Australasian adventures you can take right now

Australasian adventures you can take right now
January 2021

Start planning: Australasian adventures you can take right now

Adventures don't have to mean a lengthy journey or extensive forward planning. There really is no place like home, so why not pack your sense of adventure on a backyard escape to explore your home state? Whichever part of Australia or New Zealand you are lucky to call home, there’s myriad indulgent experiences for intrepid explorers, discerning gastronomes, and wildlife enthusiasts, ready for you to enjoy right now.

If you're looking for some inspiration, explore some highlights from A&K's Australia & New Zealand brochure for an escape close to home, that feels worlds away.

Tasmania: Take yourself on an epicurean exploration

A tasting tour sure to delight, visit the Bruny Island Cheese company, the heavenly Huon Valley and its vineyards, lazing over a locally-sourced lunch before exploring an apple orchard and sampling locally made cider.

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Queensland: Discover the landscapes and colourful wildlife of the ethereal Heart Reef

If you’ve settled in the Sunshine State, the northern regions offer a plethora of wondrous marine experiences. Perfect as part of a multi-day escape, you can travel in style via helicopter to the tropical Heart Reef, drinking in the view from above before exploring the breathtaking underwater scenes up close, with adventures aboard a glass-bottomed boat and snorkelling opportunities to witness the kaleidoscope of marine life.

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Northern Territory: Witness Uluru's captivating Field of Light 

Residents of the Red Centre can combine art with ancient, awe-inspiring landscapes, watching 50,000 glass spheres gently come to life across the ochre sands of Uluru, the sun setting to the music of a lone didgeridoo. Enjoy gourmet canapés and sparkling wine as you admire the surrounding wonders, savouring three courses infused with bush tucker flavours as the resident star talker decodes the night sky, before exploring the sparkling Field of Light.

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Western Australia: Soar over the ancient Bungle Bungle Ranges

If you call Western Australia home, consider a fresh perspective on ancient icons with a scenic flight over one of the most fascinating geological landscapes, the stripy beehive domes of the Bungle Bungles. From the air, marvel at huge rolling ridges of rock and endless expanses of rippled ochre red earth, an unforgettable adventure for even the most seasoned of explorers.

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New South Wales: Soar over harbour icons by seaplane 

For Harbour City residents with a hunger for adventure and a side of fine fare, travel in spectacular style by seaplane to Cottage Point Inn, perched on the water's edge in the heart of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Savour a leisurely lunch showcasing local epicurean delights, before witnessing Sydney’s icons from the air, flying over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House and landing at Rose Bay.

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Victoria: Savour the flavours of the Mornington Peninsula

If you’re looking for a Victorian adventure reminiscent of a European epicurean escape, look no further than the Mornington Peninsula, a cornucopia of flavourful fare less than 90 minutes from Melbourne. Sample unique wines and fresh artisan food as you discover all the culinary treats the region has to offer. Enjoy private barrel-room tastings, a lunch with matched wines, and time to explore serene coves and coastal beach havens at leisure.

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South Australia: Say hello to Australia's native sea lions

Perfect for a family adventure, if you’re looking to get up close with some locals you can meet South Australia’s endangered sea lion on a guided tour of a colony at Seal Bay. With plenty of time for photos, you’ll be enchanted by the playful nature of these endearing animals as they shelter in the dunes, bask on the sand or surf in the ocean.

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NZ North Island: Set sail on an America's Cup superyacht

Dreaming of a seafaring adventure without travelling far from home? Make your nautical dreams a reality with the chance to take the helm of an America's Cup superyacht on an exhilarating sailing adventure. Cruising through Auckland's beautiful Waitemata Harbour, trim the sails, work the grinders or simply sit back and marvel at the capability of your sleek vessel and the yachties who crew it.

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NZ South Island: Explore in awe on a heli-glacier adventure, and feast on the freshest seafood

If you’re lucky enough to call New Zealand’s spectacular South Island home, you can explore the West Coast landscapes from new perspectives on a private helicopter adventure over snow-capped mountains, glaciers, lakes, and ancient river valleys. Be immersed in the breathtaking panoramas as you stand atop a remote glacier, before flying the length of majestic Milford Sound and descending into Fiordland Lodge for a delicious lunch of hand-caught crayfish. Cap off the perfect adventure by soaring over the pristine natural scenes one last time before returning to Queenstown.

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Inspired to get out and explore? Reach out to your travel agent or our dedicated team of Journey Designers to start planning.