Welcome to A Grand Day Out – quality gourmet food and wine tours with our on-board chef tour guide and a dash of captivating sites.

Discover scenic destinations and flavours by either joining one of our scheduled tours, or customise a private inexpensive tour for that special someone, family, or friends.

Tours explore the Southern Highlands and country NSW inclusive of the Nation’s Capital and South Coast in pursuit of the finest produce, wines, artisans, regional events and markets with our main aim of supporting our talented regional producers and creators.

Seek out the exquisite liquid gold in the hills of our cold climate wine regions, marvel at our scenic countryside on our backroad travels, learn from generations of talented producers, handpick lavish produce in rich microclimates, be spoilt by awarded chefs and ingenious creators.

Our Calendar of Tours page advises current tours and we can customise a private tour.

Catering for intimate and small group tours, travel in stylish comfort with a fully qualified driver.

Based in the Southern Highlands we depart from Bowral and pre-arranged locations.

Good food, good wine and good views are assured with every journey.

A Grand Day Out tours

Secret Gourmet Villages

The Southern Highlands

 

Witness the essence of Babe-ville travelling on the Southern Highlands most scenic country back roads.

Travel to a majestic vineyard nestled in it’s own microclimate within a natural amphitheatre of sandstone escarpments. Handpicked lavish produce and award winning wines are bountiful within this utopia. Visit a spectacular waterfall and view the lushness of the Kangaroo Valley from 631mts above it.

Discover the Southern Highlands most secluded and tranquil village. Home to the best producer and butcher of grass fed beef and lamb, we think, in Australia! With no added hormones, or antibiotics, animals are naturally pasture raised on their local highlands farm.

This beautiful village also houses a famous general store built in 1867 and the scenic Burrawang Village Hotel licensed in 1866.

Lunch is available at either venue (at guest’s expense), so why not try the local grass fed beef and order a delicious Five Napkin Burger!

‘Unearth’ our proud potato capital and purchase local and regional cheeses plus other specialties before discovering another secret village.

One of our most scenic tours, we travel through lush rainforest, sparkling creeks, fertile farmlands and abundant native flora.

Inclusions: Water; Canapés, boutique winery samplings. Lunch is not included so as to enable personal choice of the wonderful gourmet delights at the General Store.

Please check Our Calendar of Tours for departure dates and or arrange a private tour on a date that suits you.

Departs Bowral 9am, returning 4pm. Contact A Grand Day Out for pricing.

High Tea and Vines

The Southern Highlands

 

Enjoy the magnificence of Spring in the Southern Highlands whilst sampling three of the best boutique vineyards award winning wines before travelling to one of the Highlands grandest estates, Milton Park Country House Hotel for high tea with french bubbles!

The colourful garden of Milton Park is considered by many to be the greatest garden in Australia, inclusive of about 10,000 trees, rare varieties of shrubs and plants, a forest of 5,000 cypresses & pines, at least 200,000 bulbs accompanied by 100,000 forget-me-nots, more than 100 maples & rare rhododendrons, over 50 camellia, nearly 2,000 metres of box hedging, 400 rose bushes, an avenue of 40 giant elms and at every turn and vista, individual specimens of rarity, splendour and historic interest.  Milton Park’s world renowned garden was designed by the English School of Landscape and remains the only work undertaken outside of Europe by that esteemed academy.

Inclusions: Bottled water, boutique wineries wine samplings, high tea with a glass of French champagne.

(Please note that this can also include a tour of Bowral Markets on market days)

Please check Our Calendar of Tours for departure dates and or arrange a private tour on a date that suits you.

Departs Bowral 9.45am, returning 4.15pm (departs 8.30am on Bowral Market days). Contact A Grand Day Out for pricing.

Best of the Bunch 

The Southern Highlands

 

Your taste buds will be spoilt rotten on the Best of the Bunch tour visiting three of our top award winning cold climate wineries and one of our finest hatted restaurants, Eschalot.

From the 21st September until 21st May there is the option of replacing one winery with a visit to the magnificent Red Cow Farm – previously a 2.5 hectare cow paddock, now a lovingly created garden that rivals Monet’s garden at Giverny. Truly a ‘must see’ Highlands experience and recommended during Spring!

Inclusions: Bottled water; boutique wineries wine samplings; 2 course meal and a glass of wine and entry to Red Cow Farm if applicable.

Please see Our Calendar of Tours for departure dates and or arrange a private tour on a date that suits you.

Departs Bowral 9:45am, returning 4:30pm. Contact A Grand Day Out for pricing.

Regional Farmers Markets

Capital Region Farmers Market and Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets

Grab your biggest basket and join us on one of our regular monthly visits to Canberra’s biggest and best farmers markets.

We will travel from Bowral to meet the farmers and growers at the Capital Region Farmers Market followed by Fyshwick Food Markets, a Canberra institution and Canberra’s oldest markets, frequented by diplomats and carrying a vast array of quality goodies.

The Capital Region Farmers Market was formed after a farmer was trying to sell his own vegetables and faced hardship due to the stronghold of wholesalers in Canberra.

The droughts put an emphasis on the plight of Canberra and region farmers, wholesale arrangements were inadequate and farmers just couldn’t sell through commercial means. At the same time, many small producers were just starting out and needed an outlet. 

The first Capital Region Farmers Market was held in March 2004. Helping our farmers immensely it was established without any financial support or grants from governments or other sources. It started with just 15 stalls. 

Today the Capital Region Farmers Market is still managed by the originators, the not-for-profit Rotary Club of Hall and has grown to have an almost 200 registered stallholders, hosting around 100 stalls.

Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets have over 25 shops dedicated to selling fresh quality produce including 4 fruit shops (2 which sell a wide range of flowers), 4 butchers, 3 delicatessens, bakeries and cafes, café, 2 seafood shops, a speciality Asian grocery, organics, a wine and liquor shop which focuses on boutique beer and local wines as well as a number of other speciality shops.

Come and support true regional producers with A Grand Day Out by foraging for seasonal wonders on the first Saturday of every month. Fresh seafood is easily transported within our large onboard fridge.

Inclusions: Light refreshments en route, water, juice, gourmet lunch box, tea/ coffee.

Departs Bowral 7am, returning 3.30pm $140 per person .

Cold climate wines of Canberra District Wines

Touring Gundaroo – Murrumbateman – Lake George

 

The most under rated wine region in the world, Canberra District Wine is home to 140 vineyards covering an altitudinal range of 300 to 800 metres.

Following in Hume’s footsteps we will travel to historic Murrumbateman. A former gold mining town still rich in a soils, passions and produce, where over 20 family run boutique wineries are accumulating major Australian and international awards producing exquisite European style cool climate varieties.

Based on A Grand Day Out’s criteria requiring onsite winemaking, differing varieties, points and awards, we have ‘handpicked the best of the bunch’ to explore. All gold medal winners – trophy winemakers using organic principles; Gourmet Traveller’s wine maker of the year and highly acclaimed Shiraz Viognier producer; a Pinot Noir ‘Bottle Shock’ winemaker who is taking out the New Zealand wine awards and we will visit the masterful ‘father of Australian Riesling’.

All proving that gold still exists in this prosperous region.

Dependant on day, a gourmand luncheon can be enjoyed, at the guests expense, at some of the regions finest establishments from Poachers Pantry, to the multi award winning Grazing, Clementines and the new Olleyville. Or A Grand Day Out can arrange a chef prepared fresh produce picnic platter.

Inclusions: Light refreshments, water, wine samplings (lunch at guests expense for personal choice)

Tour operates with two or more passengers on a date of your choice.

Departs Bowral 8am, returning 5pm. Upon arrangement can also depart Canberra areas. Contact A Grand Day Out for pricing.

Altitudinal Flavours

Touring Upper Kangaroo Valley – Berry

 

Travelling on Australia’s most scenic country back roads we safely descend our taste buds from the Highlands at an altitude of 822m above sea level into a panoramic vineyard nestled in it’s own microclimate at 110m on rich volcanic soils within a natural amphitheater of sandstone escarpments. Handpicked lavish produce and award winning wines are bountiful within this utopia.

We then travel through Kangaroo Valley to our luncheon venue at an altitude of 20m nestled amongst vineyards and surrounded by lush pastures. Here executive chef Andrew Hickie (who has cooked at Quay restaurant, has cooked with Peter Gilmore, Tony Bilson and Manu Feildel and has cooked for Ellen De Generes, Oprah, Tom Hanks andRobert De Niro) and his talented team are committed to serving delicious produce-driven food working with regional suppliers and providores.

Wine tasting follows lunch, after which guests can then enjoy time at leisure to peruse the Berry’s delightful shopping precinct. A word of warning, watch out for the infamous Donut Van!

One of our most scenic tours, we travel through lush rainforest, sparkling creeks, fertile farmlands and abundant native flora.

Inclusions: Water; boutique wineries wine samplings; lunch consists of a main meal of your choice and side dish plus a glass of regional wine, or soft drink, or tea/coffee.

Tour operates with two or more passengers on a date of your choice.

Departs Bowral 9:00am, returning 5:30pm. Contact A Grand Day Out for pricing.

Seaside Lures

Touring Milton – Mollymook via Kangaroo Valley

 

A very special day visiting the cream of the crop, award winning venues in these unique and picturesque coastal villages. The relaxing elegance of Cupitt’s Winery must be seen and tasted, to be believed. Wine tasting in the 1850’s stone creamery cellar door with stunning views over the vineyards.

A short stroll through the village of Milton follows before arriving at the wondrous St Isidore (the patron saint of farmers, peasants, and day labourers). One of only two hatted restaurants in the area, chef Alex Delly has retained this award for the 2nd year running using his ingenious creativity coupled with fresh produce from his surrounding paddocks. Lunch is at the guests expense to enable personal choice.

After lunch we head to the coast for a bit of dolphin spotting before heading home.

Inclusions: Bottled water; boutique winery wine samplings (lunch at guests expense – on arrangement luncheon venue can be altered to Cupitt’s Restaurant)

Tour operates with two or more passengers on a date of your choice.

Departs Bowral 8:30am, returning 5pm. Contact A Grand Day Out for pricing.

Cruise Jervis Bay

Touring Huskinsson – Jervis Bay via Kangaroo Valley

 

Departing from Bowral we travel to the aqua waters and white sands of Jervis Bay. Here you will join a cruise for 1.5 – 2 hours and discover natural beauty, extraordinary wildlife, such as dolphins, albatross, whales (seasonal) and the rugged coastal landscapes of Jervis Bay.

Once ashore dine on fish and chips overlooking these picturesque waters before heading off to discover one of Jervis Bays most scenic beaches.

Inclusions: Bottled water; fish and chips or vegetarian equivalent (beverages may be purchased)

Tour operates with two or more passengers on a date of your choice.

Departs Bowral 9am, returning 4:30pm. Contact A Grand Day Out for pricing.

Experience A Grand Day Out by calling 0409 555 855

Or email including tour enquiry

 

A Grand Day Out 

0409 555 855

info@agranddayout.com.au