Australia and New Zealand 2018

Exploring Australia and New Zealand

Jan. 3-24, 2018

Discover the allure of the “Land Down Under” with Brandeis Travelers on a journey of a lifetime to Australia and New Zealand. From the Great Barrier Reef, to the storied Outback, to the historic Sydney Opera House, to the breathtaking fjords of Milford Sound, experience the natural splendor and cultural diversity of these fascinating countries on a 22-day tour.

Our exclusive tour will be led by Dan Perlman, professor of biology and environmental studies at Brandeis. Professor Perlman will share his knowledge of ecology, evolution, animal behavior and conservation biology as we explore the region’s remarkable ecosystems and unique wildlife.


About the trip

Begin your tour in Cairns, Australia, where you will enjoy a ride on the historic railway to the mountain village of Kuranda, and descend the mountain via skyrail gondola. Enjoy a day-long excursion by boat along the world’s largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef, which is more than 1,200 miles long and home to countless species of colorful fish and coral. Swim, snorkel or view the reef from a semi-submersible vessel. In Alice Springs, take an Aboriginal "dreamtime" tour and learn about the ancient culture of the Walpiri. Visit Ulutu-Kata Tjuta National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is the traditional land of the Anagu Aboriginal peoples and home to Ayers Rock. Watch the sunest over this fabled sandsone structure rising 1,114 feet.

Spend three nights exploring Sydney. You will tour the iconic Opera House; cruise the harbour by catamaran; and visit the Royal Botanic Gardens, Darling Harbour and Mrs. Macquarie’s Point, Rose and Watson’s bays, and popular Bondi Beach. Tour Featherale Wildlife Park, which is home to koalas, wombats and dingos. Then fly to New Zealand for a fascinating two-night stay at Mount Cook National Park. Experience geothermal Rotorua, dotted with geysers, bubbling mud pools and hot thermal springs. Enjoy a Maori traditional hangi dinner and performance, and conclude your fantastic journey in nautical Auckland. 

View the brochure to learn more.

About Professor Dan Perlman

Prof. Dan Perlman

Dan Perlman is a professor of biology and environmental studies at Brandeis, where he teaches conservation biology, ecology and animal behavior. He also serves as associate provost of innovation in education and is director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. He has co-authored three textbooks on conservation biology and ecology: “Practical Ecology for Planners, Developers, and Citizens,” “Conserving Earth’s Biodiversity” and “Biodiversity: Exploring Values and Priorities in Conservation.” In addition, he developed a web site ( from which he freely distributes teaching materials he has developed for ecology and environmental studies. He has been awarded university-wide teaching awards at Brandeis (the Student Union Teaching Award twice and the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching once) and at Harvard (the Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Excellence in Teaching). He received his PhD from Harvard.

Sir Stamford Lobby St. Moritz Room St. Moritz lobby

Accommodations and Itinerary

Guests will enjoy 19 nights of accommodations in deluxe and first-class hotels throughout the tour.

Days 1-2: Depart the U.S. for Cairns
Days 3-5:  Cairns Pullman Reef Casino 
Days 6-7: Alice Springs DoubleTree by Hilton
Day 8: Ayers Rock Sails in the Desert 
Days 9-11: Sydney Sir Stamford 
Day 12: Christchurch Rydges Latimer 
Days 13-14: Mt. Cook Hermitage Hotel
Days 15-17: Queenstown Hotel St. Moritz 
Days 18-19: Rotorua Regent of Rotorua 
Days 20-21: Auckland Stamford Plaza 
Day 22: Depart Auckland for U.S.

Package: From $8,984 per person (based on double occupancy), total price air and land inclusive from Los Angeles (includes airline taxes and fees of $389). Land-only package starts at $7,895 per person. based on double occupancy. Single accommodations are an additional $1,995 (limited availability). Please see the brochure for complete details. 

Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

Activity Level: Moderately active. This trip involves full days of sightseeing, and significant amounts of walking on stairs and uneven surfaces. Contact Odysseys Unlimited for additional information regarding activity level and physical requirements for the tour.

Tour highlights

  • Ride aboard vintage Kuranda steam train and skyrail gon­dolas
  • Great Barrier Reef excursion
  • Aboriginal “dreamtime” experience
  • Sunset at Ayers Rock
  • Sydney touring and harbour cruise
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Darling Harbour and Mrs. Macquarie’s Point, Rose and Watson’s bays, and popular Bondi Beach 
  • Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to koalas, dingos and wombats
  • Lesiure time in Sydney
  • Christchurch touring
  • Two-night stay at Mount Cook National Park
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Geothermal Rotorua: Geysers, bubbling mud pools and hot thermal springs
  • Rainbow Springs Nature Park, native flora, fauna and birds set amidst and expanse of forest
  • Maori cultural experience
  • Auckland touring

Travel insurance

Brandeis Travelers works exclusively with Meyer and Associates to offer trip insurance for Brandeis alumni and friends. Travel insurance products are available to all travelers on a Brandeis trip. Please inquire about trip insurance options once you've made your reservation to meet any time-sensitive requirements. For more information, call Meyer and Associates at 800-635-7801 or enroll online.  

Ayers Rock


To reserve your space or learn more about package options, flights or travel inquiries, contact Odysseys Unlimited at 888-370-6765, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Eastern.

For more information, contact Alyson Saykin, director of special programs, at or 781-736-2988.




Odysseys Unlimited


Mon.-Friday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Eastern Time

Tour Operator 
Odysseys Unlimited, Inc.
One Newton Place
275 Washington Street, Suite 300, Newton, MA 02458
888-370-6765 (Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-7:00 PM, Eastern Time)

Branadeis Travelers

Brandeis Travelers 
Alyson Saykin
Director of Special Programs