Curious Wildlife | Ancient Wonders | Astonishing Wines
Whether you explore Australia or New Zealand, our vacation advisors create the best travel experience for adventures Down Under! From luxurious, world-class wine tasting tours to expedition cruises to outback safaris by helicopter, your adventures will be memorable.
Australia: Tours, Cruises, Packages & Hotels
Rock on down under with an Aboriginal walk around Uluru (a.k.a. Ayers Rock). On the coast, scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef, surf the breaks at Bells Beach, or drive the Great Ocean Road past lonely beaches and dramatic cliffs.
Meet kangaroos, koalas, and wallabies at Kangaroo Island, watch the whales at Hervey Bay and tour the Barossa Valley vineyards. Daredevils can see Sydney Harbour from a bird’s eye view by climbing to the top of the city’s famous bridge.
New Zealand: Tours, Cruises, Packages, Hotels & More
New Zealand is all about the great outdoors and you can take your pick of Kiwi adventures. If you think falling in love is a rush, try jet boating near Queensland or take a leap of faith on a bungee.
Bring your romance to a boil with a soak in hot mineral pools, then cool down on the snowy slopes of Mount Ruapehu or the South Island’s Southern Alps. Cuddle on a glacial cruise on Tasman Lake, float above vineyards in a hot-air balloon, or hike amid mountains in Fiordland. For fantastic views of river gorges, take a journey on the TranzAlpine train.
Koalas in the Wild – Traveling from Melbourne on the Great Ocean Road is one of the best ways in Australia to spot koalas in the wild. Or opt for the Healesville Sanctuary to see native animals in a natural setting.
Furious White Island – This island in New Zealand’s volcanic zone has been in almost constant eruption for three decades. Take a boat or helicopter to Crater Bay and witness the spectacle.
Albatross Breeding Ground – The world’s only mainland royal albatross breeding ground is at Taiaroa Head on New Zealand’s Otago Peninsula. Observing these stunning birds should be on every bird lover’s bucket list.
Great Barrier Reef – The world’s largest coral reed system has an extraordinary 1,500 species of fish and 400 types of coral, providing endless fascination for divers and snorkelers alike.
Marlborough Region – In the northeast of New Zealand’s South Island, this region is the creator of the country’s modern wine industry. The hot, sunny days and cool nights extend the vines’ ripening period, resulting in what many critics consider to be the world’s best sauvignon blanc.
Big Pineapple – Second only to Sydney’s Opera House as a tourist’s must-see is the Big Pineapple. This infamous 52-foot pineapple rises over the Sunshine Coast hinterland just 100 kilometers north of Brisbane in Woombye, Australia. It features rides and an animal farm with dingoes, alpacas, and more.
Uluru at Sunset – This natural beauty, also known as Ayers Rock, is a huge sandstone formation in Central Australia. It is naturally grey, but the high iron content causes the surface to appear rusty. Watch it turn from scalding orange to brilliant red at sunset.
Sydney Harbour – Since ancient times, Aborigines considered this natural harbor special. You’ll agree as you walk the trails around historic North Head or enjoy a sunset picnic at Manly in Sydney Harbour National Park.
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