Australian Natural Adventures
Wildlife, Nature & Soft Adventure Tours
Custom Australia, New Zealand & Pacific tours and travel
So travel to Australia has to start with someone who's been there, often. Even better, a travel company that started in Australia providing custom tours to see the wildlife, nature, people and places. All the things that make Australia, Australia. A company whose personnel have been form top to bottom, side to side, and in the middle. That's us.
Imagine a whole continent for just one country. This means it’s about as far from Sydney to Perth as it is from Montreal to Los Angeles, and Melbourne to Darwin is nearly as far. California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona — and even Texas — would fit into just one State, Western Australia. But it’s also empty — more people live in New York State than in all of Australia, and by some estimates on any weekday Manhattan Island has about two thirds as many people crowding its offices, houses and streets as Australia has in total.
More significantly, Australia’s population is very concentrated, along the eastern and southern coast. In fact, if you carved off a small 30-mile wide strip of coastal land from just north of Brisbane to Adelaide, you’d remove about three quarters of the population, leaving less people than live in Atlanta, or just twice the population of Brooklyn, to occupy all of Australia. So if you don’t spend much time in Melbourne or Sydney — these two cities account for about 40% of the total population — you’ll have room to stretch out.
Of course, with lots of land, and not many people, infrastructure is not always what we’re used to in the US. In the Northern Territory, there’s a road going north from Alice Springs, NT’s second largest city (in fact, just “other city”) to Darwin, NT‘s capital. A road. There’s a right turn a couple of hundred miles north of the Alice that takes you to Mt Isa and the east coast. Don’t miss it; the next one’s another two hundred miles north of that, and will take you to — well, pretty much nowhere. But you aren’t likely to miss it — they are just about the only paved roads around.
What all this means to most travelers thinking about an Australia tour is that you are not going to see it all at once. Just as you wouldn’t try to cover all of Europe — or the US — in one or two week trip, don’t try to fit it all in, thinking that you won’t return. You probably will, as it’s a lot shorter journey than most people imagine. You can board your plane late in the evening in Los Angeles, and wake up in Sydney in time for breakfast; from New York you can have an early dinner before you leave, and still enjoy that Sydney breakfast to begin your Australia tour.
But Australia is not only big, it a different world. Yes, the people speak English (really!), and you can buy a McDonalds, but that’s about where the similarities end. It’s one of those places that tend to sneak up on you. You’re playing golf in Melbourne, when suddenly the distant tree stump moves — by hopping away. The local backyard feeder birds include two sorts of parrots and a cockatoo. Trees drop their branches, not their leaves. The further north you go, the warmer it gets. And Christmas is celebrated in shorts and shirtsleeves, and maybe a swim at the beach.
So when you are ready to experience a whole new world, with completely different animals, plants, and scenery at every turn — give us a call, or email, and we’ll help. We're the specialists for Australia tours and travel.
Australia in Parts – a brief tour
We also specialize in more general Australian and New Zealand travel - after all, we are Australians - and you can find more about general travel to the South Pacific on our Australian Natural Adventures website, and by following any of the links of our trusted partners below.