Exceptional Experiences: Australia

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Sydney Harbour and Opera House at night.

Delights Down Under

Spectacular Cities, Incredible Outback

Playing the didgeridoo.
Magnificent Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Go backstage at the Sydney Opera House, where you’ll visit the orchestra pit and have breakfast in the Green Room. Soak in the 360-degree panorama from the summit of Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy a seafood lunch while exploring the Harbour aboard a private luxury cruiser, then join the zookeeper at the Taronga Zoo for a behind-the-scenes tour.

Beloved Melbourne chef and food journalist Allan Campion leads you on a progressive lunch through the city’s most fascinating migrant neighborhoods, including Chinatown, the back streets of the Vietnamese precinct and the Jewish areas of St Kilda.

Adelaide/South Australia
Become a winemaker—at least for a day—in the laboratory of Penfolds, one of Australia’s most famous wine producers. You’ll blend a wine to suit your taste from Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre grapes, then take it home in a personalized bottle.

Ayers Rock
Dine under a blanket of stars at the award-winning Sounds of Silence restaurant, where you’ll feast on Northern Territory delicacies while listening to the hum of a lone didgeridoo. Then the resident astronomer will take you on a stargazing tour of the incredibly clear southern night skies.

Originally appeared in Virtuoso Best of the Best: 2014 Guide to the World's Best Hotel Experiences.

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