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Spring & Summer

Short Break Air Holidays October 2011 to April 2012

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www.australianairholidays.com Phone: (03) 9875 1422

1800 815 906 email: info@australianairholidays.com


Greetings, Welcome to the Spring and Summer short break air holiday program offered by Australian Air Holidays. Over this period most of our holidays fly in comfort plus 52 passenger Fokker 50 aircraft and, to ensure great viewing, we sell only 46 seats. The Tasmanian Wilderness series flies in an historic and ultra comfortable DC3 “Air Nostalgia” with up to 25 passengers. For the Tasmanian Scenic Beauty series we fly in a twin engine 10 seat Chieftain aircraft, with all seats facing forward for best viewing. This year, 2011, we have taken over 2,000 passengers to Coober Pedy and Lake Eyre in the third year of a program designed to show Lake Eyre “with water”, with total passengers enjoying this program now totalling around 5,000. New versions of this program with new inclusions will operate next year. Our 2011 Cape York and Torres Strait Islands 4 day ex Brisbane holiday, according to passenger comments, far exceeded expectations and we were thrilled to receive so many positive passenger reports. A 2012 brochure for this holiday is now available and early bird bookings offering great savings are currently on offer. Most itineraries offer departures from all the major capitals: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth and, where possible, Gold Coast, Canberra, and Mildura are also included. Australian Air Holidays major program for 2012 will be available in November on our website: www.australianairholidays.com and also in a full colour print version. We invite you to join us on a most enjoyable short break AAH holiday over the next few months. Company Owner

Departure details

Check in time up to 1 hour prior to departure

Melbourne Moorabbin Airport:

Hang Air, Hangar 7, Second Street, Moorabbin Airport.

Melbourne Essendon Airport:

DC3 – Australasian Jet Lounge, Hangar 81, Bristol St, Essendon Airport. Fokker 50 – Main Passenger Terminal, Hargraves Avenue, Sharp Airlines.

Sydney: Hawker Pacific Flight Centre

Hangar 390 Ross Smith Ave.

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Brisbane: The Brisbane Jet Base, 3 Casuarina St, Brisbane Airport. (Shuttle bus service from the domestic terminal outside Virgin Australia.)

Adelaide: Adelaide Domestic Airport: Ground Floor Alliance Airlines check in. (Through glass doors, next to Valet Parking/ Check-in area.) Perth: Domestic Terminal (T3) at Perth airport, Alliance Airlines domestic check in. Canberra: Corporate Air Fairbairn Apron, Point Cook Avenue, Fairbairn (west of Hangar 48).

Image of Opera in the Caves on front cover and page 18 courtesy of Border Watch, Mt Gambier


Australian Air Holidays In This Brochure 2011 Dates Available Bass Strait Islands Kangaroo Island Passenger Recommendations New Year in the Outback

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New Year on Kangaroo Island South Australia’s Limestone Coast Opera in the Caves Tasmanian Wilderness DC3 Tasmanian Scenic Beauty

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Available Holidays for Remainder of 2011 Lake Eyre - Last Vacancies for 2011 ex Melbourne: NEW DATES Oct 23, Nov 19 2 days. Fare: $2,195 p.p.t.s. $90 s.s. ex Brisbane: Few vacancies: Oct 28, 30, Nov 13, 27 2 days. Fare: $2,195 p.p.t.s. $90 s.s. ex Perth: Few vacancies: Nov 25 3 days. $2,875 p.p.t.s. $180 s.s. 2012 DATES AND ITINERARIES available early November.

Kangaroo Island ex Melbourne: 3 days Nov 18 (fully booked) ex Sydney: 4 days Dec 1 ex Brisbane: 3 days Dec 2 See pages 8 to 11

Bass Strait Islands ex Adelaide and Melbourne: 3 days Dec 2 ex Sydney and Canberra: 3 days Dec 9 ex Brisbane: 3 days Nov 18 See pages 4 to 7

New Year New Year in the Outback:

Adelaide, Perth - Dec 29 Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra - Dec 30 Brisbane - Dec 31

New Year on Kangaroo Island:

Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth- Dec 29 Melbourne - Dec 30

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Bass Strait Islands 3 days, ex Adelaide & Melbourne 2011: Dec 2 2012: Jan 13, Feb 17, Mar 10 ex Sydney 2011: Dec 9 2012: Mar 23, Apr 20 ex Brisbane 2011: Nov 18 2012: Feb 24, Apr 13 Fully Inclusive Fares ex Melbourne

$2,495 p.p.t.s.

depart 9:30 a.m.; return 5:30 p.m.

ex Adelaide

$2,595 p.p.t.s. depart 6:30 a.m.; return 7:15 p.m.

ex Sydney

$2,695 p.p.t.s. depart 9:15 a.m.; return 8:00 p.m.

ex Brisbane

$2,795 p.p.t.s. depart 7:00 a.m.; return 8:45 p.m.

Single supplement:

$ 200 s.s.

Deposit of $250 (non refundable) within 7 days of booking. Balance due 45 days prior to departure. Fares shown fully inclusive as per itinerary.

Travel ex Brisbane Nov 18 - SAVE $250 Travel ex Sydney Dec 9 - SAVE $250 Travel ex Adelaide/Melbourne Dec 2 or Jan 13 - SAVE $150

EARLY BIRD SAVINGS Book and Pay in full any departure Feb to Apr 2012

SAVE $200 Offer closes Oct 31.

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Flinders Island is the largest island in the Furneaux groups of islands, undulating and mountainous terrain, 64 kilometres in length and up to 29 kilometres wide, with a current population of under 1,000 persons. It was probably part of a land bridge joining Tasmania to the mainland prior to the forming of Bass Strait following the last ice age. In 1798 George Bass and Matthew Flinders circumnavigated Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) which led to the naming by Governor King of Bass Strait and Flinders Island. The first European settlers were sealers, as was the case on King Island, which is approximately the same size as its eastern sister. Wybalenna on Flinders Island was chosen as the “safe house” for all Tasmanian aboriginals, a disastrous plan which was later abandoned. Gradually grazing leases were established and wool, fat lambs and beef


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industries were established, and in 1888 George Boyes became the first permanent European settler. Agriculture was again boosted with the soldier settlement schemes of the 1950’s. A fish processing company was also established in the 1970’s. The harvesting of mutton birds has also been important to the island economy. Today tourism is of growing economic importance as a wide variety of visitors explore the island by coach, car, bicycle and on foot. Both islands offer an unhurried friendly life style, excellent food, first class natural attractions – a photographer’s delight. King Island, discovered in 1798 and named after Governor King (NSW), is on the western edge of Bass Strait. King Island has more than twice as many residents as Flinders Island. Like Island el, Flinders p Flinders Island, it also features magnificent a h C a n Wybalen rocky seascapes. Much of its land area has been developed for farming, used in particular for dairy farming, the source of milk used by the King Island Dairy Company in making its now famous range of cheeses. The main township on the island is Currie, centre for all island services. The kelp industry is also important. Storm cast bull kelp (seaweed) is collected and transported to Currie, where it is air dried on racks, milled into granules and exported to Scotland for Flind ers Is land extraction of many types of alginate (gelling and Coas tal La stabilising properties useful in manufacturing of ndsca pe many products including cosmetics, toothpastes, ice cream and even beer). King Island is also famous for its crayfish, and we enjoy a delightful crayfish lunch during our visit. The AAH Bass Strait Islands short break is a great opportunity to visit another “off the beaten track” part of Australia.

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Day 1 (L,D) HOME, FLINDERS ISLAND Meeting at the designated AAH departure lounge for departures from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, we board our comfort plus Fokker 50 charter aircraft for our flight to Flinders Island. Morning refreshments are served by the cabin crew as we fly. Brisbane departures enjoy lunch at Merrimbula on the NSW south coast while we refuel. As we approach Flinders Island we descend to fly “low and slow” over Stanley Point and lighthouse, Killiecrankie and along the spectacular west coast to the main town on Flinders Island. We are welcomed by our local guides who over the next two days join us for a delightful journey of scenic exploration of the island. We visit nearby Trousers Point with its spectacular orange lichen-covered rocks prior to lunch at Vistas (Brisbane passengers arrive after lunch) and, after a short tour of the town of Whitemark, with time to stroll in the village and enjoy an afternoon cuppa, we head south to the village of Lady Barron and nearby Yellow Beach. Some time to explore this pristine coastal reserve before continuing to our home for two nights. Accommodation on Flinders Island is somewhat limited but in providing comfortable “country” accommodation, Australian Air Holidays chooses either ensuited rooms at the 1911 Whitemark Interstate Hotel, modern ensuited cabin style rooms at Lady Barron Tavern at Furneaux or nearby fully equipped holiday house/cottages accommodation. Dinner tonight at Furneaux Tavern or the Interstate Hotel.


Day 2 (B,L,D) FLINDERS ISLAND Following a hearty breakfast we visit Emita and Port Davies, safe, sheltered swimming beaches on route to Wybalenna, site of the settlement of the Tasmanian Aboriginal settlement between 1833 and 1847, when all Tasmanian aboriginals were moved to this site. Illness and home sickness caused the tragic loss of most inhabitants. Later the few remaining Aborigines moved to Oyster Cove in southern Tasmania. The chapel, restored by the National Trust, is the only remaining building. Our guide will briefly give some details of this tragedy. Morning cuppa today at Allports Beach before visiting the Furneaux Museum. Today we enjoy a picnic lunch (weather permitting) at the beach at Killiecrankie, home of Killiecrankie “diamonds”, a form of white topaz. You may find an attractive “diamond” on the beach. During the afternoon we journey to the northern part of the island to visit Palana, where evidence of WWII surveillance is still visible, North East River and the beautiful Sawyers Beach. Enjoy afternoon cuppa at Sawyers Beach as we return to our accommodation and dinner. Day 3 (B,L) FLINDERS ISLAND, KING ISLAND, HOME Following breakfast we return to the airport where our Fokker 50 awaits for the flight of approximately 1 hour to King Island. We depart Flinders Island for King Island flying over Franklin Sound and Cape Barron Island, location of the first settlement south of Sydney. On a clear day, view the wreck of the Farsund in Franklin Pass on route to King Island, famous for beef and cheese and a favourite fishing destination. We land close to Currie, the main town, where our local guide and coach awaits. A short introductory tour of the township of Currie, home to an usually high steel lighthouse

prefabricated in England in 312 pieces and completed in four years in 1879. A highlight of the weekend is a King Island crayfish lunch (alternatives available). During the afternoon we learn a little of the kelp industry, spend some time browsing in the town, visit the award-winning King Island Dairy – taste the large variety of tempting cheeses, purchase if you wish. Afternoon tea at beautiful Portside Links, view their newly established gallery, the property the former Grassy Golf Course, which closed following the closure of the Scheelite mining operations at Grassy in 1990. We rejoin our aircraft for the return journey, flying low to Cape Wickham, with its famous lighthouse, 52 metres high, completed in 1861 after the loss of 400 lives on the Cataraqui which followed the loss of convict women and children on the Neva. We cross Bass Strait detouring to see the spectacular Twelve Apostles and Cape Otway Lighthouse, making a double pass so passengers on both sides of the aircraft can enjoy this iconic landmark. Enjoy drinks from the bar as we fly. We land at Essendon Airport and, following a quick refuelling, our flight continues to Adelaide, Sydney or Brisbane to conclude a first class weekend in the less visited Bass Strait Islands.

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Kangaroo Island 2011 departures 3 days, ex Melbourne

Nov 18 (fully booked) Dec 2 Nov 17 (via Melbourne, fully booked) Dec 1 (Brisbane fare)

ex Brisbane 4 days, ex Sydney

2012 departures 3 days, ex Melbourne

Jan 13, Mar 9, Apr 20 Jan 27, Mar 16, Apr 27 Feb 3, May 4 Feb 24, Mar 30, Apr 13

ex Brisbane ex Sydney ex Perth

Fully Inclusive Fares ex Melbourne

$2,295 p.p.t.s.

depart 9:00 a.m.; return 6:15 p.m.

ex Sydney

$2,395 p.p.t.s. depart 8:00 a.m.; return 8:30 p.m.

ex Brisbane

$2,495 p.p.t.s.

depart 7:00 a.m.; return 10:30 p.m.

ex Perth

$2,595 p.p.t.s. depart 8:00 a.m.; return 8:45 p.m.

Single supplement:

$ 180 s.s.

Deposit of $250 (non refundable) within 7 days of booking. Balance due 45 days prior to departure. Fares shown fully inclusive as per itinerary.

Travel ex Brisbane Dec 2 - SAVE $250 Travel ex Sydney Dec 1 - SAVE $250 Travel ex Melbourne Jan 13 - SAVE $150

EARLY BIRD SAVINGS Book and Pay in full any departure Feb to Apr 2012

SAVE $200 Offer closes Oct 31.

Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island (after Tasmania and Melville Island). Over a quarter of the island is conserved in National Parks, Conservation Parks or Wilderness Protection Areas and it’s isolation from the mainland over the last 9,000 years has made it a sanctuary for native flora and fauna which is now extinct on the mainland. Kangaroo Island is one of South Australia’s best kept secrets.

New Year on Kangaroo Island see page 16.

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DEPARTING BRISBANE, SYDNEY, MELBOURNE Day 1 (L,D) HOME, KANGAROO ISLAND Meeting at the departure lounge, we board our comfort plus Fokker 50 for the flight to Kangaroo Island. Light refreshments as we fly. On arrival we fly “low and slow” to enjoy coastal views of parts of the island including Cape Borda Lighthouse prior to landing at Kingscote Airport. Our modern coaches await and we take the short journey to American River, a beautiful coastal location, where a delicious luncheon awaits. During the afternoon enjoy a visit to Pennington Bay, a favourite surfing beach with huge waves heard several kilometres away in windy weather, on route to Island Pure Sheep Dairy, with a dairy flock of 1,500 milking sheep. The Centre includes a cheese and yoghurt making facility producing world class yoghurt and cheeses including several European styles. Taste the products, purchase if you wish. Later in the afternoon join the daily pelican feeding show. Our accommodation for two nights is either the Ozone Seafront Hotel at Kingscote or All Seasons Kangaroo Island Lodge at American River Resort. Relax, maybe enjoy a drink with new found friends prior to dinner together.

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Kangaroo Island Day 2 (B,L,D) KANGAROO ISLAND A leisurely breakfast, time for a stroll prior to departing by coach to explore parts of the scenic Kangaroo Island coast. Enjoy the Hanson Bay koala walk and educational talk prior to entering Flinders Chase National Park. A picnic lunch (location weather dependent) before continuing into the National Park to Remarkable Rocks, a huge rocky outcrop of weather sculptured granite boulders, perched on a granite outcrop 75 metres above the sea. A short walk for the best views of this favourite picture postcard location. Next we visit Cape du Couedic with its 1909 lighthouse, and Admirals Arch, complete with a large colony of New Zealand fur seals, plus many dolphins. Time to walk to the viewing platform to watch these amazing creatures. Departing the National Park we enjoy a visit to the island’s only distillery, Kangaroo Island Spirits. Hand made in small batches featuring local ingredients, enjoy a tasting of these liqueurs, purchase if you wish. Following dinner tonight you may wish to join the local penguin watching. Observe these unique birds in a small environmentally friendly atmosphere as they return from the day’s fishing (no additional cost).

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Day 3 (B,L) KANGAROO ISLAND, HOME Several highlights today. We visit Seal Bay, home of around 500 sea lions and join a guided walk from the Information Centre down to a viewing platform above the sand. Sea lions are often found in the dunes either side of the track. A series of steps from the viewing platforms onto the beach, where we can watch the sea lions from a safe distance. (An adult male sea lion can weigh 350 kg.) Note that the track is quite steep and there are approximately 20 steps onto the beach. For those who feel this walk is “not for me” there is a level cliff top walk which overlooks the beach and from which good (but not close up) views may be enjoyed. On to another highlight, the Raptor Domain “Birds of Prey” free flight presentation featuring wedge tail eagles, barn owls, kookaburras and much more. An exciting first class show! Our third highlight is the Andermel Marron Farm. Marron are freshwater crayfish and are farmed here in an amazing and huge series of outdoor ponds. It takes around around two and a half years from birth to reach preferred eating size. Marron have the best meat to shell ratio of any crustacean in the world at 43%. Our coach will take us on a short farm tour followed by a visit to the indoor demonstration shed. A vineyard on the property produces excellent wines Echid na under the “Two Wheeler” label and we enjoy a wine tasting prior to a most enjoyable three course luncheon, including wines and freshly cooked marron, prior to returning to Kingscote Airport for the return flights to our home port, with refreshments from the bar as we fly. So concludes a most enjoyable short break holiday on South Australia’s best kept secret - Kangaroo Island. (Perth passengers enjoy a “round the island” flight as we return to Adelaide for transfers to evening Qantas flight to Perth.) Please note: A 6 day (Sunday to Friday) version of this holiday will be available in 2012 for those with time to enjoy more of the features of Kangaroo Island.

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New Year in the Outback Coober Pedy, Lake Eyre, Birdsville

3 days, ex Melbourne

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If you enjoy celebrating the New Year, Australian Air Holidays invites you to join us in a very different location, away from the big city lights into the harsh Australian outback with the Aussie icons of opal, the largest spasmodic inland water system in the world, and the symbol of the Aussie tenacity - Birdsville Hotel. Great setting, great company, great celebration!

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Fully Inclusive Fares ex Melbourne ex Sydney ex Canberra ex Adelaide ex Brisbane ex Perth Single supplement:

$2,985 p.p.t.s. $2,985 p.p.t.s. $2,985 p.p.t.s. $2,985 p.p.t.s. $2,985 p.p.t.s. $3,485 p.p.t.s. $ 180 s.s.

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Deposit of $300 (non-refundable) within 7 days of booking. Balance due 45 days prior to departure. Fares shown fully inclusive as per itinerary. Inclusions: airfare, morning refreshments, transfers, sight seeing tour and attractions, dinner, lunch and breakfast as detailed in itinerary, two nights accommodation, New Year’s Eve entertainment including drinks package (soft drinks, juices, beer, champagne, white and red wine), complimentary drinks as we return and souvenir Lake Eyre flight brochure.

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New Year in the Outback DEPARTING MELBOURNE Dec 30 (ADELAIDE and PERTH Dec 29) Day 1 (L,D) Melbourne passengers are either met at their metropolitan home/hotel for transfer to Essendon Airport, or provide their own transport to the airport. Free parking is available. We meet in the main terminal, Sharp Air departure area. Passengers from Adelaide and Perth arrive in Melbourne by commercial flights the day prior, Dec 29. Transfers, overnight accommodation and breakfast are included in your fare. Refreshments are available prior to boarding our comfort-plus Fokker 50 for our morning flight, departing 8:45 a.m., which takes us over Wentworth, junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers to Broken Hill. A local guide will share the Broken Hill story, the city founded after the discovery of the richest ore body in the Southern hemisphere and the birthplace of BHP Ltd. Lunch at Broken Earth Cafe, located on the Line of Lode, highest point in the city. Reboarding, we fly “low and slow” over the majestic Flinders Ranges. Light refreshments as we fly. View the stunning Painted Hills, only accessible by air, prior to arriving at Coober Pedy. On arrival in Coober Pedy we transfer to our comfort-plus air conditioned accommodation at Desert Cave Resort or similar, our home for two nights. You may request underground rooms, however there is only a limited number available and allocation is not guaranteed. Time to settle in prior to dinner together at the Desert Cave Hotel. Day 2 (B,L,D) NEW YEAR’S EVE This morning enjoy a coach tour of this unique town. See the Catacomb and Sts Peter & Paul underground churches, the unbelievable golf course and the stunning and beautiful Breakaways, an outcrop formation in the desert. View also the historic “dog proof fence”. Construction commenced in 1880 and, in total, the fence is now over 5,000 kilometres in length. Following lunch we visit Umoona Opal Mine and underground display and shop, learn a little of the world of opal

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mining and view an opal cutting demonstration. Coober Pedy, with its huge number of small mines, is the largest producer of opal in the world. Time to explore the town, its art and craft outlets and relax prior to our New Year’s Eve celebrations. Join us from 7:30 p.m. for pre-dinner drinks and a four-course dinner dance, with entertainment provided by the talented and versatile Adelaide duo, Vogue. The evening has a 70’s theme, with a surprise Master of Ceremonies. You are invited to dress in theme style. A fantastic way to welcome the New Year! Day 3 (B,L) NEW YEARS DAY This morning we rejoin our aircraft for the two and a half hour flight to Lake Eyre North; fly over Madigan Gulf, site of Donald Campbell’s land speed record, be amazed at the constantly changing shoreline, view Warburton Groove where the northern floodwaters enter Lake Eyre, and Goyder Lagoon. The usually harsh brown landscape is likely to still be green in parts! See the huge sand dunes on the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert. Simply stunning scenery! During the flight passengers in aisle seats swap with passengers in window seats to maximise viewing (a condition of travel). Into Queensland to the tiny township of Birdsville. The airport is literally a two minute stroll from the famous 1860’s Birdsville Hotel. Explore the town or head straight to the bar for a welcome drink prior to an enjoyable New Year’s Day lunch. We reboard our aircraft on our return flight to Melbourne, refreshments and complimentary drinks from the bar as we fly south. Flight time is approximately 3 hours, 20 minutes, and we land at Essendon Airport around 6:00 p.m., having completed a most comprehensive, interesting and thoroughly enjoyable weekend flying holiday to celebrate New Year 2012. Adelaide passengers remain on board for the return flight to Adelaide. Perth passengers transfer to Melbourne Airport for their flight to Perth.


DEPARTING BRISBANE Dec 31 (SYDNEY, CANBERRA Dec 30) Day 1 (L,D) NEW YEARS EVE Brisbane passengers meet at Brisbane Jet Base for departure. Passengers from Sydney and Canberra arrive in Brisbane by commercial flights the day prior, Dec 30. Transfers, overnight accommodation and breakfast are included in your fare. Refreshments will be available prior to boarding our comfort-plus Fokker 50 for our morning flight, departing 8:00 a.m., which takes us over Cubbie Station to the inland river town of Bourke, located on the banks of the Darling River. Time for a short tour of the town prior to lunch. Reboarding, we continue our flight, viewing the stunning Painted Hills, only accessible by air, prior to arriving at Coober Pedy. On arrival in Coober Pedy we transfer to our comfort-plus air conditioned accommodation at Desert Cave Resort, Opal Inn or Underground Motel, our home for two nights. Time to settle in prior to dinner together at the Desert Cave Hotel. Join us from 7:30 p.m. for pre-dinner drinks and a four-course dinner dance, with entertainment provided by the talented and versatile Adelaide duo, Vogue. The evening has a 70’s theme, with a surprise Master of Ceremonies. You are invited to dress in theme style. A fantastic way to welcome the New Year! Day 2 (B,L,D) NEW YEAR’S DAY This morning enjoy a coach tour of this unique town. See the Catacomb and Sts Peter & Paul underground churches, the unbelievable golf course and the stunning and beautiful Breakaways, an outcrop formation in the desert. View also the historic “dog proof fence”. Construction commenced in 1880 and, in total, the fence is now over 5,000 kilometres in length. Following lunch we visit

Umoona Opal Mine and underground display and shop, learn a little of the world of opal mining and view an opal cutting demonstration. Coober Pedy, with its huge number of small mines, is the largest producer of opal in the world. During the afternoon time to explore the town, its art and craft outlets and relax prior to dinner, where our surprise New Year’s Eve Master of Ceremonies will entertain us. Day 3 (B,L) Following a hearty breakfast we rejoin our aircraft for the two and a half hour flight to Lake Eyre North; fly over Madigan Gulf, site of Donald Campbell’s land speed record, be amazed at the constantly changing shoreline, view Warburton Groove where the northern floodwaters enter Lake Eyre, and Goyder Lagoon. The usually harsh brown landscape is likely to still be green in parts! See the huge sand dunes on the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert. Simply stunning scenery! During the flight passengers in aisle seats swap with passengers in window seats to maximise viewing (a condition of travel). Into Queensland to the tiny township of Birdsville. The airport is literally a two minute stroll from the famous 1860’s Birdsville Hotel. Explore the town or head straight to the bar for a welcome drink prior to an enjoyable New Year’s Day lunch. We reboard our aircraft on our return flight to Brisbane, refreshments and complimentary drinks from the bar as we fly south. Flight time is approximately 3 hours and we land at Brisbane airport around 6:00 p.m., having completed a most comprehensive, interesting and thoroughly enjoyable weekend flying holiday to celebrate New Year 2012. Sydney and Canberra passengers transfer to the main terminal for their return flights to Sydney and Canberra.

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New Year on Kangaroo Island ions

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For a relaxing New Year short break, join Australian Air Holidays on Kangaroo Island, where the beautiful natural attractions, scenic wonders and friendly people all add to the friendly atmosphere. Welcome the New Year with fellow passengers at the centrally located Ozone Hotel.

Fully Inclusive Fares ex Melbourne Single supplement:

$2,395 p.p.t.s. $ 180 s.s.

depart 9:00 a.m.; return 6:15 p.m.

ex Sydney $2,595 p.p.t.s. ex Brisbane $2,695 p.p.t.s. ex Perth $2,995 p.p.t.s. Single supplement: $ 240 s.s. Deposit of $250 (non refundable) within 7 days of booking. Balance due 45 days prior to departure. Fares shown fully inclusive as per itinerary.

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For additional details see also Kangaroo Island, pages 8 - 11 Day 1 (L,D) MELBOURNE, KANGAROO ISLAND Melbourne Passengers are either met at their metropolitan home/hotel for transfer to Essendon Airport, or provide their own transport to the airport. Free parking is available. Perth, Brisbane and Sydney passengers travel by commercial flight the day prior. Melbourne transfers, overnight accommodation and cooked breakfast are included in your fare. Meeting at the departure lounge, we board our comfort plus Fokker 50 for the flight to Kangaroo Island. Light refreshments as we fly. On arrival we fly “low and slow” to enjoy coastal views of parts of the island including Cape Borda Lighthouse prior to landing at Kingscote Airport. Our modern coaches await and we take the short journey to American River, a beautiful coastal location, where a delicious luncheon awaits. During the afternoon enjoy a visit to Pennington Bay, Island Sheep Dairy and enjoy the daily pelican feeding show. Our accommodation for two nights is the Ozone Seafront Hotel at Kingscote. Relax, maybe enjoy a drink with new found friends prior to dinner together. Following dinner tonight you may wish to join the local penguin watching. Observe these unique birds in a small environmentally friendly atmosphere as they return from the day’s fishing (no additional cost).

Day 2 (B,L,D) NEW YEARS EVE. KANGAROO ISLAND Today we follow the program on page 10 of this Newsletter. A later New Years Eve dinner tonight with live entertainment at the Ozone Hotel as we say goodbye to 2011 and welcome the New Year of 2012. Day 3 (B,L) NEW YEARS DAY. KANGAROO ISLAND, HOME We visit Seal Bay, home of around 500 sea lions and join a guided walk to a viewing platform above the sand. Enjoy the Raptor Domain “Birds of Prey” free flight presentation featuring wedge tail eagles, barn owls, kookaburras and much more. An exciting first class show! On to Andermel Marron (fresh water crayfish) Farm. A short farm tour, wine tasting of “Two Wheeler” wine, produced on the property, prior to a most enjoyable three course New Year’s Day luncheon, including wines and freshly cooked marron. Reboarding our Fokker 50 we depart Kingscote at 4:00 p.m. for Melbourne’s Essendon Airport, complimentary drinks as we fly, arriving at approximately 6.15 p.m. Home transfers for those wishing to use this service. Perth, Sydney and Brisbane passengers transfer to Melbourne Airport for their commercial flights home. Adelaide passengers remain on board for the return journey completing a most enjoyable New Year on Kangaroo Island.

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South Australia’s Limestone Coast

plus Opera in the Caves, Naracoorte

3 days, ex Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane Feb 10 (Passengers from Perth, Canberra and Sydney depart day prior) The beauty of the limestone coast, the fine wineries of the Coonawarra, the history at Penola, the magnificent Naracoorte Caves will delight you, plus a stunning 75 minute performance by Opera Scholars Australia, the “opera stars of the future” makes for a perfect weekend in South Australia. Join Australian Air Holidays in 2012 for the second year of this outstanding weekend event. Please note: The cave in which the Opera Scholars perform is accessible only by an open staircase (20 -30 steps). Unfortunately it is not suitable for passengers using walkers or for those who cannot climb stairs.

2012 Program Includes: Summertime from Porgy and Bess (Gershwin) Bess you is my woman from Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)

Fully Inclusive Fares ex Adelaide (3 days)

$1,745 p.p.t.s.

ex Brisbane (3 days)

$2,145 p.p.t.s.

departs 7:30 a.m.; returns 8:00 p.m.

departs 8:00 a.m.; returns 10:00 p.m.

ex Melbourne (3 days) $1,945 p.p.t.s. departs 10:30 a.m.; returns 5:30 p.m. ex Canberra (4 days) $2,295 p.p.t.s.

departs ex Brisbane; returns Canberra 6:30 p.m.

The Chorus of The Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco (Verdi)

ex Sydney (4 days)

$2,295 p.p.t.s.

O My Beloved Father from Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)

ex Perth (5 days)

$2,545 p.p.t.s.

The Lakme Duet (Delibes)

Single supplement: $ 80 s.s. Deposit of $250 (non refundable) within 7 days of booking. Balance due 45 days prior to departure. Fares shown fully inclusive as per itinerary.

Time to say Goodbye (Quarantotto) Deep Peace (Douglas) Act One Finale from La Traviata (Verdi) Viva il vino from Cavallieria Rusticana (Mascagni) Shenandoah (Anon)

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departs ex Brisbane; returns Sydney 7:30 p.m. departs ex Adelaide; returns Adelaide


DEPARTING MELBOURNE Day 1 (L,D) MELBOURNE, VIA SOUTHERN COAST TO MT GAMBIER, ROBE, MILLICENT Passengers are either met at their metropolitan home/hotel for transfer to Essendon Airport or provide their own transport to the airport. Free parking is available. We meet in the main Essendon terminal, Sharp Airline counter. Refreshments are available prior to boarding our Fokker 50 flight, which takes us along the spectacular Victorian coast, with a loop at the Twelve Apostles and Cape Otway Lighthouse to ensure great viewing from both sides of the aircraft. We continue over Warrnambool, Portland and on to Mt Gambier, a flight time of approximately 1.5 hours. Our coach awaits at Mt Gambier and we travel to the seaside township of Robe for a highlight of the weekend, a crayfish lunch at the well-known Robe restaurant, Sails Blue (non-seafood eaters catered for). A little time in Robe and then to Millicent with its award-winning Museum. We return to Mt Gambier and our accommodation for two nights, the Mt Gambier Presidential Motel (or similar). Enjoy a welcome drink prior to dinner together. Day 2 (B,L,D) PENOLA, NARACOORTE CAVES, OPERA IN THE CAVES, COONAWARRA This morning we visit Penola. Enjoy this delightful small town, the Mary MacKillop Centre, the Schoolhouse and Petticoat Lane, the art, craft and wine tasting centres. Maybe enjoy a morning coffee here (own expense). Lunch today at Chardonnay Lodge. During the afternoon we continue to Naracoorte Caves. Time to enjoy the stunning floodlit cave formations in Alexandra or Fossil Cave.

Historic Cottages, Penola Afternoon tea includes a pre-show glass of champagne prior to taking our seats in Blanche Cave for the highlight of our weekend holiday, Opera in the Caves, featuring the stunning voices of Opera Scholars Australia, singing many operatic favourites. Stars of the future! Commenced in 2010, this new event is organised and sponsored by the Young at Heart group. Following the concert we enjoy dinner at Hollicks Winery and Restaurant at Coonawarra before returning to Mt Gambier around 9:30 p.m. Day 3 (B,L) PORT MACDONNELL, MT GAMBIER, MELBOURNE A leisurely morning as we visit picturesque Port MacDonnell, visit the Maritime Museum and take a short guided tour of this seaside village. Morning cuppa at Dingley Dell Conservation Park, where Adam Lindsay Gordon lived and wrote in a small cottage in the park. Visit the unique Blue Lake and enjoy guided tour of Mt Gambier with its many colonial buildings prior to a delightful Sunday lunch together. Reboarding our Fokker 50 we depart Mt Gambier at 4:00 p.m. for Melbourne’s Essendon Airport, complimentary drinks as we fly, arriving at approximately 5:30 p.m. Home transfers for those wishing to use this service completes a most enjoyable holiday including the second annual performance of Opera in the Caves.

2011 Opera in the Caves

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South Australia’s Limestone Coast

plus Opera in the Caves, Naracoorte DEPARTING ADELAIDE (including PERTH passengers) Day 1 (L,D) ADELAIDE, MT GAMBIER Passengers meet in the main terminal to board our comfort plus Fokker 50 aircraft for the one hour journey to Mt Gambier. Perth passengers arrive by commercial flight day prior. Your city transfers and overnight pre-tour accommodation (includes breakfast) are included in your fare. Light refreshments are served on board as we fly and morning tea on arrival in Mt Gambier. Our coach awaits at Mt Gambier and we follow the same Day 1 itinerary as Melbourne passengers. Day 2 (B,L,D) Same itinerary as Melbourne passengers. Robe

Day 3 (B,L) MT GAMBIER, YALLUM PARK, PENOLA, ADELAIDE Enjoy Day 3 itinerary for Melbourne passengers including Sunday lunch. During the afternoon we visit Yallum Park, a famous Victorian era 22 room mansion, with over 50 original William Morris wallpapers, original gold leaf, 11 Italian marble fireplaces and original gasoliers. Light dinner in Mt Gambier prior to reboarding our Fokker 50 at 7.30 p.m. for the return flight to Adelaide, complimentary drinks as we fly. Perth passengers transfer to city overnight accommodation (includes breakfast) and fly to Perth the following day. So concludes a most enjoyable holiday including the second annual performance of Opera in the Caves.

Vineyards, Coonawarra DEPARTING BRISBANE (including SYDNEY and CANBERRA passengers) Day 1 (L,D) BRISBANE, DUBBO, MT GAMBIER, PORT MACDONNELL Passengers meet at Brisbane Jetbase, Casuarina Street. Refreshments are available prior to boarding our comfort plus Fokker 50 at 8:00 a.m. for our flight, via Dubbo, to Mt Gambier. Refreshments served on board during both legs of the journey. Our coach awaits and, following lunch, we travel to picturesque Port MacDonnell, visit the Maritime Museum and take a short guided tour of this seaside village. Cuppa at Dingley Dell Conservation Park, where Adam Lindsay Gordon lived and wrote in a small cottage in the park. Visit the unique Blue Lake and enjoy a short guided coach tour of Mt Gambier with its many colonial buildings prior to arriving at our home for two nights, the Mt Gambier Presidential Motel (or similar). Enjoy a welcome drink prior to dinner together. Day 2 (B,L,D) As per Melbourne itinerary. Day 3 (B,L,D) MILLICENT, ROBE, MT GAMBIER, MELBOURNE This morning we visit Millicent with its awardwinning Museum on route to the coastal township of Robe. A little time in this haven prior to another highlight of the weekend, a crayfish lunch at the well known Robe restaurant, Sails Blue (non-seafood eaters catered for). We return to Mt Gambier, departing at 4.15 p.m. On route we call at Canberra and Sydney for these passengers. Light dinner on board as we continue to Brisbane. Complimentary drinks as we fly. So concludes a most enjoyable holiday including the second annual performance of Opera in the Caves.

Blue Lake, Mt Gambier

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Tasmanian Wilderness DC3 4 days, ex Melbourne

Jan 26 (Australia Day Celebration), Feb 23, Apr 12, Nov 22

Fly low and slow in the Air Nostalgia DC3

Fully Inclusive Fares ex Melbourne ex Sydney ex Brisbane ex Adelaide ex Perth Single supplement:

$2,995 p.p.t.s. $3,295 p.p.t.s. $3,395 p.p.t.s. $3,395 p.p.t.s. $3,595 p.p.t.s. $ 215 s.s.

Deposit of $350 (non refundable) within 7 days of booking. Balance due 45 days prior to departure. Fares shown fully inclusive as per itinerary.

Day 1 (L,D) MELBOURNE, WYNYARD, STANLEY, SMITHTON We meet in Australasian Jet lounge, Hangar 81, Bristol Street, Essendon Airport. Morning cuppa prior to our departure in the nostalgic, restored, comfortable toilet equipped DC3 Air Nostalgia (you will be amazed at the legroom). Depart from Essendon Airport at 9:00 a.m. and fly across Bass Strait to the Tasmanian coastal township of Wynyard. Our coach awaits and we journey west to the historic township of Stanley, established in the early 1800’s and now with a streetscape of genteel colonial buildings. Lunch on arrival. During the afternoon take the chairlift to climb the Nut, a huge monolithic boulder which dominates the township. Stunning sea and township views. Visit Highfield Historic Site, established in 1832 as the headquarters of the Van Diemen’s Land Co., view the house, grounds and farm complex buildings. Some time to stroll along the main street, soak in the atmosphere, enjoy an afternoon coffee prior to continuing to Smithton and our overnight home, Tall Timbers. Relax, maybe enjoy a drink with fellow passengers prior to dinner together.

EARLY BIRD SAVINGS Book and Pay in full Australia Day Celebration Jan 26

SAVE $250

Offer closes Oct 31. Book and Pay in full any departure Feb to Apr 2012

SAVE $200

Offer closes Oct 31. Passengers from states other than Victoria arrive in Melbourne the day prior to departure. Included in your fare is plane fare from (and return to) your home port, Melbourne transfers, accommodation, and full breakfast. (Dinner own expense.) Victorian passengers are either met at their metropolitan home/hotel for transfer to Essendon Airport, or provide their own transport to the airport. Free parking is available.

Gordon River Cruise

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Tasmanian Wilderness DC3 Day 2 (B,L,D) SMITHTON, TABLE CAPE, WYNYARD, CRADLE MOUNTAIN, GORDON RIVER, ZEEHAN, STRAHAN Following a hearty breakfast we depart, visiting Table Cape, home to Tasmania’s (legal) opium industry and known for its scenic coastline. Early lunch today at Wynyard prior to reboarding our DC3 for a “low and slow” scenic flight to Strahan. Stunning views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, the Gordon River and Macquarie Harbour before landing at Strahan. A short coach journey to nearby Zeehan and the West Coast Pioneers Museum. Exhibits include items from the railway which brought copper from Queenstown to the coast (now the West Coast Wilderness Railway on which we travel tomorrow). We return to Strahan by coach and arrive at our home for two nights, Strahan Village Hilltop. Enjoy picturesque views from harbour view rooms (January: hill top rooms) and we enjoy a smorgasbord dinner high above Macquarie harbour.

West Coast Wilderness Rail West Coast Wilderness Rail

Day 3 (B,L,D) WEST COAST WILDERNESS RAILWAY, THE SHIP THAT NEVER WAS Following an enjoyable breakfast overlooking the harbour we board the West Coast Wilderness Railway, a highlight of our trip, for the journey from Strahan to Queenstown. In former days the rack and pinion railway was used to ship copper from Queenstown to the coast at Strahan. A spectacular journey through one of the world’s most rugged wilderness areas, crossing 40 bridges and climbing 800 metres on the 35 kilometre journey. We travel in the comfort plus Premium Carriage, stopping at stations along the way. Enjoy refreshments, delightful local produce lunch and premium Tasmanian wines as well as stunning scenery as our train takes us through an absolute wilderness of deep gullies and high mountains, using a rack and pinion system to climb the steep ascents. This spectacular journey ends in Queenstown. A photographer’s delight! We return to Strahan by coach. Time to browse in the shops of Strahan, or relax at our motel. Later in the day, a short but most enjoyable theatrical delight, The Ship That Never Was, prior to dinner together. Day 4 (B,L) GORDON RIVER CRUISE, MELBOURNE Another highlight today as we join the Lady Jane Franklin II for a delightful cruise on Macquarie Harbour. Best seats on the boat as we travel Premium Class on the Captain’s Deck. Included in our cruise is Hells Gates, the narrow harbour entrance, commercial salmon farms, the amazing Gordon River noted for picturesque reflections, a rainforest walk through ancient forests (see a 2,000 year old tree) and a visit to Sarah Island, a notorious convict settlement. Refreshments and lunch as we cruise. Following the cruise we reboard our DC3 aircraft for the return journey to Melbourne. Enjoy refreshments and complimentary bar service as we fly, arriving at Essendon Airport at approximately 6:00 p.m. So concludes a very special short break DC3 air holiday to the beautiful Tasmanian Wilderness area. West Coast Wilderness Rail

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Tasmanian Scenic Beauty 6 days, ex Melbourne 2012: Feb 22, Mar 21, Nov 27

Chieftain

Fully Inclusive Fares

ex Melbourne ex Sydney ex Brisbane ex Adelaide ex Perth Single supplement:

$5,245 p.p.t.s. $5,545 p.p.t.s. $5,645 p.p.t.s. $5,645 p.p.t.s. $5,845 p.p.t.s. $ 350 s.s.

Deposit of $500 (non refundable) within 7 days of booking. Balance due 45 days prior to departure. Fares shown fully inclusive as per itinerary. Passengers from states other than Victoria arrive in Melbourne the day prior to departure. Included in your fare is plane fare from (and return to) your home port, Melbourne transfers, accommodation, and full breakfast. (Dinner own expense.) Passengers are met at their metropolitan home/hotel for transfer to Moorabbin Airport.

Day 1 (L,D) MELBOURNE, FLINDERS ISLAND We depart from Moorabbin Airport at 8:30 a.m. in our Chieftain 10 seater aircraft for the spectacular sight-seeing flight over Wilson’s Promontory to Flinders Island, landing at Whitemark. Morning cuppa on arrival. Visit Sawyers Bay, stroll along the beach, then to Killiecrankie, home to the white topaz known as Killiecrankie diamonds, prior to lunch together. During the afternoon visit Palana, North East River and Allports. Stroll to the beach where we enjoy afternoon tea. We transfer to Furneaux Tavern, our home for two nights. Dinner tonight at the hotel. Day 2 (B,L,D) FLINDERS ISLAND A leisurely day today as we explore picturesque Flinders Island. Enjoy views of Cape Barren Island from Vinegar Hill Lookout. Morning cuppa at Trousers Point, before continuing to Fotheringate Bay. After lunch we visit Wybalenna, site of the settlement of Tasmanian Aboriginals in 1833, and Emita/Port Davies on route to Furneaux Museum. Enjoy 360 degree views at Walkers Hill and afternoon cuppa at Patriarch Wildlife Sanctuary or Yellow Beach. Strahan Township

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Tasmanian Scenic Beauty Day 3 (B,L,D) FLINDERS ISLAND, CRADLE MOUNTAIN, STRAHAN, GORDON RIVER CRUISE Departing from Flinders Island we fly to Strahan via Cradle Mountain and Lake Dove (subject to weather conditions, fantastic views on a clear day) on route, a flight of approximately 1.5 hours. Strahan is located on beautiful Macquarie Harbour. Lunch prior to enjoying Captain’s premium seating on Lady Jane Franklin II as we cruise across Macquarie Harbour to Hells Gates, view Atlantic salmon farms, and visit Sarah Island as we cruise in the world heritage wilderness of Gordon River - ancient Huon pines and perfect reflections. Dinner as we cruise. Our home for two nights is the Strahan Village Hilltop, with harbour view rooms. Day 4 (B,L,D) WEST COAST WILDERNESS RAILWAY Today we travel to Queenstown to join the West Coast Wilderness Railway for the spectacular rail journey from Queenstown to Strahan on a line that once hauled copper from the Queenstown mines to the coast. We are seated in the Premium Carriage and enjoy morning tea as we travel through one of the world’s most rugged wilderness areas, crossing 40 bridges and descending 800 metres on the 35 km journey. We stop at stations along the way. A photographers delight! After lunch, some free time to enjoy the village atmosphere, and later,

a dramatic and hilarious true story of an escape from Sarah Island - The Ship That Never Was. Day 5 (B,L,D) STRAHAN, WYNYARD, KING ISLAND This morning we fly north to Wynyard (refuel here) and Currie, on King Island. Lunch on arrival. An afternoon tour visiting sites around Currie including kelp drying racks, Admiral’s Beach, Currie Lighthouse and harbour, with some time in the Currie township and shops, famous for King Island beef, pies and other delicacies. Visit the famous King Island Dairy cheese factory. Taste and purchase if you wish. Later, enjoy a relaxing drink and watch the sun set from our home for tonight, the Boomerang Motel, prior to dinner together. Day 6 (B,L) KING ISLAND, MELBOURNE This morning we travel through picturesque farming land to Cape Wickham lighthouse, tallest in Australia. Collect yesterday’s orders for crayfish to take home (fresh, frozen or live, expertly packed for travel). Enjoy a crayfish lunch together (alternate menu for the non-crayfish eaters). After lunch we fly home to Melbourne via Cape Otway and the Great Ocean Road, arriving at Moorabbin at approximately 4:00 p.m. Time to bid farewell to travelling companions as we transfer to hotels or return to our homes, or continue with a later interstate flight, full of great memories of a most enjoyable holiday.

Phone: (03) 9875 1422 J A Reed Pty Ltd ACN 075 188 144 trading as Australian Air Holidays

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815 906

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