Australia + Pacific
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The far-flung wilds of Australia are at your fingertips on an exclusive 15-night luxury Outback safari, a high-flying adventure of ultra-luxe proportions. Find luxury resorts nestled in wildlife reserves, kangaroo encounters on white sand beaches, fine dining under red rock escarpments, sunset billabong cruises to aboriginal sites, flightseeing adventures over the Kimberley, and five-star homesteads in Australia’s last true frontier. Go with Ker & Downey and travel to remote pockets of authentic Outback luxury. From touch down to take off, this 16-day sojourn promises a true Outback safari experience, coupled with only the highest standards of service, cuisine, and comfort.
Springboard Vacations has created an itinerary that includes not just fabulous places to stay that are experiences in themselves, but also the best local experiences in each unique region you'll visit. In Sydney feel like a local as you cruise around the Harbour on a yacht, dine in fabulous restaurants, and enjoy a night at the Opera. With 24 sandy beaches, a lagoon and a remoteness that assures peace and quiet, Lizard Island is the place to unwind—and with only 40 suites, you know there will never be a crowd. End your adventure on Kangaroo Island, Australia’s Galapagos, where you can observe the unique animals of Australia in the wild. The rugged coastline and wild seas here showcase the power of nature in stunning and unforgettable beauty.
Discover the land of Tasmanian devils, exquisite waterfalls and oyster-filled bays on a Travcoa Privately Guided Journey. Be captivated by the art in the quaint town of Hobart. Uncover the island’s history at convict settlements and enjoy the local vineyards. Explore the glacial peaks of Cradle Mountain and cliff top trails at Freycinet National Park. Cruise along the Gordon River to view White-bellied Sea Eagles and meet indigenous animals at Bonorong Wildlife Park. Book by May 31, 2016 to save $250 per person (TAZ16). www.travcoa.com or 844-289-5256
Designed by Cox & Kings Asia & the Pacific Destination Manager Renee Van Drent, this spectacular journey along the eastern coast of Australia begins in the cosmopolitan city of Sydney, where you’ll explore parks and gardens and visit the iconic opera house. Then you'll head north to tropical Brisbane and the beautiful landscapes of Fraser Island, which you’ll discover on thrilling 4WD adventures. Continue on to spend some time in a resort on pretty Airlie Beach, fly to the magical Whitsunday Islands, and venture deep into the oldest rainforest in the world, which lies just inland from the Great Barrier Reef.
Kristen Korey Pike of KK Travels Worldwide in Atlanta has created an itinerary focused on two of the most stunning areas of natural beauty in New South Wales: the Central Coast of the territory, to the north of Sydney, and Lord Howe Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site with its green peaks that rise dramatically above the ocean. Before you escape from civilization, you’ll have a chance to see the highlights of Sydney on a private tour. For the traveler who is ready to hit the beach, whether a lively urban one like Bondi in Sydney or the pristine bays of Bouddi National Park and Lord Howe Island, all you need to do is contact Kristen and then pack your swimsuit.
John Clifford of International Travel Management has created an itinerary that highlights the best of two states: Victoria and South Australia. In Victoria, you’ll explore the state’s capital, Melbourne, from its historic architecture to its exciting restaurants. Daytrips will take you to Victoria’s wine region, the Yarra Valley, and Phillip Island where you’ll see a sight you’ll never forget: Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade, perhaps followed by an aquatic adventure to Seal Rocks. The wine continues to flow in South Australia, with a few days to explore the world-renowned Barossa Valley. You’ll conclude your Australian trip on Kangaroo Island where you’ll share the beach with sea lions and indigenous Australian wildlife.
Katie Cadar of TravelStore has created an itinerary covering the highlights of South Australia, including many quintessential Australian experiences. You’ll visit two of the country’s exciting cities and explore culinary and wine scenes, get a taste of the Outback, and meet some of Australia’s aquatic and animal life. Melbourne and Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, each have their unique charms as well as cafés, restaurants, and wine bars not to be missed. Next, you’ll head to South Australia’s Flinders Ranges to explore the Outback before heading to the Barossa Valley, one of the country’s top wine regions. Finally, Kangaroo Island will fascinate armchair naturalists, with its wonders both above and below the sea.
Cari Gray of Gray & Co. is known for creating bespoke cycling trips to destinations around the world. When it comes to Australia, she has a fondness for Western Australia and, in particular, the Margaret River region, to the south of Perth. Here, some of the country’s best wines are produced, and stunning beaches overlook the Indian Ocean (pack your swimsuit!). Every ride can end with a meal created by a chef preparing innovative dishes—each paired with an excellent wine, of course. She’s also included a few days at each end of the cycling adventure in two of Australia’s most interesting capital cities: Perth and Melbourne. You don’t need to be a hard-core cyclist to appreciate this itinerary, just be open to sunny days and gastronomic delights.
Shelby Donley of Camelback Odyssey has created an itinerary that starts in Brisbane followed by a chance to explore Australia’s Northern Territory. For many, Brisbane is the gateway to Queensland, but after you explore the state capital, you’ll continue to the Northern Territory. You’ll start in Darwin, the territory’s capital, which has a laidback tropical feel and stunning beaches, and then head to Kakadu National Park. Guides will introduce you to the area’s natural wonders and its Aboriginal cultures. You’ll conclude your adventure at a 500,000-acre cattle station with 12 guest rooms, though you won’t be put to work. Instead you’ll take advantage of activities from guided drives to helicopter tours as you explore the Northern Territory.
The eastern coast of Australia is home to one of the country’s most famous destinations: the Great Barrier Reef. You will have time to snorkel the famous reef but Betty Jo Currie of Currie & Co. has created an itinerary that includes that and much more. You’ll start in vibrant Sydney where you’ll experience iconic sites and exciting culinary and nightlife scenes. Then you’ll head north to Byron Bay, Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, and finally a nature reserve back on mainland Queensland. Along the way, you’ll soak up Australia’s coastlines and unforgettable cuisine, with walks ranging from rainforests to shopping districts. Book a trip and then dive in.
Immerse yourself in the spirituality and scenery of the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, two remote Pacific islands.
This itinerary sails to three islands—Tasmania and New Zealand’s North and South islands—with captivating natural wonders and cultural riches.