Australia - Best Tours & Trips 2019

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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.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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East Coast Encompassed–Sydney to Cairns

G Adventures
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
18 days
$ 142 / day
$ 2,399
From : $ 3,583
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Island hop by yacht through the whitsunday islands
  • Zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island
  • Sleep on the banks of the noosa river
Visits:
Brisbane, Cairns, Everglades, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Australia
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Australia & New Zealand

SmarTours
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
19 days
$ 300 / day
$ 5,699
From : $ 7,289
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Picturesque Queenstown
  • Milford Sound
  • Farm Stay (Fairlie, NZ)
  • Great Barrier Reef (Cairns)
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Harbor Bridge (Sydney)
  • Australian Wildlife Park (Sydney)
Visits:
Auckland, Cairns, Dunedin, Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, Milford Sound, Queensland, Queenstown, Sydney, Australia, New Zealand
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Australia Beachside Wildlife Adventure

Discover Corps
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 350 / day
$ 3,495
From : $ 4,718
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Sydney’s iconic harbor including the Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House
  • Take a ferry across the bay to Sydney’s Northern Beaches
  • Soak in the sun along Australia’s most famous beach – Bondi Beach
  • Enjoy free time to explore Sydney’s cosmopolitan city center
Visits:
Queensland, Australia
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Sydney to Great Barrier Reef Tour

10 days
$ 258 / day
$ 2,582
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Sydney Opera House and Rocks area
  • Enjoy cruising to Whitsunday Island
  • Visit beach of Whitehaven
  • Enjoy very scenic train journey to Cairns
Visits:
Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Sydney, Australia
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Western Australia: From the Outback to the Sea

10 days
$ 885 / day
$ 8,850
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore King’s Park and the Western Australia Botanic Garden in Perth
  • Stroll through the vibrant port city of Freemantle
  • Journey to the pristine waters of Ningaloo Reef on the Coral Coast
  • Snorkel with manta rays, marine turtles, reef sharks and an incredible variety of tropical fish
  • Admire the incredible staghorn and soft coral formations just offshore
  • Voyage to the outback and experience the breath-taking beauty of the famed Kimberley
  • Visit El Questro Gorge, fish for barramundi or explore the Zebedee Springs thermal pools
Visits:
Perth, Australia
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Great Ocean Road West–Melbourne to Adelaide

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
5 days
$ 91 / day
$ 454
From : $ 636
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Marvel at the 12 apostles along the great ocean road
  • Explore the region's national parks
  • Travel past world famous surf beaches
Visits:
Adelaide, Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, London, Australia
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Discover Australia

9 days
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Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Experience Sydney Opera House on a guided tour
  • Sail on Sydney Harbour and toast the sunset on a dinner cruise
  • Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean at famous Bondi Beach
  • Indulge in local delights in three top restaurants on a progressive lunch
  • Toast an Uluṟu Sunset with gourmet canapés and wine
  • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise
  • Discover Aboriginal rock art and learn about Uluṟu’s sacred sites
  • Explore Kata Tjuṯa & hike through Walpa Gorge
  • Interact with local Aboriginal artists and create your own dot painting masterpiece 
  • Cuddle a koala at Cairns Wildlife Dome
  • Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
Visits:
Blue Mountains, Sydney, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia
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Spotlight on Australia 2019

Tauck
By Tauck
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 635 / day
$ 6,990
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Full day at Great Barrier Reef with eco-cruise to Agincourt Reef; rainforest fun including skyrail ride & crocodile farm visit; private harbour cruise & 'foodie' tour in Sydney; overnight stay at Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Outback
Visits:
Melbourne, Sydney, Australia
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Explore Australia

G Adventures
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 372 / day
$ 4,199
From : $ 5,488
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Experience the red centre and witness the majesty of uluru at sunrise
  • Discover melbourne's hidden laneways
  • Tour the james cook university aquarium
  • Enjoy an indigenous experience in the heart of sydney's waterfront
Visits:
Cairns, Melbourne, Sydney, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
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Taste of Australia

Indus Travels
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 211 / day
$ 1,699
From : $ 2,429
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Journey to Bondi Beach, Australia's most famous surf beach
  • Tour through Melbourne’s city centre
  • Visit the Shrine of Remembrance, one of the largest memorials in the country
Visits:
Melbourne, Sydney, Australia
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Australia & New Zealand: An Adventure Down Under

30 days
$ 306 / day
$ 9,190
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit Cleland Wildlife Park
  • Visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Enjoy a casual dinner of Australian cuisine
  • Explore an array of native plant, animal, and bird species
  • Discover the deep spiritual and cultural connection the Aboriginal people have to the land.
  • See the effects of millions of years of erosion by rain and wind.
Visits:
Melbourne, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia, New Zealand
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Australia North to South – Darwin to Melbourne

G Adventures
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16 days
$ 130 / day
$ 1,819
From : $ 2,911
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Explore kakadu national park
  • Spot crocs on a river cruise
  • Clink glasses at an outback pub
  • Awe at majestic uluru
  • Sleep underground in coober pedy
  • Marvel at the 12 apostles along the great ocean road
Visits:
Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin, Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Australia
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The Experience 3-Day Surf Camp

3 days
$ 97 / day
$ 445
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Only 2 hours from Sydney – SURF MORE !
  • Learn to Surf at Australia’s best learn to surf beach, 7 Mile Beach Gerroa
  • Friendly Fully Qualified Surf Coaches
  • Purpose built Surf Camp
  • Tasty buffet meals including Aussie BBQ
  • FREE Photos, Video, T Shirt, Trucker Hat & $20 Rip Curl Voucher
Visits:
Sydney, Australia
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Island and Rainforest with Sailing (Start Whitsun ...

Contiki
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 260 / day
$ 1,820
From : $ 2,548
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Townsville city orientation
  • See Magnetic Island
  • Pass Hinchinbrook Island - Australia's largest island national park
  • Swim in a local waterhole
  • Mangrove boardwalk with our expert guide
  • Visit the resort town of Port Douglas
Visits:
Cairns, Australia
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Australia & New Zealand Adventure

SmarTours
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
19 days
$ 279 / day
$ 5,299
From : $ 6,518
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • See the picturesque Queenstown
  • Explore Milford Sound one of the most scenic in the world
  • After a spectacukar visit to Dunedin have a great Farm Stay (Fairlie, NZ)
  • See the Great Barrier Reef (Cairns)
  • Explore Sydney Opera House
  • See the impressive Harbor Bridge (Sydney)
  • Awesome Australian Wildlife Park (Sydney)
Visits:
Auckland, Cairns, Dunedin, Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Australia, New Zealand
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Top Australia Experiences and Attractions

Top Australia Experiences

Viewing Uluru (Ayers 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.

Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and marveling at the thousands of fish and coral species, and the beautiful colors.

Visiting the boutique Australian wine region and tasting local varietals

Going to Tasmania 

Hiking through Tasmania’s diverse terrain

Touring Sydney’s Opera House and its multi-bay harbor, both considered among the most beautiful representatives of their kind in the world.

Exploring the city of Melbourne

Taking a crocodile-viewing safari down a river in the Daintree Rainforest in Far North Queensland, Australia

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Australia Trip Reviews

122 Australia Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

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Addendum To Previous Review "RUN!!!"

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This is an addendum to my previous review: The manager, Tordes, spoke with the owner and reached out to me on 3-27; we have agreed upon a mutual resolution and Indus has agreed refunded me in full.

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Operator Indus Travels

Very nice

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Very nice equipment & was delivered in room & picked up as told when it was ordered.

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Operator Special needs at Sea

Awesome Trip to Australia

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

I had an amazing time traveling to Australia, we started in Sydney and moved further exploring the coast to Surfers Paradise. The highlight of this tour was no doubt sailing to Whitsundays islands! Whitehaven beach was absolutely breathtaking, you can never get sick of white sand and turquoise waters! And diving there was beyond all expectations! I had truly great experience, we stayed in very good hotels and had an unforgettable time in Australia.

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Operator Discovery Nomads

Wonderful Tour With Heart

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This was my best trip to date. Jeremy Elsasser was the most Professional, patient, informative and kind Tour Guide that I have ever traveled with. I would gladly recommend Smartours because of the excellent guide and the wonderful tour. It was everything I had hoped for. Thanks to all.

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Operator SmarTours

This was my first "group tour" and I must say I was a skeptic. But my cousin convinced me to give it a try, and I am thrilled with the experience! Beautifully run, and we were certainly on the move, but that allowed us to have so many quality excursions.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

"Best of Australia" was outstanding on so many levels. From the wild remoteness of the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef to the sophisticated environs of Sydney, we were on the move and packing fantastic experiences into every day, yet not in a rushed way. Our CEO, Jason, is passionate about what he does, and a terrific ambassador for all things Australia! Outstanding on all fronts... would do this trip again in a heartbeat and have already recommended G Adventures to others.

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Operator G Adventures

Great atmosphere and guide. It all worked

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Great atmosphere and guide. It all worked (even when things went wrong). Two advertised items couldn't happen so alternatives were found

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Operator Intrepid Travel

Australia Tours and Travel Guide

Australia Attractions & Landmarks Guide

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. 

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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.

Adventure Travel in Australia

There are many different Australia’s that are available to travelers, but one of the most popular is attractive to adventure seekers. Within the adventure travel realm in Australia, there are plenty of hard adventure activities available, but also many family friendly and “soft” adventure opportunities.

Some of the top adventure travel experiences in Australia include:

1. Surfing - Australians love the ocean, and many tours of the country feature a beach day or two. Some tour companies offer surf lessons as an excursion or additional activity. It’s a great way to feel like a local out in the sun and surf.

2. Snorkeling - One of the most popular activities in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, snorkeling is a calm and easy activity, great for family outings. It’s best to plan a full day so you can get far enough out to explore deeper waters as well as the shallower areas.

3. Climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge - When you visit Sydney, the harbor is the top destination. Boat tours of the harbor leave from here, the Opera House is a prominent fixture, and Circular Queue is a fantastic area for shopping and eating.

For those looking for something a bit more adrenaline pumping, consider the Sydney Bridge walk. Snapped into a jumpsuit and harness you’ll climb to the very top of the bridge, for stunning views of the entire harbor, and a brag worthy photo op. While the activity is very safe, it is not recommended if you’re afraid of heights!

4. Overland Tour through the Outback - Overland travel is definitely not for everyone. But if you are enthusiastic about roughing it, camping, pitching in, and generally enjoying the outdoors for an extended period of time, then it’s the perfect fit! Australia is one of the most popular destinations for Overland Tours, in part due to the climate and the flat landscape. Prepare for a challenging trip but one through which you’ll forge strong community ties with your tour mates.

Wildlife in Australia

It may seem like the butt of every joke when it comes to the land down under: that everything can kill you. It’s true, the wildlife in Australia is extreme. Home to hundreds of venomous species of snakes, spiders, ants, and other creepy crawlies, plus crocodiles and even Kangaroos can do damage - it’s important to respect nature to the highest degree when you’re in Australia.

That said, the wildlife is one of the top reasons to visit this expansive country - so don’t hang up your explorer hat just yet. Plan accordingly with proper attire and go with a reputable tour company to ensure your safety, as well as that of the native flora and fauna you encounter.

Some of the wildlife you shouldn’t miss in Australia includes:

1. Kangaroo - The national symbol of Australia, the kangaroo is a fascinating animal, with the ability to withstand incredible heat. Kangaroos are extremely powerful as well - their enormous tail and hind legs help them jump distances of over 25 feet in a single bound. It’s highly unlikely that you will see a kangaroo in the wild, but they are a regular fixture in zoos and protected areas.

2. Koala Bears - Another popular symbol of Australia, koalas are not actually a type of bear. Rather they are a species of marsupial. Known to hang out high in eucalyptus trees, Koalas are somewhat difficult to spot in the wild, but not impossible - especially if you take a nature walk with an experienced guide!

3. Tasmanian Devil - Popularized by a particular cartoon, this Australian native is very common in zoos and other wildlife experiences throughout Australia. Hailing from the island of Tasmania, they are a carnivorous mammal - known to be mean! They were once the subject of an eradication attempt in the 1800s. Since then conservationists have been trying to keep their population size above extinction levels.

4. Wombat - Australia has over 140 species of marsupial, including the adorable wombat. These roly poly, fluffy animals are a delight to spot. 

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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