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Nekaj uvodnih besed Več kot desetletje je minilo, odkar je STA Ljubljana zavzela mesto na slovenskem prostoru ponujanja letalskih kart in drugih potovalnih storitev. V tem času smo osrednji ponudbi letalskih kart dodali nove storitve in širili svojo dejavnost na druge trge. Tako se danes lahko pohvalimo, da smo vodilna agencija za prodajo študentskih letalskih kart v Sloveniji, urejanja študentskega dela v tujini, pridobitve mednarodnih študentskih izkaznic ISIC in drugih storitev, ki obsegajo avanturistična potovanja mladih in mladih po srcu. Filozofija, ki sta jo v začetkih vcepila v podjetje ustanovitelja, se tekom let ni spremenila. Glavna načela in vrednote tako obsegajo ponujanje storitev „ob najnižjih cenah, do najvišje ravni kakovosti“. To načelo se je utrdilo skozi izkušnje, ki smo jih ustvarili v desetletju delovanja. S ponosom se pohvalimo, da so vse ravni poslovanja STA Ljubljana zaznamovane z najvišjo ravnjo kakovosti. Eno izmed načel agencije STA Ljubljana je pomagati popotnikom odkrivati še tako oddaljene kotičke sveta. Pri svojih programih gremo še korak dlje od klasičnih turističnih paketov in s tem omogočamo doživljanje resničnega vsakdana, ki se odvija tam daleč, onkraj meja Slovenije in Evrope. Od ranih dni obratovanja sledimo načelu, da spoznavanje naravnih znamenitosti, kultur in ljudi obogati vsakega potnika, v vseh vidikih življenja. Resnična šola se skriva v potovanjih, kjer v interakcijah z neznanci in v nepričakovanih situacijah odkrivamo in krepimo svoj notranji jaz. Nič ni boljšega kot odpreti oči in zajahati val potovanj! Iz omenjenih načel strmimo k storitvam, ki se razlikujejo od ostalih konkurentov. Vedno več ljudi v sodobnem svetu, ki je zaznamovan s hitrim tempom, želi ravno to: potovanja, ki omogočajo odmik od domačega vsakdana na eni strani in na drugi spoznavanje sveta na način, ki se razlikuje od klasičnih oblik potovanja. To dodano vrednost integriramo v vse svoje storitve in smo jo razvili skozi skrbno analizo povratnih informacij naših potnikov. STA Ljubljana je tako pravi naslov za začetek procesa odkrivanja sveta. Nudili ti bomo vse storitve, ki jih boš na tem procesu življenjskega učenja potreboval. Odpravi se na pot - svet je tvoj in čaka, da ga raziščeš!

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Delovne poˇcitnice Kako na okrog

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Vzhodna obala New South Wales Sydney Sydney plaže Byron Bay Queensland Gold Coast Brisbane &t Sunshine Coast Fraser Island Airlie plaža & Whitsundays Hamilton Island Cairns Northern Cairns plaže & Port Douglas

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Severna & Zahodna Avstralija Severni teritorij Red Centre Darwin Zahodna Avstralija Perth Broome

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Južna Avstralija Victoria Melbourne Južna Avstralija Adelaide Tasmanija Hobart & Launceston

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Delovne poˇcitnice Kako na okrog

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Južni otok Queenstown Christchurch & Kaikoura Južni otok

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Fiji Nadi Bay Coral Coast & Pacific Harbour Ostali otoki

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Cookovi otoki

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Zakaj STA Ljubljana in STA Koper 7 razlogov zakaj z nami na pot Odleti kamor si želiš! Nacrt potovanja Na kaj moram biti še posebej pozoren Razpri krila Potovanje, ki ga ne boš pozabil Bodi v stiku z STA Ljubljana in STA Koper Zavarovanje rizika odpovedi Pogoji poslovanja


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Zakaj STA Ljubljana in STA Koper Blagovni znamki STA Ljubljana in STA Koper sta med slovenskimi potniki že dobro

študentom odprla vrata do dela v tujini. S programom Work Experience CCUSA

poznani. Za vse tiste, ki pri iskanju letalskih kart, mednarodnih študentskih izkaznic,

sodelujemo že vrsto let in vsako let omogočimo študentom, da se odpravijo na delo

dela v tujini in avanturističnih potovanj še niste naleteli na naše podjetje, dovolite,

v tako zaželene ZDA. Radi se pohvalimo, da smo edina organizacija, ki omogoča

da vam svetujemo, zakaj v prihodnje kontaktirajte tudi nas.

študentom pridobiti delo v Ameriki. Delu v ZDA pa v zadnjem času družbo delajo tudi delo v Londonu, Kanadi in Novi Zelandiji. Daljše bivanje in delo v tuji državi še dodatno

Letalska industrija je v zadnjih 20. letih naredila neverjeten preskok. Letenje še

obogati študenta z izkušnjami, ki jih bo uveljavljal pri iskanju dela v domovini.

nikoli ni bilo tako enostavno kot sedaj. Globalizacija, izdelava letal, ki lahko letijo dlje in prenašajo še več potnikov ter povečana potreba po zapustitvi domačega

Seveda pa so tu tudi poletni kampi za najmlajše in za najstnike. Staršem

okolja, je pripeljala do tega, da je letalsko karto moč pridobiti v nekaj minutah,

omogočamo, da pospremijo svoje otroke v poletne kampe po Evropi, kjer bodo s

na številnih lokacijah. Slovenija od tega hitrega razvoja ni bila izvzeta in zavedamo

prijatelji iz celega sveta, preživeli neverjetne počitnice. Izpostavili bi naš hit: Camp

se, da je ponudba letalskih kart pestra. A do študentskih in drugih cenejših letalskih

California na Hrvaškem je že vrsto let naša glavna ponudba, kjer otroci med 8-17

kart dostop vendarle ni tako lahek. Potrebna so številna poslovna sodelovanja, ki

letom starosti preživljajo poletje v ameriškem stilu.

pa smo jih skozi leta delovanja razvili in utrdili. Tako smo ena redkih lokacij, kjer ti najdemo najugodnejšo letalsko povezavo do želene destinacije. Ali je odhod iz

V sodelovanju s partnerji pa ponujamo prave avanturistične potovalne pakete, na

Benetk, Dunaja, Zagreba, Budimpešte ali pa Ljubljane, do izbrane destinacije te

katerih se spozna še tako odročne in širši javnosti prikrite destinacije.

bomo pripeljali z najbolj ugodno povezavo. Vsem tem pa dodamo še možnost sklenitve zavarovanj, nakup potovalnih Letalske karte pa niso edini pripomoček, ki je potreben za odkrivanje sveta. Za študente

pripomočkov in drugih storitev, ki jih boš potreboval na potovanju. Seveda pa so ti

in mlade izdajamo mednarodne študentske izkaznice ISIC, ki nudijo popuste na številnih

ves čas na voljo tudi potovalne informacije in nasveti.

prodajnih mestih tako v Sloveniji kot drugod po svetu in omogočajo, da se identificiraš na Smo pravi naslov za potovalne informacije in storitve. Naša misija je narediti kotičke

svoji poti kot študent. Ne odlašaj, priskrbi si svojo ISIC izkaznico še danes.

sveta dostopne vsem Slovencem, predvsem pa avanturizma željnim mladostnikom. Kontaktiraj nas, z veseljem ti bomo predstavili vse zanimive lastnosti potovanj.

S padcem meja in uveljavljanjem Slovenije kot visoko razvite države so se našim

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Izkušeno osebje

Prijazno in visoko usposobljeno osebje, ti bo s svojimi izkušnjami pomagalo pri kreiranju potovanj.

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Zagotovljene najnižje cene

Sprememba datumov letalskih kart je pri nas enostavna in ugodna.

Potrudili se bomo, da najdemo najnižje cene letalskih kart.

Fleksibilne letalske karte

4. Poletna dela v ZDA in drugod po svetu

STA Ljubljana je center izkušenj in nasvetov za študentska dela v tujini.

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Razvita mreža partnerstev

Sodelujemo le z vrhunskimi, v potovalni industriji dobro poznanimi poslovnimi partnerji.

6. Prikrojena ponudba na želje potnikov

Naj bo tvoje potovanje še tako zapleteno, ustvarili ti bomo pot, ki bo potekala po tvojih željah.

7. Potovalna asistenca

Ko si na poti, ti bodo naši agentje na voljo celoten cas potovanja.

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Odleti kamor si želiš! Ne le da nudimo najbolj ugodne letalske karte, veliko naših letalskih kart je tudi ekskluzivnih, kar pomeni, da jih je mogoče dobiti le pri nas in ne pri drugih agencijah ali spletu. Najdemo ti letalske povezave tako za enostavne lete kot tudi za zahtevne lete okoli sveta.

Ekskluzivne letalske karte: • Najnižje cene letalskih kart za študente nosilce ISIC izkaznice, mlade pod 26. letom starosti, ki so nosilci izkaznice IYTC in učitelje, ki imajo izkaznico ITIC; • Možnost spremembe datumov in poti pred in po odhodu; • „Open jaw letalske karte“ – prileti na en kraj, odleti iz drugega; • Letalske karte, ki veljajo vse tja do 18 mesecev in tako omogočajo, da po svetu potuješ dalj časa in v še bolj odročne kraje; • Obišči našo spletno stran in profil na Facebooku za zadnje vroče ponudbe.

Najboljša cena! Že od vsega začetka se trudimo potnikom poiskati najnižjo ceno za izbrano destinacijo. Osebje STA Ljubljana in STA Koper pozna vse trike, ki jih zahteva iskanje letalskih kart, zato ti je ugodna letalska karta v večini primerov zagotovljena. Kontaktiraj nas in potrudili se bomo, da pripravimo letalsko povezavo, za katero ti ne bo potrebno seči globoko v žep.

Še nekaj nasvetov, ki vodijo do ugodnih letalskih kart: • Pridobi si ISIC, IYTC ali ITIC s katerimi postaneš upravičen do nakupa študentskih letalskih kart; • Z iskanjem ne odlašaj do zadnjega trenutka, temveč z njim prični kar se da zgodaj; • Pri datumih bodi fleksibilen in v

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kolikor je mogoče, skušaj leteti tekom tedna in ne vikenda; • ne išči lete le iz Slovenije, temveč razširi krog iskanja še na Zagreb, Benetke, Budimpešto itd.

Karte okoli sveta Na tem področju smo pravi strokovnjaki in pravzaprav prvi, ki smo s svojimi partnerji pričeli ponujati to, v zadnjem času vse bolj priljubljeno obliko potovanj. Se želiš na svoji poti okoli sveta zadržati malce dlje v Afriki ali Aziji? Vse želje bomo upoštevali in ti tako sestavili karto, ki bo omogočala doseči vse dele sveta. Vse to ob najnižji ceni!


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Preden se odpravim... 

Kontaktiraj osebje STA Ljubljana ali STA Koper za najugodnejše ponudbe!

Pridobi si ISIC izkaznico, ki nudi popuste na številnih prodajnih mestih širom sveta!

Zagotovi si nastanitev v destinaciji že pred odhodom!

Ne pozabi na zdravstveno zavarovanje!

Pripravi nacrt potovanja Kam na pot?

Nič ni lepšega kot se zavedati, da boš v kratkem zapustil domače okolje in se podal nekam daleč, v neznano. A da bo pot potekala, kot si si zamislil, je potrebno, da si ustvariš podroben načrt poti. Izberi si kraje, ki bi jih na poti rad obiskal in na podlagi izbranih lokacij oblikuj potek potovanja. Želene lokacije izberi skrbno in skladno s svojimi željami. Ali želiš čas preživeti v kozmopolitanskih prestolnicah ali pa v neokrnjeni naravi; skratka, potrebno je, da veš kaj želiš od potovanja. Tako bodo izpolnjena pričakovanja v največji meri in prostora za razočaranja ne bo. Ne pozabi na fotografsko opremo, s

pomočjo katere boš ovekovečil težko pričakovane trenutke. V kolikor pa bi rad na svoji poti pozabil na vsakodnevne obveznosti, se lahko odločiš za poležavanje na eni izmed rajskih plaž, ki ti bodo povrnile vse atome porabljene energije. Ko boš določil motiv svojega potepanja, izbral želene kraje in s tem imel že oblikovan program poti, nas obišči in skupaj bomo program potovanja pripeljali do realizacije.

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Proracun

Pomembno je, da imaš pripravljen okviren proračun, ki si ga pripravljen nameniti za potovanje. Naj se ta giblje 40 € na dan ali pa 100 € na dan, potrebno je, da se zavedaš koliko si pripravljen porabiti za potovanje. S pričetkom potovanja se poraja tudi vprašanje plačilnih sredstev. Plačilne kartice so na potovanjih izredno dobrodošle. Razbremenijo te posedovanja velikih količin denarja in omogočajo nakupe prek spleta. Pravzaprav so plačilne kartice že kar obvezne sestavine potovanj, ki jih potnikom močno svetujemo vzeti s seboj na pot.


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Na kaj moram biti še posebej pozoren  Zdravstveno

zavarovanje

Še tako skrbno pripravljenemu potovanju se lahko pripetijo nevšečnosti. Bolezen, nesreče, vremenske razmere, zamujeni leti, izgubljen potni list ali prtljaga so le nekateri od možnih nezaželenih pripetljajev. Te težave se nam ponavadi pripetijo, ko jih najmanj pričakujemo in lahko povzročijo skrajšanje ali celo odpoved potovanj. Sklenitev rizika odpovedi in zdravstvenega zavarovanja je tako ključnega pomena in nam lahko v primeru nepredvidljivih dogodkov povrne del vloženih sredstev in olajša dostop do zdravstvene oskrbe. V naši ponudbi zdravstvenih zavarovanj imamo na voljo Coris in CareMed ter vam na podlagi izbrane destinacije svetujemo, katero bi bilo najprimernejše.

 Zdravje Vsem, ki se odpravljajo na pot, svetujemo, da pravočasno pridobijo informacije o obveznem cepljenju oz. drugih zdravstvenih napotkih za državo potovanja. Za nekatere države so predhodna cepljenja obvezna in potnikova

odgovornost je, da pridobi informacije o njih. Za dodatne informacije o zdravstveni situaciji izbranih držav svetujemo obisk spletnih strani Ministrstva za zdravje RS in strani Svetovne zdravstvene organizacije.

 Viza Pomembno je, da pred odhodom pridobiš informacije o morebitnih vizumih za vstop v izbrano državo. S padcem meja v Evropski uniji se nam počasi oddaljuje zavedanje za potrebe po vizumih in drugih oblikah dovolilnic za vstope v tuje države. V ostalih predelih sveta pa so ti dokumenti še vedno aktualni, zato je ključno, da se pozanimaš ali za vstop v državo potrebuješ vizum. Svetujemo ti, da si pri zbiranju informacij pomagaš s spletnimi stranmi Ministrstva za zunanje zadeve RS in z diplomatskim ali konzularnim predstavništvom izbrane države.

 Izkaznice ISIC V kolikor si imaš status študenta, si upravičen do mednarodne študentske izkaznice ISIC (International Student Identity Card), s katero lahko uveljavljaš popuste pri nakupih letalskih kart ter

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nastanitev, pri ogledih, nakupih hrane in pijače ter še pri mnogo drugih nakupih doma in po svetu. ISIC je mednarodno priznana študentska izkaznica, ki ti omogoča uveljavljanje popustov na več kot 40.000 prodajnih mestih v več kot 120 državah. Nisi študent? STA Ljubljana in STA Koper nudi vsem učiteljem možnost pridobitve mednarodne učiteljske izkaznice ITIC (International Teacher Identity Card). Mlajšim od 26. leta starosti, ki nimajo statusa študenta, pa izkaznice IYTC (International Youth Travel Card). Bodi ISIC in si priskrbi izkaznico še danes!


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Razpri krila. Kje bivati?

Pogosto se za hotelske in druge oblike namestitev uporablja lestvica v obliki zvezdic: 5 zvezdic pomeni najboljšo namestitev in 1 zvezdica namestitev z osnovnimi potrebščinami. Kot rednim popotnikom se nam je na potovanjih zazdelo, da je taka kategorizacija ohlapna in pogosto ne odraža dejanskega stanja zmogljivosti. Kar predstavljajo 3 zvezdice denimo v afriškem svetu, predstavljajo popolnoma druge ravni standarda v ameriškem svetu. V ta namen, smo oblikovali svojo kategorizacijo hotelov in drugih namestitev, ki jih ponujajo naši poslovni partnerji. Potnik bo tako ob pregledu ponudbe zlahka ugotovil, za kakšno zvrst prenočitvenih zmogljivosti gre.

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Bodi pozoren na programe z oznako + Bonus. Pri njih smo se še posebej potrudili doseči nizko ceno.

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Za vse tiste, ki želite prihraniti svoje prihranke za nadaljnje potovanje na račun prenočitev, so namestitve s to oznako najprimernejše. Ponujajo čiste, udobne in varne nastanitve, povečini v večposteljnih sobah. Pod to kategorijo sodijo mladinski hoteli oz. hostli in nekateri bolj preprosti hoteli.

Hoteli te kategorije so primerni za popotnike, ki si na svoji poti želijo določeno mero ugodja. Hoteli pa kljub udobju, ki ga nudijo, niso pregrešno dragi in tako omogočajo, da se jih lahko poslužuje vsak popotnik.

Hoteli s to oznako nudijo najvišjo raven ugodja, ki si ga tudi najzahtevnejši potnik zamislijo. Zasebni bazen in kadilnica cigar sta le dva primera storitev, ki jih ti hoteli nudijo. Celotno osebje si bo po najboljših močeh prizadevalo, da bivanja v hotelu ne boste nikoli pozabili.

Večina STAy simple nastanitev se nahaja na odlični lokaciji v centru zabavnega in družabnega dogajanja. V teh namestitvah ti osebje pričara še posebej prijetno vzdušje, saj ti bodo pomagali s koristnimi informacijami in ti hkrati svetovali, kje lahko doživiš najbolj pristno izkušnjo lokalnih znamenitosti.

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V večini primerov gre za moderne objekte mednarodnih hotelskih verig. Vse sobe so opremljene s kopalnico, klimo in drugimi sodobnimi pripomočki. Poleg tega pa se bodo potniki lahko poslužili tudi vseh dodatnih zmogljivosti (denimo bazen, fitnes itd.), ki jih hotel omogoča.

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V večini primerov so ti hoteli manjši in tako tudi bolj osebni, kar si najzahtevnejši gostje tudi zaslužijo. Storitve najvišje ravni so zagotovljene na vseh korakih letovanja. Seveda pride odličnost s svojo ceno, ki pa jo potnik ne bo obžaloval.

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Potovanje, ki ga ne boš pozabil Sodelujemo z vodilnimi organizatorji potovanj, ki te bodo s svojimi programi popeljali v najbolj zanimive predele sveta. Vsi partnerji so bili skrbno izbrani in jih odlikujejo podobne vrednote in želje po avanturizmu - kot nas. Od zamisli potovanja, do prihoda nazaj v domovino; vsi deli potovanja so izpeljani z največjo mero kakovosti in odličnosti, kar omogoča realizacijo doživetja, ki si ga želiš.

Adventures Tours Australia je vodilni organizator izletov za manjše skupine po Avstraliji in Novi Zelandiji. Od razburljivih izletov v divjino, do odkrivanja skritih kotičkov velikih mest, v ponudbi imajo širok spekter denarnici prijaznih izletov. Vožnja s štirikolesniki po otoku Fraser, jadralni

izlet skozi Whitsundays, spust s kajaki po čudovitem Doubtful Sound in kolesarjenje po odročni regiji Otago so primeri le nekaterih avanturizma polnih izletov. Izlete naredijo še posebej prijetne lokalni vodniki, ki te bodo opremili z neverjetno mero znanja in tako naredili potovanje še prijetnejše.

Opisi programov v nadaljevanju so označeni z znaki, ki nakazujejo, za kakšen tip potovanja gre. Vsak popotnik ima namreč svoje želje in preference, zato bo ob pregledu omenjenih oznak lahko takoj presodil ali ustreza njegovim kriterijem.

Vživi se v lokalno kulturo in spoznaj pravi pomen potovanj. Preživi noč pod milim nebom, v šotorih ali pa v preprostih hotelih. Programi Explorer povečini nudijo nastanitve s skupnimi zmogljivostmi, medtem ko se pri programih Explorer + skuša zagotoviti zmogljivosti, ki so na voljo vsakemu potniku posebej. Prevoz se giblje od potepanj s štirikolesniki v puščavo, do ozkotirnih železnic. Ta potovanja so namenjena avanturizma željnim popotnikom, ki jim je primarni namen doživljati potovanje z odprtimi rokami. Za vse adrenalinske navdušence, ki so jim raziskovalne odprave in ekspedicije blizu, bodo programi s to oznako predstavljali pravo odločitev. Udeležencem bodo potisnili raven adrenalina in navdušenja preko roba meja. Vožnja z gumenjaki, hoja po visečih mostovih nad deževnimi gozdovi in potapljanje na koralnih grebenih so le nekateri primeri aktivnosti teh priljubljenih programov. Podal se boš v kraje, o katerih navadni popotniki le sanjajo!

So ti še v spominu ekspedicije Camel Trophy? Programi potovanja z oznako Overlander se tem znanim avtomobilističnim turam močno približajo. S terenskimi avtomobili se boste podali v puščavo, gozdove, gorske verige in drugo, avtomobilom neprijazno okolje. Za prečkanje vseh pasti, na katere boste naleteli, bo potrebno združiti moči z ostalimi člani. Timski duh bo tisti, ki vas bo na koncu pripeljal na zaslužen cilj.

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Pridruži se skupinam do 25. potnikov, ki so povečini stari o 18. do 35. leta. Mlada zasedba narekuje malce bolj zabavno potovanje, kjer bo mlad duh prišel do izraza na vseh delih poti. Nastanitev je v hotelih visokega kakovostnega razreda, kateri pa imajo priduh avtentične lokalne kulture. Tako ne bo poskrbljeno le za zabavo, temveč tudi za spoznavanje običajev, zgodovine in tradicije. Daj možgane na „off“ in se popelji z nami po svetovnih znamenitostih.

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TOP 6

5

3

4

6

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AMAZING EXPERIENCES

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2

3

Spend christmas on bondi beach

Drive along the great ocean road

see PAGES 50-51

Experience sunset at uluru

see PAGE 101

4

see PAGES 82-85

5

Dive with whale sharks on the ningaloo reef

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enjoy a glass of red in the barossa valley

Discover the world famous great barrier reef

see PAGeS 90-93

see PAGEs 66-73

Average High TempERATURE (ยบF)

see PAGES 103-104

City

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Sydney

79

79

77

72

68

63

61

63

68

72

73

77

Coffs Harbour

73

79

79

73

70

66

64

66

70

73

77

79

Byron Bay

82

81

79

77

72

68

68

68

72

73

77

79

Brisbane

82

82

82

79

73

70

68

70

73

77

81

82

Hervey Bay

84

84

82

79

75

70

68

72

75

77

81

82

Rockhampton

88

88

86

82

77

73

72

75

81

84

88

90

Cairns

88

88

86

82

81

77

77

79

81

84

86

88

Darwin

88

88

88

90

88

86

86

88

90

90

91

90

Alice Springs

97

95

90

81

72

68

66

72

79

86

91

95

Coober Pedy

97

97

91

82

72

66

66

70

77

84

90

93

Adelaide

81

81

77

72

64

61

59

59

63

70

73

77

Melbourne

79

79

73

68

61

55

54

55

61

64

70

75

Canberra

81

81

75

66

59

54

52

54

61

66

72

79

Hobart

70

70

68

63

57

52

52

54

59

63

64

68

Launceston

73

72

70

63

55

52

50

52

55

61

64

70

Albany

77

77

75

70

64

61

59

61

63

64

68

73

Port Augusta

90

90

84

77

70

63

63

64

72

79

82

88

Perth

88

88

84

77

70

64

63

64

68

72

77

82

Kalbarri

91

93

90

84

77

72

70

72

75

79

81

88

Exmouth

91

93

93

90

81

75

73

75

81

82

86

90

Broome

91

90

91

93

88

82

82

86

88

90

91

91

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AMAZING EXPERIENCES We have said it before, but we’ll say it again - Australia is a big, big place! In order to maximize your precious time we have put together a rough guide to how much is reasonably achievable in 2 weeks, 6 week or 3 months ‘down under’. Wherever you choose to go, there are spectacular sights to see and interesting culture to absorb. The big cities are thriving places, full of every modern convenience imaginable and are separated by large expanses of empty land. This is all part of the charm to Australia.

3 MONTHS

So you have 3 months to spend exploring this enormous country - you lucky thing! In three months you can get yourself from north to south and from east to west with plenty of time to chill out on the awsome beaches and party it up in the thriving cities. Combine an exciting tour to those more out of the way places with a self drive along spectacular coastlines and check out our range of flexible accommodation passes so you’re never caught short of a place to nap.

Kakadu, NT

Great Barrier Reef, QLD

Kimberley Ranges, WA

Uluru, NT

Sydney Opera House, NSW

Kangaroo Island, SA

Esperance, WA

Great Ocean Road, VIC Cradle Mt National Park, TAS

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6 weeks

In 6 weeks you can cover a lot of ground. See the big star attractions, hit the beaches on the east coast and then head inland to experience the ‘outback’. There is time to spend getting off the beaten track to those lesser known gems as well! A good way to get around is in a campervan - all your accommodation is taken care of and you can choose your own itinerary. Add in some short packages to really make the most of you time.

Cape Tribulation, QLD

The Red Centre, NT’

Fraser Island, QLD

Melbourne & Phillip Island, VIC

Sydney, NSW

2 weeks

2 weeks is just about enough time to get yourself up the east coast stopping at all the ‘must sees’ along the way. Book yourself on a tour for a completely hassle-free holiday or check out our range of flexible transport passes to go it alone.

Whitsunday Islands, QLD

Fraser Island, QLD

Byron Bay, NSW

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WORKING HOLIDAYS IN OZ The Australian life style is often envied the world over, with it’s year round sunshine, tropical climate, beach culture and vast and varied landscapes to explore - here is your chance to get a little taste of how they live in the Southern Hemisphere. Working abroad is also a great way to boost your resume and pick up new skills. Check out our work courses on page 19. Learn to sail a yacht in the paradise-like Whitsundays, become a surfing instructor on some of the worlds best surf beaches and even learn the skills to become a Jackaroo (that’s an Aussie styled cowboy!).

aussie work & play starter packages 3 days, $325 Fr

These packs are perfect for anyone wanting a stress-free start in Australia. With guided orientation, hostel accommodation, job search assistance sent to you for you for your entire stay, finding work is easy! There are so many inclusions in these packages, you really won’t have to worry about a thing. Just get yourself to Australia and a friendly guide will be at the airport to greet you with ‘G’day’ and whisk you off and get you settled in. Some inclusions: • Airport transfers and hostel accommodation • Comprehensive work and travel pack • 12 months membership to online job agency • Mail holding and forwarding service • Bank account, tax file number, Medicare and Oz mobile set up • Assorted day trips and social activities Sydney: pages 46-47 Brisbane: pages 56-57 Cairns: pages 66-67 Darwin: page 86 Perth: pages 90 Melbourne: pages 98-99 Adelaide: pages 103

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Surf Instructor Course

23 days, $2,406

3 Months, $7,070

START & FINISH: airlie beach

START & FINISH: spot x

If you’re heading to the Whitsundays and plan on doing a sailing trip, why not extend your stay with this high-value package and learn the skill yourself! Over a nearly a month you will learn all there is to know about sailing a yacht on this hands on course.

Getting your surf qualifications can be a complicated and lengthy procedure. Mojosurf Surf Academy courses prepare you for getting your qualifications and developing your surfing skills to the next level. The Surf Academy courses are run by Level 2 qualified surf coaches at their purpose built surf camp two hours from Byron Bay on the beautiful mid north coast of Australia.

Fr

Fr

Week 1: Training on the 6-day, 5-night Competent Crew / International Crew Certificate, where you will live-aboard the Sail Training Vessel, undergoing theory and practical application, while sailing around the Whitsunday Islands. Weeks 2-3: 12 Nights on sailing tours (made up of 2 day 2 night or 3 day 2 night trips) around the Whitsundays as an extra crew member aboard chartered yachts. You will be rostered on the yachts and get to work with professional crews reinforcing the theory from your Sail Training Course, plus learning other customer service aspects of working on charter yachts.

All accommodation and food is provided so you only need to concentrate on getting your surf fitness up, improving your surf skills and getting your instructor qualifications. They will also assist with job placement opportunities and the prospect of getting a surf coaching job at one of their 4 surf schools exists.

At End of Program: An interview will be arranged with the Human Resource / Recruitment Manager to evaluate your performance with a view to employment. Employment is based on positions being available and successful performance.

Your 3 month course will facilitate the development of the following skills: • Practical development of surf skills from beginner to intermediate • Surf safety and knowledge • Wave selection and specific surf maneuvers • Weather and surf forecasting skills • Coaching and training skills

east coast essential

Jillaroo Jackaroo

Fr

$1,206

7 days, $847 Fr

So you’re ready to hit the beaches and discover all the jewels of the East Coast for yourself. Chances are, you want to make the most of being independent with no strict timetables or itineraries to follow. This East Coast Essentials package is just what you need! All your accommodation is taken care of from Sydney to Cairns plus loads of included activites all completely restriction free. You can use the below inclusions in any order and at any time. Confirm your place on tour or in a bed a few days before arrival with no need to wory about how much it will cost. Inclusions: • 2 night dorm Accommodation Woodduck Sydney • 1 night dorm Accommodation Byron Bay • 1 Full Day Nimbin and Surrounds Tour • 1 night dorm Accommodation Surfers Paradise • 1 night dorm Accommodation Brisbane • 1 night dorm Accommodation Noosa • 3 Day/2 Night 4WD Fraser Island tag-along • 2 Nights Rainbow Beach Dorm Accommodation • 2 day/2 night Whitsundays Sailing • 2 nights Magnetic Island- Ferry trfs from Townsville included • 1 night dorm Accommodation Mission Beach • 1 Full Day Tully River Rafting • 2 nights dorm Accommodation Woodduck Cairns • 1 Full Day Reef Trip FREE intro of certified dive • 2 day/1 night Cape Tribulation trip

SYDNEY

Byron BAY

Mate, if you’re looking for the real Australia then here’s how to get into it - the Station way of life that city slickers can only dream about. We’ll build your skills fast so you can get among the action and be immersed on working station. All transfers from Sydney to Bingara and them on to Byron after the course is included as well as you Homestead accommodation and ‘hearty’ meals. The locals out there revel in the cycle of the seasons as they go about their business nurturing animals and crops. The connection to the beautiful, untamable land is undeniably strong. Every day is a new beginning and a ‘work in progress’. You will learn lots of new skills including: • Horse Riding and Yard Work • Mustering Sheep & Cattle • Calf Throwing • Fencing & Yard Building • Whip Cracking & Roping • Sheep Shearing • Working Dogs in Action • Aussie Horsemanship After a learning all your outback skills put them in use and start earning some cash! The goal here is to connect participants with employers or farm hosts following completions of a one or two week Jackeroo Jilleroo course in Bingara.

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GETTING AROUND Golden Chain Pass

Base Jumping pAss

Blue Pass fr $52 Golden Chain Australia is designed specifically for the independent traveler and offers an extensive network of motel and motor inn style properties across Australia. Golden Chain Australia features136 properties in 106 locations across all states and territories, including cities, resort locations & regional towns.

10 nights fr $254 Do it your way, with a flexible Base Jumping accommodation pass that doesn’t lock you into a fixed date. Base hostels offer you clean, quality, fun, centrally located accommodation with modern facilities and great staff to help you get the most from your experience. Plus their bars are legendary! You can also use the pass with our afiliate hostels around OZ.

Each property included in the Golden Chain Australia Directory is categorized according to the grading system of Blue, Green & Gold. The pre-paid accommodation vouchers allow you to either pre-book a planned itinerary or freewheel around Australia using the toll free reservations service to book as they go.

Go Koala Pass Bronze Pass fr $54 The Go Koala program is the most comprehensive collection of accommodation offering the traveler a convenient, flexible and cost effective way to travel throughout Australia. Go Koala has been designed specifically for the independent traveler and incorporates around 220 properties ranging from 3-to-5 star standard in about 130 key city, resort and regional locations throughout Australia.

Nomads Bed Hopper 10 nights FR $171 Need a cheap room but not sure when or where? Want to keep your options open? We’ve got exactly what you need! With these great value vouchers, you’re entitled to 10 or 15 nights in a dorm bed at any Nomads Hostel throughout Oz. Simply book the first hostel and then travel on with complete flexibility. Upgrade to private rooms directly at the hostel.

Simply select the category of accommodation you wish to purchase based on your budget and where you wish to stay. Then purchase color-coded vouchers according to your requirements. The color coded accommodation vouchers may be used at any property of a corresponding color within the Go Koala Directory.

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OZ EXPERIENCE Why choose Oz Experience? Oz Experience is Australia’s only dedicated Hop-On/Hop-Off Flexible Bus Touring System dedicated to international travelers just like you! Choose an East Coast, National or Regional Pass full of unique inclusions and activities. You’ll have heaps to brag to your friends about. You can choose when you travel and for how long. Traveling with their guides is like traveling with a local and they will show you the way with passion and local knowledge, sharing secret destinations and must see Oz EX hot spots. All passes include the following: • Hop-on/Hop-off flexible travel for up to 12 months (Express passes are valid for a shorter period and cannot be extended) • Dedicated traveler’s network • Passionate, fun and knowledgeable guides • Unique included activities and accommodation stopovers • On-board accommodation booking service • Pick ups and drop offs en route • Onboard activity booking service • Easy online booking system and itinerary manager Local Payments Accommodation and meals are generally not included in Oz Experience pass prices. This total flexibility is what makes it so unique. When traveling in remote, outback regions where accomodation is minimal (or non-existent) and there’s not a supermarket in sight, a ‘Local Payment’ will be charged to you. This is paid to Oz Experience directly to cover meals and/or accommodation and, in some instances, national park fees. You will not pay this to us at STA Travel, it will be collected in Australia, in Aussie Dollars. The table displays each Local Payment including the price and inclusions.

experienced tour guides, not coach captains! The guides undergo an award-winning in-house training program. It’s not only their general knowledge that adds to your experience, but their local knowledge as well, assisting you in the best ways to save and spend money accordingly. And they’re a whole lot of fun too! Fun Groups! On the East Coast (between Sydney - Cairns), Oz Ex utilizes comfortable coaches and you’ll travel with around 50 other fun loving travelers. Throughout the rest of Australia they use minibuses with a maximum of 24 people. When 4WD’ing in the Top End you’ll share the journey with a maximum of 16 passengers. Unique Australian Experiences Oz Experience includes lots of activities depending on which pass you choose. There are also many activities your guide can book for you onboard the bus for when you stay longer at a destination. Our favorite activities include an outback experience on a working cattle station – goat rodeo, whip cracking and mechanical bull, a surf lesson at secret Spot X and a day trip to the rainforest and waterfalls of the Atherton Tablelands. For all inclusions ask your STA Travel Expert for details. Cape York

Darwin

Kakadu National Park

Tennant Creek

Rockhampton Cattle Station

Kings Canyon Uluru

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AUD$

Sydney to Byron Bay

$45*

Byron Bay / Brisbane to Cairns

$50*

4WD Kakadu Safari (2 days)

$117.50

4WD Kakadu Safari (3 day ‘Big Croc’)

$157.50

Darwin to Alice Springs

$120

Uluru Safari (2 days)

$105

Uluru Safari (3 day ‘Big Rock’)

$190

Alice Springs to Adelaide

$305

Adelaide to Melbourne

$120

Melbourne to Sydney

$120

Fraser Island Package

$74

Tassie Devil

$276

Cape Tribulation Fitzroy Island Cairns Innisfail Atherton Mission Beach Tablelands Magnetic Island Tully Townsville Ayr Whitsundays Bowen Airlie Beach

Katherine

1770 Bundaberg Hervey Bay Childers Fraser Island Rainbow Beach

Alice Springs Marla

Mooloolaba Coober Pedy

Surfers Paradise Byron Bay

Flinders Ranges National Park Quorn

Spot-X Surf Camp Coffs Harbour Hunter Valley Crescent Head Blue Mountains Sydney

Adelaide

Canberra Kangaroo Island This map is for travel in an anticlockwise direction (as per the Bruce Pass). Please refer to the Cobber Pass map for travel in a clockwise direction andthe EXpress Pass maps for stopover options specific to these passes.

Mt Kosciuszko/Thredbo

Grampians Melbourne

Lakes Entrance Wilsons Promontory

Great Ocean Road

Devonport Launceston TAS Bicheno Lake St Clair Wineglass Bay

* Excluding EXpress passes

Cradle Mountain Strahan

Compulsory Sleepovers

Australia Map Key

Sydney to Cairns Cairns to Sydney



Byron Bay

Rainbow Beach

1770

Airlie Beach

Rainbow Beach

Byron Bay

Mt Field National Park

Airlie Beach

Hobart

Oz Experience Network

Adventure Tours Australia Network

Must See Optional Tours†

Own Arrangements†

Compulsory Sleepover Interest

Optional Sleepover

Sleepover Not Permitted

Other Place of

(Minimum 1 night stay required)

Noosa Brisbane

NOTE: † These options are not included in pass prices.

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EAST COAST passes include the following activities: • 1 x Surf lesson at surf camp* • Great lookouts and guided walks • Outback experience on a working cattle station – goat rodeo, whip cracking and mechanical bull*^ • Cultural experience and walk at Rainbow Beach • Cool places, with cool people! *Not included in Oz Express passes ^When traveling northbound. Itinerary differs north and southbound – refer to Cobber/Bruce maps.

Bruce

Cobber

FR $545 + Local Payment AUD95 Syd $545 + AUD95 Mel $767 + AUD215 Adl $1,074 + AUD335 Start: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide Finish: Cairns

Cairns Mission Beach

Magnetic Island Townsville Whitsundays Bowen Airlie Beach

Rockhampton 1770 Cattle Station Fraser Island Hervey Bay Rainbow Beach Noosa Brisbane Surfers Paradise Byron Bay

Bruce Express

Sydney

Adelaide

Canberra Mt Kosciuszko/Thredbo Grampians

Minimum Rec. trip time: 20 days (from Syd), 26 days (from Mel), 31 days (from Adl)

Spot-X Surf Camp

Coffs Harbour

Start: Cairns Finish: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide

Cairns Mission Beach

Rockhampton 1770 Miriam Vale Fraser Island Hervey Bay Rainbow Beach Noosa Brisbane Surfers Paradise Byron Bay

Cairns Magnetic Island Townsville Whitsundays Bowen Airlie Beach

Rockhampton 1770 Cattle Station Fraser Island Hervey Bay Rainbow Beach Noosa Brisbane Surfers Paradise

Adelaide

Coffs Harbour

Canberra Mt Kosciuszko/Thredbo Grampians

Maximum trip time: 35 days (from Syd), 45 days (from Mel), 50 days (from Adl)

Spot-X Surf Camp Sydney

Adelaide

Melbourne

Great Ocean Road

Lakes Entrance Wilsons Promontory

cobber Express

Cairns

FR $309 + Local Payment Syd $309 + AUD0 Mel $512 + AUD120 Adl $715 + AUD240

Start: Cairns Finish: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide

Mission Beach Townsville Bowen

Magnetic Island Whitsundays Airlie Beach

Rockhampton 1770 Miriam Vale Fraser Island Hervey Bay Rainbow Beach Noosa Brisbane Surfers Paradise Byron Bay Spot-X Surf Camp

Coffs Harbour

Adelaide

Sydney Canberra Mt Kosciuszko/Thredbo

Melbourne

Grampians

Lakes Entrance Great Ocean Road Wilsons Promontory

Maximum trip time: 35 days (to Syd), 45 days (to Mel), 50 days (to Adl)

Express available for travel after 15/1/11.Sleepovers at Cattle Station and Spot-X not permitted.

Cozzie

Sydney Canberra

Byron Bay

Start: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide Finish: Cairns

Spot-X Surf Camp

Coffs Harbour

Grampians

Minimum Rec. trip time: 20 days (to Syd), 26 days (to Mel), 31 days (to Adl)

Mission Beach

Magnetic Island Whitsundays Airlie Beach

Townsville Bowen

Mt Kosciuszko/Thredbo

Melbourne

Lakes Entrance Great Ocean Road Wilsons Promontory

FR $328 + Local Payment Syd $328 + AUD0 Mel $531 + AUD120 Adl $734 + AUD240

FR $517 + Local Payment AUD45 Syd $517 + AUD45 Mel $743 + AUD165 Adl $1,046 + AUD285

Melbourne Lakes Entrance Great Ocean Road Wilsons Promontory

Express available for travel after 1/1/11.Sleepover at Spot-X not permitted

cruizer

warney

FR $1,145 + Local Payment AUD169 Start: Sydney Finish: Cairns (or vice versa)

FR $1,305 + Local Payment AUD124 Start: Sydney Finish: Cairns (or vice versa)

FR $1,003 + Local Payment AUD169 Start: Sydney Finish: Cairns (or vice versa)

Minimum Rec. trip time: 23 days

Minimum Rec. trip time: 23 days

Minimum Rec. trip time: 20 days

Cairns Mission Beach

Magnetic Island Townsville Whitsundays Bowen Airlie Beach

Sarina Rockhampton Cattle Station

1770

Hervey Bay Noosa

Fraser Island Rainbow Beach

Brisbane

Surfers Paradise

Extra Inclusions: • 3 nts dorm Rainbow Beach • 3 day Fraser Island 4WD tag-along • 2 day/2nights Whitsunday Sailing • Hunter Valley day tour • Rainforest and Waterfall day tour

Extra Inclusions: • 3 nts dorm Rainbow Beach • 3 day Fraser Island 4WD tag-along • 2 day/1 night Whitsunday Sailing • 2 nts dorm at Spot-X Surf Camp • 2 surf lessons | 5 meals | River kayak

Extra Inclusions: • 3 nts dorm Rainbow Beach • 3 day Fraser Island 4WD tag-along • 2 day/1 night Whitsunday Sailing

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national PASSES

national passes include Some (or all!) of the following activities: • 1 x Surf lesson at surf camp • Great lookouts and guided walks • Outback experience on a working cattle station – goat rodeo, whip cracking & mechanical bull • Cultural experience and walk at Rainbow Beach • Cool places, with cool people! • Guided hikes into Ubirr rock art site and Kakadu NP waterfalls • Wildlife crocodile cruise near Kakadu National Park • Aboriginal cultural experiences in the Top End & Red Centre • Guided hikes at Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta and Uluru • ‘Noodling’ for opals at Coober Pedy • Guided hikes in the Flinders Ranges, Grampians National Park & Wilsons Promontory • Otway Fly tree top walk • Climb to the ‘Roof of Australia’ at Mt Kosciuszko • Hunter Valley

Fair Dinkum

Darwin

Cairns

Atherton Tablelands

Magnetic Island Townsville Whitsundays Airlie Beach

Tennant Creek

FR $1,749 + Local Payment AUD877.50 Start: Anywhere Finish: Where you start

Knobs & Bells

Kakadu National Park Katherine

Kings Canyon Uluru

Marla

Fraser Island Rainbow Beach

Brisbane

Coober Pedy Flinders Ranges National Park Quorn

Minimum Rec. trip time: 52 days

Sydney

Mt Kosciuszko/Thredbo Melbourne

Lakes Entrance

Great Ocean Road

Wilsons Promontory

Devonport Cradle Mountain

Launceston Bicheno Lake

Mt Field National Park

1770

Cattle Station

Alice Springs

Fraser Island Rainbow Beach

Marla

Brisbane

Coober Pedy Byron Bay

Flinders Ranges National Park Quorn

Spot-X Surf Camp

Hunter Valley

Adelaide

Sydney

Canberra Mt Kosciuszko/Thredbo

Kangaroo Island Grampians

Melbourne Lakes Entrance

Great Ocean Road

Wilsons Promontory

Wine Glass Bay

St Clair

Strahan

Magnetic Island Townsville Whitsundays Airlie Beach

Uluru

Minimum Rec. trip time: 45 days

Canberra

Kangaroo Island Grampians

Hunter Valley and Rainforest & Waterfalls Day Trips included.Tasmania can be included too! Ask how!

Byron Bay

Kings Canyon

Spot-X Surf Camp

Hunter Valley

Adelaide

FR $1,343 + Local Payment AUD640 Start: Anywhere Finish: Where you start

1770

Cattle Station

Alice Springs

Cairns Atherton Tablelands

Hunter Valley and Rainforest & Waterfalls Day Trips included.

Port Arthur

Hobart

Darwin

Whipper Snapper

Darwin

Atherton Tablelands

Katherine

Magnetic Island Whitsundays Airlie Beach

Townsville Bowen

1770 Miriam Vale Fraser Island Hervey Bay Rainbow Beach Noosa Brisbane Surfers Paradise

Alice Springs

Byron Bay

Spot-X Surf Camp

Kangaroo Island Grampians

Lakes Entrance

Great Ocean Road Wilsons Promontory

SHAZZA Kings Canyon Uluru

Magnetic Island Whitsundays Airlie Beach

Kings Canyon

Tennant Creek

1770 Miriam Vale Fraser Island Hervey Bay Rainbow Beach Noosa Brisbane Surfers Paradise Byron Bay Spot-X Surf Camp

Coffs Harbour

Sydney

Alice Springs

Co

Marla Coober Pedy Flinders Ranges National Park Quorn Hunter Valley Adelaide

East Coast Passes Cairns Mission Beach

STREWTH FR 370 + Local Payment AUD0Start: Cairns Finish: Brisbane or Byron Bay (or vice versa) Minimum Rec. trip time: 12 days (to Bris) 14 days (to Byron)

Magnetic Island Townsville Whitsundays Cairns Airlie Beach Magnetic Island Townsville Whitsundays Bowen Airlie Beach 1770 Cattle Station Fraser Sarina Island Rockhampton Rainbow Beach Cattle Station Brisbane 1770 Fraser Island Hervey Bay Rainbow Beach ByronNoosa Bay Brisbane Surfers ParadiseSpot-X Surf Camp Byron Bay Sydney Surf Camp Coffs Harbour Sydney

Mission Beach Kings Canyon Uluru

Minimum Rec. trip time: 25 days

regional PASSES

Sydney

Canberra

Mt Kosciuszko/Thredbo Kangaroo ThisIsland map is for travel in an anti-clockwise direction. PleaseGrampians refer to Cobber map (page 4) for travel in a clockwise direction. Melbourne Lakes Entrance Great Ocean Road Wilsons Promontory

Alice Springs

Adelaide

Minimum Rec. trip time: 25 days

Canberra Mt Kosciusko/Thredbo Grampians Great Ocean Road

Big croc

Start & Finish: Darwin Recommended min. trip time: 3 days fr $399 + Local Payment AUD 157.50

Melbourne

Lakes Entrance

Wilsons Promontory

Darwin Kakadu National Park Litchfield National Park

big rock

Alice Springs or Uluru - Alice Springs Recommended min. trip time: 3 days fr $295 + Local Payment AUD 190

ALPINE-GREAT OCEAN ROAD

Cairns Mission Beach Townsville

Darwin

Kakadu National Park

Cape York

Magnetic Island Whitsundays Airlie Beach

Cattle Station

Outback Station

Sydney - Adelaide or vice versa Recommended min. trip time: 8 days fr $214 + Local Payment AUD 120

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Fraser Island Cape Rainbow Beach

Uluru

Noosa Mooloolaba

Flinders Ranges

Surfers Paradise Byron Bay

Brisbane

Hobart

Sydney Canberra Mt Kosciusko/Thredbo

Bicheno Lake St Clair

Mt Field National Park

Childers Fraser Island Rainbow Beach

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Coober Pedy

Adelaide

Launceston

Strahan

Cattle Station 1770 Hervey Bay

Alice Springs

Alice Springs

Tassie Devil

Brisbane

Rockhampton Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon Uluru

Tribulation Fitzroy Island Cairns Start & Finish: Hobart Innisfail Atherton Tablelands Recommended min. trip time: 6 days) Byron Bay Mission Beach Devonport Magnetic Tully fr $427Island + Local Payment AUD 276 Townsville Cradle Mountain Whitsundays Ayr Bowen Airlie Beach Hervey Bay

Katherine

Alice Spr

Uluru Kings Canyon Uluru

FR $753 + Local Payment AUD285 Start: Sydney Finish: Alice Springs or Start: Alice Springs Finish: Cairns

Rockhampton Alice Springs

Outback Station

Katherine

DAZZA

Cairns Townsville Bowen

Kakadu National Park

Minimum Rec. trip time: 28 days (from Dar) 22 days (from Alice

Mt Kosciuszko/Thredbo Melbourne

Mission Beach

A Darwin

Coffs Harbour Sydney

Hunter Valley Canberra

Minimum trip time: 43 days (from Adl) 38 days (from Mel) 30 days (from Syd) 28 days (from Bri)

Katherine

FR $606 + Local Payment AUD425 Start: Darwin, Alice Springs Finish: Sydney, Melbourne (or vice versa)

Rockhampton Kings Canyon Uluru

Adelaide

FR $715 + Local Payment AUD235 Start: Cairns Finish: Alice Springs or Start: Alice Springs Finish: Sydney

Cairns

Mission Beach Tennant Creek

FR $956 + Local Payment AUD392.50 Start: Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Byron Bay Finish: Darwin (or vice versa)

FISH HOOK

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park

Wine Glass Bay Port Arthur

Grampians

Melbourne

Lakes Entrance

Great Ocean Road Wilsons Promontory

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AUSTRALIA

GREYHOUND For a simple, efficient and cost-effective way of getting around Australia this is your best bet every time. Greyhound travel to over 1,100 destinations daily for 365 days a year. So wherever you want to go down under, the chances are that Greyhound can take you there. kilometer pass See what you want to see, when you want to see it with a Greyhound Kilometer Pass. You have up to 12 months to use your pool of kilometers with an option to top up as you go. Choose from 500 to 20,000kms, and the road is yours. The more kilometers you buy, the less you pay per kilometer. You can also locally redeem Greyhound Adventure Tours with your kilometers. Use your kms like currency and exchange for lots of exciting hand-picked Australian experiences such as The Great Ocean Road, diving on The Great Barrier Reef or a Uluru tour to name just a few.

Traveler Passes Traveler Passes provide travel between two popular destinations from Adelaide to Cairns and inbetween you can hop on and hop off as much as you like in the one direction. With our Traveler Passes you have up to six months to hop-on and hop-off, giving you the flexibility to spend more time in your favorite destinations. FROM

TO

PRICE FROM

KMs

Brisbane

Cairns

$299

2,661

Sydney

Cairns

$354

3,771

Melbourne

Cairns

$407

4,809

Adelaide

Cairns

$580

4,931

Also available ex Cairns

mini traveler passes Mini Traveler Passes are ideal for shorter trips, you have up to 90 days to complete your travel. Travel from Sydney to Cairns and hop-on and hop-off as much as you like along the way. Other popular passes include Melbourne to Cairns, Byron Bay to Airlie Beach and many more. Your travel can start from either end.

PASS

*PRICE FROM

*INCL. BONUS KMs

1000 km

$181

1,150

2,000 km

$349

2,300

3,000 km

$493

3,450

4, 000 km

$626

4,600

5, 000 km

$727

5,750

6, 000 km

$821

6,900

7, 000 km

$935

8,050

8, 000 km

$1,045

9,200

9,000 km

$1,149

10,350

10, 000 km

$1,249

11,500

11,000 km

$1,343

12,650

12,000 km

$1,433

13,800

13,000 km

$1,519

14,950

FROM

TO

PRICE FROM

KMs

14,000 km

$1,601

16,100

Brisbane

Cairns

$275

2,661

15,000 km

$1,679

17,250

Sydney

Cairns

$329

3,771

17, 000 km

$1,825

19,550

Melbourne

Cairns

$380

4,809

18, 000 km

$1,893

20,700

Byron Bay

Airlie B each

$218

20, 000 km

$2,017

23,000

Also available in reverse

Travel base Passes The ultimate convenience for the ultimate price! We’ve packaged up Greyhound travel passes with an awsome Base Jumping pass - so that’s you transport and 10 nights dorm accommodation at any Base backpackers (or affiliate) sorted. Travel up the east coast knowing there is a cozy bed and lively bar waiting for you to show up. Pass Name

PRICE FROM

Travel Base 10,000km

$1,328

Travel Base 3,000

$687

Travel Base Cairns - Melbourne

$544

Travel Base Cairns - Sydney

$520

Travel Base Melbourne - Cairns

$544

Travel Base Sydney - Cairns

$520

Operated by Greyhound’s partners

Cooktown

Lightning Ridge

Gerroa

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RAIL AUSTRALIA You may have noticed by now that Australia is very, very big. Traveling all those long distances can sometimes be a little stressful…unless of course you travel by train! There isn’t a more peaceful, or relaxing way to get about the country. Australia’s great rail routes are more than just journeys, they are experiences in

themselves. As you calmly weave between the tapestry of the landscape and its rich palette of colors, others are rushing to their destinations 35,000 ft above the ground. Australia contains several different Rail Networks with different operators. So to make things easier for you we’ve combined all your

rail options into various styles of tickets. The map on the page 29 lists the major routings throughout the country and the train journeys you can choose. There are thousands of potential stops, so please check with one of our Travel Experts to see how we can get you to where you want to be.

Ausrail pass fr $615

The Ausrail Pass is the ideal way to experience Australia and offers unlimited travel over a 6 month period in economy class seats on all rail services operated by Great Southern Rail, Queensland Rail, CountryLink, and connecting coach services. Please Note: not valid on any metropolitan services, North Queensland Tourist Train services or Queensland Rail CityTrain

Rail Explorer Pass fr $466 3 or 6 months unlimited travel

Why fly when you can see Australia’s vast outback from the comfort of a train? The Rail Explorer Pass provides travelers with 3 or 6 months unlimited travel on some of the worlds greatest rail journeys including the Perth-Sydney Indian Pacific, the MelbourneAdelaide Overland and The Ghan, running between Adelaide and Alice Springs. Designed with ultimate flexibility in mind you can jump on and off as often as you like during the 6 months validity of the pass. You’ll travel in Rail Australia’s Red Service Daynighter Seat Class and all trains are fully equipped with a buffet car to purchase snacks and beverages. You can also pay on board to gain access to the Red Gum lounge car to relax and take a very civilized afternoon tea. Comfortable reclining seats, toilet and shower facilities are also available on most services.

Backtracker Rail Pass

Queensland Explorer Pass

fr $207

fr $333

14 Days, 1, 3 or 6 months unlimited

3 or 6 months unlimited travel

travel

The Backtracker Rail pass provides a comfortable and economical means to discover New South Wales and beyond. This Pass is valid for unlimited travel on all CountryLink train services and connecting CountryLink coaches so you can get yourself to stunning destinations like the Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Tamworth, Broken Hill, Albury, and more. Designed with ultimate flexibility in mind, there are multiple durations to choose from depending on how much you want to see. Once the pass has been activated, you will have either 14 days, 1, 3 or 6 months to complete all your travel. Trains are fully equipped with a buffet car, reclining seats and toilet facilities.

This top value travel pass is valid for travel throughout the entire Queensland rail network so you can hop-on and hop-off to your heart’s content! You’ll get access to some far reaching places like the inland cities of Longreach, Mt Isa and Chaleville as well as the coastal dazzlers of Brisbane, Hervey Bay and Cairns. In a comfy economy-class carriage, cruise up the sunshine coast. Got time to meander? Enjoy the scenery between Cairns and Brisbane on the Sunlander or for a bit more haste, get on board the Tilt train and whizz up the coast at the snap of a finger... and for those wanting dust on their boots, the Westlander, Inlander and Spirit of the Outback routes all offer a unique and delicious bite out of this exotic, sunburnt country!

East Coast Discovery Pass fr $112 6 months unlimited travel

Travel Australia’s East Coast by rail with this great value for money, flexible pass. The East Coast Discovery Pass has unlimited stops and is available for one directional travel (northbound or southbound) in an economy seat over a 6 month period.

Travel in style and relax onboard the famous Sunlander, the innovative Tilt Train or XPT service and journey along the magnificent coastline, accessing brilliant white sandy beaches, stunning islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Travel to and from coastal areas with connecting coach services operated by CountryLink and Queensland Rail.

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Choose from 1 of the 6 sector travel options: ROUTING

PRICE

Brisbane to Cairns or vice versa

FR $248

Sydney to Cairns or vice versa

FR $315

Melbourne to Cairns or vice versa

FR $480

Sydney to Brisbane or vice versa

FR $112

Mebourne to Brisbane or vice versa FR $189 Melbourne to Sydney or vice versa

FR $112


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fr $70

fr $708

Brisbane - Whitsundays – Townsville - Cairns or vice versa 1044 Miles, 1 night Get to and from Brisbane and Hervey Bay with a ticket aboard the world class Tilt Trains. The fastest narrow gauge trains in the world; this classy coastal service provides extremely comfortable and efficient train travel. If you’re not in a hurry jump on the Sunlander and cruise the coast. Let the carriage sway you to sleep and inject your journey with some old-school class!

Adelaide - Alice Springs – Darwin or vice versa 1851 Miles, 2 nights Boarding The Ghan in Adelaide or Darwin, you’ll experience one of the most fascinating great train journeys of the world. Enjoy 2 nights aboard this great train in either direction. Marvel at the spectacular Australian landscapes - from the fertile countryside surrounding Adelaide to the rusty hues of the Red Centre. You’ll have the option to stop in Alice Springs to explore the Red Centre taking in Uluru and Kings Canyon before continuing onto the Darwin and the Top End.

Darwin Cairns

Proserpine Alice Springs

Maryborough Brisbane

Perth

Kalgoorlie

Broken Hill Sydney Canberra

Adelaide

Indian Pacific fr $767

Sydney - Adelaide – Perth or vice versa 2704 Miles, 3 nights The Indian Pacific gives you two oceans on one of the world’s longest and greatest train journeys. From the Blue Mountains to the treeless plains of The Nullarbor, where the train travels the world’s longest straight stretch of railway track (478 kilometres), see unique landscapes unfold and spot an array of wildlife from the comfort of your seat. Upgrades are available to access the Red Gum lounge or to have your own cabin.

Melbourne

the overland fr $91

Adelaide – Melbourne or vice versa 514 Miles, 1 day There’s no more relaxing way to enjoy the trip between Melbourne and Adelaide than on the recently refurbished Overland. Throughout this interstate journey, guests can soak up a diverse range of landscapes from rugged Mallee scrubland to fields of golden crops, over vast open plains and through gently rolling hills.

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The Sunlander & Tilt Train

the ghan


the big trek 42 days, $6,206 fr

+ local payment!

Start & Finish: Sydney If you’re after the real deal, fair dinkum Aussie experience, you can’t go past ‘The Big Trek’. You will be greeting the folks back home with G’day, and throwing shrimps on barbies as you turn a little Aussie over 42 days of pure Australian fun. To start off you get to travel up the iconic East Coast stopping off in Australia’s surf capital, Byron Bay, before reaching the sandy haven of Fraser Island where you can hammer down the beach in a 4WD. Sail through paradise, more comonly known as the Whitsundays, party all night in Cairns and snorkel with the exotic muti-colored fish in the Great Barrier Reef. Now that’s all very exciting and most people would be content with a trip like this, but no, not you, you will push on for an even more Aussie experience as you head ‘Outback’ in to the wide open plains of the Northern Territory. Red, scorched landscapes are a vast contrast to the blue and green coast. Head way up north to the ‘Top End’ and explore Kakadu and Litchfiled National Parks before traveling to the Red Centre where you will see the amazing color show at Uluru at sunset and sunrise. You’ll meet with indigenous Aboriginals and hear dreamtime stories of their culturally rich history. Further South you go with a stop in the unique opal mining town of Cooper Pedy, where everyone lives underground, until you reach Adelaide - you can finaly see the ocean once again! From here you’ll cruise along the Great Ocean Road, full of stunning and dramatic coastal scenery. Hit the shops in Melbourne and then one last short burst back to Sydney. WOW, there is hardly a stone left unturned. What an adventure! Best Bits • Chill out in Australia’s Surf Capital • Take a 4WD adventure to Fraser Island • Ride the mechanical bull in Kroombit • Spend 2 days sailing the Whitsundays • Explore the rainforest in Cape Trib • Go snokeling in the Great Barrier Reef • Soak in thermal hot pools • Spot crocs in Kakadu National Park • Admire Sunset over Uluru • Sleep underground in Cooper Pedy • Sample a fine vintage in the Barossa • Cruise along the Great Ocean Road Days 1-3: Sydney to Surf Camp & Byron Leaving Sydney travel to your overnight surf camp where you will have an included lesson. Your surf instructors are passionate pros and will have you riding the waves in no time. In the morning, continue up the coast to Byron Bay. Stroll the beach promenade, hang-out with the locals or visit the famous lighthouse. (2B, D)

Day 4: Byron Bay to Rainbow Beach Cross into Queensland and head up the coast with the option to visit Australia Zoo before arriving in Rainbow Beach, named after the multi colored sand around the area. Here you will have a briefing for your 4WD tour the next day and enjoy a relaxing evening by the sea. (B, D) Days 5-6: rAINBOW bEACH TO fRASER iSLAND Get ready for an exciting 4WD adventure as you explore the worlds largest sand island. The beach is the highway as you travel though the dunes to pristine fresh water lakes and even check out a shipwreck. You’ll have one night on Fraser Island before heading back to the main land on day 6 for another night at Rainbow Beach. (2B, 2L, D) Days 7-8: rAINBOW bEACH TO Kroombit You’ll get a rare opportunity to feed wild dolphins this morning before heading inland to spend 2 days on a working cattle station. Jump on a horse and help out with the daily fun, ride the mechanical bull or join in at the goat rodeo. Enjoy a yarn around the fire at night. (2B, L, 2D) Days 9-10: Kroombit to Whitsundays Leaving the bush behind head to the seaside resort town of Airlie Beach where you will board your yacht for 2 days in Paradise! Swim, snorkel and explore the deserted beaches or maybe hike to the lookout on Whitsunday Island. (2B, L, 2D) Days 11-12: Whitsundays to Mission Beach Sailing back to Airlie this morning, make your way up the coast to Mission Beach. There are loads of adrenaline-fueled activities to do here, try white-water rafting on the Tully or if your game, skydive right on to the beach. (2B, D)

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Days 13-14: Mission Beach to Cape Tribulation and Cairns Continue your journey north with a stop at the Boulders for a refreshing swim and then on to your rainforest retreat. Optional activities here include evening spotlight tours or sunrise kayaking trips. Swim at the beach or explore the rainforest. Finally your journey takes you back down the coast road to Cairns. (2B) Day 15: Cairns: Barrier Reef Cruise No trip to Cairns is complete with out a day spent on the Great Barrier Reef! Board your yacht to a secluded location where you can snorkel among the coral, marvel at the multitude of colored fish, stroll along sandy banks or try scuba diving. A tropical lunch is included to keep your energy up. (B, L) Days 16-18: Cairns to Mount Isa & Bush Camp Leaving the coast get ready for your outback experience as you cross the Great Dividing Range en route to Russell’s Place for the night. The next day travel through vastly changing landscapes to the mining town of Mt Isa before you cross in to the Northern Territory to set up camp, literally, in the middle of nowhere! (B, L) Day 19: Bush Camp to Katherine Gorge No visit to the outback is complete with out a stop at the legendary Daly Waters Hotel for a cool drink and a chat with the locals before heading off to take a relaxing dip in the turquoise waters of Mataranka’s thermal pools. It is then off to Katherine Gorge where you can opt for a cruise or canoe down the river between the ancient cliff walls.


AUSTRALIA Days 34-35: Cooper Pedy to Port Augusta and Adelaide Enjoy a hike to Mt Remarkable where you can see Emus and Kangaroos along the way. It’s then time to head back to the coastal city of Adelaide, but not before a stop at a winery in the famous Barossa Valley. Spend some time relaxing on the beach and exploring the South Australian capital. Days 36-37: Adelaide to Grampians N.P. Keep some energy in reserve as the rugged peaks and hikes of the Grampians National Park await! Hike the ancient volcanic trails and admire the lakes, waterfalls and gorges.

Days 20-21: Katherine to Kakadu N.P. The journey continues as you head to World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, one of Australia’s most inspiring wilderness areas. Explore Nourlangie and Ubirr Rock to see Aboriginal art thousands of years old. See the abundant bird life of the flood plains and maybe spot crocs and other wildlife on the world famous “Yellow Waters Billabong” cruise.

Days 30-31: Alice Springs to Kings Canyon and Uluru This morning choose to ride a quad bike or a camel as you head to Kings Canyon. Hike the challenging rim trail to visit the Lost City and Garden of Eden before heading back to the station for a well earned ice-cream. You’ll arrive in to Ayers Rock Resort with plenty of time to get those spectacular sunset photos of Uluru in.

Days 22-23: Kakadu N.P. to Darwin Leaving the wilderness behind you head back to civilization. Spend a couple of days exploring Darwin; swim with a crocodile at Crocosaurus Cove or wander through the night markets.

Day 32: Uluru It’s an early start but you won’t mind as you see the sun rise over Uluru. Take a walk around the base while learning some of the Tjukurpa (Aboriginal Creation or Dreaming law) of the area before moving on to visit fascinating Kata Tjuta.

Days 24: Darwin to Litchfield N.P. Check out the amazing Litchfield National Park. Take a side tour out to the spring-fed crystal clear waterfalls and plunge pools in this northern playground and check out the termite mounds 3 times the height of a person! Day 25-26: Litchfield N.P. to Manyallaluk and Mataranka Join the local Aboriginal people to learn about “Bush Tucker”, how to throw a spear or even make fire using two sticks. Be inspired as you discover how the Aboriginals existed for thousands of years in harmony with their surroundings. You’ll have time for another swim as you make camp at Mataranka Hot Springs. Days 27-29: Mataranka to Alice Springs Snap yourself at the Devils Marbles today as you head to Alice Springs where you’ll spend the next 2 days. There are lots of optional things to do from sunrise hot-air balloon rides over the desert to 4WD expeditions out to the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Or, you can just relax by the pool and check out the shops & restaurants.

Day 33: Uluru to Coober Pedy You’ll head South to explore the underground opal mines in Cooper Pedy today. Tonight, sleep underground in a “dugout” bunkroom after a memorable night out with the locals.

Days 38-39: Grampians to Great Ocean Road and Melbourne The Great Ocean Rd is full of dramatic coastal scenery so make sure your camera is fully charged! You’ll have the oportunity to take a helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles and stop to check out the surfing town of Torquay before arriving in cosmopolitan Melbourne. Day 40: Melbourne You could be forgiven for thinking Melbourne looks more like a European city and than an Australian one. Full of narrow alleyways to explore, great shoping and a thriving cafe culture you’ll be throughly entertained. Days 41-42: Melbourne to Merimbula and Sydney Your last days find you winding up the South East coastline visiting quiet fishing towns and near deserted beaches. As you return to Sydney, you will contemplate the ever changing landscape that you have traveled through on one amazing Road Trip!

DEPARTURES START FINISH WINTER 2011 MAR 11 APR 23 MAR 27 MAY 07 APR 10 MAY 21 APR 24 JUN 04 MAY 08 JUN 18 MAY 22 JUL 02 JUN 05 JUL 16 JUN 19 JUL 30 JUL 03 AUG 13

START FINISH JUL 17 JUL 31 AUG 14 AUG 28 SEP 11 SEP 25 2012 MAR 11 MAR 25

AUG 27 SEP 10 SEP 24 OCT 08 OCT 22 NOV 05

START FINISH SUMMER 2011 OCT 09 NOV 19 OCT 23 DEC 03 NOV 06 DEC 17 NOV 20 DEC 31 DEC 04 JAN 14 DEC 18 JAN 28

START FINISH 2012 JAN 01 JAN 15 JAN 29 FEB 12 FEB 26

FEB 11 FEB 25 MAR 10 MAR 24 APR 07

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The Whitsundays Mission Beach • •

APR 21 MAY 05

Included: Experienced tour leader, camping fees & equipment, surf lesson, 2 Day 4WD Fraser Island Tag along tour, wild dolphin cruise, outback cattle station experience, 2 night Whitsunday sailing, full day Outer Barrier Reef cruise, Aboriginal cultural day in Alice Springs, opal mine tour and all national park fees Accommodation Winter Departures: 18 nts Camping, 21 nts budget lodges/hostels, 2 nts sailing. Accommodation Summer Departures: 39 nts budget lodges/hostels, 2 nts sailing Group Size: Max 14 Meals Days 1-15: includes 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners. Meals Days 16-42: a compulsory local payment of AUD 250 is payable directly to the tour leader for meals. Tour Code: Winter: AT BTC, Summer: AT BTA Please note, during Summer the tour runs a slightly revised itinerary through the Northern Territoy and there will be no camping. All accommodations will be in budget Lodges or Hostels. Please ask your STA Travel Travel Expert for details.

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• Mount Isa

Alice Springs • • Uluru

Kroombit • Fraser Island • Rainbow Beach •

• Coober Pedy Byron Bay •

Adelaide •

• Sydney • Grampians • Melbourne


Grand Aussie

EASYRIDER

26 days, $3,645 fr

Sydney

no local payment!

Darwin

Those gutsy enough to take on this amazing adventure should prepare for something unforgettable and life-defining. This is one of the biggest and most complete Aussie monster trips - taking you all the way from the big city lights of cosmopolitan Sydney to the sun-drenched outback metropolis of Darwin. In-between you’ll cram in the very best that this magnificent country has to offer. Your imagination will forever have something to fall back on as you fill your consciousness with a multitude of sensational experiences. Cruise up the East Coast and bask under the blue skies and relax on the sandy white beaches as you play in the crashing waves. Explore the urban playgrounds of the cities and meet the ‘local Aussies’. Admire sunsets over Uluru, take a crocodile cruise in the outback and enjoy encounters with the very wildest of wild (and strange) animals. Take a sailing adventure through tropical utopias and gaze at the starlit sky on a sultry Aussie night. These are just a splattering of some of the wonders that this monster trip delivers - read on to find out more! Best Bits: • Hang out with the hippies in Byron Bay • Don your glad rags on the Gold Coast • See the dingoes of Fraser Island • Go sailing in the Whitsunday Islands • Party on in fun-time Cairns • Enjoy a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef • Check out Uluru and Kata Tjuta • Explore the gorges of Kings Canyon • Experience Kakadu National Park • Canoe in Katherine Gorge • Go on a croc-spotting wildlife cruise • Swim in rock pools at Litchfield N.P.

Day 1: SYDNEY TO CENTRAL COAST Cross over the iconic Harbour Bridge and travel northwards, past Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, along the Pacific Highway. Pick up an “Akubra” hat in Kempsey before arriving at your secret surf spot. Hit the waves with a surf lesson or kickback and explore the town. Relax “Aussie style” around the campfire tonight. (D) Days 2-3: CENTRAL COAST TO BYRON BAY After a second surf lesson this morning, head north via Coffs Harbour, to Australia’s most easternly point and surf capital - Byron Bay. Chill out, hit the beach and explore the town. The next day, try some of the optional activities on offer: surfing, diving or sea kayaking! Take a scenic walk to the lighthouse where the views are dramatic. Time will pass too fast! (2B) Days 4-5: BYRON BAY to Gold Coast A relaxed start to the day with a gourmet picnic brunch before departing Byron. Head in to Queensland with a stop at Natural Arch - a spectacular waterfall that plummets through a stone archway into a rock pool below - and on to Surfers Paradise on the glitzy Gold Coast. Enjoy the raucous nightlife. Day 5 is a free day to take in the sights or head to one of the famous theme parks for some thrills. (2B, D) Days 6-7: gold coast to Fraser Island Stop at Kangaroo Point Cliffs lookout in Brisbane for the best views of the river city and hit the mall for a coffee and some shopping. Head north to the great, sandy national park of Fraser Island. On day 7, get out in a 4WD bus, cruise the sand dunes along the unspoiled surf beaches and visit the pristine freshwater lakes perfect for a swim. At the end of the day watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand at the jetty bar. Perfect! (2B, D)

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Day 8: FRASER ISLAND TO KROOMBIT Take the ferry back to the mainland and head into Central Queensland for a taste of true ‘Australian Outback hospitality’. Join a local family on their 10,000 acre cattle station and experience the bush lifestyle. Enjoy a goat rodeo and an evening around the campfire. (B, D) DAy 9: KROOMBIT to Emu Park Goat mustering, horse riding, quad bike riding or trap shooting are just a few of the activities available this morning before you say farewell to Kroombit. Head for the casual, stress-free coastal town of Emu Park where you can stroll along the beach and enjoy a seaside ‘Reef and Beef’ dinner. (B, L, D) Days 10-11: EMU PARK TO WHITSUNDAYS Journey to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays. Get ready for a truly awesome experience as you spend the next 2 days sailing among the 74 islands. You’ll set sail for golden sandy beaches, snorkel over island coral reefs and soak up the sun in this tropical wonderland. A visit to the famous Whitehaven Beach and Blue Pearl Bay will be a highlight. Spend your nights on deck gazing at the stars. Paradise! (2B, L, 2D) Day 12: WHITSUNDAYS to Cairns This morning set sail for the busy resort town of Airlie Beach. Bidding farewell to this ‘paradise’, head north via Townsville to Cairns. (B) Days 13-14: Cairns A tropical, adventure mecca! There is so much to do here you had better not waste any time. Take a day trip out to the Great Barrier Reef and go diving or snorkeling, try white water rafting or skydiving if you’re game. On day 14 head up to Kuranda for a chance to cuddle a Koala and then choose to take the Skyrail across the rainforest. Back in town check out the local bars. (2B)


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Day 15: Cairns to alice springs Leaving coastal Cairns behind and fly to the contrasting Red Centre – Alice Springs – and hook up with your ‘Territory’ crew. The whole day is yours to explore the town. At sunset, observe the Rock Wallabies that live among the rocks, as they come out to feed. (B) Day 16: Alice Springs to uluru Head for Yulara via a camel farm and explore the World Heritage listed Uluru. You’ll have a guided tour around the base and will explore ancient cave where you can see Aboriginal paintings. At sunset, marvel at the color show of Uluru as you enjoy your night in the outback. (B, L, D) Day 17: Uluru to Kings Canyon An early start to enjoy sunrise at Kata Tjuta. Go ‘walk about’ and appreciate the beauty of the 36 domes and learn about the fauna and flora of the National Park. Stop at Kings Creek Station before arriving at Kings Canyon Lodge and an evening dip in the pool. (B, L, D) Days 18-19: KINGS CANYON TO ALICE SPRINGS Strap on your walking boots and climb the track that takes you above the massive sandstone cliffs of Kings Canyon. The spectacular rim walk takes you to the heart of the canyon. After lunch you’ll head back to Alice Springs. On day 19, choose to take a spectacular early morning Hot Air Balloon ride over the desert and venture out to Simpsons Gap. The afternoon is free to try quad biking or just chill out back at the lodge. (2B, L, D) Day 20: Alice Springs to renner springs Head north, ‘up the track’ as the locals say, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn stopping at Ti Tree along the way. Check out the Devils Marbles - an amazing set of isolated rock formations. Move on to Tennant Creek, a township that owes its prosperity to gold and copper deposits and arrive into Renner Springs for some ‘Outback Hospitality’. (B, L, D)

Day 21: Renner Springs to katherine Stop at the most important outback pub, Daly Waters, to meet the interesting locals. Head on to Mataranka, an oasis for weary travelers. Swim in the clear thermal waters next to the Waterhouse and Roper Rivers. It is then on to Katherine, the third largest town in the Territory. Join some of the local aboriginal community for an evening ‘dreamtime’ journey. (B, L, D) Day 22: katherine to Gunlom Make tracks for the Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) for a canoeing adventure across the cool, clear waters of the gorge with sheer 70m high cliffs and lush forest around you. From here, lunch will be at Edith Falls - an inviting spot for a swim before reaching Gunlom for the night. (B, D) Days 23-24: Gunlom to Jabiru Today’s journey takes you to the World heritage Kakadu National Park and one of the prolific art sites of Nourlangie Rock. Take a walk to see amazing examples of rock-art and ancient shelters. The next morning a scenic flight is a must! Visit Ubirr to explore aboriginal culture and art - the outlook from here over the Kakadu Wetlands will impress. Local delicacies are on the menu tonight - try the local ‘Barra’, Crocodile or even Kangaroo. (2B, 2L, 2D)
 Day 25: KAKADU TO MT BUNDY STATION

This morning cruise through the wilderness along the East Alligator River. Disembark on the Arnhem Land side and meet your local aboriginal guide. You’ll be treated to a display of traditional hunting and gathering. Journey on to Adelaide River Inn to meet ‘Charlie’, the water buffalo who stared in Crocodile Dundee before reaching Mt Bundy Homestead. (B, D) Day 26: MT BUNDY STATION to Darwin Take in the scenic beauty, waterfalls and swimming holes of the Litchfield National Park on your way to Darwin where the tours sadly comes to an end. (B, L) Please note: the above itinerary is effective from 01 April 2011 – 31 March 2012. Prior to this it will run as a 25 day tour - ask your STA Travel expert for details. Flight from Cairns to Alice Springs is not included.

DEPARTURES START 2011 JAN 01 JAN 08 JAN 29 FEB 05 FEB 26 MAR 05 MAR 26 APR 02

FINISH JAN 25 FEB 01 FEB 22 MAR 01 MAR 22 MAR 29 APR 19 APR 27

START APR 23 APR 30 MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 18 JUN 25 JUL 16 JUL 23 AUG 13

FINISH MAY 11 MAY 25 JUN 15 JUN 22 JUL 13 JUL 20 AUG 10 AUG 17 SEP 07

START AUG 20 SEP 10 SEP 17 OCT 08 OCT 15 NOV 05 NOV 12 DEC 03 DEC 10

FINISH SEP 14 OCT 05 OCT 12 NOV 02 NOV 09 NOV 30 DEC 07 DEC 28 JAN 04

START DEC 31 2012 JAN 07 JAN 28 FEB 04 FEB 25 MAR 03 MAR 24 MAR 31

FINISH JAN 25 FEB 01 FEB 22 FEB 29 MAR 12 MAR 28 APR 18 APR 25

Accommodation: Accommodation varies from Hostels, Hotels, Lodges, Sailing and Camping. You will have 11 nts Dorms, Cabins or Camping with shared facilities, 10 nts Dorms or Lodges with private facilities, 2 nts hotel, 2 nts livaborad sailing. Group Size: Max 36 Meals: 25 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 16 dinners Tour Code: TD JQN26

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• Jabiru Kakadu • • Gunlom Mt Bundy Satation • • Katherine • Renner Springs

• Alice Springs • Kings Canyon • Uluru

• Cairns • The Whitsundays Emu Park • Kroombit • • Fraser Island Gold Coast • Byron Bay •

• Sydney

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Head through the heart of Australia on an epic three week adventure from Sydney to Darwin. It’ll be a welcome change from the irresistible excesses of the East Coast beaches. Be prepared for stunning rugged coastal beauty between Sydney and Adelaide and the mystical wonder of the Red Centre. Finish up right at the top of the country – with some fantastic exploring in the Australian tropics around Kakadu. Best Bits • Get colonial in Canberra • Explore Wilsons Promontory • Cruise along the Great Ocean Road • Stay underground in Coober Pedy • Watch sunset and sunrise at Uluru • Check out Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon • Bathe in thermal pools at Mataranka • Roam the Kakadu National Park • Snap crocs on a cruise along Mary River • Marvel at the Jim Jim and Twin Falls Day 1: Sydney to Thredbo Head into the Alpine hills of NSW, but first, check out Canberra, Australia’s capital city. In ski season (Jun-Sep) stay in Jindabyne (D) Day 2: Thredbo to Lakes Entrance Grab your hiking boots! Today you can either walk to the summit of Australia’s highest mountain, Mt Kosciuszko, or to the viewing point. Tonight, stay at Lakes Entrance. (B, D) Day 3: Lakes Entrance to Melbourne Hike and explore Wilsons Promontory National Park - Australia’s most southerly point. Walk along gleaming beaches, watch the pounding ocean and look out for emus and wombats. (B) Day 4: Melbourne to Port Campbell Stop at Bells Beach and head along the stunning Great Ocean Road to the seaside towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay. Check out Otway’s rainforest before a sunset over the Twelve Apostles. (L, D) Day 5: Port Campbell to Grampians Walk down the Gibson Steps on to the beach for a different view of the Twelve Apostles, or opt for a helicopter ride. Watch for whales as you pass Warrnambool, then head inland to the Grampians National Park. (B, L, D) Days 6-7: Halls Gap to Adelaide Hike at Hollow Mountain and the amazing MacKenzie Falls. See rare White Western Grey Kangaroos at Bordertown, then cross the Murray River before arriving into Adelaide. Day 7 is free to explore South Australia’s capital. (B, L)

Days 8-9: Adelaide to Quorn Travel through the Clare Valley to Quorn, a historical railway township. This afternoon’s hike takes you to the summit of Dutchman’s Stern for 360° views of the Finders Ranges! On day 9, explore Wilpena Pound. Admire Aboriginal rock art and try to spot the elusive Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies in Warren Gorge. (B, 2L, 2D) Day 10: Quorn to Coober Pedy Drive through Port Augusta to Coober Pedy. Your bunkhouse for tonight is underground! (B, L, D) Day 11: Coober Pedy to Marla Check out an opal mine with a chance to go ‘noodling’. Drive to Marla township. (B, L, D) Days 12-13: Marla to Uluru & Kings Canyon Discover the secrets of Kata Tjuta on a hike and be mesmerized by the desert sunset as you curl up in your swag under the stars. In the morning watch the sunrise over Uluru & walk around the base. An Aboriginal guide will share family stories of the Mala people before heading to your camp with in Kings Canyon. (2B, 2L, 2D) Days 14-15: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs Admire the beauty of Kings Canyon as you trek through the Amphitheatre on your way to Alice. Day 15 is free to explore the town. (B, L)

Day16: Alice to Banka Banka Stop at Barrow Creek pub and see the historic Telegraph Station. Check out the Devils Marbles en route to Banka Banka Cattle Station. (L, D) Day 17: Banka Banka to Katherine Gorge Stop for a beer at the famed Daly Waters pub. Soak in Mataranka’s steamy thermal springs deep in the heart of the ‘Never-Never’. (B, L, D) Day 18: Katherine Gorge to Darwin Spend the morning exploring the gorge by kayak or helicopter! Head to Darwin after a stop at idyllic Edith Falls. (B, L) Day 19: Darwin to Mary River Cool down under the Litchfield National Park waterfalls. Travel into Woolna Country and experience the local Aboriginal Culture, cooking your own bush tucker. End the day at the spectacular Mary River Wetlands - keep your eyes out for lurking crocodiles! (L, D) Day 20: Kakadu national park Discover ancient rock art and enjoy fabulous views over the Nardab floodplain. Swim in the plunge pools at Barramundi Gorge. (B, L, D) Day 21: Kakadu to Darwin Take a 4WD adventure to Jim Jim and Twin Falls and head back to Darwin by afternoon. (B, L)

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Except Dec 2010: 29 & Dec 2011: 21, 24, 28, 31 Included: Experienced guides, accommodation transfers (Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin), camping fees & equipment, Opal Mine tour, Aboriginal culture interpretive walk, hostel dorm accommodation (or upgrade to twin/double en suite) Accommodation: 7 nts camping, 13 nts dorm with shared facilities Group Size: Max 24 Meals: 14 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 14 dinners Local Payment: AUD 62.50, Sleeping bag hire AUD 20 Tour Code: AT SAPBTAN

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Escape the hedonistic east coast and head inland on this massive overland adventure! You will get to truly appreciate the vast amount of empty space in the outback as you admire the dramatic landscape panorama’s over 27 excitment filled days. The sun on your back, the open road ahead of you and iconic Australian sights like Uluru, Kings Canyon, Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, the Grampians, and the stunning Great Ocean Road all to be explored. You’ll also get the chance to deepen your understanding of the traditional owners of the land as you are welcomed by Aborginal communities to experience their ancient culture. Iconic, exhilarating and like nothing you have ever seen before! Best Bits • Set up camp in the middle of nowhere • Have a drink at the Daly Waters Hotel • Soak in thermal hot pools • Kayak through Katherine Gorge • Explore Kakadu National Park • Learn about Aboriginal culture • Witness a stunning sunset at Uluru • Stay underground in Cooper Pedy • Hike through the Grampians • Cruise along the Great Ocean Road Days 1-3: Cairns to Mount Isa & Bush Camp Leaving the coast, cross the Great Dividing Range en route to Russell’s Place for the night. The next day travel through vastly changing landscapes to the mining town of Mt Isa before setting up camp, literally, in the middle of nowhere! Day 4: Bush Camp to Katherine Gorge Visit the legendary Daly Waters Hotel for a cool drink before taking a relaxing dip in the turquoise waters of Mataranka’s thermal pools. At Katherine Gorge opt for a cruise or canoe down the river between the ancient cliff walls. Days 5-6: Katherine to Kakadu N.P. Head to World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, one of Australia’s most inspiring wilderness areas. See ancient Aboriginal art, spot crocs and other native wildlife. Days 7-8: Kakadu N.P. to Darwin Leaving the wilderness behind and head back to civilization. Spend a couple of days exploring Darwin; swim with a crocodile at Crocosaurus Cove or wander through the night markets. Day 9: Darwin to Litchfield N.P. Check out the amazing Litchfield National Park. Take a side tour out to the spring-fed waterfalls.

Day 10-11: Litchfield N.P. to Manyallaluk and Mataranka Join the local Aboriginals to learn about “Bush Tucker” and discover how they existed for thousands of years in harmony with their surroundings. You’ll have time for another swim as you make camp at Mataranka Hot Springs. Days 12-14: Mataranka to Alice Springs Snap yourself at the Devils Marbles as you head to Alice Springs where you’ll spend the next 2 days. Try one of the optional activities; take a hot-air balloon ride over the desert or a 4WD trip out to the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Days 15-16: Alice Springs to Kings Canyon and Uluru This morning head to Kings Canyon. Hike the challenging rim trail to visit the Lost City and Garden of Eden. You’ll arrive in to Ayers Rock Resort with plenty of time to get those spectacular sunset photos of Uluru in. Day 17: Uluru It’s an early start to see the sun rise over Uluru. Take a walk around the base while learning some of the Tjukurpa (Aboriginal Creation or Dreaming law) of the area before moving on to visit facinating Kata Tjuta. Day 18: Uluru to Coober Pedy You’ll head South to explore the underground opal mines in Cooper Pedy today. Tonight, sleep underground in a “dugout” bunkroom after a memorable night out with the locals.

Days 19-20: Cooper Pedy to Port Augusta and Adelaide Today it’s time to head back to the coast and on to Adelaide, but not before a stop at a winery in the famous Barossa Valley. Spend some time relaxing on the beach and exploring the city. Days 21-22: Adelaide to Grampians N.P. Keep some energy in reserve as the rugged peaks and hikes of the Grampians National Park await! Hike the ancient volcanic trails and admire the lakes, waterfalls and gorges. Days 23-24: Grampians to Great Ocean Road and Melbourne The Great Ocean Rd is full of dramatic coastal scenery so make sure your camera is fully charged! You’ll have the oportunity to take a helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles and stop to check out the surfing town of Torquay before arriving in cosmopolitan Melbourne. Day 25: Melbourne You could be forgiven for thinking Melbourne looks more like a European city and than an Australian one. Full of narrow alleyways to explore, great shopping and a thriving cafe culture - you’ll be thoroughly entertained. Days 26-27: Melbourne to Merimbula and Sydney Your last days find you winding up the South East coastline visiting quiet fishing towns and near deserted beaches. As you return to Sydney, you will contemplate the ever changing landscape that you have traveled through on one amazing road trip.

DEPARTURES START FINISH WINTER 2011 MAR 28 APR 23 APR 11 MAY 07 APR 25 MAY 21 MAY 09 JUN 04 MAY 23 JUN 18 JUN 06 JUL 02 JUN 20 JUL 16 JUL 04 JUL 30 JUL 18 AUG 13

START FINISH AUG 01 AUG 15 AUG 29 SEP 12 SEP 26 OCT 10 2012 MAR 26 APR 09

AUG 27 SEP 10 SEP 24 OCT 08 OCT 22 NOV 05

START FINISH SUMMER 2011 OCT 24 NOV 19 NOV 07 DEC 03 NOV 21 DEC 17 DEC 05 DEC 31 DEC 19 JAN 14

START FINISH 2012 JAN 02 JAN 16 JAN 30 FEB 13 FEB 27 MAR 12

JAN 28 FEB 11 FEB 25 MAR 10 MAR 24 APR 07

APR 21 MAY 05

Included: Experienced tour leader, camping fees & equipment, Aboriginal cultural day in Alice Springs, opal mine tour and all national park fees Accommodation Winter Departures: 18 nts Camping, 8 nts budget lodges/hostels. Accommodation Summer Departures: 26 nts budget lodges/hostels Group Size: Max 14 Meals a compulsory local payment of AUD 250 is payable directly to the tour leader for meals. Tour Code: Winter: AT IOC, Summer: AT IOA Please note, during Summer the tour runs a slightly revised itinerary through the Northern Territoy and there will be no camping. All accommodations will be in budget Lodges or Hostels. Please ask your STA Travel Travel Experts for details.

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79

77

72

68

63

61

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77

Coffs Harbour

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79

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66

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73

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Byron Bay

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79

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72

68

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Hervey Bay

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Cape Tribulation

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Cairns

If when you think of Australia you imagine lying on white sand surf beaches, sailing around tropical islands, and snorkeling in crystal clear water then this trip will turn all those day dreams into a beautiful reality. The east coast of the country is your playground as you make your way from Sydney up to Cairns. Our particular favorites on this awesome itinerary include the cool, surfing scene at bohemian Byron Bay, the enormous sand dunes, pristine freshwater lakes and extraordinary wildlife on Fraser Island and the sun drenched seas and beautiful reefs of the incomparable Whitsunday Islands. The trip will also take you away from the traditional coastal spots for a day, letting you check out a true Aussie outback cattle station at Kroombit. From one wild night out in Byron Bay to possibly an even better one in tropical Cairns this 14 day adventure is the perfect way to experience the concentrated beauty of Australia’s east coast. Best Bits • Hang out with the hippies in Byron Bay • Go surfing, diving, kayaking or sunbathe • Absorb the glitz of the Gold Coast • Check out Australia’s best beaches • Experience Fraser Island’s raw beauty • Visit a working Cattle Station • Sail the stunning Whitsunday Islands • Enjoy a wild night out on Airlie Beach • Check out a local Aussie Rodeo • Opt to explore the Great Barrier Reef • Soak up the action of tropical Cairns • Cuddle a Koala in Cairns

Day 1: SYDNEY TO CENTRAL COAST Your adventure begins bright and early as you cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge and head north along the Pacific Highway. Travel past Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, stopping for lunch along the way. Pick up an ‘Akubra’ hat in Kempsey before arriving at your idyllic Surf spot on the Central Coast. This area is one of the most beautiful and pristine parts of the Australian coast line. Jump into the Aussie surf lifestyle and hit the water for your first lesson. If surfing is not your thing, kickback and explore the surrounding area. Tonight relax ‘Aussie Style’ around the campfire. (D) Days 2-3: Central Coast to Byron Bay After a second surf lesson this morning, head north via Coffs Harbour, to Australia’s most easternly point and surf capital - Byron Bay. Chill out, hit the beach and explore the town. The next day, try some of the optional activities on offer: surfing, diving or sea kayaking! Take a scenic walk to the lighthouse where the views are spectacular. Time will pass too fast! (2B) Days 4-5: Byron Bay to the Gold Coast A relaxed start to the day with a gourmet picnic brunch before departing Byron. Head in to Queensland with a stop at Natural Arch - a spectacular waterfall that plumets through a stone archway into a rock pool below - and on to Surfers Paradise on the glitzy Gold Coast. The nightlife here is pumping every night! Day 5 is a free day to take in the sights or head to one of the famous theme parks for some thrills. (2B, D)

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Days 6-7: Gold Coast to Fraser Island Stop at Kangaroo Point Cliffs lookout in Brisbane for the best views of the river city and hit the mall for a coffee and some shopping. Head north to the great, sandy national park of Fraser Island. On day 7, get out in a 4WD bus for some dune bashing along the unspoiled surf beaches and visit the pristine freshwater lakes, perfect for a swim. At the end of the day watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand at the jetty bar. Perfect! (2B, D) Day 8: Fraser Island to Kroombit Take the ferry back to the mainland and head in to Central Queensland for a taste of the true ‘Australian Outback hospitality’. Join a local family on their 10,000 acre cattle station and experience the wide open spaces and casual, relaxed lifestyle in this tranquil bush setting. Enjoy a goat rodeo and an evening around the campfire for a yarn or two - or you can try your skill on the Mechanical Bull! (B, D) Day 9: Kroombit to Emu Park Goat mustering, horse riding, quad bike riding or trap shooting are just a few of the activities available this morning before you say farewell to the cattle station. Make a stop in the beef capital of QLD – Rockhampton or ‘Rocky’ before making your way to the casual stress-free coastal town of Emu Park. A perfect place to sit back, relax and take it easy. Maybe a walk on the beach is more your style or a dip in the resort pool. Tonight enjoy a seaside ‘Reef & Beef Dinner’. (B, L, D)


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Day 10: Emu Park to The Whitsundays Head off for the gorgeous Whitsundays where you’re in for a real treat. Arrive in Airlie Beach, the heart of this thriving tropical paradise. The town over looks the beautiful Whitsunday Passage and the 74 nearby tropical islands. If there’s a heaven on earth, it’s definitely in the Whitsundays so prepare to enjoy! The best way by far to experience this gorgeous region is onboard a sailing yacht – your home for the next 2 nights! (B, D) Day 11: THE WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS Wake up in one of the many sheltered coves that make up the Whitsundays. You’ll set sail for golden sandy beaches, snorkel over island coral reefs and soak up the sun in this tropical Paradise. A visit to the famous Whitehaven Beach and Blue Pearl Bay will be a highlight. For the budding sailors, help set the sails and have a go at the helm as you cruise the islands. By night you’ll star gaze the Milky Way and forget about your life back home. You’re in heaven! (B, L, D)

Days 12-14: The Whitsundays to Cairns Early this morning, set sail for the mainland disembarking in Airlie Beach. Bid farewell to paradise as you head to tropical Cairns - the adventure mecca of Oz! You’d be well recommended to take a boat trip on to the beautiful Great Barrier Reef to go snorkeling or diving. Back on land there is a plethora of adventure activities to partake in. Go white water rafting, quad biking, do a bungy jump or even a sky dive! The nightlife in Cairns is pretty buzzing, so hit the town and enjoy a few farewell drink with your new friends. On day 14 head up to Kuranda for a chance to cuddle a Koala and explore the beautiful rainforest. Make your way back to Cairns where the tour ends. (3B) Please note: the above itinerary is effective from 1 April 2011 – 31 March 2012

DEPARTURES START 2011 JAN 01 JAN 08 JAN 29 FEB 05 FEB 26 MAR 05 MAR 26 APR 02 APR 23

FINISH JAN 14 JAN 21 FEB 11 FEB 18 MAR 11 MAR 18 APR 08 APR 15 MAY 06

START APR 30 MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 18 JUN 25 JUL 16 JUL 23 AUG 13 AUG 20 SEP 10

FINISH MAY 13 JUN 03 JUN 10 JUL 01 JUL 08 JUL 29 AUG 05 AUG 26 SEP 02 SEP 23

START SEP 17 OCT 08 OCT 15 NOV 05 NOV 12 DEC 03 DEC 10 DEC 31

FINISH SEP 30 OCT 21 OCT 28 NOV 18 NOV 25 DEC 16 DEC 23 JAN 13

START 2012 JAN 07 JAN 28 FEB 04 FEB 25 MAR 03 MAR 24 MAR 31 APR 07 APR 21

FINISH JAN 20 FEB 10 FEB 17 MAR 09 MAR 16 APR 06 APR 13 APR 20 MAY 04

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Australia’s East Coast is where you find all those amazing postcard shots of miles and miles of brilliant white sandy beach, massive expanses of shallow coral reefs surrounded by the clearest blue water and colorful tropical fish, endless days of blazing sunshine and the quintessential Aussie lifestyle spent having BBQ’s outdoors and surfing all day long! This, surprisingly, is not a myth, but in fact a reality and one you can experience yourself. Over the next few weeks, at just the right pace, you’ll get a chance to explore the coastal beauties of Mission Beach, Rainbow Beach and the superbly chilled out town of Byron Bay. Meet koalas, cows and wallabies, chuckle with the locals and eat some great bush tucker. Head out sailing on the Whitsunday Islands, spotting dolphins if you’re lucky and snorkeling with some of the most beautifully colored fish you’ll have ever seen. And if that’s not enough once you reach Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, you’ll be completely mesmerized by the lakes, rusty shipwreck perfect for the photographically inspired, and Indian Head, with incredible views over the Ocean. Get out and get active with a couple of surf lessons and you’ll be riding the waves freestyle in no time. Ah, yes, this will be the trip that will keep you talking for years to come! Best Bits • Hit the waves with a surf lesson • Chill out in Byron Bay • See the colored sand at Rainbow Beach • Take a 4WD adventure on Fraser Island • Swim in clear fresh water lakes • Learn to crack a whip in the outback • Sail around the stunning Whitsundays • Skydive on to Mission Beach • Take a rainforest hike on Dunk Island • Go white-water rafting on the Tully River • Explore the Daintree Rainforest • Admire the sunrise on a kayaking trip

Day 1: Sydney to Surf Camp Set off from Sydney and head north to your seaside, secluded surf camp where you’ll get the chance to hit the waves this afternoon with an included surf lesson from the guys at Mojo Surf. These guys are on a mission to get you standing on a board by the end of your lesson! You will start with a theory lesson on surfing and then it’s straight out to the beach. Relax on the beach and in the evening hang out and have dinner at the Mojo Beach House. (D) Days 2-3: Surf Camp to Byron Bay After a delicious breakfast and maybe an early swim, head north through the coastal towns of Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga to Byron Bay, Australia’s most easterly point. On arrival, check out the Byron Bay lighthouse for amazing views of the East Coast and inland National Parks. After checking in to your accommodation you’re free to enjoy one of Australia’s finest beaches for the next two days! Maybe grab another surf lesson, try tandem hang gliding, take a trip to the hippie center of Nimbin, scuba dive or just hangout at the beach or in the coffee shops. (2B) Day 4: Byron Bay to Rainbow Beach After breakfast make traks for colorful Rainbow Beach with a stop in glitzy Surfers Paradise on the way. As you head north there is the option to visit Australia Zoo or take a short break at the spectacular lookout at Wild Horse Mountain. Enjoy panoramic views of the Sunshine Coast overlooking Noosa and Mooloolaba before arriving at Rainbow Beach; a vibrant young coastal town, with glistening colored sands and a relaxed atmosphere. This evening relax back at your accommodation, located just 33 feet from the beach. (B, D)

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Days 5-6: Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island Get ready for 2 days of exhilarating adventure exploring crystalline fresh water lakes and some of the finest white sandy beaches you will have ever seen as you head off to Fraser Island on a locally guided 4WD tag-along safari. During this time you will drive along Seventy-Five Mile Beach, explore Lake Wabby, Lake Mackenzie, Eli Creek and Indian Head and be sure to take a photograph of the Maheno Wreck. There will be plenty of wildlife to observe and free time to simply enjoy your unique surroundings. Return to Rainbow Beach in the late afternoon on day 6. (2B, 2L, D) Day 7: Rainbow Beach to Kroombit This morning catch a bus or ferry to Tin Can Bay where you can feed the resident dolphins. After dolphin feeding, leave the coast behind as you turn inland through cattle country to Kroombit Cattle Station. Here, you will experience true outback living with the chance to ride a mechanical bull and take a walk of the massive property. Tonight you will taste a traditional camp oven dinner, cooked in the open fire and learn the art of cracking a whip! (B, D) Day 8: Kroombit Cattle Station Today is jam-packed with exciting outback activities. Learn first-hand about Queensland farming life as you participate in a “goat muster” on horseback, try your skill at trap-shooting and be part of a mini-rodeo as animals are herded into the ring. This evening enjoy another hearty camp-oven dinner and re-live your day’s experiences around the campfire with a beer from the bush bar, a good old yarn and maybe a bit of a sing-along. (B, L, D)


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Day 9: Kroombit to Airlie Beach It’s an early start today as you enjoy a hearty country breakfast before the big drive from Kroombit back to the coast! Arrive in Airlie Beach this afternoon in time to board your private chartered yacht for two magical days and nights sailing the finest waters in the world through the Whitsunday Islands. You will sleep on the boat, moored in quiet coves and if you prefer, drag your mattress on deck for a night under the stars. (B, D)

Day 13: Mission Beach to Cape Tribulation Heading further north you’ll stop at the Boulders for a refreshing swim before passing through Cairns towards the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest area. Catch the ferry over the Johnson River to your hideaway accommodation in the rainforest. There are lots of layback options to select from including a rainforest spotlighting walk, a stroll down to the beach or a cool off in the pool. (B)

Day 10: Whitsunday Sailing Wake up this morning in paradise where you will have the opportunity to sunbathe, snorkel and swim while exploring the idyllic Whitsunday Islands on board your luxury yacht. Visit the many beaches, coves and islands with the opportunity to hoist the sails and even take the wheel. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Cape Tribulation to Cairns If you can handle the early start, a three hour sunrise kayaking cruise will impress! After breakfast start winding your way back down along the coastline. There’s the opportunity for a final photo of a deserted beach, complete with overhanging palm trees before reaching your final destination of Cairns where you say goodbye to your new friends and continue on with a new adventure. (B)

Days 11- 12: Airlie Beach to Mission Beach Retire your sea legs as to head back to dry land. Leaving Airlie Beach head to tropical Mission Beach - known as the adrenaline capital of the North. There are so many optional activies to try your 2 days will fly by! You could take a full day white-water rafting trip down the mighty Tully River or for those with a strong sense of adventure go tandem skydiving, landing on the beach. Catch the water taxi out to Dunk Island for some stunning rainforest hiking, take a fishing charter, relax on the nine miles of pristine beach or head off in search of the elusive Cassowary through the surrounding rainforest. (2B, D)

Add an extra day in Cairns and head out to see the Great Barrier Reef! Sydney - Cairns 15 DAYS, FR $2,843 Tour Code: AT EDA

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Included: Experienced guide, surf lesson, national park fees, 2 night Whitsunday sailing, 2 day 4WD Fraser Island Tag Along tour, wild dolphin feeding, outback cattle station experience including a horseback goat muster, trap shooting and mini-rodeo. Accommodation: 13 nts Multi-share dorms with shared facilities Group Size: Max 14 Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners Tour Code: AT SC14

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• Cairns Cape Tribulation • Mission Beach • • The Whitsundays Airlie Beach • • Kroombit Cattle Stn. • Fraser Island Rainbow Beach •

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• Byron Bay • Surf Camp • Sydney

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Take a sunrise kayaking tour through the Daintree Rainforest Take the plunge and opt to skydive on to Mission Beach Sail the Whitsunday Islands and witness beautiful marine life Ride a mechanical bull at a cattle station in the outback Stay overnight on the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island

Day 1: Cairns to Cape Tribulation Head north out of Cairns, across the crocodile infested Johnson River towards the Daintree Rainforest area and your hideaway retreat. Days 2-3: Cape Tribulation to Mission Beach It’s back down the coast for some adrenaline-fueled fun at Mission Beach. Go white-water rafting on the Tully or skydive on to the beach! (2B, 2D) Days 4-5: Mission Beach to Whitsunday Sailing A short drive to Airlie where you board a yacht for 2 days of bliss as you sail through the Whitsundays. Sunbathe, snorkel and visit many different island beaches. Ask the skipper for a go behind the wheel. (2B, L, D) Days 6-7: Whitsunday Sailing to Kroombit Cattle Station Experience outback living in cattle country and participate in farming life. Trapshoot, be part of a mini-rodeo and ride a mechanical bull! (2B, L, 2D) Day 8: Kroombit to Rainbow Beach Back to the coast to check out the colored sands at Rainbow Beach. (B, D) Days 9-10: Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island There’s 4WD action for the next 2 days as you follow your guide car across the sand dunes to pristine fresh water lakes on Fraser Island. (2B, 2L, D)

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EASYRIDER

The Gold Coast

Wander around eclectic galleries, craft shops and cafes of Byron Try your hand at surfing on one of Australia’s best beaches Gaze at passing dolphins from Cape Byron Lighthouse Enjoy a couple of wild nights out on the Gold Coast Lie back and bask in lashings of gorgeous sunshine

Day 1: SYDNEY TO CENTRAL COAST Cross over the iconic Harbour Bridge and travel northwards, past Ku-ringgai Chase National Park. Pick up an “Akubra” hat in Kempsey before arriving at your secret surf spot. Hit the waves with a surf lesson or kickback on the beach. Relax ‘Aussie style’ around the campfire tonight. (D) Days 2-3: CENTRAL COAST TO BYRON BAY After a second surf lesson this morning, head north via Coffs Harbour, to Australia’s most easternly point and surf capital - Byron Bay. Chill out, hit the beach and explore the town. The next day, try some of the optional activities on offer: surfing, diving or sea kayaking! Take a scenic walk to the lighthouse where the views are dramatic. Time will pass too fast! (2B) Days 4-5: BYRON BAY to the Gold Coast A relaxed start to the day with a gourmet picnic brunch before departing Byron. Head in to Queensland with a stop at Natural Arch - a spectacular waterfall that plummets through a stone archway into a rock pool below - and on to Surfers Paradise on the glitzy Gold Coast. Day 5 is a free day to take in the sights or head to one of the famous theme parks for some thrills. The nightlife here is pumping everynight so get out and enjoy a few farewell drinks or a bite to eat overlooking the sea. (2B, D)

Day 11: Rainbow Beach to Brisbane or Byron Bay Head back down the coast and choose to stop in Brisbane or Byron Bay. (B)

Day 6: Gold Coast Another blissfull day to enjoy the aptly named Gold Coast. Hit the shops or the waves or explore the surrounding hinterland. It all wraps up today as you say goodbye to new friends. (B)

DEPARTURES

DEPARTURES

START 2011 JAN 05 JAN 26 FEB 02 FEB 09 FEB 16 MAR 02 MAR 09 MAR 16 MAR 23

FINISH JAN 15 FEB 05 FEB 12 FEB 19 FEB 26 MAR 12 MAR 19 MAR 26 APR 02

START MAR 30 APR 07 APR 21 MAY 05 MAY 19 JUN 02 JUN 16 JUN 30 JUL 14 JUL 28

FINISH APR 09 APR 17 MAY 01 MAY 15 MAY 29 JUN 12 JUN 26 JUL 10 JUL 24 AUG 07

START AUG 11 AUG 25 SEP 08 SEP 22 OCT 06 OCT 20 NOV 03 NOV 10 NOV 17 NOV 24

FINISH AUG 21 SEP 04 SEP 18 OCT 02 OCT 16 OCT 30 NOV 13 NOV 20 NOV 27 DEC 04

For departures dates in 2012 please ask your STA Travel Experts Included: Experienced guide, national park fees, Whitsunday Sailing, 4WD Fraser Island Tag Along tour, wild dolphin feeding, outback cattle station experience including a horseback goat muster, trap shooting and mini-rodeo Accommodation: 10 nts Dorm with shared facilities Group Size: Max 14 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners Tour Code: AT CBB12

• Cairns Cape Tribulation • Mission Beach • • The Whitsundays • Airlie Beach • Kroombit Stn. • Fraser Island Rainbow Beach • • Brisbane • Byron Bay

START 2011 JAN 01 JAN 08 JAN 29 FEB 05 FEB 26 MAR 05 MAR 26

FINISH JAN 05 JAN 12 FEB 02 FEB 09 MAR 02 MAR 09 APR 30

START APR 02 APR 23 APR 30 MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 18 JUN 25 JUL 16

FINISH APR 07 APR 28 MAY 05 MAY 26 JUN 02 JUN 23 JUN 30 JUL 21

START JUL 23 AUG 13 AUG 20 SEP 10 SEP 17 OCT 08 OCT 15 NOV 05

FINISH JUL 28 AUG 18 AUG 25 SEP 15 SEP 22 OCT 13 OCT 20 NOV 10

Accommodation: Accomodation varies from Hostels, Hotels, Lodges. You will have 1 nt Dorms with shared facilities, 3 nts Lodges with private facilities, 2 nts Hotel Group Size: Max 36 Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners Tour Code: TD JQL6

go in reverse GOLD COAST - SYDNEY Tour Code: TD JQL6R

Please note: The above itinerary is effective from 01 April 2011 – 31 March 2012. Prior to this it will run as a 5 day tour - ask your STA Travel Travel Expert for details.

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Capricorn Suntanner 12 days, $1,870 fr

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EASYRIDER

The Whitsundays

Hit the waves on some of the world’s best surf beaches See Fraser Island’s natural beauty and swim in freshwater lakes Stay at an Outback cattle station and ride the mechanical bull Explore pristine white sand beaches and soak up the sun Sail around the awesome Whitsunday Islands

Day 1: SYDNEY TO CENTRAL COAST Heading out of Sydney arriving at your secret surf spot. Hit the waves with a surf lesson. Relax ‘Aussie style’ around the campfire tonight. (D) Days 2-3: CENTRAL COAST TO BYRON BAY Today you’re off to Australia’s surf capital - Byron Bay. Activities the next day include surfing, diving or sea kayaking! Enyoy the chilled vibes. (2B) Days 4-5: BYRON BAY to the Gold Coast Have a gourmet picnic brunch before heading on to Surfer’s Paradise. Day 5, a free day to visit one of the theme parks for some thrills. (2B, D) Days 6-7: gold coast to Fraser Island A quick stop in Brisbane as you head to Fraser Island. On day 7, get out in a 4WD bus to explore the dunes and drive along the unspoiled surf beaches and visit the pristine freshwater lakes perfect for a swim. (2B, D) Days 8-9: FRASER ISLAND TO KROOMBIT and Emu Park Today, you head to Kroombit Cattle Station to get a taste of the outback. Day 9 will see you enjoy a ‘Reef & Beef’ dinner by the seaside. (2B, L, 2D)

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Cairns

Hit the waves and relax in the sun on the Gold Coast Enjoy a 4WD adventure on the stunning Fraser Island Cruise around the magnificent Whitsunday Islands Snorkel over island coral reefs Party on in fun-time Cairns

Day 1: Gold Coast A full day to take on Australia’s vacation playground! Visit the famous theme parks for some thrills or relax on the golden sandy beaches. Days 2-3: Gold Coast to Fraser Island Stop in Brisbane as you head to Fraser Island. The next day see this great sandy national park by 4WD bus, along unspoiled surf beaches and visit stunning lakes. End the day with a cocktail and watch the sunset. (2B, D) Day 4: FRASER ISLAND TO KROOMBIT Goodbye to the beach and hello to the outback as you head to Kroombit, a working cattle station. See the renowned ‘Goat Rodeo’ before an evening around the campfire, or try your skill on the mechanical bull! (B, D) Day 5: KROOMBIT to EMU Park After some more ‘ranch’ activites in the morning, head to Emu Park for a relaxing evening on the coast and enyoy a ‘Reef & Beef’ dinner. (B, L, D) Days 6-7: EMU Park to The Whitsundays Get ready for an awesome time as you spend the next 2 days sailing around the Whitsundays. Snorkel over coral reefs - paradise! (2B, L, 2D)

Days 10-12: EMU PARK TO WHITSUNDAYS Get ready for an awesome time as you spend the next 2 days sailing around the Whitsundays. Tour ends back in Airlie on day 12. (3B, L, 2D)

Days 8-10: The Whitsundays to Cairns Arriving back in Airlie, head straight up to Australia’s adventure capital for 2 excitement filled days. Take a boat trip out to the reef for some amazing diving and snorkeling or try white water rafting, skydiving or bungy! (3B)

DEPARTURES

DEPARTURES

START 2011 JAN 01 JAN 08 JAN 29 FEB 05 FEB 26 MAR 05 MAR 26 APR 02

FINISH JAN 11 JAN 18 FEB 08 FEB 15 MAR 08 MAR 15 APR 05 APR 13

START APR 23 APR 30 MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 18 JUN 25 JUL 16 JUL 23 AUG 13

FINISH MAY 04 MAY 11 JUN 01 JUN 08 JUN 29 JUL 06 JUL 27 AUG 03 AUG 24

START AUG 20 SEP 10 SEP 10 SEP 17 OCT 08 OCT 15 NOV 05 NOV 12 DEC 03

FINISH AUG 31 SEP 21 SEP 21 SEP 28 OCT 19 OCT 26 NOV 16 NOV 23 DEC 14

Accommodation: 4 nts Lodges with shared facilities, 3 nts Lodges with private facilities, 2 nts Hotel, 2 nts Sailing Group Size: Max 36 Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 7 dinners Tour Code: TD JQL12

go in reverse WHITSUNDAYS - SYDNEY FR $1,835 Tour Code: TD JQL12R Please note: the above itinerary is effective from 01 April 2011 – 31 March 2012. Prior to this it will run as a 11 day tour.

• The Whitsundays Emu Park • Kroombit • • Fraser Island Gold Coast • Byron Bay • Central Coast • • Sydney

START 2011 JAN 04 JAN 11 FEB 01 FEB 08 MAR 01 MAR 08 MAR 29 APR 06

FINISH JAN 14 JAN 21 FEB 11 FEB 18 MAR 11 MAR 18 APR 11 ARP 15

START APR 27 MAY 04 MAY 25 JUN 01 JUN 22 JUN 29 JUL 20 JUL 27 AUG 17

FINISH MAY 06 MAY 13 JUN 03 JUN 10 JUN 01 JUL 08 JUL 29 AUG 05 AUG 26

START AUG 24 SEP 14 SEP 21 OCT 12 OCT 19 NOV 09 NOV 16 DEC 07 DEC 14

FINISH SEP 02 SEP 23 SEP 30 OCT 21 OCT 28 NOV 18 NOV 25 DEC 16 DEC 23

Accommodation: 3 nts Lodges with shared facilities, 3 nts Lodges with private facilities, 1 nts Hotel, 2 nts Sailing Group Size: Max 36 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 5 dinners Tour Code: TD JQL10

go in reverse CAIRNS - GOLD COAST FR $1,425 Tour Code: TD JQL10R Please note: the above itinerary is effective from 01 April 2011 – 31 March 2012. Prior to this it will run as a 11 day tour.

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East Coast self drive

CAR HIRE IS EXTRA

15 Days, fr $1,919 sydney

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Make your way from Sydney to Cairns in tropical north Queensland without missing a thing. From the laidback pace of surf town Byron Bay, to the fun of ‘Brisvegas’, there’s plenty to see and do as you cruise up Australia’s iconic East Coast. • • • • • •

Wineries of the Hunter Valley Coastal town of Coffs Harbour Surf in Byron Bay 4WD tour of Fraser Island Chill out on Daydream Island Tropical city of Townsville

Day 1: Sydney to Hunter Valley (216 km) Depart Sydney and travel north over the Harbour Bridge and along the Pacific Highway. Drive through Gosford and Newcastle before reaching the Hunter Valley famous for its wineries. Day 2: Hunter Valley A full day to explore the wineries, art and gourmet delights that is the Hunter Valley. Day 3: Hunter Valley to Port Stephens (101 km) Leave the Hunter Valley and travel to Port Stephens. Known as a Blue Water Wonderland, the natural bay is 2 1/2 times the size of Sydney Harbour and surrounded by dormant volcanoes. Day 4: Port Stephens to Coffs Harbour (440 km) You can choose to take a cruise in the Harbour with the local dolphins this morning before heading north along the Lakes Way until you reach Coffs Harbour. Day 5: Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay (251 km) This northern stretch of NSW contains some of the most beautiful landscapes in Australia. From Coffs Harbour, follow the coast to Woolgoolga and then turn inland, through Grafton and travel on to Byron Bay which attracts surfers from near and far. Cape Byron’s northernly aspect makes it one of the best beaches for surfing in Australia and it’s the most easterly point in the country. Day 6: Byron Bay to Brisbane (170 km) Leaving Byron Bay, travel north to Brunswick Heads and then onto Kingscliff and Tweed Heads. From here, there is a choice of routes. The first option is continue on the main highway via Nerang and travel directly to Brisbane. The second option is to travel via the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise.

Day 7: Brisbane You’re almost halfway! Take today to relax and explore the city of Brisbane. Day 8: Brisbane to Fraser Island (320 km) Depart Brisbane and head north on the Bruce Highway with a stop on the Sunshine Coast at Noosa Heads. At Hervey Bay park your car at the terminal (car parking available at own expense) and catch the ferry across to Fraser Island. Day 9: Fraser Island Today enjoy a full day ranger guided 4WD Eco Tour of Fraser Island, including lunch. Learn about the natural and cultural history of the island, swim in clear freshwater lakes, walk through towering rainforest and drive along the amazing Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Day 10: Fraser Island to Yeppoon (439km) Depart Fraser Island and return to Hervey Bay. Head north on the Bruce Highway to Yeppoon via Rockhampton. Yeppoon a seaside resort located on the coast overlooking Great Keppel Island. Day 11: Yeppoon to Daydream Island (495 km) Returning to the Bruce Highway, continue to Proserpine and take the turn to Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. Take the Fantasea catamaran for your transfer to Daydream Island, a small island nestled among the Whitsunday Islands. With an array of restaurants and tropical bars, lagoon swimming pools and spa - its time to relax!

Self Drive Inclusions: Accommodation: 14 nights on a room only basis, at various stops along the way • ‘Co-pilot’ package - pack containing detailed maps, itineraries and route touring suggestions • Catamaran transfers to: Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Daydream Island and Abel Point Marina • Fraser Island Beauty Spot Tour

Tour Code: STA596

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Day 12: Daydream Island A full day to enjoy the activities on offer. Day 13: Daydream Island to Townsville (280 km) Depart Daydream Island and return to Shute Harbour by catamaran. Pass through Bowen before arriving in tropical Townsville. A visit to the Great Barrier Reef is recommended. Day 14: Townsville to Atherton (377 km) Continue north on the Bruce Highway with a stop to explore the stunning Mission Beach before continuing on to Innisfail. From Innisfail, travel through the rich wet tropic rainforest of Johnstone River Valley to the cool climate highlands of the Atherton Tablelands. Here you are free to explore the deep blue waters of extinct volcano crater lakes and the amazing Curtain Fig Tree. Travel to Millaa Millaa, where you can start your rainforest drive of the Waterfall Circuit, an essential part of any visit to the area. Day 15: Atherton to Cairns (99 km) Today’s drive takes you north to Mareeba, where you can savor the region’s aromatic coffee. Drive onto Kuranda where you can visit the Kuuranda markets (operating Wed, Thu, Fri and Sun), the Heritage markets are open every day. Continue onto Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the tropical rainforest of the World Heritage region and the rugged outback of the Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

• Atherton • Townsville • Day Dream Island • Yeppoon • Fraser Island

• Brisbane • Byron Bay • Coffs Harbour • Port Stephens • Hunter Valley • Sydney


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NSW

MY FAVORITE EXPERIENCE

After the epic nightlife of Sydney, the laid back vibes of Byron Bay were just what we needed. On the first night we danced on the tables of ‘Cheeky Monkeys’ - a Byron Bay institution! The next day we hung out long sandy beach in the sun, learned to surf in the afternoon and climbed to the Byron Lighthouse for an unforgettable sunset Harry, Syracuse

area: 809,444 KM2 Population: 7.1 MILLION

USEFUL INFO

LOCAL BEER: TOOHEYS NEW

THE WEATHER

On the first Saturday of March, Sydney celebrates Mardi Gras. This fabulously famboyant celebration is a real eye opener. You don’t want to miss it!

New South Wales lies in the temperate zone and the climate is generally free from extreme heat and cold. Sydney has a mild, sunny, Mediterranean climate, with its warmest months being November through April. The rest of the state has warm semi-tropical summers, particularly in lower central areas. Mountain areas in the west are cooler, particularly in winter – but in Sydney even in the winter you can don your shorts and flip flops! You will want to wrap up warm in the snowy mountain region where winter frosts and snow are experienced over long periods, perfect for snowboarding.

USELESS INFO

New South Wales was the first part of Australia to be settled by Europeans. Apparently these first European settlers in Australia drank more alcohol per person than any other community in history!

TRY BEFORE YOU FLY

The green-tinned malty milk chocolate beverage otherwise known as Milo originates from Oz. In 1934 Thomas Mayne developed Milo and launched it at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

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3 wake up! Sydney

The best located hostel in Darlinghurst, it’s an easy walk to Hyde Park, the bars and shops of the city center and all the ‘must see’ attractions. There’s an awesome rooftop bar area with views over Sydney’s skyline. There’s a weekly BBQ plus they’ll pick you up from the airport. STA104

Your big “down under” adventure begins right in Sydney’s center. Recently renovated rooms are big and comfy, plus the girls-only sanctuary rooms come with some pampering extras. There’s a hip cafe, Internet, communal kitchen and for the party animals, the “Scary Canary” bar will be a hit. STA103

This seven-story mega-hostel, opposite Central Station, is a great place to make new friends. It has immaculate rooms and bathrooms, a state of the art kitchen, Internet lounge, all-day cafe, work and travel center, laundry facilities and ‘Sidebar’ - the best backpacker bar in town! STA101

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$35 DORM $47 Twin/Double

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8 travelodge sydney

9 rendezvous stafford

Luxury facilities at budget prices - now we have your attention! Contemporary rooms benefit from a recent facelift and come with cable TV and WiFi. There is a rooftop pool where you can relax with your complimentary newspaper and you are an easy walk to all the top sights. STA276

Superb restaurants, theaters, lively nightclubs and a great range of shops from designer stores to funky boutiques are within easy walking distance. New, modern and easy on the wallet, there is an Internet kiosk and snack and drink vending machines in the lobby. STA277

A charming, intimate hotel located in the heart of the historic Rocks district just moments from the Opera House. Choose to stay in the stylish harbor view rooms or apartments and facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool and spa and poolside breakfast lounge. STA278

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$134 Single $67 Twin/Double

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$157 single $91 Twin/Double

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

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december 26, every year! sydney to hobart yacht race

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Funky and cheap sums things up nicely. There’s a great communal buzz and you will have a bunch of new buddies by the time you leave. There are nightly activites, a massive kitchen, secure lockers and friendly staff. In the middle of the city buzz there’s not much else you need. STA102

Centrally located in vibrant Paddington, fashion fans will love the boutique shopping and hip bars in the area. This charming hotel boasts a fitness room, swimming pool, complimentary bike hire, Internet booth and WiFi. All rooms have private bathrooms, safe, A/C and TV. STA903

This great value hotel is located on a leafy street in the hip suburb of Ultimo, a few minutes from Darling Harbour, Paddy’s Market and the city center. Massive rooms are modern and clean and come with WiFi, TV and some even have a balcony. Helpful staff are available 24hours. STA275

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Work and Play Starter Packages 3, 5 or 7 Days • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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Arrival airport transfers Accommodation with daily breakfast Hop-on/hop-off Sydney Sights tour Sydney Harbour Cruise Comprehensive work and travel pack 12 month Job Club membership Mobile phone sim card and setup Mail holding and forwarding service Tax File Number set up Bank Account set up Medicare card application Aussie BBQ Group Dinner (5 & 7 day) Group pub Crawl (5 & 7 day) Aboriginal Culture Show (5 & 7 day) Surf lesson & Blue Mt. day trip (7 day)

$133 single $66 Twin/Double

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Feel right at home in Sydney by making friends and meeting others in exactly the same situation as you! No need to worry about anything as this fully comprehensive Work and Play package takes care of every little detail. You’ll receive a detailed work and travel pack crammed full of very useful info on health cards, medical care, setting up a bank account, obtaining a tax-file number, buying a car and finding work. You’ll be appointed a friendly guide to help you set this up so you can’t go wrong. They’ll sign you up for an online job search so you can be earning cash straight away and you’ll continue to receive offers throughout your entire stay in Oz. They’ll even take you down to the bank to help you set up an account and help you fill in all the Tax File Number forms. They’ll show you the ropes around town, organize great group dinners and activities so you meet lots of new friends and will have loads of advice and tips to share on how to make the most of your time in Australia. STA600

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Sydney sailing adventure 4 hours fr $77 Feel the wind in your hair, the spray on your face and sit back and enjoy this exhilarating jet boat ride around Sydney’s famous harbor! You’ll speed under the bridge, past the opera house - just watch out for the ferries! STA279

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The recent refurbishment of The Marque Sydney has unveiled a contemporary intimate hotel with fresh simple lines, complimented by friendly and attentive service. Unwind by the pool on the roof top sundeck or relax in the lobby bar lounge. Located adjacent to Railway Square and the transport hub of central Sydney, this vibrant hotel is just minutes to Darling Harbour, the fashionable Surry Hills and Chinatown. STA280

A unique Sydney hotel that exudes the style of this fantastic city in the heart of town. At the end of your busy day relax in the sauna, take a dip in the rooftop heated swimming pool or adjourn to the Curve Bar for a quiet drink and enjoy the vibe at this hotel with personality. Perfectly positioned for you to easily discover Sydney’s vibrant CBD, chic Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Chinatown and close to all the entertainment on offer. STA013

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Boutique hunter valley wine tour

blue mountains Special Tour

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full day FR $153 There are over 130 wineries in the Hunter Valley, so with no set itinerary and traveling in a small group, you can customize the day to take in the cellars you most want to explore! There’ll be a focus on the small boutique wineries throughout the day and a gourmet lunch stop at a local cafe is included. STA283

full day FR $63 The solitude, breathtaking scenery and awesome landscapes are all waiting to be discovered. See the Three Sisters rock formations, do a 2-hour hike at Wentworth Falls, take in spectacular lookouts, view kangaroos in their natural habitat and ride the Scenic Railway. A tasty lunch is also included! STA284

full Day FR $271 See Australia’s iconic wildlife in the wild! You’ll travel as part of a small group accompanied by a Naturalist Guide to search for kangaroos, koalas, wombats, emus, possums, and platypus. You’ll travel in the afternoon and into the evening to see the most wildlife possible. A hearty dinner is included. STA285

2 hours FR $179 This is the ultimate experience in Sydney. Choose from three guided climbs that take you to the summit of this world famous Bridge. You will climb through the inner arch crossing over catwalks and stairs, and make your way to thrilling views that await you at the summit of the Bridge! STA286

Sydney & Beyond

Port Stephens & Nelson Bay Dunes

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Full Day FR $171 Discover the beautiful North Coast region of Port Stephens, with its diverse blue water paradise, its pristine waterways, golden sandy beaches and eco-diverse marina. Join the dolphin watch cruise from Nelson Bay and then take a 4WD tour through the sand dunes where you can go sandboarding! STA287

half day FR $124 Head out over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and enjoy the peaceful surrounds of Sydney’s North Shore! You’ll start out in the Rocks district before you make the easy ride over the bridge - it’s an unforgettable sight looking back at Sydney’s sky line. Head around Luna Park and Lavendar Bay. STA288

half day FR $96 Join this awesome bike tour that takes in Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park and loads more. There’ll be an expert guide showing you the sights with plenty of time to stop for pictures. There’s even time for a quick pint in a traditional Aussie boozer! STA901

2, 3 or 7 days FR $148 One price, one ticket, 40+ attractions, endless savings. The 2, 3 or 7 day ‘See Sydney and Beyond’ Card provides free admission to loads of brilliant attractions - from the Opera House to the Aquarium, Scenic World and Jenolan Caves. You’ll also get discounts in certain shops and restaurants. Add on an upgrade to include transport. STA904

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Recently refurbished this hotel offers contemporary accommodation, a heated pool, two restaurants and a funky bar. Located in cosmopolitan Surry Hills and minutes walk to the boutique shopping and dining areas of Oxford and Crown Street makes this a perfect choice for stylish travelers. Close to the Entertainment Centre, Darling Harbour and Central Railway Station, you are with in easy access to all the city highlights. STA281

Luxury, opulance, fine dining, personal service and stunning views over Sydney’s iconic Harbour are what you’re in for if you choose to stay at the Shangri La. Located in the historic Rocks district you are perfectly postioned to take advantage of the great dining, shopping and entertainment in the city and the award winning Altitude Restaurant and Blu Horizon Bar offers pectacular views of the city from level 36. STA282

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Sydney to Melbourne Safari

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Start & Finish: Sydney

Visit Parliament House in Canberra - Australia’s capital Climb to the top of Australia’s highest mountain Admire the coastal rock formations at Wilsons Promontory

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See Australia’s unique wildlife Enjoy bush walks to lookouts and waterfalls Jump on board the Scenic Railway

You could fly between Australia’s two largest cities, but where’s the fun in that? On this mini road trip there are plenty of iconc sights to keep you snapping away on camera. Walk to “The Roof Of Australia” or Mt Kosciuszko - Australia’s highest mountain and stop in the capital, Canberra to visit the striking Parliament House building. You’ll overnight at the Lakes Entrance, gateway to Gippsland and ninety-mile beach before reaching Wilson’s Prom with the chance to see wombats and emu’s in the wild and admire the rugged coast. All that before you reach Melbourne!

One day is just not enough to really experience the World Heritage Blue Mountains National Park - so we have added a nights accommodation to maximize your time here. See Eastern Grey Kangaroos in native bushlands and hike through the lush rainforest to visit cascading waterfalls. Jump on board the Scenic Railway – the world’s steepest - for some spectacular views before bunking down in Katoomba for the night. The next day there is more time to explore highlight like the Jenolan Caves, try canyoning or even abseiling before returning to Sydney.

Included: Experienced guides, National Park entry fees, charlift to ‘Roof of Australia’ Accommodation: 2 nts dorms with shared facilities Group Size: Max 24 Meals: 2 breakfast, 2 dinner Tour Code: AT SM3 Departure Days APR, OCT-MAR: MON, WED, SAT (except Dec 21, 24, 28, 31 2011), MAY-SEP: WED, SAT

Included: Experienced guide, lunch, scenic railway and national park entry fees Accommodation: 1 nts dorms with shared facilities Group Size: Max 24 Meals: 1 lunch Tour Code: AT BLUEHILL Departure Days: Daily

blue mountains & Hunter Valley Self drive 4 days, fr $464

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Day 2: Hunter Valley to the Blue Mountains (230 km) Leave the Hunter Valley and travel to Katoomba, the main town in the Blue Mountains. The highlight attraction is Echo Point, from where the best views of the Jamison Valley and Three Sisters rock formation are.

Enjoy the fantastic wine of the Hunter Valley Trek the trails through the Blue Mountains Visit the spectacular Wentworth Falls Take in the spectacular views from Echo Point

Day 3: the Blue Mountains Enjoy a day at leisure in the Blue Mountains.

Day 1: Sydney to Hunter Valley (216 km) Depart Sydney and travel north over the Harbour Bridge and onto the Pacific Highway. Travel via Newcastle and Maitland and into the Hunter Valley. Take the opportunity to taste and some of Australia’s finest wines.

Day 4: the Blue Mountains to Sydney (100 km) Leave the Blue Mountains and take the Western Highway, pass through Springwood before linking to the motorway back to Sydney. Tour Code: STA 597

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You’ll love the friendly vibes at this surfobsessed hostel right on the legendary Bondi Beach. When you’re not making use of the surfboards, wetsuits, fishing rods and snorkeling gear all supplied for peanuts, chill out in the TV room and catch a match on the big screen! STA289

Live the Australian dream by the beach, sunning, swimming and surfing! Your waterfront hostel, in one of the coolest locations of the city, is only 15min in to the central CBD. Rooms are clean and cozy and most have a balcony overlooking the beach and the nightlife legendary! STA290

This contemporary Bondi Beach property is only a short stroll from Sydney’s famous beach. Not a hotel but better, these serviced appartments, with kitchenette are a great cost saving option for short or long stays. There is a outdoor pool and sun deck and free off-street parking. STA291

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Bondi surf Experience

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2 hours FR $77 What better place to learn to surf than on famous Bondi Beach? Here you’ll find fantastic waves, year-round sun and the coolest beachside vibe anywhere. Taught in a small groups and given personal instruction, you will up on the board riding the waves in no time. You’ll soon be dreaming of your own ‘Endless Summer’ following the surf looking for that perfect wave! STA292

full day FR $163 Enjoy the ultimate Sydney experience. This fullday tour starts with a morning’s surf session on the famous Bondi Beach. After hanging 10 head over to The Rocks for a guided tour by bicycle to show you the best Sydney has to offer while giving you local insights - the ultimate Aussie day out in the country’s most vibrant city. A truly entertaining and memorable experience! STA293

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Great Aussie Surf Adventure 5 days, fr $720 Sydney • • • • • • •

Byron Bay

Learn to surf on beautiful beaches - no experience required 7x 2hr surf lessons in total Campfire games, and beach parties galore Transport from Sydney to Byron Bay 4 nights accommodation All meals included at the Surf Camps All surf gear provided, including warm wetsuits in winter

This is the be-all-and-end-all of surf adventures in Australia. Departing from Sydney every Monday morning you cruise north for an action packed week of surfing, summer beach parties, exploration, and relaxation. Split the week between 3 luxury surf camps; Melaleucas’ teepee village and cabins, Crescent Heads’ purpose built Mojo Beach House, the sleepy surf

town that holds Spot X (a secret spot among surfing enthusiasts), and of course Australia’s surf capital - Byron Bay. This is the ultimate way to immerse yourself in Australia’s number one pastime, and live the surf and beach lifestyle to its fullest. Long days relaxing in the sun and waves leading into memorable nights around the campfire, and of course classic beach parties. Over the 5 days you will meet a heap of new friends, and have one of the best weeks of your stay in Australia not to mention picking up an new and very cool skill. There is plenty of free time to explore and take on other optional activites like bike riding or snorkeling. Each day the best surf location is chosen depending on the wind, swells and tides. IIncluded: Experienced guides, 7 Lessons and surf gear including warm wetsuits in winter, Transport from Sydney to Byron Bay Accommodation: 4 nts dorms with shared facilities Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Tour Code: STA294 Departure Days: MON (all year) and WED (SEP-APR)

Weekend Surf Escape

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3 days, fr $248

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Start & finish: Woolgoolga

• Learn to surf on beautiful beaches - no experience required • 3 surf lessons and 2 nights accommodation • Transfers to and from Sydney

• Learn to surf on deserted beaches in a secret surfing hot spot • 2 surf lessons and 2 nights accommodation • 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Escape for a weekend of fun in the surf and sun. Head up the coast to Crescent Head where you’ll surf gentle learning waves with only dolphins and kangaroos for company. Enjoy live music and tall tales at the Saturday night campfire party and lots of other activities to keep you amused.

Get off the beaten track and head to the secret surf location Spot X. Spend your days with the pros learning the ropes on some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. Nights spent around the campfire are pretty memorable too... It’s the perfect intro to Australia’s number one past time

Included: 3 Lessons and surf gear including warm wetsuits in winter, transfers to/from Sydney Accommodation: 2 nts dorms with shared facilities Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner Tour Code: STA295 Departure Days: FRI

Included: Experienced guides, 2 Lessons and surf gear including warm wetsuits in winter Accommodation: 2 nts dorms with shared facilities Meals: 2 breakfast, 1 dinner Tour Code: STA296 Departure Days: Daily

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APARTMENTS INN BYRON

Just 300m to the main beach, this new and flashy hostel has it all - 24hr reception, games room, cinema lounge, Internet, kitchen, patio and BBQ area. All rooms have A/C and balconies, and king rooms come with plasma TVs. You’ll soon be addicted to the Byron surf culture. STA130

You’ll be greeted by blue skies and white beaches as you arrive in to this absolutley beautiful beachfront property. Recently renovated rooms are large and roomy and all come with king size beds, LCD TV’s and DVD player, iPod docking stations, A/C and a fully stocked mini bar! STA297

These new and funky apartments are right in the middle of town, surrounded by restaurants, cafes, shops, markets and nightlife! Choose from either 1, 2 or 3 bedroom appartments so bring your friends along too! 150m from the beach, this is the perfect spot for a bit of R&R! STA298

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Byron Bay surf package

$229 single $114 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Surf Lesson Half Day, fr $70 Everyday is a search and surf adventure Enjoy the life of a surfer as you cruise to the pristine uncrowded beaches surrounding Byron Bay, Lennox, and Ballina. Here you will learn to surf or improve your surfing technique on fun, easy waves, have a laugh, and experience some of Australia’s most unspoiled coastline. STA335

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Meet new friends at Nomads Byron Bay Learn to surf in the surf capital of Oz Enjoy 4 nights to relax on the beach Check out the markets and local shops Check out the optional activites available

Tandem Skydiving Flexi Pass

We have made things dead easy for you by packaging up your accommodation at the ultra cool Nomads Byron Bay with a half-day surf lesson all for one amazing low price. Get into the true spirit of things over 4 nights of wander about on the white sandy beaches soaking up the surf vibe with plenty of time to check out the some of the other activities around town including kayaking, snorkeling and tandem skydiving! Also make sure you see cape Byron the most easternly point in Australia. STA299

Half Day, fr $204 The ultimate rush with the ultimate amount of flexibility. Jump from 9,000, 11,000 or 14,000 ft (with a trained pro of course) at one of 4 stunning locations in Australia - Cairns, Mission Beach, Byron Bay or Coffs Harbour. Not sure where you’re going to be? No problem, you can work out the details later. Travel up the coast and choose your favorite jump sight. STA300

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MY FAVORITE EXPERIENCE

While sailing the Whitsundays, we stumbed across an wedding on Whitehaven Beach. We woke up one morning to see a bride, groom, seaplane pilot (who doubled as a vicar) and a little girl with flowers in her hair walking the distant pristine shores. It was the perfect location for the perfect wedding. 0ne day that might be me! Stacy, Palo Alto

aREA: 1,852,642 KM2

TRY BEFORE YOU FLY

POPULATION: 4.4 MILLION

You only have to pop in ‘Finding Nemo’ for a chance to meet your soon-to-be new best friends. Animation for the animated!

LOCAL BEER: CASTLEMAINE XXXX

THE WEATHER

USEFUL INFO

Nicknamed the Sunshine State, Queensland enjoys warm weather pretty much all year long. A sizeable chunk of the state is in the tropics. But, since it’s pretty darn big, there is some climate variation. Low rainfall and hot summers are typical for the inland west, there is a monsoonal ‘wet’ season in the far north, and warm temperate conditions along the coastal strip. Further inland and south it’s a bit cooler. The coastal strip is influenced by warm ocean waters, keeping the region free from extremes of temperature and providing moisture for rainfall.

The state was named in honor of Queen Victoria, who on the 6th of June 1859 signed a proclamation separating the state from New South Wales. At the time, Victoria was a generally popular monarch, and she preferred an eponymous name for the new colony over Cooksland. So now you know!

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The people of Queensland are colloquially known as ‘Banana Benders’ possibly because of the large banana plantations in the tropics Queensland is served by a number of national highways and, particularly in south east Queensland, high quality motorways such as the M1. Hmm...interesting.

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The biggest and best hostel in Surfers Paradise as well as the most central. The resort features a huge tropical pool, spa & steam room, tennis court, squash court, BBQ area, Internet lounge, video library, tour desk, communal kitchen, communal lounge & bottleshop. WOW! STA942

Only 15 minutes from Surfers Paradise, this fab hostel packs a punch! There’s a large comfy lounge with plasma TV and DVDs, a games room and pool table, free WiFi, sun terrace and party bar. They run a free shuttle bus in to Surfers with free entry to selected nightclubs. STA301

Designed by an Italian architect, this super cool coastal resort exudes a laid-back, breezy atmosphere. There’s plenty of room options to choose, from shared apartments to girls-only dorms. There’s a long list of facilities and you’re only steps from the sweet surf breaks. STA302

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Gold Coast & theme Park Package

Gold Coast & Kayaking Package

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3 Days fr $154

2 nights at Nomads Aquarius Hostel Backpackers big night out Entry ticket to a Gold Coast theme park Plenty of time to hit the beach Explore other optional activities available

For your 3 wild days on the ‘bling’ Gold Coast, you’ll be housed at the super fun loving Aquarius Hostel, just a few minutes from the center of Surfer Paradise. Now 2 nights here would be pretty fun, but with this package you also get a ticket to one of the Gold Coast’s famous theme parks. Choose to spend the day at Sea World, Wet ‘n Wild, Movie World or Dreamworld. Big thrills, big stars, big marine animals or big water slides! There is also plenty of time to hit the beach or the shops and live it up a little. STA304

3 Days fr $173

2 nights at Nomads Aquarius Hostel Free entry to select night clubs Kayak and snorkeling adventure Plenty of time to hit the beach Explore other optional activities available

There really is something for everyone on the sunny Gold Coast and over 3 days you’ll have the opportunity to experience plenty of them! You’ll stay at the Aquarius Hostel where you will find clean, modern, and friendly accommodation with a great bar and nightly activities like pool, darts and party games. You’ll then get an included day out to go kayaking and snorkeling with the opportunity to spot Dolphins and experience some unique Aboriginal culture. Make time to check out Surfer Paradise as well. STA305

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For great value accommodation and a warm Aussie welcome, look no further! Spacious rooms are modern and comfy and the waterfall cascades in to the inviting tropical pool. There’s free transport to the beach and the treasures of the Gold Coast on your doorstep. STA950

You’ll love the convenience of staying right in the very heart of Surfer’s Paradise in this uniquely chic and vibrant hotel. There’s miles of white sandy beach near by, world-class shopping, fantastic nightlife and cafes galore! If you’ve got a big personality here’s a hotel to match it. STA949

This newly refurbished hotel offers the perfect getaway for your glitzy stay on the Gold Coast. There’s a beautiful outdoor pool area, fully equipped gymnasium and relaxing steam room, plus most of the contemporary rooms have a private balcony, cable TV and WiFi. STA303

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dreamworld full Day, fr $70 Ready for a thrill? After two decades Dreamworld is still Australia’s biggest and best theme park. From the tallest and fastest thrill rides, to live shows and unique animal attractions. STA955

hot-air Balloon & Champagne Breakfast half day, fr $200 Enjoy a dreamy 30 minute hot air balloon ride over the hinterland as the horizon comes alive in the sunrise. Back on the ground, relive the excitement over a champagne breakfast. STA306

Whales in paradise Half Day, fr $77 Whale spotting off the beautiful Queensland coast is something that should not be missed! With guaranteed sightings June to October. STA307

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Tangalooma Island Adventure tour full Day, fr $167 The cool blue waters and white beaches of Tangalooma await. Encounter marine animals in the wild as you explore one of QLD’s most pristine areas. Make a special connection with wild dolphins as you hand feed them from the shore and soak up the island lifestyle with over 80 optional activites to choose from. STA308

Currumbin Wildnight Adventure full Day, fr $67 This eye-opening night-time wildlife tour offers rare glimpses of Australia’s most fascinating creatures! Meet koalas (and cuddle on too), kangaroos, crocs, wombats and the cheeky Tassie Devil! Plus enjoy a tasty Aussie bush tucker-inspired buffet dinner including billy tea and damper bread. STA309

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Base Central is a party hostel, right in the heart of Brisbane close to all the pubs, restaurants and entertainment. The hotel facilities include a 24hr reception, Internet access, comfortable TV lounges, a funky bar open until 3am and a big rooftop terrace where guests can relax. STA943

This swank hotel boasts 80 well equipped rooms, most with their own private walkout balconies for panoramic views of the city. There’s a 24hr reception, restaurant, bar and free parking. Located right in the middle of town you’re only a short walk from South Bank and CBD. STA957

With its stylish architecture, elegant spaces and attentive staff, the Brisbane Marriott Hotel makes a lasting impression. Enjoy coffee and cocktails at the Lobby Lounge, relax in the pool or at the hotel’s award-winning Spa which provides hours of blissful distraction. STA340

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Work and Play Package

4WD Moreton Island Camp Adventure

Bushwacker Fraser Island Tour

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3 Days, fr $338

2 nights at Hostel accommodation Comprehensive work and travel pack 12 month Job Club membership Tax File Number and Bank Account set up Day trip to Australia Zoo

If you’re planning a working holiday to Australia you’re well advised to start in Australia’s fastest growing city and capital of sunnny Queensland - Brisbane! You’ll get absolutely everything you need to hit the ground running from Job Search access, to setting up a bank account, registering for a tax file number, postal forwarding service and some fun stuff too like a day trip to the Australia Zoo. There’s 24hr assistance if you need help with your plans and you will continue to recive job advice for your entire stay. STA341

2 Days, fr $228

Camp on the beach on Moreton Island Take a dip in the Blue lagoon Go sandboarding down the dunes Snorkel around a shipwreck Explore a tropical rainforest

Camping bush safari style, you’ll spend two days exploring the beautiful sub-tropical Moreton Island with a flexible itinerary that changes depending on the weather and tides meaning each tour is unique. 4WD your way to rainforest hideaways and take an aromatherapy to a whole new level with a dip in the Blue Lagoon - a fresh water lake infused with theraputic tea tree oils. Snorkel around ship wrecks, stroll along 25 miles of surf beach and sandboard down some devilish dunes! STA342

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4WD along the beach Swim in crystal clear fresh water lakes Spot dingoes and other wildlife Check out the multi-colored sands Explore a shipwreck

Leaving Brisbane, head straight up the coast to Rainbow Beach where you can check out the multi colored sands that give the place its name. 4WD along the sand ‘highway’ to meet your ferry across to Fraser Island. Renowned for its beautiful beaches, enormous dunes, champange pools, fresh water lakes and unique wildlife; you’ll spend 2 days exploring this tropical haven! Spend the night at Eurong Beach Resort and be treated to a yummy Aussie buffet dinner as the sunsets. STA343


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mooloolaba the ideal base to explore this natural paradise. it blends sophistication and style with a casual and tranquil atmosphere. moreton island you can fish, boat, feed wild dolphins and toboggan down one of the world’s tallest sand dunes.

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Full of fun time vibes, this hostel has a big outdoor swimming pool and volleyball court, party bar, pool table and direct access to Noosa’s main beach. Located just across the road from all the trendy bars, restaurants, shops and cinema you’re right in the think of things! STA346

Located just a 2 minute stroll from the white sandy beach of Mooloolaba and some of the best surfing in Queensland. There’s a TV lounge and kitchen on every floor, a relaxing swimming pool for when your not at the beach and free surfboard, bike, kayak and body board hire! STA347

A magnificent, contemporary apartment-style resort with world-class leisure facilities. In a privileged location close to Hastings Street with superb Noosa vistas you’re close to all the action but will feel miles away. You’ll love the luxurious Mii Day Spa for a bit of pampering. STA348

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Brisbane & Moreton Bay Package

$265 single $135 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Jump the Beach Tandem Skydive half Day, fr $262 Just 30 minutes north of Brisbane, the amazing Suttons Beach Drop Zone is nestled between two of Brisbane’s amazing land marks - the Islands of Bribie & Moreton and the beautiful Glass House Mountains. Take the plunge from 11,000 or 14,000ft and freefall for up to 60 seconds before floating on to the beach below. STA349

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Snorkel around the Tangalooma Wreck Tandem skydive on to the beach Take a 4WD adventure to Moreton Island Go swimming in the Blue Lagoon Sandboard down massive dunes

Experience Moreton Bay to the MAX with this great value package that combines three great tours. You’ll get a day to snorkel around the Tangalooma Wreck and experience ‘boomnetting’. Get the biggest adrenaline rush of your life as you tandem skydive from 11,000ft right on to the beach and finally take a 4WD tour to Moreton Island where you can sandboard down massive dunes and and swim in the theraputic Blue Lagoon. No accomodation is included but there’s lots of options to choose from. STA344

Crocodile Express full Day, fr $121 All aboard the Crocodile Express...Explore the many exhibits and daily shows at the Australia Zoo! Founded by the legendary late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin, there is plenty of wildlife to keep you entertained. See kangaroos, koalas, emus, snakes, and of course crocs! Don’t miss the croc feeding show at noon which is definitely a highlight. STA350

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fraser island

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Palace Backpackers, Hervey Bay

Fraser’s on Rainbow, Rainbow bEACH

Kingfisher bay resort, fRASER iSLAND

Set in tropical gardens, Palace Backpackers is a home away from home with its unique self contained apartment style accommodation including kitchen and lounge. Take the time to relax around the swimming pool, hang out in the hammocks or use the free bbq facilities. STA133

This awesome new pad, in the center of Rainbow Beach, is a brilliant place to stay on your way to Fraser Island. There is a fully equipped kitchen and BBQ area, Internet, licensed bar, tennis court and a large pool. All rooms have private bathrooms - even the dorms! STA916

Located on Fraser Island, this stunning resort is in perfect harmony with its natural surrounds and has every facility under the sun. Wander the timber walkways, stretching out in your luxurious room and enjoy first class dining in one of the 3 restaurants. STA948

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$27 DORM $28 Twin/Double

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$27 DORM $36 Twin/Double

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$250 sINGLE $149 Twin/Double

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

Fraser Island Adventure Package 3 Days, $425 fr

Start & Finish: Hervey Bay • • •

2 nights at the beautiful Kingfisher Bay Resort Full day 4WD ranger guided Beauty Spot eco-tour Return transfer, including ferry, to Hervey Bay

Day 1: Hervey Bay to Fraser Island Await your pick up from either the airport or your Hervey Bay Accommodation. You’re then whisked off to the glorious Kingfisher Bay Resort on the world famous Fraser Island where you will check-in and relax in your new surroundings. With 3 restaurants and 4 pools to choose from and a luxurious spa, we know keeping yourself entertained won’t be hard.

Day 2: Fraser Island After a yummy hot buffet breakfast at the resort, you will start your Fraser Island 4WD adventure! Your expert guide will show you the best the Island has to offer...Seventy Mile Beach, Wanggoolba Creek, and Lake Mackenzie! You won’t go hungry on this tour which includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon refreshments. When the evening approaches head back to the resort and chill out, swap stories and show off your amazing photos! Day 3: Fraser Island After another delicious gourmet breakfast, soak up the last of the islands vibes before being transferred back to Hervey Bay. STA601

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Fraser Island 4WD Fraser and the Guided tour Whitsundays 2 or 3 Days, $309 fr

7 Days, $684

No local payment

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Start & Finish: Hervey Bay

+ local payment

TAG-ALONG

Start & Finish: Hervey Bay or Airlie Beach

• 4WD along a surf-pounded beach and through sand dunes • Admire the vibrant Colored Sands • Snap yourself at the rusting Maheno Shipwreck

• Swim, snorkel,sun bathe and relax through the Whitsundays • Drive over sand dunes to pristine lakes on Fraser Island • Enjoy total flexibility and choose to do them in any order

Fraser Island is a ‘must see’ on any trip down under. You’ll have an expert guide with you as you tackle massive sand dunes in your 4WD to explore the hidden fresh water lakes, seculded beaches and spot the local wildlife. You’ll stay in comfy accommodations and be treated to gourmet meals.

Experience the East Coast’s two most talked about destinations! Cruise through the idyllic Whitsunday Islands and then join a tag-along 4WD adventure on Fraser! Choose to be a passenger or get behind the wheel and cruise along the beach following the lead car - it’s all about flexibility.

Accommodation: 1 or 2 nts at Wilderness Lodge with shared facilities Meals 2 day tour: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner. Meals 3 day tour: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Tour Code: STA 138 Departure Days: Daily from Hervey Bay or Brisbane. Departures from Brisbane will over night in Hervey Bay.

Accommodation: 2 nts Whitsunday Sailing, 2 nts hostel, 2 nts camping on Fraser Meals: all meals included on your sailing adventure, no included meals on Fraser Island Tour Code: STA 140 Departure Days: Daily from Hervey Bay or Airlie Beach.

Fraser island 4wd Safari

4WD Fraser Island: Pot of Gold

4 Days, $290

6 Days, $204

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+ local payment

TAG-ALONG

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Start & Finish: Hervey Bay

+ local payment

TAG-ALONG

Start & Finish: Rainbow Beach

• Jump in the fresh waters of Lake McKenzie • Admire spectacular views from India Head • Keep a look out for dingoes and other unique wildlife

• Visit 75 mile beach which doubles as a runway for light aircraft • Spot unusual wildlife including echidnas, wallabies and dingoes • Check out the stunning sand dunes, lakes and waterfalls

This Fraser Island 4WD tours give you the independence of a self drive plus the convenience of a guided tour. You’ll travel in a tag-along style with a maximum 4 cars in the group and will have the opportunity to explore all the amazing sights on the Island and really go off the beaten track.

The perfect package to explore Fraser Island - you’ll get to drive a 4WD along sandy beaches before finding an idyllic spot to set up camp as you fall asleep to the sounds of the waves lapping at the shore...bliss. It’s all about independence and flexibility as you tailor an itinerary with your guide driver.

Accommodation: 2 nts Nomads Hervey Bay, 2 nts at a permanent campsite including all camping/cooking equiptment on Fraser Island Meals: 2 meals at Nomads Hervey Bay Local Payment: Fuel & insurance approx AUD 70 per person Tour Code: STA351 Departure Days: Daily

Accommodation: 3 nts Frasers on Rainbow, 2 nts camping on Fraser Island including all Camping and cooking equipment Meals: 3 days of Local Payment: Fuel, insurance & park fees approx AUD 74 per person Tour Code: STA 917 Departure Days: Daily

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airlie beach & Whitsundays

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nomads Airlie Beach

coral sea resort

waters edge Resort

Before or after you sail around the Whitsunday Islands make sure you stay at Nomads Airlie Beach. Chill out by the pool, challenge your friends to a game of volleyball or join your buddies at the bar and experience the relaxed atmosphere and cheap drinks on offer! STA352

For luxury beach getaway, you couldn’t do much better! From the outside, it looks like a Mediterranean villa, with balconies, arches and columns overlooking expansive lush gardens. Inside, you’ll find a cool and relaxing oasis from Airlie Beach’s tourist hustle and bustle. STA353

This hillside property is lush and exactly what you need if you like to be pampered! With extensive facilities including 3 pools all with a different view, Balinese-style rooms with views of the Coral Sea and Déjà vu - a boutique restaurant with a tasty seafood menu. STA354

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$28 DORM $42 TWIN/DOUBLE

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$233 Single $117 TWIN/DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

Whitehaven Beach: Camira day sailing

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$200 Single $100 TWIN/DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

Whitsundays Island Hopper

full Day, fr $167 For an awesome day out on the Whitsunday waters, Camira is a world first with her sleek lines, spacious deck and mind-blowing performance! Experience exhilarating sailing as you swim and snorkel in beautiful beaches and bay and enjoy a ‘stuff-yourself-stupid’ BBQ lunch with unlimited refreshments. STA356

4 Days, fr $565 • • • • •

3 nights at Coral Sea Resort Island Cruise to Hamilton Island Day trip to Whithaven beach Airport transfers Daily breakfast

Combine luxury accommodation, the hip and lively nightlife of Airlie Beach with your days sailing around the Whitsundays. What you get is a very exciting package! The included day trip to Hamilton Island and Whitehaven Beach will certainly be a highlight and in your free time make use of the Coral Sea Resorts extensive list of services including an indulgent pool to relax by and a spa for pampering treatment or check out the action in town. Hit the shops, grab a meal or part in the bars. STA358

Great Barrier Reef Adventures full Day, fr $190 Cruise aboard ‘Seaflight’ to the innovative reef pontoon featuring a giant waterslide, underwater viewing chamber, semi-sub and glass bottom boat rides. For an unforgettable day on the reef you can choose to snorkel or dive to discover the underwater wonderland of Knuckle Reef Lagoon and be blown away by the colorful corals. STA357

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hamilton island

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palm bungalows

reef view Hotel

Take full advantage of all the resort facilities including pools, restaurants and bars. The gorgeous bungalows are in a garden setting each with their own balcony. They are so close to the beach that you’ll fall asleep at night to the soothing sounds of gentle crashing waves. STA943

The name says it all, if you want stunning vistas of the reef from your very own balcony, then you’ve come to the right place. Rooms have contemporary furnishings and there is also a relaxing pool, lounge bar and pampering day spa to take advantage of. STA360

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$312 Single $156 TWIN/DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

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$348 Single $174 TWIN/DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

Hamilton Island Package 3 Days, fr $482

On the Great Barrier Reef, peacefully situated among the idyllic Whitsundays, Hamilton is rightly regarded as one of the most beautiful and we think it’s the best place to enjoy a few days to relax in the sun and swim, snorkel or sail in the clear blue water. This outrageously good value package combines 3 nights at the tropical Palm Bungalows, daily breakfast and a plethora of water activites to try if you can drag yourself off the beach. Included: Return Airport/Marina to hotel transfers, Full Day Fantasea Adventure Cruising on the Great Barrier Reef, Use of non motorized water sports Accommodation: 2 nts Palm Bungalow Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches Tour Code: STA 359 Departure Days: Daily

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These holiday apartments come with everything you need for independent living but still give you access to all the resort’s pools, bars, restaurants and water sports. Fantastic coral sea or tropical garden views from your private balcony. STA361 fr

$171 TWIN/DOUBLE

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whitsunday ISLANDS South MolLe Island Resort 3 days, fr $284 • • • • •

2 night’s accommodation on South Molle Island Great Barrier Reef Day Trip Daily breakfast included Return ferry transfers to Airlie Beach Use of Island facilities including non-motorized water sports

One of Nature’s most beautiful gifts to the Whitsundays is South Molle Island. The island is a national park and has beautiful bays, beaches, tropical forest and mountain peaks with magnificent views and the very best walks of the Ngaro Sea Trail Great Walk. The Resort is set in the heart of all this on a palm-clad beach. The bay itself is like a marine sanctuary with fringing reef coral and a haven for exotic fish life, turtles and visiting dolphins. At night, dine poolside, meet fellow travelers in the beachfront bar or join the party nights.

South Molle attracts young travelers (and the young at heart) from the world over. The Resort offers clean, comfortable rooms and dorms in a 5 Star location. The package includes a trip to the magnificent Great Barrier Reef with Cruise Whitsundays and there are more optional activites to try than you can poke a stick at! There is a 9 hole golf course, kayaking, windsurfing, catamarans hire, archery, tennis, snorkeling, bush walks and day cruises to Whitehaven Beach. Tour Code: STA 362

Daydream Island Resort 3 days, fr $304 • • • • •

2 night’s accommodation on Daydream Island Great Barrier Reef Day Trip Daily beakfast Return ferry transfers to Airlie Beach Use of Island facilities

Daydream Island Resort provides a fantastic tropical island getaway. The Resort occupies the whole island with large areas of bush, gardens, several blissful beaches and relaxing pool areas so it is very easy to find your own space. See the shark and stingray feeding in the amazing Living Reef lagoon pools, stroll along Sunset Beach or see wallabies and birdlife on the rainforest walk or enjoy the ‘Around Australia’ mini golf course. There is a range of lively bars and restaurants to choose from, outdoor movies in the evening and be

sure not to miss the cocktails in the pool bar! For a few days relaxing in the heart of the Whitsundays you can’t beat Daydreaming. A a trip to the magnificent Great Barrier Reef with Cruise Whitsundays is also included and there are loads of optional activites on the Island to try - you certainly won’t get bored if you can drag yourself off the beach! There is a 19 hole mini-golf course, kayaking, windsurfing, catamarans, tennis, snorkeling, bush walks, day cruises to Whitehaven and the Rejuvenation Spa where you can indulge. Tour Code: STA 363

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Whitsunday Tropical Dreamz 6 days, fr $625 • • • • •

6 night’s accommodation throughout the Whitsundays Great Barrier Reef Day Trip Whitehaven Sailing Adventure Return ferry transfers to Airlie Beach 3 breakfasts and 1 lunch

If you want to make the most of the stunning Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef here is your chance! We have combined all the best ‘must-sees’ plus a few gems you might not know about to come up with this incredible package. Not only is it super good value but each day will see you in a new location more beautiful than the last. You will get a chance to explore Airlie Beach - the shops the restaurants the bars and the famous Beach Lagoon. It’s then off to explore the Islands and of course the reef! You’ll spend 2 nights

on South Molle Island, home to palm clad beaches, excellent island walks and pristine bays where you can laze in a beachside hammock or by the pool. It’s then off to explore the wonders of Daydream Island for another 2 nights. Get up close to sharks and stingrays in the Living Reef Lagoon, explore pristine beaches. A trip to the Outer Reef for a day of snorkeling, diving and swimming is also included plus a thrilling day of adventure sailing on board Camira to the spectacular Whitehaven Beach. The ultimate Whitsunday experience. Tour Code: STA 364

Awesome foursome 4 days, fr $616 • • • • •

3 night’s accommodation on South Molle Island Great Barrier Reef Day Trip Whitehaven Sailing Adventure Return ferry transfers to Airlie Beach 3 breakfasts and 3 lunch

There are plenty of options when it comes to exploring the Whitsundays but we think we have nailed the perfect combo with this great value package. You will get 4 nights on the stunning South Molle Island - budget accommodation in a 5 star location! The Resort is set in the heart of a palm clad beach where you can laze away in a beach side hammock. The bay itself is like a marine sanctuary with fringing reef coral and a haven for exotic fish life, turtles and visiting dolphins. At night, dine poolside, meet fellow travelers in the beachfront bar or

join the party nights. We’ll also include some awesome day trips board the Whitsundays premier vessel “Seaflight” for the cruise out to the stunning Knuckle Reef Lagoon, acclaimed as the region’s most spectacular reef site. Go diving, snorkeling and hit the waterslide on Queensland’s most innovative reef pontoon. Another day will be spent exploring the magnificent Whitehaven Beach and the spectacular Whitsunday Islands National Park on board a sailing catamaran. Go sailing each day, party and sleep on the Island each night. Perfect! Tour Code: STA 365

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whitsunday sailing sail and dive 2, 3 & 4 days, fr $443 • • • •

Fully qualified diving instructors and top professional crew Comfy, fast and fantastic sailing and motor yachts Diving for first timers and certifieds can hone their skills See spectacular marine life, coral and island scenery

It’s highly likely that one activity on your ‘must do’ list is seeing the Great Barrier Reef. Perfect. These dive and sail adventures let you do just that! Get out and about on one of the diving yachts and whether you’re a first timer or a super experienced diver you’ll be sure to have a whale of a time exploring the coral-fringed barrier reef. But that’s not all! There’s also a chance to snorkel, kayak, bushwalk or simply strip-off and sunbathe while you sail the ocean blue. It’s a great option to even if you’re not a keen diver - lie back on deck and soak up the sun. STA366

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Wings 2

MON, WED, SAT

2 days/2 nights $443

$451

Dive Cat Adventure

Wings 3

FRI, SUN

2 days/2 nights $453

$451

Dive Cat Adventures

Powerplay

TUE, THU, SAT

2 days/2 nights $471

$469

Dive Cat Adventures

Summertime

THU, SUN

2 days/2 nights $566

$564

Sail & Dive Adventures

Kiana

MON, FRI

2 days/2 nights $617

$615

Islands & Outer Reef

Emperors Wings

TUE

2 days/3 nights $559

$555

Islands & Outer Reef

Whitsunday Getaway

FRI, SUN

2 days/2 nights N/A

$1,392

Style Cat Adventures

Whitsunday Getaway

TUE

2 days/3 nights N/A

$1,772

Style Cat Adventures

Pacific Sunrise

SUN, WED

4 days/3 nights $666

$706

Sail & Dive Adventures

sailing adventures 2 & 3 days, fr $409 • • • •

Take part in a whole host of on and offshore activities A range of vessels to suit your social or relaxed cruising Great home-cooked grub prepared fresh on board Live aboard a big, fast, comfortable and swanky yacht

If diving isn’t up there on your to do list then adventure sailing should be! Spend time cruising on one of these awesome vessels and get blown away with the power of the wind. Explore the beautiful Whitsunday Islands and their stunning scenery, epic views and fantastic marine life. Take part in activities like snorkeling, kayaking, exploring, bushwalking and learning about the local ecology. STA367

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SV Whitehaven*

TUE, THU, SUN

2 days/2 nights $409

N/A

Eco Sailing Adventures

Silent Night*

MON, WED, FRI

2 days/2 nights $447

N/A

Adventure Sailing

Waltzing Matilda*

SAT, TUE, THU

2 days/1 night

$341

$340

Adventure Sailing

Alexander Stewart*

MON, FRI

3 days/2 nights $561

$625

Eco Tallship Adventures

Derwent Hunter*

TUE, SAT

3 days/2 nights $561

$662

Eco Tallship Adventures

* Snorkeling Availble ** Rendevous Diving Available

cruising for couples Sail, Dive, Snorkel, Kayak, Explore, Bushwalk, Romance, or Relax. Your sailing adventure in the Whitsunday Islands of the Great Barrier Reef will probably be a once in a lifetime experience, so go on and spoil yourself with a private double cabin on one of the large, comfortable, well appointed yachts listied above. Savor your time at sea in comfort, style and privacy. Many of the private double cabins are air-conditioned and some even offer en suites. After all… you’re worth it. STA368

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maxi sailing 2 days, fr $308 • • • •

Sail a Maxi racing yacht at super fast speeds Sit out under the stars with like minded travelers Go snorkeling and swimming in the clear Whitsunday waters Daily departures mean you can travel when you want to

Set sail on a famous Ocean Racing Maxi yacht! Spacious and fast - you’ll be guaranteed to have an amazing time sailing round some of the most stunning ocean scenery on the planet. With larger groups up to 28 people of 18-35yr olds, you’ll get to spend some quality social time with other like-minded travelers, so you can expect a bit of a party on-board! You’ll be fed every day with some tasty treats from the boat’s galley and you’ll be accompanied by a team of easy-going yet highly professional crew. Why not ask to help sail the yacht yourself? Get out and about on snorkeling tours, swimming, beach stops, and guided islands walks. STA369

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SINGLE / SHARED PRICE PP

Maxi Hammer

Even Days

2 days/1 night

22 Guests

$308

Maxi Siska

Odd Days

2 days/1 night

22 Guests

$308

Maxi British Defender

TUE, THU, SAT

3 days/2 nights

28 Guests

$375

Maxi Condor

TUE, THU, SUN

3 days/2 nights

28 Guests

$375

Maxi Boomerang

SUN, WED, FRI

3 days/2 nights

28 Guests

$375

Maxi Broomstick

MON, WED, SAT 3 days/2 nights

25 Guests

$375

adventure sailing 3 days, fr $460 • • • •

Choose from four live-aboard yachts with daily departures Take part in loads of activities on and offshore Single and double bunks available Transfers to/from Airlie Beach to the marina included

These adventures are aimed specifically at young fun things within the 18-35 bracket. Choose from four yachts that range in size from 50ft to 68ft and cater to a maximum of 16 people; with lower numbers on board you’ll get the most out of your time on and around the islands. Perfect for guests looking for a live-aboard sailing adventure, you’ll fill your days snorkeling over coral reefs and stop at islands to laze on the pristine beaches and explore the amazing bush walks. STA370

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DURATION

MAX No. PASSENGERS

PRICE PP

Southern Cross

TUE, FRI

3 days/2 nights

14 Guests

$460

Eureka II

WED, SAT

3 days/2 nights

15 Guests

$460

Ron of Argyll II

WED, SUN

3 days/2 nights

12 Guests

$460

Ragamuffin II

MON, THU

3 days/2 nights

13 Guests

$460

tall ship sailing 3 days, fr $526 • • • •

Sail in the magnificent and historic Solway Lass Range of dates and accommodation options to suit you Wealth of Whitsunday activities included On board freshly prepared daily meals

Solway Lass, the Whitsunday’s magnificent Tall Ship, was built in Holland in 1902 and has an amazing history, being involved in both world wars and sailing the Baltic and the North Sea. The name Solway Lass comes from time spent working in the Solway Firth in Scotland. This ship is a leisurely paced lady and your accommodation will be in private A/C cabins or in shared dorms. Looking like something out of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ she is a Square Rigged Brigantine with 12 sails and a fun tarzan rope swing off the deck. STA371

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DEPARTS

DURATION

DORM PP

DOUBLE/TWIN PP

Solway Lass

TUE, SAT

3 days/3 nights

$526

$561

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cairns

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1 gilligan’s resort

2 Calypso Backpackers Inn

3 nomads cairns

Centrally located, Gilligan’s offers a perfect blend of traditional backpacker accommodation and hotel rooms all with private bathrooms and some boast balconies. Facilities include lagoon pool with its own beach, restaurant, TV lounges, and 3 bars with nightly music and entertainment. STA170

Everything is centered around the cool pool, huge communal kitchen and the funky Zanzibar Bar and Restaurant. Located on the edge of town, but still only a 10 minute walk to the center, facilities include Internet access, television lounge, kitchen, and laundry facilities. STA114

A purpose-built ‘Flashpacker’ hostel; it’s a true backpackers resort with a huge outdoor tropical pool, beach volleyball area, restaurant and bar. It boasts wireless Internet and plenty of outdoor lounges. The town center is a short stroll along the promenade. STA117

$22 Single $58 TWIN/DOUBLE

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$21 Single $32 TWIN/DOUBLE

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7 pacific international

8 sebel cairns

9 the lakes

Water babies will love this hotel. On top of great ocean view rooms, there’s a waterfront bar, outdoor swimming pool and even an open-air Jacuzzi - perfect for clearing your head the morning after. Fantastic Italian cuisine plus Internet and free movies in your room. STA158

A luxurious hotel located in the vibrant heart of Cairns CBD, right at the doorstep of some of the best shopping, dining and attractions the city has to offer. The beautiful contemporary-style rooms feature full-length sliding glass doors leading on to a private balcony and amazing views. STA119

Among acres of lush landscaped gardens, lakes and beach lagoon pools - this amazing resort offers a relaxed village vibe. Unwind at the Day Spa, cook a BBQ by the pool, dine at the delicious Rambutan Restaurant or chill-out in your lovely well equipped apartment. STA158

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$165 Single $83 TWIN/DOUBLE

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$167 Single $83 TWIN/DOUBLE

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4 bHA centrAL backpackers

5 Njoy Travelers Resort

6 discovery cairns

Bang in the center of town, within stumbling distance of the best bars, clubs and restaurants. The BHA was recently renovated and everything is shiny and new. Chill out by the pool, eat in the Alfresco Café, surf the web or hang with the locals in the Drop Zone Bar. STA118

Minutes from the center of town, kick back and soak up the rays beside the beautiful resort style pool while recovering from a great night out! Rooms are airy and simple yet comfortable, all have A/C and resort facilities include a big friendly kitchen, laundry and Internet. STA906

Friendly, comfy, cool and central! Laze on a sun lounger between paddles in the 2 salt-water pools. Retire to your room, chill some beers in the fridge and kick back on the balcony - or just stretch out on your super-sized bed. Rooms all come with en suite, A/C and TV. STA115

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$51 Single $34 TWIN/DOUBLE

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$23 DORM $26 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Work and Play Package 3 Days, fr $338 • • • • •

2 nights at Woodduck Cairns Hostel Comprehensive work and travel pack 12 month Job Club membership Australian mobile phone sim and set up Full day trip to the Great Barrier Reef

Kick off your Australian adventure with a stay in crazy Cairns. But instead of wading through red tape on your own, let Australian Backpackers Work & Travel carry the burden! As well as sorting you with two nights in a hip hostel, they’ll fast-track you through the dull stuff opening a bank account, nabbing a tax number and even setting you up an Aussie mobile phone sim. Leaving you more time to explore this sexy city - and snorkel the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef on an included day trip. STA372

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raft, rainforest ‘N’ Relax

go wild: cape tribulation

3 Days, fr $276

2 Days, fr $177

start & Finish: cairns

start & Finish: cairns

• Full day whitewater rafting on the Tully River • Jungle Surfing Canopy tour • Accommodation on second night at Ferntree Rainforest Hostel

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The Tully River is Australia’s most famous one-day whitewater rafting adventure. Prepare for fun, thrills and spills as you ride the rush of grade 4 rapids. Day 2, enjoy the coastal drive to Port Douglas, a guided rainforest walk, a visit to Mossman Gorge, a crocodile cruise on the Daintree River and time to chill out on Cape Trib Beach. On your final day, fly through the trees on ziplines with a bird’s eye view into the canopy. STA910

Go deep into the rainforest on this wild Cape Tribulation tour. Head to Port Douglas for a guided rainforset walk, then a swim at Mossman Gorge. After a picnic lunch, spot crocs on a Daintree river cruise. Later on, relax at Cape Trib Beach as you decide what you’ll get up to on Day 2 - options include reef trips, jungle surfing along the rainforest canopy, or sea kayaking, horse-riding, and mountain biking. 1 and 3 day trips also available.

Inclusions: 1 nts at Ferntree Rainforest Hostel, Return Transfers from Cairns, Visit to Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, Daintree River Cruise, Daintree River Cable Ferry, Jungle Surfing Canopy tour, Tully River Rafting Code: STA 910 Departure Days: Daily

Inclusions: 1 nts at Ferntree Rainforest Hostel, Return Transfers from Cairns, Visit to Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, Daintree River Cruise, Daintree River Cable Ferry, 1 lunch Code: STA373 Departure Days: Daily

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TANDEM skydive

full Day, fr $101 Travel aboard the speedy ‘Big Cat’ catamaran! Green Island is a beautiful coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef, covered with tropical rainforests and surrounded by white sandy beaches and magnificent coral reefs. Explore the walking tracks through lush foliage and snorkel translucent waters.STA374

white water rafting FULL Day, fr $158 This trip features up to five full hours of action on the Tully River. Hang on very tight as you race over more than 40 rapids in this action packed thrill ride. Everything you need for a safe and enjoyable day will be supplied, as well as a tasty BBQ lunch. Yum! STA376

helicruising

aj hackeTT bungy

half Day, fr $313 This amazing trip takes you to the spectacular North Hastings Reef. Combine a fantastic day of great activities out on the sea at stunning reef destinations, on board the Osprey V, with a scenic helicopter flight over breathtaking ocean scenery. BBQ lunch and snorkeling are also included in your awesome adventure! STA375

half Day, fr $124 Fancy plummeting 165 feet from a platform above Queensland’s lush rainforest, with nothing more than a bit of elastic separating you from certain death? Bring nothing except nerves of steel and maybe a spare pair of underpants. It’s the only bungy site in the world to offer 16 different jump styles, including a BMX bike jump! STA377

Guided walks at the Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary Visit Mossman Gorge, Daintree River Cruise, Cape Trib Beach 1 night’s accommodation at Ferntree Rainforest Hostel

HALF Day, fr $204 Take advantage of this great flexi-pass for the thrill of a lifetime! Jump out of a plane from 9-14,000ft attached to a fully qualified skydiver, freefall at speeds of 120mph, and then float to the ground over stunning scenery. Use it in either Cairns, Mission Beach, Byron Bay or Coffs Harbour. STA378

Silverswift Dive and Snorkel FULL Day, fr $173 Visit 3 sites at the Outer Reef and spend a leisurely 5 hours at play. Certified divers can enjoy up to 3 dives, with introductory divers able to do a second dive. Adventure snorkelers can explore spectacular coral formations and vibrant underwater gardens. STA380

TUSA: Snorkeling on the Reef

passions of paradise

FULL Day, fr $158 Tusa Dive have a selection of 16 unique snorkel locations for you to explore - you’ll be gliding over the reef tops, mesmerized by the vivid colored fish as they dart in and out of the corals. Snorkeling is straight off the back of the boat, with the reef never more than a short swim away. STA379

full Day, fr $134 A day on the reef that’s beyond belief! Become acquainted with this natural wonder by boarding the exquisite 82ft maxi-catamaran to the reef’s outer reaches at Michaelmas Cay and Paradise Reef. Enjoy lunch, afternoon tea and plenty of opportunities for some underwater exploration. STA381

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cairns adventure cairns budget buster 6 Days, $837 fr

4 Days, $639

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Splash your way for a full day’s whitewater rafting on Tully River Head out sea kayaking on a guided tour from Fitzroy Island Take to the skies on an awesome hot air balloon flight Ride over the lush green rainforest on the Skyrail Cableway Snorkel to your heart’s content on an Outer Barrier Reef cruise

Day 1: cairns Check into your accommodation and spend your day soaking up the sun at your leisure and get to know your new travel buddies. Day 2: White-water rafting A full day of full-on whitewater rafting down the Tully River. Be prepared for thrills and spills as you hurdle your way down the river on a wet and wild ride! Tuck in to a delicious lunch before being whisked back to your accommodation later in the afternoon. Day 3: SEA KAYAKING TOUR - fitzroy Island Travel by fast catamaran to Fitzroy Island for a half day sea kayak and a leisurely afternoon spent in the sunshine. Snorkel and swim in the pristine waters and enjoy a snack before paddling back to the island for your return catamaran transfer to Cairns. Day 4: BALLOON FLIGHT / KURANDA / SKYRAIL Rise and shine bright and early for your dawn hot air ballooning experience! Glide high above the Cairns Highlands before enjoying a full breakfast. Afterwards spend some free time wandering around the rainforest town of Kuranda - check out the local arts and crafts and head back to Cairns. Board the Skyrail - the famous Rainforest Cableway that’ll lift you up over the canopy for views you just won’t get anywhere else. Day 5: Great Barrier Reef - Reef Magic The Outer Barrier Reef is on the menu today. Travel to the Outer Reef to your pontoon reef site where you can go snorkeling and view the coral and marine life from a semi-submersible or underwater observatory. Enjoy a buffet lunch or take an optional dive or scenic helicopter flight (payable locally) before returning to Cairns for your last night. Day 6: cairns Time to say goodbye to your new found action-man friends and depart Cairns, brimming with adrenaline and feeling throroughly invigorated. Accommodation: Multi-share (5n) Please note: Levies are to be paid on the following tours directly to operator: white water rafting AUD30, sea kayaking AUD10, ballooning AUD25, reef cruise - fuel levy may apply. Tour Code: STA911 Departure Days: Daily

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Ride the raucous river rapids down the Tully River Soak in the spray at the majestic Cairns Highlands waterfalls Get in some superb reef snorkeling swimming and fishing Check out some great local wildlife at Cape Tribulation Opt to go diving, take a scenic flight or a semi submersible tour

Day 1: White-water rafting Arrive at your pick-up point and head down south to the Tully River for a great day of epic wet and wild proportions. Spend five hours negotiating the grade 3-4 rapids through the middle of World Heritage listed rainforest. Enjoy a BBQ lunch riverside before tackling the lower half of the river and returning to Cairns that evening. Day 2: TABLELANDS WATERFALLS & RAINFOREST TOUR Set off today to enjoy the picturesque setting of the Cairns Highlands waterfall circuit. Spend the day visiting lakes, waterfalls and rainforest settings, and enjoy a delicious lunch in the quaint village of Yungaburra. There will be plenty of swimming opportunities as you will vist both Millaa Millaa and Dinner Falls plus the Curtain and Cathedral Fig Trees. A spectacular day spent in the Rainforest. Day 3: GREAT BARRIER REEF No visit to Cairns would be complete without a trip to the Outer Reef. Visit two reef locations where you can snorkel and view the exotic and brightly colored fish as they dart in and around the coral. You can also get a different look at the reef shelf from a semi-submersible or underwater observatory. You’ll enjoy a fantastic buffet lunch, free drinks, live entertainment and free fish feeding. Try an optional scuba dive (extra cost) before returning to Cairns late in the afternoon. Day 4: Cape tribulation Your last day finds you heading north to Cape Tribulation; expect to see crocodiles on a Daintree River Cruise and take in the oldest rainforest in the world packed with stunning scenery and natural assets. Meet some of the creatures of the rainforest at the Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary and return to Cairns early evening for your last night. Accommodation: Multi-share (5n) Please note: Levies are to be paid on the following tours directly to operator: Whitewater rafting AUD30, Outer Barrier Reef tax AUD20, bus transfers AUD12 Tour Code: STA912 Departure Days: Daily

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2 port o’call eco lodge,port douglas

3 bay villas, port douglas

A new and funky hostel right in the center of town. Lap up the sun on the deck or take a refreshing dip in their pool. Choose between the modern kitchen or the BBQ to cook up your dinner with your new found traveling mates, then its off to the bar to enjoy the cheapest beers in town! STA382

This fantastic lodge boosts eco credentials (100% of its hot water comes from solar power), a top notch location just 5 minute stroll from Four Mile Beach and fantastic facilities that include a lagoon pool, air conditioned rooms, bar, bistro, and a communal kitchen with free tea and coffee. STA383

You’ll be spoiled for choice - two swimming pools plus an outdoor spa - at this plush resort just a short walk from Four Mile Beach. Get some privacy in a private air-conditioned apartment with an en suite bathroom and enjoy the easy life in your own courtyard or balcony. STA384

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7 peninsula boutique, port douglas

8 thala beach Resort, port douglas

9 sea temple, Palm Cove

Relax in the unique oasis of heated pools, chill out on the luxury sun lounges and enjoy your favorite cocktail. When you feel it is time to head back inside, why not tempt your taste buds at the beach café before heading out for a great night out or back to the serenity of your suite. STA385

A five-star, family owned and operated lodge made up of 83 deluxe timber bungalows across 145 acres of stunning rainforest. Peace, quiet and serenity don’t even begin to describe it - many places may boast that you can get away from it all - but here, it’s an absolute certainty. STA386

Sea Temple has been designed for those guests with total indulgence in mind and boasts a beautiful beachfront location. Asian-styled architecture embraces the design of the resort with each luxurious apartment having its own kitchen, laundry, lounge, and dining room. STA387

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port douglas characteriZed by a sophisticated and friendly village atmosphere, surrounded by spectacular scenery. The town boasts the famous Four Mile Beach, award-winning restaurants, and world class shopping.

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trinity beach a natural cove, lined with coconut palms, that lies between twin headlands. Swim all year round in temperate ocean waters and enjoy the village atmosphere.

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4 mecure treetops, port douglas

5 amaroo at trinity, trinity beach

6 kewarra beach hotel, palm cove

Surrounded by rainforest, flowing waterways and lily ponds. “Treetops” is the perfect base to just kick back and relax or to experience everything the area has to offer. From spacious rooms, restaurant, bars, and spa are some of the top quality facilities you can expect. STA388

Enjoying a peaceful elevated beachfront position offering stunning views over the Pacific Ocean. Located in the relaxed village atmosphere of Trinity Beach, with all of its entertainment just a stroll away. With a selection of studios and suites all the facilities you require are available. STA389

This breathtaking tropical oasis enjoys absolute beach-front tranquillity and privacy. The deluxe bungalows are nestled among the resorts intimate pools and lush rainforest, which runs down to your own private beach. Enjoy a dinner of exquisite local seafood at the restaurant. STA390

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Quicksilver Outer Reef

Cape Trib ‘Go Wild’ tOUR

dAINTREE DREAMING

full Day, fr $202 Whether you’re a mad snorkeler, or die-hard sun lover, the outer reef platform is a luxury floating pad. Get a glimpse into the magical underwater world from the Quicksilver semi-sub and underwater observatory. So slap on the suncream, hitch-up the bikini/boardies and head on out for an awesome day on the reef! STA391

full Day, fr $139 The tour includes a combination of The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, cruising on the Daintree River searching for crocodiles and wildlife, swimming and rainforest walk in the Mossman Gorge and exploring Cape Tribulation Beach where the oldest rainforest in the world meets the Great Barrier Reef. STA393

full Day, fr $181 On this authentic Aboriginal cultural tour you’ll visit natural hide-aways that are far from the beaten path. Learn how to throw a spear, track exotic wildlife, hunt for mud crabs and fish, find bush tucker and medicines and visit pristine waterfalls. Also included is a 1-hour cruise on the Daintree River and a delicious picnic. STA395

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure

Kuranda Rail, Sky Rail and Tjapukai

Daintree Walkabout

hALF Day, fr $78 Get up close to some of Australia’s most infomous animals! See the notorious head shake and death roll of a huge crocodile at the Crocodile Attack Show, have the opportunity to hold a crocodile for a photo and then discover the world’s most venomous snakes at the Snake Show. A day not for the faint-hearted! STA392

full Day, fr $170 Take a breathtaking journey on one of the world’s most scenic operational rail journeys to Kuranda. Here explore the ‘Village in the Rainforest’ before your Skyrail journey through the Rainforest. Then it’s on to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where you’ll get to discover this ancient culture. STA394

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full Day, fr $158 Dreamtime in the Daintree! This is truly a day to remember - hiking through indigenous homelands filled with folk stories and cultural history, before being whisked away for a scrumptious catch of the day lunch! Cruise the Daintree River before sampling the tasty local fruits and ice cream and touring historical Port Douglas on the happy drive home! STA396

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DIVING ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF LEArN TO DIVE PADI Open Water Course 5 days, fr $736 • • • •

9 Dives on the Great Barrier Reef “Reef Teach” presentation All dive equipment PADI Open water certification

If learning to dive is on your ‘To Do’ list, this is an opportunity not to be missed! Pro Dive Cairns is recognized worldwide as a leader in

all aspects of scuba diving education offering students a professional and safe learning environment combined with spectacular dive locations on the Great Barrier Reef. This PADI 5-day learn to dive course is broken down to two components: 2 days of pool and classroom training and then a 3 days liveaboard trip to numerous reef sights of the Outer Reef which will include a spectacular guided night dive. Tour Code: STA127

Live-aboard Certified Diver Trip 3 days, fr $588 • • • •

9 dives on the Great Barrier Reef 2 additional night dives All diving equipment Torch & cyalume sticks for night dives

Get ready for three fantastic days exploring the stunning marine life on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. This trip consists of a total of

11 dives including two exciting night dives. Spend time aboard an awesome 80ft vessel with comfortable double and twin-share cabins. There are two large decks, one of which is dedicated purely to relaxation and sunbathing - the perfect way to spend an afternoon kicking back after a full day of diving. All passengers must present their Dive Card at the beginning of the trip in order to participate in the certified dives. Tour Code: STA129

live-aboard advanced diving Course 3 days, fr $734 • • • •

6 recreational dives on the reef 5 Advanced Course training dives PADI Advanced manual All dive equipment

The Great Barrier Reef, renowned as the Eighth Wonder of the World, is a very special place to complete your Advanced Dive Course.

Over 3 days visit up to four Outer Reef locations, taking in sites selected for their extravagance of marine life and excellent visibility. You’ll need a PADI Open water certificate or equivalent to participate. There is time for a total of 11 dives, 5 of these dedicated to Advanced course training: Deep Dive, Underwater Navigation & Night Dive. Your remaining dives could be a choice of Underwater Naturalist, Search & Recovery or Underwater Photography. Tour Code: STA397

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live-aboard COD HOLE & great barrier reef 4 days, fr $1,168 • • • •

10 dives in total, 2 nights dives Explore Cod Hole & Ribbon Reef sights Comfy Cabin style accommodation All dive equipment included

Spoil yourself to some deep-sea daring, with this liveaboard expedition. Over four days at sea, you’ll tot up a tremendous ten dives -

two at night - taking in world-beating dive sites like Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs and Pixie’s Pinnacle. You’ll spot everything from reef sharks and scorpionfish to sleepy turtles and gorgeous grey whalers, and inbetween descents take a breather on the breezy deck. Soak up some sun, chat to your new travel pals and feast on fresh fish. Then at night kick back with some beers and let the starry seascape work its magic! Certified divers must have open water dive certificate. Tour Code: STA398

live-aboard COD HOLE & osprey reef 5 days, fr $1,462 • • • •

14 dives in total, 4 nights dives Spot reef sharks and sleepy turtles Dive Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea All dive equipment included

Cram 14 dives into four nights at sea - and prepare to be amazed. Sleeping on board your blissed out boat, you’ll live a sea-faring life,

cosied up in a cute cabin and dozing away on the deck between dives. From Cod Hole to remote Ribbon’s Reef and the beautful Osprey Reef, you’re signed up for some of Australia’s most awesome under-water action. See reef sharks pitched against grey whalers in a feeding frenzy, scout for schooling trevally and scorpionfish at Steve’s Bommie, and take a butchers at nudibranch and barracuda at Pixie’s Pinnacle! Certified divers must have open water dive certificate. Tour Code: STA399

back to back: COD HOLE & osprey reef 8 days, fr $2,432 • • • •

24 dives in total, 7 nights dives Explore the very best dive sight Dive Cod Hole and Osprey Reef All dive equipment included

You came here to dive and that’s what you’ll do! Pack 24 daring descents into just 7 nights at sea, and experience the Australian ocean

at its most awesome. Take in reef-shark sightings, sensational swim-throughs and close encounters with cuttlefish, corals and cod. And when you snatch a breath between dives, sunbathe on deck, chat with the gang or just snooze in the sun. Living a true sailor’s life you’ll stay in comfy cabins and share everything from your chow to your chores. At night relax with a beer, fresh fish and a stunning starry seascape! Certified divers need open water dive certificate. Tour Code: STA400

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Darwin to Perth Safari 21 Days, fr $3,327 Darwin

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Perth

This is a real adventure in one of the world’s last remaining wilderness regions. You’ll traverse great swathes of uninhabited bushland as you journey through a land untainted by human influence. Overgrown gorges, barren deserts, endless beaches, cascading waterfalls and eerie escarpments dominate your vision over an awesome 21 days of concentrated contentment. Best Bits • Visit Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls • Explore the Bungle Bungles N.P. • Visit Lake Argyle and Kununurra • Go crocodile spotting at Windjana Gorge • Hike and swim in the Kimberleys • Catch a brilliant Sunset at Cable beach • Chill out in in Broome • Swim in emerald colored rock pools • Explore the gorges of Karijini N.P. • Wander the impressive Pinnacles Desert • Spot dolphins at Monkey Mia • Snorkel on the Ningaloo Reef Day 1: Darwin to Victoria River Region Leaving the NT’s capital Darwin, head out in to the bush. Depending on the time of year you’ll stop at either Edith Falls for a swim or explore Katherine (Nitmiluk) Gorge before traveling on to the Victoria River region to set up camp. (L, D) Day 2: Victoria River Region to Kununurra Area Today you visit Lake Argyle, created by the Ord River Dam. Lake Argyle is the biggest man made lake in Australia eighteen times bigger than Sydney Harbour! Spend some time here admiring the beauty and the sheer size of the lake before making your way to camp in the Kununurra area tonight. (B, L, D) Day 3: Kununurra Area to Bungle Bungles It’s time for some 4WD action as you wind your way into the Bungle Bungles massif. It’s a rugged ride but the scenery is sublime and you’ll enjoy your first Kimberley sunset as you set up your bush camp. (B, L, D) Day 4: Bungle Bungles National Park It’s a full day of exploration. The rock formations of the Bungle Bungles are extraordinary. You’ll visit the breathtaking Echidna Chasm and magnificent Cathedral Gorge. For a unique view take an optional helicopter flight over the area before heading back to your bush camp. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Bungle Bungles to El Questro You head out of the Bungles today and on to El Questro Station. Sit back and admire the awesome scenery of the Carr Boyd and Durack Ranges as you journey to Turkey Creek and on to El Questro to set up camp. (B, L, D) Day 6: El Questro Station to Gibb River Road Rise and shine nice and early and start the day with a hike in to the beautiful Cockburn Ranges. Take a refreshing swim under the waterfall at Emma Gorge before starting your journey over the Pentecost River and along the Gibb River Road. (B, L, D) Day 7: Gibb River Road and Gorges Today it’s time for swimming and hiking in the Kimberleys as you explore striking Manning Gorge and Barnett Gorge. Your experienced guide will use their local knowledge to determine the most accessible gorges to visit. Tonight you set up camp at Manning Gorge. (B, L, D) Day 8: Manning Gorge to Windjana Gorge Today you will explore Galvins or Adcock Gorge before making your way to Windjana Gorge, known for its abundant freshwater crocodiles! It’s also your camp for the night. (B, L, D) Day 9: Windjana Gorge to Broome You adventure continues towards the Napier Range and the fascinating 1/2 mile underground tunnel of Tunnel Creek, an area rich in bushranger history. Making tracks, head towards Broome and stop briefly at Willare Bridge, where a rushing torrent of water flows in the mighty Fitzroy River. Aiming for a late afternoon arrival in Broome, there will be time to catch the brilliant Cable Beach sunset. (B, L)

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DayS 10-11: Broome Time for a rest as the next 2 days are yours to enjoy at your own pace. Broome is the perfect place to relax and soak up the slow-paced lifestyle known as ‘Broome-time’. Swim and chill out on Cable Beach, learn about the fascinating Pearling history, or you can choose to get a little more adventurous with a camel ride along the beach or even go skydiving. Day 12: Broome to Indee Station Departing Broome, cross the Great Sandy Desert calling in at the coastal oasis of Eighty Mile Beach. There’s just enough time for a quick swim in the turquoise water and a chance to collect some special seashells. Traveling further South through Port Hedland, check out the enormous piles of iron ore and salt before setting up camp at a remote sheep and cattle property, Indee Station. Tonight, sample some Aussie damper baked in the hot coals of the campfire. (L, D) Day 13: Indee Station to Karijini National Park This morning, make your way to the remote but spectacular Karijini National Park where you’ll spend 3 days exploring the ancient gorges and swim in emerald colored rock pools. Visit the Karijini Cultural Centre before heading out to Fortesque Falls where you’ll be rewarded with a refreshing swim. Spend the next few nights at your camp in the National Park. (B, L, D) Days 14-15: Karijini National Park There is plenty of time to go hike, swimming and relaxing in the magnificent Karijini gorges over the next few days. One of the oldest landscapes on earth, you will be amazed as you explore a number of gorges including Weano Gorge, Handrail Pool, Oxers Lookout, Hancock Gorge and Hamersley Gorge among others. (B, L, D)


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Day 16: Karijini National Park to Exmouth Leaving Karijini today, travel through the unique mining town of Tom Price before continuing through the vast bush land and station country of the Pilbara region on the way to the coastal town of Exmouth. (B, L, D) Day 17: Exmouth This morning you’ll explore the Cape Range National Park. Take a dip or relax on the beach at picturesque Turquoise Bay. For a small fee hire a snorkel mask and fins. The unique current will float you parallel to the beach. Keep an eye out for turtles, coral and fish. In the afternoon exchange fins for boots as you hike around the vertical red rock walls of the gorge for stunning views at Yardie Creek. (B, L, D) Day 18: Exmouth to Coral Bay Coral Bay’s white sandy beach is the perfect place to simply relax or take the opportunity to spend the entire day exploring the famous Ningaloo Reef. This is where the reef meets the beach and the wonders of Australia’s largest fringing coral reef are accessible within 100 metres of the shore. If you’re feeling active, there are plenty of optional activities available including snorkeling, coral viewing cruises, scuba diving or quad biking. (B, L, D) Day 19: Coral Bay to Monkey Mia Heading south, cross the Tropic of Capricorn and pass through the town of Carnarvon, famous for its bananas. Call in at unique Shell Beach made up of... you guessed it, tiny shells! It’s then on to Monkey Mia – famous for the wild dolphins that visit the beach each day. (B, L, D)

Day 20: Monkey Mia to Kalbarri Time this morning to visit with the dolphins before exploring some of the Shark Bay World Heritage area. Stop to view the stromatolites – the oldest living organisms in the world – before heading south for Kalbarri. If there is time you will be able to see the Murchison Gorge and Natures Window in the afternoon before arriving in the seaside resort town. (B, L, D) Day 21: Kalbarri to Perth Departing via the coastal gorges of the Kalbarri National Park, head to the picturesque seaside town of Dongara before traveling south through the fascinating landscape of the Nambung National Park and check out the famous Pinnacle Desert. It’s then time to make your way to Perth arriving in the early evening. (B, L)

DEPARTURES

• Darwin

2011 APR 24 - OCT 23 SUN

• Victoria El Questro • • Kununurra River Gibb River Gorge • • Bungle Bungles Windjana Gorge • • Manning Gorge • Broome

Included: Experienced guides, 12 nights camping fees & equipment, 8 nights hostel accommodation (or 3 nights budget en suite/ 5 nights hostel with share facilities if upgrading) and National Park fees Accommodation: 12 nts Camping, 8 nts hostel dorms with shared facilities Group Size: Max 17 Meals: 19 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 16 dinners Tour Code: AT DP21

go in reverse pERTH - dARWIN

• Indee Station • Karijini N.P. • Exmouth • Coral Bay • Monkey Mia

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• Kalbarri

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South to the Outback 10 days, fr $920 Melbourne

EASYRIDER

no local payment

alice Springs

If you hadn’t already noticed, Australia is an island, so as well as having a super duper East Coast, the other coasts are pretty special and definitely worth a look as well. Australia’s southern coast line is one of the most spectacular in the world with its ruggered rock formations and crashing surf waves - on this tour you’ll get the opportunity to visit sleepy little fishing villages and check out the amazing Twelve Apostles at sunset. It is then off to the Grampians for a some spectacular hiking through the lush vegetation to lookouts and waterfalls while keeping you’re eye out for wildlife. Head over to South Australia’s gastro capital and take in your last views of the sea as you turn inland and head North through the outback. Travel through the majestic Flinders Ranges, quirky Cooper Pedy and on to the ‘Red Centre’ where you will be rewarded with a spectacular color show at Uluru as the sun sets! The Southern Coast and the Aussie outback - what a magnificent combo!!! • • • • • • • • • •

Visit the surfing town of Torquay Witness sunset over the Twelve Apostles Hike to waterfalls in the Grampians Try South Australia’s famous wine See Aboriginal rock art in the Flinders Enjoy the views from Mt Remarkable Search for opals in Cooper Pedy Watch sunset at Uluru Explore facinating Kata Tjuta Take the rim walkf at Kings Canyon

Day 1: MELBOURNE TO PORT CAMPBELL via GREAT OCEAN ROAD Departing vibrant Melbourne, make a stop in Torquay and the famous Bells Beach before arriving in the coastal town of Apollo Bay. After lunch the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk awaits literally feel the forest floor reach the sky. Later arrive in Port Campbell, a colorful seaside village sheltered by cliffs and pines. Admire a beautiful sunset over the Twelve Apostles. (L, D) Day 2: PORT CAMPBELL TO GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK This morning discover The Arch, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge before heading ot the world famous Grampians National Park, one of Victoria’s most popular holiday destinations. Breathtaking rocky views, rich Aboriginal culture set in rugged ancient landscape. Visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre and time permitting enjoy a short hike before dinner. (B, D)

Days 3-4: GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK to Adelaide If you like hiking, you won’t be disapointed as there are plenty to choose from. Head to Hollow Mountain or Mackenzie Falls. Crossing the Murray River and arrive in the South Australian capital for an evening meal in this gastro city. Day 4 is free to relax by the beach for head out to the vineyards for some wine tasting. (2B, L) Day 5: Adelaide TO QUORN Leaving Adelaide travel via Clare Valley where and enjoy amazing views from Mt Remarkable lookout before arriving in the Flinders Ranges. Time this afternoon is used to hike to the summit of Dutchman’s Stern for spectacular views of Quorn and the “Ranges”. Settle into Quorn for the next couple of nights. (B, L, D) Day 6: FLINDERS RANGS The Flinders Ranges has been named as one of Australia’s most outstanding natural landscapes. See the natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound, a lost world located inside a giant stone crater. Go hiking and spend time exploring the legendary desert tracks. Hike and spend time exploring the legendary desert tracks and in the afternoon view some ancient Aboriginal rock art. That evening enjoy a drink and chat with the locals. (B, L, D)

Day 7: QUORN TO COOBER PEDY Leaving Quorn travel via Port Augusta to the “Opal Capital of the World”, Coober Pedy. Diverse accommodation, fantastic restaurants and many underground attractions! On arrival enjoy a town tour, you may even get lucky and find and opal! This evening enjoy dinner “Coober Pedy” style in a local restaurant. (B, L, D) Day 8: COOBER PEDY TO Uluru Departing Coober Pedy, head north up the Stuart Highway and into the rugged country of Australia’s outback bound for Uluru. At sunset, you will marvel at the spectacular color light show of the giant rock as you enjoy a drink and nibbles. (B, L, D) Day 9: Uluru TO KINGS CANYON It’s an early start this morning to enjoy the sunrise at magical Kata-Tjuta. Go ‘walk about’ and appreciate the beauty of the 36 domes and learn about the unique fauna and flora before we making tracks for Kings Canyon. (B, L, D) Day 10: KINGS CANYON TO ALICE SPRINGS You’ll need your sturdy walking shoes today! The spectacular rim walk takes you to the heart of Kings Canyon and descends to the beginning of Kings Creek. After lunch tracvel through sand dune country and head to Alice Springs.

DEPARTURES START 2011 APR 03 APR 10 APR 24 MAY 01 MAY 15 MAY 22 JUN 05 JUN 12

FINISH APR 12 APR 19 MAY 03 MAY 10 MAY 24 MAY 31 JUN 14 JUN 21

START JUN 26 JUL 03 JUL 17 JUL 24 AUG 07 AUG 14 AUG 28 SEP 04 SEP 18

FINISH JUL 05 JUL 12 JUL 26 AUG 02 AUG 16 AUG 23 SEP 06 SEP 13 SEP 27

START SEP 25 OCT 09 OCT 16 OCT 30 NOV 06 NOV 20 NOV 27 DEC 11 DEC 18

FINISH OCT 04 OCT 18 OCT 25 NOV 08 NOV 15 NOV 29 DEC 06 DEC 20 DEC 27

Accommodation: 9 nts Lodges or campgrounds with shared facilities Group Size: Max 36 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunch, 7 dinners Tour Code: TD JSN10

go in reverse ALICE sPRINGS - mELBOURNE

Kings Canyon • • Uluru

Cooper Pedy • Quorn • Adelaide •

• Flinders Ranges

Tour Code: RD JSN10R

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4WD Broome to Darwin 9 days, fr $1,819 Broome • • • • •

Darwin to Adelaide 14 days, fr $1,602

no local payment!

Darwin

Darwin

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Go crocodile spotting at Windjana Gorge Camp & hike in the Bungle Bungles National Park Swim under remote waterfalls in Emma Gorge Travel along the remote Gibb River dirt road in a 4WD Check out Lake Argyle - twice as big as Sydney Harbour

+ local payment

Adelaide

Aboriginal cultural experiences in Kakadu and Uluru Camp under the stars in a traditional Aussie swag Watch a dramatic sunset and sunrise over Uluru (Ayers Rock) Stay underground in the mining town of Coober Pedy Take in dramatic panoramas of Wilpena Pound

Days 1-3: dARWIN TO LITCHFIELD AND KAKADU Enjoy the stunning natural wilderness of these National Parks. (2B, 3L, 2D)

day 1: Broome to Windjana Gorge Leave the bitumen behind and head for the Oscar Range and on to Tunnel Creek, where a 1/2 mile tunnel passes under the Napier Range. (L, D) days 2-3: Windjana Gorge to Mt Barnett & Gibb River Road Explore Windjana Gorge and beware of all the fresh water crocs! Set up a bush camp and swim and hike through the Kimberleys. (2B, 2L, 2D) day 4: Gibb River Road to El Questro Station Pass through ancient and spectacular country as you travel along the Gibb River Road and on to the famous El Questro Station. (B, L, D) days 5-6: Bungle Bungles National Park Admire and explore the awesome scenery and rock formations. (2B, 2L, 2D) day 7: Bungle Bungles to Kununurra Region Time for some 4WD action. Spend time exploring the Hidden Valley. (B, L, D) day 8: Kununurra Region to Victoria River Region Check out Lake Argyle - the biggest man-made lake in Australia. (B, L, D)

Day 4: dARWIN TO Katherine Gorge Experience Nitmiluk National Park’s striking beauty. Hop on a canoe. (L, D) Day 5: Katherine Gorge TO Tennant Creek Camp at Juno Horse Farm, passing Mataranka springs on your way. (B, L, D) DayS 6-7: Tennant Creek TO Alice Springs Visit the Devils Marbles en route to a couple of free days in Alice. (B, L) Days 8-9: aLICE sPRINGS TO Uluru And Kings Canyon Journey into the ‘Red Centre’. Marvel at Kings Canyon and and see the sunrise over Uluru. Sleep in an Aussie ‘swag’ under the stars. (B, 2L, 2D) Day 10-11: Kings Canyon TO Marla and Coober Pedy Head south through the rugged desert country into South Australia. Go ‘noodling’ for opals and stay underground in Cooper Pedy. (2B, 2L, 2D) Days 12-13: Coober Pedy to Quorn On to the township of Quorn for the next 2 nights. Explore the amazing landscapes of Wilpena Pound and the Flinders Rangers. (2B, 2L, 2D)

day 9: Victoria River Region to Darwin Hop across to Katherine where you’ll stop briefly in Katherine (Nitmiluk) Gorge. Time for one last swim at Edith Falls before arriving in Darwin. (B, L)

Day 14: quorn to Adelaide Wind your way to Adelaide stopping off in Clare Valley wine country. (B, L)

DEPARTURES

DEPARTURES

2011 APR 23 - OCT 26

WED, SAT

Included: Experienced guide, camping fees & equipment and national park fees Accommodation: 8 nts Camping Group Size: Max 21 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners Tour Code: AT BD9

go in reverse DARWIN - BROOME Tour Code: AT DB9

• Darwin

• Victoria El Questro • • Kununurra River Gibb River Gorge • • Bungle Bungles • Windjana Gorge • Broome

2011 JAN - DEC TUE, FRI, SUN

2012 JAN - MAR TUE, FRI, SUN

Included: Experienced guides, accommodation transfers, camping fees & equipment, Aboriginal culture interpretive walk and Opal Mine tour Accommodation: Camping 7 nts, multi-share accommodation 6 nts Group Size: Max 24 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 10 dinners Local Payment: AUD 62.50, sleeping bag hire: AUD 20 Tour Code: AT PBTAS

go in reverse ADELAIDE - DARWIN Tour Code: AT PBTAN

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• Kakadu N.P. • Katherine Gorge • Litchfield

Tennant Creek • • Alice Springs Kings Canyon • • Cooper Pedy • Cooper Pedy Quorn • Adelaide •

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Melbourne to Alice Springs

Outback Wildlife & Farmstay

11 Days, fr $1,079

5 Days, fr $905

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+ local payment

No local payment

Start & finish: brisbane

Alice Springs

Cruise the Great Ocean Road and admire the coastal scenery Visit the Grampians National Park and hike to MacKenzie Falls Hike through the Flinders Ranges and explore Wilpena Pound Experience the color show as the sunsets over Uluru Explore the mighty Kings Canyon

Day 1: Melbourne to Port Campbell via Great Ocean Rd Cruise along one of the most spectacular coastal roads in Australia! (L, D) Day 2: Port Campbell to Grampians National Park See the amazing Twelve Apostles before visiting the Grampians N.P. (B, L, D)

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Relaxing in the therapeutic Artesian Waters Make Billy Tea and Damper around the campfire Enjoy a boat cruise on the Warrego River Sleep in traditional Aussie swags under the starry sky Sample real-life outback experiences

Day 1: Brisbane to Charlotte Plains Farmstay An eerie departure from Brisbane and enjoy fantastic views of the changing landscapes as you head West into QLD’s outback. Arrive at Charlotte Plains Farmstay where dinner will be served with the station owners. (D)

Days 3-4: Halls Gap to Adelaide Hike to Hollow Mountain and the amazing MacKenzie Falls before traveling on to Adelaide with a free day to explore the surrounding area. (B, L)

Day 2: Farmstay Enjoy a guided tour of the farm, shearing shed, wildlife and then lay back and relax in natures Artesian Water and enjoy the therapeutic benefits. Make “Billy Tea and Damper”, a traditional Outback Aussie smoko. (B, L, D)

Days 5-6: Adelaide to Quorn, Flinders Ranges & Wilpena Pound It’s time to check out these ancient landforms, some of the oldest in Australia. Learn about their significance in Aboriginal culture. (B, 2L, 2D)

Day 3: Farmstay to Cunnamulla Say “See ya later” to your hosts and head for Cunnamulla to meet the local characters. Tour the heritage town and then enjoy a boat cruise on the magnificent Warrego River. Enjoy dinner under the stars. (B, L, D)

Days 7-8: Quorn to Coober Pedy and Marla Stay underground in Cooper Pedy and try ‘noodling’ for opals. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 4: Cunnamulla Visit the historic cemetery where you will learn some history and stories of past local characters and later, brace yourself for an awesome Aussie Pub crawl around the local’s favorite watering holes. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Marla to Uluru Discover fascinating Kata Tjuta and watch the sunset over Uluru. (B, L, D) Days 10-11: Uluru to Kings Canyon and Alice Springs Hike through landforms at Kings Canyon and head on to Alice. (2B, 2L, D)

Day 5: Cunnamulla to Brisbane It’s time to say goodbye to the outback and make the journey back to caostal Brisbane. (B)

DEPARTURES

DEPARTURES

2011/2012 APR 01 - MAY 03 TUE, THU, SAT MAY 04 - OCT 05 TUE, SAT OCT 06 - MAR 31 TUE, THU, SAT (Exept Dec 24, 31)

2011 JAN-DEC

Included: Experienced guides, accommodation transfers (Adelaide/Alice Springs), camping fees & equipment, park fees in South Australia & Victoria, Opal Mine Tour, entry to Otway Fly Tree Top Walk, Aboriginal culture interpretive walk Accommodation: 3 nts Camping, 7 nts Dorm with shared facilities Group Size: Max 24 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 dinners Local Payment: AUD 25 National Park Entry Fee, sleeping bag hire AUD 20 Tour Code: AT MAPBN

go in reverse ALICE SPRINGS - MELBOURNE Tour Code: AT PBSAM

start OR FINISH in adelaide 7 DAYS FR $883

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SUN

Inclusions: Return travel on Greyhound/Coach Qld from Brisbane Transit Centre, all entry fees Accommodation: 4 nts camping in swags under the stars in a mix of camp grounds and farmstay Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Tour Code: STA593

• Alice Springs

• Uluru • Marla • Coober Pedy Quorn •

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• Halls Gap Grampians •

Melbourne • Port Campbell •

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MY FAVORITE EXPERIENCE

Nothing will beat the incredible sight of huge, looming, orange Uluru with its glowing colors at sunset. We clambered on to the top of our van to watch it, sparkling wine in hand. The next day it chucked it down - very unusual but crazy to see the sudden appearance of waterfalls cascading down the now dark grey walls of the rock. Something I’ll never forget! Andy, Toledo

aREA: 1,420,970 KM2 POPULATION: 227,025 LOCAL BEER: A SELECTION OF AUSTRALIA’S FINEST

THE WEATHER

There are two general weather zones in the N.T. Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, the Barkly Tablelands and Uluru/Kata-Tjuta regions, have a semi-arid climate. Temperatures are generally hot during the day but cold at night. Top End, which includes Darwin, Katherine and Kakadu has a tropical wet/dry climate. Darwin has an average temperature of 90 degrees fahrenheit all year, with varying humidity and is wellknown for its spectacular lightning.

TRY BEFORE YOU FLY

The humble boomerang - weapon of choice for many an Aborigine in years gone by. But remember, play nicely kids.

USEFUL INFO

At 1,420,970 square kilometres, the Northern Territory is the third largest Australian federal division (around the size of France, Spain and Italy). It is sparsely inhabited and with a population of only 227,025, making it the least populous division on the mainland. Residents of the Northern Territory are often known simply as ‘Territorians’. Indigenous Australians have lived here for 40,000 years.

USELESS INFO

The Darwin Beer Can Regatta, held in August, celebrates Darwin’s love affair with beer and contestants’ race boats made exclusively of beer cans. Also in Darwin during the month of August are the Darwin Cup horse race, and the Rodeo and Mud Crab Tying Competition.

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Toddy’s is only a 15 minute walk from Alice Springs town center. It’s a friendly hostel, with great facilities including kitchen and laundry. Enjoy the swimming pool, happy hours at the bar and the excellent evening BBQs. Free pick-up from airport or bus is included. STA401

Only a 5 minute walk into town - you’re sure to pick up the backpacking vibe in Alice Springs at this amazing resort! Everything is new with stylish and funky-designs - all rooms are en suite and have A/C. Mingle out by the BBQ and swimming pool, in the kitchen or TV lounge. STA402

Just a wee walk to the town center in Alice Springs and overlooking Todd River. These apartments and studios are excellently furnished with modern kitchens, bathroom, telephone, TV, and balcony. Chill out by the pool, cook up a BBQ or mess with mates in the games room. STA403

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$24 DORM $30 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Alice Springs • • • • •

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$58 TWIN/DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

Red Centre self drive 4 DAYS, fr $440

$27 DORM $58 TWIN/DOUBLE

CAR HIRE IS EXTRA

ULURU

Hike the rim walk at Kings Canyon Watch sunset and sunrise over Uluru Visit the Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre Enjoy the dusty red country scenery Explore the Alice Spring’s charm

Day 1: Alice springs Spend the rest of the day exploring this beautiful part of the Australian Outback. Why not visit the Old Telegraph Station, the Aviation Museum and the original Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Day 2: Alice Springs to Kings Canyon (296 MI ) OR Alice Springs to Kings Canyon via the Mereenie Loop Road (243 MI) 4WD access only Take the Stuart Highway (125 mi) south to the Ayers Rock turn off. Turn west onto the Lasseter Highway. Continue on Luritja Road to reach the Kings Canyon Resort for your overnight stay. Day 3: Kings Canyon to Uluru (198 mi) Make an early start to complete the Rim Walk at Kings Canyon. Then travel via the Lasseter Highway to the spectacular region of Yulara. Day 4: Uluru Take some more time this morning to explore the region, rise early to experience the beautiful sunrise over Uluru and watch the famous rock change color in the sunlight. STA602

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Alice Dreaming helicopter flight 15 min flight, fr $144 For an exhilarating birds eye view of the desert formations you can’t beat a helicopter flight. Cross the “Old Ghan” station on your way to Heavitree Gap, a dramatic split separating the East and West MacDonnell Ranges. Head south along the Todd River dotted with white gums revealing extensive views of Alice Springs. STA408


april 9 - may 2, 2011 Alice springs cup carnival may 7, 2011 Molly’s bash, bush fundraiser june 10-13, 2011 Tattersall’s Finke Desert Rac july 9, 2011 Lions Imparja Camel Cup august 20, 2011 Henley-On-Todd Regatta september, 2011 alice desert festival daily, 2010/2011 sunset ayres rock

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outback pioneer lodge, yulara

the lost camel, yulara

A half mile from Alice Springs city center, escape the paparazzi to your own private villa, and spend your time snoozing on your terrace, checking out the TV or surfing the WiFi. Grab a game at the tennis court, splash around in the island pool or take a stroll through the gardens. STA404

This is the best value option at Uluru, located right in the middle of the resort, just a short drive from the rock itself. You can opt for rooms with private or shared facilities. There is a selfcatering kitchen, laundry facilities, huge BBQ and bar area that boasts live entertainment. STA405

Located within the resort and built around a lush courtyard and generous swimming pool. It has an intimate bar and offers a free airport transfer. The rooms are bright and funky and the open lobby has a bar, with a subtle Aboriginal/cultural theme running throughout. STA406

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$121 SINGLE $61 TWIN/DOUBLE

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ulURu safari 3 DAYS, fr $562

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Start & Finish: Alice Springs • • •

Sleep in a swag under the outback stars Watch sunset and sunrise over Uluru Hike through Kings Canyon Gorge

Day 1: Alice to Kata Tjuta & Uluru Start your outback adventure as you explore Kata Tjuta and discover the secrets of this ancient landform on a hike through the Valley of the Winds. It is then off to watch a dramatic sunset over Uluru as you kick back after dinner and curl up in your swag under the stars. (L, D)

$38 DORM $94 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Day 2: Uluru to Kings Canyon Rise and shine, it’s an early start as you see the sunrise over Uluru and enjoy a walk around the base - a trip highlight. You’ll be taken on an interpretive walk by an Aboriginal guide as you explore the many caves of the Mala people learning how they lived. Hear stories of the local ancestry and the cerimonial importance of the site. It’s then on to Kings Canyon for a night in Watarrka National Park. (B, L, D)

DEPARTURES

Day 3: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs Strap on your hiking shoes for a day spent in the great outdoors as you explore all the magnificant rock formations of Kings Canyon. A stunning trek through the Ampitheatre, the Lost City and the lush Garden of Eden with leave you breathless (from the beauty, not the just the treking!) After lunch and a cool off swim head back to Alice where the tour ends. (B, L)

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Included: Experienced guides, accommodation transfers, camping fees & equipment, Aboriginal culture interpretive walk Accommodation: 2 nts camping with shares facilities Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Local payment: AUD 25, sleeping bag hire AUD 20 Group Size: Max 24 Tour can start in Yulara (Uluru) but must finish in Alice Springs Tour Code: AT AR3

• Alice Springs Kings Canyon • Kata Tjuta • • Uluru

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Rock ‘n’ Canyon 4 Days, $665 fr

No local payment

EASYRIDER

2 DAYS, fr $409

Start & Finish: Alice Springs • • •

red centre highlights + local payment

Start & Finish: Alice Springs

Explore mysterious Kata Tjuta Head out on an informative base walk at Uluru Explore the magnificent gorges of Kings Canyon

Here’s your chance to see one of Australia’s most iconic sights - that big Red Rock called Uluru! See it shimmer and change color as the sunsets and take a walk around the base. You’ll get the chance to see the sunrise over Kata Tjuta and learn about the fascinating history. It’s then time for some hiking through the Kings Canyon - take the track to the top of the sandstone cliffs for amazing views before returning to Alice.

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Hike, walk, and explore the gorges of Kings Canyon Enjoy sunrise over Uluru Explore magical and mysterious Kata Tjuta

Perfect if you’re short on time but simply have to see the Red Centre. Check out Kings Canyon and witness a beautiful sunrise over Uluru. Walk around the base and discover mysterious rock formations and Aboriginal art sites. Visit the red domes of Kata Tjuta and gaze at the rugged desert scenery.

Accommodation: 2 nts Lodge with shared facilities, 1 nts Lodge with private facilities Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Size: Avg 24 Departures: Tour Code: TD JNT4 Departure Days: SUN

Accommodation: Private campsite with shared facilities Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Local Payment: AUD 25, sleeping bag hire AUD 20 Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code: AT RC1 Departure Days: MON, TUE, WED, FRI, SAT. Tour can finish in Yulara (Ulura)

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5 Days, $891 fr

No local payment

4 DAYS, fr $863

Start & Finish: Alice Springs • • •

See the Red Centre highlights including Uluru and Kings Canyon 4WD along bush tracks through old cattle stations Visit the Oak Valley Aboriginal Community

This is the ultimate 5-day 4WD Central Australia adventure tour! You get to tour all the ‘must see’ highlights like Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, Palm Valley, and the West MacDonnell Ranges. More importantly, you’ll also get to truly experience the outback in an authentic way by going ‘wayoutback’; bush camping at remote campsites, driving a bush track through an old outback cattle station affording sensational views of the West MacDonnell Ranges and, visiting the Oak Valley Aboriginal Community. Accommodation: Sleep in traditional aussie swags in private remote campsites Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Local payment: sleeping bag hire AUD 20 Tour Code: STA603 Departure Days: TUE, THU, SAT

+ local payment

Start & Finish: Alice Springs • • •

Visit an Outback camel farm and ride a camel Watch sunrise and sunset at Uluru Explore magical Kata Tjuta

Spend 4 exciting days exploring the highlights of the Red Centre - sunrise over Uluru, discover the facinating Kata Tjuta and hike through Kings Canyon. Get off the beaten track and cruise in a 4WD along the less traveled Mereenie Loop road in the majestic Western MacDonnell Ranges and pass a 140 million year old meteorite crater! Accommodation: Private campsite with shared facilities Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Local payment: AUD 25, sleeping bag hire AUD 20 Group Size: Max 16 Tour Code: AT AR4 Departure Days: Daily

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Cloud 9 9 Days, fr $1,351 alice springs • • • • •

Red Rocket 7 Days, fr $1,168

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Soak up Litchfield National Park’s waterfall spray Canoe down majestic Katherine Gorge Aboriginal Cultural experiences in Kakadu and Uluru Grab a beer at the Territory’s oldest pub - the Daly Waters Witness sunset and sunrise over Uluru (Ayers Rock)

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Day 1: Alice Springs to Kata Tjuta and Uluru Start your outback adventure with a camel ride! It’s then off to discover the facinating Kata Tjuta and Uluru where you will sleep in a swag. (L, D)

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Darwin

See sunrise over Uluru and walk around the base Experience the outback lifestyle at Banka Banka Cattle Station Soak in a natural thermal pool deep in the Never Never Explore Kakadu National Park Experience Aboriginal Culture and cook bush tucker

Day 1: Alice springs to Kings Canyon and Uluru Drive through James and Waterhouse Ranges en route to Kings Canyon. There’s plenty to explore here, so strap on your hiking boots and get to it! Check out the Lost City and the Garden on Eden. It’s then off to Uluru. (L,D)

Day 2-3: Uluru to Kings Canyon and Alice Springs After witnessing a glorious sunrise over Uluru you will meet with an Aboriginal guide for an interpretive walk around the base. Explore the many caves and visit the sacred Kantju Gorge. The next day, strap on your hiking boots to explore Kings Canyon and return to Alice Springs. (2B, 2L, D)

Day 2: Uluru to Alice springs Rise early to see sunrise over the red rock and take a stroll around the base. Check out the red domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and head back through the rugged desert scenery to Alice after lunch. (B, L)

Days 4-6: Alice to Banka Banka, Katherine Gorge & Darwin On your way to Banka Banka Cattle Station stop for a glimpse of the Devils Marbles, precariously balanced on their rocky perch. Day 5 will have you soaking in thermal pools deep in the ‘Never Never’, but not before a visit to the famed Daly Waters Pub. On day 6, canoe across the cool, clear waters of Katherines Gorge or take a helicopter flight for a spectacular ariel view of the region. Travel on to Darwin via idyllic Edith Falls. (2B, 3L, 2D)

Days 3-5: Alice to Banka Banka, Katherine Gorge & Darwin On your way to Banka Banka Cattle Station stop for a glimps of the Devils Marbles, precariously balanced on their rocky perch. Day 4 will have you soaking in thermal pools deep in the ‘Never Never’, but not before a visit to the famed Daly Waters Pub. On day 6, canoe across the cool, clear waters of Katherine Gorge or take a helicopter flight for a spectacular ariel view of the region. Travel on to Darwin via idyllic Edith Falls. (2B, 3L, 2D)

Days 7-9: Darwin to Mary River and Kakadu Take a refreshing dip under the mighty waterfalls of Litchfield National Park and spot crocs on a river cruise through the Mary River Wetlands. The next day will take you into Kakadu where you will discover ancient Aboriginal rock art and take a hike to a rocky outlook for fabulous views over the Nardab floodplains. On day 9, get ready for some 4WD action as you visit Jim Jim and Twin Falls. You will be impressed by the scenery as you travel back to Darwin where the tour sadly ends. (2B, 3L, 2D)

Day 6: Darwin to Kakadu national park Travel in to Woolna Country for a unique Aboriginal experience; cook your own bush tucker, play a didgeridoo and throw a spear. Croc spot on a cruise along Mary River and spend the afternoon at Ubirr Rock. (L, D)

DEPARTURES

DEPARTURES

APR - JUN JUL 01 - JUL 28 JUL 29 - OCT 31 NOV - MAR

MON, THU, SAT MON, TUE, THU, FRI, SAT MON, TUE, THU, SAT MON, THU, SAT

Included: Experienced guides, accommodation transfers, camping fees & equipment, Aboriginal culture interpretive walk Accommodation: Camping 6nts, multishare dorms 3 nts Group Size: Max 24 Meals: 6 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners Local Payment: AUD 62.50, Sleeping bag hire AUD 20 Tour Code: AT C9AD

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• Mary River • Kakadu N.P. • Katherine Gorge • Banka Banka

• Alice Springs Kings Canyon • Kata Tjuta • • Uluru

Day 7: Kakadu national park to Darwin Check out the stunning Jim Jim and Twin Falls and enjoy the boat ride before heading back to Darwin where the tour ends. (B, L)

APR - JUN JUL 01 - JUL 30 JUL 31 - OCT 31 NOV - MAR

TUE, FRI TUE, WED, FRI, SAT TUE, WED, FRI TUE, FRI

Included: Experienced guides, accommodation transfers, camping fees & equipment Accommodation: Camping 4n, multi share hostel 3n Group Size: Max 24 Meals: 4 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners Local Payment: AUD 62.50, sleeping bag hire AUD 20 Itinerary may change during Dec-May Tour Code: AT RRAD

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DARWIN Work and Play Package 3 Days, fr $338

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The Cavenagh has the best of both worlds, a 4-star backpackers and full service motel. It offers the perfect place to be based, just one block from Darwin’s main shopping street. With its own restaurant and bar, dine indoor or alfresco along the poolside deck! STA408

An awesome hostel that’s conveniently located next to the Transit Centre. Take a dip in one of two outdoor spas, chill out with a tinny over a game of pool or head out to the nearby clubs and bars. All rooms at this great little hostel include lockers, A/C, fan and sink. STA409

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$24 DORM $52 TWIN/DOUBLE

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2 nts accommodation and transfers Day trip to the Territory Wildlife Park Comprehensive work and travel pack Job Club membership & continued offers Mail holding and forwarding service

If you’re planning a working holiday to Australia why not start in Australia’s exciting top end! You’ll get absolutely everything you need to hit the ground running from Job Search access, to setting up a bank account, registering for a tax file number, postal forwarding service and some fun stuff too like a day trip to the Territory Wildlife Park. There’s 24-hr assistance if you need help with your plans and you will continue to recive job advice for your entire stay. STA412

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

crocsauras cove cage of death

STAysmart

STAysmart

value inn

mirambeena resort

Located right on lively Mitchell Street, this great value, clean and friendly budget hotel has just about everything you need. There’s free use of its adjacent sister hotel’s waterfall spa, licensed bar, 2 pools, kitchen and Internet café. Rooms are air-conditioned and come with en suite. STA410

A resort styled hotel, with a wide range of facilities and amenities both indoor and outdoor. A simple and tidy hotel with modern facilities. Enjoy a tropical dining experience at the Treetops Restaurant overlooking the pool, where you can dine alfresco out on the balcony.STA411

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$114 SINGLE $57 TWIN/DOUBLE

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full Day, fr $28 Get up-close and personal with views of massive saltwater crocs, hatchlings, juveniles & the world’s largest display of Aussie reptiles. Adrenaline junkies can descend into the ‘Cage of Death’. One of the craziest things you’ll ever do, dive in a clear cage into the home of a full grown Saltwater Croc and stare it in the eye. STA413

Litchfield & Jumping Crocodiles full Day, fr $111 Jump on the Jumping Crocodile Boat Cruise where you will be amazed to see these massive reptiles propelling themselves out of the water for a tasty reward. Afterwards, spend the afternoon exploring Litchfiled National Park and visit stunning waterfalls and large swimming holes. AT 1DLIT


AUSTRALIA

4WD Kakadu Safari

4WD Kakadu & Litchfield Safari

2 Days, fr $365

3 Days, fr $547

+ local payment

Start & Finish: Darwin • • •

+ local payment

Start & Finish: Darwin

Hop on a crocodile spotting cruise Experieince Aboriginal culture and learn to play the didgeridoo Hike to the base of Jim Jim Falls

• • •

Explore the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park Cruise through the Mary River Wetlands and lookout for crocs Hike to the top of Ubirr Rock and see ancient Aboriginal rock-art

Head off in to Kakadu National Park where you will get to experience local Aboriginal culture as you cook bushtucker and learn to play the didgeridoo. Crusie along the fresh waters of the Mary River Wetlands and keep you eyes peeled for crocs and hike to the stunning Jim Jim Falls.

A refreshing start to the day as you visit the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park and the Mary River Wetlands. Look out for lurking crocs along the river. Hike to the top of Ubirr Rock for spectacular views across the wetlands and to the amazing Jim Jim and Twin falls.

Included: Experienced guides, accommodation transfers, camping fees & equipment Accommodation: Camping 1 nts Group Size: Max 24 Meals: 1 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinners Local Payment: FR AUD 25, Sleeping bag hire AUD 20 Tour Code: AT NTK2 Departure Days APR-JUN: MON, WED, FRI, SUN, JUL: MON, WED, THU, FRI, SUN AUG-NOV: MON, WED, FRI, SUN, DEC-MAR: MON, WED, SUN

Included: Experienced guides, accommodation transfers, camping fees & equipment Accommodation: Camping 2nts Group Size: Max 24 Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Local Payment: FR AUD 25, Sleeping bag hire AUD 20 Tour Code: AT NTK3 Departure Days JAN-DEC: Daily

Top End Safari

kakadu self drive

5 days, fr $863

3 Days, fr $308

+ local paymenT

Start & Finish: Darwin • • •

+ local payment

Start & Finish: Darwin

Explore the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park Experience Aboriginal culture and learn to play a didgerioo Canoe across the clear water of Katherines Gorge

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Design your own itinerary through Kakadu and Litchfield N.P. Choose optional activities to suit you Travel with up to 5 other people

Bring out your inner Cocodile Dundee as you explore the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park and cruise the croc infested waters of the Mary River Wetlands! Explore ancient Aboriginal traditions as you learn to play a didgeridoo and throw a hunting spear and examine ancient rock-art at Ubirr Rock. It’s then on to Katherine Gorge - grab a canoe and paddle across the clear water or take a helicopter flight for a stunning ariel view. You’ll also have the chance to relax in the termals pools.

Here is a brand new and unique way to explore Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. Book a seat in one of these roomy All Wheel Drive Vehicles and you’ll get put together with some travel buddies for your own self driving adventure giving you the flexibility to do what you want when you want. Vehicles all seat 5 passengers and come with all camping equipment. You must attend a pre travel briefing, 3pm day prior to departure, where you’ll be given itinerary ideas and return the vehicle by 5pm on final day.

Included: Experienced guides, accommodation transfers, camping fees & equipment Accommodation: Camping 4 nts Group Size: Max 24 Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Local Payment: AUD 37.50, Sleeping bag hire AUD 20 Tour Code: AT NTK5 Departure Days APR-NOV: MON, THU, SAT

Included: Fully Equipped 4WD Vehicle, All camping and cooking equipment (Inc. Fridge), Stereo with CD and iPOD/MP3 connection, Suggested Itineraries, maps and park information, Suggested Menus and grocery list Local Payment: AUD25pp Kakadu Park Entry Fee, AUD150pp refundable bond Important Information: Drivers must be 21+ years Tour Code: STA415

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Alice Springs • • • • •

Darwin to Alice Springs (inc. Uluru)

no local EASYRIDER payment!

6 Days, fr $883

Darwin

Watch sunrise over Uluru and take a walk around the base Explore Kings Canyon’s immense gorges Canoe down Katherine Gorge Explore the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park Experience tradtitional Aboriginal culture

Days 1-4: Alice Springs to Uluru & Kings Canyon Head straight out to Uluru. Take an informitive walk around the base and discover ancient Aboriginal caves. Enjoy a colorful sunset! An early start the next day as you enjoy the sunrise overlooking Kata Tjuta and explore this amazing site. On day 3, take a challenging hike up above the sandstone cliffs overlooking the valley floor of Kings Canyon. Head back to Alice Springs. On day 4, venture out to the West MacDonnell Ranges and Simpsons Gap after an optional hot air balloon ride. (3B, 3L, 3D) days 5-6: Alice Springs to renner spRings & Katherine Head ‘up the track’, past the Devils Marbles, on to Renner Springs to experience some ‘Outback Hospitality’. Day 6 sees you swimming in thermal waters and enjoying the ‘dreamtime’ stories of Katherine. (2B, 2L, 2D) Day 7: Katherine to Gunlom Make tracks for Katherine Gorge and a canoeing adventure over the clear waters. Bunk down at Gunlom with a stop at Edith Falls on the way. (B, D)

Darwin • • • • •

+ local payment

Alice Springs

Aboriginal guided Uluru interpretive walk Slide into Mataranka’s thermal springs Grab a cold beer at the iconic Daly Waters outback hotel Watch sunset over Uluru (Ayers Rock) and sleep under the stars Check out the the red earth of the Lost City in Kings Canyon

Day 1: Darwin to Katherine Gorge Head into Nitmiluk National Park. Absorb the natural beauty while canoeing through Katherine Gorge itself. Settle in with the wildlife overnight. (L, D) Day 2: Katherine Gorge to tennant creek Stop at sparkling thermal pools surrounded by lush tropical forest. Carry on south to Tennant Creek camping overnight at Juno Horse Farm. (B, L, D) Day 3: tennant creek to Alice Springs Check out the precariously balanced Devils Marbles. Stop at Barrow Creek’s interesting and historic Telegraph Station and head on to Alice. (B, L). Day 4: Alice Springs to Kata Tjuta and Uluru Stop off at a camel farm for an optional camel ride. Head on to Uluru and Kata Tjuta and take an exhilarating hike through the Valley of the Winds. Watch the sun go down and cozy up in a swag under the starry sky. (L, D)

Days 8-9: Gunlom to Kakadu Head in to the Kakadu National Park where you’ll hike your way to the most advantageous lookouts, see abundant wildlife, try bush tucker or enjoy a scenic flight affording amazing ariel views of the region! (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 5: Uluru to kings canyon For the Uluru sunrise and join an Aboriginal guide for a walk around Uluru’s base. Check out the Cultural Centre and travel on to Kings Canyon. (B, L, D)

Days 10-11: Kakadu to MT BUNDY STATION and Darwin Experience Aboriginal culture with a traditional hunting display and check out the waterfalls in Litchfield National Park. Back to Darwin. (2B, L, D)

Day 6: kings canyon to alice springs Still in the canyon, marvel at its sheer beauty. Trek through the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. (B, L)

DEPARTURES

DEPARTURES

START 2011 JAN 16 JAN 23 FEB 13 FEB 20 MAR 13 MAR 20 APR 10 APR 17

FINISH JAN 25 FEB 01 FEB 22 MAR 01 MAR 22 MAR 29 APR 20 APR 27

START MAY 08 MAY 15 JUN 05 JUN 12 JUN 03 JUL 10 JUL 31 AUG 07 AUG 28

FINISH MAY 18 MAY 25 JUN 15 JUN 22 JUN 13 JUL 20 AUG 10 AUG 17 SEP 07

START SEP 04 SEP 25 OCT 02 OCT 23 OCT 30 NOV 20 NOV 27 DEC 18 DEC 25

FINISH SEP 14 OCT 05 OCT 12 NOV 02 NOV 09 NOV 30 DEC 07 DEC28 JAN 04

Accommodation: 3 nts Lodge or hostel with shared facilities, 3 nts Lodge or hostel with private facilities, 4 nts Camping with shared facilities Group Size: Avg 24 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners Tour Code: TD JNT11

go in reverse darwin - Alice Springs FR $1,445 Tour Code: TD JNT11R Please note: the above itinerary is effective from 01 April 2011 – 31 March 2012. Prior to this it will run as a 10 day tour.

Darwin • • Kakadu N.P. Gunlom • • Katherine Gorge Mt Bundy • • Tennant Creek / Renner Springs Kings Canyon •

• Alice Springs • Uluru

APR - JUN JUL AUG - OCT NOV - MAR

MON, WED, FRI MON, WED, THU, FRI, SUN MON, WED, FRI, SUN MON, WED, FRI

Included: Experienced guides, accommodation transfers, camping fees & equipment, Aboriginal culture interpretive walk Accommodation: Camping 4 nts, dorm accommodation 1 nts Group Size: Max 24 Meals: 4 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners Local Payment: AUD 25.00, sleeping bag hire AUD 20 Tour Code: AT PB2

go in reverse Alice Springs - Darwin Tour Code: AT PB1M

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I loved Perth, it was the ultimate summer destination - I went there for a few days and found myself staying for a whole month. The highlight was heading up to Kings Park just as the sun was coming up, after we’d been out all night. A curious kookaburra landed right next to us - probably wondering what we doing there at such an early hour... Jonathan, Bloomington

aREA: 2,646,615 KM2

USEFUL INFO

POPULATION: 2.2 MILLION

Western Australia is Australia’s largest State. At 2,645,615 sq km, it’s about the same size as Western Europe, and is home to many a cattle station (ranches) the size of England. Perth has more cafés per capita than any other city in the world. We’ll drink (coffee) to that!

LOCAL BEER: EMU BITTER

THE WEATHER

USELESS INFO

Western Australia has one of the most diverse climates in Australia: a tropical north and temperate south. In the south the usual four seasons apply but in the north only the ‘wet’ and the ‘dry’ exist. North winter (Apr-Sept) temps vary from 75-93ºF. The tropical ‘wet’ has a sticky humidity and temperature highs in the 80s. Tropical and electrical storms can be pretty impressive to watch! The south has summer highs of 90ºF and 57ºF in the winter. Perth boasts more sunny days per year than any other Australian capital city. Love that sunshine!

The people of Western Australia are often colloquially referred to as sandgropers, the common name of an insect found on sand dunes around Perth.

TRY BEFORE YOU FLY

Western Australia has a significant fishing industry. Local consumption and export include Western Rock Lobsters, prawns, crabs, shark and tuna, as well as pearl fishing in the Kimberley region of the state. Whaling was a key marine industry but ceased at Albany in 1978. We don’t suggest eating whale though.

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NOMADS Billabong resort

sullivan’s hotel

CITYGATE PERTH

This resort style hostel has fantastic facilities! Relaxed and friendly, based in the heart of the Beaufort street cafe district - a short walk from central Perth and Northbridge nightlife. Check out the pool, gym, and beach volleyball. Rooms are bright and spacious with private facilities.STA416

A 10 minute stroll to the center, this beautiful family owned hotel boasts a garden terrace and pool. There’s a free bus around the city center, guest bicycles to help explore and ample free parking. A/C, en suites, flat screen TVs and WiFi come as standard. STA417

Contemporary Perth accommodation ideally located in the CBD, offering wonderful views of the city skyline, modern restaurant and bar, heated swimming pool, fitness center and sauna. All the guestrooms boost plush new carpets, modern furnishings and flat screen TVs. STA418

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$30 DORM $42 TWIN/DOUBLE

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The Pinnacles Full Day, fr $148 Head north for fun and adventure, as you go where only a 4WD can venture! Koalas (you’ll even get to cuddle one), kangaroos and emus pop up all over the itinerary as you explore Yanchep National Park, the mysterious limestone spires in Nambung, and the huge sand dunes around Lancelin, where you can try out some sand surfing. Rock on! STA419

3 Days, fr $325

2 nts accommodation and transfers Bank account and tax file number set up Comprehensive work and travel pack Job Club membership & continued offers Day trip to Rottnest Island

When choosing where to start your working holiday in Oz, the WA capital is a great choice if you’re looking for a realxed, seaside city with a youthful vibe. From the moment you touch down, you’ll be in helpful hands. After being whisked from the airport to a Perth party pad, you’ll be sorted with everything from a mobile phone SIM to a tax number, as well as help bagging a bank account and tons of job tips. And it doesn’t stop there - for a whole year they’re there to help, bombarding you with job offers! STA604

$79 SINGLE $89 TWIN/DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

Work and Play Package • • • • •

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Rottnest Bike & Snorkel

dolphin swim

Full Day, fr $130 Spend a full day marveling at the beauty of Rottnest Island! Enjoy the boat ride from Perth before arriving for a cycle tour, an intriguing guided walking tour and a breathtaking snorkeling trip to meet some of the many weird and wonderful creatures calling Rottnest their home. To top off a fantastic day, indulge in a scrumptious afternoon tea. STA592

full Day, fr $209 Out in the sheltered shallows don your mask and snorkel and go for a splash with the friendly Bottlenose Dolphins that inhabit the calm and crystal clear bays around Rockingham. This truly is a genuine once in a lifetime experience, watching with delight as these wild dolphins appear and play around you. Return transfers from Perth and a light lunch are included. STA420

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Perth to Exmouth Safari 7 Days, fr $932

no local payment!

Start & Finish: Perth • • •

Explore the awe-inspiring Pinnacles Desert Play with wild dolphins at Monkey Mia Explore beautiful Ningaloo Reef and its abundant marine life

Days 1-2: Perth to Kalbarri AND sHARK bAY Head to Nambung National Park and explore the fascinating Pinnacles Desert formations. Try sandboarding down the dunes before reaching Kalbarri. Explore Nature’s Window, the Loop and an exhilarating 492ft descent into Z-Bend Gorge. Head to Monkey Mia stopping at gorgeous Shell Beach as you enter the Shark bay World Heritage area. (B, 2L, 2D)

Day 3: Shark Bay to Coral Bay Hit the beach this morning and make your way to see the world famous Monkey Mia dolphins – have your camera ready for some great shots of these entertaining animals. Head to Carnarvon with a stop at a banana plantation before arringin in Coral Bay, the Jewel of the North. (B, L, D) Days 4-5: Coral Bay and Exmouth Time to check out stunning Ningaloo Reef and its fantastic marine wildlife. Snorkel, cruise in a glass-bottom boat, quad bike or fly over the reef. Day 5 is free day to explore, dive, snorkel, take a short walk at Yardie Creek or simply lazing on the beach at Turquoise Bay. (B, L,) Days 6-7: Exmouth to Perth Begin your trip back to Perth, staying overnight at Northbrook Farmstay for your last evening together as a group. In the morning, it’s a short trip to the Principality of Hutt River, where you’ll be fascinated with Prince Leonard’s story before arriving back in Perth. (2B, 2L, D) Accommodation: 6 nts Dorm with shared facilities Group Size: Max 21 Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Tour Code: AT PX7 Departure Days APR-JUN & DEC-MAR: MON, WED, FRI, JUL-NOV: MON, FR

monkey mia, & South West, Albany Kalbarri PINNACLES & Margaret River 4 days, fr $587

3 days, fr $468

no local payment!

Start & Finish: perth • • •

no local payment!

Start & finish: Perth

Check out The Pinnacles pillars and sandboard down the dunes Visit the Kalbarri Nationa Park’s beautiful gorges Get up-close and personal with dolphins at Monkey Mia

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Get a birds eye view on the Tree Top Walk in Valley of the Giants Get sweeping views of Geographe Bay from Busselton Jetty View dramatic blowholes and rock formations on Albany coast

The only disappointing thing is that you won’t see any monkeys, everything else is outstanding. Head north to Nambung N.P. and explore the limestone formations at the Pinnacles Desert and sanboard down the dunes. Visit Kalbarri N.P. and check out Nature’s Window, the Loop, Z-Bend Gorge and see the famous Monkey Mia’s dolphins!

Head to Australia’s Southwest corner and see the highlights of the region. Visit picturesque Geographe Bay and tour the Nigilgi Caves as you travel along Cave Road. Taste some of the local Margaret River Wines and check out the rugged surf beaches. Visit the Valley of the Giants and take the Tree Top Walk through the canopy of the ancient tingle forest, 131 feet high.

Accommodation: 3 nts Dorm with shared facilities Group Size: Max 21 Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Tour Code: AT 4MM Departure Days JAN-DEC: MON, THU, FRI

Accommodation: 2 nts Dorm with shared facilities Group Size: Max 21 Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Tour Code: AT 3SW Departure Days APR, NOV-MAR: MON, SAT, MAY-OCT: MON

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Kimberly Club

Mercure Inn Continental

Cable Beach Club

The YHA has something for everyone, get among the bar activities, soak up the sun by the awesome pool, fire up the coals on the BBQ or simply relax in a hammock. Whether you choose one of the dorms or the private A/C option – You’ll find it very hard to leave. STA421

Positioned in tropical gardens and set between red desert and azure sea, whichever room you choose, you can be rest assured of comfort and cleanliness. With a restaurant, two bars and a pool it offers friendly, affordable accommodation in a truly breathtaking setting. STA422

There are two swimming pools, magnificent gardens and a wide range of accommodation options including studios, bungalows, private villas and luxury suites complete with a private butler! Whether you spend the day on Cable Beach or in the spa – unwind in style! STA423

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$32 DORM $66 Twin/Double

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Cape Leveque 4wd relax-away

Bungle Bungles & Geikie Gorge

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• • • •

3 days fr $615

Luxury 4WD travel from Broome 2 nights accmmodation in a Safari Tent Enjoy pristine uncrowded beaches Visit local Aboriginal communities

Head north to Cape Leveque, a remote coastal wilderness where you can enjoy some rest and relaxation. You’ll stay at the renowned Kooljaman Wilderness Camp, perched on the hillside with ocean views from your cozy self-contained tent! This is an ideal retreat where you can enjoy the peace and quiet, soak up the sun and swim at pristine, uncrowded beaches. Optional activites available include scenic flights over the Buccaneer Archipelago to 4WD adventures where you can visit the local Aboriginal communities and surrounds. STA424

3 days fr $1,234

Luxury 4WD travel from Broome 2 nights at the Bungle Bungle Bush Camp Enjoy a Geikie Gorge cruise Hike through the Bungle rock formations

This exciting short break package takes you out to the the World Heritage Bungle Bungles Wilderness and the renowned Geikie Gorge. Traveling via Halls Creek, tackle the rugged 4WD track to the Bungle Bungles Bush Camp where you will stay for the next two nights. There are plenty of exhilarating walks to sights such as Echidna Chasm and Cathedral Gorge, plus there is the option to take a scenic helicopter flight over the rock formations. On the way back to Broome enjoy lunch at Geikie Gorge where you will enjoy a cruise down the mighty Fitzroy River. STA425

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Perth to Broome Safari

4wd kimberley safari

10 Days, fr $1,523

9 Days, fr $1,819

Perth • • • • •

no local payment!

Broome

no local payment!

Start & Finish: Broome

Sandboard down the massive dunes in the Pinnacles Desert Play with the dolphins at Monkey Mia Explore the fringing Ningaloo Reef and snorkel over the coral Explore the many gorges and waterfalls of the Karijini N.P. Stroll along the brilliant white sand of Eighty Mile Beach

Day 1: Perth to Horrocks Explore the mysterious Pinnacles Desert, sandboard down the dunes! (L, D) Day 2: Horrocks to Shark Bay Explore Nature’s Window and Z-Bend Gorge. Stop at Shell Beach. (B, L, D) Day 3: Shark Bay to Coral Bay Spot world famous dolphins at Monkey Mia - a fantastic photo opportunity - before reaching Coral Bay, known as the ‘Jewel of the North’. (B, L, D) Days 4-5: Coral Bay to Exmouth Check out the amazing marine life around Ningaloo Reef. Swim with manta rays or whale sharks before reaching Exmouth. Here you can swim, snorkel or sunbathe at beautiful Turquoise Bay. (2B, 2L, D) Days 6-8: Exmouth to Karijini National Park Move inland and explore the magnificent Hamersley Range. Hike and swim through the many gorges of Karinjin N.P. over 2 days. (2B, 3L, 3D) Day 9: Karijini National Park to Pardoo Station Head back towards the coast touring iron-ore town Port Hedland. (B, L, D)

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Check out the fresh water crocs at Windjana Gorge Hike and swim in the wild Kimberleys 4WD your way through the Bungle Bungle massif Explore the Hidden Valley and Kununurra region Take the reef walk or a boat cruise at Geikie Gorge

Days 1-2: Broome to Windjana Gorge and Mt Barnett Check out the 2500ft tunnel under the Napier Range at Tunnel Creek, then head on to Windjana Gorge, beware of the fresh water crocs! Hit the road and explore Adcock Gorge before reaching Manning Gorge. (B, 2L, 2D) Days 3-4: Mt Barnett to Gibb River Road and El Questro It’s time for swimming and hiking in the Kimberleys! Pass spectacular country as you travel the Gibb River Road to El Questro. Walk in to the Cockburn Ranges for a swim at the waterfall at Emma Gorge. (2B, 2L, 2D) Days 5-6: El Questro Station to Bungle Bungles Take an exciting 4WD trip into the Bungle Bungles and watch sunset over the Osmond Ranges as you settle at your bush camp. For a spectacluar ariel view of these ancient and magnificent landforms, take an optional helicopter joy flight! (2B, 2L, 2D) Day 7: Bungle Bungles to Kununurra Region More thrilling 4WD action today as you wind your way out of the Bungle Bungles. Explore the Hidden Valley on the way to Kununurra. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Pardoo Station to Broome Stroll the white sand of Eighty Mile Beach before reaching Broome. (B, L)

Days 8-9: Kununurra Region to Fitzroy Crossing and Broome Make your way to Halls Creek and hear the stories of the beginning of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and continue on towards Fitzroy Crossing. Stop at Geikie Gorge for a boat ride before returning to Broome. (2B, 2L, D)

DEPARTURES

DEPARTURES

2011 JAN - DEC

MON, FRI

2011 APR 23 - OCT 26 WED

2012 JAN - MAR

MON, FRI

Included: Experienced guide, camping fees & equipment, National Park entry fees Accommodation: 4 nts Camping, 5 nts Dorm with shared facilities Group Size: Max 21 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 dinners Tour Code: AT PB10

go in reverse Broome - Perth Tour Code: AT BP10

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• Broome • Pardoo Station

Included: Experienced guide, camping fees & equipment, National Park entry fees Accommodation: 8 nts camping Group Size: Max 21 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners Tour Code: AT BB9

• Karijini N.P. • Coral Bay & Exmouth

El Questro • • Kununurra Mt Barnett • • Bungle Bungles Windjana Gorge • • Broome • Fitzroy Crossing

• Sharks Bay • Horrocks

• Perth

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Nullarbor WILDLIFE melbourne to adelaide SAFARI Camping Safari 10 Days, fr $1,383 Adelaide • • • • •

3 Days, fr $424

Perth

melbourne

Learn to surf the waves and sand dunes Travel across the Nullabor Plains Explore Esperance and Cape Le Grand Walk the Valley of Giants tree top walk Vist Margaret River and explore a cave

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Days 1-3: adelaide to FLiders Ranges and Eyre Penninsula Journey into the rusty, rugged gorges and ghost gums of the southern Flinders Ranges National Park and then to the Eyre Peninsula - one of Australia’s best kept secrets. Teeming with amazing wildlife experiences and stunning surf beaches where you’ll also enjoy an included lesson. Days 4-5: Eyre to Great Australian Bight & nulabour Today, head into one of the remotest area on the planet as you travel along the Great Australian Bight and Nulabour. See how the desert can devour an entire town and head west across Australia’s great plain. Days 6-7: nulabour to Esperance Out of the desert and head for the coast and experience some of Australia’s most beautiful scenery. Visit Le Grand National Park and go on a hike, go swimming or relax at the beach in Esperance.

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Drive along one of the world’s greatest coastal roads Admire the Twelve Apostles - Australia’s most famous rock group Check out Mackenzie Falls and walk the Grampian Ranges Walk the Otway Fly Canopy, high up in the rainforest See rare White Western Grey Kangaroos

Day 1: Melbourne TO Great Ocean Road & Port Campbell Leaving Melbourne head for the surfing town of Torquay and world famous Bells Beach where your Great Ocean Road journey begins as you wind your way along one of the most spectacular coastal roads in Australia. Hit the rainforest of the Otway National Park, where we spend time at the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk then watch the sun set over the Twelve Apostles. (L, D) Day 2: Port Campbell to Grampians National Park Start the day with an optional helicopter ride over the amazing Twelve Apostles or walk down the Gibson Steps on to the beach to get a different angle of the limestone stacks. Next, head on to check out Loch Ard Gorge and the western end of the Great Ocean Road including London Bridge, the Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands. Travel through Victoria, arriving at the magnificent Grampians National Park to the challenge of a hike to the top of the Pinnacle. The day is topped off by a walk to The Balconies and Reeds Lookout, before you reach your Grampians accommodation. (B, L, D)

Days 8-10: Esperance to Albany, Valley of the Giants & Perth Head to Albany, WA’s real charmer full of great pubs, friendly locals and a stunning coastal location. On day 9 see the WA version of the Great Ocean Road. Take the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk through the canopy of the ancient Tingle Forest, 124 feet above the forest floor. On your last day, as you wind up 2485 mile road trip, make a cave visit near Margaret River and a stop in Bussleton, one of Western Australia’s boom towns beofer arriving in Perth. Say farwell to new friends over a few drinks.

Day 3: Grampians National Park to Adelaide Get your legs working with hikes at Hollow Mountain and visit the amazing MacKenzie Falls before you farewell The Grampians and travel via Horsham into South Australia. See rare White Western Grey Kangaroos at Bordertown, then cross the Murray River before arriving into Adelaide. Check out the restaurants of South Australia’s gastronomical capital and enjoy a farwell meal with new friends. (B)

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START 2011 JAN 05 JAN 12 JAN 19 JAN 26 FEB 02 FEB 09 FEB 16 FEB 23

FINISH JAN 14 JAN 21 JAN 28 FEB 04 FEB 11 FEB 18 FEB 25 MAR 04

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FINISH MAR 11 MAR 18 MAR 25 APR 01 APR 08 APR 15 APR 29 MAY 13 MAY 27

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FINISH SEP 16 SEP 30 OCT 14 OCT 28 NOV 11 NOV 25 DEC 10 DEC 16 DEC 23

Accommodation: 9 nts Camping Inclusions: Transport with local and guides, entrance fees, activities, meals Local Payment: AUD 15 Sleeping bag hire Tour Code: STA 166

go in reversE PERTH - ADELAIDE Tour Code: ST605

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Margaret River • Head of Blight • Port Augusta • • Ceduna Norseman • •  Coodile Park • • Perth Adelaide • Esperance • • Cocklebiddy Cave Albany

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Included: Experienced guides, accommodation transfers, camping fees & equipment, Aboriginal culture interpretive walk Accommodation: Camping 6nts, multishare dorms 3 nts Group Size: Max 24 Meals: 6 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners Local Payment: AUD 62.50, Sleeping bag hire AUD 20 Tour Code: AT MA3

go in reversE ADELAIDE - MELBOURNE Tour Code: AT AM3

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Driving along the Great Ocean Road was one of the most picturesque but equally exciting bits of my whole trip. Stopping off to see the sleepy koalas en route and then lifting off in a helicopter for an amazing aerial view over the Twelve Apostles is a memory that will stay with me forever. And to top it all off was a spectacular sunset. Sophie, Palo Alto

aREA: 237,629 KM2 POPULATION: 5.5 MILLION

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Victoria is the home of Aussie rules, with 10 of the 16 Australian Football League clubs based in Victoria. The Grand Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is traditionally held on the last Saturday in spring-like September.

LOCAL BEER: VICTORIA BITTER

THE WEATHER

There’s a common saying that you can experience all four seasons in any one day in Melbourne. For the rest of the state, however, the climate is characterized by a range of different zones. The extremes are in the northwest Mallee region (dry and hot) and the alpine snowfields in the northeast. The coastal strip is generally wetter. Climate changes across the state are reflected by changes in vegetation: Mallee scrub in the northwest, irrigated plains in the north, the wetter grazing lands of the south and forested mountainous northeastern Victoria.

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3 random laws from Victoria: 1) It is illegal to wear sexy pink pants after midday on a Sunday. 2) Only licensed electricians may change a light bulb. And there is a penalty for abusing this law. 3) You must have a neck to knee swimsuit in order to swim at Brighton Beach.

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Food technologist Dr. C.P. Callister developed the well known UK rival to Marmite, Vegemite. Produced in Melbourne, it was included in Australian WWII army rations.

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This fantastic hostel is located right in front of the Queen Victoria Market and just a short stroll from the city center. Catch some rays on the rooftop sundeck in summer and get cozy in the cinema lounge in winter. Facilities include WiFi, games room and a great bar & cafe. STA426

Whether it’s a quiet night in watching cable TV or a fun-filled night partying on the rooftop terrace, this great hostel’s various facilities will ensure you are always entertained - without having to leave the building! While the bars, restaurants and beach of St. Kilda are only a short walk away. STA427

In Melbourne’s trendiest suburb, designed in red glass and polished concrete, this hostel oozes cool. Enjoy a drink in the Red Eye bar, chill out in the glass atrium or chat in the TV lounge. For girls there are the luxury sanctuary dorms and the private doubles all have en suites. STA428

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Located right in the heart of town, this new hotel has a cool design with comfort and convenience apparent from first entry. All rooms have an en suite bathroom, fridge, microwave, heating/ air conditioning, LCD flat screen TV’s, wireless Internet and tea & coffee making facilities. STA429

Everything is spotless and sparkling, and decked out in contemporary furnishings for a truly sophisticated feel. Take a dip in the indoor heated swimming pool - which surroundings are as stylish as the rest of the hotel - add the stunning city views and you have a winner! STA450

This elegantly restored 19th century former bank offers 115 stylish suites. The Sebel Melbourne has a range of facilities to suit discerning guests including 24-hour reception, in-room dining and concierge. A fully equipped gym, valet parking and the magnificent Treasury Restaurant. STA451

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Located right in the heart of the new Docklands waterfront precinct, this cool new hotel is the perfect base to explore the city. All rooms have luxury healthcare beds, non allergenic pillows and 100% Australian Merino wool blankets. Breakfast is served in the uber-cool lounge. STA452

The hotel is a heritage building with Victorian style exterior, with modern furnishings and décor throughout this tourist class hotel. The rooms are comfortable, with modern décor and private facilities including television, A/C, fridge, hairdryer and radio. STA453

This cool modern hotel is a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city. Tuck into a free breakfast, relax watching TV, chill-out in the cozy bar and lounge or head out to the nearby bars and restaurants. The comfy en suite rooms have A/C, Internet, TV with movies, mini bar and fridge. STA454

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Work and play package 2 or 4 nights fr $300 • 2 or 4 nights accommodation + breakfast • Comprehensive work and travel pack • 12 month Job Club membership • Australian mobile phone sim and set up • Great Ocean Road day trip (4 night pack)

NeighboUrs TV SET tour

Kick off your Australian adventure in Melbourne. But instead of wading through red tape on your own, let Australian Backpackers Work & Travel carry the burden! As well as sorting you with accommodation in a hip hostel, they’ll fast-track you through the dull stuff - opening a bank account, nabbing a tax number and even setting you up an Aussie mobile phone SIM. Leaving you more time to explore this cool city and discover the amazing things it offers. STA599

3 hours fr $49 Go on truant patrol outside Erinsborough High, book a night of love at the legendary Lassiter’s, buy a round of booze-free smoothies at squeaky-clean Charlie’s Bar, or get your gossip juices going at the General Store. Along the way, your guide will keep you posted on the latest plot lines, characters and Ramsey Street gossip and gaffes! STA150

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GREAT OCEAN ROAD surf tour

melbourne to sydney safari

3 Days, fr $271

3 Days, fr $424

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Explore Victoria’s stunning surf beaches Be taught how to surf by a pro Visit the Surf World Museum in Torquay

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Explore the varied coastal landscapes of Wilsons Prom Climb to the top of Australia’s highest mountain Visit Parliament House in Canberra - Australia’s capital

Learning how to surf like a pro. This fun 2 day surf tour picks you up from your accommodation in Melbourne and whisks you off to Victoria’s beaches. You’ll spend the first day being coached how to surf, as well as learning about the surf environment and safety measures. There is also a trip to Surf World to learn more about surf culture. Then spend the night at the Torquay Holiday Resort before another full day down at the beach and more lessons. The tour ends with a stop at Torquay’s Surf City Plaza. STA154

This trip takes in some of the country’s most varied and spectacular scenery as you travel between these two iconic cities. Enjoy the the coastal environment of Wilson’s Prom with the chance to see Wombats and Emu’s in the wild. Stop at the Lakes Entrance, gateway to Gippsland and ninetymile beach, before turning inland across the Snowy River alpine country. Walk to “The Roof Of Australia” or Mt Kosciuszko - Australia’s highest mountain and stop in the capital, Canberra, before hitting Sydney. (2B, 2D)

Included: Transport, Surfboard And Wetsuit Hire, Surf Lessons, Entry into Surf World Surf Museum Accommodation: 1 nts Cabin with private facilities Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 Lunches Tour Code: STA456 Departure Days: Daily

Included: Experienced guides, National Park entry fees, chairlift to ‘Roof of Australia’ Accommodation: 2 nts dorms with shared facilities Group Size: Max 24 Meals: 2 breakfast, 2 dinner Tour Code: AT MS3 Departure Days APR, OCT-MAR: TUE, THU, SAT (except Dec 24, 31 2011), MAY-SEP: TUE, SAT

penguin parade & koala highlights

Yarra valley wine experience

mornington peninsula

wilsons promontory

FULL Day, fr $125 This trip takes you over to Phillip Island to watch the world’s tiniest penguins waddle ashore. Get friendly with koalas, dingoes and lizards and hand feed kangaroos at a wildlife park. Lap up the surf at Woolamai Beach and munch on pizza. AT1

full Day, fr $106 Go and find out where all that wine you’ve been enjoying comes from. Take part in tutored tastings at four premium wineries. Enjoy a superb winery restaurant lunch - wine included, and a visit to the home of Australia’s number 1 bubbly, Domaine Chandon. STA457

full Day, fr $143 Mornington Peninsula has breathtaking beaches and glorious national parks. Stroll “Millionaire’s Walk”, enjoy spectacular views from Point Nepean N.P. and head to a winery for lunch. Explore strawberry fields and lose yourself in the Ashcombe Maze! STA458

full Day, fr $115 See the Prom’s diverse natural wildlife; birds, koalas, wallabies & wombats. Enjoy a rainforest walk and a bush walk and then bury your feet in the shiny white quartz “singing sand” on a walk to Tidal River. Enjoy the great outdoors - an experience you’ll never forget! STA460

great ocean road experience

Grampians Great Escape

Moonlight Kayak Tour

melbourne sports lovers MCG tour

FULL Day, fr $120 Enjoy one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives! Stop for morning tea at the famous Bells Beach and check out the ‘Round The Twist’ house. See koalas in the wild, walk through an ancient rainforest, and gaze in awe at the striking Twelve Apostles. AT3

full Day, fr $120 Rich in the history of the Gariwerd Aboriginal people, the Grampians are one of the oldest and most spectacular mountain ranges in the world. Hike through the breathtaking Wonderland Range and to the Jaws of Death and Balconies Lookout. AT4

3 hours, fr $95 Kayak the waters of the Yarra River at night! Enjoy a special on water dining experience! Pass iconic Melbourne landmarks, and see the lively Southbank! Soak up spectacular city views and paddle past Flinders Street Station - all for one sweet price! STA459

full Day, fr $104 Visit the venues that play host to some of Australia’s favorite sporting events. Visit Flemington, the Commonwealth Games Village, Albert Park and the Grand Prix Circuit. Tour the Melbourne Cricket Ground - a super stage for all Aussie sport. Lunch included. STA470

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Captains By the Bay

A Boutique Hotel situated on the Moyne River overlooking the marina of yachts, in historic Port Fairy. On the Shipwreck Coast, off the Great Ocean Road and just a short drive from the magnificent Twelve Apostles, is the Grampians and Coonawarra wine region. With a serene French Provincial style throughout, the magnificent veranda overlooking the river is a must for breakfast. STA594

At this delightful B&B in Apollo Bay - old is combined with new in an environment that is friendly and non intrusive, with great service. A mix of superb accommodation all furnished with luxury fittings. Offering peace and quiet, privacy, great service and the advantage of being strolling distance from the foreshore, beach and restaurants. A stylish way to stay close to everything. STA595

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Grampians & the Great ocean road 3 Days, fr $424 start & finish: Melbourne • • •

Hike to stunning look outs in the Grampians National Park Watch the sunset over the Twelve Apostles Admire the dramatic coastal secnery of the Great Ocean Road

Head for the Grampians National Park and hike you way through the breathtaking Wonderland Range. Take in the remarkable Jaws of Death and Balconies Lookout and cool off at the stunning MacKenzie Falls. Start day 2, with a hike to the ‘Pinnacle’, where breathtaking views

Great Southern self drive 5 Days, fr $469

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start & finish: Melbourne • • •

The breathtaking coastal drive from Lorne to Apollo Bay The rock formations along the fabulous Great Ocean Road The quaint fishing village of Port Fairy

Day 1: Melbourne to Apollo Bay (115 MI) Travel south west from Melbourne to Torquay, the surfing capital of Australia. Then follow the coast to Apollo Bay - which has been described as one of the most breathtaking drives in the world.

stretch out into the distance. It’s then off towards the coast where the Great Ocean Road has gorgeous views around every bend. To finish off the day, enjoy sunset over the Twelve Apostles. In the morning, opt for a spectacular helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles before visiting the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk. Hugging the coastline, stop at Kennett River to spot koalas and check out the famous Bells Beach and the surfing town of Torquay before arriving into Melbourne. Included: Experienced guides, National Park entry fees, entry to Otway Fly Tree Top Walk Accommodation: 2 nts dorms with shared facilities Group Size: Max 24 Meals: 2 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinner Tour Code: AT MM3 Departure Days APR, OCT-MAR: MON, WED, SAT (except Dec 24, 31 2011), MAY-SEP: WED, SAT

Day 2: Apollo Bay to Port Fairy (121 MI) Today travel along the stunninly rugged Great Ocean Road, taking in the Twelve Apostles and London Bridge rock formations, carved out by the crashing ocean. One of the most iconic drives in the world - you will undertand why! Day 3: Port Fairy to Halls Gap (98 MI) Drive north to the amazing Grampians National Park, with its woodland walks, waterfalls and rock formation. Day 4: Halls Gap to Ballarat (87 MI) Head out to Stawell and the surrounding areas full of fabulous wineries. Other towns on the way include Ararat and Beaufort. Day 5: Ballarat to Melbourne (72 MI) From Ballarat travel via Bacchus Marsh on the return journey back into Melbourne. STA606

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MY FAVORITE EXPERIENCE

Sandboarding on Kangaroo Island was pretty epic! You run all the way up to the top of the humungous dunes and then jump on top of a surfboard whooshing down as fast as your legs and toes and paddles/arms can carry you. You’ll be absolutely covered in sand by the end of it but it was so much fun. Our group was in fits of giggles for hours. Brilliant!.. Steph, Norman

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aREA: 1,043,514 KM2

The Adelaide Central Market is the largest produce market in the Southern Hemisphere - those who love food could wander around it for hours. It has a vibrant atmosphere and is one of Adelaide’s bestknown landmarks. This giant-sized farmer’s market is located right in downtown Adelaide and definitely worth a visit.

POPULATION: 1.6 MILLION LOCAL BEER: COOPER’S PALE ALE

THE WEATHER

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The South Australia climate varies and is changeable throughout the year. It ranges from desert-like conditions in the north to a more mild Mediterranean climate along its coast. In the desert area, rain is rare and temperatures get up pretty high. In January it’ll be around 84°F but will drop to only 59°F in July. Along the coast, summers are warm and dry (December - February), while winters are cold and wet (June - August), while spring (September - November) and autumn (March May) are mild and pleasant. Daily temperatures in parts of the state in Jan and Feb can soar up to 118°F. Despite the occasional extreme day with scorching sun, most people find summers in southern Australia more pleasant than Northern Australia.

A pie floater is a traditional Australian-style meat pie sitting, usually inverted, in a plate of thick green pea soup. It is typically covered with tomato sauce and, subject to the taste of the individual consumer, mint sauce and salt and pepper are traditionally added to complement the dish.

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The Barossa Valley is home to some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. Make sure you check out some of what Australia’s most famous wine region has to offer! Rival to Marmite, Vegemite. Produced in Melbourne, it was included in Australian WWII army rations. The billionth jar of Vegemite was produced in October 2008.

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Nomads travelers inn

majestic minima

Adelaide’s most distinctive hostel with a city center location. Full of character and charm, this is one of the cities oldest buildings, with great facilities including 24hr reception, modern kitchen and big screen TV lounge. Check out the bar en route to the nearby nightlife. STA471

Close to the action, this great hostel offers Internet, gameroom, free breakfast, job center, bar and kitchen. Chill out in front of an open fire or kick back on the verandah! Private rooms have lovely queen size beds. Take one of the free bikes out to explore Adelaide! STA472

A new sleek, compact boutique hotel that is setting new trends in stylish affordable accommodation. The 46 compact studio rooms set out to prove that size isn’t everything, all rooms have a king bed, LCD TV and a small writing desk for those postcards home! STA473

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Barossa Valley full day fr $77 The Barossa Valley is Australia's most famous wine region. This groovy trip lets you swirl, sniff, sip, and savor your way across this stunning area of the country. Check out the home of Jacob’s Creek, the world’s largest rocking horse and the amazing whispering wall. Enjoy wine from the cellar door, and tuck into a mouthwatering BBQ extravaganza: steak, chicken, and Aussie speciality - Kangaroo! STA474

Swimming with Dolphins half day fr $142 You’ll be taken out on a 58ft sailing catamaran for an unforgettable experience. Prepare to be mesmerized by these graceful creatures, as they play and frolic around you. You are guaranteed of seeing dolphins, which means lots of swimming fun. Take this once in a lifetime encounter that’ll stick with you forever. STA475

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Work and Play Package 3 Days, fr $300 • • • • •

2 nts accommodation and transfers Bank account & tax file number set up Comprehensive work and travel pack Job Club membership & continued offers Day trip to the Barossa Valley wineries

Get your Australian adventure off the ground from the moment you touch down in Adelaide! With Australian Backpackers Work & Travel behind you, you’ll be whisked straight from the airport to the gorgeous Blue Galah, your home for the next two nights. They’ll then guide you through the essential stuff - explaining how to sort everything from a bank account and tax number to a mobile phone and your job club membership - while you get your social life sizzling and enjoy a day of wine tasting. STA607


Kangaroo island

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2 Days, fr $347

3 Days, fr $471

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start & finish: ADELAIDE

Get out among sea lions at Seal Bay Marvel at the breathtaking Remarkable Rocks Stay the night in comfortable farm accommodation

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Visit Mount Remarkable National Park with its abundant wildlife Bush walk into the magnificent Wilpena Pound Witness kookaburras, wallabies, kangaroos, emus and eagles

Head down to this seldom explored corner of Australia for a unique wildlife experience! Visit Seal Bay where you can watch these playful animals surf the waves onto the beach only feet away from you and drive through Flinders Chase to see the Remarkable Rocks and marvel at the spectacular coast line. Head to Admirals Arch where the resident Fur Seals frolic and observe koala’s, echidnas, platypus, and kangaroos in the wild! (B, 2L, D)

This exciting outback eco safari will provide you with the opportunity to explore nature, wildlife, wilderness and Aboriginal culture. You’ll get a great well-rounded Flinders Ranges experience, visiting Wilpena Pound, Rawnsley Park, Aboriginal art sites and take in the Moralana scenic drive. It also includes a visit to Clare Valley wineries stopping for a sample or two from this famous wine region.

Included: Experienced guides, coach/ferry transfers from Adelaide, National Park entry fees Accommodation: 2 nts dorms with shared facilities Group Size: Max 20 Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Tour Code: AT KI2FR Departure Days DEC-MAR: Daily (except Dec 24, 25 2011), APR & NOV: MON, WED, THU, SAT, MAY-OCT: MON, THU, SAT

Included: All meals, accommodation, transport and guides Accommodation: 2 nts at a choice of accommodation: Camping, Bunkhouse, Deluxe en suite cabin, Luxury Eco Villas. Please Note: Sleeping Bags can be hired for AUD20 Tour Code: STA476 Departure Days: FRI

Secrets of eyre peninsula

pichi richi camel safari

6 days, fr $832

3 Days, fr $878

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start & finish: adelaide

• Opt to swim with sea lions, dolphins and Bluefin Tuna • Learn to surf on the waves and on sand dunes • Choose to cage dive with Great White Sharks

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Ride a camel throughout the desert See kookaburras fishing, kangaroos and wallabies Take in sensational views of the Ranges and Wilpena Pound

Explore this little known region of South Australia and see awesome National Parks and discover footprint-free beaches and pristine coastal regions. Go bush walking and hiking, camp under the stars and maybe go swimming with sea lions and dolphins in their natural environment. There is plenty of 4WD excitement and if you’re game you can swim with sharks!

Get back to nature, and go back in time on this tour through the Flinders Ranges. Riding on camel-back, let your trusty ship of the desert steer you through some of Australia’s most stunning scenery. Spot Peregrine Falcons, yellow-footed rock wallabies and awesome emus. Take tea breaks in pine glens, scoff yummy campfire tucker and sleep in a traditional Aussie swag.

Included: All meals, accommodation, transport and guides Accommodation: 2 nts at a choice of accommodation: Camping, Bunkhouse, Deluxe en suite cabin, Luxury Eco Villas. Please Note: Sleeping Bags can be hired for AUD20 Tour Code: STA477 Departure Days: FRI

Included: Two-day Camel Safari, accommodation, transport and guides Accommodation: 1 nts hostel accommodation, 1 nts Pichi Richi Camel Farm in a swag Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Tour Code: STA478 Departure Days: FRI

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Running along the infinitely long, aptly named ‘friendly beaches’ with only the wind in my hair and nature’s other elements to keep me company was one of the most exhilarating experiences of all my time in Oz. The landscape was rugged but insanely beautiful. That pretty much sums up all of Tassie actually. A bit of an undiscovered gem and absolutely worth the visit... Sarah, Winston Salem

AREA: 68 332 KM2

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Each year the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race runs - starting from Sydney on Boxing Day, culminating with the winning boats arriving into Constitution Dock in Hobart just in time for New Year’s Eve. Festivities ensue around the massive Taste of Tasmania – the perfect time to try a wallaby or ostrich burger. Yum!

LOCAL BEER: CASCADE LAGER

THE WEATHER

For this rugged little island – only a little smaller than Scotland – the weather differs from mountain top to coastal flop. Peaks get as high as 1500m/4921ft in places – fully exposed to the stormy westerly winds, which bring heavy rainfall. Hobart has much less rain with changeable weather. Tasmania has four distinct seasons. The warmest months are December, January, February and March where temperatures can reach up to 100ºf. This time of year the summer evenings have long languid twilights. Autumn has still sunny days and winter runs from May through August where temperatures can drop down to 37ºf.

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“Taz” the animated Looney Tunes character is based on the real-life carnivorous marsupial found exclusively on Tasmania. The picture above might make it look cute and cuddly, but beware it boasts sharp teeth and one of the most powerful bites of any mammal, and they’ll eat pretty much anything! Grrrrrrrrr......

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Tasmanian sparkling wine has got the French Champagne houses quaking in their boots. Snap it up!

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hobart & launceston

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grand chancellor, hobart

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Clean, comfortable, fun and just a few minutes walk to the city center, everything you need is on your doorstep. Meet heaps of people in the huge lounge, dining room and kitchen. There’s 24hr coded access door, bike storage, Internet, laundry and TV sports channels. STA479

Discover Hobart’s history, including its aboriginal and convict past, from the comfort of the hotel and its surroundings. All rooms are finished with Tasmanian timbers, polished granite and local artwork. There’s an indoor pool and fitness center and 24hr room service. STA480

Just a 10 minute walk from Battery Point, the Mercure provides warm and friendly service and the rooms are stacked full of facilities. Tuck into delicious wood-fired pizza, using fresh Tazmanian produce and sip on superb wines in the fantastic Embers Bar & Grill. STA481

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A well located and super friendly refurbished Heritage listed building. There are two lounges complete with big plasma screens perfect for socializing and new bathrooms fitted throughout. Sniff your way round the herb garden and enjoy the free BBQs in the courtyard. STA482

Top-notch accommodation only a short stroll from all the main attractions. There’s a great restaurant serving fab food that won’t bust your budget. Guests have access to the Mud Club fitness studio, spa and juice bar. Room facilities include 24hr room service, A/C and TV. STA483

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Tasmania Wild

Taste of Tasmania

6 Days, fr $825

6 Days, fr $660

NO local payment!

EASYRIDER

Start & Finish: Hobart • • • • •

+ local payment

Start & Finish: Hobart

Explore the historic convict settlement of Port Arthur Admire the natural beauty of Freycinet National Park See a Tasmanian Devil Walk on pristine white beaches at the bay of Fires Enjoy the walks in Cradle Mountain National Park

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Day 1: HOBART TO PORT ARTHUR and BICHENO Learn about some great Tassie history before heading south to the Tasman Peninsula then on to Port Arthur and its famous ruins. Hear stories of life as a convict in a place once referred to as “hell on earth”. (D) Day 2: FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK Today, explore the natural beauty of Freycinet National Park. Climb to the summit of Mt Amos or join a guided walk to famous Wineglass Bay. (B, D) Day 3: BICHENO TO BAY OF FIRES and LAUNCESTON Visit a wildlife sanctuary to see a Tassie Devil and enjoy a scenic coastal drive to the Bay of Fires where you can walk on the pristine white beaches and orange lichen covered rocks. Head on to Launceston tonight. (B) Days 4-5: LAUNCESTON TO CRADLE MOUNTAIN and STRAHAN The morning drive takes you past the Great Western Tiers before ascending in to the mountains of the Cradle Mountain National Park. Explore a variety of short walks among some ancient pines and some unique wildlife - one of the highlights of Tasmania. Day 5 is free to enjoy Strahan and its wild environs. Hire a kayak or take a jet boat ride on the river. (2B, 2D) Day 6: STRAHAN TO MT FIELD NATIONAL PARK and HOBART Climbing into the mountains again stop to visit Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake. Take some time to experience the Mt Field National Park with its tranquil Russell Falls and tall trees within an easy walk. From here it’s a short drive back to Hobart where the tour ends. (B)

Explore the water falls and walks at Mount Field National Park Visit beautiful Lake St Clair - the deepest in Austraila Visit historic Strahan and bike along the foreshore Admire Dove Lake in Cradle Mountain National Park Swim in the Bay of Fires turquoise water

Day 1: Hobart to Strahan Stretch your legs on the Russell Falls and Tall Trees walks in the Mount Field National Park and then head to the coastal township of Strahan. (L, D) Day 2: Strahan to Cradle Mountain Region Explore Strahan this morning, stroll or bike along the foreshore up the Water Tower Hill for a lookout over Macquarie Harbour. Quad bike over the Henty Sand Dunes before visiting the ‘Silver City’ - Zeehan. (B, L, D) Day 3: Cradle Mountain to Devonport Discover the World Heritage Cradle Mountain National Park. Enjoy the pure air with walks around Dove Lake, before arriving in to Devonport. (B, L) Day 4: Devonport to Bicheno St Columbus Falls is the first stop today. Continuing through the changing landscape of heritage farms, rainforest and mining towns and spend the afternoon at the breathtaking Bay of Fires. (L, D) Day 5: Bicheno to Port Arthur Drive into the stunning Freycinet National Park for sweeping views over Wineglass Bay. Enjoy the view as you travel along the Tasman Peninsula to Port Arthur where you can take a spine chilling Ghost Tour. (B, L, D) Day 6: Port Arthur to Hobart Explore Port Arthur’s historic sites and take a boat cruise along the harbor. Visit Remarkable Cave as you head back to Hobart. (B, L)

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Included: Experienced guide, complimentary bike hire, entry to Port Arthur Historic Site (including the harbor cruise) Accommodation: 5 nts Dorm with shared facilities Group Size: Max 21 Meals: 4 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners Local Payment: AUD 36 Tour Code: AT NTW6

• Launceston • Freycinet N.P Strahan • • Bicheno Mt Field N.P • Hobart • • Port Arthur

East Coast Safari Devonport - hobart 3 days, fr $374 Tour Code: AT NTE3 West Coast Safari Hobart - Devonport 3 days, fr $374 Tour Code: AT NTW3

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70

64

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57

55

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59

61

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68

Rotorua

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64

59

54

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54

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63

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Taupo

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61

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Wellington

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52

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Nelson

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Christchurch

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66

Queenstown

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52

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Dunedin

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Invercargill

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BLENHEIM

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INVERCARGILL Worlds most southern city

Bluff

CURIO BAY

Population 32 - includes 8 penguins and 5 dolphins

STEWART ISLAND

Amazing native birdlife

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Sold at two pricing levels, Blue and Gold, Golden Chain New Zealand offers a property almost anywhere you could ask for. From Paihia to Invercargill, Golden Chain has New Zealand covered. It really is “just like home”. Pre-paid accommodation vouchers allow you to either pre-book a planned itinerary or freewheel around New Zealand using the toll-free reservations service to book as you go.

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Nomads Bed Hopper 5, 10, 15 nights FR $151 Need a cheap room but not sure when or where? Want to keep your options open? We’ve got exactly what you need! With these great value vouchers, you’re entitled to 10 or 15 nights in a dorm bed at any Nomads Hostel throughout Oz. Simply book the first hostel and then travel on with complete flexibility. Upgrade to private rooms directly at the hostel.

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NEW ZEALAND SPLENDOR SELF DRIVE 15 days, $1,204 fr

auckland

CAR HIRE IS EXTRA

christchurch

An all encompassing New Zealand adventure as you make you way from North to South. Experience breathtaking vistas, cultural delights, adrenaline rushes and scenery fit only for hobbits and orks - all in just 15 days! • • • • • •

The beautiful Coromandel Ranges Pools of boiling mud in Rotorua Cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound Sunset along the West Coast Get active in Queenstown Fiordland National Park

Day 1: Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula (160 km) Head south on Highway 1 from Auckland and onto Highway 2 towards the Coromandel Peninsula. Along the coast of the Firth of Thames is the township of Thames, which provides a reminder of the gold rush. From Thames it is a short trip over the beautiful Coromandel Range Mountains to the upmarket beach township of Pauanui.

Day 3: Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua (218 km) Travel South from Pauanui past beautiful beaches, and the township of Tauranga, one of the North Island’s largest ports. Your route takes you through the Kiwi fruit Country around Te Puke and on to the heart of thermal activity and cultural center of New Zealand, Rotorua. Rotorua is on the central North Island volcanic plateau, which causes the geysers, pools of boiling mud and water, steam vents and terraces of silica. Day 4: Rotorua to Tongariro National Park (177 km) Travel to the township of Taupo, right on the edge of Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. Taupo is a trout fisherman’s paradise. There are also all sorts of water-based activities available – para-sailing, sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing, canoeing, whitewater rafting (on the Tongariro River) as well as horse-riding, skydiving and bungy jumping. Just north of Taupo is Huka Falls, a very dramatic area. Drive along the east shore of Lake Taupo to Turangi, then onto State Highway 47 into Tongariro National Park.

Day 6: Wellington to Nelson (By Ferry) Catch the ferry from Wellington to Picton on the South Island. The car will need to be dropped off before catching the ferry and another vehicle picked up in Picton. Day 7: Nelson A day at leisure to explore the Marlborough and Abel Tasman region around Nelson. Day 8: Nelson to the Glacier Region (469 km) The road today is one of the most beautiful scenic drives in New Zealand. You’ll be wedged between the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea. Day 9: Glacier Region to Wanaka (287 km) Explore the famous Fox Glacier, a 14 km long tongue of ice which descends to 250 metres above sea level. It is the most accessible glacier in New Zealand. Day 10: Wanaka to Queenstown (117 km) From Wanaka either follow the main highway further inland to Queenstown, or take the Crown Range road via Cardrona.

Day 11: Queenstown Today is free for you to explore the many activities and scenic wonders of Queenstown. Day 12: Queenstown to Te Anau (170 km) Travel to Te Anau on the outskirts of the Fiordland National Park. Day 13: Te Anau to Dunedin (292 km) Travel east via Lumsden and Gore, renowned for its brown trout fishing to Dunedin, a university city founded by the Scots. Day 14: Dunedin to Christchurch (362 km) Past Lake Pukaki, a spectacular turquoisecolored glacial lake, enter the Canterbury Plains, the widest area of flat land in New Zealand and into Christchurch. Day 15: Christchurch Christchurch is one of New Zealand’s historic cities with a distinctly “English” feel to it. Christchurch is a city of gardens, parks and churches designed in the mid-1800’s. It has grown into an eclectic and vibrant community with thriving theatres, galleries and festivals. The Botanic Gardens, tucked into a loop of the Avon River, are arguably the most beautiful gardens in New Zealand.

Self Drive Inclusions: Accommodation: 14 nights on a room only basis, at various stops along the way • `Co-pilot’ package - pack containing detailed maps, itineraries and en route touring suggestions • Touring as detailed • Inter-island ferry from Wellington to Picton Tour Code: STA598

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Day 2: Coromandel Peninsula The Coromandel Peninsula is a beautiful area, with cool forests, picturesque beaches, rugged coastlines, and swimming holes. Take a bushwalk, a walk on the beach, or do nothing at all.

Day 5: Tongariro National Park to Wellington (336 km) Journey down to Wanganui, on the banks of the Wanganui River. From Wanganui travel down the west coast to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand on the southern tip of the North Island.


ALL new zealand 23 days, $2,835 fr

no local payment!

start & finish: auckland Encompassing some of the best bits of New Zealand, all the way from the top of the North Island right down to the bottom of the South, you’ll cover a big old chunk of this outdoor activity seeker’s paradisiacal playground. Be simply inspired and extremely impressed at the incredible scenery you’ll pass every step of the way. The Lord of the Rings guys chose this place for a reason! Combine organized activities with plenty of free time as you see and do some ‘sweet as’ things. Your friends’ eyes back home will burn green listening to your adventure tales for sure. Hike the Franz Josef Glacier, taste some amazing NZ wine, dip into the thermal hotspots and get active on many a hike or bike ride. Take in the undulating, green countryside of the North Island and contrast it strikingly with the dramatic, mountainous landscapes of the South Island. Stay overnight on the enchanting waters of Doubtful Sound and inhale the fresh, clean air. You will not be disappointed! Best Bits • Boat around the Bay of Islands • Historic geothermal Maori village trip • Lap up the café lifestyle in Wellington • Walk the impressive Tongariro Crossing • Go quality wine tasting in Marlborough • Spot dolphins and whales in Kaikoura • Marvel at the huge Franz Josef Glacier • Do something crazy in Queenstown • Sleep aboard boat in the Doubtful Sound • Get goldrush fever in Central Otago • Visit golden beaches in the Abel Tasman • Soak in hot pools in Hanmer Springs Day 1: Auckland to Paihia Leaving Auckalnd, head north to Paihia with a stop to see giant Kauri Trees and a chance to go snorkeling at the Goat Island marine reserve. Tonight, relax and get to know your fellow travelers. Day 2: Paihia to Urupukapuka Island 20 minutes by boat from the mainland you’ll find Urupukapuka Island - covered in bushland and surrounded by stunning beaches. On the way across the bay you’ll have the chance to explore many of the 144 islands and see the native wildlife including playful dolphins. (D) Day 3: Urupukapuka Island to Auckland Wake up to the sounds of birds and use your time this morning to do one of the great walks and explore the island, go swimming, kayaking, fishing, or just relax on the golden sand beaches! Leaving the island, it’s back to the mainland and on to Auckland for the evening. (B)

Day 4: Auckland to Hahei (Coromandel) Today’s destination is the ‘Coromandel Region’ via views of Waikato farmland. Home for the night will be a secluded beach camp where you can take a hike to the stunning Cathedral Cove. You’ll also have the chance to bathe in the natural hot pools of Hot Water Beach! Tonight enjoy a Kiwi BBQ by the beach. (D) Day 5: Hahei to Rotorua Travel along the stunning Coromandel coast, stopping along the way to enjoy some great walks. You’ll head for a living Maori Village, set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot springs and bubbling mud pools. Get an insight into the unique culture and history, which includes a down-to-earth cultural show and a traditional lunch cooked in the steam from the natural hot pools! This afternoon explore Rotorua with optional activities from free walks to white-water rafting. (B, L) Day 6: Rotorua to Whakahoro Stop for a swim in a natural hot river, then onto the impressive Huka Falls. Drive around Lake Taupo towards the Central Plateau heading deep into the wilderness to your lodge surrounded by breathtaking views, amazing walks, and natural beauty. You can kayak, take a historical walk, or head out on a hunt for dinner! (D) Day 7: Whakahoro to National Park Head back towards the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park with the chance to hike the Tongariro Crossing, rated as NZ’s best one-day walk. For those less active there will be shorter walks and a visit to the Volcanic Centre Museum before settling in your alpine lodge in the ‘The Park’ tonight. (B, D)

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Day 8: National Park to Wellington Move on to Wellington - New Zealand’s capital. Spend the afternoon at the “Te Papa” museum, walk along Oriental Parade or up to Mt Victoria for the best views of the city. (B) Day 9: Wellington to Picton & Abel Tasman From Wellington, catch the inter-island ferry to the South Island port of Picton. Stop for wine tasting in NZ’s premier wine region, famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, then head across to Nelson and out to the picturesque beaches and bays of the Abel Tasman National Park. (B, D) Day 10: Abel Tasman national Park A full day to explore! You’ll have an included boat transfer out of the park so you can walk the famous coastal track taking in some of the NZ’s best beaches. Other great options including sea kayaking or sailing. There are self-catering facilites available tonight so you can enjoy a BBQ right beside the National Park. (B) Day 11: Abel Tasman to Hanmer Springs The Kahurangi and Nelson National Parks boast fabulous scenery and some great small hikes through craggy mountain ranges draped with forest to the Lake’s edge. Arriving at Hanmer Springs this afternoon, there’s time to take a soak in the hot pools before dinner. (B, D) Day 12: Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura & Christchurch Drive to the coast heading to Kaikoura, where seals, dolphins, whales, or the king of the skies, the Royal Albatross can be found! Take a fantastic walk starting from the seal colony around the cliff tops where you will get amazing views before heading to Christchurch. (B)


Day 13: Christchurch to Franz Josef Start early for a stunning journey across the Canterbury Plains, over Arthur’s Pass and down to the West Coast. Stop in Hokitika, famous for pounamu (jade) and at the Bushman’s center before heading to Franz Josef and its majestic glacier. (D)

Day 15: Franz Josef to Makarora Follow the coastal road south for more amazing scenery, great walks, waterfalls and breathtaking alpine passes. Arrive at the foot of Mount Aspiring National Park and get involved in some spectacular local activities from scenic flights to wilderness jet boating. (B, D). Day 16: Makarora to Queenstown Journey on to the adventure capital of the world today, Queenstown,with a stop in scenic Wanaka for a walk and lunch. Head to the Bungy Bridge where you can take the plunge or just observe. Head in to town and enjoy some of the local evening hot spots. (B) Days 17-18: Queenstown You’ll get 2 free days to do as much as possible in Queenstown. Skydive, bungy, zip line, whitewater rafting, kayaking and hiking are all available. Choose you adrenaline activity of choice! If you’re more into leisure there are plenty of mountain walks to explore, river kayaking or head to the top of Gondola Hill for 360 degree views of the city.

Day 20: Doubtful Sound to Central Otago Depart Doubtful Sound in the morning and head on through the Otago region. Explore goldrush relics linked to the European settlement in the area. Your accommodation tonight will be in the middle of Otago gold county and you’ll have the opportunity to try curling (like bowling but with big stones on an ice rink)... we challenge you to beat your guide! (B, D).

Day 21: Central Otago to Christchurch In the morning grab a mountain bike and head out on to part of the Otago Rail Trail. It’s a great way to soak up the incredible scenery and suitable for riders of all abilities. Later, travel along the Canterbury Plains flanked by the Southern Alps to Christchurch. (B). Day 22: Christchurch to Wellington Leave Christchurch this morning for an express trip to Picton and over to Wellington. Enjoy the beautiful Marlborough Sound and get some great harbor shots of Wellington from the ferry. Check out Wellington’s prominent café culture - it has more cafés per capita than New York City. We’ll drink (coffee) to that! Day 23: Wellington to Auckland Today you’ll journey from Wellington to Auckland. Stop on the way to have lunch in Taupo and wander off on a short walk for a chance to see more of New Zealand’s largest lake. (B).

DEPARTURES 2011 APR 01-NOV 01 SAT NOV 02-MAR 28 WED, SAT Included: Experienced tour guide, accommodation transfers, Maori hangi meal and cultural experience, Native Bird Recovery Centre entry, wildlife boat trip, kayak trip, Te Papa Museum, Bluebridge Ferry (between North and South Islands), Abel Tasman boat transfer, a winery visit, Hanmer Springs Hot Pools, Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise (In winter the overnight cruise does not operate and is substituted with a Doubtful Sound day cruise, a night in Te Anau and a half day glacier hike in Franz Josef), mountain biking on the Otago Rail Trail Accommodation: 22 nts multi-share dorms with shared facilities Group Size: Max 24 Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 10 dinners Tour Code: AT ANZ23

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Day 14: Franz Josef A free day for exploring this World Heritage area. There are many great walks but it is highly recommended to take a guided hike to get further on to the glacier. Tonight, relax at one of the cafes in town or back at your lodge.

Day 19: Queenstown to Doubtful Sound Head into the Fiordland National Park and jump on your purpose-built boat for an overnight cruise through the stunning Doubtful Sound. You’ll spot fur seals, Fiordland Crested Penguins and dolphins with the help of you nature guide and there are kayaks available as well if you want a more intimate experience. (B, D)


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19 Days, $2,160 fr

Auckland

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Christchurch

New Zealand is a microcosm of just about every landscape in the world; lie back on sandy beaches, bathe in hot thermal pools, hike along dramatic mountain passes, or cruise through cavernous fjords. You won’t be able to resist the spirit of adventure that seeps from every pore of this gorgeous country. This monster trip dedicates a perfect amount of time to both the North and South Island. Your time on the North Island includes the beautiful beaches of the Bay of Islands, the hot and steamy mud pools of Rotorua and the vibrant nightlife of the nation’s capital, Wellington. Down onto the South Island and prepare for the outrageous natural beauty around Nelson, the sweeping splendor of the Canterbury Plains, the icy wonder of the Fox Glacier, adrenaline-fuelled Queenstown fun and the grandiose beauty of Milford Sound. Best Bits • Explore the sub-tropical Bay of Islands • Walk through Parry's Kauri Park • Stay the night in a Maori Marae • Gaze at bubbling geysers in Rotorua • Tuck into a hearty Kiwi BBQ • Opt to explore Abel Tasman N.P. • Visit the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula • Do something crazy in Queenstown • Taste Queentown’s brilliant nightlife • Choose to hike the amazing Fox Glacier • Cruise the awesome Milford Sound • Enjoy a Kiwi sheep farm experience DAY 1: AUCKLAND TO PAIHIA Crossing Auckland’s scenic harbor, head north out of the city to your first stop at Parry’s Kauri Park before arriving in Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Home to 144 islands, secluded bays and an abundance of marine life it is the perfect place to relax and undwind. On this occasion, you will have the special option to upgrade to the ‘Rock the Boat’ overnight cruise. ‘The Rock’ offers a great feel-good atmosphere and a fun night of laughs. DAY 2: Paihia, Bay of Islands Explore this fascinating region with a range of optional excursions - drive along 90 Mile Beach, go sailing on a catamaran or swim with dolphins. But if chilling on the beach is your scene then relax, the day is yours. (B, D) DAY 3: BAY OF ISLANDS TO COROMANDEL Journey southwards to Auckland for lunch and then head to The Coromandel – the place Kiwi’s holiday! Renowned for its natural beauty, misty rainforest and pristine golden beaches. (B)

DAY 4: COROMANDEL TO ROTORUA Enjoy a gourmet breakfast this morning and then get out and about to discover the regions natural wonders! Take a walk to Long Beach or explore Hot Water Beach - a stunning beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean where you will find hot water bubbling through the sand. This afternoon head to Rotorua where you can relax under the stars in the natural thermal waters of the hot pools. (B)

DAY 8: TONGARIRO N.P. TO WELLINGTON Heading southward today, you arrive in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. Get a spectacular view of the city from Mt Victoria before hanging up your traveling shoes and head off to explore this vibrant city. You may like to visit Te Papa, Wellington’s National Museum or Zealandia. Wellington has a buzzing cafe culture, so check out some of the hip night spots and make friends with the locals. (B)

DAY 5: ROTORUA TO MARAE STAY There is so much to do today as you explore Rotorua - indulge with a mud bath or massage or for the adventure seekers try whitewater rafting! Tonight you will experience some Maori culture as you will be staying in a traditional Marae. You’ll be welcomed by the elders and will learn about Maori history and folklore. (B, D)

DAY 9: WELLINGTON TO HANmER SPRINGS Farewell to the North Island and make your way to the Inter-islander ferry for the journey across Cook Strait. Enjoy the beauty of the serene blue waters of Marlborough Sound from the viewing decks. You’ll immediately notice the change in the South Island as you arrive in to Picton, home to mountains, lakes and breathtaking coastline and head for Hanmer Springs. (B)

DAY 6: ROTORUA TO TONGARIRO N.P. Traveling south past the Wairakei Geothermal area, visit the raging waters of Huka Falls before reaching Lake Taupo. If you’re game, stop for a bungy jump before continuing across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park. (B, D) DAY 7: TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK A full day today to explore the many fine walking tracks or simply relax in New Zealand’s first National Park. For the active adventurers, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is well-renowned as one of the best day treks in the country. Alternatively, there are also many easy, short walks to spectacular waterfalls and fascinating volcanic features. (B)

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DAY 10: HANmER SPRINGS TO CHRISTCHURCH Hanmer Springs is a haven of relaxation and adventure, from thermal pools to jet boating down the Waiau Gorge. Trek southwards to Christchurch and take the chance to do some exploring around the city before heading out for dinner at a local hotspot. (B) DAY 11: CHRISTCHURCH TO LAKE OHAU Today you’ll visit a sheep farm before heading to Lake Takapo for lunch. Here there will be an opportunity to take a spectacular 40 minute flight over the lakes, Southern Alps and glaciers. Nestled in the hills, Lake Ohau, is today’s final stop. Enjoy dinner and a drink as you watch the sunset behind Mt Cook. (B, D)


Days 13-14: Fiordland to Queenstown After returning back at the wharf make your way to Queenstown for the next 2 nights. For adrenaline junkies this will be heaven - there are 3 types of bungy, skydiving, whitewater rafting and all sorts of other hair-raising activities to choose from. For those more in to leisure, there is plenty to keep you busy with mountain walks and river kayking to name a few. (2B, D) Day 15: Queenstown to Fox Glacier Today’s journey takes in lakes, waterfalls and rainforest scenery in a World Heritage area as you head to Fox Glacier. (B, D) Day 16: FOX GLACIER TO WEST COAST Get a closer look at the Glacier today with a chance to walk on a flowing river of ice! There are numerous hiking options from self-guided tracks to guided walks which will get you further on to the Glacier. For a unique experience take a heli-hike to explore the hidden ice-caves high up on the mountain. This afternoon travel to the West Coast with a stop at a jade factory. (B, D) Day 17: WEST COAST TO NELSON Explore Punakaiki National Park before arriving in Nelson, well known for it’s local wineries and breweries - enjoy a night out! (B)

Day 18: WEST COAST TO NELSON Nelson is known as the sunniest spot in New Zealand, so use your free day today to explore this georgous area. Head in to the nearby Abel Tasman National Park and discover the golden sandy beaches by kayak, boat or take one of the many walking tracks. For an aerial view, you can jump out a plane and skydive back to base! (B, D)

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DAY 12: LAKE OHAU TO FIORDLAND Today you’ll drive through stunning ‘Lord of the Rings’ scenery to Te Anau. From here admire the views before boarding your overnight cruise through the fjord. You’ll see Fur Seals and dolphins and if you’re lucky, penguins There will be the opportunity to take a kayak and explore the coast line and walk through the landscape with a nature guide. (B, D)

Day 19: NELSON to Christchurch Make tracks for Kaikoura, nestled between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean. There is an abundance of marine life to see here from dolphins, whales, seals, and albatross. You can get up close and personal with a whale watch or dolphin swim adventure. It’s then onto Christchurch where the tour sadly ends. (B) Please note: the above itinerary is effective from 01 April 2011 – 31 March 2012. Prior to this it will run as a 15 day tour - ask your STA Travel Travel Experts for details.

DEPARTURES START 2011 JAN 01 JAN 07 JAN 15 JAN 21 JAN 29 FEB 04 FEB 12 FEB 18 FEB 26 MAR 04

FINISH JAN 15 JAN 21 JAN 29 FEB 04 FEB 12 FEB 18 FEB 26 MAR 04 MAR 12 MAR 18

START MAR 12 MAR 18 MAR 26 APR 02 APR 26 MAY 07 MAY 31 JUN 11 JUL 05 JUL 16 AUG 09

FINISH MAR 26 APR 01 APR 09 APR 20 MAY 14 MAY 25 JUN 18 JUN 29 JUL 23 AUG 03 AUG 27

START AUG 20 SEP 13 SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 04 OCT 18 OCT 22 OCT 29 NOV 08 NOV 22 NOV 26

FINISH SEP 07 OCT 01 OCT 05 OCT 12 OCT 22 NOV 05 NOV 09 NOV 16 NOV 26 DEC 10 DEC 14

START DEC 03 DEC 13 DEC 27 DEC 31 2012 JAN 07 JAN 17 JAN 31 FEB 04 FEB 11 FEB 21

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• Bay of Islands • Paiha

JAN 25 FEB 04 FEB 18 FEB 22 FEB 29 MAR 10

• Auckland • Coromandel Rotorua •

Accommodation: 10 nts Hotel/Motel/Lodge with private facilities, 7 nts multi share Dorsm with shared facilities, 1 nts Milford Wanderer Cruise Group Size: Max 36 Meals: 18 breakfasts, 9 dinners Tour Code: TD JNZ19

gO IN REVERSE CHRISTCHURCH - AUCKLAND FR $2,115 Tour Code: TD JNZ19R

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• Tongariro Nelson • West Coast • Fox Glacier •

• Wellington

• Hanmer Springs

• Christchurch • Lake Ohau

• Fordland • Queenstown


NORTH TO SOUTH 18 days, $2,521 fr

Auckland

no local payment!

Christchurch

Now, you might think 18 days sounds like a long time to spend traveling around a country roughly the same size as the UK but with a population half the size of London. What’s all the fuss you might ask? Well, you can ask, and we’ll tell you! There is so much beauty in the landscapes here it actually hurts. You will get to walk along stunning secluded beaches, soak in bubbling thermal hot pools, hike through diverse mountain scenery, climb a glacier and cruise through one of the world’s most spectacular fjords! You’ll journey through the culturally rich North Island where you will experience the unique Maori culture and once you get to the South Island, you’ll notice the change as this is home to ‘Lord of the Rings’ scenery with its’ breathtaking mountain vistas. This is one to make your mates back home green with envy. Best Bits • Explore stunning Cathedral Cove • Enjoy a traditional Maori hangi • Soak in natural bubbling hot pools • Hike the Tongariro Crossing • Kayak through the Abel Tasman • See amazing wildlife in Kaikoura • Climb Franz Josef’s glacier • Get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown • Cruise breathtaking Doubtful Sound • Cycle along the Central Otago Rail Trail Day 1: Auckland to Hahei (Coromandel) Leaving Auckland head for the Coromandel region to a secluded beach camp where you can take a hike to the stunning Cathedral Cove. You’ll have the chance to bathe in the natural hot pools and enjoy a Kiwi BBQ. (D) Day 2: Hahei to Rotorua Set amidst erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs and bubbling mud pools is a living Maori village. Enjoy a cultural show and a traditional hangi lunch. It’s then on to explore all the optional activities on offer in Rotorua. (B, L) Day 3: Rotorua to Whakahoro Stop for a swim in a natural hot river, then on to the impressive Huka Falls. Drive around Lake Taupo heading deep into the wilderness! Tonight you will get to cook a bush dinner over an outdoor woodfire using local produce. (D) Day 4: Whakahoro to National Park Head towards the volcanoes of the National Park with the chance to hike the Tongariro Crossing, rated as NZ’s best one-day walk. There are shorter walks for the less active before settling in your alpine lodge tonight. (B, D)

Day 5: National Park to Wellington Move on to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Walk along Oriental Parade or up to Mt Victoria for the best views of the city. (B) Days 6-7: Wellington to Abel Tasman Catch the inter-island ferry to the South Island. Stop to taste some of NZ’s famous Sauvignon Blanc, then head out to the picturesque beaches and bays of the Abel Tasman National Park with a full day to explore on Day 7. (2B, D) Day 8: Abel Tasman to Hanmer Springs Visit 2 more National Parks en route to Hanmer Springs for a soak in the hot pools. (B, D) Day 9: Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura & Christchurch Visit Kaikoura where seals, dolphins, whales, and the Royal Albatross can be found before heading to Christchurch. (B) Days 10-11: Christchurch to Franz josef Start early for a stunning journey across the Canterbury Plains heading to Franz Josef and its majestic glacier. Day 11 is a free day for exploring. We recommend you take a guided hike to get further on to the glacier. Relax in town tonight. (D) Day 12: Franz Josef to Makarora Follow the coastal road for more breathtaking scenery. At Mount Aspiring National Park get involved in some activities. (B, D)

Day 13: Makarora to Queenstown Journey on to the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown. Head to Bungy Bridge where you can take the plunge or just observe. Don your glad rags and head into town tonight and enjoy the notorious nightlife. (B) Days 14-15: Queenstown You’ll get 2 free days to explore all the adrenaline activities on offer - try skydiving, bungy jumping or white-water rafting. Day 16: Queenstown to Doubtful Sound Head into the Fiordland National Park and jump on your purpose-built boat for an overnight cruise through the stunning Doubtful Sound one of the most remote and untouched places on earth. There will be a nature guide on board to help you spot all the incredible wildlife. (B, D) Day 17: Doubtful Sound to Central Otago Head into the Otago region and explore the gold rush relics. Tonight, test your curling skills (like bowling but with big stones on an ice rink) we challenge you to beat your guide! (B, D). Day 18: Central Otago to Christchurch Grab a mountain bike and head out on to part of the Otago Rail Trail. Soak up the incredible scenery and history of the area. Later, travel along the Canterbury Plains flanked by the Southern Alps to Christchurch where the tour ends. (B)

DEPARTURES APR 03 - NOV 04 TUE NOV 05 - MAR 31 TUE, SAT

• Auckland

Included: Experienced tour guide, accommodation transfers, traditional Maori hangi meal and cultural experience, kayak trip through Whanganui National Park, Te Papa Museum, ferry between the North and South Islands, Abel Tasman National Park boat transfers, a winery visit, soak in the hot springs of Hanmer, exclusive overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound, mountain biking on the Otago Rail Trail Accommodation: 17 nts multi shared dorm with shared facilities Group Size: Max 24 Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 9 dinners Please Note: In winter the overnight cruise does not operate and is substituted with a Doubtful Sound day cruise, a night in Te Anau and a half day glacier hike in Franz Josef Tour Code: AT NS18

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• Whakahoro • N.P Abel Tasman N.P • Hamner Springs • Franz Josef • Makarora • Queenstown •

• Wellington • Kaikoura

• Christchurch

• • Otago Central Doubtful Sound

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Queenstown

Sample the delights of both the North and South Island as you happily hop from Auckland through to the worlds adrenaline capital - Queenstown - over 13 glorious days. The ecological wonders of New Zealand will leave you gasping for more, from great lakes, picturesque beaches, bubbling hot pools, glaciers, and awe inspiring mountains! While the rich and diverse culture will leave you nothing short of utterly fascinated, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the Maori culture first hand. Highlights abound at every corner as you’ll enjoy this fantastic adventure. Best Bits • Explore the beaches in the Coromandel • Stay overnight in a Maori Marae • Marvel at Rotorua’s bubbling mud pools • Hike the Tongariro Crossing • Enjoy a Kiwi sheep farm experience • Explore the picturesque Abel Tasman • Visit Whakarewarewa Village • Opt to take a flight over Lake Takapo • Do something extreme in Queenstown • Cruise through Milford Sound

Day 2: COROMANDEL TO ROTORUA Enjoy a gourmet breakfast and then get head off to discover the regions natural wonders! Take a walk to Long Beach or explore Hot Water Beach - a stunning beach where you will find hot water bubbling through the sand. This afternoon head for Rotorua and relax under the stars in the natural thermal waters of the hot pools. (B) Day 3: ROTORUA TO MARAE STAY There is so much to do today as you explore Rotorua - indulge with a mud bath or massage and for the adventure seekers try whitewater rafting! Tonight you will experience some Maori culture as you will be staying in a traditional Marae. You’ll be welcomed by the elders and will learn about Maori history and folklore. (B, D) Days 4-5: ROTORUA TO TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK Traveling south you’ll visit the raging waters of Huka Falls. Stop by Lake Taupo and head across the vast volcanic plateau of the World Heritage Listed Tongariro National Park. Day 5 is a full day to explore walking tracks or simply relax. For adventurers, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is known as one of the best day treks in NZ. (2B, D)

DAY 7: WELLINGTON TO HAnmER SPRINGS Say farewell the North Island and take the Interislander Ferry across Cook Strait where you’ll enjoy the views of Marlborough Sounds from the viewing decks. After disembarking in Picton, head for Hanmer Springs. (B). DAY 8: HANmER SPRINGS TO CHRISTCHURCH Hanmer Springs is a haven of relaxation and adventure - from thermal pools to jet boating. Head southwards to Christchurch to explore the city and enjoy dinner at a local hotspot (B) DAY 9: CHRISTCHURCH TO LAKE OHAU Today’s lunch spot is at Lake Takapo where a flight over the the lakes, Southern Alps and glaciers is recommended. Then make your way to the shores of Lake Ohau in time for dinner as you watch the sunset behind Mt Cook. (B, D)

Day 10: LAKE OHAU TO FIORDLAND Today’s journey takes in some spectacular ‘Lord of the Rings’ scenery as you head south to board your overnight cruise on the fjord. Enjoy the stunning views and discover the hidden arms of the Sound. Fur Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins are often seen and at times, rare Penguins can be observed. (B, D) Days 11-13: FIORDLAND to Queenstown Cruise back in to the wharf this morning and make your way to the adrenaline capital of the world - Queenstown! There is so much to do here from three different types of bungy, skydiving or whitewater rafting! For those who are more in to leisure than adrenaline there are numerous spectacular mountain walks or head up to Gondola Hill for 360 degree views of the city. The nightlife is notorious and the cafes and restaurants buzzing. Depart Queenstown on day 13. (3B, D) Please note: the above itinerary is effective from 01 April 2011 – 31 March 2012. Prior to this it will run as a 10 day tour - ask your STA Travel Travel Experts for details.

DEPARTURES START 2011 JAN 03 JAN 09 JAN 17 JAN 23 JAN 31 FEB 06 FEB 14 FEB 20 FEB 28 MAR 06

FINISH JAN 12 JAN 18 JAN 26 FEB 01 FEB 09 FEB 15 FEB 23 MAR 01 MAR 09 MAR 15

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FINISH SEP 03 SEP 27 OCT 01 OCT 08 OCT 18 NOV 01 NOV 05 NOV 12 NOV 22 DEC 06 DEC 10

START DEC 05 DEC 15 DEC 29 2012 JAN 02 JAN 09 JAN 19 FEB 02 FEB 06 FEB 13 FEB 23

FINISH DEC 17 DEC 27 JAN 10

Accommodation: 5 nts hostel/lodges with shared facilities, 6 nts hotel/motel with private facilites, 1 nts Milford Wanderer cruise Group Size: Max 36 Meals: 12 breakfasts, 5 dinners Tour Code: TD JNZ13

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• Wellington • Hanmer Springs • Christchurch • Lake Ohau

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Day 1: AUCKLAND TO COROMANDEL Leave the ‘City of Sails’ and head to The Coromandel, the place Kiwis holiday! Renowned for its natural beauty, misty rainforest and pristine golden beaches.

Day 6: TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK TO WELLINGTON Today you’ll head to New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. Get a spectacular view of the city from Mt Victoria and then set off to explore this vibrant, cosmopolitan city. (B)


Kiwi ENCOUNTER EASYRIDER

17 days, $2,050 fr

Auckland

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Christchurch

If you don’t have as long as you would like in New Zealand, but you want to see lots of the country, make sure you don’t waste your precious time deciding where to go and how to get there. This fantastic trip will whizz you around in a fun-packed 10 days to some of the best sights. You’ll see and do loads, but will still have plenty of free time to do some exploring on your own terms. You’ll come to understand just how diverse this gorgeous land is as you check out both islands. The thermal hotspots and the undulating, green countryside of the North Island contrasts strikingly with the dramatic, mountainous landscapes of the South Island. Best Bits • Stay overnight in a Maori Marae • Visit Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve • Have a big night out in Wellington • Explore Abel Tasman by kayak • Enjoy the beauty of Kaikoura Peninsula • Take a hike on Fox Glacier • Have a big night out in Queenstown • Do something extreme in Queenstown • Visit a New Zealand sheep farm • See sunset behind Mt Cook Day 1: AUCKLAND TO COROMANDEL Leave the ‘City of Sails’ and head to The Coromandel, the place Kiwis holiday! Renowned for its natural beauty, misty rainforest and pristine golden beaches. Day 2: COROMANDEL TO ROTORUA Enjoy a gourmet breakfast and then head off to discover the regions natural wonders! Take a walk to Long Beach or explore Hot Water Beach. This afternoon head for Rotorua and relax under the stars in the natural thermal hot pools. (B) Day 3: ROTORUA TO MARAE STAY There is so much to do today as you explore Rotorua - indulge with a mud bath or massage and for the adventure seekers try whitewater rafting! Tonight you will experience some Maori culture as you will be staying in a traditional Marae. You’ll be welcomed by the elders and will learn about Maori history and folklore. (B, D) Days 4-5: ROTORUA TO TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK Traveling south you’ll visit the raging waters of Huka Falls. Stop by Lake Taupo and head across the vast volcanic plateau of the World Heritage Listed Tongariro National Park. Day 5 is a full day to explore or relax. For the active, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is well renowned as one of the best day treks in the country. (2B, D)

Day 6: TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK TO WELLINGTON Today you’ll head to New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. Get a spectacular view of the city from Mt Victoria and then set off to explore this vibrant, cosmopolitan city. (B) DAY 7: WELLINGTON TO HAnmER SPRINGS Say farewell the North Island and take the Interislander ferry across Cook Strait where you’ll enjoy the views of Marlborough Sounds from the viewing decks. After disembarking in Picton, head for Hanmer Springs. (B). DAY 8: HAnmER SPRINGS TO CHRISTCHURCH Hanmer Springs is a haven of relaxation and adventure - from thermal pools to jet boating. Head to Christchurch to explore the city and enjoy dinner at a local hotspot (B) DAY 9: CHRISTCHURCH TO LAKE OHAU Visit a New Zealand sheep farm today before reaching your lunch spot on Lake Takapo where a flight over the the lakes, Southern Alps and glaciers is recommended. You then make your way the shores of Lake Ohau in time for dinner as you watch the sunset behind Mt Cook. (B, D) Day 10: LAKE OHAU TO FIORDLAND Today’s journey takes in some spectacular ‘Lord of the Rings’ scenery as you head south to board your overnight cruise on the fjord. Enjoy the stunning views and discover the hidden arms of the Sound. Fur Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins are often seen sometimes, rare Penguins too. (B, D)

Days 11-12: FIORDLAND to Queenstown Cruise back in to the wharf this morning and make your way to the adrenaline capital of the world - Queenstown! Try bungy, skydiving or whitewater rafting! If you’re more in to leisure than adrenaline there are numerous spectacular mountain walks or head up to Gondola Hill for 360 degree views of the city. (2B, D) Day 13: Queenstown to Fox Glacier Today’s journey takes in many different lakes and waterfalls in World Heritage rainforest area. This afternoon, you’ll venture out on to Fox Glacier and walk on a flowing river of ice! (B, D) Day 14: Fox Glacier to West Coast Take a half-day guided hike for a closer look at Fox Glacier or if you prefer to head up high to explore the ice caves, opt for a heli-hike! This afternoon continue to the wild West Coast and visit a jade factory. (B, D) Days 15-16: West Coast to Nelson Explore Punakaiki National Park and see the famous ‘pancake’ stack of rocks before reaching Nelson. Well known for its wineries and breweries, you’re in for a fun night! The next day explore this georgous spot and the nearby Abel Tasman. Kayak, take a boat or go horseriding on golden sandy beaches and hidden bays. (2B, D) Day 17: Nelson to Christchurch Visit Kaikoura where you can see some amazing marine life before heading on to Christchurch where the tour sadly ends. (B)

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FINISH JAN 15 JAN 21 JAN 29 FEB 04 FEB 12 FEB 18 FEB 26 MAR 04 MAR 12

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Accommodation: 7 nts hostel/lodges with shared facilities, 8 nts hotel/motel with private facilites, 1 nts Milford Wanderer cruiseGroup Size: Max 36 Meals: 16 breakfasts, 8 dinners Tour Code: TD JNZ17 Please note: the above itinerary is effective from 01 April 2011 – 31 March 2012. Prior to this it will run as a 13 day tour - ask your STA Travel Travel Experts for details.

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start & finish: Anywhere New Zealand is stacked with some of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders and a plethora of adventure options - and this is the trip to get out and get active! You’ll be immersed in stunning landscapes and, with mountains of optional activities to choose from, enjoy as much or as little adventure as you can handle. Swap mouldy dorm beds and supernoodles for breathtaking views, fresh air and tasty feasts. You’ll get to enjoy some of the world’s best hikes, bike rides and activities. Escape the tourist trail and discover National Parks that other trips just don’t reach and interact with local cultures and people. Start your loop at any location on the itinerary, enjoy extended breaks at any point and finish up where you started.

Days 1-3: Auckland & the bay of islands Explore the stunning surrounds of the Bay of Islands. Visit thundering waterfalls or sail and snorkel the bays. Try sandboarding, Waka paddling, diving or go to a Maori concert. Hike or cycle among giant Kauri trees, take a dip in hot pools and stargaze around the campfire. Days 4-6: GOLDEN BEACHES & GEYSERS Head to Coromandel, dig hot pools on the beach and go kayaking to hidden coves. Arrive into thermal Rotorua and try out the wonders of a head-spinning Zorb. Soak up the views with a hike or cycle and camp near ‘Mount Doom’. Head on to one of the world’s largest crater lakes. Relax or get active with bike rides, skydives, bungys, high ropes, freefalls, or inspiring hikes. Days 7-9: wellington & kaikoura Travel through Tongarino National Park and hike the world’s greatest one day walk. Take a breathtaking mountain backdrop bike-ride and then get a city life fix in Wellington. Visit the Te Papa Museum and learn about the country’s history. Cruise on the ferry across Marlborough Sounds to New Zealand’s wine country. Whale watch, spot fur seals and camp by the beach.

Days 13-17: the southern alps Journey to the rugged Catlins with strange rock formations, yellow-eyed penguins and crashing waves. Grab the chance to cycle the world’s steepest street! Move on to Fiordland National Park and try the overnight Kelper Track. Chill out in this stunning region or relax on a boat cruise, with glow worms or fishing before a big night out in Queenstown - the country’s party capital! Days 18-20: queenstown & fox glacier Adrenaline junkies will be in absolute heaven in Queenstown! Go for extreme activities like skydiving and river rafting to name but a few this place has it all! Swim in the lake, and soak up waterfalls and pools along a drive rated as one of the world’s top 10. Snap impressive views of the Southern Alps and get the chance to hike (or heli-hike) the amazing Fox Glacier. Check out the bird life, lagoons and beach walks.

Days 21-23: paparoa national park Continue up the stunning coastline with the chance to absorb it by bike, foot, kayak or horse. After taking in the spectacular Punakaiki blowholes you’ll have a couple of days to explore Paparoa National Park - keep a lookout for Kiwi birds as this is one of the few areas where they are still found in the wild. Days 24-25: abel tasman national park Head to the Abel Tasman National Park. The stunning beaches, crystal clear waters and beautiful flora and fauna offer up something for everyone. It’s the perfect place to unwind or try many an activity including flying an aerobatic plane, sailing, kayaking and much more. Enjoy the café culture in sunny Nelson before a scenic ferry ride back to the North Island and a night in Wellington. Check out the great bars and shops! Days 26-27: waitomo caves & auckland Travel the surf highway, exploring the jaw dropping landscape of ‘the Naki’ and the chance to try out some amazingly invigorating blackwater rafting in the Waitomo Caves. Relax and enjoy a hearty breakfast with your new found friends before returning to the ‘City of Sails’ for a taste of big city life ‘Kiwi style’. You’ll be free to skip off into the sunset on Day 27.

Starts: Anywhere you choose Finish: Where you start • Bay of Islands

DEPARTURES START 2011 JAN 05 JAN 14 JAN 23

FINISH FEB 01 FEB 10 FEB 19

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FINISH FEB 28 MAR 09 MAR 18 MAR 27

START MAR 09 MAR 18 MAR 27 APR 05

FINISH APR 05 APR 14 APR 23 MAY 02

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REverse traverse Starts: Queenstown or Christchurch Finish: Auckland (or vice versa) Min trip time: 14 days FR

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Abel Tasman N.P. • Paparora N.P. • Fox Glacier •

“The best way to travel from the South island to the North island”

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NEW ZEALAND

Best Bits • Explore NZ’s spectacular National Parks • Get trekking with awesome hikes • Cycle your way to happy heaven • Learn the Maori Haka and paddle a Waka • Meet dolphins, whales, penguins & kiwis • Go sandboarding, zorbing and rafting • Hike the incredible Fox Glacier • Cabin upgrades available most nights • Munch on seriously delicious food • Sip fine Kiwi wines around the campfire

Days 10-12: christchurch & Mt cook Early risers can take in one of the country’s best beach sunrises and swim with the dusky dolphins. Take an invigorating bike ride along the coast and a trip around the ‘Garden City`’ of Christchurch before heading off to camp in Aoraki N.P. Whitewater raft near to Mount Cook and then relax by the lakeside campfire with a tasty meal and views of snowcapped peaks.


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With over 400 beds, a great city center location, and the most hip and happening hostel bar in town, Globe, it’s not hard to see why this place is hugely popular. Facilities include 24-hour reception, Internet access, TV lounge, safety deposit boxes and huge modern kitchen. STA484

The hostel is located in the heart of downtown Auckland. Spoil yourself with a private en suite, party all night in the late-night bar or get steamy in the free rooftop spa. There’s 24hr Internet and free dinner. If you’re peckish out of hours or head to the superb kitchen. STA485

Situated on popular Queen Street - it’s minutes away from all the action. Relax in the bar, grab a decent feed at the restaurant or stay active in the hotel’s very own pool and gymnasium! You can even change your money into Kiwi dollars and catch up with friends on the free WiFi. STA486

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Airport transfer 2 nights accommodation Light meal included each day Half-day city sights tour Meet fellow travelers

This awesome package is the perfect way to launch into life - Kiwi style! The experts at Nomads will sort you out with airport transfers, hostel accommodation, delicious dinners and to top it all off - head off on half a day of city sightseeing. Get to grips with Auckland’s most monuments, museums and sights, then head home for another dinner and a night of Nomads Fusion fun. With this pack you’ll be assured of a place to stay - a great opportunity to get your social life spinning into an exciting oblivion. STA490

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For a central location this hotel is the right choice. With newly refurbished rooms all fitted with kitchenettes including microwave, toaster and fridge - this is ideal for saving those pennies to spend on adventure activities! Some rooms boast priceless views of the Sky Tower. STA487

Enjoy your own private pad with enough space to spread yourself around. All the rooms are super stylish and come with their own private balcony and mini-kitchen. Work up a sweat in the communal gym, grab a beer in the bar or steam away your stresses in the sauna & spa. STA488

Overlooking Waitemata Harbour and centrally situated - this hotel is renowned for it’s luxurious suite-style apartment accommodation. Go for a splash in the 2 swimming pools, test your racquet skills on the floodlit tennis court or battle your friends at life-size chess. STA489

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auckland bridge climb

auckland bridge bungy

1.5 hours, fr $88 Auckland Bridge Climb takes you on an hour and a half adventure under, around, up and over the iconic bridge. It’s a safe, fun and interactive way to experience Auckland from a new perspective. Transfers from outside the Maritime Museum, Viaduct Harbour included, you’ll even get a bridge climb certificate and a photo to remind you of this fantastic experience. STA491

2 hours, fr $88 Auckland is home to the world’s first harbor bridge Bungy Jump. Take a bridge walk out to the specially-constructed, sensationally-suspended ‘Bungy pod’. From here you’ll leap out over the Waitamate Harbour. Take the time to enjoy the views, if you can keep your eyes open long enough! Capture the true spirit of Auckland and give this Bungy a go. STA493

america’s cup sailing

TASTE OF BAY

2 hours, fr $117 Spend an unforgettable two hours sailing and crewing a real America’s Cup yacht. Take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or sit back and enjoy the ride along the beautiful Waitemata Harbour. Normally the exclusive domain of billionaires. This is a perfect opportunity to get out on the open water and involved on one of these grand prix racing machines. STA492

Full day, fr $188 Discover Great Tasting Food and Wine around Auckland. You’ll experience beautiful, picturesque scenery visiting some of the region’s best awardwinning wineries and see fabulous sightseeing locations. STA494

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Tanoa Hotel, Paihia

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A friendly hostel 1 min from the beach and 5 mins from town. Its great facilities include a swimming pool and spa. The dorms are of a high standard and all feature their own bathroom. The hostel bar and famous nightly BBQs are perfect for meeting fellow travelers. STA495

Central to the township of Paihia - right on the doorstep to the Bay of Islands. Offering affordable luxury nestled in an attractive and peaceful bush setting - with its own swimming pool and spa. Each room features an en suite and all have modern touches throughout. STA496

Located in the center of town just a few steps from Lake Taupo. This brand new modern hostel boasts top-class facilities - comfy beds, high speed wireless Internet, a modern kitchen and large sundeck. Cozy up by the fireplace or get involved in Element Bar’s party atmosphere. STA497

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Travelodge, Wellington

base Rotorua, rotorua

Heritage Rotorua, Rotorua

The newly renovated Travelodge Wellington is situated in the town center and is just a short 5 minute stroll to lively cafes, shops and the beautiful Wellington Harbour. The spacious rooms offer a lovely city view, en suite bathroom, A/C, Internet access and TV. STA498

Adjacent to beautiful Kuirau Park, in the center of town this hostel has a good range of facilities including indoor and outdoor hot mineral pools. All rooms are comfy, clean and have an en suite. It’s notorious ‘Lava Bar’ is a great place to hang out with resident DJ & theme nights. STA499

Heritage Rotorua overlooks the renowned Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and Historical Village. Sip on a lovely glass of New Zealand wine in the lobby bar, take a dip in the pool or treat yourself in the spa. Don’t forget to take advantage of the outdoor thermal pools! STA500

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destinations wellington New Zealand’s capital city - home to Parliament, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, boutique shopping and some of the best coffee around. Taupo Famous for New Zealand’s largest lake, hot mineral springs, untouched countryside, world renowned trout fishing and adventure activities. Rotorua Known for its local Maori culture, geothermal wonderland, lakes, stunning scenery, and is considered the top adventure playground. Paiha Northland is a region of tidal estuaries, beautiful silver-colored beaches, mangroves, dense native forests and rich in colonial culture.

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Lakeland Hotel, Lake Taupo

base Wellington, wellington

nomads capital, wellington

Situated on the beautiful shores of Lake Taupo. This resort is set amidst 2.8 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds - complete with an outdoor seasonal swimming pool and 2 private indoor spa pools. All rooms are modern and feature an en suite bathroom and satellite TV. STA501

Located within a historical building in the lively Courtney Place area, the center of Wellington’s nightlife and just minutes from the Te Papa Museum. It includes the sanctuary female-only floor with its own chill-out lounge and added luxuries including crisp linen and duvets. STA502

Located in the heart of the city close to the waterfront, Te Papa Museum and Coutenay Place. All rooms have fantastic city views with showers available in some rooms. Elite rooms boast a TV, DVD player and clock radio. There’s also a kitchen, café and the Blend Bar. STA503

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dOLPHIN & SAIL COMBO

Tarawera & Lakes Tour

Tamaki Maori Village

departs: paihia full day, fr $113 Don’t compromise. Give yourself the best chance and join the morning dedicated ‘Swim with the Dolphins’ cruise. You’ll then transfer on to Sail NZ’s ‘On the Edge’ in time for lunch, kayaking, snorkeling or exploring ashore. Participate or sit back and enjoy the action sailing through the beautiful Bay of Islands. STA504

departs: rotorua full day, fr $30 Your journey of discovery begins in Rotorua where you will board your craft. First stop is Lake Okareka, journey past the Sacred Lake Rotokakahe to see the volcanic domes of Mount Tarawera. Visit Te Wairoa (buried village) before splashing down into Tikitapu. Finally stopping off at the Whakarewarewa Forest. STA506

departs: rotorua half day, fr $61 Ka Mate Ka Mate Ka Ora Ka Ora! Enjoy a wonderful evening of Hangi, History and Haka on this great night time tour of a traditional Maori village. While here you will witness and learn all about traditional Maori life, from hunting to fishing to the famous Haka. You’ll have the Haka in your head for ages afterwards! STA508

CAPE REinga & DUNE RIDER

Triple Bypass

NZONE Skydive

departs: paihia full day, fr $135 A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the top of the North Island – Cape Reinga. Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region that is rich in Maori culture. Then take the opportunity to try sandboarding down the massive sand dunes on boogie boards at Te Paki Stream – try it if you dare! STA505

departs: rotorua 2 hours, fr $88 Thrillseekers, stop here! This package gives you the chance to experience not one, not two, but three jawdropping activities, at New Zealand’s premier extreme adventure park. Push your limits and choose three from the following; Swoop, Freefall Xtreme, Agrojet and Shweeb. Hold on tight - you’re in for a wild ride. STA507

departs: rotorua half day, fr $195 Brace yourself - you’re about to jump out of a plane at up to 15,000 ft in the air, & plummet so fast with nothing but the geothermal smokepuffing geysers & the lakes of Rotorua beneath you. Choose from 3 different heights & expect some serious freefall time. Possibly the best thing you’ll ever do! STA509

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Northern Highlights 6 Days, $651 fr

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Start & Finish: Auckland If you’ve only got a week or so to play with in New Zealand and you’re heading in and out of Auckland, then look no further than this six day pleasure trip around the North Island’s big highlights. Traveling with a small group of eager explorers you’ll zip around the Island in an air-conditioned mini-coach. The North Island of New Zealand is a weird and wonderful place. With rich, lush undulating countryside, desolate beaches and all sorts of quite frankly crazy volcanic activity – you’ll be left delightfully dazed and confused as you try and take it all in. This adventure will take you to the Coromandel Coast and its litany of amazing beaches. You’ll check out the amazing Maori culture at Rotorua as well as all the gushing geysers and bubbling mud pools. Hike across the volcanic landscape of the Tongariro Crossing, and marvel at the moon-like landscapes. And to finish things up, have a wild night in wonderful Wellington! Head back to Auckland on the final day in the best mood that not even your worst enemy could break. Best Bits • Stroll along the beach to Cathedral Cove • Take in wide Coromandel Coast vistas • Take part in a Maori cultural experience • Soak in thermal hot pools • Check out the bubbling mud of Rotorua • Choose to get wet whitewater rafting • Kayak along the Reteruke River • Opt to jump out of a plane in Rotorua • Hike the Tongariro Crossing • Visit NZ’s largest lake - Lake Taupo Day 1: Auckland to Hahei (Coromandel) Begin your North Island adventure as you head to the ‘Coromandel Region’ via views of Waikato farmland. From your remote beach camp, hike to the stunning Cathedral Cove with a chance to bathe in the natural hot pools of Hot Water Beach. Tonight, enjoy a BBQ by the beach. (D)

Day 2: Hahei to Rotorua Travel along the stunning Coromandel Coast, stopping along the way to enjoy some great walks. You’ll head for a living Maori village, set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot springs and bubbling mud pools. Get an insight into the unique culture and history, which includes a down-to-earth cultural show and a traditional lunch cooked in the steam from the natural hot pools! This afternoon explore Rotorua with optional activities from free walks to white-water rafting. (B, L) Day 3: Rotorua to Whakahoro Stop for a swim in a natural hot river, then onto the impressive Huka Falls. Drive around Lake Taupo towards the Central Plateau heading deep into the wilderness to your lodge surrounded by breathtaking views, amazing walks, and natural beauty. You can kayak, take a historical walk, or head out on a hunt for dinner! (D)

Day 4: Whakahoro to National Park Head back towards the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park with the chance to hike the Tongariro Crossing, rated as NZ’s best one-day walk. For those less active there will be shorter walks and a visit to the Volcanic Centre Museum before settling in your alpine lodge in the ‘The Park’ tonight. (B, D) Day 5: National Park to Wellington Move on to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Spend the afternoon at the Te Papa Museum, walk along Oriental Parade or up to Mt Victoria for the best views of the city. (B) Day 6: Wellington to Auckland Head back to Auckland via Lake Taupo. Enjoy a long day on the road, driving through picturesque New Zealand scenery. Stop in Taupo for a walk and a bite to eat. (B)

DEPARTURES 2011 APR 03 - NOV 04 TUE NOV 05 - MAR 31 TUE, SAT Included: Experienced tour guide, accommodation transfers, a traditional Maori hangi meal and unique interactive cultural experience, kayak trip through Whanganui National Park, entry to Te Papa Museum Accommodation: 5 nts multi share accommodation with shared facilities Group Size: Max 24 Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 dinners Tour Code: AT NH6

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Northern Explorer 8 Days, $925 fr

Auckland • • • • •

no local payment!

North Island Self drive 7 Days, $565

EASYRIDER

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Wellington

CAR HIRE IS EXTRA

Start & Finish: Auckland

Relax and explore the Bay of Islands Stroll along the stunning beaches of the Coromandel Stay overnight in a Maori Marae Hike the famous Tongariro Crossing Skirt around the shores of Lake Taupo

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See the dolphins in the magnificent Bay of Islands Take a walk on the beach in the Coromandel Peninsula Experience a traditional Maori Hangi & Concert

A 7-day drive that takes you to beautiful beaches, through stunning scenery and to the heart of Maori Culture. An awesome week!

Days 1-2: Auckland to Paihia (BAY OF Islands) Head North to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Home to 144 islands and quiet bays it is the perfect place to relax. You may choose to drive along 90 Mile Beach, go sailing on a catamaran or swim with dolphins. On Day 1 there is the option to upgrade to the ‘Rock the Boat’ overnight cruise. (B, D)

Days 4-5: COROMANDEL TO ROTORUA and MARAE STAY After a gourmet breakfast take a walk to Long Beach or Hot Water Beach before heading to Rotorua where you can relax under the stars as you soak in the thermally-heated pools. Day 5, you’re in for a treat as you’ll be staying in a traditional Maori Marae and will meet the elders. (2B, D) Days 6-7: ROTORUA TO TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK With a stop at Lake Taupo make your way across the volcanic plateau of World Heritage Listed Tongariro National Park. For the active types, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of the best day treks in NZ. (2B, D) Day 8: TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK TO WELLINGTON You’re headed for the NZ capital today, Wellington. You’ll get a great view of the city from Mt Victoria before you say farewell to your new pals. (B)

DAY 2: Paihia Today you have time at leisure to explore the magnificent Bay of Islands. DAY 3: Paihia to Pauanui (Coromandel Peninsula) (370 km) Whichever route south you choose today - you’ll wind your way over the beautiful Coromandel Ranges to the upmarket beach township of Pauanui. DAY 4: Coromandel Peninsula A beautiful area, with forests, picturesque beaches, and swimming holes. DAY 5: Pauanui to Rotorua (218 km) Travel South past many beautiful beaches, through the Kiwi fruit Country and on to the heart of thermal activity and cultural center of New Zealand. DAY 6: Rotorua Time today to visit some of the attractions in Rotorua and the surrounds. DAY 7: Rotorua to Auckland (234 kms) Return to Auckland today via the small townships of Tirau and Cambridge.

DEPARTURES START 2011 JAN 01 JAN 07 JAN 15 JAN 21 JAN 29 FEB 04 FEB 12 FEB 18 FEB 26 MAR 04 MAR 12

FINISH JAN 05 JAN 11 JAN 19 JAN 25 FEB 02 FEB 08 FEB 16 FEB 22 MAR 02 MAR 08 MAR 16

START MAR 18 MAR 26 APR 02 APR 26 MAY 07 MAY 31 JUN 11 JUL 05 JUL 16 AUG 09 AUG 20 SEP 13

FINISH MAR 22 MAR 30 APR 09 MAY 03 MAY 14 JUN 07 JUN 18 JUN 12 JUN 23 AUG 16 AUG 27 SEP 20

START SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 04 OCT 18 OCT 22 OCT 29 NOV 08 NOV 22 NOV 26 DEC 03 DEC 13 DEC 27

FINISH SEP 24 OCT 01 OCT 11 OCT 25 OCT 29 NOV 05 NOV 15 NOV 29 DEC 03 DEC 10 DEC 20 JAN 03

Accommodation: 3 nts Hotel/Motel with private facilities, 4 nts multi share with shared facilities Group Size: Max 36 Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners Tour Code: TD JNZ8 Please note: the above itinerary is effective from 01 April 2011 – 31 March 2012. Prior to this it will run as a 5 day tour ask your STA Travel Travel Experts for details.

• Bay of Islands

Self Drive Inclusions: Accommodation: 7 nights on a room only basis

• Auckland • Coromandel Rotorua • • Tongariro N.P • Wellington

• `Co-pilot’ package containing detailed maps and itinerary suggestions • Maori Hangi & Concert in Rotorua Tour Code: STA598

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Day 3: BAY OF ISLANDS TO COROMANDEL Head South to Coromandel – the place Kiwis holiday! Renowned for its natural beauty, misty rainforest and pristine golden beaches. (B, D)

DAY 1: Auckland to Paihia (241km) On State Highway 1, travel north from Auckland to Paihia, through forests and past crashing surf and wide sandy beaches.


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Nelson

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Greymouth

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57

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Christchurch

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68

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Queenstown

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46

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68

Dunedin

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Invercargill

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57

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46

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Fiordland

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52

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Kaikoura

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68

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Wanaka

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Heritage Queenstown

Excellent facilities define this centrally located 5 star hostel. The awesome Altitude Bar is a must - happy hour every day. All rooms have a fridge and most have balconies with amazing alpine and lake views. Rooms with private baths have TV, DVD player. A quality bed for every budget! STA510

Smack in the middle of downtown Queenstown! Newly opened means everything here is brand spanking new! Ooze relaxation in the sauna after a hard day on the slopes, cozy up by the fire and watch TV. Hang out in the communal kitchen or BBQ area and enjoy life as it should be. STA511

Look out over the gorgeous natural beauty of Lake Wakatipu from this friendly hotel and villa complex - located just outside the lively town center of Queenstown. Relax by the pool, dine in the delicious restaurant or pamper yourself with spa treatments. Simply stunning! STA512

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$135 single $67 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

NZONE Skydive

Funyak Kayak Safari

milford sound explorer

half day, fr $195 It takes a certain kind of person to jump out of a plane. Tandem Skydive from 15,000, 12,000 or 9,000ft and freefall at 200kph over New Zealand’s most scenic resort - Queenstown. Achievement doesn’t come much sweeter. The second dropzone is in Rotorua and all bookings are fully transferable across both locations. STA513

full day, fr $209 Take day-tripping to the next dimension with a Funyak Safari. The only adventure of its kind in Queenstown, this one-day journey will see you start off with a jet boat jamboree, before moving on to the top treat - a riotous ride in an inflatable funyak canoe. See the kind of back country that outsiders seldom experience. STA516

full day, fr $116 Go home without seeing Milford Sound and arguably you’ve missed the best of New Zealand. The Sound is a fjord surrounded by high rainforest-covered cliffs. Take a boat cruise spotting waterfalls cascading 1,000s of metres into the water. Check out seals, penguins and dolphins at the Underwater Observatory. STA518

shotover jet

aj hackett bungy

lord of the rings tour

half day, fr $87 The world’s most famous and exciting jet boat ride. Described as ‘Thrill Therapy’, this is not to be missed. Hurdle through the Shotover River canyons aboard these specially designed thrill machines. You’ll experience super speeds, 360° spins, canyon walls and whitewater spray - all in just 30 minutes. STA514

half day, fr $32 AJ Hackett Bungy offers five very different Bungy experiences in Queenstown. Go for water touch at the Kawarau Bridge Bungy. Bungy jump or swing in the dark at The Ledge Bungy and Sky Swing. Push the limits at the Nevis Bungy (134m), or swing from the highest commercial swing, the Nevis Arc! STA517

half day, fr $121 Explore the magical side of New Zealand and understand why it was chosen to portray Middle Earth. Choose from two different tours - Safari of the Scenes Wakatipu and Safari of the Scenes Glenorchy. Perfect sightseeing trips through the valleys encompassing pivotal bits from Lord of the Rings. STA519

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HERITAGE christchurch

A hostel with an amazing Cathedral Square location! There’s a great range of facilities and the legendary Saints & Sinners Bar hosting live bands, karaoke and a popular happy hour. Rooms are clean and spacious. STA Travel travelers get exclusive dorm upgrades! STA520

This snazzy hotel is in the city center - within a few minutes walk to lots of attractions. Offering high tech features and exceptional comfort at great value for money. Among the fresh and vibrant stylistic atmosphere you’ll find features including a gym, sauna and massage room. STA521

For position, service, features and sheer charm, the Heritage is hard to beat. An Old Government Building has been lovingly restored to become modern, contemporary accommodation. Take time out at the end of a busy day by relaxing in the indoor pool and Elysees Day Spa. STA717

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kaikoura GATEWAY MOTEL Just a few minutes walk from the charming seaside town of Kaikoura. This modern hotel offers luxurious apartments, solar heated swimming pool, spa and sauna. Venture out and experience stunning coastal scenery and don’t forget it’s famous for its whale watching. STA522 fr fr

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Tamaki Heritage Village

alpine safari

departs: christchurch 4 hours, fr $67 History literally comes alive in this live action spectacular exploring one of the most thrilling chapters of New Zealand’s history. See traditional Maori villages and colonial towns, dramatic battle scenes and indulge in a traditional Maori feast in this evening of entertainment - it’s true, history can be fun! STA523

departs: christchurch full day, fr $279 This spectacular tour takes you into the breathtaking Southern Alps of New Zealand. Travel by four types of transport (coach, jetboat, 4WD and train), enjoy breathtaking scenery, a two course café lunch, one entertaining Kiwi tour guide and three unique adventures in one! Equals the ultimate Alpine experience! STA525

Dolphin Encounter Swim

Whale Watching Tour

departs: kaikoura 3.5 hours, fr $124 Everyone dreams of swimming with dolphins! Here’s your chance get up close and personal with one of the world’s most loved animals. Watch with awe as they perform their amazing acrobatics and there’s even the option to swim with them yourself! Grab your suits, camera and get in there as this one’s not to be missed! STA524

departs: kaikoura half day, fr $107 A unique experience, offering visitors exciting close encounters with the Giant Sperm Whale at all times of the year. You may also encounter Fur Seals, Dusky Dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross and depending on the season you may also see migrating Humpback, Pilot and Blue Whales. Truly amazing! STA526

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Trailways Hotel, Nelson

HIGH PEAKS, FOX GLACIER

Just a few minutes walk from one of the most beautiful lake and mountain vista views in the world. Superior facilities, fun communal areas - TV lounge, Internet room and bar. Need a boost? This hostel offers luxury backpacker accommodation for any weary traveler. STA527

Nelson’s most stylish and contemporary hotel is situated within walking distance to the city center. Sitting right on the river allows many of the rooms to have stunning river views. Dine in the multi-award winning restaurant or take a swim in the heated pool. Relax and enjoy! STA528

Your hosts, Marlene and Alan welcome you to High Peaks Hotel where they offer comfortable, relaxed accommodation in Fox Glacier. Soak up the sun on the sun deck or relax in your spacious room. You are with in easy access to the glacier and and other mountain and lake walks. STA529

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milford sounds cruise

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doubtful sounds cruise

2 days, $198

2 days, $204

START & FINISH: queenstown

START & FINISH: te anau

After being picked up from Queenstown you head to the Milford Wharf. Here you board the Milford Wanderer sailing the full length of the very special Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea, before you moor up for the night in the sheltered Harrison Cove. You get evening and breakfast meals and the chance to go kayaking or go nature exploring in the vessel’s tender craft. Take to the open waters and immerse into a world of the most magical scenery, before being transferred back to Queenstown STA533

After being picked up from Te Anau this enchanting overnight cruise takes you across the beautiful Lake Manapouri before boarding the Fiordland Navigator at Deep Cove. You will then set off for a cruise through the Doubtful Sound Fiord - a place of the utmost breathtaking nature in the remote and peaceful wilderness. You get accommodation aboard the vessel, and dinner and breakfast are served. Get ready for some serenity, mesmerizing scenery, and stunning wilderness views - Bliss! STA534

Departs: seasonal departures, daily Inclusions: dinner, bed, breakfast, kayaking, bedding Rooms: 4 bunk cabins, shared facilities

Departs: seasonal departures, daily Inclusions: dinner, bed, breakfast, kayaking, bedding Rooms: 4 bunk cabins, shared facilities

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where to go wanaka Located at the foot of the southern alps on the shores of Lake Wanaka - it’s location is truely spectacular and worth a visit! nelson A cool little town surrounded by beaches and lakes, vineywards and the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park. Franz Joseph This little township on the west coast is your base to explore and hike the mighty glaciers, Franz Josef and Fox Glacier. lake tekapo On the banks of the lake of the same name you’ll get no light pollution and gaze at the clear starry night skies!

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The Village Inn, te anau

Westport Motor Hotel, westport

The hotel is conveniently set in the heart of the township of Lake Tekapo - within walking distance to the lake, shops, restaurants and bars. Comfortably furnished and lakefront rooms offer unbeatable views. Wine and dine in style while overlooking the turquoise waters. STA530

This hotel is situated only a short stroll away from both the town center and the tranquil shores of Lake Te Anau. All rooms are spacious and boasts an en suite, TV and mini bar. Relax in the lounge bar beside the massive stone fireplace, an ideal way for you to relax. STA531

Westport Motels is located in a tranquil spot away from the main road and adjacent to the Buller River Reserve. The restaurants and shops of the Westport Town center are nearby. All the self-contained rooms are stylish and some even come with a private hot bubbling spa. STA532

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$101 SINGLE $50 TWIN/DOUBLE

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$33 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

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milford sounds big day out!

tonga island seals and guided walk

Grand Traverse Air safari

departs: te anu Full Day, fr $126 Visit spectacular Fiordland National Park to join an extended nature cruise on Milford Sound. After your boat cruise you’ll be whisked to the start of the Routeburn Track for your breathtaking hike to Key Summit. Enjoy a wilderness tea before returning to Te Anau. STA535

departs: Nelson Full Day, fr $175 Explore the amazing flora and fauna on stunning Tonga Island by kayak and on foot. Get up close and personal with nature, including New Zealand Fur Seals and little Blue Penguins on this once in a lifetime adventure! After a thoroughly enjoyable day you’ll be ferried back by boat. STA537

departs: lake tekapo 1 hour, fr $214 The flight of a lifetime, this spectacular scenic flight explores the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks. This magnificent flight encompasses two World Heritage National Parks and 200 km of New Zealand’s most memorable and breathtaking scenery. STA539

glacier heli hike

glacier hike

departs: franz josef Half Day, fr $288 After an exciting scenic flight, you land high up on the glacier and undertake a two hour guided hike among some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring glacier scenery available. You’ll enjoy panoramic views with plenty of photo opportunities and the chance to learn more about this magnificent glacier. STA536

departs: franz josef Half Day, fr $79 This half-day tour takes in the glacier’s lower reaches and part of the terminal face. With all equipment provided and excellent, welltrained guides leading you through pre-formed paths, you’ll be in good hands no matter your experience level. Don’t miss this chance to come face to face with this incredible terrain. STA538

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southern explorer 7 Days, $880 fr

EASYRIDER

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Start & Finish: Christchurch The South Island is an ecological melting pot. The stunning scenery and diverse landscapes will have you believing that you’ve wandered into another world. Well that was certainly the idea behind filming the ‘Lord of the Rings’ here! This week-long adventure will transport you around New Zealand’s most astonishing natural sights enormous snow covered mountains, alpine lakes, cavernous valleys and colossal fjords. So prepare to have all the little things in life put firmly into perspective as you come to understand just how mind-blowingly magnificent the planet Earth can be. You’ll be traveling with a bunch of fun explorers just like you - which is great news as New Zealand is one party friendly place! BEST BITS • Visit a New Zealand sheep farm • Opt to take a flight over Lake Takapo • Watch the sunset behind Mt Cook • Jump out a plane in Queenstown • Check out your reflection at Mirror Lake • Enjoy an overnight cruise in Fiordland • Party with the locals in Queenstown • Relax on the shores of Lake Ohau • Climb Fox Glacier • See seals and dolphins in the wild DAY 1: CHRISTCHURCH TO LAKE OHAU This morning, make your way across the Canterbury plains and into Mackenzie country to visit a New Zealand sheep farm before heading to Lake Takapo for lunch. Here there will be an opportunity to take a spectacular 40 minute flight over the lakes, Southern Alps and glaciers. Nestled in the hills, Lake Ohau, is todays final stop. Enjoy dinner and a drink as you watch the sunset behind Mt Cook. (D)

Day 2: LAKE OHAU TO FIORDLAND Today you’ll drive through stunning ‘Lord of the Rings’ scenery to Te Anau. From here admire the views before boarding your overnight cruise through the Fiord. You’ll see fur seals and dolphins and if you’re lucky, penguins as well. There will be the opportunity to take a kayak and explore the coast line and walk through the landscape with a nature guide. (B, D) days 3-4: Fiordland to Queenstown After returning back at the wharf make your way to Queenstown for the next 2 nights. For adrenaline junkies this will be heaven - there are lots of different bungy options, skydiving, whitewater rafting and all sorts of other hair-raising activies to choose from. For those more in to leisure, there is plenty to keep you busy too with mountain walks and river kayaking to name a few. The nightlife is notorious so make sure you explore some of the local bars and restaurants and if you like challenges - try eating a full Ferg Burger in one sitting. They are bigger than an average size head! (2B, D)

day 5: Queenstown to Fox Glacier Today’s journey takes you past Lake Wanaka with a stop at Thunder Creek Falls amidst the rainforest in a World Heritage area. It’s then on to Fox Glacier; if the skies are clear you’ll be able to see the reflection of New Zealand’s two tallest mountain peaks. (B, D) Day 6: FOX GLACIER TO WEST COAST Get a closer look at the Glacier today where you’ll have the chance to walk on a flowing river of ice. There are lots of hike options from selfguided treks to guided walks which will get you further on to the Glacier. For a unique experience take a heli-hike to explore the hidden icecaves high up on the mountain. This afternoon continue your journey traveling north through the nearby village of Franz Josef, then on to the ‘Wild West Coast’ as you head through the town of Hokitika and stop to visit a Jade factory. (B, D) Day 7: WEST COAST TO CHRISTCHURCH This morning, say farewell to your new friends and transfer by coach back in to Christchurch where your tour concludes. (B)

DEPARTURES START 2011 JAN 01 JAN 15 JAN 23 JAN 29 FEB 06 FEB 12 FEB 20 FEB 26 MAR 06

FINISH JAN 15 JAN 21 JAN 29 FEB 04 FEB 12 FEB 18 FEB 26 MAR 04 MAR 12

START MAR 12 MAR 20 MAR 26 APR 12 APR 24 MAY 06 MAY 17 JUN 10 JUN 21 JUN 26

FINISH MAR 18 MAR 26 APR 01 APR 18 APR 30* MAY 12 MAY 23 JUN 16 JUN 27 JUL 02*

START JUL 15 JUL 26 AUG 19 AUG 30 SEP 23 SEP 25 SEP 27 OCT 04 OCT 14 OCT 28

FINISH JUL 21 AUG 01 AUG 25 SEP 05 SEP 29 OCT 01* OCT 03 OCT 10 OCT 20 NOV 03

START NOV 01 NOV 08 NOV 18 NOV 27 DEC 02 DEC 06 DEC 13 DEC 23

FINISH NOV 07 NOV 14 NOV 24 DEC 03* DEC 08 DEC 12 DEC 19 DEC 29

* Tours will not include an overnight cruise but will have an extra night in Queenstown Accommodation: 3 nts Hotel/Motel/Lodge with private facilities, 2 nts multi share lodge with shared facilities, 1 nts Milford Wanderer Cruise Group Size: Max 36 Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners Tour Code: TD JNZ7

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Southern Highlights 9 Days, $1,420 fr

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Start & Finish: Christchurch The South Island looks like it was once inhabited by a species of rampaging giants! Perhaps the Kiwis were being ironic when they boringly named it the South Island, because there is nothing dull about the domineering mountains, mind-boggling glaciers, humongous fjords and sweeping swathes of farmland that define this awesome bottom half of New Zealand. Boggle eyed astonishment will never leave your countenance as you loop around the island’s most impressive sights over the nine days of this brilliant big adventure. Tick off Franz Josef Glacier, and go and see what its like to walk on a moving river of ice. Unleash your hedonism in Queenstown and take a cruise through the cavernous walls of Doubtful Sound, then spend your final day with a fantastic mountain bike ride through Central Otago. Arrive back in Christchurch with a rosy glow on your cheeks and a burning desire to spend the rest of your life there.

Day 1: Christchurch to Franz Josef Start early and cross the majestic Canterbury plains, over Arthur’s Pass and the Southern Alps. An optional extra is doing the famous Tranz Alpine rail journey. Along the way you’ll stop for some amazing walks and photo opportunities as you head south to Hokitika, famous for pounamu (jade). Stop at the local Bushman’s center to learn about the local history before heading down to Franz Josef Glacier. (D) Day 2: Franz Josef Get a closer look at the Glacier today. There are numerous hike options from self-guided treks for those who want to keep things simple to guided walks which will get you further on to the Glacier. For a unique experience take a heli-hike to explore the hidden ice-caves high up on the mountain. (B)

Day 4: Makarora to Queenstown On to the adventure capital of the world today, Queenstown, the spiritual home of bungy jumping. On the way, you’ll stop in the scenic town of Wanaka for a walk and lunch before heading to the bungy bridge. Everyone has the option of observing or jumping themselves. Tonight, hit the town and experience Queenstown’s notorious nightlife. (B) Days 5-6: Queenstown Enjoy 2 free days to explore Queenstown! For adrenaline junkies there is bungy jumping, skydiving, white-water rafting and other hairraising activities to choose from. For those more into leisure, there’s plenty to keep you busy too with mountain walks and great lakefront cafes.

Day 7: Queenstown to Doubtful Sound This morning you’ll head into the awe-inspiring Fiordland National Park. Doubtful Sound is one of the most remote and untouched places on Earth. You will see fur seals, Fiordland Crested Penguins and dolphins. Spend the day and the night on a purpose-built boat, which includes a dedicated nature guide and sea kayaks. You’ll overnight in a secluded bay in the Sound. (D) Day 8: Doubtful Sound to Central Otago The morning is spent departing Doubtful Sound. Board your mini-coach at midday and head on through to the Otago region. You’ll explore relics of the gold rush before you arrive at your accommodation in the middle of beautiful Otago. Kick back in the evening with some good quality local wine. (B, D) Day 9: Central Otago to Christchurch Grab your mountain bikes, put them in the minicoach and head out to sample the Otago Gold Heritage Rail Trail. This is an ideal activity for riders of all abilities. When you get back on the bus, follow another historic pass and zoom along the Canterbury plains to Christchurch. (B)

DEPARTURES APR 01 - APR 11 MON, THU APR 12 - NOV 13 THU NOV 14 - MAR 31 MON, THU Included: Experienced tour guide, accommodation transfers, Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise, mountain biking on the Otago Rail Trail Accommodation: 8 nts multi shared dorm with shared facilities Group Size: Max 24 Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners Please note: In winter the Doubtful Sound overnight cruise does not operate and is substituted with a day cruise, a night in Te Anau and a half day glacier hike in Franz Josef Tour Code: AT SH9

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Best Bits • Take the optional Tranz Alpine train • Learn local Bushman history • Marvel at the massive Franz Josef glacier • Snap NZ’s most photographed Lake • Be inspired by Mount Aspiring N.Park • Enjoy Queenstown’s day and nightlife • Opt to bungy jump your way to heaven • Cruise Doubtful Sound overnight • Explore historic Central Otago • Mountain bike on the Otago Rail Trail

Day 3: Franz Josef to Makarora Follow the coast further south today for even more amazing scenery - NZ’s most photographed lake, three or four great walks, waterfalls, stunning alpine views and a breathtaking mountain pass. You’ll arrive mid-afternoon at your wilderness accommodation at the foot of Mount Aspiring National Park. The locals provide amazing activities from scenic flights to wilderness jet boating. (B, D)


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TOP 6 AMAZING EXPERIENCES

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Stroll along endless white sandy beaches

Swim, snorkel or dive in the crystal Clear blue water

Experience a traditonal fijian kava ceremony

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Sail through remote archipelagos

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There are 12 islands in the chain of 20 that have accommodation on them. There are some 31 island resorts operated by villagers dotted throughout the islands. They vary in standard, setting, style and the attractions the local area offers but they all have one thing in common hospitality in that warm, genuine way unique to Fiji.

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The Bula Combo Pass

7, 14 or 21 days Island Hopping

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If you’ve got all the time in the world and like to do your own thing this is the perfect way to explore the idyllic Yasawa Islands. The ‘Combo Pass’ provides an easy, hassle free way to pay for both your accommodation AND transfers before you leave the mainland but it still gives you the freedom to explore the islands at your own pace. If you would like extra flexibility you can buy as many ‘extra nights’ as you like. Your Pass is valid for one return journey to the Yasawas, then hops between resorts & islands (one ‘hop’ per day) for the consecutive number of days designated on your pass.

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The properties listed below accept the Awesome ‘Combo Pass’. • Waya Lailai • Bay Of Plenty • Nabua Lodge • Gold Coast Resort • Kuata Resort • Sunset Waya • White Sandy Beach • Long Beach Resort • Safe Landing • Coral View Resort

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Some of the more expensive properties will require additional payment for meals and/or accommodation. • South Sea Island • Korovou Resort • Bounty Island • Beachcomber • Botaira Beach Resort • Oarsmans Bay Lodge • Manta Ray Island Resort • Octopus Resort

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You’ll get a Pass guide with all the essential information to make the most of your holiday. In some cases resorts off the main route charge extra for transfers to/from the vessel. vomo

7 Days (6 Nights) fr $505 14 Days (13 Nights) fr $829 21 Days (20 Nights) fr $1,179 Extra night ONLY (no transfer) fr $40 Free coach transfers from most Nadi accommodations included

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If you’d rather just sort out your transfers and then pay for your accommodation as you go, then you want the Bula Pass 7, 14 or 21 days of unlimited island hopping transfers on board the ‘Yasawa Flyer’. The Bula Pass offers the freedom to explore the Yasawas as you choose and can also be used to explore the Mamanuca Islands on South Sea Cruises’ Vessels.

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Bounty South Sea Island

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7 Days fr $275 14 Days fr $330 21 Days fr $412 Free coach transfers from most Nadi accommodations included

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AWESOME ADVENTURES Beachcomber 3 Days, $223 fr

The original party island where every day is Friday, the bar is open late, the band is playing and everyone is on the dance floor - of course it’s the beach so barefoot is the way to go. Beachcomber’s fantastic reputation is also because of the great atmosphere, the fantastic meals, the white sandy beach, crystal clear waters and loads of activities. Evening meals are a feature with themed buffets each night. By day you can laze on the beach or get active - the choice is yours. Try snorkeling, diving, sailing, parasailing or how about a beachside massage!

Optional Activities • Snorkeling • Windsurfing • Parasailing • Minigolf • Volleyball • Sunset in the spa Jetskiing • Seaspray Day Sailing Adventure Includes transfers and meals

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Manta Ray Island Resort 3 Days, $198 fr

Ideally nestled between two gorgeous white sandy beaches you’ll get to experience both sunset and sunrise over the glistening turquoise sea. Manta rays, that give this island it’s name, cruise the channels between islands (seasonal). The elevated bar and dining area on the hillside offers superb views. Bures line the shore and after partying each night you are sent off to sleep by the gentle rhythm of the waves. A perfect mix of partying, relaxation, culture and enjoyment in a great setting. STA611

Optional Activities • Swimming with manta rays (seasonal) • Island walks • Diving • Snorkeling • Kayaking • Game fishing • Party nights Transfers included. Meals to be paid locally

WayaLailai Ecohaven 3 Days, $213 fr

Set in the same wonderfully scenic area as Kuata but on the island opposite with a truly amazing summit walk and spectacular views of the islands that will be reward enough for the climb. You’ll be welcomed by the locals and made to feel a part of their village. Wayalailai also offers a wide variety of land and marine activities from diving, kayaking, trekking and snorkeling on the outer reef. Or perhaps you’d just prefer to laze for hours and hours on that gorgeous beach and top up the tan. STA612

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Optional Activities • Guided summit walk • Guided kayaking • Village visits • Outer reef snorkeling/ shark viewing trip • Beach picnic boat trips Includes transfers and meals


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Bounty Island 3 Days, $212 fr

Bounty Island is located in the Mamanuca Islands, just 35 minutes from Port Denarau, with 48 acres of wilderness, forest and gardens just waiting to be explored. Surrounded by beautiful white sandy beaches, clear pristine waters and a marine reserve that provides great snorkeling, the island makes an ideal place to get back in touch with nature. The island’s forest is home to native birds and the beaches are frequented by nesting turtles (seasonal). Bures are set on the beachfront and the dorm is air-conditioned. STA613

Optional Activities • Seaspray Day Sailing Adventure • Diving • Kayaking • Sailing and windsurfing • Snorkeling • Nature Walks Includes transfers and meals

Octopus Resort 3 Days, $187 fr

Octopus is the perfect place to be as active or as relaxed as you like. There are traditional craft afternoons and a ‘movie night’ located under the stars, complete with popcorn. Enjoy a delicious a la Carte lunch and a variety of dinner options from 3 course set menus to an awesome BBQ dinner followed by fire dancing, music and party games that are sure to have you in fits of laughter. The sunsets in Fiji are really something special and the best way to experience the sun sliding over the horizon is while sipping a cocktail on the beautiful white sandy beach. STA614

Where better to learn to dive than in the crystal clear, warm tropical waters of Fiji, average 77 . The instructors will step you through all the onshore tuition and ensure you are totally comfortable with everything, then accompany you on that first magical dive.

INTRODUCTORY DIVE PADI fr $103 Coral View, Sunrise, Oarsman Bay Lodge, Nanuya

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Coral View fr $668

Oarsman Bay Lodge fr $493

Nanuya Island Resort fr $868

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South Sea Island fr $636 Bounty Island fr $437

Manta Ray Island fr $847 includes: Vessel transfers, dive course with all gear and tuition, 4 nights accommodation with meals (Sorry, except for Nanuya Island!)

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Optional Activities • Private beachside dinners • Hiking • Hand line fishing • Snorkeling • Massage


ultimate lei 7 days, $698 fr

Start & Finish: denarau marina Most people go to Fiji expecting stunning beaches, beautiful islands and perfectly still, turquoise waters. It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that this 7-day adventure obliterates those expectations and delivers something much more amazing. Every day delivers a big dollop of heaven as you explore some of the South Pacific’s real wonders. Every night is spent at a beautiful island resort, and you’ll spend your days snorkeling, diving, cruising, exploring or simply just lazing. The Yasawas are yours to fall in love with, and this trip shows you just how beautiful they really are. standard Inclusions • Swim with manta rays (seasonal) • All meals & island resort accommodation • Nadi coach transfers & vessel transfers • Experience the stunning Blue Lagoon • Diving options available full monty extras • ‘Seaspray’ Day Sailing Adventure • Sawailau Caves trip • Guided kayaking or reef snorkeling trip or summit walk (choose any 2 of these 3) • “Mai Yasawa” photo book

Day 1: Sunrise or Coral View Cruise on out to the Yasawas, then we take you the length of the island chain to the Blue Lagoon region arriving at lunchtime. This is where you begin your Yasawa experience. A great place to enjoy Discover Scuba - your introduction to diving. (L, D)

DayS 4-5: kuata or waya lailai Time to head for the Southern Yasawas. These islands are dominated by stunning monolithic mountains. There is a fantastic range of activities on offer - the summit walk, a reef snorkeling trip and guided kayaking. ‘Full Monty’ people can choose any 2 of these 3. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 2: Sunrise or Coral View Explore the Islands walks, fantastic beaches and coral. Full Monty Guests take the boat trip to the Sawailau Caves with their awesome underwater caverns.(B, L, D)

Day 6: south sea island or bounty Chillout in the sunshine or snorkel your way through crystal clear waters. Late afternoon transfer to South Sea Island (dorm) or Bounty Island (doubles). (B, L, D)

Day 3: Korovou For an awesome experience it’s hard to top a stay at Korovou - one of Fiji’s friendliest village resorts with a strong family ambiance. Great evening atmosphere with entertainment and hanging around the pool. (B, L, D)

Day 7: finish denarau marina Kick back with more snorkeling, swimming, watersports and sunbathing. Full Monty passengers will sail the outer Mamanuca Islands aboard ‘Seaspray’. Snorkel and swim in the crystal clear waters, visit a traditional Fijian village and check out a Kava ceremony. Explore the island that features in the film ‘Castaway’. All booze, morning & afternoon tea and a BBQ lunch is included. (B, L)

Departs Daily FERRY SCHEDULE Departs from Denarau Marina: 8:30am Returns to Denarau Marina: 5:45pm & 6:00pm (Full Monty) Price p/person

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stay longer at sunrise lagoon resort Extend Days 1-2, extra nights fr $40

STAY LONGER AT kuata island RESORT Extend Days 4-5, extra nights fr $40

stay longer AT south sea island Extend Day 6, extra nights fr $54

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tropical awegasm 12 days, $1,056 fr

Start & Finish: denarau marina There really is a place on this planet where the people always smile and the good times never stop. You don’t have to spend the next ten years saving all your pennies to afford a trip to paradise, so go and give your future honeymoon destination a thorough once over with this great value big adventure. standard Inclusions • 6 fantastic islands - longer stays • 2 wild nights on Beachcomber Island • Swim with manta rays (seasonal) • All meals & island accommodation • Nadi hotels and vessel transfers • Experience the stunning Blue Lagoon • Optional diving courses available full monty extras • ‘Seaspray’ Day Sailing Adventure • Sawailau Caves trip • Guided kayaking or reef snorkeling trip or summit walk (choose any 2 of these 3) • “Mai Yasawa” photo book There are lots of tough decisions to make over your 12 days of unfettered fun and relaxation. Cool beer or exotic cocktail? Snorkeling or diving? Laze in the sun or take some shade under the palm tree? Scale one of the Southern Yasawas Mountains or spend the day kayaking the secluded bays and reefs? These major dilemmas will have to be resolved as you enjoy an action packed 12 days that include a trip to the Blue Lagoon region, island stays in both the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, amazing snorkeling and two big nights on Beachcomber Island, where you may just find yourself having the time of your life. Beachcomber’s reputation for great parties, sumptuous meals, white sandy beaches, and great activities is well deserved. A heck of a place to finish up!

Day 9: manta ray Jump in and enjoy some of the best snorkeling and diving, colorful corals and abundance of marine life just off the beach. The elevated bar on the hillside offers superb views over the water or settle yourself down at the beach bar for a cocktail before wandering back to your bure blissfully chilled out and happy. (B, L, D)

Days 5-6: korovou Laze, relax or go kayaking or snorkeling prior to your late morning transfer to the island of Naviti. Tough decisions include beach or hammock, read or snooze, beer or wine. Tough eh? (2B, 2L, 2D)

Days 10-11: beachcomber island Head to Beachcomber, the original party island where every day is Friday, the bar is open late, the band is playing and everyone is on the dance floor. But it’s not just about the parties – you’ll love the great atmosphere, the sumptuous meals, the white sandy beach, crystal clear waters and loads of activities. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 7: sunrise or coral view Head out in the early afternoon for the stunning Blue Lagoon region. Enjoy the islands walks, magnificent beaches and coral. Hit the beach at sunset and watch out for flying fish. (B, L, D) Day 8: sunrise or coral view Go snorkeling in the Blue Lagoon or just chill out in paradise. Full Monty passengers enjoy a fantastic trip to the surreal Sawailau Caves. (B, L, D)

Departs Daily FERRY SCHEDULE Departs from Denarau Marina: 8:30am, 12:15pm & 3:15pm Returns to Denarau Marina: 5:45pm Price p/person

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Day 2: South Sea Island or Bounty Kick back with more swimming, non-motorized watersports and sunbathing. Full Monty guests get a special outing on ‘Seaspray’ sailing the outer Mamanuca Islands. Enjoy snorkeling and swimming, a traditional Fijian village visit and Kava ceremony (except Sunday). Visit the island featured in the Tom Hanks movie ‘Castaway’. It’s a stunner. (B, L, D)

Day 12: finish denarau marina Hey we know you won’t want to leave. How about that last dive or snorkel or maybe a long sleep in. Choose your own departure time to suit (11:10am, 1:00pm or 5:00pm). Best have a few ‘Fiji Babies’ on board to celebrate your 12 days in paradise. (B, L)

STAY LONGER AT kuata island RESORT Extend Days 3-4, extra nights fr $40

stay longer AT korovou RESORT Extend Days 5-6, extra nights fr $46

stay longer AT beachcomber resort Extend Days 10-11, extra nights fr $67

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Day 1: South Sea Island or Bounty Just 30 minutes after departure you’ll be on the beach! Sand between your toes, cold drink in hand – it’s straight into relaxing on South Sea Island or Bounty Island. (L, D)

Days 3-4: Kuata or Wayalailai Time to head for the Yasawas. These southern most islands are dominated by stunning monolithic mountains. There is a great range of activities on offer - the summit walk, a reef snorkeling/shark watching trip or guided kayaking. Full Monty guests select two of these great activities. (2B, 2L, 2D)


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Start & Finish: denarau marina

standard Inclusions • Stay at two of Fiji’s best party spots • Coach transfers from Nadi hotels and vessel transfers • All meals and island resort accommodation • Kayaking, snorkeling and swimming

standard Inclusions • Stay on 3 tropical islands • Explore the stunning Blue Lagoon • All meals and island resort accommodation • Coach transfers from most Nadi hotels and vessel transfers

full monty extras • ‘Seaspray’ Day Sailing Adventure • Introductory/Certified dive or guided snorkeling safari • “Mai Yasawa” photo book

full monty extras • Sawailau Caves trip • ‘Seaspray’ Day Sailing Adventure • “Mai Yasawa” photo book

Day 1: start denarau marina / beachcomber island Cruise for 30 minutes over to Beachcomber Resort – a small island with a white sandy beach, surrounded by crystal clear waters and a heavenly marine sanctuary. (L, D)

Day 1: start denarau marina Journey through the Yasawas, en route to the Blue Lagoon region. Arrive at lunchtime. Choose your own stretch of beach and chill out. (L, D)

Day 2: beachcomber island Enjoy optional watersports, snorkeling or fish feeding - or just laze on the beach or in a hammock. Full Monty guests go sailing for the day. (B, L, D) Day 3: manta ray Cruise to Manta Ray Resort – superbly located, nestled between two white sandy beaches with panoramic views from the bar and dining area. (B, L, D)

Day 2: SUNRISE OR CORAL VIEW A whole day is yours to relax in paradise. Those on the ‘Full Monty’ package will explore the magnificent Sawailau Caves. (B, L, D) Days 3-4: KOROVOU OR MANTA RAY Head for Naviti - prepare for coral reefs, beautiful bays and white sandy beaches setting the scene for a wonderful few days exploring. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 4: manta ray Another day of extreme leisure. Arise after a big night and let the sunshine bring you back to life. Full Monty guests go diving or snorkeling. (B, L, D)

Day 5: south sea island OR BOUNTY ISLAND Laze the day away until your mid afternoon transfer to fabulous South Sea Island (dorm) or Bounty Island (double/twin). Enjoy great snorkeling, diving and the friendly Fijian hospitality. (B, L, D)

Day 5: finish denarau marina You’ll have most of the day to relax. Enjoy a walk along the island tracks or explore secluded beaches before you cruise back to Denarau Marina. (B, L)

Day 6: finish denarau marina Enjoy your magnificent island until you have to return home. Full Monty guests enjoy the fantastic ‘Seaspray Day Sailing Adventure.’ (B, L)

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FERRY SCHEDULE Departs from Denarau Marina: 8:30am, 12:15pm & 3:15pm Returns to Denarau Marina: 5:45pm

FERRY SCHEDULE Departs from Denarau Marina: 8:30am Returns to Denarau Marina: 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:45pm or 6:00pm (Full Monty)

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STAY LONGER at korovou resort

Extend Days 3-4, extra nights fr $46

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FEEJEE EXPERIENCE The heart of Fiji is contained within the main island of Viti Levu. The outer islands are great tourist spots, but if you are a traveler seeking a higher experience, accompany your sun and sand experiences with a journey around the main island and discover the true Fijian culture and way of life.

Accommodation Feejee Experience will hold beds for you in their preferred resorts for each overnight stop. This will ensure you don’t go without a bed. However, if you would like to stay somewhere else they will book this for you and drop you at the door of the selected hostel.

Feejee Experience takes you to unique spots where most often you are the only traveler in sight. Throughout your trip you will interact with the local Fijians including visits to remote villages and a school - all the time experiencing their overwhelming hospitality.

Free Activities A whole host of activities are included in your pass: sandboarding, trekking, river tubing, trips to secluded waterfalls, traditional kava ceremony, bilibili rafting, bathing in hot pools and mud pools, sampling sugar cane, and more... All of this is included in your pass and will enhance your understanding of local life.

Hop on & hop off Your Feejee Experience ticket is valid for 12 months from first day of travel so take advantage of any opportunities that might spring up along the way. Hop on and off the bus where ever you like and experience everything that Fiji has to offer.

Local drivers and guides The drivers and guides are Feejee Experience’s biggest assets. They give you a real insight into life in Fiji outside of a tourist resort.

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FIJI PASSES HULA LOOP FR $330 Min Trip Time: 4 days Max Trip Time: 12 months Travel around Viti Levu

LEI LOW FR $487 Min Trip Time: 6 days Max Trip Time: 12 months Travel around Viti Levu + Beachcomber

MANGOS AND MANTARAYS FR $595 Min Trip Time: 8 days Max Trip Time: 12 months Travel around Viti Levu + Mantaray Island and 3 nights accommodation

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3 horizon beach resort

Set in lush tropical grounds, minutes from the international airport and close to Denarau Mariner - facilities include two outdoor pools and a fab poolside restaurant. Those on a budget will love the backpacker menu, daily happy hour as well as live entertainment. STA546

Skylodge offers hostel and hotel accommodation at a great value, set among tropical gardens and within minutes for the airport. All rooms have A/C and en suite bathrooms, there’s a restaurant, outdoor pool with bar, beach volleyball and free airport transfers. STA547

Infuse yourself in a Fijian family atmosphere at this racy little resort right by Nadi Bay Beach. Rooms come with aircon, en suite, satellite TV and you even get breakfast for free. Splash around in the beautiful pool, lounge lazily on the sundeck and wait for happy hour to start. STA548

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7 Tanoa International Hotel

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Situated only 3 minutes from the airport this hotel offers superior accommodation in a peaceful and tropical setting. Dine in the open air restaurant, which provides a truly tropical ambience. Get a relaxing treatment in the spa, or have a game of tennis with your mates. STA552

For the ultimate Fiji getaway, visit the Radisson Resort - located near Nadi Town. Choose from the 5 lagoon pools, spa and restaurants, all set right on the beachfront. Stay active with the 18hole championship golf course, scuba diving, and Fiji’s only white water slide. STA553

There are 333 tropical islands in Fiji. This one is yours! Just a 3 minute cruise across the lagoon from the mainland, all of the beautiful rooms have private balconies overlooking the ocean. Have you ever played a game of paintball in the dense jungle? Well, at this resort you can! STA554

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march 4, 2011 national youth day may 27, 2011 Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna Day - in honor of the national father of modern Fiji

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Set right on the beach at Nadi Bay, this is a great place to mingle with fellow travelers - by the pool or in the bar. Choose the stunning views from the well equipped rooms which feature A/C, en suite and satellite TV or the fab ‘Pirate Dormitory’ - 40 people all under one roof! STA549

Just 20 minutes from Nadi Airport, this tranquil resort has an authentic atmosphere. Stay in a thatched tropical garden or beachfront bure. Self-contained villas feature your own private plunge pool, spa and gardens. Dine at the award winning restaurant & visit the islands. STA550

This resort is ideally located next to the airport and also makes a great base for exploring the offshore islands. All the rooms boast verandas facing, either the pool or lush gardens. There’s a pleasant fine dining restaurant and a poolside bar - the main pool even has a water slide! STA551

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Bula Fiji welcome package 1 night,

Meet and greet at the airport Transfer to your accommodation Delicious cooked breakfast First night in a comfortable hostel Book extra nights to extend your stay

Fiji is beautiful, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any flea-infested, smelly hostels or dodgy cab drivers. Let us make sure you don’t expereince any of that. You’ll be greeted ‘Fiji style’ at the airport and transferred to Nadi Bay Resort, Smuggler’s Cove, Skylodge or Aquarius. If you have a preference where you’d like to stay we’ll do our best to get you in there. You’ll get a yummy breakfast and a free transfer to Denarau Marina the next day to start your island hopping adventure. STA555

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‘seaspray’ day sailing

South Sea Island day trip

full day, fr $84 Jump on board for a day of sailing among the outer Mamanuca Islands. Enjoy the warm waters for snorkeling and swimming, visit a traditional Fijian village and kava ceremony, finally visiting the island featured in the Tom Hanks movie ‘Castaway.’ All booze, morning/afternoon tea and a barbecue lunch is included. STA640

full day, fr $43 For the greatest fun under the sun you can’t beat a day at South Sea Island, the closest day trip island, just 30 minutes from Denarau. Enjoy snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, perhaps a massage or just lazing on the beach. A yummy BBQ lunch and all your drinks (including beer and wine) is included during the day. STA642

Beachcomber day trip

Octopus day trip

full day, fr $54 The perfect place to spend a perfect day in paradise and one of the most popular destinations in Fiji, Beachcomber is only a 45 minute cruise from Denarau Marina. This little island paradise has a lot to offer from Fijian craft lessons to coral viewing in a glass bottom boat where you may get the chance to feed turtles and fish. A buffet lunch and and transfers are included - so what are you waiting for? STA641

full day, fr $84 Nestled on a stunning white sandy beach with one of the most spectacular reefs just metres off the beach, discover ‘Fiji Time’ on Octopus Resort. Kick back in a sun lounger on the beach and grab a delicious cocktail. Sound like heaven? What better place to while away a day in paradise, and that’s just before lunch! Ferry transfers and a delicous lunch at the seaside restaurant and an arrival cocktail is all included. STA643

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Halfway between Nadi & Suva on the Coral Coast - this great resort offers gorgeous beachfront huts that blend in with the stunning surrounds. Each stylish but unfussy. Enjoy fishing, PADI scuba diving & surfing. Dine in the restaurant or hang out at the lively bar and nightclub. STA560

Located on Fiji’s magnificent coast in the prefect spot with beautiful bure style huts right on the beach. It was also the location of the reality TV show ‘Love Island’. Who could forget! Boasts a beachfront bar, pool, Internet, and free use of sea-kayaks. A winner! STA561

This waterfront resort offers you a great Fijian experience - white sand beaches, tropical gardens, world class surfing, diving, fishing, and an array of watersports. All rooms are spacious, light and airy. Take a dip and cool off in the clear blue sea or swimming pool. Pure bliss. STA562

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8 warwick fiji resort & spa, CORAL COAST

A luxury, officially 5-star rated resort situated in the heart of Fiji’s Coral Coast. Set on a white sand beach among 40 acres of tall palm and tropical landscaped gardens. All the modern rooms and bures create surroundings reminiscent of a Fijian village - even with your own butler. There’s a huge pool, choice of restaurants, bars, and a soothing spa. Take advantage of some free activities - including kayaking and snorkeling. STA566

Escape to this gorgeous 5-star resort - set on a brilliant white sand beach. The resort is tucked away in its own piece of paradise. Complimentary kayaking, snorkeling and wind surfing - plenty to keep you occupied. Relax by the pool or get a massage in the luxurious spa. Dine in one of 5 restaurants or enjoy a cocktail at the ‘Sunset Bar’ overlooking the beach a favorite meeting spot for an evening drink. STA567

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destination coral coast Located on the south-western side of the main island of Viti Levu, it is easily accessed from Nadi Town and all the resorts are situated right on the beach. This area of Fiji boasts beautiful scenery of sugarcane fields, pine plantation and magnificent views of the ocean. The coastline is a combination of bays, beaches, rocky outcrops, and mangrove forests. pacific harbour With its never ending beaches, a wide variety of activities available, shops, restaurants, resorts, golf course, and convenient location to Nadi Town and Suva makes it a perfect place for anyone looking for a relaxing or an active holiday. Opposite, is Beqa Lagoon which is renowned for its world-class dive sites - shark feeding, coral and wreck dives.

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Situated on the famous Coral Coast, this beachside resort is cocooned in 38 acres of lush gardens and alongside golden sand beaches and coconut palms. Savor the best of exceptional cuisine in a relaxed tropical atmosphere and watch the sunset over the horizon. STA563

Stylishly nestled on the beachfront between tropical palms you’ll find this tranquil resort. With authentic Fijian beachfront bures and funfilled tree houses. Choose to relax on the beach, in a hammock or take advantage of the many activities including world-class shark diving. STA564

This elegant resort is located near Pacific Harbour. Sit back and relax on the beach, in the spa or swimming pool. Be active - enjoy a round of golf, dive and explore the ocean or surf the gigantic waves. All rooms feature garden or great ocean views. An idyllic escape. STA565

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Luva River adventure

Sigatoka River safari

Full Day fr $212 This adventure combines five Fijian experiences into a fantastic one-day trip! Hike through tropical forest and jet boat along the river! STA620

Half Day fr $111 This eco/cultural adventure takes you to the heart of Fiji aboard a jet boat. Cruise the magnificent Sigatoka River to visit authentic Fijian villages and experience a day in the life of the real ‘kaiviti’ (Fijian). Your guide will bring the journey to life, introducing you to the rich culture of the people of Fiji and sharing the history, customs and legends of the area with you. STA623

Rafting the Upper Navua Full Day fr $240 The Upper Navua River is your hidden pathway to a pristine tropical wilderness. Shrouded in lush rain forest, fed by countless waterfalls and protected by challenging rapids, the Upper Navua River is Fiji rafting at its best. STA621

Beqa Soft Coral Diving Full Day fr $123 On this day of diving you will visit many sites all a short boat ride away. See an extravaganza of soft coral and reef fish including the elusive Blue Ribbon Eel and pinnacles covered with coral, teeming with small exotic fish life. STA622

Ultimate Shark Encounter Half Day fr $147 Divers come from around the world to experience the only dive with 8 species of shark. See Bull Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Blacktip Reef Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Lemon Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks, Silvertip Sharks and over 300 species of fish. If that isn’t enough, 16+ foot Tiger Sharks come in regularly, making this a ‘shark lovers’ dream dive. STA624

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beachcomber, Mamanuca islands

bounty island, mamanuca islands

funky fish resort, mamanuca islands

Widely known as Fiji’s party island, Beachcomber is home to a relaxed, friendly resort which has earned itself a reputation for fun and great value for money. It forms part of the Mamanuca Island Group, 17km northwest of Nadi. Stay in a lodge, bure or one of the ample-sized dorms. STA573

The closest island resort to the mainland - less than 15 minutes from Nadi International Airport. Lay back, kick your shoes off and chill out at this truly relaxing natural island paradise. The swimming pool and lively bar is also a popular socializing spot. STA574

Located on the Fiji island of Malolo in the heart of the Mamanuca group - this small resort is the perfect hideaway. Stay in your own beachfront bungalow, which all come with an en suite. Take a stroll along the golden sand beach or if you fancy a fruity cocktail - the bar is yours! STA575

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$67 DORM, inc. breakfast $152 SINGLE, inc. breakfast

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$67 DORM $94 twin/DOUBLE

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$68 SINGLE $76 twin/DOUBLE

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malolo island resort, Mamanuca islands

castaway island, Mamanuca islands

25 kms West of Nadi Airport in the Mamanucas Islands- this resort boasts your very own private white sand beach, panoramic views and azure seas. Choose from a great array of activities; sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, jet skiing, water skiing and scuba diving. If that doesn’t keep you occupied - dine in one of the restaurants, buy a souvenir from the boutique shop, relax by the pool or treat yourself with an amazing spa treatment. STA578

This private island resort sits on a reef-ringed, white-sand island in the Mamanucas, 20 miles from Nadi Airport. In a Fijian village style with thatched A/C bures, try the free water activities - sailing, wind surfing, beach volleyball and tennis. Snorkel the reef and see the colorful marine life just feet from the beach. Pamper yourself in the spa surrounded by Castaway’s tropical gardens or sip a cocktail at the pool bar. STA579

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fiji’s islands mamanuca islands Beautiful reef-encircled islands located just off the Nadi coast. They are known for their beautiful white sandy beaches and island resorts. Well-known names such as Beachcomber Island, Tokoriki, Malolo and many more. Whether you are after an adventure or just want to relax, these islands have everything you need. yasawa islands The Yasawa Islands are comprised of about 20 volcanic islands in a chain just off the northwest coast of Viti Levu. The renowned Mantaray Island is the only place where you have the chance to swim with large Manatay Rays right off the beach. A fantastic opportunity of seeing these beautiful marine creatures up close.

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mantaray island, yasawa islands

LIKULIKU LAGOON, mamanuca islands

On beautiful Malolo Lailai Island, this great resort has loads of free activities - try sailing, windsurfing, and snorkeling. There’s a range of stylish rooms to suit any budget. It features 2 restaurants, 3 bars & 3 pools. Stroll the tropical gardens or the 4 miles of white sandy beaches. STA576

Situated on a stunning island - ideally nestled around two gorgeous white sandy beaches. One of the only places in the world where you can swim with manta rays right at the shoreline. Choose to stay in a basic dorm or a traditional bure right on the beachfront. STA578

Just 16 miles from Nadi Airport - this resort is a haven of subtle luxury and the only resort in Fiji with over-water bures. Laze on your private deck with stunning lagoon views or dine in the restaurant with intimate tables to savor the unique surroundings. STA577

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2 nights accommodation All meals incl morning and afternoon tea Loads of organized activities Snorkeling & fishing equipment Return transfers from Denarau to Nadi

Explore the archipelagos of the Mamanuca and Southern Yasawas Islands. Sail onboard the magnificent ‘Spirit of the Pacific’ a108ft tallship.

Discover a myriad of marine life and paradise islands - swim for hours and soak up the sun. Each day the ship sets sail from Captain Cook’s Barefoot Island Resort in the Southern Yasawas for an adventure packed sailing safari through the Yasawa Islands. The ship sets a new course every day cruising several utopian islands, reefs, traditional island villages, and caves to explore.

Accommodation: Traditional thatched bures Meals: All included Tour Code: STA580

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Vara’s beach house

Lagoon Lodges

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Set on 6 acres on the South East Coast - with beach and hillside accommodation. This idyllic island property offers a fully equipped kitchen, BBQ area, mountain bike rental and water sports. There are restaurants, cafés, and bars 3 minutes away just off Muri Beach. STA582

Set in five acres of tropical gardens and minutes from the water’s edge. Fancy having an apartment in paradise which has everything you need? All boast cooking facilities and a balcony. Venture just 3 minutes to find restaurants and shops or just chill by the outdoor pool. STA583

Close to Avarus, Club Raro offers great value for money and boasts a daily happy hour, swim-up pool bar and fab restaurant. All rooms are clean and spacious. Feeling sporty? Go for a game of tennis or volleyball. Try out scuba diving with a free lesson in the swimming pool. STA584

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Lagoon Cruise half Day, fr $65 Want to explore the beautiful clear waters of the Muri Lagoon? A cruise with Captain Tama’s is the best way to go about it. If you’re lucky, you might get to meet their good mate Charlie, the huge moray eel. Then feed the fish before heading to Motu Koromiri for a Raro style fresh fish BBQ. To top off the day, enjoy the music of the N.S.A (No Strings Attached) local string band. STA630

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Pacific Beach Resort

4wd Raro Safari

This idyllic resort is set on one of the most beautiful and scenic beaches on the island - Muri Lagoon. Boasts luxurious villas located in 4.5 acres of lush tropical gardens. Soak-up the sun on the beach or sample the very best of South Pacific cuisine in the stylish restaurant. STA586 fr fr

half day fr $63 Get off the beaten track and visit places where only a 4WD can go. Visit mountain tops and enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the lagoon and sweeping valleys. Head inland and see how the Cook Island ancestors lived and visit the sacred site Arai-Te-Tonga. Stop for a refreshing tropical lunch while enjoying the breathtaking lagoon view. STA631

$400 SINGLE $200 TWIN/DOUBLE

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dates for your diary may 13 -27, 2011 dancer of the year contest

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december 5 - 9, 2011 tiare (flower festival) december 8, 2011 pukapuka gospel day

TUROA BEACH

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castaway beach villas

edgewater resort

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On the west coast of Rarotonga, these 12 beachside villas are perfect for sun worshippers. Adrenaline junkies can paddle out to sea in a kayak and might even glimpse a whale. Snorkel for free and pig out at Crusoe’s Restaurant and don’t miss the weekly sunset BBQ. STA592

Nestled between majestic green mountains and a white sandy beach - overlooking a blue lagoon on the western shores of Rarotonga. All the rooms have either patios or balconies. Eat in one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants, chill out at the bar or grab a mask and go snorkeling. STA593

Sweet, serene and super-stylish, this cluster of garden apartments has a lovely location - some overlook a lily pond, others out to sea and all surrounded by lush plantlife. All rooms feature A/C, terrance and kitchen. There’s a saltwater pool, free use of snorkel gear and kayaks. STA594

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Dine around package 6 days fr $1,306 Fresh flower lei, meet & greet at airport Airport transfers Daily tropical breakfast Island Discovery tour or 4WD Safari tour Highland Paradise Is. dinner (Wed, Fri)

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You find yourself in a tropical paradise where the most difficult thing to decide is which beach you want to relax on today! This all inclusive 5-night package takes care of absolutley everything from airport transfers, accommodation at the luxurious Crown Beach Resort, a couple of day trips to keep you enertained and all your dinner vouchers. You can to choose to dine at any of the 27 participating restaurants on both Rarotonga or Aitutaki. STA591

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Zavarovanje rizika odpovedi Zavarovanje rizika odpovedi turističnega potovanja krije stroške odpovedi turističnega potovanja za primere, navedene v zavarovalni polici. STA Ljubljana v sodelovanju z izbrano zavarovalnico ponuja dve vrsti zavarovanja rizika odpovedi turističnega potovanja: zavarovanje »enostavnega rizika« odpovedi potovanja in zavarovanje »vseh tveganj« odpovedi potovanja. Zavarovanje enostavnega rizika odpovedi turističnega potovanja lahko sklenejo vsi, ki imajo uradno bivališče v Evropi in ob plačilu turističnega potovanja plačajo zavarovalno premijo 3,5 % + 6,5 % DZPZ oz. 3,73 % vrednosti turističnega potovanja.

Zavarovanje »vseh tveganj« odpovedi turističnega potovanja lahko sklenejo vsi, ki imajo uradno bivališče v Evropi in ob plačilu turističnega potovanja plačajo zavarovalno premijo 4,5 % + 6,5 % DZPZ oz. 4,80 % vrednosti turističnega potovanja. Zavarovanje »vseh tveganj« turističnega potovanja krije vračilo odpovednih stroškov v primeru vseh tveganj (poleg zdravstvenih - izvzeta tveganja so posebej navedena v zavarovanih pogojih). Za podrobnejši opis zavarovanja rizika odpovedi obišči našo spletno stran.

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Splošni pogoji Pravila in pogoji programov potovanj STAdventure.

5. Sprememba rezervacije

STA Ljubljana in STA Koper (v nadaljevanju STAL) sta blagovni znamki družbi STAL d.o.o. s sedežem v Ljubljani, Trg Ajdovščina 1. Splošni pogoji opisani v tem razdelku se nanašajo na pravice in dolžnosti potnikov, s katerimi družba STAL sklene dogovor oz. pogodbo o potovanju in na pravice in dolžnosti družbe STAL, ki predstavlja posrednika potovalnih storitev.

V primeru, da potnik želi spremeniti dneve odhoda in prihoda, imena potnikov in drugih sestavin prijave na program, se le-te skuša upoštevati. V kolikor se izkaže, da so spremembe možne, je potnik podvržen dodatnim stroškom sprememb. V kolikor pa le-te niso možne, se o tem potnika obvesti. Odgovornost potnika je, da preveri ustreznost letalskih povezav do kraja pričetka in konca potovanja. V primeru neskladnosti letalskih povezav s programom potovanja, odgovarja za posledice potnik.

6. Pritožbe

1. Proizvodi in storitve STAL je posrednik potovalnih programov, ki so proizvod naših poslovnih partnerjev. Na potovalne programe partnerjev se poleg splošnih pogojev družbe STAL nanašajo tudi splošni pogoji partnerjev, s katerimi potnik z nakupom programa soglaša. Odgovornost potnikov je, da si pridobijo informacije o pogojih poslovanja poslovnih partnerjev družbe STAL. Grafične in multimedijske vsebine, katere je moč najti na spletu in v tiskanih medijih, so last družbe STAL in njenih partnerjev ter si do njih družba STAL pridržuje vse pravice. Družba STAL za posredovane programe in za storitev, ki niso neposredno posredovane z njene strani (lokalni prevozi v kraju potovanja, namestitve v prenočitvenih objektih, obroki hrane, fakultativni izleti itd.) ne prevzema nikakršne odgovornosti. Za izvedbo teh posrednih storitev je odgovoren izvajalec oz. ponudnik storitev v kraju letovanja s svojimi pogoji poslovanja.

V primeru pritožb, ki so odsev nezadovoljstva s posameznimi sestavinami programa (denimo hotelskimi namestitvami) svetujemo, da se potnik nemudoma obrne na izvajalce te storitve (v tem primeru hotel). V kolikor se izkaže, da so njihovi ukrepi bili nezadostni za odpravo nepravilnosti ali pa je potnik imel težave pri kontaktiranju izvajalcev, je potniku omogočeno kontaktiranje družbe STAL, ki bo skušala odpraviti nepravilnosti, če so le-te v dosegu njenih zmožnosti. Potnik ima pravico do pritožbe med in po izvedbi programa potovanja. Po povratku s potovanja mora potnik v zakonskem roku, to je v dveh mesecih od zaključka potovanja, poslati pisno pritožbo na naslov družbe STAL. Družba STAL bo pritožbo obravnavala v najkrajšem možnem času in jo posredovala odgovornemu izvajalcu programa. Družba STAL ne nosi odgovornosti za izvedbo programa. Le-ta je v pristojnosti izvajalca programa, ki nosi celotno odgovornost tako za izvedbo kot za morebitne pritožbe in reklamacije.

7. Dokumenti

2. Plačila Ob prijavi (več kot 60 dni pred odhodom) je potrebno predplačilo v višini 250 €, v primeru prijave, ki je od odhoda oddaljena manj kot 60 dni, pa je potrebno plačati znesek programa v celoti. Najmanj 30 dni pred odhodom potnik predloži družbi STAL številko potnega lista, kopijo potnega lista, morebitni zdravstveni obrazec, datum rojstva in narodnost. V kolikor potnik tega ne stori, mora potnik doplačati 50 €. V primeru prijav, ki so od odhoda oddaljene manj kot 15 dni, mora potnik doplačati 50 € na program. Predplačilo se v primeru odpovedi ne povrne potniku. S predplačilom je družbi STAL omogočeno, da pri posredniku oz. izvajalcu v imenu potnika rezervira željen potovalni program. S predplačilom se omogoči rezervacijo programa, vendar ne tudi cene programa. Mesto v programu se potniku zagotovi s plačilom celotne cene programa in z predložitvijo vseh potrebnih dokumentov. Po plačilu celotne cene programa se pridržujemo pravico ceno spremeniti. Ta potencialna sprememba je odraz morebitnega dviga cene s strani izvajalca.

3. Odpoved V primeru odpovedi, ki je oddaljena od pričetka potovanja več kot 60 dni, potnik izgubi predplačilo. Ob odpovedi 59-30 dni pred odhodom potnik izgubi 50% cene programa. Ob odpovedi, ki je od pričetka potovanja oddaljena manj kot 30 dni, pa potnik izgubi 100% cene programa. Družba STAL bo potniku izplačala sredstva do katerih je upravičen, ko bo prejela izplačana sredstva s strani izvajalcev programa. Potnik je upravičen do sklenitve zavarovanja rizika odpovedi potovanja.

Do odpovedi programa lahko pride tudi s strani izvajalca oz. posrednika programa. V kolikor bi do tega prišlo, bo družba STAL posredovala vse potrebne informacije potniku v zvezi s prekinitvijo oziroma odpovedjo potovanja. Družba STAL v primeru odpovedi potovanja s strani izvajalca ne prevzame odgovornosti in ne nosi stroškov, ki jih je potnik morebiti utrpel v tem času. Navezujoč se na splošne pogoje poslovanja poslovnih partnerjev je v primeru odpovedi potovanja s strani izvajalca, potnik lahko upravičen do nadomestnega potovanja ali denarnega nadomestila. Družba STAL ne zagotavlja, da bo prišlo v navedenem primeru do kakršnega koli povračila sredstev.

4. Soglašanje s splošnimi pogoji S plačilom predplačila ali plačilom celotne vrednosti potovanja se potnik zaveže k soglašanju splošnih pogojev družbe STAL. Potnik ob plačilu prav tako soglaša s splošnimi pogoji izvajalcev in podizvajalcev izbranega programa. Družba STAL ni dolžna posredovati potniku splošne pogoje izvajalcev in podizvajalcev. Potnikova odgovornost je seznanitev z vsemi pogoji poslovanja, vseh izvajalcev programa. V primeru kršitve katere izmed načel in členov splošnih pogojev se lahko ta odraža v (a) prekinitvi rezervacije in nakupa, (b) izgubi predplačil in plačil, (c) izgubi upravičenosti do ostalih v programu navedenih postavk in (d) v pravici do dodatnih finančnih bremenitev potnika.

Potnik soglaša, da je (a) zakonsko upravičen do nakupa, udeležitve v programu in potovanju, (b) zakonski predstavnik morebitnih drugih udeležencev v programu, za katere v njihovem imenu izvede plačilo in prijavo in (c) so vse posredovane informacije pristne in točne. V primeru, da izvede plačilo za več oseb je njegova dolžnost seznaniti ostale potnike z vsemi dolžnostmi in pogoji poslovanja. Prav tako potnik soglaša s finančno odgovornostjo, katera se mu prepisuje ob prijavi na program.

Potnikova odgovornost je, da se izkaže z veljavnimi dokumenti in informacijami. Morebitne napačno podane potnikove osebne informacije se lahko odražajo v prepovedi vstopa v državo. Podatki se morajo skladati s podatki, ki so navedeni na osebnih dokumentih. Družba STAL ne prevzame odgovornosti za posledice predložitve napačnih podatkov in informacij. Za vstop v določene države je potrebno imeti vize in druge konzularne dokumente. Dolžnost potnika je, da si priskrbi vse potrebne dokumente za vstop v državo. V primeru zavrnitve vstopa v državo družba STAL ne nosi nobene odgovornosti.

8. Zavarovanje V nekaterih programih je sklenitev dodatnega zdravstvenega zavarovanja potreben pogoj za udeležitev programa. V tem primeru si je potnik dolžan zavarovanje priskrbeti, družba STAL pa