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Yelland & Papps, Barossa Valley
Canberra Balloon, NSW
Mount Ainslie Lookout, Canberra
Glenrowan Historic Precinct, Victoria, Australia
Yarra River, Melbourne
12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, Australia
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island
Eos by SkyCity, Adelaide
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Adelaide, South Australia

Tastes of Southern Australia

11 day Escorted Tour – from £4199 £3569

With flights from £4679

A grand tour around Australia’s finest cities, with stunning country and coastal scenery in-between. Travel by luxury coach, staying in quality hotels.

Highlights:
  • Discover Australia’s capital, Canberra
  • Explore Melbourne’s hidden laneways
  • Spot Australia’s iconic wildlife on Kangaroo Island
  • Drive along the iconic Great Ocean Road
  • Go wine tasting in the Barossa Valley

Your Itinerary

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You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or activities before of after your Southern Australia tour. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Canberra Balloon, NSW

Day 1 – Sydney – Canberra

As hard as it is to say goodbye to Sydney, it’s just as easy to say…

As hard as it is to say goodbye to Sydney, it’s just as easy to say hello to the Southern Highlands. South of the ‘Harbour City’, the bucolic countryside of Berrima awaits – fun fact: this is the oldest Georgian village in Australia. Further on, you’re welcomed to Gold Creek Station by sheep farmer Craig Starr for a Be My Guest BBQ lunch and tales about life on the land. Onward to the country’s cool little capital, home to Parliament House, where you’ll go behind the political scenes. Tonight, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner.

    Crowne Plaza Canberra

    Be My Guest Lunch, Dinner with wine
Canberra Balloon, NSW
Mount Ainslie Lookout, Canberra

Day 2 – Canberra – Wangaratta

Get some Canberra perspective from the summit of Mt. Ainslie. You won’t be able to see…

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. We’ll give you the Beechworth lowdown, 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.

    Quality Hotel Wangaratta

    Breakfast
Mount Ainslie Lookout, Canberra
Glenrowan Historic Precinct, Victoria, Australia

Day 3 – Wangaratta – Melbourne

Meandering south toward historic Glenrowan, you’re well and truly in Ned Kelly country – this is…

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.

    Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne

    Breakfast
Glenrowan Historic Precinct, Victoria, Australia
Yarra River, Melbourne

Day 4 – Melbourne Free Time

You’re on your own today. Well, not really, because your Travel Director is at your service…

You’re on your own today. Well, not really, because your Travel Director is at your service to help arrange optional 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 Melbourne Skydeck at the Eureka Tower. Animal lover? Venture to Phillip Island to see hundreds of little penguins pad along the sand. 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. The choice is yours.

    Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne

    Breakfast
Yarra River, Melbourne
12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road

Day 5 – Melbourne – Warrnambool

The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most epic journeys, a dramatic 240-kilometre union…

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. We recommend having it poised to snap shots of the Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge rock formations. It doesn’t get any better than this.

    Lady Bay Resort

    Breakfast, Dinner with wine
12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, Australia

Day 6 – Warrnambool – Naracoorte

Emus, kangaroos, koalas, echidnas… These are just some of the animals you’ll likely spot as you…

Emus, kangaroos, koalas, echidnas… These are just some of the animals you’ll likely spot as you drive through Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve – housed in a dormant volcanic crater. 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. 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.

    William MacIntosh Motor Lodge, Naracoorte

    Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, Australia
Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Day 7 – Naracoorte – Kangaroo Island

The Fleurieu Peninsula is a natural adventure playground, all rolling hills, rugged clifftops and sandy beaches….

The Fleurieu Peninsula 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 for Kangaroo Island. A well-deserved tasting of craft beer awaits at a boutique brewery, the only one on the island. How does a Golden Ale sound? Your destination is South Australia’s oldest European settlement, Kingscote.

    Aurora Ozone Hotel, Executive Rooms

    Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island

Day 8 – Kangaroo Island

If you like alliterations, you’ll love today’s attractions: first stops are Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch,…

If you like alliterations, you’ll love today’s attractions: first stops are Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, home to an immense colony of raucous fur seals. Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary was badly damaged by the 2019 bushfires. Through your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, you’ll assist with their bushfire recovery plan and wildlife rehabilitation program. Learn from one of their experienced guides about the delicate ecosystem and Australian native animals. 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.

    Aurora Ozone Hotel, Executive Rooms

    Breakfast, Lunch
Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island
Eos by SkyCity, Adelaide

Day 9 – Kangaroo Island – Adelaide

You’ve arrived in the South Australian capital, known for its well-preserved churches and well-admired cuisine. Did…

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 a cultural walking tour through the city’s Botanic Gardens with an Aboriginal Guide, and 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.

    Crowne Plaza Adelaide

    Breakfast
Eos by SkyCity, Adelaide
Barossa Valley, South Australia

Day 10 – Adelaide Hills and the Barossa

Pull on your elastic-waisted trousers – today is one of indulgences through the Adelaide Hills and…

Pull on your elastic-waisted trousers – 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 enjoy a tasting from small batch wine makers from across the valley as well as discovering local flavours over lunch at Lambert Estate enveloped by vines.

    Crowne Plaza Adelaide

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Adelaide, South Australia

Day 11 – Farewell from Adelaide

By day 11, you will have a suitcase full of gin, wine and cheese; a camera…

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.

    Crowne Plaza Adelaide

    Breakfast
Adelaide, South Australia

Your Itinerary

You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or activities before of after your Southern Australia tour. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Day 1

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Sydney – Canberra

As hard as it is to say goodbye to Sydney, it’s just as easy to say hello to the Southern Highlands. South of the ‘Harbour City’, the bucolic countryside of Berrima awaits – fun fact: this is the oldest Georgian village in Australia. Further on, you’re welcomed to Gold Creek Station by sheep farmer Craig Starr for a Be My Guest BBQ lunch and tales about life on the land. Onward to the country’s cool little capital, home to Parliament House, where you’ll go behind the political scenes. Tonight, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner.

    Crowne Plaza Canberra

    Be My Guest Lunch, Dinner with wine
Canberra Balloon, NSW

Day 2

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Canberra – Wangaratta

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. We’ll give you the Beechworth lowdown, 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.

    Quality Hotel Wangaratta

    Breakfast
Mount Ainslie Lookout, Canberra

Day 3

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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.

    Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne

    Breakfast
Glenrowan Historic Precinct, Victoria, Australia

Day 4

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Melbourne Free Time

You’re on your own today. Well, not really, because your Travel Director is at your service to help arrange optional 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 Melbourne Skydeck at the Eureka Tower. Animal lover? Venture to Phillip Island to see hundreds of little penguins pad along the sand. 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. The choice is yours.

    Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne

    Breakfast
Yarra River, Melbourne

Day 5

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Melbourne – 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. We recommend having it poised to snap shots of the Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge rock formations. It doesn’t get any better than this.

    Lady Bay Resort

    Breakfast, Dinner with wine
12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road

Day 6

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Warrnambool – Naracoorte

Emus, kangaroos, koalas, echidnas… These are just some of the animals you’ll likely spot as you drive through Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve – housed in a dormant volcanic crater. 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. 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.

    William MacIntosh Motor Lodge, Naracoorte

    Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, Australia

Day 7

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Naracoorte – Kangaroo Island

The Fleurieu Peninsula 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 for Kangaroo Island. A well-deserved tasting of craft beer awaits at a boutique brewery, the only one on the island. How does a Golden Ale sound? Your destination is South Australia’s oldest European settlement, Kingscote.

    Aurora Ozone Hotel, Executive Rooms

    Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Day 8

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Kangaroo Island

If you like alliterations, you’ll love today’s attractions: first stops are Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, home to an immense colony of raucous fur seals. Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary was badly damaged by the 2019 bushfires. Through your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, you’ll assist with their bushfire recovery plan and wildlife rehabilitation program. Learn from one of their experienced guides about the delicate ecosystem and Australian native animals. 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.

    Aurora Ozone Hotel, Executive Rooms

    Breakfast, Lunch
Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island

Day 9

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Kangaroo Island – 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 a cultural walking tour through the city’s Botanic Gardens with an Aboriginal Guide, and 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.

    Crowne Plaza Adelaide

    Breakfast
Eos by SkyCity, Adelaide

Day 10

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Adelaide Hills and the Barossa

Pull on your elastic-waisted trousers – 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 enjoy a tasting from small batch wine makers from across the valley as well as discovering local flavours over lunch at Lambert Estate enveloped by vines.

    Crowne Plaza Adelaide

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Barossa Valley, South Australia

Day 11

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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.

    Crowne Plaza Adelaide

    Breakfast
Adelaide, South Australia

This Tour Includes

10 nights accommodation
10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 5 dinners
Expert tour director
Activities and experiences as detailed in the itinerary
Professional and experienced driver
Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach

Departure Dates

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2024-09-19

2024-10-17

2024-10-31

2024-11-21

2025-01-09

2025-01-23

2025-02-06

2025-02-20

2025-03-06

2025-03-20

2025-04-10

2025-05-01

2025-08-28

2025-09-18

2025-10-16

2025-10-30

2025-11-20

2026-01-08

2026-01-22

2026-02-05

2026-02-19

2026-03-05

2026-03-19

To confirm availability call 0333 234 2889

Flights & More

With FREEDOM, you can book your Tastes of Southern Australia escorted tour and flights together, as an ATOL protected package. Our Travel Experts can find the best priced Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for you.

You can also personalise your holiday. Why not add:

  • Nights in Sydney before your tour
  • A stopover to Australia in Dubai, Singapore or another destination

Next Step

Please get in touch with our Australia Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

Tastes of Southern Australia

11 day Escorted Tour – from £4199 £3569

With flights from £4679

All prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room and include meals shown. Seasonal supplements may apply. Please call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability.

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