Day one: Fly into Melbourne and check into The Cullen hotel, which pays tribute to the late Australian artist, Adam Cullen
Day two–three: Admire the city’s edible bounty at Queen Victoria Market (‘Queen Vic’ to the locals), which also has street-food stalls and pop-up bars to tempt you with. Potter around the cutting-edge Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), which hosts a series of dazzling exhibitions and events.
Day four–five: Find out why the Great Ocean Road is world-famous by borrowing wheels and going for a road trip. Bed down at design-led Drift House, in peaceful Port Fairy, and don’t miss the 12 Apostles: rugged limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park (if you’re lucky, you might spot a whale or two, too). Spend some time exploring pretty Port Fairy, too: stock up on antiques or try one of the local restaurants.Day six–seven: Drive back to Melbourne, then hop on a plane to Adelaide (flight time: one hour, 20 minutes). Explore the city’s laneways, pausing in the bars and restaurants when you need refreshment.
Day eight: Learn about Australian (and global) art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, home to more than 38,000 works, including important contributions by indigenous artists.
Day nine–10: South Australia’s landscapes are a work of art in themselves:
admire them on a scenic drive through the bucolic Adelaide Hills (pausing to
pick up local wine from one of the excellent wineries). The Hills are less than
half-an-hour from Adelaide by car. If you fancy more wine experiences and great
dining head to Barossa Valley – one hour from Adelaide. Blend your own wine at
Penfolds Cellar Door or taste your birthyear at Seppeltsfield.
Day 11–12: Adelaide Central Market is worth rambling around, especially if you have future picnics in mind; take your edible bounty to historic Port Adelaide, which was once just mangrove swamps and mud flats. (There are some well-preserved maritime pubs and hotels here, so come thirsty.) Round off your trip with a memorable meal at Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant, a 15-minute drive from the city. Unsurprisingly, the wines are as flawless as the food.