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Australia Tours & Vacations

Australia exists in a category of its own. The Land Down Under offers a chance to experience intriguing wildlife in the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth all while being complemented by excellent food and wine. Embark on an Australian adventure and make memories that will last a lifetime with a tailor-made itinerary from Zicasso.

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Sample Itineraries

You can have any trip tailor made for your private travel.

Grand Tour of Australia in Two Weeks

15 Day Custom Tour

From $3,745

You will discover the renowned splendor of captivating landscapes, welcoming culture, and distinctive wildlife during your two-week Australia highlights tour. The grandeur of Down Under will emerge from limestone karts and colorful coral along the Great Barrier reef. From the Sydney Opera House to penguins nesting on a Melbourne beach, you will learn about Dreamtime and explore the oldest rainforest on earth while enjoying the best of Australia.
Ultimate Australia Family Vacation Package

8 Day Custom Tour

From $1,995

From dramatic woodlands to dynamic wildlife, sea turtles to sailing excursions, your 8-day family-friendly Australia tour will immerse you in the adventure of discovery. You will wander through the heart of the Kuranda Rainforest and take private surf lessons on a celebrated beach. Whether cycling through Sydney or snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, your family will create timeless memories together by celebrating active exploration.
Best of Australia Tour: Sydney, Great Barrier Reef,...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $2,995

Follow kangaroos hopping across island plains and soak in turquoise waters lapping at powdery white sands during your 12-day best of Australia tour. Your customizable excursions will explore Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef, and Melbourne for a dynamic experience in Australia's contemporary culture and celebrated natural beauty. You will cruise around pristine Islands, witness lounging koalas, and wander historic cobbled alleys lined with cafes to discover Australia’s captivating diversity.
Nature and Adventure Tour of Australia: Tasmania, Cradle...

11 Day Custom Tour

From $2,745

From the wild beauty of Tasmania to the Great Barrier Reef’s unparalleled color, your 11-day Australia adventure will immerse you in dramatic scenery. UNESCO World-Heritage Sites will enchant you like natural wonderlands with sub-alpine wilderness, tropical rainforest, and vast mountains of coral. You will venture beyond Sydney’s charming harbors for a luxurious exploration and experience in Australia's unique majesty from Tasmania to Daintree, Port Douglas to the Blue Mountains.

 A Family Vacation to Australia Highlights

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,495

Discover the Great Barrier Reef’s fascinating life and learn to play the didgeridoo during your 10-day Australia family vacation. You will travel across the Red Centre to find roaming camels and celebrated Uluru, listen to the legends of Dreamtime in tropical rainforest, and witness colorful fish emerging from vibrant coral. From the Sydney Opera House to waterfalls on Mount Tamborine, your family-friendly adventure will bring to light Australia’s majesty.
Two-Week Romantic Australian Adventure Vacation

14 Day Custom Tour

From $3,495

Experience the contrasting colors of the Red Centre and the white island shores of the Great Barrier Reef during your two-week Australia romantic vacation. You can escape to the majesty of luxury accommodations offering priceless sunsets that change the shade of a mystical monolith and indulge in the tropical waters of the Coral Sea. In Australia’s breathtaking remote settings, you can bask in the timeless romance of the Southern sky.
Best of City & Wildlife of Australia Tour

13 Day Custom Tour

From $3,245

From the sparkle of city lights to the shimmer of the Great Barrier Reef, your 13-day custom-tailored best of Australia tour brings to life the majesty of cosmopolitan culture and untamed wilderness. The rainforest canopy will echo with stories of Dreamtime while sensational wines highlight a blend of local evolution and European tradition. Enjoy the thrill of surfing and discover kangaroos, penguins, and sea lions as you experience delightful Australia.
Highlights of Australia Itinerary for Seniors

14 Day Custom Tour

From $3,495

Culture, wildlife, and wilderness immerse you in splendor during your 14-day Australia highlights tour for seniors. Koalas will cling to eucalyptus trees and kangaroos will bounce past your view. The Red Centre will glow at sunrise while the alleys of Melbourne brim with lively cafes. Your customizable tour will travel at your preferred pace as you discover the diverse and unparalleled highlights of Australia.
Extraordinary Nature & Wildlife: 14-Day Australia...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $3,495

Witness some of the world’s most unique wildlife and dramatic wilderness during your 14-day Australia adventure. Search for Tasmanian devils hiding in the trees and koalas nibbling on eucalyptus. Dive into the Coral Sea to discover the stunning coral and tropical marine life of the Great Barrier Reef. From the plains of Tasmania to the red Kakadu slopes, you will experience the ultimate Australian wildlife tour.
Swimming with Whale Sharks & Exploring Coastal...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $3,495

Your 14-day Australia adventure plunges you into the cobalt waters off Western Australia to swim with magnificent whale sharks. The beauty of the coastline around the continent will reveal timeless artistry in Melbourne’s historic arcades and boutique shops while highlighting historical lanes overlooking the billowing rooftop of Sydney’s iconic Opera House. You will uncover wildlife at Rottnest Island, cruise Perth’s shoreline, and delight in Australia’s majestic wildlife.
Best of Australia in Two Weeks Tour: Cities, Ocean...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $3,495

Travel on an in-depth journey Down Under during your custom-tailored 14-day best of Australia tour that highlights the wonders of the land, sea, and wildlife. From whale sightings to boutique wineries, tropical fish to ancient heritage, you will have specialist guides immerse you in exceptional culture and diverse wilderness. Learn about Aboriginal tradition, explore divine cuisine, and bask in Australia’s blend of simple pleasures and stunning adventures.
Australia Vacations 2020-2021: Wonders of Nature &...

19 Day Custom Tour

From $4,745

Discover the waterfalls of Kakadu National Park and the sails of the Sydney Opera House as your experience culture and wilderness during your 19-day Australia highlights tour for 2020-2021. Snorkel along the Great Barrier Reef and watch the colors change across the facade of Uluru. You will bask in the drama of the natural landscape and enjoy the diversity of culture from Melbourne to the Blue Mountains, Darwin to Cairns.
Romantic Australia Tour: A Sensual Ten-Day Retreat

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,495

Seclusion and luxury will immerse you in the perfect 10-day romantic Australia tour. Your sensual retreat will reveal the highlights and remote destinations around Australia’s diverse landscapes. You can bask on remote beaches, sample indulgent wines, and wander through the pristine wilderness on exclusive tours from Sydney to Perth, Melbourne to Hobart. You will experience beauty, relax in opulence, and enjoy the wonders of enchanting Australia.
Lights of Vivid Sydney: An Exclusive Australia Tour...

6 Day Custom Tour

From $4,795

The creativity and beauty of the Vivid Sydney Festival will inspire you on your 6-day exclusive Australia tour immersing you in the majesty of the iconic annual celebration.  The city lights will radiate with wonder as artists from around the world transform the remarkable architecture and historical neighborhoods of the city into lively art. Music and exhibits will erupt on a grand scale for a renowned interactive exhibition.
Australian Outback: Staircase to the Moon Tour

13 Day Custom Tour

From $3,245

You will transcend cityscapes to connect with surreal landscapes during your 13-day Australia adventure tour of the untamed Outback. As the full moon shines over the northern sea, you will witness the natural phenomenon of the Staircase to the Moon and explore the dramatic scenery with local Aboriginal guides. Wander through waterways on a billabong cruise, ride a camel along Cable Beach, and experience the remote treasures of Australia.
Australia Outdoor Adventure Tour: Diving, Kayaking,...

17 Day Custom Tour

From $4,245

Plunge into the crystal-clear sea, kayak around secluded waters, and bask in remarkable luxury during your 17-day Australia adventure tour. Discover the majestic outdoors with snorkeling excursions at the Great Barrier Reef and explore ancient legends in Daintree Rainforest. Specialist guides will take you through meandering landscapes in Cradle Mountain National Park while a private picnic on a secluded tropical island will reveal the depth of Australia’s natural diversity.
A Romantic Tasmania Food & Wine Tour

8 Day Custom Tour

From $1,995

The diversity of authentic flavor Down Under will be revealed during your 8-day romantic food and wine tour of Australia that immerses you in the treasured tastes of Tasmania. Seasonal and regional ingredients will emerge as the foundations of succulent cuisine as you indulge in luxurious accommodations, sample tremendous dishes, and venture into secluded beauty as passion emerges from Tasmania’s pristine food and wine.
Romantic Tour: Australia for Couples

12 Day Custom Tour

From $2,995

Experience luxury through the lens of romance and passion during your 12-day Australia tour for couples. Secluded beauty and untouched wilderness will become an indelible experience shaping your unforgettable memories. The Sydney Opera House at sunset, tropical fish around the Great Barrier Reef, and the gentle aromas of the Barossa Valley embody romance on your customizable tour tailored to timeless pleasures that highlight Australia’s majesty.
Natural Wonders of Australia Tour: Uluru to Great Barrier...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $2,995

Relish the point at which natural wonder and modern luxuries meet for a thrilling adventure that encompasses Australia’s true magnetism. The coastline of Sydney contains elaborate charms and cosmopolitan allure. The famous colors of the marine life in the Great Barrier Reef attract visitors from around the world. The dense ecological history and Aboriginal heritage of Daintree Rainforest layer the landscape with distinction. Uluru in the Red Center embodies epic nature and remarkable mythology. Explore diverse and exotic beauty during your custom-tailored tour of Australia’s natural wonders. Special Offer: Book your tour by November 15 for a free domestic flight from Sydney to Alice Springs.
Twelve Days of Christmas & New Year’s in Australia...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $2,995

Savor exotic Australian landscapes and treasured beaches while celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Down Under. Dive into the Coral Sea to explore the radiant submarine life of the Great Barrier Reef on Christmas Eve. Relish a New Year’s Eve of decadent cuisine accompanied by an enchanting Opera Gala in the Sydney Opera House. Listen to stories of Dreamtime told on protected Aboriginal lands and dig your toes into the soothing sand of Bondi beach while surfers wearing Santa hats glide beneath crashing waves. Your customizable tour immerses you in the gift of Australia, which you unwrap at your desired pace.  
Australian Wildlife & Wine Tour: Sydney, Adelaide,...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $3,495

A unique experience exploring Australia’s most stylish cities - Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide - and the superb wineries, exquisite local produce, and literary and art culture that flourish around them.  Visit the sensational Barossa, Yarra and Hunter Valley wineries, as well as the amazing wildlife sanctuaries of Kangaroo and Phillip Islands.  To top it all off, climb aboard The Ghan for one of the greatest train journeys in the world as you travel into the very center of the Australian Outback to explore Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the oldest living culture on earth.
An Untouched Journey Through the Outback

9 Day Custom Tour

From $2,245

The majesty of Australia is hidden within its diversity, from its pristine waters to its sensational seclusion. Within the beauty of an expansive country, the hidden townships and steep seaside cliffs fill you with wonder. The adrenaline of seeing a great white shark up-close pulses through you. This is the hidden Australia, where the natural world, from the sand dunes to the shore, gives you the unique wonders of the famous outback where anything is possible; just look at the landscape.
Perfect Two-Week Australia Family Vacation

14 Day Custom Tour

From $3,495

Koalas and kangaroos return your gaze as tropical islands provide space to drift off as a family. Camels take you into the Outback beside the silhouette of Uluru. An Australian bush experience awaits in the Blue Mountains, and the city of Sydney provides a wonderful introduction to urban Australia. This two-week tour is handcrafted for families of all ages, mixing five famous sides to the Australian experience: city, bush, Outback, wildlife, and tropical island.
Red Centre & Northern Territories Tour by Train...

7 Day Custom Tour

From $1,745

The culture of Australia is showcased within its diversity, from its red center to its northern billabongs. Deep within the country’s heart, from the giant monolith to the underwater crocodiles, the landscapes have shaped the local people and their history. The art pops from the ancient rock formations. The sand burns as bright and as red as the sun. This is Australia’s proud history, where the natural world offers you the unique view of the famous outback, from the center on upward.
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Australia

How to Book an Australia Tour

Australia is a land of contrasts with spectacular coastal beauty, cosmopolitan cities, secluded coral islands, ancient rainforests, and the rugged lands of the outback all yours to explore. Arranging the right combination of destinations and experiences for the perfect vacation can be a time-consuming and difficult task, but Zicasso is here to help.

There are three ways to plan and book a trip:

1. Get a customized tour planned and booked by a travel professional. Travel independently on your own schedule.

2. Book a group tour. Join an escorted group tour with a fixed departure date.

3. Plan and book a trip yourself.

Zicasso offers the best solution for a customized tour by matching you with top travel specialists who plan and book the trip for you. Our travel agency division, Marageti, specializes in helping you book an escorted group tour. There is no extra cost to you for either service.

Custom Tours

A customized tour is one that is planned by a travel specialist according to your specific interests, preferences, and schedule. Whether you desire a family-friendly adventure or a romantic getaway, each of the accommodations, activities, and destinations is tailored to your preferences. The knowledge and experience of your travel specialist makes a big difference. Zicasso has spent thousands of hours vetting the best travel partners. We act as a referral service, matching you with specialists that best meet your goals and priorities.

Escorted Group Tours

A group tour offers the advantage of convenience at a great value. The schedule is fixed, the itinerary is pre-planned, and a dedicated tour director travels with the group throughout the trip. A group tour can be 30 - 50% less expensive than an equivalent customized tour. Out of the many hundreds of group tours, how do you select the right one for you? Our travel agency division, Marageti, has sales agents who specialize in helping travelers weigh the pros and cons of each group tour. We give you personalized recommendations to find the best tour for you.

Goals and Priorities

What are your goals and priorities for the trip? These should drive your decision for either a customized tour or a fixed departure group tour. We are here to help you make the right decisions to make your dream trip a reality.

Must-See Destinations in Australia

Alongside our Australia travel specialists, we have recommendations for any length of trip. A custom Zicasso tour allows you to organize your days however you would like, but the below suggestions offer you a starting point.

Most travelers from the United States spend two weeks in Australia. 14 days of traveling allows time to either travel at a leisurely pace or pack more destinations into your trip, depending on the goals of your Australia vacation. We provide the following recommendations on where you should go, depending on how much time you have.

7 to 9 Day Trips

If you have one week to travel in Australia, we suggest that you visit Sydney or Melbourne, the Great Barrier Reef, and Uluru. When considering the Great Barrier Reef, your best options are Hamilton Island or Port Douglas, depending on your goals. Organizing your days wisely will give you the most time to see the essential highlights, and your Zicasso travel specialist can help.

7 Days

Days 1-3: Sydney

Days 4-5: Uluru

Days 6-7: Great Barrier Reef

8 Days

Days 1-4: Sydney

Days 5-6: Uluru

Days 7-8: Great Barrier Reef

9 Days

Days 1-4: Sydney

Days 5-6: Uluru

Days 7-9: Great Barrier Reef

If you have more time (10-16 Days), we recommend:

If you can spend closer to two weeks in Australia, we suggest taking time for unscheduled stops to self-explore and discover. If you can take up to 14 days, you can also divide your time between Sydney, Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef, and either Melbourne, if you prefer big cities, or Tasmania, if you want to discover beautiful scenery. If you have more than two weeks, we recommend you spend time around Darwin or the Kimberly.

All Zicasso tours are customized to your preferences, but here is how we recommend you spend your time:

10 Days

Days 1-3: Sydney

Days 4-5: Uluru

Days 6-7: Great Barrier Reef

Days 8-10: Melbourne

12 Days

Days 1-4: Sydney

Days 5-6: Uluru

Days 7-9: Great Barrier Reef

Days 10-12: Melbourne or Tasmania

14 Days

Days 1-3: Sydney

Days 4-5: Uluru

Days 6-8: Great Barrier Reef

Days 9-10: Darwin

Days 10-14: Melbourne or Tasmania

15 Days

Days 1-3: Sydney

Days 4-5: Uluru

Days 6-8: Great Barrier Reef

Days 9-11: The Kimberley

Days 12-14: Melbourne or Tasmania

16 days

Days 1-4: Sydney

Days 5-6: Uluru

Days 7-9: Great Barrier Reef

Days 10-13: The Kimberley

Days 14-16: Melbourne or Tasmania

How many days is enough to see Australia?

16 to 19 nights is an ideal length for an Australia trip. Spending nearly three weeks in Australia will allow you more time to explore, discover, and enjoy pockets of leisure time. Australia is an incredibly large country with most destinations requiring at least three days to experience the area. The majority of the population is concentrated on the coasts, which allows you to find spectacular destinations in the middle of nowhere that are embodied in the remoteness of the Crocodile Dundee landscape.

Essential Experiences for the Best Australia Vacation

During your Australia tour, you can wander the streets of a cosmopolitan city or stand in a secluded spot where no one has ever stood before. You can also find excellent beaches, colorful coral, and red sands in the scorching desert in addition to enjoying chic art galleries and swimming with whale sharks.

Best Way to Experience Sydney

Sydney is a remarkable city with a unique national history and heritage that embodies the whole of Australia. Lively cafes, gorgeous beaches, a thriving art scene, and a vibrant boating culture reflect the traditions of the locals.

During your Australia tour, the following are essential activities you must experience when first visiting Sydney:

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours in Sydney (2-3 days depending on pace):

Sydney Harbour Tour: Cruise Sydney Harbour, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and visit the Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Beach Tour: Discover the famous beaches of Sydney, including Bondi Beach and Manly Beach.

Blue Mountains National Park: Find waterfalls, karsts, and trails among the eucalyptus forest.

Best Way to Experience Uluru

Uluru is a unique monolith at the heart of Australia perfect for a captivating visit in the secluded Outback. The following experiences are essential when visiting Uluru.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours in Uluru (2 days depending on pace):

Uluru Base Walk: Walk around the base of the monolith for historical, topographical, and cultural insight.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park’s Cultural Centre: Explore the heritage and natural history display, and enjoy a local indigenous art gallery.

Sound of Silence Dinner: Dine under the stars accompanied by traditional Aborigine stories.

Best Way to Experience the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is an iconic destination known for the coral gardens, islands, and marine life that are steeped in colorful glamour and diversity. The following experiences are essential when visiting the Great Barrier Reef in Australia:

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours in the Great Barrier Reef (2-3 days depending on pace):

Port Douglas: The coastal city north of Cairns offers easy access to the reef and also edges the luscious Daintree Rainforest.

The Whitsunday Islands: A collection of islands sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef with hidden beaches, pristine nature, and endless access to coral gardens and marine life.

Snorkeling: The shallow water, colorful coral, and vibrant marine life will reward you when snorkeling at any of the many destinations along the Great Barrier Reef.

Scuba Diving: The Coral Sea offers fantastic year-round visibility of healthy coral with plenty of colorful and vibrant marine life such as Parrot fish, six types of sea turtles, manta rays, and bull sharks.

Special Interests & Activities in Australia

Traveling with Zicasso provides you with exclusive access to many activities, excursions, and tours for a distinctive experience. The following information offers insight into our recommended experiences and can be tailored to focus on your unique interests.

Best Food & Wine Destinations

Australia has grown into one of the world’s top destinations for food and wine, hosting nine Michelin-starred restaurants and more than 60 designated wine regions. When traveling with Zicasso, you will get personalized recommendations on where to eat and which wine regions to visit across the country. The following recommendations highlight some of the best Australian regions for food and wine:

Adelaide: Adelaide is renowned for fresh and delicious local produce that supports the city’s burgeoning gastronomy. Adelaide is also less than 50 miles away from the celebrated Barossa Valley, making it one of the premier Wine Capitals of the World.

Melbourne: Melbourne is consistently voted one of the world’s most livable cities and hosts a fantastic collection of cosmopolitan restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and sweet shops. The city is located less than 20 miles away from the popular Yarra Valley wine region, making it an excellent destination for tasting the complex tones from the surf, volcanic plain, hinterland, and lush valley.

Sydney: Sydney is famous for its variety of casual and fine dining options as well as its award-winning restaurants that highlight the wealth of fresh ingredients from land and sea. The city is located less than 152 miles away from the Hunter Valley wine region, which hosts world-renowned wineries, including vineyards that were established in the mid-19th century.

Kangaroo Island: Kangaroo Island produces a large percentage of Australia’s finest food and wines with intimate restaurants serving locally sourced ingredients from land and sea. The entire island represents the wine region with wineries that specialize in Bordeaux-style blends.

Zicasso’s Exclusive Access to Australia’s Best Wine

Zicasso travel partners can design private tours and exclusive visits to wineries for distinctive tastings and meetings with celebrated vintners. You can also learn more about Australia’s more-than-130 grape varietals and alternative varieties from a sommelier.

Art & History

Art in Australia embodies works from European artists, colonial artisans, traditional Aboriginal masters, and some of the oldest and largest rock art sites in the world. There are more than 1,500 significant rock art sites in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and 5,000 sites in Kakadu National Park. Contemporary works and ancient rock paintings in cities like Melbourne and Sydney make Australia a remarkable destination for art.

Must-See Art Museums & Attractions:

  • One of the oldest Aboriginal rock art and engravings in the world that date back more than 35,000 years – Olary region, South Australia
  • Remote rock art that represents two distinct categories, Wandjina and Gwion Gwion, and dates back between 3,000 and 17,000 years – The Kimberly, West Australia

History

History in Australia feels both new on the world stage and yet incredibly ancient in culture and tradition. New World discovery juxtaposes Old World heritage with more than 50,000 years of narrative that took place before British colonization. Neighborhoods in Sydney and Melbourne act like living museums with preserved buildings that represent the development of the country, while the natural landscape and preserved rock art helps tell the stories of Aborinigial communities. On a customized Zicasso trip, we can design custom tours with specialized guides, such as members of Aboriginal communities, archeologists with a PhD, or history professors. We can also organize history-focused small-group tours with a certified guide.

Active Tours

An active tour provides a magnificent look at the countryside, coastal charms, and distinctive neighborhoods across Australia at your preferred pace in a unique context. Recommendations for some of the best active tours in Australia include the following:

Hiking

  • Tasmania: With over 3.7 million acres of designated wilderness heritage, Tasmania has premium hiking experiences, including the first-of-its-kind Aboriginal-owned and operated Bay of Fires walk.
  • Wildlife Encounters: Kangaroo Island - Viewing wild animals in their natural habitat is an unforgettable experience on Kangaroo Island. The open trails and conservation areas make it possible to see koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, and echidnas. Exmouth - The wildlife of Exmouth on the coast of Western Australia looks at the world from a unique perspective. Here, you can swim with whale sharks, giant manta rays, sea turtles, and dolphins.

Private Excursions and Special Access

Zicasso’s travel specialist partners have insider access to unique experiences that you cannot get any other way. These experiences, customized to your specific interests, can often be your most memorable, turning your trip into the experience of a lifetime. Here are some examples, but the possibilities are endless:

  • Australian luxury lodges are scattered throughout the country with spectacular service, wines, and tailored experiences that can be personalized to you.
  • Helicopter tours of the Great Barrier Reef can land at secluded sand quays at low tide, where you can have a champagne lunch and walk into the water to snorkel the reef.
  • Fly to a remote area in the Kimberley or Top End to find ancient cave art inaccessible by land.

How much is a tour of Australia?

The starting price of a custom-tailored Australia trip is approximately $250 per person, per day.

Guided tours that hit the highlights of Australia are limited. Australia is a large country and you will fly and drive between major destinations, which makes logistics and services more complicated.

The cost of an Australia vacation is dependent on several factors, such as:

  • Length of your trip
  • Season (month) of travel
  • Class of hotel
  • Number of locations/cities you visit
  • Number of guided day tours and activities (e.g., cooking class, wine tasting, etc.)
  • How much you spend on meals, shopping, etc.

A vacation such as this is often the biggest purchase of the year. It will also likely be one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime. To get the most out of your trip, we highly recommend using an expert Australia travel specialist to plan a customized Australia tour that is tailored to your specific interests and budget. You can also join an escorted group tour so that most travel arrangements are pre-planned for you. This way, you can travel hassle-free and relax while a professional tour director and guide takes care of all logistics and any issues that might arise.

The cost of a tailor-made Australia tour typically starts at $3,500 per person for a 14-day trip, i.e., at $250 per person, per day during the low or mid-season.

This includes:

  • 3-star hotels (shared twin room)
  • Some guided day tours and activities
  • Transportation in Australia such as airport transfers and domestic flights

A 5-star, tailor-made Australia tour, where most services are upgraded and extra unique experiences are included, typically starts at $11,200 per person for a 14-day trip, or $800 per person, per day.

Everyone’s priorities, interests, and preferences are different. Submit a trip request on Zicasso, and we will personally match you with an expert trip planner who will help you customize your dream trip or help you to select the right group tour while also taking your budget into consideration.

Best Time to Visit Australia

Updated: January 29, 2020

The best time to visit Australia is between March and April or from September to October. These months represent the shoulder season in Australia and offer reasonable weather and smaller crowds.

You can enjoy dynamic activities and the welcoming culture year-round. The time of year when you visit Australia will depend greatly on your goals for the trip but each season can offer fun, exciting, and memorable experiences. The climate will vary dramatically between Northern and Southern Australia during the year. The summer is the low season across Northern Australia because the heat in the tropical climate makes cities like Darwin and Cairns uncomfortable. However, the coral spawning that takes place on the Great Barrier Reef from December to February brings a unique riot of colors more vibrant than the rest of the year. Summer in the Northern Territory and Queensland will also see serious downpours.

The southern climate of cities like Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide make them year-round destinations that offer four distinct seasons. Summer, from December to February, is the most popular time of year to visit Sydney and Melbourne with locals and international tourists taking their vacation in the famous cosmopolitan cities. The regions, cities, and national parks in the northern, tropical climate, such as Northern Australia and Queensland, have a wet or dry season. The fall from March to early May results in thinner crowds, less humidity, and lower prices, and more comfortable weather across the country, including in the Outback. Spring from September to November has mild temperatures and small crowds while winter from June to August can see an upswing of snow and cultural exhibitions.

How far in advance should I plan a trip to Australia?

To avoid disappointment and to ensure you spend your hard-earned money on your preferred choices, you should plan your trip a minimum of 3 months ahead but preferably up to 6 months in advance. International and domestic flights are limited during this season, making it wise to book ahead of time. Prices during high season can double, and hotels or activities can fill up quickly due to Australians traveling to coastal destinations and booking their trip nearly a year in advance.

Modes of Transportation in Australia

The best way to see Australia in 10 days is by flying between cities. Train services, long-distance buses, and highways connect the most popular destinations but also require hours upon hours to travel the long distances, including the 545 miles between Sydney and Melbourne or the 1,500 miles between Sydney and Cairns. Flying between cities is quick and efficient when visiting Australia for a limited number of days.

Trains

Domestic trains are possible and scenic when traveling between cities but not convenient when pressed for time. Two main railways cross Australia, the Ghan, which travels north and south between Darwin and Adelaide, and the Indian Pacific, which travels east and west between Sydney and Perth. Despite the romance of the long-distance train ride, the traveling takes up too much time when your days are already limited.

Car Rental

Renting a car is possible when traveling in Australia but not recommended. Australia is a large country with over 86 percent of the population living within 35 miles of the coast. Driving in Australia often means not reaching a town between destinations, finding unpaved roads, or not passing another car for two to three days. Driving in Australia also requires you carry a satellite phone, extra gasoline, and extra water in case of car trouble if leaving the coastal regions.

Your Zicasso travel partner ensures that your logistics are as smooth as possible by including private airport transfers and domestic flights between destinations to create a stress-free Australia tour.

What to Consider When Traveling Through Australia

When traveling on an Australia tour, you must consider safety, ease of logistics, and accessibility. The following information offers our recommendations on what to consider.

Is Australia Safe for Travel?

Australia is very safe for travelers, and Australians are always eager to welcome new people to their unique and inviting environment. Many visitors to Australia fear the infamous wildlife, but using common sense will allow you to avoid any major issues. The wildlife generally leaves people alone, especially when in cities. By staying aware and by not walking through long grass in the summer or digging your hands into hollow logs, you will have no need to worry.

Hydration is a big concern for many Australians because of the heat in the summer, especially when in the Outback, the Red Centre, or in tropical Queensland and the Northern Territory. The Australian Broadcasting Network recommends people drink between 8 to 10 cups of water a day.

Travel Insurance

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

For Families

Australian culture is family-focused, with a range of hospitality and activities for children of all ages. Having a family-friendly guide can help you maximize your time around the country and enhance your experience around the top three family-friendly destinations:

  • Whitsundays/Hamilton Island
  • Sydney
  • Queensland

For Seniors

Walking distances and carrying luggage are a consideration when in Australia, making a knowledgeable Zicasso specialist invaluable by minimizing or eliminating challenges for seniors entirely. Arrangements can be made for drivers to carry your luggage to and from check-in if traveling by domestic flight. Traveling with a small group through Marageti is also an excellent solution. Guided tours that hit the highlights easily account for logistics and specific services.

For Couples

A knowledgeable travel specialist will plan the perfect romantic excursions for a couple to ensure you have an intimate experience at luxury resorts in the rainforest or in small coastal townships with a local feel. Exclusive tours will help create your unforgettable experience in Australia, such as sipping champagne on a sand quay at low tide.

For Travelers with Disabilities

Your Australia travel specialist can help any guests with mobility challenges by focusing on access and alternative arrangements. Our attention to details will ensure that you can enjoy Australia’s monuments, natural sites, accommodations, and restaurants with ease.

Best Airports to Fly In & Out of Australia

The best airport to fly in and out of when visiting Australia is Sydney International Airport (SYD). Sydney is Australia’s largest airport and one of three airports that have direct flights from the United States. Sydney also offers the best options for arriving and departing Australia by plane based on your travel schedule. Other airports around the country can offer similar opportunities for flights arriving in Australia or when traveling domestically.

For most travelers, the most convenient airport is Sydney. The busiest airports in Australia are:

  • Sydney (SYD)
  • Melbourne (MEL)
  • Brisbane (BNE)

Find the Best Flight

When flying in and out of Australia, you do not need to depart from the same airport from which you arrived if visiting Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane. If you plan on visiting areas such as Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, or Tasmania, you will most likely have to stop in Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane before continuing home.

Domestic Flights

Domestic flights are the best way to travel around Australia, and flights between certain cities are frequent and easy. Not all domestic airports have flights to every destination. For instance, Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays does not offer flights to Uluru in the Red Centre, but Cairns does. Your travel specialist will help you prioritize your essential destinations by finding the best route for your travel plans.

Flights Via Zicasso

Zicasso Air Desk is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24xX7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Recommendations for the Return Traveler

When returning for another Australia tour, you can travel into the depths of the cities and countryside beyond the essential destinations of Sydney, Port Douglas, and Uluru. You can visit areas considered more off-the-beaten-path but equally worthy of your attention. The following list offers our recommendations for where you can visit during your return trip.

Darwin: Darwin is a city bathed in tropical heat and rich in multiculturalism. The city possesses an abundant aboriginal heritage and sits on the doorstep wedged between Asia and the infamous Outback. The city feels removed from greater Australia and its location is closer in proximity to Bali than Sydney. Darwin also acts as the gateway to the pristine Kakadu and Litchfield national parks as well as the exotic Tiwi Islands.

The Kimberly: The Kimberley represents the wild and remote landscape of Western Australia. Known for its sparse population and pristine scenery, the Kimberley is larger than 75 percent of the world’s countries. The distant destination offers a secluded coastline, vast plains decorated with boab trees, desolate mountains, and palm trees fringed with gorges. It embodies the authentic and adventurous spirit of Australia’s Outback.

Exmouth: Exmouth is filled with Australian charm and a relaxing environment. The cityscape gives access to the Ningaloo Reef and attracts visitors eager to see humpback whales and whale sharks. Exmouth is wedged between the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean and the rocky gorges of Cape Range National Park.

Related Australia Tours by Zicasso

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