another amazing wildlife attraction, the fascinating In-flight Birds of Prey Display at Raptor Domain. Enjoy a delightful interactive experience and meet an array of birds and raptors. From here you will travel to Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park where you can get up close with Koalas, see Penguins swim and play, hand feed Kangaroos and Wallabies, learn about endangered species, interact with Snakes, Crocodiles and reptiles and experience Kangaroo Island Wildlife at your fingertips! You will then be transferred back to your chosen overnight accommodation.




Day 7: Kangaroo Island Touring to Adelaide


After breakfast, visit Clifford's Honey Farm to enjoy an informative talk by the beekeeper followed by tastings and an opportunity to sample homemade honey ice-cream and honey beauty products. Next, travel to Hanson Bay Visitor Centre & Café for a scrumptious two course lunch. After lunch you have the chance to look for Koalas nestled up in the eucalypts and see an abundance of native birdlife in the wildlife sanctuary. From here, travel to the western most part of the Island, Flinders Chase National Park, one of Australia's largest and earliest conservation parks. Travel through the park and enjoy breath-taking views of its unique trees, plants and coastal scenery. You will be taken to the rugged southern coastline for a walk around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Remarkable Rocks provide great photographic opportunities and stunning sea views. Admirals Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal this spectacular arch, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful Long-nosed Fur Seals that can be seen swimming and playing in the waves, or resting on the rocks. There is also a possibility that you will see more kangaroos and wallabies on your return to the airport for your return flight and coach transfer to Adelaide.




Day 8: Barossa Food and Wine Experience


Travel through the city of Adelaide northwards to the world renowned Barossa wine region. Enjoy the change of scenery as you make your way into the vineyards of South Australia's premium wine region. Your first stop is TeAro Estate, located in the main street of Williamstown in a heritage listed 1850's barn. In the intimate Tasting Room, you will be treated to morning tea sourced from the local bakery and wine tastings while hearing stories from 4 generations of family vignerons. The next stop is a visit to Maggie Beer's Farm Shop, an absolute must whilst visiting the Barossa. Maggie Beer - cook, writer and founder of 'Maggie Beer Products', offers tastings and sales of her full product range including limited edition seasonal produce. Here you can browse amongst her personally selected regional specialty goods, purchase one of her signed books or simply sit back and take in the view. On arrival at Lambert Estate at Angaston, you will enjoy a structured wine tasting whilst sampling local seasonal produce from gourmet platters. Main course follows, and is a feast for the senses, with two signature dishes, salad and vegetables. You may wish to purchase a glass of wine from the impressive wine selection, or enjoy a coffee accompanied with their popular Chocolatier (Chocolate Port). Leaving Lambert Estate, travel to Mengler Hill Lookout for sweeping views over the valley and then onto your final stop for the day will be Pindarie, a multi-tourism award winning cellar door, which feels more like an Australian Homestead than a cellar door. The friendly staff don't just pour the wine; they share the stories behind the wines and Pindarie, a great way to finish off your Barossa Food & Wine Experience. Depending on the day of the week, this tour may need to be changed to a Barossa and Hahndorf Tour




Day 9: Adelaide Central Market Tour


Built in 1869, the Central Market is one of the largest produce only markets in the southern hemisphere it has been the jewel in the crown of South Australian tourism experiences and is also second home to chefs and food lovers. Our tours take participants on a sensory interactive gourmet experience giving them an opportunity to try a range of delicious samples that represent the premium food grown and produced in South Australia. Meet some locals, enjoy our hospitality and discover the true South Australia. The Market does not operate every day, depending on the day of the week an alternative tour may be required




Day 10: Depart Adelaide for Cairns


You will be transferred to the airport today for your flight to Cairns. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your new hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.




Day 11: Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef Cruise


For an experience of a lifetime, Quicksilver's wave piercing catamarans and friendly crew will take you to a reef at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Agincourt Reef is a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience first-hand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. Choose to dive (extra cost), snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub, just one metre underwater. Watch the fish feeding from a unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory, or fly in a helicopter over the reef (extra cost). Whichever way you choose; you'll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder.




Day 12: Cairns at Leisure


Cairns is a small city in the tropical north of Queensland and is best known as the Gateway to Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia’s most popular destinations. From Cairns, there is easy access to rainforests, tropical islands, reefs and mountains. Not far away, you can enjoy world-class diving or snorkeling getting close to schools of tropical fish and abundant marine life. In the city itself, go for a stroll along the Promenade and discover the very large saltwater lagoon in the centre of the city. Hop on the century old scenic train to the rainforest village of Kuranda, famous for its markets, and experience an aboriginal “dream-time” walk and cultural performance. Cairns is also a great place to go walking as there are nearly 200 walking tracks around the city. To the north of the city are a number of excellent beaches perfect for swimming and snorkeling and, why not travel to the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest surviving tropical rainforest. Where you can either simply relax or experience a unique rainforest tour.




Day 13: Kuranda Classic with Train, Skyrail Cableway and Rainforestation


The Classic Kuranda Experience includes the main attractions of Kuranda, but gives you more free time to explore Kuranda. You will travel to Kuranda by scenic railway and then spend some free time in the village. Wander through the many shops and local markets, which offer a full range of local handicrafts, souvenirs, and gifts. You will then be transferred to Rainforestation Nature Park, where you will enjoy a delicious Australian BBQ lunch, a guided tour of the rainforest on board an amphibious Army Duck, and the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance performance, followed by the Dreamtime Walk. You will learn how to throw a boomerang, see a spear-throwing demonstrations, and learn about aboriginal culture. A guided tour of the Koala and Wildlife Park will commence at the Cultural Centre. Your coach will then transfer you to Kuranda Skyrail Terminal for the 7.5-kilometre Skyrail Rainforest Cableway journey down the mountain. Your coach will then return you to your accommodation.




Day 14: Depart Australia


You will be transferred to the airport this morning for your flight back to North America.





 
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