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12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road
Sydney Opera House
Three Sisters, Blue Mountains
Canberra Balloon, NSW
Mount Ainslie Lookout, Canberra
Glenrowan Historic Precinct, Victoria, Australia
Yarra River, Melbourne
Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, Australia
Sea Dragon Kangaroo Island, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island
Adelaide, South Australia
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites, Adelaide
Rottnest Island, Western Australia
Kings Park, Perth

Taste of Southern Australia Tour Plus

17 day City & Touring Holiday – from £4345 £3925

With flights from £5175

A superb itinerary combining city stays in Sydney and Perth with a fully escorted tour exploring the icons of Australia’s great southern coast.

Highlights:
  • Time at leisure to explore Sydney
  • Marvel at the majestic Blue Mountains
  • Explore Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth
  • Travel on the Great Ocean Road, past the Twelve Apostles
  • Enjoy a visit to Rottnest Island

Your Itinerary

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You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do

Sydney Opera House

Day 1 to 2 – Sydney

Arrive into Australia’s most iconic city of Sydney where the open blue waters of its famous…

Arrive into Australia’s most iconic city of Sydney where the open blue waters of its famous harbour and its man made wonders welcome you. Enjoy the following few days to explore at your leisure. You may wish to book a Harbour dining cruise, take in a backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House or climb the iconic Harbour Bridge.

Sydney Opera House
Three Sisters, Blue Mountains

Day 3 – Blue Mountains

Today, there is a full day guided tour of the lush and beautiful

Today, there is a full day guided tour of the lush and beautiful Blue Mountains. This small group excursion will take you into the heart of the mountains to the iconic Three Sisters rock formation and the attractions of Scenic World. Take a ride on the world’s steepest railway or travel on the scenic cableway to truly appreciate the wonder of the region.

Later explore the quaint township of Leura before an encounter at a local wildlife park where you can get up close and personal with some of Australia’s native animals.

Three Sisters, Blue Mountains
Canberra Balloon, NSW

Day 4 – 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

    Lunch, Dinner with wine
Canberra Balloon, NSW
Mount Ainslie Lookout, Canberra

Day 5 – 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 6 – 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 7 – 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
Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road

Day 8 – 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
Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, Australia

Day 9 – 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
Sea Dragon Kangaroo Island, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Day 10 – 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
Sea Dragon Kangaroo Island, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island

Day 11 – 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, 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
Adelaide, South Australia

Day 12 – 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
Adelaide, South Australia
Barossa Valley, South Australia

Day 13 – 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
Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites, Adelaide

Day 14 – Adelaide

By day 14, you will have a suitcase full of gin, wine and cheese; a camera…

By day 14, 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
Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites, Adelaide
Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Day 15 to 16 – Perth City Stay

After breakfast in Adelaide, say farewell to your fellow tour guests as you transfer to the…

After breakfast in Adelaide, say farewell to your fellow tour guests as you transfer to the airport for your flight over the awesome outback scenery of the Nullarbor Plains to the state capital of Perth.

Alternatively continue your journey by land on board the iconic Indian Pacific train to Perth. This three day rail journey includes all meals and drinks and overnight accommodation in comfortable private cabins and allows you to enjoy the ultimate overland adventure.

Spend the next four days exploring Western Australia’s ever evolving gateway city. Your city stay includes a journey to the famous Rottnest Island to view the famous Quokka’s and marvel at the island’s pristine beaches.

Rottnest Island, Western Australia
Kings Park, Perth

Day 17 – Perth

Your journey across Southern Australia comes to an end as you depart from Perth – ask…

Your journey across Southern Australia comes to an end as you depart from Perth – ask your FREEDOM Consultant to include the new, non-stop Perth to London flight for your return home.

Kings Park, Perth

Your Itinerary

You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do

Day 1 to 2

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Sydney

Arrive into Australia’s most iconic city of Sydney where the open blue waters of its famous harbour and its man made wonders welcome you. Enjoy the following few days to explore at your leisure. You may wish to book a Harbour dining cruise, take in a backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House or climb the iconic Harbour Bridge.

Sydney Opera House

Day 3

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Blue Mountains

Today, there is a full day guided tour of the lush and beautiful Blue Mountains. This small group excursion will take you into the heart of the mountains to the iconic Three Sisters rock formation and the attractions of Scenic World. Take a ride on the world’s steepest railway or travel on the scenic cableway to truly appreciate the wonder of the region.

Later explore the quaint township of Leura before an encounter at a local wildlife park where you can get up close and personal with some of Australia’s native animals.

Three Sisters, Blue Mountains

Day 4

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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

    Lunch, Dinner with wine
Canberra Balloon, NSW

Day 5

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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 6

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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 7

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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 8

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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
Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road

Day 9

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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 10

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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
Sea Dragon Kangaroo Island, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Day 11

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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, 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 12

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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
Adelaide, South Australia

Day 13

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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 14

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Adelaide

By day 14, 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
Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites, Adelaide

Day 15 to 16

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Perth City Stay

After breakfast in Adelaide, say farewell to your fellow tour guests as you transfer to the airport for your flight over the awesome outback scenery of the Nullarbor Plains to the state capital of Perth.

Alternatively continue your journey by land on board the iconic Indian Pacific train to Perth. This three day rail journey includes all meals and drinks and overnight accommodation in comfortable private cabins and allows you to enjoy the ultimate overland adventure.

Spend the next four days exploring Western Australia’s ever evolving gateway city. Your city stay includes a journey to the famous Rottnest Island to view the famous Quokka’s and marvel at the island’s pristine beaches.

Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Day 17

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Perth

Your journey across Southern Australia comes to an end as you depart from Perth – ask your FREEDOM Consultant to include the new, non-stop Perth to London flight for your return home.

Kings Park, Perth

Meals & Inclusions

16 nights’ accommodation
10 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners
Expert tour director
Activities and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
Travel by luxury air conditioned coach

Flights & More

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You can also personalise your holiday. Why not add:

  • Extra nights in Sydney or Perth
  • A stopover to Australia in Singapore, Dubai or another destination

Next Steps

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Taste of Southern Australia Tour Plus

17 day City & Touring Holiday – from £4345 £3925

With flights from £5175

The guide price shown is per person based on 2 sharing standard accommodation. Price may vary according to season and standard of hotels chosen. Call Freedom Destinations for details and availability.

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