Discover experiences in Australia, made just for you.
By Leah Dobihal
All across Australia are well-known and much-loved sites and cities, but beyond the icons are a multitude of private and small group experiences that offer a new perspective of, and a very intimate connection to, Australia’s people and places.
If you’re style leans to private and personalised, choose from some of Australia’s best personalised experiences and travel creators.
Tasmania is a haven of diverse wildlife and wilderness. It’s a place of both rolling grasslands and stark mountain peaks, where you may find yourself trekking through misty rainforest one day and strolling atop bright orange boulders on a white sand beach the next. On a personalised tour with Pepper Bush Adventures, you can discover the nature, animals and attractions that interest you most. Set out in search of elusive creatures like the Tasmanian devil or platypus, explore the intriguing mix of modern and rustic as you sip sparkling wine at a cellar door or stand beneath a multi-tier waterfall as it thunders onto the rocks around you. Choose between day tours and multi-day adventures, or embark on one night of exciting nocturnal nature.
Pepper Bush Adventures offer fully customisable tours with small - or private - groups, ensuring you experience the Tasmania that exhilarates you.
Australia’s wine regions are famous for bold shiraz, beautiful semillon, exciting riesling and enticing cabernet. They’re great to taste at a cellar door or in a restaurant, and equally thrilling is experiencing them with a personal touch. Seppeltsfield in South Australia’s famed Barossa Valley offers wine experiences entirely customised to reflect memorable moments in your life. Sip vintage tawny from the year of your birth straight from the barrel on a Taste your Birth Year experience, where you’ll join one of the estate’s wine educators in the renowned Centennial Cellar. Or, choose five important moments from your life and taste the accompanying vintages, bringing your memories back in beautiful fashion.
Less than a 30-minute drive from Adelaide at Penfolds Magill Estate, the Adelaide Hills’ most iconic winery, you’ll join Penfolds Global Ambassador for a behind-the-scenes private look at this true icon of the global wine scene on a VIP experience. The tour begins with a visit to the Grange Cottage, which was the original home of Dr Christopher and Mary Penfolds and dates back to the 1840s. You’ll then walk through underground tunnels and vintage cellar before beginning a private vintage tasting and barrel sampling. Then, enjoy a five-course, wine-matched degustation in a private setting and take home a personalised bottle of the beloved Penfolds Grange.
Today, RM Williams is an internationally-recognised footwear and clothing brand, but it began as a simple idea by the campfire in the Australian outback. On a VIP tour of the RM Williams workshop in the South Australian capital of Adelaide, you’ll learn about the legacy of the iconic RM Williams boots - and how their creator became an outback legend. You’ll see first-hand the intricate processes that make RM Williams genuinely impeccable, and at the end of your tour, you’ll be personally fitted with a pair to take home.
An even more immersive experience can be found in The Tailor’s three-day Follow in an Outback Legend’s Footsteps journey. Beyond an exclusive workshop tour and personally-fitted boots, you’ll also take off in a private plane to stare down at South Australia’s stunning Lake Eyre, stay in an iconic outback pub and trace RM Williams’ personal history as you meet outback characters with the same ‘true blue’ attitude as Williams himself.
The Tailor is one of Australia’s best luxury destination specialists and bespoke travel planners. Itineraries crafted by The Tailor allow you to unlock unique and exclusive travel experiences around the country. See The Tailor’s Australia in Style e-book for some highly selective inspiration.
Hidden within Australia’s city streets you’ll find world-class food, intriguing art and curious crafts ready to be discovered on an urban tour. Localing offers fully-customisable and authentic experiences of Melbourne, arranging bespoke tours unique to each guest. Enjoy vivid storytelling by expert guides as you explore vibrant neighbourhoods, stopping at the sites that speak to you. Further afield, Localing can take you to the best of Victoria, including the Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island.
In Sydney, let Splendour Tailored Tours take you to the Harbour City’s hotspots and lesser-known locales. Sail the waters on a private cruise or soar above it in a helicopter. Indulge in a night of gourmet food, or take a North Shore Road Trip to secluded beaches and waterfalls with the Sydney skyline in the far distance. For a personalised tour of Sydney’s hippest neighbourhoods, call on Culture Scouts. Explore the inner city with a specific focus on art, culture, food or history. Culture Scouts also offer tours in Brisbane and Tasmania.
Nothing highlights the ‘no worries’ attitude of Australia like an effortless itinerary. By combining refined accommodation, seamless transportation and personalised activities, you’ll experience the Australia in which moments are experienced more deeply and the company of your companions is enjoyed without distraction.
Several top destination management companies work with luxury travel advisers and clients from around the world. These include Alquemie, A&K, Epic Private Journeys, Southern Crossings, The Tailor and Touring Treasures. These experts craft individual journeys and custom itineraries that immerse guests in the extraordinary diversity of Australia, ideal for travellers short on time or in search of an ultra-customised visit. From coast-to-coast private jet adventures, where you might find yourself swimming atop a waterfall in Kakadu National Park or enjoying outback life on a remote homestead, to sourcing experts in wildlife, art and a multitude of fields, these companies are the custodians of lesser-known, custom experiences.