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2017 Ultimate Australia

Australia: Melbourne, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Uluru, Great Barrier Reef, Palm Cove, Sydney

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17 Days from only $6245 including international airfare

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Sydney

Follow along with Rudy Maxa as he sails to scenic beaches, treks into the Blue Mountains, and samples the cuisine of Sydney

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Dingo’s Got My Baby: Trial by Media

Discover the dark story behind the famous Australian phrase, “dingo’s got my baby.”

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Auckland- A Tranquil City

Watch this time lapse film for a glimpse of the subtle grace and beauty of Auckland, New Zealand.

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Going Local: Sydney

Join correspondent Carmen Roberts as she explores Sydney.

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Graffiti

See Melbournes’s streets come alive with art from some of the region's talented graffiti artists.

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Find the Adventure That’s Right for You

Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Matthew Bracher

"Matt made guiding our rowdy group look easy. He has a great sense of humor—a five-star guide."

Marilyn Luebbing
22-time traveler from Naperville, Illinois

99% of travelers rated Matthew as "excellent"

Born
Mornington, Australia
Resides
St. Kilda, Australia
Languages
English, some Bahasa Indonesia
Hobbies & Interests
Working on updating my family cottage from the 1800s, collecting art, still (foolishly) playing Australian rules football
With us since
2009

I loved my Australian childhood, growing up in a small country town of 500 people. My memories are filled with playing sports, fishing, and walking a mile to school every weekday. My mother’s hot-water bottles got me through those cold winter nights.

I've been to more than 40 countries. My work as a tour guide allowed me to spend a year in Bali and five years in the United States, mostly in Arizona. Living in the U.S. has been invaluable for comparing aspects of Australian and New Zealand life with my O.A.T. travelers, and my experiences there help me to relate to and connect with my groups. The dynamic of meeting 16 strangers with different backgrounds and interests is always exciting. I’m lucky to be in a position to show, teach, and even amuse people about a region I love.

I know that coming to Australia is a once-in-a-lifetime dream trip for many O.A.T. travelers. I particularly like to celebrate with a big Australian barbecue in the Outback. Our “barbees”—said in that fine Australian accent—are not just a tradition among friends, but they also have quite a few unique items that you only find in our part of the world, like herb-and-garlic kangaroo and snag (special barbecue sausage eaten with onions in a thin bread roll with a liberal dose of tomato sauce). And there’s nothing quite like trying Aussie desserts, such as Lamingtons (white cake with chocolate frosting and coconut), under the Southern Cross constellation in the night sky.

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