Best of 2022 Awards

The inaugural Backpacker Deals Awards (Powered by Travello), have been established to recognise what we believe are some of the best tours, activities and operators in 2022.

Our team of travel industry experts have come together to identify what we believe are Australia and New Zealand’s most reliable, exciting and budget-friendly experiences and we are proud to share our top picks with you.

Whether you're seeking a thrilling adventure or a little R&R, our award-winning experiences and operators are guaranteed to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime - so don't miss out on the opportunity to book with the best in the business.

Check out our winners today and start planning your next adventure!


When to Go

As diverse as it is beautiful, Australia is known for its stunning beaches, unique wildlife, and rugged landscapes. Check out our quick guide that includes our winning tours from each state and when we think it's best to experience them!

New South Wales: Home to what is undeniably of Australia's most iconic cities, Sydney, the best time to visit NSW is from September to November or from March to May, when the weather is warm and dry. Venture out to the Hunter Valley for thisHunter Valley Horses experience or,  check out the charismatic town of Port Stephens on thisPort Stephens Dolphin Discovery Cruise.

Victoria: Boasting beautiful beaches, national parks, and delicious wineries, the best time to visit Victoria is from November to April, when the weather is mild and dry. While here, why not jump on this1 Day Great Ocean Road Tour, perfect for 18 to 35-year-olds who are wanting to meet like-minded young travellers  friends and memories with alone the way

Queensland: Home to the Great Barrier Reef and the sunny city of Brisbane, many say the best time of year to visit QLD is from April to October, when the weather is warm and dry. Our top tours while in the Sunshine State include Ocean Rafting up at the Whitsundays, a 3 Day 2 Night Fraser Island Tag Along Tour hosted by the team from Pippies Beach House, or this Cape Tribulation, Daintree & Mossman Gorge Day Tour.

Western Australia: Take a trip to WA anytime during the year to experience its famed natural beauty, however, from April to October, seasonal tours like our award-winning Whale Shark Adventure Tour from Coral Bay are operating, making it the perfect time to experience swimming with the world’s biggest fish as it passes through Ningaloo Reef.

South Australia: The glorious SA gives everyone something to say ‘cheers’ to…especially the delicious wines that come out of the famous Barossa Valley wine region. With the best time to visit is from September to November or from March to May, experiences like this Barossa Valley Small Group Premium Wine Tour with Lunch are a must book!

Tasmania: Known and loved for its rugged coastline and beautiful national parks, the best time to visit Tasmania is from November to April, with this Pennicott Wilderness Journey Wineglass Bay Cruise with Vista Lounge Access the perfect opportunity to experience this little Australian secret.

Northern Territory: Home to both the Red Centre and Uluru, we recommend visiting the nT between April to October during the dry season. Both Mulgas and Offroad Dreaming are two of our award-winning operators, with each having established themselves as some of the best in the business. Check out this 4 Day 3 Night Rock to Rock Camping Tour or, why not opt for this Kakadu National Park Day Tour? Either way, it’s best to book ASAP as these tours sell out…fast!

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New Zealand

When to Go

South Island: New Zealand's South Island is a great destination for travellers at any time of year, with temperatures ranging from 4 -10 degrees celsius in the winter and up to the mid 20s in summer.

Available all year round, our ‘best of’ tours for 2022 include this Milford Sound Fly, Cruise, Fly package from Queenstown. Take a 45-minute flight across the Southern Alps above mountains & glaciers before touching down and boarding your spectacular Milford Sound Cruise.

Prefer to spend more time on the ground? This Franz Josef Heli Hike gives you the opportunity to enjoy a scenic helicopter flight up to the stunning Franz Josef glacier and explore the glacial terrain on a professionally guided hike. Or, for those wanting an ‘all inclusive’ style experience, thisWalter Peak Farm Tour brought to you by Real NZ also includes a delicious barbecue lunch or dinner.

Ultimately, the best time to visit the South Island will depend on your interests and what you're hoping to do while you're there. No matter when you decide to visit, you're sure to have a great time exploring this beautiful and diverse region.

North Island:The summer months between December & February are the warmest and busiest time to visit the North Island - with this period also the peak season for tourism.

Our award-winning Rotorua Kaitiaki Adventures White Water Rafting is our ‘best of’ selection for the North Island. Locally owned and operated, this is an adrenaline-fuelled adventure along the famous Kaituna River - with adventurous travellers from all over the world loving this experience in 2022.

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