Past Tours

The Vice-Regal Retreat: Southern Highlands Tour


9 - 11 April 2021

This unique guided tour of the beautiful Southern Highlands, showcases its destination as a summer holiday resort during the 19th century. Once the NSW Governors came here for their holidays, the elite of Sydney followed, joining early grantees to form the idyllic lifestyle of summer hunts and hunt balls.

Judith Dunn OAM leads the tour and takes you into houses not usually open to the public (including Throsby Park and Golden Vale Homestead).


You will follow the ridge line of the Mittagong Range stud farms known as 'the nursery slopes of NSW’, enjoy exclusive fine dining experiences and curated tours including Joadja ghost town and Hillview. Other highlights: the rare surviving summer residence of 16 Governors and a beautiful vice-regal church.

Hobart & The Derwent Valley: Contemporary Meets Colonial


7 - 10 November 2019

In Tasmania the remnant Gondwana terrain and abundant evidence of the colonial project conspire for a place like no other. Tasmania’s fusion of the natural and built environment inspires the work of artists, architects, writers, craftspeople providores and restaurateurs. Join Curator, Scott Carlin for a four-day immersal in the best of contemporary design inspired by a colonial past. This tour coincides with the architecture festival, Open House Hobart.



Tour highlights include: - MONA extensions and new art works- Penny Clive's new Detached Art Foundation gallery- Strathborough 1820s house and contemporary art collection- Selection of Open House Hobart properties- Government House, Prospect House, Heathfield, Valleyfield, Willow Court and other historic properties.


Dining at:- Pharos (MONA)- Franck- Franklin- Agrarian Kitchen 

Adelaide & Surrounds


19 Sept - 22 Sept 2019

Adelaide has been described as Australia’s most gracious and elegant city, a city based on an enlightened 19th century town plan that has continued to influence it growth. Laid out by Colonial William Light in 1837 and bordered by hills and the ocean, Adelaide has retained a rich diversity of fine historic buildings and sites.


This four day tour will explore the history and heritage of this remarkable city and visit some of the beautiful houses and gardens of the Barossa and Clare Valley and the surrounding areas.

Highlights include a cocktail welcome at Ayers House (1860s) and a visit to the unique collection of Fermoy House, the former home of David Roche (interstate attendees only). We also see an extraordinary range of houses and homesteads including Collingrove, Bungaree Station, Martindale Hall and Anlaby Station (South Australia’s oldest merino stud). We will also have time to visit a colonial era vineyard, the gardens of Carrick Hill (interstate attendees only) and see the restoration work in progress at Marble Hill.

Sicily Through The Ages


18 May -1 June 2019

Any lover of history cannot help but fall in love with Sicily. On this tour we shall visit the sumptuous ballroom of Palazzo Gangi and the palace that was the last home of Prince Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa were we shall dine with his nephew and heir Giacchino Lanza Tomasi.


On this tour we will share in the grandeur and the beauty of the palaces, cathedrals and villas, the theatres, the temples and the amphitheatres, the majesty of awesome Mt Etna, the splendour of the sun kissed Sicilian nature and last but not least we will experience the joy of the Aeolian islands where land and sea and myth embrace.

Led by Philippa Torlonia, whose decades in Italy has given her an unrivaled knowledge of the estates of central Italy and a great network of contacts, this tour promises to be an unforgettable experience. Torlonia grew up in the Upper Hunter Valley in New South Wales, however, she spent most of her adult life in and around Rome, Italy, as the Principessa Torlonia, married to Marco Torlonia, 5th Prince of Civitella-Cesi.