When I hear someone say Marlborough, I think wine–Sauvignon Blanc to be specific. Can’t help it. Some of the best Sauvignon Blanc I have ever have come from this section of New Zealand. The award-winning Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs tend to be crisp and complex with an array of citrus and passion fruits hitting your palate in an explosion of goodness. You want a reason to go to New Zealand? Really? You need a reason? Well, we’re giving you one. Go taste their wine. It doesn’t matter if you say “I’m not a white wine drinker”…a) they have red and b) the Sauvignon Blanc will knock your socks off.

Located in the northeast corner of the South Island of New Zealand, Marlborough is the biggest and most recognized wine district in the country. While you could walk around the countryside, searching for this infamous wine, it would be much easier – and more exciting – to participate in one of the fabulous tours Journeys Down Under Can create for you.

Sauvignon and Greenshell Mussel Cruise:
Imagine cruising the Marlborough Sounds while sipping some of the aforementioned award winning wines, eating mussels and relaxing in quiet, sparsely populated bays. Learn the history and nature of a world of sea-drowned inlets and water ways. The pinnacle of your cruise is a launch tour to a Greenshell mussel farm. Enjoy fresh, steamed clams. In truth, nothing goes better with steamed clams than that Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc I keep mentioning than fresh steamed clams.
Wine, Water, Wilderness:
Going back to the subject at hand, Marlborough makes the most amazing, distinctive Sauvignon Blancs. You will never taste anything like it anywhere else. There are over 110 wineries spread throughout the region. Add to that, waterways, forests, wildlife, and you have the makings of a perfect Journeys Down Under Tour.  Journeys Down Under will book you a room at the Heartland Hotel  which is centrally located right in the heart of wine country.  You will visit some of the highest rated wineries in the Marlborough region and finally relax with a spa treatment and finish off your day at Seymours Restaurant. This is paradise. Truly.
The Marlborough Wine Festival:
Why not indulge your inner wine-O and attend the Marlborough Wine Festival? Wine, local cuisine, meet the wine makers, meet the food producers, and watch the competition for the regions most celebrated wine. Held every February, one of the warmest most pleasant times of year to visit New Zealand. Do NOT miss your opportunity to rub elbows with some of Marlborough’s most celebrated vintners. Ever wonder what wine fashion looks like? Festival organizers have added a fashion show with a competition for the best dressed male and female at the festival. Now is your chance to find out.
Marlborough isn’t just about wine. It’s about a wonderful climate and amazing water-scapes. It’s about about mountain ranges and picturesque sounds. It’s about culinary adventure.
Don’t take our word for it. Go and get yourself a bottle of Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc. Try it. You’ll see what’s in store for you once you go down under. And then, call Journeys Down Under. We’ll give you a trip you won’t ever be able to forget.

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If you’ve ever been to Fiji (or if you’ve ever seen a picture of Fiji), the first thing that comes in mind are azure beaches framed with white sand. This is truly a land where the tropical and tranquil lay right outside your door. Rich in culture, Fiji will captivate you with its people, beauty and serenity. It would make sense that you would say, “I want to be married in Fiji!”. After all when confronted with beauty on the scale of the Fijian Islands, the real question is why would you NOT want to be married in Fiji?

If the words “Destination Wedding” mean anything or sound even the most remotely intriguing, stop for a second and think outside the box. Step off the beaten path and look for something unusual yet simple, easy, manageable for the wedding of a lifetime. You will be pleasantly surprised how inexpensive a wedding in Fiji can be…you can choose a simple ceremony or an elaborate ceremony rife with island tradition. Think about this for a second: you can choose from over 330 different islands in Fiji for your wedding. Some are remote and some are bustling beehives of beauty. This is a dream wedding in a paradise like land. Keep the dream and let’s get to planning your fairytale.

So, when you’re ready to roll with your perfect wedding in Fiji, a few things to keep in mind:

  • Read this page for information from the Fiji Embassy on getting married in Fiji
  • Call Donna White at Journeys Down Under to schedule the wedding of a lifetime (as they all should be)
  • Pick one of Donna’s most famous and popular travel packages for Fiji or create one of your own. With Donna’s help you will save money yet have the most luxurious vacation you ever imagined.
  • Hit theYasawa Islands IMHO for the Fiji wedding of a lifetime: Deep blue ocean, fine sand beaches, gourmet dinners, scuba diving, culture and tradition. It’s all yours. What better way to start your life together?

So there it is. The perfect wedding, honeymoon and vacation all in one destination. Fiji. Your life, your love, your enchantment. What are you waiting for?

We took a quick poll to find out what first comes to mind when someone hears Australia. The top results, listed below, were all over the board and ever so interesting:

So, of all of those things, guess which one we want to take a look at today? How about the part that everyone left out: Tropical North Queensland.  Yes, yes, all of these other things are “so Australia” but how about throwing out the norm and embracing something you didn’t even know existed? Look, spend a few days taking in the crocodiles, the Opera House, the site of the 2000 Summer Olympics, eat a little Vegemite and then dash off to Tropical North Queensland for a vacation down under that will both awe and relax you.  Tropical North Queensland is where the rain-forest meets the reef; the best of BOTH worlds? Why would you not want to go?

Journeys Down Under specializes in the vacation escape to the land of spa treatments which use Aboriginal techniques, pristine environs, eco-friendly retreats and so much more. Walk along white and we mean WHITE sands of Coconut Beach on your way to a day of exploration via canoe.  And if you are really adventurous, take on the magical Heron Island and spend a few days and nights literally in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. This is your opportunity to be a part of nature’s version of heaven.

So before you go all Outback on us, think about a vacation of a different flavor and learn everything Australia can offer you. There’s a reason why people come to us (travel agents, you know! =) when planning a vacation and it has everything to do with stretching your dollar while getting the most you can out of a vacation.  It has everything to do with discovering the not-so-common and learning to enjoy something off the beaten path. So, what is taking you so long?  Journeys Down Under is ready to schedule the most perfect vacation you could ever imagine.

Are you ready to find your own Down under answers from Journeys Down Under?

Have you ever dreamed of life in the Outback? Not life as in total relocation, but life as in a chance to experience all that Australia has to offer. Imagine an Australian travel package tailored to your needs. If you have a travel agent who’s attentive, this  is  exactly the trip you get.

So what is it about Australia that makes us all want to experience the land down under?

  • Lush terrain
  • Abundant wildlife
  • Giant rock formations
  • White sands
  • Sparkling tropical waters
  • Panoramic horizons
  • Cascading waterfalls

Do you really have to ask why you should go to Australia? As one of the organizers of the first ever Social Media Boot Camp for Lawyers, Adrian Dayton, says, “why do I go to Australia? Because I can. We only get one chance to live this life, so we might as well choose where we want to spend it. I encourage everybody else to do the same.”

So, let’s work out the perfect Journeys Down Under trip for you. Are you ready?

Let’s focus on getting wild in Tasmania!

This is a vacation for you independent types. Those who would like to drive the wild Outback. Over the course of six days, you will drive from Hobart to Launceston .

On that drive your will travel through the very heart of Tasmiania to the village of Strahan (suggesting you check out the Strahan link to tripadvisor to find out some of the fun things you can do while visiting Strahan, Australia). Once you leave Strahan, you will arrive at Cradle Mountain Lodge with some of the most breathtaking scenery and the finest food and accommodations in this part of Australia.  After an restful stay at Cradle Mountain, you’re off on the road again on your way to Launceston (this is a wonderful journal entry on Launceston, Australia.).

Enjoy yourself. And see you when you get home!

Like what you see? Then please join Journeys Down Under and Travel Leaders on Tuesday May 3rd at 7:oo P.M. This is an amazing opportunity to hear from Michael Power with Qantas Vacations and expert on all things Down Under. Spend the evening with us at the Spokane Quality Inn Valley Suites  tasting Australian foods and competing for door prizes. Call Donna White at 509. 327.9585 extension 348 for more information on visiting Australia and knowing where to start, what states and territories are the go to places. We’ll even toss in a little information on New Zealand and Fiji to give you the full Down Under experience!

As an Australia Travel Agent and Specialist I have been able to learn a lot of Australia. The more I’ve visited Australia; my love for the country has grown.  When a Travel agent experiences Australia, we check out hotels, adventures, restaurants, roads, sites, wineries, etc and rate them as to how these experiences will meet our client’s expectations. Each trip I’ve made just teaches me more about Australia, making me want to learn more about this country! My desire is my clients will have some of the unique experiences I’ve had or learned about on their Journey Down Under.  It’s the little incidents, the fantastic scenery, food, and the people which makes you really look at yourself and say, wow! I’m Here, in Australia. I want come back soon!

Langauge sounds downunder

I love the sounds of language used in Australia and New Zealand for their places of interest. Australia: Katoomba, Wollongong, Bungendore, Wagga Wagga, Murwillumbab, Dromana, and Warrnambool. New Zealand: Aotearoa, Otakou, Rakiura, Te Ika A Maui, Te Whanganui A Tara, Tongariro, Akaroa, Dunedin and Punakaiki.  The words are like babbling rivers winding throughout the areas. The words have a musical flow which adds your journeys down under.

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“How long should I stay in New Zealand, Australia or Fiji?” This is again up to how much time you have available and what your budget will allow.  Several people have decided they will do three different trips, one to each country.  Especially after they realize now much there is to do.  Other people will just do one trip. A stopover in Fiji either going or returning is always a great addition.

Explore some of the suggested itineraries.  We can add, subtract, or change these itineraries to build your journey down under.