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.


South Pacific, Australia, and New Island In Tonga

Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015

Now you see me, now you don’t, may be the title for the upcoming documentary of the island born of volcanic rock near Tonga in the South Pacific, just over 2,000 miles from Brisbane Australia… Contrary to popular opinion, scientists are confident that the island will soon erode back into the Pacific. The BBC ran a story recently of a Tonga hotelier (Gianpiero Orbassano) who brought his son and photographer friend with him to see the island first hand. Orbassona who arrived at the island by private boat claimed to feel the heat from the island floor as he stepped onto the large mass. Makes total sense as the island was formed by an underwater volcano that erupted off the coast of Tonga, an archipelago comprised of 177 islands, 36 of which are inhabited in the South Pacific just south of Samoa. Orbassano also mentioned that the island wreaked of sulfur, which is one of the three principle components of volcanic gas; the other two components are water vapor (H2O) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2). Here's some amazing raw footage of the actual eruption taking place:

Did you know that in addition to being an island, Tonga is actually a kingdom? It's actually the oldest not to mention LAST Polynesian monarchy in the South Pacific! In addition to that, they're the only Polynesian monarchy that hasn't (in their entire existence) been under foreign rule. The 177 islands that make up the archipelago is sprinkled between Fiji and Samoa. Fiji lies 1,300 miles northeast of New Zealand, and other than Tahiti, Fiji is one of the islands several tour operators provide as a stopover on the way to Australia from the United States. Several tour operators like Collette Vacations, Contiki Tours, Globus, G Adventures, Monograms, Tauck Tours, and Trafalgar Tours provide all sorts of packages varying from age groups, styles, and class of service. In addition to providing escorted Australia tours, there are independent packages including hotels, meals, and sightseeing. What differentiates escorted tours from independent is that there are tour guides or tour directors included from start to finish in the escorted tour price.

BEST TIME TO VISIT AUSTRALIA:

Best time to visit Australia is similar to South America, Seasons in Australia run totally opposite to that of the United States. Instead of their summer months being like ours (June, July, and August), their summer months are actually our winter months (December, January, & February), which is the best time to visit Australia. Australia's peak tourist time is during Australia's school summer holiday, which takes place between December & January.

BEST TIME TO PLAN FOR AUSTRALIA:

Best time to plan for Australia is as soon as rates become available for all travel components involved in trip! Most tour operators provide prices by September of every year, which means that if you're planning for a summer trip, you have nine (9) months to prepare; however, don't wait too long to secure space. Airfare is a VERY BIG factor when booking a trip to Australia, which means the earlier you secure space, the better rates can be. Most operators also provide limited time promotions or around the clock Early Payment Savings, Group Savings, or Triple Accommodation Savings.

BEST COURSE TO TAKE WHEN BOOKING YOUR TRIP TO AUSTRALIA:

Best course to take when booking your trip to Australia is to (hands down) book with a knowledgeable travel consultant! Due to all the overwhelming information the Internet has on Australia, it would be best to request the assistance of a travel professional to help you see it through... There are so many operators providing different itineraries, levels of service, and promotions, that you might miss out on the perfect trip. Knowledgeable travel consultants not only provide sound advice, they expertly qualify you so that they may accurately match you with the perfect trip. Best of all it won't cost you anything extra!

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