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

Starting at: $10,784 * 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  Koala  Wallabies   Looking out over Queenstown. Credit: Chris Sisarich/Tourism New Zealand  Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the Remarkables  Dramatic Milford Sound with Mitre Peak. 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  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 $10,784 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Explore a host of wonders across Australia and New Zealand—from the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru to the 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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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!). 

- Richard S.

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Experts

Oct 29 - Nov 19, 2022 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.

Jan 11 - Feb 1, 2023 Departure
Don Wilson

Don Wilson

Don Wilson is Curator Emeritus of Mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and was named senior scientist in January 2000. Don was director of the Smithsonian's Biodiversity Programs for ten years. A distinguished mammalogist and an internationally recognized authority on bats, he earned his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of New Mexico. He is the author of over 270 scientific publications and 30 books, including the highly acclaimed 9-volume series Handbook of Mammals of the World. For the last 50 years, his work has taken him around the world conducting field work and research. He has led tours for Smithsonian Journeys to most of the world's greatest natural history destinations, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe. Don loves to share his passion for the natural world, and his easygoing nature, sense of humor, and excellent presentations have earned him much praise and a loyal following from Smithsonian travelers.

Feb 15 - Mar 8, 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 15 - Apr 5, 2023 Departure
Peter Bobrowsky

Peter Bobrowsky

Peter Bobrowsky is a professional archaeologist and geologist with 40 years of experience working as a consultant, scholar, teacher and researcher across the globe. His academic achievements include almost 500 publications - 20 technical books such as the Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards, Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology and The Landslide Handbook - the latter written for the general public has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, and Japanese; induction as an International Fellow of the Explorers Club of New York and Fellow of the Geological Society of America. He is the recipient of numerous awards including most notably the Eugene Shoemaker Communications Award for Best Book (2009), the Edward B. Burwell Jr. Award for Engineering Geology (2011), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and the James Harrison Outstanding Achievement Award (2020).

Dr. Bobrowsky has a prominent history of international positions and appointments in particular Secretary General of the International Union of Geological Sciences an NGO representing some 1 million earth scientists around the world, President of the Canadian Quaternary Association, President of the Geological Association of Canada and President of the International Consortium on Landslides.

A popular global public speaker for the past 25 years he remains a much sought after and well-liked lecturer for the Smithsonian since 2004. His multi-disciplinary background and extensive travel to over 110 countries contribute to his unique, informative and enthusiastic speaking style. A born extrovert, with an easy going manner, Peter strives to understand and explain the crucial links between a diverse and dynamically changing Earth and the evolution of changing societies through history.

He divides his time between travel adventures and home life near Sidney by the Sea on Vancouver Island.

Apr 8 - 29, 2023 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.