Life down under
Australia is about as far away as you can travel from America—an entire hemisphere away. And it is different: In January, it’s summer instead of winter. Many species of animals and birds here—kangaroos and koalas, kookaburras and emus—can be found nowhere else on earth. Australians drive on the left. Even water swirls in the opposite direction down the drain. Yet many aspects of Australian culture will feel eerily familiar. Everyone speaks English. The currency is in dollars. The cities of Sydney and Melbourne feature American-style skyscrapers and subway systems and shopping malls.
Australia from an insider’s perspective
Your immersion in Australia begins with sightseeing in the country's cultural capital of Melbourne. Next you’ll head for tropical Cairns to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef—one of the world's seven natural wonders—and participate in dreamtime storytelling at an Aboriginal cultural center. Then it's on to Surfer's Paradise, the most renowned resort of the Gold Coast, for a guided rainforest tour. You'll round out your stay in Australia by exploring Sydney’s historic districts, hipster neighborhoods, and surf beaches.
The many wonders of New Zealand
Then you’ll fly to New Zealand to see how ultra-sophisticated Sydney compares to laid-back and sporty Queenstown—a highlight will be ziplining on Bob's Peak. We round out our immersion tour with a visit to the North Island’s spectacular geothermal region of geysers and hot springs and bubbling mud. A highlight will be a rare glimpse into Maori culture with a traditional hangi feast. You’ll then fly from Auckland to the city where you will begin your Internship.
Immersion in Australia & New Zealand travel itinerary
Our professional local guides will take you beneath the surface similarities and differences between Oceania and America to show you two complex cultures full of amazing contrasts.
DAYS 1-5: MELBOURNE
Transcontinental flight to Melbourne, Australia; walking tour; Immersion Tour welcome reception; guided sightseeing; tour of the Great Ocean Road
Guided tour of Melbourne: Carlton Gardens, Lygon Street, Collins Street, Queen Victoria Market and St. Paul’s Cathedral; Sports and Arts Precincts (with street art tour), St. Kilda Beach and Yarra River
DAYS 6-8: CAIRNS & GREAT BARRIER REEF
Flight to Cairns; snorkling on the Great Barrier Reef; Skyrail rainforest canopy tour; Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park: An exploration of Aboriginal culture, customs, and food—including dreamtime storytelling.
DAYS 9–10: SURFER'S PARADISE
Flight to Brisbane and transfer to Surfer’s Paradise; rainforest tour
Guided rainforest tour: A guided exploration of the unique flora and fauna of the World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests.
DAYS 11-14: SYDNEY
Flight to Sydney; walking tour; guided sightseeing; free day or optional Hang Ten surfing excursion to Manly Beach
Guided tour of Sydney: Opera House, Sydney Tower, Harbor Cruise, Bondi Beach
DAYS 15-17: QUEENSTOWN
Flight to Queenstown, New Zealand; gondola ride to Bob’s Peak; fjord cruise of the Milford Sound
Milford Sound: scenic boat cruise of the the Milford Sound's spectacular fjords, waterfalls, and glaciers.
DAYS 18-21: ROTORUA
Flight to Rotorua; duck tour and Polynesian spa; forest canopy tour via zip-line; Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park; Maori cultural experience; motorcoach to Auckland
Maori cultural experience: Traditional welcome, tea with elders, hangi feast
DAYS 22-23: AUCKLAND
Waiheke island for a day of sightseeing and scenic natural wonders; Immersion Tour farewell dinner