The Land Down Under and a group of fellow Badgers make for a perfect combination on this journey to the most memorable destinations of Australia and New Zealand. In Australia, you will sightsee places like the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, the storied outback, Ayers Rock, and the sophisticated capital of Sydney. In New Zealand, you will visit areas like the towering Mount Cook, breathtaking Milford Sound, high-spirited Queenstown, and nautical Auckland.
The journey begins in Cairns with a ride on the historic railway to Kuranda, then descent via a Skyrail gondola. Swim and snorkel at the colossal Great Barrier Reef during a day-long excursion. With two nights in Alice Springs, embark on an Aboriginal “Dreamtime” tour to learn about the Walpiri people’s ancient culture, and enjoy a traditional “bushman’s” dinner. At Ayers Rock, watch the sunset over this fabled monolith. Highlights of a three-night Sydney stay include a catamaran cruise around Sydney Harbour and visits to Featherdale Wildlife Park — where koalas roam — and the iconic Opera House. An additional benefit is the ample leisure time to explore this fascinating city.
Discover Christchurch, New Zealand’s “Garden City,” with a tour, and then stop at a local farm to see sheepdogs work. Next, spend two nights in the splendid, yet relaxing Mount Cook National Park. On a day-long Milford Sound excursion, cruise through the stunning fjords. Relish the chance to explore Queenstown, New Zealand’s “adventure capital.” In geothermal Rotorua, experience Maori culture at a traditional hangi dinner and see kiwis at a nature park. The journey ends with sightseeing and a two-night stay in vibrant Auckland. Enjoy additional time in the sparkling “City of Sails” with an optional three-day/two-night post-tour extension.