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Top picks for Australasia tours

Explore our top picks for Australasia tours. Our group tours in Australasia uncover the highlights of Australia and New Zealand, ranging in length from 4 days to 23. You can take in New Zealand's North and South Islands separately or together, and there is a great mix of included sightseeing and optional activities. Escorted by a local guide and staying in well-located 3-4-star hotels (or simple accommodation on our Essentials tours!), you're guaranteed a fantastic experience in Australasia.

Visit Australia

Australia
Sydney, Australia

Discover Australia, also known as the ‘Land Down Under’ and fall in love with its world class beaches, laid back locals and rich biodiversity. Australia is home to many natural wonders such as the Daintree Rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef and Byron Bay (all of which you can see on a selection of our tours!). Australia has something for every kind of traveller. Explore the bustling cities of Sydney and Brisbane, try your hand at surfing or simply relax on the beaches of Byron Bay and Mission Beach or discover the unique wildlife and learn about the integral conservation efforts of local organisations.

Our Australia tours packages are designed to help you get the best out of your trip to Australia, with a range of tours offering unique experience to suit every need. We make sure to provide top quality accommodation and activities as well as experience local guides will be there to help answer your questions so you can focus on one thing, enjoying your stay!

Australia highlights

Discover the best locations Australia has to offer and experience them for yourself on a guided tour

Byron Bay

A famous destination on Australia's eastern coast, Byron Bay is best known for pristine beaches like Main Beach and Wategos Beach. It's a haven for surf enthusiasts and sunbathers alike. The iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, while the lush hinterland provides a backdrop for exploration. Byron Bay boasts a vibrant arts and music scene, showcased in local galleries and venues. And there are numerous hiking trails along the coast, perfect for soaking up the dramatic scenery.

Sydney

Australia's most well-known city, Sydney stands as a vibrant metropolis with a wealth of attractions. The iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge define the cityscape, whilst Bondi Beach is famous for its golden sands and surf culture. Travellers can also explore the historic Rocks district, visit the Taronga Zoo, or stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden.

Great Barrier Reef

As the world's most famous and fragile marine ecosystem, the Great Barrier Reef is arguably the king of Australia's myriad natural wonders. No trip to the Barrier Reef is complete without a boat cruise and snorkelling experience to explore the world beneath the waves. Home to sea turtles, colourful fish, rays and sharks, a visit to the Great Barrier Reef is sure to be a highlight of your Australia trip.

Daintree Rainforest

Stretching along Australia's north-eastern coastline, the Daintree Rainforest is the oldest continuously surviving tropical rainforest in the world. It teems with biodiversity and ancient landscapes, and visitors can embark on guided walks, discovering unique flora and fauna, while experiencing the wonder of the Mossman Gorge and its crystal-clear waters. Daintree River cruises provide an opportunity to spot crocodiles and diverse bird species.

Brisbane

Capital of Queensland, the Sunshine State, Brisbane is one of Australia's most popular city destinations. The South Bank Parklands offer riverside recreation, complemented by cultural precincts such as the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. Story Bridge provides panoramic city views, while the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary offers encounters with this cuddly and iconic species. Brisbane also boasts a vibrant food scene and thriving nightlife.

Ningaloo Reef

Western Australia's answer to the Great Barrier Reef is Ningaloo, a pristine marine ecosystem known for its beautiful coral formations and as the best place in the world to see and swim with majestic whale sharks, the world's largest fish and a gentle giant of the seas. Ningaloo Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and far less crowded and more intimate than the Great Barrier Reef.

Why visit Australia

There are so many reasons to visit Australia, here are a few of our highlights that you can experience on one of our guided tours!

Cape Tribulation
Cape Tribulation

Australian beaches

Australia is home to some of the world's most stunning beaches, offering diverse experiences for every kind of traveller. From the iconic Bondi Beach in Sydney, known for its vibrant surf culture and golden sands, to the serene Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays, famous for its pristine white sand and crystal-clear waters, Australian beaches are a paradise for sunbathers and water sports enthusiasts alike. The Great Barrier Reef's coastal areas provide unparalleled snorkelling and diving opportunities, showcasing a vibrant underwater world. Whether you seek bustling coastal towns or secluded shores, Australia's beaches promise breath-taking beauty and endless relaxation.

A Koala
A Koala

Australian animals

Australia is home to many endemic species of animals (meaning you can’t find these creatures in the wild anywhere else!) from Kangaroos to Wallaby’s there are so many Australian animals that you can only find down under. As well as endemic species there are many different interesting animals that call Australia home, Koalas, Great White Sharks, Quokkas and so much more can be found in Australia making it an animal lovers paradise.

Road to Monkey Mia
Road to Monkey Mia

Australian weather

Australia typically has a warm climate. As it sits in the southern hemisphere the seasons are as follows December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring. Summers can be quite hot, and winters tend to be mild rather than cold. The northmost parts of Australia, like Darwin, have two distinct seasons the wet and dry seasons. This is the warmest part of Australia with the dry season heat typically ranging from 21.6– 31.8°C (70.9 - 89.2°F) and the wet season ranging from 17 - 23 °C (62.6 - 73.4°F).

Oysters
Oysters

Australian food

When visiting Australia its only right to try iconic dishes such as the savoury meat pie, the uniquely Australian Vegemite spread on toast, and the classic barbecue featuring lamb chops or sausages. Seafood lovers should not miss out on barramundi, a popular local fish, and the famous Sydney rock oysters. For dessert, indulge in a slice of pavlova, a meringue-based treat topped with fresh fruit, or a piece of lamington, a sponge cake coated in chocolate and coconut. There are so many delicious dishes to taste giving you an insight into Australia's rich culinary landscape.

Visit New Zealand

Fijordland National Park, New Zealand
Fijordland National Park

New Zealand is a breath-taking destination renowned for its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and thrilling adventure activities, making it the perfect holiday spot. From the famous Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki to the dolphin filled waters of Milford Sound, New Zealand offers a diverse range of natural attractions. Visitors can explore the lush greenery of the Hobbiton movie set, see the geometrical site and Kiwi conservation project in Rotorua, or relax on the pristine beaches of the Bay of Islands. The country's rich Maori heritage and welcoming locals enhance the experience, providing a unique cultural immersion. Whether you seek adrenaline-pumping adventures like bungee jumping and skydiving or prefer tranquil moments amidst nature, New Zealand promises an unforgettable vacation.

Our range of New Zealand tours packages take you on a journey through this stunning county. You will be immersed in the deep history of New Zealand, meet the Maori people and learn all about their cultural history, visit national parks and discover the beauty of New Zealand wildlife and go on adrenaline pumping adventures from zip lining to surfing. New Zealand is the perfect place for anyone looking to make lifelong memories.

The best of New Zealand

Discover some of the best New Zealand has to offer. Explore these beautiful locations and many more on one of our guided tours.

Bay of Islands

Nestled in New Zealand's north, the Bay of Islands is a captivating haven of 144 idyllic islands, each adorned with pristine beaches and clear waters. Visitors flock to this maritime gem for an array of activities, from scenic cruises to snorkelling, kayaking, and fishing. Historical significance abounds with a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the historic 1840 treaty between the British Crown and Maori chiefs was signed. Nature enthusiasts revel in the diverse wildlife, from dolphin watching to exploring the lush surroundings. Additionally, cultural experiences offer an insight into Maori heritage through traditional performances and rituals.

Rotorua

Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland renowned for its unique features and cultural richness. It entices visitors with erupting geysers, bubbling mud pools, and steaming vents, showcasing the Earth's raw power. The area's geothermal activity allows for relaxing hot spring baths and therapeutic spa treatments. Cultural encounters flourish in Rotorua, offering insights into the Maori heritage through traditional performances, villages, and historical sites like Te Puia, preserving Maori arts and crafts. Adventure seekers find a haven in Rotorua with thrilling activities such as ziplining, mountain biking, and exploring the surrounding lakes and forests.

Wellington

The vibrant capital of New Zealand captivates visitors with its charm, culture, and stunning landscapes. Nestled between a sparkling harbour and lush green hills, this compact city offers an array of experiences. Cultural enthusiasts revel in the city's artistic vibe, exploring Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum, and enjoying the bustling arts scene, galleries, and theatres. Culinary delights abound in Wellington, with a thriving food and coffee culture, showcasing diverse cuisines in its many eateries and vibrant markets. The city's picturesque surroundings offer outdoor adventures like hiking, cycling, and exploring the rugged coastline.

Christchurch

Quintessentially English Christchurch, nestled on the eastern coast of New Zealand's South Island, is a city of resilience and revival, having recovered from a series of devastating earthquakes in 2011. Known as the "Garden City", Christchurch boasts picturesque gardens, parks, and the serene Avon River winding through the heart of the city, with punting a popular activity. The Christchurch Botanic Gardens offer a peaceful retreat, while the iconic Christchurch Cathedral and the historic tram provide glimpses into the city's past.

Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park is located at the north end of New Zealand's South Island. It's an enchanting coastal paradise revered for its golden beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush native bush. Visitors are drawn to its pristine beauty, offering a plethora of outdoor activities such as kayaking along the picturesque coastline, hiking through native forests along the renowned Abel Tasman Coast Track, and discovering hidden coves with tranquil beaches accessible only by boat. This coastal gem allows for a serene escape, embracing nature with opportunities for wildlife spotting, birdwatching, and unwinding in the peaceful surroundings.

Queenstown

Located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand's South Island, Queenstown is a popular resort town and playground for adventure seekers. The region offers an array of thrilling activities, including bungee jumping, skydiving, jet boating, and skiing in the nearby mountain ranges. The stunning landscapes of the Remarkables and Southern Alps provide a picturesque backdrop for outdoor adventures like hiking, mountain biking, and exploring the surrounding lakes and valleys. Beyond its adrenaline-pumping activities, Queenstown boasts a lively dining scene, vibrant nightlife, and boutique shopping experiences.

Why visit New Zealand

There are so many reasons to visit New Zealand that it is hard to choose just a few, but here are our highlights of New Zealand that you can experience on a guided tour.

Milford Sound at sunset
Milford Sound

New Zealand is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with spectacular natural beauty the country offers a variety of hiking trails that showcase the best of the country’s landscapes. From the world-famous Milford Track, renowned for its stunning fjord landscapes and lush rainforests, to the Abel Tasman National Park trails, which offers hikers multiple trials from beach site walks to lush nature walks, New Zealand's hiking trails are both diverse and breath-taking. The country's well-maintained paths cater to all levels, from leisurely walks through coastal and forested areas to challenging alpine hikes. With its dramatic scenery, including mountains, glaciers, and beaches, hiking in New Zealand provides an unforgettable adventure in one of the world's most picturesque environments.

Hobbiton
Hobbiton

New Zealand Hobbiton

Hobbiton in New Zealand is a magical destination that transports visitors into the enchanting world of Middle-earth, as depicted in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" film trilogies. Located in the lush Waikato region, the Hobbiton Movie Set features charming hobbit holes, the iconic Green Dragon Inn, and stunningly manicured gardens, all set against the picturesque rolling hills. Hobbiton is a must-visit for fans of J.R.R Tolkien’s work and anyone captivated by the beauty of the Shire. Whether you're a Tolkien enthusiast or simply seeking a unique and immersive experience, Hobbiton offers an unforgettable adventure.

Lake Taupo New Zealand
Lake Taupo

New Zealand Weather

New Zealand's weather is a diverse and temperate maritime climate, which varies significantly across the country. In the North Island, you can expect mild, subtropical conditions, especially in regions like Auckland, with warm, humid summers and mild winters. The South Island, particularly in areas like Queenstown, experiences a cooler climate with crisp winters that bring snow to the alpine regions and warm, dry summers. Coastal areas often enjoy moderate temperatures year-round, while the mountainous regions can be quite unpredictable. Overall, New Zealand's weather is known for its variability, so it's wise to be prepared for sudden changes, especially when exploring its natural landscapes.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

New Zealand History

New Zealand has a deep history exploring this history on a tour offers a fascinating journey through time, from the rich Maori heritage and beyond. Visitors can immerse themselves in the ancient traditions and stories of the Maori people at cultural centres like Te Puia in Rotorua, or by visiting significant historical sites such as Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the founding document of modern New Zealand was signed. These historical insights provide a deeper understanding of New Zealand's unique cultural tapestry and its evolution into the vibrant nation it is today.

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