Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
Arrive Melbourne, Australia
Arrive in Melbourne, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Tucked into Port Phillip Bay on Australia’s southeastern coast, Melbourne is known for its lively music, art, festival, restaurant and spectator-sports scenes. Once a gold-rush boom town, today Melbourne’s beautiful tree-lined boulevards, parks, gardens and Victorian terrace houses make this elegant city one of the world’s most livable.
Melbourne | Food and Wine Discovery
Set out on a culinary adventure south of the city. Visit a private, 27-acre farm that produces some of the region’s finest olives, grapes, herbs, veggies — not to mention lamb, chicken and fish. After touring the farm, head to the kitchen for a “paddock-to-plate” experience. Depending on the season, try your hand at curing olives or crafting handmade sausages. Then, take in the grounds over the peninsula’s finest food and wine. After lunch, continue southward to sample unique, cool-climate wines, taste freshly made goat cheese or savor freshly picked strawberries and cherries.
Melbourne | Wildlife and Winelands
Venture though winding mountain ranges to the lush hills of the Yarra Valley, stopping for a tasting at garden-frocked Yering Station Winery. Sample red, white and sparkling varietals in a tranquil, yet contemporary, countryside setting.
Adelaide | Artsy Explorations
Fly to Adelaide this morning. Sitting inland from Australia’s southern coast in the heart of wine country, Adelaide is known for its festivals, cuisine and Mediterranean-style climate. Built along the banks of the River Torrens, the city was founded in the years of the wool and cattle trades. Today, it is a popular gateway to Kangaroo Island to the south and the beautiful Flinders Ranges to the north. In the afternoon, discover Adelaide’s expressive side on a guided exploration that reveals the art, culture and wine of this vibrantly creative city. Begin with a visit to the Art Gallery of South Australia. Home to one of the nation’s largest art collections and 20 bronze Rodins, the gallery is also renowned for its collection of indigenous and colonial Australian art. Continue to the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, which exhibits contemporary indigenous art and native artifacts. Finally, taste local vintages at a winery credited for putting Australia’s bold reds on connoisseurs’ radar.
Barossa Valley | Wondrous Winelands
Drive overland to the Barossa Valley, one of Australia's oldest and best-regarded wine regions. Originally settled by English and German pioneers in the mid-19th century, the Barossa Valley invites guests to explore the lovely countryside and stop for a glass of its renowned old vine Shiraz. Upon arrival, check in to your vineyard-fringed hotel, where you enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. In the morning, explore the Barossa Valley by vehicle with a guide. As you cross the lovely countryside, dotted with colonial cottages and estates, stop to sample fine local wines. After a relaxing lunch at a local restaurant, indulge your palette with a private VIP tasting of premium varieties.
Kangaroo Island | The “Galápagos of Australia”
In the morning, return to Adelaide and fly south to Kangaroo Island. Located off the southern coast of Australia, Kangaroo Island offers what many come to Australia to see: unspoiled wilderness, abundant native wildlife and a friendly, casual way of life. Known as the “Galápagos of Australia,” its resident species include kangaroos, wallabies, penguins and koalas. For the next two days, delve deeper into island’s wildlife and culinary delights on shared excursions. You may visit Seal Bay at sunrise; discover the local maritime heritage and incredible coastal landscapes; see the Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Cape du Couedic Lighthouse; and set out on nocturnal and wildlife explorations in search of tiny penguins.
Hobart | Riverside City
Fly to Hobart today. Situated on the southern coast of Tasmania, Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia and the capital of Tasmania. Boasting some of the best-preserved Georgian and Victorian architecture in the country, this riverside city with a busy harbor began as a penal colony in the early 1800s. Today, Hobart’s relaxed atmosphere, numerous parks and attractive homes make it one of Australia's most enjoyable and engaging cities. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. The following day, discover the city’s fascinating history, art and culture, taking in historic sites along the quaint, colonial lanes of Battery Point. See the former harbor-side warehouses of Salamanca Place before heading to Mount Wellington for city and coastal panoramas. Continue on to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), viewing its captivating collection of modern artwork. Pause for lunch at the museum’s winery, overlooking the river. Finally, sample the onsite vineyard’s best as you take a leisurely tour of the winery. On your last day in Hobart, tour rugged Huon Valley, pausing to sample farm-fresh produce and award-winning cheeses and savoring lunch at a bayside restaurant. In the afternoon, taste local wines as you skirt the banks of the Huon River on your way back to Hobart.
Freycinet National Park | Oyster Farm Experience
Depart Hobart and head to Freycinet National Park. Jutting out from Tasmania's eastern coast, the Freycinet Peninsula is famous for its local wineries, farm-to-table produce and freshly caught seafood. The coastal views, pristine beaches and mild year-round climate invite guests to dip their toes in the sand and enjoy a taste of the good life. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel in the Coles Bay Conservation Area. For the next two days, discover the region’s bounty. Visit Freycinet Marine Oyster Farm, where you don waders, explore the wetlands and taste prized, local bivalves amid picturesque surroundings. Later, you may join a guided walk that takes you to the lookout over Wineglass Bay. Take in the expanse of white sandy beach and learn about the diverse flora and fauna within this magical part of Tasmania. Finally, attend an interactive cooking demonstration.
This morning, return to Hobart, fly to Melbourne and board your homebound flight.