Some of the most memorable people, destinations, and experiences can be found right on your own back doorstep, whether it’s learning about rock art at Uluru, enjoying a relaxing swim at Kakadu’s Gunlom Falls or taking a glacier walk in New Zealand’s South Island. A small group tour can be an excellent way to experience all of these and more, especially if they’re also supporting sustainable tourism and wildlife conservation efforts. Combine these with five-star eco-friendly accommodation and expert guides and you have a holiday that’s almost too good to be true. Here are some of our favourite options.
From the ancient gorges, lush wetlands and unique wildlife to the history and culture of the local Aboriginal people whose ancestors have lived here for 65,000 years, Kakadu’s vast size and diversity represents an unforgettable experience. South of Darwin, lovely Litchfield National Park is sprinkled with spectacular waterfalls and is a wonderful place to see vast termite mounds, some of them more than four metres high and complete with arches, tunnels and chimneys. Further south east from Litchfield, along the Stuart Highway, you’ll find Katherine Gorge, whose clear waters and colourful canyon walls make it one of Australia’s most mesmerising natural landmarks.
There are plenty of mind-blowing hidden treasures of the Red Centre, the most famous of which is Uluru (Ayers Rock). This towering natural landmark, which stands at 348 metres high, is a magical place in which to gain a deeper understanding of what makes this region so unique. Other highlights to explore in this region include the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), and the magnificent Kings Canyon. Take a hike through Walpa Gorge and Stanley Chasm, visit a million-acre cattle station and finish each day watching the sinking sun set ablaze the desert landscape.
New Zealand’s North and South Islands deliver a range of experiences from a journey through the towering Southern Alps on the iconic TranzAlpine railway to a bird’s eye view of Rotorua’s giant redwood trees on an elevated Treewalk. Look for seals and penguins during a cruise on Fiordland’s Milford Sound, humpback whales during a scenic flight in Kaikoura and dolphins during a trip to the Bay of Islands’ iconic Hole in the Rock. From the buzzing resort town of Queenstown to the cathedral-like hush of Waitomo’s glow worm caves, your time in New Zealand will provide an unforgettable blend of relaxation and adventure.
If you’re interested in getting off the beaten track and enjoying rich and immersive experiences in an intimate small group setting, ask your personal travel manager for tour options.