Australasia

Encompassing Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the surrounding Pacific Islands, Australasia is a region of overwhelming beauty and variety, and one that is superbly suited to outdoor adventuring.

Trek, cycle, climb or kayak your way through spectacular landscapes from sunburnt outback, ancient rainforests and pounding surf beaches to snowcapped volcanoes, fjords and glaciers. Tackle famous hiking trails including the Overland Track, the Milford Track or the Larapinta Trail, try an alpine climbing course or cycle through some of the region’s most inspiring landscapes.

Head to Fiji’s Yasawa Islands or Tonga’s Vava’u island group for an unforgettable kayak expedition, paddling between some of the world’s most beautiful and secluded islands. Discover sea caves, deserted islands and azure waters filled with colourful sea life, camping on a new beach each night.

Cruise the tropical islands, lagoons and coral reefs of Papua New Guinea’s Louisiade Archipelago, or test your mettle on the historic Kokoda Track, retracing history as you trek through dense lowland rainforest and remote highlands across the heart of PNG.

Take a look at our Australasian adventures and join us as we explore the unique flora, fauna, landscapes and cultures of this very special region!


 

Leaders in Responsible Travel

Responsible Travel practice is at the heart of every program that we offer in Australasia. When you book one of our adventures you’re supporting true sustainability in the protection of local communities, natural environments and wildlife.

World Firsts

We proudly pioneered many first commercial trips in Australia including the South Coast Track in Tasmania (1984), the Larapinta Trail (1995), Hinchinbrook Island kayaking (1987) and the first land-based travel around the Northern Territory’s Garma Festival (1999).

Ownership of Operations

We have our own operational bases in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania, and our investment in vehicles, camp craft and training for our group of outstanding local guides allows us to deliver exceptional experiences. Another unique aspect of our operations is our series of permanent campsites along the Larapinta Trail, which have been forged in partnership with traditional Indigenous landowners.

Great Value

Our trips are packed with unique experiences and quality inclusions. We include as much as possible to keep your out-of-pocket costs down: from gear hire in Tasmania, to our varied and wholesome meals, and all local fees.

Expert Guides

It’s our expert field guides that make your Australasian experience special. They’re a passionate group of outdoor professionals who choose to lead our trips because of a deep belief that our itineraries are the best in the market, and because of our commitment to minimising our environmental footprint and giving back to local communities.


The clear Outback skies reveal a myriad of stars over Larapinta Campsites&#160;-&#160;<i>Photo:&#160;Caroline Crick</i>

As the Australian anthem suggests 'Our land abounds in nature's gifts of beauty rich and rare'. Australia and New Zealand are blessed with spectacular and diverse natural landscapes that are rich in ancient cultures. With lands so beautiful and cultures so important, it is vital to make every effort to minimize our impact on them as we experience and admire them. We practice the '7 Principals of Leave No Trace', aiming to reduce our impact on the environment, in addition to supporting local economies by employing guides and staff from local communities. Our Animal Welfare Code of Conduct, Child Welfare Code of Conduct and Porter Welfare Policy ensure the well-being of animals and children encountered on our adventures, as well as porters on the Kokoda Trail.


Semi-permanent wilderness campsites

Exclusive to our travellers, our semi-permanent camps provide the ultimate experience in sustainable wilderness comfort. Along the Larapinta, camp features include hot showers, individual tents with ample room for two, raised stretcher beds, a large communal tent and sit down toilets. In Kakadu, the roomy safari style tents are equipped with stretcher beds and swag mattresses and allow you to remove the fly and sleep under the stars.

Camping

Our comprehensive range of high quality camp gear includes the best two person tents for each environment, a swag on classic outback safaris, and mozzie domes for the Tropical Top End dry season. Some camps will be in National Park campsites with good toilet facilities, often on raised timber platforms with rainwater tanks and composting toilets.

Cabins and stations

Stay in authentic cabins in the Tasmanian or New Zealand wilderness, or station accommodation in outback Australia and New Zealand’s high country. The properties are basic yet comfortable with hot showers and meals prepared by your hosts. Rooming may be multi-share, with up to four travellers per room.

Hotels

Chosen for their local charm and character, our New Zealand hotels are well located and on a twin share basis. The rooms feature either en suite or shared facilities.

Farm stays

Stay with Kiwi families in idyllic remote farm locations. Learn more about the local lifestyle and landscape and be spoiled by truly sumptuous homemade meals.

Eco lodges

Select tours in Tasmania and New Zealand stay at environmentally sensitive lodges or semi-permanent structures that extend sustainable comforts thanks to the sun and the rain. Meals are prepared from quality local produce and enjoyed with excellent local wines.

Private huts

Simple yet authentic, huts vary in style from rustic mountain huts nestled high above Lake Tekapo to the decadence of hot showers and warm bedding in the Cradle Huts along the Overland Track. Huts are often multi-share with shared facilities.

Small boats

The small cruise boats in New Zealand are well equipped with all bedding. Ablutions are either shared or en suite, and all meals are prepared on board by the boat’s staff.

Cruise vessels

Cabins on the luxurious True North, used in the Kimberley and the Pacific, feature stylish decor, en suite facilities, in-house entertainment and satellite phones. The Odyssey, a 20 berth twin hulled cruise vessel, offers standard or deluxe rooms with shared facilities.



A custom made itinerary is the ultimate way to see the world how YOU want. They are created especially for you, giving you complete freedom to choose what you want to see, where you want to go and when you want to do it. If you love our current itineraries but want to customise it privately as a couple, a group of friends, family, club, business or school, you have the freedom to add or remove as many elements as you like to suit the interests of your group. Alternatively, you can start with a blank canvas and create a new and exciting itinerary from scratch! Our well-travelled consultants can give you firsthand suggestions and eliminate any uncertainty with trip planning to ensure you maximise the quality of your experience and get truly off the beaten track. Simply email, phone or visit us to start planning your dream adventure.



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