Australia is the world's sixth-largest country, and undeniably one of its most fascinating. Because Americans perceive it as being a "far-away" destination and because there's so much to see and do, usually within a limited time, clients are frequently advised to explore the vast Land Down Under one portion at a time. Odds are that, after an inaugural visit, they'll book a second trip to experience "the rest" of Australia, which includes 10,000 beaches, 40 million kangaroos and the world's longest continuous fence.
Fly Qantas from the
Sydney hub to Adelaide—the state capital of South Australia—and meet Ralf
Hadzic of Life is a Cabernet to experience a mouth-watering food-and-wine
tasting agenda in the gum-treed, kangaroo-friendly Barossa region, which is
about 75 minutes away. Savor big, bold flavors at the historic Seppelt and
You can't do better than Peppers the Louise for your Barossa accommodations. This is a luxury vineyard retreat with impeccable service and suites that feature fireplaces, private courtyards and terraces, chic furnishings and large en-suites, some with outdoor showers. The property's popular restaurant, Appellation, is known for fresh, local ingredients meticulously prepared by Chef Mark McNamara.
Upon returning to Adelaide, foodie guru Mark Gleeson will
"tastefully" guide you through the Central Markets with his Chef's
Market Tours (yes, sampling is encouraged).
Bottom to Top
Next on your schedule, head to
Ready to go, again? Fly Air North to the Way Outback, stopping first in Kununurra, then transferring to an Alligator Airways charter flight for the trip to Bullo River Station. The 500,000-acre "station," or ranch, is home to wallabies, wild buffalo and pigs, 8,500 cattle and crocs. Gracious hosts Franz and Marlee Ranacher welcome your clients to an out-there experience; Franz can take them to his secret mountaintop waterfalls and pools in an open-sided helicopter.
The New South
Your clients started in
Luxury travelers will appreciate multi-award-winning The Observatory Hotel on
At the opposite end of the spectrum architecturally, the renovated Hilton Sydney is in a league of its own. "Zoned" Relaxation Suites are the "it" choice here. Sydneysiders flock to Hilton's contempo glass brasserie, its hip Zeta Bar and the traditional Marble Bar.
On the town, start with a backstage Tour of the House at the famed Sydney Opera House, then catch a concerto by the Sydney Symphony. Go next door to dinner at Guilllaume at Bennelong, in the house's southern shell, for exquisite food and service. Take a surf lesson with Let's Go Surfing at Bondi beach, then have lunch next-door at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar. Hike the Bondi to Bronte Cliff Walk, or hop on a Harley and hang on for a Blue Thunder DownUnder city tour on two wheels.
Bring History Alive
Learning the history of
Less than two hours away, the