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The Great Australian Gourmet Adventure

A circumnavigation of Australia's culinary highlights

The Great Australian Gourmet Adventure is a collection of

bite-size short breaks and multi-course, multi-state escapes

that combine to circumnavigate the continent showcasing

Australia’s finest foodie finds right across the country.

Tasteful, fresh and indulgent by design, these suggested Australian culinary journeys are sprinkled, spiced and seasoned with Southern Crossings’ signature luxury travel experiences and exclusives.

14 separate itineraries combine in a circumnavigation of Australia’s culinary highlights that is the Great Australian Gourmet Adventure.


Whether you are tempted by just one or would like to work your way through the full menu, these suggested culinary-focused itineraries are designed to provide a taste of the endless possibilities we can curate.

Italian Cooking Class
Easting dinner at a table with Uluru in background

Our Travel Design team have sipped, supped, sampled and savoured their way around Australia to be able to serve up personalised culinary journeys that go behind-the-scenes and beyond-the-scenery to provide an authentic taste of our unique destinations.

Whether all-things culinary are your all-consuming passion or if you just love great food and wine, the Great Australian Gourmet Adventure invites you to start planning delicious journeys, tailored to your tastes, in whichever corner of the continent you choose to travel.

A circumnavigation of Australia's culinary highlights

Taste your way around Australia

14 culinary-focussed itineraries invite you to taste your way around Australia enjoying some of our team’s favourite foodie finds and exclusive culinary experiences. 


Sample them individually or indulge in the full 103-night degustation adventure by combining them all!

Nourish & Nurture

A delicious 5-night journey in New South Wales’ Northern Rivers Region where Byron Bay’s scenic surrounds serve up fabulously fresh produce from both the land and sea.

Unwind at Gaia Retreat and Spa enjoying vibrant paddock to plate wellness cuisine, meet a collection of the region’s most passionate producers and providores with personalised introductions and samplings, dine at some of Australia’s most highly-awarded regional restaurants and bathe in the region’s relaxed coast lifestyle with a stay the chic and boutique Halcyon House.  

  • Inclusions

    5 nights’ accommodation (3 nights Gaia Retreat & Spa and 2 Halcyon House), return transfers between Gaia and Brunswick Heads for dinner suggestion at Fleet restaurant, full-day private Byron Shire Food Safari, private paddock-to-plate cooking class, private guided gin tasting, daily breakfast, 4 lunches and 5 dinners per person, Coolngatta airport transfers and a contribution to local good charity. From $8090 for two people travelling together on a twin-share basis. (cost of meal at dinner suggestion not included).

Off The Beaten Wine Trails

Enjoy an in-the-know introduction to off-the-beaten track top drops, great eats and boutique stays in Mudgee and Orange.

Setting off from Sydney, with a knowledgeable host at the helm, travel over the Blue Mountains’ Bells Line of Road and through the pretty Capertee Valley to Mudgee. With the central NSW country town rapidly developing a reputation for world-class wineries and award-winning wine bars, your host will introduce you to some of the region’s finest. Sample local Malbec and Cabernet, Tempranillo and spiced meads. Toast to a great day, drinking in the sweeping country views from your insta-worthy luxury eco-glamping accommodation.
Continue to Orange (and learn about the area’s history of orcharding – mostly of apples!) before sampling some of the area’s cool climate wines and meeting a collection of the town’s colourful local characters. Continue the tastings over lunch and overnight in a luxuriously converted Victorian mansion. Return to Sydney the following day, with a coffee stop in Bathurst, and in all likelihood, a boot-full of souvenirs!
  • Inclusions

    3 days touring in a luxury vehicle with private driver/guide, 2 nights’ accommodation (1 night Sierra Escape EcoLodge and 1 night Byng St Boutique Hotel), winery visits and tastings in Mudgee and Orange, 2 lunches, return dinner transfers from Sierra Escape.

  • Notes

    Sierra Escape is adults only. This itinerary is designed for travelers over the age of 18 years.

Foodie finds on the Sunshine Coast

Calling all foodies: enjoy a fabulous foodie’s getaway on the scenic Sunshine Coast.

From the land and sea, farm gates and farmers markets, cooking schools and craft breweries, wineries and waterfront restaurants, the Sunshine Coast and its hinterland hills serve up a smorgasbord of delicious local produce.
Head for the hinterland to begin your foodie adventures and embrace the ‘joie de vivre’ philosophy of the Frenchprovincial inspired Spicers Clovelly Estate. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and native rainforests, Spicers Clovelly Estate has a reputation for exceptional gourmet cuisine. Dine at the property’s The Long Apron hatted restaurant and discover the region’s fabulous fresh produce with a full-day private guided culinary tour. Passionate foodies will love meeting talented local food producers and sampling the wonderful local produce.
Travel to the coast to continue the theme with a two-night stay at Seahaven Beachfront Resort. Surf, swim, bask in the sunshine, kayak across the sea, or visit one of many local markets that showcase regional produce and artisanal fare. With your accommodation located on the vibrant Hastings Street, wine and dine at the many popular restaurants and bars on this strip.
  • Inclusions

    4 nights’ accommodation (2 nights Spicers Clovelly Estate and 2 nights Seahaven Noosa Resort) inclusive of 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch per person. Private Sunshine Coast Hinterland culinary tour. Rental vehicle including insurance (max cover), unlimited kilometres and GPS.

Wine & dine

Enjoy the good life; from the Yarra Valley to Daylesford.

A fabulous four day foodie’s folly starts in the Yarra Valley, staying at Yering Gorge Cottages adjoining the Eastern Golf Club and only moments from some of the region’s most celebrated cellar doors including de Bortoli where we have included a behind-the-scenes tour and tasting
experience with lunch.

Continue the self-drive journey to the heart of Victoria’s spa country to stay at the lovely Lake House in Daylesford where you can enjoy long country walks, healing spa treatments and hatted dining.

  • Inclusions

    4 nights’ accommodation (2 nights Yering Gorge Cottages and 2 nights Lake House Daylesford) inclusive of daily breakfast and 1 lunch,, ultimate de Bortoli Winery Experience and 4 days rental vehicle with insurance (max. cover), unlimited kilometres and GPS.

Gourmet getaway

A decadent combination of wining and dining, including hands-on and behind-the-scenes foodie experiences.

Begin your gourmet getaway as you mean to continue, in style, sipping champagne at the famed Lake House in Daylesford. Then roll up your sleeves to enjoy an exclusive hands-on cooking class the with the acclaimed restaurant’s talented chefs. Enjoy the spoils of your labour, a fabulous three course meal, with matched premium wines. It would of course be remiss to visit Victoria’s spa country without a visit to the day spa, so spend the following morning soaking in 100% pure mineral waters. We have included a one-hour relaxing massage to help you really unwind.

Journey to the Grampians through beautiful farmlands and towering eucalypts, stopping for lunch in the grand gold-rush city of Ballarat. On arrival at the Royal Mail Hotel, join the sommelier for a tour and tasting in the hotel’s impressive wine cellar before a degustation dinner in Wickens Restaurant, another hatted regional Victorian restaurant. After breakfast, join one of the hotel chefs to learn the sustainable philosophies of Australia’s largest restaurant kitchen garden. Then journey through the Grampians National Park and take the opportunity to hike to scenic lookouts, admire waterfalls and wildflowers and learn about the region’s rich Aboriginal history.

Mt Langi Ghiran, regarded as one of Australia’s most celebrated producers of Shiraz, is the perfect spot to break up the return journey to Melbourne; and an exclusive tour and tasting experience is the perfect way to round off this escorted epicurean escape.

Continue to Melbourne by road, or finish on a real high with a scenic 75-minute scenic helicopter flight to the city.

  • Inclusions

    Private Cooking Class at Lake House Restaurant (3-course with beverages), one night accommodation, supper and breakfast in a Lodge Studio Room at Lake House Daylesford, Mineral Springs Bathing and 60-minute massage, one night accommodation in a deluxe mountain view room at the Royal Mail hotel including sommelier-led cellar tour and tasting, chef-led kitchen garden tour, breakfast and dinner in Wickens Restaurant, exclusive tour and tasting experience at Mount Langi Ghiran. 3 days private driver/guide and luxury vehicle (pick up/drop off within 10km Melbourne CBD)

  • Note

    Private charter tour can commence Tues, Weds, Thurs or Fridays year round, subject to availability

Wine with style

Enjoy an indulgence of fine wine, fabulous food and luxury lodgings with four days of private touring in the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale.

Begin your food and wine adventures with two nights at the luxurious new Sequoia lodge. Tucked away in the Adelaide Hills, Sequoia’s scenic and peaceful private setting is only minutes from the heart of Adelaide’s bustling foodie scene, and is surrounded by some fabulous boutique wineries. Go behind the scenes in the Barossa to enjoy barrel-room tastings, wine and chocolate pairings and sample past, present and future wines (including port from the year of your birth) with a private full-day tour of the Barossa Valley’s finest labels and celebrated cellar doors.

Enjoying sweeping views over McLaren Vale to Mt Lofty ranges, the following two nights are at the stylish and sophisticated Vineyard Retreat. Private tastings and personal insights pepper the following two days’ touring which also takes in a hike to Onkaparinga Gorge, a beach drive on spectacular Silver Sands and introductions to some of the region’s most inspiring and influential locals that are shaping South Australian viticulture.

  • Inclusions

    4 nights’ accommodation (2 nights Sequoia and 2 nights The Vineyard Retreat) inclusive of 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners per person. Full day private Barossa Valley tour, 3 day/2 night private McLaren Vale touring. Private transfers throughout.

A feast for the senses

Fresh air and fine food, beautiful waterways and breathtaking national parks.

Start your Tasmanian getaway in historic Hobart. Tasmania’s harbourfront capital showcases a rich heritage and a dynamic modern food scene. Enjoy a two-night stay at MACq01, a stylish storytelling hotel on the city’s vibrant waterfront, only a short stroll from some of Hobart’s finest eateries and small-batch whisky distilleries, cafes, markets and wine bars. During a full day cruise down the Derwent River and into the sheltered waters of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, gather the ingredients for a decadent seafood feast (freshly shucked oysters, abalone, rock lobster, sea urchin and salmon) accompanied by gourmet local produce, fine Tasmanian wines, local craft beers and apple ciders for a most memorable (and delicious) introduction to Australia’s island state.
Take to the road to continue your journey along Tasmania’s scenic East Coast. Explore Freycinet Peninsula’s breathtaking coastal views, spectacular bushland and popular hiking tracks at your own pace. Soak up the scenery and serenity from your outdoor bath-tub on the deck of your stylish Coastal Pavilion at Freycinet Lodge, overlooking Great Oyster Bay and the rugged Hazards mountain range. Enjoy a sampling of Tasmania’s finest handcrafted gins or a sensory journey through Tasmania’s iconic wine regions during your stay at the Lodge. Surrounded by Freycinet National Park, you may choose to hike, bike, kayak or cruise to explore the region’s untracked beaches and untamed bushland, from Cape Tourville Lighthouse to Wineglass Bay.
  • Inclusions

    4 nights’ accommodation (2 nights at MACq01 and 2 nights at Freycinet Lodge) inclusive of daily breakfast and 1 lunch per person. Full day small group Seafood Seduction cruise, self-guided gin or wine tasting at Freycinet Lodge. Rental vehicle including insurance, unlimited kilometres and GPS.

Wonderful wines & wildlife

Combining two of South Australia’s most iconic destinations, enjoy some of the state’s finest accommodation, wines, fresh produce and wildlife in the Barossa Valley and Kangaroo Island.

Hit the road and head north from the city to the beautiful Barossa Valley. Enjoying three luxurious nights at The Louise, surrounded by picturesque vineyard landscapes, explore the best of the Barossa with a full-day private guided tour of the region. Then roll up your sleeves and cook up a storm with an Italian cooking class steeped in colourful culture and full of flavour.

For a complete change of scenery, swap wines for wildlife with a three-night stay at the luxurious Sea Dragon Lodge on Kangaroo Island. With this tranquil seafront retreat as your base, enjoy two days private touring to explore this spectacular island and meet its many friendly locals (kangaroos and wallabies, seals, koalas and more). Stunning natural beauty, wonderful wildlife encounters and delicious local produce await at every turn.

  • Inclusions

    6 nights’ accommodation (3 nights The Louise and 3 nights Sea Dragon Lodge and Villa) inclusive of daily breakfast, 4 lunches and 3 dinners per person. Small group Italian cooking class, Private full day Barossa Valley tour, 2 Full days private touring of Kangaroo Island. Return transfers from Kingscote Airport to Accommodation. Automatic rental vehicle including insurance (max cover), unlimited kilometres and GPS.

  • Note

    Return domestic air travel between Kangaroo Island and Adelaide is not included.

Wines & wheels

Experience the culinary delights and cellar doors, stunning scenery and local insights of Adelaide, Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, and the Fleurieu Peninsula

Overnight in Adelaide to explore the city’s charms and thriving food scene before joining a multi-day guided, supported and accommodated cycling tour through South Australia’s wine country. Largely off-road, easy cycling trails wind their way between vineyards and cellar doors. Enjoy gourmet dining, farm gate produce tastings and wine tutorials along the way.

Then it’s time to sit back and let someone else do the driving, with a two-day private discovery tour of the Fleurieu Peninsula that combines breathtaking geology, and mouth-watering oenology, spectacular scenery and captivating local insights. Visit Onkaparinga Gorge and Silver Sands Beach, enjoying guided hikes and scenic beach drives, whilst also enjoying personalised introductions to some of the region’s most highly-awarded wineries.

  • Inclusions

    7 nights’ accommodation (2 nights Adelaide Playford, 1 night Rising Sun Hotel, 1 night Clare Valley Country Club, 1 night Mana by Haus Villas Hahndorf, 2 nights Coastal Lodge) inclusive of daily breakfast, 6 lunches and 5 dinners per person. 5 day small group guided cycling tour including hybrid bike hire and a support vehicle for the duration of the trip, 2 day private tour of Fleurieu Peninsula. Private transfers throughout.

  • Note

    Guided cycling tour operates with scheduled departure dates (please check available dates with our Travel Designers. This easy-grade cycling tour can also be enjoyed outside these dates on a self-guided basis (information pack and maps provided). Hotels on cycling tour may be subject to change. Departure flights from Adelaide on the final day of this itinerary must depart after 5:00pm.

An epic epicurean adventure

A Taste of the South: Adelaide. Port Lincoln, Limestone Coast, Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne.

Begin your tasty adventures in Adelaide, enjoying an Eco-Caddy tour of the city and a guided tour of the bustling Adelaide Central Market by day; and a guided progressive dinner tour of some of the city’s lively local bars and restaurants by night. Your stay in the city also includes a guided day trip to the Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale.

Fly to Port Lincoln for a refreshingly different taste of South Australia. Get hands-on and sand between your toes as you hunt and gather abalone and cockles, oysters and more in Australia’s ‘seafood capital’ whilst also enjoying organic wines and local craft beers, exclusive foodie experiences, wildlife spotting and scenic 4WD adventures.

Return to the Adelaide Hills to enjoy an indulgent stay at Sequoia luxury lodge surrounded by beautiful gardens and boutique wineries. Take up the opportunity of hatted dining and decadent day spas before jetting off with your private charter flight to the multi-award-winning Mayura Station to enjoy the ultimate Wagyu beef paddock to plate experience. After lunch, reboard your private aircraft for the onward flight to Melbourne. Staying in trendy South Yarra, enjoy a private tasting tour of Melbourne’s lively laneways and arcades with a knowledgeable local foodie, and a full-day foodie tour to the Mornington Peninsula, including a private cruise on Port Philip Bay.

  • Inclusions

    9 nights’ accommodation (3 nights Mayfair, 1 night Port Lincoln Hotel, 2 nights Sequoia, 3 nights The Olsen) inclusive of 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 1 dinner per person. Half-day private Adelaide EcoCaddy & Central Market tour, Private hosted progressive dinner, Private wine tour to your choice of Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale, 2- day private gourmet tour of Port Lincoln and Eyre Peninsula, Private charter flight Adelaide-Melbourne with paddock to plate dining experience at Mayura Station en route. Half-day private expert led Melbourne walking tour, Full day private tour to the Mornington Peninsula including a private cruise. Return scheduled commercial flights Adelaide-Port Lincoln, Private transfers throughout.

  • Note

    This itinerary is available September-May. The Adelaide EcoCaddy & Central Markets tour operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Sundays.

Waterways & wines

Explore and unwind, discover and indulge in Perth and the Margaret River wine country

The sunny Western Australian capital of Perth sits on the banks of the Swan River and is fringed by a string of beautiful surf beaches. Stay three nights at COMO The Treasury and enjoy contemporary luxury in Perth’s recently revitalised historic heart. Join a local guide for an afternoon of exclusive private tastings in the beautiful Swan Valley followed by a sunset dinner at Perth’s City Beach.

Follow the road south from Perth to the magnificent Margaret River, which boasts some of Australia’s best surf beaches and most highly-awarded wineries. Stay three-nights at the iconic Cape Lodge, a private country estate surrounded by its own vineyards, manicured gardens and ornamental lakes, and renowned for its award winning restaurant. Spend a day with an in-the-know local and gain insights into this beautiful region while exploring some of the local galleries and vineyards, including introductions to interesting local characters along the way. Early morning swims, long vineyard lunches and scenic coastal walking tracks are just some of the other pleasures on offer in this wonderful corner of the country, before returning your rental vehicle to Perth.

  • Inclusions

    6 nights’ accommodation (3 nights Como The Treasury and 3 nights Cape Lodge) inclusive of daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 4 dinners per person. Private hosted afternoon Swan Valley & City Beach sunset experience, A fullday private hosted Margaret River tour and tastings. Rental vehicle including insurance, unlimited kilometres and GPS.

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