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Discover Australia & New Zealand

15 Days from $4,883 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

Embark on an adventure ablaze with color—meander past ancient totems, modern icons and breathtaking natural wonders, enjoying a bit of 'fair dinkum' fun along the way.

Travel to Australia from the USA requires crossing the International Date Line. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Ensure your flights are booked two days prior to the start date of the tour itinerary.

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Overview

Embark on an adventure ablaze with color—meander past ancient totems, modern icons and breathtaking natural wonders, enjoying a bit of 'fair dinkum' fun along the way.

Travel to Australia from the USA requires crossing the International Date Line. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Ensure your flights are booked two days prior to the start date of the tour itinerary.

  1. Your leisurely vacation kicks off in the laid-back tropical city of Cairns, where lush green jungle meets the Great Barrier Reef (flights to arrive prior to 2pm). This evening, connect with locals and join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and Be My Guest dinner at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, including indigenous dancing and a Didgeridoo performance.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception, Dinner
    hotel:Pacific Cairns
  2. Slice through the azure waters of the Coral Sea on board a high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef and to an astounding wonderland 'Downunder.' Witness the utopia beneath the ocean surface, observing the diversity of this living wall that spans over 1,240 miles along Australia's Queensland Coast. Sit back in a semi-submersible craft and admire the tranquil depths of the reef. You'll have an opportunity to go snorkeling (equipment provided), before indulging in a tropical buffet lunch with the knowledge that there's a whole other world swimming below.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  3. Slow it right down in true Cairns style. Today is yours to experience this port city at your leisure, or let loose into the tropical rainforests of Queensland on an Optional Experience.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  4. The chilled cityscape of Cairns behind us, we fly to the Red Center of Australia and to Uluru (Ayers Rock), spending the afternoon indulging in a leisurely educational drive through the terracotta-hued desert plains of the Outback to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Embrace this place of peace before watching the red and orange hues signal the end of another day, celebrated with sundowner nibbles and bubbles. We spend the next two nights at the Desert Gardens Hotel against the backdrop of the Outback's glowing red landscape.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Desert Gardens
  5. This morning behold an intoxicating pink, purple and yellow dawn canvas set against the majestic red sandstone mound of Uluru. It's well worth an early start to your day, hearing about the caretakers of this spiritual center, the Anangu people, who have regarded this site as sacred for centuries. Dive into culture and spend your day in a soulful exploration of their ancient culture and traditions, until the larger-than-life sky turns a fiery shade of orange and red and gives rise to another opportunity to enjoy sundowners against an Uluru backdrop. Savor the flavors of an Aussie barbecue Regional Meal while the night sky lights up with billions of stars and a Local Specialist shares insights into the southern hemisphere's constellations.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  6. Put paint to canvas with the help of your Local Specialist and Aboriginal artist who will share the symbolism behind the colors and totems used in Western Desert Art. Create your own masterpiece, then fly to cosmopolitan Sydney where you have a full evening to explore. Spend the evening ambling along the promenades of Darling Harbour for great waterfront dining, cocktail bars and entertainment before a busy day of Sydney sightseeing tomorrow.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Hyatt Regency (Darling Harbour View Room)
  7. Think beautiful beaches, iconic architecture and a tangible sense of vitality—Sydney will tick all these boxes and more. Join a Local Specialist for a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House—its white sails an iconic addition to the bustling Sydney Harbour. But it's the beautiful people of Bondi Beach with whom we get to spend some time, dipping our toes into the deep blue sea. Our encounter with Sydney's picture-perfect harbor hasn't quite come to an end as we board a Captain Cook Lunch Cruise Regional Meal and enjoy a fresh seasonal menu, sailing past the magnificent waterfront mansions, parklands, coves and golden beaches. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  8. Today is yours to explore the vibrant cityscape. This evening join your Travel Director for dinner at a restaurant on the Darling Harbour waterfront.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  9. For now, it's time to say Hoo Roo Australia and Kia Ora New Zealand as we fly to the city of Auckland. This evening meet your Travel Director for dinner at your hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Stamford Plaza
  10. Today we journey south towards a starry wonderland—a cavernous galaxy of twinkling bright green and blue glow worms that light up the Waitomo Caves. Join a Local Specialist who will explain the cave's historical and geological significance. This evening, we connect with locals, joining the Tamaki Family for a personal encounter with Māori culture and tradition and a delicious Be My Guest Hangi feast. Experience the spine-tingling Karaanga and participate in the Poi Dance or Haka, before relaxing around a bonfire and sharing stories about life in New Zealand.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Millennium
  11. Māori culture and traditions are explored today at the Whakarewarewa Living Thermal Village where you will join a Local Specialist who will show you how the community uses the natural geothermal resources as part of their daily lives. Your next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a tour with a Local Specialist where you may even spot New Zealand's shy kiwi, followed by a visit to the Agrodome Farm Show where you'll dive into culture and gain insights into New Zealand farm life.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  12. Our journey through 100% Pure New Zealand takes us to South Island and to the adventure tourism hotspot of Queenstown. We delve into the historic gold mining heritage of Arrowtown before an orientation of this global adventure capital.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Millennium
  13. If bungy jumping or tree-to-tree ziplining isn't your cup of tea, take an Optional Experience through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park for an unforgettable cruise on the Milford Sound.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  14. You may need to put your feet up after a day of adventuring in the adrenalin capital of New Zealand, but there is plenty to do if you've not had your fill. This evening, we celebrate our leisurely trip through Australia and New Zealand with a Farewell Dinner hosted at the historic and restored New Zealand Railways Shipping Office built in 1936. Enjoy delicious traditional cuisine and wine with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables at The Boatshed with new friends.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  15. Bid farewell to your epic Antipodean adventure as you are transferred to Queenstown Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Adventures' modern high speed catamarans whisk guests away in comfort to the spectacular outer reaches of the reef. We ensure our guests have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate this most important World Heritage area. As part of the Quicksilver Group, Great Adventures' is committed to sustainable environmental practices and ongoing conservation for future generations to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef.

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  • Important Note: This departure is subject to price, itinerary and hotel modification.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $2,040.

Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Land Only price requires the following intra-trip flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfill the trip itinerary: Day 4 from Cairns to Ayers Rock - QF1851; Day 6 from Ayers Rock to Sydney - JQ661; Day 9 from Sydney to Auckland - QF143; Day 12 from Rotorua to Queenstown - NZ8152/623. GET guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Meal Summary

14 hot buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners.

Included Highlights

Connect with Locals

  • Experience an evening of indigenous theatre, dance and music, including a Didgeridoo performance and a personal Welcome to Country ceremony, at a Be My Guest dinner with your local host at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns.
  • In Rotorua, you're invited to the Tamaki Family Marae for an exclusive evening highlighting Maori culture and traditions. In the private dining room you'll enjoy a Hangi feast and then take part in the Poi Dance or the Haka for the men!

Dive into Culture

  • Visit the Agrodome Farm Show for live demonstrations and hands-on interaction with New Zealand farm life.
  • Tour the waterholes at the base of Uluru and learn about the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu.

Stays with Stories

  • You'll discover the stunning heart of the Red Centre from the Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort. Revealing the natural beauty of this unique landscape, the hotel offers incredible views of towering gums, flowering native shrubs and glowing red dunes.

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Sydney, Rotorua

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Sydney, Auckland.
  • Visit Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Northern Territory, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, the Agrodome Sheep Show in Rotorua.
  • Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Sydney Harbor.
  • View sunset & sunrise at Uluru, the native kiwi bird at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.
  • Orientation of Rotorua, Queenstown.
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Adventures' modern high speed catamarans whisk guests away in comfort to the spectacular outer reaches of the reef. We ensure our guests have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate this most important World Heritage area. As part of the Quicksilver Group, Great Adventures' is committed to sustainable environmental practices and ongoing conservation for future generations to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Adventures' modern high speed catamarans whisk guests away in comfort to the spectacular outer reaches of the reef. We ensure our guests have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate this most important World Heritage area. As part of the Quicksilver Group, Great Adventures' is committed to sustainable environmental practices and ongoing conservation for future generations to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Australia and New Zealand must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Australia also requires an electronic visa which is obtained at the time of your airline ticket purchase.

  • You will be using the Australian dollar and New Zealand dollar on your trip. You can use your debit or credit card for purchases. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Australia and New Zealand. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Food in Australia and New Zealand is innovative and diverse. As island nations with strong agricultural traditions, culinary traditions here are guided by local ingredients and seasonal variations, as well as international influences. You’ll find a variety of seafood including fresh oysters and crab, grilled steaks and lamb chops, meat pies, and fish and chips.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellent and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • It is not customary to tip at restaurants in Australia and New Zealand. If you would like to reward good service when dining out it’s appropriate to leave 10 percent gratuity for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Adventures' modern high speed catamarans whisk guests away in comfort to the spectacular outer reaches of the reef. We ensure our guests have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate this most important World Heritage area. As part of the Quicksilver Group, Great Adventures' is committed to sustainable environmental practices and ongoing conservation for future generations to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef.

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