If you want to get the most from your holiday dollar without travelling too far afield then holiday at home this summer. The southern half of the continent is warm to hot, but not generally humid, the sun is shining and there's so much to see and do. Here are A&K's Top Five for travel in Australia over the next few months.
The Apple Isle
Summer in Tassie is beautiful. The day are warm and sunny, there's a holiday vibe in the air and a host of exciting events. The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race arrives into Hobart, Taste of Tasmania celebrates local food and produce and there's a music and art festival at MONA. A&K's eight-day -Tasmania on a Platter' journey lets guests experience the state at their own pace from the vineyards of the Tamar Valley to the glorious Freycinet Peninsula and award-winning Saffire Lodge and the bold and absorbing art collection of David Walsh at MONA.
8 days priced from $6,865 per person.
Victoria's Twelve Apostles Eco Walk
For a different perspective on one of the world's most iconic road trips take it all in on foot. Victoria's famous Great Ocean Road is the focus of A&K's six-day -Twelve Apostles Eco Walk' with the most picturesque sections chosen for the route. There are pathways which follow dramatic cliff tops, rambles through grass-tree and melaleuca forests, soft sandy stretches of beach and expert guides leading the way. During the walk, guests bed down in an eco-chic walking lodge which includes gourmet meals of local produce. Two nights are included in Melbourne at the end of the journey with a day in the Yarra Valley wine region.
6 days priced from $3,440 per person.
Gourmet South Australia
For a summer indulgence close to home look no further than South Australia. The world famous Barossa Valley wine-producing region is a highlight where guests can try their hand at winemaking, sample gourmet fare and bed down at The Louise, an idyllic gourmet retreat. Then there's an outback experience at Arkaba Station with a hosted homestead dinner. In the Clare Valley enjoy more home cooked fare before a charter flight down to Kangaroo Island and stunning Southern Ocean Lodge where ocean, beach and wilderness combine to create the most spectacular wilderness setting. A private dinner for two is organised in the cellar one evening and there's a master class showcasing the island's rich produce.
8 days priced from $10,998 per person.
The Mornington Peninsula
For great food, fine wines, beautiful beaches and spectacular scenery, Victoria's Mornington Peninsula has it in spades and it's all within easy reach of Melbourne. An abundance of world class golf courses are on the doorstep, there are both bay and surf beaches, charming towns and villages, cool climate vineyards and rejuvenating hot springs. Guests travelling on A&K's short getaway stay at Big Blue Backyard, a boutique beachside retreat, with a degustation long lunch at Montalto Vineyard and a private hot spring experience.
3 days from $1,065 per person.
Australia's Southwest corner is blessed with a magnificent coastline, stately forests, a rich agricultural tradition and is home to world-class vineyards and extraordinary gourmet produce. The Margaret River wine country comes to life as guests are chauffeured from vineyard to vineyard, meeting vignerons, sampling the local drop and arranging a private barrel tasting along the way. The region also produces apples, avocadoes and green tea plus the rare black truffle which you'll have the chance to try.
Seven days from $3,145 per person.