G'day mates!  Welcome to Australia.
First Choice Travel and Cruise is your best source for planning your Aussie Vacation.  Find out some interesting facts, explore what to do, where to go, unique experiences, and the best deals First Choice Travel and Cruise has to offer to get you to ....Australia.   We can't wait to say G'day you, mate!

Contact Mary Malsch our Aussie Specialist!  She has been an Australia and New Zealand Specialist for 30 years.  Mary knows the HOT TIPS and inside scoop on what to see and do "DOWN UNDER". 
 or call Australia First at 262-542-5955 

Enjoy exploring the land of kangaroos and koalas! While down under, you will have an amazing opportunity to learn about Australian vintages at local wineries, Aboriginal culture  and you may even take in a dolphin-sighting cruise on this wonderful visit to Australia.  Don't forget to visit New Zealand which is a favorite among some of our clients who visited the destination.  They said it definately was worth the overseas flight!

Mary Malsch's can't miss Australia picks!

Why not visit Ayers Rock for a 2 day tour in the Outback, Tasmania for a long weekend of scenery, fun and wildlife, Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef and the rain forest, Sydney for a big city adventure and a little culture.  Mary says don't forget to mix and meet with the locals too!  Australia and Tasmania have the most down to earth friendly people there, enjoy!

Your journey to the Outback could have you dining out under a canopy of a million stars in an unencumbered sky or waking to the sounds of hundreds of hooves being moved to more fertile ground. It will have you meet some incredible people and see some equally incredible sights. It will take you on an adventure that will leave you inspired and enthralled for a lifetime.

BLOG AND AUSTRALIA UPDATE FROM AN EXPERT: Click here to see Mary's trip down under!


Travelers pick Australia as most desired place to visit
Scuba and Snorkel in AustraliaA survey of more than 5,500 people around the world found that nearly half picked Australia as the most coveted destination. The survey, commissioned by Visa and an industry group, also showed that the economic downturn had a majority of the people reconsidering their vacation plans. "While the global economic situation will impact tourism, it is unlikely to bring travel to a standstill.  After the movies Crocodile Dundee and Australia came out people put this romantic, adventurouse destination on their BUCKET LIST!  It is certainly on everyone's wish list now!!

A Vacation Down Under           
Where can you go where the exchange rate is still in our favor, the people are friendly and speak our language, and the sights are spectacular? Australia and New Zealand! Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef, the Blue Mountains, Milford Sound and the Bay of Islands are just a few of the attractions that draw people from around the world. Go hiking, biking, diving and rafting or just let a tour guide show you the sights. No matter what you choose to do, don't miss this corner of the world in your travels. 


Australia boasts over 7000 different beaches, which is more than any other nation!

Australia's climate is great all year round.  This makes it easier for you do everything you want to while you are there.

Precious Gems
Australia produces 95% of the world's precious opals and 99% of the most black opals.  Of course all of us women love these opals and if that is not incentive enough to visit the Down Under, keep reading!

Exchange Rate
It has come to our attention that the current US exchange rate compared to the Euro, that your dollar will go much further on a trip to Australia.  For the same price or less you may be able to stay in a gorgeous suite overlooking Sydney Harbour, Melbourne or Cairns. 

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Everyone knows about the famous kangaroo that is unique to Australia. It is said that there is only about 40 million of the mammals in the continent.  Don't be suprised to see them there among quite a few other amazing sights.
Gayle says, "Check out the Kangaroos and Wallabies at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.  Visit all sorts of exciting animals only found in Australia there".

Australia 's City's
Check out the map of Australia for your favorites

Explore Australia's Outback

Our travelers who are looking for authentic experiences beyond run of the mill tours. They want to see the destinations in the eyes of the locals, eat some authentic Aussie delicacies and drink their most popular beer at the corner pub. What better place to visit than the heart of Australia. Just a hop skip and a jump from LA, with the special Outback AirPass you can hopt flights to Sydney, Ayers Rock and Darwin. 

In the heart of the Red Center, Uluru is a magnificent sight looming with stories and adventure. On a sunrise hike, you  can hear all about Australia's 50,000 year old Aboriginal history direct from an aboriginal guide himself. These areas have much significance to the local people. Journey north and stay at the Kings Canyon Lodge. Explore Australia's Grand Canyon with nature walks around the rim of the canyon. Board The Ghan and travel from Alice Springs to Darwin and the tropical splendor of the Top End via rail. Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks offer explorers beautiful landscapes and the ultimate in seclusion. 

There are many ways to get around Australia and New Zealand.  Call Mary Malsch your Aussie Specialist for the most up to date information and the best deals out there right now! 

Thinking of a Fully Escorted trip to the outback? -- for the vacation you will measure against all others. From relaxed tropical islands to the rugged Australian Red Center and from bustling cities to the pristine alpine scenery of New Zealand, discover it all with a friendly local guide by your side every step of the way. For those who desire complete ease of travel and appreciate the luxuries of life, our specialized tour inclusions and superior collection of hotels and resorts guarantee a unique travel experience far beyond your expectations. 

Don't think ESCORTED means boring old buses.  Think again!  Call Mary for more information.


The ultimate Down Under experience awaits in scenic New Zealand and Australia. The "South Pacific Sampler" takes you on a journey through the expansive Outback, the Great Barrier Reef and the "Garden City" of Christchurch. Whereas with the "Down Under Discovery" you visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, experience the famous Sydney Opera House and more. But to save $$$ off per couple on either of these amazing vacations, you need to Hurry and book today!

From the sparkling harbor city of Auckland to the majesty of Milford Sound, there's no place quite as refreshing as 100% Pure New Zealand for a HONEYMOON!

New Zealand's awesome landscapes, lush forests and mild climate make it a haven for many outdoor activities, and a great place to unwind. In a country the size of Colorado, you can easily explore all of the cultural and scenic diversity of New Zealand in one go. 

Please contact our Aussie Specialist Mary for your Australia or New Zealand Honeymoon. 


"Tasmania was great! Don't miss it, one of our favorite spots while visiting Australia and New Zealand by cruise!" says Gayle Zielke, president of First Choice Travel and Cruise. The island state of Tasmania is gaining recognition for its exceptional food, boutique wines, and local arts and crafts. From the capital city of Hobart, discover historic Port Arthur or Freycinet National Park, with its beautiful bays and rugged terrain. From historic Launceston, visit the vineyards of the Tamar Valley, or tour through the alpine scenery of Cradle Mountain National Park, home to waterfalls, glacial lakes, and a variety of Australian wildlife.

  • Take a look at some of our AUSTRALIA clients enjoying a bit of Down Under!
  •  For more pictures and quotes you might want to visit our NEW ZEALAND page. 



Ask Mary about the DEALS for Australia and New Zealand!


As the Operations Manager of First Choice Travel and Cruise I have had to focus my travel bookings to only those destinations I love to sell!  Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Fiji are the destinations I chose because I like a good challenge. 

For almost 30 years I have been an Australia Specialist and have been spreading my expertise to more and more of the South Pacific ever since.  My clients tell me what they want, and once I get a good feel for their plans I make the suggestions that set this trip apart from anything they have done in the past.  I like to make special memories for my clients, not just book them a trip.  I keep current with prices and all the new itineraries on a daily basis so my clients get the service they deserve. 

Call me today to plan your South Pacific memories!   


Contact Mary Malsch our Aussie Specialist!    or call 262-542-5955 

Our Australia and New Zealand director of sales loves Mary!

Mary can sell whatever she wants in my book! Australia is still recovering from her visit!  Probably knows more about Australian hotels than my entire Aussie family!