Pre and Post Touring

Crammed with cultural treasures, Canberra, in the ACT (Australian Capital Territory), is the carefully crafted capital of Australia. Make the most of your trip to Canberra before and after attending the Safeskies Conference.

Below is two tours options with varies prices. Book your tours now to experience pristine wilderness, meet boutique award winning cool climate win makers, explore historical villages and taste fresh local produce crafted into culinary moments.

 

Tours available for booking:

Please contact amanda@wildfoodadventures.com.au for tours booking or price enquiries.

 

Time Itinerary
8.00am Depart Canberra CBD
10.00am Arrive Kangaroo Valley- rest stop
10.15am

Arrive Beehive Point for approx. 2 hours – Canoes Champagne and Canapés

There are some places in the wilderness where nature over delivers. Gliding downstream on the Kangaroo River from Beehive Point to the mouth of Yarrunga Creek with the backdrop of the Morton National Park in Kangaroo Valley is one such place. Take a seat in one of our custom-built double-canoe rigs and immerse your senses in its sheer beauty.  Canoes, Champagne & Canapés is the perfect combination food, wine and wilderness. Indulge your taste buds with wild native canapés and a local award-winning cold-climate wine and discover what is unapologetically, one of the most stunning waterways in the state. Explore the sunken forest and its eerily beautiful backdrop of a convict-built sandstone road, winding uphill and linking the rainforest with our colonial past. This is wilderness in its extreme and is home to the majestic azure kingfisher, wedge-tail eagle, diamond python, rock wallaby, white-breasted sea eagle, water dragon and more. Travis Frenay our guide from Paddle & Portage Canoes has crafted an incredible and unique adventure for this day trip.

12.30pm Depart Beehive Point
1.00pm

Arrive Mt Ashby Wines, Moss Vale

Enjoy a two-course lunch at Mount Ashby boutique vineyard and cellar door. Dine on dishes like Gruyere soufflé with fine herbs, beef bourguignon and confit duck, blood orange and spiced plum sauce. Indulge in desserts like meringue with rum infused pineapple and creme anglais or lavender infused bavarois with poached pear. Sit around the French Farmhouse Tables, within the restored original dairy and enjoy the view of the vineyard surrounded by grazing dairy cattle. Also located on the site is the relocated Bowral Produce Store (circa 1918). The store is now used to restore provincial antique furniture and where European antique furniture can be viewed, including Provincial 17th to 19th Century antiques sourced from France & other parts of Europe.

2.30pm Depart Mt Ashby Estate
3.00pm

Cherry Tree Hill

Cherry Tree Hill Vineyard which produces a range of award-winning quality boutique wines.  Their Riesling is recognized as the rising star of the label and consistently rates gold from the best critics in the country.  Initially Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling grapes were planted in 2000 followed by Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay in 2001, so there is a vast array of varietals to sample. More recently the vineyard has been restructured with 5.5 hectares of Pinot Noir grafted onto Merlot and Cabernet roots with the intention of making one of the best Pinot Noir and methods traditional sparkling that this country has to offer. Wine tastings are at cellar door and include shared plate. Gourmet Traveller awarded them best small cellar door 2018.

4.00pm Depart Cherry Tree Hill
5.30pm  Arrive Sydney or Canberra CBD

 

Time Itinerary
8.15am Depart Canberra CBD
10.00am

Arrive Tertini Vineyard, Berrima

Tertini Wines “Yarraandoo” vineyard is located near the historic village of Berrima and is dedicated to producing premium cool climate wines with a focus on alterative varieties. Although the vineyard is young, since their first harvest, this wine maker has won award after award and is one to watch in the region. Each wine and vintage since the first in 2005 have brought more medals from Australia’s leading wine writers. Awarded the Gourmet Traveller Wine 2017 Cellar Door “Best Tasting Experience” and a Star cellar door award in 2018. Their wine tastings showcase their diverse range and include a cheese platter.

11.00am

Depart Tertini Vineyard

11.15am

Arrive St Maur Vineyard

St Maur Vineyard started as a dairy farm in Exeter between Nerio Panizzutti a tailor from the town of Gaiarine in the Treviso.  His son Marco and an Italian partner from Belluno, Italy soon replaced cattle with vineyards and produced their first vintage in 2003. Small batches of Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet are harvested in mid to late autumn and pruned heavily to control leaf growth, limiting the grape quantity but produce a more intensely flavoured wine. This is specifically done to help the wine maker to create a regionally distinct and vineyard expressive wines year – on – year. There is a cellar door and private dining room on site and our experience consists of a tasting board including local relish, crackers and fruit of the season with your wine tasting for small groups. The property also runs Suffolk Sheep on their farming land.

12.15pm

Depart St Maur

12.30pm

Arrive at your choice of one of three Fine Restaurants listed below

Katers (Mon – Sun)
Set in the grounds of the stunning Peppers Manor House, Katers is the Southern Highlands dining at its best. A collection of industry awards and long-established reputation are but an indication of the delights shared by this chef hatted establishment. From log fires in winter to manicured gardens in spring. this is a stunning setting to taste local produce and cool climate wines the region is famous for.

Eschalot (Lunch Thurs-Sun)
Eschalot is one of the finest restaurants in the Southern Highlands, a reputation it has created and enjoyed since 2003. Located in the historic village of Berrima and operating from one of the most significant heritage buildings in the area, Eschalot delivers consistently beautiful cuisine. Passionate about provincial techniques and produce, Owners Belinda and Matt has revived the very best from European Regional influences to create a sensory dining experience that is as delicious as it is rewarding.

Biota Dining (Lunch Thurs-Mon)
Awarded 2 Hats in the SMH Good Food Guide in 2018 and 3 glasses in the Wine List of the Year Award this year, Biota is a food adventure. Owner and Head Chef James Viles tells the story of local wild and farmed produce from the Southern Highlands region through his menu and wine list. Set on a beautiful property that offers wide green lawns and an outdoor terrace, dining at Biota is an unforgettable experience. Dine on their shared plate lunch menu or the 5-course degustation as you enjoy the crafted contemporary interiors of this award-winning restaurant. In winter you are welcomed by warm open fires and in spring /summer the terrace offers alfresco dining.

2.00pm

Depart Restaurant

2.15pm

Arrive Centennial Vineyard Cellar Door

Centennial Wines are made onsite in a state-of-the-art, 200+ tonne winery designed by our winemaker, Tony Cosgriff. With up to 35 wines on offer in the cellar door the winery processes many different varietals and style and is one of the largest producers in the region. They also source grapes from their winery in Orange, NSW offering a unique NSW Wine experience to visitors. Our visit includes wine tasting with shared plates of cheese, olives and dips as well as a garden tour on request. Gourmet Traveller awarded them best large cellar door in the region 2018.

3.30pm

Depart Centennial Winery

5.00 – 5.15pm

Arrive Canberra CBD

Disclaimer

Please be advised that the above tours are offered by separate operators, and do not have any connection with Arinex Pty Ltd. This information is provided to delegates on a general basis and is the delegate’s responsibility to research, make a booking and pay for the service provided directly with the supplier.