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.
The best of the Land Down Under
Culinary and wine trails
Tasmania and Southern Australia
Beach Hopper and Reef Explorer
Sun, Surf, and Reef
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.
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.
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.