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2010

Our story Starting in 1975 with just one tour to the west coast of North America, interNATIONAL PARKtours now operates walking tours in Australia and around the world. The company is family-owned and our office is located in Australia’s Gold Coast hinterland (near Lamington National Park). The style and nature of our tours have evolved over the years, but the essence is the same. Enjoy half- and full-day walks in national parks and wild places. Carry nothing more than a day pack so you have the freedom to explore. Relax and unwind at the end of the day in comfortable accommodation. Taste the local cuisine or enjoy delicious camp meals and picnics. These elements combine to give you a refreshing and energising holiday. Each year we look forward to stepping out of daily life and travelling this world with new and old friends.

Thank you for 35 years of adventures Before and during a tour, connections are made, plans become reality and experiences are shared. Out of a tour come inspiration, reunions, celebrations and friendships, many of them life-long. We enjoy developing relationships with you over time and aim to treat you as an individual, listen to your comments and honour your preferences. The wonderful feedback we get about our tours and their design shows that our office staff and tour leaders are fulfilling your wishes. To find out who they are, please read pages 31. Travel is a privilege, an education, a revelation and, dare we say, a way of realising our similarities and bridging the differences. There is a world of wild places waiting to be discovered. We would love to explore them with you.

interNATIONAL PARKtours is 35 years old in 2010 and we have you, the traveller, to thank for reaching this milestone. You have been our inspiration for creating new tours each year and for improving existing itineraries. We love finding beautiful destinations for you to walk in, interesting places for you to stay, regional food for your meals and guides that know their local area. Our aim is to create a recipe out of all these ingredients that you’ll remember for a long time. We also appreciate how often you have returned to travel with us over the years and how many of your friends you refer to us. This has created a wonderful group of likeminded travellers for you to enjoy the world with. As guides, we marvel at how quickly a group bonds and friendships are formed as we walk. For walking is one of life’s most enriching activities. The poet Carrie Latet said “Walking gets the feet moving, the blood moving, and the mind moving. And movement is life.” Speaking of life, in 2009 we thought we were having a mid-life crisis (at the tender age of 35) when the world’s

economies collapsed and travel took a back seat for many of you. For 2010 we have gone on a diet of “small is beautiful”. We’ve slimmed down the number of tours we offer and our office staff is a smaller group of great multi-taskers. We’ve also decided to have a facelift and we hope you like our new look. Our new logo represents a change of perspective and the idea that nature will always provide a new view if we take the time to look. Finally as part of our 35th birthday, we would like to invite you on our celebration tour (see page 9) This ten day journey will take you to our favourite places in South East Queensland and finish with a celebration dinner at Binna Burra Lodge (something you can join separately). We look forward to travelling with you in 2010 and leave you with one final quote by our favourite National Parks advocate John Muir - “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” Lisa Groom & all the staff at InterNATIONAL PARKtours


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Contact Us interNATIONAL PARKtours Tel: +61 7 55333583 Fax: +61 7 55333683 6 Timbarra Dr, Beechmont QLD 4211 Australia info@parktours.com.au www.parktours.com.au

Besides the early-bird prices above, a one-off discount of A$200 per person, per booking, applies if you meet one of the following criteria: 10 Tours You have previously travelled with interNATIONAL PARKtours on 10 or more tours. Our records will assist you in checking how many tours you have done (if you have lost count!) Group Booking Your booking is part of a group booking of 8 or more guests travelling together. This booking must be coordinated through one traveller for all guests to qualify. Linking Tours You are booking 2 consecutive 2010 IPT tours. Tour extensions provided by local suppliers are exempt from this offer.

Please contact us if you would like the detailed itineraries of any tours. These include descriptions of scenery and walks plus details of sole-use prices, included meals and accommodation. We can post or email itineraries to you or you can download them from our web site.

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Early-bird Discount Save $300 per person / tour by planning your travel year early! Confirm your 2010 tour booking by sending in your deposit at least 4 months (120 days) prior to the tour’s departure date, and receive a special early-bird discount of A$300 per person, per tour. To be eligible, your reservation/s must be postmarked, faxed, or received via our website by the early-bird booking date specified on the tour itinerary. Tours departing in January, February or March 2010 will qualify for an early bird discount if the tour is booked by 31 December 2009.

Itineraries:

Flinders Island Highlights Bountiful Norfolk Island Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk South East Queensland Celebration Carnarvon Gorge & Arcadia Valley Lava Tubes to Lawn Hill North Queensland Coast Nightcap Ranges Karijini to Kalbarri Australian Alps

8 - 15 Feb 6 - 14 Mar Frequent 20 - 29 Mar 7 - 14 May 11 - 25 Jul 26 Jul - 9 Aug 4 - 10 Sept 4 - 20 Oct 16 - 28 Nov

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Europe

Loyalty Discount

Bulgaria Winter Wonderland Amalfi to Umbria Croatian Coast & Slovenia Tyrolean Alps - Austria & Italy Greece - Delphi to Mt Olympus Macedonia - The Heart of the Balkans

7 - 21 Feb 4 - 21 May 23 May - 13 Jun 14 - 29 Jun 2 - 17 Sept 19 Sept - 4 Oct

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Rest of the World

Bonus Offers

Tour Program 2010

New Zealand – Timeless Tramping Japanese Spring Journey Morocco ~ Medieval Mystique Cook Island Escape Kalahari to Caprivi Zanzibar to Samburu Atacama & North West Argentina Patagonia & North East Argentina Indochina Discovery

30 Jan - 13 Feb 10 - 28 Apr 21 Apr - 5 May 20 Aug - 3 Sept Oct/Nov Oct/Nov 5 - 19 Oct 19 Oct - 17 Nov 23 Nov - 14 Dec

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Bonus offers & important information

Bonus Offers Travelling with interNATIONAL PARKtours Meet our Guides

Bookings:

To make a booking, please complete the reservation form enclosed (or we can email you a copy). Alternatively you can reserve and pay a tour deposit on our website. A deposit of A$200/person for Australian tours or A$400/person for all other tours needs to be paid with your reservation. Once you have booked on a tour, we will stay in contact with regular mailings. These include hotel and passenger lists, suggested packing and reading lists, health and visa requirements and money matters.

Our 2010 tour brochure is printed on Monza Recycled Paper. Monza has a high quality 55% recycled fibre content and 45% certified virgin fibre (sourced from sustainable plantation wood).

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Tour inclusions

Travelling with interNATIONAL PARKtours:

Our tours are designed to reveal a “slice of life” in the places you travel. We have included as much as possible in the price, allowing you to relax and enjoy your holiday. We hope that after comparing similar tours, you will find that we offer good value for money. In the tour price you receive:

Walking focus

Choosing the right tour

Unique accommodation

Our tours are about being active and walking on our beautiful planet – a mode of transport as natural as breathing. While walking is our main mode of exploration, we also use buses, trains, boats, planes, chairlifts and cable cars to transport us around countries and to the trailheads. When we visit a walking area there are hiking options most days. On many tours we have more than one guide, so we can offer easy and more challenging walking options or a choice of activity. Quite often you can also extend or shorten the main group day walk. Depending on the tour, walks vary from two to three hours on graded tracks to full day hikes in high mountain country. On day walks, you carry just a daypack and return to a hotel or camp in the afternoon. On through-walks, your main luggage is transported to the next location while you walk with a daypack. Each tour’s detailed itinerary includes a description of the walking options.

Nothing pleases us more than to welcome a guest touring with us again. Many people have travelled with us regularly and extensively and we often hear that a tour more than exceeded a guest’s expectations. An essential element in the enjoyment of a group holiday is that each person is able to get out and walk. Ability will always vary within a group and under most circumstances we are able to accommodate these differences – our walks aren’t a contest of speed! However, it is important for your well-being and that of your tour companions that you are sufficiently fit for the region you are entering and for most of the walks on offer. We will give you the information that you need to match your walking fitness with an appropriate tour. Make sure you carefully read the descriptions of the walks in the detailed itinerary. Tour guides are more than happy to discuss their tour and the walks with you. Please refer to Walk Grading section (see right column) for guidelines on levels of walking difficulty.

Accommodation varies from lodge accommodation in Lamington NP to chalets in the Australian Alps; from a stunning mountaintop kasbah in the Atlas Mountains to local minshuku accommodation in rural Japan. Where possible, we choose places to stay based on their unique character or history, location and atmosphere. In national parks, we prefer to be close to the walking tracks, rather than 20km down the road. In urban centres, we stay in central locations that allow us to experience the character of the town or city. In most locations, we stay two to four nights and sometimes longer. This allows us to slow down, unpack our bags and adjust to the local pace.

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Comfortable accommodation in hotels (usually 3 or 4 star), inns or backcountry lodges. Private bathroom, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary. Camping tours include tents and Thermarest inflatable mattresses. Most breakfasts and dinners. On some tours many lunches are also provided. All transport as listed in the itinerary. Experienced tour guides who love walking and are there to take care of all the logistics. Local interpretive guides join us on many tours. Entrance to national parks, galleries, museums and attractions that we may visit as a group. Occasional extras such as pre-dinner drinks, nibbles and other surprises you are sure to enjoy. Gratuities and tips for group meals, drivers and included activities. Tour information including travel advice, country-specific notes, reading list, packing recommendations, currency exchange and photography tips. Pre and post tour planning advice for hotel bookings and transport options. Our complete travel service for arranging flights, hotels, extra transport and comprehensive travel insurance.

The cost of our tours is on a twin share basis; however, most tours offer a sole-use price if you want to have a single room. If you are travelling alone but would like to share a room, we can usually match you up with another guest – though, if we cannot, you will need to pay for sole use of a room. Further information about accommodation is provided in the detailed itinerary.


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Tour style and focus

Walk Grading

Food, glorious food

Guides and groups

Special interest focus

Walking and a hearty appetite go hand in hand, so we tend to make food a highlight of any tour. Whether it’s a picnic breakfast in the rainforest of North Queensland or a fourcourse dinner of local specialities in an Italian trattoria, meals will be a memorable part of your holiday. Be prepared to explore regional cuisines and experience the culture through flavour and the delights of a shared table. Depending on the destination, up to three-quarters of the meals are included in the tour price. On camping and more remote tours, our guides prepare a wonderful array of special meals in some of the most glorious locations.

The group size of our tours is generally between 10 and 20 guests. Some of our European tours can accommodate slightly larger groups. If a tour reaches its minimum group size, our aim is to provide two tour guides wherever possible. This gives you more flexibility with walks (for example, guided half- or full-day walks) and options for daily activities. We also use local guides where additional specialised expertise will enhance the tour. The many comments we receive confirm the belief that our guides are special people, dedicated to ensuring you have genuine, relaxed and memorable experiences of each place. They are from many nations and all walks of life, with a common love of exploring and enjoying the outdoors. Their task is to look after all the details of travel, leaving you free to walk, relax and enjoy. See pages 31 for biographies. Walking tours seem to attract like-minded people and we find that groups bond very quickly. Although our guests come from all walks of life, everyone has a common interest in the outdoors. Since much of our time is spent on the walking trails, this gives us space to relax and enjoy both the company of others and times of solitude.

For most tours, we have added in any special interests that may be appropriate for the country or region. For instance, several of our Australian and New Zealand tours include birding, wildlife or botanical focus. In Europe, history and culture form the backdrop for walks in nearly every country. We regularly meet local guides who provide a vivid picture of the places we visit. Food is also a feature on many of our tours. Most European tours have a strong emphasis on the local cuisine. On the Japanese Journey, we delve into local culinary delights as explore the villages and mountains of central Honshu. To indicate the special interest focus on each tour, look for the following on each tour page: Birding Wildlife Botanical Culture and History Regional Food

The walks on each tour in this brochure are graded broadly to indicate the level of difficulty under normal conditions and circumstances. Please note that grading systems have limitations and individual walks on a tour can vary widely in their level of difficulty. Full details of a tour’s walks are included in the detailed itinerary. Also keep in mind that individual experience and fitness, as well as environmental conditions such as rainfall or high temperatures on the day, may mean that a walk graded as easy could be experienced as moderate or even challenging. Walks range in length from 5km to 15km / day up to a maximum of 25km.You will enjoy all hikes more if you have a good overall level of fitness and walk regularly prior to the tour. The tour walk ratings are: Easy: Walks are on well-maintained tracks with only minor changes in elevation. Moderate: Walks are on a defined track or a recognised hiking “route”. These walks may involve obstacles such as creek crossings or easy scrambling. Hilly terrain can be expected. Challenging: Require a good level of fitness and agility with regular recent walking experience in terrain similar to that on the tour. May involve one or more of the following: rough tracks/routes, steep ascents/descents in steep terrain, ladders or rock scrambling with exposure to height, rough creek walking (boulder hopping), or altitudes above 3000m. Refer to the tour’s itinerary for details. NB: It is important that you read the itinerary carefully and especially the walk descriptions for each day. Compare this information with your most recent walking


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“Great mix of activity with wonderful care and experience.” Charles & Flavia Abela

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Flinders Island Highlights Sixty kilometres off north-eastern Tasmania is a world of craggy mountains, quiet inlets, lagoons and white sandy beaches. Spend a week with local people as you explore the bays, headlands and high points of Flinders, the largest island in the Furneaux group. Immerse yourself in the orange hue of lichen-covered rocks or the intricate patterns of tidal pools. For a bigger picture, hike to the summit of Mt Strzelecki, the highest point on the island. On a clear day, the views are spectacular to the far north east coast

of Tasmania. A half-day coastal walk leads to the limestone formations and caves of Settlement Point plus Wybalenna, the last settlement of Tasmanian Aborigines. The nearby Furneaux Museum documents the island’s history. There are also chances to see Cape Barren Geese, the second rarest in the world. A day cruise in sheltered waters explores the outer islands, bustling with shearwater rookeries and other sea birds. On the last day, enjoy the views from the craggy granite formations of Darling Range.

Coastal walks to bays & headlands with ever-changing vistas Hikes to local peaks for views of Flinders & surrounding islands Abundant birdlife, wallabies & possums A cooling summer break with mild days, blue skies & fresh ocean breezes Local guides who love to share their knowledge of the island

Dates 8 - 15 February 2010 (7 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Launceston) Early Bird: A$2,150 until 31/12/09 Regular: A$2,450 Accommodation 2-3 bedroom cottages with shared facilities. No single supplement available. Walk Rating Easy to moderate. 7–11km per walking day with some shorter & longer options, Mt Strzelecki hike is challenging and optional. Guides James & Lindsay Luddington, Hugh Mac Tier Special Interest Birding, Wildlife, Botanical, Cultural


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“All the thoughtful planning of this tour by IPT resulted in a very stimulating and interesting tour.” Roma Cooke

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Walk through stands of relic forests, to azure bays & island lookouts Connect with local naturalists & historians during walks, dinners, excursions & sunset drinks Cruise to nearby Phillip Island for spectacular cliff views & nesting seabirds Dine on great seafood, local produce and Tahitian specialties A personal experience of Norfolk with local guides and innovative activities

Captain Cook described it as paradise. Convicts in its infamous penal colony would have disagreed. Paradise returned to Norfolk Island with the arrival of the ‘Bounty’ mutineer descendants and their South Pacific wives. These days, residents and visitors revel in the history and charm of this subtropical island 2½ hours flight from Sydney or Brisbane. Developed by creative locals in association with EcoEscapes and IPT’s guide, Barry Davies, this is a week of Norfolk’s gentle walks, great food, history and meeting the locals. Naturalist, Margaret Christian will lead walks to explore forests

Bountiful Norfolk Island

of ancient Norfolk Pines, palms and massive tree ferns. More than 40 endemic plant and bird species are protected in the island’s national park and reserves. Other walks lead to island viewpoints and follow coastal cliffs. Share in the Islander’s heritage on excursions with John Christian and cultural shows with Donald Christian. Enjoy progressive dinners in private homes, local produce and traditional Tahitian cuisine. Historian, Arthur Evans, will bring Norfolk’s colourful history alive. There’s also the option to cruise to nearby Phillip Island and hike to the top, past huge colonies of nesting seabirds.

Dates 6 - 14 March 2010 (8 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Brisbane or Sydney) Early Bird: A$3,950 until 31/12/09 Regular: A$4,250 Accommodation Self contained motel-style unit Walk Rating Easy to moderate. 1–5km per walking day with some shorter & longer options. Phillip Island is a challenging walk Guides Barry Davies and local guides Special Interest Botanical, Birding, Cultural, Regional Food


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“Spectacular and varied scenery, very competent, knowledgeable and inspirational guide.” Stella Mearns

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Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk Make a pilgrimage to the heart of the Gondwana rainforests on one of Queensland’s new long distance hiking trails. Over five days we traverse the mountains, World Heritage-listed rainforest and hidden valleys of Lamington and Springbrook National Parks. This fully accommodated tour allows you to walk the full 54km trail in comfort with extra days for rest or shorter walks. From O’Reillys, walk 21km through the Green Mountain section of Lamington following sections of the QLD / NSW border. Based at Binna Burra Lodge, we explore the Lower Bellbird Circuit with lookouts over the eastern side

of Lamington. Admire the stands of flooded gums, brushbox and piccabeen groves on the way to lunch at the base of Ballanjui Falls. Leaving the Lamington plateau, we descend past Egg Rock, a remnant plug from the Tweed shield volcanoes, Wollumbin (Mt Warning). The trail continues through the farming valley of Numinbah and then climbs through upper valleys to the mountain plateau of Springbrook. Staying overnight in chalet accommodation, we finish with a half day hike via Warringah Pools to the cool spray of Purlingbrook Falls in the centre of Springbrook National Park.

Subtropical rainforest and eucalypt forest with abundant wildlife. Explore the mountains, waterfalls and forests of Australia’s “Green Cauldron” Relax each night in comfortable lodge and chalet accommodation Enjoy the interpretation from our locally based guides Walk with only a day-pack while your main luggage is transferred

Dates 15-19 March, 17-21 May, 16-20 August, 11-15 October 2010 (4 nights) Price Twin share (ex Nerang or Brisbane) Regular: A$1780 / person Accommodation 3 nts lodges with private facilities, 1 nt chalet with shared facilities. Walk Rating Moderate-challenging. 5–22km per day. Some non-optional hikes. Guides Barry Davies, Rob Elvish, Tony Groom, Fred Heckeroth & others. Special Interest Birding, Wildlife, Botanical


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“Excellent! South East Queensland is a well-kept secret. I will certainly tell my friends about this area.” 30 year celebration guest

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Diverse walking in three of South East Queensland’s premier national parks World Heritage listed rainforest, outstanding viewpoints, streams and rivers A tour to delight birdwatchers, botanists and photographers Valley and mountaintop lodge retreats provide relaxation 35th Birthday Celebration dinner at Binna Burra Lodge

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across the Great Dividing Range we enter the national parks of the Scenic Rim. Staying three nights at Mt Barney Lodge, we explore the Lower Portals, take in the views from the summit of Mt Maroon (optional) and spend a day visiting local food producers and artists. Binna Burra Lodge at Lamington National Park is our final destination. At your doorstep, graded hiking trails lead through World Heritage listed rainforest to hidden waterfalls, ancient beech trees and views of the Mt Warning caldera. Join our final dinner where you can take a walk down memory lane and share a birthday toast with the IPT staff.

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IPT is 35 years young in 2010 and we invite you on a celebration tour to three favourite places. Join IPT founder Tony Groom and his daughter Lisa on this 10 day tour to Girraween, Mt Barney and Lamington National Parks. Enjoy easy strolls by creeks, optional ascents of local peaks and walks through sub-tropical rainforest. Girraween National Park near Stanthorpe offers walks to granite domes, improbable balancing boulders and exquisitely water worn creek forms. We stay three nights in secluded style at Girraween Environmental Lodge. Returning east

South East Queensland Celebration

Beaudesert Warwick

Boonah Main Range NP

Mt Barney NP

Lamington NP

Border Ranges NP

Stanthorpe Girraween NP

NEW SOUTH WALES

Dates 20 – 29 March 2010 (9 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Brisbane) Early Bird: A$3,100 * until 31/12/09 Regular: A$3,400 Accommodation Lodge & cabin accommodation with share facilities at Girraween and Mt Barney; Binna Burra Lodge has private facilities. Walk Rating Moderate. 7 – 15 km per walking day with many shorter & longer options. Guides Tony & Lisa Groom Special Interest Birding, Wildlife


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“Carnarvon Gorge is our country. The spirit of our people is at home here. We welcome you to this place” Karingbal & Bidjara People

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Carnarvon Gorge & Arcadia Valley The heart of Carnarvon National Park is a place of rambling creeks, hidden waterfalls and delightful side gorges. To the south east, are the wide open vistas of Arcadia Valley beneath the moody ridges of the Expedition Ranges. Journey to Queensland’s Central Highlands and spend time in these beautiful destinations, not just on the road! After meeting in Rockhampton, we overnight on the Capricorn Coast and enjoy beach swims and headland walks. Travelling south west via historic Mt Morgan and Moura, we arrive in Arcadia Valley, our base for three days. Here cattle stations back onto the Expedition

Ranges and from our homestead, we enjoy private walking trails and quiet, starry nights. Nearby are the lookouts of Lonesome National Park and the waterlilies and birdlife of Lake Nuga Nuga. One hour west is the Carnarvon Gorge section of the much larger Carnarvon National Park. We explore the main gorge and its side canyons on a series of half day walks. Wards Canyon shelters the giant King Fern; the Amphitheatre quietens our voices and the Art Gallery features over 2000 Aboriginal engravings and stencils. We return to Rockhampton after a week in Queensland’s sandstone country.

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Capricorn Coast to sandstone country Relax on a remote homestead in Arcadia Valley near Lonesome National Park Water lilies and birdlife at Lake Nuga Nuga Half & full day walks in Carnarvon Gorge National Park Explore the hidden gorges, view Aboriginal art & giant King Ferns

Dates 7 – 14 May 2010 (7 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Rockhampton) Early Bird: A$2,350 until 7/01/10 Regular: A$2,650 Accommodation Hotels & lodges with private facilities; Queenslander homestead with shared facilities. Walk Rating Moderate. 2–15km per walking day Guides Lisa Groom Special Interest Birding, Wildlife


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“Both Barry and Rob were fantastic. So much knowledge, not only from naturalist point of view, but generally. ” Libby

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Legendary train carriages Lava Tube tour A slow train journey Gulf of Carpentaria sunset river cruise Enjoy crocodile and bird watching plus local seafood dinners Time in the country towns of Charters Towers, Croydon, Normanton, Georgetown, Mt Isa, Cloncurry and Richmond

Outback North Queensland is a land of rocky red ridges, abundant wetlands, lush gorges, rippling grasslands and country towns. Join a two week journey from Townsville to the Gulf of Carpentaria, south to Mt Isa and back to the east coast. Local guides introduce the fascinating world of Undara Volcanic National Park as we explore the world’s longest single vent lava flow. Board the historic Gulflander (the “old tin hare”) for the train ride from Croydon to Normanton. Journey north to Karumba, the Gulf of Carpentaria’s major fishing port. A sunset cruise on the Norman River

Lava Tubes to Lawn Hill

is a chance to spot saltwater crocodiles, endemic mangrove and migratory birds. Boodjamulla National Park features Lawn Hill Gorge, palm-fringed waterholes and sheer sandstone walls. Canoe the waterways, swim in rock pools and walk to viewpoints and Aboriginal rock art. Visit the laboratory at the Riversleigh Fossils Centre in Mt Isa and take an optional guided tour of one of the world’s largest underground mines. At the John Flynn museum in Cloncurry, experience the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. East in the small town of Richmond, is the renowned marine fossil museum at Kronosaurus Korner.Your tour ends back in Townsville.

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Dates 11 – 25 July 2010 (14 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Cairns, ends Townsville) Early Bird: A$4,800 until 13/03/10 Regular: A$5,100 Accommodation Hotel & motel style with private facilities; onsite tents and railway carriages with shared facilities. Walk Rating Easy to moderate. 2–10km per walking day. Guides Barry Davies & Rob Elvish Special Interest Birding, Wildlife


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“The rainforest is one of the most breathtakingly wild areas in the world unbelievably beautiful and interesting.” David Attenborough

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North Queensland Coast The tropical landscapes of North Queensland range from cool rainforests to majestic mountains, colourful reef, pristine islands, crater lakes, towering waterfalls & the turquoise Coral Sea. Journey through the lush Atherton Tablelands and enjoy walks around the crater lakes of Barrine and Eacham. Waterfalls are another feature and we take hikes to Wallaman, Nandroya and Millaa Milla Falls. From Mission Beach we take the launch to Dunk Island to hike the island circuit track. Shorter options available for those who want to relax and swim. After leaving our base at Yungaburra, we travel north to the Mareeba Wetlands, a 5000

acre sanctuary for much of tropical Australia’s savannah and wetland wildlife plus indigenous heritage. Located on the Endeavour River, historic Cooktown gives us a glimpse into the early settlement life in northern Queensland. The Botanic Gardens in Cooktown feature an exotic plant section, a “palmetum” and a comprehensive collection of native plants. From Cairns, our final destination, we travel to Kuranda where we enjoy a birds eye view of the rainforest on the famous Kuranda sky rail and enjoy a cultural performance at the renowned Tjapukai Dance Theatre.

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Mareeba ChillagoeMungarra NP

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Wooroonooran NP

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Wet Tropics World Heritage Area Edmund Kennedy National Park Mission Beach and Dunk Island Atherton Tablelands; Lake Barrine, Yungaburra, Millaa Millaa Falls Cooktown and Mareeba Wetlands Kuranda Skyrail and Tjapukai Dance Theatre Search for Platypus, Cassowary and the iridescent blue Ulysses butterfly

Dates 26 July - 9 Aug 2010 (14 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Townsville, ends Cairns) Early Bird: A$4,500 until 28/03/2010 Regular: A$4,800 Accommodation Some motel style with private facilities, some 1-2 bedroom cabins & apartments (private & shared facilities). Walk Rating Easy to moderate. 3-8 km per walking day with some shorter & longer options. Guides Tony Roberts Special Interest Birding, Wildlife


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“The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia provide habitat for more than 200 rare or threatened species” World Heritage Information Network

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Walk the Historic Nightcap Track to Whian Whian State Conservation Area View Mignon Falls from clifftop lookouts Immerse yourself in World Heritage Gondwana rainforest Take in views of Wollumbin (Mt Warning) and other peaks of Australia’s Cauldron Optional yoga and meditation classes Meet local conservationists Nan & Hugh Nicholson

Stretching along the southern rim of the Tweed / Mt Warning Caldera, the Nightcap Ranges are a walker’s paradise and part of the Gondwana Rainforests World Heritage area. Designed by locals, this seven day circular walk leads you to hidden waterfalls, palm valleys, misty lookouts and lush subtropical and temperate rainforests. At week’s end, feel rejuvenated in body, mind and spirit while learning about the natural and human history of Northern NSW. Starting at Doon Doon near Nimbin, we join the Historic Nightcap Track, part of the original trail used by

Nightcap Ranges

travellers and postal workers between Lismore and Murwillumbah in the late 1800s. Camping at Rummery Park for two nights, we walk through Blackbutt and Brushbox forests to the base of spectacular Mignon Falls. Traversing the catchment of the Rocky Creek Dam we follow old logging tracks towering with eucalyptus grandis into Terania Creek (site of environmental protests in the late 1970s). We spend some time with locals Nan & Hugh Nicolson, authors of the Australian Rainforest Plants series and lifelong conservationists. Our journey continues via the Caldera Rim and the Walls of Jerusalem cliff top walk back to our starting point at Doon Doon.

Dates 4 – 10 September 2010 (6 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Nerang) Early Bird: A$2,000 until 28/03/2010 Regular: A$2,300 Accommodation Bush camping in 3 person tents (2 people / tent) with Thermarest mattresses. Walk Rating Moderate-challenging. 8–15km per day with some steep climbs and limited options. Guides Ronny Hickel Special Interest Botanical


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“Rob & Barry were both enthusiastic and seemingly tireless leaders, making for a very rich experience.” Allan & Elizabeth Chen

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National parks of Karijini, Cape Range, Francois Peron, Kalbarri & Nambung Dolphin viewing at Monkey Mia Snorkelling on Ningaloo Reef Spectacular spring wildflower displays River, gorge and coastal walks

Karidini to Kalbarri This is a journey of red earth, whitebarked eucalypts, sandstone gorges, remote coastlines, wildflowers and wildlife. Over 17 days, travel from north to south through the best of Western Australia wilderness areas. After a flight from Perth to Paraburdoo, the immersion begins as you explore gorges and side chasms up to 100m deep in Karijini National Park. A walk over ancient fossil reefs at Cape Range National Park contrasts with the weightlessness of snorkelling at nearby Ningaloo Marine Park, the largest fringing coral reef in Australia. Further south, World Heritage listed Shark Bay, is home to

a profusion of marine life including dolphins, dugongs, turtles, rays, sharks, other fish and ancient Stromatolites. North of Monkey Mia, Francois Peron National Park, a former pastoral station, provides a refuge for rare and endangered flora and fauna. At Kalbarri National Park, the Murchison River enters the sea through a series of sandstone gorges. Explore the river gorges and sea cliffs and admire the floral beauty of the surrounding sand plains. Closer to Perth, bizarre limestone pillars rise from the shifting yellow sands at the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park.

Dates 4 - 20 October 2010 (16 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Perth) Early Bird: A$6,300 until 6/06/10 Regular: A$6,600 Accommodation Hotel & motel rooms with private facilities, safari tents with ensuite. Shared facilities at Monkey Mia. Walk Rating Easy to moderate. 2–8 km per walking day. Option of challenging gorge walks/scrambles in Karijini National Park. Guides Barry Davies & Rob Elvish Special Interest Wildlife, Botanical


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“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.” John Muir

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Yarrangobilly caves and thermal pool Climb Mt Kosciuszko from Charlotte’s Pass Victoria’s Bogong National Park Walk through snowgum groves on the Heathy Spur track Hike the Australian Alps Walking Track Follow the spectacular Razorback trail to the summit of Mt Feathertop

The Australian Alps tour visits the highest reaches of Australia. From Kosciuszko to Khancoban, Buffalo to Bogong, we discover a plethora of plant and animal life, a great variety of walking opportunities and an impressive wealth of history, the views are nothing short of spectacular. From Canberra our first destination is the northern area of the Kosciuszko National Park, where we visit a section of the Yarrangobilly Caves. These limestone caverns are among the most richly decorated in Australia. From Thredbo in the southern area of the national park, we explore Mt Kosciuszko, Blue Lake and Perisher

Australian Alps

Valley. In the second week of our tour we visit the Bogong High Plains of Victoria. Day walks range from a spectacular ascent of Mt Feathertop, peaceful strolls around Mt Buffalo and Falls Creek and a fascinating section of the classic Australian Alps Walking Track. Beautiful Snow Gums grace our paths on many of the walks in this area. Flora is a highlight in this section that might include endangered buttercup and daisy species that are restricted to the highest peaks; as well as the brilliant display of spring wild flowers.We stay in hotels and ski lodges at Adaminaby,Thredbo, Falls Creek, Dinner Plain and Bright.

Dates 16 -28 Nov 2010 (12 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Canberra) Early bird: A$4,250 until 31/12/09 Regular: A$4,550 Accommodation Lodge and motel accommodation with private facilities. Walk Rating Moderate with challenging options. 5-18km per walking day with some shorter and longer options. Some tracks are narrow and exposed. Guides Rob Elvish Special Interest Wildlife, Botanical


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“local people, songs, dance, walking, history, churches & monasteries. I think we were lucky to visit Bulgaria before it gets westernised.” Tour Guest

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Bulgaria Winter Wonderland Cobble streets, snow drifts, family guesthouses and open fires. Roman roads, monasteries, caves and karsts – this is the heart of Bulgaria in winter.Visit this cradle of European civilization, sculpted over years by Thracians, Greeks and Romans. In winter, share the country with hospitable, hardy locals and find solitude in remote national parks bordering northern Greece. From the bustling capital of Sofia to the cobbled streets of Plovdiv’s old town, Bulgaria’s human history stretches over 7000 years. In the traditional village of Yagodina, enjoy

home-produced food in a small family run hotel. Nearby Trigrad Gorge is said to be where Orpheus emerged from the Underworld.Visit Yagodina cave, one of the longest and deepest in Bulgaria. From our spa hotel in the town of Devin, we enjoy snow-shoe walks along the valley floor. Based in Gela, we explore the northern flanks of the Perelik Massif. Near Asenovgrad, we explore Bachkovo Monastery, one of the largest and most beautiful in the country. Returning to Sofia, there is the option of a 5 day extension to explore Rila National Park with cirque and forest walks.

Stay in traditional village guesthouses and family hotels Discover winter in the Rhodope Mountains with snowshoeing Explore the karst formations, gorges and rivers of southern Bulgaria Experience the layers of human history at monasteries, fortresses & Roman ruins Soak in the mineral hot pools at our Devin hotel and indulge in spa treatments

Dates 7 – 21 February 2010 (14 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Sofia) Early Bird: A$3,850 until 31/12/09 Regular: A$4,150 Accommodation We stay in authentic village guest houses and hotels, in twin-share rooms with private facilities. Walk Rating Moderate to challenging. This is an adventurous snow-showing tour with daily walks of 3-5 hours duration, both on and off trails. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary, but you should be a fit walker able to enjoy daily hikes. Guides Julian Perry Special Interest Regional Food, Cultural


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“Enzo is magnificent - so much patience, cooperation and cheerfulness. Nothing was too much trouble.” Elizabeth Pender

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Stunning walks on the Amalfi coast & through the Umbrian countryside Day excursions to Capri, Ravello, Pompeii & Vesuvio City tours of Naples, Assisi, Perugia and Orvieto Extended stays in 3 & 4 star hotels Mediterranean & central Italian cuisine, tastings of local cheese & liqueur plus learn how to make antipasti

Experience the people, pathways, culture and cuisine of the Amalfi Coast and Umbria, the green heart of Italy. From Naples, we journey south to the mountain village of Agerola, our base for discovering the Amalfi coast. Eight nights at a family-run hotel mean you can truly unpack your bags and become a part of Italian village life. From this lofty base, follow local trails and stairways to the seaside villages of Positano, Praiano and Amalfi. On non-hiking days discover the ruins of Pompeii, explore the Isle of Capri, the romantic village of Ravello and peer into the crater of Mt Vesuvio. There is also time to taste Agerola’s hand-

Amalfi to Umbria

made cheeses and lemon liqueur and to wander through the extravagant rooms of Caserta Palace. Travelling to Spoleto in Umbria, we walk to Monteluco and follow the ‘Path of the Olives’ to tiny medieval villages. The walled city of Bevagna is our base for six nights and is famous for medieval crafts and Roman ruins. We take a pilgrimage to St Francis’s Assisi, soak up the art of Perugia and visit hill-top Orvieto. Meeting local people, seasonal food, wine and olive oil tastings feature during the tour.

Dates 4 – 21 May 2010 (17 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Naples, ends Rome) Early Bird: A$6,900 until 4/01/10 Regular: A$7,200 Accommodation Hotels throughout with private facilities Walk Rating Easy to moderate. 5–15km per walking day with some shorter and longer options. Guides Enzo Amodio Special Interest Cultural, Regional Food


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“This tour has everything. Superb scenery, historic sites, forests, lakes, waterfalls, delicious goulash, mountains and elegant Venice!” Philip & Buffy Aitken

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Croatian Coast and Slovenia Explore two of Europe’s lesser known jewels – the spectacular coastline and national parks of Croatia and the mountains, lakes and villages of Slovenia. Highlights of this exciting tour include majestic snowcovered mountains, turquoise lakes, picturesque valleys and wildflowers. The World Heritage-listed city of Dubrovnik is the perfect meeting point. A short distance west, the island of Mljet is your base for two days. Enjoy the island’s quiet beaches, native forests and unique salt lakes. Back on the mainland, Split has the stunning Diocletian’s Palace and further north, Paklenica and Krka National Parks stretch from the Adriatic coast inland

to deep canyons and spring-fed creeks. World Heritage-listed Plitvice National Park has a network of boardwalks, serene aqua-coloured lakes and waterfalls. Entering Slovenia, we enjoy meadow and pine forest walks in the serene valley of Logarska Dolina. From Lake Bohinj we explore glacial lakes and the limestone mountains of Triglav National Park. The valley of Logarska Dolina is a serene base for mountain, meadow and pine forest walks. Our final walks explore the emerald-coloured river and gorges on the Soca Trail. The tour ends in the eternal city of romance, Venice Italy.

Stroll the polished stone streets & ramparts of 800-year-old Dubrovnik. Swim in the lakes & coves of Mljet Island. Explore the canyons of Paklenica, Krka & the delights of Plitvice National Parks. Hike in the classic alpine scenery of Triglav National Park and Logarska Dolina Nature Park and the remote Soca Valley. Marvel at the architectural delights of Venice.

Dates 23 May – 13 June 2010 (21 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Dubrovnik, ends Venice) Early Bird: A$7,500 until 23/01/2010 Regular: A$7,800 Accommodation Hotels throughout with private facilities. Walk Rating Moderate to challenging. 5–15km per walking day with some shorter & longer options. Guides Tony Groom Special Interest Wildlife, Cultural, Regional Food


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“When you are a child of the mountains yourself, you really belong to them.You need them. They become the faithful guardians of your life.” Maria Augusta Trapp

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Explore the towns of Innsbruck, Bolzano and Hall Day walks in the Italian Dolomites Visit the Iceman museum and salt mines Through walk in the Karwendel Alpine Reserve Small but diverse geographic area using public transport where possible Stay in family run hotels, experience local food and Tyrolean culture

The Tyrolean Alps straddling western Austria and Northern Italy offer prime walking opportunities and cultural immersion. This 20 day tour features day walks around the mountains of Innsbruck, the dramatic formations of the Italian Dolomites, the Karwendel Alpine Reserve near Hall in Tirol. Starting in Innsbruck, we stroll along the Zirbenweg at 2000m in a nature reserve above town. Across the Italian border we visit the Ice Man Museum in Bolzano before settling in for three nights in the Val Gardena section of the Dolomites. Walks in this area give us views of several 2500-3000m

Tyrolean Alps – Austria & Italy

peaks, including Sciliar, Sassolungo and Sella. Our second base is further east in the village of Moos, Sesto where day walks lead to the Italian / Austrian border or below the spectacular peaks of the Drei Zinnen and Zwoelferkofel. Crossing back into Austria, we experience the Salt Mines and Wolfs Gorge near the town of Hall. A fitting finale will be three days in the Karwendel Alpine Reserve, part of the Northern Limestone Alps. We stay in two comfortable mountain huts as we walk through the mountains in the central Karwendel range. Our tour ends with two nights in Hall, close to Innsbruck and public transport to airports.

Dates 14 – 29 June 2010 (15 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Innsbruck, ends Hall in Tirol) Early Bird: A$5,900 until 14/02/2010 Regular: A$6,200 Accommodation Hotel rooms (private facilities); some mountain huts (shared facilities) Walk Rating Moderate. 7–15km per walking day, some of it in alpine country Guides Ronny Hickel Special Interest Cultural, Regional Food, Wildlife, Botanical


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“The hiking was great – sometimes challenging but never too hard.” Beverley Rumsby

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Greece – Delphi to Mt Oympus Join our early autumn journey through central and northern Greece. Travel from Athens to the Sporades islands; from the mountains of Pelion to the mythical “homes of the gods” of Delphi and Mt Olympus. By day, enjoy gorge, valley and coastal hikes and in the evening, local food and comfortable accommodation. After meeting in the Plaka, the historical centre of Athens, we travel to Delphi, site of the ancient Oracle and the Sanctuary of Apollo. The green forested mountains of Pelion are our focus for walks on cobbled paths and trails, still used by villagers transporting their produce

to market. Staying on the island of Alonissos in the Green Sporades, we walk between villages and along the coastline with views over the National Marine Park. To the north-west, the World Heritage listed Meteora monasteries are an impressive sight, built on natural sandstone pillars from the 11th century onwards. Litohoro is our base to explore the base of Mt Olympus including the canyon of Enipea and the Dion archaeological site dedicated to Zeus. Our finishing point is Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city with a 3000 year Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history.

Visit the new Acropolis Museum Explore the Unesco World Heritage site of Delphi Walk through the Pelion mountains to Tsagarada Day cruise on the blue Aegean to the islands surrounding Alonissos Walk through two monasteries atop rock pillars in world heritage listed Meteora Experience a partial ascent of Mt Olympus to a refuge hut at 2100m

Dates 2 -17 September 2010 (15 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Athens, ends Thessaloniki) Early Bird: A$6,500 * until 05/05/2010 Regular: A$6,800 Accommodation Hotel rooms with private facilities throughout Walk Rating Moderate. 5-15km per walking day. Some steep ascents / descents or rough terrain. Shorter walk options sometimes available. Guides Nikos Magitsis & Australian based guide Special Interest Cultural, Regional Food, Botanical


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“This is an amazing place – high mountains, alpine meadows, beech and & fir forests, clear running streams, vineyards, and orchards.” Morrell Hanson

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Explore the canyons, granite mountains, ancient lakes and monasteries Walk in the national parks of Mavrovo, Galicica and Pelister Traditional hospitality, local food and sustainable lifestyles Local guides introduce you to Macedonia’s human and natural history Time in Skopje to explore the Turkish bazaars and galleries

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is a feast of geographic and historical delights. South west of the capital of Skopje, Mavrovo National Park is home to Macedonia’s highest peaks.Walks reveal the Bistra Mountains, alpine wildflowers, sheepfarming and local village life. On the southern border,World Heritage listed Lake Ohrid is one of the world’s oldest lakes and the town is the cradle of Macedonian and Slavic orthodox religion and culture. Lakeside and mountain villages are the focus of walks in Galicica National Park, between Lake Ohrid and neighbouring Lake Prespa.To the

Macedonia – The Heart of the Balkans

east, Pelister National Park features clear vistas and granite formations from the glacial past. Near the town of Prilep, we hike up to Treskavec Monastery nestled into the rocky landscape. From our base in Strumica we visit local wineries, waterfalls and enjoy traditional food in village houses. Hikes in East Macedonia’s “Switzerland” explore pristine native forests and peaceful mountain villages.The few visitors to this area can witness traditional dance, music and costumes. On the border of Bulgaria, you can help prepare lunch at a local farm which produces organic cheeses, wheat, fruit and vegetables.This tour can be preceded by two weeks in Greece.

Dates 19 September – 4 October 2010 (15 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Skopje) Early Bird: A$3,850 until 22/05/10 Regular: A$4,150 Accommodation Hotel rooms with private facilities throughout. Walk Rating Moderate-challenging. 7–16km per walking day, some of it on rough or steep tracks. Guides Biljana Mitrovska Special Interest Cultural, Regional Food, Botanical


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“A most enjoyable experience – geography, company and guide.” May & Jim Colquhoun

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New Zealand - Timeless Tramping Join us for a two week journey through the spectacular landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island. Snowcovered peaks tower above tranquil lakes, waterfalls tumble from misty heights and walking tracks meander through moss-draped beech forests. Travelling via Dunedin, an overnight stay at New Zealand’s only castle gives us access to the birdlife of the Otago Peninsula. On the scenic south east coast, we have two days to explore the dense temperate rainforest of Catlins Forest Park. On Stewart Island, we walk to the wilderness of Maori Beach and visit

nearby Ulva Island, a predator-free sanctuary for birds such as the kiwi. From Te Anau, there’s the opportunity to visit the Fiordland wilderness that provides habitat for Bottlenose Dolphins, New Zealand Fur Seals and the Fiordland Crested Penguin. Near Lake Wanaka, Mt Aspiring National Park is unveiled on the Rob Roy Alpine Walk. Crossing Haast Pass to the coast, our destination is Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge, located in the heart of the 2.7 million hectare South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. An optional walk on Fox Glacier is a highlight before we finish our tour in Christchurch.

Visit the Otago Peninsula, home to the world’s only mainland albatross breeding colony and the rare Yellow-eyed Penguin. Forest and coastal walks in the Catlins, on the rugged south east coast Stay on Stewart Island for beach walks and visit nearby Ulva Island Hike on the Routeburn track from Te Anau Explore the alpine zones of Mt Aspiring National Park on the Rob Roy Alpine Walk

Dates 30 January – 13 February 2010 (14 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Christchurch) Early Bird: A$5,850 until 31/12/09 Regular: A$6,150 Accommodation Lodges and motels with private facilities Walk Rating Mostly easy to moderate. Steep or rocky sections on some tracks and optional glacier walk Guides Barry Davies Special Interest Nature, Wildlife


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“Each day was very different from the one before but somehow seemed to be better than the last.”

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Explore Kyoto & Tokyo See traditional farming & fishing around Lake Biwa Marvel at the architecture of World Heritage listed village of Shirakawa-go Walk between traditional “post” villages on the ancient Nakasendo route Enjoy the bloom of cherry & peach trees Relax in the hot waters of traditional Japanese onsen

Discover the hospitality and beauty of rural Japan, exploring Lake Biwa and the mountains and villages of central Honshu. Along with natural wonders, experience village life, Japanese hot springs, regional cuisine, traditional arts and craft. This is an intimate and experiential tour of central Japan that allows you to fully immerse in the culture and get to know the local people. After arriving on the legendary bullet train from Tokyo, the gardens and temples of Kyoto are your starting point. To the north east is Lake Biwa, where traditional fishing techniques are still practiced and local farmers harvest soba (buckwheat).

Japanese Spring Journey

In the mountains of Gifu prefecture, the famous Shirakawa-go villages are a World Heritage site. Over 100 large farm houses are built in a special architectural style designed for large households and to survive severe snowy weather. Further south, walk trails that link the “post villages” along the ancient Nakasendo Highway, a trading route that linked Kyoto to Edo (present day Tokyo). In the mountain villages, meet the local people and enjoy country hospitality while the peach flowers bloom. A visit to Mt. Fuji makes for an impressive finale before the tour ends in Asakusa, Tokyo.

Dates 10 - 28 April 2009 (18 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Tokyo) Early Bird: A$8,650 until 31/12/09 Regular: A$8,950 Accommodation A combination of local inns, ryokan, minshuku & hotels with private & share facilities (many with hot springs / onsens). Walk Rating Easy to moderate. 3–10 km per walking day with some shorter & longer options. Guides Hiroko Kobayashi Special Interest Regional Food, Culture & History


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“By all means trust in Allah, but tie your camel first.” Morocco Proverb

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Morocco - Medieval Mystique Morocco has long been the inspiration for adventurers with its ancient culture, diverse landscapes and exotic cuisine. Marrakech, the starting point for our tour, has waylaid desert caravans since the 11th century, as visitors succumb to the charms of Gnaoua music and hammams (traditional Moroccan spas). A highlight of the tour is three nights at Kasbah du Toubkal. Beneath the highest peak in North Africa, the kasbah is perched on an outcrop above the village of Imlil. Enjoy day hikes in the High Atlas and experience the local Berber culture on village and oasis valley walks. In the high Atlas plateau we stay in Ouarzazate,

an area which has featured in many international movies over the last 50 years. Near the oasis town of Tineghir, we walk through Todra Gorge (10m wide and 300m deep in places) then Dades Gorge, known as Morocco’s Grand Canyon. From Erfoud we travel to a desert village to witness sunset over the Erg Chebbi dunes, the highest in Morocco. To the south near Azrou, short walks in the Middle Atlas Mountains feature giant oak, cork and cedar forests (complete with resident monkeys). In Fez, one of Morocco’s four imperial cities, the walled medina quarter is the world’s largest contiguous car free medieval city. The tour ends in Casablanca.

Marrakech celebrated square, the Jemaa el Fna, Morocco’s UNESCO-recognised platform for halqa (street theatre). Experience Ait Ben Haddou and Fez Explore the pink cliffs of Todra Gorge and Morocco’s Grand Canyon, Dades Gorge Walk through Berber Villages, lush valleys and look over the High Atlas Mountains Walk through cedar forests in the Middle Atlas Mountains

Dates 21 April – 5 May 2010 (14 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Marrakech, ends Casablanca) Early Bird: A$8,000 until 31/12/09 Regular: A$8,300 Accommodation Kasbahs, lodges & hotels with private facilities. Walk Rating Moderate. 5–15km per walking day. Guides Leo San Sebastian Special Interest Cultural, Regional Food


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“Judith did a wonderful job and was the makings of this tour. She knew so much about the islands and made us feel like special guests.” Muriel Perry

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Search for rare birdlife in Takitumu Conservation area Walk through pristine rainforest to the centre of Rarotonga Explore lush native jungle and walk on the Makatea (coral rock) of Atiu Island Enjoy the rich culture and traditional dances of the friendly Cook Islanders Snorkel in the beautiful Aitutaki Lagoon

Discover the heart of Polynesia, 3000km north east of Auckland. From the majestic peaks of Rarotonga to the untouched rainforests of Atiu and the breathtaking lagoon of Aitutaki the beauty and charm of these South Pacific islands is matched only by the warm hospitality of its friendly people. Your local guide will introduce you to the culture, people and natural beauty over two weeks. On the main island of Rarotonga, we visit the colourful weekly market, walk through pristine rainforest to The Needle (a legendary rock pinnacle) and join local guides into a conservation area and on a tour around the island. We soak up

Cook Islands – Nature & Culture

the spirit of the famous Cook Island dancers at a legendary island night. There are few places left in the world like the island of Atiu. Explore the native jungle, the Kopeka caves (home to rare birdlife), visit a coffee plantation and arts studio, then spend a day with local guide Birdman George. Our time of Atiu ends with an umukai, a traditional Polynesian feast. On Aitutaki we contract a day cruise on the beautiful lagoon, and a safari & history tour to Paengariki Marae. With the tour ex Rarotonga, flights and extensions can be arranged via New Zealand.

Dates 20 August – 3 September 2010 (14 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Rarotonga) Early Bird: A$5,200 *until 22/04/10 Regular: A$5,500 Accommodation Studio rooms, bungalows and self contained units. Walk Rating Moderate (humidity and temperature). 3–10km per walking day. Guides Judith Kunzle Special Interest Culture & History, Birding, Botanical


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“There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela

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Kalahari to Caprivi Discover the heart of Polynesia, 3000km north east of Auckland. From the majestic peaks of Rarotonga to the untouched rainforests of Atiu and the breathtaking lagoon of Aitutaki the beauty and charm of these South Pacific islands is matched only by the warm hospitality of its friendly people. Your local guide will introduce you to the culture, people and natural beauty over two weeks. On the main island of Rarotonga, we visit the colourful weekly market, walk through pristine rainforest to The Needle (a legendary rock pinnacle) and join local guides into a conservation area and on a tour around the island. We soak up

the spirit of the famous Cook Island dancers at a legendary island night. There are few places left in the world like the island of Atiu. Explore the native jungle, the Kopeka caves (home to rare birdlife), visit a coffee plantation and arts studio, then spend a day with local guide Birdman George. Our time of Atiu ends with an umukai, a traditional Polynesian feast. On Aitutaki we contract a day cruise on the beautiful lagoon, and a safari & history tour to Paengariki Marae. With the tour ex Rarotonga, flights and extensions can be arranged via New Zealand.

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Fish River Canyon second only in size to the Grand Canyon Explore sections of Namib Naukluft Park Experience some of the highest dunes in the world Etosha National Park Visit the Kavango River in the Caprivi Strip abundant with wildlife Victoria Falls from the Zambian side African wildlife & savannah plus arid landscapes and the varied Atlantic coast

Dates October / November 2010 (dates to be advised) Price To be advised / person twin share (ex Windhoek, ends Maun) Accommodation Hotels and safari lodges, all with private facilities Walk Rating Easy to moderate Guides Sally Brown Special Interest Cultural, Botanical, Wildlife


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“Every land has its own special rhythm, and unless the traveller takes the time to learn the rhythm, they remain an outsider there.” Juliette De Bairacli Levy

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Visit the “spice island” of Zanzibar Take in the scale of Mt Kilimanjaro and the massive Ngorongoro crater Witness the great migration on the Masai Mara and visit Masai Mara villages (optional) Spot crocodiles and hippos on Lake Baringo and geysers on Lake Bogoria Plentiful opportunities to view abundant birdlife, the Big Five and other wildlife

Zanzibar, Arusha, Ngorongoro Crater, Mt Kilimanjaro and the Masai Mara – discover East Africa’s iconic destinations. Our tour starts in Tanzania’s coastal centre, Dar es Salaam from where we travel to the nearby “Spice Island” of Zanzibar. Fringed by coral reefs, Zanzibar’s cultural heart is Stone Town, a labyrinth of grand 19th century houses, mosques and bustling bazaars. We then journey to the Tanzanian national park of Arusha (home to 400 bird species). Nearby we take in the view of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro (5892m) and the vastness of the Ngorongoro Crater east of the

Zanzibar to Samburu

massive Serengeti National Park. From Nairobi, Kenya we travel to the lands of the Masai Mara. The gently undulating grasslands ensure easy sightings of the abundant animal populations. We aim to witness a once in a lifetime event, the great migration of zebras, gazelles and wildebeest (between July and November). Passing through the tea plantation region of Sotik, we search for crocodiles and hippos on Lake Baringo. Nearby Lake Bogoria has Africa’s largest concentration of hot springs and geysers. From here we travel to Samburu National Reserve, home to lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, giraffe and zebra.

Dates October / November 2010 (dates to be confirmed) Price To be advised / person twin share (ex Dar es Salaam, ends Nairobi) Accommodation Hotels, tented desert camps and safari lodges, all with private facilities Walk Rating Easy to moderate (mostly short walking options when not game viewing) Guides Sally Brown Special Interest Cultural, Botanical, Wildlife


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“The highlight of South America. Local people were so proud in their humble abodes. It was a privilege to see them as people.” Alec & Glythyn Campbell

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Atacama & North West Argentina Stretching 1000km from southern Peru to northern Chile, the Atacama is the driest desert on earth. From the oasis of San Pedro, watch the colours change over bizarre formations in the Valleys of Mars and the Moon. To the south, the world’s second largest salt flat, Salar de Atacama contrasts with a backdrop of snow-capped Andean volcanoes. Your first week concludes with sunrise at El Tatio geysers, baths in thermal hot springs and visits to small Altiplano villages, clifftop fortresses and petroglyphs. Across the Andes in north west Argentina, the Diaguitas and Calchaquis people

have long inhabited the desert regions. Trace ancient trade routes to the Humahuaca Valley, visit the Purmamarca handicrafts market and Pucará de Tilcara, a pre-Hispanic fortress. After two nights in the quiet mountain village of Iruya we continue to Salta, rich in Spanish folklore, music and handcrafts. South of Salta, we take several days to explore historical places such as Quilmes ruins and Cachi Anthropological museum. Walk in Las Conchas Gorge, the Red River Valley and search for cactus hummingbirds, guanacos and condors in Los Cardones National Park.

Experience Salar de Atacama Watch the sunset over the Valley of the Moon and sunrise at El Tatio Geysers Visit high altitude lagoons in the National Flamingo Reserve Cross the Andes into Argentina, visit ancient Indian ruins and stay in Iruya Walk in Los Conchas Gorge and Los Cardones National Park Explore the cities of Santiago, Salta and Buenos Aires

Dates 5 – 19 October 2010 (14 nights) Price Twin share / person (ex Santiago de Chile, ends Buenos Aires) Early Bird: A$6,900 *until 7/06/10 Regular: A$7,200 Accommodation Hotels and lodges with private facilities Walk Rating Moderate to challenging due to some high altitude walking Guides Daniel Feinstein Special Interest Culture & History


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“Daniel was worth his weight in gold. He took his responsibilities with the utmost care.” Beth Williams

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Experience Argentina’s Lakes District & Nahuel Huapi National Park Day walks in Torres del Paine National Park View Perito Moreno glacier, Cerro Torre & Mt Fitzroy in Los Glaciares National Park Marvel at Tierra del Fuego, cruise the Beagle Channel Search for Southern Right whales, Magellanic penguins & elephant seals on the Valdez Peninsula

Mossy beech forests, misty peaks and conical volcanoes. Thundering waterfalls, peaceful lakes and slow-moving glaciers – welcome to Patagonia. From colourful and seductive Buenos Aires, we fly to Bariloche in the Lakes District of Argentina. We walk in the stunning landscapes of Nahuel Huapi National Park below towering Mt Tronador. During the famous lake and mountain crossing into Chile, we discover the lush Alerce forests, a giant rare conifer known to live for 3,500 years. To the mountains - Torres del Paine National Park with its soaring granite towers; Los Glaciares National Park

Patagonia & North East Argentina

with hikes to Perito Moreno glacier and the bases of Cerro Torre and Mt Fitzroy. From the world’s most southerly city of Ushuaia, we explore Tierra del Fuego and the crystal-clear waters of the Beagle Channel before flying to the Valdez Peninsula, famous for its marine life. Begin your South-American adventure with an optional week in to North East Argentina.Visit the vast unspoilt wilderness of the Iberá marshlands, explore the remains of Jesuit missions and learn about the advanced culture of the Guarani Indians. Two nights at the amazing Iguassu Falls will energise you before returning to Buenos Aires.

Dates 19 - 26 October 2010 (7 nights) - North East Argentina 26 October – 17 November 2010 (22 nights) – Patagonia Price NE Argentina twin share / person (ex Buenos Aires) Early Bird: A$3,800 until 21/06/10 / Regular: A$4,100 Patagonia twin share / person (ex Buenos Aires) Early Bird: A$9,900 until 28/06/10 / Regular: $10,200 Accommodation Hotels & lodges with private facilities Walk Rating Moderate to challenging. 5–15km per walking day with some shorter and longer options Guides Daniel Feinstein Special Interest Wildlife, Botanical


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“What a delightful paradise of idleness this country protects, by the fierce barrier of the stream, against progress and ambition for which it has no need.” Marthe Bassene

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Indochina Walking Discovery Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are a kaleidoscope of tropical landscapes, colourful cities, fascinating history and delicious cuisine. This 22-day tour starts in Hanoi,Vietnam, one of the most beautiful Indochinese cities. Our journey on an overnight train to the remote Sapa region introduces us to the ethnic hill-tribes on the Chinese border. Sunday markets and day hikes give us time to meet local villagers, school children and farmers. We visit Vietnam’s first national park, Cuc Phuong. Here the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre is your chance to spot macaque, langur, gibbon and loris monkeys. We then spend two

nights cruising on Halong Bay, feasting on fresh seafood and admiring the extraordinary limestone formations. Flying to Seim Reap in Cambodia, we explore and walk between the ancient temples including World Heritage listed Angkor Wat. Our final flight brings us to laid-back Luang Pradang, in north central Laos, claimed by UNESCO to be the ‘the best preserved city in South East Asia’. We venture to the hill top tribes of Ban Xieng and visit the traditional hand-weaving villages along the Mekong River. Here Buddhism permeates every facet of life and change comes slowly.

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Enjoy the contrasting cities of Hanoi, Siem Reap & Luang Prabang Visit remote & traditional villages of the Sapa region in the north-west of Vietnam and Ban Xieng east of Luang Prabang Cruise Halong Bay & the Mekong Delta Walk through ancient ruins of World Heritage listed Angkor Wat Eat, share stories with local families Follow paths frequented by Buddhist and Emperors

Dates 23 November – 14 December 2010 (22 nights) Price Twin share / person (Ex Hanoi, ends Luang Prabang) Early Bird: A$6,600 until 26/07/10 Regular: A$6,900 Accommodation In cities, accommodation will be in quality hotels with private rooms and en suites. In National Parks, we stay in guest houses with simple facilities. Walk Rating Easy to moderate. 5–12 km per walking day with some shorter & longer options Guides Sivani Mira Special Interest Cultural, Wildlife


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Enzo Amodio is from Agerola on Italy’s Amalfi coast and lives in Melbourne with his wife Cathy and two children. Guests love his friendly manner and ability to enliven the Italian experience with his singing and local contacts. In 2010, Enzo has created a tour to two favourite places, the Amalfi Coast & Umbria.

Lisa Groom has worked as an IPT guide and tour coordinator since 1991 and managed the company since 2001. With her children at primary school, Lisa is based at the IPT office most of the year but in 2010 she will lead the Carnarvon and Arcadia Valley tour plus the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.

Judith Kunzlé has lived in Rarotonga since 1986 working as an illustrator on UN & government projects. She has guided art and natural history tours and her extensive knowledge of the Cook Islands, together with her calm and gentle nature, will guarantee you a wonderful tour.

Biljana Mitrovska is your guide in Macedonia. She is an accomplished mountaineer having reached the highest peak of any Macedonian woman. Her studies in ethnology, anthropology and her great knowledge of the country’s culture, history and native flora & fauna will enhance your tour.

Sally Brown lived in both Kenya and Tanzania before emigrating Australia in 1984. In 2010 she will accompany two tours to Africa - Kalahari to Caprivi and Zanzibar to Samburu. When not leading groups, Sally works as a professional conference organiser and enjoys bush walking and bird watching.

Tony Groom founded interNATIONAL PARKtours with wife Connie in 1975 as the result of a ‘one-off’ walking tour to North America. Thirty five years later, Tony has led countless groups and travelled to over 50 countries. In 2010, he’s leading his favourite Croatia/ Slovenia tour once again.

James and Lindsay Luddington are our Flinders Island experts.They have lived on the island for the last 35 years and operate a farm, island tours and boat cruises.Twice their company, Flinders Island Adventures, has won the Tasmanian Regional Tourism ‘People’s Choice Award’.

Mitko Petrakiev has a passion for trekking, climbing and caving throughout Bulgaria (both in his free time and when leading groups). Along with his outdoor skills, his knowledge of the geography, geology, natural and human history of his native country, will enhance the Bulgarian Winter Wonderland tour.

Barry Davies is an experienced naturalist, certified EcoGuide and won the 2009 William Angliss EcoGuide Award of Excellence. For 20 years Barry was a Guide and Activities Manager at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge. In 2010 Barry will lead tours to New Zealand and to many locations around Australia.

Fred Heckeroth is originally from California and has led trips in Canada, Mexico and the USA. Now residing in Brisbane, Fred divides his time between his own business, family and guiding trips for IPT and climbing expeditions. For 2010 Fred will guide some of our Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walks.

Rob Elvish is a terrestrial ecologist, experienced birdwatcher and leads tours with a botanical and zoological focus. Rob has led tours for IPT in Australia and overseas for over 20 years. In 2010 you can meet him on the Lava Tubes to Lawn Hill, Karijini to Kalbarri and several other Australian tours.

Ronny Hickel created our Tyrolean Alps and Nightcap Ranges tours. He facilitates yoga & meditation classes and yatras (walking meditation retreats) in the Northern Rivers area. Living near Uki, he is a trained outdoor recreation guide and psychotherapist involved in adventure based youth work.

Daniel Feinstein lives in Bariloche, Argentina and has worked as a licensed nature and mountain guide for more than 20 years. Daniel’s knowledge of South American customs and natural history is outstanding and in 2010 he will guide tours to Atacama & Argentina, Patagonia and Iguassu Falls.

Hiroko Kobayashi leads the Japanese Spring Journey, a cultural discovery of Japan’s central island, Honshu. Based in Brisbane, she consults to tourism bodies and companies, promotes ecotourism in both Australia and Japan, and is a Director of the Japan Ecotourism Society.

Hugh MacTier has lived on Flinders Island for over 20 years. He is an experienced and keen bushwalker who knows the island in detail. Hugh runs a sheep and cattle farm on the island and works as a team with the Luddingtons during the Flinders Island tour. Nikos Magitsis will guide our Greek tour in September 2010. Nikos was the first Greek to climb Mt Everest and has also climbed the highest peak in every continent. His knowledge of local walking tracks, history and botany will ensure a memorable sojourn through this beautiful country. Sivani Mira is an enthusiastic guide with over 20 years experience in outdoor education and leading groups. Sivani’s passion for different cultures, adventure and wild landscapes inspires all those who travel with her. In 2010, Sivani will lead IPT guests on a discovery of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

Tony Roberts formalised his love of the environment by studying a BSc at James Cook University in Cairns. Since graduating, Tony has shared his passion as a naturalist guide around Australia and the Pacific. In 2010 Tony will share his knowledge of his backyard, North Queensland. Leo San Sebastian grew up in Spain’s Basque Country and has been a professional guide for over 20 years. He has led groups in the Pyrenees, Alps, Morocco, Tanzania, Peru, Chile,Venezuela, Pakistan and Nepal. In 2010 Leo will be guiding an exciting itinerary to Morocco.


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IPT Tour Catalogue 2010