The Australia-New Zealand Travel Bubble: All You Need to Know
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, countries around the world closed their borders in an effort to stop the virus from spreading. Recently, however, some countries (like Australia and New Zealand) have established select travel bubbles. A travel bubble occurs when neighbouring countries form an agreement to open their borders for travel with each other.
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CampingGet out and explore the great outdoors! A camping vacation in Australia is a great way to discover those off-the-beaten-path destinations and get to know the country on a more personal level.View Packages
SurfingAustralia is famous around the world for its surf culture - it would almost be a waste to visit without giving it a go! For travellers looking to gain new skills or sharpen existing ones, a surf tour in Australia is an unforgettable experience.View Packages
TrainAustralia's rail system is a great way to see the country - not only is it a sustainable way to travel, it's the perfect way to sit back, relax, and take in Australia's incredible scenery.View Packages
IndependentSee Australia your own way! On an independent tour of Australia, you can explore the country exactly the way you want to, stopping at the landmarks, cultural experiences, and natural sites that are most important to you.View Packages
OverlandGetting out and exploring Australia can sometimes mean exploring with a little heavy machinery! On an overland truck tour, explore the Australian scenery from the safety and comfort of your vehicle.View Packages
CruiseWhile Australia is known for its massive land size, there are also plenty of opportunities for cruising along the coast and its surrounding islands!View Packages
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Group ToursGroup tours offer the best of both worlds: unforgettable adventures with a new group of friends to experience them with. Sharing these types of travel experiences with like-minded people is one of the major highlights of touring!See tours
Private ToursPrivate tours are the ideal choice if you’re looking to travel on your own or with a group of companions chosen exclusively by you — be it your best friend, your partner, or your family bubble. Find answers to FAQs on private tours here.See tours
Independent ToursIndependent tours are for travellers that want to go alone. Do what you want and reach out for support to make it happen! You could be hiking & trekking, or road-tripping, or city-hopping, all at your own pace with the luxury of knowing a tour operator will have your back.See tours
Your Australia Bucket List
Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
One of the most famous natural sites in the world, the Great Barrier Reef is a must-see destination in Australia! Choose to go diving and see it up close, or take in the view from a glass-bottom boat. View Packages
Surf, swim or sunbathe at Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach, one of Australia's most famous and glamorous beaches, is the perfect place to relax in the sun, try surfing, or even spot celebrities! View Packages
View the Twelve Apostles
The Twelve Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks jutting out of the sea in Port Campbell National Park, is are just one incredible example of the type of natural beauty you'll discover in Australia. View Packages
Explore the wineries in Barossa Valley
All that exploration can make you thirsty! Thankfully, the Barossa Valley is a premier wine region in Australia. One of the oldest in Australia, travellers can enjoy winery tours, and, of course, tastings! View Packages
Hike up Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain is one of Australia's many UNESCO World Heritage Sites - once you’ve hiked until the sun goes down, spend time getting familiar with the gourmet, locally produced Tasmanian cuisine. View Packages
See the Sydney Opera House
Possibly Australia's most iconic structure, the Sydney Opera House sits proudly in the Sydney Harbour. Lucky travellers can take a tour of the building, or even catch a show! View Packages
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Uluru, a massive sandstone rock formation, can be found in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National park. While travellers are no longer permitted to climb the rock in an effort to preserve this sacred Indigenous site, it's well worth the trip to see this breathtaking formation in person.
Location: Northern Territory
Highlight: Sunrise and sunset
Best for: Nature, history
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Great Barrier Reef
Stretching over 2,000 kilometres across the coast of Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, and visitors will never forget exploring this incredible area by snorkelling, diving, or cruising in a glass-bottom boat.
Location: Off the coast of Queensland
Highlight: Coral Reefs
Best for: Nature, water sports
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One of many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Australia, Cradle Mountain is one of the gems of Tasmania. Travellers can hike through this wild area, spotting pademelons, wombats, and even Tasmanian devils along the way.
Highlight: Trekking routes
Best for: Nature
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Great Ocean Road
Looking for the ultimate road trip? You'll find it in Australia. Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage-listed road stretching 243 kilometres along the country's south-eastern coast. Beginning in Torquay and ending in Allansford, the drive will take travellers through Great Otway National Park, in case you needed another excuse.
Highlight: Loch Ard Gorge
Best for: Scenic drive
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Kimberly is a sparsely-settled region of Australia, and one of the most beautiful places in the world. Here, travellers will be transfixed by rugged ranges, dramatic gorges, limestone cliffs, and pools home to freshwater crocodiles.
Location: Western Australia
Highlight: Purnululu National Park
Best for: Nature, wildlife
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Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park has been home to Australia's Indigenous people for over 65,000 years, making it one of the country's most sacred and beautiful destinations. Catch sight of art up to 20,000 years old, trek to the top of rugged escarpments, and swim through waterfalls here.
Location: Northern Territory
Highlight: Jim Jim Falls, Ubirr
Best for: Nature, wildlife
People Also Ask
What is the Australia / New Zealand travel bubble?
The Australia-New Zealand travel bubble (or the trans-Tasman bubble) is an agreement between the two countries that enables quarantine-free travel across each other’s borders. In other words, Australians can visit New Zealand without having to quarantine upon arrival, and it is the same for New Zealanders when they visit Australia. Bear in mind, you must still meet all the eligibility criteria for entering New Zealand — for more information, please refer to the New Zealand Government website.
When is the Australia / New Zealand travel bubble opening?
The travel bubble will open on 19 April 2021.
How does the Australia / New Zealand travel bubble work and can I book a trip?
Once the Australia-New Zealand travel bubble is open, you will be able to travel quarantine-free between Australia and New Zealand. Thus, it’s the perfect time to book that New Zealand getaway you’ve been dreaming about! And, for added flexibility and worry-free planning, our Peace of Mind program has you covered.
In order to receive the latest updates on the travel bubble, you can check the New Zealand Government website.
Will Australian travellers to New Zealand need a vaccine?
No. According to the prime minister of New Zealand, the trans-Tasman bubble will not require a vaccine to travel.
Does Australia have a travel bubble with any other countries?
No, not at the present moment.
What if a tour operator needs to suspend my tour due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The tour operator that you have booked with values your health and reserves the right to suspend or cancel your upcoming departure should they have any safety concerns. If they choose to suspend the tour for any reason, you can expect to receive Credit for Future Tours from the operator. The tour operator or TourRadar will be in touch if this occurs.
What is the Peace of Mind program?
We want you to book with confidence. Our Peace of Mind program means that if you decide to make a new booking for a tour now and your plans change, you can postpone your travel plans and convert what you paid to credit. You can apply the credit to future tours run by the same tour operator.
Do all trips qualify for Peace of Mind?
Our Peace of Mind program only applies to certain tour operators, some of which are listed above. To check whether or not your tour offers Peace of Mind, simply scroll down on your tour page to find out. Remember that if you decide to change your plans, the Credit for Future Tours will only be valid for the tour operator with whom you originally booked, so choose wisely.
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