& Fiji Too!
G'day and welcome to the exciting world of independent travel "down-under." Let me introduce myself. My name is Rick Stone. I've worked in the travel industry for 30 years and since 2001 I've been helping people just like you have the best possible trips to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, based upon your interests, schedule and budget. I'm in the business of making dreams come true, whatever your dreams may be.
Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb
For your security I am affiliated with Beach Travel in Hermosa Beach, California, a respected institution since 1972. All payments will be made to Beach Travel so you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with
working with an established agent.
We can work together on the phone, Email or if you're in the LA area I’ll be happy to meet with you to discuss your trip.
(Group tours available too!)
Anyone can book the things that you ask them to book. My job is to make suggestions and provide amazing experiences that you didn't even know existed.
Want to see the Sydney Opera House? Enjoy a fascinating one hour tour or an evening that includes a guided tour, a gourmet dinner at a harbor-front restaurant then a performance of Opera, Symphony or Theater, the choice is yours. Tickets are included, with excellent seating.
Want to see Sydney from the harbor? How about a half day sailing with a local skipper or a sunset dinner cruise?
Surfing lessons in Sydney? We can do that.
Interested in unique Aussie wildlife? How about a "behind the scenes" zoo tour including the nursery areas? Or a "walkabout" to help your guide spot and record koala sightings in the wild? Maybe even become a "keeper for a day" working alongside the staff in a koala sanctuary. Want to swim with dolphins in the wild? No problem.
Koala Spotting Walks
Why just visit the Great Barrier Reef when you can stay in a resort ON the Reef? Or spend a few nights in a fantastic lodge IN the world's oldest living rainforest?
In NEW ZEALAND you can tour fantastic underground caves to see the famous "glow worms," enjoy a scenic train journey across the Southern Alps, drive along the awe-inspiring "Glacier Coast" with the Alps on one side and the ocean on the other. Join a one or multiple day hike along on of the world-famous trails or stay in unique, deluxe lodges that bring new meaning to the word luxury. Enjoy a beautriful day cruise - or an amazing overnight cruise - on one of the famous fiords, the Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound.
Great Barrier Reef Resorts
New Zealand Fiords
These are just a few of the many once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are just waiting for you and I'll work with you to select the ones that are just right for YOU.
Independent Travel is an alternative to standard coach tours. You will be transferred between hotels and airports by private car or shuttle. You'll be picked up each day at your hotels to enjoy the local sightseeing experiences that you have chosen, with carefully selected local operators. You will have contact numbers in each country for any assistance that you may require. Enjoy all of the pre-planning of group tours and your independence as well with as much free time as you want. THAT is Independent Travel, and I do it well.
Queenstown, New Zealand
If you prefer a high-quality group tour I will be happy to provide brochures and help you select and book the tour that is just right for you, using the most respected companies in each country. The choice is yours.
Hotels & Resorts
I'll help you choose from a full range of selected accommodations from value-oriented hotels to amazing resorts in unique settings that allow you to enjoy the real Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.
Rainforest Lodges and Spas
Rooms with a view
Sightseeing & Experiences
Discover the joys of small-group day tours in each area, sharing your experience and guide with just a few like-minded travelers or treat yourself to private tours with your expert local guide. These are truly the highlight of every trip.
Unique, small-group tours
Swim with Dolphins!
Costs/Prices: I know what you're thinking, "this guy has to be expensive." But here's the best part: It costs no more to have me plan and book your trip than it will if you do it yourself. All hotels and other suppliers "down under" charge Mr. Australia less than they would charge you. I keep some of the difference so actually they pay me, not you.
Fiji becomes every visitor's favorite island destination the first time that they go. The beauty of the island resorts is topped only by that of the Fijian people. You will feel like a different person there and I'll work with you to select the island that is just right for you.
Beach Travel specializes in airfares to the South Pacific and their professional staff will be happy to assist you with your airfares.
Click on the Australia, New Zealand and Fiji pages of this website and you will find some suggestions for great places to go and amazing things to do in Australia and New Zealand. Call or email today so that we can talk or arrange an appointment to discuss your trip. You'll be glad that you did.