Thank you from Donna Mann

When my husband and I decided to go to New Zealand and Australia to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, we turned to Karen and her team at Australia 2000 to help us plan it.

Photo Credit to Chris & Donna Mann

At our first meeting, we talked to Karen about the places that interested us, the types of things we liked to do, and discussed our budget.  Then Karen used her knowledge of the area and her extensive contacts to develop the itinerary and recommend hotels, tours and experiences for us.  After some discussion and advice from Karen, we decided to fly Premium Economy on Air New Zealand for our flights over the Pacific, and it was worth every penny.  We were so much more comfortable that we would have been in coach, and we arrived in New Zealand ready to begin our adventure.

Photo Credit to Chris & Donna Mann

Karen also arranged transportation for us when we needed it so we didn’t have to worry about driving in unfamiliar places on the opposite side of the road.  That worked flawlessly.    We felt so spoiled!

Karen chose a nice mix of B&B-type lodgings as well as traditional hotels.  All were well located and offered excellent service and food.  She also arranged a number of excursions for us, including:

  • A guided hike on the Routeburn Track
  • A luxury overnight cruise on Milford Sound
  • My husband’s fly-fishing trip
  • Touring Kangaroo Island to see koalas, kangaroos, seals, sea lions and even an echidna in the wild
  • A day long tour of Sydney
  • Our farewell dinner at Cafe Sydney, where we were seated at one of the best tables in the restaurant

We really appreciated Karen’s suggestions and her expertise.  There is no way we could have put together this kind of trip on our own, and we would have missed some amazing experiences had we tried.  Plus we met so many wonderful and interesting people along the way who not only helped us out, but also were excited to share the places they lived with us.  Knowing there were local people we could call if we had any problems made us confident that we would enjoy our trip to the fullest.  If you want a customized and personal vacation, turn to Karen and her team at Australia 2000.  They won’t disappoint!

Donna Mann

 

Thank you from Patti and Howard Taxe

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Hi Karen,

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We wanted to let you know how truly fabulous our trip to Australia and New Zealand has been. Both countries showed us a great time – the hotels, tours, hospitality shown by Gary and Dietske at The Manse…I really could go on and on.   This was a trip of a lifetime. Howard and I always felt we were in great hands. Thank you again for planning such a diverse, well rounded, fun, educational and carefree vacation for us!  We are grateful to have worked with you and Wendy.  We are experienced travelers who have visited many countries on our bucket list.  This is the first trip we have taken where we feel a burning desire to make a return visit to explore new areas and meet even more of the laid back friendly locals. 

Howard & Patti Taxe

 

Thank you from Hillary & Andrew

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We used Australia 2000 Travel to plan our honeymoon to New Zealand. Karen planned an amazing honeymoon for us that allowed us to experience the country like a local rather than just going to all of the tourist destinations. We met with her and told her our budget and what we enjoyed.  She handled everything else and developed a customized itinerary for us. The day before our trip started a major earthquake hit New Zealand. Karen and her crew worked tirelessly to rearrange our trip so that we stayed safe and away from the impacted area.

Photo credit to Hillary Andrew

She communicated frequently and had our new itinerary to us before we made it to the airport.  All the accommodations that she booked for us were astounding with amazing views. Everything from our progressive wine dinner to our trip to Doubtful Sound couldn’t have been better. She included numerous sites to see and places to eat at every city we visited as well. This was our first time to New Zealand and our first time using a travel agent and were extremely impressed with both.  We highly recommend Australia 2000 Travel!

 Thanks, 

 Hillary and Andrew

Thank you from Heather & Robert Johnson

HI Karen

johnson-wedding-imagesI just wanted to touch base to let you know that everything is going great!  The ceremony was so beautiful and romantic. We’re so happy and having such an amazing time. Everything is perfect. None of this would have been possible without you. I just wanted to thank you again for all your hard work! You went out of your way to make our trip so special. We truly appreciate it.

Heather & Robert Johnson

Marriage vow ceremony and honeymoon on Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Thank you from Ellen Moellering

Dear Karen,

Photo credit to Ellen Moellering

Photo credit to Ellen Moellering

Dave and I had the most awesome trip ever. Thank you for arranging our wonderful 3 week journey through Australia. Everything went perfectly as planned.

This trip was an eye opener for us. Seeing the outback national parks by staying in all the unique, comfortable and exclusive accommodations you provided was heavenly. 

The food was always delicious and a culinary experience.

Photo credit to Ellen Moellering

Photo credit to Ellen Moellering

It would of seemed impossible to explore the destinations we visited without the transportation your team provided. Every pilot, captain, guide and work staff were so friendly and informative. This was surely an historical, cultural trip for us. Thanks again, to all the people we met on this trip thru your booking.

We really had fun in beautiful Sydney, going to all the delightful spots. Just a great city and full of historical culture. Loved the beaches, all thru Australia, wow!

Thanks again Karen, job well done. 

Sincerely,

Ellen Moellering

 

Thank you from Vivian

Hi Karen,

Our New Zealand trip was fabulous!!  NZ is so beautiful and far exceeded my expectations.  We really enjoyed our vacation.  People are super nice and very punctual.  We were picked up promptly and all the flights were on time.  We loved all of the tours you arranged for us.  Eden House and Doubtful Sound Cruise were definitely the highlights of our trip.

Thank you so much for all your help!!  We’ll definitely contact you next time when we are ready to visit Australia and New Zealand again. 🙂

Best,

Vivian

Thank you from Chris & Sandy Mullins

Our trip was organized by Karen Hodgson and her brilliant team of professionals. Our trip was tailored to suit our requirements. It is a “bespoke” vacation for the individual taste of a couple or any number of travelers. Karen organizes customized vacations to Australia/New Zealand/South East Asia. My wife and I are in our 60’s, so we are limited to what we can physically do but are not disabled. All the designated times of pick-up, no matter how early in the morning to take us to the airport/train station, they were there! Even by BMW 7 series!! How good is that? Australia 2000 Travel is exceptional in its professionalism.  They seem to have an invisible team of people who just turn up at the appropriate time to transport you to your next destination with effortless ease!! I cannot say enough about this company!! Karen is “off the scale professional” …. she is an “Ozzy” and knows everything about Australia and New Zealand! I recommend “Australia 2000Travel” to anybody who wishes to experience an adventure to the lands “Down Under”.  Whether you wish to travel with 40 other people or even alone…. she will organize a trip to suit you.  “Australia 2000 Travel” is off the scale.

Thank you from Bonnie & Scott Morton

Dear Karen,

We are pleased with our custom trip to Australia and Tasmania. We enjoyed our excursions – Davidson’s Safari Camp, Flinders Range, Kangaroo Island, and Tasmania.

Morton - Flinders Ranges 2015

Photo credit to Bonnie & Scott Morton

We enjoyed Davidson’s Safari Lodge a lot. We had excellent meals. The cabin was comfortable and the guides were excellent. We enjoyed seeing the aborigines’ art and the billabongs. We saw a number of birds, alligators, and wallabies.

Mick is an excellent guide. We enjoyed his sense of humor and knowledge of the area around Flinders Range. We learned a lot from him. It is a beautiful area. We saw the wildflowers in full bloom.

Steve was our guide on Kangaroo Island. He is a farmer and works as a guide part time. Steve and Scott enjoyed talking about their farms. Steve gave us a tour of his farm which we thoroughly enjoyed. Mandy and Paul, the owners of Seascape were excellent hosts. Mandy is a great cook and the meals were delicious.

Morton KI 2015

Photo credit to Bonnie & Scott Morton

Adelaide was the perfect place to be our jumping off point from Flinders Range to Kangaroo Island to Tasmania and the Adina Apartment Hotel served us well. The hotel is within walking distance to Chinatown which has a very good selection of Asian restaurants, and Rundle mall for shopping.

I found some very warm merino gloves for the forecasted cooler weather in Tasmania. Having a washing and dryer in the unit was very helpful. We started our 6 days in Tasmania with a full load of clean clothes.  Also having a small kitchen in the unit allowed us to purchase food for a continental breakfast.

Cradle Mountain (photo credit Morton)

Photo credit to Bonnie & Scott Morton

Karin was our guide in Tasmania. In addition to being very knowledgeable about the area, she is very thoughtful and helpful. She surprised us with a gift for our 25th anniversary. I just happened to mention it to her. We didn’t want to publicize the event, but we appreciated her thoughtfulness.

We enjoyed Sarah Island, Cradle Mountain, all the walks, Cataract Gorge, the Walk to Wineglass Bay lookout, seeing and learning about all the rock formations.

We felt the organization and coordination of the drivers and guides were excellent. We enjoyed the adventures, learning about the history and seeing the beautiful views of Australia.

Thank you for such a nice job.

Bonnie and Scott Morton

U.S. Travelers Name Australia Top Bucket List Destination

USA Today’s lead story in the travel section features our very own beloved Australia as the top bucket list destination for U.S. travelers.  Click here to read the full story.

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Although it’s no easy task to decide where to go and what to do in Australia and impossible to explore the entire country in a single visit, we alleviate every fear by customizing each aspect of the journey awaiting you.

We spend a great deal of time speaking with each traveler to discover your passions, interests, physical well-being, accommodation preferences and desired budget. Any fears, concerns, phobias and allergies are noted.  Destinations to encompass each traveler’s delights, interests and lifestyle are incorporated into each specific itinerary.

From our hand selected luxury accommodations to our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides each aspect of your trip is designed to ensure that you will get off of the beaten track, interact with the locals and experience the usual from an unusual perspective.  Australia is simply to magnificent to explore in any other way.

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Discover why Sydney has been voted the World’s Best City sixteen times since 1996 by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure Magazines; sail across crystal clear waters to explore the magic of the Great Barrier Reef, abounding in tropical fish and magnificent coral formations; explore The Barossa Valley Australia’s best-known wine region and a gourmet lover’s paradise; witness the most profound and culturally significant monolith in Australia, Uluru; be forever changed by the Kimberely region of Western Australia, a magnificent ancient land as famous for its majestic ranges and stunning gorges as it is for its dusty cracked mud flats.

Your Bespoke Aussie Adventure awaits you.  Simply contact us to commence your own adventure of a lifetime!

Thank you from Angela

Karen,

Well, we’re back, and we had an absolutely wonderful time.  We have traveled a fair amount, and this was my all-time favorite trip.  Australia is such an amazing country–the people, the food, the sights, the activities.

You did a wonderful job planning everything.  We all agree that you put the four destinations in the right order, and you had a nice mix of different types of activities.

Photo Credit to Angela

I am one of the most organized people I know, and your booklet and vouchers met even my high standards.  Every evening I would look at the itinerary for the next day and pull any necessary vouchers.

Thanks for the welcome bottle of wine and fruit in Melbourne too.

We all wish it were two weeks ago and that we were just starting our Aussie adventure!

Angela

 

Do Koalas Walk on the Ground?

G’day Mates!

This is Clancy Koala sharing my latest blog post with you.  Did you know that most koalas walk on the ground every day?  Yet you don’t see us doing it often do you?

Most wild koalas will change trees by climbing to the ground and walking to another tree. But if we can, we wait until it’s safe to do so – which means no dogs barking, no people yelling or running around.  Most of our ground movements happen at night, but we do sometimes walk in daylight hours too.  Which makes the photo below even more amazing.

The is my excellent mum Pat, taking a walk while the Echidna Walkabout tour group were standing there, fascinated. Show’s a bit of trust, eh?  Trust like that has to be earned, and this is 9 years worth of good behaviour on the part of Echidna Walkabout tour groups that led to this kind of trust.

Photo Credit to Echidna Walkabout

Walking on the ground is the most dangerous time for us – in a tree we’re pretty safe from predators, but on the ground we are nervous. In the old days dingoes might attack us, but these days it’s dogs we worry about – often domestic dogs.  People don’t realise that their dog can kill a koala easily, and sometimes without even meaning to.

A healthy koala will scoot up the nearest tree if there’s any sign of danger. We can move fast too – faster than you humans can run!

Below is old man Tim Tam, who was the dominant male before I was born.  He spent a lot of time on the ground when he was in his twilight years.

Echidna Walkabout Tim Tam

Photo Credit to Echidna Walkabout

When we walk from tree to tree we sometimes travel quite a distance! The longest single ground journey by a koala seen by the Echidna Walkabout team is 145 metres (475 feet)!

We can be quite single-minded when we’re walking on the ground – we know exactly which tree we’re going to. We rarely deviate from our path, and don’t stop or hesitate very often. It’s all planned well in advance.  Koalas have a mental map of their entire home range.  Every tree is known and valued for a particular purpose.  No human understands why we choose a certain tree each day, but we have our reasons.  There are many variables – temperature, wind, leaf composition, social considerations (including vocal communication)….

Echidna Walkabout Clancy Koala

Photo Credit to Echidna Walkabout

So what should you do if you see a koala on the ground, or coming down a tree? As I’ve shown in this article, we are nervous on the ground for lots of reasons, and can bolt for the nearest tree if alarmed.

So do what they do in this video stay ABSOLUTELY still. Don’t move your feet at all. Keep quiet. If you have a dog with you, put him on a leash and hold him tight.  Watch the koala until they are almost out of sight before following, and if you do follow, do so quietly without breaking branches.  Only after the koala has climbed a tree should you approach more closely AND REMEMBER THE KOALA RULES: never get any closer than 10 metres (33 feet) to a koala.

For more pics and the rest of Koala Clancy’s story see his blog or watch his amazing video.

Story, blog and video shared courtesy of Echidna Walkabout.

The Dream Makers at Australia 2000 Travel

We’re Aussie natives and certified Aussie and 100% Pure New Zealand Specialists who weave your interests, dreams and desires into our in-depth local knowledge and add a touch of Aussie magic to create a unique, fun filled adventure that exceeds your expectations.  Whether it’s a honeymoon on a private island in Fiji, breakfast with the kangaroos in Australia or hiking the magnificent rainforests in New Zealand we Aussies bring all of your aspirations to life.

Jim & Krystal Brown 2013 Fiji

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Heather Sullivan OZ DEC 2014 #4

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Ufer Rainforest

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Destination Weddings Are Our Specialty

It is truly a joy and an honor to organize weddings to the GLORIOUS Lands Down Under, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Fiji.  Each ceremony is handcrafted to your unique dreams, desires, interests, taste and budget.  We organize every detail from hand selecting the wedding venue to suit your individual style to coordinating each aspect of your spectacular day.  Our extensive local knowledge of each destination coupled with our personal relationships throughout the South Pacific truly sets us apart enabling us to plan a wedding that will exceed your every expectation.

Click here to read testimonials from brides and grooms who have entrusted their special day to us then contact us to design your bespoke romantic destination wedding.

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Our Local Agents Cater to Your Every Need

Australia 2000 Travel's Local New Zealand Booking AgentsBesides having a wealth of knowledge about Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Fiji we also have local booking agents who coordinate every aspect of your Down Under Adventure and are on hand should you require assistance while traveling.  Should an excursion be canceled due to inclement weather simply call our local agents who will reschedule the tour for you, make a substitution or arrange for a refund on your return home if no other option is viable.  If for some reason you need to return to your home early our representatives will make the necessary changes and arrangements for you.  Though rarely needed it is comforting to know that our local agents are there for you when you need them.

G’day Mates Meet Our Hand Picked Local Guides

We expend a great deal of effort in choosing our local guides. We meet them personally and take their tours. Our guides are accredited and are selected on the basis of their passion, local knowledge, sense of history, story telling ability, sense of humor, contacts that open closed doors, flexibility, style and quality vehicles specifically suited to the touring needs.

Flinders Ranges-Aboriginal guide

Our Hand Selected Accommodations Exceed Your Every Expectation

Our hotel selection is based equally upon location, quality, and service. To enhance your feeling of being ensconced in the culture we always aim to recommend locally owned and operated boutique hotels, lodges and bed and breakfast inns. Because we inspect each accommodation we are able to recommend the room with the best view. Our relationships with the local hoteliers ensure that added touch and dedication to your every desire.

BOI - The Landing Residences Boathouse #4

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Flawless Arrangements Organized by the Aussies at Australia 2000 Travel

Adele with private chefWhen you plan a trip with the Aussie Specialists and 100% Pure New Zealand Specialists at Australia 2000 Travel we take care of your every need from start to finish.  We book international and domestic flights, all accommodations, all tours, all transfers, rental cars and motor cycles. According to your desires we also make restaurant recommendations and reservations, purchase Hendricks with Rolftickets to theatre and sports events, book spa treatments, games of golf, wine tastings, water taxis, arrange dinners in private homes and walks through private gardens. We have the ability to book your special desire from charter sail boats and airplanes to fly fishing excursions and tandem parachute jumps.  When you plan a trip with Australia 2000 Travel the sky truly is the limit!  Contact us to plan your personalized adventure today!

Welcome to Paradise!

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Paradise is exactly like Australia only more crowded. 

Anonymous

 

Australia 2000 Travel ~ Dreams Become Reality

BOI-private yacht-Whatever your dream, Australia 2000 Travel makes it happen for you. Perhaps you envision discovering majestic destinations such as the Bay of Islands in New Zealand aboard a privately chartered yacht. No worries mate! Our local booking agents organize every element of your exhilarating adventure from start to finish.

A chauffeur driven car will transfer you from your luxury accommodation to the marina where your captain who will be waiting to welcome you on board.  As you set sail doors open to spectacular scenery and numerous entertaining activities.  Explore largely sheltered waters amid a variety of scenic islands teeming with wildlife is just one of them. Dolphins, blue penguins, North Island robins, snapper, kingfish, and other marine and land animals abound. Some locations are premier sites for scuba diving on rocky bottoms, in caves, and around shipwrecks. Snorkeling and swimming are excellent. Pristine white-sand beaches, walking trails to admire stunning sea views or explore historic sites, the delights of laid-back resorts, and browsing in the shops and dining in the restaurants of small harbor towns are just a few of the pleasures a Bay of Islands yacht charter has to offer.  Contact us your personalized sailing adventure is waiting for you!

Australians Zen

Flinders Ranges-Desert

ALTHOUGH

most Australian have not even seen their deserts,

the stoicism of the desert seems to have entered their souls.

Donald Horne