“immerse yourself in different kinds of experiences and make the most of your trip.”
There are different ways of travelling, some people prefer to do everything on their own to feel more adventurous.
While others prefer to be guided to make sure to not miss out on anything and to learn more about the destination.
One thing that is sure is that there is no wrong way to travel as long as you are enjoying your experience.
Combining these 2 ways can also be a good compromise to immerse yourself in different kinds of experiences and make the most of your trip.
Below are the top 10 guided tours in Australia you’ll benefit by having the tour/driver guide to show your around:
1. Great Barrier Reef
Not much explanation needed for this one as it is obvious it requires a boat, licence and permits to visit the Great Barrier Reef and good knowledge of the area. The awesome dive masters and staff on the guided boat trips really go out of your way to make sure your day is informative and tell you all about the marine and eco system in and around the Great Barrier Reef!
2. Whitsunday Islands
As above the Whitsunday Islands you cannot just arrive in Airlie Beach and access them without a tour. In saying that a tour is also the best way to combine visiting the islands, national parks, experience life on a sailing boat or catamaran plus a great way to go snorkelling at the reefs and the tick off the must do attractions such as Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet lookout.
3. Fraser Island
It is possible to hire a 4WD and do it yourself though you need to think about insurances and having to plan everything yourself, but having an experienced tour guide will help to avoid missing great locations like “Champagne Pools” which relies on the tide, Lake Mackenzie and Eli Creek to name a few.
If you have interest in wine, Australia has many great wineries, the main regions being in Sydney with Hunter Valley, Melbourne with Yarra Valley and Adelaide with Barossa Valley. It is important to remember that Australia is really strict on the drink driving and a little sample of their great wine could already put you over the limit and you need to stay under the 0.05 limit. All these wineries are surrounded by amazing scenic views and are worth the visit plus a tour there is no stress about having to drive and you can indulge your taste buds!
5. Surf Camps
If you have never surfed before, you will need more than 1 lesson to become confident with this sport. To make the most of it, you should start your journey in Australia with a surf camp. A minimum of 5 days is recommended to strengthen your skills then you can practice while travelling the rest of the country. A popular way to do it is from Sydney to Byron (or reverse) which also includes the transport, so you can save on the bus ticket.
6. Great Ocean Road
Sure, if you have a lot of time and budget then self drive in a car or campervan is a great option, though If you are short on time and only have one day to visit the Great Ocean Road, I strongly suggest you to go on a day tour as there is too much drive involved to make the most of it. Day tours start early and finish late, so possibility to snooze in the bus and keep all your energy when it’s time to see all the attractions.
This icon of Australia deserves to be seen with a respectful and experienced tour guide to have a clear understanding of what this rock represents in the Aboriginal culture. When travelling from so far to see the majestic Uluru Sunset and Sunrise, it is worth it do it properly!
8. Kakadu National Park
Depending of the time of year you are travelling, you may need a 4WD to visit many national parks. But not only that, many waterholes of these beautiful national park are pack of crocodiles!! It is important to know the area’s where you are assured it is safe so you can swim. A tour is also a great way to do this and also learn more about the Aboriginal culture from the northern territory.
9. Kimberley National Park
If you are in Australia for a long time, you do not want to miss the Kimberley National Park. This park is so big that you need to have a great knowledge of the area to see all the beauty of it. You also need a 4WD to take on the rugged Gibb River Road where the highlights of the Kimberley can be found to visit waterfalls, gorges such as Bell Gorge and Manning Gorge and unforgettable bushwalks so all of these reasons should be enough to tell you why a guided tour is recommended.
10. South Coast of Australia
South Australia is full of secrets unknown from tourists. It is one of most authentic Australian coastlines due to all these untouched beaches. Being one of Australia’s longest straightest stretches of highway, you are better off letting your tour guide tackle these long drives. Letting yourself take in the beauty from Adelaide to Perth (or reverse) and discovering the secret local places to visit and to see wildlife, your local tour guide makes all the difference on a journey in such a remote area as you would probably just drive straight past a lot of the great interesting locations!