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“Two of the most untouched destinations on the planet, you will be astounded by Australia’s immense landscapes and New Zealand’s breathtaking natural beauty.”


Contents

AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND & SOUTH PACIFIC 4

WHY CHOOSE TRAVEL 2?

6 CREATE YOUR PERFECT HOLIDAY 8

GETTING THERE

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FIRST TIME VISITS

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RETURNING VISITS

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FAMILIES

13 BEACHES 14 ROUND THE WORLD AUSTRALIA 16 CRUISING 20 AUSTRALIA MAP 248 GENERAL INFORMATION AUSTRALIA 22 Multi-Centre Holidays 24 Escorted Touring 34 Independent Touring 38 Motorhome & Car Rental 44 Rail 49 Sightseeing Passes NEW SOUTH WALES 52 Sydney 64 Sydney Beaches 66 Blue Mountains 68 Hunter Valley 70 Coastal New South Wales

QUEENSLAND 76 Brisbane 79 Gold Coast & Hinterland 81 Sunshine Coast & Fraser Island 85 Whitsunday Islands 88 Hamilton Island 90 Great Barrier Reef 92 Cairns & Beyond 98 Palm Cove 100 Port Douglas 104 Cape Tribulation, Daintree & Atherton Tablelands 107 Mission Beach VICTORIA 110 Melbourne 116 Great Ocean Road & Beyond NORTHERN TERRITORY 124 Darwin & The Top End 128 Alice Springs 129 Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Kings Canyon WESTERN AUSTRALIA 136 Perth & Fremantle 141 Margaret River & The South West 145 The West Coast 147 Broome & The Kimberley SOUTH AUSTRALIA 152 Adelaide & Regional South Australia 159 Kangaroo Island TASMANIA 162 Tasmania

NEW ZEALAND 172 New Zealand Map 174 Escorted Touring 188 Self Drive Touring 192 Motorhome & Car Rental 198 Accommodation Collections 199 Rail & Ferry Passes NORTH ISLAND 202 Auckland 206 Bay of Islands 208 Coromandel & Pacific Coast 209 Hawke’s Bay & Napier 210 Rotorua 212 Taupo, Tongariro & New Plymouth 214 Wellington SOUTH ISLAND 218 Marlborough 219 Nelson & Abel Tasman 220 Christchurch & Canterbury 224 West Coast & The Glaciers 226 Queenstown & Wanaka 229 Fiordland, Stewart Island & Invercargill 231 Dunedin SOUTH PACIFIC 234 Multi-Centre Holidays 236 Fiji 242 Cook Islands 245 French Polynesia

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Welcome to our world, a world we are proud of. We offer a level of service that truly sets us apart from anyone else and our portfolio incorporates a huge selection of travel options that you can tailormake for your dream holiday.

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Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific Queensferry Travel Travel 2 YOUR HOLIDAY, YOUR WAY Travel 2 has been committed to sending customers to an array of worldwide destinations for over 35 years. In that time we’ve worked hard to become the experts you can trust in building your perfect holiday. Working with your travel agent we can plan and book everything from scheduled flights, accommodation, cruises, tours and excursions – our flexible approach allows us to tailor-make your holiday, your way. Furthermore, we work with all major airlines to allow you choice on how you wish to travel, with departures available from all regional airports. Travel 2 is part of the Emirates Group - a dynamic travel and tourism operation with a global reputation for excellence spanning every aspect of the industry. A GREAT PRICE WITH EXPERT ADVICE Travel 2’s reservation consultants are well travelled and undergo an extensive training programme. This combined skill set equips them with the tools to be able to provide you with a unique tailor-made service when booking your perfect holiday. Whether it’s a twin-centre holiday, cruise or touring holiday, our consultants will go that extra mile to make sure you have the holiday of a lifetime from start to finish. That extra mile also extends to making sure you get the best price too. Our buying power as part of a global travel business means you benefit from competitive pricing and special offers - exclusive from our supplier partners. New deals arrive daily, so speak to your local travel agent for the most up to date pricing and offers. SERVICE YOU CAN COUNT ON Travel 2 is an award-winning company and by working with your travel agent, we want to ensure your booking and travel experience exceeds expectations. From the advice you receive at initial enquiry right through to the service you receive in resort, our expert consultants are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to support and assist your travel agent. PEACE OF MIND Booking a holiday with Travel 2 allows you to relax in the knowledge that your money is safe and your travel arrangements are in expert hands. We are a fully bonded operator with the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL protected). The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 3228.

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Create your perfect holiday Booking your holiday to Australia & New Zealand with us will ensure that you experience the region to the full. Choose from hip or boutique hotels, from budget motels to luxury resorts - the choice is huge and the value unbeatable. Add an immersive city tour with a local guide and experience the excitement of haggling in the bustling markets or soaking in the local culture. Why not sample some down time with a pampering spa session? The choices are simply endless. Whatever you want to do, we can create it just for you. Whether you are seeking a relaxing weekend away, planning the holiday of a lifetime or wanting to celebrate a special event, Travel 2 will exceed your expectations.

HOLIDAYS

ESCORTED TOURING

INDEPENDENT TOURING

SMALL GROUP TOURING

Choosing your perfect holiday is an exciting moment. You may already know where you want to go and what you want to do, but you may also want to browse and see what’s available before making your decision. To help you make that choice we have priced our holidays in the way that we believe makes it easier for you. In the beach resort areas we have created packages that include flights and the specified number of nights’ accommodation so you can see what the cost is going to be. However, prices are constantly changing so ask your travel agent to see what our latest special offers are.

Do you enjoy discovering the heart and soul of a country? If so, independent touring could be for you. We’ve put together some fantastic itineraries that strike the perfect balance between the freedom of travelling independently and the convenience of having your accommodation and transport already arranged.

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If you’re short on time or you just enjoy the company of like-minded travellers, an escorted tour is a great way to see a country’s main sights; or to discover a path less trodden. With the help of an expert guide you’ll learn much about your destination in a safe and fun environment. As the tours normally include all of your accommodation, excursions and often many of your meals, you’re free to sit back and enjoy your holiday without having to worry about a thing.

If you like the convenience of an escorted tour but want something a little more intimate, consider a small group tour. Travelling by 4WD or bus in a maximum group size of 16 (it’s normally less) you’ll enjoy a holiday that’s filled with unique experiences. With the help of an expert guide and/or driver, you’ll learn all about your destination from someone who knows it and is genuinely passionate about it.


Accommodation

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KEY TO ACCOMMODATION SYMBOLS

KEY TO HOLIDAY SYMBOLS

Our Boutique properties are a carefully chosen selection of intimate and offbeat places to stay.

Holidays are about doing something different. Choose an Adventure activity or tour and escape the norm.

Fancy a dip? Well, keep an eye out for our Pool Villa symbols and you can enjoy swimming in privacy.

Independent touring gives you the freedom to explore at your own leisure safe in the knowledge that it’s been expertly arranged by local suppliers.

Staying in an All Inclusive hotel or resort means not worrying about paying for food, drinks, activities and entertainment.

Discover spectacular landscapes and make travelling to your destination an essential part of your trip by experiencing one of our iconic rail journeys.

Your honeymoon should be the trip of a lifetime – these romantic hotels will ensure it’s just that.

We offer a wide variety of cruising, from ocean faring luxury liners to traditional and relaxing river vessels. Enjoy the wildlife, culture and landscapes that only cruising can provide.

If you see a hotel with a Family symbol it means that it’s a great choice for both adults and children alike. This icon highlights those hotels that support and are actively involved in local community initiatives that guests may like to get involved with during their stay.

Don’t like crowds? On our Small Group tours the number of participants are strictly limited. Take to the open road and let us show you the essential stops along the way. Whether on 2 wheels or 4, by car or by motor-home our expert regional knowledge will provide the route to suit your needs. If you’re looking for a home away from home in your chosen destination, look out for this symbol which indicates that a self-catering apartment option is available.

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GETTING THERE

Getting there

Emirates Emirates has received over 500 international awards for excellence, and serves a network of more than 150 destinations worldwide. With 18 daily flights to Dubai from eight UK airports (London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow), Emirates offers quick and convenient connections to the Middle East, Far East, Indian Ocean, Africa, South Asia and Australasia.

First Class Private Suite

Experience The Emirates A380 The extraordinary Emirates A380 features luxurious Private Suites and Shower Spas in First Class, flat-bed seats with direct aisle access and an Onboard Lounge in Business Class, as well as a new generation of comfort in Economy Class with up to 3,500 channels of entertainment on-demand in every class and onboard wi-fi throughout. The Emirates A380 flies from London Heathrow, London

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Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester to Dubai and onwards to over 45 destinations.

Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge

Emirates A380


• On line check-in opens 48 hours before the flight, and then select a seat of your choice for free • Up  to 2,500 channels of entertainment ondemand at every seat

GETTING THERE

Fly Economy Class

• Ergonomically  designed seats with adjustable headrests and up to 33-inch seat pitch • World-class service from dedicated cabin crew • Multi-course  gourmet cuisine served with complimentary wine and beverages • Phone,  SMS and email connectivity from every seat plus wi-fi on board the Emirates A380

Emirates Economy Class

Fly Business Class • Complimentary Chauffeur-drive Service in over 70 destinations • Priority check-in and baggage handling • Lie-flat seats with massage function • Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge • Multi-course gourmet cuisine served with exclusive wines and spirits • Dedicated Emirates Lounges in over 30 destinations worldwide, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow • Shared lounge access in over 60 destinations worldwide, including Newcastle • Generous 40kg baggage allowance

Emirates Business Class

AIRLINE

UK DEPARTURE DESTINATION SEAT PITCH AIRPORT

STOPOVER OPTIONS

PERSONAL TV SCREENS

Dubai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manila, Shanghai, Japan, Jakarta, Beijing, Seoul, Guangzhou, Phuket, Ho chi All Minh, Bali, South Africa plus some international routing options via the Americas. Flights Some options may require surface sectors. Flights operated by Qantas/ Emirates or other partner airlines

London Heathrow, & regional connections

Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane plus over 70 destinations within Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific

London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, & regional connections

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Cairns, Adelaide, Auckland & Fiji

Economy 32” Premium Economy 40” Business 6’8” First 6’9”

Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane & Auckland

Economy 32” Extra legroom 36” Kuala Lumpur & free side trip to domestic Malaysian points Business 78” First 83”**

Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch as well as destinations throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific

Economy 31-33” Premium Economy 42” Business Premier 6’7.5”

Los Angeles, Singapore, San Francisco, Vancouver, Hong All Longhaul Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Shanghai, Flights Rarotonga, Houston, Buenos Aires, & Saigon

London Heathrow, Manchester & regional connections

Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane

Economy 32” Business & First Fully flat-bed up to 80”

Abu Dhabi

All Flights

London Heathrow, Manchester & regional connections

Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin*, Cairns*, Gold Coast**, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch (*Operated by SilkAir; ** Operated by Scoot)

Economy 32” Premium Economy 38” Business 55” Private Cabin

Singapore

All Flights

London Heathrow & regional connections

London Heathrow & regional connections

Economy 31” Premium Economy 42” Business 80” First 81” (Qantas A380)

Hong Kong

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** Subject to aircraft type *** Subject to aircraft and schedule change (subject to government and regulatory approval).

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A U S T R A L I A , N E W Z E A L A N D, S O U T H PA C I F I C Immerse yourself in a journey of a lifetime by exploring the magnificent sights of Australia, going on an adventure in New Zealand or travelling to one of the stunning islands in the South Pacific, there is sure to be something to tempt you. Whether it’s your first time or your third time, or you’re simply travelling with your family, there is something to be discovered around every corner. Here are some highly-recommended suggestions that will not disappoint.

FIRST TIME VISITORS AUSTRALIA

NEW ZEALAND

Australia is a vast country with magnificent sights and incredible experiences. Visit some of the highlights of Australia on your first trip, from the iconic city sites in cosmopolitan Sydney to the stunning vistas of Ayers Rock and the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, where you will be truly amazed. These destinations are a popular triple-centre, which is commonly known as ‘Sydney, Rock and Reef’, a trip we highly recommend on your first trip to Australia. These areas provide a small glimpse of Australia and will create temptation to go back and experience more.

Explore New Zealand, where you can venture through middle earth. One of the most popular ways to see and experience New Zealand is via a self-drive, where stunning sights can be seen around every corner. We recommend on your first trip to New Zealand to begin your journey on the North Island in Auckland and finish in Christchurch on the South Island with stops at Roturua, Napier, Wellington, Blenhiem and Kaikoura along the way, you will be truly amazed with the incredible sights and activities that can be seen and experienced during your journey!

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

3 nights in Sydney staying at 3.5* Cambridge Hotel

3 nights in Auckland staying at 3* Auckland City Hotel

2 nights in Ayers Rock at 3.5* The Lost Camel

2 nights in Rotorua staying at 3.5* Holiday Inn Roturua

5 nights in Port Douglas at 3.5* Bay Villas Resort

1 night in Napier staying at 3.5* Quest Napier 2 nights in Wellington staying at 3.5* ibis Wellington

Optional Sightseeing

2 nights in Marlborough staying at 3* Scenic Hotel Marlborough

• Captains Dinner Cruise from Sydney on page 54 • Sounds of Silence Dinner from Ayers Rock on page 129 • Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef from Port Douglas on page 93

1 night in Kaikoura staying at 3.5* The White Morph 2 nights in Christchurch staying at 3* ibis Christchurch

Optional Sightseeing • Auckland Bridge Climb from Auckland on page 202 • The Middle Earth Trilogy from Rotorua on page 210 • Akaroa Day Tour with Harbour Cruise from Christchurch on page 220

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TOP TIPS

TOP TIPS

• Be sure to plan ahead and check the distances between places as they are sometimes further than you expect • Check the climate guides before you travel as Australia has two main climatic zones; tropical in the north and temperature in the south • Pre-book day tours to save disappointment • Don’t do too much in one trip as we know you’ll want to go back

• When driving between areas of New Zealand make sure you give yourself plenty of time as the roads can be unfamiliar and you’ll be surprised at how many times you want to stop and explore places • Travel from Wellington on the North Island to Picton on the South Island via a beautiful ferry journey, which is an experience in itself • Try local produce and sample fine wine at some of the many wineries available across New Zealand


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RETURNING VISITORS AUSTRALIA

NEW ZEALAND

Australia is such a vast destination that trying to do too much in one trip might mean that you miss out on some exceptional experiences, so we would recommend to see Australia in multiple trips. The first time visitors suggested itinerary is a key route for your first trip, however there is more to be discovered! Explore Melbourne, a stylish city known for great shopping, arts and food. Travel via the Great Ocean Road, stopping off at Apollo Bay, Port Fairy and Robe, then head to Adelaide to board The Ghan for the ultimate train journey which in itself is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Disembark The Ghan in Darwin and explore this modern city known for its fabulous multi-cultural markets before heading home with even more amazing memories.

New Zealand has picturesque locations throughout the North and South Island, complimented with a diverse range of activities to participate in. With some initial experiences showcased in the first time visitor’s itineraries, it is time to explore New Zealand further. Travel to the Southern Lake Region on the South Island and begin your trip in Queenstown, an incredible all year round destination with a large number of high adrenaline activities. Pass by charming towns along the way to the delightful Wanaka, followed by a stop at the Fox Glacier, where some of the South Island’s most glorious scenery can be seen. Next stop is Hokitika, before heading to Nelson, a popular destination for art centres and wine tasting experiences. This journey through the South Island will leave you breathless with the magnificent sights that

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

2 nights in Melbourne staying at 4.5* Crown Promenade Melbourne

4 nights in Queensland staying at 3.5* Mercure Queenstown Resort

1 night in Apollo Bay staying at 4* Captains at the Bay

2 nights in Wanaka staying at 3.5* Oakridge Resort Wanaka

1 night in Port Fairy staying at 4.5* Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel

1 night in Fox Glacier staying at 4* Distinction Te Weheka

1 night in Robe staying at 4* Robe House B&B

1 night in Hokitika staying at 3* Beachfront Hotel

2 nights in Adelaide staying at 4* Pullman Adelaide

3 nights in Nelson staying at 4* Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Apartments

3 nights on The Ghan Expedition, between Adelaide and Darwin 2 nights in Darwin staying at 4* Hilton Darwin

Optional Sightseeing

Optional Sightseeing

• Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife from Melbourne on page 110 • Grand Barossa with Hanhdorf from Adelaide on page 153 • Kakadu National Park Explorer from Darwin on page 124

• Shotover Jet from Queenstown on page 226 • Franz Josef - Heli Hike from Franz Josef on page 224 • Seals & Beach Cruise & Walk from Nelson on page 219

TOP TIPS

TOP TIPS

• Try out a self-drive between destinations, as you are you sure to be amazed with the sights along the way • Get off the beaten track and see some hidden gems • Try out some of the regional wines at the local wineries and cellar doors • Be sure to try out one of Australia’s iconic train journey’s during your trip

• Visit Milford Sounds and see some truly stunning scenery, you may even get to see dolphins. Those seeking thrills can book trip including a kayaking experience , if desired • Don’t miss out on seeing a kiwi in Franz Josef at the conservation centre • Stop off at Punakaiki, during your drive to Nelson, to see the Punakaiki pancake rocks and blowholes • If you have time, add more nights in places to make the most of your stay

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A U S T R A L I A , N E W Z E A L A N D, S O U T H PA C I F I C

FAMILIES AUSTRALIA

NEW ZEALAND

Australia is an ideal destination when travelling with your family, as it offers a diverse range of activities that can be enjoyed by both adults and children alike. Whether it be visiting local national parks, relaxing on the beach or getting up close to koalas and dolphins, there is something for everyone to enjoy. For families we would recommend a trip to Sydney to see some of the cities iconic sights before heading north to Brisbane. When in Sydney and Brisbane there is an endless selection of excursions that can be booked prior to travel to make the most of your family trip. The Gold Coast has it all on its doorstep: theme parks, wildlife, water and rainforest activities.

Travel to New Zealand for a family adventure. Spend the days soaking up the stunning scenery, indulge in delicious cuisine and enjoy a variety of activities that the whole family will appreciate. Travel to Queenstown and partake in a variety of outdoor activities, before travelling to Rotorua an extraordinary location to explore the Maori culture and stunning landscape. Explore New Zealand’s biggest city Auckland next, before heading to Coromandel, an outdoor haven filled with beaches and rainforests. There is so much to do in New Zealand that this itinerary only highlights some of the key cities that can be explored on your family holiday. More marvels can be seen when changing it to a different self-drive itinerary, which is another available option we are able to help with.

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

4 nights in Sydney staying at 4* PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

3 nights in Queenstown staying at 4.5* Millenium Queenstown

4 nights in Brisbane staying at 4* Oaks Festival Towers

2 night in Rotoura staying at 4* Millenium Rotorua

6 nights in Surfers Paradise staying at 4* Mantra on View

3 nights in Auckland staying at 4* Skycity Hotel Auckland 4 nights in Coromandel staying at 4* Waihi Beach Lodge

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Prices are per person based on two adults and two children sharing Price from £1599 Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accommodation & transfers.

Prices are per person based on two adults and two children sharing Price from £2069 Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accommodation & transfers.

Optional Sightseeing

Optional Sightseeing

• Australia Zoo and Crocodile Express from Brisbane on page 76 • Dolphin Adventure Day Tour from Brisbane on page 76 • Warner Bros Movie World from the Gold Coast on page 79

• Skyline Gondola & Dinner from Queenstown on page 226 • Sky Tower - Total Tower Experience from Auckland on page 202 • The Middle Earth Trilogy from Rotorua on page 210

TOP TIPS

TOP TIPS

• See some of Australia’s most popular wildlife • Visit the local theme parks and zoos around Brisbane and the Gold Coast • Why not try surfing whilst in Sydney at Bondi Beach • Head to Morton Island, near Brisbane, to see the Dolphins • Visit Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s, in Auckland

• Take a thrilling ride on the Luge’a in Queenstown • Take in the Auckland skyline from the Sky Tower • Visit White Island, New Zealand’s only active marine volcano • An alternative way to travel around New Zealand on a family holiday is via a campervan, just make sure you book your camp grounds in advance


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BEACHES AUSTRALIA

SOUTH PACIFIC

Australia has some of the best beaches in the world to relax by and soak in the true beauty of the area. Queensland highlights include Palm Cove and Port Douglas as well as the Great Barrier Reef, and of course, Whitehaven Beach in the stunning Whitsundays. Western Australia also has some breathtaking beaches that are often overlooked. Staying in one of these locations will be mesmerising, whether it be purely for the beach stay or a way to end an extensive trip around Australia. We would recommend a trip to Western Australia, with a twin-centre beach stay including Scarborough by the glittering Indian Ocean and Cable Beach, home to a 22km white sandy beach. Adding the One Day Cape Leveque Adventure in Broome is a must when seeking a real Kimberley experience and pristine beaches. Combining these 2 destinations and this day tour to your itinerary, is a great way to soak up the sun and see spectacular sights on one memorable holiday.

FIJI Travel to Fiji as a single centre holiday for a tranquil break and enjoy idyllic paradise, or add as an extension to your trip around Australia or New Zealand, where you can relax on this truly mesmerising South Pacific paradise. Fiji compromises of many islands, with Viti Levu being the main island to visit, but Mamanuca and Yasawa are alternative islands that offer a contrast to the main island. FRENCH POLYNESIA The French Polynesia is truly paradise. Tahiti is the most well-known island in the French Polynesia, but other alternative islands to visit include Moorea and Bora Bora, all of which are stunning. A stay in Bora Bora is a must-do, with its crystal clear aqua lagoons and pristine beauty. Though an additional night maybe required in Tahiti with regards to flight connections to Bora Bora.

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

5 nights in Scarborough at 4* Seashells Scarborough

FIJI

5 nights in Broome staying at 4.5* Cable Beach Club Resort

8 nights in Fiji staying at 5* Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

1 day Cape Leveque Adventure Day Tour from Broome

Or FRENCH POLYNESIA 1 night in Tahiti staying at 4* InterContinental Tahiti Resort 8 nights in Bora Bora staying at 5* Le Méridien Bora Bora

Prices are per person based on twin share Price from £2039 Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accommodation & transfers.

Prices are per person based on twin share Price from £1749 for Fiji or £4589 for the French Polynesia Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accommodation & transfers.

Optional Sightseeing

Optional Sightseeing

• Discover Broome Sightseeing Tour from Broome on page 147 • Swan Valley Gourmet Wine Cruise on page 136

• Tivua Island Day Cruise from Fiji on page 236 • Jewel of Fiji Tour from Fiji on page 236

Bora Bora

TOP TIPS

TOP TIPS

• Experience Cable Beach in a totally new way, by 4WD or a riding a camel • Go on some magnificient walks, including a cliff walk to Gantheaume Point • Lay down a towel or hire a deckchair for ultimate relaxation on Cable Beach

• Why not try doing multiple islands when in Fiji or South Pacific, whether staying or taking a boat trip around them • Enjoy breakfast by canoe in Bora Bora • Break the journey up with a stopover in Los Angeles

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I N D E P E N D E N T TO U R I N G

AUSTRALIA

26 day Round the World - Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific Singapore • Sydney • Uluru (Ayers Rock) • Great Barrier Reef • Auckland • Rotorua • Wellington • Fiji • Los Angeles

Departures: Daily Days 1 & 2: UK to Singapore

Days 5 & 6: Sydney, Australia

Depart the UK on an overnight flight landing in Singapore next morning when you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Settle in to explore this buzzing crossroads of Asia.

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Days 9 & 10: Uluru (Ayers Rock) Transfer to Sydney Airport for your flight to Ayers Rock. Here you will be transferred to your hotel to relax before heading out for the Sounds of Silence Dinner. Rise early the next morning to experience sunrise at Uluru before heading to the majestic domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Enjoy a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole before returning back to marvel at the sunset again on Uluru, whilst enjoying the sounds of the didgeridoo and a glass of sparkling wine before dining on outback cuisine with an authentic barbecue dinner. 1 2 1 2 1 2 3

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Discover bustling Singapore - a dynamic and eclectic mix of cultures • Cruise Sydney Harbour • Enjoy a magical Sounds of Silence dinner in the Red Centre • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef • Explore the majestic volcanic scenery of New Zealand’s North Island • Laze and swim beside turquoise lagoons in the South Pacific paradise of Fiji • Soak up the glitz and glam of LA with a stay in one of the city’s classic grande dame hotels

Days 19 & 20: Wellington Journey through the Wairarapa region to the capital city of Wellington. On day 20 why not tour the highlights of this intimate and inspiring city and visit Zealandia, a beautiful eco-sanctuary that is home to some of New Zealand’s rarest birds and reptiles (own cost).

Days 21 & 22: Fiji, South Pacific Drop off your car and fly from Wellington via Auckland to Fiji’s Nadi Airport where you’re warmly welcomed with a traditional shell lei and transferred to your beach hotel. Relax amidst the tropical gardens, laze on the idyllic sands or discover the spectacular scenery of Viti Levu ­— a true South Pacific paradise.

Days 23: Fiji Islands Sightseeing Enjoy a fabulous and leisurely cruise to the exclusive Tivua Island on board the tall ship ‘Ra Marama’ or sailing catamaran ‘Fiji One’. On the island enjoy the hospitality of the crew, snorkel Tivua’s pristine reefs or just relax and stroll along the beach before returning back to your mainland home.

Days 24 & 25: Los Angeles Days 11 - 13: Cairns, Great Barrier Reef & Kuranda Transfer and fly from Ayers Rock to tropical Cairns where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel which is close to the resort’s lively Esplanade. From here, explore Queensland’s number one attraction, the Great Barrier Reef, enjoying a day cruise on Quicksilver’s high-speed catamaran to Agincourt Reef where you can swim, snorkel or view the abundant marine life and coral from the underwater observatory or semi-submersible. Embark on a full-day Kuranda & Tjapukai tour the next day.

Transfer back to Fiji for an 11-hour flight that arrives the same day in Los Angeles. Make your way to your landmark LA hotel, situated downtown and perfect for exploring. Glittering Hollywood and Beverly Hills are close by as are the vast theme parks of Universal Studios and Disneyland.

Day 26: Los Angeles to the UK Head back to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK, arriving the following morning.

Day 14: Auckland, New Zealand Fly from Cairns to Auckland and pick up your car hire.

Days 15 & 16: Rotorua Take a relaxing drive to geothermal Rotorua. Next day, explore the geysers, hot springs and boiling mudpools on your own or perhaps book an optional evening of Maori culture (own expense).

Days 17 & 18: Napier Cross the vineyards of Hawke’s Bay to Napier, a unique Art Déco city. Relax and browse the quaint shops and make sure to sample some of the splendid local produce.

Please call for details on the most up to date prices.

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Cruising Australia, New Zealand & the South Pacific Cruise around Australia and take in the cosmopolitan hubs of Sydney and Melbourne, or the rolling hills, glaciers and endless skies of New Zealand; there’s so much diversity and endless opportunities to discover hidden corners of this vast, dramatic and beautiful continent by ocean. Imagine taking an entirely new view every day, sailing from port to port under endless blue skies; picture coral reefs teeming with vibrantly coloured fish or New Zealand’s fiordland surrounded by lush, rolling hills. This list of breathtaking opportunities feels endless. Booking your Cruise Plus holiday doesn’t restrict you to the ocean – it opens up a world of destinations you may not usually visit on an ordinary package holiday. There’s an array of pre and post-stay options, as well as tours, expedition and river cruises around some exhilarating destinations, ensuring that you are able to make the most of your adventure. Whether you are looking to combine a city stay in vibrant Sydney making the most of the stunning harbour views and Iconic Opera House or stepping aboard the mighty Indian Pacific train, Cruise plus can create the perfect cruise for you. A Cruise Plus holiday allows you to experience the dynamic world of cruise no matter how high or low your budget may be. There’s a cruise to suit everyone’s needs, whether it be a family-friendly holiday or an adult-only getaway. You can even extend your cruise with a touring or rail extension, enabling you to truly broaden your adventure and take in even more spectacular sites. All of our cruises feature a vast range of on-board attractions and amenities ensuring that you will have all your needs catered for, from taking in Broadway-style shows, to rock climbing and sampling some of the finest cuisine – the sky (or in this case, the ocean) is the limit. Here is just a sample of the many Australia & New Zealand Cruise Plus holidays available. Contact your Travel Agent to discover more on the options available to you and to create your perfect Australian & New Zealand Cruise & Stay holiday.

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CRUISING

12 nights Sydney & South Pacific

Be lost for words at the sight of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge and famous Bondi Beach with a 3-night pre cruise stay before embarking Celebrity Solstice®. Once on board, sail away to the crystal-clear waters of Noumea where the intriguing sights of the Amédée lighthouse and Zoo Forestier Michel Corbasson await. The flour-like white sand and palm trees of Mystery Island provide ultimate luxury and relaxation. Explore the breathtaking marine life and beautiful coral reefs in a day of snorkelling at Lifou before returning to Sydney to disembark.

Ports of Call Sydney, Australia - Noumea, New Caledonia - Mystery Island, Vanuatu - Vila, Vanuatu - Lifou, New Caledonia Sydney, Australia

Prices Include • Return flights • 3 nights at 4* Holiday Inn Old Sydney Hotel, Sydney • 9 night cruise on board Celebrity Solstice®

SHIP HIGHLIGHTS • Choice of 9 restaurants and 11 bars/cafés • 3 pools, 6 Jacuzzis and wet zone • The Lawn club - half an acre of real grass lawn • Solstice Theatre, Fortunes Casino and Sky Observation Lounge

Prices are per person based on twin share

Interior from Oceanview from Veranda Suite from Concierge

£2879 £3079 £3149 £3299

Departs: Oct 18; Dec 19; Jan 20.    Price based on 14 Dec 19 cruise departure. Cruise duration and itinerary may vary dependent upon departure date.

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Australia

With its iconic attractions, its weird and wonderful wildlife and an enviable ‘beach and barbecue’ lifestyle, Australia is consistently voted the world’s most desirable destination by UK travellers. It’s a colourful country too, and you’re sure to enjoy discovering the blues and turquoises of the Great Barrier Reef, the deep red soils of the Outback, and every imaginable shade of green in its tropical rainforests.

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Kimberly Derby Broome Fitzroy Crossing

Great Sandy Desert

Port Hedland Karratha Onslow Exmouth

Lake Disappointment

Newman

WESTERN AUSTRALIA Carnarvon Monkey Mia

Lake Carnegie Lake Wells

Meekatharra

Mount Magnet

Highlights

Lake Moore

Kalgoorlie Lake Cowan

NEW SOUTH WALES

Perth

Climb to the summit of Sydney Harbour Bridge for stunning views of the Opera House. See the early morning mist rising from eucalyptus trees in the beautiful Blue Mountains National Park. Hang out with the surfers on the uncrowded white-sand beaches of Byron Bay.

Northam

Norseman

Balladonia

Banbury Augusta

Albany

NORTHERN TERRITORY

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Keep a look out for crocodiles on a wetlands billabong cruise in Kakadu National Park. Hike through the strange but beautiful red rock formations of Kings Canyon. Learn of ancient Aboriginal traditions at Uluru, then watch the mesmerising sunset.

Stroll the leafy streets and parklands of Adelaide, an elegant and cultured city. Spot wild kangaroos, koalas and echidnas amidst the spectacular scenery on Kangaroo Island. Visit the picturesque Barossa Valley, renowned for its award-winning wines and gourmet restaurants.

QUEENSLAND

VICTORIA

Combine the action-packed playground of Surfers Paradise with bushwalking in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Cruise the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, or relax on the silica sands of Whitehaven Beach. Enjoy diving or snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef, one of nature’s finest spectacles.

Make time to discover Melbourne, with its cutting-edge culture, sports, fashion, food and entertainment. Take a self-drive tour along the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia’s finest coastal routes. Enjoy the ‘penguin parade’, as they waddle back to their burrows on Phillip Island.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

TASMANIA

Explore cosmopolitan Perth, and enjoy a spot of indulgent wine tasting at world-famous Margaret River. Hand-feed friendly bottlenose dolphins at Monkey Mia – a unique wildlife encounter. Take a thrilling 4WD tour into the vast Outback scenery of The Kimberley.

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Lake Barlee

Geraldton

Visit historic Port Arthur, which stands as a moving testament to the lives of the first convict settlers. Explore the striking coastal scenery of Freycinet National Park, on foot or by kayak. Take a cruise on the Gordon River, into one of the world’s last unspoilt wildernesses.


Melville Island

Wessel Islands

Croker Island Van Diemen Bathurst Island Gulf Darwin

Goulburn Islands

Cape Scott Groote Eylandt

Joseph Bonaparte Gulf

Katherine Cape Tribulation Port Douglas

Borroloola Daly Waters

Cairns

Halls Creek Townsville

Tennant Creek

Whitsunday Islands Airlie Beach

NORTHERN TERRITORY

QUEENSLAND

Alice Springs

Rockhampton

Uluru (Ayers Rock) Yulara

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Sunshine Coast Brisbane

Lake Eyre

Coober Pedy

Lake Gregory Lake Blanche

Lake Maurice Lake Torrens

Tarcoola Lake Gairdner

Penong

Eucla

Port Augusta Whyalla

3970 Airlie Beach

Newcastle Mildura

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Mount Gambier Cape Nelson

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Horsham

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Melbourne

Snowy Mountains Bairnsdale

Frankston

Geelong

Phillip Island Cape Otway Wilson’s Promontory Hunter Islands Eddystone Cape Grim Burnie Point

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Broken Hill

Port Pirie

Kangaroo Island

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Adelaide

Port Lincoln

Adelaide

Byron Bay

Lake Frame

Woomera

Cenduna Streaky Bay

Gold Coast

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Devonport

Launceston

TASMANIA

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Hobart

Maria Island

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4975 120 2005 1240 350 3645 405 1865 240 5265 Surfers Paradise

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M U LT I-C E N T R E H O L I DAY S

AUSTRALIA

Australia Multi-centres

Combine the best beach resorts Australia has to offer with iconic cities and cultural landmarks. These multi-centre itineraries have something for everyone.

Sydney, Uluru & Cairns

Accommodation 3H hotels Sydney Arts Hotel Ayers Rock Desert Gardens Cairns Amaroo at Trinity 4H hotels Sydney Mantra 2 Bond Street Ayers Rock Emu Walk Apartments Cairns Mantra Esplanade Cairns 5H hotels Sydney Shangri-La Hotel Sydney Ayers Rock Sails in the Desert Cairns Shangri-La Hotel the Marina Cairns

n 3 nights Sydney n 2 nights Uluru n 4 nights Cairns Itinerary Day 1: Fly from the UK to Sydney, stay at your chosen hotel for 3 nights. Why not take this opportunity to climb the bridge or go winetasting in the Hunter Valley? Day 5: Fly to Ayers Rock, stay at your chosen hotel for 2 nights. Perhaps treat yourself to a dinner under the stars by joining ‘The Sounds of Silence’ experience. Day 7: Fly to Cairns, stay 4 nights in your chosen hotel. This is your chance to go for a snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef or visit Cape Tribulation.

Day 11: Fly to the UK, arriving the next day. Prices are per person based on twin share

3* adult price from £1759 4* adult price from £1799 5* adult price from £2099 Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accommodation & transfers.

Sydney, Brisbane & Hamilton Island

Accommodation 3H hotels Sydney Arts Hotel Brisbane Ibis Brisbane Hamilton Island Palm Bungalows 4H hotels Sydney Mantra 2 Bond Street Brisbane Novotel Brisbane Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel 5H hotels Sydney Shangri-La Hotel Sydney Brisbane The Sebel Quay West Suites Brisbane Hamilton Island Beach Club

n 3 nights Sydney n 2 nights Brisbane n 5 nights Hamilton Island Itinerary Day 1: Fly from the UK to Sydney, stay at your chosen hotel for 3 nights. Take in the iconic city views or perhaps head out to the Hunter Valley to sample the famous wines. Day 5: Fly to Brisbane, stay at your chosen hotel for 2 nights. The city is home to Australia Zoo made famous by Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter. Day 7: Fly to Hamilton Island, stay at your chosen hotel for 5 nights. Take this opportunity to relax on this wonderful island and perhaps go on a trip to the reef to go snorkeling or scuba diving.

Day 12: Fly to the UK, arriving the next day. Prices are per person based on twin share

3* adult price from £1699 4* adult price from £1939 5* adult price from £2399 Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accommodation & transfers.

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AUSTRALIA Accommodation 3H hotels Sydney Arts Hotel Melbourne ibis Melbourne Little Bourke Street Great Ocean Road Self Drive 4H hotels Sydney Mantra 2 Bond Street Melbourne Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens Great Ocean Road Self Drive 5H hotels Sydney Shangri-La Hotel Sydney Melbourne Grand Hyatt Melbourne Great Ocean Road Self Drive

n 4 nights Sydney n 3 nights Melbourne n 4 nights Great Ocean Road Itinerary Day 1: Fly from the UK to Sydney, stay at your chosen hotel for 4 nights. Take a chance to visit the iconic sights such as The Opera House or Darling Harbour. Day 6: Fly from Sydney to Melbourne, stay at your chosen hotel for 3 nights. Why not take a walking tour of the lanes and alleyways of Melbourne or head over to Phillip Island to see the adorable penguins?

M U LT I-C E N T R E H O L I DAY S

Sydney, Melbourne & the Great Ocean Road

Day 10: Great Ocean Road, pick up your rental car. Take in stops at Apollo Bay, Port Fairy, Robe, enjoy some wine tasting in the Barossa Valley before ending your journey in Adelaide.

Day 15: Fly to the UK, arriving the next day. Prices are per person based on twin share

3* adult price from £1499 4* adult price from £1649 5* adult price from £2149 Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accommodation & transfers.

Perth, Red Centre & Sydney

Accommodation 3H hotels Perth Sullivans Perth Alice Springs Doubletree Alice Springs Ayers Rock Desert Gardens Sydney Arts Hotel 4H hotels Perth Citadines St Georges Terrace Alice Springs Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Ayers Rock Sails In The Desert Sydney Mantra 2 Bond Street

n 3 nights Perth n 3 nights Red Centre n 3 nights Sydney Itinerary Day 1: Fly from the UK to Perth, stay at your chosen hotel for 3 nights.

Day 5: Fly to Alice Springs, stay at your chosen hotel for the night.

Days 6 & 7: Drive to Ayers Rock, enjoy a scenic transfer over to Ayers Rock to stay 2 nights in your chosen hotel. Marvel at the spectacle that is Uluru and be sure to capture a sunset or sunrise while there.

Day 8: Fly to Sydney, stay at your chosen hotel for 3 nights.

Day 11: Fly to the UK, arriving the next day.

Prices are per person based on twin share

3* adult price from £1669 4* adult price from £1829 Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accommodation & transfers.

Sydney, Auckland & Rotorua

Accommodation 3H hotels Sydney Arts Hotel Auckland Auckland City Hotel Rotorua Holiday Inn Rotorua 4H hotels Sydney Mantra 2 Bond Street Auckland SkyCity Hotel Rotorua Novotel Rotorua Lakeside 5H hotels Sydney Shangri-La Hotel Sydney Auckland Cordis Auckland Rotorua Peppers on the Point, Lake Rotorua 

n 4 nights Sydney n 3 nights Auckland n 2 nights Rotorua Itinerary Day 1: Fly from the UK to Sydney, stay at your chosen hotel for 4 nights. Take a chance to visit the iconic sights such as The Opera House or Darling Harbour. Day 6: Fly from Sydney to Auckland, stay at your chosen hotel for 3 nights. Take the chance to visit the Bay of Islands and have dinner at one of the amazing harbour restaurants. Day 9: Drive from Auckland to Rotorua,  stay at your chosen hotel for 2 nights. While in the thermal plateau make sure to visit Wai-O-Tapu and indulge yourself in Maori culture at the Mitai Village.

Day 11: Fly to the UK, arriving the next day. Prices are per person based on twin share

3* adult price from £1549 4* adult price from £1799 5* adult price from £2099 Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accommodation & transfers.

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Australia Escorted Touring Holidays

There can be no better way to see the sights and experience the sounds and culture of Australia than on an escorted tour. From the laid-back surf resorts of the Queensland coast to the cultural diversity of the Northern Territory and the cosmopolitan charm of Sydney and Melbourne, every day will bring new and exciting discoveries. As you meet and travel with new friends from around the world, your expert Tour Director will guide you to all of the iconic sights and bring the history and culture of the destination to life, all free from the stress and hassle of driving yourself. We have selected our touring partners with great care, ensuring that you will enjoy the best holiday experience possible.

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A Guided Holiday or Inspiring Journey with the awardwinning AAT Kings strikes the perfect balance between exciting organised activities and free time to explore at your own pace. You’ll travel by air-conditioned luxury motorcoach, accompanied by a friendly and knowledgeable Travel Director and Driver Guide, and enjoy a feast of dining and sightseeing experiences along the way. From the picture-postcard highlights to the hidden gems that you might have missed if travelling independently, let AAT Kings show you the best that Australia has to offer.

APT is one of Australasia’s most renowned tour operators, with over 90 years’ expertise in creating memorable holidays. With experiences to suit every taste and budget, APT offers a comprehensive range of luxury tours with a choice of sightseeing experiences included in the price whilst their Travelmarvel tours offer outstanding value for money with more free-time and flexibility. At each stage, your expert Tour Director will take care of all of the finer details, leaving you free to immerse yourself in the local culture and customs.

With trips exclusively designed for travellers aged 18 - 35 years old, Contiki offer trips that focus on authentic local experiences while making new friendships with your fellow travellers. The classic bucket list Discoverer tours visit all of the iconic must-see highlights while the more detailed and relaxed In-Depth Explorer trips take you to the places lesser visited by the masses, but every tour will give you the opportunity to satisfy your thirst for adventure and discovery.

With 30 years’ experience under their belts, Intrepid Travel offer a wide range of touring experiences with a particular focus on responsible travel, small groups and big adventures. The expert local leaders help bring each destination to life, and you’ll see the world through the eyes of a local sharing real life experiences off the welltrodden tourist routes. With several trip styles offering everything from camping experiences under the stars to comfortable and well-appointed beachfront hotels, there’s bound to be a tour to suit every taste and budget.


AUSTRALIA

Sydney • Gold Coast • Fraser Island • Rockhampton • Whitsundays • Mission Beach • Great Barrier Reef • Cairns

• Sydney City Sights Tour including a Harbour cruise dinner • Visit Australia Zoo and see crocodiles as well as many other Australian animals • Explore World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island • Enjoy 2 nights on idyllic Hamilton Island in the Whitsunday Islands • Cruise to the Barrier Reef and see colourful marine life and coral species • Explore the townships of Port Douglas and Kuranda during your stay in tropical Cairns • Enjoy an aboriginal-style corroboree and dinner at Tjapukai Cultural Centre

E S C O R T E D TO U R I N G

13 day East Coast Adventure

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Departures: 2019: Jan 20; Feb 2*, 17; Mar 2*; Apr 14, 27*; Sep 15, 28*; Oct 13, 26*; Nov 10, 23*. 2020: Jan 19; Feb 1*, 16, 29*; Mar 15, 28*. * operates in reverse, starting Cairns. Day 1: Arrive Sydney Arrive in Sydney and take a half-day sightseeing tour of this stunning and vibrant harbourside city. In the evening, enjoy a dinner cruise on Sydney harbour. (D)

ParkRoyal Darling Harbour Sydney

seaside town of Airlie Beach and board your cruise to Hamilton Island, part of the idyllic Whitsundays archipelago. (BD) Hamilton Island (2 nights)

Day 9: Hamilton Island

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Gold Coast. (B) Mantra on View, Surfers

Enjoy a whole day at leisure to relax and experience the activities on Hamilton Island. Perhaps spend the day snorkelling, lounging on the sands or beside the pool, or you may like to enjoy an optional spa treatment or jetski tour (own expense). (B)

Paradise (2 nights)

Day 10: Hamilton Island - Townsville - Mission Beach

Day 3: Sydney - Surfers Paradise

In the morning, board an early cruise transfer back to the mainland, where you’ll reboard your coach and travel north through Townsville to Mission Beach. (BD)

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Spend the day at leisure exploring the Gold Coast. Take a stroll along the white sandy beaches. (B)

Day 4: Surfers Paradise to Australia Zoo – Noosa

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Whitsunday Islands National Park

Days 5 & 6: Noosa - Fraser Island

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Travel through the diverse landscapes of the Atherton Tablelands, home to some of Queensland’s most spectacular waterfalls. Visit the scenic village of Kuranda, where you will board the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. (B) Pullman Cairns

International (2 nights) Day 12: Great Barrier Reef Join a catamaran for a guided cruise out to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. In the evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner at Tjapukai by Night where you’ll take an interactive part in an ancient corroboree. (BLD)

(BD,B) Kingfisher Bay Resort (2 Nights)

In the morning, drive north along the coast to the pretty township of Port Douglas before returning to Cairns Airport where your tour concludes. (B)

Day 7: Fraser Island - Rockhampton

Take a morning cruise back to the mainland. Rejoin your coach in Hervey Bay and travel north through lush sugar cane country and crossing some of the many narrow gauge railway lines.

Day 8: Rockhampton - Airlie Beach - Hamilton Island

New South Wales

Day 11: Mission Beach - Cairns

Explore Noosa in the morning before travelling to Hervey Bay and River Heads and join a cruise to Fraser Island. The next day’s half-day tour explores the breathtaking mix of landscapes.

(BD) Central Park Motel Rockhampton

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Castaways Beach Resort

Enjoy a guided tour of Rockhampton Botanic Gardens that boasts fabulous native plants and a tranquil Japanese garden. Head to the relaxed

Day 13: Depart Cairns

Operated by Travelmarvel, part of the APT Travel Group

PRICES INCLUDE • 12 nights’ accommodation in comfortable, mid-range hotels • Meals as specified: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners • Sightseeing & touring as specified (excludes ‘optional’ items) • Services of a Tour Director Prices are per person based on twin share • Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach Standard from 

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AUSTRALIA

18 day Discover Australia Perth • Alice Springs • Uluru (Ayers Rock) • Cairns • Port Douglas • Great Barrier Reef • Melbourne • Sydney

Departures: Various departures throughout the year. Please call for details. LAND

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Day 2: Perth, Fremantle & Swan River Cruise This morning, embark on a fascinating guided sightseeing tour of Perth to uncover some the city’s varied highlights. The natural LAND beauty of the Botanic Gardens and 1 NIGHTS STAYED sun-kissed walkways of the beautiful Port Kings Park will offer stunning Douglas 2 views of the city’s skyline, and Northern Cairns 2 LAND afterwards you will travel to Territory AIR the colonial seaside town of 1 NIGHTS STAYED Fremantle located at the mouth of the Swan River. 2 Alice Springs Queensland After enjoying the idyllic Uluru 1 LAND beaches and traditional RAIL CRUISE South colonial architecture, return New 1 NIGHTS STAYED Australia South to Perth on a relaxing Wales cruise along the Swan River 3 Perth Sydney 4 before a friendly Welcome Victoria Dinner at your hotel with LAND your Tour director and fellow Melbourne 3 RAIL travellers. (BD) 1 NIGHTS STAYED S

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Enjoy the day at leisure to further explore this beautiful city independently. Alternatively, you can choose to cruise to the historic Swan Valley wine region or spend the day on beautiful Rottnest Island (both at own expense). (B)

Day 4: Perth - Alice Springs Transfer to the airport for your flight to the red heart of Australia, Alice Springs. Nestled between the MacDonnell Ranges, this iconic Outback town is the geographical centre of Australia made famous by its rich pioneering history and enchanting ancient Indigenous culture. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B) Mercure Alice Springs Resort (2 nights)

Day 5: Alice Springs Early this morning, you may like to take an awe-inspiring balloon flight over the desert at sunrise (own expense), before joining the rest of the group to enjoy panoramic views of the town and surrounding MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill. After some time at leisure, enjoy your Insider Experience this afternoon with a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and School of the Air. At sunset, you have the option to take a memorable camel ride (own expense). (B)

Day 6: Alice Springs - Ayers Rock The Australian Outback comes to life today as you travel through rugged landscapes to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. In the afternoon visit Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge and enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sunset. There is also the opportunity to join a unique optional experience at your own expense and dine under the canopy of


AUSTRALIA E S C O R T E D TO U R I N G

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Swan River in Perth • Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service in the outback town of Alice Springs • Marvel at the sunrise over Uluru • Full-day cruise on the Great Barrier Reef • Explore Victoria’s vibrant capital, Melbourne • Sydney Harbour cruise and a visit to the famous Bondi Beach

Day 11: Port Douglas - Melbourne Return to Cairns and fly to Melbourne, a city famous for its cutting-edge designs, heritage architecture and village-like suburbs. (B) Pullman Melbourne on the Park

(3 nights) Day 12: Melbourne & Yarra Valley In the morning explore the highlights of this vibrant city with a guided tour, before venturing out to the Yarra Valley wine region where you will enjoy lunch amid the vine-covered hills. Your evening is at leisure to enjoy Melbourne’s bustling nightlife.

(BL) Day 13: Melbourne at leisure With a full day at leisure today, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a range of optional sightseeing excursions. Perhaps discover the coastal scenery, native flora and intriguing towns along the Great Ocean Road; witness the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island, or enjoy dinner aboard the historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant (all at own expense). (B)

Day 14: Melbourne – Sydney Enjoy one last morning to take in the sights of Melbourne at leisure before flying to Sydney. Transfer to your hotel, which is located just a short stroll from Circular Quay. Wrapped around its iconic harbour, this glamorous city is home to the instantly recognisable Opera House and Harbour Bridge. (B) Amora Jamison Sydney (4

nights) Day 15: Sydney Sightseeing Discover a selection of Sydney’s most incredible sights on a guided tour today. Enjoy a relaxing cruise across Sydney Harbour before rounding off your day with a traditional fish n’ chips dinner on Bondi Beach. (BD) the desert night with the Sounds of Silence dinner. (B) Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers

Rock Day 7: Ayers Rock - Cairns Marvel at the sunrise over Uluru and take a guided tour around its base viewing ancient caves and indigenous rock art sites. Later, fly from the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, to the sparkling blue waters and green rainforests of Tropical North Queensland. Upon arrival in Cairns, you will be transferred to your hotel. (B) Pullman

Cairns International (2 nights) Day 8: Cairns at leisure Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Cairns. (B)

Day 9: Cairns - Port Douglas Enjoy a drive north along the beautiful coastline to the relaxed holiday township of Port Douglas. The Great Barrier Reef is calling today as you cruise by fast catamaran to Quicksilver’s exclusive reef activity platform. Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, take a walk through the underwater observatory, join a guided tour on the semisubmersible or glass-bottom boat, or simply relax on the spacious sundeck. (BL)

Peppers Beach Club, Port Douglas (2 nights) Day 10: Port Douglas at leisure Enjoy a day at leisure. You have the option to perhaps explore Cape Tribulation in the Daintree National Park, home to the world’s oldest living rainforest, or ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Kuranda (both at own expense). (B)

Days 16 & 17: Sydney at leisure With 2 free days in Sydney, there are plenty of optional experiences on offer. Perhaps enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the coast aboard a seaplane or climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge (both at own expense). You may also head to the Blue Mountains National Park on a guided day tour, or spend some time exploring the wineries of Hunter Valley. On your final evening in Sydney, enjoy a farewell drink and dinner with your fellow travellers as you reminisce on your Australian adventure. (B,BD)

Day 18: Depart Sydney Transfer to the airport for your flight. (B) Operated by Travelmarvel, part of the APT Travel Group

PRICES INCLUDE • 17 nights’ accommodation in comfortable, mid-range hotels • Meals as specified: 17 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners • Internal flights, transfers, sightseeing and touring as per itinerary (excludes ‘optional’ items) • Services of a Tour Director and local guides in selected locations • Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach Prices are per person based on twin share

Standard from 

£4549

Single supplements available upon request

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AUSTRALIA

13 day Australian Highlights Melbourne • Alice Springs • Ayers Rock • Cairns • Great Barrier Reef • Sydney

Departures: Selected Departures throughout Jan - Dec, please call for details. Tour Code: IMSE. Day 1: Arrive Melbourne

Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs

On arrival you’ll be transferred to your hotel. In the evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner on board Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting.(D) Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (3 nights)

Fly to Alice Springs. On arrival visit the School of the Air and hear how it delivers education to children living in remote areas. Next stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you’ll learn how this facility provides a ‘mantle of safety’ to the people of the outback. ‘Be My Guest’ in the evening and join in on a discovery tour at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Enjoy an Aussie barbecue dinner and afterwards hear from the Falzon brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established. (BD) Chifley Alice Springs Resort

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Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour and discover its eclectic little laneways, Great Barrier arcades and fascinating street art on Reef Cruise a private walking tour. The rest of the Cairns 3 day is at leisure and you might like to take an optional trip to Phillip Island to see the famous penguin parade. (B)

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Today is free for you to further explore the delights of Melbourne. Alternatively take an optional journey along the stunning coastline of the Great Ocean Road and view the towering limestone arches of the Twelve Apostles. (B)

Day 5: Alice Springs – Ayers Rock Travel through the West MacDonnell Ranges today and pause to view majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) often mistaken for Uluru, before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the resort’s facilities. Later, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area to witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying a glass of sparkling wine. (B) Desert Gardens Hotel (2

nights) Day 6: Uluru & Kata Tjuta touring This morning experience the magical Uluru sunrise before gaining an insight into the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu, as you tour the caves at the base of Uluru. Marvel at ancient rock art found there and hear stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Travel over the red desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and take a walk through the majestic rock domes at Walpa Gorge before experiencing a Kata Tjuta sunset while enjoying a sunset drink with your travelling companions. (B)


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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Indulge with a unique dining experience on board Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant • Discover Melbourne’s colourful hidden laneways • Savour a unique Aussie BBQ at Earth Sanctuary • Toast an Uluru sunset with gourmet canapés and wine • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise • Discover Aboriginal rock art at Uluru • Explore Kata Tjuta and hike through Walpa Gorge • Interact with local Aboriginal artists • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef • View Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room • Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean at famous Bondi Beach • Experience the Sydney Opera House on a guided tour

Day 10: Cairns – Sydney After a morning at leisure, fly from Cairns to Sydney where you will have an evening free to do as you please. Your Travel Director will have plenty of hints and tips on the best places to eat and afterwards, why not soak up the sights on a stroll around the city’s famous harbour. (B) Intercontinental Sydney (3 nights)

Day 11: Sydney Join a local guide for a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House before discovering Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and putting your feet in the sand on famous Bondi Beach. Enjoy lunch aboard a Captain Cook cruise on Sydney’s harbour before spending the rest of your day exploring the city at leisure. In the evening, you may choose to take in an opera performance back under the world-famous sails of the Sydney Opera House. (BL)

Day 12: Sydney free time

Day 7: Ayers Rock – Cairns Join a local Aboriginal artist today for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will explain the meanings of local totems, before assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. In the afternoon you will fly from Ayers Rock to the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Cairns. (B) Hilton Hotel Cairns (3 nights)

Day 8: Cairns free time With a full day at leisure today to explore all that Cairns and North Queensland has to offer, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Optional excursions include a visit to the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park where you can gain insights into indigenous culture, or there is the option to travel to the rainforest village of Kuranda on the historic scenic railway. Alternatively, you can simply relax and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. (B)

This final day is free for you to experience some additional experiences in this vibrant city and beyond. Optional trips can take you just outside of the city to the majestic Blue Mountains for stunning panoramic views, or perhaps you’d like to indulge your palate on a day tour to the Hunter Valley wineries for tastings and a delicious lunch. As the day draws to a close, join your travelling companions for a special farewell dinner in a local restaurant by the water. (BD)

Day 13: Depart Sydney Say farewell to your new-found friends this morning as your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

PRICES INCLUDE • 12 nights’ accommodation in premium hotels • Meals as specified: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners • Domestic flights as specified in the itinerary • Transfers and sightseeing as specified (excludes ‘optional’ items)

Day 9: Great Barrier Reef Get ready for an experience of a lifetime today as you board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll have the opportunity to snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of the underwater observatory or a semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on the reef before you return to Cairns, and after some time to relax, join your travelling companions for a delicious evening meal overlooking the Cairns waterfront. (BLD)

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10 day Tasmanian Wonders Hobart • Strahan • Gordon River • Cradle Mountain • Smithton • Launceston • Bicheno • Freycinet National Park

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You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel, before embarking upon a tour of Hobart. LANDVisit Battery Point, Salamanca Place and Mt. Nelson for panoramic views 1 the NIGHTS over city.STAYED Tonight join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner and drinks. (D)

Wrest Point Day 2: Hobart – Strahan LAND This morning, head to Mount Field National Park and Russell Falls, a spectacular AIRwaterfall surrounded by swamp gums. Afterwards, you will travel through 3-tiered 1 NIGHTS STAYED Lake St. Clair before arriving in Strahan. (BD) Strahan Village

Day 3: Gordon River Cruise - Cradle Mountain Enjoy aLAND cruise along the Gordon River today to witness the untouched wilderness of RAILThen travel through Rosebury and Tullah before arriving at your hotel on the area. CRUISE the outskirts of Cradle Mountain National Park. (BLD) Cradle Mountain Hotel 1

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Day 4: Cradle Mountain – Smithton This morning, explore the natural beauty of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake. In the afternoon, we travel to the coast for views of Bass Strait, picturesque Stanley and ‘the Nut’, before arriving into Smithton. (BD) Tall Timbers LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

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In the morning travel to Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre to learn about the town’s long gold-mining history and the dramatic events of the 2006 rock fall

and mine rescue. You’ll then have some time to explore Cataract Gorge, before a free afternoon in Launceston. (B)

Day 7: Launceston – Bicheno Today try some of the excellent products produced at Bridestowe Lavender Estate. Then make a stop at the WWI memorial Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees, before continuing on to Bicheno and perhaps take an optional tour to see Tassie Devils.

(BD) Best Western Beachfront at Bicheno Day 8: Bicheno - Hobart Get your camera ready for the breathtaking Freycinet National Park. You’ll take a walk that will unveil astonishing views across brilliant blue water, forest and golden beach. Then travel through Swansea and Orford, before arriving back into Hobart.

(B) Wrest Point (2 nights) Day 9: Port Arthur Today explore Port Arthur with a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a guided walk of the infamous convict prison. Later enjoy views of the rugged cliffs from Pirate’s Bay Lookout, Tasman’s Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole on the drive back to Hobart. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at one of the city’s best restaurants. (BD)

Day 10: Depart Hobart In the morning, you will be transferred to Hobart Airport for your onward flight. (B)

PRICES INCLUDE • 9 nights’ accommodation in comfortable mid-range hotels • Meals as specified: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners • Transfers & sightseeing as specified (excludes ‘optional’ items) Prices are per person based on twin share

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11 day Outback Adventure Alice Springs • Kings Canyon • Uluru • Renner Springs • Katherine • Kakadu National Park • Darwin

• Touring designed specifically for 18 - 35 year olds • Sleep under the stars in an outback bush camp • Witness the world-famous Uluru sunrise • Grab a cold beer at one of the oldest pubs in the Northern Territory • Plunge into the thermal pools at Mataranka • Explore the breathtaking Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge • Go croc-spotting in Kakadu National Park • Upgrade your touring experience locally with free time add-ons including scenic flights over Uluru and Katherine Gorge

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2019 Departures: Jan 27; Feb 24; Mar 24; Apr 21; Jun 16; Jul 14; Aug 11; Sep 8; Oct 6; Nov 3; Dec 1, 29. Itinerary shown valid from April 2019 onwards, departures before this date will follow an amended itinerary. Tour also operates in reverse starting in Darwin. Please call for details. Day 1: Alice Springs

Day 7: Renner Springs - Katherine

Start your tour with a visit to Simpson’s Gap and view the mighty MacDonnell Ranges from ANZAC Hill. Then get up close with some of the local wildlife at Alice Springs Reptile Centre. (D)

This morning continue your journey from the red desert to the tropics of the north. Unwind in the 34 degree thermal pools of Mataranka, before stopping at the vintage Daly Waters pub. Later head on to Katherine and its lush riverside surroundings. (B)

Day 2: Alice Springs - Kings Canyon

Day 8: Katherine - Kakadu National Park

After a morning of ‘bushtucker’ and insect eating in Alice Springs, journey to Kings Creek Station for a camp out under the stars sleeping in a traditional Aussie swag beneath the dazzling Milky Way. (BD)

Enjoy a morning at Nitmiluk Gorge with the opportunity to spot fresh water crocodiles. Then it’s onwards to Kakadu National Park where a whole day of new explorations await tomorrow. (BD)

Day 3: Kings Canyon - Uluru

Day 9: Kakadu National Park

Enjoy a guided hike through the mighty Kings Canyon, visiting landmarks like the ‘Garden of Eden’ waterhole and the ‘Lost City’. Continue on to Uluru and take a walk through Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) before arriving into your eco-friendly outback resort for some chill time by the pool. (B)

With a massive selection of wildlife and ancient sites to uncover, start your day in Kakadu with a visit to a Cultural Centre and Nourlangie Rock to learn about the rock art dating back thousands of years. Then jump on a crocodile spotting cruise to see these awesome creatures in their natural habitat. (B)

Day 4: Uluru Touring

Day 10: Kakadu - Litchfield National Park - Darwin

This morning it’s time to tick another item off your bucket list as you watch the sunrise over Uluru. Learn of the significance of the site to the Aboriginal people and you can even Darwin 1 see it from the sky with an optional scenic flight. 2 Kakadu National Park Litchfield In the evening raise a glass of bubbly as the sun National Park LAND sets over the famous rock. (B) Katherine 1

Today it’s time to get your waterfall fix at Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park. Cool off in the natural pools made by the four pounding waterfalls before hopping back on the coach to make tracks for Darwin and celebrate the last night of this epic adventure with your new friends. (B)

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Day 6: Alice Springs - Renner Springs

Leaving Alice Springs this morning to start the journey north, you’ll arrive in Wycliffe Well, 2 Kings Creek Alice Station 1 Australia’s UFO capital. Suitably spooked, the next Springs LAND 2 Uluru stop is the peculiar rock formation of the Devils (Ayers Rock) AIR Marbles. Grab some photos before continuing on to the NIGHTS STAYED rural town of Renner Springs. (BD)

Day 11: Darwin Before bidding farewell to your new friends, visit the Darwin Museum and the Cyclone Tracy display, and if you’re feeling brave there is an option to experience the cage of death at Crocosaurus Cove. Your tour ends at 5pm in Darwin. (B)

PRICES INCLUDE • 10 nights’ accommodation in hotels and lodges • Meals as specified: 10 breakfasts, 4 dinners • Sightseeing as specified (excluding ‘optional’ items)

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21 day Highlights of Australia & New Zealand Melbourne • Alice Springs • Uluru (Ayers Rock) • Cairns • Great Barrier Reef • Sydney • Auckland • Rotorua • Christchurch • Franz Josef • Queenstown • Milford Sound

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(BD) Mercure Alice Springs Resort Days 5 & 6: Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Kata Tjuta (Olgas) Travel through the rugged West MacDonnell Ranges to Uluru (Ayers Rock). As day 5

draws to a close, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine as you observe the dramatic colour changes of Uluru at sunset. Day 6 begins with an early rise to witness the magical Uluru sunrise, then tour the caves filled with ancient rock art at the base of Uluru. In the afternoon, travel over red desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), and take a walk through some of the tallest of these majestic domes before sunset. (B) Desert

Gardens Hotel (2 nights) Day 7: Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Cairns In the morning, join an Aboriginal artist for a fun and interactive introduction to Western Desert Art. Gain unique cultural insights, such as the significance of local totems and paint your own artwork that you can keep as a memento of your time in the Red Centre. In the afternoon, fly to Cairns and then transfer to your hotel. (B)

Hilton Hotel Cairns (3 nights) Days 8 & 9: Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef You have a full day at leisure on day 8 for you to pursue your own interests in vibrant, tropical Cairns. On day 9, prepare to marvel at the wonders of the crystalblue ocean as you board a high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling (equipment provided), or you can view the coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns. Your dinner is included tonight at a local restaurant on the waterfront. (B,BLD)


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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Experience the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset • Cruise on the pristine Great Barrier Reef • Immerse yourself in Maori culture in New Zealand’s North Island • Marvel at the stunning natural scenery of the Southern Alps and Milford Sound • Discover Queenstown – the ‘adventure capital of the world’

Days 16: Rotorua - Christchurch Discover native flora and fauna at the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, before continuing to Te Puia Thermal Reserve, where a Maori guide will lead you through a geothermal wonderland. Later, board your flight to Christchurch for a quick tour of the city before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure. (B) Distinction Christchurch

Hotel Day 17: Christchurch - TranzAlpine - Franz Josef Take an unforgettable journey through the spectacular Southern Alps on the legendary TranzAlpine train. Stop at Hokitika, known for its beautiful greenstone (jade), then travel on to the West Coast town of Franz Josef to marvel at the stunning glacier of the same name. Dinner is included this evening at your hotel.

(BD) Te Waonui Forest Retreat Day 18: Franz Josef - Queenstown Travel over the Haast Pass with stunning views out to the Tasman Sea before visiting the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown. Upon arrival in Queenstown, enjoy a brief orientation tour before unwinding in the renowned adventure capital of the world. (B) Millennium Hotel Queenstown (3 nights)

Days 19 & 20: Milford Sound & Queenstown

Day 10: Cairns - Sydney After a final morning at leisure in Cairns, fly in the afternoon to cosmopolitan Sydney where the rest of your day is at leisure to drink in the atmosphere of this iconic city.

(B) Intercontinental Hotel Sydney (3 nights) Days 11 & 12: Sydney Today enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House with a local guide before feeling the sand between your toes at the legendary Bondi Beach. Enjoy lunch on one of the most prestigious boats on Sydney Harbour, before spending the rest of your day at leisure. After more free time on day 12, celebrate your last evening in Sydney with your Travel Director and fellow guests at a waterfront restaurant. (BL,BD)

Days 13 & 14: Sydney - Auckland Fly across the Tasman Sea to the island nation of New Zealand before meeting your Travel Director and fellow guests for dinner at your hotel. The following day, enjoy a morning city sightseeing tour and cruise on Waitemata Harbour before taking the time to relax and unwind in New Zealand’s largest city. (BD,B) Stamford Plaza

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Drive along the shores of the turquoise Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, then through the temperate rainforest of the Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. Enjoy a spectacular cruise among mountain peaks, massive waterfalls and glaciers before you return to Queenstown for an evening at leisure. On day 20, you will have the opportunity to take in an optional experience such as a boutique wine tour, a thrilling jet boat ride or a gentle cruise on a vintage steamship followed by a traditional BBQ lunch experience on a New Zealand homestead. In the evening, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a spectacular farewell dinner at the Boatshed, set in the restored historic Railway Shipping Office. (BL,BD)

Day 21: Depart Queenstown Your Australia and New Zealand adventure comes to an end after breakfast. Transfers are available throughout today to Queenstown Airport for your onward flight. (B)

PRICES INCLUDE • 20 nights’ accommodation in premium hotels • Meals as specified: 20 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners • Internal flights, transfers and sightseeing as specified (excludes ‘optional’ items) • Services of an Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide • Touring by luxury coach

Day 15: Auckland - Rotorua As you travel through the rolling countryside of the Waikato Region, stop for a sumptuous country-style lunch at the Red Barn. Later, an evening of traditional Maori culture and entertainment awaits as you savour a delicious Hangi dinner and enjoy a concert at the Tamaki Family Marae. (BLD) Millennium Hotel Rotorua

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15 day Australian Treasures Sydney • Uluru (Ayers Rock) • Kings Canyon • Alice Springs • The Ghan • Darwin • Cairns • Port Douglas

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Today, you will enjoy a guided tour of Sydney’s iconic sights. Your day starts with a visit to Port Milsons Point where you can enjoy incredible Douglas 3 views of the world-famous harbour and 1 the Sydney Opera House. Travel past Cairns stunning lookout points over the Pacific Ocean before arriving at Manly Beach where you will have some free time to explore to local area. Then savour a delicious buffet lunch on a short cruise of Sydney Harbour before heading out to the world-famous Bondi Beach where surfers, beachgoers and tourists congregate to 4 Sydney relax and unwind in one of the many cosmopolitan cafes or restaurants. Your evening is at leisure back in the city

so why not take some time to explore the many bars and restaurants in the vibrant Darling Harbour precinct? (L)

Days 3 & 4: Sydney your way The next 2 days are at leisure for you to enjoy Sydney at your own pace or to prebook one of the fantastic optional tour experiences on offer. Marvel at the city views and feel the adrenaline take over as you scale the heights on the Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb; take in the spectacular panoramic vistas and meet the local wildlife on a full-day tour to the Blue Mountains; or perhaps you’d prefer to take it easy and indulge your palate on a Gourmet Wine tour in Hunter Valley. Please call for details of the full range of sightseeing experiences available.

Day 5: Sydney - Uluru (Ayers Rock) Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight to the heart of Australia’s Red Centre. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel before later visiting the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to learn more about the cultural importance of the local sacred sites for the traditional owners, the Anangu. Then embark on an afternoon guided tour around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide and learn about the native flora and fauna. Take a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole and discover the true meaning of the fascinating Aboriginal rock paintings with your interpretative guide before ending your day with a glass of sparkling wine as you watch the sunset and the stunning changing colours of Uluru. This evening you can add on an optional Uluru Barbecue Dinner and dine under the stars with complimentary wines, beers and soft drinks. Please call for pricing. Standard: Outback Pioneer Hotel; Superior:

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Enjoy a delicious lunch while cruising on Sydney’s iconic harbour • Witness the changing colours of Uluru at sunrise and sunset • Travel in style through the heart of the Outback on-board the Ghan train • Create your own touring experience from a wide range of exciting optional tours in Sydney, Darwin and Tropical North Queensland

larger cabin with full double bed and access to the exclusive Platinum Club car with self-serve bar and flexible dining space. Please call for more details. (D) Overnight:

The Ghan - Gold Twin Cabin Day 9: Katherine - Darwin

OPTIONAL SIGHTSEEING EXCURSIONS Enhance your holiday with a selection of fantastic full and half-day tour experiences. Climb the Harbour Bridge or savour a Gourmet Wine Tour from Sydney, cruise and snorkel through the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef, or learn more about the heritage and culture of the Aboriginal communities in Kakadu National Park. Please call for details of the full range of excursions on offer.

Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Katherine River as you marvel at the towering sandstone cliffs of Nitmiluk Gorge. Calls of the cicada resonate across the water between the massive sandstone cliffs as you cruise down the First and Second Gorges listening to stories about how the Gorge came to be named and its significance to the indigenous Jawoyn people. After a morning of amazing scenery, a delicious lunch awaits you back aboard the Ghan before you kick back and savour the last few hours of this epic rail journey. Upon arrival into Darwin this afternoon, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where the rest of the evening is at leisure. (BL) Standard: Doubletree by Hilton Darwin; Superior: Mantra on the

Esplanade; Deluxe: Hilton Darwin (2 nights) Day 10: Darwin your way Enjoy a full day in Darwin to enjoy the Top End your way by pre-booking one of the excellent day tours on offer. A visit to one of the stunning National Parks is highly recommended to fully appreciate the majesty of the natural sights in this unique part of Australia. Kakadu National Park is the largest National Park in Australia and is home to a myriad of animals including saltwater crocodiles and colourful bird species, while Litchfield National Park offers stunning waterfalls and natural plunge pools dotted throughout a lush rainforest landscape. Alternatively, you can choose to take in the city sights on a half-day tour in Darwin. Please call for prices.

Day 11: Darwin - Cairns Enjoy free time before your transfer to the airport and your onward flight to the capital of Tropical North Queensland, Cairns. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and the rest of your day is at leisure. Standard: Cairns Plaza Hotel; Superior: Mantra

Esplanade Resort; Deluxe: Shangri-La Hotel The Marina Cairns Day 12: Cairns - Port Douglas This morning, you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the beautiful coastal resort of Port Douglas, your home for the next 3 nights. With its 4-mile white sandy beach and local community feel, this beach town also boasts a bustling marina, which serves as the main gateway to the stunning Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy the rest of today at leisure. Standard: Oaks Lagoons; Superior: Meridian Port

Douglas; Deluxe: Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa (3 nights) Day 6: Uluru - Kings Canyon Rise early to catch the first rays of sun bathe Uluru in that famous red glow. Then, travel past panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. You will have some time to explore the unusual rock formations in the ancient gorge before continuing to your overnight accommodation at Kings Canyon. Standard & Superior: Kings Canyon Resort

(Standard Room); Deluxe: Kings Canyon Resort (Deluxe Spa Room) Day 7: Kings Canyon - Alice Springs This morning you might choose to join your Driver Guide for the rocky climb to the canyon rim for amazing views across Watarrka National Park. Alternatively, you can explore the canyon creek bed for those seeking an easier walking experience. Later in the day, continue your journey through the red desert landscape to the town of Alice Springs. Check-in at your hotel and then your evening is free to relax, or perhaps enjoy a meal in one of the town’s many restaurants. Standard: Desert

Palms Alice Springs; Superior: Mercure Alice Springs Resort; Deluxe: Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs Day 8: Board the Ghan to Darwin Enjoy a morning and afternoon at leisure in Alice Springs before boarding the Ghan train to commence your journey north to Australia’s Top End. Relax in the Outback Explorer Lounge with your fellow passengers before freshening up for a gourmet dinner in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant. The expert chefs have created a wonderful menu using locally sourced ingredients and wines from South Australia to give you a dining experience to remember. Upgrades to Platinum Class are available, featuring a

Days 13 & 14: Port Douglas your way With 2 full days to enjoy the many activities in this tropical paradise, you will be spoiled for choice. You can choose to pre-book a full-day cruise to the crystal-clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef where you will have the opportunity to snorkel or dive with the colourful sea life that call the reef home. This area of Queensland is also famous for its lush tropical rainforest which you can experience first-hand as part of our Daintree and Cape Tribulation day tour or the Kuranda All Inclusive tour, where you will also have the opportunity to meet the traditional custodians of the rainforest at Tjapukai Cultural Park. Or why not choose to round-off your trip with an unforgettable hot air balloon flight over the stunning coastline? Please call for prices.

Day 15: Depart Port Douglas Your Australian adventure ends with a transfer to Cairns airport for your onward flight.

PRICES INCLUDE • 13 nights’ accommodation in hand-picked hotels • 1 night on board the Ghan from Alice Springs to Darwin • Meals as specified: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner • Internal flights on Days 5 and 11 Prices are per person based on twin share • Sightseeing with experienced local Standard from  guides as per itinerary Superior from  • All airport and railway station transfers Deluxe from 

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18 day Sydney, Gold Coast & Reef Explorer Sydney • Blue Mountains • Brisbane • Surfers Paradise • Hamilton Island • Port Douglas • Great Barrier Reef • Cape Tribulation

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After a leisurely morning, rejoin you tour group and travel around the mountains to Blackheath for delicious lunch at a picturesque golf club. Enjoy world-class views at Govett’s Leap before enjoying a brief visit to Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens. Then return to your Sydney hotel around 5pm. (L) Hotels: As per Day 1 (2 nights)

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Enjoy a day tour of spectacular Sydney’s famous sites today including scenic Manly Beach, a lunch cruise on the iconic Sydney Harbour, free-time to explore the Rocks and Darling Harbour and time people-watching at Bondi Beach. Your evening is at leisure to enjoy the nightlife.

Day 5: Sydney your way

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Today, choose from a range of pre-bookable sightseeing experiences to make the most of your free time in Sydney. The Darling Harbour Experience pass offers entry to a range of popular attractions and eating establishments including Sydney Aquarium and the Sydney Tower Eye. Alternatively, feel the thrill of climbing the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge or take an informative backstage tour at the Sydney Opera House. Please call for full details of the options available.

Day 3: Sydney - Blue Mountains

Day 6: Sydney - Brisbane

Your journey to the Blue Mounatains starts with a stop Gold at Calmsley Hill farm where you can get up close to a Coast range of native animals including kangaroos and koala bears. Visit a stunning lookout over the Jamison Valley before taking in the remote Eaglehawk Lookout for views of the famous Three Sisters. From here transfer to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure. Standard:

Leisure Inn Spires; Superior: The Mountain Heritage; Deluxe: Lilianfels Resort & Spa Blue Mountains

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Brisbane. The rest of the day is yours to explore Queenland’s capital city at leisure - don’t miss the many walks and parks that skirt the Brisbane River. Standard: Ibis Brisbane; Superior: Novotel Brisbane;

Deluxe: Sofitel Brisbane Central Day 7: Brisbane - Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Transfer today to Brisbane’s premier beach resort, Surfers Paradise on the beautiful Gold Coast. You have 2 nights here to top up your tan or enjoy one of the many attractions right on your doorstep. Standard: Mantra Sun City (inc. full breakfast);

Superior: Mantra Legends; Deluxe: Peppers Broadbeach (2 nights)


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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Start this amazing east coast tour with 4 nights in fabulous Sydney • Small group tour and 2-night stay in the picturesque Blue Mountains National Park • Soak up the fun on the Gold Coast with time to explore the theme parks in the lively resort of Surfers Paradise • Explore the rainforests of Lamington National Park • 3 nights on fantastic Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays with a cruise to spectacular Whitehaven Beach • 4 nights in the laid-back resort of Port Douglas, your base for exploring Tropical North Queensland • Cruise to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef • Visit the remote Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef

OPTIONAL SIGHTSEEING EXCURSIONS Make the most of your free time in Sydney, Gold Coast and Port Douglas by pre-booking some optional sightseeing experiences. Learn to surf on Sydney’s Bondi Beach, take to the ocean on a dolphin viewing trip on the Gold Coast or perhaps get back to nature with a day trip to the magical Cape Tribulation National Park. Please call for details of the full range of excursions on offer.

Days 12 & 13: Whitehaven Beach & Hamilton Island After a morning at leisure, board your catamaran from Hamilton Island marina for a cruise to Cid Harbour, one of the most idyllic areas of the Whitsundays with calm waters, beautiful coastline and soaring peaks. After circumnavigating Whitsunday Island, cruise to the southern end of Whitehaven Beach where there’s time to explore, swim in the crystal-clear waters and laze on the pure white silica sands. The next day is free for you to relax.

Day 14: Hamilton Island - Port Douglas From Hamilton Island’s airport you’ll fly directly to Cairns, where you’ll be transferred to your chosen accommodation in Port Douglas. With its relaxed ambience and sophisticated boutiques and eateries, Port Douglas makes an ideal base, both for exploring the region and simply relaxing. Standard: Oaks Lagoons; Superior:

Meridian Port Douglas; Deluxe: Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa (4 nights) Day 15: Great Barrier Reef

Day 8: Gold Coast your way

Transfer to the marina to board Quicksilver’s catamaran cruise to Agincourt Reef on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Your day includes activities such as snorkelling and marine viewing from the underwater observatory as well as a lunch on the pontoon. (L)

Today you have a full day at leisure in Queensland’s Gold Coast, so why not pre-book some optional experiences? Enjoy an exciting jet boat ride along the coastline, or visit the late Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo for some spectacular wildlife encounters. For families and adrenaline junkies, a whole host of theme parks await, and for those looking to get back to nature, the rainforests of the nearby Hinterland offer unparalleled beauty. Please call for full details of the experiences on offer.

With 2 free days to explore everything the area has to offer, why not choose to prebook some optional excursions? A full-day trip to Kuranda Village offers spectacular views on the Scenic Railway and Skyrail Cableway to the cultural encounters on offer at Tjapukai Aboriginal Park. For early-risers, a sunrise hot-air balloon trip is not to be missed. Please call for full details of the excursions on offer.

Day 9: Gold Coast - Lamington National Park

Day 18: Port Douglas - Depart Cairns

Venture inland to the tranquil Gold Coast Hinterland for a relaxing stay at the historic O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Standard: Mountain View Room; Superior & Deluxe:

One Bedroom Canopy Suite (2 nights) Day 10: Lamington National Park Guests at O’Reilly’s can enjoy complimentary activities, such as early morning bird watching walks, rainforest discovery walks and audio-visual presentations.

Day 11: Lamington National Park - Hamilton Island Transfer back to Brisbane Airport for your flight to Hamilton Island. Located in the heart of the idyllic Whitsunday Islands on the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is a vibrant and popular holiday destination with plenty of exciting sightseeing and activity options. (B*) Standard: Palm Bungalows; Superior: Reef View Hotel;

Deluxe: Beach Club (3 nights) *Deluxe only

Days 16 & 17: Port Douglas your way

Your tour ends with a transfer to Cairns Airport.

PRICES INCLUDE • 17 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar on room only basis (unless specified otherwise) • Meals as specified: 3 lunches • Internal flights & transfers • Sightseeing as specified (excludes ‘optional’ items)

Prices are per person based on twin share

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Single supplements available upon request

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Campervan your way around Australia From coastal journeys to outback adventures, an Australian road trip is one of the best ways to experience the wide-open spaces and magnificent scenery. From short trips to epic self-drives, Australian campervan experiences cover every length and landscape.

Freedom & Flexibility There is no better way to enjoy freedom and flexibility and experience the stunning scenery of Australia than by motorhome. Stop where you want when you want with pretty much your home and contents right there for your convenience. The minimum age to hire a motorhome is 21yrs. There is no maximum age as long as you have a valid license. A motorhome experience allows you to get up close and personal to nature and the environment. It’s a great way to meet people including other travellers or locals. You will also save costs as you will be able to self-cater in your motorhome with all the modern kitchen facilities.

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Choosing Your Campervan Campervans are designed for 2 to 6 people or take a 4WD Campervan designed for the Outback. Most are built on a European chassis and all come with automatic transmission, making self-drive touring easy. All campervans come fully equipped with linen, towels, bedding, kitchen equipment, crockery and so forth. For a small additional cost you can order picnic tables, chairs and baby seats if needed. All the campervans provide large internal and external storage but to maximise the use of the space we recommend you bring soft shell bags. Tablets with GPS features are included to help you navigate your route. Turn the page to look at the campervan options in detail.

Where Can I Camp? Covering a total area of 7.69 million square kilometres, mainland Australia is the world’s largest island - but smallest continent. With around 50,000 kilometres of spectacular coastline, complete with islands, stunning beaches, fringing reefs and long meandering drives, you’ll find millions of places to explore. In Australia taking care of the environment is a priority. With camping being a way of life, there are plenty of places to camp and the holiday parks are excellent - safe, secure and comfortable with International-standard facilities. Please enquire about our BIG4 Holiday Parks Voucher Pack.


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A Perfect Blend Enjoy an overnight wine experience like no other with maui Winery Havens. Exclusive to maui customers, Winery Havens has been designed to provide you with an incredible experience staying overnight in the comfort of your maui motorhome on the grounds of some of Australia’s most exclusive wineries, tasting the freshest local food and wine. Use local produce to cook up a storm in your motorhome kitchen and settle in for the evening. Includes a gourmet hamper for 2 people, accompanied by a bottle of wine. Winery Havens include Feathertop, St Leonards, Brown Brothers, Dal Zotto and Cofield in Victoria; and Hahndorf Hill, Caudo Vineyard, Lake Breeze and Seppeltsfield Wines in South Australia.

On the Road with Campermate All maui, Britz and Mighty campervans are fitted with an in-vehicle TomTom GPS tablet to help you at every stage of your campervan holiday. There are a number of different features, functions and information all designed to help you find your way around and ensure you make the most of every moment on your adventure. With wi-fi hotspot functionality, operational ‘how to’ videos for the campervan, information on how to find and book campgrounds and activities, plus the location of dump stations, petrol stations and LPG refill points, you will have the latest information and help at your fingertips with you every step of the way.

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Motorhome & Campervan Rental

Motorhome and campervan holidays offer complete independence with the freedom to discover the hidden gems of Australia at your own pace. With over 25 years’ experience, maui is the trusted name for motorhomes in  Australia which offer a level of space and comfort, where you can travel for adventure but live in style. Britz  is perfect for anyone looking for an affordable option and features a different range of vehicles than those available through sister company maui.

maui motorhomes •m  aui motorhomes are part of Australasia’s largest campervan company. Designed for apartment living on the road, they provide sleeping options from 2-6 people with the room to live with style and comfort. • There is a motorhome for even the most discerning traveller; offering ultimate space and design touches for a luxury camping experience. You’ll find your motorhome has apartment-style kitchen equipment and quality bedding and linen. You can also enjoy exclusive maui services including linen swap and express return. • All vehicles feature automatic transmission and include a free smart tablet that includes GPS, ‘how to’ videos as well as useful apps for finding campgrounds and other useful facilities throughout the country. • Branches are conveniently situated at 10 locations around Australia. Plus there is always maui’s 24-hour on road assistance if you need a helping hand along the way.

ultima plus • Automatic • Air conditioning • Fridge/freezer • Gas stove & microwave • Exterior barbecue • Hot & cold pressurised water • Toilet & shower • Screen for USB connectivity & DVD player 2+1

cascade • Automatic • Air conditioning • Fridge/freezer • Gas stove & Microwave • Storage with external access • Hot & cold pressurised water • Toilet & shower • Screen for USB connectivity & DVD player 4 • Fixed awning

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maui Inclusive Pack We strongly recommend you pre-book the great value-for-money ‘maui Inclusive Pack’, which is only available in the UK prior to departure. This includes: Liability Reduction Option: – reduces liability/ security from $7,500 to NIL Single Vehicle Rollover Cover Plus: • Extra driver fees • Picnic table and chairs • Portable fan heater • Linen exchange • wi-fi included - 1GB of data • Child seats In addition to the ‘standard’ rates the maui Inclusive Pack costs just £38 per day (max. £2250)

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You can also purchase locally an Express Return Pack for $150* ($250 if returning in Cairns, Perth, Melbourne or Sydney). This includes: • Return gas bottle empty • Return fuel tank empty • Express key return: – eliminates need for vehicle checks (only if maui Inclusive Pack also purchased) • Toilet and waste water emptying service (for Cairns, Perth, Melbourne or Sydney) *price may change with fuel price fluctuation Early Bird Discounts of up to 20% are available – please enquire for details.

MAUI ELITE Add the Maui Elite option to your hire at $39 per day to ensure your vehicle is under 1 year of age on fleet.

• Automatic • Air conditioning • Fridge/freezer • Gas stove & microwave • Hot & cold pressurised water • Toilet & shower • Screen for USB connectivity & DVD player • Fixed awning 4 • Storage with external access

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Britz Campervans

Britz Campervans • Britz  has the largest fleet and widest range of campervans available making it the perfect choice for a self-drive adventure in Australia. • Britz extensive fleet of 2, 4 and 6 berth campers and 4WD vehicles will ensure there is a vehicle for all of your needs while on the road. • All campervans include a free smart tablet that includes GPS, ‘how to’ videos as well as useful apps for finding campgrounds and other useful facilities throughout the country. • With transport and accommodation all in one, a Britz campervan holiday gives the freedom and flexibility to discover Australia at a pace that suits you.

Venturer • Automatic • Air conditioning • Fridge/freezer • Gas stove & microwave • Exterior barbecue • Hot & cold pressurised water • Toilet & shower • Screen for USB connectivity & DVD player 2

Explorer • Automatic • Air conditioning • Fridge/freezer • Gas stove & microwave • Hot & cold pressurised water • Toilet & shower • Fixed awning • Screen for USB connectivity & DVD player 4

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Britz Inclusive Pack We strongly recommend you pre-book the great value-for-money ‘Britz Inclusive Pack’, which is only available in the UK prior to departure. This includes: Liability Reduction Option: – reduces liability/security from $5,000 (HiTop/Voyager), $7,500 (all other 2WDs) or $8,000 (4WDs) to NIL for 2WDs and $500 for 4WDs Single Vehicle Rollover Cover Plus... • Extra driver fees • Picnic table and chairs • Portable fan heater • Linen exchange • wi-fi included - 1GB of data • Child seats In addition to the ‘Flex’ rates the Britz Inclusive Pack costs just £38 per day (max. £1800) for all 2WD campervans and just £43 for all 4WDS. You can also purchase locally an Express Return Pack for $150* (2WD) & $200*(4WD) - ($250* for returns of toilet/shower vehicles in Cairns, Melbourne,Sydney or Perth). This includes: • Return gas bottle empty • Return fuel tank empty • Express key return: – eliminates need for vehicle checks (only if Britz Inclusive Pack also purchased) • Toilet and waste water empyting service (for Cairns, Perth, Melbourne or Sydney)

• Automatic • Air conditioning • Fridge/freezer • Gas stove & microwave • Hot & cold pressurised water • Toilet & shower • Fixed awning • Screen for USB connectivity & DVD player 6

4WD Safari Landcruiser • Manual • Air conditioning (in front cab) • Fridge/freezer • Portable gas stove • Awning supplied • Outback safety kit • Picnic table & chairs • Roof-top tent 5

*price may change with fuel price fluctuations

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15 day Explorers Way •

Trace the trail of pioneer, John McDouall Stuart, as you travel by campervan from Adelaide to Darwin on the sealed route of the Explorers Highway. Discover the cellar doors and vine-lined chateaus of the Barossa Valley near Adelaide and explore the Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound. Stay underground in the opal capital of Cooper Pedy and the outback town of Alice Springs, then walk around Uluru with an Aboriginal guide before continuing to the rim of Kings Canyon. Drive further north to see ancient Aboriginal rock art in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and swim in the crystal-clear pools of Litchfield National Park. Your campervan adventure continues in the parklands, outdoor markets, festivals and historical attractions of tropical Darwin. Day 1: Adelaide – Clare Valley Day 2: Clare Valley – Flinders Ranges (Wilpena Pound) Day 3: Flinders Ranges (Wilpena Pound) Day 4: Flinders Ranges (Wilpena Pound) – Port Augusta Day 5: Port Augusta – Coober Pedy Day 6: Coober Pedy Day 7: Coober Pedy – Uluru-Kata Tjuta Day 8: Uluru-Kata Tjuta Day 9: Uluru-Kata Tjuta - Kings Canyon Day 10: Kings Canyon - Alice Springs Day 11: Alice Springs - Tennant Creek (Devils Marbles) Day 12:  Tennant Creek - Daly Waters Day 13: Daly Waters - Katherine Day 14:  Katherine - Adelaide River Day 15:  Adelaide River - Darwin

Prices from £419 per person based on a 15 day rental in a Britz Venturer (excluding the Britz Inclusive Pack).

14 day Pacific Coast Touring Route •

This scenic drive takes you from Sydney to Cairns, offering sweeping beaches, sleepy villages, mossy rainforests, adventure and relaxation along the way. Travel by motorhome and along the way explore the sparkling beaches and lush hinterland of the Central Coast, the wineries of the Hunter Valley and the picturesque inlets of Port Stephens. Work on your swing at a rainforest golf course on the Coffs Coast and your aura on the beach in Byron Bay, then dive with brightly coloured fish in Solitary Islands Marine Park or into the bright lights of the Gold Coast. Capture some of Queensland’s biggest coastal attractions, from rainforest national parks to the Great Barrier Reef and pristine islands such as Fraser Island and Great Keppel Island near Rockhampton. Snorkel or dive reefs and shipwrecks near Mackay and go sailing in the postcard-perfect Whitsundays. Walk the white sand of Magnetic Island, near Townsville before arriving into Cairns. Day 1: Sydney - Central Coast Day 2: Central Coast - Hunter Valley Day 3: Hunter Valley - Port Stephens Day 4: Port Stephens - Coffs Harbour Day 5: Coffs Harbour - Byron Bay Day 6: Byron Bay - Gold Coast Days 7-8: Gold Coast - Brisbane Day 9: Brisbane - Fraser Island Day 10: Fraser Island - Bundaberg Day 11: Bundaberg - Rockhampton Day 12: Rockhampton - Mackay Day 13: Mackay - Townsville Day 14: Townsville – Cairns

Prices from £665 per person based on a 14 day rental in a maui ultima (excluding the maui Inclusive Pack).

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Australia Car Rental – Avis

Hiring a car is the perfect way to experience the wide open spaces and magnificent scenery that Australia has to offer. Whether you choose to head up the east coast from Sydney and Cairns, explore the vastness of the Red Centre or experience one of the worlds most scenic drives on the Great Ocean Road, together with our partner Avis, you have the ultimate freedom to discover one of the worlds most remarkable driving destinations.

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4 day The Ghan Expedition Darwin • Katherine • Alice Springs • Coober Pedy • Adelaide

• 3 nights on board the iconic Ghan train • Cruising through the idyllic Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge • Dining in the outback beneath the stars in Alice Springs • Exploring Coober Pedy, the opal mining capital of the world

LIFE ON BOARD THE CABINS GOLD SERVICE Through the window of your cosy, en-suite cabin (Gold Single cabins have shared bathroom facilities), watch tremendous scenes unfold as the train transports you from one end of the continent to the other. And after a day of off-train activities, your cabin provides the perfect place to relax and recharge before heading for the lounge or dining carriage. PLATINUM SERVICE Boasting deluxe extras such as Platinum Transfers, in-cabin breakfasts, full-size double beds and access to the Platinum Club, Platinum Service promises and delivers a luxury journey beyond expectations.

DINING EXPERIENCES Enjoy beautifully prepared meals in the classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car (or Platinum Club for Platinum guests) where an outstanding menu consisting of fresh local fare awaits – our talented chefs working closely with local suppliers, farmers and providers to source the best possible regional ingredients. Feel free to complement your meal with our splendid selection of Australian wines and other beverages – all included in your fare.

Departures: Wednesdays March - October Day 1: Darwin - Katherine

Day 3: Alice Springs - Coober Pedy

Your journey on The Ghan Expedition begins today as you depart Darwin heading south for Adelaide. After a light lunch in the onboard Queen Adelaide Restaurant, arrive in the famous Top End township of Katherine. This afternoon you have a choiceLAND of Off Train Excursions that take in the natural beauty of the Nitmiluk Gorge, as wellAIR as its cultural and historical significance for Indigenous and early settlers. RAILalso choose to upgrade your touring experience with a thrilling helicopter You may CRUISE ride over the many limestone formations that make up the impressive gorge. Back 1 NIGHTS STAYED on board in the early evening, sample the very best of Australian cuisine and wine with a sumptuous dinner and take the opportunity to share your experiences with fellow guests before retiring for the night as The Ghan rolls on to tomorrow’s LAND (LD) adventure.

Breakfast is served as you arrive into Manguri Siding where you disembark and travel by air-conditioned coach to enjoy a full day of touring in and around the truly unique opal mining township of Coober Pedy. More than half of the residents here live underground, and you’ll have time to explore the many tunnels and caves as well as the otherworldly Serbian Orthodox Church. Enjoy a most unique gourmet lunch beneath the Earth’s surface before setting out to the stunning outback moonscape of the Breakaways. Back on board The Ghan this evening, enjoy dinner as you relax into your final evening, perhaps sharing some further stories and experiences with your travelling companions or taking it easy with a book or a nightcap before retiring to your private cabin. (BLD)

Day 2: Katherine - Alice Springs

Gazing out of your window this morning, you will notice a dramatic change in landscape as the ochre tones of the Outback make way for the fertile green pastoral lands of South Australia. After a last breakfast in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, The Ghan rolls into Adelaide where your epic expedition ends. (B)

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This morning, wake to the spectacular Red Centre. A beautiful breakfast prepares you for a choice of guided tours in and around Alice Springs including the LAND opportunity to get up close and personal with Australia’s incredible AIR flora and fauna. There is also the opportunity to upgrade 1 NIGHTS STAYED your touring with an optional fixed-wing scenic Darwin flight to Uluru with a guided base tour. In the Katherine evening, return to the train for a quick freshen LAND overnight train RAIL 1 up before dining under a canopy of stars at an CRUISE authentic Outback BBQ with live Australiana 1 NIGHTS STAYED Alice music and mouthwatering food. Enjoy an Springs overnight train informative astronomical talk as you cast 1 your eyes skyward and ponder the vastness Coober Pedy overnight train of the universe. Then with a full belly and a LAND 1 deep sense of wonderment, it’s back to the RAIL 1 NIGHTS STAYED train where the lounges are open until late so Adelaide you can share your journey highlights so far, or simply relax before turning in for the night. 1

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PRICES INCLUDE • 3 nights on board The Ghan in Gold or Platinum Service • Meals as specified: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners • All drinks on board the train • Transfer from central Darwin hotels to Darwin railway station • Off Train Excursions in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy (excluding any ‘optional’ upgrades)

Prices are per person based on twin share

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13 day Outback to Island Darwin • Kakadu National Park • The Ghan Expedition • Kangaroo Island • Barossa Valley • Adelaide

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Day 1: Arrive Darwin Upon arrival into Darwin, make your own way to your hotel for an overnight stay.

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Day 2: Darwin - Kakadu Travel to Kakadu National Park to learn of the traditions of the local Aboriginal people and take a cruiseLAND of Yellow Water Billabong in search of saltwater crocodiles. AIR After lunch, stop at Nourlangie to view the ancient rock art galleries. (BL) Mercure 1 NIGHTS STAYED Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Day 3: Kakadu - Darwin This morning, explore the World Heritage area of Ubirr before joining the Guluyambi LAND Cruise on the East Alligator RAIL River. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to CRUISE (2 nights) Darwin. (L) Hilton Darwin 1

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• Explore the natural wonders of Kakadu National Park & Arnhem Land • Travel through the Australian Outback aboard The Ghan Expedition • Enjoy inclusive off-train excursions in Katherine, Alice Springs & Coober Pedy • Fly to Kangaroo Island for two nights of wildlife encounters • Savour wine tastings on a full-day Barossa Valley tour

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Day 6: The Ghan Expedition to Alice Springs Today you have a full-day excursion in Alice Springs. Perhaps upgrade to a scenic flight over Uluru with guided base tour. Later dine beneath the stars at an authentic Outback BBQ Dinner.

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Explore the underground town of Coober Pedy. Venture into the network of caves and visit Umoona Opal Mine. Enjoy a gourmet lunch underground before setting off to the outback moonscape of the Breakaways. (BLD)

Days 8 & 9: The Ghan Expedition to Adelaide - Kangaroo Island Travel through the Flinders Ranges before transferring to Adelaide airport for your flight to Kangaroo Island where you will be met by your guide to start your island adventure. Enjoy wildlife viewings with sleepy koalas and a colony of Australian sea lions just some of the highlights. (B,BLD) Mercure Kangaroo Island Resort (2

nights) Day 10: Kangaroo Island - Adelaide Explore Flinders Chase National Park and view the huge natural granite sculptures of Remarkable Rocks. Enjoy a picnic lunch before heading to the airport for your return flight to Adelaide. (BL) Hilton Adelaide (3 nights)

Day 11: Barossa Valley Today visit one of the oldest vineyards in the world, and be guided through wine tasting experiences by passionate vignerons at up to 4 cellar doors. (BL)

Day 12: Adelaide at leisure Enjoy a day at leisure in Adelaide. Stroll along the River Torrens and North Terrace, or catch the tram to Glenelg and explore this popular beachside suburb. (B)

Day 13: Depart Adelaide Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. (B)

PRICES INCLUDE • 9 nights’ accommodation in comfortable superior hotels • 3 nights’ on board The Ghan Expedition • Meals as specified: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 4 dinners • Beverages on board the Ghan Prices are per person based on twin share • Services of local tour guides and train Gold from  staff Platinum from  • Station transfers and sightseeing as per Single supplements available upon request itinerary

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2 day The Ghan — Adelaide to Alice Springs Departures: Sundays, Jan 13 - Nov 28 2019 and Feb 2 - Mar 29 2020

Day 1: Depart Adelaide for the Red Centre Depart on the legendary Ghan train at 12:15 and enjoy a delicious lunch as your watch the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia merge into rugged mallee scrub. Marvel as the spectacular Flinders Ranges disappear into the horizon, all the while enjoying the solitude of your cabin, reading or catching up on your favourite podcast, then mingling with fellow travellers in the Outback Explorer Lounge. As darkness falls outside the train’s windows, head to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant for a gourmet 3-course dinner, including stunning regional produce and wines.(LD)

Day 2: Arrive Alice Springs Wake up with a coffee or juice and witness an unforgettable outback sunrise at a new morning stop in Marla in the remote reaches of South Australia. Enjoy brunch back on board — perhaps savour a light bite from the extensive menu or order something a little more substantial with full breakfasts complete with eggs cooked just the way you like them also available. After a few more coffees, fresh juices and more incredible outback scenery, you’ll be arriving in iconic Alice Springs at around 13:45. (B)

PRICES INCLUDE • 1 night’s accommodation on board The Ghan in Gold or Platinum Service • Meals as specified: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner • All beverages on board The Ghan • Off train sunrise experience at Marla

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2 day The Ghan — Alice Springs to Darwin Departures: Mondays, Jan 14 - Nov 29 2019 and Feb 3 - Mar 30 2020

Day 1: Depart Alice Springs for Katherine After an early evening departure from Alice Springs terminal you will enjoy fine, modern Australian cuisine, accompanied by equally fine wine for dinner. It will also be an opportunity to socialise with your fellow travellers as you wind through the desert en route to the tropical Top End. (D)

Day 2: Katherine - Darwin As morning breaks and you awake in the tropical north, you will be served a refreshing yet hearty breakfast in preparation for the adventures that lay ahead. Stop at the famous Top End town of Katherine where you can enjoy one of a number of Off Train Excursions that take in the indigenous and early settler history as well as the amazing natural beauty of the Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. You also have the opportunity to upgrade your touring experience to a thrilling helicopter ride over the limestone formations synonymous with this part of Australia (additional supplement payable locally). Once back on board, it’s back to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant car for a late lunch with chef’s specials and paired wines. Kick back afterwards in the lounge car and savour the last few hours of your outback voyage before arriving into Darwin in time to enjoy the best of Top End nightlife. (BL)

PRICES INCLUDE • 1 night’s accommodation on board The Ghan in Gold or Platinum Service • Meals as specified: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner • All beverages on board The Ghan • Off train excursion in Katherine (excluding ‘optional’ upgrades)

Prices are per person based on twin share

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AUSTRALIA

Departures: Sundays. Also operates in reverse from Sydney on Wednesdays.

Settle into your private cabin as the train rolls through the Avon Valley. Enjoy lunch and dinner and relax with a drink before arriving into the wild west town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Learn about the early days of the gold rush, climb up on a super size dump-truck for a great photo opportunity before visiting the 3.6km wide ‘Super Pit’, the world’s largest single open cut mining operation, where 24 hours a day they recover precious metal from below the Earth’s surface.(LD)

RAIL JOURNEYS

4 day Indian Pacific ­— Perth to Sydney

Day 1: Perth - Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Day 2: Cook and the Nullarbor Awaken to the vast horizons of the Nullarbor Plain. Later today the train will arrive into Cook. Once a bustling railway community, take a walk through the abandoned buildings in this modern-day ghost town. Enjoy the rest of the day on board the train relaxing as the desert landscapes roll by. (BLD)

Day 3: Adelaide & Broken Hill Today you can choose from a range of experiences in Adelaide including visiting the Adelaide Central Market, a visit to the Adelaide Oval or a sightseeing tour of the city. Later you’ll travel on to Broken Hill where your choice of excursions include the Regional Art Gallery or a glitzy Drag Queen show at the famous Palace Hotel. (BLD)

Day 4: Blue Mountains - Sydney This morning, roll into the Blue Mountains. Disembark here and explore the natural beauty of the area with a visit to Scenic World and a light lunch at The Lookout Restaurant. You’ll then board a private train to Sydney where your journey comes to an end. NOTE: You also have the option to continue directly into Sydney without the Blue Mountains excursion. (BL)

PRICES INCLUDE • 3 nights’ accommodation on board the Indian Pacific in Gold or Platinum Service • Meals as specified: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners • All beverages on board the Indian Pacific • Off train excursions as specified Prices are per person based on twin share

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£1099 £2099

Single supplements available upon request

3 day Indian Pacific — Adelaide to Perth Departures: Thursdays. Also operates in reverse from Perth on Sundays.

Day 1: Depart Adelaide Before boarding the Indian Pacific this evening, enjoy a welcome dinner reception at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide. You’ll then be transferred to the train and depart for the isolated Nullarbor Plain.(D)

Day 2: The Nullarbor Wake up to a scene of raw beauty and limitless space as the train rolls across the Nullarbor Plain. Unwind in the Outback Explorer Lounge and enjoy expertly crafted dishes in the restaurent. This evening the train pulls into Rawlinna, an isolated sheep station, where you disembark for a memorable meal under the stars right beside the train (weather permitting). (BLD)

Day 3: Arrive Perth Enjoy a leisurely morning on board gazing out at the cool green vales of the Avon Valley before arriving into Perth after lunch where your journey ends. Perhaps choose to extend your holiday and explore the Margaret River region or drive up the Coral Coast to uncover the natural jewels of Western Australia. (BL) Sector fares are also available between Sydney and Adelaide (and vice versa). Please call for full details and prices.

PRICES INCLUDE • 2 nights’ accommodation on board the Indian Pacific in Gold or Platinum Service • Meals as specified: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners • All beverages on board the Indian Pacific • Off train excursions as specified

Prices are per person based on twin share

Gold from  Platinum from 

£789 £1599

Single supplements available upon request

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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R E G I O N A L R A I L T R AV E L

AUSTRALIA

XPT & XPLORER Departures: Daily

The XPT (Express Passenger Train) & XPLORER trains travel on routes between Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and beyond. With a choice of daylight and overnight services on the majority of routes and daily departures, they represent a convenient and cost effective method of connecting between the state capitals with no need to fly*. Travel in Economy or First class seating carriages and if travelling on an overnight service, private 2-berth sleeping compartments with shared bathroom facilities are also available. With reserved seating available on all services, you’ll also find a buffet car on board with hot and cold food and beverages available for purchase. *Please note — on the Sydney to Brisbane and Melbourne to Canberra routes, coach connections may operate for part of your journey. Please ask for full details of the routing and timings valid on your preferred day of travel.

Prices are per person based on twin share

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£59 £59 £79

Single supplements available upon request

Spirit of Queensland Departures: Brisbane to Cairns - Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat Cairns to Brisbane - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sun

Queensland has a distinctive spirit, thanks to a lush coastline bursting with flora and fauna, delicious produce, relaxed locals and adventures aplenty. At Queensland Rail Travel, there is no better way to explore this and more, than via the magic of a rail getaway. Skip the hassles of traffic or craning for a glimpse through the clouds and instead, view this beautiful part of the world from just outside the window of your long-distance train. Operating between Brisbane and Cairns 5 days a week, the Spirit of Queensland is your answer to taking a quick and relaxing trip away. The relaxation starts the moment you step aboard – enjoy modern and spacious seating, a variety of entertainment options on individual touch screens and delicious meals, prepared by a chef, using Queensland-sourced produce. Enjoy the nostalgia of rail travel as you put your feet up and unwind in your leather Premium Economy seat, or indulge in the ample space of your innovative RailBed – a conveniently spacious seat by day, lie-flat bed by night. Make friends with fellow passengers from the comfort of your seat, or head to the 24-hour licensed Club Car for fresh faces and a change of scene. Throughout your journey, the friendly staff are taking care of the ‘little things’ so you don’t have to and the driver is safely navigating the tracks, to ensure you arrive at your destination, comfortably and happily. Wherever you’re headed, a journey aboard the Spirit of Queensland will get your trip on the right track. Prices are per person based on twin share

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Single supplements available upon request

Tilt Train Departures: Daily

Skip the traffic and enjoy fast and convenient access to Queensland’s iconic coastal destinations when you take the Tilt Train. Travelling between Brisbane and Rockhampton, reaching speeds of up to 160km per hour, you can rest assured it’s a reliable means of reaching your destination. Enjoy your reclinable economy seat and foot rest while you flip through the pages of your complimentary magazine, or watch the onboard entertainment on overhead screens. If you’re heading to the city or up the coast for work, step aboard and enjoy the comfort of a larger Business seat, a complimentary juice and newspaper or, make the most of the travel time and plug your electronics into the power point at your seat — don’t miss a beat! Head to the Galley Car for a pick me up cup of coffee or something light to eat, or wait for the trolley service, so you can enjoy some snacks throughout your journey. Explore more of Queensland and take the train to stunning destinations such as the Southern Great Barrier Reef – disembark and head to Mon Repos to witness turtle hatchlings making their way to the ocean; explore the delicious and vibrant produce of the Bundaberg Burnett region, or head to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island for a dip in Lake Mackenzie… the choice is yours! Wherever you’re headed, whether travelling solo or in a group, the Tilt Train is a convenient and value for money means of taking your next business trip or relaxing holiday. Prices are per person based on twin share

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AUSTRALIA S I G H T S E E I N G PA S S E S

Sightseeing Passes

Sightseeing passes are a versatile and economical choice for visitors touring Australia. With a large coverage of sightseeing tours, these passes represent excellent value for money, allowing guests to visit some of the best local attractions.

iVenture Card Australia iVenture Card is a simple way to experience more top attractions, tours and experiences in Australia for less. Flexible packages and options have been developed to suit a range of interests and travel schedules so you can choose what to see and when to see it, no fuss! SYDNEY ATTRACTIONS PASS Save up to 40% on Sydney’s top attractions, cruises, zoos and must-do experiences. Choose from over 30 attractions including a tour of the Sydney Opera House, admission into Taronga Zoo, a cruise on Sydney Harbour, and hop-on hop-off tours of Sydney. Select your favourite 3, 5 or 7 attractions to visit within 3 months or see more and save with an unlimited pass to use within either 3 or 7 days so you can choose a package to best suit your time in Sydney.

MELBOURNE ATTRACTIONS PASS Save up to 40% on Melbourne’s top attractions, day tours, wildlife parks and historic sites. Choose from over 30 attractions including an open top hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour of the city, admission to Phillip Island Nature Park and Penguin Parade, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, Puffing Billy Steam Train ride and Melbourne Zoo. Select an unlimited pass to use within either 3 or 7 consecutive days, choose your favourite 3, 5 or 7 attractions to visit within 3 months or opt to combine 2 popular full-day tours with 1 or 3 attractions in a 3 month period — the choice is yours. GOLD COAST ATTRACTIONS PASS Save up to 40% on admission fees to the Gold Coast’s top attractions and experiences. Pick and mix from over 30 participating attractions, cruises, tours and watersports to visit at your convenience. Choose to visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, learn to surf, take a return coach to Byron Bay, explore the sights of the Gold Coast from a hop-on hop-off city bus or try your hand at Crab Catching! The Gold Coast Attractions Pass provides you with the convenience to select your favourite 3, 5 or 7 attractions and the flexibility to visit any time over 3 months. TASMANIA ATTRACTIONS PASS Save up to 30% visiting Tasmania’s top attractions with the Tasmania Flexi attractions Pass. Choose from 29 experiences including hang gliding above the Southern Forests, cruising through the wilderness on the Gordon River, learning about colonial history at Port Arthur’s historic site or witnessing fairy penguins returning home after a day of playful adventures. Choose your 3, 5 or 7 favourite attractions and visit any time within the 3-month validity period. AUSTRALIA MULTI CITY FLEXI ATTRACTION PASS For those travelling throughout Australia, the Multi City Pass offers a choice of over 90 attractions across Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania and the Gold Coast. You can choose a 5, 7 or 10 ticket option and have the flexibility to visit attractions from whichever cities you plan to travel to across 3 months. For more information on the i-venture pass for Australia and other destinations visit www.iventurecard.com ADULT

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New South Wales

New South Wales at a glance New South Wales is where the first settlers landed, and as such is the birthplace of modern Australia. You won’t want to miss the vibrant urban charms of Sydney, one of the world’s favourite cities, but do allow a few days to discover the rest of the state. The wine-producing region of Hunter Valley and the stunning Blue Mountains both have definite appeal, or head up the coast to discover laid-back seaside resorts where the day’s main decisions depend on whether the surf’s up.

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FLIGHT INFORMATION: Sydney is the only international gateway into New South Wales, and is well-served by many of the world’s major airlines including Qantas and Emirates, typically travelling via the Middle East. FLYING TIME FROM UK: Approx. 23 hours

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Our 10 must do’s ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE Step into your grey jumpsuit and safety harness and climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge; an achievement which rewards you with stunning views over one of the world’s most beautiful natural harbours. WHERE TO GO FOR ADVENTURE Port Stephens lies just a couple of hours north from Sydney and its calm, sheltered bay is a jumping off point for whale watching cruises (May-Nov). WATER PARADISE Bondi Beach is the home of Australian surf culture, and there’s no better place to take a few lessons. It’s also home to the famous Aussie surf lifesavers. SHOPPING Head for Hunter Valley to buy locally produced wines straight from the cellar door; the perfect accompaniment to your own picnic which can be purchased from the region’s many independent gourmet food producers. DATES FOR THE DIARY New Year’s Eve is a very popular time to visit Sydney, and the Harbour Bridge makes a great backdrop for the spectacular fireworks display. Hotels in the city do get very busy, so book early if you want to take part.

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BEST FOR KIDS Darling Harbour is the place to take the little darlings, as they’ll love the Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Wildlife World. SPLASH OUT Hop aboard a seaplane and see spectacular views of Sydney Harbour and Opera House, before heading north to land in one of NSW’s most spectacular national parks and enjoy lunch at one of the state’s best restaurants. LIVE LIKE A LOCAL The bohemian seaside town of Byron Bay is where many Australians come to escape the rat race. Some visit just for the weekend and end up staying forever, seduced by the alternative lifestyles and the laid-back vibe. CULTURE Sydney Opera House is world-famous, but you might be surprised to learn that in addition to opera, it hosts everything from ballet, classical music, dramatic plays and rock concerts. NATURE LOVERS Spend a couple of nights in the Blue Mountains to give yourself time to enjoy some of the many wilderness walks.

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Sydney

Sydney is truly a world-class city in every sense of the phrase, and its picturesque harbour setting has few rivals. You’ll instantly recognise the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge, but you’ll also discover unparalleled dining, nightlife, shopping and sightseeing opportunities. Explore the neighbourhoods beyond the city centre to discover the ‘real’ Sydney or, if you just want to have some fun, head over to Manly or Bondi and hit the beach.

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Departures & Duration: 2 hours, Daily This exclusive journey of Australian discovery is led by a Zookeeper and is designed to encourage interaction between visitors, Australian animals and the Zoo family, enabling you to have a hands-on, behind the scenes experience. Your Zookeeper will explain the special adaptations of unique Aussie animals, which enable them to live in harmony with the harsh Australian environment. You will have excellent photo opportunities with animals such as koalas, kangaroos, echidnas and more. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure to explore Taronga Zoo.

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HANDA OPERA ON SYDNEY HARBOUR - WEST SIDE STORY Departures & Duration: Tues-Sun 7:30pm, 22 Mar-21 Apr 2019 Opera on Sydney Harbour offers the best of Sydney in a single evening: singing, sunsets, spectacle and sparkling wine in a magnificent pop-up open air opera house. An all-singing, all-dancing supporting cast takes on this wistful love story is studded with infectious songs including ‘Somewhere’, ‘Maria’, ‘I Feel Pretty’, ‘America’, ‘Cool’ and of course, ‘Tonight’. Raise a glass as the sun sets and drink in the view as you share a meal in one of the pop-up bars and restaurants on site. Then sit back to enjoy the enthralling show, complete with live orchestra stage and fireworks in the balmy night air.

Prices from £77 per adult,£49 per child

1 NIGHT ROAR AND SNORE

OPERA AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Departures: Daily Every animal has a story waiting to be told. At Taronga Zoo’s Roar and Snore, we bring animals, keepers and the public together, so you can learn the untold stories of the world’s greatest creatures, both big and small. Enjoy safari style accommodation, delicious foods and majestic views of Sydney Harbour and Opera House, then drift off to distant chirps, purrs, squawks. Then awaken refreshed, inspired and more passionate about the animal kingdom than you ever dreamed.

Prices from £212 per adult, £136 per child

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Hotels 1 Arts Hotel 2 Mercure Sydney 3 Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Central 4 Adina Apartments, Darling Harbour 5 Park Hyatt Sydney 6 Novotel Darling Harbour 7 Holiday Inn Old Sydney 8 West Hotel Sydney 9 Parkroyal Darling Harbour 10 Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour 11 Hyatt Regency Sydney 12 Intercontinental Sydney 13 Shangri-La, Sydney 14 Cambridge Hotel 15 Mantra 2 Bond St 16 Harbour Rocks 17 Four Seasons 18 Radisson Blu Plaza, Sydney 19 The Langham Sydney 20 Vibe Hotel Sydney 21 Amora Hotel Jamison 22 Rydges World Square 23 Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks 24 Sir Stamford at Circular Quay 25 Novotel Sydney Darling Square

Departures & Duration: Please call for performance schedules and prices Sydney Opera House is on the to-do list of every visitor to Australia. But seeing it isn’t enough. To get the full benefit of this architectural wonder of the world, you need to climb the steps, enter the building and experience an opera performance that’s unlike anywhere else in the world. So prepare for the most impressive night you’ve ever had. You can dress up (but you don’t have to), have a glass of champagne looking over the harbour, and enjoy an exciting performance in the Joan Sutherland Theatre. Popular operas including Turandot, La Bohème, and Madame Butterfly highlight the season or enjoy Great Opera Hits on Sunday afternoons.


AUSTRALIA

The vibrant city of Sydney always has an endless calendar of events to delight its visitors but 2 of the most spectacular in 2019 are Vivid Sydney, a world famous festival of dazzling lights, music and ideas, and Opera Australia’s West Side Story Opera on Sydney Harbour.

S I G H T S E E I N G & TO U R I N G

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CAPTAIN COOK CRUISES The Captain’s Dinner is available nightly during the VIVID festival. Superb 3-course dining, live music, million dollar views and expansive cocktail decks are just a few of the features.

TARONGA Vivid Sydney 2019 is lighting up Taronga Zoo, with a trail of spectacular installations including giant, luminous animal sculptures. Visitors to Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo will be welcomed by a grand projection onto the façade of the heritage-listed main entrance building.

OPERA HOUSE - VIVID Lighting the Sails for the 8th year of Vivid Sydney, Sydney Opera House will transform into an animated canvas of Australian indigenous art featuring iconic contemporary works.

BRIDGECLIMB SYDNEY – VIVID Wearing your flashing Vivid Climb Vest, you’ll climb the Bridge above the bright, bold and beautiful Vivid lights before dancing under the stars on our illuminated 70’s style multi-coloured flashing dance floor.

Sydney to Melbourne Touring Route Departures: Daily

Day 1: Sydney - Jervis Bay Leaving Sydney you will drive south along the coast line to the beautiful Jervis Bay.

Day 2: Jervis Bay - Batemans Bay For the majority of the drive you’ll have National Park views to the West, and stunning coast line views to the East.

Day 3: Batemans Bay - Merimbula Drive along the amazing Sapphire Coast to the town of Merimbula where lagoon, lakes and ocean are separated by white sand, and fringed by unspoilt bushland.

Day 4: Merimbula - Lakes Entrance This morning continue your amazing coastal drive to Lake Entrance, one of the seafood capitals.

Day 5: Lakes Entrance - Wilsons Promontory Be awed by Victoria’s largest coastal wilderness area in Wilsons Promontory National Park. Affectionately known as ‘The Prom’, it is one of the state’s best loved parks.

Day 5: Wilsons Promontory - Phillip Island Next up the seaside town of Cowes and a chance to go and Experience the magic of little penguins crossing the beach at sunset at the iconic Penguin Parade (optional)

Day 7: Phillip Island - Melbourne Travel on the final leg of this amazing coastal experience to the cafe capital of Australia Melbourne. Your car is booked until tomorrow and should be dropped off at the city or airport, by the same time as it was picked up on Day 1, to avoid any additional charges.

PRICES INCLUDE • 6 nights’ hotel accommodation • Avis car rental for the tour duration. We’ve included a compact car on our ‘Standard’ tour, an intermediate car on our ‘Superior’ tour • Self-drive kit, including maps & instructions

Prices are per person based on twin share

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Single supplements available upon request

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AUSTRALIA SIGHTSEEING

MORNING PANORAMIC SYDNEY SIGHTS Departures & Duration: 3.5 hours, Daily (afternoon tour also available) Enjoy the unforgettable sights and sounds of Sydney on the Panoramic Tour. Gaze at the iconic Opera House, learn about the convict history of The Rocks, check out the elegant area of Paddington with its terrace houses, and stroll along the famous Bondi Beach before returning to Sydney, where en route you will be taken to a lookout point to absorb unsurpassed views of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

Prices from: Adult £75, Child £51

DARLING HARBOUR EXPERIENCE TICKET CAPTAINS DINNER CRUISE Departures & Duration: 2.5 - 3.5 hours, Daily excluding 25 & 31 Dec and selected special event dates Surrounded by magnificent waterfront homes, gardens and unspoiled beaches, Sydney Harbour reflects the true character of the city. Dining on the harbour is a superb way to spend an evening so step aboard Captain Cook’s cruising restaurant. Sip cocktails under the stars and enjoy an evening of dining, dancing and entertainment with a live band. The contemporary Australian menu is à la carte, featuring seafood, meats and an extensive selection of fine wines. Seeing the sparkling city lights makes for a memorable evening.

Prices from: Adult £92, Child £53 including three-course limited á la carte menu and entertainment.

Prices from: Adult £101, Child £63

SPECTACULAR SYDNEY WITH CAPTAIN COOK LUNCH CRUISE

2 DAY HOP ON HOP OFF - SYDNEY HARBOUR EXPLORER CRUISE

Departures & Duration: 9.5 hours, Daily This tour introduces the highlights of Sydney plus the beautiful Northern Beaches and Manly, where there is the opportunity for a stroll along the promenade. Make your way back to the harbour for a fabulous luncheon cruise. The afternoon’s sightseeing continues with the historic Rocks, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral and the magnificent views from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. Travel through Kings Cross out to Bondi Beach, where there’s time for refreshments (own expense), before returning via historic Paddington back to the city. Prices from: Adult £119, Child £70 including lunch.

Departures: Daily, excluding 25 Dec (Special timetables may operate on public holidays & special events ) A Hop On Hop Off Sydney Harbour Explorer. Travel aboard these red Rocket Ferry vessels and enjoy a fun and easy way to explore Sydney including commentary on selected routes. Sit back and relax as your vessel cruises around Sydney Harbour and stops at 10 harbour precincts including Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Manly, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Barangaroo, Fort Denison (selected dates), Shark Island, Luna Park and ICC Sydney. Combines easily with attraction entry or Sydney Fish Market ferry - (surcharge)

HARBOUR STORY CRUISE

OZ WHALE WATCHING

Departures & Duration: 10am & 2.15pm, Daily, 10am cruise operates subject to minimum numbers Jun-Sep. Board your Captain Cook Cruises premium vessel at Circular Quay Wharf No.6 to commence a Harbour Story Cruise. Discover the stories of Sydney Harbour under the spell of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. This sightseeing cruise includes a fun and personalised commentary of the sights, people, land, history and development of the world’s most beautiful harbour city. Self-serve coffee, tea and biscuits are included. Cruise concludes at Circular Quay.

Departures & Duration: 4 hours, Daily (except Monday during May-Nov) Come aboard to witness and learn about these awe-inspiring creatures which can be seen just outside Sydney Harbour! On board Sydney’s most comfortable and exclusive whale watching vessel, indulge in an impressive Aussie BBQ lunch buffet, whilst enjoying the stunning iconic views of Sydney Harbour preparing for an adventure of a lifetime. Full commentary will be provided including whale behaviour and migration patterns.

Prices from: Adult £25, Child £16.

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Departures & Duration: 9.5 hours, Daily valid for one year Visit 6 of Sydney’s best attractions in one ticket located in the stunning Darling Harbour. Journey around Australia on an all-Aussie animal adventure at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, then get face-to-flipper to a spectacular colony of King and Gentoo Penguins at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium on their new Penguin Expedition with ride. Get a bird’s-eye view of Sydney City from the Sydney Tower Eye, experience the glittering world of fame for a day at Madame Tussauds Sydney. Experience a breathtaking harbour cruise on the famous Captain Cook Cruise and enjoy

Prices from: Adult £28, Child £15

Prices from: Adult £56, Child £30 incl. lunch.


AUSTRALIA Departures & Duration: 1 hour, Daily When the Sydney Opera House became a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site it was hailed as “one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity”. Now, it’s your turn to step inside the hallowed theatres and foyers that bring to life over 1,800 performances each year. Learn from knowledgeable guides about how Jørn Utzon’s vision came into existence against impossible odds, and capture photographs from rare vantage points that are off limits to the general public.

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE BACKSTAGE TOUR Departures & Duration: 2 hours, Daily An early departure ensures that visitors can access the inner sanctum areas’ which are restricted later in the day when performers and technical crews are at work. Your guide will lead you through this UNESCO World Heritage-listed building and through its hallowed theatres and behind the curtains. Once you’ve uncovered just a few of the mysteries of the backstage world and had your fill of insider secrets, enjoy a full hot breakfast served in the Green Room, the private domain for performers and staff alike (breakfast is served in the Opera Kitchen on Sundays when the Green Room is closed)

Prices from: Adult £22, Child £12

Prices from £60 per person

SMALL GROUP HUNTER VALLEY

SMALL GROUP BLUE MOUNTAINS

Departures & Duration: Mon - Fri, 10 hours Head out of the city across Sydney Harbour Bridge Travelling directly into the Hunter Valley to enjoy Exclusive wine and cheese pairing at a boutique winery with stunning views. Enjoy an exquisite gourmet lunch experience which includes a tour with a winemaker followed by a unique chocolate and wine pairing experience. Depart the Hunter Valley and return to Sydney.

Departures & Duration: 9 hours, Daily The day starts with an early arrival to Calmsley Hill Farm before the gates open at 9am to meet native Australian wildlife, kangaroo, Koala, Wombat & Emu including morning tea. Travel via small luxury vehicle into the Blue Mountains away from the crowds, where you’ll see temperate rainforests and towering sandstone escarpments. Enjoy a leisurely walk, worldclass views, exclusive lunch venue and then sparkling wine ororange juice at Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens before returning to Sydney.

Prices from: Adult £164, Child £91

SIGHTSEEING

THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE TOUR

Prices from: Adult £176, Child £106, incl. afternoon tea & lunch.

STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING Departures & Duration: Daily, on request Find out why Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) has become one of the fastest growing watersports with the professional team from Lets Go SUP. They will teach you the skills to get you started and show you the fun and excitement of Stand Up Paddleboarding. From absolute beginners to someone looking for a refresher course, these lessons offer a truly authentic SUP experience that includes all equipment, safety information about the beach and a smile you won’t be able to wipe off for hours.

Prices from £36 per person including wetsuit and equipment hire.

BLUE MOUNTAINS & AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE Departures & Duration: 10 hours, Daily Discover native wildlife whilst you explore World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. This rugged and beautiful region forms part of the Great Dividing Range, linking tropical north to temperate south. Arrive at Scenic World and join the optional Blue Mountains rides - Scenic Railway, Cableway or Skyway (own expense), a great way to see the steep valleys, canyons and Three Sisters rock formation. There is free time in Leura village and an afternoon at Sydney Zoo where koalas, kangaroos, wombats and penguins are all to be seen. The last stop is at Homebush Bay, the venue of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

LET’S GO SURFING - BONDI BEACH Departures & Duration: 2 hours, Daily Surfing and beach culture is truly a unique slice of Aussie life, so what better place to experience this first hand, than on world-famous Bondi Beach? In small sociable groups of 5 or less, you’ll get plenty of hands-on instruction from the dedicated and fully-qualified instructors who will help you to build your knowledge and confidence, first on the beach and then the ocean. Learn surf awareness and safety, how to warm up properly as well as paddling, standing and finally, catching those all-important waves. Note: Byron Bay and half-day tours also available.

Prices from: Adult £89, Child £45

Prices from: Adult £57, Child £51 including surfboard and wetsuit rental.

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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ARTS HOTEL 3H

CAMBRIDGE HOTEL SYDNEY 3+H

Located in the happening district of Paddington, yet still within walking distance of the city, the Arts Hotel (formerly known as Sullivans) is a good-value, family-run property. Paddington is a delight, with its village atmosphere, Saturday markets, art galleries and boutique shops lining fashionable Oxford Street. Buses to the city centre, Circular Quay and Bondi Beach pass by the hotel every few minutes.

Located in a quiet street on the south-east side of the Central Business District, in the fringe suburb of Surry Hills. Hyde Park and Museum Station are within walking distance and the hotel is half a block away from funky Crown and Oxford Streets, presenting a suitable location for those looking to enjoy one of Sydney’s premier shopping, nightlife and entertainment districts.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• garden courtyard • free wi-fi Internet • outdoor pool • free bicycle hire • laundry • free parking (limited)

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • small indoor pool

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 64 standard & garden rooms • fridge • TV with free movies • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • shower only

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 149 modern rooms • fridge • cable TV • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • 24hr room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights and free meals available on selected dates - please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard room from Garden room from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£60 £69

Standard room from Premium room from 1 bedroom suite from

£45 £58 £64

MERCURE SYDNEY 4H

NOVOTEL SYDNEY DARLING SQUARE 4H

Mercure Sydney is ideally located walking distance to Darling Harbour, Central Park, Surry Hills, Pitt Street Mall, Chinatown, and some of Sydney’s best restaurants and bars as well as world class shopping. The central location is unbeatable, opposite Sydney’s Central Station, allowing convenient access to Sydney’s major attractions such as Sydney Opera House, The Rocks and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Unwind in the indoor rooftop pool and sauna which offers sweeping city views and enjoy the local seasonal cuisine in Four Elements Restaurant or casual dining and drinks in Eves Bar. Mercure Sydney offers 517 contemporary rooms featuring all the modern touches to ensure a comfortable stay in Sydney.

Step inside The Novotel Sydney Darling Square and be greeted by contemporary comfort and around the clock service. Located in the heart of Darling Harbour overlooking the Chinese Gardens of Friendship, next to the new ICC Sydney and within walking distance to attractions such as historical Capitol Theatre, Darling Square and culturally dense Chinatown. Indulge in breakfast or dinner brought to you by Pier St. Kitchen, which promises to offer something for every diner whilst Pumphouse Sydney, a heritage listed microbrewery offers modern Australian cuisine accompanied by a choice of over 60 craft and premium brews. Keep up to date with any workout routine in the fitness centre and indoor heated pool.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • 2 bars • lounge • wi-fi Internet (charge) • fitness centre • indoor rooftop pool • sauna • shop • laundry • parking (charge)

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 230 rooms • restaurant & bar • cafe/bar • room service • wi-fi Internet • gym • pool • laundry • parking

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 517 guestrooms • LCD TV • wi-fi Internet (charge) • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • 24hr room service

ROOM FACILITIES ••• mini-bar • flat-screen TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free night and breakfast offers available on selected dates - please call for details.

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Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard room one queen from £50 Superior city view room from £66 Privilege queen room from £109

Superior room from £104 Deluxe room from £108


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VIBE HOTEL SYDNEY 4H With a personality to match Sydney’s vibrant CBD fringe villages of Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Chinatown and the downtown entertainment precinct, the Vibe Hotel Sydney exudes the style of this fantastic city. The city’s premier tourist destinations such as Sydney Centrepoint Tower, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park, The Rocks and Circular Quay are all minutes away from the hotel. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • cocktail bar • café • business centre • free wi-fi Internet • heated rooftop pool • health club • sauna • gift shop • laundry • babysitting ROOM FACILITIES ••• 190 guestrooms & suites • mini-bar • satellite TV with movies • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• free nights available on selected dates – please call for details

ADINA SERVICED APARTMENTS SYDNEY MARTIN PLACE 4H Adina Serviced Apartments Sydney Martin Place puts guests right in the heart of Sydney’s exciting CBD, with a choice to stay in one of the well-appointed 1-bedroom apartments or studio rooms. The stylish apartments are spacious and comfortable, with fresh modern interiors and fully-equipped kitchens. The central Sydney CBD location also makes it easy and quick to get around, leaving more time to experience some of the best sightseeing, world-class dining and nightlife in Australia. At the end of a busy day, guests can return to their apartment to relax or entertain in their own home away from home. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• free wi-fi Internet • 24hr reception • dry cleaning (charge) • restaurant delivery service ROOM FACILITIES ••• 49 rooms • fully-equipped kitchen • flat-screen TV • iPod dock • free wi-fi Internet • in-room laundry • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• free nights available on selected dates – please call for details

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Guest room from Executive suite from Deluxe suite from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£63 £72 £90

Studio from 1 bedroom apartment from 1 bedroom premier apartment from

£59 £67 £66

RYDGES WORLD SQUARE SYDNEY 4H

RENDEZVOUS HOTEL SYDNEY THE ROCKS 4H

Rydges World Square Sydney is centrally located within the World Square precinct in Sydney CBD. This great location provides guests with easy access to Sydney’s major tourist attractions, either by rail, light rail, walking or taxi. Located in downtown Sydney, you’ll have easy access to the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay, Sydney Entertainment Centre and the financial and shopping precincts. As a guest of the Rydges World Square Sydney, you will be made to feel at home with the warm and friendly staff, and the elegantly appointed guestrooms, featuring every convenience for today’s traveller.

Located in the heart of The Rocks, the Rendezvous Sydney is a charming hotel set only moments from Circular Quay and iconic attractions such as the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. The accommodation is modern yet retains its historic charm whilst still creating a home-from-home ambience. There is a range of accommodation to choose from, such as the studio rooms, 1-bedroom apartments and for the ultimate upgrade, harbourview studio rooms with a balcony. If you are looking for a little downtime before doing your afternoon city sightseeing, then have a relaxing swim in the outdoor heated pool, and unwind in the evening by taking advantage of the many restaurants in the surrounding area.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • bar • free wi-fi Internet throughout the hotel • valet parking (charge) • gym • room service ROOM FACILITIES ••• 452 rooms & suites • mini-bar • flat-screen TV • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• free wi-fi Internet • outdoor heated pool • fitness centre • guest laundry room ROOM FACILITIES ••• 61 rooms & apartments • mini-bar • TV • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Honeymoon offer available on selected dates - please call for

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights available on selected dates – please call for details.

details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Deluxe twin room from Executive king room from Deluxe split king room from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£63 £71 £83

Studio room from Studio room with balcony from 1 bedroom from

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

£75 £80 £88

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ADINA APARTMENT HOTEL SYDNEY, DARLING HARBOUR 4H

NOVOTEL SYDNEY ON DARLING HARBOUR 4H

Located on King’s Wharf in the centre of Darling Harbour the modern Adina Apartments offer all the contemporary conveniences of home from a fully-equipped kitchenette to flat-screen TV and wi-fi Internet. In addition they also have all the luxuries of a modern hotel including outdoor swimming pool, room service and panoramic views of either the city, harbour or aquarium. These accommodating fully serviced apartments offer a true Sydney experience and with such a fantastic location they are the perfect place from which to explore. Darling Harbour itself is home to many bars, restaurants and family friendly attractions. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • free wi-fi Internet • heated pool • sauna • gym • undercover car park • dry cleaning ROOM FACILITIES ••• mini-bar • flat screen cable TV with radio • ipod docking stations • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • kitchenette/full kitchens 

With stunning views over Darling Harbour and the spectacular Sydney City Skyline, the newly refreshed Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour is perfectly located within walking distance of Sydney’s top attractions. Step right outside the doors and be immersed in the activities and attractions of this truly great waterfront destination. Adjacent to the brand new International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney, and minutes away from the Powerhouse Museum, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Australia National Maritime Museum and The Star Casino. Wine and dine at The Ternary, the Novotel’s concept restaurant offering an intimate, harmonious and cultured experience across three pillars; Asian Kitchen, Grill Kitchen and The Ternary Bar. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • lounge • sundeck/terrace • wi-fi Internet • fitness room • outdoor pool • tennis court ROOM FACILITIES ••• 525 guestrooms • mini-bar • LCD TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights & honeymoon offers available on selected dates – please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Guest studio from Guest 1 bedroom apartment from Guest 2 bedroom apartment from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£72 £85 £115

Standard pyrmont view room from Superior city skyline view room from

£108 £116

PARKROYAL DARLING HARBOUR, SYDNEY 4H

OVOLO 1888 DARLING HARBOUR 4H

Located on the city side of Darling Harbour, the PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney is within close proximity of Sydney’s popular attractions including the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour and Chinatown, while the Central Business District and main shopping area is also just a short-walking distance away. Indulge in a delicious buffet breakfast at BARKERS or experience ABODE Bistro & Bar, the perfect place to make yourself at home, while you enjoy a cocktail inspired by the classics with signature touches. The spacious rooms and suites feature views of the city or harbour, while the Club Rooms include lounge access with a magnificent view of the city over Darling Harbour, elegant furnishings and exclusive privileges.

Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour is an ideal base for those looking to explore the wonderful city of Sydney. Darling Harbour is only a 4-minute stroll away from the hotel with its many attractions, restaurants and bars. Accommodation ranges from King rooms to the top suites — Shaken and Stirred, all of which are decorated in a modern and quirky style. Ovolo 1888 offers its guests many perks such as free wi-fi Internet, free in-room mini-bar, free gym use and free self-service laundry. Who wouldn’t want to stay here?

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • bar • wi-fi Internet • interactivity desk with computers • gym • room service • laundry • babysitting • parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 340 rooms & suites • mini-bar • wi-fi Internet • TV • in-house movies • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• lounge bar • free wi-fi Internet • free guest laundry ROOM FACILITIES ••• 90 rooms • free mini-bar • Apple TV • in-room iPad • free wi-fi Internet • walk-in rain shower SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights & free meals available on selected dates - please call for more details.

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Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Superior room from £85 Darling harbour outlook room from £126 Club room from £170

King room from £153 King deluxe room from £168 Loft room from £168


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HOLIDAY INN OLD SYDNEY 4H

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Holiday Inn Old Sydney occupies both historic and modern buildings, and successfully blends international elegance and old-world charm with an unbeatable location in the historic Rocks district. The Rocks is a uniquely historical Australian quarter, where you can eat in restaurants located in some of the oldest surviving buildings in Sydney. Set only one street back from Sydney Harbour, Holiday Inn Old Sydney is just a short stroll from the famous Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, and hence ideally located for an unforgettable Sydney experience. They say a picture paints a thousand words and, by day or night, there are magnificent views of the world’s most stunning harbour from the attractive rooftop pool and spa. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • lounge bar • wi-fi Internet • rooftop pool • spa • valet parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 176 guestrooms • flat-screen TV • movies • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard queen room from £86 King superior room from £99 Executive room from £128

MANTRA 2 BOND STREET 4H This superb property offers spacious studios and apartments located in the heart of Sydney. Walk 2 minutes in one direction and you’re in Sydney’s shopping district; turn the other way and you’re within easy walking distance of the Opera House, Circular Quay and The Rocks. The rooms are complete with a full kitchen, but if you don’t feel like cooking, just pop downstairs to the on-site café bar. There’s also a rooftop pool and Jacuzzi, which offers panoramic city views. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant/bar • wi-fi Internet • gym • rooftop pool & Jacuzzi • service laundry • parking (charge) • concierge • 24hr reception ROOM FACILITIES ••• 204 executive studios, 1 & 2-bedroom apartments • mini-bar • cable TV • wi-fi Internet • CD player • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service (limited hours) • kitchen with washer/dryer SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

HARBOUR ROCKS HOTEL SYDNEY - MGALLERY BY SOFITEL 4H Located right in the heart of the historic Rocks district, the Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney — MGallery by Sofitel is a truly elegant heritage-listed boutique hotel, ideal for anyone looking for something a bit different. The Rocks is the oldest part of the city, being the location from which Sydney was founded by the British settlers. The hotel is built on the site of Sydney’s first hospital and boasts one of the finest locations in the city, just a short stroll from the major tourist areas and shopping districts, close to Circular Quay and the Opera House. This historic property has a warm and inviting ambience. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • wine bar • gym • courtyard • café • lobby library ROOM FACILITIES ••• 59 rooms • mini-bar • LED TV • wi-fi Internet • iPod dock • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Executive studio apartment from 1 bedroom apartment from 2 bedroom apartment from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£79 £89 £137

Standard room from Superior room from Studio suite from

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

£121 £137 £171

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ADINA APARTMENT HOTEL SYDNEY, CENTRAL 4+H

RADISSON BLU PLAZA HOTEL SYDNEY 4+H

Formerly the city’s post office, this magnificently-restored heritage landmark is well located close to Central Station and connected to an exciting shopping and café/restaurant plaza. Broadway and Chinatown are minutes away and the hotel is conveniently located close to the many dining, shopping and entertainment areas that Sydney has to offer. The lovely pool area is something of an oasis amidst the city’s bustle, complete with palm trees and a wooden sundeck.

Delicately combining the old with the contemporary, the recently refurbished heritage-listed building of the Radisson Blu was once home to Fairfax Newspapers and dates back to the 19th Century making this one of the oldest buildings in Sydney. Having retained its beautiful façade, the interior is chic and modern and the accommodation is well appointed and spacious. The hotel is in a pleasing location and just under a 10-minute walk to Circular Quay and the Royal Botanical Gardens. Enjoy a decadent High Tea in the lounge or a Takeaway High Tea while exploring Sydney.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• free wi-fi Internet (conditions apply) • fitness room • pool • sauna • laundry services ROOM FACILITIES ••• 98 studios & apartments • mini-bar • TV • free wi-fi Internet (conditions apply) • CD player • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • kitchenette SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights available on selected dates – please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurants • bar • free wi-fi Internet • business centre • pool • sauna • gym • day spa • valet parking (charge) ROOM FACILITIES ••• 364 rooms • mini-bar • flat-screen TV • pillow menus • free wi-fi Internet • iPod docking station • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Guest studio from Guest 1 bedroom apartment from Premier 1 bedroom loft from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£59 £65 £93

SIR STAMFORD AT CIRCULAR QUAY 4+H Grand and exquisitely elegant; The Sir Stamford has a wonderfully European twist whilst boasting one of Australia’s largest Fine Art collections. With decadent styling the hotel features a staggering 550 crystal chandeliers and eight open fire places. Located right on Circular Quay just a short distance from Sydney Harbour and Opera House the Sir Stamford can feel like a welcome oasis with its exclusive recreational facilities including; a gym, sauna and an outdoor sundeck featuring a heated swimming pool which can be enjoyed all year round. Each of the 105 bedrooms are generously sized and rooms range from a Superior King which features a king-size bed and 2-seater lounge right up to the Presidential Suite. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • outdoor heated pool  • sauna  • gym • undercover car park • conference facilities ROOM FACILITIES ••• 105 rooms • wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • laundry service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

WEST HOTEL SYDNEY, CURIO COLLECTION BY HILTON 4+H Located on the western side of Sydney’s CBD beside iconic Darling Harbour, and up-and-coming cultural and commercial hub, Barangaroo. West Hotel Sydney is distinctively bursting with designer touches and technology solutions which combine with experiences that help guests disconnect: the soothing atrium ‘jungle,’ enjoying all-day sunshine, natural amenities and on-trend healthy food and drink. Solander Dining and Bar offers a relaxed yet sophisticated dining experience; choose from a selection of modern Australian fare, highlighting regional and seasonal produce from sustainable New South Wales sources. Solander Bar serves botanical-inspired cocktails and a range of boutique spirits, wines and craft beers. Guestrooms have all the comforts of home including wi-fi Internet a 49-inch TV, Bluetooth speaker system and ample work space. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant and breakfast bar • bar • wi-fi Internet • fitness room • business facilities • babysitting service • local area transport • laundry ROOM FACILITIES ••• 182 rooms & suites • flat-screen TV • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • dining table and chairs

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Superior room from Deluxe room from

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Atrium room from £93 Premier room from £105 Studio spa suite from £139

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£73 £87

King acacia room from £110 King banksia room from £120 King waratah room from £130


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HYATT REGENCY SYDNEY 5H

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details

Located adjacent to Darling Harbour in the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District, Hyatt Regency Sydney is your premium waterside retreat. Within walking distance of iconic theatres, museums, galleries, parks and luxury shopping precincts. Guests can experience some of the city’s best attractions just moments from their doorstep. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • lounge • free wi-fi Internet • 24hr fitness centre • valet parking (charge) ROOM FACILITIES ••• 892 rooms & suites • mini-bar • flat-screen TV • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

King/ twin room from £65 Harbour king/ twin room from £78 Harbour view balcony king room from £88

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL SYDNEY 5H

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

The iconic Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is perfectly located overlooking Sydney Harbour at Circular Quay, a short walk to the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the historic Rocks district. The hotel features the city’s most stylish accommodations including 4 Signature Suites located on the top floor which emanate New York apartment-style living. The guestrooms feature timeless fixtures blended to exude a warm yet luxurious residential ambience. The hotel’s new destination restaurant, Mode Kitchen and Bar, showcases the best of modern Australian cuisine with an emphasis on locally-sourced produce, whilst the neighbourhood bar, Grain, is a popular meeting place for Sydneysiders and visitors alike. Enhance your stay with a visit to the award-winning spa, relax by Sydney’s largest heated outdoor hotel swimming pool, or workout in the 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness centre. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • club lounge • free wi-fi Internet • gym • large outdoor pool • health spa • sauna • Jacuzzi • boutique • valet parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 531 guestrooms • 42” LCD TV • iPod / MP3 docking station • DVD player • free wi-fi Internet • CD player • mini-bar • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Deluxe city room from £99 Deluxe partial harbour room from £108 Deluxe full harbour room from £125

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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INTERCONTINENTAL SYDNEY 5H InterContinental Sydney is a true expression in elegance. Positioned on the edge of the world’s most stunning harbour, the hotel is just moments away from the famous Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Circular Quay and Sydney’s exclusive shops. InterContinental Sydney was built around the restored Treasury Building of 1851, its history reflected in the cloisters-style lounge bar, Cortile. The guestrooms are contemporary with picture-frame views, and the property boasts a collection of 28 suites which have been accommodation for leaders and celebrities from around the globe for more than 2 decades. Why not upgrade to a Club InterContinental guestroom for access to one of Sydney’s only rooftop lounges with a wrap-around terrace overlooking the harbour?

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights & meal discounts available on selected dates – please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • Club InterContinental • business centre/Internet • gym • indoor heated pool • sauna • massages • hairdresser & beauty salon • laundry • parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 509 guestrooms & suites • mini-bar • satellite TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • 24hr room service

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard city side view room from £116 Deluxe eastern harbour bridge view room from £122 Deluxe harbour bridge view room from £135

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL SYDNEY 5H With stunning views of Sydney’s spectacular harbour from all 565 spacious and luxurious guestrooms and suites, the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney brings welcoming hospitality and luxury to the historic Rocks district in the heart of this dynamic city. Priding itself on the philosophy of hospitality from caring people, the hotel is ideal for guests who seek an extra level of personalised service, style and comfort. It also offers the city’s finest dining, including the award-winning Altitude Restaurant and Blu Bar offering spectacular views of Sydney harbour from Level 36. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • bar • café bar • lobby lounge • business centre • leisure club • indoor heated pool • Jacuzzi • spa • sauna • sundeck • complimentary high speed wi-fi Internet access throughout the entire hotel ROOM FACILITIES ••• 565 guestrooms & suites • mini-bar • satellite TV • free wi-fi Internet • air-conditioning • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • International plug sockets in all guestrooms & suites, Level 4-29

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Deluxe darling harbour view room from £103 Deluxe opera house city view room from £111 Deluxe grand harbour view room from £130

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AMORA HOTEL JAMISON SYDNEY 5H

PARK HYATT SYDNEY 5H

The luxurious Amora Hotel Jamison is located in the heart of Sydney, conveniently just a short walk from Circular Quay, The Rocks and Darling Harbour. The hotel offers the ultimate in contemporary chic with stunning interiors and impeccable service, plus a relaxation area that comprises a day spa, sauna, steam room and an indoor heated swimming pool. The rooms are fitted to a high standard with all the latest amenities, with spacious bathrooms featuring separate shower and deep baths. Enjoy Afternoon Tea or cocktails in the bar or delight in the contemporary cuisine in the Hotel restaurant.

The legendary Park Hyatt is one of the best hotels in Sydney, and a firm favourite with visiting celebrities thanks to its unique position, right on the harbour’s edge and within arm’s reach of the Harbour Bridge. Many of the luxurious guestrooms feature spectacular views of the harbour or the Opera House, and the waterfront restaurant is one of the city’s best places for people-watching.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • indoor swimming pool • day spa • sauna & steam room • Jacuzzi • gym • laundry/dry cleaning

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • lounge • wi-fi Internet • fitness centre • heated rooftop pool with great views • sundeck • day spa ROOM FACILITIES ••• 155 guestrooms • mini-bar • flat-screen TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • room service • balcony • butler service for all guestrooms

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 415 guestrooms • mini-bar • 48” smart TV • pay-per-view movies • free wi-fi Internet • media hub with Bluetooth & USB phone charging • tea & coffee making facilities • air-con • desk • robes & slippers • 24hr room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights, meal discounts, free room upgrades & honeymoon offers available on selected dates – please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Deluxe king room from Deluxe corner king room from Deluxe park suite from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£95 £111 £124

THE LANGHAM, SYDNEY 5H Experience elegant and luxurious hospitality at The Langham, Sydney after its recent £18 million complete refurbishment. Nestled in its most exclusive harbour side address, The Langham, Sydney boasts the largest guestrooms in Sydney including opening windows and balconies. From its historic Rocks district location, guests can enjoy sweeping western harbour views, in close proximity to some of the city’s most iconic experiences including Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House and The Royal Botanic Gardens. The new Palm Court plays host to the grand British tradition of Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood, an exclusive experience at Langham hotels worldwide. The Health Club will ensure guests always feel at their best with access to an all-inclusive fitness facility, whirlpool and steam room whilst the hotel’s renowned Day Spa and heated indoor pool provides a tranquil haven of pure luxury.

City harbour room/ harbour view room from £312 Opera view room from £343 Park deluxe room/ king deluxe room from £360

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights & honeymoon offers available on selected dates - please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • indoor pool • gym • tennis courts • spa • sauna • laundry service ROOM FACILITIES ••• 98 rooms • mini-bar • TV • CD/DVD player • iPod dock • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Deluxe city room from £126 Deluxe harbour room from £126 Deluxe harbour terrace room from £141

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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Sydney Beaches

Just half an hour from the city centre, the beaches of Manly, Coogee and worldfamous Bondi are increasingly popular choices for the savvy traveller who wants to live the Sydney lifestyle, and not just see the sights. You’re on holiday, after all!

THE SEBEL MANLY BEACH 4H The relaxed and contemporary Sebel Manly Beach boasts a prime oceanfront position at the southern end of one of Australia’s most iconic beaches. All rooms have lovely balconies from where you can enjoy refreshing ocean breezes; many also have spectacular views of Manly Beach or Sydney Harbour. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • 2 heated pools • spa & sauna ROOM FACILITIES ••• 83 guestrooms & suites • mini-bar • LCD cable TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony

Manly Beach Sydney Harbour National Park

Sydney Sydney Airport

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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Coogee Beach

Botany Bay

Tasman Sea

Botany Bay National Park Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard studio from £57 1 2 1 2 1 2 Deluxe ocean view3 studio from £105 3 3

COUNTRY BORDER STATE BORDER DESTINATION - COUNTRY

Destination - state/island group etc Destination - town

NOVOTEL SYDNEY MANLY PACIFIC 4H

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Situated on the trendy Manly Beach and close to the restaurants and bars on the esplanade, the Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific is the perfect choice if you are looking for a relaxing beach stay whilst still being close to Sydney. The ferry terminal is located minutes from the hotel and from there you will be in Sydney in less than 20 minutes. The spacious rooms are bright, have modern décor, and some feature spectacular ocean views. The all-day dining restaurant, Zali’s, offers healthy choice menus and seafood dining using only the freshest ingredients. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • 2 bars • business centre • rooftop pool • spa • gym • laundry • parking (charge) ROOM FACILITIES ••• 213 rooms • mini-bar • TV • wi-fi Internet (charge) • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony (most rooms)

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard room from £82 Superior room district view from £95 Superior room ocean view from £120

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SY D N E Y B E A C H E S H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

QT BONDI 4H QT Bondi offers the only boutique, high-end hotel apartments in the glorious area of Bondi Beach. Those who stay will experience an exhilarating mix of Bondi barefoot luxury with all the comforts expected from a world-class designer hotel. The rooms have been designed by the renowned Nic Graham; each is spacious and boasts a private balcony with city or atrium views, double basin bathrooms with luxurious products, and are fitted with bespoke designer furnishings and finished in bright yet relaxing colours. Each room and suite also has the added bonus of a fully-equipped kitchenette. The ideal location of QT means it’s only steps away from guests being able to stroll along the warm sands of Bondi Beach and dip their toes in the glistening South Pacific Ocean. With an abundance of dining, shopping and recreational activities within strolling distance, QT Bondi is the perfect place to stay for those wishing to explore the area and all it has to offer. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 24 hour reception • valet parking (charge) • concierge desk • free wi-fi Internet & movies • access to fitness club with lap pool ROOM FACILITIES ••• 69 studios & apartments • mini-bar • TV • kitchenette • balcony (King Deluxe & Atrium Suite only) • free wi-fi Internet

ADINA APARTMENT HOTEL BONDI BEACH, SYDNEY 4+H The newly built Adina Apartment Hotel in Bondi Beach has a contemporary and stylish flair and is only minutes away from the iconic Bondi Beach. Conveniently surrounded by shops and restaurants, you will experience the relaxing beach lifestyle whilst still being close to the centre of Sydney. The 1 and 2-bedroom apartments are highly recommended as they provide a home-from-home feeling and are fully equipped with laundry and kitchen facilities. An excellent base for relaxation after a day at the beach is the covered and heated outdoor pool which is set in the hotel’s private courtyard. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• covered outdoor pool & spa • courtyard area • gym • yoga room • free wi-fi Internet (conditions apply) • babysitting • parking (charge) ROOM FACILITIES ••• 46 studios, 56 1-bed apartments, 8 2-bed apartments, 1 3-bed apartment • LCD TV • iPod dock • free wi-fi Internet (conditions apply) • kitchen laundry (1-3 bed apartments only) SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights available on selected dates – please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Qt king room from £107 Qt king deluxe from £121

Studio guest apartment from £46 1 bedroom guest apartment from £63 2 bedroom guest apartment from £148

ADINA APARTMENT HOTEL COOGEE, SYDNEY 4H

INTERCONTINENTAL SYDNEY DOUBLE BAY 5H

Located on the popular Coogee beach, the Adina Apartment Hotel Coogee is an excellent base to discover the many local cafés and restaurants, swim in the Pacific Ocean or enjoy the Sydney sights, which are only a 20-minute drive from the hotel. The modern rooms are elegant yet exude the comforts of home, and it is worth upgrading to the 1 or 2-bedroom apartments which have balconies and laundry facilities. Perhaps take a short leisurely stroll to discover the many local cafés or mingle in the central courtyard in the evening after a day of chilling out at the beach.

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay is an exclusive bayside retreat, uniquely situated in Double Bay village in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. Designed to resemble an elegant and luxurious residence, this 5-star hotel features 140 guestrooms and suites, with European fashioned balconies, offering stunning views over Double Bay village, the tranquil bay or the internal courtyard, which overlooks the exclusive Club InterContinental lounge. Discover style and sophistication at Double Bay’s 1940s-inspired Stillery Bar & Dining. With a unique focus on gin, this world-class establishment showcases an impressive collection of over 100 superb varieties used to make the finest G&Ts and gin cocktails, complemented by a menu serving fresh botanical – inspired dishes and the intimate stunning rooftop pool and lounge overlooking the bay. Just 5km from the city, the hotel offers a central location and unique village atmosphere, with Double Bay delighting visitors with its leafy laneways, beautiful beaches, yacht-dotted bay, high-end fashion boutiques and collection of cafés and restaurants.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• free wi-fi Internet (conditions apply) • gym • indoor heated pool • parking • babysitting service ROOM FACILITIES ••• 86 studios & apartments • mini-bar • TV • wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony (apartments only) • kitchenette (studios), full kitchen (apartments only) • laundry facilities (apartments only) SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • gym • rooftop pool & lounge ROOM FACILITIES ••• 125 rooms & 15 suites • mini-bar • TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • separate shower and bath Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£40 £50 £90

Classic room from £132 Village view room from £148 Bayside room from £164

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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Blue Mountains

The deep wooded valleys and sheer sandstone canyons of the Blue Mountains lie just 90 minutes west of Sydney, and its staggering natural beauty has earned the region World Heritage status. The main resorts of Leura and Katoomba retain a relaxed rural charm.

TREAD LIGHTLY ECO WALKING TOUR Departures & Duration: 5 hours, Daily (except 25 Dec) Medium grade fitness is required for this 6km wilderness walk, giving access to deep gorges and canyons, 300m high sandstone escarpments and 800m deep valleys of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Your tour will be either the Valley of the Waters Walk or Grand Canyon Walk, depending on weather conditions. Fantastic photograph opportunities abound, as you trail though ancient rainforest, superb eucalypt forest, waterfalls and spectacular wilderness views. A picnic lunch in the wilderness is included. Prices from £87 per person.

SCENIC WORLD UNLIMITED DISCOVERY PASS Departures & Duration: 1 day, Daily Travel into the Jamison Valley aboard the steepest train in the world — the Scenic Railway. Once you reach the valley floor enjoy up to 2.4km of elevated boardwalk through the temperate rainforest and open woodland. Return to the main Scenic World Complex via the Scenic Cableway the steepest cable car in the Southern hemisphere. Glide between clifftops and gaze at the rainforest canopy through the glass floor of the Scenic Skyway as you take in the views of Katoomba Falls, the Jamison Valley and the world famous Three Sisters Rock formation.

Prices from: Adult £23, Child £14

2 day Essential Blue Mountains •

Day 1: Sydney - Blue Mountains Led by a knowledgeable guide, head out of the city for an exclusive early arrival to Calmsley Hill Farm. Enjoy morning tea, and free photo interaction with Koala’s as well as meet other native Australian wildlife, including close encounters with kangaroos, emus and wombats. Continue on to Katoomba and travel through the picturesque village of Leura onto Wentworth Falls. Enjoy spectacular views over the Jamison Valley and a short walk to the magnificent waterfall. Continuing on, arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds for views of the famous Three Sisters, before arriving at your accommodation to enjoy the afternoon and evening relaxing at leisure.

Day 2: Blue Mountains - Sydney There is time in the morning to immerse yourself in more great views before being collected at approximately 11.45am to commence touring around the Blue Mountains before arriving at Blackheath for lunch at the fabulous Boiler House Café. After lunch visit Govetts Leap to enjoy stunning views of the escarpments. The last stop will be a short visit to Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens to experience the expansive views. (L) Note: Luggage should be kept to a minimum, with one overnight bag per person preferred. Lilianfels requires a minimum 2-night stay at certain times of the year. An optional 2nd overnight in the Blue Mountains is also available. Please call for further details and prices.

PRICES INCLUDE • Small group touring with sightseeing as specified • 1 night’s accommodation as specified • Meals as specified: (L = Lunch)

Prices are per person based on twin share

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LEISURE INN SPIRES 3+H Leisure Inn Spires is an idyllic base for exploring the Blue Mountains and is conveniently located on the same street as Leura Mall, providing easy access to stores, cafés and restaurants. World famous attractions, walking paths , tracks and lookouts including; The Three Sisters, Scenic World highlighted by the cliffhanger ride, Prince Henry Cliff Walk, Wentworth Falls and Leura Cascades Circuit are just a short drive away. Set on 3 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, offering studio rooms as well as self-contained, 1 and 2-bedroom apartments makes it the perfect choice for both long and short stays. After a day of exploring, sit back on your own private balcony and enjoy an evening’s drink, while you relive the days’ activities and the many memories made.  HOTEL FACILITIES ••• wi-fi Internet • business services • babysitting service • undercover secure parking • laundry ROOM FACILITIES ••• rooms & apartments • flat-screen TV • wi-fi internet • ipod dock •  air-con • kitchenette/kitchen

THE MOUNTAIN HERITAGE HOTEL AND SPA RETREAT 4H The Mountain Heritage is a multi-award-winning hotel and spa retreat offering comfortable accommodation and unrivalled panoramic views over the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains wilderness. Located just a few minutes’ stroll down a winding, leafy avenue from the town centre of Katoomba, a popular rural town deep in the Blue Mountains, this historic mountain mansion captures the romance and charm of yesteryear while providing all the facilities and services of today. Whilst in Katoomba, don’t miss the chance to view the spectacular Three Sisters rock formation, standing sentinel over the Jamison Valley, and perhaps take the opportunity to ride the world’s steepest railway to the valley floor for a walk through the eucalypt forest. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • lounge bar • library • outdoor pool • fitness centre • spa • laundry • free wi-fi Internet ROOM FACILITIES ••• 41 deluxe rooms & suites • mini-bar • TV • wi-fi Internet • aircon • tea & coffee making facilities

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Studio room from 1 bedroom apartment from

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

£47 £60

Heritage room from Heritage view room from

£77 £94

LILIANFELS BLUE MOUNTAINS RESORT & SPA 5H

EMIRATES ONE&ONLY WOLGAN VALLEY 5H

Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa offers everything you would associate with an iconic flagship hotel in terms of refined luxury and customer service. Lilianfels is a historic country house — a haven of relaxation and a breath of fresh air, overlooking the magnificent Blue Mountains. Scenic lookouts, such as the famous Three Sisters rock formation at Echo Point overlooking the spectacular Jamison Valley, and Scenic World railway are only minutes away. Indulge in pampering pleasures at Lilianfels’ health club and spa which features an extensive gym and the spectacular infinityedge outdoor pool.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is located a scenic 2.5-hour drive (190 km) from Sydney, in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage region between the Gardens of Stone and Wollemi National Park. Inspired by its natural surroundings, all its villas are decorated with splashes of warm, earthy tones and are the height of undisputed luxury, each boasting its own private pool from where you can absorb the surrounding Australian bush. You may also wish to indulge at the One&Only Spa, or enjoy one of the many activities on offer such as guided walks, mountain biking, wildlife safaris, horse riding or heritage tours.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • bar • lounge • wi-fi Internet • gym• indoor & outdoor heated pools • sauna • steam room • health spa • billiards room • tennis • bicycles

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• Wolgan Dining Room • providore-style Country Kitchen • Valley Bar & Terrace Lounge • free wi-fi Internet • fully-equipped fitness centre • outdoor pool • tennis • horse riding • binoculars • mountain bikes • One&Only Spa • boutique

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 89 guestrooms, studios & suites • mini-bar • DVD player • LCD TV • wi-fi Internet • iPod docking station • air-con • 24hr room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free breakfast offer available on selected dates – please call for details.

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 40 free-standing villas • flat-screen LCD TV • DVD/CD player • iPod dock • free wi-fi Internet • lounge with double-sided fireplace • walk-in wardrobe • air-con • veranda & sundeck • private indoor/outdoor heated pool • binoculars • mountain bikes SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are full board, per person per night twin share

Deluxe resort view room from £96 Grand deluxe resort view room from £117

Heritage villa from £597 Wollemi villa from £2069 Wolgan villa from £2969

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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Hunter Valley

Although increasingly recognised for its olive growing and cheese production, the Hunter Valley is synonymous with wine. The region boasts almost 150 vineyards ranging from little independent estates to world-famous names such as Lindemans and Rosemount. Many even offer free wine tasting!

HUNTER VALLEY HOT AIR BALLOONING Departures & Duration: 1 hour, Daily (except 25 Dec & 1 Jan) from Crowne Plaza At sunrise your will meet your flight crew before experiencing the best views in the Hunter Valley - Australia’s premier wine region - aboard a hot air balloon. Enjoy 1 hour of scenic views of the wine region, mountains and Australian wildlife before touching down and returning to the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley for a gourmet Champagne buffet breakfast. Digital photos are made available following the flight. Departure time is 4.30am (summer) or 6am (winter) and is weather dependent. Weight notification: Beyond Ballooning will require, for flight manifest purposes all passengers’ names and estimated weights (in kilograms).

Prices from: Adult £148, Child £130

FULL DAY HUNTER GATHER TOUR Departures & Duration: 7 hours, Daily (except 25 & 26 Dec, 1 Jan & selected special event days) Join this tour to discover why the Hunter Valley is not just famous for its wines. After enjoying wine tasting at 4 or 5 selected wineries, you will also experience cheese and wine matching, a tranquil vineyard walk (weather permitting), a chocolate and wine matching experience, a fun and tasty brewery tour, as well as the chance to see kangaroos and local wildlife. A generous lunch overlooking the vines is included, as well as return transportation from local accommodation.

Prices from £98 per person

5 day Blue Mountains & Beyond Self Drive •

Days 1 & 2: Sydney - Blue Mountains (102km/ 63 miles/ 1.5 hours) Collect your car and head west into the Blue Mountains. Visit Echo Point for the best views and see spectacular Wentworth Falls. On your free day, perhaps take a walking track for views of the Three Sisters, or explore the shops in Katoomba and Leura.(B*) Standard: Leisure Inn Spires; Superior: The

Mountain Heritage; Deluxe: Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa *Superior only Day 3: Hunter Valley (230km/ 143 miles/ 3 hours) Travel through beautiful Brisbane Water and Wollemi National Parks to Cessnock, gateway to the Hunter Valley where you can visit the many vineyards and fantastic gourmet restaurants. Standard: Hunter Valley Resort; Superior: Crowne Plaza Resort Hunter Valley; Deluxe: Chateau Elan Hunter Valley Day 4: Port Stephens (87km/ 54 miles/ 1.5 hours) Drive to Port Stephens; home of wonderful beaches, fresh seafood and bottlenose dolphins playing in the bay. (B*)

Standard: Hotel Nelson; Superior: Oaks Pacific Blue; Deluxe: Anchorage Port Stephens *Deluxe only Day 5: Sydney (207km/ 129 miles/ 2.5 hours) Travel south along the Pacific Highway through the historic port of Newcastle, and back into Sydney over the iconic Harbour Bridge. Note: Your car is booked until the following day, but must be returned by the same time it was picked up on Day 1 to avoid additional charges.

PRICES INCLUDE • 4 nights’ hotel accommodation on room-only basis (unless specified otherwise) • Avis car rental for the tour duration • Self-drive kit, including maps & instructions

Prices are per person based on twin share

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H U N T E R VA L L E Y H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

HUNTER VALLEY RESORT 3+H

CROWNE PLAZA HUNTER VALLEY 4H

An easy 2-hour drive north of Sydney in the heart of the Hunter Valley, this 35 room family-owned lodge is set on 80 acres surrounded by its own vineyard. From the new Adventure Centre search for kangaroos and explore the wine country by electric bicycle, Segway or horseback, relax at the Heavenly Hunter Massage Centre, broaden your wine knowledge at the Wine Theatre Experience or the Hunter Wine School, and sample the boutique beers at the Matilda Bay Brewhouse. If all that wasn’t enough, activities available close to the resort include cheese factories, hotair ballooning and the spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens

Escape to the Hunter Valley wine region and enjoy premier accommodation at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. Whether you are planning a romantic getaway, a weekend with friends, or a fun-filled family holiday, this premium Hunter Valley resort offers something for everyone. Unwind and be pampered at the on-site Ubika Spa, perfect your swing on the 18-hole Hunter Valley Golf course, burn some energy on the tennis and basketball courts, and enjoy renowned local wines and produce at the on-site restaurants, Lovedale Bar and Brewery and Redsalt Restaurant.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • wine tasting bar • brewery • cheese tasting at Binorrie • winery • library • sundeck • free wi-fi Internet • pool • tennis • electric bikes • Segway • Jacuzzi • horse riding • wine school • health spa ROOM FACILITIES ••• 35 rooms • mini-bar • TV • free wi-fi Internet • CD/DVD player • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony • kitchenette (some rooms)

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • bar • café bar • micro-beer brewery • fitness centre • outdoor heated pool • full day spa • basketball/tennis/volleyball courts •  table tennis • 18-hole golf course • bikes • kids’ club ROOM FACILITIES ••• 414 rooms & suites • mini-bar or fridge • TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • room service •  balcony or terrace •  kitchen (2 & 3 bedroom villas only)

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free wi-fi Internet + Free Wine Theatre entry + Free vineyard inspection followed by a winetasting with the Cellar master; + Free nights available on selected dates – please call for details

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Hunter room from £66 Vineyard room from £92 Spa cottage room from £107

Villa guest room from Deluxe room from

£62 £70

SPICERS VINEYARDS ESTATE 5H

CHÂTEAU ÉLAN AT THE VINTAGE, HUNTER VALLEY 5H

Escape, retreat and unwind in 8 acres of private vineyard and rolling natural bushland at The Spicers Vineyards Estate. Just a 2-hour drive from Sydney you will find this idyl, perfect for those who love good wine, good food and plenty of escapism. Nestled within the vineyards and bushland are 13 luxurious guestrooms ranging from Luxury Spa Suites to the Vineyard’s House. The beautifully decorated suites all enjoy a separate lounge area, open-fire and bring a stunning courtyard or balcony. This luxury Hunter Valley retreat also has its own private wine cellar, and an elegant Day Spa offering a range of treatments and to make the most of the surrounds, complimentary bike hire is available.

The award-winning Château Élan at The Vintage, located in the very heart of the Hunter Valley is Australia’s finest golf, spa and conference resort. Offering a luxury escape for up to 200 guests, the resort comprises a spa, hair and beauty salon, 20 beautifully appointed spa suites and a series of private lifestyle villas. The Spa at Château Élan features 17 state-of-the-art spa treatment rooms, as well as a steam, sauna, outdoor plunge pool, hair salon, relaxation spaces and sundeck. Also home to an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed championship golf course, as well as full dining and catering facilities including the renowned Legends Grill restaurant open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Château Élan at The Vintage is truly a destination and experience in itself.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • communal lounge • wi-fi Internet • pool  • spa  • outdoor car park • conference facilities • bicycle hire ROOM FACILITIES ••• 12 rooms and 4 bedroom house • mini-bar • flat-screen TV • iPod dock • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • complimentary parking

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • swimming pool • 18-hole golf course • tennis courts • day spa • wi-fi Internet • café • gymnasium ROOM FACILITIES ••• 100 rooms & suites • mini-bar • 42” flat-screen TV • iPod dock • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • spa bath • balcony or terrace

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

King spa room from £147 Luxury spa suite from £192 Vineyards house from £223

King room from 1 bedroom villa from Spa suite from

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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Coastal New South Wales

Twice the length of the UK, the magnificent shoreline of New South Wales boasts some of Australia’s most picturesque and idyllic coastal scenery. Head south from Sydney to the pristine bushland around Jervis Bay, or hit the Pacific Highway and head north to discover a string of charming beach resorts.

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Byron Bay

New South Wales Coffs Harbour

Port Macquarie Port Stephens

( Sydney To Jervis Bay & Tanja

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DOLPHIN KAYAK TOUR Departures & Duration: 3 hours. Daily from Byron Bay Feel the exhilaration as you paddle your kayak with the dolphins, turtles and whales that frequent the enticing waters of Byron Bay. Whether you are a novice or an experienced kayaker your adventure will include paddling the magnificent protected bay, surfing the waves, encountering the abundant marine life and relaxing and enjoying morning or afternoon tea and all the Tim Tams you can eat on one of the pristine beaches. Cape Byron Kayaks is the original kayaking tour in Byron Bay and fully-qualified guides share a wealth of local knowledge, making your experience a safe and memorable one.

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BIG DAY OUT BYRON HINTERLAND TOUR Departures & Duration: 6 hours, Daily Get out amongst the beautiful Byron hinterland and explore the natural wonder of the World Heritage listed Nightcap 1 2 1 2 1 2 National Park including a guided rainforest 3 3 3 walk to the base of the spectacular 100m Minyon Falls (2 hrs, 4 km, moderate with a short rock scramble). Take a swim in COUNTRY BORDER the plunge pool of the falls (weather STATE BORDER permitting), wind down and get in touch DESTINATION - COUNTRY with nature. Enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch - state/island group etc before the tour weaves through the beautiful Byron hinterland Destination and the many Destination - town unspoiled hinterland towns that are sprinkled throughout the countryside. Arrive at the historical little town Bangalow and tour it’s fascinating mix of local shops, galleries and cafes.

Prices from: Adult £42, Child £37

Prices from: Adult £88, Child £80

LETS GO SURFING - BYRON BAY

DOLPHIN WATCH CRUISE

Departures & Duration: 2-3 hours. Daily from Byron Bay If those rolling waves crashing in from the Pacific swells fill you with thoughts of ‘Pipeline’ and ‘Endless Summer’, then here is your chance to live the dream and learn to surf. On this group lesson, learn about surf skills in a fun and safe environment, while all the time enjoying the sea-breeze and the fun of a new sport. The surf lesson will offer a truly authentic surfing experience that covers all the basics from warm-up to paddling, catching waves and standing! Surf in really small groups, max of 6 participants so you will have loads of hands on help from the professional instructors. 3 and 5 day packages, which include 2 hours of surfing daily, as well as private lessons, are also available.

Departures & Duration: 1.5 hours. Daily from Port Stephens Board your Moonshadow — TQC Cruises vessel at d’Albora Marina, Nelson Bay to commence a 90-minute Dolphin Discovery Cruise. Cruise aboard a 26-metre motorised catamaran, which has triple 360 degree viewing decks, open sundeck, large boom-nets as well as a licensed bar (at own expense). Explore scenic Port Stephens harbour in search of local bottlenose dolphins. Cruises include either morning or afternoon tea, boom-net rides, commentary and a scenic harbour cruise including Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands. Cruise concludes approximately 90 minutes after commencement, at d’Albora Marina.

Prices from £39 per person for a 2 hour lesson. Lessons include all equipment including long or short wetsuit, surfboard, sunscreen, zinc and expert instruction.

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C O A S TA L N E W S O U T H WA L E S H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

TANJA LAGOON CAMP, MIMOSA ROCKS NATIONAL PARK 4H

PAPERBARK CAMP, JERVIS BAY 4H

Tanja Lagoon Camp is ideal for those looking for both adventure and relaxation. Each tent rests on its own spacious deck and features a fully-equipped kitchen, en-suite bathroom and separate living area. Guests can do as much or as little as they please during their stay; simply laze on the deck with a cup of tea in hand, or choose to go for a canoe or bushwalk to the beach. For those who wish to venture further from the camp, there’s mountain biking, whale watching, wine tasting, art trails, plenty of beaches and many other places of interest within an hour’s drive – the choices are endless. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• free canoe & kayak hire • bush walks • star gazing ROOM FACILITIES ••• 4 safari-style  tents • fully-equipped kitchen • furnished deck

Combining unique luxury tented accommodation with wonderful food and warm hospitality, Paperbark Camp is a peaceful bush retreat in beautiful Jervis Bay. Just a 3 hours’ drive south of Sydney near the pristine clear waters and white-sand beaches of Jervis Bay, the camp offers a unique blend of fine food and wine and cosy canvas accommodation. All tents have wrap-around decking with outdoor furniture, polished hardwood floors, full insect screening, solar-powered lighting as well as high quality linen and a peaceful bush setting - the perfect base from which to explore this nature lovers paradise. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant & bar • wi-fi Internet • free bikes & canoes • walking trails • massage & beauty treatments by arrangement ROOM FACILITIES ••• 12 safari-style tents • solar-powered lighting • open-air shower • furnished decking

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

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ANCHORAGE PORT STEPHENS 4+H

RYDGES PORT MACQUARIE 4H

Gracing the shores of idyllic Port Stephens, Anchorage is nestled between rugged bush and a sparkling indigo-blue sea. This intimate retreat has a distinctly nautical feel designed to enchant and to complement its location right on the waterfront. Breathe in the fresh, salty air and feel a soft sea breeze from 80 elegantly-furnished rooms and suites with private balconies.

Set in the heart of the Central Business District and boasting breathtaking views of the Hastings River, Rydges Port Macquarie offers stylish accommodation in a prime city location. The rooms and suites are comfortable and spacious and the hotel features an award-winning restaurant and bar. Ideally located, the hotel is halfway between Brisbane and Sydney with plenty of local attractions close by; just steps away are the Glasshouse performance and exhibition space, boutiques, cafés and bars. A stay at Rydges Port Macquarie will ensure guests aren’t short of things to do or see.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants & bars • business centre/Internet • heated outdoor pool • day spa ROOM FACILITIES ••• 80 guestrooms & suites • mini-bar • satellite TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony or veranda

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • bar • free wi-fi Internet • heated outdoor pool • day spa • gym • parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 122 rooms • mini-bar • LCD TV • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Anchorage room from £102 Loft suite from £144

Standard king room from Deluxe king room from

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

£65 £89

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H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

C O A S TA L N E W S O U T H WA L E S

BREAKFREE AANUKA BEACH RESORT, COFFS HARBOUR 4H

THE LORD BYRON 3H

The BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort is the perfect place to indulge in the real Aussie lifestyle. This tropical-style beachfront resort is ideal for travellers seeking a waterbased holiday in a relaxed environment. Situated right on Diggers Beach, the resort is close to Coffs Harbour and the beautiful rainforest surrounding Coffs Coast. In Coffs Harbour, swim with dolphins, dive with turtles, or join a whale-watching tour. Also nearby is the famous Big Banana Water Park. Kick back and enjoy the easy dining style in the 2 on-site eateries: both have stunning outlooks with coastal views over the secluded Diggers Beach. The sea is just minutes from your room and there is tennis and swimming within the resort itself. Accommodation includes hotel-style rooms, spa bures and spa villas. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • 3 tennis courts • 4 swimming pools • beach volleyball • day spa • gym • playground • live entertainment 1 night a week

Famous for its pristine coastline, Byron Bay has some of the best beaches on the East Coast. The Lord Byron is located a short 10-minute walk from the beach and the town centre. Byron Bay is a bustling little town with dining options to suit all, and it is hard to resist a stroll along the beach to hear the crash of the almighty waves as they hit the shore. The Lord Byron makes a good choice of accommodation for any budget-conscious traveller seeking a base that is close to Byron Bay’s highlights. After a hard day’s shopping and sightseeing, relax by the heated pool and spa, or get active on the full size day/night tennis court. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• outdoor pool • spa pool • tennis • laundry ROOM FACILITIES ••• 31 rooms • fridge • TV • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • free wi-fi Internet • complimentary BBQ area •

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 138 guestrooms • fridge • TV • DVD player • wi-fi Internet • aircon • coffee-making facilities • hairdryer • safe

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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THE BYRON AT BYRON RESORT & SPA, BYRON BAY 4+H One of a kind, Byron at Byron is truly a place like no other. Cocooned in a lush, private 45-acre rainforest setting, yet only minutes from the iconic town of Byron Bay and a short walk from Tallow Beach, Byron at Byron is the perfect place to truly relax and rejuvenate. This multi-award-winning resort provides an idyllic escape in a tranquil atmosphere; take a stroll along wooden boardwalks through the rainforest and indulge yourself with nurturing spa treatments and daily yoga sessions. Discover the finest local produce available daily, while dining alfresco within the surrounds. Wake up to the sounds of the forest as the ocean breeze reaches you in your comfortable king-size bed in spacious 1-bedroom suites. Each suite featuring deep soak baths, galley kitchen, lounge and dining area, and 2 open-air balconies to really be at one with nature.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Meal discounts available on selected dates – please call for details

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • sundeck • gym • pool • tennis • day spa • sauna • free wi-fi Internet • beach & rainforest walks • free market & rainforest tours • bikes • free yoga classes • free daily township shuttle ROOM FACILITIES ••• 92 suites • mini-bar • pay TV • free wi-fi Internet • CD/DVD player • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • deep-soak baths • 2 balconies • kitchenette • lounge and dining area Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard/ rain forest suite from £109 Superior suite from £122 Deluxe spa suite from £135

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C O A S TA L N E W S O U T H WA L E S

Hunter Valley • Port Stephens • Coffs Harbour • Byron Bay • Gold Coast

• Explore the many famous independent wineries in the scenic Hunter Valley • Get in touch with your green side with a visit to the Hunter Valley Gardens • Enjoy swimming, dune boarding and dolphin watching cruises in Port Stephens • Discover hidden towns and off-thebeaten-track beach resorts as you drive the beautiful NSW coast • Hang out with the surfers, the hippies and the new-age therapists in characterful Byron Bay • Satisfy your inner thrill-seeker at the theme parks on the Gold Coast • Enjoy the lively nightlife in Surfers Paradise

S E L F D R I V E TO U R I N G

7 day Sydney to The Gold Coast

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

OPTIONAL SIGHTSEEING EXCURSIONS Make the most of your self-drive holiday by pre-booking some of our optional sightseeing excursions: • Hunter Gatherer’s Tour in Hunter Valley, from £103 per person • Byron Bay Surfing Lesson, from £40 per person

Departures: Daily Day 1: Sydney - Hunter Valley (150km/ 93 miles/ 2.5 hours) Collect your car and head north across the Sydney Harbour Bridge towards the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s oldest and most important wine regions. You’ll have plenty of time in the afternoon to begin your exploration of the region’s many vineyards; an activity which can be enjoyed by car, bicycle or horse-drawn carriage. Standard: Hunter Valley Resort; Superior: Crowne Plaza Resort Hunter Valley; Deluxe: Chateau Elan Hunter Valley (2 nights) Day 2: Hunter Valley Enjoy a full day at leisure for further exploration of Hunter Valley’s wineries, or pre-book our gourmet Hunter Gatherer’s Tour to uncover the best local produce and wines. You could also visit the beautiful Hunter Valley Gardens, or travel to the LAND port of Newcastle to explore its historic Victorian architecture. industrial AIR Day RAIL 3: Hunter Valley - Port Stephens (82km/ 51 miles/ 1.5 hours) CRUISE Travel east to Port Stephens, where the wide bay extends some 25kms 1 NIGHTS STAYED

inland and its calm waters and numerous coves are ideal for swimming, fishing and watersports. Dolphin cruises are available year-round, or you can relax on Stockton Beach which boasts huge sand dunes. (B*) Standard: Hotel 1

Nelson; Superior: Oaks Pacific Blue; Deluxe: Anchorage Port Stephens *Deluxe only

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252 miles/ 5 hours) In the morning, travel north along the Lakes Way, a scenic route through Myall Lakes National Park. Head north past Port Macquarie, which has a lovely setting at the mouth of the Hastings River. Coffs Harbour marks the start of the sub-tropical northern

coast of New South Wales, and the mountains of the Great Dividing Range seem to fall almost directly into the Pacific Ocean. Standard: Breakfree Aanuka Beach;

Superior & Deluxe: Ramada Resort Coffs Harbour Day 5: Coffs Harbour - Byron Bay (250km/ 155 miles/ 3.5 hours) Drive inland through Grafton, on the banks of the Clarence River, before reaching the coast once again at Ballina. Byron Bay is a popular stop on the backpacker and surfing circuits and there is the chance today for you to pre-book a surfing lesson with a local professional. Standard: Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments (King

Bedroom); Superior: Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments (1 Bedroom Studio); Deluxe: The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa Day 6: Byron Bay - Gold Coast (112km/ 70 miles/ 1.5 hours) The popular holiday playground of the Gold Coast stretches northwards through the resorts of Coolangatta and Broadbeach towards Surfers Paradise. The fantastic beach is a great place to learn to surf, plus there’s shopping, a vibrant nightlife and nearby theme parks including Warner Bros. Movie World, Dream World and Wet ‘n’ Wild. (B*) Standard: Mantra Sun City; Superior: Mantra Legends; Deluxe: Peppers

Broadbeach *Standard only Day 7: Gold Coast - Brisbane (78km/ 49 miles/ 1 hour) Head north to Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, where your self-drive holiday comes to an end. Note: Your car is booked until the following day, but must be returned by the same time it was picked up on Day 1 to avoid additional charges.

PRICES INCLUDE • 6 nights’ hotel accommodation on room-only basis (unless specified otherwise) • Avis car rental for the tour duration • Self-drive kit, including maps and instructions

Prices are per person based on twin share

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Single supplements available upon request

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ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE

LIVE LIKE A LOCAL

Diving at the Great Barrier Reef, one of nature’s greatest wonders, and coming face-to-face with a giant maori wrasse. They might not be pretty, but at least they’re friendly!

The sun’s rays are strong in Queensland, so you’ll want to follow the local advice of ‘slip, slop, slap’ – slip on a t-shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat.

BEST FOR KIDS

Fraser Island, on Australia’s Nature Coast, is the world’s largest sand island, and boasts an amazing variety of wildlife including lizards, pure-breed dingoes and native birds.

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS

Head for the Gold Coast, where the theme parks make this Australia’s answer to Florida. Kids of all ages will love Warner Bros, Movie World, Sea World and Dream World. SPLASH OUT Recapture the golden age of rail as you glimpse Queensland’s stunning coast from aboard the prestigious Spirit of Queensland train.

TIME DIFFERENCE: GMT +10 hours.

FLIGHT INFORMATION: Brisbane is well served by many major airlines, with connections via Dubai on Emirates and Qantas, and through Asia on Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Malaysian and Thai Airways. FLYING TIME FROM UK: Approx. 23 hours.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT: Queensland is warm year-round. In the northern tropics, around Cairns and Port Douglas, summer (Dec-Mar) brings a huge amount of rainfall meaning winter (May-Oct) is a better time to visit with temperatures averaging around 30°C.

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O’REILLY’S AND LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK

BRISBANE RIVER CRUISE TO LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY

Departures & Duration: 8.25 hours, Daily (blackout days apply) Visit Tamborine Mountain, Lamington National Park and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Experience spectacular views of the McPherson Ranges and the scenic drive to O’Reilly’s Plateau. The morning tea stop is at Tamborine Mountain’s main street with its European flair, fresh produce, art and craft. Arrive at O’Reilly’s in time for lunch (optional), bird feeding and the suspended tree top boardwalk.

Departures & Duration: 5.5 hours, Daily (blackout days apply) Cruise along the river past historic mansions and enjoy an entertaining narration en route to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Come face to face with a colony of fruit bats hidden among the mangroves, and then enjoy some time in the world’s largest koala sanctuary; hand feed kangaroos and emus, experience an Australian sheep dog and sheep-shearing show, spy on a swimming platypus, see the birds of prey and cuddle a koala.

Prices from: Adult £66, Child £42.

Prices from: Adult £47, Child £29.

DOLPHIN ADVENTURE DAY TOUR

AUSTRALIA ZOO AND CROCODILE EXPRESS

Departures & Duration: 10 hours, Sun-Fri (blackout days apply) Enjoy a 75-minute cruise aboard your vessel across Moreton Bay to Moreton Island, the third largest sand island in the world. En route, you will have the possibility to spot dolphins, turtles and other marine life. Upon arrival, enjoy the island leisure facilities. After lunch, board a Desert Safari vehicle and experience some thrilling ‘four wheel driving’ and sand boarding before returning to the Marine Education Centre to learn more about dolphin behaviour. At sunset you will have the chance to hand feed the wild bottlenose dolphins as they swim into the shores near the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort. Depending on the animal’s arrival, you will arrive back into Brisbane between 8-9.30pm in the evening.

Prices from: Adult £167, Child £132 incl. lunch.

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Departures & Duration: 8.5 hours, Daily (blackout days apply) It’s as wild as life gets at Australia Zoo, home of the Crocodile Hunter, with more wildlife and entertainment than you can poke a stick at! With over 1,200 animals and stacks of shows, it’s a full day of wildlife action and adventure. Get handson with cuddly koalas, waddling wombats, slithering snakes and cute kangaroos. Come face to face with tigers, or get your photo taken with a baby alligator. Step aboard Steve’s Safari Shuttle and explore all that Australia Zoo has to offer including the newest exhibit – Africa! Experience the wide open plains of the African savannah and see exotic animals such as giraffe, rhino and zebra interacting together in the zoo’s first multi-annual exhibit. See snakes, free-flight birds and crocs LIVE in the Crocoseum. Prices from: Adult £83, Child £53.


BRISBANE H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

IBIS BRISBANE 3H

MANTRA ON QUEEN 4H

Centrally located the ibis Brisbane is within easy walking distance to the city, Queen street mall, Southbank Parklands, Roma street parklands, Treasury casino and Roma street station. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast and dinner. Perfect for the modern traveller, the ibis Brisbane offers a comfortable and convenient stay.

Whether you are looking for a comfortable room for an overnight stay in Brisbane or an apartment with all the facilities for a longer stay; the Mantra on Queen caters for a variety of travellers’ needs. It’s centrally located overlooking the Brisbane River and is conveniently close to a variety of shops, bars and restaurants in this enticing, bustling city. The Mantra on Queen also has some fantastic leisure facilities including a swimming pool, spa, gym, sauna and restaurant and bar, so after a long day enjoying the sights of Brisbane you can unwind and relax.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • pool table • Internet • laundry ROOM FACILITIES ••• 218 rooms • TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights available on selected dates – please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • gym • pool • sauna • spa • service laundry • 24hr reception • parking (fees apply) ROOM FACILITIES ••• 141 hotel rooms, 1 and 2-bedroom apartments • cable TV • wifi Internet • full kitchen (apartments) • laundry (apartments) • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard room from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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NOVOTEL BRISBANE 4H

ROYAL ON THE PARK HOTEL & SUITES 4H

Novotel Brisbane is situated in the heart of the city, close to central train station, Queen Street shopping mall and Treasury Casino. The contemporary guestrooms come complete with iPod docks and smart TVs. Novotel Brisbane has an excellent atmosphere for international visitors with an array of services, including a restaurant and bar, outdoor pool and sundeck.

Royal on the Park Hotel & Suites has stood the test of time as one of Brisbane Central Business District’s most iconic hotels. Royal on the Park Hotel & Suites boasts a backdrop like no other, overlooking the City Botanic Gardens and offers 153 guestrooms, including 4 spa suites, 1 junior suite and 3 executive suites. Located within the hotel is The Walnut Restaurant and Lounge Bar where you can truly enjoy Australian fine dining. Our location allows easy access to Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, The Gabba, Suncorp Stadium and Treasury Casino. Only 20 minutes from the Brisbane Airport, Royal on the Park Hotel & Suites’ is unbeatable in location. On-site car parking is available at a daily rate, if you’re considering a rental car. With our range of amenities on offer, we’re sure to fit any travellers’ needs.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • café • sundeck • wi-fi Internet • yoga • gym • outdoor pool • sauna ROOM FACILITIES ••• 296 rooms • mini-bar • smart TV • iPod dock • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant & lounge bar • outdoor pool & spa • free wi-fi Internet • 24hr gym • 24hr reception • 24hr room service • parking (fee) ROOM FACILITIES ••• 153 rooms • LCD TV • in room tablet • mini-bar • espresso machine SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard room from Premier room from

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Deluxe city view from Deluxe park view from

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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BRISBANE

OAKS FESTIVAL TOWERS, BRISBANE 4H Oaks Festival Towers, located in the heart of Brisbane’s Central Business District, is just minutes away from some of the city’s best dining, shopping, and entertainment precincts, as well as local attractions including the Botanic Gardens, South Bank, and the Gallery of Modern Art. Standing 41 storeys high, Oaks Festival Towers boasts a superb choice of well-appointed 1 and 2-bedroom apartments. Hotel facilities include a 25-metre heated lap pool, plunge pool, spa, gym, and BBQ facilities. With deluxe kitchens, comfortable living areas, and balconies with sweeping views over the city and river, Oaks Festival Towers makes an ideal choice for a comfortable self-catering stay in Brisbane. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 25m lap pool • BBQ sundeck • plunge pool • gym • sauna • 24hr reception ROOM FACILITIES ••• 401 apartments • air-con • cable TV • DVD • stereo • free wi-fi Internet • private balcony • kitchen • laundry facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights available on selected dates – please call for details.

ADINA APARTMENT HOTEL BRISBANE ANZAC SQUARE 4H Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane Anzac Square is located directly opposite Central Railway Station in Brisbane’s Central Business District. It overlooks the Anzac Square Memorial Gardens and Queen Street Mall, with the Treasury Casino and South Bank all within walking distance. With the Anzac Square Arcade shopping/restaurant mall located on the hotel’s lower floor, dining options are plentiful, while well-equipped kitchens in the apartments make self-catering a further option. All the apartments enjoy a raft of modern facilities, yet the Adina still retains the charm and elegance of a beautifully restored heritage building. Friendly and experienced staff help are on hand 24/7 ensuring your stay in Brisbane is a relaxed and fun experience. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • library • valet parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 136 apartments • kitchen with microwave & fridge • LCD TV • DVD/CD player • wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • 1-bedroom apartments have washer/dryer • 24hr room service

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

1 bedroom apartment from £44 1 bedroom executive apartment from £51

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£55 £63

THE SEBEL QUAY WEST BRISBANE 5H

SOFITEL BRISBANE CENTRAL 5H

Located opposite the City Botanic Gardens, just a 10-minute walk from the city centre, this luxurious boutique hotel combines the convenience of fully selfcontained accommodation with 5-star services and facilities including gym, recreation deck, spa and sauna. All of the spacious apartments boast spectacular garden or panoramic city views. Enjoy innovative all-day dining at McMahons Restaurant which offers an unrivalled location overlooking the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

Positioned in the heart of the vibrant rivercity, Sofitel Brisbane Central is a multiaward winning hotel known for its refined French elegance and personalised, 5-star service. Infusing the very best of local culture and contemporary French design, our 433 luxurious rooms and suites will have you feeling like it’s your home away from home. There’s no need to travel far for exquisite cuisine, with 5 bars and restaurants located within the hotel, with menus featuring local fresh produce and a signature French touch. For a heightened experience, relax and unwind in ultimate style in Queensland’s largest executive lounge, Club Sofitel, located on the 30th floor. Treat yourself to evening drinks and canapés while you take in the panoramic views of the stunning Brisbane skyline. Make the most out of your Sunshine State escape with our outdoor pool and deck, or rejuvenate with a treatment in the world renowned Stephanies Day Spa.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • sundeck • business centre/Internet • gym • outdoor pool • sauna • secure undercover valet parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 40 1 & 2-bedroom apartments • mini-bar • 2 TVs • wi-fi Internet • CD player • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • balcony • kitchen • laundry SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 3 restaurants • 2 bars • wi-fi Internet • gym • outdoor pool • day spa • executive lounge • hair & beauty • parking (fee) ROOM FACILITIES ••• 433 classic-contemporary rooms & luxurious suite accommodation • mini-bar • TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

1 bed apt botanic garden view from £64 2 bed apt botanic garden view from £130

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SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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GOLD COAST & HINTERLAND

Gold Coast & Hinterland

Australia’s premier holiday destination, the Gold Coast boasts white-sand beaches with action-packed theme parks, golf courses and fabulous shopping. The fun centres on Surfers Paradise, a lively resort famous for its nightlife. Inland, you’ll find quiet rural escapes set in rainforest-shrouded valleys.

S I G H T S E E I N G, H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

DREAMWORLD Departures & Duration: Open 10am – 5pm, Daily (excluding 25 Apr & 25 Dec) Enjoy Australia’s biggest theme park, home to over 50 rides, slides, shows and attractions. Test your nerve on the Big 9 Thrill Rides, get up close to Bengal and Sumatran tigers at Tiger Island and see koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles and more at Dreamworld Corroboree.

Prices from: Adult £60, Child £54

WARNER BROS MOVIE WORLD Departures & Duration Open 9.30am – 5pm, Daily (excluding 25 Apr & 25 Dec) Visit Australia’s only movie related theme park and experience a fun-filled, Gold Coast theme park family adventure with all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Meet your favourite stars and enjoy all the behind the scenes action, comedy stunts and exhilarating rides, shows and attractions! Prices from: Adult £48, Child £42

JELLURGAL JOURNEY & CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Departures & Duration: 7 hours, Daily (except 25 Apr & 25 Dec Reconnect with Jarra ‘Mother Earth’ and enjoy an Aboriginal guided tour of Burleigh Heads then visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and get up close to Australian Wildlife.

Prices from: Adult £52, Child £32

NOVOTEL SURFERS PARADISE 4H

CROWNE PLAZA SURFERS PARADISE 4H

A visit to the popular Surfers Paradise is all about embracing the fantastic outdoors lifestyle. Whether that’s enjoying the immaculate beaches, fun-filled theme parks, vibrant nightlife and restaurant scene, and the Novotel Surfers Paradise lies right in the heart of the action! Only 150m from the nearest beach this hotel offers a range of rooms all featuring comfortable and stylish furniture and private balcony, with either a city, beach or hinterland view. And, once you have explored the Gold Coast the hotel has plenty to help you wind-down and relax including a sun-soaked outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness centre, restaurant and rooftop bar. This hotel has it all in a fantastic location.

Towering over one of Australia’s favourite stretches of coastline, Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise is nestled between Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. A short walk to the beach, this hotel is in a prime location for watching the sun rise to the sounds of the surf in the morning. Enjoy the views from one of the many ocean view rooms, before relaxing by one of the hotel’s pools. Start your evening by watching the sun set over Surfers Paradise from Queensland’s only revolving restaurant, Four Winds 360.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • gym • tennis courts • laundry • undercover parking

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 374 rooms • LCD TV • balcony

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 408 rooms • flat-screen TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • fridge • work desk

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 3 restaurants • 2 bars • wi-fi Internet (charge) • 24hr gym • 2 outdoor swimming pools • 24hr reception SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Hinterland view superior room from £55 Hinterland view deluxe room from £68

Superior twin from Superior ocean view from Deluxe king spa from

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

GOLD COAST & HINTERLAND

MANTRA ON VIEW 4H

AVANI BROADBEACH 4+H

Wake up to sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Surfers Paradise panoramic cityscape from your very own private balcony at the Mantra on View. Only 160m from the nearest beach this modern resort-style hotel has everything from a large outdoor swimming pool and children’s pool to a day spa and fully-equipped gym. The hotel is located just off Surfers Paradise Esplanade, in the heart of the resort’s many restaurants, cafes and bars and is the perfect family-friendly resort from which to explore the Gold Coast.

Live large on the beautiful Gold Coast, taking in the promise of sun, sand and surf. Whether in town for business or play, at AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences, you’re only a skip and a hop from all the action. With a location long favoured by locals for its 57 kilometres of beach, surf, and upscale dining and entertainment options, the hotel offers self-catering suites, each with a private balcony taking in views of the Pacific Ocean.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • 2 pools including children’s pool • gym • spa • conference facilities • undercover parking

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 163 rooms • smart TV with DVD player and Foxtel • free wi-fi Internet air-con • full kitchen • separate lounge & dining area • washing machine • Nespresso machine • balcony

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 406 rooms • TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • cafe • wi-fi Internet • pool • gym

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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PALAZZO VERSACE 5H Palazzo Versace Gold Coast is everything you would expect in a hotel from the world of Versace; a waterfront setting, spectacular architecture, Italian furnishings, extraordinary service and an ambience of pure glamour. It is the home to 2 awardwinning restaurants, a famed day spa, Fitness & Wellbeing Centre, private marina, Versace Boutique, meeting and event facilities and Australia’s first Water Salon cabana. Acclaimed as Australia’s premier leisure destination, the Gold Coast is renowned for its glorious sub-tropical climate and cosmopolitan enjoyment of life. Nestled between the beautiful Pacific Ocean and the sparkling Gold Coast Broadwater, the hotel offers an exclusive chance to be immersed in the opulent Versace lifestyle. Each of the 200 light-filled bedrooms and suites are crafted with bespoke Versace Home furnishings. Luxurious fabrics, colourful silks, floor-to-ceiling windows and a ‘Juliet’ balcony inviting the Gold Coast sunshine and azure skies to pour in. It is a place of pure indulgence, true glamour and ultimate relaxation. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 award-winning restaurants • lobby bar • wi-fi Internet • 24hr fitness centre • outdoor lagoon pool with beach • day spa • underground secure carpark • private marina ROOM FACILITIES ••• 200 rooms & suites • 72 condominiums • mini-bar • bespoke Versace furnishings • wi-fi Internet • air-con • dual spa bath • room service • Juliette balconies Prices are room only, per person per night twin share Superior room from £113 Lagoon room from £128 Superior suite from £142

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O’REILLY’S RAINFOREST RETREAT & MOUNTAIN VILLAS, LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK 3+H Nestled in Lamington National Park, O’Reilly’s has become one of Australia’s most iconic nature tourism experiences. Set in a sub-tropical rainforest, a daily programme of activities allows you to discover unique plants and learn why the region is such an important habitat for more than 200 rare or endangered species. Some of the staff are third generation members of the O’Reilly family and go out of their way to provide genuine, friendly Australian hospitality. Set amongst the rainforest and offering beautiful mountain vistas, you’ll find the premium 4-star Mountain Villas, a village of 48 luxurious 2 and 3-bedroom villas, plus the Lost World Spa, allowing you to surrender to the soothing sights and scents of the rainforest. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • café • sundeck • wi-fi Internet • 2 pools • health spa & sauna • games room ROOM FACILITIES ••• 68 rooms & 48 villas • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony • shower only • free wi-fi Internet • Mountain View Villas also have TV, CD player, gas fireplace, air-con, hot-tub & BBQ in deck area SPECIAL OFFERS ••• call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Mountain view room from £60 1 bedroom canopy suite from £120 2 bedroom canopy suite from £150


Sunshine Coast & Fraser Island

Boasting mile after mile of stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters, the relaxed Sunshine Coast has a spot to suit everyone, and has as its focal point the upmarket resort of Noosa. Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, a wildlife paradise of freshwater lakes, massive sand dunes and 120km of spectacular beaches. From the Glasshouse Mountains, north of Brisbane, to the iconic Fraser Island, Australia’s Nature Coast is a region truly spoilt by nature.

FRASER EXPLORER TOUR Departures & Duration: 8.5 Hours, Daily Discover the iconic sights of World Heritagelisted Fraser Island on a full day, 4WD off-roading adventure. Immerse yourself in the turquoise depths of Lake McKenzie, and cruise along the golden expanse of 75 Mile Beach. Float along the fresh waters of Eli Creek, visit the rustic ruins of the Maheno shipwreck, and wander through the towering palms for a tranquil rainforest experience.

3 day Essential Fraser Island Adventure

Prices from: Adult £144, Child £78

WHALE WATCHING TOUR FROM HERVEY BAY

Day 1: Hervey Bay - Fraser Island

Departures & Duration: 4 hrs minimum, Daily (from Jul-Oct) There is nothing quite like seeing a whale in the wilderness, and you can from Hervey Bay, where you will travel aboard a 16-metre purpose built and designed vessel. The boat has state-of-the-art technology, and allows viewing on 2 levels. During the tour an experienced guide will provide expert commentary and you will be able to listen to ‘whales sing’ as there is an underwater hydrophone attached to the vessel.

Depart Hervey Bay (River Heads) on a 50-minute journey across the Great Sandy Strait, to your island accommodation at Kingfisher Bay Resort. Enjoy a selection of complimentary nature-based experiences, with ranger-guided activities included – check the resort’s ‘What’s On Guide’ for weekly schedules.

Prices from: Adult £66, Child £36 incl. lunch.

In the morning, depart on the ferry back to Hervey Bay, to pick up your car or connecting shuttle transfer for your onward journey. (B)

GREAT BEACH DRIVE Departures & Duration: 8 Hours, Daily A scenic return 4WD experience from Noosa to Rainbow Beach taking in sightings of dolphins, turtles (and whales in season July-Nov). Guides will demonstrate how the aboriginals used the Coloured Sands for painting and decorating boomerangs. Exclusive access will take you to the Lighthouse for breathtaking views. Journey through rainforest in the sand dunes.

Prices from: Adult £117, Child £72

Day 2: Fraser Island Embark on full-day 4WD tour of Fraser – the world’s largest sand island, as our expert guides showcase the pristine World Heritage surrounds. Explore the island’s most spectacular spots, swim in the renowned Lake McKenzie, wander through pristine subtropical rainforest, and drive along the iconic 75 Mile Beach highway.

(BL) Day 3: Fraser Island - Hervey Bay

4 Day Whale Watch package also available from August to October. Both packages are also available departing/returning to Brisbane at an additional cost. Please ask for details.

PRICES INCLUDE • 2 nights’ accommodation as specified • Return passenger ferry transfers from/to Hervey Bay • Meals as specified: (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch) • Full-day ranger-guided 4WD tour, including national park entry fees, lunch & morning tea Prices are per person based on twin share

Wallum lagoon view resort hotel room from  £269 Wallum lagoon view resort hotel spa room from  £279 Single supplements available upon request

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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SUNSHINE COAST

THE ISLANDER NOOSA RESORT 3H

MANTRA MOOLOOLABA BEACH 4H

Set in the heart of Noosa where the luxury of the city co-exists next door to the harmony of nature along the Noosa River foreshore, The Islander Noosa Resort is the ideal base for those looking to explore this wonderful area. The self-contained villas feature full kitchens and laundry areas and are nestled into 4 acres of tropical, lush gardens where guests can meander along boardwalks and get lost in the beautiful gardens. Only a short stroll away are shops and restaurants and guests can easily catch a ferry or bus (10 mins) to Hastings Street or Main Beach.

Mantra Mooloolaba Beach is ideally located on Mooloolaba’s Esplanade overlooking the beachfront and ocean, yet just a few minutes walk from the bars and restaurants of the town centre. Varied attractions make the Sunshine Coast a popular family destination and Mantra Mooloolaba is one of the area’s best resorts. Mantra Mooloolaba Beach offers a choice of dining options ranging from traditional Irish fare at O’Malley’s, waterfront modern cuisine dining at The 4th Floor Restaurant, to cafés providing casual all-day dining menus and al fresco dining with stunning ocean views stretching from Mooloolaba to Noosa.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• café bar • restaurants • wi-fi Internet • 3 swimming pools (1 heated all year) • 3 spas • 2 saunas • 2 full-size tennis courts • BBQs and Clubhouse • games room • gym • boutique • hairdresser ROOM FACILITIES ••• 60 villas • air-con • TV • lounge • DVD player • full kitchen • parking • laundry SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • lobby lounge • BBQ area • observation deck with gazebo • wi-fi Internet • fitness centre • 2 heated pools • sauna • spa ROOM FACILITIES ••• 178 1, 2 & 3-bedroom suites • cable TV • wi-fi Internet (charge) • CD player • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony • shower & spa bath (most rooms) • kitchenette (1-bedroom suites) or full kitchen • laundry facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• please call for details

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SEBEL NOOSA 4+H

PEPPERS NOOSA RESORT & VILLAS 5H

The Sebel Noosa is a beautiful relaxed oasis on cosmopolitan Hastings Street in the centre of Noosa’s restaurants, cafes and boutiques. A collection of Hampton inspired apartments surround a beautiful pool and garden area featuring 2 swimming pools and a jacuzzi. All apartments are luxuriously finished to the highest standard with private balconies and fully-fitted kitchens. This family friendly resort also has complimentary bikes for hire and free undercover parking. Noosa Head Main Beach, Harbour and National Park are all close by too for those looking to explore the area.

Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas combines a central location just off Noosa’s stylish main thoroughfare with peace and tranquillity from its setting right next to Noosa National Park. All the beach life, shops, dining and entertainment are within a few moments stroll or buggy ride down the hill, and yet the resort ambience remains serene. Set on the site of a former banana plantation, the modern apartment buildings are interspersed with shady native trees dotted amidst the pools. Each apartment offers plenty of space and is well-equipped with a kitchenette with fridge, cooker and microwave, plus an outdoor balcony.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• wi-fi Internet • outdoor heated pool • Jacuzzi • parking • dry cleaning/ironing • business centre ROOM FACILITIES ••• 1 & 2-bedroom apartments • mini-bar • satellite TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • full kitchen • separate lounge & dining area • furnished balcony • laundry

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HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • lounge • free wi-fi Internet (public areas only) • pool bar (seasonal) • 2 swimming pools • gym • steam room • day spa • games room • complimentary golf buggy shuttle to Hastings Street (8am -10pm) ROOM FACILITIES ••• 178 1 & 2-bedroom apartments, 3-bedroom penthouse & tree top villa also available • cable TV • air-con • kitchenette (apartments only) • balcony

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

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SUNSHINE COAST & FRASER ISLAND S I G H T S E E I N G, H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS ECO LODGE 3+H

RACV NOOSA RESORT 5H

Explore the exciting National Heritage Glass House Mountains region with a stay at the unique Glasshouse Mountains Eco Lodge. This incredibly peaceful, relaxing and eco-friendly resort in the heart of the mountains is a great place from which to soak up the mountain ranges, which dominate the Sunshine Coast hinterland. From the Glasshouse Mountains Eco Lodge there are many walking tracks you can take, or further afield but just a short drive away you can visit Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo and a number of other attractions. Room types vary from quirky train carriages and a church loft to beautiful bungalows. There is also a kitchen available for guests’ use and a breakfast buffet served daily.

When it comes to holiday resorts the RACV Noosa Resort has it covered with 2 large, heated lagoon style pools, tennis courts, water slides and children’s splash park. Offering a range of apartments, suites and villas there’s an accommodation that’s perfect for couples and families alike. The stylish and spacious accommodation comes with all the luxuries of a contemporary hotel including king-size bed, widescreen TV and Nespresso machine and the flexibility of a self-contained apartment. The resort is complemented by its on-site facilities, which also include a sleek poolside restaurant, laid-back bar, day spa and flood-lit tennis courts.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• fully equipped cooking area • BBQ area • storage facilities for groceries • nearby convenience store ROOM FACILITIES ••• rooms & bungalows • private en-suites • reverse air-con • kitchen/ette (room dependent) • outdoor areas

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • heated infinity pool and splash park • gym • day spa • floodlit tennis court • kids’ club • conference facilities ROOM FACILITIES ••• suites & apartments • flat-screen TV with foxtel • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • kitchen/ette (room dependent) • living area • balcony or patio

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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3 Day Cool Dingo Tour Departures: Mon,Wed,Fri & Sat

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1 bedroom resort apartment from £115 1 bedroom sanctuary apartment from £129 2 bedroom resort apartment from £162

Day 1 Make the 50-minute ferry journey across the Great Sandy Strait, to arrive on the world’s largest sand island. Your tour guide will meet you on the resort’s jetty, and after a quick briefing, the ultimate 4WD adventure begins! Hit the sand tracks and head inland to explore some of Fraser’s most spectacular spots. Swim in the crystal clear, turquoise depths of Lake McKenzie, visit Basin Lake, and wander through the ancient rainforest, learning about the island’s history.

Day 2 Head across to the island’s east coast, and drive along the vast 75 Mile Beach highway. Discover freshwater creeks, striking coloured sands, and an iconic shipwreck. Climb to the top of Indian Head, and be on the lookout for dolphins, turtles and whales passing by in the ocean below (Jul-Oct).

Day 3 Enjoy a relaxing day visiting some of Fraser’s lesser known, but equally spectacular lakes. Trek across the golden Hammerstone Sandblow, and arrive at the emerald oasis of Lake Wabby for a refreshing swim. Laze along the white sandy shore of Lake Birrabeen, or cool off in the clear blue water. After a comfort stop at Eurong Beach Resort, tours will either depart through Rainbow Beach, or return to Kingfisher Bay Resort, for the 5pm ferry to Hervey Bay.

PRICES INCLUDE • 2 nights accommodation • 3 days of ranger guided 4WD touring with experienced guides • Return Ferry transfers from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island • Return transfers from Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach accommodation • National Park Levy and fees & all meals

Prices are per person based on twin share

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SUNSHINE COAST & FRASER ISLAND

12 day Sunshine State Explorer Sunshine Coast • Fraser Island • Mackay • Airlie Beach • Townsville • Mission Beach

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Visit the tiny national park in chic Noosa for the chance to spot koalas in the wild • Enjoy an eco-tour of Fraser Island’s rainforests and beaches • 2 nights in Airlie Beach, with time to explore the beautiful Whitsunday Islands • Discover the real Queensland with visits to Agnes Water, Mackay and Townsville • Explore the Great Barrier Reef from Mission Beach

OPTIONAL SIGHTSEEING EXCURSIONS

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To make the most of your self-drive holiday, why not pre-book some of our optional sightseeing excursions? • Entrance to Australia Zoo, from £41 per person • Noosa Everglades BBQ Lunch Cruise, from £75 per person • Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach Cruise, from £68 per person

Departures: Daily LAND RAIL Day 1: Brisbane - Noosa (160km/ 100 miles/ 2 hours)

Days 7 & 8: Mackay - Airlie Beach (150km/ 95 miles/ 2 hours)

Journey from southern Queensland to the expansive beaches and colourful bays of 1 NIGHTS STAYED Noosa. Standard: Coral Beach Resort; Superior: Peppers Noosa (2 nights)

The relaxed town of Airlie Beach is the mainland gateway to the beautiful islands of the Whitsundays. Excursions include snorkelling trips to the Great Barrier Reef, scenic flights over Whitehaven Beach and crocodile safaris. (B*) Standard: Coral

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Day 2: Noosa Noosa has become known as the most chic resort on the Sunshine Coast. Away from LAND glamour, perhaps visit Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo, or drive to the the beachside RAIL Glass House Mountains. (B*) *Superior only 1

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Day 3: Noosa - Hervey Bay - Fraser Island (190km/ 118 miles/ 2.5 hours) Make your way to Hervey Bay, where you’ll leave your car to travel as foot passengers on the ferry across to Fraser Island; its huge rainforest-covered dunes RAIL reaching a height of 200 metres. (B*) Standard & Superior: Kingfisher Bay Resort 1 NIGHTS STAYED *Superior only

Day 4: Fraser Island Your 4WD tour today will include a stop at Eli Creek for a refreshing swim and a visit LAND AIR to the Maheno Shipwreck. Enjoy a picnic lunch on remote beach stretches and a visit RAIL The Pinnacles. Take in the magnificent views from Indian Head and an exhilarating 1 NIGHTS STAYED beach drive on the ‘sandy highway’ of Seventy-Five Mile Beach. (B)

Day 5: Agnes Water/1770 (260km/ 162 miles/ 3.5 hours) 1

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Travel back to the mainland by boat and drive to the surfing community of Agnes Water. Sitting at the closest point on the mainland to the southern edge of the Great Barrier Reef, a variety of cruises are available locally to discover more.

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Day 9: Airlie Beach - Townsville (275km/ 171 miles/ 3.5 hours) En route to Townsville, relax at one of the secluded beaches or stretch your legs at Lake Ross, a reservoir surrounded by unspoilt open savannah and teeming with wildlife. (B*) Standard: Mercure Townsville; Superior: Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville *Standard only Days 10 & 11: Townsville - Mission Beach (240km/ 149 miles/ 3 hours) Heading towards Mission Beach, discover miles of beach coastline, walk boardwalks searching for the elusive Cassowary or take a Great Barrier Reef trip. (B*) Standard

& Superior: Castaways Resort & Spa *Day 11 only Day 12: Mission Beach - Cairns (140km/ 87 miles/ 2 hours) On your way to Cairns, detour inland to the Atherton Tablelands, a fertile farming region boasting waterfalls, wildlife lake cruises and charming small towns. Your tour concludes on arrival in Cairns. Note: Your car is booked until the following day, but must be returned by the same time it was picked up on Day 1 to avoid additional charges. (B)

PRICES INCLUDE • 11 nights’ hotel accommodation on room-only basis (unless specified otherwise) • Full-day eco tour & boat transfers to/from Fraser Island • Avis car rental for the tour duration • Self-drive kit, including maps & instructions

Day 6: Mackay (561km/ 350 miles/ 7 hours)

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An escape from the tourist track, Mackay is surrounded by sugar cane fields and national parks, where you can spot platypus and stroll the mangroves. Standard & Superior: Clarion

Hotel Mackay Marina

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Whitsunday Islands

Comprising no fewer than 74 islands, all set on the unique Great Barrier Reef, this beautiful archipelago offers picture-perfect views and endless ways to explore. Choose from sailing, snorkelling or dive trips, or just chill out for a few days and relax at your preferred island resort.

Hayman Island Hook Island Daydream Island Airlie Beach Shute Harbour

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• Hamilton Island is the most popular of the Whitsundays, featuring direct flights to its own airport, a bustling resort centre and marina, and a choice of accommodation to suit all budgets.

• Other alternatives include exclusive Hayman Island, the remote tranquillity of Daydream Island, or the mainland resort of Water’s Edge at Airlie Beach. • Whilst it’s tempting to stay put on a luxurious island retreat, perhaps set aside a few days to cruise the islands or enjoy a hands-on sailing expedition.

GREAT BARRIER REEF EXPERIENCE

WHITEHAVEN BEACH HALF DAY CRUISE

Departures & Duration: 9 hours, Daily From Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island, cruise through the stunning Whitsunday Islands to Cruise Whitsundays’ innovative pontoon. Enjoy a range of activities and facilities, including an underwater viewing chamber, snorkelling equipment and semi-submersible boat rides! Throughout the day curb your hunger with morning and afternoon tea and a sumptuous buffet lunch prepared by an onboard chef.

Departures & Duration: 6 hours, Daily Cruise from Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island aboard Cruise Whitsundays’ high-speed catamaran to uninhabited Whitsunday Island. Here you’ll find the natural wonder that is Whitehaven Beach, 7km of pure-white silica sand lapped by crystal-clear waters. It is considered one of the top beaches in the world. Enjoy swimming, beach activities and a delicious morning or afternoon tea.

Prices from: Adult £165, Child £80

Prices from: Adult £65, Child £33

2 DAY REEFSLEEP

WHITEHAVEN CAMIRA SAILING

Departures & Duration: Daily Travel aboard a high speed catamaran and cruise through the Whitsunday Islands to the Heart Pontoon. Spend the day exploring the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef from the pontoon where a range of optional activities are available including an underwater viewing chamber, snorkelling, semi submersible rides and sunbathing on the deck. Overnight accommodation at Hardy Reef in a swag under the stars. Being so far from shore and man made lights, the stars will amaze you. Day 2 begins with a hearty breakfast before enjoying all of the day activities again. Breakfast and lunch are included today.

Departures & Duration: 10 hours, Daily Travel aboard Camira, an 85 foot high speed sailing catamaran. See the Hill Inlet lookout, one of the most photographed locations in Australia. Enjoy a guided walk following the path and history of the Whitsunday traditional owners, the Ngaro people. There are informative displays along the way that will provide an insight into the history, flora and stories of this picturesque area. Enjoy swimming and snorkelling and a delicious BBQ lunch on the beach. Free time to explore the area and the thrill of high performance sailing provide an exceptional day out.

Prices from £329 per person

Prices from: Adult £120, Child £59

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B E A C H & W H I T S U N DAY C R U I S E S REEF ADVENTURE FLIGHT Departures & Duration: 3 hours, Daily (subject to weather conditions) Join your Air Whitsundays Seaplane Reef Adventure Flight Tour at Terminal One, Whitsunday Airport, the departure point of your tour. View the amazing expanse of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from above sea level before landing and transferring to the private semi-submersible at Hardy Reef to experience its beauty from below sea level. Enjoy 2 hours of coral viewing and snorkelling from the comfort of a glass bottom boat moored inside the calm confined waters of Hardy Lagoon; a coral suspended lagoon in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

MANGO HOUSE RESORT 3+H Located around a large tropical pool and outdoor spa the Mango House Resort offers self-contained apartments in a gorgeous, secluded resort. Far enough away from the hustle and bustle to allow you to switch off but close enough to be able to walk to Airlie Beach and the centre of town, where you will find access to restaurants, cafes, shops and the gateway to the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef. All of the luxurious and comfortable apartments have a private balcony or veranda looking to either the pool area or stunning views of Conway National Park. The pool area also benefits from a BBQ area nestled in lush tropical gardens.

Prices from: Adult £326, Child £269.

REEF AND WHITEHAVEN SCENIC Departures & Duration: 1 hour, Daily (subject to weather conditions) This is the most comprehensive scenic flight on offer in the Whitsunday region taking in all the sights of the Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and over the Coral Sea to overpass Bait Reef, Hook Reef, Hardy Lagoon and The River and of course scenic views directly over Heart Reef (only seen by air). Detailed in-flight commentary of the area throughout the flight informs all passengers of the history and geography of Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. This flight provides excellent photo and video opportunities of the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands and you will also experience the thrill of a touch-and-go water landing at the Great Barrier Reef. Prices from: Adult £211, Child £186.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• free wi-fi Internet • pool • outdoor spa • BBQ ROOM FACILITIES ••• studios & apartments • wi-fi Internet • TV • air-con • fridge • combination washer/dryer • microwave oven • balcony or patio

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Studio from £56 1 bedroom apartment from £65 2 bedroom apartment from £129

CORAL SEA RESORT, AIRLIE BEACH 4H

AT WATER’S EDGE RESORT 4H

Located on the mainland in the vibrant resort town of Airlie Beach, the Coral Sea Resort makes a good alternative to the island-based hotels in the Whitsundays, and is perfectly located for day trips to the outer reef or Whitehaven Beach. There’s a nautical theme throughout, and many of the recently refurbished rooms feature balconies with hammocks and unrivalled sea views. It’s just a 500-metre stroll along a scenic boardwalk to Abel Point Marina and to the town centre of Airlie Beach with its relaxed atmosphere and collection of eclectic shops and cafés.

Located just 100 metres from the numerous restaurants, bars and boutique shopping in the centre of Airlie Beach, Water’s Edge Resort Apartments offers fully-equipped self-contained ocean view apartments perfect for your pre or post Whitsunday stay. Water’s Edge Resort Apartments offer large modern apartments, uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands from your own private balcony, coupled with great facilities including free wi-fi Internet, fully-equipped kitchens, laundry, air-conditioning, iPod docks, satellite TV, free in-house movies and Nespresso coffee machines to enjoy. Relax by 1 of the resort’s 3 infinity swimming pools or heated Jacuzzi, make use of the BBQ area, savour on modern cuisine at Water’s Edge Resort Apartments on-site poolside restaurant and bar, serving modern Australian cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner and overlooking Airlie Beach and the stunning Whitsundays.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • fitness centre • pool • bikes • laundry • kids’ pool ROOM FACILITIES ••• 78 spacious guestrooms, suites & apartments • mini-bar • LCD TV • movies • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Honeymoon offers available on selected dates - please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • gym • free wi-fi Internet • 3 pools • spa • BBQ area • parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 49 apartments • satellite TV • air-con • balcony • kitchenette • laundry • iPod dock • tea & coffee making facilities • Nespresso coffee machines SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

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W H I T S U N DAY I S L A N D S

Departures: Mon, Wed & Fri (except 25 Dec).

Meet the Crew at the Marina at 12.40pm. Depart the marina at 1pm and sail across the Whitsunday passage to first island anchorage. By 3:30pm, be in the water and enjoy your first snorkel on the Fringing Coral Reefs of the Whitsundays. Back on board Prima for Sunset drinks. After dinner relax, enjoy a few drinks before settling down for the night.

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3 day Adventure Sailing Prima

Day 1: Airlie Beach - The Whitsundays

Day 2: Whitehaven Beach & Hook Island After breakfast, go to the island for a guided bush walk to the famous Hill Inlet Lookout, a spectacular lookout over looking Whitehaven Beach. Spend a few hours on Whitehaven Beach before lunch back on board and set sails that afternoon along the western side of Hook Island to the northern end of the Whitsundays. Enjoy an hour on the beach, relax on board or go snorkelling. Overnight anchor in one of the many bays on Hook Island. That night’s sunset will be one to remember. After dinner relax, enjoy a few drinks before settling down for the night.

Day 3: The Whitsundays - Airlie Beach After an early breakfast, enjoy a swim before setting the sails and leaving the islands for Airlie Beach. Arriving back at the marina at 10:30am, bid farewell to your new found friends.

PRICES INCLUDE • Meals as specified plus morning & afternoon tea • Onboard accommodation • Professional skipper & crew • Use of snorkelling equipment, wetsuits or Prices are per person based on twin share Standard from  stinger suits • Environmental Management Charge

3 day Whitsunday Bliss Departures: Monday & Friday

£329

Day 1: Airlie Beach - Hook Island Join Whitsunday Bliss a luxurious and spacious 60ft yacht. The chef will indulge guests with the delights of local produce and freshly prepared gourmet meals and with only 6 guests aboard your Whitsunday experience will be one to remember. Depart Abell Point Marina and sail over to Tongue Bay. Enjoy lunch on board and get ready to visit the most famous beach of them all — Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. Your crew will take you on a guided bushwalk to the world-renowned Hill Inlet Lookout for a picture-perfect view of Whitehaven’s swirling silica sands below. Head back to the vessel before setting sail to the eastern side of Hook Island.

Day 2: Hook Island - Langford Reef After a delicious breakfast snorkel along some amazing reefs of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, or perhaps go scuba diving (introductory or certified). After lunch head to a sandy bay where there is plenty of snorkelling and a sandy beach for sunbathing and relaxing. Set sail to your next destination, near Hayman Island or Langford Reef.

Day 3: Langford Reef - Airlie Beach Start your last day with another amazing breakfast, then set sail to the Langford Reef for a swim or take a lovely walk along the sandy beach. Finally have some lunch then it’s time to set sail back to Abell Point Marina.

PRICES INCLUDE • All meals, accommodation, snorkelling equipment, linen & towels, local courtesy transfer to marina & the service Prices are per person based on twin share of Captain and Chef. Standard from 

4 day Whitsunday Blue Departures: Saturday

£899

Day 1: Airlie Beach – Tongue Bay Welcome aboard Whitsunday Blue, a quality 41-foot Lagoon Catamaran, for a deluxe sailing experience. Equipped with 4 double cabins, all with DVD systems and most with en suites, to carry a maximum of 8 guests. The Whitsunday Island chain is regarded as a sailor’s paradise — the close proximity of the 74 islands provides endless shelter. Depart the marina at 4pm for your overnight anchorage. (D)

Day 2: Tongue Bay - Hook Island After breakfast, travel to Tongue Bay for a guided bush walk to the Hill Inlet Lookout for spectacular views over Whitehaven Beach. Back on board enjoy lunch before heading to Whitehaven Beach to spend an hour on the beach before setting sail and heading north along the eastern side of Hook Island. Overnight anchor in one of the many bays on Hook Island. (BLD)

Day 3: Hook Island - Hayman Island or Langford Island After breakfast, snorkel on fringing coral reefs, or take an optional scuba dive or glass-bottom kayak excursion. After lunch you will head to another beautiful bay for another chance to snorkel. Alternatively there’s time for swimming, sunbathing or strolling along the beach. Mid-afternoon set sail for an overnight stop at Hayman Island or Langford Island. Watch the sunset before dinner. (BLD)

Day 4: Hayman Island or Langford Island - Airlie Beach After breakfast, enjoy a swim or snorkel before morning tea/brunch. Then set sail and make way back to Abel Point Marina, arriving at 12:00pm. (B) Note: The ship is unable to cater for hard suitcases.

PRICES INCLUDE • All meals, snorkelling equipment, linen & towels & the services of 2 crew members.

Prices are per person based on twin share

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Hamilton Island Perfectly situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, amongst Queensland’s 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers a tropical experience like no other. Brilliant beaches, gorgeous coral reefs and fine food and wines from a choice of stylish restaurants and bars are waiting to be explored.

PALM BUNGALOWS, HAMILTON ISLAND 3H The Palm Bungalows are the perfect option for anyone looking for a romantic, affordable holiday base, with the added privacy of a free-standing bungalow in a coconut palm-fringed garden setting. With fresh décor and modern amenities, the Palm Bungalows offer a sleek and modern accommodation choice for couples and small families looking to relax in comfort. Each free-standing bungalow enjoys its own private balcony, complete with outdoor furniture setting, allowing guests to fully appreciate the relaxing views out onto the surrounding lush, landscaped tropical gardens. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• access to Hamilton Island facilities including restaurants, bars, cafés, shops, swimming pools, spa, golf, tennis, sports club & more ROOM FACILITIES ••• 49 bungalows • TV & movies • wi-fi Internet • air-con/fan • tea & coffee making facilities • kitchenette • patio • shower only SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights offers & meal discounts available on selected dates – please call for details

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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REEF VIEW HOTEL, HAMILTON ISLAND 4H Welcoming, bright and airy, the Reef View Hotel captures the subtle afternoon breezes and makes the most of its natural surroundings. It is well located, close to Catseye Beach and with easy access to all the island’s amenities and attractions, it’s possible to choose from over 60 activities including trips to the Great Barrier Reef. Each of the spacious guestrooms feature a large private balcony and the hotel offers excellent customer service to its guests, making the Reef View Hotel one of our favourites. The Reef View Hotel is famous for its breathtaking views of the waters surrounding Hamilton Island, so it is recommended to upgrade to one of the Coral Sea View rooms, located on the higher floors of the hotel. On the lower floors the outlook is also pleasant as the property is surrounded by tropical gardens. Also available on the top 2 floors are a range of wellappointed 1 and 2-bedroom suites.

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SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights & meal discounts available on selected dates – please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• access to Hamilton Island facilities including restaurants, bars, cafés, shops, swimming pools, spa, golf, tennis, wi-fi Internet, sports clubs & more ROOM FACILITIES ••• 362 guestrooms & suites • mini-bar • TV • in-room movies • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • balcony

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Garden view room from £108 Coral sea view room from £132 Reef family room from £164

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WHITSUNDAY APARTMENTS, HAMILTON ISLAND 4H

QUALIA, HAMILTON ISLAND 5+H

Whitsunday Apartments offer spacious, well-appointed accommodation perfect for families or holidaymakers looking to combine an independent self-catered approach with the convenience of hotel-style facilities. Ideally located adjacent to Catseye Beach on the resort side of Hamilton Island, apartments span over 84 square metres with a separate bedroom, dual access room, fully-equipped kitchen, spacious living area and balcony.

Qualia is a unique Australian expression of world-class luxury and an outstanding example of design. Situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Qualia is nestled in the most pristine and secluded position on the island. It’s a truly special place where everything has been meticulously considered to relax the mind yet completely spoil the senses. You can do as much or as little as you like. From relaxing with a spa treatment to bushwalking or for those with a more adventurous spirit, the Great Barrier Reef is the perfect place to make some unexpected discoveries.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• access to Hamilton Island facilities including restaurants, bars, cafés, shops, swimming pools, spa, golf, tennis, sports club & more ROOM FACILITIES ••• 168 apartments • TV • CD/DVD player • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony • kitchen SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• access to Hamilton Island facilities including restaurants, bars, cafés, shops, swimming pools, Spa Qualia, golf, tennis, sports club & more – exclusive restaurant, bar/lounge, 2 infinity edge pools, private beach for Qualia guests and VIP Hamilton Island airport/marina transfers. ROOM FACILITIES ••• 59 Pavilions & 1 Beach House • mini-bar • TV • free wi-fi Internet • CD/DVD player • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • balcony/terrace • private plunge pools (windward pavillions/beach house) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ••• Guests under 16 years are not catered for. Price includes: À la carte breakfast at the Long Pavilion, non-alcoholic beverages at Qualia, nonmotorised watercraft, use of a golf buggy for duration of stay and VIP chauffeur service. SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free night offers available on selected dates.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

1 bedroom garden view apartment from £89 1 bedroom deluxe coral sea view apartment from £128

Leeward pavillion from £415 Winward pavillion from £615 Beach house at qualia from £1476

HAMILTON ISLAND BEACH CLUB 5H With contemporary and luxuriously appointed guestrooms facing directly onto Catseye Beach, this is an intimate retreat perfect for couples. To stay here is to experience the finest service, facilities and cuisine, and with just 57 guestrooms, you will be one of only a handful of pampered guests. There’s an infinity-edge swimming pool, restaurant, club lounge and bar reserved for the exclusive use of guests at the Beach Club, along with a VIP chauffeur service and VIP airport transfers.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights & meal discounts available on selected dates – please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• access to Hamilton Island facilities including restaurants, bars, cafés, shops, swimming pools, spa, golf, tennis, sports club & exclusive pool & restaurant for Beach Club guests. ROOM FACILITIES ••• 57 guestrooms • mini-bar • TV • CD/DVD player • tea & coffee making facilities • air-con • courtyard or balcony • room service • free wi-fi Internet ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ••• Beach Club does not cater for guests under 18 years. Price includes: VIP chauffeur service and use of catamarans, paddle skis, windsurfers, snorkelling equipment, gym, spa, sauna and tennis court hire. Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Beach club from £228

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Islands of the Great Barrier Reef

Few natural wonders command as much attention as the Great Barrier Reef, and scattered along its 2,300km length lie some of the world’s most beautiful tropical island paradises, only a handful of which are inhabited. To spend time here is to truly immerse yourself in one of Australia’s greatest natural spectacles. LADY ELLIOT ISLAND ECO RESORT 3H 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, or Hervey Bay and Bundaberg. Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is a superb resort from which to explore the rich marine wildlife that can be found in this unique region. The island’s shoreline is teeming with live corals and is known as the ‘Home of the Manta Ray’ — famous for a resident population of over 175 manta rays. Depending on the time of year you may be able to experience turtle nesting/hatchlings emerging from the sand, birds nesting or humpback whales. There are a number of great dive sites surrounding the island, and other activities include snorkelling and glass bottom boat tours. On the same day you can enjoy a spectacular sunrise on Sunrise Beach and on the western side of the island see the last fiery rays of the day on Sunset Beach. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • café • swimming pool (salt-water) ROOM FACILITIES ••• ceiling fan • tea & coffee making facilities • fridge • kitchenette (suite only) • balcony ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ••• Lady Elliot Island can be reached by charter flight from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Hervey Bay or Bundaberg. SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights available on selected dates – please call for details.

DAYDREAM ISLAND RESORT & SPA 4+H Following an extensive $100 million redevelopment, Daydream Island Resort will offer 277 refurbished modern rooms and suites with the choice of interconnecting rooms for families and special access rooms. There will be an expanded food and beverage offering with 3 restaurants and bars across the island, giving guests a plethora of options catering to every need. Our new Executive Chef will add an exciting Asian Fusion restaurant to the collection of dining venues to sit alongside the Buffet and Modern Australian Restaurants. The island will offer a breathtaking new pool landscape allowing guests to swim and enjoy 3 separate pools with unparalleled views across the Whitsunday’s Great Barrier Reef. The Living Reef, a 200 metre lagoon, 4 metres deep with an underwater observatory will flow through the resort with over 100 species of marine life. Guests will be able to join the team of marine biologists who live on the island and feed baby stingrays and learn about local marine life. Experience snorkelling off the fringing coral reef, plus a wide range of watersports including jet skiing, parasailing, fishing and kayak adventures & tennis. There is also a waterfront wedding chapel, modern conference facilities, plus an amazing 44-foot outdoor cinema. All Daydream packages include scrumptious full buffet breakfast daily. Over 20 free activities are also available including kayaks, catamarans, stand-up paddle boards, open-air cinema and more! Children stay and eat breakfast for free when sharing with adults and using existing bedding. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 3 restaurants • 2 bars • 3 pools • watersports • activities • living reef lagoon • open-air cinema • gym • tennis courts • free wi-fi Internet • boutique shops • kids’ club

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Prices are half board, per person per night twin share

Garden unit from £190 Reef unit from £209

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 277 rooms & 8 suites • air-con • balcony or ground floor courtyard • TV • mini-bar • daily service • spa baths (suites only) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ••• Launch transfers from Port of Airlie (Airlie Beach), Proserpine Airport or Hamilton Island Airport are not included and must be booked.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights & value adds available on selected dates – please call for details

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Standard garden from £114 Superior pool view from £123 Family room from £246


G R E AT B A R R I E R R E E F I S L A N D S H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

HERON ISLAND 4H

ORPHEUS ISLAND RESORT 4+H

Heron Island is a true coral cay right on the Great Barrier Reef, giving Heron a distinct advantage over some other resorts, as you can walk straight from the beach to the reef edge or snorkel off the beach with more than 4,000 resident Green Turtles. The waters are teeming with marine life, and the area is acknowledged as one of the best diving locations in the world. Heron is the epitome of a tropical island, ribboned by sugar-white sands, crystal-clear waters and acres of brilliant coral. Heron Island Resort is a fully Advanced Eco Accredited 5 Star Padi Dive Resort with more than 20 different dive sites — more than half of which are just 15 minutes from the beach. Relax in the Aqua Soul Spa or spend the day just lazing by the pool.

Orpheus Island Resort is one of the world’s most exclusive private island destinations; family friendly and welcomes children of all ages. Fringed by beautiful coral, the guest list is limited to 28 and the resort is only accessible via a 30-minute scenic flight above the Great Barrier Reef, so you really do feel you’ve got one of nature’s hideaways all to yourself. Elegant accommodation lines the beachfront and the multi-award winning restaurant has an open-air setting with views across the ocean. Relax on board the catamaran for diving or snorkelling excursions over one of the world’s largest giant clam gardens, or dine on your own private jetty watching the magnificent sunset.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • lounge • sundeck • wi-fi Internet • pool • daily activities • marine centre • spa • boutique • laundry

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • 2 bars/lounge • swimming pool • wi-fi Internet • watersports • spa

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 112 rooms, suites & a beach house • air-con (premium rooms) • ceiling fans • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony or patio • shower only (Beach House has a bath) • fridge

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 14 rooms • mini-bar • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • CD player • private patio SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ••• Rate includes accommodation, full buffet breakfast and dinner, snorkelling equipment and complimentary guided tours Launch transfers between Gladstone and Heron Island (approx. 2 hours) not included and must be prebooked • Helicopter transfers and Seaplane transfers (subject to tides) on request • no mobile coverage

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Value adds available on selected dates – please call for details

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are full board, per person per night twin share

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North beachfront room from £500 South room from £534

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LIZARD ISLAND 5H Lizard Island is one of Australia’s most exclusive island resorts, secluded within a National Park with beautiful and diverse wildlife and bounded by private beaches paired with personalised service, it is truly like nowhere else. Located only an hour’s scenic flight from Cairns, Lizard Island lies right on the Great Barrier Reef. This beautiful island is fringed by 24 powdery beaches, and offers easy access to a spectacular underwater adventures where you can snorkel over the garden of giant clams or swim with the unique potato cod at the famous dive site, the Cod Hole. Discover one of the island’s hiking trails or take a complimentary motorised dinghy and enjoy a picnic lunch on one of the many secluded beaches. With a maximum of 80 guests at any one time, you’re sure to find a special little spot all to yourself. Dining is one of Lizard’s greatest pleasures, and Salt Water Restaurant embodies the resort’s elegance, offering an innovative and locally sourced menu that changes daily and an extensive selection of wines from the Wine Cellar menu.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ••• No children under 10 • Air transfers from Cairns to the resort are not included and must be booked • no mobile phone coverage SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Value adds available on selected dates – please call for details

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • terrace • wi-fi Internet • gym • pool • tennis • watersports • spa • boutique • laundry ROOM FACILITIES ••• 40 rooms, suites & villas • mini-bar • Bose sound system with CD player & iPod dock • air-con • ceiling fan • tea & coffee making facilities • private deck • shower only • direct dial telephone • in-room safe • evening turn down service

Prices are full board, per person per night twin share

Garden view room from £503 Garden view suite from £573

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Cairns & Beyond

The lively resort of Cairns is the gateway to the tropical north, and offers a bewildering array of excursions and attractions. Just north of the town, bask on the palm-fringed sands of idyllic Kewarra, laid-back Trinity Beach and sophisticated Palm Cove.

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RIVER DRIFT SNORKELLING

HOT AIR BALLOONING

Departures & Duration: 3.5 hours, Daily If you love nature and the water, then this is the perfect tour for you! Within an ancient rainforest, Step into the cool, crystal clear water and drift with the current as you explore life under the water’s surface. Watch fish dart in and around the river stones and keep your eyes out for the occasional turtle. This family-friendly tour is a perfect way to stay cool in the hot tropics and is a great introduction to snorkelling before heading out to the reefs.

Departures & Duration: 30 mins/60 mins A Hot Air Balloon Cairns vehicle will pick you up from your hotel to commence a hot air balloon scenic flight. Choose to get your morning off to a great start, with a spectacular balloon inflation display. Rise up and float over the scenic Atherton tablelands with its rainforest fringed mountains and tranquil country landscapes and enjoy a 30 minute scenic flight. Watch out for local wildlife and afterwards there are balloon pack up games before the coach back.

Pick ups from Cairns, Northern Beaches & Port Douglas hotels.

Prices from: Adult £59, Child £51

Price from: Adult £156, Child £138 (30 mins) or Adult £207, Child £156 (60 mins)

NIGHT FIRE BY TJAPUKAI

KURANDA ALL INCLUSIVE

Departures & Duration: 3 hours, Daily (except 25 Dec) Journey into the dreamtime for an evening of food and entertainment. Take part in a welcome ceremony with drinks and canape’s and share in the celebration of authentic music, chanting and dance, as the famous Tjapukai performers take to the stage followed by a spectacular Fire making Corroboree. Enjoy a hot and cold buffet. The night culminates with an intimate chat with the performers by the fire and the chance to take photos.

Departures & Duration: 9 hours, Daily At Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, enjoy indigenous entertainment and a lunch. Next you’ll experience World Heritage Rainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. After arriving in Kuranda, there’s free time to explore the attractions of this colourful village before boarding the Kuranda Scenic Rail, enjoying spectacular views as you journey past spectacular waterfalls. Tour departs daily from Cairns, Cairns Beaches, Palm Cove and Port Douglas.

Prices from: Adult £74, Child £45

Prices from £146 per person, or Gold Class on Kuranda Railway from £179 per person.

CAPE TRIBULATION - DAINTREE & MOSSMAN GORGE

DAINTREE WALKABOUT

Departures & Duration: 11 hours, Daily (blackout dates may apply), ex Cairns, Cairns Beaches, Palm Cove and Port Douglas Travel in air-conditioned comfort in your luxury purpose-built vehicle to Cape Tribulation; through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Included is a cruise on the Daintree River, delicious tropical lunch set amongst the rainforest, and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach. Included also is a driver/ guided tour and afternoon tea at the Mossman Gorge Centre, before returning home. Prices from: Adult £129, Child £83, including lunch & tea.

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Departures & Duration: 10 hours, Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat On arrival at Mossman Gorge you will be treated to a guided rainforest walk by experienced indigenous guides followed by tea and a delicious barramundi lunch in the rainforest setting. Enjoy a fascinating hour’s cruise along the Daintree River through the wildlife environment that is home to birds, tree snakes, unique plants and the estuarine crocodile — a great photo opportunity. A light afternoon tea is provided after your tour. Tour departs from Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas. Prices from: Adult £130, Child £83, including lunch.


CAIRNS QUICKSILVER - OUTER BARRIER REEF

Departures & Duration: 7-8 hrs, Daily from Port Douglas See this iconic natural wonder from above and below when you cruise to Quicksilver’s spacious activity platform at Agincourt Reef on the very edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel and dive, or stay dry and explore this stunning reef from the semi-sub or underwater observatory. An exciting 10 minute scenic helicopter flight will be a highlight as you soar above vast coral formations and opal blue reef lagoon at the reef’s outer edge.

Departures & Duration: 7-8 hours, Daily from Port Douglas Quicksilver takes you to experience the renowned Agincourt Reef, a jewel-like ribbon reef with spectacular coral formations, myriad marine life and clear outer reef waters. From the spacious activity platform there are activities for swimmers and non-swimmers to enjoy this stunning reef world. Snorkel and dive or stay dry on the semi-sub and watch colourful fish dart and play from the underwater observatory.

Prices from: Adult £257, Child £175, including lunch.

Prices from: Adult £174, Child £86, including lunch.

WAVEDANCER - LOW ISLES CRUISE

QUICKSILVER - SILVER SERIES

Departures & Duration: 7-8 hours, Daily from Port Douglas Set sail in luxury aboard Quicksilver’s 30-metre sailing catamaran, Wavedancer, for an idyllic island experience on the Great Barrier Reef. Sail from Port Douglas marina and from the moment Wavedancer moors in the picturesque Low Isles Lagoon, a host of reef activities await. Enjoy snorkelling, exploring the island with a marine biologist, viewing coral gardens from a glass-bottom boat or just relax under a thatched umbrella on the beach.

Departures & Duration: 8 hours, Daily from Cairns or Port Douglas This exciting day has been designed for adventure minded people to revel in the thrill of diving and snorkelling on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Explore 3 different and stunning reef locations in superb style aboard Silversonic which departs from Port Douglas, or travel to alternative sites with Silverswift from Cairns. Enjoy unlimited snorkelling, an introductory dive for novices or up to 3 certified dives for the more experienced.

Prices from: Adult £121, Child £60, including lunch.

Prices from: Adult £155, Child £110, from Cairns, including lunch.

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QUICKSILVER OUTER REEF & SCENIC HELICOPTER FLIGHT

WHITE WATER RAFTING Departures & Duration: Half-day, Daily except 01 Jan Departing from Cairns or Palm Cove enjoy an afternoon rafting through the dramatic scenery and World Heritage rainforest of the Barron Gorge. Highlyexperienced professional staff will give you all the tuition and guidance needed to safely manoeuvre your raft through the grade 2 and 3 rapids while providing an informative commentary of the history and surrounds of this spectacular setting. Only 20 minutes from Cairns and Palm Cove this tour is ideal for first timers as no experience is necessary, just a sense of adventure! Rafting levy of AU$30 per person is payable locally. Minimum rafting age is 13yrs.

Prices from £98 per person half-day Barron River

DAINTREE DREAMING ABORIGINAL TOUR Departures & Duration: 11 hours, Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri Experience the region’s rich Aboriginal history and culture on this exclusive day tour departing from Cairns or Port Douglas. Just north of Port Douglas is beautiful Cooya Beach, traditional fishing grounds of the Kuku Yalanji people. Your guide will show you how to throw a spear and learn traditional hunting and gathering techniques as you search for fish, crabs and mussels. Enjoy a refresher and sample what you have caught before travelling to Mossman Gorge Centre where you are greeted with a traditional smoking ceremony conducted by Aboriginal people with specialised cultural knowledge to welcome you to their land. Enjoy a guided rainforest walk and lunch at Mossman Gorge Centre. Prices from: Adult £152, Child £143, including lunch.

QUICKSILVER OPENWATER DIVE COURSE Departures & Duration: Daily There is no better place in the world to learn to dive than the Great Barrier Reef! Water temperatures range from 22°C to 30°C allowing comfortable diving all year round. Our PADI 4 day Open Water dive certification course is ideal for adventure seekers looking to take the next step. Quicksilver Dive operates Port Douglas’ only purpose built, PADI 5 Star, dive facility. With heated pool, experienced instructors and small classes sizes, your dive certification will be safe, professional and most importantly fun. Refresher courses are also available for certified divers looking to get their skills up to speed before their next dive.

Prices from £468 per person

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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CAIRNS

CAIRNS PLAZA HOTEL 3+H

PACIFIC HOTEL CAIRNS 4H

Situated at a top location — the Cairns Plaza is within close proximity of all the best Cairns has to offer. Located on Cairn’s prestigious Esplanade, the hotel is blessed with a truly magical setting. Standard rooms have partial water views and Studios have mountain views. Spacious suites feature a kitchenette and twin balconies boasting stunning views of the water. Cairns Plaza is a short walk away from the vibrant shopping and restaurants of the area, with the added bonus of having the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest right at its doorstep.

The Pacific Hotel Cairns 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 new restaurant area, the Pacific is also a short walk to the Esplanade Lagoon with waterside boardwalks and parklands. The majority of beautifully appointed rooms have private balconies with higher rooms having superb water views. Hotel facilities including an outdoor swimming pool and Bushfire Flame Grill offering Churrasco Brazilian style BBQ with Australian style. Other facilities include a swimming pool, the Bushfire bar for pre-dinner cocktails, 24-hour reception, internet kiosk, coin laundry and free wi-fi Internet in public areas and rooms.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• pool • free wi-fi Internet • laundry • parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 60 rooms • air-con • TV • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• free nights available on selected dates – please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • sundeck • free wi-fi Internet • outdoor pool • 24hr reception • coin laundry • on-site car parking (charge) ROOM FACILITIES ••• 207 guestrooms • TV • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service (limited hours) • fridge SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free night and meal offers available on selected dates - please call for details.

Prices are light breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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MANTRA ESPLANADE 4H

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON CAIRNS 4H

Mantra Esplanade is ideally situated on Cairns’ main waterfront street close to the man-made swimming lagoon and just a short walk from the marina, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, lively street cafés, fine-dining restaurants, a multitude of bars and the casino. Choose between well-appointed hotel rooms or self-contained 1 and 2-bedroom apartments with fully-equipped kitchens and private balconies with city or ocean views. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• gym • outdoor pool • spa • wi-fi Internet • tour desk • parking

Boasting uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns is on a premium waterfront location in the heart of the city. Stylish and comfortable, the hotel’s guestrooms and suites are flooded with natural light through floor-toceiling windows and are well-equipped with modern amenities. Just a short walk from the city centre and moments away from Cairns Lagoon, the DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns is an ideal base for those looking to have plenty to see and do during their stay.

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 115 rooms & apartments • fridge • cable TV • full kitchen & laundry (apartments only) • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • swimming pool • fitness centre • 24hr room service • laundry • tour desk

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights offers available on selected dates – please call for

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 237 rooms • air-con • TV • mini-bar • tea & coffee making facilities

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SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights and free meals available on selected dates – please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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CAIRNS H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

RILEY, A CRYSTALBROOK COLLECTION RESORT 5H Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort is most certainly raising the level of luxury hotels in Cairns. This brand new hotel open in late 2018 has a striking facade on the beautiful Cairns waterfront Esplanade boardwalk. Unique and upscale, Riley, is just a few minutes walk from the restaurants, bars and shops of Cairns and has easy access to its own private beach putting it in a prime location for your stay. All rooms are enhanced by the little luxuries such as a rainforest shower, the majority of rooms have a spacious balcony with spectacular views, Nespresso machine and tech heavy additions including a 55” HD Smart TV and Apple iPad control centre. The impressive modern conveniences don’t end there with Staycast by Google Chromecast for video streaming, complimentary movies and fast and free wi-fi Internet for guests to enjoy. Every detail has been carefully considered at Riley, from the contemporary modern design of its rooms, to the wide range of its amenities and services including 3 exquisite restaurants and bars, a 24-hour gym, a 1000+ sqm swimming lagoon, bicycle hire and the beautiful Eléme Day Spa for those wanting to relax and rejuvenate during their stay. Whether you choose to explore the crystal-clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef or simply stay put, Riley is the ultimate in elegance and luxury whilst staying in Cairns. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• signature dining and bar experiences with your choice of Paper Crane, Greenfields or Rocco • free wi-fi Internet • 1,000+ sqm swimming lagoon • manmade beach • Eléme Day Spa • fitness centre • self-parking • bicycle hire • concierge ROOM FACILITIES ••• 311 rooms & suites • free wi-fi Internet • HD smart TV with complimentary movies • Staycast by Google for video streaming • air-con • Nespresso machine with complimentary pods • balcony or floor to ceiling windows

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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PULLMAN CAIRNS INTERNATIONAL 5H

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, THE MARINA 5H

The Pullman Cairns International is located in the very heart of Cairns within a few minutes’ walk of the Cairns Esplanade, the swimming lagoon, shops, bars and restaurants. Revelling in the magnificent harbour and city vistas with spectacular mountain backdrop, the Pullman Cairns International showcases the very best of Cairns hospitality. The hotel rises elegantly into the skyline, creating an oasis of calm with its luxurious rooms, lavish day spa and top-class restaurant.

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns occupies the best location in Cairns, situated right on the doorstep of the spectacular Marina and commanding the best waterfront view in Cairns. The hotel is only a short stroll from the city centre, Esplanade Lagoon, Reef Fleet Terminal and is an integral part of the Pier Shopping Complex. The waterfront boardwalk offers an array of restaurants and bars where you can sit and watch the comings and goings of the yachts.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • pool • gym • 2 saunas • laundry • parking

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar lounge • outdoor pool • fitness centre ROOM FACILITIES ••• 255 rooms & suites • mini-bar • TV • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony or terrace with garden, city or marina views

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 321 rooms • mini-bar • TV • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights, free meals & honeymoon offers available on selected

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights, free meals & honeymoon offers available on selected

dates – please call for details.

dates – please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£51 £62 £74

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£60 £65 £70

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S I G H T S E E I N G,H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

NORTHERN BEACHES & ISLANDS

KEWARRA BEACH RESORT & SPA, NR. PALM COVE 4+H

AMAROO AT TRINITY 3+H

The delightful Kewarra Beach Resort combines seclusion with a host of resort attractions and is only 25 minutes from Cairns. The deluxe nature lodge lies in a large private sanctuary of tropical forest, natural waterways and a beautiful secluded beachfront. The rooms are well appointed and spacious, and the hotel’s restaurant is situated amongst a stunning rainforest setting. This little hideaway gem is perfect for honeymooners, couples and nature lovers.

A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at the Amaroo at Trinity Beach. These well equipped and beautifully-furnished rooms and self-contained apartments are located on the stunning Trinity Beach just 15 minutes north from Cairns. Ideally situated to explore the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage Rainforests, this small town with a village like feel is the perfect haven in which to escape. The personalised service continues with the in-house tour desk from which you can plan and book any tours or activities. During your stay you can also enjoy the heated swimming pool, tennis court and BBQ’s on the beach in true Aussie style.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• gourmet restaurant • beachside café (May to December) • bar • café • cocktail lounge • free wi-fi Internet • sundeck • 2 swimming pools (1 heated) • bicycle hire • day spa • private beachfront ROOM FACILITIES ••• 44 bungalows & suites • mini-bar • flat-screen TV • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • ceiling fan • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • balcony SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights, meal discounts & Honeymoon offers available on

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• free wi-fi Internet • heated pool • tour desk • undercover parking • tennis court • laundry ROOM FACILITIES ••• free wi-fi Internet • flat-screen TV • air-con • kitchenette with starter packs • lounge area • balcony

selected dates – please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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3 day Green Island Reef Experience Departures: Daily

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£86 £110

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£47 £51

Day 1: Cairns - Green Island Departing from Cairns, your fast catamaran will whisk you across the Coral Sea to Green Island, a beautiful 6,000-year old coral cay situated in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This rainforest clad tropical island is also home to the 46 room eco-sensitive Green Island Resort. Retreat to your private suite, take a refreshing dip in the private pool or enjoy a relaxing massage. This Advanced Ecotourism Certified resort offers complimentary activities including snorkelling from the beach, kayaking, glass-bottomed boat tours, guided nature walks, fish feeding presentations and non-motorised beach activities. Scuba diving is also available at an additional cost. As the evening approaches, watch the sun set with complimentary drinks on the beach. You can choose to dine in the restaurant, enjoy a romantic private dinner for 2 on the beach or even a gourmet picnic hamper.

Day 2: Outer Barrier Reef Day Trip Enjoy time at leisure in the morning before a day trip to the outer Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel in beautiful coral gardens with amazing marine life, or stay dry and explore from the semi-submersible and underwater observatory. Relax on the sundeck and enjoy a delicious hot and cold buffet lunch. Arrive back to Green Island by 4:30pm, just as the day visitors return to Cairns, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the island this evening. (BL)

Day 3: Green Island - Cairns Time at leisure before returning to Cairns by catamaran. (B)

PRICES INCLUDE • 2 nights’ accommodation as specified • Return boat transfers to/from Green Island • Touring as specified & complimentary activities on Green Island • Meals as specified: (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)

Prices are per person based on twin share

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AUSTRALIA

Departures: 11:00am Fridays; arrives back 1:30pm Mondays

Join your Coral Expeditions small-ship and depart Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef. Anchor at Thetford Reef and enjoy an afternoon of snorkelling, glass-bottom boat tours, scuba diving and fish feeding.

Day 2: Thetford Reef - Hinchinbrook

CRUISING

3 night Coral Expeditions Cruise

Day 1: Cairns - Thetford Reef

Awaken to the sight of the towering cliffs and mangrove eco-systems of the spectacular Hinchinbrook Channel. Enjoy a barbecue lunch on a private island before a guided rainforest walk and snorkelling trip. Admire the colourful corals from the glass-bottom boat, join a guided scuba dive or simply relax on the beach.

Day 3: Dunk Island - Nathan Reef Join a naturalist on a rainforest walk discovering Dunk Island’s unique flora and fauna. Explore Nathan Reef’s colourful coral gardens and laze away on the sundeck before a sumptuous dinner.

Day 4: Fitzroy Island - Cairns Travel ashore to explore the bush walks and white sandy beaches of Fitzroy Island. After lunch cruise through Trinity Bay before arriving back in Cairns.

4 night Coral Expeditions Cruise Departures: Mondays 5:00pm; arrives back 8.00am Fridays

Day 1: Depart Cairns Join your Coral Expeditions small-ship and meet your fellow passengers over a Captain’s Welcome Seafood Buffet, and enjoy a glass of champagne as the sun sets over the reef. The Coral Expedition II vessel is ideal for discovering the Great Barrier Reef; purpose built it is small enough to snorkel off directly, but maintains the facilities of a much larger cruising vessel.

Day 2: Cooktown - Great Barrier Reef Explore historic Cooktown at your own pace. Perhaps enjoy an easy walk to the Botanic Gardens, where it is possible to spot native wildlife including kangaroos. You may also wish to visit the Captain Cook Museum to see original artefacts from Cook’s ship, “The Endeavour”. Later enjoy swimming, snorkelling and glass-bottom boat tours.

Day 3: Lizard Island - Ribbon Reef Climb to the top of Cook’s Look on Lizard Island for spectacular views, snorkel over coral gardens, enjoy glassbottom boat tours or perhaps join a SCUBA dive. That afternoon, snorkel at Ribbon Reef No. 9.

Day 4: Ribbon Reefs Discover Ribbon Reef No. 3 and Escape Reef promising some of the best diving. Join a guided snorkelling or glass-bottom boat tour.

Day 5: Arrive Cairns Cruise the scenic coastline and cross Trinity Bay back to Cairns, where the tour concludes.

10% DISCOUNT applicable when combining 3 & 4 night cruises. Coral Expeditions reserves the right to amend the itinerary without notice. An environmental charge of approx. $19.50 per person is payable locally.

PRICES INCLUDE • All meals, including morning and afternoon teas • 24-hour tea, cappuccinos, lattés and espresso coffees • Soda fountain soft drinks on board • Guided snorkelling, glass-bottom boat and walks • Presentations by Marine Biologist • Use of snorkelling equipment • Access fees to marine and national parks • Free introductory SCUBA skills sessions for first-time divers (subsequent dives payable on board)

Prices are per person based on twin share

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Palm Cove

The most prominent of all the Cairns beaches, Palm Cove enjoys a reputation for stylish oceanside living. With a chic shopping village, topclass restaurants, romantic tree-lined esplanade and on-the-beach dining, this popular resort mixes relaxation with just the right amount of buzz.

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MELALEUCA RESORT PALM COVE 3+H

PARADISE ON THE BEACH 3+H

Melaleuca Resort in beautiful Palm Cove is the perfect beachfront resort to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The resort is set amongst an award-winning, vibrant and lush tropical garden populated with exotic Australian native birdlife and features a lagoon-style walk-in pool. Melalecula Resort offers comfortable 1-bedroom fully self-contained beachfront apartments featuring a lounge, large balcony with spectacular views of the Coral Sea and gardens and a fully-equipped kitchenette. Many guests call Melaleuca Resort their second home and often return with friends and family to introduce them to Melaleuca’s old-fashioned hospitality and the beauty of Palm Cove.

Paradise on the Beach takes pride of place in the heart of the popular holiday resort of Palm Cove, and is set on the beachfront amidst a tropical environment of palms and giant, ancient melaleuca trees. Newly renovated rooms and apartments have a cool feel with clean linens and uncluttered designer décor, complete with welcome touches like free wi-fi Internet throughout the complex, free cable TV and free DVD library to choose from, and a shady balcony or patio overlooking the pool and gardens. This is a good value property only a few steps away from the beach, and from all of Palm Cove’s restaurants and amenities.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• BBQ area • wi-fi Internet • pool • parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 24 apartments • balcony • wi-fi Internet • kitchen • air-con • TV • separate lounge/dining area • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• free wi-fi Internet • outdoor swimming pool & spa • BBQ • laundry ROOM FACILITIES ••• 34 studios, 1 & 2-bedroom apartments • fridge • LCD TV • CD/DVD player • air-con • free wi-fi Internet • ceiling fan • kitchenette • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony/terrace SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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PA L M C O V E H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

MANGO LAGOON RESORT AND WELLNESS SPA 4H

PEPPERS BEACH CLUB & SPA, PALM COVE 4+H

Within 2.5 acres of lush tropical gardens and walkways, you will find the Mango Lagoon Resort; a beautiful collection of light, open plan self-catering apartments and accommodation. Its extensive landscaped grounds are home to 4 swimming pools including a 50m Olympic-sized lap pool and children’s pool, wellness spa and BBQ area all designed in a way that allows you to embrace being in tropical north Queensland. This serene resort offers a quiet location and its variety of accommodation lends itself to those travelling as a family, friends or couple, plus, just a short five-minute walk and you will find yourself on beautiful Palm Cove Beach.

Overlooking a palm-fringed beach, Peppers Beach Club & Spa is one of the most elegant and inviting resorts in Tropical North Queensland. Enticing guests into a private world where the air is scented by fragrant gardenia and cooled by gentle ocean breezes, the resort also offers pampering at the day spa. Swim up to the pool bar, or dine overlooking the Coral Sea at Lime & Pepper.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• free wi-fi Internet • 4 pools • wellness spa • airport transfer options • tour desk ROOM FACILITIES ••• 100 studios & apartments • free wi-fi Internet • mini fridge • TV & DVD player • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • kitchen (apartments only) • living & dining area (apartments only)

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • 2 bars • café • lounge • wi-fi Internet • gym • 3 pools • tennis • health spa • parking • tour desk • 24hr reception • concierge ROOM FACILITIES ••• 145 guestrooms & suites • mini-bar • cable TV • wi-fi Internet (complimentary 500mb) • air-con • CD player (complimentary hire) • fan • tea & coffee making facilities • room service (limited hours) • balcony • whirlpool spa on balcony (spa rooms, 2 & 3-bed suites & apartments) • full kitchen (suites & penthouses)

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Studio from £39 1 bedroom apartment from £55 2 bedroom dual key apartment from £73

Resort spa room from £78 Garden spa room from £99 1 bedroom resort apartment from £99

THE REEF HOUSE – MGALLERY BY SOFITEL 4+H

PULLMAN PALM COVE SEA TEMPLE RESORT & SPA 5H

This luxurious hotel captures the essence of the tropics with vibrant gardens and ancient melaleuca trees which are delightfully reminiscent of the colonial style of a bygone era. The Reef House is in the heart of Palm Cove directly opposite the sandy beach and within walking distance of the heart of the village. The hotel’s boutique size and unique charm assures an intimate stay and a warm welcome for all guests.

The Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort & Spa offers a luxurious escape encasing guests in tranquillity and discreet privacy. A lovely beachfront location and lush surroundings add to the resort’s relaxed ambience that is so typical of Tropical North Queensland. Asian-influenced architecture is evident throughout the resort, while the sophisticated rooms are inspired by the natural tropical surroundings. Located only 25 minutes from Cairns, this retreat is the perfect gateway to the area’s most popular activities in Cape Tribulation, the Daintree River and the Great Barrier Reef.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• award-winning oceanview restaurant • honesty bar & lounge • sundeck • wi-fi Internet • 2 pools & heated spa • award-winning day spa • laundry • valet • complimentary DVD player & DVD collection • nightly complimentary Brigadier Punch & Canapés

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • poolside bar • gym • lagoon-style swimming pool • day spa • boutique

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 67 guestrooms & suites • satellite TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • ceiling fans • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • all rooms with balcony

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 97 rooms • CD/DVD Player (apartments only) • wi-fi Internet • CD player • air-con • balcony • fully-equipped kitchen (excluding studios)

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights & honeymoon offers available on selected dates –

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Brigadier king studio / brigadier room from £70 Verandah king studio / verandah room from £88

Studio spa guest room from 1 bedroom apartment from 2 bedroom apartment from

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£64 £90 £114

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Port Douglas

Just an hour’s scenic drive from Cairns lies Port Douglas, one of Australia’s most cosmopolitan holiday resorts. Its idyllic Four Mile Beach is delightfully free of development whilst its bustling marina and stylish main street offer no end of diversions.

Hotels 1 Bay Villas Resort 2 Mantra Aqueous on Port 3 Oaks Lagoons 4 Meridian Port Douglas 5 Peninsula Boutique Hotel 6 Palm Villas 7 Shantara Resort Port Douglas 8 Villa San Michele 9 Mandalay 10 Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas 11 Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa 12 Thala Beach Lodge, Nr Port Douglas 13 Paradise Links Resort

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THALA BEACH NATURE RESERVE, NR PORT DOUGLAS 4+H Thala Beach Nature Reserve is a deluxe family owned beachfront eco retreat on 145 acres of native forest between Cairns and Port Douglas, North Queensland. Spacious eco-designed bungalows with large decks provide a peaceful sanctuary immersed in nature. Thala’s native forest is a habitat for a thriving wallaby population as well as hundreds of bird and butterfly species. Guests enjoy complimentary guided walks with knowledgeable on-site Rangers or explore independently via Thala’s network of forest trails. Pavilion-style Osprey’s Restaurant features modern Australian cuisine high above the treetops with ocean and mountain views. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• gourmet restaurant • cocktail bar • 2 freeform pools • 2km of almost-deserted beaches • massage studio • wi-fi Internet • free guided nature walks • shuttle to Port Douglas

PALM VILLAS 3+H In the heart of north Queensland is the bustling town of Port Douglas, a fantastic base for exploring all that this perfect part of Australia has to offer. In addition to the Great Barrier Reef, the World Heritage Rainforests, the Daintree and Cape Tribulation National Parks are just a short journey away. Palm Villas are located on a quiet tree-fringed street close to the beaches, shops and marina in Port Douglas. A range of self-contained apartments sit within the resort with the added luxury of a large free-form tropical swimming pool and BBQ area surrounded by palm trees. Each apartment has a separate lounge/dining area and a large balcony/courtyard for your enjoyment. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• wi-fi Internet • freeform swimming pool • BBQ area • car park ROOM FACILITIES ••• self contained apartments • wi-fi Internet • flat-screen TV • air-con • full kitchen • living & dining area • private balcony/courtyard

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 84 bungalows • mini-bar • TV • CD/DVD player • air-con • balcony SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights & honeymoon offers available on selected dates – please call for details.

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Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Jungle walk bungalow from £116 Eucalypt bungalow from £158 Coral sea bungalow from £233

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PORT DOUGLAS H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

BAY VILLAS RESORT 3+H

MANTRA AQUEOUS ON PORT 4H

The Bay Villas Resort is set in a quiet area of Port Douglas and yet is still an easy 5-minute walk to Four Mile Beach and less than a 10-minute walk to the town centre and The Reef Marina. The resort has been designed to reflect the North Queensland style with bright, tropical furnishings and makes a most affordable base for budgetconscious travellers.

Mantra Aqueous on Port offers a wonderful blend of sophisticated design and an unbeatable location just off Macrossan Street and only 200 metres from the soft white sands of Four Mile Beach. A most comfortable base for your stay in Port Douglas, you’ll sense a strong aquatic flavour around the hotel, thanks in part to the blue and white colour scheme, but also due to its tropical-style décor.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• free wi-fi Internet • 2 pools (1 heated in winter) • outdoor spa • laundry

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• sundeck • BBQ • 4 swimming pools • spa • tour desk • parking

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 60 spacious studios & apartments • satellite TV • air-con • ceiling fan • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony • shower over bath/shower only • kitchenette (in studios) • kitchen (1 & 2-bed apartments) • laundry (apartments only) • weekly housekeeping

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 61 guestrooms & apartments • cable TV • wi-fi Internet • aircon • tea & coffee making facilities • full kitchen (apartments only) • balcony SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights available on selected dates – please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£46 £55 £64

MERIDIAN PORT DOUGLAS 4H

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£36 £45 £60

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

The Meridian in Port Douglas is a boutique property conveniently located within walking distance of Four Mile Beach and Macrossan Street. Accommodation is comfortable and the lagoon-style swimming pool and whirlpool spa are the perfect place to chill out. The hotel’s barbecue area provides a great chance to indulge in that quintessential Australian way of life. Please note children under the age of 16 years old are not permitted. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• lagoon swimming pool • BBQ & entertainment area • Jacuzzi ROOM FACILITIES ••• 33 studios & apartments • fridge • TV • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony or pool deck • shower only • kitchenette (studios) • kitchen (apartments)

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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£58 £73 £87

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H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

PORT DOUGLAS

OAKS LAGOONS 4H

VILLA SAN MICHELE 4H

The Oaks Lagoons is situated at the southern end of Four Mile Beach and under 4kms from the centre of Port Douglas. The 1 and 2-bedroom apartments have kitchen and laundry facilities and the property boasts 6 lagoon-style pools and a barbecue area. To take full advantage of one of the lagoons then why not upgrade to a swim-out apartment where you can enjoy direct access to the pool from your balcony. The Oaks is an excellent base from which to explore the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef or the ambience of the ancient Daintree Rainforest area.

Villa San Michele is situated in the heart of Port Douglas, near the bustling restaurants and boutique shops of Macrossan Street, and only a short walk away from the famous Four Mile Beach. Offering a mixture of 1 and 2-bedroom/2-bathroom generously sized apartments, free wi-fi Internet, 2 heated pools, spa, a poolside barbeque and dining area; Villa San Michele has everything you will need for your home away from home whilst in Port Douglas.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• on site BBQ facilities • 6 pools • bikes (rented)

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• free wi-fi Internet • 2 heated outdoor pools • BBQ • spa • free parking • free laundry facilities

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 110 hotel rooms & apartments • kitchenette (Hotel Spa & Hotel Swim Out) • full kitchen (all other room types) • TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • shower only • weekly service only

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 40 apartments • satellite TV • DVD player • kitchen • free wi-fi Internet • shower only • balcony • air-con

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights offers available on selected dates – please call for

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£33 £37 £41

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PENINSULA BOUTIQUE HOTEL 4+H

MANDALAY LUXURY BEACHFRONT APARTMENTS 4+H

The only hotel in Port Douglas with beach and ocean views, the Peninsula Boutique Hotels lies just 40 steps from Four Mile Beach. The hotel offers luxurious 1-bedroom suites of modern contemporary design with welcoming sundecks/private spacious balconies. Relax in the multi-tiered heated pools and spa amid the shade of the palms; this haven offers a truly indulgent tropical escape that’s perfectly located and offers seclusion and serenity, with a daily full buffet breakfast included. Please note children under the age of 16 years old are not permitted.

Nestled amongst lush tropical gardens, Mandalay Luxury Beachfront Apartments are located within convenient walking distance of the trendy shops and restaurants of Port Douglas village, and only 50 metres from Four Mile Beach along an exclusive walkway. The well-appointed and modern apartments are decorated with neutral tones complementing the tropical environment, and each comprises a private balcony where you can relax and enjoy the pleasant surroundings. After a day’s exploration, unwind at 1 of the 2 beautiful pools, or make use of the barbecue facilities.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • poolside bar & café • heated spa & pool • complimentary laundry facilities • lift to all levels • free bicycles • free beach lounges ROOM FACILITIES ••• 28 1-bedroom oceanview & 6  poolview suites • mini-bar & inroom dining • free wi-fi Internet • in room safe • DVD player • air-con • private balcony or terrace • kitchenette • tea & espresso pod coffee machine • daily room servicing • double bath • spa robes

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• free wi-fi Internet • spa pool • swimming pool • tennis court & equipment (for hire) • self-service laundry • parking • BBQ area • bicycle hire ROOM FACILITIES ••• 41 apartments • TV • DVD player • iPod docking station • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony • full kitchen facilities • laundry facilities

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights, honeymoon & transfer offers available on selected dates – please call for details.

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Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Pool view suite from £114 Ocean view suite from £124 Peninsula suite from £144

1 bedroom apartment from £84 2 bedroom apartment from £92 3 bedroom apartment from £106


PORT DOUGLAS H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

PARADISE LINKS RESORT 4+H

PEPPERS BEACH CLUB, PORT DOUGLAS 4+H

The stunning Paradise Links Resort Port Douglas is a tropical haven from which you can explore the wonders of North East Australia. Set in 10 acres of lush tropical gardens with 2 heated lagoon-style swimming pools, both with their own BBQ area. Accommodation varies from hotel rooms right through to 2-bedroom apartments and private villas, all with the highest quality of furnishings and the luxuries you would expect from a self catering high-end resort. Just 60km north of Cairns, Port Douglas is a great base from which to adventure and see some of the world’s most famous natural wonders including the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Or, if you want to stay more local, make use of the bicycles for rent or enjoy a round of golf at the neighbouring 18-hole golf course.

Peppers Beach Club, Port Douglas is situated on Davidson Street, just steps away from the seemingly endless sands of Four Mile Beach. The resort’s elegant open-air design is reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa. Calming water features and lush gardens of tropical flowers and palms surround the suite accommodation, creating a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. The resort offers a range of dining options including an intimate restaurant and dinner served to you poolside.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• wi-fi Internet • 2 swimming pools • BBQ area • local shuttle • tennis court • car park • tour desk

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • sundeck • wi-fi Internet • fitness room • pool • parking • 24hr reception • dry cleaning valet • concierge • room service (limited hours) ROOM FACILITIES ••• 78 rooms and 1, 2 & 3-bedroom apartments • mini-bar (spa rooms) • cable TV • wi-fi Internet • DVD player • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • balcony • kitchen (apartments) • laundry (apartments)

ROOM FACILITIES ••• rooms, villas & apartments • free wi-fi Internet • TV, DVD • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • kitchen/kitchenette (apartments & villas only) • living & dining area (apartments & villas only) • washing machine & dryer (apartments & villas only • balcony (room dependent)

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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SHANTARA RESORT PORT DOUGLAS 4+H Shantara Resort Port Douglas is an adult-only retreat situated in one of Tropical North Queensland’s most desirable holiday destinations. Combining beautifullyappointed apartment accommodation and luxury facilities with easy access to the magical Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, it really is the perfect holiday base. The open tropical-styled 3-storey complex features classical North Queensland architecture and offers a choice of spacious studio rooms, or large comfortable 1-bedroom self-contained apartments, with either an outdoor Jacuzzi or direct pool access. Resort facilities are superb; with the choice of 2 heated swimming pools, an excellent undercover BBQ and entertainment area. An air-conditioned gymnasium is available to guests to maintain their fitness regimes, and a day spa provides a further haven of calm and rejuvenation.

Spa suite from £83 1 bedroom suite from £111 2 bedroom suite from £168

PULLMAN PORT DOUGLAS SEA TEMPLE RESORT & SPA 5H Located on almost 10 acres of luxuriant beachfront at the southern end of Four Mile Beach, the fantastic Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa has been designed with the utmost luxury and sophistication in mind. Guests have the opportunity to tee off on a world-class, 18-hole golf course whilst the Pullman Sea Temple’s in-house spa is the most luxurious in Port Douglas, setting new standards in pampering. In essence, the stylish Sea Temple offers tropical elegance in a stunningly beautiful location, designed specifically for your rejuvenation. If you really want to spoil yourself, perhaps upgrade to one of the rooms that offer direct access to the swimming pool or, for the absolute ultimate in luxury, one of the stylish villas featuring all the comforts and interior design of a contemporary Australian home.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 swimming pools • BBQ & entertainment area • gym • spa • free wi-fi Internet • car parking facilities • tour desk

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • 2 bars • sundeck • wi-fi Internet • gym • lagoon swimming pool • golf club • spa • boutique • kids’ pool

ROOM FACILITIES ••• studio rooms & 1-bedroom apartments with either an outdoor Jacuzzi or direct pool access (1-bedroom apartments have spa bath) • all rooms have pool view • TV • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • ceiling fan • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony • Foxtel • washing machine & dryer

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 144 studios, apartments & villas • mini-bar • TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • ceiling fan • tea & coffee making facilities • 24hr room service • balcony/terrace • spa bath (most rooms) • full kitchen & laundry (apartments only)

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Studio pool view from £76 Studio pool deck from £82 1 bedroom pool view apartment from £85

Studio spa guest room from 1 bedroom penthouse from 2 bedroom apartment from

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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Rainforest & Reef Experiences - Cape Tribulation, Daintree & Atherton Tablelands

Cape Tribulation, just a 2-hour scenic drive from Cairns, is the only place where 2 World Heritage-listed regions exist alongside each other. On one hand, the delectable wet tropical underworld of The Daintree Rainforest, on the other, the pristine turquoise of the Great Barrier Reef. The Atherton Tablelands are a nature lover’s paradise, where you can explore the stunning rainforest, waterfalls and wildlife. SAILAWAY DISCOVER 2 WORLDS Departures & Duration: 9.5 hours, Daily (except 25 Dec) Discover 2 Worlds in one day! World Heritage Rainforest and World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. Combine these 2 fantastic experiences and enjoy a day of exploring and adventure. A Sailaway bus will pick you up from your Port Douglas hotel to transport you to the World Heritage Rainforest, join the Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk with local indigenous guides taking visitors on a private journey walking through stunning rainforest and culturally significant sites. Then join Sailaway to Low Isles for an afternoon of snorkelling, sailing and island exploring. Enjoy the opportunity to snorkel with turtles in their natural habitat, a glass bottom boat tour and island heritage walk. Then sit back for the Sunset Sail back to Port with beverages and canapés and coastal views of the Coral Seas and Daintree Rainforest. An Environmental Management Charge of AUD6.50 per person applies and payable direct.

Prices from: Adult £231.

DAINTREE WILDERNESS LODGE 3+H

DAINTREE ECOLODGE 4H

This small, intimate eco lodge lies only 2 hours north from Cairns and offers guests a stay amidst the tranquillity of the rainforest within the World Heritage Daintree National Park. The cabins are connected to the restaurant and bar by a series of boardwalks, which are the ideal vantage point for observing some of the endemic regional flora and fauna. The lodge is simply a luxurious stay at the heart of the lush rainforest.

In line with the philosophy of combining nature, nurture and culture in a pure rainforest environment, the recently renovated Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa offers quality accommodation, stunning cuisine, authentic Aboriginal culture and a worldacclaimed day and wellness spa. Declared the ‘most pampering Eco Lodge in the world,’ the lodge boasts 15 quality bayans (private treehouses), nestled amongst the world’s oldest living rainforest and adjacent to the majestic Daintree River, all of which leave a lasting impression of being ‘at one’ with nature.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant & bar • lounge • sundeck • free wi-fi Internet • outdoor spa • nature walk through the rainforest to the private creek ROOM FACILITIES ••• 7 cabins • mini-bar • TV • air-con • CD/DVD player • ceiling fan • tea & coffee making facilities • private balcony • private viewing roof • ensuite

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• Julaymba restaurant • bar & gallery • swimming pool & sundeck • award-winning Daintree Wellness Day Spa • wi-fi Internet • on-site activities ROOM FACILITIES ••• 6 Lagoon Bayans • 7 Canopy Bayans with relaxing daybeds on your private balcony • 2 Rainforest Bayans with a freestanding bath on your private balcony • king beds • micro-screened balcony • mini-bar • tea & coffee making facilities • air-con • ceiling fans • bluetooth stereo • bathrobes & slippers

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights available on selected dates – please call for details.

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Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

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C A P E T R I B U L AT I O N, DA I N T R E E & AT H E R TO N TA B L E L A N D S H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

SILKY OAKS LODGE & HEALING WATERS SPA, DAINTREE 5H Silky Oaks Lodge is part of the ‘Luxury Lodges of Australia’ network, bringing luxury back to the Daintree. Overlooking the Mossman River, close to Mossman Gorge and the ancient rainforests of the Daintree National Park, Silky Oaks Lodge in North Queensland is situated just 20-minutes drive from Port Douglas, with easy access to the Great Barrier Reef. Evocatively named Treehouses and Billabong Suites, all accommodations are surrounded by lush rainforest and feature large verandas and hammocks. Experience fine dining at the Treehouse Restaurant, relax by the pool or indulge in a variety of nurturing treatments at the Healing Water Spa.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • lounge • free wi-fi Internet • gym • pool • tennis • mountain bikes • river canoes • health spa • complimentary yoga classes & guided walk tour • library • guest laundry • free shuttle to Port Douglas (once daily) • free parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 40 spacious billabong suites & deluxe treehouses • mini-bar • CD player • air-con • ceiling fan • tea & coffee making facilities • Veranda with hammock Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Daintree treehouse from £118 Garden treehouse from £142 Deluxe treehouse from £169

ROSE GUMS WILDERNESS RETREAT, ATHERTON TABLELANDS 4H

FERNTREE RAINFOREST LODGE, CAPE TRIBULATION 3+H

The award-winning Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat is located in the Atherton Tablelands adjoining the World Heritage Wooroonooran National Park. An easy 90-minute drive from Cairns via stunning tropical rainforest, the property is an intimate and eco-friendly resort and a haven whether you want to relax or enjoy the surrounding abundant nature and wildlife, including local platypus. Rose Gums is spread out over 200 acres of rainforest, complete with freshwater streams, waterfalls and a number of walking tracks. To stay here is to experience something truly unique as the accommodation is in handcrafted timber houses nestled within the rainforest. Wildlife viewing is available every morning. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 9 kilometres of rainforest walking tracks • parking • full-size tennis • reception with on-site manager ROOM FACILITIES ••• 12 villas & treehouses • TV • kitchen • wood burning fireplace • laundry • BBQ • Complimentary breakfast hamper (1st morning) • tea & coffee making facilities • large baths • separate shower

Set back in the heart of a lush coastal rainforest, a short stroll from Cape Tribulation’s beach and its famous mangrove boardwalks. Ferntree Rainforest Lodge is a superb yet affordable tropical getaway for couples, groups and families. The lodge makes the best of this wonderful setting featuring low-pitched buildings that are set harmoniously within the vivid green landscape. The garden loft rooms are spread amidst the lush tropical grounds, sleeping 2 adults and 2 children. Featuring private balconies, the poolside rooms are perfect for couples. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • barbecue facilities • pool • Internet cafe • laundry • parking • tour desk ROOM FACILITIES ••• 20 garden loft rooms • 8 poolside rooms • TV (poolside rooms) • refrigerator • air-con • ceiling fans • tea & coffee making facilities • private balcony (poolside rooms) • shower only (garden loft rooms) • shower above bath (poolside rooms) SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights available on selected dates – please call for details. Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Studio treehouse from Two bedroom treehouse from

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To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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DA I N T R E E & AT H E R TO N TA B L E L A N D S

3 day Rainforest Meets the Reef Departures: Daily

Day 1 Travel north to Port Douglas stopping at Wildlife Habitat to view unique fauna and flora. Cross the Daintree River by vehicular ferry and travel through Daintree National Park. Enjoy lunch then free time for a swim or walk along the spectacular Cape Tribulation Beach, followed by a guided rainforest walk along the boardwalk. (L)

Day 2 Today, enjoy an exciting 25-minute ride out to snorkel the pristine untouched Great Barrier Reef with Ocean Safari. This half-day eco tour visits 2 different snorkel destinations at Mackay and Undine Reefs, each with an extraordinary array of marine life and coral species. Often the coastal rainforest of the Daintree can be seen along the beach whilst snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, 2 world heritage areas side by side. Return to the mainland to spend the afternoon with free time to explore. (B,L)

Day 3 This morning you will be taken into the heart of the Daintree Rainforest on a guided ziplining experience through 6 tree platforms, with breathtaking views into the canopy, over the treetops, down to cascading streams and out to the Great Barrier Reef. The tour is fully guided with interpretive walks on each platform, and the guides control your flight throughout the tour so there’s no experience necessary. After lunch (own expense) board your coach and stop at Alexandra Lookout for views of the Daintree River and Coral Sea, then embark on a Daintree River Cruise to search for crocodiles and wildlife as you cruise through the mangroves. (B)

PRICES INCLUDE • 2 nights’ accommodation & meals as specified: (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch) • Transfers & small group touring as specified (excludes anything described as ‘optional’)

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Day 1: Cairns - Mareeba

5 day Atherton Tablelands

Drive up the winding Kuranda Range and take the time to stop in at the Kuranda markets before continuing to Mareeba.

Departures: Daily

Day 2: Mareeba - Mt Surprise Drive through pockets of rainforests and open farmland; keep an eye out for delicious farm gate product along the way. Highlights include the Mount Hypipamee Crater, Innot Hot Springs and Millstream Falls.

Day 3: Mt Surprise - Atherton Tablelands Leave the Queensland Outback behind and head to the tropical rainforests of the Southern Tablelands. Drive the iconic Waterfall Circuit and be sure to stop at Australia’s most photographed waterfall, Millaa Millaa Falls.

Day 4: Atherton Tablelands Today is at your leisure to explore the Atherton Tablelands and surrounds. Discover bushwalks in rolling ranges, spectacular waterfalls, coffee plantations, tropical fruit farms, fascinating rural history, stunning National Parks, World Heritage — listed rainforests and markedly cooler temperatures.

Day 5: Atherton Tablelands - Cairns On your return journey to Cairns make sure to include stops at the iconic crater lakes; Eacham and Barrine, as well as the Curtain Fig Tree, located near the picturesque town of Yungaburra. Your car is booked until tomorrow and should be dropped off at the city or airport, by the same time as it was picked up on Day 1, to avoid any additional charges.

PRICES INCLUDE • 4 nights’ hotel accommodation • Avis car rental for the tour duration. We’ve included a compact car on our ‘Standard’ tour, and an intermediate car on our ‘Superior’ tour • Self-drive kit, including maps & instructions

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MISSION BEACH

Mission Beach

Departures & Duration: 8 hours, Daily If you’re looking for the best location to Skydive, do it in Mission Beach with Jump the Beach or Skydive Mission Beach! Offering Australia’s highest jump (up to 15,000ft), paired with the most idyllic landing on the shimmering sands of Mission Beach, it is adrenaline packed with the views of the Great Barrier Reef, tropical Islands and Rainforest. Without a doubt Australia’s best drop zone and the unforgettable experience of your lifetime.

Under a 2-hour drive from Cairns, Mission Beach is simply the new place to be with 14kms of uninterrupted and unspoiled beaches. You can choose to relax and unwind at one of the area’s wonderful resorts, enjoy the Wet Tropics where you may spot the elusive Cassowary on one of the many board walks, or take a trip out to The Great Barrier Reef to admire the natural underwater phenomena.

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SKYDIVE MISSION BEACH

Prices from: Adult £192

REEF EXPLORATION SNORKELLING Departures & Duration: 8.5 hours, Daily (except 25 Dec & 01 Jan). Experience the Outer Great Barrier Reef in its natural beauty. Join the crew of MV Reef Goddess to experience 2 world-class dive and snorkel locations of untouched reefs. Enjoy an Australian BBQ with fresh prawns cooked by the ship’s Captain onboard. AUD$8 reef tax applies. Prices from: Adult £114, Child £66.

TULLY WHITE WATER RAFTING Departures and Duration: 12 hours, Daily (excluding 01 Jan) This full-day adventure will see you enjoying a scenic journey to the breathtaking Tully Gorge before tackling a multitude of grade 3 and 4 rapids with your highly trained River Guide. A hearty BBQ lunch on the banks of the river is included. Rafting levy of AUD$30 is applicable and payable direct. Prices from £98 per person.

LICUALA LODGE, MISSION BEACH 4H

CASTAWAYS RESORT AND SPA 4H

Licuala Lodge is situated between North Mission Beach and Wongaling Beach making it an ideal base for those looking to kick back, relax and stroll around the amazing award-winning tropical garden. All rooms in this fabulous 4-star lodge feature an en-suite bathroom and private veranda — perfect to peer out from to try and spot Charlie the resident Cassowary. There’s an array of activities available to book at the Lodge; from white water rafting and skydiving to the slightly tamer options of sea fishing and exploring the walking tracks. After a busy day of adventures, there’s no place more perfect to relax at than the Lodge’s waterfall feature pool.

Mission Beach’s Castaway Resort & Spa is an ideal escape for those looking to experience the tranquillity of North Queensland’s tropical rainforest or the mesmerising waters of the Great Barrier Reef. The rooms range from standard to a selection of new family rooms, making this ideal for both couples and those travelling with children. The property has an absolute beachfront location and lies a 20-metre stroll from the white sands of Mission Beach. To add to your ultimate escape, perhaps treat yourself to a day in the spa or enjoy a meal at the resort’s al fresco restaurant, Bibesia.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• pool • large guest lounge • wi-fi Internet • library • laundry • parking • room service • cooking facilities • BBQ

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • poolside bar • swimming pool • gym • day spa • laundry • guest library

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 5 rooms • wi-fi Internet • balcony • ceiling fan • fridge

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 65 rooms & apartments • TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights available on selected dates – please call for details.

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Queen room from King suite from

Rainforest hotel room from Rainforest resort room from Beachfront resort room from

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The world-famous Great Ocean Road snakes along a coastline unrivalled anywhere else in Australia, home to the dramatic Shipwreck Coast and pockets of lush rainforest.

Take a day trip to the historic goldrush town of Ballarat. Sovereign Hill is a splendid recreation of frontier life in those days, and kids love the costumes, the underground mine tours and panning for gold.

WHERE TO GO FOR ADVENTURE Underwater Victoria offers a rich diversity of marine life that can be observed in shipwrecks and reefs. For the less experienced diver you can snorkel in Port Phillip Bay but for the more advanced, head to the dive centre of Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula.

LIVE LIKE THE LOCALS

SHOPPING

Treat yourself to some authentic Moet & Chandon sparkling wine at the Domaine Chandon vineyard in the heart of the Yarra Valley.

Don’t miss Melbourne’s superb boutique shopping in the Block. Built in the 1890s, it was designed to resemble a fashionable shopping arcade in Milan. DATES FOR THE DIARY

A visit to Australia wouldn’t be complete without watching a local Aussie Rules football match and visiting the spectacular Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). SPLASH OUT

CULTURE

Taking pride of place in the calendar is the Formula 1 Grand Prix, to be held in Melbourne on 14-17 March 19

A trip to the theatre in Melbourne is a must. In addition to bigname shows, head down to the Arts Centre and the Malthouse Theatre where you can see local experimental productions.

WATER PARADISE

NATURE LOVERS

The Gippsland Lakes is an expansive network of inland waterways. It’s a lovely place to go for gentle walking trails, and crossing the slim arm of dunes at Ninety Mile Beach.

See the penguins on Phillip Island in the wild at dusk with their rather ungainly waddle as they make their way back to their burrows.

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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SMALL GROUP PHILLIP ISLAND ULTIMATE ECO TOUR

Departures & Duration: 12 hours, Daily View the coastal townships of Apollo Bay and Lorne. Travel the length of the Great Ocean Road passing towering limestone cliffs, sweeping white beaches and stunning forest scenery. See the amazing Twelve Apostles, walk along the boardwalk and enjoy scenery from various viewing platforms. See Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge. On return enjoy the night lights of Melbourne as you cross West Gate Bridge.

Departures & Duration: 11 hours, Daily First up is the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, then sheep shearing at Churchill Island to explore the historic buildings. Next, visit the Koala Conservation Centre and see koalas in their natural environment. Stroll along the boardwalks at the Nobbies Centre before arriving for the nightly penguin parade. Watch hundreds of little penguins waddle out of the sea at dusk and head back to their burrows for the night.

Prices from: Adult £102, Child £51.

Prices from: Adult £83, Child £57.

YARRA VALLEY WINE EXPERIENCE

HIDDEN SECRETS LANES & ARCADES WALKING TOUR

Departures & Duration: 7 hours, Daily Enjoy top wines and magnificent scenery while exploring one of Australia’s principle wine regions. Your expert guide will pass on tasting tips while showing you some of the regions best vineyards including the famous Domaine Chandon and Balgownie Estate wineries. Lunch and wine tastings included.

Price from: Adult £74, Child £54.

MELBOURNE HALF DAY CITY TOUR Departures & Duration: 3 hours, Daily at 8.30am & 2pm Your expert Oceania Tours guide will pick you up from your city accommodation. Visit highlights such as Federation Square, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and world-famous sports precinct, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Albert Park Lake (Formula 1) and over to St Kilda Beach. The tour concludes at Eureka Tower.

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Hotels 1 Crossley Hotel Melbourne 2Vic Doubletree by Hilton toria Par ade 3 Adina Apartment Hotel 4 Swanston Grand Mercure 5 Clarion Suites Gateway 6 Travelodge Southbank 7 Oaks on William 8 The Langham Fitzroy 9 Gardens Crown Promenade 10 Grand Hyatt 11 Crown Towers 12 NovotelMelbourne St. Kilda Cricket 13  Mercure Ground Melbourne Tresury Gardens 14 Crown Metropol 15 ibis Melbourne Little Bourke Olympic ParkMelbourne Swanston 16 ibis Street 17 Causeway 353 Hotel

Departures & Duration: 3 hours, Daily except Sun, am & pm options A walking tour is the best way to “get” Melbourne and these indulgent small group walks through Melbourne’s lanes and arcades engage in the life of this city that’s often missed. More than just seeing a city, learn of local designers and entrepreneurs. Discover a little history and the diversity of amazing architecture, which will inspire locals and visitors alike. This tour is also available with lunch included at a supplement.

Prices from £62 per person.

PUFFING BILLY STEAM TRAIN & HEALESVILLE WILDLIFE

Departures & Duration: 9 hours Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sun (except Tues Oct-Mar) Ride the historic Puffing Billy, a fully restored narrow gauge rail steam train, through the Dandenong Ranges and lush Sherbrooke Forest, filled with giant fern trees and the distinctive calls of Australian native animals. Enjoy a delicious lunch (own expense) at the award-winning Healesville Sanctuary. After lunch enjoy time to stroll through Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, Australia’s premier wildlife and nature haven set in natural bush land.

Prices from: Adult £45, Child £20

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(56km) Famous for cool climate wines, the Yarra Valley was chosen as a prime vineyard location by French Champagne house Moët & Chandon in 1986. Cheese aficionados should visit the cheese room, where ripe cheese is matched with De Bortoli wines, and can be consumed on the balcony. Overnight at Yarra Valley Lodge.

Day 2: Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges to Phillip Island (140km) Phillip Island is deliciously close to the Southern Gippsland Wine Trail, so you can start sampling the region’s distinctive wines before you reach the island. Once there, you’ll find 2 wineries as well as a surprising number of restaurants and cafés. Highly recommended is the Foreshore Bar and Restaurant in the little beach front hamlet of Rhyll. Overnight at Comfort Resort Kaloha Phillip Island.

Day 3: Phillip Island to Mornington Peninsula (105km) Surrounded by water on 3 sides, the Mornington Peninsula offers visitors white sandy beaches that are within close proximity to the fine wines of the region’s 50 cellar doors. Some of the Peninsula’s best restaurants are found in the vineyards. Overnight is at Quarters at Flinders Hotel Mornington Peninsula.

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Victoria — 4 day Victoria’s Food & Wine Route

Day 1: Melbourne to Yarra Valley - Dandenong Ranges

Day 4: Mornington Peninsula - Melbourne (75km) Depart the Mornington Peninsula and then make the return journey north to Melbourne along the Nepean Highway and Melbourne’s beachside suburbs. PRICES INCLUDE • 3 nights’ room-only accommodation • Breakfast at Yarra Valley Lodge and Quarters at Flinders Hotel • Avis car rental for the tour duration

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IBIS MELBOURNE LITTLE BOURKE 3H

IBIS MELBOURNE SWANSTON STREET 3H

Great location, affordable rates and comfortable, modern and bright accommodation make the ibis Melbourne Little Bourke a popular choice with travellers. Situated right in the centre of Melbourne, it is close to the Convention Centre and within walking distance of the Skybus airport transfer service and Southern Cross Train Station. Also within easy reach are the Melbourne Aquarium, the Royal Exhibition Building and Eureka Skydeck 88, plus many shopping and dining options. Within the hotel, Café 600 offers guests a relaxed start to the day with a buffet breakfast served daily, the 24-hour reception also serves a selection of snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

If you are looking for a conveniently located Melbourne CBD hotel then ibis Melbourne Swanston Street could be the ideal choice. This ibis hotel enjoys an excellent location for first-time travellers to Melbourne. It is one of the most economic and contemporary Melbourne hotels within walking distance to the iconic tourist destinations such as the Queen Victoria Market and the Royal Exhibition Building. In addition to its slick, clean interior and comfy bedrooms the hotel also offers many functional additions such as an airport shuttle bus, secure indoor parking, wi-fi Internet and 24-hour reception.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• café • fitness centre • coin operated washing machine & dryers • wi-fi Internet ROOM FACILITIES ••• 121 rooms • LCD flat-screen TV with satellite channels • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee-making facilities • fridge

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • cafe • wi-fi Internet • laundry • indoor & outdoor parking • babysitting service ROOM FACILITIES ••• 230 queen & twin rooms • mini-fridge • flat-screen TV • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free night offers available on selected dates - please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard room from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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TRAVELODGE SOUTHBANK 3+H

CAUSEWAY 353 HOTEL 4H

One of the highlights of a stay at the Travelodge Southbank is its superb location on the riverfront in one of Melbourne’s trendy, upmarket leisure districts. The hotel lies within the Southbank shopping complex with a number of restaurants along the Yarra River all just on the doorstep. Also within easy walking distance are many tourist attractions including the Eureka Skydeck 88, Crown Casino and Victorian Arts Centre, with the city centre across the bridge. The hotel is modern in style and offers easy Internet access from the lobby, and a guest lounge that serves a daily breakfast of hot and cold items. All rooms are comfortable and well-equipped, each with a small kitchenette area, making the hotel ideally suited for all travellers seeking an affordable city break.

Ideally located on Little Collins Street, Causeway 353 Hotel is equally accommodating to both leisure and corporate visitors alike. Contemporary in style, the hotel and its guestrooms are fitted with modern facilities, designed with a rich warm décor with an ambience of comfort. Positioned amongst an extensive array of international eateries, cafés and quirky shops, the hotel offers an opportunity to experience the best of Melbourne right at your doorstep. The bustling Bourke Street Mall is within walking distance to the hotel, and all CBD entertainment, sporting and cultural venues are just a stroll away.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant (breakfast only) • free wi-fi Internet (conditions apply) • lounge • laundry

ROOM FACILITIES ••• TV • wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities  •  mini-bar • air-con • microwave • ironing facilities • safe

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 275 rooms • TV • movie channels • free wi-fi Internet (conditions apply) • air-con • kitchenette with microwave • tea & coffee making facilities

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 24hr reception • restaurant • breakfast room • gym • steam room • wi-fi Internet • tour desk • laundry/dry cleaning services

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details. Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Guest room from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£35

Deluxe room from Premier room from Premier spa room from

£50 £55 £78

MERCURE MELBOURNE TREASURY GARDENS 4H

CROSSLEY HOTEL MELBOURNE 4H

Overlooking the Treasury Gardens, the Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens is conveniently located in the centre of Melbourne and enjoys being close to Federation Square, Art Centre Melbourne, Olympic Park (Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rod Laver, AAMI Park) and the high-end boutiques and restaurants of Collins Street.

One of the most desirable addresses in Melbourne; the Crossley Hotel offers contemporary comforts mixed with ultimate city living. Located on Melbourne’s trendy Little Bourke St this small but perfectly formed hotel offers a light and classic decor on the inside and vibrant city culture on the outside. Rooms are modern and spacious and enjoy many premium features and the hotel also offers a dedicated breakfast room and late night basement taqueria.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• Hop Sing restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • laundry service ROOM FACILITIES ••• 164 rooms • mini-bar • TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • free wi-fi Internet • laundry • business services • babysitting service • tours desk ROOM FACILITIES ••• flat-screen TV • free wi-fi Internet • air-con SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard one queen bed city side room from £38 Superior garden view one king bed room from £47 Privilege one king garden view and balcony room from £53

Standard room from Deluxe room from Superior room from

£48 £60 £79


MELBOURNE H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

ADINA APARTMENT HOTEL MELBOURNE 4H

CLARION SUITES GATEWAY 4H

At the Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne, guests will find well-appointed 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments right in the centre of Melbourne. Each of the apartments boast high-quality appliances and facilities as well as a balcony — some of which offer stunning city views. Just minutes away from the hotel is the historic Collins Street, an abundance of restaurants and plenty of shopping venues. Guests can live like a local whilst enjoying the ambience of the Adina Apartment Hotel as they explore one of the world’s most liveable cities.

The Clarion Suites Gateway is ideally located in the city centre, opposite Southbank’s Southgate café, food and entertainment precinct. Offering studios with kitchenette, 1 and 2-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and washing machine/dryer, all rooms feature modern amenities. Boasting the world’s largest nightly fireball show at the Crown Casino Complex, a fantastic experience not to be missed from this hotel and also to mention great views of the Yarra River. Entertainment, great restaurants, food courts, cafes all located just across the river only a 5-minute walk. Bourke Street Mall is only a short walk away, and with the free tram on your doorstep, visit Melbourne most famous Queen Victoria Market on Williams Street with ease. The hotels William’s Bar & Café, serving contemporary Australian cuisine is a popular spot for both locals and tourists.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • indoor pool • spa • indoor sauna • gym • laundry (apartments only) ROOM FACILITIES ••• 155 rooms • TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • kitchenette (excluding Studios) SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free night offers available on selected dates - please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • café • free wi-fi Internet • indoor pool • offsite gym • laundry • parking • 24 hour reception ROOM FACILITIES ••• 120 studios & suites • mini-bar • 48” LCD TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • kitchenette (kitchen in suites) SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free room upgrades & honeymoon offers available on selected dates - please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Guest studio from £50 Guest one bedroom apartment from £78 Guest two bedroom apartment from £96

Standard room from £79 Standard riverview and southbank fireball view room from £82 One bedroom suite from £86

THE SWANSTON HOTEL, GRAND MERCURE 4H Conveniently located within Melbourne’s best shopping and entertainment precincts including Emporium Melbourne and Bourke Street Mall, The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure provides modern and spacious accommodation in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. The hotel is also the perfect location for historic theatres, restaurants and major sporting events. The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure shares some of its dining and bar facilities with the Mercure Welcome Melbourne. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • 2 bars • café • lounge • wi-fi Internet • gym • indoor heated pool ROOM FACILITIES ••• 202 rooms • mini-bar • flat-screen LCD TV with cable channels • wi-fi Internet • individual climate control SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights offers available on selected dates — please call for

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON MELBOURNE - FLINDERS STREET 4H Located in the heart of Melbourne’s dynamic city centre and opposite iconic Flinders Street Station, DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne — Flinders Street is within easy walking distance of Melbourne’s famous laneways, bars and shopping and the vibrant arts and entertainment district. The modern and comfortable, 180 room boutiquestyle hotel, takes its design cues from its location in the heart of edgy and cool, urban Melbourne, along with its famous neighbour Flinders Street Station. In-house dining is offered in the industrial-chic surrounds of Platform 270. You’ll experience a diverse menu crafted by Head Chef Phil Latta that incorporates local produce and playful flavours put together with both modern and time-honoured culinary techniques. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • business services • fitness centre • tours desk • dry-cleaning

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ROOM FACILITIES ••• mini-bar on request • flat-screen TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details. Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard room from Superior room from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£58 £73

Guest room from £53 King city view room from £64 King flinders street station view from £73

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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MELBOURNE

NOVOTEL MELBOURNE ST. KILDA 4H

OAKS ON WILLIAM 4+H

Novotel Melbourne St Kilda is Melbourne’s premier beachside location and is perfect for conference, events or accommodation for both business and leisure. With a range of accommodation rooms available to suit families, couples and single travellers. Located on The Esplanade in the heart of cosmopolitan St Kilda and within walking distance to St Kilda beach, Acland & Fitzroy Streets, Luna Park, St Kilda Pier and much more. Just 8km from Melbourne CBD, we have ample on site car parking, trams at the front of our door and The Skybus drops off and collects directly at the hotel from the airport.

Oaks on William is located opposite Flagstaff Gardens, at the edge of the city’s central business district. With various modes of transport on your doorstep, including the train station and free city circle tramline, the hotel is perfectly located to explore the trendy city of Melbourne. A number of attractions are located just a short walk away including, the Queen Victoria Market and Bourke Street Mall, and the South Bank precinct is only 20 minutes away. The studio park and studio park deluxe rooms offer unrivalled views over the stunning Flagstaff Gardens. Each contemporary apartment features modern décor, and all have private balconies.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • café • wi-fi Internet • gym • outdoor pool • laundry • parking

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• café • gym • on-site parking • 24hr reception

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 211 rooms • mini-bar • TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 260 serviced apartments • TV • kitchenette • wi-fi Internet (charge) • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • private balcony SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard room one queen from £41 Standard queen bay view room from £43 Superior king bay view room from £49

Studio room from Studio park room from Studio park deluxe from

GRAND HYATT MELBOURNE 5H

THE LANGHAM, MELBOURNE 5H

Grand Hyatt Melbourne offers city centre luxury, perfectly poised on Collins Street, and in the heart of Melbourne’s most prestigious shopping, dining and theatre scene. This gleaming landmark includes striking upper and lower lobbies, a state-of-the-art health and fitness centre, and a luxury retail precinct featuring flagship designer boutiques. Spacious guestrooms are furnished with Hyatt custom-made beds and floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular Melbourne city views. The hotel’s restaurant, Collins Kitchen, boasts an open show kitchen, where guests can interact with the chefs for a theatrical dining experience.

Boasting stunning views of the Melbourne city skyline, historic Flinders Street Station and Federation Square, The Langham, Melbourne offers a luxurious and timeless inner-city experience right on Melbourne’s famous Southbank Promenade. Nestled beside the Yarra River, in the heart of the vibrant Arts Precinct and close to the sporting stadiums, The Langham, Melbourne sits amid an abundance of al fresco cafés, restaurants and boutiques. The classically-designed interior of the hotel features a grand marble staircase, fountains and magnificent chandeliers. Melba Restaurant offers an interactive dining experience with open kitchens where chefs make-to-order authentic Indian naan, Asian wok stir fries, sushi and more. Aria Bar & Lounge features artesian wines and signature Langham Afternoon Tea. Chuan Spa at The Langham, Melbourne is designed to create an ambience of tranquillity, offering treatments based on the practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • health & fitness centre • tennis court • golf nets • luxury retail shops • business centre • Grand Club Lounge floor • 24hr room service ROOM FACILITIES ••• 550 luxurious rooms & suites • mini-bar • flat-screen LCD TV • free wi-fi Internet • iPod docking station • air-con • marble bathroom • complimentary bottled spring water & deluxe bathroom amenities

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • lounge bar • business centre • gym • pool • day spa • concierge ROOM FACILITIES ••• 388 elegant guestrooms & suites • mini-bar • flat-screen LCD TV • wi-fi Internet • marble bathroom • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • 24hr room service

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Grand room from £96 View room from £104 Club room from £171

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SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights & meal discounts available on selected dates – please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Superior room from Deluxe river room from Executive river room from

£97 £122 £167


MELBOURNE H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

Crown Hotels Melbourne Set alongside the Yarra River in Melbourne’s vibrant Southbank precinct, Crown is home to three iconic hotels surrounded by restaurants, shopping, entertainment and a day spa. Experience the unsurpassed opulence of Crown Towers, the contemporary luxury of Crown Metropol, or the relaxed style of Crown Promenade. The central location, impeccable service and flawless attention to detail make every stay memorable. Indulge in the opulent Crown Spa or designer shopping or simply enjoy the city skyline and river views from the comfort of your room. When you’re a guest at Crown Hotels Melbourne, your choices are endless.

CROWN PROMENADE MELBOURNE 4+H With its blend of modern style, warm service and city-side location, Crown Promenade is perfect for a week of seeing the sights or a quick stopover. Crown Promenade is surrounded by the city’s cosmopolitan cafés, restaurants and bars. To unwind, there’s The Deck fitness centre and pool, Mesh restaurant and Tonic bar with Crown’s bars, cafés and entertainment just minutes away, so you’re never far from the action. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • café • business centre • wi-fi Internet • gym • pool • laundry ROOM FACILITIES ••• 465 guestrooms • mini-bar • TV • wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free Nights: Stay 2 nights & receive 1 extra night free on selected dates - please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard room from Corner king room from Studio room from

£53 £64 £81

CROWN METROPOL MELBOURNE 5H

CROWN TOWERS MELBOURNE 5H

Redefine style at Melbourne’s most striking and sophisticated hotel. This urban oasis combines stylish accommodation with contemporary luxury. The unrivalled location connects you to the best of Melbourne’s shopping, dining and cultural precincts. Dine at signature restaurant, Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar or enjoy the panoramic views of Melbourne’s skyline as you linger over a drink at 28 Skybar Lounge. Indulge, relax and revitalise your spirit at Crown Metropol, the perfect city retreat. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • business centre • wi-fi Internet • gym • pool • laundry • porter service

Renowned as one of the world’s finest hotels, Crown Towers Melbourne offers an atmosphere of unmatched luxury. Set alongside the Yarra River in Melbourne, Crown Towers is close to famous arts, culture and sporting precincts. The spectacular views from this riverside icon are matched by its consummate service, advanced technology and free wi-fi Internet. Crown Towers offers exceptional fine-dining restaurants including Nobu, Rockpool Bar & Grill and Bistro Guillaume, internationally acclaimed shopping and stylish bars. Located within the opulent Crown Towers, Crown Spa is a tranquil retreat for the ultimate in private pampering.

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 658 guestrooms • mini-bar • TV  • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurants & bars • boutique • nightclub • fitness centre • hair & beauty salon • free wi-fi Internet • swimming pool

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free Nights: Stay 2 nights & receive 1 extra night free on selected

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 482 rooms • air-con • mini-bar • spa bath • tea & coffee making facilities • TV • free wi-fi Internet

dates - please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Luxe room from City luxe room from Urban luxe room from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£62 £69 £73

Deluxe room from £119 Premier room from £134 Studio room from £157

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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3 day Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island & Wilsons Promontory

Great Ocean Road & Beyond

Departures: Mon, Fri (& Wed, Dec-Feb) excluding special event & public holidays

Outside of Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road is the chief highlight of Victoria. The stretch between Lorne and Apollo Bay is considered the finest, with every twist and turn revealing yet another drop-dead gorgeous view. Inland, the Grampians National Park houses a third of Victoria’s plant species, and provides a safe haven for many species of native fauna.

Day 1: Melbourne - Great Ocean Road - Queenscliffe From Melbourne journey to Port Campbell where the Great Ocean Road begins. Be amazed at the iconic 12 Apostles and hear the tragic story of the shipwreck at Loch Ard Gorge before continuing through the luscious Otway Ranges to Queenscliff for your overnight stay.

Day 2: Queenscliffe – Mornington Peninsula – Phillip Island

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The next morning ferry across Port Phillip Bay to Sorrento on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Encounter Australian wildlife at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, you’ll also be able to hand-feed wallabies on the Wallaby Walk (keep an eye out for tiny joeys in their mothers’ pouches). From there travel to Phillip Island to see the Nobbies and watch the world famous penguin parade at Summerland Beach before overnighting on the island.

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Your final day takes you to Wilson Promotory National Park, a 50,000 hectare reserve with panoramic views boasting an array of native wildlife, pristine white beaches, coastal forests, cool climate rainforests and a labyrinth of walking tracks.

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Hotels 1 Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel 2 Captain’s at the Bay 3 Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld 4 Yarra Valley Lodge 5 Grange Cleveland Winery 6 Lake House Daylesford 7 Wilderness Retreats 8 Oak Tree Lodge 9 Quarters at Flinders Hotel

PRICES INCLUDE • 2 nights’ accommodation • Light breakfast (day 2) & dinner (day 1) • All park entrance fees

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Prices are per person based on twin share

Standard from 

£239

Single supplements available upon request

2 day Great Ocean Road Departures: Tue, Thu & Sun, maximum 8 passengers on the tour

Day 1: Melbourne - Apollo Bay This wonderful small group tour has a more informative and relaxed nature and allows you to experience the region without the crowds. Enjoy a walk in Geelong, stop at Bells Beach and then observe kangaroos at Anglesea Golf Club. Start travelling the cliff-hugging road, stopping for photos and stories along the way including a stop at the ‘Arch’. Break for lunch (own expense) in Lorne, then continue the spectacular road and enjoy koala viewing and also a guided rainforest walk in the Great Otway National Park. Check in to your ocean view villa-style accommodation and enjoy dinner at the award-winning Chris’ at Beacon Point. (max 8 persons per tour) (D) Overnight: Beacon Point Ocean View Villas

Day 2: Twelve Apostles - Melbourne After a cooked breakfast travel through the Otway ranges to the Shipwreck coast where the morning sun makes for ideal photo opportunities at the famous Twelve Apostles. Travel on to Loch Ard Gorge where in 1878 an emigrant ship was wrecked with the loss of virtually all on board. Stop off for lunch in the fishing village of Port Campbell. Continue west to discover London Bridge, the Bay of Martyrs and the Bay of Islands before heading inland and back to Melbourne. (B)

PRICES INCLUDE • 1 night’s accommodation as specified • Touring and sightseeing as specified (excludes anything described as ‘optional’) • Meals as specified: (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner) Prices are per person based on twin share

Standard from  Single supplements available upon request

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£499

WILDERNESS RETREATS, WILSONS PROMONTORY NATIONAL PARK 3H Surround yourself with nature in the heart of the Wilson’s Promontory National Park and stay in luxurious safari style tented accommodation with all the luxuries of a hotel stay. Also just minutes from the beach, each low-impact tent has highcomfort amenities including timber floors, covered timber deck with chairs and table so you can enjoy your surroundings and the comfort of a queen-size bed. From your Wilderness Retreat you can fully immerse yourself in the beauty of your surroundings with an extensive range of activities within the park; from guided tours to abseiling and yoga. And when its time to wind down in the evening you can make the most of the communal kitchen and BBQ area. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• communal kitchen • BBQ area • nearby convenience store • nearby car park ROOM FACILITIES ••• tented accommodation • private ensuite • timber deck • small fridge • tea & coffee making facilities

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Wilderness retreat tent from

£97


R E G I O N A L V I C TO R I A H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

CAPTAIN’S AT THE BAY, APOLLO BAY 4H Captain’s at the Bay offers a refreshingly contemporary take on old-fashioned Australian country-style accommodation. With the Great Ocean Road to the fore and the Otway Ranges as a backdrop, the property enjoys a fantastic location in Apollo Bay, making Captain’s at the Bay a great place to stop for those seeking quality and seclusion. Suites are large and feature traditional décor and furnishings, and with a limited number of guests your stay is certain to be as peaceful as it will be memorable. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• breakfast room • laundry • wi-fi Internet • DVD library ROOM FACILITIES ••• 10 guestrooms, 1 2-bedroom & 1 3-bedroom apartment • fridge • mini-bar • LCD TV • CD/DVD player • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • terrace

OSCARS WATERFRONT BOUTIQUE HOTEL, PORT FAIRY 4+H Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel is everything a boutique, luxury B&B should be; a true gem with an exquisite location and bags of sophistication, quality and above all, charm! Oscars Waterfront has spacious guestrooms decorated in sympathetic French provincial style, and occupies a serene location overlooking Port Fairy’s pretty marina. Port Fairy itself makes a great base for a couple of nights at the western end of the Great Ocean Road. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• breakfast room • lounge • fireplace • wi-fi Internet • riverfront veranda ROOM FACILITIES ••• 6 large individually-decorated rooms & 1 suite • mini-bar • TV • air-con

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Terrace room from £93 Cottage room from £107 Loft one bedroom from £126

Courtyard room from £102 Riverfront room from £102 Premium room from £110

ROYAL MAIL HOTEL, DUNKELD 4H

CLEVELAND WINERY, MACEDON RANGES 4H

The Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld offers destination dining at its best in a modern retreat on the edge of the Grampians National Park. Rooms are beautifully-appointed and the majority have outside space from which you can really enjoy the local area and views of the surrounding Grampians National Park. This stunning hotel is home to Australia’s largest restaurant kitchen garden which produces 80% of the Wicken restaurant’s menu — headed up by celebrated chef Robin Wickens. The Wicken Restaurant also boasts floor to ceiling vistas of the National Park, Mount Sturgeon and Mount Abrupt. Complimentary chef led tours of the garden are available exclusively for hotel guests and the hotel also benefits from a 28,000 bottle wine cellar.

Offering incredibly peaceful accommodation in Victoria’s Lancefield, Macedon Ranges, perfect for luxurious intimate getaways. Surrounded by over 100 acres of vineyard, country gardens, lake and wide open spaces, at Cleveland Winery you can enjoy the historic 1880’s Homestead, Underground Wine Cellar where you can sample some of the regions best wines and dine in the onsite restaurant. You will never want to leave this perfect setting! Whether you plan to explore the local wineries, galleries, farmers markets or if it’s peace and quiet you are looking for then Cleveland Winery is the perfect environment for a relaxing and welcoming short break.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• Wickens at royal mail restaurant • parker street project restaurant • kitchen garden & wine cellar tours ROOM FACILITIES ••• rooms, apartments & cottages • mini-bar • flat-screen TV • air-con • small fridge

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • private dining room • wi-fi Internet • car parking • gym • lounge • games ROOM FACILITIES ••• air-con • free wi-fi Internet • TV •  tea & coffee making facilities   SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Standard garden room from £67 Mt sturgeon cottage - 1 bedroom from £85 Deluxe mountain view room from £93

Standard room from Superior room from

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

£66 £81

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LAKE HOUSE, DAYLESFORD 4+H

YARRA VALLEY LODGE 4H

6 acres of gardens cascade down to the Lake Daylesford shore, around which 33 suites and studios enjoy waterfront or garden settings. Exploring the property, guests will find artwork and sculptures from local artists, lakefront terraces and country gardens with everything from koala-loved stringy barks to lilac, Daphne, quince, plum and apple trees. Enjoy the lakeside infinity pool, play tennis or, in cooler months, settle into the Library Bar with a glass of wine by the fire. Lake House pace is relaxed emphasising good food and wellbeing. Amongst the fern gully, surrounded by waterfall-fed springs, Salus Spa is a tranquil oasis. The hotel’s renowned restaurant attracts foodies from far afield, with local, seasonal produce enhancing cuisine and an award-winning cellar keeping wine buffs happy.

Yarra Valley Lodge offers luxurious, spacious and superbly appointed guestrooms which feature balconies and breathtaking views overlooking the surrounding hills and valleys. The lodge features dining delights of its own restaurant, Bella, where a selection of the best and freshest ingredients can be savoured, and the Lodge Bar, which is ideal for pre and post-dinner drinks. Leisure pursuits are not forgotten at the lodge with access to The Heritage Golf & Country Club’s 2 18-hole championship golf courses, and a spa which offers an abundance of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wine cellar • pool • tennis court • sauna • spa • art gallery • open fire • library • lounge • daily newspaper • free parking • free wi-fi Internet • car to airport (charge)

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • spa ROOM FACILITIES ••• 102 lodge rooms, golf view rooms & 1-bedroom suites • air-con • TV • mini-bar • balcony or terrace SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 33 rooms & suites • flat-screen TV • free wi-fi Internet • Bluetooth music centre • Nespresso coffee machine • room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details. Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Lodge studio from £150 Waterfront suite from £306

Lodge room from One bedroom suite from

OAK TREE LODGE 4+H Oak Tree Lodge on Phillip Island offers self-contained luxury suites surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens close to the quiet coastal town of Rhyll. All suites have their own tastefully decorated lounge, kitchen and outdoor seating areas, whilst also being able to enjoy the lodge’s BBQ and laundry facilities. Set in peaceful gardens, the lodge combines period elegance with a luxury twist and is also available for larger parties to book the whole facility exclusively. Oak Tree Lodge is a serene place to stay for those looking to explore Phillip Island. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• BBQ area • laundry • breakfast items included (to be prepared at guests leisure) ROOM FACILITIES ••• 4 self-contained suites •  flat-screen TV • ipod dock • air-con • private lounge area • full kitchen • outside seating area

£81 £123

QUARTERS AT FLINDERS HOTEL, MORNINGTON PENINSULA 4H Quarters, a boutique accommodation, offers relaxed luxury and impeccable quality within the beautiful coastal village of Flinders. Only a 20-minute drive from the Peninsula Hot Springs and local vineyards, there are 40 beautifully-appointed rooms complete with king-size beds or twin share, Abode bed linen and Aveda bathroom amenities. Complimentary on-site parking, wi-fi Internet and gourmet breakfast is also offered to guests. With a coastline 100 metres away, and a seaside village complete with boutiques, antique shops and cafés, you will be a world away from everywhere as you discover the hinterland region of the Mornington Peninsula. Dining options include the award-winning Deck Bar & Bistro, Georgie Bass Café & Cookery school sponsored by Miele which is open daily for breakfast and lunch with Saturday cooking classes. Our Zigis Coastal Bar is open every weekend for fantastic cocktails. The Flinders Hotel is only 90 minutes from Melbourne. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • Coastal Bar • Cookery School • free wi-fi Internet • front desk • free parking • full breakfast included ROOM FACILITIES ••• 40 rooms • mini-bar • flat-screen TV • iPod dock • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • original artworks

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Studio suite from Boat house from 1 bedroom apartment from

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SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Bass room from Bauer room from

£90 £97


R E G I O N A L V I C TO R I A

8 day Riches of Victoria Ballarat • Geelong • Mornington Peninsula • Phillip Island • Wilsons Promontory • Yarra Valley

• Step back in time to the Victorian goldrush of the 1850s at Sovereign Hill • Explore the beautiful boutiques, cafés and markets of the Mornington Peninsula • View the native wildlife on Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory National Park • Indulge your palate with some of the best wines and fresh produce in Yarra Valley

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

OPTIONAL SIGHTSEEING EXCURSIONS Make the most of your self-drive holiday by pre-booking some of our optional sightseeing excursions: • Admission to Peninsula Hot Springs, from £29 per person • Ultimate Adventure Penguin Tour, from £59 per person

Departures: Daily Day 1: Melbourne - Ballarat (116km/ 72 miles/ 1.5 hours) Travel west today to the city of Ballarat — a living memorial of the Victorian goldrush of the 1850s. Visit Sovereign Hill, where Australia’s history comes to life — from the hustle and bustle of Main Street where costumed ladies and gents parade their wealth, to the excitement of the Red Hill Gully Diggings where you can pan for real gold and it’s yours to keep. Standard: Comfort Inn Main Lead; Superior: Quality Inn Heritage on Lydiard Day 2: Ballarat - Geelong (87km/ 55 miles/ 1 hour) Continuing your journey south today, a short drive takes you to the port city of Geelong. With a rich manufacturing heritage, the town is now enjoying a resurgence as one of the fastest growing economies in Australia. Take some time to explore the local parks and gardens or tour the local craft breweries. Standard: Rydges Geelong (Standard Room); Superior: Rydges Geelong (Bay View Room) Day 3: Geelong - Mornington Peninsula (78km/ 49 miles/ 2.5 hours) LAND In the morning take the AIR Searoad Ferries crossing to the Mornington Peninsula — one of Victoria’s most RAIL picturesque destinations. The area has attracted chefs, wine makers and artistsCRUISE alike, making it a truly unique place to visit. Enjoy a visit 1 NIGHTS STAYED to the town of Mornington; home to many boutiques, cafés and restaurants, and also Victoria’s longest running midweek regional market. Or why not unwind in the Peninsula Hot Springs with admission available at an additional supplement? (B*) Standard: LAND 1

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Days 4 & 5: Mornington Peninsula - Phillip Island (129km/ 80 miles/ 1.5 hours) Taking the coastal route overlooking French Island, you’ll arrive into Phillip Island. A highlight of any visit to this part of Australia is a trip to see the little penguins emerge from the sea at

dusk to take shelter in the shoreline for the night, and we offer a number of optional sightseeing experiences to see these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.

(B*) Standard: Comfort Resort Kaloha Phillip Island; Superior: Glen Isla House (2 nights) *Superior only Day 6: Phillip Island - Wilsons Promontory (105km/ 65 miles/ 1.5 hours) Continue east along the coast to one of the most loved National Park’s in Victoria. Wilsons Promontory offers some of the best coastal walks in the region with an array of native wildlife and wildflowers right on the shoreline. The unspoilt beaches and scenic fishing spots will leave a lasting impression on you. Standard: Prom Country Lodge (Standard Room); Superior: Prom Country Lodge (Deluxe Room) Day 7: Wilsons Promontory - Yarra Valley (177km/ 110 miles/ 2.5 hours) As you return north towards Melbourne, it’s time to visit one of the most celebrated wine regions in Australia — the Yarra Valley. Specialising in cool climate wines such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and a variety of top quality local produce, you’ll be spoiled for choice during your day here. (B*) Standard: Vibe Hotel Marysville;

Superior: Yarra Valley Lodge *Superior only Day 8: Yarra Valley - Melbourne (48km/ 30 miles/ 1 hour) It’s a short drive back to Melbourne this morning where your tour ends, or perhaps take a side-trip to the nearby Dandenong Ranges. Note: Your car is booked until the following day, but must be returned by the same time it was picked up on Day 1 to avoid additional charges.

PRICES INCLUDE • 7 nights’ hotel accommodation on room-only basis unless specified • Avis car rental for the tour duration • Self-drive kit, including maps & instructions

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6 day Apostles & Penguins Yarra Valley • Phillip Island • Mornington Peninsula • Great Ocean Road • Port Campbell

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• Take your time and explore the superb wineries of Yarra Valley • See some of Phillip Island’s fabulous wildlife with a visit to the Koala Centre and the magical ‘Penguin Parade’ • Travel the iconic Great Ocean Road and see the ‘Shipwreck Coast’ and the amazing rock formations of the Twelve Apostles

Day 1: Melbourne - Yarra Valley (52km/ 32 miles/ 1 hour)

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Drive via the towering forests and deep gullies of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges LAND to the Yarra RAIL Valley, renowned for its superb wineries, excellent restaurants, cafés STAYED and1art NIGHTS galleries. Perhaps take a wine tasting tour in one of the many cellars, or take the opportunity to meet some of the native wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary. (B*)

Lorne OR 169km/ 105 miles/ 2 hours to Apollo Bay) From Sorrento, catch the ferry across to Queenscliff. The ferry runs hourly from 6am to 7pm, and costs approximately $65 per vehicle (not included). Your journey begins along the iconic Great Ocean Road. Along the way see Bells Beach in the famous surfing town of Torquay, and the kangaroos of Anglesea. (B*) Standard: Best

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Day 2: Yarra Valley - Phillip Island (130km/ 81 miles/ 1.5 hours) Travel to Phillip Island, home to an astounding array of wildlife including Australia’s largest colony of fur seals. See the cuddly koalas at the Koala Conservation Centre LAND to your included Three Park Pass, you’ll also have the chance to view and, thanks AIR the famous ‘Penguin Parade’ to watch hundreds of penguins waddle to their burrows RAIL at dusk. (B*) Standard: Comfort Resort Kaloha 1 NIGHTS STAYED

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Western Apollo Bay Motel; Superior: Cumberland Resort Lorne; Deluxe: Captains at the Bay *Deluxe only Day 5: Lorne/Apollo Bay - Port Campbell (134km/ 83 miles/ 1.75 hours from Lorne OR 89km/ 55 miles/ 1 hour from Apollo Bay) This coastal section to Port Campbell has been described as one of the most beautiful and breathtaking drives in the world. Stop to see the lighthouse at Cape Otway, the Loch Ard Gorge, the broken arch of London Bridge and the Bay of Martyrs and, of course, the amazing rock formations of the Twelve Apostles, huge stone pillars carved by the power of the sea. Standard & Superior: Best Western Great Ocean Road Motor Inn; Deluxe: Southern Ocean Villas Day 6: Port Campbell - Melbourne (227km/ 141 miles/ 3 hours) Perhaps spend some time in the fishing village of Port Campbell before it’s time to head back to Melbourne where your tour concludes. Note: Your car is booked until the following day, but must be returned by the same time it was picked up on day 1 to avoid additional charges.

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5 day Great Ocean Road (from Melbourne) Lorne • Apollo Bay • Shipwreck Coast • Twelve Apostles • Port Fairy • Robe • Barossa Valley

• Travel the full length of the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s legendary scenic drives • Visit the lighthouse at Cape Otway, from where the old telegraph cables used to link Tasmania • Stand in awe at the magnificent rock formations known as the Twelve Apostles • Learn how the ‘Shipwreck Coast’ got its name with a visit to Loch Ard Gorge • Take in the vistas of sand dunes and saline coastal lagoons in Coorong National Park • Enjoy wine tasting in the Barossa Valley before arriving into Adelaide

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Departures: Daily Day 1: Melbourne - Lorne/Apollo Bay (185km/ 115 miles/ 2.5 hours to Apollo Bay OR 140km/ 87 miles/ 2 hours to Lorne) Travel around the shores of Port Phillip Bay to laid-back Torquay, the start of the Great Ocean Road and recognised as the surfing capital of Australia. Then follow the coast road to the picturesque town of Lorne, or onwards on the spectacular stretch to Apollo Bay. Standard: Best Western Apollo Bay Motel; Superior: Cumberland Resort Lorne; Deluxe: Captains at the Bay *Deluxe only Day 2: Lorne/Apollo Bay - Port Fairy (194km/ 120 miles/ 2.5 hours from Apollo Bay OR 239km/ 149 miles/ 3.5 hours from Lorne) LAND Often considered to be one of Travel along the Great Ocean Road to Port Campbell. the world’s great drives. You’ll pass Cape OtwayAIR before reaching the most dramatic RAIL part of the route, the ‘Shipwreck Coast’. Here, you’ll CRUISEsee the Loch Ard Gorge, the 1 NIGHTS STAYED broken arch of London Bridge and the amazing rock formations of the Twelve Apostles. Drop into charming Port Campbell for a while and continue to Port Fairy via Warrnambool. (B*) Standard: Comfort Inn Port Fairy; Superior & Deluxe: Oscar’s Waterfront Boutique Hotel *Superior & LAND Deluxe1only NIGHTS STAYED Day 3: Port Fairy - Robe (321km/ 199 miles/ 4 hours OR 516km/ 320 miles/ 6.5 hours via The Grampians) LAND AIR3 has a choice of routes; the Day 1 NIGHTS STAYED shorter drive will take you via Portland along the coast directly to Mount Gambier, and then on to Robe. The LAND longer route takes you through RAIL scenic CRUISE Grampians National Park and 1 NIGHTSHalls STAYEDGap. Highlights within onto

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Barossa Valley; Deluxe: Jacobs Creek Retreat *Deluxe only Day 5: Barossa Valley - Adelaide (67km/ 42 miles/ 1 hour) There is plenty of time to explore the Barossa Valley, which produces some of the very best wines in Australia with recognisable names such as Yalumba, Orlando, Penfolds and Seppelts. In the afternoon, travel south through Gawler to Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, known as the ‘City of Churches’. Your tour comes to an end on arrival. Although your car has been booked until the following morning, it should be returned by the same time it was picked up on day 1 to avoid additional charges. Please note this self-drive tour is also available in the opposite direction, commencing in Adelaide.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT: 2 distinct climate zones reward those who plan their trip carefully. Summers (Nov - Mar) are very hot in the Red Centre, with temperatures upwards of 35°C, although the desert environment means chilly evenings in winter (Jun - Aug). Around Darwin and Kakadu, the Top End starts and ends the year with balmy temperatures and tropical rains, whilst towards the middle of the year the humidity levels drop and the days are warm and sunny. TIME DIFFERENCE: GMT +9 hrs 30 minutes.

FLIGHT INFORMATION: There are airports at Darwin, Alice Springs and Uluru (Ayers Rock), with convenient domestic connections from most major cities in Australia. The only international flights are into Darwin, which is served from Singapore by Jetstar, the low-cost sister airline of Qantas and Silk Air, the subsidiary of Singapore Airlines. FLYING TIME FROM UK: Approx. 22 hours.

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Be enchanted by the mesmerising Field of Light — a stunning exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro of 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres gently shimmering against the silhouette of Uluru.

Don’t miss the wacky Henley-on-Todd Regatta, hosted in Alice Springs annually in August or September, where competitors run with their bottomless boats down the sandy riverbed of the dry Todd River. Only in Australia!

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To appreciate the vast distances and open spaces of the Northern Territory, take a ride on the Ghan, a legendary rail journey that follows the route of the old Afghan camel trains that once linked these remote settlements.

Watching a magical sunset over Uluru and then dining alfresco under the stars of the Outback sky — just 2 reasons why the ‘Sounds of Silence’ dinner experience is unmissable.

WHERE TO GO FOR ADVENTURE Lace up your hiking boots and head for Kings Canyon, a lesser-known marvel of the Red Centre.

Camping certainly doesn’t come more glamorous nor the profound views of Uluru from the ‘tent’ at Longitude 131°. It’s an outback oasis that’s fit for a future king and queen!

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Nitmiluk National Park protects a stunning series of 13 gorges, the Katherine River and is best experienced on a cruise — an ideal day trip or longer tour from Darwin.

The Northern Territory is rich in Aboriginal culture, and understanding a little about the different tribes and rituals is a vital part of any visit here.

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Alice Springs is undoubtedly the best place to buy Aboriginal art, much of it in the distinctive ‘dot painting’ style.

The vast wetlands of Kakadu National Park, located to the east of Darwin, offers amazing waterfalls and wildlife spotting.

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Darwin & The Top End

The youthful city of Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory, and gateway to some of the many wildlife and cultural adventures available in Katherine, Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks. Darwin itself is a vibrant place with a languid charm, and a distinctive tropical climate during the summer months that lends the city a unique appeal not found anywhere else in Australia.

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• Crocodile spotting, either on the wetlands of Kakadu or right here in Darwin at the new attraction of Crocosaurus Cove. • Hitching a ride aboard The Ghan.

This legendary train route was extended north to Darwin only in 2004, and now links the tropical Top End with the Red Centre town of Alice Springs, plus onward connections to Adelaide. • Just 2 hours from Darwin lies Litchfield National Park, whose sandstone plateau, verdant rainforest and cooling waterholes epitomise the true beauty of the Top.

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK EXPLORER Departures & Duration: 13 hrs, Daily (Apr– Nov) Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun (Dec-Mar) Travel across Adelaide River, Marrakai Plains and deep into Kakadu National Park. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre and view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu; join a local guide for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and renowned birdlife. After lunch your guide will lead a walk to view ancient Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie before returning to Darwin. Prices from: Adult £159, Child £80, including lunch.

DARWIN CITY SIGHTS Departures & Duration: 4.75 hrs, Daily See the Botanic Gardens and Chinese Temple, which was re-built after Cyclone Tracy in 1974. Tour the historic sites of the city including East Point Military Precinct, Stokes Hill Wharf and the Mooring Basin. Visit Darwin Aviation Museum and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin is just a 5-minute walk to the city centre and overlooks the harbour. With floor-to-ceiling windows, all rooms offer a juliette balcony with harbour or city views. The pool area is an ideal setting to enjoy the sunshine and unwind with a drink from the pool bar. Overlooking the pool deck is Poolside Restaurant, which features an open kitchen serving modern Australian cuisine with local and Asian influences.

Prices from: Adult £56, Child £28

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • poolside bar • lounge bar • sundeck • wi-fi Internet • outdoor pool • kids’ pool

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ROOM FACILITIES ••• 184 guestrooms & suites • mini-bar • satellite TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service

Departures & Duration: 2.5 hours, Daily Nitmiluk Gorge lies in the heart of the traditional lands of the Jawoyn People. All visitors have been welcomed to this ancient landscape to learn, discover and explore the Jawoyn Culture, history, flora & fauna this region has to offer. The Ancient Garlarr River Safari is guided by our Indigenous Cultural Team, and offers an intimate small group cultural tour along the Nitmiluk Gorge. Your journey will include Cultural interpretations of your surroundings, a visit to a Rock Art Site, and even a swim opportunity (seasonal). Prices from: Adult £113, Child £90

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VIBE HOTEL DARWIN WATERFRONT 4H

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Perfectly positioned amongst the entertainment and dining hub of Darwin’s seafront promenade, Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront is surrounded by great shopping, pubs and nightclubs, as well as some of the most amazing restaurants and cafés in the Northern Territory. The rooms are sleek and modern, each featuring a wide range of convenient amenities. For guests who want to be in the middle of the action and close to the Darwin CBD, Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront is the ideal place for them to stay. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • outdoor pool • wi-fi Internet • fitness centre • parking • laundry

At Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront, all apartments and studios are contemporary and stylish and combine all the comforts of home. There are ranges of accommodation options available from the studio rooms to 1 or 2-bedroom apartments. Conveniently overlooking the Darwin Waterfront, and close to the Darwin Convention centre the apartments are perfectly placed to enjoy Darwin. The Darwin Waterfront comprises bars, restaurants, shopping, and the manmade Wave Lagoon a popular recreational experience. All of these are just a mere stroll away from your doorstep. If you are looking to ‘stay in’ after a day of sightseeing then you can visit the on-site restaurant, Curve, which offers an all-day dining option.

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 120 rooms • wi-fi Internet • LCD TV • air-con • mini-bar • tea & coffee making facilities

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ROOM FACILITIES ••• 121 studios • 1 & 2-bedroom apartments • mini-bar • flatscreen cable TV • CD player • iPod docking station • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights available on selected dates – please call for details.

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CICADA LODGE, NITIMILUK NATIONAL PARK 4H

HILTON DARWIN 4+H

Cicada Lodge is a luxury lodge perfectly positioned for guests who wish to explore Nitmiluk Gorge and its ancient landscape. The Lodge is elegantly furnished in a contemporary, sophisticated style fusing international, modern Australian and indigenous design elements and features full-length louvered doors to private balconies. Facilities include an outdoor pool, restaurant and airport transfers which are available on request. Cicada Lodge is located inside Nitmiluk National Park, home to Nitmiluk Gorge — comprising a system of 13 immense gorges — perfect for exploring. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • air-con • pool • laundry • parking • concierge service

Hilton Darwin is ideally located in the city centre, just moments from Bicentennial Park, downtown and the Darwin Convention Centre. Light and contemporary styling of the newly renovated guestrooms feature muted wallpapers and natural tones for a warm and comfortable ambience. With all new local artworks adorning the walls and quality finishes throughout, Hilton Darwin is as stylish as it is accessible. Guests can enjoy the sunshine in the 10th-floor outdoor lap pool, sip a drink on the terrace and maintain exercise regimens in the modern fitness centre. Mitchell’s Grill offers a modern Australian menu, relishing in local flavours and the best Australian and Northern Territory seafood. Focusing on fresh and seasonal ingredients, chefs will serve up the best breakfast in Darwin 7 days a week

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 18 rooms • air-con • wi-fi Internet • TV • mini-bar • tea & coffee making facilities

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • pool • wi-fi Internet • bar • gym • laundry • valet parking (charge) • babysitting (charge) • 24hr room service ROOM FACILITIES ••• 236 rooms • TV• mini-bar • wi-fi Internet (charge) • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • safe • fridge • hair dryer

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3 day Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks Departures: Daily Apr - Nov. Tour Code DK48.

Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park First stop at Kakadu National Park, this national park covers 20,000 square kilometres, view historic Aboriginal rock art, to floodplains abundant with wildlife. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to learn about the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Look for saltwater crocodiles on your cruise of Yellow Water Billabong. After lunch, stop at Nourlangie to view the rock art galleries. (L) Budget: Aurora Kakadu; Standard:

Aurora Kakadu (Superior Room); Superior: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Day 2: Kakadu - Darwin In the morning explore the World Heritage Area of Ubirr, where you’ll climb through Aboriginal rock art galleries, to the lookout for a view over the wetlands. Cruise along the East Alligator River. An Aboriginal guide will provide an insight into their culture. With special permission of the local people, go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin. (L) Budget: Travelodge Mirambeena

Resort; Standard: Travelodge Mirambeena Resort; Superior: DoubleTree Esplanade Day 3: Litchfield National Park In the morning you will visit Litchfield National Park. View Florence Falls before making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below with an opportunity to swim. Then visit Tolmer Falls. Venture to Wangi Falls for a swim or an optional climb through the rainforest to the top of the falls. During the day you will stop for a picnic lunch. (L)

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3 day Kakadu & Katherine Gorge Departures: 07:15 Tue & Sat (May–Oct) from Darwin. Flights to arrive into Darwin prior to Day 1. Tour Code DG42. (*Nov-Apr, Tue & Sat. Tour Code DG52)

Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park Depart Darwin early to join the famous Jumping Crocodile Cruise, where your guide will entice crocodiles to leap from the water. Enjoy lunch in Kakadu and visit the Bowali Visitor Centre. Take a guided walk to the top of Ubirr for great views. Note: During Nov, access to Ubirr and East Alligator River is not always possible. Alternative touring will be arranged. (L) Mercure Kakadu

Crocodile Hotel Day 2: Kakadu National Park - Katherine Take in the renowned Aboriginal art site at Nourlangie Rock before a quick visit to Warradjan Cultural Centre where you’ll learn about the traditional custodians of Kakadu, the Bininj people. Then enjoy a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong, spotting saltwater crocodiles as you go. In the afternoon, travel on to Katherine via Edith Falls where you have time for a refreshing dip in the natural pool (conditions permitting). (L) Ibis Styles, Katherine

Day 3: Katherine - Darwin Enjoy a breakfast cruise through Katherine Gorge. Later, visit the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre before heading back to Darwin where your tour concludes on arrival at approx. 6.00pm. (B) Note: Tour code DG52 departs early on Day 1, with Jumping Crocs tour substituted with Yellow Water Billabong Cruise on Day 1. Day 2 stays overnight in Darwin at Doubletree Esplanade Hotel.

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Departures: Daily Jun - Mid Oct. Tour code DJ59.

Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway into Kakadu National Park. Visit Warradjan Cultural Centre then join your local guide for a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. After lunch, stop at Nourlangie, where your Driver Guide will take you on a walk to view the rock art galleries. (L) Mercure Kakadu Crocodile

Hotel (Superior), Kakadu (3 nights) Day 2: Arnhem Land 4WD Adventure This morning travel by 4WD vehicle into Arnhem Land and the Mikinj Valley. The spectacular scenery includes sandstone outcrops, escarpments, forests, floodplains and billabongs. (L)

Day 3: Jim Jim and Twin Falls Travel by 4WD to Jim Jim Falls. Take a 900-metre bushwalk to the Jim Jim Falls plunge pool, where there is time for a swim. After lunch, board boats to cruise up the first part of the Twin Falls gorge. There is a 45-minute walk over slippery rocks with sand and along rock ledges. Relax and enjoy spectacular scenery at the base of the falls. (L)

Day 4: Kakadu – Guluyambi Cultural Cruise – Depart Darwin

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4 day Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Twin Falls & Jim Jim Falls

Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu National Park

This morning stop at Ubirr for a short walk to view Aboriginal rock art. Later, join the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise along the East Alligator River. Disembark on the Arnhem Land side of the river to see a display of traditional hunting and gathering implements before heading back downstream. (L) A reasonable level of fitness is required and you must be able to swim.

PRICES INCLUDE • 3 nights accommodation in selected hotels • Meals as specified: 4 lunches • Various sightseeing as per itinerary • Experienced Driver Guides

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4 day Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield Adventure Departures: Various departures Apr – Oct. Please call for details.

Day 1: Darwin - Mary River Your first stop will be at Litchfield National Park, a huge sandstone plateau with dozens of waterfalls. After a picnic lunch, take a stroll or cool off in one of Litchfield’s swimming holes. Then enjoy a wildlife cruise in the Mary River Wetlands to spot the crocodiles and native bird species. Enjoy an Aussie pub meal before climbing into bed. (LD)

Day 2: Mary River - Kakadu National Park Head to Kakadu National Park and discover ancient Aboriginal rock art in Ubirr. Your guide will lead an interpretive cultural walk ending with awesome views over the Nardab floodplain. Head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls and cool off with a dip in the plunge pools. Tonight enjoy a group dinner at the campsite’s bistro. (BLD)

Day 3: Kakadu - Katherine This morning you have the option to take a scenic helicopter flight (own expense). Later spend time exploring Nourlangie (Burrunggui), while your guide provides a glimpse into how the local Aboriginal people live. After lunch stop to visit the historic gold-mining centre of Pine Creek before continuing on to Katherine. (BLD)

Day 4: Katherine - Darwin Depending on the season, head out on a morning cruise or canoe in Katherine Gorge (own expense). After lunch head to Edith Falls for one last refreshing swim before heading back to Darwin where your tour ends. (BL)

PRICES INCLUDE • 3 nights’ accommodation in permanent tented camps (with shared facilities) • Meals as specified: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners • Sightseeing as specified by all-terrain vehicle

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EARLY MORNING BALLOONING

Alice Springs

The best-known town in Outback Australia, Alice Springs is the only town of any size for hundreds of miles in any direction. Alice Springs is as famous for the personality of its locals and contemporary and traditional art as the natural wonders, including the stunning Larapinta Trail and the MacDonnell Ranges, which surround it.

Departures & Duration: allow up to 4 hours, Daily Your adventure begins with your balloon being inflated, just as the sun lights up the rugged MacDonnell Ranges. While floating gently overhead you will appreciate the vast remoteness and scenery of the Outback, keeping a look out for native wildlife, particularly big red kangaroos. Insurance fee of AU$30 payable locally Insurance fee of AU$30 payable locally

Prices from: Adult £158, Child £127

A TOWN LIKE ALICE Departures & Duration: 4 hours, Daily (Apr-Nov & Mar) and Mon, Thu & Sat (Dec-Feb) Visit the School of the Air, then stop at the historic Telegraph Station, the original site of the first European settlement, and next onto the Royal Flying Doctors Service. Visit Alice Springs Reptile Centre before taking in the panoramic views of the township of Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges Prices from: Adult £98, Child £50

OUTBACK BUSH BBQ DINNER AND SHOW Departures & Duration: 3.5 hours, Daily A truly unique and authentic experience not to be missed. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the Australian Outback. From the moment you step off the coach you’ll be captivated by the setting sun exploding in a ray of colour adrift in the great expanse of the Northern Territory sky

Prices from: Adult £115, Child £81

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON ALICE SPRINGS 4H

CROWNE PLAZA ALICE SPRINGS LASSETERS 4+H

Experience eco-friendly comfort and enjoy stunning views of the majestic MacDonnell Mountain Ranges when you stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs. Conveniently located just off of Stuart Highway, the hotel is only a 15-kilometre drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown. At this Alice Springs hotel you can enjoy modern conveniences, recreational amenities and a friendly welcome. You will even be greeted with a delicious freshly-baked chocolate chip cookie upon arrival. Enjoy beautiful views of either the MacDonnell Mountain Ranges or hotel garden from your private balcony, catch up on work with high-speed Internet access at your ergonomic work area, or relax with in-room dining watching movies On Demand and premium television channels, plus much more.

Experience the amazing sights of Australia’s ‘Red Centre’ with a stay at Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters which is nestled under the MacDonnell Ranges. Situated a few minutes from Alice springs CBD and 10 minutes from the airport. Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters places guests close to local attractions such as Alice Springs Convention Centre and Casino, offering guests quality and convenient accommodation. The hotel offers 205 guestrooms in addition to a great variety of facilities and amenities including a resort pool, spa, sauna and state of the art fitness centre. Casual dining can be enjoyed in Tali a la carte restaurants as well as access to a number of food and beverage options within the Lasseters Casino including the Goat & Bucket, Juicy Rump, Tempo, Casbah and the Juicy Sports lounge.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • bar • café • lounge • business centre/Internet • outdoor pool • tennis • gym • gift shop • laundry

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 3 restaurants • bar & lounge • poolside café • heated resort pool • gym • sauna • day spa • business centre • laundry • gift shop

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 235 guestrooms & suites • mini-bar • HD TV with in-house movies • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • private balcony

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 205 guestrooms • mini-bar • flat-screen TV • in-house movies • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • balcony or courtyard • tea & coffee making facilities • room service

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Kings Canyon Few superlatives do justice to Uluru, and your first sight of this famous monolith may well take your breath away. This is the very heart of Australia, surrounded by miles of red desert, and the Rock stands testament to thousands of years of Aboriginal culture. Please note that the Anangu people, the traditional owners, would prefer visitors to choose not to climb Uluru. A lesser-known marvel of Australia’s Red Centre, King’s Canyon is an extraordinary chasm of sandstone walls, plunging 270m down to a tropical oasis at its base.

AYERS ROCK TO ALICE SPRINGS TRANSFER Travel in style on an AAT Kings luxury coach from Ayers Rock to Alice Springs (or vice versa) taking in the rugged desert landscapes and beautiful scenery that the outback has to offer. Informative commentary from your driver guide will keep you entertained while you learn about the natural and geological history of the region, as well as the unique Australian desert flora and fauna such as the Perentie monitor lizard, the thorny devil and the red kangaroo. Hear about the traditional customs and beliefs of the local Aboriginals. This is no ordinary transfer. Prices from £101 per person.

SOUNDS OF SILENCE DINNER

A NIGHT AT FIELD OF LIGHT

Departures & Duration: 4 hours, Daily (weather permitting). Enjoy canapés and chilled sparkling wine while you watch the sun set over Uluru. As darkness falls, join your table for an unforgettable buffet dining experience and ‘star talk’ under the outback sky, while enjoying a bush tucker inspired buffet that incorporates native bush ingredients.

Departures & Duration: 4.5 hours, Daily (weather permitting) Enjoy canapés and wine to the sounds of a didgeridoo at sunset. After darkness and the coloured lights of the glass spheres come to life guests enjoy an Indigenous performance, before a special 3-course menu. After an informative talk guests can walk through the Field of Light. Afterwards guests can enjoy a sweet treat, hot chocolate or port.

Prices from: Adult £126, Child £63, incl. sparkling wine, canapés, barbecue dinner, beer, wine & soft drinks.

Prices from: Adult £150, Child £75

ULURU SACRED SIGHTS & SUNSET

PITI PASS

Departures & Duration: Approx. 5 hours, Daily Travel by coach around the base of Uluru and hear commentary about the numerous sacred sites and features to be found at Uluru. Continue to the Kuniya Walk and visit the Mutitjulu Waterhole. Learn Aboriginal culture at the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then witness Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and a complimentary glass of wine. Prices from: Adult £76, Child £38

Tour code - Y3 (3 Day Pass) The Piti Pass includes airport transfers at Uluru Airport, hotel pick-up and drop-off, national park entry fee, and sightseeing touring in Uluru. On the Uluru Sacred Sights & Sunset Tour you will have the opportunity to get up close to Uluru and learn about the geology. The pass also includes the Uluru Sunrise & Kata Tjuta Tour.

ULURU HELICOPTER FLIGHT

ULURU SUNSET WITH BBQ DINNER

Departures & Duration: 15 or 25 minutes, Daily You will be collected from your accommodation by complimentary coach transfer for the short trip to the Ayers Rock airport. After the short but important safety briefing, you will board one of the aircrafts for a 15-minute scenic flight taking you past Ayers Rock Resort and onto Uluru (Ayers Rock). It is also possible to see The Olgas (Kata Tjuta) in the distance.

Departures & Duration: 3.75 hours, Daily Experience the amazing Uluru sunset and marvel at the changing colours whilst enjoying sparkling wine and nibbles, before enjoying an Aussie barbecue dinner where the picturesque Uluru will be your backdrop. After dinner you will be taken to do some stargazing (weather permitting).

Prices per person from £182 (15-minute flight); £198 (30-minute flight)

Prices from: Adult £161, Child £80

Prices from: Adult £157, Child £79

Please note a National Park Entry Fee is payable locally ($25 adult and $13 child).

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H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

U LU R U & K I N G S C A N YO N

THE LOST CAMEL 3+H

EMU WALK APARTMENTS 4H

The Lost Camel is a welcoming village-style property furnished in a mix of Aboriginal and urban themes, bringing a modern and exciting feel to the heart of the Outback. It’s one of the most affordable hotel options in the Ayers Rock Resort. All guestrooms have one queen-size bed, an unusual open-plan studio-style layout with washing facilities in the main sleeping area, a walk-in shower room and WC. This is also one of the closest properties to the resort’s main shopping and dining plaza.

Located a short walk from the hub of the resort, the town square, Emu Walk Apartments are comfortable, fully-serviced and spacious apartments which are ideal for families. The apartments provide everything you need to cook up a storm, however, if you are not in the mood for cooking, then there is a choice of 13 dining experiences throughout the resort. The 1-bedroom apartments can accommodate up to 4 guests, while the 2-bedroom can accommodate as many as 6. The apartments offer the perfect base from which to explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• minutes’ walk to many resort restaurants & bars • wi-fi Internet kiosk • outdoor heated pool • laundry service • TV room ROOM FACILITIES ••• 99 rooms • mini-bar • TV • CD player • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • shower only

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• wi-fi Internet • laundry facilities • shops & boutiques (throughout Ayers Rock Resort) • chargeback available for restaurants throughout the Ayers Rock Resort ROOM FACILITIES ••• 63 apartments • TV • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony or terrace • kitchenette • microwave • cooking facilities • wi-fi Internet • laundry facilities

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ••• Includes seat in coach airport transfers.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ••• Includes seat in coach airport transfers. SPECIAL OFFERS ••• please call for details

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DESERT GARDENS HOTEL 4H

SAILS IN THE DESERT HOTEL 5H

A relaxed, comfortable atmosphere prevails in this pleasantly set hotel, where the guestrooms are situated amongst the flowering native shrubs and ghost gum trees. The White Gums Restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner with delicious Northern Territory specialities, such as fresh barramundi. Have a dip in the swimming pool or enjoy a cold beer at Bunya Bar. We recommend upgrading to a Deluxe Rock View Room, the only room type in the resort with fantastic views of Uluru.

Soaring white sails crown Ayers Rock Resort’s Sails in the Desert Hotel, shading 228 luxury 5-star rooms and suites. Explore the stunning Mulgara Gallery, which takes you on an exploration through the unique styles and breathtaking stories of Indigenous art. Sails in the Desert hotel features an expansive gum tree-lined swimming pool and a diversity of modern dining, bar and lounge options. Relax and feast in the brasserie-style Ilkari Restaurant or let time tick by as you enjoy cocktails, music and culinary temptations in the Walpa Lobby Bar.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • bar • café • sundeck • Internet • pool • laundry • shop ROOM FACILITIES ••• 218 guestrooms • mini-bar • Internet • TV with in-house movies • air-con • tea & coffee • room service • private veranda or courtyard

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • café • sundeck • free wi-fi Internet • pool • spa

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ••• Includes seat in coach airport transfers.

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 228 rooms • mini-bar • TV with in-house movies • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • private balcony or veranda

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• please call for details

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ••• Includes seat in coach airport transfers. SPECIAL OFFERS ••• please call for details

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Garden view from £110 Deluxe rock view from £139

Terrace room from £156 Superior room from £160 Deluxe suite from £281


RED CENTRE

Departures: Daily. Tour Code AY74.

Depart Alice Springs and travel to Ayers Rock Resort. In the afternoon travel around the base of Uluru in comfort as your guide points out the numerous sacred sites and features. Next it’s on to the base of Uluru where you take a guided walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the native flora and history of Uluru before visiting the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Later, travel to the sunset viewing area where you can marvel at the changing colours of Uluru while enjoying nibbles and a glass of sparkling wine. Budget: Outback Pioneer; Standard: Desert Gardens;

Superior: Sails in the Desert Day 2: Kata Tjuta (Olgas) - Depart Uluru (Ayers Rock) Rise early in the morning to travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area and catch the first rays of the sun as you enjoy a warming cup of tea or coffee and biscuits. Board your air-conditioned coach and travel to Kata Tjuta for a walk into Walpa Gorge and time spent exploring the gorge and unusual rock formations. Later transfer to Ayers Rock Airport for your onward flight.

I N D E P E N D E N T TO U R I N G

2 day Uluru Unearthed

Day 1: Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock)

PRICES INCLUDE • 1 night’s accommodation as shown • Transfers & sightseeing (excludes ‘optional’ items)

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3 day Red Centre Experience Departures: Daily. Tour Code AY46.

Day 1: Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock) Travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges pausing for a Camel Farm visit. Later, stop to view majestic Atila (Mt Conner), before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. In the afternoon tour to the base of Uluru for a guided walk to view aboriginal artwork and a visit to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Culutural Centre before time at the Uluru sunset viewing area for nibbles and a glass of sparkling wine whilst watching the sun come down. Budget: Outback Pioneer; Standard: Desert

Gardens; Superior: Sails in the Desert Day 2: Kata Tjuta & Sounds of Silence Dinner Catch sunrise at the eastern end of Uluru and watch the first rays of dawn as you warm yourself with tea, coffee and biscuits. Travel by coach to Kata Tjuta with a walk into Walpa Gorge before returning to Ayers Rock Resort. In the evening dine under the stars at the Sounds of Silence dinner — a gourmet buffet of Australian delicacies accompanied by fine wines, then relax as an astronomer takes you on a tour of the southern night skies (weather permitting). (D)

Day 3: Depart Uluru (Ayers Rock) Your tour concludes as you transfer to the airport.

PRICES INCLUDE • 2 nights’ accommodation • Meals as specified: 1 dinner • Transfers & sightseeing (excludes ‘optional’ items)

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RED CENTRE

3 day Uluru & Kings Canyon Unearthed Uluru (Ayers Rock) • Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) • Kings Canyon • Alice Springs

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Witness the glorious sunrise and sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock) • Explore the ancient rock formations at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) • Climb to the rim of Kings Canyon • Immerse yourself in Aboriginal history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

Departures: Daily. Tour code YK43. Day 1: Arrive Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Day 2: Uluru - Kings Canyon

On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport, you will be transferred to your chosen hotel at the Ayers Rock Resort. In the afternoon, visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region. Later, travel around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide and learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole and explore a number of caves. View Aboriginal rock paintings as your LAND their meaning and significance. Then travel to the Uluru sunset Guide interprets AIR ‘Sunset Strip’ and relax with a glass of wine as the sun sets over the viewing area, RAIL horizon andCRUISE the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned. 1 NIGHTS STAYED

Rise early to view the breathtaking Uluru sunrise before continuing on to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Walpa Gorge. Take some time to explore the historic rock formations before arriving at Kings Canyon in the afternoon where there may be time to view the sun set behind Carmichael’s Crag. Budget & Standard: Kings Canyon Resort

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Alice Springs

After sunset, upgrade your tour and join your AAT Kings guide under the stars at an exclusive BBQ venue. Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival, then dine on a menu of steak, lamb sausages, chicken skewers and garlic prawns, salads and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. There’s time for stargazing too (weather permitting). Prices from £95 per person. Budget: 

Day 3: Kings Canyon - Alice Springs This morning, the choice is yours. Join your Driver Guide on a climb to the rim of Kings Canyon for spectacular views of Watarrka National Park. Or alternatively, you may prefer to opt for an easier walk as you explore the canyon floor. Later in the afternoon, continue to Alice Springs arriving around where your tour ends, arriving at around 19:30. NOTE: During the hotter months of the year, the Watarrka National Park Rangers strongly advise that visitors do not take part in the Kings Canyon Rim Climb. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of our clients we offer a guided walk along the Kings Canyon creek-bed as an alternative. It is essential for all walkers during the hotter months to carry 3 litres of water — iced water is available to top up bottles on board the coach.

Please note — flights on Day 1 should arrive no later than 13:30. Due to the late arrival into Alice Springs on the final day, a post-night will be required. Please call for details and prices.

PRICES INCLUDE • 2 nights’ accommodation in hotels as specified • Sightseeing with experienced local guides as per itinerary • Airport transfer in Ayers Rock

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RED CENTRE

Departures: Daily, all year

Set off to experience a working camel farm. Continue on to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and take a guided walk through the awe-inspiring red domes. Then head to Australia’s most iconic landmark — Uluru (Ayers Rock). As the sun begins to set below the horizon, take a glass of sparkling wine and watch the rock’s rich colours change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. The perfect end to a remarkable day is awaiting you back at camp, as you enjoy a famous thousandstar dinner. With the red earth at your feet and an infinite sprawl of stars overhead, sit down to a candlelit spread of locally sourced food and wines. (LD)

Day 2: Uluru - Kings Canyon

A D V E N T U R E TO U R I N G

3 day Uluru Adventure

Day 1: Alice Springs - Uluru

An early start in the morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise. While the morning is fresh enjoy a walk around the base of the rock, gaining insights into the land and the local Mala Aboriginal people. Once you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some Indigenous arts and crafts at the Uluru Cultural Centre. Travel onto the exclusive campsite within Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will eat and sleep for the night. (BLD)

Day 3: Kings Canyon - Alice Springs After breakfast, get your hiking shoes on and head out to explore the impressive formations of Kings Canyon. You’ll be left breathless by the sheer beauty of the canyon, as you trek through the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. Lunch is a welcome prospect before you make your way back to Alice Springs. (BL)

PRICES INCLUDE • 2 nights’ accommodation in furnished tented camp • Meals as specified: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners • Transport and sightseeing as specified by all-terrain vehicle Prices are per person based on twin share

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4 day Red Centre Adventure Departures: Selected dates, all year. Please call for details.

Day 1: Alice Springs - Uluru Set off to experience a working camel farm, perhaps even enjoying a ride. Make your way to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and take a guided walk through the awe-inspiring Domes. Then to Australia’s most iconic landmark — Uluru (Ayers Rock) where sparkling wine in hand you will watch a blazing Red Centre sunset. Then back to eat dinner under the stars. (LD)

Day 2: Uluru Sunrise - Kings Canyon While the morning is fresh, enjoy a walk around the base of the rock on an interpretive cultural walk with an Aboriginal guide. Once you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some indigenous arts and crafts at the Uluru Cultural Centre. Travel onto the exclusive campsite within Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon). (BLD)

Day 3: Kings Canyon - Glen Helen Head out to explore Kings Canyon. You’ll be left breathless by the sheer beauty of the canyon as you trek through the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. Lunch is a welcome prospect before you make your way to our campsite at Glen Helen. (BLD)

Day 4: Glen Helen - Alice Springs In the morning journey through the Ormiston Gorge — keep your eyes peeled for wallabies and other wildlife. Move on to Ellery Creek to enjoy panoramic views or perhaps taking a dip in its still waters. After lunch, visit Simpsons Gap, an important site to the local Aboriginal communities. Head to the Western MacDonnell Ranges and watch the colour of the peaks transform under the setting sun. (BL)

PRICES INCLUDE • 3 nights’ accommodation in furnished tented camps • Meals as specified: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners • Transport and sightseeing as specified by all-terrain vehicle Prices are per person based on twin share

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FLIGHT INFORMATION: Perth is Australia’s western gateway and is well served by nine international airlines from the UK, some operating multiple daily flights with stopover options across the Middle East and Asia. Exmouth, Broome and Kununurra (amongst others) offer domestic flights into Perth, with easy onward connections from Perth across Australia.

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By far the largest of the states, Western Australia covers everything you imagine an Australian holiday to be. There are remote tropical islands; dry red dusty desert land on Aboriginal soil; sheer rock formations in the form of deep gorges whose waterfalls plunge into refreshing swimming holes; and wild coastline home to whale sharks, dolphins and ancient stromatolites. You’ll share all this beauty with free-roaming kangaroos, and just 2 and a half million human inhabitants in this sparsely populated corner of Australia.


Our 10 must do’s

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ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE

BEST FOR THE KIDS

From April to July at Ningaloo Reef, follow the whale shark by boat, then jump in the ocean and snorkel just inches away. This is a truly captivating connection with one of nature’s largest mammals, friendly and harmless despite its magnificent size.

From Perth you can take a ferry out to the car-free zone of Rottnest Island. The best way to discover some of its 63 sheltered beaches is to hire a bike, but you can also tour the island by bus or enjoy whale watching (seasonal).

WHERE TO GO FOR ADVENTURE

SPLASH OUT

Recharge your batteries in the seaside resort of Broome, before exploring the rugged wilderness of The Kimberley region, either independently or on a guided 4WD tour. Vast and remote, this is Australia’s last true frontier.

Head for Perth’s Cottesloe Beach, where Indiana’s restaurant almost sits in the sand. With breathtaking views from the colonial balconies, you can enjoy a hearty breakfast, afternoon tea or a glass of fine Australian wine as the sun sets across the Indian Ocean.

LOCAL PRODUCE A visit to Western Australia wouldn’t be complete without tasting some of the fine wines from the Margaret River. If we had to pick just one favourite, Wise Vineyard in Dunsborough has a unique setting boasting panoramic views over the great expanse of Geographe Bay.

LIVE LIKE A LOCAL

SHOPPING

BEAUTIFUL BEACHES

King Street Precinct in Perth is the place to head for traditional ‘label’ shopping, but for a more bohemian shopping experience, head for historic Fremantle with its fine examples of 1900 to 1950’s architecture.

Everywhere you turn you’ll find delightful beaches in Western Australia, but perhaps none compare to those around Esperance and Cape Le Grand National Park - deserted white sands which you’re more likely to share with a kangaroo than a fellow human.

CULTURE You can stumble across world-class art in the most unlikely places in Western Australia, not least at Lake Ballard to the north of Kalgoorlie, where there’s a collection of human stick figure sculptures created by Anthony Gormley, best-known in the UK for his Angel of the North.

Go and see a movie at the outdoor cinema in Broome, but pretend you’re a local and don’t scream and point when a plane flies directly over you.

NATURE LOVERS Every day at Monkey Mia, a pod of bottlenose dolphins swim into the clear shallows of the bay to interact with humans, delighting visitors with their intelligence and grace. This is an extraordinary show not to be missed.

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Perth is a surprising and fastly developing destination; a vibrant and cosmopolitan city and yet with a spaciousness that creates the illusion of a collection of charming villages. The Swan River meanders down to the bustling seaport of Fremantle whose historic architecture and museums are a window onto Western Australia’s heritage. Meanwhile, the beaches lining Perth’s Indian Ocean shoreline make for an altogether ‘free and easy’ Australian city experience.

•T  he lively neighbourhood of Northbridge is the place to head after dark, when its bustling streets spring to life. • Kings Park has an elevated position affording a marvellous panorama across the city skyscrapers out towards the Swan River. • Some of Perth’s best beaches lie close to the city centre. Why not head for Scarborough to cook freshly-caught fish on the public barbecues along its long sandy beach.

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Departures & Duration: 4.5 hours, Daily A fantastic coach tour taking in Perth and Fremantle; the city and the alfresco lifestyle that the locals enjoy. Visit Kings Park Botanical Gardens, Perth City, Cottesloe Beach and Fremantle, with an optional River Cruise (own expense)

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Experience Rottnest by Bike - prices from £85 per person including lunch. Discover Rottnest by Coach - prices from £102 per person including lunch.

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Departures & Duration: 5 - 9 hours, Daily (except 25 Dec & 23 Feb) Depart from Perth or Fremantle and cruise to Rottnest Island, just 19 kilometres from the mainland. Rottnest Island is home to some of the most spectacular white sandy beaches, secluded bays, unique wildlife including the famous quokka, shipwrecks and a fascinating and colourful history. There are 2 options to choose from on this tour. After your cruise to Rottnest Island, you can experience Rottnest by bike, a wonderful and popular way to see the island. Choose to see as much or as little as you like, but a reasonable level of fitness is required. Alternatively, discover Rottnest on a 90 minute coach tour, including full commentary on historical, cultural and natural points of interest. Either way, you will discover why Rottnest is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike.

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Departures & Duration: 9 hours, Daily (except Mil l P oin t 25 Dec) Ro ad Following a fantastic morning coach tour of Perth and Fremantle, this self-guided tour takes and also offers the opportunity to experience a historic tram ride and a swan river cruise. You’ll see all the major attractions of the revitalised Perth CBD, and spend 3 hours free time in Fremantle, where you may wish to enjoy lunch at the harbour (own expense). The Fremantle Tram offers a scenic ride, and your day will end with a late afternoon cruise back to Perth along the Swan River.

Prices from: Adult £83, Child £54.

EXPLORE PINNACLES, YANCHEP NATIONAL PARK, LOBSTER SHACK & SANDBOARDING Departures & Duration: 11.5 hours, Daily (except 25 Dec) Explore the world-renowned limestone formations of the Pinnacle Desert. Enjoy off-road driving, sand-boarding, hand-feed kangaroos, photograph koalas and view native wildflowers (Sep-Nov).

Prices from: Adult £40, Child £25.

Prices from: Adults £132, Child £74, including lunch.

SWAN VALLEY GOURMET WINE CRUISE

SWIM WITH WILD DOLPHINS

Departures & Duration: 7 hours, Daily (Sep May), Mon, Wed, Fri - Sun (Jun- Aug) Cruise into the picturesque upper reaches of the Swan Valley with onboard cheese and wine tasting. On arrival at the prestigious Sandalford Estate, sample a “flight” of fine wines together with a behind the scenes tour and video presentation followed by a gourmet 2-course lunch. Dessert is served on the return cruise and live entertainment follows as you enjoy wine on the return cruise.

Departures & Duration: 5/6 hours, Daily (except 06 Jan - 31 Aug & 25 Dec The only place in WA to swim with Wild Dolphins in their natural habitat, 45 minutes drive South of Perth. The day out includes all your snorkelling gear and wetsuits, Return Transfers from your CBD hotel , morning tea , lunch and refreshments. As one of the iconic bucket list things to do in Western Australia this is a highly recommended experience.

Prices from £111 per person incl lunch & wines.

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PERTH H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

IBIS PERTH 3H

SULLIVANS HOTEL 3H

In the heart of Perth’s West End, the popular Ibis Perth is located close to public transport and Murray & Hay Street Malls. From here, you can walk to the Swan River, lively Northbridge, and to King Street’s designer boutiques. The Ibis Perth offers great value-for-money, and guestrooms feature convenient touches including a minifridge and high-speed Internet. Our restaurant Murray Street Grill offers sumptuous buffet breakfasts and top quality evening dining or for a more relaxed atmosphere and the latest tunes, you can sit al fresco at Rubix Bar & Café and be as close to the Perth’s vibrant streetscape as you can get. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • laundry service

Sullivans Hotel is a charming, family-owned property, operated with great pride by the owners, Gavan and Mary Sullivan. Amongst the leading 3-star hotels in Perth, it’s a breath of fresh air for anyone looking for a hotel that offers individuality and those all-important personal touches. The hotel offers many complimentary services including free parking, free guest bicycles, free Internet terminal in the lobby as well as free wi-fi Internet in the restaurant, foyer & bar lounge areas. Kings Park adjoins Sullivans Hotel, and the city centre is about a 15-minute stroll away. Alternatively, the complimentary bus stops a few metres from the hotel and takes you to the city centre.

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 192 rooms • mini-fridge • TV • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • shower

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • café • free wi-fi Internet • pool • free bicycles • laundry • free parking (subject to availability)

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• please call for details.

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 16 deluxe rooms (with balcony) & 55 standard rooms • flatscreen TV • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights available on selected dates - please call for details

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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HOLIDAY INN PERTH CITY CENTRE 3+H

MOUNTS BAY WATERS APARTMENT HOTEL 4H

Conveniently located in the centre of everything Perth has to offer, close to city shopping, entertainment precinct and moments from the fashion hub. Holiday Inn Perth is an easy walk to Elizabeth Quay, Kings Park and the Swan River. With extensive facilities including the contemporary local restaurant and bar Ivy & Jack you are spoilt for choice. All rooms are stylishly appointed with quality bedding and furnishings. Holiday Inn Perth is the perfect base to create wonderful memories from a holiday in Western Australia.

Ideally located between Kings Park and the Swan River, Mounts Bay Waters offers a combination of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments plus all the services and facilities of a hotel, including a restaurant. The hotel is only a 10-minute walk from the bustling CBD and a 5-minute walk from the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre and Elizabeth Quay. The hotel lies within the CBD’s Free Transit Zone, which entitles guests to free Transperth bus and train travel within the city centre. Bus 950 stops right outside the village and connects to the CBD, as well as Hay Street and Murray Street Malls.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant & bar • free wi-fi Internet • access to gym • parking • laundry & dry cleaning service ROOM FACILITIES ••• 186 rooms • mini-bar • fridge (filled on request) • LCD flat-screen TV • iPod dock/radio • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • function rooms • sundeck/terrace • wi-fi Internet • 2 gyms • 2 pools • 2 tennis courts • bike hire • free parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 140 apartments • cable TV • free wi-fi Internet (data limits apply) • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony or courtyard • full kitchen • laundry facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free breakfast & honeymoon offers available on selected dates call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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PERTH

CITADINES ST GEORGES TERRACE 4H

COMO THE TREASURY 5H

Set right in the heart of Perth’s Central Business District, Citadines St Georges Terrace Perth makes for the ideal location for the first-time travellers or return visitors exploring Western Australia’s capital. The Apart’hotel is located close to the many restaurants and bars that pepper St Georges Terrace but also houses an onsite restaurant and bar. A variety of room types are available, from a Studio Deluxe to a generous 1-bedroom apartment, to help customise an experience best suited to guests requirements. Each apartment includes a home entertainment system including in-room movies, television and DVD player and a fully-equipped kitchenette fitted with modern appliances for those who prefer to prepare their own meals.

COMO The Treasury is an elegant urban hotel located in the revitalised historic heart of Perth, Australia. The hotel is housed in the 19th-century State Buildings, which formerly served as a post office, land titles office, and treasury. Meticulous restoration has revealed a grand Victorian-era façade, while inside an elegant and contemporary style permeates the 48 rooms and suites. Each room is a serene retreat from the cosmopolitan buzz, evoking the feeling of a ‘home away from home’. Dining options include the rooftop Wildflower restaurant, serving a menu revolving around the indigenous six seasons, and Post, an all-day osteria serving Italian classics. There’s also the Treasury Lounge and Bar which provides an elegant space for daytime meetings and evening drinks. Wellbeing is nurtured at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, with a range of Western and Eastern therapies and wellness traditions. The State Buildings also feature a hand-picked retail collective, offering bespoke, quality products.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant & bar • off-site gym • laundry • 24hr reception ROOM FACILITIES ••• free wi-fi Internet • flat-screen TV • CD/DVD player • ipod dock • air-con • kitchenette • living area

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants with private dining options • The Treasury Lounge and Bar • COMO Shambhala Urban Escape with 4 treatment rooms • 20m heated indoor pool • gym ROOM FACILITIES ••• 48 rooms & suites • air-con • flat-screen TV • complimentary Breakfast at Post • In-room private bar replenished daily • wi-fi Internet • Illy coffee machines & tea making facilities Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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HYATT REGENCY PERTH 5H

PAN PACIFIC PERTH 5H

Boasting a prime location in the central business district of Perth, the Hyatt Regency is a luxurious property with views over the city or the Swan River. The contemporary rooms, which are the largest in centre of Perth, are complemented by earthy and wooden tones as well as opulent touches, such as king-size beds, plush feather duvets and spacious working desks. The in-room spa service allows time to escape, unwind and relax, and the cooking stations at the café restaurant provide you with an interactive dining experience where you can enjoy fresh food in a pleasant and comfortable environment.

Pan Pacific Perth is centrally located a short walk from the city’s bustling shopping, dining and entertainment districts. Indulge in a delicious seasonal buffet and extensive á la carte dining options amid the relaxed setting of Montereys Restaurant or embrace all the wonders of High Tea every weekend in Origins Restaurant. This premium hotel is surrounded by scenic vistas of Perth’s Swan River or take time to explore Perth’s beautiful sites, including the magical gardens of Kings Park which is only 5 minutes’ drive from the hotel.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • sports bar • club lounge • fitness centre • heated outdoor pool • in-room spa & treatment services ROOM FACILITIES ••• 367 rooms & suites • mini-bar • cable TV • wi-fi Internet • aircon (or fan) • tea & coffee making facilities • 24hr room service

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • bar • lounge • wi-fi Internet • business centre • outdoor pool • gym ROOM FACILITIES ••• 486 rooms & suites • mini-bar • cable TV & movies • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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PERTH H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

Crown Hotels

Crown is home to three iconic hotels surrounded by restaurants, shopping, entertainment and day spa. Experience the unsurpassed opulence of Crown Towers, the contemporary luxury of Crown Metropol, or the relaxed style of Crown Promenade. Located only a few minutes from central Perth, impeccable service and flawless attention to detail make every stay memorable. Indulge in the opulent Crown Spa or simply enjoy the beautiful city views from the comfort of your room. When you’re a guest at Crown Hotels Perth, your choices are endless.

CROWN PROMENADE PERTH 4+H Resting along the banks of the serene Swan River, the Crown Promenade Perth is an idyllic holiday destination for travellers the world over to experience the real liveliness and entertainment factors as well as the comforts and style of such an illustrious Australian city. Situated a short distance from the city’s central business district, guests are welcome to uncover the sights and sounds of the enriched city, while the in-house facilities range from the soothing to the fun-filled to entice any and all guests and ensure a satisfactory stay. Sporting a host of dining venues to choose from, each bringing their own personal flavours to each palate, as well as 291 elegantly designed accommodations that wait to shower each traveller in quality comforts, the hotel is perfect for that one memorable occasion beneath the Aussie sun. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• pool • 12 restaurants • 10 cafe/bars • 24hr reception • 24hr room service • bar • bicycle hire • parking • golf • gym • guest laundry • tennis court ROOM FACILITIES ••• 291 rooms • bath • bath robes • air-con • hairdryer • mini-bar • tea & coffee making facilities • TV • in-house movies

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

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CROWN METROPOL, PERTH 5H

CROWN TOWERS PERTH 5H

Overlooking Perth’s stunning skyline from the banks of the Swan River, Crown Metropol Perth welcomes guests to a distinctively modern hotel. Positioned within the heart of the Crown Perth, guests can choose from a range of world-renowned restaurants and bars including Bistro Guillaume and Nobu. For an experience that redefines luxury accommodation, Crown Metropol Perth has it all.

Guests will instantly unwind from the moment they arrive at Crown Towers Perth, as it showcases world-class interiors with luxuriously designed guestrooms, suites and villas which boast uninterrupted views, quality furnishings and the latest touchscreen technology. Offering a truly unforgettable resort experience, the multi-tiered pool area includes the Enclave, a secluded poolside retreat with luxurious cabanas and cocktail bar surrounding a circular infinity pool. An ultimate dining destination with an impeccable list of world-renowned restaurants, Crown Towers is perfect for those wishing to make the most of their stay in Perth.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 12 restaurants • 10 cafés/bars • swimming pool • gym • bicycle hire • on-site parking (charge) ROOM FACILITIES ••• 397 rooms • mini-bar • fridge • HD plasma TV • high-speed wi-fi Internet • iPod dock • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • robes & slippers • hairdryer SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights available on selected dates – please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 12 restaurants • 10 cafés/bars • swimming pool • spa • gym • bicycle hire • on-site parking (charge) ROOM FACILITIES ••• mini-bar • flat-screen TV • wi-fi Internet • Nespresso coffee machine

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Luxe king room from £74 Luxe view room from £74 Loft suite from £323

Deluxe room from £99 Premier room from £107 Studio room from £115

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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PERTH BEACHES

QUALITY RESORT SORRENTO BEACH 3+H

SEASHELLS SCARBOROUGH 3+H

Quality Resort Sorrento Beach is on the Sunset Coast of Western Australia just 20 minutes from Perth City. With a beachfront location unique only to the resort, just 76 steps from the safe swimming beach, its studio rooms and fully self-contained apartments are perfect for romantic getaways, as a relaxing retreat of a family break. Guests will benefit from access to solar heated outdoor pool, spa, sauna, BBQ area – ideal for relaxing evenings. The central coastal location is only a short walk to Hillarys Boat Harbour with its cafés, shopping, AQWA (Aquarium), Rottnest Island Ferry and Shark free swimming enclosure. Being a short drive to world class Joondalup Golf Course, major shopping centres and cinemas, makes an ideal base, in a great location to explore the many beaches and sights of Perth.

Seashells looks directly over Scarborough Beach with spectacular views over the Indian Ocean. Just 15 minutes from Perth, this is an ideal location to stop and relax on the Western Australia coastline. Not far from this apartment hotel you will find shops, beachfront cafés, restaurants and bars, although each apartment is fully selfcontained. Enjoy the outdoor swimming pool or have a walk along the beach.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• bar • restaurant • heated pool • free wi-fi Internet • laundry • spa • free parking • babysitting (charge)

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• outdoor heated swimming pool • BBQ area • sauna • free parking • free wi-fi Internet ROOM FACILITIES ••• 41 apartments • TV • free in-house movies • iPod dock • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & Nespresso coffee machine • balcony/terrace • kitchen • laundry • weekly housekeeping service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights available on selected dates – please call for details.

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 80 rooms • LCD TV • air-con • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • refrigerator • balcony or patio • full kitchen & laundry in 2 and 3-bedroom apartments SPECIAL OFFERS ••• please call for details Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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Collections 2 bedroom apartment from £49 Seashells superior 2 bedroom apartment from £61

ESPLANADE HOTEL FREMANTLE BY RYDGES 4H

SEASHELLS FREMANTLE 4+H

The iconic Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges is situated in the heart of Fremantle with 300 modern guest rooms and suites; most have balconies with views over parkland, city or pools. Take advantage of great leisure facilities during your stay including 2 outdoor swimming pools, gym and free wi-fi Internet. Discover the variety of dining options at the Hotel including The Harbour Master á la carte restaurant, Atrium Garden Restaurant buffet, 24-hour room service, Marine Lounge Bar with alfresco, Ball & Chain with beer garden and The Poolside Bar.

Newly-opened Seashells Fremantle provides its guests with the chance to explore the favourite haunts of Freo locals. Guests have a selection of accommodation from deluxe rooms to 2-bedroom apartments; each feature a furnished balcony or terrace, kitchen or kitchenette and plenty of modern amenities. Nearby are shops, beaches, bars and restaurants and the city of Perth — only 10 miles away — which is easily accessed by public transport or via a tranquil river cruise. With so much to do at hand, a stay at Seashells Fremantle is deal for those looking to get the most out of their stay.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • 3 bars • business centre • free wi-fi Internet • 2 heated pools • parking • gym • laundry and dry cleaning • tour information • 24hr reception ROOM FACILITIES ••• 300 guestrooms • mini-bar • LCD TV with Foxtel • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • 24hr room service • balcony (some rooms) • spa bath (some rooms)

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• rooftop tapas & cocktail bar • complimentary car parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 24 rooms & apartments • cable TV • free wi-fi Internet • aircon • Nespresso coffee machine • kitchenette or fully-equipped kitchen • furnished balcony or terrace • laundry • weekly housekeeping service • free in-house movies SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free night available on selected date - please call for details

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Honeymoon offers available on selected dates – please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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Studio apartment from £49 Deluxe 1 bedroom apartment from £55


Margaret River & The South West

Just a couple of hours’ drive south of Perth lie the rolling vineyards of Margaret River, internationally recognised for its premium wineries but also boasting bush-fringed beaches and some of Australia’s best surfing.

MARGARET RIVER WINE, CHEESE & CHOCOLATE TOUR Departures & Duration: 5.5 hours, Daily A trip to Margaret River isn’t complete without a visit to world class wineries. With a glass of wine in hand, let your expert wine guide take you behind-the-scenes, away from the public, to reveal what goes on behind closed doors and uncover the myths and secrets of the wine industry.

Prices from £75 per person

MARGARET RIVER DISCOVERY TOUR Departures & Duration: 5.5 hours, Mon - Fri Join a canoe, hike and 4WD adventure that connects with nature, then match your favourite wine with fresh local produce whilst enjoying premium wine and lunch in the barrel room at one of the region’s top emerging wineries. You will be hosted by West Australian Guide of the Year – Sean Blocksidge. Prices from £131 per person.

NGILGI CAVE CULTURAL TOUR Departures & Duration: 2.5 hours, Daily Journey into Ngilgi Cave and be mesmerised by a live didgeridoo performance, deep inside the cave. Take a bushwalk with your guide and learn how to identify traditional plants, foods and medicines relating to the aboriginal 6 seasonal changes. Discover the art of traditional fire lighting and tool making, and participate in a Didgeridoo Music Session. Prices from: Adult £51, Child £29.

SEASHELLS MANDURAH 4H Seashells Mandurah boasts a truly unique location, situated on the beach at Comet Bay and adjacent to the award-winning Mandurah Ocean Marina. Most apartments feature spectacular views over the Indian Ocean or Peel-Harvey Estuary. A combination of 1 and 2-bedroom spacious apartments and beach and park view villas make Seashells Mandurah a perfect getaway for singles, couples and families alike. Less than an hour’s drive from Perth, the location makes for an idyllic seaside stay. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• outdoor heated pool • sundeck • free wi-fi Internet • BBQ • tennis • Jacuzzi • shop • free parking • free in-house movies ROOM FACILITIES ••• 65 1, 2 & 3-bedroom apartments plus beach & park view villas • jetted bath or plunge bath • TV • CD player • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & Nespresso coffee machine • balcony • kitchen • laundry • weekly housekeeping SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights available on selected dates – please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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MARGARET RIVER & THE SOUTH WEST

THE SEBEL BUSSELTON 4+H

DARBY PARK MARGARET RIVER 4H

Offering a scenic, relaxed getaway for both couples and families alike, the Sebel Busselton is ideally located for guests wishing to enjoy the renowned wineries, restaurants and galleries of the Margaret River region. The accommodations on offer are spacious, modern and fully-equipped with convenient amenities and have access to a wide range of on-site facilities such as a swimming pool. Guests won’t be short of things to do or see during their stay here as Geographe Bay is also close by offering plenty of snorkelling and diving opportunities.

Enjoy a perfect location in the centre of the town of Margaret River, on the edge of the natural forest, and with walking and bike trails nearby. Close to shops, galleries, markets and restaurants on the other side of the road. Relax in a spacious studio hotel room, or a 1, 2 or 3-bedroom self-contained apartment. All rooms are serviced daily and are well-appointed and contemporary in style, with either forest or pool views. Guests will also enjoy the benefits of free wi-fi Internet, free parking, Foxtel, a heated pool and a tennis court.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• wi-fi Internet • 2 swimming pools • Jacuzzi • fitness centre • tennis & squash courts • bicycle hire • car parking • guest laundry

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• heated pool • tennis court • conference facilities • lounge bar • pantry shopping service • free parking

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 80 apartments • LCD TV • DVD player • iPod docking station • wi-fi Internet • kitchen • balcony or terrace

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 60 studios • 1, 2 & 3-bedroom apartments • satellite TV • CD/DVD player • iPod docking station • wi-fi Internet • private balcony • full kitchen (apartments only) • spa bath

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Studio room from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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PULLMAN BUNKER BAY RESORT, MARGARET RIVER REGION 5H Nestled on a picturesque, secluded beachfront and bordered by the magnificent Cape Naturaliste National Park, luxurious Pullman Bunker Bay Resort is perfectly positioned in the world-renowned Margaret River wine region. Beautifully appointed private bungalow-style villas are incredibly spacious and have boardwalk access through landscaped gardens to sparkling Bunker Bay. This is a simply divine location. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • free wi-fi Internet (communal areas) • business services • sundeck • pool • gym • 2 tennis courts • day spa • laundry service • kids’ club (seasonal) • DVD & games library • free weekly yoga ROOM FACILITIES ••• 150 studio, 1, 2 & 3-bedroom villas • deep bathtub • bathrobes • cable TV • wi-fi Internet • in-room movies • CD/DVD player • iPod/iPhone docking station • full kitchen & laundry facilities (except studios)

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CAPE LODGE, MARGARET RIVER 5H Cape Lodge sits within its own vineyard in the heart of the Margaret River wine country. This is one of Australia’s finest private country house hotels and a member of the ‘Luxury Lodges of Australia’ collection. While staying here, dine on awardwinning cuisine and enjoy fine wines straight from local producers. Set amid native karri forest and close to pristine beaches, Cape Lodge’s location is idyllic. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • guest lounge • breakfast • business services • wi-fi Internet • pool • tennis court • spa treatments • laundry service • free parking • outdoor dining areas ROOM FACILITIES ••• 22 rooms & suites • mini-bar • TV • movies • CD/DVD player • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • balcony/terrace

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Studio villa from £87 2 bedroom villa from £140

Garden view room from £122 Garden deluxe room from £222


MARGARET RIVER & THE SOUTH WEST

Hyden • Esperance • Kalgoorlie

S E L F D R I V E TO U R I N G

6 day Wave Rock, Esperance & Goldfields

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Famous Wave Rock • Hippo’s Yawn Rock • Great Ocean Drive • See Kangaroos at Cape Le Grand National Park • Try sandboarding at Cape Le Grand National Park • Explore Goldfields • Open cut gold mine at Super Pit Lookout

Departures: Daily Day 1: Perth - Hyden

Day 4: Esperance - Kalgoorlie

Collect your vehicle from Perth and drive via York, Western Australia’s oldest inland town, taking its name from Yorkshire due to its valleys. Today York will serve as the perfect place to stop for lunch ahead of the journey to the famous rock formation, Wave Rock. Climb to the top and experience the view of the surrounding farm lands, gum forest and the salty scrubby bush. Hippos’ Yawn is just a short stroll from here, offering views of the orchids and wildflowers in spring. Overnight in the quaint town of Hyden, browse the shops and the streetscape art in the main street.

Today you are heading to the Goldfields area of Kalgoorlie; you have the next 2 nights here, giving you plenty of time to explore.

Day 2: Hyden - Esperance This morning head to Lake Grace for a visit to the Australian Inland Mission Hospital. Drive toward the coastal road and see Sammy the local sea lion at Tanker Jetty. Travel onwards to Esperance, where you’ll spend the next 2 nights and be greeted by the natural beauty of photogenic Cape Le Grand National Park. LAND AIR RAIL Discover Cape Le Grand National Park with a half CRUISE stunning scenery and idyllic beaches. Experience 1 NIGHTS STAYED

Day 3: Esperance

day 4WD tour, known for its the thrill of sandboarding, 4WD driving on the beach and witness one of the only locations in Australia that kangaroos sunbathe, join them if you wish. 1

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Day 5: Kalgoorlie Take an exciting day tour to see the largest open cut gold mine in the Southern Hemisphere at the Super Pit Lookout. Drawing thousands of visitors each year, the opportunity to view a working mine site in action and the chance of watching a blast mean that the Lookout is a must do. You’ll be awestruck by this massive open cut mine.

Day 6: Kalgoorlie - Perth Travel through the Goldfields taking in the Wheatbelt country back to Perth. Your car is booked until tomorrow and should be returned to either the city or airport depot by the same time as it was picked up on day 1 to avoid any additional charges.

PRICES INCLUDE • 5 nights’ accommodation at your chosen hotel • Avis car rental for the tour duration; compact car on ‘Standard’ tours & intermediate on ‘Superior’ • Self-drive kit, including maps & instructions

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MARGARET RIVER & THE SOUTH WEST

6 day Margaret River & South West Perth • Busselton • Margaret River • Pemberton • Albany

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • See the longest wooden jetty in the world at Busselton • Explore the vineyards, surf beaches and gourmet restaurants of the Margaret River region • Visit the lighthouse at Cape Leeuwin • Drive the mysterious Valley of the Giants and brave the daunting Tree Top Walk • Whale watching in Albany

Departures: Daily Days 1 & 2: Perth - Margaret River (275km/ 171 miles/ 3.5 hours) Head south from Perth towards Bunbury and perhaps stop at the Dolphin Discovery Centre, before continuing to Busselton, home of the southern hemisphere’s longest jetty. Then it’s on to Margaret River for a 2-night stay. On your free day spend some time exploring the vineyards, boutique breweries and fine gourmet restaurants. Watch the locals take on the awe-inspiring breakers at Surfers Point, or take a trip to visit the spectacular cave systems including Mammoth, Jewel and Lake Caves, the latter home to a tranquil underground lake. Standard: Darby Park Serviced Residences; Superior: Pullman Bunker Bay Resort (2 nights) Day 3: Margaret River - Pemberton - Albany (378km/ 235 miles/ 5 hours) Next, it’s on to Augusta, Australia’s most south-westerly point. Here, stop at the windswept lighthouse of Cape Leeuwin to witness the meeting of the Indian and Great Southern Oceans. Continue your journey to the ‘Tall Timber Country’ of Pemberton and stop off at Northcliffe to view the famous forest sculptures. Then drive to the eerie Valley of the Giants, a forest of gigantic tingle trees and take a bird’s-eye view of the towering forest as you walk the daunting ‘Tree Top Walk’, a lightweight bridge that ascends into the tree tops 40 metres above the rainforest canopy. Continue to Albany, known for its natural attractions along the rugged coastline of Perth 1 Torndirrup National Park. *Superior only

Day 4: Albany Your day is at leisure to discover Albany. Step back in time and explore convict jails, old taverns, whaling ships, settlers’ cottages and grand National Trust homes in beautifully landscaped grounds, perhaps following the Amity Trail, a 30-minute self-guided walk that takes you past historical buildings of note. Visit Whaleworld, Australia’s last operating whaling station and from Jun-Oct, watch out for magnificent humpback and southern right whales who come to the waters before migrating north for breeding.

Day 5: Albany - Perth (432km/ 268 miles/ 5.5 hours) Head back to Perth on the Albany Highway, perhaps stopping at the Stirling Range National Park, or the historic pioneer settlement of York. Standard: Travelodge Hotel Perth; Superior: Mantra on Hay Day 6: Perth Your tour concludes in Perth on day 6. Note: Return your car by the same time it was picked up on day 1 to avoid additional charges.

PRICES INCLUDE • 5 nights’ hotel accommodation on a room-only basis (unless specified otherwise) • Avis car rental for the tour duration • Self-drive kit, including maps & instructions

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THE WEST COAST

The West Coast

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SNORKEL SAFARI BOAT TOUR Departures & Duration: 8 hours, Daily (Mar - Dec) Snorkel the West Side or the Muiron Islands exploring sights accessible only by boat. Search for wildlife to view from the boat such as dolphins, dugongs, humpback whales and whale sharks (boat viewing only) in season. If manta rays or turtles are found you can hop in for a swim with them! Qualified Divemasters and instructors can teach you how to snorkel.

One of the last great ocean paradises, swim from the shore amongst the corals of Ningaloo Reef. The region is also one of the best places in the world to snorkel with whale sharks. Meet the famous dolphins of Shark Bay, and explore the river gorges and sea cliffs of Kalbarri National Park.

Prices from: Adult £113, Child £63

DELUXE WHALESHARK ADVENTURE TOUR Departures & Duration: 9 hours, Daily (mid Mar to Aug) Come snorkel with the biggest fish in the sea! Join us for a full day tour on one of our big stable boats for a day of fun on the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef. Then it’s time to get in with our experienced guides who will lead you on the greatest adventure of a lifetime! On board our marine biologist will teach you all about whalesharks and reef ecology.

Price from: Adult £244, Child £170 incl. photo CD & lunch

RAC MONKEY MIA DOLPHIN RESORT 3+H

MANTARAYS NINGALOO BEACH RESORT, EXMOUTH 4H

Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort is the only place to meet the area’s famous dolphins. Featuring beachfront accommodation in the heart of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, the resort includes accommodation options suitable for all. The resort is the only hotel located right on the famous dolphin beach.

Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort is located on Sunrise Beach in Exmouth’s marina development. The resort offers the perfect base for discovery tours of the natural wonders of the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Marine Park and Cape Range National Park; both best explored in your own rental car. The resort boasts a resortstyle swimming pool, gym and stunning beaches right on the doorstep.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • 2 bars • pool • artesian spring hot tub • tennis • volleyball • watersports • mini-supermarket • convenience store • BBQs • games room ROOM FACILITIES ••• 112 units & villas • refrigerator • TV with free in-house movies • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • shower only ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ••• national park fees of approx. AU$18 per adult /

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 68 guestrooms • TV with movies • wi-fi Internet • CD/DVD player • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • balcony SPECIAL OFFERS ••• please call for details.

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THE WEST COAST

11 day Northbound to Ningaloo Geraldton • Carnarvon • Exmouth • Coral Bay • Monkey Mia • Kalbarri • Cervantes

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Discover deserted pristine beaches and turquoise bays on this epic road trip along the Coral Coast • Enjoy unique wildlife encounters including Ningaloo whale sharks from Exmouth and manta rays from Coral Bay • Swim with the dolphins from Monkey Mia in Shark Bay • Take the ultimate nature snapshot using Nature’s Window as your frame in Kalbarri National Park • Wander through the mystical Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park

Departures: Daily Day 1: Perth - Geraldton (417km/ 259 miles/ 4.5 hours)

Days 6 & 7: Coral Bay - Monkey Mia (579km/ 360 miles/ 6 hours)

Set out in the early morning towards the historic twin towns of Dongara and Port Denison. Spend some time exploring these historic coastal spots or stop at the Greenough River Nature Trail located just to the south of Geraldton. Look out for the beautiful wild spring flowers (July to September). Standard: Best Western

Drive south along the North West Coastal Highway to Monkey Mia in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. With a full day to relax in this beautiful area, you can visit the dolphins or stroll along the fantastic beaches. There are also boat tours which leave Monkey Mia to view the dugongs (sea cows) grazing among the seagrass beds.

Hospitality Inn Geraldton; Superior: Waldorf Geraldton Serviced Apartments

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Day 2: Geraldton - Carnarvon (476km/ 296 miles/ 5 hours) Continue north to the tropical fruit town of Carnarvon. Visit a banana plantation, view the spectacular blowholes and from May to October, buy freshly caught seafood directly from the factories. Standard: Best Western Hospitality Inn Carnarvon

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Days 8 & 9: Monkey Mia - Kalbarri (390km/ 242 miles/ 4 hours) Begin the journey south today as you travel to Kalbarri where you’ll enjoy a full day at leisure. This is the ideal place for the nature lover with the adjacent Kalbarri National Park offering the magnificent Murchison River Gorges, walks to the natural rock arch known as Nature’s Window, and activities including fishing, diving or just relaxing. Standard: Kalbarri Edge Resort; Superior: Kalbarri Beach Resort (2

nights) Day 10: Kalbarri - Cervantes (377km/ 234 miles/ 4 hours) Make your way further south today to the town of Cervantes, perhaps stopping at Jurian Bay for pristine white sands and enticing clear waters. The Nambung National Park is famous for the Pinnacles, an expanse of natural limestone formations piercing skywards from the sand. Standard: Pinnacles Edge Resort (Studio Room); Superior: Pinnacles Edge Resort (Spa Suite) Day 11: Cervantes - Perth (200km/ 125 miles/ 2.5 hours) Enjoy time on the beach or some fishing before making your way back to Perth. NOTE: Your vehicle is booked until the following day, but must be returned by the same time it was picked up on Day 1 to avoid any additional charges.

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THE WEST COAST

Broome and The Kimberley

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1 DAY CAPE LEVEQUE ADVENTURE Departures & Duration: 12.5 hours, Daily (except Sat) Apr-Oct The Dampier Peninsula is a delight for travellers seeking a real Kimberley experience. Journey up the Cape Leveque Road and learn about the area’s fascinating place in Australia’s history. You’ll visit a working pearl farm, and get time to relax on the pristine beaches.

The area to the north of Perth is relatively off-the-beaten-track, yet perfect for anyone with a sense of adventure looking to explore. Discover the culture and charm of Broome; or jump in a 4WD to visit The Kimberley, known as one of Australia’s last frontiers.

Prices from: Adult £160, Child £101

DISCOVER BROOME SIGHTSEEING TOUR Departures & Duration: 4 hours, Daily See ancient rocky outcrops, rugged landscapes and pristine coastline as well as some of Broome’s most iconic landmarks. Hear fascinating stories of Broome’s colourful past that have shaped the multi-cultural community it is today. Also enjoy a Pearling Masters High Tea and historical Pearl Luggers Tour. Prices from: Adult £58, Child £35

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Departures & Duration: 2 hours, Daily from Kununurra This 2-hour air safari takes you on an unforgettable flight over the Bungle Bungle Ranges, providing a true feast for the eyes. You will also be enthralled as you fly over Lake Argyle, the Argyle Diamond Mine and the Ord River Irrigation Area.

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OAKS BROOME 4H

CABLE BEACH CLUB RESORT & SPA, BROOME 4+H

Offering apartment-style accommodation in the heart of Roebuck Bay, Oaks Broome promises a subtle touch of comfort and style when visiting this vibrant outback town. The 4-star property blends seamlessly with Broome’s unique surroundings, from its beautifully furnished apartments, to the manicured gardens, and sparkling swimming pools. With no shortage of activities, guests of Oaks Broome can meander along the sands of Cable Beach by camel, hovercraft over the tidal flats, or even book a trike flight over the coastline to create memories that will last a lifetime. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant & bar • wi-fi Internet • 2 swimming pools • guest laundry • free car parking

The multi-award-winning Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa is the only resort overlooking Broome’s iconic Cable Beach. A tropical oasis, the resort is set amongst tranquil gardens and features a range of ‘Broome-style’ accommodation including Studios, self-contained Bungalows, Villas complete with a private plunge pool and indulgent Suites. The Resort offers a place to unwind with 2 lagoon pools, delicious cuisine at a choice of 4 restaurants, leisure facilities and the first Australian L’Occitane spa, Chahoya Spa. A fusion of Asian serenity and colonial indulgence, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa is a place where you can relax and explore the beauty of Broome.

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 170 rooms & apartments • LCD TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 4 restaurants • business centre • 2 pools • gym • day spa • 2 tennis courts • water playground • hair salon • laundry • mini-golf

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights and upgrade offers available on selected dates - please

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 225 rooms • mini-bar • TV • air-con • ceiling fans • tea & coffee making facilities • room service

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Garden view studio from £77 Pool terrace studio from £101 Pearlers bungalow from £139

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BROOME & THE KIMBERLEY

15 day Kimberley Trail Broome to Darwin Broome • Windjana Gorge • Bell Gorge • Mt. Elizabeth • Mitchell Plateau • Drysdale Station • El Questro • Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles) • Lake Argyle • Katherine • Nitmiluk Gorge • Darwin

Departures: 2019: May 4, 18; Jun 8, 22; Jul 13, 27; Aug 17, 31. Day 1: Arrive Broome You can arrive in Broome at any time today. An airport transfer is included if you advise us of your flight arrival. Spend the afternoon exploring Broome at your leisure: Broome is one of the most interesting outback towns in Australia. From the age of the dinosaurs and the ancient stories of local indigenous people to the region’s role in early global exploration and the flourishing south sea pearl industry, this cultural melting pot has many a tale to tell. Your adventure begins with a LAND welcome AIR meeting at 6.30pm. Please look for a notice in reception. Afterwards, head RAILdinner and a drink before we set off tomorrow. (D) out for 1

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Day 3: Windjana Gorge – Bell Gorge The day is devoted to exploring Bell Gorge, a hidden highlight of the West Kimberley. This idyllic retreat, considered amongst the most beautiful in the area, boasts cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools formed over millions of years – an easy place to relax for a few hours! (BLD)

Day 4: Bell Gorge – Galvans Gorge & Mt. Elizabeth En route to the Mt Elizabeth Station Homestead, discover lily-laden Galvans Gorge, and the tranquil retreat of Adcock Gorge, pausing for a refreshing swim. Once arriving at Mt Elizabeth homestead, which has been family operated since 1945 and in recent years has established tourism facilities for all to experience, you will be able to take in the natural beauty and isolation of the property. With creeks, gorges and


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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Walk through the underground passage at Tunnel Creek learning about the culture and traditions of the first Australians • Discover a hidden highlight of the West Kimberley with a stop in the idyllic retreat of Bell Gorge • Marvel at the huge, four-tiered Mitchell Falls — a stunning testament to the power and scale of nature • Enjoy plenty of time to discover the untamed natural beauty of El Questro Station — paddle in waterfalls, hike through gorges and take on adventurous 4WD expeditions • Soak up the fiery sunsets over the red domes of the Bungle Bungle Ranges in Purnululu National Park • Climb aboard a Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise through the inspiring natural wonder of the Nitmiluk Gorge and acquire an understanding of Jawoyn customs

Days 8 & 9: Drysdale Station – El Questro Wilderness Park Continue our journey up the Gibb River Road to the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park. 2 nights here allows enough time to join some of the many activities on offer including a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs, a trek into El Questro Gorge, Emma Gorge or a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge (own expense). Alternatively, you can explore this beautiful wilderness park at your own leisure. (BL,BLD)

Days 10 & 11: El Questro – Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles) Head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Rivers created this landscape of unique orange and black striped ‘beehive’ geological formations over a period of 20 million years. Unbelievably, only the locals knew it existed until the early 1980’s; once discovered by others, the area was made a national park in 1987. Explore Echidna Chasm (2km), known for its towering Livistonia Palm trees, and take a short walk (2-3km) into stunning Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre. There is time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic flight and enjoy a birdseye view of the beehive domes (approx $400pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective. (BLD)

Day 12: Purnululu National Park – Lake Argyle Returning north we pause in Kununurra en route to the shores of the expansive Lake Argyle, situated at the heart of the Ord River Irrigation System, which has transformed this dry region into a lush agricultural oasis. Visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area. A sunset cruise on the lake is a stunning way to end the day. (BL)

Day 13: Lake Argyle – Katherine Continue east along the Victoria Highway and cross the border into the Northern Territory as we travel to the outback town of Katherine, home to the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge. (BLD)

Day 14: Katherine - Nitmiluk Gorge & Edith Falls – Darwin diverse vegetation, you will be sure to enjoy the view and spend the day well relaxed. Take the opportunity to photograph the scenery, pick a nice spot to drop your fishing line or simply take a dip in the refreshing water. (BLD)

Days 5 & 6: Mt. Elizabeth – The Mitchell Plateau Our 2 day diversion to the majestic Mitchell Plateau is a highlight of the trip. Take on real 4WD country as we travel the rugged Kalumburu Road then turn off onto the Mitchell Plateau Track. After crossing rivers and passing through ancient Livistonia palm forests, emerge from the savannah and onto the Mitchell Plateau. With 2 nights camping in the National Park, trek to Little and Big Merten Falls, take a dip in pristine plunge pools, enjoy a short scenic helicopter flight and view Bradshaw rock art.

(BLD) Day 7: The Mitchell Plateau – Drysdale Station Drysdale River Station is an oasis in the outback. This million acre, family-owned and operated cattle station, runs approximately 10,000 head of cattle and lies in the North Kimberley on the Gibb River Road. Hanging out in the true blue Australian Outback means you have all the magical scenery and feeling of isolation you could ask for. On arrival you may wish to explore the nearby surroundings or sit back and enjoy a delicious dinner and beverage in the beer garden, warm yourself around the log fire in the cool night air and camp riverside at Miners Pool. (BL)

A morning cruise through Katherine (Nitmiluk) Gorge is a great start to the last day. Nitmiluk Gorge is an inspiring natural wonder comprising 13 different gorges, carved over a millennia by the Katherine River. On the Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise, we explore 2 of these gorges, and discover the customs of the traditional land owners, the Jawoyn people. After the cruise, enjoy a dip in Edith Falls then travel into Darwin, arriving at approx. 5.00pm. (BL)

Day 15: Depart Darwin You are free to depart Darwin at any time today. If you have more time we recommend you join another adventure into Litchfield National Park or Kakadu National Park. This is a camping tour with accommodation from Day 2 in permanent and pop-up tents with basic facilities.

PRICES INCLUDE • 13 nights’ camping (with basic facilities) and 1 night accommodation in a comfortable, central hotel • Meals as specified: 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 9 dinners • Touring by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle • Services of an experienced Intrepid group leader throughout • Arrival airport transfer in Broome, sightseeing and touring as specified (excludes ‘optional’ items) Prices are per person based on twin share

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South Australia

South Australia at a glance Australia’s best kept secret, South Australia, known as the ‘festival state’, lays claim to some unexpected facts. 50 percent of all Australian wine and 80 percent of premium wine comes from South Australia. The state boasts the finest nature reserve, Kangaroo Island, a ‘zoo without fences’ and Eyre Peninsula, superb for aquatic experiences. The opal mining town of Coober Pedy is the only underground city in Australia, and the beautiful Flinders Ranges are the largest mountain range and stretch for over 430 kilometres. You’ll also find some of Australia’s most diverse wildlife and be amazed by the planet’s oldest landscapes, all easily accessible from the elegant and graceful gateway city of Adelaide.

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FLIGHT INFORMATION: Adelaide is the international gateway into South Australia, served from various stopover cities by airlines including Qantas, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways. There are also many daily flights from other Australian cities into Adelaide plus direct connections to New Zealand and Fiji. FLYING TIME FROM UK: Approx. 22 hours

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Take a scenic flight across the Flinders Ranges, stay underground in Coober Pedy and cage dive with Great White sharks on the Eyre Peninsula.

Hold a Koala in Adelaide Hills, 25 minutes from the city. Visit Monarto Zoo, a thousand-acre open range sanctuary (approx 1 hour from Adelaide) home to free-roaming giraffes, lions, rhinoceros, zebras and cheetahs.

FESTIVALS Adelaide festival - the largest Fringe festival outside of Edinburgh during February and March. South Australia is home to a range of festivals and events to enjoy.

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Sample Shiraz and Reisling at Clare Valley and Barossa. Savour the colours, sights, textures and smells from around the world at Adelaide Central Market.

Enjoy Adelaide’s laneway bars and restaurants. The laneway scene has emerged suddenly and spectacularly to become part of city life.

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Make a purchase from the outback clothing and footwear specialist, outfitters R.M. Williams. Visit Rundle Mall in Adelaide.

Experience The Coorong National Park, an amazing 100-kilometre peninsula of surf-swept coastal sand dunes protecting saltwater inner lagoons.

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NATURE LOVERS

Take a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre formed millions of years ago, in the heart of the Flinders Ranges.

Visit Kangaroo Island, a ‘zoo without fences’, for an up close and personal wildlife experience. Stroll on the beach to find some kangaroos and there are plenty of private parks and sanctuaries for spotting koalas, wallabies, possums, seals and sea lions.

Relax on beautiful white beaches along the miles of stunning coastline on the Fleurieu Peninsula, 40 mins from Adelaide.

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Adelaide & Regional South Australia

Adelaide is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. Generations of Italian immigrants have created a Mediterranean-style café culture here which is a perfect way to relax on a balmy summer evening. In just 20 minutes from the city you can experience the laid-back lifestlye of Adelaide Hills or sunbathe on the beaches of the Fleurieu Peninsula. World-renowned Barossa is only an hour from Adelaide, and its many independent vineyards sit perfectly alongside leading winemakers such as Jacob’s Creek. Kangaroo Island’s isolation from the mainland has allowed wildlife to flourish. It is an absolute must-do on any South Australia itinerary.

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Day 1: Arrive Adelaide Upon arrival in Adelaide make your own way to the Mercure Grosvenor and enjoy a day at leisure. Mercure Grosvenor

Hotel Adelaide (2 nights) Day 2: Barossa Valley Travel through the city of Adelaide northwards to the world renowned Barossa wine region. Enjoy the change of scenery as you make your way into the vineyards of South Australia’s premium wine district. Your first stop is at the multi-awardwinning Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre where you will have the opportunity to sample their famous wines in a structured tasting. Take a tour of the surrounding vines and cellar door and enjoy morning tea as you overlook the vineyards. Later enjoy wine tasting in Hahndorf or stroll the craft shops and galleries before returning to Adelaide. (L)

Day 3: Adelaide - Kangaroo Island Travel by coach/ferry to Kangaroo Island and meet your local guide. Visit Clifford’s Honey Farm and head to Seal Bay for a walk amongst the sea lions. Marvel at the Birds of Prey free-flight show and watch the eventful pelican-feeding at Kingscote. (L) Aurora Ozone Hotel

Days 4 & 5 Kangaroo Island - Adelaide Feed kangaroos at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park and take a walk on the Remarkable Rocks in Flinders Chase National Park. Watch the playful fur seal colony at Admirals Arch before you head back to catch your ferry to the mainland. Transfer by coach to Adelaide for a final night before your tour ends after check-out the following day. (L) Mercure

Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide Note: You can also travel by air between Adelaide and Kangaroo Island (flight time 30 minutes; additional costs apply). This tour is regionally escorted and you may travel with a different group of people each day.

PRICES INCLUDE • 4 nights’ hotels & meals as specified: 3 lunches • Transfers & coach/ferry transport as specified • Touring & Prices are per person based on twin share sightseeing as Standard from  specified Single supplements available upon request

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£699


ADELAIDE & REGIONAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA ONE DAY KANGAROO ISLAND EXPERIENCE

Departures & Duration: 5+ hours, Daily at 12pm (except 25 Dec) Board your Popeye Cruises vessel at Popeye Jetty, Elder Park. After the cruise join your Gray Line coach for an afternoon tour of Hahndorf. Stroll the Elm treelined main street, and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in delightful surrounds.

Departures & Duration: 16 hours, Daily Kangaroo Island is a wildlife haven that can be enjoyed on a day tour from Adelaide. Travel by coach/ferry to discover the best of Kangaroo Island. Highlights include a guided walk amongst a colony of rare and wild Australian sea lions at Seal Bay, spotting Australia’s native animals at Flinders Chase National Park and exploring the picturesque Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch.

S I G H T S E E I N G & S E L F D R I V E TO U R I N G

ADELAIDE HIGHLIGHTS & RIVER CRUISE

Note: Air travel available at a supplement

Prices from: Adult £51, Child £25

Price from: Adult £177, Child £112, including lunch.

MCLAREN VALE WINE EXPERIENCE

CLELAND WILDLIFE PARK EXPERIENCE

Departures & Duration: 8hrs, Tuesday Sunday Enjoy a relaxed small group tour visiting 4 world class wineries. Your journey will showcase this spectacular wine region, with rolling hills and vineyards to the southern beaches. A delicious lunch with wine is included.

Departures & Duration: 5.5 hours Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat at 10am (excluding 25 Dec) Cleland Wildlife Park is nestled within the beautiful Cleland Conservation Park just 30 minutes from the city centre. Explore the self-guided discovery trails at your leisure and discover some of the 130 species of native wildlife living in the park.

Prices from £104 per person

Prices from: Adult £53, Child £41

GRAND BAROSSA WITH HAHNDORF

FLEURIEU EXPLORER

Departures & Duration: 8 hours, Daily at 9.15am (except 25 Dec) Travel to the Barossa Valley and enjoy wine tasting at Seppeltsfield Estate, Wolf Blass and enjoy a delicious lunch with an exclusive tasting of Penfolds wines. Return through the Adelaide Hills to Hahndorf and enjoy free time to see quaint cottages, inns, craft shops and galleries.

Departures & Duration: 8 hours, Daily This off-road adventure embraces sprawling vineyards, local flora and fauna, spectacular beaches and a glimpse into indigenous history. It includes a relaxed, outdoor lunch followed by a visit to the world-acclaimed McLaren Vale wine region and a wine tasting at a respected family vineyard.

Prices from: Adult £87, Child £44

4 day Epicurean Way Self Drive Departures: Daily

Prices from: Adult £180, Child £150

Day 1: Adelaide to McLaren Vale (approx 40 km) Depart Adelaide and travel to McLaren Vale. A visit to d’Arenberg winery is a must and Blessed Cheese shop/café is completely delicious. Elbow Room is a great option for lunch with superb views. Overnight is at McLaren Vale Motel.

Day 2: McLaren Vale to Barossa via Adelaide Hills (approx 113 km) En-route to the Barossa stop in Hahndorf. Satisfy your taste buds with cheese tastings at Hahndorf Hill or Udder Delights. In Adelaide Hills, pick your own strawberries at Beerenberg Farm and dine at The Lane Vineyard restaurant and cellar door. Perhaps sample some of the award-winning handcrafted beers at the Lobethal Bierhaus and fill a picnic basket of amazing products from Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop in Nuriootpa. Overnight is at Jacobs Creek Retreat. Day 3: Barossa to Clare Valley (approx 105 km) Before leaving the Barossa, taste vintage tawny from your birth year at Seppeltsfield Estate Winery, enjoy an unforgettable dining experience at Hentley Farm and stop at Wolf Blass. Journey to Clare Valley, home to around 40 wineries including Mitchell Winery, Sevenhill Cellars and Annie’s Lane. Overnight is at Clare Country Club.

Day 4: Clare Valley to Adelaide (approx 140 km) Before returning to Adelaide, follow the Riesling Trail on bike or foot, passing vineyards, lakeside picnic spots and lots of great places to eat. You may wish to extend your food and wine journey by continuing north to the spectacular Southern Flinders Ranges, well known for Riesling and produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. Activities stated are recommended and are at own expense. Jacob’s Creek Wine Master Class and 4 Course Lunch is available at a supplement – please call for details.

PRICES INCLUDE • 3 nights’ room only accommodation • Breakfast at Jacobs Creek Retreat • Avis car rental for the tour duration Prices are per person based on twin share

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£269

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ADELAIDE

IBIS ADELAIDE 3H

OAKS PLAZA PIER, GLENELG 4H

Welcome to the new ibis Adelaide which only opened its doors in July 2014. Along with a superb location in the heart of Adelaide, the Ibis provides an excellent price if you are a budget-conscious traveller. The Adelaide Oval, Casino, Botanic Gardens and National Wine Centre are within walking distance of the hotel, and the Ibis Adelaide is also conveniently located to Rundle Mall. The bright and modern rooms offer complete comfort for guests looking to enjoy the city at leisure, and the hotel is fitted out with wi-fi Internet throughout the property so you will be able to access the Internet after a day of sightseeing in the city, or the premium wine region of the Barossa Valley.

Located on the beachfront of Adelaide’s popular seaside suburb, Glenelg, Oaks Plaza Pier is perfectly located adjacent to the popular Holdfast Marina and is just minutes away from the famous Jetty Road precinct. Comprising of 1, 2 and, 3-bedroom, selfcontained apartments, the hotel features sensational ocean views and great facilities including an indoor heated lap pool, spa, plunge pool, sauna, steam room, and a fully equipped gymnasium. With an array of restaurants, cafes, and bars nearby, guests will be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing what to have for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet (charge) • fitness centre • laundry facilities

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • 2 bars • café • gym • indoor heated pool • sauna • spa • parking

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 311 rooms • TV • wi-fi Internet (charge) • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 183 studio (kitchenette), 1, 2 and 3-bedroom self-contained apartments (full kitchen) • TV • wi-fi Internet • CD • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony or terrace

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard room 1 queen bed from Superior room 1 queen bed city view from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£46 £60

Studio from 1 bedroom from 1 bedroom ocean view from

£63 £69 £89

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ADELAIDE 4H

PULLMAN ADELAIDE 4+H

The Holiday Inn Express in Adelaide is a relatively new hotel in the vibrant NorthWest quarter of the city located in Adelaide’s central business district with easy access to the Adelaide Oval, Convention Centre and Rundle Shopping Mall. During your stay you can access the hotels fitness centre and you will also receive a complimentary Express Start Breakfast or Grab and Go option. This clean and contemporary hotel is the smart choice for guests looking for an easy, comfortable nights sleep in the heart of Adelaide city centre.

The refreshingly modern surrounds of Pullman Adelaide, in the heart of the city, boasts inspiring style and the perfect location for visitors. With iconic attractions right on the doorstep, the hotel’s convenient central location means you are only a short walk from many of Adelaide’s sports and cultural attractions, including the Adelaide Oval, Casino, Rundle Street’s fashion boutiques and lively café culture. Pullman Adelaide provides a comfortable base with attentive service and a variety of rooms and suites with select rooms offering spacious balconies and far reaching views of the Adelaide Hills. Combine this with contemporary dining and a relaxing indoor lap pool, and you have all the ingredients for a memorable city stay.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • cafe/bar • wi-fi Internet • gym • complimentary grab & go breakfast • complimentary coffee in lobby ROOM FACILITIES ••• mini fridge • flat-screen TV • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • indoor pool • gym • sauna & steam room ROOM FACILITIES ••• 308 rooms & suites offering balconies (upgraded room types only) • mini-fridge • satellite TV • iPod dock • wi-fi Internet (charge) • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Twin / queen standard room from

154

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£52

Superior room from Premium deluxe balcony king from

£78 £114


ADELAIDE H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

MAJESTIC ROOF GARDEN HOTEL 4+H

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

This well-regarded, boutique-style hotel is located just off Adelaide’s main shopping thoroughfare of Rundle Street, providing easy access to all the best the city has to offer — including a great selection of bars, restaurants and eclectic shopping. The Art Gallery and Adelaide Museum are also just a short walk away. Located in the hotel is the award-winning Culshaw’s restaurant, which showcases the best local produce along with a South Australian wine list. Sleek and sophisticated with plush rooms and stylish bathrooms, you’re assured a comfortable stay at Majestic Roof Garden Hotel. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • 24hr reception • gym • roof garden • laundry ROOM FACILITIES ••• 120 stylish rooms • 24hr room service • mini-bar • cable TV • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony on request

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Classic room from Superior room from

£49 £52

ADINA APARTMENT HOTEL ADELAIDE TREASURY 4H

MAYFAIR HOTEL ADELAIDE 5H

Set in one of Adelaide’s most historically important buildings, the Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury exudes charm and sophistication. Enjoying a picturesque setting on Victoria Square, it is a short stroll from many fine shopping and dining options including Adelaide’s famous Central Market and Rundle Mall. Adelaide’s beautiful Botanic Gardens are just a stone’s throw away and free city-loop buses (‘the Connector’ and the solar-powered ‘Tindo’) visit the main tourist attractions. The apartments provide a convenient self-catering option, all being extremely wellappointed with modern amenities, kitchenettes and huge windows. In addition, within the hotel itself, the restaurant ‘Treasury on King William’ offers fine cuisine and celebrated wines, while an indoor swimming pool and landscaped gardens provide welcome relaxation away from the city sights.

The magnificent Mayfair Hotel is located right in the heart of the city in the heritagelisted, beautifully renovated Colonial Mutual Life building. Complemented by a stunning ‘jewel box’ addition beautifully complementing the ‘Romanesque’ style building, the Mayfair Hotel is the gateway linking the recently refurbished Rundle Mall and Adelaide’s exciting new Riverbank Entertainment Precinct. Offering luxury accommodation, contemporary dining and premium hotel facilities, this hotel offers style, elegance and a touch of glamour in the city’s newest 5 star boutique accommodation.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant/bar • indoor swimming pool • fitness centre • wi-fi Internet

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• Mayflower Restaurant & Bar • Hennessy Rooftop Bar • free wi-fi Internet • gym • concierge • business centre • self & valet parking • laundry ROOM FACILITIES ••• complimentary mini-bar • flat-screen smart TV • free wi-fi Internet • heating and cooling controls • L’Occitane skincare range • desk

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 79 apartments • mini-bar • flat-screen TV with cable channels • in-room movies • CD player/stereo • iPod dock • hairdryer • air-con • kitchenette • laundry • lounge/dining area • in-room breakfast packs (fees apply) SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights available on selected dates – please call for details. Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Premier studio from Premier 1 bedroom apartment from Premier grand 1 bedroom apartment from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£45 £58 £68

Superior queen room from Deluxe king room from

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£63 £69

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REGIONAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA

BAROSSA SHIRAZ ESTATE 4H

THE LOUISE, BAROSSA VALLEY 5H

Located in the heart of Australia’s most famous wine region, home to 150 wineries, amazing food experiences and a rich cultural heritage, Barossa Shiraz Estate offers luxury accommodation in the beautiful Barossa Valley. Boasting sweeping views over vineyards and the breathtaking Barossa Ranges, 5 cottages are private and self-contained featuring wood fires, high quality furnishings and delicious breakfast provisions. Perfect for a romantic getaway or friends exploring the area, Barossa Shiraz Estate is within easy reach of the Barossa’s best wineries, restaurants and attractions. From here you can discover your next favourite wine at a cellar door, shop for fresh local produce at the Barossa Farmers’ Market, or cycle the Barossa by Bike Trail.

The Louise is South Australia’s premier luxury vineyard retreat surrounded by hundreds of acres of vines overlooking the world-renowned Barossa Valley. The suites offer absolute luxury and inspired design with spacious en suites and private terraces. The highlight of a stay at the Louise is to dine in the acclaimed on-site restaurant, Appellation, which is widely regarded as one of Australia’s finest regional culinary experiences serving seasonal cuisine and an extensive premium wine list.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• wi-fi Internet • barbecue • parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 5 cottages • LED TV • spa bath

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 15 luxurious guest suites • mini-bar • smart TV • free wi-fi Internet • CD/DVD player • i-Pod dock • air-con • spa bath • private outdoor rain shower • tea & coffee • espresso maker • room service • private gated courtyard • private terrace with vineyard views

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Vines / Residence from £144 Barn from £176

Vineyard suite from £194 Stonewell suite from £297

Rawnsley Park Station Homestead Seclusion Package Departures: Daily

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • exclusive private wine tastings • wi-fi Internet • pool • bike hire • tennis hire • sauna • parking • guest laundry • boutique

Multi award winning Rawnsley Park Station provides the perfect base for exploring South Australia’s beautiful Flinders Ranges, a leisurely 5-hour drive from Adelaide. Truly part of the Australian Outback with eco-friendly accommodation and wide ranging experiences from 4WD day tours, walking tours and scenic flights to walking trails, guided breakfast walks and helicopter flights. 2018 marks 50 years of tourism for Rawnsley Park Station.

Day 1 Arrive at Rawnsley Homestead. There are 2 spacious living areas, a stylish dining room, a well-equipped country kitchen, two beautiful bedrooms and two luxurious bathrooms. Sit on the wide verandah and soak up the breathtaking views of the surrounding Chace Range – or take a dip in your private swimming pool 10am until sunset (Oct – Apr). This evening dine at the Woolshed restaurant and enjoy a 3-course dinner with bottle of South Australian wine.

Day 2 Enjoy a Continental breakfast this morning before an exclusive tour of the Flinders Ranges including lunch at the Prairie/ Blinman Hotel. This evening enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner with bottle of wine at Rawnsley Homestead which is left prepared with instruction and table set. A beautiful way to end your seclusion package experience. Arrive at Rawnsley Park station via road or air - please call for options and prices.

PRICES INCLUDE • 2 nights’ accommodation at Rawnsley Homestead • Dining as specified • 4WD tour of Flinders Ranges National Park

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

1 bedroom eco villa from £132 Homestead seclusiion from £339

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REGIONAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA S I G H T S E E I N G, H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

PORT LINCOLN HOTEL 4H

ROBE HOUSE, ROBE 4H

For an aquatic and coastal experience, visit the Eyre Peninsula — just a 45-minute flight from Adelaide. Located on the foreshore of Boston Bay and boasting majestic ocean views, the relaxed and friendly Port Lincoln Hotel is the perfect location to use as a holiday base. Be mesmerised by the panoramic views of the natural harbour, where often a spectacle of Dolphins frolicking in the Bay can be spotted whilst enjoying a sumptuous dinner at the hotel’s Sarin’s Restaurant. From Port Lincoln you swim with sea lions and dolphins, cage shark dive, see wildlife and enjoy the tastes of the ocean including the famous Coffin Bay Oysters.

Enjoy a stay at Robe House on your road trip between Adelaide and Melbourne. Built in 1847, this charming building was the first to be built in Robe. From its early years as home of the Government Resident, Robe House has played an important role in the town’s history. The apartments feature periodic design, have en-suite bathrooms and feature local artworks and antique furniture which adds to the ambience of the hotel. Some of the apartments also boast stunning log fires which are a great accompaniment to cosy winter nights. The ideal location is perfect for breathtaking scenic coastal walks, and is also a short stroll away from the town centre.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • 3 bars • casual dining • Lincoln cellars • pool • gaming lounge • on-site parking • conference facilities • guest laundry facilities

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• BBQ • parking facilities • guest laundry

ROOM FACILITIES ••• mini-bar • flat-screen smart TV • free wi-fi Internet • heating and cooling controls • tea & coffee making facilities • 24 hour reception

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 5 self-contained apartments

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Town view room from Ocean view balcony room from

Self-contained studio from

£52 £62

4 day Outback to Sea Departures: Monday 9am (Sep-May) except 02 Apr, 25 Dec & 01-02 Jan

£73

Day 1 Leaving Adelaide, fly to Port Lincoln on the stunning Eyre Peninsula. Visit a colony of wild koalas at Mikkira Station, visit Wudinna and pass Wudinna Rock as you travel into the outback to Kangaluna Camp. This afternoon your tour begins with a magnificent wildlife experience before returning to Kangaluna after sunset drinks at Kolay Mirica Rocks. Overnight at Kangaluna Camp with a bush dinner. (LD)

Day 2 Visit an ochre pit this morning and drive to spectacular Lake Gairdner. This afternoon drive through a changing landscape, cigar shaped volcanic rock formations viewing lots of wildlife. Enjoy the stars with a computerized telescope after dinner. Overnight at Kangaluna Camp. (BLD)

Day 3 Morning at leisure. Later walk on Lake Sturt in the Corrobinnie Depression. Visit amazing Pildappa wave rock en-route. Early arrival back to Kangaluna. Sunset drinks will finish the day at Sturt’s Lake. Overnight at Kangaluna Camp. (BLD)

Day 4 An early morning drive to Baird Bay to board the boat for an unforgettable wildlife experience. Watch Bottlenose dolphins ride the bow wave of the boat. Cross the bay to visit a resident colony of rare Australian sea lions and en-route back to Port Lincoln, visit Venus Bay and Elliston. (B,L)

PRICES INCLUDE • Transfers from and to Port Lincoln Airport • Experienced guide • 3 nights raised tented accommodation with en-suite • Wet suits and face masks at Baird Bay • Return flights from Adelaide to Port Lincoln

Prices are per person based on twin share

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£1859

Single supplements available upon request

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REGIONAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA

4 day Murray River Discovery Cruise Departures: Fridays, 4:30pm

Day 1: Adelaide - Mannum - Mundarra Explore one of the world’s greatest river systems on a cruise along the spectacular Murray River. This truly iconic Australian region has natural wonders and welcoming communities that will ensure your trip will be both memorable and special. Transfer from Adelaide for a mid-afternoon departure of the PS Murray Princess operated by Captain Cook Cruises. Cruise downriver while you enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2: Mundarra - Salt Bush Flat Cruise to Murray Bridge and enjoy a guided tour of the town’s historic landmarks and local attractions. Alternatively you may like to take the wildlife tour at Monarto Zoo (additional cost). Then you begin your journey upriver, with evening entertainment provided by the talented crew. (BLD)

Day 3: Salt Bush Flat - River View Lodge Experience a morning talk about the riverland’s bountiful food and wine trail and join a discovery vessel in the afternoon for a backwater tour. In the evening, join the Captain and officers for pre-dinner drinks, dinner and dance. (BLD)

Day 4: River View Lodge - Mannum - Adelaide After breakfast, the PS Murray Princess arrives at Mannum where you will be transferred back to Adelaide. (B) Note: Itinerary subject to minor changes

PRICES INCLUDE • 3 nights’ accommodation on board • Touring & meals as specified: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners • A selection of onshore tours • Complimentary scenic coach transfers from Adelaide or car parking in Mannum (bookings essential) • Use of gym & 24hr self-service tea & coffee bar

Prices are per person based on twin share

Inside Cabin from  Outside Cabin from  Stateroom from 

£599 £799 £1029

Single supplements available upon request

4 day Outback South Australia Departures: Daily

Day 1: Clare Valley (135km/ 85 miles/ 1.5 hours) Drive from Adelaide to the Clare Valley wine region, home to many fine vineyards including Sevenhills, founded in 1851. Standard & Superior: Clare Country Club Days 2 & 3: Clare Valley - Flinders Ranges (310km/ 195 miles/ 4 hours) Detour to the former copper mining town of Burra and then head out into the outback to the limestone outcrop of Wilpena Pound. Your standard option accommodation, Wilpena Pound Resort, is spectacularly located within the Flinders Ranges National Park. Discover a haven of outback hospitality with National Park Visitor Information Centre, restaurant, bar/ bistro, swimming pool and general store. Enjoy hiking treks to a multitude of lookout spots and Brachina Gorge, home to the yellow-footed rock wallaby. For a luxurious stay in the outback, the beautifully-designed and environmentally friendly Eco Villas at Rawnsely Park Station await. Set on a secluded site with stunning outback views, yet within easy reach of the station’s facilities, the self-contained villas are perfectly placed to enjoy the myriad activities in the Flinders Ranges, including 4WD drive tours, scenic flights over Wilpena Pound and guided bushwalks. There’s a restaurant serving regionally-inspired, country-style cuisine, a swimming pool and a general store. *Day 3 only (B*)

Standard: Wilpena Pound Resort; Superior: Rawnsley Park Day 4: Flinders Ranges - Adelaide (445km/ 260 miles/ 5.5 hours) Drive south back through the Flinders Ranges and Clare Valley wine region to Adelaide to conclude your tour. Note: Your car is booked until the next day, but you must return your car by the same time it was picked up on day 1 to avoid additional charges. (B)

PRICES INCLUDE • 3 nights’ hotel accommodation • Avis car rental for the tour duration (SUV) • Self-drive kit, including maps & instructions Prices are per person based on twin share

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£389 £589


KANGAROO ISLAND H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

Kangaroo Island

Just a 30-minute flight from Adelaide or a ferry ride from Cape Jervis, Kangaroo Island’s isolation from the mainland has allowed wildlife to flourish in a beautiful natural reserve free from predators. Visit Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch rock formations at Flinders Chase National Park, and at Seal Bay, walk among the nation’s most accessible colony of sea lions.

MERCURE KANGAROO ISLAND LODGE 3+ H The Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge, located on the shores of Eastern Cove, has been designed to blend in with its surroundings. The location harbours a range of wildlife such as wallabies, possums and echidnas, thus a perfect spot for nature lovers. The rooms are spacious and have been designed to reflect the surrounding natural environment of Kangaroo Island. Whilst on Kangaroo Island there are a number of sights that simply cannot be missed, such as; Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, or a visit to one of the beautiful beaches on the island. It is also worth exciting your taste buds by sampling the fresh gourmet food and wine the island has to offer. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • outdoor pool • tennis court • parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 38 rooms • flat-screen TV • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities Western River Conservation Park

Amen Corner

Kingscote Cygnet River

Parndana Flinders Chase National Park

American River

Penneshaw

Kangaroo Island Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park

Cape Du Couedic

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Ferry

Admiral’s Arch Remarkable Rocks

Cape Willoughby

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Vivonne Bay

Superior queen poolview from Superior king bayview from Deluxe studio waterview from

£62 £65 £81

KANGAROO ISLAND SEASIDE INN 3+H

KANGAROO ISLAND WILDERNESS RETREAT 4H

The Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn is a small family-run accommodation property situated on the foreshore of the beautiful Nepean Bay in Kingscote — Kangaroo Island’s largest town. The rooms all feature ocean views and are located 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre. The Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn is ideally situated for touring any part of the island and all tour companies collect from the doorstep. Continental Breakfast is available every morning.

Located at the entrance of the Flinders Chase National Park where kangaroos, wallabies, seals, rare birds and wildflowers can be seen at the retreat or nearby. The hotel is also within easy reach of all the major attractions including Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Seal Bay. Relax and enjoy a personalised service, the facilities and the eco-sensitive character of the retreat. Enjoy boutique dining and fresh local produce at the retreat’s restaurant, Nicolas Baudin’s.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• wi-fi Internet • laundry • parking • tour desk

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • lounge & library • free wi-fi Internet • complimentary DVDs • free guided nocturnal tours • massage facilities • laundry service for $25 per bag • parking • barbecue area

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 20 rooms • LCD TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • heating • balcony

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 36 guestrooms • TV • DVD & CD player • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • terrace • mini-bar • refrigerator • shower only

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free night offers available on selected dates - please call for details.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free night offers available on selected dates – please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Ocean view queen from Superior oceanview king from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£37 £58

Lodge room from Lodge apartment from Courtyard suite from

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£69 £83 £83

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KANGAROO ISLAND

SOUTHERN OCEAN LODGE 5+H

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights &

Celebrated as a pioneer of Australia’s new breed of luxury lodges, Southern Ocean Lodge offers an unforgettable blend of contemporary style and pure nature. The Great Room serves as the lodge ‘hub’ with spectacular sweeping vistas playing backdrop for lounging by the suspended fireplace, pouring a drink from the convivial open bar and for indulging in fine food and wine with a proudly local provenance. Signature experiences led by naturalist guides provide guests a chance to encounter the abundant native wildlife and remarkable wonders of the island renowned as Australia’s Galapagos. The Southern Spa offers rejuvenating treatments using Kangaroo Island’s own natural beauty products to provide a real sense of place. Contemporary suites cantilever along the curve of the clifftop each offering spectacular views of the wild Southern Ocean, while thoughtful design details from custom furnishings to artworks by local artisans and warm limestone create a feeling of relaxed luxury. It’s a challenge to imagine a more sensational tribute to the wildly beautiful surrounds. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • lounge • terrace • business centre • wi-fi Internet • mountain bikes • spa • plunge spa • boutique • library • signature and bespoke experiences ROOM FACILITIES ••• 21 luxury suites • complimentary in-suite bar • music system • climate control • wi-fi Internet • terrace • twice daily housekeeping

2 day Best of Kangaroo Island Departures: Daily (Oct - Apr) & Sun, Tue, Thurs, Sat (May-Sep)

added value offers available on selected dates – please call for details.

Prices are full board, per person per night twin share

Flinders suite from £713 Ocean retreat from £822 4 night Remarkable Retreat package from £2549 (package includes full board, selected alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, selected guided adventures & experiences, take home selection of local epicurean treats, 1 x AUD50.00 Southern Spa treatment voucher per room, per stay & 1 x AUD50.00 Bespoke Experience voucher per room, per stay)

Day 1 Enjoy a scenic coach trip from Adelaide through the Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis for a 45-minute Sealink ferry crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Your first stop on tour is Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery then onwards to Vivonne Bay Bistro for lunch. Next visit Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided beach walk amongst a colony of wild Australian sea lions. Enjoy a Birds of Prey Inflight Display before travelling on to Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. Transfer to your chosen overnight accommodation. (L)

Day 2 Begin with a visit to Clifford’s Honey Farm. Next, travel to Hanson Bay Visitor Centre Cafe for a 2-course lunch with an opportunity afterwards to look for Koalas in the wildlife sanctuary. From here, travel to the western most part of the Island, Flinders Chase National Park. See the rugged southern coastline, and enjoy a walk around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Your tour concludes at Penneshaw where you will board the Sealink ferry to Cape Jervis before connecting with the coach to Adelaide. (B,L)

PRICES INCLUDE • Morning pick-up from selected Adelaide hotels • Return coach and ferry transfer to Kangaroo Island (flight options also available at a supplement — please call for details) • Touring as specified • Overnight accommodation at Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn occupying an Ocean View room (other accommodations available at a supplement — please call for details) • Evening transfer to selected Adelaide hotels

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Departures: Daily (max 6 persons per tour)

Head to Seal Bay Conservation Park and learn how the Australian Sea Lion survives the rigours of the Southern Ocean. The colony of bulls, cows and pups rest on the beach where you can walk amongst them. Traverse the centre of the Island through serene, rural landscapes. Next up it is the Wildlife Park which was set up as an animal refuge. Lunch will be a gourmet picnic accompanied by South Australian beer and wine. Visit stunning north coast beaches of Stokes Bay and Snellings Beach. Later in the day visit the Kangaroos, Wallabies and perhaps the Endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo at Lathami Conservation Park. (LD)

Day 2: Kangaroo Island - Adelaide Start at Rocky River, to see kangaroos laze and Cape Barren geese graze. Then to Admirals Arch to see the Long Nosed Fur Seals. Head to Remarkable Rocks where the forces of nature have carved modern sculptures out of the huge granite boulders. After a short bush walk enjoy a traditional BBQ lunch, after which you will see koalas and kangaroos. Your guide will take you to the Conservation Park where you will enjoy viewing the large mob’ of Kangaroo’s that graze the grassy flats and shelter in the surrounding bush. Wander through some of the old relics that speak of a by gone era of early pioneer farming. Next stop is Vivonne Bay, with its crystal clear turquoise water. Stroll along the one Australia’s best beaches and fossil for shells or take a dip, then it is time to return back to Adelaide. (BL)

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2 day KI 4WD Tour - Kangaroo Island Wilderness

Day 1: Adelaide - Kangaroo Island

PRICES INCLUDE • 1 night’s accommodation, Kangaroo Island • Adelaide hotel pick-up and drop-off • Return flights from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island • Meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= 3-course Dinner)

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Day 1: Adelaide - Cape Jervis - Kangaroo Island (145 kms/

3 day Kangaroo Island Self Drive Departures: Daily

90 miles/ 4 hours) Travel south from Adelaide and commence your drive to Cape Jervis Wharf where you join the Kangaroo Island Sealink ferry from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. As you have 2 nights to explore Kangaroo Island, it is recommended that you spend a day exploring the north part of the island, and another day exploring the south section. Unmissable highlights include the sea lions at Seal Bay, Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks. Hotel: Mercure Kangaroo Island Hotel (2

nights) Day 2: Kangaroo Island Begin your day at the Flinders Chase National Park which is about an hour and a half’s drive from Kingscote or 2 hours from Penneshaw. Top attractions are the awe-inspiring Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch where you can watch fur seals playing in the rock pools nearby. Next, continue your drive east along the South Coast Road and make a stop at Seal Bay. Seal Bay is located about 45 minutes’ drive from Kingscote, the island’s main township. The major attractions are the large colony of Australian sea lions and nearby Bales Bay, where there is a sweeping sandy beach and picnic facilities.

Day 3: Depart Kangaroo Island – Cape Jervis – Adelaide (145 kms/ 90 miles/ 4 hours) Drive to Penneshaw Wharf, and board the Kangaroo Island Sealink ferry for Cape Jervis on the mainland. Once back on the mainland, continue the Main South Road back to Adelaide.

PRICES INCLUDE • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation • Avis car rental for the tour duration (compact car) • Return ferry transfer including car • Self-drive kit, including maps & instructions

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BEST TIME TO VISIT: Tasmania has a temperate climate quite similar to the UK, with four distinct seasons and none of the intense heat experienced elsewhere in Australia. With long, light evenings and pleasant temperatures, the summer months of Dec-Mar are perhaps best, though the west coast rainforests can be wet year-round. The inland mountains receive a dusting of snow each winter.

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TIME DIFFERENCE: GMT + 10 hours FLIGHT INFORMATION: There are no international flights into Tasmania, but the airports at both Hobart and Launceston are well-served with domestic connections from Melbourne and Sydney. Tasmania can also be reached on the overnight ferry service from Melbourne, into the north coast town of Devonport. FLYING TIME FROM UK: Approx. 24 hours

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Tasmania is an island state of great scenic beauty with a rugged coastline, snow-capped mountains, deserted beaches and fabulous gourmet cuisine. The island is roughly the same size as Ireland, which makes it manageable for a touring or self-drive holiday. It lies just 150 miles off the southeast coast of Australia, and flying into Hobart or Launceston is as easy as travelling anywhere on the mainland. With 2,000 kilometres of walking tracks, 18 national parks, extensive tracts of virgin rainforest, and scientific proof of having the purest air in the world, this untouched temperate wilderness is a very special destination.


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ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE

LOCAL PRODUCE

The Gordon River Cruise visits one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. Departing from Strahan, you’ll cruise upriver into the World Heritage-listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

Although Tasmanian wines are not widely exported to Europe, they are some of the best we’ve tasted in Australia. Take a visit to the Tamar Valley, with its boutique wineries and vineyard restaurants.

WHERE TO GO FOR ADVENTURE

SPLASH OUT

With countless walking trails around Dove Lake in Cradle Mountain National Park, to multi-day treks to the spectacular Bay of Fires, Tasmania lends itself perfectly to being discovered on two feet.

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is a unique wilderness experience located at the spectacular Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

WATER PARADISE

Hobart’s historic waterfront is a great place to meet up with the friendly locals. Enjoy a lively pub crawl at the weekends, listen to live bands in the pubs, or just sit quietly over a leisurely meal.

At Freycinet National Park, you can gaze down on Wineglass Bay’s perfect crescent of sand. If you’re feeling particularly active you can grab a paddle, slip into a sea kayak and glide close to the rocky shores. SHOPPING Time your visit to Hobart to include a Saturday, when the quayside comes alive with the Salamanca Markets. BEST FOR THE KIDS Spend an afternoon with Taz at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy a guided tour of the Sanctuary and get up close with Tasmanian Devils, kangaroos, quolls, wombats, echidnas and more.

LIVE LIKE A LOCAL

STEP BACK IN TIME Whatever else you do in Tasmania, do not miss the chance to visit Port Arthur. This is the third oldest settlement in Australia, a notorious prison built to house the worst convicted offenders. NATURE LOVERS Although called the ‘Tasmanian Devil’ this surprisingly cute animal can be seen at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park, only an hour from Hobart.

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TA S M A N I A PORT ARTHUR AND TASSIE DEVILS

GORDON RIVER CRUISE

Departures & Duration: 11 hours, Mon-Fri & Sun from Hobart Enjoy a complete Southern Tasmanian iconic experience taking in Tasman Arch, the Devils Kitchen, Waterfall Bay and visit with the local wildlife including a Tasmanian Devil feeding. The afternoon is spent at Port Arthur Historic Site with plenty of time to explore ruins and spooky corners. A guided walking tour and a short harbour cruise is also included. Finish the day with spectacular views from a local Hobart lookout and a stroll through Tassie’s prettiest historic village, Richmond.

Departure & Duration 6 hrs, Daily from Strahan The majestic Gordon River winds its way through one of the world’s last great wildernesses. With Gordon River Cruises, you’ll cruise quietly through ancient rainforest with Spirit of the Wild, a unique hybrid vessel, stopping at Heritage Landing to walk among ancient rainforest as well as at the feared penal colony of Sarah Island. Cruise includes buffet lunch and dedicated on-board guides. For the ultimate experience, cruise in style on the Premier Upper Deck.

Prices from: Adult £80, Child £75

Prices from: Adult £78, Child £39

HOBART CITY TOUR

MARIA ISLAND DAY TOUR

Departure & Duration: 3 hours, Sun to Fri at 9.45am and 1.10 departure on Sat Glimpse all the highlights of historic Hobart on this coach tram tour as you visit Sullivan’s Cove, Hobart’s birthplace, Parliament House, Salamanca Place, Battery Point, South Hobart at the foot of Mt Wellington, the exquisite Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens and cross the Tasman Bridge over the Derwent River.

Departures & Duration: full day, Tues & Thurs (01 Dec - 31 Mar) from Hobart Just 1 hour’s drive from Hobart to the ferry and 45 minutes across the water, is Maria Island, accessed by foot passengers only. Step back in time, slow down and enjoy a big day out on this stunning island National Park rich in local wildlife, amazing scenery, spectacular coastal cliffs, deserted beaches and world heritage convict history. Enjoy a series of moderate walks exploring the beautiful Painted Cliffs, the dramatic Fossil Cliffs and the remarkable Darlington World Heritage convict site.

Prices from: Adult £33, Child £16

Prices from: Adult £89, Child £83

HOTEL GRAND CHANCELLOR, HOBART 4H

SOMERSET ON THE PIER, HOBART 4H

Located in the prime position of Hobart’s waterfront with stunning views of the River Derwent and Mount Wellington, the Hotel Grand Chancellor is Hobart’s premier hotel. Boasting 244 rooms with the option of either Harbour, Mountain or City, experience the best views in Hobart. These spacious rooms offer guests all the modern conveniences expected from a 4-star property including 24-hour room service, high-speed wi-fi Internet, knowledgeable and friendly concierge, laundry facilities, heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and gymnasium. The hotel’s lobby is home to the Atrium Lounge Bar and Restaurant Tasman. Both venues stock the finest in Tasmanian produce and offer a relaxing spot to unwind and take in the views.

Housed in a conversion of a 1930’s pier building, Somerset on the Pier provides a range of 1-bedroom and family contemporary apartments suited for a weekend away or an extended stay. Located on the shores of Hobart’s waterfront they are the perfect base to explore this vibrant city. Hobart’s CBD, restaurants, shopping precincts and main attractions including Salamanca Place, home to the famous Salamanca Market, Battery Point, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the ferry to the Museum of Old and New Art — MONA ­— are all on your doorstep. Each apartment is equipped with free wi-fi Internet, kitchenettes, contemporary décor and a loft-style design exuding space and comfort. Somerset on the Pier also offers a guest lounge and stunning views of the River Derwent from the Premier Apartments.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • guest lounge • business centre/Internet • gym • indoor heated pool • sauna • hair & beauty salon • art gallery • laundry • valet parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 244 guestrooms & suites • mini-bar • TV • in-room movies • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service

ROOM FACILITIES ••• mini-bar • flat screen TV • DVD/CD player • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • kitchenette

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details

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Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • cafe • guest lounge • free wi-fi Internet • conference facilities • laundry

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TA S M A N I A H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

WREST POINT HOTEL, HOBART 4H

HENRY JONES ART HOTEL, HOBART 5H

Wrest Point Hotel offers guests 4-star accommodation just minutes from the Hobart CBD. The expansive waterfront property offers varying accommodation options including the iconic tower with stunning mountain and water views. The hotel’s dining options are bountiful, inclusive of 5 different restaurant options which will appeal to all pallets, and 4 bar experiences where guests can sip on a refreshing drink. Island hopping is made easy from the location, and with over 200 Tasmanian tourist attractions within easy reach, there’s certainly an abundance of things to see and do.

Australia’s first dedicated art hotel stands proudly on Hobart’s glorious waterfront. A row of handsome, historic warehouses and a former jam factory dating from the 1820s have been creatively transformed into an enthralling and luxurious first-class hotel showcasing the work of Tasmania’s finest visual artists. Guided art and history tours are offered daily by the dedicated art and history liasons. Most of the 56 rooms have close harbour and water views where you can watch fishing trawlers slip quietly by just beneath your window, while others overlook the stunning glass atrium and reveal glimpses of the old jam factory interior.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 5 restaurants • 4 bars • health club • pool • free wi-fi Internet • day spa • mini-golf • guest laundry • car parking facilities

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • cocktail bar • café • business centre/wi-fi • guest laundry • 24hr room service • complimentary valet parking

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 269 water edge, standard & deluxe rooms • TV • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • hairdryer

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 56 lavish rooms & suites • mini-bar • flat-screen cable TV • CD/DVD player • iPod docking station • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details

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Standard room from £120 Deluxe spa room from £132 Standard harbour view room from £147

QUALITY HOTEL COLONIAL LAUNCESTON 3H

PEPPERS SEAPORT HOTEL, LAUNCESTON 4+H

Quality Hotel Colonial Launceston is centrally located in the commercial district and close to all tourist attractions, sporting venues, shops, cafés and the City Park Launceston. The hotel is an ideal base for leisure travellers and offers welcoming guestrooms with contemporary décor and traditional feel, including standard, deluxe and business class hotel rooms, as well as 1-bedroom and spa suites. Brand new self-contained apartments are also available for those who wish to spoil themselves with some extra space and facilities. Relax in the ambience of the historic building and enjoy the finest Tasmanian food and beverages at Three Steps on George Bar & Restaurant.

Peppers Seaport Hotel offers stylish and contemporary waterfront accommodation, just 5 minutes from the centre of Launceston. Taking its character from its waterfront setting, the hotel offers premium, luxury, boutique accommodation with superb views out over the confluence of the North Esk and Tamar Rivers towards Cataract Gorge. Situated at the heart of Launceston’s Old Seaport Dock area, Peppers Seaport Hotel is surrounded by restaurants and cafés offering a good choice of fine food and more casual dining. The hotel’s restaurant and bar area also provides a stylish hub.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • free wi-fi Internet • gym • massage facilities • business centre • parking • laundry • room service (limited hours)

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • café • wi-fi Internet • laundry service • concierge

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 70 rooms • mini-bar • TV • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 60 stylish guestrooms & suites • mini-bar • TV with in-house movies • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service (limited hours) • balcony (suites only) • CD/DVD player • kitchen & laundry (suites only)

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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TA S M A N I A

FRANKLIN MANOR, STRAHAN 4H Franklin Manor is centrally located, overlooking the bay in the charming fishing village of Strahan. Gateway to the mighty Franklin and Gordon Rivers, steeped in history and natural beauty, Strahan is one of Tasmania’s significant tourist experiences. Guest can enjoy the company of fellow travellers in the comfortable lounge with its soft lamplight and roaring log fire. You may wish to take a leisurely break on the veranda or explore the garden with its century old rhododendrons, duck pond and towering trees. Only a short walk from the beautiful Strahan Harbour and choice of restaurants/attractions. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 guest lounges • wi-fi Internet • extensive gardens • breakfast room

PEPPERS CRADLE MOUNTAIN LODGE, CRADLE MOUNTAIN 4H No visit to Australia is complete without a visit to the outback to experience exotic wildlife and ancient plants and forests. Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is discreetly located on the edge of the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and was recently named one of Lonely Planet’s most extraordinary places to stay. Overlooking a hinterland of birds, plants and ancient forests, you can make the most of being in the outdoors whilst enjoying the rustic luxury and services of a hotel in the exquisite suites and cabins. Most rooms have an open-fire and all are finished to the highest standard. After a long day of adventuring what better way to unwind than a visit to Waldheim Alpine Spa. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • 2 bars • guest lounge • wi-fi Internet kiosk • day spa • shop • board games

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 14 guestrooms • TV • bath (some rooms) • ensuite SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 86 cabins & suites • mini-bar • CD player • open or gas fires • tea & coffee making facilities • shower only (spa baths in spa cabins, spa suites and King Billy Suites)

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

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PORT ARTHUR VILLAS, PORT ARTHUR 3+H

FREYCINET LODGE, FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK 4H

Located next to the Port Arthur Historic Site, this is a perfect location to explore the historic charm of Port Arthur. It is only a short walk to the entry of the historic site from your studio or 2-bedroom villa at Port Arthur Villas. Set among beautifully managed gardens with the convenience of parking at your door, Port Arthur Villas provides a welcoming place to spend a few nights taking in the sights of the Tasman Peninsula region. All villa units are air conditioned and feature full kitchens complete with dishwasher, stove top, oven and microwave. Arguably, Port Arthur is one of the most scenically beautiful parts of Tasmania. Must see and do experiences include Tasman Island Cruises, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and amazing geological formations at the nearby Remarkable Cave and at Eagle Hawk Neck the Tesselated Pavement, Blowhole, Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen.

Located just 2.5 hours’ drive from Hobart, Freycinet National Park is a rugged and beautiful area known for its granite mountains, azure bays and white-sand beaches. Uniquely set within the National Park, and with a spectacular waterfront location at the foot of ‘The Hazards’, there’s no better base for exploring than the Freycinet Lodge. The private and environmentally-friendly cabins are sensitively-sited in coastal bushland on the shores of Great Oyster Bay. Timber boardwalks link the cabins to the main Lodge, where you’ll find 2 restaurants, a cosy lounge and bar and an expansive deck overlooking the water. Freycinet Lodge is a superb place from which to enjoy activities including guided walks, wildlife tours, 4WD tours, sea kayaking and the walking trail to the famous lookout over Wineglass Bay (voted one of the world’s top 10 beaches).

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• free wi-fi Internet • free parking

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • bar • guest lounge • free wi-fi Internet (main lodge) • activities • lodge shop • providore

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 9 studios, 1 & 2-bedroom apartments • kitchen • lounge • aircon • TV • iPod dock • DVD player • fridge/mini-bar SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 60 beautifully appointed cabins • TV • refrigerator • ceiling fans • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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TA S M A N I A

10 day Grand Circle Hobart • Strahan • Gordon River Cruise • Cradle Mountain • Launceston • Freycinet National Park • Port Arthur • Hobart

• Cruise into the pristine wilderness of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park • Kick back at a cosy, remote lodge in the shadow of Cradle Mountain • Explore Launceston, with its dramatic Cataract Gorge • Go kayaking or hiking amidst the beautiful surroundings of Freycinet National Park • Step back in time to Australia’s earliest days at the former prison in Port Arthur • Explore Hobart’s historic waterfront

S E L F D R I V E TO U R I N G

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Departures: Daily Day 1: Hobart - Strahan (298km/ 185 miles/ 4 hours) Travel across the centre of Tasmania to Strahan, passing through the lush scenery of the World Heritage Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Perhaps take the short scenic walk to Donaghys Lookout for spectacular views of the Franklin River Valley and Frenchmans Cap. Standard: Strahan Village; Superior: Franklin Manor (2 nights) Day 2: Strahan & Gordon River Cruise

where you are free to relax. Perhaps visit beautiful Cataract Gorge, just 15 minutes’ walk from the centre. (B) Standard: Quality Hotel Colonial Launceston; Superior:

Peppers Seaport Hotel Days 6 & 7: Launceston - Freycinet (309km/ 192 miles/ 4 hours via the Bay of Fires) Explore the spectacular beaches of the Bay of Fires and travel the tranquil coast to Freycinet National Park. Full day to explore; go kayaking, take a cruise or hike to the spectacular curved sandy beach at Wineglass Bay. Note: Guests must purchase a national

On day 2 you are booked on a spectacular Gordon River lunch cruise through the unspoilt scenery of what is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. (BL*)

park pass locally, which costs approx. $24 per vehicle per 24-hour period. (B*) Standard &

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Day 3: Strahan - Cradle Mountain (159km/ 99 miles/ 2 hours)

Day 8: Freycinet - Port Arthur (210km/ 130 miles/ 3 hours) Drive across Eaglehawk Neck where dogs used to be stationed to capture any escaped prisoners from Port Arthur, the infamous former convict settlement. Entrance is included to the historic and extensive convict-era ruins, still atmospheric today. (B) Standard & Superior: Port Arthur Villas

Travel north to the small town of Zeehan, named after Abel Tasman’s ship and now a classified historic town. From Zeehan continue to Rosebery and then to Cradle Mountain National Park. (B*) Standard & Superior: Peppers Cradle Mountain

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Day 5: Cradle Mountain Launceston (142km/ 89 miles/ 2 hours) Drive through the attractive foothills of Mount Roland on the direct, scenic route to Launceston

Day 9: Port Arthur - Hobart (94km/ 59 miles/ 1.5 hours) Perhaps take a harbour cruise or guided walk around Port Arthur. Enjoy the scenic Tasman Peninsula before driving back to historic Hobart where you’re free to explore. Standard: Travelodge Hobart; Superior: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart Day 10: Hobart The tour concludes on day 10. Note: Return your car by the same time it was picked up on day 1 to avoid additional charges.

PRICES INCLUDE • 9 nights’ hotel accommodation on a room-only basis (unless specified otherwise) • Gordon River cruise & entrance to Port Arthur Historic Site • Avis car rental for the tour duration • Self-drive kit, including maps & Prices are per person based on twin share instructions Standard from  Superior from 

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TA S M A N I A

10 day Walking With Wildlife Hobart • Huon • Russell Falls • Lake St Clair • Queenstown • Strahan • Corinna • Cradle Mountain National Park • Scottsdale • Bay of Fires • Bicheno • Freycient National Park • Port Arthur

Departures: Daily, please call for details. Day 1: Hobart REST Australia Tours will meet you on arrival at the airport and if you have any questions will be happy to assist. Pick up your car from the rental desk and proceed to the scenic waterfront city of Hobart. Your travel documentation will be waiting for you at theLAND hotel reception. Standard: Salamanca Suites; Deluxe: Henry Jones Art

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(132 km/ 82 miles/ 3 hours) Set off early, travelling south through Huon towards Geeveston, a small township set in the lower reaches of the Huon Valley. This picturesque valley has arguably some of the most beautiful scenery in all of LAND Tasmania. Continue onto Hartz Mountain 1 NIGHTS STAYED National Park and the Tahune Airwalk Scottsdale St Helens Cradle 1 for spectacular walking opportunities. Mountain National Park Corinna 1 With its breathtaking views of the 1 Bicheno 1 LAND forest canopy, spine-tingling swinging Coles Bay AIR Queenstown bridges across the Huon and Lake Strahan1 1 NIGHTS STAYED 1 St. Clair Picton Rivers and countless hiking Freycinet National Park opportunities, there is a lot to offer. Hobart 1 Enjoy a peaceful forest ramble or one LAND of the more challenging hikes. Returning RAIL Huon 1 Port Arthur 1 CRUISE via an alternate route back to Huon, make V

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sure you stop at Willie Smiths Apple Shed and discover the traditions behind making Australia’s best cider. (B) Standard: Hillside B&B; Deluxe: Huon Bush Retreat

Day 3: Huon – Russell Falls – Lake St Clair (275 km/ 171 miles/ 4 hours) Make the short journey back through Hobart and onto Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Continue west to Mt Field National Park and Russell Falls, the star attraction. There’s even more to be discovered in Tasmania’s most diverse national park, including Lady Barron Falls, Horseshoe Falls and many more on the way to the summit of Mount Field itself. (B) Standard & Deluxe: Lake St Clair Lodge Day 4: Lake St Clair – Queenstown – Strahan (132km/ 82 miles/ 2 hours) Travel west towards Queenstown. The West Coast Wilderness Railway is a beautifully restored scenic steam train that runs amongst the old growth rainforest, over valleys and streams and up steep rack and pinion line. Continue west to the harbour side village of Strahan. Set on the shores of Macquarie Harbour, Strahan has a dark and fascinating convict past and is the gateway to the magnificent Franklin – Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. (B) Standard: Strahan Village; Deluxe: Franklin Manor Day 5: Strahan – Corinna (95km/ 59 miles/ 1.5 hours) Option 1: Depart Strahan at 7:30am and travel north passing through the old mining town of Zeehan en-route to Corinna. On arrival join the Pieman River Cruise departing at 10am from Corinna. This scenic cruise takes you along the pristine Pieman River. Option 2: In Strahan join the most scenic and sought after eco-cruises


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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Discover heritage charm in Hobart • Meet Tasmania’s unique wildlife • Diverse and stunning landscapes including Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain, Bay of Fires, Wineglass Bay • Take a ride on the West Coast Wilderness Railway

Day 8: Scottsdale – Bay of Fires - Bicheno (183 km/ 114 miles/ 3.5 hours) Day 8’s drive will have you visiting some of the most scenic coastal landscape Australia has to offer. The world famous Bay of Fires is a slice of coastal heaven. Walk for miles along sugar-white sandy beaches, discover orange lichen-covered granite boulders and swim in the crystal clear turquoise water. Follow the coast south to Bicheno where penguin tours let you get up close to little fairy penguins at dusk.

(B*) Standard & Deluxe: Beachfront Bicheno * Standard option only Day 9: Bicheno – Freycinet NP – Port Arthur (275km/ 171 miles/ 4 hours) Start early with a beautiful sunrise over the ocean before taking the short drive deeper into Freycinet National Park; filled with an abundance of natural assets, including the pink granite peaks of the Hazards Range. Visit Friendlies Beach and take in the short hike to see the magnificent views of the iconic Wineglass Bay. After a morning of exploration, it is time to continue south to the historic settlement of Port Arthur. (B) Standard & Deluxe: Stewarts Bay Lodge in Tasmania along the Gordon River. Corinna was once a remote mining town, now an eco-tourism haven set in pristine rainforest surrounded by stunning wilderness and nature. (B) Standard & Deluxe: Corinna Wilderness Resort

Day 6: Corinna - Cradle Mountain National Park (123km/ 76 miles/ 2.5 hours) Drive north from Corinna passing Savage River and Waratah onto one of the state’s most remarkable locations, Cradle Mountain National Park, where ancient pines fringe glacial lakes and icy streams cascade down rugged mountains. The Dove Lake Circuit is a 6km track and one of Tasmania’s premier walks taking you around Dove Lake and beneath the towering spires of Cradle Mountain. Standard: Cradle Mountain Hotel; Deluxe: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge Day 7: Cradle Mountain National Park – Scottsdale (264km/ 164 miles/ 3.5 hours)

Day 10: Port Arthur - Hobart (83km/ 52 miles/ 1 hour) It is a short drive back to Hobart Airport for your onward travel plans. (B)

PRICES INCLUDE • 9 nights’ accommodation • Meals as specified: 8 breakfasts • Activities and experiences as specified • Rental car throughout as specified • Full vehicle insurance • Travel documentation including tour manual with detailed day to day driving instructions and recommendations

A leisurely drive takes you through the second largest city in Tasmania and one of Australia’s oldest, Launceston. It is one of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia with its elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks. Cataract Gorge is an essential stop for lunch. Continue north along the banks of the picturesque Tamar River up the Tamar Valley, passing the scented lavender farms on the outskirts of Scottsdale. (B) Standard: Willow Lodge; Deluxe: Barnbougle Prices are per person based on twin share

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New Zealand

Visit New Zealand and you’ll be rewarded with living landscapes like nowhere else on Earth. Experiencing nature at its most raw and varied, you’ll understand why the locals call it ‘God’s Own Country’. Consistently in the making, its geology being some of the most recently formed on Earth, this exceptional wonderland also boasts a rich cultural diversity. Its charming towns and vibrant cities offer unique Kiwi Hospitality which nicely wraps the unforgettable gift that is New Zealand. No matter when or where you travel around New Zealand you’ll always be rewarded with an amazing experience every day of your journey. Although summer months are without doubt an excellent time to visit, Spring and Autumn are also highly recommended as temperatures are pleasant and great value abounds. Spring or ‘waterfall season’ is when New Zealand bursts into new life with colourful blooms and baby wildlife, and Autumn offers long sunny days under a canopy of golden leaves.

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TIME DIFFERENCE: GMT +12 hours.

VISAS: A 10-year British or EU passport is required for travel to New Zealand, and must be valid for at least 6 months. LANGUAGE: English. CURRENCY: New Zealand dollar (NZ$) FLIGHT INFORMATION: Most international flights into New Zealand arrive into Auckland, with some services into Christchurch.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT: The Southern Hemisphere’s seasons are the opposite of our own, with summer (Dec-Mar) bringing warmer temperatures. The further north the warmer it becomes, with the Bay of Islands experiencing almost tropical climes. Winter (Jun-Aug) brings cooler temperatures, and snowfall on New Zealand’s South Island.

FLYING TIME FROM UK: 21-24 hours.

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NEW ZEALAND APPROXIMATE DRIVING DISTANCES (KILOMETRES) 295 652 342 201 282 235 521 237 365 424 124 496 444 Auckland 739 1096 786 645 726 679 967 216 809 868 568 940 Cape Reinga 201 534 431 291 337 274 397 733 582 221 385 Gisborne Christchurch 196 528 468 109 158 111 397 361 241 298 Hamilton Dunedin 374 309 313 234 296 140 224 176 661 410 Napier Fox Glacier 539 421 393 352 251 309 305 308 234 602 New Plymouth Greymouth 201 559 256 532 889 579 438 519 472 760 Paihia Haast 324 123 416 544 408 142 207 395 239 323 Palmerston North Invercargill 422 746 545 209 583 85 454 178 83 84 Rotorua Kaikoura 756 653 329 530 547 182 169 370 58 156 Taupo Milford Sound 962 280 533 857 656 415 789 94 526 250 Tauranga Mount Cook 549 510 440 342 511 465 331 337 263 338 Tongariro Nelson 755 1146 245 1001 613 289 490 792 427 539 Wellington Picton 104 667 1118 156 912 390 350 551 703 338 Whakatane Queenstown 830 861 264 299 674 190 248 572 371 288 491

Te Anau 179 998 1026 429 120 842 160 413 737 536 295 669

Wanaka 278 113 763 754 207 398 607 295 141 465 264 281 434

Abel Tasman National Park Nelson

Picton Wellington Blenheim

Cook Strait Punakaiki

Kaikoura

Greymouth Hanmer Springs Hokitika Arthur’s Pass

Franz Josef Glacier Fox Glacier

Haast

Christchurch Mt. Cook

Akaroa

Lake Tekapo

Haast Pass Timaru

Milford Sound Wanaka

SOUTH ISLAND

Queenstown Oamaru

Doubtful Sound Te Anau

Dunedin Clifden

Invercargill Bluff

Oban

Half Moon Bay

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Cape Reinga

Bay of Islands

Paihia

Whangarei Dargaville

Coromandel Peninsula Auckland

Whitianga

Whangamata

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NORTH ISLAND

Hamilton

Rotorua

Tasman Sea Gisborne

Taupo

New Plymouth

Tongariro National Park Hawke’s Bay Napier Hastings

Pacific Ocean Palmerston North

Martinborough Wellington

Cook Strait

Highlights

AUCKLAND & THE NORTH

From Auckland, hop on-board a scenic ferry to Waiheke Island. Take a helicopter ride over the Bay of Islands for a thrilling bird’s-eye view of these picturesque islands. Visit the Coromandel Peninsula, and dig a hole on the remarkable Hot Water Beach for a thermal soak.

QUEENSTOWN, FIORDLAND & SOUTHERN LAKES

Visit the adventure capital of Queenstown, and go white-water rafting and jetboating down the thrilling Shotover River. Take an overnight cruise through the scenery of Milford or Doubtful Sound.

WELLINGTON & MARTINBOROUGH

WEST COAST & GLACIERS

Visit the fascinating Te Papa National Museum in Wellington. Hire a bike to tour Martinborough’s vineyards and learn a thing or two about the local wines. Ride Wellington’s cable car for panoramic views over the stunning natural harbour.

Fly by helicopter over the Franz Josef Glacier and then land on the ice and hike. Visit Punakaiki to see the remarkable Pancake Rocks and the crowd-pleasing tidal blowholes. Travel down a glacial valley along the Haast River in a jetboat.

NAPIER & HAWKE’S BAY

CHRISTCHURCH, DUNEDIN & BEYOND

Visit the seaside resort of Napier and see the Art Déco architecture and visit one of the local wineries. Enjoy a 4WD safari to Cape Kidnappers, just south of Napier, and see the largest mainland gannet colony in the world.

ROTORUA, TAUPO & TONGARIRO

Tour the mudpools and geysers of geothermal Rotorua, and finish the day with a hangi dinner. Visit Lake Taupo, the largest freshwater volcanic lake in the world. Enjoy New Zealand’s best day walk along the Tongariro Crossing, alongside 3 dramatic volcanic peaks.

Fly above Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains in a hot air balloon past the alpine peaks of the Southern Alps. Go whale watching at Kaikoura, and look out for dolphins, seals and other marine life. Make the Scottish-influenced city of Dunedin your base for exploring the penguin and albatross colonies.

MARLBOROUGH & ABEL TASMAN

Walk along the Queen Charlotte Track through the secluded bays of the Marlborough Sounds. Paddle in a sea kayak around the rugged headlands of Abel Tasman National Park to view seals and dolphins. Go wine tasting in Blenheim – best known for its sauvignon blancs.

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New Zealand Escorted Touring Holidays

With its compact geography, New Zealand lends itself perfectly to a two or three week touring holiday, and there’s no better way to take the stress out of travelling than by booking an Escorted Tour with one of our experienced partners. From the culture and history of Maori people in the North Island to the stunning mountains and fiords of the South Island, there is an experience to suit all ages and interests. Travelling with new friends from around the world, your expert Tour Director will guide you to all of the iconic sights and bring the history and culture of the destination to life, all free from the stress and hassle of driving yourself. We have selected our touring partners with great care, ensuring that you will enjoy the best holiday experience possible.

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APT is one of Australasia’s most renowned tour operators, with over 90 years’ expertise in creating memorable holidays. With experiences to suit every taste and budget, APT offers a comprehensive range of luxury tours with a choice of sightseeing experiences included in the price whilst their Travelmarvel tours offer outstanding value for money with more free-time and flexibility. At each stage, your expert Tour Director will guide you and take care of the finer details, leaving you free to immerse yourself in the local culture and customs.

A Guided Holiday or Inspiring Journey with the award-winning AAT Kings strikes the perfect balance between exciting organised activities and free time to explore at your own pace. You’ll travel by air-conditioned luxury motorcoach, accompanied by a friendly and knowledgeable Travel Director and Driver Guide, and enjoy a feast of dining and sightseeing experiences along the way. From the picture-postcard highlights to the hidden gems that you might have missed if travelling independently, let AAT Kings show you the best that New Zealand has to offer.

Grand Pacific Tours is recognised as the New Zealand Coach Holiday specialist, offering four styles of touring to suit all budgets and interests – Affordable, Luxury, Ultimate Small Group and Special Interest including Cruise & Luxury Coach, with over 190 guaranteed departures per year. Family-owned and operated, they pride themselves on the highly professional and personalised service they offer to thousands of travellers every year providing each one with the best New Zealand coach holiday experience available.

Specialists in Small Group Journeys, Silver Fern Holidays combine mustsee sights with off-the-beaten-track experiences and friendly places to stay. Each of the itineraries includes amazing sights and free time for you to enjoy New Zealand in your own way, whether that is throwing yourself off a mountain or tasting a new pinot noir. The hand-picked tour leaders delight in giving personal insights and sharing their love of the country while looking after all of the little details to allow you to relax and enjoy the Kiwi hospitality.


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Auckland • Hokianga • Bay of Islands • Rotorua • Taupo • Napier • Havelock North • Martinborough • Wellington

• With a maximum of 20 passengers per departure, this tour offers a more intimate and personalised touring experience with all the quality and experiences you’d expect from APT • In Auckland, board a scenic cruise to Waiheke Island, where you will enjoy a wine tasting, vineyard tour and a Welcome Dinner • Explore the spectacular Bay of Islands on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock • Be welcomed into the home of a local as you are treated to an authentic Maori dinner in Rotorua • At Malo Restaurant, savour an inspired menu that adopts a sophisticated, modern twist, accompanied by some of the finest New Zealand wines

S M A L L G R O U P TO U R I N G

13 day North Island Wonders

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Departures: 2019: Oct 19; Nov 9, 30; Dec 21. 2020: Jan 11; Feb 1, 22; Mar 14. Day 1: Arrive Auckland

Day 8: Rotorua - Taupo - Napier - Havelock North

You will be transferred to your boutique hotel overlooking the vibrant Princes Wharf. The afternoon is yours at leisure. (D) M Social Auckland (2 nights)

Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway to the heart of the North Island with a stop at Lake Taupo. Enter the Hawke’s Bay wine region with a stop in Napier on the way to Havelock North. Enjoy a delicious meal at Malo Restaurant with modern cuisine accompanied by the finest New Zealand wines. (BD) Porters Hotel (2 nights)

Day 2: Auckland This morning, enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland. You will see iconic sites including Auckland University, Viaduct Basin, The Strand and the Rose Gardens. This afternoon, you have a choice of sightseeing. (B)

Day 3: Auckland - Hokianga Depart Auckland for the Hokianga region today. Along the way, visit the Kauri Museum, which details the story of pioneering settlers of the Kauri industry, as well as the legacy of Kauri forests. (BD) The Heads Omapere (2 nights)

Day 4: Hokianga With a day at leisure to explore, perhaps learn the Maori tradition of flax weaving, or nature lovers will delight with a scenic coastal walk. Alternatively embark on a Footprints Waipoua tour, where you will experience the affinity that early Maori had with the surrounding forests. (BD) 2

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Day 5: Hokianga - Bay of Islands - Auckland Explore the Bay of Islands on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. Meander through the inner islands, admiring the beaches and rocky outcrops. (BD) M

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Social Auckland Day 6: Auckland - Matamata - Rotorua Head to Matamata and experience Middle-earth during a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, as well as lunch at the Green Dragon Inn. Later, arrive in Rotorua. (BL) Princes Gate Hotel (2 nights)

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Explore Rotorua with a choice of sightseeing. Perhaps experience the Agrodome Farm Show, complete with a live sheep shearing demonstration. Or visit New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and colourful hot springs at Wai-O-Tapu. (BD)

Day 9: Havelock North Today, choose your included sightseeing activity. Perhaps explore the rugged coastline of the pristine Gannet Beach, or alternatively enjoy a traditional Art Deco experience in Napier. (BD)

Day 10: Havelock North - Martinborough Travel to the picturesque wine village of Martinborough. Here, delight in a stay at a country estate set amongst picturesque vineyards, with sweeping gardens and panoramic views. (BD) Peppers Parehua (2 nights)

Day 11: Martinborough Active passengers can enjoy a bike ride through the surrounding vineyards before savouring a picnic lunch. Alternatively, browse the quaint shops in the charming Greytown. (BD)

Day 12: Martinborough - Wellington Travel to Wellington and visit New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, delving into the fascinating history of this country. (BD) QT Museum Wellington

Day 13: Wellington Transfer to Wellington Airport for your onward flight or return flight to the UK (B)

PRICES INCLUDE • 12 nights’ accommodation in selected hotels • Meals as specified: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 10 dinners • Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach • Dedicated Tour Director, plus expert local guides • Transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary Prices are per person based on twin share

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15 day New Zealand Getaway Auckland • Bay of Islands • Rotorua • Wellington • West Coast • Queenstown • Milford Sound • Dunedin

Departures: 2019: Jan 4, 8, 15, 22; Feb 1, 10, 12, 17, 24; Mar 5, 10, 19; Apr 7; May 5; Sep 8, 22; Oct 4, 11, 18; Nov 1, 15. 2020: Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb 11, 14, 18, 28; Mar 6, 13, 20. Note: Itinerary shown is valid until Sep 22 2019. Departures after this date will follow a revised itinerary, please call for details. Bay of Islands 2 LAND AIR RAIL CRUISE Auckland 2 NIGHTS STAYED Hamilton Waitomo

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Explore New Zealand’s finest national maritime park on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and sail through the Hole in the Rock. In the afternoon, return to Auckland. (BD) Rydges Auckland

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Day 5: Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua

Day 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands

Leaving Auckland, travel to the famous Waitomo Caves to experience a guided tour of the underground limestone caverns, lit by thousands of tiny glowworms. In the afternoon, arrive in Rotorua, where you can immerse yourself in Maori Culture with a guided tour of the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute followed by a traditional Maori Hangi feast and concert. (BD) Rydges Rotorua (2 nights)

Travel north to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve, where you’ll view the giant Kauri Tree, Tane Mahuta - ‘Lord of the Forest’. Continue to the Bay of Islands, the birthplace of the nation where in 1840 the Waitingi Treaty, founding document of modern New Zealand, was signed between the British and the Maori chiefs. (BD) Copthorne Resort Bay

1 Wellington Picton LAND Blenheim AIR 1 NIGHTS STAYED Arthurs Kaikoura Pass Greymouth of Islands (2 nights) Franz Josef Mt 1 Christchurch Glacier Day 3: Bay of Islands LAND Cook Fox Glacier 1 RAIL 1 Tekapo The Bay of Islands is home to 144 islands — a HaastCRUISE playground for lovers of anything aquatic. Enjoy 1 NIGHTS STAYED Milford Queenstown full day at leisure; perhaps take a day tour to Cape Sound 2

Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure in beautiful Auckland. Rydges

Day 6: Rotorua In the morning, enjoy breakfast before visiting one of the region’s most famous attractions, the Agrodome, where a sheep display will entertain you. Alternative optional sightseeing includes a thrilling ‘White Island Active Volcano’ flight (own expense). Note: Country homestay option is available tonight, ask for details. (B)

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Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach, relax with a round of golf, or even go swimming with dolphins. (B)

Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo and thundering Huka Falls. Continue on to Tongariro National Park to Wellington. (B);

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett’s ‘Hole in the Rock’ in tropical Bay of Islands • Experience a unique Maori traditional feast in the geothermal resort of Rotorua • See the stunning scenery of the Southern Alps and Westland National Park • Spend 2 nights in the adventure capital of Queenstown • Admire the waterfalls, cliffs and rainforests on a Milford Sound boat cruise • Visit stately Larnach Castle • Gaze at breathtaking views of Mount Cook. At 3,754 metres, this is New Zealand’s highest peak and is known as Aoraki, or ‘cloud piercer’ by the Maori

Day 12: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau Follow the Remarkables mountain range to Fiordland National Park and then travel the Milford Road, renowned as one of the world’s best alpine drives, to Milford Sound. Board your boat for a full-length cruise of the beautiful fiord in this World Heritagelisted area. (BD) Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

Day 13: Te Anau - Dunedin Leaving the Fiordland region for Dunedin, you’ll enjoy a city tour on arrival before visiting Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. (BD) Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 14: Dunedin - Lake Tekapo Journey along the coast and see the Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach, then stop in Oamaru. View Mt Cook before arriving at Lake Tekapo. (BD) Peppers Bluewater

Resort Lake Tekapo Day 15: Lake Tekapo - depart Christchurch Look around the beautiful Lake Tekapo and from here, travel across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. In the afternoon, your tour concludes with a transfer to the airport. (B) Operated by Travelmarvel, part of the APT Travel Group

Day 8: Wellington - Cook Strait - Kaikoura - Christchurch Cruise across Cook Strait through the breathtaking Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds to Picton and then along the spectacular Pacific Ocean drive to Christchurch via Kaikoura. (BD) Quality Hotel Elms, Christchurch

Day 9: Christchurch - Fox Glacier In the morning, you have an opportunity to board the award-winning TranzAlpine train (own expense) to experience the stunning scenery of the Southern Alps. Alternatively, enjoy this journey aboard the tour coach. Continue along the dramatic coastline viewing the Franz Josef Glacier en route to Westland National Park. (BD)

PRICES INCLUDE • 14 nights’ accommodation in comfortable, mid-range hotels • Meals as specified: 14 breakfasts, 8 dinners • Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach • Dedicated Tour Director • Airport transfers and sightseeing as specified (excludes ‘optional’ items)

Heartland Hotel, Fox Glacier Day 10: Haast Pass - Queenstown Travelling across the Haast Pass, you’ll then trace the shorelines of beautiful lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown. (B) Copthorne Hotel &

Apartments Queenstown Lakeview (2 nights) Day 11: Queenstown You’ll be spoilt for choice in Queenstown with plenty of optional sightseeing (own expense) for adventurers and leisure seekers alike. Perhaps ride the gondola for panoramic aerial views, take a thrilling jetboat ride and experience Queenstown’s lively culinary scene. Please enquire for further details. (B)

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17 day New Zealand Wonderland Auckland • Bay of Islands • Rotorua • Wellington • Franz Josef Glacier • Queenstown • Milford Sound • Te Anau • Dunedin • Mount Cook • Christchurch

Departures: 2019: Jan 5, 19, 25; Feb 9, 16, 20, 25; Mar 2, 9, 27; Apr 6, 20; May 11; Aug 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 4, 18; Nov 1, 15, 29. 2020: Jan 3, 10, 24; Feb 7, 14, 21; Mar 3, 13. Note: Itinerary shown is valid until Sep 28 2019. Departures after this date will follow a revised itinerary, please call for details. 2

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Palmerston North

Travel along the Hibiscus Coast and visit the Matakohe Kauri Museum for an insight Picton 2 into the pioneering history of the Northland Wellington LAND region. Arriving into the Bay of Islands, Blenheim AIR enjoy a guided tour of the historic Waitangi 1 NIGHTS STAYED Arthurs Kaikoura Pass Treaty Grounds where, in 1840, the founding Franz Josef document of modern New Zealand was signed Glacier 1 2 between the British and the Maori chiefs. (BD) Christchurch Fox LAND Glacier 1

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Day 3: Bay of Islands Select from an extensive range of ‘Freedom of Choice’ options. Perhaps a tour to Cape Reinga with a drive along the sands of Ninety Mile Beach, a tall ship sailing or even a dolphin watching adventure cruise. (B)

Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland In the morning, explore the Bay of Islands on a cruise to Cape Brett and the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Later, return to Auckland for a special Pacific-themed dinner at your hotel.

(BD) Grand Millennium Auckland Day 5: Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua Leaving the ‘City of Sails’, travel south to the Waitomo Caves for a boat ride through a mystical grotto lit by thousands of tiny glow worms. Immerse yourself in Rotorua culture that evening with an authentic Maori Hangi feast and traditional entertainment. (BD) Holiday Inn Rotorua (2 nights)

Day 6: Rotorua Discover some of Rotorua’s iconic attractions today from a wide selection of ‘Freedom of Choice’ activities. Perhaps enjoy a sheep show at the Agrodome, marvel at the geysers and bubbling mud pools at Te Puia Thermal Reserve, or visit some of the sets from the Lord of the Rings movies. (B)


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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands • Underground boat ride through the glowworm caves at Waitomo • The geothermal resort of Rotorua and a traditional Maori Hangi evening • Magnificent Franz Josef Glacier • Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak

Day 11: Franz Josef - Queenstown Today, sit back and admire the incredible scenery as you travel along the rugged West Coast to Queenstown. That evening, you’ll have a choice of four unique dining establishments where you can sample some of the best New Zealand fayre. (BD)

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside (2 nights) Day 12: Queenstown Superb ‘Freedom of Choice’ touring options reveal Queenstown as an exhilarating alpine resort, perfect for adventurers and leisure-seekers alike. Select from wine tasting, a Lakeshore Forest and Bird Walk, a jetboat ride on the Shotover River, or a thrilling 4WD experience on Mt. Nicholas. (B)

Day 13: Queenstown - Milford - Te Anau This morning enjoy one of the most scenic drives of the trip en route to Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. Cruise the full length of this beautiful fiord and see the mile-high summit of Mitre Peak reflected in the glassy waters. Later, continue to Te Anau for your overnight stay and Taste of Fiordland dinner. (BD) Distinction Te

Anau Hotel & Villas Day 14: Te Anau - Dunedin Journey through rolling countryside east to Dunedin. Today, your next ‘Freedom of Choice’ activity awaits – you may choose to jump aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway, or tour the iconic Larnach Castle. For lovers of wildlife, a visit to view the albatross and penguin colonies on the Otago Peninsula is a must. (BD) Scenic Hotel Southern

Day 7: Rotorua - Taupo - Wellington

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Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway to the heart of the North Island. Visit the mighty Huka Falls and Lake Taupo before travelling across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. In the evening, enjoy a ‘Freedom of Choice’ dining experience. (BD)

Day 15: Dunedin - Mount Cook

InterContinental Wellington (2 nights)

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View the unique Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach before heading inland to Mount Cook National Park. ‘Freedom of Choice’ activities here include guided nature walks, a glacier cruise or a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. (BD) The

Day 8: Wellington

Day 16: Mount Cook - Tekapo - Christchurch

After breakfast, explore the vibrant city of Wellington on a sightseeing tour. See the spectacular new waterfront area and take some time to visit Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s stunning National Museum. The rest of the day is yours to discover the rest of the city’s highlights at your own pace. (B)

Travel back to the Canterbury region via the alpine shores of Lake Tekapo. Back in Christchurch this evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel with your fellow travellers. (BD) Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Day 9: Wellington - Kaikoura - Christchurch

Transfer to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. (B)

Step aboard the Interislander Ferry to cruise across Cook Strait and through stunning Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds to Picton. Visit the quaint fishing town of Kaikoura, famous for its whale watching, before continuing to Christchurch.

(BD) The Commodore, Christchurch Day 10: Christchurch - Franz Josef This morning, board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail journeys across the Southern Alps. Disembark at Arthur’s Pass to re-board your coach and continue to Hokitika before arriving into Franz Josef and enjoying a special 4-course dinner at your luxury eco-resort. (BD) Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 17: Depart Christchurch PRICES INCLUDE • 16 nights’ accommodation in luxury hotels • Meals as specified: 16 breakfasts, 12 dinners • Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach • Dedicated Tour Director, plus expert local guides • Airport transfers and sightseeing as per Prices are per person based on twin share itinerary (excluding ‘optional’ items) Standard from 

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9 day Taste of the South Island Christchurch • Omarama • Dunedin • Te Anau • Milford Sound • Queenstown • Fox Glacier • Arthur’s Pass

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • City Sights Tour of Christchurch and Dunedin • Dunedin Haggis ceremony & tour of Larnach Castle • Picnic Lunch on Milford Sound Cruise • Evening cruise on Lake Wakatipu aboard the steamship TSS Earnslaw • TranzAlpine rail journey across the Southern Alps

2019 Departures: Jan 18, 22; Feb 2, 5, 8, 12, 14, 19, 23; Mar 2, 4, 7, 13, 16, 22, 24, 26; Apr 6, 9, 13, 25; May 2. 2020 Departures: Jan 8, 18; Feb 2, 5, 8, 12, 14, 19, 23; Mar 2, 4, 7, 11, 16, 22, 24, 26. Day 1: Arrive Christchurch

at this year round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. (BL)

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. (D) Quality Hotel Elms

Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights)

Day 2: Christchurch - Omarama

This is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain and Tour Guide are available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or to get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. (BSD)

After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. (BD)

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This morning travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. (BD) Distinction Luxmore

Hotel, Superior Room Day 5: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise on this

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Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you will visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to the township of Fox Glacier. (BD) Heartland Hotel Glacier Country or Heartland Hotel

Fox Glacier Day 8: Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world.

(BD) Quality Hotel Elms Day 9: Depart Christchurch Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. (B)

PRICES INCLUDE • 8 nights’ 3.5 star hotel accommodation as specified or similar • All touring & sightseeing as specified (excludes ‘optional’ items) • Meals as specified: 8 breakfasts, 1 picnic Prices are per person based on twin share lunch, 5 dinners, 2 speciality Standard from  dinners

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Christchurch • Omarama • Dunedin • Te Anau • Milford Sound • Queenstown • Fox Glacier • Picton • Wellington • Rotorua • Auckland

• Dunedin haggis ceremony & tour of Larnach Castle, including Devonshire Tea. • Picnic lunch on Milford Sound cruise • Evening cruise on Lake Wakatipu aboard the steamship TSS Earnslaw • TranzAlpine rail journey across the Southern Alps • InterIslander ferry across the Cook Strait • See Rotorua’s mud pools and geysers plus experience a traditional Maori Hangi & Concert • In Wellington, visit Te Papa – New Zealand’s National Museum • City Sights Tour of Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington

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14 day New Zealand Panorama

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

2019 Departures: Jan 18, 22; Feb 2, 5, 8, 12, 14, 19, 23; Mar 2, 4, 7, 13, 16, 22, 24, 26; Apr 6, 9, 13, 25; May 2. 2020 Departures: Jan 8, 18; Feb 2, 5, 8, 12, 14, 19, 23; Mar 2, 4, 7, 11, 16, 22, 24, 26. Day 1: Arrive Christchurch

Day 8: Fox Glacier – Arthur’s Pass – Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch, transfer to your hotel. (D) Quality Hotel Elms

After a visit to the Greenstone Factory in Hokitika, continue to Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains back to Christchurch. (BD) Quality Hotel Elms

Day 2: Christchurch - Omarama AfterLAND a tour of the city sights, cross the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo for a AIR visit to The Church of the Good Shepherd. Marvel at the spectacular mountain RAIL ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Perhaps enjoy a scenic flight CRUISE (optional, permitting) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama. 1 NIGHTSweather STAYED

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See Lake LAND Benmore before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its 1 limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city tour before a Scottish evening, NIGHTS STAYED complete with bagpipes and special Haggis Ceremony. (BSD) Mercure Leisure Lodge

Day 4: Dunedin - Te Anau TravelLAND along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic AIR and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden 1 NIGHTS STAYED of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Travel to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland. You may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (own expense). (BD) Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Superior Room LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

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Travel to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise past spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak. Your next stop, Auckland 1 Queenstown, on the shores of Lake Hamilton Wakatipu is renowned for its wide range 2 Rotorua LAND Taupo of activities and attractions. You may RAIL NIGHTS STAYED like to try the thrill of a jet boat ride (optional). Board the vintage steamship, the TSS Earnslaw on your final night and Picton 2 Wellington cruise across the lake to Walter Peak Station Blenheim RAIL and enjoy a delicious gourmet barbeque Arthur's NIGHTS STAYED Kaikoura Pass dinner. (BL,BSD) Mercure Queenstown Resort

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Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village en route to the Haast Pass, gateway to the West Coast. See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to Fox Glacier. (BD) Heartland Hotel Glacier Country or

Day 9: Christchurch - Picton - Wellington Travel to the seaside village of Kaikoura and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine. Continue to Picton where you board the Interislander Ferry for your journey across Cook Strait to Wellington. (BD)

ibis Wellington (2 nights) Day 10: Wellington A highlight of the morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. This is followed by an extensive city tour which explains the history and culture on show in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. The afternoon and evening is free. You may choose to dine at one of the city’s many fine restaurants. (B)

Days 11 & 12: Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua See the spectacular Lake Taupo and Huka Falls as you travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Next day begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua, including time for a luge ride. At Agrodome enjoy farming entertainment. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon. In the evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.

(BD,BSD) Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights) Day 13: Rotorua - Auckland Travel north to Auckland. Enjoy time at leisure to discover the city’s highlights. (BD)

Hotel Rydges Auckland Day 14: Depart Auckland Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

PRICES INCLUDE • 13 nights’ 3.5 star accommodation in specified hotels or similar • All touring & sightseeing as specified (excludes ‘optional’ items) Prices are per person based on twin share • Meals as specified: 13 Standard from  breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 8 Single supplements available upon request dinners, 3 speciality dinners

£2399

Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

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19 day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience Auckland • Bay of Islands • Rotorua • Wellington • Picton • Kaikoura • Christchurch • Fox Glacier • Queenstown • Doubtful Sound • Te Anau • Dunedin

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Enjoy a city tour of Auckland, dubbed the ‘City of Sails’, before travelling to Matakohe to visit the Kauri Museum. Continue to the Taupo beautiful Bay of Islands and enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. The next day 2 Wellington Picton is a free day with plenty of optional activities available including a relaxing dinner cruise Kaikoura (own expense). (BD,B) Scenic Hotel Bay of

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On arrival into Auckland, you will be met by a Grand Bay of Islands Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. (D) Crowne Plaza Auckland

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This morning, travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning to Paihia. Later, call into the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree before arriving in Auckland. (BD) Crowne Plaza Auckland

Days 5 & 6: Auckland - Rotorua In the morning, travel to Glenbrook Vintage Railway for a nostalgic trip on a beautifully restored vintage steam train with morning tea included. Travel through magnificent countryside and green pastures famous for dairying. Enjoy a visit to Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park which offers a unique behind-the-scenes tour of a working Kiwi nursery and hatchery. The next day begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua before a visit to the Agrodome. In the afternoon, marvel at the boiling mud pools and geysers of Te Puia before enjoying an entertaining Maori Hangi Feast and Concert that evening. (BD,BSD) Regent of Rotorua (2

nights) Days 7 & 8: Rotorua - Wellington Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the spectacular Huka Falls. Continue to Lake Taupo for some free time before travelling via the Tongariro National Park to Wellington and visit the Wellington Tramway Museum. The next day, you have time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. Re-board your coach for an extensive city tour before enjoying time at leisure. (BD,B) InterContinental Wellington (2 nights)

Days 9 & 10: Wellington - Kaikoura - Christchurch In the morning, board the Interislander Ferry and travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Pacific, a truly spectacular rail journey that follows a thin wedge of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges. Meet your Ultimate Coach again in Kaikoura for the journey to the garden city of


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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • 5 fantastic rail journeys including the Coastal Pacific and world-renowned TranzAlpine • Relax in the stunning Bay of Islands • See the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers at Te Puia plus experience a traditional Maori Hangi & Concert • Marvel at the waterfalls, wildlife & rugged mountains on an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound

Day 14: Queenstown – Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise Today travel via Te Anau to Manapouri. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you cruise across this glacial lake. A short ride over the Wilmot Pass brings you to the boarding point to join the Fiordland Navigator for an amazing overnight experience. As you cruise through the pristine beauty of Doubtful Sound, naturalist guides will provide commentary and point out the resident wildlife. As evening falls, enjoy a delicious carvery buffet prepared freshly by the onboard chef. (BLD) Fiordland Navigator

Day 15: Doubtful Sound – Te Anau Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri. Return to the wharf and meet your Ultimate Coach for the journey to Te Anau where you will enjoy an afternoon at leisure. You may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves, where you can admire the incredible limestone caverns, waterfalls and mystery of the Glow Worm Grotto (own expense). (BD)

Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas Days 16 & 17: Te Anau - Dunedin Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Pukerangi to board The Taieri Gorge Limited for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail. On arrival at Dunedin’s historic Railway Station your coach will transfer you to the hotel. The next day travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle. Hear the stories of this impressive building on a guided tour with time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Return to the city for an informative city tour followed by some free time. You might be interested in a tour of Speights Brewery or to see wildlife in their natural habitat (own expense). (BD,BD) Distinction Dunedin (2 nights)

Days 18 & 19: Dunedin - Christchurch

Christchurch. The following day, visit the International Antarctic Centre before enjoying an introductory city tour of Christchurch. The afternoon includes a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at your leisure with the evening free to enjoy one of the many eateries near your hotel. (BD,B) The George (2 nights)

Day 11: Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Fox Glacier In the morning, board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges as you ascend to Arthur’s Pass located in the centre of the Southern Alps. Board your Ultimate Coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing via Franz Josef to Fox Glacier where time is available to experience a scenic flight over the spectacular glaciers (own expense). (BD) Distinction Fox Glacier

Days 12 & 13: Fox Glacier - Queenstown Marvel at the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast. Continue via the Haast Pass and visit the Lakes District Museum in Arrowtown before arriving in picturesque Queenstown. The evening is free with a wide selection of local restaurants available. The next day is free for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. In the evening, board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station to enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. (B,BSD) Heritage Queenstown (2 nights)

In the morning, travel to the city of Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue north to Pleasant Point Museum & Railway for a short rail experience followed by lunch and time to explore the preserved heritage of the South Canterbury railway. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends. On Day 19, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (BLSD,B) The George

PRICES INCLUDE • 17 nights’ 4.5 star accommodation in hotels specified or similar & 1 night Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise • Meals as specified: 18 breakfasts, 2 morning teas, 2 lunches, 14 dinners including 3 speciality dinners • Touring by Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full size vehicle and panoramic windows • Personalised meet & greet on arrival • Services of a Professional Coach Captain • Return Airport transfers in New Zealand & sightseeing as per itinerary (excludes ‘optional’ items) • Hotel porterage • 4 cruises • Comprehensive documentation pack • BONUS Group photo Prices are per person based on twin share

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21 day Spirit of New Zealand Christchurch • Milford Sound • Queenstown• Franz Josef • Nelson • Wellington • Napier• Rotorua • Auckland • Bay of Islands

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Travel through Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, to Dunedin for a tour of the city. With an afternoon at leisure, you have a range of optional experiences available – perhaps take a wildlife cruise out to Otago Peninsula or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway (all at own expense). (BD) Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

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Day 4: Dunedin – Milford Sound

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Be awestruck by the World Heritage Fiordland National Park. You’ll see rainforest, ancient glaciers and mountain ranges, and then drive through the Homer Tunnel. Pass through the Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, before arriving in Milford Sound for your overnight cruise (please note: Cruise does not operate 21 May-15 September. During this period there will be a day cruise on Milford Sound and accommodation in Queenstown or Te Anau). (BD) Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

Board your coach to see the extensive 1 work carried out to rebuild the city 1 after the devastating earthquake of February 2011. Later, travelling over the Picton 2 Wellington patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Nelson 2 Plains, the spectacular sightseeing begins. RAIL BullerSTAYED Gorge 1 Enjoy sweeping views across the turquoise NIGHTS Punakaiki 1 waters of Lake Tekapo and visit the Church Hokitika of the Good Shepherd before soaking up Franz Josef Glacier 1 Mt. 1 Christchurch the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook LAND Cook Haast National Park – a scenic highlight! You may AIR 1 Omarama RAIL choose to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. 1 NIGHTS STAYED Milford Cook (weather permitting, at own expense). (BD) Sound 1 3 LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

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Day 5: Milford Sound – Queenstown In the morning depart for the lakeside town of Te Anau. Explore the famous Te Anau Glowworm Caves by boat with a local guide, before travelling to New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown. (BD) Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown (3

nights) Days 6 & 7: Queenstown Explore exciting Queenstown your way over the next two days. You may like to consider taking one of the optional experiences on offer, such as the Shotover Jet boat, a local wine tour, a round of golf, a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon or simply exploring Queenstown on your own. That evening, you might


NEW ZEALAND • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo • Spend the night cruising on magical Milford Sound • Let loose in the adventure capital, Queenstown • Explore the Glowworm caves at Te Anau by boat • Taste Central Otago stone fruit at a local orchard • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier • Watch artisans carving native greenstone (jade) in Hokitika • Punakaiki, home to Pancake Rocks and Blowholes • Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New ZealandMaori Cultural Icon • Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi and Concert Maori Cultural Icon • Explore the geothermal valley at Te Puia in Rotorua • Relax in the Bay of Islands

Soak up the scenic wilderness of the Heritage Highway through the impressive Buller Gorge and the Kahurangi National Park before arriving in Nelson. That afternoon, you’ll visit the amazing World of Wearable Arts and Classic Cars, where you will experience unforgettable garments from the gala award shows held each year. (BD)

Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort (2 nights) Day 11: Nelson With a full day at leisure, you have the option to journey to the top of the South Island and enjoy a relaxing cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park (own expense). Or perhaps take a short bush walk, relax in sunny Nelson or explore the many arts and craft galleries. (B)

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Day 10: Punakaiki – Nelson

Day 12: Nelson – Wellington Visit the seaside village of Picton before boarding the InterIslander ferry to cross Cook Strait to New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. Enjoy a city sights tour before you visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll learn more about the nation’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage. (BD) Travelodge Wellington (2

nights) Day 13: Wellington You have a free day to see the sights of your choice. Perhaps take a tour of Parliament, a Lord of the Rings movie tour or a visit to Weta Workshop for a behindthe-scenes glimpse into the world of movie special effects (all at own expense). (B)

Day 14: Wellington – Napier Travel through the fertile farmland of Manawatu to the Art Deco town of Napier. Enjoy a city walking tour with a local guide and learn how Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake. (BD) Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Day 15: Napier – Rotorua Travel to Lake Taupo, the largest in New Zealand. Visit mighty Huka Falls en route to Rotorua. Take a sightseeing tour with views of Lake Rotorua. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain an insight into traditional Maori culture followed by a delicious buffet highlight dinner at the Tamaki Maori Village. (BD) Ibis Rotorua Hotel

(2 nights) Day 16: Rotorua Visit Te Puia, the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, where you’ll see demonstrations of wood carving and weaving. Then, tour the geothermal valley and hear about its importance to the Maori people. A range of optional experiences are available in the afternoon to ensure you get the most out of your day. (B)

Day 17: Rotorua – Auckland In the morning, spend some time at the multi-awardwinning and highly entertaining Agrodome Farm Show, to gain an insight into agricultural life in New Zealand. You’ll see the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and an exciting sheep auction. Later, travel through the dairy farming district of Waikato before arriving into to Auckland for a city sightseeing tour. (B) VR

Queen Street Hotel Day 18: Auckland – Bay of Islands Depart Auckland that morning and travel through the lush fields of Northland before arriving into the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a scenic cruise to Cape Brett and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’, and keep your eyes peeled for sightings of the marine life that call these waters home. (BD) Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden View

Rooms (2 nights) Day 19: Bay of Islands You have a free day to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps go dolphin-watching, take a coach trip to Cape Reinga via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach, a day of sailing on a tall ship or take a tour to historic Russell. Ask your Travel Director about all optional experiences available (own expense). (B)

Day 20: Bay of Islands – Auckland After a leisurely morning, you will travel via Whangarei and stop at Parry Kauri Park to walk among the native Kauri trees before arriving into Auckland in the late afternoon. Celebrate your holiday at a farewell dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. (BD) VR Queen Street Hotel consider an optional cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. (B,BD)

Day 8: Queenstown – Franz Josef Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before continuing on to Cromwell and its selection of delicious stone fruits. Then it’s a trio of lakes — Lake Dunstan, Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka. Travelling over the Haast Pass, view the impressive Thunder Creek Falls before arriving at your destination, the majestic Franz Josef Glacier. An optional helicopter flight to the upper glacier face is available (own expense). (BD) Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)

Day 21: Auckland Your holiday will conclude in the morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. (B)

PRICES INCLUDE • 20 nights’ accommodation in hotels as specified • Meals as specified: 20 breakfasts, 14 dinners • Touring by luxury air-conditioned motorcoach • Services of a qualified Travel Director & Driver Guide • Airport transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary (excludes ‘optional’ items)

Day 9: Franz Josef – Punakaiki In the morning, there is another chance to see Franz Josef Glacier from the air or take a glacier hike (both optional, at own expense). Then, it’s onwards to Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and carving demonstration. Later travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes before you arrive at your accommodation for the night — an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your doorstep. (BD)

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23 day Tane Mahuta Auckland • Bay Of Islands • Coromandel • Rotorua • Napier • Wellington • Abel Tasman National Park • Punakaiki • Glacier Country • Wanaka • Queenstown • Milford Sound • Aoraki Mount Cook • Lake Tekapo • Christchurch

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Taking the Hibiscus Coast road, return to Auckland to discover its vibrant harbourside, trendy ‘villages’ like Parnell, and panoramic views, before a private tour of the excellent Auckland Museum to learn more about Pacific culture. (B)

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Heading north, pause to marvel at ancient kauri forest from an amazing 2 Rotorua elevated walkway. At Pahia enjoy a Taupo guided visit to the birthplace of the nation: the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Napier 1 ▲ before arriving by ferry at your Russell hotel. (B) 2

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Today, the choice is yours. You can choose to travel along 90 Mile Beach by special coach 1 Christchurch to sacred Cape Reinga (with lunch included) or Canterbury perhaps take a cruise to Cape Brett Lighthouse and Plains the Hole in the Rock, with the chance of dolphinspotting. Later enjoy a walking tour of historic Russell.

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Day 5: Auckland - Coromandel by boat Wave farewell to the ‘City of Sails’ from a ferry as you cross the Hauraki Gulf, pausing a Waiheke Island before landing on the Coromandel Peninsula. A narrow gauge railway trip completes the day, before your coach delivers you to beautiful Mercury Bay. (B)

Day 6: Explore the Coromandel If the tide is right, scoop a natural ‘spa’ pool in the sand at Hot Water Beach, before walking to Cathedral Cove famed for its beautiful rock formations. A water taxi takes you to Cooks Beach, where the ‘Endeavour’ dropped anchor in 1769. (B)

Day 7: Coromandel Peninsula - Rotorua Turn inland and stretch your legs on an easy bush walk before arriving at the geothermal centre of NZ, which is also the heart of Maori culture. Your private tour of Te Puia includes bubbling mud, indigenous art and kiwi conservation. (B)

Day 8: Rotorua (choose your experience) Today, you have another choice of experiences. Either explore Waimangu Volcanic Valley on foot and by boat to experience this ever-changing landscape close-up, or fans of The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings films may take a coach trip to Hobbiton. That evening, experience a Maori hangi (feast). (BD)


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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Discover ancient Kauri forest from a canopy walk • Learn how the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi gave birth to a new nation • Take a ferry across Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf to the Coromandel • Dig your own ‘spa pool’ on Hot Water Beach • See where Captain Cook anchored the Endeavour in Mercury Bay • Greet a Maori in Rotorua and enjoy a hangi meal cooked by volcanic heat • Discover the southern hemisphere’s most complete Art Deco city • Taste wine in Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough vineyards • Ride the Wellington cable car from Kelburn viewpoint • See where a river of ice meets rainforest at Fox Glacier • Marvel at the silent beauty of Mitre Peak and Milford Sound • See New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki Mt Cook • Try your hand at making an authentic pavlova • Explore Christchurch by punt and vintage tram • Enjoy the best of New Zealand food and wine in the included dinners

Day 14: Punakaiki - Fox Glacier Pause in the gold-rush town of Hokitika, now renowned for pounamu (greenstone), before heading to Glacier Country. The Fox & Franz Josef glaciers flow almost to sea level, making them uniquely accessible. Viewing options include helicopter flights (at own expense). (B)

Day 15: Fox Glacier - Wanaka After a photo-opp at Lake Matheson, take the Haast Pass river road deep into Mt Aspiring National Park to the lakeside resort of Wanaka, ringed by mountains. (B)

Day 16: Wanaka (choose your experience) Nature lovers may take a lake cruise to a conservation island with an eco-guide to discover native birds like the flightless Buff Weka, or alternatively you can choose to enjoy a scenic 4WD adventure to a high country farm above the lake. Later, enjoy a free afternoon. (B)

Day 17: Wanaka - Te Anau Travelling via historic Arrowtown, beneath the peaks of the Remarkables and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu, we arrive in the township of Te Anau. (B)

Day 18: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown Relax during one of the world’s most scenic drives, with stop to admire Fiordland waterfalls and rainforest: our goal is a memorable cruise on Milford Sound past Mitre Peak to the Tasman Sea (picnic lunch on board). (BL)

Day 19: Queenstown This sophisticated resort offers something for everyone, so the day is free for you to be a thrill-seeker or a wine-taster, to ride a gondola or cruise on a vintage steam ship, to name just four options. (B)

Day 20: Queenstown - Mt Cook - Twizel With the Southern Alps on your left, cross Otago and travel beside Lake Pukaki before driving up to Mt Cook Village, where Sir Edmund Hilary climbed his country’s highest peak before conquering Everest. Overnight in Twizel. (B)

Day 21: Twizel - Lake Tekapo - Canterbury Plains (choose your experience)

Day 9: Rotorua - Napier Pausing at mighty Lake Taupo, then head to Hawke’s Bay on the east coast for a walking tour of Art Deco Napier. In the evening, enjoy the best of Kiwi food and drinks at the Mission Estate Winery. (BD)

Day 10: Napier - Wellington Driving through the Wairarapa ranges, you arrive in NZ’s breezy capital city, known for its creative industries and great coffee. You then take the cable car from Kelburn before visiting Te Papa, one of the world’s top museums. (B)

Day 11: Wellington - Nelson All aboard the Interislander ferry, navigating the Cook Strait to South Island. Picking up the coach, pause for a wine tasting in Marlborough before arriving in Nelson, the arts, crafts and artisan food capital of New Zealand. (B)

Day 12: Abel Tasman National Park (choose your experience) The best way to discover this pristine wilderness is by boat and on foot. The options today are a half-day cruise around this jewel-like coast, or a cruise followed by selfguided beach and bush walks with 2 routes to choose from. (B)

Drop in on a Tekapo homestead to make New Zealand’s famous pavlova. Suitably refreshed, there’s a lakeside photo-stop before crossing the Canterbury Plains. Choose either a small-town hotel and restaurant, or (in smaller groups) a rural Homestay for a home-cooked meal and overnight with a local family. (BD)

Day 22: Canterbury Plains - Christchurch Post-earthquake Christchurch mixes colonial charm with cutting-edge architecture, re-inventing itself in typical Kiwi style. Boatmen take you for a punt on the River Avon before you hop on a vintage tram. Your farewell dinner features the best of local food and wine. (BD)

Day 23: Depart Christchurch We transfer you to the airport for your home or onward flight, or ask us to extend your stay with tailor-made arrangements by car or TranzAlpine rail. (B)

PRICES INCLUDE • 22 nights’ accommodation in 3.5 star hotels (except Homestay on Day 21 if chosen) • Meals as specified: 22 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 3 speciality dinners • Transfers and travel in New Zealand by comfortable coach and ferry • Sightseeing as per itinerary (excluding ‘optional’ items) • Support of Driver-Leader

Day 13: Nelson - Punakaiki Head into Nelson Lakes National Park and take the challenging Buller Gorge road, carved through virgin forest by 19th Century miners, to the extraordinary rock formations at Punakaiki. (B)

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24 day Land of the Long White Cloud Bay of Islands • Auckland • Coromandel • Rotorua • Napier • Wellington • Marlborough • Kaikoura • Akaroa • Dunedin • Queenstown • West Coast Glaciers • Christchurch

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Enjoy a free day to explore the Bay of Islands and the charming resort towns of Paihia and Russell. Perhaps take to the water on a dolphin encounter cruise, or learn of the historic importance of the area to the Maori people at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Day 3: Bay of Islands - Auckland (240km/ 149 miles/ 3 hours) Today, it’s time to head south back to Auckland where you can enjoy a day exploring the largest city in New Zealand. Perhaps visit Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, scale the Sky Tower or take a short ferry crossing to Devonport for some iconic panoramic views of the city skyline and Auckland Harbour (all at own expense). Budget: Scenic Hotel Auckland; Standard: Skycity Hotel Auckland; Superior: Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland Days 4 & 5: Auckland - Coromandel Peninsula (173km/ 107 miles/ 2.5 hours) As you leave Auckland behind, you’ll head south on the Pacific Coast Highway Touring Route to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, famous for its golden-sand beaches, bush walks and rainforests. You’ll have 2 full days to explore the stunning natural scenery that makes this part of New Zealand such a draw for locals and tourists alike. Highlights include the spectacular Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach and Cooks Beach. Budget & Standard: Pauanui Pines Motor Lodge; Superior: Grand Mercure Puka Park (2 nights) Days 6 & 7: Coromandel Peninsula - Rotorua (226km/ 140 miles/ 3 hours) Today, you will head inland to the geothermal resort of Rotorua where bubbling mud pools, luminous sulphuric lakes and turbulent geysers create a unique environment that has to be seen to be believed. Entrance to key attractions and a traditional Maori Hangi-style dinner are included if booking our optional sightseeing package. Budget: Holiday Inn Rotorua; Standard: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside; Superior: Millennium Rotorua (2 nights)


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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • 2 nights in the stunning Bay of Islands, with time to enjoy additional pre-bookable sightseeing such as a visit to Cape Reinga or a ‘Hole In The Rock’ cruise • Take time out on the Coromandel’s beaches, and dig a hole on Hot Water Beach for a relaxing thermal soak! • Explore the lovely boutique vineyard estates in Hawke’s Bay, one of New Zealand’s leading wine regions • 2 nights in the charming French-influenced settlement of Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula • Discover the Scottish heritage of Dunedin, known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ • 3 nights in the alpine playground of Queenstown, where you can be as relaxed or as adventurous as you wish • Stand in awe at the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef on the remote West Coast • End your journey with a ride on the spectacular TranzAlpine train, from Greymouth to the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch

have an evening to savour some of the best wine in New Zealand. Budget: Quality

Hotel Marlborough; Standard: Scenic Hotel Marlborough; Superior: Chateau Marlborough Day 13: Blenheim - Kaikoura (129km/ 80 miles/ 6.5 hours) Today, travel onwards to coastal town of Kaikoura which is revered as one of the best places in the country to view wild dolphins and sperm whales. You’ll have an afternoon at leisure here to give you time to take to the water and immerse yourself in the abundant marine life (own expense). Budget: Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge; Standard: The White Morph (Garden Studio); Superior: The White Morph (Deluxe Studio) Days 14 & 15: Kaikoura - Akaroa (265km/ 165 miles/ 3.5 hours) Travel past Christchurch to the Banks Peninsula, known for its beautiful scenery, deeply-indented harbours and secluded beaches and stay in captivating Akaroa with another chance for an optional wildlife cruise (included when you purchase our sightseeing package). Budget & Standard: Tresori Motor Lodge (Studio); Superior: Tresori Motor Lodge (One Bedroom Unit) (2 nights) Days 16 & 17: Akaroa - Dunedin (412 km/ 257 miles/ 5.5 hours ) Travelling further south across the Canterbury Plains, see the penguin colonies near Oamaru and the remarkable Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach. Your base for the next 2 days is the attractive Scots-founded city of Dunedin. Highlight experiences include a visit to the majestic Larnach Castle, wildlife encounters along the Otago Peninsula (home to albatross colonies, sea-lions and the rare yellow-eyed penguin) and a range of hiking and cycling trails. Budget: Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge; Standard: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin; Superior: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (2 nights)

OPTIONAL SIGHTSEEING EXCURSIONS To make the most of your self-drive holiday, why not pre-book our optional sightseeing package, which includes: • Rotorua Diamond Sightseeing Pass • Mitai Hangi Dinner and Maori Cultural Concert • Art Deco Walking tour in Napier • Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise • Shotover Jetboat Ride in Queenstown • Milford Sound Nature Cruise (including lunch) • Half-day Glacier Walk in Fox Glacier Prices from £520 per person for full package. Please call for full details.

Days 18 - 20: Dunedin - Queenstown (288km/ 179 miles/ 3.5 hours) In the morning, you traverse the South Island and head to the alpine adventure resort of Queenstown. You have 3 nights here to enjoy the wide range of activities on offer with something to suit everyone. Thrillseekers will be spoiled for choice here in the birthplace of the bungee jump but those looking for a more sedate experience will not be disappointed with some of the best walking trails and scenery in the whole of the South Island. The optional sightseeing package includes the thrilling Shotover Jet and a day trip to Milford Sound where you’ll enjoy a scenic nature cruise. Budget: Aspen Hotel Queenstown; Standard: Mercure Queenstown

Resort; Superior: Millennium Queenstown (3 nights) Day 21: Queenstown - Wanaka (71km/ 44 miles/ 1 hour) Depart Queenstown in the morning for the short drive north to Wanaka, a picturesque town set on the banks of one of the most photographed lakes in New Zealand. Enjoy a full day at leisure taking in the scenery or perhaps take the opportunity to explore the nearby Mt. Aspiring National Park. Budget: Oakridge

Resort Wanaka (Standard Room); Standard: Oakridge Resort Wanaka (Studio Apartment); Superior: Edgewater Wanaka Day 22: Wanaka - Fox Glacier (262km/ 163 miles/ 3 hours)

Days 8 & 9: Rotorua - Napier (225km/ 140 miles/ 3 hours) Drive the Thermal Explorer Highway to Taupo, where you can view the thundering Huka Falls and the geothermal landscape of the Craters of the Moon. Later, continue along the Highway to the east-coast town of Napier, famed for its striking Art Deco architecture and art festivals. For those purchasing our sightseeing package, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of a bygone age with a guided walking tour. Budget: Quest Napier; Standard: Scenic Hotel Te Pania; Superior: Craggy

Range (2 nights) Days 10 & 11: Napier - Wellington (334km/ 207 miles/ 4.5 hours) Drive the well-signposted ‘Classic New Zealand Wine Trail’ route to Martinborough, whose gourmet restaurants might persuade you to stop for an indulgent lunch, before heading into the nation’s capital Wellington. You have a full day at leisure to enjoy the many experiences on offer including the Te Papa National Museum, Wellington Cable Car and the Wellington Botanic Gardens. Film fans can also visit several locations where the Lord of the Rings franchise was filmed. Budget: Ibis

Wellington; Standard: Travelodge Wellington; Superior: Rydges Wellington (2 nights) Day 12: Wellington - Blenheim (29km/ 18 miles/ 3hrs 20 minutes) Drop off your rental car at the ferry terminal in Wellington, and board the Interislander (included) for the scenic 3-hour crossing across the Cook Strait to the South Island. Collect your new rental car at the Picton ferry terminal before taking the very short drive to the famous Marlborough wine region where you

Drive over the Haast Pass this morning en route to the West Coast glacier country. Your accommodation for the evening is situated in the town of Fox Glacier and you can pre-book an afternoon walk to the face of the towering glacier as part of our sightseeing package. Alternatively, upgrade to a breathtaking helicopter trip that takes you high into the mountains to explore the upper reaches of the glacier.

Budget: Sunset Motel (Executive Studio Unit); Standard: Sunset Motel (One Bedroom Unit); Superior: Distinction Hotel Te Weheka Day 23: Fox Glacier - Christchurch (198km/ 123 miles/ 2.5 hours) Today, you will experience one of the most iconic rail journeys in the world. Drive to the town of Greymouth and drop-off your rental car at the railway station before you hop aboard TranzAlpine train for a scenic ride through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Upon arrival in Christchurch, you will be transferred by shuttle bus to your central hotel. Budget: ibis Christchurch; Standard: Rydges Latimer Square; Superior: Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Day 24: Depart Christchurch Check-out in the morning and make your own way back to the airport for your onward flight.

PRICES INCLUDE • 23 nights’ accommodation on a room-only basis unless specified • Avis car rental for the tour duration. We’ve included a compact car on our ‘Budget’ and ‘Standard’ tours, intermediate on our ‘Superior’ tour • Self-drive kit including maps and Prices are per person based on twin share instructions Budget from  £2129 Standard from  Superior from 

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15 day High Roads of New Zealand Auckland • Rotorua • Napier • Tongariro National Park • Wellington • Nelson • Hanmer Springs • Mt Hutt • Waitaki Valley • Queenstown • Franz Josef • Hokitika • Greymouth • Christchurch

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Day 4: Napier – Tongariro National Park (approx. 190km) Driving on a less travelled road through the centre of the North Island will give insight in rural New Zealand. Parts of this road network were used in the past to connect the inland farms with the port of Napier. Horse drawn carriages used to struggle through the difficult terrain. The road is now completely sealed and goes through one of the largest sheep stations in this country. You stay overnight at the foot of Mount Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park. You can walk in the afternoon in this fascinating area. Ohakune Court Motel Day 5: Tongariro National Park – Wellington (approx. 315km) Via Raetihi your tour continues to Pipiriki and along Whanganui River, the most beautiful river on the North Island. You follow the course of the river along the old Whanganui River Road to Wanganui and on to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. Wellington is a vibrant city and we recommend a sightseeing tour and a walk along the waterfront to Te Papa the National Museum of New Zealand. Park

Hotel Lambton Quay Day 6: Wellington – Nelson (approx. 110km & 3.5 ferry crossing) The tour with ferry through picturesque Marlborough Sound is one of the highlights of your trip. From Picton you drive along the picturesque Queen Charlotte Drive with its many bays and beaches to sunny Nelson. Enjoy the local art scene and the many vineyards and beaches of this area. Balmoral Motel


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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Explore the North Island’s largest native forest at Te Urewera National Park • See Waitaki’s valleys, majestic mountains and pristine lakes • Experience true charm and Kiwi hospitality • Enjoy the Interislander Ferry Crossing from Wellington to Picton

Day 10: Waitaki Valley - Queenstown (approx. 350km) You drive over another remote pass. During the New Zealand gold rush this area was one of the most populated in the country. One of the reminders of this glorious past is the tiny village of St. Bathans. A handful of historic houses, a pub and a very nice manmade lake are the only witness of this era. From the wine region of Central Otago you drive over a remote track to the Wakatipu Basin and to Queenstown. Blue

Peaks Lodge Day 11: Queenstown Over 2 million visitors are drawn to Queenstown each year to experience unique scenery, search for adventure, seek out relaxation and rejuvenation, or to just breathe pure mountain air. The region is home to plenty of hiking and biking trails, guided tours, family activities, boat cruises, and scenic flights to Milford and Doubtful Sound or spa and wellness centres. For adrenalin junkies, the self-proclaimed adventure capital of the world offers plenty to get your blood pumping: Test your limits with white water rafting, ziplining, 4x4 off-roading, paragliding and skydiving.

Day 12: Queenstown – Franz Josef (approx. 360km) You cross the Crown Range over New Zealand’s highest official road to Wanaka. You reach the West Coast over the Haast Pass, a scenic drive with many opportunities to stop and explore. Be impressed by the breathtaking beauty and the many different shades of green of the dense rainforest. Glaciers, rainforests and coast are close together in Westland National Park. We recommend a side trip to Monro Beach Walk and a stop at Ship Creek Walk. During the months of October to December you might even be lucky and see penguins and hector dolphins playing in the sea. Glacier View Motel Day 13: Franz Josef – Hokitika / Greymouth (approx. 160km)

Day 7: Nelson – Hanmer Springs (approx. 310km) You drive to the remote Lake Rotoiti in Nelson Lakes National Park. A special track with some river crossings takes you from St. Arnaud to Murchison. After lunch you return to the hinterland and travel on remote gravel roads through dense beech forest and cross the main divide via the Lewis Pass before civilization catches up with you again in Hanmer Springs. Relax in the thermal pools under the sky or take a walk, go golfing, hire a mountain bike, or bungee jump. Aspen Lodge Motel Day 8: Hanmer Springs – Mt. Hutt (approx. 290km) Make a side trip to Kaikoura to swim with dolphins and seals and watch whales in their natural environment. Or drive directly to Garden City Christchurch; often referred to as the most English town outside England. Take a walk through Hagley Park and along the Avon River before you drive over the wide Canterbury Plains to the foot of the Southern Alps where you stay overnight. (B) The Old Vicarage Day 9: Mt. Hutt – Waitaki Valley (approx. 235km) The turquoise colour of Lake Tekapo will capture you. Take a scenic flight from Tekapo over Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain. You drive then along a remote valley, covered by scarce vegetation and tussock grass. Climb across a long forgotten and rarely used mountain pass to reach your overnight destination amidst the Waitaki Valley. (B) Sublime Lodge

Make one of the walks in the glacier area or book a helicopter flight with glacier landing from Fox Glacier and Franz Josef. There is a lot to see and to do. Visit the isolated Okarito at the coast and make a kayak trip through the quiet lagoon. Or a jet boat tour in Whataroa to a White Heron Colony where you can watch these rare birds. Hokitika and Greymouth are the jade centres of the country. Visit a workshop and watch the jade carvers do their art work. Coleraine Motel & Apts

Day 14: Hokitika / Greymouth - Christchurch (approx. 260km) You can do a side trip to the Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki in the morning. The route over the main divide to Christchurch takes you along Lake Brunner and climbs over Arthur’s Pass, the only real mountain pass in New Zealand. The famous TranzAlpine Express train crosses it too. You arrive in Christchurch. Enjoy the many cafes and restaurants and take advantage of a last opportunity to purchase souvenirs from Aotearoa. Breakfree on Cashel

Day 15: Return to Airport Drop off your vehicle at the car rental office at the airport.

PRICES INCLUDE • Value accommodation. Please call for Standard or Deluxe choices • Meals as specified: 2 breakfasts • Activities and experiences as specified • Rental car throughout as specified (please ask for terms & conditions) • Basic vehicle insurance • Travel documentation including tour Prices are per person based on twin share manual with detailed day-to-day driving Value from  instructions and recommended activities, Single supplements available upon request New Zealand road atlas and map.

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Campervan your way around New Zealand Over 15,000 kilometres of coastline and breathtaking scenery of snow-capped mountains, awe-inspiring glaciers and crystal-clear lakes are waiting to be explored on your New Zealand road trip. From short trips to longer self-drives, New Zealand campervan experiences cover every length and landscape.

Freedom & Flexibility There is no better way to enjoy freedom and flexibility and experience the stunning scenery of New Zealand than by motorhome. Stop where you want, when you want, with pretty much your home and contents right there for your convenience. Drivers must be 21 years of age to hire a motorhome. There is no maximum age as long as you have a valid driver’s license. A motorhome experience allows you to get up close and personal to nature and the environment. It’s a great way to meet people including other travellers or locals. You will also save costs as you will selfcater in your motorhome with all the modern kitchen facilities.

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Choosing Your Campervan Campervans are designed for 2 to 6 people. Most are built on European chassis and generally all come with automatic transmission making self-drive touring easy. All campervans come fully equipped with linen, towels, bedding, kitchen equipment, crockery and so forth. For a small additional cost you can order picnic tables, chairs and baby seats etc. if needed. All the campervans provide large internal and external storage but to maximise the use of the space we recommend you bring soft shell bags. Enjoy the free travel guide apps in addition to GPS units to help you navigate your route. Turn the page to look at the campervan options in detail.

Where Can I Camp? In New Zealand taking care of the environment is a priority. To freedom camp in designated areas you need a fully self-contained campervan such as the options we offer. Alternatively we recommend staying at the Holiday Parks or Department of Conservation (DOC) sites. There are over 350 Holiday Parks (Caravan Parks) throughout the country which are safe, secure and comfortable with International standard facilities. Pre-booking is required only over peak periods but we have open dated vouchers available to pre-purchase. There are also over 200 Department of Conservation sites available throughout New Zealand. Facilities vary but are often quite basic and fees reflect this. We offer a 5-day DOC Campsite Pass.


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It’s About Experiences Now you have the opportunity to stay overnight on the grounds of some of New Zealand’s most exclusive wineries in the comfort of your maui motorhome, tasting the freshest local food and wine. Use local produce in your motorhome kitchen and settle in for the evening. Includes a gourmet hamper for 2 people, and a bottle of wine. Winery Havens located in the North and South Islands include Mercury Bay Estates, Linden Estate, Gibson Bridge, Coney Wines & Carrick Wines. If you are into cycling, Britz Campervans offer bike racks and bike hire. Britz is the official partner of the NZ Cycle Trails — 2,500kms of cycle trails all over NZ! Try one of maui and Britz’s ‘Local Stays’ where for a small fee your campervan can stay overnight at local boutique businesses including restaurants, wineries, olive groves, boutique breweries and farms. You will meet locals along the way, sampling the freshest ingredients as you go along.

Britz Bikes Cycling is one of the best ways to discover New Zealand. Take your next road trip adventure further and explore even more of New Zealand with Britz Bikes. Choose from the comfort bike, great for country trails and town riding or the Britz mountain bike for some off-road riding. Park up your campervan, hop on your bike and enjoy the varied landscapes and dedicated bike routes New Zealand has to offer. Bike racks can be fitted to most Britz campervans. Please call for more details.

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Motorhome & Campervan Rental

maui has over 25 years experience and is the trusted name for motorhome rental in New Zealand; an innovative approach to vehicle design blending comfortable living with an adventurous holiday lifestyle.

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•m  aui motorhomes are part of Australasia’s largest campervan company. Designed for apartment living on the road, a maui motorhome provides you with the room to live with style and comfort. • There is a motorhome for even the most discerning traveller; offering ultimate space and design touches for a luxury camping experience. You’ll find your motorhome has apartment-style kitchen equipment and quality bedding and linen. You can also enjoy dedicated maui services including linen swap and express return. • All vehicles feature automatic transmission and include a free smart tablet that includes GPS, ‘how to’ videos as well as useful apps for finding campgrounds and other useful facilities throughout the country. • Branches are conveniently situated at 3 locations around New Zealand. Plus there is always maui’s 24hour on-road assistance if you need a helping hand along the way.

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maui Inclusive Pack We strongly recommend you pre-book the great value-for-money ‘maui Inclusive Pack’, which is only available in the UK prior to departure. This includes: • Liability Reduction Option: – reduces liability/security from $7,500 to NIL • Single Vehicle Rollover Cover Plus ... • Extra driver fees • Picnic table and chairs • Portable fan heater • wi-fi included: - 1GB of data • Snow chains if required • Child seats In addition to the ‘standard’ rates the maui Inclusive Pack costs just £37 per day (max.£1,700) You can also purchase locally an Express Return Pack for $299* ($399 for hires 16-24 days, $499 for hires 25+ days). This includes: • Road user charge recovery fee • Return gas bottle empty • Return fuel tank empty • Toilet & waste water emptying service • Express key return: – eliminates need for vehicle checks (only if maui Inclusive Pack also purchased). *price may change with fuel price fluctuations

Special Offers Earlybird offers available for bookings made 180 days before travel.

MAUI ELITE Add the maui Elite option to your hire at $39 per day to ensure your vehicle is under 1 year of age on fleet.

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Britz Campervans • B  ritz has the largest fleet and widest range of campervans available in Australasia, making it the perfect choice for a self-drive experience in New Zealand •  Britz extensive fleet of 2, 4, and 6 berth campers will  ensure there is a vehicle for all of your needs while on the road •  With transport and accommodation all in one, a Britz Campervan holiday gives the freedom and flexibility to discover New Zealand at a pace that suits •  All campervans include a free smart tablet that includes GPS, ‘how to’ videos as well as useful apps for finding campgrounds and other useful facilities throughout the country • A bike rack and up to two bikes can be hired with all campervans except the HiTop and Voyager

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Pricing with Britz In order to remain competitive at all times, Britz operates a flexible approach to pricing known as ‘Flex Rates‘. These can be updated on a daily or weekly basis according to the simple laws of supply and demand. You‘re likely to pay more for the larger/most popular types of campervans during busy holiday periods, up to a maximum of £208 per vehicle, per day. During low season, however, you can pick up a campervan from as little as £14 per day! Generally, the rule is that the earlier you book, the more you will save — please ask us for a quote.

Britz Inclusive Pack We strongly recommend you pre-book the great value-for-money ‘Britz Inclusive Pack’, which is only available in the UK prior to departure. This includes: • Liability Reduction Option: – reduces liability/security from $5,000 (HiTop/Voyager) or $7,500 (all other campers) to NIL • Single Vehicle Rollover Cover Plus ... • Extra driver fees • Picnic table and chairs • Portable fan heater • Linen exchange • wi-fi included - 1GB of data • Child seats • Snow chains (if required) In addition to the ‘Flex’ rates the Britz Inclusive Pack costs just £37 per day (max. £1700) You can also purchase locally an Express Return Pack for $299* ($399 for hires 16-24 days, $499 for hires 25+ days) or for $249* for the HiTop/Voyager ($349 for hires 16-24 days, $459 for hires 25+ days). This includes: • Road user charge recovery fee • Return gas bottle empty • Return fuel tank empty • Toilet & waste water emptying service • Express key return: – eliminates need for vehicle checks (only if Britz Inclusive Pack also purchased). *price may change with fuel price fluctuations.

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Discovery • Automatic • Air conditioning (in front cab) • Fridge/freezer • Gas stove • Hot & cold pressurised water • Toilet & shower • Screen for USB connectivity & DVD player • Fixed awning • Heating 4

Frontier • Automatic • Air conditioning (in front cab) • Fridge/freezer • Gas stove & microwave • Hot & cold pressurised water • Toilet & shower • Fixed awning • Screen for USB connectivity & DVD player • Heating

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13 day New Zealand Cycle Trails

Explore some of New Zealand’s best cycle trails while sampling the country’s sights en route from Auckland to Christchurch in your Britz campervan with your Britz rental bikes on the back. From novice cyclist to expert, NZ Cycle Trails have a trail for you, while Britz provide the bikes. Discover the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves, sample wine at Hawke’s Bay, embark on a Wellington city tour and overnight in Nelson. Enjoy a spa day in Hanmer Springs and a leisurely drive to Queenstown. There are plenty of cycle experiences that bring your senses to life on your journey. Follow New Zealand’s longest river on the ‘Waikato River Trail’. Explore the river and coastal network of pathways on ‘Hawke’s Bay Trails’ and panoramic views on the ‘Great Taste Trail’. Soaring mountain peaks and alpine meadows await on the ‘St James Cycle Trail’ while you can indulge in some cheeky wine tasting along the ‘Queensland Trail’. The next day head to Christchurch where you will drop your camper. Day 1: Auckland - Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day 2: Waikato River Trails Days 3 & 4: Hawke’s Bay Trails Day 5: Wellington Day 6: Wellington – Picton - Cook Strait - Nelson Day 7: Great Taste Trail, Nelson / Tasman Day 8: Hanmer Springs Day 9: St James Cycle Trail, Canterbury Day 10: McKenzie Country - Queenstown Day 11: The Queenstown Trail Otago Day 12: Queenstown - Christchurch Day 13: Depart Christchurch

ADD BIKES Prices from £314 per person based on a 13 day rental in a Britz Venturer (excluding the Britz Inclusive Pack and bike hire).

The Classic Wine Trail Self-Drive

From Auckland to Queenstown, taste your way through 3 significant wine regions on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, staying amongst the vines in four of the exclusive maui Winery Havens. Enjoy stunning scenery, beautiful forest parks and indulgent food experiences while driving your motorhome along the Pacific Coast Highway on the North Island. Stay overnight at Mercury Bay Estate, the north-most maui Winery Haven with stunning views over Mercury Bay. Visit Hawke’s Bay and spend the night at Linden Estate. More than 40 vineyards are clustered around the river plains behind Hastings. On the South Island, the journey from Christchurch to Queenstown is a stunning trip through mountainous terrain. Cromwell is New Zealand’s fastest growing wine region, known for its Pinot Noir; nearby Bannockburn is home to Carrick Wines. Sophisticated, scenic Queenstown is the adventure capital and a great place to source gourmet food and wine.

Day 1: Auckland Day 2: Coromandel - Mercury Bay Estate Winery Haven Day 3: Hawke’s Bay Wine Region – Stay at Linden Estate Winery Haven Day 4: Waiarapa Wine Region – Stay at Coney Wines Winery Haven, Martinborough Days 5 & 6: Wellington - Picton (Crossing Cook Strait) Day 7: Explore Marlborough Wine Region and stay at Gibson Bridge, Blenheim. Day 8: Christchurch & Canterbury Day 9: McKenzie Country Day 10: Central Otago - Carrick Wines, Winery Haven Day 11: Queenstown

Prices from £689 per person based on an 11 day rental in a maui ultima including 5 nights at Winery Haven Stays (excluding the maui Inclusive Pack).

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New Zealand Car Rental — Avis Car rental offers you the freedom to explore New Zealand at your own pace. In partnership with Avis, we can offer you a wide range of vehicles at great value prices, available in over 40 locations across the North & South Islands.

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Accommodation Collections For Independent holidaymakers looking for freedom of choice and great value, the benefits are hard to overstate. A mix of motels and hotels allow guests to self-cater on some nights whilst enjoying the convenience of hotel services on others. Perfect for self-drive holidays, these collections offer total flexibility with the ability to mix categories within, or even between, the various chains.

Go Kiwi Hotel Collection

Golden Chain

Go Kiwi is the largest accommodation programme in New Zealand. Offering around 115 properties in 53 locations, it is able to provide you with the accommodation you are looking for exactly where you need to be. Choose from open-dated vouchers or prebook before you go. Pre-booked It is recommended to pre-book your first night and stays over peak travel periods (Oct-Mar, holidays and sporting events). Remote locations usually need to be pre-booked. Open-dated Go Kiwi vouchers are fully refundable if unused (subject to an administration fee) and can be exchanged locally for accommodation selected from the Go Kiwi directory. With a toll-free reservations number to assist you within New Zealand, booking your forward accommodation couldn’t be easier. A credit card guarantee is required. Categories All properties are colour branded, enabling you to select accommodation to suit you. • Silver: Good quality accommodation with good facilities • Gold: Superior hotels and resorts • Gold +: Superior hotels and resorts with excellent services and facilities • Platinum: Excellent hotels located in cities and resort locations • Platinum +: Something very special Prices are per person per night room, only in £’s from 01 May - 30 Sep 19 Silver Gold Gold + Platinum Platinum +

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Golden Chain is perfect for independent travellers looking for self-catering accommodation. With approximately 67 properties offering studios and 1 and 2-bedroom apartments conveniently located in over 30 cities, towns and resorts, Golden Chain is a flexible, cost-effective and convenient way to travel. Pre-booked It is recommended to pre-book your first night and stays over peak travel periods (Oct-Mar, holidays and sporting events). Remote locations usually need to be pre-booked. Open-dated Golden Chain vouchers are fully refundable if unused (subject to an administration fee) and can be exchanged locally for accommodation selected from the Golden Chain directory. With a toll-free reservations number to assist you within New Zealand, booking your forward accommodation couldn’t be easier. A credit card guarantee is required. Categories All properties are categorised Standard, Superior or Premium, enabling you to select the accommodation to suit you. • Standard: A good standard of accommodation (typically 3* - 4*) with good facilities and services • Superior: A high standard of accommodation (typically 4* - 4* plus), with high quality facilities and services. • Premium: Excellent studios and apartments (typically 4* plus - 5*) with consistently high standards of accommodation, facilities and services.

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Select a B&B is hosted accommodation offering a variety of options on a Bed & Breakfast basis or in selfcontained accommodation in approx 150 properties. Accommodation ranges from purpose built B&B lodges, working farms and country properties, through to modest Kiwi homes. They also offer a selection of small luxury lodges. A toll-free reservations number is available to assist with booking. All accommodation must be pre-booked. For a full listing please see www.mitchellcorp.co.nz Categories Each property listed is categorised according to a grading system, all of which offer comfortable surroundings and hosts there to help. Breakfasts and other facilities as listed in the property features. • Bronze: Comfortable bedrooms with all linen provided • Silver: As above but a step up in the size of rooms and comfort level • Silver +: As above but superior grade, extra attention to detail and comfort • Gold: Larger bedrooms, quality beds with fine linens, spacious bathrooms and sumptuous breakfasts • Gold +: Often bedroom suites • Platinum: More refinement and spaciousness • Platinum +: Even more private space & special features • A la Carte: A very special experience Prices are per person per night room, only in £’s from

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NEW ZEALAND R A I L & F E R R Y PA S S E S

Rail & Ferry Passes

New Zealand is perfect for independent exploration with iconic journeys – by rail and sea – that reveal some of the country’s most stunning scenery. Pre-book your rail and ferry tickets and you’ll find travelling around New Zealand is just so easy.

THE TRANZALPINE

COASTAL PACIFIC

NORTHERN EXPLORER

Departures & Duration: 4 hrs 30 mins, Daily The award-winning TranzAlpine train runs daily from coast to coast - from Christchurch to Greymouth. It is rated as 1 of the top 6 scenic train journeys in the world. After crossing the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, the TranzAlpine winds its way over massive viaducts, through river gorges and into the ice-fed Waimakariri River Valley. It tracks its way up and across the spectacular Southern Alps via the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass, situated at 737 metres above sea level, before descending through lush beech forests to Greymouth on the rugged West Coast.

Departures & Duration: 5 hrs 15 mins, Daily Oct-Apr The South Island’s Coastal Pacific service provides a daily link in both directions between the picturesque port of Picton and Christchurch, with connections to and from the Interislander Ferry. The route crosses through the Marlborough wine country and over plains, heading south down the east coast. Break your journey in Kaikoura to experience unique whale watching cruises, before the route passes the rural farmlands of North Canterbury and arrives into Christchurch.

Departures & Duration: 10 hrs 30 mins, Mon, Thu, Sat Auckland; Tue, Fri, Sun Wellington Journey through the heart of the North Island, between Auckland and Wellington. Along the way travel through the central North Island ski towns of National Park and Ohakune, and past the volcanic plateau, Mount Ruapehu, the world-famous Raurimu Spiral, and stunning river gorges. All carriages have large panoramic side and sky windows, and an openair viewing deck allows for uninterrupted photo opportunities and a unique scenic rail experience.

Prices from £129 per person (Christchurch-Greymouth and vice-versa)

Prices from £109 per person (Christchurch-Picton and vice-versa)

Through fares to include the Interislander ferry also available connecting the South and North Islands - please call for details.

Interislander Ferry Departures: Up to 5 daily sailings in each direction between Wellington on the North Island and Picton on the South Island.

Note: Baggage is restricted to 2 items per person; each max. 20kg.

Prices from £109 per person (Auckland to Wellington and vice-versa)

The Cook Strait separates New Zealand’s North and South Islands, and is crossed up to 5 times daily in each direction by the Interislander Ferry, which sails between Wellington and Picton. The 92km, 3-hour journey is considered one of the most beautiful and scenic ferry crossings in the world, and takes you through the convoluted waterways of the dramatic Marlborough Sounds. The Interislander offers a comfortable way to travel between the 2 islands, and there’s a comprehensive range of onboard facilities including bars, cafés, shops, a children’s play area and cinema. INTERISLANDER PLUS For enhanced comfort, adult passengers can upgrade to the Interislander Plus Lounge which includes comfortable seating, wi-fi Internet, tea/coffee/soft drinks, beer/wine, a hot meal and snacks. Experience the most comfortable way to cruise the Cook Strait.

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North Island

North Island at a glance New Zealand’s North Island is an essential part of any visit to New Zealand, and its dramatic landscape is dominated by the vast volcanic and geothermal areas around Rotorua and Taupo. 3 touring routes link the Central North Island, The Thermal Explorer Highway, The Pacific Coast Highway and the Volcanic Loop. The wild shoreline has an abundance of marine life, and the rolling countryside is dotted with fruit orchards and world-class vineyards. The 2 main cities, Auckland and Wellington, deserve a few days of anyone’s time, bustling with activity and events year-round. Prepare to be monumentally impressed.

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FLIGHT INFORMATION: Auckland is the main international gateway into the North Island and New Zealand, and is served by major airlines such as Air New Zealand (via Los Angeles), Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qantas (via Australia), Cathay Pacific and others. A good network of domestic airports makes getting around the North Island easy.

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ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE

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Swimming with dolphins in the Bay of Islands won’t be something you’ll forget in a hurry, but a cruise or helicopter flight over this stunning archipelago will also provide you with long-lasting memories.

Set in Hawke’s Bay, internationally-acclaimed Villa Maria produces New Zealand’s most awarded wines.

CULTURAL TREASURES Take a tour to Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand, where you can drive along the deserted expanse of Ninety-Mile Beach and enjoy an adrenalin-pumping sledge ride down the sand dunes. WATER PARADISE Huka Falls, near Taupo, are the largest on the Waikato River. The river rapids narrow from 100 metres to 20 metres across a hard volcanic ledge. SHOPPING Every Saturday, Auckland’s City Farmers’ Market is the place to head for fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables, all delivered direct from local growers DATES FOR THE DIARY The World Buskers Festival, will be held in Christchurch 10 Jan - 03 Feb 2019. Book early for a chance to see some of the ground-breaking new acts.

BEST FOR KIDS Children of all ages love exploring the cave system at Waitomo, where thousands of glowworms illuminate the dark limestone caverns. A variety of family-friendly tours are available, including our ‘Eco Thermal Tour’ in Rotorua. SPLASH OUT Martin Bosley’s Yacht Club restaurant in Wellington has a fabulous waterfront location offering panoramic views of the city and the harbour. LIVE LIKE A LOCAL Aucklanders love nothing better than messing around in boats, and its yacht-filled harbour has earned it the moniker ‘City of Sails’. Get out on a sailing excursion or just catch the local ferry over to Waiheke Island. GLORIOUS ART DÉCO The seaside resort of Napier is a must-see for its fabulous collection of Art Déco buildings, built in the forward-thinking style of the 1930s after the town was hit by an earthquake.

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Auckland

Auckland, affectionately known as the ‘City of Sails’, is by far the largest city in New Zealand and home to one-third of the country’s population. Auckland’s lifestyle is ranked amongst the best in the world and once visited you’ll understand why. Waiheke Island is home to vineyards offering culinary experience’s that pair perfectly with their wines.

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AUCKLAND BRIDGE CLIMB Departures & Duration: 2.5 hours, Daily (except 25, 26 Dec & 25 Apr) This tour will have you wondering whether to look at your feet or focus on the spectacular views. Custom engineered walkways provide a safe, stylish and enjoyable experience while gently curving arches ensure this easy-going walk with full Auckland commentary is suitable for all ages.  

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AMERICA’S CUP SAILING EXPERIENCE

WAIHEKE ISLAND GOURMET FOOD & WINE TOUR

Departures & Duration: 2 hours, Daily Board your Explore Group vessel at Viaduct Harbour, Auckland to commence a 2-hour America’s Cup Experience experience. Participate as crew on an authentic America’s Cup yacht. Take the helm, or sit back and enjoy the action and scenery as you sail the beautiful Waitemata Harbour. Delight in the excitement of sailing, no experience necessary.

Departures & Duration: 5.5 hours, Daily (blackout dates apply) Departing from Waiheke Ferry Terminal in small groups, guests will enjoy a scenic tour of the island. Visit an award-winning olive oil mill, followed by 2 vineyards, each offering a range of gourmet tastes to accompany their wines. You will also enjoy a platter lunch at one of the top vineyard restaurants. After lunch, return to your accommodation or to the ferry.

Prices from: Adult £108, Child £82.

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WAITOMO CAVES EXPLORER

Departures & Duration: 8.5 hours, Daily Your morning tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play. In contrast, just 30 minutes from the city are the wild west coast black sand beaches and fascinating rainforest.  Learn about the flora and fauna and the history of this area with a knowledgeable guide in a small group environment.

Departures & Duration: 9 hours, Daily The ancient Waitomo Caves are a magnificent network of limestone formations, arches and caverns. When you leave Auckland travel via farmland of the Waikato and King Country, and drive past Rangiriri; the location of a historic battle between the British and a Maori tribe called the Kingitanga. The tour of Waitomo includes a silent underground boat trip to the magical Glow Worm Grotto. Prices from: Adult £156, Child £84 (excludes lunch).

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Departures & Duration: Daily The Sky Tower has stood tall as an icon of Auckland’s skyline for almost 19 years. It’s an exciting hub of adrenaline activities, superb dining and breathtaking views. If you’re visiting Auckland for just 1 day, then a trip up the Sky Tower is a must.

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BAY OF ISLANDS, WAITANGI & HOLE IN THE ROCK WITH LUNCH Departures & Duration: 12 hours, Daily Leaving Auckland travel north to Bay of Islands. Here a guided tour takes you through the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, exploring the original Treaty House. Afterwards transfer to Paihia wharf to board the Dolphin Seeker, a purpose built catamaran and cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse and majestic Hole in the Rock.

Prices from: Adult £183, Child £92

COROMANDEL DAY TOUR Departures & Duration: 12 hours, Daily Experience Coromandel Peninsula with its mountainous, forest-covered backbone, sheltered bays, coves and stunning coastlines. Take a memorable journey on the mini-railway through native forest. Across the mountainous divide visit the east coast beaches, Hot Water Beach with its hot springs in the sand and Cathedral Cove where the Pacific Ocean washes through natural arches.

AUCKLAND CITY HOTEL 3H

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HOBBITON EXPRESS Departures & Duration: 8 hours, Daily (except 25 Dec) Travel south from Auckland over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region, then to Matamata and Shire’s Rest. On arrival embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. View 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge, the party tree and visit the Green Dragon Inn for a complimentary drink. A sumptuous buffet lunch is included before returning to Auckland.

The Auckland City Hotel is a peaceful sanctuary ideally located in the heart of Auckland’s entertainment and business district, with easy access to motorways. An effortless 5 minute walk takes you to the Sky Tower, Aotea Square, and the centre of town, Queen Street. The Auckland City Hotel Hobson Street has the character and charm of the 1900’s enhanced with relaxing, contemporary decor in the heart of central Auckland. Retaining the iconic façade and lobby constructed in 1912, a dramatic restoration and build project has since changed the aspect of this historic building, seeing it transformed into a unique and captivating hotel. With 150 modern guest rooms and suites, every room is perfectly appointed with the modern traveller in mind. Catering for more than just your accommodation needs, the Auckland City Hotel’s in-house Vie Restaurant is a haven for quality New Zealand gourmet food. The off-site gym and swimming pool are also at your disposal. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • free wi-fi Internet • indoor pool • parking facilities ROOM FACILITIES ••• 150 rooms & suites • TV • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities

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COPTHORNE HOTEL AUCKLAND CITY 3H Centrally located near to restaurants, Queen Street shopping and Auckland University, Copthorne Hotel Auckland City offers a mixture of rooms and suites equipped with Sky TV, high-speed internet access and a balcony with seascape or city views. Enjoy fresh local produce at the hotel’s restaurant — Jimmy Cook’s Kiwi Kitchen, offering breakfast, an all-day menu, and dinner. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • free wi-fi Internet (conditions apply) • laundry ROOM FACILITIES ••• 110 rooms • fridge • Sky TV • free wi-fi Internet (conditions apply) • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free night & free breakfast offers available on selected dates – please call for details

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ONETANGI BEACH APARTMENTS, WAIHEKE ISLAND 3+H Onetangi Beach Apartments are located right on Onetangi Beach – arguably the most beautiful beach in Auckland. Each apartment offers a wide range of modern, self-catering and fully-serviced accommodations making them a perfect base for family holidays. The apartments offer convenient facilities such as spa pools, room service breakfast, and 2 restaurants and a pizza takeaway bar within 20 metres. Within close proximity there are multiple vineyards, a golf course, the Waiheke Museum and a nature reserve offering guests plenty of activities during their stay, and the beach beckons visitors to stroll along its soft sands. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• spa pool • wi-fi Internet • reception • laundry facilities • convenience shop ROOM FACILITIES ••• 30 1 & 2-bedroom apartments • TV • full kitchen • balcony or terrace • daily service

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RYDGES AUCKLAND 4H

THE SEBEL AUCKLAND VIADUCT HARBOUR 4H

Rydges Auckland offers the ultimate in hotel chic without sacrificing a warm Kiwi welcome and attention to detail. The hotel lies just a short stroll from many of Auckland’s finest sights and the CBD and enjoys great views of the harbour and city. Viaduct Harbour with its fabulous marina and fine shopping and dining outlets is close by, as are High Street and the Chancery, areas renowned for their original fashion designers, artists and crafts shops. The hotel’s high-spec gym is great for a work out, then relax with a drink in the Lounge Bar or delight in cuisine at The Cut Restaurant and Bar, where the grill showcases the best locally sourced cuts of meat along side signature dishes. Barist’a on the Corner serves fine coffee, teas and freshly baked croissants and is a great spot to relax and enjoy the free wi-fi Internet available throughout the hotel.

This contemporary apartment-style waterfront hotel has an excellent location nestled on the edge of the Viaduct Harbour amidst numerous restaurants and bars, just minutes from Auckland city centre and leisure activities. The historic Tepid Baths are located opposite and provide a heated pool, spa, sauna, steam room, gym and massage. For great marina views and a spacious balcony, we recommend upgrading to a Marina Deluxe 1-bedroom suite.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • lounge bar • café • free wi-fi Internet • laundry • 24hr reception • valet car parking (charge)

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 24hr reception • covered parking • wi-fi Internet • chargeback facility from surrounding cafés, bars & restaurants ROOM FACILITIES ••• 112 studios & 1-bedroom suites • mini-bar • TV with cable channels • wi-fi Internet • iPod dock • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • kitchen • washer/dryer • separate bath & shower (most rooms)

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 267 rooms • mini-bar • 40” LCD TV • iPod dock • free wi-fi Internet • 24hr room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details. Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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SKYCITY HOTEL 4H

GRAND MILLENNIUM AUCKLAND 4H

SKYCITY Hotel is the ideal choice for anyone looking to be in the centre of the city. Adjacent to the Sky Tower, which at 328m high is New Zealand’s tallest manmade structure. The location puts an array of shops, bars and restaurants on your doorstep. SKYCITY Hotel forms part of the SKYCITY entertainment complex, which incorporates a world-class casino, plus convenient services such as a tourist information centre and Auckland’s main coach station. Restaurants include Orbit Revolving Restaurant, located up the Sky Tower, where you can enjoy 360 degree views while dining.

Grand Millennium Auckland is New Zealand’s largest hotel, enjoying a central location in the heart of the cosmopolitan city and within walking distance of some of the finest dining, shopping and entertainment, including Queen Street and the Viaduct Harbour. The hotel is linked via an underground tunnel to the Auckland Convention Centre at THE EDGE, which comprises 4 of Auckland’s landmark venues; Aotea Centre, The Civic, Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Square. All of the 452 stylish rooms and suites in the hotel combine smart design, chic décor and modern amenities to ensure you have a comfortable stay. Guests can also take advantage of the quality facilities, whether it’s enjoying a swim in the heated indoor pool or savouring a delicious meal at Katsura Japanese Restaurant.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• over 20 restaurants, cafés & bars • casino • fitness room • Sky Tower ROOM FACILITIES ••• 323 spacious guestrooms • mini-bar • TV & movies • iPod docking station • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • 24hr room service

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • indoor heated swimming pool • free wi-fi Internet (conditions apply) • parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 452 rooms • mini-bar • flat-screen TV • cable channels • in-room movies • free wi-fi Internet (conditions apply) • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • floor-to-ceiling windows • bathroom with separate shower & tub • 24hr room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Value added offers available on selected dates - please call for details.

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Premuim room from Premium suite from

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£83 £121

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Superior room from Club room from

£81 £127


AUCKLAND H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

METROPOLIS AVANI RESIDENCES AUCKLAND 4H

PULLMAN AUCKLAND 4+H

What was once the city’s Magistrates Court, is now the grand façade of the AVANI Metropolis Auckland Residences. The striking building is also Auckland’s tallest residential building. Pause for a moment of ‘wow’ as you walk through the lobby, a sleek century-old courthouse transformed for an impressive arrival. Then rise up to your crisp, contemporary room, and take in the breathtaking views across the Auckland harbour. Ideally located in the heart of Auckland’s cultured city centre, the property is surrounded by an abundance of restaurants and is just a short stroll away from attractions including the Auckland Art Gallery and Auckland Sky Tower.

A chic-modern hotel with sleek interiors creates a stylish yet friendly atmosphere for those staying in Auckland. Located in the middle of the high-end shopping district, The Pullman Auckland offers guests the chance to escape the busy city-centre vibe with brasserie-style dining, offering a range of exquisite international flavours and an award winning spa facility. A 25m heated swimming pool and state-of-the-art fitness facilities, sauna and steam room ensure guests the opportunity to look after their wellbeing while travelling.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • 2 cafes • gym • kids’ club

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • gym • indoor pool • fitness centre • sauna • steam room • 24hr reception • outdoor courtyard • business centre

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 100 suites • flat screen TV • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • kitchenette • safe

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 340 rooms & suites • safe • satellite TV • Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • 24hr room service • bathrobes SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free breakfast and honeymoon offers available on selected dates – please call for details

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

1 bedroom suite from 1 bedroom superior suite from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£82 £88

Superior room from Superior residence from

£80 £114

HOTEL GRAND WINDSOR 4+H

CORDIS, AUCKLAND 5H

Hotel Grand Windsor is the perfect blend of classic art-deco glamour and modern luxury. Recently receiving an extensive and meticulous refurbishment creating a sumptuous elegance for those looking for a more up-market stay whilst in the exciting city of Auckland. This heritage building is perfectly situated in the heart of Auckland’s vibrant Queen Street, an area loaded with art, culture, shopping and restaurants. If all the shopping gets too much, escape to the Hotel Grand Windsor’s state of the art wellness centre or indulge in a High Tea in the stunning restaurant.

Designed for guests who value heartfelt service and engaging experiences, Cordis Auckland is a new brand by Langham Hospitality Group, located in a lively uptown area within walking distance of the city’s museum, galleries and thriving retail scene. Thoughtful extras and stylish interiors reveal a genuine attention to detail, and highspeed tech features reflect the best in modern design. A contemporary restaurant and sophisticated Lobby Lounge offer stylish places to dine and socialise, while peaceful Chuan Spa and a heated rooftop pool create the perfect urban retreat for guests to relax and unwind. The hotel operates a complimentary inner-city shuttle which departs every half hour to Auckland’s waterfront, as well as luxury sedans (extra cost). Why not upgrade to the Cordis Club, which offers exclusive extras such as breakfast, drinks and canapés each evening as well as free wi-fi Internet access

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • gym • spa ROOM FACILITIES ••• 79 rooms & suites • SMART TV • Bluetooth BOSE speaker • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • bar • free wi-fi Internet • health club • heated outdoor pool & Jacuzzi • Chuan Spa • complimentary inner-city shuttle ROOM FACILITIES ••• 411 guestrooms & suites • free usage of the in room Handy Smartphone • mini-bar • TV • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • 24hr room service

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Classic queen from £112 Classic king from £126 Superior queen from £146

Superior room from Deluxe room from

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

£72 £81

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Bay of Islands

Lying close to the north-eastern tip of New Zealand, this beautiful archipelago of 144 islands is home to myriad wildlife such as marlin, whales, penguins, dolphins and gannets. The charming resorts of Paihia and Russell are steeped in colonial history and set against a gentle backdrop of undulating farmlands. The famous Hole in the Rock at the tip of Cape Brett is a 67-metre natural formation best approached by boat.

KINGSGATE HOTEL AUTOLODGE PAIHIA 3H Situated 100 metres from Paihia Wharf, Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge offers a mixture of comfortable rooms and suites within a convenient location for exploring the Bay of Islands. Relax by the outdoor pool or in the indoor hot tub, or take one of the hotel’s complimentary bicycles around the local beauty spots, before enjoying the spectacular views of the bay to Russell over dinner at the hotel’s Reef Restaurant. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • gym • free wi-fi Internet (conditions apply) • indoor spa • outdoor pool • guest laundry ROOM FACILITIES ••• 100 rooms • Sky TV • fridge • free wi-fi Internet (conditions apply) • air con • heating • Sky TV • tea & coffee making facilities

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard room from

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CAPE BRETT ‘HOLE IN THE ROCK’ CRUISE

DAY SAILING ADVENTURE

Departures & Duration: 3 hours from Paihia or Russell, Daily Cruise through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands enjoying the large outdoor viewing decks. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as you get up close to the action. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock. Hold your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and admire the rock walls which soar above you.

Departures & Duration: Daily mid Sep-Apr Board your Carino sailing and Dolphin vessel at Paihia Wharf to commence a full Day Sailing Adventure. On board lend a hand to hoist the sails, sit back and relax as they catch the breeze and the 50ft catamaran skims across the waves. Carino Sailing & Dolphin Adventures is the only yacht licensed to swim and view wild dolphins in the Bay.

Prices from: Adult £59, Child £29

Prices from: Adult £65, Child £32

CAPE REINGA WANDERER VIA 90 MILE BEACH WITH LUNCH

WATERFALL DISCOVERY TOUR

£40

Departure & Duration: 11 hours from Paihia, Daily Join your luxury coach to commence a tour enjoying the natural wonders of the North, uncovering the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region that is rich in Maori culture and tradition. Highlights include an easy boardwalk through ancient Puketi Kauri Forest past 1,000 year old Kauri trees, sand-boarding down the massive sand dunes on boogie boards at Te Paki Stream. a fish and chips lunch and a thunderous drive along the vast and empty Ninety Mile Beach before arriving into Cape Reinga. Prices from: Adult £83, Child £41, incl. lunch

Departures & Duration: Daily (except 25 Dec & 6 Feb) On this fun-filled tour, you will paddle one way and get transported by vehicle the other, feel the spray from the unique horseshoe-shaped Haruru Waterfall, be fascinated by the incredible mangrove forest and be blown away by the local wildlife. Your guide will keep you entertained and amaze you with beautiful Maori legends and local history. Prices from: Adult £82, Child £42

WAITANGI TREATY GROUNDS

HOLE IN THE ROCK SCENIC FLIGHT

Departures & Duration: 4 hours, Daily An absolute ‘must-do’ for all visitors to New Zealand, the award-winning Waitangi Treaty Grounds is one of our nation’s premier attractions and tells New Zealand’s story of two peoples coming together as one, under the Treaty of Waitangi. Enjoy an inspiring and interactive half day experience through Waitangi’s contemporary museum, powerful Maori cultural performances in an authentic Meeting House, entertaining guided tours, lush native forest and gardens, inspiring art gallery and carving studio and traditional Maori waka (canoe).

Departures & Duration: 20 mins from Paihia, Daily (weather permitting) The Bay of Islands offers some of the best coastal scenery in New Zealand and this helicopter scenic flight offers exceptional views of these beautiful islands and the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Departing from the beachfront helipad in Paihia, the flight tracks along the stunning peninsula coastline to Cape Brett where you experience an exciting turn to fly around the Hole in the Rock. The return flight leads over the main islands of the area with a bird’s-eye view of their white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, Waitangi Treaty grounds and Paihia township.

Prices from £25 per person

Prices from £155 per person


B AY O F I S L A N D S H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

SCENIC HOTEL BAY OF ISLANDS 3+H The Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands is situated at the entrance of Paihia and is a short stroll from the town. The hotel offers an ideal base for a resort-style escape, hidden within sub-tropical gardens that showcase the area’s pleasant climate. The contemporary rooms are spacious, all air-conditioned and decorated in natural tones to reflect the surrounding environment. Great care has been taken to make your stay comfortable, and the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands is perfectly located for exploring the many attractions surrounding the area. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • lounge bar • guest laundry • swimming pool • free wi-fi Internet • free parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 114 rooms • air-con • mini-bar • LCD TV with Sky • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • balcony or courtyard SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

COPTHORNE HOTEL & RESORT BAY OF ISLANDS, WAITANGI 3+H Nestled in the sub-tropical gardens of the Waitangi National Trust Reserve to the north of Auckland, this is a true waterfront hotel. The Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands embodies an inspiring harmony of wonderful nature and impressive facilities. The unique lagoon style pool is the perfect place for relaxing and a free shuttle to the local town of Paihia is fantastic for sightseeing and shopping enabling a real feel of local culture. A dedicated plan of sustainability in the future is reflected in the 4-star enviro-gold qualmark rated status. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • café • wi-fi Internet• 2 pools • tennis • bikes • shuttle service into Paihia • laundry ROOM FACILITIES ••• 180 guestrooms • mini-bar • TV • wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • balcony/patio SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Room upgrades available on selected dates – please call for details

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard room from Superior room from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£45 £54

Standard room from Standard plus room from Superior harbour view from

£40 £42 £45

THE WATERFRONT SUITES PAIHIA 4H

PAIHIA BEACH RESORT & SPA, PAIHIA 4+H

One of New Zealand’s most impressive natural wonders; the Bay of Islands comprises of 140 subtropical islands well known for its undeveloped beaches, big-game fishing and Maori cultural artefacts, for those visiting the area it’s a must. The Waterfront Suites are stunningly situated just steps away from Paihia’s bars and restaurants. With a range of suites on offer which are contemporary yet relaxed, ideal for couples or families and offering spectacular views of the beautiful bay. A heated lap pool and dedicated BBQ are just some of the amazing facilities on offer to guests during their stay when enjoying some down time.

Absolute beachfront, experience this ultra-chic resort which has been designed with your ultimate comfort in mind. Relax and unwind at the award-winning La Spa Naturale, take a dip in 1 of 6 swimming pools/hot pools, and dine at Provenir restaurant, where top quality local ingredients are prepared to perfection. Each guestroom features superior entertaining areas, complimentary guest wi-fi Internet, air-conditioning, 6 foot spa baths and premium bathroom amenities including luxurious bath robes and slippers. Take in the spectacular Pacific Ocean views from your own private balcony or patio.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• BBQ area • wi-fi Internet • pool • laundry • parking

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • terrace • business centre • 6 pools/hot pools • Jacuzzi • day spa • steam/sauna • laundry

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 24 suites • Sky TV • DVD & CD player • wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony/patio • kitchenette • washer/dryer SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 21 studios & suites • mini-bar • TV • free wi-fi Internet • CD player • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • balcony or terrace • spa bath • kitchenette SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

1 bedroom deluxe suite from £67 2 bedroom deluxe suite from £79 3 bedroom penthouse from £156

Poolside studio from Spa studio from Superior studio from

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

£97 £111 £122

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Coromandel & Pacific Coast

Just 90 minutes’ drive from Auckland or Rotorua lies the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, blessed with hundreds of natural hideaways from misty rainforests to pristine goldensand beaches. Further south along the Pacific Coast, the Bay of Plenty blends adventure pursuits with vibrant seaside communities; swim with the wild dolphins of Tauranga or walk to the top of Mount Maunganui for spectacular views over its brilliant surfing beaches.

PAUANUI PINES MOTOR LODGE 3H Pauanui Pines offers motel accommodation at Pauanui Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula. Within easy walking distance of the beach, shops, recreational club and 2 9-hole golf courses, the lodge is the perfect destination to relax and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. All motel units have kitchen facilities, a spacious bathroom and an open dining/lounge area. Each is well equipped with quality chattels and natural timber finishes, giving them a true home away from home feel. The outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, free golf club hire and bike rental ensures everyone will be kept well entertained during their say. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• free wi-fi Internet • pool • tennis court • bikes • guest laundry ROOM FACILITIES ••• 18 1 & 2-bedroom units • flat-screen TV • DVD player • kitchen facilities • veranda • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

1 bedroom unit from 2 bedroom 2 bathroom from

£30 £47

WAIHI BEACH LODGE 4H

TRINITY WHARF TAURANGA 4H

Waihi beach’s central location is ideal for experiencing some of the best places the North Island has to offer including the Coromandel, Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo. In just a 2-minute stroll, you will stumble across 9km of stunning white beaches and one of the best and safest surf beaches in the North Island. Rooms offer a clean, uncluttered style while ensuring great quality facilities; some with sea views and others of the quiet surrounding gardens, Waihi Beach is perfect for un-winding after a busy day sightseeing.

Built on and over the water’s edge, this contemporary hotel has been designed to take full advantage of wonderful harbour views. Accommodation is spacious and well-appointed and the hotel lies just a short stroll from the city centre and only a 10-minute drive to Mount Maunganui beachfront.  The region offers a diverse range of activities including surfing, hot pools, food and wine tours, sky diving, fishing charters and shopping.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• free wi-fi Internet • free parking facilities ROOM FACILITIES ••• 4 rooms • TV • DVD player • tea & coffee making facilities • hairdryer • bath robes SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • lounge bar • free wi-fi Internet • pool • gym • parking • sundeck ROOM FACILITIES ••• 123 spacious rooms • mini-bar • tea & coffee making facilities • satellite TV • movies • air-con • free wi-fi Internet • separate bath & shower • room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Marlin/ matakana/ mayor room from £57 Beach studio apartment from £57

Urban king from Urban balcony from Harbour king from

£64 £70 £82


N A P I E R & H AW K E’S B AY H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

Hawke’s Bay & Napier Referred to locally as New Zealand’s ‘fruit bowl’ because of its warm sunny summers and crisp winter frosts that produce a plethora of crops, Hawke’s Bay is better known internationally for its premier chardonnays, merlots and cabernet sauvignons. After a major earthquake in 1931, the wonderful seaside town of Napier was rebuilt in Art Déco-style, and nowhere else in the world can you see such a concentration of this much-loved architecture.

QUEST NAPIER 3+H Located in the centre of town and a 5-minute stroll to the beach, Quest Napier apartments offer affordable, practical accommodation in quiet yet central surroundings. Originally built in 1919, the building has been recently refurbished and cleverly blends Art Déco charm with a stylishly modern interior. Walk from your apartment to Napier’s Art Déco attractions, follow beautiful coastal paths, or visit the surrounding Hawke’s Bay wine region. On the waterfront, Marine Parade is the coolest place to enjoy a coffee, drink or dinner. The aquarium and Art Déco Trust Centre are also nearby. With Quest Napier’s pantry service, you can pre-order your groceries before you arrive and they will be delivered to your apartment so your holiday starts as soon as you step through the fabulous Art Déco doors. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• breakfast available (charge) • free wi-fi Internet • free passes to nearby gym • pantry shopping service • undercover car parking (charge) ROOM FACILITIES ••• 41 apartments • 24” flat-screen TV • tea & coffee making facilities • free wi-fi Internet • kitchenette in each room • self-control air-conditioning SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Studio apartment from 1 bedroom apartment from

£46 £58

SCENIC HOTEL TE PANIA, NAPIER 4H

CRAGGY RANGE 4H

Just a short stroll from Napier’s famous Art Déco-style town centre, the Scenic Hotel Te Pania has a prime waterfront location in this beautiful seaside city. Suites feature a separate bedroom and living area, whilst all guestrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, air-conditioning and most with stunning ocean views. The hotel’s popular Exchange Bar & Brasserie is minimalist in style, bustling and ideal for breakfast, a light lunch or an al fresco dinner. The Scenic Hotel Te Pania is an excellent base to explore the local attractions, such as Art Déco walking tours, or activities such as kayaking, wine tasting, fishing or golf.

Stunning boutique, self-contained accommodation in the heart of Hawke’s Bay wine country. Choose from 2 or 4-bedroom luxury lodges offering private retreats overlooking the TukiTuki River, or 1 and 2-bedroom boutique cottages set among the vines. All rooms are en-suite, and accommodation is stylishly appointed with open plan living areas. A short stroll away, you’ll find Craggy Range Winery — enjoy a complimentary tasting of the region’s celebrated wines at Cellar Door, or dine on seasonal local produce prepared by Craggy Range’s world class chef.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • free wi-fi Internet • free access to adjacent gym • guest laundry • free parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 109 guestrooms & suites • mini-bar • LCD TV with Sky • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• chefs kitchen • open plan living area • dining room with open plan fireplace • BBQ facilities (lodge only) • parking • complimentary gourmet breakfast provisions • complimentary bottle of Craggy Range wine • complimentary Cellar Door Tasting ROOM FACILITIES ••• 3 luxury lodges: 1 4-bedroom & 2 2-bedroom (available from March 2019) • 6 cottages: 1 1-bedroom, 3 2-bedroom & 2 2-bedroom garden cottages (available from Dec 18) • ensuite bathrooms • TV • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • private laundry facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Superior room from 1 bedroom suite from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£54 £92

1 bedroom cottage from £128 2 bedroom cottage from £157

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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ELITE ADVENTURES ECO THERMAL TOUR

Rotorua

Set on its namesake lake, the town of Rotorua is renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. There are bubbling mud pools and the 30m-tall Pohutu Geyser, which erupts many times daily. It’s also home to a living Maori village and the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.

Departures & Duration: 4-5 hours, Daily (except 25 Dec) Witness the daily eruption of Lady Knox Geyser, then tour Rotorua’s finest geothermal parks including the boiling mudpools and the colourful hot springs of Wai-O-Tapu and the spectacular, bushcovered Waimangu Volcanic Valley where your guide will explain the Mount Tarawera eruption that occurred in 1886. Prices from: Adult £96, Child £65

MITERE MITAI CULTURAL COMBO Departures & Duration: 4.5 hours, Daily (except 25 Dec) On arrival be greeted by a local Maori host. Learn about protocol, history and legends. Visit Te Papaiouru Marae, Tamatekapua Meeting House, St. Faith’s Church and Mitai Maori Village. Witness warriors in traditional dress, be captivated by songs, dances and games. Dine on traditional earth-cooked Hangi, see the spiritual and sacred freshwater spring and glowworms. Prices from: Adult £76, Child £41

MT TARAWERA VOLCANO BY FLOATPLANE Departures & Duration: 30 mins, Daily (weather permitting) At Volcanic Air’s Jetty, Rotorua City Lakefront, fly via floatplane over the site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory Mount Tarawera. View the eruption trail and surrounding lakes district whilst enjoying commentary from the experienced local pilot. Tour concludes approximately 30 minutes after commencement, back at Volcanic Air’s Jetty. Prices from: Adult £150, Child £113

This unique trilogy combines some of the best that the North Island of New Zealand has to offer. Experience Hobbiton Movie Set, the picturesque setting for the Shire that featured in the Sir Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. This offer includes Te Puia, the home of Maori culture and cuisine. Be mesmerized by the world famous geyser Pohutu under stars following a delicious indigenous meal. Descend into the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves under a galaxy of glowworms and to ancient Ruakuri Cave, a spectacular cave full of legends and tales. Walk amongst magnificent cave formations and see sparkling glowworms up-close.

The Hobbiton Movie Set is an essential stop on the itinerary of all visitors travelling through New Zealand, offering an interesting and entertaining experience incorporating the famous film set.

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To Tauranga Matamata Hobbiton

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Cambridge

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Te Awamutu

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Otorohanga

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Rotorua Te Puia

Waitomo Waitomo Glowworm Caves Ruakuri Cave The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.

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Descend into the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves under a galaxy of glowworms and to ancient Ruakuri Cave, a spectacular cave full of legends and tales. Walk amongst magnificent cave formations and see sparkling glowworms up-close or alternatively, experience the original Waitomo black water rafting adventure that will have you tubing, walking and floating through mysterious Ruakuri Cave with the Supercharged Trilogy package option.

Walk amongst geysers, bubbling mud pools, hot springs and steam in a mystical geothermal valley that is steeped in cultural history. A feast of storytelling, entertainment and traditional Maori kai (food) awaits, continuing a legacy of guiding and manaakitanga (hospitality) that began 200 years ago or alternatively with the Supercharged Trilogy option,Te Puia’s Steambox is the ultimate way to experience Maori culture, with a guided tour through the geothermal hotspot, a wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior and steaming kai (food) cooked deep in Te Whakarewarewa Valley’s living-earth. Tour price per person from: Adult £180, Child £84

To Wellington


R OTO R UA H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

HOLIDAY INN ROTORUA 3+H

SUDIMA HOTEL LAKE ROTORUA 4H

Located on the edge of the incredible Redwood forest and uniquely overlooking the famous Whakarewarewa Geothermal Reserve, Holiday Inn Rotorua hotel is the perfect base to truly explore this beautiful part of the North Island. With purpose built mountain bike and adventure equipment washing facilities, and a year round geothermally heated swimming pool plus 2 spas, both families and thrill seekers will feel relaxed and welcomed at this family-friendly Rotorua hotel.

The Sudima Hotel is located on the banks of the magical Lake Rotorua in the heart of Whakarewarewa Valley, yet is only a short stroll from the city centre. Famed for its amazing landscapes and traditional Maori lifestyle, Rotorua has so many opportunities for adventure. World famous mountain biking trails, home to a living Maori village and the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua offers contemporary accommodation for both family and business travellers with both the hotel restaurant and bar over looking the enchanting lake.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • outdoor pool • hot tub • fitness centre • spa • gift shop • games room • shuttle service • laundry • parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 203 rooms • mini-bar • TV • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • coffee house • wi-fi Internet • outdoor pool • hot spring bath • hot tub • gym • massage (charge) • laundry • maori cultural shows ROOM FACILITIES ••• 258 rooms • mini-bar • TV • wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • 24hr room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard room from Superior room from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£42 £46

Superior room from Superior plus room from

£51 £59

NOVOTEL ROTORUA LAKESIDE 4H

MILLENNIUM HOTEL, ROTORUA 4H

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside lies on the shores of Lake Rotorua, just moments from the restaurants, bars and cafés in the centre. The location is advantageous for access to the surrounding geothermal sites and the amazing natural scenery that the area is renowned for. The contemporary guestrooms are spacious and comfortable, and facilities include an indulgent spa, geothermal heated pools and nightly performances at the Maori cultural centre.

On the shores of Lake Rotorua, this excellent hotel is a short walk from the convention centre, and adjacent to the thermal bathing pools of the Polynesian Spa. The Millennium enjoys a relaxed atmosphere with many rooms overlooking the beautiful Lake Rotorua, and makes a great base with plenty of free parking and access to many of Rotorua’s attractions, such as the geothermal mud pools or a traditional Maori hangi feast.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • lounge • terrace • business centre • wi-fi Internet • fitness centre • pool • spa • sauna • geothermal pools within hotel

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • bar • wi-fi Internet • gym • pools • bikes • beauty salon • sauna/Jacuzzi • laundry • free parking

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 199 guestrooms • mini-bar • TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • 24hr room service

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 227 guestrooms • mini-bar • TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Room upgrades available on selected dates – please call for details

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Superior room city view from Superior room lake view from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£55 £72

Superior room from Superior lake view from

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

£62 £74

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Taupo, Tongariro & New Plymouth

The Great Lake Taupo region, often referred to as ‘Nature’s Ultimate Playground’ is one of the world’s most unique and picturesque areas. Host to the largest freshwater crater lake in Australasia, plus the World Heritage Site of Tongariro National Park, visitors come here for the stunning scenery as well as the huge range of adventure activities on offer. New Plymouth sits on North Island’s West Coast and is known for it’s coastal walkway stretching from Bell Block to Port Taranaki.

MILLENNIUM HOTEL & RESORT MANUELS, TAUPO 4H Set on the shores of the country’s largest lake, this is one of Taupo luxury hotels with uninterrupted views of the magnificent lake and mountains. Many of Taupo’s famous attractions are just minutes away, including Huka Falls, water and snow skiing, hot mineral pools, golf courses, and lake cruises. The charming is a superb choice for savouring award-winning cuisine as swans gracefully swim by. This Lake Taupo resort has also been artfully decorated to create an air of glamorous elegance, and its heated swimming pool, private grotto plunge pool, sauna, and gym provide guests with leisure options right at the doorstep. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • lounge bar • terrace • Internet • gym • pool • tennis • sauna/Jacuzzi ROOM FACILITIES ••• 51 guestrooms • mini-bar • TV • wi-fi Internet • DVD player • air-con • room service • balcony/terrace SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights and added value offers available on selected dates please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard lakeview queen room from £62 Superior lakeview room from £76

HUKAFALLS JET

RUAPEHU CRATER LAKE

Departures & Duration: 30 mins, Daily (except 25 Dec) Based 10 minutes north of Taupo, take this thrilling jet boat ride along the Waikato River combining natural beauty with the excitement of 360° spins before reaching the base of the awe-inspiring spectacular Huka Falls. Nothing gets you closer than this fantastic water level view. This 30-minute jet ride promises the most thrilling ride of your life. A real ‘must-do’ when visiting the Waikato region.

Departures & Duration: 9 hours, Daily Join your guide to commence full day Ruapehu Crater Lake tour. Mt Ruapehu is the largest of the 3 volcanoes and its last eruption was in 2007. Ruapehu’s crater holds about 10 million cubic metres of water with a layer of liquid sulphur lining the bottom. The lake changes colour from an amazing green to pale blue to a solid grey depending on the craters temperature. Mt Ruapehu has 8 small glaciers on its high flanks and they are the only glaciers in the North Island.

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Prices from: Adult £77, Child £51

Prices from £145 per person

LAKE TAUPO SCENIC CRUISE

SUNSET GUIDED WALK

Departures & Duration: 1.5 hours, Daily (except 25 Dec) Join Chris Jolly Outdoors at Berth 4, Taupo Boat Harbour to commence your scenic cruise aboard Cruise Cat, the most comfortable launch on the lake. Sit back and enjoy the picturesque northern bays of Lake Taupo and view the Maori Rock Carvings up close. A full commentary is given on the volcanic history and Maori mythology surrounding Lake Taupo and an informative DVD is shown. Take in the views of spectacular snow-capped mountain peaks of the World Heritage Tongariro National Park. Tour concludes approximately 1.5 hours after commencement, at Taupo Marina.

Departures & Duration: 2 hours, Daily (except 25 Dec) Meet at the Adrift shop in the National Park. After ensuring you have the right clothing and equipment, you will be transferred to sunset tours amongst the Tongariro Volcanoes. The exact route chosen will match the level of the ability for the group. Either a 1-hour 20-minute return route out to the sunset ridge and back, a 2-hour walk along the Taranaki Falls track, or up to Meads wall on Mt. Ruapehu. No matter what tour is taken you will stop at the end to enjoy a glass of NZ bubbles whilst watching the sunset. Your guide will talk about the area with his local knowledge of geology, volcanology and New Zealand cultural history.

Prices from: Adult £29, Child £14

Prices from £66 per person

TONGARIRO CROSSING 1 DAY GUIDED WALK

ART AND LUNCH TOUR, NEW PLYMOUTH

Departures & Duration: 9 hours, Daily from Tongariro National Park (except 24-26 Dec) Meet at the Adrift shop in the National Park to prepare then transfer to the start of the crossing to commence a full-day guided tour. This 19km trek, recognised as one of the top ten in the world, is New Zealand’s best one day walk. The track leads up to the saddle between Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro and then diverts over Mt Tongariro - not a single volcano, but a complex of craters that have been active at different periods. The landscape on Tongariro is peppered with the different coloured and shaped craters, scoured volcanic rocks, mountain springs, and brightly coloured emerald lakes.

Departures & Duration: 2 hours, Daily Visit New Zealand’s most provocative art gallery the acclaimed Govett Brewster Art Gallery/ Len Lye Centre. Home to the collection of pioneering filmmaker and kinetic artist Lye. Meet your guide who will tell you more about the building, its history and construction and take clients for a tour of the current exhibitions and/or the cinema programme. Enjoy a delicious lunch after at Monica’s Eatery adjacent to the Gallery.

Prices from £145 per person

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TA U P O, TO N G A R I R O & N E W P LY M O U T H H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

WAIRAKEI RESORT TAUPO 4H

CHATEAU TONGARIRO HOTEL 4H

Wairakei Resort Taupo offers excellent service, tranquil modern accommodation and exceptional leisure facilities set amid the forested slopes of the Wairakei Thermal Valley in the heart of the Wairakei Tourist Park. The original resort was first constructed in the late 19th century when travellers were drawn to the region by the same therapeutic hot springs and dramatic scenery that continue to bring visitors here today. Wairakei Resort now provides guests with modern hotel rooms and villa accommodation, exquisite dining options, a well-stocked fitness centre, a 9-hole golf course, tennis on floodlit courts, 2 geothermally heated swimming pools and 6 outdoor hot tubs, all just minutes from Taupo’s city centre.

Chateau Tongariro Hotel was constructed in 1929 and provides visitors with timeless elegance and exceptional service, accommodation and facilities. Sitting gracefully inside the dual world heritage Tongariro National Park, the hotel is surrounded by some of New Zealand’s best alpine treks and the sacred peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. A few minutes’ drive from the front door visitors can hike the world renowned Tongariro Alpine Crossing, or in winter hit the slopes at the Whakapapa and Turoa ski areas. Some guests though may be tempted to spend all their time at the hotel enjoying exceptional cuisine and facilities that include a fitness room, lounge billiards, plunge pool and sauna and onsite beauty and therapy spa.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • cafe • bar • free wi-fi Internet • 2 outdoor pools • 6 outdoor hot tubs • gym • tennis/squash • spa • children’s playground ROOM FACILITIES ••• 187 rooms, villas & suites • mini-bar • TV • wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • air con • 24hr room service

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • small gym • sauna • beauty & therapy spa • indoor plunge pool ROOM FACILITIES ••• 106 guestrooms • TV • mini-bar • wi-fi Internet SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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POWDERHORN CHATEAU, MT RUAPEHU 4H The Powderhorn Chateau is a favourite destination for travellers, ski and mountain enthusiasts. The chateau’s iconic building borders the southern slopes of Mt Ruapehu and the spectacular Tongariro National Park. This stunning alpine wonderland is one of only a handful of sites throughout the world to be gifted dual natural and cultural World Heritage status by UNESCO. Combining all the facilities of a 4-star hotel with the ambience of a European alpine lodge, the chateau features 30 well appointed, individually decorated suites and a private luxury apartment. The timbered interiors, welcoming beds and generous bathrooms create a homely feel with quality fabrics and furnishings featured throughout. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • bar • indoor heated pool • laundry facilities • daily shuttle bus to ski area ROOM FACILITIES ••• 30 hotel suites & chalets • mini-bar • LCD flat-screen TV • free wi-fi Internet • kitchen or kitchenette (chalets and apartment only) • balcony or patio • tea & coffee making facilities

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THE MILLENNIUM HOTEL NEW PLYMOUTH, WATERFRONT 4+H The Millennium Hotel New Plymouth, Waterfront is located in the heart of the New Plymouth CBD and boasts panoramic views of the Tasman Sea. This property is within walking distance of many of the city’s attractions, including Pukekura Park, the Puke Ariki Museum & Information Centre and plenty of local shopping, bars and cafés. The hotel offers 42 modern and spacious rooms with complimentary ultrafast wi-fi Internet, 24-hour gym access to Rampage Fitness and covered car parking. Visit the hotel’s award-winning restaurant – Salt, to discover some of New Zealand’s finest food and soak up the incredible sea views. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • free wi-fi Internet • free parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 42 spacious rooms • TV • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • air con

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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Wellington

New Zealand’s capital city is situated on the southern tip of the North Island and enjoys a natural harbour setting and a sophisticated atmosphere. It’s the beating heart of this liberated country, proud of its café-culture, stylish bars, art galleries and nightlife. Drive for an hour out of the city through the rolling countryside of the Wairarapa, where the sleepy village of Martinborough has become synonymous with some of New Zealand’s finest wines.

IBIS WELLINGTON 3+H The popular Ibis offers a great value-for-money base right in the heart of Wellington, with all of the city’s key attractions such as Parliament, TSB Arena, Westpac Stadium and Te Papa within easy walking distance. The rooms are modern and comfortable and the ibis an ideal place for your Wellington stay. The ‘Vivant!’ restaurant and bar at the Ibis captures the city’s buzz, where you can enjoy a coffee or dine in a relaxed and modern environment. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • 24hr reception ROOM FACILITIES ••• 200 guestrooms • shower room • flat-screen TV with movies • air-con • wi-fi Internet SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free breakfast offers available on selected dates – please call for details

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MIDDLE EARTH IN WELLINGTON Departures & Duration: 4 hours half-day; 8 hours fullday, Daily (except 25 Dec) An unmissable treat for all fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but is equally well-suited to those unfamiliar with the films. In this small-group tour you will be led by an expert guide and you will visit the filming locations such as Rivendell, the Anduin River, the Gardens of Isengard and the Dunharrow Rohirrim encampment and the quarry which was used for the filming of Helms Deep in Rohan. If you choose the full-day option, you will visit Miramar which is where the cast and crew lived during production

WETA WORKSHOP THERE & BACK AGAIN TOUR: FULL EXPERIENCE Departures & Duration: 2.5 hours, including transfer, Daily (except 25 Dec) Enter the world of Weta Workshop, made famous by the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and world-renowned for creating incredible movie props and practical effects! Tour includes guided return transfers highlighting iconic film locations, plus priority seating to an exclusive documentary. A Weta Workshop crew member will show you incredible props, and costumes from films like The Hobbit and Avatar, followed by a journey through the fantastic miniatures of Thunderbirds Are Go!

Prices from: Adult £219, Child £109

MARTINBOROUGH WINE TOUR

TE PAPA BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR

Departures & Duration: Approx. 8 hours, Daily (except 25 Dec) Experience a day of tastings that is uniquely Martinborough. Journey to the heart of the Wairarapa wine region and taste at award-winning wineries, such as Murdoch James, TeKairanga, Palliser, Muirlea Rise, Tirohana, Alana Estate and Martinborough. You will also enjoy a superb bistro lunch at a vineyard.

Departures & Duration: 2.5 hours, Daily (except 25 Dec) This tour takes you to the heart of New Zealand’s national museum where you will experience Te Papa like never before! This hosted cultural tour will weave you through the Maori exhibition spaces at Te Papa to experience the unique history through stories and objects. You will then head behind the scenes to experience Maori taonga (treasures) close up and have an opportunity to engage with collections staff. The tour ends with some light refreshments.

Prices from: Adult £51, Child £29

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ZEALANDIA BY DAY GUIDED TOUR

CAPITAL TASTES TOUR

Departures & Duration: 2 hours, Daily (except 25 Dec) Join your guide at the ZEALANDIA eco-sanctuary, for a 2-hour guided tour. Discover more on this engaging and informative walk through the picturesque sanctuary and witness the native wildlife that is once again living on the mainland. See a wide range of native New Zealand birds when they are at their most active. See the critically endangered takahe, the busy tieke, tuatara and green gecko. Twilight and Night tours are also available, please ask for details.

Departures & Duration: 3.5 hours, with approx. 90 mins walking, Daily (blackout dates apply) Join ZEST FOOD TOURS on a small group (max 8 guests) personal sightseeing tour of Wellington with food. Discover with your expert guide the fresh, sustainable and artisan flavours of New Zealand’s capital. Meet producers and makers, step behind the scenes and sample hidden culinary treasures from our vibrant foodie scene and discover some of the city’s best food.

Prices from: Adult £31, Child £16

Prices from £114 per person


W E L L I N G TO N H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

TRAVELODGE HOTEL WELLINGTON 4H

RYDGES WELLINGTON 4H

Make the most of the vibrant city of Wellington by staying at the Travelodge Wellington. The hotel is set in a modern tower with an enviable location in the centre of the city close to bars, restaurants and a short walk from Wellington Waterfront. It’s also incredibly well connected for public transport to navigate yourself around the city. The hotel offers a fitness centre, restaurant, bar, wi-fi Internet and 24hr reception, a fantastic base for experiencing all Wellington has to offer.

The award-winning Rydges Wellington enjoys a convenient downtown location on Featherston Street, opposite Wellington’s main railway station and in a central position that’s handy to the Queen’s Wharf waterfront area lined with restaurants and bars, Westpac Stadium, and the Lambton Quay shopping quarter. The rooms have a contemporary flair with modern features throughout, and iPads are available on request for guest use in the lobby. Rydges Wellington’s restaurant, Portlander, is a unique take on the grill house concept — one which is local, seasonal, cultivated... and just a little bit wild. It is a trendy place to enjoy a drink and superb cuts of meat, prepared to perfection and finished in style.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • breakfast lounge • wi-fi Internet • gym • car parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 132 rooms • TV • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • lounge bar • cardio room • 17m lap pool • sauna • whirlpool

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 280 modern guestrooms & suites • mini-bar • 32” flat-screen TV • iPod dock • wi-fi Internet • air-con • kitchenette • 24hr room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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Superior king room from £65 Deluxe king harbour view room from £89

COPTHORNE ORIENTAL BAY 4H

THE BOLTON HOTEL 4+H

Located on Wellington’s premier Oriental Parade, overlooking the stunning Wellington Harbour, Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay is the perfect base to explore the city. Merely 10 minutes away, are the city’s shopping, commercial, and entertainment centre. The Te Papa Museum, Live Theatre in Courtney Place, and many of the city’s finest restaurants and bars are also close to our Oriental Parade hotel. The 118 rooms, across 4 different styles, feature a separate balcony with views of the harbour or city. Each room captures the natural beauty of the nearby ocean and environment, and comes equipped with all the modern hotels comforts that you need in Oriental Bay, Wellington.

The award-winning Bolton Hotel is located in the heart of Wellington’s central business district. An upscale independent hotel featuring spacious suites with apartment-style amenities; guests enjoy complimentary wi-fi Internet, an iPad mini in every room, and hotel fitness centre with heated indoor lap pool, spa pool, sauna and gym. In-house restaurant Artisan Dining House serves contemporary New Zealand cuisine, with room service available 24 hours a day. Delicious locally-roasted coffee, light meals and treats as well as an extensive beverage list are available from the lobby café and bar. Overall, Bolton Hotel focuses on exceptional service and bringing together the best of New Zealand’s unique food, art, and wine.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • lounge • business centre • wi-fi Internet • laundry

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • café • gym • lap pool • spa pool • sauna • laundry • valet parking • room service

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 118 guestrooms • TV • mini-bar • wi-fi Internet • balcony

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 139 apartment-style rooms & suites • air-con • mini-bar • satellite TV • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities

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South Island

South Island at a glance The dominant feature of New Zealand’s stunning South Island is the Southern Alps, mountains which form the island’s backbone, and create a dramatic landscape of glaciers, lakes, rivers and fiords. To the east of the mountains lies the fertile patchwork of the Canterbury Plains, whilst the rich soils to the north have lent themselves to one of the world’s finest wine-producing regions, Marlborough. There’s a real flavour of home in the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch, and in Scottishinfluenced Dunedin, whilst Queenstown is the activity capital, which challenges all the senses.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT: The South Island is considered a temperate climate, and the best time to visit is summer (Dec-Feb) when temperatures average 20-30°C. The winter months (Jun-Aug) are mild, typically around 10-15°C; although the alpine areas and ski resorts experience regular snowfall and below-zero temperatures. The west coast is wetter than the east coast, much of which lies in the rain shadow of the Southern Alps. TIME DIFFERENCE: GMT +12 hours

FLIGHT INFORMATION: Christchurch is the main gateway to the South Island, with direct international services from Asia and the South Pacific, and frequent domestic connections across New Zealand. Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin all have direct flights from a number of Australian cities. FLYING TIME FROM UK: Approx. 24 hours

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ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE

LIVE LIKE A LOCAL

Fly by helicopter over the great ice sheet of Franz Josef Glacier and see the formations of ice from above. Land on the ice, and explore the huge crevasses and ice caves. This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

Akaroa, on the volcanic Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, is a historic port with French overtones. It’s popular as a weekend retreat from the city.

WHERE TO GO FOR ADVENTURE

A real treat would be to stay at the ‘Bay of Many Coves’ tucked away on the shores of Queen Charlotte Sound in Marlborough Sounds. From your private deck, you can enjoy peaceful views of the water and native bush.

Queenstown is a world centre for adventure and the outdoors. It has all the adrenalin-pumping activities you’d expect as well as more gentle pleasures such as cycling, hiking, sailing, climbing, fishing and golf. WILDERNESS WONDER See the overwhelming and dramatic scenery of the fiords on an overnight cruise which takes you the full length of either Milford or Doubtful Sound. BEST FOR THE KIDS Cadbury World in Dunedin is a child’s idea of paradise, a factory tour where they can also sample the goods. GETTING AROUND The famous TranzAlpine train is rated as one of the top rail journeys in the world. Travel across the farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, through tunnels and climb up and over Arthur’s Pass in the Southern Alps.

SPLASH OUT

WATER PARADISE After a day hiking or exploring the glacier in Franz Josef, there’s no better way to relax than with a soak in the brandnew Glacier Hot Pools. DATES FOR THE DIARY The Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival celebrates the start of winter as only Queenstown can from 21-23 June 2019. NATURE LOVERS The mighty Southern Alps plunge into the sea at Kaikoura, creating an ideal feeding ground for whales, dolphins, seals and myriad of birdlife. Whale watching, dolphin swimming and albatross viewing cruises here are some of the best in the world.

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Marlborough

At the northernmost tip of the South Island, the Marlborough Sounds is a maze of convoluted waterways which, despite their relatively small area, comprises a remarkable one-fifth of New Zealand’s coastline. To the south lies the Marlborough wine country, one of the finest in New Zealand, with world-class vineyards clustered around the charming village of Blenheim.

SCENIC HOTEL MARLBOROUGH, BLENHEIM 3H The relaxed and newly refurbished Scenic Hotel Marlborough enjoys a really convenient location directly opposite the beautiful Seymour Square Gardens and just a 5-minute walk from Blenheim town centre. Blenheim is easily reached by air or road and the Interislander Ferry Terminal at Picton is just 20 minutes away by car. With the Marlborough Wine Trail close by, the hotel is also well placed for exploring the surrounding wine region. The hotel’s own Seymours Restaurant boasts an extensive à la carte menu featuring many local gourmet foods, and all complemented by Marlborough’s famous sauvignon blancs.

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HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • terrace • courtyard & outdoor pool (seasonal) • spa • sauna • wi-fi Internet • guest laundry • free parking

Picton to Wellington ferry

D'Urville Island

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 54 rooms • mini-bar • LCD TV with Sky • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service

Duncan Bay Ship Cove

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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CHATEAU MARLBOROUGH 4+H The Chateau Marlborough is situated in a wonderful position overlooking the Seymour Square Gardens and just minutes from Blenheim Town Centre. This hotel prides itself on offering guests superior accommodation with attention to detail, creating an environment of seclusion, comfort and intimacy, with attentive yet unobtrusive service. Whether it’s a romantic weekend for 2, a business retreat, sales trip or even a longer trip for the whole family, the hotel caters to every need. The Quench restaurant is a real highlight serving a contemporary local menu with some fantastic wines to match, especially the Sauvignon Blanc that the Blenheim region is famous for. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • swimming pool • gym • business centre • babysitting service • laundry service • parking • 24hr room service • day spa ROOM FACILITIES ••• 80 studios & apartments • fridge • LCD TV • wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • kitchenette

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BAY OF MANY COVES RESORT, QUEEN CHARLOTTE SOUND 4+H A waterfront retreat in a stunning private bay on the Queen Charlotte Sound, this is the perfect place to escape and break your journey between the North and South Islands. There is an abundance of things to do, with the Queen Charlotte Track a short boat trip away, the vineyards of Marlborough nearby or simply relax on your balcony and enjoy the views - dolphins are frequent visitors to the bay.  Beautifully appointed apartment-style rooms, a choice of superb dining options and an on-site day spa ensure a relaxing and luxurious stay. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • café bar • free wi-fi Internet • pool • kayaking • hot tub • full day spa ROOM FACILITIES ••• 11 apartments • mini-bar • TV • CD player • free wi-fi Internet • balcony ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ••• • Water-taxi transfers to/from Picton must be prebooked, take 30 minutes in each direction and cost from £84 per person return; there is no road access. • Upgrade to the 2 day Queen Charlotte track Freedom Walk package which includes luxury 1-bedroom apartment, breakfast, 3-course dinner (both nights), return water transfers to/from Picton, 1-day cruise and walk on the Queen Charlotte track with picnic lunch. SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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One bedroom apartment from £148 Kerehi suite from £496


N E L S O N & A B E L TA S M A N

Nelson & Abel Tasman

S I G H T S E E I N G, H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

GOURMET WINE & SCENIC FULL DAY TOUR Departures & Duration: 6.5 hours, Daily (except public holidays) On this very special day out you will learn to taste wines like a professional, with the possibility of meeting the winemakers and owners of the vineyards (subject to availability). Sampling over approximately 20 boutique Nelson wines will tempt the most discerning wine lover. Prices from £176 per person including gourmet lunch.

The likeable city of Nelson has a waterfront setting and has become something of a cultural capital, with a focus on arts and crafts. Local artists and photographers are often inspired by the region’s exceptional topography and natural light - this is the sunniest corner of New Zealand - and are drawn to popular events such as the Nelson Arts Festival. Nelson is also the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park offering a gentle experience of the great outdoors.

GREAT DAY OUT CRUISE Departures & Duration: 6 hours, Daily From Kaiteriteri, cruise past the golden coves, sculpted granite headlands and forested islands of the Astrolabe Roadstead. After short stops at Anchorage Beach and Torrent Bay, continue along the remote northern beaches. Turn around at Totaranui and return to historic Tonga Quarry cove for a spectacular self-guided walk of 2-2.5 hours (4.1km). Prices from: Adult £49, Child £25 ex Abel Tasman.

SEALS & BEACH CRUISE & WALK Departures & Duration: 6 hours, Daily Experience highlights of Abel Tasman wildlife and history on this full-day tour. Cruise into Tonga Island Marine Reserve, pausing to watch the antics of its resident NZ Fur Seal Colony. Disembark at Tonga Quarry Beach and take a scenic coastal self-guided walk of 2-2.5 hours around Bark Bay estuary. Re-board your vessel at Medlands Beach at 3:00pm. Prices from: Adult £42, Child £21

GRAND MERCURE NELSON MONACO 4H

ABEL TASMAN LODGE 4H

Located on the coastal peninsula of Monaco, 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Nelson, this hotel is perfectly positioned to explore all that the region has to offer. With a combination of hotel rooms and fully self-contained cottages, it provides a level of accommodation for everyone, from couples to families of all sizes. The resort provides all the comforts and conveniences you could wish for, from an award-winning restaurant, to the health and beauty spa, solar heated pool and gym facilities.

The Abel Tasman National Park known for its golden beaches and stunning turquoise waters provides activities for every age. Situated just 400m away is the award winning Abel Tasman Lodge, offering a range of spacious, private chalets set in tranquil native gardens with views of the national park. Newly renovated modern chalets all with climate control and Italian tiled ensuite bathrooms complement the natural beauty of the area. Free unlimited wi-fi Internet, TV, hot tub, Weber BBQs and a fully equipped guest kitchen are all on offer. The Lodge is also perfectly situated with walking distance to restaurants, cafes, shop, kayaking and water taxis.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • solar heated outdoor pool • free wi-fi Internet • fitness room • laundry • tour desk • free on-site parking • on-site bicycle hire • courtesy shuttle (needs to be pre-booked, special conditions apply and subject to availability) ROOM FACILITIES ••• 70 rooms, cottages, terrace houses & suites • TV • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • kitchenette (cottages, terrace houses & suites)

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• Delicious breakfasts delivered to your chalet • Weber BBQ • free wi-fi Internet • hot tub • laundry • free parking • wheelchair access facilities ROOM FACILITIES ••• 14 self-catering studio chalets (each with queen & single bed), Kowhai suite, self-contained 1 & 2-bedroom chalets • fridge • TV • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • private indoor & outdoor dining area • air con/heat pump

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free night offers available on selected dates - please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard room from £52 Studio apartment from £63 1 bedroom cottage with spa from £65

Studio ensuite from £55 1 bedroom unit self contained chalet from £66

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Christchurch & Canterbury

From lush vineyards to the sky-piercing Mt Cook, natural thermal waters to wild coastlines, Christchurch and Canterbury is a region of remarkable contrast. It’s a place to relax and rejuvenate. Marvel at the landscape where you can walk, cycle, drive, climb, ski or swim. Only an hour or two from Christchurch along the coast sits the seaside resort of Kaikoura, which is where the mountains plunge into the sea, creating deep trenches just offshore that in turn provide perfect feeding grounds for whales, dolphins and seals. Similarly a couple of hours in the opposite direction leads to Lake Tekapo, which is bordered by some of the country’s highest peaks, providing a beautiful backdrop to those essential adventure activities.

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TRAM & GONDOLA COMBO

AKAROA DAY TOUR (FROM CHRISTCHURCH)

Departures & Duration: Daily Combine 2 of Christchurch’s best attractions; Tramway and Gondola. These tickets can be used on different days during visitors’ stay in Christchurch. A great way to see the high and lows of the Garden City. Let the Christchurch tram take you around the ‘must-see’ central attractions. Combine that with the unique experience of the Christchurch Gondola. Prices from: Adult £27, Child £7

Departures & Duration: 9 hours, Daily Head off in the morning on a full-day tour to the picturesque and unspoilt old French whaling depot of Akaroa on the stunning Banks Peninsula. Stop at the Hill Top to experience panoramic views of Akaroa Harbour and then visit the cheese factory at Barry’s Bay to sample some fine New Zealand cheese. After lunch board a 2-hour cruise around the harbour to look for dolphins, penguins and seals.

ARTHURS PASS TOUR WITH TRAIN, LUNCH & FARM TOUR

KAIKOURA WHALE WATCHING FLIGHT - 30 MINUTE FLIGHT

Departures & Duration: 10 hours Join your coach to travel through the rural pastoral scenes of the Canterbury Plains. At Springfield, board the TranzAlpine train to travel through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. Continue your tour by road into the snow-capped Southern Alps, the breathtaking beauty of the Otira Gorge and the magnificent photo opportunities at viaduct lookout and Otira. Enjoy lunch in Arthurs Pass.   Prices from: Adult £237, Child £165

Departures & Duration: 1 hour, Daily Experience Kaikoura’s mighty Sperm Whale, playful Dusky Dolphins and majestic scenery from above! With towering mountains, panoramic ocean views and a year-round whale and dolphin population, Kaikoura is truly spectacular. From your own window seat of a high winged aircraft, enjoy the opportunity to clearly view and photograph Kaikoura’s marine wildlife during a 30-minute flight.

HANMER SPRINGS THERMAL POOLS AND SPA - SUPER PASS

BIG SKY STARGAZING

Prices from: Adult £122, Child £62, incl. lunch

Prices from: Adult £107, Child £44

Departures & Duration: approx 90 mins, Daily (weather permitting) The Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is the largest in the world and for this tour you will be the centre of it all. Unleash your imagination as you discover our neighbourhood in the universe including the Southern Cross, seasonal ecliptic objects, planets, star clusters, moons, distant galaxies and even our very own galaxy, the spectacular Milky Way.

Departures & Duration: Daily Relaxing rock pools, soothing sulphur pools, an array of water jets and bubbles can be enjoyed here. Kids can take pleasure using the activity pool, lazy river and water slides plus there are private pools, sauna and steam rooms and a luxurious spa (local charge) - all just 90 minutes north of Christchurch.

Prices from £29 per person

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Hotels 1 The George 2 Chateau on the Park 3  Rydges Latimer 4  Novotel Christchurch Cathedral 5 ibis Christchurch 6  Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Prices from: Adult £53, Child £27


C H R I S TC H U R C H & C A N T E R B U R Y H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

IBIS CHRISTCHURCH 3H

NOVOTEL CHRISTCHURCH CATHEDRAL SQUARE 4H

Located directly opposite to the new BNZ shopping precinct and walking distance to The Terrace - hospitality precinct, with laneways and courtyards brimming with designer retail and delicious food, Ibis Christchurch is surrounded by all the vibrancy of the refreshed centre city. Its 155 value rooms are well appointed with modern conveniences, including wi-fi Internet access to suit leisure or business travellers.

Make yourself at home at Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square. Your bright, modern room gives you the space you need to relax. From the hotel there is easy access to many popular Christchurch attractions including The Terrace – the new hospitality precinct overlooking the Avon River and The Crossing - the new shopping precinct and vibrant heart of the city, featuring many new designer shops and modern cafes.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • 24hr reception • 24hr food service • guest laundry • parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 155 rooms • air-con • Sky TV • mini-bar • tea & coffee making facilities • wi-fi Internet (charge) SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free night and breakfast offers available on selected dates – please

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • fitness centre • wi-fi Internet • 24hr reception • 24hr room service • concierge • valet car parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 154 rooms • mini-bar • fridge • Sky TV • wi-fi Internet (charge) • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • 24hr room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free night and breakfast offers available on selected dates – please

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Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard room from Ibis plus room from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£31 £55

Superior room from Executive room from

£58 £81

RYDGES LATIMER CHRISTCHURCH 4H

CHATEAU ON THE PARK, A DOUBLETREE BY HILTON 4H

Rydges Latimer Christchurch overlooks tranquil Latimer Square, just a short stroll to The Transitional Cathedral. This 4.5-star contemporary hotel features 138 rooms over 4 floors and boasts a ideal city centre yet secluded location. Located on the ground floor is Bloody Mary’s Bar-Lounge-Grill, a premium steakhouse featuring some of the finest locally sourced ingredients from Canterbury. New York steakhouse meets Kiwi hospitality for a true beef lover’s dream. You will be eager to ‘steak’ your claim.

A unique escape in the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch, Chateau on the Park, a DoubleTree by Hilton, is nestled in 5-acres of its own beautiful, tranquil gardens. A 20-minute walk through the Hagley Park Botanical Gardens will take you to the centre of Christchurch or it’s just a 3-minute drive via the daily scheduled bus service. The hotel makes the most of its leafy garden setting with al fresco dining in the popular Garden Court Brasserie and plenty of outdoor pursuits and activities that will keep all members of the family entertained.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • lounge bar • gym • sauna • 24hr reception • free on-site parking

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• brasserie restaurant • bar • swimming pool • gym • private rose gardens • bike hire

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 138 rooms & suites • mini-bar • 42” LED TV with Sky channels • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • 24hr room service

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 192 guestrooms • satellite TV • in-room movies • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Superior twin room from Deluxe twin room from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£54 £59

Guest room from Deluxe room from Junior suite from

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£47 £62 £85

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H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

C H R I S TC H U R C H & C A N T E R B U R Y

DISTINCTION CHRISTCHURCH HOTEL 4H

THE GEORGE, CHRISTCHURCH 5H

Welcome to Christchurch’s newest luxury accommodation. The newly renovated Distinction Christchurch Hotel is an urban escape combining sophisticated smarts and familiar warmth whilst standing proud amongst the buzz of the rejuvenation of Cathedral Square. Ideally positioned in the heart of the city only a few minutes’ walk from the Avon River, Botanical Gardens, Christchurch Casino, Cashel Mall and future Christchurch Convention Centre.

This luxury boutique hotel is regarded as the best in Christchurch and represents the very essence of understated and effortless comfort. Its quiet and spacious rooms boast a stylish eye for detail, and many have views overlooking Hagley Park and the River Avon. The George is just a few minutes’ walk from city attractions and is renowned for its contemporary fine-dining offering 2 award-winning restaurants; 50 Bistro and Pescatore.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • undercover valet parking

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • bar • free wi-fi Internet • private gardens • bikes • laundry • free parking

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 179 guest rooms and suites • flat-screen smart TV •  free wi-fi Internet •  air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • fridge • room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• please call for details

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

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ROOM FACILITIES ••• 53 quiet & spacious guestrooms & suites • mini-bar • cable TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • 24hr room service • balcony (some level 5 rooms only)

£76 £93

Executive room from £105 Premium executive room from £144 Junior suite from £172

WILDERNESS LODGE, ARTHUR’S PASS 4H

HERITAGE HANMER SPRINGS 4H

Surrounded by beech forest and mountains, Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass is a traditional high country merino sheep station and nature reserve located in one of New Zealand’s most amazing natural settings. On 1,650 hectares of native forests, lakes and streams, midway between Christchurch and Greymouth, it is easily accessible by road or aboard the famous TranzAlpine train service. You really get a sense of communicating with nature here, as the Wilderness Lodge is finished with feature stone, natural woods and earthy tones. The highlights of your visit are likely to be the gourmet food and the daily nature and farm discovery trips (3 hours of which are included in the daily price).

Basking in the natural beauty of the Southern Alps, Heritage Hanmer Springs is only 90 minutes from Christchurch and is ideally suited for those seeking to enjoy a holiday far from the city bustle. Lovingly restored to its former glory, the hotel is surrounded by immaculately landscaped gardens. Guests have the choice between superior, deluxe and garden rooms - all of which feature modern amenities and ensuite bathrooms. The helpful and friendly staff are always on hand to do whatever they can to maximise guests enjoyment at the Heritage Hanmer Springs.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • lounge • extensive wine list • library • 20kms of walking trails

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • guest lounge • outdoor swimming pool (Oct-Apr weather dependent) • tennis court • petanque court • free wi-fi Internet (2GB per day) • free car parking • Hanmer Springs Thermal Pool & Spa located a short walk from the hotel.

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 16 Mountain View Rooms & 4 Luxury Alpine Lodges • wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony • spa bath (Alpine Lodges only)

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 63 rooms • Sky TV • iPod docking station • free wi-fi Internet (2GB per day) • bathrobes • Manuka Spa toiletries

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Mountain view room from £247 Alpine lodge from £306

Deluxe room from Three bedroom villa from

£66 £112


C H R I S TC H U R C H & C A N T E R B U R Y H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

THE WHITE MORPH, KAIKOURA 3+H

HAPUKU LODGE & TREEHOUSES, KAIKOURA 5H

The White Morph is superbly located in the heart of Kaikoura township, close to shops, cinema, marine activities and right on the waterfront, just 2 hours’ drive from Picton, Christchurch and Hanmer Springs. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and you can awaken to the sounds of the sea.

Located 12 kilometres north of Kaikoura, Hapuku Lodge & Treehouses sits tight between the mountains and the ocean on a deer stud and olive grove. The customdesigned lodge has multiple accommodation options including ‘treehouses’ nested 30ft in the canopy of a native Manuka grove. Each treehouse has superb views of the towering Kaikoura Mountain Range and the Pacific coastline.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• wi-fi Internet • laundry • BBQ area • parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 28 studio units, premium & garden • air-con (premium & deluxe units) • spa baths (premium units) • satellite TV • wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony or terrace • kitchenette

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • cocktail bar • 15m lap-style swimming pool • sauna • free wi-fi Internet • mountain bikes ROOM FACILITIES ••• 4 luxury suites & 5 treehouses & Olive House Owners Cottage • TV • free wi-fi Internet • CD player • complimentary mini-bar • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Garden studio from Deluxe studio from Family apartment from

Prices are half board, per person per night twin share

£53 £60 £98

Lodge room from £228 Hapuku room from £313 Lodge suite from £313

THE HERMITAGE, AORAKI MOUNT COOK 3+H

PEPPERS BLUEWATER RESORT, LAKE TEKAPO 3+H

The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect base camp to enjoy the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, the highest peak in the Southern Alps and a playground of snow, ice, hidden valleys and lakes. Journey through glacial valleys, enjoy mouth-watering dining and enjoy breathtaking Mt Cook Views from your accommodation. Add worldclass facilities such as Glacier Explorers, Tasman Valley 4WD Tours, scenic flights, Big Sky Stargazing Tour, or the visual extravaganza of the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and you have a unique, year-round alpine adventure in an iconic environment.

Peppers Bluewater Resort is set near the shores of picturesque Lake Tekapo, which is known for its photogenic, stone-built Church of the Good Shepherd. It makes an ideal stopping point on the route between Christchurch and Queenstown, and a great base for exploring local attractions. It’s just an hour’s drive to New Zealand’s highest peak, Mount Cook. Each of the well-appointed rooms takes its design from the natural landscape that surrounds the hotel, incorporating the colours and textures of the Mackenzie Basin. Enjoy breathtaking views across Lake Tekapo from the Deluxe Lakeview rooms and the Rakinui Restaurant, open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • 2 bars • café • lounge • sundeck/terrace • wi-fi Internet • tennis • courtesy shuttle • laundry • parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 164 guestrooms • satellite TV • tea & coffee making facilities • wi-fi Internet

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • activities desk • parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 142 rooms and villas • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard room from Superior room from Premium room from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£57 £75 £92

Deluxe hotel room from

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

£74

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FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK & GLACIER HOT POOLS

West Coast & The Glaciers

Departures & Duration: 3 hours, Daily Join your Franz Josef Glacier Guides for a relaxed valley hike. No ice time, this journey on foot to the glacier is the perfect opportunity to hear the stories of early Maori and the role of the glacier in shaping this remarkable landscape. Follow this with a revitalising visit to the Glacier Hot Pools in the centre of the village.

Truly unlike any other part of New Zealand, the West Coast is a rugged and remote region sandwiched between the peaks of the Southern Alps and the amazing power of the restless Tasman Sea. The gigantic ice sheets of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are some of the most accessible in the world, and the drive along the coast is simply breathtaking.

Prices from: Adult £47, Child £39

FRANZ JOSEF - HELI HIKE Departures & Duration: 3 hours from Franz Josef, Daily (except 01 Dec-31 Mar) Fly from our base and land more than 800m above sea level on the 12km long Franz Josef glacier. For 2 hours equipped with glacier boots and crampons with your guides leading the way, you’ll see first-hand crevasses and other stunning glacial features. Touch the ice, breathe in the fresh air. Prices from £285 per person

FOX GLACIER – FLYING FOX: HELI HIKE Departures & Duration: 4 hours from Fox Glacier, Daily (except 25 Dec) This Heli Hike on the West Coast’s largest glacier accesses a part of the glacier where its forces work hardest, creating spectacular ice caves and arches. Take in views of the majestic upper icefall and Victoria falls, and explore this mighty river of ice that travels 12kms from the Southern Alps. Prices from: Adult £290, Child £275

PUNAKAIKI RESORT, PUNAKAIKI 3+H

BEACHFRONT HOTEL HOKITIKA 3H

The hotel enjoys an attractive beachfront setting with spectacular views of the wild beaches of the West Coast and the Paparoa National Park rainforests. The modern and spacious rooms all have either a view over the Tasman Sea or are tucked away in the native bush. This is just the place to base yourself for discovering the region. In the vicinity there are lovely riverside walks, horse treks and kayaking. It’s just a short walk to the famous Pancake Rocks, where years of weathering have created unusual layered stacks of limestone, and the dramatic Blowholes, best seen at high tide as the surf surges in and sends vast spumes of seawater into the air.

Beachfront Hotel Hokitika is an ideal base from which to explore the West Coast, uniquely located on the shores of Tasman Sea and in the centre of town. From luxury, modern and stylishly furnished Ocean View wing rooms that offers dramatic views of Tasman Sea, to comfortable and elegant Driftwood Rooms, all just steps from the beach. The Ocean View Restaurant is elevated above the beach, allowing you to enjoy top-quality dining whilst watching the waves break the shore.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • sundeck/terrace • free wi-fi Internet

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 1 penthouse (with free Netflix viewing), 28 Ocean View rooms, 2 Ocean View double rooms & 34 Driftwood rooms • mini-bar • tea & coffee making facilities • LCD flat-screen TV • in-room safe in ocean view rooms • courtyard or balcony in ocean view wing

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 51 Resort Rooms & 12 Eco Suites • satellite TV • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • room service

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard room from Eco-suite from

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HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • room service • free wi-fi Internet • laundry service • free parking • secure bike storage • free shuttle from and to Airport

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£55 £73

Driftwood superior room from Oceanview room from

£53 £81


WEST COAST H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

BREAKERS, GREYMOUTH 3H

SCENIC HOTEL FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 3+H

Breakers is a beachfront bed & breakfast overlooking the Tasman Sea. Set amongst 2 acres of native bush and landscaped gardens with the Paparoa mountains to the East and the Tasman Sea in front. Greymouth is 14kms to the south and Punakaiki with the Pancake Rocks 30kms to the north. Breakers is an ideal place to base yourself, relax and explore the untamed natural wilderness of the West Coast. Light meals available with notice to be enjoyed out on your balcony or comfort of your room. Hearty breakfast included daily.

Ideally located on the very edge of the World Heritage-listed Westland National Park, the recently refurbished Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier makes the most of its lush native bush surroundings and has superb alpine views. The hotel comprises the Douglas and Graham Wings, both located within the small but bustling village of Franz Josef. After a day of adventure and exploration, you can choose to relax in the hot spa pools or enjoy a well-deserved refreshment in the comfort of the lounge bar.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• guest lounge • DVDs • portable DVD player • CDs • library • board games • wi-fi Internet • beach access ROOM FACILITIES ••• 4 rooms • ensuite shower room • tea & coffee making facilities • wi-fi Internet • fridge

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • bar • lounge • free wi-fi Internet • 4 private spa pools • guest laundry • free parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 130 rooms • mini-bar • LCD TV • free wi-fi Internet • balcony or courtyard • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Breakthrough room from £92 Breakwater room from £129 Driftwood / sunset room from £129

Graham wing standard from Douglas wing superior from

£87 £99

TE WAONUI FOREST RETREAT, FRANZ JOSEF 5H

DISTINCTION FOX GLACIER TE WEHEKA HOTEL 4H

Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a stunning luxurious lodge-style retreat encircled by native rainforest on the edge of the popular village of Franz Josef, and just minutes away from Franz Josef Glacier. Te Waonui is also at the cutting edge of sustainability, and reduces its carbon footprint through energy-efficient design and use of recycled building materials. Everything here has been selected to minimise the impact on the environment. The hotel’s Canopy restaurant serves delicious breakfasts and a gourmet evening dining experience, served either indoor or outdoors, with a spectacular rainforest backdrop.

Without doubt one of the best places to stay on the rugged West Coast, Distinction Fox Glacier is a modern, purpose-built boutique hotel just a short stroll from the village of Fox Glacier. The glacier itself is just a few minutes’ drive away. Distinction Fox Glacier offers the relaxed charm of a bed & breakfast property combined with hotel-style facilities, including a comfortable lounge where you can help yourself to a free glass of local wine each evening, and spacious guestrooms offering elegant comfort.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • lounge • laundry service • free parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 100 rooms • mini-bar • LCD TV with Sky • free wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • private balcony or courtyard • pillow menu

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• breakfast restaurant • lounge • sundeck • free wi-fi Internet • lift • laundry • free undercover parking • guest library ROOM FACILITIES ••• 21 guestrooms • TV with 50+ Sky channels • CD player • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony or terrace • shower & separate bath

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are half board, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Deluxe room from £208

Run of house room from

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

£82

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Queenstown & Wanaka

Located on the edge of Lake Wakatipu, the alpine resort of Queenstown has become the adventure capital of the world but is also a surprisingly easy place in which to relax. Experience a kick of adrenaline with a ride down Shotover River or find time for rejuvenation in the hot pools after a day on the ski slopes. Year round activities can also be found in the resort of Wanaka which is nestled below towering mountains.

SHOTOVER JET Departures & Duration: from Queenstown. 1 hour 45 mins (approx. 25 mins on the river), Daily (weather permitting) World-famous as ‘The World’s Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride’, Shotover Jet is the only company permitted to operate in the Shotover River Canyons. Take a unique, breathtaking ride through the dramatic and narrow Shotover Canyon, and hold on tight for the famous 360 degree spins and more. An experience to remember with awardwinning Shotover Jet. Prices from: Adult £88,Child £46

STATION 2 STATION CYCLE TRAIL Departures & Duration: 4.5 hours, Daily Set a course for one of New Zealand’s most remote high country farms on a Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise across Lake Wakatipu. Then explore at your own pace on an easy, self-guided 14km cycle trail with spectacular views at every turn. Return to Queenstown on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Bike and helmet included.

Prices from: Adult £90, Child £66

DISCOVER MT COOK Departures & Duration: 11 hours, Daily from Queenstown Travel through the rugged Kawarau River Gorge and pass Cromwell, skirting the shores of Lake Dunstan. Cross Lindis Pass to Omarama and continue through the Mackenzie Basin to arrive at Mount Cook Village. Gaze up at the 3,724 metre-high mountain Aoraki / Mount Cook and enjoy views from the Hermitage Hotel as you eat lunch or explore the village.

SKYLINE GONDOLA & DINNER

ESSENTIAL QUEENSTOWN

Departures & Duration: Daily. Last dinner sitting is 8.45pm One of the must-do activities in Queenstown - ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak, enjoying breathtaking views across the region. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner at Stratosfare restaurant, taking in the panoramic views - this is the best place to watch the sun set over Queenstown.

Departures & Duration: 3 hours, Daily Combine 2 of Queenstown’s premiere activities in this thrilling half-day tour. Hold on tight as the Shotover Jet Boat ride takes a unique breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow Shotover Canyon. Next climb aboard a Nomad Safaris 4WD vehicle for an off road adventure exploring abandoned gold mining areas and Lord of the Rings filming locations. Prices from: Adult £57, Child £29

TSS EARNSLAW EVENING DINNER CRUISE

Prices from: Adult £147, Child £74

Prices from. Adult £168, Child £92

DART RIVER WILDERNESS JET Departures & duration: 6 hours, Daily from Queenstown or self-drive and allow 3 hours for the Wilderness Jet Tour from Glenorchy. Journey deep into the World Heritage area of Mount Aspiring National Park and experience a unique combination of breathtaking scenery and exciting jet boating on braided, glacier-fed rivers. Pass by scenes used in the Lord of the Rings movies to illustrate Middle Earth.

Departures & Duration: 4 hours from Queenstown, Daily (blackout dates apply) Cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak on the vintage 103-year-old steamship TSS Earnslaw. Visit the recently refurbished Colonel’s Homestead for dinner. Relax in the unique ambience and soak in the views from this stunning lakeside setting while the chef prepares a barbecue before you. Prices from: Adult £77, Child £39

Prices from: Adult £142, Child £85

WANAKA HIGHLIGHTS SAFARI

ROB ROY GLACIER GUIDED WALK

Departures & Duration: 2.5 hours, Daily (except 25 Dec) Enjoy a taste of real alpine farming life with this leisurely 4WD adventure exploring private backroads of Wanaka’s iconic West Wanaka Station. Spectacular scenery, animals everywhere, expert local guide, easy nature walks and help with local conservation project. This will be a genuine highlight of your New Zealand holiday.

Departures & Duration: 7.5 hours, Daily (except 25 Dec, weather dependant) The day begins with a scenic drive around Lake Wanaka and into the Matukituki Valley. Then begin your walk into the Mt Aspiring National Park over a swing bridge to see waterfalls, rainforest and crystal clear mountain streams. Enjoy a picnic lunch with views of the Rob Roy Glacier before returning back to Wanaka.

Prices from: Adult £104, Child £71

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Q U E E N S TO W N H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

MERCURE QUEENSTOWN 3+H

OAKS SHORES, QUEENSTOWN 3+H

Mercure Queenstown is situated on a unique vantage point with breathtaking, majestic views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable’s Mountain range. The Mercure Queenstown offers spacious accommodation rooms with contemporary décor providing either spectacular lake or relaxing garden views. A short distance to town and close to Queenstown’s best attractions, this hotel offers superb, familyfriendly recreational facilities and excellent nightly dining at the Vista Restaurant and the Lounge Bar.

Overlooking the beautiful Lake Wakatipu, Oaks Shores is ideally positioned just minutes away from Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. With spacious 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments and stylish 4-bedroom penthouses, the hotel is impeccably appointed with quality furnishings, under floor heating, double glazed windows, and most feature gas fireplaces and balconies with views over Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range. Wind down in the Oaks Shores onsite restaurant and bar after an action-packed day of exploring.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • gym • outdoor seasonal pool • sauna • spa pool

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • BBQ facilities • gym • laundry service • tour desk • parking

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 148 guestrooms • LCD Sky TV • tea & coffee making facilities • wi-fi Internet (charge)

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 120 1, 2, 3 or 4 bedroom apartments • TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free night offers available on selected dates – please call for details

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard garden view room from Superior lake view room from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£44 £61

COPTHORNE HOTEL & RESORT LAKEFRONT, QUEENSTOWN 3+H

Hotel room from £76 1 bedroom lakeview apartment from £118

HERITAGE QUEENSTOWN 4H

The Copthorne lies within an easy walk of the resort centre of Queenstown and a few minutes’ stroll from Lake Wakatipu, with excellent views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The spacious rooms are well-appointed and have either garden or mountain views. If you are looking for views of the lake then it is worthwhile upgrading to the Superior Lakeview Room. An ideal base for your Queenstown stay, unwind in the hotel’s Lakefront Bar, enjoying fine New Zealand produce including excellent wines from Central Otago. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • lounge bar • terrace • Internet • laundry • parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 240 guestrooms • mini-bar • TV • wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • room service

The Heritage has one of the best views of any property in Queenstown, with an elevated setting overlooking the awe-inspiring vista of the mountains across Lake Wakatipu. It’s just a 5-minute drive from the resort centre and makes an ideal sanctuary with a welcoming atmosphere, cosy open fireplace, excellent service and great leisure facilities. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • gym • outdoor pool • beauty spa • sauna • hot tub ROOM FACILITIES ••• 175 guestrooms • mini-bar • satellite TV • wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • kitchenette (suites) SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights offers available on selected dates - please call for details

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Superior room from Superior lake view room from

£45 £53

Deluxe room from Deluxe lakeview room from Studio suite from

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

£65 £93 £101

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Q U E E N S TO W N & WA N A K A

MILLENNIUM QUEENSTOWN 4+H

HILTON QUEENSTOWN RESORT & SPA 5H

Right in the heart of the action, Millennium Hotel Queenstown is just minutes from Queenstown central shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities such as bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating. The popular ski destinations of Coronet Peak, Remakables, and Cardrona are also close by. The 220 guest rooms and suites, gym, sauna and spa feature contemporary city-inspired designs. This luxury hotel also offers accessible rooms for guests with special needs and friendly staff are on hand to assist anytime. Most of our accommodation also offers scenic views of Queenstown city and mountains, providing the perfect backdrop to your trip.

Uniquely situated on the scenic blue shores of Lake Wakatipu and complimented by a majestic mountain backdrop, the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa is just 5 minutes from Queenstown International Airport. The resort is near the authentic restaurants, laid-back cafés and bustling bars that characterise the centre of Queenstown yet, equally ideally located for venturing out to enjoy the areas many natural attractions. After a day of exploring, guests can indulge in a soothing therapy at the spa before retiring to their room; each of which feature a balcony and cosy lounge area with fireplace.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • business centre • fitness room • pool • bikes • sauna & spa • laundry

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• bar • wine bar • 2 restaurants • café • indoor pool • spa • fitness room • concierge desk • recreation desk • bicycle hire • car parking • complimentary shuttle bus service into the heart of Queenstown

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 220 guestrooms & suites • mini-bar • TV • wi-fi Internet • aircon • tea & coffee making facilities • room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free nights available on selected dates – please call for details

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 220 rooms • air-con • LCD TV • balcony or terrace • lounge area • fireplace • free wi-fi Internet • bathrobes • tea & coffee making facilities • mini-bar SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Superior room from Junior suite from

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

£54 £70

Hilton guest room from Deluxe lakeview room from

£62 £83

OAKRIDGE RESORT LAKE WANAKA 3+H

EDGEWATER - LAKE WANAKA 4H

Set in a stunning mountain landscape with majestic views over the Southern Alps, Oakridge lies a few minutes’ drive away from the lakeside town of Wanaka. A range of modern, eco-style accommodations includes 1 and 2-bedroom apartments that are ideal for families with plenty of space and kitchen facilities that offer the option to self-cater. After a day’s activities by the lake or in the Alps, the resort’s heated rock pool complex is the perfect place to return for relaxation and a soak in the warm waters in 1 of the 7 hot tubs. There’s also a gym, sauna and day spa offering massages and treatments.

Guests will be mesmerised by views of the magnificent Southern Alps, deep blue Lake Wanaka and the surrounding lush lawns during their stay at Edgewater. Edgewater is Wanaka’s only accommodation situated directly on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Each of the spacious rooms and suites feature a balcony or patio and boast stunning outlooks of the surrounding area. Wanaka has everything guests need to ensure a good time as it offers an activity or attraction for everyone; from adventure seekers looking for a quick thrill, to wine connoisseurs savouring the latest Pinot Noir, or romantics wishing to whisk their beloved away for a quiet, tranquil escape.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • outdoor rock pools & hot tubs • gym • day spa

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • spa • concierge service • 2 tennis courts • sauna • free wi-fi Internet (conditions apply) • mountain bikes for hire • helicopter landing pad • golf putting green • guest laundry • free parking

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 173 rooms & apartments • fridge • flat-screen TV • CD/DVD player • wi-fi Internet (charge) • tea & coffee making facilities

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 103 guestrooms • Sky TV • tea & coffee making facilities • free wi-fi Internet (conditions apply) • kitchenette & washing machine/dryer (1-bedroom suites & 2-bedroom apartments only). SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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F I O R D L A N D, S T E WA R T I S L A N D & I N V E R C A R G I L L

The pristine wilderness of Fiordland is home to the world-famous Milford and Doubtful Sounds and is an internationally recognised World Heritage Site. Invercargill is home to grand architecture and world class facilities while a flight from here or a ferry from Bluff can take you directly to Stewart Island. Here, the outdoors has never been greater with an abundance of wildlife, clean crisp air and breathtaking scenery.

Milford Sound Overnight Cruise Departures & Duration: Daily Sep - mid May

S I G H T S E E I N G & TO U R I N G

Fiordland, Stewart Island & Invercargill

Day 1: Milford Sound This afternoon, board your Real Journeys vessel Milford Mariner at Milford Wharf, Milford Sound to commence a Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise. Cruise the full length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea and view spectacular alpine scenery including waterfalls, rainforest and towering peaks. Keep a look out for wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins. Upon reaching the open sea the sails may be hoisted, subject to weather and conditions. The vessel then returns to the fiord and anchors overnight in sheltered Harrison Cove. Dinner is served on board and overnight accommodation is on board Milford Mariner. (D)

Day 2: Milford Sound This morning, following a cooked or continental breakfast, there is time for further cruising before returning to Milford Wharf. Cruise concludes at approximately 9:15am, at Milford Sound Visitor Terminal. (B)

PRICES INCLUDE • Scenic Cruise of Milford Sound • Overnight accommodation in private en-suite cabin (bed linen, duvet, pillow and towel provided) • 3-course buffet style evening dinner • Cooked or Continental breakfast • Kayaking or shoreline viewing by tender craft • Comprehensive commentary

Prices from: Adult £183, Child £92 departing Milford (supplement via coach from Te Anau: Adult £6, Child £3 & from Queenstown: Adult £36, Child £18 (flight options also available — please call for details).

DOUBTFUL SOUND OVERNIGHT CRUISE

REAL JOURNEYS MILFORD SOUND NATURE CRUISE

Departures & Duration: Daily from Manapouri (01 Sep - mid May) Cruise across the crystal waters of Lake Manapouri to Deep Cove and board the Fiordland Navigator. Explore Doubtful Sound viewing waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and various wildlife. Anchor overnight and enjoy dinner and breakfast on board.

Departures & Duration: 2.5 hours, Daily from Milford Sound (01 Oct-30 Apr) For a truly memorable day on Fiordland National Park, a cruise on Milford Sound is a must. Take in breathtaking views of Mitre Peak and the Sound; look out for wildlife including seals, penguins and dolphins. Your 2.5 hour nature cruise is aboard a traditional-style motor vessel with staysail schooner-rigged sails. Prices from: Adult £85, Child £42, departing Milford (supplement for Te Anau & Queenstown)

Prices from: Adult £212, Child £106 departing Milford (supplement via coach from Te Anau: Adult £45, Child £23 & from Queenstown: Adult £71, Child £36 (flight options also available — please call for details)

REAL JOURNEYS DOUBTFUL SOUND WILDERNESS CRUISE Departures & Duration: 7.5 hours, Daily from Manapouri (Oct-Apr) Cruise the crystal-clear waters of Lake Manapouri, then over Wilmot Pass through Fiordland’s most dense rainforest. Board a catamaran for a 3-hour cruise that heads out to the Tasman Sea and takes in the most dramatic scenery of Doubtful Sound.

GO MILFORD DAY TRIP & KAYAK Departures & Duration: 8.5 hrs (with kayak 10.5), Daily from Te Anau The magic begins as soon as you board our coach in Te Anau for a guided journey to Milford Sound. This special small group day trip includes a small boat cruise, visit to the underwater observatory and a freshly prepared picnic lunch. In summer, you can also add an hour of relaxed kayaking to your adventure.

Prices from: Adult £174, Child £37, departing Manapouri (supplement for Te Anau & Queenstown)

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GLOWWORM CAVES

WILD KIWI ENCOUNTER

Departures & Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes, Daily from Te Anau Cruise across Lake Te Anau before entering the caves. As you explore by path and small boat, your senses will be overwhelmed by the rock formations, before gliding through silent darkness to the glowworm grotto.

Departures & Duration: 4 hours, Daily (except 25 Dec) Take a scenic catamaran cruise across Paterson Inlet to Little Glory Bay. A 45 minute walk across the peninsula through native forest is led by a knowledgeable nature guide. Emerging on to the wide, sandy Ocean Beach, this is where you will get to see the Southern Brown Kiwi, searching for food. Retrace your steps for your catamaran ride back to Oban. xx Prices from £117 per person

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H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

F I O R D L A N D, S T E WA R T I S L A N D & I N V E R C A R G I L L

DISTINCTION LUXMORE HOTEL, TE ANAU 3H

DISTINCTION TE ANAU HOTEL & VILLAS 4H

Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau is located in the attractive town of Te Anau. The serene deep waters of Lake Te Anau make up the largest lake in the South Island with a spectacular backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison Mountains. The hotel can be found right in the heart of town and a short stroll from the lake. The hotel offers top notch amenities for the discerning traveller and 2 restaurants. Hilights Restaurant is known for its excellent buffet breakfast and delicious carvery buffet dinner. Bailiez Café offers guests a café-style menu and the opportunity to relax beside the fire at the end of a full day exploring Te Anau and Fiordland.

Offering chic, elegant accommodation, the Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas is perfect for a Fiordland getaway. Located on the Te Anau lakefront, the 4-star hotel offers luxurious rooms boasting breathtaking views of the lake or stunning colourful gardens. After a day of sightseeing, guests can enjoy impressive South Island cuisine in the hotel’s MacKinnon Restaurant, or unwind at the spa or by the outdoor swimming pool. The Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas makes a perfect escape from everyday life.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • bar • free wi-fi Internet • business centre • gym • free parking • laundry • tour desk • room service (limited hours) ROOM FACILITIES ••• 180 guestrooms • fridge • TV • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities

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STEWART ISLAND LODGE 3+H

ASCOT PARK HOTEL, INVERCARGILL 4H

Nestled in native bush on a sunny hillside, Stewart Island Lodge offers a peaceful sanctuary from the modern world. Located just a 5-minute walk from the village centre, the lodge is private and secluded with commanding views of Halfmoon Bay and the surrounding ocean. Each guestroom is centrally heated and has its own en-suite bathroom, boasts stunning outlooks and opens directly onto an expansive shared balcony. There’s an abundance of things to see and do from kiwi spotting in the wild, sea kayaking and small coach tours of the island, to bay tours and fishing trips ensuring that everyone will be well-entertained during their stay.

The entire complex is set in hectares of attractive, peaceful and park-like surroundings on the outskirts of Invercargill, just a 5-minute drive from the city centre and a 10-minute drive from the airport. Experience warm Southland hospitality throughout your stay before travelling to the world’s most unique and varied scenic attractions such as the haunting majesty of Milford Sound, Fiordland, the Southern Lakes or the tranquillity of Stewart Island.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• guest lounge • extensive gardens • bird watching ROOM FACILITIES ••• 6 guestrooms • fridge • TV • shared balcony • tea & coffee making facilities

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HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar & lakefront terrace • outdoor swimming pool • spa • sauna • massage services • free wi-fi Internet • guest laundry • car parking

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • house bar • sports bar • business centre • fitness centre • indoor heated swimming pool • sauna and spa • guest laundry • push bikes ROOM FACILITIES ••• 116 guestrooms • satellite TV • wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • room service

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DUNEDIN

Dunedin

S I G H T S E E I N G, H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

OTAGO PENINSULA PACKAGE Departures & Duration: 10 hours, Daily Award-winning, full-day guided tour, you will get closer to New Zealand’s unique southern ocean mammals and birds. See the magnificent Northern Royal Albatross at their nests and around Taiaroa Head, discover endangered yellow-eyed penguins, journey back in time to Larnach Castle and hear the turbulent story of a leading colonial family.

Dunedin is something of an undiscovered gem; its distinctive architecture and heritage owes much to its original Scottish settlers – its name is the Gaelic translation of Edinburgh. The city is home to a large student population and on the doorstep lies the beautiful Otago Peninsula, dotted with unique wildlife reserves protecting yelloweyed penguins and royal albatrosses.

Prices from: Adult £142, Child £71

TAIERI GORGE RAILWAY Departures & Duration: 4 hours, Daily (except Sun between May-Sep) A highlight of your visit to Dunedin is a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway — one of the world’s great train trips and one of Dunedin’s top attractions. The train travels through some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery which can not be seen by road. Includes sightseeing stops, commentary and licensed café. An all weather experience — not to be missed. Prices from: Adult £62, Child £16

SPEIGHTS BREWERY TOUR Departures & Duration: 1.5 hours, Daily This fully guided 90 minutes tour takes you through the historic working Speights Brewery. Having recently re-developed the Brewery, you will be taken through the old Brewery before discovering the new Brew House. The tour finishes in the Brewery bar where you will enjoy tasting some of the Speights range.  

Prices from: Adult £18, Child £8

MERCURE DUNEDIN LEISURE LODGE 3H

KINGSGATE HOTEL DUNEDIN 3H

Nestled in a relaxed, landscaped garden setting, ‘Dunedin’s Garden Hotel’ is adjacent to Dunedin Botanic Gardens, just a short stroll to the city’s dynamic shopping centre and visitor attractions. Easy access from State Highway 1, there is plenty of complimentary off-street parking, 76 spacious, well-appointed guestrooms offering either a balcony or outside patio, LCD TV and ultra fast wi-fi Internet. McGavin’s Restaurant and Bar offers contemporary cuisine using the freshest of local produce.

The comfortable Kingsgate Hotel offers good standards of accommodation at an affordable price, and boasts a central location on one of the historic streets that encircle the ‘Octagon’, right in the very heart of Dunedin. Staying here puts you within easy walking distance of many of Dunedin’s attractions such as the Otago Museum and Speights Brewery, and within driving distance of the surrounding attractions such as Larnach Castle and the Dunedin Botanical Gardens. If you have been out all day enjoying the nearby sights, unwind by the cosy fireplace in the Aberdeen Bar with a relaxing drink.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • car parking • guest laundry ROOM FACILITIES ••• 76 rooms • air-con • 32” LCD TV • balcony or terrace • free wi-fi Internet SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free breakfast offers available on selected dates – please call for

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • laundry • parking ROOM FACILITIES ••• 55 rooms • TV • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Free breakfast offers available on selected dates – please call for

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South Pacific

Whether you’re travelling around the world or heading to New Zealand, the beautiful islands of the South Pacific always charm and delight. Although traditionally a stopover destination, we are finding that visitors like to stay longer in this idyllic region that offers a lifetime of holidays in itself. Fiji, the Cook Islands and French Polynesia are so easily accessed yet perfectly isolated, and each offer their own unique blend of paradise. Within each destination you will find not only strong cultural bonds, but also a celebration of diversity.

TIME DIFFERENCE: Fiji, Suva: GMT + 12 hours, Cook Islands, Rarotonga: GMT -10 hours, French Polynesia, Papeete: GMT -10 hours. VISAS: Fiji: Visas are not required for British passport holders for visits of up to 4 months. Cook Islands: Visas are not required for British passport holders for visits of up to 31 days. French Polynesia: Visas are not required for British passport holders. LANGUAGE: Fiji: English & Fijian, Cook Islands: English & Cook Islands Maori, French Polynesia: French & Tahitian. CURRENCY: Fiji: Fijian Dollar, Cook Islands: New Zealand Dollar, French Polynesia: The French Pacific Franc

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BEST TIME TO VISIT: Fiji: March-October, Cook Islands: May-October, French Polynesia: MayOctober.


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Around the world to... the South Pacific Quite literally across the globe, it makes perfect sense to travel via some of the world’s most iconic cities en route to a stay at your dream South Pacific island.

Hong Kong & Fijian Islands •

Accommodation 3H hotels Hong Kong Metropark (RO) Fiji First Landing Beach Resort (BB) Fijian Islands Matamanoa Island Resort (BB) 4H hotels Hong Kong Harbour Plaza North Point (RO) Fiji Warwick Fiji (BB) Fijian Islands Castaway Island (RO) 5H hotels Hong Kong Harbour Grand Hong Kong (RO) Fiji Radisson Blu Resort(RO) Fijian Islands Tokoriki Island Resort (RO)

n 3 nights Hong Kong n 3 nights Fiji n 3 nights Fijian Outer Islands Itinerary Day 1: Fly from the UK to Hong Kong, and stay at your chosen hotel for 3 nights with 2 full days to explore this wonderful Asian city and sample its amazing cuisine. Day 5: Fly overnight to Fiji and relax for 3 nights at your chosen hotel on tropical white sands as you enjoy friendly Fijian hospitality. Optional excursions and watersports will fill your time or simply lay back on your lounger and adopt ‘Fiji-time’. Day 9: Transfer to the Fijian Outer Islands by boat; jutting out of the shimmering waters a paradise of secluded palm-fringed beaches and aquamarine lagoons. Some resorts also offer transport by sea plane or helicopter (own expense). Enjoy 3 nights at your chosen island hotel, the perfect way to experience authentic Fiji.

Day 12: Transfer back to the mainland before flying back to the UK via Hong Kong.

Day 13: Arrive back in the UK.

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3* adult price from £2439 4* adult price from £2749 5* adult price from £2899 Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accommodation, transfers & board basis as specified.

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Accommodation 4H hotels Auckland Skycity Hotel Auckland RO) North Island 8 day Northern Explorer Escorted Tour with APT Tahiti Manava Suite Resort (RO) Bora Bora Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa (RO) 5H hotels Auckland Cordis Auckland (RO) North Island 8 day Northern Explorer Escorted Tour with APT Tahiti InterContinental Resort Tahiti (RO) Bora Bora St Regis Bora Bora (RO)

n 7 nights New Zealand’s North Island n 1 night Tahiti n 4 nights Bora Bora Itinerary Day 1: Fly from the UK to Auckland and stay at your chosen hotel for 2 nights.

Day 4: Explore the North Island as you join your 7-night tour to visit Bay Of Islands, Rotorua and Wellington.

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Day 12: Fly via Auckland to Tahiti and transfer to your chosen hotel for 1 night.

Day 13: Fly to Bora Bora for 4 nights on this fairytale island of jagged peaks and blue lagoons. Day 17: Fly to the UK via Los Angeles and arrive back next day.

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4* adult price from £4799 5* adult price from £5169 Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accommodation, transfers & board basis as specified.

Hong Kong, Auckland, Bay of Islands & the Cook Islands •

Accommodation 3H hotels Hong Kong Metropark Hotel Hong Kong (RO) Auckland Auckland City Hotel (RO) Bay of Islands Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia (RO) Rarotonga Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel (BB) 4H hotels Hong Kong Harbour Plaza North Point (RO) Auckland SkyCity Hotel (RO) Bay of Islands The Waterfront Suites (RO) Rarotonga Pacific Resort Rarotonga (BB) 5H hotels Hong Kong Harbour Grand Hong Kong (RO) Auckland Cordis Auckland (RO) Bay of Islands Paihia Beach Resort & Spa (RO) Rarotonga Crown Beach Resort (BB)

n 3 nights Hong Kong n 3 nights Auckland n 3 nights Bay of Islands n 5 nights Cook Islands Itinerary Day 1: Fly from the UK to Hong Kong and stay at your chosen hotel for 3 nights. We’d highly recommend a visit up to Victoria Peak by tram. The views at the top are spectacular! Explore the city at leisure, enjoy the plethora of fabulous bars and restaurants, or maybe venture slightly further afield to see the beauty of Waiheke Island. Day 5: Fly to Auckland and stay at your chosen hotel for 3 nights. Day 9: Explore the Bay of Islands on a 3-night tour of the tropical north that visits Waitangi and Cape Reinga.

Day 11: Fly to Rarotonga for a 5-night stay beside sparkling white sands and gentle lagoon waters. The charm of the island and people will embrace you immediately – you won’t be disappointed in this tropical paradise.

Day 16: Fly to the UK via Los Angeles and arrive back next day.

Prices are per person based on twin share

3* adult price from £3769 4* adult price from £4439 5* adult price from £4449 Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accommodation, transfers & board basis as specified.

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Fiji

Comprising no fewer than 330 islands, the beautiful Fijian archipelago boasts a thousand miles of pristine, palm-fringed beaches, tropical rainforests leading down to turquoise lagoons, and magnificent underwater coral gardens. This is a truly idyllic South Pacific paradise.

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Hotels 1 Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay 2 Sheraton Fiji/Westin Fiji 3 Radisson Blu Resort 4 Warwick 5 First Landing Beach Resort 6 Viwa Island Resort 7 Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

8 Shangri-La’s Fijan Resort & Spa 9 LikuLiku Lagoon Resort 10 Castaway Island Resort 11 Tokoriki Island Resort 12 Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa 13 Six Senses Fiji 14 Matamanoa Island Resort 15 Navatu Stars Resort

• Set aside time for pure selfindulgence on a day cruise to a private island, or choose a few nights’ island-hopping to the stunning Yasawas. • Combine a stay on the main island with a few days’ escape to one of the smaller isles.

Reef Endeavour, Captain Cook Cruises, Sacred Island

JEWEL OF FIJI TOUR Departures & Duration: Full Day, Mon - Sat 10.15am - 10.30am Travel to the adventure capital of Fiji, Pacific Harbour. An exhilarating cruise up the beautiful Navua River, followed by a Fijian Village tour, next make your way to Navua River’s biggest waterfall. Enjoy a leisurely ride on the unsinkable “HMS BILIBILI”.

Prices from: Adult £96, Child £48

SIGATOKA RIVER SAFARI Departures & Duration: 4.5 hours, MonSat Travel aboard a custom-built safari jet boat on Fiji’s original river safari, transporting you deep into the interior to experience local lifestyles at an authentic Fijian Koro (village). To bring the safari to life, a driver/ guide will introduce passengers to the rich culture of the Fijian people and shares the history, customs and legends of the area. Prices from: Adult £182, Child £94

TIVUA ISLAND DAY CRUISE Departure & Duration: 7 hours, Daily Sail on the tall ship ‘RaMarama’ to Tivua Island, surrounded by a white sandy beach and 500 acres of coral gardens. The day includes snorkelling and glass-bottomed boat tours, use of canoes, SUPs, tropical buffet lunch, drinks and kava ceremony with entertainment. There is also a PADI 5 star dive shop and beach massage available (additional charge) Prices from: Adult £136, Child £76

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FIRST LANDING BEACH RESORT AND VILLAS 3+H First Landing is an excellent choice for that dream holiday in Fiji, located just 15 minutes from Nadi International Airport and on the beach where legend recalls the arrival of the first Fijians. First Landing is a small tranquil boutique resort with an authentic Fijian atmosphere and is set amongst majestic tropical gardens with magnificent westerly views of nearby islands. First Landing is well known for its great food, having started as a beachside restaurant before becoming a resort. There are daily activities and the resort is close to many interesting sites for half and full-day trips. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • large outdoor pool • pool bar service • dream on spa • wi-fi Internet • kids’ club • boutique ROOM FACILITIES ••• 35 bures, 4 villas & 3 apartments • fridge • air-con • wi-fi Internet • satellite TV (apartments & villas) • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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DENARAU H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

FIJI HIDEAWAY RESORT & SPA 3+H

SHANGRI-LA’S FIJIAN RESORT & SPA 4H

Just 90 minutes from Nadi on the spectacular Coral Coast this resort offers great value for all guests, with its lovely ‘island’ feel and its laid-back style. Nestled among swaying palms with only the sound of the waves and gentle sea breeze to disturb you! The contemporary and innovatively designed Bure and Villas are superbly appointed, including luxurious outdoor bath and shower facilities! A host of activities are offered including scuba diving, snorkelling, island hopping, reef walking, stand-up paddle boarding and sunset cruises. Enjoy fun-filled days playing tennis, relax by the pool and soak up the warm tropical sun, or sip a cocktail at sunset while watching a myriad of colours change into the brightness of a million stars.

Situated on a 109-acre private island and conveniently connected to the mainland by a causeway, Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa boasts pristine white sandy beaches and a range of guestrooms, suites and bures (bungalows) with lagoon or Pacific Ocean views and large private balconies directly facing the water. Boasting one of the most extensive land and water recreational facilities in Fiji, the hotel also has a large range of dining options including Golden Cowrie – adults only Coastal Italian restaurant featuring classic mouthwatering Italian cuisine with a Fijian twist. Families will also love this resort; the award-winning Little Chiefs Club is complimentary for children aged between 4 - 12 years- 2 children under 12 years of age Stay, play and Eat free (when dining with a paying adult)

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 3 restaurants • 2 bars • pool • wi-fi Internet • tennis • kids club • day spa • water sports • sunset cruise • Fijian handicraft village ROOM FACILITIES ••• 115 rooms • air-con • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • safe • balcony or patio

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 6 restaurants • 7 bars • 24h room service • wi-fi Internet • 3 pools including adults only infinity pool • waterpark • gym • spa • tennis • salon • kids’ club • boutique ROOM FACILITIES ••• 442 rooms • fridge • satellite TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony or terrace SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

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SHERATON & WESTIN RESORTS, FIJI 5H

RADISSON BLU RESORT 5H

Located on Denarau Island, this is a fabulous integrated 3-resort complex that features both the Sheraton Fiji Resort and The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa. The Sheraton Fiji is a tropical oasis offering spacious, modern rooms, each with its own balcony or patio. With an action-packed kids’ club, the complex is also perfect for families. Set in its own tropical gardens, the stylish Westin Denarau makes an ideal choice for couples and honeymooners, rich in Fijian culture and boasting the award-winning ‘Heavenly Spa’.

The Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island is situated among 10 acres of tropical gardens, waterfalls and a private beach. Once here, guests can unwind in one of the spacious rooms or suites, each with a balcony or a courtyard. Whether watching the sunset over the Mamanuca Islands while sipping a cocktail or sharing an authentic Thai meal with friends, time spent at one of the various restaurants or unique dining experiences at Radisson Blu Resort Fiji is sure to be memorable. The whole family will be kept entertained; the Blu Banana Kid’s Club will ensure that younger members of the family won’t go bored, while adults can relax in the adult-only pool, go for a treatment at Harmony Retreat Day Spa, or play a round at the resort’s nearby 18hole championship golf course.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 14 restaurants & bars • 6 swimming pools • watersports • diving • golf • tennis • spa (Westin) • kids’ club & play areas (Sheraton) • resort shuttle • free wi-fi Internet access across the resort complex ROOM FACILITIES ••• 297 rooms (Sheraton) • 246 rooms & suites (Westin) • fridge • flat-screen TV • air-con • wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 4 restaurants • 2 unique dining experiences • 2 bars • pool • free wi-fi Internet • laundry • kids club • day spa • free selected non-motorised watersports ROOM FACILITIES ••• 270 rooms • TV • mini-bar • air-con • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • safe • balcony or patio • 24hr room service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

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Garden view guest room from £193 Lagoon view guest room from £213 Lagoon view one bedroom suite from £319

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DENARAU & CORAL COAST

OUTRIGGER FIJI BEACH RESORT 5H

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

The 5-star Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort is set on a white-sand beach on Fiji’s Coral Coast, amongst 40 acres of tall palm trees and lush, landscaped gardens. The well-appointed guestrooms and ‘Bure Bungalows’ are scattered throughout the gardens and upon the hillside. To counter the modern touches, the thatched bures and their vaulted ceilings are lined with hand-painted Tapa (bark) cloth. Talai butlers provide attentive service for guests staying in selected room types, recommending tours and activities, scheduling restaurant reservations and providing welcome drinks, plus champagne and canapés every afternoon. For the ultimate indulgence, the resort’s Bebe Spa offers 8 treatment rooms with private balconies and spectacular ocean views. Dining at the Outrigger is a real pleasure, with world-class chefs preparing a varying range of meals in a choice of restaurants. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 6 restaurants • 6 bars • fitness centre • adult-only pool • pool • tennis • watersports • horse riding • spa • kids’ club • driving range • cultural activities ROOM FACILITIES ••• 205 resort & ocean view guestrooms & 47 bure bungalows • mini-bar • wi-fi Internet • satellite TV • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • ‘Talai’ VIP butler service (Deluxe Ocean View Rooms, Bures & Suites) • 24hr room service Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Resort room from £95 Ocean view room from £112 Plantation bure from £149

FIJI MARRIOTT RESORT MOMI BAY 5H

WARWICK FIJI 4+H

Unparalleled paradise awaits guests visiting the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay. Located in Nadi, Fiji and perched on the blue waters of Momi Bay, this stunning resort is the ultimate island retreat. The resort features an array of luxury facilities, including a jaw-dropping infinity pool, 3 on-site restaurants, a fitness centre and the Quan Spa. The beautiful rooms and suites all feature breathtaking views of the lagoon, have pool access and private balconies from which to relax on. With an abundance of local attractions and activities close by, Fiji Marriott Resort offers everything guests could want during their stay on the island, with the comfort of added luxury.

Perfectly positioned amidst sandy beaches, crystal-clear lagoons and lush tropical foliage on Fiji’s fabled Coral Coast, the Warwick Fiji offers a superb combination of luxurious comforts, genuine warmth and exotic island pleasures. The hotel lies within easy reach of many cultural experiences and the natural splendours of the Biausevu Waterfall, Kula Eco Park and excellent diving at Beqa Lagoon. From Nadi Airport, the hotel is easily reached by a 90-minute scenic transfer by private car or coach along the Coral Coast.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 3 restaurants • bar • 3 swimming pools • spa • fitness centre • free wi-fi internet • tennis courts • laundry • children’s’ club • babysitting (fee) • parking

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 247 guestrooms • mini-bar • fridge (stocked on request) • flat-screen TV • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • 24hr room service • balcony or terrace

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 250 rooms • TV • fridge • air-con • free wi-fi Internet • iPod docking station • safe • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony or patio • 24hr room service

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 5 restaurants • 7 bars • wi-fi Internet • gym/fitness room • spa • 2 pools (1 adults’ only) • tennis • bikes • non-motorised watersports • kids’ club

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Deluxe lagoon view from £149 Duplex lagoon front bure from £222 Ocean front bure from £294

Garden view room from £89 Ocean view room from £110 Warwick deluxe room from £144


FIJI OUTER ISLANDS H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

CASTAWAY ISLAND, FIJI 4H

MATAMANOA ISLAND RESORT 4H

Castaway Island is everything that its name suggests and more; offering idyllic seclusion in comfortable private island surroundings. The island’s 174 acres are covered with lush tropical vegetation and surrounded by white-sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs. The enormous range of activities, entertainment and dining options coupled with an atmosphere of fun, relaxation and genuine Fijian hospitality, make Castaway a favourite choice for many of our visitors to Fiji. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 4 restaurants • 4 bars • 2 pools • tennis • watersports (nonmotorised included)

This small, intimate, private boutique island is the only hotel on the island, located just 30kms west of Fiji’s main island and Nadi Airport. The island is little more than a volcanic cone jutting from the aquamarine waters of this unspoilt area of Fiji, and is clad with dense bush and palm trees. The brilliance of the vegetation contrasts magnificently with the curved white sandy beach and pristine coral reefs. Matamanoa was made for relaxation. However, if you like to make the most of your holiday time, a wide range of leisure activities and cultural excursions are also available. Children under 16 years are not permitted.

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 65 thatched bures • fridge • air-con • overhead fan • tea & coffee making facilities • veranda • mini safe

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • pool • tennis • non-motorised watersports • spa • boutique

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 13 resort rooms with garden view & 24 beachfront bures • 10 beachfront villas • air-con • overhead fan • tea & coffee making facilities • fridge • mini-bar • both bures & villas feature plunge pool, outdoor shower & gazebo with day bed. SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Island bure from £254 Ocean view bure from £291 Beach bure from £319

Resort room from £147 Beachfront bure from £254 Beachfront villa from £318

VIWA ISLAND RESORT 4H

SIX SENSES FIJI 5H

Viwa Island Resort is a boutique resort which caters for adults only. With only 11 bures, guests can be sure of personal attention from friendly staff who will welcome them with big Bula smiles and do everything they can to ensure a happy and memorable stay. All bures face the beachfront, feature thatched roofs and are crafted in traditional Fijian style. The resort has plenty of activities from village visits and cooking lessons to coconut husking and history hikes. Guests can truly escape reality and dip into paradise at Viwa Island Resort. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • wi-fi Internet • outdoor pool • guest laundry • library • spa • gift shop

Tropical paradise is the setting for the Six Senses Fiji which is located on Malolo Island, part of the Mamanuca archipelago made famous in Tom Hanks’ film Cast Away. Crystal-clear waters and perfect white-sand beaches surround the resorts’ 24 private pool villas. As is synonymous with the Six Senses brand, the resort offers the highest quality Spa and wellbeing facilities plus a dedicated yoga pavilion nestled in a lush jungle surrounding, allowing a truly calming and rejuvenating experience. Once completely relaxed why not embrace the resorts’ amazing activities which make the most of this idyllic island. From walking and fishing to surfing, diving and kayaking this wonderful island has so much to offer.

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 11 rooms • air-con • balcony • ceiling fan • tea & coffee making facilities

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 3 restaurants • bar • cafe • deli • pool • spa • yoga pavilion • watersports • PADI diving

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 24 pool villas • mini-bar & wine fridge • satellite flat-screen TV • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Deluxe beachfront bure from £246 Deluxe 2 bedroom beachfront bure from £304

Hideaway pool villa from £410 Hideaway pool suite from £513 Beachfront pool villa from £574

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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FIJI OUTER ISLANDS

TOKORIKI ISLAND RESORT FIJI 4+H

NAVUTU STARS RESORT 4H

Escape to the private island resort Tokoriki, the northernmost point of the Mamanucas, where you can relax on pure white-sand beaches and experience true Fijian culture. The beachfront location of the Beachfront Bures provide a front-row seat for that perfect South Pacific sunset. No children under 16.

Lying peacefully off the picture-perfect shores of Fiji you will find the Yasawa Islands, an archipelago of lush volcanic islands which make an idyllic spot for you to soak up some South Pacific paradise. Nestled along 3 pristine bays lay 10 beachfront bures; romantic hideaways perfect for an escape from the chaos of modern life and a great way to help you embrace barefoot-beach life. Whilst staying you can also make the most of a number of complimentary experiences such as snorkelling, kayaking, hiking, volleyball and basket weaving, or, just simply unwind and relax!

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• main restaurant • teppanyaki restaurant • bar • free wi-fi Internet in lobby • 25m infinity-edge freshwater pool & saltwater pool • tennis • watersports • diving • snorkelling • day spa • boutique • library • hiking • kava nights • guest TV lounge in main complex • cultural activities, village trip • outdoor fitness platform • garden chess ROOM FACILITIES ••• 36 ocean-front facing, stand-alone bures & villas • mini-bar & fridge • air-con • fan • tea & coffee making facilities • indoor & outdoor shower • day beds & hammocks

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • pool • spa • complimentary snorkelling & kayaking • yoga classes • village tours ROOM FACILITIES ••• 9 garden, beachfront or grand bures • mini-bar • free wi-fi Internet • tea & coffee making facilities • beach hammock SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Added value offers and complimentary return helicopter transfers available on selected dates – please call for details

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Beachfront bure from £288 Beachfront pool bure from £353 Beachfront pool villa from £416

Garden bure from £194 Beachfront bure from £270 Grand bure from £328

LIKULIKU LAGOON RESORT 5H

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Without doubt one of the most luxurious resorts in Fiji, the Likuliku Lagoon Resort is a magical sanctuary designed in an authentic Fijian style, but embracing every modern luxury. This couples-only resort enjoys an idyllic setting on Malolo Island, it was the first resort in Fiji with authentic over water-bures. Surrounded by sprawling ceilings, hand-woven thatch and an exotic mix of natural materials and modern elements, Likuliku Lagoon Resort embodies the richness of an ancient culture with vibrant present-day lifestyle touches. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • 2 bars • terrace • wi-fi Internet • gym • pool • watersports • spa ROOM FACILITIES ••• 45 bures • mini-bar • CD player • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony

Prices are full board, per person per night twin share

Garden beachfront bure from £378 Beachfront bure from £560 Over-water bure from £645

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• See the dramatic changes in landscape, right from the little palm-covered Mamanucas, to the rugged, majestic southern Yasawa Islands to the vivid Blue Lagoon, framed by picture-perfect beaches • Visit a remote Yasawa Island village and be part of a traditional Kava ceremony • Socialise with Yasawan locals over a traditional feast cooked & enjoyed in their village • Be carried away to paradise with a full day relaxing on a private beach on Nanuya Island • Take a guided walk across an island to one of the South Pacific’s most remote cafes, ‘Lo’s Tea Shop’ • Learn the Fijian arts of basket weaving and wood carving, and learn to cook traditional dishes • Sit down to a dinner you’ll never forget; dine on a delicious Fijian ‘Lovo’ feast on a private beach under the stars • Step ashore at famous Modriki Island where the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away was filmed • Attend an island village church service • Swim in the caverns of the famous and sacred Sawa-I-Lau Caves • Visit a Yasawa Island village school & meet the children

CRUISING

8 day Escape to Paradise Cruise

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Departures: Selected Fridays throughout the year. Please call for details. LAND

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STAYED BulaNIGHTS and welcome aboard Blue Lagoon Cruises! Set sail aboard Fiji Princess and enjoy afternoon tea as you head out from Port Denarau Marina for the outer Mamanucas. The first destination is at the gorgeous secluded Modriki Island. En LAND route to the famous little island, settle into your cabin enjoy a welcome cruise RAIL briefing. Come early evening as the skies turn dusky, cocktails are served with CRUISE the sundeck. That night is the Captain’s Welcome Dinner. 1canapés NIGHTSon STAYED

Laze on the sundeck as you cruise past several of the larger Yasawa Islands and beautiful bays. Your destination is the famed Blue Lagoon. Nanuya Lailai, is home to Blue Lagoon Cruises’ very own private beach. You’ll have plenty of time for swimming, snorkelling, fish feeding, viewing coral from the glass-bottom boat or just wandering along to a secluded stretch of beach. Diving for both novices and experienced divers can be pre-booked for this location. That night is a special occasion with a traditional Lovo meal, where the food is cooked underground in a specially prepared pit.

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Day 2: Saturday Awake to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and breakfast underway. There’s time for an early morning snorkel, swim or wander along the stunning white sands at LAND Modriki Island before we set sail for the southern Yasawa Islands. Late morning RAIL youNIGHTS will beSTAYED taken on an adventure, as there’s a special location where the brave will 1 get to swim with reef sharks! Back on board cruise into the waters around Naviti and Soso Bay. Late afternoon there will be a presentation on the local history and legends, giving an insight into early Yasawan life. If you’re lucky, a village elder will RAIL you with tall tales and true stories of his people’s land and myths. regale 1

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Sunday in Fiji is respected as a day of rest. You can start the day with a cup of coffee and tasty breakfast, get in first with an early morning swim, or just take it easy with LAND a Sunday morning sleep-in! There is a special opportunity to attend a village church AIR service. RAIL You can partake in a Fijian cooking lesson and help prepare a tasty Fijian fish 1dish, NIGHTS STAYED Kokoda. We’ll anchor in the sheltered waters at Naukacuva and Narara Islands. The islands are covered in dense, vividly green forest, which reaches down to the white sandy beaches. These islands are picture perfect LAND and are a superb playground for a lazy Sunday Tamusua CRUISE 1 NIGHTS STAYED Sawa-I-Lau afternoon. Nanuya

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Day 4: Monday Care to help catch dinner? An early morning fishing trip is on offer with the crew. There will be time for a snorkel, swim or kayak before you depart Naukacuva and cruise to one of the most beautiful and remote island groups seen on your cruise, the Sacred Islands, which provide a breathtaking backdrop. The rest of your day is spent here enjoying the idyllic tropical islands and feeling relaxed because you are the only ones there.

Day 6: Wednesday On arrival set off on a private guided visit to the Sawa-I-Lau Caves. Steps rise from the shore up to the first cave. You can view the majestic cavern from the stairs or take to the water. A short swim through an underwater passage takes you into the second of these stunning limestone caves. That evening includes a special visit to the village of Tamusua. A Yaqona ceremony, a guided walk around the village and a Fijian village-style ‘feast’ will be prepared and cooked by the village women. Later, return to Fiji Princess for a movie night.

Day 7: Thursday Fiji Princess heads on out of the bay bound for Drawaqa Island. On arrival at Drawaqa, your Marine Biologist will inform you about the local fish, marine life and the conservation work the Vinaka Fiji Volunteer team are doing in this area. Visit a local village school where Vinaka Fiji volunteers are at work. Dinner that evening is a barbecue served on the upper deck of the vessel, dining under the stars. A special feast and party night is the perfect way to celebrate your time in the Yasawas.

Day 8: Friday An early start for the crew as it is time to cruise home and return to Port Denarau Marina. Enjoy breakfast on board as Fiji Princess cruises back towards her home port.

PRICES INCLUDE • 7 nights’ accommodation on board Fiji Princess in a Hibiscus Deck cabin • All meals including tea, barista coffee, filtered water & juice • Excursions & activities, traditional Fijian Prices are per person based on twin share entertainment, snorkelling Hibiscus Deck from  equipment Orchid Deck from  • Ship to Shore transfers, village Single supplements available upon request entrance fees & wi-fi where reception allows

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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Cook Islands

Yet to be discovered by mass tourism, the Cook Islands remain pure and serene. The main island of Rarotonga is lush and tropical with volcanic peaks covered in rainforest. Just 50 minutes by seaplane is the paradise island of Aitutaki, boasting a spectacular lagoon teeming with marine life.

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Hotels 1 Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort AITUTAKI 2 Muri Beach Club Hotel 3 Pacific Resort, Rarotonga Nika 4 Crown Beach Resort Arorangi & Spa RAROTONGA 5 Pacific Resort, Aitutaki Muri Beach 6 Tamanu Beach, Aitutaki 2 3 7 Etu Moana 4 Ara Tapu 8 Te Manava Luxury Villas 8 & Spa

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FIRE ON WATER NIGHT PADDLE TOUR Departures & Duration: 1.5 hours, Daily (except Sat) Experience the water at night as it comes to life on this 90-minute SUP Night Tour in the Cook Islands. An illuminated experience allowing you to see marine life, paddle beneath the milky way and enjoy the “night life” in a whole new and thrilling way. The guides provide you with local knowledge and a fire dance performance that will get you involved. Fire on Water is a must do tour.

MURI BEACH CLUB HOTEL 4H Prices from: Adult £34, Child £17

THE VAKA CRUISE Departures & Duration: 6 hours, Mon-Sat at 10am Cruise the beautiful Aitutaki Lagoon, aboard the refurbished 71-ft catamaran Vaka Cruise, formerly ‘Titi Ai Tonga’. Equipped with covered seating areas, toilets, and galley, this vessel provides a great platform from which one can explore & enjoy the magnificent marine playground

The Muri Beach Club Hotel is chic and sophisticated with a distinctive contemporary décor. The hotel is advantageously close to the local shopping and dining areas, and set on one of the very best beaches on Rarotonga, Muri Lagoon, which is the island’s aquatic playground - teeming with marine life and perfect for snorkelling and swimming. A stylish boutique, this is a modern, relaxing and romantic adult-only hotel. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • 2 bars • wi-fi Internet • swimming pool • watersports • bikes • day spa • 24hr reception • guest lounge ROOM FACILITIES ••• 30 guestrooms • mini-bar • TV • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • private deck/balcony • shower only SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices from: Adult £137, Child £68

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Premier garden room from £128 Pool view room from £154 Deluxe beachfront room from £184


R A R OTO N G A H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

PACIFIC RESORT RAROTONGA 4H

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Nestled discreetly on the kilometre-long stretch of white sands of Muri Beach and lapped by the gentle waters of a shallow, safe lagoon, the traditional thatched-roof design of the resort’s buildings and tropical gardens ensure it blends organically into the picturesque environment of Muri Beach. The rooms are decorated with a Polynesian flair and offer a perfect blend of modern comforts with traditional island hospitality. For an absolute beachfront experience dine at the Sandals Restaurant and Barefoot Bar where you can watch the waves lapping up against the shore while enjoying an early evening cocktail. The resort hosts a large range of complimentary water activity equipment available for use in the lagoon; alternatively the large fresh water swimming pool at the rear of the property offers a shaded swimming spot surrounded by lush gardens and coconut palms. There is something for everyone at the award winning Pacific Resort Rarotonga, The Cook Islands premium family friendly resort. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • beachside bar • freshwater pool • wi-fi Internet • non-motorised watersports • glass bottom boat cruiser • kids’ club • laundry • tour & activities center • vehicle rental • room service ROOM FACILITIES ••• 64 rooms • TV • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • private balcony or patio • shower only • fridge • room service

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Standard studio room from £141 Premium garden suite from £192 Beachfront suite from £221

CROWN BEACH RESORT & SPA, RAROTONGA 4+H

TE MANAVA LUXURY VILLAS & SPA 5H

Situated on the sheltered western side of Rarotonga, on a secluded beachfront with brilliant turquoise lagoon fringed by a tropical coral reef. The Resort is just 15 minutes’ from downtown Avarua, 10 minutes from the airport, 7 minutes’ from the golf course and located in the heart of Rarotonga’s leading resort and tourist zone. This intimate adult-only boutique resort, is renowned for its superb and pictureperfect beach location, fine food and relaxed ambiance. Crown Beach Resort & Spa promises ‘romance, seclusion and luxury’. Set in 5 acres of lush tropical gardens punctuated by streams and waterfalls and embracing 36 stand-alone villas, a stateof-the-art Conference/Functions Centre, on-site spa, 2 on-site restaurants and bars, mini-gym, 120m of private white sandy beach, surreal turquoise lagoon, beautiful waterfall-fed swimming pool and spectacular sunsets. Crown Beach Resort & Spa promises luxury and romance for those seeking a private heavenly space for just the 2 of you.

Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa provides self-contained luxury villa accommodation, located on the stunning east coast of Rarotonga. Relax in your private villa, courtyard and pool, make use of the complimentary kayaks and snorkelling equipment, treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment, or choose from a range of optional à la carte guest services such as having your dinner prepared for you by your own personal executive chef. The villas are located a leisurely 15-minute walk along Muri beach, or a free transfer from Pacific Resort Rarotonga; where guests can make use of the restaurant & bar, free kids’ club, and activities.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • fresh-water swimming pool • gym • day spa • laundry • concierge • bike & vehicle hire • off-site dive centre • snorkel gear • kayaks

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• wi-fi Internet • Te Manava spa • tours desk • kayaks and snorkelling equipment • free transfers to Pacific Resort Rarotonga • laundry ROOM FACILITIES ••• 13 Villas • TV • air-con • balcony • private pool • fully equipped kitchen • mini bar • BBQ • fridge

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 36 spacious villas • flat-screen TV • DVD player • wi-fi Internet (charge) • air-con • ceiling fans • kitchenette • tea & coffee making facilities • room service • private deck SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

1 bedroom villa from £169 Courtyard pool suite from £234 2 bedroom garden villa from £252

Pool villa suite from £169 Beachfront villa suite from £246 Ultimate beachfront villa from £308

To create your own perfect holiday and for our latest special offers, please contact your travel agent

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A I T U TA K I

TAMANU BEACH, AITUTAKI 3H

ETU MOANA, AITUTAKI 4H

Tamanu Beach is owned & operated by the Henry family of Aitutaki. Our beachside resort has 23 Polynesian style bungalows, either right on the beach or a stone’s throw from the lagoons edge. Every bungalow has a view of the lagoon from their balcony. Recently refurbished, the rooms feature outdoor showers, daybeds on your verandah and original artwork from Cook Islands artist Tim Buchanan. The Tamanu Restaurant has the most popular “Takurua” special Island feast and fire dance show on Aitutaki. Snorkel with our giant clam, kayak and stand-up paddle in our lagoon or pamper yourself with a massage at our Day Spa then relax with a cocktail at sunset or private candle lit dinner on the beach.

Etu Moana is a little piece of paradise set in the South Pacific. Each Polynesianstyle villa is situated directly on the beach where guests will experience the area’s famous breathtaking sunsets. Relaxing is made easy by the secluded pool which is surrounded by volcanic rocks and lush tropical vegetation. For those seeking some excitement there’s definitely no shortage of activities; snorkelling, kayaking and stand-up paddling are available for guests to participate in, amongst other exhilarating activities. A stay at Etu Moana will create memories that will last a lifetime.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • 2 bars • spa • sundeck • wi-fi Internet • 2 freshwater pools • free non-motorised watersports ROOM FACILITIES ••• 23 bungalows • free wi-fi Internet (1GB) • fridge • air-con • TV • tea & coffee making facilities • balconies • outdoor shower

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• self-serve honesty bar • swimming pool • free use of watersports equipment • free mountain bike hire • yoga • BBQ facilities ROOM FACILITIES ••• 10 villas • TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • kitchen • furnished veranda • outdoor shower SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ••• Children under 12yrs old not permitted. Recommended domestic air travel is pre-booked

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details. Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Intimate garden bungalow from 1 bedroom lagoonview bungalow from Intimate beachfront bungalow from

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

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AITUTAKI LAGOON PRIVATE ISLAND RESORT 4+H

PACIFIC RESORT AITUTAKI 5H

Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort offers some of the most breathtaking lagoon views in the world from its prime location as the only resort set directly on expansive Aitutaki Lagoon, one of the world’s most magnificent bodies of water. This adult-only, authentic Polynesian-style boutique resort was recently transformed by a multi-million dollar refurbishment. The only resort in the Cook Islands to offer overwater bungalows, this romantic boutique resort is considered one of the world’s leading private island resorts. Laze away on the best beach in Aitutaki, snorkel or stand-up paddleboard on the lagoon or be pampered at the spa before relaxing with your toes in the sand and a sunset cocktail in hand followed by dinner under the stars. A truly special retreat.

Part of the ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’ collection, this boutique-style property promises an enchanting enclave of romance, refinement and luxury. Set in lush tropical surroundings, the resort limits its accommodations to just 29 bungalows and villas; each with its own beachfront and personal view of Aitutaki’s breathtaking lagoon. From this privileged setting guests enjoy direct access to the pristine white sands.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • bar • private beach-dining gazebo • wi-fi Internet • pool • Complimentary activities & watersports • day spa • gym • tour desk • shop • guest laundry • wedding planner • room service ROOM FACILITIES ••• 33 spacious Beachfront, Premium Beachfront, Deluxe Beachfront, Overwater Bungalows and Royal Honeymoon Pool Villa • mini-fridge • satellite TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • verandah/patio • insect screens • insect screens • Polynesian-style outdoor shower (bungalows) SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Honeymoon: complimentary bottle of New Zealand Champagne and his & her pareus

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Garden and lagoon view villa from £169 Pool and lagoon view villa from £185 Absolute beachfront villa from £252

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • café/bar • wi-fi Internet • freshwater infinity swimming pool • watersports • Tiare Spa • boutique shops • gym • bicycles • tour desk • room service ROOM FACILITIES ••• 29 spacious beachfront bungalows & villas • mini-bar • TV • movies • CD/DVD player • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • private balcony or patio • outdoor showers ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ••• Air transfers between Rarotonga & Aitutaki must be pre-booked.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Beachfront bungalow from £289 Premium beachfront bungalow from £329 Overwater bungalow from £578

Premium beachfront bungalow from £336 Ultimate beachfront bungalow from £379 Ultimate beachfront villa from £422


BORA BORA S I G H T S E E I N G & TO U R I N G

French Polynesia

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The most well-known island in French Polynesia is Tahiti, the perfect stopover destination, with stunning waterfalls and verdant mountains. The nearby heart-shaped island of Moorea has vertiginous mountainsides plunging into emerald waters. Meanwhile, Bora Bora is a fairytale creation of jagged volcanic peaks and crystal-clear aqua lagoons.

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5 Le Méridian Bora Hotels Bora 1 Sofitel Moorea La Papeete 6 InterContinental Ora Beach Resort Port 1 3 Bora Bora & Thalasso Moorea 2 Manava Suite Resort 7 St Regis Bora Bora Tahiti Tahiti-Moorea: 2 Tahiti 3 Manava Beach 1hr ferry, 30min catamaran, Resort & Spa 10min flight Moorea 4 Bora Bora Pearl Resort & Spa

Haumana Cruises - Bora Bora to Taha’a & Raiatea Departures: Mondays from April 2019 onwards. Also operates in reverse every Thursday.

Day 1: Bora Bora & Motu Toopua Board the 22-passenger Haumana in Vaitape at 2pm and cruise around Motu Toopua before anchoring amongst the fringing islands for the night. Dinner in the evening will allow you to experience the very best of Polynesian gastronomy.(D)

Day 2: Motu Tevairoa & Bora Bora After breakfast overlooking the turquoise lagoon, take to the water to enjoy some included activities such as kayaking and snorkelling or simply kick back and relax on the sundeck with a drink and book from the onboard library. Lunch is then followed by a cruise around the north and east coasts of Bora Bora before setting sail for Taha’a after dinner. (BLD)

Day 3: Welcome to Taha’a Your visit to Taha’a starts with a morning excursion to a pearl farm and vanilla plantation where you will learn of the origin of these sought-after products. You will return to the ship in time for another lunch of local specialities before an afternoon spent on Motu Pufea. Then cruise south around the island to Motu Tautau where dinner is served onboard. (BLD)

Day 4: Taha’a to Raiatea Enjoy a leisurely breakfast cruise from Taha’a to Raiatea and disembark upon arrival around 10am. (B)

PRICES INCLUDE • 3 nights’ accommodation aboard the Haumana • All meals with a selection of complimentary wines • All non-alcoholic beverages • Half-day shore excursion on Taha’a • All onboard activities (kayak, paddle board, snorkelling, cultural activities)

Prices are per person based on twin share

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Single supplements available upon request

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TA H I T I & M O O R E A

MANAVA SUITE RESORT TAHITI 4H

INTERCONTINENTAL TAHITI RESORT & SPA 4H

Set on the edge of the lagoon and just 10 minutes from the centre of Papeete and the airport, the Manava Suite Resort offers authentic Polynesian décor with contemporary amenities and all the comforts of home. Accommodations have a modern, fresh feel and offer guests total independence, with kitchenettes in each of the studios and suites, and yet full access to a range of hotel services, including an elegant restaurant and tropical spa. Facing the lagoon and the nearby island of Moorea, the gorgeous infinity swimming pool boasts its own friendly pool bar, a most popular gathering spot for sunset cocktails.

A lavish garden setting, a gorgeous turquoise lagoon, volcanic peaks rising up in the distance — the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is an excellent choice for any stay on the main island of Tahiti or the perfect launch-point to explore the French Polynesia. Couples and families alike can enjoy the tropical grounds, welcoming atmosphere, sand-floor pool for swimming and the small man-made beach. The sunset views over to the volcanic peaks of sister island Moorea are simply unforgettable.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • 2 bars • pool • fitness centre • spa

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 246 guestrooms • mini-bar • flat-screen cable TV • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony or terrace • mini-bar • wi-fi Internet

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 121 rooms & suites • mini-bar • TV • wi-fi Internet • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • kitchenette

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • 3 bars • 2 pools • watersports • dive centre

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Standard room from £80 Garden studio room from £103 Lagoon studio room from £114

Standard room from £132 Garden room from £150 Lagoon room from £161

MANAVA BEACH RESORT & SPA MOOREA 4H

SOFITEL MOOREA IA ORA BEACH RESORT 5H

Located just 2 miles away from stunning Cook’s Bay, Manava Beach Resort & Spa is just a 10-minute drive away from the airport. Choose from the unique garden pool or beach bungalows, or, if you’re feeling a bit indulgent, why not upgrade to one of the over-water bungalows which offer direct access into the water? Ferry or air transfers between Tahiti and Moorea must be pre-booked in addition to land transfers.

Just a 10 minute flight from the island of Tahiti lies Moorea a jewel in the French Polynesia made up of green rainforests, magical lagoons and awe-inspiring mountain ranges rising out of the Pacific Ocean. Settled on the edge of a magnificent, protected lagoon with views to the island of Tahiti is the Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort, a collection of 112 luxurious beachfront bungalows built over the water and surrounded by tropical gardens. This beautiful resort is perfect for couples and families alike with a great outdoor pool, 2 bars, 2 restaurants, day spa, amazing beachside location and plenty of water sports and activities.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurant • 2 bars • wi-fi Internet • infinity pool • watersports • spa • dive centre ROOM FACILITIES ••• 90 guestrooms & bungalows • mini-bar • TV • CD player • aircon • overhead fan • tea & coffee making facilities • room service

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 2 restaurants • 2 bars • infinity pool • day spa • dive centre ROOM FACILITIES ••• 112 bungalows • mini-bar • plasma TV • wi-fi Internet (charge) • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

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Prices are room only, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Garden view room from £157 Beach bungalow from £245 Overwater bungalow from £291

Luxury garden bungalow from £167 Superior lagoon view bungalow from £193 Superior overwater bungalow from £294


BORA BORA H OT E L S & R E S O R T S

BORA BORA PEARL BEACH RESORT & SPA 4H

LE MERIDIEN BORA BORA 5H

Nestled on Motu Tevairoa, the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa is a delightful resort set on a private motu, complete with white sandy beaches. The resort is surrounded by crystal-blue waters and overlooks the iconic features of Bora Bora’s outstanding natural landscape. If you are looking to unwind then you can enjoy quiet relaxation in the hotel’s wonderful spa. Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa is just a 10-minute boat transfer from Bora Bora Airport; air and boat transfers to the resort must be booked.

Set on a 10-kilometre-long islet on a coral reef and only 20 minutes from Bora Bora Airport, this stunning resort is only accessible by boat. Surrounded by the pristine beauty of an azure lagoon and with unsurpassed views of Mount Otemanu, Le Méridien Bora Bora has an elegant design, offering a combination of villas and beach bungalows. It is worth upgrading to the Overwater Bungalows on the lagoon that feature a large glass floor where you can see the marine life below your feet.

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 3 restaurants • bar • gym • pool • tennis • dive centre • watersports • spa

HOTEL FACILITIES ••• restaurants • bar • 2 infinity pools • wellness centre • fitness centre • outdoors activities & watersports • ecological centre & turtle sanctuary

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 80 bungalows • mini-bar • TV • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • balcony/terrace

ROOM FACILITIES ••• 98 villas & bungalows • mini-bar • LCD TV • iPod dock • air-con & fan • tea & coffee making facilities • wi-fi Internet • 24hr room service • separate bathtub & shower

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Garden pool villa from £164 Otemanu view beach suite with jacuzzi from £244 Overwater bungalow from £254

Classic bungalow from £359 Beach bungalow from £439 Lagoon overwater bungalow from £522

INTERCONTINENTAL BORA BORA RESORT & THALASSO SPA 5H Discover some of the most exotic settings in all of the South Pacific while staying at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa; a lavishly designed oasis where modern comforts and conveniences combine with glorious settings of insurmountable beauty to bring a true sense of paradise to each and every visitor. Gaze out across the stunning vistas from your private villa, soothe your mind, body and soul at the award-winning spa or enjoy the fine flavours created at any of the in-house dining venues to truly get the most out of this tropical haven. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 3 restaurants • 3 bars • pool • 24hr fitness centre • day spa • tennis court • watersports • Lagoonarium ROOM FACILITIES ••• 84 over-water villas • mini-bar • 2 flat-screen TVs • CD/ DVD player • free wi-fi Internet • Espresso machine • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • private terrace • outdoor shower SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

ST. REGIS BORA BORA RESORT 5H Rising in the distance, the towering majesty of Mount Otemanu is an ever-present symbol of the lofty luxury and impressive personalised service that are the hallmarks of St. Regis. Edged by powdery white sands and a crystalline lagoon, The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is the epitome of carefree elegance with plenty of spots to laze and gaze at the recognised silhouette of one of the most beautiful and romantic islands in the world, whether from the tranquil cabanas of the secluded adult-only pool, or as you savour a cocktail creation and breathtaking sunset views from the swim-up bar. HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 4 restaurants • sushi & beach restaurants • 2 bars • 2 swimming pools • tennis • gym • Miri Miri Spa by Clarins • snorkelling • kayaks & outrigger canoes • mountain bikes • kids’ club • shuttle boat to Vaitape ROOM FACILITIES ••• 90 luxury overwater & Beach Villas • mini-bar • 2 42” plasma TVs • Bose speakers • CD/DVD player • free wi-fi Internet • espresso coffeemaker • outdoor shower • St.Regis Butler service SPECIAL OFFERS ••• Please call for details.

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Prices are bed & breakfast, per person per night twin share

Emerald overwater villa from £426 Sapphire overwater villa from £469 Diamond overwater villa from £532

Reefside garden villa & pool from £493 Beachside villa & pool from £580 Overwater superior villa from £649

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BOOKING CONDTIONS

AVIS AUSTRALIA RENTAL INCLUSIONS

TERMS & CONDITIONS

• Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)

Driver Requirements: All drivers must be aged 21 years or above, and have held a full and valid driving license for a minimum of two years. Drivers aged 21-24 will be subject to a young drivers surcharge of $28 AUD plus tax per day.

• Third Party Liability Insurance • Theft Protection • Unlimited Mileage (Restrictions apply) • Premium Location Surcharge • Vehicle Registration Fee • 24-hour Mechanical Breakdown Assistance • GST

RENTAL EXCLUSIONS • Toll charges, fines and violations • All additional items (special equipment paid locally, and subject to local taxes). • Additional Kilometres (where applicable) • Personal Accident/Effects Protection

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW): In the event of a collision or theft of the rental vehicle during the hire, the renter will only be liable for the insurance excess. This represents a renters maximum financial liability, provided they are not contravening the terms of the rental agreement. All information regarding vehicle excess can be found in the Rental Conditions at time of booking. Excess Reduction: The renter can either reduce the excess locally at the depot for a daily charge, or pre-pay and upgrade to Avis’ zero excess product at time of booking. Deposit: Upon pick up, the renter will be required to leave a deposit on a credit card to the value of the vehicles excess. There must be sufficient credit to the vehicles excess to ensure the deposit can be made.

Fuel Policy: Avis vehicles are supplied with a full tank of fuel and must be returned full. Other fuel options may be available when collecting your car. Mileage: In certain locations, there are restrictions of 100kms per day. Each kilometre over this will be charged at 27.5c. These locations include: Broken Hill, Ulladulla, Naracoorte, Olympic Dan Airport, Albany, Esperance, Geraldton Airport, Broome, Carnarvon, Exmouth, Karratha, Kununurra Airport, Newman and Port Headland. Please see the rental conditions at time of booking for full details. Everywhere else has unlimited mileage. One Way Rentals: The one way rental fee is included with Avis for all rentals over three days along the east coast of Australia. For one way rentals in the Northern Territory or Western Australia, please check the Rental Conditions at time of booking. Driving Restrictions: Insurance will be void when driving in prohibited areas. Please see Rental Conditions at time of booking for full details. Special Equipment: Special equipment – child and booster seats, sat nav – is on a request basis and is payable locally.

AVIS NEW ZEALAND RENTAL INCLUSIONS

TERMS & CONDITIONS

• Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)

Driver Requirements: All drivers must be aged 21 years or above, and have held a full and valid driving license for a minimum of two years.

• Third Party Liability Insurance • Unlimited Mileage • 24-hour Mechanical Breakdown Assistance • GST

RENTAL EXCLUSIONS • Toll charges, fines and violations • All additional items (special equipment paid locally, and subject to local taxes). • Personal Accident/Effects Protection • Airport/Ferry Fee

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW): In the event of a collision or theft of the rental vehicle during the hire, the renter will only be liable for the insurance excess. This represents a renters maximum financial liability, provided they are not contravening the terms of the rental agreement. All information regarding vehicle excess can be found in the Rental Conditions at time of booking. Excess Reduction: The renter can reduce the excess locally at the depot for a daily charge. Deposit: Upon pick up, the renter will be required to leave a deposit on a credit card of $100 NZD plus any optional extra purchased at the time. Fuel Policy: Avis vehicles are supplied with a full tank of fuel and must be returned full. Other fuel options may be available when collecting your car. Airport/Ferry Fee: An Airport/Wharf Fee of $45.00 NZD plus tax per hire will apply for all hires commencing or terminating at an airport or ferry location. This surcharge is payable directly to Avis at the time of rental. Please see Rental Conditions at time of booking.

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One Way Rentals: The one way rental fee is included with Avis for all rentals over seven days. Rentals which are one way and less than 7-days will be subject to a one-way fee of $50.00 plus GST and will be payable directly to Avis. Multi-Island Hire: Customers wishing to travel between the North and South Islands are not permitted to take Avis rental vehicles on the Inter islander Ferry across Cook Strait. When travelling between islands, changeover vehicles are supplied in Wellington in the North Island, and Picton on the South Island. To ensure the next vehicle is available at the ferry terminal, Avis needs to be advised of the cross over date a minimum ten days before the rental commences. These dates must be provided to ensure availability of vehicles in both islands. Please see the Rental Conditions at time of booking for further information. Driving Restrictions: Insurance will be void when driving in prohibited areas. Please see Rental Conditions at time of booking for full details. Special Equipment: Special equipment – child and booster seats, sat nav – is on a request basis and is payable locally.


Part of the enjoyment of travelling abroad is experiencing a different way of life. Please remember though, that it may also mean experiencing different (and possibly lower) safety and hygiene standards from those we are used to in the UK. You must therefore bear this in mind and take care while you are away. Please read on.

BALCONIES Please note the heights of some balconies may be lower and the gaps between the vertical rails wider than expected. If you are travelling with young children, please ensure that they are not left unsupervised on balconies. Keep balcony furniture away from the railings so that they are not encouraged to climb up. Note in some cases hoteliers have been requested to allocate bookings with young children around 6 years of age or under into ground floor rooms only. GLASS PANELS The majority of hotels or apartments are not obliged to install “toughened” or safety glass in their windows, doors, glass cabinets, etc. Please take particular care and ensure children are made aware that when walking through patio doors glass, especially in bright sunlight, can be difficult to spot if the door/window is closed. FIRE SAFETY Different countries have different fire safety regulations and procedures. Please read carefully any fire safety information available in your hotel room apartment or ask at reception for more information. When you first arrive, please make sure you familiarise yourself with the location of the fire exit nearest to your room/apartment. If there are battery operated smoke/other detectors in your room/apartment please make sure the same are working. If in doubt ask reception to assist. BATHROOMS, RECEPTION AREAS & WALKWAYS Few hotels and apartments overseas provide non-slip mats in their baths and showers. Also, as bathroom floors, reception areas and other walkways overseas are often tiles, please take extra care to ensure you do not slip when these areas become wet. LIFTS Never allow young children to travel inside any lift without an adult. SWIMMING POOLS/WATER SLIDES ETC You will find that most hotels and apartments abroad do not employ a lifeguard. You therefore need to adopt a sensible attitude around the pool and make sure children and non-swimmers in your party are supervised at all times by you/an appropriate adult, even when using the kids pool or kids pool section of a main pool. Diving is discouraged but if you do please check that the water is deep enough and take particular note of any depth markings. Take care when walking around the pool, as pool surrounds are often slippery when wet. You should not enter the pool after drinking alcohol. Familiarise yourself and your party with all of the notices around the pool together with any ‘pool rules’ and opening times.. Tips to aid safety when using the swimming pool: • Always check the pool design and layout before getting in. • Always shower before entering the pool water. • Check your height in relation to the pool depth.

Booking Conditions We are Travel 2 Limited (company registration number 01594460) (“We”, “us” and “our”) of Glendale House, Glendale Business Park, Sandycroft, Nr Chester, CH5 2DL. In these Booking Conditions references to “you” and “your” include the first named person on the booking and all persons on whose behalf a booking is made or any other person to whom a booking is transferred. A ‘package’, ‘organiser’ and ‘lack of conformity’ have the same meaning as in the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 and ‘arrangements’ are all the holiday, tour and other arrangements detailed on your confirmation (including any additions or amendments). Our obligations to you will vary depending upon whether we package arrangements for you, or act as an agent for another travel supplier. References to packages in these Booking Conditions are to packages for which We are the organiser, and if we sell you arrangements on behalf of another travel supplier as an agent, your contract will be with that supplier, and we shall only have responsibility to you in accordance with section 12(A)(ii) of these Booking Conditions. Accuracy of information We endeavour to ensure the accuracy of all the information and prices in our advertising material. However, occasionally changes and errors do arise and we reserve the right to correct them in such circumstances. You must check the current price and all other information relating to the arrangements that you wish to book before your booking is confirmed. Furthermore, we will not be liable for booking errors which are attributable to you or which are caused by unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances as defined in clause 9. 1. Our agreement You will receive information about the main characteristics of your arrangements before a binding agreement between you and us comes into existence. That information, these conditions together with our Privacy Notice and any other written information we brought to your attention before we confirmed your booking, form the basis of your contract with us. Please read them carefully as they set out our respective rights and obligations. By making a booking, you agree to be bound by all of them. The key terms of our agreement are:-

• Find out where the deep and shallow areas are, plus any slopes. • Check for any “hidden” obstacles in the water (e.g.…. rocks, ledges). • Never dive from the pool side into less than 1.5m of water, and never dive from bridges, rocks, or other decorative features. • Check to see if the pool has a lifeguard in attendance. If so, when? • If using a water slide, ensure you and any children in your care leave a safe gap between descents and that when at the bottom move away quickly from the discharge area. • Do not use the pool if you cannot see the bottom. • Swim before eating and drinking, not immediately after. • Check what to do in an emergency. If it is not stated, ask. • Always supervise children, especially if the kid’s pool is close to the main pool or is a section of the main pool. • Do not swim at night (or when the pool is closed). • If you or anyone in your party is or has been ill recently with a stomach upset or diarrhoea, avoid using the pool. • Remember to always use adequate protection against the sun’s rays. SEA/BEACHES At times, especially during rough conditions, dangerous currents may be present. Please be aware that not all beaches will have a lifeguard in attendance. Please follow the flag warning signals available on most beaches and swim in the designated areas. Be especially careful if you have small children. Tips to aid safety when using the sea and beaches: • Familiarise yourself with the local flag warning system. • See local advice on the safest beaches. • Check to see if the beach has a lifeguard in attendance. • Swim parallel to the shore, within your depth. • Beware of local conditions (e.g. tides, winds, currents) seek advice. • Supervise children at all times. • Swim before eating and drinking, not immediately after. • Do not swim at night. • Find out what the appropriate emergency procedure is. • Beware of any “zones” for power boats, jet skis etc. • Remember to always use adequate protection against the sun’s rays. SPORT AND ACTIVITY Adequate travel insurance is essential. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is suitable and adequate for your particular needs. Please therefore ensure that the insurance policy you/members of your party have is suitable and adequate for your particular needs and will cover you in the event of a sports/activity accident. Some activities are deemed more dangerous and are NOT covered or carry a higher premium. Please therefore ensure that you read the policy and if you are unsure, ask.

Key terms 1. You will enter into a binding contract with us when we issue our confirmation. If you then cancel your arrangements, you will be required to pay cancellation charges up to 100% of the cost of your arrangement, depending on how long before travel you cancel, and/or the terms and conditions of the suppliers whose services make up your arrangements 2. You can make changes to your confirmed arrangements in certain circumstances. We will make a charge for processing these changes; 3. We may make changes to and cancel your confirmed arrangements but we will provide suitable alternatives and pay you compensation in certain circumstances if we do so; 4. We are responsible for making sure your confirmed arrangements are not performed negligently but there are some limits on and exceptions to this. All bookings must be made via one of our authorised travel agents. The party leader must be at least 18, and must be authorised to make the booking on the basis of these Booking Conditions by all persons named on the booking. In making the booking, the party leader confirms that he/she is so authorised and that all party members agree to be bound by these Booking Conditions. The party leader is responsible for making all payments due to us. Subject to the availability of all component parts of your requested arrangements and receipt by your travel agent of all applicable payments, Our agreement becomes binding when we issue a confirmation, either directly to you or via any agent we have authorised to act on our behalf. Please check all details on the confirmation (or any other document issued) immediately on receipt. It may not be possible to make changes to your arrangements later so you should notify us of any inaccuracies in any documentation as soon as reasonably possible after you receive them. It may harm your rights and ability to travel if you don’t. The suppliers whose services make up your arrangements make those supplies in accordance with their own terms and conditions which will also form part of your agreement with us. Some of these terms and conditions may limit or exclude the supplier’s liability to you, usually in accordance with applicable International Conventions. Copies of the relevant parts of these terms and conditions are available on request from ourselves or the supplier concerned. 2. Payment You must make payment for your arrangements in accordance with the instructions given by our agent. If we do not receive any payment due in full and on time, we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled by you

MOPEDS Due to varying road conditions overseas, we do not recommend moped hire. Should you still decide to hire a moped, we strongly advise that you wear a crash helmet at all times and to wear appropriate clothing and footwear whilst driving. You should take out full insurance cover. GAS For those of you staying in accommodation with gas installations, please remember: When gas is alight the room should be ventilated. If you are not sure of adequate ventilation then please leave a window or door slightly open. If there are battery operated detectors in your room/ apartment, please make sure the same are working and if in doubt ask reception to assist. When you leave your accommodation always ensure that the gas has been turned off. As an extra precaution for bottled gas, please also ensure that you turn it off at the bottle neck. Please do not use gas rings or ovens for heating your accommodation. They are for cooking only. If you detect any faults with gas appliances, please switch them off immediately and report them to a representative and reception.

H E A LT H & S A F E T Y I N F O R M AT I O N

Towards a safe and healthy holiday...

BOOKING CONDTIONS ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES Please remember that it is dangerous to use electrical appliances when wearing a wet bathing costume or with bare feet on wet floors. For your own safety, please exercise proper caution when handling electrical appliances and supervise closely any children who are doing so. Please report any electrical defects to your representative and the hotel reception as soon as you can.

CHILD SAFETY Please remember that young children should never be left unsupervised, particularly around the swimming pool, on the balcony, near the lifts and in the children’s playgrounds. Make sure that your children always know where you will be and stress to them the importance of staying close by. FOOD/DRINKS/ILLNESS We would always recommend that you drink bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. Always be sure that food is properly cooked or properly chilled and that salads and unpeeled fruits have been thoroughly washed. If in doubt, do not eat it, and try not to over indulge. If you or any member of your party is ill ensure that a doctor is seen locally, and that you inform your accommodation provider and/or Travel company during your stay. COTS AND HIGHCHAIRS Safety requirements vary from country to country. Please check before using a cot or highchair that you are happy with the safety standard and condition of it. If you have cause for concern please report it to your representative or to reception. PERSONAL SAFETY Please take care of your valuables at all times, particularly when out and about in the resort. Most holiday destinations have their share of pickpockets. We would advise that you use a safety deposit box if you can, and limit the amount of cash you carry. Remember to lock your doors at night and when you go out during the day, as you would at home. TRAVEL ADVICE The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has up-to-date advice on health and safety across the globe, as well as local laws, and passport and visa information. Please check https://travelaware. campaign.gov.uk/ regularly for updates ahead of travel, as the advice can change.

in which case the cancellation charges set out in clause 7 below will become payable. Any money paid to an authorised agent of ours in respect of a booking including flights is held by that agent on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust at all times, but subject to the agent’s obligation to pay it to us for as long as we do not fail financially. If we do fail financially, any money held at that time by the agent or subsequently accepted from the consumer by the agent, is and continues to be held by that agent on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust without any obligation to pay that money to us. 3. Insurance It is a condition of our agreement that you are covered by adequate travel insurance for your arrangements. Such insurance as a minimum must cover your losses sustained as a result of cancellation, medical issues, and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. Details of a policy suitable to cover your arrangements are available by contacting your travel agent. If you choose to travel without adequate insurance cover, we will not be liable for any of your losses howsoever arising, in respect of which insurance cover would otherwise have been available. 4. Special requests Special requests relating to your arrangements must be advised to your travel agent at the time of booking. Whilst we will try meet or arrange your reasonable special requests, we cannot guarantee that they will be fulfilled. If we are able to specifically confirm a special request or requirement, we will do so on our confirmation but where requests or requirements have not been so confirmed in writing on our confirmation, a failure to meet them will not be a breach of contract on our part. 5. Disabilities and medical problems Many of the arrangements which we sell are generally suitable for persons with reduced mobility, but if you or any member of your party has any precise medical problem or disability which may affect your chosen arrangements, please provide us with full details before we issue our confirmation. We will only provide precise information on the suitability of the trip or holiday taking into account your needs if you specifically request us to do so. Acting reasonably, if we are unable to properly accommodate your needs, we will not confirm your booking and/or if you did not give us full details at the time of booking, we will treat it as cancelled by you when we become aware of these details.

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BOOKING CONDTIONS 6. The price you pay We reserve the right to amend the price of unsold holiday arrangements at any time and correct errors in the prices of confirmed arrangements. The price of your confirmed arrangements is subject to variations which occur solely as a direct consequence of changes in:(a) the price of the carriage of passengers resulting from the cost of fuel or other power sources; or (b) the level of taxes or fees on your confirmed arrangements imposed by third parties not directly involved in the performance of the package, including, but not limited to, tourist taxes, landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports. Price variations will be calculated by applying the cost differential we experience as a result of the above factors. Prices may go up or down and we will notify you about any variation by sending you a calculation explaining the variation no less than 20 days before you are due to depart. If your arrangements are a package, and if that means that you have to pay an increase of more than 8% of the price of your arrangements (excluding any insurance premiums, amendment charges and/or additional services), we will offer you the options in clause 8. In respect of Packages we will absorb, and you will not be charged for, any increase equivalent to 2% of the price of your arrangements, which excludes insurance premiums and any amendment charges. If prices go down as a result of the above factors, we will make a reflective refund, but we will also deduct our administrative expenses from what is owed to you and this may extinguish the value of the refund due. Also, note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on price due to contractual protections in place. 7. Changes and cancellations by you If you wish to make any changes to your arrangements after they have been confirmed, including if you wish to cancel all or some of them, you must inform us as soon as possible. Your notice requesting a change or cancellation will only take effect when it is received in writing by us at our offices and will be effective from the date on which we receive it. We can’t guarantee that changes can be met, although we will do our best to assist. Since we incur costs in cancelling or changing your arrangements, all such changes and cancellations will be subject to the charges below. Where we are unable to assist with making a requested change and you do not wish to proceed with the original booking, we will treat this as a cancellation by you. You may cancel any package arrangements prior to their commencement (following the process outlined above) in the event that i) circumstances amounting to unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances (as set out in clause 9) are occurring at the place where your arrangements are due to be performed or its immediate vicinity; ii) those circumstances make it impossible to travel safely to the travel destination, and; iii) the performance of your arrangements will be significantly affected by those unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances. We will refer to and take into consideration Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidance when determining whether your booking is affected. In this event, you will receive a refund without undue delay of any payments made but this the maximum extent of our liability and we regret we cannot meet any other expenses or losses you may incur as a result. If any member of your party is prevented from travelling, that person(s) may transfer their place to someone else (introduced by you and satisfying all the conditions applicable to the arrangements, including an agreement to these booking conditions) providing we are notified in writing not less than seven days before departure and you pay an amendment fee and meet all costs and charges incurred by us and/or incurred or imposed by us or any of our suppliers. Both you and the person to whom you would like to transfer your arrangements shall be jointly and severally liable for the payment of any balance due and for any additional fees, charges or other costs arising from the transfer. If you are unable to find a replacement, cancellation charges as set out below will apply in order to cover our estimated costs. Otherwise, no refunds will be given for passengers not travelling or for unused services. For flight inclusive bookings, most airlines do not permit name changes after tickets have been issued for any reason, you will have to pay the full cost of an alternative flight (if available) if you wish to transfer after tickets have been issued. Please note that where an outbound portion of your flight coupon is not used, the return sector will be automatically cancelled by the airline and will be classed as void. No automatic right to any refund exists for such part-used tickets. Charges in the event of a cancellation If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim the charges below. We will deduct the cancellation charge(s) from any monies you have already paid to us. a. Packages and Accommodation-only In the event of a cancellation, you will have to pay the applicable cancellation charges up to the maximum shown below (The cancellation charge detailed is calculated on the basis of the total cost payable by the person(s) cancelling excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges which are not refundable in the event of the person(s) to whom they apply cancelling):Time we receive your Cancellation charge Cancellation charge notice to cancel (Package Holidays) (Accommodation Only) before departure More than 70 days before departure Loss of deposit Loss of deposit 70 to 57 days before departure 30% cost of the holiday 30% cost of the holiday (or loss of deposit if greater) (or loss of deposit if greater) 56 to 29 days before departure 50% cost of the holiday 50% cost of the holiday (or loss of deposit if greater) (or loss of deposit if greater) 28 to 15 days before departure 80% cost of the holiday 80% of the total cost (or loss of deposit if greater) (or loss of deposit if greater) 14 to 0 days before departure 100% cost of the holiday 100% cost of accommodation The cancellation charges as set out in the table above apply to all bookings except where a booking includes items or services where the supplier’s cancellation charges exceed those shown above. Please enquire at the time of booking as up to 100% cancellation charges may apply from the time of booking. In the event of cancellation by some but not all party members, additional charges may be payable (for example, where a twin or double room will only be occupied by one person). Any such additional charges must be paid at the time of cancellation or with the balance of the cost of the arrangements as advised. b. Other Travel Arrangements including Flight-only If you need to cancel you must contact your travel agent. Cancellation charges vary depending upon the services booked and will be higher the later you cancel. Except as described below in respect of car rental, a minimum

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cancellation fee of £50 will apply regardless of the value of the service cancelled. In some cases it may not be possible to offer any refunds for certain services such as air tickets once a booking has been made. The cancellation charge of flight only bookings will be 100% of the cost of the booking. Please ensure that you are certain of the fees applicable to your booking by asking your travel agent or us before proceeding to book your arrangements. Air tickets returned to us for a refund are subject to an administration fee of £50 per ticket. Refunds will not be paid by us until they have been received by us from the relevant airline or consolidator. Car Rental: There is no charge to change/cancel car hire-only bookings more than 24 hours before departure. Cancellations 24 hours or less before departure will incur 100% cancellation charge. If you fail to cancel your reservation prior to the pick-up time and do not collect the vehicle on the pickup date, or if you fail to comply with the pick-up terms (please see car suppliers website for full terms and conditions), we reserve the right to make a ‘no-show’ charge of 100% of the total car rental booking value and un-used or part-used car hire rental will be non-refundable.

arrangements in accordance with this clause, where appropriate and only where your arrangements are a package, we will pay you compensation subject to section B of clause 12. Where we are unable to ensure your return from a package as agreed because of unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances defined in clause 9, we will bear the cost of necessary accommodation if possible of equivalent category for a period not exceeding (a) 3 nights per traveller (exceptions apply in respect of persons with reduced mobility and people travelling with them, pregnant women and unaccompanied minors, as well as persons in need of specific medical assistance, provided that we have been notified of their particular needs at least 48 hours before the start of the package); or (b) where a different period is specified in any passenger rights legislation applicable to the relevant means of transport for your return, for the period specified in that legislation. The above sets out the maximum extent of our liability for changes and cancellations and we regret we cannot meet any other expenses or losses you may incur as a result of any change or cancellation.

Charges in the event of a change In the event we can meet your requested change, you will have to pay £50 per person per change as well as any applicable rate changes or extra costs incurred as well as any costs incurred by ourselves and any costs or charges incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers. Note: Certain arrangements may not be amended after they have been confirmed and any alteration or cancellation could incur a charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements in addition to the charges above.

Changes and cancellations to all other bookings by the supplier We will inform you of any changes or cancellations to arrangements we have sold you as agent for other suppliers as soon as reasonably possible. If the supplier offers alternative arrangements or refund, you will need to let us know your choice within the time frame stipulated by the supplier. If you fail to do so the supplier is entitled to assume you wish to receive a full refund. We accept no liability for any changes or cancellations made to your arrangements by the supplier under your contract with them.

8. Changes and cancellation by us Where we refer to a ‘price reduction’ in this clause, we mean that we will give you an appropriate reduction in the price you paid for the arrangements affected for any period during which there was lack of conformity, (unless that lack of conformity is attributable to you). Where we refer to ‘compensation’, we will pay you appropriate compensation without undue delay for any damage which you sustain as a result of any lack of conformity subject to the limitations and exclusions in section B of clause 12. Changes and cancellations to package arrangements before departure Most changes will be insignificant and we reserve the right to make them. We will have no other responsibilities to you in respect of any insignificant changes. Examples of “insignificant changes” made before departure include the following: - A change of outward departure time or overall length of your arrangements of twelve hours or less. - A change of accommodation to another of the same standard or classification. Occasionally we may have to make a significant change to your confirmed arrangements and we reserve the right to do so. A significant change is one where we significantly alter any essential element of your arrangements (other than the price) owing to circumstances beyond our control. Examples of “significant changes” made before departure include, but are not limited to, the following: - A change of accommodation resort for the whole or a significant part of your time away. - A change of accommodation to that of a lower standard or classification for the whole or a significant part of your time away. - A change of outward departure time or overall length of your arrangements of twelve hours or more. - A significant change to your itinerary, missing out one or more destination entirely. - Where we or our supplier can no longer fulfil any special requirements that we have accepted and confirmed on our confirmation invoice and this will have a significant impact on your arrangements. - Where we increase the price of your arrangements by more than 8% of the price of your arrangements (excluding any insurance premiums, amendment charges and/or additional services). If we have to make a significant change or cancel before departure, we will inform you without undue delay and if there is time to do so before departure, we will offer you the choice of the following options:i (for significant changes) agreeing to the changed arrangements, ii accepting the cancellation or terminating the contract for the arrangements and receiving a refund (without undue delay) of all monies paid; or iii accepting an offer of alternative arrangements of comparable standard from us, if available. (In the event that any proposed change or alternative offered results in a reduction or increase in the price you have agreed to pay or an increase or decrease in the quality of arrangements we have agreed to provide, we will also notify you of any price reduction or additional amount due). You must notify us of your choice within 7 days of our offer. If you fail to do so, we will contact you again, re-iterating the above choices and sums payable or refundable and if you again fail to respond within 7 days, we may terminate the contract and refund all payments made by you without undue delay. Subject to the exceptions detailed below and where your arrangements are a package, we will where appropriate, pay you reasonable compensation, subject to the limitations and exclusions in section B of clause 12. We will not pay you compensation where:i) we make a significant change or cancel before you have paid the final balance of the cost of your arrangements; ii) we make a significant change or cancel as a result of unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances as set out in clause 9; iii) we cancel your arrangements no later than 20 days before they are due to start because the minimum number of participants to run them has not been reached. We will not make a price reduction or pay you compensation; and the above options will not be available where:i) we make an insignificant change; ii) we cancel as a result of any failure by you (including a failure to make payment in accordance with these terms); iii) where the change(s) or cancellation by us arises out of alterations to the confirmed booking requested by you. Changes and cancellations to package arrangements after departure If we become unable to provide a significant proportion of your package arrangements after you have departed, we will try to offer you suitable alternative arrangements of, where possible, equivalent or higher quality than those specified in the contract. If the alternative arrangements we make are of a lower quality than those you originally booked, we will make a price reduction. Where our original agreement included return transport we will also provide you with equivalent transport back to your place of departure without undue delay or additional cost. You may reject the proposed alternative arrangements only if they are not comparable to what we originally promised to provide or if the price reduction we offer is inadequate. Where we are unable to make suitable alternative arrangements or you reject the proposed alternative

9. Unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions we will not be liable or pay you a price reduction or compensation if our contractual obligations to you are affected by unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the party who seeks to rely on them which we or the supplier(s) of the service(s) in question could not avoid even if all reasonable measures had been taken. These events can include, but are not limited to war, threat of war, civil strife, terrorist activity and its consequences or the threat of such activity, riot, the act of any government or other national or local authority including port or river authorities, industrial dispute, lock closure, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, chemical or biological disaster and adverse weather, sea, ice and river conditions and all similar events outside our or the supplier(s) concerned’s control. Advice from the Foreign Office to avoid or leave a particular country may constitute unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances. Assistance to those travelling on a package in the event of difficulty or unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances Where you have booked a package, we will provide appropriate assistance without undue delay in the event that you experience difficulty including where you are unable to return to your agreed point of departure because of unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances as set out in this clause 9. Such assistance will extend to providing appropriate information on health services, local authorities and consular assistance; and helping you to make distance communications and to find alternative travel arrangements. We will charge a reasonable fee for such assistance if the difficulty is caused by you intentionally or as a result of your act or omission. In the event such assistance is needed please contact custr@travel.com or call 0141 226 6222. 10. Complaints If you experience difficulty or lack of conformity during your holiday, you must inform us without undue delay so that we can take steps to assist you or put things right, if you fail to do so we will be unable to consider any claim for refund or compensation. You should also contact us by emailing custr@travel2. com or call 0141 226 6222. If your complaint remains unresolved and you wish to complain further, please send formal written notice of your complaint to us within 28 days of the end of your arrangements, giving your booking reference and all other relevant information. Failure to follow the procedure set out in this clause may affect ours and the applicable supplier’s ability to investigate your complaint, and could affect your rights under our agreement. 11. Your behaviour If in our reasonable belief or opinion or in the reasonable belief or opinion of any person in authority, your behaviour is jeopardising the safety of aircraft, people or property therein or good order and discipline on board; or is causing or is likely to cause distress, danger, damage or annoyance to any third party or property, or to cause a delay or diversion to transportation, we reserve the right to terminate your arrangements immediately. In the event of such termination our responsibilities to you will cease and you will be required to leave your accommodation or other service immediately. We will have no further obligations to you and will not meet any expenses, costs or losses incurred as a result. You may also be required to pay for loss and/or damage caused by your actions directly to the applicable supplier prior to departure from the service. If you fail to do so, you will be responsible for meeting any claims and costs subsequently made against us as a result. 12. Our Responsibility Where we refer to a ‘price reduction’ in this clause, we mean that we will give you an appropriate reduction in the price you paid for the arrangements affected for any period during which there was lack of conformity, (unless that lack of conformity is attributable to you). Where we refer to ‘compensation’, we will pay you appropriate compensation without undue delay for any damage which you sustain as a result of any lack of conformity subject to the limitations and exclusions in section B of this clause 12. A. Our responsibilities differ according to what you have booked: (i) In relation to bookings of Packages We accept responsibility as an “organiser” under the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018. Subject to these booking conditions, if we fail to arrange or perform your package arrangements in accordance with our agreement, we will remedy any resulting lack of conformity. If that is impossible or entails disproportionate costs (taking into account the extent of the lack of conformity and the value of the arrangements affected), we will instead pay you compensation subject to clause B of this clause. (ii) In relation to all other bookings In respect of all other bookings, we act as agent for other suppliers. We have a duty to select the suppliers of the services making up your booking with us using reasonable skill and care. Except as stated otherwise in these terms, we have no liability to you for the actual provision of the services, except in cases where it