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  • Australia's Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge is a must visit on an Australia vacation.
  • Cuddling a koala is a definite highlight on all of our Australia vacations.
  • All Australian tours should include a visit to Australia's most famous landmark - Ayers Rock (Uluru)
  • Explore the Southern Alps on a self drive trip when you book one of our New Zealand vacations.
  • Over water bungalows are a great way to relax on your South Pacific vacation.
  • Experience the smell of a fresh frangipani lei on your South Pacific vacation.
  • Experience tribal festival's in Papua New Guinea
  • Relax on an exotic island in the tropical South Pacific Ocean on a South Pacific vacation.
  • Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest reef system and a must visit on all Australia tours.

The South Pacific is a world of its own with its special character and personality. Known as Downunder to many of us living in the northern hemisphere, a journey to this region can entail any combination of countries. Most visitors usually opt for a combination of Australia and New Zealand. However, it is very easy to include other wonderful destinations either going to or returning from the South Pacific.

 

Travel to Australia

Australia is both a continent and an island. When planning a visit, take into consideration the diverse nature of the country. There are exciting cosmopolitan cities, tropical jungles, rainforests, mountain ranges, deserts and wine-growing regions – all this in one country. Spend time in Sydney with its beautiful harbour, iconic opera house and historical Rocks district. Then move on to Melbourne, a cultural and sophisticated urban centre complete with suburban beach resorts (most of our trips to Australia include visits to both cities).

What are the top cities and places to visit in Australia?

Serene Canberra is Australia’s capital, architecturally designed as a model city. Adelaide offers not only its green parks but also the close by the fascinating animal sanctuary, Kangaroo Island and the outstanding wine region of the Barossa Valley. Perth has the ocean, pleasant parks, a sunny climate and nearby wine districts. When in Brisbane, make a point of visiting the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Tropical Cairns is a major gateway to the amazing Great Barrier Reef and also the Daintree Rainforest. The Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast with their excellent beaches, both offer an escape from North America’s cold climate. 

Darwin can be combined with a visit to the extraordinary Kakadu National Park famous for its ancient rock art and waterfalls as well as its crocodiles. Unforgettable and mysterious Ayers Rock in the Red Centre and the Olgas are easily combined with Alice Springs. In Tasmania, you can immerse yourself in historic Hobart and take in some dramatic island scenery which includes mountains and lakes.  

 

What are the must-see attractions in Australia?

There are many other aspects to Australia. You can cruise around the Great Barrier Reef, go skiing in the Snowy Mountains, experience the Great Ocean Road with its spectacular coastline running between Melbourne and Adelaide, enjoy excellent art galleries and museums and partake in fine dining. Whatever your interests, an Australia vacation will provide it. You will certainly want to go back again once having travelled there. 

Best Time to Visit Australia

 

Travel to New Zealand

Just over the Tasman Sea, approximately a 3-hour flight away from Australia is New Zealand, a land of natural wonder with its spectacular mountains, active volcanoes, majestic fjords, picturesque lakes, bubbling hot springs, great beaches and rugged coastline. All of these ingredients are packed into two relatively small islands which can be seen and experienced while in New Zealand.

The iconic fern, the Koru, will be seen throughout your New Zealand vacation

What are the top cities to visit in New Zealand?

The subtropical North Island contrasts perfectly with the more rugged and mountainous South Island. On the North Island, Auckland makes a good introduction to New Zealand with its attractive harbour, home to thousands of sailboats. Wellington, the country’s capital, known as the country’s centre for arts and culture, is scenically located between a stunning harbour and rolling green hills. Unique Rotorua introduces you to the world of thermal activity as well as offers insights into the Maori culture. In the far north, the Bay of Islands gives you not only delightful coastal resorts but interesting history. 

Turning to the South Island, Christchurch will remind you of a typical English provincial city with its church spires, green parks and tree-lined River Avon. Queenstown is a treasure in itself with its stunning scenery, diverse outdoor activities and easy access to other interesting nearby places. It is the gateway to the dramatic Fjordland which includes the spectacular Milford Sound with its lush rainforest and majestic waterfalls and Te Anau, the starting point for several dramatic walking trails. Majestic Mount Cook cannot fail to impress with its massive, snow-clad peaks that make up the Mount Cook National Park. In the far south is Dunedin, a gracious and distinctive city with grand 19th Century buildings and beautiful gardens.

What are the top parks to visit in New Zealand?

Add to all of the above, the many beautiful national parks such as the Coromandel, the Abel Tasman and Tongariro National Parks plus the rugged coastline of the west coast of the South Island with its marine animal life, and there is absolutely no doubt that a New Zealand vacation is a true scenic wonderland.

Travel to Tahiti

Definitely break your journey in one of any of the delightful, tropical islands which offer all year round great weather with guaranteed sunshine. Tahiti is the heart of Polynesian culture with its towering jagged mountain peaks, tranquil, sheltered blue lagoons and white coral sand beaches set off by turquoise waters. Take your pick from romantic Bora Bora, breathtakingly beautiful Moorea or any of the smaller, less inhabited but equally stunning islands that make up Tahiti.

About Fiji

Fiji is an archipelago of more than 300 islands and is known for its rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches and coral reefs with clear lagoons. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain most of the population. Consider a scenic cruise to the outer islands or just languish on one of the many wonderful beaches. The Cook Islands has a culture firmly anchored by traditional Polynesian values and is steeped in history. You will definitely find yourself attracted to the very friendly Cook Islanders.

Travelling to Samoa, Tonga, and Papua New Guinea

Samoa and Tonga are other stopover possibilities, each with its own special character and attractions which definitely include beautiful beaches. For something different, head to Papua New Guinea which remains one of the world’s last frontiers where you can take a river cruise into the hinterlands of this exotic island. 

Plan to visit the South Pacific and discover a world of delights, Downunder!

Relax on the beach after snorkeling on your next Tahiti vacation


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  • Pacific Coast Explorer Self Drive: Sydney to Cairns

    FIRST-CLASS | SELF-DRIVE: Explore Australia’s Pacific Coast on this popular self-drive. Travel through the famous wine region of the Hunter Valley, beautiful coastal towns and the stunning beaches of the Gold Coast. Visit Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island and enjoy a farmstay before arriving in Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Adelaide to Darwin 4WD Self Drive

    FIRST-CLASS | SELF-DRIVE: Explore the Outback on this epic 4WD adventure. Drive through the interior of Australia from Adelaide to the top end, Darwin. Travel along the Oodnadatta Track, visit the underground town of Coober Pedy, learn about dreamtime and the indigenous culture in Ayers Rock and Kakadu National Park.
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  • Coastal Drive Self Drive: Sydney to Melbourne

    FIRST-CLASS | SELF-DRIVE: Follow along the shimmering east coast of Australia, travelling from Sydney to Melbourne exploring some of the best beaches around, become acquainted with coastal living, remote coastal bushlands and relaxed Aussie lifestyle.
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  • Melbourne to Adelaide Self Drive

    FIRST-CLASS | SELF-DRIVE: Tracing the Great Ocean Road, one of the most spectacular driving routes the world over, you're invited to travel from Melbourne to Adelaide. Among myriad highlights, you'll see the Twelve Apostles, explore Grampians National Park, visit the wine region of Coonawarra and so much more.
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  • Perth to Broome Self Drive

    FIRST-CLASS | SELF-DRIVE: On this exploration of Western Australia, begin in Perth and end in Broome, travelling at your own pace to take in spectacular highlights that are often missed on trips to Australia including Cervantes, Kalbarri, Monkey Mia, Coral Bay and Karijini along the way.
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  • Tasmanian Self Drive: Hobart to Launceston

    FIRST-CLASS | SELF-DRIVE: On this expedited self-drive program, discover the natural wonders of Tasmania, the enchanting and dramatic island-state just south of the Australian mainland. Here you'll find cascading waterfalls, rich wildlife and a fascinating history.
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  • Reef, Islands & Coast: Sydney to Cairns

    FIRST-CLASS | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: Enjoy Australia’s tropical rainforests, white sandy beaches, island resorts and famous sunshine as you travel by luxury coach from Sydney to Cairns. Visit unique Fraser Island, the longest sand island in the world and spot dingos on the beach. Spend a few nights on Hamilton Island, one of the most popular islands in the Whitsundays. Finish your vacation swimming and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Best of the Outback: Adelaide to Darwin

    FIRST-CLASS | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: Recreate one of Australia’s great outback journeys from culture-loving Adelaide to historic Darwin. Travel through Australia’s red centre for the ultimate outback adventure. Visit the opal mining town Coober Pedy, and visit an underground church. Watch the sunset over Uluru and witness the many shades of colour with a glass of wine in hand.
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  • Ultimate Australia: Sydney, Uluru, Great Barrier Reef & more

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: This ultimate itinerary stands out amongst trips to Australia with some of its most distinctive destinations like Sydney, Ayers Rock, Cape Tribulation, and Lizard Island with equally unique and luxurious accommodation. Sail Sydney's famous harbour on a boutique yacht, experience signature touring in Australia's red centre, visit the Daintree rainforest with a private guide before ending your vacation on luxurious Lizard Island.
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  • Southern Australia Explorer: Sydney, Tasmania, Melbourne

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Take in Sydney’s sights before venturing to the spectacular Blue Mountains. Be inspired by the breathtaking views and cascading waterfalls of this World Heritage Region. Drive from Hobart to the Cradle Mountains with magnificent alpine scenery, lakes and small fishing villages. Finish in Melbourne and get to know the famous Phillip Island penguins.
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  • Value Tasmania (10 Days): Value Plus Escorted Vacation

    FIRST-CLASS | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: Venture across the rugged landscape of Tasmania on this value vacation. Beginning and ending in Launceston, you’ll spend 10 days journeying across the island, seeing highlights like Freycinet National Park, the capital of Hobart, the historic prison of Port Arthur, and the breathtaking wilds of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
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  • Natural Australia: Melbourne to Brisbane

    FIRST-CLASS | SELF-DRIVE: Experience Australia’s unbeatable natural beauty and wildlife. Drive the Great Ocean Road and witness natural wonders such as the Twelve Apostles. Visit Kangaroo Island, one of Australia’s most diverse ecological regions. Spend some time in Australia’s largest subtropical rainforest and visit Fraser Island, the world's longest sand island.
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  • Highlights of Downunder

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Discover the best of Australia and New Zealand’s culture, people and scenery from the cities of Sydney and Auckland to the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and Milford Sound. Experience Maori and Aboriginal cultures in with traditional feasts and dance.
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  • Rock & Reef

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: In just one week, experience two of Australia’s top attractions and natural wonders; the legendary and iconic outback and tropical North Queensland with its rainforests and stunning Great Barrier Reef. Visit the flying doctor service and see how medical aid reaches locals living in the remote outback. Witness the sunset over Uluru and the many shades of colour. Snorkel and swim on the dazzling Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Classic Sydney, Rock & Reef

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Venture to three of Australia’s most famous spots, cosmopolitan Sydney, the outback and tropical Queensland. Get to know Sydney before catching the sunset over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Then explore Cairns, the rainforest and the incredible Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Trans Continental Classic

    FIRST-CLASS | RAIL: Travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Indian Ocean on this 13 day rail journey from Sydney to Perth. Board The Indian Pacific after spending a few days exploring Sydney and travel across the country. Visit Canberra, Australia’s capital city, and explore Adelaide and Kangaroo Island along the way.
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  • Island Tracks

    FIRST-CLASS | RAIL: Enjoy riding the Spirit of Queensland Train as you travel from Cairns to Fraser Island stopping at Hamilton Island before heading to Sydney to see the incredible sights. Couple the best of Queensland’s tropical island escapes and brilliant beaches with iconic Sydney.
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  • Outerknown Adventures on the Great Barrier Reef

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Find freedom and solitude on this adventure into the iconic Great Barrier Reef. Spend a week aboard the Coral Discoverer and snorkel alongside potato cod and reef sharks in the Ribbon Reefs, follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook in Cooktown, and search for saltwater crocodiles and cassowaries on the Daintree River.
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  • Sydney, Mountains & Vineyards Self Drive

    FIRST-CLASS | SELF-DRIVE: Set out on this lovely self-drive escape to experience the iconic Blue Mountains, the beautiful bay of Port Stephens and the world-renowned vineyards and wineries of Australia’s famous Hunter Valley.
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  • Waltzing Matilda: Holiday of a Lifetime

    FIRST-CLASS | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: Embark on an unforgettable journey across Australia and New Zealand with the Waltzing Matilda Holiday of a Lifetime. As one of Goway’s premier tours, Waltzing Matilda showcases the icons of two remarkable nations, taking you from the harbour of Auckland to the Outback and Uluru/Ayers Rock to the Great Barrier Reef and includes the cosmopolitan cities of Melbourne and Sydney.
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  • Australia’s Kimberley Expedition Cruise from Darwin

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: A 10 night exploration voyage to the Kimberley has many highlights. Visit 300ft waterfalls, 20,000 year old Aborginal outdoor artwork and explore a maze of natural sandstone caves. Begin in Darwin, gateway to the magnificent Kimberley wilderness and enjoy a cruise to the remote Australian Outback.
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    11 Days
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  • The Gold Coast Long Stay

    FIRST-CLASS | LONG STAY: The Gold Coast dares you to try everything it offers. Enjoy the warmth and sunshine, world-class theme parks and shopping, dig your toes into fine white sand, ride sparkling waves and explore the lush, subtropical hinterland.
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    31 Days
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  • Sunshine Coast Long Stay

    MODERATE | LONG STAY: The Sunshine Coast is a many-flavoured region of beautiful beaches, shining waterways and restful mountains. It gives you room to breathe; its natural beauty is still largely unspoiled and carefully protected; and it offers you an unsurpassed choice of attractions and activities (or non-activities if you've a mind to just laze around).
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    31 Days
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  • North of Sydney Long Stay (Central Coast)

    FIRST-CLASS | LONG STAY: Enjoy a winter break on the beach, a short journey from Sydney. Sunshine, swimming, dining and fresh air are some of the excellent ingredients included in this Goway longstay vacation package.
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    31 Days
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  • Classic Downunder: Auckland to Melbourne

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Get to know the true Downunder by experiencing the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Journey through New Zealand and Australia’s most spectacular sights including Rotorua, Milford Sound, Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef, with exciting, cosmopolitan cities to create the perfect Downunder experience.
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    19 Days
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