Australia is a land of contrasts: energetic cities, clear blue waters, white sandy beaches, colourful reefs and deserts, native wildlife, tropical rainforests and a lively culture. Experience many of these highlights on this 15 day trip to Australia, discovering the rugged southern coastline famous for the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Food & Wine, lively cities and native Australian Flora and Fauna. Coupled with boutique accommodation and personalised tours, this ‘Southern Coastline’ adventure will be the trip of a lifetime.
This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
After being privately transferred to your accommodation in the Historic Rocks District, spend the day at leisure experiencing this vibrant destination where the sea meets the city. You could explore the pride of Sydney by ferry. In less than 30 minutes you can take in the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour. For those with more time or a passion for nature, take a longer voyage to beautiful Manly beach, world famous Taronga Park Zoo, opulent Mosman or the traditional fishing village of Watson's Bay which has now transformed into a visual and culinary mecca filled with scenic walking trails to work off the delights on offer in its many thriving cafes and restaurants.
Accommodation: Pier One Sydney Harbour - The first Sydney Hotel to be built on and over the water, taking full advantage of its stunning waterfront location. 161 rooms comprising of 132 stylish guestrooms, 19 beautiful King rooms and 10 elegant Suites. All guestrooms combine contemporary interior features and restored heritage architecture, with either harbour or bridge views.
Essential Sydney Small Group Tour will show you the famous sites of the city including The Rocks; the birth place of Sydney, The Botanical Gardens, Paliament House, City’s Cathedrals, a Walking Tour of the Harbour’s Edge with magnificent views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Stop for lunch and continue to the local and affluent suburbs, before traversing along the coastline to Sydney’s most famous beach, Bondi Beach. Here you will have time to soak up the atmosphere of this beachside Mecca, maybe even enjoy an icecream. You will return to your hotel via the boutique shopping precinct and the charming Georgian and Victorian homes of Paddington. A great tour to get your bearrings and tick off some of the must see sites on your first day in the city.
The World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park lies just to the west of Sydney. Enjoy a day out from Sydney to experience the ruggedness and beauty of the Blue Mountains. Along the way visit Featherdale Wildlife Park which is home to Ausatralia’s favourite marsupials. Your experienced guides will show you hidden valleys and stunning waterfalls. Pack your walking shoes for some great short hikes.
Travel from Sydney to Hobart and be privately transferred to your accommodation on the water front.
Nestled against the spectacular backdrop of Mount Wellington is the capital of Tasmania, Hobart a picturesque city rich in heritage. Tasmania is famous for its wines and produce and the best of this can be experienced in Hobart, along with incredible sightseeing and exhilarating activities. Hidden laneways and heritage style buildings house intimate restaurants, some seating as few as 20 people. Hobart is rich with unique experiences and world class cuisine, whilst leaving you feel as if you have transported back to the penal beginnings of authentic Australia.
Accommodation: Henry Jones Hotel- Australia’s first dedicated art hotel stands proudly on Hobart’s glorious waterfront, on the very site where Governor Collins first settled Hobart town. Designed by award winning architects, the hotel is itself a work of art. Here, you’ll be fascinated by the unexpected combination of the antique and the ultra-modern. Fine restaurant and bar facilities, stylish function areas, quality retailers, and an adjoining day spa complete The Henry Jones experience and a memorable stay in Tasmania’s picturesque capital city.
Today you will explore the Bruny Island coastline beneath some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs. You will enter deep sea caves and join in the search for wildlife such as seals, dolphins and sea birds. Return to Adventure Bay for a delicious fresh lunch with time to relax on the beach before departing on the return trip to Hobart.
Enjoy exploring the city at leisure. At Hobart's doorstep stands the majestic Mt Wellington, Wellington Park is filled with versatile plant and animal life thriving in this incredible wonderland. Take a walk or hike past waterfalls and springs to view the mountains of Sleeping Beauty, Collins Cap and Cathedral Rock. You can rock climb or abseil the intimidating columns of the Organ Pipes or horseride and mountain bike along the Pipeline Track or take a ferry to MONA or a day trip to Port Arthur.
Today fly to Kangaroo Island. Once on the island enjoy the specialties of the land, the people and the wildlife. Once landed, everything is taken care of for you so sit back and enjoy.
Accommodation: Molly’s Run- Located on acreage on the North Coast of Kangaroo Island with views out over the ocean. There are three guest rooms - two Queen doubles and one King, all with en-suite bathrooms. One Queen room is upstairs with ocean views, the other downstairs and opens out to expansive gardens and the King room has access to a large courtyard garden.
Island touring is included in your accommodation today. You will be shown the highlights of the island, get up close to kangaroos, koalas and seals whilst you explore the ruggered coastlines and the island’s nature reserves.
Fly to Adelaide and collect your car to begin your road trip. First stop is Coonawarra, a South Australia wine region. Explore the surrounds whilst enjoying the local wine and produce.
Accommodation: The Menzies Retreat- A fantastic getaway in the heart of the Coonawarra. With panoramic views of the surrounding native revegetation area and Yalumba Menzies vineyard, this B&B stay is ideally situated only minutes away from other award winning wineries, restaurants and other tourism attractions of the Limestone Coast region.
Continue East to Port Fairy a coastal town in south west Victoria. Uncover history in every corner of this charming fishing village which is the start of the Great Ocean Road (heading east).
Accommodation: The Drift House - Striking external architecture combines with sumptuous interiors. It is a boutique hotel, a B&B and a retreat all in one. Offers four suites each with their own bathroom, kitchen facilities and relaxing lounge area.
Wake early and enjoy the spectacula Twelve Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park. Contine along the ruggered coastline to your next destination, Lorne.
Accommodation: Around About Lorne- A charming Original Style Beach House B&B with two private en suited studios. The communal area offers a relaxing lounge with a gas log fire and a dining area.
Today is your last day of the road trip, travel to Melbourne and return your rental car and spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring historic arcades and laneways lined with fine dining restaurants, chic cafes, hidden bars and fashion boutiques.
Accommodation: The Hotel Lindrum - a sophisticated contemporary traveller's haven - and it's located right in the heart of cosmopolitan Melbourne. Be only minutes from world-class theatres and restaurants, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and from the hub of thriving local and international business. Rooms are private and spacious with a strong sense of mood and intimacy; an ambience enhanced by the classic rich interior and muted lighting.
This afternoon commence your tour to Phillip Island with a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where you are guaranteed plenty of close encounters with an array of Australian native animals like kangaroos, wombats and echidnas. You will then head to Phillip Island where you will see the little penguins come ashore as they hurry off to find their burrows. You will be guided through the Penguin Parade tour by a local ranger to give you all the insights of their knowledge.
Just a tram ride away, the eclectic neighbourhoods on the city fringe offer endless possibilities. Check out the trendy northern suburbs Collingwood, Fitzroy, Brunswick and Northcote. Get your shopping fix in retail meccas South Yarra, Prahran and Toorak. Take your beach towel to bay side St Kilda, Port Melbourne and South Melbourne, and go west for more fabulous food and beaches. Experience Melbourne's mix of cultures in its myriad restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars. Whether you're after modern, traditional, exotic or homespun flavours – Melbourne's eclectic dining scene offers a startling array of the world's great cuisines, from popular favourites to the truly groundbreaking.
The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
|based on 2 pers|
|Price per person||$4,790|