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

 

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.