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2017 Escorted Australia Tours

2017 Escorted Australia Tours

A 2017 escorted Australia tour will show you the natural wonders, the friendly locals, the outstanding cuisine and a myriad of adventures.  For over 25 years, we have been helping travelers plan perfect Australia vacation packages.  This website gives you a taste of what you can experience on a trip to Australia. Choose from family tours, budget adventures, escorted group travel or independent vacations, but if you don't find exactly what you are looking for.  We can also customize an Australia vacations for you.

What can you expect on a 2017 escorted Australia tour? 

Beyond the "must see" cities you'll find extraordinary nature and adventure, unique Australian culture and customs, and some of the finest culinary experiences. Imagine mingling with the kangaroos and koalas on a wildlife farm, touring the famous Sydney Opera House, or watching the changing colors at mysterious Ayers Rock.  Friendly smiles and wide-open spaces await you in Australia. In the land down under, breathtaking landscapes deliver the perfect backdrop for once-in-a-lifetime adventures, while bustling, cosmopolitan cities provide unforgettable, culture-rich experiences.

2017 Escorted Australia Tours are filled with opportunities to take in friendly cosmopolitan cities one moment and in another be exploring the outback! Australia and New Zealand offer a journey of sights, sounds, and taste beginning with the capital of Australia, followed by Ayres Rock, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Rotorua, The Franz Josef Glacier Region, and Tranz Alpine Train... Here's what you can expect to see and do on a 2017 Escorted Australia Tour:


Sydney

The capital and most populous city in Australia is home to beautiful beaches, gardens, and the most famous harbour in the world... Welcome to Sydney!

Sydney Tourist Attractions:

  • Walk the 3.5 mile Bondi to Coogi Coastal Trail

  • Visit the Taronga Zoo to see over 4,000 exotic & native animals

  • Take a day to experience the Sydney Opera House

  • Climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge aka The Coathanger

Ayres Rock

Uluru Ayers Rock is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to many springs, waterholes, caves, and ancient paintings. It is also a monolith that not only stands over 1,100 feet, but has a total mass of over 2,800 feet. This means over 1,600 feet of Ayers Rock is underground. Ayers Rock is located in northern Australia near Alice Springs.

Cairns Australia

Known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is one of Australia's largest cities and the gateway to one of the seven wonders of the world.

Things To Do In Cairns:

  • Great Barrier Reef: Swim, dive, snorkel and sail the largest natural reef in the world... The Great Barrier Reef is so big it can be seen from outer space!

  • The Whitsunday Islands: The Whitsundays are an archepelago of 74 islands near The Great Barrier Reef... The white sands of Whitehaven Beach are legendary!

  • The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest rainforest in the world, so old it has been through 135 million Springs (as in the season).

Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef , which stretches over 1,200 miles along the Queensland coastline, is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and it is at the epicenter of two other marvelous sites: The Whitesundays and ancient Daintree Rainforest.



Visiting The Great Barrier Reef:
  • Cruise Michaelmas Cay in style aboard the 105 foot Ocean Spirit catamaran from Cairns... You can dive & snorkel with sea turtles.

  • Fly over one of the most natural wonders known as Heart Reef... It's also a great opportunity to see the Great Barrier Reeffrom above!

  • If you're traveling between November & March, you can witness sea turtles hatch at Heron Island Resort.

  • If flying over the Great Barrier Reef isn't enough, skydiving into the most beautiful drop zone in the world!

Rotorua

Known for its bubbling mud pools, geysers, and hot springs, not to mention Maori Culture, Rotorua is an absolutely fascinating phenomena!



What To Do & See In Rotorua:
  • Whakarewarewa is not only home to the largest guyser in New Zealand, but is also home of The Living Village, the most visited visited area in Rotorua.

  • Tikiterre aka Hell's Gate is just that in Rotorua! It is home to the largest Hot Waterfall in the southern hemisphere and boiling whirlpools!

  • Waimangu is a short but worthwhile trip to what is to be the result of a devastating eruption that occurred over one hundred years ago.

  • Orakei Korako is dubbed by Lonely Planet as being one of the finest and best thermal areas in New Zealand. Scenes from BBC's Walking With Dinosaurs were filmed here.

Auckland

Known as the only place on Earth where you can literally kayak to a volcano during the day and enjoy some of the best five star nightlife, cuisine, and accommodations in the evening!

What To Do & See In Auckland:

  • Rangitoto Island

  • Matakana

  • Great Barrier Island

  • Hauraki Gulf

The Tranz Alpine Train

Operating daily from the east coast and south coast of New Zealand's south island, the Tranz Island Train travels through Waimakariri's spectacular gorges and river valleys and back from the glaciers of Franz Josef.

The Franz Josef Glacier Region

Located only three miles from the town bearing the same name, the Franz Josef Glacier moves down into a rainforest. There is an assortment of activities available year round:

  • KAYAKING

  • QUAD-BIKING

  • OFF-ROAD BUGGYING

  • WHITE-WATER RAFTING

  • HORSE TREKKING
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Australia Travel Information

Head into the outback to stand in awe at the striking color changes of Ayers Rock at twilight, or admire the mystical domes of the Olgas. Discover an underwater world teeming with colorful wildlife on the Great Barrier Reef and be amazed by this unique natural wonder. Venture south to the Great Ocean Road to see the majestic limestone pillars of the Twelve Apostles jutting out of the sea.  Or take an excursion to witness the famous mighty parade of Little Penguins on Phillip Island.

You'll find Australia's cities are just as captivating.  Sydney beckons with world-famous landmarks like the Opera House and Harbor Bridge as well as natural treasures like the beautiful harbor itself and magnificent surf beaches.  Cuddle a koala, shop till you drop, dine in style or lose yourself in the city's art galleries, museums and theaters.  Cosmopolitan Melbourne has a distinctive charm all of its own, with it multicultural cuisines, designer fashions, thriving arts community and rich colonial history. 

What is the best time to take an Australia tour?

The season are opposite to ours so between December and February is summer in Australia. The winter there is from June through August but is usually mild. Lots of people like to avoid the heat and go in the Aussie winter.  We like September, October and March for milder temperatures.

What regions of Australia should you visit?

SYDNEY

Enjoy a relaxed outdoor and beach lifestyle, as well as arts and culture, fine food and wine, nature, shopping and nightlife. Catch a ferry at Circular Quay for Sydney Opera House. Walk the Harbour Bridge. Darling Harbour is a favorite with visitors of all ages. City Centre offers historic arcades such as the Queen Victoria Building and the Strand, packed with designer fashion stores. In Newtown, find vintage fashion and quirky boutiques. Mosman and Double Bay have more upscale boutiques and cafes. Visit centennial Parklands, Hyde Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Sun on the world-famous beaches of Bondi and Manly.

Sydney is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east, Blue Mountains to the west, the Hawkesbury River to the north and the Royal National Park in the south.

MELBOURNE

A well planned city with wide flat streets laid out in a grid. Hidden behind the main streets, you will find boutiques, galleries, cafes, bars and restaurants with everything from European inspired to authentic Asian food.Lygon Street is famous for its Italian cuisine, while Victoria Street, Richmond, Johnson Street, Fitzroy and Chapel Street, Prahan offer good shopping and more casual dining.

Ride the tram to St. Kilda; walk along the Yarra River and visit the many parks and gardens surrounding the city center. Bayside beaches stretch along the arc of Port Phillip Bay. Less thanh an hour away, you can visit the world-class wineries of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

CANBERRA

Being Australia's capital, Canberra is noted for it's history, politics, art and national monuments. See the native plants and animals at Black Mountain, Red Hill, Mt. Ainslie, Mt. Majura, Mt. Pleasant  and Mt. Tayor. Bike along the extensive cycle paths and walk the city walking trails. At night restaurants come alive with a vibrant entertainment scene.

BRISBANE

You'll find warm tropical days and nights in this area. The gardens of South Bank Parklands, Roma Street, Brisbane Forest Park and Portside Wharf are spectacular.You can be as active as you wish with the Story Bridge adventure climb and rock climbing at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. You'll find chic shops and arcades at the Queen Street Mall. Hunt for treasure at the weekend outdoor markets.

East of the city you'll find sand islands and good beaches. The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are a surfers delight.

ADELAIDE

View the gardens overlooking the River Torrens. Walk the wide boulevards of North Terrace and shop for high fashion at Rundle Mall.  Gouger, Rundle, Hutt, O'Connell, Melbourne and Leigh Streets are famous for its fine food and quality restaurants. The Adelaide Central Market is a great way to spend a Sunday morning. Catch the tram to the beachside precinct of Glenelq. Visit Port Adelaide for museums, river cruises and the dolphin sanctuary. Barossa Valley, one of Australia's best wine regions is less than an hour's drive.Just off the mainland is Kangaroo Island, with its pristine beaches, desert landscapes, wildlife and organic produce.

PERTH

Enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of Perth. Hop on the free buses to visit the Perth Mint, Swan Bells Tower, Art Gallery of Western Australia and other attractions. Go fishing, picnic and walk the tracks from the edge of the Swan River.At Matilda Bay you'll find uncrowded beaches for swimming and surfing.King's Park offers a treetop walk for a view of the city. Visit the port of Fremantle or stop for wine tasting in the Swan River vineyards.

DARWIN

This tropical city offers a relaxed outdor lifestyle combined with multicultural experiences, wildlife encounters and fun events. Sacred Aboriginal sites exist in and around Darwin.

Mitchell Street offers the restaurants and pub scenes, whilke the Darwin Waterfront District and Mindil Beach night markets offer entertainment. You'll find some of the best indigenous art in the suburb of Parap, on the outskirts of the city.While visiting Darwin, explore Kakadu National Park, Litchfield and Nitmiluk national parks, the Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land.

HOBART

Here you'll find a city of natural beauty and cultural heritage. Wlak the city and view the 19th-century waterfront warehouses and many sites showcasing Australia's convict history. At Sullivan's Cove, the famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race finishes. There you will find good restaurants and shopping. Saturday the outdoor Salamanca Market comes alive. Float by catamaran from Hobart's waterfornt down the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and you'll arrive at Peppermint Bay. Visit Mount Wellington where you can drive to the summit through rainforest, sub-alpine flora and glacial rock formations. To the east is the historic convict site of Port Arthur. Go a little further up the road to Remarkable Cave, where the locals surf and the Tasmanian Wildnerness is not far away.

CAIRNS

You are so close to Islands, Coral Reefs and the world's oldest surviving tropical rainforest in this gateway to Queensland's tropical north and the Great Barrier Reef. Shorts and tee-shirts are the normal attire found in Cairns, depicting an easy tropical lifestyle. Beaches, beaches, beaches, extend north along the coast, including Machans, Holloways and Trinity, Yorkeys Knob, Palm Cove and Ellis Beach. Close-by are Mount Whitfield, the Whitfield Range, Crystal Cascades and Kuranda. Walk in the raiforest or four wheel it in the Great Dividing Range.

ALICE SPRINGS

This outback town is the gateway to Uluru(Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta National Park. Alice Springs is called Australia's Red Center because the red sand desert stretches for hundreds of miles in each direction. Learn about this unique environment at the Alice Springs Desert Park and Olive Pink Botanic Garden. The reptile center is located in the town center. For awesome landscape viewing you can hike the MacDonnell Ranges or drive the four-wheel tracks at Finke Gorge National Park.

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