OverviewVenture “down under” for an exploration of some of the world’s most stunningly diverse landscapes—from colorful coral reefs and lush forests to stark deserts and dramatic fjords. In Australia’s unique northern ecosystems, travel through the rain forest canopy of Kuranda on the world’s longest gondola cableway and visit the Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage site. In the storied Outback, savor a traditional “bush” dinner and Aboriginal “Dreamtime” tour and watch the sun set over Ayers Rock at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Fly to magnificent Sydney, where highlights include the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Koala Sanctuary, and the iconic Opera House.
Continue to New Zealand for an eight-day journey that features Mt. Cook and magnificent Fjordlands National Park, both World Heritage sites, with a cruise across the renowned Milford Sound. Observe famed geothermal features on the North Island and visit the Maori cultural center in Rotorua, where you’ll enjoy a traditional hangi dinner and Maori performance.
Special ValueThis tour is specially designed for a small group of 16 to 24 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.
Smithsonian ExpertsDavid Clapp is a respected naturalist, scientist, and teacher. Formerly director of the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s South Shore Sanctuaries, David continues to be actively involved in habitat conservation and land management. He also serves as a consultant for an array of governmental and conservation agencies. David will lead all departures.
Special HighlightsExplore the Great Barrier Reef and learn about its richness and resources from a marine biologist.Visit an Aboriginal tribal camp and experience their “Dreamtime” legend.Tour the world's southernmost wine producing region in Queenstown.Stop at a local farm to watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and skilled sheep dogs in action.Cruise Milford Sound past breathtaking scenery.
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World Heritage SitesThis tour features the following World Heritage sites:
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- The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
- Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia
- The Sydney Opera House, Australia
- Fjordland National Park, New Zealand
- Mt. Cook National Park, New Zealand