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: $10,184 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Sydney Opera House at night  Sydney skyline, early evening  Australia's Great Barrier Reef  The Great Barrier Reef  Tropical fish and coral, the Great Barrier Reef  Fish and coral found along 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  Maori sculpture  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

Splendors of Australia and New Zealand

22 days from $10,184 | 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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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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Feb 18 - Mar 11, 2019 Departure
Peter Bobrowsky

Peter Bobrowsky

Peter Bobrowsky is a 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.

Mar 11 - Apr 1, 2019 Departure
Geoffrey Cox

Geoffrey Cox

Prior to moving to the central North Island town of Rotorua in 1999, Geoff was a lecturer at the Auckland University of Technology teaching environmental science, zoology, botany and marine biology. Geoff is a leading author and illustrator of New Zealand natural history books for the general public having written more than 15. His book, Dinosaurs of New Zealand was the first book for the public on the subject while Prehistoric Animals of New Zealand was the first overview of this country’s prehistory. Similarly, Fountains of Fire the Story of Auckland’s Volcanoes was the first account for the public of the 50 or so volcanoes that pepper the landscape of New Zealand’s largest city. Other topics have included the Southern Alps, whales and sharks.  In addition, working principally as a natural history artist, he has illustrated over 70 books for other authors, designed three sets of New Zealand Post stamps, one set of American Post first day covers (featuring dinosaurs) and produced posters for several clients, including New Zealand Geographic magazine and the World Wildlife Fund.

Apr 6 - 27, 2019 Departure
William  Leeman

William Leeman

Bill Leeman received his Ph. D. in geology from University of Oregon in 1974. Following post-graduate research fellowships with the U.S. Geological Survey (1977), and Oregon State University (1978-79), he joined the faculty of the Department of Earth Science, Rice University (1979-2005), where he focused on volcanology, igneous petrology, geochemistry, geologic hazards, and environmental studies.  Bill's primary research areas include volcanology and tectonics of the western U.S., with major projects in the Cascades Volcanic Arc, the Snake River Plain-Yellowstone volcanic belt, and the Basin and Range Province.  He has also studied volcanoes in Alaska, Chile, Hawaii, Mexico, Central America, Italy, New Zealand and more.  After retiring from Rice University as Professor Emeritus, Bill joined the National Science Foundation where he managed a research program in Petrology and Geochemistry. In 2012, Bill retired from government service to move to Santa Fe, where he continues work on research and writing projects.

Oct 5 - 26, 2019 Departure; Mar 14 - Apr 4, 2020 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's Lizard Island Research Station on two research expeditions. He has traveled extensively all over Australia and New Zealand.

Oct 19 - Nov 9, 2019 Departure
Grant Nel

Grant Nel

Grant Nel travels the globe, continuously studying the Earth's most diverse wildlife. He received his ranger training at the world-renowned Mala Mala Game Reserve and has worked in the African wild for more than two decades. Grant has lived a few hundred meters from the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers, making Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park virtually his back yard. A highly respected conservationist, he is a former CEO of the acclaimed Selinda Reserve, sits on the boards of two local environmental organizations, and holds a postgraduate honors degree in zoology from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.