On escorted Australia tours, you'll 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.
While on an escorted Australia tour, 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 escorted 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.