For incredible experiences of the multi-generational kind, the combination of wine and wildlife is hard to top. The happy marriage of these two great loves is the perfect pairing for families seeking a memorable day out in Australia’s diverse wine regions.
Read on for three of the best ways to combine wine exploration with responsible wildlife experiences:
Wine and Wildlife, Hunter Valley NSW
Audrey Wilkinson’s spectacular Wine and Wildlife Experience starts just three hours from Sydney in the beautiful Hunter Valley. Begin by enjoying the view from the verandah at Audrey Wilkinson while your wine ambassador takes you through a premium wine tasting along with a matching local cheese board. Next, collect your entry tickets to the Hunter Valley Wildlife Park and follow the winding road on a short drive to this incredible animal sanctuary. Spend the day encountering Aussie favourites like koalas and kangaroos as well as some of the world’s most endangered animals including lions, giraffes, meercats, and lemurs. If you prefer you can also save your tickets for the following days if you are staying on in the Hunter Valley for a little while longer.
Yarra Valley Wine and Wildlife, Victoria
De Bortoli Wines, Healesville Sanctuary and the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery have created the perfect Yarra Valley self-drive day out.
The Yarra Valley Wine and Wildlife experience begins at the Healesville Sanctuary, one of Australia’s most beloved wildlife parks and the ultimate destination in Victoria to interact responsibly with native Australian wildlife in a stunning bushland setting. After working up an appetite, enjoy the scenic 20-minute drive through the Yarra Valley to De Bortoli Estate for a tasting of cool climate wines and a delicious two course lunch from the Italian-inspired menu. Ready for dessert? Make your way to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, just five minutes away. Indulge in abundant free chocolate tastings and choose from a wonderful range of remarkable handcrafted chocolates.
Wine, Wildlife and Vineyard Tour, Tasmania
This unforgettable tour begins at House of Arras in Tasmania with a private late afternoon wine tasting and a guided tour through the vineyard, where you’ll learn about the intricacies of vine training, harvesting and the sustainability practices of this premium winery. At dusk, make use of headlamps, binoculars and bird-spotting equipment for encounters of the furry and feathery kind, including wedge-tailed eagles, scarlet robins, platypus, white morph goshawks, hares, rabbits, and even the occasional goat! Warm clothes and enclosed shoes are required on this one-kilometre all-terrain two hour walk around this famous Pipers River vineyard property.
Please note: As a member of ABTA, Silver Travel Advisor take animal welfare seriously and all animal experiences referenced in this article are carefully managed to ensure the highest standards of welfare, conservation and education.
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