Why going on Tours when travelling in Australia
Australia Tours are part of any trip down under! Travelling Australia is fascinating but it can be challenging, also to the most experienced travellers. In over 12 years of travels around Australia I have covered nearly 100 thousands of km and know the downsides of crossing the huge distances. For sure I have also learnt that it is not possible to explore Australia completely on your own!
Going on tours can be a rewarding way of discovering remote areas of Australia and sometimes it can be the best way of exploring a place at all. In fact some remote wilderness areas, in the Australian Outback and in the deep rainforest can only be accessed by local tour operators and indigenous people who are authorized to manage those places.
In fact they can guarantee the conservation of the fragile eco-system thus protecting its environment. While on the other hand, they make sure they can transfer their knowledge and their cultural traditions on to visitors in a very authentic way.
Why travelling around Australia on Tours?
That being said, there are many reasons why people choose to go on tours. Many people prefer joining a tour rather than travelling independently. It is more relaxing and almost no work is involved. Alone the trip planning is a lot of work. Some people cherish to travel in style, some love to have a break after a camping trip or a road trip or just want to get to know new people and travel in a group.
Australia indeed offers the most diverse types of tours that is hard to beat.
The choice of Australia tours is big. From international to Australian based tour operators to independent privately owned local tour companies. While travellers may be motivated to explore a country on tours by different reasons they all seem to have something in common.
travellers want to experience the uniqueness of a place through the eyes of the locals
That added-value of the live-experience that only a local tour guide has. The precious knowledge about a place, the firsthand knowledge of the tradition and culture that makes the real difference. This is something that cannot be found on any travel books.
Either cultural, food tours, adventure or specialty tours, everyone wants to learn from the locals what is unique about the place they are visiting.
Tips for choosing the right Australia Tours
So far so good. To choose an Australia tour as a way of exploring a place sounds a pretty good idea. But when it comes to choosing the right tour, then it is not as easy as it may seem at first. Especially for international travellers. Most of times choosing a tour can be overwhelming. In fact there are so many questions. And not to all there is always an answer.
Here below is a list of things that I suggest considering before booking a tour:
What key factors makes a good tour for Australia?
How do you compare companies before booking your Australia Tours? How do you make sure to pick the tour that is good value for your money?
I have put together a few tips to keep you stay on track while searching for good-value Australian Tours.
- Use good websites that compare all available tours. Depending on the type of tour you are searching, these are the best 3 booking sites that I can recommend for booking Australia Tours.
1) TourRadar is a comparison website that operates in Europe, Australia and America. This is a short of scanner for multiple-days tours worldwide. They search across a big pool of tour operators from the most known names to small boutique tour companies. This is a very good website if you want to go for at least 10 days or a couple of weeks tour around Australia. Check out their current Travel Deals Page:
2) Viator is the best international travel website that searches over thousands of day-trips all over the world. For Australia is the best tool for brainstorming top-rated day-tours across the country. They keep adding new tours every day, so check them out on a regular basis.
- Select 2-3 tours, that match your criteria and then drill down. Take a closer look at each individual tours.
- Check carefully what the selected tours cover and not cover: meals, drinks, extras, etc.
- Use a check box for important things such as to travel style, number of travellers in the group, level of fitness required, activities included, free time, etc.
- Look for online tour reviews by travellers on Social Media like Facebook, TripAdvisor. Some websites do have a review page where travellers can leave their testimonial about the tour too.
- Ask friends and fellow travellers for referrals and value word-of-mouth recommendations.
List of top Australia Tours I recommend
On over 13 years of travelling around Australia I have gone on quite a few tours. Usually the ones I prefer are day-tours, adventure tours and Outback Tours.
Here are some Autralian tours that were a good investment, you can read my review when clicking on the links here below.
Australia Day-Tours I joined in my solo travel adventures
An Eco-Snorkeling Tour on the Great Barrier Reef
I really enjoyed this kids-free snorkeling tour in a small group of 12. Starting from Port Douglas we headed out on a beautiful eco-catamaran to Low Isle, where we formed two guided-groups of people and snorkeled close to the shore. The sailing trip included sunset and champagne!
Margaret River Wine Tour
One of the best wine & food tours I had in South Western Australia. If you want a passionate, knowledgeable local to show you the Margaret River Wineries and the best local produce, this is the tour.
Barossa Valley Food Experience
I went on this day-trip from Adelaide I really enjoyed my time, visited 5 wineries and learnt so much about the Barossa region from the tour guide.
Lake Argyle River Cruise
This is another great day-tour in the Australian Outback. Excellent if you love sunsets and want to explore the Eastern Kimberley.
A scenic flight over the Bungle Bungles
This is not a cheap day-trour but if you are on a tight schedule from Kununurra you can visit the Bungle Bungles on a day with a flight + walking tour in the Purnunulu National Park.
Top Australian Outback Tours
Flinders Ranges Outback Tour
I went on a 3-day Outback Adventure to explore this remote area of South Australia: One of the most ancient Outback Areas of Australia. Can highly recommend it if you haven't been to this area before. It's huge, you will save lots of time and hassle with this local tour operator who has been around for over 35 years.
A 4WDrive Adventure in Cooktown
I spent 2 days from Cairns to Cooktown on a four-wheel adventure.
The Kimberley Australia
Crossing the Kimberley from Broome to Kununurra was an epic adventure tour I can highly recommend to first time travellers to North Western Australia. It's almost impossible to explore this area alone, even if you are an expert four-wheel-driver.
This page will be updated on a regular basis with new resources and tips for finding the best Australia Tours.
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