Australia and New Zealand are two of our favorite destinations. Why do they make the top of our list? Because whether you're planning your honeymoon or the ultimate family adventure, these two countries offer up as much fun and adventure as a safari to Africa. We like looking for kangaroos, swimming with sharks, sipping local wines, climbing the mountains, and sunning ourselves on the beaches. Plus, the food is some of the best on the planet. And did we mention the locals themselves? Some of the coolest characters we've ever met.
TRUE OZZIE STYLE
It seems that every which way you look in Australia there's another epic base camp calling our name. And while it's hard to pick, we've got a handful of favorites that our guests come back to time and time again. From the Saffire Freycinet in Tasmania at the foot of the pink Hazards Range, to the rugged outback at Wolgan Valley in the Greater Blue Mountain World Heritage Area, to the tented Longitude 131 camp in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, we know just how important these lodges are to your experience Down Under. That's why we've got connections in everywhere from Sydney to Byron Bay to make sure your stay is everything you expect and more.
THE WORLD IN ONE
All the various landscapes of the world can be found on these two little islands. Dramatic fiord-lands and sounds, seemingly endless white sandy beaches, lush green rainforests, stretches of fertile farmland, powerful glaciers, volcanoes, geysers and so much more. All of these natural wonders occur on New Zealand's North and South Islands, comprising just the area of Colorado and the length of California! But beautiful scenery is not New Zealand's only treasure. There are also the indigenous "Kiwi" people and their rich culture. The Kiwi are uncomplicated (don't require Starbuck's Coffee), genuine, friendly and honest. They are generous with whatever they have whether it is a story, a place to stay or something from the garden.
An island with fewer than 800 people, a city of 4 million, and the unexplored frontier of Tasmania come together to create an itinerary for Outside reader's dreams.
from $7,495 pp 10 Days/9 Nights $749/Day
Australia is a continent of vast distances and uncharted landscapes so remote that only the locals know how to best experience it in true Aussie style.
from $11,585 pp 15 Days/14 Nights $772/Day
There are so many ways to see Australia that sometimes you can find yourself in a paradox of choice. Let us take out the guesswork with this epic 11-day journey including Byron Bay.
from $5,695 pp 11 Days/10 Nights $517/Day
It's difficult to imagine visiting Australia and not spending time in the incredible landscapes it is so famous for. From the heights of Harbour Bridge to rugged Northern Queensland and on to the lush Daintree Rainforest, this itinerary never keeps you far from Australia's great outdoors.
from $5,835 pp 11 Days/10 Nights $530/Day
New Zealand is an immensely popular destination among adventure addicts, and there are no shortage of trips that deliver you into the heart of it. This 13-day itinerary stands out from the rest.
from $4,995 pp 13 Days/12 Nights $384/Day
Australia is an epic adventure and a traveler's dream. With insider knowledge and hidden gems, we've created something special. This itinerary was hand-crafted to showcase Australia's best.
from $9,780 pp 9 Days/8 Nights $1,086/Day
This 12-day sea-to-sea journey showcases Australia's spectacular scenery and sights, all the way from Sydney to South Australia and everywhere in between.
from $8,995 pp 12 Days/11 Nights $750/Day
Tasmania's isolation and rugged wilderness calls to the adventurer's spirit in each of us, and a 9-day walking journey through Tasmania's Freycinet Peninsula is the ultimate way to experience Tasmania's beauty.
from $5,250 pp 9 Days/8 Nights $583/Day
This 11-day journey takes you through some of its most iconic regions all on foot with a grand finale in the capital. You'll spend six days walking through the moorlands, eating lunch old-growth pine trees, and marveling at glacially-carved lakes, staying in perfectly spaced huts along the way.
from $5,595 pp 11 Days/10 Nights $508/Day
MURRAY RIVER, AUSTRALIA
As with all of our trips Down Under, we recommend staying in Australia for at least a week to really take in the flavor of this immense and spectacular country. This 12-day journey is a truly awesome sampler.
from $5,675 pp 12 Days/11 Nights $472/Day
LORD HOWE ISLAND, AUSTRALIA
This five day walking trip on Australia's Lord Howe Island combines epic hiking trails with breathtaking views, ocean playgrounds, and five-star cuisine.
from $2,713 pp 5 Days/6 Nights $542/Day
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