The true Australasian experts
Our directors are true Australasian holiday experts who know everything there is to know about creating the best possible escorted tours of Australia. They have over 75 years combined experience in the travel industry.
They are ten-time winners at the prestigious British Travel Awards and have been awarded Feefo’s highest Platinum Trusted rating for consistently achieving exceptional customer feedback.
All our touring packages are fully-bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913), plus, if Distant Journeys is unable to operate your tour due to Covid-19, we will give you the option to change to another tour, defer your holiday to a later departure date or cancel your holiday with a full refund, so you can book knowing your money is 100% safe!
If proof is needed about the quality of our Australian tours, Distant Journeys is proud to be four-time winners of the ‘British Travel Awards’ ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’ – winning the award in 2016, again in 2017 and 2019 and most recently in December 2020. Distant Journeys also won the silver award for ‘Best Small Escorted Tours Company’ at the 2020 British Travel Awards, repeating the success of the previous year.
We know how good our tours are, and people who have travelled with us know this too, but to have our escorted tours officially recognised by such a prestigious organisation makes us very proud indeed.
Don’t miss out on New Zealand
If you’re already thinking of travelling to the other side of the world to tour Australia, why not nip over to New Zealand while you’re there? The 30-day Highlights of Australia and New Zealand tour combines all the countries’ best bits – making the most of your trip down under. And if you want to make the ultimate touring experience you can combine our full Australia and New Zealand tours to create one of four itineraries of between 42 and 56-day durations.
Australia tour holiday highlights
Our escorted tours of Australia have many contrasting highlights. Below are just some you may experience dependent on your choice of tour.
- Melbourne – with opportunities to see the Great Ocean Road and the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island
- Adelaide – a wonderful garden city with the beautiful Barossa Valley within easy reach
- Kangaroo Island – experience the unique native wildlife and spectacular scenery
- The Ghan – an iconic rail journey through Australia’s outback
- Alice Springs – home of the Flying Doctor Service
- Uluru – the world’s largest and most impressive monolith
- Perth – a laid back city on the Indian Ocean
- Darwin – the capital of the Northern Territory
- Cairns – surrounded by tropical rainforest, experienced perfectly with the Kuranda rail journey
- Great Barrier Reef – our guests spend a full day on the outer barrier reef, including lunch
- Sydney – with Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge it’s little surprise this is one of the world’s favourite cities.
Providing exceptional value while maintaining the highest standards is at the heart of everything we do.
We know that your accommodation in Australia is an extremely important part of your holiday, which is why we generally use hotels with a four-star rating. Not only that, but we carefully select hotels in Australia which offer the best locations for you to explore.
All aboard an iconic, all-inclusive rail journey
Just another highlight on some of our escorted tours is an overnight rail journey on The Ghan. You can watch the country’s incredible landscapes unfold before you as you relax in complete all-inclusive comfort where all your meals and drinks are included.
So many experiences included
Visit Australia with Distant Journeys, and you’ll enjoy so many incredible experiences, at no extra cost. From hopping into a boat for a sumptuous lunch cruise around Sydney Harbour or adventuring to the more elusive areas of the Outer Barrier Reef, they’re all included in the price of your Australian tour.
Our Australia tours include
- Scheduled flights with Qantas & Emirates
- A selection of UK departure airports
- A choice of outbound stopovers
- Airport transfers overseas
- Superior hotels, with great locations
- Daily breakfast, worth up to £462 per person and some extra meals
- Experienced local tour managers
- Incredible excursions
- All pre-payable airport taxes
- All hotel porterage
- ATOL protection for your holiday
- Our Price Promise & Covid Guarantee
At Distant Journeys, we think we’ve found the perfect balance of freedom and flexibility that every escorted tour of Australia needs.
Where would you like to fly from?
It’s up to you! On our 22-day Wonders of Australia tour, 29-day Very Best of Australia tour, 19-day Essential Australia tour and 27-day Christmas & New Year in Australia tour you can choose to travel with the Qantas and Emirates partnership from any of the following airports; London Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle or Glasgow. Just pick which is most convenient.
Where would you like to stop over?
You can choose to break up your travel with an outbound stopover in Dubai or Singapore – whichever sounds best to you, on the majority of our Australian tours we include it in the price of your tour package.
What would you like to do?
On an escorted tour, we think it’s important to still have the flexibility and freedom to spend time as you please and enjoy experiences that really interest you. And our Freedom Days allow you to do exactly that. So be it a behind-the-scenes tour of Sydney Opera House or dinner under the stars at Uluru, it’s all about what you want to do.
Would you like to stay a little longer?
Who wouldn’t? So why not extend your holiday to visit family and friends? Arranging flights for you to accommodate this is all part of the service.
Book now and SAVE up to £632 per couple!
If you book any of our Australia tours departing after September 2022 by the 30th November 2021 you will be able to take advantage of our Special Offer, which will save you up to £632 per couple.
Our most popular Special Offer – a two night homebound stopover is available for only £29 per person – on all our Australia tours. Dependent on your preferred itinerary and choice of airline, there are several options for your £29 stopover including Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong or Dubai.
These stopovers normally cost as much as £690 per couple for two nights accommodation in a deluxe four star hotel, with full daily breakfast and airport transfers. So it really does pay to book early with Distant Journeys.
You also have the option to choose a relaxing three-night beach stay on the wonderful Indonesian island of Bali, for only £199 per person, or enjoy a two-night stay on Sentosa Island for only £129 per person.
Special Offer: terms and conditions
Special Offer is £29pp in twin / double room, £58 for single occupancy and is subject to the availability of flights and accommodation. The Bali stopover is £199 per person (£398 for single occupancy). The Sentosa Island stopover is £129 per person (£258 for single occupancy).The saving of up to £632 per couple is based on the price of the homebound stopover.
Award-winning escorted tours
Want to learn more about these amazing offers along with our fantastic award-winning itineraries to Australia and New Zealand? Just click on the tour name;
19-day Essential Australia tour
22-day Wonders of Australia tour
29-day Very Best of Australia tour
27-day Christmas & New Year in Australia tour
24-day Magnificent New Zealand tour
27-day New Zealand by Rail, Road and Sea tour
28-day Very Best of New Zealand tour
30-day Highlights of Australia & New Zealand tour
Or for any of our combined tours of Australia & New Zealand, please click here.