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Bringing Australia & New Zealand to life

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A U S TRALIA 2016 -2017

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Australia is indeed the lucky country, blessed with a diverse landscape filled with many amazing experiences. Choose a destination or experience below and go straight to that page.

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Awesome by air, THE BUNGLE BUNGLE will take your breath away

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Experience KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK, a rare tropical oasis

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Pretend to surf on the striking WAVE ROCK

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The iconic beauty of kangaroos on the beach at CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK

MARGARET RIVER, famous for its food & wine for a reason!

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Visit remote CAPE YORK, the top of Australia

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Welcome to our AAT Kings family. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to share our fabulous new catalogue of Australian holidays with you. We hope you are inspired to come and share your dream holiday with us. We are very conscious of the fact that your holiday is your precious time with your friends and loved ones, and you are giving us permission to be involved, to bring Australia and New Zealand to life for you. We take this responsibility very seriously, and we know it is absolutely vital that we provide the best possible experience and a truly wonderful level of friendly Aussie and Kiwi service. Thanks to all of our guests who have written to me over the past twelve months to provide feedback and ideas on your previous AAT Kings holidays. We have taken so many of your ideas on board, the list of new experiences and itinerary enhancements contained in the pages of this brochure is quite exciting. New destinations, new experiences, an increased focus on food and wine, culture, nature…even a casual bike ride or bush walk if you want it. It’s all here waiting for you to explore. Our goal, every day, is to share our home with our guests, to bring Australia and New Zealand to life. So what are you waiting for? Your dream holiday starts right now. Happy holiday.

Anthony Hayes  Managing Director


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Our signature holiday options

Select from AAT Kings’ famous complete-package Guided Holidays, flexible Short Breaks with your choice of accommodation, and our one or half day sightseeing Day Tours.

Guided Holidays Look out for these symbols on itinerary pages First Choice holidays offer premium accommodation in central locations, more meals and sightseeing inclusions, plus unique ‘You’re invited’ dining experiences. Best Buys holidays offer great value, comfortable accommodation with easy access to city centres and more free time.

Our fully-guided holiday experiences We offer two standards of Guided Holiday to suit your budget. From 4 to 20 days, an AAT Kings Guided Holiday fully explores a destination, so you can immerse yourself in its landscape, history and culture. Guided Holidays feature quality hotels, with porterage included. All breakfasts are included, plus up to half of your dinners, using quality local produce, and all feature a ‘welcome reception’ and a ‘farewell dinner’.* For other meals, we offer tips on where the locals eat.

*Welcome receptions & farewell dinners vary by Guided Holiday. Refer to itinerary page for inclusions.

Short Breaks

2-7 day breaks with your choice of accommodation Ranging from 2 to 7 days in length, Short Breaks combine the must-see highlights of a destination with your choice of accommodation, plus selected meals. Travel with different Driver Guides each day to benefit from their combined experience. Plus, you’ll meet a new group of like-minded travellers each day. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels to suit all kinds of budgets. Choose from a range of three accommodation standards. Please see page 12 for more details.

Day Tours

One day or half day sightseeing tours If you’ve got a day to spare, AAT Kings offers one day and half day sightseeing tours across Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Darwin, Uluru, Alice Springs, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Leave the stress of driving in an unknown city to a friendly local expert and enjoy the stories they’ll share along the way. We’ll show you all the must-see sights of the region and share our knowledge of its history and culture. We also offer free courtesy hotel pick-ups so all you need to do is relax and enjoy your day.


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AAT Kings offers a huge range of holidays. No matter which way you choose to travel, we’ll bring each destination to life. A holiday is your time to relax, so at AAT Kings we’ve included just about everything so you don’ t have to worry about a thing. Expert commentary, stress-free travel, luxury air-conditioned vehicles, and all the must-see highlights. Our friendly Travel Directors and Driver Guides will enhance your experience with stories, local knowledge and a sense of fun.

Our small group experiences

Our boutique holiday experiences offer an intimate style of travel and take you off the beaten track. Choose from our immersive Inspiring Journeys or our fun and affordable Aussie Adventures.

Inspiring Journeys

Immersive & boutique small group journeys On an Inspiring Journey we’ll introduce you to rich and immersive experiences in an intimate small group setting. You’ll travel in luxury coaches or 4WD vehicles and stay in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts with great cuisine to match. Our fascinating guides will take care of everything, leaving you free from the stress of holiday planning but also allowing you the flexibility to choose from a wide range of hands-on experiences. Best of all, you’ll share your holiday with a small-sized group of up to 20 likeminded travellers, giving you the chance to really get to know each other and create incredible holiday memories together.

Aussie Adventures

Affordable, easy going small group adventures Aussie Adventures heads off the beaten track and actively explores the great outdoors in a small group of fun and friendly travellers. You’ll experience the real Australia with our authentic and down-to-earth Driver Guides and uncover hidden places and experiences that you’d miss if travelling on your own. We keep things simple, with a focus on real value for money, but we don’t skimp on the must-see highlights and excitement of travelling in Australia. Choose from a range of adventures in the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, Kangaroo Island, Cairns, the Top End and the Red Centre. You’ll travel with approximately 20 guests, all with the spirit of adventure running through their veins.

You are in the very best of hands. My team work tirelessly to ensure your holiday will be one you will remember for years to come! Elisa  Operations Manager


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Our Holidays

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Uluru, Darwin & Northern Territory

Great Barrier Reef & Queensland

Guided Holidays Outback Adventure Outback & Ocean Outback Tracks Outback Safari Top End Highlights

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Hobart, Launceston & Tasmania Guided Holidays

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I love where I work. You will too. Ricky  Driver Guide

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More people choose to travel with AAT Kings than any other guided holiday company in Australia. With more than 100 years experience, we’re highly regarded within our industry with a reputation for great guest service, professionalism, safety and of course, amazing holidays. We’re committed to maintaining this high standard and creating a memorable experience for our guests.

Our people and our service

At AAT Kings we pride ourselves on having the friendliest, happiest and most experienced Travel Directors and Driver Guides in Australia. We’ll tell fascinating stories and offer insights that will bring each destination you visit to life. We’ll provide advice, recommendations and directions and reveal ‘Hidden Gems’ you simply couldn’t experience if travelling on your own. Our number one goal, every day, is to share our love of travel and put a smile on your face.

A stress-free holiday

We take care of absolutely everything, so there’s no detailed planning required on your behalf, other than finding the time to go and choosing the right holiday for you.

Our history

AAT Kings’ story began in 1912 when the Pyke family pioneered coach touring in Australia. Starting with self-drive car-hire in 7 seater vehicles in Sydney, we expanded to guided sightseeing tours. By the 1960s, the company, then known as AAT, had become Sydney’s largest tour operator and in the 1980s we teamed up with pioneering adventurer Bill King’s Northern Safaris, which ultimately led to the creation of what we know today as AAT Kings. Connect to our history page: aatkings.com/history

AAT Kings cares

At AAT Kings we’re serious about our commitment to the community and the environment. See page 91 for more information or visit: treadright.org


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Great service

When you’re away from home, you need to know you can rely on someone with all the answers; someone who will look after all your needs. Our fantastic team of Travel Directors, Driver Guides and operations experts all work together to ensure your trip runs smoothly from beginning to end. Come and meet the team – they’ll put a smile on your face!

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Meet Mark

Meet Carolyn

At Cape Tribulation two of Australia’s World Heritage-listed spots come face-to-face: the Wet Tropics rainforest and the corals of the Great Barrier Reef. Bringing guests to this spectacular part of my backyard is always a special treat.

Aussies and international visitors alike are always energised by a visit to iconic Bondi Beach. I love sharing the history and stories of Bondi, especially the historic role it played in moving swimming from being a controversial pastime!

I’m a born and bred Tasmanian and proud to share my home with visitors. Apart from sharing my favourite places, I most like to tell the stories of the amazing characters who first settled this gorgeous part of the world!

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Indigenous experiences What an absolute honour it is for our team to have the opportunity to forge such strong relationships with indigenous communities throughout Australia. We are proud to work with and share the stories of the Anangu people in Central Australia. Interactive dot painting lessons are a highlight of holidays in the Red Centre. At Mossman Gorge in North Queensland, being welcomed with a traditional smoking ceremony by a local Kuku Yalanji guide is mesmerising. Medicines and food surround you in the rainforest and it’s the local guide who will share these secrets with you, opening your eyes to how close the people are with the land.

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AAT Kings offers a range of Included Choice options on selected First Choice Guided Holidays. At certain destinations, just choose an experience and our Travel Directors will tailor your itinerary on itinerary pages for Included Choice options. at no additional expense. Look for this symbol

Melbourne Eureka Skydeck

Visit Eureka Skydeck for fantastic views of Melbourne. With 360 degree floor to ceiling views, it’s the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform.

Darwin

Jumping Crocs Cruise

Experience a famous Jumping Crocodile Cruise on the Adelaide River. Watch in awe as these huge creatures leap out of the water to grab a feed. Don’t forget your camera!

Broome

Hovercraft Flight

Experience the magnificent scenic and historic sights of the Broome town coastline. Your flight includes a 1 hour scenic tour accompanied throughout by witty and informative commentary.

Laneways Walking Tour

Hunt & Gather Food Tour

Crocosaurus Cove

Waterfront Lunch

Pearl Luggers Tour

Camel Ride

Melbourne’s laneways hide many hidden treasures and a walking tour is the ideal way to discover the city’s quirkiest cafés, independent designers, street art, architecture and historical tales.

Crocosaurus Cove allows visitors a unique up-close and personal view of the iconic saltwater crocodile and boasts the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles right in the centre of Darwin.

Take an exciting Pearl Luggers tour to hear the intriguing stories of early pearling and see two restored pearling luggers and memorabilia including original hard-hat diving suits and more.

Join a Hunt & Gather Food Tour of Queen Victoria Market to take in the life, sounds and stories of the historic marketplace and taste your way around the market’s seemingly endless food stalls.

Sit back and relax over a delicious lunch at one of Darwin’s favourite waterfront dining spots. Enjoy the laid back vibe of the city’s hippest dining precinct while you indulge in fresh seasonal produce.

Jump on board the camel train and take a ride along spectacular Cable Beach. The iconic experience will take you along the shores of the Indian Ocean leaving you relaxed with lifelong memories to take home.


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New experiences in 2016 Food & Wine

Special Events

We’ve found more taste-bud blowing local experiences to share with our guests, like scallop pies in Richmond, vanilla slice in Ross or fish and chips at the beach – yum!

New Destinations We have again introduced several exciting new itineraries to new locations. Check out our Queensland Outback (p74-75), Broome to Perth itinerary (p62) or combined cruise and land options (p20-22).

Why not choose a date that coincides with a special event. For example, the Field of Light art installation by Bruce Munro will illuminate the heart of Australia in 2016 with 50,000 radiant frosted spheres.

Unique to AAT Kings We’ll introduce you to local specialists like botanists or stockmen and women to really get beneath the skin of the places we visit – oh & we’ll give you a group photo as a memento of your fabulous holiday.

Included meals

AAT Kings included meals feature quality local produce, with many breakfasts, lunches and dinners included, depending on the itinerary.

Breakfast daily on all holidays

On all AAT Kings Guided Holidays, Inspiring Journeys & Aussie Adventures a hearty breakfast is included every day.

Lunches & dinners

On Guided Holidays, Inspiring Journeys & Aussie Adventures some lunches and many dinners are included. On selected First Choice Guided Holidays dinners include wine. Check itinerary pages for details.

‘Highlight dinners’ & ‘You’re invited’ AAT Kings ‘First Choice’ Guided Holidays include special dining occasions like our ‘Highlight dinners’ and ‘You’re invited’

local dining experiences. Encounters that capture the essence of a place through its history, its locals and its unique cuisine.

‘Welcome receptions’ & ‘Farewell dinners’ At the start of a Guided Holiday, your Travel Director gathers the group together to outline your holiday and introduce everyone. When travelling with people from around the world, it’s a great way to get to know your travelling companions. And at the end of your holiday, you’ll also want to celebrate after experiencing so much together, with many laughs and smiles. It’s also a chance to exchange contact details, as many people make lifelong friends on an AAT Kings holiday.


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Stay in comfort

AAT Kings’ accommodation has been selected for comfort, location and facilities. Comfort means a clean room with a soft bed and an en-suite. Plus extras like a bar, often a pool and guest laundry. Our hotel range includes brands like Crowne Plaza, Novotel, Vibe, Mercure and Stamford Plaza, and feature resorts like Hamilton Island, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, Cradle Mountain Lodge and Voyages Ayers Rock Resort to name but a few.

Upon arrival

When you travel with AAT Kings, we look after everything. So when you arrive at your hotel for the night on our signature Guided Holidays and Inspiring Journeys, there’s no need to check-in. Your luggage will be taken straight to your room. Plus, we’ve already taken care of porterage and housekeeping tips as well. On easy going Aussie Adventures facilities may be shared.

Hamilton Island, The Whitsundays

Our signature holiday accommodation Guided Holidays Style, ease & comfort We look for great locations, great views and great service when choosing our Guided Holiday hotels. We are constantly reviewing our guest feedback to ensure experiences meet our high expectations. We need to know you are waking up refreshed and relaxed to ensure you make the most of your day with us.

Short Breaks Your choice of accommodation With numerous standards of quality accommodation on offer, guests can choose an option that best suits their needs and budget.

Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome To stay at this resort feels like you’ve stepped in to a luxurious tropical oasis with swaying palms and the ocean breeze. With views of Cable Beach, it’s the perfect location for catching those famous sunsets!

Wrest Point, Hobart

Such an iconic property with views as far as the eye can see down the Derwent River, perfect for a sundowner at the bar. Naturally the in-house facilities, like the boutique casino, are a bit of a selling point too!

Crowne Plaza, Melbourne

It’s the impeccable service, location and views of the Yarra River from your room that make your stay so special. And you’ve never seen a breakfast spread like it. They’ll cook your eggs to order! Yummo!

Travelodge Mirambeena Resort, Darwin (Budget)

Simple, clean and comfortable. This budget accommodation is no-frills, but everything you need and more. You can’t look past a refreshing drink at the pool bar.

Vibe Hotel, Sydney (Standard)

You’re only a stone’s throw from the city’s funkiest bars and restaurants in Surry Hills, the vibe of China Town and world-class shopping precincts. And you can’t go past the in-house Spanish tapas restaurant, deliciosa!

The Hilton, Cairns (Superior)

Location, location, location! You’re only steps away from some of the hottest waterfront dining spots, your cruise to the reef and the centre of town. And with a name like Hilton, you know the level of service you can expect.


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Sleep on the reef with us! All our coastal Queensland Guided Holidays stay at the beautiful Hamilton Island Resort. Ant  Managing Director

DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs

Our small group accommodation Inspiring Journeys Boutique, unique, luxurious Hand-picked for unique elements available at each property, with personalisation of experiences at the fore, we have chosen the absolute best available accommodation option in each location.

Aussie Adventures Affordable & fun Our Aussie Adventures guests want value for money, but they also want clean and comfortable when it comes to their bed for the night. All our Aussie accommodation partners deliver on this premise. We also look for central locations and a fun, social atmosphere.

Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park

Luxury outback chic with the feeling of being immersed in nature - the hidden gem of the Northern Territory. They’ll even treat you to a night cap before you retire for the night!

Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart

It’s all about personal touches. Like arriving in your room to a letter that lists the names of all the Tasmanian convicts bearing your surname. And the charming staff have mastered the knack of making you feel like the only person in-house.

Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock

The perfect contrast to Uluru’s raw natural beauty, ‘Sails’ combines the outback with luxury and one of the best bits is the in-house art gallery showcasing unique Indigenous artworks.

Anbinik Kakadu Resort

Clean, comfortable, spacious rooms in the heart of Kakadu National Park. The pool is perfect for cooling off after a day of sightseeing.

YHA, Hunter Valley

A hostel among the vines? Absolutely! Only when you’re travelling with Aussie Adventures.

Outback Pioneer Lodge, Ayers Rock This is where all the action happens at Ayers Rock Resort. With live entertainment every night of the week, it’s the place to be.


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Travel in style

Rex Lookout, Queensland

Throughout your holiday your mode of transport will vary depending on the area we’re travelling to. The most common mode of transport will be luxury coach. This allows us to explore the core of each destination in style and comfort. All AAT Kings’ itineraries include scheduled and regular rest breaks.

Our fleet

Our fleet of over 70 luxurious vehicles is the newest in Australia. All our fully air-conditioned coaches feature reclining seats with seat belts and footrests, panoramic windows, an on-board restroom, two-door access and state-of-the-art technologies, including DVD player, GPS and PA. With an extensive network of depots across Australia, our holidays are fully supported.

Friendly team

Our Driver Guides have years of experience in ensuring that our guests have a comfortable and smooth journey aboard an AAT Kings coach. They provide doorto-door service from your hotel to major sights and destinations along the way and work closely with our Travel Directors and Guides. Your Travel Director will ensure that your luggage is collected from your room and your Driver Guide will load it on to the coach every time.

WiFi

All of our coaches are equipped with charging points and free WiFi, to keep you in touch with the outside world (WiFi speed and reception may vary in remote areas).

Our fleet is the newest in Australia with state-of-the-art technology, including ‘kneeling’ coaches that can be lowered to the ground at the front to ensure the step in and out is minimised. Jimi  Head of Coach

More ways to travel

Over the course of your holiday, depending on the itinerary or optional experience, you could also find yourself on scenic train rides and flights, helicopter and boat rides, river and ocean cruises, on foot or maybe even a camel.

Airport transfers

All guests receive complimentary transfers between designated airports and AAT Kings’ hotels on the scheduled start and end day of Guided Holidays, Inspiring Journeys and Short Breaks; and on other days in conjunction with pre and post holiday accommodation when booked with AAT Kings.

Daintree River cruise

The finishing touches

All guests on AAT Kings Guided Holidays receive a complimentary travel wallet and luggage tag. Plus, we’ll give you a map of Australia to follow your journey as a memento of your holiday.

Ocean cruise

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Ways to save

Combine an early payment 7 discount with your Kings Club past guest discount & save more! Ask us how.

Early payment discounts

Jan  Head of Reservations

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Save 10%

when you pay in full by 30 November 2015

Save 5%

when you pay in full by 15 February 2016

Available on selected Guided Holidays (First Choice, Best Buys) and Inspiring Journeys – see itinerary pages. Discount applies only to the land content portion of the holiday. Can be combined with other discounts where applicable. The full amount must be paid by the designated date. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. For more info: aatkings.com/booking-conditions

Kings Club past guest discount

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Kings Club is for guests who have previously travelled with AAT Kings and our family of companies including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Contiki and Uniworld. Membership is free and you are automatically entitled to our Kings Club Past Guest Discount of 5% off your next Guided Holiday.

2nd holiday discount

Concession cards

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Save when you book 2 or more holidays at the same time.

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Save 5% on the twin share price 4 when you book a triple room.

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Save 10% on AAT Kings operated Day Tours when purchased with an AAT Kings Guided Holiday.

Group Travel

Pensioners (Australia or New Zealand) and Seniors Card holders (Australia) save with our concession discounts. Students can save on AAT Kings operated Day Tours.

If you don’t want to pay the single supplement on Guided Holidays you can share with a guest of the same gender at no extra cost. If we fail to match you, we will accommodate you in a single room.

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Children 5-15 years of age get a discount when sharing a room with an adult (limit of one discount per room), and receive a discount off the adult price of AAT Kings operated Day Tours.

5-16 people – everybody saves 5% | 17 people – one guest goes free

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We can also tailor an itinerary for you and your group. For specialised group bookings (15 people or more) email: groups@aatkings.com.au Conditions

1.  Discounts apply only to the land component of the holiday (do not apply to pre or post accommodation, holidays incorporating rail or cruise components, or third party operated holidays/day tours). 2.  Kings Club Past Guest Discount – one discount will be available per person, per Guided Holiday.

You must have travelled with us before you can redeem the discount. 3.  2nd holiday discount applies to AAT Kings operated Guided Holidays (First Choice, Best Buys) & Inspiring Journeys. Holidays must be booked at the same time and the discount is per person off the Land Only portion of the holiday with the shortest duration.

4.  The triple share discount is available when 3 guests share a twin or double room with an extra bed (foldaway, sofabed or rollaway). Triple share is not available at all hotels. 5.  Travelling alone discount applies only to AAT Kings operated Guided Holidays (First Choice, Best Buys). It does not apply to Inspiring Journeys,

Gold Seal Additional Protection Coverage for Cancellation & Return Flight Security only $75 per person

Most guided holiday companies are interested in their guests only after they reach their destination. But with AAT Kings, you get a great deal even before you leave home with our Gold Seal Additional Protection plan for only $75 per person (payable at time of booking).

Gold Seal Additional Protection includes: Pre-paid Cancellation Option Your deposit and/or payment to AAT Kings will be refunded should you cancel your AAT Kings operated Guided Holiday or Inspiring Journey* for any reason prior to departure. This cancellation option covers the land arrangements made by AAT Kings only. The Cancellation Option fee is not refundable for any reason.

Short Breaks and Aussie Adventures. 6.  Group Travel option applies only to AAT Kings operated holidays. 7.  Refer to aatkings.com/combined or call AAT Kings for a full list of which discounts can be combined.

*Excludes Short Breaks, Day Tours and Aussie Adventures

†Medical certificates must be supplied as proof of all illness claims

On Your Guided Holiday or Inspiring Journey

Return Flight Security

If you or a member of your direct family in Australia should fall sick† while you Should you or your travel companion are on your AAT Kings Guided Holiday leave at any time during the Guided or Inspiring Journey, we will take care Holiday or Inspiring Journey for personal of the additional cost of tickets for sickness reasons or be required to your earlier or later return home in return home due to injury, sickness or the same booking class of air travel death, you and your companion will on the first available flight, provided be refunded $40 per person per day you hold round-trip airline tickets on for the unused portion of the itinerary. AAT Kings recommended airline/s (Please note that in some cases hotels booked through AAT Kings Pty Ltd. require a one-night cancellation fee.) A Doctor’s certificate is required.


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It was a real blast to have guests visit over the past year & say they saw me in last year’s brochure. Well, I’m still here! I’m not sure I can imagine living anywhere else. The Northern Territory is a truly amazing place and I love sharing my favourite places and stories with guests. Litchfield and its cooling waterfalls remains one of my favourite places to share. Visiting Kakadu and seeing wild crocs during the cruise on Yellow Water Billabong quite often leaves guests lost for words. But I particularly enjoy sharing the stories at this amazing part of the Top End, Nourlangie. I hope to see you soon, and be sure to say you saw me in the brochure!

Robert  Driver Guide

Nourlangie

Cultural Experiences The Arrernte 

Traditional Owners, Alice Springs

At Alice Springs Desert Park, Aboriginal guides will introduce you to the life and traditions of the Arrernte people, the original custodians of the Arrernte lands around Alice Springs. You’ll learn how to search for bush food and water in the desert, and about the role of the kinship system in Arrernte life.

The Anangu 

Traditional Owners, Uluru & Kata Tjuta

Anangu are the traditional owners of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and the surrounding land. Experience and share Aboriginal culture and get a unique insight into indigenous life and traditions. You’ll learn about bush tucker and be inspired by the stories, songs and dances of ancient ancestors. You could also try your hand at fire lighting, spear throwing, traditional wood carving or even traditional painting.

Natural Wonders Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park 

In the dreaming heart of Australia, the iconic monolith of Uluru and the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta bring the spirit of this ancient land to life. You’ll be mesmerised by the desert’s changing moods and the many shades of colour for which these awe-inspiring icons are world famous.

Kakadu National Park  

World Heritage listed Kakadu is Australia’s largest National Park. The combination of mangrove fringed coasts, expansive flood plains, lowland hills, open woodland, rich forest habitats and escarpment country make it one of the most diverse landscapes in the world.


Uluru, Darwin & Northern Territory

Australia’s Dreaming Heart The Northern Territory, home to iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park, is the heart of the country in so many ways. Full of rich and authentic experiences, vibrant indigenous culture and ancient landscapes, the spiritual Red Centre is a destination like no other. On an AAT Kings holiday, there’s something new to experience every single day. Take a dip in a crystal clear waterhole, watch the most inspiring sunrise and sunset at Uluru and enjoy an Aussie BBQ under the stars. Climb to the rim of Kings Canyon for breathtaking views, or spot crocodiles while cruising the Yellow Water Billabong. The fun doesn’t stop there – learn how to play a didgeridoo, taste Aussie ‘bush tucker’ or take a camel ride through sand dune country! You’ll see wildlife you never knew existed and meet local characters whose warmth and humour will stay with you long after you return home.

Learn more about the Northern Territory at aatkings.com/northern-territory

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Outback Adventure

15 days

Kings Canyon

• Join a food expert at Adelaide Central Market • Wine tasting in the Clare Valley

• Hike to Wilpena Pound • Discover opals at Coober Pedy

• Wine & canapés while watching the magnificent Uluru Sunset • Explore Kata Tjuta

• Learn about indigenous culture in the Red Centre

• Climb Kings Canyon

• Indulge in a unique Aussie BBQ experience at Earth Sanctuary

• Discover the Devils Marbles • Enjoy a cooling ale at Daly Waters Historic Pub • Swim at Mataranka Thermal Springs

• Cruise on Katherine Gorge & discover ancient rock art • Discover wildlife on the Yellow Water Billabong

• View the rock art galleries of Ubirr in Kakadu

• Swim beneath Litchfield’s pristine waterfalls • Sail Darwin Harbour on a dinner cruise

Day 1: Welcome to Adelaide This afternoon explore the sights of Adelaide then join a local food expert for a guided tour of 140 year old Adelaide Central Market. Enjoy the hustle and bustle, sample the culinary delights, meet the traders and share the history and secrets of the colourful marketplace. Relax with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a welcome reception and dinner at one of Adelaide’s newest restaurants, La Boca Bar and Grill. Hotel: Stamford Plaza, Adelaide. DW Day 2: Adelaide – Flinders Ranges Today travel to the Clare Valley for a wine tasting at Jesuit owned Sevenhill Cellars, the oldest existing winery in the region. Explore the picturesque grounds including St. Aloysius Church and take a stroll through the vines before stopping in Clare at lunchtime. Later, travel through the spectacular Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound, a remarkable natural amphitheatre covering nearly 8,000 hectares. Pass the intriguing ruins of deserted pastoral leases and keep an eye out for mobs of emus on the plains as dusk draws near. Hotel: Wilpena Pound Resort, Flinders Ranges. B DW Day 3: Flinders Ranges – Port Augusta Take a spectacular walk with your Travel Director to Hills Homestead and Wangarra Lookout for incredible views of Wilpena Pound. You’ll likely see wild emus and kangaroos grazing along the riverbank. Journey through Pitchi Richi Pass and historic Quorn on your way to Port Augusta. Visit Wadlata Outback Centre then venture to Cena on Chapel for a delicious dinner. Hotel: Majestic Oasis Apartments, Port Augusta. B DW

Day 4: Port Augusta – Coober Pedy Visit Woomera, then travel through salt lake country watching as the landscape changes as you near isolated Coober Pedy, Australia’s opal capital! Visit an underground church and home with a local guide and view an opal demonstration. Tonight enjoy dinner at Umbertos Restaurant. Hotel: Desert Cave Hotel, Coober Pedy. B DW Day 5: Coober Pedy – Ayers Rock Cross the border into the Northern Territory and continue to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Enter the dual World Heritage listed National Park to enjoy gourmet canapés and wine at the Uluru sunset viewing area, ‘Sunset Strip’. As the sun sets over the western horizon, the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned. Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. B Day 6: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) See the Red Centre set alight by the morning’s first rays of sunlight. After sunrise tour the base of Uluru. You may like to take a self-guided stroll around the 11km base of ‘The Rock’ or enjoy a guided walk with your Travel Director to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You’ll view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Travel Director interprets their meaning and significance. Visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region. This afternoon visit the spectacular domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and walk through Walpa Gorge, following the natural creek bed between two of the main domes. Take in a magnificent outback sunset at Kata Tjuta while you enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles. B

Day 7: Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon Travel to Kings Canyon Resort. On the way, marvel at Atila (Mt. Conner), the ‘forgotten wonder of Central Australia’ and stop for a lunch break at Kings Creek Station. Originally vacant crown land, the station now runs cattle and is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia. Learn the intriguing story of owners, Ian and Lynn Conway and their dedication to Aboriginal children in the region’s remote communities. Why not taste one of their famous camel burgers for lunch? You don’t want to miss out! Now get ready for spectacular sightseeing. You’re off on a 6km rim walk exploration of Kings Canyon, which will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. An easier walk along the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed is also available. Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort. B DW

Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)


Discover the Australian outback on a journey from Adelaide, through the Red Centre to Darwin in the Top End. You’ll witness the stunning beauty of Australia’s vast and varied landscapes including the rugged Flinders Ranges, ancient Uluru and Kata Tjuta and the lush wetlands of Kakadu National Park.

Inclusions

• Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide • Quality accommodation • Travel by luxury coach • Included Choice Experiences

Guided Holidays

Kakadu National Park DARWIN 2

1 JABIRU 1 KATHERINE

Litchfield National Park

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (14)  B • ‘You’re invited’ dinner (1)  YD • Dinners with wine (8)  DW • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Mataranka 15 days from

Karlu Karlu KINGS CANYON 1

1 TENNANT CREEK

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

COOBER PEDY

Code: NAAD Also available in reverse as NCDA

AYERS ROCK 1

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 12 noon into Adelaide Airport Day 15 – flights to depart anytime from Darwin Airport

FLINDERS RANGES

Woomera

1

1

PORT AUGUSTA

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Start End

$5475

2 ALICE SPRINGS

2

Airport transfers

1

Clare Valley ADELAIDE

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Adelaide to Darwin $5475

$5650

$1570

$1475

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2016

Start Mar 29

End Apr 12

$5650

Day 9: Aboriginal Culture Learn about the life and survival of the Arrernte People, including the search for water and bush food, from a local Aboriginal guide at Alice Springs Desert Park. Visit the Nocturnal House and enjoy a captivating Birds of Prey presentation. Continue to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how the facility brings first class health services to people living in the bush. ‘You’re invited’ this evening by Joe, Dan, Tommy and Ben Falzon for a home cooked gourmet BBQ dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Join them as they share stories of ecology, culture and astronomy and even lead you on a sing-a-long accompanied by the didgeridoo and guitar. It will be a night to remember! B YD Day 10: Alice Springs – Tennant Creek Your first stop is the School of the Air. Witness a live class room lesson broadcast over 1.3 million square kilometres, to children living in remote locations who would otherwise have no access to public education. Later, travel north towards Tennant Creek

back some 20,000 years. Climb to the top of this rocky outcrop for spectacular views in the dusk light over the flood plains and escarpment country. You may recognise the location from the famous Australian film, Crocodile Dundee! Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru. B DW

Day 11: Tennant Creek – Katherine Today you’ll travel north and visit eccentric Daly Waters Historic Pub for a refreshing ale at lunchtime. Continue to Mataranka, ‘Land of the Never Never’. At Mataranka you can visit a replica of the original Elsey Homestead, used in the filming of ‘We of the Never Never’, an autobiographical film about Jeannie Gunn’s life in the Outback. Or, you may take the palm lined walkway for a swim in the famous thermal springs – a bit of a must do! Travel on to Katherine for the night. Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine. B DW

Day 13: Kakadu – Litchfield – Darwin This morning, maybe take an optional flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land before you travel to Litchfield National Park. You’ll stop at the incredible Termite Mounds and then Florence Falls to view the famous plunge pool from a high vantage point. Venture on to tropical Wangi Falls for a relaxing swim in the large crystal clear waterhole before you continue to Darwin. Why not take the opportunity to visit the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Market for a spectacular sunset over the Timor Sea. Wow! Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin, 2 nights. B

Day 12: Katherine – Kakadu Join your local guide on a serene early morning cruise through Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Discover the cultural significance of this ancient waterway to the traditional landowners, the Jawoyn, and keep an eye out for the resident crocodiles. Continue to Kakadu National Park via Pine Creek. We recommend treating yourself to a mango smoothie along the way! Travel deep into Kakadu for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. You should see a stunning variety of birdlife such as sea eagles, brolgas and with any luck, fascinating little kingfishers. You’ll also see feared estuarine crocodiles basking in the muddy shallows. Continue to Ubirr and view Aboriginal rock art dating

Day 14: Darwin Included Choice Today choose from a selection of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option of taking the Jumping Crocodile Cruise, enjoying lunch at a restaurant overlooking the waterfront or you can visit Crocosaurus Cove. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner cruise on Darwin Harbour. Enjoy a delicious buffet meal as you watch the sun set over Darwin and the surrounding area – it’s time to celebrate your Northern Territory outback adventure (cruise is seasonal). B FD Day 15: Farewell from Darwin Bid your fellow travellers goodbye when your incredible holiday concludes after breakfast. B

Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Jan 01 Mar 11

$5825

Single Supplement Option

$1495

Apr 05 Apr 26 May 24 Jun 14

Apr 04 Apr 23 May 23 Jun 13

$1475

Apr 19 May 10 Jun 07 Jun 28

Single Supplement Option

$6050

Single Supplement Option

$1675

Jul 05 Jul 26 Aug 23 Sep 13 Sep 20 Oct 04

Jul 04 Jul 25 Aug 22 Sep 12 Sep 19 Oct 03

Jul 19 Aug 09 Sep 06 Sep 27 Oct 04 Oct 18

End Jan 15 Mar 25

Per Person Twin Share

Per Person Twin Share

$1650 stopping at interesting Wycliffe Well on the way to visit Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles). You’ll have plenty of time to walk around the precariously balanced boulders. End the day at Tennant Creek, an old gold mining town along the Stuart Highway. Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek. B DW

Per Person Twin Share

Per Person Twin Share

$5875

Day 8: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs Today we journey to Alice Springs. Travel across vast cattle properties and get a feel for just how expansive the Outback is. In Alice Springs visit the historic Telegraph Station, established in 1872. It first served for 60 years as one of 12 stations along the Overland Telegraph Line that stretched 3,000km to relay messages between Adelaide and Darwin. It later served as a school for Aboriginal children and was known as ‘The Bungalow’. Top off the day at Anzac Hill for panoramic views over Alice Springs. Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights. B

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Apr 18 May 07 Jun 06 Jun 27

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

Jul 18 Aug 08 Sep 05 Sep 26 Oct 03 Oct 17

Visit aatkings.com/naad for all Definite Departure dates and for the reverse itinerary from Darwin to Adelaide (Code: NCDA)

Ways to Save

Early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $590 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $295 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $885 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $590 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $590 Save up to $295 Save up to $295 Save $75

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/17.

Optional Experience:

Uluru BBQ

Experience a real Aussie barbecue with sparkling wine at our exclusive venue. Relax and swap travel stories while you take in the ambience of an Uluru sunset. With luck, the weather will reward you with a star laden sky. Ask your Travel Director for details.


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Ocean & Outback

AAT Kings + Princess Cruises

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Sun Ship

Combining a cruise in the waters around Australia with an amazing land journey through the heart of Australia is the best way to enjoy this vast country. The hardest thing you need to do is choose which part of the outside of Australia you wish to cruise to and then we’ll take care of the rest. Western Australia, the Torres Strait or Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef – what will it be? Choose a holiday below, then use the map on page 21 to see its combined land and sea route.

Ocean to Outback | Sydney to Adelaide | 25 days Day 1: Sydney to Sea

This afternoon it’s time to board your ocean liner and get ready to enjoy the next week sailing the waters between Sydney and Darwin. Spend the evening getting acquainted with the ship and meeting fellow passengers.

Days 1-11 at SEA: Sydney to Darwin on Princess Cruises > Days 11-25 on LAND: Darwin to Adelaide on Outback Adventure

Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Brisbane

See pages 18-19 for the land itinerary Ask us about the option to finish at Ayers Rock

From

$8685 

Inside Cabin Outside Cabin Balcony Cabin

Twin* 8685 9548 10345

Code: NDACA Single* 12650 14377 15971

Twin^ 9418 10215 10635

Single^ 14092 15686 16524

Departs: *28 Aug 2016 & ^27 Apr 2017

Once considered the ‘country cousin’ among Australian cities, Brisbane is today the nation’s third-largest city - and one of the most desirable places to live in the country. Lying on the banks of the meandering Brisbane River, this cosmopolitan city boasts elegant 19th-century sandstone buildings, a lively cultural scene and superb parklands.

Brisbane is known as Australia’s “new world city” for good reason.

Days 4 to 5: At Sea Day 6: Yorkeys Knob

The picturesque town of Yorkeys Knob is your gateway to Cairns, one of the country’s hottest holiday destinations. Cairns boasts two of Australia’s great natural wonders. Just offshore, living coral forms the Great Barrier Reef and inland lies the ancient rainforest of Daintree National Park.

find that too. This town was the site of fierce fighting during World War II. Today, it’s a peaceful retreat offering plenty of time to relax and connect with nature. Beyond the city you’ll find a tropical rainforest full of birds of paradise and a laid-back ease worth discovering.

Days 9 to 10: At Sea Day 11: Darwin

Today your cruise concludes. It’s time to put your feet back on solid ground and enjoy your trip through the vast Australian Outback.

Day 7: At Sea Day 8: Alotau, Papua New Guinea Days 11-25: Darwin to Adelaide Welcome to an undiscovered paradise of white-sand beaches, crystal waterfalls and volcanic mountains. And if you’ve come for history, you’ll

On Outback Adventure. See pages 18-19 for the land itinerary.

Ocean to Outback | Sydney to Adelaide | 26 days Day 1: Sydney to Sea

Days 1-12 at SEA: Sydney to Darwin on Princess Cruises > Days 12-26 on LAND: Darwin to Adelaide on Outback Adventure

See pages 18-19 for the land itinerary Ask us about the option to finish at Ayers Rock

From

$9280 

Inside Cabin Outside Cabin Balcony Cabin

Twin 9280 9945 10415

Departs 17 Oct 2016

Code: NDACB Single 13920 15247 16189

This afternoon it’s time to board your ocean liner and get ready to enjoy the next week sailing the waters between Sydney and Darwin.

Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Brisbane

Brisbane is the nation’s third-largest city. Lying on the banks of the giant and meandering Brisbane River, this cosmopolitan city boasts elegant 19thcentury sandstone buildings, a lively cultural scene and superb parklands.

Day 4: At Sea Day 5: Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is your gateway to the Whitsundays. These 74 islands feature pristine fringing reefs, calm,

lagoon-like waters, and superb beaches. Enjoy today exploring the islands or relax at one of the mainland’s cafés or restaurants.

Day 6: At Sea Day 7: Yorkeys Knob

The picturesque town of Yorkeys Knob is your gateway to Cairns one of the country’s hottest holiday destinations. Cairns boasts two of Australia’s great natural wonders. Just offshore, living coral forms the Great Barrier Reef and inland lies the ancient rainforest of Daintree National Park.

waterfalls and volcanic mountains. If you’ve come for history, you’ll find that, too! This town was the site of fierce fighting during World War II. Today, it’s a peaceful retreat offering plenty of time to relax and connect with nature. Beyond the city you’ll find a tropical rainforest full of birds of paradise and a laid-back ease worth discovering.

Days 10 to 11: At Sea Day 12: Darwin

Today your cruise concludes and it’s time to put your feet back on solid ground and enjoy your trip through the incredible Outback.

Day 8: At Sea Day 9: Alotau, Papua New Guinea Days 12-26: Darwin to Adelaide Welcome to an undiscovered paradise of white-sand beaches, crystal

On Outback Adventure. See pages 18-19 for the land itinerary.


Cruise • Five star service

• On board activities for all ages

• World class live entertainment and theatre shows

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LEGEND OUTBACK ADVENTURE NDACA NDACB NDACD NDACE NADCA NADCC NADCD

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Alotau

15 days DARWIN

2

Kakadu JABIRU 1 KATHERINE

Litchfield Mataranka National Park Broome TENNANT 1 CREEK Karlu Karlu

Kimberley Coast

• Movies under the stars

• Enrichment activities

• World class dining and formal evenings

KINGS CANYON 1

Yorkeys Knob

Airlie Beach

2 ALICE SPRINGS

2

AYERS ROCK

• Special interest events and seminars at sea

COOBER PEDY

• Cruise with like minded travellers from around the globe

• Unique itineraries including extraordinary destinations

Port Douglas

1

1

Geraldton Fremantle (Perth) Albany Margaret River

Woomera

1

1

PORT AUGUSTA

Brisbane

FLINDERS RANGES

1

Clare Valley ADELAIDE

Sydney

Melbourne

Ocean to Outback | Fremantle to Adelaide | 22 days Day 1: Fremantle to Sea

Days 1-8 at SEA: Fremantle to Darwin on Princess Cruises > Days 8-22 on LAND: Darwin to Adelaide on Outback Adventure

See pages 18-19 for the land itinerary Ask us about the option to finish at Ayers Rock

From

$8248 

Inside Cabin Outside Cabin Balcony Cabin

Code: NDACD

Twin 8248 8638 8975

Single 12106 12887 13562

Departs: 08 Jan 2017

This afternoon get ready to enjoy the next week sailing between Fremantle and Darwin. Spend the evening getting acquainted with the ship and meeting fellow passengers.

Day 2: Geraldton

Geraldton boasts a superb Mediterranean climate, scenic beauty and pristine beaches. In 1692 the Dutch East India Company ship Batavia was wrecked on the Abrolhos Islands and this part of Western Australia was thereafter named the Batavia Coast.

Days 3 to 4: At Sea Day 5: Broome

Welcome to Broome, the ‘pearling capital of the world’! For all its

importance to the historic pearling industry, Broome remained a remote outpost on Australia’s Kimberley Coast until its discovery as a travel destination. The legacy of its pearling days can be seen in the town’s colourful mix of 19th- and early 20th century buildings. Broome also boasts spectacular Cable Beach, 22 kilometres of white-sand that stretches along the azure waters of the Indian Ocean.

Day 6: Kimberley Coast Boasting over 8,000 kilometres of ruggedly beautiful coastline, the Kimberley Coast has remained so unspoiled it has been identified as one of the least impacted marine environments in the world. As you approach you’ll make out dramatic red cliffs that stand out in stark contrast

to the aquamarine waters of the fringing reefs below. More than 2,600 islands are scattered beyond the reefs, serving as nesting grounds to a variety of seabirds, including cormorants, giant Australian pelicans and Redfooted Boobies. It’s some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world and the best place to see it is from the sea.

Day 7: At Sea Day 8: Darwin

Today your cruise concludes and it’s time to put your feet back on solid ground and enjoy your trip through the incredible Outback.

Days 8-22: Darwin to Adelaide On Outback Adventure. See pages 18-19 for the land itinerary.

Ocean to Outback | Adelaide to Adelaide | 26 days Day 1: Adelaide to Sea

Days 1-12 at SEA: Adelaide to Darwin on Princess Cruises > Days 12-26 on LAND: Darwin to Adelaide on Outback Adventure

See pages 18-19 for the land itinerary Ask us about the option to finish at Ayers Rock

From

$8735 

Inside Cabin Outside Cabin Balcony Cabin

Code: NDACE

Twin 8735 9410 9999

Departs 14 Mar 2017

Single 13227 14580 15763

This afternoon board your ocean liner for a week of sailing the waters between Adelaide and Darwin.

Days 2 to 3: At Sea Day 4: Albany

In 1914, 41,000 Australians and New Zealanders left Albany for WWI. Visit the National Anzac Centre or even tour one of the area’s excellent wineries.

Day 5: Margaret River

The magic of the Margaret River area beckons with 120 premium wineries and farm gate producers, ancient caves, Aboriginal culture and picture perfect scenery.

Day 6: Fremantle

Explore cosmopolitan Fremantle or

head further to Perth. Wander the foreshore and enjoy some Aussie fish and chips for lunch or sip a cooling ale.

Days 7 to 8: At Sea Day 9: Broome

Welcome to Broome, the ‘pearling capital of the world’. It boasts spectacular Cable Beach, 22 kilometres of white-sand that stretches along the azure waters of the Indian Ocean.

Day 10: Kimberley Coast

Boasting over 8,000 kilometres of ruggedly beautiful coastline, the Kimberley Coast has remained so unspoiled it has been identified as one of the least impacted marine environments in the world. As you approach you’ll make out dramatic red

cliffs that stand out in stark contrast to the aquamarine waters of the fringing reefs below. More than 2,600 islands are scattered beyond the reefs, serving as nesting grounds to a variety of seabirds, including cormorants, giant Australian pelicans and Redfooted Boobies. It’s some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world and the best place to see it is from the sea.

Day 11: At Sea Day 12: Darwin

Today your cruise concludes and it’s time to enjoy your trip through the vast Australian Outback.

Days 12-26: Darwin to Adelaide On Outback Adventure. See pages 18-19 for the land itinerary.


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Outback to Ocean | Adelaide to Fremantle | 23 days Days 1-15: Adelaide to Darwin On Outback Adventure. See pages 18-19 for the land itinerary.

Days 1-15 on LAND: Adelaide to Darwin on Outback Adventure

Day 15: Darwin Free Time

See pages 18-19 for the land itinerary Ask us about the option to start at Ayers Rock

Days 15-23 at SEA: Darwin to Fremantle on Princess Cruises > From

$7890 

Inside Cabin Outside Cabin Balcony Cabin

Twin* 7890 8515 9200

Code: NADCA

Single* 11278 12524 13628

Twin^ 8299 8850 9325

Single^ 12069 13119 13797

Departs: *23 Aug 2016 & ^23 Apr 2017 Note: 23 April 2017 is one day shorter

Take a day to relax before you board your cruise tomorrow.

Day 16: Darwin to Sea

This afternoon it’s time to board your ocean liner, unpack for one last time and get ready to enjoy the next week sailing the waters between Darwin and Fremantle.

Day 17: At Sea Day 18: Kimberley Coast

Boasting over 8,000 kilometres of ruggedly beautiful coastline, the Kimberley Coast has been identified as one of the least impacted marine

environments in the world. As you approach you’ll make out dramatic red cliffs that stand out in stark contrast to the aquamarine waters of the fringing reefs below. More than 2,600 islands are scattered beyond the reefs, serving as nesting grounds to a variety of seabirds, including cormorants, giant Australian pelicans and Red-footed Boobies.

Days 20 to 21: At Sea Day 22: Geraldton

Welcome to Broome, the ‘pearling capital of the world’, a remote outpost on Australia’s Kimberley Coast until its discovery as a travel destination. Broome boasts spectacular Cable Beach, 22 kilometres of white-sand that stretches along the azure waters of the Indian Ocean.

Day 23: Fremantle

Day 19: Broome

A busy port, Geraldton boasts a superb Mediterranean climate, scenic beauty and pristine beaches. In 1692 the Dutch East India Company ship Batavia was wrecked on the offshore Abrolhos Islands. The tale of the calamity that ensued, ensured this portion of Western Australia would be named the Batavia Coast. When your cruise concludes this morning, take the opportunity to explore wonderful Fremantle. Wander along the foreshore and enjoy Aussie fish and chips with views of Freo’s famous fishing fleet or sip a cooling ale at Little Creatures Brewery.

Outback to Ocean | Adelaide to Brisbane | 22 days Days 1-15: Adelaide to Darwin On Outback Adventure. See pages 18-19 for the land itinerary.

Days 1-15 on LAND: Adelaide to Darwin on Outback Adventure

See pages 18-19 for the land itinerary Ask us about the option to start at Ayers Rock

Days 15-22 at SEA: Darwin to Brisbane on Princess Cruises > From

$8188 

Inside Cabin Outside Cabin Balcony Cabin

Code: NADCC

Twin 8188 8578 8915

Single 12046 12827 13502

Departs: 01 Jan 2017

Day 15: Darwin to Sea

This afternoon it’s time to board your ocean liner, unpack for one last time and get ready to enjoy the next week sailing the waters between Darwin and Brisbane. Spend the evening getting acquainted with the ship and meeting fellow passengers.

Days 16 to 17: At Sea Day 18: Port Douglas

In 1877, the aptly named James Venture Mulligan ignited the fabled North Queensland Gold Rush. At the height of the boom, Port Douglas boasted 12,000 residents and 27 hotels. Bust inevitably followed the

boom, and Port Douglas slid off the radar until a second gold rush in the 1980s that saw tourists flock to the North Queensland Coast. Located between the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas provides a perfect gateway for adventurers.

Day 19: At Sea Day 20: Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is your gateway to the Whitsunday Archipelago. These 74 islands feature pristine fringing reefs, calm, lagoon-like waters, and superb beaches. The archipelago is one of Australia’s premier playgrounds. The Whitsundays were once mountains but rising seas at the end of the Ice Age formed the Whitsunday

Passage between the islands and the mainland. Enjoy today exploring the islands or relax at one of the mainland’s cafés or restaurants.

Day 21: At Sea Day 22: Brisbane

Your holiday concludes when you arrive in Brisbane. Brisbane is today the nation’s third-largest city and one of the most desirable places to live in the country. Lying on the banks of the meandering Brisbane River, this cosmopolitan city boasts elegant 19th-century sandstone buildings, a lively cultural scene and superb parklands. Why not explore the city before you head home.

Outback to Ocean | Adelaide to Sydney | 26 days Days 1-15: Adelaide to Darwin On Outback Adventure. See pages 18-19 for the land itinerary.

Days 1-15 on LAND: Adelaide to Darwin on Outback Adventure

See pages 18-19 for the land itinerary Ask us about the option to start at Ayers Rock

Days 15-26 at SEA: Darwin to Sydney on Princess Cruises > From

$8548  

Inside Cabin Outside Cabin Balcony Cabin

Twin 8548 9220 9815

Departs 11 Mar 2017

Code: NADCD Single 12838 14185 15374

Day 15: Darwin to Sea

This afternoon board your ocean liner for a week of sailing the waters between Darwin and Sydney.

Days 16 to 18: At Sea Day 19: Yorkeys Knob

The picturesque town of Yorkeys Knob is your gateway to Cairns one of the country’s hottest holiday destinations. Cairns boasts two of Australia’s great natural wonders. Just offshore, living coral forms the Great Barrier Reef and inland you can discover the ancient rainforest of Daintree National Park.

Day 20: At Sea Day 21: Alotau, Papua New Guinea

Welcome to an undiscovered paradise of white-sand beaches, crystal waterfalls and volcanic mountains. And if you’ve come for history, you’ll find that too. This peaceful town was the site of fierce fighting during World War II. Today, it’s a peaceful retreat offering plenty of time to relax and connect with nature. Beyond the city you’ll find a tropical rainforest full of birds of paradise and a laid-back ease worth discovering.

Days 22 to 23: At Sea

Day 24: Brisbane

Once considered the ‘country cousin’ among Australian cities, Brisbane is today the nation’s third-largest city and one of the most desirable places to live in the country. Lying on the banks of the meandering Brisbane River, this cosmopolitan city boasts elegant 19th-century sandstone buildings, a lively cultural scene and superb parklands. Spend the day exploring Australia’s “new world city”.

Day 25: At Sea Day 26: Sydney

Today your holiday concludes after breakfast. What a momentous trip it’s bound to have been!


Outback Tracks

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18 days

Discover the Australian outback on a journey from Adelaide, through the Red Centre, all the way to Darwin in the Top End, followed by an iconic rail journey on board The Ghan. See Australia’s vast rugged landscapes by road and rail and discover the culture, history and diversity of the remote reaches of South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Guided Holidays

Kakadu National Park DARWIN 2

18 days from

$8298

1 JABIRU 1 KATHERINE

Litchfield National Park

Mataranka

Karlu Karlu KINGS CANYON 1

1 TENNANT CREEK

2 ALICE SPRINGS

2

AYERS ROCK COOBER PEDY 1

FLINDERS RANGES

Woomera

1

1

PORT AUGUSTA

The Ghan

Start End

Days 1-15 by COACH: Adelaide to Darwin on Outback Adventure

• Indulge in all-inclusive local fare and beverages

• Relax and enjoy the landscape through large picture windows in your private cabin • All-inclusive Off Train Excursions

• Relax in your cabin on an three seater lounge • Personal hospitality attendant

Inclusions

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide on coach itinerary • Quality accommodation • Travel by luxury coach

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (17)  B • Lunches (2)  L • ‘You’re invited’ dinner (1)  YD • Dinners with wine (8)  DW • Dinners (2)  D • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Airport transfers

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 12 noon into Adelaide Airport Day 18 – flights to depart after 3.00pm from Adelaide Airport

See pages 18-19 for the coach itinerary

Day 15: Darwin ‘Free Time’ Today your Outback Adventure comes to an end. Take the opportunity to relax and unwind before you board The Ghan tomorrow for your historic rail journey to Adelaide. B Day 16: Darwin – The Ghan – Katherine This morning your journey aboard The Ghan begins at Darwin Train Station, where you’ll take the small but momentous step from platform to carriage. Friendly staff will lead you through corridors to your comfortable private cabin where you can take your time settling in and exploring the amenities as the view outside your window begins its smooth and spectacular transformation. Lunch in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant is bound to satisfy and delight with culinary wonders prepared on board by our talented chefs. All food is included in your fare, from a hearty full cooked breakfast to a delectable 3 course dinner. And as you sit back and loosen your belt, you’ll have arrived in Katherine ready to experience your first included Off Train Excursion to spiritual Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. Re-board the train and join your fellow travellers at the Queen Adelaide Restaurant for dinner. This evening fall asleep to the rocking of the train as it heads south towards Alice Springs.

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

The Ghan Gold Kangaroo Lounge

1

Clare Valley

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Adelaide return Code: NAADR

$8298

$8523

$9513

$9913

Per Person Twin

Per Person Twin

Single

Apr 05 Apr 26 May 24 Jun 14

Single

Apr 22 May 13 Jun 10 Jul 01

ADELAIDE

End Jul 22

$9333

$10643 Single

Jul 26 Aug 23 Sep 13 Sep 20 Oct 04

Rail: The Ghan Gold Service, 2 nights. B L D

Day 18: Farewell from Adelaide Looking out of your window this morning you’ll notice a dramatic change in landscape as the rich ochre tones of the outback make way for the beautiful green fields and pastoral lands of South Australia. After breakfast you’ll have time to reflect on your journey before The Ghan rolls into Adelaide and your momentous journey comes to an end. B

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Per Person Twin

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Day 17: Alice Springs – Manguri Wake up to a new view outside your window, in a world which feels a million miles from home. An outback sunrise could be one of the most spectacular you’ll ever see, setting the tone for the day ahead. After coffee, a juice and a sumptuous breakfast you’ll arrive in Alice Springs ready for a couple of hours of exploration. Here you have the opportunity to embark on one of the included Off Train Excursions, taking in the delights of this famous outback town. Re-board The Ghan for the journey to Manguri. Sit back and relax in the privacy of your cabin with a good book or meet up for a social drink before you indulge in another delicious three course meal. Rub your eyes with disbelief as you feel the train slow and you pull into the middleof-nowhere stop at Manguri. Here, a friendly tour guide awaits ready to escort you to join fellow travellers around a roaring bonfire. B L D

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Ways to Save

Early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $590 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $295 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $885 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $590 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $1260 Save up to $323 Save up to $295 Save $75

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15.

Optional Experience: Uluru Scenic Flight

Like Hugh Jackman said when he took a scenic flight at Ayers Rock: “Awesome doesn’t even come close to describing one of the most spectacular sights in the world!” It’s one thing to see Uluru and Kata Tjuta from the ground, but from the air it’s a mind blowing bucket list experience. Ask your Travel Director for details.


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Outback Safari

11 days

Katherine Gorge

• Wine & canapés at the awesome Uluru Sunset

• Discover the sacred sites, rock art & waterholes of Uluru • Explore the 36 mystical domes of Kata Tjuta • Climb Kings Canyon

• Learn about Aboriginal culture & native wildlife at Alice Springs Desert Park

• Indulge in a unique Aussie BBQ experience at Earth Sanctuary • Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service

• Discover the Devils Marbles • Enjoy a cooling ale at Daly Waters Historic Pub

• Soak & relax at Mataranka Thermal Springs

• Cruise on Katherine Gorge & discover ancient rock art

• Discover teeming wildlife on the Yellow Water Billabong

• View the rock art galleries of Ubirr in Kakadu

• Swim beneath Litchfield’s Wangi Falls

• Savour a glass of wine while the sun sets on a Darwin Harbour dinner cruise

Day 1: Welcome to Ayers Rock On arrival at Ayers Rock you will be transferred to your hotel. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon and travel to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Enter the dual world heritage listed National Park and toast the beginning of your holiday and the spectacular sunset with gourmet canapés and wine at the ‘Sunset Strip’. As the sun sets over the western horizon, the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned. Don’t forget your camera! Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. Day 2: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area, Talinguru Nyakunytjaku, to see the Red Centre set alight by the first rays of the sun. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee as the colours of Uluru gradually change with the sun rising over the horizon. Tour the base of Uluru where you will be introduced to the natural and cultural landscapes of this remarkable region. You may like to take a selfguided stroll around the 11km base of ‘The Rock’ or enjoy a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole, where you’ll view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Travel Director interprets their significance. Visit the Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, where you’ll have time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art or crafts and learn a little more about the Western Desert region. This afternoon visit the dramatic domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and walk through Walpa Gorge. The walking trail through the gorge follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes. Afterwards, take in a magnificent

outback sunset at Kata Tjuta with sparkling wine and nibbles. B

Day 3: Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon Travel to Kings Canyon Resort. On the way marvel at Atila (Mt. Conner), the ‘forgotten wonder of Central Australia’ and stop for a lunch break at Kings Creek Station. Originally vacant crown land, the station now runs cattle and is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia. Learn the intriguing story of owners, Ian and Lynn Conway and their dedication to Aboriginal children in the region’s remote communities. Why not taste one of their famous camel burgers for lunch, you don’t want to miss out! Now get ready for spectacular sightseeing. You’re off on a 6km rim walk exploration of Kings Canyon, which will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park where you’ll be able to see as far as the horizon. An easier walk along the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed is also available. Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort. B DW Day 4: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs Today we journey to Alice Springs.

Ubirr sunset

Travel across vast cattle properties and get a real feel for just how expansive the Outback is. In Alice Springs visit the historic Telegraph Station established in 1872. It first served for 60 years as one of 12 stations positioned along the Overland Telegraph Line that stretched 3,000km to relay messages between Adelaide and Darwin. It later served as a school for Aboriginal children and was known as ‘The Bungalow’. Top off the day at Anzac Hill for panoramic views over Alice Springs. Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights. B

Day 5: Aboriginal Culture Learn about the life and survival of the Arrernte People, including their search for water and bush food, from a local Aboriginal guide at Alice Springs Desert Park. Visit the Nocturnal House and enjoy an exciting Birds of Prey presentation. Continue to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how the facility brings first class health services to people living in the bush. ‘You’re invited’ this evening by Joe, Dan,


Uncover the Northern Territory’s iconic desert scenery on a trip from Uluru to Darwin. Be amazed when you see Uluru for the first time and learn about the local Anangu people. As you travel the Stuart Highway from Alice Springs, see how the landscape changes from desert reds to rocky escarpments and tropical greens.

Inclusions

• Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide • Quality accommodation • Travel by luxury coach • Included Choice Experiences

Airport transfers

Guided Holidays

Kakadu National Park DARWIN 2 Litchfield National Park

1 JABIRU

Yellow Water Billabong

1 KATHERINE

Katherine Gorge Mataranka

11 days from

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (10)  B • ‘You’re invited’ dinner (1)  YD • Dinners with wine (4)  DW • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

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Karlu Karlu

2 ALICE SPRINGS

KINGS CANYON 1 AYERS ROCK 2 Kata Tjuta

1 TENNANT CREEK

Uluru

$4225

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Ayers Rock to Darwin Code: NUAD Also available in reverse as NCDU

$4225

$4225

$1025

$1025

Per Person Twin Share

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 3.00pm into Ayers Rock Airport Day 11 – Flights to depart anytime from Darwin Airport

Single Supplement Option

2016

Start Apr 02 Apr 09 Apr 30 May 28 Jun 18

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

End Apr 12 Apr 19 May 10 Jun 07 Jun 28

$4450

Per Person Twin Share

$1200

Single Supplement Option

Jul 09 Jul 30 Aug 27 Sep 17 Sep 24 Oct 08

Jul 19 Aug 09 Sep 06 Sep 27 Oct 04 Oct 18

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Jan 05 Mar 15

End Jan 15 Mar 25

$4350

Per Person Twin Share

$1040

Single Supplement Option

Apr 08 Apr 27 May 27 Jun 17

Apr 18 May 07 Jun 06 Jun 27

$4595

Per Person Twin Share

$1215

Single Supplement Option

Tommy and Ben Falzon for a home cooked gourmet BBQ dinner at their home, Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Join them as they share stories of ecology, culture and astronomy and even lead you on a sing-a-long accompanied by the didgeridoo and guitar. It will be a night to remember! B YD

Day 6: Alice Springs – Tennant Creek Your first stop is the School of the Air. Witness a live class room lesson broadcast over 1.3 million square kilometres, to children living in remote locations who would otherwise have no access to public education. Later, travel north towards Tennant Creek stopping at the interesting township of Wycliffe Well on the way to visit Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles), where you’ll have time to walk around these precariously balanced boulders. End the day at Tennant Creek, an old gold mining town along the Stuart Highway. Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek. B DW Day 7: Tennant Creek – Katherine Today you’ll travel north and visit the eccentric Daly Waters Historic Pub for a refreshing ale at lunchtime. Continue to Mataranka, ‘Land of the Never Never’. At Mataranka you can visit the replica of the original Elsey Homestead, used in the filming of ‘We of the Never Never’, an autobiographical film about Jeannie Gunn’s life in the outback. Or, you may take the palm lined walkway for a swim in the famous thermal springs – a bit of a must do! Travel on to Katherine for the night. Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine. B DW Day 8: Katherine – Kakadu Join your local guide on a serene early morning cruise through Katherine

Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Discover the cultural significance of the first two gorges to the traditional landowners, the Jawoyn people and keep an eye out for the resident crocodiles. Continue to Kakadu National Park via Pine Creek. We recommend treating yourself to a mango smoothie along the way! Travel deep into Kakadu for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. You should see a stunning variety of birdlife such as sea eagle, brolgas and with any luck, fascinating little kingfishers. You’ll also see feared estuarine crocodiles basking in the muddy shallows. Continue to Ubirr and view Aboriginal rock art dating back some 20,000 years. Climb to the top of this rocky outcrop for spectacular views in the dusk light over the flood plains and escarpment country, a location you may recognise from the famous Australian film, Crocodile Dundee. Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru. B DW

Day 9: Kakadu – Darwin This morning, maybe take an optional experience flight over Kakadu before you travel to Litchfield National Park. You’ll stop at the incredible Termite Mounds and then Florence Falls to view the famous waterfall from a spectacular high vantage point. Venture on to tropical Wangi Falls for a relaxing swim in the large crystal clear pool before you continue to Darwin. Why not take the opportunity to visit the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Markets for a spectacular sunset over the Timor Sea. Wow! Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin, 2 nights. B Day 10: Darwin Included Choice Today choose from a selection

of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option of taking the Jumping crocodile Cruise, enjoying lunch at a restaurant overlooking the waterfront or you can visit Crocosaurus Cove. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner cruise on Darwin Harbour. Enjoy a delicious buffet meal as you watch the sun set over Darwin and the surrounding area – it’s time to celebrate your Northern Territory Outback Safari (cruise is seasonal). B FD

Day 11: Farewell from Darwin Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Darwin Airport to connect with your onward flight. B

Jul 08 Jul 29 Aug 26 Sep 16 Sep 23 Oct 07

Jul 18 Aug 08 Sep 05 Sep 26 Oct 03 Oct 17

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Ways to Save Early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $445 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $225 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $670 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $450 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $445 Save up to $225 Save up to $225 Save $45

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/17.

Optional Experience:

Kakadu Scenic Flight

Experiencing Kakadu from a bird’s eye view gives you a true sense of the vastness of this amazing landscape. Enjoy unique vistas as you explore this World Heritage listed marvel. View the awesome erosion on the age old Arnhem Land plateau including ‘the archway’, follow the spectacular East Alligator River into Mikinj Valley before retuning via the majestic Magela Wetlands. Experiencing Kakadu from the air is something that has to be seen to be believed! Ask your Travel Director for details.


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Top End Highlights

6 days

Nourlangie

• Explore amazing Litchfield National Park • Darwin city touring

• Toast a Top End sunset on Mindil Beach

• Get lost exploring colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Market

• Gaze in awe at the Top End’s fascinating Termite Mounds

• Jump in the water for a refreshing dip at Wangi Falls • Visit Adelaide River War Cemetery

• Cruise on Katherine Gorge & see ancient rock art

• Taste bush tucker, learn to throw a spear & try roasted kangaroo at the Maud Creek Community in Katherine

Day 1: Welcome to Darwin Welcome to Darwin! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel on Darwin’s waterfront. This afternoon enjoy a tour of the tropical city to see old Government House, the new Northern Territory Parliament building and more. You’ll also visit East Point Military Reserve before you join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Market, where you’ll toast the spectacular sunset with a couple of cooling beverages under the coconut palms. There’s plenty of time to explore the art and crafts, aromas and atmosphere of the market before you have the chance to choose something you’d like to enjoy for dinner. You may like to try some succulent fresh BBQ seafood, authentic Indian or Chinese cuisine, or even Greek or Japanese. You’ll see why the market attracts food lovers from

• Relax in the water at Edith Falls

• Discover the wilderness of Kakadu National Park

• Climb to Nourlangie lookout for spectacular views

• View the rock art galleries of Ubirr in Kakadu

• Stay in luxury at Wildman Wilderness Lodge • Enjoy a spectacular Top End wetland sunset • Enjoy a safari cruise on Corroboree Billabong

Edith Falls

all around, the choice is endless! Hotel: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront. HD

Day 2: Darwin – Katherine Today you’ll depart Darwin and travel to Litchfield National Park, famous for its waterfalls. Your first stop is an amazing stand of Termite Mounds, architectural feats complete with tunnels and nursery chambers. You’ll then continue on to view the beautiful waterhole at Florence Falls from a high vantage point before venturing on further to tropical Wangi Falls for a relaxing swim in the large crystalclear pool surrounded by spectacular monsoon rainforest. Later, you’ll journey to Katherine. Hotel: ibis Styles, Katherine, 2 nights. B DW Day 3: Katherine Gorge Today ‘You’re invited’ to join Aboriginal guides for a walk to follow ‘the Footsteps of our Ancestors’. Learn about bush tucker and traditional

bush medicines and see damper and kangaroo tail being prepared and cooked in hot coals and enjoy a BBQ lunch. Afterwards join activities including traditional painting, fire lighting and spear throwing. Learn about didgeridoo custom and the craft of basket weaving. This evening sit back and relax in tranquil surroundings on a Katherine Gorge dinner cruise. Discover the history and culture of the Jawoyn people, traditional owners of Nitmiluk as you explore two gorges with a backdrop of stunning rock faces that change colour as the sun sets. You’ll indulge in a three course candlelit dinner featuring fresh local produce cooked on board the boat. B YL DW

Day 4: Katherine – Kakadu This morning stop at Edith Falls with the opportunity for a swim. You’ll then pass through the gold mining town of Pine Creek, with buildings


With its vibrant indigenous culture, friendly characters and varied scenery, the Top End will leave you spellbound. Be immersed in the ancient traditions of the Aboriginal people and cruise down waterways teaming with wildlife. Experience a landscape that changes before your eyes, and stay in some safari-style accommodation in idyllic locations.

Inclusions

• Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide • Quality accommodation • Travel by luxury coach

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (5)  B • Lunch (1)  L • ‘Your invited‘ lunch (1)  YL • Dinners with wine (3)  DW • Highlight dinner (1)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

MARY RIVER

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Guided Holidays

Kakadu National Park

Ubirr DARWIN 1 1 1 JABIRU Litchfield National Park Pine Edith Falls Creek Katherine Gorge KATHERINE 2 Maud Creek

6 days from

$2475

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Darwin return Code: NDKD

Airport transfers

$2475

$2550

$665

$675

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 2.30pm into Darwin Airport Day 6 – Flights to depart after 3.00pm from Darwin Airport

2016

Start May 01 May 15 Jun 05 Jun 26 Jul 03 Jul 17 Aug 07 Aug 28 Sep 18

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

End May 06 May 20 Jun 10 Jul 01 Jul 08 Jul 22 Aug 12 Sep 02 Sep 23

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Apr 30 May 14 Jun 04 Jun 18 Jul 9 Jul 23 Aug 13 Aug 27 Sep 10 Sep 24

End May 05 May 19 Jun 09 Jun 23 Jul 14 Jul 28 Aug 18 Sep 01 Sep 15 Sep 29

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Ways to Save

Darwin waterfront dating back to the heady gold rush days. We recommend trying a delicious mango smoothie while you’re there! Travel deep into World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. The focal points of Kakadu are the spectacular escarpment and abundant wildlife, including over 280 species of birds. After an included lunch, visit Warradjan Cultural Centre to view informative displays and exhibits depicting the traditions of the Bininj and Mungguy people of Kakadu before taking a guided walk to view ancient Aboriginal artwork at Nourlangie. Just magic! Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru. B L DW

outcrop for superb views over the flood plains and escarpment country. You may recognise the location from the 1986 film, Crocodile Dundee! You’ll stay tonight in private permanent safari tents at Wildman Wilderness Lodge. Situated in the Mary River Wetlands area, amidst the lush wilderness of Australia’s breathtaking Top End, Wildman Wilderness Lodge offers you an extraordinary wetlands safari experience. This evening celebrate your Top End Highlights holiday at a farewell dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. Hotel: Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Mary River. B FD

Day 5: Kakadu – Mary River This morning there is the opportunity for an optional experience scenic flight over Kakadu. Later, you’ll visit Ubirr and view Aboriginal rock art dating back some 20,000 years. Climb to Nadab lookout at the top of this rocky

Day 6: Mary River – Farewell from Darwin This morning you’ll take a safari cruise on the renowned Mary River Wetlands and Corroboree Billabong. Your local guide will share with you all the secrets of these ancient waterways.

Take in the fantastic views across the vast floodplains and see the prolific wetland birds. This region is home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world and you may also spot wild buffalo and wallabies at the water’s edge. Bid farewell to your fellow travellers as your holiday concludes this afternoon in Darwin. B

Early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $250 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $125 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $375 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $250 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $250 Save up to $125 Save up to $125 Save $25

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/17.

Sit back in a deckchair & catch a flick at the famous Deckchair Cinema. Rose  Operations Coordinator

Optional Experience: Relax & Unwind in Darwin

Stay a night or two in Darwin to relax and unwind before you head home. You may like to immerse yourself in the rich cultural traditions of the Tiwi Islands or even take a stunning sunset cruise on Darwin Harbour. Ask us for details at time of booking.

Ubirr rock art


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Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets

5 days

Katherine Gorge dinner cruise As this Inspiring Journey departs early morning, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

• Swim at Gunlom Falls overlooking Kakadu

• Indulge in a three course meal on Katherine Gorge • Immerse yourself in WWII history at Adelaide River War Cemetery • Stay in luxury accommodation at Cicada Lodge

• Climb Nourlangie for spectacular views over the National Park

• Learn about Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr

• Relax in luxury at Wildman Wilderness Lodge

• Cruise the Mary River on a safari cruise

Day 1: Litchfield – Mary River Welcome to Darwin! This morning, meet your local Driver Guide and board your luxury 4WD vehicle to begin a journey of discovery in the Top End. Travel across the Finniss River to Litchfield National Park. You’ll enjoy a swim to cool off at tumbling Florence Falls and you’ll also visit Wangi Falls, surrounded by tropical monsoon rainforest and hear about its importance in Aboriginal custom. Get ready for a cross-country journey via the unsealed Marrakai Track (seasonally accessible), through cattle stations and back country to the Mary River region. Late-afternoon you’ll arrive at Wildman Wilderness Lodge, where you’ll stay in private permanent safari tents. Situated in the Mary River Wetlands and renowned for its incredible wildlife, the property seamlessly combines

• Get off road on the Marrakai 4WD track

• Cool off with a refreshing dip at Wangi Falls • Enjoy picnic lunches in secluded locations off the beaten track • Enjoy an exclusive Aboriginal cultural experience

• Canoe on the Katherine River

• Luxury small group experience

Gunlom Falls

comfort and chic with the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The lodge is the definition of ‘outback luxury’. Enjoy a beverage while the sun sets over the floodplains and after dinner maybe sit back with a nightcap by the fire pit. Hotel: Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Mary River. L D

Day 2: Mary River – Kakadu Wake up to the evocative sounds of the floodplains. Head out to Corroboree Billabong and enjoy a wonderful wildlife cruise. You’ll join a local guide on a safari-style boat to see a myriad of different bird species, spot estuarine crocodiles and simply enjoy the stunning Mary River floodplains system. Next stop is Australia’s largest National Park – Kakadu. World Heritage listed, as both a cultural and natural sanctuary, Kakadu National Park is an Australian icon. Visit park headquarters, Bowali Visitors Centre then check in to your hotel where the buildings are shaped to represent a crocodile – the region’s

most famous resident! Relax and unwind with a refreshing dip in the hotel’s shaded outdoor pool or even wander through the on-site art gallery before you join your Driver Guide on a sun set walk at Ubirr rock art site. You’ll see ancient rock art and take a walk to discover remarkable views over the surrounding wetlands and escarpments from the fantastic vantage point, Nadab lookout. An Ubirr sunset is something that has to be seen to be believed, you will remember it forever. Return to your hotel for a delicious dinner. Hotel: Mercure Crocodile Kakadu, Jabiru. B L D

Day 3: Kakadu – Katherine Gorge If you’re an early riser there’s a chance to take an early morning scenic flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land, or perhaps you might just want to sleep in before your day of activities. This morning you’ll visit Nourlangie to see its fascinating Aboriginal rock art for yourself. You’ll also hear first-


Travel in a small group and stay in luxury accommodation in idyllic settings like Cicada Lodge in Nitmiluk National Park and Wildman Wilderness Lodge on the Mary River. Swim in nature’s infinity plunge pool at Gunlom Falls and see Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr. Cruise ancient waterways, spot native wildlife, and enjoy first class fare along the way.

Inclusions

• Experienced Driver Guide • Hand-picked accommodation • Intimate small group experience • Small vehicle less than 20 guests

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (4)  B • Lunches (5)  L • Dinners (4)  D

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

DARWIN

Litchfield National Park

MARY RIVER 1

Inspiring Journeys

Kakadu National Park Ubirr

1 JABIRU

Nourlangie

Gunlom Falls 2 KATHERINE

GORGE

Airport transfers

5 days from

$2850

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Darwin return Code: MNDD

Day prior – Flights to arrive anytime into Darwin Airport Day 5 – Flights to depart after 8.00pm from Darwin Airport

$2850

$2925

$3780

$3870

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

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2016

Mary River Wetlands hand from your Driver Guide a detailed interpretation of the art and the rich Aboriginal culture as you explore the various outdoor ‘galleries’ with art that dates back some 20,000 years. Later you’ll veer off the sealed road and onto a gravel track for a scenic cross-country journey to Gunlom Falls. You’ll have time to take a hike to the top of the falls for a splash in picturesque natural plunge pool where you’re awarded with spectacular views over the National Park. Take in the natural beauty of the area while you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon you continue through Katherine to Nitmiluk National Park. Indulge in five-star luxury at Cicada Lodge, a stunning architect designed eco-lodge surrounded by nature, where each room has a private balcony that opens to the glories of Nitmiluk National Park. Hotel: Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, 2 nights. B L D

Day 4: Katherine Today meet Manual Pamkal who

will welcome you with a traditional song on the didgeridoo. Manual was born and raised immersed in his rich traditional culture. He’ll share with you stories of growing up in the bush and teach you the fine art of rarrk painting using a special brush from a reed called Julk. Call up the inner artist within you and paint your own masterpiece to take home! Journey to Mataranka for a swim in the relaxing natural spring fed thermal pool. The pool is said to have the power to soothe your aches and pains and bubbles up at a fairly constant 34 degrees. Just glorious! This evening, relax on a special dinner cruise along Katherine River. You’ll marvel at the gorges while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance during the candle-lit three course dinner cooked on board your boat. B L D

Day 5: Katherine – Farewell from Darwin This morning, either have a lie in or

take the opportunity to grab a canoe for a paddle on the river (seasonal). It’s the most relaxing way to experience the National Park, completely immersed in nature in the mystical morning light. Travel north along the Stuart Highway stopping at Edith Falls along the way for a relaxing dip. Continue to Adelaide River War Cemetery. During WWII, Adelaide River was headquarters to a large military base, and a large cemetery was created especially for those who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country. Your Inspiring Journey concludes on arrival in Darwin. B L

Per Person Twin Share Single*

End Apr 28 May 12 May 19 May 26 Jun 02 Jun 09 Jun 16 Jun 23 Jun 30 Jul 07 Jul 14 Jul 21 Jul 28 Aug 04 Aug 11 Aug 18 Aug 25 Sep 01 Sep 15 Sep 22 Sep 29 Oct 06 Oct 13 Oct 20

2017

Start Apr 23 May 07 May 21 Jun 04 Jun 11 Jun 18 Jun 25 Jul 02 Jul 09 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 06 Aug 13 Aug 20 Aug 27 Sep 10 Sep 17 Sep 24 Oct 01 Oct 08 Oct 15

End Apr 27 May 11 May 25 Jun 08 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 06 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 03 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28 Oct 05 Oct 12 Oct 19

*Single traveller must pay the single price Visit aatkings.com/mndd for all Definite Departure dates

Ways to Save

Early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $290 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $145 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $435 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $290 Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $145 Save $25

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/17.

Say yes to landing somewhere remote - the photos will be uniquely spectacular! Nicole  Groups Coordinator

Optional Experience:

Nitmiluk Scenic Flight

Whether it’s a 3 gorge buzz or a journey over all 13 gorges, it’s definitely worth seeing Nitmiluk’s spectacular and varied scenery from theair. You can even choose to land at a remote site for a once in a lifetime photo opportunity. Ask your Travel Director for details.

Nourlangie

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Outback Australia – The Colour of Red

5 days

Aboriginal Culture

• Explore the domes of Kata Tjuta

• Hike through Walpa Gorge

• Toast an Uluru sunset with gourmet canapés and wine

• Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise • Discover Aboriginal rock art at Uluru

• Learn about Uluru’s sacred sights

• Dine ‘Under a Desert Moon’ at Kings Canyon Resort

• Hike to the top of Kings Canyon for magnificent views

• Visit Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve

• Discover Rainbow Valley

Day 1: Welcome to Ayers Rock Welcome to the Red Centre! This afternoon you’ll meet your Driver Guide and fellow travellers then take a drive to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Having lived in the region for tens of thousands of years, Traditional Owners, the Anangu, have a strong connection with this land. You’ll learn about Tjukurpa, the history, knowledge, religion, morality and law of the local Aboriginal people and their ancestors. Travelling to the spectacular domes of Kata Tjuta, you’ll take a guided walk through Walpa Gorge, following the natural creek bed between two of the largest domes. Kata Tjuta has great cultural significance for the Anangu people, specifically for Anangu men. Later enjoy gourmet canapés and wine at the Uluru sunset viewing area, ‘Sunset Strip’. As the sun sets over the western horizon, the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned. This evening get

• Visit Ormiston Gorge • Take a dip in Ellery Creek Big Hole

• Explore fascinating Standley Chasm

• Wander into Simpsons Gap

• Visit School of the Air & the Royal Flying Doctor Service • Taste traditional bush foods in Alice Springs • Luxury small group experience

Kings Canyon

to know your fellow travellers over a delicious meal at Ilkari Restaurant at your hotel. Hotel: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort. D

Day 2: Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon You’ll start the day with an impressive sunrise over Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the fantastic Kata Tjuta dune viewing area. From here it’s off to the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre for breakfast and an insight into the history of the local Anangu people. Then it’s time to get oriented with Uluru (Ayers Rock) with an indigenous guide and a translator from the local Mutitjulu Community (subject to availability). Take a walk at the base of Uluru and hear timeless stories, see rock art, and visit Mutitjulu Waterhole, once an important water source for the Aboriginal people and animals in the area. Visit Curtin Springs Station at lunch time. Curtin Springs has been home to the Severin family since 1956 when Peter Severin arrived with his

young wife Dawn, their toddler son Ashley and 1,500 head of cattle! Sit down to a BBQ lunch and meet one of the locals as you hear about the Severin family and the logistics of running a million acre cattle property. Next, view the ‘forgotten wonder’ of Central Australia – Atila (Mt. Conner), then head up the Luritja Road towards Kings Canyon for a quick stop at Kings Creek Station. Established in 1982 by Lyn and Ian Conway, the station is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia. Travel a short distance to Kings Canyon Resort. This evening you’re treated to the unique dining experience, Under a Desert Moon, set in the wilderness under a canopy of the southern night sky (weather permitting). The only light comes from the moon and the flickering glow of the fire and the only sound is soft music intertwined with the whispering of the breeze through the Desert Oak trees and the crackling flames. Enjoy a glass of sparkling


Explore the highlights and mind blowing hidden treasures of the Red Centre on our small group journey. Immerse yourself in local culture and ancient traditions and come away with a deeper understanding of what makes the Red Centre so unique and inspiring. Get all of this and first class dining experiences along the way.

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Inspiring Journeys

Inclusions

• Experienced Driver Guide • Hand-picked accommodation • Intimate small group experience • Small vehicle less than 20 guests

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (4)  B • Lunches (3)  L • Dinners (4)  D

Airport transfers

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 1.00pm into Ayers Rock Airport Day 5 – Flights to depart after 12.30pm from Alice Springs Airport

Angkerle (Standley Chasm) Simpsons Gap Ormiston Gorge ALICE SPRINGS 2 KINGS CANYON 1 Rainbow Valley AYERS ROCK 1 Henbury Meteorites site Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Uluru (Ayers Rock)

5 days from

$2395

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Ayers Rock to Alice Springs Code: CRUA

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

$2395

$2475

$3005

$3095

Per Person Twin Share Single*

2016

Start Apr 19 May 03 May 17 May 31 Jun 14 Jun 28

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Single*

End Apr 23 May 07 May 21 Jun 04 Jun 18 Jul 02

attractive in the afternoon light. Continue to Alice Springs and enjoy dinner at your resort. Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights. B L D

Day 3: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs Perfect for observing the changing colours of the landscape, today you’re off on a sunrise 6km rim walk exploration of spectacular Kings Canyon. As you venture around the rim, highlights include the domed ‘Lost City’, a stop at Cotterill’s Lookout, and the luscious ‘Garden of Eden’. If you’d prefer a more relaxed walk you can opt for a walk along the creek bed. Afterwards we’re off the beaten track, travelling to the Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve. The 12 fascinating craters were formed when a meteor hit the earth’s surface 4,700 years ago. Next up we stop at Rainbow Valley, famous for its sandstone bluffs and cliff faces that form part of the James Range. The coloured layers in the sandstone cliffs are particularly

Day 4: West MacDonnell Ranges The West MacDonnell Ranges are the ideal place to experience the geology, land forms and variety of native flora and fauna. You’ll take a walk to dramatic Angkerle (Standley Chasm). Created over millions of years, the deep red sandstone formation contrasts with the carpet of lush, green ferns and gum trees on the valley floor. There’ll be time to cool off with a swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole and to explore the Ochre Pits. Learn about ochre’s importance, having been used for thousands of years by the Aboriginal people for medicinal and magical purposes. This afternoon you’ll also visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this facility provides medical assistance to those living in remote outback Australia. Tonight you’ll enjoy

Day 5: Farewell from Alice Springs Before your trip comes to an end, visit the School of the Air to learn how children living in the far reaches of the Outback receive an education over the air waves. Also visit the Overland Telegraph Station, once a school for Aboriginal children and was known as ‘The Bungalow’. Your Colour of Red Inspiring Journey concludes in the late morning. B

Start Apr 18 May 02 May 16 May 30 Jun 13 Jun 27

$2575

$3190

$3280

Per Person Twin Share

an incredible dinner experience in a bush setting. Have a drink and walk around before dinner as the sun is setting, changing the colours of the rock. Dinner will be cooked in a bush oven with the burning Mulga wood giving extra flavour to the meal. It will be a delicious 3 course meal and features some traditional bush food. Your host, Bob, will share some tips on his cooking style and his knowledge of Aboriginal bush foods while you dine under the Milky Way. B L D

2017

$2495 Single*

wine and canapés followed by a four course dinner, prepared from fresh produce. Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Rooms. B L D

Per Person Twin Share

Jul 12 Jul 26 Aug 09 Aug 23 Sep 06 Sep 20 Oct 04

End Apr 22 May 06 May 20 Jun 03 Jun 17 Jul 01

Per Person Twin Share Single*

Jul 16 Jul 30 Aug 13 Aug 27 Sep 10 Sep 24 Oct 08

Jul 11 Jul 25 Aug 08 Aug 22 Sep 05 Sep 19 Oct 03

Jul 15 Jul 29 Aug 12 Aug 26 Sep 09 Sep 23 Oct 07

*Single traveller must pay the single price Visit aatkings.com/crua for all Definite Departure dates

Alice Springs to Ayers Rock Code: CRAU

$2395

$2475

$3005

$3095

Per Person Twin Share Single*

2016

Start Apr 15 May 13 May 27 Jun 10 Jun 24

Per Person Twin Share Single*

End Apr 19 May 17 May 31 Jun 14 Jun 28

2017

Start Apr 14 May 12 May 26 Jun 09 Jun 23

$2495

$2575

$3190

$3280

Per Person Twin Share Single*

Jul 08 Jul 22 Aug 05 Aug 19 Sep 02 Sep 16 Sep 30 Oct 14

End Apr 18 May 16 May 30 Jun 13 Jun 27

Per Person Twin Share Single*

Jul 12 Jul 26 Aug 09 Aug 23 Sep 06 Sep 20 Oct 04 Oct 18

Jul 07 Jul 21 Aug 04 Aug 18 Sep 01 Sep 15 Sep 29 Oct 13

Jul 11 Jul 25 Aug 08 Aug 22 Sep 05 Sep 19 Oct 03 Oct 17

*Single traveller must pay the single price. Visit aatkings.com/crau for all Definite Departure dates and for the reverse itinerary from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock.

Ways to Save Early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $250 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $125 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $375 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $250 Kings Club Concession card

Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

Standley Chasm

Save up to $125 Save $25

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/17.


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Uluru Unearthed

Red Centre Sights & Sounds

2 days  |  code: AY74

3 days  |  code: YY47

Uluru sunrise

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Highlights

Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

Daily 7.00am

Concludes

11.00am approximately

Day 1: Alice Springs – Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sunset Travelling south you’ll stop to visit a camel farm where there is time for a short camel ride (own expense). Later stop to view Atila (Mt. Conner) often mistaken for Uluru, before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon, join your Driver Guide for a drive around the base of Uluru. Continue to the Kuniya Walk, where you will be guided to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. This waterhole was a key source of water for the Aboriginal people in the area and had been in use for many thousands of years. See Aboriginal rock art and hear about the Aboriginal and European history of the area. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. It houses an amazing collection of original paintings and punu (woodwork) that provide an insight into the unique and spiritual culture of the Anangu people, the traditional custodians of Uluru. Late afternoon, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and complimentary wine. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort. Add-on the Uluru Barbecue Dinner for $136. After sunset, join us under the stars at our exclusive venue. Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival, then dine on a menu of steak, lamb sausages, chicken skewers and garlic prawns, salads and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. There’s time for stargazing too (weather permitting).

Day 2: Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sunrise – Kata Tjuta – Farewell from Uluru (Ayers Rock) Rise early to watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight. Make your way to the viewing platform to see many kilometres into the distance, providing an ideal photo opportunity. Later, travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. Continue to the base of Walpa Gorge. The walking trail through the gorge follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport (flights to depart after 12.30pm).

Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

$ Adult Twin low high

$ Child low high

$ Single* low high

645

516

835

615

629

695

739

679

492

503

556

591

543

Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

775

939

Departs

Daily 75 minutes prior to sunset

• Enjoy the Sounds of Silence Dinner • Experience Uluru sunrise & sunset • Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) • Walk through Walpa Gorge

As this Short Break departs at 7.00am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Prices

Uluru sunrise

Highlights

Departs

• Uluru sunrise and sunset • Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) • Walk through Walpa Gorge • Ancient Aboriginal rock art

Sounds of Silence Dinner

805

905

1025

Low season: 01 Apr 2016 – 31 May 2016 & 01 Dec 2016 – 31 Mar 2017. High season: 01 Jun 2016 – 30 Nov 2016. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 90).

Concludes

Morning of day 3

Day 1: Welcome to Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Sounds of Silence Dinner On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be transferred to the resort (flights to arrive prior to 3.00pm). This evening dine under a million stars at the awardwinning Sounds of Silence Dinner. Enjoy a gourmet buffet of Australian delicacies accompanied by fine Australian wines, then sit back and relax as a star talker takes you on a tour of the night sky (conditions permitting). Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. D Day 2: Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sunrise – Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Rise early to watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre and Uluru alight. Then travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Visit Walpa Gorge, where the walking trail through the gorge follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. This afternoon, join your guide for a drive around the base of Uluru then travel to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. Here view Aboriginal rock art and learn about the area as your Driver Guide indicates native flora and fauna and explains the history of Uluru. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to see locally-made arts and crafts. Enjoy nibbles and complimentary wine while watching striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset. Day 3: Farewell from Uluru (Ayers Rock) This morning time is available for an optional scenic helicopter flight or perhaps experience Aboriginal dot painting. You’ll be transferred from the resort to Ayers Rock Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

Field of Light

In 2016 the internationally renowned artist Bruce Munro brings his outdoor art installation ‘Field of Light’ to Uluru. Ask us about a sunset or sunrise upgrade to experience this creative wonder.

Prices

Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

$ Adult Twin low high 755

805 885

$ Child low high

779

604

950

708

865

644

$ Single* low high

623

1015

1065

760

1275

1410

692

1115

1235

Low season: 01 Apr 2016 – 31 May 2016 & 01 Dec 2016 – 31 Mar 2017. High season: 01 Jun 2016 – 30 Nov 2016. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 90).


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Uluru & Kings Canyon Unearthed

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Kata Tjuta, Uluru & Kings Canyon

3 days  |  code: YK43

4 days  |  code: AK48

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Kings Canyon

Highlights

Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

Departs Daily 3.00pm (Apr-Oct) and 3.30pm (Nov-Mar)

• Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) • Celebrate an Uluru sunset • Experience sunrise at Uluru • Explore Kings Canyon

Concludes

7.00pm (Oct-Mar) and 7.30pm (Apr-Sep)

Day 1: Welcome to Uluru (Ayers Rock) On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be transferred to the resort (flights to arrive prior to 1.00pm). This afternoon, drive around the awesome base of Uluru. At Mutitjulu Waterhole view Aboriginal rock art, as your Driver Guide explains Uluru’s history and native flora and fauna. At the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre enjoy locally-made arts and crafts. Travel to the sunset viewing area to enjoy complimentary wine and canapés and watch the effect of the setting sun on the colour of Uluru. Don’t forget your camera! Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B),

Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert (S), Ayers Rock Resort.

Add-on the Uluru Barbecue Dinner for $136. After sunset, join us under the stars at our exclusive venue. Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival, then dine on a menu of steak, lamb sausages, chicken skewers and garlic prawns, salads and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. There’s time for stargazing too (weather permitting).

Day 2: Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – Kings Canyon Rise early to watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre and Uluru alight. Later, travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Continue to the base of Walpa Gorge. The walking trail through the gorge follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. This afternoon travel to Kings Canyon. Hotel: Standard Rooms (B & R) or Deluxe Spa Rooms (S), Kings Canyon Resort. Day 3: Kings Canyon – Farewell from Alice Springs This morning join your Driver Guide for the rocky climb to the canyon rim for superb views of Watarrka National Park (for those with a good level of fitness, supportive footwear essential). Alternatively explore the canyon creek bed (an easier, shady walk). Travel through the desert to Alice Springs. As this Short Break concludes after 7.00pm, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for tonight.

Prices

Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

$ Adult Twin low high 925

950

1050

$ Child low high

$ Single* low high

995

648

697

1219

1150

735

805

1475

1045

Kings Canyon

665

732

1275

1355

1459

1665

Low season: 01 Apr 2016 – 31 May 2016 & 01 Dec 2016 – 31 Mar 2017. High season: 01 Jun 2016 – 30 Nov 2016. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 90).

Uluru sunset

Highlights

• Exclusive Uluru Barbecue Dinner • Uluru sunrise and sunset • Walk through Valley of the Winds • View Aboriginal rock art

Uluru Barbecue Dinner

Departs

Daily 7.00am

Concludes

7.00pm (Oct-Mar) and 7.30pm (Apr-Sep)

As this Short Break departs at 7.00am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Alice Springs – Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Sunset Travelling south from Alice Springs you’ll visit a camel farm, where there is time for a short ride (own expense). Later, stop to view Atila (Mt. Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) to take in a magnificent sunset while enjoying gourmet canapés and sparkling wine. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. Day 2: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – Uluru Barbecue Dinner Watch the gorgeous sunrise at Uluru, then travel to Kata Tjuta and on to Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual rock formations. This afternoon join your Driver Guide for a drive around the base of Uluru. Continue to the Kuniya Walk, where you’ll be escorted to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. View ancient rock art and learn about the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Late afternoon witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset with nibbles and sparkling wine. After sunset, join us under the stars at our exclusive venue. Enjoy sparkling wine then dine on a menu of steak, lamb sausages, chicken skewers, garlic prawns and a selection of fresh salads and a tasty dessert. There’s time for stargazing too (weather permitting). D Day 3: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Kings Canyon After a morning at leisure, drive through sand hill country to Kings Canyon. Hotel: Standard Rooms (B & R) or Deluxe Spa Rooms (S), Kings Canyon Resort. Day 4: Kings Canyon – Farewell from Alice Springs Climb to the rim of Kings Canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park or explore the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed, an easier, shady walk. Travel back to Alice Springs, where your short break concludes. As this Short Break concludes after 7.00pm, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for tonight.

Prices

Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

$ Adult Twin low high

$ Child low high

1350

1415

1080

1525

1645

1220

1395

1515

1116

1132

1212

1316

$ Single* low high

1750

1839

2095

1885

2075 2335

Low season: 01 Apr 2016 – 31 May 2016 & 01 Dec 2016 – 31 Mar 2017. High season: 01 Jun 2016 – 30 Nov 2016. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 90)


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Kakadu & East Alligator River

Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks

2 days  |  code: DK40

3 days  |  code: DK48

Kakadu National Park

Yellow Water Billabong

Highlights

• Discover Kakadu National Park • Nourlangie & Ubirr rock art • Cruise on Yellow Water Billabong • East Alligator River cruise

Yellow Water Billabong

Guluyambi Cruise

Departs

Wangi Falls

Highlights

Daily (Apr-Nov) and Mon & Thu (Dec-Mar) 6.30am

• Nourlangie & Ubirr rock art • Guluyambi Cultural Cruise • Crocodile spotting cruise • Litchfield’s magnificent waterfalls

Concludes

7.30pm approximately

Nourlangie

Departs

Daily (Apr-Nov) and Mon, Wed, Thu & Sun (Dec-Mar) 6.30am

Concludes

6.00pm approximately

As this Short Break departs at 6.30am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

As this Short Break departs at 6.30am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu National Park Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, passing major river systems and wetland regions, into Kakadu National Park. Located 257 kilometres east of Darwin, the national park covers 20,000 square kilometres of landscape varying from rocky escarpment that is home to historic Aboriginal rock art dating back thousands of years, to the floodplains that are abundant with wildlife. Join your local guide on a cruise of Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. Afterwards enjoy lunch at Cooinda then visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Later, stop at Nourlangie, where your Driver Guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries. Hotel: Aurora Kakadu (B), Aurora Kakadu (R) or Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu National Park Depart Darwin and travel deep into Kakadu National Park. Take a cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong to see prolific wildlife, then stop at the Warradjan Cultural Centre before a guided walk to view Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie. Hotel: Aurora Kakadu (B), Aurora Kakadu (R) or Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (S), Kakadu. L

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Add-on 50 minute scenic flight over Arnhem Land Escarpment for $250.

Day 2: Kakadu National Park – Farewell from Darwin This morning head off with your Driver Guide to explore the World Heritage Area of Ubirr, where you’ll climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, believed to be 20,000 years old, to the lookout for the view over the surrounding wetlands. Join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River. An Aboriginal guide will provide an insight into their culture, including local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, as well as bush survival skills. With special permission of the local people, you are able to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin, where your short break concludes. L

Prices

Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

$ Adult Twin low high

$ Child low high

$ Single* low high

589

471

665

579 615

625

645

695

463

500

492

556

516

650

709

739

769 875

Low season: 01 Apr 2016 – 31 May 2016 & 01 Oct 2016 – 31 Mar 2017. High season: 01 Jun 2016 – 30 Sep 2016. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 90). In April & November to March if weather conditions preclude access to East Alligator region, alternative touring will be arranged on day 2.

Add-on 50 minute scenic flight over Arnhem Land Escarpment for $250.

Day 2: Guluyambi Cultural Cruise – Darwin This morning stop at Ubirr with a short walk to view Aboriginal rock art. Join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River in search of saltwater crocodiles. You’ll have an Aboriginal guide with you and with the special permission of the local people, you’ll be able to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin Hotel: Travelodge

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Day 3: Darwin – Litchfield National Park – Farewell from Darwin Follow the Stuart Highway via Batchelor to Litchfield National Park. You have the opportunity for scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walks. View Florence Falls before making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below with an opportunity to swim. Visit Tolmer Falls for a magnificent view of the water cascading down to the deep waterhole below. Venture to Wangi Falls for another opportunity for a swim in the large crystal-clear pool and an optional steady climb through the rainforest to the top of the falls. You’ll stop for a picnic lunch. A great day also for taking many interesting photos, including the amazing stand of termite mounds. Return to Darwin, arriving early evening, where your short break concludes. L

Prices

Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

$ Adult Twin low high 835

895

875

995

850

925

$ Child low high

$ Single* low high

680

1010

668 700

716

740

796

985

1045

1105

1160

1299

Low season: 01 Apr 2016 – 31 May 2016 & 01 Oct 2016 – 31 Mar 2017. High season: 01 Jun 2016 – 30 Sep 2016. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 90). In April & November to March if weather conditions preclude access to the East Alligator region, alternative touring will be arranged on day 2. Wednesday & Sunday departures operate in reverse.


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Kakadu & Katherine Gorge

Tropical Top End

3 days  |  code: DG42/52

4 days  |  code: DG45/55

Yellow Water Billabong cruise

Edith Falls

Highlights

• Jumping Crocodile Cruise • Yellow Water Billabong Cruise • Cruise on Katherine Gorge • Refreshing swim at Edith Falls

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Jumping Crocodile Cruise

Departs

Mon & Thu 6.30am (Apr & Nov-Mar) and Tue & Sat 7.15am (May-Oct)

Concludes 6.00pm (May-Oct) and 8.30pm (Apr & Nov-Mar)

Litchfield National Park

Highlights

• Jumping Crocodile Cruise • Nourlangie & Ubirr rock art • Cruise on Yellow Water Billabong • Litchfield’s magnificent waterfalls

Katherine Gorge

Departs

Mon & Thu 6.30am (Apr & Nov-Mar) and Mon, Tue, Fri & Sat 7.15am (May-Oct)

Concludes

6.00pm approximately

As this Short Break departs at 6.30am/7.15am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

As this Short Break departs at 6.30am/7.15am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu National Park Join the famous Jumping Crocodile Cruise, then travel into Kakadu National Park for lunch and visit the Bowali Visitor Centre. This afternoon view ancient Aboriginal rock art and take a guided walk to the top of Ubirr for magnificent views of the surrounding habitats. Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel,

Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu National Park Join the famous Jumping Crocodile Cruise. Travel into Kakadu National Park for lunch and visit the Bowali Visitor Centre. View ancient Aboriginal rock art and take a guided walk to the top of Ubirr for magnificent views. Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Kakadu. L

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Add-on 30 minute scenic flight over Arnhem Land Escarpment for $150.

Add-on 30 minute scenic flight over Arnhem Land Escarpment for $150.

Day 2: Kakadu National Park – Katherine First up, take a guided walk to view Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie. Continue to the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays and exhibits depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Join the famous Yellow Water Billabong cruise to observe saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. This afternoon travel to Katherine, the third largest town in the Northern Territory, often described as the place ‘where the outback meets the tropics’. Hotel: ibis Styles, Katherine. L Day 3: Katherine – Farewell from Darwin Enjoy a morning cruise through Katherine Gorge and watch for crocodiles basking in the sun. Afterwards visit Nitmiluk Visitor Centre for an opportunity to look around, before continuing to Edith Falls. The paperbark and pandanus fringed natural pool at the base of the falls is suitable for swimming throughout most of the year (conditions permitting). Stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, en route to Darwin, where your short break concludes. B

Prices Superior 

$ Adult Twin low mid high

909

985

1069

low 727

$ Child mid high 788

855

low

$ Single* mid high

1079

1155

1325

Low season: 01 Apr 2016 – 30 Apr 2016 & 01 Nov 2016 – 31 Mar 2017. Mid season: 01 May 2016 – 31 May 2016 & 01 Oct 2016 – 31 Oct 2016. High season: 01 Jun 2016 – 30 Sep 2016. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 90). Green season itinerary (Code: DG52) operates April & November to March. Day 2 overnight in Darwin instead of Katherine.

Day 2: Kakadu National Park – Katherine Take a guided walk at Nourlangie to view Aboriginal rock art. Continue to the Warradjan Cultural Centre, before a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong to observe saltwater crocodiles and prolific wildlife. This afternoon travel via Pine Creek to Katherine. Hotel: ibis Styles, Katherine. L Day 3: Katherine Gorge Cruise – Darwin Enjoy a morning cruise through Katherine Gorge and watch for crocodiles basking in the sun. Then proceed to the informative Nitmiluk Visitor Centre for an opportunity to look around, before continuing to Edith Falls. The paperbark and pandanus fringed natural pool at the base of the falls is safe for swimming throughout most of the year (conditions permitting). Stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, en route to Darwin. Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade/DoubleTree Esplanade, Darwin. B Day 4: Darwin – Litchfield National Park – Farewell from Darwin Travel south to Litchfield National Park. From the Tabletop Range view Florence and Tolmer Falls. Continue to Wangi Falls, where there is time to relax and swim. Return to Darwin, arriving early evening, where your short break concludes. L

Prices Superior

$ Adult Twin low mid high

1069

1275

1359

low 855

$ Child mid high 1020 1087

low

1239

$ Single* mid high 1570

1739

Low season: 01 Apr 2016 – 30 Apr 2016 & 01 Nov 2016 – 31 Mar 2017. Mid season: 01 May 2016 – 31 May 2016 & 01 Oct 2016 – 31 Oct 2016. High season: 01 Jun 2016 – 30 Sep 2016. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 90). Green season itinerary (Code: DG55) operates April & November to March. Day 2 overnight in Darwin instead of Katherine. From May to October, Monday and Friday departures operate in reverse.


Territory Tracks

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7 days

Explore the Red Centre by coach then take a momentous journey to the Top End on board Australia’s most famous train The Ghan. You’ll delve in to the rich indigenous culture of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, then explore the diverse natural landscapes and wildlife of Kakadu. There’s something for everyone! 7 days from

DARWIN 1

$2819

Kakadu

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

1

AYERS ROCK

Ayers Rock to Darwin 1

ALICE SPRINGS

Code: YRD7

1

Uluru (Ayers Rock) Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Start End

The Ghan

• The Ghan train journey

• Uluru sunset & sunrise

• Explore the domes of magical Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) • Discover the wilderness of Kakadu National Park • View ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr

• Discover teeming wildlife on the Yellow Water Billabong

• Aboriginal guide on Guluyambi Cruise, East Alligator River

Inclusions

• Experienced Driver Guide • Quality accommodation • Travel by luxury coach

Dining

• Breakfast (1)  B • Lunches (3)  L • Dinner (1)  D

Departs Sat (Apr-Nov)

Concludes Morning of day 7

Day 1: Welcome to Uluru (Ayers Rock) On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be transferred to the resort (flights to arrive prior to 1.00pm). This afternoon, drive around the awesome base of Uluru. At Mutitjulu Waterhole view Aboriginal rock art, as your Driver Guide explains Uluru’s history and native flora and fauna. At the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre enjoy locally-made arts and crafts. Travel to the sunset viewing area to enjoy complimentary wine and canapés and watch the effect of the setting sun on the colour of Uluru. Don’t forget your camera! Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B) or Desert Gardens Hotel (R), Ayers Rock Resort.

Add-on the Uluru Barbecue Dinner for $136. After sunset, join us under the stars at our exclusive venue. Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival, then dine on a menu of steak, lamb sausages, chicken skewers and garlic prawns, salads and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. There’s time for stargazing too (weather permitting).

Day 2: Uluru – Alice Springs Travel to the sunrise viewing area, Talinguru Nyakunytjaku, near Uluru and watch the first sunlight of the day creep across the desert plains. Enjoy a warming cup of tea or coffee as the morning sun slowly changes the colour of Uluru. Travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Continue to the base of Walpa Gorge to explore the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. This afternoon travel to Alice

Low season: 01 Apr 2016 – 31 May 2016. High season: 01 Jun 2016 – 30 Nov 2016. All prices are per person, land and rail content only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. ^Shared facilities in a Single Cabin. Price for private facilities in a Twin Cabin is available on request. National Park entry fee is included (see page 90).

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Springs. Hotel: ibis Styles Oasis (B) or Lasseters Hotel (R), Alice Springs.

Day 3: Alice Springs – The Ghan Enjoy a free day in Alice Springs. Why not visit the Alice Springs Desert Park (own expense), home to plants and wildlife native to the area. You can really experience the beauty and diversity of this incredible landscape. The Arrernte people, Traditional Owners of the park, are also on hand to share their local wisdom and knowledge. Late this afternoon you’ll be transferred to Alice Springs Railway Station to board The Ghan for your overnight journey to the tropical Top End. Rail: Gold Service (B & R), The Ghan. D

Land. Later visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin this afternoon. Hotel: Travelodge Mirambeena Resort (B & R). Darwin. L Note: From November to May access to Ubirr and East Alligator River is not always possible. Alternative touring will be arranged.

Day 7: Farewell from Darwin Your rail break concludes this morning in Darwin. You’ll be transferred to Darwin Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

Day 4: The Ghan – Darwin On arrival at Darwin Train Station you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Hotel: Travelodge Mirambeena Resort (B & R). B L Day 5: Darwin – Kakadu National Park Depart Darwin and travel deep into Kakadu National Park. Take a cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong to see prolific wildlife, then stop at the Warradjan Cultural Centre before a guided walk to view Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie. Hotel: Aurora Kakadu (B & R). L Day 6: Kakadu National Park – Darwin Stop at Ubirr with a short walk to view rock art. Join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River in search of saltwater crocodiles. You’ll have an Aboriginal guide with you and with the special permission of the local people, you’ll be able to go ashore in Arnhem

Prices

Budget  B Standard R

$ Adult Twin low high

2819

2879

2914

3024

Uluru sunset

Yellow Water Billabong

$ Child low high

2245

2293

2320

2409

$ Single* low high

3129

3249^

3324

3534^


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Ultimate Top End Escape It’s the mix of adventurous hikes to natural plunge pools, relaxing dips beneath tumbling waterfalls, cruises on floodplains, prolific wildlife and waking to the sounds of nature beneath magical skies that make this affordable adventure one you’ll never forget.

4 days

Aussie Adventures 4 days from

Ubirr

Mary River Darwin Wangi Falls Litchfield National Park

Start

Katherine Gorge

End

As this Aussie Adventure departs at 8.00am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

• Cruise the pristine Mary River Wetlands

• Discover Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr • S  wim at spectacular waterfalls in Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks

• Go canoeing through Katherine Gorge

• Learn about the history & culture of the Jawoyn people

• Relax in outback hot springs at Mataranka • Value for money small group experience

Inclusions

• Experienced Driver Guide • Comfortable accommodation • Travel in air-conditioned 4WD vehicle with maximum 16 guests

Dining

• Breakfasts (3)  B • Lunches (4)  L • Dinners (3)  D

Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu Hit the road and head east along the Arnhem Highway to the Mary River for an exciting safari cruise on the wetlands. The wetland’s abundant wildlife has to be seen to be believed. Your expert guide knows exactly where to spot the resident crocs and birdlife as he navigates a custommade boat through the rich waters and lily pads. Continue on to Kakadu National Park, stopping for lunch along the way. Visit Bowali Visitor Centre to view a series of informative displays on the National Park’s flora and fauna before you travel to Ubirr to discover ancient Aboriginal rock art. Your Driver Guide will interpret the meaning of the x-ray style paintings as you walk through the open air galleries. Ubirr’s natural rock shelters contain art that depicts creation ancestors and animals found around the surrounding floodplain such as Barramundi, goannas and long-necked turtles. Climb to Nadab lookout for spectacular views over the floodplain and escarpment country. Settle-in for the night and make sure your camera batteries are charged for tomorrow’s

Departs

Mon (May-Oct) 8.00am

Concludes 7.30pm in Darwin

Canoe on Katherine Gorge

1 JABIRU

Pine Creek Katherine

2

Gunlom Falls Kakadu National Park

KATHERINE GORGE Mataranka

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

adventure. Hotel: Anbinik Kakadu Resort (shared facilities), Kakadu. L D

Day 2: Kakadu – Katherine This morning travel to Gunlom Falls for the chance to swim in a natural infinity pool. You have the option to take a steep but rewarding climb to the top of the falls (easier walk with plunge pool access available). Cool down when you reach the top and take a dip in the serene plunge pools surrounded by gum trees with unbeatable views over the National Park. Afterwards continue to the small township of Pine Creek for lunch, then stop for an afternoon swim beneath the cascading waterfall at Edith Falls. Pass through the township of Katherine before you arrive at Nitmiluk Campground. Enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers before heading off to your permanent tent for the night! Hotel: Nitmiluk Permanent Tents (no power in tent/torch provided, shared facilities), Katherine, 2 nights. B L D Day 3: Katherine First up is a tasty pancake breakfast before a day exploring the Katherine region and what it has to offer. Enjoy a leisurely morning canoeing through Katherine Gorge. You’ll be amazed by the glass-like reflections of the gorge and experience the beauty of

$955

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Darwin return Code: KNL4

$955 adult $764 child $1175 single* *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included. Anbinik Kakadu Resort does not accommodate children under 8 years.

the ancient waterway up close. Later you’ll join a guided tour of Cutta Cutta Caves. The limestone caves surrounding bushland are home to five species of bats, including the rare ghost and horseshoe bats, as well as up to 170 species of birds. Next you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch at Mataranka Hot Springs. Afterwards, take a relaxing swim in the warm thermal pool and crystal clear streams or head off for a short bushwalk to check out the Roper River and Mataranka Falls. Return to the campground for dinner. B L D

Day 4: Katherine – Litchfield – Farewell from Darwin Wake to the sounds of native birds and wildlife. After breakfast, depart Katherine and travel to Litchfield National Park. Cool down at Buley Rockhole, a series of plunge pools that cascade down the hillside. After a quick bite to eat at the Wangi Falls Café, enjoy a dip at Wangi Falls. Head back to Darwin to visit the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Enjoy the amazing sunset while you are entertained by buskers, bands and performers and don’t forget to taste the sensational food on offer and take home a handmade souvenir. Your Aussie Adventure concludes this evening in Darwin. B L


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Cradle Mountain is one of my favourite places. It seems to change from romantic and mystical to stunning big nature as the clouds and weather change over the mountains. The rugged beauty of the destination is a real feature, but when you combine that with the clear air and pure water, it makes for delicious fresh local produce too. The Salmon Farm and Cheese Factory visits are always guest favourites – who doesn’t like indulging a little on holiday! Carlie  Reservations Manager

Cradle Mountain

Food and Wine Josef Chromy Wines 

Natural Wonders Tamar Valley

Enjoy tasting premium cool-climate estate grown wine with a perfectly matched lunch sourced from the freshest local produce. Relax and indulge in the delicate varietal flavours while overlooking the surrounding vineyards and lakes of this 61 hectare estate in the Tamar Valley, near Launceston.

41° South Salmon Farm 

Meander Valley

Explore one of the most unique and environmentally friendly inland fish farms with the Pyka family and learn how salmon are raised in the fresh water ponds. Taste Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon harvested from the cold and pristine fresh water of the Montana Falls and get a chance to tour the ginseng plantation.

Cradle Mountain 

Fill your lungs with pure Tasmanian air and get back to nature at Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. Explore the extensive network of walking tracks and hike along the shores of Dove Lake with majestic views of Cradle Mountain. You’ll be completely captivated by this dramatic landscape, home to a wealth of wildlife including wombats, Tasmanian Devils, platypus and echidna.


Hobart, Launceston & Tasmania

A slice of pristine wilderness Tasmania is a world unto itself. Whether you’re soaking up the atmosphere on a stroll through Hobart’s Salamanca Market or travelling along a road surrounded by World Heritage-listed rainforest, you’ll be awestruck by everything Tassie has to offer. From its rich colonial history and untouched wilderness to its fresh local produce and enticing cool climate wines, Tasmania is a little piece of heaven. You can marvel at the pristine wilderness of Cradle Mountain, take in spectacular Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park and breathe in the cleanest air in the world. Plus, you can come face-to-face with a Tasmanian Devil, cruise the majestic Gordon River or experience Australia’s convict past at Port Arthur. For food lovers there’s plenty to delight the taste buds like ripe strawberries, delicate wines, gourmet cheese and Tasmanian salmon fresh from the pond. But what really makes your Apple Isle holiday complete is the friendly and welcoming people you’ll meet along the way. They’ll definitely leave you with a smile on your face.

Learn more about Tasmania at aatkings.com/tasmania

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Perfect Tasmania

12 days

Dove Lake

• Explore Hobart’s city sights • Discover famous Salamanca Market

• Visit spectacular Russell Falls

• Cruise on the Gordon River with a delicious included lunch • Step back in time on Sarah Island

• Hike around Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain • Explore the town of murals – Sheffield

• Taste Tasmanian salmon at 41° South Salmon Farm

• Indulge in local cheeses at Ashgrove Cheese Farm

• Savour Tassie’s famous food and wine at Josef Chromy

• Explore Launceston • Visit Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Day 1: Welcome to Hobart Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a tour of Hobart including Battery Point, Salamanca Place, the Botanic Gardens and Constitution Dock. The last stop is Mt. Nelson for amazing views of Hobart. Tonight you’ll get to know everyone at a welcome reception and dinner. Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, 2 nights. D

World Heritage protected FranklinGordon Wild Rivers National Park, and on to coastal Strahan. Hotel: Strahan Village. B D

Day 4: Strahan – Cradle Mountain Start the day with a Gordon River cruise, where the wilderness comes to the water’s edge. You’ll be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters reflecting the untouched wilderness. Day 2: Salamanca Market ‘Free Time’ Stop at Sarah Island and discover the ruins of the penal colony. See Hell’s A free day to enjoy the sights, sounds, flavours, action and colour of Salamanca Gate and Heritage Landing, site of the 2,000 year old Huon Pine. Later pass Market. Stroll along the hundreds of the mining and hydro electric towns stalls and meet the friendly people of Rosebery and Tullah, as you travel to who make or grow what they sell. B Cradle Mountain National Park. Hotel: Day 3: Hobart – Strahan Cradle Mountain Hotel, 2 nights. B L D This morning you’ll head west to New Day 5: Cradle Mountain Norfolk and the magnificent Mt. Field National Park, Tasmania’s oldest, and This morning it’s time to explore location of the spectacular three-tiered Cradle Mountain National Park. Join Russell Falls. This afternoon visit the your Travel Director for a guided walk Wall in the Wilderness, a fascinating around Dove Lake, then choose to sculpture where artist Greg Duncan meander through the forest and alpine has hand-carved a series of scenes into heathlands on a purpose built board a collection of panels commemorating walk or for a more challenging hike, those who have shaped the area’s past head to Marion’s Lookout. If a close and present. Travel to Queenstown, up encounter with a Tasmanian Devil along the rainforest bordered road of or a pampering spa treatment sounds

more like you, your Travel Director can assist you to make a booking. B D

Day 6: Cradle Mountain – Launceston Departing Cradle Mountain this morning you’ll head to Sheffield, where history and art merge to create an entire town of murals. Next it’s on to 41° South Salmon & Ginseng Farm for a guided tour to see the twenty freshwater ponds that house around 10,000 Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon. Taste the salmon before you visit Ashgrove Farm Cheese Factory for a mouth watering presentation on cheese making and some delicious tastings. Continue to Tassie’s ‘northern capital’ Launceston. Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston, 2 nights. B D Day 7: Launceston This morning you’ll discover the Tamar Valley. ‘You’re invited’ to lunch at Josef Chromy Wines. The views over the surrounding vineyards and lakes provide an idyllic location to enjoy tasting some of the estategrown cool climate wines followed by Tasmania’s fresh local produce for lunch. This afternoon is free for you to relax or explore on your own. B YL

• Cruise on Wineglass Bay • Taste freshly shucked oysters

• Experience MONA

• Learn about historic Port Arthur • Discover Bicheno’s little Blue Penguins

• Step back in time at Shene Estate Bridestowe Lavender Farm

MONA


Experience what the island state is world renowned for - idyllic scenery, abundant wildlife, gourmet food and wine, art and friendly locals. Explore Hobart’s Salamanca, witness the stunning natural beauty of Russell Falls, Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park and tantalise your taste buds with Tasmanian Salmon, local cheese and other delicious treats.

Inclusions

Start

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide • Quality accommodation • Travel by luxury coach

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (11)  B • ‘You’re invited’ morning tea (1)  YM • ‘You’re invited’ lunch (1)  YL • Lunches (2)  L • Dinners (7)  D • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Airport transfers

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Hobart Airport Day 12 – Flights to depart anytime from Hobart Airport

End

Weldborough Pass

St. Helens Sheffield 2 LAUNCESTON CRADLE Ashgrove Farm Josef Chromy MOUNTAIN 2 Cheese Factory Wines Queenstown STRAHAN 1 Gordon River Cruise

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Guided Holidays

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

41° South Salmon Farm

Mt. Field National Park/ Russell Falls

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MONA

BICHENO 2 Ross Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park Shene Estate

Eaglehawk Neck HOBART 2 2 Port Arthur Isle of the Dead Cruise

12 days from

$4295

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Hobart return Code: THLH

$4295

$4525

$1085

$1100

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2015

Start Sep 25 Nov 06

End Oct 06 Nov 17

Jan 01 Jan 29 Feb 05 Feb 19 Mar 11 Mar 25 Apr 01 Apr 08 Apr 29

Jan 12 Feb 09 Feb 16 Mar 01 Mar 22 Apr 05 Apr 12 Apr 19 May 10

2016

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2016 continued Start Sep 23 Oct 14 Nov 04 Nov 25 Dec 30

2017

Jan 06 Jan 27 Feb 03 Feb 17 Mar 10 Mar 24 Apr 07 Apr 28

End Oct 04 Oct 25 Nov 15 Dec 06 Jan 10

Jan 17 Feb 07 Feb 14 Feb 28 Mar 21 Apr 04 Apr 18 May 09

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Day 8: Launceston – Bicheno The beautiful Bridestowe Lavender Estate is our first stop today. Treat yourself to their famous lavender ice-cream! Later learn about the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees in honour of fallen WWI soldiers, visit the old mining town of Derby then drive through lush myrtle rainforest at Weldborough Pass. You’ll visit the seaside town of St. Helens at lunchtime, en route to Bicheno. This evening discover Bicheno’s little Blue Penguins on a guided tour at dusk. Hotel: Best Western Beachfront at Bicheno, 2 nights. B D Day 9: Freycinet National Park Discover the exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay on a four hour lunch cruise of the Freycinet Peninsula with a local guide. Cruise from the gentle shores of Coles Bay along the Freycinet coast to one of the world’s best beaches. Later, experience breathtaking Freycinet National Park, with its pink granite mountains, coastal dunes and dry eucalypt forests. A guided walk will unveil astonishing views across brilliant blue water, forest

and golden beach. Cape Tourville Lookout will amaze you. B L D

Day 10: Bicheno – Hobart Journey to historic Ross, considered the finest nineteenth century village in Australia. Visit the exquisite Ross Bridge with its 186 carvings depicting Celtic symbols, flora, fauna and notable personalities of the day. As you travel south towards Hobart you’ll stop at Shene Estate, a reflection of early Australian architecture and the colonial era for a ‘You’re invited’ experience. A walking tour of this iconic property with a local expert is followed by a basket of home-made treats for morning tea. On the way to Hobart you’ll visit Australia’s largest privately funded museum, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), with its mix of ancient, modern and contemporary art. Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, 2 nights. B YM Day 11: Port Arthur En route to Port Arthur cross Eaglehawk Neck to the Tasman Peninsula. Enjoy a fascinating guided walk of Port Arthur Historic Site and

Freycinet National Park

infamous convict prison and a cruise around the Isle of the Dead. View the rugged sea cliffs from Pirate’s Bay Lookout, and feast your eyes on the amazing vistas of Tasman’s Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole on your return to Hobart. This evening celebrate a wonderful holiday, with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a farewell dinner. B FD

Day 12: Farewell from Hobart Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Hobart Airport for your onward flight. B

Ways to Save

Early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $450 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $225 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $675 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $450 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $455 Save up to $225 Save up to $225 Save $45

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/09/16.

The stories of the colourful characters who were brewing from early colonial days are fabulous ! Tom  Driver Guide

Optional Experience:

Alcohol History of Hobart

On a fantastic stroll around Hobart, taste Tasmanian wines, distilled spirits and boutique cider. Robyn and Phil weave an incredible narrative of the role alcohol has played in Hobart from the early colonial days to present. Ask your Travel Director for details.


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Tassie’s Parks & Nature Lose yourself in Tasmania’s stunning West Coast. Chat with locals at Salamanca Market and be awestruck by Russell Falls, the dark waters of Gordon River and purity of Cradle Mountain. Savour fresh Tasmanian Salmon and delicious cheeses at Ashgrove Farm. And indulge at our ‘You’re invited’ dining experience at Josef Chromy Wines. Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

41° South Salmon Farm Sheffield CRADLE MOUNTAIN 2

Ashgrove Farm Cheese Factory

1

LAUNCESTON

Queenstown

Josef Chromy Wines

STRAHAN 1

Mt. Field National Park/ Russell Falls

Salamanca Place HOBART 2

Cradle Mountain

• Discover Salamanca Market

• Visit spectacular Russell Falls • Cruise on the Gordon River with a delicious lunch • Hike around Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain

• Explore the town of Sheffield

• Taste Tasmanian salmon at 41° South Salmon Farm • Indulge in local cheeses at Ashgrove Cheese Farm

• Savour Tassie’s famous food and wine at Josef Chromy

Inclusions

• Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide • Quality accommodation • Travel by luxury coach

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (6)  B • ‘You’re invited’ lunch (1)  YL • Lunch (1)  L • Dinners (5)  D

Airport transfers

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Hobart Airport Day 7 – Flights to depart after 4.00pm from Launceston Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Guided Holidays 7 days from

$2595

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Hobart to Launceston Code: THHL

Gordon River Cruise

• Explore Hobart’s city sights

7 days

$2595

$2750

$600

$620

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2015

Start Sep 25 Nov 06

End Oct 01 Nov 12

Jan 01 Jan 29 Feb 05 Feb 19 Mar 11 Mar 25 Apr 01 Apr 08 Apr 29

Jan 07 Feb 04 Feb 11 Feb 25 Mar 17 Mar 31 Apr 07 Apr 14 May 05

2016

Day 1: Welcome to Hobart Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a tour of Hobart including Battery Point, Salamanca Place, the Botanic Gardens and Constitution Dock. The last stop is Mt. Nelson for amazing views of Hobart. Tonight you’ll get to know everyone at a welcome reception, followed by dinner. Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, 2 nights. D Day 2: Salamanca Market A free day to enjoy the sights, sounds, flavours, action and colour of Salamanca Market. Stroll along the hundreds of stalls and meet the friendly locals who make or grow what they sell. Market highlights include Tasmanian art and craft, timbers, stylish clothing and bold ceramics. B Day 3: Hobart – Strahan This morning you’ll head west to New Norfolk and the magnificent Mt. Field National Park, location of the spectacular three-tiered Russell Falls. This afternoon visit the Wall in the Wilderness, a fascinating sculpture where artist Greg Duncan has hand-carved a series of scenes into a collection of panels commemorating those who have shaped the area’s past and present. Drive along the rainforest bordered road of World Heritage protected Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, to coastal Strahan. Hotel: Strahan Village. B D Day 4: Strahan – Cradle Mountain Start the day with the Gordon River Cruise, where the wilderness comes to the water’s edge. You’ll be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters reflecting the untouched wilderness. Stop at Sarah Island and discover the ruins of the brutal penal colony. See Hell’s Gate and Heritage Landing, site of the 2,000 year old Huon Pine. Pass the mining and hydro electric towns of Rosebery and Tullah, as you travel

to Cradle Mountain National Park. Hotel: Cradle Mountain Hotel, 2 nights. B L D

Day 5: Cradle Mountain This morning it’s time to explore Cradle Mountain National Park. Join your Travel Director for a guided walk around Dove Lake then choose to meander through the forest and alpine heathlands on a purpose built board walk or for a more challenging hike, head to Marion’s Lookout. If a close up encounter with a Tasmanian Devil or a pampering spa treatment sounds more like you, your Travel Director can assist you to make a booking. B D Day 6: Cradle Mountain – Launceston Departing Cradle Mountain this morning you’ll head to Sheffield, where history and art merge to create an entire town of murals. Next it’s on to 41° South Salmon & Ginseng Farm for a guided walk to see the twenty freshwater ponds that house around 10,000 Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon. You’ll have the chance to taste smoked salmon and rillette. Visit Ashgrove Farm Cheese Factory for a mouth watering presentation on cheese making and some delicious tastings. Continue to Tassie’s ‘northern capital’ Launceston. Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston. B D Day 7: Farewell from Launceston This morning you’ll discover the Tamar Valley. ‘You’re invited’ to lunch at Josef Chromy Wines. The views from the surrounding vineyards and lakes provide an idyllic location to enjoy tasting some of the estate-grown cool climate wines followed by Tasmania’s fresh local produce for lunch. Your holiday concludes this afternoon. You’ll be transferred to Launceston Airport for your onward flight. B YL

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2016 continued Start Sep 23 Oct 14 Nov 04 Nov 25 Dec 30

End Sep 29 Oct 20 Nov 10 Dec 01 Jan 05

Jan 06 Jan 27 Feb 03 Feb 17 Mar 10 Mar 24 Apr 07 Apr 28

Jan 12 Feb 02 Feb 09 Feb 23 Mar 16 Mar 30 Apr 13 May 04

2017

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Ways to Save

Early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $280 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $140 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $420 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $280 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $275 Save up to $140 Save up to $140 Save $25

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/09/16.

Optional Experience: Animal Night Spotting & Tasmanian Devils At dusk, Cradle Mountain comes alive with all sorts of creatures of the night. An animal night spotting tour is definitely a must, especially for the wildlife lovers! You’ll see native animals in their natural environment including wallabies, wombats and possums and you even get to visit a Tasmanian Devil sanctuary for an up close and personal experience with these fascinating marsupials. Ask your Travel Director for details.


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Tassie Getaway

6 days

This getaway has it all – history, art and natural landscapes. See beautiful Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park, taste Lavender ice cream at Bridestowe Lavender Estate and meet Anne Kernke for morning tea at Shene Estate. Visit Port Arthur Historic Site and be challenged by cutting-edge art at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).

6 days from

$1995

Weldborough Pass

St. Helens

Launceston 1 Start End

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

BICHENO 2

Ross

Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park

Shene Estate

MONA HOBART

2

Eaglehawk Neck Port Arthur Isle of the Dead Cruise

Port Arthur Historic Site

• Cruise on Wineglass Bay • Explore the beautiful Freycinet National Park

• Taste freshly shucked oysters • Discover MONA’s intriguing art collection • Step back in time at historic Port Arthur

• Enjoy dinner overlooking Hobart • Visit Bridestowe Lavender Estate

• Enjoy morning tea at Shene Estate

Inclusions

• Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide • Quality accommodation • Travel by luxury coach

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (5)  B • ‘You’re invited’ morning tea (1) YM • Lunch (1)  L • Dinners (2)  D • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Airport transfers

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 3.00pm into Launceston Airport Day 6 – Flights to depart anytime from Hobart Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Guided Holidays

Launceston to Hobart Code: TLHH

$1995

$1995

$480

$495

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2015

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End Oct 06 Nov 17 Dec 01

Jan 07 Jan 14 Feb 04 Feb 11 Feb 25 Mar 17 Mar 31 Apr 07 Apr 14 May 05

Jan 12 Jan 19 Feb 09 Feb 16 Mar 01 Mar 22 Apr 05 Apr 12 Apr 19 May 10

2016

Day 1: Welcome to Launceston On arrival at Launceston Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel where you will meet your Travel Director for a welcome reception. Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston. Day 2: Launceston – Bicheno Depart Launceston for your first stop, the Bridestowe Lavender Estate where you can sample their famous lavender ice-cream. Later, learn about the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees in honour of fallen WWI soldiers, the old mining town of Derby and then drive through lush myrtle rainforest at Weldborough Pass. You’ll visit the seaside town of St. Helens at lunchtime. This evening get to know your Travel Director and travelling companions over dinner. Hotel: Best Western Beachfront at Bicheno, 2 nights. B D Day 3: Freycinet National Park Experience the exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay on a four hour lunch cruise of the Freycinet Peninsula with a local guide. The cruise will take you from the gentle shores of Coles Bay along the Freycinet coast to one of the world’s best beaches. Then get your camera ready for the spectacular and breathtaking Freycinet National Park, with its pink granite mountains, coastal dunes and dry eucalypt forests. A guided walk will unveil astonishing views across brilliant blue water, forest and golden beach. Cape Tourville Lookout will amaze you. B L D Day 4: Bicheno – Hobart Journey to historic Ross, considered the finest nineteenth century village in Australia. Visit the exquisite Ross Bridge with its 186 carvings depicting Celtic symbols, flora, fauna and notable personalities of the day. As you travel south towards Hobart you’ll stop at Shene Estate, a reflection of early Australian architecture and the colonial era

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Freycinet for a ‘You’re invited’ experience. A walking tour of this iconic property with Anne Kernke is followed by a basket of home-made treats for morning tea. On the way into Hobart you’ll visit Australia’s largest privately funded museum, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), with its mix of ancient, modern and contemporary art. Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart , 2 nights. B YM

Day 5: Port Arthur Cross the 100 year old Denison Canal and make your way along the impressive tree-lined coast. En route to Port Arthur cross Eaglehawk Neck to the Tasman Peninsula. Enjoy a fascinating guided walk of Port Arthur Historic Site and infamous convict prison and a cruise around the Isle of the Dead. View the rugged sea cliffs from Pirate’s Bay Lookout, and feast your eyes on the amazing vistas of Tasman’s Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole on your return to Hobart. This evening celebrate a wonderful trip with your fellow travellers at a farewell dinner. B FD Day 6: Farewell from Hobart Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast and you’ll be transferred to Hobart Airport for your onward flight. B

Early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $200 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $100 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $300 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $200 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $200 Save up to $100 Save up to $100 Save $25

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Optional Experience: Bruny Island Traveller Book an extra night’s accommodation and discover the best of Bruny Island including the spectacular landscapes, gourmet produce and inspiring local people. Taste local delights including cheese, oysters, salmon, wine and berries. Enjoy short walks and see some of the unique wildlife that calls the island home.


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Tasmanian Wonders

10 days

The Nut, Stanley

• Explore Hobart’s iconic sights • Visit spectacular Russell Falls

• Cruise on the Gordon River with a delicious included lunch

• Discover Cradle Mountain National Park on a guided tour • Visit historic Highfield House

• See ‘The Nut’ at Stanley • Experience Burnie’s Makers’ Workshop

• Taste delicious cheese at Ashgrove Cheese Farm

• Wine tasting at the Tamar Valley’s Velo Winery

Day 1: Welcome to Hobart Transfer from Hobart Airport to your hotel for check-in and then you’ll take an afternoon tour of Hobart. Your orientation takes in Battery Point, Salamanca Place, the Botanic Gardens, Constitution Dock, and Mt. Nelson for amazing views overlooking Hobart. Tonight you will meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner with fabulous views of Hobart. Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart. D Day 2: Hobart – Queenstown & Gordon River Cruise This morning you head west to New Norfolk and the magnificent Mt. Field National Park. Tasmania’s oldest National Park is the location of the spectacular three-tiered waterfall, Russell Falls, which is surrounded by towering swamp gums. You’ll then take the winding journey to Queenstown, along the rainforest bordered road of World Heritage protected Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park – a magnificent

• Explore Launceston

part of the world. Hotel: West Coaster Motel, Queenstown, 2 nights. B D

Day 3: Gordon River Cruise Today you travel to the fishing village of Strahan on Macquarie Harbour where you’ll cruise the Gordon River, while enjoying lunch. You’ll be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters, reflecting the untouched wilderness and be amazed by the 2,000 year old Huon Pine at Heritage Landing. Later, the afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy your surroundings. B L D Day 4: Queenstown – Smithton Travel past Lake Plimsoll through Tullah on the shores of Lake Rosebery, surrounded by forests and mountains to the sensational Cradle Mountain National Park. Once there we’ll take you to gorgeous Dove Lake for spectacular views of Cradle Mountain – make sure the camera’s charged, this is a scenic highlight, and the air – there’s none fresher! Rolling green hills and Friesian cows – this afternoon you’ll think

you’re in a butter commercial as you make your way past Table Cape, home of tulips, for views of Bass Strait, the lighthouse and coastline. You’ll then visit Highfield House, unique among colonial residences in Tasmania. It was built by the Van Diemen’s Land Company and is a rare example of domestic architecture from the Regency period, which is characterised by refined decoration that is geometric yet elegant. Your final destination is Smithton. Hotel: Tall Timbers, Smithton. B D

Day 5: Smithton – Launceston Picturesque Stanley is in your sights as you head west with a view of ‘the Nut’. Next stop is Burnie for a guided tour of the Makers’ Workshop, a place that honours Burnie’s history, innovators and artists. Later, travel east along the coast through Penguin and Ulverstone then south to Sheffield for a wander through this town of murals with its colourful wall paintings that adorn the town’s buildings. En route to Launceston

• Taste fresh berries at Hillwood Berry Farm

• Discover Bridestowe Lavender Estate and the delicious lavender ice cream

• Get glimpses of Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park • Step back in time at historic Port Arthur

• Discover Bicheno’s little Blue Penguins

Gordon River cruise

Ashgrove Cheese Farm


It’s time to tick Tassie off your bucket list! Get amongst the idyllic scenery of Russell Falls, the Gordon River, Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park then step back in time at Port Arthur and in Hobart. We won’t let you leave without sampling local cheese, boutique wine, delicious fresh picked berries and more!

Inclusions

Stanley ‘the Nut’

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide • Comfortable accommodation • Travel by luxury coach

1

End

Weldborough Pass

Sheffield

• Full buffet breakfasts (9)  B • Lunch (1)  L • Dinners (6)  D • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Cradle Mountain Tullah Rosebery

Airport transfers

Strahan

Ashgrove Farm Cheese Factory

St. Helens 2 LAUNCESTON

BICHENO 1

QUEENSTOWN 2

Freycinet National Park

Day 6: Launceston Start your day at Velo, a boutique winery, where at a private wine tasting, you’ll hear not only of Velo’s cool climate wines but also the intriguing story of Michael Wilson, who transformed from Olympic cyclist to boutique wine producer. This afternoon is free to explore ‘Lonny’. Maybe visit Cataract Gorge or take a cruise on the Tamar River. B Day 7: Launceston – Bicheno Your first stop is Hillwood Berry Farm, a family-run farm in the heart of the scenic Tamar Valley. Experience the sweeter side of farming with freshly picked strawberries, raspberries and other fruit in season. Then it’s on to Bridestowe Lavender Estate. Why not try one of their famous lavender ice creams! Later you’ll see Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees in honour of

Hobart return Code: FHLH

$2775

$2950

$750

$770

Per Person Twin Share

Mt. Field National Park/ Russell Falls

2015

Richmond HOBART 1 1

Eaglehawk Neck

Sorell

1 PORT ARTHUR

fallen WWI soldiers, and then drive through the lush myrtle rainforest at Weldborough Pass. You’ll visit St. Helens before arriving in the seaside hamlet of Bicheno. This evening discover Bicheno’s little Blue Penguins on a guided tour at dusk. Hotel: Best Western Beachfront at Bicheno. B D

Day 8: Bicheno – Port Arthur Get your camera ready for the spectacular and breathtaking Freycinet National Park. You’ll take a walk that will unveil astonishing views across brilliant blue water, forest and golden beach. Cape Tourville Lookout is awesome! Travel through Swansea and Orford, then chart a course for Port Arthur along an impressive cliff-lined coast. You’ll cross the 100 year old Denison Canal and the historic onceguarded checkpoint of Eaglehawk Neck. On arrival in Port Arthur, you’ll cruise around the Isle of the Dead and then take a guided walk of the historic site and prison. This evening, perhaps test your nerve on

an optional lantern-lit Ghost Tour! Hotel: Port Arthur Motor Inn. B D

Day 9: Port Arthur – Hobart This morning, on your way back to Hobart, feast your eyes on the amazing vistas of Tasman’s Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. Drive through the Coal River Valley to the historic sandstone village of Richmond, site of Australia’s oldest operational road bridge and a perfect spot for lunch. Cross the Derwent River on your way into Hobart, where the afternoon is free to do as you wish. This evening join your Travel Director and new-found friends for a wonderful farewell dinner. Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart. B FD Day 10: Farewell from Hobart Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Hobart Airport for your onward flight. B

On Saturdays, Salamanca Place comes alive with famous markets rub shoulders with the locals! Carolyn  Travel Director

Optional Experience: Salamanca Market

Tasmanian Wilderness

$2775 Single Supplement Option

Isle of the Dead Cruise

you’ll visit the Ashgrove Farm Cheese Factory for a presentation on cheese making and some delicious produce testing – yum! Hotel: Best Western Plus, Launceston, 2 nights. B

10 days from

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Gordon River Cruise

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Guided Holidays

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Burnie Devonport

SMITHTON

Dining

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Hobart Airport Day 10 – Flights to depart anytime from Hobart Airport

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Book an extra night of accommodation so you don’t miss out on Salamanca Market. Over 300 stallholders sell fresh and gourmet produce, arts, crafts and handiwork crafts from all over Tasmania, interstate and overseas. Renowned as one of the top attractions in Tasmania, the Salamanca Market is another good reason to make your stay in Hobart last a little longer.

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End Sep 25 Oct 16 Oct 30 Nov 06 Nov 13 Nov 20 Nov 23 Nov 27 Dec 04 Dec 18 Dec 25 Jan 08

Jan 06 Jan 13 Jan 20 Jan 23 Jan 27 Feb 03 Feb 10 Feb 13 Feb 17 Feb 24 Mar 02 Mar 05 Mar 09 Mar 16 Mar 23 Mar 30 Apr 06 Apr 13 Apr 27 May 11

Jan 15 Jan 22 Jan 29 Feb 01 Feb 05 Feb 12 Feb 19 Feb 22 Feb 26 Mar 04 Mar 11 Mar 14 Mar 18 Mar 25 Apr 01 Apr 08 Apr 15 Apr 22 May 06 May 20

2016

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2016 continued Start Sep 07 Sep 14 Oct 05 Oct 19 Oct 26 Oct 29 Nov 02 Nov 09 Nov 12 Nov 16 Nov 23 Nov 30 Dec 07 Dec 14 Dec 28

End Sep 16 Sep 23 Oct 14 Oct 28 Nov 04 Nov 07 Nov 11 Nov 18 Nov 21 Nov 25 Dec 02 Dec 09 Dec 16 Dec 23 Jan 06

Jan 04 Jan 11 Jan 18 Jan 21 Jan 25 Feb 01 Feb 8 Feb 11 Feb 15 Feb 22 Mar 01 Mar 04 Mar 08 Mar 15 Mar 22 Mar 29 Apr 05 Apr 12 Apr 26 May 10 May 20

Jan 13 Jan 20 Jan 27 Jan 30 Feb 03 Feb 10 Feb 17 Feb 20 Feb 24 Mar 03 Mar 10 Mar 13 Mar 17 Mar 24 Mar 31 Apr 07 Apr 14 Apr 21 May 05 May 19 May 29

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Early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $295 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $150 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $445 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $300 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $295 Save up to $150 Save up to $150 Save $45

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Tassie’s Wilderness Icons Tassie’s western wilderness will take your breath away and leave you inspired and refreshed. You’ll be awestruck by the natural landscapes of Russell Falls, the Gordon River, Cradle Mountain National park and the ‘Nut’ at Stanley and you’ll have the chance to meet local producers and delight in their cheese and wine. Start

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

End

SMITHTON 1

Burnie Devonport

Stanley ‘the Nut’

Sheffield

Cradle Mountain National Park Tullah Rosebery Strahan

Ashgrove Farm Cheese Factory

1 LAUNCESTON

QUEENSTOWN 2

Lake St. Clair

Gordon River Cruise Mt. Field National Park/ Russell Falls

6 days Guided Holidays 6 days from

$1725

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Hobart to Launceston Code: FHHL

$1725

$1850

$425

$435

Per Person Twin Share

HOBART 1

Single Supplement Option

2015

Russell Falls

• Explore Hobart’s iconic sights • Visit spectacular Russell Falls • Cruise on the Gordon River

• Discover Cradle Mountain National Park on a guided tour

• Visit historic Highfield House • Admire ‘The Nut’ at Stanley • Experience the Makers’ Workshop, Burnie

• Taste delicious cheese at Ashgrove Cheese Farm

• Wine tasting at the Tamar Valley’s Velo Winery

Inclusions

• Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide • Comfortable accommodation • Travel by luxury coach

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (5)  B • Lunch (1)  L • Dinners (4)  D

Airport transfers

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Hobart Airport Day 6 – Flights to depart after 4.00pm from Launceston Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Day 1: Welcome to Hobart Transfer from Hobart Airport to your hotel for check-in, where you’ll then take an afternoon tour of Hobart. Your orientation takes in Battery Point, Salamanca Place, the Botanic Gardens, Constitution Dock, and Mt. Nelson for incredible views overlooking Hobart. Tonight you will meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner with fabulous views of Hobart. Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart. D Day 2: Hobart – Queenstown This morning you head west to magnificent Mt. Field National Park, the location of the spectacular three-tiered waterfall - Russell Falls. You’ll then take the winding journey up to Lake St. Clair and back down to Queenstown, along the rainforest bordered road of World Heritage protected Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Hotel: West Coaster Motel, Queenstown, 2 nights. B D Day 3: Gordon River Cruise Travel to the fishing village of Strahan where you’ll cruise the breathtaking Gordon River. Expert commentary and lunch are included. Use your free time this afternoon to relax or explore – maybe visit the Huon Pine Museum. B L D Day 4: Queenstown – Smithton Travel past Lake Plimsoll through Tullah on the shores of Lake Rosebery, to the sensational Cradle Mountain National Park. Once there we’ll take you up to Waldheim and gorgeous Dove Lake for spectacular views of Cradle Mountain – make sure the camera’s charged, this is nature at its best! Rolling green hills and Friesian cows – this afternoon you’ll think you’re in a butter commercial as you make your way past Table Cape, home of tulips, for views

of Bass Strait, the lighthouse and coastline. You’ll then visit Highfield House, unique among colonial residences in Tasmania. It was built by the Van Diemen’s Land Company and is a rare example of domestic architecture from the Regency period, which is characterised by refined decoration that is geometric yet elegant. Your final destination is Smithton. Hotel: Tall Timbers, Smithton. B D

Day 5: Smithton – Launceston Picturesque Stanley is in your sights as you head west with a view of ‘the Nut’. Next stop is Burnie for a guided tour of the Makers’ Workshop, a place that honours Burnie’s history, innovators and artists. Later, travel east along the coast through Penguin and Ulverstone then south to Sheffield for a wander through this town of murals with its colourful wall paintings that adorn the town’s buildings. En route to Launceston you’ll visit the Ashgrove Farm Cheese Factory to learn all about cheese making and taste some samples. Don’t miss their signature wild wasabi cheese! Hotel: Best Western Plus Launceston. B Day 6: Farewell from Launceston Top off your holiday at Velo, a boutique winery, where at a private wine tasting, you’ll hear not only of Velo’s cool climate wines but also the intriguing story of Michael Wilson, who transformed from Olympic cyclist to boutique wine producer. Later, your holiday concludes and you’ll be transferred to Launceston Airport for your onward flight. B

Per Person Twin Share

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2016

Jan 06 Jan 13 Jan 20 Jan 23 Jan 27 Feb 03 Feb 10 Feb 13 Feb 17 Feb 24 Mar 02 Mar 05 Mar 09 Mar 16 Mar 23 Mar 30 Apr 06 Apr 13 Apr 27 May 11

End Sep 21 Oct 12 Oct 26 Nov 02 Nov 09 Nov 16 Nov 19 Nov 23 Nov 30 Dec 14 Dec 21 Jan 04

Jan 11 Jan 18 Jan 25 Jan 28 Feb 01 Feb 08 Feb 15 Feb 18 Feb 22 Feb 29 Mar 07 Mar 10 Mar 14 Mar 21 Mar 28 Apr 04 Apr 11 Apr 18 May 02 May 16

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2016 continued Start Sep 07 Sep 14 Oct 05 Oct 19 Oct 26 Oct 29 Nov 02 Nov 09 Nov 12 Nov 16 Nov 23 Nov 30 Dec 07 Dec 14 Dec 28

2017

Jan 04 Jan 11 Jan 18 Jan 21 Jan 25 Feb 01 Feb 8 Feb 11 Feb 15 Feb 22 Mar 01 Mar 04 Mar 08 Mar 15 Mar 22 Mar 29 Apr 05 Apr 12 Apr 26 May 10 May 20

End Sep 12 Sep 19 Oct 10 Oct 24 Oct 31 Nov 03 Nov 07 Nov 14 Nov 17 Nov 21 Nov 28 Dec 05 Dec 12 Dec 19 Jan 02

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Early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $185 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $95 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $280 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $190 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $185 Save up to $95 Save up to $95 Save $25

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/09/16.

Optional Experience:

James Boag’s Brewery

Enjoy a guided tour of Tasmania’s famous James Boag’s Brewery topped off with a beer tasting. Ask your Travel Director for details.


Tassie’s East Coast Highlights Experience the sweetest holiday around Tassie’s east coast. Visit Hillwood Berry Farm and taste the freshly picked fruit on offer. Discover Bridestowe Lavender Estate’s delicious lavender ice cream. Embark on a spectacular guided walk in Freycinet National Park and step back in time at Richmond and historic Port Arthur, cruising to the Isle of the Dead.

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4 days

Guided Holidays 4 days from

Weldborough Pass

St. Helens 1 Launceston

$1075

Per Person Twin Share Land Only BICHENO 1 Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Freycinet National Park

Richmond Eaglehawk Neck HOBART 1 Sorell 1 PORT ARTHUR Isle of the Dead Cruise

Historic Richmond Bridge As this Guided Holiday departs early morning, accommodation should be pre-booked for the previous night.

• Take a guided walk in Freycinet National Park • Taste fresh berries at Hillwood Berry Farm

• Discover Bridestowe Lavender Estate and their delicious lavender ice cream

• Step back in time at historic Port Arthur

• Cruise the Isle of the Dead

• Visit historic Richmond • Explore Hobart

Inclusions

• Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide • Comfortable accommodation • Travel by luxury coach

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (3)  B • Dinners (2)  D • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Airport transfers

Day prior – Flights to arrive anytime into Launceston Airport Day 4 – Flights to depart anytime from Hobart Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Day 1: Launceston – Bicheno Depart Launceston for your first stop, Hillwood Berry Farm, a familyrun farm in the heart of the scenic Tamar Valley. Experience the sweeter side of farming with freshly picked strawberries, raspberries and other fruit in season. Then it’s on to Bridestowe Lavender Estate. Why not try one of their famous lavender ice creams! Later you’ll see Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees in honour of fallen WWI soldiers and then drive through the lush myrtle rainforest at Weldborough Pass. You’ll visit St. Helens before arriving in the seaside hamlet of Bicheno. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner. This evening discover Bicheno’s little Blue Penguins on a guided tour at dusk. Hotel: Best Western Beachfront at Bicheno. D Day 2: Bicheno – Port Arthur Get your camera ready for the spectacular and breathtaking Freycinet National Park. You’ll take a guided walk that will unveil astonishing views across brilliant blue water, forest and golden beach. Cape Tourville Lookout is amazing. Travel

through Swansea and Orford, then chart a course for Port Arthur along an impressive cliff-lined coast. You’ll cross 100 year old Denison Canal and the historic once-guarded checkpoint of Eaglehawk Neck. On arrival in Port Arthur, you’ll cruise around the Isle of the Dead and then take a fascinating guided walk of the historic site and prison. Perhaps test your nerve on an optional lantern-lit Ghost Tour! Hotel: Port Arthur Motor Inn. B D

Day 3: Port Arthur – Hobart After breakfast, it’s off to Hobart. On your way feast your eyes on the amazing vistas of Tasman’s Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. Drive through the Coal River Valley to the historic sandstone village of Richmond, site of Australia’s oldest operational road bridge and a perfect spot for lunch. Cross the Derwent River on your way in to Hobart, where the afternoon is free to do as you wish before a special farewell dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart. B FD Day 4: Farewell from Hobart Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Hobart Airport for your onward flight. B

Let your mind be challenged by this unique evolving museum. Agnes  Graphic Design Team

Optional Experience: MONA: Museum of Old & New Art

Book an afternoon flight and spend some time at MONA. From the first glimpse of its striking architecture, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) will heighten your visual senses and challenge the psyche as you approach on a cruise down the Derwent River. Experience the heavenly, the controversial and the enthralling nature that creates the foundation of this celebrated establishment.

Launceston to Hobart Code: FLHH

$1075

$1150

$255

$255

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2015

Start Sep 22 Oct 13 Oct 27 Nov 03 Nov 10 Nov 17 Nov 20 Nov 24 Dec 01 Dec 15 Dec 22 Jan 05

2016

Jan 12 Jan 19 Jan 26 Jan 29 Feb 02 Feb 09 Feb 16 Feb 19 Feb 23 Mar 01 Mar 08 Mar 11 Mar 15 Mar 22 Mar 29 Apr 05 Apr 12 Apr 19 May 03 May 17

End Sep 25 Oct 16 Oct 30 Nov 06 Nov 13 Nov 20 Nov 23 Nov 27 Dec 04 Dec 18 Dec 25 Jan 08

Jan 15 Jan 22 Jan 29 Feb 01 Feb 05 Feb 12 Feb 19 Feb 22 Feb 26 Mar 04 Mar 11 Mar 14 Mar 18 Mar 25 Apr 01 Apr 08 Apr 15 Apr 22 May 06 May 20

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2016 continued Start Sep 13 Sep 20 Oct 11 Oct 25 Oct 01 Nov 04 Nov 08 Nov 15 Nov 18 Nov 22 Nov 29 Dec 06 Dec 13 Dec 20 Jan 03

2017

Jan 10 Jan 17 Jan 24 Jan 27 Jan 31 Feb 07 Feb 14 Feb 17 Feb 21 Feb 28 Mar 07 Mar 10 Mar 14 Mar 21 Mar 28 Apr 04 Apr 11 Apr 18 May 02 May 16 May 26

End Sep 16 Sep 23 Oct 14 Oct 28 Nov 04 Nov 07 Nov 11 Nov 18 Nov 21 Nov 25 Dec 02 Dec 09 Dec 16 Dec 23 Jan 06

Jan 13 Jan 20 Jan 27 Jan 30 Feb 03 Feb 10 Feb 17 Feb 20 Feb 24 Mar 03 Mar 10 Mar 13 Mar 17 Mar 24 Mar 31 Apr 07 Apr 14 Apr 21 May 05 May 19 May 29

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Ways to Save

Early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $115 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $60 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $175 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $120 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $115 Save up to $60 Save up to $60 Save $25

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/09/16.


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Tasmanian Harvest

7 days

Quamby Estate

• Stay in luxury boutique accommodation

• Immerse yourself in MONA’s evocative art

• Taste delicious local wine at Moorilla Estate • Enjoy a degustation at The Source Restaurant • Explore colourful Salamanca Market

• Indulge your senses on Bruny Island

• Step back in time at historic Shene Estate

• Visit World Heritage listed Brickendon Estate • Enjoy a country picnic at Quamby Estate • Taste 41° South Salmon produce • Visit 7 Sheds micro brewery

• Experience a Hunter and Gatherer dinner at Quamby Estate

• Hike around Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain • Enjoy complimentary refreshments along the way

• Taste whisky at Hellyers Road Distillery • Luxury small group experience

Day 1: Welcome to Hobart Welcome to Hobart. You’ll be transferred by private car to The Henry Jones Art Hotel. Designed by award winning architects, the hotel is Australia’s first dedicated art hotel, standing proudly on Hobart’s glorious waterfront. A handsome row of historic warehouses dating from the 1820s (the former IXL jam factory) have been creatively transformed into this superb first class hotel that seamlessly combines antique and ultra modern styling and showcases the work of Tasmania’s visual artists. At Henry Jones, they’ve thought of everything! Meet your Driver Guide and travelling companions before setting out on your journey to discover Tasmania’s world class produce, culture and natural beauty. Cruise down the Derwent River for an afternoon of wine tasting and cultural regeneration at Hobart’s newest and most fascinating attraction, MONA. You’ll taste Moorilla Estate’s fine wines from the tank on a private tasting experience and Moo Brew Brewery’s famous beers before letting loose in the evocative MONA gallery. After discovering David Walsh’s famous collections, get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious 3 course degustation at The Source restaurant where Head Chef Phillipe Leban and his team have designed an ever evolving menu featuring seasonal produce from Tassie and beyond. Hotel: The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart, 3 nights. D Day 2: Salamanca Market This morning is all yours, free to enjoy the sights, sounds, flavours, colour and action of Salamanca Market. Explore the market stalls, wander through the historic sandstone warehouses discovering innovative Tasmanian arts

and crafts, and delight in the taste and aroma of freshly baked goods and local produce, meeting the friendly people who make or grow what they sell. Take a moment to sit back and relax at one of Salamanca’s cafés and watch the world pass you by with a cooling ale or locally produced cider. This afternoon you’ll have a unique opportunity to delve in to Tasmania’s unique history from its convict past to modern day when you join a walking tour with a focus on Hobart’s early colonial days and the fascinating role alcohol consumption played. You’ll taste wines from several Tasmanian wine regions at the Gasworks Cellar Door, sample some fine Tasmanian Whisky and finish off with a cooling cider from a local craft cider house. B

Day 3: Bruny Island Discover the best of Bruny Island to experience the spectacular landscapes, gourmet produce and inspiring local people. After a short ferry ride to the secluded island, your first stop will be the Bruny Island Cheese Company where you’ll taste a selection of gourmet cheeses in a beautiful bush setting, along with fresh sourdough bread, baked onsite in the baker’s outdoor wood fired oven. Next it’s on to Get Shucked to sample freshly

shucked pacific oysters. Delicious! If you thought that was enough eating for now, next up enjoy an al fresco morning tea. Bruny Island truly does provide Tasmania’s ultimate wilderness experience so you’ll have the opportunity to see white wallabies, native wildlife and birds in their natural habitat and take a beach walk to enjoy the fresh unspoiled air. Visit Australia’s southern most vineyard at lunch time to sample the premium wines with lunch then top off the day with a little locally made fudge and a visit to Bruny Island House of Whisky before you take the ferry back to the mainland. It’s sure to be a day to remember. B L

Day 4: Hobart – Quamby Estate Today is all about grand estates and bygone eras. This morning take a short trip to Pontville to visit Shene Estate. Shene’s custodian, Anne Kernke will give you exclusive access to the country estate’s iconic colonial buildings including the main homestead where Anne lives with her family, the stables, barn, dairy and outbuildings. Anne and her family are incredibly passionate about sharing the rich and colourful past by throwing open and inviting you to look, touch and be inspired

Moorilla Estate


Only the best of the best will do! It’s all about fresh local produce and superb boutique accommodation. From Hobart to Cradle Mountain, explore Bruny Island, visit country estates and taste your way around the Meander Valley. Cruise to MONA, taste local whisky and wines and indulge with gourmet picnics and degustation dinners.

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Inspiring Journeys

Inclusions

• Experienced Driver Guide • Hand-picked accommodation • Intimate small group experience • Small vehicle less than 20 guests

Dining

Burnie 7 Sheds Brewery Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm

• Full buffet breakfasts (6)  B • Lunches (4)  L • Dinners (3)  D • Highlight dinner (1)  HD

Airport transfers

2

Launceston

CRADLE 1 41° South QUAMBY MOUNTAIN Salmon Farm ESTATE Start End

Brickendon Estate

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Day 1 – Flights to arrive before 12.00pm into Hobart Airport Day 7 – Flights to depart after 5.00pm from Launceston Airport

$3395

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Shene Estate MONA HOBART 3

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

7 days from

Hobart to Launceston Code: HCLL

$3395

$3450

$4435

$4500

Per Person Twin Share Single*

2016

Start Feb 26 Apr 01

Per Person Twin Share Single*

End Mar 03 Apr 07

Bruny Island

2016

Start Sep 16 Oct 21 Nov 25

2017

Jan 20 Feb 24 Mar 24 Apr 21

End Sep 22 Oct 27 Dec 01

Jan 26 Mar 02 Mar 30 Apr 27

*Single traveller must pay the single price Visit aatkings.com/hcll for all Definite Departure dates

by the stunning property. It’s not uncommon to be strolling around the property when something shiny catches the eye and you realise you’ve uncovered more history in the form of antiquities, broken china or even decades-old horse shoes from the property’s polo days of old. Sit down with a warm cup of tea or coffee and a light bite to eat then continue north through the Midlands. Very different to Shene is World Heritage listed Brickendon Estate. While Shene was owned by gentry, Brickendon is an original convict working farm and is still, 7 generations on, owned and operated by the Archer family. The stunning grounds are reminiscent of a quaint English garden with ducks and geese waddling their way around the original timber barns and cottages. You’ll take a guided stroll with one of the Archer family around the property including the magnificent gardens that Angela Archer has been tending for the last 30 years. You’ll stay for the next two nights at Quamby Estate, an iconic country manor situated on 150 acres of picture perfect landscape. The estate dates back to 1828 and was formerly the ancestral home of Tasmania’s first local born Premier, Sir Richard Dry. At Quamby, the elegance lets you know you’re

41 ° South Salmon Farm

staying at one of Tasmania’s most prestigious properties and blends old world charm with modern touches. Quamby has rediscovered the lost art of picnics! On arrival, grab a picnic blanket and a basket full of goodies and take yourself off to a private patch of paradise with nothing between you and your partner but countryside. Just magic! This afternoon you may like to wander around the property, play a game of tennis or even grab a bicycle and take a ride down the surrounding country lanes. Hotel: Quamby Estate, Launceston, 2 nights. B L D

Day 5: Meander Valley Today’s journey will take you through the Meander Valley, known for its produce and farm gate sellers. You’ll visit Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm to enjoy a morning tea featuring the farm’s fresh raspberry creations, then 41° South Salmon & Ginseng Farm where you’ll join the Pyka family to hear how they came to be salmon farmers when they arrived in Australia from Germany. Take a wander through their property to learn a little about aquaculture and feed the salmon that have been reared in cold pristine waters sourced from Montana Falls. Before you leave, you must try the fresh smoked salmon. Next it’s off to a little town called Railton, known as the Town of Topiary, to visit Willie Simpson and Catherine Stark at their micro brewery. Enjoy a guided tour through their 7 Sheds Brewery and hop garden and hear how they use fresh local produce to create great flavours in the beer brewed on site. Before you leave you can taste their craft creations on tap in the tasting room. Back at Quamby Estate, tonight you’ll sit down to a special Hunter and Gatherer dinner crafted by the

estate’s Executive Chef to highlight the surrounding local produce. B HD

Day 6: Quamby Estate – Cradle Mountain This morning it’s time to explore the pristine inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park. Join your Driver Guide for a guided walk around Dove Lake before choosing how you spend your afternoon. For those that want a more challenging hike, head to Marion’s Lookout and Wombat Pool, or if you’d like a leisurely meander back to Cradle Mountain lodge through the wild ancient forests and alpine heathlands you can follow the purpose built boardwalks and spot grazing wallabies, pademelons and echidna along the way. If horse riding or a pampering Vichy Shower spa treatment are more your thing, your Driver Guide can assist you in making a booking. Tonight have a delicious meal at the lodge in Highlands Restaurant. Afterwards, sit back by one of the log fires and sip a warming whisky nightcap. Hotel: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. B L D Day 7: Farewell from Launceston Today you head towards Launceston via Tasmania’s rugged North Coast. In Burnie you’ll stop at Hellyers Road Distillery for a Whisky Walk. You’ll ramble through the working distillery where you’ll be shown the ingredients and processes that deliver one of the finest boutique single malt whisky’s in the world. After a lunch stop, continue along the coast with views of Bass Strait before you arrive in Launceston where your indulgent Inspiring Journey concludes. We know you’ll have plenty of wonderful tales to tell when you head home, and no doubt your friends and family will want to follow in your footsteps! B L

Ways to Save

Early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $350 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $175 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $525 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $350 Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $175 Save $25

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/09/16.

Optional Experience:

Quamby Estate Golf

Play 9 or 18 holes with views of Ben Lomond to the East and the Great Western Tiers to the south. Constructed in the early 1900s, the course is set amongst a landscape of lakes, cascades, creeks and stunning greenery, and boasts some of the best bunkering you’re ever likely to see on a 9 hole course. After your game, enjoy a relaxing drink in the 1850s Georgian clubhouse. Ask your Driver Guide for details.


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We really had a lot of fun on this visit to South West WA. Yes, ‘surfing’ on Wave Rock was brilliant, as was spending time with some of the resident kangaroos on the beach at Lucky Bay. But this year, I encourage you to keep your eye out for our exciting new Broome to Perth West Coast holiday – back by popular demand! The visit to the clear waters of Coral Bay is going to be a highlight. Lauren  Product Development Manager

Wave Rock

Food and Wine Margaret River Region

Relax in the picturesque vineyard setting of world renowned Margaret River. Indulge your taste buds at a berry farm and visit a boutique brewery for a tasting paddle of craft beer. Gourmet lunch at 3 Oceans Wine Company is the perfect complement to the region’s finest wines against a backdrop of incredible forest and ocean scenery.

The Sandalwood Factory 

Kununurra

‘You’re invited” to a privately hosted dinner at The Sandalwood Factory in the heartland of Kununurra’s sandalwood plantations. Dine on fresh, locally-inspired produce grown in the bountiful Ord Valley and visit the unique showroom to indulge your senses.

Cultural Experiences Wangi Mia Aboriginal Experience Yanchep National Park 

Enjoy an Aboriginal cultural experience in an authentic bush setting. Interact with local Aboriginal guides who will share with you their traditional way of life. Hear their fascinating stories, get hands-on with bush tucker and learn some new dance moves.


Perth, the Kimberley & Western Australia

On the far western horizon Western Australia is a land of contrasting beauty and ruggedness. Stretching from the Kimberley region all the way down the coastline to South Western Australia, you’ll be entranced by Australia’s largest state and its diverse natural landscapes, wildlife and indigenous culture. Experience the remote outback as you travel through the Kimberley, an area so vast that it has fewer people per square kilometre than any place on earth. From the majestic Geikie Gorge to the turquoise waters of Cable Beach, you’ll be amazed by the serenity of this expansive land. Travelling down the coast of Western Australia is a true adventure with the clear waters of Coral Bay and the friendly dolphins of Monkey Mia a definite highlight. The incredible diversity continues in the south west. Don’t miss the mystical Pinnacles, indulge in premium wines in Margaret River or ‘surf ’ striking Wave Rock. Your friendly Travel Director and Driver Guide will share their knowledge along the way, bringing your holiday to life.

Learn more about Western Australia at aatkings.com/western-australia

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Western Wonderland

15 days

Tree Top Walk

• ‘Surf’ Wave Rock

• Indulge in Margaret River food and wine

• Frolic with dolphins at Monkey Mia

• Perth city sights touring

• Strike it rich on a tour of the Super Pit gold mine • Discover white sandy beaches near Esperance

• Walk high above the trees at Valley of the Giants • Chocolate tasting in Margaret River

• Beer tasting at a boutique brewery

• Explore cosmopolitan Fremantle & it’s market • Visit New Norcia’s Benedictine Monastery • Discover WA’s famous wildflowers (seasonal)

• Experience Kalbarri National Park

• Walk spectacular Shell Beach • Learn about Hamelin Pool’s ancient Stromatolites • Visit the HMAS Sydney Memorial in Geraldton

• Marvel at the Pinnacles

• Delve into indigenous culture at Yanchep National Park

Day 1: Welcome to Perth This afternoon when you meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at your hotel, set off on a city tour of Perth including a visit to Kings Park where you can see the broad expanse of the Swan River and wander around the Anzac Memorial and wildflower gardens. You’ll also see the many public art installations around the city and get a feel for the distinct precincts surrounding the CBD. Tonight, dine out and get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious meal. Hotel: Travelodge Perth. D Day 2: Perth – Kalgoorlie Journey to the Golden Outback passing through Corrigin to Hyden and visit fascinating Wave Rock at lunch time. This magnificent rock formation resembling a gigantic wave, was formed over three million years ago. Once you’ve seen Wave Rock, grab a spot of lunch and why not wander through the visitor centre’s eclectic collection of lace and the largest collection of toy soldiers in the world. Continue through the Wheatbelt and the former ghost town of Coolgardie on your way to Kalgoorlie. This town in the gold fields is surrounded by some of the most dazzling spring wildflowers (seasonal). Hotel: Rydges Kalgoorlie Resort and Spa. B D Day 3: Kalgoorlie – Esperance This morning you’ll join a local guide on a tour of the Super Pit gold mine. The Super Pit produces up to 850,000 ounces of gold every year and is the largest open-pit gold mine in Australia. Afterwards, discover the character and stories of this historic gold mining town on an orientation tour. Why not sneak in to the Exchange Hotel for a lunch in Kalgoorlie’s most iconic pub. Later, stop to look

out over the impressive salt lake, Lake Lefroy, then continue through Norseman and on to Esperance for a two night stay at this picturesque seaside town. Hotel: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles, Esperance, 2 nights. B D

Day 4: Esperance Visit Cape Le Grand National Park for breathtaking views of the wild coastal scenery, rugged granite peaks and sweeping heathlands. Stop at aweinspiring Thistle Cove and marvel at its jaw dropping white sand and crystal clear blue water. At Lucky Bay, one of the most unique and stunning bays in Australia, you may see grey kangaroos that like to laze on the pristine beach. Just magic! This afternoon is yours to do as you wish. Maybe kick back and relax with a book by the water or take a wander through this seaside hamlet. B Day 5: Esperance – Albany See the mysterious Pink Lake and travel through Ravensthorpe and the Fitzgerald Biosphere to Bluff Knoll Lookout to witness the rugged beauty of the Stirling Ranges National Park. The National Park is one of the richest areas for flora in the world. Continue to Albany, rich in Anzac history, and settle in to your hotel for the night. Hotel: The Dog Rock Motel, Albany. B D Day 6: Albany – Margaret River In 1914, 41,000 Australians and New Zealanders left Albany bound for WWI. This morning you may like to visit the National Anzac Centre which opened in 2014 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the first convoys departing. Afterwards you’ll journey to Valley of the Giants to explore the canopy of the Tingle forest along the Tree Top Walk. Continue to Margaret River, one of Australia’s

premier wine growing regions. The region’s scenery and fresh air will leave you invigorated. Hotel: Quality Inn Margaret River, 2 nights. B D

Day 7: Margaret River Get ready for a day that will delight your taste buds! Margaret River is known not only for its fabulous wine but also for its fresh produce and boutique producers. First up you’ll visit a berry farm for a delicious devonshire tea in a picturesque cottage garden. You’ll have the chance to taste the farm’s homemade jams, preserves and more at the cellar door. Continue to award winning 3 Oceans Wine Company for a tour, tasting and lunch prepared using fresh local produce. Next you’ll visit a boutique brewery with spectacular views of the surrounding farms, National Park and vineyards. Enjoy a tasting paddle of their finest craft beer to top off your day. Your evening is free to do as you wish. B HL Wildflowers


Explore cosmopolitan Perth before heading inland to Wave Rock, then watch in awe as the landscape changes and you discover crystal clear water, white sandy beaches and ancient forests. Taste Margaret River’s renowned food and wine, venture to seaside Fremantle and spend time discovering wildflowers and frolicking with dolphins at Monkey Mia.

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Guided Holidays

Inclusions

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide • Comfortable accommodation • Travel by luxury coach

15 days from

Dining

$4999

• Full buffet breakfasts (14)  B • Highlight lunch (1)  HL • Dinners (8)  D • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Airport transfers

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 12 noon into Perth Airport Day 15 – Flights to depart anytime from Perth Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

2

1

GERALDTON 1 The Pinnacles Yanchep National Park PERTH 1

Valley of the Giants

Day 10: Fremantle – Geraldton Today you’ll travel along the West Australian coastline to the port of Geraldton. Heading north to Yanchep National Park, you’ll enjoy a fantastic Aboriginal cultural experience in a bush setting. Meet your Aboriginal guide who’ll share with you their way of life and will treat you to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo. It’s a hands on

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

End

New Norcia

Busselton MARGARET RIVER 2

Day 9: Fremantle ‘Free Time’ With a free day to explore this wonderful town, you could visit the colourful Fremantle Markets. There are 150 stalls under one roof and you’ll have a chance to purchase local arts and crafts and taste local delights. You may like to wander along the Fremantle foreshore and enjoy some Aussie fish and chips with views of Freo’s famous fishing fleet or sip a cooling ale at Little Creatures Brewery. Whatever it is you choose to do, you’re bound to enjoy every second. B

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KALBARRI

FREMANTLE 2

Day 8: Margaret River – Fremantle This morning, why not grab a coffee and wander around Margaret River township before you travel north to Busselton, a popular holiday resort on the shores of Geographe Bay. On arrival in Fremantle you’ll have a chance to enjoy lunch before joining a local guide for a private tour of Fremantle Prison. Step inside and take a journey back in time where you can view life as it was for prisoners and discover how time was passed in the yards, while marvelling at original prisoner works of art. From its convict origins in the 1850’s until its closure as a maximum-security gaol in 1991, your entertaining guide will show you the lighter side of prison humour. Hotel: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges, 2 nights. B D

Perth return

MONKEY MIA

$4999

$5150

$1450

$1470

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

1 KALGOORLIE 1

Code: WEMP

Cape Le Grand National Park

Wave Rock 2

ESPERANCE Stirling Ranges ALBANY National Park 1

experience where you’ll have the chance to touch and feel traditional Aboriginal tools, and it will have you rolling around with laughter. Continue along the coast to the seaside hamlet of Lancelin at lunchtime and then to Nambung National Park, home of the marvelous Pinnacles, a series of intriguing limestone formations. On arrival in Geraldton you’ll visit the evocative HMAS Sydney Memorial and have time to discover the seaside township. Hotel: Mantra, Geraldton. B

Day 11: Geraldton – Monkey Mia Travel to Hamelin Pool to see the world’s best known colony of Stromatolites. Dating back to the beginning of life on earth, while they may not appear alive, these living structures have helped scientists unravel the history of life on earth! Later visit fascinating Shell Beach, one of only two in the world, formed from billions of coquina bivalve shells up to ten metres deep. Continue to the crystal blue waters and the pristine white shell and sandy beaches of Monkey Mia where you’ll stay for the next two nights. Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, 2 nights. B D Day 12: Monkey Mia ‘Free Time’ Every morning, Monkey Mia’s wild dolphins swim to shore to be fed and mingle with people. After a leisurely breakfast overlooking the calm waters of the bay, watch the famous dolphins swim into shore (as dolphins are wild their appearance cannot be guaranteed). Today is yours to do as you choose. Why not take a scenic flight over Shark Bay Marine Park or after a lazy morning take an afternoon wildlife cruise aboard a catamaran to spot sea creatures great and small. In the evening, there’s nothing like sitting back with a cocktail or a cool

beer watching the world go by as the sun goes down over the water. B

Day 13: Monkey Mia – Kalbarri Today, travel to Kalbarri. Venture into Kalbarri National Park and visit Red Bluff Lookout to view the spectacular scenery of Murchison River Gorge. From the vantage point of Hawks Head Lookout keep an eye out for graceful Peregrine Falcons hunting along the gorges and cliffs. During wildflower season, the National Park is in bloom with many a variety of wildflower. You’ll spot Acacia, Banksia, Caladenia and more! Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel. Hotel: Best Western Plus Kalbarri Edge Resort. B D Day 14: Kalbarri – Perth Today you’ll travel back to your final destination, Perth. On the way you’ll stop at New Norcia, a Benedictine community owned and operated by a group of Roman Catholic monks since 1847. It’s Australia’s only monastic town, where the monks live and work. You’ll have a chance to explore the town’s museum and art gallery. Tonight join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner. What a great opportunity to share a few laughs as you recount stories from the past 14 days together! Hotel: Travelodge Perth. B FD Day 15: Farewell from Perth Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your guided holiday concludes after breakfast. Have you ever thought about taking an Indian Pacific rail journey? Why not add a couple of days to your holiday and travel to Adelaide or Sydney by train! B

2016

Start May 14 Jun 11 Jul 09 Aug 13 Aug 20 Aug 27 Sep 03 Sep 10 Sep 17 Sep 24 Oct 01 Oct 08 Oct 15 Oct 29 Nov 26

End May 28 Jun 25 Jul 23 Aug 27 Sep 03 Sep 10 Sep 17 Sep 24 Oct 01 Oct 08 Oct 15 Oct 22 Oct 29 Nov 12 Dec 10

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start May 13 Jun 10 Jul 08 Aug 12 Aug 19 Aug 26 Sep 02 Sep 09 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30 Oct 07 Oct 21 Nov 04 Nov 18

End May 27 Jun 24 Jul 22 Aug 26 Sep 02 Sep 09 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30 Oct 07 Oct 14 Oct 21 Nov 04 Nov 18 Dec 02

Visit aatkings.com/wemp for all Definite Departure dates

Ways to Save

Early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $500 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $250 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $750 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $500 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $500 Save up to $250 Save up to $250 Save $75

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/17.

Interacting with a gorgeous little quokka makes this tour a must–do! Liz  Travel Director

Optional Experience:

Rottnest Explorer Explore the beauty and tranquillity of Rottnest Island. Enjoy a circumnavigation of the island to visit some of Rottnest’s most spectacular locations with a complete interpretation of the island through passionate and knowledgeable crew. Gain insight into Rottnest’s cultural and historical heritage, diverse wildlife and fauna and social heritage. Ask your Travel Director for details.


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East Meets  Western Wonderland

19 days

Indian Pacific

• ‘Surf’ Wave Rock

• Indulge in Margaret River food and wine

• Frolic with dolphins at Monkey Mia

• Strike it rich on a tour of the Super Pit gold mine • Discover white sandy beaches near Esperance

• Walk high above the trees at Valley of the Giants • Beer tasting at a boutique brewery

• Explore cosmopolitan Fremantle & its markets • Discover WA’s famous wildflowers (seasonal)

• Experience Kalbarri National Park

• Walk spectacular Shell Beach • Learn about Hamelin Pool’s ancient Stromatolites • Visit the HMAS Sydney Memorial in Geraldton

• Marvel at the Pinnacles

• Delve into indigenous culture at Yanchep National Park

• All inclusive Off Train Excursions • All-inclusive local fare & beverages on train

• Relax and enjoy the landscape through large picture windows in your private train cabin

Day 1: Sydney – Indian Pacific – Broken Hill Today you depart Sydney in the afternoon and start a true journey of contrasts – it will take you through the heights of the majestic Blue Mountains and across the barren expanse of the Nullarbor Plain, to lush vineyards and vast goldmines. Named for the two oceans the train encounters on its journey, the Indian Pacific travels between Sydney and Perth, via Adelaide, in a spectacular 4,352km journey. Get acquainted with staff and your cabin, and settle in for the journey. If you’d rather be social, make your way to the Outback Explorer Lounge to meet fellow guests and help yourself to a welcome drink. Rail: Indian Pacific, 3 nights. D Day 2: Broken Hill – Adelaide Wake up with a coffee as you arrive in Broken Hill. On your Off Train Excursion, explore the beauty of this Silver City and discover the history of mining that makes the town what it is today. Stepping back onboard, head straight to Queen Adelaide Restaurant for breakfast. An extensive menu caters to all tastes – from light fare such as bagels, cereals and juices to the traditional cooked Australian breakfast. By the time lunch is served, you’ll already be well into South Australia on the southern tip of the Flinders Ranges. B L D Day 3: The Nullarbor Wake up and marvel at the raw beauty of the Nullarbor. Take some time to reflect on the changing landscapes in your journey and to enjoy the hospitality of the Outback Explorer Lounge. Your sense of wonder will be well and truly ignited when it comes time to set foot at Rawlinna that evening. Under brilliant desert

stars, enjoy an evening stop at a place where even the most intrepid of travellers have never ventured. B L D

Day 4: Perth Arrive into the cosmopolitan western capital of Perth after lunch. You’ll be transferred to your hotel to meet your Travel Director and travelling companions and get to know them over a delicious meal. Hotel: Travelodge Perth. B L D Day 5: Perth – Kalgoorlie Journey to Hyden and visit fascinating Wave Rock at lunch time. This magnificent rock formation resembling a gigantic wave was formed over three million years ago. Once you’ve seen Wave Rock, why not wander through the visitor centre’s eclectic collection of lace and the largest collection of toy soldiers in the world! Continue through the Wheatbelt and the former ghost town of Coolgardie on your way to Kalgoorlie. This town in the gold fields is surrounded by some of the most dazzling spring wildflowers (seasonal). Hotel: Rydges Kalgoorlie Resort and Spa. B D Day 6: Kalgoorlie – Esperance This morning you’ll join a local guide on a tour of the Super Pit gold mine. It produces up to 850,000 ounces of gold every year and is the largest open-pit gold mine in Australia. Afterwards, discover the character and stories of this historic gold mining town on an orientation tour. Why not sneak in to the Exchange Hotel for a pub lunch in Kalgoorlie’s most iconic pub. Later, stop to look out over the impressive salt lake, Lake Lefroy, then continue through Norseman and on to Esperance for a two night stay at this picturesque seaside town. Hotel: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles, Esperance, 2 nights. B D

Day 7: Esperance Visit Cape Le Grand National Park for breathtaking views of the wild coastal scenery. Stop at awe-inspiring Thistle Cove and marvel at its jaw dropping white sand and crystal clear blue water. At Lucky Bay, you may see grey kangaroos that like to laze on the pristine beach. Just magic! This afternoon is yours to do as you wish. Maybe kick back and relax with a book by the water or take a wander through this seaside hamlet. B Day 8: Esperance – Albany See mysterious Pink Lake and travel through Ravensthorpe to Bluff Knoll Lookout to witness the rugged beauty of the Stirling Ranges National Park. Continue to Albany, rich in Anzac history, and settle in to your hotel for the night. Hotel: The Dog Rock Motel, Albany. B D Day 9: Albany – Margaret River This morning you may like to visit the National Anzac Centre which opened in 2014 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the first convoys departing for WW1. Afterwards you’ll journey to Valley of the Giants to explore the canopy of the Tingle forest along the Tree Top Walk. Continue to Margaret River, one of Australia’s premier wine growing regions. The region’s scenery and fresh air will leave you invigorated. Hotel: Quality Inn Margaret River, 2 nights. B D Day 10: Margaret River Get ready for a day that will delight your taste buds! Margaret River is not only known for its fabulous wine, but also for its fresh produce and boutique producers. First up you’ll visit a berry farm for a delicious devonshire tea in a picturesque cottage garden. You’ll have the


Take a momentous rail journey across the breadth of the country on board the Indian Pacific, then travel the South West and fall in love with the diverse dramatic landscapes. From the Golden Outback to the ocean, the rolling hills to the vines of Margaret River, you’ll experience it all!

Start End

2 MONKEY MIA 1 KALBARRI 1 GERALDTON

The Pinnacles Yanchep National Park

PERTH 1

New Norcia

1

1

$7818

1

Wave Rock

Guided Holidays

19 days from

KALGOORLIE

FREMANTLE 2 Stirling Busselton Ranges

MARGARET RIVER 2 Valley of the Giants

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Cape Le Grand National Park ESPERANCE ALBANY

2

ADELAIDE

Perth return SYDNEY

Code: WEMPR

$7818

$7818

$8978

$8978

Per Person Twin

Per Person Twin

Single

2016

Inclusions

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide on coach itinerary • Comfortable accommodation • Travel by luxury coach • Travel on The Ghan

chance to taste the farm’s homemade jams, preserves at the cellar door before continuing to award winning 3 Oceans Wine Company for a tour, tasting and lunch prepared using only fresh local produce. Next you’ll visit a boutique brewery and enjoy a tasting paddle of their finest craft beer to top off your day. Your evening is free to do as you wish. B HL

Day 11: Margaret River – Fremantle This morning, why not grab a coffee and wander around Margaret River township before you travel north to Busselton. On arrival in Fremantle you’ll have a chance to get lunch, before joining a local guide for a private tour of Fremantle Prison. Step inside and take a journey back in time where you can view life as it was for prisoners and discover how time was passed in the yards, while marvelling at original prisoner works of art. From its convict origins in the 1850’s until its closure as a maximumsecurity gaol in 1991, your entertaining guide will show you the lighter side of prison humour. Hotel: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges, 2 nights. B D Day 12: Fremantle ‘Free Time’ With a free day to explore this wonderful town, you could visit the colourful Fremantle Markets or wander along the Fremantle foreshore and enjoy some Aussie fish and chips with views of Freo’s famous fishing fleet or sip a cooling ale at Little Creatures Brewery. Whatever it is you choose to do, you’re bound to enjoy every second. B Day 13: Fremantle – Geraldton Today you’ll travel along the West Australian coastline to the port of Geraldton. Heading north to Yanchep National Park, you’ll enjoy a fantastic Aboriginal cultural

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Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (18)  B • Highlight lunch (1)  HL • Lunches (3)  L • Dinners (11)  D • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

experience in a bush setting. Meet your Aboriginal guide who’ll share with you their way of life and will treat you to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo. It’s an interactive experience where you’ll have the chance to touch and feel traditional Aboriginal tools, and it will have you rolling around with laughter. Continue along the coast to the seaside hamlet of Lancelin at lunchtime and then to Nambung National Park, home of the marvelous Pinnacles, a series of intriguing limestone formations. On arrival in Geraldton you’ll visit the evocative HMAS Sydney Memorial and have time to discover the seaside township. Hotel: Mantra Geraldton. B

Day 14: Geraldton – Monkey Mia Travel to Hamelin Pool to see the world’s best known colony of Stromatolites. Dating back to the beginning of life on earth, while they may not appear alive, these living structures have helped scientists unravel the history of life on earth! Later visit fascinating Shell Beach, one of only two in the world, formed from billions of coquina bivalve shells up to ten metres deep. Continue to the crystal blue waters and the pristine white shell and sandy beaches of Monkey Mia where you’ll stay for the next two nights. Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, 2 nights. B D Day 15: Monkey Mia ‘Free Time’ Every morning, Monkey Mia’s wild dolphins swim to shore to be fed and mingle with people. After a leisurely breakfast overlooking the calm waters of the bay, watch the famous dolphins swim into shore (as dolphins are wild their appearance cannot be guaranteed). Today is yours to do as you choose. Why not take a scenic flight over Shark Bay Marine Park or

Airport transfers Day 19 – Flights to depart anytime from Perth Flights are not included in the holiday price.

after a lazy morning take an afternoon wildlife cruise aboard a catamaran to spot sea creatures great and small. In the evening, there’s nothing like sitting back with a cocktail or a cool beer watching the world go by as the sun goes down over the water. B

Day 16: Monkey Mia – Kalbarri Today, travel to Kalbarri. Venture into Kalbarri National Park and visit Red Bluff Lookout to view the spectacular scenery of Murchison River Gorge from the vantage point of Hawks Head Lookout and keep an eye out for graceful Peregrine Falcons hunting along the gorges and cliffs. During wildflower season, the National Park is in bloom with many a variety of wildflower. You’ll spot Acacia, Banksia, Caladenia and more! Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel. Hotel: Best Western Plus Kalbarri Edge Resort. B D Day 18: Kalbarri – Perth Today you’ll travel back to your final destination, Perth. On the way you’ll stop at New Norcia, a Benedictine community owned and operated by a group of Roman Catholic monks since 1847. It’s Australia’s only monastic town, where the monks live and work. You’ll have a chance to explore the town’s museum and art gallery. Tonight join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner. What a great opportunity to share a few laughs as you recount stories from the past 14 days together! Hotel: Travelodge Perth. B FD Day 19: Farewell from Perth Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your guided holiday concludes after breakfast. B

Start May 11 Jun 08 Jul 06 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 07

Single

End May 28 Jun 25 Jul 23 Aug 27 Sep 03 Sep 10 Sep 17 Sep 24

2016 continued Start Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28 Oct 05 Oct 12 Oct 26 Nov 23

End Oct 01 Oct 08 Oct 15 Oct 22 Oct 29 Nov 12 Dec 10

Single prices above include shared facilities on board the Indian Pacific. Ask us for prices for other cabin and room configurations. Visit aatkings.com/wempr for all Definite Departure dates.

Ways to Save

Early payment discount (coach only) Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $500 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $250 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $750 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $500 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $1070 Save up to $250 Save up to $250 Save $75

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/17.

Optional Experience: Fremantle Tram

Climb aboard a tram for a hop on/ hop off sightseeing experience to discover Freo’s bustling harbour, beautifully preserved architecture, the convict built Old Fremantle Prison and the famed Café Strip and market place. If you see anything that takes your fancy, you can jump off and spend a little more time there before jumping back on when you’re done! Ask your Travel Director for details.


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Monkey Mia Dolphins  & West Coast

Explore the Batavia Coast, famed for its shipwrecks, and admire wildflowers in Kalbarri National Park (seasonal). Frolic with dolphins at Monkey Mia and spend the day swimming or sailing. Marvel at Stromatolites at Hamelin Pool and the mystical Pinnacles, then discover Aboriginal culture at Yanchep National Park and explore cosmopolitan Perth. Monkey Mia

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

MONKEY MIA

2

Hamelin Pool Shell Beach 1 KALBARRI 1

As this Guided Holiday departs early morning, accommodation will need to pre-booked for the previous night.

• Frolic with dolphins at Monkey Mia

• Delve into indigenous culture at Yanchep National Park

• Explore the mysterious Pinnacles • Visit the HMAS Sydney Memorial

• Learn about Hamelin Pool’s ancient Stromatolites • Walk along spectacular Shell Beach • Experience Kalbarri National Park

• Discover WA’s famous wildflowers (seasonal)

• Visit New Norcia’s Monastery

Inclusions

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide • Comfortable accommodation • Travel by luxury coach

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (5)  B • Dinners (2)  D • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Airport transfers

Day prior – Flights to arrive anytime into Perth Airport Day 6 – Flights to depart anytime from Perth Airport

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Day 1: Fremantle – Geraldton Welcome to Western Australia! Today you’ll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers and travel to Geraldton. Heading north to Yanchep National Park, you’ll enjoy a fantastic Aboriginal cultural experience in a bush setting. Meet your Aboriginal guide who’ll share with you their way of life and will treat you to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo. It’s a hands on experience where you’ll have the chance to touch and feel traditional Aboriginal tools, and it will have you rolling with laughter. Continue to Nambung National Park, home of the marvellous Pinnacles, a series of intriguing limestone formations. On arrival in Geraldton you’ll visit the evocative HMAS Sydney Memorial and have the time to discover the seaside township. Hotel: Mantra Geraldton. Day 2: Geraldton – Monkey Mia Travel to Hamelin Pool to see the world’s best known colony of Stromatolites. Dating back to the beginning of life on earth, while they may not appear alive, these living structures have helped scientists unravel the history of life on earth! Later visit fascinating Shell Beach, one of only two in the world, formed from billions of coquina bivalve shells up to ten metres deep. Continue to the crystal blue waters and the pristine white shell and sandy beaches of Monkey Mia where you’ll stay for the next two nights. Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, 2 nights. B D Day 3: Monkey Mia ‘Free Time’ Every morning, Monkey Mia’s wild dolphins swim to shore to be fed and mingle with people. After a leisurely breakfast overlooking the calm waters of the bay, watch the famous dolphins swim into shore (as dolphins are wild their appearance

GERALDTON The Pinnacles New Norcia Yanchep National Park 1 PERTH Fremantle

cannot be guaranteed). Today is yours to do as you choose. Why not take a scenic flight over Shark Bay Marine Park or after a lazy morning take an afternoon wildlife cruise aboard a catamaran to spot sea creatures great and small. In the evening, there’s nothing like sitting back with a cocktail or a cool beer, watching the world go by as the sun goes down over the water. B

Day 4: Monkey Mia – Kalbarri Today, travel to Kalbarri. Venture into Kalbarri National Park and visit Red Bluff Lookout to view the spectacular scenery of Murchison River Gorge. From the vantage point of Hawks Head Lookout keep an eye out for graceful Peregrine Falcons hunting along the gorges and cliffs. During wildflower season, the National Park is a bloom with many a variety of wildflower. You’ll spot Acacia, Banksia, Caladenia and more! Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel. Hotel: Best Western Plus Kalbarri Edge Resort. B D Day 5: Kalbarri – Perth Today you’ll travel back to your final destination, Perth. On the way you’ll stop at New Norcia, a Benedictine community owned and operated by a group of Roman Catholic monks since 1847. It’s Australia’s only monastic town, where the monks live and work. You’ll have a chance to explore the town’s museum and art gallery. Tonight join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner. What a great opportunity to share a few laughs as you recount stories from the past week together! Hotel: Travelodge Perth. B FD Day 6: Farewell from Perth Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your trip comes to an end after breakfast. Have you ever thought about taking an Indian Pacific rail journey? Why not add a couple of days to your holiday and travel to Adelaide or Sydney by train! B

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6 days Guided Holidays

6 days from

$2150

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Fremantle to Perth Code: WPMP

$2150

$2225

$630

$640

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2016

Start May 23 Jun 20 Jul 18 Aug 22 Aug 29 Sep 05 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 26 Oct 03 Oct 10 Oct 17 Oct 24 Nov 07 Dec 05

End May 28 Jun 25 Jul 23 Aug 27 Sep 03 Sep 10 Sep 17 Sep 24 Oct 01 Oct 08 Oct 15 Oct 22 Oct 29 Nov 12 Dec 10

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2017

Start May 22 Jun 19 Jul 17 Aug 21 Aug 28 Sep 04 Sep 11 Sep 18 Sep 25 Oct 02 Oct 09 Oct 16 Oct 30 Nov 13 Nov 27

End May 27 Jun 24 Jul 22 Aug 26 Sep 02 Sep 09 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30 Oct 07 Oct 14 Oct 21 Nov 04 Nov 18 Dec 02

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Ways to Save Early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $220 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $110 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $330 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $220 Young traveller Save up to $215 Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $110 Save up to $110 Save $25

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/17.

Optional Experience: Origin of the Mermaid Myth Cruise, Monkey Mia Head off with the wind in your hair, the sun on your skin and a smile on your face! Take a 3 hour cruise and discover all sorts of fascinating marine life. You’re likely to see friendly Monkey Mia dolphins and shy green turtles, with the warmer months bringing hammerhead sharks, stingrays and herds of dugong feeding on the sea grasses. Ask your Travel Director for details.


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South Western Escape Outback, forests and coast, this trip has it all! ‘Surf’ Wave Rock, see gold rush ghost towns on route to Kalgoorlie and experience coastal Esperance and Cape Le Grand National Park. View the stunning Stirling Ranges, take the Valley of the Giants tree top walk, then indulge your palate at Margaret River, walk Busselton jetty and relax in seaside Fremantle.

9 days Guided Holidays 9 days from

$2950 Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

KALGOORLIE 1

PERTH 1 FREMANTLE 1

Lucky Bay

• ‘Surf’ Wave Rock

• Perth city sights touring

• Tour the Super Pit gold mine

• Discover the white sandy beaches near Esperance • Indulge in Margaret River food and wine

• Discover WA’s famous wildflowers (seasonal) • Taste beer at a boutique brewery

• Walk high above the trees at Valley of the Giants • Discover cosmopolitan Fremantle

Inclusions

• Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide • Comfortable accommodation • Travel by luxury coach

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (8)  B • Highlight lunch (1)  HL • Dinners (5)  D • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Airport transfers

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 12 noon into Perth Airport Day 9 – Flights to depart anytime from Perth Airport

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Busselton MARGARET RIVER 2 Valley of the Giants

Day 1: Welcome to Perth This afternoon set off on a city tour of Perth including a visit to Kings Park where you can see the broad expanse of the Swan River and wander around the Anzac Memorial and wildflower gardens. You’ll also see many art installations around the city. Tonight, dine out and get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious meal. Hotel: Travelodge Perth. D Day 2: Perth – Kalgoorlie Journey to the Golden Outback and visit fascinating Wave Rock at lunch time. Then grab a spot of lunch and wander through the visitor centre’s eclectic collection of lace and the largest collection of toy soldiers in the world. Continue to the gold town Kalgoorlie, which is surrounded by some of the most dazzling spring wildflowers (seasonal). Hotel: Rydges Kalgoorlie Resort and Spa. B D Day 3: Kalgoorlie – Esperance This morning you’ll join a local guide on a tour of the Super Pit gold mine, which produces up to 850,000 ounces of gold every year. Later, discover the character and stories of this historic gold mining town on an orientation tour. Why not sneak in to the Exchange Hotel for lunch in Kalgoorlie’s most iconic pub. Later, stop to look out over the impressive salt lake, Lake Lefroy, then continue to Esperance for a two night stay. Hotel: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles, Esperance, 2 nights. B D Day 4: Esperance Visit Cape Le Grand National Park for breathtaking views. Stop at awe-inspiring Thistle Cove and Lucky Bay, two of the most unique and stunning bays in Australia. You may see grey kangaroos that like to laze on the pristine beach. Just magic! This afternoon is yours to do as you wish. B Day 5: Esperance – Albany See the mysterious Pink Lake and

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Perth to Fremantle Code: WPPP

$2950

$2999

$745

$830

Per Person Twin Share

Norseman Wave Rock 2

Cape Le Grand National Park

ESPERANCE Stirling Ranges National Park ALBANY 1

travel through Ravensthorpe and the Fitzgerald Biosphere to Bluff Knoll Lookout to witness the rugged beauty of the Stirling Ranges National Park. Continue to Albany, rich in Anzac history, and settle in to your hotel for the night. Hotel: The Dog Rock Motel, Albany. B D

Day 6: Albany – Margaret River In 1914, 41,000 Australians and New Zealanders left Albany bound for WWI. This morning you may like to visit the National Anzac Centre which opened in 2014 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the first convoys departing. Journey to Valley of the Giants to explore the canopy of the Tingle forest along the Tree Top Walk. Continue to Margaret River, one of Australia’s premier wine growing regions. Hotel: Quality Inn Margaret River, 2 nights. B D Day 7: Margaret River Get ready for a day that will delight your taste buds! First up you’ll visit a berry farm for a delicious devonshire tea in a picturesque cottage garden. Continue to award winning 3 Oceans Wine Company for a tour, tastings and lunch. Next you’ll visit a boutique brewery with spectacular views. Enjoy a tasting paddle of their finest craft beer to top off your day. The evening is free to do as you wish. B HL Day 8: Margaret River – Fremantle This morning wander around Margaret River before you travel to Busselton. On arrival in Fremantle you’ll have a chance to grab lunch before joining a private tour of historic Fremantle Prison. Your entertaining guide will show you the lighter side of prison humour. Tonight enjoy an indulgent farewell dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Hotel: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges. B FD Day 9: Farewell from Fremantle This morning bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your trip concludes after breakfast. B

Single Supplement Option

2016

Start Jan 09 Feb 06 Mar 05

End Jan 17 Feb 14 Mar 13

$2999

Per Person Twin Share

$830

Single Supplement Option

May 14 Jun 11 Jul 09 Aug 13 Aug 20 Aug 27 Sep 03 Sep 10 Sep 17 Sep 19 Sep 24 Sep 26 Oct 01 Oct 08 Oct 15 Oct 29 Nov 26

May 22 Jun 19 Jul 17 Aug 21 Aug 28 Sep 04 Sep 11 Sep 18 Sep 25 Sep 27 Oct 02 Oct 04 Oct 09 Oct 16 Oct 23 Nov 06 Dec 04

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Jan 07 Feb 04 Mar 04

End Jan 15 Feb 12 Mar 12

$3100

Per Person Twin Share

$840

Single Supplement Option

May 13 Jun 10 Jul 08 Aug 12 Aug 19 Aug 26 Sep 02 Sep 09 Sep 16 Sep 18 Sep 23 Sep 25 Sep 30 Oct 07 Oct 21 Nov 04 Nov 18

May 21 Jun 18 Jul 16 Aug 20 Aug 27 Sep 03 Sep 10 Sep 17 Sep 24 Sep 26 Oct 01 Oct 03 Oct 08 Oct 15 Oct 29 Nov 12 Nov 26

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Ways to Save

Early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $300 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $150 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $450 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $300 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $295 Save up to $150 Save up to $150 Save $45

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/17.

Optional Experience: Stay an extra night in Fremantle Why not stay an extra night or two in Fremantle? Trust us, one is never enough! Take the opportunity to relax and unwind before you head home and discover the colourful marketplace, indulge in some delicious seafood overlooking the historic harbour and its fishing fleet or sit back with a pale ale or two at Little Creatures Brewery. You won’t be short of things to do. Ask us for details at the time of booking.


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Untamed Kimberley

11 days

Geikie Gorge

• Cruise Katherine Gorge & see ancient Aboriginal rock art

• Marvel at a Cable Beach sunset • Tour Darwin’s city sights

• Indulge in food and wine on Darwin’s waterfront

• Take in some history at Adelaide River War Cemetery

• Visit fascinating Argyle Downs Homestead • Take a thrilling boat ride on the Ord River

• Explore Hidden Valley National Park • Discover Kununurra’s Zebra Stone Factory

• Admire views of Kununurra from Kelly’s Knob Lookout

• Experience the Ord Valley’s gourmet produce at a unique private dinner at Kununurra’s Sandalwood Factory

• Travel on the Gibb River Road • Relax on Chamberlain Gorge with morning tea • Hike up Emma Gorge

• Tour Argyle Diamond Mine • Visit Yiyili Aboriginal Community & art gallery

• Float down Geikie Gorge

• Learn about the historic Boab Prison Tree at Derby

• Enjoy two nights in Broome

Day 1: Welcome to Darwin Welcome to balmy Darwin! This afternoon enjoy a tour of this tropical city. See the mixture of old and new architectural styles and cultural influences including old Government House and the new Northern Territory Parliament building, and see for yourself some of the damage caused to the town during Cyclone Tracy of 1974. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner this evening with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at Wharf One with its spectacular views overlooking the Darwin waterfront. Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin. DW Day 2: Darwin – Katherine Travel south along the Stuart Highway stopping at Adelaide River War Cemetery along the way. During WWII, Adelaide River was headquarters to a large military base, and a large cemetery was created especially for those who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country. This afternoon you continue through Katherine to Nitmiluk National Park. Take a relaxing cruise at Katherine Gorge where you’ll really feel the spirituality of the land and marvel at the gorges while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Traditional Owners, the Jawoyn people. Tonight you’ll have dinner at your hotel. Hotel: Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine. B DW Day 3: Katherine – Kununurra Watch the landscape transform as you journey across vast pastoral leases and Aboriginal homelands into Western Australia. Visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum. The homestead was originally built in 1895 by the famous pioneering Durack family on Argyle Downs

Station. It was faithfully removed brick by brick and reconstructed to become a museum when Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man-made lake was filled. Later, cruise along the Ord River from Lake Argyle to Kununurra. Prior to Lake Argyle being filled, the Ord River only flowed during the wet season between December and March. Now the permanent water supply supports an abundance of life including fish, birds, marsupials and amphibians. Experience a magical sunset on the water before you arrive in Kununurra. Hotel: Kununurra Country Club Resort, 2 nights. B DW

significance to the local Miriwoong people and features intriguing natural rock formations. Afterwards you’ll have time to view the town from Kelly’s Knob Lookout before enjoying a free afternoon to relax and unwind. This evening, ‘You’re invited’ to a privately hosted dinner at the Kununurra Sandalwood Factory in the heartland of Kununurra’s Sandalwood plantations. Enjoy a presentation by a local Sandalwood expert and learn about this fascinating industry while you dine on fresh locally grown produce from the Ord Valley, Australia’s next ‘food bowl’. B YD

Day 4: Kununurra Today you can take an optional early morning scenic flight over the spectacular Bungle Bungle beehive domes before a tour of Kununurra, or you may like to forgo your tour of Kununurra for a full day in-depth 4WD tour of the Bungle Bungle. Kununurra is the hub of local industry for agriculture, tourism and mining in the East Kimberley. On your tour of the town today you’ll visit Mirima National Park, which is home to a huge variety of wildlife including many species of birds, all manner of reptiles, wallabies, bats, dingoes and echidna. The National Park has great cultural

Day 5: Kununurra – El Questro First up, visit Hoochery Distillery and meet the makers of the only rum produced in WA! Take a guided tour and try the famous Ord River Rum Cake for morning tea. Delish! Travel to Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve (weather permitting) to see the birdlife of this region. Marglu Billabong is an important waterbird feeding and breeding area and it’s even a stop off point for migratory birds that come from as far away as Siberia! You’ll see egrets, herons, ibises, magpie geese and maybe even a few jabirus and lurking crocodiles. Continue to the Gibb River Road and journey to

El Questro Wilderness Park


Cruise on ancient waterways, hike to magnificent waterholes, discover the rich Ord River Valley and enjoy an exclusive dining experience and a tour of a rum distillery. Visit a remote indigenous community to meet the locals and relax while taking in a magnificent Cable Beach sunset in Broome.

Inclusions

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide • Quality accommodation • Travel by luxury coach • Included Choice experiences

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (10)  B • Lunches (2)  L • ‘You’re invited’ dinner (1)  YD • Dinners with wine (7)  DW • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Guided Holidays

DARWIN 1 Katherine Gorge KUNUNURRA

1 KATHERINE

EL QUESTRO 2 2 Timber Creek Argyle Diamond Mine Lake Argyle Geikie Gorge 1 Bungle Bungle Range BROOME 2 Derby 1 HALLS CREEK FITZROY CROSSING

Airport transfers

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops Optional experience

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Darwin Airport Day 11 – Flights to depart anytime from Broome Airport

11 days from

$4995

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Darwin to Broome

Code: WDB Also available in reverse as WBD (p60)

$4995

$5150

$1420

$1440

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

2016

Start May 10 May 31 Jun 14 Jun 28 Jul 12 Jul 26 Aug 09 Aug 23 Sep 13

Katherine Gorge El Questro Wilderness Park for your stay at Emma Gorge Resort. Nestled at the foot of the rusty red Cockburn Ranges, you won’t even know the resort is there as you approach down the dusty dirt road, but before you know it, an oasis of native pandanus and palms appear. Staying in safari style tented cabins, you really feel like you’re immersed in nature. It’s just magic! Hotel: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities, El Questro, 2 nights. B DW

Day 6: El Questro Wilderness Park This morning rise to the calls of native birds and head to the resort’s large verandah for a hearty breakfast with views of the surrounding ranges. Next up you’ll travel across the Pentecost River to the hub of El Questro for a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterhole fringed by tropical vegetation and 60 metre tall escarpments. Afterwards, spend a little time at the station and grab a bite for lunch before it’s back to Emma Gorge Resort. This afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy your surrounds. Maybe take a dip in the resort pool, lay back with a good book on your cabin’s verandah or if you’re up for it, join your Travel Director for a challenging hike to Emma Gorge for a dip in the crystal clear waterhole. This evening after dinner, sit back with a drink and enjoy local entertainment. B DW Day 7: El Questro – Halls Creek Today visit the Argyle Diamond Mine. Located at the traditional Barramundi Dreaming site at Barramundi Gap, it’s the world’s largest supplier of natural coloured diamonds. The mine has been operating since 1983 and has produced 800 million carats of rough diamond! A local indigenous guide will join you for an extensive behind the

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scenes look at the diamond mining process and cultural significance of the mine site. Continue south to the historic town of Halls Creek, situated on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, at the doorstep of the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park. The town is rich in Aboriginal and European history and culture. It’s passed by Aboriginal songlines and trading paths stretching from coast to coast and is near the site where prospector Charlie Hall found a one kilogram gold nugget in 1885. Hotel: Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek. B L DW

Day 8: Halls Creek – Fitzroy Crossing Travel through the Kimberley to the remote township of Fitzroy Crossing. Stop at the Yiyili indigenous community. Yiyili is home to approximately 250 residents living scattered across Louisa Downs, a cattle property owned and operated by the community. In the late 80’s the station was handed back to the Cox family and then leased by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) from the family on a 99 year lease. The majority of the residents are Cox family members. You’ll get the chance to meet some of the family at Laari Gallery, an art gallery located at the community. This afternoon cruise with a local guide through Geikie Gorge, which was formed by the waters of the Fitzroy River tunnelling through the Napier Range. During the wet season, the Fitzroy River rises over 16 metres, staining the limestone walls of the gorge and flooding the national park with seven metres of water. In the dry season, the river transforms itself into a quiet stream strung beneath the towering cliffs of the Devonian Reef. Watch for freshwater

End May 20 Jun 10 Jun 24 Jul 08 Jul 22 Aug 05 Aug 19 Sep 02 Sep 23

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start May 09 May 30 Jun 13 Jun 27 Jul 11 Jul 25 Aug 08 Aug 22 Sep 12

End May 19 Jun 09 Jun 23 Jul 07 Jul 21 Aug 04 Aug 18 Sep 01 Sep 22

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crocodiles, fruit bats and wallabies as the 30 metre high walls of the gorge tower above you. Hotel: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing. B L DW

Day 9: Fitzroy Crossing – Broome Travel to the port of Derby and see the fascinating Boab Prison Tree, said to have been used by the first police in the 1890’s as an overnight holding cell for people on their way to Derby for sentencing. Continue to the tropical resort town of Broome on the Indian Ocean. This evening sit back and relax with a drink to watch the spectacular sunset over the ocean and join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a farewell dinner to share a few laughs and relive all the stories from your journey across the Kimberley. Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome, 2 nights. B FD Day 10: Broome Included Choice Today after a Broome tour with your Travel Director, choose from a selection of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You may like to take an exciting Pearl Luggers tour to hear the intriguing stories of early pearling and see two restored pearling luggers and memorabilia including original hard hat diving suits and more. Maybe take a Hovercraft flight on Roebuck Bay to experience the scenery and historic sights of the Broome coastline or hop on board the camel train for a ride along the beach! At some stage you must take a leisurely stroll along the 22 kilometres of sand and swim in the turquoise water of pristine Cable Beach. B Day 11: Farewell from Broome Say farewell to your fellow travellers this morning when your holiday across The Kimberley concludes after breakfast. B

Ways to Save

Early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $500 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $250 Kings Club early payment discount Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $750 Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $500 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $500 Save up to $250 Save up to $250 Save $45

All savings are per person. See discounts details on page 15. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/17.

How did the stripes form? Why do they look like beehives? Get up close to the Bungle Bungle . . . learn this and more!

Nellie  Travel Director

Optional Experience:

Bungle Bungle 4WD

Explore the Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park. Fly over the Ord River and lake Argyle then circle over the Bungle Bungle before touching down. Board a 4WD vehicle and transfer to the unique beehive domes to see and photograph the magnificent Bungle Bungle Range up close. Ask us for details at time of booking.


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Wonders of the Kimberley

11 days

Mirima National Park

• Enjoy two nights in Broome • Learn about the historic Boab Prison Tree at Derby • Float down Geikie Gorge

• Visit Yiyili Aboriginal Community & art gallery

• Tour Argyle Diamond Mine • Hike up Emma Gorge

• Relax on Chamberlain Gorge with morning tea

• Travel on the Gibb River Road

• Experience the Ord Valley’s gourmet produce at a unique private dinner at Kununurra’s Sandalwood Factory

• Taste the rum at Hoochery Distillery

• Discover Kununurra’s Zebra Stone Factory

• Explore Hidden Valley National Park • Take a thrilling boat ride on the Ord River

• Visit Argyle Downs Homestead

• Take in some history at Adelaide River War Cemetery

• Indulge in food and wine on Darwin’s waterfront • Tour Darwin’s city sights

• Marvel at a Cable Beach sunset • Cruise Katherine Gorge & see ancient Aboriginal rock art

Day 1: Welcome to Broome Welcome to tropical Broome! Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers and get to know them over a drink at a welcome reception, then join them for a delicious dinner at the Sunset Bar and Grill with views of the Indian Ocean. Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome, 2 nights. DW Day 2: Broome Included Choice Today after a Broome tour, choose from a selection of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You may like to take an exciting Pearl Luggers tour to hear the intriguing stories of early pearling and see two restored pearling luggers and memorabilia including original hard hat diving suits and more. Maybe take a Hovercraft flight on Roebuck Bay to experience the scenery and historic sights of the Broome coastline or hop on board the camel train for a ride along the beach! At some stage you must take a leisurely stroll along the 22 kilometres of sand and swim in the turquoise water of pristine Cable Beach, and don’t miss out on the spectacular sunset. B Day 3: Broome – Fitzroy Crossing Travel to the port of Derby and see the fascinating Boab Prison Tree, said to have been used by the first police in the 1890’s as an overnight holding cell for people on their way to Derby for sentencing. Continue to Geikie Gorge for a relaxing cruise and to take in the magnificent colours and structure of the gorge’s stone walls. During the wet season, the Fitzroy River rises over 16 metres, staining the limestone walls of the gorge and flooding the national park with seven metres of water. In the dry season, the river transforms itself into a quiet stream strung beneath the towering cliffs of the Devonian Reef. Watch for

freshwater crocodiles, fruit bats and wallabies as the 30 metre high walls of the gorge tower above you. Continue to Fitzroy Crossing. Hotel: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing. B DW

Day 4: Fitzroy Crossing – Halls Creek Today stop at the Yiyili indigenous community to visit Laari Gallery. Yiyili is home to approximately 250 residents living scattered across Louisa Downs, a cattle property owned and operated by the community. In the late 80’s the station was handed back to the Cox family and then leased by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) from the family on a 99 year lease. The majority of the residents are Cox family members. You’ll get the chance to meet some of the family at the community’s art gallery. Continue to Halls Creek, a town rich in history and culture. Hotel: Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek. B L DW Day 5: Halls Creek – El Questro Today visit the Argyle Diamond Mine, the world’s largest supplier of natural coloured diamonds. The mine has been operating since 1983 and has produced 800 million carats of rough diamond since! A local indigenous guide will join you for an extensive behind the scenes look at the diamond mining process and teach you about the cultural significance of the mine site before you sit down to a buffet lunch in the

Gantheaume Point, Broome

mine’s staff village. Next travel to Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve (weather permitting) to see the bird life of this region. You’ll see egrets, herons, ibises, magpie geese and maybe even a few jabirus and lurking crocodiles. Continue to El Questro Wilderness Park for your stay at Emma Gorge Resort. Nestled at the foot of the rusty red Cockburn Ranges, you won’t even know the resort is there as you approach down the dusty dirt road, but before you know it, an oasis of native pandanus and palms appear. Staying in safari style tented cabins, you really feel like you’re immersed in nature. It’s bound to be a highlight! Hotel: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities, El Questro, 2 nights. B L DW

Day 6: El Questro Wilderness Park This morning rise to the calls of native birds and head to the resort’s large verandah for a hearty breakfast with views of the surrounding ranges. Next up you’ll travel across the Pentecost River to the hub of El Questro Wilderness Park for a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterhole fringed by tropical vegetation and 60 metre tall escarpments. Afterwards, spend a little time at the station and grab a bite for lunch before it’s back to Emma Gorge Resort. This afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy your surrounds. Maybe take a


Begin with a spectacular Cable Beach sunset then enter the rugged Kimberley to cruise down rich waterways teeming with wildlife, visit a remote Aboriginal community and tour through Argyle Diamond Mine. Experience the Ord Valley’s gourmet produce at a unique private dinner and top off your trip in tropical Darwin.

Inclusions

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide • Quality accommodation • Travel by luxury coach • Included Choice experiences

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (10)  B • Lunches (2)  L • ‘You’re invited’ dinner (1)  YD • Dinners with wine (7)  DW • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Guided Holidays

DARWIN 1 Katherine Gorge KUNUNURRA

1 KATHERINE

EL QUESTRO 2 2 Timber Creek Argyle Diamond Mine Lake Argyle Geikie Gorge Bungle Bungle Range 1 BROOME 2 Derby 1 HALLS CREEK FITZROY CROSSING

Airport transfers

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops Optional experience

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Broome Airport Day 11 – Flights to depart anytime from Darwin Airport

11 days from

$4995

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Broome to Darwin

Code: WBD Also available in reverse as WDB (p58)

$4995

$5150

$1420

$1440

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

2016

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Day 7: El Questro – Kununurra This morning, head for Kununurra, the food bowl of WA. First up visit Hoochery Distillery, makers of Ord River Rum, the only rum produced in Western Australia! Take a guided tour and hear how Spike Dessert and his family came to open the distillery, before you sit down and try their famous Ord River Rum Cake for morning tea. Delish! Later enjoy a visit to the historic Durack Homestead Museum. The homestead was originally built in 1895 by the famous pioneering Durack family and was faithfully removed brick by brick from its original location and reconstructed to become a museum when Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man-made lake was filled. Later, cruise along the Ord River from Lake Argyle back to Kununurra and experience the abundance or birdlife these permanent waters have brought to the region. Experience a magical sunset on the water before you arrive in the Kununurra. Hotel: The Kimberley Grande, Kununurra, 2 nights. B DW Day 8: Kununurra Today you can take an optional early morning scenic flight over the spectacular Bungle Bungle beehive domes before a tour of Kununurra, or you may like to forgo your tour of Kununurra for a full day in-depth 4WD tour of the Bungle Bungle. Kununurra is the hub of local industry for agriculture, tourism and mining

in the East Kimberley. On your tour of the town today you’ll visit Mirima National Park, which is home to a big variety of wildlife including many species of birds, all manner of reptiles, wallabies, bats, dingoes and echidna. The National Park has great cultural significance to the local Miriwoong people and features intriguing natural rock formations. Afterwards you’ll have time to view the town from Kelly’s Knob Lookout before enjoying a free afternoon to relax and unwind. This evening, ‘You’re invited’ to a privately hosted dinner at the Kununurra Sandalwood Factory in the heartland of Kununurra’s Sandalwood plantations. Enjoy a presentation by a local Sandalwood expert and learn about this fascinating industry while you dine on fresh locally grown produce from the Ord Valley. B YD

Day 9: Kununurra – Katherine Watch the landscape change as you journey across vast pastoral leases and Aboriginal homelands into the Northern Territory’s Top End. Get ready for tomorrow’s wonderful early morning cruise on stunning Katherine Gorge. Hotel: Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine. B DW Day 10: Katherine – Darwin This morning travel to Nitmiluk National Park. Take a relaxing cruise at Katherine Gorge on the placid waters of the river where you’ll feel the spirituality of the land and marvel at the towering cliffs while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Traditional Owners, the Jawoyn people. Travel north along the Stuart Highway stopping at Adelaide River War Cemetery along the way. During WWII, Adelaide River was headquarters to a large military base, and a large

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Ord River dip in the resort pool, lay back with a good book on your cabin’s verandah or if you’re up for it, join your Travel Director for a challenging hike to Emma Gorge for a dip in the crystal clear waterhole. This evening after dinner, sit back with a drink and enjoy local entertainment. B DW

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cemetery was created especially for those who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country. On arrival in Darwin, enjoy a city tour of the tropical capital, before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a delicious farewell dinner overlooking the waterfront. Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin. B FD

Day 11: Farewell from Darwin This morning, bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your journey across the Kimberley concludes after breakfast. B

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Remote, rugged, and one of the most striking geological landmarks in Australia! Zoey  Reservations

Optional Experience: Bungle Bungle Scenic Flight

To see the Bungle Bungle Range from the air is truly spectacular! If you don’t head to the Bungle Bungle on a full day tour, you absolutely must take an unforgettable scenic flight over the beehive domes, Lake Argyle, the Argyle Diamond Mine and the Ord River irrigation area. Ask us for details at time of booking.


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Untamed Kimberley  & West Coast

12/20 days

Cable Beach sunset

• Frolic with dolphins at Monkey Mia

• Tour Darwin’s city sights

• Indulge in food and wine on Darwin’s waterfront • Visit fascinating Argyle Downs Homestead • Take a thrill ride on the Ord River

• Explore Hidden Valley National Park

• Experience the Ord Valley’s gourmet produce

• Visit WA’s only rum distillery • Relax on Chamberlain Gorge with morning tea

• Take a hike to Emma Gorge • Tour Argyle Diamond Mine • Visit Yiyili Aboriginal Community & art gallery

• Float down Geikie Gorge

• Discover the Boab Prison Tree • Visit Karijini’s waterholes • Tour an Iron Ore mine

• Cruise on stunning Coral Bay • Discover WA’s famous wildflowers at Kalbarri (seasonal)

• Explore the mystical Pinnacles • Visit the HMAS Sydney Memorial

• Walk along Shell Beach

Day 1: Welcome to Darwin Welcome to balmy Darwin! This afternoon enjoy a tour of this tropical city. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner this evening with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at Wharf One with its spectacular views overlooking the Darwin waterfront. Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin. DW Day 2: Darwin – Katherine Travel to Adelaide River War Cemetery. During WWII, Adelaide River was the headquarters of a large military base. This afternoon continue through Katherine to Nitmiluk National Park. Take a relaxing cruise at Katherine Gorge where you’ll really feel the spirituality of the land, spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the Jawoyn people. Tonight you’ll have dinner at your hotel. Hotel: Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine. B DW Day 3: Katherine – Kununurra Watch the landscape transform as you journey into Western Australia. Visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum. Later, cruise along the Ord River from Lake Argyle to Kununurra. Prior to Lake Argyle being filled, the Ord River only flowed during the wet season between December and March. Now the permanent water supply supports an abundance of life including fish, birds, marsupials and amphibians. Experience a magical sunset on the water before you arrive in Kununurra. Hotel: Kununurra Country Club Resort, 2 nights. B DW Day 4: Kununurra Today you can take an optional early morning scenic flight over the spectacular Bungle Bungle beehive domes before a tour of Kununurra, or you may like to forgo your tour of

Kununurra for a full day, in-depth 4WD tour of the Bungle Bungle. On your tour of the town today, you’ll visit Mirima National Park. The National Park has great cultural significance to the local Miriwoong people and features intriguing natural rock formations. Afterwards view the town from Kelly’s Knob Lookout before a free afternoon to relax and unwind. This evening, ‘You’re invited’ to a privately hosted dinner at the Kununurra Sandalwood Factory. Dine on fresh locally grown produce from the Ord Valley, Australia’s next ‘food bowl’. B YD

Day 5: Kununurra – El Questro First up visit Hoochery Distillery, makers of Ord River Rum. Take a guided tour and hear how Spike Dessert and his family came to open the distillery, before you sit down and try their famous Ord River Rum Cake for morning tea. Delish! Travel to Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve (weather permitting) to see the birdlife of this region. Marglu Billabong is an important waterbird feeding and breeding area. Continue to El Questro Wilderness Park for your stay at Emma Gorge Resort. Staying in safari style tented cabins, you really feel like you’re immersed in nature. It’s just magic! Hotel: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities, El Questro, 2 nights. B DW Day 6: El Questro Wilderness Park This morning rise to the calls of native birds. Travel across the Pentecost River to the hub of El Questro Wilderness Park for a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge. Afterwards, spend a little time at the station and grab a bite to eat, before it’s back to Emma Gorge Resort. This afternoon maybe take a dip in the resort pool, lay back with a good book on your cabin’s verandah or if you’re

up for it, join your Travel Director for a challenging hike to Emma Gorge. B DW

Day 7: El Questro – Halls Creek Today visit Argyle Diamond Mine, the world’s largest supplier of natural coloured diamonds. The mine has been operating since 1983 and has produced 800 million carats of rough diamond! A local indigenous guide will join you for an extensive behind the scenes look at the diamond mining process and cultural significance of the mine site. Continue south to the historic town of Halls Creek. The town is rich in Aboriginal and European history and culture. It’s passed by Aboriginal songlines and trading paths stretching from coast to coast and is near the site where prospector, Charlie Hall found a one kilogram gold nugget in 1885 Hotel: Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek. B L DW Day 8: Halls Creek – Fitzroy Crossing This morning we experience the Yiyili indigenous community, home to 250 residents living on Louisa Downs, a cattle property owned and operated by the community. The majority of the residents are Cox family members. You’ll get the chance to meet some of the family at Laari Gallery, an art gallery located at the community. This afternoon cruise through Geikie Gorge, which was formed by the waters of the Fitzroy River tunnelling through the Napier Range. In the dry season, the river transforms itself into a quiet stream strung beneath the towering cliffs of the Devonian Reef. Watch for freshwater crocodiles, fruit bats and wallabies. Hotel: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing. B L DW Day 9: Fitzroy Crossing – Broome Travel to the port of Derby and see the fascinating Boab Prison Tree.


The contrasting landscapes of the rugged Kimberley, spectacular coastline and the rich mineral fields will amaze you. Cruise on rivers and gorges, hike to waterholes, tour working mines, relax on sandy beaches and stay in safari style accommodation. Discover the ocean at Broome, Coral Bay and Monkey Mia and the Outback scenery of the Kimberley and Pilbara.

Inclusions

DARWIN 1 KUNUNURRA

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide • Quality accommodation • Travel by luxury coach • Included Choice experiences

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

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KATHERINE EL QUESTRO 2 Lake Argyle FITZROY CROSSING 1 1 Bungle Bungle Range BROOME 2 Derby HALLS CREEK PORT HEADLAND Geikie Gorge

• Full buffet breakfasts (19)  B • Lunches (4)  L • ‘You’re invited’ dinner (1)  YD • Dinners with wine (14)  DW • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

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Yanchep National Park

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Broome to Perth Code: WBMP Mia where you’ll stay for the next landscape of spectacular gorges, waterfalls and rock pools. You’ll explore two nights. Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, 2 nights. B DW Fortescue Falls at Dales Gorge and if you’re up to it, you can take a walk to Day 17: Monkey Mia ‘Free Time’ a plunge pool. This afternoon travel to After a leisurely breakfast overlooking Tom Price. Enjoy a guided tour of Rio the calm waters of the bay, watch the Tinto’s Open Cut Iron Ore Mine site. 2 MONKEY MIA famous dolphins swim into shore (as You will be amazed by the massive dolphins are wild their appearance 1 KALBARRI pit and see the huge machinery and New Day 10: Broome Included Choice cannot be guaranteed). Today is yours GERALDTON trucks in action as 1you’reNorcia lead to to do as you choose. Why not take a Today after a Broome tour with the heart of the operation. Hotel: The Pinnacles flight over Shark Bay Marine your Travel Director, choose from a 1 scenic KALGOORLIE Tom Price Yanchep Hotel Motel. B L DW Park or take an afternoon wildlife selection of Included Choice sightseeing National Park Day 14: Tom Price cruise aboard a catamaran to spot experiences. You may like to take an 1 1 PERTH– Exmouth Le Grand creatures great and small. In the exciting Pearl Luggers tour to hear the Today you journey to the spectacular Wave Rock seaCape FREMANTLE 2 National Parknothing like sitting evening, there’s intriguing stories of early pearling. Take waters of the West Coast. Exmouth 2 back with a cocktail or a cool beer, a Hovercraft flight on Roebuck Bay to is situated onBusselton the boundary of Cape ESPERANCE 2 the Ningaloo watching the world go by as the experience the scenery and historic Range National RIVER Park and MARGARET 1 Stirling Ranges sun Park goes down over the water. B sights of the Broome coastline or hop Marine Parkofand built to house National Valley thewas Giants ALBANY on board the camel train for a ride along the families of US Navy personnel Day 18: Monkey Mia – Geraldton the beach! At some stage you must take working at Naval Communication Venture to Kalbarri National Park and a leisurely stroll along Cable Beach. B Station Harold E Holt. Visit Vlaming visit Hawks Head Lookout. Keep an Head Lighthouse for a stunning view Day 11: Broome – Port Hedland eye out for graceful Peregrine Falcons over Lighthouse Bay and enjoy a tour hunting along the gorges and cliffs. Today, head south to the Pilbara region. of the township. Tonight stay just Known for its rich cultural landscape, During wildflower season, the metres from the water, overlooking red earth and vast mineral deposits, the National Park is a bloom with many Exmouth Gulf. Hotel: Novotel region’s diverse landscape will fascinate a variety of wildflower. You’ll spot Ningaloo Resort, Exmouth. B L DW you. Port Hedland is a hub for major Acacia, Banksia, Caladenia and more! Day 15: Exmouth – Carnarvon resource activity and is a powerhouse On arrival in Geraldton you’ll visit the of the Australian economy. Its natural evocative HMAS Sydney Memorial On a shallow draft glass bottom boat, deep anchorage harbour sees the and have time to discover the seaside cruise over World Heritage Listed export of iron ore, salt, manganese, township. Hotel: Mantra Geraldton. B Ningaloo Reef at Coral Bay to see livestock and natural gas from the coral formations found in the lagoon Day 19: Geraldton – Perth nearby off shore gas fields. Hotel: The gardens of the inner reef. On your one Visit Nambung National Park, home of Esplanade Hotel, Port Hedland. B DW hour coral cruise you’ll see wonderful the marvelous Pinnacles. This afternoon fish and corals without having to Day 12: Port Hedland – visit Yanchep National Park where you’ll get in the water. It’s a fantastic Karijini National Park enjoy a fantastic Aboriginal cultural experience! Hotel: Best Western experience in a bush setting. Continue Journey in to the depths of the Pilbara Hospitality Inn, Carnarvon. B DW to Perth and join your fellow travellers to Karijini National Park, famous Day 16: Carnarvon – Monkey Mia for a few laughs over a farewell dinner. for the natural beauty of its deep Hotel: Travelodge Perth. B FD gorges, secluded emerald rock pools Travel to Hamelin Pool to see the and ice blue waterfalls. Your stay world’s best known colony of Day 20: Farewell from Perth tonight is in safari-style eco tents. Stromatolites. Later visit fascinating Bid your new friends farewell Hotel: Karijini Eco Retreat. B DW Shell Beach. Continue to the crystal when your West Coast holiday blue waters and the pristine white Day 13: Karijini - Tom Price concludes after breakfast. B shell and sandy beaches of Monkey This morning we explore the startling

Continue to tropical Broome on the Indian Ocean. This evening perhaps sit back and relax with a drink to watch the spectacular sunset over the ocean, before a delicious dinner. Guests join this afternoon in Broome (WBMP). Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome, 2 nights. B DW

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Optional Experience:

Monkey Mia Magic Sunset Cruise

A sunset cruise on the bay can be a gentle, relaxed silent sail on a still sea or invigorating with the wind in your hair and perhaps a bit of spray on your face. You’re invited to bring along a few cheeky beverages and nibbles so get your friends together and enjoy! Ask your Travel Director for details.


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You can literally see my house from the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, so I love to tell our guests I am sharing my backyard with them. But jokes aside, this tropical part of Queensland IS my home. I love to tell stories of the unique locals and history, and I always share the secret places the locals like to eat and play. Ricky  Cairns-based Driver Guide

Cultural Experiences Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk  Daintree Rainforest

In this hands-on experience you’ll explore the Daintree Rainforest with a local indigenous guide who will start by conducting a traditional smoking ceremony, before sharing bush tucker secrets and teaching you about traditional plant use. Your guide will tell enchanting stories of the rainforest and give you an insight into the special relationship the local people have with this unique tropical environment.

Natural Wonders Great Barrier Reef  

Tropical North Queensland

One of the natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest single structure made by a living organism, with over 2,900 individual coral reefs and 900 islands. It’s larger than the Great Wall of China and is even visible from space! Marvel at dugongs, sea turtles, dolphins, whales and more than 1,500 species of fish.


Great Barrier Reef & Queensland

Mossman Gorge

Here comes the sun Queensland is beautiful one day and perfect the next! It’s the sun, sand and sea that make Queensland Australia’s number one tropical paradise. Home to white sandy beaches, aqua blue waters surrounding pristine islands and lush rainforests, it’s hard not to truly feel like you’re on holiday in Queensland. From Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, to Hamilton Island in the heart of the Whitsundays, you can relax and soak up the sun on your own island getaway. Of course a visit to Queensland is not complete without a trip to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. You’ll discover the unique underwater wildlife and see the spectacular colours of the reef system come alive. From the sea to the land, you can also discover the tropical plateau of the Atherton Tablelands, visit a working cattle station or even enjoy some shopping on the cosmopolitan Gold Coast. What you’ll love most of all is the relaxing outdoor lifestyle that is Queensland.

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Great Barrier Reef As this Guided Holiday departs early morning, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

• Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef

• Discover Port Macquarie on the beautiful NSW coast

• Visit Cape Byron Lighthouse on the most eastern point of Australia • Discover eclectic Byron Bay • Experience the vibrant Gold Coast

• Check out amazing wildlife at Australia Zoo

• Visit the koalas in Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital

• Relax in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast

• Explore Fraser Island by 4WD

• Indulge in an Aussie BBQ on Fraser Island

• Swim in Lake McKenzie

• Discover farm life at Langmorn Station with homemade afternoon tea • Experience island life on Hamilton Island and explore the Whitsundays • Stroll along spectacular Mission Beach

• Indulge in morning tea at Mungalli Creek Dairy

• Visit Millaa Millaa Falls

• Cruise Lake Barrine

Day 1: Sydney – Coffs Harbour You’ll visit picturesque seaside Port Macquarie at lunchtime on the way to Coffs Harbour. Why not grab yourself a take away coffee and stroll along the waterfront in the sun. On arrival in Coffs Harbour you’ll have the chance to freshen up before you get to know your fellow travellers over dinner and drinks. Hotel: Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour. D Day 2: Coffs Harbour – Gold Coast Journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse and enjoy superb views from Australia’s eastern-most point over the Pacific Ocean. At the right time of year you may be lucky enough to spot migrating whales frolicking off the coast. Afterwards spend time discovering the relaxed bohemian vibe of Byron Bay. For lunch we recommend fresh fish and chips on the beach, there’s nothing more Australian! Continue to the famous holiday destination, the Gold Coast. Hotel: Vibe Hotel Gold Coast. B Day 3: Gold Coast – Noosa Guests join this morning in Brisbane Cairns

(Code: QBC). After a short orientation tour of Brisbane, visit Australia Zoo, made famous by the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin and his family. Enjoy a sneak peek into the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and see how   AAT Kings works with Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors to support the koala rehabilitation project at the hospital, the country’s largest and busiest wildlife facility. Catch one of the many shows and wander through the zoo’s fascinating grounds. It’s bound to be a wildlife experience you’ll never forget. Later travel to the resort town of Noosa for a relaxing stay. Hotel: Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa, 2 nights. B

Day 4: Noosa Free Time Take time out to discover Noosa for yourself. Swim at Noosa Main Beach or venture a little further with an easy, spectacular walk along the headland through to Noosa National Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may like to hire a stand-up paddle board or even take a boat ride through the incredible Noosa Everglades, one of Australia’s most beautiful wilderness areas. You’ll love the dark waterways and myriad of wildlife along the Noosa River.

It’s truly spectacular! This evening choose one of the town’s eateries and dine on inspiring local delights. B

Day 5: Noosa – Hervey Bay A day of discovery lies ahead as you cross by ferry to explore the wonders of World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Your 4WD tour takes you to the coloured sands of Rainbow Beach (tidal) and beyond. Visit Lake McKenzie, ringed with magnificent white sandy beaches. Walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station with its huge satinay, scribbly gum and kauri trees and enjoy a delicious lunch before arriving in Hervey Bay. Hotel: Mantra Hervey Bay. B L D Day 6: Hervey Bay – Rockhampton Stop at Langmorn Station, a fully operational cattle station. A member of the Creed family will treat you to a guided tour of the property including their original family homestead, built in 1873. Enjoy afternoon tea in the garden in the company of the pet kangaroo! Cross the Tropic of Capricorn as you arrive in Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia! Your night is free so why not try some local beef at one of the town’s steakhouses.


Explore the glittering coastline of Eastern Australia. Travel from Sydney (13 day option) to Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast. From Brisbane (11 day option) it’s off to relaxing Noosa and pristine Fraser Island. Tour a Rockhampton cattle station. Explore Hamilton Island and the exquisite Whitsundays, then head to tropical Cairns for a cruise on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Guided Holidays

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• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide • Comfortable accommodation • Travel by luxury coach

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (12)  B • Lunches (3)  L • Dinners (4)  D • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

CAIRNS 3 Atherton Tablelands

Airport transfers

Day prior – Flights to arrive anytime into Sydney Airport Day 13 – Flights to depart anytime from Cairns Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

11 days from

1 MISSION BEACH Townsville 2 HAMILTON ISLAND Airlie Beach Sarina

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Fraser Island

2 NOOSA Brisbane

GOLD COAST 1 Byron Bay

COFFS HARBOUR 1 Port Macquarie Sydney

Day 8: Hamilton Island ‘Free Time’ Today in paradise, it’s time to let your hair down and relax. You may like to take a cruise to famous Whitehaven Beach or even strap on a snorkel and mask to spot turtles and other marine life on the fringing reef. You could choose to discover native Australian animals at the island’s wildlife park or grab a bite to eat at one of the island’s restaurants and watch the world go by. Whatever you do, at some stage, grab a good book and sit back and relax by the resort pool. B Day 9: Hamilton Island – Mission Beach This morning you’ll board a ferry back to the mainland and continue north along the Bruce Highway to Townsville for a stop at lunchtime. You’ll have the opportunity to take a stroll along the Strand with views to Magnetic Island. Your destination for the night is Mission Beach,

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Hotel: Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton. B

Day 7: Rockhampton – Hamilton Island Travel North to the sugar town of Sarina for a guided tour through a miniature sugar mill with lunch. On your tour you’ll get a peak in to sugar cane processing and witness fully functioning distilling equipment in action. Afterwards you can taste some of the products made on site before sitting down for a light lunch. Continue past Mackay to Airlie Beach to catch a ferry to Hamilton Island, one of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsundays. You’ll be surrounded by pristine beaches, and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life! Hotel: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island, 2 nights. B L D

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Lake Barrine where you’ll stay with views over the ocean. Magic! Hotel: Castaways Resort & Spa, Mission Beach. B D

Day 10: Mission Beach – Cairns This morning there will be time to take a walk along the shore and feel the golden sand between your toes before you depart Mission Beach. Today you’ll travel through the high tropical plateau known as the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforests, waterfalls and lakes abound. First up, stop at Mungalli Creek Dairy. The dairy was established by the Watson family who believe that it’s vital that food be produced as naturally as possible. You’ll get the chance to taste their biodynamic cheese and yogurt and sit down to a delicious morning tea. Next up visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree. Keep an eye out for the spectacular Ulysses Butterfly while you’re there. Before heading to Cairns for three nights you’ll take a serene cruise on Lake Barrine. Hotel: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, 3 nights. B Day 11: Great Barrier Reef Board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. The world heritage listed reef is the only living organism you can see from the moon. Imagine that! You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling and

view this natural living wonder upclose (equipment provided) and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and the semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon. You have a free evening to do as you choose. Why not take a stroll along The Esplanade and check out the Cairns Night Market. B L

Day 12: Cairns ‘Free Time’ Today is free for you to do as you please. It’s time to let your hair down before your holiday comes to an end. You may choose to take an iconic rail journey on board Kuranda Scenic Railway to the village in the rainforest, Kuranda, or even explore a world of rich culture and traditions at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. If you just want to relax, lay by your resort’s pool or even take a walk to a local cafe and watch the world go by. This evening join your Travel Director and companions for a farewell dinner. Share a few laughs over a drink or two and a delicious meal created with fresh seasonal produce. B FD

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Early payment discount  Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $450  Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $225 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $675  Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $450 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $450  Save up to $225  Save up to $225 Save $45

All savings are per person. See discounts details on   page 15. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices   may change from 01/04/17.

Day 13: Farewell from Cairns Bid farewell to your new found friends when your holiday concludes after breakfast. B Millaa Millaa Falls


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East Coast Beaches  and Reef

10/13 days

Colourful coral & tropical fish

• Cruise the Great Barrier Reef

• Discover the reef’s underwater life on a semisubmersible watercraft • Indulge in morning tea at Mungalli Creek Dairy • Explore the Whitsundays • Experience island life on Hamilton Island

• Explore Langmorn Station and enjoy homemade morning tea • Swim in Lake McKenzie • Cruise Lake Barrine

• Explore Fraser Island by 4WD • Relax on the beaches of Noosa

• Visit the koalas in Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital

• Check out amazing wildlife at Australia Zoo • Explore Brisbane’s South Bank

• Try out a local restaurant on the vibrant Gold Coast

Day 1: Welcome to Cairns Welcome to Cairns! Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an orientation tour of this laid back tropical city. This evening get to know each other over a drink and a delicious meal featuring fresh seasonal produce at a local restaurant. Hotel: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, 2 nights. D Day 2: Great Barrier Reef Board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. The world heritage listed reef is the only living organism you can see from the moon. Imagine that! You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder upclose (equipment provided) and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and the semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon. You have a free evening to do as you choose. Why not take a stroll along the esplanade and check out the Cairns Night Market. B L Day 3: Cairns – Mission Beach This morning travel through the high tropical plateau known as the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforests, waterfalls and lakes abound. You’ll visit Lake Barrine and

• Discover bohemian Byron Bay

• Visit Cape Byron Lighthouse on the eastern most point of Australia • Celebrate at a dinner overlooking Sydney’s waterfront

The Gold Coast

enjoy a serene cruise that will have you up close to one of the most complex rainforests in the world. Next up visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree. Keep an eye out for the spectacular Ulysses Butterfly! Before heading back to the coast, stop at Mungalli Creek Dairy. The dairy was established by the Watson family who believe that it’s vital that food be produced as naturally as possible. You’ll get the chance to taste their biodynamic cheese and yogurt and sit down to a delicious afternoon tea. There will be time to take a walk along the shore and feel the golden sand between your toes when you arrive in Mission Beach this afternoon. Hotel: Castaways Resort & Spa, Mission Beach. B D

Day 4: Mission Beach – Hamilton Island Travel down the coast towards tonight’s stopover in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef on spectacular Hamilton Island. You’ll visit Townsville where there’s time for a stroll along the Strand, then travel to Airlie Beach to catch the ferry to the island, one of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsundays. You’ll be surrounded by pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life! Hotel: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island, 2 nights. B D

Day 5: Hamilton Island ‘Free Time’ Today in paradise, it’s time to let your hair down and relax. You may like to take a cruise to famous Whitehaven Beach or even strap on a snorkel and mask to spot turtles and other marine life on the fringing reef. You could choose to discover native Australian animals at the island’s wildlife park or grab a bite to eat at one of the island’s restaurants and watch the world go by. Whatever you do, at some stage, grab a good book and sit back and relax by the resort pool. B Day 6: Hamilton Island – Rockhampton Return to the mainland and travel south through Mackay, Australia’s sugar capital, to Sarina for a guided tour through a miniature sugar mill with lunch. On your tour you’ll get a peak in to sugar cane processing and witness fully functioning sugar processing and distilling equipment in action. Afterwards you can taste some of the products made on site before sitting down for a light lunch. Continue to Rockhampton, Australia’s beef capital! Your night is free so why not try some local beef at one of the town’s steakhouses. Hotel: Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton. B L


Start your journey in tropical Cairns before boarding a high speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. Swim at inviting Mission Beach and stay at Hamilton Island. Next explore Sarina, a cattle station at Rockhampton, pristine Fraser Island and Noosa. You even have the option to extend your trip to end in Sydney via Coffs Harbour.

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Inclusions

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide • Comfortable accommodation • Travel by luxury coach

Dining

CAIRNS

• Full buffet breakfasts (12)  B • Lunches (2)  L • Dinners (5)  D • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Atherton Tablelands

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

1 MISSION BEACH Townsville 2 HAMILTON ISLAND Airlie Beach

Airport transfers

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Cairns Airport Day 13 – Flights to depart anytime from Sydney Airport

2

Sarina

End

Fraser Island

2 NOOSA Brisbane

GOLD COAST 1 Byron Bay

COFFS HARBOUR 1 Port Macquarie

1 SYDNEY Day 7: Rockhampton – Hervey Bay Cross the Tropic of Capricorn and stop at Langmorn Station, a fully operational cattle station. A member of the Creed family will treat you to a guided tour of the property including their original family homestead, built in 1873. Enjoy morning tea in the garden in the company of the pet kangaroo! Continue to Hervey Bay, gateway to Fraser Island. Hotel: Mantra Hervey Bay. B D Day 8: Hervey Bay – Noosa A day of discovery lies ahead as you cross by ferry to explore the wonders of World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Visit Lake McKenzie, ringed with magnificent white sandy beaches. Walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station with its huge satinay, scribbly gum and kauri trees. Enjoy lunch before your 4WD tour takes you to the coloured sands of Rainbow Beach (tidal) and beyond on to the Sunshine Coast resort town of Noosa. Hotel: Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa, 2 nights. B L Day 9: Noosa ‘Free Time’ Take time out to discover Noosa for yourself. Swim at Noosa Main Beach or venture a little further with an easy, spectacular walk along the headland through to Noosa National

Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may like to hire a stand-up paddle board or even take a boat ride through the incredible Noosa Everglades, one of Australia’s most beautiful wilderness areas. You’ll love the dark waterways and myriad of wildlife along the Noosa River – it’s truly spectacular! This evening choose one of the town’s eateries and dine on inspiring local delights. B

Day 10: Noosa – Gold Coast Visit Australia Zoo, made famous by the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin and Bindi. Enjoy a sneak peek in to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and see how   AAT Kings works with Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors to support the koala rehabilitation project at the hospital, the country’s largest and busiest wildlife facility. Catch a show in the world famous Crocoseum and wander through the zoo’s fascinating grounds. It’s bound to be a wildlife experience you’ll never forget. Later, you travel to Brisbane for a sightseeing tour then continue to the Gold Coast. Guests depart this afternoon in Brisbane (Code: QCB). Tonight is free for you to dine at one of the many restaurants and cafés. Hotel: Vibe Hotel Gold Coast. B

Per Person Twin Share Land Only Code: QCS

HERVEY BAY 1 Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

$3875

Cairns to Sydney

ROCKHAMPTON 1 Start

10 days from

Day 11: Gold Coast – Coffs Harbour Journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse and enjoy superb views from Australia’s eastern-most point over the Pacific Ocean. At the right time of year you may be lucky enough to spot migrating whales. Afterwards spend time discovering the relaxed bohemian vibe of Byron Bay. For lunch we recommend fresh fish and chips on the beach, there’s nothing more Australian! Continue to beachside Coffs Harbour. Hotel: Opal Cove Resort. B D Day 12: Coffs Harbour – Sydney You’ll visit the picturesque seaside Port Macquarie on the way to Sydney. Why not grab yourself a take away coffee and stroll along the waterfront in the sun. On arrival in Sydney you’ll have the chance to freshen up before you join your fellow travellers at Darling Harbour to enjoy a farewell dinner overlooking the harbour city’s famous waterfront. Dine on fresh seasonal produce and indulge in a selection of signature dishes that are bound to create a memorable dining experience on the last evening of your holiday. Hotel: Vibe Hotel Sydney. B FD Day 13: Farewell from Sydney Say goodbye to your fellow travellers when your holiday concludes after breakfast. B

$4475

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Early payment discount  Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $450  Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $225 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $675  Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $450 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $450  Save up to $225  Save up to $225 Save $45

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Australia Zoo

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Sydney, Reef & Rainforest City style meets sun, surf and natural beauty. Visit Sydney’s historic Rocks, dine on the iconic harbour, tour the Sydney Opera House and enjoy lunch at Bondi Beach. Experience the tropical waters & sun on Hamilton Island and in Port Douglas. Experience Aboriginal culture in the Daintree, relax in Cairns, take the Kuranda Skyrail, and cruise on the Great Barrier Reef. PORT 2 DOUGLAS CAIRNS 2

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

2 HAMILTON ISLAND

10 days Guided Holidays

10 days from

$2995

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Sydney to Cairns Code: QFSC

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

$2995

$3425

$1070

$1185

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2016

Start Jan 31 Feb 28 Mar 27

Sydney Opera House

• Sydney Harbour dinner cruise • Tour Sydney Opera House

• Enjoy lunch & learn about surf life saving at Bondi Beach

• Relax on Hamilton Island, in Cairns & Port Douglas and snorkel the Whitsundays

• Cruise the Great Barrier Reef

• Touch the Daintree Rainforest

• Experience Aboriginal culture at Mossman Gorge

• Visit Kuranda and ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Inclusions

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide • Quality accommodation • Darling Harbour view room in Sydney • Travel by luxury coach

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (9)  B • ‘You’re invited’ lunch (1)  YL • Lunch (1)  L • ‘You’re invited’ dinner (1)  YD • Dinner with wine (1)  DW • Highlight dinner (1)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Required flights

Day 4 – Sydney to Hamilton  Island QF866 Day 6 – Hamilton Island to Cairns QF2504

These internal holiday flights must be purchased separately in order to fulfill the holiday itinerary.

Airport transfers

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 12 noon into Sydney Airport Day 10 – Flights to depart anytime from Cairns Airport

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

3 SYDNEY

Day 1: Welcome to Sydney Welcome to Sydney! Join your Travel Director to visit the famous Rocks Markets. Explore the narrow lanes and stroll along cobblestone streets. Now it’s time to find your sea-legs as you board a Captain Cook Cruise for your Welcome Reception and dinner where you can get to know your fellow travellers. Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour (Harbour View Room), Sydney, 3 nights. HD

Journey to the resort town of Port Douglas, nestled between two World Heritage listed areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park. This afternoon you can relax by the lagoon-style pool, join in one of the resort’s activities or take a stroll around the village of Port Douglas. This evening perhaps be tempted by a cocktail at Estilo lounge bar before dinner. Hotel: QT Port Douglas, 2 nights. B DW

Day 2: Sydney This morning enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House with a local guide. Later, ‘You’re invited’ to Bondi Beach for an iconic Australian experience. You’ll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before lunch at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club, with its views over the Pacific Ocean. B YL

Day 7: Great Barrier Reef Board a Quicksilver catamaran for your cruise to renowned Agincourt Reef, at the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Choose to snorkel (equipment provided) or you can stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-sub. B L

Day 3: Sydney ‘Free Time’ Spend a free day in Sydney seeing the sights of your choice. Perhaps take an excursion to view the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves or an interesting trip to Canberra, Australia’s capital. Or travel to the Hunter Valley, New South Wales’ premier wine growing region, for a wineries tour. B Day 4: Sydney – Hamilton Island This morning fly to Hamilton Island, one of the 74 sparkling islands in Queensland’s Whitsundays. The rest of the day and evening is at leisure for you to explore the picturesque surroundings. Hotel: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island, 2 nights. B Day 5: Hamilton Island ‘Free Time’ Today in paradise, it’s time to let your hair down and relax. You may like to take a cruise to famous Whitehaven Beach. Whatever you do, at some stage, grab a good book and sit back and relax by the resort pool. B Day 6: Hamilton Island – Port Douglas This morning you’ll fly to Cairns.

Day 8: Port Douglas – Cairns Your first stop is Mossman Gorge for a Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk. Your indigenous guide will help you identify bush food sources and provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment. At the end of the journey enjoy traditional bush tea and damper. Later, journey to Kuranda, where there’s time to explore the ‘village in the rainforest’. Return to the lowlands on the Skyrail Cableway. This evening ‘You’re invited’ for a dining experience with a local family. Enjoy a great Aussie BBQ dinner with your hosts in their family home. Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns, 2 nights. B YD Day 9: Cairns ‘Free Time’ Spend today as you choose. This evening join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a farewell dinner at a restaurant on the Cairns waterfront. B FD Day 10: Farewell from Cairns Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday concludes after breakfast. B

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End Feb 07 Mar 07 Apr 04

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$1205

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Early payment discount  Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $340  Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $170 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 30 Nov 2015 Save up to $510  Pay by 15 Feb 2016 Save up to $340 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club Concession card

Save up to $345  Save up to $170  Save up to $170 Save $45

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The amazing view from the top is worth the climb. Vanessa  Sydney Day Tours Manager

Optional Experience:

BridgeClimb

Experience the climb of your life on a Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb! Climb with a professional climb leader to the summit for breathtaking views over the harbour. There’s nothing like it. It will be an experience you’ll never forget! Ask your Travel Director for details.


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Tropical Trails

7 days

The warm tropical air of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef will leave you invigorated and refreshed. Immerse yourself in the spirituality of Aboriginal culture, snorkel in tropical reef waters with a myriad of fish, and travel by historic train to discover the village in the rainforest. 7 days from

$1229

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Cairns return Code: CC22

Daintree Rainforest

• Wonders of the Great Barrier Reef

• Enjoy a Dreamtime Walk in Mossman Gorge

• Spectacular World Heritage rainforest scenery

• Discover native flora & fauna • Crocodile Attack Show

• Cruise through wetlands • Kuranda Scenic Railway journey

• Ride the Skyrail Cableway

Inclusions

• Experienced Driver Guides • Quality accommodation • Travel by luxury coach

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (6)  B • Lunches (2)  L

Airport transfers

Day 1 – Flights to arrive anytime into Cairns Airport Day 7 – Flights to depart anytime from Cairns Airport

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Departs Daily

Concludes Morning of day 7

Day 1: Welcome to Cairns On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore this vibrant tropical city. Take a stroll along The Esplanade or simply relax by the beach or in one of the many cafés. The Pier Marketplace overlooking Trinity Bay offers a local shopping experience, home to a number of shops, bars and waterfront restaurants that create an exciting atmosphere. Come nightfall check out the night markets, a unique entertainment and shopping experience with over 70 different stalls. Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton (R) or Hilton Hotel (S), Cairns, 6 nights. Day 2: Daintree Walkabout Tour Today you’ll journey through the rainforests and awe-inspiring landscapes of Cape Tribulation, located in the heart the Daintree National Park. The area was named by explorer Captain James Cook in the 1700s when his ship ‘The Endeavour’ scraped a reef and he named that point Cape Tribulation, because there began all his troubles. Visit the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre and enjoy an indigenous presentation by the traditional owners of the gorge, the Kuku Yalanji people, before boarding your eco shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge. Upon arrival your Driver Guide will take you on a walk through this enchanting rainforest, sharing their knowledge of this ancient environment. With special access at a private rainforest property, enjoy a short walk along a delightful forest creek before a delicious tropical lunch. Wind through the Alexandra Range and stop at a spectacular lookout for views of Snapper Island and beyond to the Coral Sea before a

Daintree River Cruise. Aboard, you’ll learn about this pristine environment and its wildlife habitat of birds, tree snakes, unique plants and of course the estuarine crocodile. B L

Day 3: Great Barrier Reef Board a high speed catamaran and cruise to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Covering approximately 35 million hectares, it is the largest reef structure and marine park in the world and offers an experience like no other. Enjoy a reef presentation by a marine naturalist and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling and experience this natural wonder up-close (equipment provided). The Great Barrier Reef is home to more different species of animals and plants in a cubic metre than any other environment in the world. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch, with full bar facilities, change rooms, freshwater showers and sundeck on board. Return to Cairns early evening. B L Day 4: Cairns ‘Free Time’ Today you have a free day in Cairns. Perhaps visit the indigenous art gallery, the Botanic Gardens, go shopping or just relax at your hotel. B Day 5: Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures Visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, the best place to see crocodiles in Tropical North Queensland. Join us for a unique eco experience on the lagoon cruise through the ecologically significant Melaleuca wetlands, the domain of the saltwater crocodile. Explore the rest of the park with its abundance of wildlife, including water birds, turtles, wallabies

Prices

*Single traveller must pay the single price.

Standard  R Superior  S

and cassowaries. You can also see the Crocodile Attack Show and discover the world’s most venomous snakes at the Snake Show. B

Day 6: Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail Rainforest Cableway First up you’ll enjoy the spectacular views over the rainforest aboard the Skyrail Cableway, which takes you directly above the breathtaking canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park. En route to Kuranda, there are 2 stations where you can enjoy a walk through the rainforest and observe its beauty from spectacular lookouts. On arrival there’s free time to explore the ‘village in the rainforest’ and its many attractions, including the Heritage Markets. After exploring, board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a historic journey travelling through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Passing the spectacular Stoney Creek Falls your journey winds through manmade tunnels, across bridges and around curves to arrive at its final destination, Freshwater Station. B Day 7: Farewell from Cairns Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B Great Barrier Reef

$ Adult Twin

$ Child

$ Single*

1229 1339

983 1071

1699 1889


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Cape York Frontier

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7 days

Your safari starts on route to the Daintree rainforest. See historic Cooktown and the farm district of Lakeland. In Quinkan Country view Aboriginal art. Explore glorious Lakefield National Park, the gold town of Coen and the stunning Archer River. Delve into Weipa and go off-road in Moreton. Explore ancient Cape York and cruise to beautiful Thursday Island. Thursday Island Horn Island Cape York SEISIA 2 Jardine 1 MORETON River WEIPA 1 Coen

MUSGRAVE 1 COOKTOWN 1 Cape Tribulation Daintree Cairns

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Fruit Bat Falls As this Guided Holiday departs at 7.00am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

• Walk through the worldheritage listed Daintree National Park

• Travel the Bloomfield Track • Discover ancient Aboriginal rock art

• Explore the unique Lakefield National Park • Uncover the old gold mining town of Coen • Visit the beautiful Lockerbie Scrub

• Cruise to Thursday Island

• Small group experience

Inclusions

• Experienced Safari Leader • Travel by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle with maximum 13 guests • Flight between Horn Island & Cairns

Dining

• Breakfasts (6)  B • Lunches (6)  L • Dinners (5)  D Operated by our partners at Wilderness Challenge. See page 90 for details.

Day 1: Cairns – Cooktown Your adventure begins along the scenic coastal route to the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics Daintree rainforest. Cross the Daintree River by cable ferry and travel into the primeval jungle. Walk with your guide to experience the intriguing plants and animals of this wonderful region. Next is the rugged 4WD Bloomfield Track (conditions permitting). Cross the Bloomfield River near the Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal. Lunch at the village of Ayton, namesake of Great Ayton, Captain Cook’s boyhood home. On to visit the Lion’s Den Hotel and eerie Black Mountain en route to historic Cooktown. Walk in the footsteps of Captain Cook and enjoy Grassy Hill’s spectacular views on a tour of Cooktown. Hotel: Sovereign Resort Hotel, Cooktown. L D Day 2: Cooktown – Musgrave This morning travel through the agricultural district of Lakeland on your way to Quinkan Country near Laura. Climb the sandstone escarpment at Split Rock to view ancient Aboriginal rock art, dated in excess of 13,000 years old, depicting traditional activities and culture. Explore Lakefield National Park, Queensland’s second largest at 542,856 hectares. Waterlily covered billabongs, wildlife and a

great variety of birdlife makes for a memorable day before arriving at the century old Telegraph Station of Musgrave. Hotel: Musgrave Roadhouse. B L D

Day 3: Musgrave – Weipa This morning cross the Great Dividing Range to visit the old gold mining town of Coen. Cross the picturesque Archer River before heading to the west coast of the Peninsula to the bauxite mining town of Weipa. Hotel: Albatross Bay Resort, Weipa. B L Day 4: Weipa – Moreton Learn about this remote mining town. Later travel via Batavia Downs to the Wenlock River, site of the historic Moreton Telegraph Office. Time for exploring, bushwalking, birdwatching or simply relaxing. Overnight at Moreton. Hotel: Moreton Telegraph Station, Permanent Tents, Cape York. B L D Day 5: Moreton – Seisia 4WD adventure and fun today on the famous Telegraph Track through Cape York’s unique wilderness of gigantic termite mounds, crystal clear creeks, carnivorous pitcher plants and prehistoric cycads. Lunch at pristine Fruit Bat Falls and a great chance to swim in its cool springfed waters. Across the mighty Jardine River by cable ferry and on to the northern-most settlements on mainland Australia where we stay for two nights. Hotel: Seisia Holiday Village, 2 nights. B L D

Guided Holidays 7 days from

$3495

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Cairns to Cape York Code: QCY

$3495

$3495

$4095

$4095

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2016

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2016 continued Start Aug 06 Aug 20 Sep 03 Sep 17 Oct 01

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Cape York to Cairns Code: QYC

$3495

$3495

$4095

$4095

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2016

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End Jun 09 Jun 23 Jul 07 Jul 21 Aug 04

2016 continued Start Aug 12 Aug 26 Sep 09 Sep 23 Oct 07

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Day 6: Cape York A fascinating visit to the beautiful Lockerbie Scrub, an isolated pocket of monsoon rainforest, on our way to historic Somerset on Albany passage where you can ponder the past, our explorers, pioneers and the Cape’s traditional owners. Now, an emotional walk to the very top of Australia – Cape York! B L D Day 7: Seisia – Thursday Island – Farewell from Cairns Say farewell this morning as you board your boat to cruise to Thursday Island, capital of the Torres Strait Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the island. Later, transfer by ferry to Horn Island to board your aircraft to fly over the Great Barrier Reef to Cairns Airport, ending your fascinating safari of adventure and discovery in Australia’s far north (flights to depart after 7.00pm). B

Thursday Island


Gulf Savannah Wanderer Explore spectacular Gulf Country! Discover Chillagoe’s limestone caves, take the Savannahlander train into cattle country, see historic Normanton, enjoy a Gulf of Carpentaria sunset cruise and explore Burke & Wills’ infamous Camp #119. After trekking through the Outback, relax in Lawn Hill National Park and marvel at the Undara lava tubes.

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9 days

Guided Holidays 9 days from

$3495 KARUMBA CHILLAGOE Almaden 1 1 # Cairns Camp 119 1 NORMANTON Savannahlander Gulflander Lawn Hill National Park Ravenshoe Critters Camp 1 1 UNDARA Gregory GEORGETOWN ADEL’SGROVE Mt Surprise Forsayth 2 1 COBBOLD GORGE Riversleigh Burke & Wills Roadhouse Fossil Fields Sealed Road Start Overnight stays Unsealed Road Railway End Sightseeing stops Burketown

Lawn Hill Gorge

As this Guided Holiday departs at 7.00am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

• Visit Burke & Wills’ Camp • Explore Chillagoe Limestone Caves

• Journey on Savannahlander & Gulflander trains • Cruise on the Gulf of Carpentaria

• Discover wildlife in Lawn Hill National Park

• Explore the Undara Lava Tubes

• Small group experience

Inclusions

• Experienced Safari Leader • Travel by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle with maximum 13 guests • Savannahlander & Gulflander Trains • Cruise on the Gulf of Carpentaria

Dining

• Breakfasts (8)  B • Lunches (8)  L • Dinners (7)  D Operated by our partners at Wilderness Challenge. See page 90 for details.

Day 1: Cairns – Chillagoe You start by winding your way up to the Atherton Tablelands. Travel on to Chillagoe, known for its marble mining and limestone caves. Tour the caves, the legacy of a 350 million year old marine reef. Hotel: Chillagoe Observatory & Eco Lodge. L D Day 2: Chillagoe – Georgetown All aboard the “Savannahlander” train as it tracks the Ootann Road into Brahman cattle country. Watch the landscape change from limestone to granite to basalt country, as you head west across the Newcastle Range to Georgetown. Hotel: Latara Motel, Georgetown. B L D Day 3: Georgetown – Karumba Enjoy a morning “smoko” on the shore of Croydon’s Lake Belmore. In historic Normanton take in famous landmarks like the “Purple Pub”, Burns Philp General Store and a replica of Krys, the 8.63m crocodile. Continue to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria for a cruise to enjoy a spectacular Gulf sunset. Hotel: Karumba Lodge. B Day 4: Karumba – Adel’s Grove Travel back through Normanton this morning and visit Burke & Wills Camp #119, the most northerly campsite of the ill-fated 1860 expedition. Cross the vast “Plains of Promise” to Leichhardt Falls and Burketown. Then it’s on to Adel’s Grove where you’ll spend two glorious outback nights in permanent tent safari accommodation. Hotel: Adel’s Grove Permanent Tents, 2 nights. B L D Day 5: Lawn Hill National Park Spend a relaxed day enjoying Lawn Hill National Park, a spectacular oasis set amid the spinifex clad Constance Range. The gorge is a

haven for an abundance of wildlife and a birdwatcher’s paradise. B L D

Day 6: Adel’s Grove – Normanton Visit the World Heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields, a rare treasure house of palaeontology recording the history of Australia’s mega-fauna of 20 million years ago. You’ll have lunch at Gregory, then take a short break at remote Burke & Wills Roadhouse, before travelling on to Normanton. Hotel: Gulfland Normanton Hotel. B L D

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Cairns return Code: QGS

$3495

$3495

$3830

$3830

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2016

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Day 9: Undara – Farewell from Cairns Enjoy breakfast in the Australian bush, before a guided tour of the fascinating 190,000 year old lava tubes, a geological spectacle said to be the largest in the world. Visit Ravenshoe, Queensland’s highest town for lunch before visiting   Mt. Hypipamee (The Crater) National Park and the Atherton Tableland’s unique Curtain Fig Tree. Now you’ll descend to Cairns where your adventure in the remarkable Gulf Savannah region comes to an end (flights to depart after 7.00pm). B L

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Day 7: Normanton – Cobbold Gorge All aboard the historic “Gulflander RM93” train for a ride through the savannah landscape across the Norman River to Critters Camp. This afternoon you’ll visit Georgetown and Forsayth on your way to Cobbold Gorge. Hotel: Cobbold Gorge Cabins. B L D Day 8: Cobbold Gorge – Undara Lava Tubes This morning cruise on Cobbold Gorge’s beautiful and secluded waterway, surrounded by spectacular carved Hampstead sandstone which is 135 million years old. Travel on to the famous Undara Lava Tubes. There’s campfire entertainment after dinner before retiring to your accommodation in faithfully restored antique railway carriages. Hotel: Undara Lava Lodge. B L D

Per Person Twin Share

Undara Lava Tubes

Cobbold Gorge

End Aug 11 Aug 18 Aug 25 Sep 01 Sep 08 Sep 15 Sep 22 Oct 06 Oct 13


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Legendary Longreach  & Winton

With big skies, rusty red landscapes and magical sunsets as your backdrop, the charm and good ol’ Aussie hospitality of the local characters, and the unique quirky experiences on your journey through Outback Queensland will leave you fascinated and wanting more.

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6 days

Guided Holidays 6 days from Cairns

$1999

Per Person Twin Share Land Only Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Townsville

2 WINTON

Dinosaur Stampede

1 2 LONGREACH

Strathmore Station

• Experience outback life at Strathmore Station

• Indulge at an exclusive dinner in Qantas Founders Museum

• Share the fun and laughs at Smithy’s Outback dinner & show • Relax on a Drover’s Sunset Cruise

• Enjoy a sunset dinner at Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum

• Visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre and Winton Musical Fence

• Join a guided tour of Waltzing Matilda Centre’s Qantilda Precinct

Inclusions

• Experienced Driver Guide • Comfortable accommodation • Travel by custom built 4WD vehicle

Dining

• Breakfasts (5)  B • Lunches (4)  L • Dinners (5)  D

Airport transfers

Day 1 – Flights to arrive anytime into Longreach Airport Day 6 – Flights to depart anytime from Longreach Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Operated by our partners at Outback Aussie Tours. See page 90 for details.

Code: QLW

$1999

$1999

$2339

$2339

Mackay Per Person Twin Share Single*

2016

Start Apr 20 May 11 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 06 Jul 13

Drover’s Sunset Cruise

• Discover fossilised dinosaur footprints at Lark Quarry

Longreach return

Day 1: Welcome to Longreach Welcome to Longreach! On arrival in Longreach you will receive a warm outback greeting by your Outback Aussie Tours representative and be introduced to your fellow travellers. Transfer to your overnight accommodation and hold onto your Akubras for the start of your Outback Queensland adventure. Motel: Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach. D Day 2: Longreach – Winton A day of big skies and changing landscapes today, beginning with our Strathmore Station Smoko Tour for an insider’s view into life on the land and to sample some delicious home cooking! Witness a ‘totally different way of schooling’ at Longreach School of Distance Education. Enjoy a leisurely lunch and free time in downtown Longreach before heading to historic Winton for a town tour. Play a tune on what is believed to be the world’s only musical fence before a late afternoon check-in. Motel: Boulder Opal Motel, Winton, 2 nights. B L D Day 3: Winton Travel into Jump-Up country to Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park for a guided tour of 3,300 fossilised footprints - the only recorded dinosaur stampede. Back in Winton we visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre for a guided tour of the Qantilda precinct. Late afternoon we enjoy a guided interpretive tour at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, located high up on a mesa - our very special sunset dinner location. B L D

Day 4: Winton – Longreach Learn the story behind the very quirky Arnos Wall and spend some free time in downtown Winton before returning to Longreach. Relax with a lazy lunch around the pool and free time at your accommodation. Transfer to Qantas Founders Museum mid afternoon to see the Heritage listed Qantas Hangar, join a guided Jets tour and some free time to wander the interactive displays. Toast our pioneers with sunset drinks and nibbles before an exclusive dinner in the museum. Motel: Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach, 2 nights. B L D Day 5: Longreach Discover the inspiring stories of the men, women and children living in and pioneering Outback Queensland at The Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Witness the quintessential Australian character of the Outback Stockman’s Show – a tribute to the stockmen’s skills. Free time to relax before a late afternoon transfer to join the M.V. Explorer for the award-winning Drover’s Sunset Cruise. Unwind with onboard nibbles and drinks, watching a magnificent outback sunset. Enjoy a 2 course table-service dinner as you watch the entertaining Smithy’s Outback Dinner Show. B L D Day 6: Farewell from Longreach Your Outback Queensland adventure comes to an end with a complimentary transfer to your homeward bound connections. The journey may have ended, but the memories will last a lifetime. B

Qantas Founders Museum exclusive dinner

Per Person Twin Share Single*

2016 continued Rockhampton End Start End Apr 25 May 16 Jun 20 Jun 27 Jul 04 Jul 11 Jul 18

Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 07 Sep 14 Sep 21 Oct 05 Oct 19

Aug 22 Aug 29 Sep 05 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 26 Oct 10 Oct 24

*Single traveller must pay the single price. 

Ways to Save Early payment discount 

Book & deposit before 31 Dec 2015 Save $300 per couple Valid for Apr 20 & Oct 19 2016 departures only.

Optional Experience: Spirit of the Outback Rail Journey Head west into the heartland of Queensland’s outback. With blue summer skies and rich golden soil as far as the eye can see, the Spirit of the Outback travel experience will take you from Brisbane to the pioneer town of Longreach (or reverse) with historic authentic outback towns along the way. Ask us about adding this rail journey to the beginning or end of these holidays.

Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum


Birdsville Desert Escape It’s an adventure across dusty open plains, winding rivers and breathtaking sand dunes, paired with iconic outback hotels, ghost towns and tales of survival in the intriguing Channel Country where Queensland and South Australia meet.

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6 days

Guided Holidays 6 days from

$1989

Cairns

Per Person Twin Share Land Only Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Middleton BOULIA 1

BIRDSVILLE

• Stay at the famous Birdsville Hotel

• Enjoy Happy Hour atop Big Red at sunset • Discover the Birdsville Racetrack • Experience a Min Min Light Encounter show • Visit the historic Burke & Wills Tree

• Visit nostalgic pastoral ruins • Travel through Channel Country

• Explore outback towns

Inclusions

• Experienced Driver Guide • Comfortable accommodation • Travel by custom built 4WD vehicle

Dining

• Breakfasts (5)  B • Lunches (4)  L • Dinners (5)  D

Airport transfers

Day 1: Welcome to Longreach Welcome to Longreach! On arrival in Longreach you will receive a warm outback greeting by our Outback Aussie Tours representative and be introduced to your fellow travellers. Transfer to your overnight accommodation and ‘hold onto your Akubras’ for the start of your Outback Queensland adventure. Motel: Jumbuck Motel, Longreach. D

$1989

1 1 LONGREACH

$2299 Single*

Stonehenge Jundah

Ways to Save

the tranquility of the Birdsville Billabong with its prolific birdlife and explore the Inland Hospital ruins. Tonight will be a night to remember as we toast the glorious outback sunset from atop Big Red, a 40-metre-high sand dune marking the symbolic eastern edge of the Simpson Desert. B L D

Day 2: Longreach – Birdsville Explore the Cooper Creek catchment and follow the mighty Thomson River floodplain via Stonehenge and Jundah to Windorah with its majestic red sand dune landscapes. Continuing on to the ghost town of Betoota, see the JC Hotel Ruins, remains of the small town of Canterbury established in 1884. Pass by oil and gas fields to Deon’s Lookout with its amazing views of the Diamantina Shire before a late afternoon arrival in the frontier town of Birdsville – located at the end of the famous Birdsville Track. Hotel: Birdsville Hotel, 2 nights. B L D Day 3: Birdsville Today visit the Burke and Wills Tree on the Diamantina River and the famous Birdsville Racetrack. Visit the Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre and view local artists’ work in their extensive gallery. Take in

Day 5: Boulia – Longreach Travel a scenic drive east across open plains and majestic mesas to Winton, stopping at Cawnpore Lookout to take in the stark flattopped beauty of the Lilleyvale Hills. Along the way, see the original Min

Early payment discount 

Book & deposit before 31 Dec 2015 Save $300 per couple Valid for Apr 13 & Oct 05 2016 departures only.

Min Hotel site where one of the first recorded sightings of the Min Min Light was said to have taken place. Call into the historic Middleton Hotel, originally a coach staging post, for morning tea and entertaining yarns. Meet the characters at Winton’s famous Tattersall Hotel and enjoy a pub lunch before returning to Longreach. Transfer to Smithy’s on the banks of the Thomson River for sunset nibbles and to watch a magnificent outback sunset. Enjoy a 2 course table-service dinner, as you watch the entertaining Smithy’s Outback Dinner Show. Motel: Jumbuck Motel, Longreach. B L D

Day 6: Farewell from Longreach Your Outback Queensland adventure comes to an end after breakfast with a complimentary transfer to your homeward bound connections. B Ask us about the 9 Day Tour option which includes a Longreach and Winton extension.

Day 1 – Flights to arrive anytime into Longreach Airport Day 6 – Flights to depart anytime from Longreach Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Operated by our partners at Outback Aussie Tours. See page 90 for details.

Cuttaburra flood plains

End Apr 18 May 30 Jul 11 Aug 15 Oct 03 Oct 10

*Single traveller must pay the single price.

Betoota

Day 4: Birdsville – Boulia Passing the famous Waddi Trees, witness where the Channel Country meets the desert as we travel north via Eyre Creek to Bedourie. See the Cacoory Ruins, a remnant of European settlement in 1870 then cross the vast Cuttaburra flood plains to the heart of Lake Eyre Basin. Witness spectacular 360degree views from the Vaughan Johnson Lookout before continuing on to Boulia. Visit the Min Min Encounter for a unique theatrical experience and tribute to the famed Min Min Light phenomenon. Call into the well-preserved Stonehouse Museum, one of the first homes built in Western Queensland. Motel: Boulia Desert Sands Motel. B L D

2016

Start Apr 13 May 25 Jul 06 Aug 10 Sep 28 RockhamptonOct 05

Mackay Per Person Twin Share

Windorah 2

‘Big Red’ sand dune

Code: QBL

Winton

Bedourie ‘Big Red’ sand dune

Longreach return

Townsville

Birdsville Hotel


Why not stay a little longer?

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Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

Booking pre and post accommodation is easy Our special discounted rates make adding days either before or after your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. To extend your stay, simply choose the number of extra nights and ask your travel agent to reserve the additional accommodation at the time of booking. It couldn’ t be any easier. Prices are per person per night and include breakfast, or room only where indicated.

Our hotel selection City Adelaide

Alice Springs

Ayers Rock

Hotel

Twin

Single

Stamford Plaza

110

220

Chifley on South Terrace

85

143

ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis Room only

60

120

Aurora Alice Springs (Standard)^ + Room only

66

132

Lasseters Hotel  Room only

77

154

DoubleTree by Hilton  Room only

65

130

Chifley Alice Springs Resort (River Gum) Room only

105

210

Fremantle

Hobart

Launceston

Twin

Single

Mantra on the Esplanade^ ø

159

284

DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade ^ ø Room only

145

290

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges

155

280

Wrest Point (Tower)

129

225

Hotel Grand Chancellor (Mountainside)

159

275

The Henry Jones Art Hotel

215

383

Best Western Plus

99

179

Hotel Grand Chancellor

139

244

146

265

135

240

Outback Pioneer Hotel ^ * Room only

180

360

The Sebel

Desert Gardens Hotel^ * Room only

235

470

Mercure Welcome

109

195

Desert Gardens Hotel^ *

290

525

Travelodge Southbank

125

230

Sails in the Desert Hotel ^ * Room only

300

598

Crowne Plaza

135

245

Sails in the Desert Hotel ^ *

355

653

Travelodge

129

234

148

270

Vibe Hotel

115

230

Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour (City Side)†∞

205

410

Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour (Harbour View)†∞

210

420

Novotel‡

Broome

Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa^

233

441

DoubleTree by Hilton

90

180

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

102

187

Hilton Hotel

105

204

Travelodge Mirambeena Resort (Motel) ^ x Room only

98

196

Travelodge Mirambeena Resort (Standard) ^ x Room only

115

230

Vibe Hotel^ x

159

287

Mantra on the Esplanade^ ø Room only

125

250

Darwin

Darwin

Hotel

Chifley Alice Springs Resort (Deluxe River Gum)

Brisbane

Cairns

City

#

Melbourne

Perth

Sydney

^ Prices for these hotels are based on High Season. Low Season prices are available on request. ‡ Prices for this hotel are based on Monday to Thursday. Other prices are available on request. * High Season:.....................01 Jun 2016 – 30 Nov 2016 + High Season:.....................01 Apr 2016 – 31 Oct 2016 # High Season:.....................01 Apr 2016 – 31 May 2016 ø High Season:.....................01 May 2016 – 30 Sep 2016 x High Season:.....................01 Apr 2016 – 30 Sep 2016 ∞ High Season:.....................01 Oct 2016 – 17 Dec 2016 & 01 Feb 2017 – 31 Mar 2017 † Surcharge applies...........29 Dec 2016 – 02 Jan 2017

Important: Breakfast is not included in pre/post tour accommodation on Northern Territory Short Breaks. Only AAT Kings clients qualify for the above accommodation and prices. Surcharges may apply.


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We also offer holidays i n N ew Zea l a n d AAT Kings offers a huge choice of spectacular holidays in New Zealand; including our signature Guided Holidays, small group Inspiring Journeys, and flexible Short Breaks. No matter which way you choose to travel, we’ll bring each destination to life. For more info visit aatkings.com

Best of New Zealand  |  North & South Islands  |  18 days

2 BAY OF ISLANDS

1 1

See the best NZ has to offer, from the sparkling waters of the Bay of Islands to majestic Milford Sound in the deep South – this Guided Holiday covers all the regions. Come and explore this First Choice Guided Holiday and meet new life long friends!

Highlights

• Spectacular Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' • Tour the Waitomo Caves • Maori Hangi & concert • Thermal Reserve Rotorua • Visit Te Papa Museum • Cruise on Milford Sound

Guided Holidays

End

• TranzAlpine Train Journey • View Franz Josef Glacier • Cruise on Milford Sound • View Mighty Mt. Cook • Church of the Good Shepherd

2 ROTORUA Taupo

Picton

1 WELLINGTON 1 BLENHEIM

PUNAKAIKI 1

• Cruise in Queenstown • View Franz Josef Glacier • West Coast Treetop Walk • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks • TranzAlpine Train trip • 'Your invited' BBQ lunch at Morelea Sheep Farm

Greymouth Hokitika

Kaikoura TranzAlpine Train

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 1 Mt.

Cook 1 2 CHRISTCHURCH

Haast Milford Sound

1 TWIZEL

2 QUEENSTOWN

TE ANAU 1

1

DUNEDIN

New Zealand Marvel  |  North & South Islands  |  14 days

Highlights

AUCKLAND

Mt. Ruapehu

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Time to explore both islands with comfort and style on this Best Buys Guided Holiday. Explore the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, experience a traditional Hangi & concert and taste regional food and wine.

Guided Holidays

Waitomo Caves

Start

A Pa rth ss ur’ s

Guided Holidays

AUCKLAND 1

End

Mt. Ruapehu

Taupo

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

PICTON 1

• Te Papa Museum of New Zealand • Maori Hangi & concert • Agrodome Sheep Show • Tour the Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto

2 ROTORUA

Waitomo Caves

Start

Hokitika

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 1

Kaikoura

TranzAlpine Train Mt. Cook 1 1 2 CHRISTCHURCH

Haast Milford Sound

Arthur’s Pass

1 WELLINGTON

1 OMARAMA 2 QUEENSTOWN

Oamaru

TE ANAU 1

1 DUNEDIN

Essence of New Zealand  |  North & South Islands  |  18 days A relaxing way to discover the true essence of New Zealand. More 2 night stays, later coach departures and more experiences. Ride the TranzAlpine Train, cruise overnight on Milford Sound and Queen Charlotte Sound and explore the capital city, Wellington.

Highlights

• Church of the Good Shepherd • Visit Larnach Castle • Overnight on Milford Sound (seasonal) • Te Anau Glow Worm Caves • 2 days in Queenstown

AUCKLAND 1 Matamata

2 ROTORUA

Start End

Taupo

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

1 NAPIER Picton

Buller Gorge

• Franz Josef Glacier • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks • Te Papa Museum of New Zealand • Maori Hangi and concert • Wai-O-Tapu Thermal • Te Puia Thermal Valley

PUNAKAIKI 1 Greymouth Hokitika FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 1 Mt. Cook Haast

MILFORD SOUND 1

1

2

2 WELLINGTON

NELSON

1 CHRISTCHURCH

OMARAMA

3 QUEENSTOWN

Te Anau

1 DUNEDIN


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2 BAY OF ISLANDS

Guided Holidays

Northern Spotlight  |  North Island  |  8 days

AUCKLAND 1 1

A short Guided Holiday for those who want to soak up the Waitomo Caves culture and friendliness of New Zealand. From the Bay of Islands to the capital Wellington, this Best Buys Guided Mt. Ruapehu Holiday will showcase the must-see icons of the North Island.

Highlights

• Cape Brett ‘Hole in the Rock’ • Day in the Bay of Islands • See the sights of Auckland • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves • Marvel at Te Puia Thermal Reserve Rotorua

Guided Holidays

• Maori Hangi and concert • Agrodome Sheep Show • See Huka Falls & Lake Taupo • Sightseeing in Wellington • Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand

Start End Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Start End

Limited time? But want to see the best parts of the scenic South Island? Come on a journey to explore the wild west coast, glaciers, mountain ranges and resorts like Wanaka & Queenstown. An alpine wonderland not to be missed. • TranzAlpine Train journey • Visit a Jade Factory • Franz Josef Glacier Tour • Haast River Safari jetboat ride • Historic Arrowtown

Inspiring Journeys

• 2 days in Queenstown • Cruise on Milford Sound • View mighty Mt. Cook • Church of the Good Shepherd

The Long White Cloud  | 

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Arthur’s

Hokitika Pass

Te Anau

2

North & South Islands  |  22 days

Highlights

Short Breaks

AUCKLAND 1 1 COROMANDEL 1 RANGES 2 ROTORUA Waitomo 1 TAUPO Caves Mt. Ruapehu Picton

A Pa rth ss ur ’s

2 WELLINGTON

• Church of the Good Shepherd Hokitika FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 1 • View Mt. Cook 1 2 Lake 1 Tekapo Arrowtown • Rotorua thermal wonders MT.COOK MILFORD SOUND 1 • Maori Hangi & concert 3 QUEENSTOWN • Famous Waitomo Caves Te Anau Lindis Pass • Bay of Islands and Russell Bluff STEWART • Small group experience ISLAND

Kaikoura TranzAlpine Train

CHRISTCHURCH Start End Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

2

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Challenged for time? Maybe fit in one of our many New Zealand Short Breaks. Departing any day of the week, this flexible holiday will showcase picturesque Queenstown and the garden city of Christchurch. A great mix of history, vistas and adventure. • Christchurch Double Decker Bus Tour • Sample local New Zealand wine & cheese • See glorious Lake Taupo • See the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd

BAY OF ISLANDS

PUNAKAIKI 1

The Alpine Adventure  |  South Island  |  6 days

Highlights

TranzAlpine

FRANZ Train JOSEF 2 Mt. GLACIER Cook 1 1 Haast CHRISTCHURCH WANAKA 1 Lake Tekapo Milford 3 Arrowtown Sound QUEENSTOWN

With so many experiences, this small group holiday is one not to miss. Guaranteed to show you all the best places in NZ – some off the beaten track. See the must-see sights, food, wine, culture, even a thrill or two with jet boating, bungy and scenic flights over mountains, glaciers and fiords. • Ride the TranzAlpine Train • Punakaiki Rocks & Blowholes • See Franz Josef Glacier • Arrowtown and Queenstown • View Lake Te Anau • Marvel at Milford Sound • Wild Stewart Island

Taupo

1 WELLINGTON

Southern Icons  |  South Island  |  9 days

Highlights

2 ROTORUA

MT. COOK 1 • Stay at spectacular Mt. Cook • Enjoy a 3 course lunch at the famous Hermitage Hotel • Explore adventure capital Queenstown

2

CHRISTCHURCH 1

Cromwell

QUEENSTOWN


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Booking Conditions All references to Tours in these booking conditions refer to all Guided Holidays, Short Breaks, Day Tours, Inspiring Journeys and Aussie Adventures. To confirm your reservation, a non-refundable deposit of $200 per person per tour is required for Guided Holidays. Reservations will be held for 7 days only without deposit. (This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent). Once your deposit has been received, AAT Kings will send your travel agent or yourself (if you’ve booked direct with AAT Kings) confirmation of the details of the booking. All airfares are subject to strict ticketing deadlines, to be advised at the time of booking. Balance of payment for your holiday is to be paid 45 days prior to departure or within 72 hours of booking if less than 45 days but more than 8 days prior to departure, or at the time of booking if less than 7 days prior to departure. The operator reserves the right to re-sell seats in place of applicants failing to finalise payment within the prescribed time.

Before you book

The information presented in this brochure was to the best of our knowledge correct at the time of publication. However, changes beyond our control may have occurred since then with respect to prices, itineraries, duration of holidays, standard of services and tour content. Surcharges may apply. Please check with your travel agent or your AAT Kings direct reservations consultant to ascertain if there are any alterations to the holiday you select before you book. Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to press. However AAT Kings cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances.

Departure Guarantee

Occasionally airlines and tour operators are forced to reschedule departure dates. At AAT Kings we appreciate the inconvenience this may cause you. Therefore, we guarantee no Guided Holiday will be rescheduled within 45 days of the published departure date.

Prices and Concessions

Prices are quoted in Australian Dollars, include GST and compulsory taxes where applicable and supersede all prices previously advertised. Please check the exact price of your tour at the time of paying balance. Airfares are based on the most direct route and are subject to class availability and any new Government taxes. Group concessions for ten or more adults are available. Rail prices are subject to change from time to time. All prices are valid subject to Government, hotel, fuel surcharges and currency fluctuations. Young Traveller Discount: Children 2 to 15 years of age are entitled to the child price on V Day and 1 Day Tours as well as on Short Breaks that include overnight accommodation (tent/hotel) when sharing with at least one adult (unless stipulated otherwise). Only one Young Traveller Discount is applicable per room. Infants up to and including 1 year old are free of charge. Children 5 to 15 years are entitled to the child discount off the adult coach content price on First Choice or Best Buys Guided Holidays plus relevant air, rail or sea price (unless stipulated otherwise). Concession Card Holders: Prices apply to all Australian and New Zealand pensioners and Seniors Card holders (refer to each price box for discount amount); however discounted rail prices are only available where Australian Pensioner Concession Card is produced.

Promotional Discounts

Promotional Discounts apply only to Guided Holidays, Short Breaks and Day Tours operated by AAT Kings. They apply to the land content portion and exclude pre/post accommodation, tours incorporating rail or cruise or 3rd party operated tours. They are based on availability and seasonal blackout dates may apply.

Reservations & Payments

Credit Card Payments: A fee of 1% will be applied at the time of payment.

Solo Travellers

If you are travelling alone on a First Choice or Best Buys Guided Holiday operated by AAT Kings and do not wish to pay the single supplement, AAT Kings will ensure that you share a room with a person of the same gender. If we fail to match you, we’ll provide the single room at no extra cost. Please request at time of booking.

Triple Rooms

In triple share rooms, the third bed may be a ‘foldaway’, ‘sofa bed’ or ‘rollaway’.

Cancellations

AAT Kings Guided Holidays, Short Breaks, Inspiring Journeys & Aussie Adventures

PERIOD OF NOTICE 45 or more days 44-22 days 21-8 days 7-1 days Day of departure

CANCELLATION FEE Loss of deposit 27.5% of tour price 33% of tour price 55% of tour price 100% of tour price

Wilderness Challenge – 7 Day Cape York Frontier & 9 Day Gulf Savannah Wanderer

PERIOD OF NOTICE 60-30 days 29-14 days Less than 14 days or no show

CANCELLATION FEE 25% of tour price 50% of tour price 100% of tour price

Princess Cruises

PERIOD OF NOTICE CANCELLATION FEE 75 days or more Loss of deposit* 74-0 days 100% of cruise price *The deposit is a percentage of the cruise fare. It is different for every cruise and every fare/cabin type. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure or at time of booking if within 90 days of departure.

Bay of Fires Walk

PERIOD OF NOTICE 60 days or more 59-21 days Less than 21 days or no show

Freycinet Experience Walk

PERIOD OF NOTICE 21 days Less than 21 days or no show

CANCELLATION FEE AUD$200 per person AUD$350 per person 100% of tour price CANCELLATION FEE Loss of Deposit 100% of tour price

Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk

PERIOD OF NOTICE CANCELLATION FEE 60 days or more Loss of Deposit 59-30 days 50% of total fare or deposit, whichever is greater Less than 30 days or no show 100% of tour price

AAT Kings Day Tours & Aussie Adventures (day tours)

PERIOD OF NOTICE Less than 6 days Within 24 hours or no show

CANCELLATION FEE 50% of tour price 100% of tour price

Outback Aussie Tours

PERIOD OF NOTICE CANCELLATION FEE 60 or more days Loss of deposit 59-46 days 50% of tour price 45-15 days 75% of tour price 14-0 days 100% of tour price Transferring to another date is treated as a cancellation and therefore cancellation fees will apply. Cancellations must be advised in writing. Any cancellation of additional services booked prior to and after your tour booking, such as pre/post accommodation and transfers, that are cancelled within 14 days of tour departure incur a 100% cancellation fee. These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be charged by your travel agent.

Amendments

AAT Kings Guided Holidays, Short Breaks, Inspiring Journeys and Aussie Adventures: a fee of $55 per person will be charged for any change made to a reservation after the booking has been confirmed unless the change increases the value of the booking. A change of tour date and/or itinerary within 45 days of tour departure will be treated as a cancellation and normal cancellation fees will apply except when the change is to an earlier departure date of equivalent or greater value in which case the amendment fee will be charged. Airfares: Tickets are issued on your airfares on receipt of full payment. Once ticketed, these airfares are non-refundable as per airline conditions. Any amendments to these flights may incur a fee. These airfares are not available outside Australia and New Zealand.

Illness or Absenteeism

In the event of your withdrawal from a tour after commencement for reasons of illness, you must obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including but not limited to missed meals or sightseeing. AAT Kings make no representation or guarantees concerning reimbursements of funds paid by you under any insurance claim.

Internet Airfares

Please note that AAT Kings will not incur any liability for airfares purchased by travel agents or clients via the internet. In the unlikely event that a tour is cancelled, AAT Kings cannot be held responsible for airfare conditions when the airfare is purchased via the internet. All such risk, loss and expense must be borne by the travel agent or client.

Tour Participation, Exclusion and Release

Children under five (5) years of age are ineligible for Guided Holidays. Children under eighteen (18) years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Clients with disabilities are welcome on AAT Kings tours provided they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require special assistance from AAT Kings personnel. You must advise AAT Kings at the time of booking if you are affected by any condition, medical or otherwise, that may affect your enjoyment of the tour or its enjoyment by others. Failure to do so may result in the termination of your travel arrangements without any liability on the part of AAT Kings. AAT Kings reserves the right at its discretion to exclude from a tour, or to terminate the travel arrangements during the course of the tour without refund, of anyone who: • is unable to cope with the requirements of coach travel – this includes embarking and disembarking 4-6 steps that are approximately 30 centimetres high, at each stop of the coach, which on some tours is at least 8 times per day • who may need services or facilities that are not available • fails to comply with the reasonable instructions of AAT Kings personnel • engages in illegal or undesirable behaviour or interferes with the enjoyment of or jeopardises the safety of other participants Anyone so excluded will be required to disembark at a safe public location, transport from which will be wholly their responsibility. You agree that AAT Kings is released from all liability for, and you agree not to hold AAT Kings responsible for, termination of your travel arrangements in accordance with the previous condition, or any decision made by AAT Kings or by any service provider who refuses to provide you with special accommodation facilities or services that are not available or who refuses to carry you by reason of any disability or medical condition. You agree that our AAT Kings Travel Directors or Representatives may take photographs and films of you while you are on holiday and that these may be used in our Group brochures and/or advertising or publicity material or online without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films.

Travel Insurance

Clients are strongly advised to take out travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances (e.g. cancellation or curtailment expenses, loss of luggage etc). Your licensed travel agent or AAT Kings direct reservations consultant will be pleased to assist with your requirements.

Guided Holiday Inclusions

Transportation, entrance fees and boat cruises as per itinerary, services of a Travel Director and/or Driver Guide, meals as specified, travel wallet and map. Accommodation on a share twin room basis (unless otherwise specified). Subject to a minimum number of clients. AAT Kings reserves the right to operate this touring on a smaller vehicle with a Driver Guide.

Special Meals

Please advise AAT Kings of any special dietary requirements at least 14 days before departure. Note that this will be on a request basis only, as AAT Kings cannot guarantee the availability of special meal types.

Luggage Allowance

One medium size suitcase per person plus one piece of hand luggage which may be carried on-board the coach. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments and cannot be accepted as hand luggage. Maximum weight of the suitcase not to exceed 23kg (50lbs). We are required by strict Government vehicle weight regulations to enforce and adhere to this limit. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest that you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available (e.g. railway stations and cruise terminals). Wilderness Challenge-operated tours: please limit your luggage to one small soft travel bag (approximately 300mm x 300mm x 700mm) and a small daypack (cabin baggage) per person. A maximum weight limit of 10kg per person is permitted. Outback Aussie-operated tours: a maximum weight limit of 15kg per person is permitted. All luggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the tour participant. Luggage insurance is strongly recommended. Airlines may impose stricter weight and size limits for luggage and may also charge fees for checked baggage, including the first checked bag. Please check with your airline(s) directly for their most current luggage regulations and related fees. AAT Kings is not responsible for additional fees imposed by carriers regarding luggage.

Smoking and Seat Rotation

Government regulations prohibit smoking inside tourist coaches. Please restrict smoking to the ample stops en route. To enable everyone the opportunity of enjoying window and front seats, clients change seats daily during the course of the tour.

WiFi

Complimentary WiFi service is available in many hotel guestrooms and/ or the public areas of most hotels. Complimentary WiFi is also provided

on-board most of our touring coaches. WiFi on coaches uses a mobile/ cellular network and as a result the connection will be slower than regular broadband and at times may not be available. In some areas WiFi service will not be available. Please note that WiFi may not be available on transfer coaches and other local services.

What to Bring

We recommend you research the temperature of your destination before you start packing. When it is chilly in Tasmania, it might be 30 degrees in Darwin. For more suggestions, check out our Frequently Asked Questions at www.aatkings.com/faq.

Airline Indemnity

Any airlines’ involvement in these tours is as air carrier only. This organisation shall carry no responsibility for statements in this brochure relating to ground content of the tours and the operator indemnifies them against any claim action, loss or damage arising there from.

Airport Transfers

Where indicated on individual tour pages, AAT Kings offers complimentary arrival & departure transfers between designated airports and AAT Kings’ hotels on the scheduled start and end days of your tour or in conjunction with pre/post tour accommodation booked through AAT Kings (excludes all Day Tours). Airport transfers will be provided only for guests who have advised AAT Kings of their flight details a minimum 14 days for Short Breaks and 45 days for Guided Holidays prior to tour departure date.

Third Party Suppliers

IMPORTANT: Scenic Flights, Boat Cruises, Helicopter Flights, Cable Car Rides, some 4WD Tours, White Water Rafting, Camel Rides, Hot Air Ballooning, Rail, Farmstay Options, etc. These excursions are not operated by AAT Kings Tours, nor by persons or companies associated with AAT Kings Tours. These activities may involve inherent risk of injury, death, accident, delay and loss, and clients assume all such risk with regard to any misadventure, death, injury, delay or loss which occurs during, or as a result of, any such activity.

Kings Canyon Safety Information

During the hotter months temperatures can reach and exceed 36°C or 97°F. At these times the Watarrka National Park Rangers strongly advise that visitors do not take part in the Kings Canyon Rim Climb. In this drier desert climate heat exhaustion over these hotter months is a very high possibility and a danger in such remote regions. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of our clients we offer a guided walk along the Kings Canyon creek-bed as a suitable alternative on such days.

Top End Wet Weather Information

During the wet season in the Top End of the Northern Territory (November to April) heavy rain and flooding can preclude access to Ubirr, East Alligator River and Arnhem Land. Alternative touring will be arranged.

Uluru Climb Information

Uluru is a sacred site for the Anangu people and they prefer that visitors do not climb it. With this in mind, we do not recommend it. Throughout the year the Uluru (Ayers Rock) climb may close unexpectedly due to Aboriginal cultural reasons or inclement weather conditions prevailing at the time such as high temperatures, rain, strong winds, storms, low lying clouds or insufficient light.

Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park & Kakadu National Park Entry Fees

The entry fee for Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park is $25 per adult & $12.50 per child and is valid for 3 consecutive days. When taking multiple Short Breaks or Day Tours over 3 consecutive days in Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park you only need to pay the fee once. The entry fee for Kakadu National Park is $40 per adult (Apr-Oct) & $25 per adult (Nov-Mar) and $25 per child (Apr-Oct) & $12.50 per child (Nov-Mar) and is valid for 14 consecutive days. This is an additional compulsory government charge and is subject to change without notice. Child age is 15 years and under. You must carry your entry ticket with you every time you enter the National Parks or you will be required to purchase another.

General Conditions

This brochure represents the entire agreement between the client and AAT Kings Tours Pty. Ltd., who is the tour operator. AAT Kings will be responsible to the client for supplying the services and accommodation as described in this brochure, except where such services cannot be supplied, or the itinerary used is changed due to delays or other causes of whatever kind or nature beyond the control of AAT Kings. In such circumstances, we will do our best to supply comparable services, accommodations and itineraries, and there shall be no refund in this situation. AAT Kings and its agents (collectively ‘AAT’) act only as an agent for the client and upon the express condition that AAT Kings shall not be liable or responsible for any direct, indirect, consequential or incidental damage, injury, loss, accident, delay or irregularity of any kind, which may be occasioned by reason of any act or omission of any third party (including without limitation, any act, inaction or breach of contract of any third party which supplies any goods or services for this trip). Without limiting the foregoing, AAT Kings does not own or operate any third party suppliers of services such as hotels, restaurants, transportation companies, sightseeing companies or local tour operators. It is not responsible for any injury, death, loss or expense due to overbooking of accommodations, default of any third parties, sickness, weather, strikes, acts of God, Government, acts of terrorism, criminal activity, war, quarantine, force majeure events or any other cause beyond its control. All such risk, loss and expense must be borne by the client. Occasionally, it may be necessary to alter or amend itineraries, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements from those published. This may be due to road, weather and other operational needs prevailing at the time, and is always made in the best interests of your comfort. Any personal expenses incurred by a client as a result of any delay, alteration or curtailment of any tour, whether caused by mechanical defect, strikes or any other cause are the responsibility of the client (we strongly recommend all clients take out Travel Insurance, see your licensed travel agent or your AAT Kings direct reservations consultant). The operator is unable to guarantee exact arrival and departure times, and is not liable for any failure to make connections with any other service, or guarantee the operation of any particular service. In the case of breakdown and other unforeseen circumstances, the operator reserves the right to substitute vehicles other than specified, to ensure the operation of a tour. These coaches will be modern touring vehicles but may not have some of the features described. Please note that if you arrange for payment through an unaccredited agent, the unaccredited agent is not our agent for the purpose of receipt of monies. Receipt of deposits and subsequent payments by the travel agent does not constitute receipt of those monies by us, and the travel agent has no authority, expressed or implied, to receive monies on our behalf. There is no liability on our part, in respect of any monies paid to your travel agent. The company reserves the right to cancel any ticket or booking, or to refuse to carry any client where payment has not been received by the company within the specified time. The company reserves the right to amend or cancel tours at any time.

Photography

A selection of images in this brochure have been supplied by Australia’s Coral Coast, SkyScans, South Australia Tourism Commission, Tourism Australia, Destination New South Wales, Tourism Northern Territory, Tourism and Events Queensland, Tourism Tasmania, Tourism Tropical North Queensland, Tourism Western Australia, Visions of Victoria, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, WildLands Cruises, Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Te Puia and Real Journeys.

Brochure Validity

01 April 2016 – 31 March 2017 For tours departing before 01 April 2016, refer to our 2015/16 brochure.

Important

By paying the $200 deposit per person per tour to your travel agent, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and accepted these Booking Conditions, which make up the contract between you and AAT Kings.


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AAT Kings encourages the sustainable development of tourism in partnership with the Treadright Foundation – a not-for-profit organisation established by The Travel Corporation and its family of brands. To date, the foundation has helped support more than 35 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. Within Australia and New Zealand AAT Kings is also proud to support a number of important projects with a particular focus on wildlife conservation.

Koalas

AAT Kings has teamed up with Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors to support the Koala Rehabilitation Project at their Wildlife Hospital – the country’s largest and busiest wildlife facility. We support the treatment and rehabilitation of koalas at the centre, as well as the building of eco-friendly habitats to protect the sick and orphaned. We now even have an AAT Kings Mascot “Koala Sam”.

Tassie Devils

AAT Kings supports the conservation of the endangered Tasmanian Devil through sponsorship of the Tasmanian Devil breeding program at Tasmania Zoo. We’ve adopted three little Tasmanian Devils already and are proud to support the zoo in their efforts to combat the fatal Devil Facial Tumour Disease that is affecting Tasmanian Devils across the state.

Kiwi birds

AAT Kings supports the conservation of New Zealand’s iconic native bird, the endangered kiwi. We contribute to the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Breeding Program in Rotorua to hatch and raise kiwi chicks, perform health checks and daily monitoring, as well as fund research into kiwi incubation and rearing. We aim to help Rainbow Springs raise awareness of the protection of these precious birds and continue to play a vital role in their survival.

Our eco-friendly coaches Taking a coach is an environmentally sustainable means of transportation. Coaches use significantly less fuel per passenger than an average sized car or hybrid. One coach can displace up to 56 cars from the road.

Car vs Coach

Coach emissions 60% less CO2 than 1 car

Little Peng uins

AAT Kings has supported the world’s leading research facility for Little Penguins on Phillip Island in Victoria. Our support has contributed to a penguin weighbridge to monitor the health of the penguins. Interpretive signs were also erected to help educate visitors about the local environment and this important penguin colony.

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54% less CO2 than 1 train

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86% less CO2 than 1 airliner

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