Explore Australia and New Zealand's stunningly diverse landscapes and wildlife—from the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens to renowned Milford Sound.

Starting at: $9,257 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Sydney Opera House at night  Panoramic view of Sydney  The Great Barrier Reef  Australia's Great Barrier Reef  Fish and coral found along the Great Barrier Reef  Tropical fish and coral, the Great Barrier Reef  Uluru or Ayers Rock  Koala  A joey in Australia Credit: Kirt Kempter  Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the Remarkables  Looking out over Queenstown Credit: Chris Sisarich/Tourism New Zealand  The dramatic Milford Sound with Mitre Peak in the center. Credit: Rob Suisted/Tourism New Zealand  View from Mt. Cook. Credit: Hannah Coles  Wines of New Zealand. Credit: Chris McLennan/Tourism New Zealand  Young Maori woman with traditional Moko tattoos. Credit: James Heremaia/Tourism New Zealand  Traditional Maori greeting, or <i>Hongi</i>. Credit: Chris SisarichTourism New Zealand  Maori Haka performance. Credit: James Heremaia/Tourism New Zealand  Traditional Maori meeting house  Rotorua's Te Puia. Credit: Eric Lindberg/Tourism New Zealand  The Po Hutu Geyser in Rotorua

Splendors of Australia and New Zealand

22-23 days from $9,257 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Explore Australia and New Zealand's stunningly diverse landscapes and wildlife—from the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens to renowned Milford Sound.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

Smithsonian Journeys tours always have unique interesting itineraries and always have a very interesting like-minded set of other traveling companions. The lecture information always help better understand the countries and geology better. 

- Previous Journeys Traveler

This was the very best trip I have ever taken. I will travel with Smithsonian Journeys again and again! Thank you so much. 

- Previous Journeys Traveler

This was the only tour we found that went to every place we wanted to visit in Australia and New Zealand (including the outback!). 

- Richard S.

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Sep 24 - Oct 16, 2016 Departure
Joseph Snyder

Joseph Snyder

Joe Snyder was a U.S. State Department Foreign Service officer for thirty years.  He served at diplomatic offices in Thailand, Iran, Taiwan, Malaysia and Austria, as well as in Washington.  Among his positions was Director of the State Department Press Office and Spokesman, when he often delivered a televised daily briefing with reporters, and Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, where he directed work on nuclear issues in North Korea, Iran and Iraq.  After retirement from government service Joe was President of the American Australian Association in New York, also spent fifteen years on the Board of the United States-New Zealand Council in Washington. Joe has been lecturing for seven years on cruise ships, private jet excursions and land tours and has travelled extensively in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia and New Zealand.  He has undergraduate (Georgetown University) and graduate (Yale University) degrees in international relations.  

Oct 26 - Nov 17, 2016 Departure
Edward Kanze

Edward Kanze

An interpretive naturalist for more than three decades, Ed Kanze runs a guiding service in New York State's 6-million acre Adirondack Park. His love for Australia and New Zealand became a major part of his life after his first trip to New Zealand's North, South, and Stewart Islands in 1984. Ed's continuing travels there and involvement in research on rare endemic animals led to the writing of his first book "Notes From New Zealand." Ed's connection to Australia took a leap forward in 1996, when he and his wife, Debbie, made a 25,000-mile journey around the mainland and Tasmania. Theirs was a wildlife odyssey that led to places most tourists and Australians never visit. Along the way they had encounters with wild platypuses, echidnas, wombats, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, crocodiles, deadly snakes, giant lizards, and 419 species of birds. The story of the journey was published by Random House and Sierra Club Books in 2000 as "Kangaroo Dreaming: An Australian Wildlife Odyssey." Further adventures in both Australia and New Zealand have expanded Ed's wealth of knowledge and stories to share. He has published four more books, the most recent about wildlife and his own life in the Adirondack Mountains. It's title is "Adirondack: Life and Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East." He is at work on several fiction projects, one of them a novel about the explorer Henry Hudson. He is also co-producer of a weekly podcast and a series of videos called "Curiously Adirondack" for his local PBS station, Mountain Lake PBS (www.mountainlake.org). Ed has served as a national park ranger, won the prestigious John Burroughs Award for one of his nature essays, and shared his love of nature, literature, and history at lecture venues great and small. A graduate of Middlebury College, Vermont, he won the Bermas Prize for highest honors in Geography. He lives with his wife, Debbie, and children Ned and Tasman on eighteen wild acres in the Adirondack Mountains.

Jan 21 - Feb 12, 2017 Departure; Mar 18 - Apr 9, 2017 Departure
David Clapp

David Clapp

David Clapp is a respected naturalist and teacher who worked extensively in land conservation and habitat management. David has taught at Northeastern University, lectured on strategies for land protection in the United States, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and consulted for an array of governmental and conservation agencies. He spent his professional career working for the Massachusetts Audubon Society and has led Smithsonian Journeys adventures for about thirty years. His research has included studies in avian populations and breeding birds of various species. Although natural history is his primary focus, David is interested in cultural history, geology, and evolution. He has been involved in ecotourism for more than thirty years and has led tours throughout the world. Especially through his involvement with ecotourism he has been able to train naturalists, provide natural history materials, and work with conservation organizations worldwide. His lectures run the gamut from plate tectonics and the history of the world to flight and migration as it relates to sites being visited. A naturalist of unusual breadth and depth, he has led Smithsonian Journeys practically from pole to pole. David is also an extremely gifted photographer. He is a popular expert and our travelers consistently express their appreciation for his efforts and enthusiasm.


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Feb 15 - Mar 9, 2017 Departure
Peter Bobrowsky

Peter Bobrowsky

Peter Bobrowsky is professional archaeologist and geologist with 30 years of experience working as a consultant, scholar and researcher in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He obtained his PhD in 1989 from the University of Alberta and is currently an Adjunct Full Professor at both Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. An author of some 350 scientific publications including several technical books such as the Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards, he was elected as an International Fellow of the Explorers Club of New York and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Eugene Shoemaker Communications Award for Best Book in 2009, the Edward B. Burwell Jr. Award for Engineering Geology in 2011 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Dr. Bobrowsky has a prominent history of international positions and appointments including former Secretary General of the International Union of Geological Sciences an NGO representing some 1 million earth scientists around the world, former President of the Canadian Quaternary Association, and former President of the Geological Association of Canada. A popular lecturer for the Smithsonian, he is a passionate traveler who has visited some 100 countries. Known for his scholarly insights and enthusiastic and easygoing speaking style, he will bring to life the crucial link between landscapes and society.

Feb 25 - Mar 19, 2017 Departure
George Losey

George Losey

George Losey, Professor Emeritus, University of Hawaii, received his Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography working on the behavior and ecology of the fishes of the East Pacific. His research, mostly on coral reef fishes, includes cleaning symbiosis, intraspecific aggression, and learning behavior. His most recent work on ultraviolet vision and coloration in reef fishes led him to Australia┬ĺ's Lizard Island Research Station on two research expeditions.

Oct 28 - Nov 18, 2017 Departure
Francisco Dallmeier

Francisco Dallmeier

Francisco is a senior conservation biologist and the Director of the Smithsonian Center for Conservation and Sustainability. He is passionate for natural history, multi-cultural experiences, art, architecture and photography.  He has traveled and worked professionally in nearly 100 countries from the Alaskan tundra to the tropical rainforests of the Amazon, Central Africa and Southeast Asia. His research and conservation programs have included critical and endangered species and ecosystems, forest vital signs monitoring programs, climate change, impact mitigation of large development projects, and design and implementation of sustainable mega-infrastructure projects.  He has numerous scientific and technical publications.  Francisco has extensive experience developing partnerships among academia, NGOs, and the private and public sectors to deliver conservation solutions to complex sustainable development challenges worldwide.  He is a certified coach and advisor to corporate leadership and provides technical expertise and policy advice on projects on the ground. Francisco received his undergraduate degree in Biology at the Central University of Venezuela, in his birth country, and his Master and PhD in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University.  He also completed the Executive Leadership Program with the Federal Executive Institute and the Smithsonian Leadership Development Program.  In addition, he is an adjunct professor at George Mason University in conservation and sustainability.