Tours are a great way to explore Australia. As in the case of any country, there are tours fit any budget and type of traveler. The Great Barrier Reef tours and adventure tours are some of the most popular, but there are plenty of city tours as well.
Nature travel is quite a big part of Australia. That means a lot of rain forest tours, cycling and hiking tours, wildlife tours, diving tours, safaris in the desert, climbing tours, 4-wheel-drive tours, skiing tours; in short, tours that appeal to both adventure travelers and families.
Each Australian region is famous for its own landmarks. Some of the most sought after tours are the Great Barrier Reef tours, which include diving, snorkeling, cruises and fishing.
The private guide tours are also quite popular. They are aimed at families and small groups (up to 6 people) and are the perfect way to explore Australia. For example, the Kangaroo Tour of Australia lasts for 12 days and focuses on East, Central and Northern parts of Australia.
When visiting a city, tours can be a great way to visit the most important landmarks without the head-ache of planning your own itinerary. Very popular are the open-top double-decker buses which allow the travelers to explore the cities at their own pace, hoping on and off the buses as they please. This type of tour costs about AUD 30 for adults and AUD 16 for children.
Day tours are a great way to get out of the city and see more of Australia. Some of the best places in this country are found outside in more rural areas, so be sure to look up some of these popular options when you arrive. It is typically better to wait to book until you reach the country.
Australia is known for adventure tours involving hiking, camping and 4WD-ing. If you’re up for it, be sure to check out these amazing adventure tours in Australia to find one that suits your Australia itinerary. These can typically be booked before arrival at competitive prices.
Top 5 Australia Adventure Tours
Great Western Safari: 22 days from Perth to Darwin – from $3110
Travel the vast spaces of the north-west coast of Australia into the red heart of the outback on this incredible journey from Perth to Darwin. Discover the rugged beauty of the landscape, swim with dolphins, explore gorges and tackle some of the toughest roads in Australia on this adventure to remember.
Cairns to Sydney: 17 days – from $2320
From tropical Cairns to cosmopolitan Sydney, you’ll swim in crystal clear waters, maybe cruise around the tropical islands of the idyllic Whitsundays or dive the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the amazing wilderness of the World Heritage listed Fraser Island and bodysurf in Byron Bay. This is a fair dinkum Aussie experience.
Cape York Complete: 14 days from Cairns to Cape York – from $2970
Follow in the footsteps of dashing explorers and hardy gold prospectors through a lush and largely untouched wilderness that may still be inhabited by mischievous spirits from the Dreamtime. See where the mythic ‘Quinkans’ are painted on ancient sandstone rocks, stroll on tropical beaches in the Torres Strait, and be dwarfed by black granite mountains, giant termite mounds, pristine rivers and the famous Daintree rainforest. It’s a top adventure at the very top of Australia!
Central Australia’s Rock & Canyon: 3 days – from $545
Welcome to the Outback! Central Australia is a rugged land of Dreamtime legends, endless vistas and immense beauty. Our exploration of this mythic region takes in a slice of Aboriginal history and culture. Discover the stories surrounding the multi-hued monolith of Uluru and marvel at the pristine beauty of Kings Canyon. Experience camping in the Australian outback in spacious, permanent safari tents. The Dreamtime heritage and splendour of this ancient land will live on in your reveries.
Fraser Island and Reef Adventure: 6 days – from $925
Island-hop to some of Northern Queensland’s most idyllic beaches on this six-day sojourn. From the idyllic seaside township of Hervey Bay to the rainforests and freshwater lakes of Fraser Island and back again – spend time exploring rugged, untamed landscapes and idyllic patches of paradise. Enjoy a jaunt on Lady Elliot Island to snorkel, scuba dive or hike through the bush or, if that all sounds too strenuous, grab a book and relax on the beach. This short adventure is guaranteed to leave sun-seekers feeling rejuvenated and refreshed and craving more of the simple island life.