Te Waipounamu is the Māori name for the larger of New Zealand's two main islands. The South Island, affectionately referred to as the Mainland by its inhabitants, is nearly one third larger than the North however less than one-quarter of the population lives there. We've handpicked all the must-see spots and most popular attractions for your driving holiday itinerary in the South Island. And remember, all our tour itineraries are infinitely customisable free of charge. So, you'll see everything you want to see regardless of how long you have. Take a look at our South Island New Zealand Self Drive Tours and start the road trip of a lifetime now. Refine your search by using the 'Tour Finder' on the left hand side.
Escape to Australia's Northern Territory, rich in culture and rugged, natural beauty. From the frontier town of Darwin you'll venture into the wetlands of World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, the spectacular gorges of Nitmiluk and Litchfield National Park on an unmissable outback Self Drive Adventure.
Treat your family to an incredible Australian Red Centre adventure. Ride camels through the rugged desert, splash around in waterholes, explore towering gorges in the West MacDonnell Ranges and marvel at magnificent Ayers Rock (Uluru), the belly button of the earth! Welcome to the heart of Australia, filled with natural wonders you will never forget.
Quench your thirst for adventure on an exhilarating 5 Day Top End road trip. Fly over Nitmiluk's gorges to a secret swimming hole, bounce along Kakadu's outback trails on a 4WD safari, marvel at Litchfield's giant termite mounds, and see indigenous rock art untouched for thousands of years. Australia's Top End will leave you spellbound.
Meander through Melbourne and the Victorian regions surrounding this stylish city. Meet endangered Aussie animals in their Yarra Valley homeland and sip velvety Pinot Noirs at renowned cellar doors. See Phillip Island's penguins on their nightly beach parade, snorkel with the Mornington Peninsula's Sea Dragons, and return to Melbourne with amazing tales to tell.
Take a thrilling journey to the heart of the Red Centre, sacred homeland of indigenous Australians for over 50,000 years. A sunrise trek round the base of Ayers Rock, a bone-4WD safari to Palm Valley oasis, and breathtaking hikes among the giant rock formations of Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. Can there be a more exciting introduction to the great Aussie Outback?
Like chalk & cheese, Australia's coastal and central regions couldn't be more different! Start your trip in stylish Melbourne and travel the Great Ocean Road. Next, be transported to the Red Centre to explore the desert landscapes and see iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock). Grand old Sydney is your final stop, where an array of activities await you.
Uncover the very best of the New South Wales hinterland and wine country. Dine al fresco in the Blue Mountains, sip Hunter Valley Semillon while kangaroos roam the vineyards, and be dazzled by the bright lights of glamorous Sydney. With minimal driving, our 7 Day Sydney & Surrounds Self-Drive Itinerary offers the ultimate in relaxation and luxury.
Indulge yourself with a fabulous getaway in the Margaret River wine region. Overlooking the magnificent Indian Ocean, this heavenly corner of Western Australia will wow you with over 100kms of stunning coastline, lush forests and beautiful beaches. Even better, there is world-class food and wine around every bend.
See South Australia's amazing contrasts come alive on this 7 Day Luxury Self Drive Holiday. Wander Adelaide's boulevards, enjoy a Flinders Ranges bush retreat and blend your very own wine in the beautiful Barossa Valley. From Outback to wine country, with sensational cuisine and world-class wines, this region is foodie heaven.
Cross the Outback on a fascinating 8-day journey from Sydney to Adelaide. Discover ancient caves, vast eucalyptus forests, remote mining towns, indigenous art, deep red Outback earth beneath your feet and a bright blue sky above your head. No crowds, no traffic, no tourist traps: this is pure, authentic Australia.
When it comes to world-class experiences, tiny Tasmania spectacularly delivers. The alpine wilderness of Cradle Mountain, pristine beaches of Freycinet and the heritage towns of Launceston and Hobart will charm you beyond your expectations. If your wish list is long but time is short, this 8 Day Self Drive adventure is your perfect fit.
Treat the family to a classic Aussie road trip adventure! Begin in Marvellous Melbourne and meander along the Great Ocean Road, packed with shipwrecks and beautiful natural wonders. Then cross into South Australia to explore dormant volcanoes, feast on gourmet local produce, stroll the sandy beaches and discover Adelaide, the Festival City.
Feed wild dolphins in Brisbane, spot Dingos on Fraser Island, and experience the Gold Coast's glitz and glamour. This 8 Day Self Drive Tour has options for everyone, from National Park hikes in Noosa to white-knuckle rides at Surfer's Paradise theme parks. Whatever your preference you can count on sun, sea & sand to be your constant companions.
Unique attractions await you on our epic Northern Territory driving tour: Red Centre deserts, outback towns, Aboriginal rock art and natural wonders galore. Spot desert wildlife at Alice Springs, dine among Nitmiluk's towering gorges, sleep in an outback pub and cool off in Litchfield's shady swimming holes. Your journey ends in tropical Darwin, closer to Singapore than Sydney!
From marvellous Melbourne, meander along the world-famous Great Ocean Road to delightful Apollo Bay and Warrnambool on an 8 day self-drive odyssey. Experience the breathtaking splendour of the 12 Apostles by helicopter then venture inland to the rugged forests of Grampians National Park. Pan for gold and seek your fortune in historic Ballarat before returning to the bright lights of Melbourne City.
Tasmania is proof that good things come in small packages: from the steep ridges of Cradle Mountain to the crystal waters of Wineglass Bay, you'll be wowed by the natural beauty of this compact island. With charming heritage towns, short driving distances between destinations, friendly locals and outstanding gourmet produce, it's a heavenly destination for an Australian self drive family holiday.
With vibrant cities, a warm climate, unspoiled beaches and delicious local food & wine, South West Australia is guaranteed to win the whole family over. See smiling quokkas on Rottnest Island, discover Bunbury's playful dolphins, spot colourful corals at Busselton Jetty and feast on delicious local Margaret River food & wine.
Blanketed with rainforest, fringed by coral reef and steeped in ancient culture: Tropical North Queensland is unlike any place on Earth. Why not spoil yourselves with a relaxing Self-Drive holiday to lush green jungles and the world-famous Great Barrier Reef? You'll never forget your blissful time in this unique tropical paradise.
Embrace your wild side in style on a sumptuous 10-day Australian honeymoon. Begin with a secluded Kangaroo Island lodge getaway, surrounded by pristine wilderness. Discover a remote Tasmanian haven amid Freycinet's pink mountains & perfect beaches. End your epic honeymoon in a private island hideaway at the legendary Great Barrier Reef.
Laid-back seaside towns, soft white sands, endless beaches and national parks brimming with wildlife: so many attractions await you on the beautiful coastal route between Sydney and Melbourne. Watch whales at Jervis Bay, go bushwalking at rugged "Wilsons Prom", see Phillip Island's penguins and soak up dramatic scenic views along the way.
Coastal cities, the Great Ocean Road, exotic wildlife, beautiful wine country, magnificent Uluru, ancient rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef... in just 10 days? Without any long drives? Our cleverly planned 10 Day Contrasts of Australia Itinerary offers all this and more. Search no more - you have found your perfect family holiday Down Under.
Fitting nicely into your 2 weeks of annual leave, this 10-day journey showcases the highlights of Sydney, Alice Springs, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Cairns. Explore the rugged Blue Mountains region, the vast deserts of the Red Centre and the stunning Great Barrier Reef on a Fly/Drive adventure.
Journey along the Pacific Coast Route from Sydney to Brisbane on one of Australia’s great driving holidays. From the beautiful coastline to the lush hinterland, visit the World Heritage Blue Mountains Region, and the iconic seaside towns of Byron Bay and the Gold Coast on this unforgettable coastal holiday.
Join the Indian Ocean Drive as it winds north along the iconic Coral Coast – home to the Pinnacles Desert, Coral Bay, Monkey Mia and the world famous Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Witness amazing marine life, snorkel the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean and create lifelong family memories along the beautiful coastline of Western Australia.
Be dazzled by the shining lights of Australia's most exciting cities! This fantastic family tour takes in the sights of sun-drenched Perth, stylish Melbourne and grand old Sydney. This tour isn't just about city slicking: fun-filled day trips to Margaret River, the Blue Mountains and the Great Ocean Road spirit you off the beaten track without the hassle of driving.
Tropical Darwin, Kakadu floodplains, ancient Uluru and Kangaroo Island wilderness: this 11 Day Luxury Fly/Drive tour immerses you in Australia's wildest locations without skimping on creature comforts. Stay in safari-style lodges, luxury bungalows and remote resorts, waking up each day to unforgettable views across outback plains, vast red deserts and rugged coastlines.
Follow the footsteps of the explorers on an unforgettable 12 day Outback safari. This epic adventure transports you from coastal Adelaide to tropical Darwin via the jaw-dropping landscapes of Australia's Red Centre. Visit curious Coober Pedy, meet desert wildlife in Alice Springs, sleep at an authentic Outback roadhouse and marvel at the gorges of Nitmiluk and Litchfield National Park.
This 12 day self-drive itinerary takes you the whole 243 km length of the iconic Great Ocean Road, which lies between Melbourne and Adelaide. Discover amazing coastal scenery, adventure and wildlife en route to the festival city of Adelaide before flying to the World Heritage Wilderness of Tasmania, Australia's beautiful island state.
Off the mainland of Australia, you will find the wild & wonderful state of Tasmania. Featuring World Heritage wilderness and history, there is so much to see and do! Explore Hobart, Cradle Mountain, Launceston, the Bay of Fires and the stunning Freycinet National Park. Taste gourmet food and wine, and take a step back in time at Port Arthur.
This 12 Day luxury escape fly/drive whisks you away to Australia's colourful coral reefs and ancient rainforests, with sumptuous accommodation throughout. Wander the chic metropolis of Sydney, soak up the sunshine in the Whitsundays, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and experience the glorious seclusion of the lush Daintree Rainforest.