Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

13 Day Adelaide, Melbourne & Perth - Luxury (13 days)

Southern World Australia

Adelaide, Australia To Perth, Australia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Sep 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Adelaide, Australia
Mayfair Hotel None

Inclusions: Meet and greet, city orientation tour, hotel check-in.

Please meet the Bensons Limousines driver in the arrivals lounge by the exit door. The driver will be wearing a black suit and a black/silver tie with a name badge on the lapel of their jacket and will be holding a Bensons Limousines sign with your name on it.

Mayfair Hotel , Adelaide Accommodation in a Deluxe Twin Queen for 1 nights - Room Only

Located in the heart of Adelaide and overlooking Rundle Mall, this luxurious hotel offers free WiFi and a restaurant, cafe and lounge bar. All rooms offer stylish décor and a 55-inch flat-screen TV. Guests enjoy an onsite fitness centre. Set within a heritage-listed, renovated building, the property is 200 metres from the Art Gallery of South Australia. It is 3 minutes' drive from Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Oval and Parliament House. Adelaide Airport is 6 km away.

Day 2
Kangaroo Island, Australia
Stranraer Homestead Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Inclusions: Return flights Adelaide - Kingscote (Kangaroo Island), 2 full days of shared touring (Island Life and Flinders Chase Focus itineraries), 2 night's dinner, bed and breakfast, 2 night's accommodation at Stranraer Homestead, all admission fees and on island transfers

This morning fly from Adelaide Airport to Kingscote Airport (Kangaroo Island) where you will be met by your guide. Have a cuppa with some home-made cakes before taking a walk down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees where koalas snooze overhead, or perhaps wake briefly for a feed. Travel through some of the Island’s best farming country to the north coast. At Lathami Conservation Park walk quietly through the bush with your guide, learn about your surroundings. Look for wallabies which are almost extinct on the mainland and a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island. Break for lunch and enjoy a delicious meal featuring King George whiting (local sea fish), fresh salads and fine South Australian wines at a private bush location.

At Seal Bay Conservation Park walk with your guide among Australian sealions on a beautiful sandy beach. Watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding biology. The remainder of the afternoon is spent exploring more of the south east region of the Island with destinations and experiences chosen to reflect seasonal opportunities. Arrive at your accommodation late afternoon and enjoy dinner which has been included this evening.

Day 3
Kangaroo Island, Australia
Stranraer Homestead Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy breakfast this morning before being met by your guide for a full day of touring. Today you will visit Flinders Chase National Park, a vast wilderness covering the entire west end of the Island and home to kangaroos, wallabies, possums, goannas, echidnas, koalas, platypus and many birds including rare Cape Barren Geese. Visit Rocky River, site of an impressive visitor centre interpreting many facets of the park and its history.

At Cape du Couedic visit a fur seal colony which now number over 20,000 after being decimated by hunting in the early 1800’s and watch them rest on the rocks or frolick in the surf under Admirals Arch, a spectacular coastal grotto. Another impressive stone structure had a different architect. The Remarkable Rocks, huge natural granite sculptures, have been carved by relentless winds, rain and salt from the Southern Ocean. Good wines and local produce features highly in your picnic lunch. Depending upon the season, this afternoon might include a visit to Grassdale in the heart of Kelly Hill Conservation Park, the secluded pools of the Rocky River or a rugged South Coast cove. Return to your accommodation late afternoon and enjoy dinner which has been included this evening.

Day 4
Adelaide, Australia
The Louise Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation before your transfer to Kingscote Airport for your return flight to Adelaide.

A Taste of South Australia , Adelaide

Premium Wine Experience

Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off at Barossa Valley Hotel, experienced wine tour guide/driver, comprehensive wine tastings, refreshments, gourmet lunch.

The Premium Wine Experience being a private tour to the Barossa Valley.

The Louise , Barossa Valley, South Australia Accommodation in a Vineyard Suite for 1 nights - Includes Continental Breakfast

Inclusions: Continental breakfast in the room daily.

Additional Inclusions: Breakfast with the Kangaroos

Positioned atop a gentle hill with sweeping vistas across thousands of acres of verdant vineyards and home to the internationally acclaimed restaurant Appellation. Both the guest suites and the 48-seat restaurant offer a truly memorable experience. All rooms offer absolute luxury, inspired design, extensive private space and individual terraces overlooking the adjacent vineyards. The restaurant’s signature 10-course Wine Flight Tasting Menu and nightly à la carte menu combine fresh seasonal cuisine with informed service and a world-class wine list.

Day 5
Melbourne, Australia
Crown Towers Breakfast

Depart Adelaide and arrive Melbourne

Crown Towers Melbourne , Melbourne Accommodation in a Deluxe King Room for 3 nights - Room Only

A spectacular Melbourne landmark which rises above the city’s vibrant precinct of Southbank, offering luxury accommodation with leisure facilities and an impeccable standard of guest service and attention to detail. The Melbourne Exhibition Centre is close by, as too are many of the city’s most famous arts and sporting facilities. The most exclusive luxury hotel in Australia providing easy access to the main areas of the city.

Day 6
Melbourne, Australia
Crown Towers Breakfast, Dinner, Snack

Hidden Secrets Tours , Melbourne (Lanes and Arcades Tour)

Inclusions: Morning coffee / tea, souvenir bag with map and local offers.

Have you ever been to a city and wondered what all the fuss was about? Or wasted time trying to find that cool local cafe you were told of and ended up missing everything? Melbourne's arcades and laneways hide many of these answers. Join this indulgent morning walk through Melbourne's beautiful back streets and get orientated in the life of the city that locals love. Discover local designers and specialty retailers that often are only found in the city. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture, and historical tales are found in these walkways. There is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike. See over 30 stores on this casual stroll and return to those you like best in the afternoon: Make a day of it in Marvellous Melbourne.

Hidden Secrets Tours , Melbourne (Progressive Degustation Walk)

Inclusions: Wine and food tastings in 3 restaurants. Meet the wine waiter in 3 venues. Information pack with a Restaurant Guide, map, notepad and special offers.

Enjoy an early evening walk discovering three unique restaurants and learn of the Sommelier's influences on menus and cellaring choices. More than a wine tasting, this is a night to indulge in just a few of Melbourne's many epicurean establishments and explore a relationship with the often silent heros of the wine industry.

Day 7
Melbourne, Australia
Crown Towers Breakfast, Lunch

Melbourne Private Tours , Melbourne (Foodies Journey Through the Mornington Peninsula)

Inclusions: Morning Tea, Wine Tastings, Paddock to Plate cooking experience & farm tour, 2 course lunch with a beverage (beer, wine or soft drink).

Serious food lovers are in for a treat. Prepare to be constantly inspired and delighted by this diverse, boot-shaped region; you are now entering ‘Foodie Heaven.’ Our hosts own 27 acres of charming farm land with red fertile soil that allows them to grow and produce premium quality olives, grapes, herbs and veggies. They also raise sheep, chickens and fish, and turn amazing produce from local farmers into a range of delectable goodies. You’ll get a whole new perspective on the concept of ‘Paddock to Plate’. Spend time in the kitchen with the chef; cooking in a wood fire oven, with wood collected from fallen timber on the property. What you do on the day depends on the season; you may try your hand at curing olives grown on the farm, create handmade sausages in natural skins, make mouth-watering gnocchi, master the art of sourdough bread, learn ways to cook with olives and olive oil, or successfully roast and make great coffee. Later you’ll sit back, relax and enjoy the surrounds while eating and drinking some of the finest food and wine the Mornington Peninsula has to offer. After lunch take a drive down the road to sample cool climate wines with one of our favourite wine makers, taste freshly made goats cheese from a local dairy or savour succulent strawberries and cherries from the fruit farms in the area. What more could a foodie want?

Day 8
Perth, Australia
Crown Towers Breakfast

Depart Melbourne and arrive Perth

Crown Towers Perth , Perth Accommodation in a Deluxe King Room - Upgrade to Premium King Room for 2 nights - Room Only

On the banks of the famous Swan River, this property offers luxury accommodation in central Perth, located within close proximity to the international and domestic airports and only a short drive to the CBD.

Day 9
Perth, Australia
Crown Towers Breakfast

Today is at leisure and an opportunity to do some independent exploring, go shopping, or just relax.

Day 10
Margaret River, Australia
Cape Lodge Breakfast, Dinner

Cape Lodge , Margaret River Accommodation in a Garden Room for 3 nights - Includes Full Breakfast

Inclusions: Full breakfast daily and Cape Lodge wine tasting.

Additional Inclusions: Four Course Dinner

Centrally located to the towns of Margaret River, Dunsborough and Yallingup. Meander down the winding driveway of the intimate country estate and discover why it was voted one of the top 100 hotels in the world. The hotel sits on its own vineyard within 10 hectares of forest, parkland, gardens and lakes. The original homestead contains the lobby, a guest drawing room and gift shop. The accommodation has been designed for luxurious privacy and is a mixture of rooms and suites spread throughout manicured expansive grounds within five detached wings encircling two lakes.

Day 11
Margaret River, Australia
Cape Lodge Breakfast, Dinner

Koomal Dreaming , Margaret River (Ngilgi Cave Cultural Tour)

Inclusions: Cave entry

Journey into Ngilgi Cave and be mesmerised by a live didgeridoo performance deep inside the cave. Take a bushwalk with Koomal and learn how to identify traditional plants, foods and medicines relating to six seasonal changes. Discover the art of traditional fire lighting and tool making and participate in a Didgeridoo Music Session.

Day 12
Margaret River, Australia
Cape Lodge Breakfast, Dinner

Top Drop Tours Margaret River , Margaret River (Wine & Dine Full Day Private Tour)

Enjoy a private Margaret River tour with exclusive dedicated tour guide. This tour is an indulgent Margaret River experience. Your itinerary will include a range of guided wine tastings and gourmet food experiences.

Day 13
Perth, Australia
None Breakfast

Depart from Perth

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Cruises & Water Tours
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Food & Wine
  • Islands & Beaches
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking & Biking
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Explore Australia for 13 days in Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth.

The wine and festival capital of Australia, Adelaide is a place to experience the buzz, culture and convenience of a city without the frustrations. The city centre, surrounded by parklands, is a charming blend of historic buildings, wide streets, groovy shops and a huge variety of street cafes and restaurants. Visit the largest undercover market in the southern hemisphere and taste the best of South Australia at the Adelaide Central Market, or enjoy a ride on Adelaide’s tram from the city centre to the historic yet vibrant beachside suburb of Glenelg. The city also provides a great launching point to the many attractions surrounding Adelaide, including world class wine regions, the Australian Outback, Kangaroo Island and much more.

There is a lot to love about Melbourne - just ask the locals. This sophisticated world city in the south-east corner of mainland Australia inspires a deep passion in those who live there. Ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, Melbourne is famous for its vibrant energy, restaurants, fashion boutiques, café-filled laneways, cool bars, unbeatable galleries, spacious parks and village-like inner suburbs, each with its own special character. Melbourne is less than 200 years old and never sits still. Modern, cutting-edge designs add to the fascinating mix of heritage architecture and ensure the skyline is constantly changing.

Perth is a scenic and sophisticated city, renowned for its abundant sunshine, relaxed lifestyle and easy-going manner. The city's modern skyline blends with magnificent colonial architecture, housing excellent retail outlets. King Street, a historic and lovingly restored commercial precinct, is known for its fashion houses, cafes, art galleries and specialist book stores. The city’s prime position, flanking the broad reaches of the Swan River, provides an excellent setting for enjoying alfresco dining in one of the many outdoor restaurants and cafes. Visitors to Perth also have a choice of more than 80km of white sandy beaches within easy reach.

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Terms & Conditions

COSTS PROVIDED TO VIRTUOSO AGENTS: Please note the following points with regards to the attached quotation from Southern World Australia. 1. All costs are in Australian dollars (AUD$). 2. All costs are NETT and non-commissionable. You must add your own margin to any costs received from Southern World Australia. 3. All rates are inclusive of local taxes, which in Australia is a 10% Goods & Services Tax (GST). 4. All costs quoted are valid only for the proposed dates and itinerary of this quotation. If these were to change, a re-costing may be necessary. 5. All costs quoted are subject to change at any time prior to booking as a result of changes by suppliers in their operating costs or by availability of services. Southern World Australia reserves the right to amend any rates should local taxes change or special cost increases be imposed through circumstances beyond our control. Major events can impact on availability and prices. Such events can include New Years Eve, Chinese New Year and major sporting events or conventions. In these circumstances, we will advise the special rates and other special terms and conditions which will apply if known at the time of your quotation. Final itinerary pricing will be confirmed at the time of booking. Quotations do not include: - Items of a personal nature, e.g.: telephone calls, mini bar, laundry, etc - airport taxes, aviation levies, environmental/conservation fees and gratuities - inclusions other than those specified in the itinerary - international or domestic airfares - unless otherwise stated - travel insurance (cancellations, loss of deposits, delays, etc) Child rates and policies can vary widely depending on the suppliers and properties selected and can not be provided unless we have the ages of all children. Specific terms will be advised at the time of quoting and booking. DOCUMENTATION: Client documents are provided by Southern World and include a full detailed itinerary, supplier exchange vouchers and general information on the destination. These documents will be available for collection by your client at the first hotel booked through Southern World Australia. DEPOSITS: An initial deposit of AUD$500, plus any deposits required by Australian land suppliers, will be required at the time of booking. FINAL PAYMENT Final payment is required a minimum 30 days prior to the clients arriving in Australia. METHODS OF PAYMENT: 1. Payment by Credit Card - If paying by credit card, Southern World Australia DOES NOT charge credit card fees. We accept American Express, VISA and Mastercard. We will require a signed credit card authorisation form, which we supply, and this must be signed by the owner of the credit card before payment can be processed. You have two options when paying by credit card: a) Using your clients credit card – We charge the total amount advised by you to include your commission and our NETT costs in Australian dollars (AUD$). This total Australian dollars (AUD$) amount will appear on your client’s credit card statement in the equivalent US dollars (USD$) amount. The day after your client departs Australia we can remit your commission, less our bank fees (approximately AUD$25.00), by telegraphic transfer. To send your commission to you we will need the applicable bank account details, preferably with a SWIFT Reference number. b) Using your company credit card - We charge the total NETT amount in Australian dollars (AUD$) to your company credit card and this will appear on your statement in the equivalent US dollar (USD$) amount. 2. Payment by Telegraphic Transfer or Bank Draft - Payments by telegraphic transfer or bank draft are to be made into the following bank account: Southern World Australia Westpac Banking Corporation Cnr George & King Streets Sydney Account # 032014-133468 Swift Ref: WPACAU2S Southern World Australia invoices in Australian dollars (AUD$). If payment is remitted in another currency other than AUD$, we reserve the right to determine the exchange rate. Any shortfall against the invoice remains the liability of the Agent and must be paid prior to the client’s arrival. All bank transfer charges and bank fees are the responsibility of the Agent. FLIGHT DETAILS: It is a requirement when making any reservation with Southern World Australia that the agent provides us with a complete and detailed copy of all confirmed flights in writing at the time of booking. We accept no responsibility for failure of any service if this information has not been provided, is incomplete or incorrect. For security reasons Southern World Australia is no longer permitted to obtain any passenger details from transportation companies such as airlines, cruise or rail operators. This includes the changes to service arrival/departure times that we are not handling. CANCELLATION CHARGES: Cancellations must be advised in writing. The date of cancellation will be the first weekday date, excluding Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, that Southern World Australia receives the written advice. • More than 60 days prior to arrival date – 50% of deposit forfeited • Between 60 days and 31 days prior to arrival date – 100% of deposit forfeited, plus any charges passed on to us by the Australian land suppliers • Between 30 days and the arrival date – 100% deposit forfeited, plus 10% of the total tour cost, plus any charges passed on to us by the Australian land suppliers If an Australian land supplier has a cancellation policy that fall outside the above conditions, this information will be advised to the agent at the time of booking. *****TRAVEL INSURANCE***** It can not be stressed enough that we highly recommend ALL passengers are fully insured to protect themselves against the loss of travel deposits, cancellation charges (as shown above), full medical costs (including accident and sickness protection) and travel insurance including baggage and disrupted travel arrangements. Please encourage your clients to take out travel insurance when traveling to Australia. REFUNDS: Southern World Australia will make every effort to assist clients wanting to alter or cancel their confirmed arrangements once they are in Australia. We will refund all unused services in full, less an administration fee of AUD$100 plus any charges passed on to us by the Australian land supplier involved. Any refund requests will be considered on a case by case basis and must be made in writing by the agent to the attention of David Armour, Managing Director of Southern World Australia. Please note that NO refund will be processed or considered if requested more than 3 months after completion of travel. If you have any questions regarding the above information, please don’t hesitate to contact David Armour, the Managing Director for Southern World Australia at: Southern World Australia Level 5, 55 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia Phone (+61 2) 8235 3600 Fax (+61 2) 8235 3610 E-mail resaust@southern-world.com

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Wow! Highly Recommended

By: rms


Reviewed on: 18 Nov 2013

From picking us up at the airport to getting our tours planned, this couldn't have gone any smoother. We had first rate tours, with great guides and interesting itineraries. They worked with us to incorporate things we had booked privately and made it all into one really cohesive program. They checked up on us to see how things were going and to keep us informed of our flight schedules. Truly a great company.
Travel Advisor:  Ursula Pearson

Highly Recommend

By: Scott317


Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2014

Southern World Australia handled our hotel arrangements (Langham), transfers from the ship and to the airport, tickets to the Australian Open, and a private tour of the Yarra Valley during our 5 day stay in Melbourne.  The hotel was in a marvelous location.  Transfers were all on time and extremely courteous. The tickets to the tennis were waiting for us at the hotel and we had great seats.  We thoroughly enjoyed our day long private tour of the Yarra Valley with our host, Jeff. 

Highly recommended

By: Bob


Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2014

Southern World provided excellent information and tours while we were in Tasmania.
Travel Advisor:  Suzan Von Lengerke

Highly recommended!

By: JudyW


Reviewed on: 30 May 2014

Every detail of our trip to Australia was perfect.  We saw everything--great excursions, all of the top sights, terrific and knowledgeable guides, and a company on which to rely when far from home.  I wouldn't have changed anything on our itinerary!  When a flight was cancelled and some reservations needed to be changed--no problem.  Everything was handled seamlessly.  Fabulous and memorable trip!
Travel Advisor:  Birgit Navarre

KarenS

By: SheehyK


Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2015

Stephanie, Southern World Australia and I worked on this Australian trip for myself, my husband, 13 year old son and nephew for about a year. I knew that we would have to plan a trip that would keep the boys active and allow us to see all the desired sights. Stephanie did it and we all had a great time on our 2 week vacation. The boys were happy doing things like hiking the Sydney Harbor Bridge, fishing, throwing a boomerang, zip lining, snorkeling and hiking. I was happy exploring and seeing the Australian wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, koala bears, a platypus and sea lions on the coast of Kangaroo Island! My husband enjoyed all the activities and was able to relax because everything went off without a hitch. A friendly guide or driver met us at each location and all we needed to worry about was having fun! Thanks Southern World Australia for getting everything planned and making everything so easy for us!
Travel Advisor:  Stephanie Miller Murphy

Travel service

By: Rags80


Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2015

Southern World providing us with many options for our trip. We were able to select our options and then Southern World took care of everything else. The accommodations were also some of the best and we were really happy with our stay. The activities were also booked for us and it was seamless for us to simply show up for all we had planned.
Travel Advisor:  Courtney Regan

SMOKE TRIP-NZ/AUS

By: NORTH BAY


Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2015

THE "IN -COUNTRY" ASPECT OF THIS TRIP...HANDLED BY TIM REID AND HIS TEAM WAS OUTSTANDING IN ALL WAYS....FROM ITINERARY TO ACCOMMODATIONS. CAN'T IMAGINE HOW IT COULD IT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE BETTER GIVEN THE TIME FRAME TIM WAS GIVEN TO WORK WITHIN. IF I WAS TO DO OVER I WOULD EXPAND THE TIME CONSTRAINT BY AT A THIRD AS EACH OF THE DESTRINATIONS IN NZ/AUS MERITED A LONGER STAY BY AT LEAST ONE NIGHT THANKS TIM....FANTASTIC
Travel Advisor:  Linda Young

Family Trip Down Under

By: Karen


Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2015

worked really hard to plan the trip of our dreams in Australia. Managed to keep everyone happy, my 14 year old son and nephew (adventure junkies), myself (an animal lover) and my husband (easy to please but wants to relax and enjoy himself). Everything went off without a hitch and just as we had hoped.
Travel Advisor:  Stephanie Miller Murphy

Sydney was awesome!

By: TomInNaples


Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2015

Took a wonderful driving tour of Sydney, lunch at the Sydney Tower restaurant, Harbor Cruise and stayed at the wonderful Park Hyatt! All went well except that the limo company was not there when we arrived in Sydney. The issue took 45 minutes to resolve. After that we were on our way with no issues. Great 3 day visit.
Travel Advisor:  Jen Mitchell

Knowledgeable Guide

By: Nebraska John


Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2017

Our tour guide, Paul, was friendly and helpful. He showed us the highlights of Melbourne including the War Memorial, Reunion Tower, the botanical gardens, tennis and cricket facilities, and the main shopping areas of the central business district. He even found is a great place for lunch. First class service.
Travel Advisor:  Paula Kay Eastham
Not Recommended

Great trip

By: Kate


Reviewed on: 18 Jan 2017

Surprised we had 2 tour guides together for a one-day tour of Melbourne - we should have worked that out better. Phillip Island Penguin tour on January 1 was SUPER busy with full food options - glad we didn't take food as Southern World instructed us to do - bad information. Arrival in Sydney Airport was terrible - driver went to wrong terminal at direction of office - it was difficult and slow to connect with driver which required lots of time on phone (international minutes) while waiting.
Not Recommended

Aus review

By: Kay


Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2017

Our contact there was not helpful or responsive

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

By: Travel Bug


Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2017

Tour was excellent. Guide was friendly and knowledgable and willingly shared a lot of local knowledge with us throughout the day. Hunter Valley is a long drive (2 hours) from Sydney and our visit was during the recent heat wave, but we were comfortable in the air conditioned van and were provided with ice water throughout the day. We allowed the guide to select the small, boutique wineries we visited and were not disappointed. The staff at all were welcoming and knowledgable about wine. We purchased several bottles to take away. A terrific tour!
Travel Advisor:  Ursula Pearson

Australia

By: Duke


Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2017

Due to a personal emergency we were unable to do the Australia portion
Travel Advisor:  JoAnne Patterson

Fabulous Experiences!

By: Seventh Continent


Reviewed on: 04 Jul 2017

From the moment we stepped off the plane in Sydney until we boarded a plane for New Zealand in Tasmania, we enjoyed incredible experiences. Our tour was fashioned after our requests, so all of our activities were personalized. One hotel choice (Sydney) was questionable, and we were overall disappointed with Melbourne (except the penguins!), but that was not the tour director's fault. Our itinerary was varied and included many highlight places and events. The pace was reasonable so we could enjoy everything!
Travel Advisor:  Karen Howland

Indian Pacific, The ghan

By: Harvey


Reviewed on: 16 Mar 2017

On this vacation we travelled from Sydney to Perth on the Indian Pacific. This was our second trip across Australia by train and we have to say that the staff on the train(s) are absolutely first class. Nothing is too much trouble for them, well done. What we didn't know is that the staff have a shift change in Adelaide so the staff either return to Sydney on the next train or travel north to Darwin on Ghan. Low and behold, the staff we had travelling south from Darwin to Adelaide we the same as that on the Indian Pacific from Sydney to Adelaide. All of them that we spoke to recognised us and asked about our travels since they had last seen us. Great people on great trains. Thank you all. Harvey.
Travel Advisor:  Maureen Johnson

Trip Of A Lifetime

By: Fruitman


Reviewed on: 07 May 2017

Our recent trip to Australia/New Zealand was the best vacation (so far) that we have taken. We have never been away any longer than two weeks so planning a four week vacation to Australia and New Zealand was a challenging proposition. Southern World was a big reason for the success of our trip. All of the various tours, hotels and travel ideas they provided turned out to be great. They were able to take our preliminary ideas for the trip and make them a reality. Everything went very smooth throughout the entire trip. Most of the hotels we stayed at welcomed us with little gifts to help us celebrate this anniversary trip. And their local representatives were always available for questions and changes while we were in both countries. We always felt we were only a phone call away if we ran into any problems. That was very important to us on this trip.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Morrissette Clark

Tasmania

By: JW


Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

Southern World was a great help in arranging lodging and flyfishing in Tasmania. Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge was especially nice.
Travel Advisor:  Michael King

Australian Trip

By: Tom E


Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2018

Rich Korb worked directly with the tour operator so we didn't talk with them. They did arrange good hotels and transfers from city to city and to/from the cruise ship. Everything went smoothly and a few excursions.. They did a great job with hotel choices and transfer transportation and the excursions. Their work helped make the trip a total success.
Travel Advisor:  Rich Korb

Queensland Adventure

By: Suzanne


Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2018

We were very pleased with the hotel and tours advised and booked with Southern World. We stayed at the Peninsula Hotel in Port Douglas....charming boutique hotel near the beach with large, comfortable rooms. The hotel personnel were very nice and accommodating. While in the area, we enjoyed a boat tour to dive/snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, visited Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rain Forest and a wonderful wildlife habitat to get up close with koala, crocodiles and kangaroos (to name a few). Southern World also booked us into the Grace Hotel in Sydney. Lovely hotel in an ideal location for sightseeing. I appreciated how well organized the company is....we received detailed travel information with maps, etc., on our arrival in Port Douglas. I would definitely recommend this company.
Travel Advisor:  Monika Dysart

Wonderful full day private tour of the Great Ocean Road (Australia)

By: Lois


Reviewed on: 16 Mar 2018

When our guide, Rainer Eckhardt, arrived at our hotel to start the tour it was obvious he understood what we wantknew what we wanted to see
Travel Advisor:  Rick Johnson

NZ and Aus trip

By: Barjac


Reviewed on: 30 Apr 2018

Seamless experience. All trtavel arrangements were completed without a hitch. Would use and recommend again.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa and Nancy Zupancic