Sample superb wines and view snacking koalas, witness bouncing kangaroos and enjoy endless starlight while discovering Sydney, Adelaide, Uluru, and Melbourne during your 14-day Australia tour. You will embrace the classic comforts of the famous Ghan railway through the Outback and wander the rugged desert mountains of Kata Tjuta. Golden beaches, surprising penguins, alleys decorated with cafes, and marvelous panoramas will define your ultimate Australia vacation.
Melbourne – Welcome to Super Stylish Melbourne
Today you will fly into Melbourne, and be taken by private transfer to your well-appointed hotel accommodation for the beginning of your three-night stay. Pronounced ‘Mel-Bin’, the capital city of Victoria is the hands down winner of Australia’s best fashion, art and café culture. Due in part to the massive inflow of migrants over the years, Melbourne has an incredible food culture, and Melbournians are fanatical about their coffee. To sample Melbourne’s best coffee shops, art galleries and restaurants, spend the afternoon wandering along Bourke Street and Flinders Lane, and criss-crossing the lanes in between.
On Flinders Lane, visit Cumulus for a sensational example of modern Australian fusion food, with adjacent art galleries, 45 Downstairs and Arc Gallery. You’ll also find Craft Victoria, which is one of the best places to find exquisite gifts and souvenirs. For those with a sweet tooth, visit Brunettis (City Square) for Italian hot chocolate that will hold your spoon upright, and be sure to say YES when they ask “crèma for you bella?” This is the perfect place to rest, watch people and enjoy a great view of Melbourne Town Hall and the beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral. As evening approaches, dazzle your tastebuds at the Indian French fusion Tonka Restaurant and Bar, or head to Bourke Street and The European Restaurant opposite Parliament House. From The European, enter through a discrete and unmarked door and take the steps up to Melbourne’s best-kept secret, the fabulous Siglo bar, where you can clink your glasses overlooking Treasury Gardens and St Vincent’s Cathedral.
Melbourne – Yarra Valley Vineyards and The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne – Phillip Island Penguins
Adelaide – Charming ‘Garden City’
Adelaide – Vineyards of the Barossa Valley
Adelaide – Spectacular Wildlife Wonderland of Kangaroo Island
Overnight Ghan Train – En route to Alice Springs and the Outback
Alice Springs – Welcome to the Australian Outback
Uluru – Exploring magnificent Ayers Rock
Uluru – Sunrise at Uluru and exploring Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
Sydney – Welcome to Sparkling Sydney!
Sydney – Harbor Cruise, Art Galleries and Waterside Cafes
Sydney – Hunter Valley Vineyards, Blue Mountains and Beaches
Sydney – Returning Home
- Discover the amazing food culture, creative style, and the best coffee of your life in sensational Melbourne – a UNESCO City of Literature - as you criss-cross Flinders Lane and Bourke Street, moving from art gallery to café to one-off designer stores in a treat for all your senses
- Welcome in the new day on a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the rolling greenery of the Yarra Valley vineyards, followed by wine tasting in the region’s best wineries
- Visit pristine and spectacular Kangaroo Island and see an amazing array of animals in the wild, including wombats, wallabies, koalas and echidnas
- Sample superb wines and artisan food amongst the gum trees, vineyards and heritage villages of the Barossa Valley, one of the world’s great wine growing regions
- Climb aboard The Ghan and experience one of the great train journeys of the world as you traverse Australia’s rugged and beautiful landscape and arrive at Alice Springs and the very heart of the Australian Outback
- Experience the awe inspiring desert monuments, valleys and waterholes of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), and be enthralled by the 40,000 year old Aboriginal culture that still flourishes in this most ancient of continents
- Experience the best of sparkling Sydney and its surrounds as you sail around the harbor on a luxury yacht, enjoy a refreshing dip at Bondi beach, sample superb waterside al fresco dining, visit the Hunter Valley wineries and explore the spectacular World Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains
This is Australia at its most elegant, where for 14 days you’ll go off the tourist track to discover the extraordinary depth and richness of Australia’s dynamic artisan food and wine producers in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, as well as experiencing some of Australia’s best natural wonders including Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Australian Outback, and the pristine beaches, cliffs and wildlife of Kangaroo Island.
Beginning in seriously stylish Melbourne, a UNESCO City of Literature, make your way between cafés, art galleries and writer’s centers as you criss-cross between Flinders Lane and Bourke Street, perhaps joining a coffee or chocolate specialty tour. Experience the beautiful Victorian countryside and sample superb wine as you visit the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, or hug the corners of the coastal cliffs as you explore the stunning southern coastline of The Great Ocean Road. See the magical penguins on Phillip Island, and the truly extraordinary range of unique animals in the wild such as wombats, echidnas, koalas and wallabies on pristine and spectacular Kangaroo Island. Be charmed by the understated elegance of the wide avenues and historic stone buildings of Australia’s ‘Garden City’, Adelaide, which is your jumping point for the world renowned Barossa and Eden Valley Vineyards where wine has been a way of life since 1842. You’re sure to find your favorite Barossa Shiraz and Eden Valley Riesling here, along with Tawny, Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon to name a few, all accompanied by the finest quality local produce served up in award winning restaurants.
Board The Ghan, in Adelaide, for one of the great train journeys of the world, taking you by overnight sleeper train into the Australian Outback for an adventure like no other. Disembark in Australia’s ‘Red Centre’ in Alice Springs, and witness the awe-inspiring beauty of this rugged land as you traverse the valleys and plains of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), and engage with the most ancient living culture on earth. Your final three days are spent in glorious Sydney and its surrounds, where you can do a final spot of wine tasting in the Hunter Valley and experience the beauty of the World Heritage- Listed Blue Mountains. Explore the spectacular harbor, beaches, cafes and galleries and find out why Sydney is consistently rated as one of the world’s favorite towns.
Best experienced in spring and autumn, this Australia vacation is an experience of a lifetime where you can indulge in the finest food and wine, and encounter unforgettable wildlife, scenery and culture. And to let that great holiday feel linger, why not ask your favorite wineries to package up a few boxes of delectable Shiraz or Riesling to send home; the perfect memento of your travels in this amazing continent.
$4,545 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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