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Top Trip Memories

  • Viewing Uluru (Ayres Rock), Australia’s best known landmark and sacred to the aboriginal people, as the sandstone formation deep in the Outback glows red at dawn or sunset.
  • Touring Sydney’s Opera House and its multi-bay harbor, both considered among the most beautiful representatives of their kind in the world.
  • Taking a crocodile-viewing safari down a river in the Daintree Rainforest in Far North Queensland, Australia.
  • Watching the little fairy penguins – the world’s smallest penguin species – come skittering ashore after a day’s feeding in the ocean on Phillip Island, Australia.
  • Tasting the vintages in the Yarra Valley Wine Country near Melbourne.
  • Taking a break on one of the world’s greatest beaches at Frasier Island, Australia.
  • Strolling above the treetops at the Tahune Forest Airwalk in Tasmania, for views of both the forest canopy and the mountains in the distance.


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Tour Tips

  • Even though many tours combine visits to Australia with New Zealand, consider making two separate trips since each is so rich in activities by itself.
  • Similarly, if your tour covers“only” the east coast of Australia, you’ll have more time to get to know that area better.
  • With the great distances traveled just to arrive Down Under, allow at least 10 days to two weeks for a tour – which won’t seem nearly enough.
  • If you’re flying across the Pacific to Australia for your tour, check into stopovers in Hawaii, Fiji or Tahiti – it will break up the long flight, sometimes at no extra charge.
  • Remember that the seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere, so if you’d like warm weather, head down in the North American winter.
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Australia Travel Reviews & Ratings

4.8 out of 5

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343 Reviews

  • Excellent 257
  • Great 69
  • Average 0
  • Disappointing 0
  • Terrible 0

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  • Activities
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  • Lodging
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  • Transportation
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  • Meals
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Tour Reviews

5.0
January 2017
Intrepid
Recommend: Yes
I have never really camped before, now ready to book the Darwin to Perth, it was all just brilliant , can't believe I did it. I thought I loved India [ done 8 tours there] but now need to ditch the o/s brochures and work my way around the Australia one.

Amazing and hassle free way to see Australia

Brisbane to Cairns Experience

4.0
December 2016
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
Amazing and hassle free way to see Australia!

AborigionaLculture#nature#friends

The Red Centre to Melbourne

5.0
December 2016
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
AborigionaLculture#nature#friends

An amazing experience through the outback and the great ocean road, getting to experience culture and wildlife

The Red Centre to Melbourne

5.0
December 2016
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
An amazing experience through the outback and the great ocean road, getting to experience culture and wildlife.

As my first holiday tour I had a Fantastic experience

Brisbane to Cairns Experience

5.0
December 2016
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
As my first holiday tour I had a Fantastic experience. Would highly reccimend the trip and loved every bit of it!

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Classic Itineraries

Australia in 7-10 Days

Australia is an enormous country, with many of the top attractions situated along the coastline, making it impossible to see everything in one week or even two. But the classics are absolutely feasible - you may even catch a glimpse of a Koala!

Day 1, Sydney: Sydney Harbor Bridge, Opera House, Circular Queue, Luna Park, Botanical Gardens, Harbor boat tour, Blue Mountains

Day 2-4, Queensland: Visit the famed Great Barrier Reef, and picturesque Cannes, for snorkeling and fun ocean sports.

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Day 2-4, Alice Springs: Watch the sunrise over Uluru, learn from local Aboriginal guides about the land through their ancient legends. Watch kangaroos in their natural habitat and appreciate the outbacks beauty.

Day 5-7, Melbourne: Explore the “world’s most livable city” fro Southbank and Federation Sq., to winetasting in Yarra Valley, and funky St. Kilda beach. Hit the coastal highway known as the Great Ocean Road for spectacular views and hidden gems.

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Australia in 2 Weeks

2 Weeks in Oz gives you ample time to see Uluru, the famous Great Barrier Reef- though many tours opt for one or the other - as well as the urban centers of Melbourne and Sydney. You may even have enough time to visit the Yarra Valley for wine tasting.

Day 1-2, Sydney: Sydney Harbor Bridge, Opera House, Circular Queue, Luna Park, Botanical Gardens, Harbor boat tour, Blue Mountains

Day 3-5, Queensland: Great Barrier reef, snorkeling & scuba diving in clear blue waters

Day 6-9, Central Australia: Uluru, The Olgas, watching the sunrise over the outback, seeing Kangaroos in their natural habitat.

Day 10-12, Melbourne: Southbank and Federation Sq, Yarra Valley wine tasting, St. Kilda beach

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Australia & New Zealand in 3 Weeks

Australia and New Zealand are famously difficult to get to, especially if you’re coming from the United States or Europe. For this reason, it can be a great idea to kill two birds with one stone! You won’t get to see everything (both Australia and New Zealand easily deserve their own trip) but if you won’t be back to that part of the world for a while, this is a great way to see some highlights in both countries.

Day 1-3, Aukland: Arrive in Auckland on the North Island of New Zealand. Mission Bay,  Auckland Museum for an in depth look at the native Maori culture and history. Take a boat out for a whale watching excursion.

Day 4-6, Queenstown: Fly to Queenstown to spend a few days in this beautiful lakeside town. Jetboating on Lake Wakatipu, Skyline luge for incredible views and a thrilling activity in one. Full day excursion to Milford Sound, and visit historic Arrowtown

Day 7, Mount Cook: Take a walk on Fox Glacier and stay overnight in Mount Cook National Park.

Day 8-9, Christchurch: Driving day through picturesque countryside as you head to Christchurch, where you will depart for Australia.

Day 10-11, Melbourne: Fitzroy Gardens, Federation Square, excursion to Phillip Island to see fairy penguins,

Day 12, Great Ocean Road: Drive along Melbourne’s idyllic coastline and view the famous Twelve Apostles. Have your camera ready for the stunning scenery!

Day 13-15, Alice Springs: Head to Alice Springs in Central Australia. Take a pre-dawn drive into the outback to watch the sunrise over the Olgas in Kata Tjuta. Half day history tour at Uluru - learn about the Aboriginal culture on the Mala Walk. Visit the cultural center for more insight into the arts, music, beliefs and customs of the Aboriginal people.

Day 16-18, Cairns: Enjoy a few days of snorkeling and boat trips around the beautiful Great Barrier Reef. Learn about the geology and wildlife from a marine biologist. Other highlights include Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Day 19-22, Sydney: In Sydney, visit the famous Opera House and learn about it’s unique design. Spend a leisurely time walking around Circular Queue, and the Sydney Harbor. Go on the thrilling Bridge Walk for views from atop the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Visit the Botanical Gardens, and take a day cruise to Luna Park.

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Australia Trips & Tour Advice

Australia – simultaneously the earth’s smallest continent and largest island, is many a travelers’ dream destination. From Sydney's famous Opera House to the vast and rugged Outback, this country-continent is incredibly geographically diverse. Filled with friendly people, and stocked with unusual animals ranging from kangaroos and koalas to wombats and Tasmanian devils. 

Australia holds a special place in the imaginations of those who live on the other side of the world. Home to both British descendants living a seemingly incongruous, often sun-burned existence in the faraway Pacific, along with intriguing indigenous cultures and immigrants from Asia and Oceania, Australia has a reputation as a modern society with frontier-like rough edges. In Australia, the vast, mostly deserted Outback begins just on the fringes of the thickly populated eastern coast and stretches west seemingly forever.

Australia is amazingly diverse -- from its well-populated east and southeastern coasts, with world-class cities like Sydney and Melbourne beckoning, to its arid outback (which constitutes much of the country), from its northeastern rainforests to its southeastern mountains, from its trendy vineyards to its frontier-style cattle ranches, from its icons (urban and rural) like the Sydney Opera House and Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock), to its often-overlooked far-western and far northern cities like Perth and Darwin. 

And of course there's the wildlife -- bounding kangaroos, shy koalas, wombats, and the impossible-to-make-up duck-billed platypus, which scientists once thought must be a hoax -- as well as its colorful history as a repository for English criminals, from whom many modern-day Australians are descended. Native aborigines, much in evidence in some parts of the country, add further to the Australians’ reputation as a yet-untamed, fiercely independent people.

Tasmania and the Cities

Australia’s smaller island of Tasmania, which lies to the south of Melbourne, is a wonderland of forests and rugged coastlines, ideal for nature lovers.

Australia's two main cities of Sydney and Melbourne are must stops. Rivals as well, Sydney is the more flashily beautiful, perhaps, with its famous Opera House, hidden bays and nearby beaches, but Melbourne wins many visitors’ hearts for its gardens, art museums and scenic drives.

But equally delightful to pass through are Australia’s smaller towns. Queensland takes pride in its “tidy towns” and remote Daintree Rainforest, while Alice Springs, in the center of the country, is known for its desert parks and frontier atmosphere. Australia’s eastern Gold Coast, anchored by the lively city of Brisbane, is renowned for its golden beaches. In the far west, Perth offers an entirely different feel, sometimes compared to the Mediterranean. 

Australia's capital, Canberra, and far north city of Darwin make for other possible destinations. Consider taking a train across the width of southern Australia for an unforgettable ride through the Outback.

Uluru

Uluru (Ayers Rock), about 200 miles from Alice Springs, is Australia’s best known natural landmark. Since it’s sacred to the aboriginal people, climbing it is now discouraged, but it’s still worth the trip to see. And, of course, Australia’s unusual wildlife is a huge draw: especially being surprised by the ever-present kangaroos and trying to spot the cute but reclusive koalas, who like to hide in eucalyptus trees.

While Australia has a mostly friendly rivalry with neighboring New Zealand (each believing themselves to be the friendlier of the two), they have much in common. Together they feature a number of world-class cities and some of the world’s best hiking trails, as well as deserts, rainforests, coastlines and mountains, so if you choose to see both in one tour, allow plenty of time. 

Ready to head Down Under but don’t know where to turn first? Try Stride’s handy comparison tools that will quickly help you find which tour or tours are right for you. 

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Australia & the Pacific

Local Attractions:  

Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, Uluru/Ayers Rock, Daintree National Park, Whitsunday Islands, Blue Mountains National Park, Fraser Island and Many More

Top Activities:      

Nature Sightseeing, Wildlife Sightseeing & Hiking

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