If you’ve ever dreamed of a vacation full of beautiful beaches, great snorkeling, awe-inspiring expanses of desert and rock and cute koala bears (and baby kangaroos too), then a trip to Australia is just what you are looking for. Nowhere else in the world can you visit the sites of an internationally known city like Sydney, jet off to the world’s largest barrier reef and then venture into the land of rock and sun in the outback. With its huge stretches of undeveloped land, Australia can offer travelers a truly wild and adventurous vacation.
While the major cities along the eastern coast (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane) can be easily seen by independent tourists, there are vast tracts of land in Australia which are so remote it is nearly impossible to venture into these areas alone. In the immense middle region of the country called the Outback you could easily end up a 20 hour drive from any emergency help. Nope that’s not a typo. 20 hours. By car. In the desert. Where poisonous snakes live. Not exactly an area I would like to explore without an expert.
However, as is usually the case, some of these most remote areas also have some of the most stunning and awe-inspiring landscapes in the entire world. Rather than attempt to venture out into these areas alone, a great way to see these vast expanses of nothingness is to incorporate a short adventure tour into your Australian vacation. That way, at least if the car breaks down in the desert you’ll be with a trusty guide and not alone. Plus, the tour guides know what they are doing and where they are going, so you are guaranteed to see the most amazing parts of these isolated regions all while staying safe. There are several great adventure tours in Australia that are both cheap and will keep you alive as you explore these remote areas.
If you are thinking travel tours are for old ladies, these adventure tours are definitely not retiree filled buses cruising the highways. These adventure trips have you spending the night in bush camps, snorkeling, voyaging across the Outback and discovering Aboriginal culture. They also keep the groups small, usually capping out at 16 people, so you won’t be traveling around with some awkwardly huge group of gawking tourists. Here are a few great (and inexpensive!) adventure trips available in Australia:
This four day adventure through the Outback kicks off with a twilight didgeridoo performance, takes you deep into the outback to admire a sunset over the famous Ayers Rock, has you hike 8km through the dramatic and desolate Valley of the Winds and ends with a trek through Kings Canyon at Alice Springs. You’ll lunch with indigenous groups, swim in tranquil rock pools and camp under the stars.
If you are on a shoestring budget this is the perfect trip for you. The three day trip costs only $200 and will have you exploring some of Australia’s most scenic coastline with a professional tour guide. On this trip you can relax and unwind in paradise where the rainforest meets the sea in the tropical north of Queensland. Join a guided rainforest walk, swim in the crystal clear gorge, look out for local wildlife and then chill out on the beach in this amazing area. You’ll see crocodiles and koalas and stay your last night in a beach house.
With a treasure trove of natural wonders, Australia’s stunning southwest is the perfect destination for getting back to nature. This tour will give you 5 days of fun (and delicious) traveling through the Margaret River wine region, the pristine beaches and rugged south coast. You’ll hike through the forest, taste local foods and wine, look out over the King George Sound, take in ocean vistas, and end your journey in the scenic and historic town of Perth.