Great Barrier Reef and Other Sites In Australia

Posted on Thursday, May 04, 2017

Great Barrier Reef and Other Sites In AustraliaAustralia has over 31,000 miles of coastline and 10,000 different beaches. Because this country is so unique it has many amazing sites. While the Sydney Opera House and Royal Exhibition Building are great things to see, there are some more natural sites that are amazing.

The Great Barrier Reef

This reef consists of more than 3,000 individual reef systems. It’s absolutely astonishing to look at up close which is a huge reason why there are many different ways to see it in Australia. These include snorkeling, glass bottomed boats and scuba diving. Not only are the reefs and corals beautiful, but the amount of marine life that calls the Great Barrier Reef home is stunning, especially for the unsuspecting traveler. It’s not surprising that the Great Barrier Reef is considered to be one of the 7 wonders of the natural world.

Whitsunday Islands

Located between the Great Barrier Reef and the northeast coast of Queensland, much of the the Whitsunday Islands are uninhabited. There are numerous white sandy beaches and hiking trails that can be found here. There’s also a rainforest that’s fairly dense. The mainland town, Arlie Beach, is a popular spot for tourists. There are numerous shops and restaurants located here that tourists can visit after spending some time exploring nature.


This giant sandstone monolith is located around 280 miles from Alice Springs. However, it’s worth the trip as it is located within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park that features 36 different red-rock domes. Uluru, or Ayers Rock as it’s known to the locals, is considered to be sacred.

Blue Mountains

Located in New South Wales, the Blue Mountains encompass a lot of different elements. There is a eucalyptus forest, sheer cliffs and dramatic waterfalls. There’s also villages that surround it. To see an incredible view of the famous Three Sisters sandstone rock formation, Echo Point offers and amazing view.

Dandenong Ranges

These low mountain ranges are located only about 20 miles from Melbourne. They consist of a thick rainforest, large valleys and gullies and rolling hills. There are also a couple of waterfalls at Dandenong Ranges for visitors to explore and marvel at. Over 100,000 residents call the area home and it’s a popular place for tourists to visit. To see the southern part of the area, many tourists hop on board the Puffing Billy Railway for a stream railway ride. There are vast gardens to explore and the entire area has sort of a mystical charm.

Different Ways of Seeing Australia

Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016

There are many different ways of seeing Australia. You can take a fully escorted tour, a completely independent tour, or a customized tour to your specifications, as well as a cruise/tour. For an escorted tour, we can look at the cream of the crop, Tauck's Grand Australia and New Zealand. This 20 day tour starts in Melbourne at the Langham Hotel for 2 nights. Tauck uses charter flights to get you around Australia and New Zealand so you'll be flying to Uluru and the Outback on Day 3. Sail in the Desert will be your home away from home at Ayers Rock. Next stop is the Silky Oaks Lodge on the Mossman River adjacent to Daintree National Park. A cruise to the Great Barrier Reef is included and an optional balloon ride, then on to Sydney with a stay at the Intercontinental and a "Foodie" city tour. New Zealand is next with a stop in Wellington, Te Anau, Queenstown and Auckland. If you prefer a shorter tour, you may want to consider "Spotlight on Austral, which is just 11 days beginning in Melbourne and ending in Sydney.

Collette Vacations is less pricey than Tauck and always a good value. They offer a 21 day tour called Outback to the Glaciers, a 27 day Complete South pacific, South Pacific Wonders, just 15 days and Exploring Australia, 18 days. They use less expensive hotels than Tauck to keep the cost down and the sightseeing will include more options.

Globus, also a less pricey alternative offers Down Under Discovery, 20 days, Great Adventure Down Under, 27 days, Highlights of the South Pacific, 17 days, Exploring Australia, 20 days, Australian Adventure, 19 days and South pacific Wonders for 26 days. Once again these fully escorted tours offer the 3 and 4 star hotels, with a bit less sightseeing and more options.

Monograms offers independent vacations that are planned out for you. The details are all made and the hotels are located in the heart of each city. You have hotel options to choose from and each city comes with a half day city tour. Monograms provides a local host at each hotel to offer recommendations and give local insights to help make the most of your independent vacation. Monograms Tours start with as short a stay as a 4 day Sydney Getaway, then a 9 day Great Barrier Reef and Sydney, the 10 day Australian Escape, the 9 day Journey Down Under, Best of Australia for 13 days, Wonders of Australia for 14 days, Aussie Adventure for 15 days. You can combine a 15 day Best of Australia and New Zealand with Monograms, as well. Trafalgar also offers escorted and independent Australia Tours, as well as mix and match mini stays for 2 to 7 days.

For a custom tour, you do the planning with our guidance, which will take you to as many cities as you want to see, as much sightseeing as you want to do, the category of hotel you wish to stay and the amount of days you wish to be away. We put it altogether for you, but it is your unique Australian Adventure.

Sightseeing Highlights in Australia

Posted on Monday, May 02, 2016

Whether it’s toasting the sunset at Ayers Rock in the Outback, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef or cruising Milford Sound, an epic adventure awaits on an Australia tour

Here are some of the sightseeing highlights you can expect while on an Australia tour.

1.    One of the most popular things to do while on an Australia tour is to visit Phillip Island, the fascinating home of the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins.  You’ll get to see hundreds of these loveable birds waddling out from the sea as they cross the beach to their burrows in the dunes during the Little Penguin Parade.

2.    Visiting the Australian Outback

3.    Ayers Rock

4.   Great Barrier Reef (most Australia tours will include a Catamaran or a glass bottom boat)

5.   Sydney Opera House, Sydney Wildlife World, Harbour Bridge and Botanic Gardens

6.    Kakadu National Park

7.    Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

If you plan on taking an Australia tour of three weeks or more, then perhaps you would want to add the Blue Mountains, Brisbane, Whitsunday, Port Douglas, Darwin, Perth or Hobart. 

There is so much to see and do that it can get confusing, not to mention the fact that many people like to combine Australia tours with New Zealand.  We have certified Australia tour specialists on staff to assist you in picking the right vacation.

Australia Travel Information

Posted on Friday, April 15, 2016

Australia Travel Information

Journey to the Outback

Posted on Friday, February 19, 2016

From the radiant ochre of the Red Centre to the shimmering blues and greens of the tropical Top End, Australia’s Northern Territory offers a staggering palette of colors, climates and terrains ripe for adventure. When you reserve your vacation with us, we’ll scour the entire state for the most fascinating perspectives, whether it be rambling amidst sculpted cliffs, skimming saltwater floodplains or even ascending into the clouds as the dramatic outback unfurls before you.

Exploration on Foot:  Whether you're craving the thrill of hiking bush trails or prefer a move leisurely pace to experience the outdoors, we can arrange guided treks within the Northern Territory suited for every level of explorer.

King Canyon:  Named for the flamboyant color of its soil, the Red Center is exemplified in Watarrka National Park's crimson rock faces.  We recommend the manageable Kings Creek Walk through the park's Kings Canyon, which winds between canyon walls and eucalyptus groves to reveal a beautiful expanse that the Aboriginal Luritja have inhabited for more than 20,000 years.

Adventure by Water:  From the surrounding blue waters of Darwin Harbour, cascading waterfalls and river-rippled national parks, featuring the occasional crocodile, the Northern Territory offers endless aquatic pursuits.

Towering sandstone cliffs carved by the Katherine River loom from above during your scenic boat tour through Nitmiluk National Park to see freshwater crocodiles sunning on the river banks and rocky outcroppings painted with Aboriginal rock art as you drift through the tranquil system of gorges.

A View from Above:  A carpet of terracotta earth sprawls before Uluru, or Ayers Rock, an iconic sandstone monolith that lies at the center of sacred Aboriginal creation stories.  Take a sunrise walk to behold the fiery form illuminated, ride on camelback through the surrounding desert sands or enjoy a starlit dinner at its foot - but the ultimate vantage points is from above.  Approach the World-Heritage listed site in a helicopter and be amazed by the view of this majestic formation rising from the desert landscape.

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