Weekend Escapes around Australia with A&K

Weekend Escapes around Australia with A&K
March 2021

A&K's new Insider’s collection of luxury weekend getaways

While you ponder future epic journeys and extensive holidays both here and abroad, why not immediately satisfy your wanderlust with a weekend getaway?

Our new collection of short escapes offers the perfect immersive discovery of some of our country's most appealing, and accessible, regions. Whether you're drawn to inspiring art, epicurean delights or indigenous heritage, you’ll find engaging encounters with local personalities, rare culinary and cultural events and exclusive behind the scenes experiences on these exclusive small group escapes. With limited space available on these one-off departures, each escape introduces you to inspiring individuals and passionate locals who provide a privileged insider's look at each place you visit, revealing it in a way no one else can.


Insider’s Melbourne: Art, Culture & Jazz

Discover why Melbourne is so famous for its arts and cultural heritage with one of its greatest enthusiasts - art historian and curator Kenneth Park. Join him on this rare jaunt which reveals the city’s most important landmarks and their cultural significance, the CBD arcades and alleyways with their eclectic boutiques, cafés, specialty stores and its vibrant street art. Be invited into the private gallery spaces of Bromley & Co and Justin Art House Museum where you can admire some of Australia’s finest contemporary art and meet the collectors and creative collaborators responsible for them.

Journey Highlights

  • Dine on Venetian inspired cuisine at Melbourne institution Cecconi’s
  • Marvel at Melbourne’s architectural diversity
  • Discover hidden bars and cafés in city laneways
  • Meet Charles and Leah Justin in their inspiring museum home
  • Admire David Bromley’s art in the Bromley private gallery
  • At your leisure, visit the 2021 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces that will be on display at the National Gallery of Victoria

Small group of up to 24 guests
Friday 25 – Sunday 27 June 2021
Accommodation: Park Hyatt Melbourne
Price: $2,175pp twin share, $285 single supplement


Insider's Yarra Valley: A Weekend Escape

Escape to Victoria’s Yarra Valley for a weekend of epicurean delights and captivating cultural discovery. Meet the esteemed Dr Lois Peeler, and be immersed in indigenous history and tradition when you are privileged guests for the morning at Worawa College, an inspiring Aboriginal girl’s boarding school. A traditional Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony set the scene for the newly conceived Dreamtime trail and heritage walk. Taste your way through some of the region’s finest vineyards, admire a significant private collection of Australian modern art and savour some rare dining experiences which are sure to surprise and delight.

Journey Highlights

  • Enjoy exclusive access to Worawa College with Principal Dr Lois Peeler and be enthralled by a Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony and indigenous dance demonstration
  • Indulge in private wine tastings at Tarrawarra Estate and Domaine Chandon, exploring the rolling vineyards
  • Enjoy a private guided tour of the Tarrawarra Museum of Art which houses much of the significant Besen Family private collection of modern and contemporary works
  • Savour iconic local wines during a visit to Levantine Hill where a Mediterranean feast and guided cellar door experience are highlights

Small group of up to 22 guests
21- 23 May 2021
Accommodation: Chateau Yering Yarra Valley
Price: $2,130pp twin share, $495 single supplement


Insider's Adelaide: Art, Wine & Heritage

Join the esteemed Kenneth Park on a discovery of Adelaide’s art scene, its history and its singular epicurean delights. Enjoy exclusive access to the family home and studio of landscape artist Sir Hans Heysen in the Adelaide Hills, as well as renowned city galleries and private collections. Kenneth accompanies you throughout the journey sharing his insights and reflections on the important artworks you’ll see, the experts you’ll meet and the tastes you encounter. Craft your own blend in a celebrated vineyard and savour memorable dining experiences on this unique weekend away.

Journey Highlights

  • Indulge in a seasonal feast and spectacular river views dining at Jolleys Boathouse on the banks of the River Torrens
  • Enjoy a private tour of the Gallery of South Australia, paired with a delicious lunch overlooking the picturesque courtyard
  • Tour landscape artist Hans Heysen’s studio and family home at The Cedars, and take tea in the rambling country garden
  • Step into Australian wine making history at Seppeltsfield, with lunch and a cellar tour before blending your own wine in the laboratory at Penfolds

Small group of up to 18 guests
28-31 May 2021
Accommodation: EOS by Skycity, Adelaide
Price: $2,400pp twin share, $625 single supplement