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 tour begins with sightseeing in Australia’s cultural capital of Melbourne. You’ll then journey out to spectacular Ayer’s Rock—Uluru—for a visit to one of Aboriginal Australia’s most sacred sites to experience indigenous customs developed over thousands of years.You’ll also trek out to the Great Barrier Reef and learn how its fragile coral ecosystem is now threatened by unchecked industrialization. Next you’ll explore Sydney’s historic districts, hipster neighborhoods, and surf beaches.tracking endangered wild game.
The many wonders of New Zealand
Then you’ll fly to New Zealand to see how Sydney compares to ultra-sophisticated Queenstown. 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 Tour of Australia 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; free day or optional excursion of 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 6–7: AYER’S ROCK (ULURU)
Guided tour of Ayer’s Rock (Uluru): Kata Tjuta National Park, guided ranger walk of Uluru at sunrise followed by bush food tasting and aboriginal storytelling; Aussie barbecue
DAYS 8-10: GREAT BARRIER REEF
Flight to Cairns; guided sightseeing of the Great Barrier Reef; free beach day or optional rafting excursion
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; excursion to Bob’s Peak; guided sightseeing and fjord tour
Bob’s Peak excursion: arrival by gondola and cable car; afternoon of luge carts, para-gliding, zip-lining, and hiking
DAYS 18-21: ROTORUA
Flight to Rotorua; duck tour and Polynesian spa; optional rainforest canopy tour; Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park; Maori cultural experience; visit to “Hobbiton” movie set; motorcoach to Auckland
Maori cultural experience: Traditional welcome, tea with elders, hangi feast; visit to local school
DAYS 22-23: AUCKLAND
A day of sightseeing and scenic natural wonders; Immersion Tour farewell dinner