Australia Travel Guide

Moorilla, one of Tasmania's earliest modern vineyards, has opened a hotel—with glass-and-steel guest chalets suspended on a hillside over the Derwent River—to go with its winery, organic microbrewery, and restaurant.

Eat a civilized cold lunch plate, then let the tasting-room staff lead you through a range of wines, from accomplished to profound. Must-try: 2006 Dancing Fig Shiraz Mourvedre.

Mick and Paula Woodney purchased the Kangaroo Valley Fudge House and Ice Creamery in 2011 with the goal of returning the old-timey candy shop to its roots.


Visitors looking to slip “the surly bonds of earth” seek out this aeronautical operation, which started in 1996 and is now run by pilot/owner Steve Krug, who has been taking wing since 1974 and has thousands of water landings on his résumé.

Insider Clout: For a Caravaggio enthusiast, Watkins enlisted an art historian guide to escort the client to three churches in Rome to admire seminal Caravaggio works, followed by a visit to one of the artist’s former studios, just off the Piazza Fontanella Borghese.

Olympic Pedigree: Built for the 2000 Games’ canoe and kayak slalom competitions, Penrith is the only man-made whitewater course of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.


The winery has made a name for itself with its rich Chardonnays.

Halfway up the coast is Apsley Gorge, where Brian Franklin, Tasmania's most committed Burgundian, makes a gorgeous Pinot Noir in a repurposed fish factory. (In season, Franklin, a former abalone diver, will catch and grill you a fresh seafood feast to blo

What Lies Beneath: Well, just about all of the 3,500-person population of Coober Pedy, an opal-mining town in South Australia.