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There’s a reason why the first thing people ask you when you arrive home from travelling is ‘How was your trip?’ It’s because we all understand that travelling has the power to change us, to excite us and enrich our lives in so many ways. At Inspiring Journeys, we believe travel has the ability to transform you – providing you with the opportunity to learn, discover, explore, experience and of course, to relax. We understand that it’s not just about the places you go, it’s also about the people you go with, the experiences you share, the memories you create together and the stories you write along the way. So we aim to do things a little differently around here so that you’ll come back different, effected and inspired. We strike the perfect balance between freedom from the stress of planning your journey and just enough flexibility for you to shape your journey so that it suits you down to a tee. After all, it’s you who’ll write your own incredible stories with a little bit of help from us. Everyone has a story, we’d love you to start your next chapter with Inspiring Journeys.


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Uluru (Ayers Rock)


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Sustaining the destinations we visit is of great importance to us at Inspiring Journeys. We are part of a joint initiative by The Travel Corporation family of brands called TreadRight; a notfor-profit organisation working to ensure the environment and communities we explore remain vibrant for future generations.

We’re continually working to reduce the impact of our everyday activities by minimising our waste, energy use and paper consumption in our company offices. And we also give back to the local communities in which we operate, by giving every staff member the opportunity to spend two working days a year volunteering for an approved charity of their choice – all on company time.

TreadRight is The Travel Corporation’s hub for all corporate social responsibility efforts and manages a long-standing grants program that benefits sustainable tourism projects. To date TreadRight has donated more the USD1.5 million to projects worldwide and encourages industry best practice through our support for the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.

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Contents You 6 Your Stories 8 Your Experiences 10 Your Choices 12 Your Comfort 14 Australia

The Long Rainbow

3 Day Kakadu & Litchfield

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The Mysterious North

5 Day Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield

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The Colour of Red

5 Day the Red Centre

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The Isle of Azure

5 Day Tasmania East Coast

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The Unknown Wilderness 7 Day Tasmania West Coast

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The Forgotten Coast 11 Day Tasmania

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New Zealand

The Endless Shores 6 Day North Island

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The Southern Drift 8 Day South Island

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The Long White Cloud

13 Day North & South Island

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Extended Option

The Train to Anywhere The Ghan Rail Journey

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Booking Conditions

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You Definition No matter how you define it, a journey is a very personal thing. journey [jour’ney] [jurnee] n. 1. trip somewhere: a trip or expedition from one place to another 2. process of development: a gradual passing from one state to another regarded as more advanced, e.g. from innocence to mature awareness – a spiritual journey

Your Journey An inspiring journey will take you places you never knew existed. We offer a variety of inspiring journeys that travel throughout Australia and New Zealand where you can choose the locations and durations that best suit your interests and available time, and choose your optional activities.

Small Group When you start your inspiring journey, you’ll be welcomed into a small group of on average 12-16 like-minded travellers. Travelling in a smaller group not only allows our Journey Leaders to provide you with a more personalised service, it also means that we can take you to different areas and offer you different kinds of experiences and options on your itinerary, that may not otherwise be possible in a larger group.

Connecting Isn’t it funny how when we travel, our ability to connect with people, places, cultures and environments is heightened? Sometimes we all need to just stop and smell the roses and when we do we’ll find and feel great things like exhilaration, awe, fulfilment, beauty, inspiration, curiosity and more. Where you go, what you do and who you are with sets a foundation for creating great memories and experiences. After all, it’s not just the places you go; it’s also the people you are with when you go.

Friendships While it may sound clichéd, friendships always blossom on an inspiring journey. You’ll have plenty of time to strengthen existing friendships as well as the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers, socialise and start new ones. On an inspiring journey there are so many things to see and do; it’s great to have someone to share it with.

Perspective Let’s face it, exploring is good for us. One of the great things about travelling is that it helps you gain perspective. You travel to new and exciting places, meet new people, immerse yourself in cultures different to your own and this gives you time to reflect, to contemplate, to gain an appreciation for what you have and to gain……..perspective. It’s amazing the little things you notice. And the big things you forget…

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Your Stories The author in you Everyone loves a good story and we all have incredible stories to tell about what happened to us when we were travelling. That’s another great thing about travelling: it’s amazing what sticks with you and what you remember years later. All it takes is an image, a sound, a song, a mention of a word or place and the memories come flooding back. At Inspiring Journeys we liken your trip with us to writing your own incredible story and…. you’re the author. We encourage you to tap into your inner creativity (yes we all have some whether hidden or plain to see) and we guarantee our itineraries will provide the inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.

Creating moments No one does this for you, they happen naturally and sometimes when you least expect them. Our memories are really a collection of moments. The fantastic locations you travel to, the activities you experience and the people you’re with help create defining moments that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. At Inspiring Journeys we like to think of ourselves as a facilitator of moments – helping you connect with people, places, cultures and environments and allowing for inspiration to work its magic.

Cultural immersion Many of us dream of one day giving up our day job and instead spending our time travelling the world immersing ourselves in the different cultures of many countries. While it will always remain a dream for most, there’s definitely something to be said for getting involved, getting your hands dirty and experiencing things first hand. It’s one thing to see something or hear someone talk about it, it’s another to try it for yourself! At Inspiring Journeys pure observation is not what we do, nor do we offer ‘manufactured experiences’. Instead, we only do real, fascinating, engaging and immersive experiences that you’ll remember.

Growth and fulfilment You only get one life, so why not live it. We believe that when you’ve completed an inspiring journey, you do come back different. In fact, we guarantee that the person that returns from an inspiring journey is an improved and evolved version of the person you were before you left. We’ve specifically designed itineraries, highlights and optional activities that have the goal of opening your mind to the world around you – you learn something every day if you pay attention.

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John, NSW ‘The knowledge of the Journey Leader and Navigator was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble.’

Milford S ound Wow! This place was magic. – C radle Mountain

Absolut e ly loved swimming in Wangi Falls! The wat e r was c ool and re fre shing and swimmin g unde r t he a c tual wat e r fall w as a blast.

This is Te d our Journe y L eade r. Impre ssive loc al knowledge and a love ly gu y too.

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Your Experiences Try new things There’s always a first for everything. At Inspiring Journeys, we’d like you to experience a cross section of the new, the exciting, the interesting and the enriching on our travels together. This is why our itinerary highlights and options have been grouped to cover a number of areas. These include:

Exploration Exploration on the other hand is much more individually focused and active, allowing you to get your feet wet and get in touch with your surroundings. This could include going on a bush walk, hiking through a rainforest, riding a bicycle, taking to the water and canoeing or kayaking down a river.

Discover

Gunlom FALLS

KINGS CANYON

Explore

Learn by doing Learning by doing will take your inspiring journey to another level. There are a number of different types of activities that fall within this area. It could include activities that are culturally immersive such as experiencing life on a cattle station, learning how to find bush tucker or engaging in the purely creative such as drawing, painting, photography and crafts. There are also more adventurous activities like horse riding, taking a camel ride and white water rafting or other “hands on” type activities that could include learning how to throw a boomerang and even appreciate wine.

KAKADU

Discovery  iscovery involves experiencing wide open and expansive areas D where you’re able to see the sheer scale of a natural wonder. This could include jumping on a scenic aeroplane flight, taking a helicopter ride, cruising down a river, travelling by train or seeing the outback by 4WD. Discovery allows you to be observational, sit back and take it all in.

GORDON RIVER

Relaxation

Aboriginal Culture

MONA Wine Tasting

Learn / Do

Everyone needs some down time or time to wind down. Relaxing activities could include taking a walk along the beach, going for a swim, maybe a massage, activities like bird watching and whale watching or just taking the time to relax with dinner and drinks with great friends.

Authentic We pride ourselves in the experiences we offer. We continually strive to seek out new and real experiences for our travellers and we work closely with local communities to ensure that we can provide the most authentic experience possible for you.

‘The world is a book and those who do not travel only read a page.’ Saint Augustine

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Waldheim Spa, Cradle Mountain

Relax

ULURU SUNSET


Michael, NSW ‘I had the best time experiencing something new.’

Milford sound

ULURU (Ayers Rock)

Katherine Gorge cruise

CRADLE MOUNTAIN

KATA TJUTA (the Olgas)

FRANZ JOSEF

MILFORD SOUND KAYAKING

FLORENCE FALLS

Cradle Mountain Horse Riding

LOCAL CUISINE

shotover jet

QUEENSTOWN

florence falls

KATHERINE GORGE

MONA ART Gallery

Pieman heads

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Your Choices Opportunities for customisation We understand that you’d like us to take the hassle out of planning but at the same time also provide you with the flexibility to shape your journey. Inspiring Journeys offers you the opportunity to customise your journey in the following ways:

Destinations

Destinations Choose your destination. We offer a variety of inspiring journeys that travel to various parts of Australia – from the Top End to the Red Centre and Tasmania. And in New Zealand from the Bay of Islands in the North, to Stewart Island in the South.

Length of Journey  hoose the length of your journey that best suits your available C time. Inspiring journeys range from between 3 and 13 days. Naturally, in most instances the longer journeys cover multiple destinations.

Free-time I nspiring Journeys understands that often you’d like to have a bit of time to yourself and for this reason we offer a slower paced itinerary with time set aside as free time when you can choose what you’d like to do.

Optional Activities  n Inspiring Journeys itinerary has been designed in a way that A allows you to experience a cross section of what each destination has to offer. Throughout your journey, we also provide a number of optional activities for you to choose from, depending on what kind of mood you’re in and how adventurous you’re feeling on the day. Our optional activities have been grouped into four areas. Examples of the kinds of activities within each area include:

Aust ralia • Top E nd re • R ed C e n t • Tasmania

–– Discovery: Taking a scenic flight or going on a sunset cruise. –– Exploration: Joining a guided bushwalk, kayaking down the waterways or snorkelling in crystal clear rock pools. –– Learn by doing: Going horse riding, joining an Aboriginal culture tour, or taking a bush tucker tour. –– Relaxation: Spoiling yourself with a spa treatment or massage, taking a catamaran cruise to whale watch, taking a swim or stroll along the beach and relaxing at the resort.

Additions Throughout the year, we’re always looking for ways to improve our itineraries so that you have a real choice when it comes to optional activities. For the most up-to-date itineraries, be sure to keep tabs on our website for the latest information.

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Ne w Zealand • Nor t h Islan d • Sout h Isla nd


Natalia, NSW ‘Great mix of activities and free time. I had the best time.’

Length of Journey 5 days

3 days The Long Rainbow

The Colour of Red The Mysterious North The Isle of Azure

Optional Activities Discover

Learn / Do

6-8 days The Endless Shores The Unknown Wilderness

11-13 days The Forgotten Coast The Long White Cloud

The Southern Drift

Explore

Relax

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Your Comfort Accommodation On an inspiring journey, you’ll be staying in hand picked accommodation that’s situated in both beautiful and unique locations where there is a real sense of connection between nature and the destination, like Cradle Mountain Lodge and Te Waonui Forest Retreat. Accommodation will vary from cabins and private safari quarters, to lodges and hotels depending on the location. In some very remote areas where accommodation options are limited, the accommodation standard may be slightly lower but nonetheless we believe the quality of the experience and the remoteness of the destination far outweighs any material comforts.

Meals Your meals on an inspiring journey are sourced fresh so that you get the best of the local produce and take advantage of the various influences, tastes and flavours of the location. We guarantee you’ll experience localised, innovative menus and things you’ve never tried before.

Wildman Wilderness Lodge

All breakfasts are included, as are some lunches and most dinners. While many evening meals are included, we understand that on occasion you may prefer to seek out a local restaurant. Whether it’s an intimate dinner for two or a casual get together with a small group of old or new found friends, there’ll be free time in the evening for you to relax and delight in new food experiences away from the group. During your inspiring journey you’ll enjoy a variety of quality dining experiences from BBQs, picnics and buffets to à la carte dining and special highlight dinners. Keep a special eye out for our Highlight Dinners, which are also included.

Travelling Inspiring Journeys uses All Terrain 4WD Mercedes Benz vehicles that have been specifically designed to access areas that larger coaches can’t. This means we’re able to offer a greater choice of itineraries made possible by being able to take you to parts of the country that are inaccessible to others. Our air conditioned vehicles are luxuriously fitted with superior leg room, comfortable and reclining seats with footrests, large panoramic tinted windows for viewing, an onboard restroom and state-of-the art technology, including road cams, video monitors, DVD player and GPS and PA systems. There are also some creature comforts you’re bound to enjoy while you’re on the road, including complimentary on board refreshments and a mini-library.

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Millbrook Resort, Queenstown


Michael, NSW ‘The different accommodation, locations and characters you meet along the way make for an unforgettable journey.’

Travel in a luxury All Terrain 4WD vehicle

Te Waonui Forest Re tre at, Franz Josef

e ne ss expe rienc An ic onic wilder ain L odge at C radle Mount

The on board refreshment station & mini-library

Great tasting fresh food! Luxury leather seating

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The Long Rainbow 3 Day Journey

Kakadu National Park

Darwin

MARY RIVER 1

Ubirr

1 JABIRU Nourlangie Rock Gunlom Falls

Litchfield National Park

Florence Falls Batchelor Termite Mounds Wangi Falls

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Night Stopovers

Airfares are not included in journey price


Day 1 Litchfield National Park – Mary River Kakadu & Litchfield 3 Day Journey

Discover Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park Cruise on Mary River at sunset Gunlom Falls in Kakadu National Park Take in the views over wetlands and escarpment at Ubirr in Kakadu Explore Litchfield National Park Take the Old Jim Jim Road 4WD Track View Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock and Ubirr

Learn/Do Discover the Meridian Termite Mounds Gain an insight into Kakadu’s history and culture Experience Bowali Visitor Centre Relax Get wet at Florence Falls Taste 2 breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L) & 2 dinners (D) Complimentary refreshments on board Choice Throughout your journey you may choose from a number of optional activities, some of which will be at your own expense

First things first, it’s time to meet your Journey Leader and your fellow travellers before we head south from Darwin along the Stuart Highway to Litchfield National Park. While you’re here you’ll visit two of the famous falls within the park, starting with a relaxing dip at Wangi Falls (seasonal), a sacred site that is used by local Aboriginal women. If you’re feeling active, grab your walking shoes and explore the surrounding areas on a moderately graded, 1.6km bushwalk up rock stairs taking you through lush monsoonal rainforest and behind the falls. Keep an eye out for the wildlife that’s common to the area like the agile wallaby, flying foxes and the dingo. We’ll drive up the escarpment to get a fantastic view of Florence Falls, a spectacular waterhole surrounded by monsoon forest, and then take a short walk down to see the falls and go for a cool and refreshing swim in the natural waterhole. You’ll have time to just kick back and relax in the clear natural rock pool and let the gentle flow of water cascade over you. We’re then on to the Meridian Termite Mounds where you’ll see literally hundreds of distinctive mounds standing up to 2 metres high before we refuel with a picnic lunch in Litchfield. Later, we’ll take the off-road Marrakai Track cross-country (seasonal). You’ll see floodplains and cattle stations en route before we arrive at Mary River, where you’ll take a stunning sunset cruise through the picturesque wetlands. See a multitude of bird species, such as the Jabiru, White Breasted Sea Eagle and Kingfisher. You might even spot dingoes and wallabies, plus there are crocodiles – this area has the world’s highest crocodile population density. Following your cruise you’ll transfer to amazing Wildman Wilderness Lodge. Situated in the gorgeous Mary River Wetlands, the property seamlessly combines comfort and chic with the beauty of the surrounding landscape. You’ll stay in stylishly appointed safari quarters and soak up the surrounding wilderness views from your private deck.

Accommodation: Included meals:

Wildman Wilderness Lodge L&D

Day 2 Mary River – Kakadu National Park We’re off to Australia’s largest National Park – Kakadu. World Heritage listed, as both a cultural and natural sanctuary, Kakadu National Park is an Australian icon. Pending wet weather and road conditions we’ll turn onto the Old Jim Jim Road, a rugged and spectacular 4WD track, then cross the South Alligator River. Along the way, we’ll stop to take in the majestic beauty of Gunlom, located on Waterfall Creek in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. It is the magical combination of waterfall, shady gums and serene plunge pool. A steep climb to the top of the waterfall provides sweeping views of the southern-most parts of Kakadu National Park, while you enjoy a relaxing dip in the crystal clear pools. You’ll visit Nourlangie Rock, famed for its well-preserved Aboriginal rock art, some of which is believed to date back at least 20,000 years. You’ll also hear first-hand and in detail, an interpretation of the art and the rich Aboriginal culture as you explore the various outdoor ‘galleries’. This evening, you’ll stay in the indigenous-owned, Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn. Relax in your room’s private courtyard or balcony, unwind with a drink in the restaurant and bar or

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take a refreshing dip in the shaded outdoor pool. Or why not wander through the property and its on-site gallery taking in its impressive indigenous art collection.

Accommodation: Included meals:

Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn B, L & D

Day 3 Kakadu National Park – Darwin Choice Discover See the changing landscapes and vast panoramas of Kakadu National Park and neighbouring Arnhem Land on a spectacular scenic flight.

Extended Options The Train to Anywhere – The Ghan Combine The Ghan rail journey with your inspiring journey by linking Adelaide or Alice Springs with Darwin before or after your journey. See page 58 for details.

The Island for Dreamers – Tiwi Islands Take a day trip to the Tiwi Islands before or after your inspiring journey for a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with a modern-day Aboriginal community. Ask us for details.

Relax Enjoy a leisurely start to your day at the hotel. A day of wonder lies ahead. With more than 20,000 square kilometres of National Park, Kakadu’s famous features are scenic wetlands, monsoonal vine forests, woodlands, a diversity of flora and 117 different types of reptiles. See important indigenous sites and hear from our expert Journey Leader on the history, culture and some of the lesser-known facts about the park, providing insights into the region you’d never discover on your own. We’ll take in a stop at the Bowali Visitor Centre – a great place to learn more about the park.Continuing on to the World Heritage listed Ubirr, you’ll see more ancient Aboriginal rock art and take a short walk to discover remarkable views over the surrounding wetlands and escarpments from the fantastic vantage point of Ubirr. Overlooking three different habitats, there is a myriad of wildlife to spot including some of the more than 280 bird species that call the park home. Now it’s time to just relax in the air-conditioned comfort of our 4WD, chat to some of the new friends you’ve made over the past couple of days and take in the ever-changing scenery on the journey back to Darwin. We’ll arrive into town in the early evening, where you can say farewell and get out and enjoy all cosmopolitan and multi-cultural Darwin has to offer. Perhaps watch the sunset over the harbour, indulge in some fresh, local seafood or Asian inspired cuisine or just relax with a cocktail and reminisce about your Long Rainbow inspiring journey.

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B&L

Departures & Prices 3 Days Darwin to Darwin  (Code: LIKA) Departures 2013

Thursdays (May, June, September and October) Thursdays and Sundays (July and August)

Prices

Twin Per Person

Single* Per Person

$1395

$1695

Average 12-16 travellers Discount Book two journeys per person ◊ save $100 *Single traveller must pay the single price. ◊Must be booked at the same time. If weather conditions preclude access to some areas, alternative touring will be arranged. Flight Information: Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price. Day prior to journey Flights anytime into Darwin Day 3 Flights to depart after 8.00pm from Darwin


01 enjoy breathtaking views at Ubirr, Kakadu National Park

Kakadu & Litchfield

02 crocodile spotting

3 Day Journey

03 stay at Wildman Wilderness Lodge on the Mary River Wetlands 04 cruise the wetlands on Corroboree Billabong 05 view Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock 06 see the colourful flora in Kakadu National Park

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Kate, via facebook ‘Comfortable, spacious and the service was absolutely amazing. We felt like royalty!’ (Wildman Wilderness Lodge)

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The Mysterious North 5 Day Journey

Kakadu National Park

Darwin

MARY RIVER 2

Litchfield National Park

Ubirr

1 JABIRU Nourlangie Rock

Gunlom Falls Florence Falls

Edith Falls Batchelor

Termite Mounds Wangi Falls

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Night Stopovers

Airfares are not included in journey price

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Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield 5 Day Journey

Discover Take in the views over wetlands and escarpment at Ubirr in Kakadu National Park Cruise on the Mary River Wetlands Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park Explore Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock Litchfield National Park Learn/Do Experience Bowali Visitor Centre Meridian Termite Mounds Relax Swim at Edith Falls in Nitmiluk Take a dip at Gunlom Falls in Kakadu Get wet at Wangi Falls Taste 1 Highlight Dinner Cruise on Katherine Gorge (HD) 4 breakfasts (B) 4 lunches (L) & 3 dinners (D) Complimentary refreshments on board Choice Throughout your journey you may choose from a number of optional activities, some of which will be at your own expense

Day 1 Darwin – Nitmiluk National Park This morning you’ll meet your Journey Leader and fellow travellers before heading south along the Stuart Highway towards Katherine, where we’ll enter Nitmiluk National Park. We’ll take a short break at Adelaide River and hear about the town’s involvement in the Pacific phase of World War II before stopping at Leliyn (Edith Falls), famed for its picturesque waterfalls and waterholes. It’s time to enjoy an invigorating swim in the upper or lower pools before continuing to Katherine and Nitmiluk National Park. This evening, relax on a Highlight Dinner Cruise along the Katherine River. You’ll marvel at the gorges while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people. Enjoy the peaceful ambience during the candle-lit three course buffet dinner. Tonight, sleep surrounded by nature in the comfort of your private cabin.

Accommodation: Nitmiluk Chalets Included meals: HD

Day 2 Kakadu National Park Next stop is Australia’s largest National Park – Kakadu. World Heritage listed, as both a cultural and natural sanctuary, Kakadu National Park is an Australian icon. We’ll veer off the sealed road and onto a gravel track for a scenic cross-country journey to Gunlom Falls, where you’ll have time for a splash in the falls (weather and season permitting) and to take in the natural beauty of the area over a delicious lunch. In the afternoon you’ll visit Nourlangie Rock, famed for its well-preserved Aboriginal rock art, some of which is believed to date back at least 20,000 years. You’ll also hear first-hand from your Journey Leader in detail, an interpretation of the art and the rich Aboriginal culture as you explore the various outdoor ‘galleries.’ In the evening, relax and enjoy the facilities of the indigenous-owned Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn – where the buildings are shaped to represent a crocodile – the region’s most famous resident! Relax in your room’s private courtyard or balcony, unwind with a drink in the restaurant and bar or take a refreshing dip in the shaded outdoor pool. Or why not wander through the property and its on-site gallery, taking in its impressive indigenous art collection.

Accommodation: Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn Included meals: B, L & D

Day 3 Kakadu National Park – Mary River If you’re an early riser there’s an option to take an early morning scenic flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land, or, perhaps you might just want to sleep in before choosing your day of activities. Join the group on a tour to Ubirr rock art site where you’ll see ancient rock art and take a short walk to discover remarkable views over the surrounding wetlands and escarpments from the fantastic vantage point of Ubirr. Overlooking three different habitats, there is a myriad of wildlife to spot including some of the 280 bird species that call the park home. Leaving Ubirr, you’ll visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before moving into the Mary River floodplain system.

Choice Learn / Do See the changing landscapes and vast panoramas of Kakadu National Park and neighbouring Arnhem Land on a spectacular scenic flight.

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01 gaze over Katherine Gorge 02 cruise on Corroboree Billabong 03 quad biking on the Wildman Estate 04 swim at Florence Falls

Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield 5 Day Journey

Dianne & Peter, NSW ‘The scenery was spectacular but learning first hand from indigenous Australians about their land, sacred sites, life and artwork was priceless and a very moving experience.’ 01

Now we’re off to the beautiful Wildman Wilderness Lodge, where you’ll stay in private safari quarters. Situated in the gorgeous Mary River Wetlands and renowned for its incredible wildlife, the property seamlessly combines comfort and chic with the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The lodge is the definition of ‘outback luxury’.

Accommodation: Wildman Wilderness Lodge (2 nights) Included meals: B, L & D

Day 4 Mary River Enjoy a sleep-in and wake up to a leisurely breakfast, before heading out mid-morning to nearby Rockhole Billabong and enjoy a wonderful and educational wildlife cruise on the Rockhole and Corroboree Billabongs. You’ll see a myriad of different bird species, spot estuarine crocodiles and simply enjoy the stunning Mary River floodplains system.

Choice Explore Jump on a quad bike and hit the road on the Wildman Estate following the fringe of the Connellan Billabong around to Leichhardt Point. You’ll see all kinds of wildlife and experience an exhilarating adventure. You’ll come back a bit dusty but it will have all been worth it.

Day 5 Mary River – Litchfield – Darwin Today we head out of the Mary River system and journey crosscountry via the unsealed Marrakai Track (seasonally accessible), through cattle stations and back country to Litchfield National Park. We’ll enjoy a picnic in Litchfield and in the afternoon a swim at Florence Falls. We’ll also visit Wangi Falls and hear about its importance in Aboriginal custom before we travel across the Finniss River and back into Darwin, where your Mysterious North inspiring journey comes to an end.

Included meals:

B&L

Extended Options The Train to Anywhere – The Ghan Combine The Ghan rail journey with your inspiring journey by linking Adelaide or Alice Springs with Darwin before or after your journey. See page 58 for details. The Island for Dreamers – Tiwi Islands Take a day trip to the Tiwi Islands before or after your inspiring journey for a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with a modern-day Aboriginal community. Ask us for details.

Explore Take a drive through forests to Leichhardt Point, stopping for refreshments and to watch the sun go down over the wetlands. Learn / Do Take an educational guided cultural walk with an Aboriginal guide at the edge of the wetlands. Meandering through termite fields and freshwater mangroves, you’ll get a unique insight into the wetland ecosystem and the culture of the land’s traditional owners. You might even find some bush tucker along the way. Relax Relax in the comfort of your safari quarters or by the swimming pool.

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B, L & D

Pre & Post Accommodation & Transfers If you’d like to spend a few extra days in one of our feature locations, before or after your journey, we’ve negotiated special discounted rates at the properties where your journey starts and finishes. We can also arrange airport transfers (where required). Ask us for details.


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Departures & Prices 5 Days Darwin to Darwin  (Code: MNDD) Departures 2013 2013 (continued) Start Apr 28 May 05 May 12 May 19 May 26 Jun 02 Jun 09 Jun 16 Jun 23 Jun 30 Jul 07 Jul 14 Jul 21

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Day 1 Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) The Red Centre 5 Day Journey

Discover Sunset over Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sunrise over Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Desert scenery along the Mereenie Loop West MacDonnell Ranges & Ormiston Gorge Simpson’s Gap & Angkerle (Standley Chasm) Alice Springs town tour Explore Walking tour at Uluru (Ayers Rock) Walpa Gorge Guided Kings Canyon Rim Walk Learn/Do Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre Tnorala Conservation Reserve Relax The Garden of Eden in Kings Canyon Rest by Ghost Gums at Ellery Creek Taste 4 breakfasts (B) 2 lunches (L) & 3 dinners (D) Complimentary refreshments on board Choice Throughout your journey you may choose from a number of optional activities, some of which will be at your own expense

This afternoon you’ll meet your Journey Leader and fellow travellers and then take a short drive to the entry of Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Having lived on and looked after the Uluru and Kata Tjuta region for tens of thousands of years, the Anangu (or traditional owners), have a strong connection with this land. We’ll learn about Tjukurpa, the history, knowledge, religion, morality and law of the Aboriginal people and their ancestors. Travelling to the domes of Kata Tjuta, you’ll join your Journey Leader for an informative guided walk through Walpa Gorge. The large, steep dome-like formations of Kata Tjuta are amazing to walk through and have great cultural significance for the Anangu people. As the sun sets, you’ll see spectacular changing colours over Uluru from the prime sunset viewing area. Tonight, choose from a range of restaurants in Yulara.

Accommodation: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

Day 2 Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Kings Canyon You’ll start the day with an impressive sunrise over Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the fantastic Kata Tjuta dune viewing area. From here it’s back to the resort for breakfast and then you’re off to the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre for an insight to the history of the local Anangu People. Then it’s time to get oriented with Uluru (Ayers Rock) on a drive around the ancient monolith, listening to your Journey Leader’s insights. Stopping, you’ll take a walk around the base of Uluru, where you’ll hear timeless stories, see rock art, and visit Mutitjulu Waterhole, an important water source for the Aboriginal people and animals in the area. As the heat of the day begins to approach, we’ll head up the Luritja Road towards Kings Canyon and take in views of the ‘forgotten wonder’ of Central Australia – Atila (Mt. Conner). We’ll make a stop at Kings Creek Station. Established in 1982 by Lyn and Ian Conway, the station was originally vacant crown land and covers an area of 1,800 square kilometres. It runs cattle and is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia. Later, travel a short distance to Kings Canyon Resort, your evening night stop.

Accommodation: Kings Canyon Resort Included meals: B & D

Day 3 Kings Canyon – Glen Helen Perfect for observing the changing colours of the landscape, today we’re off on a sunrise 6km Rim Walk exploration of the spectacular Kings Canyon. As we venture around the rim, highlights include the domed ‘Lost City’, a stop at Cotterill’s Lookout and the luscious ‘Garden of Eden’. If you’d prefer a more relaxed walk we also offer an optional Creek Walk. Afterwards we’re off the beaten track, travelling along the Mereenie Loop. We stop at Jump-up Lookout, overlooking the George Gill Range, before our picnic lunch at Gosse Bluff. Tnorala Conservation Reserve reveals a place of great cultural significance to the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people and tonight’s stop is Glen Helen, situated on the western end of the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges, a wonderful chance to enjoy the beautiful outback in this rustic setting.

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Day 4 Glen Helen – Alice Springs Ormiston Gorge, in the West MacDonnell Ranges, is the ideal place to experience the geology, landforms and variety of native flora and fauna. We’ll take a 3 hour hike into areas accessible only by foot. There’s time to explore the Ochre Pits and learn about ochre’s importance, having been used for thousands of years by Aboriginal tribes for medicinal and magical purposes. Then it’s time to cool off with a swim at Ellery Creek or just lie in the shade of the River Red and Ghost Gums and enjoy a ploughman’s lunch. We take the 1 hour walk to dramatic Angkerle (Standley Chasm). Created over millions of years, the deep red sandstone formation contrasts with the carpet of lush, green ferns and gums on the valley floor. This afternoon, relax on the drive and enjoy the change of scenery as we follow the West MacDonnell Ranges into Alice Springs, stopping at Simpson’s Gap en route, where there is time for a short walk along the length of the gap. On arrival in Alice Springs we’ll witness how children in remote areas of Australia are taught through the innovative School of the Air.

Accommodation: Chifley Alice Springs Resort Included meals: B, L & D

Day 5 Alice Springs Alice Springs has a really interesting heritage and our Journey Leader will share their take on what life is like in such an isolated Australian town. Take our town tour of Alice Springs. We’ll visit the historic Overland Telegraph Station and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a crucial service which provides a lifeline of essential medical support for people living in remote Australian communities.

Choice Explore Take a self-guided walk around Alice Springs Desert Park and learn about some of the inhabitants of the desert environment.

Pre & Post Accommodation & Transfers If you’d like to spend a few extra days in one of our feature locations, before or after your journey, we’ve negotiated special discounted rates at the properties where your journey starts and finishes. We can also arrange airport transfers (where required). Ask us for details.

Departures & Prices 5 Days Uluru to Alice Springs  (Code: CRUA) Departures 2013 Start Apr 10 Apr 24 May 08 May 22 Jun 05 Jun 19 Jul 03 Jul 17

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Twin Per Person $1925

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The Train to Anywhere – The Ghan Combine The Ghan rail journey with your inspiring journey by linking Adelaide or Alice Springs with Darwin before or after your journey. See page 58 for details.

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This afternoon your Colour of Red inspiring journey comes to an end.

Extended Option

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The Isle of Azure 5 Day Journey Bay of Fires Binalong Bay

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Tasmania East Coast 5 Day Journey

Day 1 Hobart After arriving in Hobart, you’ll meet your Journey Leader, Navigator and your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner at one of Hobart’s favourite restaurants near historic Salamanca Place.

Accommodation: Lenna of Hobart Included meals: D

Day 2 Hobart – Freycinet

Discover Freycinet National Park Explore The Bay of Fires Learn/Do Wine tasting and art at MONA in Hobart Relax The beaches surrounding Freycinet Lodge and National Park Sample freshly shucked oysters at an oyster farm

Taste 4 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) & 3 dinners (D) Complimentary refreshments on board Choice Throughout your journey you may choose from a number of optional activities, some of which will be at your own expense

Today we head off on a stroll through historic parts of Hobart via Salamanca Place to Constitution Dock, where we board a luxury catamaran for a short cruise on the Derwent River to one of Hobart’s newest attractions, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Australia’s largest private museum with its mix of ancient, modern and contemporary art. While we’re here we’ll taste the wines and beer from the Moorilla Winery and the Moo Beer Brewery both of which are on site. With so much to see, do and taste all in the one place, it’s over to you to enjoy the centre, café, wine, brewery and the art at your leisure. In the early afternoon, we’ll depart Hobart and head to the magnificent Freycinet National Park. Tasmania’s first national park, Freycinet is a peninsula of pink granite mountains, pure white beaches, coastal dunes and dry eucalypt forests. Tonight, it’s dinner at Freycinet Lodge, your accommodation for the next 2 nights.

Accommodation: Freycinet Lodge (2 nights) Included meals: B & D

Day 3 Freycinet National Park Today it’s a day at leisure for you to explore Freycinet National Park. Choose from the range optional activities.

Choice Discover Cruise from the gentle coves of Coles Bay along the Freycinet coast to one of the world’s best beaches at Wineglass Bay. Explore Climb the track through coastal forest to Wineglass Bay lookout on a self-guided walk. Learn/Do Kayak through the crystal clear waters on guided kayak trip. Learn/Do Join one of the lodge guides on a journey through Tasmania’s cool climate wine and food regions all from the comfort of Freycinet Lodge, overlooking the Great Oyster Bay. Learn/Do Take a journey through Whisky history at Freycinet Lodge, where you have the chance to sample three of Scotland’s finest whiskies and compare them against three of Tasmania’s best, all matched with fresh Tasmanian produce. Relax Have a swim at Honeymoon Beach or relax around the resort, taking in a lazy afternoon with a glass of wine on the deck overlooking the water. Tonight, it’s dinner at Freycinet Lodge.

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01 soak up the splendour of Freyincet National Park 02 indulge yourself at Salamanca Place 03 appreciate modern art at MONA 04 explore the spectacular Bay of Fires 05 take a guided kayak tour through pristine waters 06 relax in Launceston City Park 07 see glorious Wineglass Bay

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Day 4 Freycinet – Launceston Today we follow the beautiful east coast road, through the seaside towns of Bicheno and St. Helens to the Bay of Fires, one of the world’s great coastal regions, stretching 35 km north of Binalong Bay. Here you’ll see the unique brilliant orange lichen on the rocks, the clear turquoise sea and the dazzling white sands. Our first stop is Eureka Farm, a working orchard with over 3,000 assorted fruit trees, which is famous for its jams. We’ll continue up the coast and visit a working oyster farm. Here you’ll learn a little about the oyster industry before sampling some freshly shucked oysters. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch at Binalong Bay, the gateway to the magical Bay of Fires. In Launceston, this evening is free for you to enjoy dinner at your leisure with a number of restaurants in the area.

Accommodation: The Sebel, Launceston Included meals: B & L

Day 5 Launceston

Pre & Post Accommodation & Transfers If you’d like to spend a few extra days in one of our feature locations, before or after your journey, we’ve negotiated special discounted rates at the properties where your journey starts and finishes. We can also arrange airport transfers (where required). Ask us for details.

Departures & Prices 5 Days Hobart to Launceston  (Code: FCHL) Departures 2013 2014 Start Apr 10 Apr 24 Oct 30 Nov 13 Nov 27 Dec 11

End Apr 14 Apr 28 Nov 03 Nov 17 Dec 01 Dec 15

After breakfast it’s time to say farewell to your new friends as your Isle of Azure inspiring journey comes to an end.

Included meals: B Prices

Start Jan 08 Jan 22 Feb 05 Feb 19 Mar 05 Mar 19 Apr 09 Apr 23 Oct 29 Nov 12 Nov 26 Dec 10

Twin Per Person $2350

End Jan 12 Jan 26 Feb 09 Feb 23 Mar 09 Mar 23 Apr 13 Apr 27 Nov 02 Nov 16 Nov 30 Dec 14 Single* Per Person $2885

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The Unknown Wilderness 7 Day Journey

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Dove Lake

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Cradle Mountain National Park Ocean Beach Lake St. Clair

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Tasmania West Coast 7 Day Journey

Day 1 Launceston – Cradle Mountain After arriving in Launceston, you’ll meet your Journey Leader, Navigator and fellow travellers. We’re then off to visit the intriguing and endangered Tasmanian Devil at the Tasmania Zoo before we stop at Josef Chromy Wines for some wine tasting. Then it’s on to Cradle Mountain National Park. Located on the edge of the spectacular World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, it’s one of Tasmania’s premier wilderness regions. Tonight, enjoy dinner in the Highland Restaurant.

Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Lodge (2 nights) Included meals: D

Day 2 Cradle Mountain National Park Discover Cradle Mountain National Park and Dove Lake The Tarkine, Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area Gordon River Cruise Explore Cradle Mountain walking trails The Pieman River and Corinna The Gordon River Learn/Do Wine and cheese appreciation at Cradle Mountain Historic Sarah Island Relax Stroll along Ocean Beach on Tasmania’s dramatic west coast Taste 6 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) & 4 dinners (D) Complimentary refreshments on board Choice Throughout your journey you may choose from a number of optional activities, some of which will be at your own expense

Today’s free for you to choose from our range of optional activities.

Choice Explore Take a guided or self-guided bush walk around beautiful Cradle Mountain or Dove Lake. Learn/Do Go canoeing on Dove Lake (seasonal). Learn/Do Take off on a horse riding adventure. Relax Pamper yourself with a treatment at the Waldheim Alpine Spa. This evening you’ll learn about local produce with wine and cheese tasting and later it’s your choice for dinner. Either a casual dinner in the Tavern or for a more intimate experience your Journey Leader can make a booking for you at the Highland Restaurant.

Included meals: B

Day 3 Cradle Mountain – Corinna Now we’re off journeying further into the Tarkine wilderness as we wind our way through spectacular mountains and the valleys. Also known as ‘the forgotten wilderness’, it’s a place of natural beauty, with an abundance of natural attractions including the world’s largest tracts of untouched rainforest. It’s also considered to be one the world’s greatest archaeological regions with over 1,000 Aboriginal sites. Our next destination is Corinna, a restored historic settlement set on the Pieman River on the Tarkine’s southern boundary, with access by gravel road and vehicle barge only. We arrive mid-morning so there’ll be plenty of time to try one of many activities to help you appreciate this pristine wilderness.

Choice Discover Take a Pieman River Cruise for an intimate connection with the rainforest. Explore Take a self-guided walk through ancient rainforest. Learn/Do Paddle a kayak on the Pieman River. Dinner tonight is in Corinna’s rustic restaurant set in the middle of the wilderness.

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Day 4 Corinna – Strahan This morning is yours to do today what you didn’t do yesterday and choose from the range of optional activities.

Choice Discover Cruise to Pieman Heads and see the spectacular Southern Ocean (includes lunch). Explore Take a self-guided walk through ancient rainforest. Learn/Do Paddle a kayak on the Pieman River. Early afternoon we leave Corinna taking the barge across the river and then continue through Zeehan to Strahan. Before arriving in Strahan we’ll stop at Ocean Beach to marvel at the dramatic west coastline. Then it’s on to our accommodation at Strahan Village for a 2 night stay with dinner tonight in the restaurant.

Accommodation: Strahan Village, Strahan (2 nights) Included meals: B & D

Day 5 Gordon River Cruise Cruise on Macquarie Harbour and the Gordon River, within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Witness the tranquil beauty as you glide alongside ancient rainforests mirrored in the water. Afterwards you’ll learn about our convict past with a visit to historic Sarah Island, then the rest of the day is yours to relax or enjoy an optional scenic flight over the Franklin River.

Choice Discover Take a scenic helicopter flight over Huon Pine rainforest, land at the top of Mt. Jukes – one of the highest peaks of the west coast ranges and enjoy views of King River Gorge. Discover Experience the Gordon River region from the air on a seaplane flight including a landing on Gordon River, Sarah Island and the entrance to Macquarie Harbour.

06  explore the Tarkine Rainforest

Pre & Post Accommodation & Transfers If you’d like to spend a few extra days in one of our feature locations, before or after your journey, we’ve negotiated special discounted rates at the properties where your journey starts and finishes. We can also arrange airport transfers (where required). Ask us for details.

Departures & Prices 7 Days Launceston to Hobart  (Code: FCLH) Departures 2013 2014 Start End Apr 14 Apr 20 Apr 28 May 04 Nov 03 Nov 09 Nov 17 Nov 23 Dec 01 Dec 07 Dec 15 Dec 21

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Tonight you are free to enjoy one of the restaurants in town.

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Day 6 Strahan – Hobart Today we’re heading inland, passing Queenstown, where the unique landscape reflects the history of the region. We’ll continue along the highway where you’ll get to experience the last of the western wilderness, stopping on the way at Nelson Falls for a short rainforest walk. Then we’ll stop at Lake St. Clair to take in the view. Now we’re off back to Hobart where we’ll return to the Lenna of Hobart for our farewell dinner tonight.

Accommodation: Lenna of Hobart Included meals: B & D

Day 7 Hobart After breakfast it’s time to say farewell to your new friends as your Unknown Wilderness inspiring journey comes to an end.

Prices

Twin Per Person $3250

End Jan 18 Feb 01 Feb 15 Mar 01 Mar 15 Mar 29 Apr 19 May 03 Nov 08 Nov 22 Dec 06 Dec 20 Single* Per Person $3940

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Average 12-16 travellers Discounts Early Payment save $165† Frequent Traveller save $165 Book two journeys per person ◊ save $100 *Single traveller must pay the single price. ◊Must be booked at the same time. † Book and pay in full 6 months prior to journey departure. If weather conditions preclude access to some areas, alternative touring will be arranged. Flight Information: Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price. Day prior to journey Flights anytime into Launceston Day 7 Flights anytime from Hobart

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The Forgotten Coast 11 Day Journey Waratah

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Sarah Island

Gordon River

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Wineglass Bay

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Freycinet National Park

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After arriving in Hobart, you’ll meet your Journey Leader, Navigator and your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner at one of Hobart’s favourite restaurants near historic Salamanca Place.

Accommodation: Lenna of Hobart Included meals: D

Day 2 Hobart – Freycinet

Discover Freycinet National Park Cradle Mountain National Park and Dove Lake The Tarkine Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area Gordon River Cruise Explore The Bay of Fires Cradle Mountain walking trails The Pieman River and Corinna The Gordon River in Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area Learn/Do Wine tasting and art at MONA in Hobart Wine and cheese appreciation at Cradle Mountain Relax The beaches surrounding Freycinet Lodge and National Park Sample freshly shucked oysters at an oyster farm Stroll along Ocean Beach on Tasmania’s dramatic west coast Taste 10 breakfasts (B) 2 lunches (L) & 7 dinners (D) Complimentary refreshments on board Choice Throughout your journey you may choose from a number of optional activities, some of which will be at your own expense

Today we head off on a stroll through historic parts of Hobart via Salamanca Place to Constitution Dock, where we board a luxury catamaran for a short cruise on the Derwent River to one of Hobart’s newest attractions, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Australia’s largest private museum with its mix of ancient, modern and contemporary art. While we’re here we’ll taste the wines and beer from the Moorilla Winery and the Moo Beer Brewery both of which are on site. With so much to see, do and taste all in the one place, it’s over to you to enjoy the centre, café, wine, brewery and the art at your leisure. In the early afternoon, we’ll depart Hobart and head to the magnificent Freycinet National Park. Tasmania’s first national park, Freycinet is a peninsula of pink granite mountains, pure white beaches, coastal dunes and dry eucalypt forests. Tonight, it’s dinner at Freycinet Lodge, your accommodation for the next 2 nights.

Accommodation: Freycinet Lodge (2 nights) Included meals: B & D

Day 3 Hobart – Freycinet National Park Today it’s a day at leisure for you to explore Freycinet National Park. Choose from the range of optional activities.

Choice Discover Cruise from the gentle coves of Coles Bay along the Freycinet coast to one of the world’s best beaches at Wineglass Bay. Explore Climb the track through coastal forest to Wineglass Bay lookout on a self-guided walk. Learn/Do Kayak through the crystal clear waters on guided kayak trip. Learn/Do Join one of the lodge guides on a journey through Tasmania’s cool climate wine and food regions all from the comfort of Freycinet Lodge, with log fire places overlooking the Great Oyster Bay. Learn/Do Take a journey through Whisky history at Freycinet Lodge. Sample three of Scotland’s finest whiskies and compare them against three of Tasmania’s best, all matched with fresh Tasmanian produce. Relax Have a swim at Honeymoon Beach or relax around the resort, taking in a lazy afternoon with a glass of wine on the deck overlooking the water. Tonight, it’s dinner at Freycinet Lodge.

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Day 4 Freycinet National Park – Launceston Today we follow the beautiful east coast road, through the seaside towns of Bicheno and St. Helens to the Bay of Fires, one of the world’s great coastal regions, stretching 35 km north of Binalong Bay. Here you’ll see the unique brilliant orange lichen on the rocks, the clear turquoise sea and the dazzling white sands. Our first stop is Eureka Farm, a working orchard with over 3,000 assorted fruit trees, which is famous for its jams. We’ll continue up the coast and visit a working oyster farm. Here you’ll learn a little about the oyster industry before sampling some freshly shucked oysters. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch at Binalong Bay, the gateway to the magical Bay of Fires. In Launceston, this evening is free for you to enjoy dinner at your leisure with a number of restaurants located in the area.

Accommodation: The Sebel, Launceston Included meals: B & L

Day 5 Launceston – Cradle Mountain Choice Explore Take a self-guided stroll around Cataract Gorge. Relax Kick back and relax at the resort or take a walk around town. Leaving Launceston, we’re off to visit the intriguing and endangered Tasmanian Devil at the Tasmania Zoo, where they’re dedicated to protecting the species, before we stop at Josef Chromy Wines for some wine tasting. Then it’s into Cradle Mountain National Park and a 2 night stay at Cradle Mountain Lodge. Located on the edge of the spectacular World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, it is one of Tasmania’s premier wilderness regions. Tonight, enjoy dinner in the Highland Restaurant.

Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Lodge (2 nights) Included meals: B & D

Day 6 Cradle Mountain National Park Today’s free for you to choose your own adventure from our range of optional activities.

03 explore Cradle Mountain National Park

Choice Explore Take a guided or self-guided bush walk around Dove Lake. Learn/Do Go canoeing on Dove Lake (seasonal). Learn/Do Take off on a horse riding adventure. Relax Pamper yourself with a treatment at the Waldheim Alpine Spa. You’ll learn about local produce with wine and cheese tasting and later tonight it’s your choice for dinner. Your Journey Leader can make a booking for you at the Highland Restaurant.

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Day 7 Cradle Mountain – Corinna Now we’re off journeying further into the wilderness to the Tarkine, where you’ll see spectacular views as we wind our way through the mountains and the valleys. Also known as ‘the forgotten wilderness’, it’s a place of pristine natural beauty including the world’s largest tracts of untouched rainforest. It’s also considered to be one the world’s greatest archaeological regions with over 1,000 Aboriginal sites. Our next destination is Corinna, a restored historic settlement on the Pieman River on the Tarkine’s southern boundary, with access by gravel road and vehicle barge only. We arrive mid-morning with plenty of time to try one of the activities that will help you appreciate this pristine wilderness.

Choice Discover Take the Pieman River Cruise to connect with the rainforest. Explore Take a self-guided walk through ancient rainforest. Learn/Do Paddle a kayak on the Pieman River. Dinner tonight is in Corinna’s rustic restaurant set in the middle of the wilderness.

Accommodation: Corinna Wilderness Experience Included meals: B & D

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11 Day Journey

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Day 8 Corinna – Strahan This morning is yours to do today what you didn’t do yesterday, and choose from the range of optional activities.

Choice Discover Cruise to Pieman Heads and see the spectacular Southern Ocean (includes lunch). Explore Take a self-guided walk through ancient rainforest. Learn/Do Paddle a kayak on the Pieman River. Early afternoon we leave Corinna taking the barge across the river, and then continue through Zeehan to Strahan. Before arriving in Strahan we’ll stop at Ocean Beach to marvel at the dramatic west coastline. Then it’s on to our accommodation at Strahan Village for a 2 night stay with dinner tonight in the restaurant.

Accommodation: Strahan Village, Strahan (2 nights) Included meals: B & D

06  explore the wonders of Cradle Mountain National Park

Day 9 Gordon River Cruise

Pre & Post Accommodation & Transfers

Cruise on Macquarie Harbour and the Gordon River, within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Witness the tranquil beauty as you glide alongside ancient rainforests mirrored in the water. You’ll learn about our convict past with a visit to historic Sarah Island, then the rest of the day is yours to relax or enjoy an optional scenic flight over the Franklin River.

If you’d like to spend a few extra days in one of our feature locations, before or after your journey, we’ve negotiated special discounted rates at the properties where your journey starts and finishes. We can also arrange airport transfers (where required). Ask us for details.

Choice Discover Take a scenic helicopter flight over Huon Pine rainforest, land at the top of Mt. Jukes – one of the highest peaks of the west coast ranges and enjoy views of King River Gorge. Discover Experience the Gordon River region from the air on a seaplane flight including a landing on Gordon River, Sarah Island and the entrance to Macquarie Harbour.

Departures & Prices 11 Days Hobart to Hobart  (Code: FCHH) Departures 2013 2014 Start Apr 10 Apr 24 Oct 30 Nov 13 Nov 27 Dec 11

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Tonight you are free to enjoy one of the restaurants in town.

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Day 10 Strahan – Hobart Today we’re heading inland, passing Queenstown, where the unique landscape reflects the history of the region. We’ll continue along the highway where you’ll get to experience the last of the western wilderness, stopping on the way at Nelson Falls for a short rainforest walk. Then we’ll stop at Lake St. Clair to take in the view. Now we’re off back to Hobart where we’ll return to the Lenna of Hobart for our farewell dinner tonight.

Accommodation: Lenna of Hobart Included meals: B & D

Day 11 Hobart After breakfast it’s time to say farewell to your new friends as your Forgotten Coast inspiring journey comes to an end.

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Twin Per Person $5025

End Jan 18 Feb 01 Feb 15 Mar 01 Mar 15 Mar 29 Apr 19 May 03 Nov 08 Nov 22 Dec 06 Dec 20 Single* Per Person $6240

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Average 12-16 travellers Discounts Early Payment save $250† Frequent Traveller save $250 Book two journeys per person ◊ save $100 *Single traveller must pay the single price. ◊Must be booked at the same time. † Book and pay in full 6 months prior to journey departure. If weather conditions preclude access to some areas, alternative touring will be arranged. Flight Information: Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price. Day 1 Flights to arrive prior to 3.00pm into Hobart Day 11 Flights anytime from Hobart

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Day 1 Rotorua North Island 6 Day Journey

Upon arriving at Rotorua Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel where you have some free time to explore before meeting your Journey Leader and fellow travellers.

Choice Discover Choose from five different scenic floatplane tours that showcase Rotorua with spectacular views over Rotorua City, Sulphur Bay and the geysers of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve or journey further afield, landing at the Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako.

Discover Cruise to historic Russell Footwhistle Cave Cape Brett, ‘Hole in the Rock’ Explore Sightseeing in Auckland Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve in Rotorua Rainbow Springs Nature Park The Coromandel Ranges Waipoua Forest Learn/Do Maori Hangi & Concert Agrodome Sheep Show Waitomo Eco Glow Worm Experience T¯ane Mahuta Russell European Settlement Relax Take a dip at Copthorne Resort Rest in Paihia Taste 1 Maori Hangi Highlight Dinner (HD) 5 breakfasts (B) & 3 dinners (D) Complimentary refreshments on board Choice Throughout your journey you may choose from a number of optional activities, some of which will be at your own expense

Explore Discover Rotorua’s spectacular lakes on a scenic tour. It’s time to gain an insight into local Maori culture and history with our special Maori show and traditional Hangi where you’ll experience the local customs like the Hongi greeting, as well as learn some traditional words to take home with you. See the Hangi pit and enjoy the unique flavours that the Maoris have enjoyed for hundreds of years.

Accommodation: Included meals:

Princes Gate Hotel, Rotorua HD

Day 2 Rotorua – Coromandel This morning we’ll visit the living thermal village of Whakarewarewa, set amid a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, thermal springs, hot bubbling mud pools and geysers. Now we’re off to see the multi-award-winning and highly entertaining Agrodome Sheep Show. You’ll witness the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and even a sheep auction. Your next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Here you’ll discover native bush, ferns and trees that grow around the crystal clear mineral water springs. You might even spot a kiwi or two! We now make our way to the famous Waitomo Caves and visit Cave World, for an exclusive 5 star Eco Glow Worm experience. It’s just a short walk through breath-taking New Zealand native bush before your guide sets the scene for an intimate cave experience, where you will see glow worms and cave formations up close and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Now we’re off to the Coromandel Ranges. Along the way you’ll grab a quick bite to eat in the town of Otorohanga before arriving at Puka Park, where you’ll stay in Tree Hut Chalets, set among the native bush. Tonight it’s dinner at the resort restaurant.

Accommodation: Puka Park, Coromandel Ranges Included meals: B&D

Day 3 Coromandel – Auckland This morning we’re off to explore the lush rainforest of the Coromandel Ranges with our local expert – Kiwi Dundee. We’ll take a look at native wildlife and history of the region, learn about the history of gold mining in the region and explore some abandoned mines. Later we travel to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Here we’ll take an afternoon sightseeing tour then the rest of the day is at your leisure with time to explore the town and try out the Auckland restaurant scene. Be sure to ask your Journey Leader for some recommendations.

Accommodation: SKYCITY Grand Hotel, Auckland Included meals: B

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Day 6 Bay of Islands – Auckland

Today, we travel to Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast, the birth place of Sir Edmund Hillary. We then continue through to the Waipoua Forest, a sanctuary that is home to many native trees including the largest Kauri tree in existence, T¯ane Mahuta (over 2,000 years old). We’ll take a short break before a Maori Guide walks you through the native bush and explains the history and legend behind the mighty Kauri. We’ll then head to your waterfront resort for dinner.

After a hearty breakfast, there’s time to do some of the activities you may have missed yesterday. Then, take a ferry across the harbour to historic Russell and enjoy a guided tour of the first European settlement in New Zealand and what was once the first capital of New Zealand. A local guide will also take us on a walking tour of the town, before heading back to Auckland. It’s here that you’ll say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Long White Cloud inspiring journey comes to an end with a transfer to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Hokianga Included meals: B&D

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After a relaxing morning in Hokianga, it’s off to the port of Opua, were you’ll board your luxurious state-of-the-art cruiser, the Ipipiri. After a welcome reception from the crew, cruise through the majestic clear waters and enjoy the scenic delights Roberton Island with its many lagoons. Drop anchor in a sheltered bay; there’s time to try kayaking or snorkelling. Or perhaps take a walk on one of the many islands with a member of your knowledgeable crew.

Choice Discover Take off on a helicopter flight out to the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Discover Take a 1 hour flight up the West Coast, then spend 2½ hours exploring the very top of New Zealand in a 4WD, before flying back down the East Coast. Learn/Do Get up close with dolphins, orcas, whales, penguins and other wildlife. Learn/Do Grab a sea-kayak and explore the surrounding areas. Dinner at sunset features local cuisine, prepared Bay of Islands style.

Accommodation: Ipipiri Cruise Included meals: B&D

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Departures & Prices 6 Days Rotorua to Auckland  (Code: NZRA) Departures 2013 2014 Start Apr 29 Jul 01 Aug 26 Sep 23 Oct 28 Nov 18 Nov 25 Dec 02 Dec 23

End May 04 Jul 06 Aug 31 Sep 28 Nov 02 Nov 23 Nov 30 Dec 07 Dec 28

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Start Jan 20 Jan 27 Feb 10 Feb 17 Feb 24 Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 24 Mar 31 Apr 28 Jun 30 Aug 25 Sep 22 Oct 27 Nov 17 Nov 24 Dec 01 Dec 22

Twin Per Person $2375 $2250 $2465

End Jan 25 Feb 01 Feb 15 Feb 22 Mar 01 Mar 15 Mar 22 Mar 29 Apr 05 May 03 Jul 05 Aug 30 Sep 27 Nov 01 Nov 22 Nov 29 Dec 06 Dec 27 Single* Per Person $3050 $2835 $3140

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Average 12-16 travellers Discounts Early Payment save $115†  Frequent Traveller save $115 Book two journeys per person ◊ save $100 *Single traveller must pay the single price. ◊Must be booked at the same time. † Book and pay in full 6 months prior to journey departure. Flight Information: Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price. Day 1 Flights to arrive prior to 6.00pm into Rotorua Day 6 Flights to depart after 7.00pm from Auckland

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The Southern Drift 8 Day Journey

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Day 1 Christchurch South Island 8 Day Journey

Upon arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel where you have some free time to explore before meeting at The George Hotel. Spend time at leisure before your welcome dinner tonight.

Choice Explore Stroll through Hagley Park – Christchurch’s city central park. Learn/Do Visit the International Antarctic Centre for a powerful, exciting and interactive experience of Antarctica.

Discover TranzAlpine Train Lakes Wanaka and Hawea Queenstown Skyline Gondola Overnight cruise on Milford Sound Cruise to Paterson Inlet Remote Stewart Island Explore Franz Josef Glacier Queenstown Spectacular Southern Alps Fiordland National Park Mirror Lake and the Chasm Learn/Do Greenstone carving demonstration Adventure capital Queenstown Kayak on Milford Sound Native Wildlife on Ulva Island Relax Geothermal hot pools in Franz Josef Wander the shores of Milford Sound Taste 1 Highlight Dinner in Queenstown (HD) 7 breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L) & 3 dinners (D) Complimentary refreshments on board Choice Throughout your journey you may choose from a number of optional activities, some of which will be at your own expense

Learn/Do Visit Orana Wildlife Park – New Zealand’s only open-range zoo. Relax Sink back into the velvet cushions of your boat as an Edwardian punter gently glides down the Avon River, through the beautiful historic inner city of Christchurch. This evening meet your Journey Leader and fellow travellers for dinner and a welcome drink.

Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch Included meals: D

Day 2 Christchurch – Franz Josef First up it’s all aboard the famous TranzAlpine train. Rated as one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys, you’ll travel in the comfort of your exclusive private viewing carriage for your journey across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps. We’ll then meet our Journey Leader at Arthur’s Pass and visit the small town of Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, for a Greenstone (Jade) jewellery demonstration from a local carver and a short break for lunch. Now we’re off to the gold-mining town of Ross before arriving at Franz Josef. This afternoon you’ll take a guided tour with an expert local glacier guide to the viewing area at the mighty Franz Josef Glacier, the world’s most accessible glacier. Our eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. This evening, why not enjoy Franz Josef’s local geothermal hot pools or perhaps a massage. Dinner tonight is at the Retreat.

Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef Included meals: B&D

Day 3 Franz Josef – Queenstown Choice Discover Discover the gigantic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox snowfields on a scenic flight. Cross the main divide for breathtaking views of Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Highlights include a snow landing at Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers (40, 30 or 20 minutes). Relax Experience a blissful state of pure relaxation in the Glacier Hot Pools, nestled in the lush rainforest. Later today, you’ll travel over the Haast Pass and along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, stopping at Makarora for

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a chance for some lunch. We’ll stop to explore the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, followed by an orientation tour of Queenstown.

Learn/Do Jump on a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River and through Shotover Canyon.

Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s stunning scenery is inspiring and revitalising. Tonight you’ll stay at Millbrook Resort, set amid sparkling streams and rolling hills in the Southern Alps and framed by the Remarkables Mountain Range. This evening is at your leisure to dine at one of the resort’s restaurants.

Learn/Do Get set to get wet white water rafting the mighty Kawarau River!

Accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Queenstown (2 nights) Included meals: B

Day 4 Queenstown Today is free for you to explore New Zealand’s adventure-capital at your leisure.

Choice Discover Hop aboard a lovingly restored, grand old 1937 Chevrolet bus and enjoy a complete circuit of Queenstown through to picturesque Arrowtown finally stopping to overlook Lake Hayes, where you’ll taste local wines and indulge in mouthwatering cuisine. Explore Take the Queenstown Garden Tour showcasing gardens with a superb mountain backdrop during the vibrant spring, long summer and golden autumn days. Explore Hit the road on this 4-hour 4WD safari incorporating scenes from The Lord of the Rings and including Heaven & Hells Gate, Maori Point, Lighthouse Rock, Blue Slip, Skippers Bridge, Skippers Settlement and gold panning in the Shotover River. Learn/Do Start with a trip to the Gibbston Valley Winery, take a unique wine caves tour, visit the Amisfield Champagne House and afterwards enjoy lunch.

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Relax Take in some rounds of golf at Millbrook’s world-renowned golf course. Tonight you’ll ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak for dinner with a view overlooking stunning Queenstown, the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu.

Included meals:

B & HD

Day 5 Queenstown – Milford Sound This morning we’ll travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island. Later you’ll travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to a photographer’s paradise surrounded by Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the amazing Mirror Lake – where the surroundings reflect perfectly on the lake. Afterwards, you’ll walk to see the Chasm on our way into Milford Sound and you’ll take some time to kayak this majestic Fiord and experience Milford Sound, New Zealand’s most famous destination, part of the Fiordland National Park and a World Heritage Site, considered by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Tonight it’s a magical dinner and overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner where you’ll cruise the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea with plenty of time to view waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife.

Accommodation: Milford Mariner, Milford Sound Included meals: B&D


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This morning enjoy the many early morning activities on board.

This morning after breakfast, you’ll board a ferry to return to the mainland. Admire the rural farming views of Southland as you travel back to Queenstown where your Southern Drift inspiring journey comes to an end with a transfer to Queenstown Airport for your onward flight.

Choice Discover Take a scenic flight over Milford Sound’s picturesque fiords, glaciers, alpine lakes and waterfalls including the famous Sutherland Falls and the majestic Mitre Peak. Learn/Do Grab a kayak and paddle around Milford Sound.

Included meals:

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Relax Wander leisurely along the stunning foreshores. This afternoon we’ll continue further south to the southernmost city in New Zealand, Invercargill. We’ll then board a ferry at Bluff to cruise to Stewart Island, the 3rd largest island of New Zealand, for a wondrous experience. With its clear, clean waters, lush rainforest, sweeping sands, flora and fauna and unspoilt natural beauty, you’ll get a glimpse into an enviable simpler, slower lifestyle. Tonight, dinner is at your leisure. You can dine at one of the cafés or meet the locals at the hotel.

Accommodation: Bay Motel, Stewart Island (2 nights) Included meals: B

Day 7 Stewart Island This morning we’re off on a Village and Bays tour before taking a cruise on Paterson Inlet and enjoying lunch. Paterson Inlet is the largest waterway on Stewart Island where you’ll see the many remote sandy beaches and wildlife. You’ll stop at Ulva Island and this afternoon take a tour with staff from the Department of Conservation on Ulva Island’s wildlife sanctuary. You’ll learn about native birds like the Weka and spend time up close to native flora and fauna – a memorable day full of exploration and education.Tonight, try your hand at a bit of kiwi-spotting in the native bush near your accommodation.

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Departures & Prices 8 Days Christchurch to Queenstown  (Code: NZCQ) Departures 2013 2014 Start Apr 22 Jun 24 Aug 19 Sep 16 Oct 21 Nov 11 Nov 18 Nov 25 Dec 16

End Apr 29 Jul 01 Aug 26 Sep 23 Oct 28 Nov 18 Nov 25 Dec 02 Dec 23

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Start Jan 13 Jan 20 Feb 03 Feb 10 Feb 17 Mar 03 Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 24 Apr 21 Jun 23 Aug 18 Sep 15 Oct 20 Nov 10 Nov 17 Nov 24 Dec 15

Twin Per Person $3150 $2975 $3280

End Jan 20 Jan 27 Feb 10 Feb 17 Feb 24 Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 24 Mar 31 Apr 28 Jun 30 Aug 25 Sep 22 Oct 27 Nov 17 Nov 24 Dec 01 Dec 22 Single* Per Person $4045 $3750 $4175

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Average 12-16 travellers Discounts Early Payment save $150†  Frequent Traveller save $150 Book two journeys per person ◊ save $100 *Single traveller must pay the single price. ◊Must be booked at the same time. † Book and pay in full 6 months prior to journey departure. Flight Information: Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price. Day 1 Flights anytime into Christchurch

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Upon arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel where you have some free time to explore before meeting at The George Hotel. Spend time at leisure before your welcome dinner tonight.

Choice Explore Stroll through Hagley Park, Christchurch’s city central park. Learn/Do Visit the International Antarctic Centre for a powerful, exciting and interactive experience of Antarctica.

Discover TranzAlpine Train Queenstown Skyline Gondola Overnight cruise on Milford Sound Remote Stewart Island Cape Brett, ‘Hole in the Rock’ Explore Franz Josef Glacier Auckland and Queenstown Spectacular Southern Alps Fiordland National Park Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve Rotorua Rainbow Springs Nature Park The Coromandel Ranges Learn/Do Greenstone carving demonstration Adventure-capital Queenstown Kayak on Milford Sound Native Wildlife on Ulva Island Maori Hangi & Concert Agrodome Sheep Show Waitomo Eco Glow Worm Experience T¯ane Mahuta Russell European Settlement Relax Geothermal hot pools in Franz Josef Wander the shores of Milford Sound Take a dip at Copthorne Resort Rest in Paihia Taste 1 Maori Hangi Highlight Dinner in Rotorura (HD) 1 Highlight Dinner at Bob’s Peak in Queentown (HD) 12 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) & 6 dinners (D) Complimentary refreshments on board Choice Throughout your journey you may choose from a number of optional activities, some of which will be at your own expense

Learn/Do Visit Orana Wildlife Park – New Zealand’s only open-range zoo. Relax Sink back into the velvet cushions of your boat as an Edwardian punter gently glides down the Avon River, through the beautiful historic inner city of Christchurch. This evening meet your Journey Leader and fellow travellers for dinner and a welcome drink.

Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch Included meals: D

Day 2 Christchurch – Franz Josef First up it’s all aboard the famous TranzAlpine train. Rated as one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys, you’ll travel in the comfort of your exclusive private viewing carriage for your journey across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps. We’ll then meet our Journey Leader at Arthur’s Pass and visit the small town of Hokitika for a Greenstone (Jade) jewellery demonstration from a local carver and a short break for lunch. Now we’re off to the gold-mining town of Ross before arriving at Franz Josef. This afternoon you’ll take a guided tour with an expert local glacier guide to the viewing area at the mighty Franz Josef Glacier, the world’s most accessible glacier. Our eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. This evening, why not enjoy Franz Josef’s local geothermal hot pools or perhaps a massage. Dinner tonight is at the Retreat.

Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef Included meals: B&D

Day 3 Franz Josef – Queenstown Choice Discover Discover the gigantic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox snowfields on a scenic flight. Cross the main divide for breathtaking views of Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Highlights include a snow landing at Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers (40, 30 or 20 minutes). Relax Experience a blissful state of pure relaxation in the Glacier Hot Pools, nestled in the lush rainforest. Later today, you’ll travel over the Haast Pass and along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, stopping at Makarora for a chance to grab some lunch. We’ll stop to explore the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, followed 53


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by an orientation tour of Queenstown. Tonight you’ll stay at Millbrook Resort, set amid sparkling streams and rolling hills in the Southern Alps and framed by the Remarkables Mountain Range. This evening is at your leisure to dine at one of the resort’s restaurants.

Accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Queenstown (2 nights) Included meals: B

Day 4 Queenstown Today is free for you to explore New Zealand’s adventure capital at your leisure.

Choice Discover Hop aboard a lovingly restored, grand old 1937 Chevrolet bus and enjoy a complete circuit of Queenstown through to picturesque Arrowtown finally stopping to overlook Lake Hayes where you’ll taste local wines and indulge in mouth-watering cuisine. Explore Take the Queenstown Garden Tour showcasing gardens with a superb mountain backdrop during the vibrant spring, long summer and golden autumn days. Explore Hit the road on this 4-hour 4WD safari incorporating scenes from The Lord of the Rings and including Heaven & Hells Gate, Maori Point, Lighthouse Rock, Blue Slip, Skippers Bridge, Skippers Settlement and gold panning in the Shotover River. Learn/Do Start with a trip to the Gibbston Valley Winery, take a unique wine caves tour, visit the Amisfield Champagne House and afterwards enjoy lunch. Learn/Do Jump on a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River and through Shotover Canyon. Learn/Do Get set to get wet white water rafting the mighty Kawarau River! Relax Take in some rounds of golf at Millbrook’s world-renowned golf course. Tonight you’ll ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak for dinner 54

with a view overlooking stunning Queenstown, the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu.

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Day 5 Queenstown – Milford Sound This morning we’ll travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island. Later travel you’ll through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to a photgrapher’s paradise surrounded by the amazing Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout and Cleddau Valley. Afterwards, you’ll walk to see the Chasm on our way into Milford Sound and you’ll take some time to kayak this majestic Fiord and experience Milford Sound, part of the Fiordland National Park and a World Heritage Site, considered by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Tonight it’s a magical dinner and overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner.

Accommodation: Milford Mariner, Milford Sound Included meals: B&D

Day 6 Milford Sound – Stewart Island This morning enjoy the many early morning activities on board.

Choice Discover Take a scenic flight over Milford Sound’s picturesque fiords, glaciers, alpine lakes and waterfalls including the famous Sutherland Falls and the majestic Mitre Peak. Learn/Do Grab a kayak and paddle around Milford Sound. Relax Wander leisurely along the stunning foreshores. This afternoon we’ll continue further south to the southern-most city in New Zealand, Invercargill. We’ll then board a ferry at Bluff to cruise to Stewart Island. With its clear, clean waters, lush rainforest, sweeping sands, flora and fauna and unspoilt natural beauty, you’ll get a glimpse into an enviable simpler, slower lifestyle. Tonight, dinner is at your leisure. You can dine at one of the cafés or meet the locals at the hotel.


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Accommodation: Bay Motel, Stewart Island (2 nights) Included meals: B

Day 7 Stewart Island This morning we’re off on a Village and Bays tour before taking a cruise on Paterson Inlet and enjoying lunch. Paterson Inlet is the largest waterway on Stewart Island where you’ll see the many remote sandy beaches and wildlife. You’ll stop at Ulva Island and this afternoon take a tour with staff from the Department of Conservation on Ulva Island’s wildlife sanctuary. You’ll learn about native birds like the Weka and spend time up close to native flora and fauna. Tonight, try your hand at a bit of kiwi-spotting in the native bush near your accommodation. Included meals: B & L

Day 8 Stewart Island – Queenstown This morning you’ll board a ferry to return to the mainland. Admire the rural farming views of Southland as you travel back to Queenstown for your afternoon flight to Rotorua. Now it’s time to gain an insight into local Maori culture and history with our special Maori show and traditional Hangi where you’ll experience the local customs like the Hongi greeting as well as learn some traditional words to take home with you. This evening enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi dinner – a meal cooked in the ground using geothermal steam. See the Hangi pit and enjoy the unique flavours that the Maori have enjoyed for hundreds of years.

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Day 9 Rotorua – Coromandel After breakfast, we’re off to visit the living thermal village of Whakarewarewa, set amid a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, thermal springs, hot bubbling mud pools and geysers. Now we’re off to see the multi-award-winning and highly entertaining Agrodome Sheep Show. You’ll witness the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and even a sheep auction. Your next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Here you’ll discover native bush, ferns and trees that grow around the crystal clear mineral water springs. You might even spot a kiwi or two! We now make our way to the famous Waitomo Caves and visit Cave World, for an exclusive 5 star Eco Glow Worm experience.

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It’s just a short walk through breath-taking New Zealand native bush before your guide sets the scene for an intimate cave experience, where you will see glow worms and cave formations up close and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Now we’re off to the Coromandel Ranges. Along the way you’ll grab a quick bite to eat in the town of Otorohanga before arriving at Puka Park, where you’ll stay in Tree Hut Chalets, set among the native bush. Tonight it’s dinner at the resort restaurant.

Accommodation: Puka Park, Coromandel Ranges Included meals: B&D

Day 10 Coromandel – Auckland This morning we’re off to explore the lush rainforest of the Coromandel Ranges with our local expert – Kiwi Dundee. We’ll take a look at the native wildlife and history of the region, learn about the history of gold mining in the region and explore some abandoned mines. Later we travel to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Here we’ll take an afternoon sightseeing tour then the rest of the day is at your leisure with time to explore the town and try out the Auckland restaurant scene. Be sure to ask your Journey Leader for some recommendations.

Accommodation: SKYCITY Grand Hotel, Auckland Included meals: B

Day 11 Auckland – Hokianga Today, we travel to Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast, the birth place of Sir Edmund Hillary. We then continue through to the Waipoua Forest, a sanctuary that is home to many native trees including the largest Kauri tree in existence, T¯ane Mahuta (over 2,000 years old). We’ll take a short break before a Maori Guide walks you through the native bush and explains the history and legend behind the mighty Kauri. We’ll then head to your waterfront resort for dinner.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Hokianga Included meals: B&D

Day 12 Hokianga – Bay of Islands Cruise After a relaxing morning in Hokianga, it’s off to the port of Opua, were you’ll board your luxurious state-of-the-art cruiser, the Ipipiri. After a welcome reception from the crew, cruise through the majestic clear waters and enjoy the scenic delights Roberton 55


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03 discover Pohutu Geyser in Rotorua 04 spend two nights in the Bay of Islands 05 relax with new-found friends 06 admire Auckland Harbour

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Island with its many lagoons. Drop anchor in a sheltered bay; there’s time to try kayaking or snorkelling. Or perhaps take a walk on one of the many islands with a member of your knowledgeable crew.

Choice Discover Take off on a helicopter flight out to the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Discover Take a 1 hour flight up the West Coast, then spend 2½ hours exploring the very top of New Zealand in a 4WD, before flying back down the East Coast. Learn/Do Get up close with dolphins, orcas, whales, penguins and other wildlife. Learn/Do Grab a sea-kayak and explore the surrounding areas. Dinner at sunset features local cuisine, prepared Bay of Islands style.

Accommodation: Ipipiri Cruise Included meals: B&D

Day 13 Bay of Islands – Auckland After a hearty breakfast, there’s time to do some of the activities you may have missed yesterday. Then, take a ferry across the harbour to historic Russell and enjoy a guided tour of the first European settlement in New Zealand and what was once the first capital of New Zealand. A local guide will also take us on a walking tour of the town, before heading back to Auckland. It’s here that you’ll say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Long White Cloud inspiring journey comes to an end with a transfer to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

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Pre & Post Accommodation & Transfers If you’d like to spend a few extra days in one of our feature locations, before or after your journey, we’ve negotiated special discounted rates at the properties where your journey starts and finishes. We can also arrange airport transfers (where required). Ask us for details.

Departures & Prices 13 Days Christchurch to Auckland  (Code: NZCA) Departures 2013 2014 Start Apr 22 Jun 24 Aug 19 Sep 16 Oct 21 Nov 11 Nov 18 Nov 25 Dec 16

End May 04 Jul 06 Aug 31 Sep 28 Nov 02 Nov 23 Nov 30 Dec 07 Dec 28

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Start Jan 13 Jan 20 Feb 03 Feb 10 Feb 17 Mar 03 Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 24 Apr 21 Jun 23 Aug 18 Sep 15 Oct 20 Nov 10 Nov 17 Nov 24 Dec 15

Twin Per Person $5195 $4895 $5400

End Jan 25 Feb 01 Feb 15 Feb 22 Mar 01 Mar 15 Mar 22 Mar 29 Apr 05 May 03 Jul 05 Aug 30 Sep 27 Nov 01 Nov 22 Nov 29 Dec 06 Dec 27 Single* Per Person $6770 $6260 $6975

Refer to inspiringjourneys.com.au for all Definite Departure dates

Average 12-16 travellers Discounts Early Payment save $245†  Frequent Traveller save $245 Book two journeys per person ◊ save $100 *Single traveller must pay the single price. ◊Must be booked at the same time. † Book and pay in full 6 months prior to journey departure. Flight Information: Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price. Day 1 Flights anytime into Christchurch Day 8 Flights to depart after 2.00pm from Queenstown and arrive prior to 6.00pm into Rotorua Day 13 Flights to depart after 7.00pm from Auckland

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The Train to Anywhere The Ghan Journey

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Known as one of the world’s great rail journeys, The Ghan takes you from the wild Southern Ocean through Australia’s vast red heart to the tropical Top End (or reverse). Travelling between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin, there’s nothing better than just relaxing and watching the spectacular landscapes roll past. With Gold Service standard, each traveller has a private sleeper cabin. The timetable has been carefully planned to make the most of the daylight hours. 02 01 take a memorable journey on The Ghan 02 your Gold Service accommodation 03 taste the mouth-watering dishes in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant 04 share the good times

Northbound, the journey crosses the fertile Adelaide Plains and the famous Flinders Ranges. Travelling through this iconic National Park provides some serious outback panoramas, blue skies that go on forever contrasted by the striking ochre earth of Central Australia. Towards the end of the journey, as you near the Top End, you’ll see the harsh land sprout signs of sub-tropical flora before the trip comes to an end in the cosmopolitan city of Darwin. Your journey price includes all meals, beverages and off-train tours & experiences. Please ask for details, including an upgrade to Platinum Service. 03

Departures & Prices 1, 2 Day Adelaide (ADL) – Alice Springs (ASP) – Darwin (DRW) Departures & Prices Code

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ADL – DRW Sun & Wed^ DRW – ADL Wed & Sat^

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$3318

$1983

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$1151

$1727

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This extended option may only be purchased in conjunction with an inspiring journey from this brochure.


General Information Bookings and Conditions • Your land reservation will be confirmed upon receipt of a non–refundable deposit of $200 unless booking is made within 45 days. The deposit amount and payment due date will be specified upon your invoice which will be provided shortly after your reservation is created. Your reservation will be automatically cancelled without notice if the deposit is not received within the specified period. A contract is only made between you and us upon receipt of the specified deposit. • All airfares are subject to strict ticketing deadlines which will be advised to you at the time of booking and on your invoice. Failure to pay the required amount within the specified time may result in your air booking being cancelled without further reference to you. • The remaining balance of your reservation must be paid by the date specified upon the most recent version of your invoice (generally 45 days prior to departure from your home city for non-discounted bookings). If you have not paid by the due date Inspiring Journeys may assume that you have cancelled and cancellation charges in accordance with “Cancellation Fees” below will be levied by Inspiring Journeys. IMPORTANT: By paying the deposit per person per holiday, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and accepted the Booking Conditions, which make up the contract between you and Inspiring Journeys. Prices and Concessions Prices are quoted in Australian Currency, include GST and supersede all prices previously advertised. Please check the exact price of your journey at the time of paying balance. Airfares are based on the most direct route and are subject to class availability and any new Government taxes. Rail prices are subject to change from time to time. All prices are valid subject to Government, hotel, fuel surcharges and currency fluctuations. Frequent Traveller and Early Payment Discounts A Frequent Traveller Discount of 5% off the land-only portion is available on Inspiring Journeys bookings of 5 days or more. Discount applies to those who have travelled in the last 5 years with our family of companies including AAT Kings, Trafalgar, Contiki Holidays, Insight Vacations or Uniworld. Only one discount is available per person annually and only one discount can be redeemed against each further journey booking. Early Payment Discount (pay in full 6 months prior to departure) does not apply to The Long Rainbow. Single Rooms Single travellers will be required to pay for a single room. Single rooms are available upon request and a supplement is payable at the time of booking. Refer to price panels. Cancellations and Amendments Cancellation fees will be levied relative to the amount of notice given: 45 or more Days Notice – Loss of Deposit 44-22 Days Notice – 27.5% of Journey Price 21-8 Days Notice – 33% of Journey Price 7-1 Days Notice – 55% of Journey Price Day of Departure – 100% of Journey Price A change of journey date or journey itinerary within 45 days prior to departure will be treated as a cancellation and normal cancellation fees will apply except when the change is to an earlier journey departure of equivalent or greater value, in which case a $55 per person amendment fee will be charged. Airfares: Tickets are issued on your airfares on receipt of full payment. Once ticketed, these airfares are non-refundable as per airline conditions. Any amendments to these flights may incur a fee. These airfares are not available outside Australia. Illness or Absenteeism In the event of your withdrawal from a journey after commencement for reasons of illness, you must obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a journey, including but not limited to missed meals or sightseeing. Inspiring Journeys make no representation or guarantees concerning reimbursements of funds paid by you under any insurance claim. Internet Airfares Please note that Inspiring Journeys does not incur any liability for airfares purchased by travel agents or clients online via the internet. In the unlikely event that a journey is cancelled, Inspiring Journeys cannot be held responsible for airfare conditions when the airfare is purchased via the internet with companies other than Inspiring Journeys. All such risk, loss and expense must be borne by the travel agent or client. Journey Participation, Exclusion and Release Clients with disabilities are welcome on Inspiring Journeys provided they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require special assistance from Inspiring Journeys personnel. You must advise Inspiring Journeys at the time of booking if you are affected by any condition, medical or otherwise, that may affect your enjoyment of the journey or its enjoyment by others. Failure to do so may result in the termination of your travel arrangements without any liability on the part of Inspiring Journeys. Inspiring Journeys reserves the right at its discretion to exclude from a journey, or to terminate the travel arrangements during the course of the journey without refund, of anyone who: • is unable to cope with the requirements of coach journey travel or who may need or require services or facilities that are not available

• fails to comply with the reasonable instructions of Inspiring Journeys personnel • engages in illegal or undesirable behaviour or interferes with the enjoyment of or jeopardises the safety of other participants. Anyone so excluded will be required to disembark at a safe public location, transport from which will be wholly their responsibility. You agree that Inspiring Journeys is released from all liability for, and you agree not to hold Inspiring Journeys responsible for termination of your travel arrangements in accordance with the previous condition, or any decision made by Inspiring Journeys or by any service provider who refuses to provide you with special accommodation facilities or services that are not available or who refuses to carry you by reason of any disability or medical condition. You agree that our Inspiring Journeys Journey Leaders or Representatives may take photographs and films of you while you are on holiday and that these may be used in our Group brochures and/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films. Travel Insurance Clients are strongly advised to take out travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances (e.g. cancellation or curtailment expenses, loss of luggage etc). Holiday Inclusions Transportation, entrance fees and boat cruise prices as per itinerary, services of a Journey Leader and Navigator, meals as specified and travel wallet. Accommodation as specified on journey itinerary pages. On some occasions, coach restrooms may be inaccessible depending on operational conditions. Special Meals Please advise Inspiring Journeys of any special dietary requirements at least 14 days before departure. Note that this will be on a request basis only, as Inspiring Journeys cannot guarantee the availability of special meal types. Luggage Allowance One medium size suitcase per person, the sum of its length/width and depth not to exceed 140cm (56”) plus one piece of hand luggage which may be carried on-board the coach. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments and cannot be accepted as hand luggage. Maximum weight of all luggage not to exceed 20kg (44lbs). We are required by strict Government vehicle weight regulations to enforce and adhere to this limit. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your journey. Please note we suggest you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available (eg. railway station and cruise terminal). All luggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the journey participant. Certain journeys have luggage restrictions. See individual itineraries pages for details. Luggage insurance is recommended. Smoking and Seat Rotation Government regulations prohibit smoking inside tourist coaches. Please restrict smoking to the ample stops en route. To enable everyone the opportunity of enjoying window and front seats, clients change seats daily during the course of the journey. Clothing and What to Bring We recommend casual, lightweight, drip-dry clothing, with some warmer articles for the evenings and cooler days. For the winter months, a warm jacket is recommended. Pack shorts, pullover, rubber-soled walking shoes, swimsuit, towel, sleeping clothes and waterproof jacket. Do not forget your hat, camera, sunglasses, insect repellent, sunscreen, toilet requisites and a flask for drinking water. Regular laundry facilities are available en route. Airline Indemnity Any airlines’ involvement in these journeys is as air carrier only. This organisation shall carry no responsibility for statements in this brochure relating to ground content of the journeys and the operator indemnifies them against any claim action, loss or damage arising therefrom. IMPORTANT: Scenic Flights, Boat Cruises, Helicopter Flights, some 4WD Tours, White Water Rafting, Camel Rides, Hot Air Ballooning, Rail, etc. These excursions are not operated by Inspiring Journeys, nor by persons or companies associated with Inspiring Journeys. These activities involve inherent risk of injury, death, accident, delay and loss, and client assumes all such risk with regard to any misadventure, death, injury, delay or loss which occurs during, or as a result of any such activity.

due to Aboriginal cultural reasons or inclement weather conditions prevailing at the time such as high temperatures, rain, strong winds, storms, low lying clouds or insufficient light. General Conditions This brochure represents the entire agreement between the client and Inspiring Journeys Pty. Ltd., who is the journey operator. Inspiring Journeys will be responsible to the client for supplying the services and accommodation as described in this brochure, except where such services cannot be supplied, or the itinerary used is changed due to delays or other causes of whatever kind or nature beyond the control of Inspiring Journeys. In such circumstances, we will do our best to supply comparable services, accommodations and itineraries, and there shall be no refund in this situation. Inspiring Journeys and its agents act only as an agent for the client and upon the express condition that Inspiring Journeys shall not be liable or responsible for any direct, indirect, consequential or incidental damage, injury, loss, accident, delay or irregularity of any kind, which may be occasioned by reason of any act or omission of any third party (including without limitation, any act, inaction or breach of contract of any third party, which is to or does supply any goods or services for this trip). Without limiting the foregoing, Inspiring Journeys does not own or operate any third party suppliers of services such as hotels, restaurants, transportation companies, sightseeing companies or local tour operators. It is not responsible for any injury, death, loss or expense due to overbooking of accommodations, default of any third parties, sickness, weather, strikes, acts of God, Government, acts of terrorism, criminal activity, war, quarantine, force majeure events or any other cause beyond its control. All such risk, loss and expense must be borne by the client. Occasionally, it may be necessary to alter or amend itineraries, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements from those published. This may be due to road, weather and other operational needs prevailing at the time, and is always made in the best interests of your comfort. Any personal expenses incurred by a client as a result of any delay, alteration or curtailment of any journey, whether caused by mechanical defect, strikes or any other cause are the responsibility of the client (we strongly recommend all clients take out Travel Insurance, see your licensed travel agent). The operator is unable to guarantee exact arrival and departure times, and is not liable for any failure to make connections with any other service, or guarantee the operation of any particular service. In the case of breakdown and other unforeseen circumstances, the operator reserves the right to substitute vehicles other than specified, to ensure the operation of a journey. These coaches will be modern touring vehicles and may not have some of the features described. The company reserves the right to cancel any ticket or booking, or to refuse to carry any client where payment has not been received by the company within the specified time. The company reserves the right to amend or cancel journeys at any time. Photography Some images in this brochure have been provided coutesy of Air Safaris, Brian Dullaghan, Christian Uhrig, Destination Rotorua, InterCity Group (NZ) Limited, Julian Apse, Ken Duncan, Keryn Baker, Northern Territory Tourism Commission, Peter Walton, Petr Hlavacek, Real Journeys, South Australian Tourism Commission, Tourism Auckland, Tourism Australia, Tourism Coromandel, Tourism New Zealand, Tourism Tasmania, Tourism West Coast, and Wildlands Cruises. Departure Guarantee Occasionally airlines and tour operators are forced to reschedule departure dates. At Inspiring Journeys we appreciate the inconvenience this may cause you. Therefore, we guarantee no journey will be rescheduled within 45 days of the published departure date. Brochure Validity 01 April 2013 – 31 March 2014 IMPORTANT: Unfortunately, it is inevitable that some of the prices or details contained within this brochure may have changed since the brochure was printed. You will be informed of any changes to any of the relevant details within this brochure when you book either with your travel agent or with ourselves, as part of our commitment to quality customer service. Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to press; however Inspiring Journeys cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances.

Kings Canyon Safety Information During the hotter months temperatures can reach and exceed 36°C or 97°F. At these times the Watarrka National Park Rangers strongly advise that visitors do not take part in the Kings Canyon Rim Climb. In this drier desert climate heat exhaustion, over these hotter months, is a very high possibility and a danger in such remote regions. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of our clients we offer a guided walk along the Kings Canyon creek-bed as a suitable alternative on such days. Prevailing Weather Conditions At certain times in the Top End of the Northern Territory heavy rain and flooding can preclude access to some areas. Alternative touring will be arranged. Uluru Climb Information Uluru is a sacred sight for the Anangu people and they prefer that visitors do not climb it. Throughout the year the Uluru (Ayers Rock) climb may close unexpectedly

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