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Australia – The Land Down Under


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As an Australia Specialist I’ve had the opportunity to explore many parts of the land Down Under, but with a country the size of the U.S. there is always more to see!
 
My personal travels in Australia have included Sydney, Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Heron Island, the Whitsundays and of course Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.  In addition to sightseeing “musts” like the Opera House and Bridge I’ve had numerous once in a lifetime experiences such as watching a sea turtle lay her eggs on Christmas Eve (it’s summer in Australia), sleeping next to a full size bright red fire engine in Adelaide, taking a bush walk in unspoiled countryside abounding with kangaroos, wallabies and koalas, scuba diving amongst giant clams and exotic sea creatures and a delightful stay in the Daintree Rain Forest at Silky Oaks.  This country has something for everyone!
 
You can enjoy Australia year round but the “best time” depends on where you go and what you wish to do.  The temperatures are tropical all year near Cairns but our winter (December – February) is the rainy season and brings troublesome jelly fish to the beautiful beaches.  A trip to the Outback, Ayers Rock, Darwin and the Northern Territories is best April – October to avoid scorching temperatures and Tasmania is best October – April to avoid the snow!
 
Depending on your style and budget, you can explore the country independently, schedule a few day tours or join an organized tour group with guide.  Just as in the U.S.A., special events & unique accommodations require reservations and holiday travel should be planned several months in advance.
 
Given the distances involved, most visitors should take advantage of various Aussie passes to hop around by airplane and pretty much anyone will benefit by planning their trip with an Aussie specialist such as myself.  There is simply too much to see and too much to do to see it all on one vacation, even if you have 2-3 months to travel! 

With all the traveling I’ve been privileged to do, Australia and New Zealand are two of my favorite destinations in the world and I hope you’ll visit soon.  Please call when you’re ready to begin planning and until then, G’Day! 

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