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Sydney transforming an entire island into a wine-lovers dream

Sydney’s Wine Island returns for its fourth year. Whilst us in the north don scarfs and hats ready for the colder climates Australia’s cultural hub is popping corks and clinking glasses at this not to be missed island adventure.

Unlike Robinson Crusoe’s, this Island has wine from 65 regions across the country from some of the world’s best wines. This three-day event, which takes place in November, is quickly becoming a must for all wine guzzlers to smell, gargle and spit all the wonderful wine offerings.

Set on the Clark Island in Sydney Harbour, the even transforms it into a tropical paradise, dedicated to all things wine.

The event starts at the iconic Sydney Opera House, were all ‘Winos’ are invited to board the Belloni Boar and enjoy the first glass of bubbly while being transported to the island of wine. Once ashore, visitors are led to enjoy a leisurely stroll and take in what the festival has to offer from the best wineries in Australia. There will also be some guest wines from leading French, Italian and New Zealand regions. Of course, no festival would be complete without musical delights so Sydney Wine Island turn the evening to live bands and silent disco after a few glasses of vino loosen the mood.

Getting to the island: 

All ferries depart from ‘Man O War Steps’ Sydney Opera House (east). The event organisers explain that departure times will be 30-40 mins before advertised session times.

Returning from the island: 

Ferries will depart Clark Island wharf 20 minutes before advertised session time.