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Pack your bags … we’re going to Australia for a Food & Wine tour!

Posted by Debbie

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Together with the award winning Aussie Travel, Savvy Sommelier Debbie Trenholm is getting ready to accompany this once in a lifetime tour to ‘Taste Your Way Around Australia’.  This 23 day trip is specially created for a small group of 20 people to discover Australia with a guide & a Sommelier!  Get ready to set your ‘Out of Office’ automatic reply on your email because you will be down under from March 9 to 31st next year!

Have a look at what is in store . . . then get your passport ready!


‘Taste Your Way Around Australia’
March 09-31, 2013

Yarra Valley, Barossa Valley, Hunter Valley

Melbourne, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Cairns, Hamilton Island, Sydney

(Breakfast=B + Dinner=D included)
Upon arrival in Melbourne, you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at your own leisure. This evening’s welcome dinner will see you cruise the city streets in the world’s first travelling Tramcar Restaurant.
Stay: The Causeway 353 Hotel, Melbourne

DAY 4. MELBOURNE (Breakfast=B + Lunch=L included)
Today you will travel to the door of a vineyard and go behind the scenes to meet the wine-maker. Here you will learn of wine making techniques before trying your hand at this art yourself. Listen, taste and learn. Then put on your wine-makers hat as you take the test tube and decide what the next stage will be. Assume the role as the cellar master, discuss and decide on the style and get to work. Of course, you’ll be guided by the wine-maker who’ll do his best to keep you right on track. A fun filled day indeed.
Stay: The Causeway 353 Hotel, Melbourne

DAY 5. MELBOURNE (Breakfast=B + Lunch=L + Dinner=D)
Today your journey takes you to the Mornington Peninsula where you will meet cheese makers, press olives and learn about olive production, pink berries, collect fresh seafood, go behind the scenes at a bakery and learn about chocolate making. You will enjoy a private barrel tasting of local cool climate wines.
Arrive at a private kitchen with the produce you’ve collected and prepare for an afternoon of fun with an intimate, hands-on-cooking class and then feast on your creative work.
Late this afternoon you will arrive at Phillip Island, home to thousands of little fairy penguins. This evening you will enjoy an exclusive viewing of the Penguin Parade before making your way back to Melbourne.
Stay: The Causeway 353 Hotel, Melbourne

DAY 6. MELBOURNE (B included)
Today is yours to discover Melbourne on your own or with some of your new friends. Suggested activities include the Old Melbourne Gaol, the Queen Victoria Markets, meander through the many laneways & arcades, visit the Melbourne Museum, the seaside suburb of St Kilda, visit the world renowned MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) or check out the Melbourne Grand Prix which begins today.
Stay: The Causeway 353 Hotel, Melbourne

DAY 7. GREAT OCEAN ROAD (B + L included)
Known as the world’s most inspiring coastal drive, today you will follow its winding trail through the lush Otway rainforests, to the breathtaking, windswept drama of the Shipwreck Coast. Travel through Torquay, Lorne and Apollo Bay before arriving at the Twelve Apostles; giant rock stacks that soar from the swirling waters of the Southern Ocean. Visit Loch Ard Gorge before making your way back to Melbourne.
Stay: The Causeway 353 Hotel, Melbourne

DAY 8. ADELAIDE (B included)
This morning you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Adelaide, the city of churches. This afternoon is free to explore this ‘20 minute’ city.
Stay: The Crowne Plaza, Adelaide

DAY 9. ADELAIDE (B + L included)
Today you will travel through the scenic Torrens Gorge on your way to the Barossa Valley. The Torrens Gorge is a natural chasm carved out of the Adelaide Hills by the River Torrens. Visit Peter Lehmann Winery and Torbreck wine cellars. Lunch will be alfresco under the vines or at Vintners restaurant just out of Angaston. This afternoon you will visit Penfold’s for a special ‘Make Your Own Blend’ experience.
Stay: The Crowne Plaza, Adelaide

DAY 10. KANGAROO ISLAND (B + L included)
This morning you will be transferred to Penneshaw for your ferry transfer to Kangaroo Island where you will begin your Kangaroo Island experience. Your tour will blend a range of wildlife experiences with an elegant barbeque at a private lunch site out in the bush. You will get an introduction to island life.
Stay: Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn, Kangaroo Island

Your touring today will see you experiencing Kangaroo Island’s extraordinary food. Discover the diversity of the produce, the passion of the producers, and experience the ‘paddock to plate’ phenomenon. This full day may incorporate oysters, abalone, artisan cheeses, honey, free-range eggs, native spices, yoghurt and excellent wines. At the end of the day you will return to Penneshaw for your return transfer back to Adelaide.
Stay: The Crowne Plaza, Adelaide

DAY 12. CAIRNS (B + D included)
Mid-morning you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Cairns; the gateway to the world famous Great Barrier Reef. This evening the group will dine at Cairns’ most highly awarded restaurant where they specialise in fresh local seafood, game, bush foods, premium Australian produce and regional Australian cuisine.
Stay: The Mantra on the Esplanade, Cairns

DAY 13. CAIRNS (B included)
Today you will be transferred from your hotel to Freshwater Station where you will board the Kuranda Scenic Rail for a breathtaking journey on one of the world’s most scenic operational rail journeys. On arrival in Kuranda you will have time to explore the Village in the Rainforest and its many attractions including the Heritage Markets which operate daily. After enjoying the world’s most beautiful rainforest experiences, take a ride on the 7km Skyrail with spectacular views over the rainforest’s canopy before visiting the fascinating Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Your indigenous guide will escort you through the park to discover Australia’s ancient culture through theatre, stage shows and demonstrations. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Stay: The Mantra on the Esplanade, Cairns

DAY 14. CAIRNS (B + L included)
This morning you will depart for Michaelmas Cay; a picturesque reef sand island surrounded by magical coral gardens teeming with incredible diversity of marine life. The Cay is a protected seabird sanctuary playing host to over 20,000 migratory seabirds. It is one of the most important nesting sights in the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy a day of snorkelling, diving or sailing on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef—sure to be a day to remember.
Stay: The Mantra on the Esplanade, Cairns

DAY 15. HAMILTON ISLAND (B + L included)
This morning you will be transferred to the airport in time to check in for your short flight to Hamilton Island; one of 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays. At midday you will board a watercraft that will take you to Whitehaven Beach; considered one of the top 10 beaches in the world and one of the must see icons of the Whitsundays. With 7 kilometres of glistening pure white natural silica sand, enjoy beach activities, take a leisurely stroll, swim in the crystal clear waters or simply lay back under the sun shelters and enjoy a good book.
Stay: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island

DAY 16. HAMILTON ISLAND (B included)
Today is a free day to explore Hamilton Island, visit the Yacht Club, play a round of golf, take a hike up to One Tree Hill, take a complimentary scooter and drive around the island, take a stroll along Catseye Beach or take a spectacular helicopter flight over Whitehaven Beach (all at own expense).
Stay: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island

DAY 17. HAMILTON ISLAND (B + L included)
To properly experience the wonders of the world’s most celebrated underwater playground and one of the natural wonders of the world, you will spend the day aboard the Reef Spirit, a purpose built snorkel and dive boat. Sail to Bait Reef with its shallow lagoons and coral gardens suitable for beginner snorkelers and divers. For the most adventurous, underwater canyons, vertical ‘Stepping Stones’, and plentiful sea life provide a snorkel and scuba experience to remember.
Stay: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island

DAY 18. SYDNEY (B included)
This afternoon you will be transferred to the Hamilton Island airport where you will board your flight to the beautiful harbour city of Sydney. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Stay: Old Sydney Holiday Inn, The Rocks—Sydney

DAY 19. HUNTER VALLEY (B + L included)
Today we travel to the world class wineries of the Hunter Valley. We will wind our way through the Northern Suburbs then escape through the brilliant sandstone outcrops of Ku-ring-gai National Park. We will travel through Wollombi and Mt View before we descent into the Hunter Valley to begin our wine tasting at a few of the very special boutique wineries in the area.
Stay: Old Sydney Holiday Inn, The Rocks—Sydney

DAY 20. SYDNEY (B + L + D included)
This morning you have the choice of climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge; a truly breathtaking experience OR you can enjoy a walking tour of The Rocks. Afterwards, you will be transferred to Woolloomooloo to sample the best Aussie meat pies Sydney has to offer. After lunch you have the choice of being transferred back to your hotel or you can choose to walk back to the hotel via the Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair where you will witness fabulous views of Sydney Harbour. Later this afternoon you will board your own Tall Ship for a beautiful harbour cruise, wine tasting and canapé dinner.
Stay: Old Sydney Holiday Inn, The Rocks—Sydney

DAY 21. SYDNEY (B + L included)
Today is yours to discover this magnificent harbour city.
Stay: Old Sydney Holiday Inn, The Rocks—Sydney

DAY 22. SYDNEY (B + D included)
This morning you will have an exclusive tour of Altmann & Cherney; an Australian family owned business established in 1948 by John Altmann and Rudi Cherny who shared a passion for opals and wanted to show this uniquely Australian gemstone to the world. Afterwards you will make your way to the famed Sydney Opera House for an Essential Tour. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to further discover this beautiful city. This evening the group will meet in the lobby and make your way to your farewell dinner at a stunning restaurant at Circular Quay; a great opportunity to share memories and say farewell to this beautiful country.
Stay: Old Sydney Holiday Inn, The Rocks—Sydney

Your tour concludes this morning when you are transferred from the hotel to the airport.


Tour Highlights:

  • Unique Tramcar restaurant
  • Chef-Led cooking tour
  • Fairy Penguin Parade
  • The Twelve Apostles & Great Ocean Road
  • Kangaroo Island—Australia’s Galapagos
  • Historic rail journey through a rainforest
  • Iconic Whitehaven Beach
  • Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef
  • Blend Your Own Wine experiences
  • Yarra Valley, Hunter Valley & Barossa Valley wine tastings
  • Idyllic Hamilton Island
  • The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains
  • Sydney Bridgeclimb
  • Harbour Cruise onboard a Tall Ship
  • Exclusive Opal Tour
  • Indigenous Cultural Centre
  • Essential Sydney Opera House
  • Harry’s Café de Wheels
  • Australian Grand Prix (optional extra)



TO BOOK: A non-refundable deposit of $1000CAD per person is required at time of booking. Each passenger must complete a ‘Booking Registration Form’ and submit with deposit. Final payment is due no later than November 1st, 2012.

INSURANCE: Insurance is highly recommended and must be purchased at time of booking.

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations prior to November 1st, 2012 will incur a $1000CAD per person cancellation penalty.

Cancellations from November 2nd, 2012 onward will incur a 100% per person cancellation penalty.

PASSPORTS AND VISA: Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your return date. If you are travelling on a non-Canadian passport, please check online or directly with the Australian High Commission for the most current visa requirements. Canadian citizens require an Electronic Travel Authority to enter Australia as a visitor.

WAIVER: Prices are based on exchange rates, taxes and land prices for a minimum of 10 persons taking the main itinerary. Significant changes in any of these components will have an effect on the final price. In the event that this occurs, you will be advised at least 130 days prior to departure. Hotels listed within the itinerary may be substituted for those of similar value. Any such changes is at the sole discretion of Aussie Travel Ltd.

TRAVEL AGENT’S RESPONSIBILITY: Aussie Travel Limited and/or its agents, act only as agents for the client in all matters pertaining to travel. They assume no responsibility nor liability in connection with the service of any vessel, carriage, aircraft, motor or other conveyances which may be used, whether wholly or in part, in the performance or its duty to the passenger; neither will it be responsible for any act, error, or omission, or any injury, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned by reason of any defect in any vehicle or through the neglect or default of any company or person engaged in carrying ou the purpose for which tickets or coupons are issued. In the event that it becomes necessary or advisable for the comfort or wellbeing of the passengers, or for any reason whatsoever to alter the itinerary or arrangements, which alterations may be made without penalty to the operators. Additional expenses, if any, shall be borne by the passengers; conversely refund will be made to the passenger if any saving is effected thereby. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyance. The passage contract in use by the airlines concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and the purchaser of these tours and or/passenger. The right is reserved to withdraw any or all tours should conditions warrant, also to decline to accept or retain any passengers as members of the tours. Aussie Travel Limited can assume no responsibility for lost tickets or coupons.



  • Fully Escorted by Michelle Streicher, Premier Aussie Specialist
  • and Debbie Trenholm, Sommelier from the Savvy Company
  • Deluxe hotel accommodation as per itinerary based on twin share
  • Admissions as per the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (21 B-breakfast, 12 L-lunch, 5 D-dinner)
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • Group International flights from Ottawa with Qantas Airways
  • Group Domestic flights as per the itinerary with Qantas Airways
  • Australian Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)


  • Personal items and Gratuities
  • Meals unless listed in itinerary
  • Cancellation/Medical insurance
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharge extra—approximately $976CAD per person (subject to change until ticketed)


  • $ 14,526 CAD per person based on Twin Share $3,199 CAD Single Supplement
  • (discount applies if paid by cheque; contact Aussie Travel for details)
  • (Airline Taxes & Fuel Surcharge extra—approximately $850 CAD per person)

Michelle Streicher, CTC

Suite 105, 556 O’Connor Drive, Kingston ON K7P 1N3
Tel: 613.507.2869 Email:

TICO# 50018843