5 Myths About Koalas

Guest post from Janine Duffy – Director of Marketing & Wildlife Research, Echidna Walkabout (Melbourne) Koalas are so cute, they could be mythical creatures. Maybe that’s why there are so many popular myths about them. In honor of Wild Koala Day, coming May 3, here are 5 koala myths debunked. 1. Koalas are drunk or Read More…

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…

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…

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

An important piece of Maori culture is the traditional Maori tattoo, or ta moko. This sacred art form was brought to New Zealand from the Polynesian islands and is a rite of passage for New Zealand’s indigenous Maori population. Ta moko are most commonly given on the face—the head is the most sacred part of Read More…

Where to See Street Art in Melbourne

Last week, we showed you some of Melbourne, Australia’s best art galleries. But in Australia’s second largest city, there’s no need to go inside to see exciting artwork. Bold, masterful murals are put on public view in Melbourne’s laneways and alleys. Strolling through the streets, stopping at fabulous cafes and shops, and stumbling upon beautiful Read More…

Melbourne’s Best Art Galleries

Melbourne is considered the cultural capital of Australia, and as such, it has countless art galleries sprinkled throughout the city. If you have a free day in Melbourne, why not check out some of our favorite galleries? National Gallery of Victoria The NGV, as it’s commonly called, is the most prominent gallery in Melbourne, with Read More…

Down Under Endeavours Recognized for Meaningful Travel

Last week, Down Under Endeavours was thrilled to accept the Luxperience Meaningful Award at the Luxperience Gala Awards Dinner in Sydney. Other honorees of the evening include Zanada (China) for the Inspiring Award and FBI Travel (Australia) for the Connections Award. The Meaningful Award recognizes “excellence in the preservation and protection of authentic experiences.” Needless Read More…

5 Ways to Travel Australia Like a Local

More people are visiting Australia than ever before! It’s predicted 2016 could be the first year Australia sees over 8 million international visitors. While we’re thrilled that the world is getting to know Australia, at Down Under Endeavours, we’re all about getting away from the tourist crush and creating a deep connection with Australia you’ll Read More…

Top Travel Destinations in the World

Condé Nast Traveller, the premier luxury travel magazine, recently announced its 2016 Readers’ Travel Award winners, and we’re pleased to announce that many of our favorite destinations made it to the top 20. Condé Nast Traveller asked its readers to submit their favorite countries, hotels, and more, then ranked the results in three categories: World’s Read More…

The Future of South African Wine

South Africa has set its sights on becoming the next hot destination for wine. Industry leaders are working together with the South African government to promote wine tourism and bring international visitors to its world-renowned vineyards, cellars, and estates. South Africa’s wine regions are many and varied, each with its own unique flavors. The most Read More…

Melbourne: Australia’s Sports Capital

Australians love their sports, and no city is as sports-crazy as Melbourne in southern Victoria. In addition to local sports, Melbourne hosts some of the world’s most thrilling and prestigious international sporting events, bringing thousands upon thousands of visitors to the city. But as one of Australia’s biggest cosmopolitan centers, Melbourne has much more to Read More…

New Zealand’s Movie Magic

Many of our clients travel to New Zealand just to see the beautiful locations they’ve seen in the movies. New Zealand’s wide variety of spectacular scenery makes it ideal for shooting films with fantastical landscapes. The location of powerhouse special effects company Weta Workshop in Wellington also attracts many filmmakers to the island. It seems Read More…