Australasia and the South Pacific are truly spellbinding regions, with vast and varied landscapes of mountains, gorges, deserts and rain-forests, fascinating ancient cultures and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world; here there is something for everybody.
For those with a love for the great outdoors and a keen sense of adventure, Australia’s offerings are large. Here you can get stuck into the landscape at the sweeping Blue Mountains in New South Wales, marvel at the wonders of the natural world at the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest in Queensland and jump into the surf at Bondi Beach or Byron Bay. Over in New Zealand, considered by many as the home of the adrenaline junkie, you can tie up your hiking boots and take on the Franz Josef Glacier, white water raft down the Kaituna River or kayak in the glorious Milford Sound. Other activities such as mountain hikes, skiing and sailing are all promised by the vast diversity of the landscape. Those interested in wildlife will rejoice in Papua New Guinea, which offers a unique natural world of forested mountain ranges, home to colourful birds of paradise.
Those keen to immerse themselves into culture can visit the quaint coffee shops and street art in Melbourne, the iconic Sydney Opera House, or the set of Lord of The Ring’s Hobbiton over in New Zealand. Delve into the Māori way of life and learn the origins of their famed haka, and understand more about Aboriginal traditions in the otherworldly Australian Outback. Those who venture to Papua New Guinea can get a glimpse into tribal traditions that are very much kept alive today.
Heading over to islands of Fiji and French Polynesia, here one will find the epitome of relaxation. Idyllic in every sense of the word, the glorious beaches and brilliant blue seas lend themselves to a whole number of water activities as well as simply rejuvenation after an all-encompassing grand tour.
Overall very satisfied. Only one misstep - one hotel was not quite up to par. Also, we should have upper level rooms in the various hotels, which is not always the case. All tours were wonderful and well planned. Duration of the various tours should be indicated to facilitate dinner reservations. We would recommend Jacada as a reliable partner for travels.