I'm a freelance writer living in Melbourne, Victoria.
Published January 22nd 2019
Whether you want a jam-packed journey, a tranquil getaway, or a simple summer vacation, Australia has you covered. With a vast range of landscapes and activities in store, you can trek along the red desert, marvel at the local wildlife, or kick back and relax within the lush greenery. There is no greater holiday spot in the summertime than in sweltering hot Australia.
Not sure where to start? During my travels through the country, I discovered unforgettable areas with Sightseeing Tours Australia, which aim to bring travellers the greatest experiences at the best possible prices. With local guides showing you iconic landmarks and hidden treasures, your next trip to Australia will be already set if you follow my list of the best tours on offer!
Trek through Australia's dry desert until you arrive at the spectacular crimson colours of Uluru. 'Uluru Tours Australia' promises four exceptional days at the remarkable region of Uluru and Kings Canyon. Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) is one of the world's most recognisable natural landmarks. Set in the very heart of Australia's outback, which holds fascinating history, culture and wildlife.
The adventure begins in the small town of Yulara and sets off into the wilderness. Alternating from hiking to driving throughout the four days, exposing visitors to some of Australia's most unique landscapes and attractions first hand. This tour is a camping adventure, with an outstanding view of the stars. All camping gear is provided, with each traveller getting their own swag (a one-man tent with a built-in mattress.) The only thing you'll need to bring is your luggage and a sleeping bag! If you don't have a sleeping bag, you can even hire one for the trip.
The tour gets you in touch with the nature and history of the land. Letting you experience the unique beauty of the bushland while learning the hidden secrets of each area. Come face to face with the native flora and fauna, while hearing the ancient stories of the aboriginal people.
Instead of a mere one-day tour, get off the beaten track and immerse yourself in the culture and history of this famous land. Trekking along with your small group and guide as you see famous sights such as the Valley of the Winds, Garden Of Eden, Kings Canyon, and of course Ayer's Rock.
If you are planning on visiting Darwin, chances are you've got the famous Salt Water Crocodiles on your bucket list. Native to Australia, the tropical climate of the Northern territory makes Darwin a paradise for these majestic reptiles.
They are the largest species of reptile in the world, growing up to 7 meters in length, and weighing a whopping 1000 kilograms. The crocs appeared over 240 million years ago during the time of the dinosaurs and have sat on top of the food chain for over 100 million years. Despite these creatures being astonishing, they are very dangerous to humans, with hundreds of injuries and deaths throughout history. Therefore, the safest method in seeing these crocs in the wild is on 'Darwin Tour's' Jumping Crocodile Cruise.
The tour will take you on a leisurely cruise along the Adelaide River. Where the local guide will give you an insight into the landscape, as well as telling you stories and fascinating facts about the local residents of the river. The guides will tempt these creatures with a tasty croc treat, letting you witness the spectacular display of these massive reptiles leaping from the river to catch their lunch.
After seeing these beasts up close and personal, the tour will take you to the Wetlands Visitor Centre, giving you breath-taking views of Marrakai Plains while learning even more about the crocs.
The final stop will be at Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, home to a natural wetland. Here you get to see more than crocs, including native birds, mammals, and a wide range of plant life.
Get ready for a tranquil day amidst Australia's mesmerizing World Heritage listed Blue Mountains. Explore deep gorges, admire the green velvet forest, and view the vast expanse on top of these exceptional mountains. 'Blue Mountains Tour Sydney's' deluxe tour promises a jam-packed day full of exceptional inclusions along the way.
The tour will start off with a visit to the Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you get to see the mountain's glorious wildlife up close and personal. Here you can pat a lazy koala, hand feed friendly kangaroos, and say hello to the roaming wombats.
Next on the agenda will be to the famous Echo Point, where you'll get to view the iconic rock formation named the Three Sisters. It is the most famous sight in the Blue Mountains, celebrated for its breathtaking beauty, its scientific formation, and its Aboriginal Dreamtime story. The story surrounds three beautiful sisters who started a war between two tribes. Learn the details from your guide when you take the tour!
To see the blue mountains in all its glory, your best bet is to visit the popular Scenic World. The tour offers inclusion tickets to the walkway, skyway, cableway, as well as the railway. Travel in style as you marvel the view above the forest canopy.
Instead of heading back to Sydney on the bus, this tour will skip the traffic and set off along a river cruise. Enjoy the peaceful journey as the bright lights of the city slowly come into view.
Escape from the hustle and bustle of Sydney and kick back and relax in the wide-open spaces of greenery and fresh air. Hunter Valley is teeming with boutique wineries, food shops, breweries, and stunning scenery. You're spoiled for choice when it comes to filling your itinerary for a blissed-out break with your partner or posse, but I recommend doing a tour to save you time and effort!
'Hunter Valley Tour Sydney's' alternative journey is a breath of fresh air compared to the hundreds of typical winery tours on offer. Instead of the usual schedule of hopping from winery to winery, this tour visits some of the hidden attractions that are overlooked.
Promising not just exceptional wines, but selections of vodkas, beers, ciders, and chocolate. There is a little something for everyone on this tour, giving you sprawling landscape views of the Valley as you discover the region's unique processes and tastes.
Kick off by indulging your sweet tooth, the tour will stop off for a visit to the Hunter Valley Chocolate Factory. Here you can try out the many taste testers and grab a couple bags for back home.
Next off will be a visit to the valley's Hunter Distillery, the only certified organic Distillery in the region. This unique distillery promises an array of unique flavours of vodkas, gins, and liquors.
Refuel for lunch at Matilda Bay Brewhouse, a brewery where you can indulge in ales, lagers, and ciders. Match your food with your drink and enjoy the view of the stunning greenery surrounding you.
Last but not least, get your thirst for wine at two local wineries before the journey ends. Visit their cellar doors and listen to the professional winemakers tell you their secrets on the perfect red or white.
The Great Ocean Road is a stretch of highway that spans along the Victorian Coast of Australia. It is a famous route, listed as one of the best coastal road trips in the entire world. Spanning a whopping 243km from the east end of the coast in the town Torquay and until the small-town of Allansford. Due to its size, one of the best ways to tackle a day on this picturesque route is by a tour. 'Great Ocean Road Melbourne Tour's' introduce guests to an eye-opening experience to the beauty of the area.
The tour will kick start off in busy Melbourne, picking everyone up before hopping on the country route towards the coast. The first stop will be at Memorial Arch, the iconic gateway to the Great Ocean Road. Grab a photo and learn about the road's history and culture.
Winding around the jagged cliffs, the bus will drive through the charming towns of Lorne and Anglesea. Giving guests a chance to stretch their legs as they try to spot the local wildlife, including koalas, native parrots, and even kookaburras.
Visitors will get to tuck into an included lunch at the quaint coastal town of Apollo Bay, set along the picturesque waterfront. After refuelling, the group will begin a guided walk through Maits Rest Rainforest. Immerse yourself in the thick bushland and see some of the tallest eucalyptus trees around.
Finally, the tour will arrive at the highlight of the Great Ocean Road Tour, the iconic sights of the 12 Apostles. These famous rock formations jut out from the shallow waters, towering over the beachfront. Climb to the lookouts for a spectacular view and photo opportunity at this unique coastline.
Phillip Island is an animal lovers dream! Teeming with incredible bushland and beautiful seashores, it is one of the best day trips from the busy Melbourne city. 'Phillip Island tour's' incredible day is jam-packed with outstanding coastal scenery and an abundant amount of wildlife.
The tour will kick start at Melbourne, picking everyone up before trekking out towards Phillip Island. After fuelling up for your day's activities with a picnic style lunch, the tour's first attraction is the Maru Wildlife Park. here you can come face to face with Australia's most beloved animals, including kangaroos, koalas, wombats, and emus.
After this adventure, the bus will cross the bridge in San Remo to Phillip Island. Immersing you into a wonderland teeming with rugged beaches and lush bushland. Stopping off along the way to see the pristine beaches, seals along the shore, and popular attractions such as the Grand Prix Circuit. The bus will arrive at Nobbies Information Centre, where you can stretch your legs around the boardwalk or learn more about the land's history and culture.
Last but not least, the iconic Penguin Parade! Guests will get the opportunity to see the country's famous 'Little Penguins' waddling up to shore as the sun goes down. This unforgettable experience lets you marvel at these cute creatures from a close distance as they head to their burrows for the night.
Where does one start when visiting one of the seven wonders of the world? The famous Great Barrier reef runs along Australia's east coast, offering visitors an impeccable underwater wonderland. 'Great Barrier Reef Tours Cairn's' deluxe tour lets you see all that this reef has to offer by the countless inclusions and activities set in one chock-full day.
The tour starts and ends on the state-of-the-art deluxe boat, setting off from Cairns Pier. As the boat trudges out to sea, guests can enjoy the delicious mouth-watering BBQ breakfast to fuel up for the day.
One of the best ways to see the Great Barrier reef is by snorkelling. Visitors can float along the ocean's surface to see mesmerizing colourful coral and marine life. The reefs the tour visits will depend on the day, rotating between Hastings Reef, Breaking Patches Reef, Saxon Reef, Norman Reef, or Jorgensen Patch. With all these spots promising ideal swimming conditions and a unique set of marine life. All you need is your swim gear and a great attitude as the snorkel/diving gear with lessons are all provided on board the boat.
Get a little deeper with the tour's inclusive scuba diving session. Whether you are a certified diver or first timer, scuba diving is offered to everyone aboard. Get immersed in the underwater wonderland without having to go up for air, letting you discover extra sights you might miss snorkelling.
If you aren't a big swimmer, try out this unique experience to see the underwater world without having to get in the water at all. The Glass-bottom boat tours include a smaller boat with a complete glass floor, letting you whizz through the water while looking through the perfect floor window for the sea life below.
After your fingers start to prune, the boat will make its way back to Cairns. Refuel and tuck into the delicious wine, cheese, biscuits, and fruit platters as the boat speeds through the crystal-clear waters.
'Daintree Rainforest Tour's' expeditions blend together all the stunning sceneries of the area in just one magical day adventure. Promising the chance to learn more about the fascinating history, culture, and nature of the region.
The day will kick off from Cairns, taking the short drive into the dense the tropical jungle of the Daintree National Park. The rainforest is one of the oldest in the world, listed on the World Heritage site. It is home to some of Australia's rarest flora and fauna, with some unique creatures found nowhere else in the entire world. Here the tour will continue on a crocodile and wildlife spotting river cruise, as the professional biologist will guide you through, giving you an insight into the fascinating wildlife residing there.
After seeing of what the rainforest has to offer, the tour with step through the gateway into Cape Tribulation. Packed with the unspoilt coastal area and stunning reefs, it is a sliver of paradise that leaves a defining impression.
To finish off, the tour will journey to Mossman Gorge, one of the area's most prominent natural wonders and best swimming spots. Cool off from the Aussie heat and plunge into the crystal-clear waters amidst the thick rainforest.
Bruny Island is one of Tasmania's premier destinations. It is made up of two separate islands joined together by a narrow strip named the neck. The area is covered with stunning eucalyptus forests with long stretches of rocky coastlines and beaches. Discover the absolute beauty of this island on the 1-day tour.
The tour will start the day off from Hobart and journey to the spectacular regions of Bruny Island. First on the list will be an exceptional experience of walking through the lush rainforest that surrounds Waterfall Creek. Keep your eyes peeled for some of Australia's most beloved wildlife, including an elusive albino wallaby that lives in the area.
After walking up quite a sweat, the tour will stop off at some of the island's most pristine beaches. Before reaching the jaw-dropping views from the famous long stretched neck.
Next stop on the agenda is at the Cape Bruny Lighthouse. Found right at the southern tip of the island, it is known as the second old lighthouse in the entire country. Offering breathtaking views of the lush greenery and outstretching sapphire waters.
Cool off from that Aussie sun and plunge into these pristine waters, otherwise strolling along the beachfront or exploring the rock pools.
Venture into this captivating open-air museum bursting with cultural heritage and history. Port Arthur was once a convict settlement that began in the 1830s. Starting off as a prison that held more than 1,000 convicts, the area soon evolved to transform into a rehabilitated hub for criminals using education. Over time, a community formed with both convicts and free settlers. Nowadays, Port Arthur is covered in manicured gardens and ancient crumbling buildings, so it is hard to imagine it's violent past. Take a step back in time and join Sightseeing Tours Australia's one day tour to wander Tasmania's fantastic World Heritage-listed site.
This tour isn't just a dull day around the crumbling buildings, for this area has an enormous array of attractions in and around Port Arthur. The tour's first stop will be at the charming village of Richmond. Which has some of the earliest colonial buildings around, as well as the picturesque sandstone bridge, the oldest building in the entire country.
On the way to Port Arthur, a must do stop is at the rugged sights of Tasman Peninsula. Those who enjoy spectacular views of a stunning coastline, lush bushland, and brilliant blue waters, the jagged clifftops of Tasman Peninsula is for you. The tour will stop off at captivating lookouts including Pirates Bay as well as journeying to the charming town of Doo Town. Here you can satisfy both your appetite and your eyes by viewing the superb Tasman Arch as you tuck into a delicious local lunch.
Next on the agenda is to cascading waters of Waterfall Bay. Offering gorgeous views of the massive cliffs boarding the quiet bay of clear turquoise water far below.
Last but not least; it's time to head to Port Arthur. Head along the walking tour that will take you around the entire area. Study the crumbling buildings and historic artefacts as you listen to the fascinating history behind them. See all the significant attractions of the region on this enlightening tour offered.
If you have a few days to space out the sights, why not join this two-day Tasmania Tour with Wineglass Bay? Tasmania is teeming with incredible scenery, so why not spend a couple days marvelling at the lush rainforests, jutting mountain peaks, and the natural wonders within?
The tour begins with a drive into the charming Ledgerwood. This town may be unknown to most tourists, but its home to some of the best memorial carvings around. You will also get to stop at the local Pyengana Dairy Company, where you'll get a chance to try the delicious local cheese.
The slice of coastal heaven next on the agenda. The natural wonder of the Bay of Fires, that stretches over 50 kilometres from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point. Regarded as one of the most stunning spots in Australia, the bay of fires promises some of the clearest waters for your afternoon swim.
The tour will spend the night in the seaside town of Bicheno. Giving you an unforgettable experience of watching the local colony of Little Penguins making their way up the beach as the day ends.
Rise and shine with the tours second day as it starts off meeting the rescued animals at East Coast Nature world. Get up close and personal with some of Australia's beloved natives, including the famous kangaroos and koalas.
Nestled in the Freycinet National Park is Wineglass Bay. The tour will stop off in this remarkable bay to off guests a wonderous view that spans across the clear blue ocean. The tour will finish off with a visit to Kate's Berry Farm, where you can grab a basket and gathered up some fresh berries for your ride home.
Overall these tours offer some of the best experiences at the greatest prices, giving you exceptional insight into these areas in a day (or more) chock-full of fun.