Encounter with a Koala

Guest post from Janine Duffy – Director of Marketing & Wildlife Research, Echidna Walkabout (Melbourne) Slowly the huge koala backed down the tree. Muscles across his back and shoulders bulged as he took most of his weight on his arms, his short legs braced against the trunk. He didn’t look around as he climbed. There Read More…

Ultimate Guide to the Whitsunday Islands

If you’re planning a trip to Australia, odds are you’ll want to visit the Great Barrier Reef. You can make this bucket list item extra special by visiting the Whitsunday Islands, where you can stay on the reef itself, surrounded by sparkling blue waters and colorful marine life. A recent poll of 10,000 domestic and Read More…

10 Tips to Survive Holiday Travel

Between airport delays, crowded roads, lost luggage, and packed planes, holiday travel can be a recipe for a meltdown. Maintain your sanity this holiday travel season with these 10 tips from the Down Under Endeavours team. 1. Get to the airport early This may seem like a no-brainer, but you don’t want to be caught Read More…

Paradise in Thailand: Zeavola Resort

Having just returned from an amazing Thailand trip (I seriously loved every place we visited), it would be very hard to pick a favorite, but one place that stood out was Zeavola Resort in the Phi Phi Islands. Located on Koh Phi Phi Don, this is an eco resort with an amazing spa and unbelievable Read More…

What are you thankful for this travel season?

At this time of year, we like to take a moment to reflect on what an amazing year it’s been. We’ve witnessed the Cubs become World Series Champions, Ireland beat the All Blacks in rugby for the first time in history, and the long-awaited launch of our sister company, Africa Endeavours! We’re thankful every day for Read More…

Self-driving in New Zealand

I often get asked, what is the best way to see New Zealand? And my recommendation is always to rent a car and drive through the countryside. One of the unique and fun facets of New Zealand is the mountainous drives featuring beautiful coasts, green valleys, small quirky towns, and locals that you get to Read More…

Best of South Australia and Taranaki

Lonely Planet recently announced its Best of Travel 2017 winners, and some of our favorite locations were among the top 5 regions in the world! Taranaki, New Zealand came in at No. 2, while South Australia was named No. 5. Here’s a quick guide to our favorite things to see and do in these fabulous Read More…

5 Ways to Turn Your Honeymoon Into an Adventure

The word “honeymoon” may bring to mind images of white sand and beachside cocktails, but it doesn’t have to be a leisurely affair. While many of our clients spend their honeymoons on island resorts in tropical havens, others want to add a little more adventure. After all, it is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. If you and Read More…

New Zealand Culture: Maori Tattoos

The Field Museum’s highly anticipated exhibition Tattoo will open this Friday, Oct. 21. According to the Field Museum’s website, “The exhibition explores the global phenomenon of tattooing around the world over time, shedding light on this often-misunderstood art form.” One focus of the exhibition will be traditional Maori tattoos, or ta moko. This sacred art Read More…