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 dates of current tours and or select your own.

Catering for intimate, small group tours, ride in stylish comfort in our brand new European luxe mini-coach 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. Lovingly restored to retain rows of wooden shelves, old commercial signs, historic containers and a crackling fire makes the general store a perfect spot on a cold winters day.

Lunch is available here (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; hot drink and 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 Southern Highlands winter wonderland sitting by the warmth of crackling fires 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!

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

(Please note that this includes a tour of Bowral Markets on market days (13/5 & 8/7)).

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.

Inclusions: Bottled water; boutique wineries wine samplings; 2 course meal and a glass of wine.

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.

Truffle Hunt, masterclass with Michelin chef, truffle breakfast with sparkling, or lunch with wines

Touring Mt Majura, Canberra – Lake George

 

Departing Bowral we travel to The Truffle Farm in the picturesque Majura Valley to hunt for the rare and delicious black truffle on the largest truffle farm in Canberra.

Here we will join renown truffle industry expert owner Jayson Mesman and Australia’s best truffle dog team on an exhilarating truffle hunt experience. Jayson will expertly guide you through everything you’ve ever wanted to know about truffles. Feel the rush of excitement as you join the hunt for the elusive black truffle through the forest of 4,000 oak and hazelnut trees.

Once the perfect truffle is found, we head back to the warmth of the truffle shed for a decadent, sparkling truffle breakfast or a truffle lunch with matching wines. Executive (and hatted) chef, Damian Brabender, who has worked in Michelin star restaurants across the globe, prepares the truffle breakfast in front of you while teaching you all the secrets to using truffles at home. Sit back and enjoy the dishes or get up and get involved in this interactive and entertaining event.

This tour operates with two or more people. Dates are dependant on the extremely popular Truffle Farm availability, so please contact A Grand Day Out with your preferred dates and dining option and we will arrange.

Guests from our first tour held on June 18th commented that it was the most amazing food experience, and were impressed by the knowledge and thrilled at the excitement of the hands on hunt and generous masterclass.

Inclusions: Hot beverage; truffle hunt, 3 course sparkling breakfast or 6 course lunch with wines

Breakfast tours depart Bowral 7.00 am, returning 3:00 pm. Lunch tours depart Bowral 10:45 am, returning 5:45 pm.

Contact A Grand Day Out for pricing.

(With thanks to The Truffle Farm for supplying their images courtesy of Lean Timms – Photographer)

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’.

Our exploration will then lead us to a heritage listed 19th century village whose previous visitors included Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson, Hamilton Hume and Ben Hall. Here we will luncheon in a 150 year-old hotel that is now the multi-awarded gourmand’s oasis.

All proving that gold still exists in this prosperous region.

Inclusions: Light refreshments, boutique wineries wine samplings, 2 course luncheon with a glass of regional wine and tea/ coffee.

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

Departs Bowral 8am, returning 5pm. 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. Here Alex and his professional team will spoil you with a 3 course meal and matching wines.

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

Inclusions: Bottled water; boutique winery wine samplings, shared antipasto plus choice of 2 course, matching wines, or soft drink or tea/coffee.

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

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A Grand Day Out 

0409 555 855

info@agranddayout.com.au