One of the most exciting landscapes in the world, regional Australia has long been popular with travellers. From the rock formations of the Northern Territory, to the wildlife of Western Australia and the desert-like ranges of South Australia, the opportunities for exploration and discovery are endless. This makes for many tour companies offering unique trips to the coast, outback and islands. Here are some worth remembering, with great prices on trips available.
Camel Treks Australia
With single-day tours and four-day treks, you can travel through the Flinders Ranges of South Australia on the back of a camel. This unique transport offers a very different view of the outback, with an opportunity to take incredible photographs, see the wildlife in their natural habitat and view beautiful sunsets over the hills. Taking bookings for the rest of 2015, the 3 Day Trek costs $1268pp, and the 4 Day Trek with photographer, Pete Dobre, is $2,088pp.
Check Out Outback Tours
In the clear, blue waters of the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, you can go snorkelling with the enormous Manta Rays as they swim peacefully through the shallow bays. Ningaloo Experience provide boutique tours to watch these graceful creatures go about their day, as well as turtles, fish and dugongs. You can swim with the Manta Rays on the Outer Reef Experience at just $165pp.
Check Out Perth to Broome Tours
Sleep in a traditional Aussie swag in South Australia, while seeing all of the state’s regional highlights including Lake Eyre, Coober Pedy, Baird Bay, Port Augusta and Nullarbor. On these tours, you can see wild seal colonies, migrating whales and the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby; taste oysters and visit underground towns. You can also head to the Northern Territory and visit Uluru, Kings Canyon and more. Book the 6 Day Lake Eyre Special Tour for just $1650pp with twin share accommodation.
Kalbarri Adventure Tours
With deep red, craggy cliffs towering over the pristine blue waters of the Murchison River, Kalbarri Adventure Tours offer one of the finest canoe tours in Western Australia. View the gorges, rock formations and wildlife of Kalbarri National Park as you meander the river, stop for homemade cake and admire the natural beauty of the bush around you. Available for half or a full day, all you need to bring with you is drinking waters, walking shows, swimsuit and lunch. Half day costs $75pp and full day costs $95pp.
Check Out Perth to Broome Adventure Tours
Focusing on the big red rock in the outback, Mulga’s Adventures can take you to the best parts of the Northern Territory. Stopping at Uluru, Kings Canyon and Kata Tjuta, you’ll see all that the town of Alice Springs is famous for, or travel from Darwin to Alice Springs to see the nearby attractions of Edith Falls, Mataranka Hotsprings, Daly Waters and Devils Marbles. With crocodile on the menu and even the chance to ride a camel, you can take the 3 Day Rock Trip for just $355pp.
My Mates Tours
Believe it or not, you can experience the Australian bush in New South Wales. My Mates Tours travels along the coast, so you can surf, swim and kayak in some of the most beautiful and regional-like spots in NSW, but the My Bush Bash tour also heads to a Jackaroo and Jillaroo school so you can learn to crack a whip and throw a lasso, and stops off at the majestic Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves. My Bush Bash costs from $1,090pp, or combine the bush with the coast on the Ultimate Aussie Adventure at $1,890pp.
Check Out East Coast Australia Tours
Visiting the incredible Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, as well as the highly indigenous area of Arnhemland, Territory Expeditions can go where many other companies can’t. From two – five days, you’ll get to swim in natural freshwater holes, camp under the stars, hike around gorges and travel by 4WD. With many water and land-based activities, don’t forget good walking shoes and your swimsuit! Two days on a Kakadu tour costs $360pp, and five days is $1,050.
Bums On Seats Tours
From the city of Adelaide to the wine regions of Barossa and Clare Valleys, the winding Murray River and the idyllic Kangaroo Island, Bums On Seats Tours cover the entire state of South Australia. Spoil yourself in the Barossa Valley with a guided day-tour including lunch at a winery with a glass of wine for $170pp; see the highlights of Adelaide such as St Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide Oval and Victoria Square from just $55pp; or create your own personal tour and visit the places you want from $525pp.
Overland Track Photography Tours
The breath-taking sights of Tasmania are so picture-perfect, why not take the Overland Track Photography Tour to capture everything in its best light? With mountains, lakes, forest, waterfalls, sunrises and sunsets, you can learn to take beautiful photographs with a professional guide, and fall in love with the scenery. This six-day exploration is available at $1999 and finishes in the capital city of Hobart.