Australia’s ancient landscape, rich Aboriginal culture, exotic wildlife and attractive, multicultural cities combine to make this the world’s most fascinating (and only) island continent. The sheer size of Australia, diversity of ecosystems and larger-than-life natural attractions offer a wealth of choices for travelers looking for an entirely unique and  easy-to-manage destination.

Warm sunny weather can be found throughout the year, depending on the destination. Australia’s seasons are the reverse of the northern hemisphere so their winter months—May – September are the best time to visit the tropical north and Red Centre, as the days will be cooler and drier. The southern areas of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmania are most pleasant October – April. Visibility and weather for the Great Barrier Reef is generally best April – November.

Itineraries

Discover Australia

The best of the Land Down Under

Culinary and wine trails

Tasmania and Southern Australia

Beach Hopper and Reef Explorer

Sun, Surf, and Reef

Highlights

Great Barrier Reef

Home to more than 1,500 kinds of colorful fish and hundreds of coral species, this World Heritage Site is a must for snorkelers and divers. 1,240 miles long and larger in area than the U.K., it also contains the world’s largest marine park.

The Whitsundays

This island group offers direct access to the Reef, where the average visibility is 50 – 75 ft. Book a day or multi-day sail to explore it’s many coves and dazzling white-sand beaches (including renowned Whitehaven) or stay on one of the 6 inhabited islands.

Cairnes

A popular jumping off point for the Great Barrier Reef and other day trips to Fitzroy and Green Islands, the mountain village of Kiranda, the rainforest and points north.

Port Douglas

An hour’s drive north of Cairnes, this former fishing village is where the Rainforest meet the Reef and makes an excellent base to explore both locations. Its Four-Mile Beach spans the length of the town.

Daintree Rainforest

A tropical rainforest dating back 135 million years, it contains flora and fauna found nowhere else, including 13 of the 430 species of birds. Visit with a Kuku Yulanji aboriginal guide and learn about the sacred healing powers of many plants, or cruise the Daintree River and see crocs resting on its banks.

Fraser Island

Explore the world’s largest sand island—a 75-mile stretch of empty, white-sand beach, cliffs, and rainforest. View the wildlife (turtles, whales, dingoes), swim in crystal-clear Lake McKenzie – one of 40 on the island. Camping to high-end accommodations are available.

Sydney

The natural harbor which drew the first European convicts, continues to draw admirers from around the world. Don’t miss its sun-kissed beaches and iconic structures— the Opera House, and adjacent Royal Botanical Gardens, the Harbour Bridge, the first settlement of ‘the Rocks’, and Circular Quay—departure point for ferries and all manner of commuter and leisure watercraft. Sail the harbor, climb the bridge for a view like no other, take a surfing lesson on Bondi Beach or sit back and enjoy the welcome of Sydneysiders who feel blessed to live in this splendid city.

The Blue Mountains

Just an hour west of Sydney lies a ridge of rugged sandstone cliffs that for many years proved impenetrable to the early explorers. Today, it’s an easy drive or scenic rail journey to hike and picnic among forests of eucalyptus and gum trees, dine well in historic towns, and enjoy the many spectacular viewpoints over the ridges and valleys.

Byron Bay

A surfer’s hangout in the ’70s it became the center of Australia’s bohemian culture. Visitors enjoy a relaxed beachside town, filled with music and other festivals, where there’s always something going on. Visit rainforest retreats or stay in a range of modest to deluxe accommodations in a magnificent setting.

REVIEWS

“Taking a trip in a faraway land can seem daunting to plan – Ponte took care of every detail that we could think of.  Marta was calm when I called in a panic about this or that before we left.  In our other travels something always went wrong with our transportation pick-ups, hotels, tours. This trip with Ponte Travels as the planner, not one thing was a problem.  It was the most stress free trip we have ever taken.  We are now going to take our adult children to Africa with Ponte Travels. Thank you ever so much for a trip Karl and I will remember forever.”

Michelle, Seattle

“Taking a trip in a faraway land can seem daunting to plan – Ponte took care of every detail that we could think of.  Marta was calm when I called in a panic about this or that before we left.  In our other travels something always went wrong with our transportation pick-ups, hotels, tours. This trip with Ponte Travels as the planner, not one thing was a problem.  It was the most stress free trip we have ever taken.  We are now going to take our adult children to Africa with Ponte Travels. Thank you ever so much for a trip Karl and I will remember forever.”

Michelle, Seattle

Who we support

We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit communities in need. For this trip, our donation will go to a non-profit organization we support that is having a very positive impact around the world: DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS—a humanitarian-aid organization that provides ongoing emergency medical aid around the world.