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Southern Highlands & Kangaroo Valley

DRIVE YOUR OWN

Do you own a supercar, sportscar or classic car in Sydney?

Southern Highlands & Kangaroo Valley 'Drive Your Own' Experience

July 2024

Join us for a luxurious weekend away touring the beautiful Southern Highlands, with exquisite dining inclusions and a two-night stay at Berida Hotel in Bowral.

Designed for those who love driving their own pride and joy, whether that be a supercar, performance car or classic knowing every detail has been considered and curated by our team.

A 2-day luxury adventure through the rolling hills of the Southern Highlands in your own car – hosted by Australia’s #1 luxury driving experience provider.

Indulge in a curated wine tasting, meet fellow enthusiasts, learn how to cook great Italian food with chef Stefano Marvello, stay at the critically acclaimed Berida Hotel and much more.

Now taking individual and group bookings, limited spots available.

“It was an epic weekend from start to finish, everything was taken care of and we can an absolute ball! We especially enjoyed not having to worry about road and traffic conditions, our lovely hosts in the lead car let us know about the road ahead giving us confidence and peace of mind. The accommodation, food and overall attention to detail was absolutely first class, we can’t wait for the next one!”

– Paul & Lara (Dodge Hellcat)

“If you want an amazing driving experience with even better people you have to try DYO. Great camaraderie between everyone involved and especially the wonderful hosts who go to great lengths to make it an amazing experience. Thank you 🙏”

– Fernando & Doris (1963 Volvo P1800)

“What a fantastic couple of days. The opportunity to mix cars, meeting new friends, stunning scenery, boutique accommodation and fine dining was awesome. Our hosts were so warm and attentive and really capped off the event.  Highly recommend it.”

– Dean & Glynis (BMW M4)

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Explore The Southern Highlands Like Never Before

The region is known for its stunning natural landscapes, including rolling hills, lush green countryside, and beautiful gardens. The picturesque scenery makes for a visually appealing and relaxing drive.

It is home to numerous vineyards and wineries and wine enthusiasts can explore the cool-climate wines produced in the area and enjoy tastings at various cellar doors.

The area is also dotted with charming historic towns and villages such as Bowral, Mittagong, and Berrima. These towns boast well-preserved architecture, boutique shops, art galleries, and cafes.

The Southern Highlands offers a combination of natural beauty, cultural richness, outdoor activities, and culinary delights, making it an incredible driving destination.

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Berida Hotel, Bowral

Originally built as a home in 1925 and extended throughout the years, Berida is not your typical hotel, it is filled with history, charm and unique features at every turn.

With 46 restored and fully air-conditioned hotel rooms, their popular restaurant Bistro Sociale, stunning guest lounge with open fire place, games room, conference facilities, luxurious day spa, indoor heated pool, spa and sauna, and a local produce store, Berida Hotel is the perfect venue for our Bowral DYO experience.

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Chef Stefano Marvello

Stefano’s Italian Cooking Experiences focus on the tradition of the long Sunday family lunch, where everyone plays a role in making the meal and together eat – just as his family did. You will learn to make classic Italian dishes, and some with a modern twist.

Stefano Marvello, the celebrated and awarded owner of The Italian Cooking Experience in Bowral has collaborated with Centennial Vineyards to create a memorable dining experience.

Over 3 hours you will enjoy an expertly curated tasting of Centennial Vineyard’s finest wines, followed by an unforgettable Italian dining experience. Stefano will cook for you in the round, sharing his tips and tricks for cooking Italian food and sharing a few stories, with more delicious Centennial wines.

Every DYO Experience Includes:

Carefully Selected Driving Route

Choosing the route for a driving experience is a lot more complex than people think. We select roads that are great to drive but also have zero or minimal potholes, hazards, traffic and so on. We personally drive the route to inspect it and speak to locals for tips on the best driving roads.

Lead Car For Your Safety

One of the most convenient parts of our events is having a lead car at the front of the pack. We’ll alert you via radio of any road hazards, potholes, cyclists in advance so you can have absolute peace of mind and just focus on driving!

Meet New People & Network

Our events attract true car lovers from all walks of life. By the end of the event you’ll have made new friends and often people make business connections.

Fully Hosted Event

Prancing Horse has hosted more luxury driving experience than literally any other business in the country – we know what makes a great experience and have done 1,000+ experiences. We’ll guide you through every part of your experience.

All Meals & Accommodation Included

The experience includes all of your meals and accommodation so you can relax knowing it’s all covered start to finish.

All Cars Welcome

Supercars, sports cars, muscle cars, classic cars are all welcome – in fact we prefer to have a eclectic mix of cars! These experiences are for car lovers of all types.

Just Show Up & Enjoy

All you need to do is arrive with your pride and joy, and we’ll literally handle everything else!

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Inclusions

5-7 July 2024

  • Two nights at Berida Hotel where history meets grandeur. with full breakfast and a dinner at The Bistro Sociale with Chef Nathan Jackson while he uses the best of the Southern Highlands with his modern contemporary french cuisine.

  • An exclusive, interactive dinner with Chef Stefano Marvello, owner of The Italian Cooking Experience in Bowral has collaborated with Centennial Vineyards to create a memorable dining experience.

  • A relaxed shared lunch en-route whilst you enjoy the rolling landscape of the idyllic Southern Highlands landscape.

  • A take home tote full of little memories of the Southern Highlands – Berida cotton Tote, Chef Stefano Gift Box, Centennial Raspberry Dessert Wine, Mrs Peacock Artisan Chocolates

  • A privately guided tour (3.5 hrs- 200kms) to explore the quaint villages and rolling landscapes of the Southern Highlands & South Coast

  • Personal instruction and support with a lead vehicle driven by your hosts, including secure two-way UHF radio communication

$2,990

PRICE PER COUPLE

Frequently Asked Questions

We do not restrict anyone form attending this experience, no matter what car you have, whether it be an exotic, a classic, a sports car or something you just love to drive, ALL are welcome!

The drive itself is about 3.5 hours, factoring in toilet breaks, refuelling stop (if required), and scenic locations to stretch your legs!

We have negotiated designated parking areas at each hotel offering a higher level of security and convenience.

We have factored a re-fuelling stop on the route however we recommend you arrive at the hotel with a full tank of fuel to avoid any unnecessary stops on the drive.

We have made provisions with local mobile mechanics and tilt trucks to assist in the unlikely event of a breakdown, please also ensure you have any “road side assist” contact details handy on the day,  either way, we will do our best to get you back on the road or ensure you continue to enjoy the rest of your experience.

We will provide a dedicated lead/escort vehicle for the drive so the only rule is that you simple follow the “sacrificial lamb” ahead. You will be provided with a UHF radio on the day and your host(s) will be in constant communication warning you of any possible hazards or impediments ahead so if there is anything of concern, you will know in advance.

No one knows your car better than you in terms of its capability, we simply ask that you respect others that may be in front or behind you. The road is there for you to enjoy responsibly and we encourage you to obey all signposts.

We carefully select the seasons that offer the most temperate and ideal conditions for driving at each location across Australia.  If heavy rain or adverse weather conditions are forecasted, we generally aim to provide as much notice as reasonably possible should a decision be made to postpone an event in the interests of safety.  It’s certainly more fun in the dry!

Prancing Horse have and always will provide you with the greatest flexibility to re-schedule or transfer your reservation at any time, without need for a reason and without any cancellation fees/charges. This has been our policy for the past 16 years. Similarly, in the event of a postponement or cancellation due to COVID restrictions or otherwise, we will provide you with the complete freedom to transfer to any future event with us. This is the reason why we do not request full payments in advance, only a deposit that is transferable at any time.

You’re welcome to pay via debit, credit-card or bank transfer.  We only require an initial A$500 deposit and there are no surcharge fees for using VISA, MasterCard or American Express – we simply absorb them for greater convenience. Our invoices include a secure payment link for credit card deposits as well as bank details for direct deposit payments. 

You can opt to finalise the remaining balance via instalments on either a weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly basis.   This can be automated for you via our secure payment gateway on a preferred debit or credit-card, or you can transfer via direct-deposit.

Yes, absolutely.  You can nominate a specific value or select an experience or destination for someone special.  You’re even welcome to leave it completely open for the recipient to decide which experience interests them.  At the end of the day, all options offer complete flexibility and can be transferred between any of our luxury experiences across the country.

As this is an organised drive event, we provide public liability cover however all other insurances relating to you vehicle is the responsibility of the car owner(s).

Have Questions?

Contact us below or call 1300 307 050