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Australia “Down Under” Unveiled: The Nature & Culture of Oz
    • 6695 $
    • 1995 $
    • 3395 $
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Discover the superlative nature of Australia where in one amazing journey you will see the oldest, biggest, brightest and bluest. Experience the exhilarating beauty of the ‘land down under’ from a riverboat cruise through Daintree – the oldest living rainforest in the word, to snorkeling along the Great Barrier Reef – the world’s largest living organism, to the kaleidoscope of color in Melbourne’s sanctuaries and lovable Fairy Penguins, to spectacular views of Sydney’s Harbour. Mingle with the warm and friendly people while strolling around the tropical city of Cairns, and feel the vibrancy of Sydney – the country’s cosmopolitan city, as well as Melbourne and Canberra, Australia’s capital.

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Fly from Los Angeles to Australia, crossing the International Date Line and losing a day. Arrive Cairns, where you are escorted to your luxury hotel overlooking the picturesque Coral Sea on the Cairns Esplanade. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore the city. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner. RYDGES ESPLANADE RESORT CAIRNS.

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Prices vary by season and package. Please inquire by phone at (800) 627-1244 or email for more information and a pricing estimate.

  • Superior accommodations throughout at hotels as listed in the itinerary, or similar.
  • Breakfasts daily; other meals as indicated in itinerary.
  • Air-conditioned motor coach with experienced local driver/guides.
  • Local guides throughout.
  • All applicable hotel/lodge gratuities and taxes.
  • All entry fees for included sightseeing venues.
  • Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.
  • Complimentary emergency evacuation insurance.
Australia: Seasons in Australia and New Zealand are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere. Australia is a big country, as big as the continental U.S., stretching from the tropics to much cooler temperatures, and it has a correspondingly wide range of climates. From April to September in northern and central Australia the days are clear and warm, with cool refreshing nights. At the same time in the south, days are cool with occasional rain but still plenty of sun. The weather in Sydney is much like that of San Francisco. It is possible to divide the continent into two zones – the tropical zone in the far north and the temperate zone in the south. The tropical zone experiences two seasons: the wet season between November and April, and the dry season May to October. The temperate zone experiences four seasons: Spring and summer from September/October to March and autumn and winter from April to September.

New Zealand: In New Zealand, the North Island is always warmer than the South Island, except in the middle of the summer when the South Is-land is usually hotter. New Zealand is a mountainous country, surrounded by ocean. The ocean environment provides a mild climate with very few extremities, while the combination of mountains and westerly winds account for remarkable climatic differences, especially in rainfall and temperature from west to east. Majestic mountains form a barrier to the winds and are the major factor controlling rainfall. New Zealand’s spring season runs from September to November, summer from December to February, autumn from March to May and winter months extend from June to August.