Polar & Pacific


A World of Wonders Down Under

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About Australia

Australia is unmistakable. The landscapes, the sounds, the music, the animals; they are all highly distinctive and instantly recognizable.

Kangaroos, cockatoos, koalas, and kookaburras; the iconic opera house in Sydney; the drowsy drone of a digeridoo; the ruddy-red landscapes of the Outback; and the dazzling brilliance of crystalline water and sugar-white sand on the Great Barrier Reef. The land affectionately known as “Oz” is utterly unforgettable.

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Thomson Experiences in Australia

Note to all parents: Australia is a paradise for outdoor adventure, and a lot of young adults who go there delay their return home- or they don’t return at all. For many, it’s love at first sight.
Australia has something for every generation: relax on the deck of a catamaran as it glides across the Great Barrier Reef; cavort with kangaroos and their “joeys”; sample the newest Australian selections among some of the world’s finest wines.
Bring your cameras to Australia and bring Australia home in photos: Koalas, kangaroos, and cockatoos; dawn at the iconic landmark of the Outback, Ayer’s Rock. Bring an underwater housing to the Barrier Reef and try to find Nemo

Favorite Properties

In various destinations around the world, we have highlighted examples of exceptional accommodations that set new standards for aesthetics and responsible tourism. These properties reflect our own company values by emphasizing community involvement and the preservation of cultural heritage, protection of natural resources, and sustainability, both in practice and design. They also combine outstanding comfort and service, natural beauty, and functionality. Where you stay along the way can greatly enhance any journey. Options abound, but these are some of our favorites.

Pretty Beach House

Pretty Beach House


This intimate and elegant hideaway retreat, just 90 minutes north of Sydney, has been designed with meticulous eco-care, and built to fit unobtrusively into a verdant corner of Bouddi National Park, high above the golden sands of Pretty Beach. Its four pavilion rooms open onto wooden terraces shaded by native eucalyptus and gum trees, and a private plunge pool, indulgent spa treatments, and meals created by Stefano Manfredi, one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs, are part of an unforgettable experience.

Southern Ocean Lodge

Southern Ocean Lodge

Kangaroo Island

With its low architectural profile mirroring the arc of Hanson Bay, this innovative and meticulously eco-crafted lodge immerses its guests in the spectacle of nature—which draws international visitors to Kangaroo Island. The simple luxury of the 21 stunning suites is complemented by sweeping views through floor-to-ceiling windows—perfect for observing the colony of resident sea lions. An on-site solar farm powers the property, and signature spa treatments highlight island botanicals.

Crystalbrook Lodge

Crystalbrook Lodge

Crystalbrook Lake

In a remote outback oasis—home to numerous species of birds and wildlife—this intimate eco-lodge sits on the shores of sublimely beautiful Crystalbrook Lake and offers the chance for countless sporting activities or indulgent relaxation. Five luxurious suites open onto private courtyards; an infinity pool overlooks the lake and its glorious sunsets; and locally sourced produce and fish are meticulously prepared and served in an outdoor setting.

The Ultimate: Australia and New Zealand

The Ultimate: Australia and New Zealand

See the most eye-catching locations around Australia and New Zealand. From national parks to vineyard tours, wildlife sightings to world heritage sites, there is something for everyone.

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Detailed Itinerary

When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.
-Clint Borgen