Splendors of Australia and New Zealand
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.
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!).”
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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's Lizard Island Research Station on two research expeditions.
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.
Kirt Kempter is a Fulbright Fellow and Ph.D. graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, where he conducted his dissertation research on Rincón de la Vieja volcano in Costa Rica. For the past 11 years, Kirt has worked for the New Mexico STATEMAP program, studying the geologic history of northern New Mexico. Kirt is also an instructor for the NASA astronaut training program, teaching NASA's 2009 astronaut candidates geologic mapping techniques in northern New Mexico. Since 1993, Kirt has led numerous journeys for the Smithsonian Institution, from Iceland to Antarctica.
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.
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.