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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

100%

recommend

151 Reviews

  • Excellent 120
  • Great 31
  • Average 0
  • Disappointing 0
  • Terrible 0

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  • Value
    4.8
  • Guide
    4.8
  • Activities
    4.8
  • Lodging
    4.8
  • Transportation
    4.8
  • Meals
    4.8

Tour Reviews

Australia and New Zealand

Australia & New Zealand

5.0
April 2016
SmarTours
Recommend: Yes
What a fabulous trip this was to Australia and New Zealand. Everything was perfect from the flights, the tours, bus drivers and our tour guide Alex. We never felt rushed and had plenty of time to explore on our own if we wished. I would recommend this trip and will look forward to another Smartours trip in my future!
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Australia & New Zealand

Australia & New Zealand

5.0
March 2016
SmarTours
Recommend: Yes
We left LA on March 1, 2016. The only negative thing about the entire 3 weeks was the flight on Qantas from LA was 3 hours late leaving. We still made our flight from Sydney to Auckland, so it was not a big deal. We just waited 3 hours in LA instead of Sydney. Stevyn Polk was an awesome Tour Escort. He was friendly, efficient, organized, helpful and fun to be around. All of our hotels were excellent, our tours were wonderful, including the optional tours that we did. The Skyline dinner in Auckland was delicious and the views of the city and the Gondola Ride was great. The cruise on the TSSEnslow was fun, especially since we could see the working engine. The meal at Walter Peak Farm was excellent and the sheep dog and sheep shearing was fun. The Skipper's Canyon drive was beautiful and breathtaking at times. The Larnach Castle was interesting although the tour was a little rushed. The wildlife tour was great. We saw 4 different types of albatross on that afternoon cruise. The tour to see the Fairy Penguins was so much fun. We had special seats which gave us great viewing. The drive on the Great Ocean Road was wonderful. At our morning stop our bus driver set up a table, fixed us tea and set out treats. We saw two koalas on the way and lots of wallabies. The walks along the trails near the ocean were wonderful. Our day on the Great Barrier Reef was fantastic. We took the Michaelmas Cay upgrade and the trip out and back were wonderful. The ship was not crowded, they had all the details worked out for all the needs of the passengers. The trip to Kuranda was very informative. The aboriginal demonstrations were fun, the duck ride was great even in the rain. We would have liked even more time in Kuranda so we could walk the trail and have time to shop. The Skyrail ride was amazing. In Sydney we did the Harbour Story Cruise and the Sunset Dinner Cruise. The dinner cruise was great. Unfortunately it rained for our story cruise so we could not see much. We climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge and I would encourage anyone to do it. It was a fabulous view and an exciting adventure. Of course, I also did the Bungee Jump over the Karawau River near Queenstown, NZ, and that was also an exciting adventure with some pure terror thrown in, but I am very glad I did it. Featherdale Wildlife Park was great but I wish we had more time there. There were so many animals to see and photograph that we felt a bit rushed. The Rocks Walking Tour was very informative and we enjoyed our guide's descriptions and stories. This was our 5th trip with smarTours and every time we have had an excellent experience. The choice of hotels is always good and in most cases way above what we would ever book on our own. Every guide that we have had has been absolutely awesome. We look forward to our next adventure with the company. (We don't have it booked yet but we know you will send us an e-mail about a trip to somewhere that we want to visit, with a price and itinerary that we just can not refuse.
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Australia & New Zealand

Australia & New Zealand

5.0
March 2016
SmarTours
Recommend: Yes
We left LA on March 1, 2016. The only negative thing about the entire 3 weeks was the flight on Qantas from LA was 3 hours late leaving. We still made our flight from Sydney to Auckland, so it was not a big deal. We just waited 3 hours in LA instead of Sydney. Stevyn Polk was an awesome Tour Escort. He was friendly, efficient, organized, helpful and fun to be around. All of our hotels were excellent, our tours were wonderful, including the optional tours that we did. The Skyline dinner in Auckland was delicious and the views of the city and the Gondola Ride was great. The cruise on the TSSEnslow was fun, especially since we could see the working engine. The meal at Walter Peak Farm was excellent and the sheep dog and sheep shearing was fun. The Skipper's Canyon drive was beautiful and breathtaking at times. The Larnach Castle was interesting although the tour was a little rushed. The wildlife tour was great. We saw 4 different types of albatross on that afternoon cruise. The tour to see the Fairy Penguins was so much fun. We had special seats which gave us great viewing. The drive on the Great Ocean Road was wonderful. At our morning stop our bus driver set up a table, fixed us tea and set out treats. We saw two koalas on the way and lots of wallabies. The walks along the trails near the ocean were wonderful. Our day on the Great Barrier Reef was fantastic. We took the Michaelmas Cay upgrade and the trip out and back were wonderful. The ship was not crowded, they had all the details worked out for all the needs of the passengers. The trip to Kuranda was very informative. The aboriginal demonstrations were fun, the duck ride was great even in the rain. We would have liked even more time in Kuranda so we could walk the trail and have time to shop. The Skyrail ride was amazing. In Sydney we did the Harbour Story Cruise and the Sunset Dinner Cruise. The dinner cruise was great. Unfortunately it rained for our story cruise so we could not see much. We climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge and I would encourage anyone to do it. It was a fabulous view and an exciting adventure. Of course, I also did the Bungee Jump over the Karawau River near Queenstown, NZ, and that was also an exciting adventure with some pure terror thrown in, but I am very glad I did it. Featherdale Wildlife Park was great but I wish we had more time there. There were so many animals to see and photograph that we felt a bit rushed. The Rocks Walking Tour was very informative and we enjoyed our guide's descriptions and stories. This was our 5th trip with smarTours and every time we have had an excellent experience. The choice of hotels is always good and in most cases way above what we would ever book on our own. Every guide that we have had has been absolutely awesome. We look forward to our next adventure with the company. (We don't have it booked yet but we know you will send us an e-mail about a trip to somewhere that we want to visit, with a price and itinerary that we just can not refuse.
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Awesome Australia and Breathtaking New Zealand

Australia & New Zealand

5.0
March 2016
SmarTours
Recommend: Yes
If you are considering a tour to Australia and New Zealand Smartours can't be beat. I just returned from a trip of a lifetime and highly recommend this tour. Alex, our tour director, was outstanding! He knew the perfect mix of what we needed and when we wanted to explore on our own. From the beautiful lakes, mountains and waterfalls in New Zealand to the magnificent cities of Melbourne and Sydney each day was filled with wonders!! I also couldn't have had better tourmates on this trip!!
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Australia/New Zealand

Australia & New Zealand

5.0
March 2016
SmarTours
Recommend: Yes
Betty Levin, our tour guide, was outstanding. The accommodations, excursions,& food was great. Could not have ask for a better trip.

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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.

OR

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.

Trips that follow this itinerary:

Sydney to Brisbane Experience with G Adventures - 7 Days, basic trip

Melbourne to Alice Springs Overland with Intrepid- 10 Days, value trip

Journey Down Under with Globus - 9 Days, value trip

Or see All Australia in One Week Itineraries

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

Trips that follow this itinerary:

Most of the Coast - Sydney to Cairns with G Adventures - 16 Days, basic trip

Australia Southern Highlights with Cheesemans Ecology Safaris - 15 Days, value trip

Aussie Adventure with Globus - 16 Days, value trip

Or see All Australia in Two Weeks Itineraries

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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