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Australia & New Zealand

There's a wealth of new experiences waiting for you down under! Australia and New Zealand are lands of great natural diversity from fjords to deserts and orchards to rainforests. Both countries feature a wide variety of unusual and unique things to see and do. These are definitely special places, well worth exploring.




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Beautiful landscapes, intriguing cultures, rare wildlife and more adventure activities than you can imagine. Get ready for the time of your life! Australia and New Zealand have so much to offer, they easily create a thrilling vacation experience. Take a look at some of the unique highlights which draw travellers from around the world:

  • Unique Wildlife - Koalas, platypus, wombats, Tasmanian Devils, kangaroos; these are some of the rare species living in Australia. See them at zoos and sanctuaries around the country. In Brisbane, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary opened in 1927 and is today one of the top ten zoos in the world. Brisbane is also home to the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo.
  • Kangaroo Island - A foodie's paradise as well as the Galapagos of Australia. What an interesting combination for travellers! On this island off the coast of South Australia, you can "go bush" and see animals and birds in the wild. Then discover a range of food products produced and sold at many small establishments. You'll find honey farms, a sheep dairy, farmer's market, winery, cafés serving local specialties and fresh seafood including lobster, King Crab and squid.
  • The Outback - Sun-scorched and remarkable. Australia's vast Outback is a thrill to see. The Red Centre where Ayers Rock is situated is the best known Outback area to visit but there are many others, like The Kimberley region of northwest Australia. It features white sand beaches, weird rock formations and deep gorges. It's perfect for adventure activities like riding a camel on Cable Beach, discovering 130 million year old dinosaur footprints, camping and exploring by four wheel drive. Take a helicopter ride over the orange-and-black striped rocks of the Bungle Bungle Range. You'll see freshwater crocodiles, wallabies, wetland birds and dramatic cliffs when you cruise down Lake Argyle, 3.6m tides at King Sound and pink diamonds at the Argyle Diamond Mine. You get the idea. This is an untouched land with some amazing sights.

  • Bondi Beach, Sydney
    Photo: Susan Milne
  • All Kinds of Beaches - See the Indian and Southern Oceans meet from the beach at Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia. It's just one of 7,000 beaches to enjoy in Australia while New Zealand's islands are also surrounded by some magnificent stretches of sand, not to be missed. Surf beaches on the Indian, Pacific and Southern Oceans have all the breaks, swells and world class waves you could want. On beach walks in New Zealand, watch out for wildlife as well as some unique rock formations. You'll find a wide range of beaches as you travel around both countries.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites - There are 18 sites in Australia and three regions of New Zealand noted for their natural and cultural values, well worth a visit. These include The Great Barrier Reef, Tasmanian Wilderness, Sydney Opera House, Australian Convict Sites, South West New Zealand (including Fjordland and Mt Cook National Parks) and Tongariro National Park on New Zealand's North Island.

  • Overlooking Tauranga Beaches from Mt. Manganui, New Zealand
    Photo: Nafees Shams
  • Adventure Capital of the World - New Zealand is an outdoorsman's paradise. Its natural beauty, agreeable climate and lack of natural predators make it a leading centre for hiking, birding and adventure activities. New Zealanders invented bungee jumping, jet boating and were the first to climb Mt. Everest. No wonder you find the adventure capital of the world here - Queenstown on the South Island.
  • World Class Wineries - With 12 wine regions in New Zealand and 44 in Australia, you can enjoy a local wine with every course of your meal. Many wineries are open to the public so you can learn about production and enjoy tasting various vintages. Marlborough and Hawke's Bay, New Zealand; Barossa, Hunter and Yarra Valleys, Australia are some of the best wine regions.

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Photo: Susan Milne
  • Fascinating Cultures - Discover the intriguing history and culture of Australia's Aborigines and New Zealand's Maori. There are many museums and cultural centres devoted to preserving and researching their heritage. Kakadu National Park in Northern Australia is one of the best areas for Aboriginal history with its archaeological sites, rock carvings and cave paintings dating back 20,000 years!
  • Amazing Rotorua - Perhaps New Zealand's most amazing city, Rotorua sits in the most active geothermal region of the country. Be thrilled by the active geysers, bubbling mud pools and colourful sulphur pools at the various geothermal centres. You'll actually see steam rising from the ground all over town! The area is also known as the world's leader in trout fishing, fly fishing and kiwifruit farming. You'll also find world class mountain biking and walking trails.
  • Reef and Rainforest - Here's another unique eco-adventure you won't want to miss while in Queensland - see the world's oldest rainforest merge with the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef. The reef meets the rainforest at Cape Tribulation in Daintree National Park, 110 km north of Cairns.

It is truly amazing isn't it? Such a wide range of exciting things to see and do. Your vacation to Australia and New Zealand will certainly be a thrilling and rewarding experience. These are definitely countries with something for everyone, not to be missed.

By Susan Milne

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