Australia & New Zealand Adventure

21 days starting at $5,479
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  • FLIGHT 1 DAY

  • Day 1-2

    Fly Home

    Flight
    Board your flight bound for Australia
  • MELBOURNE 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 3

    Arrive in Melbourne

    Introduction to Melbourne

    Welcome Mixer

    Arrive in Melbourne
    Touch down in Melbourne, a cosmopolitan city built right on the ocean, with a river running right through the center. Melbourne mixes old and new, with vibrant old buildings next to modern skyscrapers.

    Introduction to Melbourne
    Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area.

    Welcome Mixer
    Get to know your fellow travelers at an authentic local spot over some drinks and light appetizers.
  • Day 4

    Sightseeing tour of Melbourne

    Sightseeing tour of Melbourne
    See the highlights of Melbourne with a local guide. Visit the bustling Queen Victoria Market, the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere and walk the tree-lined Collins Street in Melbourne's major shopping district and downtown business area. Plus, you'll get the best views of the city skyline and scenic bayside from St. Kilda.
  • SURFER’S PARADISE 1 Night

  • Day 5

    Travel to Surfer’s Paradise via Brisbane

    Optional Surfer’s Paradise rainforest tour (extra cost)

    Travel to Surfer’s Paradise via Brisbane
    Take a morning flight to Surfer’s Paradise.

    Optional Surfer’s Paradise rainforest tour (extra cost)
    Go for a full-day tour of the Lamington and Mount Tamborine National Parks. Out-of-this world vegetation, cascading waterfalls and incredible scenic views make for a truly unforgettable trip into Australia’s largest preserved subtropical rainforest. Feed exotic birds by hand, and chow down on an Aussie BBQ lunch. You’ll also visit O’Reilly’s Guest House and take a “Tree Top Walk” high above the rainforest floor.
  • SUNSHINE COAST 1 Night

  • Day 6

    Travel to Sunshine Coast

    Noosa National Park

    Travel to Sunshine Coast
    Ride on to Sunshine Coast. This small city (that shares the name of the overall region) is a quintessential Australian beachside community with a strong surfing culture, and has a very chic shopping and bar scene.

    Noosa National Park
    This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is protected for good reason: it’s a natural gem with sandy beaches and crystal clear water, subtropical forests full of birds and native Koalas and fresh water lakes. Travelers will have a chance to experience this beauty by way of well-maintained footpaths though the park.
  • FRASER ISLAND 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 7

    Travel to Fraser Island

    Travel to Fraser Island
    Hop aboard a boat to Fraser Island, named after Eliza Fraser, the only survivor of a shipwrecked party in 1836. Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, and it is amazingly diverse ecologically, with rainforests, lakes, and of course, beaches.
  • Day 8

    Optional Fraser Island Off Road Excursion (extra cost)

    Free time on Fraser Island (day)

    Optional Fraser Island Off Road Excursion (extra cost)
    Spend a half day exploring Fraser Island by off road touring truck. Many say this is the best way to experience the island. An expert ranger will give you the lowdown on everything you see, as you drive among rainforest vegetation and soak in the amazing scenery in Pile Valley. Continue through open woodlands and visit the island’s crystal clear lakes.

    Free time on Fraser Island (day)

    Top 5 free time suggestions:

    1. Lake McKenzie – Take a swim in this beautiful inland lake.
    2. Fraser Island Great Walk – The full walk from Dilli Village to Lake Garawongera takes a week, but even a short hike is worth it.
    3. Fishing – Throw some line in the sea and see what you catch, or get on a boat for a half-day fishing trip.
    4. The Cathedrals – View the amazing 230-foot cliffs of colored sand, which stretch for miles on the eastern side of the island.
    5. Central Station – Learn about the local flora and fauna at this former loggers’ camp turned museum.
  • CAIRNS 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 9

    Travel to Cairns

    Travel to Cairns
    Hop on a morning flight to Cairns, the last major settlement in Far North Queensland. Its popularity is mostly due to the Great Barrier Reef located right off the coast.
  • Day 10

    Optional excursion to Kuranda and the rain forest (extra cost)

    Free time in Cairns (night)

    Optional excursion to Kuranda and the rain forest (extra cost)
    Get in-depth with the local nature and culture. Take a scenic train ride up to the Atherton Tablelands, a tropical rainforest full of clear crater lakes, pristine waterfalls and awesome mountain views. Spend time in the rainforest village of Kuranda, with a chance to check out the goods in their markets. Then a thrilling Skyrail takes you back down over the rainforest canopy to the valley below, where a visit to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Park will introduce you to the indigenous culture.

    Free time in Cairns (night)

    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:

    1. Chapel Café – Large groups flock here to sit in the green booths and listen to the live acoustic acts; there's also a balcony overlooking the Esplanade.
    2. The Civic Theatre – See a show at Cairns's most popular venue for live entertainment.
    3. Gilligan's – Check out this sprawling bar/club that's quickly becoming the hottest spot in the city.
    4. Dinner cruise – Romantic types will enjoy a quiet float along Trinity Inlet, offering dinner and very nice city views.
    5. Inbox Café – Come here to sample the local music scene; live gigs alternate with DJs on weekends.
  • Day 11

    Excursion to the Great Barrier Reef

    Excursion to the Great Barrier Reef
    Discover one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Stretching for 1,240 miles along the Queensland coast, the reef is nature’s largest living organism. You can swim, snorkel or take a semi-submersible boat ride to view the incredible underwater scenery of this multi-colored world.
  • SYDNEY 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 12

    Fly to Sydney

    Introduction to the Rocks District

    Fly to Sydney
    Hop on an early morning flight to Sydney, Australia’s oldest and largest city. Sydney brings an energizing combination of scenery (the harbor, the bridge, the beach), culture and nightlife. It has a very international feel—more than 200 nationalities are represented in the city’s population.

    Introduction to the Rocks District
    Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area.
  • Day 13

    Sydney Tower

    Opal Shop

    Highlights of Sydney

    Sydney Harbour Cruise

    Sydney Wildlife World

    Sydney Tower
    Go up to the observation deck of Sydney Tower. At 1,063 feet, this is the second-tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Opal Shop
    The opal is the national gemstone of Australia and makes a great souvenir. Learn all about the special stone and maybe pick up one or two on your visit.

    Highlights of Sydney
    Your tour director will bring Sydney into focus. Learn about the city’s early role as a home for exiled convicts, and see the Sydney Opera House with its famous sail-like roof.

    Sydney Harbour Cruise
    Enjoy a scenic boat ride out on the picturesque Sydney Harbour and enjoy the amazing city views. You'll also visit Darling Harbour, an area of shops, gardens and museums.

    Sydney Wildlife World
    Get up close to all kinds of animals, including Australian favorites like kangaroos, koalas and crocs.
  • Day 14

    Optional excursion to the Blue Mountains (extra cost)

    Free time in Sydney (day)

    Optional excursion to the Blue Mountains (extra cost)
    Join a full-day excursion to the amazing Blue Mountains and Katoomba, named for the blue mist that rises from the area’s eucalyptus trees. Watch The Edge, Australia’s only giant-screen destination movie, which recounts how explorers conquered the Blue Mountains in 1813. While doing research for the film, scientists made an extremely rare botanical discovery: the Wollemi Pine Grove, made up of ancient pine trees not found anywhere else on Earth.

    Free time in Sydney (day)

    Top 5 free time suggestions:

    1. Bondi Beach – Sun, sand and surf are yours at Sydney’s number one beach.
    2. Shopping on Pitt Street – Browse the shops in this bustling commercial area; buy everything from music to clothing to perfume.
    3. Centennial Park – The city’s largest green space, this is a great place to picnic, take a walk, rollerblade, or even rent a horse for riding.
    4. Australian Centre for Photography – Photo lovers will enjoy the exhibits here; there’s a special wall dedicated to up-and-comers.
    5. Luna Park – This colorful old-fashioned amusement park opened in 1935.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Sydney.
  • QUEENSTOWN 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 15

    Travel to Queenstown

    Travel to Queenstown
    Fly to Queenstown, a small, laid-back lakeside town sitting amongst New Zealand’s Southern Alps. From skydiving and bungee jumping to zip lining and jet boats, Queenstown has no shortage of adventure. However, travelers just looking to relax can find a nice place to chill out and take in the views from a coffee shop or wine bar. The dramatic landscape has also caught Hollywood’s attention. Scenery in The Lord of The Rings was inspired by Queenstown’s expansive vistas, tall peaks and otherworldly beauty.
  • Day 16

    Bob's Peak

    Bob's Peak
    Just outside of Queenstown is Bob’s Peak, where travelers can take in the massive views of the peaks around them and the lake below. The travelers will take the Skyline Gondola up to 1,350 feet to the peak, where they can try a variety of adventure sports including zip lining and a luge ride down the mountain.
  • Day 17

    Milford Sound

    Milford Sound
    Spend the day exploring Milford Sound by coach and cruise boat. Milford Sound is a World Heritage site and is world-renowned for its pristine scenery, towering peaks, and waterfalls. Many call this the most beautiful place in New Zealand and even the world.
  • ROTORUA 1 Night

  • Day 18

    Travel to Rotorua

    Rotorua Duck Tour

    Rotorua Agrodome

    Hangi Feast

    Travel to Rotorua
    Fly to the city of Rotorua, home of the Maori people.

    Rotorua Duck Tour
    Hop aboard an amphibious military vehicle from WWII for a unique tour of Rotorua. Learn a bit of history and enjoy the amazing scenery as you ride the roads and “splashdown” into as many as three lakes.

    Rotorua Agrodome
    New Zealand is home to over 55 million sheep. See one sheared at the world-famous Agrodome.

    Hangi Feast
    Get to know the travelers in your group at a special Hangi dinner, a traditional Maori feast cooked to perfection in an underground thermal pit.
  • AUCKLAND 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 19

    Travel to Auckland

    Sightseeing tour of Auckland(local guide)

    Travel to Auckland
    Ride on to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most populous city.

    Sightseeing tour of Auckland (local guide)
    Get to know the city with a local guide. Located between two harbors, Auckland is the biggest and most multicultural city in New Zealand. It’s built on top of seven extinct volcanoes. You'll see the Domain (a hilltop park), the busy downtown area, and the waterfront.
  • Day 20

    Sightseeing tour of Waiheke Island

    Farewell dinner

    Sightseeing tour of Waiheke Island
    Take a short ferry ride to Waiheke Island and enjoy the pristine beaches, rolling vineyards, and beautiful green rural farmland. You will have a chance to taste wines at two vineyards as well as take a short nature walk to see the landscapes up close.

    Farewell dinner
    Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.
  • FLIGHT 1 DAY

  • Day 21

    Fly Home

    Fly home
    It's time to say your goodbyes. Head to the airport for your flight back home.
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  • Round-trip airfare, internal flight
  • Accommodations
  • Travel between cities
  • Welcome Mixer
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Continental Breakfast Daily
  • Full-time tour director
  • Sightseeing tours
  • Entrance to select attractions
  • Kuranda with Skyrail & Train
    Get in-depth with the local nature and culture. Take a scenic train ride up to the Atherton Tablelands, a tropical rainforest full of clear crater lakes, pristine waterfalls and awesome mountain views. Spend time in the rainforest village of Kuranda, with a chance to check out the goods in their markets. Then a thrilling Skyrail takes you back down over the rainforest canopy to the valley below, where a visit to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Park will introduce you to the indigenous culture.
  • Surfers Paradise Rainforest tour
    Go for a full-day tour of the Lamington and Mount Tamborine National Parks. Out-of-this world vegetation, cascading waterfalls and incredible scenic views make for a truly unforgettable trip into Australia’s largest preserved subtropical rainforest. Feed exotic birds by hand, have some morning tea, and chow down on an Aussie BBQ lunch. You’ll also visit O’Reilly’s Guest House and take a “Tree Top Walk” high above the rainforest floor.
  • Blue Mountains and Katoomba
    Join a full-day excursion to the amazing Blue Mountains, named for the blue mist that rises from the area’s eucalyptus trees. Watch The Edge, Australia’s only giant-screen destination movie, which recounts how explorers conquered the Blue Mountains in 1813. While doing research for the film, scientists made an extremely rare botanical discovery: the Wollebi Pine Grove, made up of ancient pine trees not found anywhere else on Earth.
  • Fraser Island Off Road Excursion
    Spend a half day exploring Fraser Island by 4WD vehicle. Many say this is the best way to experience the island. An expert ranger will give you the lowdown on everything you see, as you drive among rainforest vegetation and soak in the amazing scenery in Pile Valley. Continue through open woodlands and visit the island’s crystal clear lakes.
SIGHTS YOU'LL SEE:

Whaka geothermal area

Maori Village

Skyline Gondola

Jade Factory

Rotorua Agrodome

Sydney Tower

Opal factory

Sydney Harbour cruise

Sydney Wildlife World

Koorana Crocodile Farm

Great Barrier Reef

CITY GUIDES

Sydney