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With bright blue skies, immense red deserts, sun-bronzed beaches and vast green wetlands, Australia is big, bold and full of contrasts. Come and experience the kaleidoscope of brilliant colours this country proudly showcases.

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3 Day Uluru Safari

3 days from
USD $630
CAD $670
AUD $695
EUR €485
GBP £415
NZD $825
ZAR R6,325
CHF FR595

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3 Day Uluru Safari

3 days from
USD $685
CAD $710
AUD $695
EUR €480
GBP £400
NZD $775
ZAR R6,960
CHF FR580

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3 Day Uluru Safari (Alice>Yulara)

3 days from
USD $740
CAD $765
AUD $749
EUR €515
GBP £430
NZD $835
ZAR R7,495
CHF FR625

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4 Day Red Centre Safari

4 days from
USD $810
CAD $860
AUD $895
EUR €620
GBP £535
NZD $1,060
ZAR R8,145
CHF FR765

Explore the rugged Australian outback and beauty of the Northern Territory from the magnificent Uluru, through the...

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4 Day Red Centre Safari (ex Yulara)

4 days from
USD $810
CAD $860
AUD $895
EUR €620
GBP £535
NZD $1,060
ZAR R8,145
CHF FR765

Explore the rugged Australian outback and beauty of the Northern Territory from the magnificent Uluru, through the...

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4 Day Red Centre Safari

4 days from
USD $885
CAD $915
AUD $895
EUR €615
GBP £515
NZD $995
ZAR R8,960
CHF FR745

Explore the rugged Australian outback and beauty of the Northern Territory from the magnificent Uluru, through the...

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3 Day Uluru Safari ex Yulara

3 days from
USD $685
CAD $710
AUD $695
EUR €480
GBP £400
NZD $775
ZAR R6,960
CHF FR580

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3 Day Uluru Safari ex Yulara

3 days from
USD $630
CAD $670
AUD $695
EUR €485
GBP £415
NZD $825
ZAR R6,325
CHF FR595

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3 Day Uluru Safari (Yulara<>Yulara)

3 days from
USD $740
CAD $765
AUD $749
EUR €515
GBP £430
NZD $835
ZAR R7,495
CHF FR625

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3 Day Uluru Explorer (Alice>Yulara) *including post trip camping accom*

3 days from
USD $640
CAD $660
AUD $649
EUR €445
GBP £375
NZD $720
ZAR R6,495
CHF FR540

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3 Day Uluru Explorer ex Yulara

3 days from
USD $540
CAD $570
AUD $595
EUR €415
GBP £355
NZD $705
ZAR R5,415
CHF FR510

The Uluru Explorer is the perfect trip for those wanting to experience Australia's Outback in a narrow time frame....

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3 Day Uluru Explorer ex Yulara

3 days from
USD $590
CAD $605
AUD $595
EUR €410
GBP £345
NZD $665
ZAR R5,960
CHF FR495

The Uluru Explorer is the perfect trip for those wanting to experience Australia's Outback in a narrow time frame....

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3 Day Uluru Explorer (Yulara<>Yulara) *includes post night camping accom*

3 days from
USD $640
CAD $660
AUD $649
EUR €445
GBP £375
NZD $720
ZAR R6,495
CHF FR540

This three-day Uluru Explorer is the ideal short trip for those not wanting to travel the six hours from Alice...

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3 Day Uluru Explorer

3 days from
USD $590
CAD $605
AUD $595
EUR €410
GBP £345
NZD $665
ZAR R5,960
CHF FR495

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3 Day Uluru Explorer

3 days from
USD $540
CAD $570
AUD $595
EUR €415
GBP £355
NZD $705
ZAR R5,415
CHF FR510

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4 Day Red Centre Explorer

4 days from
USD $720
CAD $765
AUD $795
EUR €555
GBP £475
NZD $940
ZAR R7,235
CHF FR680

Explore the rugged Australian Outback and beauty of the Northern Territory, from the magnificent Uluru through the...

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4 Day Red Centre Explorer

4 days from
USD $785
CAD $810
AUD $795
EUR €545
GBP £460
NZD $885
ZAR R7,960
CHF FR660

Explore the rugged Australian Outback and beauty of the Northern Territory, from the magnificent Uluru through the...

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4 Day Red Centre Explorer (ex Yulara)

4 days from
USD $720
CAD $765
AUD $795
EUR €555
GBP £475
NZD $940
ZAR R7,235
CHF FR680

Explore the rugged Australian outback and beauty of the Northern Territory from the magnificent Uluru, through the...

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4 Day Red Centre Explorer (ex Yulara)

4 days from
USD $785
CAD $810
AUD $795
EUR €545
GBP £460
NZD $885
ZAR R7,960
CHF FR660

Explore the rugged Australian Outback and beauty of the Northern Territory, from the magnificent Uluru through the...

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Overnight Uluru Safari

2 days from
USD $320
CAD $340
AUD $355
EUR €245
GBP £210
NZD $420
ZAR R3,230
CHF FR305

Journey into outback Australia and experience Uluru, the Olgas and the intriguing mythologies of Aboriginal Australia.

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Overnight Uluru Safari

2 days from
USD $390
CAD $395
AUD $395
EUR €270
GBP £230
NZD $440
ZAR R3,955
CHF FR330

Journey into outback Australia and experience Uluru, the Olgas and the intriguing mythologies of Aboriginal Australia.

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9 Day Nullarbor Unleashed

9 days from
USD $1,260
CAD $1,345
AUD $1,395
EUR €970
GBP £835
NZD $1,655
ZAR R12,695
CHF FR1,195

Traverse the map of Australia from Perth to Adelaide on a wildlife adventure trip across the Nullarbor Plain, passing...

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10 Day Perth to Broome

10 days from
USD $1,490
CAD $1,585
AUD $1,645
EUR €1,145
GBP £985
NZD $1,950
ZAR R14,975
CHF FR1,410

Soak up the laidback lifestyle on Australia's West Coast from Perth to Broome. From isolated beaches to vibrant reefs...

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10 Day Perth to Broome

10 days from
USD $1,675
CAD $1,730
AUD $1,695
EUR €1,165
GBP £980
NZD $1,890
ZAR R16,970
CHF FR1,410

Soak up the laidback lifestyle on Australia's West Coast from Perth to Broome. From isolated beaches to vibrant reefs...

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21 Day Perth to Darwin

21 days from

The Aussie outback is calling on this awesome 4x4 tour of Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Explore the...

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The Ghan Adventure ex Yulara

9 days from
USD $2,840
CAD $3,025
AUD $3,140
EUR €2,185
GBP £1,880
NZD $3,720
ZAR R28,580
CHF FR2,690

Take an epic train, boat and 4x4 adventure tour through the Central and Top End of Australia. Freshwater pools, lush...

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The Ghan Adventure

9 days from
USD $2,840
CAD $3,025
AUD $3,140
EUR €2,185
GBP £1,880
NZD $3,720
ZAR R28,580
CHF FR2,690

Take an epic train, boat and 4x4 adventure tour through the Central and Top End of Australia. Freshwater pools, lush...

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5 Day Tassie Explorer

5 days from
USD $610
CAD $650
AUD $675
EUR €470
GBP £405
NZD $800
ZAR R6,145
CHF FR580

Travel to Tasmania and tour Hobart, Port Arthur, Launceston, Cradle Mountain and Strahan. Adventure through the...

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Wild Kimberley

9 days from
USD $2,165
CAD $2,305
AUD $2,395
EUR €1,665
GBP £1,435
NZD $2,840
ZAR R21,800
CHF FR2,055

Overloaded with natural wonders and steeped in history, the wild Kimberley region of Australia is the ideal place for...

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Wild Kimberley

9 days from
USD $2,465
CAD $2,545
AUD $2,495
EUR €1,715
GBP £1,440
NZD $2,780
ZAR R24,970
CHF FR2,080

Overloaded with natural wonders and steeped in history, the wild Kimberley region of Australia is the ideal place for...

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Fraser Island and Reef Experience

6 days from
USD $967
CAD $1,030
AUD $1,070
EUR €745
GBP £640
NZD $1,267
ZAR R9,740
CHF FR917

Tour through the remote, pristine paradise of Fraser Island and soak up the spoils of paradise on the Great Barrier...

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Broome to the Bungle Bungle

5 days from

Travel to the outback of north-west Australia on a tour from Broome Beach to the Bungle Bungles on an unforgettable...

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Cape Leveque Experience

3 days from
USD $655
CAD $700
AUD $725
EUR €505
GBP £435
NZD $860
ZAR R6,600
CHF FR620

Discover the beauty of Cape Leveque and the Dampier Peninsula on a getaway from Broome's beaches through the dusty...

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9 Day 4WD Broome to Darwin

9 days from
USD $1,765
CAD $1,875
AUD $1,950
EUR €1,355
GBP £1,165
NZD $2,310
ZAR R17,750
CHF FR1,670

Travel on an epic 4x4 tour from the glistening beaches of Broome, across the wild Australian Outback into the...

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9 Day 4WD Darwin to Broome

9 days from
USD $1,970
CAD $2,035
AUD $1,995
EUR €1,375
GBP £1,155
NZD $2,220
ZAR R19,970
CHF FR1,660

Jump on an epic 4x4 tour from tropical Darwin across the wild Australian Outback into the Kimberley to the glistening...

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10 Day Broome to Perth

10 days from

Soak up the laidback lifestyle of Australia's West Coast. From isolated beaches and vibrant reefs to red desert...

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10 Day Broome to Perth

10 days from
USD $1,675
CAD $1,730
AUD $1,695
EUR €1,165
GBP £980
NZD $1,885
ZAR R16,965
CHF FR1,410

Soak up the laidback lifestyle of Australia's West Coast. From isolated beaches and vibrant reefs to red desert...

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21 Day Darwin to Perth

21 days from
USD $3,645
CAD $3,765
AUD $3,690
EUR €2,540
GBP £2,135
NZD $4,110
ZAR R36,940
CHF FR3,075

Discover the wild heart of the Australian Outback through the mighty Kimberleys and down along Western Australia's...

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22 Day Darwin to Perth

22 days from

Discover the wild heart of the Australian Outback through the mighty Kimberleys to Broome, the gateway to Western...

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9 Day 4WD Broome to Darwin

9 days from
USD $1,970
CAD $2,035
AUD $1,995
EUR €1,375
GBP £1,155
NZD $2,220
ZAR R19,970
CHF FR1,660

Travel on an epic 4x4 tour from the glistening beaches of Broome, across the wild Australian Outback into the...

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Southern Ocean Wildlife Adventure

3 days from
USD $775
CAD $825
AUD $855
EUR €595
GBP £510
NZD $1,015
ZAR R7,780
CHF FR735

Head out on an exciting Southern Ocean Wildlife Adventure from Adelaide to experience the marine life of the area. Go...

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10 Day Western Wildlife Experience

10 days from
USD $1,350
CAD $1,440
AUD $1,495
EUR €1,040
GBP £895
NZD $1,770
ZAR R13,605
CHF FR1,280

Explore the southern map of Australia from Adelaide to Perth on a wildlife adventure trip across the Nullarbor Plain,...

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9 Day 4WD Darwin to Broome

9 days from

Jump on an epic 4x4 tour from tropical Darwin across the wild Australian Outback into the Kimberley to the glistening...

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7 Day Adelaide to Alice Springs Explorer

7 days from
USD $900
CAD $955
AUD $995
EUR €690
GBP £595
NZD $1,180
ZAR R9,055
CHF FR855

Explore the city of Adelaide and the landscape of South Australia before crossing into the Northern Territory. See...

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4 Day Adelaide to Melbourne Explorer incl Kangaroo Island

4 days from
USD $705
CAD $750
AUD $780
EUR €540
GBP £465
NZD $925
ZAR R7,100
CHF FR670

Enjoy a fun-filled small group adventure that starts in Adelaide, finishes in Melbourne and takes in Kangaroo Island,...

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2 Day Darwin to Alice Springs Express

2 days from
USD $320
CAD $330
AUD $325
EUR €225
GBP £190
NZD $360
ZAR R3,250
CHF FR270

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4 Day Kakadu Katherine Litchfield Safari

4 days from
USD $1,015
CAD $1,045
AUD $1,025
EUR €705
GBP £590
NZD $1,140
ZAR R10,260
CHF FR855

Set out on a camping safari through captivating Kakadu National Park, and experience the astounding Top End beauty of...

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2 Day Alice Springs to Darwin Explorer

2 days from
USD $265
CAD $285
AUD $295
EUR €205
GBP £175
NZD $350
ZAR R2,685
CHF FR250

Travel from Alice Springs via Daly Waters to Darwin to discover the beauty of Australia's Red Centre. Explore...

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9 Day Territory Unleashed South

9 days from
USD $1,060
CAD $1,130
AUD $1,175
EUR €815
GBP £705
NZD $1,390
ZAR R10,695
CHF FR1,005

Become acquainted with Central Australia on a journey that takes in Kakadu National Park, Edith and Twin falls,...

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3 Day East Coast Explorer (Launceston to Hobart)

3 days from
USD $435
CAD $450
AUD $440
EUR €300
GBP £255
NZD $490
ZAR R4,405
CHF FR365

Travel to Tasmania and see the Bay of Fires, meet penguins at Bicheno, visit glorious Wineglass Bay, encounter...

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3 Day 4WD Kakadu/ Litchfield Safari (French Speaking Translator)

3 days from

Set out on a camping safari through captivating Kakadu National Park, and experience the astounding Top End beauty of...

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5 Day Alice Springs to Darwin Explorer incl Kakadu

5 days from
USD $825
CAD $880
AUD $915
EUR €635
GBP £545
NZD $1,085
ZAR R8,330
CHF FR785

Journey from Alice Springs up through the Red Centre's rugged interior to Darwin, visiting Karlu Karlu and Nitmiluk,...

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Cloud 9 Explorer North

9 days from
USD $1,395
CAD $1,480
AUD $1,540
EUR €1,070
GBP £920
NZD $1,825
ZAR R14,015
CHF FR1,320

Journey from outback Alice Springs via Uluru, Kings Canyon, Litchfield and Kakadu to the eclectic city of Darwin on...

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12 Day Darwin to Adelaide Explorer

12 days from
USD $1,830
CAD $1,885
AUD $1,850
EUR €1,275
GBP £1,070
NZD $2,060
ZAR R18,520
CHF FR1,540

Embark on an overland journey from Darwin down through Australia's Red Centre to Adelaide. Visit Kakadu National Park...

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3 Day 4WD Kakadu Unleashed

3 days from
USD $540
CAD $555
AUD $545
EUR €375
GBP £315
NZD $605
ZAR R5,460
CHF FR455

From Darwin, undertake an exciting journey through Australia's largest national park. Learn about Aboriginal culture,...

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5 Day Alice Springs to Adelaide Explorer

5 days from
USD $680
CAD $725
AUD $755
EUR €525
GBP £450
NZD $895
ZAR R6,870
CHF FR645

Uluru Safari is the ideal short trip for those wanting to experience the Australian outback in a narrow time frame....

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2 Day Red Centre Explorer

2 days from
USD $320
CAD $340
AUD $355
EUR €245
GBP £210
NZD $420
ZAR R3,230
CHF FR305

Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru and visit Kata Tjuta, camp out under the stars and enjoy a camel ride.

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3 Day West Coast Explorer (Hobart to Devonport/ Launceston)

3 days from
USD $415
CAD $430
AUD $420
EUR €290
GBP £240
NZD $465
ZAR R4,205
CHF FR350

Embark on a Tasmanian adventure that begins in Hobart and ends in Launceston. Visit Lake St Clair, Ocean Beach, the...

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2 Day Darwin to Alice Springs Explorer

2 days from
USD $265
CAD $285
AUD $295
EUR €205
GBP £175
NZD $350
ZAR R2,685
CHF FR250

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3 Day West Coast Explorer (Hobart to Devonport/ Launceston)

3 days from
USD $380
CAD $405
AUD $420
EUR €290
GBP £250
NZD $495
ZAR R3,820
CHF FR360

Embark on a Tasmanian adventure that begins in Hobart and ends in Launceston. Visit Lake St Clair, Ocean Beach, the...

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2 Day Kangaroo Island Explorer (Ferry Return)

2 days from
USD $395
CAD $420
AUD $436
EUR €305
GBP £260
NZD $515
ZAR R3,970
CHF FR375

Travel to Kangaroo Island by ferry and enjoy natural stunning sceneries, myriad wildlife-spotting outings and...

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Overnight Uluru Explorer

2 days from
USD $340
CAD $350
AUD $345
EUR €235
GBP £200
NZD $385
ZAR R3,450
CHF FR285

Journey into outback Australia and experience Uluru, the Olgas and the intriguing mythologies of Aboriginal Australia.

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5 Day Alice Springs to Adelaide Explorer ex Yulara

5 days from
USD $680
CAD $725
AUD $755
EUR €525
GBP £450
NZD $895
ZAR R6,870
CHF FR645

Uluru Safari is the ideal short trip for those wanting to experience the Australian outback in a narrow time frame....

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5 Day Top End Explorer

5 days from
USD $985
CAD $1,015
AUD $995
EUR €685
GBP £575
NZD $1,110
ZAR R9,960
CHF FR830

On a round trip from Darwin, travel to Kakadu National Park, Katherine, Nitmiluk National Park and Mt Bundy Station....

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6 Day Taste of Tasmania (Hobart to Hobart)

6 days from
USD $785
CAD $810
AUD $795
EUR €545
GBP £460
NZD $885
ZAR R7,955
CHF FR660

Travel to Tasmania and visit Cradle Mountain, Freycinet, Launceston and Port Arthur. See little penguins and...

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14 Day Darwin to Melbourne Explorer

14 days from
USD $1,940
CAD $2,065
AUD $2,145
EUR €1,490
GBP £1,285
NZD $2,540
ZAR R19,525
CHF FR1,840

Travel from Darwin to Melbourne via Kakadu National Park, Alice Springs, Uluru, Coober Pedy, Adelaide and Halls Gap....

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3 Day East Coast Explorer (Hobart to Hobart)

3 days from
USD $400
CAD $425
AUD $440
EUR €305
GBP £265
NZD $520
ZAR R4,005
CHF FR375

Travel to Tasmania and see the Bay of Fires, penguins of Bicheno, glorious Wineglass Bay, Tasmanian devils and the...

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2 Day Melbourne to Adelaide Explorer

2 days from
USD $265
CAD $285
AUD $295
EUR €205
GBP £175
NZD $350
ZAR R2,685
CHF FR250

See the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge on a journey along the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to...

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Cloud 9 Explorer South

9 days from
USD $1,605
CAD $1,655
AUD $1,625
EUR €1,120
GBP £940
NZD $1,810
ZAR R16,270
CHF FR1,355

Travel from the seaside city of Darwin through the Mary River Wetlands, the lush rainforest of Kakadu and the...

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Blue Mountains Day Tour

1 days from
USD $105
CAD $110
AUD $115
EUR €80
GBP £69
NZD $135
ZAR R1,045
CHF FR99

Join a full-day tour of Sydney's famed Blue Mountains region and spy local wildlife, be awed by the Wentworth Falls...

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8 Day Alice Springs to Melbourne Explorer

8 days from
USD $1,025
CAD $1,090
AUD $1,135
EUR €790
GBP £680
NZD $1,345
ZAR R10,330
CHF FR975

Embark on an outback adventure from the remote outpost of Alice Springs to the metropolitan hub of Melbourne. See...

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5 Day Alice Springs to Darwin Explorer incl Uluru

5 days from
USD $790
CAD $840
AUD $875
EUR €610
GBP £525
NZD $1,035
ZAR R7,965
CHF FR750

Embark on a small group adventure that starts in Alice Springs and finishes in Darwin. Explore Kata Tjuta, be...

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2 Day Kangaroo Island Explorer (Ferry Return)

2 days from
USD $430
CAD $445
AUD $436
EUR €300
GBP £250
NZD $485
ZAR R4,360
CHF FR365

Travel to Kangaroo Island by ferry and enjoy natural stunning sceneries, myriad wildlife-spotting outings and...

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3 Day Uluru Explorer ex Yulara (French Speaking Translator)

3 days from
USD $935
CAD $995
AUD $1,035
EUR €720
GBP £620
NZD $1,225
ZAR R9,420
CHF FR885

Uluru Safari is the ideal short trip for those wanting to experience the Australian outback in a narrow time frame....

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3.5 Day West Coast Explorer (Hobart to Hobart)

4 days from
USD $430
CAD $455
AUD $475
EUR €330
GBP £285
NZD $565
ZAR R4,325
CHF FR405

Embark on a circuit journey of Tasmania that begins and ends in Hobart. Visit Lake St. Clair, Ocean Beach, the Gordon...

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2 Day Adelaide to Melbourne Explorer

2 days from
USD $225
CAD $240
AUD $250
EUR €175
GBP £150
NZD $300
ZAR R2,235
CHF FR215

See the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge on a journey along the Great Ocean Road from Adelaide to...

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15 Day Darwin to Melbourne Explorer

15 days from
USD $2,170
CAD $2,240
AUD $2,195
EUR €1,510
GBP £1,270
NZD $2,445
ZAR R21,970
CHF FR1,830

Travel from Darwin to Melbourne via Kakadu National Park, Alice Springs, Uluru, Coober Pedy, Adelaide and Halls Gap....

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3 Day Rock the Centre

3 days from
USD $340
CAD $360
AUD $375
EUR €260
GBP £220
NZD $445
ZAR R3,410
CHF FR325

Travel into Central Australia and see Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. Take a ride on a camel, take a dip in the...

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5 Day Perth to Exmouth

5 days from
USD $835
CAD $860
AUD $845
EUR €580
GBP £490
NZD $940
ZAR R8,460
CHF FR705

Departing from Perth, travel through Western Australia's prime attractions up to Exmouth. Visit Murchison Gorge,...

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5 Day Darwin to Alice Springs Explorer incl. Kakadu

5 days from
USD $825
CAD $880
AUD $915
EUR €635
GBP £545
NZD $1,085
ZAR R8,330
CHF FR785

Set out on an Australian adventure from Darwin through Kakadu down to Alice Springs. Explore Litchfield National Park...

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3 Day 4WD Kakadu/ Litchfield Explorer

3 days from
USD $565
CAD $600
AUD $625
EUR €435
GBP £375
NZD $740
ZAR R5,690
CHF FR535

Discover the beauty of the Litchfield and Kakadu national parks on this 4WD safari through Australia's wildly...

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2 Day Adelaide to Melbourne Explorer

2 days from
USD $290
CAD $300
AUD $295
EUR €205
GBP £170
NZD $330
ZAR R2,950
CHF FR245

See the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge on a journey along the Great Ocean Road from Adelaide to...

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3 Day Uluru Explorer ex Yulara (German Speaking Translator)

3 days from
USD $935
CAD $995
AUD $1,035
EUR €720
GBP £620
NZD $1,225
ZAR R9,420
CHF FR885

Uluru Safari is the ideal short trip for those wanting to experience the Australian outback in a narrow time frame....

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5 Day Alice Springs to Darwin Explorer incl Uluru ex Yulara

5 days from
USD $790
CAD $840
AUD $875
EUR €610
GBP £525
NZD $1,035
ZAR R7,965
CHF FR750

Embark on a small group adventure that starts in Alice Springs and finishes in Darwin. Explore Kata Tjuta, be...

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3 Day Uluru Explorer (German Speaking Translator)

3 days from
USD $935
CAD $995
AUD $1,035
EUR €720
GBP £620
NZD $1,225
ZAR R9,420
CHF FR885

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2 Day Alice Springs to Darwin Express

2 days from
USD $320
CAD $330
AUD $325
EUR €225
GBP £185
NZD $360
ZAR R3,255
CHF FR270

Travel from Alice Springs via Daly Waters to Darwin to discover the beauty of Australia's Red Centre. Explore...

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5 Day Perth to Exmouth

5 days from
USD $720
CAD $765
AUD $795
EUR €555
GBP £475
NZD $940
ZAR R7,235
CHF FR680

Departing from Perth, travel through Western Australia's prime attractions up to Exmouth. Visit Murchison Gorge,...

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7 Day Perth to Exmouth (& Return)

7 days from
USD $1,080
CAD $1,115
AUD $1,095
EUR €755
GBP £635
NZD $1,220
ZAR R10,960
CHF FR910

Embark on an outback adventure from Perth up to Exmouth and back again along the stunning West Australian coast....

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Cloud 9 Explorer North (ex Yulara)

9 days from
USD $1,395
CAD $1,480
AUD $1,540
EUR €1,070
GBP £920
NZD $1,825
ZAR R14,015
CHF FR1,320

Journey from outback Yulara via Uluru, Kings Canyon, Litchfield and Kakadu to the eclectic city of Darwin on this...

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5 Day Darwin to Alice Springs Explorer incl. Uluru

5 days from
USD $790
CAD $840
AUD $875
EUR €610
GBP £525
NZD $1,035
ZAR R7,965
CHF FR750

Travel from Darwin down to Alice Springs and experience the tropical lushness of the Top End and the harsh backdrop...

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3 Day 4WD Kakadu/ Litchfield Safari

3 days from
USD $665
CAD $705
AUD $735
EUR €510
GBP £440
NZD $870
ZAR R6,690
CHF FR630

Set out on a camping safari through captivating Kakadu National Park, and experience the astounding Top End beauty of...

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4 Day Adelaide to Melbourne Explorer incl Kangaroo Island

4 days from
USD $770
CAD $795
AUD $780
EUR €535
GBP £450
NZD $870
ZAR R7,810
CHF FR650

Enjoy a fun-filled small group adventure that starts in Adelaide, finishes in Melbourne and takes in Kangaroo Island,...

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7 Day Top to Tail (Launceston to Launceston)

7 days from
USD $810
CAD $860
AUD $895
EUR €620
GBP £535
NZD $1,060
ZAR R8,145
CHF FR765

Travel to Tasmania and encounter this stunning island's natural beauty and fascinating history. Visit the Bay of...

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Cloud 9 Explorer South

9 days from
USD $1,395
CAD $1,480
AUD $1,540
EUR €1,070
GBP £920
NZD $1,825
ZAR R14,015
CHF FR1,320

Travel from the seaside city of Darwin through the Mary River Wetlands, the lush rainforest of Kakadu and the...

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Cloud 9 Explorer North

10 days from
USD $1,605
CAD $1,655
AUD $1,625
EUR €1,120
GBP £940
NZD $1,810
ZAR R16,265
CHF FR1,355

Journey from outback Alice Springs via Uluru, Kings Canyon, Litchfield and Kakadu to the eclectic city of Darwin on...

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7 Day Perth to Exmouth (& Return)

7 days from
USD $945
CAD $1,005
AUD $1,045
EUR €725
GBP £625
NZD $1,240
ZAR R9,510
CHF FR895

Embark on an outback adventure from Perth up to Exmouth and back again along the stunning West Australian coast....

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3 Day Uluru Safari French Speaking Translator ex Yulara

3 days from
USD $1,025
CAD $1,090
AUD $1,135
EUR €790
GBP £680
NZD $1,345
ZAR R10,330
CHF FR975

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3 Day Rock the Centre (Yulara to Alice Springs)

3 days from
USD $340
CAD $360
AUD $375
EUR €260
GBP £220
NZD $445
ZAR R3,410
CHF FR325

Departing from Yulara, visit the Northern Territory's Kata Tjuta, Uluru and Kings Canyon, finishing up in Alice Springs.

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4 Day Kakadu Katherine Litchfield Safari

4 days from
USD $900
CAD $955
AUD $995
EUR €690
GBP £595
NZD $1,180
ZAR R9,055
CHF FR855

Set out on a camping safari through captivating Kakadu National Park, and experience the astounding Top End beauty of...

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14 Day Perth to Broome (and return)

14 days from
USD $1,970
CAD $2,035
AUD $1,995
EUR €1,375
GBP £1,155
NZD $2,220
ZAR R19,970
CHF FR1,660

Experience Western Australia's celebrated wilderness on a small group adventures that takes in Murchison Gorge,...

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8 Day Alice Springs to Melbourne Explorer ex Yulara

8 days from
USD $1,025
CAD $1,090
AUD $1,135
EUR €790
GBP £680
NZD $1,345
ZAR R10,330
CHF FR975

Embark on an outback adventure from the remote outpost of Yulara to the metropolitan hub of Melbourne. See Uluru,...

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4 Day Kakadu/Katherine/ Litchfield Explorer

4 days from
USD $735
CAD $785
AUD $815
EUR €565
GBP £485
NZD $965
ZAR R7,420
CHF FR700

Set out on a camping safari through captivating Kakadu National Park, and experience the astounding Top End beauty of...

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13 Day Adelaide to Darwin Explorer

13 days from
USD $1,805
CAD $1,920
AUD $1,995
EUR €1,385
GBP £1,195
NZD $2,365
ZAR R18,160
CHF FR1,710

Take in the history, culture and stunning red landscapes of the Australian Outback on this trip that takes you from...

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10 Day Coast and Karijini

10 days from
USD $1,315
CAD $1,400
AUD $1,455
EUR €1,010
GBP £870
NZD $1,725
ZAR R13,245
CHF FR1,245

Embark on a 10 day adventure that starts and finishes in Perth and takes in Monkey Mia, Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef and...

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3 Day Uluru Safari German Speaking Translator ex Yulara

3 days from
USD $1,025
CAD $1,090
AUD $1,135
EUR €790
GBP £680
NZD $1,345
ZAR R10,330
CHF FR975

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3 Day East Coast Explorer (Launceston to Hobart)

3 days from
USD $400
CAD $425
AUD $440
EUR €305
GBP £265
NZD $520
ZAR R4,005
CHF FR375

Travel to Tasmania and see the Bay of Fires, meet penguins at Bicheno, visit glorious Wineglass Bay, encounter...

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3 Day 4WD Kakadu Unleashed

3 days from
USD $445
CAD $475
AUD $495
EUR €345
GBP £295
NZD $585
ZAR R4,505
CHF FR425

From Darwin, undertake an exciting journey through Australia's largest national park. Learn about Aboriginal culture,...

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16 Day Melbourne to Darwin Explorer

16 days from
USD $2,140
CAD $2,275
AUD $2,365
EUR €1,645
GBP £1,415
NZD $2,805
ZAR R21,525
CHF FR2,030

Travel along the Great Ocean Road, to Uluru, through the Mary River Wetlands and into Kakadu National Park on this...

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3 Day 4WD Kakadu/ Litchfield Explorer

3 days from
USD $685
CAD $710
AUD $695
EUR €480
GBP £400
NZD $775
ZAR R6,960
CHF FR580

Discover the beauty of the Litchfield and Kakadu national parks on this 4WD safari through Australia's wildly...

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11 Day Darwin to Adelaide Explorer

11 days from
USD $1,580
CAD $1,680
AUD $1,745
EUR €1,215
GBP £1,045
NZD $2,070
ZAR R15,885
CHF FR1,495

Embark on an overland journey from Darwin down through Australia's Red Centre to Adelaide. Visit Kakadu National Park...

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14 Day Perth to Broome (and return)

14 days from
USD $1,640
CAD $1,745
AUD $1,815
EUR €1,260
GBP £1,085
NZD $2,150
ZAR R16,520
CHF FR1,555

Experience Western Australia's celebrated wilderness on a small group adventures that takes in Murchison Gorge,...

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6 Day Taste of Tasmania (Hobart to Hobart)

6 days from
USD $720
CAD $765
AUD $795
EUR €555
GBP £475
NZD $940
ZAR R7,235
CHF FR680

Travel to Tasmania and visit Cradle Mountain, Freycinet, Launceston and Port Arthur. See little penguins and...

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5 Day Top End Explorer

5 days from
USD $870
CAD $930
AUD $965
EUR €670
GBP £575
NZD $1,145
ZAR R8,785
CHF FR825

On a round trip from Darwin, travel to Kakadu National Park, Katherine, Nitmiluk National Park and Mt Bundy Station....

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6 Day Alice Springs to Adelaide Explorer

6 days from
USD $885
CAD $910
AUD $895
EUR €615
GBP £515
NZD $995
ZAR R8,960
CHF FR745

Journey from the Red Centre to Adelaide. Watch the sun set over Uluru, trek through Kings Canyon and visit the ‘Opal...

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10 Day Melbourne to Alice Springs Explorer

10 days from
USD $1,225
CAD $1,305
AUD $1,355
EUR €940
GBP £810
NZD $1,605
ZAR R12,335
CHF FR1,160

Embark on an adventure from Melbourne into the Red Centre. Drive along the Great Ocean Road, see the Twelve Apostles,...

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3 Day 4WD Kakadu/ Litchfield Safari

3 days from
USD $785
CAD $810
AUD $795
EUR €545
GBP £460
NZD $885
ZAR R7,960
CHF FR660

Set out on a camping safari through captivating Kakadu National Park, and experience the astounding Top End beauty of...

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3 Day Uluru Safari (French Speaking Translator)

3 days from
USD $1,025
CAD $1,090
AUD $1,135
EUR €790
GBP £680
NZD $1,345
ZAR R10,330
CHF FR975

This 3 day Uluru Safari is the ideal short trip for French speakers wanting to experience the Australian Outback in a...

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4 Day Melbourne to Adelaide Explorer incl Kangaroo Island

4 days from
USD $705
CAD $750
AUD $780
EUR €540
GBP £465
NZD $925
ZAR R7,100
CHF FR670

Travel from artsy Melbourne to quietly charming Adelaide along the Great Ocean Road and see the Twelve Apostles, the...

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3 Day 4WD Kakadu/ Litchfield Explorer (French Speaking Translator)

3 days from

Set out on a camping safari through captivating Kakadu National Park, and experience the astounding Top End beauty of...

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9 Day Territory Unleashed North ex Yulara

9 days from
USD $1,060
CAD $1,130
AUD $1,175
EUR €815
GBP £705
NZD $1,390
ZAR R10,695
CHF FR1,005

Journey from Alice Springs up to the Top End. Hike around Uluru, through Kata Tjuta and down into Kings Canyon....

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6 Day Alice Springs to Adelaide Explorer ex Yulara

6 days from
USD $885
CAD $915
AUD $895
EUR €615
GBP £515
NZD $995
ZAR R8,960
CHF FR745

Uluru Safari is the ideal short trip for those wanting to experience the Australian outback in a narrow time frame....

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4 Day Tassie Highlights

4 days from
USD $505
CAD $540
AUD $560
EUR €390
GBP £335
NZD $665
ZAR R5,095
CHF FR480

From Port Arthur to Freycinet and Cradle Mountain national parks, this trip reveals the lush natural landscape of...

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4 Day Kakadu/Katherine/ Litchfield Explorer

4 days from
USD $885
CAD $910
AUD $895
EUR €615
GBP £515
NZD $995
ZAR R8,960
CHF FR745

Set out on a camping safari through captivating Kakadu National Park, and experience the astounding Top End beauty of...

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3 Day Uluru Safari (German Speaking Translator)

3 days from
USD $1,025
CAD $1,090
AUD $1,135
EUR €790
GBP £680
NZD $1,345
ZAR R10,330
CHF FR975

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9 Day Territory Unleashed North

9 days from
USD $1,060
CAD $1,130
AUD $1,175
EUR €815
GBP £705
NZD $1,390
ZAR R10,695
CHF FR1,005

Journey from Alice Springs up to the Top End. Hike around Uluru, through Kata Tjuta and down into Kings Canyon....

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3 Day Uluru Explorer (French Speaking Translator)

3 days from
USD $935
CAD $995
AUD $1,035
EUR €720
GBP £620
NZD $1,225
ZAR R9,420
CHF FR885

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Australia trip reviews

Our Australia trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 24 reviews in the last year.

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Articles on Australia

Australia on show in Intrepid’s August photo competition

Posted on Wed, 3 Sep 2014 by Intrepid Travel

For August - month two of our Intrepid photo competition 2015 - we shifted the focus to Intrepid's homeland of Australia in an attempt to encourage our travellers to capture everything we love about 'the lucky country'. And we weren't disappointed.

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Travelled with Australasia’s leading tour operator?

Posted on Thu, 12 Jun 2014 by Sue Elliot

Intrepid Travel is thrilled to be nominated in the 21st annual World Travel Awards, in the category of Australasia’s Leading Tour Operator. If you’ve travelled with Intrepid, we would be [...]

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How to use your power for Earth Hour

Posted on Wed, 12 Mar 2014 by Jane Crouch

Everyone has power to make real change and impact in the world. Including you. Join in this years Earth Hour on 29 March, and you will be part of the [...]

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Top 15 wild animal encounters

Posted on Mon, 17 Feb 2014 by Jane Crouch

From sloths hanging out, to whales breathtakingly breeching and lions stalking their prey – when we asked you about your best experiences with animals when travelling, we were inundated with [...]

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Transport

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Of course, there are times (like in the wide open spaces of the outback) when travelling in our own custom-built all-terrain vehicle is the most practical and flexible option. Depending on which trip you're on while in Australia, you may find yourself travelling by:

Accommodation

Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When travelling with us in Australia you may find yourself staying in a:

About Australia

At a glance

Trips Available: 74
Capital city: Canberra (population 307,000)
Population: 21.7 million
Language: English
Currency: AUD
Time zone: (GMT+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Electricity: Type I (Australian/New Zealand & Chinese/Argentine 2/3-pin)
Dialing code: +61

Best time to visit Australia

Being such a large place, Australia has a wide range of climates so all year round there is somewhere great to visit.

Summer (December to February) can get very hot, but is perfect for beach-going and other outdoors activities. In the far north it is also the wet season, which can get quite humid and some beaches may be closed due to jellyfish or 'stingers'.

Winter (June to August) is pleasant and dry in the north but can get quite cold in the south, especially in Tasmania and Victoria where snowfall is common.

Spring and autumn are great times to visit Australia as the weather is milder, but still warm enough for swimming in northern areas.

Regardless of daytime temperatures, nights can get very cold in the desert areas of Central and Western Australia, so prepare accordingly.

The main school holiday period is from Christmas to late January, and is considered the peak travel time within Australia; expect popular tourist spots to be crowded during this time.

Adelaide weather chart Darwin weather chart Sydney weather chart Alice Springs weather chart

Culture and customs

Aboriginal boy
With a strong history of immigration, modern Australia is made up of people from many different cultural backgrounds. This mix makes Australia an endlessly fascinating place to visit as travellers will be exposed to a variety of different customs and cultures during their stay. From the ancient, spiritual ways of the indigenous population to the wide array of faiths, foods and festivals on display in the big cities, Australia is a cultural melting pot.

Despite the differences, there are many things that unify the people of Australia. Sports, in particular cricket, soccer and football (Australian Rules) are played and watched by the masses, irrespective of age, race, gender or income. Large sporting events like the AFL Grand Final, Melbourne Cup Day and the Boxing Day Cricket Test have universal appeal for Australians.

Australians relish public holidays, with national and state holidays offering locals time to relax with friends and family over a barbecue or picnic. Making use of Australia’s natural environment is also paramount during this time, with outdoor activities like bushwalking, swimming at the beach or lazing in the park popular with locals.

Eating and drinking

Eating oysters

Intrepid believes that one of the best ways of experiencing a country is by eating! Whether you're sampling street food, savouring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world.

Australia is a land that has been built by immigrants and these multicultural influences are evident in the wide array of food available. In the cities it’s possible to find world-class Vietnamese, Turkish, Italian, Greek, Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Indian restaurants, as well as excellent gastro-pub fare. Head to the outback and you’ll find authentic 'bush tucker', simple campfire meals and sizzling barbecues.

Things to try in Australia

1. Fresh Seafood

With such an impressive coastline, it’s no wonder fresh oysters, prawns, mussels and ‘balmain bugs’ are devoured by locals and savoured by visitors. For those on a budget, there’s nothing wrong with eating fish and chips on the beach.

2. Wine

Australia creates some of the best wines in the world at South Australia’s Barossa Valley, Western Australia’s Margaret River and New South Wales’ Hunter Valley. Don’t miss the chance to taste some.

3. Beer

Whether you’re downing a can of VB in Victoria or sipping micro-brewed ale in Sydney, sharing a beer with mates is a social experience not to be missed when in Australia

4. Hot Pies

An Australian classic – savoury meat pies (or vegetable pies for the vegetarians) are best eaten with tomato sauce, and are easily found served in city cafes, country bakeries and football matches around Australia.

Geography and environment

Koala Outback
The continent of Australia is known for being one of the flattest, hottest and driest places on earth; but despite this there are an astounding variety of terrains and environments on this island nation. While large areas of Australia are covered in desert, there are also tropical rainforests, alpine snowfields, dense bushland, beaches, gorges, lakes and rivers to be found. Australia’s national parks are home to many species of birds and mammals not found in the wild anywhere else in the world including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and wombats. Boasting many stunning white sand beaches, Australia has a coastline like none other. From busy Bondi to surfing icons like Bell’s Beach and Tasmania’s stunning Wineglass Bay, there are endless places to swim, surf, snorkel and paddle.

Despite Australia’s large landmass, most people tend to live in urban, coastal cities. Faster-paced cities like Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne hold much of the population, as do regional satellite cities such as Albury, Dubbo, Bunbury, Townsville, Newcastle and Geelong.

Outback towns have a unique flavour and a distinct way-of-life; things are slower here and due to smaller populations, space is plentiful with most locals relying on agriculture for a living. Venturing away from the city to visit the outback and rural areas of Australia is highly recommended as it gives travellers the chance to see a different side to Australia.

History and government

Bush tucker Aboriginal rock art

Early History

The land now known as Australia was inhabited by an indigenous population for thousands of years before white settlement and colonisation. Aboriginal tribes lived an independent lifestyle with the land providing all that was needed for survival; hunting, fishing and the gathering of berries and other edible plants provided sustenance for people. Tribes were largely nomadic – this allowed them to move around to find game and water and enable the land to regenerate in their absence. Tribal groups had different customs, rituals, music and language dialects, although the concept of ‘Dreamtime’ is a common theme in aboriginal culture and spirituality.

Rock paintings, middens (shell heaps) and other archaeological sites give us clues to ancient dreamtime stories, daily life, rituals and even the arrival of the white man. Central and Western Australia are particularly rich in ancient rock art and paintings, with some sites open to the public for viewing.

Recent History

Naval explorer Captain James Cook set foot on Australian soil in 1770, claiming the eastern coastline as British Territory. Australia was soon seen as a solution to overcrowding in British prisons and a way to expand the reach of the British Empire.

In 1788, 11 ships arrived from Great Britain carrying convicts, marines and settlers. The arrival of white settlers changed the face of Australia almost instantly. Much of the indigenous population fell victim to starvation and disease, with foreign diseases like small pox and loss of land devastating the aboriginal population. Colonisation soon expanded throughout Australia, with separate colonies being set up in Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Victoria. Thousands of convicts and settlers arrived to populate the new colonies, essentially giving birth to modern Australia. Convict life was hard, with long days spent toiling in a harsh environment with the unforgiving climate making life difficult. Brutal physical punishment, public hangings and death from disease and malnutrition were commonplace. The free settlers also suffered, as limited access to healthcare and fresh produce created medical problems and malnutrition.

In the 1850s, Australia experienced a new wave of immigration due to the Gold Rush. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants from China, Britain, Hungary, Poland, Italy, Germany and France flocked to the Victorian goldfields to find their fortunes in the gold frenzy. This new wave of multiculturalism would be the first of many for Australia.

In 1901, the separate colonies united to form the Federation of Australia, meaning the nation was then governed under one constitution. Sir Edmund Barton became Australia’s first Prime Minister, governing the Commonwealth of Australia until 1903 when he stepped down to become a judge of Australia’s first High Court. A little more than a decade later, World War I was declared. Australia’s participation in World War I gave birth to the Anzac legend – the spirit of mateship, courage and honour that embodies the Australian way of life. Later on, Australia also participated in World War II, as well as the Korean War, Vietnam War and other conflicts and peacekeeping missions.

More recently, Australia has prospered with a strong economy based on tourism, agriculture and the export of resources and minerals like coal, iron and gold.

Top Picks

Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland Uluru Twelve Apostles Kimberley

Top 10 Places To See in Australia

1. Uluru

Nothing will prepare you for seeing Australia's most famous landmark for the first time. An important part of Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, this ancient monolith is a photographer's dream as it changes colours with the sun; from dazzling orange to dusty purple.

2. Great Barrier Reef

See the world's largest reef system - so big it can be seen from outer space! This World Heritage site, just off the coast of Queensland, is home to whales, dolphins, turtles, sharks, colourful coral and more than 1,500 species of fish. Go scuba diving or snorkelling to explore this incredible underwater world.

3. Twelve Apostles

Although there's actually only eight 'Apostles', these spectacular limestone rock stacks are a popular tourist spot along Victoria's Great Ocean Road. Formed by erosion that began 10-20 million years ago, the stacks rise majestically from the churning Southern Ocean. Hit the boardwalks, tracks and viewing areas for spectacular views.

4. Kakadu National Park

This region is a place of breathtaking beauty and incredible biodiversity. Steeped in Dreamtime history, Kakadu nurtures a staggering variety of landscapes and wildlife. Venture deep into the wilderness and discover gushing waterfalls, deep gorges, shimmering waterholes and rocky outcrops adorned with 20,000-year-old art.

5. Sydney Opera House

Set against a backdrop of that famous bridge which spans the sparkling harbour, the Opera House is one of Australia's most iconic sights. Those familiar sails, adorned with more than a million white tiles, host thousands of events and performances each year. Catch a show to admire the ornate interior, or take in the spectacular view from a ferry.

6. Kimberley

From deep gorges and dusty outback roads, and lush rainforests to idyllic billabongs, the landscape of this beautiful region is truly enchanting. A trip to the Kimberly can be as active or relaxing as you wish - hike past the strange 'beehive' domes of the Bungle Bungle Ranges, explore underground caves at Tunnel Creek or simply relax on white sand beaches.

7. Daintree

With verdant tropical rainforest stretching to white, sandy beaches, the Daintree is nothing short of spectacular. This complex ecosystem in Far North Queensland is home to a prolific amount of wildlife including frogs, reptiles, bats and butterflies, as well as the highest concentration of primitive plants species in the world. Australia's largest rainforest is a true natural wonder just waiting to be explored.

8. Wineglass Bay

With its white sand, crystal-clear water and distinct crescent shape, Wineglass Bay on Tasmania's gorgeous Freycinet Peninsula is a pristine paradise. It's easy to see why it's often voted as one of the top 10 beaches in the world! Hike a trail to the summit overlooking the bay for breathtaking views, or descend to the beach and set up camp. Go snorkelling to discover colourful fish and perhaps some playful dolphins.

9. Clare Valley

This beautiful wine-producing region is famed for its delicious local produce, picturesque scenery, friendly people and, of course, its fabulous wine. Explore back roads lined with vines and go wine-tasting to sample the very best drops this region has to offer.

10. Blue Mountains

Covering over one million hectares, the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains is rich in verdant rainforest, dramatic waterfalls, looming forests and an abundance of wildlife. Greet the iconic Three Sisters and wander the boardwalks to soak up this breathtaking area of Australian bush.

Shopping

Aboriginal art

From large malls and boutique shopping strips to weekend arts and crafts markets and vintage shops, Australia is a top place to shop. Shopping in Australia may not be cheap, but there are plenty of unique finds and original souvenirs to bring home.

Before heading home, check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to import certain items back into your home country. New Zealand, for example, has strict quarantine laws.

Things to buy in Australia

1. Indigenous Art

The quality of Aboriginal art is excellent in the Top End and Central and Western Australia. Be sure to buy from reputable galleries and organisations to ensure authenticity and fair prices for artists. Community-run organisations are typically the better choice.

2. Opals

If you’re looking for one, Coober Pedy has the best quality and variety on offer.

3. Pearls

These precious gems are plentiful in Broome due to the booming pearling industry.

4. Modern Art

Melbourne and Hobart are modern art and craft hot spots, making them great places to pick up one-of-a-kind mementos.

Festivals and Events in Australia

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

This festival reaches a colourful crescendo with a dazzling street parade full of camp icons, vibrant costumes and energetic dancing.

Darwin Beer Can Regatta

Only in Australia can you find an annual regatta full of boats made of beer cans! Darwin’s Mindil Beach comes alive each year with music, beer can boat racing and thong-throwing contests (flip-flop for you non-Australians) – an event unique to the ‘Top End’.

AFL Grand Final

Anxiously anticipated by many – the Australian Rules Football Grand Final is a great time to be in Melbourne. Tickets are notoriously scarce but pubs, clubs and backyards overflow with people watching the ‘Big Game’ and celebrating (or commiserating) afterwards.

FAQs on Australia

Tipping isn’t mandatory in Australia; however, rounding up the bill or leaving spare change is common practice. Restaurant staff, taxi drivers and other service workers welcome tips for good service.
Internet access is widely available in most parts of Australia, with internet cafes and Wi-Fi hot spots commonly found in urban areas. Please note that internet access won’t be available in outback and remote areas.
Mobile phone coverage is excellent in most parts of Australia, especially in large cities and urban areas. Remote, rural and mountainous places may have limited to no coverage, so be aware of this before venturing away from the city. Ensure global roaming is activated before leaving your home country if you want to use your mobile.
Western-style flushable toilets are the norm in Australia, although may not be available when camping in remote areas (where ‘drop toilets’ are more common).
Newspaper = AU$2.00
Cup of coffee = AU$3.50
Pint of beer in a pub = AU$6.00
Basic lunch at a mid-range cafe = AU$10-20
Drinking water from taps in Australia is considered safe, unless otherwise marked. For environmental reasons, try to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water.
Credit cards are widely accepted by shops, restaurants and cafes in Australia. Smaller establishments may only accept cash or require a minimum purchase for credit card use, so be sure to carry enough cash for smaller purchases.
ATMs are commonly found in large cities and regional towns in Australia. ATM access will be very limited in remote areas so be aware of this before heading into national parks or the Outback.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

Australians are not required to be covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation for trips within Australia. However we strongly recommend that you have a domestic travel insurance policy which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Jan 26 Australia Day
Mar 29 Good Friday
March 30 Holy Saturday
Apr 1 Easter Monday
Apr 25 Anzac Day
Jun 10 Queen’s Birthday
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Boxing Day

Please note these dates are for 2012 and include nationwide holidays only. There are several other holidays celebrated by the individual states. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/australia/public-holidays
AUSTRALIA:
Belgium: Yes - required in advance
Canada: Yes - required in advance
Germany: Yes - required in advance
Ireland: Yes - required in advance
Netherlands: Yes - required in advance
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Yes - required in advance
Switzerland: Yes - required in advance
United Kingdom: Yes - required in advance
USA: Yes - required in advance

All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia. Failure to do so means you may not be allowed to board your flight to Australia. Most nationalities can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority via the internet before arrival. Please check the following website or with your relevant Australian visa issuing office for your nationalities requirements. http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/index.html AUSTRALIEN:
Belgien: Ja-Im Voraus
Kanada: Ja-Im Voraus
Deutschland: Ja-Im Voraus
Irland: Ja-Im Voraus
Niederlande: Ja-Im Voraus
Neuseeland: nicht notwendig
Südafrika: Ja-Im Voraus
Schweiz: Ja-Im Voraus
Vereinigtes Königreich (UK): Ja-Im Voraus
USA: Ja-Im Voraus

Alle Reisenden, außer Staatsangehörige Neuseelands, müssen ein Visa oder eine Reiseerlaubnis erhalten bevor sie in Australien einreisen. Sollte dies nicht getan werden kann es dazu kommen, dass Sie ihren Flug nach Australien nicht antreten dürfen. Die meisten Nationalitäten können vor Ankunft eine elektronische Reiseerlaubnis (Electronic Travel Authority) über das Internet beantragen. Bitte überprüfen Sie die für Ihre Nationalität erforderlichen Veraussetzungen auf folgenderWebsite oder die für Sie zuständige Visa Ausgabestelle für Ihre Nationalität http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/index.html.

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Australia Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Australia

1. Be considerate of Australia’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

3. When camping or visiting national parks, refrain from feeding native animals or leaving food out.

4. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

5. Try to use public transport wherever possible.

6. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

7. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

8. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

9. Refrain from touching or interfering with ancient monuments, relics or historic sites.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
TracksRobyn Davidson
The Secret RiverKate Grenville
CloudstreetTim Winton
In a Sunburned CountryBill Bryson
The Floating BrothelSian Rees
Rabbit Proof FenceDoris Pilkington
SonglinesBruce Chatwin