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Australia Tours

Australia Tours

The best way to explore Australia is with Distant Journeys. Our escorted tours to Australia not only ensure you experience all of the country’s highlights, but package them together perfectly to make the most of your time Down Under.

On our Australian touring holidays, you can tick Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide off your to-do list as we explore all their best bits. Not forgetting the remote outback, Alice Springs and Ayers Rock whose incredible landscapes will stay with you for a lifetime. And of course, the enchanting sights of the Great Barrier Reef.

Our Australia tour packages also include a choice of stopovers on the way out, an overnight journey onboard The Ghan, and guided tours throughout Australia by your experienced Distant Journeys Tour Manager. Whether you choose the 22-day Wonders of Australia, 29-day Very Best of Australia or 21-day Icons of Australia tour, our holidays are designed to ensure you see and do the very best.


The true Australasian experts

Proof that our tours to Australia are of the highest standard comes from the Directors’ combined experience of over 60 years in the travel industry. On top of this, they’re true Australasian experts who know everything there is to know about creating the best Australia tours from the UK.

All our Australia touring packages are fully-bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913), so you can be 100% certain that your money is secure when you book.

Award-winning tours

If more proof were needed about the quality of our Australian tours, Distant Journeys was delighted to win the British Travel Awards’ ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’ award in November 2016. We know how good our tours are, and people who have already travelled with us know this too, but to have our tours to Australia officially recognised by such a prestigious organisation makes us very proud.

Don’t miss out on New Zealand

You’re already thinking of travelling to the other side of the world on an Australia tour holiday, so why not nip over to New Zealand while you’re there? The 28-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 trip down under you can combine our full Australia and New Zealand tours to create one of four itineraries of between 39 and 53-day durations.


Australia holiday highlights

Escorted tours of Australia have many contrasting highlights, and below are just some you may experience on Distant Journeys Australia tours, dependent on your choice of tour.

  • Melbourne with opportunities to see the Great Ocean Road and the Fairy Penguin Parade on Philip 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 (Ayers Rock) 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
  • Noosa – on the Sunshine Coast and within easy reach of Fraser Island
  • 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.

Superb Hotels

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 our escorted tours of Australia is an overnight rail journey on either The Ghan or Indian Pacific. 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 two night outbound stopovers
  • Airport transfers overseas
  • Superior hotels, with great locations
  • Daily breakfast, worth up to £463 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
  • No surcharge 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 or 21-day Icons of 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 a two night outbound stopover in Dubai or Singapore. Whichever sounds best to you, we include it in the price of your Australian tour package.

What is your ideal size group?

Most of our tours of Australia carry around 40 people – ideal for a sociable touring atmosphere. However, if you prefer to have a small group tour of Australia, our Icons of Australia tour takes no more than 24 people, offering a more intimate style of touring.

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.

Special offer – save up to £592 per couple

There aren’t many places on the planet further away than Australia. So to help break up your journey (and give you an opportunity to experience a fantastic Asian city) we’re pleased to include a two-night outbound stopover in either Dubai or Singapore on all our tours down under. Alternatively, if you are choosing either the Icons of Australia or Very Best of Australia tours, you may choose to stay in Perth for two nights before your tour begins. And when we say included, that means your airport transfers, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis and a comprehensive city tour (in Singapore or Dubai) is already taken care of.

In addition to this included outbound stopover, right now we’re offering a two-night inbound stopover for only £49 per person (£98 for single occupancy) on tours which depart after 1st September 2018. This amounts to a saving of up to £592 on the normal price you would pay. To take advantage of this early booking price, all you need to do is book by 15th March 2018.

The offer is subject to availability of flights and accommodation at the time of booking. Just click on the tour name for more information:

Your homebound stopover options with this early booking offer are four incredible Asian cities; Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai.
If a three night relaxing break in Bali is your preference, you may choose this option at a special offer rate of £219 per person in a twin room or £438 in a room for single occupancy.

The offer includes return transfers and accommodation including full breakfast.

Why Distant Journeys?

Over 60 years in the industry

  • Award-winning holidays
    winners of the ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’.
  • Uncompromising quality, great value
    superior hotels, all flights, many meals and fantastic excursions are included.
  • Freedom and flexibility
    as you select the flights, stopovers and activities to create your perfect holiday.
  • Leisurely paced tours
    spending longer in each destination, so you can fully explore at your leisure.
  • Outstanding reviews
    a 99% satisfaction rating from guests who have travelled with Distant Journeys.
  • Peace of mind
    Distant Journeys holidays are fully ATOL protected and your money is 100% safe.

of our customers are
happy with our service

  • Had a dream trip to Australia. It ticked all the boxes for what we wanted to see. Enjoyed the experience of all the places we visited, which we couldn’t have done without our Tour Manager, Sylvia. Well done Distant Journeys
    Mr & Mrs Catchpole
  • The organisation and skill devoted to making this special was exceptional. From the tour managers down to the coach drivers and the choice of hotels there is really nothing I could fault. One big, perfect adventure from start to finish. Thank you!
    Mr & Mrs Waters, Wonders of Australia
  • Have just returned from Australia with this excellent company. When you phone the company you nearly always speak to the same knowledgeable person, nothing was too much trouble. The trip was well planned and all the hotels they used excellent.
    Mrs P (Bedford), Visions of Australia
  • You enabled me to achieve a lifetime's ambition and it exceeded my expectations.  I did some research into choosing which company to travel with, and I am so pleased I selected you, because it was faultless.
    Sheila Hughes, Wonders of Australia
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