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"This was our 3rd vacation with Kensington & was truly fantastic, probably the best to date. The balance of adventures & activities in New Zealand and a restful couple of days in Bora Bora was just right." Iain Campbell, 2012
From cuddling with koalas to pearl farms, Middle Earth, island hopping by helicopter & dining with kangaroos, we’ve got it!
When autumn arrives in the northern hemisphere, Australia's climate is just warming up after a mild winter. Along the gorgeous Gold Coast, ranked the number-one vacation spot for Aussie locals, according to National Geographic, visitors have long been enchanted by the rolling waves, miles of beaches and countless luxury amenities dotting the shoreline. As with much of the Australian countryside, the primary allure is not necessarily in the convenient perks, but rather the untamed wilderness that surrounds just about every major metropolitan area.
During a tour of Australia, you'll not only get to treat your senses to the rugged landscape, you'll also have the chance to hang out with koalas and kangaroos. Here are a few activities you may want to try.
Lamington National Park
After driving up the winding road to Lamington National Park, the panoramic vistas at the top of the mountain range are worth every moment spent in a tour bus. Once you take a handful of photographs, throw on a pair of walking shoes and begin your on-foot tour of the gorgeous and dense wilderness. With lush forests, well-kept paths and the ever-present smell of of freshly fallen rain, you may find it difficult to leave this truly breathtaking environmental oasis.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
You might think that interacting with koala bears is a common activity in Australia, but it's actually illegal in most parts of the country. Not at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can see the peculiar marsupials, as well as hold one of the slow-moving creatures as they amble their way up your body. Owned by the National Trust of Queensland, a nonprofit organization, the sanctuary is heavily invested in perpetuating the lives of bush animals - not only koalas, but also the Tasmanian devil, cassowary bird and even dingos.
Burleigh Heads Beach
The jaw-dropping white sand beach at Burleigh Heads is second to none, featuring not only royal blue waters, but also the distinction of being one of the best shores along the Gold Coast - which is really saying something. This beautiful beach is ideal for adventure travelers on Australia tours and has a number of rental companies for those who want to go kite surfing.
(Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Franz Josef, Christchurch)
Value tour combining the highlights on both of New Zealand's Islands. Visit cosmopolitan Auckland and the cultural heartland of the country, Rotorua - then fly South and take in Queenstown, an alpine resort town set amidst towering mountains and serene lakes. Take in the breathtaking scenery of Franz Josef Glacier and continue by train to finish in Christchurch.
(Sydney, Ayers Rock, Cairns)
A lone didgeridoo echoes across the endless desert landscape as the setting sun illuminates the rich red landscape of Australia’s outback heart. This itinerary includes Australia's true highlights, from the red earth of Ayers Rock to the Great Barrier Reef.
(Waiheke Island, Rotorua, Queenstown)
If you need an adrenaline rush, New Zealand’s natural theme park is for you. See New Zealand from the tops of volcanoes, through the caves of Dart River, while free falling from 12,000ft, or from the top of the original bungee bridge before you make the plunge. Spend the bulk of your time in The 'Adventure Capital of the World' and it is a reputation well earned. Queenstown is the home of adventure in New Zealand, and this tour includes it all. From black water rafting to challenging hikes, bike rides and bungee jumps it has something for anyone seeking adventure.
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