Explore a host of wonders across Australia and New Zealand—from the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru to Milford Sound; and gain insights into the ancient cultures of Australia's Aboriginal people and the Maori of New Zealand.

Starting at: $11,284 * Price includes special offer * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Sydney Opera House at night
 Australia's Great Barrier Reef
 The Great Barrier Reef
 Masked Butterfly Fish, the Great Barrier Reef
 Swimming with tortoise, Great Barrier Reef
 Tropical fish and coral, the Great Barrier Reef
 Sea fans
 A colorful starfish found at the Great Barrier Reef
 Tropical fish and coral of the Great Barrier Reef
 Daintree River and Rainforest
 Flora in the Daintree Rainforest
 Boardwalks in the Daintree Rainforest
 Australian Azure Kingfisher, Daintree Rainforest
 A rare Southern Cassowary in the Daintree Rainforest
 Uluru or Ayers Rock
 The Olgas at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
 Sunset over Uluru
 Night sky in Australia
 Sydney skyline, early evening
 The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
 Looking out over Queenstown. Credit: Chris Sisarich/Tourism New Zealand
 Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the Remarkables
 View from Mt. Cook. Credit: Hannah Coles
 Dramatic Milford Sound with Mitre Peak. Credit: Rob Suisted/Tourism New Zealand
 Wines of New Zealand. Credit: Chris McLennan/Tourism New Zealand
 Maori sculpture
 Maori woman with traditional 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 $11,284 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Explore a host of wonders across Australia and New Zealand—from the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru to Milford Sound; and gain insights into the ancient cultures of Australia's Aboriginal people and the Maori of New Zealand.

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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Sep 23 - Oct 14, 2023 Departure
Carola Stearns

Carola Stearns

Carola Stearns is a field geologist and geophysicist with over 40 years of experience enthusiastically sharing her fascination with the Earth and how it works.  She earned a Ph.D at the University of Michigan, has worked in exploration for major oil companies, taught at universities, and maintains a research affiliation with the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan.  She has worked with archaeologists on both prehistoric and classical sites around the Mediterranean and in the southwest of the US.  Her diverse research interests include tectonics as well as climatic geomorphology, especially as it relates to human history.  She has lectured as a park ranger at the Grand Canyon, on trips for the UM Alumni Association, and in Ann Arbor training docents for the botanical gardens, arboretum and the public school’s environmental education program.  Currently she works part-time as an interpretive guide in Santa Fe. 

Mar 11 - Apr 1, 2024 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.

Apr 8 - 29, 2024 Departure
Ed Smith

Ed Smith

A childhood love of nature and good fortune set Ed on the path to a 35-year career with the Smithsonian. The living collections at the National Zoo, ranging from cuttlefish to Kapok trees, kept his hands wet and muddy - a happy state for an organismal biologist. And opportunities to collaborate with like-minded colleagues have taken him to all continents except Antarctica.

As a naturalist, Ed is more focused on ants, plants, frogs, snakes, and birds than on megafauna. But watching an elephant in the field or listening to hippos bellowing at dawn, or seeing pink river dolphins break the mirror-like surface of a blackwater lake and leaves him transfixed!

During free time, when not outdoors looking for birds, reptiles, etc., Ed enjoys gardening, reading, music, cooking, drawing, museums and keeping up with friends and second languages (primarily German, Spanish, Russian), and travel. 

Recently retired from the Amazonia Department's curatorial team, he is privileged to be able to share experiences and learn alongside Smithsonian Journeys participants once again.

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