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Australian Capital Territory Victoria

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North Island

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Auckland Rotorua

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Napier

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Tasmania Hobart

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Australia & New Zealand tours

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STEP INTO OUR WORLD

Planning your stay A holiday in Australia & New Zealand is great for independent travellers, but as Australasia is so vast it is vital to have the right advice from someone who knows the destination well and who can ensure that an itinerary is created to match your own particular requirements… and that’s where we come in.

We’re delighted that you’ve chosen our brochure and we’d like to welcome you into our world. We’ve been helping our customers to plan their holidays since 1936 and we’re proud to be able to say that we celebrated Premier’s 80th anniversary in 2016. The Premier “family” has grown in that time and whilst none of us can claim to have been around for 80 years, the desire of our founders to offer great value, excellent service and superb holidays still lives on today.

No doubt you’ll want to see as much as possible but you should prepare for the fact that it won’t necessarily be relaxing, unless of course you have opted for a beach stay!

Many of our team have been with us for over 10 years and that means that we have the experience and knowledge to help you make the most of your holiday. We hope that you’ll find the destinations and choices in the following pages will inspire you to take the next step and give us a call, so that we can help you to turn your holiday dream into a reality.

Throughout this wonderful region there are some amazing experiences to be had, and sights to be explored, but you may need to travel to get to them. Some of the distances are vast, so will almost certainly involve some internal flights, rail travel, or, on occasions, long drives.

Yours sincerely

In Australia and New Zealand we feature a range of touring options from self-drive routes and escorted coach tours to short side trips. We’ve also got ideas on how to combine different cities or regions, a great selection of touring hotels, excursions to enhance your stay and motorhomes for a completely independent driving holiday.

Renford Sargent Chairman Premier Holidays

We’re also delighted to include the South Pacific too, their idyllic beaches make them perfect choices as standalone destinations but they can also be combined with Australia or New Zealand to make your holiday even more memorable. All the prices shown within this brochure are based on the best value travel dates in low season.

Peace of mind When you are planning a holiday you not only want to know that your tour operator has the necessary experience to guide you through complex itinerary planning, but you also want to know that your holiday is financially safe. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays in this brochure are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on your confirmation. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Holidays and services which do not include flights are protected under the bond we hold with the Association of British Travel Agents.

Our Price commitment In our rapidly changing world, it’s easy to understand that prices can be subject to enormous fluctuations during the lifetime of a brochure. We are in constant contact with the hotels and tour companies we feature and work closely with our airline partners to ensure that we always have the best offers to hand. That means we can make a simple promise to you – we will always offer the best possible price for your holiday on the day incorporating any available added value offers.

Put simply, if something happens to us, you get your money back.

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Choice of hotels

Premier Plus Offers

Everyone is different and that’s why our brochure incorporates a portfolio of hotels which span a whole spectrum of styles. From small and simple to truly world class hotels offering the ultimate in luxury... and everything in between. Our aim is to ensure that there is something to suit every taste.

A range of offers are usually available and are detailed within the hotel description. FREE NIGHTS They really can save you a lot of money.

In many hotels you have a choice of room types, so if you are looking for a sea view or just want to treat yourself to a suite, the choice is yours. We have personally graded the accommodation featured to help you in your selection. These are not official star ratings and are for your guidance only:★★ A basic hotel with limited services and facilities. Often small ‘motel’ style hotels.

FOOD & BEVERAGE CREDITS A credit will be sitting on your room account enabling you to enjoy food and drinks in the hotel restaurants and bars up to the value of that credit.

★★★ Comfortable, unpretentious, excellent value and ideal for the more budget conscious client.

★★★★ Usually a higher standard of modern hotel or an exceptionally well maintained older property. An above average hotel with some outstanding features. Plus Where PLUS appears with the star gradings it indicates it is above average and just short of the next highest category. ★★★★★ A deluxe hotel offering exemplary standards of accommodation, service and a wide range of facilities.

ROOM UPGRADES Enjoy a FREE upgrade to a higher room category. FAMILY OFFERS Our range of family offers include FREE meals for children. HONEYMOONS Not only will you receive exceptional service and value from us, but many hotels welcome newly weds with a variety of offers.

Cruise & Stay We have handpicked a selection of our favourite itineraries, from some of the world’s best cruise lines so you can set sail on your own voyage of discovery.

Touring options Our brochure includes many different touring options in Australia and New Zealand. If you want to plan your own Australia or New Zealand road trip, we have a variety of pre-planned routes of differing durations or, if you prefer, we can help you plan your own itinerary, book your rental car or motorhome and all the accommodation en route. If you want to see as much as possible but prefer not to drive, we offer a range of escorted coach tours in Australia and New Zealand. The range includes shorter tours which can be added on to city stays or longer more all-encompassing tours over a couple of weeks which will allow you to see a lot in a relatively short time. Selected itineraries are also available as small group tours, which are still organised and locally escorted, but without the large coach and crowds.

Stopovers

Sightseeing

Your trip of a lifetime will inevitably involve a long flight. Why not break your journey with a stopover in the Far East, USA, Indian Ocean, Emirates or South Africa rather than face a boring wait at the airport.

In most destinations, we have a selection of prebookable excursions or attraction tickets which are sure to enhance your stay.

Rail Journeys Australia offers some of the most exceptional and unforgettable rail journeys in the world - The Ghan, The Indian Pacific and Spirit of Queensland. There’s no better way to experience Australia’s Outback, cities, coastal towns and regional areas in comfort.

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Australia, New zealand & beyond We’re delighted to showcase our collection of holidays in Australia and New Zealand from cosmopolitan cities, iconic National Parks and beautiful beaches; not to mention the magic of Hawaii and beauty of South Pacific islands such as Fiji, Tahiti and the Cook Islands. Our brochure is designed to give you ideas of what you can do, where you can go and what combinations work best together.

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Accommodation Passes from

£43 per person per night

Specially designed to suit the needs of the independent traveller, accommodation passes offer great flexibility. Either pre-book hotels or, if you are looking for complete freedom, pre-purchase vouchers and then reserve your accommodation as required whilst travelling - ensuring you spend your holiday seeing the sights rather than searching for somewhere to stay.

Accommodation Pass details:

Best Western Australia

Go Kiwi New Zealand

The Best Western Australia International Hotel Pass gives you access to over 160 hotels, motels, resorts and apartments across Australia. From the Great Ocean Road to the Great Barrier Reef you’ll find accommodation ranging from modern city hotels to comfortable coastal resorts and friendly country retreats. The accommodation is separated into 5 categories representing the hotel standard. Details of the hotels can be found on the Best Western website http://www.bestwestern.com.au when you click on the ‘more’ link when searching for a hotel.

Go Kiwi hotel voucher programme is the most comprehensive collection of accommodation offering you a convenient, flexible and cost effective way to travel throughout New Zealand. Established 20 years ago, the programme offers over 100 hotels ranging from 3 star to 5 star in more than 46 key cities, regional and resort locations on both islands. The accommodation is divided into 6 categories representing the hotel standard. Between December-March we strongly recommend you pre-book accommodation. Details of the hotels can be found on the Go Kiwi website www.gokiwihotels.com Prices shown are per person per night from only Bronze £52 Silver £60 Gold £70 Gold Plus £77 Platinum £91 Platinum Plus £109 Diamond £120

Prices shown are per person per night from only Blue £43 Yellow £51 Red £60 Silver £70 Platinum £87

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• There are no minimum or maximum night restrictions unless specified. • Each voucher is valid for one night accommodation at a hotel of your chosen grade and must be purchased in the UK. • You may pre-book your hotel in the UK or locally in Australia/New Zealand, but bookings are subject to availability. • Check in is 2pm on the day of arrival and check out is 10am. • Unless otherwise specified, hotels featured include a private en suite bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities, television, direct dial telephone and heating/ cooling (Australia only). • All rooms can accommodate 2 adults. Some may also be suitable for families. • There is no refund for staying in a lower standard property than the value of your voucher. • Unused vouchers can be refunded on return

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Car Hire from

£30 per day

There is so much to see and do in Australia and New Zealand that having complete flexibility to explore the country and its sights at your own pace is often a preferred option. With a wide variety of vehicles available to suit all trips and numerous pick up and drop off points, having the freedom of the road allows you to stop if the mood takes you and even to take an unplanned detour down an interesting looking route.

Hertz Car Hire General Information: Cars can be rented by anyone with a current, full British driving licence (aged 21 years or over), which they have held for at least 12 months. Minimum driver age for 4WD is 25 years. Drivers under 25 are subject to a young driver surcharge of AU$16.50 per day, payable locally in Australia. Minimum age 21 years in New Zealand with no surcharge.

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One rental day consists of 24 consecutive hours. If hiring a car in New Zealand, you cannot take the car from the North Island to the South Island or vice versa. A separate vehicle is supplied in Wellington or Picton. All vehicles with 5 doors will accommodate 5 adults and 3 suitcases.

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Prices shown are per 24 hour period for most locations. Some locations may carry a supplement. Vehicle types are for guidance only. 4WD vehicles are only available in some locations. Insurance (CDW) is a supplement.

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Britz & maui Motorhomes from

£30 per day

Britz HiTop

There is no better way of discovering Australia and New Zealand than in a Britz or maui motorhome. They offer the convenience of accommodation on wheels and the independence for you to explore these magical destinations at your own pace. Ideal for couples and families alike.

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Pick up & drop off points Australia: Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Broome, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth & Sydney. New Zealand: Auckland, Christchurch & Queenstown. What’s Included? • Unlimited mileage • GPS • Road maps & travel advice • 24 hour roadside assistance • online check-in • Kitchen equipment, linen and bedding • Vehicle insurance (excess applies) • Additional driver fees (Inclusive pack only with Britz) What’s excluded? • Fuel • One way rental fees • Campground fees • Road user charge recovery fee (New Zealand only included in Express Return package) Facilities included Each motorhome comes with a kitchen with a microwave (excluding Cascade), fridge/freezer, gas stove, sink and clever storage solutions. You’ll also find crockery, china (maui), glasses (maui) and a cafetiere. Each offers a shower and toilet (excluding Britz HiTop and Britz Voyager) along with hot and cold water, plus luxurious seating and an awning (4 and 6 berth only) that extends the living space into the outdoors, while some also have BBQ’s (2 and 3 berth). If you prefer to stay indoors there is the convenience of an LCD TV and DVD player (excluding Britz HiTop and Voyager), or radio and CD player. The driver’s cab has both air-conditioning and heating. General Information: Motorhomes can be rented by anyone with a current, full British driving licence (aged 21 years or over) which they have held for at least 12 months. Motorhomes are all automatic for ease of driving. All motorhomes have standard insurance where there is a standard excess of AU$7,500 for Australia, NZ$7,500 for New Zealand which is debited to your credit card at pick-up and held as your excess. This can be reduced to zero if you upgrade to an inclusive pack.

Premier Plus Up to 10% discount: On selected dates Nov 16-Mar 18 if you book at least 120 days before arrival. Discount is 10% for maui or 5% for Britz. Please ask for more details FREE entrance to Waitomo Caves: For the driver.

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Britz offers the widest choice of campervans and is the 4WD hire specialist in Australia, with all NZ vehicles certified self contained. Britz... it’s the natural choice for affordable, quality and well-loved campervans.

There is no better way of discovering Australia and New Zealand than in a maui motorhome. It offers the convenience of an apartment on wheels, and the independence for you to explore these magical destinations at your own pace. Ideal for couples and families alike.

Britz HiTop

Capacity: 2 adults & 1 child Beds: 1 double & 1 single Australia from £32 New Zealand from £30

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Britz Voyager

Capacity: 2 adults Beds: 1 large double Australia from £79 New Zealand from £79

Britz Venturer

Capacity: 4 adults & 2 children Beds: 3 doubles New Zealand from £89

Britz Explorer

Capacity: 4 adults Beds: 2 doubles Australia from £99 New Zealand from £89

Britz Frontier

Capacity: 6 adults Beds: 3 doubles Australia from £113 New Zealand from £92

Capacity: 2 adults & 2 children Beds: 2 doubles Australia from £41 New Zealand from £35 Capacity: 2 adults Beds: 1 double or 2 singles Australia from £72 New Zealand from £50 Capacity: 4 adults Beds: 2 doubles Australia from £78 New Zealand from £55 Capacity: 6 adults Beds: 3 doubles Australia from £88 New Zealand from £61

Britz bikes If you also like the idea of travelling by two wheels to explore, then you can do this with Britz. Hire bikes and a rack with your camper and discover the many cycle trails around New Zealand. Bike hire available from NZ$12 per day payable locally. Britz Inclusive packs: AU$/NZ$55 per day. Your excess is reduced to NIL. In addition to this, the inclusive package also includes WiFi (1GB of data), extra driver fees, a picnic table and chairs. Express Return allows you to return gas bottle empty, return fuel tank empty and express key return.

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Maui Winery Havens From £108. Overnight stay in some of New Zealand and Australia’s award winning and picturesque vineyards. Exclusive to maui, wake up amongst the vines, taste local wine and produce with your own included hamper of food and wine for two maui inclusive packs: AU$/NZ$55 per day. Your excess is reduced to NIL. In addition to this, the inclusive packs also includes WiFi (1GB of data), extra driver fees, a picnic table and chairs. A refundable security deposit is required of AU$250 or NZ$250 payable by credit card. Express Return allows you to return gas bottle empty, return fuel tank empty and express key return. maui Elite option: AU$/NZ$35 per day to guarantee to a campervan under a year old. Available for travel until 31 Mar 17 and for selected campervans.

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Cruise & Stay

What could be better than the romance and glamour of sailing across vast oceans, of experiencing ever-changing scenery and anticipating the next port of call as it first appears on the horizon. We’ve handpicked a selection of our favourite itineraries so you can set sail on your own voyage of discovery.

Why Cruise & Stay? Setting sail on a cruise is one of the best ways to explore the vast continent of Australasia on one memorable holiday, without the need to pack and unpack. Relax amidst blissful surroundings and discover the thrill of waking up somewhere new every day – will it be an intriguing island, a captivating city or a day on the open sea awaiting you today? Whether you are already an avid cruise traveller or the idea of a holiday afloat is new to you, the good news is that today’s cruise lines offer an incredible variety of destinations, so you really are spoiled for choice. First consider where you want to go and what you want to get out of your cruise – relaxation, adventure, culture? Our featured itineraries give the option of exploring New Zealand comprehensively by land and sea; there’s a wonderful cruise taking in the delights of Southern New Zealand, iconic Australian sights and the incredible skyline and attractions of Dubai; or if you want a cruise filled with sun, sea and sand look no further than French Polynesia.

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The second consideration is which ship to select. There are boutique and small vessels or large, resort-style ships offering an exceptional array of entertainment, dining venues and amenities. Some have dress codes and assigned seating times for meals; some cruises have themes with renowned experts on board; some are more child-friendly and others more upscale and, in turn, more expensive. Do also consider which cabin type you would prefer and where on the ship you would prefer to be located. One common factor, whatever the vessel and destinations, is value for money. As you’ll see over the next few pages our cruise itineraries include flights, meals and entertainment and as cruises are also renowned for fantastic food, prepare for a culinary adventure too. With each featured cruise we’ve added in time ashore giving you the best of both worlds. So if our collection of cruise & stay itineraries whet your appetite, take the plunge and call us to plan your dream voyage.

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Planning your holiday

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Everyone. The beauty of cruising is there really is a perfect ship and itinerary for every person, every budget and every whim. A cruise suits those looking to do it all or nothing at all; there’s an opportunity to socialise and make new acquaintances; holiday budgets are easily managed as most costs are included but there’s always the option to upgrade your cabin for a little extra luxury. It’s a hassle-free way to travel and tick off several “bucket list” places in one holiday and although time may be limited in each port of call you still get a real flavour of each destination visited.

The cruise itineraries shown over the next few pages include at least one night in an hotel before and after your cruise. Some itineraries also include a longer tour before your cruise or extensions afterwards to give a real taste and flavour of the country, but this can easily be amended or extended to suit you. Our wonderful cruise & stay itineraries allow you to laze on a blissful beach in Dubai after your cruise; explore the bright lights of Los Angeles after the extraordinary beauty of French Polynesia; or perhaps linger longer down under following the Southern New Zealand voyage.

Featured Cruise Lines Azmara Club Cruises: Delightfully intimate ships which spend more time in ports than any other cruise line. Cruises are all inclusive with a host of unmatched amenities. Celebrity Cruises: Modern sleek ships, high service levels and superb onboard activities. Holland America Line: Premium cruise line with mid-size ships with the perfect balance between formal and relaxed atmosphere. Paul Gauguin Cruises: Luxurious small-ship voyages in French Polynesia.

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Darling Harbour, Sydney

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New Zealand Explorer Voyage with Hong Kong & Australia

Fur Seal at Ohau Point

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£4599

Azamara Journey Cruise

magical islands and majestic scenery • fascinating cities and cultural attractions • all inclusive voyage

Australia Sydney

Hong Kong 2 nights ~ Auckland 2 nights ~ Azamara Journey 16 nights ~ Sydney 2 nights ~ Uluru 2 nights Day 1: Fly to Hong Kong. Day 2 Hong Kong: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Day 3 Hong Kong: A full day to sightsee at your leisure. Not to be missed are the Star Ferry and the funicular tram to Victoria Peak. Day 4 Hong Kong/Auckland: At leisure before you are transferred to the airport for your overnight flight. Days 5-6 Auckland: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You are then free to discover the city’s many delights. Day 7 Auckland/Cruise: Time at leisure before you are transferred to the port for an evening departure. Day 8 Bay of Islands, New Zealand: This group of 144 islands is truly a sight to behold. History buffs will want to visit Waitaingi, the site of New Zealand’s first permanent British settlement, while nature lovers will find lots to see here too. Day 9 Tauranga, New Zealand: At this popular seaside getaway you may opt to relax on one of the many golden beaches. Alternatively, head just outside of town to Te Puia, which includes a thermal valley, where you can soak yourself in the rejuvenating thermal pools and hopefully see the spectacular Pohutu geyser. Day 10 Napier, New Zealand: On arrival in Napier this afternoon take a stroll to admire the city’s spectacular Art Deco buildings. Other options include the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers, visiting local vineyards or stopping by the Napier farmers’ market. Day 11 Wellington, New Zealand: At sea this morning before arriving in Wellington. Browse the shops on chic Lambton Quay or perhaps take a ride on the iconic Kelburn cable car. Day 12 Wellington, New Zealand: Don’t miss Te Papa (the Museum of New Zealand), or tour the Weta Cave, which is home to props, collectibles and souvenirs of films including Lord of the Rings. Day 13 Picton, New Zealand: This seaside town is a great jumping off point for exploring the Marlborough Sounds, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Choose your own adventure and go fishing, swimming, bird watching, or visit the playful fur seal pups at Ohau Point. The Marlborough wine region is also within easy reach. Day 14 Kaikoura, New Zealand: Kaikoura is stunning. It’s also a marine mammal mecca, as sperm whales, fur seals and dolphins live here permanently, while migrating species like the rare Hector’s dolphins, humpback whales and orca pop by. If you’ve ever wanted to watch a whale breach, or gaze as dozens of dolphins leap out of the water, Kaikoura is proably the best place in the world to do it. Day 15 Akaroa, New Zealand: Take a trip out to hopefully see rare Hector’s dolphins along with fur seals and penguins, while on land, there is colonial architecture, crafts and cafes to be found.

Day 16 Dunedin, New Zealand: Admire the architecture, explore the Otago Peninsula or learn about local culture at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. Day 17 Milford Sound, New Zealand: This evening, the ship cruises Milford Sound. A designated World Heritage Area, this is a truly magical wilderness where the scenery is spectacular. Days 18-19 At sea: Perhaps enrich yourself with an informative lecture, try a dance lesson or simply sit back and do nothing at all. Day 20 Hobart, Australia: Don’t miss the Georgian architecture of the historic waterfront or bustling Salamanca Place. Alternatively, head out to Mount Wellington or discover the beauty of Bruny Island. Day 21 At sea: A further day at sea to enjoy the onboard facilities. Day 22 Sydney, Australia: Enjoy the many wonderful sights of Sydney, including the Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Day 23 Sydney: Disembark and you are transferred to your hotel before time to relax or set off and sightsee independently. Day 24 Sydney: A further day in this wonderful city, perhaps head out to bustling Manly or Bondi Beach to watch the surfers. Day 25 Sydney/Uluru: You will be transferred to the airport for your flight north and on arrival will be met and transferred to your hotel within Ayers Rock Resort. Day 26 Uluru: We highly recommend you pre-book an Uluru sunrise or sunset tour during your stay as the gradual colour changes at these times are truly spectacular. Day 27 Uluru: All too soon the tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey. An alternative Australia & New Zealand voyage with Azamara Cruises is also available. Please ask for details and prices.

What you need to know Departures: 28 Feb 17. Accommodation: 2 nights before your cruise at Harbour Grand Hong Kong; 2 nights Skycity Hotel, Auckland; 16 nights in an inside stateroom on Azamara Journey; 2 nights at Parkroyal Darling Harbour, Sydney; and 2 nights at Voyages Desert Gardens, Uluru. Meals: Room only in Hong Kong, Auckland, Sydney and Uluru. All inclusive on cruise. Cruise & stay price: Includes international flights, domestic flights within Australia, transfers between airports or ports and hotels and accommodation as shown above. As this tour goes into Australia, you will need to obtain either an ETA or visa prior to departure.

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• A capacity of 686 passengers and 390 crew. • Accommodation includes: inside, ocean view or balcony staterooms and suites. All have en suite shower and include a flat screen television, hairdryer and safe. • Six restaurants (including two speciality restaurants which incur a surcharge), bars and lounges, casino and theatre. • Health and fitness facilities include the Azamara Spa swimming pool, jogging track, gym and dance lessons. • All inclusive includes select standard spirits, international beers, and a changing selection of wine by the glass each day throughout your voyage; bottled water, soft drinks, speciality coffees and teas; self-service laundry; shuttle service to and from port communities (where available); gratuities, concierge service for personal guidance and reservations. • On board dress code is “resort casual”. • Tips are included.

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Wellington

Milford Sound

Southern New Zealand with Australia & Dubai

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Celebrity Solstice Cruise

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Australia Sydney

New Zealand

breathtaking natural scenery • wildlife to watch for • Australia rock and reef extension post-cruise Sydney 1 night ~ Celebrity Solstice 10 nights ~ Sydney 1 night ~ Uluru 2 nights ~ Cairns 3 nights ~ Dubai 2 nights Day 1: Fly to Sydney. Day 3 Sydney, Australia: On arrival make your way to your hotel. Day 4 Sydney/Cruise: Time at leisure to explore Sydney, one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, before you make your way to the port to board the Celebrity Solstice. Days 5-6 At sea: Two days at sea ensure you have ample time to familiarise yourself with all the onboard facilities and activities. Don’t miss the Lawn Club - there’s absolutely nothing like it! A freshly manicured lawn on the highest deck where you can enjoy casual activities in a decidedly Country Club atmosphere. Day 7 Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound & Dusky Sound, New Zealand: As the ship sails into the fiords of Milford Sound, it appears to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs. Situated within Fiordland National Park, this natural wonder is protected by its natural geography and is a haven for all types of wildlife. This afternoon the ship reaches Doubtful Sound where cold mountain water cascades from the cliffs above creating an unusual phenomenon - a dual layered marine ecosystem of fresh and saltwater, which is a playground for fur seals and penguins. Later, arrive at Dusky Sound where steep cliffs have been carved over the centuries by dozens of waterfalls. Day 8 Dunedin, New Zealand: Were it not for the absence of the Scottish brogue, you might think you’d landed in Edinburgh. Both the scenery and the architecture borrow heavily from Scotland. Dunedin is also home to New Zealand’s only castle. Day 9 Akaroa, New Zealand: Nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano, Akaroa is rich with beautiful bays, French and English colonial history, even the largest little penguin colony on the mainland. It’s also home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin, lots of watersports as well as hiking paths and cycle tours. Day 10 Wellington, New Zealand: A red-hot arts scene, hip wine bars, designer boutiques, and steep hillsides lined with pictureperfect Victorian houses – the Kiwi capital has them all. If you’ve had enough of city trappings, nearby destinations like the Wairarapa wine region beckon. Day 11 Picton, New Zealand: Imagine a scene of regal sailboats floating atop blue waters, hugged by a picturesque landscape of rolling green mountains and cloud sprinkled skies - this is Picton. Also enjoy fine dining, art galleries, nature trails and more. Days 12-13 At sea: Two further full days at sea. Treat yourself to a pampering treatment at the spa, head to the fitness centre, enjoy a cooking demonstration or arts and crafts lesson, or simply take the chance to sit back and do nothing at all.

Day 14 Cruise/Sydney, Australia: All too soon the ship returns to Sydney and it’s time to bid farewell to new friends. Disembark and make your own way to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to sightsee. Visit the iconic Sydney Opera House for a behind-the-scenes tour, scale Sydney Tower to survey the city from on high, or people watch at legendary Bondi Beach. Day 15 Sydney/Uluru: Make your way to the airport for the flight to Ayers Rock airport. The rest of the day is at leisure. Day 16 Uluru: A full day to take in the spectacular sight of Uluru. A variety of optional tours and experiences are available including guided base walks, scenic flights and unique dining. Day 17 Uluru/Cairns: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns, which is considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in tropical North Queensland. Days 18-19 Cairns: Two full days at leisure in this modern, vibrant city. Be sure to book an excursion out onto the incredible Great Barrier Reef for your chance to snorkel or dive in this extraordinary underwater world. Day 20 Cairns/Dubai: Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to dazzling Dubai. Day 21 Dubai: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day 22 Dubai: Explore this spectacular emirate at your own pace. Perhaps take in the incredible views from the Burj Khalifa, shop at the vast Dubai Mall or for a taste of traditional Arabian shopping, explore the Gold Souk. Day 23 Dubai: Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

What you need to know Departures: 31 Mar 17. Accommodation: 1 night before and 1 night after your cruise at Harbour Rocks Hotel, Sydney; 10 nights in an interior stateroom on Celebrity Solstice; 2 nghts at Voyages Outback Pioneer, Uluru; 3 nights at Mantra Esplanade, Cairns and 2 nights at Hilton Dubai Creek, Dubai. Meals: Room only in Sydney, Uluru & Cairns. Full board on cruise. Breakfast in Dubai. Cruise & stay price: Includes international flights, domestic flights within Australia, accommodation as shown above and return private transfers between airport and hotel in Dubai. As this tour goes into Australia, you will need to obtain either an ETA or visa prior to departure.

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North Island

Tasman Sea Picton

Cruise route

Milford Sound Doubtful Sound Dusky Sound

Wellington

South Island

Akaroa Dunedin

Celebrity Solstice

• A capacity of 2,850 passengers and 1,250 crew. • Accommodation includes: inside, ocean view, veranda class, concierge class, AquaClass® staterooms and suites. All have en suite shower and include a sitting area with flat screen television and safe. • There are a variety of restaurants and dining venues numerous bars and lounges, a card room, cinema, nightclub and theatre. • Extensive health and fitness activities include a spa, swimming pools, dance classes, basketball court, jogging track, fitness centre and croquet. • On board dress code is usually casual by day, resortcasual by night and some evenings are classed ‘Evening Chic’ when you can wear a tuxedo or formal gown if you wish. • Tips are automatically added for your restaurant and stateroom services to your onboard SeaPass® account on a daily basis.

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Otago Peninsula

Akaroa

New Zealand Navigator

23 nights from

£4999

Escorted Travelmarvel by APT coach tour & ms Noordam Cruise

extensive tour of New Zealand before the cruise • World Heritage sites • scenic splendours

Haast Pass

Australia Sydney Melbourne

Christchurch 1 night ~ Franz Josef 1 night ~ Queenstown 2 nights ~ Lake Tekapo 1 night ~ Auckland 1 night ~ Bay of Islands 2 nights ~ Auckland 1 night ~ ms Noordam 14 nights Days 1-2: Fly to Christchurch. Day 3 Christchurch: On arrival you will be met by a Travelmarvel Representative and transferred to your hotel. Day 4 Christchurch/Franz Josef: Absorb the picturesque rural scenery from aboard your coach before beginning the ascent into the Main Divide. Then, sit back and enjoy the vistas as you journey through the captivating Southern Alps. Day 5 Franz Josef/Queenstown: Travel across the snowcapped peaks of the Southern Alps through spectacular Haast Pass, skirting tranquil lakes to the alpine resort of Queenstown. Day 6 Queenstown: Today you have the freedom to simply relax or choose one of Travelmarvel’s exciting optional experiences (additional expense), including a cruise to Walter Peak Station; a panoramic gondola ride; or a thrilling Shotover Jet Boat ride. Day 7 Queenstown/Lake Tekapo: This morning journey into Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Mt Cook, before travelling on to picturesque Lake Tekapo. Day 8 Lake Tekapo/Christchurch/Auckland: Visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Later, travel to Christchurch airport for your afternoon flight to Auckland. Day 9 Auckland/Bay of Islands: Travel north to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve - one of New Zealand’s most famous Kauri forests. Continue to the stunning Bay of Islands. Day 10 Bay of Islands: At leisure to explore the idyllic surrounds. Day 11 Bay of Islands/Auckland: Explore New Zealand’s finest maritime park on a cruise to Cape Brett. Keep a look out for wildlife and cruise through the Hole in the Rock. Later, return to Auckland. Day 12 Auckland/Cruise: Enjoy a city tour this morning, then transfer to the harbour to board your ship, the ms Noordam. Day 13 Rotorua: Arrive in the port of Tauranga for Rotorua. Sightseeing options include the Hobbiton Movie Set; the chance to learn about Maori culture at Maoria Marae; or watch erupting geysers at Hell’s Gate Thermal Reserve. Day 14 Napier: Known as the ‘art deco city’, Napier is famous for its distinctive architecture and as a centre for gourmet food and wine. Options include an Art Deco Highlights tour, a tour of Hawke’s Bay Wineries or a visit to Clifton Station, a working sheep farm. Day 15 Wellington: New Zealand’s charming capital is famous for its busy harbour, its colourful timber houses on the surrounding hills, and its Botanic Gardens. Don’t miss the cable car from Kelburn hill down to Lambton Quay, the main shopping street. Day 16 Picton: Overnight your ship crossed the Cook Strait and is now in South Island waters. Picton is the gateway to New Zealand’s famous Marlborough wine growing region.

Day 17 Christchurch: Arrive in charming Akaroa, which is the gateway to Christchurch. Today’s shore excursions include a city tour, while other options include a nature cruise around the beautiful natural harbour of Akaroa, or a scenic helicopter flight. Day 18 Dunedin: Disembark in Port Chalmers for a scenic coach transfer to Dunedin. Explore the town centre and see examples of its Victorian and Edwardian heritage, or visit the historic Larnach Castle or tour the beautiful and wildlife abundant Otago Peninsula. Day 19 Fiordland National Park: Today marks the most spectacular day of your cruise. Fiordland has achieved World Heritage status and is home to 14 stunning fiords. Days 20-21 At sea: In between delicous meals, you may decide to relax by the pool or take part in one of the many activities. Day 22 Hobart: You may wish to visit the renowned Museum of Old and New Art, explore the charming city centre, or perhaps take a tour to Port Arthur to learn more about Tasmania’s convict past. Day 23 Melbourne: Perhaps venture into the city and discover its unique cafe and arts culture; take in the views of the city from the Eureka Skydeck or visit the famous Queen Victoria Market. Day 24 At sea: A further day at sea. Day 25 Eden: Perhaps visit the Killer Whale Museum or learn about Eden’s seafaring past including its whaling industry and shipwrecks Day 26 Sydney: Today, your epic voyage ends, as ms Noordam enters Sydney Harbour and berths at Circular Quay. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

What you need to know Departures: 05 Feb 17. Alternative departures are available. Accommodation: Quality Hotel Elms, Christchurch; Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier; Copthorne Hotel Lakeview (or similar), Queenstown; Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo; Amora Hotel, Auckland; Copthorne Hotel, Bay of Islands; and 14 nights in an inside stateroom on ms Noordam.. Meals: During the tour breakfast on days 4-12 with dinner also included on days 3, 4, 7, 9 and 11. Full board on cruise. Cruise & stay price: Includes international flights, airport transfers on arrival and departure, services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and experienced driver (land tour only), premium air-conditioned coach travel, flight from Christchurch to Auckland, all sightseeing, cruises, tours and entrance fees during land tour (all shore excursions on cruise are at own expense) and accommodation as shown. As this tour goes into Australia, you will need to obtain either an ETA or visa prior to departure.

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Hobart

Eden

Cruise route Auckland Rotorua New Zealand Napier Wellington Picton Christchurch Fiordland National Park Dunedin

Holland America Line’s ms Noordam

• A capacity of 1,924 passengers and 800 crew. • Accommodation includes: inside, ocean view and verandah staterooms plus Signature Suites and Neptune Suites. All have en suite shower, haridryer and sitting area with flat screen television and DVD. • There are a variety of restaurants, numerous bars and lounges, nightclub and theatre. • Extensive health and fitness activities include two swimming pools, an outdoor sports court, spa and fitness centre. • On board dress code is casual by day, while evenings fall into two categories, either smart casual or Gala Attire, which is more formal. • A daily Hotel Service Charge is automatically added to each guest’s shipboard account. USD12.50 per day (staterooms) or USD13.50 (suites). Charges are subject to change.

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Taha’a

Tahiti Society Islands Bora Bora

Taha’a [Moto Mahana]

South Pacific Ocean

Huahine Moorea Papeete

Tahiti

Bora Bora

Tahiti & the Society Islands with Los Angeles ms Paul Gauguin Cruise

14 nights from

£4899

Cruise route Paul Gauguin’s ms Paul Gauguin

intimate voyage • access to private beaches • extraordinary value for luxury cruising Tahiti 2 nights ~ ms Paul Gauguin 7 nights ~ Tahiti 2 nights ~ Los Angeles 3 nights Day 1: Fly to Tahiti. Days 2-3 Tahiti: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for two days to relax and unwind following your journey. The natural scenery of towering mountains, giant waterfalls and deep valleys is simply splendid, while the palm-fringed sandy beaches are positively perfect. Day 4 Tahiti/Cruise: Morning at leisure before you are transferred to the port to board ms Paul Gauguin. Day 5 Huahine, Society Islands: Known as the ‘Garden Island’ for its beautiful rainforests, dramatic terrain and enchanting lagoon. Discover something new to explore at every turn, from sacred sites and archeological landmarks that are among the best preserved in French Polynesia to the colourful sea life that can be experienced on a scuba or snorkelling expedition. Day 6 Taha’a, Society Islands: Enclosed in a common lagoon with Raiatea and accessible only by boat, Taha’a is a sleepy island that maintains an authentic Polynesian flavour. And speaking of flavours, it produces about 80% of French Polynesia’s world-renowned vanilla.Taha’a is also home to Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private island. Guests are welcomed with traditional music performed by Les Gauguines, a beachside barbecue, and ample opportunities for watersports, swimming and relaxation. Days 7-8 Bora Bora, Society Islands: The dream destination of Bora Bora just begs to have its picture taken, with lush peaks, white sand beaches, and romantic lagoons. But perhaps Bora Bora’s most iconic image is that of Mount Otemanu, with its jagged, emerald-hued peaks rising high above the shoreline. With a laid-back, island vibe, it’s easy to relax in this beautiful corner of the world. Days 9-10 Moorea, Society Islands: Moorea, often likened to James Michener’s mythical island of Bali Hai, is worth a visit just to experience its spectacular vistas. Volcanic peaks, reflected in the waters of Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay, rise like a shark’s jaw above palm tree-lined beaches. The underwater world is just as enchanting, with sharks, tuna, dolphins, and tropical fish.

Day 11 At sea/Tahiti: A chance to make the most of the leisure facilities on board or simply sit back with new found friends on the pool deck. There’s also the option of treating yourself to an indulgent treatment at the award-winning spa, The ship arrives at Papeete, Tahiti this evening. Day 12 Tahiti: Disembark this morning and you will then be transferred to your hotel for a day at leisure. Day 13 Tahiti: A further day to relax beside the pool or on the beach soaking up the wonderful charm of the island. Day 14 Tahiti/Los Angeles: You will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight to Los Angeles. Day 15 Los Angeles: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Days 16-17 Los Angeles: Two full days to explore Los Angeles at your own pace. Sights not to be missed include the iconic Hollywood sign, Hollywood Boulevard, Rodeo Drive, Universal Studios and nearby Santa Monica or Venice Beach. Day 18 Los Angeles: Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

What you need to know Departures: 11 Jan 17. Alternative dates are also available. Accommodation: 2 nights before and 2 nights after cruise at InterContinental, Tahiti; 7 nights in a porthole stateroom on ms Paul Gauguin and 3 nights at InterContinental Century at Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Meals: Room only in Tahiti and Los Angeles. All inclusive on cruise. Cruise & stay price: Includes international flights, private transfers between airport and hotels, and hotels and ports and accommodation as shown above. As this tour goes into the USA, you will need to obtain either an ESTA or visa prior to departure.

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• A capacity of 332 passengers and 217 crew. • Eight stateroom and suite categories including porthole, window, balcony, veranda and suites. All have bath/shower, TV, CD/DVD, hairdryer, fridge replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and water, safe and ocean view. • 3 dining venues and complimentary room service • Complimentary beverages including select wines and spirits, beers, soft drinks, bottled water and hot beverages served throughout the ship in the numerous bars and lounges. • Leisure options include an onboard watersports marina, an extensive spa, gym and pool. • On board dress code is smart casual by day and by night is Country Club casual or elegant. • Gratuities for room stewards, dining and bar staff are included.

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Multi-centre itineraries At Premier Holidays, we specialise in tailor-making holidays. Whatever you want, we can do! However, we understand that everyone needs a bit of a helping hand at some point as it’s not always easy to know what goes together. In truth, anything is possible and there are endless combinations, but some itineraries are more logical, and consequently, better value and better use of your precious holiday time, than others. What we’ve done here is to suggest some holiday combinations, which you might find of interest. It goes without saying that these are just a starting point, but they do offer guidance as to the many possibilities – some popular, some unusual, but always interesting. Remember though, you can vary the durations, change the hotels, add on excursions or side trips, upgrade your flights or simply ask us for something totally different.

Singapore

Dubai, Far East & Australia Independent tour

14 nights from

£1699

iconic city landmarks to explore • wonderful cuisine to discover • culture galore Dubai 2 nights ~ Singapore 3 nights ~ Melbourne 3 nights ~ Sydney 3 nights ~ Bangkok 3 nights

Dubai souk

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Day 1: Fly to Dubai. Day 2 Dubai: On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Day 3 Dubai: Sights include the soaring Burj Khalifa, traditional souks, or perhaps head out to the desert for an exhilarating drive over the dunes. Day 4 Dubai/Singapore: You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Singapore and on arrival transferred to your hotel. Days 5-6 Singapore: Not to be missed is Chinatown, Little India and Gardens on the Bay. Day 7 Singapore/Melbourne: You will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight. Day 8 Melbourne: On arrival make your way to your hotel and begin your explorations. Days 9-10 Melbourne: A bustling city known for its sport, museums and wonderful food and wine. Day 11 Melbourne/Sydney: Fly to Sydney and on arrival make your way to your hotel. Days 12-13 Sydney: See the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach.

Day 14 Sydney/Bangkok: Fly to Bangkok and on arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Days 15-16 Bangkok: Discover a feast of golden palaces and pagodas, or shop at bustling markets and gleaming malls. Day 17 Bangkok: Your tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

What you need to know Departures: Daily. Accommodation: 3★ Rove Dubai; 3★ Chancellor@Orchard Singapore, 3★ Mercure Welcome, Melbourne; 3★ Cambridge, Sydney; 4★ Rembrandt, Bangkok. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, onward domestic flights, accommodation and transfers in Dubai, Singapore and Bangkok.

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Hong Kong & Australia

12 nights from

£1735

Independent tour

magnificent Hong Kong skyline • iconic Sydney sights • Tropical North Hong Kong 2 nights ~ Sydney 3 nights ~ Port Douglas 5 nights ~ Cairns 2 nights Day 1: Fly to Hong Kong. Day 2 Hong Kong: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Day 3 Hong Kong: Discover the many delights of Hong Kong, including Aberdeen Harbour, Repulse Bay, Victoria Peak and the Star Ferry. Day 4 Hong Kong/Sydney: You will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight. Day 5 Sydney: On arrival make your way to your hotel and relax poolside or begin sightseeing. Days 6-7 Sydney: Relatively small, as great cities go, Sydney is not short on iconic structures, fantastic beaches, stunning vistas as well as a cosmopolitan atmosphere and fabulous weather. Day 8 Sydney/Port Douglas: Make your way to the airport for your flight to Cairns and on arrival you will be transferred by road to Port Douglas. Days 9-12 Port Douglas: Renowned for its palm-fringed Four Mile Beach, the resort town of Port Douglas is the perfect place to relax. It’s also an activity seekers heaven, offering diving and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, bush walking, fishing or mountain biking.

Day 13 Port Douglas/Cairns: Transfer by road to the capital of the Tropical North, Cairns. Remainder of the day at leisure. Day 14 Cairns: This cosmopolitan city is the primary gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and also the perfect base for every activity you could imagine - on land, in the air or below the sea. Day 15 Cairns: Return to the airport for your onward journey.

What you need to know Departures: Daily. Accommodation: 3★PLUS Cityview Hong Kong; 3★ Cambridge, Sydney; 4★ Meridien, Port Douglas & 3★ Ibis Styles, Cairns. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, accommodation, transfers in Hong Kong and return transfers between Cairns and Port Douglas.

Hong Kong Harbour

UAE & Australia

15 nights from

£1749

Independent tour

mystical Arabia • cosmopolitan Sydney • relaxing vibe of the Gold Coast Abu Dhabi 3 nights ~ Sydney 5 nights ~ Gold Coast 7 nights Day 1: Fly to Abu Dhabi. Day 2 Abu Dhabi: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Days 3-4 Abu Dhabi: Two full days to enjoy this luxurious metropolis with its glittering architecture, expansive sandy beaches, the Corniche, waterparks and theme parks. Day 5 Abu Dhabi/Sydney: You will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight to Sydney. Day 6 Sydney: On arrival, make your way to your hotel. Days 7-10 Sydney: Four full days to explore the many iconic sights in this glorious city. Why not book an Express BridgeClimb tour of the Sydney Harbour Bridge (see page 39), head out to Bondi Beach and watch the surfers, see the Opera House, Darling Harbour and The Rocks.

Day 11 Sydney/Brisbane: Make your way to the airport for your flight north to Brisbane. Remainder of the day at leisure. Days 12-17 Gold Coast: The hugely popular Gold Coast provides all the ingredients for a perfect holiday. It’s Australia’s theme park capital with something for everyone along with superb beaches. Day 18 Brisbane: Make your way to Brisbane airport for your onward journey.

What you need to know Departures: Daily. Accommodation: 4★ Traders, Abu Dhabi; 3★ Cambridge, Sydney; 4★ Vibe Hotel, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, accommodation and transfers in Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

New Zealand, The Cook Islands & USA

16 nights from

£2999

Independent tour

diverse New Zealand destinations • idyllic South Pacific • iconic LA sights Christchurch 3 nights ~ Queenstown 3 nights ~ Rarotonga 8 nights ~ Los Angeles 2 nights

Los Angeles

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Day 1: Fly to Christchurch Day 3 Christchurch: On arrival make your way to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Days 4-5 Christchurch: Visit the Re:START container mall, the sensational Cardboard Cathedral or enjoy a leisurely punt ride along the Avon River. Day 6 Christchurch/Queenstown: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Queenstown and on arrival make your way to your hotel. Days 7-8 Queenstown: Two full days to explore New Zealand’s adrenalin city on the shore of Lake Wakatipu. Activities include bungee jumping, sky diving, jet boating and river rafting. Day 9 Queenstown/Rarotonga: Fly via Auckland to the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. Time difference means you arrive the day before! Days 9-15 Rarotonga: Rarotonga offers a unique blend of Polynesia and the west so enjoy tropical vistas, turquoise waters and idyllic beaches!

Day 16 Rarotonga/Los Angeles: Overnight flight via Auckland to Los Angeles. Day 17 Los Angeles: Transfer to your hotel. Day 18 Los Angeles: A full day to explore. See the sights of Hollywood, shop in style on Rodeo Drive or perhaps visit Disneyland. Day 19 Los Angeles: Make your way to the airport for your onward journey.

What you need to know Departures: Daily. Accommodation: 3★PLUS Rydges Latimer, Christchurch; 3★ Copthorne Lakefront, Queenstown; 3★PLUS Muri Beachcomber, Rarotonga and 4★ Millennium Biltmore, Los Angeles. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, domestic flights in New Zealand and accommodation.

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Church of the Good Shephard, Lake Tekapo

Melbourne

Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

21 nights from

£6099

Escorted coach tour

perfect mix of modern cities and ancient landscapes • amazing Uluru and Great Barrier Reef • cultural discoveries in Australia and New Zealand Melbourne 3 nights ~ Alice Springs 1 night ~ Uluru 2 nights ~ Cairns 3 nights ~ Sydney 3 nights ~ Auckland 2 nights ~ Rotorua 1 night ~ Christchurch 1 night ~ Franz Josef 1 night ~ Queenstown 3 nights ~ Christchurch 1 night Day 1-2: Fly to Melbourne. Day 3 Melbourne: On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your fellow travellers at a welcome reception and dinner aboard Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting. Day 4 Melbourne: Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour then discover its eclectic little laneways, arcades, cafe society and street art on a private walking tour. The rest of the day is free to relax or perhaps take an optional tour to Phillip Island to see the famous penguin parade (additional expense). Day 5 Melbourne: Today is free for you to explore at your leisure. You may like to take a full day optional experience to the Great Ocean Road to discover the stunning coastline and the Twelve Apostles (additional expense), or maybe explore the shops or indulge in some world class cuisine at one of the city’s famous eateries. Day 6 Melbourne/Alice Springs: Today you fly from Melbourne to Alice Springs. On arrival visit the School of the Air and hear how this school delivers education to children living in remote areas. Next stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you’ll learn about this facility. This evening, enjoy a gourmet barbecue at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre to hear stories of ecology, culture and astronomy. Day 7 Alice Springs/Uluru: Travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges and pause to view majestic Atila (Mt Conner), often mistaken for Uluru, before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon is free for you to enjoy the resort’s facilities, before travelling to the Uluru sunset viewing area to witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset. Day 8 Uluru: This morning view the magical Uluru sunrise. Afterwards, gain insight into the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu, as you tour the caves at the base of Uluru discovering ancient rock art and hearing stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta and take a walk at Walpa Gorge. Later, experience a Kata Tjuta sunset with sparkling wine and nibbles. Day 9 Uluru/Cairns: Join an Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art during which you’ll complete your own painting to take home as a memento. In the afternoon fly from Ayers Rock to Cairns.

Day 10 Great Barrier Reef: Get ready for an experience of a lifetime as you board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft. Return to Cairns. Day 11 Cairns: Today is free for you to do as you choose. Perhaps take an optional tour to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park for an insightful look at indigenous culture; journey to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures to encounter native wildlife; or travel to the ‘village in the rainforest’ on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and return to the lowlands on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (all additional expense). Day 12 Cairns/Sydney: This afternoon fly to Sydney where you will have a free evening to do as you please. Day 13 Sydney: Begin with a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House before discovering Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and putting your feet in the sand at famous Bondi Beach. Take to the water on a Captain Cook highlight lunch cruise, sailing around the glistening harbour. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. Day 14 Sydney: Enjoy a full day at leisure in exciting Sydney. Maybe take an optional tour to the Blue Mountains or climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a ‘BridgeClimb’ (both additional expense). Spend your last evening in Sydney with your travel director and fellow travellers in a local restaurant by the water. Day 15 Sydney/Auckland: Say goodbye to Australia and fly to New Zealand, where this evening you will enjoy a meal at ‘Eight’ at The Langham. Day 16 Auckland: A morning cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by a city sightseeing tour. Later, you’ll have free time to relax or further explore the ‘City of Sails’. Day 17 Auckland/Rotorua: Join a guide for a boat tour through the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto. Continue to Rotorua where a Maori guide will accompany you at Te Puia Thermal Reserve. This evening experience the head pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome, at the Tamaki Family Mara. Journey into the village for a cultural view into life in New Zealand before European settlement, before a hangi feast. Day 18 Rotorua/Christchurch: Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park and discover the native flora and fauna. Next stop is the Agrodome Sheep Show for a taste of farm life. Later, you’ll fly to Christchurch.

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Day 19 Christchurch/Franz Josef: Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train. Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade) and then continue to Franz Josef Glacier. Day 20 Franz Josef/Queenstown: Drive over the Haast Pass, past Thunder Creek Falls and a trio of lakes. Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown for an orientation tour. This evening enjoy dinner at The Boatshed, where you’ll discover spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range. Day 21 Milford Sound cruise: Drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau then through the rainforest of Fiordland National Park. Travel through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel towards Milford Sound for a cruise of this staggeringly beautiful body of water. Day 22 Queenstown: Today’s optional tours and experiences include a thrilling boat ride on the Shotover Jet; a wine tour at Gibbston Valley Winery; a round of golf at one of Queenstown’s spectacular courses; a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon; or be pampered at a spa (all additional expense). Day 23 Queenstown/Christchurch: Visit Lake Tekapo, stopping at the Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing to Christchurch where you’ll enjoy a farewell dinner. Day 24 Christchurch: Your tour concludes this morning with a transfer to Christchurch airport for your onward journey.

What you need to know Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details. Accommodation: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne; Chifley Alice Springs; Desert Gardens, Ayers Rock Resort; Hilton Hotel, Cairns; Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sydney; The Langham, Auckland; Millennium Hotel, Rotorua; Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef; Millennium Hotel, Queenstown; Novotel, Christchurch. Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is also included on days 10, 13, 21 and 23. Dinner is also included on days 3, 6, 10, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20 and 23. Tour price: The price shown for this AAT Kings First Choice tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, domestic flights where indicated, accommodation as outlined, travel by luxury coach, sightseeing as outlined and services of a tour guide. AAT Kings First Choice tours include premium accommodation in central locations, a variety of meals plus unique dining experiences and sightseeing.

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Devil’s Bath, Wai-o-tapu, Rotorua

Palm Cove

Kata Tjuta

Discover Australia & New Zealand

14 nights from

£5299

Escorted coach tour

spectacular natural scenery • iconic city sights and attractions • cultural insights Cairns 3 nights ~ Uluru 2 nights ~ Sydney 3 nights ~ Auckland 1 night ~ Rotorua 2 nights ~ Queenstown 3 nights Days 1-2: Fly to Cairns. Day 3 Cairns: On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel and this evening will join your Travel Director for a welcome reception and delectable dinner at Salt House on the Cairns waterfront. Day 4 Great Barrier Reef: This morning board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semisubmersible craft, just one metre underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. Day 5 Cairns: Today is yours to relax or explore. Maybe take an optional experience to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to discover the secrets of this ancient culture, or visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter an array of wildlife including koalas, tropical birds, reptiles and insects (both additional expense). Day 6 Cairns/Uluru: Today fly from Cairns to Ayers Rock. Join an Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will explain the meanings of their totems, before assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento. Later, travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Take a walk at Walpa Gorge and experience a Kata Tjuta sunset with sparkling wine. Day 7 Uluru: View the magical Uluru sunrise and afterwards, gain a insight into the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu, as you tour the caves at the base of Uluru. This evening relax with gourmet canapés and sparkling wine as you watch an Uluru sunset. Afterwards, enjoy an award-winning Uluru BBQ dinner and then gaze at the tremendous southern night sky as a local specialist gives you an insight into the constellations. Day 8 Uluru/Sydney: At leisure to relax before your flight to Sydney, or alternatively take an optional camel ride or even a scenic flight for a bird’s eye view of the desert landscape (additional expense). Day 9 Sydney: A day of sightseeing begins with a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House for a sneak peak behind the scenes before discovering Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and putting your feet in the sand on famous Bondi Beach. Later, take to the water for a Captain Cook Lunch Cruise during which you’ll pass magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands and all the main harbour attractions. Then spend the rest of the day exploring at leisure.

Day 10 Sydney: The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. Why not take an optional tour to the spectacular Blue Mountains; see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and visit Featherdale Wildlife Park; or join a thrilling ‘BridgeClimb’ tour (all additional expense). This evening, join your fellow travellers at Gardeners Lodge Café and join Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Beryl for an intimate dining experience featuring fresh local produce with traditional bush flavours. It will be an evening to remember. Day 11 Sydney/Auckland: Say goodbye to Australia and fly to New Zealand. This evening enjoy a meal at ‘Eight’ at The Langham. Day 12 Auckland/Rotorua: Travel to the Waitomo Caves to see the incredible Glowworm Grotto on a boat tour. This evening experience the heart-pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial Maori welcome. Journey into the village for an insight into life in New Zealand prior to the arrival of European settlers, then feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a hangi, the traditional Maori method of cooking in the earth. Day 13 Rotorua: A Maori specialist will accompany you around the Whakarewarewa Living Thermal Village where you’ll see New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs. Your next stop is Nature Park for a tour where you may even spot a kiwi! Then visit the Agrodome Sheep Show, the multi-award-winning stage show, for a taste of farm life. Day 14 Rotorua/Queenstown: This morning you’ll fly to Queenstown. On arrival explore the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before an orientation of Queenstown and surrounds. See Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables Mountain Range and the home of the Bungee Jump at Kawarau Bridge. Day 15 Queenstown: A free day to do as you choose in New Zealand’s adventure capital. Why not take an optional experience through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park for an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound (additional expense). Day 16 Queenstown: Choose to relax or consider taking another optional tour or experience (additional expense). You could ride the Shotover Jet boat, join a wine tour, play a round of golf, take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort or explore Queenstown on your own. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at The Boatshed, with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, it is the perfect venue for your exclusive dinner with wine. Day 17 Queenstown: Your tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

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Queenstown New Zealand

What you need to know Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details. Accommodation: Hilton Hotel, Cairns; Desert Gardens, Ayers Rock Resort; Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sydney; The Langham, Auckland; Millennium Hotel, Rotorua; Millennium Hotel, Queenstown. Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is also included on days 4 and 9. Dinner is also included on days 3, 7, 10, 11, 12 and 16. Tour price: The price shown for this AAT Kings First Choice tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, domestic flights where indicated, accommodation as outlined, travel by luxury coach, sightseeing as outlined and services of a tour guide. AAT Kings First Choice tours include premium accommodation in central locations, a variety of meals plus unique dining experiences and sightseeing.

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Australia

Uluru

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Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays

Australia is high on many people’s list of places they most want to visit and as the world becomes ever smaller, that dream comes ever closer to becoming a reality. So what are you waiting for? ...the great Australian experience is right there for the taking. From ancient Aboriginal culture to the natural world, the infinite Outback, amazingly diverse cities, laid-back coastal living, superb food and world-renowned wines, a trip to Australia is more than just a holiday - it’s an experience to be savoured!

Australia Australia destination guide Australia tours

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Iconic Rail Journeys

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New South Wales

32-43

Queensland

44-63

Northern Territory

64-73

South Australia

74-81

Victoria

82-89

Tasmania

90-97

Western Australia

98-105

See also Accommodation passes

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Car hire

7

Motorhomes

8

Cruise & stay itineraries Sydney

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Planning your holiday

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road

Why visit Australia? One of the world’s ultimate travel destinations Australia is an enthralling country endowed with a myriad of natural wonders, shimmering cities, wonderful wildlife, dazzling beaches, captivating culture and a renowned laid-back lifestyle. Australia’s state capitals are gateways to the glory of the individual states, so try to visit at least a couple of them. We all know Sydney’s iconic Opera House, but there’s more to Australia than this. The nation’s sports capital, Melbourne, blends mid 1800s architecture with modern glass skyscrapers to offer a surprisingly diverse cityscape. Adelaide is a magnet for art lovers, whilst the beaches seem to stretch into infinity. Brisbane is the hub of a huge holiday region with surf beaches, mountains and rainforests. If adventure is on your list, head for Darwin. With a harbour twice the size of Sydney’s, this truly multi-cultural city is closer to Jakarta than Canberra, the nation’s capital. Far out west, Perth is a place for relaxed and easy living where blue skies, friendly people and uncrowded beaches are the order of the day. And last, but by no means least, try to fit in a visit to Tassie’s port capital, Hobart, Australia’s second oldest city. When it comes to the great outdoors, Australia is hard to beat. With over 30,000 miles of coastline, it’s no surprise that beach living rules, and who can imagine a better way of life than sun, surf, a stroll along the sands followed by a barbie! Surf beaches like Bondi, Manly and Surfers Paradise are iconic and the 1,500 mile long Great Barrier Reef is probably the most famous coral reef in the world. Let’s not forget the Australian Outback either. Dotted with amazing landforms, this is a place of glowing red sunsets, rich ochre soil, deep black night skies, treeless plains, empty tracks, unique wildlife, tall tales and larger than life characters.

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While Australian cuisine has developed over the years, driven by the arrival of immigrants from all over the world, traditional Aboriginal food also appears on many restaurant menus. Don’t panic though, we’re not talking about bugs and creepy crawlies, rather herbs, fruit and vegetables! New World wines have also made quite a name for themselves in recent years and Australia has been at the forefront of that revolution.

The indigenous Australians are part of the world’s oldest continuous culture. Believed to be at least 50,000 years old, man is thought to have lived in Australia before Western Europe was populated. Whether you’re talking about the Aborigines or the Torres Strait Islanders (the two indigenous groups in Australia), they all love to share insights into their culture through art, storytelling, dance and music. Whilst the heartland of the Aboriginal world is Uluru, pretty much every place offers opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture - even in the cities. Be sure to embrace modern Australian culture too, where sport is king and a barbie at the beach is the way to spend your weekend.

And, of course, there’s something rather special about cracking open a cold beer on a blistering hot day whilst sitting on the veranda of the local pub the Aussies would probably say that it’s about as near to heaven as you can get!

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Whitsunday Islands

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South Australia

New South Wales

Perth Adelaide

Canberra Sydney

Victoria Australian Capital Territory Melbourne

Indian Ocean

Australia

Queenstown

Tasmania

Tasman Sea

Hobart

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Create your perfect Australia holiday

What you need to Know

Whether you’re planning your first visit or a much-anticipated return to Australia the options are seemingly endless, so we’re here to help... It’s the perfect destination for…

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In a nutshell, everyone! With so much to see and do, Australia appeals to visitors of all ages, tastes and budgets. There’s a huge variety of experiences, whether you opt to explore the Outback, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, escape to the Whitsundays, see iconic city sights and embrace the culture. There really is nothing like Australia.

For those keen to explore more of this great country, we highly recommend including at least one short tour experience. Options include driving the Great Ocean Road between Adelaide and Melbourne; embarking on an incredible rail adventure through the heart of Australia; cruising around the stunning Whitsunday Islands; seeing the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Kakadu National Park; indulging in a Yarra Valley Wine Experience or meeting the wildlife at Kangaroo Island, Phillip Island or even Australia Zoo!

Classic Australia Deciding where to go is arguably the toughest part of planning a visit Down Under. With a country of this magnitude, the potential classic itineraries are endless, whether you want to travel east coast to west coast; from the top to the bottom; indulge with food and wine; or discover the diverse wildlife. One itinerary we definitely consider as Classic Australia, particularly for first-time visitors, is the combination of Sydney, Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef. While this may only provide a glimpse of this amazing country, it does showcase some of its most famous attractions. Offering a fascinating mix of iconic city sights, the incredible outback, ancient culture and coastal experiences, it’s also easily achievable within a two week timescale. For further inspiration take a look at pages 24-27 and our selection of tours which cover much of Australia.

Australia and beyond Depending on the airline you travel with, your journey to Australia will involve a stopover in either a Middle East or Far East city. If time allows, we do suggest breaking up your journey with a city stay in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok. Alternatively, why not combine Australia with near neighbour New Zealand for a complete Antipodean adventure? Or, after time touring around Australia, where better to unwind completely than a picturepostcard beach in the South Pacific? See pages 16-19 for a selection of our multi-centre itineraries.

Brighton Beach, Melbourne

The prices All accommodation and tour lead-in prices shown are based on the best value travel dates in low season.

Flight time Australia has numerous gateways, with Sydney and Melbourne being the busiest. All flights involve a stopover, either in the Middle East or Far East. Journey time to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide from the UK is approximately 21 hours; Perth is approximately 18 hours and Darwin 17 hours.

Best time to go Australia’s climate varies, from hot and tropical in the far north to cool and even snowy in the south. The Australian winter from June to August is generally mild, but there may be snow in the southern mountain regions and dry, sunny days in the northern states. Summer runs between December and February for most of the country, although it is the wet season in the tropical north.

Port Douglas harbour

Perth

Our favourite combinations We have handpicked a few of our favourite itineraries to guide and tempt you, however our specialists are on hand to help create the perfect holiday experience for you, at the best possible price.

Sydney, Cairns & Melbourne

Sydney, Uluru & Port Douglas

Great cities & Great Ocean Road

11 nights from £1599 3 nights Cambridge, Sydney 5 nights Cairns Colonial Club, Cairns 3 nights Mercure Welcome, Melbourne

11 nights from £1999 4 nights Cambridge, Sydney 2 nights Voyages Outback Pioneer, Uluru 5 nights Meridian, Port Douglas

14 nights from £1899 4 nights Sullivans, Perth 3 nights Mercure Welcome, Melbourne 4 nights Great Ocean Road self-drive tour 3 nights Mercure Grosvenor, Adelaide Includes 5 days car hire Melbourne to Adelaide.

Prices are per person based on two sharing and include return international flights, accommodation and domestic flights between each city, except where indicated

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Unforgettable Australian Experience Independent tour

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Uluru

Great Barrier Reef

Melbourne City Skyline from Birrarung Marr Park

12 nights from

£2649

iconic cities to explore • natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef • stunning Uluru Melbourne 3 nights ~ Alice Springs 1 night ~ Uluru 2 nights ~ Cairns 3 nights ~ Sydney 3 nights Days 1-2: Fly to Melbourne. Day 3 Melbourne: On arrival at Melbourne airport you are met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to relax and settle into your hotel or perhaps begin your explorations of this wonderful city. Day 4 Melbourne: This morning experience the beautiful sights of Melbourne with a guided sightseeing tour. Hear about its wonderful history, famous buildings, sensational shopping, great sporting centres and universities. In the afternoon, an excursion is included to Phillip Island, home to the world-famous Little Penguins. Watch penguins march up the sand to their nesting places and enjoy time to browse through the educational centre and souvenir shops. Day 5 Melbourne: Day at leisure. Perhaps explore the boutique shops in the city’s hidden laneways, wander through the Birrarung Marr to the National Sports Museum or perhaps take an excursion. Day 6 Melbourne/Alice Springs: Morning flight to Alice Springs. This afternoon is at leisure. Day 7 Alice Springs/Uluru (Ayers Rock): On the way to UluruKata Tjuta National Park, visit a camel farm and take an optional camel ride (own expense). This afternoon travel around the base of Uluru then continue to the Kuniya Walk and the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole to view Aboriginal rock paintings. Later visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, before travelling to the Uluru sunset viewing area to see the striking colours of Uluru as the sun sets. Day 8 Uluru: Rise early this morning and travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area to glimpse the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre

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alight. Travel to mystical Kata Tjuta and the base of Walpa Gorge to explore. Return to Ayers Rock Resort and this evening enjoy the Sounds of Silence Dinner, then sit back and relax as a Star Talker gives you a tour of the Southern Night skies (conditions permitting). Day 9 Uluru/Cairns: This morning, transfer to Ayers Rock Airport for your flight to Cairns. The afternoon is at leisure. Day 10 Cairns: Enjoy a full day cruise to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Swim and snorkel in the warm, clear blue waters, or perhaps board the semi-submersible viewer for an underwater adventure amid the colourful coral and marine life. Day 11 Cairns: At leisure. Stroll along the Esplanade, do some shopping or perhaps ride the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (own expense). Discover the pretty village of Kuranda before returning via the Kuranda Scenic Railway down to Cairns. Day 12 Cairns/Sydney: Transfer to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney. On arrival the rest of the day is at leisure to explore. Day 13 Sydney: This morning join your harbour story cruise viewing the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Day 14 Sydney: The morning is at leisure and this afternoon join a Bondi Beach & Sydney Sights tour. Travel through the historic Rocks area and take in views of the Opera House, Hyde Park and Parliament House. Visit The Gap and enjoy stunning views, plus stop at the worldfamous Bondi Beach for spectacular scenery. Day 15 Sydney: After a morning at leisure, transfer to the airport for your onward journey. Or, you may wish to extend your holiday?

Outback

What you need to know Departures: Daily Accommodation: Travelodge Southbank, Melbourne; DoubleTree by Hilton, Alice Springs; AAT Kings Red Centre Experience, Uluru; Cairns Colonial Club, Cairns & Cambridge Sydney. Meals: Room only. Lunch is included on day 10. Dinner included on day 8. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, onward internal flights with various airlines, 3★ hotels as stated, sightseeing as outlined and coach transfers.

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Kings Park, Perth

City Extravaganza Independent tour

11 nights from

£2149

city landmarks • wine tasting • Great Ocean Road Perth 3 nights ~ Melbourne 4 nights ~ Sydney 4 nights

Uluru

City, Rock and Reef

11 nights from

£2249

Independent tour

stunning city sights in Sydney • sunset at Uluru • snorkel the Great Barrier Reef Sydney 4 nights ~ Uluru 2 nights ~ Cairns 5 nights Days 1-2: Fly to Sydney. Day 3 Sydney: On arrival at Sydney airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Day 4 Sydney: Day at leisure. Explore the city and maybe visit the impressive Opera House and take in the magnificent views across the harbour. From here you could take the ferry to Manly and see the bustling seaside town. Day 5 Sydney: A full day visiting the Blue Mountains. Take in spectacular views of Megalong Valley before arriving at Echo Point for views that stretch across to the Three Sisters. Continue to Warradah Aboriginal Centre before reaching picturesque Leura, where you can grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and cafes (own expense). The next stop is Featherdale Wildlife Park, one of Australia’s largest private collections of Australian native animals and bird life. The return route to Sydney, takes you via Sydney Olympic Park, the site of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Day 6 Sydney: Day at leisure. Day 7 Sydney/Uluru: Morning flight to Uluru (Ayers Rock). This evening you are collected from your hotel and taken to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Enjoy nibbles and a complimentary glass of wine as the sun sinks over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is famous. Don’t forget your camera. It is recommended that you photograph Uluru every 5 minutes to really capture the gradual colour changes of the rock. Occasionally, when it rains, you may be lucky enough to see the spectacular sight of water cascading over the sides of Uluru. Day 8 Uluru: Morning at leisure. This afternoon travel to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) where your AAT Kings driver/guide will explain the geological history of these giant domes. Your driver/guide will then escort you on a 2-3 hour walk in the valley between the massive red conglomerate rocks. Marvel at the unique flora and fauna that has survived in this harsh environment. When you reach the Valley of the Winds Lookout, take some time to gaze out over the central valley of Kata Tjuta. Then take in a magnificent outback sunset at Kata Tjuta while you enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.

Day 9 Uluru/Cairns: Morning at leisure, before your afternoon flight to Cairns. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Day 10 Cairns: Today experience a full day tour by wavepiercer catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. Swim and snorkel in the clear blue waters viewing the tropical fish and colourful coral. There is also the chance to go on snorkelling excursion, or try diving (additional expense). Day 11-13 Cairns: At leisure in the capital of the Tropical North. This modern, laid back destination boasts a swimming lagoon, busy marina, beachfront and alfresco dining, a revamped promenade with coffee shops and restaurants catering to all budgets and tastes. There’s much to see in the area including the Atherton Tablelands, Cairns Night Zoo and the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail to name just a few. Day 14 Cairns: Transfer to the airport for your onward journey, or alternatively why not extend your stay?

What you need to know Departures: Daily Accommodation: Cambridge, Sydney; Outback Pioneer, Uluru & Cairns Colonial Club, Cairns. Meals: Room only. Lunch is included on day 10. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, onward internal flights, 3★ hotels as stated, sightseeing as outlined and coach transfers.

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1: Fly to Perth. Day 2 Perth: Arrive at Perth and transfer to your hotel. Day 3 Perth: Day at leisure. Sights include Kings Park and the Botanical Gardens, to see rare Australian flora and fauna. Perhaps take the ferry over to the quaint town of Fremantle and visit the prison, markets or eat in one of the many restaurants and cafes. Day 4 Perth: Morning at leisure before joining Perth’s Famous wine cruise, sailing upstream into the picturesque upper reaches of the nearby Swan Valley. Enjoy a tasting of selected premium wines of the month from local vineyards. Your cruise arrives firstly at the prestigious Sandalford winery then continues onwards to riverside Waters Edge Winery for more wine tasting and a delicious three course set lunch. Day 5 Perth/Melbourne: Fly to Melbourne and day is at leisure. Day 6 Melbourne: Guided city tour includes the Fitzroy Gardens, a visit to Captain Cook’s Cottage, the Royal Botanic Gardens and onwards past the Grand Prix track before seeing the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This afternoon travel to Phillip Island for the Penguin Parade and witness the amazing nightly penguin ritual. Day 7 Melbourne: A full day trip along the Great Ocean Road. Travel over the Westgate Bridge to Geelong and through the holiday resort of Torquay. See Australia’s famous surf beach, Bell’s Beach, before travelling to Anglesea and pass through the coastal towns of Lorne and Wye River and stop at scenic Apollo Bay for lunch. Travel to the Otway National Park and continue to Port Campbell National Park to see the amazing Twelve Apostles, remnants of London Bridge and the Loch Ard Gorge, the site of many historical shipwrecks. Day 8 Melbourne: Day at leisure to explore independently. Day 9 Melbourne/Sydney: Morning flight to Sydney and afternoon at leisure. Day 10 Sydney: Join Captain Cook’s morning coffee cruise to sightsee from the water. See the main harbour attractions such as the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Fort Denison before cruising the magnificent upper reaches of Middle Harbour where palatial waterfront homes, parks, beaches and marinas show Sydney life at its best. Day 11 Sydney:This morning is at leisure and this afternoon join a Bondi Beach & Sydney Sights tour. Travel through the historic Rocks area and take in views of the Opera House, Hyde Park and Parliament House. Visit The Gap and enjoy stunning views, plus stop at the world-famous Bondi Beach for spectacular scenery. Day 12 Sydney: Day at leisure. Take in Darling Harbour’s entertainment complex or venture to Taronga Zoo or simply meander around the historic Rocks area. Day 13 Sydney: Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport for your onward journey, or alternatively you may wish to extend your stay?

What you need to know Departures: Daily Accommodation: Sullivans, Perth; Travelodge Southbank, Melbourne & Cambridge, Sydney. Meals: Room only. Lunch is included on day 4. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, onward internal flights, 3★ hotels as stated, sightseeing as outlined and coach transfers.

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Curtain Fig Tree

Great Barrier Reef

Surfers Paradise

East Coast Adventure

12 nights from

£2675

Escorted coach tour

city landmarks and attractions • dreamy picture-postcard beaches • Great Barrier Reef Sydney 1 night ~ Surfers Paradise 2 nights ~ Noosa 1 night ~ Fraser Island 2 nights ~ Rockhampton 1 night ~ Daydream Island 2 nights ~ Mission Beach 1 night ~ Cairns 2 nights Day 1 Sydney: Arrive into Sydney and enjoy a half-day sightseeing coach tour this afternoon. Tonight meet your fellow travellers and crew at a welcome dinner. Day 2 Sydney/Surfers Paradise: Enjoy time at leisure in Sydney this morning before transferring to the airport for the flight north to the Gold Coast. Perhaps stroll along the famous golden sands of Surfers Paradise Beach as the sun sets. Day 3 Surfers Paradise: A full day at leisure to discover the many delights of the Gold Coast and it’s white sand beaches. Day 4 Surfers Paradise/Noosa: Travel north from Surfers Paradise to Australia Zoo, founded by the late and much-missed Steve Irwin. Spend time exploring this famous attraction before continuing your journey to Noosa. Day 5 Noosa/Fraser Island: Explore Noosa this morning before travelling to Hervey Bay and River Heads where you’ll join a cruise to Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. Day 6 Fraser Island: A half day tour highlights the breathtaking mix of landscapes from sweeping sandy beaches and soaring cliffs to freshwater lakes, wetlands and ancient forests that make up this World Heritage Site. Later, there’s free time to relax and enjoy the resort’s excellent facilities. Day 7 Fraser Island/Rockhampton: This morning cruise across Hervey Bay then continue your journey through sugar cane country. Arrive in the inland city of Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia. Day 8 Rockhampton/Daydream Island: The gateway to the coast and the Outback, Rockhampton, also boasts some of the best provincial gardens in Australia. Enjoy a tour of these beautiful gardens before travelling to Airlie Beach, where you join a cruise through the sparkling Whitsundays to the picturesque resort of Daydream Island. Day 9 Daydream Island: A whole day at leisure on Daydream Island. Discover the many species of tropical fish by snorkelling off the beach, take a stroll through the tropical jungle to the highest point of the island, relax by one of the many inviting swimming pools. Day 10 Daydream Island/Mission Beach: Continue north with an early morning ferry from Daydream Island and re-board the coach and travel to Townsville. Enjoy a tour of this tropical city, surrounded by rainforested hinterland and the Great Barrier Reef. Depart Townsville for Mission Beach, your overnight stay. Day 11 Mission Beach/Cairns: Surrounded by lush rainforest, visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the Curtain Fig tree. Later, board the Kuranda Skyrail for great views of the region.

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Day 12 Cairns: Cruise from Cairns by fast catamaran to Reef Magic’s exclusive reef activity platform and enjoy five hours amidst the colourful coral and marine life. Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, walk through the underwater observatory, join a tour on the semi-submersible or glass bottom boat, or relax on the sundeck of your ship. On returning ashore later, take some time out to relax at your hotel before tonight’s special farewell dinner at Tjapukai. Day 13 Cairns: Enjoy a drive north along the coast to the pretty holiday township of Port Douglas for a tour. Return to Cairns where your tour concludes.

Premier Plus £200 discount (per person): On selected tours departing between 01 Oct 17-31 Mar 18 if you book by 28 Feb 17.

Kings Canyon

Grand Australian Discovery

4 nights from

£899

Extension to East Coast Adventure tour

iconic natural attractions • unforgettable scenery Alice Springs 1 night ~ Uluru 1 night ~ King’s Canyon 1 night ~ Alice Springs 1 night

What you need to know Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details. Accommodation: In 3-5H hotels. Meals: Breakfast. Dinner is also included on days 1 & 11. Tour price: The price shown for this Travelmarvel by APT tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 3-4H accommodation throughout and services of a Travelmarvel by APT tour director. Price excludes flights. The itinerary shown is valid for departures between Apr 17-Mar 18 and may vary slightly before this date.

Day 1 Cairns/Alice Springs: Fly from Cairns to Alice Springs (airfare not included). Enjoy time at leisure to explore this unique town. Day 2 Alice Springs/Uluru: Follow the West MacDonnell Ranges and stop at a camel farm for an optional camel ride (own expense). You will then tour the base of Uluru, before heading to your resort to enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sunset. Day 3 Uluru/King’s Canyon: Rise early to view sunrise over Uluru. Visit the rock domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk to Walpa Gorge before travelling to King’s Canyon. Day 4 King’s Canyon/Alice Springs: Explore King’s Canyon today, a huge formation of ancient rocks. It’s sheer walls rise up to 170 metres from Kings Creek providing vistas across the canyon and down into its lush depths. Choose between two guided walks here. Day 5 Alice Springs: Your tour concludes this morning at Alice Springs airport.

What you need to know Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details. Accommodation: In 3-4H hotels. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown for this Travelmarvel by APT tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 3-4H accommodation throughout and services of a Travelmarvel by APT tour director. Price excludes international flights.

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Kakadu National Park

Flinders Ranges

Uluru

Outback Adventure

14 nights from

£3395

Escorted coach tour

amazing natural scenery • cultural insight • watch for incredible birds and wildlife Adelaide 1 night ~ Flinders Ranges 1 night ~ Port Augusta 1 night ~ Coober Pedy 1 night ~ Uluru 2 nights ~ Kings Canyon 1 night ~ Alice Springs 2 nights ~ Tenant Creek 1 night ~ Katherine 1 night ~ Kakadu 1 night ~ Darwin 2 nights Day 1 Adelaide: Arrive into Adelaide and this afternoon explore the city sights before you join a local food expert for a guided tour of Adelaide Central Market. Day 2 Adelaide/Flinders Ranges: Travel to the Clare Valley for a wine tasting at Sevenhill Cellars, the oldest existing winery in the region. Later, travel through the spectacular Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound, a remarkable natural amphitheatre. Day 3 Flinders Ranges/Port Augusta: Take a walk with your travel director to Hills Homestead and Wangarra Lookout for incredible views of Wilpena Pound where you may see wild emus and kangaroos grazing along the riverbank. Journey through Pitchi Richi Pass, and historic Quorn on your way to Port Augusta. Finally, visit Wadlata Outback Centre. Day 4 Port Augusta/Coober Pedy: Visit Woomera, then travel to isolated Coober Pedy, Australia’s opal capital! Visit an underground church and home with a guide and view an opal demonstration. Day 5 Coober Pedy/Uluru: Cross the border into the Northern Territory and continue to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Enter the dual world heritage listed National Park to watch the sun set over the western horizon, admiring the changing colours. Day 6 Uluru: See the Red Centre set alight by the sun’s first rays. After sunrise, tour the base of Uluru with a self-guided stroll around the base or a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the flora, fauna and cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu. Visit Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre before you visit spectacular Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and walk through Walpa Gorge, before taking in a magnificent outback sunset. Day 7 Uluru/Kings Canyon: En route to Kings Canyon Resort marvel at Atila (Mt. Conner). This afternoon, set off on a rim walk exploration of Kings Canyon, for far reaching views which give a real feel for the grand scale of this natural wonder. An easier walk along the boulder-strewn canyon floor is also available. Day 8 Kings Canyon/Alice Springs: During the journey to Alice Springs travel across vast cattle properties to glimpse how expansive the Outback is. In Alice Springs visit the historic Telegraph Station then top off the day at Anzac Hill for panoramic views. Day 9 Alice Springs: Learn about the life and survival of the Arrernte People from a local Aboriginal guide at Alice Springs Desert Park. Visit the Nocturnal House and enjoy a captivating Birds of Prey presentation, then continue to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how the facility brings first class health services to people living in the bush. This evening enjoy a home cooked gourmet BBQ dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre.

Day 10 Alice Springs/Tenant Creek: Your first stop is School of the Air to witness a live classroom lesson broadcast to children living in remote locations. Later, travel north stopping at interesting Wycliffe Well to visit Karlu-Karlu (Devils Marbles). End the day at Tennant Creek, an old gold mining town. Day 11 Tenant Creek/Katherine: Travel north and visit eccentric Daly Waters Historic Pub for a cooling ale at lunchtime (own expense). Continue to Mataranka, ‘Land of the Never Never’, 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. 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. On arrival, cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong during which you should see a stunning variety of birdlife such as sea eagles, brolgas and with any luck, fascinating little kingfishers, as well as the feared estuarine crocodiles basking in the muddy shallows. This afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to take an optional flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land (additional expense). Day 13 Kakadu/Darwin: This morning visit Ubirr and view Aboriginal rock art dating back some 20,000 years, then climb to the top of this rocky outcrop for spectacular views - you may recognise the location from the film, Crocodile Dundee! This afternoon on arrival in Darwin, you can choose from a range of sightseeing experiences. You could visit the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Markets for a spectacular sunset over the Timor Sea where you’ll enjoy dinner; visit Crocosaurus Cove at your leisure or even sit back and relax at Darwin’s famous Deckchair Cinema. Day 14 Litchfield National Park: Travel to Litchfield National Park, stopping at the amazing termite mounds and then Florence Falls. Continue to tropical Wangi Falls for a relaxing swim in the large crystal clear waterhole before heading back to Darwin. This evening join your travel director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner. Day 15 Darwin: All too soon, it’s time to bid farewell to new friends as the tour concludes after breakfast.

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Mutitjulu Rock Pool, Uluru

Flinders Ranges

What you need to know Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details. Accommodation: In 3HPLUS hotels. Meals: Breakfast. Dinner is also included on days 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 14. Tour price: The price shown for this AAT Kings tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes, 3HPLUS accommodation, sightseeing as outlined and services of a tour guide. Price excludes international flights.

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Iconic Rail Journeys

The Ghan

Rekindle the romance and magic of a bygone age with an iconic rail journey through Australia. Sit back and relax, as the scenes unfold before your eyes.

Why take a rail journey ? In today’s frantic world there’s perhaps no better way to travel across this great continent and appreciate majestic landscapes than with a leisurely journey in comfort aboard a grand train; a mode of transport which harks back to an age when the journey itself was as much anticipated as the destination. Select your epic journey across Australia from our featured trains: The legendary Ghan which takes you deep into the heart of Australia; the mighty Indian

Pacific, which travels from the Indian Ocean across to the Pacific Ocean; and the more contemporary Spirit of Queensland which travels the state’s coastline from Cairns to Brisbane. Step aboard and enjoy comfortable accommodation, attentive service and the incomparable thrill of an ever-changing view. Journeys on these iconic trains are very popular so we do recommend you book early.

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Classic rail journeys

Travellers seeking a nostalgic way to journey along some incredible routes and visit exotic destinations in luxurious comfort.

All of our selected rail journeys can be combined with longer tours within each region; or simply added on to a beach or city stay to create an unforgettable holiday. We highly recommend a hotel stay before and after your rail journey.

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The Ghan

Platinum Service

Katherine Gorge excursion

Outback Explorer Lounge

The Ghan Embark on the ultimate rail adventure through the heart of Australia aboard one of the world’s great trains, The Ghan. From the tropics of the Top End to the ancient Red Centre and South Australia’s rich food and wine bowl, immerse yourself in the intriguing history, colourful characters and awe-inspiring vistas that embody the Australian Outback. All journeys aboard The Ghan are inclusive of off-train excursions, taking guests to the country’s most remote locations for a true Outback sunrise or sunset experience. The seasonal Ghan Expedition also features touring in the fascinating underground mining town of Coober Pedy. 2 nights from

Darwin to Adelaide

£1650

Rail journey

legendary journey with a choice of excursions • choice of Gold or Platinum Service • stunning views The Ghan 2 nights Day 1 Darwin/Katherine: Morning departure from Darwin Train Station. Settle back as you travel south and the view begins its smooth and spectacular transformation. Arrive Katherine early afternoon where a choice of excursions are included. Options include a Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise, Gorge and Rock Art Cruise or Outback Experience (May-Oct only). Back on board, the train departs early evening. Day 2 Alice Springs/Manguri: Wake up to a new view outside your window, an outback sunrise could be one of the most spectacular you’ll ever see. After breakfast the train reaches Alice Springs where you have the opportunity to leave the train to embark on one of the included off train excursions, taking in the delights of this famous outback town.

Return to the train early afternoon and spend the remainder of the day on board, admiring the ever changing vistas. The train makes a short stop this evening in Manguri, where Gold and Platinum Service guests will be invited to disembark for a nightcap by the light of an Outback bonfire whilst admiring the starlit sky. The train departs and travels through the night towards the final destination. Day 3 Adelaide: Morning arrival in Adelaide. This journey is also available in reverse. The Ghan Expedition travels over 4 days/3 nights from 03 May25 Oct 17 with extended touring in Alice Springs and Coober Pedy as well as an upgrade option for a scenic flight and ground tour of Uluru.

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What you need to know Features: Queen Adelaide Restaurant & Outback Explorer Lounge (Gold Service guests) or Platinum Club (Platinum Service guests) serving all meals and beverages; guests can book their dining time, subject to train times Gold Service from £1650: Gold Service guests have the choice of either a single cabin (private cabin with single lounge that converts to a lower berth at night with wash basin facilities - toilets and showers are located at the end of each carriage); or twin cabin (private cabin with compact en suite facilities with 3-seater lounge that converts to upper and lower berths at night). Tea or coffee served in cabin before breakfast. Platinum Service from £2465: Guests enjoy spacious private cabins with large picture windows and large en suite facilities which offer a deluxe lounge by day and convert to either a full size double bed or twin beds by night. The en suite comprises of full size shower and toilet facilities with native Australian toiletries. For a truly remarkable experience watch the sunrise in the outback whilst enjoying breakfast in bed! Departures: Wednesdays from Darwin. Sundays from Adelaide. Meals: Full board including all meals and beverages for both Gold and Platinum Service. Tour price: The prices shown are based on the best value travel dates in low season and include 2 nights on the train.

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Rawlinna

Gold Service twin cabin

Queen Adelaide Restaurant

Indian pacific From the shores of the Indian Ocean to the Pacific coast, the Indian Pacific takes you on a transcontinental adventure like no other. Explore the vastness of the Nullarbor Plain, lush southern valleys and majestic Blue Mountains as you cross Australia on one of the world’s most epic rail journeys. Enjoy a special Nullarbor stop and extended time in South Australia – including the internationally-acclaimed Barossa Valley wine region – as part of all Indian Pacific westbound journeys. 3 nights from

Sydney to Perth via Adelaide

£1859

Rail journey

epic journey across Australia • contrasting views • choice of Gold and Platinum Service available Indian Pacific 3 nights Day 1 Sydney: Depart Sydney in the afternoon for the start of a journey of contrasts. As the train ventures beyond the city limits, settle back, open a book or simply admire the view as the train travels through the spectacular Blue Mountains. Day 2 Broken Hill/Adelaide: Wake early as the train arrives in Broken Hill, a classic mining town where the streets are wide and there is a pub on every corner. Disembark for an included off train excursion and discover the history of mining and the artistic culture that abounds in the area. Returning to the train for breakfast and as the train sets off, you’ll soon notice a dramatic change in landscape as the outback makes way for the green and golden fields of South Australia’s food bowl. Your choice for the afternoon and evening is a walking tour in the picturesque city of Adelaide, exploring the Barossa Valley’s wineries or an Adelaide Hills foodie tour.

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Day 3 Rawlinna: This morning wake to the raw beauty of the Nullarbor, which takes its name from the Latin meaning ‘no trees’. Spend the day simply relaxing or reflecting on the changing landscapes. Your sense of wonder will be well and truly ignited when it comes time to set foot in Rawlinna this evening, as you partake in a traditional outback dinner under the wide Nullarbor skies. Day 4 Perth: The Avon Valley beckons you this morning, a truly picturesque part of the world. Arrive into the cosmopolitan city of Perth after lunch, which marks the end of your epic journey. This journey is also available in reverse.

What you need to know Features: Queen Adelaide Restaurant & Outback Explorer Lounge (Gold Service guests) or Platinum Club (Platinum Service guests) serving all meals and beverages; guests can book their dining time, subject to train times Gold Service from £1859: Gold Service guests have the choice of either a single cabin (private cabin with single lounge that converts to a lower berth at night with wash basin facilities - toilets and showers are located at the end of each carriage); or twin cabin (private cabin with compact en suite facilities with 3-seater lounge that converts to upper and lower berths at night). Tea or coffee served in cabin before breakfast. Platinum Service from £2879: Guests enjoy spacious private cabins with large picture windows and large en suite facilities which offer a deluxe lounge by day and convert to either a full size double bed or twin beds by night. The en suite comprises of full size shower and toilet facilities with native Australian toiletries. For a truly remarkable experience watch the sunrise in the outback whilst enjoying breakfast in bed! Departures: Wednesdays from Sydney. Sundays from Perth. Meals: Full board (all meals and beverages for both Gold and Platinum Service. Tour price: The prices shown are based on the best value travel dates in low season and include 3 nights on the train.

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RailBed inseat service

Spirit of Queensland Travel along Queensland’s stunning coastline aboard the new Spirit of Queensland, which combines modern seating and entertainment options with the romance of long distance rail travel. Contemporary, comfortable and designed for relaxation, the Spirit of Queensland travels the coastline from Brisbane to Cairns and all regions in between.

Brisbane to Cairns Rail journey

1 night from

£245

Railbed option • coastal scenery • seat-back TV Spirit of Queensland 1 night Day 1 Brisbane: Board the train mid-afternoon for your journey north along the Queensland coast towards Cairns. Sit back and admire the scenery as you pass through small towns and long stretches of open countryside. As night falls you may wish to watch a film on the seat-back screen and let the train lull you to sleep as it ventures further north. Day 2 Cairns: Wake to a new view and after breakfast you have a leisurely day ahead. Why not wander to the club car to socialise or simply purchase refreshments. The train reaches Cairns midafternoon and your journey concludes. This journey is also available in reverse.

What you need to know Features: club car (for purchase of light refreshments and beverages) • showers and toilets at the end of all passenger carriages Premium Economy seat from £245: Premium Economy seats use the very latest technology to provide a comfortable ride and very generous leg room along with state-ofthe-art personal entertainment systems offering on-demand movies, music and audio books. Seat reclines to 30º and there are a limited number of small pillows and blankets available. RailBed from £347: An Australian first, the revolutionary RailBed is a spacious and comfortable seat by day that includes a state-of-the-art personal entertainment system, a 240v powerpoint and a USB point. In the evening the onboard team convert the seat to a lie-flat bed with all linen provided. Departures: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from Brisbane; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday from Cairns. Meals: Not included for Premium Economy. Full board included for RailBed with all main meals served directly to your seat. Tour price: The prices shown are based on the best value travel dates in low season and include 1 night on the train. Gold Coast, Queensland

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New South Wales

Sydney

New South Wales’ iconic gateway is Sydney with its immediately recognisable sights - the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Venture outside the city and Queensland snowy you’ll be amazed by this country of outback sunsets, rugged mountains, peaks, bush experiences, beautiful beaches and coastal lifestyles.

Brisbane

Byron Bay Lismore

Why visit New South Wales? Coffs Harbour

New South Wales is home to iconic tourist attractions including World Heritage Listed Sydney Opera House, historic townships, museums, the Blue Mountains, whale watching in Port Stephens and so much more.

New South Wales

The coastline stretches over 1,200 miles with almost 900 beaches including Sydney’s famed harbour and ocean beaches. With all that choice, you’re bound to find just the right beach for you. There are some amazing natural attractions in New South Wales, from the coast to the country you’re spoilt for choice. With close to 900 national parks, forests and reserves NSW features the most diverse nature experiences in Australia. Quality produce, talented winemakers and some of Australia’s best restaurants can be found in thriving culinary hotspots across New South Wales. The oldest state in Australia really is one of the most unique places in the world. Go there and see it!

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Broken Hill

Port Macquarie Forster

Port Stephens Newcastle Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley

Getting there: Sydney is approximately 21 hours from the UK (including a stopover) Best time to go: The state enjoys warm semitropical summers, particularly in the lower central areas. Mountain areas in the west have a cooler climate, particularly in winter when snow can be Victoria expected. Rainfall is heaviest from March to June. Melbourne

Blue Mountains Mildura

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Goulburn Canberra

Australian Capital Territory Narooma

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Blue Mountains

Classic sights

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Sydney: Relatively small, as great cities go, with a population of around 4 million, this is a city which has it all: iconic structures, fantastic beaches, stunning vistas, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and fabulous weather. It is most definitely on the must-see list for any visitor to Australia and even if you have visited before, you will want to return again and again. Blue Mountains: The region is named for the blue haze, caused by the fine mist given off by the eucalyptus trees, which frequently shrouds the mountains. The World Heritage listed Blue Mountains region is an area of rugged scenery incorporating sandstone cliffs and tree-filled gorges with the spectacular Three Sisters and the vistas of the Jamieson Valley its most visited sight. The pretty town of Katoomba with its art deco shops facades, eclectic boutiques and café culture is the unofficial centre and a great place to relax and unwind. Hunter Valley: New South Wales’ premier wine growing region lies just 90 minutes north of Sydney. The majority of the wineries are centred around the town of Pokolbin and its visitor centre is an illuminating start to any visit to the area. There is also much more to discover including hot air ballooning, sky diving, championship golf courses and the largest display gardens in the southern hemisphere.

North Coast: The North Pacific Highway stretches north from Sydney just inland from the coast and a 12 hour drive takes you to Queensland. Should you follow this route to the next state, there are several notable stopping points, including Newcastle, which is a great base for the region with access to Lake Macquarie; Port Stephens for its uncrowded beaches; Myall Lakes, a stunning wetland area; Coffs Harbour, a major resort centre; Byron Bay, with its sandy beaches; and New England, an area of spectacular scenery. South Coast: A beautiful, rolling seaboard of spectacular coastline and breathtaking scenery, with quiet beaches and stunning national parks. Towns and attractions to visit include Wollongong where countless adrenaline-filled adventure activities are offered; Macquarie Pass National Park for bushwalking and waterfalls; the Kiama area to visit the Kiama Blowhole; or Merimbula, Jervis Bay and the Shell harbour area for watersports. Outback New South Wales: Historic Bourke is the gateway to this region; the Brewarrina area is rich in Aboriginal culture while at Mutawintji National Park you can see astonishing Aboriginal rock art; in Broken Hill enjoy captivating landscapes and learn how important mining has been to the area through tours and museums.

Country NSW: Some of the most stunning national parks in the state are here including Mt Kaputar, Oxley Wild Rivers, Cathedral Rock and the amazing Warrumbungle National Park near Coonabarabran. Also not to be missed is the Goulbourn area where you can delve into its colourful history of explorers, gold-diggers and bushrangers. Southern Highlands: With a cool climate and rich soil known for producing award-winning wines, the Southern Highlands boasts an impressive range of walking trails, scenic lookouts and other natural marvels to explore, such as Fitzroy Falls. The area is also renowned for its heritage villages, such as Bowral, Bundanoon or Berrima. Snowy Mountains: At this true alpine wilderness enjoy great skiing and snowboarding along with vibrant towns and ancient caves. Cooma is the largest town in the region and a great base for walking or alternatively, there’s Jindabayne which lies on the shores of the lake of the same name. Canberra: Although it’s not actually part of New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, which houses the nation’s capital, Canberra, lies within the borders of NSW. Equidistant between Sydney and Melbourne, it is a pleasant place lying in a valley in the southern tablelands of New South Wales.

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Sydney

Manly beach

Sydney Highlights

3 nights from

£335

Independent tour

harbour cruise • sightseeing • Blue Mountains Sydney 3 nights

Sydney Harbour

The view of Sydney Opera House against a backdrop of Sydney Harbour Bridge is reputed to be one of the most recognised sights in the world. Relatively small, as great cities go, with a population of around 4 million, this is a city which has it all: iconic structures, fantastic beaches, stunning vistas, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and fabulous weather. It is most definitely on the must-see list for any visitor to Australia and even if you have visited before, you will want to return again and again.

Day 1 Sydney: Arrive Sydney and transfer to your chosen hotel. Why not take the chance to wander around The Rocks where you’ll find shops and galleries as well as cafes, bars and restaurants. Day 2 Sydney: This morning enjoy a Harbour Story Cruise, which includes a fun and personalised commentary of the sights, people, land, history and development of the world’s most beautiful harbour city. Afternoon is at leisure, perhaps relax at one of the many waterfront restaurants at Darling Harbour, take a ferry to Manly or admire the wonderful views from the Sydney Tower. Day 3 Sydney/Blue Mountains/Sydney: Discover the remarkable beauty of Blue Mountains National Park on this full day tour. Take in spectacular views of Megalong Valley before arriving at Echo Point for views that stretch across to the Three Sisters. Continue to Warradah Aboriginal Centre before reaching picturesque Leura. The next stop is Featherdale Wildlife Park, one of Australias largest private collections of Australian native animals and bird life. The return route to Sydney, takes you via the site of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Day 4 Sydney: Enjoy some final independent exploring before your transfer to Sydney airport.

What you need to know Departures: Daily from Sydney. Accommodation: 3H Cambridge. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return transfers between Sydney airport and your hotel, accommodation as stated and sightseeing as outlined.

Classic sights Harbour Bridge: The harbour is dominated by the bridge, which is the biggest single span bridge in the world. There are pedestrian walkways, but unless you are scared of heights, we highly recommend that you book to do the BridgeClimb. Opera House: One of the most recognised buildings in the world, the Opera House was designed by a Danish architect, who never saw his vision, because he resigned before its completion. The state lottery raised the extra cash to complete it after it exceeded the budget. Circular Quay: The main hub of the harbour, where ferries arrive and depart continuously linking the various areas of Sydney. A regular ferry service runs to Darling Harbour and one of the most popular routes is to Manly, as the ferry takes you right across the harbour. QVB: The famous Queen Victoria Building was built in 1898. In 1982 it was restored to its original glory and houses a shopping mall. The Rocks: Situated on Sydney Harbour, adjacent to Circular Quay, this historic part of Sydney was the first colonial settlement in Sydney in 1788. Carefully restored buildings house shops and galleries as well as cafes, bars, restaurants and pubs.

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Botanic Gardens: Just a short walk from the city centre lies the peace and tranquillity of Sydney’s exotic botanic gardens. Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is a favourite for memorable photos across the harbour. Manly: This bustling little seaside town lies north of Sydney, just a ferry ride from Circular Quay. Darling Harbour: Use the monorail to get to Darling Harbour or walk there and cross the harbour on the pedestrian only Pyrmont Bridge. In the 1800s, the trading ships docked here, but the harbour is now an entertainment complex, which curves around Cockle Bay. Sydney Tower: A controversial construction, butGlebe nevertheless, one which offers great views. If you are brave, take the 45 minute outdoor walk over the glass viewing platform 800 feet above the city. Taronga Zoo: The city zoo of Sydney has been opened since 1916 and is spectacularly located on the shores of Sydney Harbour. Bondi Beach: Sydney’s most famous beach, so you can’t miss it! See the surfers riding the waves and the lifesavers in their “watch towers”.

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Deluxe balcony room

Cambridge HHH

from

Sydney

£57per person per night

This boutique style hotel is conveniently located in Surry Hills, close to Oxford Street and the trendy Paddington area, and just a half an hour walk to the Sydney Opera House. Offering a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere, the hotel is also close to many fantastic restaurants, boutique shops, pubs and bars. If time allows be sure to visit the hotel restaurant, Baccomatto Osteria, a fantastic rustic Italian eatery. Whether it’s nightlife, restaurants, sports, entertainment or simply exploring the city that takes your fancy, you will find everything you need within easy reach. Features: 173 rooms • restaurant • bar • indoor swimming pool • jacuzzi • parking Accommodation: In premium rooms with air-conditioning, bath or shower, mini fridge and safe. Upgrade options: Deluxe balcony rooms which are located on the upper floors and offer a seating area and iPod dock • deluxe one bedroom suites which offer a kitchenette with microwave and living area with double sofa bed, making it a great option for families. Meals: Room only.

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Premium room

Standard room

Ibis Darling Harbour HHHPlus

Sydney

from

£69per person per night

Travelodge Wynyard HHHPlus

Sydney

from

£75per person per night

Centrally located in the heart of Darling Harbour, the Ibis is surrounded by an array of tourist attractions, restaurants and bars. With a popular bar and restaurant, the hotel offers great value for money and friendly service. Standard rooms offer views over the bustling suburb of Pyrmont, however, we highly recommend upgrading your room for views over Darling Harbour.

Travelodge Wynyard is ideally situated close to many of Sydney’s wonderful attractions, whether you are looking for an exciting day in the city or a sensational night out on the town. Within walking distance you’ll find the Opera House, the historical Rocks area, Darling Harbour, a huge variety of restaurants and a great selection of shopping. The hotel is also adjacent to Wynyard Railway Station, so it’s easy to discover all of Sydney.

Features: 256 rooms • restaurant • bar • parking Accommodation: In compact standard Pyrmont view rooms with air-conditioning, shower and fridge.

Features: 279 rooms • restaurant • bar • gym • free WiFi (up to two devices per room) • airport shuttle • parking Accommodation: In standard rooms with airconditioning, shower and safe. Meals: Room only.

Upgrade options: superior harbour view rooms are recommended for views over Darling Harbour and Sydney city. Meals: Room only.

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Studio room with balcony

BreakFree on George HHHH

Sydney

from

£83per person per night

BreakFree on George is located on George Street, right in the heart of the city, and an easy walk to major attractons such as Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour, Chinatown and all the shopping of the CBD. Spacious studio rooms, suites and apartments are decked out with everything you need and when you’re not relaxing in your room, take in the many delights of the restaurants close by. Features: 160 rooms and apartments • internet kiosk • guest laundry • offsite parking Accommodation: In studio rooms with airconditioning, bath, kitchenette with hob and many also have a balcony with city views. Upgrade options: One bedroom suites which offer a bath, shower and balcony • open plan family suites which can sleep up to five • two bedroom apartments with full kitchen, laundry facilities and dining area.

Meals: Room only

Premier Plus FREE nights in a studio 3 for 2: 07-28 Dec 16, 02-25 Jan, 30 Jan02 Mar & 15-31 Mar 17. Up to 35% studio discount: 01 Nov29 Dec 16 & 02 Jan-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 2 nights.

Holiday Inn Darling Harbour HHHH

Sydney

from

£89per person per night

This former 1890s wool store now houses a contemporary hotel which lies in the heart of Sydney’s cosmopolitan Darling Harbour. You’ll find the best of Sydney’s shopping, restaurants, sightseeing and attractions are all within easy reach of the hotel, while vibrant Chinatown and the Latin Quarter are close by too.

Premier Plus

Features: 356 rooms • 2 restaurants • bar • jacuzzi • fitness room • sauna Accommodation: In superior rooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower, fridge and safe. Upgrade options: family rooms • deluxe rooms Meals: Room only.

FREE nights 4 for 3: 01 Nov-29 Dec 16, 02 Jan-02 Mar & 05-31 Mar 17. FREE daily breakfast: 01 Nov-29 Dec 16, 02 Jan-02 Mar & 05-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 2 nights. Family offer. Children 0-11 years eat FREE when dining with a paying adult.

Superior room

The Grace Hotel HHHH

Sydney

from

£99per person per night

Harbour Rocks HHHH

Sydney

from

£92per person per night

The heritage listed Grace Hotel is one of Sydney’s prominent examples of 1920s architecture and has been beautifully restored to its former glory and exudes a unique blend of old world charm and modern comfort. Superbly located in the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District, the hotel is only minutes away from shopping, restaurants, arts and entertainment.

This intimate boutique hotel is a stunning celebration of unique contemporary style and historical architecture. The hotel is perfectly located in ‘The Rocks’ and just a short stroll from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. After a busy day exploring the city, retreat to your well-appointed room and enjoy sophisticated dining in Scarlett’s Restaurant or simply stop for a glass of wine in the inviting Eric’s Bar.

Features: 382 rooms and suites • 3 restaurants • 2 bars • rooftop recreation centre with gym, indoor lap pool, steam room, sauna and sun deck • spa • parking Accommodation: In superior rooms with airconditioning, bath/shower, mini bar and safe.

Features: 59 rooms • restaurant • bar • gym • garden terrace • parking Accommodation: In heritage rooms with air-conditioning, shower, safe and mini bar. Upgrade options: heritage superior rooms • heritage deluxe rooms • studio suites. Meals: Room only.

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Upgrade options: larger deluxe rooms • premium rooms • 10Rooms which are individually decorated and include breakfast and free WiFi. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus

FREE nights 4 for 3: 01 Apr-20 Jun, 22 Jun-14 Jul, 16 Jul11 Aug & 20 Aug-29 Sep 17. AU$50 food & beverage credit (per room per stay): 22 Jun-14 Jul, 16 Jul-11 Aug & 20 Aug29 Sep 17 if you stay at least 3 nights.

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Standard room

Holiday Inn Old Sydney HHHHPlus

from

Sydney

£92per person per night

Enjoying a unique position in The Rocks between the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, perfect for the shops, cafes and restaurants in The Rocks area. Occupying both historical and modern buildings, the hotel is a perfect blend of international elegance and old world charm, with the added benefit of stunning harbour views. Perhaps the best place to enjoy the panoramic views of the beautiful harbour is from the rooftop pool - one of the best in Sydney! Features: 175 rooms • restaurant • bar • rooftop swimming pool • jacuzzi • parking Accommodation: In standard rooms with air-conditioning, bath, fridge and safe. Upgrade options: king superior rooms • executive rooms. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 4 for 3: 02-31 Jan & 01 Apr-30 Sep 17. FREE daily breakfast for two: 01 Nov-29 Dec 16, 04 Jan29 Dec 17 & 09 Jan-31 Mar 18. Family offer: Children 0-12 years eat free. Please ask for details.

Parkroyal Darling Harbour HHHHPlus

Sydney

from

£99per person per night

Discover Sydney’s most popular landmarks within a stroll of this lovely hotel, from the excitement of Cockle Bay Wharf to the nearby shops of Harbourside and Pitt Street Mall. The comfortable rooms provide a welcome retreat, while Abode Bar & Lounge is the ideal place to unwind and relax with a drink. Features: 345 rooms • 2 restaurants • bar • gym • parking Accommodation: In superior rooms with airconditioning, bath and separate shower, mini bar and safe. Upgrade options: Darling Harbour outlook rooms • club rooms are particularly recommended and include access to the club lounge, continental breakfast, all day refreshments, twilight drinks and canapés plus free WiFi • club Darling Harbour outlook rooms. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 4 for 3: 02-31 Jan, 01 Apr-30 Sep & 10 Dec 1731 Jan 18. FREE daily breakfast for two: 13 Dec 1631 Jan, 01 Apr-30 Sep & 10 Dec 17-31 Jan 18 if you stay at least 3 nights in a superior or Darling Harbour outlook room. Family offer: Children 0-12 years stay free, when sharing a room with two adults.

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Four Points by Sheraton HHHHPlus

Sydney

from

£99per person per night

One of Australia’s largest hotels, the Four Points by Sheraton enjoys a central location in Sydney’s Central Business District overlooking the spectacular Darling Harbour. The hotel is surrounded by all of Sydney’s major entertainment and shopping districts including Pitt Street Mall and Queen Victoria Building with The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House just a 15 minute walk away. Features: 630 rooms • restaurant • coffee shop • 2 bars • gym • free WiFi • parking Accommodation: In premium city side rooms with air-conditioning, shower, hairdryer and mini bar. Upgrade options: premium harbour view rooms • premium deluxe harbour view rooms Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 4 for 3: 03-30 Jan 17. FREE upgrade to premium harbour view room: 01 Nov-28 Dec 16 & 03 Jan-31 Mar 17, subject to availability at time of booking.

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Premier full harbour room

Sheraton on the Park HHHHH

Sydney

from

£124per person per night

Opposite Hyde Park, a tree-lined oasis in the middle of Sydney, this luxury hotel looks out over the park and the middle harbour. Guests will find a roof-top health club and spa, indoor pool with glass ceiling and guest rooms which combine the classic with the contemporary. Traditional high tea is served at the Gallery Tea Lounge whilst the Conservatory Bar is particularly recommended for its outdoor terrace offering fantastic Hyde Park Views. Features: 557 rooms • 2 restaurants • bar • 2 swimming pools • jacuzzi • sauna • steam room • spa • fitness centre • parking Accommodation: In city side rooms with airconditioning, bath and separate shower, mini bar and safe.

Upgrade options: Hyde Park view rooms • executive park view rooms • executive suites. Meals: Room only.

Four Seasons HHHHH

Sydney

from

£120per person per night

The iconic Four Seasons is perfectly located overlooking Sydney Harbour at Circular Quay, just a short walk to the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the historic Rocks district. A variety of stylish accommodation offers a warm, yet luxurious, residential ambience all equipped with the latest technology. There’s also a bespoke street front bar and fantastic restaurant. Features: 531 rooms • 2 restaurants • bar Meals: Room only. • swimming pool • jacuzzi • sauna • steam room Premier Plus • spa • gym • parking FREE nights Accommodation: In deluxe city rooms with air-conditioning, bath and separate shower, mini 4 for 3: 13-24 Dec 16 & 03-26 Jan 17. bar and safe. FREE daily breakfast: 13-24 Dec 16 & Upgrade options: Deluxe city harbour rooms 03-26 Jan 17 if you stay at least 3 nights. • deluxe full harbour rooms • premier city • premier harbour rooms • premier full harbour rooms • suites.

Deluxe Opera House city view room

Shangri-La Sydney HHHHH Sydney

from

£123per person per night

This elegant sanctuary has an unrivalled position on The Rocks between the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The narrow, winding streets which surround the hotel lead to quaint shops and delightful restaurants while iconic sights are also within easy reach. On your return to the hotel after a long day, the luxurious spa is hard to beat as are the plethora of dining choices, including the highly recommended Altitude Restaurant, with its thoughtfully crafted dishes and impressive night views. Features: 565 rooms • restaurants and bars • sauna • indoor swimming pool • steam room • gym • spa • free WiFi • parking Accommodation: In deluxe Darling Harbour view rooms with airconditioning, bath and separate shower, mini bar and safe. Upgrade options: Deluxe Opera House city view rooms • executive Darling Harbour view rooms • executive Opera city view rooms • deluxe grand harbour view rooms • executive grand harbour view rooms • horizon Darling Harbour rooms • horizon Opera House city view rooms • premier grand harbour view rooms • executive grand harbour view suites. Meals: Room only.

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Premier Plus FREE nights 4 for 3: 14-27 Dec 16, 03-31 Jan, 01 Apr-30 Sep, 17-27 Dec 17 & 02-31 Jan 18. Maximum 2 nights free. FREE daily breakfast for two: 14-27 Dec 16, 03-31 Jan, 01 Apr-30 Sep, 17-27 Dec 17 & 02-31 Jan 18 if you stay at least 3 nights.

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Enhance your Stay

Excursions perfectly enhance your holiday and offer excellent value. Prices are per person. More available.

Harbour Story Cruise from £25

Express BridgeClimb from £199

Blue Mountains & Wildlife Park from £92

Discover the stories of Sydney Harbour under the spell of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. This quality sightseeing cruise includes a fun and personalised commentary of the sights, people, land, history and development of the world’s most beautiful harbour city, with a choice of refreshments. Available daily from Sydney.

This 2¼ hour tour takes you to the summit of Sydney Harbour Bridge which lets you experience the incredible 360 degree views of Sydney Harbour by day, or the magic of the city lights by night. A professional team will take you all the way to the top across catwalks, up ladders and over the arch of the summit. The exhilaration and personal satisfaction achieved by a BridgeClimb provides a unique experience of Sydney.

On this full day tour take in spectacular views of Megalong Valley before arriving at Echo Point for views that stretch across to the Three Sisters. Continue to Warradah Aboriginal Centre before reaching Leura, where you can grab a bite to eat (own expense). The next stop is Featherdale Wildlife Park, while the return route to Sydney, takes you via Sydney Olympic Park, site of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Available daily from Sydney.

Boutique Gourmet Wine Tour from £118

Sydney Opera House from £24

Bondi Beach & Sydney Sights from £39

With a flexible itinerary this custom-made tour is adapted to suit the interests and preferences of the small groups (maximum 14 people). The tour includes lunch and focuses on the Hunter Valley’s boutique wineries where regional variations are even more prominent and include a behind-the scenes tour, highlighting the passion of the wine makers. Available daily from Sydney.

This one hour tour takes you on a journey through the extraordinary history and architecture of the Sydney Opera House. See what goes on inside Australia’s most famous building and get a brief overview of the Australian performing arts scene, including details of the current Sydney Opera House performances. Available daily from Sydney.

This tour travels through the historic Rocks area and take in views of the Opera House, Hyde Park, St Marys Cathedral, Parliament House and the Art Gallery. Stop at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair for magnificent vistas of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Visit The Gap for stunning views and stop at world-famous Bondi Beach for spectacular scenery. On the return journey to Sydney, travel through Paddington and the exclusive Eastern suburbs. Available daily from Sydney.

Hop on Hop off & Taronga Zoo from £45

Sydney Highlights Bike Tour from £63

The Rocks Walking Tour from £19

Depart from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour on the hop on hop off ferries which cruise around the harbour. There’s a choice of up to eight stops, including Fort Denison, Taronga Zoo, Shark Island, Watsons Bay, Manly and Luna Park, with live commentary. Also includes entry into Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari cable car. See the animals before taking the ferry back to the city. Available daily from Sydney.

Your friendly guide will accompany you on a loop of Sydney taking in some of the absolute, must-see areas of the city. Experience some of Sydney’s highlights from two wheels on this fantastic half day sightseeing tour There’s no better way to get your bearings and a feel for the city than this Sydney Highlights bike tour. Available daily from Sydney.

This leisurely 1½ hour walking tour with a local guide takes you through the heart of the historic and picturesque Rocks precinct. As you weave through hidden narrow alleyways, along charming cobbled lanes and into shady courtyards, you will be captivated by the charm of this special place. Highlights include harbour views, Sydney Cove and intimate Cambell’s Cove. Available daily from Sydney.

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Wentworth Falls

Three Sisters, Blue Mountains

Featherdale Wildlife Park

Blue Mountains Experience

Hunter Valley 1 night from

£299

escorted coach tour

Hunter Valley Experience

Blue Mountains & £279 Hunter Valley

1 night from

Escorted coach tour

4 nights from

£699

Self-drive tour

wildlife • picturesque towns • spectacular scenery

wine tasting • gourmet produce • optional excursions

wildlife • beautiful natural scenery • wine tasting

Blue Mountains 1 night

Hunter Valley 1 night

Blue Mountains 2 nights ~ Hunter Valley 2 nights

Day 1 Sydney/Blue Mountains: Your informative and knowledgeable guide will collect you from your Sydney hotel as the tour commences into the heart of the unique Blue Mountains World Heritage Region. The first stop this morning is at Featherdale Wildlife Park, before any other tourists, to meet the native Australian animals here – actually get up close and personal, stroke a koala and hand feed kangaroos, wallabies & emus...a great experience. Depart Featherdale and continue the drive to the Blue Mountains, travelling through the picturesque village of Wentworth Falls, home to a good collection of Victorian and other historic buildings and onto the Wentworth Falls Lookout. Continue to Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds for views of the famous Three Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can’t help but admire its unquestionable beauty and, whilst here, your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation. On reaching the hotel the remainder of the day is at leisure to explore at your own pace. Day 2 Blue Mountains/Sydney: After a leisurely morning, travel to Blackheath for lunch. Continue with a visit to one of the most spectacular lookouts in the Blue Mountains, Govetts Leap. Stop at a remote lookout location before reaching delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens where there’s time for a walk through the gardens. Return to the city.

Day 1 Sydney/Hunter Valley: You are collected from your Sydney hotel by your informative and knowledgeable guide. Head out of the city to the Australia Reptile Park, where in a delightful setting surrounded by kangaroos, wallabies and pademelons, enjoy morning tea/coffee. Travel to the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest and best known wine region that brims with over 150 top class wineries, 65 indulgent restaurants as well as gourmet produce and boutique breweries. On arrival, visit Mt View Estate which has been producing wines for 40 years and where you’ll enjoy a wine and cheese pairing tasting. Brokenwood Wines is the next stop where you’ll be guided through their range of wines before a relaxing two course lunch amongst the vines. Continue to your hotel and the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Day 2 Hunter Valley/Sydney: Morning at leisure. You may choose to visit other vineyards for wine tasting, join the Hunter Valley Wine School, enjoy a scenic hot air balloon ride, or hop on a horse and carriage for a ride around the vineyards (additional expense). Depart your hotel this afternoon and arrive back at your Sydney Hotel at approximately 5pm.

Day 1 Sydney/Blue Mountains: Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind you as you travel west towards the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. Stop en route at Featherdale Wildlife Park to see kangaroo, wallaby and koalas (additional expense) before driving on to the Blue Mountains, named due to the fine mist of oil given off by eucalyptus (approx. 2 hours).

The Mountain Heritage HHHH

Hunter Valley Resort HHHH

Carrington Hotel HHHPlus

From its unique position high above Katoomba the Mountain Heritage Hotel & Spa commands unrivalled panoramic views that stretch across the World Heritage Listed wilderness and beyond. Guest accommodation is fresh and elegant and each of the 41 rooms has its own individual shape, style, charm and outlook. Facilities include a spa, swimming pool, restaurant and bar.

Set in 80 secluded acres in the very heart of the Hunter Valley, this resort has 35 rooms and a host of leisure facilities from mountain biking to horse riding and a cooking school. The swimming pool is the perfect place to relax after a busy day of touring, or why not enjoy some pampering at the massage centre.

A unique heritage property, steeped in history and the elegance of a bygone era, within the village of Katoomba.

What you need to know Departures: Sunday-Thursday Accommodation: As outlined in a heritage room. Meals: Lunch on day 2. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes luxury coach travel, sightseeing, commentary and accommodation as outlined.

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What you need to know Departures: Sunday-Thursday Accommodation: As outlined in a Hunter room. Meals: Lunch on day 1. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes luxury coach travel, sightseeing, commentary and accommodation as outlined.

Day 2 Blue Mountains: A chance to explore the area to see waterfalls, gorges and magnificent cliffs, also visit Echo Point for a picture of the famous Three Sisters rock formation. Alternatively, take the scenic railway or skyway for a closer look. After a busy day return to your hotel. Day 3 Blue Mountains/Hunter Valley: Leave the mountains behind as you head in to the Hunter Valley region famous for its wineries. The heart of the valley is the Pokolbin area where you will find brand names such as Lindemans and Tyrells (approx 3½ hours). Day 4 Hunter Valley: Explore the vineyards and sample some of their produce over a leisurely lunch, or drive in to the Wollemi and Goulburn National Parks. Day 5 Hunter Valley/Sydney: This morning drive back to Sydney (approx. 2½ hours).

Hunter Resort HHHH Set in 80 secluded acres in the heart of the Hunter Valley, this family owned and run hotel offers 35 rooms.

What you need to know Departures: Daily Accommodation: As outlined. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 5 days group H car hire and accommodation as outlined.

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Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne

Melbourne

One&Only Wolgan Valley

Emirates One&Only 2 nights from £1499 Wolgan Valley Self-drive tour

scenic setting • activities • nature Wolgan Valley 2 nights

Canberra Parliament House

Southern Capitals - City meets Bush

4 nights from

Escorted coach tour

£975

variety of fascinating excursions • rural scenery • historic gold rush towns to explore Canberra 1 night ~ Beechworth 1 night ~ Melbourne 2 nights Day 1 Sydney/Canberra: This morning begin your journey to Canberra via the Southern Highlands. Stop at historic Berrima, famous for its gaol and early colonial architecture then visit Gold Creek Station and meet local sheep farmer, Craig Starr. Get a taste of life on the farm before you join Craig and his family for a good Aussie BBQ lunch. Your destination is the country’s capital where you’ll enjoy a tour through Parliament House with a local guide. Later visit the Australian War Memorial and stay to hear the evocative Last Post. Join your travel director and fellow travellers tonight and get to know each other over a delicious meal. Day 2 Canberra/Beechworth: Before leaving Canberra this morning, you’ll visit the summit of Mt. Ainslie for views of the city and surrounding ranges. Journey over the mighty Murray River into Victoria taking the scenic route to historic Beechworth, Victoria’s best preserved gold rush town for your unique overnight stay in one of the Bed and Breakfast properties. The region offers plenty of great photo opportunities, with towering winter snow-capped mountains, tree-covered ranges, magical lakes, wild rivers and tranquil rural farmlands. Get to know Beechworth with a tour and then enjoy some free time to explore the antique shops, galleries and the museum. Tonight, if you’re feeling up to it, head down to Hotel Nicolas for a good pub meal. The hotel was built in 1857 during the heady gold rush and houses a great collection of local memorabilia.

Day 3 Beechworth/Melbourne: This morning ‘Be my Guest’ and join your B&B host for breakfast. Travel through Glenrowan and Ned Kelly country to Melbourne for a sightseeing tour including a revealing walk through Melbourne’s famous hidden laneways. You’ll discover the city’s eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and interesting shops. This evening perhaps take a relaxing walk along the Yarra River and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants. Day 4 Melbourne: Today Melbourne is all yours to explore! Choose from a selection of included sightseeing experiences. Perhaps visit the Eureka Skydeck for fantastic views of Melbourne; with 360º floor-to-ceiling views; or join a Hunt & Gather food tour of Queen Victoria Market to take in the life, sounds and stories of the historic marketplace. Alternatively, take a guided walk through Melbourne’s hidden laneways and arcades, which house some of the best café’s, boutique shops and street art the city has to offer. Day 5 Melbourne: Your tour concludes after breakfast.

What you need to know Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details. Accommodation: In 3H+ hotels (bed & breakfast in Beechworth). Meals: Breakfast. Lunch and dinner are also included on day 1. Tour price: The price shown for this AAT Kings First Choice tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 4 nights accommodation, sightseeing as outlined and services of an AAT Kings guide. AAT Kings First Choice tours include premium accommodation in central locations, a variety of meals plus unique dining experiences and sightseeing.

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Day 1 Sydney/Wolgan Valley: Pick up your hire car and depart Sydney. Drive through the scenic windy roads through the Blue Mountains until you arrive at the stunning Wolgan Valley. This unique spa resort is built around a fully restored homestead and nestles within its own private conservation and nature reserve. On arrival you will have the chance to relax and explore the resort before your afternoon activity. Day 2 Wolgan Valley: Day at leisure. Simply relax around the resort, swimming pool or take a treatment in the Timeless Spa. Alternatively experience your two activities which include a wildlife tour, horse riding, Aboriginal culture talk or a mountain bike tour to name but a few. This really is a resort where you can do as much or as little as you wish. Day 3 Wolgan Valley/Sydney: After breakfast choose your last activity, before you drive back to Sydney and return your hire car.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley HHHHH Located adjacent to the greater Blue Mountains world heritage area, the Wolgan Valley Resort is a world class conservationbased resort, occupying only 2% of the 4,000 acres it sits in. It boasts 40 luxurious free standing suites, each with a private aspect offering stunning views of the valley beyond. A private pool features its own deck surrounded by a garden of native plants and shrubs, and a spacious veranda adjoins it. Suites feature the latest in entertainment and technology, while thoughtful extras, such as binoculars, let you get up close and personal with the wildlife without the need to leave the deep-cushioned comfort of the sofa..

What you need to know Departures: Daily Accommodation: As outlined in a heritage suite. Meals: Full board. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 3 days group H car hire, accommodation in a heritage suite, all non alcoholic beverages, a selected range of regional wines and beer with meals and two on-site nature based activities per day.

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Merimbula

Cape Byron

Lamington National Park

Sydney to Melbourne

4 nights from

£345

Self-drive tour

pristine beaches • water activities • Lakes region Kiama 1 night ~ Merimbula 1 night ~ Lakes Entrance 2 nights

Lakes Entrance

Sydney to Brisbane

4 nights from

£495

Self-drive tour

fantastic beaches • charming coastal towns • scenic national parks

What you need to know

Port Stephens 1 night ~ Coffs Harbour 1 night ~ Byron Bay 2 nights Day 1 Sydney/Port Stephens: Leave Sydney this morning and head north up the coast to Port Stephens, known for its playful dolphins. Take a boat excursion, go scuba diving or play a round of golf. Have dinner in one of the fabulous seafood restaurants (approx 3 hours). Day 2 Port Stephens/Coffs Harbour: Following the coastline north you will come to Coffs Harbour with its many beaches, rainforest, white water rafting and the famous Big Banana rock (approx 5 hours). Day 3 Coffs Harbour/Byron Bay: Take a leisurely drive up to Byron Bay which is surrounded by national parks and great beaches. Visit the lighthouse or learn to surf (approx 3½ hours). Day 4 Byron Bay: A day at leisure to browse the town and shops, or take a whale watching trip in season (June to November) when the humpback whales are on their migratory route.  

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Day 1 Sydney/Kiama: Leave Sydney heading south along the coastal road to Kiama, a pretty seaside town made famous for a blowhole that can spout over 200 feet. Explore the town and the towns nearby, such as Nowra known for its pristine beaches, or go fishing or take in a round of golf. This evening, why not try a fantastic seafood dinner in one of the restaurants (approx 2 hours). Day 2 Kiama/Merimbula: Travel further south along the coast to Jervis Bay, and onwards to Wreak Bay, a popular spot for surfing. Continue to picturesque Merimbula, a fishing town where you can enjoy surfing, boating, fishing and golf, or take a trip to Gago Island, or join a whale watching cruise (Apr-Jun) (approx 4½ hours). Day 3 Merimbula/Lakes Entrance: Drive out of New South Wales and into Victoria where you will enter Lakes Entrance which is a popular centre for water based activities (approx 3½ hours). Day 4 Lakes Entrance: A full day at leisure to explore the Lakes region with Ninety Mile Beach, Lake King, Lake Victoria and Lake Wellington. Alternatively head inland to Mitchell River National Park. Day 5 Lakes Entrance/Melbourne: Travel on to Melbourne via Sale which is the gateway to the Lakes region. Stop here and take a walk on the boardwalk, a boat trip on the lakes, go fishing or while away the time in a deck chair before heading west to Melbourne where you will drop off your hire car (approx 4 hours).

Day 5 Byron Bay/Brisbane: Today you drive to Brisbane stopping en route at Lamington National Park to see the rainforest, gorges, caves, waterfalls and wildlife (approx 2 hours). Alternatively extend your time on the Gold Coast to relax or take in one of the theme parks.

What you need to know

Departures: Daily Accommodation: 4H Sebel Harbourside Kiama, 3H Comfort Inn Merimbula & 3H Comfort Inn & Suites Emmanuel Lakes Entrance. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 5 days group H car hire and accommodation as outlined.

Departures: Daily Accommodation: 4H Ramada Resort Shoal Bay, Port Stephens, 4H Novotel Pacific Bay, Coffs Harbour & 4H The Byron at Byron Resort, Byron Bay. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 5 days group H car hire and accommodation as outlined.

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Q Station HHHH

Adina Apartment Hotel HHHH

Manly

from

Bondi Beach

£80per person per night

Truly unique, the Q Station is located within 36 stunning hectares of Sydney Harbour National Park at the historic site of the former Quarantine Station, North Head. Powerfully inspiring the Q Station is just five minutes from Manly and 30 minutes from the heart of Sydney and an ideal place to experience the invigorating beauty of the Australian bush. Accommodations offer privacy, contemporary comfort and some also have incredible views of the harbour.

from

Set amongst a diverse mecca of vibrant restaurants and shops, the Adina Apartment Hotel is on Hall Street, the hip-strip that leads to Australia’s most iconic beach. What could be better than a contemporary, well-appointed apartment just two minutes stroll from the white sand and aqua waters of Bondi! Perfect for families and groups of friends.

Features: 80 rooms • restaurant • café • bar • parking Accommodation: In heritage rooms with grouped bathroom facilities separate from your room (each bathroom specifically designated with room numbers for privacy), safe and a balcony. Upgrade options: deluxe rooms with en suite bathrooms • deluxe harbour view rooms • heritage suites Meals: Room only.

Hunter Valley Resort

the Byron at Byron Resort

Hunter Valley

from

HHHH

£61per person per night

Byron Bay

from

£134per person per night

Family owned and run this small property sits within its own shiraz vineyards in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine country, an easy two hour drive north of Sydney.

Set just a five minute drive from Byron Bay, within a spectacular 45 acre rainforest, this award-winning resort allows you to completely relax and rejuvenate.

Features: 35 rooms • restaurant • cafe • bar • swimming pool • massage centre • mountain bike hire • wine tasting • winery tours • wine school • cooking school • horse riding • cheese factory • wine theatre Accommodation: In Hunter rooms with timber cathedral ceilings, air-conditioning, bath/shower, mini bar and balcony. Upgrade options: Vineyard rooms are set within the vineyard • spa cottage rooms with spa bath and kitchenette • 2 bedroom cottage with kitchenette. Meals: Room only. Note: Minimum two night stay applies.

Features: 92 suites • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • spa • gym • tennis • yoga • shuttle to town • free WiFi Accommodation: In one bedroom rainforest suites with airconditioning, separate bath and shower, kitchen and separate lounge and dining area, safe and balcony. Upgrade options: one bedroom superior suites • one bedroom deluxe spa suites. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 4 for 3: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18. FREE vineyard tour and wine tasting: 01 Nov-24 Dec, 25 Dec 1624 Dec & 26 Dec 17-31 Mar 18.

Premier Plus FREE daily breakfast: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18 if you stay at least 3 nights. FREE bottle of Australian wine & cheese plate: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18 if you stay at least 7 nights. FREE daily yoga classes, FREE Rainforest Walk tour (Tue) & FREE Farmers Market Tour with the chef (Thur).

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Coffs Harbour

£113per person per night

Features: 111 apartments • outdoor swimming pool • jacuzzi • gym • sign-back facility at neighbouring bars, restaurants and shops • parking Accommodation: In studios with air-conditioning, bath/shower, kitchenette, safe and balcony. Upgrade options: one and two bedroom apartments which have fully equipped kitchens and will suit families or groups of friends looking for more space to relax. Meals: Room only.

HHHH

Novotel Pacific Bay Resort

HHHH

from

£63per person per night

With a beachfront location at Charlesworth Bay, just over a mile from Coffs Harbour town centre, the Novotel is framed by ocean, mountains and banana plantations. Days can either be fun-filled or leisurely with activities galore and beautifully landscaped gardens to stroll around. Charlie’s Restaurant offers all day dining along with lovely views and Charlie’s Bar is the place to quench your thirst with a refreshing drink. Features: 180 rooms • restaurant and bar • cafe • 3 swimming pools • jacuzzi • sauna • spa • gym • tennis • 9 hole golf course • games room • children’s club 5-12 years • children’s playground • parking Accommodation: In superior resort rooms with air-conditioning, shower, mini bar, safe and balcony. Meals: Room only.

Lillianfels Resort & Spa HHHHH

Blue Mountains from

£99per person per night

This renowned haven of relaxation, housed in an historic country mansion, overlooks some of the Blue Mountains’ most spectacular scenery. Lilianfels offers an escape for those wishing to surrender to the ultimate pampering pleasure in the spa, or those wanting to re-energise with an array of activities. Features: 85 rooms • 2 restaurants • bar • indoor and outdoor swimming pools • jacuzzi • sauna • gym • tennis • spa • golf nearby • parking Accommodation: In deluxe resort view rooms with airconditioning, bath and separate shower and mini bar. Upgrade options: deluxe valley view rooms • grand deluxe resort view rooms • executive suites Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE daily breakfast: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 3 nights. FREE ticket for Waradah Aboriginal Cultural Centre: 01 Nov 1631 Mar 17 if you stay at least 2 nights.

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Queensland

Whitsundays

With its vast stretches of pristine beaches, unspoiled tropical islands, lush rainforests and spectacular reef, Queensland is the ultimate holiday destination. You’ll also find a wealth of diverse experiences and activities on offer in this unforgettable and magical region.

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Daintree National Park

Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island

Classic sights & regions Brisbane: The state capital, Brisbane, is a bustling metropolis and a perfect hub for exploring Southern Queensland, with easy access to the Gold and Sunshine Coasts while the rainforests of Lamington National Park are on its doorstep and the islands of Moreton Bay just offshore. Southern Queensland: Famed for its busy beaches, spectacular mountains, a chilled out atmosphere and great surfing, this area is extremely popular with Australians and tourists. Mostly drawn by the great weather, visitors can enjoy first class restaurants, chic cafes and bars, buzzing nightlife and a huge variety of theme parks. For those who need an adrenalin buzz, you can also bungee jump or sky dive over the coast and go four wheel driving through the sand dunes and rainforests of Fraser Island. Tropical North: Cairns is the capital of the far north and popular due to its proximity to so many attractions within the region and, in particular, it is the primary gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. An hour north of Cairns is the lovely resort town of Port Douglas, a great base for visiting the pristine beaches of Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest. Further south, Queensland’s second largest city, Townsville, is renowned for its sunsets and fantastic beachfront promenade.

Great Barrier Reef: Stretching all the way along the coast from the northernmost tip of Queensland to the Tropic of Capricorn at Rockhampton, the Great Barrier Reef is a diver’s and snorkeller’s paradise. Snorkelling can easily be done by complete novices, as the coral is so close to the surface, and many of the views are on a par with diving. If you’d rather not get wet, then you can view the coral reefs, the countless varieties of tropical fish and diverse aquatic sea life by peering through a glass bottom boat. Central Queensland: The heart of this region is the city of Rockhampton, the nation’s beef capital. Lying just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, this is where the tropics really begin. The stretch of coastline around the town, Townsville known as the Capricorn region, offers some of the most Queensland picturesque and safe bathing beaches in the country. Inland, Mount Archer National Park rises up offering Southern Queensland destination guide 46 fabulous views of the city whilst Carnarvon National Park Brisbane hotels 47 is worth a visit for its spectacular gorges and towering Day excursions from Brisbane 48 white cliffs. The Whitsundays & Queensland Islands: Famed for their pristine beaches and crystal clear waters, the dazzling islands just off the Queensland coast are some of the finest sailing and cruising areas in the world alongside stunning island resorts. You’ll be amazed by the natural beauty of these islands and will see why they are the perfect haven for relaxation.

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Southern Queensland

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Why visit Southern Queensland? Southern Queensland embraces some of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations, attracting those seeking a mix of relaxation, adventure and excitement. The area boasts some of the country’s most gorgeous, safe beaches, beautiful, lush scenery, cosmopolitan seaside towns, all drenched in a perfect sub-tropical climate.

Classic sights and regions Brisbane: Delivering big-city attractions with a smalltown feel Brisbane is home to lush parks, historic buildings, an edgy arts scene, pumping nightlife and great restaurants. Top city attractions include the Brisbane Botanic Gardens; family friendly South Bank Parklands with its markets, bars, restaurants and Australia’s only inner-city beach; the museums and galleries of the Cultural Precinct; shopping at Queen Street Mall; and Fortitude Valley for nightlife. Gold Coast: Just south of Brisbane, the hugely popular Gold Coast provides all the ingredients for a perfect holiday. During the last few decades, the coast has transformed into a tropical Las Vegas with high rises and hotels built around superb resorts like iconic Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach or Coolangatta. The Gold Coast is Australia’s theme park capital with something for everyone, including the assortment of rides, shows and attractions of Dreamworld; Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World for fun-filled water slides and leisure pools; Warner Bros. Movie World where your favourite films come to life; and Sea World with its exciting rides, attractions and shows.

Moreton Island: Just a 75 minute cruise from Brisbane, Moreton Island offers crystal-clear lakes and lagoons, tall sand dunes, abundant wildflowers and pristine beaches. Hand feed wild dolphins and snorkel among the mysterious wrecks. Lamington National Park: This World Heritage area, two hours south of Brisbane, contains spectacular scenery with steep gorges, waterfalls, tropical and subtropical rainforests. For an exhilarating experience, don’t miss the O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk for a chance to observe life in the rainforest canopy at close range. Glasshouse Mountains: This group of eleven rugged volcanic peaks rise abruptly from the coastal plain in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Walking tracks lead through open forests to lookouts offering panoramic views. Explore more… Fraser Island: World Heritage listed Fraser Island is the Mount Tamborine: Located in the peaceful, picturesque hinterland just an hour from the Gold Coast, Tamborine world’s largest sand island and home to wide windswept Mountain is one of Queensland’s secret treasures. Walk the beaches, crystal clear lakes and streams, dense forests, sacred Aboriginal sites and multi-coloured rock formations. pristine rainforest tracks or the amazing Skywalk. Visit Seventy Five Mile Beach to see the rusted Maheno shipwreck, the bubbling Champagne Pools, Eli Creek and the sandstone cliffs of The Cathedrals.

Sunshine Coast: One hour north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is a collection of delightful small towns with a stretch of coastline that extends for over 60 miles. Offering a perfect mix of peaceful coast and country, it’s famous for its superb white sand beaches, chic alfresco cafes, cosmopolitan restaurants and designer boutiques. Popular beaches include Noosa Main Beach for surfing; Golden Beach in Caloundra which is ideal for families; try Little Cove in Noosa for a little piece of paradise; or the fabulously laid back Maroochydore. Between the beach and Queensland’s vast interior is the undulating hinterland, which is where you’ll find the magnificent Australia Zoo, a must-see attraction.

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Standard room

Ibis Styles HHHPlus

Brisbane

from

£56per person per night

Located at the heart of the Brisbane CBD with uninterrupted views of Brisbane River and the South Bank cultural precinct, the Ibis Styles also has some of the city’s best dining and shopping on its doorstep. Vibrant colours and a playful design extend through the lobby to the restaurant and bar, while rooms blend comfort, connectivity and style. Features: 367 rooms • restaurant • bar • fitness centre • bicycle hire • airport shuttle • free WiFi • parking Accommodation: In standard city view rooms with air-conditioning, shower and safe. Upgrade options: Larger superior city or river view rooms • deluxe corner rooms with uninterrupted views of the Brisbane city skyline or Brisbane River

Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus

Grand Chancellor HHHH

Brisbane

from

£53per person per night

Situated on the highest point in Brisbane’s Central Business District, the Grand Chancellor is an engaging blend of contemporary design, modern amenities and gracious hospitality. Overlooking the picturesque Roma Street Parklands with commanding views of the city skyline, it’s just a short stroll from the heart of the city. Where better to relax after a day of exploration than the splendid rooftop pool while, at Frescos Restaurant you can savour creative modern Australian specialities. Features: 230 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • fitness centre • parking

FREE nights 3 for 2: 02-29 Jan 17 & 01 Jan-04 Feb 18.

Accommodation: In deluxe rooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower, mini bar and balcony overlooking the city or parks. Meals: Room only.

Hilton guest room

Sebel

HHHHPlus

from

Brisbane

£90per person per night

The contemporary Sebel consists of studio, one and two bedroom apartments in the heart of central Brisbane, just steps from the Queen St Mall shopping precinct and casino. While the variety of studios and apartments will suit those travelling with family or friends, the recreation deck includes a pool, sauna and gym with ambient views of the city skyline. Features: 153 rooms and apartments • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • fitness centre • sauna • parking Accommodation: In hotel studio guest rooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower and mini bar. Upgrade options: one bedroom apartments which offer a kitchenette • two bedroom apartments • one and two bedroom premium apartments which are located on higher floors and include free WiFi and complimentary breakfast for two.

Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE daily breakfast: 09 Dec 16-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 3 nights.

Hilton HHHHH

from

£121per person per night

The Hilton has an ideal location in the heart of a vibrant, metropolitan area, with popular attractions such as South Bank Parklands and the Gallery of Modern Art, within walking distance of the hotel. Enjoy great recreational facilities, including an outdoor pool, tennis and a fitness room along with delicious meals and creative cocktails at the stylish Vintage Bar & Grill. Features: 319 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • fitness centre • tennis • parking Accommodation: In Hilton guest rooms with airconditioning, bath/shower, mini bar and safe.

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Upgrade options: deluxe rooms • executive rooms • executive suites Meals: Room only.

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Enhance your Stay

Excursions perfectly enhance your holiday and offer excellent value. Prices are per person. More available.

Brisbane Highlights & Koala Sanctuary from £70

Dolphin Adventure Day Tour from £177

O’Reilly’s Green Mountain Tour from £70

This guided tour showcases the sights of Brisbane including the historic Treasury Casino before enjoying spectacular city views from Mt Coot-tha Lookout. The tour also includes a visit to Lone Pine, Australia’s oldest koala sanctuary, for a chance to ‘cuddle a koala’, which is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Available daily (except Tuesday & Friday) from Brisbane,

Depart this morning from Brisbane wharf by ferry to the Tangalooma Resort. On arrival you will go on a desert safari tour which includes sand tobogganing before you have time to enjoy lunch at any of the resort’s restaurants. During the day you have unlimited use of the lounge before a dolphin feeding experience at dusk. The return ferry to Brisbane wharf departs at 7pm approximately. Available daily from Brisbane.

A full day tour to discover the mountain top forest wonderlands of vine clad vegetation in the cool shade of ancient tree species, waterfalls, insects and wildlife in sub-tropical rainforest. Distant city and coastal views make this World Heritage National Park one of Australia’s most unique and desirable locations to visit. Travel via Canungra and Tamborine Mountain. Available daily from Brisbane.

Sea World from £45

Currumbin Wildlife & Segway Safari from £42

Ballooning & Vineyard Breakfast from £159

Sea World is one of the best Gold Coast theme parks. Swim with dolphins, meet many other marine animals, enjoy adrenalin pumping coasters or step back in time to Dinosaur Island. This one day pass includes admission to all rides, attractions and shows at Sea World (excluding coin operated games, photographs, food, beverage, optional activities - animal adventure programs and helicopter joy flights). Available daily.

With hundreds of native Australian animals on display in natural bushland and rainforest settings, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary provides a rare opportunity to see and experience native wildlife. Each guided Segway Safari will cover Currumbin’s extensive Forest Walk, taking in wildlife displays and experiences along the way. Available daily from the Gold Coast.

Depart your hotel at approximately 5am and travel for about an hour to the Gold Coast hinterland, where you will soon take to the sky for your 30 minutes long balloon flight. Upon landing, enjoy a hot breakfast. Available daily from the Gold Coast.

Noosa River Everglades BBQ Lunch Cruise from £77

Fraser Island in a Day from £114

Australia Zoo from £41

Cruise through the magnificent lakes and wetlands as you navigate your way into the mysterious and tranquil waters of the Noosa Everglades. Enjoy time out to explore the historic loggers camp at Harry’s Hut and celebrate your experience with an authentic Australian BBQ lunch (including soft drinks). Available daily (except Saturday) from Noosa.

Experience World Heritage Listed Fraser Island with an experienced guide. Travel through Cooloola National Park and Rainbow Beach Coloured Sands before heading over to Fraser Island. Travel along Seventy Five Mile Beach to explore the natural beauty of this magnificent wilderness and take a guided rainforest walk. A refreshing freshwater lake swim tops off a perfect day of discovery on the world’s largest sand island. Available daily tour from Noosa.

Experience the best of Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Steve Irwin. Spend almost 6 hours taking in the many shows and demonstrations including crocodile feeding and snake handling. The handlers walk the animals through the park throughout the day so you’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with a few of the locals. Available daily.

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Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island

Fraser Island

2 nights from

Independent tour

£265

Maheno Wreck, Fraser Island

Lamington National Park

Tangalooma Island Resort, Moreton Island

Lamington National Park

Moreton Island

O’Reilly’s £179 Rainforest Retreat

2 nights from

Independent tour

2 nights from

£262

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Fraser Island 2 nights

Moreton Island 2 nights

Lamington National Park 2 nights

Day 1 Hervey Bay, River Heads/Fraser Island: Meet at the pick up point for your transfer to the ferry port and travel to Fraser Island (approx. 45 minutes), the largest sand island in the world, which is located on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. On arrival the rest of the day is at leisure to explore the resort and your surroundings or you may prefer to simply relax on one of the pristine beaches. Day 2 Fraser Island: This morning depart the resort for a full day 4WD ranger guided eco-tour, taking in the main sights of the island. Swim in Lake McKenzie, walk down the boardwalk in the middle of Central Station rainforest with the trees towering above you. Drive along 75 Mile Beach to view the Maheno shipwreck and the coloured sands of The Pinnacles, also visiting Eli Creek en route. Day 3 Fraser Island/Hervey Bay, River Heads: Take the ferry back to Hervey Bay, River Heads where your tour ends.

Day 1 Brisbane/Moreton Island: Transfer by catamaran to Moreton Island (approx. 90 minutes). This national park has miles of sandy beaches, crystal clear lakes, lagoons and wildflowers aplenty. On arrival the rest of the day is at leisure to explore the resort and your surroundings, or take in one of over 30 complimentary activities that the resort has on offer. Day 2 Moreton Island: A full day to explore the island on one of the activities Tangalooma offers such as a guided tour, scenic walk, diving, snorkelling or viewing the wildlife on this island. One of the highlights of staying at Tangalooma Island Resort is to get close to the bottlenose dolphins which swim up to the beach by the well-lit jetty each evening where you can either feed or watch them play this is a truly magical experience. Day 3 Moreton Island/Brisbane: Take the catamaran to Brisbane Wharf. Your tour ends here.

Brisbane/Lamington National Park: Collect your car and drive to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat within the World Heritage listed Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland (approx. 2 hours). On arrival the rest of the day is at leisure to explore the national park. Day 2 Lamington National Park: Day at leisure. The most popular excursion is the O’Reilly’s Treetop Walk which is 180 metres long, suspended 15 metres high, and gives a fantastic bird’s eye view of the rainforest. There are also two observation decks en route with one being 30 metres high. Alternatively take a guided rainforest walk, a morning bird walk, a 4x4 tour or listen to the audio-visual presentations. Day 3 Lamington National Park/Brisbane: Drive back to Brisbane and return your car.

Kingfisher Bay Resort HHHH

Tangalooma Island Resort HHH

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat HHH

Located on the west side of Moreton Island is the Tangalooma Island Resort, most famously known for its wild dolphins! The resort is fringed on three sides by Moreton Island National Park, and is directly on the beachfront. The resort has both rooms and apartments (supplement applies) and five restaurants.

This family run retreat is right in the heart of the national park 3,000 feet above sea level. The retreat has both rooms and suites (supplement applies) as well as a plunge pool, lounge, library, restaurant and free WiFi. The two bedroom canopy suites are recommended for families. This is truly a unique experience where the emphasis is on the location rather then the accommodation.

This eco friendly resort blends in with its surrounds. Hidden among tree-covered dunes on the edge of the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait, it is a relaxing haven with lots of outside space to view the birds and wildlife on the island. The resort has both rooms and villas (supplement applies) as well as four swimming pools and three restaurants.

Premier Plus

What you need to know

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FREE nights 3 for 2: 01 Aug-30 Oct 17 if you stay 2 nights and book a half day whale watch cruise at Fraser Island receive one extra night free, including breakfast, at Kingfisher Bay Resort.

Departures: Daily from Brisbane. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes catamaran to Moreton Island from Brisbane Wharf, two nights accommodation, dolphin feeding once per person per stay (subject to weather and tides) and access to over 30 land based activities.

Departures: Daily from Brisbane. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 3 days group H car hire, two nights accommodation in a mountain view room, morning and afternoon tea, early morning walk, 2 hour guided morning walk and evening spotlighting and stargazing tour. This tour can be arranged from the Gold Coast at an additional charge.

What you need to know Departures: Daily from Hervey Bay, River Heads. Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is also included on day 2. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return ferry transfers from Hervey Bay River Heads, two nights accommodation and a full day Fraser Island tour on day 2. Car hire from Brisbane can be included if needed at a supplement. 3 night option also available.

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Noosa Lakes Resort HHHPlus

Noosa

from

£43per person per night

Set on seven landscaped acres by the shores of Lake Doonella and opposite the Noosa River, this resort (formerly Australis Noosa Lakes) is surrounded by wilderness yet you are just minutes from the town centre, beach, restaurants and cafes. Studios and apartments are both comfortable and well-appointed and if you don’t fancy strolling out to a local restaurant why not take advantage of the resort barbecues! Features: 229 studios and apartments • 3 lagoon style swimming pools • barbecue facilities • laundry • parking Accommodation: In studios with airconditioning, shower, kitchenette with microwave, toaster and fridge and balcony. Upgrade options: one bedroom apartments have an open plan lounge • two bedroom apartments

Meals: Room only. Note: Minimum 2 night stay required.

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2: 18 Apr-30 Jun 17. (Maximum 1 free night). 7 for 5: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17.

Ivory Palms Resort HHHH

Noosa

from

£42per person per night

Set amongst acres of sub-tropical gardens, this excellent resort offers a range of accommodation options and recreational facilities, making it an ideal choice for both couples and families alike. PK’s Cafe and Bar opens daily for breakfast and you’ll find an array of other eateries close by when you don’t want to cook for yourself. Alternatively, there are barbecue areas dotted around the resort! Features: 114 apartments • breakfast cafe • bar • 3 swimming pools (1 heated) • 2 jacuzzis • sauna • tennis • games room • seasonal children’s club (5-10 years) • barbecue areas • parking Accommodation: In one bedroom apartments with air-conditioning, bath or shower, kitchenette, safe and balcony or patio.

Upgrade options: two bedroom villas which offer a fully equipped kitchen • two bedroom townhouses which are two storey and fully selfcontained • 3 bedroom townhouses Meals: Room only. Note: Minimum 3 night stay required.

Standard apartment

Noosa Crest HHHHPlus

Noosa

from

£64per person per night

Noosa Crest is set amidst five acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and offers an indulgent choice of accommodation from its position high on Noosa Hill with unforgettable views over Noosa Heads, Laguna Bay and the Noosa River. Offering serenity and seclusion yet just a short walk from Hastings Street, the Main Beach and Noosa’s National Park. A perfect choice for those seeking spacious self-catering accommodation in a fantastic location. Features: 35 apartments • 2 swimming pools (one heated in winter) • jacuzzis • tennis • sauna • sundecks with BBQ’s • private boardwalk to Noose River and Hastings Street outdoor cafes, restaurants and boutiques Accommodation: In one bedroom standard apartments with air-conditioning, bath/shower, fully equipped kitchen, spacious living area and balcony.

Upgrade options: premium one bedroom apartments with ocean views • two and three bedroom standard or premium apartments. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus AU$50 resort voucher: 01 Nov-23 Dec 16 & 29 Jan-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 7 nights. Valid for DVD hire, tennis racquet and ball hire, beach towels and equipment hire.

Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort HHHHH

from

£96per person per night

This lovely resort enjoys a central location in the heart of Hastings Street. On the doorstep you’ll discover galleries, boutiques and restaurants galore while beautiful Laguna Bay is just seconds away. Days can be spent wandering through ancient national parks, cruising Noosa’s beautiful waterways, relaxing on the pristine beaches or simply staying poolside with your favourite drink. Be sure to take time out and indulge in a little spa therapy at the AQUA Day Spa and savour the flavours at Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita. At the end of each day spacious and thoughtfully designed accommodation awaits you, all with a balcony for enjoying the local views. Features: 176 studios and suites • restaurant • 3 bars • swimming pool • spa • gym • tennis and golf nearby • parking Accommodation: In Noosa studios with air-conditioning, bath and separate shower, mini bar, kitchenette and balcony or terrace. 

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Upgrade options: river/pool view studios • top floor ocean studios with fantastic views of the ocean and beyond. Meals: Breakfast.

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Deluxe view room

Alpha Sovereign HHH

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

from

£49per person per night

Comfortable accommodation just minutes away from the beach and the buzzing town centre of Surfers Paradise. Choose from hotel rooms or larger apartments with a separate lounge and dining area, just perfect for those seeking more space. Unwind by the lagoon style swimming pool and enjoy dining alfresco on the terrace. Features: 307 rooms and apartments • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • jacuzzi • sauna • children’s club (weekends and school holidays only) • parking Accommodation: In standard hotel rooms with air-conditioning, shower, mini bar and balcony.

Upgrade options: one bedroom suites with bath/shower and kitchenette • two bedroom/two bathroom (bath/shower) suites with kitchenette. Meals: Room only.

Mantra Twin Towers HHHH

Coolangatta & Tweed Heads

from

£59per person per night

With golden beaches just steps away, this wonderful resort offers both stylish hotel rooms and a myriad of apartment choices too. Within walking distance you’ll find a range of boutique shops, restaurants and bars along with numerous local attractions.

Features: 350 rooms and apartments • 5 restaurants • bar • indoor and outdoor swimming pools • tennis • gym • barbecue areas • mini golf • games room • parking Accommodation: In hotel rooms with airconditioning, bath/shower, fridge and balcony. Upgrade options: larger deluxe rooms • one bedroom apartments • two bedroom apartments • three bedroom apartments Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus Up to 25% room discount: 01 Nov-22 Dec 16 if you stay at least 3 nights discount is 17%; 22 Jan-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 5 nights discount is 25%. FREE daily breakfast: If you stay in a hotel room.

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Vibe Hotel HHHH

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

from

£49per person per night

Centrally located close to the heart of the Gold Coast shopping district and overlooking the picturesque Nerang River, the Vibe Hotel is perfectly placed for a leisurely stroll to the beach, restaurants and fun attractions. You’ll find well appointed rooms, a welcoming pool as well as delicious Australian fare and cocktails at DBah. Features: 199 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • jacuzzi • gym • parking Accommodation: In guest rooms with airconditioning, bath/shower, mini bar, safe and balcony. Upgrade options: deluxe view rooms • studios. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 4 for 3: 21 Apr-30 Jun & 03 Jul-30 Sep 17.

Sheraton Mirage Resort HHHHH

Main Beach, Gold Coast

from

£99per person per night

Surrounded by sparkling lagoons and tropical gardens, this wonderful resort is located right on the beach, ideally placed for visiting the numerous nearby attractions including Sea World and Dreamworld. The natural wonders of the spectacular Gold Coast Hinterland are also within an easy drive. Features: 323 rooms • 2 restaurants • 2 bars • swimming pool • children’s pool • jacuzzi • gym • spa • tennis • parking Accommodation: In Mirage rooms with airconditioning, bath and separate shower, mini bar and seating area. Upgrade options: ocean rooms • studio spa rooms. Meals: Breakfast.

Premier Plus 20% room discount: 01 Nov-22 Dec 16 & 22 Jan-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 3 nights.

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Central Queensland & Whitsunday Islands

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Why visit Central Queensland & Whitsunday islands? From its close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and its superb marine life, to coral fringed archipelagos with picture postcard beaches, Central Queensland and the Whitsunday Islands have something magical for everyone.

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Southern Great Barrier Reef: This section of the Great Barrier Reef offers visitors the chance to see large hard coral reefs firsthand and join colourful fish and big marine life, like turtles and manta rays, for a swim. Whitsunday Islands: The 74 islands of the Whitsundays are located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. A true paradise with clear blue water, white powdery beaches and fringing coral reefs at their doorstep. The majority are uninhabited national park islands, but four offer a variety of resort accommodation. Airlie Beach: The vibrant hub of the Whitsundays and the ideal mainland base for fun and adventure. Enjoy activities on the water and in the lush, green rainforest of the Whitsunday coast.

Rockhampton: Just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, this is the heart of Central Queensland and the beef capital of Australia. The town is full of well-preserved old hotels and warehouses down by the river and Quay Street is on the National Estate’s heritage register. Carnarvon National Park: Witness dramatic escarpments and narrow-sided gorges 27 million years in the making along with Aboriginal art and creeks filled with turtles, frogs and echidna. Mackay Region: Natural attractions appear to be on tap in the Mackay Region, from beach-lounging wallabies at Cape Hillsborough National Park to the shy platypus in Eungella National Park as well as numerous secluded beaches. Sandstone Wilderness: An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Sandstone Wilderness features unique sandstone gorges, water sculptured formations and significant Aboriginal art sites.

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Bundaberg: Gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Bundaberg is well worth exploring with museums, gracious colonial buildings, Botanic Gardens and cruises along the Burnett River. Gladstone: This dynamic, modern city basks in a subtropical climate with islands, waterways and beaches providing year-round water activities. Gladstone also offers access to Heron Island and uninhabited coral cays. Townsville: Relaxed and elegant, Townsville is home to 19th century architecture, a beautiful white sand beach, swaying palms, water parks and eateries. Magnetic Island: Take in spectacular scenery on a trail walk then relax under a palm tree at one of the 23 beaches and bays of Magnetic Island. Mission Beach: A fabulous resort boasting nine miles of sandy beaches. Backed by the rainforest, this is a natural holiday choice.

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Enhance your Stay

Excursions perfectly enhance your holiday and offer excellent value. Prices are per person. More available.

Edge Apartment Hotel HHHH

Rockhampton

from

Coral Sea Resort HHHH

Airlie Beach

£83per person per night

Conveniently located in the riverfront precinct of the Central Business District between Fitzroy and Neville Hewitt Bridges overlooking the River Walk. Choose from a range of hotel rooms or serviced apartments, each offering breathtaking city, river or mountain views. All feature a contemporary design and provide all you need from a modern home away from home. Apartments are perfect for families or groups of friends with a spacious open plan design, full kitchen and expansive balconies. Features: 90 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • gym • parking Accommodation: In hotel rooms with air-conditioning, bath/ shower, kitchenette and fridge. Upgrade options: one bedroom apartments • one bedroom river view apartments Meals: Room only.

from

£87per person per night

Positioned on Paradise Point in the exclusive enchanting village of Airlie Beach, with its relaxed atmosphere and eclectic collection of shops and cafés. A perfect base for exploring the Whitsunday Islands.

Whitehaven Beach Cruise from £63 This guided tour takes you to stunning Whitehaven Beach where you’ll have a few hours to enjoy the crystal waters and pristine sands. Available daily from Airlie Beach, Hamilton or Daydream Island,

Features: 80 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • watersports • fitness room Accommodation: In garden view rooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower and mini bar. Upgrade options: ocean view rooms • bay view spa suites • coral sea spa suites • one and two bedroom apartments. Meals: Continental breakfast.

Premier Plus 15% room discount: 01 Nov-23 Dec 16 & 09 Jan-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 3 nights.

Camira Sailing from £126 On this exciting full day trip travel on one of the world’s fastest sailing catamarans. Visit Whitehaven Beach and explore secluded bays. Available daily from Airlie Beach including lunch.

Great Barrier Reef Adventure from £150

Peppers Blue on Blue HHHH

Magnetic Island from

£67per person per night

Just 25 minutes by ferry from Townsville, this island escape is set within tropical landscaped surrounds and offers beautiful marina and mountain views. Positioned on the water’s edge in the heart of a waterfront precinct with restaurants, bars and shops nearby. Features: 128 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • Spa Accommodation: In hotel rooms with air-conditioning, shower, mini bar, safe and balcony. Upgrade options: studios which offer spacious open plan living, kitchenette, laundry facilities and dining suite • superior rooms which offer a view of the marina • one, two and three bedroom apartments. Meals: Breakfast.

Premier Plus Up to 30% room discount: 01 Nov-22 Dec 16 & 08 Jan-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 3 nights discount is 15% or 30% if you stay at least 5 nights. AU$25 food & beverage credit: 01 Nov-22 Dec 16 & 08 Jan31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 2 nights. Valid for Boardwalk Restaurant.

Castaways Resort & Spa HHHH

Mission Beach

from

£46per person per night

On this daily tour travel to the reef by high speed catamaran. Snorkel or view the reef by semisubmersible submarine. Available from Airlie Beach, Hamilton or Daydream Island including lunch.

This beachfront escape is just two hours drive from Cairns or Townsville, bordering soft white sand and looking out to the Coral Sea and Dunk Island. Enjoy al fresco dining at the Bibesia Beach Club Restaurant or reconnect your mind, body and spirit at the Drift Day Spa - there’s no better place to relax and be pampered! This is a great choice for all the family with rooms and apartments to suit all. Features: 48 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • Drift Spa • gym • parking Accommodation: In resort rooms with air-conditioning, bath/ shower, fridge and balcony or private garden. Upgrade options: Coral Sea rooms • family retreat rooms • two bedroom apartments • two bedroom spa apartments. Meals: Continental breakfast.

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Tully River Rafting from £95 plus AU$30 rafting levy payable locally Travel to the Tully River for an awesome day out rafting grade 3-4 rapids over 5 hours. A sense of adventure is a must. Not suitable for children under 13 years. Available daily from Mission Beach including lunch.

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Heron Island HHHH

Heron Island

from

£97per person per night

This natural coral cay, accessible from Gladstone, is on the Great Barrier Reef, allowing you to snorkel right off the island! Suitable for both couples and families this compact island, which you can walk around in 20 minutes, offers nature in truly spectacular abundance. Features: 109 rooms • restaurant • lounge and bar • swimming pool • tennis • table tennis • guided walks • snorkelling • diving • spa • Heron Kids Junior Rangers (7-12 years) available during Australian eastern seaboard school holidays • kayaks • semi-submersibles Accommodation: In turtle rooms with ceiling fan, shower, fridge and balcony or terrace. Rooms do not have televisions or telephones. Upgrade options: reef rooms • suites • family rooms.

Meals: Breakfast. Note: Environmental charge of $6.50 per person per day payable locally (up to max of $19.50pp).

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Snorkel trip for two (adults only): 16 Jan31 Mar 17. Once per stay.

Daydream Island HHHH

Daydream Island

from

£120per person per night

Within the Whitsunday Islands, this fantastic year round resort will suit those seeking all manner of activities in an idyllic location. With a fringing reef a mere flipper’s kick from the beach and a Living Reef on the island itself, it’s an incredible place to experience one of the world’s greatest natural wonder’s first hand. Features: 296 rooms • 2 restaurants • 4 bars • bakery • Rejuvenation spa • 3 swimming pools • watersports • free for Living Reef • children’s club (0-12 years) • open air cinema • gym • mini golf • tennis • games room • rainforest walks • entertainment and activities • free WiFi Accommodation: In garden balcony rooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower, mini bar, safe and balcony or patio. Upgrade options: ocean balcony room • coral ocean balcony room • family room. Meals: Breakfast.

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2:10 Nov-16 Dec 16 & 16 Jan-31 Mar 17. Maximum 2 nights free. FREE guest activities: Over 20 activities including snorkel hire, kayaks, mini golf, catamarans, stingray & shark feeding show, stand up paddleboards, open air-cinema, rainforest walk, gym, free WiFi and much more!

Coral Sea view room

Reef View HHHH

Hamilton Island

from

£124per person per night

This resort style hotel is set on the bustling side of the island, directly opposite Catseye Beach and within walking distance of the marina. The ideal setting and luxurious guest rooms make Reef View an ideal choice.

Beach Club HHHHH

Hamilton Island

Premier Plus Features: 383 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • gym • choice of 40 free activities available • free WiFi in the lobby Accommodation: In spacious garden view rooms with air-conditioning, bath and separate shower, mini bar and balcony. Upgrade options: Coral Sea view rooms • family reef rooms. Meals: Room only.

FREE nights 5 for 4: 01-21 Dec 16, 01 Feb-31 Mar, 18 Apr18 Aug & 01-21 Dec 17. Maximum 1 free night. FREE daily breakfast: If you stay at least 4 nights. FREE Great Barrier Reef tour: 01 Nov22 Dec 16, 08 Jan-31 Mar & 01 Apr-21 Dec 17 if you stay at least 4 nights. FREE transfers: From Hamilton Island airport or marina. FREE watersports: Catamarans, paddle skis, windsurfers and snorkelling equipment. Also free use of gym, spa, sauna and tennis.

£228per person per night

Premier Plus Features: 57 rooms • restaurants & bars • infinity-edge swimming pool • jacuzzi • sauna • tennis • spa • fitness centre • free WiFi Accommodation: In beach club rooms with airconditioning, bath and separate shower, mini bar, safe and terrace. Meals: Room only. Note: Children under 18 years are not permitted.

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This adult-only oasis sits right on Catseye Beach overlooking the Coral Sea. With its spectacular beachfront location, private restaurant and lounge, child-free ambience and personalised service, the Beach Club is the ultimate couple’s getaway. FREE nights 5 for 4: 01-21 Dec 16, 01 Feb-31 Mar, 18 Apr18 Aug & 01-21 Dec 17. Maximum 1 free night. FREE daily a la carte breakfast: In the exclusive Beach Club restaurant. FREE Great Barrier Reef tour: 01 Nov22 Dec 16, 08 Jan-31 Mar & 01 Apr-21 Dec 17 if you stay at least 4 nights. FREE VIP transfers: From Hamilton Island airport or marina. FREE watersports: Catamarans, paddle skis, windsurfers and snorkelling equipment. Also free use of gym, spa, sauna and tennis.

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One&Only Hayman Island HHHHH

Hayman Island

from

£267per person per night

One&Only Hayman Island forms part of the Whitsundays and offers a front-row seat to the Great Barrier Reef and a world of leisure and adventure. Relax in the tranquillity of the spa, play a game of tennis or practice your golf swing on the driving range and the Great Barrier Reef provides the perfect setting for exciting activities including diving, snorkelling, fishing, sailing and kayaking. Features: 160 rooms • 7 restaurants & bars • 2 swimming pools • spa • tennis • squash • driving range/putting green • gym • watersports Accommodation: In lagoon view rooms with air-conditioning, bath and separate shower, open-plan dressing room, mini bar, safe and balcony. Upgrade options: ocean view rooms • family rooms • Hayman suites which feature a separate bedroom and lounge area • Hayman family suites which feature a Hayman suite with a separate twin bedroom connected privately through a shared foyer. Meals: Breakfast.

Premier Plus 20% room discount: 30 Apr-17 May, 29 May-11 Sep 17 & 14 Jan-28 Mar 18 if you book by 31 Mar 17. FREE recreational facilities: Use of all non-motorised watercraft including catamarans, windsurfers and paddle skis; squash court, tennis court and golf putting green. Plus use of the Activities Centre gymnasium facilities.

Ocean view room

Windward pavilion

Qualia HHHHH

Hamilton Island

from

£347per person per night

This stunning luxury escape lies in a secluded location on the northernmost tip of Hamilton Island surrounded by all the splendour of the Great Barrier Reef. Easy connections from the mainland make this an accessible indulgence where everything has been meticulously considered while the relaxed aspect and mesmerising calmness makes time seem to stretch forever. Features: 60 pavilions • 2 restaurants • 2 bars • 2 swimming pools • spa • gym • watersports • free WiFi Accommodation: In spacious Leeward pavilions overlooking the island and Coral Sea with bedroom, bath and separate shower, lounge area, iPod dock, safe and private sun deck. Upgrade options: Windward pavilions with private plunge pool • two bedroom beach house. Meals: Breakfast. Note: Children under 16 years not permitted. Two night minimum stay required.

Premier Plus FREE non-alcoholic beverages: Available 24 hours a day and valid for bottled beverages, water, tea & coffee. FREE use of 2-seater golf buggy (one per property): For duration of stay. FREE use of non-motorised watercraft. FREE VIP transfers from Hamilton Island airport or marina.

Leeward pavilion

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Northern Queensland

Cape Tribulation

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Port Douglas

Cairns

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Palm Cove

Atherton Tablelands

Daintree National Park

Why visit Northern Queensland? With the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest its most prized stars, tropical Northern Queensland fits in more untouched beauty, ancient culture and adventure within its borders than some entire countries.

Classic sights Cairns: Located on the Far North Queensland coast, Cairns is the capital of the Tropical North and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. A cosmopolitan city framed by a backdrop of rainforest mountain ranges, and with a scenic promenade that stretches for 2.5km and includes a swimming lagoon and waterfront boardwalks. The Pier complex is home to over 100 restaurants whilst the Cairns Central Shopping Centre offers a large selections of shops and cafes. Cairns is the perfect base for every activity you could imagine – on land, in the air or below the sea. Port Douglas: Renowned for its palm fringed Four Mile Beach, the resort town of Port Douglas is the perfect place to relax. It’s also an activity seeker’s heaven, offering diving and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, bush walking, fishing or mountain biking. The town has a distinct village feel with a wide variety of cafes, pubs, restaurants and bars along with some great malls and boutique shops.

Palm Cove: A quiet and relaxing village by the sea where centuries old “paperbark” Melaleuca trees line the casual esplanade. This beachside community bursts with luxurious accommodation, culinary delights, day spas, art galleries and fun activities. A host of sights and attractions are available from Palm Cove including exploration adventures, beautiful golf courses, kayaking around nearby islands and of course easy access to the Great Barrier Reef. Great Barrier Reef: The world’s largest living structure and one of the natural wonders of the world. Great for diving and snorkelling, while underwater viewing stations and glass bottom boats also offer a window into this astounding wonderland. Queensland Islands: Located off Queensland’s far north coasts, the tropical Queensland Islands are surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef. Swathed in natural beauty these idyllic island havens are home to some of the country’s most wonderful resorts.

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Explore more… Cape Tribulation: Accessible via car ferry across the Daintree River, Cape Tribulation is a blissfully quiet sanctuary of World Heritage listed rainforest and endless coral reefs. Daintree National Park: Hidden in the far north of Queensland overlooking the Coral Sea, lies the tranquil and the beautiful Daintree Rainforest. Away from all the stresses and strains of everyday life, this magical corner of paradise is home to unique and ancient rainforest and the largest range of rare or threatened plants and animal species in the world. Atherton Tablelands: Just south west of Cairns you can marvel at the deep blue water of extinct volcano lakes, endless waterfalls, quaint villages, lush rainforest and an abundance of rare wildlife.

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Rydges Esplanade Resort HHH

Cairns

from

£49per person per night

DoubleTree by Hilton HHHH

Cairns

from

£49per person per night

Offering contemporary accommodation and friendly service on The Esplanade, Rydges Esplanade Resort has sweeping views over the Coral Sea and mountains. Discover superb resort facilities including three swimming pools, a fully equipped gym, signature restaurant and spacous, bright guest rooms, all with private balconies.

Superbly located on the Cairns Esplanade, overlooking the Coral Sea and rainforest clad mountains, with glorious floor to ceiling windows in each room, offering stunning views of the surrounding coastline. A delightful hotel which reflects the ambience of the tropics.

Features: 240 rooms • restaurant • 2 bars • 3 swimming pools • children’s wet play area • tennis • health & fitness centre • sauna • masseuse services • bicycle hire • free WiFi Accommodation: In standard rooms with airconditioning, shower, mini bar and balcony. Upgrade options: Mountain view rooms • ocean view rooms • family rooms with bunk beds for children • one and two bedroom apartments which offer a kitchenette. Meals: Room only.

Features: 237 rooms • restaurant and bar • swimming pool • children’s wading pool • whirlpool • gym • parking Accommodation: In standard guest rooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower and mini bar. Upgrade options: deluxe city/mountain view rooms • deluxe water view rooms. Meals: Room only

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2: 01 Nov-28 Dec 16, 03-20 Jan & 04 Feb31 Mar 17.

Mantra Esplanade HHHH

Cairns

from

£56per person per night

Located on the waterfront, Mantra Esplanade Cairns is the perfect base for your Tropical North Queensland stay. Situated just minutes from the yacht harbour - the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, lively street cafes, fine dining restaurants, the casino and Cairns Esplanade lagoon. The resort itself boasts spacious and contemporary rooms and apartments along with a lagoon style pool, fully equipped gym and lovely restaurant. Features: 114 rooms • restaurant • swimming pool • jacuzzi • gym • spa • parking Accommodation: In city view rooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower, fridge, safe and balcony. Upgrade options: one bedroom city view apartments with separate living and dining area • ocean view rooms • one bedroom ocean view apartments • two bedroom apartments Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2: 01 Nov-25 Dec 16 & 02 Jan-31 Mar 17. Maximum 1 free night. 20% room discount: 01 May-30 Sep 17 if you stay at least 3 nights.

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Premier Plus FREE nights in deluxe city/mountain view rooms 4 for 3: 01 Nov-23 Dec 16, 06-23 Jan & 03 Feb31 Mar 17.

Shangri-La Hotel Cairns HHHHH

Cairns

from

£86per person per night

In the heart of Cairns overlooking Marlin Marina, Trinity Bay and the green mountains that frame the city, this distinguished hotel offers modern comforts, luxurious guest rooms, an excellent restaurant and exceptional service. Dip into the beautiful pool or simply relax on the sundeck and enjoy the ocean breeze before perhaps dining at North Bar and Kitchen, which specialises in modern Australian cuisine. Features: 255 rooms • restaurant • 2 bars • swimming pool • children’s pool • gym • sauna • spa • parking • free WiFi Accommodation: In superior garden, city or mountain view rooms with air-conditioning, bath and separate shower, mini bar and balcony. Upgrade options: superior sea view rooms which offer breathtaking views of Trinity Bay and the sea beyond • deluxe marina view rooms • executive suites which have a large balcony and spacious lounge area.

Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights in deluxe marina view rooms 3 for 2: 01 Nov-30 Dec 16, 01-25 Jan, 03 Feb30 Jun, 01 Nov-30 Dec 17 & 01 Jan-31 Mar 18. FREE daily breakfast: 01 Apr-30 Jun, 01 Nov-30 Dec 17 & 01 Jan-31 Mar 18 if you stay at least 3 nights.

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Enhance your Stay

Excursions perfectly enhance your holiday and offer excellent value. Prices are per person. More available.

Quicksilver Barrier Reef from £175

Silversonic Snorkelling from £172

Michaelmas Cay Cruise from £118

Travel in comfort aboard the fast air-conditioned wavepiercer catamaran to the exclusive activity platform at Agincourt Reef. Ideal for both snorkellers and non-swimmers seeking the widest choice of reef experiences including snorkelling, underwater observator and semi-submersible. All snorkelling equipment and tuition is provided. Available daily from Port Douglas and Cairns and includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch.

Travel to the reef in 70 minutes and spend five hours snorkelling over the Great Barrier Reef, or certified divers can experience three dives, with introductory divers able to do a second dive (diving is at an extra cost). All snorkelling and diving is off the rear of the vessel. Available daily from Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas and includes a guided snorkel tour, morning, and afternoon tea and lunch.

Michaelmas Cay is a small, reef sand island, rich with sea life such as green sea turtles, giant clams, molluscs, invertebrates and tropical reef fish. Available daily from Cairns, Palm Cove the tour includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, snorkelling demonstrations and tuition, use of all snorkelling equipment, use of flotation vests, marine biologist presentations and an informative semi-submersible tour. Introductory dives are at an extra cost.

Daintree Walkabout from £129

Ballooning from £139 plus AU$30 aviation levy payable locally

Kuranda Rail, Skyrail & Tjapukai from £133

Travel to Mossman Gorge and enjoy a 1½ hour guided rainforest walk. Your experienced guides demonstrate traditional plant use, identify bush tucker sources, share dreamtime legends and explain cave paintings. Later take a river cruise watching for birds, tree snakes, unique plants and the estuarine crocodile. Enjoy a short tour of Port Douglas. Available Mon, Wed & Fri from Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas and includes lunch.

Early pick up from your Cairns or Port Douglas hotel to the launch site. Watch the balloons inflate before you rise in the air for a spectacular sunrise over Australia’s outback. Fly for approximately 30 minutes taking in the scenery before landing. Available daily from Cairns and Port Douglas.

This tour gives an insight into the rainforest, and a unique indigenous culture. Meet your indigenous guide at Tjapukai, who will show you the many attractions of this fascinating park. Glide over the rainforest with Skyrail, before free time in Kuranda. Then on to the Scenic Railway for a spectacular journey before rejoining your coach to your hotel at approximately 5pm. Available daily from Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas.

Kuranda Scenic Railway & skyrail from £99

Cape Tribulation, daintree & Mossman Gorge from £129

Breakfast with the Birds from £37

Board the Kuranda Scenic Rail and stop at Barron Gorge to view the falls before arriving at Kuranda station. The rest of the day is free to explore the ‘Village in the Rainforest’. Later, board Skyrail to glide over the rainforest canopy and take advantage of the two stops en route to walk through the rainforest or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Centre. Available daily from Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas.

Travel north and enjoy a river cruise before winding your way through the rainforest to Alexandra Lookout for a spectacular view of Daintree River estuary, Snapper Island and beyond to the Coral Sea. After lunch travel to Cape Tribulation to walk on this world renowned rainforest beach. Later, visit Mossman Gorge Centre for an indigenous presentation and a guided walk through the rainforest. Available daily from Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas.

Enjoy a tropical breakfast within the Wetlands environment at the Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and absorb the cacophony of sounds and colours of wildlife as they roam freely. Along with the fantastic buffet breakfast the tour includes park admission and free guided tours of the three environments. Available daily from Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas.

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Daintree Eco Lodge HHHH

Daintree National Park

from

£110per person per night

Nestled amongst the world’s oldest living rainforest, this boutique eco lodge reinforces the impression of being at one with nature yet still provides creature comforts. At this true rainforest experience you’ll discover quality accommodation, cuisine with a native twist, authentic Aboriginal culture and the opportunity to indulge at the unique spa. Features: 15 villas • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • Daintree spa • Aboriginal art gallery Accommodation: In lagoon bayan rooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower, mini bar and balcony. Upgrade options: rainforest bayan with a jacuzzi on the balcony. Meals: Breakfast. Note: Children under 6 years are not permitted.

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2: 01 Nov-18 Dec 16 & 08 Jan-31 Mar 17. Maximum 1 free night.

Silky Oaks Lodge HHHHH

Daintree National Park

from

£117per person per night

Spectacularly situated on the Mossman River on the edge of Daintree National Park. Relax amid elegant spacious lounges, dine in the open sided Tree House Restaurant and lay back in the hammock on your verandah. Features: 45 houses • restaurant • 2 bars • activities • The Healing Waters spa Accommodation: In Daintree treehouses with air-conditioning, shower, mini bar and balcony. Upgrade options: studio rooms • garden rooms • deluxe treehouses • riverhouses • lodge suites • billabong suites. Meals: Breakfast. Note: Children under 12 years are not permitted

Premier Plus FREE use of river canoes, bicycles, tennis court, fitness centre, walking trails & in house yoga. FREE guided forest walk. FREE shuttle to Port Douglas: One per day. FREE WiFi: In main lodge.

Enhance your Stay

Excursions perfectly enhance your holiday and offer excellent value. Prices are per person. More available.

Dreamtime Gorge Walk from £43 Conducted by local indigenous people the walks take you along private, gentle tracks, visiting culturally significant sites. You are welcomed with a traditional smoking ceremony that cleanses and wards off bad spirits before a meandering walk through stunning rainforest. Your guide demonstrates traditional plant use, identifies bush food sources and provides an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique environment. At the end of the tour enjoy traditional bush tea and damper. Available daily from Mossman Gorge.

Heritage Lodge & Spa HHHH

Cape Tribulation

from

£89per person per night

Enjoying a unique setting where the ancient Daintree rainforest meets the reef, this boutique lodge is very serene. If you wish simply sit back and enjoy the natural world around you, alternatively experience a range of adventures and activities. Take a swim in crystal clear Cooper Creek with jungle perch and turtles, enjoy a rainforest walk, rejuvenate at the spa, while the private setting of the cabins is an ideal place to unwind whilst spotting birds, butterflies and even musky rat kangaroos. Features: 20 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • spa • parking Accommodation: In rainforest cabins with airconditioning, shower, mini bar and balcony. Upgrade options: rainforest family cabins. Meals: Breakfast.

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17. Maximum 2 free nights.

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Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour from £59 Embark on a unique Daintree Rainforest tour where your feet don’t touch the ground! Once fitted into a full body harness and helmet, Jungle Surfers fly through the trees on ziplines, stopping at five tree platforms to take in spectacular bird’s eye views over the treetops, down to cascading streams and out to the Great Barrier Reef. Abseiling scientists educate and entertain as they guide guests from tree to tree. No experience is necessary and guides completely control the flight, so guests can travel hands-free and care-free. Available daily from Cape Tribulation.

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Pipi beachfront bungalow

Kewarra Beach Resort HHHHPlus

Near Palm Cove & Trinity Bch from

Blue Lagoon HHHH

£89per person per night

Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa is set on its own private part of Kewarra Beach, in 30 acres of lush green rainforest, just ten minutes from the numerous shopping centres and attractions of Cairns. Close enough to all the local attractions for guests to enjoy all that Cairns has to offer, yet nestled away from the crowd so as not to disturb. Features: 44 rooms • restaurant and bar • spa • 2 free form swimming pools • yoga • nature walks • parking Accommodation: In deluxe pandanus bungalows with airconditioning, bath/shower, mini bar, safe and balcony. Upgrade options: Pipi beachfront bungalows • one or two bedroom bauhinia suites. Meals: Room only.

Grand Chancellor HHHH

Trinity Beach from

Palm Cove

£49per person per night

from

£39per person per night

Located less than two minutes walk to beautiful Trinity Beach with restaurants and cafes on your doorstep, it’s just over a mile to the main highway making you ideally placed for exploring Daintree, the Tablelands or Great Barrier Reef.

Enjoying a peaceful and picturesque location, the Grand Chancellor is just five minutes walk from the beach or charming village of Palm Cove. Along with the warm welcome you’ll find extensive leisure facilities and comfortable rooms.

Features: 252 apartments • swimming pool • jacuzzi • tennis • fitness room • parking Accommodation: studios with air-conditioning, shower, kitchenette and balcony. Upgrade options: One bedroom apartments with full kitchen facilities • two bedroom apartments • three bedroom apartments Meals: Room only. Note: Minimum 3 night stay required.

Features: 191 rooms • 2 restaurants • bar • swimming pool • children’s club • tennis • squash • gym • parking Accommodation: In standard rooms with air-conditioning, bath/ shower, kitchenette, fridge and private balcony or terrace. Upgrade options: Superior rooms • standard suites • two bedroom apartments. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus

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FREE nights 4 for 3: 01 Nov 16-31 Jul & 01 Nov 17-31 Mar 18. Maximum 2 free nights. FREE daily tropical breakfast: If you stay at least 3 nights.

FREE nights 5 for 4: 01 Nov-22 Dec 16, 09 Jan-23 Jun & 16 Jul-15 Sep, 07 Oct-24 Dec 17 & 06 Jan-31 Mar 18. 7 for 5: 01 Apr-23 Jun, 07 Oct-24 Dec 17 & 06 Jan-31 Mar 18.

FREE nights 5 for 4: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17.

Reef Retreat

Peppers Beach Club & Spa

Thala Beach Nature Reserve

HHHH

HHHHH

Palm Cove

from

£65per person per night

Palm Cove

from

£97per person per night

Nestled among groves of majestic paperbark trees, the Reef Retreat is just seconds away from idyllic Palm Cove. Every studio and suite is lovingly laid out and designed to give you all the comforts of home assuring you of a relaxing sanctuary after a long day exploring the Great Barrier Reef.

This classic seaside resort resides within lush green gardens overlooking a stunning palm-fringed beach and within easy reach of area attractions including Cairns Zoo. The chic and contemporary mood of the resort is reflected in the stylish rooms and suites which offer a delightful place to relax.

Features: 36 studios & suites • swimming pool • jacuzzi • parking Accommodation: In studios with air-conditioning, shower, kitchenette and balcony with views of the garden or pool. Upgrade options: Spa suites • one, two & three bedroom suites Meals: Room only Note: Minimum 2 night stay required.

Features: 180 rooms • restaurant • bar • 3 swimming pools • spa • jacuzzi • tennis • gym • parking Accommodation: In resort spa rooms with pool/garden view, airconditioning, mini bar, shower, safe and balcony with spa bath. Upgrade options: Garden spa rooms with kitchenette • ocean spa rooms • one bedroom resort rooms with spacious living area Meals: Breakfast.

Premier Plus

Premier Plus

FREE nights 4 for 3: 01 Nov-23 Dec 16, 07 Jan-31 Mar, 18 Apr-23 Jun, 01 Nov-22 Dec 17 & 07 Jan-31 Mar 18.

20% room discount: 01 Nov-23 Dec 16 & 02 Jan-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 3 nights.

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HHHHPlus

Port Douglas from

£99per person per night

Located on a private headland between Cairns and Port Douglas, this eco-friendly lodge is backed by rainforest and connected to over a mile of private sandy beaches. Unique resort experiences add a memorable touch to your holiday. Features: 83 bungalows • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • spa • on site experiences include bird watching, nature walks, sea kayaking, star gazing and yoga • parking Accommodation: In jungle walk bungalows with air-conditioning, bath and separate shower, mini bar, safe and balcony. Upgrade options: Eucalypt bungalows • Coral Sea bungalows • sandpiper suites. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 4 for 3: 11 Jan-30 Jun 17 & 11 Jan-31 Mar 18. 5 for 4: 01 Nov 16-10 Jan & 01 Jul 17-10 Jan 18. 7 for 5: 01 Apr-30 Jun & 11 Jan-31 Mar 18.

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Oaks Lagoons HHHPlus

Bay Villas Resort HHHPlus

Port Douglas from

£53per person per night

Situated in Port Douglas just a five minute stroll to the seemingly endless sands of Four Mile Beach, Oaks Lagoons offers a range of options for rest and relaxation or an action-packed escape. Wander the art galleries and boutiques on Macrossan Street, relax by the pool and explore the many natural wonders of the region. Features: 121 rooms and apartments • 6 lagoon-style swimming pools • barbecue areas • parking Accommodation: In hotel spa rooms with air-conditioning, shower and fridge. Upgrade options: Hotel swimout rooms • one bedroom deluxe apartments have fully equipped kitchens • one bedroom deluxe swimout apartments • two bedroom deluxe apartments Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2: 01 Nov-22 Dec 16 & 08 Jan-31 Mar 17. Maximum 1 free night. 7 for 5: 10 Nov 16-31 Mar 17. Maximum 2 free nights.

Regal HHHH

Port Douglas

from

Port Douglas

£48per person per night

from

£49per person per night

Enjoying a central, yet peaceful, setting in Port Douglas within walking distance of the resort amenities along with picturesque Four Mile Beach. The resort has been designed with an emphasis on spaciousness with modern bright furnishings to reflect the tropical style.

Centrally located at the start of the restaurant strip in Port Douglas but at the quieter end of Macrossan Street, the Regal is only a short stroll from Four Mile Beach. Enjoy the relaxed holiday vibe, explore nearby dining options or explore the Great Barrier Reef.

Features: 60 apartments • 2 swimming pools • barbecue areas • parking Accommodation: In studios with kitchenette and living area, air-conditioning, shower and balcony or terrace. Upgrade options: One bedroom apartments • two bedroom apartments • three bedroom apartments. Meals: Room only. Note: Minimum 2 night stay required.

Features: 47 apartments • swimming pool • jacuzzi • parking Accommodation: studios with air-conditioning, bath/shower, fridge and balcony Upgrade options: One bedroom indoor spa apartments • one bedroom jacuzzi apartments • one bedroom rooftop Jacuzzi apartments • two bedroom jacuzzi spa apartments Meals: Room only. Note: Minimum 3 night stay required.

Premier Plus

Premier Plus

FREE nights 3 for 2: 07 Jan-31 Mar 18. Maximum 1 free night. 4 for 3: 01 Nov-23 Dec 16 & 07 Jan-31 Mar 17. Maximum 2 free nights 5 for 4: 01 Apr-09 Jun & 08 Oct-22 Dec 17. Maximum 2 free nights.

FREE nights 4 for 3: 01 Nov-19 Dec 16, 01 Apr-31 May, 01 Nov-19 Dec 17 & 11 Jan-31 Mar 18. Maximum 1 free night. 5 for 4: 11 Jan-31 Mar 17. Maximum 2 free nights. 7 for 6: 20 Dec 16-10 Jan, 01 Jun-31 Oct & 20 Dec 17-10 Jan 18. Maximum 3 free nights.

Premier studio

Meridian HHHH

Sheraton Mirage HHHHPlus

Port Douglas from

£66per person per night

Peninsula Boutique

HHHHPlus

Port Douglas from

£86per person per night

This haven of privacy and relaxation for couples and singles is a short stroll from Four Mile Beach and the cosmopolitan restaurants of Macrossan Street. Each apartment has been designed to a high standard with some featuring their own jacuzzi.

Set by the white sands and blue waters of Four Mile Beach, amidst lush tropical landscaped gardens. The well-appointed guest rooms are complemented by an abundance of leisure facilities and friendly, attentive service.

Features: 33 studios & apartments • BBQ area • swimming pool • jacuzzi • parking Accommodation: In ground floor premier studios with air-conditioning, bath, kitchenette and balcony. Upgrade options: Superior studios • one bedroom superior or premier apartments • honeymoon suites. Meals: Room only. Note: Minimum 3 night stay required. Children 0-16 years not accepted. Hotel will be closed 01-21 Feb 17 for pool refurbishment.

Features: 394 rooms • restaurants and bars • swimming pool • saltwater lagoons • children’s pool • spa • sauna • gym • tennis • 18 hole golf course • parking Accommodation: In deluxe garden view rooms with airconditioning, bath/shower and mini bar. Upgrade options: Deluxe lagoon view rooms • ground floor superior lagoon view rooms • 2 & 3 bedroom garden villas. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 4 for 3: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18. Maximum 2 free nights. FREE breakfast hamper: If you stay at least 3 nights.

Premier Plus FREE daily breakfast for two: If you stay at least 4 nights.

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Port Douglas from

£124per person per night

Perfectly positioned on the Esplanade overlooking Four Mile Beach, this boutique hotel offers all the discerning adult could wish for. It is a short stroll to the restaurants, bars and shops along Macrossan Street. Features: 34 suites • restaurant • bar • swimming pool jacuzzi • free WiFi • parking Accommodation: In pool view suites with air-conditioning, bath and separate shower, kitchenette, living area and balcony or patio. Upgrade options: Ocean view suites. Meals: Breakfast. Note: Children under the age of 17 years are not permitted.

Premier Plus FREE nights 5 for 4: 01 Nov 16-30 Jun & 01 Nov 17-31 Mar 18. FREE arrival transfer from Cairns airport: If you stay 3 nights.

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Great Barrier Reef

Coral Expeditions - Great Barrier Reef

For most travellers, a visit to the Great Barrier Reef is a once in a lifetime experience. If you only have a few precious days to discover Tropical North Queensland, making the most of your time is important. With over 30 years experience and an unrivalled reputation for cruising excellence, Coral Expeditions Cruises’ exclusive itineraries introduce the very best of the Great Barrier Reef and tropical islands in total comfort and style.

Cairns Roundtrip Cruise with Coral Expeditions 3 nights from £999

Cruise

cruise around spectacular islands • snorkel above the bright coral reef • rainforest walk on Dunk Island Coral Expeditions 3 nights

Deluxe stateroom

Day 1 Cairns/Thetford Reef: This morning board your Coral Expeditions Cruises’ small ship and cruise Trinity Bay. In the afternoon arrive at the outer Great Barrier Reef, anchoring off Thetford Reef and Sudbury Cay. Join the marine biologist for a glass bottom boat tour over the colourful coral gardens before gathering on the snorkel deck to participate in a fish feed. You may wish to enjoy your first snorkelling opportunity for an up-close view of the hundreds of varieties of coral growing on this section of reef. Guided snorkelling tours are available for less experienced swimmers. In the evening, join the crew and your travelling companions on the top deck as the sun sets spectacularly over the reef. Day 2 Hinchinbrook Channel/Pelorus Island: This morning you will cruise the spectacular Hinchinbrook Channel, discovering Hinchinbrook Island’s towering cliffs and mangrove eco-systems. Subject to tides, you will cruise the length of the channel separating the Australian mainland and the island one of the most diverse marine environments on the Australian coast. Keep an eye out for crocodiles, dolphins, turtles and dugongs. In the afternoon a chance to visit Coral Expeditions Cruises’ very own tropical paradise, Pelorus Island. Enjoy a gourmet beach BBQ before embarking on a guided nature walk, or snorkelling in the shallow waters where you can view a giant clam garden, admire the colourful corals from the glass bottom boat or simply relax and soak up the sun on the long stretch of golden beach.

Day 3 Dunk Island/Nathan Reef: Join a guide for a fascinating rainforest walk on Dunk Island and discover the unique flora and fauna. Watch out for the brightly coloured bluewinged Ulysses Butterfly or the Yellow-bellied Sunbird. After lunch discover Nathan Reef which offers some of the most colourful coral gardens found anywhere along the length of the reef with 400 different species of coral. Day 4 Fitzroy Island/Cairns: Travel ashore to explore beautiful Fitzroy Island. Surrounded by a reef system that forms part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Fitzroy Island offers wonderful bush walking opportunities and idyllic white sandy beaches. Savour your final snorkelling opportunity over the island’s fringing reef, just metres from the beach. Early in the afternoon, cruise through Trinity Bay before arriving in Cairns at approximately 1.30pm.

What you need to know Departures: Fridays from Cairns. Accommodation: In cabins with bathroom and air-conditioning. Upgrade options: staterooms: standard • deluxe • upper deck Alternative 4 or 7 night itineraries are also available. Meals: Full board including morning/afternoon tea & 24 hour tea/coffee. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes accommodation in cabins with bathroom, use of snorkelling equipment, guided glass bottom boat excursions, presentations by marine biologists, access to islands, marine and national parks and an introductory scuba experience for first time divers. An Environmental Management Charge (EMC) may be payable locally. Due to weather, tides or mechanical reasons the itinerary may be subject to change without notice.

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Noosa

Magnetic Island

Little Crystal Creek

Mossman Gorge

The Strand, Townsville

Brisbane to Cairns

9 nights from

£775

Self-drive tour

national parks to explore • beautiful beaches and secluded bays • stroll around the charming towns Hervey Bay 2 nights ~ Rockhampton 1 night ~ Airlie Beach 2 nights ~ Magnetic Island 2 nights ~ Mission Beach 2 nights

Day 1 Brisbane/Hervey Bay: Head north through the Sunshine Coast to the main town of Noosa, a relaxed surf town with many cafes and bistros. Nearby is Cooloola National Park with walks and waterways you can meander before arriving in Hervey Bay, the main gateway to Fraser Island (approx. 41/2 hours). Day 2 Hervey Bay: Day at leisure. Relax or choose from one of the excellent excursions on offer such as whale watching or a full day trip to Fraser Island, a World Heritage listed sand island, where you can explore the rainforest, creeks, beaches and a shipwreck. Optional extension to Fraser Island. See page 49. Day 3 Hervey Bay/Rockhampton: Travel to Rockhampton, stopping off en route at Gladstone for lunch the access point for Heron and Wilson Islands. Nearby you can visit Mt Morgan, an old gold mining town and limestone caves in the Berserker Range (approx. 5 hours). Why not extend your stay with an optional extension to Heron Island? See page 54. Day 4 Rockhampton/Airlie Beach: An early start as you head north to Mackay which is surrounded by national parks, and an ideal break in your journey before continuing to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands (approx. 6 hours). Day 5 Airlie Beach: At leisure. A chance to explore the local area taking in the majestic Cedar Creek Falls, followed by Proserpine coffee farm to sample some of their local produce. Travel to Bowen to relax on the stunning white sand beaches, before finishing the day at Hideaway Bay to view a stunning sunset. Why not extend your stay with an optional extension to the Whitsunday Islands? See pages 54-55.

Day 6 Airlie Beach/Magnetic Island: Leave this morning, stopping off at some of the picturesque beaches and secluded bays around Bowen, before arriving into Townsville. Here you will take a short ferry ride to Magnetic Island. Day 7 Magnetic Island: A day at leisure to explore the island’s national parks, untouched tropical beaches and secluded bays. The contrasting landscape of this World Heritage listed island makes it truly distinctive. Rocky granite headlands fuse with the 23 bays and beaches to create a dramatic coastline while, visible from the sea, Mount Cook hovers above the eucalypt woods and green vine forests. Day 8 Magnetic Island/Mission Beach: Take the ferry back to Townsville and travel through the Paluma Range National Park. The southern route winds up along the southern edge of the park, passing Little Crystal Creek which is a great stop for a quick swim. Onwards to Mission Beach (approx. 31/2 hours). Day 9 Mission Beach: Day at leisure to relax. Mission Beach is made up of four beach villages linked by a wide golden beach to create the perfect base to relax and explore this unspoiled natural environment. A blend of sophisticated eateries, boutiques and art galleries nestle against lush tropical rainforest so you’ll find plenty to explore away from the beach. Day 10 Mission Beach/Cairns: Depart this morning for Cairns, a great base for exploring the Tropical North’s Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, Kuranda and Barrier Reef (approx. 2 hours).

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What you need to know Departures: Daily Accommodation: 4★ Ramada Resort Hervey Bay; 4★ The Edge Apartment Hotel; 4★ Coral Sea Resort Airlie Beach; 4★ Peppers Blue on Blue Magnetic Island & 4★ Castaways Resort Mission Beach. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 10 days group H car hire, return ferry from Townsville to Magnetic Island and accommodation as outlined.

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Northern Territory

Sample the real Australia in this intriguing and spectacular region which is blessed with a wide variety of incredible wildlife, diverse

Tiwi Islands

landscapes, world-class national parks, beguilingly strong Aboriginal heritage and remarkable scenery.

Darwin Litchfield National Park

Arnhem Land Gapuwiyak

Kakadu National Park

Numbulwar

Katherine

Why visit Northern Territory? For many people, the wild and untamed north is the most quintessentially Australian of all the Australian states. Closer to Bali than Bondi, this colossal region is as distinct as it is huge, from the spiritual Uluru in the dry Red Centre, to the wildlife rich wetlands of the Top End. Despite its enormity, the Northern Territory is home to only 1% of Australia’s total population including the largest Aboriginal concentration. The two ends of the region couldn’t be more different. The Red Centre’s rich red soil, semi-arid scrubs and awe-inspiring monoliths jutting out of an otherwise featureless plain are a real contrast to the tropical Top End with its lush rainforests, colourful flowers, thundering waterfalls and abundance of wildlife. If you live for adventure and love the great outdoors, the Northern Territory is an incredible place to visit.

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From scenic flights, crocodile cruises and camel rides to sunset walks, stargazing, bird watching and waterhole swims, you’re spoilt for choice. Or, for something a bit different, try learning more about the timeless Indigenous culture, go on a bush tucker tour or even learn to play a didgeridoo. Getting there: Darwin is approximately 17 hours from the UK (including a stopover) Best time to go: The Red Centre has a desert climate with an average maximum temperature of 35ºC between October-March while winter months see an average of around 25ºC. The Top End has a tropical monsoon climate with a dry and wet season. The dry season from May-October sees temperatures average 32ºC, and the wet season from NovemberApril brings thunderstorms and high humidity with temperatures inland around 39ºC.

Gregory National Park

Tennant

Northern Territory West MacDonnell National Park

Alice Springs

Kings Canyon Uluru

South Australia

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Alice Springs

Kakadu National Park

Classic regions & sights Uluru & surrounds: The Uluru region is home to two of Australia’s most famous rock formations – Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), a mighty canyon and an ancient indigenous culture. The region’s gem, Uluru, must be visited at sunrise or sunset for the spectacular sight of this monolith transforming from ochre to burnished orange and intense red. Just west of Uluru are the soaring rock domes of Kata Tjuta whose ochre-coloured shapes are a mesmerising sight; while three hours from Uluru is majestic Kings Canyon with its towering sandstone walls, palm-filled crevices and incredible views. Alice Springs & surrounds: A thriving and welcoming outback town, Alice Springs is as famous for the personality of its locals and fascinating art scene as the natural wonders which surround it. Hike, climb and cycle your way through the chasms, craters and sacred sites of the MacDonnell Ranges; four-wheel drive the expansive Simpson Desert, head north to Halls Creek or south to Rainbow Valley to photograph the shifting palette of sandstone colours.

Tenant Creek & Barkly Region: Break your journey along the Stuart Highway at Tenant Creek and the Barkly Tablelands; a vast land of brilliant blue skies, gold mining heritage, iconic rock formations and Aboriginal culture. Discover the historic roots of charming Tenant Creek; see native waterbirds at Davenport Range National Park, experience the local culture at the Nyinkka Nyunyu Culture Centre; and don’t miss a sunset trip to the glowing Devils Marbles. Darwin & surrounds: From the sparkling harbour and WWII history to the city’s Asian-influenced food and tropical outdoor lifestyle, Darwin is an adventurer’s paradise. For a great day out and the chance to connect with nature, head to Litchfield National Park just over an hour from Darwin, or take a jaunt to the Tiwi Islands.

Kakadu National Park: Australia’s largest national park is a visual delight with an astonishing array of wildlife, a dramatic landscape, ancient culture and endless list of experiences. Take a dip in the crystal clear billabongs, or a bush shower under one of the many waterfalls, go on a jumping crocodile cruise or hike through rocky bushland and climb steep escarpments for stunning views, marvel at the sunset views from Ubirr Rock, do some stargazing or stand on what feels like the edge of the world at Gumlon Falls.

Katherine & surrounds: The Northern Territory’s third largest town, Katherine is a great base for exploring this region where the outback meets the tropics. See the mighty Katherine River flowing through Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk National Park) and explore Arnhem Land: One of the Top End’s most spectacular the 13 stunning gorges on foot or by boat; relax in natural destinations, Arnhem Land is beautifully scenic Katherine Hot Springs just five minutes from town; or with rugged coastlines, remote islands, lush rainforest, follow the winding boardwalk through the limestone towering escarpments and savannah woodland. One of Cutta Cutta Caves. Australia’s last true wilderness areas, Arnhem Land is wholly owned by the Aboriginal people.

Northern Territory Red Centre destination guide Alice Springs & Uluru hotels Red Centre day excursions Red Centre side trips Top End destination guide Darwin hotels Top End day excursions Kakadu & Katherine hotels Top End side trips

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Red Centre

Kings Canyon

Uluru

Why visit the Red Centre? This ruddy sprawl of desert wilderness is a seemingly endless landscape of semi-arid scrubs and sand dunes with iconic Uluru soaring sublimely to create a breathtaking profile against the blue sky. It’s the classic notionDarwin of outback Australia.

Classic sights Alice Springs: Surrounded by spectacular gum trees and refreshing waterholes, the friendly outback town of Alice Springs is the vibrant hub of central Australia and has all the conveniences of a modern city. Alice is an ideal base for exploring the Red Centre and, as a destination, has an abundance of entertainment and activities on offer. Try your hand at four-wheel driving or quad biking out in the desert, ride a camel through the outback, hike the nearby MacDonnell Ranges, meander around aboriginal art galleries, visit the Todd Mall Markets or see the home of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Uluru: There are some world-famous sights readily touted as unmissable which are a disappointment when you actually see them, and then there’s Uluru. Nothing can really prepare you for the immensity, grandeur, shifting colours and stillness of this World Heritage listed ‘rock’. Rising from the desert plain, the site is visually stunning and your first view is something you’ll never forget. The incredible desert landscape is even more impressive in real life and is best viewed at sunrise or sunset to see it change from brown to orange to red to purple. Don’t miss the Field of Light, which is in place until 31 March 2018, an art installation of more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with frosted glass spheres that bloom as darkness falls over Australia’s spiritual heartland.

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Kata Tjuta: About 20 miles west of Uluru is the equally impressive, but less well known, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Thirty-six magnificent, variously sized boulders sit shoulder to shoulder forming deep valleys and steep-sided gorges which many visitors find even more captivating than their prominent neighbour. Challenging and rewarding bushwalks provide excellent views of the surreal domes and varied terrain. Kings Canyon: Often overlooked, the yawning chasm of Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Parks is one of the most spectacular gorges in central Australia. Walkers are rewarded with breathtaking views on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk which skirts the canyon’s rim before descending down to lush pockets of ferns and prehistoric cycads to a tranquil pool and onwards through a swarm of giant sandstone outcrops.

Northern Territory West MacDonnell National Park

Q’land

Alice Springs Kings Canyon Uluru

South Australia

Activities for all Uluru Hotels Guests at the Voyages Ayers Rock Resort properties (all Uluru resorts shown on page 67) enjoy a selection of wonderful activities including guided garden walks, indigenous art classes for children, spear and boomerang throwing, visiting indigenous art markets, learning to play the didgeridoo, watching Wakagetti cultural dancers and hearing bush yarns. Please ask for more details.

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DoubleTree by Hilton HHHH

Alice Springs

from

Chifley Alice Springs HHHH

Alice Springs

£39per person per night

This eco-friendly resort is surrounded by the stunning MacDonnell Mountain Ranges and is only a few minutes drive from the town centre. Work up an appetite in the outdoor pool or at the tennis court before sipping a beer or cocktail on the outside deck and dining on fresh Australian ingredients at Balloons Restaurant. Features: 236 rooms • 2 restaurants • bar • swimming pool • sauna • whirlpool • gym • golf nearby • tennis • parking Accommodation: In guest rooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower, mini bar and safe. Upgrade options: mountain view guest rooms with picturesque views • junior suites Meals: Room only.

from

Voyages Outback Pioneer

HHH

Uluru

£52per person per night

Low rise architecture and lush green lawns contribute to the relaxed atmosphere of this resort which is situated on the banks of the Todd River with its magnificent river red gums. It’s an easy ten minute stroll from the bustling cultural and shopping centre, so it’s an ideal base for exploring the Outback attractions in and around the town. Stylish surroundings, contemporary cuisine, comfortable accommodation and friendly service ensure a wonderful stay. Features: 139 rooms • restaurant and bar • swimming pool • massage rooms • bicycle hire • free WiFi • parking Accommodation: In superior rooms with air-conditioning, shower and mini bar. Upgrade options: deluxe rivergum rooms have a bath, balcony or veranda and views of the Todd River bed. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus 10% room discount: If you stay at least 3 nights.

from

£99per person per night

Set in the heart of the Red Centre, Voyages Outback Pioneer offers guests a real taste of Australian outback hospitality. You can experience a taste of the true outback with a ‘DIY’ barbecue at the hotel, with a lively and friendly atmosphere. Ideal for those who want to enjoy all that Uluru has to offer. Features: 125 rooms • restaurant • bar • outdoor BBQ with live entertainment • swimming pool • free WiFi • resort shuttle • parking Accommodation: In standard rooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower and mini bar. Meals: Room only. Note: Minimum 2 night stay applies.

Premier Plus FREE nights 5 for 3: 01 Dec 16-31 Mar 17. FREE daily breakfast for two: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 3 nights. FREE airport transfers: From Ayers Rock airport.

Garden view room

Voyages Desert Garden HHHHPlus

Uluru

from

Voyages Sails in the Desert Longitude 131º HHHHH

£99per person per night

HHHHH

Uluru

from

£149per person per night

Surrounded by magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs, this lovely hotel is centrally placed for all resort facilities and only a short stroll to the numerous lookouts.

Named after the soaring white sails that crown its roof, this luxury hotel is five minutes walk from the resort centre. Enjoy beautifully appointed rooms and decor which focus on Aboriginal heritage and culture.

Features: 218 rooms • restaurant • cocktail bar • swimming pool • poolside barbecues • free WiFi • free resort shuttle • parking Accommodation: In standard rooms with air-conditioning, shower, mini bar and balcony or courtyard area. Upgrade options: deluxe rooms with a bath and safe • deluxe rock view rooms with private panoramic views of Uluru. Meals: Room only. Note: Minimum 2 night stay applies.

Features: 232 rooms • 3 restaurants • bar • swimming pool • tennis • art gallery • free WiFi • free resort shuttle • parking Accommodation: In superior rooms with air-conditioning, bath/ shower, mini bar and balcony or veranda. Upgrade options: terrace rooms • deluxe rock view suites. Meals: Room only. Note: Minimum 2 night stay applies.

Premier Plus FREE nights 5 for 3: 01 Dec 16-31 Mar 17. FREE daily breakfast for two: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 3 nights. FREE airport transfers: From Ayers Rock airport.

from

£895per person per night

This luxurious wilderness camp is set atop an isolated sand dune close to the border of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Dine out under the spectacular desert night sky and marvel at the fabulous views of the sun rising and setting over Uluru. Features: 15 luxury tents • dining room • bar • swimming pool • library • parking Accommodation: In luxury tents with air-conditioning, bath/ shower, mini bar, CD player, safe. Note: Min 2 night stay. Children under 9 years are not permitted.

All Inclusive Premier Plus FREE nights 5 for 3: 01 Dec 16-31 Mar 17. FREE daily breakfast for two: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 3 nights. FREE airport transfers: From Ayers Rock airport.

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Uluru

What’s included: all meals • selected range of premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages • an exceptional touring programme (please ask for details) • entrance tickets to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park • return 4WD Uluru airport transfers

Premier Plus Premium privileges: On selected dates if you stay 4 nights. Includes 15 minute scenic helicopter flight and private dinner.

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Enhance your Stay

Excursions perfectly enhance your holiday and offer excellent value. Prices are per person. More available.

A Town Like Alice from £59

30 Minute Balloon Flight from £168 plus AU$25 insurance fee payable locally

Palm Valley Safari from £95

Sights include the historic Telegraph Station and a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service to learn how this marvellous facility operates. Visit the School of the Air where you may be able to listen to the children take lessons over the air. At the Alice Springs Reptile Park you will see unique central Australian reptiles before finishing the day with panoramic views of Alice Springs and the ranges from the top of Anzac Hill. Available daily from Alice Springs.

Depart your hotel in the cool pre dawn darkness. Once floating gently in the air you will appreciate the vast remoteness of the Australian outback, whilst keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife, particularly big red kangaroos. After landing you will enjoy a champagne breakfast before you return to your hotel. Available daily from Alice Springs, or alternatively 60 minute flight also available. Please ask for details.

On this 4WD safari travel down the Finke River, one of the oldest watercourses in the world, into Palm Valley and see spectacular rock forms, white sands and an oasis of rock pools and palm trees. Visit the spectacular rock formation known as the Amphitheatre. On the return journey to Alice Springs watch the changing colours of the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges in the afternoon sunlight. Available daily from Alice Springs including lunch.

Sounds of Silence from £133 plus AU$25 National Park entry fee payable locally

Uluru Sunset & Barbecue from £122 plus AU$25 National Park entry fee payable locally

Uluru & Kata Tjuta helicopter Flight from £193

An unforgettable evening tour, which begins with an uninterrupted, 360º view of this vast landscape. Ahead of you is the fabled Uluru; behind you are the domes of Kata Tjuta and, possibly the most spectacular sunset you will ever see. After a gourmet barbecue buffet, enjoy stargazing as the resident astronomer takes you on an unforgettable tour of the southern night sky. Available daily from Uluru.

Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area and enjoy nibbles and a glass of wine as the sun sinks and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is famous. It is recommended that you photograph Uluru every 5 minutes to really capture the gradual colour changes of the rock. Travel then on to the exclusive venue for a BBQ dinner before returning back to your hotel. Available daily from Uluru.

Uluru Sunrise & Guided Base Walk from £86 plus AU$25 National Park entry fee payable locally

Uluru Sunrise & Kata Tjuta from £79 plus AU$25 National Park entry fee payable locally

Field of Light Pass from £48 plus AU$25 National Park entry fee payable locally

Watch the first rays of the sun rise above Uluru and then embark on a guided Mutitjulu Walk before visiting Kunyia Pit, a sacred site at Uluru. Next up is the Mala Walk, with a visit in to Kantju Gorge, followed by the Lungkata Walk and Mutitjulu Waterhole. Your guide will indicate the natural features of the landscape, Aboriginal rock art and relay traditional stories. Available daily from Uluru.

Rise early and travel to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku in Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight, then travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. Available daily from Uluru.

Transfer by coach to this incredible art installation by internationally aclaimed artist Bruno Munro. Enjoy a self-guided walk and see more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with frosted glass spheres that bloom as darkness falls over Australia’s spiritual heartland. Available daily from Uluru.

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Enjoy the spectacular sights within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park from a unique perspective. Board your helicopter for a 30 minute scenic flight around Uluru and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). On completion of the flight you will be returned to your accommodation. Available daily from Uluru.

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Uluru

Kata Tjuta

Uluru Highlights

Alice Springs & £239 Rock Escape

1 night from

Escorted coach tour

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon & £485 Uluru Explorer

3 nights from

Escorted coach tour

2 nights from

£499

Escorted coach tour

culture • guided tours • iconic natural attractions

stunning scenery • fascinating tours • wildlife

sacred sites • guided walks • mesmerising scenery

Uluru 1 night

Alice Springs 1 night ~ Uluru 2 nights

Uluru 2 nights

Day 1 Uluru: On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be transferred to the Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon travel around the base of Uluru to learn about the numerous sacred sites and geographical features to be found at Uluru. Continue by coach to the Kuniya Walk where you will be escorted to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the area, including native flora and the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru. Later visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, where you can learn more about Aboriginal culture. In the late afternoon travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area to witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and a complimentary glass of wine. After sunset you have the option to enjoy a barbecue dinner in a peaceful desert setting followed by a tour of the night sky (additional expense). Day 2 Uluru: Rise early this morning to travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring 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. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport where your tour concludes. Alternatively, extend your stay for an additional night at a supplement of £99 per person, which includes time at leisure to explore and an unforgettable Sounds of Silence dinner.

Day 1 Alice Springs: On arrival in Alice Springs you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon you will visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air. At the Alice Springs Reptile Park you will see unique central Australian reptiles, such as the Perentie Lizards and Thorny Devils. Finish the day with panoramic views of Alice Springs and the ranges from the top of Anzac Hill. Day 2 Alice Springs/Uluru: Travel south and visit a camel farm where there is time for a short camel ride (own expense). As your journey continues hear about the natural and geological history of the region as well as traditional Aboriginal customs and beliefs. Stop to view flat-topped Atila (Mt Conner) in the distance before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon travel to the base of Uluru where you will meet your indigenous guide for an exclusive walk. Later, you’ll head to the Uluru Sunset Viewing Area to absorb the enormity and beauty of your surroundings as the sun sets over the western horizon, a truly majestic sight. After sunset you have the option to enjoy a barbecue dinner in a peaceful desert setting followed by a tour of the night sky (additional expense). Day 3 Uluru/Kata Tjuta: An early start to watch the first rays of the sun rise and set the Red Centre alight. Afterwards travel by coach to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. Spend some time exploring the base of Walpa Gorge and follow the walking trail before returning to Ayers Rock Resort for an afternoon at leisure. Day 4 Uluru: Your tour concludes today with a transfer to the airport.

Day 1 Alice Springs/Uluru: Travel south from Alice Springs and visit a camel farm where you have the option of enjoying a camel ride (own expense). Continue by road and view Atila (Mt Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon travel around the base of Uluru and hear about the numerous sacred sites and features to be found at Uluru. Continue to Kuniya Walk and onwards to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole to view Aboriginal rock paintings. Later, visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to learn more about Aboriginal culture and see the amazing collection housed there. Finally, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area to absorb the enormity and beauty of your surroundings as you watch a breathtaking Red Centre sunset. Afterwards you have the option to enjoy a barbecue dinner in a peaceful desert setting followed by a tour of the night sky (additional expense). Day 2 Uluru/Kings Canyon/Uluru: Travel through sandhill country to Kings Canyon, stopping for breakfast along the way. Make the rocky climb to the rim of the canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park, then follow the rim of the canyon stopping to look down into the canyon gorge. Time permitting, you may wish to do the rim walk (takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is recommended for those with a good level of fitness). Alternatively, take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon creek bed. After lunch (own expense), return to Ayers Rock Resort. Day 3 Uluru: Rise early this morning to travel to watch the gorgeous sunrise at Uluru, then travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge, where you have time to explore. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport where your tour concludes.

What you need to know Departures: Daily. Accommodation: 3★ Outback Pioneer Hotel. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown for this AAT Kings tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes transfers from Ayers Rock airport, 1 night’s accommodation, sightseeing as outlined and services of driver guides (different vehicles and driver guides may be used each day to benefit from their combined experience). Higher grade accommodation is also available.

What you need to know Departures: Daily (Apr-Nov & Mar) and Mon, Thu & Sat (Dec-Feb). Accommodation: 3★ Alice Springs Hotel; 3★ Outback Pioneer Hotel, Uluru. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown for this AAT Kings tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes arrival and departure airport transfers, 3 nights accommodation, sightseeing as outlined and services of driver guides (different vehicles and driver guides may be used each day to benefit from their combined experience). Higher grade accommodation is also available.

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What you need to know Departures: Daily. Accommodation: 3★ Outback Pioneer Hotel. Meals: Room only. Breakfast included on day 2. Tour price: The price shown for this AAT Kings tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes pick up from Alice Springs, transfer to Ayers Rock Airport, 2 nights accommodation, sightseeing as outlined and services of driver guides (different vehicles and driver guides may be used each day to benefit from their combined experience). Higher grade accommodation is also available.

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Top End

Aboriginal Rock Art, Kakadu

Kakadu National Park

Mindil Beach, Darwin

Why visit the Top End? In stark contrast to the Red Centre, the Top End is an explosion of lush tropical greenery boasting a vast array of flora and fauna, unmatched wildlife viewing opportunities, ancient Aboriginal culture and a great outdoors experience like no other you have known!

Classic sights Darwin: As the tropical capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin is a small yet cosmopolitan city, which sits beside a large harbour, twice the size of Sydney’s. With a unique history, languid tropical climate and laid-back lifestyle, Darwin is one of Australia’s best kept secrets known for its markets, many festivals, beaches, eclectic cuisine and boisterous nightlife. Be sure to explore the gorgeous Esplanade that skirts the city centre for stunning harbour views; visit the Darwin Botanic Gardens or Bicentennial Park; don’t miss Aquascene where hundreds of fish come to shore at high tide to be fed by hand; or take a stroll around Mindil Beach Sunset Market, held every Thursday and Sunday night from late April to October. Katherine: This small, modern town is where the outback meets the tropics which has become a significant tourist destination due to the world-famous Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge). Katherine offers a wide range of accommodation, facilities and attractions, including museums, art galleries, quirky pubs and historic sites. Within easy reach are the Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, Katherine Hot Springs and Leliyn (Edith Falls). Nitmiluk: Just 19 miles from Katherine, the 13 gorges of Nitmiluk carved by the Katherine River are a visitor’s delight. Canoeing down the river beneath the towering orange walls provides the perfect way to appreciate the tranquil and impressive surroundings of the gorge.

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Kakadu National Park: This major tourist attraction with its dramatic landscape, ancient Aboriginal culture and abundant wildlife has to be seen to be believed. It’s where salt and freshwater crocodiles doze on the banks of the rivers and billabongs, rare birds hop from one lily pad to another, herons circle overhead and brolgas dance gracefully in intricate mating dances. Kakadu is also well-known for its rock art with Nourlangie Rock one of three internationally recognised sites which have been found in rocky outcrops where Aboriginal inhabitants sheltered for millennia.

Arnhem Land: One of the last pristine areas in the world, its small population is predominantly Aboriginal and its traditional culture remains largely intact. The scenery is beautiful and diverse, with rugged coastlines, remote islands, rivers teeming with fish, lush rainforest, towering escarpments and savannah woodland. There are also many areas of historical significance including the ruins of an early European colony at Victoria Settlement along with abundant wildlife including crocodiles, turtles and migratory birds. Tiwi Islands

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Tiwi Islands

Litchfield National Park: Situated 85 miles from Darwin, Litchfield National Park is 250 square miles of lush monsoon forest, waterfalls, termite mounds and unusual rock formations. Tiwi Islands: Take a short trip to the Tiwi Islands – Melville and Bathurst – to experience life in a modern-day Aboriginal community. Learn about their rich and fascinating history and take the opportunity to purchase unique arts and crafts. Tourism is restricted and the only way to visit is as part of an organised tour from Darwin.

Darwin Litchfield National Park

Gurig

Gurig National Park National Park

Bamurru

Arnhem Land

Gapuwiyak

Kakadu National Park Nitmiluk

Numbulwar

Katherine

Northern Territory Gregory National Park

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Travelodge Mirambeena Resort HHH

Darwin

from

£39per person per night

Perfectly positioned in the heart of Darwin’s CBD, close to great shopping and many major city attractions, including the Darwin Waterfront Precinct where you’ll find great dining and entertainment options. The hotel itself has a lovely outdoor pool along with a fitness room, while Treetops Restaurant is a great place to grab a bite to eat and drink in an idyllic setting. Guest rooms are welcoming and well-appointed so you are assured of a comfortable stay. Features: 224 rooms • restaurant • swimming pool • fitness centre Accommodation: In guest rooms with airconditioning, shower and safe. Meals: Room only.

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Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront HHHHPlus

Darwin

from

£49per person per night

Perfectly positioned amongst the entertainment and dining hub of Darwin’s seafront promenade, surrounded by great shopping, a range of pubs and nightclubs, as well as some of the most amazing restaurants and cafes in the Northern Territory. Fun for all ages can be found at Darwin wave pool which is located next door. The hotel’s own pool is also inviting and the well-appointed rooms are comfortable and welcoming. Features: 120 rooms • swimming pool • restaurant • bar • gym • parking Accommodation: In guest rooms with airconditioning, bath/shower, mini bar and safe. Upgrade options: deluxe view rooms with views of the waterfront and are recommended. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17. Maximum 2 free nights. FREE daily breakfast: 18 Nov-30 Dec 17 & 01 Jan-31 Mar 18 if you stay at least 2 nights.

Lagoon rooms

Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade HHHHPlus

Darwin

from

£46per person per night

This welcoming property is next to Darwin Entertainment Centre overlooking The Esplanade and within walking distance of the city centre and many historic attractions. Offering an excellent array of recreational facilities including the largest outdoor pool in Darwin, beautiful ocean views and comfortable guest rooms with modern amenities the DoubleTree is an ideal choice. Features: 197 rooms • restaurant • bar • large swimming pool • gym • parking Accommodation: In guest rooms with airconditioning, bath/shower and mini bar.

Upgrade options: Studio lofts which feature a bedroom and bathroom on the upper level and lounge below • one bedroom suites with a separate living area. Meals: Room only.

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SKYCITY Darwin HHHHH

Darwin

from

£59per person per night

Spectacularly set amongst tropical beachside gardens, this award-winning resort is fringed by the sparkling Arafura Sea and within moments of Darwin’s CBD. Perfect for unwinding with leisure choices in abundance, 24 hour entertainment as well as pools to relax by and a beach to laze on. Features: 120 rooms • 5 restaurants • 5 bars • casino • infinity edge swimming pool • lagoon pool • sauna • day spa • gym • tennis • 9 hole golf course next door • free WiFi • parking Accommodation: In deluxe king rooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower, mini bar, safe and balcony. Upgrade options: deluxe ocean view rooms • ground floor superior spa rooms • lagoon rooms • superior lagoon rooms. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17.

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Ibis Styles HHH

Katherine

from

£47per person per night

This comfortable hotel is located near Katherine town centre close to nearby attractions, including Nitmiluk Katherine Gorge, Cutta Cutta Caves, Mataranka Sprinks, Edith Falls and historic Springvale Homestead. The contemporary guest rooms provide a comfortable space for relaxation once you’ve explored the sights and the outdoor swimming pool is the perfect place for a refreshing dip. Features: 100 rooms • restaurant • swimming pool • tennis • free parking Accommodation: In standard rooms with airconditioning, shower, fridge and a balcony or terrace. Upgrade options: deluxe bunk rooms which are ideal for families. Meals: Continental breakfast.

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2: 19 Nov 16-31 Mar & 01 Nov-31 Dec 17. FREE upgrade to full daily breakfast: 01 Apr-09 Jul & 17 Jul-31 Oct 17 if you stay at least 2 nights. If you stay 3 nights also receive an upgrade to the next room category (subject to availability at time of booking).

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel HHH

Kakadu

from

£53per person per night

Situated in the township of Jabiru, this hotel offers the ideal base for exploring Kakadu National Park, including Ubirr, Cahills Crossing and Magella Creek. It’s also just minutes from Bowali Visitors Centre, a must-see for all visitors to the area. Spacious, light and airy guest rooms provide a cool, inviting space, perfect for unwinding in after a long day exploring the region. Features: 110 rooms • swimming pool • restaurant • parking Accommodation: In standard rooms with airconditioning, bath/shower and fridge. Upgrade options: superior rooms • courtyard superior rooms. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2: 16 Nov 16-31 Mar 17. FREE upgrade to next room category: 01 Apr 17-31 Mar 18 if you stay at least 3 nights (subject to availability at time of booking).

Enhance your Stay

Katherine Gorge & Edith Falls from £148 Travel south through tropical country, scenic cruise through Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Enjoy a passing former WWII airstrips. Make a short stop at the Adelaide River War brief tour of Katherine, the hub of the region’s cattle and farming industries. Cemetery, a site dedicated to those An evening stop is made at Adelaide killed in the air raids in Darwin in the River where you may purchase dinner 1940s. Continue to Edith Falls, where there is time for a refreshing swim in the (own expense) before returning to Darwin. Includes lunch. Available Tue, waterhole beneath the falls (conditions Thu and Sat from Darwin. permitting). Enjoy lunch and a 2 hour

Kakadu National Park from £148 plus AU$25 National Park entry fee payable locally colourful range of birdlife for which this Travel on the Arnhem Highway across region is renowned. Visit the Warradjan the Adelaide River and the Marrakai Aboriginal Cultural Centre and view Plains, home to a wide selection of the informative displays depicting the native wildlife. Stop at Nourlangie Rock traditions of the Aboriginal people in to view ancient Aboriginal rock art and after lunch join a local guide for a cruise Kakadu, before returning to Darwin. Available daily from Darwin. on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the

Litchfield National Park from £99 Leaving Darwin, travel via the township for an opportunity to swim. Visit Tolmer of Batchelor to Litchfield National Park. Falls for a magnificent view of the water Visiting the main falls of the park, you cascading down to the deep waterhole below, then venture to Wangi Falls where have the opportunity for scenic and you can swim in the large pool and climb interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walks. View Florence Falls from a steadily through the monsoon vine forest high vantage point before making your to the top of the falls. Available daily way down the stairs to the plunge pool from Darwin including a picnic lunch.

Darwin City Sights from £56 history and the bombing of Darwin. You’ll get the perfect introduction to There is also time to explore the Darwin’s history and landscape with visits to the Chinese Temple and a stroll museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory which showcases collections through the Botanic Gardens. Enjoy a encompassing Aboriginal art and tour of the city’s historic sites including the East Point Military Precinct, Mooring Northern Territory history. Available daily Apr-Oct and Wed/Fri & Sun Basin, the Stokes Hill Wharf area and between Nov-Mar. gain insights into Australia’s WWII

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Mary River plains

Kakadu

Katherine Gorge

Kakadu & Litchfield 2 nights from Kakadu & £459 Katherine Gorge National Parks

Kakadu’s Ancient £499 Secrets

2 nights from

4 nights from

£1750

Escorted coach tour

Escorted coach tour

wonderful wildlife • Arnhem Land • scenic parks

crocodiles • ancient rock art • scenic cruise

off the beaten track • swim in natural pools • wildlife

Kakadu 1 night ~ Darwin 1 night

Kakadu 1 night ~ Darwin 1 night

Mary River 1 night ~ Kakadu 1 night ~ Katerine 2 nights

Day 1 Darwin/Kakadu: Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway into Kakadu National Park. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu, then join your guide on a cruise of the fabled Yellow Water Billabong to search for saltwater crocodiles and colourful birdlife for which the region is renowned. After lunch, stop at Nourlangie for a guided walk to view rock art. Day 2 Kakadu/Darwin: This morning you’ll head off with your guide to explore the World Heritage Area of Ubirr, climbing up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries 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, 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. Day 3 Darwin: Follow the Stuart Highway to Litchfield National Park where you will view Florence Falls before making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below for a swim. Continue to Tolmer Falls and onwards to Wangi Falls for another chance to swim in the crystal-clear pool and an optional steady climb through the rainforest to the top of the falls. Tour ends early evening in Darwin.

Day 1 Darwin/Kakadu: Departing Darwin early this morning you will join the famous Jumping Crocodile Cruise, where your local guide will entice crocodiles to leap from the water. After lunch in Kakadu National Park you will see displays of flora and fauna at the Bowali Visitor Centre. Enjoy a guided walk to view ancient rock art and then onwards to the top of Ubirr for great views. Day 2 Kakadu/Katherine: View ancient Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock before continuing to the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view informative displays and exhibits. This is followed by a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong to observe saltwater crocodiles and the colourful diversity of birdlife for which this region is renowned. Travel to Katherine this afternoon, the third largest town in the Northern Territory, often described as the place ‘where the outback meets the tropics’. Day 3 Katherine/Darwin: Enjoy an early morning cruise through Katherine Gorge, watching for crocodiles basking in the sun. Afterwards proceed to the informative Nitmiluk Visitor Centre for breakfast and an opportunity to look around before continuing to Leliyn (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). Visit the Adelaide River War Cemetery before returning to Darwin.

Day 1 Darwin/Mary River: Morning departure by luxury 4WD vehicle across the Finniss River to Litchfield National Park where you’ll enjoy a swim at tumbling Florence Falls and also visit Wangi Falls. You’ll then travel cross-country via the unsealed Marraki Track (seasonally accessible) through cattle stations and back country to the Mary River region, renowned for its incredible wildlife. Day 2 Mary River/Kakadu: Wake to the evocative sounds of the floodplains and then head out to Corroboree Billabong for a wonderful wildlife cruise, keeping your eyes peeled for estuarine crocodiles and a myriad of bird species. Next stop is Kakadu, where you’ll visit Bowali Visitors Centre and then later join your guide on a sunset walk at Ubirr rock art site. Day 3 Kakadu/Katherine: Optional early morning scenic flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land (additional expense) before visiting Nourlangie to see its fascinating rock art. Later you’ll veer off the sealed road and onto a gravel track for a scenic cross-country journey to Gunlom Falls where there’s time to hike to the top of the falls for a splash in the picturesque natural plunge pool. Take in the beauty of the area over a picnic lunch before you continue through Katherine to Nitmiluk National Park. Day 4 Katherine: Hear stores of growing up in the bush and learn the fine art of rarrk painting before you journey to Mataranka for a swim in the relaxing natural spring fed thermal pool. This evening, relax during a dinner cruise along Katherine River, to marvel at the gorges while spotting wildlife and learning about the history and culture of the Jawoyn people. Day 5 Katherine/Darwin: This morning you can grab a canoe for paddle on the river (seasonal) if you wish before departing along the Stuart Highway. Stop at Edith Falls along they way for a relaxing dip and then continue to Adelaide River War Cemetery. The tour concludes on arrival in Darwin.

What you need to know Departures: Daily (Apr-Nov); Mon, Wed, Thu & Sun (Dec-Mar). Accommodation: 3H Aurora Kakadu; 3H Travelodge Mirambeena Resort, Darwin. Meals: Lunch. Tour price: The price shown for this AAT Kings tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes accommodation as stated, sightseeing as outlined and services of driver guides (different vehicles and driver guides may be used each day to benefit from their combined experience).

What you need to know Departures: Tue & Sat (May-Oct); Mon, Thu & Sat (Green season Apr & Nov); Mon & Thu (Green season Dec-Mar) Accommodation: 3H Mercure Kakadu Crocodile; 3H Ibis Styles, Katherine. Meals: Lunch on days 1 & 2. Breakfast on day 3. Tour price: The price shown for this AAT Kings tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes accommodation as stated, sightseeing as outlined and services of driver guides (different vehicles and driver guides may be used each day to benefit from their combined experience). Green season itinerary departs Darwin at 6.30am and returns to Darwin for one night with day excursion to Katherine Gorge. (Order of itinerary varies with day of week).

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Escorted small group tour

What you need to know Departures: On selected dates. Please ask for details. Accommodation: 4HPLUS Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Mary River; 3HPLUS Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Kakadu; 4HPLUS Hotel Cicada Lodge, Katherine. Meals: Full board (except day 4 which is half board). Tour price: The price shown for this AAT Kings small group tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes accommodation as stated, sightseeing as outlined and services of driver guides (different vehicles and driver guides may be used each day to benefit from their combined experience).

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South Australia

Barossa Valley

Australia as you imagined it! One of the hottest and driest regions boasts miles of deserted sandy beaches and an abundance of wildlife, whilst just out back is the awesome, timeless outback where the bright red earth dotted with vivid wild flowers shimmers under huge blue skies. And at its heart is the festival capital, Adelaide, where the people are warm and friendly and the wine flows freely!

Why visit South Australia? Home to long summers, stunning beaches, awardwinning wine and numerous events and festivals, South Australia is packed with variety and surprisingly one of the country’s most unspoiled and tourist-light areas.

The Murray River winds through South Australia on its way to meet the sea, and the state’s 2,300 mile long beautiful coastline is punctuated by towns, beaches, cliffs and jetties.

Arty Adelaide, the magnificent state capital, has an almost European flavour and is renowned for its festivals, museums and live music scenes. In the surrounding area you’ll find the Adelaide Hills and the wine regions of McLaren Vale, Clare and Barossa Valleys.

Just off the south eastern coast is Kangaroo Island, famous for its natural scenery and native wildlife, while north is the beautiful outback region and its must-see attraction, Flinders Ranges National Park.

South Australia Coober Pedy

Lake Eyre National Park

Yumbarra Flinders Ranges National Park Conservation Park Port Augusta Eyre Peninsula

Murray River

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Getting there: Adelaide is approximately 21 hours from the UK (including a stopover) Best time to go: South Australia has a Mediterranean climate with long summers (December-February) and mild winters. Summer temperatures often soar above 35ºC (however in the outback it can reach 50ºC!), while winter temperatures hover around 16ºC.

Clare Valley

Yorke Peninsula Kangaroo Island

Barossa Valley Adelaide

Robe

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Adelaide

Classic sights Adelaide: South Australia’s elegant and cultured capital is also Australia’s food and wine capital, thanks to its fusion of worldwide cuisines and delectable local wines. Thoughtfully designed, the city centre is surrounded by parklands, historic buildings, wide streets, cafes and restaurants, with rolling hills to the east and beaches to the west. Begin your explorations with the colonial buildings that house galleries and museums along North Terrace, Adelaide’s cultural boulevard, then walk through the grand Railway Station to see Parliament and Government House. When you feel the need for some retail therapy, head for the Rundle Mall, cosmopolitan Norwood Parade, or tour fabulous Central Market. If it’s tranquillity you seek, look no further than the fascinating Botanic Gardens and its art-deco Palm House; or take a tour of the nearby Adelaide Oval, one of Australia’s premier sporting arenas. Why not cycle alongside the Torrens River in Elder Park or jump on a tram to the seaside town of Glenelg where you can laze on the sands or indulge at one of the many restaurants. After dark, Adelaide comes alive with a terrific choice of places to eat along with live music, pubs and clubs, from warm and cosy to chic and sophisticated.

Flinders Ranges & Outback: Few places in the world are as inspiring as the Flinders Ranges and the outback. Its beauty is awesome with Wilpena Pound - a giant stone amphitheatre - its most spectacular feature. The only way in is on foot and it’s a six hour return hike up to St Mary’s Peak at 3,758 feet, but worth the effort for the amazing vistas. Venture further into the outback to Coober Pedy, where you’ll find the world’s largest opal fields, although you’ll be lucky to find one personally. Barossa Valley: This is Australia’s most famous wine region with a green landscape of vines stretching as far as the eye can see. All the major wine brands are here and most offer tours and more importantly, wine tasting! Take a winery tour by limo, so that you can savour the delights of the region without worrying about driving back to your hotel. Kangaroo Island: Australia’s third largest island and just 50 minutes by ferry from the mainland (make sure you book well in advance), is home to a host of unspoilt natural wonders with seals basking on the beaches, koalas gorging on gum trees and kangaroos, wallabies and penguins everywhere you look. The scenery is equally spectacular, from surfpounded cliffs to becalmed coves, from sweeping sands to secret rocky inlets, in particular the granite boulders of Remarkable Rocks are a sight to behold.

Port Wilunga

Explore more… Murray River: From its source in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales the Murray flows 1,500 miles through three states. Nothing quite compares to messing about on a houseboat, as you ply the waters admiring deep limestone canyons and wildlife in the wetlands. Clare Valley: Beyond Barossa lies the Clare Valley wine region, a major Riesling producing area. Many of the wineries are appearing on the best wine lists. Yorke Peninsula: Situated just over an hour’s drive from Adelaide, the Yorke Peninsula is popular for its seaside towns and the historic, inland mining towns. Eyre Peninsula: The eastern side of this peninsula has calm beaches and warm waters while the west coast has spectacular cliffs, long white sandy beaches and brilliant blue water. Fleurieu Peninsula: Home to South Australia’s most popular seaside town, bustling Victor Harbor. Coorong: Leaving the Fleurieu Peninsula behind, drive along the coast through the thin sliver of land which is the Coorong. A landscape of sand dunes, chains of salt water lagoons and deep blue ocean. Limestone Coast: The Limestone Coast heads south from the Coorong at the Murray River mouth and east to the Glenelg River. It’s a treasure trove of natural wonders, including the Naracoorte Caves, South Australia’s only World Heritage Listed Site.

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Standard room

Mercure Grosvenor HHH

Adelaide

from

£58per person per night

Built in 1918 on the site of the famous Federal Coffee Palace, this historic hotel is superbly located in the heart of the cultural boulevard of North Terrace, just moments from the Rundle Mall shopping complex. Amidst classic contemporary interiors, the modern rooms feature comfortable furnishings while the hotel’s Federal Restaurant and Bar showcases some of the best food and wine in South Australia. Features: 181 rooms • restaurant and bar • gym • parking Accommodation: In standard rooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower and mini bar. Upgrade options: superior rooms. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2: 01 Nov 16-23 Feb, 26 Feb-09 Oct & 11 Dec 17-31 Jan 18. Maximum 1 free night.

Grand Chancellor on Hindley HHHH

Adelaide

from

£66per person per night

This welcoming hotel is conveniently situated in the city centre, a short stroll from the Central Business District, Rundle Mall and numerous restaurants and bars. Rooms feature contemporary furnishings, tasteful colours and soft fabrics, leisure facilities include an outdoor pool and Bistro Sixty5 is a bustling place to dine.

Features: 208 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • gym • sauna • free WiFi • parking Accommodation: In deluxe rooms with airconditioning, bath/shower and mini bar.

Upgrade options: executive rooms which are located on the top floors and feature picturesque views of Adelaide • one bedroom suites which offer a separate open-plan lounge with kitchenette. Meals: Room only.

Guest room

Stamford Plaza HHHHPlus

Adelaide

from

£74per person per night

Adelaide Hilton HHHHH

Adelaide

from

£69per person per night

Superbly situated in the heart of the city on Adelaide’s key cultural boulevard, North Terrace, just 20 minutes from the beachside suburb of Glenelg. The hotel sits opposite Adelaide Casino and the Parliament House, and is within walking distance to the Festival Centre, River Torrens, Adelaide’s historic parklands and boutique shopping. There’s an outdoor rooftop pool to relax by when you’ve explored the city and a choice of restaurants should you not have the energy to wander far as night falls.

Ideally located overlooking Victoria Square in the heart of the city’s entertainment, shopping and dining areas. The Central Market, Chinatown and Gouger Street Adelaide’s most vibrant dining destination - are just minutes from the hotel. Catch a tram from outside the hotel to seaside Glenelg, or simply relax and recharge with the excellent leisure facilities, spacious rooms and delicious food at The Brasserie.

Features: 334 rooms • 3 restaurants • 2 bars • swimming pool • fitness centre • parking Accommodation: In premier city view rooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower, mini bar and safe

Features: 374 rooms • 2 restaurants and bars • swimming pool • sauna • gym • tennis • jogging trail • parking Accommodation: In guest rooms with airconditioning, bath/shower and mini bar.

Upgrade options: premier park view rooms Meals: Room only.

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Upgrade options: deluxe rooms which are on the higher floors and feature a separate seating area • deluxe plus rooms • executive rooms which offer access to an executive lounge with free continental breakfast and refreshments. Meals: Room only.

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The Louise HHHHH

Barossa

from

£192per person per night

Food, wine, luxury accommodation and a genuine welcome await you at The Louise Barossa Valley. Ideally situated in the heart of the legendary Barossa wine county, The Louise offers understated elegance, contemporary design and exquisite surroundings. Each suite is created to cocoon and pamper, while Apellation at The Louise is recognised as a world class destination for dining, with food that unashamedly reflects the local growing seasons. Features: 15 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • jacuzzi • sauna • parking Accommodation: In vineyard suites with airconditioning, separate spa bath and shower, iPod dock, mini bar and terrace.

Upgrade options: Stonewell suites which also feature a private outdoor rain shower • one and two bedroom Seppeltsfield suites which feature a separate lounge Meals: Continental breakfast.

Southern Ocean Lodge HHHHH

Kangaroo Island

from

£737per person per night

Floating atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, Southern Ocean Lodge commands peerless views of the wild Southern Ocean and pristine Kangaroo Island wilderness. This is an idyllic sanctuary of refined comfort. Features: 21 suites • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • spa Accommodation: In Flinders suites with airconditioning, bath and separate shower, mini bar, safe and balcony. Upgrade options: ocean retreats • Remarkable suites • osprey pavilions Note: Minimum 2 night stay required.

All Inclusive What’s included: All dining • open bar (excluding ‘Southern Selection’ Cellarmasters list) with premium wines and spirits • signature experiences • Island airport transfers connecting with scheduled flights to/from Kingscote Airport (Kangaroo Island).

Premier Plus FREE nights 6 for 5: 01 Nov-18 Dec 16, 09 Jan-17 Dec 17 & 14 Jan-31 Mar 18. Maximum 1 free night. AU$50 Southern Spa voucher or Bespoke Experience voucher (per suite): On selected dates Nov 16-Mar 18 if you stay at least 3 nights.

Standard room

Rawnsley Homestead HHHPlus

Flinders

from

£59per person per night

Owned and managed by fourth generation locals, Rawnsley Homestead offers a true Outback experience, complete with stunning sunsets, breathtaking scenery and welcoming, country hospitality. Dine inside The Woolshed Restaurant, which offers regionally-inspired cuisine, or on the deck overlooking Rawnsley Bluff. There is accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets from self-contained holiday units to luxury eco villas set in a secluded spot with breathtaking views. Rawnsley Homestead also offers a range of unique tours and activities from 4WD tours to guided bush walks and mountain bike trails. Features: 27 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • parking Accommodation: In one bedroom holiday units which are set at the foot of Rawnsley Bluff and offer air-conditioning, bath and separate shower with fully-equipped kitchen.

Upgrade options: two bedroom holiday units • one and two bedroom luxury eco villas which are just five minutes from Rawnsley Homestead reception with uninterrupted views of Wilpena Pound and the surrounding ranges • Arkapena homesteads Meals: Continental breakfast.

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Best Western Melaleuca Motel & from £59per person per night Apartments HHH Robe This basic, yet comfortable, motel is located in historic Smillie Street within the quiet historic township of Robe, with easy access to all sporting facilities, beaches, restaurants and shops. Rooms are simply furnished and spotlessly clean and provide a microwave and fridge for your convenience. It’s a great value place to stay if you want to explore the various attractions in the area, including Mt Benson Wine Area, Lake Fellmongery, Long Beach and Little Dip Conservation Park. Features: 17 rooms • DVD library • use of guest BBQ and lawn area • free WIFI • parking Accommodation: In standard rooms with shower, DVD, microwave and fridge.

Upgrade options: deluxe rooms Meals: Room only.

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Adelaide Hills

Enhance your Stay

Excursions perfectly enhance your holiday and offer excellent value. Prices are per person. More available.

Adelaide City Highlights from £42

Barossa & Hahndorf Highlights from £82

Adelaide Hills & Hahndorf from £46

Begin with a drive past the cultural precinct - North Terrace, the National Wine Centre, Adelaide Botanic Gardens and beautiful Botanic Park, home to the Bicentennial Conservatory and Adelaide Zoo. Drive through historic North Adelaide then visit iconic St Peter’s Cathedral or the Adelaide Oval. Continue to Haigh’s Chocolates Visitor Centre for a tour and tastings (except Sundays & public holidays when a visit is made to National Wine Centre) before returning to the city. Available daily from Adelaide.

Travel to the world renowned Barossa wine region and stop at the Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre. Continue to Mengler Hill Lookout for sweeping views and then onto Saltram Wine Estate at Angaston for further tastings. After lunch (included) travel to the picturesque Adelaide Hills. On arrival into Hahndorf (Adelaide’s oldest German settlement), choose wine tastings at the boutique RockBare Cellar Door or free time to explore Hahndorf’s main street. Available Monday, Tuesday & Friday from Adelaide.

Depart for an afternoon tour of the Adelaide Hills. Drive down North Terrace, Adelaide’s cultural precinct, en route to Mount Lofty Summit, Adelaide’s highest peak. Wind your way through the villages of Crafers, Stirling, Aldgate and Bridgewater before reaching Hahndorf. Explore the main street, sample local produce, and check out the local arts and crafts before enjoying afternoon tea or a traditional German beer tasting. Available daily from Adelaide.

Kangaroo Island Highlights from £174

Swim or Cruise with Dolphins from £63

McLaren Vale Cheese & Wine Trail from £199

Begin with a ferry crossing to Kangaroo Island. On arrival travel to Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided walk on the beach among a colony of rare sea lions. After lunch visit Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary to walk among the eucalyptus trees seeking koalas. Later visit Flinders Chase National Park, home to native Australian animals. The tour of the park will take you to the rugged southern coastline for a walk on Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch. Return to Adelaide. Available daily from Adelaide.

On this half day tour spend a morning cruising on ‘Temptation’, for the opportunity to view or swim with Adelaide’s wild dolphins. Temptation has a 100% success rate of seeing dolphins on this cruise. Watch as they swim with the boat, just out of reaching distance. If you choose to swim with the dolphins you may be in and out of the water 3 to 4 times with different dolphins. Return to shore just before midday. Available daily from Adelaide. Transfers are not included.

On this personalised full day guided tour travel via the coastal route to the Fleurieu Peninsula, then drive down the beautiful mid-south coast to McLaren Vale. The cellar door experience includes a selection of gourmet sensations with mouth-watering cheeses that have been superbly matched to the locally crafted wines. Stop for a light lunch in McLaren Vale before indulging in more cheese and wine destinations. Available daily from Adelaide.

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McLaren Vale

Remarkable Rocks

Best of Kangaroo Island

Apollo Bay 4 nights from

Kangaroo Island 2 nights from Great Ocean Road £369 Luxury £1749 Adelaide to Melbourne£329

1 night from

Escorted coach tour

Independent tour

Self-drive tour

fascinating wildlife • amazing landscape • national park

superb scenery • unique wildlife • luxury lodge

wine region • quaint towns • captivating coastline

Kangaroo Island 1 night

Kangaroo Island 2 nights

Robe 1 night ~ Warrnambool 2 nights ~ Apollo Bay 1 night ~

Day 1 Adelaide/Kangaroo Island: Early morning departure through the south coast to Cape Jervis for the 45 minute cruise to Kangaroo Island. Visit Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery where you will listen to an introductive talk about the history of the oil distillery and take a guided tour. Finish off with some free time in their souvenir shop where you will find an assortment of Eucalyptus products. Continue onto Vivonne Bay Bistro for a delicious lunch before you travel to Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. Here you can get up close with koalas, see penguins swim and play, hand feed kangaroos and wallabies, learn about endangered species, interact with snakes, crocodiles and reptiles and experience Kangaroo Island Wildlife at your fingertips! Day 2 Kangaroo Island/Adelaide: Depart by coach for Clifford’s Honey Farm where you’ll enjoy an informative talk by the beekeeper. There will also be an opportunity to sample homemade honey ice-cream and honey beauty products. After lunch at Hanson Bay Visitor Centre look for koalas nestled in eucalyptus and see an abundance of native birdlife in the wildlife sanctuary. Continue to Flinders Chase National Park, one of Australia’s largest and earliest conservation parks, home to unique trees, plants and coastal scenery. You will be taken to the rugged southern coastline for a walk on Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch boardwalk, which takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal a natural nursery and safe haven for playful New Zealand fur seals. Return to Adelaide.

Day 1 Adelaide/Kangaroo Island: Morning flight to Kangaroo Island. On arrival transfer to Southern Ocean Lodge and enjoy time at leisure or join some of the signature lodge experiences. Day 2 Kangaroo Island: At leisure to explore independently or simply relax. Perhaps treat yourself to a pampering treatment at the spa; enjoy a scenic walk along the cliff path for a bird’s eye view of the thundering waves; perhaps hire a mountain bike to explore further afield. Alternatively you may like to join an optional full day Southern Highlights tour (additional expense). Morning highlights of this optional tour include kangaroo viewing in their natural habitat, Flinders Chase National Park, Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. You’ll also hopefully catch a glimpse of fur seals before enjoying a gourmet style lunch in a bush setting. This afternoon visit Seal Bay for a guided beach walk to see Australian sea lions and koalas in the wild before returning to Southern Ocean Lodge late afternoon. Day 3 Kangaroo Island/Adelaide: Return flight back to Adelaide where your tour concludes.

Day 1 Adelaide/Robe: Depart Adelaide and stop at McLaren Vale, one of South Australia’s wine regions to sample some of the wines. Continue through Coorong National Park which has sand dunes, lagoons and wetlands plus a great variety of birds, animals and fish, before reaching the pretty seaside town of Robe (approx. 41/2 hours). Day 2 Robe/Warrnambool: Take a scenic walk around the town, marina and out to the lighthouse. Continue slightly inland through Mt Gambier, then head back to the coast and through quaint Port Fairy before reaching bustling Warrnambool (approx. 41/2 hours). Day 3 Warrnambool: Day at leisure to explore Warrnambool or take a tour to Halls Gap on the edge of the Grampians National Park Day 4 Warrnambool/Apollo Bay: Depart for a full day along the ‘Great Ocean Road’ viewing the famous Twelve Apostles. Up to 140 feet high these giant rock stacks are a spectacular sight! Continue through the national park to Port Campbell and via Cape Otway to Apollo Bay. Look out for koalas sleeping in the trees overhead, and stop en route at Cape Otway lighthouse for spectacular sea views. From here the road hugs the coast through to Apollo Bay (approx. 3 hours) Day 5 Apollo Bay/Melbourne: Depart for Lorne, a popular resort with great beaches and bush walks. Travel further north through the surfing town of Torquay, and then Geelong with its botanical gardens, museums and waterfront area. Continue to Melbourne and return your car (approx. 3 hours).

What you need to know Departures: Daily. Accommodation: 3H Kangaroo Island Seafront Hotel. Meals: Breakfast on day 2. Lunch on days 1 and 2. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return ferry from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island, accommodation as stated, services of the coach captain and entrance fees. Other hotels and flight options available.

Southern Ocean Lodge HHHHH Australia’s first true luxury lodge offers a unique and exclusive travel experience on Kangaroo Island. Floating atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, the lodge commands peerless views of the wild Southern Ocean and pristine Kangaroo Island wilderness. Intimate and sophisticated, Southern Ocean Lodge is a sanctuary of refined comfort.

What you need to know Departures: Daily. Accommodation: 5H Southern Ocean Lodge Meals: Full board at Southern Ocean Lodge. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return flights from Adelaide, return transfers on Kangaroo Island, two nights in a Flinders suite at Southern Ocean Lodge, meals, all National Park entry fees and special permits.

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What you need to know Departures: Daily. Accommodation: Room only. Accommodation: 3H Best Western Meleuca Motel & Apartments Robe; 4H Quality Suites Deep Blue Warrnambool; 4H Comfort Inn the International, Apollo Bay. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 5 days group H car hire and accommodation as stated.

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Murray River

PS Murray Princess

Murray River

Flinders Ranges 3 nights from

River Cruise

£595

Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island

Wine & Outback Experience

6 nights from

Great Ocean Road & £1525 £327 Kangaroo Island Escape

4 nights from

Self-drive tour

Escorted coach tour

leisurely cruise • wildlife • riverside scenery

wine region • mountain views • outback activities

picturesque scenery • wildlife • wine region

PS Murray Princess 3 nights

Clare Valley 2 nights ~ Flinders Ranges 2 nights

Warrnambool 1 night ~ Naracoorte 1 night ~ Kangaroo Island 2 nights ~ Adelaide 2 nights

Day 1 Mannum/Mundarra: Early afternoon departure from Mannum. Head down river while enjoying pre-dinner drinks and a welcome dinner. As you cruise under floodlight to Mundarra you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for grey kangaroos, hair-nosed wombats, Murray longnecked tortoises, spoon-beaked egrets and many other species. Day 2 Mundarra/Craignook: In 1879 the first bridge to span the Murray River was built at Edwards Crossing, which quickly became the bustling township of Murray Bridge. After a hearty breakfast, join a guided tour of the town’s historic landmarks and local attractions. This afternoon journey upriver to tonight’s mooring at Craignook. Day 3 Craignook/Piggy Flat: All ashore for the guided nature walk. You will then depart for the big river gorges and 90 metre cliffs of the upper river before turning and heading downriver to Piggy Flat where your discovery vessel awaits for a backwater wildlife tour, exploring the maze of backwaters, creeks and lagoons. Watch for darters, herons and egrets feeding along the river’s muddy edges. This evening join the captain and officers for pre-dinner drinks and the final Captain’s dinner and dance. Day 4 Piggy Flat/Mannum: After breakfast, PS Murray Princess arrives at Mannum.

Day 1 Adelaide/Clare Valley: Depart Adelaide travelling north into the Clare Valley, with over 40 cellar doors to explore and sample along the way (approx. 2 hours). Day 2 Clare Valley: A day at leisure to further explore this stunning wine region that has been producing wine since 1851. Known best for its Rieslings and boutique cellars, there are also micro-breweries. Why not hire a bike and take ‘The Riesling Trail’ or stop at a cellar or pub offering locally produced food. Alternatively try your hand at a game of golf at a nearby 18 hole course. Day 3 Clare Valley/Flinders Ranges: Leaving the Clare Valley drive through the outback to the Flinders Ranges taking in the spectacular views of Wilpena Pound and the surrounding ranges. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the surrounding national park (approx. 4 hours). Day 4 Flinders Ranges: Day at leisure. Choose from an array of activities offered by the resort to fully see and experience the outback, such as guided walks, 4WD tours of the Flinders Ranges or Wilpena Pound, balloon flights or Station Tours which include the water run and mustering sheep. Alternatively, take a trip to the scenic gorge of Brachina, a refuge for the endangered yellowfooted rock wallaby, as well as birds and other animals. Return via Parachilna and visit the Prairie Hotel, one of Australia’s iconic outback pubs, then on through the historic town of Blinman. Day 5 Flinders Ranges/Adelaide: After breakfast leave the Flinders Ranges and head south to Port Augusta. Maybe visit the harbour, the School of the Air or the Flying Doctors before continuing on to Adelaide. (approx. 41/2 hours).

Premier Plus 10% cruise discount if you book at least 60 days in advance.

What you need to know Departures: Friday. Accommodation: Inside cabin PS Murray Princess Upgrades: Cabin upgrades are available. Meals: Full board. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 3 nights in an inside cabin on PS Murray Princess and use of on board facilities. Itinerary is subject to change due to weather, water levels and other operational requirements. Complimentary return shuttle transfers from the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide, are available on request.

What you need to know Departures: Daily Accommodation: 4H Clare Country Club; 3H Rawnsley Park Station. Meals: Room only. Continental breakfast included on days 4 & 5. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 5 days group H car hire and accommodation as stated.

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Day 1 Melbourne/Warrnambool: Depart Melbourne this morning for one of the world’s great road trips - the Great Ocean Road! Visit the quaint seaside towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay before you see the amazing Twelve Apostles towering above the Southern Ocean. Later visit Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge. Day 2 Warrnambool/Naracoorte: This morning visit Worn Gundidj at Tower Hill State Game Reserve for an insight into Aboriginal culture. Continue onto Mt. Gambier to visit the mysterious Blue Lake and then travel on to the world renowned Coonawarra wine region, stopping at Brand’s Laira vineyard for a wine tasting. Day 3 Naracoorte/Kangaroo Island: Journey to Fleurieu Peninsula and visit the seaside town of Victor Harbor. This afternoon board a ferry at Cape Jervis for Kangaroo Island. On arrival visit South Australia’s only boutique distillery before visiting Kingscote. Day 4 Kangaroo Island: Today’s explorations include Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch in Flinders Chase. Later, visit Andermel Marron Farm where you’ll indulge in some marron (crayfish) for lunch. Afterwards, join a ranger at Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided walk among a colony of sea lions. Day 5 Kangaroo Island/Adelaide: This morning travel by ferry back to the mainland and travel to Adelaide. On arrival enjoy a city tour and then the afternoon is free for you to explore Adelaide. Day 6 Adelaide: The rolling Adelaide Hills and Barossa await you today. First stop is picturesque Hahndorf where you can enjoy a wine tasting overlooking the stunning vineyards before continuing to the Barossa. Lunch is at The Company Kitchen, who believe in locally produced South Australian food and that a food experience is to be savoured and enjoyed. Travel back to Adelaide through the Barossa’s rolling hills and this evening join your travel director and new-found friends for a farewell dinner. Day 7 Adelaide: Your tour concludes after breakfast.

What you need to know Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details. Accommodation: In 3H hotels. Meals: Breakfast. Lunch also included on days 4 & 6. Dinner also included on days 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6. Tour price: The price shown for this AAT Kings First Choice tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 3HPLUS accommodation, return ferry travel to Kangaroo Island, sightseeing as outlined and services of an AAT Kings travel director. AAT Kings First Choice tours include premium accommodation in central locations, a variety of meals plus unique dining experiences and sightseeing.

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Jacobs Creek, Barossa Valley

Loch Ard Gorge

Tastes of Southern Australia

Escorted coach tour

Canberra Parliament Building

Seal Bay Conservation Park

10 nights from

£2375

glorious scenery of the Great Ocean Road • Kangaroo Island wildlife • delicious food & wine Canberra 1 night ~ Beechworth 1 night ~ Melbourne 2 nights ~ Warrnambool 1 night ~ Naracoorte 1 night ~ Kangaroo Island 2 nights ~ Adelaide 2 nights Day 1 Sydney/Canberra: This morning begin your journey to Canberra via the Southern Highlands. Stop at historic Berrima, famous for its gaol and early colonial architecture then visit Gold Creek Station and meet local sheep farmer, Craig Starr. Get a taste of life on the farm before a good Aussie BBQ lunch. Your destination is the country’s capital where you’ll enjoy a tour through Parliament House with a local guide. Later visit the Australian War Memorial and stay to hear the evocative Last Post. Day 2 Canberra/Beechworth: Visit the summit of Mt Ainslie to take in views of Canberra and the surrounding ranges. Journey over the mighty Murray River into Victoria taking the scenic route to historic Beechworth, Victoria’s best preserved gold rush town. The region offers plenty of great photo opportunities, with towering winter snow-capped mountains, tree-covered ranges, magical lakes, wild rivers and tranquil rural farmlands. Get to know Beechworth with a tour and enjoy some free time to explore the antique shops, galleries and the museum. Day 3 Beechworth/Melbourne: Travel through Glenrowan and Ned Kelly country to culturally diverse and cosmopolitan Melbourne for a sightseeing tour including a private walk through Melbourne’s famous hidden laneways. Day 4 Melbourne: Today Melbourne is all yours to explore! Choose from a selection of Included sightseeing experiences, including the Eureka Skydeck for fantastic views of Melbourne; 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; or a guided walk through Melbourne’s hidden laneways and arcades.

Day 5 Melbourne/Warrnambool: Today you’ll enjoy one of the world’s great road trips – the Great Ocean Road! Visit the quaint seaside towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay and the amazing Twelve Apostles. Later visit Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge. Day 6 Warrnambool/Naracoorte: This morning visit Worn Gundidj at Tower Hill State Game Reserve for an insight into Aboriginal culture. Continue onto Mt Gambier to visit the mysterious Blue Lake and then travel on to the world renowned Coonawarra wine region, stopping at Brand’s Laira vineyard for a wine tasting. Afterwards you’ll continue to Naracoorte. Day 7 Naracoorte/Kangaroo Island: Journey to Fleurieu Peninsula and visit the seaside town of Victor Harbor. This afternoon board a ferry at Cape Jervis, bound for Kangaroo Island, famous for its unspoiled natural beauty and fresh local produce. Kick off your island adventure with a visit to South Australia’s only boutique distillery to taste a selection of their handcrafted premium spirits. Finish up with a short journey to Kingscote. Day 8 Kangaroo Island: Today visit spectacular Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch in Flinders Chase National Park and enjoy the stunning coastal scenery, where you may even spot koalas, wallabies and kangaroos. Later visit Andermel Marron Farm for an experience that captures much that is very special about the island. You’ll see the Marron (freshwater crayfish) tanks and enjoy a tasting of the farm’s very own Two Wheeler Creek wine and farm-produced bush tucker before indulging in some marron for lunch. Afterwards join a ranger at Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided walk among a colony of sea lions.

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Day 9 Kangaroo Island/Adelaide: This morning, board the ferry back to the mainland and travel to picturesque Adelaide and on arrival enjoy a city tour. Afternoon at leisure to explore Adelaide. Day 10 Adelaide/The Barossa: The rolling Adelaide Hills and Barossa lay ahead of you today with the opportunity to taste a number of their world-renowned wines! First stop is picturesque Hahndorf where you can wander down the tree-lined streets to explore the quaint shops and perhaps taste some artisan produce. Enjoy a wine tasting overlooking the stunning vineyards before continuing to The Barossa for lunch at The Company Kitchen, who believe that a food experience is to be savoured and enjoyed. Travel back to Adelaide through the Barossa’s rolling hills and this evening join your travel director and new-found friends for a farewell dinner. Day 11 Adelaide: After an indulgent trip, your tour concludes.

What you need to know Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details. Accommodation: In 3HPLUS hotels (bed & breakfast in Beechworth) Meals: Breakfast. Lunch also included on days 1, 8 & 10. Dinner also included on days 1, 5, 6, 7 & 10. Tour price: The price for this AAT Kings First Choice tour shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 3HPLUS accommodation, return ferry travel to Kangaroo Island, sightseeing as outlined and services of an AAT Kings tour guide. AAT Kings First Choice tours include premium accommodation in central locations, a variety of meals plus unique dining experiences and sightseeing. Price excludes international flights.

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Victoria

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road

Being Australia’s second smallest state doesn’t stop Victoria from packing a real punch. When it comes to natural attractions and a diverse range of things to do, this really is the place to come.

New South Wales Echuca Horsham

Shepparton

Victoria Why visit Victoria? Melbourne’s wide streets and hidden laneways brim with galleries, parklands, bars, boutiques and eateries. Stylish and vibrant, Melbourne should not be missed. You won’t have to travel far from the city to experience what else Victoria has to share. Referred to as the Garden State, Victoria brims with rolling hills, meandering valleys as well as a vast range of native wildlife and flowers. In the south west the rugged Great Ocean Road snakes along a sweeping coastline of unspoilt beaches along with some of the best surf beaches in the country. Inland, mountains and national parks offer high country ski fields and alpine drives, hiking, canoeing, fishing and climbing. Add to this an array of wineries and amazing culinary delights, top sporting events and a little bit of culture and Victoria is sure to be a highlight of any trip.

Grampians National Park

Sovereign Hill Melbourne

Healesville Yarra Valley Dandenong Ranges

Lakes Entrance Geelong Mornington Peninsula Torquay Portland Warrnambool Lorne Phillip Island Apollo Bay Wilsons Promontory Cape Otway National Park National Park Port Fairy

Getting there: Melbourne is approximately 21 hours from the UK (including a stopover). Best time to go: Despite its small size the climate varies across the state. The north is much drier and warmer than the south, but generally expect weather to be warm to hot in summer (December to February), mild in Autumn (March to May), cold and damp in winter (June to August) and cool in spring (September to November). Melbourne Central Shot Tower

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Yarra River, Melbourne

Philip Island penguin

Classic sights

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Melbourne: The second largest city in Australia, Melbourne is the younger, more refined and eclectic cousin of Sydney. Famed for its culinary excellence and inspired by its diverse migrant influences, Melbourne is a food and wine lover’s paradise. This bustling metropolis flaunts trendy bars and clubs, a chic cafe scene and a selection of art galleries and museums. This sport-loving city is host to many high-profile sporting events and is thought by many to be the fashion capital of Australia. Great Ocean Road: One of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives with sensational beaches, breathtaking views and laid back coastal towns. There seems to be a new treat around every bend ranging from dramatic cliffs and raging surf to stunning limestone karsts and dense rainforest. The towns along the 170 mile route, from Torquay to Warrnambool are pretty, relaxed and offer great food and wine, beaches and watersports. From July to October keep a look out for whales off the coast. We recommend stops at Torquay, famous as Australia’s surfing capital; Anglesea, with its family friendly beaches and resident kangaroos on the fairways of Anglesea Golf Club; fashionable Lorne; picturesque Apollo Bay and Cape Otway National Park which has rainforests, waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife.

Yarra Valley: Meet the winemakers and sample wines at the cellar door of some the state’s best known and award-winning wineries, dine on local produce from some of the farmers’ markets including hand made cheeses and desserts or take a sunrise balloon ride over this stunning area. Dandenong Ranges: Explore lush fern glades, towering forests and eclectic villages. Puffing Billy: All aboard for a ride on Australia’s favourite steam train! Just 25 miles east of Melbourne, this historic and popular steam train runs the 15 mile track through beautiful lush countryside, tressel bridges and the Dandenong Ranges. Healesville: Get your foodie fix in Healesville, a regional food and wine hub, before experiencing iconic encounters of the wildlife kind at Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary. Get up close and personal to more than 200 species of native animals and birdlife. Port Fairy: This historic town retains the atmosphere of an old fishing port and its wide streets are lined with 19th century cottages, beautiful beaches and numerous eateries. Sovereign Hill: In this recreated 1850s gold mining town visitors can try their hand at panning for gold, take a ride in a horse drawn carriage or go underground into one of the mines.

Grampians National Park: This superb national park provides a diverse array of wildlife, picturesque walking tracks and breathtaking scenery. The Grampians National Park is a major Victoria attraction for hiking, picnicking, cycling, rock climbing, swimming and angling. Port of Echuca: Just 2½ hours north of Melbourne is the town of Echuca. Discover the rich cultural history of the area on board an old fashioned paddle steamer and cruise down the Murray River. Phillip Island: Every day, around sunset, Australia’s most popular, and often comical, wildlife event takes place at Phillip Island when hundreds of fairy penguins waddle up the beach back to their homes in the sand dunes. The island is also home to The Nobbies Centre where you can explore the marine environment and walk amongst nesting seabirds. The Koala Conservation Centre is also a must-see where you can meet these marsupials face to face during a treetop boardwalk. Mornington Peninsula: The Mornington Peninsula has long been a favourite destination for lazy beachside holidays. Bays will tempt you with an array of watersports, wineries offer 50 cellar doors, there are 18 golf courses and it’s also home to the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park.

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Melbourne

Federation Square

Melbourne Highlights

3 nights from

£329

Independent tour

city sights • full day tour of the Great Ocean Road • wonderful eateries Melbourne 3 nights

The second largest city in Australia, Melbourne is the younger, more refined and eclectic cousin of Sydney. Famed for its culinary excellence and inspired by its diverse migrant influences, Melbourne is a food and wine lover’s paradise.

Day 1 Melbourne: Arrive Melbourne and transfer to Quality Hotel, Batman’s Hill on Collins. Take the opportunity to explore at your leisure perhaps visit the Crown Entertainment Complex where you’ll find a wide variety of shops and eateries; alternatively stroll around Melbourne Aquarium or admire the view from the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. Day 2 Melbourne: Discover Melbourne’s appeal for yourself this morning on a city sights tour. Highlights include Fitzroy Gardens, which includes a visit to Captain Cook’s Cottage, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance. Travel over the Westgate Bridge, drive along the Grand Prix track and see the Melbourne Cricket Ground, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Arts Centre, Crown Casino and Port Phillip Bay. Your tour concludes at Federation Square and the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 3 Melbourne/Great Ocean Road/ Melbourne: A full day tour during which you will travel the length of the Great Ocean Road passing towering limestone cliffs, sweeping white beaches and stunning forest scenery. See the amazing Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and explore Port Campbell National Park. Return to Melbourne through Colac. Day 4 Melbourne: Final independent sightseeing before your return transfer to Melbourne airport.

What you need to know Departures: Daily from Melbourne. Accommodation: 3H Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill on Collins. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return transfers between Melbourne airport and your hotel, accommodation as stated, Melbourne City Sights excursion and full day Great Ocean Road excursion.

Classic sights Crown Entertainment Complex: Situated on the Southbank, the Crown Entertainment Complex dominates the Yarra River and the city skyline. Boasting a wide variety of shops, eateries, nightclubs, live shows and a glittering casino. Flinders Street Station: Stand beneath the clocks of Melbourne’s iconic central railway station, as tourists and Melburnians alike have done for generations. Federation Square: Melbourne’s main public square sits on the edge of the Yarra River, opposite Flinders Street Station. Containing a mix of art galleries, a museum, cinemas, shops, restaurants and bars. Melbourne Star Observation Wheel: Take a 30 minute ride on Melbourne’s newest star attraction for extraordinary views and a unique birds-eye perspective of the city and surrounds. Old Melbourne Gaol: Experience Victoria’s oldest surviving prison and the home of outlaw Ned Kelly who was hanged here on 11 November 1880. Melbourne Aquarium: Enjoy all manner of sea life from the southern oceans.

Queen Victoria Market: The biggest open air market in the southern hemisphere remains one of Melbourne’s best loved institutions and sells everything from second hand clothing to fresh fish. Royal Botanical Gardens: Recognised as one of the finest botanical gardens in the world, 87 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens contain over 10,000 species and 50,000 individual plants. Cooks Cottage: Discover Melbourne’s rich history and walk in the footsteps of Captain Cook’s family through their 18th century cottage and garden. Laneways and byways: Explore historic arcades and laneways lined with fine dining restaurants, chic cafes, hidden bars and fashion boutiques. Eureka Skydeck 88: Teeter on The Edge, a switchable glass cube that slides you out from the building’s 88th floor for unsurpassed views of Melbourne and far beyond. St Kilda: Located 3 miles from the city centre, St Kilda is Melbourne’s seaside playground. Join locals who walk, cycle and skate under the palms on the foreshore or sail, windsurf or kitesurf on the bay. Fitzroy: A bohemian enclave with a great mix of art galleries, bars and quirky shops.

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Economy room

Quality Hotel Batman's Hill Mercure Welcome from £49per person per night HHH Melbourne on Collins HHH Melbourne Centrally located opposite Southern Cross Station and within a short walk of Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium and the Dockland restaurants. The hotel provides modern and comfortable rooms, attentive service and two stylish restaurants and bars. Great value for money. Features: 190 rooms • 2 restaurants and bars • game room • free WiFi • limited parking Accommodation: In economy rooms with airconditioning, shower and mini bar. Upgrade options economy family rooms • premiere rooms with bath/shower • one & two bed apartments. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus AU$50 food & beverage credit: 04 Nov30 Dec 16 & 30 Jan-22 Mar 17 if you stay at least 3 nights.

from

£49per person per night

This great value property enjoys an excellent location in the heart of Melbourne. It’s the ideal base from which to explore all the attractions in the city along with fantastic shopping, dining and entertainment. Public transport is also right on the hotel’s doorstep making getting around even easier. Modern, comfortable rooms await you at the end of each day, and if you don’t wish to head out after dark, the hotel’s own restaurant and bar cater to all tastes. Features: 330 rooms • restaurant • bar • parking Accommodation: In standard rooms with airconditioning, bath/shower and mini bar. Upgrade options: Superior rooms which also offer a microwave, sink and toaster Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 4 for 3: 16-30 Dec 16 & 01-15 Jan 17. Maximum 1 free night.

Studio river view

Vibe Savoy HHHH

Melbourne

from

£66per person per night

Situated opposite Southern Cross Station, close to the hub of Collins Street where you’ll find restaurants and first class shopping. With the tram line on your doorstep, you will have convenient access to Melbourne’s many attractions including the Etihad Stadium, and the exciting Southbank area. The hotel combines comfort and modern facilities within the beautiful façade and internal grandeur of an art deco building. Features: 163 rooms • restaurant • bar • gym • free WiFi • parking Accommodation: In guest rooms with airconditioning, bath/shower, iPod dock, mini bar and safe Upgrade options: executive rooms • deluxe suites. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 4 for 3: 15-26 Dec 16, 02-14 Jan, 04 Apr31 Aug, 15-25 Dec 17 & 02-14 Jan 18. Not applicable to deluxe suites.

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Clarion Suites Gateway HHHH

Melbourne

from

£76per person per night

Located on the banks of the Yarra River only a short stroll from Crown Entertainment Complex and Southbank, this hotel is surrounded by shops, restaurants and attractions. With trams running regularly just outside the front door, all of Melbourne can easily be explored. Exceptionally appointed rooms, suites and apartments offers a truly home from home experience. Features: 122 rooms • restaurant and bar • swimming pool • FREE WiFi Accommodation: In studios with airconditioning, shower, kitchenette and mini bar. Upgrade options: studio river view • one bedroom suites which feature a full kitchen and in-room laundry facilities • one bedroom river view suites • two bedroom suites. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE upgrade to studio river view: If you stay at least 2 nights. 

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Crown Promenade HHHH

Melbourne

from

£87per person per night

Situated within the vibrant Southbank precinct, Crown Promenade is directly linked to the Crown Entertainment Complex by air bridge and within walking distance of the CBD. For relaxation you can swim a few laps in the infinity spa pool or simply sit poolside in a reclining pool chair, while guest rooms are spacious with floor to ceiling windows, tasteful decor and modern amenities. Features: 465 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • fitness centre • jacuzzi • sauna • parking Accommodation: In standard rooms with air-conditioning, shower, mini bar and safe. Upgrade options: corner king rooms • studio rooms • suites Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2: 05-30 Dec 16, 02-12 Jan, 01 Apr27 Sep, 05-30 Dec 17 & 02-12 Jan 18.

Crown Metropol HHHHH

Melbourne

from

£99per person per night

This modern and chic hotel enjoys an enviable location, adjacent to the Crown Entertainment Complex and just a short stroll from the vibrant Southbank area with its numerous restaurants and bars. The hotel provides stylish accommodation with most rooms offering great views of the city. One of Melbourne’s newest hotels, this hotel boasts a Gordon Ramsay restaurant which will leave your taste buds tantalised. Features: 659 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • Isika Spa • gym Accommodation: In luxe rooms with airconditioning, bath and separate shower, mini bar and safe. Upgrade options: city luxe rooms • bay luxe rooms • loft suites. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2: 05-30 Dec 16, 02-12 Jan, 01 Apr27 Sep, 05-30 Dec 17 & 02-12 Jan 18.

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The Langham HHHHH

Melbourne

from

£107per person per night

This lovely hotel nestles on the famous Southbank Promenade amidst the city’s captivating Arts and Leisure District, with sweeping vistas of the Yarra River and Melbourne skyline. Guest rooms reflect an understated elegance with rich fabrics and a timeless ambience, with views of the river or the bustling city. The award-winning Chuan Spa has an array of treatments, while the Melba Restaurant has cuisine to delight even the most discerning palate. Features: 388 rooms • restaurant • coffee shop • bar • swimming pool • fitness centre and health club • spa • parking Accommodation: grand classic rooms with air-conditioning, bath and separate shower, mini bar and safe. Upgrade options: grand river rooms • club river rooms • club spa suites which include continental breakfast, afternoon tea, all day tea/coffee

facilities & snacks, evening aperitifs and canapés all in the Langham Club lounge (for two people). Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights in club river rooms 4 for 3: 03 Apr-28 Sep 17. FREE daily breakfast for two: 03 Apr28 Sep 17 if you stay at least 3 nights in a grand river room.

Sheraton Melbourne HHHHH

Melbourne

from

£99per person per night

The Sheraton Melbourne is desirably located at the Paris end of Little Collins Street, so perfect for Melbourne’s famed laneway culture, whilst also on the doorstep of Melbourne’s best shopping, theatre and dining precincts. For leisure there’s a striking indoor pool and a signature restaurant, Little Collins St Kitchen offering a Frenchinfluenced menu. Equally enchanting is the rooftop Terrace Bar where you can enjoy cocktails and tapas whilst admiring the views of this lovely city. Features: 174 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • fitness centre • spa • parking Accommodation: In traditional rooms with air-conditioning, bath and separate shower, mini bar and safe.

Upgrade options: superior rooms • deluxe rooms • executive terrace suites Meals: Room only.

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Botanical Gardens, Melbourne

Enhance your Stay

Excursions perfectly enhance your holiday and offer excellent value. Prices are per person. More available.

Melbourne City Sights from £39

Penguins Up Late from £79

Great Ocean Road Classic tour from £79

On this tour you’ll see the city’s beautiful sights including Fitzroy Gardens, Captain Cook’s Cottage, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance. Travel over the Westgate Bridge, drive along the Grand Prix track and see the Melbourne Cricket Ground, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Arts Centre, Crown Casino and Port Phillip Bay. Your tour concludes at Federation Square. Available daily from Melbourne

The tour begins with express travel to the Penguin Parade to see this amazing nightly ritual. Watch penguins march up the sand to their nesting places before you browse the educational centre and souvenir shops. Cafe meals available (own expense). Travel express back to Melbourne. Available daily from Melbourne (except 01 Jul-02 Oct when Mon/Wed & Sat).

This tour takes you through the coastal towns of Lorne, Apollo Bay and the luscious surrounds of the Otway ranges before reaching iconic Cape Otway Lighthouse. Later, discover Shipwreck Coast, stroll along historic beaches and see Loch Ard Gorge. Arrive at the Twelve Apostles and descend the Gibsons Steps before returning to Melbourne by 8.30pm. Available daily from Melbourne.

Colonial Tramcar Restaurant from £59

Official Neighbours Tour from £39

Sport Lovers Morning Tour with MCG from £74

The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is a star attraction and tourist symbol for the city of Melbourne. It cruises the scenic streets of Melbourne while diners enjoy fine cuisine and drink the very best of Australian wines or make a selection from the fully stocked bar at a fully inclusive price. Available every evening from Melbourne.

Visit famous Ramsay Street tucked away in Melbourne’s lovely suburbia. See the houses with authentic props, drive past the studios, meet one of your favourite Neighbours actors (past or present), take exclusive photos and grab an autograph! The professional guides will provide you with plenty of gossip, laughs and on-board entertainment, and if you’re lucky you may even see some filming!!! Available Mon-Fri from Melbourne.

Explore Flemington, home of the Melbourne Cup, the horse race that stops the nation. Drive through the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and around Albert Park, on the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Circuit. Tour behind the scenes of the Melbourne Cricket Ground before driving to the Etihad Stadium for lunch overlooking the arena. Some venues may not be available due to events. Available Mon-Fri from Melbourne.

Note: We recommend wearing warm clothing for this tour, particularly long trousers and a warm jacket, as the sea air can be cold.

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Murray River

PS Emmylou

Murray River

Warrnambool

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road

Jan Juc Beach

Great Ocean Road 4 nights from Victoria Highlights 3 nights from £285 £199 Melbourne to Adelaide £329 Self-drive tour

1 night from

Paddlesteamer river cruise

Self-drive tour

authentic paddlesteamer • relaxing cruise PS Emmylou 1 night Day 1 Echuca/Layfield Lane: Make your way to the Riverboat Dock in Echuca for boarding the PS Emmylou at 5.45pm. Unpack and relax upon boarding as the paddlesteamer departs. As the sun starts to lower over the river why not enjoy a pre-dinner drink to get ready for your chef prepared three course dinner served at Redgums Restaurant. Dinner is served as you cruise upstream away from the Port of Echuca before turning at Horse Shoe Bend. Enjoy the glowing rose and gold sunset, listen to the river birds evening chorus, then linger over your dessert and coffee to watch as the stars appear. Continue downstream back under the Echuca/Moama Bridge and pass the imposing Echuca Wharf along with other moored paddlesteamers. Continue along the river passing Morrisons Winery before mooring for the evening at Layfield Lane. Here, a campfire is set up (subject to weather) under the stars where you can enjoy a good yarn with your fellow passengers. Relax with a beverage from the bar or roast marshmallows before retiring for the evening at your leisure. Day 2 Layfield Lane/Echuca: Awake to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and new steam as the engineer fires up the 1906 steam engine for the days work. Take a morning bush walk before returning for your breakfast and then depart Layfield Lane for the cruise back to port. You are welcome to try your hand steering the boat with the skipper or just relax as you cruise back to Echuca. Arrive at the Port of Echuca at around 9.30am and disembark.

What you need to know Departures: On selected Saturdays Nov 16, Jan-May & Sep-Dec 17. Accommodation: In cabins featuring traditional riverboat style twin bunks on PS Emmylou, the only wood-fired paddlesteamer in the world. The ship accommodates 18 guests and has a restaurant, bar a relaxing lounge and sun deck. Cabins are not en suite. Meals: Three course dinner on day 1. Breakfast on day 2. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes accommodation as shown.

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pretty coastal towns • spectacular views • wine region

surf beaches • magnificent vistas • national parks Lorne 1 night ~ Warrnambool 1 night ~ Apollo Bay 1 night

Apollo Bay 1 night ~ Warrnambool 2 nights ~ Robe 1 night Day 1 Melbourne/Apollo Bay: Depart Melbourne and travel through Geelong which has botanical gardens, museums and a waterfront area before reaching the surfing town of Torquay. Your next stop is Lorne, a popular resort with great beaches and bush walks before you reach the pretty town of Apollo Bay (approx. 3 hours). Day 2 Apollo Bay/Warrnambool: Depart for a full day along the Great Ocean Road. As your journey begins you’ll find the road hugs the coast as you make your way to your first stop, Cape Otway lighthouse for spectacular views. Continue to Port Campbell and onwards to view the famous Twelve Apostles. Up to 140 feet high these giant rock stacks are a spectacular sight! (approx. 3 hours) Day 3 Warrnambool: Day at leisure to explore the bustling town of Warrnambool or take a tour to Halls Gap on the edge of the Grampians National Park. Day 4 Warrnambool/Robe: Travel out of Warrnambool to the quaint town of Port Fairy and then head inland through Mt Gambier. On arrival in the pretty seaside town of Robe, ensure you take the time to enjoy a scenic walk around the town, marina and out to the lighthouse (approx. 4½ hours). Day 5 Robe/Adelaide: This morning’s journey will take you through the Coorong National Park which has sand dunes, lagoons and wetlands plus a great variety of birds, animals and fish. Before arriving in Adelaide, stop en route at McLaren Vale, one of South Australia’s wine regions to sample some of the fabulous wines. Continue to Adelaide and return your car (approx. 4½ hours).

What you need to know Departures: Daily Accommodation: 4H Comfort Inn the International, Apollo Bay; 4H Quality Suites Deep Blue, Warrnambool; 3H Best Western Meleuca Motel & Apartments, Robe. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 5 days group H car hire and accommodation as stated.

Day 1 Melbourne/Lorne: Drive south, via Geelong, Victoria’s second largest city, and stop off at one of the cafes in the waterfront area which has undergone a multi-million dollar makeover. On to Torquay to visit the famous surf beaches, Jan Juc and Bell’s Beach, which host world-championship surfing each year. On arrival in Lorne, drive up Teddy Lookout for great scenic views or maybe take a canoe trip and paddle with the platypus! (approx. 2½ hours). Day 2 Lorne/Warrnambool: Drive along the magnificent Great Ocean Road to view the incredible Otway National Park, Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and Port Campbell National Park, where the dramatic limestone cliffs tower above the ocean. On arrival at Warrnambool, take time to discover the relaxed seaside town and meander around the shops (approx. 2½ hours). Day 3 Warrnambool/Apollo Bay: Before leaving Warrnambool head to Logans Beach to walk down the boardwalk where, if you are lucky, you may see whales. Retrace your steps back along the coast stopping at Port Campbell, a sleepy fishing village nestled amongst spectacular coastline scenery. Overnight in the pretty port town of Apollo Bay (approx. 3 hours). Day 4 Apollo Bay/Melbourne: Take in the most scenic part of the Great Ocean Road again, before you head back to cosmopolitan Melbourne to return your hire car (approx. 3 hours).

What you need to know Departures: Daily Accommodation: 4H Cumberland Lorne Resort; 4H Quality Suites Deep Blue, Warrnambool; 4H Comfort Inn the International, Apollo Bay. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 4 days group H car hire and accommodation as stated.

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Yarra Valley

Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula

Phillip Island 2 nights from

£229

Phillip Island

Yarra Valley vineyard

Yarra Valley Wine £169 Experience

2 nights from

Self-drive tour

Self-drive tour

2 nights from

£235

Self-drive tour

wineries • beaches • wildlife

fascinating wildlife • pretty towns • scenic walks

wine tasting • gourmet produce • optional excursions

Mornington Peninsula 2 nights

Phillip Island 2 nights

Yarra Valley 2 nights

Day 1 Melbourne/Mornington Peninsula: Travelling south of Melbourne you reach the Mornington Peninsula. This hinterland is full of top wineries. Drive along the coastal route absorbing the stunning coastlines stopping en route to relax on one of the dozens of beaches edged by calm waters or untamed ocean (approx. 45 minutes). Day 2 Mornington Peninsula: A day at leisure to explore. There are top golf courses, natural mineral hot springs, spas, stunning gardens and both vineyards and gourmet produce to sample. Day 3 Mornington Peninsula/Melbourne: Morning at leisure. Perhaps swim with dolphins or discover the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. Return to Melbourne to drop off your hire car (approx. 45 minutes).

Day 1 Melbourne/Phillip Island: Leaving Melbourne behind, head south east through part of the Yarra Valley and then over the bridge from San Remo where you enter Phillip Island. Stop off at the chocolate factory before making your way to the main town of Cowes to relax and explore (approx. 1½ hours). Day 2 Phillip Island: A day at leisure to explore. There is plenty to see and do, visit Maze ‘n’ Things, the koala conservation centre or buckle up and take a lap around the grand prix circuit. This afternoon, take a wildlife cruise to see seals and birdlife before heading to the nightly penguin parade, which is home to the largest little penguin colony in the world. Day 3 Phillip Island/Melbourne: Morning at leisure. Take in one of the sites you missed the day before or visit Churchill Island heritage farm with expansive gardens, walking tracks and highland cattle. Return to Melbourne to drop off your hire car (approx. 1½ hours).

Day 1 Melbourne/Yarra Valley: Drive out of Melbourne and into the Yarra Valley, viewing the vineyards along the way. This world renowned wine region is stunningly beautiful and the friendly ambience invites you to just rest for a while. If you leave in the morning you will arrive in time for a leisurely lunch at one of the wineries where you can sample the very best regional or international cuisine on offer together with a glass of world class wine (approx. 1 hour). Day 2 Yarra Valley: A day at leisure to explore. Drive through the vineyards, stopping en route for tours of the wineries, or go to the famous Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary with over 200 species of Australian wildlife including wallabies, wombats, dingoes, koalas, kangaroos and many different birds, all flourishing in a beautiful bushland environment. Day 3 Yarra Valley/Melbourne: Morning at leisure. Perhaps take a sunrise balloon trip for some magnificent views or simply take the opportunity to visit another vineyard. Return to Melbourne to drop off your hire car (approx. 1 hour).

Flinders Hotel HHHH This lovely boutique hotel is positioned just over 300 feet from the coastline at the foot of historic Flinders village and blends beautifully into the surrounds. Offering 40 guest rooms at Quarters (part of the hotel), this is comfortable luxury at its best, while the Deck Bar and Bistro is a great place for a casual meal with family or friends.

What you need to know Departures: Daily Accommodation: As outlined in a Bass room. Meals: Breakfast. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 3 days group H car hire and accommodation as stated. Extensions: Combine with Phillip Island and the Yarra Valley to complete the south east touring triangle.

Ramada Phillip Island HHHH Centrally located in the heart of Phillip Island, with rural views, just a short drive from the restaurants, shops and cafes in Cowes. Boasting an array of superb facilities including two outdoor swimming pools, a gym, tennis courts, cafe and bar.

What you need to know Departures: Daily Accommodation: As outlined in a studio spa cottage. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 3 days group H car hire and accommodation as stated. Extensions: Combine with Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula to complete the south east touring triangle.

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Yering Gorge Cottages HHHH With 120 acres of private nature reserve this is the perfect nature/farm based getaway. Only minutes from over 85 wineries and numerous restaurants and cafes the 12 individually decorated luxury cottages boast large corner spa baths, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows and large private decks.

What you need to know Departures: Daily Accommodation: As outlined in a one bedroom cottage. Meals: Continental breakfast. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 3 days group H car hire and accommodation as stated. Extensions: Combine with Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula to complete the south east touring triangle.

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Tasmania

Wineglass Bay

Experience wild and rugged landscapes, breathe in the cleanest air in the world, bathe on pristine secluded beaches, drive past rolling hills and alongside untamed rivers, visit historic towns and sample an abundance of great wine and culinary delights. No matter where you go in Tasmania you’ll be delighted by what you find.

Why visit Tasmania? Tasmania may only be 150 miles away from mainland Australia but it is a whole world apart. It has glacial lakes, lush green valleys, undeveloped coastlines and amazing mountains, not dissimilar to New Zealand, and there are faint echoes of England with old fashioned B&Bs, fish and chip suppers and cream teas. It’s also Australia’s smallest state and for visitors the compact nature of the island is a great advantage. With good roads and few cars, it’s possible to drive from one end of the island to the other in a single day. However, with a unique wilderness, historic convict sites listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, national parks featuring a diversity of habitats and ecosystems and iconic places such as Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay all to discover, you’ll definitely want to stay longer than just a day!

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Cradle Mountain

Getting there: Hobart is approximately 22 hours from the UK (including two stopovers) Best time to go: Tasmania is a year round destination although the weather is notoriously changeable. There are four distinct seasons with December to March being the warmest months and average temperatures between 17-23ºC, while winter temperatures are between 3-11ºC. Rainfall varies dramatically across the island with an average of 626mm in Hobart while the west coast has an annual average of 2400mm.

Strahan

Bicheno Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park

Tasmania

Queenstown

Hobart Port Arthur Bruny Island

Tasman Sea

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Port Arthur Historic Site

Classic sights Hobart: Tasmania’s small capital city sits at the foot of Mount Wellington and combines 19th century heritage, charm and a modern lifestyle in an exceptional setting. Don’t miss Salamanca Place with its galleries, theatres, restaurants and colourful Saturday market; explore MONA for an out-of-this-world modern art experience or the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; take a guided or self-guided walking tour to see the many historic houses of Battery Point; drive or take a tour to the summit of Mount Wellington for fantastic views; and visit the Botanical Gardens, a must see attraction just 15 minutes walk from the city centre – the subAntarctic garden is like walking into a freezer full of plants! Launceston: Known for its outstanding Victorian and Edwardian architecture, Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city and a vibrant hub for food and wine. Located at the head of the picturesque Tamar Valley there are many captivating attractions to experience and things to do. For an insight into the city’s cultural heritage visit the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery; spend the afternoon in City Park; enjoy a tour of James Boags Brewery; take the 15 minute walk to Cataract Gorge, an amazing natural attraction where stomach-plummeting views await; take a leisurely cruise along the Tamar River; or travel out into the Tamar Valley for a wine tour.

Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain

Explore more… Freycinet National Park: This spectacular park on the east coast is made up of dramatic peaks, granite mountains, pure white sand beaches and turquoise bays. You can hike to the perfectly shaped Wineglass Bay, one of the “World’s Top Ten Beaches” or you can go on scenic cruises and view dolphins or whales swimming off the coast. Cradle Mountain: Cradle Mountain forms the northern end of the wild Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park. Part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area, the diverse landscape includes the jagged contours of Cradle Mountain, ancient rainforest and alpine heathlands, buttongrass and deciduous beech along with glacial lakes. The park also provides a rich habitat for wildlife including Tasmanian devils.

Port Arthur: Located a scenic 90 minute drive from Hobart, this quaint village is best known for the wellpreserved Port Arthur Historic Site. Established in 1830 as a timber station, it soon became a small town to house and punish notorious convicts. Now a significant heritage area and open air museum where you can explore the former prison wings and convict-built chapel, board a boat to the lonely graveyards or join a ghost tour. Bruny Island: A retreat for many rare and endangered plants and animals, Bruny Island has beautifully preserved natural environments and stunning cliff views. Bicheno: A family seaside holiday town, Bicheno is located north of the Freycinet Peninsula on the beautiful east coast. Offshore, the Governor Island Marine Reserve has some of Australia’s best diving spots, while on dry land there are popular penguin tours and scenic walks to Rocking Rock and Diamond Island Nature Reserve. St Helens: St Helens on the north east coast is within easy reach of some incredible beaches including Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires. You’ll also find no shortage of eateries and shops to explore. Strahan: Nestled on the shores of massive Macquarie Harbour, Strahan is the gateway to World Heritage listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. This harbourside village has a dark and fascinating convict past, however today is full of shops, eateries and a range of activities, from jet boat rides to gentle kayak journeys.

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Cape Bruny Lighthouse, Bruny Island

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Superior room

Hadleys Orient Hotel HHHHPlus

Hobart

from

£82per person per night

Recently restored under the guidance of heritage experts, this National Trust listed hotel was originally built by convict labour in 1834 and is one of the oldest boutique hotels in Australia. Ideally located in the heart of Hobart’s CBD, within walking distance of Salamanca and the waterfront precinct.

Features: 71 rooms • restaurant serving breakfast • bar serving light meals • free WiFi • parking Accommodation: In hotel rooms with airconditioning, bath/shower, free in house movies, mini bar and safe. Upgrade options: superior rooms • family rooms • heritage suites. Meals: Breakfast.

Premier Plus FREE nights 5 for 4: 01 May-31 Aug 17. Maximum 1 free night.

Grand Chancellor HHHH

Launceston

from

£57per person per night

Henry Jones Art Hotel HHHHH

Hobart

from

£107per person per night

The Henry Jones Art Hotel is located on Hobart’s waterfront and is Australia’s first dedicated art hotel. The site in which it is located dates back to 1804 and this former jam factory has been transformed into an enthralling first class hotel. Furnished with over 300 artworks and presenting an environment in which people can experience art in a new and more immediate way. Features: 50 suites • restaurant and bar • fitness centre • over 250 original artworks on show • free WiFi • free parking Accommodation: In standard rooms with airconditioning, shower, DVD, mini bar and safe.

Upgrade options: standard harbour view rooms • deluxe spa harbour rooms which feature original walls of heritage stone and age-smoothed timber trusses, columns and beams along with an ultramodern, translucent glass bathroom. Meals: Room only.

Sebel Launceston HHHH

Launceston

from

£82per person per night

Situated in the historic district just steps from the Central Business District and Brisbane Street Mall, the contemporary Grand Chancellor is surrounded by notable attractions. Whether you’re here to enjoy vibrant shopping, nightlife or the natural beauty of the Tamar Valley you’ll find it all on the doorstep.

The Sebel Launceston offers stylish accommodation, minutes from the city centre and vibrant seaport. Perfectly positioned on the corner of St John and Williams Streets, within walking distance of Cataract Gorge, Aurora Stadium, James Boag Brewery & Queen Victoria Museum and Gallery. Choose from a variety of self-contained one and two bedroom suites which give you ample space to relax and unwind.

Features: 165 rooms • restaurant • coffee shop • bar • parking Accommodation: In deluxe rooms with airconditioning, bath/shower and mini bar.

Features: 51 suites • restaurant • bar • fitness centre • parking Accommodation: In one bedroom superior suites with air-conditioning, bath/shower, kitchenette, mini bar and balcony.

Upgrade options: superior rooms which are located on the top floor and include additional luxury amenities. Meals: Room only.

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Upgrade options: one bedroom deluxe suites • two bedroom superior suites • two bedroom deluxe suites. Meals: Room only.

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Tidal Waters Resort HHHH

St Helens

from

£62per person per night

Conveniently located in the seaside town of St Helens, Tidal Waters Resort is surrounded by three hectares of scenic lagoons and gardens while just 15 minutes away from the Bay of Fires and beautiful Binalong Bay. The resort features elegantly appointed guest rooms on two floors each with a private balcony and the restaurants have an emphasis on fresh, local seafood and the finest Tasmanian produce. Enjoy your stay with comfortable fire side lounges, direct waterfront access and a landscaped heated pool area.

Features: 60 rooms • 2 restaurants • coffee shop • bar • swimming pool • free parking Accommodation: In garden view rooms which overlooking the garden and pool area with shower, mini bar, safe and balcony.

Upgrade options: water view spa rooms which have breathtaking views of Georges Bay. Meals: Room only.

Freycinet Lodge HHHH

Freycinet National Park

from

£95per person per night

White Sands Estate HHHH

Bicheno/St Helens

from

£73per person per night

Whether you want to be by yourself, with someone special, or enjoy a holiday with all the family, the White Sands Estate offers a variety of accommodation and many types of recreational facilities. The BrewHaus Cafe & Bar provides a comfortable area to relax and has a menu to suit all palates, while at the IronHouse Brewery, Winery and Distillery you can enjoy daily beer tastings! Features: 29 villas • cafe & bar • micro brewery • winery • distillery • swimming pool (heated Oct-May) • private beach • tennis • basketball • canoe lake • trout fishing lake • cinema • games room • BBQ areas • children’s play areas • free WiFi in the social area • parking Accommodation: In two bedroom modern villas with air-conditioning, shower, fully equipped kitchen, spacious living area and balcony.

Saffire HHHHH

Upgrade options: deluxe two bedroom villas which include air-conditioning, a dishwasher • modern three bedroom villas • four and five bedroom lodges. Meals: Room only.

Freycinet National Park

from

£599per person per night

Overlooking the endless blue waters of Great Oyster Bay with the rugged beauty of The Hazards range as its backdrop, Freycinet Lodge successfully integrates superb accommodation with the environment. Situated just inside Freycinet National Park, this award-winning luxury eco lodge is a wonderful base for exploring the Freycinet peninsula. There are superb dining options and an abundance of fantastic activities and experiences available, should you not be content to just explore at your own pace.

Part of Relais & Chateaux, Saffire is boutique not only in its size, with just 20 accommodation suites, but in its approach to making your well-deserved break, a memory which will last a lifetime. With stunning views of the pink-hued granite of the peninsula’s Hazards Mountains, Saffire overlooks Great Oyster Bay, where migrating whales and dolphins come to play.

Features: 60 cabins • restaurant • bistro • bar • wine tasting • variety of activities and tours • tennis • bicycles • parking Accommodation: In one room cabins with shower, CD, fridge and balcony. There are no televisions in the room. Upgrade options: premier spa cabins with spa bath, separate shower and mini bar • deluxe spa cabins • two room family cabins. Meals: Breakfast.

Features: 20 suites • restaurant • bar • Spa Saffire • gym • parking Accommodation: In luxury suites with airconditioning, separate bath and shower, mini bar and magnificent views of Hazards Mountains, white sandy beaches and the crystal blue waters. Upgrade options: signature suites • private pavilions. Meals: Full board.

Note: AU$24 entry fee to Freycinet National Park is payable per car per day or AU$14 per person per day for those without a car.

Premier Plus 15% room discount: 01 Nov-24 Dec 16 if you stay at least 2 nights.

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Premier Plus A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (until 6pm), Saffire activities and mini bar are also included. AU$100 spa credit (per suite per stay).

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Cradle Mountain wilderness Village HHHH

Cradle Mountain

from

£66per person per night

Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village is situated in temperate rainforest in Cradle Valley on the edge of Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park. Accommodation has been carefully sited in the rainforest so you are surrounded by native plants and wildlife, and when you walk onto your balcony you may well come face to face with a wallaby, wombat, or possum - it’s all part of the “wilderness” experience!

Features: 25 cottages, chalets and villas • restaurant • bar • outdoor BBQ area • children’s playground • walking trails • parking Accommodation: In cottage rooms with kitchenette, shower and balcony.

Upgrade options: spa cottages • spa chalets • two bedroom chalets • two bedroom villas. Meals: Room only.

Strahan Village HHH

Strahan

from

£57per person per night

This quaint historic west coast fishing village provides a variety of unique holiday accommodation. Strahan Village is the perfect base for exploring Tasmania’s wilderness, with Gordon River Cruises and the West Coast Wilderness Railway right on your doorstep. Discover a wide variety of accommodation options from hotel rooms to well-appointed cottages; as well as great dining including cheerful pub meals and great local seafood. Features: 142 rooms • restaurant and bar • parking Accommodation: In hilltop standard rooms with bath/shower (some have bath and separate shower) and mini bar. Upgrade options: village standard rooms • village terrace rooms • village cottages with views of the waterfront • village family loft rooms • village two bedroom cottages. Meals: Room only.

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Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge HHHH

Cradle Mountain

from

£120per person per night

This serene retreat offers a haven of luxury steeped by breathtaking mountain surroundings and is widely considered one of Australia’s iconic wilderness experiences. This superb escape showcases the best Cradle Mountain has to offer with warm hospitality, sensational local food and wine, indulgent spa treatments and magnificent surroundings. The luxury cabins and mountain venues are dotted amongst the surrounding wilderness and tree-lined ranges overlooking grassy folds, providing a perfectly unique place to stay. Features: 86 cabins • 2 restaurants • bar and lounge • jacuzzi • sauna • spa • walking trails • daily activity programme • mountain bike hire • fishing • wine & cheese tasting • parking Accommodation: In pencil pine cabins with gas fire, shower, CD and mini bar. There are no televisions in the cabins.

Upgrade options: pencil pine balcony cabins • traditional spa cabins with a veranda, spa bath and separate shower and wood fire • contemporary spa suites • King Billy suites. Meals: Breakfast.

Fox & Hounds Inn HHH

Port Arthur

from

£59per person per night

This traditional Tudor style property is superbly situated on a beautiful waterfront and in bush surrounds, just one minute from the famous Port Arthur Historic Site. Family owned and run, comfortable, recently refurbished motel rooms await you, along with a restaurant renowned locally for its hearty meals. Enjoy a game of tennis whilst children have fun in the playground, explore 24 acres of native bushland or simply sit back and relish the tranquillity. Features: 38 rooms and villas • restaurant • bar • tennis • children’s play area • parking Accommodation: In spa rooms with bath/ shower and mini bar.

Upgrade options: water view spa suite which is close to the water’s edge and offers a fourposter bed, corner spa bath and separate shower • one bedroom apartments • two bedroom apartments • two bedroom villas which feature a living room, dining area, full kitchen and bathroom. Meals: Room only.

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Cape Tourvile, Freycinet Peninsula

Enhance your Stay

Excursions perfectly enhance your holiday and offer excellent value. Prices are per person. More available.

Morning Discovery Cruise from £59

Historic Ghost Tour from £17

Bruny Island Tour from £124

This cruise offers the best vantage point to view the Tamar Valley. Cruise into the magical Cataract Gorge and through Launceston’s riverfront precinct. Head north past Tamar Island and historical buildings, charming riverfront communities, vineyards and farms to historical Rosevears and Windermere districts. Available Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from Launceston

Join a lantern-lit walk around Port Arthur at night and listen to the experienced guides’ gripping and spine chilling narration of sightings of apparitions and strange occurrences, which have been documented at Port Arthur from the convict period until the present. This wonderful experience is available daily from Port Arthur.

This multi-award winning full day tour includes a guided bus tour, three hour cruise, morning tea and lunch. The wilderness cruise takes you along Bruny Island’s rugged coast beneath high sea cliffs. Enter deep sea caves and join in the search for wildlife such as seals, dolphins and sea birds. After the cruise you are returned to Hobart. Available daily from Hobart.

Port Arthur from £79

Hobart City tour from £32

The Full Wineglass Cruise from £98

Cross the Tasman Bridge and head onwards to the Forestier Peninsula. Take a guided walking tour of the historic convict site, Port Arthur, with access to over 30 restored buildings and ruins. Cruise Carnarvon Bay around the ‘Isle of the Dead’ and visit the highlights of Tasman National Park, including Tasman Arch, with superb views of the rugged coastline and Devil’s Kitchen. Available daily (except Saturday) from Hobart.

This afternoon tour includes all the city’s highlights: Sullivans Cove; Parliament House; Salamanca Place; Princes Park; Battery Point with its charming historic houses, pubs, boutique shops and restaurants; St Georges Church; the remains of the Female Factory - a one time female prison; Hobart Town Hall and so much more. There’s also stunning views of Hobart and the surrounding area to admire. Available daily from Hobart.

This unforgettable cruise takes you to Wineglass Bay, a crescent of white sand fringing a perfect turquoise sea. Cruising the Freycinet Peninsula, you’ll experience stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and a rare, intimate perspective on one of Tasmania’s most extraordinary places. At anchor in Wineglass Bay, take the opportunity to taste some of Tasmania’s finest produce over lunch. Available daily from Coles Bay.

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Wineglass Bay

Tasmanian Lavender farm

Hobart

East Coast Tasmania

5 nights from

Self-drive tour

Dove Lake & Cradle Mountain

£545

West Coast Tasmania 5 nights from £419 Self-drive tour

historic sights • stunning bays • wineries

national parks • river cruise • beautiful scenery

Hobart 1 night ~ Freycinet 2 nights ~ St Helens 1 night ~ Launceston 1 night

Launceston 1 night ~ Cradle Mountain 2 nights ~ Strahan 1 night ~ Hobart 1 night

Day 1 Hobart: Arrive Hobart and collect your hire car. Explore the city of Hobart and drive up Mount Wellington to get fantastic views of the city. Day 2 Hobart/Freycinet National Park: Leave Hobart this morning along the highway to the historical area of Port Arthur. Port Arthur was once home to thousands of convicts in the 19th century. After lunch travel onwards to Freycinet National Park taking in the spectacular views of Wineglass Bay (Hobart to Port Arthur approx. 1½ hours, Port Arthur to Freycinet approx. 2 hours). Day 3 Freycinet National Park: Day at leisure to explore the national park. Take a tour of an oyster farm, visit a winery, go to one of the islands or take a stroll along the famous Wineglass Bay.   Day 4 Freycinet National Park/St Helens: Drive up the coast to St Helens to explore the beautiful coast and clear turquoise waters of the Bay of Fires (approx. 1½ hours). Day 5 St Helens/Launceston: Take a leisurely morning drive to Launceston via the north east touring trail to the Tamar Valley to visit some of the many vineyards en route (approx 2 hours drive). Day 6 Launceston: This morning drop your hire car off, either downtown or at the airport. Alternatively extend your stay to explore the city of Launceston, cruise on the Tamar River or enjoy a walking trail taking in the history of the city.

Day 1 Launceston: Arrive in Launceston and pick up your hire car. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this historic city, or visit one of the many wineries in the Tamar Valley. Day 2 Launceston/Cradle Mountain: This morning leave Launceston en route to Cradle Mountain National Park using the Cradle Country touring route, which is one of the most scenic drives in Tasmania (approx 2 hours). Day 3 Cradle Mountain: A full day at leisure. A chance to explore the national park and take one of the walks around the area; the most popular is the walk around Dove Lake at the base of Cradle Mountain. Also look out for the different wildlife on Tasmania including the Tasmanian devil. Day 4 Cradle Mountain/Strahan: Leave the national park behind as you drive on to the coastal town of Strahan. Take in the local fisherman unloading their catch of the day, or take a ride on the West Coast Wilderness Railway which follows in the tracks of the early miners and pioneers (approx. 2-3 hours). Day 5 Strahan/Hobart: This morning take a cruise on Gordon River to marvel at the scenery around you in this World Heritage area before heading onwards in your car to Hobart (approx. 4 hours). Day 6 Hobart: This morning drop your hire car off, either downtown or at the airport. Alternatively extend your stay to explore the city of Hobart, visit the historic area or Port Arthur or, if staying on a Saturday, visit the bustling Salamanca markets in the morning.

What you need to know Departures: Daily. Accommodation: 3H Travelodge, Hobart; 3H Freycinet Lodge; 3H Tidal Waters Resort, St Helens; 4H Grand Chancellor, Launceston. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 6 days group H car hire and accommodation as stated.

What you need to know Departures: Daily. Accommodation: 4H Grand Chancellor, Launceston; 4H Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village; 3H Strahan Village; 3H Travelodge, Hobart. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 6 days group H car hire and accommodation as stated.

Strahan

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Derwent River, Hobart

Table Cape

South Bruny National Park: the Monument

Tasmanian Wonders

9 nights from

£1775

Escorted coach tour

Tasmanian Harvest Escorted small group tour

6 nights from

£2075

magnificent national parks • variety of beautiful scenery • historic sights and attractions to discover

wine tasting • delicious local produce • scenic vistas

Hobart 1 night ~ Queenstown 1 night ~ Cradle Mountain 1 night ~ Smithton 1 night ~ Launceston 2 nights ~ Bicheno 1 night ~ Hobart 2 nights

Hobart 3 nights ~ Launceston 2 nights ~ Cradle Mountain 1 night

Day 1 Hobart: Transfer from Hobart Airport to your hotel before an afternoon tour of Hobart. Highlights include Battery Point, Salamanca Place, the Botanic Gardens, Constitution Dock and Mount Nelson for views overlooking Hobart. Tonight you will meet your travel director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner. Day 2 Hobart/Queenstown: This morning head west to New Norfolk and the magnificent Mount 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 make the winding journey to Queenstown, along the rainforest bordered road of World Heritage protected FranklinGordon Wild Rivers National Park – a magnificent part of the world. Day 3 Queenstown/Cradle Mountain: Today begins with a spectacular cruise along the Gordon River. You’re sure to be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters, stained amber by buttongrass tannins, reflecting the untouched wilderness. Stop at Sarah Island for an insight into Tasmania’s lesser known convict history, at the Macquarie Harbour Penal Settlement. See Hell’s Gate and Heritage Landing, site of the 2,000 year old Huon Pine, then pass the towns of Rosebery and Tullah as you travel to your hotel on the boundary of sensational Cradle Mountain National Park. Day 4 Cradle Mountain/Smithton: This morning travel to gorgeous Dove Lake for spectacular views of Cradle Mountain, definitely a scenic highlight! Keep your eyes peeled for Bennetts wallabies, echidnas and pademelons grazing through the alpine heathlands. Then, picture rolling green hills and Friesian cows as 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. Picturesque Stanley is in your sights as you head west with a view of ‘the Nut’ and a chance to explore. Your final destination is Smithton. Day 5 Smithton/Launceston: First stop is Burnie for a guided tour of the Makers’ Workshop. Later, travel east along the coast through Penguin and Ulverstone then south to Sheffield for a wander through this town where colourful wall paintings adorn the town’s buildings. En route to Launceston you’ll visit Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm for a delicious afternoon tea featuring raspberries fresh as they come!

Day 1 Hobart: On arrival in Hobart this morning you’ll be transferred to your hotel, which is situated on the glorious waterfront. This afternoon your tour begins with a cruise down the Derwent River during which you’ll enjoy wine tasting and cultural regeneration at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). Day 2 Hobart: Morning at leisure to explore the market stalls of Salamanca Market. This afternoon delve into Tasmania’s unique history from its convict past to modern day with a walking tour. You’ll also taste wines from several Tasmanian wine regions, sample some Tasmanian Whisky and cider from a local craft cider house. Day 3 Bruny Island: After the short ferry ride to this secluded island visit the Bruny Island Cheese Company to taste a selection of gourmet cheeses in a beautiful bush setting. Next you can sample freshly shucked Pacific oysters before a beach walk, then enjoy Australia’s southern most vineyard before the ferry back to Hobart. Day 4 Hobart/Launceston: This morning take a short trip to visit Shene Estate before travelling on to World Heritage Listed Brickendon Estate, an original convict working farm. Take a walk through the stunning grounds before travelling on to Quamby Estate, an iconic country manor where you’ll stay for two nights. Day 5 Meander Valley: Travel through the Meander Valley, known for its produce and farm gate sellers. Enjoy farm visits before arriving at Railton to visit a micro brewery. Day 6 Launceston/Cradle Mountain: Explore the pristine inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park this morning with a guided walk around Dove Lake. This afternoon you are free to explore as you choose, whether you prefer a challenging hike or a more leisurely meander. Day 7 Cradle Mountain/Launceston: Travel towards Launceston via Tasmania’s rugged north coast stopping at a whisky distillery for a whisky walk. Continue to Launceston where your tour concludes.

Day 6 Launceston: This morning travel to Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre through the rolling hills and vineyards of the Tamar Valley. Beaconsfield Mine has a long rich gold mining history and your expert guide will bring to life the mine’s extraordinary past and tell you of incredible engineering feats, the town’s heritage and the dramatic historic events. This afternoon is free for you to explore Launceston. Maybe take a tour of Boags Brewery! Day 7 Launceston/Bicheno: Bridestowe Lavender Estate is your first stop today, then make a stop at the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees, planted in honour of fallen WWI soldiers. Stop at Pyengana Dairy Company and St Helens before arriving in the seaside hamlet of Bicheno. This evening you may like to take an optional tour to see Bicheno’s wild penguin colony as they emerge from the ocean for the night, or even take a tour to see Tassie Devils (additional expense). Day 8 Bicheno/Hobart: 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 magic! Travel through Swansea and Orford, then chart a course for Hobart. Day 9 Hobart/Port Arthur/Hobart: Explore Port Arthur Historic Site today. Cross Eaglehawk Neck to the Tasman Peninsula and enjoy a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a fascinating guided walk of Port Arthur’s infamous convict prison. You’ll have time to wander the site at your leisure before you return to Hobart. Day 10 Hobart: The tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer back to the airport.

What you need to know Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details. Accommodation: 3H hotels throughout. Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is also included on day 3. Dinner is also included on days 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 & 9. Tour price: The price shown for this AAT Kings tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes arrival and departure transfers, accommodation, sightseeing as outlined and services of an AAT Kings guide. International flights are not included. Shorter 3 or 5 night tours are also available. Please ask for details.

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What you need to know Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details. Accommodation: 4 & 5H accommodation. Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is also included on days 3, 4, 6 & 7. Dinner is also included on days 1, 4, 5 & 6. Tour price: The price shown for this AAT Kings small group tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes arrival and departure transfers, accommodation, sightseeing as outlined and services of an AAT Kings guide. International flights are not included.

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Western Australia

Perth

Welcome to the new frontier! Western Australia is one of the oldest lands on earth and boasts an Aboriginal history which dates back over 40,000 years. Rugged, barren desert cedes into miles and miles of untouched white sand coasts in a land which is one of the most isolated in the world.

Why visit western Australia? Spanning 1,490 miles from north to south Western Australia covers a third of the continent and is the largest state you can visit Down Under.

Kimberley Indian Ocean

Within its five diverse regions it’s an inspirational travel destination where you can experience Australia’s sunniest capital city along with a sun-blessed spread of relaxed towns; an arid desert landscape in a vast expanse of outback; one of the oldest living cultures on earth; UNESCO World Heritage reef and rock formations; world-class surf; premium wines; abundant wildlife and so much more! One of its greatest gifts however is the food and drink scene, so you are sure to eat and drink exceptionally well! The capital Perth, is one of Australia’s gourmet hot spots, while the acclaimed winelands of the Margaret River are on its doorstep. There’s also a burgeoning craft beer scene and excellent gin and whisky is also distilled here.

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Broome Port Headland

Bungle Bungles

Karratha Ningaloo Reef

Exmouth

Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia

Getting there: Perth is approximately 17 hours from the UK (including a stopover). Best time to go: As the second largest state in the world, Western Australia is very much a yearround destination with a Mediterranean climate in the south, desert in the east and tropical conditions in the north.

Kalbarri Geraldton

Western Australia

Cervantes

Kalgoorlie

Perth Fremantle Busselton Margaret River Albany

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Ningaloo Reef

Classic sights Perth: There’s no other state capital in Australia where you can enjoy the beach lifestyle, relax in natural bushland, sample world-class local wines and watch an ocean sunset all within just 30 minutes of the city. Averaging 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, it’s also the sunniest state capital and boasts a string of 19 beautifully clean and uncrowded beaches, from iconic Cottesloe to the surf hotspot of Scarborough. Situated beside the Swan River, the best city views are found from Kings Park and Botanic Garden where you can stroll the treetop walk or picnic among the gum trees. Another must see is the Swan Bells while retail therapy is on offer at King Street or the Murray and Hay Street malls. Fremantle: Known as ‘Freo’ by the Aussies, Fremantle lies just south of Perth on the coast. It’s a vibrant port city which blends the old with new creating an enriching cultural experience. Maritime, convict and colonial history can be explored in one of the best preserved examples of a 19th century port streetscape, while buzzing markets, lively bars and casual street cafes give you a taste of 21st century life with the locals.

Margaret River: Around three hours drive south of Perth, the quaint bustling town of Margaret River is the only wine region in Australia where you can hop from award-winning wineries and restaurants to stunning beaches, tall-timber forests, world-class surf breaks and ancient caves. Besides over 100 wineries, you’ll be spoilt for choice with many fine restaurants, boutique breweries, art galleries and fresh produce, from divine cheeses to chocolate. Those with a taste for adventure can indulge too, as the region is one of the best big-wave surfing locations with over 40 top spots along the coast. Venture inland and you’ll be dwarfed by some of the world’s tallest hardwood trees and awe-struck by the longest straw stalactite when you plunge into Jewel Cave.

Explore more… Busselton: In Busselton’s calm turquoise bay you can take a mile long stroll or train ride over the Indian Ocean on the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere. Below the waves, Australia’s best artificial reef can be viewed at the Underwater Observatory while in the town’s main street you can browse around numerous boutiques. Rottnest Island: Just half an hour from Fremantle by ferry, Rottnest Island is the only place to see quokkas – a cross between a rabbit and a kangaroo. A casual atmosphere and great beaches are a delight.

Albany: The breathtaking beauty of Albany’s rugged coastline creates a fitting backdrop to a dramatic whaling, convict and settler history. Coral Coast: A stunning region home to beaches, exotic marine life, national reserves and the bluest ocean you’ll see anywhere in the world. You’ll be in awe of World Heritage Listed Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef – the largest fringing reef on earth; you’ll love meeting Monkey Mia’s famous dolphins up close or wandering the fascinating natural formations of the Pinnacles Desert moonscape. For the ultimate coastal adventure, take a hike along Kalbarri’s dramatic landscape, where 400 million year old river gorges meet the Indian Ocean. The North West: One of the world’s last true wilderness areas and the place to go for an authentic Aussie outback adventure. Visit the tropical oasis of Broome to relax on the breathtaking Cable Beach and don’t miss the Bungle Bungle Range in the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park or the rocky landscapes of Karijini National Park. Kalgoorlie: The biggest city in the Australian outback, Kalgoorlie is a vibrant mix of gold rush history, grand colonial buildings and immense mining operations, surrounded by some of the most dazzling spring wildflowers and eerie gold-rush ghost towns.

Western Australia Perth hotels 100 Fremantle hotels 100 Western Australia hotels: Scarborough, Mandurah, Busselton, Margaret River, Monkey Mia, Broome 100-101 Western Australia day excursions 102 Western Australia self-drive tours 103 Western Australia coach tours 104-105

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Superior room

Sullivans HHH

Four Points by Sheraton Pan Pacific Perth HHHH

Perth

from

HHHHH

Perth

£59per person per night

Situated in Perth’s premier location, on the edge of the city centre adjoining the beautiful King’s Park and within easy walking distance of the city centre, Swan River and Barrack Street Jetty. The free CAT bus stops right outside the door giving easy access around the city. Enjoy a warm welcome from the friendly staff at this great value property. Features: 73 rooms • restaurant and bar • swimming pool • free guest bicycles • free internet terminal and WiFi • free parking Accommodation: In standard rooms with air-conditioning and shower. Upgrade options: standard family rooms • larger deluxe rooms with a balcony and city and park views • one and two bedroom apartments. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2: 01 Nov 16-31 Jan 17. Maximum 2 free nights.

from

Perth

£99per person per night

Offering a great location near the Central Business District close to the heart of the city and its many attractions, parks, and sporting events. The all-day dining restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere while the West End bar is the perfect spot to sample a beer from their international selection. Rooms are both contemporary and inviting to provide a welcome retreat after a busy day. Features: 278 rooms • restaurant • bar • gym • free WiFi in the lobby Accommodation: In superior rooms with air-conditioning, shower and mini bar. Upgrade options: deluxe rooms. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2: 01 Dec 16-31 Jan 17. Maximum 1 free night. FREE daily breakfast: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 3 nights.

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£86per person per night

A classic luxury hotel, surrounded by scenic vistas of Perth’s Swan River and lush historic gardens. Centrally located just a short walk from Perth’s best shopping, entertainment and attractions, the Pan Pacific offers superb leisure facilities, delicious Australian cuisine and delightful rooms with warm colours and custom-made furniture. Features: 486 rooms • 2 restaurants • bar • swimming pool • gym • steam rooms • spa • free WiFi • parking Accommodation: In deluxe rooms with air-conditioning, bath/ shower and mini bar. Upgrade options: pacific club rooms and suites offering access to a club lounge with daily breakfast. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE daily breakfast for two: 09 Dec 16-31 Jan 17 if you stay at least 4 nights; 14 Apr-31 Aug & 08 Dec 17-31 Jan 18 if you stay at least 4 nights. Offer applies to deluxe rooms.

Two bedroom superior apartment

Esplanade Hotel by Rydges Seashells Scarborough HHHH

HHH

Fremantle

from

£95per person per night

Located 20 minutes from Perth in the heart of Fremantle overlooking the fishing harbour, just a short walk to shopping, entertainment, restaurants and attractions. Relax amid the tropical setting of the swimming pools and simply enjoy the surroundings and by night unwind with a meal and drink in the Marine Lounge Bar. Features: 300 rooms • 2 restaurants • bar • 2 swimming pools • 3 whirlpools • sauna • gym • bicycle hire • free WiFi • parking Accommodation: superior rooms with air-conditioning, bath/ shower, mini bar, safe and balcony. Upgrade options: park view rooms • executive king rooms. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus

FREE nights 3 for 2: 01 Nov 16-31 Jan 17. Maximum 1 free night. 5 for 4: 01 Apr 17-31 Mar 18. Maximum 5 free nights. FREE daily breakfast for adults: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 2 nights.

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Scarborough

from

£65per person per night

Directly overlooking Scarborough Beach, just 15 minutes drive from Perth city centre. A short stroll away there are plenty of shops to explore, along with beachfront cafes, restaurants and lively bars. It’s the ultimate place to relax. Features: 54 apartments • 2 swimming pools • sauna • BBQ facilities • parking Accommodation: In superior two bedroom apartment with air-conditioning, bath/shower, kitchen, safe and an ocean facing balcony or courtyard. Upgrade options: Sandcastles three bedroom apartments. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 4 for 3: 01-30 Nov 16 & 01 Apr-30 Nov 17. Maximum 2 free nights.

Seashells Mandurah HHHH

Comet Bay

from

£69per person per night

Uniquely located on the beach at Comet Bay and right next to the Mandurah Ocean Marina. This is a perfect base for exploring the surrounding wine and beach regions of the south west. With spectacular views over the Indian Ocean or Peel Estuary and just 45 minutes from Perth this is an ideal a seaside escape. Features: 86 apartments • swimming pool • jacuzzi • tennis • BBQ facilities • parking Accommodation: In one bedroom apartments with airconditioning, bath/shower, kitchen and balcony. Upgrade options: 2 bedroom apartments. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2: 10-30 Nov 16 & 01 Apr-30 Nov 17. Maximum 2 free nights.

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Abbey Beach Resort HHHH

Busselton

from

Pullman Resort HHHHH

Margaret River

£69per person per night

This welcoming resort, which enjoys a quiet seaside ambience, is set right on Busselton’s beach and is ideally located for exploring the Margaret River wine region. There is a range of accommodation options to suit couples and families alike; the leisure facilities are sure to enhance your stay and the choice of restaurants won’t disappoint either. Features: 312 rooms • 2 restaurants • 2 bars • 2 outdoor swimming pools • indoor swimming pool • jacuzzi • sauna • gym • tennis • squash • children’s playground • bicycles • parking Accommodation: In studio rooms with air-conditioning, kitchenette, separate bath and shower and balcony. Upgrade options: one, two & three bedroom apartments Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus

from

Nestled on the secluded north facing beachfront of stunning Bunker Bay in the world renowned Margaret River wine region, yet only three hours from Perth. Ideal for couples and families seeking a relaxing weekend getaway with an array of leisure facilities and spacious villa accommodation. Features: 150 villas • restaurant and bar • swimming pool • spa • tennis • gym • library • parking Accommodation: In garden studio villas with air-conditioning, separate bath and shower, CD/DVD, mini bar, safe and balcony or patio. Upgrade options: lake view studio villas • two bedroom villas with a separate living/dining area and kitchen. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 7 for 5: 01-16 Nov, 24 Nov-23 Dec 16 & 12 Jan-31 Mar 17. Maximum 2 free nights. FREE daily breakfast: 20 Apr-20 Sep 17 if you stay at least 3 nights.

Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort HHH Dolphin Beach

Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa HHHHPlus Broome

£92per person per night

from

Margaret River

£86per person per night

FREE nights 4 for 3: 01 Nov-23 Dec 16, 15 Jan-23 Dec 17 & 14 Jan31 Mar 18.

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Cape Lodge

HHHHH

£79per person per night

from

£166per person per night

Sitting on its own secluded vineyard in the heart of the Margaret River wine region is one of Australia’s finest boutique vineyard lodges. Surrounded by stunning forest, lake and parkland scenery, whilst only minutes away from pristine beaches and the spectacular coastline of the Indian Ocean. The multi award-winning gourmet restaurant features wide over-water alfresco decking and has been described as one of Australia’s finest dining establishments. This private, sophisticated retreat is perfect for the discerning traveller. Features: 22 rooms • restaurant and bar • wine cellar • swimming pool • tennis • cookery school Accommodation: In garden rooms with air-conditioning, shower, CD, mini bar, safe and courtyard. Upgrade options: deluxe garden rooms • lake view suites • the lodge suites. Meals: Breakfast. Note: This hotel is not recommended for children.

Novotel Ningaloo

HHHH

Exmouth

from

£89per person per night

Located at Dolphin Beach in the heart of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, this has long been a popular escape and with its crystal clear waters, white shell beaches and daily visits from the dolphins, it’s not hard to see why.

This unique resort, with its blend of cultural influences and architecture, is the only Broome resort located on spectacular Cable Beach. It offers a range of accommodation, a variety of restaurants and bars, family friendly facilities as well as an escape for couples.

Located on Sunrise Beach in the Exmouth Marina, Novotel Ningaloo is the gateway to the Ningaloo Reef and the Cape Range National Park. Enjoy a relaxing holiday or an action packed break taking part in the many nature based activities the region has to offer.

Features: 84 rooms • 2 restaurants • bar • swimming pool • jacuzzi • tennis • internet cafe • BBQs • sailing • fishing • parking Accommodation: In garden or beach view villas with airconditioning, shower, fridge and veranda. Upgrade options: family studios • superior beach view rooms. Meals: Room only. Note: Entry fees apply to Monkey Mia Reserve, from AU$8 per adult.

Features: 231 rooms • restaurants and bars • 2 swimming pools (one for adults only) • spa • tennis • gym • golf nearby • beach volleyball • children’s playground • parking Accommodation: In garden view studios with air-conditioning, shower, mini bar, safe and veranda. Upgrade options: pool view studios • pool terrace studios • ocean side studios • classic bungalows. Meals: Room only.

Features: 102 rooms • swimming pool • restaurant • bar • gym • parking Accommodation: In standard rooms (king size bed only) with air-conditioning, shower and balcony overlooking the marina. Upgrade options: superior rooms • superior ocean view rooms • 1 bedroom apartments • 2 bedroom apartments. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 4 for 3: 01 Nov-21 Dec 16 & 09 Jan-31 Mar 17. FREE daily breakfast: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 3 nights.

Premier Plus FREE return airport transfers: Available from Broome Airport.

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Premier Plus FREE nights 5 for 4: 01 Nov-23 Dec 16, 09 Jan-31 Mar, 01 Nov-22 Dec 17 & 08 Jan-29 Mar 18. FREE daily breakfast: 01 Nov-23 Dec 16, 09 Jan-31 Mar, 01 Aug-22 Dec 17 & 08 Jan-29 Mar 18 if you stay at least 4 nights.

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Crawley Edge Boatshed, Swan River

Enhance your Stay

Excursions perfectly enhance your holiday and offer excellent value. Prices are per person. More available.

Perth & Fremantle City Explorer from £42

Perth’s Famous Wine Cruise from £99

Discover Rottnest Island from £99

Enjoy views of the Perth skyline and Swan River from King’s Park Botanical Gardens, where you will have time to experience a walk through the tree canopies on the Tree Top Walkway. See famous Cottesloe Beach before visiting the historic port city of Fremantle. See the University of Western Australia, Council House, Royal Perth Yacht Club, the Old Swan Brewery, Barrack Street Jetty and the Bell Tower. Available every morning from Perth.

Cruise upstream into the upper reaches of the picturesque Swan Valley. Morning tea is followed by a wine tasting from the local Swan Valley. Disembark directly at Sandalford Estate for a unique ‘behind the scenes’ winery tour followed by ‘Wine Flight’ tasting of 6 premium Sandalford wines. Lunch is served at the estate before reboarding the vessel for afternoon tea along with further ‘Wines of the Month’ whilst enjoying the passing view. Available daily from Perth.

Depart Perth and cruise down the beautiful Swan River to Fremantle, before crossing to Rottnest Island, Western Australia’s island playground. On arrival you have free time to explore at your leisure before a 90 minute coach tour of the island. The tour includes full commentary and visits all the island’s attractions and points of interest. Depart Rottnest Island at 4pm for your return journey to Perth, via Fremantle, arriving at around 6pm. Available daily from Perth.

Wave Rock Aboriginal Culture from £136

Fremantle Lunch Cruise from £47

Margaret River, Busselton & Cape Leeuwin from £136

The first stop is York before continuing to Hyden, home of Wave Rock and Hippo’s Yawn, an unusual natural rock formation shaped like a yawning hippopotamus. After lunch join an Aboriginal cultural tour of Wave Rock learning about dreamtime stories and discovering special Aboriginal sacred sites. Visit a Wildlife Park, view other intriguing rock formations and see ancient Aboriginal cave paintings. Return to Perth at approx. 8.30pm. Available Tue, Wed, Fri & Sun from Perth.

Depart late morning for this return scenic river cruise and your Captain will point out the sights including Perth’s impressive Bell Tower, Kings Park, the restored Swan Brewery, Royal Perth Yacht Club and the magnificent homes overlooking the river and Fremantle’s busy inner harbour. Enjoy a buffet lunch on the return cruise, with tea and coffee offered throughout the cruise. Early afternoon arrival back in Perth. Available daily from Perth.

First stop on this full day tour is Busselton before you continue to the Margaret River region and will visit the Bootleg Brewery for lunch, before a guided tour of Mammoth Cave. Travel south passing stunning Boranup Forest before driving past Augusta’s famous Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Next stop is a winery for a chance to taste some famous Margaret River wines. Return to the north of the region and stop for a light dinner (own expense) before late evening return to Perth. Available daily (except Sunday & Wednesday) from Perth.

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Ningaloo Reef

Nambung

Dolphins, Kalbarri & Pinnacles

Wine, Forest & £447 Wildlife

5 nights from

Self-drive tour

Monkey Mia

Dolphins, Reef & £489 Parks

5 nights from

Self-drive tour

8 nights from

£739

Self-drive tour

World Heritage coast • dolphin interaction • desert

scenic drives • treetop walk • beaches

marine park • magnificent reef • coastal walks

Geraldton 1 night ~ Monkey Mia 2 nights ~ Kalbarri 1 night ~ Cervantes 1 night

Busselton 1 night ~ Margaret River 2 nights ~ Pemberton 2 nights

Cervantes 1 night ~ Kalbarri 1 night ~ Carnarvon 1 night ~ Ningaloo Reef 2 nights ~ Monkey Mia 2 nights ~ Geraldton 1 night

Day 1 Perth/Geraldton: Leave Perth early this morning making your way up to Geraldton which is a major town in the mid-west, on a rugged stretch of coast. Day 2 Geraldton/Monkey Mia: Early start this morning driving to Monkey Mia, which is located on a unique section of the World Heritage coastline in Shark Bay. This area has spectacular beaches and is famous for the bottlenose dolphins. Day 3 Monkey Mia: At leisure to relax on the beach or enjoy a close encounter with the dolphins in the reserve, where they come up to the shore either alone or in groups of five or more. Wade knee deep in the ‘dolphin interaction zone’ for the dolphins to come up and nudge you (sightings are not guaranteed). Day 4 Monkey Mia/Kalbarri: Head back down the coast and into the Kalbarri National Park which boasts bushland and scenic gorges. There are walking trails to explore and, if you are visiting in spring, enjoy the display of wildflowers. Day 5 Kalbarri/Cervantes: Driving further south enter the seaport of Cervantes which is the entry point to the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. Here you can view the natural limestone rocks jutting out from the flat sandy desert. Day 6 Cervantes/Perth: Return drive to Perth to drop your hire car off either downtown or at the airport.

Day 1 Perth/Busselton: Travel down the coast to Busselton with its calm turquoise bays. Explore the shops, relax in one of the waterfront cafes and get closer to the colourful marine life at the Underwater Observatory. Alternatively, make your way to Geographe Bay where you can try windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving or snorkelling. Day 2 Busselton/Margaret River: Visit Bunbury this morning, a cosmopolitan city on a peninsula, surrounded by the blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Koombana Bay and Leschenault Islet. Continue to the Margaret River region, famed for its wineries and some of Australia’s best chefs. Day 3 Margaret River: At leisure. Explore the wineries, visit the network of underground caves, or people watch on Surfers Beach, tour the towering rainforest or enjoy coastal walks. Day 4 Margaret River/Pemberton: Pemberton is located deep in the Karri forests, where scenic drives through Warren National Park lead you through the 260 feet high forests. Take an eco walk through the forest or join an aboriginal guide. Day 5 Pemberton: A must visit today is to drive to WalponeNornalup National Park, a heavily forested area home to the famous Valley of the Giants. There are four species of rare eucalyptus, the giant tingle trees, and the impressive treetop walk, 1,800 feet long, in the canopy of these giant trees. Then go on to the Gloucester National Park, and if your nerves hold out, try to climb 180 feet up one of the great Gloucester trees for the best view around! Day 6 Pemberton/Perth: Return to Perth and drop off your car.

Day 1 Perth/Cervantes: Travel north to Yanchep National Park with its unique flora and fauna. Stop and take one of the treks or visit Crystal Cave. Continue to Cervantes, the entry point to the Pinnacles Desert within the Nambung National Park. Day 2 Cervantes/Kalbarri: Travel through the Kalbarri National Park, with acres of bushland and scenic gorges. Day 3 Kalbarri/Carnarvon: Enter Shark Bay World Heritage & Marine Park, an area dotted with spectacular beaches. Carnarvon is one of the main places for growing tropical fruits and tours of banana plantations can be arranged locally. Day 4 Carnarvon/Ningaloo Reef: The magnificent Ningaloo Reef lies along the Coral Coast. Here you can swim and snorkel viewing whale sharks, manta rays and tropical fish, yards from the beach. Day 5 Ningaloo Reef: Day at leisure to explore. Day 6 Ningaloo Reef/Monkey Mia: Early start venturing south along the coast to Monkey Mia. Here dolphins swim up to the beach (sightings are not guaranteed) and rangers hand feed them. Day 7 Monkey Mia: Day at leisure to relax or explore the area. Day 8 Monkey Mia/Geraldton: Head south through the Kalbarri National Park to Geraldton. Enjoy a coastal walk or stop at one of the many restaurants for some fabulous seafood. Day 9 Geraldton/Perth: Travel back along the coast, before returning your hire car in Perth.

What you need to know Departures: Daily. Accommodation: 3★ Best Western Hospitality Inn, Geraldton; 3★ Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort; 3★ Best Western Plus Kalbarri Edge Resort; 3★ Cervantes Pinnacles Motel. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 6 days group H car hire and accommodation as stated.

What you need to know Departures: Daily. Accommodation: 4★ Abbey Beach Resort Busselton; 5★ Pullman Resort Margaret River & 3★ Karri Valley Resort Pemberton. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 6 days group H car hire and accommodation as stated.

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What you need to know Departures: Daily. Accommodation: 3★ Cervantes Pinnacles Motel; 3★ Best Western Plus Kalbarri Edge Resort; 3★ Best Western Hospitality Inn, Carnarvon; 4★ Novotel Ningaloo Reef; 3★ Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort; 3★ Best Western Hospitality Inn, Geraldton. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 9 days group H car hire and accommodation as shown.

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Piccaninny Creek, Bungle Bungles

Coral Discovery - The Kimberley

Coral Expeditions Kimberley Cruise

10 nights from

£4999

Cruise

picturesque rivers • rock art • birdlife Coral Discoverer or Coral Expeditions I 10 nights

Boab Prison Tree

Fitzroy Crossing

Untamed Kimberley

10 nights from

£2995

Escorted coach tour

natural attractions • wildlife • culture Darwin 1 night ~ Katherine 1 night ~ Kununurra 2 nights ~ El Questro Wilderness Park 2 nights ~ Halls Creek 1 night ~ Fitzroy Crossing 1 night ~ Broome 2 nights Day 1 Darwin: This wonderful adventure begins with an afternoon tour of Darwin. See the mixture of old and new architectural styles and cultural influences including old Government House and the new Northern Territory Parliament building. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner this evening with your travel director and fellow travellers. Day 2 Darwin/Katherine: Travel south along the Stuart Highway stopping at Adelaide River War Cemetery along the way. This afternoon, continue through Katherine to Nitmiluk National Park for a relaxing cruise at Katherine Gorge. Feel the spirituality of the land and marvel at the gorges while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the traditional owners, the Jawoyn people. Day 3 Katherine/Kununurra: Watch the landscape transform as you journey across vast Aboriginal homelands into Western Australia. Visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum and then cruise along the Ord River to Kununurra which supports an abundance of life including fish, birds, marsupials and amphibians. Experience a magical sunset on the water before you arrive in Kununurra. 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 in the East Kimberley and during today’s tour of the town you’ll visit Mirima National Park. Afterwards, take in the views from Kelly’s Knob Lookout before an afternoon at leisure. Day 5 Kununurra/El Questro: Begin with a guided tour of Hoochery Distillery, makers of Ord River Rum. Travel to Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve (weather permitting) to see the birdlife of this region, including egrets, herons, ibises, magpie geese and maybe even a few jabirus and lurking crocodiles. Continue to the Gibb River Road and travel to El Questro Wilderness Park. Day 6 El Questro: Travel across the Pentecost River for a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterhole fringed by tropical vegetation and soaring escarpments. This afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy your surrounds or, join your travel director for a challenging hike to Emma Gorge for a dip in the crystal clear waterhole.

Day 7 El Questro/Halls Creek: Today visit the Argyle Diamond Mine. 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, situated on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, at the doorstep of the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park. Day 8 Halls Creek/Fitzroy Crossing: Travel through the Kimberley to the remote township of Fitzroy Crossing. Stop at the Yiyili Indigenous community before an afternoon cruise with a local guide through Geikie Gorge, which was formed by the waters of the Fitzroy River tunnelling through the Napier Range. Watch for freshwater crocodiles, fruit bats and wallabies as the high walls of the gorge tower above you. Day 9 Fitzroy Crossing/Broome: Travel to the tropical resort town of Broome on the Indian Ocean. On arrival, enjoy a Broome city sights tour with your Travel Director, before sitting back and relax with a drink to watch the spectacular sunset over the ocean. Day 10 Broome: Today you have a full day to explore this tropical hideaway. At some stage you may enjoy a leisurely stroll along the 22 kilometres of pristine sand and swim in the turquoise water that is Cable Beach. Wander through Chinatown or shop for pearls. This evening join your travelling companions for dinner to celebrate your wonderful trip across the Kimberley. Day 11 Broome: Bid farewell to your travelling companions as your tour concludes after breakfast.

What you need to know Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details. Accommodation: In 3H+ hotels. Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is also included on day 7 & 8. Dinner is also included on days 1-9. Tour price: The price shown for this AAT Kings First Choice tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 10 nights accommodation, sightseeing as outlined and services of a tour guide. Flights excluded. AAT Kings First Choice tours include premium accommodation in central locations, a variety of meals plus unique dining experiences and sightseeing.

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Day 1 Darwin: Morning departure from Darwin when the ship crosses Cambridge Gulf and sails into Western Australia waters. Day 2 King George River and Falls: Discover the first of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers, the King George. Aboard Explorer, a specially designed excursion vessel, explore scenic gorges and in inflatable zodiacs, cruise close to the base of magnificent King George Falls. Later, visit Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration. Day 3 Vansittart Bay DC3 and Jar Island: Enjoy a walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3 which crash landed on the beach during WWII. Later, visit Jar Island and discover the island’s outstanding rock art gallery. Day 4 Hathaway’s Hideaway and Mitchell Falls: Anchor in Winyalken Bay and travel aboard Explorer to see the maze of natural sandstone caves known as Hathaway’s Hideaway. Later, you may wish to take a helicopter flight over the Mitchell Plateau for close up views of the mighty four-tiered Mitchell Falls (additional expense). Day 5 Bigge Island and Careening Bay: Discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island, then explore Careening Bay. Day 6 Prince Regent River and King Cascades: Cruise the mighty Prince Regent River aboard Explorer to breathtaking King Cascades, an unusual and picturesque waterfall. Enjoy a picnic lunch at beautiful Camp Cree and a leisurely swim in the fresh water pools. Day 7 Montgomery Reef and Doubtful Bay: Today savour a truly unforgettable moment as Montgomery Reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean as the tide ebbs. Travel aboard the Explorer and zodiacs to experience this natural phenomenon up close and discover the reef’s diverse marine life. Later, cruise through scenic Doubtful Bay. Day 8 Raft Point and Ruby Falls: Cruising through Kuri Bay, home of the south sea pearl industry, travel ashore at Raft Point and visit a secluded and interesting Aboriginal rock art gallery. Later, explore Red Cone Creek and enjoy a cooling dip at Ruby Falls. Day 9 Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago: Cruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to over 800 islands. In Talbot Bay, the region’s tides create an amazing spectacle, the unique Horizontal Falls, described by David Attenborough as “one the greatest natural wonders in the world”. Board the zodiacs for an exhilarating ride through the falls. Later, explore Silica Beach on Hidden Island with its stunning white sands and crystal clear waters. Day 10 Lacapede Islands: Cruise through Pender Bay and, subject to weather and tides, visit the Lacepede Islands. This nature reserve has been identified as an ‘Important Bird Area’ so as you board the zodiacs and explore the island’s lagoon, keep an eye out for many species of marine birdlife including Australian Pelicans, frigatebirds, egrets, gulls and terns. The islands are also renowned as Western Australia’s most significant breeding grounds for the Green Turtle, often seen nesting on the islands. Day 11 Broome: Your cruise concludes in Broome this morning.

What you need to know Departures: On specific dates between Apr-Oct. Accommodation: In twin/double cabin on either Coral Discoverer or Coral Expeditions I. Both of these small ships provide the luxury and convenience of larger cruise ships yet with just 72 passengers (Discoverer) or 44 passengers (Coral Expeditions I), are small enough to access sites beyond the reach of larger vessels. Meals: Full board including house wine and beer served with lunch and dinner, morning and afternoon teas and 24 hour tea/coffee station. Tour price: The price shown for Coral Expeditions cruise is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes accommodation, services of expedition staff including lectures, briefings, presentations and group activities. Flights excluded.

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Broome Beach

Pinnacles

Fortescue Falls

West Coast Adventure

17 nights from

£4669

Escorted coach tour

historic towns • dramatic landscapes • wildlife Perth 1 night ~ Kalbarri 1 night ~ Monkey Mia 1 night ~ Carnarvon 1 night ~ Exmouth 1 night ~ Tom Price 1 night ~ Karratha 1 night ~ Port Hedland 1 night ~ Broome 2 nights ~ Fitzroy Crossing 1 night ~ Halls Creek 1 night ~ El Questro Wilderness Park 2 nights ~ Kununurra 1 night ~ Katherine 1 night ~ Darwin 1 night Day 1 Perth: On arrival in Perth you will be met and transferred to your hotel before an afternoon tour of Perth. Enjoy a welcome dinner. Day 2 Perth/Kalbarri: Travel to Nambung National Park to see the limestone pillars of the Pinnacles. Continue to the coastal town of Kalbarri, a favourite holiday playground blessed with a stunning coastline, soaring river gorges and protected swimming bays. Day 3 Kalbarri/Shark Bay: Set out for World Heritage listed Shark Bay, stopping en route at the township of Denham. Discover the incredible beauty of Shark Bay as you sail across the calm waters on a sunset cruise. Enjoy a taste of Australia with a sumptuous seafood dinner. Day 4 Shark Bay/Carnarvon: Take the opportunity this morning to stroll to Dolphin Beach to hopefully catch a glimpse of the wild dolphins that regularly swim into the shallows to mingle with people. The journey then continues to Shell Beach and Hamelin Pool. Day 5 Carnarvon/Exmouth: Arrive in Coral Bay, gateway to World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Cruise aboard a glass-bottom boat above the reef for a chance to view the tropical fish and the hundreds of varieties of coral. You will then see Vlamingh Head Lighthouse and then continue to Exmouth. Day 6 Exmouth/Tom Price: Pass through the outback landscapes of the Pilbara to the remote mining town of Tom Price, which nestles in the Hamersley Ranges at the foot of Mount Nameless. Enjoy a tour of the mine before dinner. Day 7 Tom Price/Karratha: Today explore one of Australia’s most awe-inspiring natural attractions, Karijini National Park. See the cascading waters of Fortescue Falls at Dales Gorge and take in the panorama from Oxers Lookout before continuing to Karratha.

Day 8 Karratha/Port Hedland: Tour Karratha today, then journey onwards to Roebourne, the oldest surviving town in the North West. Today’s final destination is Port Hedland which sits at the heart of a region as rich in indigenous culture and history as it is natural wonders. Day 9 Port Hedland/Broome: Travel to Broome for a guided tour of this historic pearling town. The discovery of pearls in the 1802 fuelled a mass migration almost as epic as the gold rush. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Day 10 Broome: A full day at leisure to explore Broome, which mother nature has blessed with a vast expanse of beautiful white sand and turquoise water at Cable Beach. You may prefer to simply relax and stroll at leisure or alternatively, why not take an iconic camel ride along the beach? Day 11 Broome/Fitzroy Crossing: Head inland to remote Fitzroy Crossing, a true outback town set on the banks of the Fitzroy River. Day 12 Fitzroy Crossing/Halls Creek: Enjoy a cruise of the stunning Geikie Gorge, a spectacular waterway with soaring weathered cliffs and abundant wildlife. Travel onwards to Halls Creek, the site of Western Australia’s first gold discovery in 1885. Today, Hall’s Creek is home to successful farming and mining industries and is a great base for exploring the area’s natural and historic attractions. Day 13 Halls Creek/El Questro: Tour the Lirgarn Argyle Diamond Mine, one of the worlds largest suppliers of diamonds. Continue to El Questro Wilderness Park whose one million acres of diverse landscape ranges from rugged sandstone ranges and broad tidal flats, to rainforest pockets, gorges and permanent waterfalls.

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Day 14 El Questro: Visit Zebedee Springs for a refreshing dip, then cruise Chamberlain Gorge to see the native flora and fauna. Later, perhaps walk into Emma Gorge to swim under the stunning droplet waterfall. Tonight, enjoy a taste of Western Australia with a delicious home-style dinner beneath a blanket of stars. Day 15 El Questro/Kununurra: See majestic Lake Argyle, the largest man made lake in the Southern Hemisphere before a cruise along the mighty Ord River. Day 16 Kununurra/Katherine: Pass through the small roadside town of Timber Creek on the way to Katherine. Day 17 Katherine/Darwin: Cruise through dramatic Katherine Gorge, keeping your eyes peeled for crocodiles! Travel onwards to Darwin and enjoy a farewell dinner this evening. Day 18 Darwin: Morning transfer to the airport where your tour ends.

Premier Plus £250 discount (per person): On selected tours departing between 01 Oct 17-31 Mar 18 if you book by 28 Feb 17.

What you need to know Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details. Accommodation: In 3H hotels throughout. Meals: Breakfast. Dinner is also included on days 1, 3, 13, 14 & 17. Tour price: The price shown for this Travelmarl by APT tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes arrival and departure airport transfers, 17 nights accommodation, sightseeing as outlined and services of a tour guide. Flights excluded. The itinerary shown is valid for departures until-Sep 17 and may vary slightly after this date.

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New Zealand

Milford Sound

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Lake Tekapo

It’s been said many times before, but this time, it’s undisputedly true – this is a country which has it all. Award-winning wines, cultural diversity, spectacular landscapes, snow-capped peaks, sparkling glaciers, smoking volcanoes, sweeping coastlines with miles of sandy beaches, glimmering fiords, lush rainforest, adrenalin boosting adventures … all wrapped up in a package the size of Great Britain. A country which so many dream of visiting, so what’s stopping you? Just do it, you won’t be disappointed!

New Zealand New Zealand destination guide New Zealand tours

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17-19 & 110-113

North Island destination guide

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North Island hotels

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North Island day excursions

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North Island tour

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North Island side trips & self-drive tours 122-123 South Island destination guide

124-125

South Island hotels

126-129

South Island day excursions

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South Island tour

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South Island side trips & self-drive tours 132-133

See also Accommodation passes

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Car hire

7

Motorhomes 8 Cruise & stay itineraries Tongariro

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Planning your holiday

Champagne Pool at Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua

Why visit New Zealand? Made up of two rather remote islands (and many smaller ones), this tiny country is one of the world’s greatest tourist destinations thanks to the incredible unspoilt scenery, naturally warm and friendly people, pleasant climate and fascinating blend of cultures.

Indulging in local food and wine is a must-do for almost certainly have the chance to try the “Hongi” many travellers. If gastronomy and the odd tipple are – the traditional Maori greeting where two people high on your agenda, New Zealand won’t disappoint rub noses. And even the non-rugby lovers amongst with vineyards stretching throughout every region and us couldn’t fail to recognise the familiar sounds and actions of the “Haka”, an ancient Maori dance, which chefs adding local twists to fine cuisine. has made the New Zealand All Blacks famous the New Zealand’s 29 regions stretch more than 990 miles across two main islands – North Island and world over. South Island, along with the lesser known Stewart Island in the south. Each destination is distinctive in Cape Reinga character and, with the country being so compact, Paihia you can easily visit several on your holiday. North Island has a spine of mountain ranges flanked on either side by gently rolling farmland, whilst the central area is a volcanic plateau and thermal area with the mud pools, hot springs and geysers of Rotorua at its heart. On South Island, the Southern Alps form a towering land mass along the west of the island and to the east, the landscape is of undulating hills and the flat Canterbury Plains. The country boasts a blissfully uncrowded stretch of coastline with a diversity all of its own. North Island and the north of South Island have the lion’s share of the sandy beaches, whilst the rest of South Island is wilder and more rugged. The Southern Alps are home to Australasia’s highest peak, Mount Cook as well as Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Marlborough Sound and the Fiordlands are examples of mountain ranges which have ‘sunk’ into the sea creating spectacular sounds and fiords. Milford Sound particularly is typical of the fabulous scenery for which New Zealand is renowned. New Zealand’s Maori culture is an integral part of Kiwi life and adds a dynamic experience for visitors. Rotorua, on the central plateau of North Island, has one of the greatest concentrations of Maori residents in the country and is one of the best places to experience this unique culture. You’ll

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Kaitaia

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Auckland Hamilton

Tasman Sea

North Island

Whangarei

New Plymouth

Coromandel Roturua Taupo

Palmerston North

Gisborne Napier Hastings Waipukurau

Masterton Abel Tasman Martinborough National Park Picton Lower Hutt Nelson Wellington Westport Blenheim Punakaiki Kaikoura Greymouth Hokitika Franz Josef Fox Glacier Christchurch Mount Cook Ashburton South Wanaka Timaru Milford Lake Island Sound Ohau Queenstown Oamaru Fiordland Te Anau Alexandra Dunedin South Pacific Ocean Doubtful Sound

Stewart Island

Invercargill

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Create your perfect New Zealand holiday

What you need to Know

Whether you’re planning your first visit or a much-anticipated return to New Zealand the options are seemingly endless, so we’re here to help... It’s the perfect destination for…

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Independent travellers with a desire to explore. There are some amazing experiences to be had and a country of such a manageable size is perfect for touring, whether it’s on an escorted coach tour, on a self-drive itinerary by car or in a motorhome. As an added bonus, the Kiwis drive on the left. Although there are some long distances, where you can drive for miles without seeing another vehicle, in fact, most major spots tend to be no more than 4-5 hours drive apart.

If adventure appeals, New Zealand offers a long list of thrilling activities to get your blood racing, particularly in the town of Queenstown; or perhaps you’d like to explore the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers where heli-hikes are available. However, the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other is the best way to appreciate New Zealand’s pristine outdoor environments, such as Mount Cook National Park, Fiordland, Marlborough and the Coromandel Peninsula. By spending time on tracks and trails, you can use all your senses to absorb the extraordinary beauty of national parks, conservation areas, coastal zones and forest reserves..

Classic New Zealand Jam-packed with scenic wonders and things to do, the hardest part of planning your holiday will be deciding where to go first! Our selection of coach tours on pages 110-113 or the fantastic self-drive tour on pages 123 ensure all the highlights can be seen during one holiday. If time is limited however and you’re a first time visitor to New Zealand, we would certainly recommend that your itinerary includes the lovely city of Auckland, the picturesque Bay of Islands region and the geothermal wonders and Maori culture of Rotorua.

New Zealand and beyond Depending on the airline you travel with, your journey to New Zealand will involve a stopover in either the USA, a Middle East or Far East city. If time allows, we do suggest breaking up your journey with a city stay in Los Angeles, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok. Alternatively, why not combine New Zealand with near neighbour Australia for a complete Antipodean adventure? Or, after touring this magnificent country where better to unwind completely than an idyllic South Pacific island? See pages 16-17 for a selection of our multi-centre itineraries.

Bay of Islands

Marlborough

The prices All accommodation and tour lead-in prices shown are based on the best value travel dates in low season.

Flight time Most international flights arrive into Auckland, located on the North Island. From here, connecting domestic flights fly into most cities. All flights from the UK involve a stopover, either in the USA, Middle East or Far East. Journey time to Auckland from the UK is approx 24½ hours; Wellington 27 hours and Christchurch 26 hours.

Best time to go North Island is the warmer of the two islands as it is closer to the equator and enjoys a subtropical climate with winter temperatures around 6ºC and summers, a comfortable average of 23ºC. Winters on the South Island, especially in the mountains, can be as cold as -10ºC. However, coastal regions enjoy mild temperatures with January and February the warmest months and July the coldest.

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

Fox Glacier

Our favourite combinations We have handpicked a few of our favourite itineraries to guide and tempt you, however our specialists are on hand to help create the perfect holiday experience for you, at the best possible price.

Classic New Zealand

City & Adventure

City, Mountains & Lakes

9 nights from £1549 4 nights Mercure, Auckland 3 nights Scenic Circle, Bay of islands 2 nights Sudima, Rotorua

10 nights from £1899 5 nights Rydges Latimer, Christchurch 5 nights Copthorne Hotel, Queenstown

13 nights from £1999 5 nights Rydges Latimer, Christchurch TranzAlpine train to Greymouth 2 nights Kingsgate, Greymouth 2 nights Distinction, Fox Glacier 4 nights Copthorne, Queenstown

Includes 10 days car hire.

Includes one day Milford Sound cruise excursion from Queenstown.

Includes 9 days car hire from Greymouth. Prices are per person based on two sharing and include return international flights, accommodation and domestic flights between each city, except where indicated

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Bowen Falls

Highlights of New Zealand

Escorted coach tour

15 nights from

£2699

cities • lakes and mountains • glaciers Christchurch 1 night ~ Omarama 1 night ~ Dunedin 1 night ~ Te Anau 1 night ~ Queenstown 2 nights ~ Fox Glacier 1 night ~ Christchurch 1 night ~ Wellington 2 nights ~ Rotorua 2 nights ~ Bay of Islands 2 nights ~ Auckland 1 night Day 1 Christchurch: On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. Day 2 Christchurch/Omarama: After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (additional expense) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama. Day 3 Omarama/Dunedin: Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Tonight, enjoy a Scottish evening with bagpipes, great food and special Haggis Ceremony. Day 4 Dunedin/Te Anau: Travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour to hear about the tragic and scandalous history. Travel onwards through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (additional expense). Day 5 Te Anau/Queenstown: Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon travel to Queenstown, overlooking magical Lake Wakatipu. Day 6 Queenstown: Today is at leisure. Your Coach Captain is available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner followed by a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw and cruise back to Queenstown. Day 7 Queenstown/Fox Glacier: Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel to Fox Glacier. Time is available to experience a scenic flight (additional expense, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Day 8 Fox Glacier/Christchurch: Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into Arthur’s Pass and board The TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to the elegant city of Christchurch. Day 9 Christchurch/Wellington: Travel to the seaside village of Kaikoura, enjoying spectacular scenery as you travel through Marlborough Country. Continue to Picton, where you board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington. Day 10 Wellington: Today explore this exciting region beginning with Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, followed by an extensive city tour. At leisure this afternoon. Day 11 Wellington/Rotorua: Depart Wellington and view the snow capped peaks of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro as you travel to Lake Taupo. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls then travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Day 12 Rotorua: Today begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome Geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert. Day 13 Rotorua/Bay of Islands: This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland. Continue via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. Day 14 Bay of Islands: This morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands on board a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning via Russell to Paihia for a free afternoon. A range of optional activities are available or you may choose to relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront. Day 15 Bay of Islands/Auckland: Depart the Bay of Islands this morning and travel via Whangarei and Dargaville to Matakohe. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum before continuing to Auckland for a city sights tour. This evening you will be treated to a farewell dinner with your new found friends. Day 16 Auckland: The tour ends with a transfer to the airport.

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing

What you need to know Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details. Accommodation: 3H-3Hplus hotels throughout. Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is also included on day 5. Dinner is also included on days 1-4, 6-9 & 11-15. Tour price: The price shown for this Grand Pacific Tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return airport transfers, accommodation, hotel porterage, sightseeing as outlined, TranzAlpine rail journey, four cruises and services of a Grand Pacific Coach Captain. Flights excluded.

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Arthurs Pass, Christchurch

Milford Sound

Dunedin Railway Station

New Zealand by Rail, Coach & Overnight Cruise Escorted coach tour

18 nights from

£3699

city sights • scenic rail journey • overnight cruise Auckland 1 night ~ Bay of Islands 2 nights ~ Auckland 1 night ~ Rotorua 2 nights ~ Wellington 2 nights ~ Christchurch 2 nights ~ Franz Josef 1 night ~ Queenstown 2 nights ~ Milford Sound 1 night ~ Te Anau 1 night ~ Dunedin 2 nights ~ Christchurch 1 night Day 1 Auckland: On arrival at Auckland airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day 2 Auckland/Bay of Islands: Enjoy an Auckland city sights tour before travelling to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Continue to the Bay of Islands for a tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Day 3 Bay of Islands: This morning cruise aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for dolphins before returning to Paihia. Afternoon at leisure. Day 4 Bay of Islands/Auckland: Depart the beautiful Bay of Islands and visit the Kauri Museum in Matakohe. Drive south to Auckland’s north shore for some free time at leisure. Day 5 Auckland/Rotorua: Travel to Glenbrook Vintage Railway for a nostalgic trip back in time on a beautifully restored vintage steam train. Return to Glenbrook Station and travel by coach through magnificent countryside to Rotorua and visit Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. Day 6 Rotorua: Today begins with a Gondola ride to Skyline Rotorua where you can enjoy spectacular views during breakfast. Travel to the Agrodome for a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trial. Travel to Te Puia and enjoy an evening Maori Hangi and concert. Day 7 Rotorua/Wellington: Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to spectacular Huka Falls. Continue to scenic Lake Taupo and then travel, via the Tongariro National Park, to Wellington. Day 8 Wellington: Enjoy time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum and then an extensive city tour of Wellington. Afternoon at leisure. Day 9 Wellington/Christchurch: Board the Interislander Ferry, cross Cook Strait and through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Pacific for a spectacular rail journey. Disembark in Kaikoura and travel onwards by coach to Christchurch. Day 10 Christchurch: Visit the International Antarctic Centre before embarking on a city tour. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Day 11 Christchurch/Franz Josef: Board the TranzAlpine and travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges as you ascend to Arthur’s Pass in the centre of the Southern Alps. Travel by coach to Hokitika before reaching Franz Josef where you may opt to join a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the glaciers.

Day 12 Franz Josef/Queenstown: See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into picturesque Queenstown. Day 13 Queenstown: Day at leisure. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station for a gourmet barbecue dinner. Day 14 Queenstown/Milford Sound: Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via Te Anau, to Milford Sound and board the Milford Mariner for your overnight cruise. View the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. Day 15 Milford Sound/Te Anau: Head back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) and explore more of the fiord. At the wharf disembark for a scenic drive to Te Anau. This afternoon enjoy a cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Glow Worm Caves. Day 16 Te Anau/Dunedin: Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin. Board the Silver Fern Railcar for a spectacular journey. On return to Dunedin’s historic Railway Station board the coach for an informative city tour. Tonight enjoy the Haggis Ceremony. Day 17 Dunedin: Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour. Vsit Glenfalloch Restaurant for a delightful morning tea. Return to the city for free time, you might like to take the Taieri Gorge rail journey (additional expense). Day 18 Dunedin/Christchurch: This morning visit Olveston House, a prestigious historic home. Travel to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner. Day 19 Christchurch: The tour ends with a transfer to the airport.

What you need to know Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details. Accommodation: 4H hotels throughout. Meals: Breakfast. Dinner is also included on days 1, 2, 4-7, 9, 11 & 13-18. Tour price: The price shown for this Grand Pacific Tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return airport transfers, accommodation, sightseeing as outlined, four rail journeys, five cruises and services of a Grand Pacific tour guide. Flights excluded.

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Upgrade your Tour Upgrade your tour to the ‘Ultimate Coach’ which offers ‘business class on wheels’ with higher category hotels and a full size coach reconfigured with only 20 luxury leather seats and a cutting edge design. Upgrade supplement available from £1659.

Ultimate Coach The Ultimate Coach features include:• 20 luxury leather reclining seats with adjustable headrest and calf support • Panoramic viewing and air-conditioning • Personal audio control unit and individual USB point for charging your camera, mobile phone etc • Onboard toilet • Complimentary daily onboard WiFi allowance Alila Manggis superior room

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Mitre Peak, Milford Sound

Rotorua

Kaikoura

New Zealand Getaway

14 nights from

£2470

Escorted coach tour

stunning natural scenery • dolphin watching • optional activities available to enhance your tour Auckland 1 night ~ Bay of Islands 2 nights ~ Auckland 1 night ~ Rotorua 2 nights ~ Wellington 1 night ~ Christchurch 1 night ~ Fox Glacier 1 night ~ Queenstown 2 nights ~ Te Anau 1 night ~ Dunedin 1 night ~ Lake Tekapo 1 night Day 1 Auckland: On arrival at Auckland airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day 2 Auckland/Bay of Islands: Travel north to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve to see the giant Kauri tree Tane Mahuta, ‘Lord of the Forest’. Continue to the Bay of Islands. Day 3 Bay of Islands: Day at leisure. Home to 144 stunning islands, the Bay of Islands offers nature experiences and scenic cruises. Day 4 Bay of Islands/Auckland: Explore New Zealand’s finest national maritime park on a dolphin watching cruise to Cape Brett and cruise through the Hole in the Rock. Day 5 Auckland/Rotorua: Travel to the Waitomo caves for a guided tour of the underground limestone caverns, lit by thousands of tiny glow-worms. This afternoon arrive in Rotorua and tonight immerse yourself in Maori culture with a Hangi feast. Day 6 Rotorua: Visit one of New Zealand’s best loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional helicopter flight for views over the active White Island volcano (own expense). Day 7 Rotorua/Wellington: Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo – the largest freshwater lake in Australasia – and thundering Huka Falls. Continue south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage listed Tongariro National Park to Wellington. Day 8 Wellington/Christchurch: Cruise across Cook Strait through the breathtaking Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds to Picton. Continue along the spectacular scenic drive between the

Pacific Ocean and rugged Kaikoura Ranges. Travel via the seaside town of Kaikoura to Christchurch. Day 9 Christchurch/Fox Glacier: This morning you may wish to board the award-winning TranzAlpine train (own expense). Cross the Canterbury Plains and enjoy stunning scenery as you journey across the magnificent Southern Alps. Alternatively enjoy the journey by coach. Day 10 Fox Glacier/Queenstown: Cross the snow-capped Southern Alps and travel through Haast Pass. Trace the shorelines of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown. Day 11 Queenstown: Day at leisure to explore Queenstown. You may wish to join the TSS Earnslaw for a cruise and tour of Walter Peak Station or perhaps take a gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for an amazing view over Queenstown (own expense). Day 12 Queenstown/Te Anau: Follow the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park. Journey along the Milford Road to Milford Sound. Board a boat to cruise along the full length of this beautiful fiord before continuing your journey to Te Anau. Day 13 Te Anau/Dunedin: Journey through rolling Southland countryside to Dunedin. Enjoy a city tour on arrival before visiting Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Day 14 Dunedin/Lake Tekapo: Travel along the coast and see the Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach, then stop at Oamaru. Day 15 Lake Tekapo/Christchurch: Visit the little Church of the Good Shepherd before travelling across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This afternoon your tour ends at the airport.

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Queenstown

Premier Plus £200 discount (per person): On selected tours departing between 01 Oct 17-31 Mar 18 if you book by 28 Feb 17.

What you need to know Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details. Accommodation: 3H hotels throughout. Meals: Breakfast. Dinner is also included on days 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13 & 14. Tour price: The price shown for this Travelmarl by APT tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes accommodation, sightseeing as outlined and services of a tour director. Flights excluded.

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Hobbiton

Hokitika Gorge

Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook

New Zealand Wonderland Escorted coach tour

16 nights from

£3645

guided tours and sightseeing options • scenic voyages • unforgettable natural vistas Auckland 1 night ~ Bay of Islands 2 nights ~ Auckland 1 night ~ Rotorua 2 nights ~ Wellington 2 nights ~ Christchurch 1 night ~ Franz Josef 1 night ~ Queenstown 2 nights ~ Te Anau 1 night ~ Dunedin 1 night ~ Mount Cook 1 night ~ Christchurch 1 night Day 1 Auckland: On arrival at Auckland you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Choose from a range of exciting sightseeing options. Perhaps take a cruise on Waitemata Harbour; head off on a Waiheke Island wine tour; see the fascinating marine life at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium; explore Auckland Museum; set off on a Wilderness Adventure; or take a trip to the harbourside suburb of Devonport. Day 2 Auckland/Bay of Islands: Cross Auckland’s busy Harbour Bridge this morning and travel along the Hibiscus Coast. Stop at Matakohe’s Kauri Museum for an insight into the rich pioneering history of New Zealand’s Northland region. Continue to the stunning Bay of Islands and visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds then visit the Maori Meeting House and War Canoe. Day 3 Bay of Islands: Discover this spectacular region with a choice of activities. Perhaps tour Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northernmost point; experience life aboard a tall ship; embark on a dolphin watching adventure; take a mini tour of Russell; or return to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for an enriching guided tour. Day 4 Bay of Islands/Auckland: Explore the spectacular Bay of Islands on a dolphin watching cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Meander through the inner islands, admiring the picturesque sandy beaches and rocky outcrops, then relax in a secluded bay. Return to Auckland. Day 5 Auckland/Rotorua: Travel to Waitomo for a guided tour of the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an eerie glow. Continue to Rotorua and this evening, immerse yourself in Maori culture with a traditional Hangi Feast. Day 6 Rotorua: Today you have a choice of sightseeing options. Perhaps discover the icons of Rotorua at the Agrodome Farm Show; make your way to Rainbow Springs Nature Park and visit the Te Puia Thermal Reserve; experience Middle-earth on a Hobbiton Movie Set tour; enjoy an eco-thermal tour; or explore the Rotorua Museum. Day 7 Rotorua/Wellington: Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway to the heart of New Zealand’s North Island this morning. View the Wairakei Steam Valley, then visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupo before travelling across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage listed Tongariro National Park to Wellington.

Day 8 Wellington: Discover the delights of the New Zealand capital with a city sightseeing tour, including New Zealand’s national museum – Te Papa Tongarewa. Afterwards, ride the iconic cable car for a fresh perspective of this coastal city. Day 9 Wellington/Christchurch: Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait to Picton. Rejoin your coach and travel to the quaint town of Kaikoura and onwards to Christchurch. Day 10 Christchurch/Franz Josef: Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures through the striking farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and across the magnificent Southern Alps. Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika for the opportunity to see pounamu (jade) being skilfully carved into jewellery. Continue along the dramatic west coast to Franz Josef where the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds include Franz Josef Glacier, one of just three glaciers in the world that descends into temperate rainforest. Day 11 Franz Josef/Queenstown: Enjoy truly breathtaking scenery along the Haast River before reaching Queenstown. Tonight choose from four tempting dining experiences including a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant. Day 12 Queenstown: Today’s sightseeing options include a Safari of the Scenes Tour which includes film locations from The Lord of the Rings trilogy; thrill seekers may enjoy an exhilarating jet boat ride, a Skippers Canyon adventure or Dart River safari. Or, tour the country’s premier wine region; a 4WD tour of Mt Nicholas; a lakeshore forest and bird walk. Day 13 Queenstown/Te Anau: Embark on one of the most scenic drives today as you journey along the Milford Road. Wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then drive through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the sight of Mitre Peak. Continue to Milford Sound for a cruise of this pristine fiord and then drive to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau. Day 14 Te Anau/Dunedin: This morning, journey through the rolling Southland countryside to Dunedin. This afternoon, your sightseeing options include a tour of Larnach Castle; a visit to Olveston House; a journey on the Taieri Gorge Railway; a tour of Speight’s Brewery; visit an albatross colony; see penguins or take an off-road tour of the Otago Peninsula.

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Day 15 Dunedin/Mt Cook: Journey north and stop to view the large spherical Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach. Continue to World Heritage listed Mt Cook National Park where you have a choice of activities. Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre; or, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. Day 16 Mt Cook/Christchurch: Travel to picturesque Lake Tekapo and visit the tiny Church of Good Shepherd. Later, travel through delightful scenery along Burkes Pass to Christchurch. Day 17 Christchurch: After breakfast transfer to the airport where your tour concludes.

Premier Plus £250 discount (per person): On selected tours departing between 01 Oct 17-31 Mar 18 if you book by 28 Feb 17.

What you need to know Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details. Accommodation: 4-5H hotels throughout. Meals: Breakfast. Dinner is also included on days 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15 & 16. Tour price: The price shown for this APT tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return airport transfers, accommodation, sightseeing as outlined and services of a tour guide. Flights excluded.

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North Island

Cathedral Cove, Cormorandel Peninsula

Though smaller than neighbouring South Island, the North

Cape Reinga

Island packs in a full spectrum of sights and experiences. From

Paihia Russell

cosmopolitan cities and authentic opportunities to experience Maori

Whangarei

North Island

culture to amazing geothermal activity and a sublime combination of Coromandel

Auckland

forests, mountains and beaches. North Island is totally captivating.

Hamilton Tasman Sea

Why visit North Island? In a land with more sheep than people, you’ll be surprised what delights North Island has in store for you…soak up the brashness of the “City of Sails”, Auckland; delight in the slow and relaxed pace of life in Northland or the beautiful beaches of the Coromandel Peninsula; immerse yourself in the culture and smells of Rotorua; while away an afternoon fishing in New Zealand’s largest lake – Taupo; have a tipple in a Hawke’s Bay winery or visit cosmopolitan Wellington, the centre of New Zealand life.

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Getting there: Auckland is approximately 24½ hours from the UK (including a stopover). Key areas on the island have domestic airports or are within an easy drive. Best time to go: North Island is the warmer of the two islands as it is closer to the equator and enjoys a subtropical climate with winter temperatures around 6ºC and summers, a comfortable average of 23ºC. While very much a year round destination, either October and November or March and April are considered the best months to visit.

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Mt Ruapeha

Palmerston North

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Wellington

Devil’s cave pool, Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua

Classic sights Auckland: New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland is one of the few cities in the world to have harbours on two separate bodies of water, the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and the Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean. Aside from the urban side of life, which Auckland does very well, within half an hour are beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. In the city itself are a diverse range of cafes, restaurants designer stores and open air street markets. Don’t miss the Sky Tower, the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest building, for spectacular 360º views. Wellington: New Zealand’s capital city offers a unique blend of heritage, culture and great food with a vibrant arts and entertainment scene. Boasting an outstanding harbour and being surrounded by a rugged coastline and rolling hills means you get a vivacious inner city experience with scenery, nature, walking trails and vineyards on your doorstep. Bay of Islands: This aquatic playground is lavishly furnished with 144 islands and a myriad of secluded beaches. Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840, establishing New Zealand as a nation of the British Empire. Take the ferry from Paihia, the gateway to this region, to Russell and explore the historic streets of New Zealand’s first capital. Take a trip around the bay and don’t miss a trip through the Hole in the Rock.

Rotorua: Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland known for its bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing fascinating Maori culture. Attractions include Te Puia which is home to the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute and the world-famous Pohutu geyser.

Explore more… Ninety Mile Beach: In the northernmost part of the island is this fabled strip of sand. Beach activities range from surfcasting and swimming to bodyboarding down the sand dunes. Cape Reinga is at its furthest point and is where Maori legend has it that the dead depart on their way to their homeland of Hawaiki. Hamilton-Waikato: Just south of Auckland this region of lush pastures offers a wealth of nature-based activities and attractions surrounding a vibrant city hub. If you’re a Tolkien fan, drive east to Matamata and visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, or if surfing is more your style, then Raglan is the perfect spot for you. Waitomo Caves: Under the green hills of Waitomo lies a labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers. Many of the caves have amazing stalactites and stalagmites and the cave walls are also decorated with galaxies of native glow worms.

Coromandel: The town of Thames marks the entrance to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, where activities and attractions are plentiful, from fishing and diving to hiking and cycling. Cloaked in native rainforest with dazzling white sand beaches Coromandel is rustic, unspoiled and relaxed. The main towns of Coromandel and Whitianga offer the widest choice of accommodation, but make sure you stop at Hot Water Beach where the thermal activity causes steam to rise from the sand and you can dig your own thermal hot pool on the beach! Lake Taupo: More of an inland sea, beautiful Lake Taupo is about the size of Singapore and great for waterskiing, sailing, kayaking and fishing. It’s also a convenient base for exploring the magnificent Huka Falls or Tongariro National Park with its three active volcanic peaks – Mount Tongariro, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Ngauruhoe. Hawke’s Bay: One of New Zealand’s warmest, driest regions has made it one of the country’s leading wine producers with over forty wineries. It’s a place to shop at farmer’s markets, indulge in artisan food, walk forest trails, visit Cape Kidnappers or relax on glorious beaches. Don’t miss the town of Napier where you’ll find beautifully preserved 1930s art deco architecture.

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Mercure guest room

Scenic Hotel HHHH

Copthorne HHHH

Bay of Islands from

£67per person per night

Nestled in four acres of park-like surroundings at the entrance to the seaside town of Paihia, it’s a pleasant stroll into town to the main wharf, visitor activities, fine dining and shopping. Island-influenced architecture, expansive sub-tropical gardens and light airy rooms combine to create a wonderful escape. The relaxed atmosphere is sure to melt away your stresses in moments and the attention to detail can’t help but impress. The perfect resort-style retreat in the ‘winterless north’ from which to explore the beautiful Bay of Islands. Features: 114 rooms • restaurant and bar • swimming pool • parking Accommodation: In standard rooms with bath/shower and mini bar. Upgrade options: Superior rooms with a kitchenette • deluxe rooms with air-conditioning • family rooms. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus

Mercure Auckland HHH

Bay of Islands from

Auckland

£43per person per night

Occupying a superb position on the beachfront, next to the historic Treaty House in Waitangi, the Copthorne is surrounded by the lush bush walks of the Waitangi Forest. The hotel features a host of leisure facilities and a complimentary shuttle bus to Paihia for those wishing to venture a little further afield. Features: 180 rooms • restaurant and bar • free form swimming pools • tennis • mountain bike hire • massage studio • golf nearby Accommodation: In standard garden view rooms with bath/ shower, mini bar and patio or balcony. Upgrade options: Superior harbour view rooms • superior sea view rooms. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE upgrade to a superior harbour or sea view room: 01 Nov-31 Dec 16 & 01 Apr-31 Dec 17. Subject to availability on arrival.

FREE daily continental breakfast: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17.

from

£71per person per night

The Mercure is set in the heart of Auckland on the picturesque waterfront, overlooking the magnificent harbour and city. Numerous shops and restaurants are also within walking distance. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation, combined with a relaxing atmosphere and friendly service. A visit to the rooftop restaurant and bar promises truly spectacular views. Features: 189 rooms • restaurant and bar • gym • parking Accommodation: In Mercure guest rooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower and mini bar. Upgrade options: Superior rooms. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE upgrade to superior room: 17-30 Dec 16 & 02-15 Jan 17. Also receive late check-out until 12pm. Subject to availability at the time of booking. Up to 30% room discount: 01 May-06 Jun, 09 Jul-14 Sep, 17-30 Dec 17 & 01-15 Jan 18. If you stay at least 3 nights receive 25% discount and if you stay at least 5 nights receive 30% discount.

Premium non-harbour view room

Grand Chancellor HHHPlus

Auckland

from

Skycity Hotel

HHHHPlus

£56per person per night

Rising 14 storeys above the Central Business District, this architecturally significant hotel offers contemporary style and views of the famous Viaduct Harbour. After a day of sightseeing you’ll discover an array of leisure facilities at the hotel and numerous restaurants on the doorstep. Features: 75 rooms • breakfast room • indoor lap pool • sauna • gym • parking Accommodation: In downtown studios with air-conditioning, bath/shower, kitchenette with dishwasher, fridge & microwave and balcony. Upgrade options: One bedroom suites with a separate lounge • one bedroom apartments with city or harbour views and full kitchen and dining table. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus

Aotearoa Lodge HHH

Auckland from

£72per person per night

Enjoying a superb location in the heart of the city centre, just steps from shops and restaurants while only minutes from the waterfront. The hotel is opposite its sister property which shares a host of facilities including an entertainment complex, casino, and wide choice of dining options to suit all tastes and budgets. Features: 323 rooms • 6 restaurants and bars • casino • sky tower • gym • free WiFi • parking Accommodation: In premium non-harbour view rooms with airconditioning, bath/shower, mini bar and safe. Upgrade options: Deluxe non-harbour view rooms • deluxe harbour view rooms • premium suites which offer generous living and dining space along with a separate bedroom and choice of city or harbour views. Meals: Room only.

Coromandel

from

£44per person per night

This comfortable lodge is situated within two and a half acres of tranquil grounds just five minutes stroll from beautiful Buffalo Beach. Offering a range of accommodation options the lodge is ideal for a relaxed holiday in a quiet garden location. It’s perfectly placed to explore the whole of the Coromandel Peninsula where you’ll discover lots of activities and natural attractions. Features: 14 rooms • breakfast room • guest lounge • parking Accommodation: In standard studio rooms with fan and heater, shower and fridge. Upgrade options: Standard queen studios • superior studio rooms • small self-catering units • large self-catering units Meals: Continental breakfast.

FREE upgrade to one bedroom suite 01 Nov-30 Dec 16 & 01 Jan-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 3 nights. Subject to availability at time of booking.

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Superior lake view room

Sudima Hamilton HHHPlus

Hamilton

from

Millennium Rotorua HHHH

Rotorua

£39per person per night

from

£62per person per night

This heritage hotel is housed in an inconic 1876 building while the interior is contemporary in nature with modern fittings and furnishings throughout. Ideally situated adjacent to the SKYCITY Casino and within a short stroll to numerous restaurants, bars and shops.

Set in the heart of the city just a short stroll from Lake Rotorua and the world famous Polynesian Spa, the Millennium is in a convenient location for those wanting to explore Rotorua. The hotel offers a relaxed atmosphere, excellent leisure facilities and comfortable, well-appointed guest rooms.

Features: 69 rooms • lounge bar • lounge • parking Accommodation: In economy rooms with air-conditioning, bath/ shower and fridge. Upgrade options: More spacious superior rooms with safe and free WiFi • studios which offer a kitchenette • one and two bedroom apartments which feature a full kitchen and lounge area. Meals: Room only.

Features: 227 rooms • restaurant and bar • swimming pool • spa • sauna • gym • parking Accommodation: In superior rooms with air-conditioning, bath/ shower and mini bar. Upgrade options: superior lake view room • millennium club rooms which include continental breakfast and evening canapes. Meals: Room only.

Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

HHHPlus

Rotorua

from

£45per person per night

Rotorua’s largest hotel is set right on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua and adjacent to the worldfamous Polynesian Spa complex. It’s also just a short stroll away from Rotorua’s vibrant city centre. The hotel pool is a welcoming place to relax, the restaurant offers top quality dining, and Mallards Bar is the ideal venue for a quiet drink while taking in the magnificent view over Lake Rotorua. Features: 250 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • 3 jacuzzis • parking Accommodation: In economy rooms with climate control, bath/shower, mini bar and safe. Upgrade options: superior rooms • family rooms. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE upgrade to superior lake view room: 01 Nov 1631 Mar 17 if you stay at least 3 nights. Subject to availability at time of booking.

City view room

Scenic Hotel Te Pania HHHHPlus

Napier

from

Rydges Wellington HHHH

£74per person per night

Hawke’s Bay is one of the first places in the world to see daylight each day, and Scenic Hotel Te Pania enjoys a super waterfront location on Napier’s Marine Parade. The hotel’s slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay while Napier’s main art deco style street is steps away. Features: 109 rooms • restaurant • bar • gym • free WiFi • free parking Accommodation: In superior rooms with air-conditioning, bath/ shower, mini bar and large windows with views over the bay. Upgrade options: One and two bedroom suites which have a separate living area. Meals: Room only.

Wellington

from

£83per person per night

Centrally located on downtown Featherston Street with a unique combination of city and harbour outlooks, while within walking distance to Lambton Quay, Queens Wharf and Wellington Railway Station. After sightseeing, enjoy the leisure facilities at the hotel before dining at Portlander, a multi-award wining hub of steak, whisky, wine and ambiance. Features: 280 rooms • restaurant • bar • indoor lap pool • sauna • fitness studio • free WiFi Accommodation: In superior king rooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower, safe and kitchenette with microwave, toaster and firidge. Upgrade options: City view rooms • deluxe rooms with balcony. Meals: Room only.

James Cook Grand Chancellor HHHH Wellington from

£56per person per night

Conveniently located in the heart of Wellington, minutes from the Cable Car, Parliament and Lambton Quay’s shopping district, while also near to Te Pap and Westpac Stadium. Enjoy a stylish ambiance, sophisticated amenities and well-appointed accommodation. Features: 268 rooms • 2 restaurants • bars • Infuse Spa • gym • free WiFi • parking Accommodation: In Terrace Wing rooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower and mini bar. Upgrade options: Lambton rooms • spacious premium rooms with seating area and city/harbour views. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE upgrade to a Lambton room: 01 Nov 16-20 Jan 17 if you stay at least 2 nights. Subject to availability at time of booking.

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Luxury & Boutique Hotels There are hotels...and then there are ‘HOTELS’. In addition to the hotels shown on pages 116 and 117, we have also chosen these very special properties across North Island, which make up our inimitable Luxury & Boutique collection. These distinctive and, in some cases, unique properties fulfill the promise of magical New Zealand landscapes and provide the absolute best in luxury accommodation, fine cuisine and exceptional standards of service. In addition, some of the boutique properties showcased are personally supervised by the owner and offer special touches. Retreat inside and experience for yourself these truly extraordinary gems.

The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands HHHHH

Bay of Islands

from

£166per person per night

On a private bush reserve that contains one of the few remaining untouched native rainforests, rests The Sanctuary. It’s an escape, a haven and restful respite, yet just a five minute drive from Pahia, the hub of tourist and local activity in the Bay of Islands. The Sanctuary has been custom-designed to showcase its stunning surroundings and features extensive use of native timbers, dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive decking, along with an understated yet undeniably elegant decor. Features: 4 rooms • restaurant • infinity pool • sun deck • massage treatments • yoga sessions • free WiFi Accommodation: In guest rooms with airconditioning, bath/shower, walk-in wardrobe, iPod dock and balcony with extensive bush/sea views.

Meals: Room only. Note: Minimum 2 night stay.

Premier Plus FREE 3 course dinner: If you stay at least 3 nights. FREE mini bar: Wine and beer.

Superior Hotel Wing room

Heritage Auckland HHHHPlus

Auckland

from

£85per person per night

Hilton Auckland HHHHH

Auckland

from

£119per person per night

Set within one of the city’s most recognisable historic landmark buildings, the iconic Farmers department store dating from the 1920’s, the Heritage is an Auckland experience without peer. Discover a range of accommodation options, across two wings, to suit every need and budget, fabulous leisure facilities and the charming Hectors Restaurant, which is positioned under a canopy of palms in the dramatic seven-storey atrium.

Enjoying a prime position on Auckland’s waterfront at the end of Princes Wharf and surrounded by the Waitemata Harbour. The hotel is also within walking distance of Auckland’s Central Business District, the vibrant Viaduct and Britomart entertainment precincts and the Viaduct Events Centre. The nautical inspired design is complemented by stunning sweeping views across the harbour, along with stylish guest rooms and mouthwatering cuisine at the restaurant.

Features: 284 rooms • restaurant • bar • rooftop swimming pool • indoor lap pool • 2 gyms • tennis • free WiFi • valet parking Accommodation: In superior Hotel Wing hotel rooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower and mini bar.

Features: 165 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • gym • parking Accommodation: In Hilton guest rooms with air-conditioning, bath and separate shower, mini bar and safe. Upgrade options: Deluxe harbour view rooms • deluxe harbour view plus rooms • bow suites. Meals: Room only.

Upgrade options: Superior Tower Wing rooms which have a more contemporary design • suites. Meals: Room only.

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Lodge room

Treetops Lodge & Estate HHHHH

Rotorua

from

£345per person per night

Set in 2,500 acres of 800 year old native forest in the heart of New Zealand’s thermal wonderland, this ecology inspired award-winning lodge is a nature lovers sanctuary. Adventures and outdoor activities centre around seven streams, four lakes and over 43 miles of trails. Treetops is also home to a wonderful spa offering indigenous spa and total wellness therapies for total pampering. Features: 12 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • jacuzzi • sauna • fitness room • spa • non-motorised watersports • bicycle rental • fishing • horse riding • golf nearby • nature activities Accommodation: In lodge rooms, which are in the main lodge, with air-conditioning, bath and separate shower, safe and patio.

Upgrade options: Secluded villas, tucked away amidst the native forest or overlooking the lakes, which feature a spa bath, lavish lounge with fireplace and small kitchenette • owners retreat. Meals: Continental breakfast.

Premier Plus

Mount Ruapehu

from

£65per person per night

This charming hotel dates back to 1929 and is nestled within Whakapap Village on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu amidst the Dual Heritage Tongariro National Park while just 30 minutes from Lake Taupo and Whanganui River. The location is a haven for lovers of the great outdoors, with skiing available during the winter and walking or trekking paths on the doorstep in the summer. An elegant and historic hotel.

Features: 106 rooms • restaurants and bars • indoor plunge pool • sauna • tennis • billiards • gym • cinema • petanque/boules • 9 hole golf course • beauty salon • parking Accommodation: In standard rooms, which are in the historic Ruapehu Wing, with bath/shower and mini bar.

HHHHH

Lake Taupo

from

£76per person per night

Nestled among the epic scenery of Taupo on New Zealand’s North Island, just a short drive from charming Taupo, the Hilton boasts sweeping views over Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park. The hotel has been elegantly restored and extended and offers well-appointed guest rooms that feature private balconies with views of Lake Taupo or the picturesque thermal valley, along with superb dining at Gareth Stewart’s Bistro Lago. Features: 90 rooms and apartments • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • jacuzzi • tennis • sauna • gym • parking Accommodation: In Hilton guest rooms with airconditioning, shower, mini bar, safe and terrace overlooking the thermal pool.

Upgrade options: Hilton guest room plus • Hilton deluxe rooms • junior suites • one bedroom apartments. Meals: Room only.

FREE daily pre-dinner drinks and canapes. Two FREE daily Treetops Signature Experiences: Options change daily.

Chateau Tongariro HHHH

Hilton Lake Taupo

Upgrade options: Family rooms • superior rooms • executive spa suites • McClaren suites. Meals: Room only.

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The County HHHHH

Napier

from

£98per person per night

The County resides within a building that dates back to 1909 and was faithfully transformed into a hotel of character and distinction in 1993 and now stands as Napier’s premier hotel. Situated in Napier’s Art Deco precinct, the hotel is within walking distance of beautiful Marine Parade and downtown shopping areas. Home to the popular and multi-award winning Wine Street Restaurant, superb Churchill’s Champagne Lounge and an intimate library, as well as an atmosphere of conventional luxury and attentive service. Features: 18 rooms • restaurant • bar • library • parking. Accommodation: In luxury rooms featuring antique furniture and 1930’s inspired decor with air-conditioning, bath and separate shower, mini bar and safe. Upgrade options: Superior spa rooms • vice regal suites • regal suites. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE daily continental breakfast for two adults: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 2 nights. FREE parking: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17.

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Enhance your Stay

Excursions perfectly enhance your holiday and offer excellent value. Prices are per person. More available.

Harbour Cruise from £28

Discover Waitomo from £174

Auckland Maori Tour from £166

This morning or afternoon cruise embarks on the sparkling waters of Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour for you to learn about the city’s best-loved landmarks. Visit the Viaduct Basin, see the harbour highlights including historic Devonport, the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Bean Rock Lighthouse and the Devonport Naval Base. Stop briefly at Rangitoto Island and experience its unique volcanic terrain firsthand. Available daily from Auckland.

This full day tour travels south through the rich farmland of the Waikato on to Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the world famous Glowworm Caves. Your tour continues with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. Then return back to Auckland by coach. Available daily from Auckland.

On this full day tour, guided by a local Maori, experience some of the scenery in the Auckland region, explore some important historic sites and learn more about the fascinating Mâori culture, myths and legends that accompany many of the special places you visit. See Takarunga (Mount Victoria) in Devonport and enjoy the sweeping views along Tamaki Drive. Available daily from Auckland.

Hole in the Rock Cruise from £67

Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach from £96

Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm from £77

Cruise through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands, keeping a look out for dolphins, whales and other marine life. Cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock - if conditions permit your skipper will go through the hole. In the unlikely event you are unsuccessful in viewing dolphins or whales on your trip, you will receive a ‘go again for free’ voucher for another Dolphin Cruise. Available daily from Paihia.

This full day tour begins with a visit to ancient Puketi Kauri Forest for a short walk. On arrival at Cape Reinga stand on the northern most tip of New Zealand and watch the Pacific Ocean collide with the Tasman Sea. Try sandboarding down the massive sand dunes on boogie boards at Te Paki Stream before journeying along empty 90 Mile Beach which will provide striking contrasts to the busy and populated East Coast. Available daily from Paihia including lunch.

Drive across the Kaimai Ranges to Matamata, a small town in the Waikato region. Just outside of Matamata is the private working farm that was transformed into The Shire for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies. Take a guided tour of the movie set and learn how this picturesque farmland became a living, breathing piece of Middle-earth. See Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Party Tree, the Mill and much more. Available daily from Rotorua.

Te Po Evening Experience from £75

Seal Coast Safari from £79

Volcanic Explorer from £299

When you visit Te Puia at night, you enjoy an in-depth experience of the customs and traditions of Maori, with a traditional powhiri (Maori welcoming ceremony), a warrior’s challenge and a full kapa haka (Maori performing arts) concert. A sumptuous banquet is provided during the evening followed by the spectacular lighting of the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Available daily from Rotorua.

This half day safari tour offers a unique view of Seal Coast’s rugged beauty. Explore Wellington’s fault-line and get fabulous views of the city and the snow capped mountains of the South Island. Continue to Tongue Point, home to the awesome New Zealand Fur Seal, and the famous Leaning Lighthouse. Then it’s around the rocky bays and beaches back to Wellington. Available daily from Wellington.

Enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Tongariro National Park with a tailored itinerary of up to three walks to ensure you see as much as possible. You will be shown all things relevant to Tongariro and New Zealand including recent and past eruptions, geology, flora and fauna, discovery and settlement of New Zealand, myths and legends as well as The Lord of the Rings film sites. Available daily from Taupo.

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Geothermal Valley Geyser at Whakarewarewa

Lake Taupo

Cape Reinga Lighthouse

Northern Spotlight

7 nights from

£1075

Escorted coach tour

comprehensive tour of North Island • picturesque Bay of Islands • Maori culture and city attractions Auckland 1 night ~ Bay of Islands 2 nights ~ Auckland 1 night ~ Rotorua 2 nights ~ Wellington 1 night Day 1 Auckland: On arrival in Auckland you will be met and transferred to your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure for you to explore. You may wish to visit the Sky Tower for extensive views or the Viaduct Harbour waterfront region where you’ll discover a variety of bars and restaurants with stunning views out over Waitemata Harbour. Day 2 Auckland/Bay of Islands: Depart Auckland and travel through Orewa and along the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Take a walk among the Kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park and explore Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand. Continue to the beautiful Bay of Islands where you’ll take a scenic cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous Hole in the Rock formation. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through picturesque islands with deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays. Day 3 Bay of Islands: A full day at leisure to experience the splendour of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps go dolphin watching or take a coach trip to Cape Reinga via idyllic 90 Mile Beach. You could enjoy a day of sailing on a tall ship or discover the historic township of Russell, New Zealand’s first capital. Or you may want to sample local wine and chocolate on a tour around Kerikeri. All options are available at additional expense.

Day 4 Bay of Islands/Auckland: This morning there is time for an optional visit to the Waitangi Treaty Reserve (additional expense) which is of great historical importance. This is where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed. This afternoon, enjoy the lush farmland scenery as you return to Auckland. Day 5 Auckland/Rotorua: Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Auckland then journey south through the Waikato district. Experience a guided tour of the famous Waitomo Caves and discover the incredible Glowworm Grotto on an underground boat trip. This afternoon, travel to Rotorua and this evening enjoy an evening of fun and laughter as you gain an insight into Maori culture. Day 6 Rotorua: Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show for a sample of Kiwi farm life. See the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feeding lambs and an exciting sheep auction. Then there is the opportunity to visit Rainbow Springs, where, with a local guide, you will discover native bush, ferns and trees, all growing around crystal-clear mineral water springs filled with trout. Or head out to Te Puia for a guided tour through the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, home to Rotorua’s famous Pohutu Geyser, mud pools and then watch carver at work in the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.

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Day 7 Rotorua/Wellington: Depart Rotorua this morning, travelling south to Wairakei and on to Taupo in the very heart of North Island. Stop to view mighty Huka Falls before following the eastern shoreline of Lake Taupo. Discover the alpine scenery of Mt Ruapehu, Tongarioro National Park and then continue through the rich farming lands of the Manuwatu, into the capital city, Wellington. Day 8 Wellington: This morning you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington during which you can take in the panoramic views from the top of Mt Victoria. There will be time to explore the Parliament buildings and the Beehive, home to New Zealand’s politicians. Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand and explore the fascinating exhibits at your leisure, including the unique Marae or Maori Meeting House. Later, you will be transferred to Wellington airport for your onward journey.

What you need to know Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details. Accommodation: 3★ hotels throughout. Meals: Breakfast. Dinner is also included on days 2, 4, 5 & 7. Tour price: The price shown for this AAT Kings tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes accommodation, sightseeing as outlined and services of a tour director. International flights are not included.

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90 mile beach

Whakarewarewa Geyser

Rotorua

Cape Reinga lighthouse 2 nights from

Self-drive tour

£189

Bay of Islands

2 nights from

Self-drive tour

£199

Classic Wine Trail

6 nights from

Self-drive tour

£687

Maori culture • natural wonders • optional activities

glorious beaches • optional cruise • fabulous views

wine tasting • pretty towns • scenic Cook Strait

Rotorua 2 nights

Bay of Islands 2 nights

Napier 2 nights ~ Martinborough 2 nights ~ Wellington 1 night ~ Blenheim 1 night

Day 1 Auckland/Rotorua: Collect your car in Auckland and drive to Hamilton, New Zealand’s largest inland city, on the banks of the Waikato River. Perhaps take a stroll round Hamilton Gardens or visit Hamilton Zoo, home to over 600 native New Zealand and exotic mammals, birds and reptiles. Continue to Rotorua where hissing steam rises from cracks, gardens, pathways and even residential streets, while a faint sulphur scent lingers in the air (approx. 3½ hours). Day 2 Rotorua: Day at leisure to explore this extraordinary town. An ideal place to start is the Rotorua Museum to learn of the region’s rich Maori culture, volatile landscape and dramatic history. Perhaps visit Whakarewarewa, The Living Thermal Village which is set amidst a landscape of erupting geysers, hot thermal springs and bubbling mud pools. This afternoon, if you wish, relax in one of the thermal spas, maybe hire a bike and explore one of the mountain trails or, if that’s too tame you’ll find thrills and adventure activities galore. You’ll find lots of dining options available, but as Rotorua is the heartland of Maori culture, we highly recommend a traditional Maori concert and hangi (meal). Day 3 Rotorua/Auckland: On your way back to Auckland, why not stop off and visit the Waitomo Caves, best known for the Glowworm Cave. Board a boat to travel through the cave in silence as you see stalagmites and stalactites and the tiny lights above you are thousands of glowworms radiating their unmistakable luminescent light. Return to Auckland (approx. 3½ hours).

Day 1 Auckland/Bay of Islands: Travel out of Auckland, viewing beautiful beaches along the way at Orewa and Waiwera. Stop at Bream Bay which is at the mouth of the Waipu River and provides a home to many species of wader birds, including the rare New Zealand dotterel. Head further north and you will pass through Whangarei and Whakpara before arriving in Paihia where you overnight (approx. 3½ hours). Day 2 Bay of Islands: Day at leisure. Perhaps travel to the most northerly point of New Zealand – Cape Reinga, which holds great historic and spiritual significance. This is also home to the famous 90 Mile Beach where you can enjoy fabulous views of the Tasman Sea colliding with the Pacific Ocean. Alternatively visit Matauri Bay which has a superb beach and the Cavalli Islands just off shore. Diving can be arranged here to see the boat of the Rainbow Warrior. Day 3 Bay of Islands/Auckland: This morning why not take a boat cruise to see the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ and Urupukapuka Island, the largest in the Bay of Islands and historically important with a rich archaeological landscape. Be sure to keep an eye out for the playful dolphins which often take great delight in gliding alongside. Drive back to Auckland via the west coast, through the Waipoua Kauri Forest to view the giant kauri tree Tane Mahuta, ‘Lord of the Forest’. Continue with your journey to Auckland and return your hire car (approx. 3½ hours).

What you need to know Departures: Daily Accommodation: 3H Sudima Rotorua. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 3 days group D car hire and accommodation as stated.

What you need to know Departures: Daily Accommodation: 3H Scenic Circle, Bay of Islands. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 3 days group D car hire and accommodation as stated.

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Day 1 Napier: Arrive Napier and collect your hire car. Take the chance to explore this attractive city with its comprehensive collection of inner-city art deco buildings. Day 2 Napier: A short drive this morning to Hastings where you can sample some of Hawkes Bay’s award-wining red wines. Alternatively, go round the coast to Cape Kidnappers.  Day 3 Napier/Martinborough: Follow the trail this morning heading south to Martinborough, stopping en route to visit Tui Brewery or the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre (approx. 4 hours). Day 4 Martinborough: Day at leisure to savour the local vineyards and their offerings all easily reached on foot! If you prefer you can also travel by bicycle, London taxi or a horse and carriage. Alternatively visit Greytown, a Victorian country village with metropolitan style cafés and boutique shopping. Day 5 Martinborough/Wellington: Travel south to Wellington. During the afternoon venture to Zealandia, the Karori Sanctuary, an urban nature reserve just 10 minutes from central Wellington, offering a range of tours and opportunities to get up close and personal with native New Zealand wildlife (1 hour). Day 6 Wellington/Blenheim: Cruise the Cook Strait from Wellington to Picton then continue to Blenheim. On arrival you can arrange a wine tasting (approx 3 hours by ferry and 30 mins drive). Day 7 Blenheim: Return your hire car this morning. Alternatively extend your stay and visit the Marlborough Sounds or Christchurch.

What you need to know Departures: Daily Accommodation: 5H County Hotel Napier; 4H Peppers Parehua Martinborough; 4H Rydges Wellington & 5H Chateau Marlborough Blenheim. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 7 days group D car hire, ferry crossing from Wellington to Picton and accommodation as stated.

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Abel Tasman National Park

Tongariro Ngauruhoe Ruapehu volcano

Picton Harbour

North & South Island self-drive

Self-drive tour

21 nights from

£1999

wonderful city sights to discover • beautiful national parks • breathtaking natural scenery Auckland 2 nights ~ Bay of Islands 2 nights ~ Auckland 1 night ~ Rotorua 2 nights ~ Tongariro 1 night ~ Wellington 2 nights ~ Nelson 2 nights ~ Greymouth 1 night ~ Fox Glacier 1 night ~ Queenstown 2 nights ~ Te Anau 2 nights ~ Dunedin 1 night ~ Christchurch 2 nights Day 1 Auckland: Arrive Auckland airport and pick up your hire car.  The rest of the day is at leisure to take in the sights of Auckland. Day 2 Auckland: Today is at leisure to explore the harbour, stroll around the shops or take a day trip to Waiheke Island and sample local wines. Day 3 Auckland/Bay of Islands: Leave Auckland for the scenic drive up to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. En route stop off and visit Waipoua Kauri Forest and Hokianga Harbour (approx. 3½ hours). Day 4 Bay of Islands: A day at leisure to explore the area with its natural beauty, amazing beaches and 150 mostly uninhabited islands. There are also the historic sites of Waitangi where New Zealand’s treaty was signed and Russell which was the first capital of New Zealand. Day 5 Bay of Islands/Auckland: This morning, maybe take a cruise to Cape Brett, viewing dolphins and schools of fish on the way, then after lunch drive back to Auckland, known as the City of Sails (approx. 3½ hours). Day 6 Auckland/Rotorua: Leave early this morning to visit the Waitomo Caves en route to Rotorua. At the caves you can take a guided tour of the limestone caverns and join a boat trip through the underground grottos which are lit by thousands of glow worms. Travelling onwards to Rotorua, you will know when you arrive by the smell of sulphur in the air which comes from the geothermal pools (approx. 4-5 hours). Day 7 Rotorua: A day to explore the town with the spouting geysers and bubbling mud pools. This is also the home of Maori culture. Day 8 Rotorua/Tongariro: Driving south you will come to Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand, known for its water based activities and which may be a good place to stop for lunch.  Travelling on, enter Tongariro National Park, one of only twenty places in the world awarded dual World Heritage status for its nature and culture. There are three volcanoes here plus some of the locations where Lord of the Rings was filmed (approx 4 hours). Day 9 Tongariro/Wellington: Take a leisurely drive south to the capital, Wellington, known as the Windy City (approx. 5 hours). Day 10 Wellington: Explore the city today. Travel up Mount Victoria for a fantastic view of the harbour, visit the botanical gardens by cable car or go to Te Papa Museum.

Day 11 Wellington/Nelson: Sail across the Cook Strait to Picton by ferry, and drive onwards to Nelson taking in the beautiful views and scenery on the way (approx 2 hours drive Picton to Nelson). Day 12 Nelson: A day to explore Abel Tasman National Park with its crystal clear waters and white sand beaches. Take a ferry up the coast, then walk along the coastal tracks back, or try a sea kayak tour. Those feeling adventurous may like to try sky diving. Day 13 Nelson/Greymouth: Leave this morning driving via Punakaiki and Paparoa National Park. Punakaiki is centred around Pancake Rocks, limestone rocks which have formed into what looks like stacks of pancakes. There are many other natural attractions in the park such as mountains, limestone formations and wilderness areas. Travel on to Greymouth. (approx. 4 hours). Day 14 Greymouth/Fox Glacier: Travel to Fox Glacier via Franz Josef stopping to view the mighty glaciers. You can also take a guided glacier walk or go on a heli-hike (approx. 2½ hours). Day 15 Fox Glacier/Queenstown: Travel south on to Queenstown the adrenalin capital on the shore of Lake Wakatipu (approx. 4½ hours). Day 16 Queenstown: There are lots of activities to occupy your time here. Take the Skyline gondola up for great views of the city, then if you are feeling energetic you can zoom down on a three wheeled cart or try bungee jumping. Take a jet boat on the lake, go white water rafting and even skiing in our summer! Day 17 Queenstown/Te Anau: Travel onwards to Te Anau for a cruise on Lake Te Anau or explore the glow worm caves (approx. 2 hours). Day 18 Te Anau: Depart this morning on a coach excursion, taking in the scenic views en route to Milford Sound before boarding a nature cruise to see the fiords at their best. Return to Te Anau by coach. Day 19 Te Anau/Dunedin: Depart the fiordlands to Dunedin, which has a very Scottish feel and plenty of Victorian and Edwardian architecture. On arrival visit Larnach Castle, Speights Brewery or view the penguin colonies (approx. 4 hours). Day 20 Dunedin/Christchurch: Travel today to Christchurch breaking your journey in Oamaru or Timaru for lunch. This is a long drive today so you may wish to break your journey and overnight in Oamaru or Mount Cook. Please ask for details (approx. 5 hours).

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Day 21 Christchurch: Day at leisure to explore the city with its English feel and gardens. Alternatively extend your stay and venture up to Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs to take in the picture postcard views, whale and dolphin watching boat trips and thermal hot pools.   Day 22 Christchurch: Drop your hire car off today at the airport.

What you need to know Departures: Daily. Accommodation: 3H Mercure Auckland; 3H Scenic Circle Bay of Islands; 4H Sudima Rotorua; 4H Chateau Tongariro; 4H Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay Wellington; 4H Rutherford Hotel, Nelson; 3H Kingsgate Greymouth; 4H Distinction Fox Glacier; 3H Copthorne Hotel Queenstown; 4H Distinction Te Anau; 4H Quest Dunedin; 3Hplus Rydges Latimer, Christchurch. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes accommodation, ferry crossing from Wellington to Picton, Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Te Anau on day 18 and 22 days group D car hire. International flights are not included.

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South Island

Mueller Glacier Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

Possibly the world’s most scenically diverse island where towering alps meet peaceful sounds and rugged coastlines merge with sweeping plains, South Island hosts the purest natural landscapes you’ll ever experience..

Wellington Marlborough Sound Abel Tasman Nelson Picton Blenheim Punakaiki

South Island

Kaikoura

Greymouth

Why visit South Island? An island of immense variety and exquisite scenery. There are few places in the world where you can sit on a beach and view snow-capped peaks, but this is certainly one of them. Add to this, crystal clear, shimmering fiords where steep cliffs reach up to iridescent blue skies, deep undergrowth which opens out to dramatic vistas of sea, mountains and the long white cloud clinging to distant hills and you have a snapshot of a destination which promises much and delivers more.

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Getting there: Christchurch is approximately 26 hours from the UK (including a stopover). Key areas on the island have domestic airports or are within an easy drive. Best time to go: There really isn’t a bad time to visit South Island, although there is a far greater seasonal difference than on the North Island. In winter temperatures can get as low as -10ºC while summers can experience temperatures as high as 40ºC. The west coast of the South Island has the island’s highest rainfall.

Tasman Sea

Hokitika Franz Josef Fox Glacier

Hammer Springs Arthur’s Pass

Lake Tekapo Christchurch Mount Cook Ashburton

Milford Sound Te Anau

Lake Ohau Wanaka

Timaru

Queenstown

Fiordland

Dunedin

Invercargill

Stewart Island

South Pacific Ocean

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Kaikoura

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

Classic sights Christchurch: As the gateway to the South Island, Christchurch is a must on any itinerary. The city has bounced back after the earthquakes of 2010 with innovative new attractions as well as some old favourites. Visit the Re Start container mall, the transitional Cardboard Cathedral and some of the many pop up restaurants and bars. The Avon River flows gently through the city centre and a ride on an authentic Cambridge punt is an iconic way to sightsee, or catch a ride aboard the Historic Tram and don’t miss the award-winning Botanic Gardens. Queenstown: New Zealand’s adrenalin city sits on the shore of Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges which make an extraordinary setting for all manner of adventure activities including bungee jumping, sky diving, jet boating and river rafting. Kaikoura: This quaint east coast town offers the chance to see sperm whales just a few miles off shore. Fiordland: One of the most striking and beautiful parts of New Zealand, Fiordland National Park is a World Heritage site and includes Milford, Dusky and Doubtful Sounds. Milford Sound, described by Rudyard Kipling as the Eighth Wonder of the World, is a fusion of spectacular natural features and amazing vistas around every corner. The 75 mile road leading from the lakeside town of Te Anau to the Sound is one of the most scenic drives imaginable and a boat trip on the Sound itself one of the most scenic voyages.

Fox/Franz Josef Glaciers: Located approximately 16 miles apart in Westland National Park, these glaciers are among the most convenient to visit in the world. There are easy walks to the foot of the glaciers or helihikes for the more adventurous. Aoraki Mount Cook National Park: Alpine in the purest sense, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home to skyscraping peaks, glaciers and permanent snow fields, all under a star-studded sky.

Explore more… Nelson: Famed for its arts and crafts, this pretty little town with its sandy beaches and fruit orchards is a great base for exploring the north coast. Abel Tasman: Lying 12 miles north of Nelson, Abel Tasman may be New Zealand’s smallest national park but it’s perfectly formed for relaxation and adventure. Whether you take a boat along the bay or walk the coastal track every turn produces another glorious view of turquoise bays fringed by deserted golden beaches. Marlborough: New Zealand’s largest wine growing region is located at the top of South Island while Marlborough Sounds is a collection of ancient sunken river valleys with long sheltered inlets, clear waters and sandy bays, and enjoys the most sunshine hours in the entire country.

Punakaiki: Gaze in wonder at the Punakaiki rocks and blowholes, where columns of water shoot skyward from rocks that resemble giant stacks of pancakes. Arthur’s Pass National Park: The highest pass over the Southern Alps and offers various walking tracks, mountain climbing and skiing opportunities. The TranzAlpine train stops here twice a day. Lake Wanaka: Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes. Enjoy fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving year round or skiing in winter. Dunedin: Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a picturesque harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Close by is the wildlife haven of the Otago Peninsula. Invercargill: New Zealand’s southernmost city has plenty of character and a warm, friendly heart. The biggest attraction is the Southland Museum and Art Gallery along with an array of Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco heritage buildings. Stewart Island: Subantarctic Stewart Island lies 18 miles south of South Island. Its Maori name is Rakiura meaning glowing skies. Over 85% of the island is national park with visitors attracted by the hiking and birdwatching.

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Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco HHHH Nelson from

Kingsgate HHHPlus

£59per person per night

Just minutes from the heart of Nelson, offering views across the Waimea Inlet and the mountains of Kahurangi National Park. All of the guest rooms, cottages and facilities are arranged around a beautiful village-style setting, creating a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Features: 150 rooms and cottages • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • spa • fitness room • golf nearby • bicycle hire • parking Accommodation: In standard rooms with air-conditioning, bath/ shower, mini bar, kitchenette and safe. Upgrade options: Studio apartments with a kitchenette • one or two bedroom cottages which offer a lounge, dining room and kitchen. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 4 for 3: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17. Maximum 2 free nights.

Punga Grove HHHH

Greymouth from

Franz Josef

£44per person per night

Set right in the centre of the town the hotel is perfectly located for easy access to the west coast’s spectacular scenic attractions. At Alberts Restaurant there is a choice of a la carte cuisine or buffet dining and at Albion Bar guests can sip a drink or two in the historical atmosphere of this friendly bar, which has been welcoming guests since 1906. Guest rooms are comfortable and well-appointed with the added benefit of a balcony or patio. Features: 98 rooms • restaurant • bar • gym • parking Accommodation: In standard rooms with bath and separate shower, fridge and balcony or patio. Upgrade options: Superior rooms which are in the tower block. Meals: Room only.

from

£63per person per night

Centrally located in Franz Josef, Punga Grove is hidden in the rainforest against a backdrop of high alpine peaks, just a short walk to shops, cafes and bars and a few minutes drive to the Franz Josef Glacier access. Offering a variety of comfortable and well-appointed accommodation this is a great choice for a visit to Glacier Country on New Zealand’s west coast. Features: 20 rooms • BBQ • parking Accommodation: In studios with shower, kitchenette with oven or hob, microwave and fridge. Upgrade options: One bedroom units which have a single bed in the living area and separate bedroom • two bedroom units which enjoy a beautiful native bush setting • executive studios which offer a private bush setting, spa bath and log fire. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE upgrade to a superior room: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18. Subject to availability at time of booking.

Deluxe room

Rydges Latimer HHHPlus

Chateau on the Park HHHH

Christchurch from

Christchurch

£62per person per night

from

£54per person per night

Overlooking scenic Latimer Square in the heart of the city, Rydges Latimer offers stylishly appointed rooms within easy reach of many local attractions, including Canterbury Museum, International Antarctic Centre and the Cardboard Cathedral. The hotel restaurant, Bloody Mary’s, features fresh seasonal ingredients in every dish while dark oak and rich leather furnishings give it a warm, comfortable feel.

Set within five acres of tranquil surroundings and amongst gorgeous gardens this hotel offers a welcome retreat. The centre of Christchurch is only a 20 minute stroll through the stunning Hagley Park gardens or just a few minutes drive. When you’ve finished exploring, you may wish to take advantage of the hotel’s recreational facilities, or perhaps grab a bite to eat at the Garden Court Brasserie.

Features: 138 rooms • restaurant • bar • fitness room • sauna • free WiFi • parking Accommodation: In superior rooms with air-conditioning, shower, mini bar and safe. Upgrade options: Deluxe rooms. Meals: Room only.

Features: 192 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • gym • bicycle hire • golf putting area • free WiFi • parking Accommodation: In guest rooms with air-conditioning, bath/ shower and fridge. Upgrade options: Deluxe rooms • premier rooms • executive suites which feature a separate living area. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus

FREE upgrade to deluxe room: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 3 nights. Also receive two drinks vouchers for the hotel bar.

Premier Plus FREE upgrade to deluxe room: 01 Apr 17-31 Mar 18 if you stay at least 2 nights. Subject to availability at time of booking.

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Rendezvous HHHHPlus

Christchurch from

£74per person per night

The Rendezvous is centrally located just one block from Cathedral Square and within walking distance of Cashel Street’s trendy Re:START mall along with a variety of bars and restaurants. The hotel itself offers a chic bar, perfect for a pre or post dinner drink, excellent restaurant and variety of modern rooms. Features: 171 rooms • restaurant • bar • gym • sauna • free WiFi • parking Accommodation: In city view guest rooms with air-conditioning, shower, fridge and safe. Upgrade options: Deluxe rooms. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights in guest rooms 4 for 3: 15-30 Dec 16, 01-27 Jan, 01 Apr-30 Sep & 15 Dec 1731 Jan 18. Maximum 2 free nights.

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The Hermitage HHHH

Peppers Bluewater Resort Edgewater HHHPlus

Mount Cook

from

This secluded resort is set within the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and surrounded by the silent splendour of the Southern Alps. An array of facilities are on offer from the Sir Edmund HIllary Alpine Centre to the planetarium and stunning lacier landing flights. A haven for those who enjoy the great outdoors. Features: 212 rooms • restaurants and bars • sauna • tennis • Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre with 3D cinema, planetarium and museum • parking Accommodation: In standard Tasman/Sefton view rooms with shower, mini bar and balcony or patio. Upgrade options: Standard Mount Cook view rooms • superior rooms • premium rooms • premium plus rooms. Meals: Room only.

HHHH

Lake Tekapo

£60per person per night

from

Wanaka

£57per person per night

Near the shores of Lake Tekapo, in the heart of Mackenzie Country, this resort is located in an intensely beautiful part of the world. Within easy reach you’ll find the natural wonders of Mount Cook or you can immerse yourself in the Tekapo Springs Day Spa and Hot Pools. Contemporary interiors provide a tranquil retreat from the outdoors and the restaurant offers a diverse selection of international cuisine. Features: 142 rooms • restaurant • bar • mountain bikes • parking Accommodation: In hotel rooms with air-conditioning, shower and fridge. Upgrade options: Deluxe hotel rooms • deluxe lake view hotel rooms • one and two bedroom mountain view suites or vilas • one and two bedroom lake view suites. Meals: Room only.

from

£68per person per night

The Edgewater is Wanaka’s only accommodation directly on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Step into the spacious guest rooms and you’ll be mesmerised by views of the magnificent Southern Alps, deep blue lake and surrounding lush lawns. You’ll also discover an array of leisure facilities and superb dining within a contemporary atmosphere. Features: 65 rooms • restaurant • bar • spa • sauna • mountain bikes • tennis • 9 hole putting green • petanque • children’s playground • free WiFi • free parking Accommodation: In lake facing hotel/studio rooms with fan, bath/ shower, safe and balcony or patio. Upgrade options: One bedroom suites which offer a lounge and dining area as well as a kitchenette • two bedroom apartments. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 7 for 6: 01 Jul-30 Sep 17. Maximum 1 free night.

One bedroom apartment

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Millennium HHHPlus

HHHH

Queenstown

from

£57per person per night

Enjoying a convenient location close to Lake Wakatipu, within walking distance of central Queenstown, this year round resort is ideal for those wishing to explore the great Kiwi outdoor lifestyle. During your stay be sure to visit the relaxing Impressions Restaurant and Bar which offer stunning views over the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu. Features: 241 rooms • restaurant • bar • whirlpool • parking Accommodation: In superior garden view rooms with airconditioning, bath/shower, mini bar and some rooms also have a balcony. Upgrade options: Superior lake view rooms. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus

HHHH

from

£62per person per night

This welcoming hotel is only minutes from shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities within central Queenstown. Guest rooms are well-appointed while the Observatory Restaurant provides delicious contemporary cuisine and superb alpine views. Features: 220 rooms • restaurant • bar • jacuzzi • sauna • fitness room • parking Accommodation: In superior rooms with air-conditioning, bath/ shower, mini bar and safe. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 5 for 4: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18. Maximum 1 free night.

FREE nights 5 for 4: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17. Maximum 1 free night.

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Quest

Queenstown

Dunedin from

£59per person per night

Quest Dunedin is located in the CBD, just a couple of minutes’ walk from the wonderful Octagon while also surrounded with shops and restaurants. Built in 2007, the complex offers studios, one and two bedroom options, all stylishly fitted. If you don’t wish to cook for yourself there are a number of local restaurants you can try which offer a chargeback option, allowing you to pay upon check-out. Features: 40 apartments • free access to nearby gym • parking Accommodation: In studio rooms with shower, DVD and kitchenette with microwave, toaster and fridge. Upgrade options: One bedroom apartments with bath/shower, kitchenette with hob and dishwasher and a living/dining area • two bedroom apartments which are comprised of a studio and one bedroom apartment joined by a small private corridor. Meals: Room only.

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Luxury & Boutique Hotels There are hotels...and then there are ‘HOTELS’. In addition to the hotels shown on pages 126 and 127, we have also chosen these very special properties across South Island, which make up our inimitable Luxury & Boutique collection. These distinctive and, in some cases, unique properties fulfill the promise of magical New Zealand landscape and provide the absolute best in luxury accommodation, fine cuisine and exceptional standards of service. In addition, some of the boutique properties showcased are personally supervised by the owner and offer special touches. Retreat inside and experience for yourself these truly extraordinary gems.

Chateau Marlborough HHHHH

Blenheim

from

£66per person per night

This luxury boutique hotel enjoys beautiful surroundings overlooking Seymour Square Gardens, just a two minute walk from Blenheim’s town centre. You’ll find a superb range of facilities including Quench Restaurant and a swimming pool, which is the perfect place to relax with an ice cold drink. The hotel also offers a range of accommodation styles, all of which are beautifully appointed. Features: 45 rooms • restaurant • 2 bars • swimming pool • free WiFi Accommodation: In superior studios with airconditioning, shower and mini bar. Some rooms also offer a microwave and toaster.

Bay of Many Coves HHHHH

Marlborough Sounds

from

£160per person per night

Just a short water taxi ride from Picton Harbour is a slice of pure paradise deep in the Marlborough Sounds, which offers perfect seclusion amid a rolling landscape of untouched native bush that reaches down to the shoreline of a tranquil bay. Take a short journey to discover world-class cuisine, stunning scenery, stylish accommodation and a great range of facilities and activities.

Features: 22 apartments • 2 restaurants • bar • swimming pool • jacuzzi • spa • non-motorised watersports Accommodation: In one bedroom apartments with climate control,shower, kitchenette, mini bar and safe. Upgrade options: Two and three bedroom apartments. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE spa treatment (one per person per stay): 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18 if you stay at least 3 nights. FREE bottle of Marlborough wine: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18 if you stay at least 2 nights.

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Upgrade options: Grande rooms which feature a walk-in shower, microwave and toaster • one bedroom grande apartments which offer a double spa bath, fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine/dryer, dining table and chairs. Meals: Room only.

The White Morph HHHH

Kaikora

from

£62per person per night

Set on the Esplanade in iconic Kaikoura, The White Morph enjoys commanding views of the ocean right to the distant horizon and mountains, and is ideally situated to give access to all of the region’s many experiences. Accommodation ranges from comfortable garden studios to deluxe studios with a partial ocean view and premium spa rooms which have full views of the ocean and mountains. Stunning!

Features: 31 studios and apartments • BBQ/ recreation area • parking Accommodation: In garden studios with shower, kitchenette with microwave and patio or balcony.

Upgrade options: Deluxe studios which have a partial ocean view, air-conditioning, bath/shower and hob • premium studios with spa bath • two bedroom family apartments. Meals: Room only.

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Hapuku Lodge & Treehouses HHHH

Kaikoura

from

£249per person per night

This unique property is nestled between Kaikoura seaward mountain range and Mangamauna Bay while Kaikoura is just eight miles away with its range of restaurants and shops. This beautiful setting combines with luxurious accommodation and warm, friendly hospitality to ensure a comfortable stay. The treehouses make for alternative accommodation and have spectacular views. Features: 9 rooms • restaurant • lounge • swimming pool • cookery school • parking Accommodation: In lodge rooms with bath and separate shower and mini bar. Upgrade options: Treehouses upper branch • family treehouses which are spread over two floors and include an upper bedroom for the parents and lower bedroom connected by an interior staircase for children. Meals: Half board.

Premier Plus FREE picnic lunch basket (one per room per stay): 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18 if you stay at least 3 nights. FREE bottle of house wine (one per room): 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18 if you stay at least 2 nights.

Distinction HHHH

Fox Glacier

from

£86per person per night

In one of the world’s most ruggedly beautiful environments, the Distinction Hotel nestles beneath the towering Southern Alps on the stunning west coast, just a short stroll to the main street of charming Fox Glacier village. Within a 20 minute drive is the mighty and magnificent Fox Glacier itself, a spectacular gigantic ice river. The guest lounge is the ideal place to relax and relive the day’s activities with comfortable sofas as well as a balcony to enjoy the expansive views. The superb restaurant provides sumptuous breakfasts to energise you for the day ahead and divine dining in the evenings. A charming hotel that provides a balance of luxury, privacy and superb location. Features: 20 rooms • restaurant • bar • guest library • laundry • parking

Accommodation: In standard rooms with bath and separate shower and balcony. Meals: Breakfast.

Executive room

The George HHHHPlus

Christchurch

from

£140per person per night

This delightful hotel is set in the heart of Christchurch, overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and River Avon, and is within easy reach of the numerous attractions on offer. The hotel boasts a superb restaurant, beautiful gardens and attentive service, which combined with its fabulous location and charming ambience, makes The George an excellent choice.

Features: 53 rooms • 2 restaurants • bar • gym • massage room • tennis • free use of bicycles • free WiFi • parking Accommodation: In executive rooms with airconditioning, shower, mini bar and safe.

Upgrade options: Premium executive rooms which have picture windows or a balcony • junior suites which are situated on the 4th floor and have a bath and separate shower, living area and extensive mini bar. Meals: Room only.

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The Rees HHHHH

Queenstown

from

£92per person per night

Showcasing breathtaking panoramic lake and alpine views, this sophisticated hotel is situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, just a gentle walk from Queenstown’s centre. Don’t miss the True South Observatory which provides an extraordinary platform for viewing the stunning star-filled southern night sky. Also awaiting you are a variety of spacious accommodation options, all with private balcony to take advantage of the spectacular views across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkable Mountain range. Features: 150 rooms • restaurant • wine cellar • gym • spa • treatment room • mountain bikes • art gallery • observatory • free WiFi • free daily shuttle to downtown Queenstown • parking. Accommodation: In lake view rooms with airconditioning, shower, mini bar, iPod dock, safe and balcony.

Upgrade options: Executive lake view rooms • one, two or three bedroom apartments, which all feature designer kitchens • one, two or three bedroom lake view apartments. Meals: Room only. Note: Minimum 2 night stay.

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Enhance your Stay

Excursions perfectly enhance your holiday and offer excellent value. Prices are per person. More available.

Discover Christchurch from £44

Tranzalpine Christchurch from £166

Kaikoura Whale Watch from £99

Central city highlights include the Botanical Gardens, museum and art centre, the Avon river, Bridge of Remembrance, the pop up container mall and much more. Travel to Mona Vale, an historic homestead and gardens. Continue to the Sign of the Takahe for spectacular views over the city, Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps, then over to the Port of Lyttleton, through the harbour tunnel to the seaside suburb of Summer and cave rock. Available daily from Christchurch.

One of Kiwi Rail’s scenic journeys, the TranzAlpine is world renowned as ‘The Great New Zealand Rail Adventure’. Linking Christchurch and Greymouth, it runs coast to coast, from Pacific Ocean to Tasman Sea. The train crosses the huge and fertile Canterbury Plains, the stunning Waimakariri River, the massive and impressive Southern Alps as well as passing the shores of tranquil Lake Brunner. Available daily from Christchurch railway station.

Every whale watch tour is unique and sightings vary. Giant sperm whales are the stars of the show and year round residents. A typical tour may also see New Zealand fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins and the endangered wandering albatross. Depending on the season you may also see migrating humpback whales, pilot whales, blue whales, southern right whales and Orcas. There is also a large concentration and variety of seabirds. Available daily from Kaikoura.

Safari of Scenes from Wakatipu from £117

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from £178

Marlborough Wine Tour from £47

This tour is perfect for those seeking off road adventure and wanting to see exciting Lord of the Rings film locations. Begin with the Remarkables, which were used throughout the trilogy, then head to the Kawarau Gorge and onwards to Arrowtown, for some true off road adventure and a spot of gold panning. Continue to the entrance of Skippers Canyon for panoramic views of the Wakatipu Basin and Skippers Canyon. Available daily from Queenstown.

This full day tour starts with a trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Manapouri. Cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri to West Arm, then travel by coach over Wilmot Pass. At Doubtful Sound, enjoy a three hour cruise to the Tasman Sea to see waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. On the return journey, the engines are turned off and you are treated to the ‘Sound of Silence’. Available daily from Queenstown.

Immerse yourself in the heart of the vineyards on this half day tour. You will be collected and taken on a tour through Marlborough wine country and visit approximately four or five wineries. Available daily from Blenheim. Tasting fees may apply at selected wineries. Luxury and Private Marlborough Wine Tours are also available. Please ask for details.

Milford Sound Nature Cruise from £99

Twin Glacier from £199

Glacier Explorer’s Tour from £112

This nature cruise has an onboard nature guide and travels through Fiordland National Park. Explore points of interest and view the spectacular alpine scenery including waterfalls, rainforest and the towering peaks whilst keeping a lookout for wildlife. Cruise the full length of the fiord before returning to Te Anau or Queenstown. Available daily from Te Anau or Queenstown.

This 30 minute helicopter tour gives you the opportunity to fly over two of New Zealand’s most famous glaciers and land at the head of either the Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier. Experience incredible close up views exposing extraordinary colours of the ice flow, ice caves and pinnacles in this largely inaccessible alpine region. Available daily from Franz Josef.

The Tasman Glacier is melting and calving resulting in icebergs of every shape and size imaginable being torn away from the wall of the glacier. Begin with an easy 30 minute stroll through the national park before boarding the MAC boat to enjoy the ever changing ice face of the Tasman Glacier icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. Available daily from Mount Cook.

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Fox Glacier

Lanarch Castle

Bob’s Peak, Queenstown

Moeraki Boulders

Southern Escape

7 nights from

£1345

Escorted coach tour

comprehensive tour of South Island • magnificent Milford Sound cruise • enchanting natural scenery Christchurch 1 night ~ Fox Glacier 1 night ~ Queenstown 2 nights ~ Te Anau 1 night ~ Dunedin 1 night ~ Lake Tekapo 1 night Day 1 Christchurch: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day 2 Christchurch/Fox Glacier: Perhaps take the TranzAlpine train (additional expense) crossing the Canterbury Plains and travelling up into the Southern Alps. Alternatively, enjoy the picturesque drive through the Southern Alps to Westland National Park. Later, travel along the west coast with views of Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glaciers. Over thousands of years, these remarkable natural wonders have created immense glacial valleys. Day 3 Fox Glacier/Queenstown: Following breakfast, travel past the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, through spectacular Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. Renowned for its world-class culinary scene you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy one of the many local restaurants during your time at leisure this evening. Day 4 Queenstown: With almost endless activities on offer in and around the town, Queenstown is perfect for adventurers and leisureseekers alike. During time at leisure today, you have the freedom to choose one of the optional experiences available. Perhaps join the TSS Earnslaw for a cruise to Walter Peak Station or take a gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for views over Queenstown (both additional expense).

Day 5 Queenstown/Te Anau: This morning skirt The Remarkables mountain range, tracing the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park and beyond to Milford Sound, widely regarded as one of the most incredible natural wilderness areas on Earth. Relish the extraordinary landscapes and diverse scenery as you cruise the full length of this magnificent fiord, with views of cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest, sheer cliffs and the surrounding mountains of this World Heritage Listed area. Afterwards, continue by coach to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau. Day 6 Te Anau/Dunedin: Travel through the hills of Southland to Dunedin. Enjoy a tour taking in the city’s most significant landmarks, then head to Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Steeped in scandal and tragedy, filled with magnificent antiques and offering breathtaking views, Larnach Castle provides a memorable holiday highlight. Day 7 Dunedin/Lake Tekapo: Journey along the east coast to see the Moeraki Boulders. These large spherical stones, formed over 60 million years ago, can be found along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the Otago Coast. Continue to the harbour town of Oamaru and as you head to Lake Tekapo admire the magnificent mountains of Mount Cook National Park. Day 8 Lake Tekapo/Christchurch: Begin with a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, where you can enjoy the pristine natural beauty and the azure waters of Lake Tekapo. Your tour concludes at Christchurch airport.

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Mount Cook

Premier Plus £100 discount (per person): On selected tours departing between 01 Oct 17-31 Mar 18 if you book by 28 Feb 17.

What you need to know Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details. Accommodation: 3H hotel throughout. Meals: Breakfast. Dinner is also included on days 1, 2, 5, 6 & 7. Tour price: The price shown for this Travelmarl by APT tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes accommodation, sightseeing as outlined and services of a tour director. Flights excluded.

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Yellow eyed penguin

Avon River, Christchurch

City & Wildlife

Stewart Island

Kaikoura 4 nights from

Self-drive tour

£427

Whales, Wine & Hot Springs

Stewart Island £399 Explorer

4 nights from

Self-drive tour

2 nights from

£287

Independent tour

spectacular drives • city sights • marine wildlife

whale spotting • wine tasting • optional activities

abundant nature • peaceful setting • scenic views

Christchurch 1 night ~ Mount Cook 1 night ~ Dunedin 2 nights

Kaikoura 1 night ~ Blenheim 2 nights ~ Hanmer Springs 1 night

Stewart Island 2 nights

Day 1 Christchurch: Day at leisure. Time to explore this city known as the ‘garden city’ in your own time. Most areas are within walking distance; visit the botanical gardens, shops, restaurants and cafes, or take a leisurely scenic punt down the Avon River. Day 2 Christchurch/Mt Cook: Travel south through the flat Canterbury plains before heading inland to Mount Cook National Park. This afternoon you will have time to explore and take an optional glacial explorer cruise or a helicopter flight over the mountain ranges (approx. 4 hours). Day 3 Mt Cook/Dunedin: This morning take in the fabulous views on this spectacular drive to South Island’s second city, Dunedin. Originally founded by Scottish settlers (Dunedin is Celtic for Edinburgh) the city is rich in Victorian architecture, with many walks in the area taking in this and Mt Cargill. Alternatively, visit Larnach Castle which dates back to 1871 or Glenfalloch Woodland Garden (approx. 4 hours). Day 4 Dunedin: Day at leisure. A full day to explore the Otago Peninsula and the magnificent wildlife found in this region. Visit Albatross Taiaroa Head, the only northern royal albatross colony in the world so close to human habitation; see Hookers sea lions, little blue penguins and one of the rarest penguin species, the yelloweyed penguin. The unique yellow-eyed penguins are a conservation project and can be viewed in a system of trenches and hides allowing viewing of the penguins from just a few metres. Day 5 Dunedin/Queenstown: Travel down the coast to Milton, before heading inland to the adrenalin capital, Queenstown, where your tour ends and you return your hire car (approx. 3½ hours).

Day 1 Christchurch/Kaikoura: Travel north along the coast, until reaching the sleepy fishing town of Kaikoura. Kaikoura means ‘to eat crayfish’ which you can sample at many of the town’s restaurants and cafes. This afternoon take to the water on a boat trip where you are likely to see sperm whale, Hector’s dolphin, the dusky dolphin, killer whales (orca), pilot whales and blue penguins. Whilst viewing all of these animals is not guaranteed, it is likely something of interest will be spotted (approx. 2½ hours). Day 2 Kaikoura/Blenheim: Heading in to the Marlborough region, the largest town is Blenheim, which is the main wine producing area in New Zealand. With over 30 cellars, go wine tasting to try the varieties of sauvignon blancs, chardonnays and rieslings (approx. 1½ hours). Day 3 Blenheim: At leisure. Try skiing at Rainbow Valley (in season), white water rafting, horse riding, or sample more of the region’s wines. There is also a distillery on the outskirts of Blenheim producing liqueurs, schnapps and brandies. Day 4 Blenheim/Hanmer Springs: Travelling back down the coast, and heading inland you will arrive at Hanmer Springs, the main thermal resort in the South Island with excellent hot pools to sit back and relax in (approx. 3½ hours). Day 5 Hanmer Springs/Christchurch: This morning enjoy this scenic area by going on a forest walk, river or lake fishing or jet-boating, before heading back to Christchurch to drop off your hire car (approx. 2 hours).

Day 1 Bluff/Stewart Island: Board the ferry service from Bluff for the one hour Foveaux Strait crossing to Steward Island. On arrival you will be met and transferred by courtesy coach to Stewart Island Lodge. Depending on your arrival time you may wish to go exploring around the village or book an optional excursion. Please check with the lodge manager to arrange a restaurant for dinner (own expense). Day 2 Stewart Island: Day at leisure. A full day to explore this nature island. Optional excursions can be pre-booked such as guided walks, cruises to Ulva Island or marine nature cruises around Stewart Island and Titi Island, also known as Mutton Bird Islands. Sightings of the rich marine life, penguins, seals and great white sharks are a possibility. Also take time to explore the main island and try your hand spotting one of the native kiwi birds. Day 3 Stewart Island/Bluff: Following breakfast you can either take the early morning ferry or enjoy more time at leisure and depart on the afternoon ferry from Stewart Island to Bluff.

What you need to know Departures: Daily Accommodation: 3H+ Rydges Latimer, Christchurch; 4H The Hermitage, Mt Cook; 4H Quest, Dunedin. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 5 days group D car hire and accommodation as stated.

What you need to know Departures: Daily Accommodation: 3H The White Morph, Kaikoura; 5H Chateau Marlborough, Blenheim; 4H Heritage Hanmer Springs, Hanmer Springs. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 5 days group D car hire and accommodation as stated.

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Stewart Island Lodge

HHH

Nestled in native bush, Stewart Island Lodge offers a peaceful sanctuary from the modern world. Just five minutes walk from the small village, the lodge is private and secluded with commanding views of Halfmoon Bay and the surrounding ocean.

What you need to know Departures: Daily Meals: Continental breakfast. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return ferry service, return transfers and accommodation as stated.

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Old railway bridge between Fox Glacier and Greymouth

Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki

Total South Island

16 nights from

£1599

Self-drive tour

variety of scenic landscapes • nature cruises • optional TranzAlpine rail journey Christchurch 2 nights ~ Kaikoura 1 night ~ Blenheim 1 night ~ Nelson 1 night ~ Greymouth 1 night ~ Franz Josef 1 night ~ Wanaka 1 night ~ Queenstown 2 nights ~ Te Anau 2 nights ~ Invercargill 2 nights ~Dunedin 1 night ~ Mount Cook 1 night

Day 1 Christchurch: After picking up your hire car, day is at leisure. Day 2 Christchurch: Day at leisure. Stay around Cathedral Square to enjoy the shops, cafes and restaurants. Alternatively take a day trip on the TranzAlpine to Greymouth via Arthur’s Pass and return – one of the great rail journeys of the world! See fantastic scenery of valleys, mountains, gorges and plains en route. Day 3 Christchurch/Kaikoura: This morning leave the city behind as you head to the fishing village of Kaikoura, with its great restaurants and cafes serving daily seafood specials, particularly crayfish for which it is renowned. In the afternoon take a boat trip with the potential to see great wildlife including whales and dolphins (approx. 2½ hours). Day 4 Kaikoura/Blenheim: Heading further up the coast you will enter the Marlborough region, famous for the quality wines produced here. (approx. 1½ hours). Day 5 Blenheim/Nelson: Drive across to Nelson and on a little further into the Abel Tasman National Park. From here take a boat trip up the coast and enjoy one of the scenic coastal walks back. This is an extremely beautiful area with clear turquoise waters, beaches and forests. If you feel like getting closer to the water then take a kayak tour instead (approx. 1½ hours). Day 6 Nelson/Greymouth: Travel down to Punakaiki for lunch, and see the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes located in Paparoa National Park, before continuing on to Greymouth (approx. 4 hours). Day 7 Greymouth/Franz Josef: Leave this morning heading up to the great glaciers, Franz Josef and Fox Glacier. This is a fantastic place where you can take a walk on a glacier, go for a scenic helicopter flight over both peaks or go on a heli-hike (approx. 2½ hours). Day 8 Franz Josef/Wanaka: View glaciers as you drive down to Wanaka. On arrival take a scenic walk, or have a relaxing dip in the hotel’s hot pools (approx. 3½ hours). Day 9 Lake Wanaka/Queenstown: A short drive today to Queenstown, the adrenalin capital of New Zealand. With so many activities on offer, it is worth planning ahead to make the most of your time here (approx. 1 hour).

Day 10 Queenstown: Day at leisure. Take the Skyline gondola up the hill for great views of the lake, go bungee jumping, visit Wakatipu where some of the filming for ‘Lord of the Rings’ was done, or simply relax in one of the bars or cafes. Day 11 Queenstown/Te Anau: Either spend the morning in Queenstown taking in some of the attractions on offer, or head straight to Te Anau. On arrival, walk by Lake Te Anau or take a boat through the caves to see the glowworms. The rest of the day is free to explore at leisure (approx. 2 hours). Day 12 Milford Sound: This morning travel by coach along the stunning road journey from Te Anau to Milford Sound, passing through plains, meadows, mountains and waterfalls before arriving at your destination. Included is a nature cruise on the Sound to experience the full glory and beauty of the place. Day 13 Te Anau/Invercargill: Today leave on the Southern Scenic Route from Te Anau stopping between Manapouri and Blackmount if you like bird watching, as sometimes the black falcon can be seen.  Head onwards through the old timber town of Tuatapera, along the south coast to Riverton. From the cliff above Te Waewae Bay, Hector’s dolphins and southern right whales are sometimes seen.  Invercargill is the most southern city in New Zealand, and not as modern as the rest of the country, so wander around to catch a glimpse of old New Zealand (approx. 2 hours). Day 14 Invercargill: Spend a day at leisure in Invercargill or extend your holiday to include the Stewart Island Explorer (see page 132). Stewart Island is the birding capital and home to the kiwi. Day 15 Invercargill/Dunedin: Drive onward to Dunedin, with its Scottish feel and Victorian architecture. Make time to visit the Otago Peninsula and the rare yellow-eyed penguins (approx. 3 hours). Day 16 Dunedin/Mt Cook: Today travel north along the coast before heading inland to Mt Cook, known locally, in Maori, as Aoraki.  On arrival take in the majestic views of the mountain on a guided tour or one of the walks and trails. Your hotel tonight, the Hermitage, offers fabulous views of Mt Cook (approx. 4 hours). Day 17 Mt Cook/Christchurch: Head back to Christchurch today where you will drop off your hire car (approx. 4 hours).

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Nelson

Kaikoura crayfish

What you need to know Departures: Daily. Accommodation: 3Hplus Rydges Latimer, Christchurch; 3H The White Morph, Kaikoura; 5H Chateau Marlborough, Blenheim; 4H Rutherford Hotel, Nelson; 3H Kingsgate, Greymouth; 4H Distinction, Fox Glacier; 4H Edgewater, Wanaka; 3Hplus Copthorne Hotel, Queenstown; 4H Distinction, Te Anau; 3Hplus Quest Invercargill; 4H Quest Dunedin; 4H Hermitage, Mount Cook. Meals: Room only. Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes accommodation, Milford Sound Nature Cruise excursion from Te Anau on day 12 and 17 days group D car hire. International flights are not included.

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South Pacific

Fiji

A million miles from real life is a world of lush green mountains, turquoise lagoons and palm-fringed beaches; glittering emeralds dropped in an impossibly shimmering azure pool; a picture postcard where the mountains and lagoons are a stage for snorkelling, diving and lazing on a beautiful beach.

Why visit the South Pacific? If romance and stunning beauty is what you seek, then look no further than the South Pacific islands. As a place to re-charge after travelling the Antipodes, there are few places which can match these island paradises. Fiji offers a haven where you can relax, get away from it all and recharge in the splendid isolation of the deep blue of the Pacific. At the crossroads of the Pacific, this is a place of white sand beaches fringed by turquoise seas, where nature lovers will be at one with their world and those seeking romance and tranquillity can escape from the pressures of life.

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The very name Tahiti conjures up a picture of impossibly blue oceans, soft sand beaches, swaying palms and Polynesian beauties in grass skirts. Whilst mini skirts may have replaced grass skirts the Tahitians have kept much of their old lifestyle and are some of the most gracious people you will ever meet.

The Hawaiian Islands are a Polynesian paradise of lush rainforests, secluded beaches and dramatic volcanic scenery which cannot fail to captivate you. Whether you seek peace and serenity, history and culture or the buzz of an exciting, busy resort town, there is a Hawaiian island to fit the bill.

A long way from anywhere else, the Cook Islands invoke romantic pictures of tropical vistas, turquoise waters and idyllic beaches and those images are not far from the truth. Without doubt, this is a get-awayfrom-it-all paradise where “time� takes on a whole new meaning.

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Planning your holiday

What you need to Know The prices All accommodation lead-in prices shown are based on the best value travel dates in low season.

Flight time There are no non-stop flights to the South Pacific from the UK. Journey times with stopovers are as follows: Nadi in Fiji is approximately 28 hours; Honolulu in Hawaii approximately 19 hours; Rarotonga in the Cook Islands approximately 24 hours; Papeete in Tahiti approximately 19½ hours.

Best time to go The South Pacific has a tropical climate and while the weather varies from one island group to another, generally the drier time is from May to October and the rainy season November to April. Tahiti

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The idyllic South Pacific islands have been a favourite haunt for couples, and particularly honeymooners, for some time; and with soft white sands, crystal waters, solitude and spectacular surroundings, it’s easy to understand why. After touring the Antipodes they’re the perfect place to relax.

If time allows, island hopping is by far the best way to appreciate the splendour and diversity of the island groups. Whether you opt for the Cook Islands, Tahiti, Fiji or Hawaii, you’ll find it’s easy to hop across to a neighbouring island.

Classic South Pacific islands Whilst each of the South Pacific islands is undoubtedly idyllic, they are also unique in their own way. Fiji is best for culture, dive enthusiasts, families and those seeking a wide selection of resorts. The Cook Islands mix Polynesian hospitality with New Zealand savoir faire and have a wonderful array of resorts for couples and families alike, superb beaches and excellent dive opportunities. Tahiti will suit those seeking culture, surfing, diving and fantastic resorts while Hawaii is a Polynesian paradise whose varied islands provide the ideal spot to relax and unwind.

Hawaii

South pacific and beyond The South Pacific’s far-flung location does involve long flights from the UK, so why not combine with a stay in Australia or New Zealand, where you can enjoy touring and sightseeing before having time to totally unwind on an idyllic beach in the South Pacific. Alternatively, you can break up your journey with a stay in California. There are excellent flight links between Los Angeles or San Francisco with the majority of the islands, so what could be better than exploring the iconic city sights before flying onwards to a paradise island.

Tahiti Fiji

Cook Islands

South Pacific

Honolulu beach

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Fiji

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Tahiti

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Hawaii

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Cook Islands

One bedroom garden unit

Muri Beachcomber HHH

Rarotonga

from

£99per person per night

Ideally situated right in the heart of Muri Beach, this great value property is central to all the amenities of Muri Village. Each self-catering unit is spacious and well-equipped with a private veranda where you can dine under the stars or relax on your lounger with a cool drink. Features: 22 rooms • salt water swimming pool • BBQ area • fishing • bicycles • non-motorised watersports Accommodation: In one bedroom garden units with air-conditioning, shower, well-equipped kitchen, separate living and dining area with two further beds for children and terrace. Upgrade options: one bedroom sea view units • family garden units which offer two bedrooms • one bedroom water garden villas Meals: Room only.

Aitutaki

A mesmerisingly beautiful tropical idyll. The 15 islands of the Cooks lie halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii in the centre of the Pacific Ocean’s Polynesian Triangle. A mix of volcanic islands and coral atolls, the Cooks are a castaway’s paradise with deserted powder-white beaches fringed by palm trees and warm, translucent lagoons that teem with tropical fish. Rarotonga is the hub and main island of the Cooks, and while it may be the most commercialised of the 15 islands it still retains a Polynesian charm. Just over 20 miles in circumference the island is stunningly picturesque with a mountainous interior of verdant jungle which drops down to idyllic beaches trimmed by sapphireblue lagoons and encircling coral reefs. Hire a scooter, car or bicycle and explore, or alternatively hop on the island bus - whichever way you go there are villages, beaches and fields of fruit-laden trees providing an insight to island life. For some soft adventure away from the beaches, take a cross-country trek to traverse the island’s inland mountains leads to the iconic rocky outcrop known as ‘The Needle’. Aitutaki, the Cooks’ second most-visited island, curls gently around a vast turquoise lagoon which is enclosed by a ring of coral and scattered with dreamy uninhabited motus (islets). Explored either by snorkelling, scuba diving or glass bottom boat cruises, the lagoon and coral reef are by far the island’s main attraction with one of the most bio diverse reef systems in the world and a kaleidoscope of vibrantly coloured fish.

Manuia Beach Resort HHHH

Aitutaki

Atai

Cook Islands

Arecra

Getting there: Rarotonga is approximately 24 hours from the UK (via Los Angeles). Aitutaki is around 45 minutes’ flight from Rarotonga. Rarotonga Best time to go: Thanks to the tropical climate it is generally pleasantly warm and sunny throughout the year. June to August are the cooler months, whilst November to March marks the warmer season, although tropical showers can be expected.

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Premier Plus FREE nights 7 for 6: 01 Apr-31 May & 01 Nov 17-31 Mar 18. Maximum 3 free nights. FREE watersports: Snorkelling equipment, kayaks and stand up paddleboards. FREE black pearl pendant (one per booking): 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 14 nights.

Rarotonga

from

£136per person per night

Set right on the beach in private and peaceful surroundings on the sheltered sunset coast of Rarotonga, this lovely resort offers authentic Rarotongan accommodation with coconut thatched suites and island style decor. The resort restaurant has an unbeatable location right on the beach allowing you to watch the waves on the reef as you dine. Features: 24 rooms • restaurant • bar • infinity swimming pool • fishing • bicycles • nonmotorised watersports Accommodation: In premium garden suites with air-conditioning, outside shower, fridge, safe and veranda. Upgrade options: beachfront suites • VIP premium garden suites • VIP beachfront suites Meals: Tropical breakfast.

Premier Plus FREE nights 5 for 4 & 7 for 5: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar & 01 Nov 17-31 Mar 18. Maximum 2 free nights.

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Pacific Resort HHHPlus

Rarotonga

from

£156per person per night

Enjoying an unrivalled position on Muri Beach this resort encompasses the perfect blend of modern comforts and traditional island hospitality. The stunning location, fine dining options and range of on-site activities make this resort an idyllic island haven ideal for relaxing. Features: 64 rooms • restaurant • cafe • bar • swimming pool • spa • free kayaks and snorkels • children’s club (6-12 years) Accommodation: In standard studio rooms with king size bed, air-conditioning, shower and safe. Upgrade options: premium garden suites • beachfront suites • family rooms • two and three bedroom villas Meals: Continental breakfast.

Premier Plus FREE nights 5 for 4 & 7 for 5: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18. NZ$250 food & beverage credit (per room per stay): 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18 if you stay at least 5 nights. For every additional night stayed receive an additional NZ$50 credit per room per day.

Crown Beach Resort HHHH

Rarotonga

from

£165per person per night

Set on a stunning white sand beach on the sheltered western coast of Rarotonga, this intimate tropical retreat offers luxuriously furnished villas and suites as well as true Polynesian hospitality. Romantics can enjoy candlelit dinners on the beach under a blanket of stars with sand between their toes. Features: 36 villas and suites • 2 restaurants and bars • swimming pool • Akiri Spa • gym • dive centre • bicycles • non-motorised watersports Accommodation: In one bedroom villas set within the tropical gardens with air-conditioning, shower and fridge. Upgrade options: courtyard pool suites • one bedroom beachfront villas • two bedroom villas. Meals: Continental breakfast. All inclusive also available. Note: Minimum 3 night stay.

Premier Plus FREE nights 5 for 4: 01 Nov 16-30 Jun 17. 7 for 6: 01 Nov-23 Dec, 25-30 Dec 16, 01 Jan23 Dec, 25-30 Dec 17 & 01 Jan-31 Mar 18. Maximum 2 free nights. FREE upgrade to courtyard pool suite: If you stay at least 15 nights. Subject to availability on arrival. Up to NZ$350 food & beverage, spa & WiFi credit (per room per stay): 01 Nov 1631 Mar 17 if you stay at least 7 nights.

Premium beachfront bungalow

Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa HHHH

Aitutaki

from

£199per person per night

Pacific Resort HHHHH

Aitutaki

from

£349per person per night

This beautiful adult-only resort is situated on a private island, a two minute boat ride from Aitutaki Island, and is the only resort on the world-famous Aitutaki Lagoon. This exclusive all-bungalow resort is also the only private island in the Cook Islands and the only one to offer overwater bungalows.

This secluded resort is set in 19 acres of stunning white beach on the breathtaking island of Aitutaki, just a 40 minute flight from Rarotonga. The resort boasts luxury villas, suites and bungalows, all elegantly appointed for maximum comfort, and within steps of the Pacific Ocean.

Features: 36 bungalows • 2 restaurants • 2 bars • swimming pool • SpaPolynesia • Fire Dance shows • free activities • nonmotorised watersports Accommodation: In beachfront bungalows with air-conditioning, shower, mini fridge, safe and deck.

Features: 27 bungalows and villas • 2 restaurants • bar • swimming pool • spa • fitness centre • kayaks • snorkelling Accommodation: In standalone premium beachfront bungalows with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, shower, DVD, safe, mini bar and deck.

Upgrade options: premium beachfront bungalows which directly face the sands of Sunset Beach and spectacular lagoon views • deluxe beachfront bungalows, are located upon the pristine sands • overwater bungalows which offer direct access to the inviting lagoon waters Meals: Continental breakfast. Note: Children under 16 years are not permitted.

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Upgrade options: ultimate beachfront suites • ultimate beachfront villas • premium two bedroom beachfront bungalows Meals: Breakfast.

Premier Plus FREE nights 7 for 5: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18. Maximum 2 free nights.

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Fiji

Warwick Fiji HHHH

Coral Coast

from

£90per person per night

Nestled amidst 28 acres of glorious tropical gardens on the edge of a sandy beach, this popular resort is in a peaceful location overlooking the tranquil lagoon. Enjoy the elegant comforts of the beautifully-styled guest rooms and suites, fine dining, spa services, swimming pools and watersports.

Boasting 333 tropical islands, Fiji is amazingly versatile whether you’re after a romantic honeymoon retreat or a family-friendly resort there’s a Fijian paradise for everyone.

Features: 248 rooms • 5 restaurants • 7 bars • swimming pool • The Warwick spa • gym • tennis • squash • pitch and putt golf • dive centre • non-motorised watersports • children’s club (3-12 years) Mon-Fri • mountain bikes Accommodation: In garden view rooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower, mini bar, safe and balcony. Upgrade options: Ocean view rooms • Warwick deluxe rooms • Warwick suites. Meals: Breakfast.

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2: 01 Nov-26 Dec 16 & 04 Jan-31 Mar 17. Free nights are on a room only basis. Maximum two free nights.

Famous for its dazzling white-sand beaches, sparkling turquoise lagoons, swaying palm trees and soft-coral diving, this South Pacific archipelago offers the ultimate island escape. The bustling multi-cultural town of Nadi, on the island of Vit Levu, is the gateway and main hub for visitors. From here, it’s about an hour’s drive south to the wellestablished Coral Coast where golf, beach life and diving are all there for the taking. Denarau Island, also on Viti Levu, is the largest integrated resort in the South Pacific, so if you want to splash out and be pampered, this is where you want to be! Boasting eight large resorts, stunning beaches and an 18 hole championship golf course along with a wide range of restaurants, Denarau Island has it all. A short causeway on the western side of Viti Levu leads to the private island of Yanuca, a timeless haven with glorious natural scenery, From Nadi, it’s just a quick hop to the stunning Mamanuca Islands, a chain of 20 palm-fringed islands with vivid blue seas, gorgeous beaches and picturesque resorts. The islands are remarkably undeveloped and the focus is very much on relaxation with sunbathing on a secluded stretch of beach high on the list of must do’s. Watersport enthusiasts will find parasailing, windsurfing, snorkelling, dive sites, some of the best surf breaks in the world and just about any other activity you can do on or below the water.

Shangri-La's Fijian HHHHPlus

Vanua Levu Taveuni Island

Yasawa Islands Mamanuca Islands Nadi

Fiji

Viti Levu

Denarau Island Coral Coast

South Pacific Ocean

Getting there: The journey Kadavu time to Nadi, on the main island of Viti Levu, is Island approximately 28 hours, including a stopover. Best time to go: Fiji enjoys a warm tropical climate year-round with minimal extremes. The dry season extends from May to October with temperatures ranging from 19-29ºC. December to April brings higher temperatures (22-33ºC) and a higher chance of rain.

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Yanuca

from

£115per person per night

This magnificent beachfront resort is set on the island of Yanuca, linked by a causeway to Viti Levu. Perfect for both activity filled family holidays, or a relaxing romantic getaway. Luxurious design is evident throughout, complemented by attentive and personalised service. Features: 442 rooms • 6 restaurants • 6 bars • 3 swimming pools • gym • spa • tennis • 9 hole golf course • watersports • dive centre • children’s club 4-11 years • children’s playground Accommodation: In superior lagoon view rooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower, fridge, safe and balcony/terrace. Upgrade options: Superior ocean view rooms • superior lagoon family rooms • deluxe ocean family rooms • two bedroom premier lagoon bures Meals: Breakfast.

Premier Plus FREE nights 6 for 3: 01 Nov-22 Dec 16, 09 Jan-07 Apr, 27 Apr-30 Jun, 19 Jul-22 Sep, 10 Oct-22 Dec 17 & 09 Jan-31 Mar 18.

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Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa HHHHH

Denarau

from

£123per person per night

Discover a paradise of sun, sea and sand at this relaxing resort which is ideally located on long strech of beach on Denarau Island. Indulge in a massage by the sea or choose from an array of treatments at the Pevonia concept spa, unwind at the swimming complex which has seven pools and relax in a luxurious room which all have fabulous views. Features: 271 rooms • 2 beachfront restaurants • bar • coffee shop • swimming complex with 7 pools (some are for adults only) • spa • gym • Ika Kids Club (0-12 years) • watersports • diving • 18 hole golf course next door Accommodation: In studio beachfront rooms with king size bed, air-conditioning, bath and separate shower, mini fridge and terrace or balcony. Upgrade options: Studio plus garden view • one, two, three or five bedroom villas which have an open plan layout, kitchenette and BBQ on your terrace or balcony

Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE non-motorised watersports. FREE dive lesson: Every Wednesday at 2pm. at the family pool. Family offer: Up to two children 0-17 years stay free when sharing a room with two adults.

Matamanoa Island Resort HHHPlus

Mamanuca Islands

from

£125per person per night

This private boutique island resort lies within the Mamanuca islands, 90 minutes by boat from the mainland, or 10 minutes by helicopter. The resort features its own Senikal spa where guests can relax and unwind, while the pristine waters surrounding the islands provide excellent snorkelling opportunities. Features: 46 rooms • restaurant • bar • swimming pool • tennis • fishing • nonmotorised watersports • Senikal spa Accommodation: In ground floor resort rooms (double only) with air-conditioning, shower, fridge and patio. Upgrade options: Beachfront bures which are recommended • beachfront villas which offer a private plunge pool and outdoor shower Meals: Continental breakfast. Note: Children under 16 years are not permitted within the resort.

Premier Plus FREE daily afternoon tea. FREE Veidomoni Spa voucher: For a 10 minute foot ritual.

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Plantation Island HHH

Mamanuca Islands

from

£99per person per night

Nestled on the island of Malolo LaiLai, this lovely resort embraces 23 acres of tropical gardens and coconut palms, over four miles of sandy beaches and a beautiful sheltered lagoon. Whilst there’s a delightful relaxed atmosphere, the resort also bursts with plenty of activities and Fijian cultural experiences. Features: 208 rooms • 4 restaurants • 4 bars • snack bar • coffee shop • 3 swimming pools • waterpark • tennis • 9 hole golf course • games room • watersports • massage • children’s activities Accommodation: In poolside rooms with airconditioning, shower, fridge and patio or balcony. Upgrade options: One bedroom garden terrace • two bedroom garden bures Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 5 for 4: 17 Dec 16-31 Mar 17. 7 for 5: 17 Dec 16-31 Mar 18. 20% room discount: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17 if you stay at least 5 nights. Family offers for children 0-11 years: Up to two children eat free at the Ol’ Copra Shed buffet menu when dining with a paying adult. Receive free transfer from Denarau to Plantation Island on the Malolo Cat (one child per paying adult).

Tokoriki Island Resort HHHHH

Tokoriki Island

from

£275per person per night

Enjoy a truly romantic beach holiday at Tokoriki Island Resort where warm Fijian hospitality and attention to detail await you at this adult-only haven. There is so much to do both on land and on the water, as well as an award-winning restaurant where you can dine on South Pacific and Asian influenced cuisine. Features: 36 bures & villas • restaurant • bar • freshwater and saltwater swimming pools • spa • fishing excursions • non-motorised watersports • Padi dive centre • cultural entertainment • TV lounge • free WiFi in lobby Accommodation: In beachfront bures with air-conditioning, indoor shower, outdoor tropical shower, mini bar, safe and a terrace with loungers and hammock. There are no TV’s in the bures. Upgrade options: Beachfront pool bures • sunset pool villas Meals: Room only.

Note: Children under 16 years are not permitted.

Premier Plus Up to F$1000 resort credit (per bure per stay): 01-20 Dec 16, 06 Jan-31 May, 01-20 Dec 17 & 05 Jan-31 Mar 18. Credit is FJ$250 if you stay 5-6 nights or FJ$1,000 if you stay at least 7 nights. FREE return transfers: 01-20 Dec 16, 05 Jan31 May, 01-20 Dec 17 & 05 Jan-31 Mar 18 if you stay at least 7 nights. Transfer is either by helicopter, South Sea Cruises or speedboat.

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Tahiti

Manava Suite Resort HHH

Imagine picture-perfect islands where rugged volcanic hillsides blanketed with lush tropical foliage contrast with idyllic sandy beaches fringed by the crystalline turquoise ocean, and you’ll be dreaming of Tahiti.

Tahiti

from

£94per person per night

Situated on the west of the island, Manava Suite boasts the largest infinity pool on the island, a wide selection of rooms and suites to suit every budget and a wonderful pool bar where the sunset cocktails are the highlight of the day. The hotel’s excursion desk will assist those keen to explore with options including hiking, sunset cruises, dolphin watching and much, much more. Features: 120 rooms • restaurant • 2 bars Premier Plus • swimming pool • Manea spa • fitness centre Early booking room discount up to 25%: Accommodation: In standard rooms with airOn selected dates 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18. conditioning, bath/shower, mini bar and safe. 25% room discount: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17 if Upgrade options: Garden studios • lagoon you stay at least 3 nights; 01 Apr 17-31 Mar 18 if studios • garden suites • lagoon suites • one you stay at least 2 nights. bedroom duplex suites. Meals: Room only. Note: Daily resort fee of approx 10 Euros per room per night payable locally.

Commonly referred to as The Islands of Tahiti, French Polynesia is a collection of 118 islands and atolls stretching across the South Pacific. The largest island and heartbeat of French Polynesia is Tahiti itself. Dubbed ‘Queen of the Pacific’ it is appropriately crowned by a ring of majestic peaks, an interior of deep valleys and high waterfalls along with an untamed landscape of black sand beaches and tranquil lagoons. While Tahiti may be the busiest of the islands it still exudes a laid back charm that’s incredibly seductive. The neighbouring island of Moorea, located just ten nautical miles from Tahiti, is scenically stunning and everything you imagine a South Seas island to be. Voluminous mountains rise from the translucent lagoons, while along the waterfront quaint villages and beaches await your discovery, including dramatic Opunohu Bay and Cook’s Bay. Hire a car or bike and explore the lush inland interior with pineapple plantations, scenic hillsides and hiking trails. Not to be missed are the awesome views from Belvedere Lookout! Undeniably, French Polynesia’s most celebrated isle is Bora Bora, whose beauty is unrivaled. You will truly be in awe of the soaring rainforest covered mountain peak, valleys blossoming with hibiscus and perfect white-sand beaches which give way to emerald waters where vibrantly coloured fish animate the coral gardens. Simply said, Bora Bora is the most beautiful island in the world!

InterContinental Tahiti Tikehau South Pacific Ocean

HHHHPlus

Tahiti

from

£147per person per night

Ideally located on the main island of Tahiti, the InterContinental is Polynesian in style and boasts its own private sand beach and lagoon, along with two superb infinity pools and an extensive range of activities. The InterContinental has long been Tahiti’s top resort, and is the perfect place to begin a visit to French Polynesia.

Bora Bora

Tahiti Getting there: Papeete in Tahiti is approximately 19½ hours from the UK (including a stopover). Moorea is just 10 minutes by air from Tahiti, while Bora Moorea Bora is about an hour’s flight from either Tahiti or Moorea. Tahiti Best time to go: Enjoying a balmy tropical climate, there is no bad time to visit. However, the weather is at its best between May and October, as November to April does bring some rain.

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Features: 245 rooms • 2 restaurants • 3 bars • 2 swimming pools • tennis • spa • watersports Accommodation: In standard rooms with airconditioning, bath/shower, mini bar, safe and balcony or terrace. Upgrade options: Garden rooms • lagoon rooms • superior garden or lagoon rooms • panoramic garden or lagoon rooms • panoramic suites • lagoon or motu overwater bungalows. Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus Early booking 20% room discount: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18 if you book at least 90 days before arrival. 10% room discount: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18 if you stay at least 2 nights.

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InterContinental Moorea HHHH

Moorea

from

£171per person per night

Hotel Maitai Polynesia HHH

Bora Bora

from

£93per person per night

Nestled between scenic mountains and a tropical lagoon teeming with sea life, the InterContinental Moorea is an idyllic location to experience authentic French Polynesia. Set with 27 acres of lush gardens, there are a range of activities, elegantly appointed accommodation along with an exciting array of restaurants and bars.

Located in the heart of lush tropical gardens and close to Matira Beach, the only public beach on Bora Bora, it’s perfect if you’re seeking affordable beachfront accommodation. Let yourself be soothed by the serenity of nature in its purest form, the most beautiful sunsets and a turquoise lagoon brimming with all manner of fascinating marine life.

Features: 144 rooms • 2 restaurants • bar • swimming pool • Helene Spa • fitness room • tennis • non-motorised watersports • dive centre • Moorea Dolphin Centre • turtle care centre Accommodation: In lanai rooms with airconditioning, bath/shower, mini bar, safe and balcony or terrace. Upgrade options: Premium lanai rooms • beach junior suite bungalows • teremoana lanai suites • garden pool junior suite bungalows • premium beach junior suite bungalows

Features: 66 rooms • 2 restaurants • 2 bars • complimentary kayaks, canoes and snorkelling equipment • bicycle rentals • bush walks • deep sea fishing • diving • access to nearby spa Accommodation: In garden view rooms with air-conditioning, shower, mini bar, safe and balcony or patio. Upgrade options: Lagoon view rooms • beach bungalows • overwater bungalows. Meals: Breakfast.

• overwater junior suite bungalows • premium overwater junior suite bungalows Meals: Breakfast.

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2 & 5 for 3: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18. 20% room discount: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18 if you book at least 90 days before arrival.

Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa HHHH

Bora Bora

from

£240per person per night

Located at the southern tip of Motu Tevairoa, the largest islet dotting the outer reef toward the north west, the resort has a spectacular view of Bora Bora’s Mount Otemanu. A lovely resort, it offers an authentic Polynesian experience, luxury accommodation, a range of international cuisine and attentive service. Features: 80 rooms • 3 restaurants • 2 bars • swimming pool • spa • fitness centre • tennis • mini golf • table tennis • volleyball • variety of activities and excursions • dive centre Accommodation: In garden pool bungalows with air-conditioning, outdoor shower, mini bar, safe and private terrace with small pool and loungers. Upgrade options: Otemanu view beach suites with jacuzzi • overwater bungalows • blue lagoon premium overwater bungalows • otemanu view premium overwater bungalows • end of pontoon overwater bungalows Meals: Breakfast.

Premier Plus FREE nights 4 for 3: 01 Apr 17-31 Mar 18. Early booking 35% room discount: On selected dates 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18. Minimum stay may also apply.

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Premier Plus FREE nights 4 for 3: 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 18. Early booking 10% room discount: 01 Jan 17-31 Mar 18 if you book at least 90 days before arrival. FREE daily half board: If you stay at least 3 nights in a beach or overwater bungalow.

Le Meridien Bora Bora HHHHHLuxury

Bora Bora

from

£295per person per night

Perfectly situated on the edge of a crystal clear turquoise lagoon, in one of the most romantic settings in the world. The resort is beautifully presented and boasts an array of activities including swimming with turtles which is unique to this hotel in Bora Bora. Truly an idyllic island getaway. Features: 99 bungalows • 3 restaurants • 2 bars • swimming pool • wellness centre • pedal boats • beach volley ball • table tennis • billiards • watersports • laundry • turtle rehabilitation centre Accommodation: In classic motu bungalows with air-conditioning, bath/shower, CD players, mini bar, safe and terrace. Upgrade options: Motu overwater bungalows are recommended. Meals: Breakfast.

Premier Plus FREE nights 3 for 2: 01 Apr-31 May, 01 Nov-27 Dec 17 & 03 Jan-31 Mar 18. 4 for 3 & 5 for 4: 01 Apr 17-31 Mar 18. 6 for 4: 01 Jun-31 Oct 17. 35% room discount: 01 Jan-31 Mar 17 if you book at least 90 days before arrival and stay at least 3 nights. Offers may not apply to all room categories.

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Hawaii

Standard room

Aston Waikiki Circle HHH

Oahu

from

£69per person per night

Built to resemble a Chinese lantern, this hotel has a distinctive circular shape and whimsical ocean theme. All guest rooms are styled in bright colours and have a decor with modern tropical accents. It is just steps away from the beach and every water activity you can imagine along with an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, making it perfect for exploring all that Waikiki has to offer. Features: 104 rooms • restaurant • access to nearby fitness centre Accommodation: In standard rooms with shower, TV, hairdryer, mini fridge, safe and balcony.

Al Moana Beach Park, Waikiki

Upgrade options: ocean view rooms • oceanfront rooms Meals: Room only.

Whether you seek peace and tranquillity, history and culture or the buzz of an exciting, busy resort town, there is an Hawaiian island to fit the bill. Each Hawaiian island has its own charm and broad appeal – from vibrant Honolulu on Oahu and the pristine beaches of Maui to picturesque Kauai. Oahu is where most people start their visit to Hawaii. Whether you try your hand at surfing on Waikiki Beach or head to the north shore and watch the experts ride the monster waves; admire the historic architecture of Iolani Palace or pay your respects at Pearl Harbour; take a hike on iconic Diamond Head or explore the shops of Honolulu, you’ll find variety at every turn. Maui, the second largest Hawaiian island, offers 33 miles of superb beaches, crystal clear waters and a dramatic extinct volcano. Dotted with quaint towns and artist communities it is a quieter alternative to Oahu. Places to visit include the old whaling town of Lahaina; the fascinating volcanic landscapes at Haleakala National Park; beautiful Iao Valley State Park and the peaceful town of Hana. Between November to April whale watching is popular and if you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the humpback whales from shore as they blow. The spectacular island of Kauai is the lushest and verdant. The pace of life is much slower here but that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of things to see and do. Take a glimpse at Waimea Canyon, proudly known as the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’; explore the hiking trails of the Napali coastline for stunning Pacific vistas; kayak down Wailua River, or simply bask on an uncrowded white-sand beach. Napali Coastline

HHHHPlus

Kauai

Waimea Lihue Oahu Canyon Pearl Harbour Honolulu Waikiki

Maui

Kahului

Hana

Maui Lahaina

North Pacific Ocean

Hawaii

Kohala Coast Kona Kailua

Puukohola

Hawaii Big Island

Getting there: There are no non-stop flights to Hawaii from the UK. Flights via Los Angeles or San Francisco to Honolulu take approximately 19 hours. Best time to go: Hawaii enjoys long days of sunshine and fairly mild year-round temperatures. The official rainy season is Nov-Mar but it can rain every day somewhere on every island, however it’s more likely to be a light shower than a downpour.

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Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Oahu

from

£99per person per night

Bordering the golden sands of Waikiki Beach, this great value, lively beachfront resort is situated at the western edge of the resort near Kapiolani Park, Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium while only steps away from the Waikiki Beach Walk promenade with fun fashion and delectable dining. Discover modern elegance throughout the property and an array of authentic Hawaiian artefacts. Features: 635 rooms • 3 restaurants • bar • coffee shop • swimming pool • fitness centre • watersports • LaaKea Spa • shops • free WiFi Accommodation: In standard rooms with TV with Nintendo, hairdryer, coffee maker, fridge, safe and iron & ironing board. Most rooms have a shower only.

Upgrade options: city view rooms • partial ocean view rooms • oceanfront with balcony rooms Meals: Room only.

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Hilton Hawaiian Village HHHHH

Oahu

from

£99per person per night

The Hilton Hawaiian Village is set on 22 oceanfront acres at the gateway of Waikiki and on the widest stretch of this famous beach, close enough to all of the action but quiet enough so as not to disturb. Almost a destination in itself, there is enough to keep guests busy for days, including Waikiki’s largest ‘Super Pool’ and the longest water slide! Features: 2,953 rooms • 20 restaurants and bars • Polynesian dinner show (Sun-Thu) • 5 swimming pools • daily activities • Mandara Spa • fitness centre • watersports • wide choice of shops • children’s club 5-12 years Accommodation: In resort view rooms in the Village Towers with TV, hairdryer, mini bar, coffee maker, fridge, safe, iron & ironing board and balcony.

Upgrade options: Rainbow Tower rooms which offer stunning views of Waikiki Beach and the Honolulu coastline • Ali’i Tower rooms which enjoy an intimate setting and include unique benefits Meals: Room only.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa HHHHH

Maui

from

£99per person per night

Surrounded by 40 immaculately landscaped oceanfront acres, this beautiful resort offers lavish accommodation and an array of leisure and dining options. Why not spend the day pampering yourself at the Marilyn Monroe Spa, play a round of championship golf or hit the tennis courts. For authentic island adventure go snorkelling at Black Rock, enjoy a Polynesian Lu’au and ride the Pacific waves at the beach. Features: 806 rooms • 4 restaurants • 2 bars • coffee shop • spa • nightly luau show • water playground with pools, slide and waterfalls • tennis • children’s activities • 2 golf courses adjacent • watersports Accommodation: In resort view rooms with TV, mini bar, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, safe and balcony. Upgrade options: partial ocean view rooms • ocean view rooms • Regency club rooms Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 5 for 4: On selected dates 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17. FREE daily breakfast for two: On selected dates 01 Nov 16- 31 Mar 17. Offers apply to selected room categories.

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Royal Lahaina Resort HHHH

Maui

from

£85per person per night

Set within 27 acres on Kaanapali Beach, which was voted “America’s Best Beach”, this friendly resort offers an authentic Hawaiian atmosphere and a good range of facilities. Whatever your idea of relaxation, you’re sure to find it here, be it tennis, exhilarating ocean sports, a challenging round of golf or simply lying back with a good book on soft sun-warmed sand. Features: 516 rooms, suites and cottages • 2 restaurants • 2 bars • ice cream parlour • nightly luau show • 3 swimming pools • jacuzzi • tennis • golf nearby • watersports • resort and beach activities • free WiFi Accommodation: In standard rooms with shower, TV, tea/coffee maker, mini fridge, hairdryer, safe, iron & ironing board and balcony.

Upgrade options: partial ocean view rooms • ocean view rooms • oceanfront rooms Meals: Room only.

Grand Hyatt Resort HHHHH

Kauai

from

£161per person per night

Set in the heart of Poipu this fabulous oceanfront property is ideally placed for exploring Kauai’s natural wonders as well as museums, galleries and shops in the surrounding area. Whether you’re visiting for a romantic getaway or a family holiday, the resort offers a host of opportunities, from zip lining, surfing, kayaking or scuba diving among rare sea turtles! Features: 602 rooms • 8 restaurants and bars • luau show (Thur & Sun) • 2 swimming pools • salt-water lagoon • adjacent 18 hole golf course • spa • tennis • watersports • children’s club 3-12 years • resort activities Accommodation: In garden view rooms with TV, mini fridge, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, safe and balcony. Upgrade options: pool view rooms • partial ocean view rooms • deluxe ocean view rooms Meals: Room only.

Premier Plus FREE nights 5 for 4: On selected dates 01 Nov 1631 Mar 17. FREE daily breakfast for two: On selected dates 01 Nov 16-31 Mar 17. Offers apply to selected room categories.

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Holiday Information

Airlines Passports For visits to the countries in this brochure, you will need a full British passport, which is machine readable, valid for six months beyond your date of return.

Visas

If you’re looking for the best value flight or the most direct route, all our holidays can be packaged with a choice of some of the best scheduled airlines in the world offering a variety of routes and therefore, potential stopovers. By selecting only quality airlines, Premier can offer the flexibility of virtually daily departures and holidays that can be tailored to your exact requirements. Why not travel in style and consider upgrading to a premium cabin? Travel in style

First class

Travelling long haul means long flights, which can be tiring, but we know that holiday time is precious and you will want to arrive refreshed and raring to go, so why not consider upgrading to a premium cabin, where you will benefit from greater comfort and space? Passengers who choose to travel on one of the ‘enhanced’ economy services or in business or first class enjoy many benefits. These may include a more attentive service, priority check-in, increased luggage allowance, more comfortable seats, improved entertainment and in-flight meals with a wider choice of wines and beverages.

Fly in first class, where available, and your flight will be pure luxury – the ultimate air travel experience! Throughout your flight you will receive the very best service with extensive legroom and, on most carriers, fully-reclinable flat beds. All privileges as per business class apply plus: • increased baggage allowance • à la carte dining from internationally acclaimed chefs • complimentary bar service including the finest champagnes and wines

Enhanced economy Many airlines offer this popular upgrade from economy. It offers you a premium service with additional benefits compared to standard economy class without the business or first class price tag. Benefits include: • separate cabin • increased legroom • increased baggage allowance • a wider seat with personal seatback TV • upgraded meal service and separate check-in service (certain airlines only)

Australia is the largest island in the world and you can fit the UK into it over 31 times. With this is mind, distances between towns and cities can be immense. Domestic flying offers a cheap and quick solution and is one of the best ways to explore this amazing country. While New Zealand is a great deal smaller than Australia, it is divided into two main islands and most of the major towns and cities have domestic airports. We can book all of your domestic flights at Premier so just ask our travel advisors and they will be pleased to help!

Business class

Fly from your local airport

Travelling business class, even one way, adds a new dimension to your holiday. For extra comfort and service, business class travel is fast becoming the standard for many of our customers. One way and return business class supplements are available across most of our programme. Privileges usually include: • dedicated check-in • access to business class lounges • increased baggage allowance • separate cabin with superior service, seating and on board entertainment with larger personal TV & on-demand videos • gourmet dining and fine wines • priority luggage on arrival

Onward domestic flying

While most of the airlines listed fly internationally from Heathrow, some offer services from regional airports such as Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Gatwick. Many airlines offer departures or connections from regional airports through arrangements with airline partners and we are pleased to be able to offer regional departures from 18 UK and Northern Ireland airports at very reasonable supplements. Just ask our knowledgeable travel advisors and they will be pleased to provide you with a quotation for your local departure.

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Australia UK passport holders do need a kind of visa to visit Australia, although it’s a simple process to obtain one. You can make an eVisitor application online at www.immi.gov.au and you will usually receive a confirmation authorisation by return. If you do not have access to the internet, we can assist with obtaining an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for which you will need to complete a short form. We do make a charge for this service. Whichever you choose, you must ensure that you complete the process in good time, as you will not be permitted to travel to Australia if you do not have the necessary authorisation. New Zealand There are no visa requirements for British passport holders visiting New Zealand. US transit and stopovers If you are travelling via the USA, full British passport holders in possession of return tickets to the USA may enter the country under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP). This process requires you to obtain an electronic travel authorisation prior to travel by completing an online application at: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. You should do this at least two weeks before departure. The current charge for this is USD14 per person. However holders of nonmachine readable passports will require a visa and holders of passports issued after 26 October 2006 which do not contain a biometric identifier will also require a visa. British passport holders born outside the UK may need to register with US immigration services prior to travel and are advised to contact the nearest US Embassy for further information. If you were born in the USA, you must travel using a US passport. Any person who has ever been arrested (even if this did not result in a conviction) or convicted of any offence (even if the conviction is “spent”) is required to obtain a visa. If you are in any doubt as to your eligibility to enter the USA under the visa waiver programme, you should check with the Embassy before you make your booking, as we will not be liable for any costs incurred for amendments or cancellation if a visa application is refused. Passengers without correct documentation may be refused boarding at check in. Any expenses or losses incurred will be your responsibility. Please note that you must have an ESTA or a visa even if you are only making a transit stop in the USA. Canada entry requirements Previously, there has been no requirement for British passport holders to obtain a visa for stays of less than six months. However, The Canadian Government has introduced an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) requirement from 15 March 2016. An online application must be made at www.Canada.ca/eta and the cost will be CAD7. The ETA, once obtained, will be valid for five years. The changes mean that passengers arriving into Canada by air are able to move through immigration more efficiently. Be aware that if you are travelling to Canada with a transit stop in the USA, you must comply with USA entry requirements (including obtaining an ESTA before departure). The ETA is only required if you are arriving into Canada by air. ETAs are not required if you are arriving by land or sea. Non-British passport holders, or those who are British “subjects”, rather than “citizens” should check with the relevant embassy regarding entry requirements. Be aware that if you are travelling to Canada with a transit stop in the USA, you must comply with the USA entry requirements pertaining to passports and visas. Non-British passport holders or those who are British “subjects” rather that “citizens” should check with the relevant embassy regarding entry requirements..

General Visas may be required for stopovers in some other countries and you should check with your travel agent or us regarding any requirements for your itinerary. If you require a visa and your visa application is refused for any reason by the authorities, through no fault of our own, or the authorities delay the issue of the visa, thus delaying departure, we will not be liable for any costs incurred or for any changes to arrangements or loss for cancellation.

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Australia

Tasmania Travelling time: Approx 22 hours from London Local time: GMT + 10 hours. Airport information: Hobart Airport is 13 miles and a 25 minute drive from the centre. There are frequent shuttle buses, limousines and taxis to get you into the city.

Western Australia Travelling time: Approximately 17 hours from London Local time: GMT + 8 hours Airport information: Perth Airport City Shuttle service operates the 8 mile journey to the city from both the international and domestic terminals.

New South Wales

Travelling time: Approximately 21 hours from London Local time: GMT +10 hours Airport information: Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport is located around 7 miles from downtown Sydney. Airport buses also operate to the city as well as an excellent train service. Transfer time by road is around 35 minutes.

Southern Queensland

Northern Territory - Top End

Travelling time: Approximately 17 hours from London. Local time: GMT +9½ hours. Airport information: Darwin airport is 10 miles from the city and, by taxi or limousine, it takes 20 minutes. Regular shuttle buses also run into the city. Travelling time: Approximately 21 hours from London Local time: GMT +9½ hours Airport information: Adelaide’s airport is just 5 miles west of the city centre. A regular shuttle service operates between the international and domestic terminals and downtown Adelaide. The service offers pick ups and drop offs at most of the main hotels.

Central & Northern Queensland

Victoria

Northern Territory - Red Centre

Travelling time: Approximately 23 hours from London. Local time: GMT +9½ hrs Airport information: Alice Springs Airport is 9 miles from the town. Transfers by regular shuttle buses and taxi are available taking 15 minutes. There is a local airport at Uluru which is 10 minutes from the resort.

Australia Darwin

South Australia

Travelling time: Approximately 24 hours from London Local time: GMT +10 hours Airport information: Brisbane airport is 8 miles from the city. Regular bus and train services run into the city, to the Gold Coast and to the Sunshine Coast. A taxi into the city will take 25 minutes. Travelling time: Approximately 25 hours from London Local time: GMT +10 hours Airport information: Cairns Airport is 4½ miles north of the city centre and about 20 minutes by taxi. Buses offer a shuttle to the city, northern beaches, Palm Cove and Port Douglas.

WEATHER °C Average daily maximum centigrade temperatures R Average daily sunshine hours (this does not reflect hours of daylight) S Average monthly rainfall in mm

Travelling time: Approximately 21 hours from London Local time: GMT +10 hours Airport information: Melbourne Airport, also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the second busiest airport in Australia. It is located approximately 15 miles from Melbourne’s Central Business District on the Tullamarine Freeway and takes about 30 minutes by road. There is no train service but the airport is served by taxis, public buses and the Skybus shuttle service operating 24 hours a day.

New Zealand

Adelaide

Melbourne

Hobart

Launceston

Perth

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A 32 9 85 32 9 85 20 5 53 20 5 53 18 6 52 25 8 47

M J J A 32 30 30 31 9 10 10 10 29 2 1 8 32 30 30 31 9 10 10 10 29 2 1 8 17 14 13 15 4 3 4 4 68 42 49 57 17 14 13 15 4 3 4 4 68 42 49 57 15 12 11 12 5 4 4 5 64 59 75 78 21 18 17 18 6 5 6 6 103 168 158 111

S 32 10 19 32 10 19 17 6 53 17 6 53 14 6 60 19 7 71

O 33 9 76 33 9 76 19 6 65 19 6 65 17 7 56 22 8 46

N D 33 32 8 7 131 234 33 32 8 7 131 234 21 24 7 7 57 58 21 24 7 7 57 58 19 21 8 8 47 52 25 28 9 10 23 9

South Pacific Cook Islands

Travelling time: Approximately 24 hours from London. Local time: GMT -10 hours Airport information: Raratonga International airport is the main hub for international and inter island flights.

Fiji

Travelling time: Approximately 28 hours from London. Local time: GMT +12 hours Airport information: Nadi International airport is the main hub for international and inter island flights.

Tahiti

New Zealand Auckland

Rotorua

Wellington

Christchurch

North Island

Queenstown

Travelling time: Approximately 24½ hours from London. Local time: GMT +12 hours Airport information: Auckland airport is 15 miles southwest of the city with frequent shuttle buses operating to the centre.

Te Anau

South Island

Dunedin

Travelling time: Approximately 26 hours from London. Local time: GMT +12 hours Airport information: Shuttle services operate from Christchurch Airport to Christchurch city and take 20-30 minutes. Queenstown also has its own airport from which shuttle services operate to the city.

Fox Glacier

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Travelling time: Approximately 19½ hours from London. Local time: GMT -10 hours Airport information: Papeete Faa’a International airport is 3 miles from downtown Papeete. Inter-island flights also operate from here.

Hawaii

Travelling time: Approximately 19 hours from London. Local time: GMT -10 hours Airport information: Honolulu airport is 9 miles from Waikiki. Transfers by regular shuttles or taxis are available.

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South Pacific

Raratonga

Fiji

Tahiti

Honolulu

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Important Information Assistance requirements We are delighted to offer advice for clients with special needs or disabilities. Not all hotels have adapted rooms and some airports and types of aircraft may not be able to accommodate certain requirements. In order for us to ensure that we can meet your needs, and that we comply with airline regulations, it is essential that you complete a Special Needs form. The detailed information you provide will enable us to ensure that all the suppliers of services for your holiday are aware of your requirements and we can, if necessary, make adjustments to your itinerary at the outset to accommodate them. If the form is not sent to you, please ensure that you ask for it. Brochure accuracy Every care has been taken to ensure that all information detailed in this brochure was accurate at the time it went to print. However, due to circumstances beyond our control some details may change. It is possible that an advertised facility may be withdrawn or temporarily unavailable according to season or due to weather conditions, lack of demand, a private function, for maintenance, renovation etc. We will advise you of any significant changes to facilities at the time of booking or as soon as practical if information is received after your booking has been confirmed and if time permits. Similarly, some attractions mentioned in the brochure may not be open year round or on every day of the week. Please ask at the time of booking if this is important to you. Weather information, mileage and maps given in this brochure are guidelines only. Building and development work Some locations may unavoidably have work underway to public areas and facilities. Whilst we will endeavour to advise you of any building or refurbishment work underway at any properties you have booked, which may adversely affect your stay, we cannot anticipate where work will take place outside of the hotel grounds. All the hotels featured strive to maintain high standards and, as such, there may be the necessity for some ad-hoc and unforeseeable maintenance work. Code share flights On certain routes, airlines operate a “code share” system, whereby flights will operate under two airline flight numbers. However the aircraft and staff will be supplied from only one of the two carriers involved. We cannot guarantee which carrier will be operating any given “code shared” flight and a change in carrier is not considered to be a major change. Child reductions Reductions are available for children (aged 2–11 years) if they share a room with two full paying adults. Some hotels provide a folding bed or there may be a sofa bed in the room. On occasion, a child may be accommodated free of charge, but may have to share existing bedding, which may involve sharing a double bed with adults. Prices for infants (under 2 years on the date of return travel) are available on request. Sky cots for ‘small’ infants (weight, age and size restrictions vary between airlines) may also be

available on flights and should be requested at the time of booking. Data protection policy In order to process your booking and to ensure that your travel arrangements run smoothly and meet your requirements we, and your travel agent, need to use the information you provide such as name, address, any special needs/dietary requirements etc. We take full responsibility for ensuring that proper security measures are in place to protect your information. We must pass the information on to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements such as airlines, hotels, transport companies etc. The information may also be provided to security or credit checking companies, public authorities such as customs/immigration if required by them, or as required by law. Additionally, where your holiday is outside the European Economic Area (EEA), controls on data protection in your destination may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country. We will not, however, pass any information onto any person not responsible for part of your travel arrangements. This applies to any sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities, or dietary/religious requirements. (If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers, whether in the EEA or not, we cannot provide your booking. In making this booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons.) Please note that where information is also held by your travel agent, this is subject to your agent’s own data protection policy. Your data controller is Premier Holidays. You are entitled to a copy of your information held by us. If you would like to see this please contact us. We may make a small charge for providing this to you. Early or late arrivals Rooms are normally available on your arrival day from 1500 hours onwards and you will be required to vacate your room by mid-day on your departure day. Honeymoon and anniversary offers If you are celebrating your honeymoon, silver, pearl, ruby, gold or diamond wedding anniversary (offers not valid for other anniversaries) and wish to take up any offer, you must advise us at the time of booking. You will be required to present your marriage certificate to claim any offers. Local assistance Please note that, as our holidays are designed for the independent traveller, we do not employ representatives in Australia and New Zealand. In the unlikely event that you require assistance while on holiday, an emergency number will be detailed in your travel documents. Meals Meal arrangements will be shown on your confirmation. If a half board option is selected, the fixed menu meals are usually taken in one specified restaurant in the hotel and may be buffet style. Many hotels hold special dinners on 24 December and/or 31 December, which are usually compulsory for stays including these dates. We will advise you of the price of any applicable compulsory special

dinners at the time of booking, if known, or at a later date when a revised invoice will be issued. Minors Some countries have special requirements relating to entry for children under 18 years, which may involve you obtaining particular documentation. For example, you may be required to obtain an affidavit from a notary if a child is not being accompanied by both parents. You should check this information with the relevant consulate or embassy. Room descriptions Hotels use a variety of descriptions for rooms to indicate varying views as well as better facilities. For example, a standard room type, but with sea view, may be described as ‘superior’ or ‘deluxe’, although the décor and size of the room itself will be the same. In some cases, a ‘superior’ or ‘deluxe’ room may be the standard room type available in the hotel, so you should not automatically assume that this indicates a room of a higher standard. Some beach resort rooms are described as seafacing. However, these rooms may not necessarily have a view of the sea, as it may be affected by plants and trees which grow quickly in tropical climates. Room occupancy Rooms are often described as being ‘twin’ or ‘double’. This simply means that the room is suitable for an occupancy of two and does not guarantee a particular bed configuration. Where three adults share a room, accommodation may be in a standard sized twin room with an extra folding bed or in the existing bedding which may involve adults sharing a double bed. This may be slightly cramped and you should bear in mind that there will be no additional storage space. If a folding bed is required this must be requested at time of booking and an extra charge may be made by the hotel which is payable locally. The names and arrival details of all room occupants will be required at the time of booking. Many hotels will make a charge payable locally if occupancy is amended during your stay. Pregnancy If you are pregnant, please inform us at the time of booking. Both airlines and ferry companies place restrictions on travel in the last trimester of pregnancy. These do vary from one company to another, so check with us and we will give you current advice. Premier Plus Offers All offers are available for holidays started and completed within the period stated and all nights must be consecutive. They may also be subject to availability and for bookings made by a certain date or may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice. Offers for items such as champagne are per booking, not per person. Where more than one offer is advertised, these may not be combinable and you may have to choose which you prefer. This will be explained to you at the time of booking. Prices and payment Telephone quotes, including any holidays not featured in our brochure where tailor made arrangements apply, are subject to written confirmation. We are

happy to tailor-make an itinerary to match your exact requirements. This means that you can opt to upgrade flights to premium economy, business or first class (occasionally, contracts require that domestic or inter-Asia flights will be booked in economy class). We include all pre-payable airport taxes. Your confirmation invoice will clearly detail what is included in your holiday price. Payment can be made by cheque, debit or credit card. Please note that payments made by credit card may be subject to a handling fee. Some items cannot be included in the holiday price. In some countries, for example, airport taxes are payable locally on departure or hotels may levy a service charge per room night and in some cases, local authorities impose tourism taxes, which are compulsorily added to hotel bills and payable locally. The charges may be introduced/changed/increased without notice and are beyond our control. Similarly, you are responsible for obtaining and paying for any visas required. You may also find there is a local charge for car parking at hotels, the use of tennis courts, hire of equipment, sun beds, watersports, health clubs, baby sitting, children’s clubs, cots, porterage etc. Safety and security You can obtain current travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice Unit at their website www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo. If the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against travel to a destination, then we would take appropriate action and seek to arrange an alternative holiday, subject to availability. In such an event, your holiday cost would be adjusted to reflect the revised arrangements. In some cases it may be necessary to cancel your holiday completely, in which case you will receive a full refund of all monies paid to us. Special requests If you have any special requests relating to your holiday, you should advise us when you make your booking. Although we are happy to pass on any requests to our suppliers, we cannot guarantee that they will be fulfilled and any additional costs involved will be passed on to you. Special requests do not form part of your contract with us. Tours Some tours may only operate if a minimum number of people book. Where this is the case, we will notify you at the time of booking that the tour is subject to a minimum number of people and should the tour be cancelled, you will have the choice of accepting an alternative (subject to availability) or, if the tour is a significant part of your holiday, you will be offered the option to cancel your holiday and receive a full refund of all monies paid. Transfers Transfers are not generally included in any of our holidays, although in many destinations, we are able to pre-book them at an additional charge. For most stopovers in the Far East, transfers will be included and shown on your confirmation.

3. ABTA e are a Member of ABTA, membership number V0762. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. We can also offer you ABTA’s scheme for the resolution of disputes which is approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. If we can’t resolve your complaint, go to www.abta.com to use ABTA’s simple procedure. Further information on the Code and ABTA’s assistance in resolving disputes can be found on www.abta.com. You can also access the European Commission Online Dispute (ODR) Resolution platform at http://ec.europa.eu/ consumers/odr/. This ODR platform is a means of registering your complaint with us; it will not determine how your complaint should be resolved. 4. Your holiday price a) You will be advised of the current price of the holiday that you wish to book before your contract is confirmed. Offers are valid at the time of going to print, but may be changed or withdrawn without notice. We will confirm details of applicable offers at the time of booking. b) When you make your booking you will need to pay a deposit. Deposit amounts may vary and we will advise you of the amount at that time. c) The balance of the price of your travel arrangements must be paid at least 10 weeks before your departure date. Occasionally, for certain types of bookings, the balance may become due earlier than this. If this is the case, you will be

advised of this at the time of booking. If the deposit and/or balance is not paid in time, we shall cancel your travel arrangements. If the balance is not paid in time we shall retain your deposit The price of your travel arrangements was calculated using exchange rates quoted in the Financial Times Guide to World Currencies on 13 September 16. d) For Advance Registrations (which will be clearly detailed on the invoice) where we cannot confirm all components of the booking at the time of issue, we will endeavour to do so as soon as possible. Should we be unable to confirm any components you may opt to accept revised alternatives with any applicable price adjustments or receive an immediate refund of any monies paid. e) Changes in transportation costs, including the cost of fuel, dues, taxes or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports and exchange rates mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked. However there will be no change within 30 days of your departure. We will absorb and you will not be charged for any increase equivalent to 2% of the price of your travel arrangements, which excludes insurance premiums and any amendment charges. You will be charged for the amount over and above that, plus an administration charge of £1.00 per person together with an amount to cover agents’ commission. If this means that you have to pay an increase of more

Booking Agreement Your contract is with Premier Holidays Limited, a Member of ABTA. 1. Your holiday contract When you make a booking you guarantee that you have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of your party the terms of this contract. A contract will exist as soon as we issue our confirmation invoice. This contract is made on the terms of this booking agreement together with the important information, which are governed by English Law, and the jurisdiction of the English Courts. You may however, choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland if you wish to do so. 2. Your financial protection We provide full financial protection for our package holidays and flight only arrangements. a) For flight-based holidays this is through our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 2713. When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. We will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where we aren’t able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those

obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme. b) When you buy a package holiday that doesn’t include a flight or book accommodation only, protection is provided by way of a bond held by ABTA with Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance PLC and Hiscox Insurance Company Ltd. If you are a resident of the Channel Islands or Isle of Man, then no ATOL financial protection is provided.

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or force majeure. Except where this leads to a significant alteration to contracted services, we will not be liable for any loss or expense incurred in such cases, nor obliged to refund any payment for unused accommodation or services at your destination. Where we have a representative present, we will always try to help you to make appropriate arrangements for meals and/or accommodation if your transport is delayed; you will have to pay for any such services. However, if you have purchased holiday insurance, you may find that it will pay certain benefits in the event of delays. 9. Your travel arrangements When you book your holiday we will give you the best information we have then about your travel dates, time, routing, carrier and aircraft type. However carriers can and do change dates, times and routing at very short notice and we cannot control these changes. When such changes are made, we will do our best to help you make arrangements to minimise inconvenience to you. If we are notified, in advance, by the airline of schedule changes affecting your itinerary, we will notify you (if there is time to do so before departure). If the timing change is two hours or less, this will be advised to you on your travel documentation when issued. If the schedule change is more than 12 hours, you may choose to cancel your holiday and receive a full refund and, save where the change is for reasons of force majeure, you will have a right to compensation. We cannot accept responsibility if you miss your departure because you check in late. Whilst we cannot guarantee specific seat allocation, some airlines do accept requests which we will be pleased to pass on. All flights are non-smoking services. 10. If you have a complaint Every effort is made to ensure that the accommodation and resort descriptions we use are fair and accurate in order that you can select the best possible holiday to suit your own personal requirements and tastes. However, if you find on arrival that the accommodation reserved for you or the resort area are not to your personal liking, then we will endeavour to arrange a suitable alternative. Naturally, this will be subject to availability and any extra cost will have to be paid by you at the time of your request to change. Please note, this may be in addition to any cancellation fees levied by the original accommodation booked, and subject to any applicable administration fees. If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of your holiday, please inform the relevant supplier (e.g. your hotelier) and our resort representative/head office immediately who will endeavour to put things right. If your complaint is not resolved locally, please follow this up within 28 days of your return home by writing to our Customer Services Department giving your booking reference and all other relevant information. Please keep your letter concise and to the point. This will assist us to quickly identify your concerns and speed up our response to you. It is strongly recommended that you communicate any complaint to the supplier of the services in question as well as to our representative (or our Head Office in the UK) without delay and complete a report form whilst in resort. If you fail to follow this simple procedure we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint whilst you were in resort and this may affect your rights under this contract. Please also see clause 3 above on ABTA. 11. Our liability to you We accept responsibility for the proper performance of the services we have contracted to provide and if they are not provided to a reasonable standard (in compliance with local authority minimum standards) due to the fault of our employees, agents or suppliers, we will pay you appropriate compensation, if this has affected the enjoyment of your travel arrangements. No of days before Amount per person you will However we will not be liable where any failure in the departure receive in addition to performance of the contract is due to: you; or a third refund of monies paid party unconnected with the provision of the travel 71 days or more nil arrangements and where the failure is unforeseeable 70 - 43 days £10 or unavoidable; or unusual and unforeseeable 42 – 29 days £20 circumstances beyond our control, the consequences 28 – 15 days £30 of which could not have been avoided even if all due 14 – 0 days £40 care had been exercised; or an event which we or our The compensation that we offer does not exclude you suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee from claiming more if you are entitled to do so. or forestall. Force Majeure: This means that we will not pay you Our liability, except in cases involving death, injury compensation if we have to cancel or change your or illness, shall be limited to a maximum of twice the No of days before Amount of cancellation travel arrangements in any way because of unusual cost of your travel arrangements. Our liability will also departure when we charges expressed as a or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control. be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical receive your percentage of the holiday These can include, for example, war, riot, industrial manner to: cancellation price (excluding insurance) dispute, terrorist activity and its consequences, natural (a) The contractual terms of the companies that provide or nuclear disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions, 71 days or more Deposit only the transportation for your travel arrangements. epidemics and pandemics, unavoidable technical 70 – 57 days 30% These terms are incorporated into this contract; and problems with transport. 56 – 43 days 50% or deposit (b) Any relevant international convention, for example 42 – 29 days 70% if greater 8. Travel delays the Montreal Convention in respect of travel by air, 28 – 15 days 90% It is our policy that once you have checked in you the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, 14 days or less 100% are the responsibility of the carrier. Transport may the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail Please note that if you were advised on any variations be cancelled due to bad weather, technical problems than 10% of the price of your travel arrangements, you will have the option of accepting a change to another holiday if we are able to offer one (if this is of equivalent or higher quality you will not have to pay more but if it is of lower quality you will be refunded the difference in price), or cancelling and receiving a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges. We will consider an appropriate refund of insurance premiums paid if you can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy. Should you decide to cancel for this reason, you must exercise your right to do so within 14 days from the issue date printed on your final invoice. Should the price of your holiday go down due to the changes mentioned above, by more than 2% of your holiday cost, then any refund due will be paid to you. However, please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place. e) When you buy a flight-based holiday, all monies you pay to the travel agent are held by him on behalf and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust at all times. This is subject to the agent’s obligation to pay it to us for so long as we do not fail. If we fail, any money held at that time by the agent, or subsequently accepted from you by him, is and continues to be held on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust without any obligation to pay that money to us. When you buy a holiday not including a flight, all monies you pay to the travel agent are held by him on our behalf at all times. 5. If you change your booking If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, for example your accommodation, we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes to be made must be in writing from the person who made the booking or your travel agent. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of £25 per person, and any further cost we incur in making this alteration. You should be aware that these costs could increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made and you should contact us as soon as possible. Note: Certain travel arrangements (e.g. some types of airline ticket) may not be changeable after a reservation has been made and any alteration request could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements. A ‘change’ is deemed to be a correction or an enhancement to the existing holiday. If you request major alterations to your holiday (this includes, for example, changing dates of travel, substituting destinations or any other changes which significantly alter the original holiday) this will be termed a cancellation and charges, as per clause 6, will apply. If you alter any arrangements during your holiday (for example, checking-out of the hotel early or returning a hire car early) no refund for unused accommodation or services will be made. Where flights are not used, this is likely to result in all other flights on your itinerary being automatically cancelled by the airlines and we will not be liable for any losses or expenses you incur as a result of this. 6. If you cancel your holiday a) You, or any member of your party, may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification from the person who made the booking or your travel agent on your behalf must be received at our offices. Since we incur costs in cancelling your travel arrangements, you will have to pay the applicable cancellation charges up to the maximum shown. Note: If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. b) If one member of the party wishes to cancel, this may mean that the accommodation booked will be underoccupied and will result in the remaining passengers having to pay any applicable supplements to retain the booking e.g. changing a twin room to a single room. The person who cancels will still remain liable to pay cancellation charges as per the scale below.

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to your balance due date at the time of booking, then cancellation terms will also be varied to reflect this and you will be advised of this when you book. Holidays which include a cruise will generally have an earlier balance due date and amended cancellation charges. c) If you are prevented from taking your holiday you may transfer your booking to someone who could have booked the holiday originally, subject to the approval of all interested suppliers. You must give us reasonable notice before the departure date to enable us to change airline bookings, etc - this normally requires 21 days notice. A transfer fee of £25 per person will be charged plus any additional costs we incur. If you transfer the booking before paying the balance of the price, you will remain liable to pay it (and our transfer fees) if the transferee fails to do so. Airlines generally do not permit names to be changed on bookings and it may therefore not be possible to transfer your booking. In this case, your booking will be treated as a cancellation and you will be liable to pay cancellation charges as detailed above. 7. If we change or cancel your holiday It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your travel arrangements, but we do plan the arrangements many months in advance. Occasionally, we may have to make changes and we reserve the right to do so at any time. Most of these changes will be minor and we will advise you or your travel agent of them at the earliest possible date. We also reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel your travel arrangements. For example, if the minimum number of clients required for a particular travel arrangement is not reached, we may have to cancel it. However, we will not cancel your travel arrangements less than 10 weeks before your departure date, except for reasons of force majeure or failure by you to pay the final balance. If we are unable to provide the booked travel arrangements, you can either have a refund of all monies paid or accept an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us, if available (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value). If it is necessary to cancel your travel arrangements, we will pay to you compensation as set out in this clause. In accordance with EU Regulation 2111/2005 we are required to advise you of the actual carrier operating your flight/connecting flight/transfer. We do this by providing details on your confirmation invoice. Any changes to the actual airline after you have received your tickets will be notified to you as soon as possible and in all cases at check-in or at the boarding gate. Such a change is deemed to be a minor change. Other examples of minor changes include alteration of your outward/return flights by less than 12 hours, changes to aircraft type, change of accommodation to another of the same standard. If we make a major change to your holiday, we will inform you or your travel agent as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure. Examples of “major changes” include changes to your UK or end destination airport, alteration to the times of outward or return flights by more than 12 hours, changes to your resort area or an offer of accommodation of a lower official classification. You will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements, accepting an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us if available (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value), or cancelling your booked holiday and receiving a full refund of all monies paid. In all cases, except where the major change arises due to reasons of force majeure, we will pay compensation as detailed below:

and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation, which limit the amount of compensation that you can claim for death, injury, delay to passengers and loss, damage and delay to luggage. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitation of compensation contained in these or any conventions. You can ask for copies of the transport companies’ contractual terms, or the international conventions, from our offices at Premier Holidays Ltd, Building 1020, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridgeshire CB23 6DW. Under EU law (Regulation 261/2004) you have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details of these rights will be publicised at EU airports and will also be available from airlines. However reimbursement in such cases will not automatically entitle you to a refund of your holiday cost from us. Your right to a refund and/ or compensation from us is set out in clause 7. If any payments to you are due from us, any payment made to you by the airline will be deducted. N.B. This clause does not apply to any separate contracts that you may enter into for excursions or activities whilst on holiday. 12. Prompt assistance in resort If the contract we have with you is not performed or is improperly performed as a result of failures attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of the services, or as a result of failures due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised, or an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall, and you suffer an injury or other material loss, we will offer you such prompt assistance as is reasonable in the circumstances. 13. Passport, visa and immigration requirements Your specific passport and visa requirements, and other immigration requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. Everyone, including infants and children, must be in possession of their own passport, which must be valid for six months beyond the date of return. The names shown on your confirmation must match your passports. If you are in doubt about your travel documentation, you should check with the Passport Advice Line on 0300 222 0000. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements and we will not be liable for any costs incurred or for any changes to arrangements or loss for cancellation. 14. Excursions Excursions or other tours that you may choose to book or pay for whilst you are on holiday are not part of your package holiday provided by us. For any excursion or other tour that you book, your contract will be with the operator of the excursion or tour and not with us. We are not responsible for the provision of the excursion or tour or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the operator. 15. Insurance It is advisable to take out an insurance policy at the time of booking as you are at risk as soon as your deposit is paid to us. If you fail to make appropriate insurance arrangements in a timely manner, we will not be liable for any losses or expenses which you may incur for claims which might normally have been covered by insurance in respect of circumstances for which we are not responsible. Where you take our insurance, the premium must be paid at the time of booking. If, once you have considered the cover in detail, you decide that it does not meet your needs, you may have a full refund of the premium if you return the documents within 14 days, unless you have travelled, made a claim or intend to make a claim. After 14 days, the insurance premium is not refundable under any circumstances. This brochure is our responsibility, as your tour operator. It is not issued on behalf of, and does not commit the airlines mentioned herein or any airline whose services are used in the course of your travel arrangements. Please note that in accordance with Air Navigation Orders in order to qualify for infant status, a child must be under 2 years of age on the date of its return flight. This brochure is produced by: Premier Holidays Ltd Registered address: Building 1020, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridgeshire CB23 6DW Registered number: 1791598

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