This is hardly a sleepy trip. Rather, this is the perfect 12-day adventure for sailing buffs that want to experience the blue waters of Australia, as well as off-road enthusiasts looking to explore via private 4x4s. We’ve got an exclusive beachside permanent tented camp to stay at on sandy Fraser Island, and once we’re north of Cairns, we’ll spend 3 days with Aborigines learning spearfishing in mangroves, amongst other things. While “dreamtime” is a mythology central to indigenous Australian society, we’re pretty sure you’ll want to be wide awake for this trip.
Highlights: Sleep under the stars at a remote cattle station, zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island, sail from island to island through the Whitsundays on a maxi yacht, spearfish and cook what you catch with Aboriginals, make your own Aboriginal artwork, learn about life in remote communities with a local host.
The route up Australia’s East Coast has earned its rep as one of the seemingly endless supply of must-do experiences in the country. The classic Sydney-to-Cairns route introduces you to both sides of modern Australia—the bright lights of the big city and the raw beauty of the Outback. You’ll get to try your hand at dozens of atypical activities—everything from wine-tasting to sailing and snorkelling. And when you travel in small groups like we do, you really get out there into the wild to meet the locals and experience the land like they do. That amazing new frontier you’ve been looking for? Here it is.
Highlights: Taste wine in the Hunter Valley, sleep under the stars and at a sheep station, bliss out in famous Byron Bay, island hop through the Whitsundays
New Zealand Encompassed (ONNZ)
It dosen’t look so big on the map, but New Zealand is positively massive once you’re there in person. This comprehensive 24-day trip—our longest in this part of the world—delivers the most immersive NZ experience possible. Get close to the land by exploring volcanoes, national parks, sustainable farms, and meet the water up-close on expert-led kayak excursions and during surf lessons. Best of all, you’ll get to explore the magnificent Bay of Islands, home to some of the world’s top fishing. 24 days? You’ll wish it was longer.
Highlights: Learn about the Maori culture, explore the Bay of Islands, conquer New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek—the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown, weave through the remote fiords of the Doubtful Sound by sea kayak, discover Abel Tasman National Park by foot.
Best of New Zealand (ONNS)
Compared with their enormous western neighbour, the islands of New Zealand don’t look especially big on the map, but don’t let their small stature deceive you. There is much, much, much to do here, be it biking to old gold mining sites, kayaking remote coves and hiking some of the most breathtaking routes in the whole world. But if you’re short on travel dollars, fear not; this trip squeezes in the very best of both the North and South Islands into an affordable, action-packed 21-day itinerary that moves swiftly without ever seeming rushed.
Highlights: Learn about the Maori culture, conquer New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek—the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown, weave through the remote fiords of the Doubtful Sound by sea kayak, discover Abel Tasman National Park by foot
Rugged landscapes, crashing surf and indigenous culture stretching back through time and beyond—Australia’s East Coast possesses a truly otherworldly allure. This trip offers you a comprehensive, authentic and wholly affordable experience in one of the country’s most popular regions. Raw thrills and refined pleasures abound out here. In the space of a few days, you’ll sample wines in the Hunter Valley, spend the night in a teepee, snorkel the Whitsundays, catch a few wave and spearfish with local Aborigines. When people back home ask what you did on your trip, just tell ‘em: “Everything.”
Highlights: Island hop by yacht through the Whitsunday Islands, overnight at a traditional sheep station, zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island, spearfish and savour lunch with local Aborigines, sleep in a swag under the impressive southern night sky
New Zealand in Style (ONIS)
An all-encompassing yet comfortable journey through New Zealand that delivers the highlights of the region with stye to spare. Utilizing a diverse range of transport—trains, gondolas, boats—you’ll explore artsy beach towns, learn about local myths, legends and traditional cuisine from the Maori, and revel in the breathtaking beauty of New Zealand. Handpicked accommodations and upgraded transportation are standard fare on this decidedly non-standard adventure. This trip offers everything you could possibly want...and then some.
Highlights: Learn about Maori myths and traditions, Trek an active volcano for spectacular views, Experience the geothermal mysteries of Rotorua, Glide along the TranzAlpine railway, Take in the views of Queenstown from a gondola, Cruise through Doubtful Sound searching for wildlife
Highlights of New Zealand (ONAC)
Two weeks is barely enough time to thoroughly explore your hometown, let alone a place as fascinating as New Zealand. For adventurers on a tight time-budget, this 15-day trip wraps up the must-dos of both islands with a nice little bow. Dig your own Jacuzzi in the sand on Hot Water Beach, hang with the Maori in a traditional village, walk the black sand beaches of Kaikoura, and get your adrenaline fix in Queenstown. Consider this your New Zealand Starter’s Kit.
Highlights: Dig your own hot tub in the sand, attend a Hangi in Rotorua, eat fish and chips on a black sand beach at sunset, let loose in Queenstown, cruise around the fjords of Milford Sound, travel famous scenic rail routes
The outback...in comfort? Oh, it's possible. This adventure offers travellers the chance to explore the exotic extremes of contemporary Australia, from its busy big cities like Melbourne to the natural beauty of the outback and its massive rock formations. Visit vineyards in Australia’s booming wine region and taste your day away. Visit fabled Uluru (Ayers Rock) and learn about Aboriginal history. All Australia. All amazing. All yours.
Highlights: Explore the famous Red Centre and witness the majesty of Uluru, taste some of Australia's best wines, experience the wildness of Australia's national parks, drive the famed Great Ocean Road
This comfort-minded journey up Australia’s eastern shore delivers the wonders of the region to you in fine style. Using a diverse range of transport—trains, yachts, surfboards—and unique lodgings, you’ll visit remote islands, sample world-class wines, wander through rainforests and even learn how to catch a few waves. Plus, we keep your group size intentionally small so it feels less like travelling with a herd and more like exploring with great new friends.
Highlights: Learn to surf in Byron Bay with a local expert, sail the Sydney harbour in a racing yacht, swim from world class beaches, learn about Aboriginal culture and history
Australia Encompassed (OAAE)
Sydney, Melbourne, Fraser Island, the Whitsundays – your crash course in Australia starts now. Over 24 days’ time, you’ll head up the east coast (and participate in wine tastings, gem mining and sheep shearing), fly to Alice Springs, then go down south for Kings Canyon, Uluru and Adelaide just to name a few destinations. The Great Ocean Road will eventually lead you to Melbourne, and a wide variety of accommodations and transport along the way will keep things exciting. With a competitive price and small tour group, there’s never been a better time to discover the Land Down Under.
Highlights: Taste wine in the Hunter Valley, sleep under the stars and at a sheep station, bliss out in famous Byron Bay, island hop through the Whitsundays, marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road, catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset
Best of Australia (OAHA)
In case you hadn’t noticed, Australia is an awfully big place. So big, in fact, that you’d need to come back a few times to get it all. Don’t have that kind of time? Hop aboard this 14-day trip through Australia’s eastern and central states and make the most of the time you do have. Offering a solid mix of must-do experiences and uncommon adventures, you’ll learn to surf at Byron Bay, sail the Whitsundays, sleep under the stars at a cattle station and go spearfishing with the local Aborigines. The best part: there’s still plenty more to come back for.
Highlights: Sleep out under the stars in the Outback, go spearfishing with the locals in Cape Tribulation, sail through the gorgeous Whitsundays, hang ten in Byron Bay
Australia in Style (OAIS)
It's tough to cover all of Australia in a single trip, but believe us, we've tried. This three-week extravaganza incorporates all the absolute must-do bits of Australia into one legendary—yet stress-free—adventure. From the bustling cities dotting the coast to Australia’s burgeoning wine country, from the outback and iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) to the beach, the Great Barrier Reef and even the legendary dreamtime itself, you’ll leave no stone unturned on this trip. And don’t concern yourself with logging weary road miles, either—we’ll connect the dots with internal flights and historic train journeys to keep you cozy and unstressed throughout.
Highlights: Learn to surf with a local in Byron Bay, snorkel the world's most famous barrier reef, experience the Red Centre and witness the majesty of Uluru at sunrise, sample iconic Australian wines at their source, marvel at the Twelve Apostles while driving the Great Ocean Road
Australia Highlights (OASD)
Let’s be honest: All of Australia is a highlight. However, if you’re looking for a trip that’ll give you a little bit of everything, then this 27-day tour is right up your alley. There’ll be no lack of culture and tradition – everything from sheep-shearing to 3 days of sailing in the Whitsundays to 4x4 off-roading on Fraser Island – as well as immersing yourself in Aborigine culture in Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. With a variety of both accommodations and transport at a stellar price, our Australia Highlights trip will guarantee one great “g’day” to the Outback.
Highlights: Island hop by yacht through the Whitsunday Islands, overnight at a traditional sheep station, zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island, spearfish and savour lunch with local Aborigines, sleep in a swag under the impressive southern night sky, witness the majesty of Uluru at sunset, Ride the route of Afghan cameleers on The Ghan Train.
Australia or New Zealand? Do both! There’s never been a better time to get a taste of the world Down Under, and on this adventure, you’ll do so via trains, canopy cable cars, and private yachts. There’ll be no lack of sights to see as you explore Sydney and Auckland, walk around iconic Uluru, visit Aboriginal villages, and participate in wine tastings in the Barossa Valley. Add in an overnight wilderness cruise and you’ve got yourself a trip that memories are made of.
Highlights: Learn about Aboriginal and Maori myths and traditions with local experts, ride the rails on 3 historic trains, explore the rainforest by foot and canopy cable car, learn how your favourite wines get from vine to glass, revitalize yourself in geothermal pools, enjoy an overnight cruise through scenic Doubtful Sound in search of wildlife, cover more ground with included internal flights
Best of New Zealand (ONNS)
Best of Australia (OAHA)
Australia in Style (OAIS)
Australia Highlights (OASD)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Queensland Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime (OAQE)||12 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Most of the Coast—Sydney to Cairns (OASC)||16 days||Yolo||Basic||
|New Zealand Encompassed (ONNZ)||24 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Best of New Zealand (ONNS)||21 days||Yolo||Basic||
|East Coast Encompassed—Sydney to Cairns (OAEC)||18 days||Yolo||Basic||
|New Zealand in Style (ONIS)||11 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Highlights of New Zealand (ONAC)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
|Outback to the Great Ocean Road in Style (OAOG)||12 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|East Coast Australia in Style (OAES)||10 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Australia Encompassed (OAAE)||25 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Best of Australia (OAHA)||14 days||Classic||Standard||
|Australia in Style (OAIS)||21 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Australia Highlights (OASD)||27 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Australia & New Zealand Explorer (OANS)||22 days||Comfort||Upgraded||