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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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.
Bob Szaro grew up fascinated by nature and started bird-watching while in grade school. He has an enthusiastic passion for different cultures, architecture, art, natural history, and photography. His extensive travels and studies have taken him to more than 100 countries. From the warmth of African plains to the frigid Arctic he has had the opportunity to enjoy and study an incredible variety of animals and plants and their interaction with the human cultures dependent upon them. His research has included , biodiversity conservation, bird community dynamics, climate change, forest stresses on mountain ecosystems, ecological approaches to natural resource management, desert and riparian plant ecosystems, and fish, wildlife, and forest resources throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Bob retired in 2008 as Chief Scientist for Biology for the US Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia. Bob received a Dual Bachelors Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Texas A&M University (1970), a Masters Degree in Zoology from the University of Florida (1972), and a Doctoral Degree in Ecology from Northern Arizona University (1976). He also completed the Senior Executive Fellows program at Harvard University (1993). Bob currently serves as a consultant to the Smithsonian Institution on biodiversity, climate change, and tiger conservation.
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.
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.