Our Personalized Tours Suit Your Every Need

Client Meeting at Australia 2000 Travel

Australia 2000 Travel Client Meeting

Before we begin creating your customized itinerary we chat with you at great length to determine your lifestyle, personal interests, trip expectations, fitness level, budget and the type of accommodation that best suits your taste. We are great listeners with vast local knowledge. We draw upon our wonderful experiences, our cultural and geographic expertise that only a native can possess and lastly add a touch of Aussie magic to create an itinerary that will perfectly suit each of your needs. Our unrivaled customer service, passion and commitment to excellence guarantees you’ll have the South Pacific trip of your dreams, hand-crafted to exceed your every expectation.

Luxury Tours Customized to Your Dreams, Desires, Taste and Budget

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Our customized tours are designed so that every aspect of your wonderful trip has been arranged to suit your personal needs and interests, time constraints and budget. Your tour will always include airline bookings, luxury accommodation, private or small group touring, private transfers between airports and hotels via chauffeur drive cars, early and late hotel checkouts, the full services of our local specialist offices in each country you visit in the South Pacific and assistance with entry visas. Restaurant recommendations and reservations, bookings for theatre and spa treatments are all part of your luxury tour. Your sightseeing leisure time activities will be selected according to your personal interests, tastes and desires. Your luxury tour will exceed your expectations.

A Customized Trip of a Lifetime Awaits You

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At Australia 2000 Travel we Aussies specialize in creating unique itineraries for the discerning traveler who dreams of exploring the glorious Lands Down Under, Australia, New Zealand or Fiji.  Each itinerary is created to embrace the individual traveler’s interests, passions, lifestyle and dreams.  Our customized itineraries take the traveler off the beaten track, providing magical opportunities to meet the locals and to discover the usual from an unusual perspective.  In some small way each bespoke adventure changes a traveler’s life.

Aussies ~ The Hippest Foodies in the World

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We have a taste for something special…. a taste for fine wines, food and lifestyle. We truly believe that food and wine is a personal experience, best enjoyed in an intimate atmosphere with time and comfort on your side.

Contact us, your Aussie Specialists, to create a personalized itinerary featuring Australia’s most decadent delights.

A Gourmet Tour Like No Other! Discover Bruny Island, Tasmania with our Award Winning Tour Operator

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Photo Credit to Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Time falls away as you explore the island with your specialist guide. You’ll hear its stories and marvel at its scenery. At The Neck you’ll reach the crest of a lofty dune and see the narrow isthmus stretch away south in graceful curves. On your Bruny Island journey you’ll meet some of the island’s food and wine producers – people who put their skill, energy and spirit into harvesting the perfect vintage, crafting the most delicious cheese, picking the sweetest summer berries, shucking the finest oysters, growing the most succulent salmon. And you’ll taste the fruits of their labor a wonderful lunch of island specialties, served at Australia’s southern-most vineyard. You’ll also feel the spirit of Bruny in its birds and animals, and their wild, natural habitat.

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Everyone who spends time on Bruny Island shares the experience of leaving everyday life behind. There’s a strange but exhilarating sense of ‘islandness’ – a feeling of being away and apart from the world. It’s hard to explain, but easier to feel. You’ll know it as you walk on the empty stretch of a remote surf beach, as you look out from the lofty tower of Cape Bruny Lighthouse, and as you leave the Tasmanian mainland behind, crossing the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to feel an island’s soul.

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Photo Credit to Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Our hand selected tour operator and Tasmanian eco cruising pioneer Robert Pennicott and his team recently won an unprecedented five Australian Tourism Awards.  This is the third year in a row that Pennicott Wilderness Journeys won awards for Ecotourism and Excellence in Sustainable Tourism.  This remarkable achievement means that Pennicott Wilderness Journeys has become the first Tasmanian business inducted into the Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame.

Contact us to include this gourmet experience in your Bespoke Down Under Adventure.

A Trip of a Lifetime to Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti or Fiji is Waiting for You!

We have been honored to create A Trip of a Lifetime for hundreds of travelers.  Don’t put off planning your very own Bespoke Adventure to the Lands Down Under for someday…Someday is TODAY.  Your personal adventure commences immediately!  One where every aspect of your breathtaking journey is designed to suit your personal dreams, desires and interests.  We Will Exceed Your Expectations.

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Photo Credit to The Carollo Family

Thank you Karen and the Australia 2000 crew, your meticulous planning and adherence to each and every detail made our family trip both exceptional and stress-free.  Thank you again for helping us plan the trip of a lifetime. We will never forget the experiences and adventures we had in New Zealand. ~Carollo Family

We wanted the vacation of a lifetime and we certainly had just that.  Thank you for your expertise in helping us select momentous excursions.  Everything went like clockwork.  Sincerely, Cheryl Racklin

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Our trip to Australia and New Zealand was the trip of a lifetime and one that none of us will forget. Thank you for exceeding our expectations. Australia and New Zealand truly were spectacular places to visit. Sincerely, The Robinet Family

We truly loved every tour and the tour operators were amazingly the best. I would recommend this exact trip to anyone I know! Thanks for making this trip a dream of a lifetime for us!  Denise Socia

Kraemer #3 NZ Trip 2014

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We spent 5 incredible weeks in New Zealand! The experience was once in a lifetime!  Fondly…..Marlies and Helmut Kraemer

Karen, Great job on all of your planning!   You exceeded my expectations.  You made our trip a lifetime memory!  Melissa Lange-Kaufman

Whether we had a private tour or joined with others, all the selected tour guides were personable, knowledgeable, and genuinely enjoyable to spend time with. Australia 2000 made this the adventure of a lifetime.  Thanks, Adrea and David Benkoff

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Our family had a wonderful time in Australia, and would highly recommend Australia 2000 Travel.  Everything was so organized and well planned, and all the guides and staff were extremely friendly. Thanks again for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we will cherish.  Rich, Susan and Rachel Redelfs

 

Australia 2000 Travel is an Exclusive Invitation only Member of Luxperience

5-4-15 Luxperience Member BadgeLuxperience is the only travel trade forum of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.  Based in the Australasia and Pacific region that connects the world’s most exclusive travel providers. Those who understand luxury and experiential travel.

 

Experience Exquisite El Questro Wilderness Park

El Questro Homestead ~ Luxury in the Heart of the Kimberley

El Questro Homestead, an exclusive retreat cantilevered over the magnificent Chamberlain River, sits in stark contrast to Western Australia’s rugged Kimberley landscape.  Catering to the most discerning of guests, friendly staff provide the highest standards of service and gourmet cuisine.

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Decorated with artifacts and antiques collected from Indonesia and tropical Australia, and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the Homestead has a freeform swimming pool, spa, and a tennis court for the exclusive use of Homestead guests. Air-conditioned rooms have en suite bathrooms and private verandas overlooking the gardens and river. The fully inclusive cost covers gourmet meals, open bar, laundry service, road transfers and all El Questro activities excluding helicopter activities.

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After exploring hidden locations few have had the privilege to visit in this dramatic land of extremes, you have the opportunity to unwind and relax in a variety of unique ways. Soak away your cares in the thermal Zebedee Springs. Curl up under an ancient boab tree with a book, or simply join the local wallaby population and lounge in the shade.

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Extravagance combined with rugged beauty awaits you. Contact us to include this remarkable destination in your once in a lifetime Adventure in the Lands Down Under.

 

 

Thank you from Rick Kaufman

Hi Karen,

As Camilla and I wait to board our plane from New Zealand for a long journey home, we write to thank you for putting together a most wonderful six week adventure in Australia and New Zealand. It’s difficult to choose a favorite spot. I have been to a lot of spectacularly beautiful places in the world but none surpass Lord Howe Island off the coast of New South Wales.

When flying from Sydney to New Zealand we thought nothing could possibly top our initial three weeks in Australia.  We left with such a love for your country and an appreciation for every single excellent accommodation you provided us.   Now as we discuss it, we cannot choose between the two countries. Apples and oranges but equally sweet. We leave New Zealand with so much appreciation for this place . . . the beauty just never ends.

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Photo Credit to Rick Kaufman

Although we were initially worried about all the strenuous activities you had scheduled for us we are extremely glad we missed none of them.   Each hike turned out to be truly memorable – especially the three days on the Routeburn Track that was simply spectacular.  Every kayak experience was stunning.  We were apprehensive about the seven hour caving and rock climbing adventure in Waitomo but loved it.  We had never done anything like that before.  It was exhilarating, thrilling and we were captivated by the beautiful glow worms.  It was like looking at the Galaxy on a beautiful clear night.

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Bay of Many Coves ~ Photo Credit to Rick Kaufman

This photo is a view from our fabulous cottage at Bay of Many Coves. Another winner. I’ve traveled a lot and this adventure is up there with my best.

You did a great job!

Rick

Customize a Wedding or Honeymoon to Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti or Fiji with the Down Under Specialists at Australia 2000 Travel

Our customer service, extensive local knowledge of each destination and twenty three years spent developing relationships with our hand selected tour guides and unique boutique accommodation owners and hosts set us apart.  Nothing about Australia 2000 Travel is cookie cutter.  Dreams come true. Memories are created that last for a lifetime. 

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“Thank you to the staff of Australia 2000 for making this a trip of a lifetime for our wedding/honeymoon.  We couldn’t have asked for it to be more perfect!  The attention to detail was phenomenal and we can’t wait to contact you again for an anniversary trip!” Jim & Krystal Brown

“Hi Karen, We’re back! You put together a wonderful itinerary for us. The honeymoon was fantastic, wonderful and spectacular!!! Did I mention that we really enjoyed ourselves??? Everything went off without a hitch. Your staff we met throughout our journey couldn’t have been any friendlier! We felt relaxed and at ease our entire trip. We hope to come back some day!  Thank you so much for a wonderful and unforgettable three weeks.”  Dan & Erin Garfin

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“Australia is such a large country and we had no idea how to start the process of planning a honeymoon that would cover all the highlights.  The Australia 2000 team took over and created us the most phenomenal, carefree honeymoon we could ask for!  They really took into account our active lifestyle and personalities to make sure we were busy rafting, scuba diving, hiking, etc. while getting to see several of the diverse ecosystems around Australia.  All in one trip we were able to see Cairns, Ayers Rock, Kangaroo Island, and Sydney!  It was a perfect mix of city and nature with no worries for us as far as logistics of transportation (air, land and sea)!  It was the best decision I could have made to put the planning of this trip in the hands of these talented professionals and I would definitely go to them again for our next adventure (New Zealand is looking pretty awesome…)!” Crystal & Dave Geiser

Greg & Ashley Walker Honeymoon #2 - Fiji & OZ May 2014

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“Hi Karen! Passing through the Adelaide Airport and just wanted to let you and the team know we are having an amazing adventure. Everything has been perfect.”  Greg & Ashley Walker

“Much appreciation on the hard work of setting up our honeymoon. We had such a great time and felt that Australia became a part of us. We just did not want to leave. We will have memories for a lifetime.” Aaron & Anna Spork

Aaron & Anna Spork Aussie Honeymoon - April 2010

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“We had such an amazing trip to New Zealand that we didn’t want to come home!   The food was great and the atmosphere everywhere we went was so hospitable and inviting! Everyone was very nice and gave us well wishes on our recent marriage. We definitely want to go back and see some of the places we didn’t get to this time.  Thanks again for organizing this trip for us. It will truly be something we will never forget.”  Mike & Jess Wiley

Thank you from Mary Jo Drew

Hi Karen,

My entire foodie trip in the Lands Down Under went off with nary a hitch. The business class flights were the best splurge I’ve given myself in years!

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Photo Credit to Mary Jo Drew

The Hotel Lindrum in Melbourne was well positioned with easy access to shopping and attractions.  The Lanes and Arcades tour is an absolute must for anyone visiting Melbourne for the first time. As our guide pointed out, by not knowing to look down the city’s narrow alleyways many Americans would walk right past them and miss out on so much vibrant local culture.

There is so much colorful history in Melbourne.  At our guide’s advice, I even stopped in and had a drink upstairs with the famous Chloe in her namesake bar across from Flinders Railway Station!  The Yarra Valley winery tour was great fun. I really enjoyed seeing the Chandon Estate and didn’t realize Chandon had a vineyard in Australia!

Hobart in Tasmania was a really nice respite after the hustle and bustle of Melbourne.  The Old Woolstore Hotel was so close to the downtown area and harbor that I was able to walk virtually the entire downtown during my stay.  My private tour and lunch at the Morilla Estate was fantastic though the artwork at MONA came as a bit of a shock!   The trip to Bruny Island was great.  The weather started out very rainy but by noon everything cleared out and I had a lovely day.

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Photo Credit to Mary Jo Drew

And then came Queenstown in beautiful New Zealand. The Dairy may have been my favorite accommodation – had I not stopped at The Manse later!  The view, room, breakfasts and staff service were all superlative.  I also enjoyed the hot tub on the back deck – a great place to sip wine while enjoying the view!  Although the weather was on again, off again, I had mostly great weather for my wanderings about town, the public garden, and the narrow streets.  I also enjoyed great meals at a couple of unique tapas bars on Lake Wakatipu.  The Doubtful Sound trip was quite majestic, but as The Sound is so remote it was a very long day. The winery tour to Otago was great and the charcuterie lunch was quite good.

NPE - The Manse view from Mary Jo Drew

Photo Credit to Mary Jo Drew

Lastly came Hawkes Bay. I knew I was in for a treat when I saw the plane I’d be flying on the leg from Christchurch to Napier – a regional aircraft not unlike some I have been on in the Pacific Northwest!  After staying at The Manse and being totally spoiled by the fantastic accommodation, the pool, the drinks before dinner, Gary’s sumptuous meals, and his and Dietske’s hospitality, I can only say that I wish I had had spent more time there!  My guide on the winery tour had spent years in the business himself, and it showed in his insights into the various wineries and producers.  My tour of Napier with Gary on the last day of my trip certainly cemented my wish to spend more time in stunning Hawkes Bay.

The trip was spectacular and I will have great memories to share for years to come.  Thanks for all your help in making this happen!

Best wishes,

Mary Jo

Discover Melbourne’s Hidden Secrets with our Specialist Tour Guide

MEL - Lanes and Arcades Hidden Secrets TourOur Hidden Secrets Tour focuses on Melbourne’s history, politics, folklore, pop culture, architecture, street art, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and bars. You’ll meet quirky and unique Melbournians and several entrepreneurial shop owners while you discover some of the hidden lanes and arcades of downtown Melbourne.  A generous sprinkling of shopping opportunities will arise that focuses on small and creative Melbourne businesses hidden within the cities nooks and crannies.  You will visit a diverse range of shops including clothing designers, leather goods and the most extraordinary and beautiful jewelry. During lunch you will be able to study your map plotting your return to a number of the unique shops you have discovered.

 

Lizard Island Reclaims its Position as One of the World’s Leading Premium Resorts

Known for its unrivaled Great Barrier Reef location, natural beauty, exceptional service and diving experiences, Lizard Island reopens its doors after a full year of restoration and rebuilding following the impact of Cycone Ita to welcome discerning travelers wishing to create their own unique experiences. 

Truly secluded from the rest of the world and located directly on the Barrier Reef, the resort features 40 luxurious suites with stunning views of the Australian seascape, 24 private powdery white sand beaches fringed with colorful coral reefs, five star cuisine and exclusive spa care from La Biosthetique.

Lizard Island is truly like nowhere else!  To discover the wonders of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef right outside your doorstep contact us today.

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Your Next Vacation…a BRILLIANT Adventure

Our dedication to excellence, our wealth of local knowledge and the ability to sprinkle a touch of Aussie magic turns your next vacation into a BRILLIANT Adventure.

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Set Out on an Extraordinary Adventure

Our customized tours take travelers on a journey from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

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Photo Credit to Tourism New Zealand

 

 

 

 

Join Our Specialist Guide on an Astonishing Four Day Outback Safari in South Australia’s Gawler Ranges

Gawler Ranges Safaris WildlifeYour first stop on your remarkable journey will take you to Mikkira, a private homestead where you’ll wander the property to find colony of wild koalas dozing in gum tree. Your tour will continue through farming land and to your luxury Outback camp site. During an afternoon walk you’ll discover kangaroos, emus and a wide variety of birdlife. Stop for drinks at sunset by the unusual rock formations known as organ pipes.

Gawler Ranges Safaris VisitorsDuring the next two days of your Aussie Outback Adventure you’ll visit spectacular Lake Gardiner, a vast glistening white salt lake set amongst the red, red landscape of the haunting Aussie Outback.   You’ll wander in an ochre pit used by the Aboriginal people to create red, white and black paints from ochre white clay and charcoal. Marvel at the red sand dunes, the cigar shaped rock formations that were formed over one thousand six hundred million years ago, a wide variety of Aussie bird and wildlife and vibrant spring wild flowers.

Gawler Ranges Safaris Wildlife #5You’ll leave your camp today to commence a sensational wildlife experience at Baird Bay. During a short boat ride you’ll become enchanted by Bottlenose dolphins that will ride the bow wave created by your boat. When the boat reaches shallow water you’ll have the opportunity to join the magnificent creatures at play. Leaving the dolphins behind you’ll cross the bay to visit a resident colony of rare Australian sea lions. As you wade into shallow protected lagoons you will experience the joy of playing face to face with the agile mammals. You’ll find the sea lions very friendly and inquisitive. If you were to duck dive you’d be certain to find a sea lion diving alongside.

Gawler Ranges Safaris Kanguluna CampsiteDuring your Outback Adventure you will be accommodated at Kungaluna Camp in a luxury bush tent furnished with a queen size bed or two twin beds. Delicious meals created using fresh Aussie produce are prepared daily and are enjoyed with your newfound mates in the camp dining room or around a campfire under the Milky Way.

 

Our Specialist Guides Create Unique Tour Experiences

Get off of the beaten path.  Become immersed in the local culture.

Photo credit to James Fisher & Tourism Australia

Photo credit to James Fisher & Tourism Australia

 

 

Experience Out-Of-The-Ordinary Adventures

Dine under the stars at the quietest restaurant on Earth. Sip champagne and listen to the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo as you watch a magnificent sunset over Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). When the sun has finally set, lanterns will AYQ- Sounds of Silencebe lit and a delicious gourmet barbecue served. After dinner the lights are dimmed to reveal a clear and bright, star filled sky. A resident astronomer introduces the magnificent constellations, stars and planets that make up the skies of the Southern Hemisphere.  Truly a night like no other.

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Indulgence Awaits at Pretty Beach House

Indulge yourself at one of our hand selected boutique accommodations.  Pretty Beach House, one of Australia’s most sophisticated yet intimate luxury lodges, just 90 minutes from Sydney, is set high on the Bouddi escarpment amidst ancient Australian native forest.  Come…be embraced by the warm hospitality of your hosts, enchanted by the native Aussie birdlife and sated by the executive chef.

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