Australia VacationsAn escorted tour is one of the most popular ways to see this continent. Tour operators employ skilled, professional tour directors who accompany the group throughout the trip and share their knowledge of Australia with travelers. Many tours combine a segment in Australia with a portion in New Zealand or even a stay in Fiji or Tahiti. Others visit only Australia on well-rounded itineraries that include major destinations.
These trips bring you close to the country's dazzling scenic beauty. Drive into the starkly beautiful outback, and visit wildlife parks inhabited by kangaroos, koalas, wombats and emus. Itineraries allow for excursions to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkeling, scuba diving or sailing, and to Ayers Rock, or Uluru, a massive formation of 36 red-rock domes.
Australia tours also explore sophisticated cities. In Melbourne, guests might take in Melbourne University, the Parliament House or the Queen Victoria Market. Sydney and its world-famous Opera House are key sights, and a cruise of Sydney Harbor is included in some packages, giving travelers a picturesque view of that great city.
In some cases you'll need to fly a long distance to reach the departure city of your tour, so you may want to arrive at least one or two days in advance. This gives you time to rest and get oriented. Most companies offer hotel packages, available as add-ons.
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The vacations below are divided into two groups. First, there is a list of trips that visit only Australia, followed by a list of multi-country itineraries that include Australia.
Trips are rated according to the quality of accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities, and the level of service delivered. The vacations below are categorized according to the industry rating scale (budget, first class and deluxe). Click any vacation name for the itinerary, dates and prices.
|Vacation Name||Days||Starts In||Ends In||Travel Style||Company||Quality*|
|Vacations in Australia Only|
|Uluru Highlights||2||Ayers Rock, Australia||Ayers Rock, Australia||Independent||Trafalgar||Dates and Prices|
|Rock to Rock||3||Yulara, Australia||Yulara, Australia||Escorted||Intrepid||Dates and Prices|
|Great Ocean Road East–Adelaide to Melbourne||3||Adelaide, Australia||Melbourne, Australia||Escorted||G Adventure||Dates and Prices|
|Queensland Rainforests & Waterfalls||3||Cairns, Australia||Cairns, Australia||Escorted||G Adventure||Dates and Prices|
|Red Centre Experience||3||Alice Springs, Australia||Alice Springs, Australia||Escorted||G Adventure||Dates and Prices|
|Snorkel to Adventure||3||Cairns, Australia||Cairns, Australia||Escorted||Contiki||Dates and Prices|
|Dive to Adventure||3||Cairns, Australia||Cairns, Australia||Escorted||Contiki||Dates and Prices|
|4WD Kakadu Litchfield Adventure||3||Darwin, Australia||Darwin, Australia||Escorted||Intrepid||Dates and Prices|
|Kakadu Adventure (3 Day, May to October)||3||Darwin, Australia||Darwin, Australia||Escorted||G Adventure||Dates and Prices|
|Uluru Adventure||3||Alice Springs, Australia||Alice Springs, Australia||Escorted||Intrepid||Dates and Prices|
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|Multi-Country Vacations that Include Australia|
These vacations are classified according to the quality of accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities, and the level of service delivered.
= Budget vacations that typically range from $50 to $200 per person, per day, plus airfare.
= First class vacations that typically range from $80 to $350 per person, per day, plus airfare.
= Deluxe vacations that typically range from $200 to $650 per person, per day, plus airfare.