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Thala Beach Lodge, Rainbow Lorikeets, Near Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia


Australasia – a stunningly diverse continent with everything from vast barren deserts, where kangaroo and emu bound, to remote tropical rainforests, rugged mountains, pristine beaches and fantastic cities.

Maybe it’s the wide-open spaces, healthy outdoor lifestyle, world-class cuisine and wines of New Zealand, or the warm friendly people and pleasant climate of Papua New Guinea that take your fancy? Whatever your interests, we’ll ensure that your holiday to Australia, New Zealand or Papua New Guinea is unforgettable.

Because we have explored these incredible destinations ourselves, we can recommend the sites, flavours, and activities that will allow you to experience the essence of a place at a pace that suits you. And with our highly-qualified guides, you’ll be looked after every step of the way. As your itinerary is completely tailor-made, the journey ideas given for each destination are just suggestions to give you some idea of the possibilities on offer.

Need inspiration?
Browse our Australasia holiday ideas.

Our experts have created and curated these holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique adventure.


Below is some of the wonderful accommodation to include on your journey.

Hapuku Lodge £££££

  • New Zealand
  • Boutique
  • Unusual

In one of the South Island’s most spectacular settings, sandwiched between the ocean and snow-capped peaks, Hapuku Lodge offers the chance to stay in a treehouse suspended 10 metres up in native Manuka trees. Set in a peaceful location in the heart of the rolling countryside, the 1,600 acres surrounding the property include olive groves and the family’s deer farm.

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Karawari Lodge £££££

  • Papua New Guinea
  • Wilderness

Perched 300 metres above the Karawari River amidst dense lowland rainforest, this remote lodge occupies a privileged location in an isolated part of the world. Inaccessible by road, this rustic, thatched property was inspired by indigenous architecture. Ten simple but comfortable thatched cottages have ceiling fans and a shared veranda. Communal areas can be found in the spirit house inspired main lodge. All around, the treetops abound with birdlife, including colourful parrots and energetic sunbirds.

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Longitude 131 £££££

  • Australia
  • Tented Camps

Located amidst the sand dunes of Australia’s vast central desert, Longitude 131° offers an eco-sensitive, luxurious and romantic place to stay, with privileged views of the sun rising and setting over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Each of the 15 individual tented rooms is elevated and beautifully decorated using organic fabrics and aboriginal art. All make the most of the spectacular views with floor to ceiling windows as well as a private terrace with outdoor daybed and open fire. The Dune House is home to communal areas including the pool, spa and restaurant where Uluru still dominates the vista.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Amy Waters

After my degree in Fine Art I didn’t really know what career I wanted or what path I would take. The only thing I knew is that having spent a summer in America it had given me the desire to explore and see as many places as possible before becoming a grown up and entering the real world.

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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.

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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …

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