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Go local this Festive Season. Abercrombie & Kent’s top 5 Aussie Xmas Breaks!

October 22, 2013 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

As Christmas cards and decorations start to appear in the shops, perhaps it’s time to ponder getting away this Yuletide. Let someone else do the hard work and make the most of spending quality time with loved ones in luxe surrounds. 

Luxury travel company, Abercrombie & Kent, has five enticing Aussie break ideas to help with your planning.

The Apple Isle

Charming historic villages, seaside towns, fine food and wine, exquisite boutique accommodation and excellent December weather make Tasmania a unique and rewarding getaway. Though small in size, it is rich in culinary invention. Gourmet experiences abound and with A&K you are treated to private wine tastings, local picnic hampers, artisan chocolate and berry wine tastings, dinner at Saffire Freycinet’s award-winning Palate and a degustation lunch with matching wines at The Source restaurant at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art).

A&K’s 8-day private journey ‘Tasmania on a Platter’ is priced from $5,874.

Get on Board

Celebrate all the Christmas excitement of Sydney and be outrageously spoilt on board the acclaimed True North adventure-cruise ship. Kick off with a gourmet Christmas dinner harbour cruise, before waking on the water on Boxing Day for the start of the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race. True North has the box seat as the fleet charges up the harbour toward the heads. Other highlights include cruising Pittwater, the Hunter Valley by helicopter, Jerusalem Bay or the Blue Mountains. If you want to stay on, the ship parks bridge-side for the legendary Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

A&K’s 4-day ‘Sydney Rocks’ journey on True North runs 25 – 29 December 2013 and is priced from $3,995.

Gourmet South Australia

For a Christmas 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 jetting 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.

A&K’s 9-day private journey ‘Tastes of South Australia’ is priced from $10,234

A coastal walk in Victoria

Feel like an active Christmas break? Well one of the world’s most iconic road trips can now be appreciated on foot. Victoria’s famous Great Ocean Road is the focus of our four-day 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. Each night guests are welcomed ‘home’ with a foot spa, glass of wine and a gourmet meal of local produce at the purpose-built eco-lodge.

A&K’s 4-day ‘Great Ocean Eco Walk’ is priced from $1,995.

Go West

Australia’s Southwest corner is blessed with a magnificent coastline 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. Christmas dinner at Cape Lodge comes highly recommended.

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