Australia Honeymoons: Epicurean Journey

From $9,399
per person
16 days
Airfare additional cost
Based on
2 travelers

This Honeymoon South Australia package was designed for a couple; he is a chef and she is an accountant. This was their post tax day Australia vacation. He wanted to taste all of the local cuisine; she needed a place to unwind and relax. They started their Australia vacation with a few days on luxurious Lizard Island at the Great Barrier Reef where they completely relaxed. While there, she snorkeled off beach, he encountered some of the best diving of his life and they spent the day on a private beach with their own picnic.  Then they started on their chef-led journey complete with private wine and food tours in Melbourne, where they opted for a hot air balloon ride over the city and then onto a Yarra Valley wine tasting tour.  They rounded out their time in Melbourne, where they did a private tour to the Mornington Peninsula, where they tasted at Red Hill and Stonier.  The couple then traveled to Adelaide and the famous Barossa Valley, where they did wine tasting and a cooking class.  They ended their food and wine journey at Penfolds where they “made their own blend”.  To round out theirHoneymoon South Australia package, they really wanted to hit the highlights, so they headed to Sydney and did a private yacht cruise on Sydney harbor, behind the scenes tour of Sydney Fish Market (largest in the Southern Hemisphere), and a Sydney Opera House performance with dinner at astounding Aria. Suggested Length: 16 Days

Day 1
Begin your luxurious food and wine escapade with 3 nights at a famous private island resort located on the Great Barrier Reef. Gourmet meals, French champagne, premium Australian wines, non-motorized water sports, and motorized dinghies are all part of the tariff here. One night, we’ve arranged for you to have a private dining experience on the beach with a 7-course degustation menu and matching wines.
Lizard Island Resort

Day 2 – 3
These days are at your leisure to enjoy as you please. Spend some time getting over jet lag on one of Lizard Island’s 24 white sand beaches, cocktail in hand. Take a private dinghy to one of the more remote beaches for a private picnic lunch with champagne. We can arrange, at additional cost, sensational diving or snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, deep sea big game fishing, spa treatments, or sunset cruises.
Lizard Island Resort

Day 4
2 scenic flights will bring you to Melbourne in southeastern Australia today. Melbourne is the culinary capital of Australia and the country’s second largest city, famous for its thriving foodie scene and delicious coffee. Explore the laneways for out-of-the-way restaurants and famous dining spots alike. Venture into Victorian-style arcades for incredible shopping in chic boutiques.
Crown Promenade Melbourne

Day 5
Your driver from Melbourne Private Tours will pick you up from your hotel today for a private tour of the Yarra Valley wine region, including a small-group cooking class at famed Bella Vedere Cucina. Just 45 minutes away from Melbourne, Yarra Valley has 40 cellar doors; the ones you visit will be customized to suit your tastes. Combine the larger, well-known wineries with visits to our favorite boutique vineyards. Meet the people behind the scenes without competing with the crowds. Depending on your customized, private journey, you can learn how wine is crushed, fermented, and bottled, and also have a lunch of spectacular local produce. You can even visit artisan producers of cheese to make for the perfect gourmet day out. Optional upgrade to private cooking class is available.
Crown Promenade Melbourne

Day 6
Another day, another private food and wine tour. Today, a chef will take you on a journey through the Mornington Peninsula, including morning tea, lunch, all food and wine tastings, all produce, and a private cooking class! Depending on your interests, you can sample the region’s award-winning cool climate pinot noirs and chardonnays, press olives for olive oil, meet cheese makers, pick berries, collect fresh seafood, go behind the scenes at a bakery, learn about chocolate making, discover wetlands with abundant birdlife, and witness the wild ocean with breathtaking views. Use the produce you’ve collected in a private cooking class with intimate, hands-on methods, then feast on your creative work.
Crown Promenade Melbourne

Day 7
Today is at your leisure to explore the tastes and sights of Melbourne. Perhaps visit some of the many art museums and boutique galleries that make Melbourne Australia’s cultural capital. Optional additional activities include truffle hunting (in season), walking tours of city sights, soaring through the air in a hot air balloon over the city, a scenic flight over the Twelve Apostles, drives on the scenic Great Ocean Road, or wildlife tours to sanctuaries where you can pet the koalas, feed the kangaroos, and watch little penguins come ashore to roost at night. Tonight, you can dine on fresh produce with or without a guide in the Melbourne city center, with dozens of restaurants at your hotel’s doorstep.
Crown Promenade Melbourne

Day 8
A short flight today brings you to Adelaide, home to incredible wildlife, unique Outback experiences, and of course, Australia’s most famous wineries in the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, and 14 other distinct wine regions. This is Australia’s wine capital. Your accommodations will also delight the senses, as the hotel restaurant is home to world-famous chefs, and at times you can get private cooking classes from them.
Mayfair Hotel

Day 9
One of our best mates will take you out on a private trip through the Barossa Valley today, helping you to meet the fascinating people and explore the best cellar doors of this famous region. Want to visit a boutique honey maker? We’ll make sure it’s on the itinerary for today. Want to try some local Outback “feral food?” It’s better than you’d think. Farmer’s markets lend a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to the region. The highlight of the day may be a “Make Your Own Blend” class at Penfolds winery, followed by a lunch at acclaimed Appellation (own expense) crafted specially to go with your unique wine blend.
Mayfair Hotel

Day 10
Today is at your leisure to enjoy Adelaide. Perhaps opt for a tour of downtown Adelaide with a foodie’s perspective, the artistic Adelaide Hills, the wind-swept Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island (the “Galapagos of Australia”), the Flinders Ranges Outback region, or one of the other wine regions near Adelaide.
Mayfair Hotel

Day 11
Your driver will be waiting outside your hotel after check-out this morning to escort you to the airport for a flight to Sydney, your home for 5 nights. We’ll arrange dinner reservations for you each night that you’d like them at one of a staggering number of excellent and varied restaurants. Your luxury hotel (with a view of Darling Harbour) is perfectly situated for walking to all of the best sights and restaurants, exploring the historic Rocks district, and also for ferries to neighboring beaches to explore restaurants out of the main downtown area, such as Iceberg’s at Bondi Beach or Doyle’s for humble fish and chips in Watson’s Bay.
Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Day 12
Hunter Valley, about 2 hours outside Sydney, is the third famous wine region on your itinerary. A private guide and expert oenologist from AEA Luxury Tours will take you behind the scenes at places like Iron Gate Estate (or your choice of several alternatives) with 3 to 5 different winery stops. Or you may prefer to do some cheese-tasting, chocolate shop visiting, or relaxing under the gum trees. No food- and wine-lover’s trip to the Hunter Valley would be complete without lunch at famous Circa 1876 (formerly Robert’s Restaurant), with kangaroos hopping about.
Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Day 13
Today, you have a private yacht charter on gorgeous Sydney Harbour. The captain can point out all the best sights in Sydney as you view them from the water. Of course, a gourmet lunch is included in this cruise. Australian beers, wines, and soft drinks plus dessert are all included in today’s escapade. You’ll even have time for a dip in the water (weather permitting) between all the scenic photo opportunities and fine dining. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.
Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Day 14
Today is yours to enjoy at your leisure to explore Sydney’s vibrant neighborhoods, lounge on one of the city’s many fabulous beaches, or enjoy additional touring. Perhaps you’d like us to arrange a scenic flight to a restaurant on the northern shores of Sydney where you can step off a seaplane right to your table. Or perhaps you’d rather spend the day heading out to see wildlife in the Blue Mountains. The choice is yours.
Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Day 15
This morning is at your leisure. Save your energy for the evening, however, because you’ll have a guided tour of Sydney Opera House, followed by a 3-course pre-show dinner at Aria Restaurant (beverages additional) and a performance of the opera, ballet, or theatre at the Sydney Opera House. Order your complimentary intermission drink ahead of time to avoid the line at the bar!
Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Day 16
Your private transfer awaits to take you to Sydney airport for your flight home. You’ll head home satisfied and satiated… until it’s time to explore New Zealand’s food and wine regions! Ah, there is always more to see!

  • 3 nights Lizard Island Resort – includes flights to/from Cairns and private beach dinner
  • 4 nights Crown Promenade Melbourne
  • 3 nights Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide
  • 5 nights Shangri-La Hotel Sydney
  • Melbourne Private Tours – Private wine tasting tour of Yarra Valley
  • Melbourne Private Tours – Private tour of Mornington Peninsula
  • Private wine tasting tour of Barossa Valley
  • AEA Luxury Tours – Private tour of Hunter Wine Valley
  • Private Sydney Harbour lunch cruise
  • Tour, dinner, and performance at Sydney Opera House
  • Private airport transfers
  • 3 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

Hidden in a laneway in Sydney’s CBD is the local gem, The Grasshopper. Stop in for custom-made drinks served in mason jars and some truly delicious food. Not easy to find, but well worth the adventure!
–Candice, Down Under Endeavours