The Australia & New Zealand experts

Inspiring Journeys

Luxury boutique small group experiences

Because you deserve something special…

Travelling has the power to change us, to excite us and enrich our lives in so many ways. It's not just about the places you go, it's also about the people you go with, the experiences you share, the memories you create together and the stories you write along the way. We aim to do things a little differently to inspire you to return home with a new zest for life, a spring in your step and a smile on your face. Everyone has a story, we’d love you to start your next chapter on an Inspiring Journey.

Our Inspiring Journeys through Australia and New Zealand will take you off the beaten track with rich and immersive experiences in an intimate small group setting. You'll travel in luxury coaches or 4WD vehicles and stay in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts with gourmet cuisine to match. We offer the perfect balance of freedom from the stress of holiday planning, and just enough flexibility to shape your journey with a choice of optional experiences. Our expert Travel Directors and/or Driver Guides will take care of everything so you can sit back and be inspired by the journey.

Popular Inspiring Journeys

  • Kuranda Railway

    Tjapukai, Kuranda Rail & Skyrail (Cairns return)

    Visit the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Experience the history, creation and dance theatres where the legends of the dreamtime are brought to life.
  • Katherine Gorge

    Kakadu & Katherine Gorge (Nov-Apr)

    Immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of the Top End. Be amazed at Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie and Ubirr, cruise the magnificent Katherine Gorge, Yellow Water Billabong and...
  • Tobruk Sheep Station

    Aussie Farm, Food & Wine Trail

    Australia! Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and experience the open paddocks, dams and Australian bush at one of Sydney’s most stunning regions.
  • Kakadu National Park Escarpment

    Kakadu National Park Explorer

    We travel on the Arnhem Highway across the Adelaide River and Marrakai Plains. Stop at Nourlangie to view ancient Aboriginal rock art.
  • Gantheaume Point

    Untamed Kimberley & West Coast

    The contrasting landscapes of the rugged Kimberley, from its spectacular coastline to its rich mineral fields, will amaze and delight you on this extensive northerly expedition.

  • Milford Sound Cruise

    Kia Ora New Zealand

    Begin your New Zealand story with a cruise in the stunning Bay of Islands. Continue the narrative with the arts and traditions of Maori culture, and the sweeping vistas of...

  • Melbourne Tram Car

    Tastes of Southern Australia

    Leave no stone unturned when you explore country Victoria, cosmopolitan Melbourne and the spectacular coast and delicious produce of Southern Australia.

  • Flinders Station

    Magnificent Melbourne - Morning City Tour

    Hear about Melbourne’s wonderful history, its famous buildings, and sensational shopping. Explore Fitzroy Gardens, including Cook’s Cottage, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance.
  • Bicheno

    Tasmanian Wonders

    If Tasmania is on your must-do list, this journey offers the ideal introduction to the island state.

 

Australia

Inspiring Australia

  • 13 days
  • Cairns to Sydney
  • Tour code: IJFLY
Palm Cove

Feel the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair as you delight your senses on a journey from the Tropical North, to Central Australia’s spiritual heartland and on to spectacular Sydney. Experience ancient culture, uncover stunning scenery, indulge in gourmet produce and meet local characters whose warmth you’ll remember forever.

Kakadu's Ancient Secrets

  • 5 days
  • Darwin return
  • Tour code: MNDD
Katherine Gorge

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Kakadu, one of the most spiritual places on earth. Stay in idyllic accommodation at Nitmiluk and Mary River. Swim Gunlom Falls and see Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr. Cruise ancient wetlands, spot native wildlife, enjoying first class cuisine on the way.

Outback Australia: The Colour of Red

  • 5 days
  • Uluru to Alice Springs
  • Tour code: CRUA
Kata Tjuta

Explore the highlights and mind blowing hidden treasures of the Red Centre. Immerse yourself in local culture and ancient traditions and come away with a deeper understanding of what makes the Red Centre so unique and inspiring.

Victoria’s Hidden Gems

  • 7 days
  • Melbourne Return
  • Tour code: IJVIC
NEW HOLIDAYTwelve Apostles

Discover the secrets of Victoria’s charm on this eclectic sojourn. In cosmopolitan Melbourne, explore lanes and discover edgy cafés, while in quaint Daylesford uncover antique shops and unique cottage industries. Experience a Welcome to Country ceremony with indigenous people in the spectacular Grampians, and take one of Australia’s iconic road trips on the Great Ocean Road.

New Zealand

The Endless Shores

  • 11 days
  • Wellington to Auckland
  • Tour code: NZNI
Cathedral Cove

Explore New Zealand’s exquisite North Island, visiting cities that resound with a f riendly welcome normally felt in small towns. Travel into the rustic, unspoilt coastal regions of the Coromandel and the Bay of Islands, where dazzling white beaches and historic villages are the norm.

The Southern Drift

  • 12 days
  • Christchurch return
  • Tour code: NZSI
milford sound

No stone is left unturned as you venture into parts of the South Island less travelled. From the wild and pristine natural wonderland of Stewart Island, to the spectacular vistas of Mt. Cook through to Milford Sound, you will fall asleep under a b lanket of mist with shadows on the still waters of the fiord.

The Long White Cloud

  • 22 days
  • Christchurch to Auckland
  • Tour code: NZIJ
Lake Taupo

Delve into the scenic delights of New Zealand. Combine natural beauty with boutique comfort as you overnight in the rainforests of Franz Josef at the foothills of Mt. Cook, sleep among the treetops in the Coromandel Ranges and journey into the deep south to the wild and pristine landscapes of Stewart Island.

Inspiring New Zealand

  • 10 days
  • Auckland to Queenstown
  • Tour code: NZFLY
NEW HOLIDAYLake Marian

A tale of two great islands, of epic natural beauty and ancient rituals and traditions – yours to explore on this Inspiring Journey across the length and breadth of New Zealand. Embrace the sophistication of its cities and the soulful expanse of its stunning untamed landscapes.

Accommodation

We've hand-picked accommodation that's situated in both beautiful and unique locations where there is a real sense of connection between nature and the destination like Cicada Lodge and Te Waonui Forest Retreat. Accommodation will vary from cabins and private safari quarters, to lodges and hotels, depending on the location. In some very remote areas where accommodation options are limited, the accommodation standard may be slightly lower but nonetheless we believe the quality of the experience and the remote nature of the destination far outweighs any material comforts.

Meals

On your Inspiring Journey you’ll enjoy a variety of quality fare, from specially tailored degustation menus, gourmet barbecues, picnic lunches and unique dining experiences. We guarantee you’ll experience innovative menus using local produce, and things you’ve never tried before. Breakfast is included daily, as are some lunches and most dinners. While many evening meals are included, we understand that on occasion you may prefer to seek out a local restaurant. Complimentary Refreshments We’ve thought of everything to make your journey as comfortable as possible. You can help yourself to complimentary drinks and snacks on board as you please.

Travel in Style

You’ll travel in luxury coaches or 4WD vehicles depending on the destination. Our fully air-conditioned modern fleet are equipped with reclining seats, seat belts and footrests, panoramic windows, an on-board restroom, two-door access, and state-of-the-art technology including DVD player, GPS and PA systems.

Small Group

When you start your Inspiring Journey, you'll be welcomed into a small group of up to 20 like-minded travellers, with no children under 12 years of age. Travelling in a smaller group allows our team to provide you with a more personalised service. It also means that we can take you to different areas and offer you unique experiences on your itinerary that may not otherwise be possible in a larger group. The people you meet on an Inspiring Journey will set the foundation for creating great memories. You'll have plenty of time to strengthen existing friendships, as well get to know your fellow travellers, socialise and make new friends.

Destinations

We offer a variety of Inspiring Journeys that travel to various parts of Australia from the Top End to the Red Centre, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

Length of Journey

Choose an Inspiring Journey that best suits the time you have available. Whether it's a long weekend away or a once in a lifetime holiday, we offer a variety of journeys that range from 3 to 22 days.

Free Time

We understand that you also need some time to yourself and for this reason we offer a slower paced itinerary with free time set aside for you to enjoy at your leisure.

Optional Experiences

We offer the perfect balance of freedom from the stress of holiday planning, and just enough flexibility to shape your journey. We have carefully selected a range of optional experiences that we know will enrich your journey.

Transfers

Complimentary arrival and departure transfers are provided between designated airports and AAT Kings hotels on scheduled start and end days of your Inspiring Journey.

The Finishing Touches

You’ll receive a travel wallet and luggage tag as you start your Inspiring Journey. Plus, we'll give you a map to follow your journey as a memento of your holiday.

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