The only way to outsmart the high volume of RBT police cars and booze buses around the Highlands is to leave your car at home if you’re going to drink.

Aside from the grave dangers associated with imbibing and getting behind the wheel, if you do drink and drive in the Highlands, be prepared to get caught – the police here are vigilant about this dangerous habit and good on them for being so, I say.

In any case, with myriad options to shuttle you around, there’s no need to take your car on any alcohol-included adventure you wish to embark on!

From The 05 Club to more organised cellar door tours, nearly every driver you encounter is a long time Highlands resident, so you may even be regaled with some colourful local history.

A Grand Day Out
This wine tour company offers gourmet food and wine tours with an on-board chef as your tour guide. Join a scheduled tour or book a private outing.

The 05 Club
I like to call this efficient mob the “Uber of the Southern Highlands” (no, we don’t have Uber here yet). Aside from operating as a private taxi service, they also offer wine and food tours, with two 13 seater vans and a luxury 21 seater passenger coach for larger groups.

Highlands Chauffeured Hire Cars
This company can arrange private wine tours to some of the best cellar doors in the area, and can even throw in art galleries, antique shops, open gardens or other scenic areas.

The Highlands Tour Co. 
Specialising in local tours, this company offers a new themed expedition each month. First up, on August 28, 2018, the Paddock to Plate tour will see guests foraging for ingredients and then creating a meal with one of the region’s most exciting and innovative culinary artists. You will visit Redleaf and Living Earth Farms with hatted chef Nicola Coccia, owner of Bistro Officina, and enjoy a day of collecting local ingredients before heading back to the bistro for a two-course lunch. There will also be samplings from local liquor producers.

The Grape Escape Southern Highlands Wine Tours
This team can tailor your tour to your needs, desires and time frame, or they can come up with a package so you can just relax and forget about decision making. Either way, you’ll be far from disappointed. They can also arrange tours around annual events in the Highlands, such as Brigadoon at Bundanoon, Tulip Time and the Food and Wine Festival.

Highlands Food and Wine Tours
Eat, drink and let someone else drive you home … with this tour group, you can explore olive oil farms, go truffling, unearth an array of incredible cellar doors or even enjoy tasting plates at a restaurant or two.

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