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Welcome So you want to visit Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti, Cook (RK@MCRNQDUDMNMDNESGDLNQDQDLNSD2NTSG/@BHĆĽB(RK@MCR Maybe it’s your honeymoon, a special birthday, or just because these destinations have been on your bucket list and now it’s time to make it a reality. Our brochure and website will inspire and give you lots of ideas for your trip, but nothing compares to communication with one of our travel experts. We are here to assist you make your dream trip a reality. At Aspire Down UnderVDRNKDKXRODBH@KHYDHM TRSQ@KH@ -DV9D@K@MC@MCSGD2NTSG/@BHĆĽB (RK@MCR 6DNƤDQSGDUDQXADRS@CUHBD@MCRDQUHBDBNTOKDCVHSGBQD@SHUDHSHMDQ@QHDR TMHPTD NƤDQR@MCRODBH@KHRSJMNVKDCFDSG@SL@JDRSGDCHƤDQDMBDADSVDDM@FNNCU@B@SHNM@MC@ great vacation. Our travel specialists are either from Australia or have traveled extensively across the 2NTSG/@BHĆĽBQDFHNM RNVDJMNVNTQCDRSHM@SHNMRHMSHL@SDKX@MCNƤDQHMU@KT@AKD@CUHBDNM planning your trip and the best things to see and do there. We understand planning a trip to CDRSHM@SHNMRKHJD TRSQ@KH@@MC-DV9D@K@MCB@MADNUDQVGDKLHMF@MCXNTB@MADBNMĆĽCDMS in dealing with an Aspire expert who has been there, knows the hotels and tours, is capable NEOTSSHMFSNFDSGDQ@MHSHMDQ@QXSG@SĆŚNVRVDKK @MCNƤDQRFQD@SU@KTD@MCDWODQHDMBDR Aspire Down Under wants you to experience travel like never before. Our level of service means we’re with you every step of the way as we deliver the perfect vacation. Once on U@B@SHNMNTQDWODQHDMBDC@ƧKH@SDNƧBDRNMSGDFQNTMCDMRTQDXNTG@UDRTOONQS KNB@KKXENQ@MXPTDRSHNMRNQTMDWODBSDCNBBTQQDMBDR We want you to return home feeling good about what you experienced, not just where you went. Find out why “nobody does Down Under betterâ€? when you travel with us.

Contents Planning your trip.............................................02 Using the brochure ..........................................04 Airlines ................................................................06 Honeymoons and weddings ..........................10 Stopovers............................................................11 2NTSG/@BHĆĽB2SNONUDQR 3@GHSH ....................12 2NTSG/@BHĆĽB2SNONUDQR %HIH .........................14 Independent Packages....................................20 Escorted Inclusive Tours .................................24 Independent Tours ...........................................26 Introduction .......................................................28

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Australia Welcome to Australia .......................................... 30 Australia Map .......................................................... 31 Rail Journeys ........................................................... 34

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SYDNEY & NEW SOUTH WALES Sydney & Beyond Touring ................................ Sydney Accommodation ................................... Sydney & Beaches Accommodation ........... Blue Mountains & Hunter Valley Accommodation ..................................................... Coastal New South Wales Accommodation .....................................................

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MELBOURNE & VICTORIA

Melbourne & Beyond Touring ........................ 50 Melbourne Accommodation ........................... 52 Melbourne & Beyond Accommodation ..................................................... 56

Whitsunday Islands & Southern Great Barrier Reef Accommodation ......................... 80

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QUEENSLAND CAIRNS & THE GREAT BARRIER REEF Great Barrier Reef Cruising .............................. Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef Cruising . Cairns & Beyond Touring .................................. Cairns Accommodation ...................................... Northern Beaches Accommodation ............ Palm Cove Accommodation ............................. Port Douglas Accommodation ....................... Port Douglas & Beyond Accommodation .....................................................

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Brisbane & Beyond Touring ............................. Brisbane Accommodation ................................ Moreton Island Touring & Accommodation ..................................................... Fraser Island Touring & Accommodation ..................................................... Sunshine Coast & Beyond Accommodation ..................................................... Gold Coast Accommodation ............................ Gold Coast & Beyond Accommodation .....

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& THE RED CENTRE 90 ULURU Uluru & Beyond Touring

.................................... 91 Uluru & Beyond Touring & Accommodation ................................................. 92 Uluru & Kings Canyon Accommodation .... 93 Alice Springs Accommodation ....................... 94

ISLANDS & THE GREAT BARRIER REEF Northern Great Barrier Reef Accommodation ......................................... Magnetic Island Touring and Accommodation ........................................... Whitsunday Islands Touring ............................ Whitsunday Mainland Accommodation ..................................................... Whitsunday Islands Accommodation..........

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DARWIN & AUSTRALIA’S TOP END Darwin & Beyond Touring ................................ Darwin Accommodation .................................... Darwin & Beyond Accommodation ............. Katherine Touring & Accommodation .......

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NORTH WEST 100 AUSTRALIA’S Kimberley Touring

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Kimberley Accommodation .......................... Broome & Cable Beach Accommodation .................................................. 104

SOUTH WEST & CORAL COAST 105PERTH, Perth & Beyond Touring 106 .................................

Perth Accommodation ..................................... 107 Beyond Perth Accommodation ................... 109 Coral Coast Accommodation ........................ 110

& SOUTH AUSTRALIA 111 ADELAIDE Adelaide & Beyond Touring

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Kangaroo Island Touring ................................ Adelaide Accommodation ............................. South Australia Accommodation ............... Kangaroo Island Accommodation .............

TASMANIA 120Tasmania Touring

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............................................... 121 Hobart & Launceston Accommodation .. 122 Regional Tasmania Accommodation ........ 123

New Zealand Welcome to New Zealand ............................. New Zealand Map .............................................. Rail Journeys ....................................................... Ferry Crossings & North Island Touring . Independent Travel ...........................................

130Auckland & Beyond Touring

ISLAND 144SOUTH Independent Travel 124 125 126 127 128

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& COROMANDEL 135 NORTHLAND Bay of Islands & Coromandel Touring & Accommodation

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& REGIONAL NORTH ISLAND 138ROTORUA Rotorua Touring 139 ..................................................

Rotorua Accommodation ............................... 140 Regional North Island Touring & Accommodation ............................................. 141

142Wellington Touring WELLINGTON

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........................................... 145 Marlborough Touring & Accommodation .................................................. 146 Abel Tasman Touring ........................................ 147

CHRISTCHURCH & CANTERBURY 148Christchurch & Canterbury Touring

......... 149 Christchurch & Canterbury Accommodation .................................................. 150 Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers Touring & Accommodation .................................................. 151 West Coast Accommodation ........................ 152

153 QUEENSTOWN Queenstown & Beyond Touring

................. 154 Queenstown Accommodation .................... 157 Wanaka Touring & Accommodation ......... 159 Dunedin & Stewart Island Touring & Accommodation ........................... 160

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PLANNING YOUR TRIP / Aspire Down Under

Step 1: Plan your Itinerary You may already have an idea of where you would like to visit – use our planning maps on pages 30-31 (Australia), 125 (New Zealand) and and then visit the individual destination pages to discover more about each region. It’s a common misconception that customized U@B@SHNMR@QDDWODMRHUD@MCŖNƤSGDRGDKEO@BJ@FDRŗ NƤDQ SGD KNVDRS OQHBHMF  R @ VGNKDR@KDQ VD CDRHFM your personalized itinerary utilizing the lowest current airfare rates, negotiated hotel rates (often with value added bonuses such as free nights and breakfast), daily touring and airport transfers – these services form the building blocks of your personalized package and ensure your itinerary only includes places and touring you are interested in. 6DVHKKCHRBTRRXNTQSQ@UDKHCD@RVHSGXNT@MCNƤDQSN put together a proposed itinerary. We do not charge a fee for working with you; Aspire Down Under is compensated by the suppliers we book on your behalf. 6DVHKK@MRVDQXNTQPTDRSHNMR NƤDQOKDMSXNE@CUHBD and start planning your itinerary outline. You will work with the same dedicated travel expert for all your dealings with Aspire to ensure consistency and knowledge of your information.

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Step 4: Choose how to get around Depending on your time available and the variety of destinations you would like to visit there are numerous ways of getting around Australia, New 9D@K@MC@MCSGD2NTSG/@BHƼB(RK@MCR 8NTL@XVHRG to travel around independently by rental car or take a fully escorted tour. Australia and New Zealand NƤDQRRNLDNESGDVNQKCŗRLNRSHBNMHB@MCRBDMHBQ@HK journeys. With Australia practically being the same size as the USA, and vacation time being limited, it NESDM L@JDR RDMRD SN SQ@UDK AX @HQ  6D NƤDQ FQD@S @HQE@QDCD@KR@RO@QSNEXNTQ(MSDQM@SHNM@KƌHFGSSHBJDS such as the Qantas Walkabout Pass or the Virgin TRSQ@KH@ HQO@RR  NƤDQHMF (MSDQM@SHNM@K SQ@UDKDQR amazing value downunder.

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Step 6: Touring We believe it is these memorable touring experiences that make your vacation become an unforgettable lifetime experience. Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, walking around Uluru with an Aboriginal guide, taking in a performance at the Sydney Opera House, drinking kava with a Fijian village chief and hiking on Franz Josef glacier are just a few of the unique and amazing adventures you can experience.


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Qantas

Savvy travelers appreciate that the journey is just as important as the destination. With Qantas you can look forward to exceptional flights that are a highlight of your experience Qantas offers more flights from the US to Australia than any other carrier, operating non-stop flights from LAX and DFW, and daily direct flights from JFK. Once you’ve arrived refreshed in Australia, Qantas’ extensive domestic network makes it convenient to DMINXDUDMLNQDNESGDBNMSHMDMS 0@MS@RƌHDRSNCDRSHM@SHNMRVHSGHM TRSQ@KH@ EQNLSGD@VD HMROHQHMF landscapes of the Red Centre to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world.

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Qantas Walkabout Pass 6HSG@0@MS@R6@KJ@ANTS/@RR XNTB@MBTRSNLHYDXNTQSQHOENQLTBGKDRRSG@MHEXNTANNJDCĆŚHFGSRRDO@Q@SDKX  With 81 internal Australia city pairs and seven internal New Zealand pairs to choose from, the Qantas Walkabout Pass is the best way to see more of Australia and New Zealand. The Qantas Walkabout Pass must be issued together with your Qantas international ticket.

Frequent Flyer partners: Qantas is part of the One World alliance allowing mileage accrual on airlines such as American Airlines, Cathay Pacific and British Airways.

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Air New Zealand

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Your comfort is our priority and that’s why you’ll enjoy one of the best Economy seats in the sky. The ergonomic design and sizeable 31 to 34� pitch creates generous personal space to ensure a relaxing journey. The adjustable winged headrest lets you to ƼMCITRSSGDQHFGSONRHSHNMSNB@SBGRNLDRKDDO Upgrade to Economy Skycouch™ (777-300 aircraft) Whether you’re a couple who’d like a bit of extra room, parents with a young child, or a parent with SVN QDRSKDRR JHCR  XNTŗKK ƼMC NTQ HMMNU@SHUD MDV Economy Skycouch™ the perfect solution. The Skycouch is a trio of three Economy seats that SNFDSGDQ BQD@SD @ ƌDWHAKD RO@BD ENQ VG@SDUDQ you want it to be – to relax and stretch out in, or for the kids to use as a play area. It’s like having your very own couch on the plane.

Premium Economy Spaceseat™ (777-300 aircraft) Premium Economy is about creating ample space and privacy. The design of our revolutionary new Spaceseat means that the person sitting in front of you can’t recline into your personal space. The seats that run through the inner space of the cabin have been designed for couples, so you can relax together, or turn to face each other to share a meal. The seats on the outer space of the cabin cater more for those who need some uninterrupted work time, or for people who OQDEDQSNJDDOSNSGDLRDKUDRCTQHMFSGDƌHFGS Premium Economy (747 & 777-200 aircraft) Enjoy more legroom with the largest seat pitch in its class (41� on 777-200 aircraft and 38 to 40� on 747 aircraft) and relax with 50% more recline than Economy. And while you’re there: put your feet up with the leg rest and foot bar, use the in-seat power if you need it (available in most seats) and sip from your complimentary water bottle in the storage net in front of you.

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Virgin Australia

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What makes Australia truly special is not just the accents, iconic destinations and the wildlife, but the warmth of its people. You’ll experience this warmth VHSG5HQFHM TRSQ@KH@VGDMXNTƦXCHQDBSEQNL+ SN Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne and then on to over 50 other destinations across Australia and New Zealand. 6HSG@SD@LNEG@QCVNQJHMF TRSQ@KH@MRVGNNƤDQ @V@QC VHMMHMFRDQUHBDSNDUDQXFTDRS@MC@CDKHBHNTR HM ƦHFGSLDMTCDRHFMDCAXSNO TRSQ@KH@MBGDE+TJD Mangan, you’ll experience some of the best aspects of Australia before you’ve even arrived. • Voted “The Best Airline to Australia and New Zealand” by the readers of Global Traveler magazine. • Ergonomically designed International Economy seats which are the VHCDRS@BQNRRSGD/@BHƥBVHSGHMBGDRNEKDFQNNL@MC@ HMBGQDBKHMD Ş 3VNHM ƦHFGSANTSHPTDA@QRŔHMSGD(MSDQM@SHNM@K/QDLHTL$BNMNLX@MC in International Business cabins. Ş 1$# Ŕ 2S@SD NE SGD @QS  NM CDL@MC  HM ƦHFGS DMSDQS@HMLDMS RXRSDL featuring movies, music, games, seat-to-seat chat and more. Ş ,NNC KHFGSHMF SGQNTFGNTS SGD B@AHM SN L@SBG SGD CHƤDQDMS OG@RDR NE XNTQƦHFGS

• Priority check-in and boarding • All leather seats with 38-inches of leg room • 9-inch recline • Personal work station with laptop power, USB port and noise-cancelling headsets • Exclusive boutique stand-up bar serving non-alcoholic beverages, wine, beer, and spirits • Australian inspired menu with fresh local produce and a discerning selection of Australian wines and after dinner liqueurs • Priority baggage release

International Business Ş 2O@BHNTR  BNMƥFTQ@SHNM • Priority check-in and boarding • Access to Virgin Australia partner lounges Ş %TKKXKHD Ʀ@SADCRSQDSBGHMFSNŗŚ • Complimentary duvets, pillows, pajamas, and lush amenities kit • Personal work station with laptop power, USB port and noise-cancelling headsets • Boutique sit-down bar • Ladies only toilet • Hand picked selection of gourmet meals served on beautiful Narumi china • Priority baggage release

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Air Tahiti Nui Air Tahiti Nui offers daily service from Los Angeles to Tahiti with connecting service to Auckland three times per week.

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Poerava Business Class

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The eight-abreast seating layout with the popular 2-4-2 arrangement meets the seating requests of couple- and family-oriented passengers with a 32 inch seat pitch and 6 inch recline. Every passenger enjoys their own adjustable video screen with DMNTFG ƥQRS QTM LNUHDR @MC HMSDQ@BSHUD F@LDR SN PTHBJKXO@RRSGDSHLDNMDUDQXƦHFGS

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Weddings Whether it’s just a beautiful, intimate wedding for two or a special shared gathering for friends and family, Aspire Down Under have selected some of the best VDCCHMFUDMTDR@QNTMCSGD2NTSG/@BHƼB  In Australia you can get married on Sydney Harbour, a tropical barrier reef island or rainforest retreat. In New Zealand get married on a deserted beach, next to a wilderness lake or even take helicopter to a mountain top! However, if deserted island hideaways are what you are looking for then Fiji, the Cook Islands or French Polynesia would be simply perfect. Below is a quick snapshot of some of the packages Aspire Down 4MCDQB@MNƤDQ ATS@RJXNTQSQ@UDK consultant for more information.

Wedding – Sydney Opera House Sydney, Australia

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Glistening harbour waters, dramatic backdrops and Australia’s most iconic building. Your Luxury Package includes: • Use of venue and venue fee Ş ,HMHRSDQBDKDAQ@MSEDD Ş ,@QQH@FDCNBTLDMS@SHNM@MCQDFHRSQ@SHNMEDDR Ş "DQSHƼDCBNOXNE,@QQH@FDBDQSHƼB@SDRDMSSNBNTOKDAX1DFHRSDQDCL@HK • Bridal music Ş !D@TSHETKEQDRGƌNVDQANTPTDS@MCEQDRGATSSNMGNKDENQFQNNL Ş "G@TƤDTQ CQHUDMVDCCHMFRDC@MVHSGVDCCHMFQHAANMRQDCB@QODS • Australian sparkling wine toast for the Bride & Groom after the ceremony • Small wedding cake with decorations • Pre-wedding meeting after couples arrives, and before their wedding day, to go over all wedding procedures • Personal service by wedding coordinator to assist on the wedding day

Wedding – Matangi Private Island Resort Fiji

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Warm smiles and glorious beaches in the heart of Fiji. Your Luxury Package includes: • Legal registration on Taveuni Island (not on weekends or public holidays) Ş 2DQUHBDRNE@"GTQBG,HMHRSDQ

$VSLUH'RZQ8QGHUKRQH\PRRQUHJLVWU\ Are you looking for something different for your wedding gift list? With many people already settled in a home when they get married, there’s no need for another toaster or home goods! By setting up an Aspire Down Under Honeymoon Registry, you’ll be able to offer your friends and family an alternative way of giving a gift. They will be able to pay cash contribution or perhaps contribute towards a specific tour or experience like a Sydney Harbour Cruise or a Great Barrier Reef Cruise.

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For sheer variety of experiences Australia, New Zealand or the South Pacific have every possible option covered. Kick back on one of the Australian or South Pacific tropical islands, escape to a luxury wilderness hideaway, or a romantic New Zealand Lodge. Ask your expert Aspire Down Under travel consultant for their insider tips. This will be a honeymoon which lives long in the memory!

• Purchaser receives Gift Certificate and Receipt by email to present to the happy couple. • Sit back and start looking forward to your dream honeymoon.

• Champagne celebration for two served after vows • Decorated cake (single tier) • Private dinner for two in a romantic location

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Aspire Down Under / STOPOVERS

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Breaking up your journey A stopover on the way to Australia or New Zealand not only breaks up the journey but it also enables you to absorb the sights, sounds and culture of the Pacific Islands. Take the opportunity to refresh and rejuvenate yourself as you explore one of the suggested stopover destinations. Each South Pacific Island is unique and packages are available for a short stopover or a single destination vacation. Located in the heart of the South Pacific, Tahiti is the perfect stopover before crossing the International Dateline. Island hopping is a must, Tahiti’s collection of gorgeous Islands and atolls is an amazing experience. Over 300 Islands make up Fiji. The main Island of Viti Levu offers beach resorts within easy access of the International airport. For a true Fijian experience head out to one of the outer Islands for some of the best beaches, snorkeling and adventure in the South Pacific. The Cook Islands are the ideal destination for those wanting to unwind and discover a unique and friendly Polynesian culture. The Islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki are the perfect combination to discover the stunning lagoons and white sandy beaches of the Cook Islands.

Flight times Los Angeles – Hawaii

5.5 hours

Los Angeles – Tahiti

8.5 hours

Los Angeles – Fiji

10.5 hours

Los Angeles – Cook Islands

9.45 hours

Los Angeles – New Zealand

12.5 hours

Los Angeles – Australia

14.5 hours

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Visiting Tahiti’s collection of gorgeous islands and atolls is an amazing experience. Known for its very special beauty, Tahiti has long been a favorite haven for couples to relax and enjoy each other’s company in perfect surrounds. To wake up in one of Tahiti’s famous, over water bungalows and have your breakfast delivered by smiling Polynesians in an outrigger canoe, LVDQH[SHULHQFHQRWWREHPLVVHG:LWKDÀLJKWWLPHRIKRXUVPLQXWHVIURP/RV$QJHOHVWR7DKLWLDVWRSRYHUKHUHLVWKH LGHDORSWLRQHQURXWHWR1HZ=HDODQGDQG$XVWUDOLD Manava Suite Resort Tahiti

InterContinental Resort Tahiti InterContinental Tahiti is an impressive resort set within well established grounds and featuring Bathys Diving Center, Lagoonarium, private beach, two pools, tennis courts and 30 acres of gardens. Resort-style guest rooms NƤDQ UHDVR Q@MFHMF EQNL SGD L@FMHƼBDMS lagoon to the majestic tropical gardens. All guest rooms have a private balcony to relax and enjoy the sunset. Romantic over water bungalows gifted with sweeping views of the K@FNNM  QDDE @MC SGD /@BHƼB NBD@M ADXNMC  3GD QDRNQS NƤDQR @ RVHL TO A@Q @MC BGNHBD of restaurants.

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Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti A true destination experience is guaranteed when staying at The Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti. Set amidst a lush tropical garden landscape facing the exotic black sands of Lafayette Beach, the resort features a range of Luxury waterfront accommodation, including deluxe rooms, premium suites and some with self serviced kitchens. All feature a Lanai, a large covered balcony made for indoor NTSCNNQKHUHMFVHSGRSTMMHMFO@MNQ@LHBUHDVRNUDQAD@TSHETK,@S@U@H!@X 2N@J TO SGD V@QLSG NE 3@GHSHĹ—R RTM  K@YD @QNTMC SGD HMĆĽMHSX ONNK @MC NTSCNNQ jacuzzi, refresh your thirst at the pool bar, or simply choose from the tantalising array of contemporary cuisine infused with French Polynesian fare. Revitalise and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul at “Le Spa and Health Clubâ€?. Indulge in traditional treatments using natural local products.

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InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa

Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa

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InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

Hotel Les Tipaniers

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Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

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Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

This traditional Polynesian style hotel, is located 10 minutes by private boat from the airport and 15 minutes from Vaitape, the main UHKK@FD NE !NQ@ !NQ@  (S NƤDQR  NUDQ V@SDQ bungalows, 10 beach suites and 20 garden pool suites. All feature ceiling fan, air-conditioning, BNƤDD @MC SD@ L@JHMF E@BHKHSHDR  LHMH A@Q  G@HQ dryer, safety box, 20� LCD satellite television with DVD player, IDD telephone and a CD player. In addition, the over water bungalows have glass tables to view the aquatic life of the lagoon, a large sundeck and sitting area with direct access to the water.

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Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort

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Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa

The lastest pearl to discover in the Tuamotu, the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort welcomes guests in four hectares of enticing tropical paradise. Located on secluded white sandy beaches fringed with palms, the Tikehau Pearl !D@BG 1DRNQS NƤDQR  !D@BG !TMF@KNVR @MC 24 Over Water Bungalows.

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STOPOVERS / Fiji

)LMLLVDQDWLRQRIRYHULVODQGVVHWLQDVKLPPHULQJVHDDQGRĚ&#x2020;HUVDOOWKHLQJUHGLHQWVIRUWKHPRVWPHPRUDEOHRIKROLGD\V hospitable and charming people, mile after mile of beautiful white sandy beaches, and beside each, a tropical blue sea, warm LQWHPSHUDWXUHLQZKLFKWRVZLPVQRUNHOVDLORUOLHXSRQ6SRUWLQJIDFLOLWLHVDERXQG<RXÂśOOÂżQGHYHU\WKLQJIURPÂżUVWFODVV JROIFRXUVHVWRELJJDPHÂżVKLQJDQGWKHPRVWEHDXWLIXOGLYHVLWHV7KHUHDUHDOVRIDUĂ&#x20AC;XQJLVODQGVWRFUXLVHWRDQGVXSHUE cruise vessels to cruise upon. Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji +HJTKHJT+@FNNM1DRNQSHR@G@UDMNEQDK@WDCQDĆĽMDLDMSB@OSTQHMFSGDSQTDDRRDMBD NE %HIH VHSG HSR ,DK@MDRH@M @QBGHSDBSTQD  @MC SGD V@QLSG NE SGD QDMNVMDC @MC friendly Fijian hospitality. This resort is for couples only where they can recapture the essence of their romantic spirits and individual sense of serenity in surroundings steeped in both GHRSNQHB@KRHFMHĆĽB@MBD@MCHMDRB@O@AKDAD@TSX  With 45 bures including 10 overwater and 35 on the beachfront in a mix of three Garden Beachfront, 14 Beachfront and 18 Deluxe Beachfront, the accommodation is set amongst tropical gardens, steps from the beach and Lagoon. Includes all meals.

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InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa Located 45 minutes from Nadi International Airport and nestled among 35 acres of lush tropical grounds, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa features six restaurants and bars, a serene spa, 18-hole championship golf course, four pools including dive pool, and kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; club. The 271 superbly appointed spacious guest rooms and contemporary suites, the resort design is inspired by the traditional â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fijian outer islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; village with signature Cleopatra style bath tubs for two and day beds located on your private balcony or terrace. Club Intercontinental, set high on the hills with sweeping panoramic views of Natadola Bay, is a celebration of style where seasoned travellers are treated to an elevated standard of hospitality through luxurious accommodation and personalised service that ensures every stay is enriching.

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Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji

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Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island

3GHR NƧBH@KKX Q@SDC ƥUD RS@Q QDRNQS HR RHST@SDC in the heart of Fiji’s Coral Coast – just an hour’s drive from Nadi International Airport. The resort is set on a white sand beach, amongst 40 acres of tall palms and lush tropical landscaped gardens. The accommodation is comprised of 207 deluxe rooms, most with sweeping ocean views and 47 traditional thatched bures/ bungalows. Guest facilities include a huge K@FNNMRVHLLHMFONNK  GNTQFXL ƥUDA@QR  ENTQQDRS@TQ@MSR@MC%HIHŗRƥMDRSRO@ !DAD2O@ Sanctuary – located on a mountain ridge, with eight spectacular treatment rooms.

Enjoy beach frontage on Denarau Island, a short drive from Nadi airport. Guestrooms, one and two bedroom suites combine contemporary and traditional Fijian style and all have either a private balcony or patio with views across lush gardens, the golf course, or the lagoon pools. M@QQ@XNE@BSHUHSHDR@MCE@BHKHSHDRHMBKTCDƥUD pools, including an adult recreational lagoon, children’s waterslide, and swim-up pool bar, plus beach activities, golf, tennis, Harmony Retreat Spa and six unique dining experiences.

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The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa

First Landing Beach Resort & Villas

The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa NƤDQR DUDQXSGHMF EQNL @ OQHU@SD AD@BG  @V@QC winning Heavenly Spa by Westin™, 18 hole championship golf course to the seemingly unending selection of dining choices. The resorts 273 luxurious rooms all feature airBNMCHSHNMHMF  LHMH A@Q  QDEQHFDQ@SNQ  BNƤDD and tea making facilities, balcony or terrace @MC @ Ʀ@S RBQDDM 35  'NSDK @LDMHSHDR HMBKTCD a boutique, children’s playground, swimming ONNKR  ƥSMDRR BDMSQD  RO@  GD@KSG BKTA  RDUDQ@K restaurants, snack bar, nightly events and laundry facilities.

First Landing Beach Resort is the perfect location for a destination stay, in combination with an outer island resort or cruise or a short stop-over in Fiji due to the location. First +@MCHMF NƤDQR @ƤNQC@AKD ATQDR  RDKE B@SDQHMF ocean view apartments and four Luxury twobedroom Villas with private pool only 15 minutes away from Nadi airport and has easy @BBDRRSNSGDMD@QAX,@L@MTB@(RK@MCRENQC@X trips from the resort’s new jetty. The resort is MDRSKDC @LHCRS L@FMHƥBDMS SQNOHB@K F@QCDMR  majestic palms and massive rain trees and blessed with the only white sand beach in the Nadi area.

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Tadrai Island Resort %HIHŗR MDVDRS ƥUD RS@Q QDRNQS G@R ADDM BQD@SDC exclusively for couples. Escape to the peace and tranquility of your own private paradise. Imagine a thatched villa nestled in a palmfringed cove against a backdrop of spectacular RTMRDSR  +NB@SDC NM OHBSTQDRPTD ,@M@ (RK@MC the resort lies 15 miles from the main Island of Viti Levu.

Comp Heli Transfers with 7 Nights stay price guide $$$$$

Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa Just steps from the private beachfront locale on Denarau Island, Sofitel Fiji’s stylish range of rooms and suites each offer private terraces overlooking the Pacific’s largest lagoon style pool measuring 1,080sqm. Resort activity staff tailor holiday and activity programs for the whole family, couples, or solo thrill seekers that include skydiving, beach and water sports, snorkelling and scuba diving courses. For sweethearts, dreamy sunset cruises and OHBMHB BQTHRDR SN MDHFGANTQHMF HRK@MCR  NQ DWOKNQHMF SGD ,@QL@MTB@ NQ 8@R@V@ Islands, are simply a recipe for romance. World class dining, a sublime International Day Spa, premier event and conference facilities (the largest in Fiji), access to an 18-hole par 72 championship golf course, and a 10 tennis court complex set this Resort in a league of its own.

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Royal Davui Island

Fiji Hideaway Resort and Spa The Fiji Hideaway Resort and Spa is ideally located on the Coral Coast, along a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach. Famous for the friendliness and fun of the Fijian locals, SGD QDRNQS NƤDQR @ SQNOHB@K RDSSHMF  VHSG accommodation options from romantic Deluxe Beach Front Bures to Family Villas, all perfectly positioned only metres from the coral lagoon. The on-site Day Spa also provides the ultimate pampering experience VHSG @ SQ@MPTHK 1DƌDBSHNM /NNK @MC 2O@ @MC unique Lava Rock Sauna.

Rising out of crystalline Beqa Lagoon, Royal #@UTH (RK@MC HR  LHMTSDR AX GDKHBNOSDQ NƤ Fijiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gateway, Denarau. The 16 exquisitely appointed, air-conditioned vales (Fijian homes) are created with couples in mind, with private terraces, stone plunge pools and views of white sand beaches over sapphire waters. Awardwinning Pure Fiji bathroom amenities and a private Jacuzzi spa in each vale invite couples to relax. All meals are designed daily utilizing fresh, seasonal ingredients, to complement the tropical Fijian climate.

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Castaway Island, Fiji Castaway Island, Fiji is an iconic private island resort surrounded by white sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs, perfect for romantic couples with or without children. Stylish air-conditioned bures are set on the waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edge and throughout lush tropical gardens. Guests return year after year to enjoy the famous Castaway hospitality and exceptional facilities. Value meal plan packages available year round, ask your Aspire consultant for RODBHĆĽBCDS@HKR

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Vomo Island Resort On its own private island, Vomo Island Resort is located 15 minutes from Nadi International Airport via helicopter or seaplane. The 28 one bedroom villas, and luxurious three and four guestsuite villas grace the beachfront and hillside with the clear waters always only steps away. Lush tropical gardens, coconut groves and pristine coral reefs help to create a sophisticated and discreet island holiday experience where guests will feel embraced by the natural beauty of the island and the local Fijian people. Ideal for families with children of all ages, destination weddings, romantic escapes and full spa retreats. This is a full service resort experience, heightened by superb dining. Villa rates are inclusive of all meals, an la carte menu, changing daily, which focuses on delivering innovative dining options, whilst highlighting the very best produce, seafood and meats internationally sourced and locally grown. Stay 7 Pay 6 price guide $$$$

Lomani Island Resort Lomani Island Resort is an adults only boutique resort located in the beautiful ,@L@MTB@(RK@MCRNE%HIH 'HCCDM@LNMFRSSGDRV@XHMFO@KLR@MCSQNOHB@KF@QCDMR NE,@KNKN+@HK@H(RK@MC +NL@MHEQNMSR@ROQ@VKHMFRDUDMJHKNLDSQDVGHSDR@MCAD@BG and sheltered, pristine lagoon. With only 17 rooms in the resort, you will feel like an honoured guest. Lomaniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s KTWTQHNTRRTHSDR@MCĆĽUD!D@BGEQNMS!TQDR@KKED@STQDRODBS@BTK@QUHDVRNESGD ocean and white sandy beach. The crystal blue waters that gently lap onto the shores of Lomani provide a haven for tropical marine life and vibrant corals. Enjoy the complimentary snorkeling SQHOR  VHMCRTQĆĽMF  FK@RR ANSSNL J@X@JHMF  RS@MC TO O@CCKD AN@QCHMF @MC GNAHD

B@SR@HKHMFHMSGDSTQPTNHRDV@SDQRNESGDK@FNNM ,NRS@BSHUHSHDR@QDEQDDNEBG@QFD  including guided village tours, dolphin safaris and daily cultural lessons.

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Mana Island Resort & Spa F@HMRS @ S@ODRSQX NE KTRG SQNOHB@K F@QCDMR  ,@M@ HR @  @BQD HRK@MC QDRNQS wreathed with numerous natural white beaches and crystal clear lagoons. The HRK@MCHRROQTBDCVHSGQNKKHMFRNESFQ@RRGHKKR@MCLNTMS@HMRHCDRNƤDQHMFQNATRS hiking to those in search of adventure. ,@M@ NƤDQR @ VHCD U@QHDSX NE ANSG ATQDR @MC GNSDK QNNLR @KNMF VHSG SVN CHMHMF NOSHNMR 3GD@BBNLLNC@SHNMRNƤDQOKDMSXNEU@QHDSX @MCB@MRTHS@MXNMDĹ&#x2014;RMDDCR  Large Honeymoon bures sit on their own beach and come with personal golf carts! .BD@MEQNMS 2THSDR NƤDQ ROKHS KDUDK @BBNLLNC@SHNMR  SVN A@SGQNNLR @MC B@SDQ SN families or groups traveling together. The newest addition, Deluxe Oceanview bures; are situated right on North Beach and have large open decks allowing for E@ATKNTRUHDVNESGDHQL@FMHĆĽBDMSRTMRDSR

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Namale Resort & Spa Pinch yourself... youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at Namale Resort and Spa, Fiji. The jewel that is Namale sits majestically on the edge of the Koro Sea. The magic of Namale lies in the combination of its lush and colourful landscape, luxurious accommodation and the TSSDQKXNTSRS@MCHMFGNROHS@KHSXNEHSRRS@Ƥ  Encompassing 325 acres with only 14 fabulous bures, and two opulent private grand villas, Namale is the epitome of seclusion and privacy. Here, time is not measured AXBKNBJR #@XRADFHMVGDMSGD+@KHCQTLL@QJRSGDRS@QSNEAQD@JE@RS SGDMĆĽKKXNTQ time with as much or as little as you like, with an array of all-inclusive activities unsurpassed anywhere in Fiji. Enjoy a horseback ride along the beach, snorkel the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sapphire waters or relax on the beach, by the freshwater pools, or on your private deck. Indulge in some pampering at award-winning Namale Spa & Sanctuary. The succulent cuisine of world-class chefs makes dining at Namale an unforgettable pleasure. To experience Namale is to experience poetry without words. Stay 7 Pay 5 price guide $$$$$

Tokoriki Island Resort Fiji

Matangi Private Island Resort

With white sandy beaches, palm trees, a grassy hill VHSG@RL@KK ENQDRSDC@QD@@MC@RSDDOQNBJBKHƤNM the one side, Tokoriki Island is a place where dreams come true. The uniqueness of Tokoriki is found in the combination of excellent accommodation, good food, and a variety of activities, the perfect HRK@MCRDSSHMF@MCSGDEQHDMCKHDRSRS@ƤHMSGD2NTSG /@BHĆĽB  S3NJNQHJHXNTVHKK@QQHUD@R@UHRHSNQ@MC leave as a friend! For stays of 5 nights or more receive F$250.00 per Bure total to use in Tokoriki Island Resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spa. For stays of 7 nights or more receive free return helicopter transfers per couple. ANUDNƤDQRB@MMNSADBNLAHMDC Stay 7 nights, receive comp heli transfers

,@S@MFH /QHU@SD (RK@MC 1DRNQS HR @ E@LHKX NVMDC and operated resort on a 240-acre private island located in the lush tropical northern part of the Fiji Islands. This unique horseshoe shaped island paradise boasts virgin tropical rainforest, and white sand beaches and has been voted one of the SNOSDMOQHU@SDHRK@MCRHMSGDVNQKC ,@S@MFHNEEDQR ten traditional Fijian designed bures and three unique treehouses each with air-conditioning, iPod docking stations, outdoor stone shower, and lounge. The island caters to adults only.

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Navutu Stars Resort

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Viwa Island Resort

Unwind on an intimate and secluded island in the Yasawas, rated one of the most beautiful places on earth. Navutu Stars Resort offers barefoot luxury in a hush-hush tropical paradise, with an emphasis on sound ecological values. Relax in one of the nine spacious bures combining traditional Fijian architecture with modern comfort and design. The resort offers organic spa treatments plus truly special gourmet style Italian and Pacific Rim flavors, created daily using fresh seafood and produce from the organic garden at the resort.

Viwa Island Resort is a Fijian resort of exotic beauty. Incorporated in the beautiful Yasawa Islands and approximately 48 nautical miles northwest of Denarau, Viwa Island is pure heaven. Viwa Island Resort is a beautiful, small, intimate, affordable boutique resort catering for adults only. Viwa does not cater for children under 12 years of age. With only 11 Deluxe Beachfront Bures, a stay at Viwa is very special and certainly one to remember! The island is surrounded by a blossoming rich colourful coral reef that is abundant with a variety of aquatic life.

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Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa Rarotonga Enjoy absolute beachfront luxury villa @BBNLLNC@SHNM HM SGD ,TQH !D@BG @QD@ @S Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa Rarotonga. Seven villas have been designed for the discerning traveler, and guests celebrating special occassions. Each villa is equipped with the same luxurious fittings and furnishings and has been finished to exacting standards with great attention to detail.

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Te Vakaroa Villas 2DS QHFGS NM ,TQH !D@BG  3D 5@J@QN@ 5HKK@R HR @ QDL@QJ@AKDF@SDCG@UDM NƤDQHMFTMRTQO@RRDC UHDVR NE ,TQH +@FNNM @MC ADXNMC SGD QDDE SN SGD 2NTSG /@BHƥB .BD@M  3GD BNMSDLONQ@QX design of six villas are sympathentic to the natural surroundings, opening onto a private O@SHN NUDQ KNNJHMF @M HMƥMHSX ONNK @MC jacuzzi – the ideal place to unwind and enjoy @ BNBJS@HK  ,TQH +@FNNM HR @ V@SDQ OK@XFQNTMC ENQ RMNQJDKKHMF  J@X@JHMF  JHSD RTQƥMF @MC swimming. With kayaks and snorkelling equipment complimentary for those who want to pull themselves away from their luxury villa.

Invigorating and exotic, with enticing resorts, restaurants, watersports and snorkelling, the Cook Islands of Rarotonga DQG $LWXDWDNL QHYHUWKHOHVV UHWDLQ WKHLU DXWKHQWLFLW\ DQG R̆HUJUHDWYDOXHDQGDUHOD[HGVWRSRYHURUORQJHUVWD\

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Muri Beach Club Hotel

Rarotonga Beach Bungalows

,TQH !D@BG "KTA 'NSDK DMINXR @M DMUH@AKD location on the best stretch of beach facing the E@LNTR,TQH+@FNNMNMSGDHRK@MCNE1@QNSNMF@  The Beachfront rooms all have stunning views across the lagoon and the small off-shore islands (motu’s). The resort offers world class facilities designed to pamper guests, and include a Fine Dining Restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner specializing in Pacific Rim "THRHMD !NTSHPTDHMRSXKD@MCRDQUHBD SGD,TQH Beach Club Hotel invites you to experience the real rhythm of Rarotonga... in absolute chic sophistication.

)TRS ƥUD HMCHUHCT@K  SQNOHB@K AD@BG ATMF@KNVR are clustered like a native style village on the beach in Titikaveka, south Rarotonga, located in front of a marine wildlife reserve which forbids hooks, spears or nets. All ensuite units are comfortably and identically furnished featuring Polynesian decor throughout with garden shower, air-conditioning and white sand at the entry doorstep. All the modern conveniences are in place to allow a memorable @MCETMAD@BGU@B@SHNM -NSGHMFRSDQHKD RSTƤX or stainless steel, just a secluded and small resort for complete relaxation.

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Little Polynesian Resort When you arrive at the Little Polynesian you will be warmly welcomed to a very special place with great charm and style. +NB@SDCNM@AD@TSHETKVGHSDR@MCXAD@BG@MCFQ@BDCAX@,@QHMD/QNSDBSDCK@FNNM SDDLHMF VHSG SQNOHB@K ƥRG   SQTKX QNL@MSHB 2NTSG /@BHƥB DWODQHDMBD VHSG KTWTQX @BBNLLNC@SHNM  3GD QDRS@TQ@MS NƤDQR ƥMD RDQUHBD VHSG HMSDQM@SHNM@K @MC /@BHƥB Rim cuisine. The resort is the winner of World Travel Awards “Leading Boutique Hotel for the Cook Islands” for 2008, 2009 and 2010 and one of the TripAdvisor 2011 Top 10 'NSDKRENQ1NL@MBDHMSGD2NTSG/@BHƥB

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Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa Follow in the footsteps of the famous and journey to Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa, the only resort on one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beautiful lagoons, fabled Aitutaki Lagoon. This intimate, all-bungalow resort is uniquely situated on its own private HRK@MC@LHCSGDDWPTHRHSDSTQPTNHRDV@SDQRNESGDK@FNNM NƤDQHMF@SQTKXHCXKKHB@MC beautiful escape. Just a two minute ride by small private ferry from the main island of Aitutaki, the QDRNQSNƤDQRDWBKTRHUD.UDQV@SDQ!TMF@KNVR@MCSGDMDV1NX@K'NMDXLNNM/NNK Villa Te Arau, Aitutakiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s private luxury pool villa complete with spa, pool, daybed pavilion, four-poster bed, kitchen and dining pavilion. Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa also features a brand new stunning bungalows, Premium Beachfront Bungalows. HSTS@JH+@FNNM1DRNQS2O@HRSGDTKSHL@SDVDCCHMFCDRSHM@SHNMVGHBG@KRNNƤDQR the exclusive Oneroa Beach Chapel.

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Muri Beachcomber ,TQH!D@BGBNLADQHR@RL@KK HMSHL@SDOQNODQSXRTODQAKXKNB@SDCNMSGDRGNQDRNE AD@TSHETK,TQH+@FNNM HMSGDGD@QSNE,TQH5HKK@FDBNMRHRSHMFNETMHSRDMRTQHMF@ truly relaxing holiday atmosphere. 1DBDMSKXQDETQAHRGDC NTQRSXKHRGQNNLRNƤDQRDO@Q@SD@HQBNMCHSHNMDCADCQNNLR  spacious living/dining area, well-equipped kitchen and modern bathroom. The Seaview Units and Watergarden Villas are perfect for couples seeking a peaceful retreat and the poolside Garden Units are ideal for families seeking quality time together. Facilities include a swimming pool, barbecues, internet/email facilities, guest lounge with Sky TV, petanque court, laundry, motorbike hire, tour desk, snorkeling DPTHOLDMS J@X@JR@MCFTDRSKNTMFD 2GNOR  3, OG@QL@BX B@EDR@MCQDRS@TQ@MSR are adjacent with more within very easy walking distance.

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Sanctuary Rarotonga on the Beach

Edgewater Resort & Spa

Indulge in Sanctuary Rarotonga on the beach, Rarotongaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stylish new adults-only, absolute beachfront resort with a distinctive South /@BHĆĽB @LAHDMBD  (L@FHMD RSDOOHMF EQNL XNTQ Beachfront Suite onto the secluded white sands of Aroa Beach, then into the crystal clear AKTDV@SDQRNE QN@+@FNNM,@QHMD1DRDQUDSN swim and snorkel among the jewel-coloured SQNOHB@K ĆĽRG  @S @MX SHCD  $MINX @ BNBJS@HK @S the unique swim-up pool bar, be pampered at SpaPolynesia LUXE @ Lime Blossom Villa, dine NMĆĽMD/@BHĆĽBBTHRHMD@SSGD!KTD6@SDQ&QHKKNQ DMINX EQDRG @RH@M ĆŚ@UNTQR @MC SDOO@MX@JH @S Ginger Garden.

On the sunset coast of Rarotonga with breathtaking coral sunsets, lush green mountains, white sands and clear blue waters lies the Edgewater Resort & Spa, a special destination thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been sharing its warm Polynesian welcome of Kia Orana with treasured guests for more than 40 years Edgewater offers a genuine, naturally friendly atmosphere. There is a wide range of bedroom or villa accommodation options, great dining choices, pampering options at our day spa, a free Kids Club, tennis courts, swimming pool and a host of fun activities for the whole family.

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Aitutaki Day Trip

Sunset Resort Rarotonga Idyllically set on the shores of a sheltered lagoon, Sunset Resort has 35 spacious studios and suites situated either on the beachfront overlooking the lagoon or beside one of two swimming pools amid lush tropical gardens. Experience the unique open-air â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Anchorage Restaurant & Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. The resort provides complimentary daily tropical breakfast, reef shoes, snorkeling gear, DVDs, Black Pearl demonstrations, scuba diving lessons, pareu tying and coconut husking.

)TRS  LHMTSDR AX ĆŚHFGS EQNL 1@QNSNMF@  enjoy a full day tour to Aitutaki. The tour includes transfers to/from airport to XNTQ @BBNLLNC@SHNM  ĆŚHFGSR  HRK@MC SNTQ of Aitutaki, lagoon cruise and barbeque lunch. Towels and snorkeling gear are also provided.

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INDEPENDENT PACKAGES / Australia

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22 days Australia and New Zealand package Day 9: Port Douglas, Depart Cairns. Spend a full day in Port Douglas before SQ@MREDQQHMFSN"@HQMR(MSDQM@SHNM@K HQONQSENQXNTQNUDQMHFGSĆŚHFGSSN TBJK@MC  New Zealand Day 10: Arrive Auckland.6DKBNLDSN-DV9D@K@MCĘ&#x2013;2ODMCXNTQĆĽQRSC@XHM TBJK@MC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; explore or relax. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of Auckland as a city, even though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Zealandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest. Think of it as half urban, half marine â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a cosmopolitan experience wrapped up in a fascinating water world and surrounded by over 50 islands. Explore Auckland at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options.

Best of Australia and New Zealand Package inclusions: â&#x20AC;˘ Economy air round trip from Los Angeles

Day 11: Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves. At 7.30am join your coach to commence a full day tour to Rotorua via Waitomo. Leave Auckland in the morning and travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Enjoy a morning snack as you drive past Rangiriri, the location of an historic ,@NQH +@MC 6@QR RHSD  .M @QQHU@K HM SGD RL@KK SNVM NE 6@HSNLN DMINX @ FTHCDC tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. Finish the tour with a silent boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - a subterranean cavern lit up by the lights of thousands of tiny glowworms. Tour concludes upon arrival in Rotorua at approximately 1.30pm at your hotel. Day 12: Rotorua. Explore Rotorua at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options.

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Day 13: Rotorua to Queenstown. Fly Rotorua â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Queenstown. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stunning scenery is inspiring and revitalizing. With such a huge range of activities in Queenstown, no two days will ever be the same. Collect your Thrifty medium automatic rental car and drive the short distance to the accommodation.

â&#x20AC;˘ 3 nights Melbourne â&#x20AC;˘ 3 nights Port Douglas â&#x20AC;˘ 1 night Auckland â&#x20AC;˘ Full day tour Auckland â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Waitomo Caves â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rotorua

Days 14â&#x20AC;&#x201C;15: Queenstown. Explore Queenstown at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options.

â&#x20AC;˘ 2 nights Rotorua â&#x20AC;˘ 3 nights Queenstown â&#x20AC;˘ 5 days medium automatic car rental Queenstown â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Greymouth (or if prefer not to self drive we can replace with bus transportation) â&#x20AC;˘ 2 nights Fox Glacier â&#x20AC;˘ Tranz Alpine Express rail journey Greymouth â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Christchurch â&#x20AC;˘ 1 night Christchurch â&#x20AC;˘ 4 nights Sydney â&#x20AC;˘ Airport transfers in Melbourne, Port Douglas, Auckland, Rotorua, â&#x20AC;˘ Christchurch and Sydney by seat in coach shuttle Day 1: Depart US. Day 2: Cross International Date. Day 3: Arrive Melbourne. Capital of the state of Victoria, is attractively set on the shores of Port Philip Bay. Famous for its beautiful parks and gardens, mixed with ĆĽMD5HBSNQH@M@QBGHSDBSTQD DKDF@MSSQDDKHMDCANTKDU@QCR@MCLNCDQMRJXRBQ@ODQR  Explore the city by tram and absorb the atmosphere of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cultural capital in the many arts galleries and museums or take a cruise on the Yarra River. Visit the Victorian Arts Center and the National Gallery of Victoria. Also the sporting capital NE TRSQ@KH@  ,DKANTQMD GNRSR L@INQ @MMT@K DUDMSR RTBG @R SGD TRSQ@KH@M .ODM 3DMMHR  TRSQ@KH@%NQLTK@.MD&Q@MC/QHW SGD %+&Q@MC%HM@K@MCSGD,DKANTQMD "TO #HMHMFNTSHM,DKANTQMDHR@CHQDBSQDĆŚDBSHNMNESGDBHSXĹ&#x2014;RCHUDQRDDSGMHBHSX with an abundance of Greek, Italian, Lebanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese and ,@K@XRH@M QDRS@TQ@MSR  #NMĹ&#x2014;S LHRR +XFNM 2SQDDS VHSG HSR @ATMC@MBD NE (S@KH@M restaurants.

Day 16: Queenstown â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fox Glacier. Depart Queenstown and self drive to Fox Glacier (If you prefer not to self drive depart Queenstown by motorcoach to Fox Glacier). Day 17: Fox Glacier/Franz Josef. This morning relax, self explore or consider adding one of our tour options. Day 18: Fox Glacier â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Greymouth â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Christchurch. Arrive Greymouth no later than 1pm, return rental vehicle and report for the Tranz Alpine train departure at 1.45pm. Departing through lush beech rain forest, your train then climbs into the Southern Alps, before descending into the spectacular gorges and river valleys of SGD6@HL@J@QHQH1HUDQ %QNLXNTQB@QQH@FDXNTĹ&#x2014;KKRDDSGDĆĽDKCRNESGD"@MSDQATQX Plains and farmland. An open air viewing carriage allows you to get even closer to the stunning scenery and provides many opportunities to photograph your E@UNTQHSD RONSR  3GDQDĹ&#x2014;R @ KNS SN KNNJ ENQV@QC SNĘ&#x2013; .TQ SQ@HM INTQMDX RDSR NƤ EQNL Christchurch â&#x20AC;&#x201C; New Zealandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest city on the South Island. The trip is 223.8 kilometres long and takes just four and a half hours. There are 16 tunnels, and 5 viaducts, the highest being the Staircase standing at 73 metres. On arrival into Christchurch transfer to your hotel.

Day 19: Christchurch to Sydney.%@QVDKK-DV9D@K@MC@MCĆŚXMNMRSNOSN2XCMDX  Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite city with the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beautiful harbor. The harbor provides a playground for jet boating, R@HKHMF  RVHLLHMF  G@QANQ RBDMHB ĆŚHFGSR  CHMHMF  ĆĽRGHMF  BKHLAHMF SGD G@QANQ bridge and sightseeing at the Opera House. Be entertained with great street theatre and music while you browse for Australian arts and crafts. Sydneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shopping is second to none with its endless selection of boutiques, markets and malls. Unique Australian specialty shops reside at The Rocks and Darling harborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shopping Centre and a visit to the Queen Victoria Building in the city center is a must. Dining out at one of the many fabulous harbor side restaurants is a must. Days 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5:Melbourne. $WOKNQD ,DKANTQMD @S XNTQ KDHRTQD NQ BNMRHCDQ @CCHMF NMD %QDRGOQNCTBD FQD@SUHDVR HMROHQHMFBGDER@MC@LTKSHBTKSTQ@KĆŚ@UNQSTQM@LD@K of our tour options into a gastronomic delight. Day 6: Fly to Cairns, transfer to Port Douglas. Fly to tropical North Queensland. Days 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;22: Sydney. Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding one of our Cairns is the colorful capital of Tropical North Queensland and the major gateway tour options. to the Great Barrier Reef. The city is a gateway to an amazing selection of touring options encompassing the Reef, the Outback and the Rainforest. Take the Skyrail Day 23: Depart for US. From prices are per person based on double occupancy gondola to the market town of Kuranda and return to Cairns via the Kuranda scenic departures from Los Angeles in low season, ask an Aspire consultant for exact railway through lush rainforest. A visit to the Tjupukai Aboriginal Park is a must to OQHBHMFENQXNTQOQDEDQQDCCDO@QSTQDC@SDR ,DKANTQMD"TO &Q@MC/QHW  TRSQ@KH@M learn of the local Aboriginal tribes and culture. An hour north of Cairns brings you .ODM  ,@QCH &Q@R @MC NSGDQ AK@BJNTS ODQHNCR VHKK G@UD RTQBG@QFDR  CC Ę&#x2122; to Port Douglas, the closest town to the Great Barrier Reef with Rainforest clad for New York departures. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Seats are KHLHSDC@MCL@XMNSAD@U@HK@AKDNMDUDQXĆŚHFGS 'NSDKR@QDRTAIDBSSN@U@HK@AHKHSX  mountains sweeping down to sparkling sandy beaches. KKOQHBDRQDĆŚDBS@CHRBNTMSENQOTQBG@RDRL@CDAXB@RGVHQDSQ@MREDQBGDBJ  Days 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8: Port Douglas. Explore Tropical North Queensland at your leisure or please see terms and conditions for credit card payment. There are no discounts for consider adding one of our tour options. payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.

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12 days Australia package

Iconic Australia – Sydney, Rock & Reef Package Inclusions:

Days 4–6: Sydney. Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options.

• Round trip Economy Class air from Los Angeles • Add-on airfares available from other cities Ţ ,QWHUQDO$XVWUDOLDƳLJKWV • 4 nights accommodation Sydney in your choice of 3/4/5 Star hotels • 2 nights accommodation Ayers Rock in your choice of 3/4/5 Star hotels • 4 nights accommodation Port Douglas in your choice of 3/4/5 Star hotels • Airport transfers in a seat in coach basis

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Day 7: Fly Sydney – Ayers Rock.$MINXXNTQBNLOKHLDMS@QXƦHFGSSNSGD.TSA@BJʖ Uluru (Ayers Rock), in the heart of the Red Centre, has a desert climate - mostly dry, with brilliant blue skies all year. It is a World Heritage Area, managed jointly by the Aboriginal traditional owners and the Australian Nature Conservation Agency. You will spend two nights at the centrally located Ayers Rock Resort. The resort is a short stroll to the Resorts’ numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia’s best sunset, with the spectacular play of colors across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert. Day 8: Ayers Rock. Consider adding some of our tour options. Day 9: Ayers Rock to Cairns, transfer to Port Douglas. Fly to tropical North Queensland. Cairns is the colorful capital of Tropical North Queensland and the major gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The city is a gateway to an amazing selection of touring options encompassing the Reef, the Outback and the Rainforest. Take the Skyrail gondola to the market town of Kuranda and return to Cairns via the Kuranda scenic railway through lush rainforest. A visit to the Tjupukai Aboriginal Park is a must to learn of the local Aboriginal tribes and culture. An hour north of Cairns brings you to Port Douglas, the closest town to the Great Barrier Reef with Rainforest clad mountains sweeping down to sparkling sandy beaches.

Day 3: Arrive Sydney. Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s favorite city with the world’s most beautiful harbor. The harbor provides a playground ENQIDSAN@SHMF R@HKHMF RVHLLHMF G@QANQRBDMHBƦHFGSR CHMHMF ƥRGHMF BKHLAHMF Days 10–12: Port Douglas. Explore Tropical North Queensland at your leisure or the harbor bridge and sightseeing at the Opera House. Take a stroll through The consider adding one of our tour options. 1NBJR SGDRHSDNESGDƥQRS$TQNOD@MRDSSKDLDMS #NMŗSLHRR3GD1NBJRL@QJDSRGDKC Day 13: Depart Cairns for US (via Brisbane or Sydney). every Saturday and Sunday. Be entertained with great street theatre and music while you browse for Australian arts and crafts. Circular Quay is the gateway to the harbor and the starting point for most of Sydney’s harbor cruises and passenger ferries. Familiarize yourself with the harbor by taking one of the many cruises NM NƤDQ NQ ITLO NM @ O@RRDMFDQ EDQQX SN 3@QNMF@ 9NN NQ ,@MKX AD@BG  2XCMDXŗR shopping is second to none with its endless selection of boutiques, markets and malls. Unique Australian specialty shops reside at The Rocks and Darling harbor’s Shopping Centre and a visit to the Queen Victoria Building in the city center is a must. Dining out at one of the many fabulous harbor side restaurants is a must.

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13 days Australia honeymoon package

Australia Ultimate Honeymoon – Sydney and qualia Package Inclusions: • Round-trip International Economy airfare from Los Angeles to Sydney on Virgin Australia including all airport taxes and fuel surcharges Ţ ,QWHUQDO$XVWUDOLDƳLJKWVRQ9LUJLQ$XVWUDOLD • Private car service airport transfers in Sydney and Brisbane • 4 nights at the 5 Star Four Seasons Sydney in a City Harbour View room • 5 nights Leeward Pavillon (no personal plunge pool, ask about Windward Pavillon upgrade with plunge pool) Inclusions: Full breakfast at The Long Pavilion, VIP Hamilton Island airport or marina to hotel return transfers, 1 golf buggy (2 seater for Leeward Pavilions) and use of non motorized water sports including catamarans, sailboards, paddleboards and snorkelling gear.

Day 3: Arrive Sydney. On arrival you will be met by your driver for a private transfer to the Four Seasons Sydney. You will spend four nights at this superbly situated hotel. Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s favorite city with the world’s most beautiful harbor. Four Seasons Sydney – 5 Star accommodation, stunningly situated overlooking Sydney Harbour in the historic Rocks district, a short walk from the city’s shopping and CBD, Four Seasons is vibrant and elegant, with dramatic harbour front views and a luxurious day spa featuring exclusive skincare and aromatherapy treatments. Days 4–6: Sydney. Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options. Some of our favorites: Sydney Opera House – Tour & Tasting Plate, 2XCMDX Ŕ $RRDMSH@KR 3NTQ  2XCMDX '@QANTQ !QHCFD "KHLA  !KTD ,NTMS@HMR $BN CUDMSTQD 2D@2XCMDX"QTHRDR@MCG@KEC@XBHSXSNTQVHSG,NTMS-!D@BG2@E@QHR and Boutique Wildlife Tours.

Day 7: Fly Sydney to Hamilton Island – qualia. Private car service transfer to Sydney @HQONQS@MCXNTQƦHFGSSN'@LHKSNM(RK@MC PT@KH@ OQNMNTMBDCŖJV@GŞKDDŞ@Gŗ HR a unique Australian expression of world-class luxury, situated on the secluded • 1 night Quay West Brisbane northern-most tip of Hamilton Island. This resort immerses you in a relaxed @SLNROGDQD NƤDQHMFODQRNM@KHYDC@MCHMSTHSHUDRDQUHBD (MBKTRHNM!QD@JE@RS@MC non alcoholic beverages consumed at The Long Pavilion and Pebble Beach (qualia) Sunny, sexy and sophisticated, Sydney is the shining star of the southern hemisphere. and selected Hamilton Island restaurants. All non alcoholic beverages from the 3GD VGHSD R@HKDC 2XCMDX .ODQ@ 'NTRD NUDQ SGD V@SDQR NE 2XCMDX "NUD @MC SGD LHMH A@Q  5(/ BG@TƤDQ RDQUHBD @MC @ SVN RD@SDQ ATFFX  4RD NE MNM LNSNQHYDC 2XCMDX'@QANTQ!QHCFD@QDSGDOQHCD@MCINX ATSSGDQDŗRE@QLNQDNMNƤDQ #HRBNUDQ watercraft. the harbour, the city’s historic enclaves, restaurants and cafes, beaches, museums and art galleries. For the ultimate Sydney experience, take in the views from the Days 8–11: qualia. At leisure to relax and indulge at qualia. Four Seasons Sydney with its perfect location. One thing’s for certain – you’ll run NTSNESHLDADENQDXNTQTMNTSNESGHMFRSNRDD@MCCNHM2XCMDX PT@KH@HRMDRSKDC neatly into the northern tip of Hamilton Island, surrounded by the unsurpassed beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Its distinctive Australian style combined with a secluded location and intuitive service makes it a world class resort.

Day 12: Depart qualia, Hamilton Island to Brisbane. VIP buggy transfer to Hamilton (RK@MC HQONQS @MC XNTQ RGNQS ƦHFGS SN !QHRA@MD  .M @QQHU@K HMSN !QHRA@MD LDDS your driver for private car transfer to the Quay West Brisbane and enjoy your last afternoon and evening in Australia with a walk and stroll along the Brisbane river and parks.

Day 1: Depart US.

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Day 2: Cross International Date.

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15 days Australia package

Complete Australia – Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Great Barrier Reef and Sydney

the beach or in the dunes. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch in the bush, followed by a bushwalk. We visit one of the island’s wetland areas to see and hear diverse birdlife.

Package Inclusions:

Day 6: Kangaroo Island. After breakfast discover the wonders of Flinders Chase National Park. See at close range the New Zealand fur seals that inhabit these waters and view the unique geological formations of Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a bush setting, sampling island foods and South Australian wines. Later, explore the Rocky River region to see yet more wildlife. At Hanson Bay Sanctuary, we search for koalas, then, by special permit, we enter the Kelly Hill Conservation Park. As dusk approaches, mobs of kangaroos and other native animals move out into the open to graze. Fly (additional cost) or take ferry back to Adelaide.

• Package Inclusions: • Round trip Economy Class air from Los Angeles • Add-on airfares available from other cities Ţ ,QWHUQDO$XVWUDOLDƳLJKWV • 3 nights accommodation Adelaide in your choice of 3/4/5 Star hotels • 2 days touring/1 night Kangaroo Island • 4 nights accommodation Port Douglas in your choice of 3/4/5 Star hotels

Day 7: Fly Adelaide to Cairns, transfer to Port Douglas. Fly to tropical North Queensland. Cairns is the colorful capital of Tropical North Queensland and • Airport transfers in a seat in coach basis the major gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The city is a gateway to an amazing selection of touring options encompassing the Reef, the Outback and the Rainforest. Sightseeing options and packages are available Take the Skyrail gondola to the market town of Kuranda and return to Cairns via the Kuranda scenic railway through lush rainforest. A visit to the Tjupukai Aboriginal For a great Aussie welcome, head straight for Adelaide – a beautiful city renowned Park is a must to learn of the local Aboriginal tribes and culture. An hour north of for its warm and friendly people, art, culture and wine. From Adelaide it’s just a Cairns brings you to Port Douglas, the closest town to the Great Barrier Reef with PTHBJ GNO SN *@MF@QNN (RK@MC  @M DWBHSHMF VHKCDQMDRR U@B@SHNM CDRSHM@SHNM @MC Rainforest clad mountains sweeping down to sparkling sandy beaches. home to Australia’s largest koala colony. For an unforgettable look at one of the Days 8–10: Port Douglas. Explore Tropical North Queensland at your leisure or world’s most amazing natural wonders, explore Port Douglas and the famous consider adding one of our tour options. &QD@S!@QQHDQ1DDEŔXNTCNMŗSDUDMG@UDSNFDSVDSʖ1NTMCNƤXNTQU@B@SHNMHM Day 11: Fly Cairns – Sydney. Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s Sydney, one of the world’s most vibrant cities, where you can go to the beach, the favorite city with the world’s most beautiful harbor. The harbor provides a A@KKDS@SSGD.ODQ@'NTRD@MC RS@QQDRS@TQ@MSR @KKHMNMDC@X OK@XFQNTMCENQIDSAN@SHMF R@HKHMF RVHLLHMF G@QANQRBDMHBƦHFGSR CHMHMF ƥRGHMF  Day 1: Depart US climbing the harbor bridge and sightseeing at the Opera House. Take a stroll through 3GD1NBJR SGDRHSDNESGDƥQRS$TQNOD@MRDSSKDLDMS #NMŗSLHRR3GD1NBJRL@QJDSR Day 2: Cross International Date Line held every Saturday and Sunday. Be entertained with great street theatre and music Day 3: Arrive Adelaide. The state’s capital, is beautifully positioned on the Torrens while you browse for Australian arts and crafts. Circular Quay is the gateway to the River with stunning beaches to the west and the lush Adelaide Hills to the east. harbor and the starting point for most of Sydney’s harbor cruises and passenger CDK@HCD NƤDQR B@E¤ KHMDC RSQDDSR  KD@EX O@QJK@MCR @MC @ BNKNQETK B@KDMC@Q NE ferries. Familiarize yourself with the harbor by taking one of the many cruises festivals and special events. Spend time exploring the city’s distinctive architecture NM NƤDQ NQ ITLO NM @ O@RRDMFDQ EDQQX SN 3@QNMF@ 9NN NQ ,@MKX AD@BG  2XCMDXŗR and be sure to visit the Adelaide Casino to see what was once the Central Railway shopping is second to none with its endless selection of boutiques, markets and 3DQLHM@K 5HRHSSGDBNKNQETK"DMSQ@K,@QJDS DWBDKKDMS(LLHFQ@SHNM,TRDTL@MCS@JD malls. Unique Australian specialty shops reside at The Rocks and Darling Harbour’s a tram to explore the beach resort of Glenelg, only 20 minutes from the city. Shopping Centre and a visit to the Queen Victoria Building in the city center is a Day 4: Adelaide. Explore Adelaide at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour must. Dine out at one of the many fabulous harbor side restaurants – with fresh options. OQNCTBD  FQD@S UHDVR  HMROHQHMF BGDER @MC @ LTKSHBTKSTQ@K Ʀ@UNQ  LD@KR @QD STQMDC Day 5: Kangaroo Island. Fly (additional cost) or take ferry to Kangaroo Island. Sea into a gastronomic delight. +HNMR &THCDC !D@BG 6@KJ  *@MF@QNNR  *N@K@R  6DSK@MCR !HQCKHED  ,DDS XNTQ FTHCD Days 12–14: Sydney. Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding one of our for an introduction to Kangaroo Island before heading out in search of wildlife tour options encounters. Your guide will help you spot kangaroos, koalas and echidnas in Day 15: Depart Sydney for US. the wild. A highlight today is a guided beach walk at Seal Bay, home to a colony of Australian sea lions. See these fascinating mammals up close as they bask on

• 4 nights accommodation Sydney in your choice of 3/4/5 Star hotels

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13 days Australia package

Sydney, Silky Oaks & Great Barrier Reef

Day 1: Depart US.

Package Inclusions:

Day 2: Cross International Date Line.

â&#x20AC;˘ Round-trip International Economy airfare from Los Angeles to Sydney on Virgin Australia

Day 3: Arrive Sydney. Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite city with the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beautiful harbor. On arrival you will be met by your OQHU@SDBG@TƤDTQVGNVHKKSQ@MREDQXNTSNXNTQRS@Q2XCMDX@BBNLLNC@SHNM

Ţ 'RPHVWLF(FRQRP\ĆłLJKWVRQ9LUJLQ$XVWUDOLD â&#x20AC;˘ Private transfers in Sydney and Cairns, seat in coach Silky Oaks to Port Douglas

Days 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6: Sydney. Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options.

â&#x20AC;˘ 4 nights at the 5 Star Four Seasons Hotel Sydney in a City Harbour View Room

Day 7: Sydney to Cairns. /QHU@SDSQ@MREDQSN2XCMDX@HQONQS@MCXNTQĆŚHFGSSN"@HQMR

â&#x20AC;˘ 2 nights at the 5 Star Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa in a Treehouse

Upon arrival in Cairns you will privately transferred to Silky Oaks Wilderness Lodge. Included in your stay: daily breakfast and two course Ă  la carte dinner each. Kuku 8@K@MIH #QD@LSHLD FTHCDC V@KJ SGQNTFG ,NRRL@M &NQFD  ESDQMNNM 3D@ ENQ 3VN HMSGD)TMFKD/DQBGNQQHUDQRHCD "@MNDHMF@MCRMNQJDKKHMFNMSGD,NRRL@M1HUDQ  bicycles, tennis and courtesy transfer service to and from Port Douglas scheduled daily. Experience the soothing sights and sounds of the rainforest at Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa, nestled on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park. The Lodge blends casual and contemporary design, amongst the most tranquil surrounds. 50 Treehouses and Riverhouses each feature wide verandahs and spa baths. You will spend two nights at this superbly situated lodge.

Inclusions: Daily breakfast and two course a la carte dinner each. Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime guided walk through Mossman Gorge. Afternoon Tea for Two in the Jungle Perch or riverside. All other complimentary Lodge inclusions. Please ask an Aspire expert for the Silky Oaks Spa Menu. â&#x20AC;˘ 4 nights at the Shantara Resort & Spa, Port Douglas Sunny, sexy and sophisticated, Sydney is the shining star of the southern GDLHROGDQD  3GD VGHSD R@HKDC 2XCMDX .ODQ@ 'NTRD NUDQ SGD V@SDQR NE 2XCMDX Cove, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are the pride and joy, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s far more NMNƤDQ #HRBNUDQSGDG@QANTQ SGDBHSXĹ&#x2014;RGHRSNQHBDMBK@UDR QDRS@TQ@MSR@MCB@EDR  beaches, museums and art galleries. For the ultimate Sydney experience, take in the views from the Four Seasons Sydney with its perfect location. One thing is for certain â&#x20AC;&#x201C; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll run out of time before you run out of things to see and do in Sydney.

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Day 9: Silky Oaks Lodge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Shantara Resort & Spa, Port Douglas. Coach transfer from Silky Oaks to Port Douglas. Shantara Resort & Spa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Located 400 metres to Port #NTFK@RĹ&#x2014;E@LNTR%NTQ,HKD!D@BGVHSGHSRO@KLEQHMFDCAD@BG QDK@WNQRVHLHMSGD Fly to Cairns, the center of the tropical north. Experience the soothing sights and V@QLB@KLV@SDQR 3@JD@RSQNKKSN,@BQNRR@M2SQDDSLDSQDRSG@SNƤDQR@M@QQ@X sounds of the rainforest at Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa, nestled on of trendy gourmet restaurants, cafes and boutique shopping to suit all tastes. With SGDDCFDNESGD6NQKC'DQHS@FD KHRSDC#@HMSQDD-@SHNM@K/@QJ 3GD+NCFDAKDMCR a choice of spacious studio rooms or large comfortable one bedroom self-contained B@RT@K @MC BNMSDLONQ@QX CDRHFM  @LNMFRS SGD LNRS SQ@MPTHK RTQQNTMCR  2S@X @S apartments, Shantara is an adult haven, ideal for couples looking for a tranquil, SGD2G@MS@Q@1DRNQS2O@ @BNMSDLONQ@QX RL@KKANTSHPTD QDRNQS RSXKDBNLOKDW romantic and relaxing getaway. NƤDQHMF TO L@QJDS @O@QSLDMS @BBNLLNC@SHNM VHSG ODQRNM@KHRDC RDQUHBD HM @ Days 10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12: Port Douglas. Relax or consider adding one of our tour options. friendly and relaxed environment. Day 13: Depart Cairns. Private transfer from Port Douglas to Cairns. Flights home.

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16 days New Zealand package

Day 7: Rotorua to Taupo. The road to Taupo will keep you entertained with its unusual, volcanic geography. Towards the end of your journey youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll encounter the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Other diversion include Huka Falls and a world-acclaimed golf course. The resort town of Taupo sits on the edge of New Zealandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest lake, which is well stocked with sizeable trout â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one of the best KNB@SHNMENQĆĽRGHMFHM-DV9D@K@MC Day 8: Taupo to Wellington. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll follow the eastern edge of Lake Taupo to reach Turangi. The drive is very scenic and where streams run into the lake, XNTĹ&#x2014;KK NESDM RDD SQNTS ĆĽRGDQL@M SQXHMF SGDHQ KTBJ  .M SGD KNMF  RSQ@HFGS #DRDQS Road youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll enjoy amazing views of Tongariro National Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volcanoes. Wellington is compact, cultured and full of character. Nestled between the harbour and the hills, the downtown area is ideal for explorations on foot. Consider adding one of our Wellington tour options. Day 9: Wellington to Nelson. The passage across Cook Strait and through the ,@QKANQNTFG2NTMCRHRNMDNESGDLNRSRBDMHBEDQQXSQHORHMSGDVNQKC 'HFGKHFGSR along the way include the Red Rocks seal colony, Tory Channel, Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lookout @MC SGD AD@TSHETK BNUDR NE SGD RNTMCR  3GD CQHUD SN -DKRNM ĆĽQRS S@JDR XNT SN SGDSNVMNE'@UDKNBJ VGHBGHRJMNVM@RSGD&QDDM2GDKK,TRRDK"@OHS@KNESGD World. The city of Nelson is home to a fascinating community of beach, bush and art lovers.

Self Drive New Zealand â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Auckland to Queenstown Package Inclusions: â&#x20AC;˘ Economy Class air from Los Angeles â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Auckland and Queenstown â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Los Angeles. Add-on airfares available from other cities â&#x20AC;˘ 9 Days medium automatic car rental â&#x20AC;˘ 13 nights accommodation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; category of your choice â&#x20AC;˘ Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton A Classic New Zealand self drive itinerary from the largest city Auckland to the gateway of the south island Queenstown. Head south via the central Region of the north island which sits on a volcanic plateau and is studded with geothermal @BSHUHSX  SHSRBDMSQDHRSGDHLLDMRDBNA@KS AKTD+@JD3@TON @RTALDQFDCUNKB@MHB crater the size of Singapore. Nearby, barges glide through the underground streams of the Waitomo Caves. Head onward to the capital Wellington and the ferry ride to the south island and its incredible biodiversity. Driving south with SGD RMNV B@OODC QHCFDR @MC KNV KXHMF FK@BHDQR NE SGD 2NTSG KOR SN XNTQ D@RS  The isolated rainforests and limestone formations of the West Coast lead to the FK@BHDQ@QD@@MCNMV@QCSN0TDDMRSNVMĹ&#x2014;R@MBHDMSADDBG SQDDENQDRSR Day 1: Depart US. Day 2: Cross International Date Line.

Day 10: Nelson to Marahau. 3GD SQHO SN ,@Q@G@T S@JDR XNT O@RS SGD QN@C SN *@HSDQHSDQH!D@BG NMDNESGDLNRSAD@TSHETKAD@BGDRHMSGDQDFHNM ,@Q@G@THR often called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the Abel Tasman Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where many people begin their explorations of the Abel Tasman National Park. You can hire kayaks, swim with seals or catch a water taxi to one of the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing beaches. The Coast Track in the Abel Tasman National Park is the most popular â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;great walkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in New Zealand. The track takes you past pristine golden sand beaches and calm turquoise waters. Travel on foot or in a sea kayak. Consider adding one of our Abel Tasman tour options. Day 11: Marahau to Westport. On the way to Westport youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll travel up SGD ,NSTDJ@ 1HUDQ 5@KKDX NM @ OQDSSX  VHMCHMF QN@C SG@S S@JDR XNT O@RS magical scenery and tiny settlements. Westport is known as a coal mining town and a base for outdoor adventures. Visit the local coal mining museum, then strap on your walking shoes to investigate the seal colony. Black water rafting, jet boating, horse trekking and surf rafting are other opportunities for outdoor excitement. Day 12: Westport to Franz Josef. The road to Franz Josef is rural, but with a wild streak. The farmland is trying to turn back into forest, and the beauty of the rivers is raw and primeval. First explored in 1865, the Franz Josef Glacier has been moving forward at a rate of about 1 meter a day since 1985. Previously it was in retreat. You can walk to the terminal of the glacier in about 10 minutes. Consider adding one of our glacier tour options.

Day 3: Arrive Auckland. Welcome to New Zealand and Auckland, the city of Sails. Day 13: Franz Josef â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Queenstown. Enjoy waterfalls and river scenery as you leave 1DK@W@MCDMINXXNTQĆĽQRSC@XHMSGHRG@QANTQBHSXĹ&#x201D;SGDODQEDBSBHSXSNDWOKNQDNM the coast and climb up the Haast river valley to Haast Pass. The road snakes through foot or consider adding one of our recommended day tours - for more details see the Aspiring National Park, and the vegetation becomes more sparse as you travel pages 126 and 127. inland. From Wanaka to Queenstown the vineyards of the Gibbston area and Day 4: Auckland, Day at Leisure. We highly recommend a day trip to Waiheke bungy jumpers at the Kawarau River Bridge are interesting distractions along the (RK@MC ITRSLHMTSDRAXEDQQXNƤSGDBN@RSNE TBJK@MCĹ&#x201D;DMINXRSTMMHMFAD@BGDR way. The alpine resort of Queenstown is exciting, sophisticated and fantastically and beautiful vineyards. scenic. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the place to source almost any kind of adventure, including bungy, jet Day 5: Auckland to Waitomo Caves. 198 kms (124 miles) Approximately 2.30hrs. AN@SHMF GNQRDSQDJJHMF Q@ESHMF@MCQHUDQRTQĆĽMF (SĹ&#x2014;R@KRN@CDRSHM@SHNMENQKTWTQX Collect rental vehicle from downtown Auckland. Explore Waitomo at your leisure experiences â&#x20AC;&#x201C; gourmet food and wine, spa treatments and leisurely games of golf. or consider adding one of our tour options. The Waitomo Caves region is famous Day 14: Queenstown. Return rental vehicle â&#x20AC;&#x201C; explore Queenstown at your leisure for its subterranean splendour. Beneath the surface of this ancient limestone or consider adding one or more of our Queenstown tour options. region is a series of vast cave systems decorated with stalactites, stalagmites and Day 15: Queenstown. Enjoy at your leisure. glow-worms. Consider adding one of our Waitomo tour options. Day 16: Depart for US (via Auckland). Day 6: Waitomo Caves to Rotorua. Your journey to Rotorua will take you through a mixture of farmland, lakeland and forest. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve arrived in the city of Rotorua when you see (and smell!) the geothermal steam plumes of 6G@J@QDV@QDV@  1NSNQT@ RHSR RPT@QDKX NM SGD /@BHĆĽB 1HMF NE %HQD  RN SGDQDĹ&#x2014;R evidence of volcanic activity everywhere you look. Explore the geothermal areas @MCCHRBNUDQSGDTMHPTDBTKSTQDNE-DV9D@K@MCĹ&#x2014;R,@NQHODNOKD "NMRHCDQ@CCHMF one of our Rotorua tour options.

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Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora package KNB@SDCUNKTOSTNTRKXADSVDDMSGDLNTMS@HMR@MCK@FNNM 3GDĆĽM@KĆĽUDMHFGSR@QD spent at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa which is located between the â&#x20AC;&#x153;two heartsâ&#x20AC;? of Motu Piti Aau, a coral island on the barrier reef. Day 1: Depart US and Arrive Tahiti. On arrival you will be greeted with a traditional 3@GHSH@M+DHVDKBNLDADENQDADHMFSQ@MREDQQDCSN@MCRODMCHMFXNTQĆĽQRSMHFGS@S the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort. 3GD2NTSG/@BHĆĽBĹ&#x2014;ROQDLHDQCDRSHM@SHNMĹ&#x201D;(MSDQBNMSHMDMS@K3@GHSH1DRNQSG@RKNMF been the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top resort and the perfect place to begin a visit to French Polynesia. On the grounds are the Aquatica Dive Center, Lagoonarium, private beach, two pools, tennis courts and 12 hectares (30 acres) of gardens. Papeeteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s museums, shops, galleries, market and nightclubs are a short drive away.

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Cook Islands and New Zealand package Day 3: Cook Islands, Day at Leisure. Relax today on pearly white sands and in the warm waters of the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turquoise lagoon, or venture out and about to engage with the inviting culture and smiles of the local people. Getting around is as easy as a casual meander on the island bus, along the one road that circles the island. 5HRHS LTRDTLR  F@KKDQHDR  NQ DWOKNQD SGD L@QJDSR VGHBG RDKK EQDRGKX B@TFGS ĆĽRG @MCRGNVB@RDRNLDNESGDĆĽMDRSSQ@CHSHNM@K@QSR@MCBQ@ESRHMSGD/@BHĆĽB 4MVHMC and embrace the Cook Islands way of life where the expression â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hurryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is so infrequently intoned. Day 4: Depart Cook Islands. Fly Rarotonga â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Auckland â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Queenstown â&#x20AC;&#x201C; cross dateline.

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Day 5: Arrive Queenstown. Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier four season lake and alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stunning scenery is inspiring and revitalizing. With such a huge range of activities in Queenstown, no two days will ever be the same. Collect Rental car and drive to accommodation for 3 nights stay in category of your choice.

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Days 6 & 7: Queenstown. Explore Queenstown at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options. See our recommended touring options on pages 155-157.

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Day 9: Fox Glacier/Franz Josef. Relax, self explore or consider adding one of our tour options, see page 151 for more details. Day 10: Fox Glacier/Franz Josef â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Greymouth â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Christchurch. Arrive Greymouth no later than 1pm, return rental vehicle and report for the Tranz Alpine train departure at 1.45pm. Departing through lush beech rain forest, your train then climbs into the Southern Alps, before descending into the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. The trip is 223.8 kilometres long and takes just four and a half hours. Take a taxi on arrival from Railway station to accommodation (own expense).

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Introduction to Australia and New Zealand Majestic landscapes, cobalt skies, pristine beaches, rich cultural heritage and prolific, unique fauna and flora are just some of the attractions of a vacation in Australia and New Zealand. With so much to see and do, it is not surprising that both countries have hosted an increasing number of repeat travelers keen to return to discover a different part of the country. Australia offers a profusion of colors from the brilliant red desert earth floor on which you sit cross-legged with an Aboriginal elder at Uluru (Ayers Rock) to the tepid azure waters of The Great Barrier Reef, the only living organism visible from space. Witness the earth at its most ethereal as waters bubble and geysers rumble in New Zealand’s Rotorua and inhale the pure, iced air as you climb the West Coast’s alpine peaks, camera in hand, as mesmerizing vistas unfold. Vibrant cities surprise with Sydney’s spectacular harbor showcasing one of the world’s most recognized tourism icons, the Sydney Opera House. Melbourne’s sports, arts and culinary scenes complement the natural wonders and relaxed lifestyles of other gateways such as Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Brisbane and Darwin. Fly into Auckland in New Zealand to true Kiwi hospitality, choose Christchurch as your gateway to Canterbury and enjoy the fun-filled frivolity of Queenstown. With these vast destinations offering so many contrasting experiences, it can be difficult to decide where to go. The comprehensive recommendations in the following pages will help plan your journey.

Choice HotelPass Choice Hotels Australasia, representing the Econo Lodge™, Comfort™, Quality™ and Clarion® brands, has more than 280 hotels, inns, suites and resorts across Australia and New Zealand. Regardless of the destination, Choice Hotels Australasia endeavors to meet your accommodation requirements and to make you feel at home. You can trust the hotels to provide clean, comfortable and dependable accommodation at economical prices. Here you can relax and unwind. This is the essence of Choice Hotels. Choice Hotels Australasia is part of Choice Hotels International, one of the largest and most successful accommodation franchisers in the world. With over 6,100 hotels currently open or under development in more than 40 countries, they provide a wide range of choices for discerning guests.

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Go Koala and Go Kiwi Hotel Pass The Go Koala Hotel Pass and Go Kiwi Hotel Pass are a convenient and cost effective way to access a wide range of Australian and New Zealand accommodation. The pass is ideal for the independent traveler seeking flexibility, quality assurance and choice throughout cities and regional areas. With hundreds of properties to choose from there is something for everyone, ranging from three to four star. While the pass is designed for flexible travel, bookings are essential in some areas at certain times of the year. The vouchers are easy to use and can be either open-dated or pre-booked. The Go Koala and Go Kiwi pass makes it easy to explore Australia and New Zealand at your leisure.

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Kayaking at sunset, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

Golden Chain Motel Pass

Sightsee 'N' Save

Explore Australia and New Zealand at your leisure with the Golden Chain Motel Pass. This is a flexible, cost effective and convenient accommodation pass covering friendly, selfcontained motels offering premium local hospitality. The easy-to-use vouchers can be open-dated or pre-booked. With many great locations in both the city and tourist spots, the pass is recommended for the independent traveler seeking affordable and flexible accommodation.

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The Sightsee 'N' Save Pass is an exciting prepaid tour pass that allows flexibility in touring in Australia. A selection of day tours are available for either a half, one or two coupons with each pass providing you with four coupons. With over 65 fascinating tours to choose from Australia-wide, the pass represents excellent value for money. It can only be purchased prior to arrival in Australia.

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Pinnacles desert, Western Australia

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DESTINATION MAP / Australia

Welcome to Australia Australia is the world's largest island and is made up of eight contrasting states and territories. A wild and open country that has only been settled for just over 200 years, Australia offers a young, friendly and fresh approach to life. Natural attractions combine with the Australian quality lifestyle to deliver travel experiences among the best on earth.

Timo New South Wales Scintillating Sydney is home to the iconic Sydney Opera House, world-famous Bondi Beach and some of Australia's best European historic sites. The Blue Mountains lie west of the city with breathtaking views and hiking trails to explore. Stretches of surf beach, coastal drives, tropical retreats, fine dining and shopping are all within easy reach.

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Packed into this compact area is a wealth of diverse regional areas and attractions with sweeping coastlines, surf beaches, National Parks, wildlife, forests, lakes, vineyards and mountain ranges offering skiing, climbing and hiking. Melbourne is home to some of Australia’s best arts, fashion, sporting events, restaurants and shopping.

Great Sandy Desert

Queensland Queensland best captures Australia’s coastal lifestyle where the tropics meet the Outback. From the north, the Great Barrier Reef stretches over 1,241 miles and to the south, ringed by rainforests, islands, long beaches and picturesque towns. Brisbane is a modern river city, surrounded by the vibrant Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Northern Territory Home to iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park, the Northern Territory offers the best opportunity to discover the cultural ‘Dreamtime’ of the Aboriginal people. The diverse landscape includes red deserts, ancient gorges, lush floodplains, monoliths and forests. Darwin is the capital city of this awe-inspiring region.

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Western Australia Marine encounters abound in Western Australia. Swimming with graceful whale sharks, manta rays and dolphins are highlights. One of Australia’s great lifestyle cities, Perth sparkles with entertainment, fun and outdoor living. In the south west, excellent food and wine are in abundance, while the north west is one of Australia’s last frontiers.

South Australia The ancient Flinders Ranges Outback landscape is the heart of South Australia. Experience some of Australia’s best wineries in the historic Barossa Valley, marvel at the amazing wildlife on pristine Kangaroo Island or cruise the mighty Murray River. Adelaide is a vibrant city, home to Australia’s most important Aboriginal collection at its museum.

Tasmania Tasmania is renowned for its natural beauty and wilderness. From the gateways of Hobart and Launceston, journey to admire towering 2000 year old Huon Pines, cruise the limpid waters of Macquarie Harbour and the Gordon River, explore Cradle Mountain, and discover Freycinet’s pink granite mountains and diamond-white beaches. AspireDownUnder.com | 1877 727 7473


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RAIL JOURNEYS / Australia

Rail Explorer Pass Operated by Great Southern Rail

More than just a mode of transport, rail travel in Australia is an unforgettable part of your vacation experience. A chance to discover and see the vastness of the country, the stark and mesmerizing beauty of the Outback and native flora and fauna. Travel in air-conditioned comfort and relax in your reclining Red Service seat with ample leg room. Snacks, light refreshments and meals can be purchased from the café carriage to dine in or take back to your seat. Rail travel is a social experience so take the time to meet fellow travelers from around the world or make friends with local Australians. Great Southern Rail operates three trains that criss-cross the country – the Indian Pacific travels east to west linking Perth with Adelaide and Sydney over 2,704 miles in four days, while The Ghan travels north to south between Darwin, Alice Springs and Adelaide over 1,851 miles in three days. Great Southern Rail also operates The Overland between Melbourne and Adelaide, traveling over 514 miles during the day in about 11 hours twice weekly. Rail Pass holders can upgrade to Red Premium Service on The Overland for an additional fee for extra comfort. Great Southern Rail’s Rail Explorer Pass allows unlimited travel on all three trains in Red Service seats for two or three months' travel.

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Gold Service Operated by Great Southern Rail

Travel through Australia’s vast landscapes in the comfort and style of Gold Service. Twin cabins are private with compact ensuite facilities and offer a threeseater lounge that converts to upper and lower berths at night. Single cabins are also available that include a single lounge chair that converts to a lower berth at night as well as wash basin facilities. Showers and toilets are available at the end of the carriage. All meals are served in The Queen Adelaide Restaurant and beverages in the Outback Explorer Lounge. The Queen Adelaide Restaurant is the elegantly appointed dining room onboard The Ghan and Indian Pacific. Guests may book their dining time (subject to train arrival and departure times), making it possible for gourmands to savor long lunches inspired by the rolling landscapes. The Outback Explorer Lounge with fully licensed bar is ideal for relaxing and socializing en route.

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Platinum Service

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Red Service Operated by Great Southern Rail

Operated by Great Southern Rail

Platinum Service offers the premium Australian rail experience with all the inclusions of Gold Service plus spacious private cabins with large ensuite facilities. Settle into the deluxe lounge chairs by day, which convert to either a full-size double bed or twin beds by night. The ensuite comprises full-size shower and toilet facilities with natural Australian toiletries. Enjoy the vastness of Australia in the comfort of your cabin with large picture windows and cabin steward service. Experience the complimentary private transfers for guests pre and post your rail journey.

Red Service is an economical way to see Australia by train. With two abreast swiveling chairs and an in-armrest stowed table for convenience, you can sit back and relax with a recline of approximately 45 degrees and make the most of the generous leg room. Guests benefit from access to the shower and toilet facilities (including toiletries and towels) which are conveniently located at the end of each carriage. The fully licensed Matilda Café sells beverages, freshly made salads, made-to-order sandwiches and hot meals.

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The Ghan

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Operated by Great Southern Rail

Named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route, The Ghan is a legendary journey between Adelaide and Darwin via Alice Springs, gateway to Australia’s Outback. Through the heart of the Red Centre this three-day/two-night transcontinental adventure is one of the great train journeys in the world, offering magnificent views of Australia. The Ghan’s timetable makes the most of the daylight hours allowing guests to enjoy the passing scenery. Travel from Adelaide to Darwin or vice versa, or meet the train at Alice Springs for part of the journey. From the sweeping Adelaide Plains unfolding before your eyes to the majestic Flinders Ranges, each new day begins with a fresh panorama of this changing landscape. Red earth and cobalt blue skies, the essence of Central Australia, take on a character of its own with every passing hour. Wake up to an Outback sunrise, and enjoy an Off Train Excursion of Alice Springs providing an insight into the Outback way of life. Off Train Excursions offer the opportunity to experience destinations, discovering the region’s most fascinating sites. In the Top End, a stop in the northern town of Katherine offers you the chance to experience the inspiring wonders of Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) before your rail journey concludes in tropical Darwin, the relaxed capital city of Australia’s Northern Territory. The Off Train Excursions are included in the fare for Platinum and Gold Service guests.

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Indian Pacific Operated by Great Southern Rail

One of the world’s great train journeys, the Indian Pacific embarks on a truly epic voyage between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Traveling between Perth, Adelaide and Sydney or vice versa by rail provides a unique opportunity to experience the vastness of Australia. Discover changing landscapes, from the scenic Avon Valley through the golden splendor of the western wheat belt and across the ancient Nullarbor Plain where the land is unmarked by the passing millennia. Stepping off during a brief pause at Cook in the middle of the Nullarbor Plain, you will marvel at Australia’s sweeping, open spaces. Upon arrival in Adelaide you can choose to break the journey for a few days to visit this cultural and gastronomic city, before continuing through the Blue Mountains and on to Sydney. This four-day/three-night journey includes two days/one night between Sydney and Adelaide and three days/two nights between Adelaide and Perth. Whether the final destination is west to Perth or east to Sydney, there are numerous opportunities for disembarking the train to explore some of the highlights en route. With so many wonderful sights to enjoy, this is not just one of the longest train journeys in the world; it is one of the most memorable. Off Train Excursions are included in the fare for Platinum and Gold Service guests in the gold mining city of Kalgoorlie, the picturesque city of Adelaide and the silver mining city of Broken Hill.

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The Sunlander Operated by Queensland Rail Travel

Comfort, flexibility and a great social atmosphere have made The Sunlander one of Australia’s great overnight rail journeys. Sit back, relax and watch the breathtaking scenery roll by as The Sunlander weaves its way along the picturesque coastal stretch between Brisbane and Cairns, where the Great Barrier Reef meets the timeless Daintree wilderness. The Sunlander connects you with some of Queensland’s most popular tourist attractions, including the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands, Fraser Island, Kuranda Scenic Rail and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway experience. Enjoy the friendly onboard atmosphere in the comfort of a Club Car or Lounge Car. Covering 1,044 miles in approximately 31 hours, The Sunlander offers a selection of accommodation options to suit your needs and budget, from Economy Class seating to the indulgent all-inclusive Queenslander Class.

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Spirit of Queensland Operated by Queensland Rail Travel

The all-new Spirit of Queensland train experience allows you to travel in style from the capital city of Brisbane to the natural wonders of the State's far north aboard Australia's fastest and most modern train fleet. The revolutionary RailBed offers improved comfort and features an on-demand entertainment system in seat. Relax in a comfortable leather seat by day and get a great night's sleep as your state-of-the-art seat becomes a flat, comfortable bed by night. With this excellent alternative to driving, flying or coach travel, arrive at your vacation destination faster and feeling refreshed. For those looking for a simpler form of travel, premium economy uses the very latest in-seating technology to provide a truly comfortable ride with very generous leg room as well as offering on-demand movies, music and audio books.

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Australia / SYDNEY AND NEW SOUTH WALES

Sydney and New South Wales New South Wales boasts contrasting natural and man-made attractions. From picturesque wine regions, topaz surf beaches, World Heritage-listed National Parks with spectacular landscapes, to the city of Sydney itself. Bursting with character, this harbor city is home to the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, historic Rocks area, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and Bondi Beach.

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World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Famed for its exceptional diving, pristine beaches and tourmaline seascapes, suitable for romantics and adventurers alike. Crystalline waters border shimmering sands on this serene island paradise where nature lives in harmony with the locals.

Deriving their name from the ever-present blue haze caused by the sun's rays, the Blue Mountains area consists of 26 towns and villages. Majestic views, eerie ancient landscapes, verdant forests, fragrant eucalypts and cascading waterfalls are all part of this World Heritage-listed site. Echo Point at Katoomba is a 'must-see', as are the Three Sisters.

Hunter Valley

Coastal New South Wales

With the Hunter River winding its way lazily through the grapevine-clad hills, the Hunter Valley is one of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most important wine growing areas. Wineries range from very large estates to smaller boutique wineries but there is something to suit all palates. Fine food, relaxing and country living are all part of the Hunter experience.

From the golden tropical north bordering the banana belt to the soothing south, New South Wales offers extensive coastlines ideal for travelers keen to explore, motor, cruise, swim, surf or relax on the sunny dunes. Highlights include seaside towns like Kiama perched on the forested, southern coast and Byron Bay in the north.

4 Day Sydney City Stay Experience Sydney on this three night vacation package that includes transfers, accommodation and must-do sightseeing!

Day 1: Upon arrival in Sydney, shuttle transfer to your chosen hotel. Day 2: See the highlights of Sydney today on an escorted tour to picturesque Manly and the Northern Beaches, followed by downtown Sydney, Bondi and Kings Cross. Capture the beauty and lifestyle of the harbor city from specially selected vantage points with the best photo opportunities.

Day 3: Either a full day at leisure or pre-book the small group tour to the Blue Mountains.

Day 4: Choose to extend your stay or meet your driver at your hotel today for shuttle coach transfer to the airport.

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BridgeClimb Sydney Operated by BridgeClimb Sydney

BridgeClimb is truly one of Sydney’s must-do activities. This signature Sydney experience offers spectacular guided climbs to the top of iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, 436 feet above the city's stunning harbor. The three and a half hour guided journey with your professional climb leader provides magnificent views across the harbor and beyond. Take in the uninterrupted panoramas en route as you climb the outer arch to the summit. The vistas are even more amazing with striking 360 degree views of the city, Opera House and beyond. With regular scheduled departures throughout the day, it is easy to find a convenient time to suit your schedule. Morning or afternoon tours are possible with one of the popular options being the twilight climb against the marbled, setting sky. The evening climb brings out the magic of Sydney by night.

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Sydney Harbour Cruises Operated by Captain Cook Cruises NSW

Cruise Sydney Harbour aboard the prestigious MV Sydney 2000. With panoramic viewing windows on every deck, enjoy the postcard-like images of the harbor. The impressive ship offers three dining decks all featuring a covered, outdoor area as well as access to the upper, open star deck. The Captain's Dinner cruise offers a three-course contemporary menu with upper deck seating, dancing and entertainment with the Sydney 2000 band. Bar package and guaranteed window seating are available (additional cost). The Hop-On-Hop-Off Sydney Harbour Explorer Cruise is a quick and convenient way to see the harbor and its eight major attractions. Stops include Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park, Watsons Bay, Fort Denison and Shark Island (and Manly at additional cost). Enjoy the main harbor sights and live commentary. A three-day Sydney Harbour pass including Manly and Taronga Zoo is also available (additional cost). price guide:

Sydney Opera House Tours

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Cruise Like a Local

Operated by Sydney Opera House Tours

Operated by Sea Sydney Cruises

Venture inside the world’s most recognizable sails. Take a one-hour Sydney Opera House Tour inside this magnificent building. Step inside, and learn how Danish architect Jorn Utzon’s ground-breaking design and vision for a worldclass performing arts venue came into existence. The Backstage Tour grants you exclusive access to areas normally reserved for the stars and their crew. This intimate tour concludes with breakfast in the Green Room, the private haven of some of the world’s most famous artists.

See Sydney and its surrounds with the small group cruising specialists aboard Calypso, a 52-foot motor yacht. Cruise Sydney Harbour's foreshores past the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House before dropping anchor in a secluded cove ideal for enjoying a gourmet barbecue lunch and beverages. Swim, take the tender for a row or relax on the expansive sunbed soaking up the Sydney sunshine. With guaranteed departures with a minimum of two and maximum of 12 passengers, this is your chance to cruise like a local and truly enjoy this quintessential Sydney experience.

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Sydney Attraction Four Combo Pass

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Sydney Coast Walks

Operated by Merlin Entertainments Group

Operated by Sydney Coast Walks

This pass is ideal for those who wish to explore some of the city’s 'must-see' attractions at their own pace. A combination pass provides entry to four or more of Sydney’s best attractions including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds Sydney, Sydney Tower Eye or Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary. The pass is valid for 30 days from the first day of entry, offering ample time for exploring four chosen attractions. Discover unique marine species, come face to face with dugongs and admire the magnificent views from the Sydney Tower Eye.

Explore the harbor with Sydney's walking people where some of the city's best natural beauty spots are only accessible on foot, including secluded beaches and ancient Aboriginal rock engravings. Admire dramatic coastal views from atop sandstone cliffs, and learn about the history and unique flora and fauna that thrive where the bush meets the sea. Delight in whale-watching between June and October. Discover both Sydney Harbour and the Royal National Park’s awe-inspiring coastlines on a half, full or multi-day guided hike.

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Sydney Sights with the Works

Sydney Classic Cycle Tour

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Operated by Bonza Bike Tours

On your way to Manly, stop at Milsons Point for spectacular views of the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Stroll along the vibrant Corso to see the golden expanses of legendary Manly Beach. Enjoy the scenic views from Seaforth and Arabanoo lookouts before returning to Sydney. In the afternoon, visit the historic Rocks quarter and take in highlights including Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House, the Art Gallery, Mrs Macquaries Chair and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Soak up the surf culture and glistening beach-scape at world-famous Bondi Beach.

What other experience in town shows you as much, or entertains you, like the Sydney Classic Cycle Tour? Sit back on one of the very comfortable bikes while the expert Bonza guides show you the way. The carefully planned routes focus on riding through parks, harbor fronts and sidewalks thereby spending a minimum amount of time on streets. The guides will give you great tips on what to do while in town, what's on and where to eat. This tour is an all-around entertaining and informative experience.

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Let's Go Surfing Bondi

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Do what the locals do and experience Sydney’s awesome beach culture with Let’s Go Surfing on world-famous Bondi Beach. The award-winning team at Let’s Go Surfing will show you how easy, safe and fun surfing Bondi Beach can be. Your small group or private session includes all equipment and personalized service in a secure and enjoyable environment. Situated three miles from Sydney’s city center, Let's Go Surfing is a great way to see Sydney, meet some locals and uncover why this is a Sydney must-do experience. This is ideal for beginners.

For those wishing to take a close-up look at Sydney Harbour, join this half-day awardwinning kayaking tour. Paddle right into the heart of Sydney's inner harbor enjoying fantastic views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Stop for a delicious picnic lunch on an island in the middle of the harbor. Using stable, state-of-the-art tandem dagger kayaks, this four hour experience includes kayak tuition, paddling and lunch. Beginners are welcome with pick-ups available from Sydney central hotels, or guests can meet at Rose Bay.

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Sydney in Style

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Hunter Valley Wine and Wilderness Operated by AEA Luxury Tours

Operated by AEA Luxury Tours

This is a small group comprehensive tour of Sydney and surrounds with a difference. Highlights include the beautiful northern surf beaches, stunning sandstone coast and rock pools. Enjoy morning tea with harbor views at North Head before crossing the bridge to tour traditional city highlights such as Macquarie Street, Mrs Macquaries Chair, Eastern Suburbs' bays, Bondi Beach and quaint Paddington, with its beautifully restored terrace homes. Additional sights include Darling Harbour, views of the Opera House and the historic Rocks area, all of this with splendid harbor views.

On this small group tour to the Hunter Region, you will learn about local Australian history, wildlife and Aboriginal culture. Discover the region’s high quality boutique style wines in a full day of exciting experiences.

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Meet some of the locals and travel through scenic National Parks. Observe native Australian animals at a wildlife park, tour the charming Hunter Valley and appreciate fine, boutique wines. Enjoy a gourmet food and wine lunch, and exquisite cheese and chocolate tastings.

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Blue Mountains Deluxe Eco Day Operated by AEA Luxury Tours

Experience a real Australian journey on a small, guided group tour into the heart of this unique World Heritage-listed region near Sydney. From temperate rainforests to towering sandstone escarpments, the views in this remote land are sensational, especially when you are discovering them away from the crowds. Other highlights include a stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park to observe the animals before a delicious two-course lunch, a fascinating visit to the Waradah Aboriginal Cultural Centre and an optional visit to the attractions at Scenic World. The tour departs daily from Sydney city hotels and departs with a group minimum of two and maximum of 17. Hotel pick-up and drop-off, Wildlife Park entry, National Park fees and entry to Waradah Aboriginal Centre are included. Complimentary Wi-Fi is onboard all vehicles so that you can share your journey with your loved ones back at home.

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4 Day Views and Vineyards Self-Drive Operated by Independant Travel

Discover the stunning locations that surround Sydney on this four-day self-drive vacation to the Hunter Valley and the Blue Mountains.

Day 1: Sydney – Blue Mountains (77 miles). Collect your rental vehicle and drive to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Visit the Three Sisters or check out the Skyway cable car for superb views.

Day 2: Blue Mountains. Enjoy a day at leisure exploring the lookouts, waterfalls and walking trails in the area as well as the interesting cafés, shops and restaurants. Day 3: Blue Mountains – Hunter Valley (154 miles). Travel from the Blue Mountains to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s more scenic wine growing areas. Day 4: Hunter Valley – Sydney (134 miles). Wine, art and gourmet food are just some of the delights to experience before returning back to Sydney.

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Magnificent Hunter Valley Wine Taster Operated by AAT Kings

Explore the Hunter Valley and taste awardwinning regional foods and wines. Included in this unforgettable experience are private vineyard inspections, wine tasting at Lindemans and a visit to the Hunter Resort to enjoy a presentation on how the winery operates. The delicious luncheon is accompanied by wine tastings with the opportunity for additional tastings at Bluetongue Brewery, McGuigans Winery and the Hunter Valley Cellars. Visit the Hunter Valley Gardens, where there is free time to explore the many hidden delights of the garden village.

Hunter Valley vineyard

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Blue Mountains & Australian Wildlife

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Tobruk Outback Experience

Operated by AAT Kings

Operated by AAT Kings

World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park is a rugged and beautiful region that forms part of the Great Dividing Range. The tour includes the iconic Three Sisters rock formation seen from Echo Point as well as a visit to the fascinating Waradah Aboriginal Centre with free time for lunch (own expense) in picturesque Leura village. Enjoy the afternoon at Featherdale Park where you can have your photo taken with a koala and admire wildlife including kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and fairy penguins. Last stop is at Homebush Bay, venue of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

This Outback show is an exciting and engaging experience for anyone wanting to see the real Australia. Enjoy authentic Aussie tucker in the Tobruk Station Woolshed Restaurant with great photo opportunities over the meandering Hawkesbury River Valley and majestic Blue Mountains. Just over an hour's drive from Sydney, Tobruk offers the chance to relax at Drovers’ Camp and make Aussie damper and billy tea. Watch the stockmen and their dogs demonstrate a real, live sheep muster and take part in a sheep shearing demonstration, boomerang throwing and a whip cracking display.

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4 Day Sydney and Blue Mountains Escorted Tour Operated by AAT Kings

Explore Sydney and the Blue Mountains on this four-day tour that includes transfers, touring and accommodation.

Day 1: Sydney. The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps take a stroll through the historic Rocks area and on to colorful Circular Quay. Overnight in Sydney.

Day 2: Sydney. Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge and pause at Milsons Point and Arabanoo lookout for spectacular panoramas. After lunch see the Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs Macquaries Chair and Bondi Beach. Overnight in Sydney. (B,L) Day 3: Sydney – Blue Mountains – Sydney. Marvel at the Three Sisters rock formation, enjoy views of Jamison Valley or visit Scenic World and ride the world’s steepest railway (own expense). Overnight in Sydney. (B)

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New South Wales / SYDNEY ACCOMMODATION

InterContinental Sydney

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InterContinental Sydney showcases exemplary luxury. Positioned on the edge of the world’s most stunning harbor, the hotel is just a short stroll from the Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, and the ferries at Circular Quay. Built around the restored Treasury Building of 1851, the hotel’s 509 contemporary-designed guestrooms each with a picture frame view, include a collection of 28 suites that have been home to world leaders and celebrities from across the globe for more than two decades. Beyond your room, discover the outstanding facilities and services of the hotel that include 24-hour concierge, gym and indoor heated swimming pool with sensational harbor views. For the ultimate Sydney experience, visit Club InterContinental, Sydney’s only rooftop lounge with wrap-around terrace that captures panoramic views across Sydney Harbour. This private retreat is ideal for relaxing in style. Map Page 37 Reference 1 price guide:

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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney Overlooking Sydney Harbour at Circular Quay, the iconic Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is a short walk to the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the historic Rocks district. The hotel features some of the city's most stylish guestrooms which exude a warm yet luxurious residential ambiance. Each room offers the latest technology with LCD TVs, DVD players, iPod/ MP3 docking stations and wireless Internet access. The award-winning spa offers relaxing massage treatments and houses a large, outdoor, heated swimming pool.

Park Hyatt Sydney offers an intimate, residential-style hotel with architecture, design and art reflecting the Australian landscape. With a coveted harbor-front location between the famous Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, the hotel's spacious rooms feature contemporary interiors, modern bathrooms with dual vanity, wet area, rainshower, deep bathtub, and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to private balconies. A dedicated team of butlers provides personalized service for all 155 guestrooms and suites.

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BLUE Sydney, A Taj Hotel Situated at Woolloomooloo's iconic Finger Wharf in central Sydney, BLUE Sydney, A Taj Hotel, is a boutique hotel in the heart of the city's most renowned and luxurious marina, restaurant and apartment complex. Located on a contemporary, urban renewal of an historic wharf structure, the hotel is within easy walking distance of shopping districts and the Sydney Opera House in addition to being adjacent to the Royal Botanical Gardens. Directly on Sydney Harbour, the hotel enjoys an enviable reputation for blending the intimacy of a boutique hotel with the facilities and reliability of a top-end leisure establishment. Providing an upscale experience, the hotel offers 100 rooms including 36 stunning Loft Suites, stylish interiors, six excellent restaurants offering international cuisine and al fresco dining by the marina and state-of-the-art fitness facilities including a 17-meter indoor pool. Indulge at the award-winning WaterBar, a sophisticated and beautiful space for pre- and post-dinner cocktails, or stay for the evening and savor the extensive bar menu. Winning the 'Bar of the Year New South Wales' in the Tourism Accommodation Australia awards for excellence in both 2011 and 2012, WaterBar is indeed a stunning venue. With construction commencing in 1910, the original Finger Wharf is the last remaining major structure of the commercial period in Woolloomooloo Bay and also the last remaining example of industrial Federation-style architecture in Australia. As the longest, existing pile-driven wooden wharf in the world, history and heritage combine with an experiential stay to ensure BLUE affords a unique perspective of Sydney. Exploring Sydney on foot, or taking a water taxi onto the harbor directly from the hotel's front door provides a truly unique perspective, from a truly unique hotel, BLUE Sydney, A Taj Hotel. Stay 4 Pay 3

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The Langham Sydney Experience a tradition of luxury and service that dates back to Europe's original grand hotel in London, The Langham. The Langham Sydney blends the modern charm and attention to detail of a boutique Sydney hotel, with the timeless elegance and refined sophistication that are hallmarks of the Langham heritage. Recently voted '2013 Condé Nast Traveller Gold List', The Langham is the ideal luxury accommodation in Sydney. Be introduced to the many wonders of The Langham Sydney hotel with the various Sydney accommodation packages available. Experience the remarkable features and facilities, many of them unique to the hotel. Savor the grand British tradition of Tiffin Afternoon Tea or pamper yourself in luxury at The Day Spa featuring the legendary 20-meter subterranean swimming pool. You can count on real luxury at The Langham Sydney. Map Page 37 Reference 5 price guide:

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ADGE Boutique Apartment Hotel Urban adventure, daredevil design, and true affordability meet in ADGE, the ultimate lifestyle hotel for the 21st Century. ADGE is located on Riley Street, Surry Hills just steps away from the cultural precincts of Crown Street, Hyde Park and Sydney’s city center. Surry Hills is renowned for its mix of artistic, free-thinkers who blend seamlessly with the modern sophistication of Sydney’s inner city. The ADGE Boutique Apartment Hotel offers a selection of two-bedroom suites styled with the bold, individual character reminiscent of the heart of the city, providing a brilliant reflection of Sydney’s upscale lifestyle. With 39-foot ceilings, climbing bamboo and local street art, the hotel lobby is an urban, open-aired space unique to the ADGE Boutique Apartment Hotel. Here, you will be introduced to the ADGE lifestyle with a welcome elixir from one of the dedicated concierge. Map Page 37 Reference 6 price guide:

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Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay Sydney Harbour Marriott is a truly stylish hotel where exceptional services complement one of the city's most stunning locations. Set in the heart of Circular Quay overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House which form part of the city's iconic landmarks, the hotel is surrounded by historic and vibrant quarters. Every corner of Sydney Harbour Marriott reflects the vitality of Sydney, with a modern design that embraces the future, yet evokes comfort. Plush Marriott revive bedding, Wi-Fi connectivity and the latest technology are standard features throughout. In a city where space is at a premium, there is no greater indulgence. With a particular focus on city, harbor and Opera House views, the accommodation rooms bask in vibrant blues and punches of red to balance the light-hued space creating a fresh, smart, and modern scheme. Map Page 37 Reference 7 price guide:

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The Sebel Pier One Sydney

With stunning views of Sydney’s spectacular Harbour Bridge and Opera House, the ShangriLa Hotel brings legendary hospitality to the historic Rocks district in the heart of Sydney. Altitude Restaurant on Level 36 was awarded 'Restaurant of the Year' and 'Chef of the Year' at the 2010 Australian Hotels Association Awards of Excellence. Blu Bar on 36 is located high above the city with panoramic views of the beautiful city and Darling Harbour. Australia’s first CHI spa, The Spa at Shangri-La, offers an exciting range of treatments in luxurious private spa suites.

Nestled alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the heart of the famous Rocks precinct, The Sebel Pier One Sydney boasts breathtaking panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. Sydney’s first 'on and over' the water hotel blends its Federation building with contemporary, chic architecture, providing a rich fusion of heritage legacy and modern lifestyle. Stunning sunset views are the ideal complement for dining either inside Front Restaurant or al fresco on the pier. The hotel’s private pontoon provides a unique base for exploring Sydney’s magnificent harbor.

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New South Wales / SYDNEY ACCOMMODATION

Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour

Overlooking spectacular Darling Harbour, Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour is ideally located. The hotel is just a short walk from the main entertainment and shopping districts, including Pitt Street Mall and the historic Queen Victoria Building, making it easy to discover the city. Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour offers an extensive range of facilities including the Corn Exchange Restaurant, renowned for its sumptuous seafood and delicious dessert buffet. Recharge in the 24-hour gym or experience a glimpse of Sydney’s past with the great local brews at the Heritage-listed Dundee Arms pub.

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Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney From the moment you arrive at this luxury Sydney hotel, you will experience the Amora difference. This award-winning boutique property combines space, style and warmth to provide the ultimate ambiance for vacation pleasure. There are 415 stylish rooms, two restaurants and two bars offering exceptional wining and dining facilities, Amora Spa, swimming pool and gym. Wine, dine, relax, meet, explore or play at this exceptional address in the heart of this chic city.

Set in the heart of Sydney’s historic Rocks region, this superb all-suite hotel affords uninterrupted views across Sydney’s spectacular bridge, harbor, Opera House or city skyline. Offering the ultimate home away from home in glorious surrounds, all of the beautiful suites feature separate sitting room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, laundry and windows that open to let in the fresh air. Facilities include a stunning sunken Roman-style heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, gym and outdoor sun-deck.

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Holiday Inn Old Sydney Pocketed between the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, Holiday Inn Old Sydney is one of the city’s discreet secrets. Its location is ideal for exploring key Sydney attractions on foot or for discovering the quaint, historic Rocks area with its colorful cafés, boutiques, bars and restaurants. An enviable attribute of the Holiday Inn Old Sydney is the spectacular rooftop where guests can admire magnificent daytime and evening views of Sydney or relax in the rooftop pool and spa. The hotel’s 75 rooms have all been thoughtfully designed to ensure a high standard of comfort. Other features include a complimentary business center and the cozy Lobby Bar which provides a great setting for post-sightseeing drinks. Discovering Sydney is easy from this charming property in the heart of the city.

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Holiday Inn Potts Point Surrounded by more than 300 popular cafés, bars and restaurants, Holiday Inn Potts Point is an excellent alternative location for your upcoming visit to Sydney. From this vibrant inner city neighborhood location, the hotel is just one stop from the city center on the adjacent underground train. For those who enjoying walking, Sydney’s key attractions can easily be reached on foot. Sun seekers can make the most of this convenient access to public transport and be in legendary Bondi Beach in 15 minutes. Tap into beach-side culture, groovy bars and restaurants or stay in the city and soak up the sights from one of the spacious and contemporary rooms with harbor views. Holiday Inn Potts Point facilities include the Sirocco Bar & Restaurant and a fitness center. Shopping, fun and nightlife are close by.

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Adina Apartment Hotel, Crown St.

Pullman Sydney Hyde Park

Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Crown Street, is located close to the Entertainment Quarter, Sydney Football Stadium and the Sydney Cricket Ground. The lively village atmosphere of Surry Hills adjacent to Sydney’s city center provides the opportunity to check out popular breakfast and late night dining spots. Stroll along Crown Street to shop at a host of independent record stores, vintage clothing specialists and other stores. The hotel is well located for accessing Bondi Junction shops and the beach.

Overlooking iconic Hyde Park in the center of Sydney's arts, retail and business precincts, Pullman Sydney Hyde Park is well positioned for exploring Sydney. Setting a high standard in upmarket accommodation, the hotel features 241 spacious guestrooms, minibar, and bathrooms with corner baths. Windows Restaurant, Bar Rendevous and Bar 36 set the tone for a relaxing meal or drink at your leisure. The Pullman Sydney Hyde Park is an address where you can check in and chill out with a sense of connectivity, calm and serenity.

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Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour

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In addition to studio rooms, Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney features 144 one-, two- and three-bedroom serviced apartments which are suitable for both short and long stays. Ideally located in Sydney’s city center, Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney is a gateway to Sydney’s top shopping with over 400 stores nearby in lively Pitt Street Mall. The central location offers easy access to premier tourist spots such as Sydney Tower Eye, Darling Harbour, Chinatown and a great selection of restaurants and nightlife.

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PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney has completed a 20-million-dollar redesign and now boasts a fresh, contemporary interior. Guests will appreciate the buzz of the city and surrounding areas. From this enviable, prime location, key attractions such as Madame Tussauds, Sydney SEA LIFE Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo are all just a short walk. Enjoy the amazing views at Cockle Bay and the delicious dining options at Darling Quarter. Take in the city’s history and culture at the Rocks, and discover the wide range of shops at QVB, Harbourside and Pitt Street Mall.

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PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney

Enjoy the magic of the city skyline and the stunning views of Darling Harbour at the Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour. Located in one of the world's great waterfront settings, the hotel is close to Sydney's favorite attractions including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds Sydney, The Maritime Museum, IMAX Theatre, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and The Star Casino. The hotel features a restaurant, bar, gym, tennis court, swimming pool and laundry service. Both the city and vibrant Pyrmont are easily accessible by foot.

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Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Central, is a magnificently restored, heritage landmark building positioned adjacent to Central Station, offering great public transport options to discover Sydney’s many attractions. Located close by are Paddy’s Market and Chinatown, brimming with restaurants and grocers specializing in genuine Asian cuisine. In addition to a myriad of nearby dining options, the hotel provides guests with the opportunity to experience Sydney’s live music and theater at nearby Sydney Entertainment Centre or the Capitol Theatre before returning to relax in a luxury apartment. Map Page 37 Reference 20

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The Menzies Sydney

This stylish and contemporary hotel is located minutes from Sydney’s city center and only 656 feet from Central Railway and Sydney Light Rail station. The hotel offers spacious and contemporary guestrooms, an indoor 15-meter heated pool, spa, sauna, gym and rooftop sundeck. Along with two restaurants, two bars and a coffee shop, there is also an inground glass aquarium. The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney is only a short walk to the shopping and dining areas of Oxford and Crown Street, Entertainment Centre, Darling Harbour, Chinatown and Moore Park.

Embracing Sydney’s premier location, The Menzies Sydney is surrounded by Sydney’s famous attractions including the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Royal Botanic Gardens. The hotel also enjoys the luxury of direct rail access to the airport and close access to public transport. The Menzies Sydney offers an unparalleled standard of personal service in a time-honored tradition. The property boasts restaurants, cafés and three bars as well as leisure facilities which include indoor swimming pool, sauna, spa and gym.

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Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks

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Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments

Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks is a collection of spacious studios, one-bedroom apartments and historic terrace houses. Tucked away in the heart of the iconic Rocks area a few minutes from Circular Quay, downtown Sydney and the harbor foreshore, the Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks offers flexible accommodation for business or leisure travelers. Relax in style and comfort and experience the best of Sydney.

Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments on Darling Harbour offers a charm reminiscent of Sydney’s colorful past. Built in 1883, the original historic features remain, including the magnificent neoclassical facade, the original tallow wood floors, and exposed ironbark columns which can be seen throughout the hotel. Offering modern, well-appointed studios and spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments with stunning harbor views, Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments combines the outstanding facilities of a modern, luxury hotel with the privacy and spaciousness of a fully self-contained apartment.

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Cambridge Hotel Sydney Conveniently located near Hyde Park, Cambridge Hotel Sydney is within easy walking distance of the city center, entertainment arenas, sporting venues and many of Sydney’s major attractions. With a range of spacious, comfortable rooms from premium to deluxe, Cambridge Hotel Sydney is a comfortable hotel which offers well-appointed facilities at an affordable price. Featuring new furnishings, all deluxe rooms have been incorporated on the top floors of the property and have been designed to create both a contemporary and comfortable ambiance for the most discerning guests. All guestrooms have LCD TVs, iPod docking stations, European pillows and duvets. The one-bedroom deluxe rooms are ideal for families featuring a separate kitchen, a separate bedroom with queen beds and a double sofa bed in the lounge.

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Vibe Hotel Sydney

Conveniently situated opposite the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Holiday Inn Darling Harbour is at the gateway to Sydney’s iconic Darling Harbour, dining and shopping complexes. The theater district, Cockle Bay Wharf, and the Star casino are also close by. The Holiday Inn Darling Harbour is a unique blend of old and new. Much of the hotel was originally built in the 18th century and the facade has been restored in keeping with the heritage classification of the former wool store. Inside, the hotel is comfortable and contemporary in design.

A unique hotel offering chic accommodation in the heart of Sydney, Vibe Hotel Sydney exudes style. Ideally positioned for discovering Sydney’s vibrant city center, Surry Hills, Chinatown and World Square, the hotel is also close to the downtown entertainment precinct that offers live theater and music year-round. Sydney’s premier tourist attractions such as Darling Harbour and Hyde Park are only a few minutes' walk and with public transport on the doorstep, other key sites are also easily accessible.

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Travelodge Wynyard

The Rendezvous Studio Hotel Sydney Central is a smart and contemporary hotel, located in the heart of Sydney. The modern décor and clean simple lines of the 116 rooms and suites are complemented by sophisticated and attentive service. Located just minutes from Darling Harbour, fashionable Surry Hills and vibrant Chinatown with its great selection of restaurants, the hotel provides ready access to the transportation hub of Central Station. Guests will find it easy to explore Sydney’s major attractions from this stylish base.

Whether you are looking for an exciting day in the city or a sensational night out on the town, Travelodge Wynyard is next door to Sydney’s best attractions. Travelodge Wynyard offers 277 rooms on 22 levels, a restaurant, bar and gym. Guests can readily visit the Opera House, the historic Rocks area, Darling Harbour, the Botanical Gardens, an extensive variety of restaurants and a great selection of major shopping outlets. Adjacent to Wynyard railway station, the hotel's prime position makes it easy to discover the best that Sydney has to offer.

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Arts Hotel

Travelodge Sydney

Arts Hotel is a small family owned and operated hotel offering a unique location, personal service and great value. Located in trendy and historic Paddington, the hotel is within walking distance of the city center with direct buses to the city, Circular Quay and Bondi Beach departing from outside the hotel. The hotel is surrounded by boutiques, bookshops, cinemas, art galleries, pubs and restaurants. On Saturdays explore the Paddington Markets. Complimentary facilities include Wi-Fi, movies, parking, garden courtyard and pool, guest bicycles and guided walking tours of Paddington.

On the edge of the city center, Travelodge Sydney is well positioned for exploring the city. Superb restaurants, theaters, lively nightclubs and a great range of shops from designer stores to funky boutiques are within close walking distance. Major attractions including Darling Harbour, Entertainment Centre, Sydney Cricket Ground and the Sydney Football Stadium are all easily accessible, as are family orientated attractions including the Sydney Aquarium and the Sydney Imax Cinema.

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Bronte Beach, Sydney

ibis Sydney World Square

Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach

Located next to the World Square Centre, the hotel is within easy walking distance of local attractions including Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay Wharf, Chinatown, Sydney Entertainment Centre and the Capitol Theatre. The ibis Sydney World Square is close to vibrant entertainment and shopping precincts with trendy restaurants and bars for all tastes and budgets nearby. The Light Rail and Central Railway are within five to ten minutes' walk, providing easy access within the city and beyond.

Surrounded by one of the east coast’s most breathtaking beaches and headlands and situated only four miles from the center of Sydney, Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach's convenient location makes it the ideal base for exploring Sydney and surrounding areas. Eight premier golf courses, Randwick Racecourse as well as the Sydney Football Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground and nearby. The hotel’s guestrooms offer a sense of Australian beach life, from bright rooms with king or twin double beds to luxury suites. Balcony rooms with ocean views are also available.

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The Sebel Manly Beach

Stay at Bondi’s hottest new address, Adina Apartment Hotel Bondi Beach, located on the hip strip of Bondi that leads to Australia’s most iconic beach. The vibrant restaurants, shops and commanding position of the apartment hotel allow guests to soak up all the glamor and lifestyle that Bondi offers. The hotel is complete with all of the features Adina guests have come to know and love, including premium lifestyle facilities such as a pool, gym and yoga room. A two-minute walk will see you with your toes in the white sand and aqua waters of Bondi Beach.

Located on the secluded, southern end of Manly Beach, just a short walk from the sand, The Sebel Manly Beach guestrooms and suites are well-appointed and spacious offering a choice of accommodation, which ranges from studio rooms to one- and two-bedroom suites. All rooms and suites have been completed to high standards of style and design with many offering views of Manly Beach. All are individually air-conditioned and feature a large balcony to welcome the ocean breeze. The hotel offers two swimming pools, spa, sauna and an on-site restaurant.

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New South Wales / BLUE MOUNTAINS AND HUNTER VALLEY ACCOMMODATION

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

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Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Australian wilderness at Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, located in the Greater Blue Mountains just 118 miles from Sydney. Nestled between two National Parks, the resort lies within its own 4,000 acre private conservation and wildlife reserve. The 40 luxury individual suites, each with its own swimming pool, are complemented by a main homestead offering distinctive dining, luxury facilities and the standalone Timeless Spa. The seclusion of Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa creates a natural sanctuary where guests can relax and explore in unsurpassed comfort. This quintessential, luxury Australian bush experience can be explored through a range of activities including 4WDs, heritage tours, wildlife spotting and horse riding. All meals are included, with a strong focus on regional, seasonal and organic produce.

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Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort Just a short drive from Sydney and nestled on the edge of the magnificent Jamison Valley overlooking the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, Lilianfels is a breathtaking escape for romantics, a delight for gourmets and a wonder for lovers of nature. This historic country mansion is set amid two acres of manicured gardens, complete with a heated outdoor pool. Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa is the perfect base from which to explore the many sites of the Upper Blue Mountains including Katoomba, Leura, Mount Victoria and Blackheath.

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Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is located in the heart of the Hunter Valley, renowned for its award-winning semillons and shiraz. The resort offers a diverse range of luxury accommodation options for couples, groups and families with 150 deluxe rooms, 104 two-bedroom villas and 70 three-bedroom villas. The hotel has extensive leisure facilities including an 18-hole golf course, Tea Tree Spa, a spacious resort pool as well as back-lit tennis and basketball courts. The childfriendly resort also boasts the only complimentary and fully supervised kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; club in the region. With a wide range of facilities, extensive accommodation options and an impeccable reputation for quality and customer service, this is an ideal base for exploring the nearby wineries and other local attractions.

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Hunter Valley Resort Located two hoursâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; drive north of Sydney, Hunter Valley Resort looks out over its own picturesque 40-year-old vineyards. Featuring timber cathedral ceilings and stunning views from all 35 rooms and cottages, the resort offers an exceptional range of activities and services, including a daily vineyard tour, wine theater experience, horse and carriage tours, horse riding, wine school, pool table, cheese tasting factory, walking/jogging track, Heavenly Hunter Massage Centre, pool, tennis, heated spa and mountain bikes. Dining options include the San Martino Italian Restaurant and the Bluetongue Brewery CafĂŠ. Championship golf courses, The Hunter Gardens, hot air ballooning, chocolate factory, shopping village and over 140 wineries are all close by. For those in search of a quieter stay, there is always the option of relaxing with some fine local wines in the comfort of the property. Stay 4 Pay 3 price guide:

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COASTAL NEW SOUTH WALES ACCOMMODATION / New South Wales

Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island With sculpted mountain peaks rising dramatically from jeweltoned waters, the tiny World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island lies a short two-hour flight off Australia’s east coast. Celebrated as the pinnacle of luxury accommodation on the crescent-shaped island sanctuary, Capella Lodge awaits atop the romantic beach at Lovers Bay and commands spectacular views of the ocean, reef and mountains. All nine intimate contemporary island-style suites are designed to complement Lord Howe’s pristine, natural environment and provide a luxurious, serene refuge. Spacious, light-filled interiors feature lavish king beds and bespoke furnishings to create a sense of relaxed luxury. Generous private decks with sumptuous day beds take in views of ocean and mountains. Floor-to-ceiling glass and a clever architectural design in the main lodge allow wonderful views into the restaurant, bar and lounge areas where simplicity blends with pure sophistication. Devour irresistible cuisine showcasing a bounty of seafood and fresh, regional produce, and lounge with fabulous drinks poolside. Slip into the horizon pool to refresh, and stretch out on the open-air deck of Gower’s Terrace. Surrender to nurture body and soul in the Capella Spa with dreamtime-inspired Aboriginal spa treatments. Outside, walking paths traverse ancient island wilderness and meander through virgin palm forest where the songs of native birds fill the air. Guests take to remote mountain walks, relax on white sandy beaches or grab fins and a snorkel to explore the riot of submarine color in the world’s southern-most coral reef. Luxurious surrounds, exceptional island-inspired dining and unforgettable ‘first name’ service combine to create an outstanding lodging experience. Inspired by the carefree spirit of the Australian beach house, this is barefoot luxury at its best. Stay 7 Pay 6 price guide:

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The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa Inspiration by nature is the hallmark of The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa in the tropical north of New South Wales. Set within a stunning 44-acre subtropical rainforest, close to Tallow Beach, this multi-award-winning resort provides an idyllic escape in a relaxed ambiance. Guests can indulge with nurturing spa treatments, sample fresh local cuisine, wander on one of the multiple walks through the lavish rainforest or relax each day with yoga. The spacious, well-appointed one-bedroom suites, the warm and friendly welcome, exceptional service and attention to detail make this a truly memorable experience. Visit this serene haven in exotic Byron Bay where the ocean laps the tropics.

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Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay Nestled in a pristine setting among towering gum trees sits the amazing Paperbark Camp. The architecturally designed luxury tented accommodation takes in beautiful bushland scenery and is only minutes away from the deserted white beaches and crystal clear waters of Jervis Bay. Just over two hours’ drive from Sydney, Paperbark is the perfect spot for sighting possums, kangaroos and sugar gliders while enjoying the finest local produce and seafood served within the chic treetop dining room. Paperbark Camp and Jervis Bay offer an unforgettable luxe camping experience. Stay 3 Pay 2 price guide:

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Victoria is a diverse mix of natural beauty, arts, sport, superb food and wine, and accommodation ranging from luxury hotels to rustic farmstays. Melbourne buzzes with chic fashion stores, intimate lane-way cafés and bars, shows and nightlife. Scenic coastal drives, prized surfing beaches, fine wines and refined living are all part of the quintessential Victorian experience.

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Yarra Valley

Great Ocean Road

The pretty Yarra Valley area is endowed with distant blue ranges, frolicking hills strung with vines, towering trees, verdant valleys and pristine rivers. Fine wines and refined dining are the stars of this scenic setting, including around Marysville and Warburton. Many arts and craft studios offer a great chance to meet the locals.

The road hugs the coastline for much of this signature route which is one of Australia's legendary drives. Breathtaking coastal scenery contrasts with the inland splendour of the Otway Ranges and quaint seaside towns. The eight remaining limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles front the foaming Southern Ocean to create this spectacular drive.

Phillip Island

Daylesford

Located 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island is known for its Penguin Parade, the Island’s top tourism experience. Tiny fairy penguins can be observed from seats on the beach as they emerge at dusk each day from the surf. Koalas, fur seals, pelicans, mutton-birds and other sea birds can also be viewed on the Island.

Romance is never far away in historic Daylesford. Natural spas, bubbling natural springs, undulating green hills, top dining and relaxing accommodation make the short trip from Melbourne well worthwhile. Be prepared to be pampered in this treasured setting where bodily treats and culinary delights come together in the garden mist.

5 Day Great Ocean Road Self-Drive Explore one for the world's most famous coastal drives on this five day road-trip from Melbourne to Adelaide including car rental and accommodation.

Day 1: Melbourne – Apollo Bay (122 miles). Collect your rental vehicle and travel the Surf Coast Highway and discover the coastal towns en route to Apollo Bay.

Day 2: Apollo Bay – Port Fairy (117 miles). Enjoy a stroll through Otway National Park and then travel along the Great Ocean Road through the town of Port Campbell. Day 3: Port Fairy – Robe (188 miles). Travel via Portland and Lake Nelson and along the coast directly to Mount Gambier to Robe. Day 4: Robe – Barossa Valley (221 miles). Travel via the scenic quaint towns and National Parks to the Barossa Valley, Australia's most famous wine producing area.

Day 5: Barossa Valley – Adelaide (50 miles). Explore famous wineries, boutique restaurants and cafés before traveling to Adelaide. price guide:

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Marvelous Melbourne City Sights

Melbourne City Tour

Operated by AAT Kings

Operated by Oceania Tours & Safaris

Discover the charms of Melbourne, taking in highlights such as Captain Cook's Cottage, Queen Victoria Market, Fitzroy Gardens and Albert Park, home to the Australian Grand Prix. Stroll the Royal Botanic Gardens and visit the Royal Exhibition Buildings, Federation Square, the Shrine of Remembrance and the vibrant Southbank waterfront precinct. Admire fine examples of the city's architecture (including St. Paul's Cathedral and the Princess and Regent Theatres) while taking advantage of the opportunity for great city photo shots across Bolte Bridge.

Melbourne City Tour allows guests to enjoy the main attractions of this marvelous metropolis in a relaxed and entertaining way. Guides bring to life the stories behind the iconic buildings and also outline the most interesting places to visit. Whether it is a walk in the park, a trip to the Cathedral or a shopping spree at Victoria Market, there is a lot to admire and take in. From the hustle and bustle of downtown to the tranquility of Carlton Gardens and the heights of the Eureka Skydeck 88, the best of the city will be offered to you in style.

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Koalas and Kangaroos in the Wild

Operated by AAT Kings

Operated by Echidna Walkabout

Admire the beautiful landscape, taking in the lush ferns and dense forests of the Dandenong Ranges, home to lyrebirds, crimson rosellas, cockatoos and kookaburras. Ride the restored Puffing Billy Steam Train for a memorable journey on Australia's most notable narrow gauge railway. Tour Yarra Valley’s hills and prosperous vineyards and after lunch, transfer to Healesville Sanctuary, one of Australia's most renowned wildlife and nature sanctuaries. Get up close to koalas, kangaroos, wombats, emus, cockatoos and parrots and witness the amazing Eagles Fly demonstration.

Interact with koalas and kangaroos in the wild on this full-day, fully inclusive small group eco-tour from Melbourne city, led by an experienced wildlife guide. Walk through bushland to meet wild koalas and learn about their history and social life from your koala researcher. Improve the koala's habitat by removing weeds and join wild mobs of kangaroos on the plains. Their natural instinct is to flee humans, but with care great photos can be taken. The tour is vehicle-based and includes short walks and a substantial picnic lunch. Maximum group size is eight adults.

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Phillip Island Penguins and Wildlife

Operated by Oceania Tours & Safaris

Operated by AAT Kings

A day full of amazing views and experiences, the Phillip Island Day Tour offers visitors an insight into the history of the first settlers in this remote area. You will come into close contact with koalas at the Conservation Centre, take in the full force of the ocean at the Nobbies, Seals Rock, and be thoroughly entertained at the famous Penguin Parade. There is also plenty of time for taking some memorable pictures, enjoying a coffee or shopping for souvenirs. In the summer months, visit the town of Cowes where you can sample a local dish or stroll along the pier.

Get up-close-and-personal with Australian wildlife at the Maru Koala and Animal Park. Enjoy the opportunity to pat and feed kangaroos, wallabies and admire koalas in their natural habitat. On Phillip Island, stroll along boardwalks to glimpse Australia's largest population of fur seals. Visit Phillip Island Visitors Information Centre to learn about the cute penguins and life on the island. See the penguins as they return to their nests and families. Upgrade to the 'viewing platform' to secure prime position (additional cost).

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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Ultimate Eco Tour Operated by Bunyip Tours

Get up-close-and-personal with the friendly residents of Moonlit Sanctuary, where you can hand feed kangaroos and wallabies. Visit historic Churchill Island and see sheep shearing in action. Next stop is the Koala Conservation Centre to marvel at the koalas in their natural environment. Continue on to the Nobbies and Seal Rock Centre for a stroll along the boardwalks, before arriving at Summerland Beach for the nightly penguin parade. Home to Victoria’s largest colony of little penguins, Summerland Beach provides a spectacular backdrop to the world-famous penguin parade. Watch as hundreds of cute penguins make their way across the beach heading home for the night. Take in the beauty and native wildlife of Phillip Island on this magical visit. Tours depart daily and include hotel pick-up, lunch and park entry fees. Receive complimentary entry to Melbourne Aquarium and Eureka Skydeck when you book this tour in conjunction with the same operator’s Great Ocean Road Tour. price guide:

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Great Ocean Road Day Tour

The Great Ocean Road Adventure

Operated by Oceania Tours & Safaris

Operated by AAT Kings

The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most spectacular coastal routes boasting wild and rugged coastline, soft sandy beaches and quaint towns. Enjoy an exclusive visit to the renowned Ecolodge and walk through a eucalyptus forest for one-on-one encounters with koalas and other native wildlife. The ultimate destination is the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. These magnificent rock formations rising out of the sea will ensure you take home some fabulous photos and unforgettable memories.

Travel along the Great Ocean Road past towering limestone cliffs, sweeping white beaches and stunning forest scenery. Marvel at the impressive limestone stacks which make up the Twelve Apostles as they rise from the Southern Ocean. Walk along the boardwalk and enjoy the scenery from different viewing platforms. Continue beyond Port Campbell to the remnants of London Bridge. Don’t forget to bring your camera as you head off to a number of great photo locations including Razorback and Island Arch. This is truly one of the world's great scenic coastal drives.

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Great Ocean Road Classic Tour Operated by Bunyip Tours

Spend the day exploring one of the most picturesque stretches of coastal scenery. Pass through the seaside towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay with stops along the way to take in the breathtaking views. Journey through the Otway rainforest and some of the tallest eucalyptus trees in Australia. Arrive at the iconic Cape Otway Lighthouse for views over the Southern Ocean and Bass Strait from the lighthouse before savoring a barbecue lunch. After lunch discover the Shipwreck Coast and stroll along the historic beaches and see Loch Ard Gorge. Arrive at the Twelve Apostles and descend the Gibsons Steps where you will be dwarfed by the high cliff line and these enormous offshore stacks. Tour departs daily and includes hotel pick-up, lunch, and park entry fees. Receive complimentary entry to Melbourne Aquarium and Eureka Skydeck when you book this tour in conjunction with the same operator’s Phillip Island Penguin Parade Ultimate Eco Tour.

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4 Day Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road Escorted Tour Operated by AAT Kings

Discover and explore Melbourne and surrounds on this four-day coach tour.

Day 1: Melbourne. On arrival at Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your accommodation. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Melbourne.

Day 2: Melbourne – Phillip Island – Melbourne. Experience the sights of cosmopolitan Melbourne, including Parliament House and Queen Victoria Market. Visit the Maru Koala and Animal Park and see the famous Penguin Parade as Phillip Island's little penguins march up the sand to their nesting places. Overnight in Melbourne. (B)

Day 3: Melbourne – Apollo Bay – Melbourne. Travel the iconic Great Ocean Road. See the marvelous Twelve Apostles and visit London Bridge, Gorge and Razorback Lookout. Overnight in Melbourne. (B)

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The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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InterContinental The Rialto

Park Hyatt Melbourne

Beautifully appointed and designed, the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto blends contemporary and heritage elements to create a stunning, 253-room luxury hotel in the heart of the city. Vibrant Southbank, the Yarra River, the ever-changing Docklands, leading tourist attractions, exclusive shops and boutiques and some of the best restaurants this cosmopolitan city has to offer, are all close by. Diners will enjoy the contemporary Market Lane Bar, Bluestone Wine Lounge and modern Australian dining at Alluvial Restaurant.

Nestled in the heart of the city, Park Hyatt Melbourne is the first choice for discerning travelers seeking modern luxury. The oversize guestrooms feature walk-in wardrobes, king beds, deep soaking tubs with TV inset, twin basins and separate showers. Park Club Health & Day Spa offers divine health and beauty treatments, gym, tennis court and 82-foot edgeless aquamarine indoor pool. The fine dining of the award-winning radii restaurant & bar features modern European cuisine served by expert culinary chefs in open kitchens.

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Lyall Hotel and Spa Situated in the heart of Australia’s fashionable and cosmopolitan district of South Yarra, Lyall Hotel and Spa is close to Melbourne's top designer boutiques and worldclass restaurants. Small, privately owned and operated by Melbourne couple Peter and Rowina Thomas, the hotel offers grand hotel services and facilities on an intimate scale. The Lyall's warm ambiance attracts guests who appreciate personal service and attention to their individual needs. Each suite has a separate living room, kitchen, luxurious bathroom and outdoor terrace. The gourmet personal bar, 24-hour room service, pillow menu and complimentary Wi-Fi are part of the Lyall's standard services. Other features include the restaurant, champagne bar and mini art galleries on each level. The Lyall Spa offers an exotic menu of spa rituals and beauty treatments with a state-of-the-art gym. Map Page 49 Reference 3 price guide:

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Quay West Suites Melbourne From its prime location on the lively Southbank promenade on the banks of the Yarra River and in the heart of Melbourne's arts precinct, this apartment-style hotel is a only a few minutes to Melbourne’s city center. All tastefully designed, apartments come with a fully equipped kitchen, spacious living and dining areas, ensuite bathroom and a furnished balcony with stunning views of Melbourne. Jarrah Restaurant & Bar provides a superb setting for enjoying the contemporary cuisine on offer. Adjacent to the bar is an outdoor terrace where guests can relax with alfresco drinks or dine. The hotel facilities also include a gym, spa, sauna and an attractive indoor pool.

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The Langham Melbourne Located on exclusive Southbank, The Langham Melbourne is surrounded by a range of alfresco cafés, restaurants, bars and boutiques as within steps of Federation Square, the Botanical Gardens, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Arts Centre. The elegantly appointed rooms feature Langham blissful beds, marble bathrooms with separate shower unit and bath tub and offer picturesque views over either the Southgate area or the river and the city skyline. Club rooms located on level 24, offer exclusive access to The Langham Club lounge, which serves breakfast, afternoon tea, evening canapés and apéritifs. The Chuan Spa boasts eight treatments rooms, a pool, saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzi, gym, movement studio and a magnificent sun terrace overlooking the Yarra River and city.

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Grand Hyatt Melbourne

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Often described as the city’s center of luxury, Grand Hyatt Melbourne is located on Collins Street in the heart of Melbourne’s most prestigious shopping, dining and theater precinct and within walking distance of many tourist attractions. Rooms feature a brand new design concept that enhances the hotel’s uninterrupted city views. This iconic Melbourne hotel includes striking upper and lower lobbies, a state-of-the-art health and fitness center, City Club, and a luxury retail precinct.

Hotel Lindrum is a renowned boutique hotel that combines modern design with the ultimate in contemporary facilities and personalized service. The hotel is centrally located in cosmopolitan Melbourne, close to all fashion, dining, cultural attractions and sporting venues. Enjoy luxury with a choice of stylish guestrooms. For breakfast and dinner, delight in the warm ambiance of felt restaurant. Unwind in the Back Bar with an open fireplace or enjoy a game of snooker on an original billiard table from the Lindrum Billiard Centre, the hotel’s namesake.

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Oaks On William

Grand Hotel Melbourne is an historic Melbourne icon. Located in a premium position on Spencer Street between Flinders and Collins Streets, the property features palatial apartments which are all self-contained with modern kitchen facilities and luxurious furnishings. The kingsize grand beds are ideal for a decadent slumber. Other features include a large, indoor heated pool and spa, fully equipped gym, sauna and the elegant RAB Bar and Restaurant.

Exuding contemporary Melbourne style and charm, the brand-new first-class Oaks On William features superbly appointed serviced studio apartments. All apartments boast modern amenities including full kitchens, airconditioning, a large range of modern appliances and private balconies, some with enviable views over the skyline and Flagstaff Gardens. The property also offers an impressive selection of superior leisure facilities including a large fully equipped gym, lobby café and bar.

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Crown Promenade Melbourne Offering stylish accommodation in the city center, Crown Promenade Melbourne is a convenient option for discerning travelers. All elegantly furnished rooms and suites overlook the city and bay and come fitted with floor-to-ceiling window, VoIP telephone, high-speed Internet access and a flatscreen TV. Guests can enjoy on-site facilities including a 25-meter infinity spa pool, gym and designer shops. Valet parking is also available. Feast on delicious servings at the all-day Mesh as well as seafood and desserts at Crown. Enjoy wine, cocktail and snacks at the hotel bars and clubs. Take in the breathtaking city vista atop Eureka Skydeck 88 or Rialto close by. Learn about local history by looking at displays at the National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Museum or take a refreshing stroll around Royal Botanic Gardens.

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Clarion Suites Gateway Located on the banks of the iconic Yarra River opposite the Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex in Melbourne, Clarion Suites Gateway offers warmth and exceptional hospitality only a short stroll from the vibrant Southgate dining, café and nightlife precinct. The location offers easy access to the city center for shopping, sporting facilities, theater, arts and attractions such as the Melbourne Aquarium and Immigration Museum which are conveniently situated across the road. Standard rooms are equipped with a mini-kitchen and the one- or two-bedroom suites are fitted with fully equipped kitchens and laundry facilities. Hotel facilities include William’s Bar & Café, swimming pool and Internet access as well as access to an off-site gym. Public transport is close by with the free Circle Tram departing from outside the front door.

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MELBOURNE ACCOMMODATION / Victoria

Crowne Plaza Melbourne

Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne

Located on banks of the Yarra River, Crowne Plaza Melbourne is just a few steps from Melbourne’s bustling city center. It is just a short walk to the city’s most popular entertainment complexes, sporting venues, retail strips and food hubs including the Crown Casino complex and the Southbank, Docklands and South Wharf precincts. A variety of guestrooms and suites feature stunning river views and all rooms are equipped with modern amenities. Hotel facilities include a heated outdoor pool, fully equipped fitness center and the popular Lobby Bar and Clarendon St Grill.

Blending the zest of the Vibe brand with the beautiful façade and internal grandeur of an art deco heritage building, Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne is opposite Spencer Street station and a few blocks from the hub of Collins Street. Melbourne’s city center is made up of precincts, each with their own flavor; Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne is well placed to explore them. With the tram on the doorstep, easy access to all key attractions is assured.

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Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders

Located in seaside St Kilda, Novotel Melbourne St Kilda is three miles from the center of Melbourne. With a prime position on the lively esplanade, the hotel is a short drive from the airport either by external shuttle bus, taxi or self-drive. Guests love the terrace dining and bar, ample car parking, and sweeping ocean views. All 211 stylish rooms have been designed to maximize comfort. Some of Melbourne’s best known sights are easily accessible from the hotel which is close to a number of cafés, restaurants and boutiques.

Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders offers stylish and relaxed city hotel accommodation. Close to attractions including the Melbourne Aquarium, Etihad Stadium and the Docklands and South Wharf precincts, it is easily accessible by public transport including metropolitan and V-Line trains, the airport shuttle bus, trams and taxis. With a variety of room configurations and hotel facilities including Sirocco Restaurant & Bar, heated outdoor pool, pool terrace, gym and sauna, Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders is a good base from which to explore the city.

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The Hotel Charsfield The Hotel Charsfield is a unique boutique hotel located along Melbourne’s leafy St Kilda Road. The hotel is housed within a magnificent Victorian building which is Heritage-listed, and small enough to offer personalized service, but with the professionalism of a world-class establishment. The hotel offers 41 rooms that range from Deluxe to Junior Suites and for special occasions, guests may prefer a Premier, Premier Spa room or an Apartment. Although boutique in nature, The Hotel Charsfield offers 24-hour reception room service. Enjoy the elegant reading room which offers books, magazines and newspapers or check out the historic snooker room with full-size table, and the beautifully appointed restaurant with a bar. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel as well as complimentary use of the business center.

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Crossley Hotel Melbourne Crossley Hotel Melbourne enjoys an ideal location at the top-end of town. Surrounded by theaters, rooftop bars, quaint laneways, boutique shops, restaurants and shopping districts, the hotel is a short walk to all of Melbourne’s major attractions. Crossley Hotel has 89 rooms with a choice between standard and superior rooms or for guests requiring more space, one- or two-bedroom apartments are available. All rooms offer complimentary in-house movies, complimentary Internet access, magazines, minibar and ironing facilities. Other services include valet parking and an atrium library with a book swapping service. Guests can also choose to relax in the trendy, mezzanine wine bar or dine in the restaurant.

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Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne

This iconic hotel is one of the few remaining historic and grand hotels in Australia. Built in 1913 as the Commercial Travellers Club, the centrally located hotel has recently completed a multi-million-dollar restoration and refurbishment program. The hotel features 340 elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites in a grand residence that ensures comfort and convenience. A destination in itself, this award-winning hotel is within walking distance of worldclass shopping, theaters, major sporting venues, premier entertainment and great dining. It is also directly opposite the historic Flinders Street Railway Station. Distinguished by elegance, heritage significance and tradition, Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne is a sought after base.

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Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne

Travelodge Docklands

Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne is located in the heart of the city’s vibrant theater district and within close proximity of all the pleasures which Melbourne has to offer. Live theater, cinemas, Chinatown and exceptional shopping are all just a short away. The hotel is also within walking distance of major sporting venues. Enjoy the sumptuous treasures of Footlights Restaurant and Encore Café & Bar, or take a dip in the fabulous heated, rooftop pool.

Located on Aurora Lane in the new Docklands waterfront precinct in the heart of Melbourne, Travelodge Docklands is a comfortable hotel from which to explore all of Melbourne’s exciting attractions including the MCG, Crown Casino, Melbourne Aquarium and Rod Laver Arena. The hotel also provides an excellent choice of public transport options with Southern Cross Station located adjacent to Docklands.

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Travelodge Southbank Melbourne is ideally positioned for experiencing all that this vibrant city has to offer. Located within easy walking distance to great restaurants and cafés, including some in Southbank which offer charge-back facilities. It is also close to an impressive array of high quality shops, renowned art galleries and the Crown Casino. The MCG, Melbourne Aquarium, Rod Laver Arena, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Melbourne Exhibition Centre are also just minutes away.

Positioned in the very heart of Melbourne, the Mercure Welcome Melbourne is surrounded by the city’s most well-known shopping precincts, theaters, galleries, bars and restaurants. The popular hotel offers great places to eat and drink including the chic and cozy Cocoon Bar and The Louden Kitchen & Grill. All rooms have cable TV and pay-per-view movie channels, fully stocked minibars, and broadband or Wi-Fi. Concierge, luggage storage and valet or selfparking are also available.

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Lake House One of the best destinations in Victoria for tailor-made food and wine, Lake House boasts one of Australia’s most awarded restaurants and cellars. Guests can dine in the plush restaurant overlooking the lake or the waterfront terraces. Lake House has received numerous awards, including Australia's ‘Regional Property of the Year’ in the Luxury Travel Gold List. Access to the manicured gardens, retreat facilities and the lake shore with its many walking tracks are part of the treasures on offer at the property. An oasis of tranquility, The Salus Day Spa offers an indulgent way to discover different types of hydrotherapy. The two treehouse cabins overlooking Lake Daylesford include hot mineral water tubs, perfect for a pre-pamper soak. The 80 on-site staff ensure guests' needs are met with discreet, attentive service. For lovers of good living, Lake House is truly heaven.

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Ramada Resort Phillip Island Ramada Resort Phillip Island is set on 65 acres surrounded by natural bushland, providing a private setting for guests. Enjoy excellent facilities including an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a health center with gym and spa, games room, children's playground, tennis courts, picnic barbecue areas, plus an on-site restaurant, café, bar and pizzeria. With a relaxing environment, explore the surrounding area and enjoy walking, cycling, bird-watching and picnics. Phillip Island is a place of incredible natural beauty and offers an abundance of activities for all ages. On Phillip Island you can see koalas dozing in the treetops, view Australia’s largest colony of fur seals come evening and watch hundreds of little penguins returning to their burrows in the famous Penguin Parade.

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PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport

Ballarat Lodge

PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport provides an unrivaled connection to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. Rest before a flight or refresh yourself in the comfort of the hotel before heading home. Conveniently located adjacent to the airport, the property features 276 spacious and attractive rooms. Restaurants at the PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport offer dining choices that range from fresh seafood to international favorites. PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport has been named Best Airport Hotel Australia/Pacific at the 2012 and 2013 World Airport Awards.

Located within the Victorian goldfields, opposite the award-winning tourist attraction Sovereign Hill, Ballarat Lodge has been purpose-built to suit both the corporate and leisure visitor. With warm country hospitality, beautiful landscaped gardens and its own Day Spa, the lodge offers a relaxing and memorable experience. Ballarat Lodge is a comfortable 75-minute drive from the center of Melbourne along the Western Freeway, just over one hour from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport with convenient access to the central rail link.

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Australia / QUEENSLAND

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Queensland Blue seas, sun-drenched beaches, lavish rainforests, picturesque inland hills and the Outback are just part of the Queensland story. One of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great treasures, the Great Barrier Reef is found here, and the active traveler will find it difficult to choose between scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, surfing and white-water rafting.

Islands of the Great Barrier Reef

Getting Around Queensland

Renowned for its biodiversity, the reefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many inhabitants include giant fish, turtles and dugongs. Cruising through and diving or snorkeling around reef threaded through the azure waters is the best way to meet its magnificent creatures. Relax in an exquisite setting and marvel at one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Queensland benefits from the best network of regional airports in Australia. Mixing transport modes is an ideal way to see the State. Trains, planes, coaches, self-drives, tours and cruises can easily be combined to experience the best that the state has to offer. A 4WD is advisable for access to remote rainforest and outback locations.

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

Brisbane and Southern Queensland

Fun-filled Cairns is the gateway to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Stretching for 1,428 miles off the coast, this is the largest coral reef system in the world. Be prepared for adventures galore in this vibrant town which is home to rich rainforests, exotic wildlife and the splendors of the Tropical North. AspireDownUnder.com | 1877 727 7473

Sandwiched between the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, Brisbane is the epitome of a relaxed lifestyle. Gateway to theme parks, surfing paradises and inland forests, Brisbane embraces the arts and festivals. The majestic Brisbane River, traditional Queenslander architecture, golden beaches, and fun and casual dining are some of the highlights.


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Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef The rich Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef in exotic Cairns, rendering it a great location for visiting both of the World Heritage-listed sites. The region is Australia’s premier tropical destination, combining lavish scenery with a wide range of activities. Explore, dine, and shop in Cairns and marvel at the world’s largest coral reel.

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Home to the reef and the rainforest, chic Port Douglas is popular with celebrities for its seclusion and relaxed lifestyle. With an enviable climate, Port Douglas is known for its restaurants, exclusive shops, luxury resorts and historic Queenslander buildings. Port Douglas style equates with sailing, sunning, shopping or simply just chilling out.

Tropical Cairns provides an ideal base for visiting the Great Barrier Reef and nearby rainforests. With an enviable casual lifestyle, there is a choice of establishments to suit café aficionados, bar hoppers and night owls. Relaxing, touring, shopping, adventuring and discovering the surrounds are all possible from this exotic town.

Palm Cove

Daintree Rainforest

Accessible from Cairns and Port Douglas, Palm Cove offers a great range of accommodation options and tours. The exotic setting and flourishing spa centres ensure relaxation and exploration go hand in hand. Palm-fringed beaches share their habitat with the local wildlife, including colourful lizards and lorikeets.

The oldest living rainforest in the world, the Daintree is situated north of Cairns and Port Douglas. Emerald forests harbour an exotic and important array of endemic species, including the elusive cassowary. Key highlights include guided tours and walks to areas such as Cape Tribulation which is known for its biodiversity and Aboriginal history.

5 Day Cairns and Port Douglas City Stay Explore tropical north Queensland on this five day packages that includes transfers, accommodation and touring.

Day 1: Upon arrival in Cairns, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation for two nights.

Day 2: Travel the Kuranda Scenic Railway before visiting Rainforestation Nature Park and the Koala and Wildlife Park. Enjoy a Dreamtime Walk prior to your return to Cairns via the iconic Skyrail.

Day 3: Cairns – Port Douglas. Experience a full-day Outer Barrier Reef Cruise. Dazzling with color and life, Agincourt Reef offers excellent places for swimming and snorkeling or alternatively you can choose to stay dry on the well-equipped pontoon with underwater observatory and glass-bottom boat.

Day 4: Port Douglas. Day at leisure. Day 5: Port Douglas – Cairns. Transfer to Cairns for your onward flight. price guide:

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Queensland / GREAT BARRIER REEF CRUISING

Discover the Great Barrier Reef by Small Ship

Join award-winning Coral Princess Cruises to discover Australia's spectacular World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. With 30 years' experience and a reputation for cruising excellence, the company offers three, four and seven-night itineraries from Cairns. Explore the best attractions of the reef, rainforests and tropical islands, in total comfort and unrivaled style. For many, a visit to the reef is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so making the most of your time is important. With Coral Princess Cruises, you will be traveling in an intimate group of no more than 44 guests and exploring well beyond the reach of busier day tour groups. Wake each morning with the highlights of the reef and tropical islands right outside your window. Relax and enjoy the finest local dining with the freshest seafood and tropical fruit, while the all-Australian staff introduces you to more of the reef, rainforest and islands than you ever thought possible.

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Operated by Coral Princess Cruises

easy from the snorkel platform at the stern of the ship. Less experienced swimmers will enjoy the opportunity to join guided snorkeling tours. Aboard the glass bottom boat, marvel at the treasures of the underwater world as the Marine Biologist explains the many wonders clearly visible underneath the boat. The beauty of a Coral Princess cruise is that you can be as adventurous or as relaxed as you wish. Explore remote coral cays, idyllic tropical islands such as Lizard, Dunk and Pelorus, and wander through spectacular rainforests well beyond the reach of most visitors. Or, simply relax on the sun deck or in the open bridge or spa as you cruise serenely through some of the most awe-inspiring scenery Australia has to offer; the choice is yours. Fully refurbished in 2013, the well appointed accommodation, all meals, and most activities are included. Three, four and sevennight cruises depart and return to Cairns each week, all year-round.

A memorable component of any Coral Princess cruise is the chance to snorkel and scuba dive over colorful coral gardens at exclusive reef moorings. Access is made

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CAIRNS AND THE GREAT BARRIER REEF TOURING / Queensland

Quicksilver Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise Operated by Quicksilver Connections

Travel on this experience-of-a-lifetime where Quicksilver’s friendly crew takes you to the renowned Agincourt Reef on the very edge of the famed Great Barrier Reef. Here, special reefs known as ribbons run parallel to the Continental Shelf. Clear water provides the best possible underwater visibility and in addition, encourages rich coral growth and supports spectacular marine life. Cruising aboard a high-speed, wave-piercer catamaran in air-conditioned comfort, both snorkelers and non-swimmers can enjoy the spacious activity platform with semi-subs, an underwater observatory and onboard marine biologists. Exciting optional activities such as diving and helicopter tours complement this reef-world experience. Lunch, morning and afternoon teas are included. This is one of Australia’s most-awarded reef cruises and has Advanced Ecotourism Certification.

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Silversonic Dive & Snorkel Adventure Operated by Quicksilver Connections

Get set for an exhilarating day of fun and adventure out of Port Douglas aboard the ultramodern dive and snorkel catamaran, Silversonic. Designed for small groups, the tour enables snorkelers to spend five hours exploring three spectacular outer reef sites at the renowned Agincourt Reef. Each of these sites has been chosen for its visual and ecological diversity. A snorkel brief at each site and a guided snorkel tour ensure that visitors make the most of this exquisite reef world. In between water activities, swimmers can relax on the sun decks overlooking the Coral Sea or in the vessel’s comfortable lounges. Silversonic features state-of-theart ride control, change rooms, air-conditioned lounges, licensed bar and hot, freshwater showers. Lunch, morning and afternoon teas are included. As an option, Silversonic offers up to three certified dives, as a well as introductory diving.

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Wavedancer Low Isles Cruise Operated by Quicksilver Connections

Set sail in luxury from Port Douglas aboard Quicksilver’s 98-foot sailing catamaran, Wavedancer, to the idyllic Great Barrier Reef coral island, Low Isles. This is an ideal day excursion for both families and couples seeking island relaxation. From the moment Wavedancer moors in the picturesque lagoon, a host of reef activities are on offer in this tropical island paradise. Enjoy snorkeling and exploring the island with a marine biologist, view coral gardens in a glass bottom boat or just relax on the beach under thatched umbrellas or on the decks of Wavedancer. Take in the sun and savor a delicious tropical buffet lunch.

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Green Island Cruise Operated by GBR Helicopters

Operated by Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises

Complete your quintessential Australian experience with a choice of helicopter flights. These discovery journeys showcase the best of North Queensland’s reef, rainforest and Outback. Enjoy an exhilarating flight over the renowned Great Barrier Reef, soar over ancient rainforests and past cascading waterfalls before landing beside a natural waterhole. Relax with a gourmet picnic lunch or enjoy a romantic day out on your own private, secluded sandy cay. Admire the vivid contrasts of the vast outback with a flight out to Mt Mulligan. Enjoy a truly memorable aerial spectacle.

Green Island is a tropical paradise on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Big Cat offers half-day and full-day cruises departing three times daily from Cairns. Cruise to Green Island in comfort aboard a modern air-conditioned catamaran. Activities include snorkeling, glass-bottom boat and semi-submarine coral viewing tours, relaxing on the white sandy beach and exploring the walking tracks that lead through the National Park. A range of optional extras (including helmet and scuba diving as well as scenic flights) are also available.

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3 Day Liveaboard Diving

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Operated by Quicksilver Connections

One of the best ways to appreciate the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef is to stay out there for a few days. Pro Dive Cairns is a premier PADI dive school and a leading outer reef live-aboard dive trip operator. For certified divers and snorkelers, the three-day/two-night live-aboard dive trip offers the opportunity to participate in up to 11 dives (nine day and two night dives with a maximum of two dives per dive site) as well as snorkeling on a variety of the 16 exclusive outer reef dive sites. You will be diving off one of three premium multimillion-dollar dive boats in air-conditioned comfort with a maximum of only 32 passengers onboard, staying in either double or twin share accommodation. This very special dive trip will be a highlight of your time in Cairns, making it a treasured memory of your vacation experience.

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5 Day PADI Learn To Dive Course Operated by Quicksilver Connections

For those thinking about taking the plunge and learning to scuba dive, this five day PADI Open Water Dive Course is a very popular option for visitors to Cairns. The dive course consists of two days of theory and pool training followed by a three-day/ two-night liveaboard dive trip, which includes the opportunity to experience up to nine dives. These dives, especially the night dive, will be the highlight of the course. The tour price includes a PADI Open Water Certification, PADI Open Water manual, dive log book, two passport photos (needed for certification), accommodation transfers, dive insurance and all dive equipment including wetsuit, dive computer and torches. Accommodation on-board the vessel is twin share and includes all meals and bed linen while on-board.

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TUSA 6 Dive and Snorkel Adventure

Operated by Spirit of Freedom

Operated by TUSA Dive

Join Spirit of Freedom to dive some of Australia’s most remote and spectacular dive locations. The multi-day Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea expeditions offer amazing diversity from colorful coral gardens and marine life on the Ribbon Reefs, to the incredible shark dive and 1,094-yard walls of the Coral Sea. Equipped with all modern comforts, 121-foot vessel provides three decks of living space, spacious cabins, professional dive service and gourmet meals. The three and four-day tours include a scenic flight between Lizard Island and Cairns.

Dive and snorkel the pristine outer coral gardens on the very edge of the Great Barrier Reef, traveling on the custom-built catamaran, TUSA 6. With a selection of 16 amazing reef sites, cruise in comfort to the day’s two reef locations. With limited guest numbers, TUSA Dive’s friendly professional crew ensures that this will be a special reef experience. A water level platform allows divers and snorkelers to glide right from the back of the boat to the reef. The day's activities include guided snorkeling, certified diving, first time introductory diving and marine talks.

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Barron River White-Water Rafting

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Cairns Harbour Cruises

Operated by Raging Thunder Adventures

Operated by Cairns Harbour Cruises

Located only 20 minutes north of Cairns, the Barron River winds its way through spectacular rainforest which is the setting for a great afternoon of fun for visitors keen to experience the thrill of white-water rafting. Your highly trained river guide will lead you on an ecoadventure through the Barron Gorge tackling grade two and three rapids, including 'Cheese Churn', 'Hells Gate' and the infamous 'Rooster Tail'. Learn about the surrounding flora and fauna, cool off with a refreshing dip in Lake Placid, then enjoy a drink before being transferred back to your accommodation.

Alongside Cairns is a magnificent tidal estuary which is rarely seen and only accessible by boat. MV Crocodile Explorer is an airconditioned vessel taking visitors on a scenic nature cruise along Trinity Inlet. Expect rich diverse wildlife, stunning scenery and a relaxing cruise with great commentary from our friendly crew. This is the saltwater crocodile's natural habitat, where visitors have a chance to spot them basking on the muddy banks, particularly in the cooler months. Harbor cruises depart daily at 1.30pm, and sunset cruises depart daily at 5.30pm.

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CAIRNS AND BEYOND TOURING / Queensland

30 Minute Balloon Flight

Kuranda Classic Tour Operated by Tropic Wings Coach Tours

Operated by Raging Thunder Adventures

Winding through tunnels and over bridges, Kuranda Scenic Railway enables visitors to explore the picturesque rainforest village and the award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park. Other activities include the Army Duck Rainforest Tour on both land and water, the fascinating performance by the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers, learning the didgeridoo and throwing a boomerang. After a barbecue lunch, visitors can discover native Australian animals in the Koala and Wildlife Park before returning to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, gliding over the rainforest canopy.

Your day begins with an early morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cairns before traveling to Mareeba via the Kuranda Range. At the launch site, watch the fascinating display of balloons being inflated before the first flights lift off as the sun rises. Glide over the scenic panorama of the Atherton Tablelands where you are likely to spot native Australian wildlife, especially kangaroos and wallabies. When the flights are over, join in the fun of packing up the giant balloons before being either returned to your accommodation late morning or joining another tour.

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Cairns ZOOm and Wildlife Dome

Cairns Night Zoo Operated by Cairns Tropical Zoo

Operated by Cairns Wildlife Dome

This is a great Australian evening experience, commencing with an Aussie barbecue which includes steak, prawns, chicken, salads, delicious desserts, tea or coffee and soft drinks, as well as complimentary Australian beer and wine. After dinner, enjoy a guided spotlight tour to discover what Australian native animals get up to after dark. Koalas, kangaroos, wombats, possums, owls and saltwater crocodiles are all on show. Join ’Swaggie’ at the campfire for billy tea and damper with the friendly kangaroos before completing your special evening with traditional Aussie music and a bush dance.

Experience adventure and wildlife right in the center of Cairns in the world’s first wildlife park with a Challenge Ropes Course. The Mid-ZOOm and Hi-ZOOm courses consist of 65 elements at varying heights and levels of difficulty, including crossings, tunnels, and a zip-line that takes you directly over a 13 foot saltwater crocodile. The PowerJump is a free-fall adventure with a 42-foot drop, while the DomeClimb offers views of the city, The Coral Sea and surrounding landscapes. Interact with native wildlife during the daily shows and presentations.

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Wildlife in the Rainforest

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures Operated by Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Operated by Kuranda Koala Garden Birdworld

Winner of the North Queensland Hall of Fame Award for 2012, Hartley’s is an authentic ecoadventure. Daily activities from 8.30am to 5pm include crocodile-spotting cruises, crocodile shows and wildlife presentations with cassowaries, koalas, quolls, reptiles and more. View and hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies in the Gondwana Gateway and enjoy delicious meals at Lilies restaurant. Situated 40 minutes north of Cairns and 25 minutes south of Port Douglas on the Captain Cook Highway, Hartley's is accessible by self-drive or half-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas.

This product combination gives visitors to the Kuranda Village the chance to immerse themselves in a world of iconic Australian wildlife. At Birdworld Kuranda, observe brilliant red-tailed black cockatoos, the endangered and stately cassowary, cheeky rainbow lorikeets, galahs, rare parrots, finches and many more. Next door, visit Kuranda Koala Gardens, a delightful awardwinning attraction where options include holding a cuddly koala for photos, patting and feeding kangaroos and viewing wombats, freshwater crocodiles, lizards and frogs in the beautiful rainforest setting.

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Cape Trib, Daintree and Wildlife

Cape Tribulation Go Jungle Surfing Operated by Jungle Tours and Trekking

Operated by Tropic Wings Coach Tours

Enjoy a scenic coastal drive to Port Douglas to visit the award-winning Wildlife Habitat, an outstanding environmental experience, where you will see cassowaries, koalas, kangaroos and plenty of bird life. Spot more wildlife on a Daintree River Cruise, then stop at Alexandra Lookout for magnificent views of the Coral Sea. Arrive in Cape Tribulation and enjoy lunch before joining the Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour where you fly through the trees on zip-lines, with a bird’s-eye view into the rainforest canopy and out to the reef, before returning to Port Douglas or Cairns.

Enjoy a full day discovering spectacular Cape Tribulation and the Daintree where the rainforest meets the reef. Visit The Wildlife Habitat for guaranteed wildlife spotting, then cruise the majestic Daintree River, spotting crocodiles and more wildlife. Continue on to Alexandra Lookout, then after a picnic lunch discover the natural beauty of Cape Tribulation on a guided rainforest and beach walk before returning to Cairns or Port Douglas. An overnight option is also available, including accommodation, breakfast and a day at leisure to explore the wilderness.

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Operated by Adventure North Australia

Experience Australia's rich Aboriginal history and culture on this fun full-day adventure tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. You will be taken on a journey from coast to rainforest to meet and learn the ancient culture of the Kuku Yalanlji people. Learn traditional Aboriginal hunting and gathering techniques as you walk along ancient ancestral trails and traditional fishing grounds searching for crabs, fish and mussels. Taste your catch of the day with homemade damper at the home of your hosts, Kuku Yalanji cultural Habitat Tours. This exciting, interactive tour will take you into the lush rainforest of Mossman Gorge to experience the wonders of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Mossman Gorge Centre and the opportunity to swim in the crystal-clear waters encased by rainforest. Learn about the Dreamtime animals and stories with Aboriginal Artist "Binna" and take home a memento of your experience.

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Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walks Operated by Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia

Choose between an Indigenous-guided Dreamtime Gorge Walk and Dreamtime Legend Walk, conducted by the traditional owners of the Gorge, the Kuku Yalanji people. This is considered a 'must do' for every visitor to Mossman Gorge. Ngadiku (Nar-di-gul, meaning stories and legends from a long time ago in local Kuku Yalanji language), takes visitors on a journey along private, easy graded tracks, visiting special places and culturally significant sites, past traditional bark shelters and over meandering, cool rainforest streams. After a welcome with a traditional ‘smoking’ ceremony that cleanses and wards off bad spirits, the walks then travel through stunning rainforest. Your experienced interpretive Indigenous guide demonstrates traditional plant use, identifies bush food sources and provides an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment. At the end of the tour, enjoy traditional bush tea and damper.

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Chillagoe Caves and Outback Day Tour Operated by Billy Tea Safaris

Enjoy your first stop at the Mareeba Wetlands for morning tea and a 20-minute cruise. Travel through the back blocks of this wetland area viewing wallabies, emus and other wildlife. Head into historic towns to reach the limestone karsts around Chillagoe. Visit the remains of the once mighty copper smelters and envisage life as it was years ago. Stop for a scrumptious pub lunch before embarking on a National Parks cave tour. The fossilized remains of the ancient coral reefs with hidden limestone labyrinths provide a portal to a lost world which was once just like the wondrous Great Barrier Reef. After the cave tour, head back towards the east coast, stopping at Mt Uncle Distillery for a choice of tea or coffee, delicious scones or possibly a wine or beer at Bridges Café (own expense). The tour then returns to Cairns down the picturesque range.

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CAIRNS ACCOMMODATION / Queensland

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns The Shangri-La Hotel is luxury accommodation nestled on the edge of Cairns’ magnificent waterfront. All rooms feature contemporary interiors and panoramic views of Marlin Marina, Trinity Bay, the surrounding mountains or the hotel’s lush, tropical gardens. The hotel’s boardwalk offers an extensive array of innovative restaurants and bars where guests can relax while watching the yachts sail into the world-class marina. An integral part of the Pier Shopping Complex, the Shangri-La is only a short stroll from the city center, Esplanade Lagoon and Reef Fleet Terminal.

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino Located in the heart of the city, the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino overlooks Trinity Bay and the departure point for the Great Barrier Reef. The hotel features 128 rooms and suites, all with spa baths and private garden balconies. Enjoy innovative and award-winning, contemporary fusion cuisine in the exquisite setting of Tamarind, or any of the three other restaurants and bars. Other facilities include a gym, spa and rooftop swimming pool. The property also hosts the Cairns Wildlife Dome, ‘Xtreme Illusion’ cabaret show, bar promotions and live entertainment. Map Page 57 Reference 1

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Pullman Cairns International

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Mercure Cairns Harbourside

Pullman Cairns International is known for its spectacular lobby and resort-style pool deck. Located in the city center, it is a short walk to the Cairns Esplanade and Reef Fleet Terminal, the departure point for the Great Barrier Reef. From your private balcony enjoy views of the city, harbor and hills. Large guestrooms of a minimum of 430 square feet feature luxurious bedding and a marble bathroom. Choose to relax poolside or pamper yourself in Mii Spa, the hotel’s luxurious day spa, before sampling the best of the tropics in Coco’s Restaurant.

Situated on the beautiful Cairns Esplanade, Mercure Cairns Harbourside enjoys spectacular views of Cairns and breathtaking ocean vistas. Mercure Cairns Harbourside is located eight minutes from the Cairns Airport and two minutes from the city center. Take in the tropical ambiance of the far north on your own private balcony. Dine in the award-winning Teshi’s Restaurant or relax with a cocktail by the pool from Blue Mango Café Wine Bar. Benefit from the convenience of the courtesy return shuttle service to Cairns city center or walk the stunning Cairns Esplanade.

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Mantra Esplanade Cairns

Situated on the esplanade, the property is a short stroll from the center of Cairns. There are 240 comfortable rooms which enjoy mountain or ocean views and 18 selfcontained apartments. Facilities include CHB Restaurant and Bar, health and fitness club with complimentary access, two tennis courts, three swimming pools, swim-up bar, convenience store, Internet kiosk, 24-hour reception, complimentary scheduled city shuttle and car parking.

From its central position in the heart of Cairns, Mantra Esplanade provides direct access to the lively, local street-scape scene and departure points for the Great Barrier Reef. Mantra Esplanade features premium, self-contained accommodation with comfortable hotel rooms and spacious one- and two-bedroom suites with panoramic views. On-site leisure facilities include a swimming pool, spa, sauna and exercise room. Located opposite the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon, myriad cafés, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, night markets and the Reef Casino are all on your doorstep.

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Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

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Holiday Inn Cairns

Located in the center of Cairns city, the awardwinning Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is set on four acres of beautifully landscaped gardens that surround a superb lagoon pool complete with a white sandy beach and a swim-up bar. With contemporary décor the resort embraces natural tones and materials throughout. All 314 rooms offer style, functionality and comfort, each with a balcony or terrace and either pool or garden views. The resort is within walking distance of the Cairns Esplanade, the Reef Casino and city attractions.

From its prime location on the Cairns Esplanade, Holiday Inn Cairns is within walking distance of all the major attractions for which Cairns is known, including the Reef Terminal. After a multi-million-dollar refurbishment in 2010, the hotel features modern guest facilities including in-room ergonomic workstation, restaurant, bar, fitness center and wireless Internet access. The hotel's 237 modern rooms open onto a rainforest atrium and feature expansive views across either the Coral Sea, rainforest-clad mountains or Cairns City with some rooms enjoying private balconies.

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Pacific International Hotel

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The Pacific International Hotel is centrally located on the picturesque Cairns Esplanade overlooking Trinity Harbour and the Reef Fleet Terminal, the main departure point to the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns. Opposite the main shopping precinct, casino and the restaurant area, the Pacific International is also a short walk to the Esplanade Lagoon with waterside boardwalks and parklands. The beautifully appointed rooms have private balconies, most of which enjoy superb water views. Hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, lobby shop, and the superb Bushfire Flame Grill which offers Brazilian-inspired, Australian-style barbecue. Other facilities include the Sugar Cane Rhumbar for pre-dinner cocktails, 24-hour reception, Internet kiosk and Wi-Fi in public areas. The pool area features a modern, contemporary look incorporating privacy screen, glass mosaic tiling and outdoor furniture. Map Page 57 Reference 8

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Rydges Tradewinds Cairns Located on the esplanade boardwalk, Rydges Tradewinds Cairns overlooks Trinity Bay and is the gateway to Australia’s tropical north. The resort is a short stroll to iconic Esplanade Lagoon, Cairns Wharf and Reef Terminal, and Cairns city center making this a sought after base for leisure travelers. The hotel offers 233 guestrooms and 13 suites with either resort, water or ocean views, a resort-style swimming pool and spa, a day spa and a complimentary schedule shuttle service to the city.

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Orange-thighed tree frog

Bay Village Tropical Retreat & Apartments Nestled among abundant, tropical gardens in the heart of Cairns, this family owned boutique property is a welcoming retreat for leisure travelers, and a great base for discovering the region’s natural wonders of reef and rainforest. At Bay Village Tropical Retreat & Apartments all rooms and apartments feature cool, tiled floors, natural colors, modern fabrics and local rattan furniture. Room choices range from standard hotel studio or family rooms, to one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. The retreat also boasts the award-winning Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant & Bar, which features authentic, delicious Balinese cuisine served in an indoor or outdoor setting. Other facilities include Internet café and Wi-Fi, barbecue facilities, complimentary car parking, guest laundry and a resort pool.

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Cairns Plaza Hotel

Successfully capturing the tropical spirit of Cairns, the resort is nestled within 11 acres of lush gardens. Comfort and convenience are assured with 345 rooms offering a fresh, modern look designed to appeal to all tastes. The resort offers three lagoon-style swimming pools, two restaurants and bars, guest lounge with Internet facilities, games room, tour desk and resort shop. Family-friendly ibis Styles Cairns Colonial Club is the ideal base from which to discover exotic, Tropical North Queensland.

Enjoying a prime location close to the waterfront, Cairns Plaza is a short stroll from the city center, shops, restaurants and Cairns’ swimming lagoon. Accommodation options include suites with kitchenettes, studios for up to four people, and standard rooms. All room types offer large private balconies and many have water views. Make the most of balmy tropical days and nights relaxing by the pool. The friendly staff will ensure you feel at home.

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NORTHERN BEACHES ACCOMMODATION / Queensland

VUE Trinity Beach Apartments Situated on Trinity Beachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s northern headland, the deluxe Vue apartments are in a class of their own along this beautiful stretch of coast. Only 15 minutes north of the Cairns International Airport, this stunning beachfront resort offers a choice of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments and Penthouse apartments in a complex which wraps around a magnificent horizon pool. Each apartment offers the latest innovations in cool, comfortable living, with gourmet kitchens, modern appliances, sensual interior finishes and breathtaking views of the Coral Sea.

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Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa Located on the shores of the Great Barrier Reef, Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa is a private boutique beach resort which has a strong focus on environmental sensitivity, combined with superb cuisine and world-class service. Set on 30 acres of lush, landscaped rainforest gardens in picturesque north Queensland, this secluded beachfront hideaway provides an authentic tropical Australian experience. With its own extensive botanical gardens, detached, secluded suites and private bungalows, Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa is nestled among a natural oasis of coastal lagoons. Surrounded by swathes of palms and rainforest, the property is home to dozens of native species. This wonderfully romantic resort has become a favorite with honeymooners and nature lovers the world over. All tours in the region pick up and return to Kewarra each day.

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Australis Cairns Beach Resort With a beachfront location at Holloways Beach, the Australis Cairns Beach Resort is perfect for that relaxed vacation away from the city while being close to key attractions. Ten minutes north of Cairns City and the airport, the resort borders the warm, tropical waters of the Coral Sea. The apartments, which overlook beautifully landscaped gardens, the pool area or Coral Sea, are all fully self-contained. The guestrooms offer king or split beds as well as a fold-out sofa bed in the living room. Facilities include an Internet kiosk, Wi-Fi hotspots, a lending library, DVD hire, and a barbecue area. The property features restaurants on the beach, a small shopping center for basics, and a regular bus service into Cairns.

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Coral Sands Resort Situated opposite stunning Trinity Beach and just a short drive north into Cairns, Coral Sands Beachfront Resort offers spacious, stylishly appointed self-contained apartments. All these apartments have floor-to-ceiling sliding doors leading out to large private balconies overlooking the extensive tropical gardens and lagoon-style swimming pool. The resort has direct access to the Esplanade and is within walking distance of restaurants, the local tavern and village shopping center.

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Queensland / PALM COVE ACCOMMODATION

Pullman Sea Temple Resort & Spa

Peppers Beach Club & Spa

Overlooking the palm-fringed beach at Palm Cove, Peppers Beach Club & Spa is an idyllic beachfront destination in Tropical North Queensland. This intimate property is the perfect place for indulging in tropical relaxation. The 153 elegant suites and spa rooms range from private one-bedroom to luxurious two-bedroom penthouses adorned with rooftop terraces featuring lounges, a barbecue and private pool or heated Jacuzzi. Facilities include Lime & Pepper Restaurant, Lobby Bar, On the Rocks Café Pool Bar, swimming pools, Sanctum Spa, tennis courts and boutiques.

Located on pure beachfront at Palm Cove, you can choose from beautifully detailed studio rooms or apartments complete with the option of luxurious private plunge pool and rooftop terraces. This magnificent resort features sandstone finishes infused by modern design and Asian simplicity, offering guests the ultimate indulgence in first-class relaxation. With an on-site day spa including three private treatment rooms, large lagoon pool and exquisite restaurant, Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort & Spa is an opulent escape, designed for those with total luxury in mind.

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Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove Set in the heart of Tropical Queensland and on the doorstep of the village of Palm Cove, Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove is well positioned for couples and families to enjoy a vacation centered on relaxation, dining, swimming and the beauty of the region. The resort offers a variety of spacious wellappointed room types including resort rooms, suites and self-contained two-bedroom suites; all set amid tropical gardens and rainforest boardwalks. Hotel facilities include swimming pools, a crocodile water-slide, 24-hour micro bar and reception, tour desk and complimentary parking.

The Reef House - MGallery Collection offers a boutique style of house service to enhance its comprehensive range of resort facilities including an ocean-view restaurant and awardwinning day spa. With privacy at a premium, all rooms boast uninterrupted ocean, pool or garden views from a private balcony or patio. The Reef House - MGallery Collection surroundings embrace tropical style and include sun-drenched terraces, three swimming pools, two spa pools, as well as an honesty bar and signature restaurant with ocean views.

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Paradise Palms Resort & Country Club Situated between two natural wonders, the World Heritage-listed rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, Paradise Palms Resort & Country Club is a world-class property just 20 minutes north of Cairns in the heart of Tropical North Queensland. Home to one of Australia’s most picturesque 18-hole championship golf courses, the resort also boasts an impressive Queenslander-style clubhouse with conference center and Fifty Nine Restaurant & Bar as well as the 96-room resort accommodation which opened in 2009, and the 21,528 square foot Pelicans in Paradise adventure park. Paradise Palms Resort & Country Club is paradise found for discerning visitors including golfers in pursuit of the perfect game and families dreaming of a vacation that caters for both parents and children.

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Alassio on the Beach Palm Cove Located opposite the beach on beautiful Palm Cove Esplanade, Alassio is a private, boutique resort offering modern, stylish one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and studio rooms. The facilities include a salt water lagoon pool, outdoor Jacuzzi and a barbecue area set among tropical gardens. The spacious apartments are ideal for families, couples or singles seeking a more relaxed setting close to shops, cafés and restaurants in Palm Cove. With easy access to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritagelisted rainforest, Alassio is a popular choice.

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PORT DOUGLAS ACCOMMODATION / Queensland

Shantara Resort Port Douglas Shantara Resort Port Douglas is an exquisite boutique resort, suitable for both couples and independent travelers seeking to relax in tranquil surrounds. For adults only, Shantara is located within walking distance of vibrant Macrossan Street, with its array of restaurants and cafés. Shimmering Four Mile Beach is a short stroll from this family operated property. Shantara offers a selection of spacious, one-bedroom apartments with full kitchen, lounge/dining area, spa bath and separate shower. The studios with kitchenettes provide a convenient solution for shorter stays. All apartments enjoy outdoor balconies, ideal for sipping sunset drinks. Breakfast options may be ordered prior to arrival. Choose from an American breakfast hamper or Continental hamper, which can include bacon, organic eggs, tropical seasonal fruit, toasted muesli, fresh bread, jams, milk, yoghurt, orange juice, tea and coffee. Stay 4 Pay 3 price guide:

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Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort Poised right on Four Mile Beach and nestled within 321 acres of lush tropical gardens between the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas is an oasis of luxury, with over five acres of swimmable salt water blue lagoons. The resort features 294 superbly appointed spacious rooms, all with the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed and lagoon or garden views and there are also 100 split level luxury villas. Experience a world of diverse cuisine at the resort's three award-winning restaurants and bars, or challenge yourself at the stunning 18-hole championship golf course. Escape to Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas, 'where you don't just stay, you belong'.

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Pullman Sea Temple Resort & Spa

Coconut Grove Port Douglas

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa has been designed with the utmost luxury and relaxation in mind. This lavish hotel blends seamlessly with the surrounding landscape echoing the natural features that center on an expansive lagoon pool and island bar. Featuring 194 beautifully appointed studio rooms, elegant two- and three-bedroom apartments and villas with exclusive plunge pools, luxury swim-out apartments and penthouses with rooftop spa and barbecue area, the resort boasts a luxurious day spa with couple rooms, 18-hole golf course and an on-site restaurant.

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Coconut Grove Apartments Port Douglas is situated in trendy Macrossan Street and only 153 yards from Four Mile Beach. Divine views of rainforest mountains can be enjoyed in absolute privacy from a choice of 33 glamorous vacation apartments that come complete with their own outdoor entertaining terrace that extends seamlessly from sophisticated living areas. The ultimate indulgence awaits when opting for a penthouse or terrace pool apartment, which incorporates its very own private plunge pool, spa and outdoor entertaining facilities.

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Peppers Beach Club

At Mandalay Luxury Beachfront Apartments, the cool white exterior of the three-story building is surrounded by formal, lush green gardens. The interiors have been timelessly refurbished with understated luxury and a touch of spice, enhancing the tropical ambiance of this exclusive property. The accommodation reflects the beach style and relaxed elegance which gives Port Douglas its reputation as one of the ultimate vacation playgrounds for discerning travelers. Mandalay Apartments is designed to ensure that guests return home with treasured memories.

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The tropics meet the Mediterranean at elegant Peppers Beach Club with its inviting, open-air design and premium accommodation which includes romantic spa suites for couples or oneto three-bedroom suites suitable for friends or family. Many suites feature a plunge pool or barbecue terrace and tranquil views of the lagoon or gardens. Swim-up pool decks on some suites provide access to the resort’s stunning lagoon. Guests can look forward to being pampered at the club’s Exclusive Spa or to savoring sumptuous cuisine in the soothing surroundings of Sublime Bar & Grill.

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Queensland / PORT DOUGLAS ACCOMMODATION

Thala Beach Lodge

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Located on a private beach and nestled in 145 acres of native forest, family owned Thala Beach Lodge is a deluxe eco and nature retreat located a convenient 45 minutesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; drive from Cairns and only 15 minutes from Port Douglas. Enjoy the best of the tropics during your time at this secluded paradise. Sitting atop a headland with breathtaking vistas, the lodge provides an island-feel vacation and is the ideal base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest as all regional day tours pick up direct from reception. Thala has proudly achieved the highest accreditation of ecocertification through its sustainable practice and environmental sensitivity. Boutique timber bungalows are built high on stilts and nestle in the forest canopy providing a private and unobtrusive approach to nature. All bungalows enjoy either ocean or forested mountain views. Time spent relaxing on the timber-decked verandas is enhanced by sightings of pretty birds, butterflies, possums and sugar gliders. The restaurant boasts panoramic vistas, taking in the sparkling waters of the Coral Sea and the World Heritage-listed forests that clad the coastal ranges. Guests can dine among the birds in the surrounding treetops while enjoying modern Australian cuisine with friendly service. Paths meander through rainforests and woodlands which are the habitats for exotic birds, plants and animals and which connect with private, sandy beaches. Visitors always appreciate the chance to discover native flora and fauna, secluded coves and rock pools at leisure. Guests also enjoy complimentary, guided on-site nature tours including a unique coconut odyssey, tree planting, stargazing at an outdoor observatory, wildlife walks and birdwatching tours. Stay 4 Pay 3 price guide:

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Cayman Villas Port Douglas Cayman Villas Port Douglas offers modern and spacious apartments ideal for a relaxing vacation or a romantic getaway for families, couples and discerning business travelers. Located within walking distance of iconic Four Mile Beach and the cosmopolitan town center of Port Douglas, Cayman Villas offers recently refurbished contemporary one-, two- and three-bedroom self-contained, spacious apartments. Featuring generous living areas, large tropical balconies, comfortable king and/or twin beds, air-conditioning and ceiling fans, fully equipped kitchens and spa baths. The large villas are of understated elegance, featuring contemporary soft furnishings and stainless steel kitchen appliances. Each villa is equipped with a spa bath and the two- and three-bedroom villas have two bathrooms. All villas have their own laundry facilities.

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Meridian Port Douglas Meridian Port Douglas is a contemporary, boutique resort that offers 33 luxury apartments for couples in a selection of self-catered studios and one-bedroom apartments. Meridian is ideal for couples requiring a peaceful and relaxing getaway catering for guests over 16 years of age. The contemporary interiors of each apartment offer fresh and modern stylish dĂŠcor combined with new furniture. Soft lime-washed wood, sumptuous leather sofas, bursts of color in the art works and the soft furnishings echo the color palate of the surrounding tropics, rainforest and ocean. The resort's central feature is the heated, lagoon-style pool with a sun deck, large barbecue area and Jacuzzi all set among lush, tropical gardens. For the romantics, private pool decks extend from the superior rooms directly into the lagoon; guests can also select a superior room with private Jacuzzi on a private balcony. Stay 4 Pay 3 price guide:

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PORT DOUGLAS ACCOMMODATION / Queensland

Peninsula Boutique Hotel Port Douglas This multi-award-winning boutique hotel is beautifully located overlooking palm-fringed Four Mile Beach. Catering to adults only, the Peninsula Boutique Hotel Port Douglas is a short stroll from cosmopolitan Macrossan Street's chic boutique shopping, fine restaurants and alfresco cafés. The hotel offers a taste of tropical luxury in absolute privacy within the serenity and comfort of its suites. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead to either a private balcony or terrace. Choose from poolview, oceanview or the peninsula suite, all of which are light and spacious with modern tropical style furnishings, living/dining area, fully equipped kitchenette and a bathroom with large twin plunge bath and separate walk-in shower. Hotel facilities include lift access to all levels, three attractive heated pools, Jacuzzi, guest laundry on each level and complimentary Wi-Fi. Complimentary arrival airport transfer is offered for stays of three or more nights. Full buffet breakfast and daily room servicing are included for all guests. Featuring modern Australian cuisine, the hotel's relaxed Hi Tide Restaurant and Bar look out onto the azure sea. This tranquil oasis close to the village center takes pride in offering added personal touches to maximize guests’ enjoyment of their tropical experience. With the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Cape Tribulation Rainforest on the hotel's door step, Peninsula Boutique Hotel Port Douglas is an oasis you will never want to leave.

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Oaks Lagoons Just three minutes’ stroll to pristine Four Mile Beach, Oaks Lagoons aims to please with its friendly service, relaxed ambiance and unique ‘lagoon’ lifestyle. Oaks Lagoons offers varying accommodation styles, from hotel rooms with large balcony corner spas, to one- and twobedroom apartments complete with gourmet kitchen and laundry facilities. Each room type offers a choice of either a private balcony spa, private plunge pool or a swim-out with direct access to one the six lagoons set among lush landscaping.

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Regal Port Douglas Holiday Apartments

Mantra PortSea is perfect for a relaxing getaway or carefree family vacation. With hotel rooms as well as one- and two-bedroom studios, Mantra PortSea's facilities include guest laundry, undercover parking, and Internet room. Just 327 feet from the beach and a 15-minute walk from the shops, restaurants and cafés of Port Douglas center, Mantra PortSea keeps the family entertained with a tennis court, gym, PortSea Beauty & Day Spa and three swimming pools with the central lagoon featuring a swim-up pool bar, water slide, spas and waterfalls.

The Regal Port Douglas Holiday Apartments are located on the quieter end of the Port Douglas restaurant strip in Macrossan Street. Key attractions, including Four Mile Beach, Marina Mirage and the Sunday markets are all a short walk from the resort. Accommodation options range from studios with indoor spa baths, onebedroom apartments with either indoor spa bath or Jacuzzi on the balcony, two-bedroom apartments with both indoor spa bath and outdoor Jacuzzi, to lovely rooftop penthouses with outdoor Jacuzzi, barbecue on the large private balcony and indoor spa bath. Stay 5 Pay 4

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Rendezvous Reef Resort Port Douglas

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Rendezvous Reef Resort is a premier family resort in Port Douglas, located a short drive from Four Mile Beach and Port Douglas village. This tropical resort offers twostory one-, two- and three-bedroom villas, all with fully equipped kitchen, laundry, separate lounge and dining areas, DVD player and balcony or patio in over 360 square feet of living space. Set on 15 acres of lush tropical gardens, the resort provides ample space for making the most of the facilities which include two lagoon style pools, a leisure pool, an eight lane 25-meter lap pool, a children’s pool, gym, tennis courts, family barbecue area and children's playground. Dining facilities include al fresco dining at Straits Café and Bar. The property offers the convenience of self-catering accommodation within a full-service resort making it a favored destination for a family vacation or a couple's romantic getaway.

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Ramada Resort Port Douglas Ramada Resort Port Douglas, has recently undergone extensive upgrades made to all rooms. The 194 original hotel rooms have been completely transformed into 86 spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. The apartments now feature open-plan lounge and dining rooms, a full kitchen, master bedroom with walk-in ensuite and wardrobe, as well as a second bedroom and bathroom. Surrounded by verdant Melaleuca rainforest, the Ramada Port Douglas is a short walk from shimmering Four Mile Beach. Nestled within this lush and tranquil setting, the resort is close to the stylish cafés, restaurants and bars of vibrant Macrossan Street and Marina Port Douglas. A central feature is the tropical lagoon-style pool which is complete with waterfall and swim-up bar. Spacious, attractively appointed rooms and modern resort facilities create a relaxing and exciting environment for couples and families alike. Stay 7 Pay 6 price guide:

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Silky Oaks Lodge and Healing Waters Spa Spectacularly situated on the Mossman River an hour from Cairns and 15 minutes north of Port Douglas, Silky Oaks Lodge is the region’s premier destination for exploring Tropical North Queensland. The luxury boutique lodge consists of spacious, elegant lounge and living areas adjoining the stunning open-sided Treehouse Restaurant which uses the very best of seasonal local produce. Accommodation is in three suites and 33 luxurious standalone treehouses tucked into the lush rainforest. Gourmet breakfast, yoga, guided rainforest walks, swimming pool, tennis court, gym, river canoes and a myriad of nature activities are included in your stay. The Healing Waters Spa with seven treatment rooms, uses luxury Sodashi products and is a wonderful place for relaxing and unwinding. This is a truly unique environment where guests can enjoy a luxury experience and at the same time, stay in touch with nature. price guide:

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ISLANDS AND THE GREAT BARRIER REEF / Queensland

Islands and the Great Barrier Reef Sun-drenched Queensland is the place to go for a tropical vacation on a shimmering white beach, relaxing or swimming away the cares of the modern world. The islands offer you the chance to explore the legendary Great Barrier Reef, cruise the wonderful Whitsundays or chill out with sunset cocktails at one of the many resorts.

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Northern Great Barrier Reef The Great Barrier Reef stretches along the entire North Queensland coastline which is dotted with islands from Lizard Island to Green Island. These northern islands are some of the best places to visit for those seeking eco-adventures, natural beauty or pure indulgence. There is a place for everyone and every budget in this aquatic paradise.

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Whitsunday Islands With 74 islands scattered throughout The Whitsundays, choice is paramount. From top resorts to near-deserted islands ideal for honeymooners, to magnificent National Parks and gleaming beaches, there is never a dull day. From charming Airlie Beach as a departure point to islands such as Hamilton and Daydream, the choice is yours.

Southern Great Barrier Reef

Easily accessible by short ferry ride from Townsville, Magnetic Island is known for its National Parks and secluded bays. Visitors can swim in this aquatic playground or don shoes to check out the koalas in the lofty eucalypts. Walking trails provide an opportunity to observe the other island species in their natural environment. AspireDownUnder.com | 1877 727 7473

Get among it and see turtles in their natural environment at Heron Island, visit the wildlife sanctuary that is Wilson Island or walk the largest sand island in the world, World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Coral cays, crystalline waters and close encounters with local wildlife all make for a paradisaical but accessible vacation.


Queensland / NORTHERN GREAT BARRIER REEF ACCOMMODATION

Lizard Island

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It begins with a special place. Beautiful, natural and wild and the most northern of all resorts on the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island is a place reserved for the fortunate few. Consistently voted in the 'Top Ten Resorts of the World', you will enjoy luxuriously understated accommodation, the finest local produce and contemporary cuisine, accompanied by Australian wines, indulgent treatments at the award-winning Azure Spa, secluded gourmet picnics on private beaches, and a location that must be seen to be believed. The island is a National Park, protected and pure, with just one resort, 40 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, and 24 pristine powdery-white beaches. Enjoy the world's best diving and snorkeling, luxury service that is second-to-none, and natural beauty, uninterrupted on Lizard Island.

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Green Island Resort Indulgence, romance and adventure await on this tropical island paradise where a coral cay, luxury resort and natural wonderland come together to make an exceptional experience. Located 16 miles across the Coral Sea from Cairns, this beautiful, eco-sensitive resort is home to 46 suites which are harmoniously nestled among rainforest and secluded from the day visitor facilities. Your stay can be as active or as relaxing as you wish. Indulge in rejuvenating massage treatments, escape to sandy beaches, revel in an array of island activities including snorkeling and scuba diving or simply relax by the private pool. A variety of complimentary activities are included such as sunset drinks, snorkeling, kayaking, rainforest and guided evening nature walks, glass bottom boat tours and daily fish-feeding presentations. Map Page 72 Reference 2 price guide:

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Fitzroy Island Resort Located 45 minutes from Cairns by boat, Fitzroy Island Resort is an accessible and affordable tropical paradise resort nestled between rainforest, beaches and the Great Barrier Reef. With 99 rooms including ocean suites and resort studios, this luxurious property has an excellent range of facilities designed to appeal to a wide range of guests. These include the contemporary restaurant, large pool with a swim-up bar, indoor cinema, dive center, Foxy's Day Visitors Centre and minisupermarket. Fitzroy Island Resort offers guests the opportunity to intimately discover the magic of the Great Barrier Reef. The turquoise ocean waters that surround the island are alive with vibrant corals and marine life while the ancient tropical rainforest is home to a prolific, endemic population of forest birds, butterflies and startling white sulphur-crested cockatoos. Map Page 72 Reference 3 price guide:

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Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach Situated right on the glistening beachfront, Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach is a genuine and stylish escape retreat. Bordered by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage-listed wet tropics rainforest, Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach suits couples, families and groups alike. Positioned just a few feet from the expansive white sands of Mission Beach and the sparkling Coral Sea, the resort features the Drift Day spa, The Palms conference and wedding center, as well as modern hotel and apartment accommodation. Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach is an ideal base from which to explore Tropical North Queensland or for simply sitting back and enjoying the local vibe of Mission Beach.

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MAGNETIC ISLAND TOURING AND ACCOMMODATION / Queensland

2 Night Island Discovery Operated by SeaLink Queensland

Discover Magnetic Island’s natural wonders on this island paradise located just five miles off Townsville’s coast within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage-listed park. Indulge in an island discovery getaway and enjoy the relaxing experience that is magic Magnetic Island. This signature package includes three days for exploring the island's beautiful beaches, relaxed village atmosphere, walks and wildlife. A wide range of accommodation options are available for your two-night stay. Choose from Peppers Blue on Blue with breakfast included (your choice of hotel room or two-bedroom apartment), Grand Mercure Apartments Magnetic Island (one- or two-bedroom apartment), Island Leisure Resort (double or family bure) or Shaws on the Shore (one- or two-bedroom apartment). This two-night Magnetic Island package includes return SeaLink Queensland ferry transfers for two people, two days’ car hire on the island, and two nights' accommodation in a property suited to your needs. Family ferry and bus passes are available as well as upgrades to 4WD vehicle car hire.

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2 Night Townsville Escape Operated by SeaLink Queensland

Experience the highlights of Magnetic Island and Townsville. Enjoy modern tropical living in northern Australia’s largest regional center on the doorstep of Magnetic Island with a two-night stay enabling you to take in the best of north Queensland. The Two Night Townsville Escape includes two nights' accommodation in Townsville and a Tropic Highlights package which features return ferry transfers to Magnetic Island with SeaLink Queensland, a hop-on-hop-off all-day bus pass on Magnetic Island, entry into Bungalow Bay Koala Sanctuary on Magnetic Island and entry to Reef HQ and the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville. It is recommended that the Tropic Highlights' activities are taken over two days. Choose from a range of accommodation.

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2 Night Wildlife Escape Operated by SeaLink Queensland

Magnetic Island is a beautiful island paradise within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage-listed park just five miles off the coast of Townsville in north Queensland. Showcasing Australia’s unique wildlife in a boutique koala sanctuary on Magnetic Island, this special eco-experience is ideal for the adventure traveler. The six acres of resort are built to harmonize with the environment with minimum impact. The two-night package at Bungalow Bay includes a two-hour koala tour and two nights in double, ensuite accommodation and return ferry transfers with SeaLink Queensland. Bungalow Bay Koala Village is the only resort in Australia that can boast its own wildlife park on-site. Wrap yourself in a python, hold a lizard or small saltwater crocodile and get to know the koalas which are the icons of Magnetic Island. Explore the nearby habitats of eucalypt forest, wetlands, mangroves or coastal dunes.

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Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Combo Cruise

Operated by Cruise Whitsundays

Visit Hamilton Island in the morning and Whitehaven Beach in the afternoon, or vice-versa. Jump on a Hamilton Island shuttle bus and tour around the island. The shuttles travel around the island all day stopping at key attractions, scenic points and resorts. So hop on and off as you wish but, for animal-lovers, make sure you visit Wildlife Hamilton Island to get up-close-and-personal to some of Australia's unique wildlife. Leave time to wander the waterfront of Hamilton Island's iconic Front Street and Marina Village. Enjoy lunch which is included and soak up the atmosphere of this exciting island. Board your Whitehaven vessel for a scenic cruise to this magnificent beach. Stretch your toes out in the silica sands and enjoy the warm, clear waters. On your return journey, sit back, sip a wine or beer and marvel at the 74 Island Wonders of the Whitsundays.

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Great Barrier Reef Adventure Operated by Cruise Whitsundays

Cruise through the stunning Whitsunday Islands to Cruise Whitsundays’ innovative pontoon ‘Reefworld’. Enjoy a range of activities and facilities at the spacious reef pontoon, including an underwater viewing chamber, snorkeling and use of equipment, a water slide, semi-submersible and glass bottom boat rides. Optional activities are available, including scenic helicopter rides, ‘Calm Experience’ massage and introductory or certified diving. Explore the underwater wonderland and marvel at the magnificent corals and abundance of fish and marine life. Throughout the day, savor morning and afternoon tea and a sumptuous buffet lunch prepared by an onboard chef.

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WHITSUNDAY MAINLAND ACCOMMODATION / Queensland

at Marina Shores Designed by renowned Ken Down Architects, at Marina Shores delivers unparalleled levels of liveability and accessibility. at Marina Shores features a contemporary theme with gently curving forms ensuring wide frontages to complement its absolute waterfront setting. at Marina Shores is positioned in a prestigious oceanfront location in Airlie Beach. Consisting of 50 luxurious fully self-contained spa apartments with views overlooking Abel Point Marina, the Coral Sea and out to the Whitsunday Islands, this is certainly a new standard of fashionable accommodation in Airlie Beach. The range of rooms includes one-, two- and three-bedroom spa apartments and incredible two-bedroom, two-level spa penthouses. at Marina Shores has been designed to be totally different in space, light and color with vogue interiors, spacious balconies, state-of-theart lighting and a 30-meter heated swimming pool with lush gardens ensuring each guest enjoys an oasis of luxury and tranquility. The resort is just a five-minute stroll along the seaside boardwalk to Abel Point Marina from where all tours for the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsunday Islands depart. Further along the boardwalk is the cosmopolitan village of Airlie Beach, known for its restaurants, bars, nightlife and boutique shopping. Property features and service include à la carte in-room massage and facial treatments, airport shuttle, barbecue facilities, concierge, direct beach access, dry cleaning and laundry service, iPod docks, lift, luggage storage, Nespresso coffee machines, and porter service. Complimentary Wi-Fi, FOX sports, movies and on-site undercover parking are also available.

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Coral Sea Resort Positioned right on the seafront, Coral Sea Resort is just a short stroll to Abel Point Marina, the departure point for the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Enchanting Airlie Beach resort village, with its eclectic shops and cafés, is a short walk in the opposite direction along the seaside boardwalk. Coral Sea Resort features a variety of hotel rooms, including luxury suites and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, penthouses and beach houses, all of which are serviced daily. The resort offers a wide range of facilities and services, including an award-winning oceanfront restaurant, private dining seaside gazebo, cocktail lounge, fitness room, disabled and lift access, private jetty, water sports, 30-meter pool, wedding chapel, and resort shopping. All daily flights arriving either into Proserpine, Whitsunday Coast Airport or Hamilton Island Airport are serviced by commercial transport direct to the resort’s front door. While here, discover the glorious golden sands of Whitehaven Beach, spend the day on the exotic Great Barrier Reef, check out the exciting crocodile river tour or the wonderful overnight sailing and island adventures. Coral Sea Resort is an engaging, deluxe resort in the magical Whitsundays, combining first-class facilities with award-winning hospitality. Languages spoken by the friendly and knowledgeable local staff include English, French and Italian.

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If location, tranquility and comfort are what you are seeking in vacation accommodation, then at Water's Edge Resort apartments may be exactly what you are looking for. The resort's one-, two- and three-bedroom ocean-view apartments in Airlie Beach are quietly nestled in the hillside among lush tropical gardens, 328 feet from the center of the bustling cosmopolitan village. at Water's Edge Resort is truly one of the Whitsunday's premier vacation locations. Property features and services include à la carte in-room massage and facial treatments, airport shuttle, poolside bar, barbecue facilities, concierge, dry cleaning and laundry service, gym, iPod docks, heated Jacuzzi, lift, luggage storage, porter service, restaurant, room service, and three swimming pools. Complimentary Wi-Fi, FOX sports, movies and on-site undercover parking are also available.

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at Waterfront Whitsunday Retreat The award-winning at Waterfront Whitsunday Retreat has set a new standard of luxury for boutique accommodation in the Whitsundays. Guests can expect a high level of privacy coupled with exceptional unobtrusive personalized service. The luxury retreat comprises an exclusive collection of only five balcony spa suites and an incredible top floor Jacuzzi penthouse, with views over Port of Airlie and the Coral Sea. The resort caters for adults only. Property features include à la carte in-room massage and facial treatments, airport shuttle, barbecue facilities, concierge, daily housekeeping, dry cleaning and laundry service, iPod docks, lift, luggage storage, Nespresso coffee machines, porter service, private sun deck, and a swimming pool. Complimentary Wi-Fi, FOX sports, movies and on-site undercover parking are also available.

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at Blue Horizon Resort Apartments The at Blue Horizon Resort Apartments creates a special setting for your Airlie Beach Whitsunday vacation. The resort’s modern, Balinese-inspired one-, two- and three-bedroom spa apartments as well as the three- or four-bedroom top floor Jacuzzi penthouses offer spacious balconies with incredible views over the Coral Sea. With an emphasis on comfort and warm friendly service, at Blue Horizon Resort Apartments is your Whitsunday home away from home. Property features and services include à la carte in-room massage and facial treatments, airport shuttle, barbecue facilities, concierge, dry cleaning and laundry service, gym, iPod docks, heated Jacuzzi, kids' playroom, lift, luggage storage, Nespresso coffee machines, porter service, sun deck, heated swimming pool, and kids' pool. Complimentary Wi-Fi, FOX sports, movies and on-site undercover parking are also available. Stay 3 Pay 2

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at Whitsunday Vista Resort The at Whitsunday Vista Resort offers great value apartment-style accommodation, located directly across from the Port of Airlie and adjoining Boathaven Bay. Relax and enjoy the turquoise blue waters from your private balcony with views of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. The resort offers a variety of room types including bayview spa suites, one-bedroom spa suites, and one- or two-bedroom apartments, all with water views and private balconies. Property features and services include à la carte in-room massage and facial treatments, airport shuttle, bar, barbecue facilities, dry cleaning and laundry service, iPod docks, heated Jacuzzi, lift, luggage storage, porter, restaurant, call and collect room service, and a swimming pool. Complimentary Wi-Fi, FOX sports, movies and on-site undercover parking are also available.

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WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS ACCOMMODATION / Queensland

Hamilton Island Hamilton Island offers truly memorable experiences of the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays. Beautiful natural surrounds, azure waters, secluded beaches, warm weather, fascinating coral reefs and diverse flora and fauna all make Hamilton a very special place. Furthermore, it is only a short boat ride to legendary Whitehaven Beach, with its glittering and endless expanse of white sand. Access is easy with direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns. In addition, there is a 30-minute direct boat transfer available from Shute Harbour in Airlie Beach, on the mainland. No matter what kind of vacation you are looking for, it is all here on Hamilton: luxury, action, relaxation, romance or a fun family getaway.

Hamilton Island Packages - Great Value!

Yacht Club Villas, Hamilton Island Only a short stroll from the new Hamilton Island Yacht Club, each four-bedroom villa enjoys spectacular views and a unique balance between tranquil serenity and world-class facilities. Gracefully positioned on the Dent Passage waterfront within a lush tropical setting, the luxury Yacht Club Villas symbolize the new vision for Hamilton Island. Designed by renowned architect Walter Barda with landscaping design by Jamie Durie, the Villas offer an unrivaled lifestyle.

Hamilton Island offers some fantastic packages including: Great Barrier Reef Adventure, Best of Whitsundays, Romantic Escape, Whitehaven Beach and Golf & Spa packages as well as the Kids Stay and Eat Free program (conditions apply). For couples and honeymooners, the popular Romantic Escape includes a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, On The Edge Twilight Sail on one evening, and a choice of the Denison Star Dinner Cruise or three-course set dinner at Romano’s Italian restaurant on the other evening.

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qualia, Hamilton Island Surrounded by the unsurpassed beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, qualia is nestled in the secluded, most northern tip of Hamilton Island. With a distinctive Australian style, this world-class, adult-only resort immerses guests in a relaxed ambiance of exceptional, personalized and intuitive service. The 60 individual pavillions all boast stunning views of the Whitsundays, some with private plunge pools. Spa qualia, with its range of luxurious and indulgent treatments, offers the ultimate relaxation experience. Golf enthusiasts will appreciate the three-night qualia Golf Package, with the chance to test their skills on a round of golf on Australia’s only island championship golf course, the Hamilton Island Golf Club on neighboring Dent Island. The course features unparalleled views of the Whitsundays and the surrounding Great Barrier Reef.

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Beach Club, Hamilton Island Located right on the beachfront, the Beach Club offers couples an intimate vacation experience which is exclusively for adults. Set in landscaped gardens, all rooms face directly onto Catseye Beach and include a private courtyard or balcony. Beach Club guests have access to all of Hamilton Island’s facilities as well as access to the Beach Club lounge, complimentary Wi-Fi, exclusive restaurant and infinity edge pool. Guests at this boutique resort also benefit from the following inclusions as part of their stay: à la carte breakfast daily in the Beach Club Restaurant, VIP return Hamilton Island Airport/marina/ Beach Club transfers, VIP chauffeur service, use of catamarans, paddle skis, windsurfing and snorkeling equipment, gym, spa and sauna, tennis and squash court hire, Beach Club lounge, pool and restaurant.

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Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island

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Located opposite Catseye Beach, the Reef View Hotel features very spacious, wellappointed rooms, all with private balconies overlooking either landscaped gardens or the breathtaking vistas of the Coral Sea. A range of luxuriously appointed suites are situated on the top floors. All rooms face the sea and are equipped with outdoor furniture, enabling guests to relax and admire the spectacular sunrises and sunsets. The hotel offers a Kids Stay and Eat for Free program (conditions apply), as well as complimentary use of catamarans, paddle skis, windsurfing and snorkeling equipment. Return Hamilton Island airport/marina to hotel transfers are included, as is unlimited use of the scheduled Island Shuttle service. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also available at the Reef View Hotel.

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Palm Bungalows, Hamilton Island For guests seeking charm and relaxation, the Palm Bungalows is the ideal location on Hamilton Island. Situated in an attractive, tropical garden setting, the freestanding island bungalows all enjoy balconies and outdoor furniture. The spacious rooms are suitable for both couples and small families. As part of their stay, guests enjoy free daily buffet breakfast for stays of four nights or longer, return Hamilton Island Airport/marina transfers as well as complimentary use of catamarans, paddle skis and windsurfing and snorkeling equipment. Other benefits include unlimited use of scheduled Island Shuttle services as well as the Kids Stay and Eat for Free program (conditions apply). The Palm Bungalows is a great place for guests seeking to relax and do nothing at all or for those planning a more active vacation on the renowned Great Barrier Reef.

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Daydream Island Resort and Spa This multi-award-winning resort, located in the heart of Queensland's Great Barrier Reef, offers a world of fun, adventure, romance and relaxation. A short ferry ride from the Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island, or just minutes by boat from Airlie Beach, Daydream Island Resort and Spa is the jewel of the Whitsundays. The resort offers 296 rooms and suites, each one luxuriously appointed with modern amenities, framed by views of secluded beaches or stunning rainforest. Guests can indulge and be pampered at the world-class Rejuvenation Spa. The refined elegance of this spectacular facility is reflected in its 16 private rooms offering the latest in naturopathy, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy or reflexology to stimulate the senses and bring harmony to mind, body and soul. If it is action you are after, there is a range of water-based fun activities available such as snorkeling, sailboarding, jet skiing, para-sailing, coral viewing, reef fishing and scuba diving along with an array of other activities including tennis, volleyball and badminton. Budding golfers can practice their putting skills on the uniquely Australian themed 19-hole mini golf course. Daydream Island is a mecca of activity from watching the latest Hollywood blockbusters on the 44-foot movie screen at the outdoor cinema to exploring the living reef, a man-made living coral reef lagoon boasting over 80 marine fish species and more than 50 coral varieties. Lovers of food and wine can choose to dine at Daydreamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature restaurant Mermaids, or enjoy buffetstyle dining at Waterfalls Restaurant, casual Ă  la carte at the Fishbowl Tavern or deli-style at the Boathouse Bakery. Daydream Island Resort and Spa is an oasis of endless possibilities where daydreams come true.

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WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS AND SOUTHERN GREAT BARRIER REEF ACCOMMODATION / Queensland

One&Only Hayman Island Lapping the azure waters of the Great Barrier Reef, One&Only Hayman Island is Australia’s celebrated, private island destination. Hayman's warm welcome ensures that guests enjoy a unique and memorable experience offering luxury, relaxation, adventure and a lifestyle that is genuine and sincere. The resort features superbly appointed rooms, suites, penthouses, beach villas, a beach house, world-class restaurants offering a range of cuisines, award-winning Hayman Spa health and beauty facility, kids' club and crèche. Marine activities on offer include PADI diving, fishing, snorkeling, sea kayaking, reef cruises and seaplane and helicopter adventures. Guests relax and enjoy One&Only Hayman Island's superb salt and fresh water pools, head to the island’s beaches for sunbathing and snorkeling, or take one of the fascinating island walks or garden tours. Map Page 72 Reference 17 price guide:

Heron Island

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Long Island Resort

Heron Island is a true coral cay situated right on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. A nature lover’s haven, Heron is renowned for its abundance of bird life, the delightful green and loggerhead turtles and endless gardens of coral right off the beach. Activities include guided island and reef walks, semi-submersible cruises, the Aqua Soul Spa, and the Junior Rangers' program for kids 7-12 years. Famous for its scuba diving and snorkeling, Heron is ribboned by sugar white sands and crystal clear waters with resplendently colored marine life.

Hammocks swinging under palm trees, golden sandy beaches, gentle waves lapping the shore with 2,500 acres of tropical rainforest as décor; this is Long Island Resort in the Whitsundays. The resort offers a wide range of activities from water sports, to exploring 12 miles of bushwalking paths to a snorkeling tour of the fringing reef. Facilities include two pools, tennis courts, mini golf, kids’ club, bars, spa, restaurant, café and a gift shop. Guests can choose between garden view and beachfront rooms.

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Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort Lady Elliot Island is located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef in the highly protected Green Zone and is accessible by scenic flight from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) and Bundaberg. Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is a superb resort for exploring the rich marine wildlife that can be found in this unique region. The island is teeming with live corals and is known as the ‘Home of the Manta Ray’. It is famous for a resident population of over 175 manta rays and has been voted by Padi as a top diving destination for scuba diving with manta rays. Depending on the time of year, you may be able to experience turtle nesting with hatchlings emerging from the sand and view birds nesting or humpback whales. There are a number of great dive sites surrounding the island, and other activities include snorkeling, glass bottom boat tours and free island activities. Come for the day or stay a while. Stay 5 Pay 4

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Sandwiched in between two gilded stretches of sunny coastline, Brisbane is a vibrant city for shopping, casual dining, and adventure. Beyond the city, leisurely sea and sun experiences abound in the Sunshine State. Discover expansive stretches of golden beach, surfing paradises, exciting theme parks, fine dining and a relaxed lifestyle in Southern Queensland.

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Virgin beaches and lush hinterland forests border the sophisticated towns of the Sunshine Coast. Groovy bars, relaxed dining and boutiques grace the promenades of the Sunshine Coast’s resort towns. Sailing, sunning, shopping, coastal and forest hiking or just relaxing on the foreshores; this is the essence of a Sunshine Coast vacation.

Look out for humpback whales and dolphins in this natural marine wonderland close to Brisbane. With unspoilt sandy beaches, abundant wildlife and shady bays, Moreton Island is a popular attraction. Explore the shallow freshwater lagoons of the National Park and swim in the gentle blue waters of this adventure playground.

Fraser Island

Gold Coast

World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island. Untouched ancient rainforests, shimmering sands, colored sand cliffs, pure freshwater lakes and turquoise seas make this a special place for exploration and adventure. Rare and endangered flora and fauna co-inhabit the delicate ecosystems of this pristine setting.

The center of the Gold Coast, sunny Surfers Paradise is a haven for fun seekers, family adventurers, bar hoppers and surfers alike. Exciting theme parks share the coast with bronzed lifesavers and lounge lizards soaking up the fun and sun. Night owls will enjoy the nightlife and casual eateries after a day of theme-filled entertainment.

Brisbane City Stay Explore Brisbane on this three night vacation including accommodation, transfers and touring.

Day 1: Upon arrival in Brisbane a shuttle coach will transfer you to your hotel. Day 2: You will be collected from your hotel to tour to City Hall, Parliament House, Saint John’s Cathedral and the Treasury Casino by coach. Then cruise up the river past prestigious suburbs and magnificent sandstone buildings, under the Story Bridge and past the Kangaroo Point Cliffs to South Bank Parklands before visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to cuddle a koala. Day 3: Enjoy a day at leisure or pre-book a tour. Day 4: Transfer for your onward journey.

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Fraser Island Cool Dingo Tour Operated by.LQJƩVKHU%D\5HVRUW*URXS

Bring your camera and sense of humor as you embark with like-minded travelers on a three-day Cool Dingo wilderness adventure on Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. Discover all of Fraser’s iconic spots with an experienced ranger guide, including renowned Lake McKenzie, Central Station, Indian Head, the Champagne Pools, sandy 75-Mile Beach, Eli Creek and Lake Wabby. Try paddle-boarding at Lake Birrabeen, tour in the comfort of an air-conditioned 4WD, and return to your lodgestyle accommodation each night for a refreshing shower and buffet dinner. Departing daily from Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach with additional nights optional, this tour caters for travelers aged 18-35.

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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Operated by Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

With hundreds of native Australian animals on display in natural bushland and rainforest settings, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast provides a rare opportunity to see and experience amazing native wildlife. Enjoy exciting interactive displays, presentations and dining. Nestled within 66 acres of lush eucalypt and rainforest, each day brings visitors face to face with extraordinary wildlife in shows and encounters. Cuddle a koala, get up close to a crocodile, get among a mob of kangaroos or check out reptiles, birds and marsupials in special wildlife shows and displays. The sanctuary's latest attraction, Adventure Parc High Ropes Course, is the newest nature-based adventure experience for the Gold Coast. With 65 challenges including giant flying foxes and a tarzan swing, the course takes visitors high up into the spectacular natural setting.

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2 Day Fraser Explorer Tour Operated by.LQJƩVKHU%D\5HVRUW*URXS

What do you get when you combine the world’s largest sand island, with sunny Queensland weather, tropical waters and World Heritage-listed surrounds? An incredible vacation destination, with something to suit everyone, and all of this just a few hours’ drive (and a short ferry trip) north of Brisbane. This tour takes the hassle out of exploring by managing tides and traffic, leaving you to enjoy the island’s World Heritage-listed wilderness and colorful history in air-conditioned comfort. Experience Fraser Island’s shifting sandscapes where Aboriginal names like Wanggoolba and Dundonga roll exotically off the tongue. Once onboard you will meet like-minded travelers, visit the top natural attractions including stunning Lake McKenzie and Wanggoolba Creek, and cool off in the island’s fresh water swimming holes while traveling in custom-designed, 4WD coach comfort. Whether you are traveling solo, in a group or with friends, this tour offer a fun and relaxing experience for all types of travelers, with a choice of accommodation styles to suit. All rooms have a private bathroom. Eurong Beach Resort right on 75-Mile Beach, is the base for touring with a choice of quad, triple, twin and single accommodation. Families may wish to upgrade to a two-bedroom apartment (additional cost). All buffet meals are served at the restaurant and the Beach Bar is open late for relaxing drinks. Open daily, the General Store is ideal for purchasing souvenirs. Guided 4WD tours depart daily from Hervey Bay and Rainbow Beach. Package includes accommodation, meals and courtesy transfers.

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Queensland / BRISBANE ACCOMMODATION

Quay West Suites Brisbane

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Rendezvous Hotel Anzac Square

A secluded oasis in the heart of Brisbane city, Quay West Suites Brisbane offers luxuriously appointed and spacious one- and twobedroom apartments and executive suites. With each apartment featuring magnificent views of the Botanical Gardens, the Brisbane River, Kangaroo Point Cliffs and the city skyline, this luxury inner-city hotel is close to the Queen Street Mall shopping and dining precinct. It features a beautiful resort-style swimming pool, spa, sauna, gym, an elegant on-site restaurant and bar.

In the heart of the city, opposite Central Railway Station and overlooking evergreen Anzac Square Memorial Gardens, this landmark building boasts 135 beautifully appointed hotel rooms and spacious suite-style apartments. Close to major city attractions, the hotel enjoys many special touches including the charming guest library adjoining the foyer. Rendezvous Hotel Brisbane is much more than a stylish hotel, it is an absolute pleasure. This beautifully restored, Heritage-listed building exudes true old-world grace, making every day a very enjoyable experience.

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The Sebel Suites Brisbane

Enjoy top theater, premier nightspots and great restaurants in this modern, cosmopolitan city which is blessed with a relaxed and friendly lifestyle. Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane can be found at the east end of the city center. The hotel offers sweeping views of the Brisbane River, the city skyline and Story Bridge. Take the River Boardwalk to the Botanic Gardens or visit the Southbank Parklands or the Cultural Centre via the Goodwill footbridge.

From it prime site just a few steps from Queen Street Mall, The Sebel Suites Brisbane is also close to a host of superb cafĂŠs and entertainment precincts. The property offers studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with spectacular views over Brisbaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skyline. All of the one- and twobedroom suites are stylishly decorated with a spacious lounge room, fully equipped kitchen, laundry and private balcony. Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar, pool, gym and sauna.

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BRISBANE ACCOMMODATION / Queensland

NEXT Hotel® Brisbane Located on Queen Street Mall, NEXT Hotel® Brisbane caters for the needs of the modern traveler. The NEXT Hotels® brand has been designed to take into account busy schedules and personal preferences. The comfortable spaces, smart technology and intuitive service ensure a seamless stay. Step outside the front doors onto Brisbane's iconic Queen Street Mall shopping precinct for dining or shopping. South Bank Parklands, the Queensland Performing Arts Complex, Queensland Museum and Gallery of Modern Art are all just a short stroll across the bridge. Alternatively, explore Brisbane on the river using the convenient City Cat service. Stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi in both public areas and guestrooms. The hotel reopens mid-2014 after an extensive redevelopment.

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Midtown Brisbane Apartments

Rendezvous Studio Hotel On George

The Midtown Brisbane Apartments offers oneand two-bedroom apartments, each designed for comfortable inner city living. Centrally located on Charlotte Street, the property is a few minutes from Queen Street Mall shopping, restaurants, Eagle Street Pier's bars, the Botanic Gardens and river cycling and walking paths. Guests can enjoy apartment accommodation with all of the services of a hotel. All apartments feature fully equipped kitchens and small private balconies overlooking the city. Facilities include a restaurant, pool, gym, sauna and on-site parking.

This vibrant hotel offers easy access to the best that Brisbane has to offer. Located in the heart of the city, adjacent to the Treasury Casino, its central position makes it the ideal base for exploring some of Brisbane's best attractions. The hotel is just a minute's walk from the Queen Street Mall and a short stroll to the Brisbane River, South Bank Parklands, QPAC and cultural precinct. Featuring 99 rooms and suites, pool and Straits Café, the Rendezvous Studio Hotel Brisbane On George offers a truly personal hotel experience.

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Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane is located on the highest point of the city center just opposite Brisbane’s Roma Street Parklands. Most rooms feature balconies that provide spectacular river, city or mountain views. There are 194 rooms, ranging from standard and superior rooms, to superior suites with private lounge and kitchen facilities. A short stroll leads into the heart of the city’s malls and shopping area. The facilities include a rooftop swimming pool, spa and gym.

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Queensland / MORETON ISLAND TOURING AND ACCOMMODATION

Tangalooma Dolphin Adventure Day Tour

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Operated by Tangalooma Island Resort

Enjoy a unique island experience only 75 minutes from Brisbane at Tangalooma Island Resort on majestic Moreton Island, the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third largest sand island. Start your day with a cruise across beautiful Moreton Bay, keeping an eye out for graceful dolphins and dugongs on the way. Upon arrival at the island, staff personally welcome guests to the resort prior to enjoying lunch. You will experience the thrill of sand tobogganing on a Desert Safari tour and then join eco-rangers for an informative Dolphin Behaviour and Data Collection presentation. You will be able to put your new knowledge to good use when you hand-feed one of the playful wild dolphins at sunset â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an experience you may never forget. You will also have unlimited access to the exclusive day lounge throughout the day and be able to make the most of over 40 free land-based activities.

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Tangalooma Island Resort, Moreton Island Set amid lush National Park and overlooking stunning Moreton Bay, Tangalooma Island Resort is an excellent island escape. Only 75 minutes from Brisbane, Tangalooma offers a special adventure, educational or nature-based experience in a truly relaxed environment. The resort offers a choice of accommodation, allowing guests to tailor their stay to suit their requirements. There are over 300 rooms, each set within luscious landscaped gardens and natural bushland, most with ocean views. Guest facilities and services include babysitting, buggy hire, currency exchange, housekeeping, stroller hire, towel hire, wake-up calls and a safety deposit box. Tangalooma offers something to suit all tastes with four dining options available from buffet style to beachfront dining. Wrecks Bar, the main resort bar, is open daily until late. Offering a selection of popular beers, Australian wines and refreshing cocktails, it is the perfect place for relaxing at the end of the day. A highlight of your stay may occur at sunset. Daily at this time a pod of wild dolphins visits the resort. Overnight guests enjoy the unforgettable experience of hand-feeding one of these graceful creatures. Tangalooma has over 80 tours and activities (of which more than 40 are complimentary) with something to suit everyone. From sand tobogganing, ATV quad bike tours to whale-watching cruises (seasonal) and snorkeling the Tangalooma Wrecks, there is so much choice that it is difficult to decide what to do next.

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FRASER ISLAND TOURING AND ACCOMMODATION / Queensland

3 Day Fraser Island Adventure Operated by.LQJƩVKHU%D\5HVRUW*URXS

Your arrival at Kingfisher Bay Resort will exceed your expectations of golden beaches and sand dunes stretching as far as the eye can see as there are postcardperfect moments at almost every track and turn. By day you will explore Fraser’s famous sand tracks in the comfort of an airconditioned, custom-designed 4WD coach and visit Lake McKenzie with its sandy white beach, Wanggoolba Creek and the Pile Valley rainforest. Enjoy the drive along the sandy highway of 75 Mile Beach stopping off at the Maheno Shipwreck and the spectacular cliffs of the colored sands before experiencing the cool waters of Eli Creek as you float down to the beach. By night, enjoy resort living with all the comforts of home. This three day/two night package includes resort hotel accommodation, ranger-guided Fraser Island Eco Tour including lunch, refreshments and National Park fees, hot buffet breakfast daily and return ferry transfer from Hervey Bay. price guide:

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5 Day Two Wonders In One Operated by O'Reillys Rainforest Retreat

Visit World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park and Fraser Island. Experience the unique flora and fauna in these stunning rainforest and island locations with this four-night package. Explore Australia's largest subtropical ancient rainforest and the world's largest sand island while staying at the exquisite ecoresorts, O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat and Kingfisher Bay Resort.

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Humpback whales

Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay Resort is situated on Queensland’s World Heritagelisted Fraser Island which is the largest sand island in the world and a 'must-see' destination on any east coast itinerary. A natural vacation spot, Fraser Island is the ideal base for exploring the many attractions, including over 100 amazing freshwater lakes, massive sand dunes, towering ancient rainforests jutting out of sand, spectacular cliffs of colored sands, the exquisite 75 Mile beach with fresh water creeks flowing into the ocean and a shipwreck. Set in a natural, sand amphitheater, Kingfisher Bay Resort is surrounded by native bushland and overlooks the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait. There is a choice of accommodation available from 152 resort hotel rooms to 109 self-contained twoor three-bedroom villas featuring private decks with sea or bush views. Facilities and services include restaurants, bars, café, swimming pools, spa, tennis court, stand-up paddle boards, 4WD Segways, laundry, 4WD guided tours, nature walks and whalewatching. Guestrooms feature air-conditioning, TV, radio, iron, hairdryer, fridge, telephone (villas only), and full cooking facilities. With expert ranger guides, discover this Australian icon's wildlife and natural beauty with a full-day or personalized ranger-guided 4WD eco-tour. At the resort join a team of rangers for natureguided walks, learn about the Fraser Island dingo or how Fraser Island was formed. From August to October, cruise with a marine ranger to admire the magnificent humpback whales that play just north of the resort. Access to this hauntingly beautiful island wilderness is easy. The ferry from Hervey Bay takes 50 minutes and the island can also be reached by self-drive vehicles. There are daily direct flights from Sydney and Brisbane and a shuttle service or train from Brisbane.

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Oceans Mooloolaba Beach

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Oceans Mooloolaba Beach, north of Brisbane, is the only deluxe resort in the picturesque seaside town of Mooloolaba. From its prominent position directly opposite the beach and in the center of vibrant Mooloolaba Esplanade, access to both surf and shops is easy. Guests can enjoy the bustling vibe of the esplanade, with its great choice of restaurants, open air cafés and boutiques, or wander along the sparkling sands of the beach. The 46 exquisite self-contained two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments and penthouses feature state-of-the-art facilities, smart technology and modern design. Daily maid service, private balconies, free-standing spa baths and stunning ocean views all complement the experience on offer at the property. The tastefully designed penthouses all come with private rooftops, heated spa or lap pool and outdoor dining and barbecue.

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Oaks Oasis

The Sebel Resort Noosa

Set among ten acres of lush landscaped palm gardens, Oaks Oasis is a few minutes' walk from the clear ocean waters of Caloundra’s Golden Beach, local cafés and shops. Offering contemporary hotel rooms and spacious fully self-contained studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, it is the perfect vacation destination for families and couples. The extensive resort facilities include the relaxing pool and poolside restaurant surrounded by a tranquil water lily filled lagoon and the large new water play center complete with splash pools and water slides.

Perfectly positioned on Noosa's iconic Hastings Street, The Sebel Resort Noosa is set among a plethora of superb shops, galleries, restaurants and cafés. Ideal for couples and families, the resort offers luxuriously appointed one- and two-bedroom apartments all featuring spacious living and dining areas, spa ensuite, full kitchen and laundry facilities. Guests can choose to relax by the resort pool or stroll along the boardwalk to Noosa’s brilliant Main Beach.

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Ramada Hotel & Suites Hervey Bay Experience the vibrant yet laid back seaside town of Hervey Bay with its spectacular natural beauty and abundance of ecotourism and water sport activities. A tenminute drive from the airport, Ramada Hotel & Suites Hervey Bay provides the perfect location for enjoying all the wonders of Queensland's Fraser Coast. Ramada Hotel & Suites Hervey Bay offers apartment-style accommodation with all the services and facilities of a hotel. The studio rooms and self-contained apartments feature complimentary high-speed Internet access, in-house movies and furnished balconies. In addition, the self-contained apartments are fitted with a kitchenette, laundry facilities and spa bathrooms. The resort features a heated swimming pool, spa, barbecue area, licensed restaurant and bar, fitness room, table tennis, bike hire, massage facilities and undercover, off-street parking.

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Mantra French Quarter

Located beachside on one of the Sunshine Coast’s most picturesque headlands, Oaks Seaforth Resort offers spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses, all with spa baths and balconies, to take in the superb views over the Pacific Ocean or Hinterland. All apartments and penthouses feature full kitchen facilities as well as large open plan living areas. Each penthouse has a private rooftop balcony. Facilities include the tropical lagoon-style swimming pool, spa, gym, sauna, poolside barbecue facilities, restaurant, wine cellar and gaming lounge.

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Welcome to Mantra French Quarter (formerly BreakFree French Quarter), a delightful beachside resort located in the heart of the action on Noosa’s iconic Hastings Street on the Sunshine Coast. Set back from the hustle and bustle of Hastings Street, the resort offers direct access to the shopping, dining and entertainment hub, making it an excellent base for enjoying Noosa at its best. Guests can easily walk to the National Park and Main Beach from the resort or admire the passing parade of vacationers along Hastings Street from their courtyard or balcony.

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Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast

Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise

Australis Sovereign Hotel Located in central Surfers Paradise, Australis Sovereign Hotel is close to the beach and other local Gold Coast attractions. For golf enthusiasts and those who love the outdoors, the scenic hinterland and premier golf courses are close by. Australis Sovereign Hotel offers a range of top facilities representing excellent value for money as well as comfort and convenience. The twin low-rise towers feature a variety of accommodation including hotel rooms and fully serviced one- and two-bedroom suites, which include a separate, spacious lounge dining area.

Towering over one of Australia’s favorite stretches of sunny coastline, Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise is nestled between the buzz of the Surfers Paradise entertainment strip and Broadbeach’s chilled local dining scene. Wake to the sounds of the surf in one of the ocean view rooms, studios and suites, and breakfast on your own private balcony overlooking the beach. Find a quiet spot to take advantage of the waiter service by the two huge outdoor pools or watch the sun set over Surfers Paradise from Four Winds 360°, Queensland’s only revolving restaurant.

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Wyndham Surfers Paradise Positioned in the heart of the Gold Coast, Wyndham Surfers Paradise is a modern hotel boasting one of the world’s most vibrant coastal locations. With miles of sunkissed white sandy beaches, lush hinterland, theme parks and exquisite dining, it is not surprising that the Gold Coast is widely known as Australia’s playground. Wyndham Surfers Paradise is situated in an unbeatable location in this beautiful beach city where guests can easily experience all the brilliant attractions the Gold Coast has to offer. Built in 2009, the 17-storey hotel features a fresh, contemporary design. The deluxe self-contained apartments have been stylishly appointed with most offering magnificent views of the surrounding beaches, river or hinterland. All rooms include iPod docking stations and double glazed glass that makes the rooms even more comfortable by reducing noise and heat.

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Queensland / GOLD COAST AND BEYOND ACCOMMODATION

Mantra Legends Hotel

O'Reillys Rainforest Retreat

Located two hours' drive from Brisbane, O'Reilly's offers a range of guestrooms to cater for all tastes, from Canopy Suites through to the luxurious self-contained Villas housed in a spectacular rainforest and mountain setting. Situated in the midst of World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park and surrounded by 49,000 acres of sub-tropical rainforest, O’Reilly’s is perfect for exploring or being in touch with nature. Let the mists of the mountains dissolve the pressures of a busy lifestyle and open your heart to the warm, friendly mood of O’Reilly’s.

Capturing the very essence of Queensland’s Gold Coast, Mantra Legends Hotel is just 328 feet from patrolled surf beaches with shopping, restaurants and legendary nightlife on the doorstep. With a casually elegant ambiance, the 403 luxuriously appointed rooms and deluxe suites have stylish décor, private balconies and a full range of services, creating the perfect backdrop for your vacation. During the day, relax poolside then enjoy a refreshing drink in Tales Bar before having a delicious dinner in Fables Restaurant.

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Vibe Hotel Gold Coast Overlooking a picturesque stretch of the Nerang River and with views to the east of the sparkling ocean, or west to the Gold Coast Hinterland, Vibe Hotel Gold Coast makes an ideal base for exploring the area. Guests will love the hotel’s location, which is close to designer shopping, trendy restaurants and a lively nightlife scene. To add to this, it only a short drive to Dreamworld, Wet ‘n’ Wild and Movie World. The charming riverside setting and friendly service blend to create a perfect venue for your Gold Coast getaway.

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Ramada Couran Cove Island Resort Nature and culture blend harmoniously together to create a truly Australian-style island resort. Set in peaceful surrounds on South Stradbroke Island, just a 15-minute ferry ride from the Gold Coast, the award-winning Ramada Couran Cove Island Resort features a 102 berth marina, accommodation with lagoon, marina or rainforest views and exciting dining options. The resort offers a range of spacious studio, one- and twobedroom suites all with kitchenettes and private balconies. For those who just want to relax there is a children's pool, a 25-meter heated lap pool and 13 miles of pristine beaches. Guests can enjoy luxurious day spa treatments, sporting and family activities including an abundance of water sports, basketball, volleyball, tennis, sprint track, trails, golf driving nets, mini-golf, water polo and yoga. The Kids Club offers a playground, treasure hunts, kayaking, arts and crafts, t-shirt and face painting, mini-Olympics and discos. Hiring bikes provides the opportunity to explore the majestic rainforest and native Australian wildlife, including wallabies, bandicoots, echidnas, various species of lizards and turtles, flora and fauna. Visit the lookout tower for bird-watching or take a nature walk and learn about aboriginal culture. A range of tours from the resort can be booked including seaplane trips, helicopter rides, sailing cruises, golf, seasonal whale-watching, fishing, shopping or a visit to one of the many major theme park attractions. A wedding chapel is also available for wedding ceremonies or a simple renewal of vows with your loved one.

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ULURU AND THE RED CENTRE / Northern Territory

Uluru and The Red Centre Taking its name from the brilliant red soil found in the area, Australia’s Red Centre is the heart of the nation’s Outback and home to the famous monolith, Uluru and the historic town of Alice Springs. Rich in Aboriginal culture and history, the area’s highlights include Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Kings Canyon and the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges.

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The East and West MacDonnell Ranges stretch for hundreds of miles on both sides of Alice Springs. The traditional owners, the Arrernte people, believe giant caterpillars called the Yeperenye became the Ranges. Juxtaposed against blue sky and red earth, the mountains are resplendent with gorges, waterholes and colorful flora and fauna.

A World Heritage-listed area, Uluru-Kata Tjuta is Anangu land. Traveling around Uluru-Kata Tjuta is an awe-inspiring experience, discovering ancient rock formations such as Uluru, the largest monolith in the world, Aboriginal history and culture and endemic wildlife. Observing sunrise and sunset when the rocks change color is one of the highlights.

Kings Canyon

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Spectacular Kings Canyon is the deepest gorge in the Red Centre with waterholes which never completely dry up. Rich growth springs up from the canyon floor, including palms of ancient biological origin. Highlights around the canyon rim include the tropical pools of the Garden of Eden and beehive rock formations called the Lost City.

Situated in the geographic center of Australia, Alice Springs was established by the early explorers as the gateway to Central Australia. The pioneering town is the departure point for exploring outback sites including Aboriginal sites and National Parks. Authentic Aboriginal art galleries and cultural centers are a feature of the town.

3 Day Alice Springs and Uluru This three-day tour includes accommodation and sightseeing.

Day 1: Upon arrival in Alice Springs a shuttle will transfer you to your hotel before the Afternoon Alice Springs Town Tour. This tour includes a visits to the Old Telegraph Station, Alice Springs Reptile Centre, the Royal Flying Doctor Base, the School of the Air and Anzac Hill for panoramic views of ‘The Alice’.

Day 2: Travel from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock. See Aboriginal artists at work at the Maruku Arts and Craft Cooperative and take a guided walk to Mutitjulu waterhole. Tour the base and join the guided Mala Walk. Explore Kantju Gorge and admire the late afternoon sunset with a complimentary glass of wine. Day 3: In the morning, return to Uluru. Observe the sunrise and watch as the first light of day brings the desert to life. Journey to Uluru-Kata Tjuta and take a guided walk along the creek bed between the striking red walls of Walpa (Olga) Gorge. Transfer to Ayers Rock Airport for flights after midday. price guide:

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Desert Awakenings

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Uluru Sunset and Uluru BBQ Dinner

Operated by Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia

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Desert Awakenings is designed to introduce you to the natural and cultural landscapes of this remarkable region. Under a canopy of stars, admire the tranquility of the landscape before dawn. Then watch the amazing transformation of colors and life as the desert awakens with Uluru-Kata Tjuta as the striking backdrop. Travel away from the crowds to a secluded sand dune to observe the imposing magic of the sun as it rises over Uluru-Kata Tjuta. This small group tour, of a maximum of 16 passengers, is accompanied by an expert guide.

With nibbles and a complimentary glass of wine in hand, marvel at the magic of the setting sun as its hues tinge the evening sky in multiple tones. Remember to photograph Uluru every five minutes to capture these striking colors as they change. If it rains, you may be fortunate enough to film the spectacular sight of water cascading down the walls of Uluru. Enjoy a barbecue dinner at our exclusive venue located within the Uluru National Park outside the Cultural Centre, set among red sand dunes and desert oak trees providing a peaceful, desert setting.

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Sounds of Silence Operated by Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia

Operated by Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia

Complement your visit to Uluru in Red Centre country with dinner at Tali Wiru. 'Tali Wiru', meaning ‘beautiful dune’ in the local Anangu language, offers the magic of fine dining under the southern desert sky. Limited to an intimate group of 20 people, the Tali Wiru experience begins with French champagne and canapés around a fire pit, and progresses to the dune top for a table d'hôte four-course dinner, matched with premium Australian wines set to the backdrop of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta setting sun.

Sounds of Silence is a unique outback experience offering a gourmet desert barbecue under the stars. The romance of the desert, the setting of the sun behind the domes of UluruKata Tjuta and Uluru (Ayers Rock), the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo, sumptuous outback fare and the star-filled heavens are all part of this stunning experience. Shortly before sundown, guests are driven to a secluded location in the desert. As a didgeridoo player weaves his magic spells you will enjoy canapés, beverages (including beer and wine) as well as a buffet barbecue and a star talk.

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Uluru Sunrise and Base Tour or Climb Operated by AAT Kings

Journey to the Uluru sunrise viewing area and marvel at the magic of the desert sun as it stripes the sky while you enjoy coffee or tea. Travel with your guide along the Mutitjulu Walk to discover the history of the area including the Aboriginal rock paintings. Enjoy the visit to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to learn about Aboriginal culture and Aboriginal arts and crafts. Those with a good level of fitness can embark on the Uluru Climb (if it is open) instead of doing the Uluru Base Tour.

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The Rising Sun Half-day Operated by AAT Kings

Experience the sacred beauty and culture of Uluru in an intimate group led by a member of the local Anangu people. Behold the majesty of Uluru as the sun rises to reveal the desert’s red heart. With Kata Tjuta shimmering in the distance, it offers the perfect photo opportunity to show off the vast, awakening Red Centre desert. Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre before joining your Indigenous guide for an interpretive walk at the base of this ancient monolith. You will hear stories of its cultural significance and with Uluru as your backdrop, you can immerse yourself in the Anangu culture as you gather around a camp fire and learn ancient bush skills.

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ULURU AND BEYOND TOURING AND ACCOMMODATION / Northern Territory

3 Day Uluru and Kings Canyon Tour Operated by AAT Kings

This three day tour features the highlights of the Red Centre and includes touring and accommodation.

Day 1: Uluru – Kata Tjuta – Uluru. Spend the afternoon touring mystical Kata Tjuta, including a walk at Walpa Gorge. Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area to observe the magnificent, changing colors of Uluru while enjoying nibbles and a glass of wine. Accommodation: Ayers rock Resort

Day 2: Uluru – Kings Canyon. Journey to the Uluru sunrise viewing area to view the changing colors of the Rock. Travel with a guide along the Mutitjulu Walk to discover the history of the area including the Aboriginal rock paintings before traveling onto Kings Canyon. Accommodation: Kings Canyon.

Day 3: Kings Canyon – Uluru. Join a three-hour guided climb to the rim of the canyon for marvelous views of Watarrka National Park. Alternatively, you may wish to explore the canyon floor. Continue to Alice Springs or return to Ayers Rock. price guide:

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Uluru Safari Operated by Adventure Tours Australia

Jump on a camel's back for a ride at an Outback camel farm (own expense) and watch the sunset over Uluru with a glass of sparkling wine. You will be sleeping in permanent outback safari tents, complete with proper beds, linen, lights and towels – the ultimate in bush luxury. Learn about the Mala people as you embark on a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide and interpreter. This is a unique opportunity to share experiences, connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Other highlights include Kings Canyon and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) before concluding in Alice Springs on day three. The tour departs daily from most Alice Springs accommodation or Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock/Yulara. French and German translator options are available on set dates with a minimum of four passengers.

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Longitude 131°

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Luxurious, eco-sensitive and romantic, Voyages Longitude 131° offers immersion in the wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, complete with private views of the sun rising and setting over majestic Uluru (Ayers Rock). This intimate experience offers exquisite food and wine, an exclusive touring programme and an unforgettable encounter with this spirited land. Accommodation, all meals, a select range of premium alcoholic beverages, an exceptional touring programme designed exclusively for Longitude 131° guests and return Ayers Rock Airport transfers are all included. Longitude 131° is as far from anywhere else as you can be and as close as possible to serenity. Rejuvenation for the body, stimulation for the mind, liberation for the spirit; this is what you will encounter at this outstanding resort.

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Rocks and mountains of the Australian Outback, Northern Territory

Sails in the Desert Hotel

Desert Gardens Hotel

Sails in the Desert is Ayers Rock Resort's premium hotel. Immerse yourself in the beauty of an ancient world from the sanctuary of this hotel which is named after the soaring white sails that crown its roof. The interior décor focuses on Aboriginal heritage and culture, while the renowned, on-site Mulgara Gallery features significant artworks throughout the public areas and in the private rooms. Relax in beautifully appointed rooms, enjoy a cocktail in the lovely grounds, or sit back and take in the ambiance under the magnificent white sails.

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A comfortable, yet stylish hotel at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rock view rooms. Set among magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs, you can choose to relax in the comfort of your private balcony or unwind near the pool over cocktails. With over 65 tours, local activities and attractions within the resort and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, your days are guaranteed to be action packed.

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Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge

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Kings Canyon Resort

Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge specializes in traditional Aussie hospitality. You can choose between the hotel accommodation with comfortable, affordable rooms or the lodge with hostel-style dormitories. Taste Australia’s pioneering past as you enjoy a beer at the do-ityourself Outback BBQ & Bar. Swap stories of your day’s adventures, or sing along with the great entertainment which is on offer in the evening. Alternatively, opt for the peace and quiet of the Bough House Restaurant over a buffet dinner.

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Kings Canyon Resort is located in Australia’s Northern Territory, midway between Alice Springs and Uluru (Ayers Rock). The resort is situated in Watarrka National Park, six miles from the magical sandstone formation of Kings Canyon. Kings Canyon Resort is the perfect oasis for exploring the natural wonders of legendary Kings Canyon. Pass through the eerie formations of weathered rock known as ‘The Lost City’ or experience the Rim Walk by climbing to the top of Kings Canyon to view the spectacular sunrise or sunset.

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ALICE SPRINGS ACCOMMODATION / Northern Territory

Desert Palms Resort

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Located five minutes from the town center and backing on to the Alice Springs Golf Course, the Desert Palms Resort offers 80 individual studio villas where guests can enjoy complete privacy in a secluded ambiance surrounded by palm trees. The villas are self-contained with kitchenettes, verandas, ensuite bathrooms and complimentary Wi-Fi. There is also secure offstreet parking outside each villa, guest laundry and licensed mini-mart. The large, undercover barbecue area and the pool with island, gazebo, waterfall and footbridge create a true oasis in the desert.

Conveniently located only five minutesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; walk from the town center, Chifley Alice Springs Resort is situated on the banks of the Todd River and offers friendly Outback service with modern, comfortable facilities. The stylish resort has 139 guestrooms and hotel facilities including 24-hour reception, complimentary Wi-Fi, swimming pool, guest laundry, restaurant and bar. Ride a camel down a dry riverbed or fly in a hot air balloon above the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges from this comfortable base.

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This vibrant property is the only accommodation situated on Todd Mall in the main shopping, dining and tourist precinct. The Aurora Alice Springs is a popular choice for tourists wishing to discover both the town and the stunning Outback. It houses 109 rooms, a courtyard, pool and heated spa area and the not-to-be missed Red Ochre Grill restaurant, renowned for its innovative, contemporary native cuisine.

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Situated at the base of the stunning MacDonnell Ranges, Heavitree Gap Outback Lodge offers a unique Australian Outback accommodation experience. The hotel is only a five-minute drive from central Alice Springs. A complimentary shuttle bus service to the town center is available for guests on weekdays. The Heavitree Gap Tavern & Bistro is a great spot for enjoying wonderful food and entertainment (including outback music) every Wednesday to Sunday night from April to September. Guests should not miss the chance to hand-feed the wild black-footed rock wallabies.

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Water hole, Alice Springs

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Northern Territory / DARWIN AND AUSTRALIAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TOP END

Darwin and Australia's Top End Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, enjoys a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle. Perched on a peninsula with sea on three sides, Darwin is the departure point for exploring the awe-inspiring attractions of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, Litchfield and Nitmiluk National Parks, the Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land.

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Kakadu National Park

Located 50 miles north of Darwin, the Tiwi Islands are covered in dense rainforest fringed with sandy beaches and rock pools. Comprising Melville and Bathurst Islands, the islands are renowned for their traditionally colorful Aboriginal arts and crafts as well as their warm hospitality.

World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park is Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest National Park, covering more than 7,300 square miles. Recognized for both its natural and Aboriginal cultural significance, this wetland paradise is home to savannah woodlands, rivers, floodplains, crocodiles and colorful birds.

Litchfield National Park

Arnhem Land

Luxuriant Litchfield National Park is home to a plethora of wildlife which roam, swim and flutter across changing terrain, including monsoonal rainforests, dazzling hot springs, spring-fed creeks, huge cycad groves and historic tin mines. The Tabletop Range Escarpment, with its imposing sandstone outcrops, is a key highlights.

Bordered by Kakadu National Park, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria, Arnhem Land is a majestic land of wild coasts, deserted islands, rivers overflowing with fish, lush rainforests, soaring escarpments and savannah woodland. This is an authentic place for discovering Aboriginal crafts as traditional culture remains largely intact.

Darwin City Stay Explore Darwin and the Top End on this three-day package including accommodation and touring.

Day 1: Transfer by shuttle to your hotel before joining an afternoon tour. Visit the Botanic Gardens, Stokes Hill Wharf Precinct, Mooring Basin and the Museum Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Day 2: Venture to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre and gain insight into the cultural and historical significance that the Park holds for its traditional owners. Join a guided boat cruise on Yellow Water and visit the Nourlangie art site.

Day 3: Travel to Ubirr to see preserved Aboriginal rock art before joining an Indigenous guide for a cruise on the East Alligator River. Learn of the flora, fauna, Aboriginal mythology and history of the region and take a short walk into Arnhem Land before returning to Darwin.

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Kakadu National Park

Litchfield National Park Tour Operated by AAT Kings

Operated by AAT Kings

Travel on the Arnhem Highway across the wild Adelaide River and Marrakai Plains. Stop at Nourlangie Rock to view ancient Aboriginal rock art. After lunch join your local guide for a cruise on the legendary Yellow Water Billabong. Search for salt water crocodiles and a myriad of tropical birds. Visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre and view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Take advantage of the optional, spectacular 50-minute scenic flight over Kakadu.

Visit Litchfield National Park's beautiful falls and make the most of the scenic bush and monsoon vine forest walks. View Florence Falls from above before making your way down to the plunge pool below for a refreshing dip. Travel to Buley Rockhole (when accessible) and visit Tolmer Falls to observe the cascading waters. Venture to Wangi Falls for another swimming opportunity and an optional walk through the lavish rainforest. A picnic lunch is included.

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Big Croc Feed Experience

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Operated by Crocosaurus Cove

First stop is the Adelaide River War Cemetery, a site dedicated to those killed in the air raids in Darwin in the 1940s. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the waterhole beneath Edith Falls (conditions permitting). Visit the Nitmiluk National Park Information Centre before enjoying lunch aboard a two-hour cruise through magnificent Katherine Gorge. Your driver/guide will then give you a brief tour of the historic Outback town of Katherine. On return to Darwin, travel via Pine Creek, before an evening stop at the legendary Adelaide River.

Crocosaurus Cove allows visitors a unique, close-up view of massive saltwater crocodiles, hatchlings and juveniles and a range of Top End reptiles right in the heart of Darwin. The Big Croc Feed Experience offers guests an exciting behind-the-scenes tour. Hold unique critters from the reptile house, feed the inhabitants of the freshwater aquarium and participate in feeding some of the largest crocodiles on the planet. The tour runs for 75 minutes and includes full-day entry to the attraction and a souvenir lanyard. Tours depart daily at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 3.00pm.

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2 Day Kakadu and East Alligator River Tour Operated by AAT Kings

Explore the diverse Top End on this two day escorted tour including accommodation and sightseeing.

Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu National Park. Travel across Adelaide River and Marrakai Plains to Kakadu National Park. Take a guided walk to view Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock and join the renowned Yellow Water Billabong Cruise and visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Accommodation: Kakadu National Park, two nights. (L)

Day 2: Kakadu National Park – Darwin. Take a short walk to Ubirr to view rock art. Join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River in search of salt water crocodiles. With the special permission of the local people, you will be able to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre. (L) Note: This tour operates daily (01 Apr-31 Nov), Mon and Thu (01 Dec-31 Mar).

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3 Day Top End Escape Operated by AAT Kings

Join an escorted tour of Darwin and Top End on this three-day tour that includes accommodation and touring.

Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu National Park. Journey to the Mary River Floodplains then explore the Kakadu National Park. Visit Bowali Visitor Centre and the Ubirr Aboriginal rock art sites. (L) Day 2: Kakadu National Park – Katherine. Travel south to Gunlom Falls and relax with a dip in the pools. Head through Pine Creek before continuing on to Katherine to join the Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Cultural Dinner Cruise on Katherine Gorge. (D) Day 3: Katherine – Darwin. Travel to the Adelaide River War Cemetery, the resting place for many Second World War soldiers and civilians. Continue to Litchfield National Park and visit Buley Rockhole, Florence Falls and Wangi Falls where you can enjoy a swim or nature walk. (L) price guide:

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SKYCITY Darwin

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Spectacularly set among tropical beach-side gardens, SKYCITY is Darwin’s premium boutique hotel, located moments from the city center. The property features boutique-style accommodation where all room types have their own balcony, a world-class 24-hour casino and entertainment complex, five restaurants, five bars including Darwin's only swim-up bar, outside dining and a day spa with eight treatment rooms. With an abundant range of leisure activities, the resort is perfect for unwinding. Relax by the two swimming pools, laze on the private beach or enjoy a complimentary game of tennis or golf. Then make the most of the 24-hour entertainment choices. Guest benefits include complimentary Wi-Fi, valet parking, laundry facilities, gym and scheduled city transfers four times per day.

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Darwin Central Hotel The contemporary, executive boutique Darwin Central Hotel enjoys an unrivaled position in the heart of Darwin. This environmentally-friendly property has the advantage of being within easy walking distance of local amenities including cinemas, theatres, nightclubs, restaurants and shopping. The hotel features 132 beautifully appointed rooms furnished with state-of-the-art décor, with most rooms featuring kitchenette facilities and stunning panorama views of tropical Darwin. The hotel's design focuses on minimalism and elegance which can be experienced with the art nouveau styling throughout the property. This is complemented by original works from local artists and designers which transform every floor into a unique walk-through gallery. The Darwin Central Hotel is devoted to providing a city sanctuary, revealing a surprisingly sophisticated space where guests can relax in comfort and style. Stay 4 Pay 3 price guide:

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Adina Apartment Hotel & Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront Adina Apartment Hotel & Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront are located in Darwin's newest hot spot. The two hotels share this prime position which is blessed with picturesque water views. The properties are on the fringe of Darwin’s city center and are ideally located for enjoying Darwin’s interesting restaurants, boutique shops and seafront promenade. Adina Apartment Hotel boasts 121 studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens and Vibe Hotel offers 120 guestrooms. Both hotels feature 24-hour reception, restaurant and bar, gym, swimming pool, car parking and dry cleaning services. Unwind at the pool or check out the many boutiques, cafés and attractions close by. Access to the Esplanade, Bicentennial Park, Larrakeyah, Stuart Park and Darwin’s city center is easy from this convenient location.

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Coastal sunset, Darwin

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DARWIN AND BEYOND ACCOMMODATION / Northern Territory

Travelodge Mirambeena Resort Darwin Located in the heart of the city center, Travelodge Mirambeena Resort Darwin is an inner city oasis, close to everything in town while providing privacy in a lush setting. Designed around resort-style swimming pools and waterfalls, the hotel has a tropical feel while offering excellent leisure, dining and extensive conference facilities. Darwin is a perfect destination for experiencing fiery sunsets, local markets and Indigenous art galleries.

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Value Inn Value Inn offers affordable accommodation in the heart of Darwin's entertainment and shopping district. The air-conditioned, ensuite rooms sleep up to three people and include a TV and fridge. On-site facilities include swimming pool and barbecue area, with access to Value Inn's sister property Melaleuca on Mitchell, which features a sundeck, spa and pool bar as well as laundry and kitchen facilities. Situated across from the transit center, Value Inn is a great accommodation option for those on a budget looking for a central city location.

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Aurora Kakadu

A Kakadu experience like no other, the Indigenous-owned Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn is Kakadu's only first-class, full-service hotel. Enjoy art by local artists in the hotel gallery and explore the stunning surrounds of Kakadu National Park. If you are looking for itinerary ideas, the friendly staff can provide you with excellent advice and sightseeing tips on the surrounding areas. After an adventurous day, relax in the air-conditioned comfort of Escarpment Restaurant and Bar or cool down with a refreshing swim in the shaded outdoor pool.

Just a two-hour drive from Darwin, Aurora Kakadu is the perfect place to unwind and relax while enjoying the many attractions offered by the famous World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Set in attractive and spacious tropical surroundings, the hotel provides guests with the chance to marvel at the stunning wildlife from the comfort of this unique property. The grounds surrounding the complex offer an exciting opportunity to observe local fauna such as wallabies, corellas and magpie geese. All rooms have a private balcony or patio overlooking the grounds. Stay 7 Pay 6

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Northern Territory / KATHERINE TOURING AND ACCOMMODATION

About Katherine

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Katherine is in the heart of the authentic Australian Outback. Key attractions in the area include places of Aboriginal historic and cultural significance, historic sites, colorful birds and wildlife, impressive caves and gorges and for the adventurers, magnificent, unspoilt waterfalls, canyons and billabongs. Splendid Katherine Gorge, located in the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park is a highlight of any visit. The main entrance to the National Park is situated 20 miles from the town of Katherine.

Katherine Gorge

Nitmiluk Chalets, Katherine Gorge

Timeless Land 3 Gorge Cruise Operated by Nitmiluk Tours

Set in the grounds of the Nitmiluk Camping and Caravan Park to the south east of Darwin, Nitmiluk Chalets provide self-contained accommodation for visitors keen to explore the impressive gorges and waterfalls of Nitmiluk National Park, including spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge. A short walk from the start of the gorge system, the one- or two-bedroom chalets have a lounge and dining area, ensuite, kitchen and a spacious balcony for observing local wildlife, including wallabies in their natural habitat. Guests can unwind after a dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exploring at the resort-style swimming pool.

Prepare for a truly memorable experience as you travel through time on the journey through the first three gorges of the stunning Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge system. Sit back and relax as your four-hour cruise takes you past immense sandstone cliffs which have been thousands of years in the making. Both the views and the absolute silence will take your breath away but make sure you keep an eye out for local animals and bird life, many of which are unique to this part of the Top End.

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Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Dinner Cruise Operated by Nitmiluk Tours

This is the jewel in Nitmiluk Tours selection of cruises on the iconic landmark of Nitmiluk Gorge. Discover the fascinating stories and traditional ways of the local Jawoyn people set against the magnificent backdrop of rugged Nitmiluk Gorge in the Northern Territory. Experience the spectacular beauty and learn the history of the first two gorges as you cruise in the late afternoon light. Take in the romance by candlelight as the sun sets and you enjoy a delicious threecourse meal which includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and tea and coffee. A selection of sodas, wine and beer is available for purchase. More than a cruise, this is dinner with a difference, set to the romance and colors of this timeless land.

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Cicada Lodge Cicada Lodge lies on the river-front of the Katherine River, 186 miles south east of Darwin. Nestled in the natural bush high above the ancient waterways of the Katherine River system, Cicada Lodge is the latest tourism venture of the Jawoyn people and the ideal base from which to explore this remote and stunning region. With only 18 rooms, Cicada Lodge has been designed in harmony with the natural environment. With the design accentuating and facilitating natural airflow, the panoramic windows create the visual effect of inviting the outside into each room. Cicada Lodge delivers a high standard of discreet service and is the only property of its kind in the Top End. This serene setting and surroundings ensure a memorable adventure exploring the awe-inspiring beauty of the park and gorges.

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AUSTRALIA’S NORTH WEST / Western Australia

Australia's North West Take a journey to a timeless land, of majestic Outback vistas, millions of years in the making. This is landscape on a grand scale, romantic and true, home to larger-than-life characters, each with a story to tell. Relax on the immense expanse of Cable Beach, be inspired by the Bungle Bungle Range and marvel at the rocky landscapes of Karijini National Park.

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Kununurra is a great base for venturing out to Purnululu National Park, Lake Argyle, Mitchell Plateau, the Ord River and the Argyle Diamond Mine. The word Kununurra means ‘big water’ in the language of Aboriginal locals, for the landscape is dotted with gorges and waterfalls.

Broome, an exotic pearling town with a colorful history, is home to some fine eco-resorts. Cable Beach, with 12 miles of white sand, kissed by warm, crystal waters, is an exquisite setting for watching the sunset on a balmy, tropical night.

Bungle Bungle Range

Gelkie Gorge National Park

Viewed from the air, the Bungle Bungle Range is an awesome sight, rising 984 feet out of the plains. The orange and black stripes of these massive sandstone structures mask a world of gorges and pools with fan palms clinging to walls. This enthralling sight is 'a must'.

Geikie Gorge National Park is the most accessible National Park in the Kimberley. The Gorge was carved by the Fitzroy River through an ancient limestone reef, approximately 350 million years ago. The river’s tranquil water abounds with fish, and myriad interesting birds shelter on the treelined banks with colorful cliffs as a backdrop.

9 Day Kimberley Explorer 4WD Self-Drive Day 3–4: Mt Elizabeth Station – El Questro (244 miles). Depart Mt Elizabeth Station and travel past Home Valley and follow the turn-off signs to Voyages El Questro Station. Overnight in El Questro, two nights. Day 5: El Questro Wilderness Park – Kununurra. Travel to Kelly’s Knob Lookout to watch your last sunset in the Kimberleys. Overnight in Kununurra.

Discover the highlights that lie between Broome and Darwin on this nine-day selfdrive tour.

Day 1: Broome – Mt Hart (137 miles). Depart Broome and stop in Derby. Continue on the Gibb River Road. Overnight in Mt Hart.

Day 2: Mt Hart – Mt Elizabeth Station (264 miles). Drive off-road along the Gibb River Road, stopping at Galvans Gorge and Barnett Gorge. Overnight in Mt Elizabeth Station.

Day 6: Kununurra – Katherine (319 miles). The Victoria Highway will take you through the town of Timber Creek and the Gregory National Park before reaching Katherine. Overnight in Katherine. Day 7–8: Katherine – Kakadu National Park (184 miles). Travel north to Pine Creek on the Stuart Highway and then turn onto the Kakadu Highway. Overnight in Kakadu National Park, two nights. Day 9: Kakadu National Park – Darwin (157 miles). Depart Kakadu via the Arnhem Highway to Darwin.

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15 Day Kimberley Complete Escorted Tour

Operated by APT Kimberley Wilderness Adventures

With fewer than one person for every 386 square miles, this vast and scenic land is showcased at its best on this epic 4WD adventure. Explore spectacular gorges, plunge into isolated pools and see the wonders of the Kimberley, from the stunning Mitchell Falls to the breathtaking Bungle Bungle Range and stay at the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best stations and resorts. The popular Kimberley Complete provides an in-depth experience of this magnificent region. Discover the scenic gorges of the Gibb River Road, the fascinating Aboriginal culture of the Mitchell Plateau and the rugged Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park. Explore cascading Mitchell Falls, cruise the Geikie Gorge and tour Kununurra and the Ord Rivers. Set off on the legendary Gibb River Road to marvel at the sheer cliffs and white sands of Windjana Gorge and the cool waters of Tunnel Creek. Explore the waterholes of Bell Gorge and travel through the heart of Kimberley cattle country to Galvans and Barnett River Gorges. Ascend the Mitchell Plateau and view rare Wandjina and Gwion (Bradshaw) art. Spend a full day discovering the majestic Michell Falls (including a scenic helicopter flight) before crossing into El Questro Wilderness Park with over 1,500 square miles of Kimberley Wilderness. Hike into Emma Gorge, soak in the thermal pools at Zebedee Springs and admire Lake Argyle before embarking on an Ord River cruise. Enter Purnululu National Park and hike into Echidna Chasm, Piccaninny Creek and striking Cathedral Gorge. Next stop is the unusual China Wall and then on to Fitzroy Crossing to explore Geikie Gorge aboard a cruise along the Fitzroy River. Concluding in Broome, the tour includes 14 nights' accommodation with two nights at each of APT's exclusive Wilderness Lodges: Bell Gorge, Mitchell Falls, Bungle Bungle.

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17 Day Top End Kimberley Discovery Escorted Tour Operated by APT Kimberley Wilderness Adventures

Set amid the spiritual and tranquil land of Kakadu, Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge offers access to restricted areas of the National Park that are sacred to the local people. Marvel at beautiful and enchanting Ubirr before traveling south through dramatic and captivating scenery. Discover the spectacular art, gorges and scenery of the region and learn from an astounding commentary on life in the ancient Kimberley. Depart Darwin and travel to Kakadu National Park. Head to Ubirr to explore galleries of ancient Aboriginal art before taking an unforgettable journey along the East Alligator River on the Guluyambi Cruise. Accompanied by a local guide, cross the East Alligator River into spiritual Arnhem Land. Experience the timeless art and beauty of this amazing region which is inaccessible to most travelers. Head to beautiful Nitmiluk National Park and then step aboard the unforgettable Dawn Break Sunrise Cruise through awe-inspiring Katherine Gorge. Travel to Purnululu National Park, home to the Bungle Bungle Range. Hike to Echidna Chasm and Piccaninny Creek through to Cathedral Gorge. Soak in the warm waters of Zebedee Springs and admire the splendid scenery from the cruise on Chamberlain Gorge before hiking into Emma Gorge to indulge in a refreshing swim beneath the waterfall. Journey to the attractive Barnett River and Bell Gorges to see rock art, and perhaps take a swim. Wade through the waters of Tunnel Creek and delight in a cruise along Geikie Gorge. Arrive in Broome for your farewell dinner and final night's accommodation.

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5 Day Broome to the Bungle Bungle Range Escorted Tour Operated by APT Kimberley Wilderness Adventures

New landscapes even more impressive than the last unfold day by day on this journey from Broome along an unforgettable five-day trail leading deep into Purnululu National Park. Walk by torchlight through Tunnel Creek, hike to see the dramatic cliffs of Windjana Gorge and onwards to Purnululu National Park to marvel at the hauntingly beautiful striped beehive domes of the Bungle Bungle Range. Enjoy two nights in tented ensuite cabins at APT’s exclusive Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge in the heart of the National Park. Cruise Geikie Gorge with its two toned walls and see the unusual quartz formation of China Wall. If time is of the essence, this tour is ideal as it covers many of the Kimberley’s highlights in style.

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Devils Marbles

Kimberley Air Safaris Operated by Slingair Heliwork WA

Much of the remote, immense and rugged terrain of the Kimberley region in Australia’s north west often remains a secret as it can only be discovered by air. Many roads are accessible by 4WD only and some destinations can only be reached by light aircraft. One of the highlights of the region is the spectacular, aerial views which can be seen from above. The multi-award-winning Slingair Heliwork WA is the specialist when it comes to Kimberley aviation. With scenic air safaris, spectacular helicopter flights and fly/ drive tours, Slingair can show you the best of the Kimberley. Encounter the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle), spot crocodiles along the Ord River, view expanses of Lake Argyle and the Argyle Diamond Mine or take in the cascading Mitchell Falls. Wildlife and the hauntingly beautiful scenery combine to make this the flight of a lifetime.

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11 Day Kimberley Expedition Cruises Operated by Coral Princess Cruises

Discover Western Australia’s Outback Kimberley Coast, one of the world’s most remote and spectacular wilderness areas, aboard the award-winning Coral Princess or state-of-the-art flagship Oceanic Discoverer. Coral Princess Cruises’ 11 day Kimberley expedition cruises depart between April and October each year to explore the ancient coastline between Darwin and Broome. Discover the region’s striking natural beauty, including the world’s oldest Aboriginal rock art sites, rarely seen native wildlife, towering waterfalls and natural phenomena such as Horizontal Falls and Montgomery Reef. Both purpose-built small ships travel with a fleet of Zodiacs and the unique Xplorer excursion vessel, allowing unrivaled access to even the most remote locations. Expert guides and naturalists will acquaint you with the region’s native marine, bird and wild life, providing insights that only genuine local knowledge can deliver.

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Western Australia / KIMBERLEY ACCOMMODATION

El Questro Wilderness Park

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Stretching across one million acres, El Questro Wilderness Park is one of Western Australia’s most loved tourism icons. Combining the attributes of a working cattle station with comfortable accommodation, the park offers a truly quintessential Kimberley experience. Situated on a clifftop overlooking one of the prettiest spots on the Chamberlain River, the oasis of The Homestead and its lush tropical gardens provide a stark contrast to the rugged terrain around them. The Homestead is an all-inclusive product which has only nine rooms, all overlooking the river or garden. All enjoy private verandas and some have outdoor baths. Hidden within the wilderness of the spectacular Cockburn Ranges, Emma Gorge offers safari-style tented cabins, all with private facilities. Located at the heart of El Questro, the Station is a vibrant area on the banks of The Pentecost River which features air-conditioned bungalows.

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Home Valley Station Home Valley Station is a working cattle station that takes pride in providing guests with the ultimate Australian Outback experience. Located on the Gibb River Road in the East Kimberley in Western Australia, the station features luxurious Grass Castle Suites on the Bindoola Gorge, comfortable Homestead Guesthouse Rooms, safaristyle Eco Tents and camping in two stunning locations. Dining is at the iconic Dusty Bar and Grill. Home Valley Station is an Outback adventure playground offering tours which include mini-musters, station tours, fishing and sunset viewing over the Cockburn Ranges. Experience some of nature's most breathtaking combinations of towering gorges, sparkling waterholes, ever-flowing rivers, untouched beaches, billabongs, waterfalls and majestic ancient landforms and ranges.

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Pinctada Kimberley Grande

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Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge

By day, immerse yourself in the ancient landscape of the Kimberley. By night, soak up the classic Outback hospitality of Pinctada Kimberley Grande. This 72-room homesteadstyle resort at Kununurra is the ideal base for discovering the grandeur of the untouched Kimberley region. All the graciously sized spa suites and guestrooms reflect the peace, space, colors and textures of the landscape. Guests can cool off in the 25-meter pool, admire the fascinating art collection and savor the regionally inspired menu. Inquire about the Pinctada Seasonal Special.

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Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge

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Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge

Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge is an Indigenousowned site which affords magnificent views of the King Leopold escarpment. Located just off the Gibb River Road in the King Leopold Ranges close to the Imintji Aboriginal community, the lodge is well placed for visiting some of the Kimberley’s striking gorges. Featuring delicious home-style meals, the lodge offers 24 tented cabins with twin beds, ensuites and private decks. Key attractions of the Western Kimberley are within easy access including Bell, Galvans, Barnett River and Windjana Gorges as well as Tunnel Creek.

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Located in the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park in the Kimberley, Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge sets a high standard. The ‘leave no trace’ philosophy helps protect this pristine land. Guests will treasure this wonderful outdoor environment and enjoy spending time around the camp fire in the evenings after dinner, relaxing and stargazing under the midnight-blue night skies. Visitors can choose between two categories of accommodation in this exquisite bush experience: standard or superior king tented cabins, both of which are surrounded by natural beauty.

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Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge's location close to spectacular Mitchell Falls and next to a swimming hole on Camp Creek makes it ideal for discovering this majestic region. Offering a touch of luxury in the wilderness, this remote property is surrounded by beautiful bush land. Guests can explore this magnificent area, cool off in the camp waterhole, or take a short trip to admire the mighty Mitchell Falls as they tumble over the plateau’s edge, into the Mitchell River in the far north of Western Australia.

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BROOME AND CABLE BEACH ACCOMMODATION / Western Australia

Pinctada Cable Beach Resort and Spa Inspired by Pinctada maxima, the shell which nurtures the world’s most beautiful pearl, Pinctada Cable Beach Resort and Spa has been created to nurture you. This award-winning luxury spa resort offers an intimate environment which reflects the unique beauty, heritage and culture of historic Broome. From the original art to the hand-selected décor and customized Pinctada furniture, every detail reflects the palate and textures of the Kimberley, while generous size guestrooms capture natural light and Indian Ocean breezes. Indulge your senses with a meal at the award-winning SELENE Brasserie or rejuvenate your spirit at the world-class day spa featuring LI'TYA Spa Care from the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Pinctada Cable Beach Resort and Spa epitomizes the spirit of relaxation. Inquire about the Pinctada Seasonal Special.

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Pinctada McAlpine House A beautifully renovated authentic master pearler's home built in 1910, historic Pinctada McAlpine House is now a magnificent boutique hotel of only eight rooms which are surrounded by tropical gardens resplendent with exotic birds. Offering unparalleled privacy and comprehensive, personalized service catering to individuals or small groups, the graceful heritage complex is truly one of the most exclusive places for vacationing in Australia's tropical north. Pinctada McAlpine House is situated in quiet surroundings in the center of old Broome with easy access to shops, restaurants, galleries, museums and other attractions. Ideal for travelers seeking a tranquil and memorable vacation base, Pinctada McAlpine House is also perfect for couples wishing to celebrate that special occasion in a romantic venue. The privacy of the house and the high quality of service make it very suitable for private gatherings when the entire hotel is booked.

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Oaks Cable Beach Sanctuary

Indulge in the peace and tranquility of this tropical paradise, located just 985 feet from Cable Beach, and five minutes from Broome airport and town center. Lush gardens surround the one-, two- and three-bedroom newly refurbished apartments and bungalows with full kitchen and laundry, individual balcony or veranda, cable TV, free in-house movies, Internet, air-conditioning, housekeeping, and in the one-bedroom apartments, a spa bath. Facilities include a heated/chilled pool, children’s pool and play area, barbecues, resort shop, and complimentary parking.

Set around a huge tropical lagoon-type pool, Oaks Cable Beach Sanctuary is a luxury resort offering apartment-style accommodation with an array of exceptional resort-style facilities including an on-site restaurant and bar. The resort is only a short walk from the shimmering sandy shores of Broome’s Cable Beach and is the ideal base for exploring historic Broome and the Kimberleys. Oaks Cable Beach Sanctuary is comprised of modern studios and spacious self-contained one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well three-bedroom freestanding villas.

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Some of Australia's best beaches, combined with bustling markets, inner city parks, outdoor dining and amazing marine adventures are found in Perth, gateway to the vast south west. From towering native forests to whale-watching, fine regional produce, wine, art galleries, boutiques and serious surfing, discover a top blend of exciting travel experiences.

Fremantle

Margaret River

Historic Fremantle features the largest collection of Heritage-listed buildings in Western Australia. The picturesque town is known for its café culture, restored pubs, art galleries and market. Hop on the Fremantle Tram for a guided tour of the city’s best attractions or take the train to some of the nearby surf beaches.

The beautiful Margaret River region offers a wide variety of attractions, including the tranquil waters of Geographe Bay and the ancient cave-carved Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge. Bordering tall forests and the sea, the region is well known for its awardwinning wines, fine food, surf beaches and arts. The region has become a mecca for local artists.

Rottnest Island

The Pinnacles

Steeped in history, Rottnest island is the only place in the world where the marsupial quokka can be viewed in its natural habitat. Pristine and unspoilt, the island provides an ideal environment for cycling, swimming or walking to explore the beaches and settlement. Off the coast of Fremantle, the island is a jewel in the Indian Ocean.

Regarded as one of Australia's most unusual landscapes, these incredible limestone spires rise eerily out of the sand. Just three hours’ drive from Perth, the Pinnacles are known for their odd moonscape appearance with some of the formations rising 13 feet out of the ground. They can be accessed by driving or walking.

7 Day South West Gourmet Getaway Self-Drive Take a seven-day road-trip from Perth through the wine regions of Western Australia.

Day 1: Perth – Albany (256 miles). Collect your rental car and drive to Albany for your first taste of the Great Southern Wine region. Overnight at Albany. Day 2–3: Albany – Denmark (33 miles). Drive along the coast to picturesque Denmark and a region famous for Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernets. Overnight at Denmark, two nights. Day 4: Denmark – Pemberton (116 miles). Visit the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk and continue to Pemberton for Bordeaux-style wines. Overnight at Pemberton. Day 5–7: Pemberton – Margaret River (27 miles). Continue to the heart of the Margaret River region to explore for two days before heading back to Perth. Overnight at Margaret River, two nights.

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City of Lights Dinner Cruise Operated by Captain Cook Cruises Perth

Perth’s only dinner cruise offers the opportunity to see the impressive Perth 'City of Lights' skyline after sunset. Sit back, relax and enjoy the evening atmosphere as an attentive crew hosts. On arrival at your table, enjoy freshly baked breads and olive oil. The cold selection awaits featuring gourmet salads, and mixed continental meats while the hot buffet offers tempting dishes such as freshly carved beef, chicken and a range of vegetarian dishes. Complete your dining experience with refreshing fresh fruit, wicked gateaux and coffee. Local Australian fine wines are served throughout, together with local beers and soft drinks, or alternatively, you may choose to finish off the evening by treating yourself to something from the premium range from the bar (own expense). Music during your cruise is provided by the resident pianist or DJ.

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Upper Swan Lunch Cruise

Operated by Captain Cook Cruises Perth

Operated by Captain Cook Cruises Perth

Join one of Perth’s most enjoyable day tours, which includes a full wine tasting experience centered on the river. Morning tea is served shortly after boarding, followed by a premium wine tasting with cheese and biscuits. Disembark at Sandalford Estate for an exclusive winery tour, film presentation and a unique 'Wine Flight' tasting. A two-course lunch is served throughout the tasting during which you can select your favorite wine to accompany the main course. Upon re-boarding, enjoy afternoon tea, complimentary wines and entertainment provided by the crew.

This all-inclusive lunch cruise affords you the opportunity to experience the beautiful upper Swan River. Depart from the city and enjoy the delicious buffet featuring a trio of tempting hot dishes, complemented by a variety of seasonal gourmet salads, cold barbecue chicken, prawn and continental meat platters. Local beers and wines, together with tea, coffee and soft drinks are available during the cruise. Your afternoon cruise is rounded off with afternoon tea, coffee, cake and a fresh fruit platter followed with some live entertainment provided by the crew.

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Pinnacles Day Tour Operated by Country Escapes in WA Tours

Experience a great day combining a visit to the Pinnacles with other amazing natural landscapes in Western Australia's northern region. Encounter pristine, white sand dunes, spectacular coastal vistas and valleys with masses of grass trees, and view kangaroos in their natural environment. Visit the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Interpretive Centre and then drive into the Pinnacles Desert to travel the two-mile trail for a unique experience walking among this awe-inspiring phenomenon. The Pinnacles Desert is made up of thousands of limestone pillars, resembling an ancient ruin. After lunch at Cervantes, visit Hangover Bay to see crystalline beaches and the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean. Go for a walk along the beach and during the summer, take your swimsuit and towel for a refreshing swim. Continue on to the Lake Thetis stromatolites, which are one of the earliest forms of life to evolve on the planet.

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Exmouth Diving Centre

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Operated by Exmouth Diving Centre

Unleash your adventurous spirit with the breeze in your hair as you cycle your way around picturesque Rottnest Island off the coast of Perth. Combine both bike and snorkel for an unforgettable land and sea experience. Don’t waste valuable time waiting in queues, book a bike before you go. Ride straight from the jetty for breathtaking views, secluded bays and stunning beaches. Rottnest is a fascinating destination, juxtaposing convict history with its unspoilt natural environment. Look out for endemic and unique wildlife such as quokkas on your journey.

Specialists in whale shark swimming tours, scuba diving and snorkeling on the Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth Dive offers the most consistent local experiences of whale sharks, big fish, manta, turtles, dugong and humpback whales. Scuba diving and snorkeling are great all yearround. Exmouth Dive is the only premier PADI Instructor Development Centre on the Ningaloo Reef, providing a complete diver training service from Open Water to the professional levels of Dive Master and Instructor Training.

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Western Australia / PERTH ACCOMMODATION

Hyatt Regency Perth

Pan Pacific Perth

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With a prime position overlooking the picturesque Swan River, the Hyatt Regency Perth is just a few minutes from the city center and entertainment and shopping districts. Hyatt Regency Perth offers all the amenities of a renowned, deluxe hotel. Recently refurbished, the hotel features include spacious guestrooms, a selection of dining options including two restaurants, a coffee terrace and two bars. Enjoy excellent leisure facilities including a fitness center, 20-meter outdoor heated pool, sauna and floodlit tennis court.

Pan Pacific Perth is centrally located a short walk from the city’s bustling shopping, dining and entertainment districts. The 486 relaxing guestrooms and suites offer thoughtful touches such as high-speed Wi-Fi. Inspired by the love of creating great cuisine, Pan Pacific Perth offers a range of delicious, convenient dining options with two restaurants and a lobby lounge. After a full day of traveling or sightseeing, wind down in the outdoor pool or enjoy the fully equipped 24-hour fitness center with steam rooms and day spa facilities.

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Duxton Hotel Perth

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Rendezvous Grand Hotel Perth Scarborough

The Duxton Hotel offers guests quality accommodation in the heart of the city. With 306 spacious accommodation rooms ranging from Deluxe Rooms through to Club Rooms and Suites, there is an option to suit everyone’s needs. The hotel’s facilities include complimentary Internet, 24-hour reception and room service, restaurant and bar, gym, sauna and steam room, outdoor heated pool and spa. Within easy access of the Swan River, Perth's shopping precincts, and many entertainment venues, the Duxton Hotel is a recommended choice for your stay when visiting Perth.

Perth’s only beach-side hotel has undergone a multi-million-dollar makeover to complement the million-dollar views. With 336 chic, new rooms with luxurious décor and excellent guest facilities, luxury has been taken to the next level. Straits Café, the stylish new restaurant with an inspiring beach-side outlook, sets the tone for modern Australian, grill-style restaurants. This is complemented by the enticing tapas-style Lobby Bar menu, which offers a variety of beverages. A lagoon-style pool and Vanilla Day Spa are also available for guests to use during their stay.

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Adina Apartment Hotel, Barrack Plaza

Travelodge Perth

Conveniently located in the heart of Perth, Adina Apartment Hotel Perth, Barrack Plaza is a contemporary apartment hotel minutes from major shopping areas such as Murray Street Mall. Situated opposite Perth's central railway station, the hotel is a short stroll from the Barrack Street Ferry Terminal. Many of the apartments feature a fully equipped kitchen and laundry, Foxtel cable TV and broadband Internet access. Most apartments offer stunning city views over Northbridge and the city.

Centrally located in the heart of the city, modern Travelodge Perth enjoys convenient access to the many great attractions that Perth has to offer including Perth Concert Hall, WACA Ground and a myriad of shopping malls. The hotel features comfortable accommodation at an affordable price. All rooms have been completely refurbished with an intimate and stylish décor. The lobby, restaurant and bar have also been refurbished making Travelodge Perth one of the freshest hotels in Perth.

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Goodearth Hotel Perth

Rendezvous Studio Hotel Perth Central Recently completely renovated, Rendezvous Studio Hotel Perth Central is a modern property conveniently located. With a choice of 103 recently refurbished spacious accommodations ranging from superior rooms, deluxe rooms, and premium deluxe rooms to two-bedroom apartments, an inviting space with smart design and modern technology await. The stylish Straits Café and The Bar are ideal for enjoying an elegant meal, evening drinks or al fresco dining. Additional facilities include a gym, sauna, and parking.

The Goodearth Hotel provides excellent value accommodation in Perth. The magnificent Swan River and an extensive range of shopping, dining and entertainment precincts are either just a short stroll away or are easily accessible via a free, city bus service. Each apartment features a fully equipped kitchenette, Wi-Fi, Foxtel, in-house movies, air-conditioning/ heating, and ironing facilities. There is also a licensed restaurant and bar, beauty salon and hairdresser, 24-hour reception, lobby shop and complimentary parking (subject to availability).

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Sullivans Hotel Sullivans is a family owned hotel situated in Perth's premier location which adjoins Kings Park with views over parklands to the city skyline. Ideally positioned for leisure travelers, Sullivans is an easy stroll to the city center or alternatively, guests can use the free CAT bus which stops outside and travels to and around the city. The hotel offers comfortable standard or deluxe accommodation which provides great value and exceptional service. Complimentary facilities include Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, parking, Internet terminal, guest bicycles and in-house movies. Stay 4 Pay 3

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ibis Perth

ibis Styles Perth This boutique hotel is known locally as the hidden treasure of Northbridge because of its intimate attention to detail, excellent service and great value for money. ibis Styles Perth is located in the heart of vibrant Northbridge, the main cultural and entertainment precinct of Perth situated a few minutes' walk from the city center. Guests can take advantage of a myriad of entertainment options with Perth's largest concentration of restaurants, bars, cafés and nightclubs close at hand as well as premier sporting venues, State Library and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Welcome to ibis Perth, ideally located in Perth's West End only 985 feet from the Murray and Hay Street shopping malls. The hotel boasts 192 recently refurbished rooms with new beds, flatscreen TV, iPod docking station and a new stylish bathroom. Guests appreciate the convenient location, friendly staff and comfortable accommodation. Enjoy all that the city has to offer, from shopping in one of the malls to browsing fashion and jewelry boutiques on King Street or relaxing in one of the many great city bars.

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Western Australia / BEYOND PERTH ACCOMMODATION

Pullman Resort Bunker Bay

Seashells Mandurah

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Poised right on the beachfront of Comet Bay, Seashells Mandurah is adjacent to the marina, just 45 minutes from Perth. With a choice of one- or two-bedroom apartments and villas, most with marina or ocean views, each apartment features a full kitchen, laundry, private balcony, spa bath or plunge baths, in-house movies on demand, cable TV, iPod dock, broadband Internet, air-conditioning and weekly housekeeping service. Facilities include an outdoor heated pool overlooking the ocean, spa, barbecues, tennis court, conference facilities and complimentary parking.

A pristine paradise in the Margaret River wine region, this impressive beachfront resort offers access to the glorious white sands and crystal clear waters of Bunker Bay and the dazzling Indian Ocean. Enjoy walking through 34 acres of landscaped native gardens or visit one of the 90 wineries nearby. The resort features beautifully appointed studios, one-, two- and threebedroom villas in contemporary Australian architectural style. Facilities include a heated swimming pool, tennis court, gym, awardwinning day spa, restaurant and bar overlooking the ocean.

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Seashells Scarborough Directly overlooking golden Scarborough Beach, these stylish two- and three-bedroom fully self-contained apartments enjoy stunning ocean views from individual, spacious balconies. Each apartment features a kitchen and laundry, large lounge, complimentary in-house movies, cable TV, DVD player, iPod dock, broadband Internet and weekly housekeeping service. Facilities include an outdoor heated pool, sauna, barbecues and complimentary parking. Just 20 minutes' drive from Perth city, the property is a short stroll from the friendly and relaxing beachfront restaurants and cafĂŠs.

Located in the Margaret River wine region three hours south of Perth, Seashells Yallingup is set in extensive gardens by the sea at Yallingup beach. Adjacent to a local Heritage-listed hotel, the property offers studio spa rooms and oneand two-bedroom fully self-contained apartments with kitchen and laundry. Features include private balconies with garden views, complimentary in-house movies, cable TV, DVD player, iPod docks, Wi-Fi Internet, airconditioning, barbecues, weekly housekeeping service, and complimentary parking.

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Wyndham Resort & Spa Dunsborough Wyndham Resort & Spa Dunsborough is located in the famous Margaret River wine region, just two hours' drive from Perth. The resort offers a world of luxury and indulgence, with extensive facilities set among exquisite, landscaped gardens sweeping down to the shores of Geographe Bay. Featuring the spectacular Escape Day Spa, floodlit tennis court, outdoor pool and spa, fully equipped gym, volleyball court, children's playground and barbecue area, Wyndham Resort & Spa Dunsborough is a vacation maker's paradise. All this, combined with your choice of studio rooms or fully self-contained two-bedroom apartments means your stay will be nothing short of superb. The on-site restaurant, Toby's Restaurant & Bar, features an extensive al fresco dining area where you can enjoy sumptuous, fresh regional produce complemented with a wide selection of premium south-west wines. Toby's is a gourmet dining experience 'not to be missed'.

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Quality Resort Sorrento Beach Close to the center of Perth and north of Scarborough Beach, Quality Resort Sorrento Beach offers luxury hotel rooms and spa apartments featuring refreshing ocean views. This picturesque beach setting makes it an ideal romantic getaway or family vacation destination, and the two-bedroom apartments are comfortable and practical. The complimentary parking, on-site restaurant, Foxtel, Wi-Fi, heated outdoor pool, spa, sauna and barbecue area are just some of the facilities on offer.

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Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

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Commencing at Cervantes with the haunting rock formations of the Pinnacles, the Coral Coast region stretches north to Exmouth, home of the renowned Ningaloo Reef. The region offers contrasting experiences and interactions with a variety of marine life, including the wild dolphins at Monkey Mia, sea lions, manta rays, dugongs and humpback whales. Australia’s Coral Coast is one of the few places where you can swim with the world’s largest fish, the graceful whale shark. Treasured creatures, turquoise seas and shimmering sands combine to make this a special destination.

Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort is the only place to meet the magnificent dolphins of Monkey Mia and at this resort, the magical encounters are all part of the experience. With absolute beachfront accommodation in the heart of the renowned Shark Bay World Heritage-listed area, the resort offers a variety of rooms from comfortable backpacker rooms to luxury villas. Rooms are fresh and air-conditioned, with a modern design and a range of features for optimum comfort. On-site facilities include a swimming pool, artesian spring hot tub, bar and restaurant.

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Ningaloo Reef Resort

Bayview Coral Bay offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the wonders of the Ningaloo Reef. Located at the southern gateway of this unique marine environment, Bayview offers a variety of air-conditioned accommodation to suit any budget. Choose from two- and three-bedroom self-contained villas, motel-style studio units, chalets, basic cabins or camping grounds. Relax by the pool or on the idyllic beach. Enjoy a boat tour or snorkel over the magnificent reef. There is so much to do but you can also choose to simply sit back, relax and do nothing at all.

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Ningaloo Reef Resort’s beachfront accommodation is a popular place for unwinding and experiencing Western Australia’s very own tropical playground, Ningaloo Reef in Coral Bay, home to the incredible whale sharks. The resort offers a range of accommodation to suit all needs, from motel-style rooms to apartments whose comfortable features provide a good base for relaxation during your stay in Coral Bay. On-site facilities include a swimming pool, manicured lawns, picturesque gardens and a barbecue area, all less than 100 paces from exotic Ningaloo Reef.

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Australia / ADELAIDE AND SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide and South Australia South Australia features unique wildlife, timeless Outback landscapes and rugged seascapes converging with historic wine valleys and gourmet food experiences. Adelaide is the gateway to the ancient Flinders Ranges, the world-famous Barossa Valley and the natural wilderness of Kangaroo Island.

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Kangaroo Island

This ancient land north of Adelaide is part of the oldest land on earth. Precious rock formations and Aboriginal sites form part of the beautiful escarpment of the Flinders Ranges. Wildlife is in abundance including vulnerable species of wallabies and birds. Trekking, horse riding, tours with Aboriginal guides and mountain-biking are all possible.

One of Australia's premier wildlife destinations, Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness. Brimming with wildlife including thousands of koalas, the island is also a place of exquisite beauty. Rolling sand dunes, soaring cliffs, dense forest, wetlands and pearly white beaches combine with fine local produce and wines to enhance the experience.

Barossa Valley

Gawler Ranges

The famed Barossa Valley is home to many awardwinning wines. One of the best wine producing regions in Australia, the Barossa is steeped in history and tradition. Undulating hills and quaint towns provide cellar door and Barossa label food experiences to add pleasure to any vacation. Fine dining, cycling and tastings are all part of the fun.

Situated in the untouched Eyre Peninsula west of Adelaide, the rugged Gawler Ranges were formed by volcanic activity 1,500 million years ago. Glistening, massive salt lakes contrast with red desert earth and blue skies. Wildlife teem around and over impressive rock formations in this peninsula which is also a haven for export-quality seafood.

6 Day Wine and Wilderness Self-Drive Day 2: Barossa Valley – Wilpena Pound (251 miles). Continue north to the beautiful Flinders Ranges and absorb the rugged countryside that is home to kangaroos, emu and other Australian wildlife. Overnight at Wilpena Pound, two nights.

Day 3: Wilpena Pound. Spend today exploring the area on the walking trail or with a guided 4WD tour. Day 4: Wilpena Pound – Parachilna (90 miles). Enjoy exploring the Ranges before driving to the tiny village of Parachilna. Overnight at Parachilna.

Day 5: Parachilna – Clare Valley (86 miles). Travel south to the Clare Valley and Explore South Australia's wine regions and Outback on this six-day self-drive vacation including accommodation and car hire.

Day 1: Adelaide – Barossa Valley (46 miles). Collect your rental vehicle and drive the picturesque route through the Adelaide Hills and the Chain of Ponds to the Barossa. Visit the well-known wine producers or follow the many food and wine trails. Overnight at Barossa Valley.

visit the Heritage-listed village of Mintaro. Make the most of the afternoon to explore the The Riesling Trail which runs for 15.5 miles between the towns of Clare and Auburn. Overnight at Clare.

Day 6: Clare Valley – Parachilna (86 miles). Morning free to explore the region before continuing to Adelaide and returning the rental vehicle.

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Adelaide City Highlights Operated by Adelaide Sightseeing

The coastal city of Adelaide is noted for its many festivals, food, wine and the arts as well as its long expanses of beautiful beachfront. Visit Light's Vision where Colonel Light stood and planned the city; here you can enjoy the best views of Adelaide as well as historic Adelaide Oval. Drive past Adelaide’s cultural precinct of North Terrace, St Peter's Cathedral and Victoria Square, before traveling through the city’s wide streets on the way to iconic Haigh’s Chocolate Factory. Continue your journey to charming Glenelg, Adelaide’s premier seaside suburb. Take a walk along the picturesque jetty, check out the boutiques on Jetty Road, sip a coffee or explore the local attractions. Return to the city for a free afternoon, visit the cuddly giant pandas at the Zoo, or extend your stay at Glenelg Beach and make your own way back on the Glenelg to Adelaide tram service.

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Barossa and Hahndorf Wine Experience Operated by Adelaide Sightseeing

Discover one of Australia's best known wine regions on this full-day tour to the historic Barossa Valley outside Adelaide. The first stop is at Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre where you will have the opportunity to take a tour, sample this iconic brand's wines in a structured tasting and enjoy morning tea overlooking the vineyards. A visit to Mengler Hill Lookout provides sweeping views over the valley before heading to Saltram Wine Estate at Angaston. Learn more about Saltram's 150 year history and taste some of the delicious wine from the cellar door. Enjoy a sumptuous two-course Barossa lunch at The South Australian Company Store in Angaston. After lunch the tour winds through the picturesque Adelaide Hills to Hahndorf, Adelaide’s oldest German settlement. Meander through this charming village to explore the many shops and galleries packed with local art and craft and delicious produce.

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Discover Murray River Operated by Captain Cook Cruises South Australia

Discover the hauntingly beautiful and dramatic South Australian Outback, its unique flora and fauna, the rich legacy of old riverside ports and Indigenous culture aboard the paddle-wheeler, Murray Princess. Included in the cruise are all meals, an exciting selection of tours on shore, guided nature walks and eco-excursions, on-board presentations, use of spa, sauna and gym, Captain's Dinner and Cocktail Party, live entertainment, 24-hour self-service tea and coffee bar, as well as complimentary scenic coach transfers from Adelaide or car parking in Mannum (booking essential). The three-night cruise departs Mannum Friday 4.30pm, returning Monday 9.00am. Four-night cruises depart Mannum Monday 4.30pm, returning Friday 9.00am. Seven-night cruises depart Mannum Monday and Friday 4.30pm, returning Monday and Friday 9.00am. A free Barossa Valley tour is included for those passengers taking the seven-night cruise. price guide:

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Sea Lion and Outback Experience Operated by Gawler Ranges Wilderness Tours

This tour offers an amazing diversity of wildlife in numbers rarely seen elsewhere in Australia. Close to Port Lincoln, the extraordinarily beautiful South Australian Outback is home to the contrasting colors of red sands and rocky gorges, blue skies and the glistening white salt of massive Lake Gairdner. It is one of the few places where three large species of macropods can be seen together. Emus are common and cohabitate with 140 species of birds in a background of brilliant, spring wildflowers. The combination of wild koalas at Mikkira Station and swimming with sea lions and dolphins at Baird Bay means you will experience almost everything that Australia has to offer in types of wild animals. Accommodation is at Kangaluna, a luxury standing camp with private facilities. Enjoy beautiful food and wine, the brightness of the stars, the unpolluted sounds of nature and the intoxicating colors of the changing landscapes.

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South Australia / KANGAROO ISLAND TOURING

Kangaroo Island Highlights

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Discover the highlights of South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destination, Kangaroo Island. At Seal Bay Conservation Park, enjoy a walk on the pristine beach among a colony of wild Australian sea lions in the company of a National Parks’ ranger. Marvel at the sea lions as they frolic and laze about on this stunning beach or in the sand dunes, before traveling on to Vivonne Bay Bistro for a delicious two-course lunch. Koala gazing among the eucalypts at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is the next stop on this day tour of island treasures. Spend the afternoon at Flinders Chase National Park, where you can walk on spectacular Remarkable Rocks, with its great photographic opportunities and stunning sea views. Stroll down Admiral’s Arch boardwalk on a rugged cliff face to admire this rock archway which is a natural nursery and safe haven for playful New Zealand fur seals.

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2 Day Kangaroo Island Overnight Wildlife Experience Operated by Kangaroo Island Odysseys

See Australian sea lions, kangaroos, koalas and native Australian birds in the wild on this quintessential two-day tour. At spectacular Seal Bay your guide will escort you on a beach walk to see wild sea lions as they bask on the beach and frolic among the golden sand dunes. Admire these wonderful, endangered creatures from a safe distance. Enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic lunch with complimentary wine at SeaLinks' exclusive, Heritagelisted natural bush property. Set off on a pleasant bush walk after lunch and then head on to explore the sweeping beaches of the north coast. Listen for the rare Kangaroo Island glossy black cockatoo and watch for cute tammar wallabies in their natural habitat. Before you arrive at your overnight accommodation later in the afternoon, spot kangaroos leaving the safety of the bush to begin grazing on the open pastures. Return to Adelaide the following day.

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2 Day Kangaroo Island Coast to Coast Operated by SeaLink Kangaroo Island

On this two-day guided coach tour you will experience the wildlife and spectacular coastal scenery of beautiful Kangaroo Island. On day one, visit Clifford’s Honey Farm then travel onto Vivonne Bay Bistro for a two-course lunch. After lunch visit pristine Seal Bay for a guided beach walk among a colony of wild Australian sea lions. Visit the fascinating Birds of Prey free-flight demonstration before heading to Kingscote to watch the pelican feeding. Overnight accommodation of your choice is included. On day two, visit Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, Parndana Wildlife Park, and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can walk among the trees to look for koalas nestled in the eucalyptus. After lunch, travel to Flinders Chase National Park where you will be taken to the rugged southern coastline for a walk on iconic Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch.

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2 Day Highlights of Kangaroo Island Operated by Kangaroo Island Odysseys

Discover the Highlights of Kangaroo Island on this two day tour. On day one, head off on a small group 4WD island nature experience to discover Kangaroo Island’s hidden secrets. Encounter wildlife in their natural habitat, starting at Seal Bay with a memorable walk with your guide along the topaz beach to admire wild Australian sea lions. Enjoy a gourmet lunch at an exclusive Heritage-listed property, while keeping an eye out for cuddly koalas. Explore the spectacular north coast and with dusk falling, spot kangaroos leaving the bush to graze. Travel on to your accommodation for the evening. On day two, observe playful New Zealand fur seals at Admirals Arch and marvel at impressive Remarkable Rocks. Relax with a gourmet lunch in a secluded bush setting while remembering to look out for koalas in their treetop habitat en route. Visitors are allowed to enter, by permit, the Kelly Hill Conservation Park to observe kangaroos grazing on the open plains.

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3 Day Kangaroo Island Wanderer

Since 1986, Exceptional Kangaroo Island has been the first choice for visitors wishing to engage with the landscape, culture and history of Kangaroo Island. Operated by local couple Craig and Janet Wickham, the company offers experiences on a small group or private basis, focused on the strong nature-based attractions for which the Island is known. This can include family-friendly activities and the emerging food, wine and arts culture on the island. Join a small group of like-minded travelers exploring Kangaroo Island with one of Australia's leading tour companies. Your exceptional local wildlife guide will host you through a conversation (not a commentary) exploring the iconic landscapes and backtracks of this large and diverse island. Travel in 4WD comfort and enjoy nature and hospitality in equal measure with good food, good wine and wildlife in the wild.

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lions. Learn about the history and culture of the Island before meeting your hosts for dinner, bed and breakfast at your accommodation overlooking the ocean. After breakfast on day two, travel to Flinders Chase National Park, a vast wilderness reserve that offers habitat for the rare Cape Barren geese, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, platypus and a myriad of bird species. Break for morning tea and visit Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and the fur seals before enjoying a picnic in the bush featuring the best of local produce and another of the island's wines. In the afternoon, sample more of Kangaroo Island before returning to your overnight accommodation for dinner, bed and breakfast. The next morning, enjoy breakfast before a short transfer to the airport to connect with your Adelaide flight to continue your Australian adventure.

On day one you fly to Kangaroo Island and meet your wildlife guide. Explore different habitats seeking out koalas, wallabies and kangaroos in the wild with morning tea en route. Enjoy an elegant lunch with local wines in the bush and visit the Australian sea

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South Australia / ADELAIDE ACCOMMODATION

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Positioned on the attractive banks of Adelaide’s riverside entertainment and cultural precincts, InterContinental provides the perfect setting for exploring Adelaide’s best kept secrets. Club InterContinental guestrooms are situated on higher floors and feature superior amenities and exclusive access to the Club InterContinental Lounge. For dining, guests can enjoy the modern award-winning Japanese cuisine in Shiki or the local flavors of South Australia in Riverside. In the evening relax with a cocktail or light meal in the Atrium Lounge.

The impressive Rendezvous Grand Hotel Adelaide cleverly blends smart, contemporary design with opulent European style. Located in the heart of this vibrant city known as the gateway to the famed Barossa Valley wine and food region and iconic Kangaroo Island, this cosmopolitan hotel provides a range of elegant guestrooms and suites all within easy walking distance of the Gouger Street restaurant precinct with its vast array of establishments, the charming cultural boulevard of North Terrace and Rundle Street Mall shopping.

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The Sebel Playford Adelaide

Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury is superbly located in Adelaide’s center, adjacent to the Town Hall. The former Treasury building overlooks Victoria Square and is only three blocks from the myriad of shops in Rundle Street Mall. To add to this, the hotel is just a few minutes' walk from Adelaide’s iconic Central Market making it an ideal location for sampling South Australia’s wonderfully fresh produce. Adelaide’s beautiful Botanic Garden on North Terrace is also a short stroll while the tram to the picturesque beach-side suburb of Glenelg is opposite the hotel.

This boutique hotel is located in Adelaide’s vibrant North Terrace, directly opposite The Adelaide Convention Centre, Skycity Casino and major tourist attractions. Blending contemporary style with character and elegance, this hotel features beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites, luxurious amenities, exquisite cuisine and first-class facilities. The Sebel Playford was inducted into the Hall of Fame after winning 'Best Luxury Accommodation' at the South Australian Tourism Awards, 2009 - 2011.

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Majestic Roof Garden Hotel The Majestic Roof Garden Hotel is the award-winning flagship property of Majestic Hotels in Adelaide. Opened in 2004, this attractive, boutique hotel features kingsize beds throughout, minibar, restaurant, 24-hour room service, secure parking, complimentary Wi-Fi and a location that is hard to beat. Situated close to vibrant Rundle Street in Adelaide’s East End, the hotel is just a few feet from trendy bars, fine dining, casual restaurants and eclectic shopping. Rundle Mall shopping precinct is a further five minutes' walk and the historic Art Gallery of South Australia, National Wine Centre and South Australian Museum are close by. All the features that you would expect from a first-class hotel such as 24-hour reception, security card access, mini-gym, outstanding in-house restaurant and on-site secure parking are all available at this charming property.

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Oaks Horizons

Oaks Plaza Pier, located on the beachfront of Adelaide’s popular seaside suburb of Glenelg, offers sensational ocean views with luxurious one- and two-bedroom apartments with generous balconies. Located adjacent to Holdfast Marina and overlooking Glenelg Beach, Oaks Plaza Pier offers a comprehensive range of on-site guest facilities which include an indoor heated lap pool, gym, spa, plunge pool, sauna, steam room plus a fabulous selection of bars, restaurants and cafés.

The Oaks Horizons is ideally situated in the heart of Adelaide opposite the Convention and Festival Centers and casino. The Rundle Street Mall shopping precinct is within walking distance as are a myriad of restaurants. One of the newest hotels on North Terrace, the 17-storey Oaks Horizons offers one- and twobedroom contemporary and spacious apartments with full kitchen and laundry facilities including individual balconies. Guests enjoy access to broadband Internet, indoor heated lap pool, sauna, plunge pool, gym, steam room and a licensed café.

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Grand Chif ley Adelaide

Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Hindley is a beautifully restored, neo-Georgian building in the center of charming Adelaide. With vibrant Rundle Street Mall shops, bars, cafés and Adelaide's bustling entertainment district a short walk away, this property provides an ideal location from which to explore this sophisticated city. After a day's sightseeing, escape to the hotel's spa, sauna and pool for some wellearned rest and relaxation. The more energetic might like to try out the hotel's gym.

Grand Chifley Adelaide is a hotel of superior quality, located opposite the leafy South Terrace Parklands. This comfortable hotel features a contemporary design with all rooms offering a private balcony. Facilities include 24-hour reception, swimming pool, complimentary parking, wireless broadband, and video on demand. Dining options include Zouk Restaurant, al fresco dining on the Fuchsia Deck and 24-hour in-room dining. The property is well placed for visiting this charming city and its key attractions.

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North Adelaide Heritage Accommodation

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North Adelaide Heritage Group consists of 20 beautiful heritage self-contained properties situated in Adelaide’s most prestigious city precinct. Offering boutique accommodation experiences, all properties are spacious with romantic bedrooms, exquisite drawing rooms, equipped kitchens and feature Australian antiques. Properties include the Bishop’s Garden, Residency Penthouse, the Fire Station Inn with its 1942 International Fire engine and The Friendly Meeting Chapel. All are on the free city bus loop and close to vibrant North Adelaide’s shops, cafés and restaurants.

Setting new trends in stylish yet inexpensive city fringe accommodation,the Majestic Minima Hotel in charming North Adelaide is being transformed into a creative space for guests and artists. This three-story boutique property contains 46 compact rooms with each one being transformed by a specially selected, top South Australian artist. All rooms contain a king-size bed and contemporary bathrooms. Other facilities include complimentary, unlimited Wi-Fi, guest computers in the foyer, on-site laundry, secure parking and CCTV security throughout.

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Located in the heart of trendy North Adelaide, the Adelaide Meridien Hotel & Apartments is surrounded by a diverse selection of restaurants, cafés, galleries and boutiques, right on its doorstep. Adelaide Oval, Rundle Mall shopping and the Casino are a short walk or free bus ride away. All spacious rooms have LCD TVs, iPod docking stations, minibars, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The on-site Perfect Cup Café & Bar serves à la carte breakfast and meals throughout the day. Complimentary on-site car parking and complimentary bike hire are also available.

BreakFree Adelaide is an apartment hotel located in Adelaide’s West End, an emerging arts district offering top theaters, restaurants and entertainment. Guests enjoy accommodation in contemporary, spacious apartments. The 142 studio and two-bedroom apartments all feature lounge and dining areas, private balconies, fully equipped kitchens and laundry facilities. Wireless broadband Internet, cable TV and pay-per-view movies are also available. The hotel has a restaurant, which also offers room service.

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Robe House Robe, four hours’ drive from Adelaide, is a small fishing village poised on the shores of Guichen Bay on the Limestone Coast, South Australia. Built in 1847 as the Government Resident's home, Robe House was the first building to be constructed in quaint Robe on the coast between Melbourne and Adelaide. With wide verandas and thick stone walls, Robe House has now been tastefully converted into four luxurious self-contained apartments. All are fully equipped with kitchen and dining facilities, with provisions for a country-style breakfast delivered daily.

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South Australia / SOUTH AUSTRALIA ACCOMMODATION

Rawnsley Park Station Eco-Villas

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat is well placed for exploring the western part of Kangaroo Island; this is the gateway to Flinders Chase and home to Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. The retreat blends in with the natural environment in this wonderful setting where management is committed to environmental sustainability practices. The heart of the retreat is a native bush courtyard which is ideal for relaxing among the natural flora and fauna. Family-friendly and suitable for children of all ages, the property is simplicity set in a beautiful landscape.

With spectacular views of Wilpena Pound and the surrounding ranges, Rawnsley Park Station's eco-villas provide a luxurious base from which to explore the breathtaking scenery of South Australia's Flinders Ranges. These stylish, environmentally-friendly villas are set on a secluded site which is within easy reach of the station's facilities. A retractable ceiling panel enables guests to watch the stars from the comfort of their bed. Located 267 miles north of Adelaide, Rawnsley Park Station has eight exquisite eco-villas with one- and twobedrooms to choose from.

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The Louise Barossa Valley Set atop a gentle hill with sweeping vistas across the internationally renowned Barossa Valley, The Louise is an idyllic luxury vineyard retreat encompassing acclaimed on-site restaurant Appellation. With a passion for fresh, local ingredients, executive chef Ryan Edwards and his team harvest from their kitchen garden, bake their own breads, butcher and cure their own meats and see wine and food as natural partners. Understated, informed service and intimate ambiance complement a seasonal menu and signature Chef's Tasting Menu. Appellation’s extensive wine list presents the best of the Barossa, Australia and iconic wines of the world. The Louise has just 15 suites offering absolute luxury, inspired design and extensive private guest space with individual terraces overlooking the surrounding vineyards and private gated courtyards. Soft contemporary furnishings, spacious ensuites with dual rain showers and spa tubs, espresso makers and king-size beds with crisp linens complement each room. Additional features of some suites include outdoor showers, fireplaces, BOSE Wave CD player, iPod docking stations and a second LCD TV in the ensuite. With professional, attentive and caring staff who are keen to share their excellent local knowledge, The Louise is your entrée to the authentic Barossa wine region experience. Just one hour from Adelaide, The Louise is the food, wine and luxury accommodation destination for discerning travelers to Australia’s most famous wine region.

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Kangaroo Island Seafront

The Aurora Ozone Hotel enjoys a stunning location on the foreshore at Kingscote, Kangaroo Island's main town. The island has a worldwide reputation for its locally produced gourmet foods and wines, some of which are featured in the restaurant and bar. The property is well placed for visitors wishing to walk on the virgin beaches or discover the unspoilt habitat of the island's native animals. The hotel has three sections: original, modern and townhouse. It has been developed to international standards to become a flagship in hospitality.

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Kangaroo Island Seafront is located in Penneshaw, the gateway to pristine Kangaroo Island. From its prime site, the hotel overlooks the magnificent Backstairs Passage and untouched beachfront. Guests appreciate the stunning, turquoise ocean views of the Island's pearly white beaches, rugged coastlines and teeming, unique wildlife. This is accommodation in an idyllic setting on the Esplanade, just half a mile from the Sealink Ferry Terminal. Discovering this Island paradise is an unforgettable vacation experience.

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Southern Ocean Lodge

Widely regarded as Australia’s Galapagos and brimming with diverse wildlife and natural beauty, Kangaroo Island is just a short hop from Adelaide but a world away in spirit. From rugged landscapes and a fascinating history to world-class culinary producers and a star-studded cast of wildlife, the Island encapsulates the best of the mainland. On the Island’s south-west coast where natural icons jostle and Antarctica is next stop on the horizon, the globally celebrated Southern Ocean Lodge offers unrivaled luxury in a uniquely Australian setting. Blending seamlessly with the pristine landscape overlooking limestone cliffs and white sandy beaches, the lodge commands spectacular panoramic vistas. At the heart of the lodge, the expansive Great Room offers cinematic ocean views for guests to enjoy exceptional island-inspired dining in the restaurant, or a relaxed drink at the convivial open bar with an exclusively South Australian wine selection.

Contemporary design welcomes the outside in. Superbly appointed suites instil relaxed sophistication and feature bespoke furnishings, dramatic glass-surround bathroom, sunken lounge and private terrace with hypnotic Southern Ocean views. Guests are invited to enjoy the lodge as their luxe island home. Exceptional guided adventures invite guests to experience abundant wildlife first hand (a walk among the sea lions is one of the island’s many privileges), while the secluded Southern Spa features signature treatments with Kangaroo Island botanicals to relax and rejuvenate. A generous all-inclusive rate, first name service and personalized, experiential itineraries combine to offer the ultimate Kangaroo Island experience. Exclusive and award-winning, Southern Ocean Lodge is Australian luxury defined. Stay 6 Pay 5 price guide:

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TASMANIA / Australia

Tasmania Tasmania is renowned for its pristine wilderness environment with towering 2,000 year old Huon Pines, crystalline waters and soaring peaks. Macquarie Harbour, Gordon River and majestic Cradle Mountain are just some of the highlights. Walking, trekking, boating, cycling and touring are all great ways to discover this unspoilt land.

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Cradle Mountain is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage-listed area. Renowned for its walks, there are various options available ranging from gentle nature rambles and day walks to the famed Overland Track. Bennett’s wallabies, rufus wallabies and potoroos are just some of numerous species of wildlife to be encountered along the way.

Historic Hobart is a reminder of Australia’s colonial past. Heritage buildings, quaint streets and prized waterfront locations can easily be accessed on foot. Picturesque Launceston is the State’s second city and as such is also steeped in history. Stately homes, fine period architecture and good living are all features of this elegant town.

Port Arthur

Freycinet National Park

Australian Convict Sites World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site, was built by convict labor in the 1830s. A 90 minute drive from Hobart, it provides a valuable insight into Australia’s colorful, colonial past, with a range of tours available for discovering the site.

Freycinet National Park is known for the spectacular red granite peaks which plunge deep into the turquoise ocean. Sandy coasts border the Park which was proclaimed a flora and fauna reserve in 1916. Covering 42 square miles, the park is ideal for walking and trekking. Highlights include Wineglass Bay, a three-hour drive from Hobart.

6 Day Tasmanian Highlights Self-Drive Explore Tasmania on this six-day self-drive that includes car hire and accommodation.

Day 1–2: Launceston – Cradle Mountain (110 miles). Drive west through undulating and at times, dramatic scenery. Overnight at Cradle Mountain, two nights.

Day 3: Cradle Mountain – Strahan (81 miles). Travel to the Murchison Highway and head south west past the towns of Tullah, Rosebery and Zeehan to Strahan. Pre-book your Gordon River Cruise to secure your place. Overnight at Strahan. Day 4–5: Strahan – Hobart (186 miles). Depart Strahan via the Lyell Highway, traveling past the towns of Queenstown, Derwent Bridge, Lawrenny, New Norfolk and Granton to Hobart. Overnight at Hobart, two nights.

Day 6: Hobart. Tour concludes.

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7 Day Walking Tasmania's Wilderness

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Operated by Premier Travel Tasmania

This five-day tour allows you to experience the magic of Australia’s island state by bringing you into contact with pristine wilderness, endemic wildlife, beautiful beaches, a sense of history and the finest of contemporary Tasmanian hospitality. Designed by people who know and love Tasmania, this small group tour incorporates Tasmanian icons such as iconic Wineglass Bay, Tasmanian devils, convict ruins of Port Arthur, vibrant Salamanca Market, ancient temperate rainforest at Mount Field National Park and the island's newest attraction, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art).

This small group walking tour allows you to experience Tasmania’s National Parks and UNESCO World Heritage-listed wilderness in style. The deluxe accommodation makes it easy for you to refresh and revive after your daytime walking adventures. Visit the picturesque Cradle Mountain National Park, granite peaks and white sandy beaches of the East Coast, beautiful Maria Island, the rugged Tasman Peninsula and the rainforests of southern Tasmania. Discover this refined encounter with nature in an exquisite setting.

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Gordon River Cruise

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Australia’s island state offers a rare opportunity for close encounters with an abundance of endemic wildlife. Premier Travel Tasmania’s local expert guide will lead this small group tour through the island's iconic destinations and best-kept secrets. Cameras are 'a must' and eyes 'like the local wedge-tailed eagle' will help you capture everlasting memories of Tasmanian devils, quolls, kangaroos, wombats, endemic bird species and amazing mammals from the southern ocean.

This memorable half-day cruise from Strahan on the comfortable Lady Jane Franklin II takes you deep into Macquarie Harbour. You will marvel at the perfect reflections of the Gordon River, stroll in magnificent, ancient rainforest to see 200 year old Huon pines, cruise past a working fish farm and visit Sarah Island (the site of a feared penal colony) to hear stories of convicts, seafarers and piners. Departs daily with lunch included. For real indulgence, try the Captain's Premier Upperdeck with complimentary premium Tasmanian wines and beers.

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Port Arthur Historic Site Operated by Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority

The World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site is one of Australia’s great travel experiences. This is the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia and among the most significant convict era sites in the world. Situated 90 minutes’ drive southeast of Hobart, this is an ideal destination for learning about Australia's convict past. The site is very large with over 30 historic buildings and ruins to explore. Other activities include guided tours, a harbor cruise, participation in the high-tech interactive installations at the Dockyard and Separate Prison as well as visits to furnished houses, the museum, convict study center and convict gallery. The two cafés and a bistro provide refreshments while evening ghost tours and monthly paranormal investigations offer an unorthodox heritage experience. Private tours and private dining are available by prior arrangement.

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HOBART AND LAUNCESTON ACCOMMODATION / Tasmania

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

The Henry Jones Art Hotel The Henry Jones is Australia’s first dedicated art hotel. With an ingenious mix of contemporary design elements, traditional building structures and artworks throughout, the award-winning architecturally designed hotel is, in itself, a work of art. Built where Hobart was first settled 200 years ago, a row of historic 1820s warehouses and a former IXL jam factory have been sensitively transformed into an enthralling and luxurious, first-class experience on the edge of Hobart’s picturesque waterfront.

Situated overlooking one of the world’s most picturesque harbors, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart is perfectly placed for exploring this fascinating, historic city. Each of the 243 rooms offers sweeping views of the Derwent River, Mt Wellington or the city. Tasmanian timbers, polished granite and local artworks add an elegant touch to every room. This deluxe hotel has a range of facilities to suit everyone including Restaurant Tasman and the Atrium Bar as well as a fully equipped gym, heated indoor pool, sauna and undercover parking.

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Wrest Point Hotel Boasting a spectacular location on the sparkling River Derwent, fine dining, a range of entertainment and million-dollar views from the window of every room, it is not difficult to see why Wrest Point Hotel is a popular choice for a memorable stay in Hobart. Wrest Point’s variety of accommodation options includes superbly appointed rooms and suites in the iconic Tower which feature spectacular, sweeping views of Hobart. Other options include stylish Water Edge rooms with large picture windows overlooking the majestic Derwent River.

Hobart's waterfront is a vibrant location where the Old Woolstore's heritage façade masks one of Hobart's finest apartment hotels. Located five minutes' walk from Salamanca Place and only two blocks from the waterfront, this charming establishment offers a choice of rooms and spacious apartments featuring separate living area and fully equipped kitchen. All guests staying at the property can enjoy complimentary parking, Wi-Fi and use of the on-site gym and guest lounge. Reception, room service and security all operate 24-hours.

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Country Club Tasmania

Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

A true country retreat just a few minutes from Tasmania’s northern city, Launceston, Country Club Tasmania offers manor suites, deluxe rooms and self-contained villas at nearby Country Club Villas. Choose from five restaurants, four bars and a wide range of live entertainment. Dining options include the award-winning Terrace restaurant where you can sample exquisite regional delights. Or enjoy casual dining with an al fresco touch at the Links Restaurant. Country Club activities include golf on the championship 18-hole golf course, pool and trail horse riding.

Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston is one of the city’s premier hotels, offering superior accommodation right in the heart of this charming city. Featuring 165 rooms and a popular restaurant and bar, Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston has eight retail stores within the property. Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston offers all the services that you would expect of a superior hotel and is only a short stroll from the main shopping precinct, public gardens and other city attractions.

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Travelodge Hobart From its prime location, Travelodge Hobart is just a short walk from the city's charming, dining and shopping spots including Battery Point, Salamanca Place, Constitution Dock and the waterfront. Offering 131 rooms which feature an ensuite, TV and radio, the hotel's other facilities include 24-hour reception, dry cleaning service and complimentary parking. The hotel also provides a great base for exploring attractions such as the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the exciting Museum of Old and New Art. Map Page 120 Reference 5 price guide:

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Saffire Freycinet

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Saffire is an intimate sanctuary on Tasmania’s east coast, delivering an inspirational experience in sophisticated, coastal style. Discreetly positioned overlooking the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula and the pristine waters of Great Oyster Bay, Saffire blends mankind and nature with breathtaking beauty. Featuring 20 luxurious suites, exclusive day spa, restaurant, guest lounge and bar, this new experience is a celebration of the art of service, internal and external wellbeing, local culinary delights, ancient landscapes and abundant wildlife. Saffire’s Signature Experiences have been exclusively designed to enable guests to discover the east coast in depth. Awaiting you is a world of deserted islands, wild bushland and secluded beaches to explore.

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Ormiston House

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Freycinet Lodge Set within Freycinet National Park on a spectacular waterfront location at the foot of the Hazards, Freycinet Lodge is a superb base for exploring the world-famous Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula. The environmentally friendly one and two-room cabins sensitively sit in coastal bushland on the shores of Great Oyster Bay. With two restaurants and a lounge bar, you can enjoy the freshest regional produce and fine wines while admiring breathtaking sunsets. Venture out to discover a land of sea, sand and sky and enjoy the many activities on offer.

Warm and inviting, Ormiston House is in Strahan, the departure point for Gordon River cruises. Located on the edge of a World Heritage-listed area and surrounded by gracious 100-year-old trees, this boutique property is one of Tasmania’s magnificent, stately homes. Lovingly restored with firstclass fittings, cozy bar and today's comforts, you will find beautiful ground floor airconditioned bedrooms with ensuites, off-street parking, laundry services, Internet and free Wi-Fi. Guests are free to explore the museum and enjoy the roof deck. Continental breakfast is included. price guide:

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Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge Nestled high in the Tasmanian wilderness, on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain Lodge brings you as close as you can get to the entrance of this spectacular National Park. Set on this magnificent backdrop of breathtaking wilderness, the cozy cabins combine fine food and wine with comfort and landscape. This iconic Australian wilderness property offers four types of private timber cabins, from contemporary Pencil Pine Cabins, to luxurious King Billy Suites. The lodge itself is warm and inviting with open fires, comfortable chairs and numerous places from which to admire the picturesque views. With more than 20 walking trails around the lodge, there is something to suit all fitness levels. And for those just wishing to relax, indulgent treatments are on offer at the Waldheim Alpine Spa.

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Strahan Village

On the fringe of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain Chateau is the perfect base for exploring the ice-carved mountain scenery of the magnificent Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage-listed area. The Chateau’s 60 beautifully appointed rooms and suites range from a comfortable deluxe room, to a split-level king spa room with a sunken lounge, king-size bed and lavish bathroom spa. The Chateau is also home to The Wilderness Gallery, which showcases ten rooms of the world’s finest nature photography.

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Set on the shores of Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania’s historic and spectacular West Coast, Strahan Village is the gateway to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage-listed area and as such, provides the ideal base for exploration and adventure. With a setting right on the waterfront, the individual cottages and terraces at Strahan Village take you back to a time when the wild west was inhabited by miners, piners, fishermen and their families. The rooms and suites of the Hilltop have sweeping views over the water and magnificent sunset views from their private decks.

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WELCOME TO NEW ZEALAND / Destination Map

Welcome to New Zealand New Zealand is blessed with extraordinarily diverse landscapes, from misty mountain chains to simmering volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, flowing fiords and luxuriant rainforests. It is a playground for thrill seekers, skiers, adventurers and those in search of revivification alike, and with a small population, crowds are never an issue, even in sophisticated cities like Auckland.

Auckland

South Island

Sophisticated Auckland is surrounded by beaches, misty rainforests dotted with hiking trails and a glorious harbor ideal for sailing. Add to this mix, fine food and wines, local arts and crafts and interesting boutiques, all in the context of a Polynesian ambiance and it is easy to see why Auckland is such a vibrant and enjoyable city.

Northland and Coromandel Rainforest-clad beaches and cozy coves border pristine ocean in this outdoor haven. Cycling, swimming and hiking combine with delicious local seafood and a vibrant arts community to make this a fascinating vacation experience. The area is also home to some very important historic sites.

Rotorua, Taupo and Hawke's Bay The heartland of New Zealand’s rich Maori culture, Rotorua is also known for its bubbling, geothermal activity. Volcanic action over millions of years has created a hauntingly beautiful landscape of mountains, lakes such as Lake Taupo and steaming earth in the surrounding area. Visit Hawke's Bay for fine wines and art deco heritage.

The compact South Island encapsulates adventures as diverse as glacier climbing, heliskiing, trekking, cycling, rafting, cruising, bungy jumping and whale-watching. Dramatic scenery changes from ice-capped peaks, to flowing fiords, braided rivers and green, rolling hills sprinkled with vineyards.

Christchurch and Canterbury The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch is gateway to ski fields, daunting mountains and picturesque lakes. History, heritage and the arts contribute to the refined lifestyle for which the city is known. Trams make it easy to get around this charming city which is on the banks of the meandering Avon River.

West Coast and Glaciers Sparsely populated, the wild west of New Zealand evokes the ambiance of a pioneering frontier. This wilderness Glacier Country is the center of the broader World Heritage-listed area of Te Wahipounamu. Resplendent with rapid rivers, rich rainforests and glimmering glaciers, the region also abounds in geological treasures.

Queenstown

Wellington Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, is known as New Zealand's arts and culture capital. Along with a close proximity to nature, an exciting blend of heritage buildings, museums, galleries, fine food and live entertainment make this city a great place to visit in any season. AspireDownUnder.com | 1877 727 7473

The picturesque resort town of Queenstown is a blend of sophistication, fun and adventure. New Zealand’s adventure capital, with its misty lake and mountain landscapes, is the place to go to for snow sports, bungy jumping, jet boating, horse trekking, hiking and river rafting.


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TranzAlpine Operated by KiwiRail Scenic Journeys

The TranzAlpine scenic train journeys between Christchurch and Greymouth, crossing from one coast of New Zealand to the other. Climb aboard one of the world’s most scenic train journeys. Cross the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, and enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River. Traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiseled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn. After stopping at Arthur's Pass, emerge from the long Otira Tunnel and descend through sub-tropical rainforest past beautiful Lake Brunner and on to Greymouth which is a great base for exploring this unspoiled region with its mighty glaciers, wild rivers and famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. You will enjoy all this in the comfort of new world-class carriages featuring huge panoramic windows, an onboard licensed café with a range of delicious Kiwi flavors, and GPS triggered at-seat audio commentary. For a breath of fresh Alpine air, step out onto the open air viewing carriage where nothing gets between your camera and the stunning scenery. The TranzAlpine runs a daily return service between Christchurch and Greymouth throughout the year. This is truly an unforgettable journey which makes is possible for you to experience the unrivaled beauty of the Southern Alps.

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Northern Explorer Operated by KiwiRail Scenic Journeys

Linking New Zealand’s commercial and political capitals, Auckland and Wellington, the Northern Explorer provides a unique opportunity to discover the North Island’s diverse range of scenery in one voyage. Travel through rolling green farmland and virgin bush, past quaint country towns and along rocky coasts. The journey through Tongariro National Park, with its three spectacular volcanic mountains, Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu, is just one of the highlights. This is a place of extremes and surprises, where snow-blanketed fields, ancient lava flows and dense beech forests can be seen side-by-side. New carriages, purpose-built in New Zealand, have been introduced onto KiwiRail Scenic Journey services. These carriages enhance the visitor experience with airconditioning, skylight roof windows and automated in-seat commentary. There is also a viewing car and a café car for sampling local cuisine matched with delicious New Zealand wines or boutique beers.

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Coastal Pacific Operated by KiwiRail Scenic Journeys

The Coastal Pacific train travels between Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city, and the delightful port of Picton, gateway to the Marlborough Sounds and South Island port of the Interislander Ferry. This journey is a scenic feast with views of the picturesque Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of the train contrasting with the rugged scenery of the Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. The Coastal Pacific passes through the town of Kaikoura, where it is possible to break the journey to whale-watch or swim with dolphins. Travel through some of New Zealand’s finest farmland and see endearing wildlife such as dolphins, seals and penguins from the comfort of the train carriage. The Coastal Pacific operates an extended summer season, with services running daily from October to April. The train also connects with the Interislander Ferry and Sounds Air scenic flights, making travel to and from the North Island a breeze.

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New Zealand / FERRY CROSSINGS AND NORTH ISLAND TOURING

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Cross the great divide with Interislander and truly experience the beautiful North and South Islands. The Interislander is far more than the New Zealand ferry service which bridges the two islands, it links the country via a spectacular journey. The three-hour, 57 mile journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New Zealand's most iconic tourist experiences and acknowledged as one of the most beautiful cruises in the world. Arahura, Aratere and Kaitaki carry both passengers and vehicles and make up to 11 crossings a day, giving you flexible, affordable and convenient travel times. You will experience comfort, friendly hospitality and service as you enjoy one of the world's great straits aboard a modern craft with conveniences such as onboard Wi-Fi. Named 'one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world' by Wine Spectator, with Interislander, the journey is as important as the destination.

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Day 1: Auckland. Visit the Auckland Museum, explore Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, or cruise aboard the ‘Pride of Auckland’. Accommodation: Rendezvous Hotel Auckland. Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands. Travel along the Hibiscus Coast to Matakohe’s Kauri Museum. Then continue via the Waipoua Forest Reserve to Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands, two nights. (B,D) Day 3: Bay of Islands. Take a day trip to Cape Reinga, sailing on a unique tall ship or a dolphin watching adventure. (B) Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland. This morning explore the Bay of Islands on a catamaran cruise. Returning to Paihia, your coach will then take you to Auckland. Accommodation: Rendezvous Hotel Auckland (B,D) Day 5: Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua. Head to Waitomo for a guided tour of the caves. Continue to Rotorua and enjoy a Maori hangi feast. Accommodation: Holiday Inn Rotorua, two nights. (B,D) Day 6: Rotorua. Today you choose from the Te Puia thermal reserve and the Agrodome sheep show or relax at the Polynesian Spa for a spa treatment, a half-day eco-thermal tour or a tour of the Rotorua Museum. (B,D) Day 7: Rotorua – Wellington. On the way to Wellington, view Wairakei Steam Valley, Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, then travel through Tongariro National Park. Accommodation: Amora Hotel Wellington, two nights (B,D) Day 8: Wellington. Choose a sightseeing tour of Wellington including Parliament House and Old St Paul’s Cathedral or perhaps the Lord of the Rings Tour. (B) Day 9: Wellington. Tour concludes. (B)

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15 Day New Zealand Experience Self-Drive

Day 1: Auckland – Coromandel (105 miles). After collecting your rental vehicle, take the scenic route through Clevedon and around the edge of the Firth of Thames past Kawakawa Bay, Orere Point and Kaiaua to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula. Accommodation: Pauanui Pines, two nights. Day 2: Coromandel. Day at leisure to explore the Coromandel area. Day 3: Coromandel – Rotorua (145 miles). Travel to Rotorua where you have a myriad of activities available to entertain you. Visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve, Rainbow Springs Nature Park or the Agrodome Show (additional cost). Accommodation: Sudima Rotorua. Day 4: Rotorua – Tongariro (113 miles). Journey from Rotorua through the volcanic valleys to New Zealand’s largest lake, Lake Taupo. Follow the lake’s edge and continue onto the central plateau to Tongariro National Park. Accommodation: Skotel. Day 5: Tongariro – Wellington (207 miles). Travel across the fertile plains of the Manawatu and along rugged Kapiti coastline to Wellington. Accommodation: Travelodge Hotel. Day 6: Wellington – Nelson (131 miles). Cross Cook Strait by ferry to Picton and travel past vineyards built on rich alluvial plains that produce world-class wines as you travel to Nelson. Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel Nelson, two nights. Day 7: Nelson. Day at leisure to discover the region's sights including Abel Tasman National Park or visiting local wineries (additional cost).

Day 8: Nelson – Fox Glacier (300 miles). Travel through the Buller Gorge to Westport, down the coast to the famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks before driving south to the Glacier Region. Accommodation: 58 on Cron. Day 9: Fox Glacier – Wanaka (162 miles). Head south through dense rainforest broken by rugged coastal vistas to the pretty village of Lake Wanaka. Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel Wanaka. Day 10: Wanaka – Queenstown (43 miles). Drive through the rugged Kawarau Gorge to the small gold mining town of Arrowtown then onwards to Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Lakefront, two nights. Day 11: Queenstown. Day at leisure to enjoy this fabulous alpine resort. Day 12: Queenstown – Te Anau (108 miles). Enjoy a scenic drive taking in the wonders of Milford Sound and Mitre Peak before traveling to Te Anau. Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel Te Anau. Day 13: Te Anau – Dunedin (185 miles). This morning cross the rolling country hillside of Southland and South Otago to Dunedin 'the Edinburgh of the South'. Accommodation: Mercure Leisure Lodge. Day 14: Dunedin – Christchurch (226 miles). Travel north through historic Oamaru and seaside Timaru then across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Accommodation: Chateau on the Park. Day 15: Return rental vehicle to Christchurch Airport. price guide: $$$$$

8 Day Majesty of New Zealand Independent Tour

Day 1: Auckland. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Accommodation: Auckland City Hotel. Day 2: Auckland – Waitomo Caves – Rotorua. Travel south through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Caves for a boat ride under a galaxy of glowworms. Enjoy lunch en route to Rotorua. Tonight enjoy a Maori hangi (feast) and concert. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua, two nights. Day 3: Rotorua. This morning see roaring geysers and boiling mud pools at Te Puia thermal area, tame trout at Rainbow Springs and performing sheep and dogs at the Agrodome. Remainder of day at leisure to explore Rotorua. Day 4: Rotorua – Queenstown. Transfer to Rotorua Airport to board a flight to Queenstown, the ‘adventure capital of New Zealand’ (flight additional cost). On arrival into Queenstown you will be transferred to your hotel. Accommodation: Goldridge Resort, three nights.

Day 5: Milford Sound. Journey around the southern shores of Lake Wakatipu to Lake Te Anau, then into Fiordland National Park. Pass through pristine beech forests and the Homer Tunnel to view the majesty of Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls while enjoying lunch aboard a cruise on the Sound. Return to Queenstown by evening. Day 6: Queenstown. Day at leisure to enjoy this fabulous alpine resort. There are dozens of optional activities from thrilling jet boat rides to leisurely lake cruises, 4WD safaris and wine tasting (additional cost). Overnight in Queenstown. Day 7: Queenstown – Mount Cook – Christchurch. Travel through the Kawarau Gorge and over the Lindis Pass to reach Mount Cook around midday. Pass Lake Tekapo, then north to Christchurch. Accommodation: The Ashley Hotel. Day 8: Christchurch. Tour concludes.

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22 Day New Zealand Wanderer Self-Drive

Day 11: Wellington – Nelson (128 miles). Cross Cook Strait by ferry to Picton and travel past vineyards to Nelson. Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel Nelson, two nights. Day 12: Nelson. Today you have the opportunity to discover the region's highlights including Abel Tasman National Park or a selection of local wineries (additional cost). Day 13: Nelson – Greymouth (178 miles). Travel through the Buller Gorge to Westport, down the coast to the famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks to Greymouth. Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel Greymouth. Day 14: Greymouth – Fox Glacier (121 miles). Travel south down the West Coast to the Glacier Region. Stay one night Glacier Region. Accommodation: 58 on Cron. Day 1: Auckland. On arrival, collect your rental vehicle and make your way to your Auckland accommodation. Accommodation: Mercure Auckland. Day 2: Auckland – Paihia (141 miles). Travel north to the Bay of Islands, a comfortable 3.5 hour drive. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the many activities of the area. Accommodation: Kingsgate Autolodge, three nights. Day 3–4: Paihia – Cape Reinga - Pahia (264 miles). Two full days to explore the local sights at your own pace. Day 5–6: Paihia – Coromandel (244 miles). Discover idyllic places such as Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove and Shakespeare’s Cliff. Accommodation: Pauanui Pines, two nights. Day 7: Coromandel – Rotorua (130 miles). Drive to the geothermal city of Rotorua, steeped in Maori culture and history. Accommodation: Sudima Rotorua, two nights. Day 8: Rotorua. Day at leisure to see roaring geysers and boiling mud pools or tame trout at the springs. Day 9: Rotorua – Tongariro (110 miles). Drive from Rotorua through volcanic valleys and via Lake Taupo to Tongariro National Park. Accommodation: Skotel. Day 10: Tongariro – Wellington (204 miles). Travel across the fertile plains of the Manawatu and along rugged Kapiti coastline to Wellington. Accommodation: Travelodge Hotel.

Day 15: Fox Glacier – Queenstown (204 miles). Head south through dense rainforest to the pretty village of Lake Wanaka then Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Lakefront, two nights. Day 16: Queenstown. Day at leisure to enjoy this fabulous alpine resort. Day 17: Queenstown – Te Anau (106 miles). Enjoy a scenic drive taking in the wonders of Milford Sound and Mitre Peak en route to Te Anau. Accommodation: Bella Visa Motel Te Anau. Day 18: Te Anau – Dunedin (179 miles). This morning cross the rolling country hillside of Southland and South Otago to Dunedin. Accommodation: Mercure Leisure Inn, two nights. Day 19: Dunedin. Day at leisure to explore Dunedin and the South Otago. Day 20: Dunedin – Mount Cook (198 miles). Depart Dunedin and travel north to Oamaru and then inland to New Zealand’s highest mountain. Accommodation: Mackenzie Country Inn. Day 21: Mount Cook – Christchurch (205 miles). Drive along the shores of Lake Pukaki to Lake Tekapo and the ‘Church of Good Shepherd’ before descending the Burkes Pass in to Christchurch. Accommodation: Chateau on the Park. Day 22: Return your rental vehicle to Christchurch Airport.

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6 Day Islands and Thermal Country Independent Tour Highlights: • Seat-in-coach travel • Five nights’ accommodation

Day 3: Paihia – Cape Reinga – Paihia. A full-day coach tour to Cape Reinga, via Puketi Forest. Zoom along 90 Mile Beach.

• Hole in the Rock/Dolphin Cruise

Day 4: Paihia – Rotorua. Return to Auckland and then travel to Rotorua. Tonight attend a Maori hangi (feast) and concert. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua, two nights.

Day 1: Auckland. Arrival transfer to your hotel. Accommodation: Auckland City Hotel.

Day 5: Rotorua. This morning visit the Te Puia Thermal Reserve, Rainbow Springs and the Agrodome.

Day 2: Auckland – Pahia. Travel north to the Bay of Islands. Arrive in Paihia and enjoy a guided visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Accommodation. Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands, two nights.

Day 6: Rotorua – Auckland. Travel to Waitomo for a tour of limestone caves and cruise below a galaxy of glowworms. Tour concludes in Auckland.

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7 Day North Island Wine Escape Self-Drive Highlights: • Six nights’ accommodation • Transfer on arrival in Auckland • Six days car rental • Sightseeing as noted Day 1: Auckland. Arrival hotel transfer. Day 2: Auckland – Rotorua. Collect rental vehicle and drive to Waitomo for a unique underground glowworm tour (additional cost). Continue on to Rotorua. Tonight enjoy a Maori hangi (feast) and concert. Day 3: Rotorua – Napier. Enjoy a morning visiting the sights of Rotorua before continuing to Napier via Taupo. Tonight enjoy a Twilight Wine Experience.

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Day 4: Napier. Enjoy an afternoon tour of up to four wineries with tastings. Day 5: Napier – Wellington. Enjoy a drive through the Martinborough wine region as you travel to Wellington. Day 6: Wellington. Make the most of your guide’s local knowledge of some of Wairarapa’s leading wine makers during a day of tastings in Martinborough. Day 7: Rental rental vehicle at Wellington Airport where your tour concludes.

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Cosmopolitan Auckland, with its Polynesian ambiance and majestic harbor, contrasts with the green hills of Wellington, while Rotorua’s bubbling thermal mud and the scenic Bay of Islands are also 'not to be missed'. Volcanic landscapes, vast forests, mountain peaks, limpid lakes and attractive vineyards await.

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Parnell is a charming, inner suburb of Auckland. Period Victorian buildings, gardens, galleries and restaurants grace the neighborhood known for its attractive boutiques brimming with interesting wares. The Auckland Museum and the Auckland Domain, with its tranquil park of immaculately manicured gardens, are close by.

Sophisticated Auckland is surrounded by a myriad of sandy beaches, misty rainforests dotted with hiking trails and a glorious harbor. Add to this mix, fine food and wines, local arts and crafts and interesting boutiques (all with a Polynesian atmosphere) and it is easy to see why Auckland is such a vibrant and enjoyable city.

Waiheke Island

Waitakere Ranges

Waiheke Island, the gem of the Hauraki Gulf, is only 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland. A picturesque blend of farmland, forest, beaches, rolling vineyards and olive groves, the Island offers diverse activities including visiting wineries and art studios, swimming, and dining at one of the local cafés or restaurants set among the vines.

The beautiful Waitakere Ranges Regional Park includes more than 39,500 acres of native rainforest and coastline. The 155 miles of walking and tramping tracks provide access to beaches with sweeping vistas, gouged rocky outcrops, streams, waterfalls and farms overlooking the wild west coast.

4 Day Auckland City Stay Enjoy discovering Auckland on this three night city stay including transfers, accommodation and sightseeing. Day 1: Upon arrival at Auckland Airport, you will be met and transferred by coach to your hotel. Day 2: Learn about the city's history and discover the spectacular scenery on an introductory half-day tour of Auckland. You will visit Auckland's oldest park, the Auckland Domain and explore Parnell’s boutiques, cafés and antique shops. Take in the panoramic views over Auckland from Mt Eden and travel over Auckland's Harbour Bridge, past the Viaduct and along Tamaki Drive for stunning waterfront views. Day 3: Either a day at leisure or join the highly recommended Sail NZ for a sail on beautiful Waitemata Harbour (additional cost). Day 4: Choose to extend your stay or transfer back to Auckland Airport by coach. price guide: $$$

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America's Cup Sailing Experience

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Participate as crew on an actual America’s Cup yacht. The America's Cup is the world's oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and the ultimate yachting regatta. The Explore NZ America’s Cup yachts offer a unique opportunity for everyone to participate in sailing on these Grand Prix racing machines. Climb aboard for a two-hour sailing experience where you can take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or sit back, relax and enjoy the action as we sail the beautiful Waitemata Harbour. For the more competitive, a three-hour Match Race is also available with the crew doing their best to outmaneuver the opposition and win the race. No experience is necessary.

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Auckland All Inclusive Full-day Tour Operated by7,0(8QOLPLWHG7RXUV

Experience the very best of Auckland City, the marine village of Devonport, Auckland's glorious west coast and Waitakere Ranges on this full-day tour. This tour provides the chance to admire stunning views from the top of several volcanoes and discover untamed coastline, Auckland's renowned black sand beaches, sub-tropical rainforest with Kauri trees and indigenous flora and fauna. It also includes the Arataki Visitor Centre at the gateway to the beautiful Waitakere Ranges on Auckland's west coast. The outstanding 360 degree views and spectacular crater at the top of the volcano Maungawhau (Mount Eden) are key highlights. This is a very special small-group experience using luxury transport, as only a few tour companies are allowed access to the top of Mount Eden, Auckland City's highest natural point. A gourmet picnic lunch is also included on this personal tour with global tourism award-winner TIME Unlimited Tours.

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Pride of Auckland is a special dinner cruise with a menu from one of the city's top restaurants. Taking place at one of the best times of the day for experiencing Auckland's magnificent harbor, visitors dine on the spectacular Waitemata Harbour, an experience not to be missed in Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’. Enjoy great sailing as the sun sets in time for you to admire the night lights of the cityscape coming alive. Your informative and experienced crew will share their knowledge of Auckland’s attractions with you. And of course,there is plenty of opportunity to participate in the sailing or sit back and just enjoy the sights. Dinner is served below deck in the well-appointed dining saloons, making the most of the sheltered mooring. The sumptuous seafood menu is supplied by awardwinning viaduct restaurant Kermadec. Complement your meal with a drink from our fine selection of locally produced wine or beer.

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Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium

Auckland Maori Tour

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Offering a unique Southern Ocean experience, journey through nine themed zones with over 30 live animal displays and over 80 different species. Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium is home to the world’s largest colony of subAntarctic penguins where you can view majestic King and playful Gentoo penguins close up. It is also home to the biggest species of stingray and New Zealand's largest collection of sharks in the first curved aquarium tunnel of its kind in the world. Adventurous visitors can snorkel with the sharks in a shark cage, or dive cagefree with Shark Dive Xtreme.

See the very best sights of Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) and the wild West Coast with an indigenous Maori as your guide. Explore some of Auckland's amazing volcanoes, historic Devonport and the Waitakere Ranges with its sub-tropical rainforest and black sand beaches, all through the eyes of an indigenous Maori. Visit Maungawhau (Mount Eden) plus Takarunga (Mount Victoria) to see Auckland from the top of ancient volcanoes. Learn about Maori culture, myths and legends as well as the ancestors who shaped this land. The tour includes a gourmet picnic lunch and luxury transport.

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3 Day North Island Highlights Operated by Kiwi Dundee Adventures

Kiwi Dundee Adventures has designed several three-day tours to give visitors an inside experience of New Zealand’s natural beauty. There is so much to see and do: drive down the Seabird Coast and visit Kiwi Dundee Adventures private conservation land for forest and birds. Walk among giant Kauri trees and ferns 82 feet high. Step out on walks to the stunning coastal scenery, white sandy beaches, magnificent cliffs, old Maori Pa site, Hot Water Beach and offshore islands. Walk to stunning waterfalls where you sometimes see kayaks and rafters cascading over the edge. Make the most of the chance to see your guide's collection of minerals with rocks embedded with gold, crystals, petrified wood and kauri gum, and visit New Zealand’s mural town, a kiwi plantation and an export flower nursery.

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Dune Rider, Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach Tour Operated by([SORUH1=

This full-day tour in a unique Dune Rider vehicle is the most popular day adventure to the Far North. Let the driver guides immerse you in the culture and history of the area, while taking in the amazing scenery. The Dune Rider vehicle is purpose built to go off-road in comfort with air-conditioning, reclining seats, plenty of leg room and sloping floors for great viewing. The tour begins with an early morning pick-up at your accommodation and includes a coastal café stop to collect your packed lunch, Gumdigger’s Park, Cape Reinga lighthouse to view the meeting of the two oceans, 90 Mile Beach, boogie boarding down huge sand dunes at Te Paki stream and the Ancient Kauri Kingdom. Finish the day with a Kiwi staple of fish and chips at the iconic Mangonui Fish Shop. Lunch is included and dinner is an optional extra, with tours departing 7am daily year-round.

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Sophisticated and elegant, the luxurious SKYCITY Grand Hotel offers a range of facilities and services unparalleled in Auckland. The superbly appointed rooms include king and twin rooms, executive suites, newly refurbished premium luxury rooms and indulgent grand presidential suites. Harbor view rooms with stunning vistas across the Waitemata Harbour are available upon request. Services include 24-hour room service and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel along with valet parking and an executive car service. Other benefits include the free fully equipped fitness center boasting a 25-meter heated lap pool, sauna and spa pool. Entertainment seekers can experience the world-class casino or take a trip up the iconic Sky Tower for 360 degree views over Auckland. Diners will appreciate the award-winning cuisine at Depot by Al Brown or The Grill by Sean Connolly as well as the myriad casual eateries nearby. Map Page 130 Reference 1 price guide: $$

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Located in the heart of Auckland between vibrant Viaduct Harbour and the new Wynyard quarter, the hotel provides unique maritime accommodation. Inspired by New Zealand’s stunning landscape and boasting panoramic views of Waitemata Harbour, this elegantly designed hotel is a landmark destination. The 172 guestrooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows, an abundance of natural light and opulent water views. As well as Sofitel’s luxury ‘My Bed’, guestrooms offer private balconies, Bose entertainment systems and beautiful oversize bathrooms. Open daily, the signature restaurant, Lava Dining offers an innovative and contemporary menu. The 21 Viaduct Café is open weekdays and Sabrage Bar is open daily from 3pm. Sofitel’s luxury SO SPA offers six treatment rooms with a wide range of bespoke beauty and wellness treatments. Guests also enjoy access to the sauna, steam room, 'So Fit', 20-meter indoor lap pool and spa pool. Map Page 130 Reference 2 price guide: $$

SKYCITY Hotel Auckland SKYCITY Hotel Auckland, one of New Zealand's most popular hotels, offers a place for relaxing and unwinding in the heart of the city, with world-class entertainment on your doorstep. Guests can enjoy all the comforts of a first-class hotel with spacious rooms and all the facilities to be expected of an international property. Room service is available 24-hours a day, a long with valet parking and an executive car service. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also on offer throughout the hotel. In addition, guests can enjoy the equipped Cardio Room or relax and unwind in East Day Spa with luxurious health and beauty services. For those wanting more, entertainment seekers can enjoy SKYCITY Casino, over 20 restaurants, bars and cafés, live entertainment and the spectacular views across Auckland from the Sky Tower. At SKYCITY Hotel Auckland, they really do offer something for everyone. Map Page 130 Reference 3 price guide: $

Crowne Plaza Auckland Crowne Plaza Auckland is ideally located in Auckland’s shopping and entertainment district, above the Atrium on the Elliott shopping complex. Close to the Civic Theatre, Auckland Town Hall, Elliott Stables, Queen Street and vibrant Viaduct Harbour, the hotel's position is difficult to beat. Featuring 352 spacious, well-appointed guestrooms and suites including interconnecting and accessible rooms, Crowne Plaza Auckland caters for all your accommodation and guest needs. Choose from a variety of superior room layouts, featuring one king-size, two queen-size or two double beds, and Crowne Plaza Club Rooms, which include 24-hour access to the Club Lounge with an excellent range of associated benefits. The hotel's exciting Aria Restaurant and Bar offers locally sourced produce prepared for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Map Page 130 Reference 4 price guide: $$$

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Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland

CityLife Auckland

Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland is New Zealand’s largest hotel. Located in the heart of the city, the hotel is within walking distance of some of the city's finest dining, shopping and entertainment precincts. All 452 spacious, contemporary decorated rooms and suites enjoy abundant natural light and exquisite bathrooms with separate shower and bath. Excellent facilities on offer include a club lounge, gym, indoor heated swimming pool, Japanese rooftop garden and a variety of restaurants and bars.

A stylish and sophisticated hotel, CityLife Auckland boasts a superb central location in the heart of Queen Street shops, restaurants and attractions. The hotel features spacious rooms and suites, with separate living/dining area plus full kitchen and laundry facilities in all suites. After a day’s sightseeing, guests can unwind in the indoor heated swimming pool and gym, then savor award-winning dining in Zest Restaurant or pre-dinner beverages in the relaxed lounge-style Zest Bar. A 24-hour concierge and room service are available to cater for every need.

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Heritage Auckland

BEST WESTERN President Hotel Auckland

An iconic landmark hotel, Heritage Auckland is centrally located with magnificent views overlooking the Waitemata Harbour and Viaduct Basin. Luxurious suite-style accommodation offers a spacious environment for relaxing, with full kitchen and laundry facilities in many suites. Resort-style guest facilities include a spectacular rooftop complex including heated pool, spa and gym, plus indoor pool and an award-winning restaurant. Wi-Fi is also available.

BEST WESTERN President Hotel Auckland is located right in the center of Auckland City and only a 328-feet walk to Sky Tower, Sky City Casino and a short stroll to Queen Street, with its shopping and attractions. The hotel's rooms all feature kitchenettes, while a full kitchen and laundry complete the two-bedroom apartments. All rooms are air-conditioned with ensuites. The hotel features 24-hour reception, restaurant, conference room, gym, guest laundry, Internet room, satellite TV and Wi-Fi.

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Mercure Auckland

Scenic Hotel Auckland

Located in the heart of Auckland’s waterfront, Mercure Auckland overlooks the spectacular harbor. Within walking distance are endless attractions, shopping, restaurants, Viaduct Harbour, ferry terminals and Vector Arena. Mercure Auckland offers a variety of guestrooms, all equipped with air-conditioning, Sky TV and high-speed broadband Internet access. The harbor view rooms also offer panoramic views overlooking the Waitemata Harbour.

This is a landmark site that has been totally refurbished to create a superb art deco style hotel. Conveniently located in the heart of Auckland’s vibrant shopping district, the hotel is only a short stroll from the harbor's edge. Scenic Hotel Auckland has a total of 100 Standard and Superior Rooms. While all rooms include a kitchenette with microwave, many enjoy full kitchen facilities. All have Sky TV, minibar and high-speed Internet access. Situated on street level, the hotel's MLC Café & Bar offers delicious alfresco dining.

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Copthorne Hotel Auckland City

Sudima Auckland Airport

A stylish hotel located in central Auckland, Copthorne Hotel Auckland City is just a tenminute walk from Queen Street. The hotel has 110 recently refurbished rooms, all of which feature ensuite facilities, Sky TV, high-speed Internet access, minibar, soundproof ‘hush windows’, ironing facilities, direct dial telephone, and hairdryer. Every room also has a balcony which is ideal for relaxing and taking in the magnificent views of the Waitemata Harbour and Rangitoto Island, or the city and the beautiful High Court Building.

Sudima Auckland Airport is located only one mile from Auckland Airport. The hotel offers 153 well-appointed rooms, indoor heated pool, gym, 24-hour airport shuttle transfer and complimentary parking for the duration of your stay. The on-site Visaya Restaurant and Bar offers something to tempt every set of taste buds, with good service and dining. Experience the convenience of being so close to Auckland Airport while being able to enjoy the warmth and comforts of a modern hotel.

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Northland and Coromandel Beaches and coves border pristine ocean at this outdoor haven on the east of the North Island. Cycle, swim, hike, and enjoy delicious local seafood and a vibrant arts community. The area is home to some very important historic sites including evidence of early Polynesian settlement and European explorers such as Captain Cook.

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Hot Water Beach

The Birthplace of a Nation

Living up to its namesake, Hot Water Beach is home to a hot spring bubbling up through the sand. The legacy of an ancient, volcanic past is present with a spring providing a hot pool for two hours either side of low tide. Forget building sand castles and create your own personal hot pool and natural spa by burrowing into the sand.

Hokianga Harbour is enshrined in history as the first Polynesian landing place. Postcard-perfect Russell was New Zealand’s first capital and the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in the spectacular Bay of Islands. Steeped in history and tradition, this important area is also an attractive destination with its rolling green coast and beautiful harbor.

Bay of Islands

Cathedral Cove

Situated on the east coast of the North Island, the Bay of Islands is a remarkable site and one of the most picturesque and popular vacation destinations in New Zealand. Here the rocky and sandy coastline circles a sea pierced by 150 islands which were discovered by legendary Maori navigator Kupe and visited by Captain Cook in 1769.

Boasting some of New Zealand’s most spectacular coastal scenery, Cathedral Cove is an idyllic place for swimming, snorkeling or simply relaxing under the colorful pohutukawa trees. As access is only on foot or by boat, choose between a two-hour return walk, a guided kayaking trip or boat trip to the white sands and arches of Cathedral Cove.

4 Day Bay of Islands Escorted Tour Highlights: • Seat-in-coach travel • Three nights’ accommodation • Airport transfers on arrival Day 1: Auckland. Upon arrival in Auckland you will be transferred to your accommodation. Today is free for optional activities. Accommodation: Auckland City Hotel. Day 2: Auckland – Paihia. Cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge and travel north to the Bay of Islands. Arrive in Paihia and enjoy a guided visit to the

Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Enjoy the rest of day at leisure. Accommodation: Copthorne Resort & Spa Bay of Islands, two nights. Day 3: Paihia – Cape Reinga – Paihia. A full-day coach tour to Cape Reinga, via Puketi Forest. Zoom along 90 Mile Beach. Overnight in Paihia. Day 4: Paihia – Auckland. Cruise among the many islands of the Bay and through the intriguing Hole in the Rock, dolphin watching en route. Return to Auckland. Tour concludes.

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Do not compromise – get the best of both trips with this full-day Dolphin/Sail Adventure Combo which combines all the top experiences in the historic Bay of Islands. Join the morning dedicated 'Swim with the Dolphins Cruise' and swim with graceful dolphins in their natural environment from the purpose built black and yellow catamaran Dolphin Discovery III. In the afternoon jump onboard the legendary yacht Lion New Zealand to enjoy lunch and island activities. The afternoon culminates in a magical sail back to shore where you can help trim the sails, take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or simply sit back and relax.

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Peppers Carrington Resort

Nature and Coast Operated by Kiwi Dundee Adventures

Experience a day of fun and entertainment with Kiwi Dundee Adventures. Highlights of the day include a walk along the old tracks of Puketui through Kauri forest dense with fern trees, and observing glowworms in an historic, old gold cave. Lunch is either a picnic or at an attractive café, with a chance to view your guide's spectacular collection of quartz, obsidian, old photos of the Coromandel and rocks embedded with gold. Journey from mountains to the contrasting coastal scenery, including Hot Water Beach, offshore islands, old Maori Pa sites and magnificent cliffs.

Carrington, a luxury resort with two miles of secluded white sand coastline, includes Karikari Estate Winery and vineyard, and a full 18-hole championship golf course with stunning Pacific Ocean views. Accommodation ranges from spacious lodge rooms to self-contained threebedroom villas. Located in Northland’s Karikari Peninsula, Peppers Carrington Resort’s worldclass facilities include an infinity swimming pool and spa pool, Carrington Restaurant & Bar, two championship tennis courts, Olympic standard clay and skeet target shooting range and a gym.

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Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands Copthorne enjoys a superb, waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, with uninterrupted views across the bay to Russell. Surrounded by 59 acres of lush, subtropical gardens, it is part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Featuring a spectacular free-form lagoon-style swimming and spa pool, this modern hotel and resort features 180 guestrooms, including four suites, all of which have an individual patio or balcony. With designs inspired by nature, the rooms offer a choice of bay, estuary or garden views of this serene setting. On-site facilities and services include a renovated massage studio, tennis court, mountain bike hire and courtesy shuttle to Paihia. Golf, bush walks, sailing and scuba diving are all within the vicinity.

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Edgewater Palms Apartments

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Opposite the main beach in Paiha, the Edgewater Palms Apartments is a great place to stay when visiting the renowned Bay of Islands. With safe harbor swimming close by, the property is surrounded by local restaurants, cafés and bars. Some apartments enjoy seascape views from fully covered balconies as well as access to a gated lap swimming pool with a large surrounding deck. The one-bedroom apartments are situated on the ground floor and look out across the central lap pool. Waterfront apartments are ideally placed for admiring the seaside sunsets and views.

This comfortable resort-style hotel is enhanced by attractive sub-tropical gardens and extensive guest facilities. Conveniently located at the southern entrance to Paihia, the hotel features 114 standard and superior rooms, and air-conditioned deluxe rooms. Rooms include Sky TV, minibar, and high-speed Internet access. The hotel’s restaurant serves both breakfast and dinner. Additional facilities include a guest lounge bar, guest laundry and an outdoor swimming pool.

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Rotorua and Regional North Island The heartland of New Zealand’s rich Maori culture, Rotorua is also known for its bubbling, geothermal activity. Volcanic action over millions of years has created a hauntingly beautiful landscape of mountains, lakes and steaming earth in the surrounding area. Learn carving or weaving from master Maori artists, or participate in Maori singing and dancing shows.

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Mount Tarawera In the 1800s, the Tarawera region was the center of tourism in New Zealand but unfortunately the famed Pink and White Terraces at the foot of Mount Tarawera were destroyed in an eruption. Activities in the area include hiking or climbing the now dormant Mount Tarawera, volcano tours, visiting the cascading falls and spectacular lakes.

Huka Falls

Hawke's Bay

At Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction, 48,000 gallons of water tumble over the cliff face every second. Located in Wairakei Park, which is a five-minute drive from Lake Taupo, the footbridge at the top of the falls offers the best vantage point for viewing this spectacle.

Lake Taupo

Undulating orchards and lavender fields meld with vineyards in what is New Zealand’s second largest wine producing region. Hawke's Bay is the nation’s leading producer of award-winning red wines. Cycling, driving or being chauffeured around the vineyards by an expert guide are all excellent options for discovering this picturesque area.

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Created by a giant volcanic eruption in 181 AD, Lake Taupo measures 383 square miles making it the size of Singapore. The lake’s attractive pumice sand beaches give it the appearance of an inland ocean. Excellent trout fishing attracts international anglers, and skiers and adventurers are drawn to the lofty peaks. AspireDownUnder.com | 1877 727 7473

This site is special for its links to Maori culture, its connection to Captain Cook who named it and because it is home to the world’s largest mainland gannet colony. The views are grand and sweep around the coastline to Mahia Peninsula in the north and to snow capped Mount Ruapehu in the west.


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North Island / ROTORUA TOURING

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Rotorua Duck Tours has been providing amphibious sightseeing and history tours of Rotorua since 2003. With 16 magnificent lakes in the Rotorua region, there is no shortage of places to visit. These unique tours, which depart at regular intervals throughout the day, provide a great introduction to Rotorua, its history and people. View Rotorua’s wondrous lakes' region and observe the local flora and fauna as well as the beautiful volcanic domes of Mount Tarawera. The experienced guides provide a wealth of knowledge which ensures that your stay will be a truly memorable one.

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Champagne Pool, Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, Rotorua

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More than a jet boat ride, this is New Zealand’s only jet boat safari which combines spinthrilling jet boating on the magnificent Waikato River, with geothermal attractions, flora and fauna, hot pools and Maori culture. Choose from two great trips. The Thermal Safari includes jet boating and exploring Orakei Korako geothermal wonderland with gushing geysers, incredible silica terraces, boiling mud pools and a rare geothermal cave. Or try out the Squeeze which includes jet boating, wading and squeezing through a canyon plus swimming in a waterfall-fed natural hot pool.

Experience an unforgettable helicopter tour that is exclusive to HELiPRO. Contrasting volcanoes and landscapes combine to provide the tour-of-a-lifetime. Walk on the active crater floor of White Island, located off the coast of Bay of Plenty, taking in its lunar landscape. The island’s active volcanic vents, steaming Crater Lake, bubbling hot streams and desolate mining ruins are not to be missed. On the return journey, land high on the inspiring summit of the sacred mountain, Mt Tarawera, site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s recent memory.

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Experience the ancient ceremony of welcome before entering the pre-European Maori village nestled within a native Tawa Forest. With bonfires crackling in the background, the village comes alive with sights, sounds and activity of days gone by including tattooing, weaving, carving, traditional games and arts of warrior training. Witness the earth being scraped away from the hangi pit to reveal baskets laden with a mouth-watering feast which has been cooked on hot stones beneath the ground. Relax in the ancestral meeting house in the heart of the village and witness a powerful and entertaining cultural performance. The sharing of food is an important Maori custom so celebrate as you dine on the traditional hangi feast. This magical evening draws to a close with the poroporoaki closing ceremony with speeches and songs of farewell. Return transfers are included.

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Peppers on the Point Surrounded by the sparkling waters of Lake Rotorua, Peppers on the Point is an exclusive lakeside retreat offering guests the opportunity to experience Rotorua’s rich culture and dynamic geothermal environment. Once a Maori Pa site, the property is steeped in history. The luxury lodge is a converted 1930s mansion with beautiful antiques and a choice of nine spacious, exquisite suites, most with lake views. Peppers on the Point’s dining room is renowned for its gourmet cuisine accompanied by the finest New Zealand and international wines.

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Watego’s Beach, Byron Bay

Millennium Hotel Rotorua The Millennium Hotel Rotorua is one of the most conveniently located and best appointed in Rotorua. All 227 elegant rooms and suites are air-conditioned, with many enjoying excellent views of either Lake Rotorua or the native garden. The guestrooms feature marble bathrooms, residential-style décor and heating provided by harnessing the hotel's natural, geothermal resource. The hotel caters for guests with disabilities and offers 24-hour room service. Facilities include two restaurants, bar, heated swimming pool, spa pools and saunas. Complimentary off-street parking is available as well as free guest access to the Go 360 Gym opposite the hotel. The Spa provides massage and body treatments, including mud wraps. Younger guests are well catered for with a heated pool for toddlers and a family pool, making the property a genuine child-friendly experience. Map Page 138 Reference 2 price guide: $

Distinction Rotorua Hotel

Holiday Inn Rotorua

Close to the city center, Distinction Rotorua Hotel offers 133 rooms, providing an international standard of accommodation with excellent service. The hotel proposes a variety of dining options, including the traditional Maori Dinner and Show, an à la carte restaurant, Japanese restaurant Mr Yakitori and a full buffet breakfast. Facilities include heated outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, underground private spas, gym and 24-hour reception. Setting off on a Rotorua adventure is easy from this central location.

Holiday Inn Rotorua is a modern and stylish hotel that offers 203 well-appointed rooms, adjacent to the renowned Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and Historical Living Village. Enjoy the outdoor heated swimming pool, two spas, fitness center, 24-hour room service and complimentary car parking. The central position of Holiday Inn Rotorua is ideal for visitors who can benefit from the local knowledge of the hotel's friendly and very professional staff.

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Rydges Rotorua

Sudima Lake Rotorua

Rydges Rotorua offers guests very spacious accommodation in a park-like setting on the edge of Rotorua's racecourse. The hotel boasts panoramic views across the city to Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. Within walking distance of the Rotorua Convention Centre, Rotorua city and local attractions, the property is a 15-minute drive from the Rotorua Airport. The Atrium Restaurant enjoys a prime position in the center of the hotel with natural lighting and a cascading waterfall. Atrium features contemporary dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sudima Lake Rotorua is the largest hotel in Rotorua, and is set right on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua. The hotel is adjacent to the world-famous Polynesian Spa complex and just a short stroll from the vibrant city center. The hotel offers 250 rooms in a range of accommodation options, many with superb views across Lake Rotorua. Facilities include the recently refurbished Lakes Restaurant & Mallards Bar, geothermal heated pool, three private spas and daily Hangi Feast and Maori Cultural Show.

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North Island / REGIONAL NORTH ISLAND TOURING AND ACCOMMODATION

World Heritage Volcanic Safari & Alpine Landing

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In the heart of the North Island, this volcanic trek is known as New Zealand’s top one-day walk. Leading up to the saddle between Mt. Ngauruhoe and Mt. Tongariro, the track diverts to the active Red Crater with stunning views of the Emerald Lakes. Mt. Tongariro boasts dazzling colors and textures with old and new craters, scoured volcanic rocks, mountain springs, lava flows and vivid lakes. Guided trips are available throughout summer and winter and as a special treat, guides will accompany clients, on request, to Red Crater to watch the sun rise over this magic landscape.

On this 90-minute helicopter tour, experience breathtaking aerial views of pristine Lake Taupo, stunning volcanic alpine scenery and enjoy landing in the remote Kaimanawa Forest Park. This truly amazing tour includes views of World Heritage-listed volcanoes – Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. Fly over the steaming Crater Lake, ancient lava flows and dramatic volcanic formations. From here you will venture further into the remote Kaimanawa Forest Park and land on the banks of the Rangitikei River, renowned for its trophy-size rainbow trout and crystal clear water.

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North Island Rail Trails Cycleway

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The Central North Island Rail Trails are exciting new additions to this picturesque area which includes the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. There are two new trails, both of which have been created from historic unused tracks, roads and railways and which can now be enjoyed on foot or bicycle. Catering for individuals, families and groups alike, the guides' vast experience in working with people of all ages and abilities ensures that adventures will be comfortable, safe and above all, fun.

Sudima Hamilton is conveniently located in the city center adjacent to Sky City Casino and only a five-minute drive to Claudelands Conference Centre. The hotel offers 47 wellappointed rooms with a variety of room types and configurations. It has recently undergone a refurbishment with the addition of modern furniture and fittings across all accommodation rooms and public areas. The hotel features on-site parking, Internet and 24-hour guest services.

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The Crown Hotel Napier

Aylstone Boutique Retreat

Set in the picturesque seaside village of Ahuriri near Napier, the hotel offers boutique accommodation with 43 rooms and suites. Choose from the elegant heritage suites in the original 1932 Crown Hotel, modern contemporary rooms overlooking the ocean or two- and three-bedroom luxury apartments. The hotel’s comprehensive facilities and services include complimentary car parking, daily newspaper delivery, laundry facilities, fitness center access, wireless Internet in lobby and bar, 45 seat Globe Theatrette and an awardwinning restaurant, Milk & Honey.

Nestled in the renowned pinot noir wine region of Martinborough Wine Village, Aylstone provides six French provincial-style rooms with exquisite views, classic furnishings and ensuite bathrooms. The tranquility of Aylstone, with its backdrop of vines and mountains, renders it a relaxing getaway for wine and food enthusiasts traveling the Classic New Zealand Wine Trial. Guests can enjoy breakfast and dinner in the on-site restaurant; all rates include bed and breakfast. Activities include riding Aylstone’s vintage bikes and exploring Martinborough's boutique vineyards.

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Scenic Hotel Te Pania

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Scenic Hotel Te Pania is styled to complement its remarkable location on the edge of beautiful Hawke's Bay. This modern hotel is shaped to echo the lines of the bay, offering stunning views out over the ever-changing Pacific Ocean. The hotel offers 109 air-conditioned superior rooms and suites. All rooms face out to the bay with floor-to-ceiling windows that can slide open. Each room includes Sky TV, high-speed Internet access, minibar, and fridge.

Situated on the southern shores of Lake Taupo, Oreti Village offers tranquility and stunning views. This outstanding location is ideal for enjoying the abundance of local activities including the Tongariro Alpine crossing, just minutes away. All of Oreti’s 19 spacious and well-equipped apartments provide sweeping views of Lake Taupo. A destination in itself, Oreti offers an on-site restaurant and bar with exquisite vistas. There is also a tennis court, bar and plenty of outdoor spaces to enjoy. The lake shore is just a quick walk from the village.

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Wellington Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, is also known as the arts and culture center. Close proximity to nature, picturesque, traditional houses set on steep hills, museums, galleries, fine food and live entertainment are all part of Wellington's charm. The city and inner suburbs are sprinkled with interesting cafés, restaurants and boutiques.

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Te Papa, New Zealand's bold and innovative national museum, is a recognized world leader in interactive and visitor-focused museum experiences. New Zealand's geology, natural environment and the stories of New Zealand's Indigenous people, the Maori, are celebrated in the permanent exhibition. This is an outstanding collection which merits a visit.

Kapiti Island has been a protected nature reserve since 1897. Many of the island's bird species are now either rare or extinct on the mainland. A maximum of 50 people can visit the island each day with a permit being required. This precious reserve represents your best chance to spot a kiwi in the wild. The island is accessible from Wellington.

Wellington and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy Wellington was the main filming and production location for the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies which were shot in New Zealand. Suggestions for experiencing Middle-earth in all its enchanting diversity while in Wellington include: • Join one of the tours of Middle-earth • Visit Weta Cave • Enjoy Lunch at The Larder • Enjoy dinner at The Green Parrot – a popular haunt with Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) who also launched one of his books there • Otherwise check out the Hobbits’ hangout – Matterhorn, a Wellington institution • Catch a movie at The Embassy Theatre, the venue of the world premiere of the Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King. Be sure to check out the name plates with the actors’ and characters’ names on the seats

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North Island / WELLINGTON TOURING AND ACCOMMODATION

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Visit the Wellington 'Lord Of The Rings' film locations used for the Shire, the Gardens of Isengard, the River Anduin, Helm’s Deep and Minas Tirith. Be spellbound at the site of Lothlorien in the majestic gardens of Fernside Lodge. Explore Rivendell and the riverside spot where Aragorn was washed ashore. Visit Miramar, home to many of the stars as well as the Weta Cave with souvenirs. Take a full-day, virtual tour of Weta Workshop which includes the 'Window into Workshop' exhibition at Weta Studios as well as a gourmet lunch. Half-day options are also available.

Enjoy sightseeing with great food in Wellington. Discover the nation's café capital and its favorite food haunts, savoring tastings with a knowledgeable guide who will introduce you to the city and its culinary treasures. Choose either the Capital Tastes Tour and receive a bonus voucher to use at three top Wellington eateries, or continue with a guide on the Walking Gourmet Tour to enjoy a delicious lunch with New Zealand wines at awardwinning Logan Brown Restaurant. Zest Tours was rated by 2013 Lonely Planet in 'Top Ten walking tours for globetrotting foodies.'

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Highlights of Wellington

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Discover the highlights of Wellington, with spectacular views of the harbor from the top of Mt Victoria. Thrill at the ride on the Cable Car to see the far-reaching panorama of the city. Parliament, the Beehive and Old St Paul’s Cathedral are all part of the itinerary. On the earthquake-scarred South Coast, visit the site of the Wahine ferry disaster. View typical Wellington houses perched on the steep, rocky hills overlooking the distant ranges of the South Island. The full-day tour visits Te Papa Museum with a gourmet lunch included. Half-day options are available.

Viewing the little-spotted kiwi in its natural habitat is one of the most memorable experiences to be enjoyed in New Zealand. Upon arrival at Waiorua Bay (North end), you will be welcomed over tea/coffee with an introductory talk and briefing. The Kapiti Lodge overnight accommodation provides the chance to enjoy genuine Maori hospitality, great food and wine. A highlight of the tour is the kiwi spotting night walk with an experienced guide which has a very high success rate. Genuine opportunities for interaction with natural and authentic New Zealand are in abundance.

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Wellington Harbour

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Take in a bird's-eye view of the surroundings while circling the fringe of beautiful Wellington Harbour. From the convenience of this downtown Queens Wharf Heliport, climb aboard your helicopter for a flight that will leave you with impressive images of the incredible tectonic landscape that encompasses this city. The capital city's most famous landmarks, the Beehive, Te Papa and the Cake Tin all feature in this tour of Wellington’s picturesque harbor.

The newly renovated Travelodge Wellington is situated in the center of town just a short stroll from lively cafés, shops and the beautiful Wellington Harbour. The hotel offers 132 spacious rooms with a cozy restaurant which is ideal for savoring a scrumptious breakfast prior to embarking on a day of exploring Wellington's key attractions. Guests enjoy close access to the 'must-see' Te Papa Tongarewa (the Museum of New Zealand), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the fascinating Museum of Wellington City & Sea.

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SOUTH ISLAND / New Zealand

South Island Adventures as diverse as glacier climbing, heli-skiing, trekking, cycling, rafting, bungy jumping, cruising and whale-watching await. Dramatic scenery changes from ice-capped peaks, to flowing fiords, braided rivers, misty harbors and rolling hills sprinkled with vineyards. Relax with a glass of local wine, and savor the taste of the South Island.

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Marlborough Renowned for its exceptional sauvignon blanc wines, Marlborough is the largest and most wellknown wine region in New Zealand. Favored by year-round sunshine, the region is also an attractive area for walking and sea kayaking. Wine tasting is 'a must' for anyone wishing to appreciate the legendary labels from Marlborough.

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At the top of the South Island, sunny Nelson is known for its beaches, crystalline lakes, mountains and forests. Fun-seekers will enjoy cycling, mountainbiking, trekking and kayaking in this natural environment. Enticing culinary treats and local art, including that of traditional and contemporary Maori artists, complement the experience.

Abel Tasman National Park

Departing from Marlborough Sounds, this spectacular walking track winds through 44 miles of virgin native forest, along skyline ridges with awe-inspiring views and continues on around pretty coves and inlets. Traveling with a local guide is the best way to learn about both the habitat and the local Maori legends. AspireDownUnder.com | 1877 727 7473

Accessible from Nelson, the park is rich in Maori and European history. Golden sands, granite outcrops, scenic islands and verdant forests are home to native flora and fauna, including some vulnerable species. Known for its coastal tracks, the area has two of New Zealandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great Walks, the Abel Tasman Coast Track and the Heaphy Track.


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8 Day Simply South Self-Drive

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Enjoy a scenic drive and discover the stunning sights of the South Island on this eight-day vacation including car hire and accommodation. Day 1: Christchurch. Upon arrival in Christchurch you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Accommodation: Ibis Christchurch. Day 2: Christchurch – Queenstown. Collect your rental car and cross the Canterbury Plains into the Mount Cook National Park. Travel through the spectacular Mackenzie Country to the Lindis Pass. Pass the stone fruit growing area of Cromwell and past the Kawarau Gorge with its historic gold mines to Queenstown. Accommodation: Mercure Queenstown, three nights. Day 3: Milford Sound. Make the scenic drive to Milford Sound and enjoy a cruise before returning to Queenstown. Day 4: Queenstown. A free day in Queenstown to enjoy the alpine village and activities the town has to offer. Day 5: Queenstown – Dunedin. Today travel through the rugged, unspoilt landscape as you make your way to Dunedin. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin, two nights. Day 6: Dunedin. Morning free in Dunedin before joining a tour to see penguins, fur seals and albatross on the Otago Peninsula wildlife tour. Day 7: Dunedin – Christchurch. Travel north through historic Oamaru, and seaside Timaru, then across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch arriving early evening. Accommodation: Ibis Christchurch. Day 8: Return rental car to Christchurch Airport.

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7 Day Trains, Whales and Parks Independent Tour Day 1: Christchurch. Upon arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred to your accommodation. Accommodation: Ibis Christchurch. Day 2: Christchurch – Kaikoura. Transfer to Christchurch Rail Station and board the TranzCoastal train. Travel through North Canterbury, then along the coastline between Kaikoura Ranges and the Pacific. Depending on local conditions, enjoy a cruise along the coast of Kaikoura. Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura. Day 3: Kaikoura – Nelson. Re-board the coastal train and turn inland to Blenheim, continuing by coach to Nelson. Accommodation: Trailways Hotel, two nights. Day 4: Nelson – Abel Tasman National Park – Nelson. A full-day excursion to Abel Tasman National Park. Board a coach to Kaiteriteri Beach before boarding your cruise. You can choose to remain onboard for the duration of the cruise or disembark to walk part of the track. Day 5: Nelson – Greymouth. Travel through Buller Gorge to Westport and down the coast to Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. Accommodation: Kingsgate Motel. Day 6: Greymouth – Christchurch. This afternoon board the TranzAlpine train and travel through the Otira tunnel, over Arthur's Pass and across to Canterbury Plains. Accommodation: Ibis Christchurch. Day 7: Transfer to Christchurch Airport. Tour concludes.

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Experience Marlborough in style and comfort with this three-night Purely Marlborough Package tour. Indulge in excellent accommodation, wonderful wine and food combined with a Seafood Odyssea Cruise through the majestic Marlborough Sounds and a tour through the renowned Marlborough wine region. Spend two nights at the luxurious Bay of Many Coves Resort in the Marlborough Sounds. Enjoy waterfront accommodation in a stunning apartment with a guided walk on Queen Charlotte Track with wilderness guides. Treat yourself to an evening at Marlborough Vintners Hotel in the heart of the Marlborough wine region and revel in the country's crisp sauvignon blancs on the Taste Marlborough Tour. All accommodation, transfers, water taxis, day tours, breakfasts and dinners are included in the package. It is purely the best that Marlborough has to offer.

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Enjoy an informative, relaxing and fun afternoon cruising the inner Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds, two of the main sounds that make up the Marlborough Sounds. Take in the natural beauty of this stunning environment, learn about the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the pioneering families who have settled here. Visit a Greenshell Mussel farm where your launch captain will explain how and why this delicacy grows so well in the Marlborough Sounds. While at the mussel farm you will be served freshly steamed mussels with a glass of Marlborough sauvignon blanc, a delightful wine and food match in a beautiful part of Marlborough. Cruise on the Marlborough Travel luxury launch Galileo. This wonderful vessel is large and stable with all the home comforts of lounge areas and multiple viewing decks. Departing daily at 1.30pm from 1 September â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 14 April. Marlborough Icons Tour can arrange pick-ups from Picton, Blenheim and Nelson daily.

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Vineyards, Marlborough

Taste Marlborough Tour

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Discover the world-renowned wines of Marlborough in this full-day tour. Taste Marlborough has been created for visitors who love great wine and who are keen to learn more about the region, the wineries, the wines and the people who make them. Each winery experience has been specially created and privately hosted to ensure an outstanding tasting experience. Tour through a select number of boutique and iconic wineries, including well-known Cloudy Bay. All wineries have been chosen for their history, excellent service and top range of wines. Guaranteed small group departures.

Scenic Hotel Marlborough brings a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to the heart of Marlborough wine country. The hotel is conveniently located just a short walk from the center of Blenheim and 20 minutes' drive to the inter-island ferry terminal in Picton. The hotel offers a range of accommodation with 54 guestrooms including superior rooms, family rooms and a onebedroom suite. A heated outdoor pool is open from October to April. On-site Seymours Restaurant & Bar serves breakfast and dinner daily, and courtesy transfers to and from the airport are included.

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South Island / ABEL TASMAN TOURING

3 Day Guided Kayak and Walk

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New Zealand's finest coastal National Park is awaiting you, basking under the most sunshine hours in the country, year-round. You choose how much walking or kayaking you want to do, with expert guides helping you design each day in a way that best suits you. Come home to your own twin or double ensuite room at beachfront lodges within the Park: Torrent Bay Lodge and Meadowbank Homestead – Awaroa. Your hosts prepare fine meals featuring local specialties. Share the Wilson family's eight generations of experience in the region; they have been welcoming visitors since 1841.

This is an all-in-one experience near Nelson. An easy two-hour guided kayak trip explores the calm, azure waters of the Kaiteriteri coast, including famous ‘Split Apple Rock’ granite formation. After lunch, board the Vista Cruise to travel into the heart of Abel Tasman National Park. Pause to view the antics at Tonga Island Seal Colony, then disembark at picturesque Tonga Quarry Beach. Enjoy a two-hour unguided coastal bush walk around the Bark Bay waterfall trail to the golden sands of Medlands Beach. Rejoin the Vista Cruise for your return. Tour operates October-April.

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Abel Tasman Day Pass

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Welcome aboard the Vista cruising catamaran. Relax with comfortable seating around tables and panoramic views from open or enclosed viewing decks and enjoy the onboard café and bar. With your flexible cruise and walk day pass, choose to spend from three to eight hours exploring the spectacular granite coast. Stay on board or disembark at a golden beach fringed by lush forest and azure waters, ideal for swimming. Enjoy quality beach time with walking options up to four hours. Your friendly crew takes care of your comfort and safety with interpretative commentary and maps.

Cruise Abel Tasman National Park's South Island coastline on a catamaran and enjoy scenic sailing with gentle sea breezes. The only scheduled full-day sailing tour of this coastal paradise explores shallow lagoons and crystal clear waters. It includes beach stops, walks and optional swimming. Enjoy the antics of the local fur seals. Get involved with the sailing or sit back and relax. Join a full-day sailing tour, or combined sailing and walking tour. Private personalized tours are also available. Sailing tours depart Kaiteriteri Beach with coach transfers available.

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CHRISTCHURCH AND CANTERBURY / South Island

Christchurch and Canterbury The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch, was struck by a large earthquake in February 2011. While part of the city center still remains closed, Christchurch continues to be an important gateway for many of the wonderful experiences on offer around the Canterbury area. From skiing to hiking, mountaineering, trekking, cruising and wine tasting, the region is proud of its diversity.

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Of the 140 glaciers flowing from the soaring peaks of New Zealand's Southern Alps, only the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers descend as far as the lower rainforests. This phenomenon makes access to these ancient glaciers possible. Guided glacier hikes, climbing experiences, heli-hikes and scenic flights are just some of the riveting attractions.

Whale-watching is one of the key attractions in Kaikoura, with species including Humpbacks, Pilots, Southern Rights and Blue Whales. The beauty of the majestic whales matches that of the rugged landscape where the Seaward Kaikoura Range rises up almost directly out of the sea in places. Running parallel to the west is the Inland Kaikoura Range.

3 Day Christchurch City Stay Discover Christchurch and Canterbury on this three day city stay including transfers, accommodation and touring. Day 1: Upon arrival at Christchurch Airport, you will be met and transferred by coach to your accommodation. Day 2: An action-packed day that takes your over the Canterbury Plains to Waimak Gorge for an exciting 45 minute jet boat ride followed by a 4WD adventure across Mt Torlesse Station. After lunch in a country café, board the world-famous TranzAlpine train for a return journey back to Christchurch. Day 3: Choose to extend your stay or transfer from your hotel by coach to Christchurch Airport.

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Twin Craters Explorer

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Kaikoura - Whales, Wine, Mountains & Sea

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Experience an unforgettable helicopter flight over the city of Christchurch. Enjoy the breathtaking views this forever-beautiful garden city and surrounds has to offer. Passing over the city you will gain an understanding of the daunting task at hand to repair the city and appreciate the progress already made since the 2011 earthquake. As a contrast to the city images, take in the beautiful scenery beyond at Lyttelton Harbour, Sumner Beach, New Brighton Pier and on a clear day, the distant Canterbury Plains and majestic Southern Alps.

Depart Christchurch and journey through rural North Canterbury and the Waipara wine region to Kaikoura, where the mountains meet the sea. Join a whale-watch cruise or flight and experience the magic of seeing magnificent sperm whales and dusky dolphins up close. Enjoy a café lunch, discover the glorious vistas from the Kaikoura Peninsula and view playful New Zealand fur seals. Sample local wines before returning to Christchurch. Your tour includes a whale-watch cruise or flight, lunch, guided walks with informative commentary, picnic teas, wine tastings and transfers.

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Arthur's Pass - Train, Mountains & Forest

Akaroa - Cruise, Dolphins and Scenic Drive

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Journey from Christchurch into Arthur’s Pass National Park on the TranzAlpine train to view spectacular mountains and impressive Otira Gorge. Explore native bush, forests and waterfalls on foot before lunching at a country hotel. Visit the mysterious and sacred site of Kura Tawhiti (Castle Hill), comprised of limestone cliffs and weatherworn, rainsmoothed rocks. Cross over Porter’s Pass and the Canterbury Plains before returning to Christchurch. TranzAlpine train, guided walks, informative commentary, lunch, picnic teas and transfers are included.

Depart Christchurch and journey along an extinct volcanic rim with stunning views of Banks Peninsula, Akaroa Harbour, the Pacific Ocean and remote bays. Explore the picturesque village of Akaroa, the only French settlement to be established in New Zealand, before enjoying lunch at an award-winning café. Take a nature cruise or swim option in search of the rare Hector dolphins, fur seals and penguins. Return to Christchurch via Barry's Bay Cheese Factory. Nature cruise, lunch, informative commentary, picnic teas, cheese tasting and transfers are included.

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Yellow Eyed Penguin

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CHRISTCHURCH AND CANTERBURY ACCOMMODATION / South Island

The George, Christchurch The essence of supreme comfort, The George is a luxury, boutique hotel which is renowned for its personalized service and attentive staff. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking picturesque Hagley Park and the pretty Avon River, the property is a peaceful retreat close to Christchurch's cultural precinct and key attractions. With 53 intimate and stylishly refurbished rooms and suites, two awardwinning restaurants and a one-to-one staff to guest ratio ensuring impeccable service, The George is a refined and charming address.

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Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

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The Chateau on the Park, Christchurch

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch re-opened its doors in May 2013. Located in the city center, the hotel has 171 chic rooms and suites. All are comfortably decorated with contemporary furnishings and feature air-conditioning, iPod docking station and Internet access. Hotel facilities include a sauna, fitness center, bar, restaurant and full concierge service. Guests will appreciate the magnificent views over the new city landscape or the nearby Southern Alps.

Situated opposite Hagley Park, The Chateau on the Park, Christchurch is set in five acres of pretty, landscaped gardens. Located three miles from the airport, the hotel is well placed for visiting local attractions including the lovely Botanic Gardens or for golfing in Hagley Park and punting in a boat on the scenic Avon River. The Chateau on the Park, Christchurch provides a relaxing escape, far from the stress of city life. Unwind in the verdant gardens, dine in the award-winning restaurant or chill out with cocktails in the cozy bar.

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Sudima Christchurch Airport

Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses

Ideally located two minutes from Christchurch Airport, adjacent to the Antarctic Centre and a 15-minute drive from the city, the hotel features 208 well-appointed rooms with ensuites, safety deposit boxes, Sky TV and highspeed wireless Internet access. The hotel offers a 24/7 airport shuttle, recently refurbished restaurant and bar, pool, 24-hour reception and room service, complimentary parking and seven conference venues accommodating up to 300 delegates.

Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses is a contemporary country lodge located seven miles from Kaikoura and features four luxury lodge suites, the olive house suite and five luxury treehouses built in the canopy of a native Manuka grove. All rooms at Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses feature beautiful, customdesigned, hand-crafted furniture, tailor-made beds and mattresses. In the European style bathrooms, the treehouses have large spa baths and lodge suites have Japanese soaking tubs. Exquisite views of snow-capped mountains and surf-washed coastline are seen from all rooms.

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South Island / FOX AND FRANZ JOSEF GLACIERS TOURING AND ACCOMMODATION

Twin Glacier Helicopter

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This is the perfect opportunity to get up close to the wondrous glaciers and touch snow. You will be captivated as you lift off and fly up and over two of New Zealand's most famous glaciers and land at the head of either the Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier. View the incredible natural phenomenon of the glacier as it winds slowly down the carved valleys from its origin in the mountains high above you. Flight away time: Approximately 30 minutes (including snow landing).

Tour to and from Greymouth in the Te Wahi Pounamu World Heritage-listed area in the south west of New Zealand, taking in the renowned Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier and beautiful Lake Matheson. The guides’ intimate knowledge of local people, places and stories will entertain and enthrall. Visit ancient lakes, stroll the forested, lake edge and have the opportunity to hike the glacier valley. Frequent stops ensure that photographing the amazing scenery of the West Coast of the Southern Alps is made easy.

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Peppers Bluewater Resort

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Experience this magnificent environment with a high alpine helicopter flight over the Ben Ohau Mountains. Watch as the landscape reveals steep, rugged mountains as you rise above scarred ridges left by ancient glaciers. Rise over a mountain pass that reveals superb views out to Aoraki/Mount Cook and its surrounding peaks. Prepare yourself for an amazing alpine landing where you will be able to play in the snow. Enjoy expansive views down the Tasman Valley on your return to base. Choose from a 30 or 45-minute helicopter flight.

Ideally placed for adventure and leisure pursuits near the shores of dazzling Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort is surrounded by the spectacular landscapes of New Zealand’s majestic Southern Alps. The resort is a scenic two-and-a-half hour drive from both Christchurch and Queenstown. Accommodation ranges from studio rooms to one-, two- and three-bedroom villas with tranquil décor inspired by lake and earth tones. Rakinui Restaurant serves local New Zealand specialties in a delightful setting with breathtaking lake views.

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Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef Glacier Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a stunning lodge-style hotel surrounded by verdant, native rainforest on New Zealand’s beautiful West Coast. Nestled between the mountains and the sea with a World Heritage-listed glacier close by, this exclusive eco-retreat offers exceptional cuisine and attention to detail. Rooms have been specially designed to take into account both comfort and respect for the environment. Features in the rooms include a heat pump to maximize guest comfort, a pillow menu, luxurious bed linen, as well as a private balcony or courtyard. The appropriately named Canopy Restaurant offers sumptuous breakfast and dinner menus. The five-course degustation menu, created from the freshest West Coast and South Island produce, means dinner guests enjoy a complete food experience.

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Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Making the most of its majestic alpine location and multi-million-dollar refurbishment, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier consists of two wings. Both wings have their own individual charm and atmosphere and show off the lush, native bush surroundings and superb alpine views. Situated on the very edge of the World Heritage-listed Westland National Park, the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier welcomes you in true New Zealand style. The hotel offers 130 rooms, including Sky TV, minibar, fridge and Internet access.

Located in the heart of Fox Glacier village, Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier offers convenient access to the many natural and spectacular attractions of the area. The hotel has a wide range of accommodation including 51 standard rooms and 16 budget rooms with ensuites and shared facilities. Experience the comfortable hospitality of a true West Coast hotel, relax in the lounge by the open fireplace, meet the locals in the Climbers Rest Bar and enjoy a meal from the buffet in the Mountain Goats Bakery Café.

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WEST COAST ACCOMMODATION / South Island

Mueller Glacier, Aoraki Mt Cook National Park

Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass Wilderness Lodge Arthurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pass is nestled in the heart of the scenic Southern Alps. This is the perfect place for discovering pristine wilderness on the 5,000 acre nature reserve and high country merino sheep station. Offering 20 Mountain View rooms and four luxurious Alpine Spa Lodges, the lodge features gourmet food and an extensive wine selection. Guests can walk directly from their rooms into a natural paradise of verdant beech forest, moss-lined streams and lakes. Explore this special place with a guide; the first Maori visitors called it Te Ko Awa a Aniwaniwa - Valley of the Mother of the Rainbows. Arthurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pass National Park and Craigieburn Forest Park are also close by. The price includes accommodation, four-course dinner, full breakfast and three hours per day of guided nature and farm trips. Travel to the lodge by car or the TranzAlpine train. A minimum stay of two nights is recommended.

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Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki Frolicking fur seals and Fiordland crested penguins meet wilderness forests, lakes and rivers in this magnificent setting. Discover spectacular beaches and untouched rainforests sandwiched between pristine lakes and pure rivers draining from the snow-capped Southern Alps. With 24 Rainforest Rooms and four luxurious Riverview Rooms along the Moeraki River and Rapids, the lodge features gourmet food and a very extensive wine list. Explore 12 miles of forest, river and sea coastal walking tracks or set off in a canoe from in front of the lodge. The price includes accommodation, four-course dinner, breakfast and two hours of guided nature or canoe trips per day. Other activities include brown trout fishing which is available all year-round. For nature lovers, the penguin season is from August till December. Kayak, walk and beachcomb for treasures or drive north one hour to Fox Glacier. Minimum two-night stay recommended.

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South Island / QUEENSTOWN

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The picturesque resort town of Queenstown is a blend of sophistication, fun and adventure. New Zealand’s adventure capital, with its misty lake and mountain landscapes, is the place to go to for snow sports, bungy jumping, jet boating, horse trekking, hiking and river rafting. Queenstown rocks by night but day owls will love the chance to escape, relax and indulge in the local fare.

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Heli-ski down some challenging pistes on the diamond-white slopes in Wanaka. Saddle up a horse or hike to discover the great outdoors. Budding mountaineers will vie to climb daunting Mount Aspiring in the National Park, while lakeside lounge lizards can admire the beautiful scenery in café-comfort.

The power of Fiordland’s scenery never fails to enthrall travelers. Waterfalls tumble into massive fiords, ancient rainforest clings to mountains, while shimmering lakes and granite peaks are a reminder of another era. Walk, hike and cruise this majestic land and come face-to-face with its timeless beauty.

Milford Sound

Dunedin and Stewart Island

On a still day in Milford Sound, the waters of the fiord reflect a picture-perfect image of awe-inspiring Mitre Peak. Cruise the mighty sound or take a helicopter ride over it to appreciate its splendor and grandeur. Hiking the track is one of the signature experiences which are not to be missed.

Of Scottish ancestry, historic Dunedin enjoys splendid colonial architecture and spectacular coastlines brimming with wildlife. Untouched Stewart Island is known for its triple-colored beaches in tones of gold, diamond and garnet. The island is a haven for native birds including the elusive and legendary kiwi.

4 Day Queenstown City Stay Explore the best of Queenstown on this four day city stay that includes transfers, accommodation and touring. Day 1: Upon arrival in Queenstown transfer to you hotel. Day 2: A full-day tour including return transfers and a Milford Sound cruise is included in your package. The onboard nature guides at Milford Sound are passionate about sharing their knowledge of this beautiful fiord and its flora and fauna. There is plenty of time available for exploring points of interest and to take in the stunning scenery including waterfalls, rainforest and towering peaks. Watch out for wildlife along the way. Day 3: Enjoy a leisurely day by Lake Wakitpu or pre-book a recommended activity. Day 4: Choose to extend your stay or meet your driver at your hotel today for shuttle coach transfer to the airport. price guide: $$$$

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QUEENSTOWN AND BEYOND TOURING / South Island

Dart River Wilderness Jet

Dart River Funyak Safari

Operated by Dart River Jet Safaris

Operated by Dart River Jet Safaris

Your Wilderness Safari will journey from Glenorchy at the head of the lake, deep into the World Heritage-listed area of Mount Aspiring National Park. Experience a unique combination of breathtaking scenery and exciting jet boating on braided, glacier-fed rivers. Learn from your guide about the area's fascinating history. Walk among the ancient beech forest, unchanged for 80 million years. Pass by some of the scenes used in the Lord of the Rings' movies to illustrate Middle-earth. This is an authentic New Zealand experience in the ambiance of an untouched world.

The Dart River Funyak Safari is an amazing journey deep into the Mount Aspiring National Park where you come close to nature. Combine wilderness jet boating with unique Funyak inflatable canoes for a fun way to explore the pristine Dart River as well as hidden side streams, rock pools and dramatic chasms. Stop and enjoy a delicious wilderness buffet lunch before continuing in your Funyak downstream to paradise. Travel a back-country route passing by locations used in the Lord of the Rings movies to illustrate Middle-earth.

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TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak High Country

Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Operated by Real Journeys

Operated by Real Journeys

Re-live the elegance of turn of the century travel with a cruise onboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Affectionately known as the ‘Lady of the Lake’, she has transported goods for local run-holders and conveyed passengers on beautiful Lake Wakatipu for 100 years. Disembark at Walter Peak High Country Farm to experience a typical farm with sheep shearing. Observe the sheep dogs working stock and enjoy afternoon tea. Other dining options include a delicious barbecue lunch cooked on the terrace or traditional carverystyle evening dining in the Colonel’s Homestead.

The journey begins with a cruise across Lake Te Anau to Cavern House on the western shores onboard the luxury purpose-built catamaran, Luminosa. An experienced nature guide takes you underground in small groups for exploration by path and small boat into a world of rock formations, fossils, waterfalls, whirlpools and a cathedral cavern with rock walls towering high above. Finally, move beyond the roar of the stream to the magical grotto to discover the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Take in the glittering display before retracing your steps to Te Anau.

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Shotover River Rafting Operated by Real Journeys

Your adventure begins with a briefing before being taken to this exciting jet boat ride, the Shotover Jet near Queenstown. Speed through rocky canyons and experience the famous ‘Hamilton 360’ spins. At Cavells Rafting Lodge, change into rafting gear and climb aboard a twin turbine helicopter for a spectacular roller coaster flight into Skippers Canyon. Upon landing at Deep Creek, the guide will provide a full safety briefing. Your rafting adventure commences in peaceful waters where it is easy to practice paddling techniques before hearing the roar of the ‘Mother’ section. Your heart will be pumping as you paddle through sections such as 'Squeeze', 'Toilet’ and 'Pinball'. Upon arrival at the Oxenbridge Tunnel, raft 564 feet through darkness before splashing out through the last rapid, 'Cascade'. While no experience is necessary, confidence in the water is required.

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Whitewater rafting, New Zealand

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Walter Peak Guided Cycling

Safari of the Scenes

Operated by Real Journeys

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Enjoy a leisurely cycle along a quiet backcountry road through tussock high country with beautiful views of the Von River and snowcovered Mount Earnslaw at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Cyclists are accompanied by a van with cycle trailer enabling them to cycle as much or as little or as they wish. Along the way, learn about surrounding high country sheep and cattle stations. On arrival back at Walter Peak, visit the Colonelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Homestead for afternoon tea before boarding the TSS Earnslaw for the return cruise to Queenstown. Picnic lunch and hot drinks are included.

With over 20 years' experience operating small, personalized back-country tours in Queenstown, Nomad Safaris will show you New Zealand as you imagine it to be. Travel by 4WD vehicle into the heart of Middle-earth on a halfday Safari of the Scenes. These are authentic adventures, rich in Lord of the Rings' locations and local history. Enjoy diverse scenery and entertaining stories with a fun and knowledgeable guide. A maximum limit of six passengers per vehicle ensures a personalized experience. Half or full-day tours are available and include photo stops and refreshments.

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3 Day Hollyford Track Operated by+ROO\IRUG7UDFN*XLGHG:DONV

Located south of Queenstown in the spectacular Fiordland National Park, the dramatic Hollyford Track guided wilderness experience is one of New Zealand's greatest nature walks. In this three-day, all-inclusive experience, you will be transported from the wilderness to the sea, traversing the Hollyford Valley by foot, jet boat and helicopter. The maximum group size of 16 ensures that this will be a very special experience. As you cross dense rainforest to the wild sea in the South Island, your expert and passionate guides will bring to life the diversity of the landscape, vegetation and wildlife, sharing captivating stories of early Maori and pioneering families. Excellent cuisine and personal service are an important part of the experience, with guests enjoying accommodation in comfortable, private lodges.

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Milford Track Guided Day Walk

Milford Sound Nature Cruise

Operated by Real Journeys

Operated by Real Journeys

Join this full-day guided walk with a small group and explore the first section of the worldrenowned Milford Track. Travel by coach from Te Anau and cruise up to the head of Lake Te Anau. Walk beside the Clinton River from Glade Wharf to Glade House for a leisurely lunch taking in the magnificent views as you walk further up the valley through forest, grassy flats and wetlands. The gradient is gentle with four to five hours' easy walking. Arrive at Neale Burn River and admire the spectacular alpine views before returning along the track to Te Anau.

This relaxing cruise has special appeal for the independent traveler. The onboard nature guides will share the fiord’s natural beauty with you and outline in detail its flora and fauna. Onboard you will explore points of interest and view stunning scenery including waterfalls, rainforest and the towering peaks. Be sure to keep a look out for wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins when in season. Transport is available in a luxury glass-roofed coach from Te Anau or Queenstown. Or choose to fly over spectacular alpine scenery (subject to weather conditions).

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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise Operated by Real Journeys

Depart Queenstown by luxury coach along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through farmland to Manapouri. Then cruise across the crystal waters of Lake Manapouri to West Arm before boarding a coach and crossing the alpine route of Wilmot Pass through some of Fiordland’s most dense rainforest. On reaching Deep Cove, passengers board a modern catamaran for a three-hour cruise exploring the waterways of this serene and isolated fiord. Keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and, in season, the rare Fiordland crested penguin.

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Milford Sound Overnight Cruise Operated by Real Journeys

This overnight cruise in Milford Sound onboard the purpose-built Milford Mariner is the ultimate dinner, bed and breakfast experience. Board the vessel and settle into your private cabin with ensuite bathroom. Cruise the full length of Milford Sound and on to the Tasman Sea to experience stunning views of cascading waterfalls, wildlife, verdant rainforest and snow-capped mountains with commentary from an experienced onboard nature guide. The spacious decks are ideal for viewing the wilderness scenery and wildlife such as fur seals, dolphins and rare penguins when in season. The overnight anchorage in sheltered Harrison Cove provides the opportunity for optional activities such as kayaking and tender excursions. After a hot breakfast the next morning, continue cruising on the fiord before returning to the Milford wharf. Coach connections are available from Te Anau and Queenstown.

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Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise Operated by Real Journeys

Indulge in an overnight cruise in the long southern twilight and savor dinner, bed and breakfast with a difference. From Manapouri in the South Island, cruise across Lake Manapouri to West Arm before boarding a coach through dense rainforest over Wilmot Pass to beautiful Doubtful Sound. Purpose built, the Fiordland Navigator offers private cabins, spacious viewing decks and a comfortable dining saloon. Discover this pristine environment, carved by glacial activity, in tenders or kayaks to view seals, penguins and dolphins. Enjoy a leisurely exploration of Doubtful Sound's waterfalls, wildlife, rainforest and mountains with commentary from an experienced nature guide before anchoring overnight in one of Doubtful Sound’s hidden arms. The following morning, after a full breakfast, cruise on before returning to Manapouri. Coach connections are available from Te Anau and Queenstown.

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South Island / QUEENSTOWN ACCOMMODATION

Azur Lodge

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Azur Lodge is set among two acres of native bushland and features a magnificent lodge with nine identical villas, all offering stunning views of pretty Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountain ranges. Situated five minutes by complimentary transfer from downtown Queenstown, Azur is renowned for its personal service and attention to detail, making it a favorite for those celebrating honeymoons or special occasions. Each villa boasts its own private terrace, lounge and gas fireplace, TV, DVD/CD player, complimentary Wi-Fi and deluxe, surround sound Yamaha stereo system. The spacious bathrooms offer double spa baths which enjoy spectacular views. All rates include personalized airport transfers, full breakfast in either the lodge or in the privacy of the villas, homemade afternoon tea and pre-dinner drinks and canapés.

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Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa

Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel This urban hotel with park-like surroundings and alpine views offers luxury accommodation while being a short stroll from Queenstown's attractive town center. The 19 spacious rooms, all with designer touches, bring affordable luxury to the sophisticated traveler. Enjoy fine Central Otago wine and canapés in the stylish Remarkables Lounge while the knowledgeable hosts provide specialized advice on the myriad local attractions. The hotel's delicious à la carte breakfast is the ideal way to start that adventure-filled day.

French antique chic sits side-by-side with sophisticated, modern design from New Zealand at this centrally located boutique hotel. Providing exceptional personal service, the hotel invokes the panache of Paris and the warm hospitality inherent in any Queenstown stay. The lobby and lounge flow into a resplendent reception enclave complementing the intimate Nue Lounge and Left Bank Café which offer a charming dining experience in Parisian fashion. Step into LeSpa and experience a range of unique Maori rituals and signature European massage and beauty treatments. Map Page 153 Reference 1

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Millbrook Resort On the 45th parallel in the South Island of New Zealand, nestled within the Southern Alps and framed by the aptly named Remarkables Mountain Range, sit the 500 acres of lush green fairways, rolling hills and gentle babbling streams of Millbrook Resort. The resort has received multiple awards over the years including 'Best Golf Resort' and 'Best Spa' and was recently voted the 'Leading Golf Resort in New Zealand' at the World Travel Awards. Millbrook Resort encompasses a 175-room luxury hotel, 27-hole golf course, covered driving range, an award-winning day spa, health and fitness center with gym, 25-meter swimming pool, outdoor hot pools, walking and biking tracks. Millbrook is a wonderful place to relax for a few days and escape the rat race, or to revive the spirit amid the mountain air and open space; it is a place that you and your family can truly enjoy. Stay for an hour, a day or a lifetime.

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Millennium Hotel Queenstown Millennium Hotel Queenstown provides the opportunity to relax in an air of timeless elegance while experiencing a resort which captures the essence of a truly unique region. Located on Frankton Road, the main road into Queenstown, the hotel is four miles from the airport and a few minutes from the Queenstown central shopping, entertainment and outdoor areas. All 220 elegant rooms and suites enjoy the quintessential touches of luxury that are synonymous with Millennium properties worldwide. The Observatory Restaurant, renowned for its attentive and discrete service, is one of Queenstown's finest dining experiences. Whatever your reason is for visiting Queenstown, the Millennium will ensure that your stay is a memorable one.

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The Rees Hotel Queenstown

Peppers Beacon Queenstown Situated on the pristine shores of Lake Wakatipu, Peppers Beacon Queenstown vaunts superb lake and mountain views. This is an ideal base, both for exploring this exciting yearround destination and for relaxing in this serene setting. There are four luxury accommodation styles from which to choose including hotel rooms, two- and three-bedroom suites and a deluxe penthouse suite with picturesque views of the lake and the Remarkables mountain range. The property is a five-minute walk from Queenstown’s vibrant array of restaurants, cafés and shops.

Showcasing breathtaking lake and mountain views, The Rees is a sophisticated deluxe hotel, just a gentle stroll from Queenstown’s center. The Rees boasts luxurious accommodation options including 60 hotel rooms and 90 spacious apartments, all with private balconies opening to sweeping views. The hotel's many features include gourmet cuisine, extensive wine cellar, spa treatment room, gym, conference room, ski lockers, private jetty, mountain bikes, courtesy shuttle and complimentary Wi-Fi. The Rees Hotel epitomizes true southern hospitality at its finest.

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Heritage Queenstown

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

An award-winning European-style alpine lodge with stunning lake and mountain views, Heritage Queenstown is just minutes from the town center. Sumptuous rooms include suites and self-contained three-bedroom villas with fully equipped kitchens and open plan lounge/ dining areas. Relax after a day spent sightseeing or on the legendary ski fields in the resort-style facilities which include heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool, gym, sauna and spa.

Located in one of the most picturesque settings in the world, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside combines a stunning lakefront and in-town position with contemporary and stylish décor and attentive professional service. This fresh, modern hotel offers guests superb, uninterrupted views as well as the excellent Elements Restaurant and the Elements Café and Bar. Close to the cosmopolitan town center and Queenstown’s iconic activities, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is the perfect hotel for embarking on your Queenstown experience.

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Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront The Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance of the center of Queenstown and is just a short stroll from picturesque Lake Wakatipu. The hotel blends superior facilities and comfort with friendly, personal service. Copthorne Hotel and Resort features 240 superior guestrooms including five suites, some of which have balconies overlooking Lake Wakatipu. Views from the Lakefront Restaurant are almost as spectacular as the cuisine itself. The quality of the fresh New Zealand produce is rivaled only by the brilliant vistas of the lake and mountains. This stylish hotel holds Qualmark Enviro Gold status for its sustainable practices.

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Oaks Shores

Scenic Suites Queenstown

Located on the very scenic Lake Wakatipu, the luxuriously appointed apartment-style hotel, Oaks Shores in Queenstown offers contemporary studio hotel rooms and spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, each impeccably appointed with chic and contemporary furnishings. The apartments feature underfloor heating and superb kitchens/kitchenettes and bathrooms. Most of them feature gas fire places, balconies and stunning lake and mountain views. Oaks Shores also boasts an on-site restaurant, gym and sauna, and shuttle service into Queenstowns city center.

The luxurious Scenic Suites Queenstown offers guests exquisite style, comfort and spectacular views of Queenstown and the scenic surrounding areas. Located on Stanley Street with an elevation just above the town center, this is a perfect base from which to explore the area's myriad attractions. The hotel has 84 superior rooms and one-bedroom suites. Most rooms have spectacular lake and mountain views. The one-bedroom suites feature a separate bedroom, spacious ensuite with separate bath and shower, lounge with music system, fully equipped kitchen, washing machine and dryer.

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South Island / WANAKA TOURING AND ACCOMMODATION

Fly-Walk-Jetboat Siberia Wilderness Adventure

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Experience this 'must do' activity in the World Heritage-listed Mount Aspiring National Park in the South Island. This unique four-hour, half-day wilderness experience combines a 20-minute scenic heli-glacier flight, three-hour valley walk and a 30-minute river jet safari. Start your experience in Makarora with a spectacular scenic helicopter flight to take in aerial views of the towering ice-carved mountains and glaciers. Wild deer and chamois are often sighted en route. Land in the remote Siberia Valley and enjoy a three-hour walk on a well-marked track. Rendezvous with Wilkin River Jets for a thrilling and informative jet boat ride through the icy blue waters of the Wilkin and Makarora rivers back to base. A low to medium energy level is required.

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Maple Lodge Wanaka Guests enjoy both luxury and a homely atmosphere at this stylish property, set within the quiet haven of its seven acre garden close to Lake Wanaka near Queenstown. The elegant modern guest suites with stunning mountain views offer privacy and comfort. Relax by the log fire in the spacious guest lounge and enjoy afternoon tea here or on your private patio. This luxury lodge features a spa tub and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Packed lunches are provided for those wishing to set out on one of the area's wonderful walks. Choose from walking tracks and mountain bike tracks in the Wanaka area including gentle lakeside strolls and day hikes to see the magnificent Rob Roy Glacier. During the winter months, Maple Lodge is a great ski lodge with log fires and warm rooms to ensure that your stay is a very comfortable one.

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Field of Lupine, Wanaka

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DUNEDIN AND STEWART ISLAND TOURING AND ACCOMMODATION / South Island

Camp Estate

Larnach Lodge

Camp Estate is a glamorous stone manor positioned on Larnach Castle land, on the Otago Peninsula. Showcasing a grand marble staircase on entry, the property features five wellappointed bedrooms capturing both pastoral and harbor views. Key attributes of the rooms include fine neo-classic décor and individual fireplaces. Dining in one of the castle dining rooms in the evening is an experience to be treasured. Breakfast is included in the room rate and is served by the Camp Estate host. Guests also benefit from complimentary access to Larnach Castle and Garden.

Built beside the original historic stables and over the foundations of old farm buildings, Larnach Lodge was designed as a recreation of a colonial farm building. Blessed with spectacular harbor, ocean and peninsula views, the Lodge provides guests with a unique opportunity to dine in a castle dining room. Included in the accommodation package is a cooked breakfast served in the historic stables and entry to Larnach Castle. Centrally based, it is ideal for visiting Otago Peninsula wildlife attractions such as the Royal Albatross Colony and the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve.

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Scenic Hotel Dunedin City Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is situated two blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city. Close to shops, parks, key attractions and services, the property is conveniently placed for guests visiting either for business or leisure. The Scenic Hotel Dunedin City provides excellent, contemporary accommodation featuring 121 spacious and stylishly decorated rooms with Internet, some of which enjoy attractive harbor views. Room facilities include Sky TV, Wi-Fi, minibar, desk space, a fridge, and a balcony. The Princes on Dowling Restaurant offers great food with central city views. The Lounge Bar is ideal for cozy cocktails by the fireplace.

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Stewart Island Ferry Service

Paterson Inlet Cruise

Operated by Real Journeys

Operated by Real Journeys

Stewart Island is a haven for nature-lovers, walkers and people wanting a peaceful retreat from the modern world. Most of the island is protected within Rakiura National Park, making it a sanctuary for native birds and plants. There is a 25-minute shuttle transport from Invercargill to Bluff to connect with ferry departures to Stewart Island. Then experience Foveaux Strait in comfort onboard the express catamarans. During the one-hour crossing between Bluff and Stewart Island, keep a look out for wildlife, especially sea birds.

The Paterson Inlet Cruise is a two-and-a-halfhour excursion exploring Paterson Inlet with a one-hour guided walk on Ulva Island – a renowned open wildlife sanctuary where many rare and endangered native birds live in a predator-free environment. The cruise takes in the site of the historic Whalers Base with views of the hidden coves and unspoilt beaches of Paterson Inlet. In small, personalized groups, your guided walk follows on well-formed tracks through native podocarp forest and includes a comprehensive commentary.

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Stewart Island Lodge

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Stewart Island Lodge is a peaceful island retreat nestled in native bush on Stewart Island. Located just five minutes’ walk from the island’s small village, the lodge is private and secluded, commanding views of Halfmoon Bay and the surrounding ocean. The lodge has an extensive garden and its grounds are home to many native birds, including kaka (native parrots), which may be viewed from the terrace. In the evening, your hosts will join you in the guest lounge for predinner drinks and a selection of appetisers representing the best of local fare.

Dating back to 1883, this landmark building blends Dunedin’s distinctive charm and heritage with modern day comforts. The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross enjoys a premium location in the heart of the city. Just a short walk from the Octagon, railway station, theatres and shops, it is also close to Otago University, making it an ideal location from which to explore the fascinating city of Dunedin. The hotel features 178 stylish rooms and suites which are complemented by the extensive hotel facilities and a very high standard of service.

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