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Tastes of Southern Australia - An AAT Kings Escorted Tour

  • Sydney NS
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Adelaide
  • 10 nights from
  • £3,815 per person
  • Trip Code: ES-1055

Holiday Overview

Tastes of Southern Australia - an AAT Kings Australia Escorted Tour

Explore the nation’s capital Canberra, country Victoria, cosmopolitan Melbourne and the spectacular coast of Southern Australia on this well-paced journey. Spend the night in a unique bed-and-breakfast property in historic Beechworth. Meet local farmers and winemakers and indulge in their delectable produce while you take in the stunning scenery of the Great Ocean Road, Kangaroo Island and the Barossa.

Choose this trip if you'd love to: Soak up local vibes in your boutique B&B in Beechworth.  Gain insight into Australian farming life at Gold Creek Station.  Explore the iconic Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles.  Enjoy two nights absorbing the beauty of Kangaroo Island. 

Excludes : International flights

2024 Prices From
Aug-27 £3815pp Adult Twin / £4720pp Single
Sep-17 £3815pp Adult Twin / £4720pp Single
Oct-15, 29 £3815pp Adult Twin / £4720pp Single
Nov-19 £3999pp Adult Twin / £4944pp Single


2025 Prices From
Jan-07, 21 £3999pp Adult Twin / £4944pp Single
Feb-04, 18 £3999pp Adult Twin / £4944pp Single
Mar-04, 18 £3999pp Adult Twin / £4944pp Single


Tastes of Southern Australia - An AAT Kings Escorted Tour includes:

  • 10 nights Accommodation
  • Travel by Luxury Coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • 10 full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Be My Guest Lunch
  • 2 Lunches
  • 4 dinners with wine
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

Day 1 - Sydney - Canberra

Depart Sydney this morning and travel through the rolling hills and verdant pastures of the Southern Highlands. Pause at historic Berrima, then visit Gold Creek Station to meet a local grazier and enjoy a Welcome Reception and Be My Guest lunch. On arrival in Canberra you’ll join a local guide for a tour of Parliament House, then visit the impressive Australian War Memorial. Get to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers tonight over dinner. 

Please note: As this holiday departs at 7.30am from Rydges Sydney Central, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Canberra

Included Meals: Be My Guest Lunch, Dinner with wine


Day 2 - Canberra to Wangarattra

Get some Canberra perspective from the summit of Mt. Ainslie. You won’t be able to see the Murray River, but you’ll soon cross it en route to Beechworth, Victoria’s best-preserved gold rush town. Get the lowdown on Beechworth over a chat with the publican of the historic local pub, then set you on your way to explore character-filled antiques stores, galleries and museums at your leisure. There are plenty of charming places to refuel, as well, before Wangaratta’s cathedrals beckon.

Hotel - Quality Hotel, Wangaratta

Meals Included - Breakfast


Day 3 - Wangaratta - Melbourne

Meandering south toward historic Glenrowan, you’re well and truly in Ned Kelly country – this is where the infamous bushranger and his gang were finally captured in 1880. We’ll tell you all the tales, then a few more about Melbourne, the home of Aussie rules football, some of the country’s best arts institutions, and a swag of stellar restaurants, cafés and bars. Once you have your bearings, explore as you will. We can help with evening restaurant reservations, as well as Melbourne laneway tours. But there’s something magical about just getting lost in the art-filled alleys of Australia’s second-largest city, discovering underground jazz lounges and rooftop eateries to watch the sun set.  

Hotel - Crowne Plaza Melbourne 

Meals Included - Breakfast 


Day 4 - Melbourne Free Time

You’re on your own today. Well, not really, because your Travel Director is at your service to help arrange sightseeing experiences. After you’ve enjoyed a strong coffee in one of Melbourne’s atmospheric laneways, that is. Adrenaline junkie? Linger in the city, gaining bird’s-eye views from the Eureka Skydeck, the Southern Hemisphere’s highest attraction, looming almost 300 metres above the ground. Animal lover? Venture out on a Phillip Island little penguin tour to see hundreds of these cute creatures pad from the ocean along the sand back to snuggle in their burrows for the night. Want to get back to nature? Chug through the lush Dandenong Ranges on the Puffing Billy Steam Train, followed by a sip or two of wine in the Yarra Valley. This cool-climate growing region makes standout chardonnay, pinot noir and sparklings. The choice is yours. 

Hotel - Crowne Plaza, Melbourne 

Meals Included - Breakfast 


Day 5 - Melbourne to Warrnambool

The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most epic journeys, a dramatic 240-kilometre union of limestone stacks (Twelve Apostles, we’re looking at you), World Heritage listed rainforest, untouched coastal coves and sleepy towns, like Lorne and Apollo Bay. It’s hard to know where to point your camera on a Great Ocean Road Melbourne tour. We recommend having it poised to snap shots of the Loch Ard Gorge, the site of a famous shipwreck, and London Bridge rock formations. The latter sandstone arch once resembled its namesake bridge; even after its collapse, it’s still an impressive natural wonder. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Hotel - Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs 

Meals Included - Breakfast and Dinner with Wine


Day 6 - Warrnambool to Naracoorte

Emus, kangaroos, koalas, echidnas… oh my! These are just some of the animals you’ll likely spot visiting Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve – housed in a dormant volcanic crater – with an Aboriginal guide. Remarkably, this pocket of paradise was once wasteland, transformed by volunteers. More volcanic history awaits across the South Australian border in Mt. Gambier, home to the crater-filling Blue Lake. Because it’s very blue. And it’s a lake. By now you’ll be pretty thirsty, so it’s a good thing the Coonawarra wine region is around the corner. After a few sips, you may find yourself getting deep – literally. Naracoorte’s Alexandra Cave is a maze of delicate needle-like stalactites and massive twisting columns. 

Hotel - William MacIntosh Motor Lodge, Naracoote

Meals Included - Breakfast and Dinner with Wine


Day 7 - Naracoorte to Kangaroo Island

The Fleurieu Peninsula region of South Australia is a natural adventure playground, all rolling hills, rugged clifftops and sandy beaches. Seaside Victor Harbor turns on the charms – there are steam locomotives – before your ferry blasts its horn. All aboard to tour Kangaroo Island. A well-deserved tasting of craft beer awaits at a boutique brewery, the only one on the island. How does sheoak stout sound or a Mexican inspired brew made using a combination of malted barley and flaked rice? We won’t judge you for sneaking in a nap en route to is Kingscote, South Australia’s oldest European settlement and your base for the night.

Hotel - Aurora Ozone Hotel, Executive Rooms

Meals Included - Breakfast and Dinner with Wine


Day 8 - Kangaroo Island

If you like alliterations, you’ll love today’s attractions: first stops are Remarkable Rocks (because these rust-hued monoliths really are) and Admirals Arch, home to an immense colony of raucous fur seals. AAT Kings-sponsored Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary was badly damaged by the 2019 bushfires; your Kangaroo Island tour reveals the part fire plays within this delicate ecosystem, and how koalas and other wildlife adapt to their environment as it regenerates. More wildlife greets you at Seal Bay Conservation Park, where enormous sea lions barrel down the sand to the water. This is one of the most significant breeding colonies in the country, and they are certainly curious characters. Just try not to laugh at their antics.

Hotel - Aurora Ozone Hotel, Executive Rooms

Meals Included - Breakfast and Lunch 


Day 9 - Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

You’ve arrived in the South Australian capital, known for its well-preserved churches and well-admired cuisine. Did you know that Adelaide boasts more restaurants per capita than any other city in Australia? After an Adelaide city tour, the afternoon is yours to see just how many you can sample – we have a few recommendations, including a visit to the epic Central Market, where you can try green ant gin with cheese, among so many other delicacies. This place is the largest covered market in the Southern Hemisphere, with more than 70 stallkeepers showcasing their tasty wares.

Hotel - Crowne Plaza, Adelaide 

Meals Included - Breakfast


Day 10 - Adelaide Hills & The Barossa

Pull on your elastic-waisted pants – today is one of indulgences through the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa, dotted with atmospheric towns like Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. A Barossa and Hahndorf tour reveals the bountiful food and wine this pocket of the state is known for. And you’ll discover local flavours at the South Australian Company Store and historic Seppeltsfield winery, replete with century-old stone buildings enveloped by vines.  

Hotel - Crowne Plaza, Adelaide 

Meals Included - Breakfast, Lunch and Farewell Dinner 


Day 11 - Farewell from Adelaide

By day 11, you will have a suitcase full of gin, wine and cheese; a camera full of dreamy images; and more memories than you can count. Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end after breakfast. 

Included Meals: Breakfast

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