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Please click on map for description of each region! Australia possesses a powerful lure to travelers of all stripes. There is much to explore in this continent the size of America’s lower 48 states. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Outback, the rainforest to the Sydney Opera House, quirky locals to hopping marsupials-- the country offers a bit of everything, and a few things found nowhere else. Fascinating local and aboriginal culture, kangaroos, koalas and other unique wildlife, incredible and diverse landscapes, Australia is perfect for travelers who want to do more than one thing, or perhaps, want to do something different than their travel companions. The country offers endless mix-and-match possibilities from fine dining to far-off-the-beaten-path adventures. You can hit the highlights and blaze your own trail on the same trip. Or settle into the spa while your partner heads out for another day of excitement and exertion. Down Under Endeavours handcrafts luxury vacations designed around your wants, needs, timeframe and budget. To get a taste of what’s possible, check out these sample itineraries. Have a look, see what catches your eye, then chat to the Down Under team to custom-create your itinerary. Occasionally, we offer traditional “package” vacations focused on a special event. But those are the exception, not the rule. The itinerary of your trip of your lifetime will be unique to you.
Explore nature’s wonderland- the Great Barrier Reef- during your stay at the relaxing and beautiful Hayman Island. Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, One & Only Hayman Island offers astonishing natural beauty, restorative peace, indulgence and adventure. Discover endless opportunities to delight the senses in a place where the beauty of nature inspires each day.
6 Nights: Combine the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest for a luxurious Queensland adventure. Experience the soothing sights and sounds of the rainforest at Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa and Lizard Island consistently ranked as one of the top hotels of the world offering the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy Artisan Traveler booking bonuses as Stay 3 nights and pay only for 2 nights at Silky Oaks Lodge and 2 for 1 flight offer from Cairns to Lizard Island!
7 Nights: Self drive to Jabiru Safari Lodge, located on the Atherton Tablelands/Cairns Highlands. A unique accommodation experience, safari style tents each with their own private facilities, let guests encounter some of the extraordinary natural beauty this area has to offer. Next head into the rainforest to Daintree Village and Cape Tribulation, with its natural scenic surrounds, the Daintree River, birds and other wildlife. Finish in Port Douglas, relax on beautiful 4 mile beach and head out to the great barrier reef to view, snorkel or dive.
7 Nights: Combine Port Douglas and the Daintree Rainforest to experience the best of Far North Queensland. Experience the soothing sights and sounds of the rainforest at Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa and the endless Four Mile Beach of Port Douglas, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy Artisan Traveler booking bonuses as Stay 4 nights and pay only 3 nights at Shantara Port Douglas coupled with stay 3 nights and pay only for 2 nights at Silky Oaks Lodge!
4 Nights: Thala Beach Lodge, a true eco tourist resort; Built from local timbers, it is open and spacious, allowing the cool sea breezes to flow. A circular guest lounge and reading room sits amongst the Poplar Gums with beautiful views over the Coral Sea. Forest paths weave amongst wispy eucalyptus with chalk white bark, linking the bungalows with the main building. A path leads onto a private beach where hours can be spent discovering secluded coves. Great Barrier Reef and Kuranda Rainforest rail and Skyrail tours included.
This trip was planned for a couple from Chicago. They had already planned their Australian adventure on the east coast of the country and they wanted to add a bit of food and wine in an interesting place. So we sent them to Margaret River. This is a true foodie delight! Suggested Length: 4 Days
This Kangaroo Island itinerary was designed for a family of four, who wanted to explore Australia's wildlife and wilderness with their two children who are under the age of four. From touring the island to getting an introduction to island life to seeing kangaroos, wallabies, possums, goannas, echidnas, koalas, platypus and birds in their natural habitat to swimming with dolphins, this itinerary is truly the ultimate wildlife and wilderness experience.
This itinerary was designed for a couple who is heading to the 2014 Rotary Convention in Sydney, and wanted to check Australia off their bucket list. This itinerary has them visiting 2 of Australia's most exhilarating locations, discovering its unique culture and breathtaking scenery.
Tasmania is a place steeped in history, a place of wild and beautiful landscapes, friendly people and a temperate climate. You’ll be able to walk among Australia’s convict history, witness some of the most beautiful landscapes and some of the most unique wildlife in Australia. In addition to all that, Tasmania is probably the best driving destination in Australia.
Discover the true beauty of Australia while playing some of the great golf courses of Australia. Marvel at the captivating views and intriguing holes that these eight different golf courses have to offer.
You want a unique and luxurious vacation on the Great Barrier Reef? Here is an amazing itinerary that we know will leave you with many fond memories of a once in a lifetime trip!
Explore nature's wonderland, the Great Barrier Reef, from the unique and wonderful Heron Island. This resort is actually on the Great Barrier Reef, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.
We LOVE the Great Barrier Reef and the marine life experiences you get to have in Australia. This amazing adventure includes unique opportunities for whale watching, dolphin feeding, exploring the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest.
Escape the humdrum routine of work and ignite your senses...visit 2 amazing Australian destinations and uncover a vacation that reminds you how invigorating it is to go off and explore the globe...Indulge in our 4 and 5 star custom vacation packages hitting all of the highlights of Australia. Flights on award winning Qantas Airways to Brisbane or Sydney, on to Cairns, down to Sydney then back home again. Our price includes options in Economy, Premium Economy and Business class – you choose!
Head to Australia and enjoy this fabulous trip to Sydney and the Gold Coast. Start your vacation in Sydney at your waterfront hotel and exploring all the cites that the city has to offer. After Sydney jet over to Byron Bay surrounded by the beautiful coastline and by magnificent rain forests on either side, as you get lost in the scenery.
This Australian excursion was designed for a family of three, the parents wanted to take their eighteen-year-old daughter on an adventure of a lifetime. Australia was the last continent on their bucket list and they wanted to see all the highlights: the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, and the Sydney Opera House. This family vacation is the perfect excuse to spend quality time with one another and will be an exotic and thrilling adventure that everyone is sure to remember.
This amazing vacation was created for an anniversary couple that wanted to experience the magic of the Barossa Valley combined with a luxurious cruise. They started at the top end in Darwin for two nights at a luxurious lodge and then went on to Broome where they boarded the True North boat for a 7 day cruise of Kimberly. After the cruise, they decided they needed a little adventure, so they stayed on three days to experience the wilderness. They ended in Adelaide for a little pampering and wine tasting. Suggested length: 16 days
This itinerary was done for a couple looking for a unique Aboriginal experience in Australia. They had been lucky enough to be in Australia two other times before and wanted to experience something new. We started them in Sydney with a private tour of city sights and national parks with an Aboriginal guide. We then sent them to the top end to immerse themselves in a four day experience in Arnhem Land and Kakadu. They ended their holiday at unique Bamurru Plains. Suggested length: 7 Days
This itinerary was created for two sisters who wanted to get off the beaten path and experience the natural beauty of the outback in Australia with these unique experiences. We flew them to the top end to visit Kakadu National Park. Then their journey took them on the train to Alice Springs to see the one and only Uluru from their glamorous tent at Longitude 131. They ended in world renowned Sydney at hotel gem Shangri-La, with a view of the harbour. They added a private tour to the Blue Mountains for their last day. Suggested length: 8 Days
qualia is nestled neatly into the northern tip of Hamilton Island, surrounded by the unsurpassed beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. It's distinctive Australian style combined with a secluded location and intuitive service, makes it a world class resort. Sunny, sexy and sophisticated, Sydney is the shining star of the southern hemisphere. The white-sailed Sydney Opera House over the waters of Sydney Cove, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are the pride and joy, but there's far more on offer. Discover the harbour, the city's historic enclaves, restaurants and cafes, beaches, museums and art galleries. For the ultimate Sydney experience, take in the views from the Four Seasons Sydney with its perfect location. Southern Ocean Lodge - a sanctuary of comfort, style and personal intimacy, redefining the Australian standard. Located at Hanson Bay on the Island's south west coast, the Lodge site adjoins two national parks and is at the heart of the Island's major attractions. Its dramatic cliff top setting showcases a full frontal panorama of the pounding surf below.
16 days/13 nights: Sydney is the epitome of Australian culture: art, fashion, food, beaches, sports, nightlife, and so much more! This is the city to visit if you're curious about the land down under. Hamilton Island, in this quintessential aquatic wonderland, you can revel in the very best of everything that is great about Australia: glorious warm weather, azure waters, brilliant white beaches, and awe-inspiring coral reefs. Kangaroo Island offers visitors the best opportunity to observe and interact with Australian native wildlife. This pristine wilderness offers onlookers the chance to see sea lions sunbathing on the white beaches, koalas sleeping in eucalypts trees, pelicans flying overhead, and so many other wildlife encounters.
This special Australia travel package was planned for a couple that really wanted to see Australia from a train and a boat. So we started them on a sailboat excursion to have a unique wildlife experience at Kangaroo Island, allowing for some beach time at Emu Bay. They also got to experience the McLaren Vale wineries and taste local food. For this Australia travel package, we included an aboriginal cultural experience where they learned about Australian wildlife, food, wine and culture. They ended their special rail and sail vacation with a train ride from Adelaide to Sydney. This was truly a unique vacation for this empty nest couple from Dallas. Suggested Length: 8 Days
Tasmania is reputed to have the cleanest air and water, and the most pristine wilderness scenery on the planet. For these avid photographers from Denver, it was a way to get out and see the best of it on this Australia and Tasmania vacation. We started them with our mate and your private guide for two days, Bushy, for a gourmet outdoor wildlife and wilderness encounter. They had a chance to meander through wilderness galleries and gorges. They touched (and photographed of course) a Tasmanian Devil and saw penguins up close as they nested in the front yard of their hotel. For this Australia and Tasmania vacation, they hiked to lookouts, discovered natural caves, and got to see the quoll -- a marsupial unique to Tasmania. Suggested Length: 10 Days
From ancient rainforest to the teeming barrier reef to the remote Outback to Kangaroo Island (the Galapagos of Australia) to the relaxed city of Melbourne, this itinerary takes you out and about to the best places to see wildlife and wilderness in Australia. Add luxury accommodations throughout and you have an itinerary set to pamper you while staying in remote, off-the-beaten-path destinations. Spectacular scenery and unique wildlife, along with a mix of quirky local character, bring you to the best wilderness and wildlife in the country.
Designed by a passionate golfer for two passionate golfers from North Carolina, this is a combination of Australia and New Zealand’s great golf courses. They visited Tasmania and Melbourne in Australia, the two homes of the best golf in the country. After enjoying rounds of golf at Barnbougle and Lost Farm near the Tamar Wine Valley in Tasmania, this golf couple also spent four nights of their Australia and New Zealand golf vacation in Melbourne in stylish accommodations. Then they headed to the sunny, warm Bay of Islands in New Zealand for Kauri Cliffs and ended at stunning Cape Kidnappers, which is a bit farther south, for the absolute best golfing in New Zealand in spectacular scenery. Suggested Length: 16 Days
Designed by a passionate golfer, this is a combination of great Australia golf courses and her highlights. Visit Cairns and the tropical north, before heading to Melbourne. A round of golf at Royal Melbourne and The Dunes in the sandbelt, while staying at stylish centrally located accommodations. Venture on to Tasmania for the challenging Lost Farm and Barnbougle Dunes and a chance to explore wine country. Every Australian golf package should finish in Sydney with a round at historic La Perouse with the locals, and enjoy 5 star accommodations.
This itinerary was designed for a couple that wanted to explore the less traveled areas of Australia. It’s the Best of the Western Australia in this vacation, with deluxe accommodations in Cable Beach, Perth Australia, Broome and Sydney. We added a five-day, five-night cruise aboard the True North cruise line, which took them through the coral atolls off the northwest coast of Australia. They enjoyed ventures by air, land and sea plus they had plenty of time for exploring the vast beauty of the remote Australia state. Suggested Length: 16 Days
This fabulous itinerary is one of our best Australia vacation packages and was planned for a couple celebrating an anniversary. They wanted to explore some of Australia’s best hotels on the beach & iconic islands in this power-packed trip. They started in Sydney where they explored the urban beach scene and tried surfing the waves at famous Bondi Beach in Australia. Then flew north to Lizard Island, one of the most romantic Australia island resorts located right on the Great Barrier Reef. They finished your Australia vacation at a hotel on the beach in Noosa. From here they went to Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, for an adventurous day trip, and ended relaxing and dining alfresco. Suggested length: 13 Days
A combination of adventure travel and luxury was the recipe for this vacation planned for a Dallas couple for their Australia and New Zealand luxury honeymoon. We put them at some of the South Pacific’s most acclaimed luxury lodges. They started their trip in the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest living rainforest in the world. From here they experienced the underwater wonderland of the Great Barrier Reef. Next for their Australia and New Zealand luxury honeymoon, they spent some time at the wonderful Wolgan Valley Resort nestled in the Blue Mountains Heritage area. In New Zealand, they enjoyed the wilderness and waterfalls at Treetops Lodge, and ended their Australia and New Zealand luxury honeymoon in spectacular Queenstown at New Zealand's Top 5 luxury lodge, Blanket Bay Lodge. Suggested Length: 17 Days
This luxury multi country vacation package to Australia and New Zealand was planned for empty nesters who wanted to experience Australia and New Zealand highlights. They wanted to experience the vibrant cities of each country. So we decided to send them to chic Melbourne, sassy Sydney and welcoming Auckland, as they all have unique personalities and many notable sights that are worthy of exploring. We had them start with the beach scene in Sydney, then sent them to experience the café culture and hidden laneways in Melbourne, then on to the active waterfront in Auckland. They loved every spot and felt they definitely got the highlights of cities in Australia and New Zealand. Suggested Length: 14 Days
This lucky honeymoon couple from Canada had a full month for their Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti journey. So we sent them on an epic month-long journey guiding them through the highlights of the South Pacific experiencing the culture and landscape of New Zealand, Australia, and Tahiti. They spent some time learning about the indigenous Maoris of New Zealand and then they experienced the jaw-dropping scenery of Milford Sound. Then we sent them west to the Red Center to see “The Rock” and they learned about the aborigine people of Australia. Then they went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef and made a stop in iconic Sydney. We finished their trip with a week-long cruise through the Tahitian Islands including stunning Bora Bora. Suggested Length: 31 Days
The Formula 1 Grand Prix is car racing’s greatest series that travels the globe. And it starts this year in Melbourne, Australia. For this Australia travel package, you can enjoy bumper to bumper F1 action as well as V8 Supercars and live music. Come for the race and stay for the other exciting activities that Melbourne has to offer. Our Grand Prix Australia travel package includes great opportunities for shopping and dining, as well as day trips to some of Australia’s best known destinations. Pair your visit to Melbourne with a side trip to spectacular Sydney and experience the best of Australia’s cosmopolitan cities. Suggested length: 8 Days
This Australia vacation package was developed for an avid diving couple from New York. It incorporated two “once-in-a-lifetime” scuba experiences. We started them with a liveaboard on the most famous dive destination in the world, the Great Barrier Reef. Then they stopped off in cosmopolitan Sydney for some land-based adventure and experience the urban beach culture. Then their Australia vacation package moved them to west coast of Australia to the lesser known Ningaloo Reef. From March to May every year, this stretch of coastline is visited by the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. So they spent 3 days swimming with the mammoths of the sea and diving the untouched reef. Suggested Length: 14 Days
One of our favorite Australia Multi-Generational Family Vacation Packages for families with adult children is this one. It was planned for a family celebrating a milestone birthday, mom’s 50th. They wanted to enjoy the eclectic vibe of one of the country’s most loved cities, Perth, Australia. So they began their journey in the world famous Great Barrier Reef, where they enjoyed Australia beaches, snorkeled in azure waters and visited the ancient Daintree Rainforest. Then they traveled to the west coast gem, Perth. They were thrilled to explore Rottnest Island and even met its most famous resident, the Quokka. They wanted to finish their holiday in two of Australia’s most famed cities. They loved the European vibe and al fresco dining of Melbourne. And they ended in Sydney to experience its vibrant nightlife and the world class Australia beaches. Suggested Length: 13 Days
This South Pacific vacation package covers the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, and Sydney in Australia then continues with the rugged natural wonders of Queenstown, Rotorua and Auckland in New Zealand. A final stop for some real relaxation is the sunny Mamanuca Islands in Fiji. A magical Australia, New Zealand, Fiji combination to suit travelers of all types, this covers the highlights of the South Pacific in a way that keeps you pampered and adventurous!
Enjoy the highlights of Australia and New Zealand unpacking your bags only once. Silversea’s South Pacific cruises sweep across these two countries in a breathtaking succession of dazzling sights. Start in Australia with a visit to two great Australian cities, chic Melbourne and wonderful Sydney. Then make a stop in unique Tasmania before crossing the Tasman Sea. New Zealand sets out to impress with its geysers and glaciers, sub-tropical rain forest and spectacular Lord of the Rings landscapes.
This amazing trip was planned for a Midwest couple who were huge tennis fans. This couple had never been to Australia but were certainly world travelers. One of their dreams was to go to the Australian Tennis Open. So they wanted to experience the tennis tournament and hit the highlights of Australia. After seeing the Open, which is the first grand slam tournament of the year, they got to see the best tennis players in the world, then headed to Sydney to explore the cosmopolitan city. They also did a privately guided tour of the country’s grand canyon, the Blue Mountains. Their final stop was at the luxury resort, Qualia, which is located gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Suggested Length: 10 Days
After reviewing multiple Australia travel packages, this retired couple, empty nesters if you will, came to us looking to fulfill a dream, they wanted to hit the must sees and experience a really authentic wildlife adventure with great photograph opportunities. Australia is a continent of diverse landscapes -- the Barrier Reef, the Blue Mountains, and Tasmania. We sent them all over the country to experience wildlife in their natural habitats, from Koalas to Roos to Pengiuns, they experienced it all first hand in this best of all Australia travel packages. This trip was a bit of an adventure for them without the zip lining or bungy jumping, and offered a once in a lifetime experience. Suggested Length: 16 Days
One of our favorite Tasmania vacations, this trip was designed for a family of three, parents and a teenage daughter from Chicago. And it was created to give them a taste of Tasmania, they wanted to see something different in Australia. This Tasmania vacation showcases the country’s diverse scenery and unique wildlife. The family got to meet our mate and your private guide, Bushy, for a gourmet outdoor wildlife encounter. They meandered through wilderness galleries and gorges. The highlight of the daughter’s Tasmania vacation was to touch a Tasmanian Devil and see penguins up close as they nested in the front yard of their hotel. They hiked to the Wineglass Bay lookout and discovered natural caves on a boat ride along Tasmania’s rugged coastline. The family also loved discovering Tasmania’s heritage at the local markets and Port Arthur penal colony. Suggested length: 9 Days
This vacation was created for two couples who were looking to experience Australia and Tasmania. We gave them a blend of self-driving and luxury small group/private touring, which combined Tasmania’s exceptional cuisine and its outdoor beauty. They got to explore several cool climate wine regions, shucked oysters right from the water, and visited some of Australia's most breathtaking scenery. Tasmania is the perfect blend of hospitality, organic cuisine and wildlife. Their final evening was with Craig, one of our personal favorites, and it was truly a food, wine and wildlife encounter that they are still talking about. Suggested Length: 8 Days
This trip was created for two friends that truly wanted to get the best of Australia and Tasmania or Tassie as the locals say. Over two-thirds of Tassie is rugged wilderness. We created this self drive outdoor adventure for them that allowed them to travel Tassie top to bottom, off the tourist beaten path and meeting the locals. We started them with Hobart for the weekend markets and the Mt. Wellington Bike Descent. They hiked the locals’ favorite track, the Bay of Fires, and they visited the pubs in the paddocks and then did a quad bike through the bush lands to a locals hidden gem beach. They ended their Australia and Tasmania adventure with a wildlife adventure to see the state’s beloved Tasmanian Devil. Suggested Length: 9 Days
Stay at some of Australia's exclusive resorts, while incorporating ample time for relaxation and pampering. Fuse contemporary therapies with traditional Aboriginal treatments, ritual and ceremony. Spa resorts in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Great Barrier Reef area provide an excellent base for indulging your senses and exploring the diversity of Australia. In addition to your time in the treatment room, cruise Sydney Harbour, hike to the Three Sisters, tour the Daintree Rainforest, snorkel from Whitehaven beach.
Mardi Gras in Sydney is a huge event for the LGBT crowd as they gather en masse to celebrate one of the most colorful events of the year. We created this Australia vacation package to include the parade and party which is typically the first Saturday in March, at the end of the three-week bonanza of the actual event. Perhaps bigger than New Year’s Eve, the Mardi Gras parade effects every aspect of Sydney during the parade weekend! For this Australia vacation package, Mardi Gras is yours to experience and is designed to bring you the best of Sydney and Melbourne during this time! Suggested Length: 9 Days
This trip was designed for many of our fishing types from enthusiasts to experts to novices. We combined the experience of glacier stream fishing in New Zealand with remote fishing expeditions to the wilderness in Australia. You can fish for Rainbow and Brown Trout in New Zealand and Tasmania or stalk the barramundi in crocodile infested waters in Australia. You troll for deep-sea fish, hand-line cast for river and lake fish, or stalk and capture by fly-fishing. Suggested length on this vacation is 19 days, but we custom build all of the fishing vacations, so it could be more or fewer days based on your needs.
This Australia vacation package was created for a honeymoon couple from Chicago who wanted to couple great beach time for relaxing and city tours of Australia seen through the eyes of a local. They started their Australia journey at a stunning beachfront resort, so that they could relax and be pampered. They spent a full day out on the Great Barrier Reef, did a hot air balloon flight over Melbourne (the ONLY city in the world that allows this) and experienced our private Melbourne After Dark experience, some of the unique touches. We then sent them to our favorite Sydney restaurant by seaplane. And as a special end to their Australia vacation package, they enjoyed our special champagne breakfast with the kangaroos in the wild. Suggested Length: 12 Days
Many of our honeymoon couples ask us for a vacation where they can hit the high points in Australia and New Zealand and get a real local flavor of the culture, the food and the locals in each country. This Australia and New Zealand honeymoon was created for one of those couples. They started with the Great Barrier Reef, doing quad biking and horse riding through ancient rainforest. In Sydney they did the bridge climb, dived with the sharks and enjoyed one of the best beaches, Bondi Beach in Australia. On the New Zealand South island they did glacier hiking, bunjy jumping, jetboating and kayaking with seals. In addition, for this Australia and New Zealand honeymoon, we gave this couple the secrets to local gems for restaurants and night life so that they truly got a feel for the local culture, afterwards they came back to their fabulous room with a view. Suggested Length: 18 Days
Our company founder, Corinne, is truly an Aussie and this itinerary was her personal creation. Think of it as getting off the beaten path and experiencing Australia travel through the eyes of a local. This vacation offers experiences that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else. There are sites and wildlife in Australia that you cannot get anywhere else in the world. This Australia travel experience offers stunning coastal drives, outback sheep stations oozing hospitality and charm, Perth, and Ningaloo Reef. Luxury safari camping at Australia's other great reef and even a sunset camel safari. Head further north outside Darwin to a luxury wilderness lodge where you will discover ancient lands and wildlife at Kakadu National Park. Suggested Length: 19 Days
Perfect for the young or the young-at-heart, this was a trip of a lifetime for a family from New Jersey who wanted to see the highlights of Australia in a family-friendly way. From cuddling with koalas to meeting with zookeepers to snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef to spotting glowworms in an ancient rainforest, the locations and activities in this itinerary kept them entertained at a relaxed pace. The best part of the trip was the overnight experience at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, where they got a behind-the-scenes tours after the tourists all went home and they had a sumptuous roast feast! Suggested Length: 13 Days
This special birthday vacation was planned for a 40th birthday for a couple from Seattle. They wanted a highlights vacation of Australia and New Zealand. So we put this together for them to discover the tastes and landscapes through the eyes of a local. This birthday trip included gourmet bush dining and night spotting, chef led journeys, Melbourne after dark and wine/spa country. As a special treat for this Australia and New Zealand vacation, we included a private experience behind the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Seafood Auction and fish and chips with Sydney siders. They got to meet the coffee roaster, the French baker and learn firsthand from Maori guides. As for the wine part of the vacation, they visited Martinborough, Marlborough and Yarra Valley wine country all at a leisurely pace so they could savor and unwind. Suggested Length: 17 Days
This trip was designed for a couple, he is a chef and she is an accountant. This was their post tax day Australia vacation. He wanted to taste all of the local cuisine; she needed a place to unwind and relax. They started their Australia vacation with a few days on luxurious Lizard Island at the Great Barrier Reef where they completely relaxed. Then they started on their chef-led journey complete with private wine and food tours. They ended their food and wine journey at Penfolds where they “made their own blend”. To round out their Australia vacation, they really wanted to hit the highlights, which included a private yacht cruise on Sydney harbor, behind the scenes tour of Sydney Fish Market (largest in the Southern Hemisphere), and a Sydney Opera House performance with dinner at astounding Aria. Suggested Length: 16 Days
The Indian Pacific is one of the greatest train journeys in the world. Traveling from Sydney to Perth, it takes you across the entire southern part of the continent with stunning Outback views, plenty of opportunities to stopover at major city locations en route (Melbourne, Adelaide) and divine service. Combine the Indian Pacific with time in Sydney and Perth on either end for the cross-country journey of a lifetime.
The Melbourne Cup is Australia's major thoroughbred horse race, dubbed as "the race that stops a nation." For this special Australia travel package, come for the race and stay for the other exciting activities that Melbourne has to offer. Great opportunities for shopping and dining, as well as day trips to some of Australia’s best known destinations. For your Australia travel package, pair your visit to Melbourne with a side trip to spectacular Sydney and experience the best of Australia’s cosmopolitan cities. Suggested length: 8 Days
Tahiti’s Society Islands are often associated with its beautiful landscape, and over water bungalows with windows on the floor to view the colorful sea life. For this Tahiti travel package, we sent a couple to the island of Manihi, where they joined the sea life for some of the best diving in French Polynesia. They actually swam with manta rays and sharks with this Tahiti travel package! Then they jetted off to Australia for the mecca of scuba diving, The Great Barrier Reef. The abundance and variety of marine life knocked their fins off and left them certain that this is one of the world’s top dive destinations. Suggested length: 14 Days
This trip was created for divers who wanted to combine of two great dive destinations in Fiji and Australia. They traveled to the Great Barrier Reef, and the beautiful reefs of the Fijian Islands. For their Australia and Fiji travel adventure, they started their trip on Heron Island, located directly on the reef where they could dive within a short boat ride from the shore. Then they stopped off in cosmopolitan Sydney for some land-based adventure as well as shark dive at the Manly Aquarium, and to enjoy the best Sydney beaches. Then they moved on to wonderful Taveuni Island in Fiji, which is known for its amazing soft coral and one of the most famous dive sites in the world, Rainbow Reef. This was truly a dream Australia and Fiji travel diving adventure for them. Suggested length: 14 Days
Australia is known for its beaches and one particularly large and famous reef. Get off the beaten path on this Australia honeymoon that takes you to our favorite Australia beach resort at Palm Cove where you can snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef. Then onto Lord Howe Island, one of the most dramatic landscapes in the country. Then stop off for some dolphin and whale watching before ending your trip in spectacular Sydney.
We get asked all the time for a trip that gives you the best taste of Australia. This is the trip that we put together for exactly that. The country of Australia includes very diverse climates from reef to rain forests to outback. With this trip, you get a taste of all of that. You will first start on the coast with a bit of beach relaxation, then visit the world’s oldest rainforest, and then a snorkeling trip on the Great Barrier Reef, a real once-in-a-lifetime experience. You would then head to red center to explore the rugged Australian outback and learn about the indigenous Aboriginal culture. Of course, you have to end in spectacular Sydney, complete with a performance at the iconic Opera House and a climb on the Harbour Bridge. Suggested Length: 12 Days
This honeymoon vacation was planned for a ultra hip New York couple who were looking for a cosmopolitan vacation coupled with a relaxing stay on an island. They loved attention to detail and lots of extra touches to make it extra special. For their Australia and New Zealand honeymoon, we started them with a massage on a table in the ocean at Hayman Island. They then went on to explore the Great Barrier Reef and deserted islands nearby. To give them their cosmopolitan experience, we sent them to savor the European flair of Melbourne and the urban sophistication of Sydney. They then went on to the rugged natural beauty of Queenstown, New Zealand where they road a helicopter onto a glacier for a romantic picnic, with gorgeous views of the area. And then for their Australia and New Zealand honeymoon, they continued north to Waiheke Island, one of New Zealand's hidden gems where they explored the chic villages, beautiful beaches, and wonderful vineyards on the idyllic island. Suggested Length: 17 Days
This Outback adventure itinerary was planned for a family who wanted a blend of adventure travel and the road less travelled. For this Australian family vacation, we wanted them to unearth the history of Sydney and surrounds, observe wildlife in its natural habitat, discover ancient Aboriginal secrets and explore the world’s oldest living rainforest. For a bonus for their Australian family vacation, In addition, we gave them an overnight in an authentic aboriginal community near South Australia’s Flinders Ranges where they visited sacred art sites in remote Arnhem Land, and they indulged in relaxing spa treatments in the Daintree Rainforest. Suggested Length: 16 Days
Enjoy a South Pacific gourmet adventure starting in Australia, and finishing at a wonderful rainforest retreat in Fiji. Begin in the hidden gem, Margaret River, located on the isolated west coast. From here your luxury travel continues east, visiting such culinary capitals as Kangaroo Island, Barossa Valley, and Tasmania, staying at Australia's exclusive resorts. End your journey in the lush tropical retreat, Namale. Romantic picnics under waterfalls and dinner under a blanket of stars are just a couple of the resort’s unique experiences.
This guided tour combines the best of Outback Australia with a taste of the tropics. From the remote majesty of Uluru to the wetland splendor of Kakadu, this is adventure travel at its luxurious best. Cruise the mighty chasms of Katherine Gorge, Photograph steely-eyed crocodiles in Kakadu, Experience spectacular aerial sightseeing of the ancient Bungle Bungle Range, remote Mitchell Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago on Australia's far northwest coastline, Watch the sun set on the Indian Ocean at Cable Beach, Broome, In Kakadu National Park marvel at ancient rock art and cruise the Yellow Waters Lagoon. Several luxury vacations departures available.