Australia is a country known for its harsh desert, luscious Shiraz wine and… Nicole Kidman. What often goes unnoticed is its multitude of other landscapes, from rainforests to tropical beaches, from rolling grasslands to its modern, urban city centers chock full of restaurants and cafes that can compete with New York City. Australia also has an incredible production of other wine varietals, from Durif to Viognier, and a population full of unique personalities and cuisines stemming from diverse ethnic heritages. Visit Australia and gift yourself with five-star tasting menus, New World wine, super fresh local produce, an incredible coastline, a forested interior, art, music, and of course, kangaroos! Join us for 14-21 days for a journey Down Under that will only inspire more travel. Below is a sample itinerary for a program in Tasmania, Australia; it is completely customizable and we are able to include locations on the mainland (Sydney, Melbourne, Byron Bay).

  • EAT your way through the gastronomic cities of Hobart and Launceston that bustle with farm to table and locavore restaurants, showcasing the small island's iconic produce and wine

  • WANDER through local dairies sprinkled along the impressive Tasmania coastline where artisanal cheese and ice cream are produced

  • TEST YOUR PALATE with Tasmania's elegant cold-climate wines, from Pinot Noir to Reisling and talk to the winemakers who are putting Tasmania on the wine map

  • EXPLORE some of the world's most ancient old growth forest where wild rivers can still be found in a state that is 45% covered in virgin bushland

  • SAMPLE locally grown produce (crisp apples! juicy pears!) and seafood (briny oysters!) found in roadside stalls and open farms where farmers are on-hand for meet-and-greets and happy to talk shop

  • BRING OUT your inner child in the adult playground of MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), host to a world-class art collection, stunning restaurant, hotel, brewery and winery

Best time to visit: September - April

Time difference: EST +14 hours

Travel time from NYC: 20.5 hours

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