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AUSTRALIA SOUTH PACIFIC NEW ZEALAND 2014 FEEL THE MUSIC

SAVOUR THE STILLNESS

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Adventure.. It’s in our DNA. Whether we’re haggling with the locals, trying weird and wonderful food or trekking new territory, we like to keep things interesting. It’s the whole reason we set up STA Travel in 1979. We love nothing more than getting to know a new language, culture or environment and, 35 years later, we’re still exploring. We’re convinced that experiencing the wonders of our planet opens your mind and stretches your horizons. We listen to our travellers, our expert staff visit faraway places and use this knowledge to create your very own life-changing experience. Inside, you’ll find no end of incredible adventures to inspire your ultimate trip Down Under, whether you’re looking for a journey through the Outback or something that ticks all the boxes on New Zealand’s North and South Islands. From shoestring hostels to luxurious lodges, and from great value camping adventures to comfortable hotel-based tours, we’ve also got every budget covered. Our expert advice, unique experiences and amazing special offers will make sure you never look at the world in quite the same way again. So buckle up, you’re about to uncover a whole new way to travel.

Start the adventure


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We Know Because We Go! Save With STA Travel Flying High Start The Adventure Sleep With Us Go Smart or Go Home Feeling Social? Responsible Travel Discover Australasia

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18 AUSTRALIA Working Holidays Bus & Rail Travel Car Hire, Campervan Hire & Self-Drives Epic Australian Journeys East Coast Touring New South Wales Sydney, Blue Mountains & Byron Bay Queensland Brisbane & Gold Coast Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay & Fraser Island Airlie Beach & The Whitsundays Cairns, Port Douglas & Tropical North Outback Touring Northern Territory Red Centre - Alice Springs & Uluru Top End - Darwin & Kakadu National Park Western Australia Perth, Margaret River & Broome Victoria Melbourne & The Great Ocean Road South Australia Adelaide, Kangaroo Island & Beyond Tasmania Hobart & Launceston

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Picture courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

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Working Holidays & Bus Travel Car Hire, Campervan Hire & Self-Drives New Zealand Touring North Island Auckland & Bay of Islands Rotorua, Taupo & Wellington South Island Christchurch, Kaikoura & Abel Tasman West Coast, Queenstown & Dunedin

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SOUTH PACIFIC

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Fiji Cook Islands & French Polynesia

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Save with STA Travel and make that hard-earned cash stretch a little further, by taking advantage of some of our amazing offers. We’ve come up with some great, exclusive discounts to make sure you get the best deals going.

No single supplements

Repeat traveller

Multi-trip deals

Free Nights +BONUS

Travelling alone but happy to share a room with a same-sex traveller? If so, you’ll save the single supplement on many of our tours.

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REASONS to travel with STA Travel 1.

Global travel help

Wherever you are, we’re there for you 24/7

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World-class travel partners

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Exclusive low Flexible airfares

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We work with only the most reputable tour operators and accomodation providers across the globe Our unique airline partnerships mean you always get the lowest fares around and you can also change your plans at the last minute without breaking the bank

HAND-PICKED

Experiences, trips and accommodation options - all hand-picked and vetted by us

100s of stores worldwide

With stores all over the world, you’re never far from one of our Travel Experts

Buy two or more tours with the same operator and get up to 5% off your total price.

Cardholder discounts

Travel with the same tour operator more than once and you’ll often find your loyalty is rewarded with a discount.

Stay longer at many of our hotels and hostels and we’ll often throw in a free night, or two...

Flex

Great discounts on airfares and a load of free stuff too, just for being a student, teacher or young person. Check out our range of discount cards on page 12.

STA Travel’s unique range of flexible products aim to make travelling easier and cheaper. Check out our Multiflex pass on page 6 to reduce the cost of changing your travel plans.

Mates rates

EARLY BOOKING

Save cash if you travel as a group, or maybe earn a free place if there are enough of you.

Book your trip well in advance of your travel date and you may qualify for reduced rates.

Make it Happen Its pretty easy really - you’ve done the most important bit by picking up this brochure. Next step – go in and see one of our Travel Experts and start planning your route. There are all sorts of things we can help you with from here.

checklist Pick up my STA Travel Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific brochure Book an appointment with a Travel Expert and get planning!

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One-stop shop

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Buy my ISIC or IYTC card for amazing discounts all over the world

Over 30 years’ experience

Get my Cashcard so I can manage my money easily while I’m away

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Book everything with us and spend less time worrying and more time having fun Our Travel Experts are the go-to people for tips and advice, whatever your question We know our stuff when it comes to travel adventures, we’ve been there, done that and bought the T-shirt!

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Price beat guarantee

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Adventures for all

We’ll beat any price that you find lower elsewhere* No matter what your age or budget, we’ll inspire you to create your ultimate trip *For full terms and conditions on our price beat guarantee please visit www.statravel.co.uk/pricebeat

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We know because we go!

WE Know Because We Go!

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Get my flights booked

Get a phone card so I can phone home cheaply Book somewhere to stay for at least my first few nights Check and arrange any visas required Speak to my GP or STA Travel Clinic about my jabs Get packed, it’s time to hit the road

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The absolute lowest fares with the world’s leading airlines including exclusive discounts and flexible booking conditions for students holding an ISIC card and for youths under 30 holding an IYTC card. We even throw in discounts for teachers holding an ITIC card for good measure!

The flexibility to change your travel dates and route before and after departure.

Build your very own itinerary using our exclusive one-way fares.

100s of STA Travel stores worldwide giving you personal support as you travel the globe.

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Rio de Janeiro Johannesburg

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Kabul Peshawar Islamabad Sialkot Lahore Delhi Karachi Ahmedabad

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Brisbane Perth

Adelaide Melbourne

GET THE BEST PRICE

Sydney Auckland Christchurch

We’ve been helping our customers get the best airfares for over 30 years so our Travel Experts know exactly where to look and what to check to give you the deal of a lifetime! Buy an ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card to be eligible for our exclusive student, under 30 and teacher fares. We’ll beat any competitor on price and that’s a promise – see statravel.co.uk or ask in store for details. Sign up to our weekly newsletter by visiting statravel.co.uk to receive our best offers and the chance to win amazing prizes!

ROUND THE WORLD

We practically invented the concept of flying round the world, so we’ve got a huge range of exclusive choices and plenty of suggestions for you. Our fares are totally flexible and some even last up to 18 months; so you can work for a year and travel the other six.

STOPOVERS

The vast majority of our fares allow discounted, or even free, stopovers en route to your final destination. You don’t need to limit it to a night or two as some of our fares allow stopovers of weeks or even months! So, in effect you could be getting two or more countries for the price of one. These aren’t bookable online so be sure to ask your Travel Expert what’s available for you.

MULTIFLEX PASS

On average, an STA traveller on a round the world trip will change their flight dates five times. By buying your date changes up front you could save over £100 and change your mind during your trip, without having to worry about the cost. You can get three date changes for £69 or unlimited date changes for £99, saving you heaps of cash!

Snorkelling with whale sharks on the Ningaloo Reef, camping under the stars in the Australian wilderness, a heart pumping bungee from the Kawarau Bridge or mixing Mojitos on your working holiday. Whatever’s on your bucket list,

Start your adventure down under with Emirates.

FLY FROM YOUR LOCAL AIRPORT No need to spend hours driving to the

EXCLUSI VE FARES Book with STA Travel and you’ll have

airport. Emirates flies to Dubai from seven airports across the UK and Ireland - Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow and Dublin. With onward connections to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Auckland and Christchurch, you’re well connected wherever your destination.

access to specially negotiated, discounted, student and youth fares tailored for travellers who need flexibility to change itineraries and amend dates – one-way or return fare, they’re great value and you won’t find them anywhere else!

FLY EMIRATES ECONOMY CLASS Expect world-class service and a superior onboard experience. Enjoy up to 1,600 channels of award-winning entertainment on personal seat-back screens, dine on regionally inspired gourmet cuisine served with complimentary drinks including beer, wine and spirits. On five daily flights from Heathrow and on a daily service from Manchester, you can also experience the revolutionary Emirates A380 featuring onboard Wi-Fi.

STOPOVERS If, like us, you’re just a little bit greedy why not soak up the souks of Dubai, sail the islands of Thailand and slurp your first, second and third Singapore Slings on your way Down Under. The extensive Emirates network means you have a multitude of stopover options en-route to Australia and New Zealand. Ask your travel expert for more combinations.

Start your adventure and discover why Emirates is one of our favourites.

FLIGHTS & OUR PREFERRED AIRLINES

FlIGHTS & OUR PREFERRED AIRLINES

FLYING HIGH

Aside from our unbeatable prices, many of our airfares are unique and exclusive, meaning we can book just about anything you desire, from one-ways or simple return tickets, to complex and exciting round the world itineraries. Below is just a snippet of what we can do for you.


Start The adventure

STA Travel is proud to partner with G Adventures to deliver an amazing range of small group adventures worldwide. G Adventures has been redefining small group travel for over 20 years and their trips feature active exploration, cultural immersion and the creation of true, lifelong connections with the people and places they visit. All trip styles / service levels have a few things in common: 100% Guaranteed Departures – once you book, you’re going!

To help you choose the trip style that’s right for you, see the ‘Inclusions’ box on each of the tour pages and look out for the following logos throughout the brochure:

Lifetime Deposits – if you need to cancel or postpone, your money’s protected for use against a future trip.

These tours encourage you to step off the beaten path and immerse yourself in your destination. You’ll usually share your trip with no more than 18-24 like-minded travellers, though the average group size is often lower.

No Single Supplements – you can be paired up with a same-sex roommate at no extra cost or, if you prefer your own space, look for the ‘My Own Room’ prices.

As above, but aimed at younger travellers looking to experience the best of Australasia with a bunch of fun and friendly travel mates. Please note that some of our touring partners set 18-39 as an official age limit, while for others 18-39 is suggested as a guideline.

On these trips, which typically have a larger group size, you’ll travel only with 18-35 year olds who share your passion for travel. These trips are super sociable, ideal for making new friends through shared experiences.

For the ultimate flexibility, consider one of our self-drive tours which include your accommodation and a handy self-drive kit packed with maps and directions. Car rental is bought separately so you can choose your own vehicle.

Independent travel is easy with Greyhound Australia, Oz Experience, Kiwi Experience and Feejee Experience, whose hop-on, hop-off bus networks allow you to explore at your own pace and to your own itinerary. Many of the pass options conveniently come with the top sightseeing activities and adventures thrown in; so you can travel safe in the knowledge that you’re not going to miss out on anything you came to see.

Exactly what it says on the tin. These exciting short tours can be booked on their own, added on to a longer tour or mixed and matched to create your own itinerary. You are likely to be travelling with other like-minded people but each tour is different, run by our local operators and designed for maximum enjoyment.

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Picture courtesy of Contiki Holidays

Yolo – popular with 18-39 year olds, Yolo trips are for those who want to take on the planet in a fun and affordable way. Classic – geared towards travellers of all ages searching for active exploration, extraordinary landscapes, wildlife and interaction with local cultures. Comfort – authentic and unforgettable, but with upgraded accommodation, more meals and included activities, comfortable transport and a few extra little treats! Active – geared towards adventurers with a love of the great outdoors who are hungry to walk, hike, trek, bike, raft and kayak their way across the world.

Service Levels

Camping – great value trips with the odd hotel stay; public and private transport.

character, affordable public and private transport, plus great optional activities. Standard – comfortable and well-located mid-range accommodations, a mix of public and private transport, all the top highlights included and loads of free time. Upgraded – hand-picked characterful accommodations with enhanced facilities, private and upgraded transport, more included meals, activities and transfers.

Physical Grading

1. Easy – you can walk unaided, climb a few stairs and carry your own bag. 2. Light – some gentle walks or hikes, but still suitable for all fitness levels. 3. Average – includes moderate activities such as hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. 4. Demanding – some hikes at higher altitudes or other strenuous activities. 5. Challenging – serious high-altitude treks, climbing, cycling & heavy exercise.

Basic – simple and clean hostels, hotels, and guesthouses chosen for location and

They offer WiFi on board their coaches and amazing places to stay with comfortable, centrally located hotels, beach resorts, eco-lodges and Special Stays, and lots of free time to get even more from your trip. And with a dedicated Contiki team on-hand, you’ll have constant access to valuable insider knowledge. Best of all, on every date listed for Contiki tours in this brochure, you’ll benefit from:

As a world leader in youth travel for 18-35s, Contiki’s experiences are designed with young travellers in mind. Their journeys are packed with culture, inspiring places, lifelong friendships and making every moment count. A trip with no regrets, no compromises and definitely no travelling with other people’s kids or grandparents.

Guaranteed Departures – once you book, you’re going!

Contiki includes access to blockbuster sights and experiences like surfing at Coffs Harbour, 4WD touring on Fraser Island, scaling Auckland’s Sky Tower and riding the Shotover Jet in Queenstown.

No Single Supplements – we don’t charge any extra if you’re travelling solo - we’ll match you up with a same-sex room-mate. Or you can opt for a ‘A room to myself’ for a small supplement.

Greyhound is Australia’s only national coach network and their fleet of modern vehicles can take you easily from A to B. Choose between an unlimited ‘Kilometre Pass’ to roam at will or a ‘Mini Traveller’ pass for hop-on, hop-off travel between fixed start/end points. To add in some amazing tours and adventures on your journey along the East Coast, opt for a great value ‘Oz Experience’ pass.

Kiwi Experience is New Zealand’s original adventure company, whose fantastic hop-on, hop-off bus network is run by travellers for travellers. Their awesome driver guides can get you to pretty much anywhere worth going to in this beautiful country, and can fix you up with your accommodation and exciting optional activities along the way. You have 12 months to finish your trip once started.

Service LevelS

Superior – experience the best of Australia and New Zealand travelling by plane, boat and convenient private coach. Stay near the sights in a mix of comfortable hotels and unique local stopover options. Add to this a raft of meals, local knowledge and amazing experiences and you have an epic trip!

Awesome Adventures, as the name suggests, is our preferred partner for awesome island-hopping holidays in Fiji’s idyllic Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands. You can be as chilled or as active as you like on Awesome’s island escapes, twincentre and multi-centre holidays. Over in Australia, the same concept is applied to an exciting new programme of islandhopping holidays in the Whitsundays.

TOURING australasia

TOURING australasia

There’s no more convenient way to travel than on a tour, it takes all the hassle out of travelling, opens your mind to local cultures, gets you trying out a whole bunch of exciting new activities and is a great way to make new friends from all over the world. You’ll visit all the mustsee highlights, of course, but expert guides will also take you to authentic, out-of-the-way places that only those with insider knowledge would know. You’d probably never find them on your own! Taking a tour can usually be cheaper than trying to put it together yourself, so whatever your budget, we’re confident you’ll find your perfect trip. We also guarantee that you will not find the same tour cheaper anywhere else.

Trip Styles


SLEEP WITH US

sleep with us

sleep with us

Star ratings are often not the best way to categorise hotels. Depending on what country you’re travelling through, perceptions of each standard can vary quite dramatically. To make things much easier for you, we’re giving you our own, very educated opinion on each property that we feature. We’ve horizontally tangoed with the cool, the interesting, the enviable and the luxe to the off the wall to bring you our curated offering of hostels, hotels, lodges and apartments, all chosen especially for you.

Shoestring

Our wallet-friendly digs are hand-picked by us. No frills and no nasty surprises but a sociable atmosphere and fantastic locations! Base Sydney, Sydney

WHY SLEEP with us

Glampacker

Stay in some of the most expressive and one-of-a-kind hostels and budget hotels around, without breaking the bank. They are cool and unique, just like you! Y Hotel, Sydney

There are loads of very good reasons to book your accommodation with us. Here are our favourite four.

Hand-picked

Rock Solid

We’ve searched every corner of the globe for the very best properties around, in every conceivable style.

You want a comfy bed, a hot shower and a good range of amenities. Ranging from low key 2* hotels to well known 4* brands, you know its a safe bet!

Vetted

We’ve slept in it and vetted it for safety.

Mercure Inn Continental, Broome

A-LiST

Best Price Guaranteed

These flash and funky hotels are worth splashing out on. Great facilities, classy interiors and a bit of luxury thrown in. Get your bling on.

No hidden extras, no nasty surprises.

24 hour Concierge

Shantara Resort & Spa, Port Douglas

With our worldwide network of stores, backed by our 24/7 global service desk, we won’t leave you stranded.

APARTMENT

+BONUS

Be like a local; live it up in an apartment. Wash your own socks, fix your own breakfast, share with your mates. It’ll be like a home from home, wherever you are.

Look out for our STA Travel bonus offers. We’ve sourced the very best deals that will ensure you save money and make the most of your stay. Please ask your STA Travel Expert for applicable dates, terms and conditions.

Beach Haven, Gold Coast

Accommodation Passes

Accommodation passes are the perfect way to explore Australia, New Zealand and Fiji without the confines of planning your journey and booking in advance. Choose from five, seven, ten or 15 nights - see pages 37 and 144 for more details.

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reef view HOTEL, Hamilton Island

Pricing and Photography The accommodation prices featured in this brochure are based on per person, twin share. The ‘from’ pricing shown has been calculated using low season stays and is based on lead-in room types. We’re sourcing great deals all year long so we recommend using the prices in this brochures only as a guide and to ask your STA Travel Expert for the best available deal for your travel period. The accommodation photos featured are representative of the the room types available at each property however this may not be the actual room type that you receive. If you have a preference for a particular room your Travel Expert will be happy to help. Just ask!


GO SMART OR GO HOME Travel insurance

multiflex pass

Change your mind? Change your ticket without fees. Save £100s on date changes with our totally unique STA Travel Multiflex pass. Ask your travel Expert if your flights are eligible.

STA Travel Cashcards

Don’t travel anywhere without an STA Travel Prepaid MasterCard® Cashcard! Our range of cards offer a safe way to carry money on your travels and you don’t have to worry about exchanging currency.

Why choose an STA Travel Cashcard • Two card types; STA ISIC Cashcard for students or our Cashcard for all • Free UK and overseas transactions* • Safe - no need for cash and the card’s not linked to a bank account • Stay in control – only spend the amount you’ve loaded. Funds can be easily managed 24/7 • Top up free at STA Travel UK stores or via bank transfer • Use in over 35 million locations including 1.5 million ATMs • No credit checks needed • Parents or friends can top-up your card if you run out of money

GLOBAL SIM CARD

It’s good to stay in touch whilst you’re away. It’s even better to keep your costs down and control your spending with it.

What’s the deal? • No more running up uncontrollable roaming bills • Call rates fr 30p per minute & SMS fr 10p • Excellent data rates • Great coverage in 190 countries • Free incoming calls in over 80 countries • Add call time from anywhere in the world • One number all over the world • Free Facebook notifications* • Micro and Nano sims also available • Includes £10 top up *capped at 20 per day

Discount Cards

Thousands of travel, online and lifestyle discounts in the UK and worldwide. Grab an STA ISIC Cashcard for student benefits and an easy way to manage your money all in one, just £12. Also available: under 30 and teacher discount cards. Same great discounts worldwide, also priced at £12.

Visa SERVICE

Whether you’re touring the sights or planning on earning as you travel, it’s important you have the correct entrance visa. Check out your visa requirements with an STA Travel Expert. Our visa service for working and tourist visas is hassle free, efficient and the safest way to process your visas for your travels.

FOREIGN CURRENCY

Land with cash in your hand! Order your foreign currency from us and enjoy 0% commission, great rates of exchange as well as quick and easy delivery to your home or nearest store. Only online at www.statravel.currencyandmore.com

STA Travel Clinics

For all your health needs. Ask your Travel Expert where your nearest clinic is, we have more opening all the time! The benefits of using our clinics include: • Convenience • Professional staff • Easy consultation booking • Competitive prices

Our STA ISIC Cashcard Only £12

Not a student

Available exclusively to students offering all the benefits of a prepaid cashcard for managing your money as well as being an internationally recognised student ID and discount card. Free UK transactions and up to 11% cashback as you spend allow you to go crazy in the UK as well!

Don’t worry! We also have a great STA Cashcard available to everyone.

What’s the deal • For full time students 18 and over • A Student ID, discount card & pre-paid currency card in one! • Student discounts with STA Travel, cheap flights & more • 1,000s of discounts as you travel with ISIC worldwide • Use before you go, earn cashback at UK retailers

Being social is at the very heart of what we do; from the moment you step into one of our stores, it’s all about engaging with you at a level which suits you. This way, we learn to understand your needs as an individual, and we learn where to tweak things to ensure you have an unforgettable adventure. And guess what? We extend that philosophy right across the web! Come and join us…

Visit the STA Travel BLOG Get your travel fix straight from the source, with the brilliant STA Travel Blog. Not only is it brimming with original travel ideas, it’s fast becoming the most popular spot to lay down your opinion on the topics that matter the most to you! Get the inside track on adventure travel ideas, and stock up on knowledge from behind the scenes here at STA Travel. Visit www.statravel.co.uk/travel-blog

Like us on Facebook Over 150,000 travel fanatics ‘like’ us on Facebook… are you one of them? If not, get in there right now! As well as giving away some of the world’s best travel prizes, we also smother you with inspiration. Whether you’re looking to connect with other travellers, share your best travel tips and ideas, or find the latest deals from STA Travel, hit the wall on our Facebook page and get involved today! Like us at www.facebook.com/statravel.uk

What’s the deal • Only £22 • Available to all UK residents over 18 • Comes with £10 pre-loaded • Easy and safe way to manage your money abroad • Avoid the cost and hassle of exchanging currency

Follow us on Twitter Get your tweet on and join the world’s biggest conversation! We’re on hand to answer your questions, and fuel your curiosity about the world’s most exciting destinations, as well as bringing our latest and greatest deals, straight to your Twitter stream. Wherever you are in the world, we’re only a tweet away. Follow twitter.com/statravel_uk

*Free UK transactions only available on STA ISIC Cashcard The STA Travel ISIC Prepaid MasterCard Cashcard and the STA Travel Prepaid MasterCard Cashcard are issued by IDT Financial Services Limited pursuant to a license from MasterCard International Incorporated. MasterCard and the MasterCard Brand Mark are registered trademarks of MasterCard International Incorporated. IDT Financial Services Limited is a regulated bank, licensed by the Financial Services Commission, Gibraltar. Registered Office: 57-63 Line Wall Road, Gibraltar. Registered No. 95716. All communications should be sent to STA Travel, PO Box 3753, Chester, CH1 9UH.

Sign up to our Newsletter Be the first in line for our best deals and promotions, by signing up to our weekly email newsletter. We’ll slam it straight into your inbox, for when the urge to travel takes you. Sign up at www.statravel.co.uk/travel-deal-alerts

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feeling social?

Go Smart or go home

OK, travel insurance might not be the most exciting thing in the world, but it could be the most important purchase you make before you take off on your travels. You must take travel insurance before you leave, you won’t be able to get it once you have left your home country. The chances are that you’ll have the time of your life and you’ll return home with a big smile on your sun-bronzed face – but just in case things don’t quite go according to plan it’s wise to have a safety net in place for that extra peace of mind. So if you plan to cycle around colourful city streets, cross a few roads, eat weird and wonderful food, cart your expensive camera or iPod from hostel to hotel or get adventurous bungee jumping, skydiving or more, then make sure you ask us to organise the cover that’s right for you.

FEELING SOCIAL?


MAKING IT COUNT Despite its beautiful surroundings and the buzz that comes with a thriving tourism industry, Cuzco is a tough place to grow up for many children. For those living in extreme poverty there’s no room for big ambitions and many turn to begging, taking drugs and living on the streets.

“When I grow up you can work for me.”

100...

The number of volunteering projects we offer – from one day to six months worldwide. Whether you’re into working with children, communities, animals, conservation, building or sports, there’s something for everyone.

US$230,000.00.. That’s how much we’ve invested so

far in our projects.

US$25,000..

The amount our new water tank in Panama’s Bocas del Toro cost us. It’s been going strong for a year and it’s a lifeline for the local community, who had no safe drinking water up until then.

The Inti Runakunaq Wasin Centre (House of the People of the Sun) offers food, somewhere to safe to play, and educational support for children and young people. They learn valuable skills including jewellery making, leather working, sewing, cooking, music and English.

Kids and young people are currently studying for their futures in the drop in centre in Cuzco.

Thanks to the amazing work of volunteers and supporters from around the world these guys can finally afford to dream big.

The number of countries we have projects in right now.

We’re proud to be building a new art workshop for the centre, which will open up even more opportunities for local children and young people. This US$32,000 facility is just one of the many projects we’re involved in around the world.

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VOLUNTEERING We offer more than 8 incredible volunteering adventures throughout Australasia that will give you the opportunity to do some good of your own. Some are featured within this brochure but here are some more of our favourites:

THE STA TRAVEL FOUNDATION

Conservation in Australia or New Zealand 8-15 days from £241

Kiwi Encounter and Conservation in New Zealand 6 Days from £327

Volunteer with Turtles in Vanuatu 25 days from £1,295

Responsible tourism is at the heart of what we do, and our Foundation is something we’re hugely proud of. It allows us to use all our existing resources, expertise and experience and make sure every penny goes towards our chosen causes around the world. It’s a registered charity, so you can be sure that everything you donate goes right to the people who need it most.

Volunteer with Dolphins in Fiji 15 Days from £1,295

We also feature three additional volunteering projects n Fiji. Check out page 191 for more details

We focus on a number of different projects throughout the year, including conservation, clean water, kids’ projects and medical centres. Follow us on Twitter for the latest news and check out our Facebook to find out what we’re up to right now. To donate, ask one of our Travel Experts or visit www.statravelfoundation.org

Pick up a copy of our Volunteer, Work and Learn brochure or ask your Travel Expert for more details.

THE RESPONSIBLE STA TRAVELLER

We owe everything to the incredible communities who open their doors and allow us to experience their beautiful backyards. So it’s up to us to be courteous and understanding. Visit www.statravel.co.uk/responsibletraveller to make sure you set off on the right foot.

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RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Coming from a 11-year-old girl in one of our projects in Peru, this was, without question, the best job offer we’ve ever had.

AT A GLANCE


DARWIN KATHERINE

BROOME

BROOME BROOME

NADI

ALICE SPRINGS

GERALDTON PERTH

GERALDTON GERALDTON

ULURU ULURU

FIJI

FIJI

CAPE TRIBULATION CAPE PORT DOUGLAS GREAT CAPE TRIBULATION TRIBULATION PORT GREAT NORTHERN TERRITORY CAIRNS PORT DOUGLAS DOUGLAS GREAT BARRIER REEF NORTHERN TERRITORY CAIRNS BARRIER NORTHERN TERRITORY CAIRNS BARRIER REEF REEF

ULURU

MONKEY MIA MONKEY MONKEY MIA MIA

Then pick up one of our other brochures

KATHERINE KATHERINE

EXMOUTH EXMOUTH WESTERN AUSTRALIA WESTERN AUSTRALIA WESTERN AUSTRALIA

thinking about spreading your wings a little fArther

DARWIN DARWIN

TOWNSVILLE TOWNSVILLE TOWNSVILLE AIRLIE BEACH AIRLIE AIRLIE BEACH BEACH WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS WHITSUNDAY WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS ISLANDS

AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA EXMOUTH

Been inspired

FRASER ISLAND FRASER FRASER ISLAND ISLAND

ALICE ALICE SPRINGS SPRINGS

QUEENSLAND

NOOSA

NOOSA NOOSA BRISBANE BRISBANE GOLD COAST GOLD GOLD COAST COAST

QUEENSLAND QUEENSLAND

BRISBANE

COOBER PEDY COOBER COOBER PEDY PEDY

BYRON BAY NEW SOUTH WALES NEW SOUTH WALES NEW SOUTH WALES

MARGARET ESPERANCE MARGARET ESPERANCE RIVER ADELAIDE MARGARET ESPERANCE ALBANY RIVER ADELAIDE RIVER ALBANY ADELAIDE ALBANY KANGAROO ISLAND KANGAROO ISLAND KANGAROO ISLAND VICTORIA

SYDNEY CANBERRA

SUVA SUVA

PORT PORT VILA VILA

3,400 KM

PAPEETE

FIJI FIJI

3,400 KM 3,400 KM

TAHITI TAHITI

SOUTH SOUTH TAHITI PACIFIC PACIFIC

TAHITI TAHITI 2,400 KM

2,400 KM 2,400 KM

AVARUA AVARUA

RAROTONGA (COOK ISLANDS) ISLANDS) RAROTONGA RAROTONGA (COOK (COOK ISLANDS)

SYDNEY SYDNEY

CANBERRA CANBERRA AUCKLAND MELBOURNE MELBOURNE

LAUNCESTON LAUNCESTON LAUNCESTON HOBART

HOBART HOBART

FLI GHTS

ACCOMMODATI O N

AUCKLAND AUCKLAND

ADVENTURE TRI P S

NELSON

NEW ZEALAND NEW ZEALAND

WELLINGTON WELLINGTON NELSON WELLINGTON NELSON

CHRISTCHURCH CHRISTCHURCH CHRISTCHURCH

QUEENSTOWN QUEENSTOWN DUNEDIN QUEENSTOWN

DUNEDIN DUNEDIN

STEWART ISLAND STEWART STEWART ISLAND ISLAND

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STUFF NOT TO BE MISSED

PAPEETE PAPEETE

TAHITI

BYRON BYRON BAY BAY

VICTORIA VICTORIA

MELBOURNE

FIJI FIJI

SUVA

AVARUA

SOUTH AUSTRALIA SOUTH AUSTRALIA SOUTH AUSTRALIA

PERTH PERTH

PORT VILA

NADI NADI

Discover AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND & SOUTH PACIFIC

Discover AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND & SOUTH PACIFIC

Discover AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND & SOUTH PACIFIC

ESSENTI A LS

MY SUMS

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AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA

Average High Temperature (ยบC / ยบF) City

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEPT

OCT

NOV

DEC

Sydney

26 79

26 79

25 77

22 72

20 68

17 63

16 61

17 63

20 68

22 72

23 73

25 77

Byron Bay

28 82

27 81

26 79

25 77

22 72

20 68

20 68

20 68

22 72

23 73

25 77

26 79

Brisbane

28 82

28 82

28 82

26 79

23 73

21 70

20 68

21 70

23 73

25 77

27 81

28 82

Hamilton Island

30 86

30 86

29 84

28 82

24 75

22 72

21 70

22 72

25 77

27 81

29 84

30 86

Cairns

31 88

31 88

30 86

28 82

27 81

25 77

25 77

26 79

27 81

29 84

30 86

31 88

Adelaide

29 84

29 84

26 79

23 73

19 66

16 61

15 59

17 63

19 66

22 72

25 77

27 81

Alice Springs

36 97

35 95

32 90

27 81

22 72

20 68

19 66

22 72

26 79

30 86

33 91

35 95

Darwin

31 88

31 88

31 88

32 90

31 88

30 86

30 86

31 88

32 90

32 90

33 91

32 90

Broome

33 91

32 90

33 91

34 93

31 88

28 82

28 82

30 86

81 88

32 90

33 91

33 91

Perth

31 88

31 88

29 84

25 77

21 70

18 64

17 63

18 64

20 68

22 72

25 77

28 82

Melbourne

26 79

26 79

23 73

20 68

16 61

13 55

12 54

13 55

16 61

18 64

21 70

24 75

Hobart

21 70

21 70

20 68

17 63

14 57

11 52

11 52

12 54

15 59

17 63

18 64

20 68


BUNAC WORK AUSTRALIA

WORK IN AUSTRALIA

Spend up to 23 months living and working in Australia

AUSTRALIA

envied the world over, with its year-round sunshine, tropical climate, beach culture and vast and varied landscapes to explore. Here is your chance to get a little taste of life Down Under. Now’s the perfect time to get working, help fund your travels as well as boosting your CV.

Worki ng Holiday visas FR £330 Our visa service is quick, competitive and efficient. You tell us what we need to know and we’ll sort it out. Simple! Get planning your escape strategy now.

Stress-free starter packs FR £176 Our starter packages are perfect for anyone wanting a head start getting settled in Oz. Going abroad and attempting to find work in a foreign environment can be a daunting task, so our starter packages offer support every step of the way. With everything you could possibly need to help you find your feet once in Oz, they offer excellent value for money. On arrival in Australia, your included transfer will get you to the hostel in no time. Staff will give you one-to-one help with job hunting, and you’ll get help setting up a bank account, tax file number and Medicare account. You’ll also get an Aussie mobile SIM card so you can be in touch with potential employers straight away. Help with CV building, 2nd year visa and migration help and discounted training courses can help set you up for the future too. At the hostel you’ll be surrounded and supported by other travellers in the same position. Included daily activities will give you a break from job searching and a chance to get to know your new home, and new friends. See page 22.

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The essentials

Just want to sort out the basics? We’ve stripped it down so you can get your hands on the essentials needed by anyone looking for work in Oz. fr £25 Tax pack If you’re travelling to Australia and intend to work, an Australian Tax File Number is essential or you could end up paying half your wages in tax. Emergency tax in Australia is 48%, ouch! By arranging a tax file number before you head to Oz saves hassle and stress on arrival and you’ll avoid losing a chunk of your pay to the taxman. You’ll also get help applying for your tax and superannuation refund at the end of your trip or tax year. The average refund is £1,500!

Australian Bank account fr £25 Avoid banking bureaucracy by setting up your bank account before you arrive. Organised in just 4-5 days, you can even start paying money into it before you leave so you have money ready and waiting for your arrival. No need to delay working, your bank account will be ready to receive wages immediately. fr £19.95 Global sim card including £10 call-time Our Prepaid Global SIM card can be used all over the world, offering up free incoming calls in 70 countries, and great call and data rates. One number wherever you travel makes it easy to keep in touch with friends and family, as well as potential employers.

WHAT MAKES THIS THE ULTIMATE SUPPORT PACKAGE • Visa application assistance • UK pre-departure planning • Group flight option • Detailed arrival orientation • 24-hour emergency hotline • 12 months’ job database access • Job hunting advice • Access to four Australian offices and staff • Organised social events • Unlimited Internet access • Tax file number registration and bank account opening assistance • 12 months’ Hostelling International membership • Mail holding and forwarding and free luggage storage • Access to discounted travel product

BUNAC PROGRAMME FEE FR £339 Get your adventure started! A deposit of just £100 will get the ball rolling on your BUNAC working adventure!

OTHER COSTS TO CONSIDER You will also need to budget for your Australian Working Holiday Visa, flights and insurance.

AUSTRALIA

This is the ULTIMATE working holiday package offering you unparalleled support both before you travel and on the ground in Australia. An ideal package for a first time traveller to Oz, anyone nervous about life Down Under or someone who wants the chance to make friends before they even land! It’s THE definitive gap year survival package, providing you with assistance for the duration of your trip so you can have an amazing experience without having to go it alone.

why work in australia The Australian lifestyle is often

There are some absolute essentials even the most die-hard, freestyling, independent traveller shouldn’t leave home without. We’ve stripped it down so you can ‘build your own’ working holiday adventure to fit your own style of travel. Or, if you prefer to just get on with planning the fun stuff, choose one of our fully inclusive starter packages.

£339

FR

HOW THE PROGRAMME WORKS An Australian Working Holiday Visa gives you the flexibility to apply for any job, anywhere in Australia and you can change jobs whenever you like. Our partner in Australia has four walk-in resource offices across Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane) and their staff only deal with working holiday customers so it really is expert advice from people in the know!

programme info VISA APPLICATION & PRE-DEPARTURE PLANNING Use BUNAC’s expert staff to help with all aspects of your pre-departure planning.

ELI GIBILITY Are you: • Aged 18-30 at the time of visa application • A British or Irish passport holder

JOB DATABASE & JOB HUNTING ASSISTANCE Log on to Work ‘n’ Holidays’ exclusive job database filled with jobs specifically for working holiday makers like you! Jobs are updated three times per week and are never advertised for longer than three weeks so there are no timewasters. Book a one-to-one session with a member of staff and receive expert CV and job hunting advice. ARRIVAL ORIENTATION There are daily arrival orientations in each office so whether you start in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, you can get up-to-date info and advice on transport, accommodation, work, tax and banking. Get support from staff in person or via email and phone throughout the year - wherever you are in Australia. GROUP FLIGHT OPTIONS FR £960 ONE WAY BUNAC run monthly group departures to Sydney, stopping off in Hong Kong for three days. This option also includes accommodation, tours and transfers in Hong Kong. However, more importantly, you’ll get to travel with fellow BUNAC participants making the whole trip a lot less daunting. We recommend early booking to secure your seat! Alternatively you can book flights independently and still make use of all the BUNAC support package.

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WORK & TRAVEL STARTER PACKAGES

AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA

Get your working holiday in Australia off to an effortless start with one of our starter packs. These nifty little packages do all the hard stuff for you, so you can concentrate on settling in to your new life abroad as soon as you land.

Choose from: three, four or seven night packages In the major Australian cities of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Cairns, Darwin and Perth

3 nights Fr £176 4 nights fr £190 7 nightS fr £243

iEvery nclusicityonspackage includes the

Sydney Packages All Sydney packages include day trips with

following:

like minded travellers. Relax, chat and get settled into the Aussie way of life……

• Accommodation including daily breakfast • Airport transfer to the hostel • Free Wi-Fi for length of stay • Local activities with other Work and Travel participants • 12 months’ membership to Job Search Australia which includes: »» In-depth orientation from your local guide covering everything you need to know when living, working and travelling in Australia »» One-to-one CV building and jobs consultation »» Bank account set-up »» Australian SIM Card »» Medicare set-up (applicable countries only) »» Tax file number set-up »» Help with your tax and superannuation refund »» 2nd Year Visa and migration help »» Discounted training courses (eg RSA required for bar jobs in certain states) »» 140-page Australian Harvest Guidebook »» Discounted WWOOFing membership »» 12 months’ access to the Job Search Australia online jobs board »» 12 months’ access to Job Search Australia offices nationwide

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3,4 & 7 night packages include: • Harbour Bridge walking tour and picnic • Beach BBQ day with free bus transfer • City walking tour

The Full Monty fr £497

Check out our 7-night Full Monty starter pack. You’ll get all our standard Sydney package inclusions and a LOT more! Extra Inclusions: • Group welcome drinks and dinner • Hop-on Hop-off Harbour Explorer Ticket • Day ticket to Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari Cable Car • Full day learn to surf trip including lunch • Full day Blue Mountains trip including lunch • City highlights picnic including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Botanical Gardens

HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL FR £581 SUPPORT PACKAGE

CAIRNS Darwin

£176

FR

Choose from 3, 4 or 7 nights

£243

FR

7 nights

Use your healthcare skills in Australia, where great working conditions and excellent salaries come hand in hand with working in the sun! Our specialist agency will do all the tricky stuff for you, guiding you through registration paperwork, medicals, police checks and visa requirements as well as setting you up with interviews before you leave the UK so you’ll have the best chance of working as soon as you land. There is a shortage of skilled healthcare workers in Oz and we work with some of the biggest employers in this field, to give you the best chance of finding the right job for you. Available roles include doctors, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists and social care. You also get our 7 night Sydney starter package included so your accommodation will be sorted whilst you find your feet, as well as fun local activities to help you explore before starting work.

DARWIN

BRISBANE

£176

FR

Choose from 3, 4 or 7 nights

CAIrns

AUSTRALIA BRISBANE

SYDNEY

PERTH

£176

FR

Choose from 3, 4 or 7 nights

SYDNEY MELBOURNE

£176

FR

MELBOURNE

Choose from 3, 4 or 7 nights

Perth

£176

FR

Choose from 3, 4 or 7 nights

Check out our Full Monty package

£497

FR

All the 7 night package inclusions and more!

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GREYHOUND AUSTRALIA

OZ EXPERIENCE Oz Experience combines hop-on hop-off travel on Greyhound’s extensive network of scheduled coach services with essential tours and experiences along the way. Their packages are perfect for travellers who like to plan their own itinerary but don’t want to miss out on anything! Travel from Melbourne, Sydney, Byron Bay or Brisbane all the way up to Cairns (or vice versa). Add-on packages allow you to extend your travel from Sydney to Melbourne, Adelaide, Alice Springs or Darwin (or vice versa).

*Selected coaches (East Coast routes only)

The Kilometre Pass The Kilometre Pass gives you the ultimate freedom to explore Australia as you like and create your own unique itinerary. You can use your kilometres to hop on and off on the Greyhound network and use them to buy accommodation, tours and experiences! The options are limitless... • Available from 1,000 - 25,000 kms • Flexible hop-on hop-off travel wherever and whenever you like • Backtracking allowed • Exchange kilometres for tours, accommodation and experiences • If you run out, top up your kilometres (50, 100 or 500 kms) on a one-off basis to complete your journey • Approx.10% discount for ISIC members • First day of travel must commence within 12 months of ticket purchase • Valid for up to 12 months or until your kilometres have been fully used, whichever comes first

the kilometre PASS

FR

1,000 Kilometre Pass 2,500 Kilometre Pass 5,000 Kilometre Pass 7,500 Kilometre Pass 10,000 Kilometre Pass 15,000 Kilometre Pass 20,000 Kilometre Pass 25,000 Kilometre Pass

£116 £249 £471 £677 £864 £1,185 £1,435 £1,613

ISIC FR £103 £228 £428 £609 £777 £1,060 £1,282 £1,453

Pine Creek

Greyhound Route Adventure Partner Tour Partner Operated Routes

/Agnes Water

Lightning Ridge Maitland

MiMinini Traveller Traveller Pass Passes offer great value for money. You can travel Australia’s most popular routes, hopping on and off as much as you like within 90 days. • Hop-on hop-off travel in one direction • 90 days to complete your travel (or upgrade to 180 days for a small fee) • Approx. 10% discount for ISIC members • First day of travel must commence within 12 months of ticket purchase

RE-TRACE YOUR STEPS

£62

FR

£110

£97

Sydney

Airlie Beach

£231

£209

Sydney

Cairns

£262

£234

Return Journey

Cairns

Brisbane or Surfers Brisbane Melbourne

Melbourne Cairns

£224

£203

Cairns £228

£191

£187

£166

£318

£284

Cairns

Alice Springs

£228

£203

Cairns

Darwin

£241

£216

Darwin

Adelaide

£259

£231

Darwin

Broome

£197

£175

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Cairns

Return Journey

Cairns

Return Journey

Cairns

Choose your PASS (See pages 26/27) Melbourne

GOOD: Skippy BETTER: Brumby BEST: Pharlap

Cairns

travel plus basic inclusions

BE

BETTER Hop-on-hop-off

TT

ER

Sydney

GOOD: Bruce Cobber BETTER: Bonza BEST: Cruiser

Cairns

travel, basic inclusions plus Fraser Island tour Byron Bay

BEST Hop-on-hop-off travel, basic inclusions, plus all ‘must-see’ places and experiences

GOOD: Troppo BETTER: Banana Bender BEST: Corker

Cairns

Brisbane

GOOD: Strewth BETTER: Barra BEST: Beaut

Cairns

Exclusive to STA Travel

Brisbane

ISIC FR

direction on Greyhound Australia’s scheduled coach services Valid for 6 months from first use with possibility to extend for 3 months Travel to commence within 12 months of purchase VIP wristband for deals on the road Tour & activity inclusions as shown for each individual package Easy online booking & telephone helpline Use of Oz Experience’s travel centres in Melbourne / Sydney / Brisbane / Cairns

See page 24 for full details

Sydney

mini traveller PASS

FR

• • • • • •

Choose your style GOOD Hop-on-hop-off

RE-TRACE YOUR STEPS

Need to get back to your original start point? Hop back on the bus to either Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne (either travelling northbound or southbound) to finish your adventure where it started. You don’t have to do the trip in one leg; you have 15 days to complete your return journey from the first day you start your trip back. Hop on and off as much as you like within this time.

Byron Bay

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I• nclusi ons: Hop-on hop-off flexi travel in one

Cooktown

Jabiru

AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA

Greyhound Australia’s hop-on hop-off travel options are ideal for adventure seekers. They’re cost effective, have a modern fleet of luxury coaches with Wi-Fi*, USB power points*, leather seats and large windows. Greyhound is Australia’s only national coach service; travelling from the sea shores to the rural hinterland and fast-paced cities. Operating 365 days a year, you can always get to where you’re going; either from A to B in a flash, or taking your time to savour this awesome country.

Brisbane

FR

£62

SYDNEY

FR

MELBOURNE

FR

£62 £81

* Must be booked in conjunction with selected Greyhound Mini Traveller passes or an Oz Experience Package and cannot be sold in isolation. Product subject to change or withdrawal without notice.

City Slick Sydney

£247 TRIP ADD-ONS

FR

Melbourne

SOUTHERNER FR £649 Sydney

Adelaide

Sydney

Adelaide

Adelaide

Alice Springs

Sydney

Adelaide

Adelaide

Alice Springs

Alice Springs

Darwin

Sydney

Adelaide

Adelaide

Alice Springs

Alice Springs

Darwin

RIPPER FR £967

FISH HOOK FR £1,410

FAIR DINKUM FR £2,227 Cairns

Highlights

• Admire the panoramic Blue Mountains • See the adorable penguins of Philip Island • Discover Melbourne’s café culture

Inclusions

• Bus travel between Sydney & Melbourne • Blue Mountains Day Tour • Phillip Island Day Tour • Melbourne City Tour

SYDSI1

Sydney

All the same inclusions as the ‘Cruiser’ pass (see page 26), including hop-on, hop-off travel from Cairns to Sydney, sailing in the Whitsundays, a tour of Fraser Island and more!

• • • •

Bus travel between Sydney & Melbourne Philip Island tour (1 day) Great Ocean Road tour (3 day) Kangaroo Island tour (2 day)

CALL 0333 321 7854 TO BOOK

• • •

Bus travel between Adelaide & Alice Springs Overnight stop in Coober Pedy Ayers Rock tour (3 day)

• •

Bus travel between Alice Springs & Darwin Kakadu N.P. & Litchfield N.P. tour (3 day)

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BRUCE COBBER Sydney

£343 bonza

£580 cruiser

FR

Cairns

Sydney

£886

FR

Cairns

Sydney

BE

FR

Cairns

STREWTH Brisbane

£268 BARRA

£505 BEAUT

FR

Cairns

Brisbane

Cairns

Inclusions

• Hop-on hop-off travel, Sydney < > Cairns (in one direction) on Greyhound Australia • Surf lesson at Byron Bay • 1 Night Magnetic Island stopover • Atherton Tablelands tour (departs Cairns)

Highlights

Inclusions

• Hop-on hop-off travel, Sydney < > Cairns (in one direction) on Greyhound Australia • Surf lesson at Byron Bay • 1 Night Magnetic Island stopover • Atherton Tablelands tour (departs Cairns) • 3 Day Fraser Island guided tour

AUBRU

£536 Brumby

Skippy Melbourne

Melbourne

Cairns

Highlights

• Hop-on hop-off travel, Sydney < > Cairns (in one direction) on Greyhound Australia • Surf lesson at Byron Bay • 1 Night Magnetic Island stopover • Atherton Tablelands tour (departs Cairns) • 3 Day Fraser Island guided tour • 2 Day Whitsunday Sailing trip • Great Barrier Reef tour

Inclusions

• Hop-on hop-off travel, Brisbane < > Cairns (in one direction) on Greyhound Australia • 1 Night Magnetic Island stopover • Atherton Tablelands tour (departs Cairns)

AUSCZP

£780 Pharlap Melbourne

BE

• Soak up some delicious east coast rays • Admire the tropical Atherton Tablelands • Wander Magnetic Island’s natural beauty

Inclusions

£1,085

FR

Cairns

Highlights

• Snorkel the vibrant Great Barrier Reef • Set sail for the idyllic Whitsundays • Get your surf on in Byron Bay

OZEBOO

FR

FR

Cairns

Highlights

Highlights

Inclusions

• Hop-on hop-off travel, Brisbane < > Cairns (in one direction) on Greyhound Australia • 1 Night Magnetic Island stopover • Atherton Tablelands tour (departs Cairns) • 3 Day Fraser Island guided tour

AUSWTH

Banana £287 Bender

Troppo Byron Bay

Inclusions

• 2 day Melbourne to Sydney High Country tour • Hop-on hop-off travel, Sydney < > Cairns (in one direction) on Greyhound Australia • Surf lesson at Byron Bay • 1 Night Magnetic Island stopover • Atherton Tablelands tour (departs Cairns)

SYDSI1

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Highlights

Inclusions

• 2 day Melbourne to Sydney High Country tour • Hop-on hop-off travel, Sydney < > Cairns (in one direction) on Greyhound Australia • Surf lesson at Byron Bay • 3 Day Fraser Island guided tour • 1 Night Magnetic Island stopover • Atherton Tablelands tour (departs Cairns)

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Inclusions

• Hop-on hop-off travel, Brisbane < > Cairns (in one direction) on Greyhound Australia • 1 Night Magnetic Island stopover • Atherton Tablelands tour (departs Cairns) • 3 Day Fraser Island guided tour • 2 Day Whitsunday Sailing trip • Great Barrier Reef tour

Byron Bay

BNEBE1

£524 Corker

FR

Cairns

Highlights

• Snorkel the pristine Whitsunday Islands • Sunbake and unwind on Magnetic Island • Swim amongst colourful marine life

OZEBPO

£830

FR

Cairns

Byron Bay

BE

FR

Cairns

TT

ER

• Tour Parliament House in Canberra • Drive along the beach on Fraser Island • Learn to ride the waves in Byron Bay

ER

• Explore the world’s largest sand island • Relax on the beaches of Magnetic Island • Swim in crystal-clear Lake Mackenzie

TT

• Get back to nature on a typical farmstay • Check out Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane • Get horizontal on Magnetic Island

Cairns

TT

ER

• Uncover Fraser Island’s Maheno Shipwreck • Look out for koalas on Magnetic Island • Enjoy the vibe and lively nightlife in Cairns

FR

AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA

Highlights

Brisbane

BE

TT

• Ride the waves in eccentric Byron Bay • Admire vistas of the Atherton Tablelands • Chill out on Magnetic Island’s beaches

£811

FR

Highlights

• Visit the gold mining town of Beechworth • Island-hop by boat in the Whitsundays • Admire fish and coral on the Barrier Reef

Inclusions

• 2 day Melbourne to Sydney High Country tour • Hop-on hop-off travel, Sydney < > Cairns (in one direction) on Greyhound Australia • Surf lesson at Byron Bay • 1 Night Magnetic Island stopover • Atherton Tablelands tour (departs Cairns) • 3 Day Fraser Island guided tour • 2 Day Whitsunday Sailing trip • Great Barrier Reef tour auspha

Highlights

• Chill out to the max in hippy Byron Bay • Enjoy Magnetic Island’s unique wildlife • Stop off where you like along the coast

Inclusions

• Hop-on hop-off travel, Byron Bay < > Cairns (in one direction) on Greyhound Australia • 1 Night Magnetic Island stopover • Atherton Tablelands tour (departs Cairns)

QYNTR1

ER

Highlights

• Swim in Fraser Island’s freshwater lakes • Sunbathe on Australia’s best beaches • Discover the tropical vibe of Queensland

Inclusions

• Hop-on hop-off travel, Byron Bay < > Cairns (in one direction) on Greyhound Australia • 1 Night Magnetic Island stopover • Atherton Tablelands tour (departs Cairns) • 3 Day Fraser Island guided tour

OZEBBO

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Highlights

• Soak up the alternative vibe of Byron Bay • Swim the Barrier Reef’s azure waters • Uncover pristine beaches on Fraser Island

Inclusions

• Hop-on hop-off travel, Byron Bay < > Cairns (in one direction) on Greyhound Australia • 1 Night Magnetic Island stopover • Atherton Tablelands tour (departs Cairns) • 3 Day Fraser Island guided tour • 2 Day Whitsunday Sailing trip • Great Barrier Reef tour

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CAR HIRE

GREAT SOUTHERN RAIL DARWIN Katherine

ALICE SPRINGS

Indian Pacific The Ghan The Overland

PERTH

Cook Kalgoorlie

Broken Hill

SYDNEY ADELAIDE

MELBOURNE

A self-drive holiday is a great way to see everything you want to see in Australia. You’ll have the freedom to explore the big cities and coastal resorts as well as stumble upon hidden towns along the way, all at your own pace. Our aim is to make your car hire experience as easy and stress-free as possible. We offer fully inclusive pre-paid car hire, and we advise you upfront of any locally payable extras. We only work with the most renowned global suppliers and the best local operators, ensuring you the highest level of service.

Dri ving Licence A full valid driver’s licence, with photograph, is valid from your home country, otherwise an international licence is required.

Age Restrictions Generally the minimum age is 21 years old, IndiaN Pacific

The Ghan

Sydney

Adelaide

Adelaide

Perth

Sydney Adelaide Perth Adelaide Perth Sydney

Fr £231 / ISIC Fr £130 Fr £338 / ISIC Fr £195 Fr £533 / ISIC Fr £296

The Indian Pacific travels between Sydney, Adelaide & Perth, covering 2,698 miles (4,352 km), passing valleys, vineyards, plains & outback landscapes. Choose from Red Service for affordable comfort with meals available for purchase in the Matilda Café; and Gold or Platinum Service that include private sleeper cabin, all meals, beverages & off-train excursions! Departs: Wed (from Sydney) / Sun (from Perth (with extra services in Sep/Oct)

RAIL EXPLORER PaSS 2 months unlimited travel 3 months unlimited travel

Alice Springs

Alice Adelaide Darwin Alice Darwin Adelaide

The overland Darwin

Fr £267 / ISIC Fr £160 Fr £267 / ISIC Fr £160 Fr £527 / ISIC Fr £296

This transcontinental adventure covers 1,846 miles (2,979 km) through the heart of Oz between Adelaide, Alice Springs & Darwin; truly on one of the world’s greatest train journeys! Choose from Red Service with meals available for purchase in the Matilda Café; and Gold or Platinum Service that include private sleeper cabin, all meals, beverages & off-train excursions! Departs: Wed (from Darwin) / Sun (from Adelaide) (with extra services from Jul-Aug)

Melbourne

Adelaide

Melbourne

Adelaide

Fr £77 / ISIC Fr £41

There’s no more relaxing way to enjoy the trip between Melbourne and Adelaide than on board The Overland, which takes just over 10 hours to complete the 828 km (514 miles) journey. Choose to travel in Red Service seats or, for a little more comfort and style, why not upgrade to Red Premium Service? Meals are available for purchase in Café 828 onboard all services. Departs: Mon & Fri (from Adelaide) / Tue & Sat (from Melbourne)

Included on Platinum and Gold Services: Alice Springs - choose from the Alice Springs Desert Park or Alice Explorer. Katherine - choose from Gorge Cruise, Rock Art Cruise or The Ghan Cultural Experience. Broken Hill - choose from Pro Hart Gallery, the Palace Hotel or Broken Earth. Adelaide - choose from City Sights or Adelaide Central Market. Kalgoorlie - Australia’s Gold Capital.

Fr £264 Fr £318

Terms and conditions apply depending on the route chosen. Excursions are bookable on train and are subject to change without notice. Timetables are subject to change without notice. An alternative range of excursions, including many of the above, are available for purchase on Red Service.

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SELF-DRIVE TOURING

Please see pages 30/31 for some of our favourite self-drive routes in Australia or check out these other suggestions: • Sydney to Melbourne (page 63) • Blue Mountains & Hunter Valley (page 64) • Red Centre Discovery (page 101) • Great Ocean Road (page 118) • Tasmania (page 126) Our self-drive tours include accommodation, a co-pilot kit with a detailed itinerary, map and hints about how to get off the beaten track and find those hidden Aussie gems!

CAR TYPES

Economy FR £18* per day

DRIVING DISTANCES IN Australia BETWEEN Compact FR £19* per day

Off Train Excursions

£264

FR

Rail Explorer Pass offers unbeatable value for money and acts as your passport for unlimited travel in any direction on The Ghan, Indian Pacific and The Overland. Travel from Sydney all the way across to Perth, and from Melbourne up to Adelaide and on through the outback all the way up to the tropical city of Darwin. Amazing!

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but can vary between the car hire company and location. Please check Terms and Conditions with your Travel Expert when making an enquiry or booking.

AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA

More than simply a mode of transport; travelling on Australia’s Great Train Journeys becomes an unforgettable part of your holiday experience. Whilst others are rushing 35,000 feet above, you are weaving your way through Australia’s stunning scenery, from the lush tropical north of Darwin to the bountiful farmlands around Melbourne, and from the dusty red outback all the way across to Perth. Travel in a comfortable reclining Red Service seat or upgrade to a Gold or Platinum Service all inclusive sleeper cabin.

Intermediate FR £24* per day

Full Size FR £29* per day * Minimum rental periods and other conditions apply. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations, seasonal surcharges and may change depending on city of pick up or drop off and season. These are a ‘from’ guide only. Please see your STA Travel Expert for more details.

(GUIDE ONLY)

APPROX. DISTANCE

APPROX. TRAVEL TIME

Sydney Sydney

Melbourne Byron Bay

877 kms / 544 miles 767 kms / 476 miles

9 hrs 30 mins 9 hrs 40 mins

Byron Bay

Brisbane

165 kms / 102 miles

1 hr 55 mins

Brisbane

Noosa

141 kms / 88 miles

1 hr 45 mins

Noosa

Hervey Bay

185 kms / 115 miles

2 hrs 35 mins

Hervey Bay

Airlie Beach

875 kms / 543 miles

10 hrs 20 mins

Airlie Beach

Cairns

620 kms / 385 miles

7 hrs 55 mins

Cairns

Port Douglas

67 kms / 42 miles

1 hr 10 mins

Melbourne

Adelaide

728 kms / 452 miles

8 hrs 35 mins

Adelaide

Kangaroo Island

107 kms / 66 miles

1 hr 30 mins (+ ferry)

Adelaide

Alice Springs

1,531 kms / 950 miles

16 hrs 45 mins

Alice Springs

Uluru

463 kms / 288 miles

6 hrs 20 mins

Alice Springs

Darwin

1,497 kms / 930 miles

18 hrs 30 mins

Perth

Albany

416 kms / 258 miles

4 hrs 40 mins

Perth

Exmouth

1,267 kms / 787 miles

14 hrs 50 mins

Exmouth

Broome

1,371 kms / 851 miles

15 hrs 50 mins

Hobart

Launceston

198 kms / 123 miles

2 hrs 30 mins

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SELF-DRIVE ITINERARIES

WEST Coast DISCOVERY Perth

Highlights

• Spot dolphins amongst the sparkling blue waters of Monkey Mia • Relax on a sandy beach before snorkelling around the incredible reefs at Coral Bay • Admire the towering coastal cliffs and pristine beaches in Kalbarri

Inclusions

Accommodation: Hotel (9 nts) Includes: Self-drive kit, backpack, selection of maps, 24-hour assistance Note: Car hire, meals & National Park fees are not included. See page 29 Total Distance: 2,765km Tour Code: PERWST

ULTIMATE EAST COAST PACKAGE Sydney

£998

brisbane to sydney farmstay

16 DAYS

Brisbane

FR

Cairns

Highlights

Accommodation: Hostel dorm (11 nts), camping (2 nts), sailing (2 nts) Meals: Most meals included Includes: Surf lesson, 4WD Fraser Island tour, clipper tour Note: Transfers, self-drive kit & car hire are not included. See page 29. Total Distance: 2,787km Tour Code: SYDECE

Departing from Sydney, you’ll spend two awesome days learning to surf at the legendary Spot X surf camp. Continue living the beach lifestyle as you head to Byron Bay where you’ll get the chance to take a workshop such as didgeridoo making! On Day 5 it’s off to Noosa for your self-drive Fraser Island safari with three days to explore the largest sand island in the world. Swim in crystal clear lakes, cook on a campfire and keep an eye out for dingos. Next stop is Airlie Beach to board a sailing clipper for your Whitsundays trip. Set sail on clear waters, relax on deck, snorkel in pristine reefs and see some top sights such as Whitehaven Beach. On the last leg of your journey you’ll stop and relax at Emu’s Beach Resort on your way to Cairns where you’ll finish up with a Cape Tribulation tour and a full day’s snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef. Perfect!

east coast package Brisbane

Cairns

Inclusions

Accommodation: Farmstay (4 nts) Includes: Self-drive kit, backpack, selection of maps, 24-hour assistance Note: Car hire, meals & National Park fees are not included. See page 29 Total Distance: 1,335km Tour Code: BNEFRM

13 DAYS

Darwin

Highlights

Accommodation: Hotel dorm (8 nts), Campng (2 nts), Sailing (2 nts) Meals: Most meals included Includes: 4WD Fraser Island tour, clipper tour, tours from Cairns Note: Transfers, self-drive kit & car hire are not included. See page 29. Total Distance: 1,846km Tour Code: BNEPCE

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Begin your journey in Brisbane and head inland to Toowoomba, the city that sits on the edge of the Great Dividing Range, 800 metres above sea level. Renowned for its architecture and open spaces that overlook the Lockyer Valley, have your camera at the ready for some stunning views. Meet the hosts of your home for the night and enjoy your first of four authentic farmstays. The next day, you’ll make your way south for a night in the town of Glen Innes with Celtic heritage that’s cherished by its citizens. Day 3, continue further south to Scone, the horse capital of Australia and a charming country town in the Upper Hunter Region, before heading to the Hawesbury Region to immerse yourself in country life the following day. Leave the country behind as you finish up surrounded by iconic sites in the vibrant city of Sydney.

£464

FR

6 DAYS

Darwin

Highlights

• Explore Fraser - the world’s largest sand island and swim in a crystal clear sparkling lakes • Sail around the Whitsunday Islands and relax on stunning Whitehaven Beach • Spot crocodiles and other wildlife as you cruise down the river on a Cape Tribulation tour

Inclusions

5 DAYS

Highlights

£805

Spend your first night in the buzzing city of Brisbane before heading to Noosa for your Fraser Island safari. Explore the largest sand island in the world for three days in your own 4WD. Tips from a local guide will ensure you don’t miss the best bits from tracking through a rainforest and beach-driving, to a cooling swim in a sparkling lake and a night sipping goon around a campfire. Day 6, head to Airlie Beach and board your sailing clipper. Sail for two nights around the Whitsunday Islands, snorkel with Nemo and relax on Whitehaven Beach. Return to Airlie with a camera full of memories, before moving on to the coastal town of Emu Park for some R&R enroute to Cairns. Spot crocs and other wildlife on your Cape Tribulation tour then spend your final day snorkelling in the breathtakingly beautiful Great Barrier Reef.

£702

FR

• Take in the stunning architecture and breathtaking views of Toowoomba • Immerse yourself in the country as you spend your nights on authentic working farms • Surround yourself by studs in Scone, known to be the horse capital of Australia

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Roll down your windows and head north to ‘Sun City’, also known as Geraldton. With around eight hours of sun each day, you can be sure to soak up some rays. It’s then off to Monkey Mia for your two-night stay. Famous for its dolphins, beautiful scenery and sparkling blue waters, you’ll get the chance to explore the Shark Bay region. Continue north as you make your way to the small resort of Coral Bay where you can go for a dip in the ocean and peak into an underwater world as you snorkel around the reefs. With bags of energy, you’ll head to Carnarvon on Day 6, situated on the mouth of the Gascoyne River, before travelling south the following day to the idyllic beaches and towering coastal cliffs of Kalbarri. You’ll stop on Day 9 at Cervantes and Namburg National Park before heading back to vibrant Perth on Day 10.

Sydney

• Start surfing at Spot X with your daily surf lesson and become a pro in no time • Drive on the beach on Fraser Island before cooling off in one of its crystal clear lakes • Spend two nights sailing in the Whitsunday Islands

Inclusions

10 DAYS

Perth

• Soak up Darwin’s multi-cultural atmosphere. Visit its outdoor festivals and markets • Cool off with a refreshing swim in one of the waterfalls in Kakadu National Park • Hire a canoe and take a relaxing paddle down Katherine Gorge

Inclusions

Accommodation: Hotel (5 nts) Meals: 1 breakfast Includes: Self-drive kit, backpack, selection of maps, 24 hour assistance Note: Car hire is not included. See page 29 Total Distance: 877km Tour Code: DRWDRW

Arrive in Darwin and soak up the city’s tropical climate, absorb its multi-cultural atmosphere and make the most of its outdoor festivals and markets. Why not sail the harbour at sunset, cruise next to crocodiles and bushwalk through monsoon forest whilst you’re here. The following day, travel to World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, one of Oz’s most prized natural treasures. Get back to nature and spend two nights here exploring this incredible sandstone landscape. Admire the astonishing Aboriginal rock art and cool off in the pools of cascading waterfalls. On Day 4, drive 300km to Katherine, where the outback meets the tropics. Hire a canoe on the gorge, visit the misty Edith Falls and the mysterious Cutta Cutta caves, before heading back to cosmopolitan Darwin the next day. Your tour ends any time on Day 6.

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AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA

Most of our self-drives include a co-pilot kit with a full itinerary, map and helpful hints about all the cool, off-the-beaten track places you’ll encounter on your trip. If you want to alter any of these routes, ask your STA Travel Expert to tailor-make an itinerary for you. Alternatively you might like one of our other Aussie self-drives shown on pages 64, 101, 118 and 126. Please note, prices include all accommodation but exclude car hire as these costs are subject to change. Ask your STA Travel Expert for up-to date-prices.

£780

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MIGHTY campervans

CAMPERVAN HIRE IN AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA

freedom & flexibility With a campervan, you’re your own boss

SAVE MONEY When you hire a campervan, you avoid

and you make the rules. Plan your route in advance, or make it up as you go, there’s no itinerary and nobody is going to tell you what to do. Wake up when you want, go to sleep when you want and avoid all that endless packing and unpacking.

having to fork out for an expensive place to stay each night. Shop at supermarkets and markets for the best value produce and cater for yourself, while still enjoying meals out along the way. The fridge on board ensures you always have a supply of cold drinks and beers, and you’re never far from a snack when hunger strikes!

WHERE TO STAY Campsites can be found everywhere in Australia, from cities to beaches, and from national parks to out-of-the-way places you’d never reach otherwise. It’s easy to find somewhere cheap to stay and you’ll be given a campsite directory when you pick up your vehicle to make planning easy. As an absolute minimum, campsite facilities will include clean showers and toilets, barbecues and shared kitchen.

THE PERFECT DAY 08:00 Wake up with a view of paradise out of the back window. 09:00 Get the bacon sizzling on the cooker in your campervan. 10:00 Head over to the shower block at the campsite to freshen up (or use your onboard shower). 10:30 Time to hit the road for today’s amazing adventure (just don’t forget to unplug the water & electricity before you drive off!) 13:00 Fix yourself a picnic and find a fabulous spot to enjoy it. 18:00 Find your nearest campsite or place to spend the night. 19:30 Throw your tasty steaks and fresh fish on the campsite barbecue, and dine al fresco. 21:00 Plan tomorrow over a few beers!

Brisbane

Atherton Tablelands

Newcastle Hunter Valley

Spot X Surf Camp Port Macquarie

Pinnacles

Mission Beach

Gold Coast

Airlie Beach

Byron Bay

Blue Mountains

Cairns

AUS TRALIA

Port Stephens

Whitsundays

Perth Rockhampton

Hervey Bay

Sydney

Kalgoorlie

Brisbane

Fraser Island

Mandurah

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Esperance

Margaret River

Noosa Pemberton

Albany

sydney & surf

coasts & coral

BEST OF THE WEST

Sydney

Brisbane

Perth

Brisbane (1275kms / 790 miles)

See everything you want to see in Sydney before picking up your campervan. Head west into the beautiful Blue Mountains and hit the Hunter Valley for some world-class wine tasting. Back on the coast, visit Port Stephens, the awesome Spot X surf camp and laid-back Byron Bay before partying on the Gold Coast en route to Brisbane.

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Cairns (1940kms / 1200 miles)

Discover the tropical coastline, islands and coral reefs of Queensland on this epic road trip. Take in the Sunshine Coast at Noosa, tour Fraser Island and stay in Airlie Beach to explore the Whitsundays. Head inland to the waterways and rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands before you hit tropical Cairns, gateway to the Barrier Reef.

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Perth (2480kms / 1540 miles)

Start in Australia’s boomtown of Perth and head south via surfing beaches to the vineyards of Margaret River. Drive through the forests of Pemberton to the deserted white sands of Cape Le Grand National Park. Next, head into the outback to the gold rush town of Kalgoorlie then north to the Pinnacles before returning to Perth.

Highball

£23

FR

• Heaps of handy discounts on activities and attractions down under • Vehicles for 18 yrs + • 24/7 call centre and on-road assistance • Huge choice of campers • Discounts on multiple hires in Australia and New Zealand

• Sleeps 3 (1 double bed, overhead single) • Minimum hire age 18 yrs old • Fridge & sink • 2 burner gas stove • AM/FM radio & CD player • 5-speed manual & power-steering • Cold water only • Air-con & heating (driver’s cab)

SAVE SOME MONEY! • Save 8% on long hires over 21 days +

jackpot

(based on standard inclusion rates) • 10% off site fees at selected campsites • No one-way fees* (where applicable) if you purchase the Almighty package, designed to offer you total peace of mind

PiAdelaide, ck -up /Alice DropSprings, off from Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney

STANDARD Inclusions • Unlimited kilometres

three of our favourite CAMPERVAN itineraries.. AU S T R A L I A

WHY MIGHTY? • Perfect for the budget-savvy traveller

AUSTRALIA

If you want a no-fuss Aussie campervan adventure that’s done your way and nobody else’s, then look no further! Mighty Campervans promises to look after your purse strings whilst providing safe, reliable campervans, with the added peace of mind that if something goes wrong along the way, Mighty will get on the case! Mighty also has a fleet suitable for all travellers on a budget, no matter what your age, with two to four berths available. All you need to do is grab some mates, maybe a surfboard and prepare for an awesome road trip.

Australia’s a vast country and there are any number of ways to travel around. You could sign up for a guided tour or small group adventure, you could hire a car or equip yourself with a hop-on, hop-off bus pass, or you could zoom around by plane. But for the ultimate in flexibility it’s hard to beat the freedom of a campervan or motorhome. In fact, so famous has Australia become for this style of travel, it’s almost a rite of passage to hire your own home on wheels as part of your big Aussie adventure!

• Kitchen & living gear, linen & bedding • Rates include GST (Goods and Services Tax) & all admin fees • 24-hr on-road assistance (toll-free call) • Mighty Light vehicle liability of AU $3500 for the Highball, Jackpot, Double Down & Deuce (AU $5000 on the Double Up and on the Deuce from 01 April 2014) • Free magazine and super saver discounts • All branches have tourist info & maps

THE ALMIGHTy inclusions • Mighty Confident (accident liability reduced to zero) • Free one-way fees* • Extra Driver Fees • Extra cover for tyres & windscreens • Camping chairs (one per traveller) & table • Pre-purchase gas for cooking & heating * Applies on 21+ day rentals on the East Coast only (saves AU $200-360) - exclusive to STA Travel

£27

FR

• Sleeps 3 (1 double bed, 1 overhead single) • Minimum hire age 18 yrs old • New vehicles launched in 2012 • Fridge & sink • Portable gas stove • AM/FM radio & CD player • 5-speed manual & power-steering • Cold water only • Air-con & heating (driver’s cab)

double down

£33

FR

• Sleeps 4 (2 double beds) • Min hire age 21 yrs old • Fridge/freezer & sink • Microwave & 2 burner gas stove • AM/FM radio & CD player • Automatic/Tiptronic & power-steering • Cold water only • Air-con & heating (driver’s cab)

camperFLEX

Mighty camperFlex

This 30, 40 or 50 day pass can be used wherever, whenever and as often as you desire (including in NZ). This is perfect if you are short on cash as Mighty camperFLEX can be as cheap as a hire car and you get a bed and a fridge and a stove… perfect for hitting the road! • Activate within 12 months of purchase • Use for up to 12 months after activation

CALL 0333 321 7854 TO BOOK

Exclusive to STA Travel • Vehicle: Mighty Highball (or better) • Locations: Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Christchurch • No one-way fees where usually applicable • Book dates - a minimum of 2 weeks before desired pick up date • Min hire 4 days / max hire 20 days • No pick-ups/drop-offs permitted any time between 20 December and 10 January

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TRAVELLERS AUTOBARN

AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA

It’s a fact that an Aussie road trip is an absolute must-do when heading down under and what better way to see this awesome country than in your very own (very affordable) super-funky travelling home? Travellers Autobarn knows Australia and it knows campervans. You can pick a car or a camper, pick up from Melbourne and drop off in Cairns, pick up from Sydney and drop off in Perth, go for a week or go for a year and go with one mate or go with four! There are no limits, so what are you waiting for?

WHY travellers Autobarn • Perfect for the budget-savvy traveller • Heaps of handy discounts on activities and attractions down under • Vehicles for 18 yrs + • Help’s always on hand with a 24/7 call centre and on-road assistance • 10% discount to TAB’s caravan park partners

station WAGON

PiCairns, ck-upBrisbane, / Drop off from Sydney, Melbourne,

• Seats up to 5 people & sleeps 2 • Minimum hire age 18 yrs old • Ample boot storage • Includes camping equipment (tent, esky & gas cooker) for two people (option for five) • Air conditioning • Radio or CD player • 7-11 years old

Perth and Darwin

STANDARD Inclusions • Unlimited kilometres • Rates include GST (Goods and Services Tax) & all admin fees • 24hr on-road assistance • Standard protection insurance with an excess of AUD $2,500 • Extra driver fees • Kitchen & living gear • Linen & bedding • Free maps, guides & travel advice • Free Drive Guide – includes travel tips, maps & discounts around Australia • Free guide on free camp grounds around Australia * For travel with peace of mind be sure to check out Protection Plus

Hitop Camper

STA travel EXCLUSIVES • No one-way fees on the East Coast (saving of AUD $200) • Free living equipment (saving of AUD $45) • Free extra driver (saving of AUD $3 per day)

PROTECTI ON PLUS: • Accidental liability reduced from AUD $2,500 to zero • Extra cover for tyres & windscreens

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£22

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iAllncluded home comforts vehicles, except Station Wagon:

stati on wagon inclusions • Two man dome tent

• Sleeping bags, pillows & sheets • Towels, cutlery, crockery & cooking utensils • Coffee, tea & sugar • Cleaning equipment

• Single gas stove • Chairs & table • Esky (cool box) • Water tank

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£37

FR

• Sleeps 3 (1 double, 1 single) • Minimum hire age 18 yrs old • Fridge, gas cooker & microwave • Power supply (via powered campsite) • Kitchenette with sink, water & cabinets • Air conditioning • Radio/cassette player or CD player • 9-11 years old

Budgie Van

£29

FR

Chubby Camper

£31

FR

• Sleeps 2 (1 double) • Minimum hire age 18 yrs old • Tropical Ice Box • Portable single gas cooker • Power supply (via powered campsite) • Kitchenette with sink, water & cabinets • Air conditioning • Radio, CD player & MP3 plug-in • 6-7 years old

• Sleeps 2 (1 double) • Minimum hire age 18 yrs old • Tropical ice box • Portable single gas cooker • Power supply (via powered campsite) • Kitchenette with sink, water & cabinets • Internal LED lights & air conditioning • Radio, CD player & MP3 plug-in • 2 x USB chargers/plug-ins • Brand new November 2013 vehicle

Kuga Camper

HI5 Camper

£44

FR

• Sleeps 3 (1 double, 1 single) • Minimum hire age 18 yrs old • Fridge, gas cooker & microwave • Power supply (via powered campsite) • Kitchenette with sink, water & cabinets • Air conditioning • Radio & CD player • 5-9 years old

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£56

FR

• Sleeps 4-5 (1 large double, 1 normal double) • Minimum hire age 18 yrs old • Fridge/freezer, gas cooker & microwave • Power supply (via powered campsite) • Kitchenette with sink, water & cabinets • Air conditioning • Radio & CD player • 5-7 years old

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BRITZ CAMPERVANS

Accommodation & Activity passes

WHY BRITZ • Perfect for your next adventure • Heaps of handy discounts on activities and attractions down under • Vehicles for 21 yrs + • Help’s always on hand with a 24/7 call centre and on-road assistance • Widest range of vehicles (from 2WD to 4WD campervans) • Discounts on multiple hires in Australia and New Zealand

SAVE SOME MONEY! • Save 8% on long hires over 21 days • Save 5% on early bird bookings (120 days or more before departure) • 10% off site fees at selected campsite • No one-way fees (where applicable) if you purchase the Bonus Pack, designed to offer you complete peace of mind

PiAdelaide, ck-up /Alice DropSprings, off from Brisbane, Broome, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney

STANDARD Inclusions • Unlimited kilometres • Kitchen & living gear • Linen & bedding • Rates include GST (Goods and Services Tax) & all admin fees • 24-hr on-road assistance (toll-free number) • Vehicle liability of AUD $7,500 • Extra Driver Fees • Free travel wallet – with driving tips & safety information • Free magazine and super saver discounts

AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA

All you need to worry about is preparing for an unforgettable free-wheeling adventure, whilst Britz sort the rest! Britz offer a huge range of campervans from 2WD to 4WD with everything you could possibly need for your trip; crockery, linen, inclusive insurance, unlimited kilometres, 24/7 on-road assistance and awesome discounts along the way. Britz’s philosophy is easy and ensures you only pay for the inclusions you want and need for your travelling home on wheels. Let the good times roll!

Venturer • • • • • • • • • •

Sleeps 2 (1 double or 2 singles) Minimum hire age 21 yrs old Shower & toilet Slide out barbecue Fridge/freezer & sink Microwave & 3 burner gas stove Hot & cold water AM/FM radio, LCD TV & CD/DVD player Air-con & heating (drivers & main cab) Automatic & power-steering

VOYAGER • • • • • • • •

Sleeps 6 (3 double beds) Minimum hire age 21 yrs old Fridge/freezer & sink Microwave & 4 burner gas stove plus grill Hot & cold water AM/FM radio, CD player, LCD TV and DVD player Air-con & heating (drivers & main cab) Automatic & power-steering

£168

FR

10 nights

Highlights

£33

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£67

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AUD $7,500 to zero • Extra cover for tyres/windscreens • No one-way fees (if applicable) • Picnic table & chairs • Pre-purchase gas for cooking & heating

Nomads Bed Hopper

Highlights

For travellers who don’t want to pre-plan every step of the way this ten-night flexible accommodation package is perfect. Base hostels are super-modern and clean with all bed linen provided. Lockers are provided in each dorm and where you may have an overflow of personal items - reception can help you out with additional lockers. You can use any of the Base hostels or affiliates located all over the country so you’re not locked into a date and are the perfect addition to your transport pass. Base hostels offer you quality, centrally located accommodation with modern facilities and great staff to help you get the most from your experience. Plus their bars are legendary, so once you’ve checked in, it’s easy to make a load of new friends!

Nomads Bed Hopper flexible accommodation passes are the ideal way to explore the best Australia has to offer without the confines of planning your journey and booking hostels ahead of time. These dorm accommodation vouchers (choose from five, ten or 15 nights) can be used at any Nomads and Nomads’ affiiate hostel in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Thailand. Just choose the number of nights you want to stay and travel on at your leisure. The pass will save you heaps on accommodation, plus Nomads throw in exclusive bonuses making your stay in Oz super-easy and chilled out, with a flexible schedule allowing you to take your time travelling around. Separate seven-night Queensland and New Zealand only passes are also available from £92.

AUSJUM

Sydney Surf Pass

£187

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20 HourS

Highlights

AUSHOP

Tandem Skydive FLEXI Pass

£187

FR

HALF DAY

Highlights

• Use any time, any day - totally flexible • Surf Sydney’s best surf, from Bondi to Marouba • Six-month validity and 20 hours of surf. Great value!

• Experience the ultimate adrenalin rush! • Jump with an expert instructor from up to 14,000 feet • Total flexibility; you choose where and when

Perfect for all you adrenalin junkies, the tandem skydive pass offers ultimate flexibility so you can choose to take the plunge when and where best fits in with your travel plans. Jumps take place on a daily basis, departing from Cairns, Mission Beach, Byron Bay, Brisbane and Sydney - take your pick! As part of your oncein-a-lifetime experience, all equipment and training is included, as is your jump certificate and return transfers from all local accommodation. Added to this, you’ll be jumping in tandem with a fully-qualified, expert instructor, ensuring total peace of mind as you navigate through the skies. Jumping from up to 14,000 feet *gulp* this pass is suitable for experienced and novice skydivers alike.

SYDSUR

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£87

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5, 10 or 15 NIGHTS

• Fantastic value for travel in Australia, NZ, Fiji, Samoa & Thailand • Fully flexible, open dated plus super-easy to book and use • Popular chain of hostels in great, central locations

You can’t come to Sydney without learning how to master the waves on the city’s best beaches! This pass is ideal for those of you who want to surf to your own schedule. Lessons run every day, starting as early as 6.30am and running as late as 6pm. Surf where you want - everyone has to ride the waves at world-famous Bondi at least once, and as you build your skills you can try some of Sydney’s other great beaches. The pass gives you ten days of surfing; thats five two-hour lessons (all equipment included) plus an extra ten hours board and wetsuit rental, giving you the water time you need to develop some awesome skills that’ll have you surfing like a local! Opt for a VIP card and you’ll also get surfing gear and surf lesson photography at mates rates.

BONUS PACK • Accidental liability reduced from

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Base Jumping AccOmmodation Pass

• Settle in and enjoy drinks at the legendary Base hostel bars • Stay in the buzzing central hub at each of your stops • Modern facilities and friendly staff make your stay easy and fun

Sleeps 4 (2 double beds) Minimum hire age 21 yrs old Fridge & sink Microwave & 2 burner gas stove Cold water only AM/FM radio & CD player Air-con & heating (drivers cab) Automatic & power-steering

FRONTIER • • • • • • • •

£51

FR

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CNSFPS

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£3,199

BEST OF AUSTRALIA • • • • • • • •

14 DAYS

Sydney

Highlights

Marvel at Uluru’s colours at sunset Spend the night in a traditional swag Spear fish with local Aborigines Explore stunning Kings Canyon Sail around the Whitsunday Islands Learn to surf Byron Bay’s waves Visit Sydney’s iconic Opera House Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef

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epic australian journeys

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Departures 2014 Start

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Jan 07 Jan 21 Feb 04 Feb 18 Mar 04 Mar 18 Apr 01 Apr 15 Apr 29 May 13

Jan 20 Feb 03 Feb 17 Mar 03 Mar 17 Mar 31 Apr 14 Apr 28 May 12 May 26

May 27 Jun 10 Jun 24 Jul 08 Jul 22 Aug 05 Aug 19 Sep 02 Sep 16 Sep 30

Jun 09 Jun 23 Jul 07 Jul 21 Aug 04 Aug 18 Sep 01 Sep 15 Sep 29 Oct 13

Oct 14 Oct 28 Nov 11 Nov 25 Dec 02 Dec 09 Dec 16 Dec 23

Oct 27 Nov 10 Nov 24 Dec 08 Dec 15 Dec 22 Dec 29 Jan 05

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotel (6 nts), safari tent (1 nt), swag or tent (1 nt), rainforest cabin (2 nts), yacht (2 nts, multishare), historic hotel or lodge (1 nt) Transport: Plane, private bus, yacht, train Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $300-400 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOAHA

TOP 5 MUST-DO’s 1. learn to surf at Bondi or byron 2. zoom along fraser island’s beach 3. discover the rainforest in cairns 4. watch the sun rise at uluru 5. drive the great ocean road

My Own Room Available: Fr £799

Journey by plane, train and yacht to all of Australia’s best bits in this 14-day adventure around this amazing continent. Travel along the east coast and into the outback on this jam-packed holiday and discover the delights of surfing the waves at Byron Bay, sleeping under a starry sky at a cattle station, and learning how to spearfish with Aborigines. You’ll visit all the classics from the glistening white Sydney Opera House to the vivid red of Ayers Rock and the multi-coloured Great Barrier Reef, plus go sailing in the Whitsunday Islands; all the while being offered unique activities that make this trip an unmissable experience.

DAY ITINERARY Sydney

01-02

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Take a flight to the Red Centre to see Uluru, the iconic sandstone rock formation in an area sacred to the Aborigines and surprisingly diverse, with its caves, waterholes and ancient rock paintings. Take the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru while learning about the area’s significance to the indigenous locals. Next, visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre to gain a better understanding of the region and take in a breathtaking sunset at Ayers Rock before tucking into a barbecue dinner. (L, D)

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Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Kings Canyon

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Uluru (Ayers Rock)

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Wake up early to catch a stunning sunrise at Uluru and then head over to Kata Tjuta; a group of majestic red rock formations also known as The Olgas. Explore the area on a walk through the Valley of the Winds before refuelling with a delicious picnic. After a drive to Kings Creek, a working cattle station, spend a night beneath the stars in a traditional swag. (B, L, D)

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Alice Springs / Cairns / Cape Tribulation

Get up early to enjoy the Rim Walk along the edge of Kings Canyon for views over the sheer sandstone cliffs, down into the depths of the gorge 150m below. Take in the best scenery in the area before driving to Alice Springs and catching a flight to Cairns. Then it’s on to Cape Tribulation. (B)

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Get active and opt to visit the astounding Great Barrier Reef, kayak, go horse riding, or explore the Daintree National Park. On Day 7, stop en route at a remote beach to meet some local Aboriginal guides. Go spear fishing, and visit an indigenous artist to listen to ‘Dreamtime’ stories and see the art that is created from those visions. Enjoy a guided walk through the pristine rainforest and perhaps stop for a swim in these beautiful surroundings.

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Arrive into Sydney, check-in to your hotel and begin your explorations before meeting your tour leader and group. On Day 2, take an orientation walk around The Rocks and Circular Quay to get your bearings and then head off your own. Tick off the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge, walk around the different neighbourhoods or opt for a ferry ride or sailing trip to get out on the water. There’s every kind of nightlife on offer in Sydney and the restaurants are truly world-class.

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Travel south past the sugarcane plantations of Queensland’s coast on a relaxing train ride to Airlie Beach for an overnight stay on a moored yacht. On Day 9, enjoy a day sailing in the Whitsundays which includes a visit to the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral system in the world. Spend a night aboard the yacht being lulled to sleep by the waves in a secluded bay on Whitehaven Beach. (B, L, D)

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Sail to the mainland to connect with a flight to Brisbane and onward transfer to Byron Bay. On Day 11, try surfing the waves with an included lesson. Spend the afternoon wandering the town, whether it’s taking a walk out to the lighthouse to see whales swimming off shore, strolling along the white sandy beach, or simply sitting in a café to watch the city pass you by. (B, L)

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The beautiful riverside town of Bellingen is the next destination. Rich in history, it’s filled with bustling markets, galleries and cafés to explore. Spend the night either at a historic country pub or a comfortable lodge with gardens. Enjoy a morning canoe trip to learn about the town’s history before driving to Sydney for one final night out with the group. On Day 14, you can depart at any time.

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the big walkabout Sydney

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Darwin Darwin

Kakadu N.P Litchfield N.P Katherine Daly Waters

Cairns

Tennant Creek

Devils Marbles

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach Kings Canyon Kata Tjuta Uluru

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Alice Springs

Surfers Paradise

Blue Mountains

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Cruise via Sydney Harbour from Manly Unleash your hippie side in Byron Bay Enjoy sunset drinks at incredible Uluru Opt to dive the Great Barrier Reef 4WD on sand dunes at Fraser Island Cool off in Kakadu’s swimming holes Overnight at an outback bush camp Island hop the pristine Whitsundays

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Whitsundays (Daydream Island)

Byron Bay Coffs Harbour

Port Macquarie

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Explore the exquisite east coast and Northern Territory of Australia on this epic 25-day tour that takes in the country’s most stunning cultural, historical and natural landmarks. Embrace Australian life as you head out from from cosmopolitan Sydney to travel all the way up the beautiful east coast, via Fraser Island and the Whitsundays, to the tropical city of Cairns. Along the way, come into contact with the country’s Aboriginal people, phenomenal wildlife, buzzing party towns, stunning beaches and some rocking surf spots. Be blown away by sights you only ever imagined, saw online and dreamt about from postcards.

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Additional departures dates are available, ask for details Prices for Oct 2014 onwards will be available from Feb 2014.

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Meet your group on the first morning and head out of the city to admire the impressively scenic Blue Mountains. Hike along the ridge overlooking Wentworth Falls and check out the iconic ‘Three Sisters’ rock formation before heading back to the city. Experience true Aussie food when you get to cook your own barbecue dinner of flavoursome Australian steak. On Day 2, hit the incredible streets and sights of Sydney with your guide. See the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House as you cruise from Manly. Check out Chinatown, The Rocks and later, you can make an optional climb over the Sydney Harbour Bridge - definitely one to rave about when you get home! (B, D)

Coffs Harbour

Time to get out of the city and into surf serenity at Coffs Harbour. Pass the famous ‘Big Banana’ and check out the seaside town of Port Macquarie en-route to your awesome Surf Village stopover. (B, D)

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Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels/resorts (17 nts), hostel (1 nt), lodge (2 nts), ecolodge (1 nt), surf school village (1 nt), cattle station lodge (1 nt), outback bush camp (1 nt), yacht (2 nts - sailing option only) Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging, flight from Cairns to Alice Springs Meals: 24 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 10 dinners (sailing option includes 1 extra lunch & 1 extra dinner) Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 50 Tour Code: COEXSDD

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Surfers Paradise

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Kings Canyon / Kings Creek Station

We all know about Australia’s famous ‘bush tucker’ and now you can try some as you visit members of the Walpiri Aboriginal community. They’ll also teach you how to throw a boomerang! When you’ve finished here, you’ll hike through dramatic Kings Canyon to the ‘Lost City’ and the ‘Garden of Eden’ before camping out like Aussie ‘bushies’ do, under the stars in a traditional Aussie ‘swag’ (canvas bedroll) at King’s Creek Station. (B, D)

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Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Uluru (Ayers Rock)

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Explore the sleek city of Brisbane before you head towards the flash surfer town of Noosa today. Check out the Brisbane River, Royal Botanical Gardens and see the Glasshouse Mountains and then prepare for more coastal bliss. As you arrive into Noosa, you’ll soak up its chilled vibes, and dine beachside at Noosa Surf Club, which overlooks the town’s pristine white beach. (B, D)

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Hervey Bay / Farmstay

Take a boat trip across to Hervey Bay for some whale spotting, then journey to the incredible Great Dividing Range and into cattle country for a unique overnight stay at a local cattle station. Learn about the area’s heritage and farming history, and then try your hand at whip cracking! (B, D)

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Alice Springs / Tennant Creek

Leave the rock behind you and head back to Alice where you can jaunt around the outback in style on a quad bike, or simply relax by the pool and maximise the golden rays. On Day 20, cross the Tropic of Capricorn and visit the Devil’s Marbles on your way to the old mining town of Tennant Creek. (2B, D) Fancy a beer? Be sure to hit the oldest pub in the Territory, at Daly Waters, before taking a dip in the Mataranka Thermal Pools and making your way to the river town of Katherine. (B)

Katherine / Kakadu National Park

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Rainbow Beach / Fraser Island

Are you ready for paradise? We thought so! Stroll along Rainbow Beach before exploring the world’s largest sand island: Fraser Island. The only way to discover the island’s best bits is most certainly by 4WD, so sit tight and buckle up! Drive through tangled rainforest, imposing sand dunes and cool off in the aqua waters of freshwater Lake McKenzie. After a hard day’s exploration, indulge in a gourmet Aussie-style barbecue before resting up in your eco lodge home for the night. (B, L)

Time to hit the road and make your way to Uluru (a.k.a. Ayers Rock). Majestic colour changes and the 700 million-year-old Mt. Conner and Lake Amadeus will rock your world. Take a hike through its neighbour, Kata Tjuta (a.k.a. The Olgas) before cooking up an optional barbecue dinner. It’s an early start on Day 18 to see the sunrise over Uluru before getting the chance to walk around it whilst hearing stories about its fascinating rock art. Tonight, catch an unmissable Uluru sunset with a glass of bubbles in hand! Does life get any better than this? (2B)

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Enjoy a day at leisure today where you’re free to do whatever you fancy. Hit the shops or aim for the skies on a skydive, visit Australia Zoo or one of the Gold Coast’s exhilarating theme parks, or simply sun-worship with the bronzed locals at the beach. Tonight, let off some steam with mates as you check out the lively local nightlife, VIP nightclub entry included! (B)

Today you’ll head to Tropical North Queensland and gateway to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. First up, you’ll hit Townsville for a city tour, then pass Australia’s largest island National Park (Hinchinbrook Island) and see the beautiful island gem of Magnetic Island, where you might glimpse koalas in their natural habitat. Cruise past waterfalls, waterholes, fruit plantations and tropical rainforests into Tully, home to some of Australia’s best whitewater rafting. You’ll then have two free days to explore Cairns, from shopping to nightlife and from heart-pumping adrenalin activities to diving the depths of the colourful coral reefs, you are spoilt for choice. (3B, D) Catch a flight across the state to land in the Northern Territory. Get your boots on and prepare for the outback! Check out Alice Springs’ Aboriginal art, the dry Todd River, admire the MacDonnell Ranges from ANZAC Hill and see the utterly stunning Aboriginal site of Simpson’s Gap. (B, D)

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Surfers Paradise

Soak up the last of Byron’s rays and indulge in its relaxed atmosphere, then it’s off to Surfers Paradise. Stop at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to see furry critters like wombats, kangaroos and koalas. Prepare for pure relaxation as you enjoy tonight’s stop at a beachside resort. (B)

The best way to really see what the Whitsundays is to hit the blue waters on an optional private yacht sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays’ 74 pristine islands by boat. Take to the seas to experience the insanely beautiful and uninhabited Whitehaven Beach – one of the top ten beaches in the world! (2B, L, 2D)

Alice Springs

Coffs Harbour / Byron Bay

Surf’s up! What better way to wake up this morning than with an invigorating surf class? Pull on your wetsuit, grab a board and head out for your included lesson. After you’ve learnt to surf like an Aussie pro, it’s time to get back on the road, next stop: bohemian Byron Bay. This little beauty oozes a laidback lifestyle, hippie locals, artsy shops, bonza waves and cool nightlife. You’ll head to Cape Byron, Australia’s most easterly point, to check out its beautiful lighthouse which boasts views of the bay and the possibility to see dolphins and humpback whales - if you’re lucky! (B)

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Sydney / Blue Mountains / Sydney

Departures 2014/15

Two days on Daydream Island for you to do as you please in the beautiful island archipelago of the Whitsundays, famous for its chilled-out vibe. Get active and get involved with some jet skiing, parasailing, beach volleyball or snorkelling. Or you can slow it down with a swim in the pool or indulge in some essential beach time. (2B, D)

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It’s time to get those hiking boots on and trek to Katherine Gorge or take an optional boat trip for a jaw-dropping experience. It’s then off to Edith Falls – definitely a must-do swim stop. You’ll think this trip can’t get more incredible, but then you’ll rock up at Kakadu National Park and be in awe of your surroundings. With arguably Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock and Ubirr, not to mention a huge variety of landscapes and wildlife, this park is a real gem. Don’t miss the crocodile and wildlife cruises and the Warradjan Aboriginal Culture Centre. (2B, D)

Kakadu National Park / Darwin

It’s time to cruise a lake to spot some crocs and native outback wildlife, before you head to tropical Darwin! Get your bearings on a city tour and check out the local museum. Later on, take an optional sunset cruise and spend the evening relaxing. (B)

Litchfield National Park / Darwin

Start the day with a swim in Florence Falls and have a gander at the incredible termite mounds in Litchfield National Park. It’s your final day, so make the most of it as you chat to local Aboriginal artists before it’s time to say farewell to your travel buddies as your trip ends in Darwin. (B)

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AUstralia highlights Sydney

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Cape Tribulation Cairns

Whitsunday Islands

Airlie Beach Mackay

Alice Springs

Kings Canyon

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Taste fine wines in the Hunter Valley Learn to surf in alternative Byron Bay Drop anchor off Whitehaven Beach Snorkel the multi-hued Barrier Reef Explore frontier life in Alice Springs Watch the sun rise and fall over Uluru Take an epic rail trip aboard the Ghan Admire Kakadu’s ancient rock art

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Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels (13 nts), eco-lodge (1 nt), beachside tented camp (2 nts), maxi yacht (2 nts), beach hostel (1 nt), camping (4 nts) swag/ canvas bedroll (2 nts), train (1 nt, airline-style seating) Transport: Train, maxi yacht, private bus, 4x4 safari vehicle, ferry, boat Meals: 24 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 13 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $250-300 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOASD

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It could be argued that pretty much all of Australia is a highlight, but few would disagree that the likes of Sydney, Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef weren’t right up there at the top of the bucket list. Well, guess what? You’ll see them all on this amazing 27-day adventure, which is designed to give you a little bit of everything. There’s no lack of tradition, from sheep and cattle stations to immersion into Aboriginal culture in Kakadu National Park or Cape Tribulation. There’s adrenalin-pumping activities in Cairns and Byron Bay, and plenty of time out to relax - not least aboard a yacht for three days of sailing in the Whitsundays!

DAY ITINERARY 01

Sydney

A morning sail takes you to Whitehaven Beach, quite simply one of the most beautiful in Australia. Stroll along the impossibly white sands and climb up to the lookout point for unforgettable views. Head back to the popular mainland resort of Airlie Beach, which promises a lively night out. (B)

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Cairns

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Leave the big city behind and adapt to a more rural pace of life, starting with a wine tasting session at a vineyard in the beautiful Hunter Valley. Make a lunch stop in a typical New South Wales country town before continuing to Nundle Sheep Station. Here, you have a unique opportunity to spend the night in the historic shearers’ quarters, watch a sheep shearing demonstration and get to know your new travel buddies and the locals over a home-cooked meal. (B, D)

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Enjoy a three-day trip along roads less travelled to the north of Cairns, with an emphasis on learning about the region’s rich Aboriginal heritage and unique flora and fauna. Travel by 4x4 to a remote beach where an indigenous guide will teach you the techniques of spear fishing - you can cook what you catch! Swim beneath idyllic rainforest waterfalls, visit the sacred site of Bloomfield Falls and the frontier town of Cooktown. Your nights are spent at a rainforest lodge and in a ‘swag’ at a historic hotel in the bush, listening to entertaining stories from the hospitable locals. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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The contrast between the lush tropics and the dusty outback couldn’t be any starker today as you fly directly from Cairns to Alice Springs, the only town for a thousand kilometres in any direction! (B)

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Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Today’s destination is Uluru which, along with Sydney’s Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef, is one of Australia’s most iconic images. Visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre before embarking upon the Mala Walk around the base of Uluru and enjoying a glass of something sparkling as the setting sun casts its shadow over the rock. After a barbecue dinner, curl up into your ‘swag’ for the night. (L, D)

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Tamworth / Bingara / Yamba

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Make a stop in Tamworth, regarded as the country and western music capital of Australia, before travelling to Bingara where you can chance your luck gold panning at a historic gold mine. Say G’Day to a local Jackaroo (Australia’s answer to a cowboy) and listen to an entertaining talk about cattle or sheep ranching in the area. Bed down for the night at a hotel on a working farm. On Day 4, travel via the Aboriginal settlement of Mile Creek and through the rainforest to the coastal town of Yamba where you can jump into a refreshing swimming hole created in a former quarry. For dinner tonight, perhaps you’ll be tempted to head down to the beach for freshly-cooked fish and chips? (2B, D)

05-06

Head on up the coast to the hippie haven of Byron Bay, which radiates a cool vibe and offers some of the best surf breaks in Australia; as you’ll soon discover with an included surfing lesson. In your free time, chill out with a yoga class or indulgent spa treatment, or get your adrenalin pumping with a tandem skydive, sea kayaking or dolphin-watching cruise. Stroll out to the lighthouse at the easternmost point of Australia, or just hang out at the Buddha Bar and meet the quirky locals. (2B)

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Kings Canyon / Alice Springs

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Watch the first light of day breaking over Uluru, which provides a totally different spectacle to last night’s sunset. Travel the short distance to the multitude of red domes known as Kata Tjuta where, weather permitting, you can enjoy a walk through the Valley of the Winds. Return to the Ayers Rock Resort for lunch before continuing to Kings Creek Station for another night around the campfire. On Day 22, hike around the rim of dramatic Kings Canyon taking in views of the Amphitheatre and the Garden of Eden, before heading back to Alice Springs. (2B, 2L, D)

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Enjoy a free day to explore Alice Springs, which boasts a number of historic attractions such as the old Telegraph Station, the Flying Doctors and the School of the Air (from where kids living on remote outback cattle stations are taught via the Internet). Alice Springs is also the best place in Australia to invest in some authentic Aboriginal works of art. Later this afternoon, board the legendary Ghan train to travel effortlessly from the red soils of the outback to the tropical north around Darwin. On Day 24, the train makes a four-hour stop in Katherine, from where transfers to Katherine Gorge are included. You can walk through the narrow walls of the river canyon or sign up for an optional flatbottomed boat ride or helicopter flight for a bird’s-eye view of the area. (2B)

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It’s an early departure this morning from Darwin, but with so much to see in the World Heritage area of Kakadu N.P., you’ll want to maximise your sightseeing time. Enjoy an included crocodile-spotting and wildlife cruise at the Corroboree Billabong, and then visit Ubirr to see the remarkable indigenous rock art. Interpret what you’ve just seen at an Aboriginal arts and crafts centre and spend the night either just outside the park (wet season) or at a campsite near Jim Jim Falls (dry season). (B, L, D)

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Hike to the top of Twin Falls for outstanding views and to enjoy an awesome swimming hole. Take in the sandstone cliffs of Jim Jim Falls and cool off in one of its refreshing plunge pools, before heading to Litchfield National Park for an overnight camp and for one last night in a cosy ‘swag’. (B, L, D)

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Enjoy a guided excursion into Litchfield National Park to see sights such as the Wangi, Florence and Tolmer Falls, where further swimming opportunities lie in store. Visit the Buley Rockholes and admire the amazing and unusual magnetic termite mounds that characterise the park. Return to Darwin, where your tour comes to an end early this evening. (B, L)

Byron Bay

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It’s a real change of pace today as you travel from chilled-out Byron Bay across the border into Queensland and to the hugely popular resort area of the Gold Coast. Check out the bronzed bodies in their bikinis and budgie smugglers, get back in the surf or just chill on the white sand beach. Later this afternoon, transfer to Brisbane, the vibrant state capital of Queensland. (B)

Fraser Island

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Travel up the coast by train and then hop on the ferry across to Fraser Island. Drive along the beach and adjust to the relaxed pace of island life before enjoying a sociable barbecue this evening at your secluded beachside camp. On Day 9, pack your sense of adventure to enjoy a full-day tour of Fraser’s highlights including Lake Mackenzie, 75 Mile Beach and the Maheno shipwreck. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Cattle Station

Back on the mainland, head up the ‘Capricorn Coast’ by train to an authentic cattle station. The ranch staff here make excellent hosts and love showing you the ropes as they teach you about life and all things cow-related in this remote location. Spend the night sleeping in a ‘swag’ under the stars. (B, D)

Whitsunday Islands Sailing

Transfer to Mackay for an epic island-hopping adventure through the beautiful Whitsundays, sailing aboard a maxi yacht and dropping anchor in secluded swimming and snorkelling spots. Admire the coral and marine life at the Great Barrier Reef, and tuck into delicious meals on board. (2B, L, 2D)

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Transfer to the train station this morning and ride the rails once again, travelling through sugarcane country all the way up the tropical city of Cairns. A free day here gives you the chance to enjoy your pick of optional activities such as hot-air ballooning, whitewater rafting, or diving trips to the Great Barrier Reef. The nightlife in Cairns is pretty lively too, so you’re guaranteed fun times. (B)

Cape Tribulation / Cooktown / Cairns

Arrive into Sydney today and, if time permits, head down to Circular Quay to watch the comings and goings of the harbour ferries against an iconic backdrop of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. You will meet your tour leader and the rest of your group at a welcome meeting this evening.

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Whitsunday Islands / Whitehaven Beach / Airlie Beach

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Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park / Darwin

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AUSTRALIA ENCOMPASSED Sydney

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Melbourne Cairns

Whitsunday Islands

Airlie Beach Alice Springs

Kings Canyon

Mackay Cattle Station

Uluru (Ayers Rock) William Creek

Fraser Island Brisbane

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Byron Bay

Coober Pedy

Yamba

Beltana Station

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Bingara Nundle Sheep Station

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Wine tasting in the Hunter Valley Bliss out in laid-back Byron Bay Sail through the idyllic Whitsundays Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef Travel the Queensland coast by train Catch Uluru at sunrise and sunset Drive the remote Oodnadatta Track Fossick for gemstones in Coober Pedy

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Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommneded for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels (14 nts), camping in swag or tent (4 nts), maxi yacht (2 nts), beach hostel (1 nt), beachside tented camp (2 nts, underground hostel (1 nt) (all nights multishare) Transport: Private bus, train, maxi yacht, 4x4 safari vehicle, ferry, plane Meals: 23 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 11 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $375-450 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOAAE

Shorten your trip Most of the Coast (16 days, Sydney to Cairns) (GAOASC) Fr £1,999 The Red Centre to Melbourne (9 days, Alice Springs to Melbourne) (GAOARM) Fr £899

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Welcome to your crash course in all things Australian! This is a seriously cool adventure that not only ticks off many of the key places you came to see - Fraser Island, the Whitsundays, Cairns, Ayers Rock and Melbourne - but also has you participating in all manner of unique, only-in-Australia activities. Learn to surf in Byron Bay, sleep under the stars on sheep and cattle stations, discover gold and opal mines, be introduced to Aboriginal culture at Uluru and go wine tasting in the Clare Valley. With a wide variety of accommodation and transport options thrown in to keep things interesting, you’ll be an expert by the end of the trip!

Whitsunday Islands Sailing

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Sydney

Arrive into Sydney today and explore at leisure until meeting the rest of your group this evening.

A morning sail will take you to one of the most famous spots of the Whitsundays, the impossibly white sands of Whitehaven Beach. Feel the warm sand between your toes and stroll at your own pace and meander up to the lookout for an unforgettable view. Back on board, enjoy an afternoon sail before disembarking at the popular resort of Airlie Beach, with its lively nightlife options. (B)

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Cairns

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Hunter Valley / Nundle Sheep Station

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Leave the urban buzz of Sydney behind and head for the hills. More accurately, head for the beautiful Hunter Valley and get to taste some of its world-famous wines while learning about the wine-making process. You’ll spend the night at Nundle Sheep Station, where you can learn the ropes on how to shear sheep before chatting to your new travel buddies over a homestyle dinner with locals. (B, D)

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Gibraltar National Park / Yamba

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Byron Bay

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Head up the coastal road to the laid-back resort of Byron Bay, which boasts amazing surf, friendly locals and eccentric art scene. You’ll see the lighthouse which is nestled on the most easterly point of Australia, where (if you’re lucky) you may spot whales swimming off the shore. Hang with locals and get involved in an included yoga class and an included surf lesson. Other optional activities include skydiving, sea kayaking, dolphin cruises or indulgent spa treatments. (2B)

Gold Coast / Brisbane

Cross the border into Queensland for a lunch stop on the Gold Coast, Australia’s holiday playground and home to some of the best surf beaches in the country. Spend time admiring the bronzed bodies and skyscrapers before heading an hour up the road into Queensland’s state capital, Brisbane. (B)

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Cattle Station

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After a quick transfer off the island by boat, you’ll take a scenic train journey up the ‘Capricorn Coast’ which is well-known as prime cattle country. Before you know it, you’ll pull up at an outback cattle station where you’ll rest up this evening. Mix with the cattle station’s workers as they teach you about the history of the cattle station and the beef industry, as well as giving you an insight into Aboriginal culture. Get creative as you make your own didgeridoo and listen to tales of the legendary ‘Dreamtime’ stories during the evening. Sleep under the stars in a swag (canvas bedroll). Let the cultural immersion begin! (B, D)

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From the tropics to the dusty outback today as you fly directly from Cairns into the frontier town of Alice Springs, in the heart of Australia’s ‘Red Centre’. (B)

Kings Canyon / Kings Creek

It’s an early start this morning to drive south through the open outback to Kings Canyon. Embark on a four-hour walk through its red rock gorges and valleys seeing natural formations such as the Garden of Eden. Later, opt to ride one of the camels at the Kings Creek Station. (B, L, D)

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Learn the significance of the mighty Uluru at the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and on the Mala Walk around part of the base of this iconic attraction. See sunset with a glass of bubbly before sleeping under the outback stars in a canvas ‘swag’. (B, L, D)

Coober Pedy

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Travel via a rugged and remote track to Coober Pedy, the world’s opal mining capital. Tour one of the mines and spend a unique night in an underground hostel - built to escape the heat of summer. (B)

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William Creek / Beltana Station

Follow the Oodnadatta Track, crossing the dingo fence and exploring the ruins of early settler sites. Visit the Arabunna Aboriginal Centre before seeing the salt flats of Lake Eyre and enjoying a dip in a remote thermal spring. Spend the night at a historic and authentic sheep station. (2B, L, 2D)

Flinders Ranges / Clare Valley / Adelaide

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Fraser Island

After taking a guided stroll around Brisbane you’ll head up the coast by train before ferrying across to Fraser Island, the world’s biggest sand island. Enjoy the relaxed pace of life, not to mention the lovely scenery, before settling in for the evening for a barbecue at your beachside campsite. This is the life! On Day 9, don’t forget your sense of adventure as you experience a full day 4x4 tour taking in the highlights of this incredible destination; Lake Mackenzie, 75 Mile Beach and Maheno Shipwreck to name a few. (2B, 2L, 2D)

It’s an early start this morning, but you can grab forty winks as you take the train through the sugar cane country north to Cairns, the most famous resort in the beautiful ‘Tropical North’ of Queensland. Grab your swimmers and head to the man-made lagoon - a firm favourite with the locals! Cairns is also popular as a jumping-off point for optional snorkelling and scuba diving trips to the Great Barrier Reef, plus world-class hot-air ballooning and whitewater rafting. The nightlife here can get pretty lively too, so you’re in for fun times when darkness falls. (B)

Alice Springs

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Drive to the Country and Western capital of Australia, Tamworth, where you might like to browse through the vintage music stores. After lunch at another charming rural town, head for Bingara where you can try your hand at gold panning with a visit to a historic gold mine and meet a local Jackaroo (an Australian cowboy) for some entertaining insights into the country lifestyle. (B, D) Prepare for a scenic trek into Gibraltar National Park before journeying through the rainforests to the beautiful coastal town of Yamba. Meet the locals with an optional game of lawn bowls or, if you fancy yourself as an avid fisherman/woman, you can go fishing off of the town’s huge sea wall. Round off the day with a relaxing swim and savour freshly-cooked fish and chips on the beach. (B)

Transfer to Mackay to embark on an island-hopping extravaganza around the stunning Whitsundays. Your home for the next two nights will be a maxi yacht which will transport you to secluded coves for swimming and snorkelling, before you anchor up for the night. Take advantage of the included snorkel gear; throw on a mask and see what the Great Barrier Reef is all about! (2B, L, 2D)

Whitsunday Islands / Whitehaven Beach / Airlie Beach

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Drive through the impressive Flinders Ranges before watching the arid scenery give way to the more fertile and lush Clare Valley, where a wine tasting session will defiinitely be most welcome as a way of celebrating your epic trip through the outback! Spend the night in the elegant city of Adelaide, whose city centre is laid out on a ‘square mile’ grid surrounded by well-established parklands. (B)

Grampians National Park

Travel inland to the Grampians National Park, a dramatic region best known for its sandstone mountain ranges and impressive ancient rock art. Trek through the verdant forests, lush with flora and fauna, and enjoy photo opportunities at a number of famous landmarks. (B)

Great Ocean Road / Port Campbell

Start your two-day journey along the world-famous Great Ocean Road with visit to the impressive rock formations such as The Arch and London Bridge, which is no longer a bridge since its supporting arch collapsed! Visit an Aboriginal cultural centre to learn of the area’s cultural significance. (B)

Great Ocean Road / Melbourne

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Admire the impressive rock pinnacles known as the Twelve Apostles and walk through the rainforest in Cape Otway National Park. Travel past the renowned surf beaches of Bells Beach and Torquay as you head into Melbourne, where the tour comes to an end today with an early evening arrival. We recommend pre-booking a few days’ accommodation so you can really get to grips with the city. (B)

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Darwin

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Kakadu N.P Litchfield N.P Katherine Mataranka Daly Waters Devils Marbles

Kings Canyon

Atherton Tablelands Shute Harbour Airlie Beach

Simpsons Gap Kata Tjuta

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Tennant Creek

Alice Springs

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Cattle Station

Uluru

Capricorn Coast

Surfers Paradise

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Experience the Great Barrier Reef Party on in Airlie Beach Enjoy a cruise in the Whitsundays Discover Fraser Island by 4WD Learn to surf on the east coast Hit the bright lights of Sydney Explore Uluru and the Red Centre Swim in the waterfalls of Kakadu N.P.

Embrace the unique beauty and extreme diversity of the wonderful land Down Under with this ‘Australia’s Best’ collection. On this incredible tour (which can be broken down into a number of different shorter itineraries) you will experience the dry desert, the lush tropics, the adventurous side of the East Coast, the party atmosphere of Queensland and the sharp contrast between dusty Outback towns and cosmopolitan cities. Camp out under the stars, sit and recall the day’s events around a campfire and enjoy a host of included activities. This really is Australia’s best!

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Departures above are for Cairns to Darwin. Additional dates are avaliable for Darwin to Cairns, Sydney to Darwin and Darwin to Sydney. Please contact your STA Travel Expert for more details.

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Atherton Tablelands / Airlie Beach

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Inclusions

Accommodation: Multi-share / twin accommodation (22 nts), camping / swags (7 nts) Transport: Private mini bus, plane (domestic flight not inc), 4WD vehicle Meals:17 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 17 dinners Group Leader: Tour guides throughout Group Size: Max 20 East Coast, max 24 N.T. Note: The domestic flight between East Coast & N.T. is not inc & should be booked separately. Contact your STA Travel Expert for the flight date, as these vary between departures. Access to some falls may be seasonal. Local payment of $12.50 is due for the Twin Falls Boat Shuttle if choosing to upgrade to 4WD in Top End from Apr-Oct. Tour Code: CNSAUS (DRWAUS, DRWCNS,SYDAUS)

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15-18

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Cruise through the magnificent Whitsunday Islands and relax on the catamaran’s boom net where you can watch the clear blue water break. Venture onto Whitsunday Island to take in the breathtaking seven kilometre-long Whitehaven Beach where you can snorkel, swim and even clean your jewellery with the pristine silica sand. For lunch, enjoy a boat BBQ and cruise around the area before returning to Airlie in the late afternoon. Check out the nightlife which makes Airlie Beach so famous. (B, L)

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Fraser Island

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Rainbow Beach / Byron Bay

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This morning take a guided walk to see the towering walls, crevices and plateaus of Watarrka (Kings Canyon). Visit the Amphitheatre and the Lost City. After lunch, enjoy the return journey back to Alice Springs arriving in the late afternoon. Enjoy Day 22 at leisure and either relax or explore the Red Centre township of Alice Springs. The next day adventure through the ‘Territory’ to Darwin begins. Just north of Alice Springs is the Tropic of Capricorn. Further along the track are the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) which are a collection of gigantic granite boulders magically balanced on top of one another. The day winds to a close north of Tennant Creek at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where you camp for the night. (B, 2L, D)

Banka Banka / Mataranka / Katherine

No trip to the ‘Territory’ is complete without a visit to the Daly Waters Pub, an important watering hole for explorers and drovers in days gone by and now great for a cold beer, a bit of history and a ‘fair dinkum outback experience’! Later in the day soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools. (B, L, D)

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Katherine / Nitmiluk National Park / Darwin / Kakadu National Park

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Welcome to the largest sand island in the world, World Heritage Fraser Island. Your island adventure begins in the morning when your local guide picks you up in Rainbow. After a short ferry ride start two full days of four-wheel-driving on the roads of sand. During your stay you will have the chance to spot dingoes, swim in crystal clear freshwater lakes and explore the diverse landscapes in this unique habitat. Before heading to bed don’t forget to look up to enjoy the millions of stars. In the late afternoon of Day 11 return to Rainbow accommodation for a group dinner. (B, 2L, 2D) Today you’ll hand-feed wild Pacific dolphins as they come into Tin Can Bay before designing and painting your own boomerang, a traditional Aboriginal hunting implement. Enjoy traditional foods with modern presentation in Yarra’s Bush Tucker Lunch; a fantastic opportunity to experience the true taste of Australia. It’s then onto Brisbane, the Queensland capital. The next day head to the famous hippie town of Byron Bay where your guide will take you on a town tour including a walk up to the famous lighthouse. Take in the relaxed vibe here before driving into your Spot X beachfront surf camp for the night. (L, 2D)

Your Northern Territory adventure begins bright and early with a stop at the Outback Camel Farm at Stuarts Well where you can ride a camel (optional). After lunch and your arrival at Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Your guide will then take you on an interpretive walk around the base of ‘the Rock’. Those choosing to climb will have the opportunity to do so, weather permitting. It’s then time to watch the ever-changing colours of Uluru at sunset. Get up early for sunrise then take a short drive to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), an aboriginal word for “many heads”. Here your guide will lead you on a hike through the dry creek beds, domes and beautiful wilderness of the ‘Valley of the Winds’. After lunch, leave Uluru for the drive to Kings Creek Station, a working cattle farm. (B, 2L, 2D)

Kings Canyon / Alice Springs / Banka Banka Cattle Station

Airlie Beach / Outback Cattle Station / Rainbow Beach

This morning head to your Outback cattle station for two nights. In the evening settle around the campfire for a traditional camp oven dinner followed by a mechanical bull ride to bring out your inner cowboys and girls. Awake to the sounds of birds chirping for a day of Aussie Outback life as you try your hand at whip cracking, clay target shooting and lassoing and releasing a goat in a rodeo. Opt for a goat muster by horseback or quad bike through the cattle station. In between these activities experience a traditional Aussie BBQ to keep your energy levels up. After your final bush breakfast we head on south to Rainbow Beach – the gateway to World Heritage Fraser Island. (3B, 2L, 3D)

It’s off to the World Heritage Blue Mountains. Home to the famous Three Sisters rock formations your guide will take you on a walk to witness the vast land around you. In the afternoon, make your way to Sydney. Check in then meet your group for dinner. The next day, complete your East Coast adventure by cruising around the most famous harbour in the world, Sydney Harbour, past the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and all of Day 17 exploring some more of Sydney’s famous attractions. Opt for a swim or stroll at Bondi or visit the Hunter Valley to sample fine Australia wine. On Day 18 fly at anytime to Alice Springs (not included). (2B, D)

Alice Springs / Uluru / Kata Tjuta / Kings Canyon

Start this morning participating in a platypus-spotting walk (there’s a 98% success rate in seeing the elusive platypus), with the option of biking in the neighbouring area then head to Airlie Beach, the base to the Whitsunday Islands. Spend Day 4 relaxing in Airlie Beach to rest up and take in the tropical atmosphere of this chilled out town. For those wanting a more action-packed experience you have the option to upgrade to a 2 day/1 night sailing experience. Sail on a maxi-yacht with young, fun-loving people and experience sleeping overnight on a fast sailing yacht. (2B, D)

Whitsunday Islands

Red Centre & Top End Crocodile Rock (10 days Alice Springs to Darwin or vv) (ASPRED/DRWRED) see page 100 Fr £752 Passengers receive a free upgrade to a 4WD trip in either Kakadu National Park or Red Centre (subject to availability) Ask your STA Travel Expert for details.

Welcome to your East Coast adventure! Upon checking in at your Cairns accommodation you can opt to explore the city – the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef – or laze by the pool and sip on a cocktail. In the evening join your group for a welcome dinner and drinks. The next day head south through the stunning Atherton Tablelands to visit the magnificent Millaa Millaa Falls, the Curtain Fig Tree and the volcanic crater of Lake Eacham. In the evening arrive at your rainforest lodge in Yungaburra, nestled away from the coastline, amongst beautiful crater lakes, rainforest and tropical fruit farms. (B, 2D)

Try your hand at ‘hanging ten’ with an optional surf lesson, or alternatively, relax with a walk along the beach. Other optional activities include heading to the golf course filled with kangaroos, a river kayak or the crazy sport of wave rafting. Continue south to Port Macquarie for a visit the local Koala hospital which has been treating sick and injured koalas since 1973. Overnight in Port Macquarie. Today, starting with Port Stephens, see the largest sand dune system in Australia before embarking on an included 90-minute dolphin cruise where you have a 99% chance of seeing resident wild dolphins. After lunch, travel onto Katoomba in the heart of the Blue Mountains. (B)

Blue Mountains / Sydney / Alice Springs

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Port Macquarie / Port Stephens / Katoomba

Take a short drive to the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park. Ancient sandstone has been carved away by the Katherine River to create a deep and picturesque gorge. In the afternoon, watch the changing landscape on the way to Darwin where you will spend the night. The first stop the next morning, is the Mary River Wetlands where you’ll take a cruise to spot ‘crocs’ and other wildlife. The Bowali Visitor Centre is a good place to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts before your late afternoon arrival at Ubirr for magnificient views. (B, 2L, D)

Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park / Darwin

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Spend the morning at Gunlom Falls where you can swim at the bottom of the waterfall and climb to the top of the falls. Relax in a natural infinity pool with a grand view of the Arnhem Land escarpment, take a dip in the sandy middle pool and swim under a waterfall in the rear pool. Travel via Batchelor to an overnight campsite near Litchfield National Park. Today is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Highlights include the large magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and swimming in and hiking at Wangi Falls (seasonal). Go for a final swim in the waterfalls at Buley Rockhole before your early evening arrival back in Darwin. (2B, 2L, D)

Darwin

Top off your fantastic adventure with two free days in Darwin to unwind or explore further. If you’ve opted for a night out on the town then you may wish to take things slower. If not, then there’s plenty to see and do around Darwin. Bid farewell to your travel buddies as your tour ends on Day 30.

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Melbourne

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Sail on Sydney Harbour on a yacht Learn how to surf at Byron Bay Snorkel in the Whitsunday Islands Take in the sunrise over Ayers Rock Sip fine wines in the Barossa Valley Hike through Grampians National Park Drive the stunnig Great Ocean Road Discover the Aboriginals’ rich history

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Trip Style: Comfort Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Comfort hotels (12 nts), comfort motel (2 nts), beach resort/hotel (6 nts) Transport: Private bus, taxi, plane, local bus, ferry, yacht, train Meals: 18 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $400-500 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOAIS

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For those who have always wanted to visit Australia but didn’t know where to start, this trip is your dream come true! Over 21 days, travel in style around the continent’s greatest cities and destinations and fall in love with the laid-back Aussie lifestyle. See the iconic Sydney Harbour aboard a racing yacht, learn to surf the waves at Byron Bay, and snorkel amongst stunning coral reefs in the Whitsunday Islands. You’ll visit spectacular Uluru, sample the fragrant wines of the Barossa Valley and party it up in Melbourne. This tour is for those who appreciate the finer things in life and who apply that philosophy to their trip to Australia!

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Sydney

Arrive into Sydney at any time and settle in. On Day 2, explore the city with a walk along the bustling harbour before heading to the iconic Sydney Opera House. After an early lunch, a former America’s Cup racing yacht will take you around the harbour for a stunning two-hour sail on the harbour. (B, L)

Byron Bay / Whitsunday Islands / Airlie Beach Cape Tribulation

03-06

Cairns Whitsunday Islands

Alice Springs Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Brisbane

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Hop on a train through the beautiful sugar cane countryside and rainforest on the way to Cairns. Check out the buzzing town – make sure to see its sparkling saltwater lagoon before opting for a group dinner and drinks overlooking the marina. On Day 8, drive along stunning coastal roads to Port Douglas before making a pit stop to meet local Aboriginals. Learn about their rich culture, from their traditions to their survival techniques, even trying your hand at spear fishing. On Day 9, don’t miss the chance to snorkel on the techni-coloured Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef. (2B, D)

Cairns / Alice Springs / Uluru

10-12

Catch a flight from Cairns to Alice Springs’ red desert sands. One of Australia’s most famous outback towns, stay the night and take in the views of the surrounding jagged MacDonnell Ranges. On Day 11, take in the awe-inspiring views at Kings Canyon before heading to Uluru for the night. Drink in the spellbinding views of the monolith at sunrise before taking part in an interpretative walk around the base of Uluru. Get a better understanding of the area by visiting the Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about local beliefs and traditions through artistic impression. (3B, 2L)

Adelaide / Barossa Valley

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Fly to Adelaide and enjoy an orientation walk around the city and a delicious dinner at a historic hotel. On Day 14, travel to world-renowned Barossa Valley, one of Australia’s oldest wine regions. Then, it’s back to Adelaide to explore. On Day 16, opt for a full-day excursion to Kangaroo Island, a pristine wilderness that offers protection to native Australian animals. See sea lions basking on white beaches, koalas snoozing in the trees and kangaroos hopping through the lush forests. (4B, L, D)

Robe / Grampians National Park

17-18

The next destination is Robe; a historic seaside resort at the southern end of Guichen Bay. Check out its range of museums and historic walking trails or take a stroll to the pier to see fishermen bring in their day’s catch. On Day 18, visit Grampians National Park which is home to kangaroos, emus, koalas and a host of birds. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife while enjoying a walk at McKenzie Falls and the Balconies, that boast incredible views of the unspoilt natural landscapes below. (2B, D)

Great Ocean Road / Warrnambool / Melbourne

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1. EXPLORE THE BEACHES OF SYDNEY 2. SURF AND PARTY HARD AT SPOT X 3. SAIL INTO A WHITSUNDAYS’ SUNSET 4. SPEND A NIGHT ON THE BARRIER REEF 5. RAFT THE RAGING TULLY RIVER RAPIDS

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Fly to beautiful Byron Bay, where you can enjoy a walk to the Cape Byron lighthouse. On Day 4, meet up with a local surf legend for a lesson on the waves, then stretch out with an included yoga class. The rest of the day is free for exploring or optional activities. On Day 5, travel to Brisbane for the short flight and ferry ride to the Whitsunday Islands. After spending the night on Daydream Island, relax beachside before jumping on a yacht for an afternoon of sailing, snorkelling and swimming around the islands. End the day with a good night’s sleep in an Airlie Beach resort hotel. (3B, L, D)

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After a morning visit to an Aboriginal cultural centre, it’s time to hit the famous Great Ocean Road to the seaside town of Warrnambool. On Day 20, see the magnificent Twelve Apostles and wander through the lush rainforests of Great Otway National Park before reaching Melbourne for a chance to experience the city’s restaurants and nightlife. Departing after breakfast on Day 21. (3B)

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Mackay Cattle Station Fraser Island

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Spear fish with local Aboriginal tribes Get your surf on in chilled Byron Bay Sleep under the stars in the outback Island hop the beautiful Whitsundays Snorkel the pristine Great Barrier Reef Zip over Fraser’s sand dunes in a 4x4 Sleep in a beachside rainforest lodge Wine tasting at the Hunter Valley

East Coast Australia – rugged landscapes, crashing turquoise waves, pristine reefs, indigenous culture, cosmopolitan cities, out-of-this-world wildlife, friendly locals and an unbelievable amount of awesome experiences: does it get any better than this? You’ll travel up the sun-kissed coast from Sydney to Cairns and, along the way, you’ll be shearing sheep in the outback, trekking national parks, partying in all-Aussie beach resorts, taking a 4x4 adventure around the world’s largest sand island, practising yoga in eccentric Byron Bay and sailing from one postcard-perfect island to another in the Whitsundays.

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Whitsunday Islands Sailing

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Feel free to explore the buzzing city of Sydney at your own pace today, as you don’t meet the rest of your group until 6pm this evening. Sydney will keep you busy as it offers heaps of iconic spots such as the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Bondi Beach. Get off the beaten tracks and explore its shiny backstreets, cafés, museums and gardens or take a water taxi across the harbour to Manly.

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Leave the sophistication and glamour behind and prepare for a slower pace of life. On the way you’ll explore the beautifully scenic Hunter Valley and get to taste some of its world-famous wines as well as learning about the fascinating history of wine-making. Later on you’ll pull up at Nundle Sheep Station for an overnight stop with a rural feel. Get your boots on and get ready to learn the ropes on how to shear sheep before getting to know your mates over a traditional dinner with locals. (B, D)

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels (9 nts), eco lodge (1 nt), beachside tented camp (2 nts), maxi yacht (2 nts), beach hostel (1 nt), swag/ canvas bedroll (2 nts) (all nights multishare) Transport: Train, yacht, private bus, 4x4 vehicle, ferry Meals: 16 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 9 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $200-250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOAEC

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After a quick stop for essential supplies, prepare yourself for a scenic trek into Gibraltar National Park before a journey through the winding rainforests where you’ll end up at the beautiful coastal town of Yamba. Get to know the locals with an optional game of lawn bowls or, if you fancy yourself as an avid fisherman/woman, you can go fishing off of the town’s huge sea wall. Round off the day with a relaxing swim and savour the local delicacy of fish and chips on the beach. (B)

Byron Bay

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Heading up the coastal road you’ll find yourself in the sumptuous haven of Byron Bay. This Aussie beauty radiates chilled vibes and will fascinate you with its amazing surf, friendly locals and eccentric art scene. You’ll see the lighthouse which is nestled on the most easterly point of Australia, where (if you’re lucky) you may spot whales swimming off the shore. Hang with locals and get involved in an included yoga class followed by dinner at a local restaurant. On Day 6, get out there and ride some of the legendary waves with an included surf lesson. Other optional activities here include skydiving, sea kayaking, dolphin watching cruises or an indulgent spa treatment. (2B)

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A morning sail will take you to one of the most famous spots of the Whitsundays, Whitehaven Beach. Feel the warm sand between your toes and stroll at your own pace along the impossibly white beach and head to the lookout for an unforgettable view of the area. Back on board, you’ll enjoy an afternoon sail and anchor up at Airlie Beach. Enjoy Airlie Beach as you see fit; relax by the pool or head into town and check out its action-packed nightlife with your new mates. Cocktail anyone? (B)

Tamworth / Bingara

This morning, you’ll drive to the Country and Western music capital of Australia, Tamworth, where you can browse the town’s interesting stores. After lunch at another quirky country town you’ll be back on the road and heading for Bingara. Try your hand at gold panning after a visit to a historic gold mine and then meet a local Jackaroo (a man who works on a cattle or sheep ranch) to get the lowdown on the local area. If you fancy exploring, opt to horseback ride around Bingara. (B, D)

Cross the border into Queensland for a lunch stop on the Gold Coast, Australia’s holiday playground and home to some of the best surf beaches in the country. Spend time admiring the bronzed bodies and skyscrapers before heading an hour up the road into Queensland’s state capital, Brisbane. Stay at a centrally-located hotel and head out to explore the city’s many bars and restaurants. (B)

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It’s an early start this morning as you take the train to tropical Cairns. Sit back and daydream out the window as you pass the coastline and through sugar cane country. After a charming adventure riding the rails you’ll pull up into the most popular resort in the beautiful ‘Tropical North’ of Queensland, Cairns. Grab your swimmers and head to the man-made lagoon - a firm favourite with the locals! Cairns is also popular as a jumping-off point for optional snorkelling and scuba diving trips to the Great Barrier Reef, offers some of the best hot-air ballooning anywhere in the world and outstanding whitewater rafting to be enjoyed on the nearby Tully River. The nightlife here can get pretty lively too, so you’re in for fun times when darkness falls. (B)

Cape Tribulation

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On today’s menu: pure Aboriginal culture. You’ll kick the day off travelling by 4x4 up to a remote beach where you’ll meet your friendly local Aboriginal guides. These folks will take you spear fishing and will teach you their traditional ways of life and about the local flora and fauna. After you’ve cooked up your very own catch of the day, visit an Aboriginal arts centre to learn about Dreamtime stories and the art that expresses those visions. For the creative amongst you there is an opportunity to make some art of your own, a perfect memento of your Aussie adventure. You’ll walk in some of the world’s oldest rainforest and swim in a remote waterfall in the magnificent National Park. Enjoy a unique overnight stop in a rainforest lodge, did we mention it’s right on the beach? With the Daintree Rainforest on one side and the Great Barrier Reef on the other, you are literally nestled between two paradises! (B, L, D)

Cooktown

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Fraser Island

After taking a guided stroll around Brisbane you’ll head up the coast by train before ferrying across to Fraser Island, the world’s biggest sand island. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and beautifully scenic landscape before settling in for the evening for a barbecue with good company at your beachside campsite. Life is pretty good. On Day 9, grab your sense of adventure as you experience a full day 4x4 tour taking in the highlights of this incredible island; Lake Mackenzie, 75 Mile Beach and Maheno Shipwreck to name a few! (2B, 2L, 2D)

Wake up to an outback-style breakfast before you transfer to Mackay to embark on an epic islandhopping extravaganza around the postcard-perfect and utterly stunning Whitsundays. Your home for the next two nights will be a maxi yacht which will whisk you round this world-famous spot. Start the adventure by sailing to a secluded cove and snorkelling through its vibrant reefs before you anchor up for the night. Take advantage of the included snorkel gear; throw on a mask and see what the Great Barrier Reef is all about! On Day 12, follow part of Captain Cook’s sailing route up through the Whitsundays, stopping at remote snorkel, beach and swim spots and optional scuba diving to get a different view of the reef along the way. The Whitsundays will definitely amaze you, so prepare for good times with good mates and dazzling scenery. (2B, L, 2D)

Whitsunday Islands / Whitehaven Beach / Airlie Beach

Hunter Valley / Nundle Sheep Station

Gibraltar National Park / Yamba

Inclusions

After a quick transfer off the island by boat, you’ll then take a scenic train journey up the ‘Capricorn Coast’ which is well-known as cattle country. Before you know it, you’ll pull up at an outback cattle station where you’ll rest up this evening. Here you’ll mix with the cattle station’s workers as they teach you about the history of the cattle station and the cattle industry, as well as giving you an insight into Aboriginal culture. Get creative as you make your own didgeridoo and listen to locals tales of the legendary ‘Dreamtime’ stories by night, whilst sleeping under the stars in a swag (canvas bedroll). Let the cultural immersion begin! (B, D)

Travel safari-style through extremely remote countryside as you follow the Bloomfield Track, only accessible by 4x4. You’ll check out a sacred site at Bloomfield Falls and participate in the ‘Walk of the Women.’ Local Aboriginal women explain how the Falls speak to them, giving them powerful knowledge and visions for the future. Swap travel tales with your mates as you feast upon mouthwatering local cuisine. Overnight in swags (canvas bedrolls) whilst being hosted by entertaining locals. (B, L, D)

Cairns

18

Today you’ll travel westward to meet an Aboriginal guide who’ll lead you into his traditional lands. The Story Teller will explain their tribe’s way of life whilst interpreting historic rock cave paintings scattered in this cultural area of importance. After a day of exploration, travel back to Cairns where your east coast adventure trip sadly comes to an end with an evening arrival. (B)

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Sydney

Cape Tribulation Mossman Gorge

Port Douglas

Cairns

Whitsundays Shute Harbour (Daydream Island) Airlie Beach

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Cattle Station

Capricorn Coast

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Surfers Paradise

Fraser Island Noosa Brisbane

Byron Bay Coffs Harbour Port Macquarie Blue Mountains

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Highlights

Grab a board and learn to surf Opt to visit the Great Barrier Reef Zip line in the Daintree Rainforest Visit the lovely resort of Port Douglas Chill out at chilled-out Byron Bay Visit uninhabited Whitehaven Beach Enjoy the buzzing nightlife in Cairns Swim the waters of Lake McKenzie

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Fraser Island

The coast is calling! En-route, check out Childers, known for its heritage and farming history before you boat trip across Hervey Bay, looking out for humpback whales on the way to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. You’ll stay at an eco-lodge which provides the perfect backdrop from which to watch the sun set over mainland Australia. Chill out tonight with some good food and dancing at the Dingo Bar. (B)

08

Fraser Island / Rainbow Beach / Noosa

Zip around this true Aussie gem, 4WD style! This really is the best way to tick off Fraser’s must-do’s and will take you all around the island, including along Australia’s only designated beach highway. Get back to nature with a bushwalk and drive through the emerald green rainforest, over its towering sand dunes and round it all off with a cool dip in freshwater Lake McKenzie. Then you’ll head back to the mainland and stroll along Rainbow Beach before reaching the oh-so-dreamy surfer town of Noosa on the aptly-named Sunshine Coast, where you’ll dine at Noosa Surf Club. (B, L, D)

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DAY ITINERARY

Finish

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Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels/resorts (10 nts), eco-lodge (1 nt), lodge (1 nt), hostel (1nt), surf school village (1 nt), cattle station lodge (1 nt), yacht (2 nts - sailing option only) Transport: Modern air-con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners (sailing option includes 1 extra lunch & 1 extra dinner) Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 50 Tour Code: COBWCSD

Whitsundays Sailing Upgrade Days 05-06: swap Daydream Island for 2 days on board a private yacht (COBWCWD) Fr £1,985 Go In Reverse Reefs & Rainforests (16 days, Sydney to Cairns) (COBWSCD) Fr £1,865 Extend Your Trip The Big Walkabout (25 days, Sydney to Darwin) (COEXSDD) see page 40-41 Fr £3,049

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Let your imagination run wild as you travel along Australia’s East Coast, where the stunning scenery and wonderful wildlife fuel your wanderlust. This amazing adventure, exclusively for 18-35 year olds, takes you from Cairns, first north to Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation, and then south via the Whitsundays, Fraser Island and Byron Bay before reaching Sydney, ticking off a host of ‘A-List’ travel destinations. Feel the sun’s golden rays on your skin, let the Pacific Ocean capture your soul and allow the tropical rainforests of North Queensland to re-ignite your love for nature as you venture along this sublime stretch of Australia.

Noosa / Brisbane / Surfers Paradise

Cairns / Cape Tribulation

Additional departure dates are available, ask for details Prices for Oct 2014 onwards will be available from Feb 2014.

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Sydney

01

After meeting your Tour Manager and group in Cairns, your trip gets off to the most idyllic start as you travel north to Cape Tribulation. From here, you’ll follow the remote beaches of the Coral Sea up to the tropical Daintree Rainforest, where it’s time to get back to nature with a walk through this World Heritage Site before stopping for a unique Aboriginal cultural experience at the beautiful Mossman Gorge. From here, there’s the opportunity to indulge in some delicious & interesting new tropical fruit flavours at a local ice creamery before heading up to the lush greenery Cape Tribulation for the night, where you’ll rest up for the evening in a comfy lodge.

10-11

Cape Tribulation / Port Douglas / Cairns

02

Wake yourself up with a refreshing swim in a waterhole and then stroll through mangroves on a cultural walk with a local guide. Afterwards hit the road and travel to Port Douglas, a divine holiday playground of tropical northern Queensland, popular with young travellers and the rich and famous alike. This beautiful resort town boasts stunning white beaches lined with palm trees, a classic picture-postcard destination. Later this afternoon you’ll be back on the road bound for Cairns, a town renowned for its relaxed, tropical climate and laid back ambience. (B)

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary / Byron Bay

12

The next two days are completely at your leisure, so get out there and see what Cairns is all about! Whatever you fancy, Cairns has it all: skydiving for the daredevils amongst you, whitewater rafting on the Tully River, world-class hot-air ballooning as well as heaps of shops and a tropical lagoonstyle swimming pool on the promenade. It’s also a great base for a whole host of optional boat and helicopter excursions to the outstandingly beautiful Great Barrier Reef, which is begging you to go and explore its multi-coloured coral and neon fish, and if you’re lucky, even spot a small reef shark! You’ll have a chance to try kangaroo fillets and other delicious Australian treats during an included dinner at one of Cairns’ most awarded restaurants. Cairns is also famous for its buzzing backpacker nightlife, so you’re guaranteed some lively times during your stay. (2B, D)

Airlie Beach / Whitsundays

05-06

As you continue your quest for paradise, stop off at the chilled Airlie Beach and absorb its café scene before you take a ferry ride to Daydream Island in the Whitsundays. The next two days will see time disappear as your adventure reaches another level. Chill out to the max as you sun-worship and work on your tan, take an optional day sailing adventure to the mesmerising Whitehaven Beach, or perhaps step up the pace with some exhilarating watersports. (2B, D)

Whitsundays Sailing Upgrade Option

Want to get on the water in true Whitsundays style? You can! Pack your swimmers and hit the inviting blue waters on a private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays’ 74 paradise-like islands. You’ll stroll along the picture-perfect uninhabited Whitehaven Beach, snorkel in the glittering waters and can opt to scuba dive into the Great Barrier Reef’s vibrant depths, darting between schools of incredible fish. (2B, L, 2D)

13

Leave the ‘Shangri-la’ of the Whitsundays behind you and head back to the mainland. Get geared up for a more rural experience as you head through scenic Mackay, whose countryside is full of vibrant green vegetation and sugar cane plantations, then down the Capricorn Coast to tonight’s stop at an Aussie farm. Try your hand at whip cracking and check out the farm animals on a hay wagon ride. Yeehah! Later, experience a taste of local hospitality as your hosts pile the table high with hearty roast beef and vegetables followed by a decadent home-made dessert. Finish the day with traditional Aussie bush dancing and evening karaoke. (B, D)

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This bohemian little town has such a beautiful backdrop, it will make your jaw drop! After you’ve checked out its quirky array of shops head to Australia’s most easterly point, Cape Byron. If you’re lucky, you may get the chance to see dolphins and humpback whales too! Journey a bit farther down the coast and ride the waves with an included surf lesson at Coffs Harbour. With their tricks of the trade, the Surf Village’s pro surfer guides will have you riding the waves in no time! Grab your towel, swimmers and shades and enjoy life the Aussie way, at the beach! (B, D)

Sydney

14

It’s time to head towards the razzle and dazzle of Sydney, passing the famous ‘Big Banana’ and the oyster farms of the Hawkesbury River on your way. This Australian city is on every traveller’s list and has something for everyone as it houses some truly iconic landmarks. Enjoy its electric, cosmopolitan atmosphere before checking out the city’s nightlife after dark. If you want to get a different take on the city, take an optional climb over the Sydney Harbour Bridge - as we’re sure you’ll agree, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! (B)

Sydney

15

Farmstay

07

Bid farewell to Surfers Paradise and stop off at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you’ll see cute wombats, emus, crocodiles, dingoes, Tasmanian devils and colourful birds. You’ll have the chance to pat a kangaroo and cuddle up to a koala. Later, cross the Queensland/New South Wales state border and keep the beach vibes rolling as you get into Byron Bay’s organic way of life and pull up into the bliss-inducing resort town, popular with backpackers and hippies alike. (B)

Byron Bay / Coffs Harbour

Cairns

03-04

Embrace Noosa’s positively chilled vibes before passing the impressive Glasshouse Mountains on the way for a stop off at glitzy Brisbane, where you can see its namesake river, the Royal Botanical Gardens and visit Queen Street Mall. After your jaunt in Brisbane it’s time to get back on the road, pulling up at the East Coast party capital, Surfers Paradise! Relax as you see fit as you rest up at the resort, conveniently located a short distance from the beach! On Day 11, explore as you wish, indulge in some retail therapy, hit the skies with a heart-pumping tandem skydive, check out some wildlife at Australia Zoo or beach it up with a good book! Tonight’s agenda: mates, fun and exploring Surfers’ nightlife with included VIP nightclub entry. Let the good times roll! (2B)

Time to dive into the bustle of the city today as you take in some of the best views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House on a cruise from Manly Beach, after stopping for lunch and a swim. Later, take a tour of Kings Cross, Chinatown, Macquarie Street and The Rocks. After you’ve delighted yourself in the daytime activities, perhaps you might still have a little energy left for some retail therapy? If so, explore the unique boutiques at the historic Queen Victoria Building right in the heart of the city. This evening, enjoy a group dinner overlooking beautiful Darling Harbour and then make sure you experience Sydney’s nightlife on a last night out with your tour mates. (B, D)

Sydney / Blue Mountains / Sydney

16

By now you’ve ticked off all essential Sydney must-do’s, except one - the Blue Mountains. Get out into the country and explore the heart of this amazingly colourful landscape, learning about its history, seeing the ‘Three Sisters’ rock formation and hiking along the ridge overlooking Wentworth Falls. The trip comes to a close with an early evening arrival back into Sydney, when it’s time to say farewell to your travel buddies. (B)

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14 DAYS

Cairns

CITY TO SURF Sydney

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£1,185

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Surfers Paradise

Cairns

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10 DAYS

Surfers Paradise

Highlights

Meander around Sydney’s chic streets Learn to surf the waves like a pro Spot dolphins & whales at Cape Byron Party Aussie-style in Surfers Paradise Have a go at whip cracking at a farm Explore the dazzling Whitsundays Opt to dive the Great Barrier Reef 4WD Fraser Island’s hotspots

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DAY ITINERARY Sydney / Blue Mountains / Sydney

Meet your group, get out to the Blue Mountains to be impressed by the famous Three Sisters then the hike along the ridge overlooking Wentworth Falls. On Day 2, hit the streets of Sydney taking in the views of Sydney Harbour on a cruise from Manly, where you’ll stop for lunch and a refreshing swim. Check out the impressive Sydney Opera House and head to Macquarie Street for a culture fix. Later, opt for a different view with an optional Harbour Bridge climb! (B, D)

Coffs Harbour

Farewell the buzz of Sydney for a change pace at Coffs Harbour Surf Village, passing the famous ‘Big Banana’ and pretty Port Macquarie on your travels. (B, D) Grab a board and hit the waves for an included surf lesson. Later, experience Byron Bay’s art-filled and relaxed ways as you wander past organic cafés and boutique shops on the way to Cape Byron, where you might glimpse dolphins or whales! On Day 5, hang on to that glorious sunshine for a little longer as you chill beachside, then it’s time to trade it all in for Surfers Paradise. Check out koalas and kangaroos at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary along the way. (2B)

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10-11

Passing the Tropic of Capricorn and through sugar cane country, board your transfer boat at Airlie Beach and soon you’ll be faced with two blissful days of beaches, watersports and good times at Daydream Island, beautifully nestled in the Whitsundays. (2B, D)

Cairns

12-14

Sailing Whitsundays Upgrade Option

Opt to take a private live-aboard yacht sailing adventure through some of the Whitsundays’ 74 pristine islands including the spine-tinglingly beautiful Whitehaven Beach. Snorkel or swim through its brightly-coloured reefs, dotted with neon fish of all varieties. (2B, L, 2D)

Return to the mainland and head to the lively town of Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, famous for its rainforests and known as a gateway to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. If you fancy skydiving, go skydiving. If you fancy shopping, shop til’ you drop. If you fancy doing absolutely nothing, do absolutely nothing at the local pool lagoon! Reminisce on14 days of unforgettable memories before swapping e-mail addresses and phone numbers as your trip ends in the evening of Day 14. (3B, D)

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Inclusions AU S T R A L I A

Surfers Paradise Currumbin Byron Bay

Departures 2014/15

Coffs Harbour

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Port Macquarie

Sydney

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Resorts (7 nts), cattle station (1 nt), eco-lodge (1nt) Transport: Modern air-con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners (sailing option 1 extra lunch & 1 extra dinner) Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 50 Tour Code: COBTCSD

Whitsundays (Daydream Island)

Cairns Shute Harbour

Tully Townsville

Airlie Beach

Mackay

Cattle Station

Departures 2014/15

Feb 15

Airlie Beach / The Whitsundays

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels & resorts (4 nts), hostel (1 nt), surf school village (1 nt) Transport: Modern air-con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 50 Tour Code: COBSSBD

Jan 15

Back to the mainland and time to head to Queensland’s cattle country for a real Aussie experience, where you’ll get a full-on, behind-the-scenes look at farm life at a special stopover on a cattle station. Your host family shows you the farm on a hay wagon ride and then teach you how to crack a whip! (B, D)

Inclusions

Finish as you started and for the next two days pack in some adrenalin activities. Surfers Paradise is famous for its golden sands, partying and nightlife, so no wonder it’s Australia’s top vacation playground. Your awesome adventure wraps up on Day 10. (2B)

09-10

Dec

09

Farmstay

Surfers Paradise

Nov

Sydney

See Fraser on a 4WD tour, taking in Lake McKenzie’s wildlife before heading to top surf town: Noosa. On Day 8, enjoy Noosa’s chilled vibes and go for a swim before heading to Surfers Paradise. (B, L, D)

07-08

Oct

07-08

Explore the sights of Brisbane this morning, before making your way to the chic beach town of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, passing the Glasshouse Mountains en-route. Tonight, enjoy a beachside dinner at Noosa Surf Club. On Day 8, continue up the coast to Fraser Island where you’ll stay in an eco-lodge. Paradise awaits as you venture out in a 4WD to discover the island’s freshwater lakes, lush rainforests and diverse wildlife. Bush walk, swim in Lake McKenzie and indulge in a gourmet barbecue as you watch this paradise become engulfed by the sunset. Heaven looks like this! (2B, L, D)

Fraser Island / Noosa / Surfers Paradise

Sep

Port Macquarie Blue Mountains

Brisbane / Noosa / Fraser Island

05-06

Aug

Currumbin Byron Bay Coffs Harbour

06-07

Hop on board an overnight Whitsundays sailing adventure on a private yacht! Check out this beautiful corner of the world as you snorkel, dive and stroll around it! Please ask for upgrade prices. (2B, L, 2D)

Pass rolling sugar cane plantations on your way to a working cattle station for tonight’s outback stopover, where you’ll learn about Aussie farm life. On Day 6, prepare for the lush rainforests of Fraser Island and watch the sunset before dancing at the Dingo Bar! (2B, D)

Apr

Surfers Paradise

Fraser Island Noosa Brisbane

You have a free day to explore and there is no shortage of fun stuff to do. Hit the beach, walk the town or feed your wild side with plenty of adrenalin-quenching optional experiences like tandem skydiving, 4WD National Park tours or the amazing Australia Zoo. Tonight, enjoy Surfers’ whirlwind nightlife and get into the party capital of the East Coast with VIP club entry before it all wraps up on Day 7. (2B)

Whitsundays Sailing Option

Farmstay / Fraser Island

Mar

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05-06

May

Capricorn Coast

Surfers Paradise

Apr

Cattle Station

Byron Bay / Surfers Paradise

You’ve got the morning in Byron Bay before heading to Surfers Paradise. You’ll also get face-to-face with some Aussie wildlife with an included stop at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Then chill out at tonight’s stop in a beachside resort in the mighty Surfers Paradise. On Day 6, explore as you see fit and shop til’ you drop, skydive, visit Australia Zoo or indulge in beach time! Tonight, enjoy VIP nightclub entry and see what Surfers’ pulsing nightlife has to offer! (2B)

03-04

Feb

Whitsundays (Daydream Island) Airlie Beach Mackay

04-05

Mar

Townsville Shute Harbour

03-04

Feb

Tully

Leave the city behind and make your way to the very cool Coffs Harbour Surf Village, where you’ll stay tonight at your beachside camp, lazing around a campfire for the evening. On the morning of Day 4, it’s time to get your beach gear on with a surf lesson before it’s off to the hippie and alternative flavours of Byron Bay, known for its chilled vibes, shops and stunning beaches. (2B, D)

Fall in love with this tropical paradise with a two-night stay on idyllic Daydream Island. Take an optional day sail around some of the 74 islands or play some beach volleyball or cricket. Does life get any better? (2B, D)

Coffs Harbour / Byron Bay / Surfers Paradise

Coffs Harbour / Byron Bay

Cairns

The Whitsundays

Jul

03

01-02

Jan

01-02

Meet your group on the first morning and head out of the city to admire the impressively scenic Blue Mountains. Hike along the ridge overlooking Wentworth Falls and check out the iconic ‘Three Sisters’ before heading back to the city. Experience true Aussie food when you get to cook your own barbecue dinner of flavoursome Australian steak. On Day 2, hit the incredible streets and sights of Sydney with your guide. See the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House as you cruise from Manly. Check out Chinatown and The Rocks and later, you can make an optional climb over the Sydney Harbour Bridge definitely one to rave about when you get home! (B, D)

After a quick tour of Cairns, you’ll have two days to explore this funfilled tropical resort; optional activities include whitewater rafting, skydiving, bungy jumping or hot-air ballooning! Opt to visit the Great Barrier Reef on a snorkelling or dive trip. (2B, D)

Jun

Sydney / Blue Mountains / Sydney

Cairns

May

01-02

DAY ITINERARY

Highlights

• Fall in love with the beautiful, tropical Whitsunday Islands • Gumboots on and enjoy a rural night’s stay on a cattle station • Enjoy some awesome nights out in Cairns and Surfers Paradise

DAY ITINERARY

Mar 15

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels & resorts (9 nts), hostel (1nt), eco-lodge (1 nt), surf school village (1 nt), cattle station lodge (1 nt) Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners (sailing option includes 1 extra lunch & 1 extra dinner) Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 50 Tour Code: COBRSCD

Feb 15

Inclusions

• Learn to ride the waves at Coffs Harbour Surf Village • Cuddle up to a super-cute koala at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary • Sunbathe and party in Surfers Paradise, Australia’s top holiday spot

Jan 15

Additional departure dates are available, ask for details Prices for Oct 2014 onwards will be available from Feb 2014.

Highlights

Grab your surfboard, dig out your hiking boots, pack your sense of adventure, charge the battery in the camera and make your way to Australia’s East Coast playground! With so much to do, you’ll probably want to stay another 14 days! This trip will give you a real feel for nature, city life and the adrenalin-fuelled side of Oz. With a fun group of fellow travellers, you’ll start in Sydney and make your way to the sublime tropical resort of Cairns with stops at hippie-led Byron Bay, chilled-to-the-max Surfers Paradise, fascinating Fraser Island and the dreamy Whitsundays. An incredible trip of the East Coast’s best spots.

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Capricorn Coast

Fraser Island Brisbane

Noosa

Surfers Paradise AU S T R A L I A

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SYDNEY TO BRISBANE EXPERIENCE Sydney

BRISBANE TO £799 CAIRNS EXPERIENCE

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Brisbane

Brisbane

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Cairns

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Highlights

• Glasses at the ready as you go wine-tasting in the Hunter Valley • Learn to surf like a pro in the eccentric resort of Byron Bay • Hang with surfer dudes and beach babes on the stunning Gold Coast

DAY ITINERARY 01

Highlights

• Tour the sand dunes and beaches of Fraser Island in a 4x4 • Sail from one sun-kissed island to the next in the Whitsundays • Get snug in a swag underneath the stars of the outback

DAY ITINERARY

Sydney

Rock up in Sydney at anytime today as you don’t meet your group until 6pm this evening. Stroll Sydney’s hotspots, including the Opera House, Pitt Street Mall and Darling Harbour to name but a few!

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02 03 04

Bingara

After breakfast you’ll be heading for the country town of Bingara where you’ll try gold panning and gem fossicking at a historic gold mine. There’s also the chance to go for horseback ride. (B, D)

07

02-03 04

Kick the day off with a trek into Gibraltar National Park before you reach the beautiful coastal town of Yamba. Play lawn bowls with the locals, go fishing off the huge sea wall or take a relaxing swim. (B) Welcome to chilled, funky and arty Byron Bay. Meet locals with an included yoga class here in this alternative hippie town. Start Day 6 with a surf lesson and use the rest of the day to enjoy beach walks and optional activities such as skydiving or sea kayaking. (2B)

Gold Coast / Brisbane

Head for the holiday beaches of the Gold Coast and hang for a while with the bronzed locals, before heading into the slick city of Brisbane. Your trip ends as you arrive into the city early evening. (B)

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels (6 nts, multishare) Transport: Private bus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $100-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOASB

Departures 2014

Check out Brisbane on a guided walking tour followed by a scenic train journey and ferry crossing to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. Settle in to your bush camp by the beach and get to know your new mates over a barbecue. Day 3 sees you whizzing around the island in a 4x4, taking in the spectacular Maheno shipwreck and the azure waters of Lake Mackenzie. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Cattle Station

Get into the outback lifestyle today as you journey to a remote cattle station. Mingle with the locals as they show you the ropes and sleep under the stars in a ‘swag’ to experience the authentic lifestyle. (B, D)

Whitsunday Islands / Whitehaven Beach / Airlie Beach

Yamba

Byron Bay

05-06

Arrive in Brisbane at any time today and head out to explore before meeting your group and tour leader this evening.

Fraser Island

Hunter Valley / Nundle Sheep Station

Bid farewell to cosmopolitan Sydney as you drive to the famous wine region of Hunter Valley for an included wine tasting and talk on the history of wine-making. Afterwards you’re off to Nundle Sheep Station for the night where you’ll experience a sheep shearing demonstration and a hearty outback meal with locals. Yeehah! (B, D)

Brisbane

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Feast on an outback breakfast before travelling to Mackay for a three-day maxi yacht sailing adventure through the Whitsundays. Enjoy beach time, island bush walks and snorkelling the colourful coral and schools of neon fish on the Great Barrier Reef. Feel the sand between your toes as you stroll the stunning Whitehaven Beach before arriving into the lively resort town of Airlie Beach. (3B, L, 2D)

Cairns

08-10

An early start this morning as you travel by train along the stunning Queensland coastline up to the tropical city and resort of Cairns, where you can relax at its pool lagoon for the afternoon. Day 9 is free for optional skydiving, hot-air ballooning, whitewater rafting or snorkelling trips before your adventure ends on Day 10. (2B)

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Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels (3 nts), maxi yacht (2 nts), beachside tented camp (2 nts), swag (1 nt), beach hostel (1 nt) (all nights multishare) Transport: Private bus, maxi yacht, boat, train, 4x4, ferry Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $125175 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOABC

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• Party at ‘Side Bar’, the best backpacker bar in Sydney • Make the most of the central location • Enjoy the use of 24-hour Internet access and security lockers

Location, location, location! Save cash on transport by staying in this centrally located hostel within walking distance of all the must-see attractions. Dorm and double rooms are big and comfy, plus there’s a hip cafe, Internet and a job desk to earn $$$. For you party animals, head to the bar for an awesome night.

This seven-storey mega hostel opposite Central Station is a great place to make new friends and is widely regarded as one of Australia’s best hostels - and for good reasons! It has immaculate rooms (dorms and private) and bathrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, Internet lounge, all-day cafe and laundry facilities. a free drink. all holders of a valid ISIC card will receive a drinks voucher (one only) for two drinks for the price of one.

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£21 DORM £32 twin/DOUBLE

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Nomads is perfectly located five minutes’ walk from Central Station and close to many of Sydney’s fantastic attractions. Not only is this hostel funky, clean and safe but it also boasts a vibrant atmosphere with friendly staff and free activities, including pool competitions and quiz nights. An awesome pad for meeting new friends! SYDWES

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In the thick of the action, Y Hotel has spacious rooms packed with essential comforts and warm contemporary interiors. The café and lounge area are open daily - make sure you drop in for the complimentary breakfast! With 24-hour reception service, you’re assured of a stress-free stay. STAY 3 PAY 2 - 30Apr14-30Jun14 & 01Aug14-30Sept14

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travelodge sydney

£112 SINGLE £56 TWIN/DOUBLE

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• Hit the award-winning Scary Canary bar • 24-hour reception with safe and secure access • Girls-only ‘sanctuary rooms’ come with pampering extras

STAY 3 NIGHTS OR MORE AND GET FREE ARRIVAL AIRPORT TRANSFER

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£89 SINGLE £45 TWIN/DOUBLE

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STAY 2 NIGHTS AND GET FREE UPGRADE to Garden Room (except New Year and Mardi Gras)

SYDSUS

£81 SINGLE £41 TWIN/DOUBLE

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£76 SINGLE £38 TWIN/DOUBLE

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railway HOTEL & apartments

An unbeatable location and in walking distance of Surrey Hills, Chinatown and unsurprisingly Central Station, these selfcontained studio apartments come with en suites and kitchenettes. Recently renovated and with free Wi-Fi and laundry facilities, they are leading Sydney’s flashpacker revolution.

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£108 SINGLE £54 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Minutes away from Sydney’s CBD, Mercure Potts Point is a great hotel if you want to be close to the action but don’t want to sacrifice your creature comforts. Its modern, stylish rooms come with magnificent harbour views and flat screen TVs and its terrace bar is ideal for unwinding after a big day in the city.

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If you’re looking for a central base that’s reasonably priced with great transport links, look no further. Just a short stroll from Chinatown and the CBD’s superb shopping and dining opportunities, its renovated rooms have a stylish, contemporary feel while retaining heritage features, including high ceilings.

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Centrally located in vibrant Paddington, fashion fans will love the boutique shopping, art galleries and hip bars in the area. Small and charming, this hotel boasts a garden courtyard, fitness room, swimming pool, complimentary bike hire, Internet and free Wi-Fi in all public areas. All rooms have bathrooms, air con and a TV.

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Surf’s Up Want to head up the coast and learn to surf at the same time? See page 61 for our five-day Surf Adventure from Sydney to Byron Bay.

Rock Solid

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Set in an unrivalled location among the superb restaurants, theatres and lively clubs of Sydney, you’re within easy walking distance to a great range of shops from designer stores to funky boutiques. This hotel is modern and easy on the wallet. Rooms are well equipped, en suite with air con and there’s an Internet café.

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Beyond Sydney Check out pages 63&64 and spend a few days exploring the stunning Blue Mountains, less than two hours from the city alternatively take your time travelling south to Melbourne on our city to city safari or self drive tour.

£134 SINGLE £67 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Surrounded by an array of attractions, bars and restaurants this popular hotel offers simple, functional accommodation at great value for money. Its modern, comfy rooms come with air con, Wi-Fi and en suites. Admire the stunning harbour views from iBar’s outdoor terrace, grab a bite to eat at the restaurant, then hit the town! STAY 4 PAY 3 - 08jan14-30SEP14 & 05-28DEC14. Stay 3 nights and get free breakfast 01jan14-30sep14

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Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, these fully self-contained one and two-bedroom apartments will make you feel like a real Sydneysider. Set in a renovated neo-classical building, they’re cool and stylish. Equipped with a sauna, pool and gym, you have all the luxuries of a hotel but the privacy of an apartment. STAY 4 PAY 3 - 08jan14-26dec14 (excludes certain dates)

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park regis

£117 SINGLE £59 TWIN/DOUBLE

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rendezvous studio hotel

£107 SINGLE £54 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Conveniently located adjacent to Railway Square and minutes from major local attractions, this contemporary hotel’s stylish rooms include king-sized beds, rain showers, free Wi-Fi and iPod docking stations. Unwind by the rooftop pool’s sundeck or meet up with friends in the bar or restaurant.

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vibe hotel sydney

£116 SINGLE £58 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Located in the heart of the city, a short walk from Hyde Park and countless bars and restaurants is the Park Regis. Its modern rooms offer 32” HD TV and en suite showers. The real selling point, however, is its rooftop pool and sundeck with 360-degree city views over Sydney Harbour. Awesome!

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Conveniently located in the heart of Sydney’s retail district, this great hotel is just a short walk to some of the major attractions. With 517 modern, stylish rooms and six unique room types to choose from, there’s something for everyone! Sample the new modern Australian restaurant and bar. STAY 3 PAY 2 - 07-31jan14, 01APR14-30MAY14 & 05JUN14-30SEP14

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£144 SINGLE £72 TWIN/DOUBLE

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1888 pyRmont

£96 SINGLE £48 TWIN/DOUBLE

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• A stone’s throw from the best in boutique shopping and trendy bars • Refuel on wholesome, homely, quality fare at the 1888 Eatery & Bar • Quirky, cool decor plus friendly, helpful staff

What better way to end your busy day in the city than with a stint in the Vibe Hotel’s sauna, a dip in the rooftop pool or unwinding with a quick gym session. If indulgence is more your style, kick back in the lounge of this fabulously stylish hotel then head to the chic Curve Café & Bar, serving the best of aussie cuisine and wine.

Minutes’ walk from Darling Harbour is this hip heritage-listed hotel combining old world charm with modern day design and comfort. Think high ceilings, original iron beams, exposed brickwork, bespoke artwork and huge period windows. Luxurious rooms come with in-room iPads, custom-made bedding and rain showers.

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SHANGRI-LA SYDNEY

£202 SINGLE FR £101 TWIN/DOUBLE FR

Following a multi-million dollar renovation, this 340-room hotel offers fresh, contemporary surroundings in relaxing, earthy tones. Spacious, comfy rooms come with king-sized beds, Wi-Fi and iPod docks. With Chinatown and Sydney’s vibrant CBD a five-minute stroll away, you really are in the thick of it.

Located in the historic Rocks area, this elegant, five-star hotel boasts stunning panoramic views over Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Its luxurious, spacious rooms come with marble bathrooms, fluffy robes, deluxe smellies and pillow menus. For pure indulgence, unwind in the decadent spa.

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Located a stone’s throw away from Sydney’s iconic beach on Hall Street, the hip-strip of glamorous Bondi, Adina sits amongst a diverse mecca of vibrant restaurants and shops. Choose 1-3 bed apartments or studio rooms, all with balconies, fully-equipped kitchens, plus there’s a yoga room and gym to maintain that beach bod! STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01APR14-07AUG14, 11AUG14-20SEP14

ASYDAB

£459 5 DAYS

Byron Bay

DAY ITINERARY 01

Sydney / Spot X

Head north out of Sydney to the legendary surf camp - Spot X and check into your beachfront bungalow. Chill out, relax and tuck into some awesome food before partying round the campfire.

Spot X / Byron Bay

• Knock-out views and minutes from the city’s vibrant nightlife • Enjoy fine dning at the award-winning Altitude restaurant • Work up a sweat in the gym or sauna or relax on the sundeck

STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01APR14-07OCT14, 15DEC14-29DEC14

£141 SINGLE £71 TWIN/DOUBLE

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These contemporary, serviced apartments are a short stroll from Bondi beach. Complete with kitchenettes, they’re a great cost-saving option for short and long stays. In addition, there’s an outdoor pool and sundeck. Experience the unique cafés, restaurants, bars and shops all located within a few minutes’ walk.

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• Savour local, inventive flavours at the revamped Barkers restaurant • Keep body beautiful in the state-of-the-art gym • Enjoy sweeping city views from the elegant Club Lounge

STAY 3 NIGHTS AND RECEIVE free BREAKFAST: 04-31jan14. stay 4 pay 3 - 04-31jan14, 01-09apr14, 13apr14-22may14, 29may14-30sep14 & 14-27dec14.

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park royal darling harbour

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Enjoy awesome views of Tamarama Beach from the rooftop of this backpacker favourite. Close to shops and with good transport links to Sydney, you’re by the beach but also near the city centre! Enjoy free snorkelling gear, body board hire, a movie room, self-catering kitchen and weekly backpacker activities.

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• Enjoy Sydney’s CBD on your doorstep • Relax in the rooftop heated swimming pool • Work out in the hotel’s extensive gym

STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01Apr14-30Jun14, STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01Jul14-30Sep14, 15Dec14-29Dec14, 02Jan15-31Jan15

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Live the surf and beach lifestyle to its fullest as you learn how to surf from the pros. The instructors cater for all levels so even if you’re a complete beginner you’re guaranteed to stand and ride a wave. Wake up to a hearty breakfast before heading to the beach for your morning surf lesson, where you’ll work up a good appetite for a tasty lunch back at camp. When you’re not riding the waves, relax or take advantage of the other activities around camp, like beach volleyball, football, cricket, kangaroo golf and surf rafting. Spend the evenings living like an Aussie surfer with your new mates and after a day relaxing in the sun and surfing the waves, toast marshmallows on the campfire or dance the night away at a classic beach party. What could be better? G’day mate!

Departs: Sydney: Mon, Wed, Fri. Byron: Mon, Wed Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (4 nts) Meals: All meals included Transport: Luxury coach to/from Sydney to Byron or reverse/return Includes: 5 x 2hr surf lessons, 2 x expression sessions & surf equipment Note: 7 & 10 days also available Tour Code: SYDGAS

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CITY STOPOVER PACKAGE

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4 DAYS

£97

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2 - 7 DAYS

Grab yourself a two, three, five or seven-day unlimited attraction pass and discover Sydney at your own pace. This easy-to-use card gets you free entry into all the major attractions, like Taronga Zoo, Sydney Sealife Aquarium, Jet Boat Ride, Half Day City Tours and many more. There’s also a transport inclusive option too. Perhaps, best of all, however, the card allows you to jump queues at more than 35 participating attractions - no time wasted waiting in lines!

Departs: Daily Accommodation: 6-share hostel dorm (3 nts) or upgrade to double/twin with en suite Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch Includes: Tour, driver/tour guide, arrival airport transfer, 1 year Nomads membership Tour Code: SYDMOD

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Australia

Think of this as your easy-squeezy intro to one of the world’s most exciting cities. Last thing you want to worry about after getting off a flight, no matter how long or short, is lugging your suitcase around Arrivals looking for a taxi. Well fear not for we’ve taken care of this for you. You will be picked up and taken to Nomads Westend hostel for the next three nights. We’ve also thrown in a Blue Mountains tour to kick start your exploration of Sydney.

SYDNEY CARD ATTRACTION PASS

Highlights

SYDSEE

• Climb the iconic Harbour Bridge, awesome city views guaranteed! • Touch and feed native Aussie koalas and kangaroos • A two-hour surf lesson at infamous Bondi Beach

DAY ITINERARY 01 sydney bridge climb

HALF DAY

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blue mountains special tour

Choose from two guided climbs that take you to the summit of this iconic landmark. Climb through the inner arch, crossing over catwalks and stairs to make your way up to the thrilling views of the city and harbour that await you at the summit of the bridge!

The picturesque Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine production region. On this fab day trip you’ll experience wineries large and small, local breweries, picnic cheese tastings and a fun BBQ with plenty of time chucked in for exploring the finer things in life!

Explore this World Heritagelisted National Park, including a bushwalk to Wentworth Falls and a trip to an Aboriginal rock engraving site. Witness the dramatic Three Sisters rock formation and unwind on a cruise along Parramatta River back to the city centre.

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£91

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Discover the rum-influenced, convict history of Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood, The Rocks, on this small group walking tour. Enjoy iconic sights, unique local pubs, fascinating tales, wine tasting, a tasty BBQ/prepared dinner, plus four free drinks. Cheers!

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Over 60 years ago, Jorn Utzon designed one of the greatest buildings of all time. With state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, your guide will take you on a journey inside this masterpiece. Alternatively upgrade to the Backstage Tour for a fascinating insight. SYDOPE

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sydney harbour tall ship sailing

£26

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full DAY

Discover Sydney Harbour aboard an authentic1850sstyle tall ship! Sail past the Opera House, Fort Denison and under the Harbour Bridge. Get involved and heave on a rope or simply sit back, relax and enjoy some live music and knock-out views.

stand up paddle board lesson

£88

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SYDRRO

1 HOUR

Get active on Bondi Beach with this fun, one-on-one lesson. Taught by relaxed and supportive surf coaches, you’ll learn the basic techniques of stand up paddle boarding to increase performance. Surfboards, wetsuits, rash vests and sunblock are provided.

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bondi surf experience

£56

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full DAY

Catch your first wave in the calm bay at Bondi Beach and be part of the great Aussie surfing tradition. As part of a group no bigger than five per one superexperienced instructor, you’ll be up on your board in no time. You’ll be amazed at how easy, safe and enjoyable surfing is! SYDBSE

Check into your accommodation and spend this free day exploring and sussing out your surroundings and some of Sydney’s awesome landmarks. Check out the city’s electrifying bar scene. Experience the majestic Blue Mountains, Australia’s most visited World Heritage National Park with its stunning views and bushwalks. Whilst you’re there, visit a wildlife park and get the chance to see, touch and feed some of Australia’s native animals such as kangaroos and koalas. Listen to intriguing Aboriginal legends, visit charming mountain villages and tuck into a classic sausage sizzle BBQ lunch.

Sydney / Jervis Bay

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It’s up, bright and early for your surf lesson plus two hours’ board hire on Bondi Beach. This beginner session teaches you how to safely get out and up onto your first wave. With groups of just five or less, you can expect plenty of hands-on help and, by the end, should be standing and riding your board with aplomb! Take a ferry to the beautiful, laid-back Manly Beach, passing the iconic Opera House before taking a relaxing harbour cruise. In Manly, pick up your hybrid bike and ride to see the stunning views from North Head or simply cruise along the beach promenade and cool off with a swim. This afternoon, climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, where your guided tour will take you along the outer arch on catwalks and ladders to witness incredible 360-degree city views.

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Accommodation: 6-bed dorm at city centre hostels (4 nts) Transport: Ferry, bike, bus (transport to Bondi not included) Meals: 1 BBQ lunch, a free drink at The New Brighton Pub Manly Includes: Surf lesson, board & wetsuit hire, Blue Mountains day tour, bike hire at Manly, return Manly ferry ticket, Bridge climb, 2 hours’ bike hire at Manly Tour Code: SYDACT Please note this tour is self-guided but you will be travelling with others and a guide to the Blue Mountains.

After a good night’s sleep, head south, approximately 204km to Central Tilba, a heritage village classified under the National Trust. Check into your hotel then explore the great shops and cafes. Perhaps try one of Tilba’s famous cheeses.

Tilba / Gipsy Point

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This morning, continue south through charming fishing villages and National Parks. Cross the border into Victoria and on to Gipsy Point. Tucked into the upper reaches of Mallacoota inlet, Gipsy Point is the place for a quiet stay surrounded by natural beauty.

Gipsy Point / Metung / Swan Reach

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Continue driving south, passing through Lakes Entrance to Metung, the gateway to the Gippsland Lake area where you can explore unspoilt beaches, lakes and mountains as well as bustling waterfront villages. Spend your last night at Metung or Swan Reach hotel.

Metung / Swan Reach to Melbourne

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Your tour comes to an end so check out or extend your Sydney stay and carry on exploring.

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Collect your car and hit the road! Today, you’ll drive 200km south from Sydney to Huskisson, on the shores of Jervis Bay. Spend your first night surrounded by white-sand beaches and clear waters. The historic township of Huskisson, is a great location for exploring the Jervis Bay Territory and other areas of the beautiful Shoalhaven region.

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Blue Mountains

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Highlights

• Relax on the beautiful white-sand beaches of Jervis Bay • Explore unspoilt beaches, lakes and mountains of Gippsland Lake • Enjoy Melbourne’s buzzing nightlife and dance the night away

Travel on to Melbourne. Explore the crowded markets and open-air cafes, then dance the night away in one of its booming bars or clubs. Make the most of Melbourne’s old world charm and contemporary living before returning your vehicle.

Inclusions

Accommodation: Choice of standard/superior hotel accommodation (4 nts), twin share basis Includes: Self-drive kit, including maps Meals: No meals included Note: Car hire is not included in price, see page 29 Total Distance: 1,137km Tour Code: SYDMEL Not exactly what you’re looking for? Why not ask your STA Travel Expert to tailor-make an itinerary that best suits your budget and requirements.

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2 DAYS

Sydney

mini adventure

Highlights

• See the Three Sisters rock formation and Katoomba Falls • Jump aboard the world’s steepest rail line – the Scenic Railway • Skip the traffic; return to Sydney on an afternoon river cruise

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (1 nt) Transport: Modern air con minibus & river cruiser Meals: Morning tea Tour Code: SYDOBM

blue mountains & hunter valley self drive Sydney

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One day really isn’t long enough to enjoy everything on offer in the World Heritage Blue Mountains National Park – so we’ve added in an extra day and a night’s accommodation in Katoomba. Get to the best vantage points, see wildlife in its natural environment and explore this amazing area, just an hour’s drive from Sydney. Visit Kings Tableland or Evans Lookout and take the Pleasant Bushwalk to Wentworth Falls. Amble through the picturesque village of Leura and see Katoomba Falls and the Three Sisters rock formation. Ride the world’s steepest inclined railway to the floor of the canyon for a walk in the rainforest. Learn about aboriginal rock engravings and the Dharugs, thought to have arrived in the Blue Mountains over 22,000 years ago. Day 2 is self-guided, returning to Sydney on an afternoon cruise along the Parramatta River.

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Sydney

Highlights

• Try some of Australia’s finest wines in the Hunter Valley • See the incredible Three Sisters rock formation from Echo Point • Head to the beautiful natural bay of Port Stephens

nomads byron bay

£19 dorm £35 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel room-only basis (3 nts), Transport: Co-pilot kit with maps Note: car hire is not included, see page 29 Total Distance: 670km Tour Code: SYDBMH

Cruise around the stunning Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley regions, taking in breathtaking views and sampling some of Australia’s finest wines. Start with the 100km drive from Sydney to the Blue Mountains, a region that gets its name from the blue haze, a result of eucalyptus oil evaporating from millions of gum trees. This captivating National Park is where you’ll see the dramatic Three Sisters rock formation from Echo Point. In the morning, head to Hunter Valley where the rolling vineyards of Pokolbin are home to 70 unique wineries. Tour by horse and carriage! The following day, drive to the town of Port Stephens, a natural bay over twice the size of Sydney Harbour. Spot bottlenose dolphins from the bay, relax on a magnificent beach and tuck into a tasty seafood dinner whilst you’re there! Relaxed and revitalised, return to Sydney on Day 4.

australian high country tour Sydney

You’ll focus on five key areas to have you up and surfing with confidence and style! The surf school has superior instructional techniques to assist all levels of surfers. Make the most of the fully qualified instructors, some of Oz’s best beaches and - most importantly - have the best time! QYNBBS

QYNODY

This Byron Bay institution was created in the 70s by hippies and artists. Today, it still retains its original ‘free spirit’ with a range of weekly activities from yoga to reiki and didgeridoo classes. Laze by the pool or swing in the hammocks. The accommodation is unique; stay in anything from a tepee to a dorm. STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01Jun14-31Aug14

tandem skydive

£187

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Where better to push your limits than the spectacular east coast of Australia? Choose from over five locations (see page 37 for more details) and the cream of skydiving operators. Jump in tandem with a fully-qualified, expert instructor from 14,000 feet! That’s pretty high!! CNSFPS

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mini adventure

2 DAYS

Melbourne

Highlights

• Immerse yourself in a touching wildlife rescue project • Experience ‘true blue’ Aussie hospitality at an award-winning cattle property • Learn about Australia’s fascinating bushrangers (outlaws), including Ned Kelly

Departs: Every Sat from Sydney, every Fri from Melbourne Accommodation: Farmstay (1 nt) Transport: Air con vehicle Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Includes: Complimentary pick-up/drop off from most inner city accommodations Tour Code: AUSSME

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£187

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Just 300 metres from the main beach, this flashy hostel has it all; games room, cinema lounge, Internet, kitchen, a patio, two outside spas and a BBQ area. Choose from dorms to king en suite rooms, all new, modern and with air con and balconies. You’ll soon be addicted to the Byron surf culture and the relaxed way of life. STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01Jun14-31Aug14

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surf lesson in byron bay

Become a true Aussie and discover the unknown as you combine some of the nation’s famous attractions with incredible unfamiliar territory. Sit back and relax as you head from Sydney to Canberra, where you’ll explore the home of the Australian story and some of its most historical landmarks and museums. Spend the night at an authentic farm enjoying traditional hospitality and native wildlife. After a hearty breakfast, continue through Victoria to the historic goldmining town of Beechworth and get ready to try some mouth-watering local produce. With a full stomach, head to Powers Lookout and learn about infamous bushranger Ned Kelly before moving on to visit a wildlife rescue project. Relax with a scenic drive through Kinglake and the serene Bonnie Doon before arriving in your final stop, Melbourne.

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mojo surf: surf & stay spot x

£166

FR

3 DAYS

Spot X is the ultimate surf lifestyle destination. An amazing beachfront location in a National Park, certified, experienced instructors and a ‘stand and ride a wave’ guarantee – awesome! Stay 2-4 nights and you get dorm-style accommodation, a daily surf lesson and all your meals included. The longer you stay, the cheaper it gets and no experience is required! Surfing not your thing? Substitute lessons with golf, kayaking or surf rafting. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (2 nts) Transport: Not included. 3 hours south of Byron Bay, so it’s easy to make your own way there. Longer stays available Meals: All meals included Tour Code: SYDMOO

the best of byron

£168

FR

3 DAYS

This package really lives up to its name with two nights accommodation at Nomads Byron Bay plus a load of cool stuff thrown in: a half-day surf lesson with the Mojo boys, a three-hour kayak tour spotting dolphins and turtles along the way and a day exploring the weird and wonderful Nimbin Village. In addition, you’ll get to swim in the waterfalls and enjoy a BBQ lunch in a beautiful rainforest setting. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel dorm (2 nts) Includes: Kayak tour, 4hr surf lesson, 1/2 day bike hire, free entry to La La Land, Cheeky Monkey & welcome drink Meals: Not included Tour Code: QYNBOB

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queensland

brisbane

Australia

Australia

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TOP 5 MUST-DO’s

base brisbane central

£19 dorm £25 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

1. party hard in surfer’s paradise 2. explore the sand dunes on fraser 3. sail through the whitsundays 4. stay in a luxury rainforest lodge 5. snorkel on the great barrier reef

ibis brisbane

£90 SINGLE £45 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Base Brisbane Central is, unsurpisingly, located opposite Central Station, providing everything you need at your fingertips. It has dorms, privates, singles, a rooftop terrace to relax in the sun or BBQ. Looking for work? There’s a job desk onsite. Feeling thirsty? Hit the famous Down Under Bar, the perfect base to chill and play. 2-4-1 drink voucher on arrival & free upgrade to next available dorm on check-in subject to availability. ISIC 50% off full breakfast menu @ Zi Bar

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watermark HOTEL

£110 SINGLE £55 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

With its city centre location, Ibis Brisbane is within easy walking distance of the Queen Street Mall shopping area and South Bank Parklands. Inviting, modern and cosy rooms come with en suites, air con and extra-comfy beds. Tuck into the daily buffet breakfast before hitting the city for a day’s sightseeing. STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01-31jan14, 01-30apr14 & 13-31dec14

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Conveniently located in historic Spring Hill, near Brisbane’s lively shopping, dining and nightlife hotspots, is this recently renovated, boutique hotel. Its rooms even come with pillow menus and fab parkland views. Take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or tuck into tapas at the sleek and stylish 551 Restaurant & Bar.

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CAPE TRIBULATION port douglas cairns airlie beach & the whitsundays fraser island brisbane gold coast

skydiving flexi pass

£187

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half DAY

tangalooma overnight TOUR

£147

FR

2 DAYS

The adrenalin rush from above the clouds as you freefall, followed by the serentity of slowly gliding back to earth, surrounded by incredible scenery. There’s nothing like it and while you are in Australia a skydive is definitely an experience to tick off your bucket list. So take the plunge and sign up for this once-in-alifetime challenge. After all, how many times will you have the chance to jump out of a plane at 14,000 feet?

Experience the famous Tangalooma Island Resort surrounded by crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and untouched National Park on this unique overnight getaway. Just 50 metres from the beach, the resort boasts four bars, three pools and a range of dining options. Activities on offer include sand tobogganing, scuba diving, a desert safari tour and quad biking, before handfeeding a pod of wild bottlenose dolphins at sunset!

Departs: Sat & Sun Includes: Tandem skydive, return transfers from local accommodation, jump certificate, all equipment & training plus a choice of five locations (see page 37 for details) Tour Code: SYDFPS

Departs: Daily Meals: 1 breakfast Includes: Standard hotel room with air con. Optional upgrade available (1 nt), dolphin feeding, over 40 land-based activities, Tangalooma Marine Centre Tour, return launch transfers Code: BNEDOL

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The quarterdeck

£21 dorm £38 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

£57 SINGLE £29 TWIN/DOUBLE

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• Minutes away from Surfers’ shops and the thrills of Jupiter’s Casino • Wind down in the sauna or make a splash in the two pools • Enjoy a sanger in the BBQ area or hit nearby Cavill Avenue’s restaurants

This central, three-star hotel resort and backpackers has awesome facilities which are available to all guests, including a huge tropical pool, spa, steam room, tennis court, squash court, BBQ area, Internet lounge, communal kitchen and lounge! All rooms have an en suite. Choose from a dorm, hotel room or one-bed apartment.

In the heart of Surfers Paradise, just two minutes’ walk from the beaches and within easy reach of the major theme parks are these spacious, self-catering, one-bedroom apartments, all with balconies and stunning ocean views. Accommodating up to four people, choose from double or twin beds and air con, on request.

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towers of chevron renaissance

£131 SINGLE £66 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

£87 SINGLE £44 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

An incredible resort spanning three towers (amazing views therefore a given!) offering modern, spacious apartments with fully equipped kitchens. What really makes this resort is the ‘Beaches in the Sky’ complex complete with sandy beach, manicured lawns and expansive pools. Inflatable palm tree and cocktail umbrella optional! AOOLCH

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hotel grand chancellor

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mantra legends

£109 SINGLE £55 TWIN/DOUBLE

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FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

In the heart of Broadbeach, just metres from Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Jupiter’s Casino are these fully-contained, spacious apartments. All come with kitchens, a balcony or courtyard and above the fifth floor - ocean views. Perfect your serve on the tennis courts or kick back in the Jacuzzi, steam room or three pools. AOOLBH

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STAY 4 PAY 3, STAY 6 PAY 5, STAY 7 PAY 6 - 25APR14-31AUG14

apartments

£144 SINGLE £72 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Great accommodation with all the facilities you could dream of • Bottle shop, restaurant and bar onsite • Make sure you ask about the two, three and four-night packages too

STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01May14-31Jul14 (dorm). stay 5 pay 4 year round (twin/double)

beach Haven

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watermark HOTEL & spa

£95 SINGLE £48 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

This newly refurbished hotel offers the perfect getaway for your glitzy stay on the Gold Coast, just minutes away from shopping outlets, bars and restaurants. There’s a beautiful outdoor pool area and a gym, as well as a relaxing steam room and Swedish sauna. Most of its modern rooms come with private balconies. stay 3 nights and get free breakfast - all year

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Luxurious accommodation in the heart of Surfers Paradise, just 80 metres from the famous golden beaches and close to world class shopping, dining and nightlife. All rooms have ocean or hinterland views, plus guests can enjoy the day spa, two awardwinning restaurants, two pools, a sauna and a gym.

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vibe HOTEL

£103 SINGLE £52 TWIN/DOUBLE

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FR

warner bros movie world

£45

FR

full DAY

dreamworld & whitewater world

£57

FR

Full DAY

currumbin wildlife sanctuary

£25

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HALF DAY

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Want to look your best on Surfers’ golden beach just 150 metres from the door of this hotel? The well-equipped fitness centre, pool and tennis courts are just the place to do it. For a more leisurely stay, enjoy chilling out in your modern room, relax on your private balcony or catch up on all the soaps on the LCD TV. AOOLGO

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Stay here and you are perfectly located to spend your time out and about, right in the heart of all the glitz of Surfers. Designer shopping, great restaurants and a host of nightclubs are close by. The beach is walking distance too, or simply relax by the hotel’s pool. Rooms are bright, modern and come with TV. STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01Apr14 – 04Jul14 & 07Jul14 – 30Sep14 or FREE ROOM UPGRADE - 01Apr14- 04Jul14 & 07Jul14- 30Sep14

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This exhilarating theme park serves up heart-thumping rides like Arkham Asylum and the Green Lantern plus milder rides in the Looney Tunes Village. Experience the Superman Escape rollercoaster, taking you to 100km/h in just two seconds and enjoy other rides such as the Wild West Falls and the Shrek 4D Adventure. OOLMOV

Thrills, spills and heart-pounding fun awaits! Gain entry to both parks in one day. Enjoy incredible live shows, unique animal attractions and gut-wrenching rides at Dreamworld - Australia’s biggest and best theme park. Then cool off next door with some awesome, water-based fun at Whitewater World. OOLDMW

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By day, see amazing Australian wildlife; hold a koala or baby croc, feed kangaroos, see Tassie Devils, wombats and echidnas. In the evening, immerse yourself in a big dose of Indigenous culture. Enjoy a didgeridoo welcome, traditional Kup Murri feast, Aboriginal performances and dinner with Torres Strait Islander song and dance. OOLWne

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Fr CHEYNE HORAN surf school £31 Ride the waves at Australia’s number one surf school; Cheyne Horan School of Surf. They guarantee to have you standing and surfing on the first lesson or the next one’s free! Surfers Paradise has some of the best waves to learn on and all your equipment is included. Hang ten!


noosa & the sunshine coast

hervey bay & rainbow beach

Australia

Australia

shoestring

nomads noosa

£18 dorm

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

apartments

outrigger little FR£142 SINGLE hastings street FR£71 TWIN/DOUBLE

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bar b canoe day trip

full DAY

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Full of fun time vibes, this renovated hostel has direct access to Noosa’s main beach, a big outdoor pool and volleyball court. The good times don’t end there as it’s home to the famous ‘KB’s bar’ located just across the road from the trendy restaurants and shops. You’re right in the thick of it! Enjoy the sun and get ready for a big night out.

Your adventure kicks off with a river cruise through the lakes and wetlands of Noosa River to the start of the Everglades. Enjoy morning tea, then paddle upstream in your canoe through amazing scenery and sub-tropical rainforest to re-join your tour group. Enjoy an authentic Aussie BBQ lunch before paddling back to Noosa.

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£97

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3 DAYS

Noosa

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PALACE BACKPACKERS

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Departs: Every even day of the month (2nd, 4th etc...) Accommodation: 2-person tent (2 nts) Includes: All equipment, transfer from Noosa accommodation, camping safari & return river cruise Meals: Not included Transport: Minibus & canoe Tour Code: NSAECD

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STAY 4 PAY 3 - ALL YEAR

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kingfisher bay resort

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Situated on Fraser Island, this awardwinning resort is in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings and is a rare eco-tourism experience. Its indulgent, air con rooms come with Internet and private decking, from where you can witness the best Fraser has to offer. Enjoy tasty food in one of the great restaurants. Return passenger ferry transfers per person (maximum 2 people) 01MAY14-30MAY14

kingfisher bay fraser island adventure Hervey Bay

£117 SINGLE £59 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Situated right in the centre of town, this great little hostel is a backpacker’s dream. Private bathrooms in all rooms - including the dorms - a fully equipped kitchen and BBQ area, friendly staff, a large pool and great value meals make it enticing if you’re on a strict budget. And just 100 metres from the beach – a huge added bonus.

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£249

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3 DAYS

Hervey Bay

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Highlights

On this fantastic self-guided canoe and camping adventure of the pristine Noosa Everglades, you’ll camp under the stars and orienteer your way through Queensland’s stunning nature. Enjoy a river cruise through the magnificent lakes and wetlands to the gate of the Everglades where your adventure begins. Armed with a detailed map, quality equipment and top tips from the crew, you’ll enjoy complete independence paddling upstream through ancient landscapes, sub-tropical rainforest and a stunning variety of unique wildlife - all from your own little boat! A 12-kilometre self-guided walking tour will show you around the Cooloola Sand Patch on Day 2, before jumping back into your canoe to paddle back to your tent. Enjoy restful evenings of riverside camping at historic loggers’ campgrounds with hearty meals under starry skies.

£17 dorm £24 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

A three-minute walk from the beach is this fresh alternative for backpackers; consisting of clean, self-contained units, each has its own kitchen, lounge and balcony. There’s still tons of opportunities to socialise though - hit the outdoor pool or BBQ area, play a game of pool, hang out in a hammock or check out the bird aviary.

• Marvel at abundant wildlife. Cameras at the ready! • Tap into your inner explorer. Canoe through the wetlands independently • Camp under the stars, falling asleep to the sounds of the bush

Inclusions

frasers on rainbow beach

£15 DORM £17 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Indulge yourself at Noosa’s newest village-style resort where luxury meets nature. It’s just 500 metres from the National Park and a short buggy ride to cosmopolitan Hastings Street. Stay in a cool and chic serviced apartment with your own kitchen, air con and great village or park views.

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STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01Apr14-31Oct14

Noosa

£78

FR

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Highlights

• Stay at the incredible Kingfisher Bay Resort • Take a full day’s tour of the breathtakingly beautiful Fraser Island • See Seventy Mile Beach, Wanggoolba Creek and Lake McKenzie

Inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Kingfisher Bay Resort (2 nts) Transport: Minibus,4WD Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch Includes: Return transfer ex Hervey Bay, 4WD eco-tour & National Park fee Tour Code: HVBFRS

Say goodbye to boredom and hello to boundless beauty and unbelievable adventures with a quick-fire package that will make you smile! Staying two nights at the cracking Kingfisher Bay Resort, you’ll have a full day to tour Fraser Island as well as some time to chill out at your resort. So what do you get for your money? Well a 4WD guided tour, expert guide, time on Seventy Mile Beach, Wanggoolba Creek and Lake McKenzie, morning/afternoon tea and lunch while out on the day tour and transfers to and from Hervey Bay. At your accommodation you’ll have a private, native timber balcony so you can enjoy the bush from the comfort of your own room, air con and queen or kingsingle beds. Oh, we almost forgot, you get a yummy hot breakfast each day too. Get in!

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fraser island guided tours

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FraSer island discovery Noosa

£228

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2 DAYS

Noosa

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Rainbow Beach Noosa

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How to Choose Your Tour We offer a choice of duration, departure point and style of tour - literally something for everyone. Choose from small group or large group and from camping options to dorms, apartment-style or lodge accommodation. Transport options range from self-drive 4WD vehicles following a guide in the lead vehicle to the purpose-built 20-seater 4WD ‘Warrior’ or a 4WD coach. Once you know your departure point (Hervey Bay, Rainbow Beach, Noosa or even Brisbane) decide how long you want to spend on Fraser and what kind of tour you’re looking for and then check out our excellent selection.

• Spend three days exploring Fraser Island • Cruise around the Whitsundays, diving or snorkelling • Accommodation included, plus a bonus night in Hervey Bay

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Want to discover the beauty and incredible scenery of Fraser Island but have a bit of comfort in mind? Then board the purpose-built ‘Warrior’ with spacious coach-style seating. Your accommodation is at apartment-style Happy Valley, set right on the beach on the east side of the island. Try authentic Aussie cuisine including BBQ barramundi and steak with wine at dinner. Your two-day escape starts before you even reach Fraser with a spot of dolphin feeding enroute. Take a guided rainforest walk, swim in Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek, visit Maheno shipwreck, the Pinnacles Coloured Sands and enjoy the magnificent views from Indian Head. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Happy Valley apartment-style accommodation (1 nt) Transport: 4WD ‘Warrior’ Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 morning tea, 2 lunch, 1 dinner Tour Code: MCYFRS

Hit two of Oz’s best destinations with this great value package. Spend three days on a tag-along camping safari exploring Fraser Island, two nights sailing through ‘paradise’ plus two nights in dorm accommodation inbetween. At each destination, you’ll have plenty of free time to use as you like. Enjoy incredible diving and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef or just chill out on the sundeck. On Fraser Island, cruise around the sand dunes in a 4WD. Your experienced lead driver will show you the ropes and all the best places. Start with either the sailing or Fraser Island, but you must make your own way inbetween. Departs: Daily Includes: Dorm (2 nts), camping (2 nts), multi-share cabin (2 nts) Transport: Self-drive 4WD, sailing boat. Meals: Some meals included Note: Transfers between Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays are not included Tour Code: HVBBUD/WDSBUD

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From Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach (returns back to Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach)

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Dorm lodge accommodation (2 nts); Transport: 4WD coach Meals: 2 breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Tour Code: HVBFIT

7 DAYS

£247

cool dingo fraser island guided tour For an action-packed Fraser Island adventure, join the experts at Cool Dingo Tours. Offering a variety of durations and departure points, the first stop of the day is stunning Lake McKenzie. You won’t be able to resist the clear blue waters for a refreshing swim. After lunch, trek through the rainforest to Wanggoolba Creek and Central Station, then another walk to Pile Valley. Then, it’s off to find the turtles at Basin Lake before heading to the Wilderness Lodges at Kingfisher Bay Resort, your base for your Fraser Island adventure. The next day you’ll hit the sandy highway of 75-Mile beach, cruising along the coast to Eli Creek before reaching the Maheno Wreck. Climb to the top of Indian Head for views of the island and famed marine life below. Sharks and whales can be seen here at certain times of the year. End the day at the Champagne Pools before heading back to the lodge in time for dinner (those people on the two-day tour we say goodbye). On your last day, head to some of the lesser known beauty spots. Walk through cool rainforest to beautiful emerald green Lake Wabby and trek over Hammerstone Sandblow to stop at Eurong Beach Resort before hitting the alluring Lake Birrabeen. At the end of the day you can either transfer back to Hervey Bay or travel through to Rainbow Beach. NB: The Linger Longer package includes either the two or three-day tour with an additional night before and after the tour, accommodation and meals. From Brisbane, the Linger Longer package also includes shuttle bus transfers.

£449

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Australia Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay

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• Apartment-style beachfront accommodation to enjoy sunsets • Feed dolphins on your way to Fraser Island! • Ride the custom-built 4WD ‘Warrior’

Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and with its World Heritage listing, ranks up there with Uluru, Kakadu and the Great Barrier Reef as one of Australia’s most amazing natural wonders. It has some of the best beaches in the country; long, uninhabited sandy stretches as far as the eye can see flanked by strikingly coloured sand cliff walls. There are over 100 freshwater lakes of varying colour, the most striking being the stunning Lake McKenzie with its clear blue water and fine, white sandy shore perched 100m high up on a huge sand dune. The Island is also home to incredible rainforests, a unique ecosystem and amazing native wildlife including dugongs, turtles, dingoes and a huge range of birdlife.

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3 DAYS

4WD SELF DRIVE GUIDED TAG-ALONG Noosa

Noosa

£274

FR

4 DAYS

Highlights

• Explore Fraser Island by self-drive 4WD • Check out Maheno wreck, Lake McKenzie and Indian Head • ‘Glamp’ in a spacious tent with hot shower facilities and store onsite

Other options Cool Dingo

£203

FR

2 DAYS

ex Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach (return to Hervey Bay only)

Linger Longer on Fraser

£259

FR

4 DAYS

ex Hervey Bay

Linger Longer on Fraser

£303

FR

5 DAYS

ex Hervey Bay

Linger Longer on Fraser

£372

FR

4 DAYS

ex Brisbane

Linger Longer on Fraser ex Brisbane

£415

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5 DAYS

If fun and flexibility are high on your list, take a look at this tag-along ‘self-drive’ safari. Jump into a safe and well-maintained 4WD vehicle and follow a professional guide navigating the sandy landscape as they take you to the best spots on the island. Over the next two days you’ll experience stunning Lake McKenzie, discover the Maheno shipwreck, cruise down sand dunes and along Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Back at camp, enjoy swapping stories around the campfire in the evening. When the tour returns to Noosa, check back into Nomads Noosa for the night, as reserved tables and an exclusive post-tour party awaits. Departs: Wed, Fri, Sun Accommodation: Dorms at Nomads Noosa (1 nt pre & 1 nt post tour) & Cathedral’s on Fraser campsite (1 nt) Transport: Self-drive 4WD, fuel & local fees included Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Tour Code: NSAFRA

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Hervey Bay/Rainbow Beach

Airlie Beach

£541

FR

7 DAYS

Highlights

• Hit the high seas on a 2 day/2 night Whitsunday sailing adventure • Includes two additional night’s accommodation • Two days of guided Fraser Island touring by 4WD coach

Fancy combining a guided tour of Fraser Island with a pootle round the Whitsunday Islands on a yacht? Of course you do! We have thrown in a pre-night at the fabulous Wilderness Lodge on Fraser before you set off and explore the island’s highlights with our friends at Cool Dingo on their 3 day guided tour (shown on the previous page). Once back on the mainland, make your own way up to Airlie Beach, gateway to the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Board your fabulous yacht for an unforgetable 2 days and 2 nights at sea. We have included a night’s accommodation in Airlie pre or post your boat trip to finish off this great combo package. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Dorm lodge accommodation (3 nts), hostel dorm (1 nt), multi-share cabin (2 nts) Transport: 4WD coach, sailing boat. Meals: Some meals included Note: Transfers between Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays are not included Tour Code: HVBGPF/HVBGPO/WSYGPO/WSYGPF

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WHITSUNDAYS & AIRLIE BEACH

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BASE AIRLIE BEACH RESORT

£18 dorm £29 TWIN/DOUBLE

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£113 SINGLE £57 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Set amongst six acres of tropical gardens with an outdoor pool right in the heart of Airlie Beach, this hostel boasts the luxuries of a resort at backpacker prices. You’ll quickly make new mates in the comfy, multi-share rooms, all with en suites and air con or treat yourself to a private room. The 11am checkout is an added bonus! GZCBAB

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GETTING TO THE WHITSUNDAYS

WHITSUNDAY vista RESORT

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at water’s edge RESORT

£141 SINGLE £71 TWIN/DOUBLE

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FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Just a five-minute walk from Airlie Beach, are these comfy, self-contained suites and apartments complete with kitchen facilities, private balconies and spectacular views of the Coral Sea. A bus pick-up point at the front of the hotel makes getting about easy or simply choose to relax poolside or grab a drink at the onsite bar and restaurant. WSYWVR

STAY 3 PAY 2 - 11JAN14-26DEC14

If it’s state-of-the art facilities and a great location you’re after, then at Water’s Edge is a winner. It boasts stylish apartments, a stunning poolside restaurant as well as three pools and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Plus, it’s just100 metres from the centre of Airlie Beach village and 200 metres from the swimming lagoon. WDSWER

STAY 3 PAY 2 - 11JAN14-28DEC14

Line Reef Hardy Reef

Hayman Island

Hook Reef Hook Island

Daydream Island

Coach - Greyhound coaches call into Airlie Beach four times daily on their Brisbane to Cairns services - see pages 24-27. Train - Queensland Rail runs ‘Sunlander’ services to Proserpine three times weekly between Brisbane (19hrs) and Cairns (11hrs), from where there’s a half-hour RailBus coach connection to Airlie Beach.

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Airlie Beach

Air - Proserpine Airport is served by three flights daily from Brisbane and thrice weekly from Sydney (01Apr14 onwards). Hamilton Island has six direct daily flights to the east coast hubs of Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Airlie Beach

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Border Island

North Molle Island

Shute Harbour

G R E AT

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Whitsunday Island

Haselwood Island

South Molle Island

Whitehaven Beach

Long Island

Mather Island

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Dent Island Proserpine Airport

Hamilton Island

Penticost Island Mansell Island

Lindeman Island

Road - Airlie Beach lies around two-thirds of the way up the coast between Brisbane (1,118kms) and Cairns (623kms). Travel here by car or campervan (pages 29-36) or visit as part of a tour (pages 38-56).

Shaw Island Thomas Island

Brampton Island

£91

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full DAY

From the rush of sailing on one of the world’s fastest catamarans, to the solitude of the uninhabited Whitehaven Beach, this adventure ticks all the boxes. On a good day, you’ll sail at speeds in excess of 20 knots before hitting the beach for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing. A barbecue lunch and drinks are included.

great barrier reef adventures day cruise

£103

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full DAY

ocean rafting

£81

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full DAY

Cruise to the Whitsundays’ number one, stunning outer reef pontoon location at Hardy Reef. Be in awe of the colourful coral and tropical fish that you’ll see snorkelling. Alternatively view them from the semisubmersible boat ride that’s also included. Enjoy sunbathing, optional scuba diving and get stuck into a delicious buffet lunch.

Spend a memorable day jetting to three top destinations, exploring beaches of uninhabited islands and snorkelling over coral reefs whilst having the ride of your life. See the Whitsundays in a style which you could become accustomed to! The boat has large deck space with comfy seating and morning tea and lunch are included.

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WHERE TO STAY

REEF & whitehaven adventure Airlie Beach

£249

FR

4 DAYS

Airlie Beach

mini adventure

Highlights

• Dive, snorkel or swim with thousands of tropical fish on the Great Barrier Reef • Explore the lively resort of Airlie Beach with its great choice of bars and restaurants • Step aboard one of the Whitsundays’ fastest and most prestigious sailing catamarans

AIRLIE BEACH

DAYDREAM ISLAND

HAMILTON ISlaND

SAILING HOLIDAYS

The mainland resort of Airlie Beach is the hub of the Whitsunday Coast and main launchpad for all activities and adventures in the archipelago. It offers all standards of places to stay, from backpacker hostels to luxury resorts, and the best choice of wining, dining and nightlife.

One of the closest islands to the mainland, the Daydream Island Resort & Spa is set in a verdant, exotic landscape where visitors can snorkel or dive fringing reefs or take part in any number of watersports. The less active will also love the award-winning spa.

With beaches, coral reefs, fine food and wine, and even yachting and golf clubs, Hamilton is one of the most developed resort islands, offering a choice of accommodation and visitor facilities. All this, and yet 70% of the island is still a strikingly beautiful National Park!

If you can’t decide which island to visit... don’t! Opt for a life on the ocean waves on one of our yachts, catamarans, adventure sailboats or historic tall ships. The Whitsundays are now synonymous with sailing holidays and the full spectrum of options are explained on page 80.

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Inclusions

Departs: Daily (except 01-10 Jan 2014 & 22 Dec 2014 10 Jan 2015) Accommodation: Airlie Beach (3 nts), choose from Base/Nomads Backpackers, Whitsunday Vista, Blue Horizon or Water’s Edge Resort Meals: 2 lunches Includes: Great Barrier Reef day trip, Camira Sailing Adventure day trip, all vessel and coach transfers Tour Code: WSYRWA

If you’re looking to tick off all the must-see’s of the Whitsundays, this great three-night package is ideal for anyone short on time but who wants to make the most of it. You’ll be based at your choice of accommodation in Airlie Beach, which has recently been given a huge makeover to enhance its vibrant seaside appeal, and you’ll kick things off with a day trip aboard a modern cruising vessel to the Reefworld pontoon moored above the Great Barrier Reef, where there are numerous ways to get in, on, under and above the water! Day 2 is yours to explore Airlie; perhaps take a dip in the swimming lagoon? Step aboard a fabulous sailing catamaran on Day 3 to visit the picture-perfect sands of Whitehaven Beach, enjoying a delicious barbecue lunch and lapping up the joy of sailing. Return to Airlie, where the tour concludes after check-out on Day 4.

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Australia

Australia

Situated just off the Queensland coast towards the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, the 74 islands of the idyllic Whitsundays archipelago are an essential stop for any trip along Australia’s east coast. A visit here is a feast for the senses, with near-deserted stretches of soft white sands such as those at Whitehaven Beach, lapped by the clearest of waters, and with the coral and marine life of the Great Barrier Reef within easy reach. Stay on the mainland, pick an island resort or sail to uninhabited islands on a yacht.

APARTMENT


Hamilton & daydream islands

Australia

rock solid

palm bungalows,

a-list

£211 SINGLE £106 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

Hamilton Island

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

reef view HOTEL,

£223 SINGLE £112 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

Hamilton Island

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

• A ‘back to nature’ experience in foliage-surrounded bungalows • Top location, near the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach • Freshly refurbished, with king-sized beds and spacious bathrooms

• Make a splash in the 35-metre swimming pool • Hit the bushwalking tracks or work up a sweat on the tennis court • Refuel at the pool terrace restaurant or lounge bar

Recently renovated, these charming, freestanding bungalows in a tropical garden setting offer an affordable island escape. Try your hand at go-karting, sea kayaking and parasailing, hit the spa and sauna, or join your mates for a swifty at one of the six bars onsite. Modern, fresh rooms come with private balconies and en suites.

Hamilton Island’s stunning Reef View Hotel is a fantastic option for those with a little extra cash. A fabulous setting right on the beach with either sea or garden views, each freestanding bungalow has air con, a private balcony and an en suite. There’s also a gym for the energetic plus a spa and sauna for those who wish to relax.

STAY 4 NIGHTS OR MORE FOR FREE BREAKFAST, FREE ACTIVITIES AND TRANSFERS INCLUDED

AHTIPB

STAY 5 PAY 4 - 28jan14-17apr14 & 22apr14-31aug14. Stay 4 nights and get free breakfast

apartments

whitsundays holiday apartments, Hamilton Island

AHTIRV

rock solid

£217 SINGLE £109 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

daydream island RESORT, Daydream Island

£211 SINGLE £106 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Relax in the lagoon-style pool or heated spa • Swim and snorkel in adjacent Catseye Beach • Spacious one-bed apartments with large balconies

• Lounge by the lagoon-esque pools or on one of its three beaches • Indulge in the award-winning spa’s extensive treatment menu • Hand-feed stingrays and sharks at the resort’s living reef

These modern apartments come with everything you need, including air con, en suite and full kitchen facilities, ensuring you’ll be comfortable and relaxed. There are pools, bars, restaurants and watersports available too. You’ll also be blessed with amazing views of the coral seas or tropical gardens.

This 296-room hotel offers comfy, stylish rooms with knock-out views plus tons of activities, including beach volleyball, rainforest walks, reef fishing and stand-up paddleboarding. It also boasts one of the world’s largest man-made living coral reef lagoons. Get hands-on with sharks, walk amongst stingray and even spot Nemo!

STAY 5 pay 4 - 11jan14-20DEC14

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hamilton island package

reefsleep under the stars £331

£249 / £218

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Hamilton

Hamilton

3 DAYS

ISIC

hamilton island, REEF & whitehaven

FR

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

2 DAYS

ISIC

£492 / £443

FR

FR

Airlie

FR

4 DAYS

Hamilton Island

mini adventure

mini adventure

australia

Highlights

• Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef • Soak up the sun and cool off in the ocean • Unlimited access to watersports

DAY ITINERARY

Highlights

• Spend a unique night at the Barrier Reef • Jump right in with the fish and turtles • Sleep in a ‘swag’ under a blanket of stars

DAY ITINERARY

Hamilton Island

01

Arrive on Hamilton Island, one of the most beautiful locations in the world where you’ll discover its azure waters and stunning beaches. Catch your transfer to the well endowed Palm Bungalows and take advantage of the free non-motorised watersports. If you’d prefer to relax, spend the afternoon soaking up the sun on a beautiful beach, chill under a palm tree or sip on a delicious cocktail.

Great Barrier Reef

02

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before taking to the water on your full-day Whitsunday Great Barrier Reef tour. Enjoy the seated underwater viewing deck before grabbing your snorkelling equipment and diving into those clear blue waters. Swim amongst the breathtaking coral reefs and enjoy the serenity of underwater life as you try and spot Nemo. Queensland Groper viewing station is your next stop where you’ll get the chance to refuel and tuck in to a fabulous BBQ lunch whilst surrounded by paradise. When the day is over, you will be transferred back to your accommodation to spend the evening as you wish.

Hamilton Island

03

All good things sadly have to come to an end and after a tasty breakfast you will be transferred back to the marina or airport to continue your Australian adventure!

Inclusions

Accommodation: Palm Bungalows (2 nts) Meals: Lunch (1) Transport: Return Hamilton Island Airport/Marina to hotel transfers Included: Free unlimited access of catamarans, paddle skis, windsurfers and snorkelling, a full day cruise Whitsunday Great Barrier Reef cruise, unlimited use of the scheduled ‘Island Shuttle’ service, use of gym, spa, sauna, tennis and squash court hire, Wi-Fi Tour Code: HTIPBN For details on Palm Bungalows see page 76

Departures 2014

Daily

Highlights

• Look out over stunning Whitehaven Beach • Go snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef • Hit the shops at Hamilton Island Marina

DAY ITINERARY

Airlie Beach / Great Barrier Reef

01

Depart this morning from Airlie Beach (or from your choice of Long Island, Daydream or Hamilton), aboard a large, luxury cruising vessel and get set for a Whitsundays adventure like no other - sleeping out under the stars right on the Great Barrier Reef! You’ll sail around 40 nautical miles off shore to the spectacular Hardy Reef, arriving at the ‘Reefworld’ pontoon around 11am to spend the day enjoying all the amazing activities available here. Those who can’t wait to get into the water can jump in for a spot of snorkelling to view coral and a myriad of colourful marine life, while the less keen swimmers can enjoy the same from the comfort of the semi-submersible vessel or the underwater viewing chamber. At 3pm, the day visitors head for shore, leaving no more than 12 lucky guests to enjoy the Reef all to themselves. Choose from a double room or a ‘swag’ under the stars for a restful night’s sleep.

Airlie / Whitehaven Beach / Airlie

01

Airlie Beach / Great Barrier Reef / Hamilton Island

02

02

Inclusions

Accommodation: Reefworld Pontoon (1 nt), choose from a single/double room or a cosy ‘swag’ which is a mattress base, sheet, sleeping bag and pillows Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 morning & afternoon teas, 2 buffet lunches, 1 barbecue dinner Includes: Reef-based activities at the pontoon (excluding those listed as ‘optional’), all vessel transfers Tour Code: WSYAWR

Departures 2014/15

Daily

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Journey by fast cruising vessel through the Whitsundays to the stunning outer Great Barrier Reef. Climb onto a fixed pontoon - get wet with snorkelling and optional scuba diving, or stay dry on the semi-submersible, underwater viewing chamber or sundeck. Buffet lunch is included. Later, transfer from the pontoon to Hamilton Island to check-in for a two-night stay. (L)

Hamilton Island

Great Barrier Reef / Airlie Beach

Awake feeling bright and refreshed and tuck into a delicious breakfast. There is time today for optional activities such as scenic helicopter flights above the world-famous ‘Heart Reef’, indulgent massages, diving or guided snorkelling excursions to see turtles, reef sharks and giant Maori wrasse. Mid-afternoon, head back to Airlie Beach (or to your choice of island resort), where your tour comes to an end on arrival.

Discover why the Whitsundays are a sailor’s paradise as you hop on board the Camira, one of the fastest and most modern sailing catamarans in the world. Help the crew hoist the sails and spend the day swimming, snorkelling and lazing on the spectacular sands of Whitehaven Beach. All refreshments and a delicious barbecue lunch included. The evening is spent in Airlie Beach, with its great range of bars and restaurants. (L)

03

Free day to laze by the pool or explore Hamilton’s vast array of activities: hiking, go-karts, jet boats, watersports, bars, restaurants, shops and galleries.

Hamilton Island

04

Tour concludes today, but you can spend another day exploring before catching the ferry back to Airlie (own expense) or heading to Hamilton Island Airport for your flight connections.

Inclusions

Departs: Daily (except 01-10 Jan 2014 & 22 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015) Accommodation: Airlie Beach (1 nt) (choose from Base/Nomads Backpackers, Whitsunday Vista, Blue Horizon or Water’s Edge Resort), Hamilton Island (2 nts) (Whitsunday Apartments) Meals: 2 lunches Includes: Great Barrier Reef day trip, Camira Sailing Adventure day trip, all vessel and coach transfers Tour Code: WSYHWA

Departures 2014/15

Daily (not 01-10Jan14 & 22Dec14-10Jan15)

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AWESOME FOURSOME Airlie Beach

Whitsunday £317 CASTAWAY

£453

FR

5 DAYS

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

FR

6 DAYS

Airlie Beach

mini adventure

WHITSUNDAYS WANDERER Airlie Beach

ULTIMATE £555 / £499 WHITSUNDAYS ISIC

FR

FR

6 DAYS

Hamilton Island

mini adventure

Airlie Beach

ISIC

£843 / £758

FR

FR

7 DAYS

Hamilton Island

mini adventure

mini adventure

australia

australia

Highlights

• Anchors away for a day’s sailing to pristine Whitehaven Beach • Spend a lazy day exploring Daydream, Hamilton and Long Islands • See the colourful Great Barrier Reef from a semi-submersible

DAY ITINERARY

Highlights

• Relax for an afternoon at Airlie Beach’s fantastic swimming lagoon • Island-hop your way around some of the Whitsundays’ best resorts • Spend a unique night sleeping under the stars at the Barrier Reef

DAY ITINERARY Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

01

Arrive into Airlie Beach at any time today and check into your choice of accommodation - everything from backpacker dorms to luxurious apartment resorts. Enjoy time at leisure to explore this resort town, which boasts a great selection of restaurants, shops and bars, and one of Australia’s best swimming lagoons right on the foreshore.

Airlie Beach / Whitehaven Beach / Airlie Beach

02

Explore the spectacular Whitsunday Islands National Park on board an amazing sailing catamaran, complete with all refreshments and a superb barbecue lunch. Swim and snorkel in beautiful, hard-to-reach bays where you’ll quite likely have the beach to yourself; and stroll the brilliant white sands of magnificent Whitehaven Beach. (L)

Island Hopper Pass

03

Armed with your Island Hopper Pass for the local ferry services, spend an enjoyable day flitting between the lovely beaches of Long Island, the ‘Living Reef Lagoon’ on Daydream Island and the endless diversions and attractions available on Hamilton Island.

01

Island Hopper Pass

02

04 05

Airlie Beach

Tour ends on check-out from your accommodation this morning, so it’s sadly time to head for your onward transport connections.

Inclusions

Departs: Daily (except 01-10 Jan 2014 & 22 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015) Accommodation: Airlie Beach (4 nts) (choose from Base/Nomads Backpackers, Whitsunday Vista, Blue Horizon or Water’s Edge Resort) Meals: 2 lunches Includes: Great Barrier Reef day trip, Camira Sailing Adventure day trip, 1-day Island Hopper Pass, all vessel and coach transfers Tour Code: WSYAWE

Departures 2014/15 Jan - Dec

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Daily (not 01-10Jan14 & 22Dec14-10Jan15)

Get acquainted with the Whitsundays thanks to your handy Island Hopper Pass for the local ferry services. Explore one or more of the following: Daydream island with its unique ‘Living Reef Lagoon’, Long Island with its lovely walking trails and beaches, and Hamilton Island.

DAY ITINERARY 01

03

An unforgettable day today as you enjoy the thrill of sailing aboard a prestigious catamaran for a leisurely cruise to secluded bays where there’s a chance to swim and snorkel. If that wasn’t enough, the day is capped off with time at the spellbinding Whitehaven Beach! (L)

02

04-05 06

Airlie Beach

The tour comes to an end on check-out this morning, so make your own way to the airport, bus or train stations to continue your trip.

Inclusions

Departs: Daily (except 01-10 Jan 2014 & 22 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015) Accommodation: Airlie Beach (4 nts) (choose from Base/Nomads Backpackers, Whitsunday Vista, Blue Horizon or Water’s Edge Resort), Reefworld Pontoon (1 nt) (choose from a single/double room or a cosy ‘swag’) Meals: 1 breakfast, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Includes: Overnight ‘Reefsleep’ trip to the Great Barrier Reef, Camira Sailing Adventure day trip, 1-day Island Hopper Pass, all vessel and coach transfers Tour Code: WSYCAS

Departures 2014/15 Jan - Dec

Daily (not 01-10Jan14 & 22Dec14-10Jan15)

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DAY ITINERARY

Airlie Beach

Get settled in to your chosen Airlie Beach accommodation and head out to explore this lovely resort, with its man-made swimming lagoon and fine selection of boutique stores, restaurants and lively bars.

01

Right here in the Whitsundays is where the Great Barrier Reef is at its very best, so head out today by fast, modern cruising vessel to a fixed pontoon at the outer reef. Spend the day fish-spotting from the semi-submersible or underwater viewing chamber, or jump right in amongst it with the included snorkelling gear. (L)

03

If yesterday led you to think the Whitsundays might be one of the most beautiful places you’ve ever seen, today those suspicions are confirmed with a day’s sailing aboard a luxurious catamaran to Whitehaven Beach, which boasts so-white-it-hurts-your-eyes sands. Don’t forget your sunglasses! A barbecue lunch is included. (L)

02

04-05 06

Hamilton Island

Your tour comes to an end today, so make your own way to the airport or enjoy more free time on Hamilton before heading back to Airlie Beach on one of the regular ferry services (not included).

Inclusions

Departs: Daily (except 01-10 Jan 2014 & 22 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015) Accommodation: Airlie Beach (3 nts) (choose from Base/Nomads Backpackers, Whitsunday Vista, Blue Horizon or Water’s Edge Resort), Hamilton Island (2 nts) (Whitsunday Apartments) Meals: 2 lunches Includes: Great Barrier Reef day trip, Camira Sailing Adventure day trip, all vessel and coach transfers Tour Code: WSYWHI

Departures 2014/15 Jan - Dec

Daily (not 01-10Jan14 & 22Dec14-10Jan15)

As the name suggests, this is our ultimate way to see the very best of the Whitsundays, and it kicks off today as you check-in to your chosen accommodation in the lively mainland resort of Airlie Beach. Today, you’re off for a day’s sailing adventure aboard a luxurious (and bright purple!) catamaran, dropping anchor in idyllic bays to enjoy swimming and snorkelling, before visiting pristine Whitehaven Beach on uninhabited Whitsunday Island. An exceptional day out! (L)

Airlie Beach / Daydream Island / Airlie Beach

03

Enjoy a day on fabulous Daydream Island. See the incredible ‘Living Reef Lagoon’ (with daily shark and stingray feeding), wander the island’s walking trails, laze by the swimming pools or play a round of mini-golf on what has to be one of Australia’s most unique courses! Lunch vouchers for AUD $20 are included for the Bakehouse. (L)

Airlie Beach / Great Barrier Reef (Reefsleep) / Hamilton

Airlie Beach / Hamilton Island

Transfer on the local ferry across to Hamilton Island which, despite being one of the Whitsundays’ most developed resorts, still features unspoilt natural park trails amongst its man-made attractions. You have two free days to make the most of the island; visit the Australian Wildlife Park, soak up the rays on Catseye Beach and head down to the marina to explore the many shops, bars and restaurants.

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach / Whitehaven Beach / Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach / Whitehaven Beach / Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach / Great Barrier Reef (Reefsleep) / Airlie Beach

Head out to the Reefworld pontoon for a unique overnight stay out at the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy all the incuded and optional activities - snorkelling, diving, helicopter and semi-submersible rides - then when the day trippers have gone home you have the place to yourself and no more than 11 other, very lucky, guests. Spend the night on deck in a comfortable ‘swag’ or enjoy the comfort of a double room. Continue your explorations of the Great Barrier Reef in the morning and early afternoon, before returning to Airlie Beach. (B, 2L, D)

Highlights

• Stay overnight in Airlie, Hamilton and out at the Great Barrier Reef • Stroll along the perfect white sands of unspoilt Whitehaven Beach • Take an optional helicopter ride above world-famous ‘Heart Reef’

Airlie Beach / Great Barrier Reef / Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach / Whitehaven Beach / Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach / Great Barrier Reef / Airlie Beach

Get your sea legs on once again today and head out aboard a fast, modern cruising vessel to a fully-equipped pontoon based at the outer Great Barrier Reef. Sunbathe up on the sundeck, or go snorkelling to say hello to the kaleidoscope of tropical fish and coral. Optional activities include scuba diving and helicopter rides above the world-famous and distinctively-shaped ‘Heart Reef’. (L)

Check-in to your chosen accommodation in Airlie Beach and head out to browse the shops, grab a drink at one of the waterfront bars or chill at the award-winning swimming lagoon. If you’re feeling active, optional activities include horse riding, quad biking and parasailing.

Highlights

• Admire the marine life and colourful coral at the Great Barrier Reef • Swim and snorkel in secluded bays on a catamaran sailing trip • Try your hand at optional jet boat rides or go-karting on Hamilton

04-05

Head out for a very special overnight stay out at a pontoon at the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving (optional) and the underwater viewing chamber - then say goodbye to the day trippers before spending the night here with a maximum of 12 guests. Sleep under the stars in a cosy ‘swag’ or in a double room. Transfer to Hamilton the next afternoon after a second day at the Reef. (B, 2L, D)

Hamilton Island

06-07

Enjoy a free day to explore the beaches, swimming pools, hiking trails and watersports options available on Hamilton Island, and head down to the marina for a great choice of wining and dining. Tour concludes on Day 7; head to the airport or back to Airlie (ferry not included).

Inclusions

Departs: Daily (except 01-10 Jan 2014 & 22 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015) Accommodation: Airlie Beach (3 nts) (choose from Base/Nomads Backpackers, Whitsunday Vista, Blue Horizon or Water’s Edge Resort), Reefworld Pontoon (1 nt) (choose from a single/double room or a cosy ‘swag’), Hamilton Island (2 nts) (Whitsunday Apartments) Meals: 1 breakfast, 4 lunches, 1 dinner Includes: Overnight ‘Reefsleep’ trip to the Great Barrier Reef, Camira Sailing Adventure day trip, all vessel and coach transfers Tour Code: WSYULT

Departures 2014/15 Jan - Dec

Daily (not 01-10Jan14 & 22Dec14-10Jan15)

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SAILING THE WHITSUNDAYS mini adventure

The best way to explore these 74 stunning islands is on board one of the many sailing boats that depart from Airlie Beach. There are a number of different types of boat to choose from depending on whether you are looking for a more intimate experience, an adventure on the high seas or a party boat. The durations differ as well with trips from 2 days/1 night up to

3 days/3 nights and everything in between. You will also have a choice of departure dates or you could leave your trip open dated - just be sure to call in advance when you are more sure of your plans to book a space on the boat of your choice. Ask your STA Travel Expert which option best suits your budget, requirements and itinerary.

Hayman Island

Hook Island

North Molle Island Daydream Island

Choose YOUR VESSEL

Whitsunday Island

£218

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Why Maxis rule; they are the Formula 1 of yachts and faster than vessels can go when under motor so you get to see more of the Whitsundays (as long as the winds are blowing!) As the name would suggest, they’re also among the largest yachts - two London buses end to end will fit on the deck. Plus Maxis are spacious downstairs with more than 2.5m headroom. The layout is open plan with dorm-style bunks or open doubles.

Cats are a great choice for sailing the Whitsundays as they have roomy cabins and loads of living space. Great activities from an outer reef/island experience, snorkelling, onboard diving and more. Catamaran sailing is very popular with couples and all age groups for stable sailing. Enjoy exploring this stunning region, including time to relax at the magnificent Whitehaven Beach to chill out or enjoy some bushwalking.

Boat Name

Departs

Duration

Max passengers

Price p/p frOM

tour code

Maxi Hammer

Even Days

2 days/1 night

22

£218

GZC2SF

Maxi Siska

Odd Days

2 days/1 night

22

£218

GZC2SF

Maxi British Defender

Tue/Thu/Sat

2 days/2 nights

28

£249

GZC2SO

Maxi Condor

Tue/Thu/Sun

2 days/2 nights

28

£249

GZC2SO

Maxi Boomerang

Sun/Wed/Fri

2 days/2 nights

28

£249

GZC2SO

Maxi Broomstick

Mon/Wed/Sat

2 days/2 nights

25

£249

GZC2SO

South Molle Island

Departs

Duration

Max passengers

divers/ couples

Price p/p frOM

tour code

Powerplay

Tue/Thu/Sat

2 days/2 nights

18

D

£287

WDSPWR

Adventurer

Tue/Thu/Sat

2 days/2 nights

12

C

£287

GZCEXP

Mon/Sat

2 days/2 nights

8

C

£459

GZCDEL

Wed

3 days/3 nights

8

C

£559

GZCEXH

M/W/F/S/S

2 days/2 nights

25

D

£285

WDSOSO

Tue

3 days/3 nights

26

C

£347

gzcewo

Whitsunday Blue Whitsunday Blue Wings Diving Emperors Wings

mini adventure

Hamilton Island Long Island

Dent Island

book 60 days prior to departure for discounted rates on selected boats

ADVENTURE SAILING maxi SAIling

Adventure SAIling

CATAmaran SAIling

Tall Ship SAIling

• Maxi Sailing is great fun and high on the adventure scale • Maxi’s are large yachts over 22 metres in length and their sheer size and power makes for a memorable sailing experience • Larger groups of between 22 -28 young people between the ages of 18 and 35 years • Very sociable so don’t be surprised if there’s a bit of a party in the evening! • Don’t be shy if you want to get involved. You can do as much or as little as you want.

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Boat Name

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Powerplay & Wings are fully equipped for scuba diving Plenty of activities including snorkel gear, paddle boards and spa baths on some Combine the Outer Reef and islands on Emperors Wings Usually multi-share accommodation although most boats have private cabins For couples a deluxe option is available on Whitsunday Blue - just 8 guests in 4 double en suite cabins which include DVD players and gourmet meals

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With an overall length of 127ft and 100ft of deck space, Solway Lass is huge Up to 30 guests and 6 crew onboard Choice of accommodation including share cabins and private doubles with or without en suite Lay in the bow net or swing on the tarzan rope Enjoy glassbottom boat coral viewing excursions Option to scuba dive by joining a dive boat

£229

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Ideal for: Groups of mates, big adventure seekers, adrenalin junkies

Usually bunk-style accommodation although most boats do have a couple of private cabins Enjoy rainforest walks, snorkel along the fringing coral reef or soak up the sunshine on deck All tours are ECO Certified and the crew will inform you about the coral reef and islands Option to scuba dive on Eureka, Ragamuffin, Southern Cross or by joining a dive boat SV Whitehaven can accommodate larger groups

£285

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Ideal for: Comfort hunters, couples, dive enthusiasts

Airlie Beach

Whatever style of sailing you decide is for you, the boat will be staffed by a skipper and crew (how many depends on the size of the boat) and all your meals, including snacks, are included and freshly prepared daily by the crew. There is often the option to scuba dive whist onboard - either from the boat directly or by meeting up with a specialist dive boat during your trip. Again your STA Travel Expert will be able to advise you on the various options.

CATAMARAN sailing

Ideal for: Time poor, cash-strapped socialites

Adventure sailing offers an awesome experience, specifically aimed at young adventurers aged 18-35 years-old. Sailing on yachts. ranging from 16 to 22 metres in length, there’s more time to unwind and spend at your favourite beach, island or reef. Enjoy activities like snorkelling, bushwalking or sunbathing. Delicious food prepared onboard is a big deal as with all the boats in the Whitsundays - it is Australia after all! Departs

Duration

Max passengers

Price p/p frOM

tour code

Southern Cross

Tue/Fri

3 days/2 nights

14

£306

GZCSA2

Eureka II

Mon/Thu

3 days/2 nights

15

£306

GZCSA2

Ragamuffin II

Wed/Sun

3 days/2 nights

13

£306

GZCSA2

SV Whitehaven

Tue/Fri

3 days/2 nights

24

£312

WDSSWO

Summertime

Thu/Sun

3 days/2 nights

16

£374

WDSSOD

Silent Night

Mon/Wed/Fri

2 days/2 nights

12

£287

WDSSNO

Waltzing Matilda

Tue/Thu/Sat

2 days/1 night

14

£229

WDSWMO

Boat Name

TALL SHIP SAILING

£88

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Ideal for: Jack Spratt, lazy bones and size-ists!

Fancy something a little different? Want to channel your inner Jack Sparrow? Well sometimes size does matter and what better way to prove it than on this historic and impressive tall ship. Combining style, space and the heritage of sailing, this century-old ship is truly impressive. Built in 1902, Solway Lass has been beautifully maintained and provides leisurely-paced fun sailing tours and the opportunity to meet a range of passengers from all over the world. If you’re short on time, spend a memorable day sailing through the crystal clear waters of the Whitsundays on this magnificent ship. The legendary Derwent Hunter has huge deck space with comfy seating - the ideal spot to enjoy your morning tea and tasty lunch. Departs

Duration

Max passengers

Price p/p frOM

Solway Lass

Tue/Sat

3 days/3 nights

32

£337

WDSSOL

Derwent Hunter

Daily exc. Tue

1 day

39

£88

WDSDHF

Boat Name

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tour code

81

AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA

MAXI SAILING

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magnetic island

mission beach

AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA

shoestring

base magnetic island

shoestring

£19 dorm £35 TWIN/DOUBLE

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bungalow bay koala village

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£18 Dorm £24 TWIN/DOUBLE

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£16 SINGLE £41 TWIN/DOUBLE

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castaways resort & spa

£105 SINGLE £53 TWIN/DOUBLE

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• Stay at the only backpackers right on the beach • Enjoy a resort experience at backpacker prices • Home of Australia’s only Full Moon party

• Hold a cute koala or a creepy crocodile • Join a conducted tour in the wildlife environments • Check out Horseshoe Bay Beach for water activities

• Beachside digs with Dunk Island views • Comfort and bargain prices make Bali Hai a great place to stay • BBQ and kitchen facilities available

• Absolute beachfront location • Enjoy amazing views of the reef from your room • Luxury day spa facilities onsite

The hottest place to stay on Magnetic Island! Chill on the beach or check out the coral reef by day and groove by night with DJs playing tunes and wicked beats at the Island Bar. Along with a restaurant and cafe, there’s also a scuba school onsite. With stylish dorms and a relaxed vibe, it’s the place to be.

Australia’s only resort with resident koalas and other Aussie wildlife in its boutique wildlife park. Nestled in the National Park, this 6.5-acre resort is built to harmonise with the environment, not impact on it. Laze around the island’s largest tropical pool and then join in the fun at the famous On the Rocks Bar.

Simple, self-contained beachside accommodation with stunning views of Dunk Island make this a great choice for travellers looking for bargain digs as well as a comfortable night’s sleep. The complex of cabins and campsite on Banfield Parade, Wongaling Beach, has an air con area, BBQ and a fully-equipped kitchen.

Bound by the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics Rainforest, this resort is the perfect destination on Mission Beach to chill out. In front of the resort you’ll find a secluded rainforest swimming area and walking trails just six kilometres from the resort, as well as bars and restaurants.

All holders of a valid International Student (ISIC) Identity Card will receive 1 free drink voucher

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• Spot a koala in the wild whilst exploring Forts Walk • Rave the night away at a pool party • Hire snorkelling equipment and explore the underwater world

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Base hostel, Magnetic Island (2 nts) Transport: Ferry Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Tour Code: FGPSTT

Spoil yourself and escape with two nights at Base Magnetic Island - Australia’s only backpackers located bang on the beach. Spend your days relaxing by the sea, chilling in the café or exploring the Forts Walk where you can stroll along looking for Northern Australia’s largest colony of wild koalas. Recharge your batteries in your eight-bed dorm and spend the evenings sipping on daiquiris or grab your dancing shoes and party the night away by the pool. Base also hosts a Full Moon Party once a month with some of the best Aussie and international DJs, so if you’re looking for Oz’s answer to Koh Phangan, time your stay in order to grab the UV paint and rave on the beach until the sun comes up. With return ferry tickets, a welcome drink, one free breakfast and dinner, snorkel hire plus a sea-kayak session, what are you waiting for?

Tully WHITE WATER RIVER rafting

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White water river rafting is a proper adventure for those of you who enjoy a true adrenalin rush! Each raft is controlled by a highly trained river guide, who’ll teach you the correct techniques and share with you the history of this magnificent landscape. Enjoy thundering down the river on the ferocious waters! CNSWWR

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TANDEM SKYDIVING FlexI PASS

£187

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If jumping out of plane attached to someone you’ve just met appeals, then this is the activity for you! Put your life in the hands of a qualified instructor and skydive from 14,000 feet. This half-day activity is a must for anyone with a little bit of crazy in their make up and you can choose from five locations - see page 37. CNSFPS

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big mama reef sailing cruise

£94

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Start the day cruising out to the best spots on the reef. Dependent on conditions, visit two to three spots for snorkelling to see the huge diversity of coral and fish. Enjoy a fabulous onboard BBQ as you look for dolphins, turtles, whales and manta ray before relaxing on board the deck as you return to Mission Beach. CNSbmm

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• Free evening meal with any drink purchase • Lounge on the sundeck or in the massive lagoon pool • Hit the nightclub’s dancefllor or enjoy crazy themed nights

• Chill out in comfort or enjoy a game of volleyball • Free airport transfer and breakfast, plus great value meals • All rooms with air con plus Wi-Fi, laundry and kitchen facilities

This recently refurbished city centre ‘flashpacker’ offers air con, en suite rooms and dorms, with Wi-Fi and four state-of-the-art kitchens at your disposal. As well as nightly entertainment, there’s a massive outdoor pub screen plus over a dozen plasmas - ideal for catching up on sporting events or just chilling with a beer.

A purpose-built flashpacker with a huge tropical pool, beach volleyball area, restaurant and bar. Facilities include Wi-Fi, air con rooms, spacious bathrooms, TV lounge, security card access and outdoor lounges. Just a short walk from the centre, the hostel also runs frequent shuttles to and from the city throughout the day.

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calypso inn backpackers

£15 dorm £19 TWIN/DOUBLE

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All holders of a valid ISIC Card will receive a complimentary drink at Zanzibar Bar & Grill

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njoy cairns

£14 dorm £17 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Soak up the atmosphere by the pool before hitting the cool Zanzibar bar at night. Perfect for those on a budget, looking for a simple, clean, relaxing stay on the outskirts. If the city centre is your thing, however, you’re only a ten-minute walk away. Cook up a storm in the communal kitchen or catch up with mates online. CNSCAL

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£60 SINGLE £30 TWIN/DOUBLE

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A swanky, boutique hotel ideally located for anyone looking to explore the wonders of Queensland. The hotel provides a relaxed atmosphere with friendly staff, fast Wi-Fi and the essential Aussie BBQ area. There are a variety of rooms on offer, but all come with great air con – essential in the tropics – and comfy beds. STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01Jan14-30Jun14 & 01Sep14-31Dec14. STAY 5 PAY 4 01Jul14-31Aug14

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novotel cairns oasis resort

£94 SINGLE £47 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Bay Village Tropical Retreat offers a perfect base to discover the region’s natural wonders of reef, rainforest and outback. Located within easy walking distance to Cairns waterfront and Central Business District, the hotel and apartments boast an award-wining restaurant and bar, freeform swimming pool and Internet. STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01jan14-30JUN14. stay 3 nights and get free breakfast

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The perfect base from which to discover Cairns, Njoy’s in the centre of the city with access to Esplanade lagoon, the Reef, Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. Its rooms are airy, simple and comfortable with free air con. The resort itself is clean, welcoming and secure and has everything you need for a memorable stay. Njoy!

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This resort’s bright and spacious rooms all come with air con, Wi-Fi and a private terrace or balcony, facing either the lagoon pool, lush tropical gardens or Cairns city. Enjoy a cocktail at the swim-up bar, modern cuisine in Mizuna restaurant or retreat from the mid-day humidity with a spa massage and a refreshing mint tea. stay 3 pay 2 - 01jan14-30jun14 (excludes some dates) & 16nov14-30dec14

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palm royale

£58 SINGLE £29 TWIN/DOUBLE

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pacific international

£122 SINGLE £61 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Overlooking the picturesque harbour and opposite the ferry point for the Great Barrier Reef, this hotel is just a short walk from Esplanade Lagoon, tropical parklands and the shopping precinct. Rooms have private balconies and cracking views, plus there’s a pool and restaurant serving Brazilian inspired aussie-style BBQ. STAY 3 PAY 2 - ALL YEAR (SELECTED ROOM TYPES)

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Discovery cairns hotel

£75 SINGLE £38 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Laze the days away on the sun-drenched terraces, by the palm-fringed pools or in the shady gardens of this Mediterraneaninspired hotel with a tropical twist. Six kilometres from Cairns’ city centre, all rooms come with air con, king-sized beds and private balconies. A peaceful oasis, it’s a great base for exploring N Queensland.

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shaNgri-la hotel, the marina

£181 SINGLE £91 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Just 500 metres from the city centre, this modern resort has two saltwater pools to cool down in, Internet, laundry facilities, a cool bar and restaurant and comfort galore. Rooms are en suite and come with air con and TVs. It’s the perfect place to just chill out with a beer on your balcony as you watch the world go by. STAY 4 PAY 3 - 15Jan14–31May14 & 01Oct14-20Dec14

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Luxurious and elegant, the Shangri-La’s spacious rooms have high-thread-count bedding, quality bath smellies, a choice of pillows and private balconies with knock-out garden, marina or city views. It also boasts a spa, fitness centre, pool and the waterfront North Food & Wine, serving innovative, fusion flavours. STAY 3 PAY 2 or stay 4 pay 3 and get FREE breakfast - 01jan14-08MAY14, 17MAY1415SEP14 & 24SEP14-30DEC14

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Adventure Packages Check out our four and six-day Cairns packages on page 87. We’ve bundled hostel accommodation with some of the very best activities Queensland has to offer - from white water rafting to hot air ballooning.

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• Unleash your wild side as you navigate grade four rapids • Enjoy a day at beautiful Fitzroy Island • Take a balloon flight over the Cairns Highlands

DAY ITINERARY 01 PORT O’CALL ECO LODGE, port douglas

£26 dorm £41 TWIN/DOUBLE

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OAKs LAGoonS, port douglas

£85 SINGLE £43 TWIN/DOUBLE

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This great lodge boasts eco credentials (100 per cent of its hot water comes from solar power), a topnotch location just five minutes from stunning Four Mile Beach, plus a lagoon pool, bar, bistro and communal kitchen. The rooms aren’t bad either; they come with air con, free Wi-Fi, LCD TV, iPod dock and coffee cafetieres. FREE INTERNET, FREE TRANSFER FROM CAIRNS FOR 2 night STAys

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hibiscus resort, port douglas

£103 SINGLE £52 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Choose from hotel rooms with large corner spas, some with a ‘swim out’ option, to one and two-bedroom apartments complete with gourmet kitchens, kingsize beds and air con. Swim to your balcony from one of the six lagoon-style pools, relax with a BBQ in the lush, landscaped gardens or stroll to nearby Four Mile Beach. APTI0L

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The Hibiscus Resort is a big dollop of relaxation, brimming with lush tropical gardens, inviting pools and spa treatments. The hotel is a natural oasis with modern facilities. Your room is the ideal spot to escape the tropical heat with cool, tiled floors, air con and a big bath; the perfect antidotes to tropical humidity. STAY 5 NIGHTS FOR FREE BREAKFAST AND 6 NIGHTS FOR FREE TRANSFER

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£128 SINGLE FR £64 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Stunning private apartments with their own courtyard or balcony make for a secluded stay here whilst downtown Port Douglas is within walking distance. With two pools and an outdoor spa, plus Wi-Fi in your room, your stay will be one to remember. All rooms come with air con and kitchenette or full kitchen facilities. STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01APR14-22JUN14 & 12OCT14-21DEC14. stay 5 pay 4 01jan14-31mar14

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Choose from spacious studio rooms or one-bedroom self-contained apartments, with either an outdoor hot tub or direct pool access at this upmarket resort. A stone’s throw from the gourmet restaurants and shops of Port Douglas’ trendy Macrossan Street, Shantara also offers a spa, gym or enjoy an in-room massage. STAY 4 PAY 3, STAY 7 PAY 5 - 13jan14-17APR14, 22APR14-30JUN14, 01JUL14-31OCT14 & 01NOV14-21DEC14

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Nestled in lush rainforest, 16km south of Port Douglas is this deluxe eco beach resort. Secluded, timber bungalows come with private verandas, en suites and unforgettable views. Get back to nature with sunrise yoga, guided nature walks, star gazing and turtle spotting or savour fresh, local food at Ospreys Restaurant. stay 4 pay 3 - 01jan14-31mar14

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Arrive in Cairns and make your way to your accommodation where you’ll meet new friends and have time to explore the town. It’s off to the Tully River today for a rafting experience of a lifetime. Fly down grade four rapids as this thrilling sport gets your heart racing. Each raft is controlled by a highly trained river guide, who’ll teach you the correct techniques during the day and share with you the history and wonders of this magnificent landscape. From rapids to the reef, you’ll go from speed to calm as you embrace one of nature’s finest creations. With beautiful unspoilt, uncrowded beaches, Fitzroy Island is perfect for soaking up the sun, swimming in pristine waters and snorkelling with the stunning array of sea life. The highlight of the day will be the guided sea kayaking tour which is a tranquil way to see the beauty of the reef and Fitzroy Island.

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Rise up, literally, at dawn with an amazing balloon flight, floating peacefully above the Cairns Highlands. Then, spend some time in the rainforest town of Kuranda, famous for its arts and crafts before returning to Cairns via Skyrail over the canopy of the rainforest – a journey you’ll never forget.

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• Fly down the rapids of the famous Tully River • Discover peace and tranquillity in the Cairns Highlands • Spot crocs as you cruise through the rainforest down Daintree River

Day 5, it’s off to the Great Barrier Reef on Passions of Paradise – a modern, 25m sailing maxi cat. You’ll make your way to two parts of the reef and Michaelmas Cay, where you’ll have the chance to don snorkelling gear and jump in. Morning and afternoon tea plus a tropical lunch is included. Day 6, your tour comes to a close.

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Accommodation: Multi-share dorm in a central Cairns hostel (5 nts) Meals: 3 lunches Includes: Full day’s white water rafting tour & return transfers, sea kayaking tour including boat transfers to Fitzroy Island, 30-minute hot air balloon flight, pick-up from accommodation and Skyrail rainforest cableway with return transfer, full day outer barrier reef cruise & snorkelling gear Tour Code: CNSRTA

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You’re off early this morning straight into action as you head out to the Tully River for an adventure-fuelled day. Navigate your way down the huge rapids to get the adrenalin pumping, before coming back to conquer the lower part of the river after a BBQ lunch on the riverside. There are over 40 rapids to fly down with your expert guide to show you the way, set amongst surrounding ancient rainforest.

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Enjoy a more peaceful and sedate day, as you head to the picturesque Cairns Highlands waterfall circuit. Visit stunning lakes, mesmerising waterfalls and splendid rainforest with plenty of swimming opportunities, followed by a lunch in the quaint, little village of Yungaburra before heading back to Cairns in the evening.

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No stay in Cairns would be complete without a trip to the truly remarkable Outer Reef. You will spend five hours visiting two outer reef locations where you can swim and snorkel with the exotic, colourful reef fish and coral. If you prefer, you can also see the reef life from a semisubmersible or underwater observatory. After a BBQ lunch, you can add in an optional intro or certified scuba dive.

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On your final day, head north to Cape Tribulation where you’ll stop at the Wildlife Habitat to see native wildlife and feed the kangaroos. Expect to see crocodiles as you take in the Daintree River Cruise, then explore the oldest rainforest in the world which is packed with stunning scenery, on a guided walk. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the white sandy beach at Cape Tribulation – the only place in the world where the reef meets the sea. Travel back to Cairns where things wrap up.

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Accommodation: Multi-share dorm in a central Cairns hostel (3 nts) Meals: 4 lunches Includes: Full day’s white water rafting tour including transfers, Tablelands, Waterfalls & Rainforest tour, full day’s snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef Tour Code: CNSCBB

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CAPE TRIB ‘GO WILD’ DAY TRIP

£91

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£67

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QUICKSILVER OUTER reef DAY TRIP

£142

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Spend the day exploring the enchanting Green Island – an idyllic coral cay on the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef. View the coral reef and fish from a glass-bottom boat, snorkel, relax on the white sandy beach or strol through the National Park. You’re there and back aboard a modern, air con catamaran.

Whether you’re mad on snorkelling or a diehard sun lover, get ready for the experience of a lifetime on the Outer Reef’s luxury floating pad. Get a glimpse of the magical underworld from the semi-submersible coral viewer and underwater observatory. Watch fish feeding or get up close and personal snorkelling with the sea life.

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uncle brian’s tablelands & waterfalls

£73

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Leave Cairns and head back to nature, treating yourself to a exhilarating day of amazing wildlife and scenery. Visit the diverse scenery of the Atherton Tablelands with its rolling grassy hills, contrasting against deep rainforest gullies and dense eucalypt mountains. Take a cooling dip in the cascading waterfalls, capture the incredible volcanic craters and return feeling refreshed and relaxed. Nothing could be better. Departs: Mon-Sat Meals: Morning tea, 1 lunch, afternoon tea, drinks Includes: Bus transfer from Cairns, Platypus spotting, umbrellas, sun cream and insect repellent Tour Code: CNSUNC

DAINTREE DREAMING

£81

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This guided tour offers a tranquil way to see the beauty of the reef and Fitzroy Island, exploring remote beaches and exclusive snorkelling locations only accessible by kayak. Enjoy three hours of kayaking in the morning, followed by a picnic lunch. Snorkelling equipment is included as is use of the ocean trampoline.

XTREME RAFTING

£122

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Power down the awesome grade four Tully River, taking in the stunning surroundings of the National Park Rainforest – if you can! You’ll spend a full day on the white water rapids, stopping to refuel with a tasty, BBQ lunch. There will also be the opportunity to buy photos, videos and other souvenirs later on.

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TANDEM SKYDIVE FLEXI PASS

£187

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If jumping out of plane attached to someone you’ve just met appeals, then this is the activity for you! Put your life in the hands of a qualified instructor and skydive from 14,000 feet. This half-day activity is a must for anyone with a little bit of crazy in their make up! Choose from five locations - see page 37.

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Cape Tribulation ‘Go Wild ’ Overnight package

£116

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Embrace your wild side and experience one of Oz’s most scenic coastal drives as you head to Port Douglas where you’ll see native animals at the Wildlife Habitat. Enjoy a cruise on the Daintree River spotting crocs. After lunch, explore the rainforest on a guided walk, followed by free time on Cape Tribulation beach before checking into your beachfront accommodation. Day 2, choose from tons of optional activities, before returning to Cairns. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Cape Trib Beach House (1 nt), Transport: Mini-coach Includes: 1 lunch, Daintree River cruise, entry to Wildlife Habitat Tour Code: CNSTJS

Departs: Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sun Meals: 1 lunch, morning/tea tea Includes: Return hotel transfers, Aboriginal art class, guided rainforest tour, coastal & mangrove walk Tour Code: CNSDAI

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RAINFOREST, RELAX & RAFT

£97

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You will be taken on a camera-friendly adventure aboard the stunning Kuranda Scenic Rail. You’ll stop at Barron Gorge to view the falls before reaching the ‘Village of the Rainforest’. It’s time to explore, before jumping on the Skyrail for the most beautiful experience. You’ll glide over the canopy before reaching Caravonica Lakes.

£115

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SILVERSONIC

Full DAY

Dive or snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef on the great Silversonic. Tuck into brekkie (included) before exploring three exclusive sites at stunning Agincourt Ribbon Reef. Work up an appetite for a tasty buffet lunch as you discover the astounding coral and sea life in this underwater experience. Departs from Port Douglas only.

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AJ HACKETt BUNGEE JUMP

£100

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Take the plunge at Oz’s one and only bungee tower! Admire the surrounding rainforest as you leap 50 metres overlooking a natural lake and the Great Barrier Reef. This full-day, thrilling experience includes transfers to and from Cairns, one jump, your bungee certificate and official jump T-sheet. Awesome! CNSBUN

on the wallaby

£106

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Discover the Aussie outdoors on this overnight trip! Take guided rainforest walks in search of native wildlife, swim in pristine waterfalls and trek through the jungle to view the raging Dinner Falls and World Heritage-listed Mount Hypipamee National Park. Go platypus spotting in the evening then relax and refuel with tasty BBQ. The next day, whizz through lush countryside on a guided bike ride and tour the secluded Lake Tinaroo on a canoe. Departs: Daily Accommodation: On the Wallaby Backpackers Lodge, dorm (1nt) Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Includes: Cairns pick-up, all transport, mountain biking, guided canoeing Tour Code: CNSWNO/CNSWNF

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First stop on your adventure is the Wildlife Habitat Sanctuary in Port Douglas, where you can feed kangaroos. Cross the Daintree River on a boat cruise, enjoy lunch, then trek into the jungle and visit a great beach. Check into Cape Tribulation Beach House then spend Day 2 relaxing in paradise or doing optional activities before returning to Cairns to overnight (not included). Day 3, go south for a full day’s whitewater rafting trip on the Tully River. Departs: Daily Acommodation: Hostel (1 nt) Transport: Modern air-con coaches Includes: 2 lunches, Tully River Rafting and Go Wild day tour Tour Code: CNSRNR

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KURANDA RAIL & SKYRAIL

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This unique tour combines genuine Aboriginal experiences with the natural beauty of the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park, including Mossman Gorge. On a two-hour coastal and mangrove walk, you’ll learn to identify and catch (spear in hand!) land and sea bush tucker as well as experiencing a guided rainforest tour. Enjoy an authentic Aboriginal art class, have a refreshing dip in the gorge and eat your catch of the day!

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FITZROY ISLAND DAY TRIP

£137

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cook TOWN ADVENTURE

£306

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Visit one of Oz’s most significant townships where Captain Cook spent 46 days repairing his vessel. Travel to the World Heritagelisted Daintree National Park, a tropical rainforest renowned for its plant and animal life, before continuing on to the mysterious Black Mountain. Overnight in Cook Town and spend the following day exploring the famous James Cook Museum and wandering along the Endeavour River, before heading back. Departs: Mon & Thu Accommodation: Motel (1 nt) Meals: Morning tea, 1 lunch Transport: Transfers, 4WD air con vehicle, cable ferry Note: Entrance to James Cook Museum not included Tour Code: CNSCOO

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It’s time to head out into the wilderness for a day that will introduce you to the greatness of this region. You’ll see native Australian animals at the Wildlife Habitat, cruise on the Daintree River searching for crocodiles and wildlife and walk through the rainforest before exploring Cape Tribulation beach.

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£88

Learn to Dive PADI Open Water Course

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• Four nights’ dorm-style accommodation in a Cairns hostel • Two nights’ accommodation and meals Liveaboard Dive Trip • Nine dives; four training and five recreational, plus a guided night dive

Reef Quest caters for all - snorkellers, certified and introductory divers alike. Snorkel to your heart’s content or enjoy the perfect introduction to scuba diving on an intro dive with pre-dive tuition and close underwater supervision. Alternatively, if you’re already certified, explore the Great Barrier Reef on up to three spectacular dives at two different locations on the outer edge of the Reef (just 70 kilometres offshore) at the beautiful Saxon, Norman or Hastings Reef. All offer outstanding underwater visibility, superb coral formations and abundant, colourful marine life including Wally, a friendly 1.5-metre Maori Wrasse at Norman Reef! A tropical buffet lunch and tea and coffee are included as you relax in the company of the friendly, experienced staff.

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Departs: Mon - Sat Includes: PADI Open Water Certificate, log book. At sea, twin cabin accommodation (2 nts), 9 dives (weather permitting), dive insurance, all meals onboard boat, dive equipment & computer, snorkelling gear Note: $60 enviromental charge &/port tax payable to Pro Dive not included in price Tour Code: CNS5DA/CNSLDC

If learning to dive is on your ‘To Do’ list, this is an opportunity not to be missed! Pro Dive Cairns is recognised worldwide as a leader in scuba diving education, offering a professional and safe learning environment. Combine this with a liveaboard dive trip and you’ll come away from the course a very confident scuba diver. The most popular option for beginners, it’s broken down into two components; two days of pool and classroom training in Cairns, followed by a three-day liveaboard dive trip to numerous reef sites, with the opportunity to dive at the Great Barrier Reef from morning to night. A dive medical may be required, subject to satisfactory completion of Student Diver Medical declaration. four free nights CAIRNS hostel dorm accommodation - 01apr14-31dec14

Passions of Paradise

£93

PADI Advanced Open Water Course

1 DAY

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Departs: Daily Includes: Unlimited snorkelling with equipment, guided snorkelling tours, buffet lunch, tea, coffee, glass bottom boat, transfers from Cairns Bonus Offer: Pre-purchase this package & receive AUD20 & a FREE glass bottom boat trip Tour Code: CNSPAS

• 11 dives on the Great Barrier Reef (includes two night dives) • PADI Advanced Manual, all dive equipment and dive insurance • All meals and twin share accommodation

Experience life beneath the waves as you plunge into the crystal clear ocean that encompasses the Great Barrier Reef. Throw in an introductory dive among the unique coral of Michaelmas Cay – one of the largest bird rookeries in Australia – and you will simply be blown away by the beauty of this Passions of Paradise cruise. For those of you that wish to simply snorkel, the shallow waters of Michaelmas Cay make it an ideal place to do so. For those of you who are more experienced divers, there’s an organised, fully guided dive in small groups under the instruction of one of the onboard qualified divers. You will also have the chance to take a glass-bottomed boat tour if you choose. Lunch and tea and coffee are served onboard. Passengers receive an aud $20 bar tab to spend on board & a glass-bottomed boat tour

Silverswift Dive & Snorkel

Inclusions

Departs: Daily, apart from Tue Includes: Twin cabin accommodation (2 nts), 11 dives (weather permitting), PADI Advanced Manual, dive insurance, all meals onboard boat, all dive equipment, wetsuit & snorkelling gear Note: $60 enviromental charge &/port tax payable to Pro Dive not included in price Tour Code: CNSAPW

£112

Liveaboard Dive Trips

1 DAY

Great Barrier Reef

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Great Barrier Reef

Highlights

Inclusions

90

Silverswift is ready to whisk you away for a day of adventure to explore three magnificent Great Barrier Reef locations for your dive and snorkel adventure. You’ll experience it first hand as you take the plunge with a free introductory scuba dive as well as a guided snorkel tour. Or as a certified diver, you can do up to three dives. If you prefer to stay more topside, you’ll snorkel stunning coral reefs teeming with a kaleidoscope of marine life. If you fancy chilling out and soaking up the sun with a cold drink after your water adventures, you can do that too as the ultramodern Silverswift has a licensed bar. Your day includes a scrumptious morning tea on boarding, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, guided snorkel tour, introductory dive and all equipment. Passengers receive a free introductory dive

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The Great Barrier Reef is a very special place to complete your Advanced Dive Course. Over three 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. Five of these are dedicated to Advanced Course training: Deep Dive, Underwater Navigation and Night Dive. Your remaining dives could be a choice of Underwater Naturalist, Search and Recovery or Underwater Photography. You’ll be staying on a purposebuilt dive boat so this is a great way to meet like-minded travellers as well. Please note, you’ll need to complete a compulsory Student Diver Medical Declaration prior to undertaking this course.

£431

FR

3 DAYS

Highlights

• Free introductory scuba dive included with a qualified instructor! • Visit and dive or snorkel three amazing locations • All of your food and equipment included

Departs: Daily Includes: Unlimited snorkelling with equipment, free introductory dive, light breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, coffee, environmental management/ admin charges of $6 per person Bonus Offer: Free intro dive Tour Code: CNSQCD

3 DAYS

Highlights

• Take your first dive at the stunning Michaelmas Cay • Learn about the abundant marine and wildlife • Snorkel at Breaking Patches and see the colourful reef in full glory

Inclusions

£524

FR

• 11 dives on the Great Barrier Reef (includes two night dives) • All dive equipment and dive insurance • All meals, twin share accommodation and transfers

Inclusions

Departs: Daily, apart from Tue Includes: Twin cabin accommodation (2 nts), 11 dives (weather permitting), dive insurance, all meals onboard boat, all dive equipment, dive computer, wetsuit & snorkelling gear Note: $60 enviromental charge &/port tax payable to Pro Dive not included in price Tour Code: CNSCER/CNSLDT

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 80-foot 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’s diving. All passengers must present their Dive Card at the beginning of the trip in order to participate in the certified dives and the rest of the time is yours to discover the incredible variety of fish and coral that call the Great Barrier Reef home. Please note, you’ll need to complete a compulsory Student Diver Medical Declaration prior to undertaking this course.

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AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA

Departs: Daily Includes: Unlimited snorkelling with equipment, guided snorkelling tours, buffet lunch, tea & coffee Tour Code: CNSREF

5 DAYS

Highlights

• Experience two different Great Barrier Reef locations • Enjoy an introductory dive with a qualified instructor • Unlimited snorkelling

Inclusions

£512

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the outback

MELBOURNE TO the RED CENTRE Melbourne

• • • • • • • •

£1,299

FR

13 DAYS

Alice Springs

Highlights

Check out surf hotspots like Torquay Say G’Day to koalas and kangaroos Hike the sand dunes of the Coorong Explore the elegant city of Adelaide Sample the Clare Valley vintages Go opal mining in Coober Pedy Enjoy a glass of bubbly at Ayers Rock Discover the dramatic Kings Canyon

AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA

Departures 2014

TOP 5 MUST-DO’s 1. SEE ULURU AT SUNSET AND DAWN 2. WALK THE VALLEY OF THE WINDS 3. TELL TALES ROUND THE CAMPFIRE 4. MINE FOR OPALS IN COOBER PEDY 5. VIEW KAKADU’S ANCIENT ROCK ART

Start

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Start

Finish

Start

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Jan 07 Jan 14 Jan 21 Jan 28 Feb 04 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Mar 04 Mar 11 Mar 18 Apr 01 Apr 08 Apr 15

Jan 19 Jan 26 Feb 02 Feb 09 Feb 16 Feb 23 Mar 02 Mar 09 Mar 16 Mar 23 Mar 30 Apr 13 Apr 20 Apr 27

Apr 29 May 06 May 13 May 27 Jun 03 Jun 10 Jun 24 Jul 01 Jul 08 Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 05 Aug 19 Aug 26

May 11 May 18 May 25 Jun 08 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jul 06 Jul 13 Jul 20 Aug 03 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 31 Sep 07

Sep 02 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30 Oct 14 Oct 21 Oct 28 Nov 11 Nov 18 Dec 02 Dec 16 Dec 30

Sep 14 Sep 28 Oct 05 Oct 12 Oct 26 Nov 02 Nov 09 Nov 23 Nov 30 Dec 14 Dec 28 Jan 11

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels (6 nts), sheep station (1 nt), camping in swag or tent accommodation (4 nts), underground hostel (1 nt) (all nights multishare) Transport: Private bus Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $160-200 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOAMR

When you think of Australia, a few things spring to mind – exciting cities, laid-back surfer hangouts, fine wine, sleepy koalas and the vast open spaces of the Outback. Well, guess what… this tour’s got them all! From Melbourne, head down the Great Ocean Road to witness the 12 Apostles then head into South Australia for wine tasting in the worldfamous Clare Valley. As you head into the Outback, you’ll have plenty of chances to get to grips with Aboriginal culture, and you’ll stay in a variety of unique accommodations – from safari tents to sheep stations, and from ‘swags’ to a hostel deep underground.

DAY ITINERARY Melbourne / Great Ocean Road / Port Campbell

01-02

Arrive into Melbourne today and, if time permits, head out to explore before meeting the rest of your group this evening. Kick off your adventure on Day 2 on the famous Great Ocean Road, regarded as one of the most scenic driving routes in Australia. Check out the waves at surf hotspots such as Torquay and Bells Beach, and enjoy walking one of the rainforest nature trails in Great Otway National Park. Next up are the dramatic rock formations known as the 12 Apostles, followed by Loch Ard Gorge, whose beauty is at odds with its history as the site of a tragic shipwreck. (B)

Grampians National Park / Mt. Gambier

03-04

Look out for koalas and kangaroos at Tower Hill National Park before heading inland to Grampians National Park, a beautiful mountain region known for its lakes, waterfalls and indigenous rock art. Trek through the verdant forest to the ‘Jaws of Death Balconies’ or opt for a spot of mountain biking, before heading back to Mt. Gambier for an overnight stay in a refurbished old English jail. (2B, D)

Coorong National Park / Adelaide / Clare Valley / Flinders Ranges AU S T R A L I A

05-06

Kakadu N.P. Darwin Litchfield N.P.

Alice Springs

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Kings Canyon

Wilpena Pound / William Creek

William Creek

NORTHERN TERRITORY Alice Springs Uluru

Coober Pedy

Wilpena Pound Flinders Ranges

Adelaide Mt. Gambier Grampians NP

Melbourne Port Campbell

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

07-08

Learn about the indigenous art and settler history at Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre sacred to the Adnyamathana people, and opt to take a flight over this stunning landscape feature. Spend a night sleeping in a ‘swag’ (canvas bedroll) for a real taste of the Outback. On Day 8, travel along the Oodnadatta Track deep into the Outback. Marvel at ruins of early settler sites, visit the Arabunna Aboriginal Centre and opt for a scenic flight over the great salt lake of Lake Eyre. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Coober Pedy

Traverse more of the outback on a rugged track to Coober Pedy, the world’s opal mining capital, where you’ll take a guided tour of a mine before spending the night at a unique subterranean hostel, built to avoid the summer heat when temperatures can reach an oppressive 50C. (B)

09

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

10-11

Coober Pedy FLINDERS RANGES Adelaide

Enjoy a few short hikes in Coorong National Park, whose sand dunes and lagoons support a variety of birdlife. Continue to the cultured city of Adelaide, whose downtown is surrounded by parklands. On Day 6, explore the Clare Valley, one of Australia’s leading wine regions and enjoy wine tasting at a vineyard. The next stop is at Alligator Gorge, known for its uniquely-coloured rock formations before bedding down for the night at a working sheep station for a unique slice of Australian life. (2B, D)

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12

Cross the border into the Northern Territory and onwards to magnificent Uluru. Experience sunset at the rock before curling up in a ‘swag’ for a cosy night under the star-filled sky. Start Day 11 with a glass of something sparkling as you watch the sunrise over Uluru, before enjoying the Mala Walk around part of the base of the rock to learn its importance to the local Aboriginal people. (2B, L, D)

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Kings Creek

Discover more of the Red Centre at Kata Tjuta where, weather permitting, you can hike the beautiful Valley of the Winds. Retrace your steps back via Uluru to tonight’s destination, Kings Canyon, for another night under the stars either in a tent or a swag - it’s your choice. (B, L, D)

Kings Canyon / Alice Springs

13

Explore the beautiful gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon on foot, visiting the dramatic formations known as the Amphitheatre, the Lost City and the Garden of Eden. From here, continue via the homestead at Erldunda towards the isolated outpost of Alice Springs, the only town of any size in the entire Australian Outback. The tour ends with an early evening arrival into Alice Springs. (B)

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£1,799

Australia south to north Melbourne

FR

18 DAYS

Darwin Darwin Kakadu NP Litchfield NP

AU S T R A L I A

Alice Springs Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Kings Canyon William Creek

Wilpena Pound

AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA

Coober Pedy Flinders Ranges Grampians NP

Adelaide

Melbourne

Mt. Gambier Port Campbell

• • • • • • • •

Highlights

Hike the Great Ocean Road rainforest Birdwatch in the dunes of the Coorong Wine tasting in the Clare Valley Sleep underground in Coober Pedy View the magnificent colours of Uluru Learn about the Aboriginal Dreamtime Ride the rails aboard the famous Ghan Swim in Kakadu’s gorgeous waterholes

Departures 2014 Start

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

Jan 07 Jan 14 Jan 21 Jan 28 Feb 04 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Mar 04 Mar 11 Mar 18 Apr 01 Apr 08 Apr 15

Jan 24 Jan 31 Feb 07 Feb 14 Feb 21 Feb 29 Mar 03 Mar 14 Mar 21 Mar 28 Apr 04 Apr 18 Apr 25 May 02

Apr 29 May 06 May 13 May 27 Jun 03 Jun 10 Jun 24 Jul 01 Jul 08 Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 05 Aug 19 Aug 26

May 16 May 23 May 30 Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 27 Jul 11 Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 08 Aug 15 Aug 22 Sep 05 Sep 12

Sep 02 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30 Oct 14 Oct 21 Oct 28 Nov 11 Nov 18 Dec 02 Dec 16 Dec 30

Sep 19 Oct 03 Oct 10 Oct 17 Oct 31 Nov 07 Nov 14 Nov 28 Dec 05 Dec 19 Jan 02 Jan 16

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 1839s Accommodation: Hostels (9 nts), camping in ‘swag’ or tent (6 nts), underground hostel (1 nt), overnight train in airline-style seating (1 nt) (all nights multishare) Transport: Private bus, train, 4x4, boat Meals: 15 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $220-260 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOAMD

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Extend your trip Australia Encompassed (25 days, Sydney to Melbourne) (GAOAAE) see pages 44-45 Fr £3,299 Shorten your trip Outback to the Red Centre (9 days, Adelaide to Alice Springs) (GAOAAR) see page 96 Fr £899

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If you’re looking to experience a real cross-section of what Australia has to offer, it’s hard to beat this unique journey which is a road trip, an off-road trip and a railroad trip all in one! Starting in the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, you’ll travel the Great Ocean Road towards Adelaide and, after stopping for wine tasting in the beautiful Clare Valley, you’ll leave civilisation behind and head deep into the Outback via unique outposts such as Coober Pedy. In the Red Centre, admire Uluru and Kings Canyon before hopping on the Ghan railway in Alice Springs to complete this superb adventure in sub-tropical Darwin.

DAY ITINERARY 01

Melbourne

Coober Pedy

Cross the Outback on a rugged track to Coober Pedy, the world’s opal mining capital, where summer temperatures can get so hot that many locals choose to live underground. You’ll take a guided tour of a mine, before spending the night at a unique subterranean hostel. (B)

09

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

10-11

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Kings Creek Station

Start the day off with a glass of bubbles as you watch the sunrise over Uluru, and notice the stark difference in its appearance and colours compared with last night’s sunset. Head west to the noless-impressive Kata Tjuta (also known as The Olgas) where, weather permitting, you can hike the beautiful Valley of the Winds. Retrace your steps back to Uluru and from there, head to tonight’s overnight stop on the Kings Creek Station. (B, L, D)

12

Arrive into Melbourne at any time today and head out to explore all that this vibrant city, regarded as the cultural capital of Australia, has to offer. This evening, meet the rest of your group and your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) to learn more about what the next 18 days have in store.

Kings Canyon / Alice Springs

Today, you’ll explore beautiful Kings Canyon on foot, walking around both the north and south walls and visiting the formations known as the Amphitheatre, the Lost City and the Garden of Eden. It’s a remarkable place, yet receives a fraction of the visitors that go to Uluru. From here, head through the outback via the homestead of Erldunda to the isolated but welcoming outpost of Alice Springs, the only town of any significant size for hundreds, if not thousands, of miles in any direction! From its humble beginnings as a telegraph station, Alice has grown into the capital of the Outback, and serves as the base for two uniquely Australian institutions – the ‘Flying Doctors’ and the ‘School of the Air’, which teaches lessons via the Internet to children living on remote cattle stations. (B)

Great Ocean Road / Port Campbell

02

Head out of Melbourne to start your exploration of the Great Ocean Road, one of the most scenic driving routes in Australia. Check out the surf beaches of Torquay and Lorne en route to Great Otway National Park where there’s time to enjoy a rainforest walk. From here, the scenery gets even more dramatic as you approach the eroded rock formations known as the Twelve Apostles, which tower above the beach. Make a stop at Loch Ard Gorge to learn the tragic story of the Loch Ard, an immigrant ship from Scotland, which was shipwrecked along this treacherous coastline with the loss of all but two of its passengers. Feel close to the ocean tonight with a stay in a beachside cabin. (B)

13

Alice Springs / Ghan Train

Grampians National Park

03 04

Continue your exploration of the Great Ocean Road, with visits to further rock formations such as The Arch and the now-collapsed London Bridge. At Tower Hill National Park, you have a chance to see endemic all-Australian animals including koalas and kangaroos. Travel inland to Grampians National Park, a beautiful region known for its sandstone mountain range and impressive indigenous rock art. Trek through the forest, rich with both vegetation and wildlife or, for something more active, opt for a spot of mountain biking. Spend the night at a lodge located within the National Park. (B, D)

Mt. Gambier

Explore more of Grampians National Park, including waterfalls, lakes and a trek to the ‘Jaws of Death Balconies’. Tonight, you’ll spend the night in a refurbished old English colonial jail in the country town of Mt. Gambier, but don’t worry, we’ll release you in the morning! (B, D)

You’ll have a free day to explore Alice Springs, perhaps taking time to visit some of the renowned Aboriginal art galleries or explore the pedestrian shopping mall for a welcome dose of civilisation after a few days in the Outback. Late afternoon, you’ll jump on board the world-famous Ghan train, named after the Afghan camel trains that used to provide essential supplies to the cattle stations of the Outback, and spend a relaxing evening travelling in comfort. Watch the scenery change as you leave the Outback behind and approach the sub-tropical ‘Top End’ of Australia. (B)

14

Katherine Gorge / Darwin

The Ghan makes a four-hour stop at the town of Katherine, and a transfer to Katherine Gorge is included, where there are a number of optional activities available. You can enjoy a spot of hiking through the stunning scenery, take a flat-bottomed boat ride on the river or even jump aboard a helicopter to fly over the Gorge. Back on the train you’ll continue your journey to the capital of the ‘Top End’, Darwin.

15

Coorong National Park / Adelaide

05

Enjoy a few short walks today in Coorong National Park, known for its dune systems, lagoons and amazing birdlife before continuing to the graceful and elegant city of Adelaide, whose city centre is known as the ‘square mile’ having been planned to exactly that size, and which sits as an island of urbanisation literally surrounded by beautiful parklands. An optional group dinner this evening gives you the chance to sample some of South Australia’s famous cuisine and wine. (B)

Clare Valley / Flinders Ranges

06

The region around Adelaide is one of Australia’s leading wine-producing regions, so what better way to start today than with a spot of wine tasting at a Clare Valley vineyard? Continue to Alligator Gorge, known for its uniquely-coloured rock formations and rugged scenery, before a stop at the historic town of Quorn. You’ll notice a distinct change of scenery today, a sure sign you’re heading into the Outback! Bed down tonight at a working sheep station for an all-Aussie experience. (B, D)

Wilpena Pound / William Creek

07-08

Head to Wilpena Pound for a guided walk to the natural amphitheatre sacred to the Aboriginal Adnyamathana people, to learn about indigenous art and early settler history. The best way to appreciate Wilpena Pound is to see it from the air, and optional flights can be arranged. Spend a memorable night sleeping in a ‘swag’ (canvas bedroll). On Day 8, travel along the route of the Old Ghan Railway, the Oodnadatta Track. Marvel at ruins of early settler sites, visit the Arabunna Aboriginal Centre, cross the dingo fence and trek to the edge of the great salt lake, Lake Eyre. Later there’s the opportunity to relax in remote thermal springs, the perfect way to refresh. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Cross the border into the Northern Territory, where Australia’s most iconic view awaits, the mighty monolith of Uluru. Experience the colourful sunset at the rock and then bed down in your choice of a ‘swag’ or tent for a night under the stars of the Outback. On Day 11, take a walk around the base of the rock with a local guide to learn why Uluru is considered so significant to the Aborigines. (2B, L, D)

Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park

16-17

Early departure from Darwin this morning for a packed day of adventure in Kakadu National Park. Stop for a quick crocodile-spotting boat cruise at the Corroboree Billabong, visit Ubirr to admire the indigenous rock art and then call into an Aboriginal arts and crafts centre to learn about the ideas behind these ancient creations. Kakadu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for both its natural beauty and cultural significance, and you’ll spend the rest of your time here exploring its beautiful waterfalls, swimming holes and hiking trails, though the exact itinerary of the day does vary between the wet and dry seasons. Later on Day 17, transfer to an overnight camp near Litchfield National Park, where a delicious barbecue dinner awaits to mark your last night together as a group. (B, 2L, 2D)

Litchfield National Park / Darwin

18

Enjoy a guided excursion into Litchfield National Park to encounter streams, rock formations and the impressive magnetic termite mounds. Visit the Wangi, Florence and Tolmer Falls, with plenty of opportunities for a refreshing swim. The perfect end to a perfect trip! The tour comes to an end with an evening arrival back into Darwin. (B, L)

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OUTBACK TO THE RED CENTRE Adelaide

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£1,018

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9 DAYS

Alice Springs

Adelaide

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14 DAYS

Darwin

AUSTRALIA

Highlights

• Travel the rugged Oodnadatta Track and spend a night underground • Marvel at how dawn and dusk contrasts the vivid colours of Uluru • Enjoy two lesser-known attractions – Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon

DAY ITINERARY

Highlights

• Awe-inspiring natural wonders of the Red Centre including Uluru • Enjoy time at leisure in the remote outback outpost of Alice Springs • Learn about Aboriginal rock art in beautiful Kakadu National Park

DAY ITINERARY Adelaide / Wilmington / Coober Pedy

Adelaide / Clare Valley / Flinders Ranges

01-02

Arrive into the elegant city of Adelaide today to meet your group. The surrounding hills offer perfect conditions for the cultivation of grapes and you’ll discover why the Clare Valley’s wines are so prized with a tasting session. Continue to Alligator Gorge, before bedding down for the night at an authentic Aussie sheep station. (B, D)

Wilpena Pound / William Creek

03-04

Enjoy a guided walk at the natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound to see the area’s indigenous art. Tonight, we promise you’ll sleep like a baby wrapped up in your ‘swag’ under the stars. Day 4; travel the rugged Oodnadatta Track, visiting the Arabunna Aboriginal Centre and opting for a flight above the salt flats of Lake Eyre. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Coober Pedy / Uluru (Ayers Rock)

05-07

Head today to the world’s opal mining capital, Coober Pedy, where you’ll take a guided tour of a mine before spending the night at a unique hostel, built underground to escape the summer heat. Cross into the Northern Territory to witness sunset at Uluru, and enjoy the Mala Walk around the base of the rock on Day 7. (3B, L, D)

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Kings Canyon

08 09

Kings Canyon / Alice Springs

Spend the morning hiking the valleys and gorges of dramatic Kings Canyon before heading towards the remote capital of the Outback, Alice Springs, where the tour ends with an evening arrival. (B)

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostel (2 nts), sheep station (1 nt), camping in swag or tent (4 nts), underground hostel (1 nt) (all nights multishare) Transport: Private bus Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $100150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOAAR

Departures 2014 Jan - Feb

Every Saturday

Mar - Aug

Saturdays, typically 3-4 times monthly

Sep - Dec

Saturdays, typically 2-3 times monthly

Leaving Adelaide, travel through the Clare Valley and the southern Flinders Ranges before hiking up Alligator Gorge. Spend the night at Stony Creek. Day 2, head to Coober Pedy for a tour of an opal mine and a visit to Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage. (B, 2L, 2D)

Coober Pedy / Uluru / Kata Tjuta / Kings Creek Station

03-05

Today is all about the journey to Uluru (Ayers Rock) to enjoy your first Uluru sunset. On Day 4, walk around the base of Uluru and visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Walk the majestic Valley of the Winds before heading to Kings Creek Station the following day. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Kings Canyon / Alice Springs

06-08

Enjoy a walk around the rim of Watarrka (Kings Canyon) and view the renowned waterhole known as the Garden of Eden. Head to Alice Springs to overnight before spending two days at leisure exploring the many attractions of the capital of the Australian outback. (B, L)

Alice Springs / Katherine / Darwin

09-11

Continue to the red domes of Kata Tjuta where, weather permitting, you can hike the Valley of the Winds and perhaps even opt for a scenic helicopter flight over the area. Continue on to Kings Canyon for one last night in a tent or swag - your choice. (B, L, D)

Inclusions

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01-02

Visit the Devil’s Marbles, before heading up the Stuart Highway to the infamous Daly Waters pub and a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools. Camp nearby before an early start to drive to Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park and on to Darwin. (2B, 3L, 2D)

Darwin / Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park

12-14

First stop is the Mary River Wetlands with its saltwater crocodiles. Take a private two-hour cruise before visiting the Bowali Visitor Centre. Spend Day 13 at Gunlom Falls for a swim at the bottom of the waterfall before camping near Litchfield National Park. Your final day is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of the park. Early evening, arrive in Darwin where your tour ends. (2B, 3L, 2D)

Inclusions AUS TRAL I A

Alice Springs Kings Canyon Uluru (Ayers Rock) William Creek Coober Pedy Wilpena Pound

Flinders Ranges

Adelaide

Accommodation: Camping in National Parks & cattle stations, inc N.P. fees & equipment, bring sleeping bag or hire for $20 (8 nts), multishare accommodation (5 nts, inc 1 nt in underground bunkhouse) Transport: Mini-bus Meals: 9 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 9 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 24 Note: From April 2014, this trip is 13 days with 1 free day in Alice Springs instead of 2. Trip is also available in reverse: Darwin to Adelaide (Tour Code: DRWDAR) Tour Code: ADLPAC

Darwin Kakadu N.P. Katherine

Litchfield N.P.

Tennant Creek Devils Marbles Kings Canyon Uluru, Kata Tjuta

Alice Springs AU S TR A L I A

Coober Pedy Southern Flinders Ranges

Departures 2014 Tuesdays & Saturdays (Thursdays as well in Dec 2014)

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Adelaide


red centre to adelaide Alice Springs

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£515

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7 DAYS

Adelaide

Adelaide

FR

6 DAYS

Alice Springs

Australia

Highlights

• Hike the dramatic rock formations of Kings Canyon in Watarrka N.P. • Drive the Oodnadatta Track to experience early settler history • Sample fine New World wines at a Clare Valley vineyard

DAY ITINERARY

Highlights

• Visit the magnificent Flinders Ranges • Spend a night at the underground town of Coober Pedy • Enjoy a breathtaking sunset whilst camping at Uluru

DAY ITINERARY

Alice Springs / Kings Canyon / Kings Creek

01

It’s an early start this morning but you can get to know your tour group on the drive south through the open outback to Kings Canyon. Embark on a four-hour walk through its red rock gorges and valleys seeing natural formations such as the Garden of Eden. Later, opt to ride one of the camels at the Kings Creek Station. (D)

Adelaide to Wilmington

01

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

02 03 04 05

Learn the significance of the mighty Uluru at the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and on the Mala Walk around part of the base of this iconic attraction. See sunset with a glass of bubbly before sleeping under the outback stars in a canvas ‘swag’. (B, D)

Coober Pedy

Travel via a rugged and remote track to Coober Pedy, the world’s opal mining capital. Tour one of the mines and spend a unique night in an underground hostel - built to escape the searing summer heat. (B)

William Creek

Follow the Oodnadatta Track, crossing the dingo fence and exploring the ruins of failed early settler sites in this harsh environment. (B)

Wilmington / Coober Pedy

02 03 04

Beltana Station

Visit the Arabunna Aboriginal Centre before seeing the salt flats of Lake Eyre and enjoying a dip in a remote thermal spring. Spend the night at a historic and authentic sheep station. (B, D) Stop for photos as you drive one of the gorges of the dramatic Flinders Ranges, before stopping for welcome refreshment at a beautiful vineyard in the Clare Valley. Spend a last night in elegant Adelaide before your tour concludes at any time on Day 7. (B)

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 1839s Accommodation: Hostels (2 nts), camping in swag or tent (3 nts), underground hostel (1 nt) (all nights multishare) Transport: Private bus Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $100-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOARA

Fridays, typically 3-4 times per month

May - Nov

Tuesdays, typically 3 times per month

Dec

Fridays, typically 2 times per month

Coober Pedy / Uluru

Today is all about the journey to Uluru (Ayers Rock). At ‘The Rock’, set up camp and enjoy a breathtaking sunset.

Uluru

Spend today at Uluru. Walk around its base and learn about the local Aboriginal people at the Cultural Centre before tucking into lunch back at the campground. The rest of your day is free.

05 06

Breakfast this morning is at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) followed by a walk of the majestic Valley of the Winds cutting through the uniquely domed rock formations. After lunch, take a drive to the swimming pool at Kings Creek Station and your overnight camping stop.

Kings Canyon / Alice Springs

Walk around Watarrka (Kings Canyon) admiring views of the gorge, sandstone walls and the depths of the canyon. Visit the renowned Garden of Eden before your final stop, Alice Springs.

Inclusions AU S T R A L I A

Kings Canyon

Alice Springs Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Accommodation: Camping, sleeping swag included or hire sleeping bag for $20 (4 nts), multi-share hostel dorm (1 nt). Option to upgrade to own dome tent or private cabin for 3 of the nights Transport: Minibus Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Group Leader: Experienced guide Group Size: Min 4, max 21 Tour Code: ADLROP/ASPROC

Kings Canyon Kata Tjuta

Alice Springs

Uluru

Kings Creek Station

AU S T R A L I A

Coober Pedy

William Creek Coober Pedy Beltana Station

Departures 2014 Jan - Apr

Rise early and drive to Coober Pedy, the opal capital of the world. Enjoy a tour of an opal mine and view Coober Pedy’s underground attractions. Visit Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage and sleep underground like the locals!

Uluru & Kata Tjuta / Kings Creek Station

Flinders Ranges / Clare Valley / Adelaide

06-07

Leave Adelaide and head through the Clare Valley, one of Australia’s oldest wine regions. See the magnificent Flinders Ranges and stop for a tasty lunch before hiking up Alligator Gorge for grand views of the ocean and surrounding ranges and plains. Spend a night camping under the stars among the red gum trees of Stony Creek.

Adelaide

Departures 2014 Jan - Dec

Tue & Sat

Dec - Mar

Tue, Thu & Sat

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Flinders Ranges

Adelaide

97


NORTHERN TERRITORY

£1,155

outback adventure Alice Springs

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FR

11 DAYS

Darwin

Highlights

See the majestic colours of Uluru Sip a beer at the Territory’s oldest pub Camp out in the wild Aussie outback Learn about Aboriginal communities Hold a python at a reptile centre Eat some croc, kangaroo or camel Admire Kakadu N.P.’s rugged canyons See the ‘Lost City’ & ‘Garden of Eden’

Australia

Australia

Departures 2014/15 Start

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

Jan 05 Feb 02 Mar 02 Mar 30 Apr 27 May 25

Jan 15 Feb 12 Mar 12 Apr 09 May 07 Jun 04

Jun 22 Jul 20 Aug 17 Sep 14 Oct 12 Nov 09

Jul 02 Jul 30 Aug 27 Sep 24 Oct 22 Nov 19

Dec 07 2015 Jan 04 Feb 01 Mar 01 Mar 29

Dec 17 Jan 14 Feb 11 Mar 11 Apr 08

Additional departure dates are available, ask for details Prices for Oct 2014 onwards will be available from Feb 2014.

Inclusions

TOP 5 MUST-DO’s 1. watch dawn break over uluru 2. sleep in a swag at kings canyon 3. hitch a ride on the ‘ghan’ train 4. swim in litchfield’s waterfalls 5. go croc spotting in kakadu

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), lodge (2 nts), outback bush camp (1 nt) Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 50 Tour Code: COTEADD

Daly Waters

KAKADU N.p.

DARWIN LITCHFIELD N.p KATHERINE

It’s rustic, it’s remote and you’ll be right amongst it. Get up close to reptiles and snakes, but don’t fear, they’re only at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre! After you’ve held a python (if you’re game), you’ll see the MacDonnell Ranges from ANZAC Hill, the dry Todd River which hosts the famous annual Henley-on-Todd Regatta, and see the Aboriginal site of Simpson’s Gap. (D)

Kings Canyon / Kings Creek Station / Uluru

02-03

Tennant Creek Devils Marbles Wycliffe Well

Ti Tree

Kings Canyon

Alice Springs

Kakadu N.P. Katherine Mataranka

AU S T R A L I A

DAY ITINERARY 01

Darwin Litchfield N.P.

Soak up the remoteness of the outback on this remarkable 11-day trip of the two halves of Australia’s Northern Territory: the dusty Red Centre and the tropical Top End, which includes stops at Ayers Rock, Kings Creek Station and Kakadu. Travelling exclusively with 18-35 year olds, spend a night under the stars, get friendly with reptiles and have a drink in the oldest pub in the region. It’s an adventure that will leave you longing for a return to the seclusion of the desert and for a deeper understanding of the communities that call the “NT” home. You’ll also experience the trendy urban vibe of Darwin to wrap up a great trip.

Uluru / Alice Springs

04-05

Simpsons Gap

Uluru

It’s an early rise this morning, but you’ll be rewarded with the changing colours of an Uluru sunrise. Priceless. Take a walk around ‘The Rock’ and listen to local tales of this remarkable area and its Aboriginal rock art. Complete the day by watching the sunset and toasting this awe-inspiring view with a glass of bubbles! On Day 5, you return to ‘The Alice’; why not burn around the outback on a quad bike, explore the many Aboriginal art galleries or just soak up those sublime rays? (2B)

Tennant Creek

Alice Springs Kata Tjuta

Have you ever slept in a traditional Aussie canvas bedroll, or ‘swag’? If not, tonight’s your chance to experience the real Australian outback lifestyle as you camp out under the stars. It’s bush life at its best. Before this, you’ll hang out with Walpiri Aboriginal community and hike through the dramatic and starkly beautiful Kings Canyon to the ‘Lost City’ and the ‘Garden of Eden’. On Day 3, you’re off to see the 700 million year old Lake Amadeus and Mt. Connor, boasting staggering 360-degree views of the red desert. From here, make tracks for Uluru, Australia’s pin-up icon where framing shots is a must! Next up, walk through its equally impressive neighbour, Kata Tjuta (a.k.a. the Olgas). (2B, D)

You’re back on the road again but only after you’ve had the chance to opt for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take a hot-air balloon ride over the dusty desert and the incredible MacDonnell Ranges at dawn. On the way to the ‘Top End’ you’ll cross the Tropic of Capricorn and arrive at Tennant Creek, an old mining town in the middle of nowhere and the only point of contact for the million-acre cattle stations that surround it. (B, D)

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ALICE SPRINGS

Katherine

ULURU

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Shorten your trip Alice & Kakadu (6 days, Alice Springs to Darwin) (COAKADD) Fr £735 Start in Alice Rock & Red (5 days, Alice Springs to Alice Springs) (COAEDAD/COAEADD) Fr £699 Go in reverse Outback Adventure (11 days, Darwin to Alice Springs) (COTEDAD) Fr £1,155

It has been a busy few days and you deserve to chill out with a bevvy. You’ll have the chance to do just that at the Northern Territory’s oldest pub, the Daly Waters, that has been licensed since 1893. After hanging with some locals, cool off in Mataranka thermal pools before heading to the lush river town of Katherine. (B)

07

Katherine / Kakadu National Park

08-09

Hike, walk, or opt to take a boat trip to see the massive Katherine Gorge up close. This afternoon, hit the road and stop off at breathtaking Edith Falls for a swim before you pull up at World Heritagelisted Kakadu National Park, which is Australia’s largest national park. You get the whole next day to explore a variety of stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife and arguably Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock. The landscapes of Ubirr will seriously impress. (2B, D)

Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park / Darwin

10-11

Cruise along a lake to spot crocs and other native wildlife before heading to Darwin, the city that serves as the capital of the tropical ‘Top End’. Take a city tour, an optional sunset cruise, hit the shops or simply watch the world pass by. On Day 11, swim in the beautiful Florence Falls as you explore the mighty Litchfield National Park. Marvel the park’s magnetic termite mounds and pick up a didgeridoo or two before your tour comes to an end back in Darwin. (2B)

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red centre & top end ’crocodile rock’ Darwin

the rock , rail £752 & kakadu

£999

FR

10 DAYS

Alice Springs

Alice Springs

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red centre - alice springs

8 DAYS

Darwin

Australia

Australia

Highlights

• Take a private wildlife cruise in the Top End • Witness the beautiful transition from red desert to the tropics • Star gazing at Uluru, Kings Creek Station, Kakadu and Litchfield

DAY ITINERARY 01 02-03

Darwin / Kakadu National Park

Cruise in a private boat along the Mary River, spotting crocs. View Aboriginal rock art at Ubbir before bedding down under the stars.

Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park / Darwin

Discover Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park. Take an optional boat cruise or paddle a canoe (seasonal, additional cost) before arriving at your overnight camp. Day 5, soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools and enjoy a cold beer at the Daly Waters Pub. Pass through Tennant Creek, taking in the huge granite boulders known as the Devil’s Marbles. Cross the Tropic of Capricorn and arrive into Alice Springs to stay for the next two nights. Day 8, visit the Outback Camel Farm and Mount Ebenezer; great for Aboriginal art. Arrive at Kata Tjuta National Park and take a guided walk around the base of ‘the Rock’ before it’s time to experience an Uluru sunset.

Uluru / Kata Tjuta / Kings Canyon / Alice Springs

09-10

Get up early for sunrise, then head to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) on a guided hike through the ‘Valley of the Winds’. After lunch, drive to your private campsite at Kings Creek Station, a working cattle farm. The morning of Day 10, take a guided walk to see the towering walls of Watarrka (Kings Canyon). Visit the rock formations known as the Amphitheatre, the Lost City and then the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’. After lunch, return to Alice Springs where your tour ends.

Inclusions

Accommodation: Hostel (3 nts), camping (6 nts) Transport: Mini-bus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 24 Note: Access to some falls may be seasonal. Bring your own sleeping bag or hire one for $20 local payment Tour Code: DRWRED

Darwin

Kakadu N.P.

Litchfield N.P. Katherine

Mataranka Banka Banka Station

Please note: This itinerary can also be done in reverse from Alice Springs or Ayers Rock. Tour Code: ASPRED

Tennant Creek Devils Marbles AU S T R A L I A

Departures 2014 Mon, Wed & Sat Reverse departures: Tue, Fri, Sun

100

SHOESTRING

rock solid

Alice Springs / Uluru (Ayers Rock)

01

Swim and relax at Gunlom Falls. Spend your second night at a campsite near Litchfield National Park. Day 3, explore the park and swim in waterfalls before arriving back in Darwin for the night.

Banka Banka / Alice Springs / Uluru

06-08

SHOESTRING

DAY ITINERARY

Darwin / Mataranka region / Banka Banka Station

04-05

Highlights

• Uncover some of the mysteries of indigenous Australian culture • Lace up your boots to explore Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon • Admire the beautiful landscapes of Kakadu and the tropical Top End

Kings Canyon Kata Tjuta Uluru

Alice Springs

Make an early start to drive to Uluru. Visit the fascinating Aboriginal Cultural Centre before enjoying the informative Mala Walk at the base of the rock. Witnessing a majestic sunset over Uluru and head to your campground for the night under the twinkling stars. (L, D)

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Kings Canyon / Alice Springs

02-03

See dawn break over Uluru and, weather permitting, take a guided walk through the Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta, a collection of rocky domes that stand as the perfect complement to Uluru. Hike the dramatic gorges and rock formations of Kings Canyon and stop for an optional camel ride as you head back to Alice. (2B, 2L, D)

Alice Springs / Ghan Train / Katherine Gorge / Darwin

04-05

Free day to enjoy Alice Springs before embarking on an epic train ride aboard the famous Ghan, gliding effortlessly from the outback to the tropical city of Darwin. On Day 5, the Ghan has a four-hour stop at Katherine; a transfer to Katherine Gorge is included, where optional activities include hiking, boat rides and helicopter flights. (B)

ANNIE’s PLACE

£15 dorm £19 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This funky, budget-friendly hostel consists of 33 fabulously decorated rooms set around a pool. Choose from dorms with en suites and air con or private doubles. Enjoy a free daily brekkie, complimentary Wi-Fi plus a courtesy airport/train pick-up. With a friendly atmosphere you’ll quickly be making mates in the bar or BBQ area.

Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park

06-07 08

Depart early for Kakadu, whose beauty and cultural importance have earned it a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Spend the next two on crocodile cruises, admiring indigenous rock art and swimming at waterfalls. Later on Day 7, transfer to an overnight camp near Litchfield National Park, where a barbecue dinner awaits (B, 2L, 2D)

FREE Wifi, FREE breakfast, FREE luggage storage, FREE airport & train pick UP

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

DESERT PALMS

£88 SINGLE £44 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Free Breakfast of Tea, Coffee and Toast (pancakes on weekends), Free Transfer from the airport, No deposits for linen, keys, kitchenware etc.

Set amidst palms and trailing bougainvillea, only five minutes from the centre of town, this is an oasis for exploring the Outback. Enjoy a stunning sunset from the verandah of your private, air con villa, head down to the lagoon-style pool with its waterfall and make the most of the BBQ facilities and free Wi-Fi available.

ASPHBR

ASPDOR

£344

FR

Ayers Rock

Enjoy a guided excursion into Litchfield N.P. to encounter waterfalls, rock formations and the intriguing magnetic termite mounds. The tour comes to an end with an evening arrival back into Darwin. (B, L)

£14 dorm £29 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

Five minutes from the centre of Alice is this ideal destination for any backpacker heading to the desert. It’s stylish but with lots of comfy convenience. Choose from private rooms or dorms, all with en suites and air con, some have TVs and fridges. There’s a pool, communal kitchen, laundry facilities and Internet.

RED CENTRE DISCOVERY SELF-DRIVE Alice Springs

Litchfield National Park / Darwin

ASPANP

HAVEN RESORT

4 DAYs

Highlights

• Tour the Red Centre desert at your pace • Walk through the base of Kings Canyon • Marvel at the sheer size of Ayers Rock

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels (2 nts, multishare), camping (4 nts), overnight train (1 nt, airline-style seating) Transport: Private bus, train, 4WD, boat Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $100150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOARK

Departures 2014 Jan - Mar

Every Friday

Apr - Oct

Fridays, typically 3-4 times per month

Nov - Dec

Fridays, typically 2-3 times per month

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Darwin

Kakadu NP

Litchfield NP

AU S T R A L I A

Kings Canyon Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Alice Springs Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts) Meals: 1 breakfast Includes: Self-drive kit with maps Note: Car hire, fees not included, see page 29 Total Distance: 773km Tour Code: ASPAYQ

Pick up your car and and head off to explore. First stop is the oasis of the outback, Alice Springs. Explore this beautiful, rugged town, rich with aboriginal culture, before moving on the next day to Kings Canyon in the Watarrka National Park. Walk through the base of the canyon or if you’re feeling adventurous, why not climb the rim for some spectacular views. Travel to Ayers Rock in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park on Day 3 where you’ll marvel at the sheer size of this incredible sandstone rock. Your tour ends on Day 4.

KANGAROO SANCTUARY

£37

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Half DAY

Enjoy a guided sunset tour, celebrating the beauty of the iconic Red Kangaroo. Stroll through the 90-acre wildlife sanctuary and film location for ‘Kangaroo Dundee’, as ‘roos begin to wake. Gain an authentic glimpse into Aboriginal culture and, if you’re lucky, cuddle a gorgeous Joey! Includes return transfers. ASPKST

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ULURU

overnight 4wd DINGO DREAMING red centre SAFARI Uluru

£185

FR

2 DAYS

Uluru

GLAMPACKER

OUTBACK PIONEER hotel & lodge

The ideal opportunity for those short on time to explore Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Day 1, depart after lunch and enjoy an interpretive walk around the base of ‘The Rock’. The Cultural Centre is well worth a visit before it’s time to experience an Uluru sunset. After a tasty, campfire dinner, it’s time to retire to either your traditional ‘swag’ or a permanent tent complete with beds (the choice is yours). Day 2, see sunrise over Uluru from a nearby lookout and head for the rocky domes of Kata Tjuta for a hike through the magnificent ‘Valley of the Winds’. After lunch, you’ll be returned to Ayers Rock Resort or the airport.

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DESERT GARDENS HOTEL

£24 dorm £62 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

£192 SINGLE £96 TWIN/DOUBLE

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FR

• Cool off in the outdoor pool • Relax on your private balcony/courtyard or sip a cocktail at Bunya Bar • Experience Oz’s best sunset across Uluru’s face from numerous lookouts

Nestled in an extensive resort area boasting shops and attractions, this hotel is perfect for a casual, fun stay close to Uluru. Choose from simple, clean single sex or mixed dorms with shared bathrooms or privates. Relax in the bar and huge BBQ area. Create a feast in the self-catering kitchen or take a dip in the pool.

A ten-minute drive from Ayres Rock, Desert Gardens Hotel sits amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Choose from shaded poolside or deluxe rooms, some overlooking the desert. All accommodation comes with Wi-Fi, air con and en suite plus there’s a restaurant onsite, ideal for lazy evenings.

AYQOPL

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RED CENTRE EXPERIENCE

AYQDGA

£349 3 DAYS

01 02 03

102

Every Friday Fridays, typically 3-4 times per month

£234

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3 DAYS

Highlights

• Witness the ever-changing colours at sunrise and sunset • Explore and hike Wattarka and Kata Tjuta • Experience camping at the heart of Australia

Your adventure kicks off with a trip to the Outback Camel Farm before your arrival at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Enjoy a walk around the base of its iconic rock before marvelling at the sunset. After a campfire dinner and star gazing, bed down in either a traditional ‘swag’ or tent. Following an Uluru sunrise head to Kata Tjuta for a hike through the ‘Valley of the Winds’. Continue on to your next campsite on a working cattle farm. Start Day 3 with a guided walk to see the towering walls and plateaus of Watarrka (Kings Canyon), including rock formations such as the Amphitheatre and the Lost City before your return to Alice Springs. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Camping (2 nts) Transport: Mini-bus Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners (Day 1 lunch not included for those starting in AYQ) Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code: ASPCOC/ASPCOD/AYQCOC/AYQ3DC

£434

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3 DAYS

Alice Springs

4WD Kangaroo Dreaming RED CENTRE SAFARI

Alice Springs/Uluru

Alice Springs

£652

FR

5 DAYS

FR

DAY ITINERARY

Jan - Apr May - Dec

4WD GOANNA DREAMING RED CENTRE SAFARI

Alice Springs/Uluru

Alice Springs

Departures 2014

Alice Springs

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Great location on Ayers Rock Resort • Traditional outback hospitality plus nightly entertainment • Excellent value for money

Alice Springs

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Deluxe camping (1 nt) Transport: Air con vehicle (4WD from 01APR14 only) Meals:1 breakfast, 1 dinner Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 21 Tour Code AYQODD

Alice Springs/Uluru

Australia

Australia

Highlights

• Share campfire stories in the peace and tranquility of the desert • Explore the incredible rocky domes of KataTjuta • Learn about indigenous culture on a tour around Uluru

COCKATOO DREAMING red centre safari

Alice Springs / Uluru (Ayers Rock)

After an early start, travel south to Uluru. Visit the interesting Aboriginal Cultural Centre and further appreciate Ayers Rock’s sacred status on a guided Mala Walk around its base. Catch the sunset at Uluru before enjoying a campfire dinner and a night sleeping under the stars. (L, D)

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Kings Creek Station

Marvel at the subtle colours as the sun rises over Uluru and then travel to the red domes of Kata Tjuta where, weather permitting, you can hike through the Valley of the Winds. Retrace your steps via Uluru to Kings Creek Station for another night around the campfire. (B, L, D)

Kings Canyon / Alice Springs

This morning, enjoy a four-hour walk around the fascinating rock formations of Kings Canyon, taking in views of the Amphitheatre and the Garden of Eden. Pause for an optional camel ride on the way back to Alice Springs, where the tour concludes with an evening arrival. (B, L)

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Camping (2 nts) Transport: Private bus Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOARC

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Highlights

• Sleep comfortably in remote, private, permanent camps • Sip on bubbly whilst watching sunset over Uluru • Explore Kings Canyon, Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Highlights

• Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and the West MacDonnell Ranges • Go ‘Aussie’ and sleep out in the bush, albeit deluxe camping! • A day with an indigenous guide in an Aboriginal community

Your outback journey begins from Alice Springs or Ayers Rock. Enroute from Alice Springs, visit a camel farm then take a guided walk around the base of ‘The Rock’. Watch a breathtaking sunset at Uluru, whilst sipping on bubbly before heading back to your camp with proper beds (or swags for the adventurous!). On Day 2, wake early for sunrise and head to Kata Tjuta for a walk through the Valley of Winds. Camp overnight at Kings Creek Cattle Station. Spend your last day at the towering walls, crevices and plateaus of Kings Canyon before visiting the ampitheatre, the Lost City and the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’. Finish up in Alice Springs.

Tour all the ‘must-see’ stops including Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and the West MacDonnell Ranges. Go ‘Aussie’ and experience authentic bush camping in traditional swags, falling asleep by the fire looking up at the starry skies. You’ll also spend three nights in permanent tents with proper beds for extra comfort. Drive through an old outback cattle station and spend time with a local Aboriginal host as they share remarkable stories with you and show you rock paintings. See the sun rise and set over Uluru, hike through the ‘Valley of the Winds’, enjoy hiking at Kings Canyon and take a swim in pools at Ormiston Gorge.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Deluxe camping (2 nts) Transport: Modern 4WD Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 21 Tour Code: ASPGOA/ASP34D/AYQGOA/AYQ3D4

Departs: Tue, Thu, Fri & Sun Accommodation: Deluxe camping (3 nts), swag (1 nt) Transport: 4WD Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 16 Tour Code: ASPRKD/AYQRKD/ASP3D4

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DARWIN

KAKADU ADVENTURE Darwin

Darwin

£399

FR

3 DAYS

SHOESTRING

CHILLIS BACKPACKERS

£18 dorm £24 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

If you’re on a budget and going to Darwin then head to Chillis – with two outdoor spas, an Internet centre, communal kitchen, and city centre location it’s a great hostel. All rooms have air con, fans and lockers plus there’s a free daily brekkie. Feel like a night out? Bars, clubs, restaurants and attractions are all close by. STAY 4 PAY 3 - ALL YEAR. Stay 3 nights and receive a free airport transfer

DRWCHI

GLAMPACKER

MELALEUCA ON MITCHELL

£16 dorm £25 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

VALUE INN

£56 SINGLE £28 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Departs: Selected Weds Accommodation: Tent/swag (2 nts) Transport: 4x4 Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow AUD$40-60 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOAKA

DRWMOM

STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01Jan14–30Apr14 & 01Oct14–31dEC13

DRWVAL

4WD DRAGONFLY DREAMING TOP END safari Darwin

£434

FR

3 DAYS

Highlights

• Enjoy a private Aboriginal workshop and wildlife cruise • Spend your nights deluxe camping under the star-filled stars • Check out some of Litchfield and Kakadu’s magnificent waterfalls

£100

FR

half DAY

Crocosaurus Cove offers guests the opportunity to come face to face with some of the Top End’s iconic reptiles. Home to some of the world’s largest saltwater crocs, check out Australia’s only crocodile dive, the ‘Cage of Death’ which takes place while these pre-historic creatures are fed by experienced handlers from outside the enclosure to encourage more croc movement and ensure an up close encounter that must be seen to be believed! Departs: Daily Includes: Swim with crocs, aquarium, turtle sanctuary, Cage of Death, World of Crocs exhibit Meals: No meals included Tour Code: DRWCAG

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£652

FR

5 DAYS

Highlights

• Explore Kakadu, Litchfield and Katherine Gorge National Parks • Swim in amazing clear pools to the sound of crashing waterfalls • Enjoy the simplicity and beauty of sleeping under the stars

Explore the Top End by small group 4WD, get up close with crocodiles and hike your way through Kakadu’s rugged terrain to Jim Jim and Twin Falls. Travel to Katherine Gorge where you can paddle, cruise or walk the gorge. Swim in the clear rock holes and waterfalls of Litchfield National Park and take in the indigenous culture that makes the Top End so unique. Spend your nights in private campsites (a mix of permanent tents and swag camping) cooking over the campfire and marvelling at the star-filled skies. Discover incredible Aboriginal rock art and swim in waterfalls before heading back to the bright city lights of Darwin. Departs: Mon, Wed & Fri (May-Nov) Accommodation: Permanent tents (3 nts), bush camping (1 nt) Transport: Modern 4WD Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 16 Note: Access to some falls may be seasonal Tour Code: DRWJAB

Set in the heart of Darwin’s tourist precinct surrounded by bars, restaurants and shops, guests staying here have full use of the great leisure facilities at Value Inn’s adjacent property - Melaleuca on Mitchell. Rooms come with TV, air con, en suites with shower and a queen bed plus a single. An excellent value for money option.

Darwin

CROCOSAURUS COVE & CAGE OF DEATH

Darwin

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Fancy watching a film whilst lounging around the pool? If you do, check out the four-metre outdoor projection screen and poolside bar - party! The hostel also has a communal kitchen area as well as Internet, spa and pool deck. The rooms are spacious and clean with air con, lockers and some even have en suite bathrooms. STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01Jan14–30Apr14 & 01Oct14–31Dec14, EXCLUSIVE STA DISCOUNTED RATES - 05Mar14-30Sep14

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Start things nice and early with a wildlife and crocodile-spotting cruise at the Corroboree billabong, before checking out Ubirr to admire indigenous rock art, which you can later interpret with a stop at an Aboriginal arts centre. Sleep like a baby under the stars in a ‘swag’ (canvas bedroll), and wake up fresh on Day 2 for a hike to the top of Twin Falls, Jim Jim Falls and some secluded swimming spots. Overnight at Litchfield N.P., where you can enjoy a group barbecue. On the final day explore Litchfield with an opportunity to visit the Wangi Falls, Buley Rockholes and giant termite mounds.

Darwin

Australia

Australia

Highlights

• Look out for crocodiles and wildlife at Corroboree billabong • Cool off in Kakadu’s refreshing plunge pools, such as Jim Jim Falls • Explore the incredible termite mounds of Litchfield National Park

4WD JABIRU DREAMING TOP END safari

LITCHFIELD & CULTURE

£75

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FULL DAY

On leaving Darwin, meet your indigenous hosts who’ll give you an insight into the rich Aboriginal culture of The Northern Territory. Explore a landscape that has been formed by water and time with abundant waterfalls, monsoon rainforest, bushwalking tracks, swimming holes and amazing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds - some as high as six metres-tall! Enjoy a BBQ lunch with your fellow travellers, returning to Darwin early evening. Departs: Daily Includes: Guide, indigenous experience, reference books & drinking water Meals: 1 lunch Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code: DRWLNP

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Kick off with a visit to Litchfield National Park to explore the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and intriguing termite mounds before enjoying a fascinating private workshop with local Aboriginal people. After camping down for the night in your deluxe tent, take a private, 90-minute wildlife cruise on the Mary River. Cameras at the ready! Then, it’s on to the famous Twin & Jim Jim Falls (seasonal and only accessible by 4WD) for some spectacular scenery. Bed down for another night in permanent tents before spending your final day exploring Aboriginal art and enjoying stunning views at Ubirr and Nawurlandja look-out. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Deluxe camping (2 nts) Transport: Modern 4WD vehicle Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max16 Note: Access to some falls may be seasonal Tour Code: DRWDRA

bUFFALO DREAMING TOP END safari Darwin

Darwin

£278

FR

3 DAYS

Highlights

• Search for crocs and other wildlife on a private river cruise • Swim in plunge pools beneath Litchfield N.P’s waterfalls • Learn about the fascinating Aboriginal Dreamtime

You’ll learn heaps about the Aussie bush in these few days. Camp out under the stars in the heart of Kakadu, enjoy great bush tucker, awesome yarns and build priceless memories with new friends. Highlights include: beautiful waterfalls, relaxing rock holes, exhilarating hikes, a wildlife cruise and bush walks. Accompanied by an experienced guide, you’ll really get to understand the history behind this incredible region. Every night as the campfire embers start to die, you’ll be treated to a massive better-than-IMAX version of the starry southern skies, totally free from urban light pollution. Departs: Daily excluding Thu Accommodation: Pop-up tents at private campsites with hot showers and free swag (2 nts) Bring your own sleeping bag or hire one for $20 Transport: Mini-bus Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code: DRWBUF

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DARWIN TO PERTH SAFARI Darwin

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£2,346

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22 DAYS

Perth

Highlights

Visit Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls Explore the Bungle Bungles N.P. Go croc spotting at Windjana Gorge Hike and swim in the Kimberleys Catch a brilliant sunset at Cable Beach Explore the gorges of Karijini N.P. Wander the Pinnacles Desert Spot dolphins at Monkey Mia

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TOP 5 MUST-DO’s 1. tour margaret river’s vineyards 2. explore the pinnacles by 4wd 3. swim with giant whale sharks 4. feed the dolphins at monkey mia 5. head into the remote kimberley

Accommodation: Hostels (9 nts), camping (8 nts), bush camping (4 nts) Transport: Modern air con minibus and 4WD Meals: 18 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 17 dinners Group Leader: Group leader throughout Group Size: Min 6, Max 20 Tour Code: DRWPER

This is a real adventure in one of the world’s last remaining wilderness regions. Roam across great swathes of uninhabited bushland as you journey through a land untainted by human influence. Wonderfully rural you’ll have a chance to see the true outback as you explore the Kimberley and the fascinating Bungle Bungles, then head down the west coast with beaches to rival the more famous east coast. Enjoy exploring overgrown gorges, barren deserts, endless beaches, cascading waterfalls and eerie escarpments dominate your vision over 22 days of deliciously dusty discovery.

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Darwin Kununurra El Questro Gibb River Manning Gorge Broome Eighty Mile Beach Windjana Gorge

Pilbara Region Exmouth Coral Bay

Victoria River Lake Argyle Bungle Bungles

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Kununurra Area / Bungle Bungles

It’s time for some 4WD action as you wind your way into the Bungle Bungles. Take a helicopter ride (optional) for a bird’s eye view. The 4WD is a rugged ride but the scenery is fantastic and you’ll enjoy your first Kimberley sunset. Spend the next day exploring. (2B, 2L, 2D) Travel out of the Bungles to El Questro Station. Sit back and admire the awesome scenery of the Carr Boyd and Durack Ranges as you head onto El Questro to set up camp. The next day you’re up early with a hike into the beautiful Cockburn Ranges for a refreshing swim under the waterfall at Emma Gorge before starting your journey along the Gibb River Road. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Gibb River Road and Gorges

Today it’s time for swimming and hiking in the Kimberleys! Explore striking Manning Gorge and Barnett Gorge. Your guide will determine the most accessible gorges to explore. Day 8, make your way to Windjana Gorge, known for its freshwater crocs! (2B, 2L, 2D)

Windjana Gorge / Broome / Pilbara Region

Perth

Monkey Mia

From Darwin, stop at either Edith Falls for a swim or explore Katherine Gorge, then travel on to the Victoria River region. On Day 2, visit Lake Argyle and spend time admiring the beauty and sheer size of the lake before making your way to your overnight camp in the Kununurra area. (B, 2L, 2D)

Bungle Bungles / El Questro/ Gibb River Road

Karijini N.P.

Monkey Mia

Darwin / Victoria River Region/ Kununurra Area

Explore the fascinating 750m underground Tunnel Creek, an area rich in bushranger history. It’s then off to Broome. These three days are yours to enjoy at your own pace. Broome is the perfect place to relax, swim and chill out on Cable Beach. There are also plenty of optional extras available. Day 13, cross the Great Sandy Desert, calling in at the coastal oasis of Eighty Mile Beach for a quick swim, before reaching your overnight station. (2B, 2L, D)

Pilbara Region / Karijini National Park

This morning, head to the remote Karijini National Park where the next three days can be spent exploring the ancient gorges and swimming in emerald coloured rock pools. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Leaving Karijini, travel through the vast bush land and station country of the Pilbara region on the way to Exmouth and your overnight stay. (B, L, D)

Exmouth / Coral Bay Fr £2,346

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Explore the Cape Range National Park and take a dip, snorkel or relax on the beach at Turquoise Bay. This afternoon, make the short trip to beautiful Coral Bay. Spend the entire following day snorkelling the famous Ningaloo Reef or choose one of the optional extras like quad biking or a coral viewing cruise. (2B, L, 2D)

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Heading south, pass through the town of Carnarvon and call in at unique Shell Beach. Then continuing on to Monkey Mia. In the morning, swim with the wild dolphins and enjoy the Shark Bay World Heritage area. Stop to view the stromatolites – the oldest living organisms in the world – before heading south for Kalbarri. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Kalbarri / Perth

Departing via the coastal gorges of the Kalbarri National Park, travel south through the famous Pinnacle Desert. Then make your way to Perth arriving in the early evening. (B, L)

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£886

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Broome

WEST COAST EXPERIENCE Perth

Exmouth

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£871

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7 DAYS

Perth

Adelaide

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Visit the eerie Pinnacles Desert Enjoy Aussie ranch-style hospitality Meet the dolphins at Monkey Mia Snorkel the beautiful Ningaloo Reef Explore Exmouth at your leisure Sleep in deluxe Safari Eco Tents Karijini National Park’s waterfalls Enjoy the delights of Broome

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Departures 2014 Apr - Nov

Every Saturday

Inclusions

Accommodation: Safari tents (2 nts), swags (1 nt), multi-share hostel (5 nts) Note: Sleeping bag required ($20 to hire) Transport: Minibus Meals: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max16 Tour Code: PERWES

Highlights

Get set for your western adventure and have your camera ready as you witness the untouched wilderness in the wild west of Australia. Sandboard at Lancelin sand dunes, bathe in the beautiful waterfalls in Karijini National Park, swim with giant whale sharks (seasonal) and manta rays, snorkel at Ningaloo reef, camp out under the stars and meet the friendly dolphins of Monkey Mia. You’ll be accompanied by an experienced guide who’ll tell you a local tale or two and you’ll spend your nights in dorms (option to upgrade to private room) and camping deluxe style. The wild west is calling. What are you waiting for?

Broome Eighty Mile Beach

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Pilbara Region Exmouth

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Your first stop today is the amazing Lancelin sand dunes where you may try the unique sport of sand boarding. Then head north to the impressive Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park for a guided tour through these amazing limestone formations. Drop in at the Discovery Centre to learn how they came to exist, before a sightseeing stop in the town of Geraldton and on to Big River Ranch in Kalbarri National Park, where you’ll enjoy all-Australian hospitality and an overnight stay. (L, D) Visit the marvels of the Murchison Gorge, Nature’s Window and Z-Bend in Kalbarri National Park, where you have the option to try abseiling. Cool off with a swim in the Murchison River before travelling north to Shell Beach and Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort where you’ll stay tonight. This evening, enjoy a muli award-winning Aboriginal cultural tour (optional). (B, L, D)

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This morning, meet the famous Monkey Mia dolphins and join an optional sea kayaking adventure or just chill out on the beach or at the resort. Visit the oldest live rock formations in Australia, the stromatolites, before checking in at Coral Bay located right on the famous Ningaloo Reef. (B, L, D)

Coral Bay

Exmouth / Kalbarri / Perth

Shark Bay / Coral Bay

Today, enjoy free time to experience the many great tours and activities Coral Bay has to offer. Go for a stroll on the beach and check out the shark nursery, swim with the manta rays or go for a snorkel on the Ningaloo Reef. Head on to popular Exmouth for an overnight stay. (B, D) Today is yours to join any of the optional activities available, including snorkelling with the friendly giants of the sea, the whale sharks (seasonal) or enjoying a fully-guided tour of Cape Range National Park; a spectacular place comprising rugged limestone ranges, breathtaking deep canyons and 50kms of pristine beaches. Experience snorkelling trips including the stunning Turquoise Bay, visit Vlamingh Head Lighthouse and lookout and Milyearing Visitors Centre before returning to your accommodation in Exmouth at the end of the day. (B, L, D)

Exmouth / Karijini National Park

Up early to travel east through station country and a stop at Tom Price, the highest town in Western Australia. Continue on to the amazing Karijini National Park to stay at the multi award-winning Karijini Eco Retreat in deluxe Safari Eco Tents with your own veranda. (B, L, D)

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Begin the return trip to Perth via Carnarvon and an overnight stay in Kalbarri township. On Day 7, visit the Kalbarri coastal cliffs, feed the kangaroos at the Greenough Wildlife Park and try the unique sport of sand boarding on the amazing sand dunes at Lancelin. Return to Perth mid-evening, where your tour concludes on arrival.

Inclusions

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel dorm (6 nts) Transport: Mini-bus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group size: Max 16 Note: Passengers can end in Exmouth on a 5-day/5night trip Tour Code: PERWEE

The next two days allow plenty of time to explore Karijini National Park to enjoy 2.5 million years of evolution and 40,000 years of culture. Visit and hike many of the gorges including Hancock Gorge and Weano Gorge, swim in amazing rock pools, stand under waterfalls and explore intriguing rock formations. Check into your tent at Pardoo Roadhouse. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Visit the marvels of the Murchison Gorge, Nature’s Window and Z-Bend in Kalbarri National Park, with the option to try abseiling. Cool off with a swim in the Murchison River before heading north to Shell Beach. This evening, enjoy a multi award-winning Aboriginal cultural tour (optional). Meet the dolphins of Monkey Mia before an optional sea kayak adventure and a visit to one of the oldest living organisms, the stromatolites. Overnight at Coral Bay and check out the shark nursery, snorkelling or optional swimming with manta rays. Later on Day 4, head up to Exmouth. Day 5 is yours to join any of the optional activities available. Snorkel with the friendly giants of the sea, whale sharks (seasonal) or enjoy a fully-guided tour of Cape Range National Park. Finish your day with a snorkelling trip at Turquoise Bay and take in the view from Vlamingh Head Lighthouse.

Karijini National Park

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Your first stop on your West Coast Experience is the impressive Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park and a fully-guided tour through these amazing limestone rock formations. Continue on to Big River Ranch in Kalbarri National Park for some true blue Aussie hospitality and an overnight stay.

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This morning sees you arrive at 80-Mile Beach for some stunning photos. Upon arrival in Broome your guide will take you on a tour around town before it’s time to say farewell to your new-found travel buddies. Alternatively, ask your Travel Expert about the 14-day tour option which includes two full days in Broome and a return to Perth via Kalbarri. (B, L)

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Highlights

• Learn to surf on secluded beaches • Explore the Southern Flinders Ranges • Discover the Eyre Peninsula

DAY ITINERARY

Perth / Kalbarri

Kalbarri / Shark Bay/Monkey Mia

Perth

Darwin to Perth Safari (22 days - Darwin to Perth) (DRWPER) see page 107 Fr £2,346 Stay longer in Broome see page 112

DAY ITINERARY

Perth / Kalbarri

Kalbarri

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• Snorkel among the coral and marine life at Ningaloo Reef • Meet the friendly dolphins at feeding time in Monkey Mia • Explore the incredible limestome rock formations of the Pinnacles

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Adelaide / Flinders Ranges

Journey into the rusty, rugged gorge of the Southern Flinders Ranges. Walk Alligator Gorge before heading towards Warren Gorge and camp.

Flinders Ranges / Eyre Peninsula

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Today, pass through Port Augusta and on to Bairds Bay, a beautiful coastline where you can opt to swim with sealions and dolphins. In the afternoon arrive at your farm stay and head out in search of kangaroos, wombats and emus. Hit the waves on Day 3 and spend two hours on the coastline with a qualified surfing teacher.

Great Australian Bight / Nullarbor

Travel to Head of Bight where you’ll stop and take in the staggering sheer drop of the Bunda Cliffs. On Day 5, drive across the plain, taking in Caiguna ‘Blow Hole’ and the story of Skylab at Balladonia.

The Nullarbor / Esperance / Cape Le Grand National Park

Admire the spectacular scenery of Cape Le Grand National Park, boasting stunning blue seas, powder white beaches and secluded bays. Relax, go for a swim or stretch your legs on Frenchman Peak.

Cape Le Grand National Park / Stirling Ranges

This day is free for you to do as you please. Look out for the kangaroos chilling right on the sand! On Day 8, head to the Stirling Ranges stopping for a hike on the way.

Stirling Ranges / Albany / Yallingup / Perth

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Head to Albany and discover the granite formations of The Natural Bridge and The Gap, before strolling through the majestic Valley of the Giants. To finish, explore an ancient cave, sample wine at a vineyard and then celebrate your 4,000km trip with your new mates!

Inclusions Exmouth Coral Bay

Accommodation: Camping (9 nts) Transport: Modern air-con minibus Meals: 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners Group Leader: Group Leader throughout Group size: Max 21 Note: Sleeping bag required ($35 to purchase). Reverse route option departing on Sundays (9 days duration) (PERPTA) Tour Code: ADLNUT

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Jan - Mar

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Departures 2014

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Koonalda Homestead

Flinders Ranges

The Nullarbor Stirling Ranges Coodlie Cape Le Grand Park National Park Adelaide Albany Margaret River

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PERTH

WEST COAST ADVENTURE Perth

£347

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4 DAYS

Perth

Highlights

• Experience an award-winning, indigenous cultural tour uncovering Aboriginal traditions • Meet the dolphins at Monkey Mia and watch the sunset overlooking the Murchison River • Explore the amazing limestone needles and other formations at the Pinnacles Desert

Departs: Every Fri, plus Tue Apr-May & NovMar Accommodation: Multi-share dorm (3 nts) Transport: Mini-bus Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 16 Tour Code: PERWCE

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south WEST ADVENTURE Perth

£287

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3 DAYS

Perth

Highlights

Coolibah lodge

£20 DORM £25 TWIN/DOUBLE

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OCEAN beach BACKPACKERS

£17 DORM £25 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Coolibah Lodge is Perth’s leading budget backpacker accommodation. Just five minutes from the heart of Northbridge it’s close enough to party the night away and still get a good night’s sleep. Facilities include a licenced bar, kitchen, BBQ area and Internet café and there’s a choice of small dorms or private rooms. PERCOO

SULLIVANS Hotel

• Visit impressive natural wonders and stunning scenery including the ‘Valley of the Giants’ • See the Indian and Pacific Oceans meet at the most southwesterly point of Australia • Enjoy the Margaret River wine region. Cheers!

£113 SINGLE £57 TWIN/DOUBLE

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This fantastically located hostel situated in an original hotel building offers ocean views, a pool table and BBQ facilities. Just a two-minute walk from beautiful Cottesloe Beach and close to the city centre, you’re in easy reach of the many attractions Perth has to offer! Rooms are spacious with fridges and linen is provided. PEROBB

STAY 7 PAY 6 - ALL YEAR

This popular, family-run hotel is ideally located just a ten-minute walk from the city centre and directly on the Blue Cat Bus service which is provided free by the city of Perth. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, guest bikes and even in-house movies. A charming hotel with its own pool and just a short bus ride away from Cottesloe Beach. STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01Apr14-31Jul14

PERSUP

Inclusions

Departs: Every Sat, apart from Jul & Aug (plus Wed Apr, Dec-Mar) Accommodation: Multishare dorm (2 nts) Transport: Mini-bus Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 16 Tour Code: PERSWA

Start your three-day tour of this rugged region by journeying south to the Stirling Ranges and the Porongurups to climb Castle Rock. Continue on to Middleton Beach and Mt. Clarence for sunset and finally Albany to overnight. It’s a busy day on Day 2 as you explore the natural wonders of The Gap, Natural Bridge and Blowholes. Head west to William Bay National Park for a swim at Greens Pool. Next is the Valley of the Giants to take the stunning Tree Top Walk and finally on to climb the famous fire look-out tree and your stay in picturesque Augusta. The following day, visit Cape Leeuwin lighthouse to see where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet, explore the stunning wine-producing region of Margaret River with a visit to a top-notch winery before stops at Prevelly Beach, Surfers Point and Busselton Jetty on your return to Perth.

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Perth

£481

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6 DAYS

Perth

Highlights

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Rottnest overnight

£131

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PINNACLES ADVENTURE

• Discover the beautiful southwest of Western Australia. Get the camera out at Wave Rock • Walk amongst towering trees and admire nature’s beauty at the Valley of the Giants • Get friendly with kangaroos on the pristine beaches of Cape Le Grand National Park

£85

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Located on the banks of the Swan River and just five minutes from Perth’s CBD, this amazing hotel, awarded “Best Asia-Pacific hotel renovation” in 2013, boasts plush, spacious rooms with kingsize beds, iPod docking stations, monochrome decor and sweeping city views. Unwind poolside, reserve a private cabana or relax in the luxe spa. stay 3 pay 2 - 01-31jaN14, 01apr1431aug14 & 01-30dec14

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Marvel at historical Rottnest’s unique array of wildlife, including fur seals, ospreys and dolphins on this self-guided tour. Check out snorkel trails teeming with tropical fish and relax on its white sands. Stay at deluxe Rottnest Lodge, originally colonial barracks and a prison, with return ferry and luggage transfers plus breakfast thrown in.

Visit Caversham Wildlife Park before a fully-guided tour through the Pinnacles Desert, an intriguing landscape of limestone formations. Cool off for a swim at the beautiful beach before enjoying lunch. The amazing Lancelin sand dunes are a great way to finish the day. Try your hand at the unique sport of sandboarding!

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Inclusions

Departs: Sun (Nov-May) Accommodation: Camping (5 nts) Transport: Mini-bus Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 21 Tour Code: PERESP

Start by heading over the Darling Ranges to the historic town of York before reaching Wave Rock, an amazing rock formation. Then, it’s on to Stokes Conservation Park, an amazing Western Australian reserve. Next up is Esperance, a remote town of magnificent granite, beach and bush surroundings. Take in Cape Le Grand National Park and spend a day and a half exploring this region. Move on to Stirling Ranges and the granite rock coastline where you can see natural sculptures such as the Natural Bridge and the Gap. Visit the Valley of the Giants, where towering trees dwarf everything. Immerse yourself in the region’s Aboriginal culture when exploring Ngilgi Cave before heading up the west coast, via the Margaret River wine region and the surfers’ paradise of Yallingup.

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Inclusions

Kick off this four-day adventure with a guided tour through the rock formations of the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. Continue on to Kalbarri and Big River Ranch for some real Aussie hospitality and your overnight stay. The following day explore Murchison Gorge and Nature’s Window in Kalbarri National Park, where you have the option to try abseiling. Head to Shell Beach and overnight at Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort. This evening, enjoy an award-winning Aboriginal cultural tour (optional). On Day 3 it’s time to meet the famous dolphins before exploring the living, ancient stromatolites. Settle into your accommodation in Kalbarri and the following day visit Kalbarri’s coastal cliffs, Greenough Wildlife Park and the amazing Lancelin sand dunes where you can try the thrilling sport of sandboarding before returning to Perth.


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SHOESTRING

KIMBERLEY KLUB

£15 SINGLE £40 TWIN/DOUBLE

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MERCURE INN CONTINENTAL

£104 SINGLE £52 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Get amongst the bar activities, soak up some rays by the awesome pool, fire up the coals on the BBQ or simply relax in a hammock. A free shuttle bus and 24-hour Internet access makes it easy for you to search and explore the area. Whether you opt for a dorm or private air con room, you’ll find it very hard to leave. STAY 3 NTS AND GET 20% DISCOUNT - 01Sep14 – 31Oct14

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Just two minutes from the city centre, camel rides and Cable Beach, you’re spoilt for choice at this luxurious resort! With two pools, magnificent gardens and a wide range of accommodation options complete with a private butler, enjoy unwinding in style! Why not check out the Buddha sanctuary or the Chahoya Spa to fully relax!

ABMEMI

TOP END 4WD EXPLORER Broome

£124 SINGLE £62 TWIN/DOUBLE

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In tropical gardens, set between red desert and azure sea, whichever room you choose, you can rest assured of comfort, cleanliness and beautiful views. With a restaurant, two bars and a wonderful pool it offers friendly, affordable accommodation, all just one kilometre from the city centre and five from Cable Beach. STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01-31jan14 & 01OCT14-31DEC14

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TOP 5 MUST-DO’s 1. get arty in melbourne’s lanes 2. catch the tram to st. kilda 3. grab a seat at the penguin parade 4. drive the great ocean road 5. hike the trails in the grampians

£1,154

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8 DAYS

Darwin

Highlights

• Swim in the magnificent natural gorges of either Bell, Galvans or Manning • See the stunning sandstone domes of the world-famous Bungle Bungles • Spot freshwater crocs at Windjana Gorge and in the beautiful Lake Argyle

Departs: Broome Wed, Jun-Oct & from Darwin Sat, Jul-Sep Accommodation: Camping in swag/ twin-share dome tent (7 nts). Option to upgrade for 4 nts Transport: 4WD vehicle Meals: All meals included Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Tour Code: BME8DT

Depart Broome on Day 1 and arrive at Windjana Gorge where you’ll view the native birds and resident crocs and then head to the ancient reef system of Tunnel Creek. Wake up to wilderness and discover the magnificent, natural gorges of Bell, Galvans or Manning. On Day 3, travel to El Questro for your two-night stay in an outback oasis. Whilst you’re there, explore El Questro Wilderness Park, home to one million acres, and take a relaxing dip in the soothing thermal pool of Zebedee Springs. On Day 5, visit Purnululu and explore the stunning sandstone formations of the famous Bungle Bungles then head on off to Lake Argyle the next day. Spend Day 7 at Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man-made lake and home to freshwater crocodiles. On your last day, discover cliff walls and meandering waterfalls at Katherine Gorge before finishing up in Darwin.

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Great Ocean Road You can’t visit Melbourne and not hit the iconic Great Ocean Road. Whether you’re driving, want to travel in a group, are short on time or wanting to add in a bit of the surrounding scenery then we have a trip for you. Check out our different options on pages 117-118.

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GLAMPACKER

£23 DORM £46 TWIN/DOUBLE

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• Situated in the trendy suburb of St Kilda • Just five minutes from the beach • Voted one of the top ten hostels in the world

This uber-cool hostel is located right in front of the city centre’s Queen Victoria Market. Facilities include a state-of-the-art cinema room, Wi-Fi throughout, a games room, Foxtel and other great flashpacker stuff! Enjoy a free drink on arrival at the Industry bar and lounge - well known for its chilled out vibe day and night.

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, chat in the TV lounge, or cook up a storm in the self-catering kitchen. The hostel offers luxury dorms, or the option of a private double with en suite facilities. STAY 3 NIGHTS FOR FREE TRANSFER, All holders of a valid ISIC Card will receive 1 free drink voucher

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£23 DORM £38 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Minutes away from bustling Swanston Street and the world-famous Victoria Market, this hostel is a great value, affordable option with a fun vibe in heart of the city. There is good access to Melbourne’s must-see sights, plus you can enjoy downtime chilling out in the bar or cinema. MELBKM

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£82 SINGLE £41 TWIN/DOUBLE

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CAUSEWAY 353

£97 SINGLE £49 TWIN/DOUBLE

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With quirky shops, international eateries and cafes on your doorstep, Causeway 353 offers the perfect inner-city retreat, after a hard day’s shopping! Soak up some rays on the roof terrace or relax in the steam room. Reflecting the city’s edgy ambience, the decor is stylish and modern and all rooms come with en suites and air con. STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01Apr14 – 31Aug14 & 01Dec14 – 25Dec14

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EASYSTAY APARTMENTS

£81 SINGLE £41 TWIN/DOUBLE

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With five great locations all within funky St Kilda, you’ll be staying in the heart of the action. Check in at 63 Fitzroy Street and be taken to your fantastic, modern studio apartment, complete with fullequipped kitchenette. Walk to the beach, cafés, trendy bars and nightclubs as you’re staying in the best location in St Kilda. MELEMS

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travelodge southbank

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Brand spanking new, you’ll find this modern, funky backpacker opposite Flinders Station. With a light, bright dining and common room, a fully-equipped designer kitchen and comfy chill-out lounge, it’s a great budget option. Choose from shared or private rooms, all with quality bed linen and secure swipe card access.

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A modern, affordable and comfortable hotel in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Just a walk away from the Skybus Airport Transfer and busy Southern Cross Train Station, this hotel is perfectly located. All rooms come equipped with the conveniences you would expect from an Ibis, including air con and fridge, plus staff are on hand 24/7.

£19 SINGLE £41 TWIN/DOUBLE

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• Chill out on the rooftop sundeck or enjoy the cinema room • City centre location - pop to the nearby Queen Victoria market • Girls-only ‘Princess Wing’

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£103 SINGLE £52 TWIN/DOUBLE

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EASYSTAY MOTEL

£63 SINGLE £32 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Situated in the heart of the action in funky St Kilda. Walk out of the motel and you have the trendiest bars, restaurants and nightclubs that Melbourne has to offer on your doorstep. Motel rooms come with en suites and complimentary use of the balcony BBQ. You’re also walking distance to the beach. Result! MELESA

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CAUSEWAY INN ON THE MALL

£85 SINGLE £43 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Situated in the heart of popular Southbank, this hotel is clean and comfortable with a great buffet breakfast if you care to indulge. Surrounded by the best restaurants and bars along the Yarra River, there’s plenty to see and do from this fantastic location. Why not check out the MCG and Crown Casino whilst you’re here?

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With a great central location, this cosy hotel is surprisingly the perfect place to seek peace and quiet! Chill out in the lounge area with plasma TV or, if you want to sample the nightlife, head just five minutes from your door to some of the best bars this vibrant city has to offer. Modern facilties include Internet access. STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01Apr14-31Aug14 & 01Dec14-25Dec14

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CROWN PROMENADE

£160 SINGLE £80 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Located in vibrant Southbank, this premier hotel’s bright, spacious rooms with modern aussie art and oversized showers, benefit from floor to celing windows offering superb city and bay views. Enjoy the skyline from its infinity pool, hit the gym, kick back on the Tonic Bar’s terrace or dine in style at the modern Mesh Restaurant. STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01APR14-25SEP14 & 21NOV14-29DEC14

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Victoria’s Wildlife & Parks One of Victoria’s major draws is its variety of native wildlife and stunning scenery. Phillip Island, Wilsons Prom, Mornington Peninsula and the Grampian Mountains are all within spitting distance of Melbourne, so take a peek at the tours on page 116 and add some furry animals or breathtaking scenery to your itinerary.


CITY STOPOVER PACKAGE Melbourne

£162

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4 DAYS

Melbourne

Highlights

• Includes three nights’ accommodation in central location - right in the heart of the action! • Melbourne attraction pass • Spot kangaroos and koalas in their native Aussie habitat

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So you’ve touched down in Melbourne - what now? Imagine if you had your first four days already sorted and all you had to worry about was where to eat and the coolest place to grab a beer. Let us take the strain and stresses out of landing in a strange city, leaving you more time to concentrate on having a good time! As part of this effortless arrival package, you’ll be whisked from the airport and transferred to the funky Nomads hostel in the heart of vibrant Melbourne, which will serve as your base for the next few nights. Enjoy a daily complimentary brekkie, arrival drink, free Internet time and a Melbourne attraction pass. This includes entry to Sealife Melbourne Aquarium (home to Pinjarra the mega-croc) or Eureka Skydeck 88 with awe-inspiring views of Melbourne. The observation deck is the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere.

Inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: 6-8 bed hostel dorm with shared bathroom or upgrade to deluxe king with en suite (3 nts) Includes: 3 breakfasts, arrival drink, airport pick-up, Melbourne Aquarium or Eureka Skydeck 88, Nomads 1-year membership Tour Code: MELSHF

neighbours tour

£35

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HALF DAY

Visit famous Ramsay St, tucked away in Melbourne’s suburbia. Come prepared to take photos of the houses with authentic props and drive past the studios where you can grab an autograph of one of your favourite actors. Your guide will have plenty of upcoming Neighbours gossip, laughs and onboard entertainment.

yarra valley wine experience

£93

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Full DAY

Enjoy spectacular views from Point Nepean National Park, followed by a visit to The Cups Estate Winery. Feeling hungry? Tuck into gourmet tapas, washed down with complimentary wine. You’ll see Australia’s most famous hedge maze as well as stopping at Murray’s Lookout to admire the magnificent panoramic views.

FULL DAY

£70

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FULL DAY

Explore one of the world’s most spectacular mountain ranges and see native wildlife, including kangaroos and emus. Travel to the delightful town of Halls Gap and take a stunning walk through the Wonderland Ranges, learn about the fascinating Aboriginal culture and walk to the base of the magnificent Mackenzie Falls.

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WILSONS Promontory

£75

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HALF DAY

Wilsons Promontory, or ‘The Prom’ as it’s known to the locals, is located at the southernmost point of the mainland. Enjoy discovering the diversity of this international biosphere renowned for its breathtaking scenery, pristine white beaches, coastal forests, and abundance of native wildlife.

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Visit some of Victoria’s best wineries in the scenic region of the Yarra Valley, an hour from Melbourne. Enjoy tutored tastings at no less than four premium wineries, enjoy a superb winery restaurant lunch (with wine, of course) and finish the day at the home of Australia’s number one bubbly - Domaine Chandon, for a glass of fizz!

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MORNINGton PENINSULA ULTIMATE TOUR

£75

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MELBOURNE BY FOOT

£22

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HALF DAY

On this fun and relaxed walking tour discover Melbourne’s cosmopolitan landscape from Aboriginal and colonial history through to the famed laneways and arcades - home to street art, music and cafe culture. Take in architectural marvels including the MCG and the Eureka building, stopping for a refreshing cuppa enroute. MELmbf


great ocean road experience

£75

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FULL DAY

Departs: Daily Includes: Melbourne pick-up/drop-off, sightseeing as outlined, entrance fees, morning tea & lunch. Tour Code: MELGUR

Visit an Aussie wildlife park, handfeed the kangaroos and get up close and friendly with koalas. Travel on to Phillip Island, known for its natural beauty, sandy beaches and rugged cliffs. Check out the giant surf at Woolamai Beach and stroll the Nobbies’ boardwalk to view the rocky coast, home to a colony of fur seals. Enjoy dinner then on to the penguin parade to witness the world’s smallest penguins emerging from the sea and waddling ashore at sunset. Departs: Daily Includes: Melbourne pick-up & drop-off, sightseeing outlined, entrance fees, lunch or dinner. Tour Code: MELPPP

Phillip Island Beach & Wildlife Escape Melbourne

£75

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FULL DAY

£116

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2 DAYS

Melbourne

mini adventure

Highlights

• See the penguins, seals, koalas, pelicans and kangaroos • Surf on the island’s famously consistent waves • Learn about the conservation projects which save these vulnerable animals

Inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Multi-share dorm (1 nt) Transport: Modern air con minibus Meals: 1 lunch,1 breakfast Includes: All park entrance fees, guided day tour, transfer to/from Melbourne Tour Code: MELPIW

This two-day tour to stunning Phillip Island is a perfect way to see the nature in the city. Your first stop is to handfeed wallabies and kangaroos, have your photo taken with a koala and learn about the conservation of these iconic animals. Then, it’s off to Phillip Island where you’ll be dropped off at your overnight accommodation with the afternoon free to explore. On Day 2, the morning is free and you’ll be picked up in the afternoon before you head off to historic Churchill Island to see sheep shearing and sheep dogs in action. Take a stroll along the boardwalk at the Koala Conservation Centre before heading to the Nobbies and Seal Rocks. From here, you’ll see the home of Victoria’s largest colony of little penguins. The penguin parade is infamous - witness them waddle from the sea to back to their sand dune burrows. Return to Melbourne late evening.

MELBOURNE’S ULTIMATE PACKAGE Melbourne

£266

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5 DAYS

Melbourne

mini adventure

Highlights

• Includes a two-day tour of the iconic Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island • Explore Melbourne’s vibrant street art, music and cafe culture on a fun walking tour • Diverse landscapes, from the colourful cityscape to sweeping stretches of coastline

Inclusions

Departs: Sun, Tue & Thu Accommodation: Melbourne hostel (2 nts), overnight accommodation along Great Ocean Road & Phillip Island tour (2 nts) Meals: No meals included Includes: Great Ocean Road tour, Melbourne walking tour, entry to Eureka Skydeck 88 Tour Code: MELUSP

This package combines the best of Melbourne’s iconic must-see’s from inner city laneways to breathtaking rugged coastlines. On arrival in Melbourne, overnight in a hostel before launching straight into a two-day tour of the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island the following morning. Feel the sand between your toes, enjoy stunning coastal views and see the spectacular Twelve Apostles. Day 3, encounter koalas, kangaroos and dingos at Moonlit Sanctuary and watch the penguin parade as hundreds of them waddle across the beach at sunset. Return to Melbourne that night. Day 4, get under the city’s skin on a relaxed walking tour. Amble along the metropolis’ famed laneways and arcades, learning about modern street culture as well as its rich Aboriginal and colonial history. Day 5, depart Melbourne at any time.

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Enjoy one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives! Stop for morning tea and a chance to stretch your legs at an amazing surf beach before moving on to experience dramatic coastlines and the lush rainforest of the Otway Ranges. Next up, see koalas in the wild and walk through a magnificent, ancient rainforest. Finish off heading to the breathtaking Twelve Apostles and the extraordinary rock formations at Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge.

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GREAT OCEAN ROAD WEST Melbourne

Adelaide

£499

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5 DAYs

Adelaide

£269

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3 DAYS

Melbourne

Highlights

• Check out the impressive Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road • Walk through the rainforest at Great Otway National Park • Delve into the outstanding beauty of the Grampians National Park

• Take in the Grampians panorama from the Jaws of Death Balconies • Feel the power of the Southern Ocean as it creates new rock stacks • Learn the area’s indigenous stories at an Aboriginal cultural centre

Rock up in Melbourne and explore at your own pace. Day 2 starts with the surf beach of Torquay before stopping off at Great Otway N.P. for a rainforest walk. Journey along the Great Ocean Road to see the towering Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. On Day 3, travel inland to explore the sandstone mountains, ancient rock art, forests and waterfalls of the Grampians. Spend a night at an old English jail in the country town of Mt. Gambier and witness the dunes, lagoons and amazing birdlife of the Coorong before your trip ends with an evening arrival into Adelaide. (4B, D)

For those with less time to spare, this eastbound jaunt from Adelaide to Melbourne bypasses the Coorong and Mt. Gambier, but still covers all the highlights of the Grampians and the Great Ocean Road. Make an early start from Adelaide to head inland to the sandstone peaks, forests, waterfalls and ancient rock art of the Grampians. Cut down to Port Campbell to see the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge rock formations. On Day 3, walk through the rainforest in Great Otway National Park and pause to see the famous surf beaches before arriving in Melbourne. (3B, D)

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Departs: Most Tuesdays Accommodation: Hostels (4 nts, multishare) Transport: Private bus Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow AUD $60-100 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOAMA

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Departs: Every Wed (Jan), Most Thu (Feb-May), Most Mon (Jun-Dec) Accommodation: Hostels (2 nts, multishare) Transport: Private bus Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow AUD $50-75 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOAAM

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GREAT OCEAN ROAD self-drive

Melbourne

Adelaide

£367

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6 DAYS

Highlights

• Stroll through the unique fishing village of Port Fairy • See the striking rock formations of the Grampians National Park • Discover the heritage and history of Naracoorte

On leaving Melbourne, travel to the laid back village of Apollo Bay where you’ll spend the night. Continue on to Port Fairy, one of Victoria’s earliest ports and take a stroll through this unique fishing village. Day 3, head to Halls Gap to see the beautiful Grampians National Park, home to the biggest collection of Koori (Aboriginal) rock art in the state. Spend the following day exploring the Grampians; take a stroll, see the striking rock formations and admire the panoramic views from a lookout point. On Day 5 you’re off to Naracoorte where you can discover its famous caves and then end your trip the next day in the charming city of Adelaide. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (5 nts) Includes: Self Drive Kit,_ maps, itinerary, tourist information, 24 hour assistance Note: Car hire and national park fees not included see page 29 Total Distance: 1,140km Tour Code: MELADG

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TOP 5 MUST-DO’s 1. grab lunch at adelaide’s market 2. wine tasting in the barossa 3. swim with dolphin or wild tuna 4. camp out in the flinders ranges 5. stay underground at coober pedy

£266

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3 DAYs

Highlights

• Admire the spectacular landscapes along the Great Ocean Road • Go for a cooling swim at Apollo Bay and Lorne • See kangaroos and other wildlife come out to play in the Grampians

Hit the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne and head to Apollo Bay and Lorne for a refreshing swim before arriving in Otway National Park just in time for lunch. Walk through the cooling rainforest then finish the day with a breathtaking sunset over the Twelve Apostles. The following morning, take in the stunning scenery as you visit Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and the Bay of Martyrs. Your next stop is the Grampians National Park, where you’ll hike to the bottom of McKenzie Falls before kangaroos and other wildlife come out to play! Spend you last day exploring Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Centre and enjoying a scenic walk then head to Adelaide. Departs: Tue & Fri (plus Sun from Dec-Mar) Accommodation: Hostel multishare (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Includes: Experienced guide & National Park fees Tour Code: MELGOC/MELGMO

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Coober Pedy Flinders Ranges Adelaide Kangaroo Island


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kangaroo island adventure tour Adelaide

£272

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2 DAYs

Adelaide

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£18 dorm FR £27 TWIN/DOUBLE FR

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MERCURE GROSVENOR

£72 SINGLE FR £36 TWIN/DOUBLE FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Located in the backpacker district, awardwinning ‘Shakeys’ is within walking distance of everything in the city. As well as a big screen TV lounge, modern kitchen, Wi-Fi, bar, balcony and job board, staff are full of friendly advice. Free jasmin rice (yes, really!) also helps make a cheap meal. Choose from clean, shared dorms or private rooms. STAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 7 PAY 5 - 01jan1430Sep14. REDUCED RATE FOR PRIVATE ROOMS - 01May14-31Aug14

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MAJESTIC ROOF GARDENS

£117 SINGLE FR £59 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Departs: Daily (Dec-Mar); Mon, Thurs, Sat (May-Oct) plus Wed (Apr & Nov only) Accommodation: Multi-share (1 nt) Transport: Small coach, ferry Meals:1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Group size: Max 20 Tour Code: ADLKIS

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SOUTHERN ocean WILDLIFE ADVENTURE

£534

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3 DAYS

Adelaide

Highlights

£216 FULL DAY

BAROSSA VALLEY

£57

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FULL DAY

Shark Bay at the Neptune Islands is home to the world’s largest predatory marine animal. Spend almost three hours cruising to seek out dolphins and local sea birds. When the sharks arrive, you have the option to join them in a cage and swim alongside this incredible species. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea is included.

Get groovy in the Barossa Valley; Oz’s most famous wine region! Swirl, sniff and sip your way around. Check out the home of Jacob’s Creek, see the world’s largest rocking horse and encounter the whispering wall. Enjoy wine from the cellar door and tuck into a scrummy BBQ extravaganza of steak, chicken and kangaroo.

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Leaving Adelaide, head north to an area which has vast and spectacular views of the mountains and Spencer Gulf. Next up, Flinders Ranges and your fully-equipped campsite. In the morning, rise to the call of the kookaburras and enjoy breakfast with the ancient mountain ranges as your backdrop. Visit the famous Bunyeroo and Brachina gorges and search for elusive yellowfooted rock wallabies. You’ll see an abundance of wildlife, including kangaroos, emus and the wedge-tailed eagles. Back at camp, enjoy a beer and some grub under the stars. On your final day, head to Melrose, before hitting the wine country to taste the good stuff! Departs: Fri Accommodation: Camping (2 nts) upgrades available Transport: Off-road vehicle Meals: 2 breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Tour leader throughout Group size: Min 4, Max 16 Tour Code: ADLFDS

The Majestic Roof Gardens provides one of the best views of Adelaide. Located just 50 metres from Rundle Street, it’s within easy reach of great bars, restaurants and some eclectic shopping opportunities. Chill out in the roof garden, work out at the gym or just relax in your well equipped room, all without leaving the hotel.

• Take the chance to swim with wild tuna in Port Lincoln • Go cheek-to-cheek with a great white shark • Snorkel and swim with dolphins and sea lions at Bairds Bay

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3 DAYS

• Embrace the Aussie wilderness at the Flinders Ranges • Search for the elusive yellow-footed rock wallaby • Bushwalk into Wilpena Pound

This tour is aimed at the spirited, budget traveller who enjoys experiencing attractions off the tourist trail. Head to Seal Bay where you’ll get up close with wild sealions. Discover the real Aussie experience at Rob’s Shearing and Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery and enjoy sandboarding at Little Sahara or a spot of kayaking. Then it’s off to Oz’s best beach; Vivonne Bay Lodge where you’ll camp overnight. Day 2, visit Flinders Chase National Park to see the Remarkable Rocks and stunning Admiral’s Arch, where you are able to view playful fur seals. Explore the north coast and its many idyllic beaches before returning to Adelaide.

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SWIM WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS, from port lincoln

£434

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Adelaide

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Located opposite the Convention Centre, casino and Festival Centre and just seconds from Rundle Mall, this hotel is pure convenience. With a range of rooms to suit varying budgets, all are contemporary in style, with warm colours, en suites and Internet. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the Ferderal Bar before hitting the town STAY 3 NIGHTS AND GET FREE BREAKFAST - 01APR14-31MAY14, 05JUN14-26JUL14, 31JUL14-30SEP14 & 15DEC14-31DEC14

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Adelaide

Highlights

• Walk on Seal Beach, where you can see seals in the wild • Fly down the Little Sahara sand dunes on a toboggan • Visit Flinders Chase National Park and keep a lookout for koalas

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flinders RANGES 4WD ECO safari

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DOLPHIN SWIm

£62

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FULL DAY

Hop onboard a luxury 58-foot sailing catamaran and set sail to meet playful pods of wild dolphins. You’ll be astonished by these graceful creatures as they frolic around you; the sound of their whistles and echolocation is mesmerizing. You’re guaranteed to see the ocean’s friendliest creatures - meaning lots of swimming fun! ADLDSW

secrets of the eyre peninsula

Adelaide

£543

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Adelaide

6 DAYS

Highlights

• Swim with curious sea lions and friendly dolphins at Bairds Bay • Feeling brave? Take a dip with some great white sharks! • Learn to surf with Spike at the deserted Sceales Bay

An early start from Adelaide commences your adventure to get up close and personal with wild bluefin tuna, great white sharks, sea lions and dolphins. Pull on a wetsuit and join the tuna at Port Lincoln before hitting the underwater observatory and Mikkira Station to see koalas. Day 2 is all about the great white! To view these incredible beasts, you can get right in the mix and swim with sharks from behind the protection of a special cage (optional). If you’re feeling less brave, view them from the safety of the boat. Your final day will see you swim with dolphins and sea lions before returning to Adelaide via the Wadlatta Cultural Centre.

Check out the rugged side of the Southern Flinders Ranges before arriving at Eyre Peninsula, a hidden wildlife gem that is relatively untouched by tourists. Head to Coodlie Park, your overnight farmstay, where you’ll search for the local resident kangaroo, wombat and emu population. The next day swim with sea lions and dolphins before the short drive to Murphy’s Haystacks. Enjoy a surf lesson on the deserted Sceales Bay before making your way to Port Lincoln and Mikkira Station for your penultimate day. If you’re feeling brave, choose to swim with sharks. Enjoy a visit to the Wadlatta Cultural Centre before returning to Adelaide.

Departs: Saturdays Accommodation: Multi-share dorm accommodation (2 nts) Transport: Mini-bus Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Tour code: ADLSWA

Departs: Every Wed Dec-Feb, selected Wed Mar-Nov Accommodation: Camping (5 nts) Transport: Air-con minibus Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Group Leader: Tour leader throughout Tour Code: ADL5DS

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BEST OF TASMANIA Hobart

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8 DAYS

Hobart

Highlights

Meet real life Tasmanian devils Explore the diverse national parks Hike in Cradle Mountain’s shadow Check out the vibrant Bay of Fires Cruise along Macquarie Harbour Enjoy the views over Wineglass Bay See Mount Olympus at Lake St. Clair Soak in history in Richmond

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Private van/bus Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow AUD $150-200 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOATS

Tasmania is a destination for those who want something different – this otherworldly island is unique in so many ways. On this 8-day tour, be lured in by the crisp clean air, the brooding mountains, the heavily-wooded wilderness, and its remarkable natural beauty. Journey to the lush Freycinet Peninsula and take in the views over iconic Wineglass Bay from the lookout spot. Witness the vivid colours of the Bay of Fires, famed for its amazing wildlife and pure white sandy beaches, see a real Tasmanian Devil, and learn all about the island’s historic prison settlement, Port Arthur. It’s different down here... come and see why!

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DAY ITINERARY Hobart

Arrive at any time into Tasmania’s capital and largest city, Hobart. The tours are timed to start on Saturdays, which means you can take the afternoon to explore the waterfront Salamanca Market, which boasts over 300 stalls selling gourmet and organic produce, arts and handicrafts from across Tasmania and mainland Australia. Alternatively, stroll around the beautiful Botanical Gardens, a 15-minute walk from the city centre; or have a nose around the bustling harbour, where the freshlycaught fish is hard to resist. Meet the rest of your group and tour leader this evening.

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1. eat fish & chips on hobart’s pier 2. see port arthur’s colonial prison 3. hike around beautiful dove lake 4. cruise into strahan’s wilderness 5. stroll on perfect wineglass bay

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Bay of Fires

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Lake St. Clair / Strahan

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Head to the fantastic Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, home to species that are now extinct except in Tasmania, including the Tasmanian Devil and the Eastern Quoll. On the way to Strahan, stop off at the stunning Lake St. Clair and stroll around the lake shore at Cynthia Bay, taking in the panoramic views of Mount Olympus before making your way to Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. In the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area, this sprawling park is a region of dramatic mountain peaks, beautiful rainforests, deep river valleys and spectacular gorges just waiting to be explored! In the evening, dine on a tasty barbecue dinner before wandering around the charming village of Strahan on Day 3. Located on Macquarie Harbour, don’t miss out on an optional Gordon River cruise which lets you experience the surrounding forests, genuinely one of Australia’s last true wilderness areas, in all its unspoilt beauty! (B, D)

Cradle Mountain / Launceston

Enjoy the beautiful rainforest and mountain scenery on the way to Launceston. Stop off at Cradle Mountain, the central feature of Lake St. Clair National Park. Hike the Dove Lake track for spectacular views of the lush Ballroom Forest, trickling streams, and Cradle Mountain itself. Launceston is the second-largest city in Tasmania and boasts elegant Victorian-era streets, open parkland and a revitalised port area which makes a great place to head for dinner this evening. (B)

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Cataract Gorge / Bay of Fires / Bicheno

En route to Bicheno, visit the Cataract Gorge, a 15-minute walk from Launceston. Stroll along the many hiking trails, travel on the southern hemisphere’s longest single-span chairlift or take in the breathtaking views of this piece of natural wilderness from atop the Alexandra suspension bridge and the Gorge lookouts. You’ll also stop off at the Bay of Fires – with its turquoise waters, red rocks, white beaches and fishing lagoons, it’s one of Tasmania’s most popular destinations! (B)

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Wineglass Bay / Richmond / Port Arthur

On Tasmania’s east coast sits beautiful Freycinet National Park. Visit Coles Bay and hike up to Wineglass Bay, viewed as one of the world’s best beaches, for paradisiacal views of the pristine beach and startlingly blue waters. Drive down the coast to Richmond, one of Tasmania’s most historic towns as it was once an important military staging post. Dine on fresh food and fine wines and visit galleries and museums before heading to Port Arthur Historic Site to explore what was once a convict settlement and which holds more than its fair share of fascinating stories. Built by the early settlers to house troublesome prisoners from Sydney, this place was feared by those sent here for punishment as the only escape route (Eaglehawk Neck) was patrolled by bloodthirsty guard dogs. (B)

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Port Arthur / Hobart Strahan

Launceston Hobart

07-08

Cruise around the harbour at Port Arthur and take in the sights of the dockyard, Point Puer Boys’ Prison, and the Isle of the Dead Cemetery. Then it’s back to Hobart for your last evening together with the group. Make the most of it as your awesome adventure wraps up on Day 8 and you are free to depart at any time. (B)

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tassie devil SAFARI Hobart

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£621

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hobart

7 DAYS

Hobart

Highlights

Relax at stunning Wineglass Bay Hike across Cradle Mountain Enjoy the quaint town of Strahan Sample some of Tasmania’s local wine Spot sealife on the Tasman Peninsula Step back in time to the early 1800s Meet a real Tassie Devil

DAY ITINERARY

Departs: Mon, Wed, Sat (Apr & Oct-Mar) Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (2 nts), private lodge (4 nts) Transport: Mini-bus Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 20 Tour Code: HBATAS/HBA7DT

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Strahan

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Coles Bay

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Port Arthur

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Start your journey from Hobart with a visit to Mt. Field National Park and Lake St. Clair, Australia’s deepest lake. After stretching your legs, continue to the picturesque village of Strahan for two nights in a private lodge. The next day, explore Strahan. Quad bike on the Henty Sand Dunes, enjoy a jet boat adventure, go sea kayaking or take a wilderness cruise along the Gordon River (all optional).

Strahan / Launceston

Today you’re Cradle Mountain bound. Embark on a hike with your guide or walk around the majestic Dove Lake before heading on to the charming northern town of Launceston.

SHOestring

Launceston / Coles Bay

Today you’ll stop at a winery to sample some of Tasmania’s best wine before exploring Freycinet National Park. Walk to the perfect beach at Wineglass Bay or hike to Mt. Amos for an amazing view.

Port Arthur / Hobart

Explore the Tasman Peninsula coastal walks whilst looking out for sea life. In the afternoon, step back in time to the early 1800s, in what is now a World Heritage Site, before visiting Taranna Wildlife Park to meet a Tassie Devil! Finish your trip in Hobart, sampling some of the state’s best ale. Cheers!

HOBART HOSTEL

£20 dorm £25 TWIN/DOUBLE

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ECHIDNA EAST COAST SAFARi

£372

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4 DAYS

Hobart

Highlights

• Bay of Fires’ pristine beaches, some of Australia’s finest • Lace up your hiking boots to explore Freycinet National Park • Come face-to-face with a real Tasmanian Devil

WOMBAT WEST COAST SAFARI

Hobart

Launceston

STAY 8 PAY 7 - ALL YEAR

Travelodge Hobart

£85 SINGLE £43 TWIN/DOUBLE

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HBAHBA

Offering great value in the heart of Hobart, this hotel makes a great base for exploring the capital, with Battery Point, Constitution Dock and the waterfront a short stroll away. Other nearby attractions include the Botanical Gardens and Museum of Old & New Art. All rooms come with broadband, ensuites and some have kitchenettes. STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01APR14-30SEP14

AHBATH

SALAMANCA INN

£136 SINGLE £68 TWIN/DOUBLE

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A short walk from Salamanca Place and the colourful waterfront, this all-suite hotel has an indoor rooftop pool with Jacuzzi. Rooms feature Tasmanian artwork, a selfcontained kitchen, free Wi-Fi, computer and iPod dock. Enjoy fresh Tasmanian produce at the restaurant, washed down with a cocktail or two in the bar. AHBASI

FREE BREAKFAST - 01JUN14-31AUG14

£309

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3 DAYS

Highlights

• Discover the beauty of Lake St Clair National Park • Quad bike on the Henty Sand Dunes to get your adrenalin pumping • Take to the water with a range of optional activities from Strahan

Ideal for those short time, this package is the perfect combination of picturesque beaches, iconic wildlife and thought-provoking history. Kick off with a stroll around Cataract Gorge and continue on to the Bay of Fires and some of Australia’s best beaches, followed by a visit to a local winery and the Bicheno blowhole. You may see penguins returning home after a day’s fishing. Over the next couple of days, explore Freycinet National Park and the Tasman Peninsula on a series of coastal walks. Finish with visits to historic Port Arthur and the Taranna Wildlife Park to meet a real Tassie Devil followed by a swift half in a local brewery or pub.

The rugged and wild west of Tasmania awaits you on this threeday adventure. Highlights include a visit to Mt. Field National Park and the chance to enjoy a walk at the base of the tallest trees in Australia. Explore Lake St. Clair National Park, home to Australia’s deepest lake, zip around the Henty Sand Dunes on a quad bike and spot the wombats at Cradle Mountain National Park. You’ll then spend two nights in a private lodge in the scenic village of Strahan overlooking Macquarie Harbour. The area is rich in attractions and there are plenty of optional extras available, including sea kayaking or a leisurely cruise along the Gordon River.

Departs: Tue, Thu, Sat (Apr & Oct-Mar) Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (1 nt), private lodge (2 nts) Transport: Mini-bus Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Tour Code: LSTECH

Departs: Mon, Wed, Sat (Apr & Oct-Mar) Accommodation: Private lodge (2 nts) Transport: Mini-coach Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Tour Code: HBAWOM

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Coles Bay / Port Arthur

This small, cosy hostel retains much of its charm as an old pub and is just a tenminute walk from the Botanical Gardens and Salamanca Markets. A home from home, there’s a big kitchen, lounge area with comfy sofas and a DVD player, plus free Wi-Fi. Choose from dorms or privates with en suites. A great budget option.

Launceston

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First stop today is the Bay of Fires which showcases some of Australia’s best beaches, and that’s quite a boast! Then head south towards the Bicheno blowhole and overnight at Coles Bay.

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BRUNY ISLAND WILDERNESS CRUISE

£113

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FULL DAY

This full-day multi-award winning Bruny Island tour conveniently kicks off in Hobart. Sit back and soak up the stunning wilderness, cruising alongside some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs. Onboard a custom-built cruise boat, designed to manoeuvre around the ruuged coastline, you’ll enter deep sea caves and join in the search for abundant sea and coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins and seabirds. Departs: Daily Meals: No meals included Note: Passengers must make their own way to departure point Tour Code: GVQB13

TASMAN ISLAND CRUISE

£131

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FULL DAY

Depart Hobart for a full day of Tasmanian adventure including a three-hour eco cruise, scenic bus tour to historic Port Arthur and a lip-smacking lunch. Sit at the foot of the highest sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere, marvel at towering sea stacks and rich ocean wildlife, glide in and out of awesome sea caves and uncover Port Arthur’s dark history and convict past. Round off the day seeing little devils and feeding kangaroos at the Tasmanian Devil Park. Departs: Daily Includes: Hobart hotel drop-off, guided tour of Port Arthur Return, entrance to Tasmanian Devil Park & cruise Meals: morning tea, 1 lunch Tour Code: TICHBA

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Australia

Shoestring

ARTHOUSE hostel

£15 DORM £23 TWIN/DOUBLE

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LSTART

BEST WESTERN FR£103 SINGLE PLUS LAUNCESTON FR£52 TWIN/DOUBLE

Topnotch accommodation only a short stroll from all the main attractions. There’s a great restaurant serving fab food, delectable high teas and barista-perfect coffees. The quaint bar offers Tasmanian wines and beers to wind down the evening. Guests have access to the Mud Club fitness studio, spa and juice bar.

This swish city centre hotel is just a hop and a skip from the main shopping area. Its rooms are spacious and modern, with Wi-Fi. Sample fresh local cuisine in Snappers Restaurant, then check out the famous tram bar – where you can enjoy a drink on an original 1911 tram that once graced Launceston’s streets.

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TASSie self-drive Hobart

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£100 single £50 TWIN/DOUBLE

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A well located and super-friendly, heritagelisted building. There are two lounges with plasma screens, perfect for socialising. Sniff your way around the herb garden and enjoy the free BBQ in the lovely courtyard. Rooms are sunlit and airy, choose from shared dorms and private rooms all with newly refurbished communal bathrooms. ISIC CARD HOLDERS GET AUD $2 OFF PER NIGHT

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Hobart

Highlights

• Explore the charming fishing village of Strahan • Relax at one of the most precious places on the planet at Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair • Treat yourself and tuck into locally-grown food and wine in Launceston

Inclusions

Accommodation: Standard or superior accommodation (10 nts) Includes: Self-drive kit with maps Note: doesn’t include car hire (see page 29), National Park fees (approx AUD$22) Total Distance: 1,095km Tour Code: HBA11D

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Arrive in Hobart, pick your car and spend the day exploring, before travelling to the charming, historical fishing village of Strahan for your two-night stay. On Day 4, drive to Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park. Spend two nights here, relaxing by its many lakes and admiring its magnificent alpine scenery. It’s off to experience ‘essential Tasmania’ in Launceston on Day 6. Discover historic villages, browse local markets and admire its spectacular coastline. With locally-grown food and wine, make sure you treat yourself to a delicious dinner on one (or both) of your nights here! Your final stop is Swansea or Freycinet National Park. Discover granite mountains, surrounded by azure bays and white sandy beaches before returning to Hobart for your final night.

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Wellington

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Nelson

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Christchurch

22 72

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Franz Josef

21 70

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Queenstown

20 68

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TRAVEL NEW ZEALAND New zealand New Zealand is often referred to

NEW ZEALAND

NEW ZEALAND

as the Adventure Capital of the World and it’s easy to see why. Whether you’re on an organised tour, in a campervan or hopping on and off a bus at your own pace, make sure you don’t miss these amazing activities and tours along the way. Further details can be found over the next 40 pages. See how many you can tick off on your own Kiwi adventure. Cape Reinga Farewell Spit

Mangonui

Ninty Mile Beach

BAY OF ISLANDS

Experience franz josef

Heaps of dolphins & islands

Great Barrier Island

Dune Rider

Kaipara Harbour Coromandel Peninsula

Bridge Bungy Bridge Climb America’s Cup Sailing Experience Waiheke Island Day Trip Great Barrier Island overnight package Rangitoto Day Trip

Auckland

Ice Explorer

Amazzzzing beaches definitely check out Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach.

• Dune Rider - Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach • Discover the Bay - ‘Hole in Rock’ Cruise • Rock the Boat Overnight Cruise • Tutukaka - Ultimate Poor Knights Experience

Bay Of Plenty

Experience TONGARIRO

Tauranga

• 1 Day Tongariro Crossing

Waitomo Caves Lake Rotorua

Black water rafting and glow worms! Make sure you say hello to ‘curly’ at the bar

Rotorua taupo

Taumarunui Tamaki Heritage

Tamaki Heritage Experiences Kaituna Rafting Kaituna Sledging Thermal Duo: Wai-O-Tapu & Waimangu H2OGO Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Black Labyrinth Tour (Waitomo)

The“place to be” for New Years, the Rhythm & Vines festival

Gisborne Bicycle + vineyards + awesome scenery = Fun!

Tongariro National Park

Taranaki

Lake Waikaremoana

Lake Taupo

Tongariro National Park

New Plymouth

Experience ROTORUA

Learn about Maori culture and witness a tribal dance

Taihape Wanganui

International gumboot throwing arena - random but hilarious

Blenheim

Go whale watching, no seriously... go whale watching! Sweet natural hot-springs super relaxing

kaikoura

Hanmer Springs Hokitika

Experience kaikoura

There are glaciers here. They are awesome. Enough said!!

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Kawarau Bungy Nevis Bungy Ledge Swing Ledge Bungy Funyak Safaris NZ One The Ultimate Skydive Shotover Jet Routeburn Track Guided Walk - 1/2 day & full day Canyon Swing Queenstown Powder Packages Zip Trek

fox glacier Haast

Absolutely epic natural beauty around here. Milford Sound is a must do

It’s the ‘Adventure capital of the world’ - of course it’s fun!

Wanaka

QUEENSTOWN

Lake Wakatipu

Akaroa

Omarama

Lake Wanaka

Glenorchy

CHC Rebuild Cycle Tour

Moeraki

Experience CHRISTCHURCH

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Port Chalmers Stop in at the ‘Zookeppers Cafe’ for a traditional cheese roll, they’re good!

Palmerston North

Riverton / Aparima

Lake Tekapo

NZ’s tallest mountain epic views with beautiful lakes. Some of the best scenery in NZ

Temuka

Te Anau

NAPIER

Lyttelton

Aoraki/Mount Cook

Lake Pukaki Lake Ohau

CHRISTCHURCH

Mount Hutt

Southern Alps

Lake Hawea

Milford Sound

Lake TeAnau

Hastings

• Whale Watching Kaikoura • Dolphin Encounter Tour

franz josef/waiau

Experience Queenstown

Hawke’s Bay Blue Duck Station

Malborough

Westport

Greymouth

Shotover Jet

Raglan

Picton

Nelson

Amazing in the summer, vibrant arty/cafe buzz going on.

Go see the ‘pancake rocks’ - they’re rocks that look like pancakes

Whangamata

Surf on one of the best left hand breaks in the world, then chat with the friendly locals

Karamea

Sea kayaking beautiful beaches, seal, dolphins awesomeness

Abel Tasman National Park

Punakaiki

Paeroa

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Climbing Adventure • Fox Trot: Half Day walk

Experience BAY OF ISLANDS

Coromandel Whitianga Cathedral Cove Hot Water Beach

Waitakere Ranges

• Remote Coast Overnighter • Soul Food

• Fox It Up: Ice

Waiheke Island

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Experience NELSON

Experience fox Glacier

Goat Island

Waipoua Forest

Experience AUCKLAND

Takaka

• Ice Explorer & Hot Pools Combo

Waitangi Paihia Russell Hokianga Harbour

Golden Bay

Invercargill

Dunedin Carazy university town - go party with the ‘Scarfies’ (Students)!

Grade 5 White water rafting CHC Rebuild Cycle Tour Swimming with Dolphins Akaroa Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises

The Catlins State Forest Park

Masterton Martinborough

Experience TAUPO Hukafalls Jet

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Wellington

• Hukafalls Jet • Skydive Taupo

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Kapiti Island Nature

Experience WELLINGTON • • • •

Kapiti Island Nature Day Tour Kapiti Island Nature Overnight Tour Kiwi Night Tour Te Papa - The National Museum

Experience doubtful & milford sound

• Overnight Doubtful Sound Cruise • Overnight Milford Sound Cruise

Foveaux Strait

Bluff Half Moon Bay

Stewart Island

Absolutely stunning scenery, with all sorts of cool wildlife running around. Well worth the trip over

Experience dunedin

Castle

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• Castle, Peninsula and Wildlife Combo • Speights Brewery Tour

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WORK IN NEW ZEALAND

BUNAC WORK NEW ZEALAND Spend up to 23 months living and working in New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND

Ninety Mile Beach, to the bubbling mud pools of Rotorua, the vineyards of Marlborough and the ice capped peaks and glaciers of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is a country that will never cease to amaze you. You can nab all sorts of jobs, from ski instructor to kiwi fruit harvester, to sales person and grape-picker.

and efficient. We’ll run through all the requirements with you and get your application in quick-smart! Once approved, you have 12 months in which to arrive in New Zealand, and you can then stay for up to 23 months. Available to people aged 1830 years-old.

Exclusi ve to BUNAC and STA travel Our BUNAC Work New Zealand support package offers a visa option for people aged up to 35 and second time workers to NZ. Check out page 131 for details.

NEW ZEALAND WORK & travel starter PACKAGE

£183

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Landing in New Zealand on a working holiday needn’t be daunting. Our Work and Travel Auckland Starter pack is designed to provide you with a hassle-free arrival, accommodation and job placement service. Yay! This way, as soon as you arrive into the country, the good times can roll without having to worry about boring logistics. Choose from a 3, 4 or 7 night Work and Travel Starter pack in Auckland 3 nights fr£183 4 nights fr£197 7 nights fr£236

I• Accommodation nclusions for 3, 4 or 7 nights including daily breakfast • Airport transfer • Free Wi-Fi for length of stay • 12 months’ membership to Job Search NZ which includes: »» In depth arrival orientation »» One-to-one CV building and job consultation »» Bank account set-up »» SIM card »» Tax file number set-up »» 12 months’ access to Job Search NZ online jobs board and offices nationwide »» 1 month of free luggage storage »» Discounted WWOOFing membership

HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT PACKAGE FR £554 Use your healthcare qualification in New Zealand. A shortage of skilled workers means you could soon be working in the medical profession in one of NZ’s cosmopolitan cities, near the mountains of Queenstown or in the land of the fjords near Milford Sound. You’ll be given a dedicated specialist to guide you through the registration paperwork and set you up with interviews before you land. Available roles include doctors, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists and social care. You also get our 7-night starter package included, so your accommodation will be sorted whilst you find your feet, as well as fun local activities to help you explore before starting work.

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WHAT MAKES THIS THE ULTIMATE SUPPORT PACKAGE • Visa application assistance • Job search assistance for up to 12 months • UK pre-departure planning • Group flight option • Detailed arrival presentation • Access to the jobs database • Bank account & tax file number registration • Unlimited Internet access • Help with tax file registration & banking • Mail holding, forwarding & free luggage storage • 24 hour emergency hotline

BUNAC FR PROGRAMME FEE £339 Get started! A deposit of just £100 will get the ball rolling on your BUNAC working adventure!

other costs to consider You will also need to budget for your New Zealand Working Visa, flights and insurance.

NEW ZEALAND

This is the ULTIMATE working holiday package offering unparalleled support both before you travel and on the ground in New Zealand. This is an ideal package for a first time traveller to NZ, anyone nervous about what you need to do to get your working holiday started or someone who wants the chance to make friends before they even land! This is THE definitive gap year survival package, providing you with assistance both before and during your trip.

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Worki ng visa FR £138 Our visa service is quick, competitive

£339

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HOW THE PROGRAMME WORKS

BUNAC offers two visa options for working in New Zealand. The Working Holiday Visa allows anyone aged 18-30 to work for 12 months but stay for up to 23 months. You can apply to any job, anywhere in New Zealand. The IEP Work Exchange Visa, exclusive to BUNAC and STA Travel, allows travellers aged 18-35 to work and travel for up to 12 months, even if you have previously held the Working Holiday Visa. Both options give you access to IEP - BUNAC’s sister operation in New Zealand who will assist you on the ground. The Auckland walk-in centre offers full support for the duration of your trip so can have an amazing experience without having to go it alone.

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VISA APPLICATION & PRE-DEPARTURE PLANNING Use BUNAC’s expert staff to help with all aspects of your pre-departure planning. JOB DATABASE & JOB HUNTING ASSISTANCE The IEP team will give you great advice to improve your CV and let you know about jobs around the country! Use the exclusive Work New Zealand online members lounge to flick through tons of jobs and accommodation listings. There is also a classified section for you to find everything from guitars to cars or even roommates! ARRIVAL ORIENTATION Take a seat with other new arrivals and get the A - Z on all things Kiwi at the IEP Auckland office. The comprehensive arrival

orientation will cover everything from jobs, accommodation, work, tax and banking. Get support from staff in person or via email and phone throughout the year - wherever you are in New Zealand. GROUP FLIGHT OPTIONS FR £1,019 ONE WAY BUNAC runs monthly group departures to Auckland, stopping off in Hong Kong for three days. This option also includes accommodation, tours and transfers in Hong Kong. However, more importantly, you’ll get to travel with fellow BUNAC participants making the whole trip a lot less daunting. Alternatively you can book flights independently but still make use of all the BUNAC support services and meet up with other participants at the arrival orientation.

ELIGIBILITY BUNAC offers two visa options for working in New Zealand.

IEP Work Exchange Visa - Work and travel in New Zealand for up to 12 months

Working Holiday Visa - Work and travel in New Zealand for up to 23 months

Are you: • Aged between 18 and 35 inclusive • A British or Irish passport holder You are eligible for this visa even if you have previously had a Working Holiday Visa. There is limited availability once visas are released at the beginning of the year, so get your application in as soon as possible.

Are you: • Aged between 18 and 30 inclusive • A British or Irish passport holder

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KIWI EXPERIENCE Bay & cape Auckland

Why Kiwi Experience This is the legendary New Zealand

Take your Time The awesome thing about all of these passes is you’ve got 12 months to kick off your trip from your date of purchase. Then it gets better, you have another 12 months to complete your epic NZ adventure. This is Kiwi pace, no stress, no worries and definitely no rushing... get used to it.

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MILFORD EXPLORER Queenstown

1 Day

Often ranked as the world’s most beautiful place, Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park promises not to disappoint by any stretch of the imagination. It’s an absolute must-do for anyone visiting the South Island.

unli mited travel Repeat your trip as often as you like within 12 months completely free of charge on any of the ‘start anywhere’ passes! (Subject to terms and conditions)

gets you to the heart of nz Put the guide book down and let Kiwi Experience show you all sorts of weird and wonderfully unique New Zealand experiences that definitely won’t be in any book! Get under this utterly beautiful, fantastically scenic and superbly heartpumping country’s skin, trust us this will be a journey you won’t forget anytime soon.

AWESOME Inclusions To make sure your hard-earned cash goes as far as possible, they’ve included loads of unique experiences – boat cruises through the stunning Milford Sound, Cathedral Cove

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hike, digging your own hot pool at Hot Water Beach, sandboarding at NinetyMile Beach, Huka Falls, Karangahake Gorge, Ruakuri Walk, Tawhai Falls, Cape Foulwind, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Lake Matheson… just to name a few! Kiwi Experience can always hook you up with heaps of cool optional activities too, and make sure there is a always a free alternative wherever the bus stops!

How do overnight stops work The big green dots on the map show where

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Punakaiki

£174 deep south

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Queenstown

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£226

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Perched on the remote West Coast near the Pancake Rocks, this rewarding volunteering project focuses on reforestation and environmental conservation of the South Island’s unique and beautiful landscapes.

This is a journey into the deep south of New Zealand. Start with the legendary university city of Dunedin, the wild and wonderful Catlins, Te Anau and the stunning Milford Sound before partying in buzzing Queenstown.

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your overnight stops will be. Just relax, the drivers will sort you out with some ‘sweet as’ accommodation which you pay for locally as you go. You’re guaranteed a bed for each overnight stop you make. In some places it’s best to stay for at least a couple of nights to get the most out of it – our big favourites include Taupo, Franz Josef and activity-central Queenstown.

Please note: the ferry between the North and South Island is not included

BOOK BEFORE YOU GO.. AND SAVE!

Kiwi’s legendary Driver Guides are definitely the people to know, they are the difference between a regular tour and the New Zealand experience of a lifetime! These guys will make sure your travelling experience is one of a kind, free of hassle and stress. They’re 100% Kiwi, entertaining characters and are totally passionate about their country. They are such an integral part of the experience; we want you to meet one of them before you get there!

GREG HART “MANGEE” WHEN DID YOU START DRIVING FOR KIWI? 2007 HOW DID YOU GET YOUR NICKNAME? Dancing on a pool table in Franz Josef wearing a rather minimal outfit (man-G) Whats on your iPod? New Zealand tunes, pop-rock, reggae, cheese music, Venga Boys, Bonnie Tyler FAVOURITE KIWI STOP? Queenstown for social nightlife and Ferg Burger. Milford for its dramatic scenery FAVOURITE KIWI ACTIVITY? Skydive Taupo and Cathedral Cove Kayaking FAVOURITE KIWI MOMENT? Taking 50 passengers to Mum and Dads for a BBQ MOST EMBARRASSING KIWI EXPERIENCE MOMENT? Mmmmm… Locking myself under the coach (bag lockers) BEST SECRET SPOT IN NEW ZEALAND? Not such a secret but it’s Milford Sound, the best part of NZ! FAVOURITE OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION ON KIWI EXPERIENCE? Would be Bazil’s in Westport, old school backpackers and the guys that run it (Ray and Steve) are true genuine kiwi lads that know how to look after you Five top tips for travellers to New Zealand? 1) Get out of your comfort zone and scare yourself 2) Meet new people 3) Talk to the locals (unless they scare you) 4) Try new foods 5) Go big or go home and trust your Driver Guide FavoUrite Food Spot Queenstown- Fergburger, and pies from any bakery Best Photo Opportunity Anywhere on the West Coast of the South Island

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Queenstown

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someone) that stops you in your tracks. We really don’t think this should ever be an issue, so the lovely guys at Kiwi Experience have given you over 25 different pass options, and on all of them you can stay where you want en route, for as long as you like, no questions. When you’re ready, hop back on the bus, where you want. Remember this is your trip, you’re the boss.

3-4 Days

The Bay & Cape bus pass will take you through the scenic north of the North Island towards Paihia (gateway to the Bay of Islands) and then on to the northernmost point of New Zealand; Cape Reinga, where two oceans meet.

travel network, offering you some of the most unforgettable experiences on the planet. Jump on the adventure of a lifetime and get amongst it! Awesome hop-on hop-off bus adventures for travellers, by travellers; Kiwi Experience is New Zealand’s original adventure company. They’re celebrating being 25 years young, so you know you’re in safe, experienced and fun hands. Let the good times roll!

Flexi ble Travel Plans change – you may find something (or

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Auckland

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Get yourself organised and plan ahead, it will save you up to 35% off the price of selected passes. That’s lots of dosh. This amazing deal can only be booked a minimum of three months before you start your Kiwi Experience journey in New Zealand. All the same inclusions and flexibility, only cheaper! Sweet as bro! WHOLE KIT & CABOODLE - save 35% KITCHEN SINK - save 35% THE FITZY - save 12.5%

STa Travel exclusive offer

Treat yourself to a discount of 5% off the price of your Kiwi Experience pass if booked within 7 days of purchasing your flight ticket to New Zealand with STA Travel. Discount is valid for bookings made for any Kiwi Experience pass, and may be combined with other offers including the ‘early bird’ promotion above.

Twizel Untouched beauty and crystal clear skies

activity packages

Leave no stone unturned with these awesome add-on activity packages. Save 5% compared to buying locally! Wet ‘n’ Wild - FR £158 Includes Kaitiaki Whitewater Rafting (Rotorua), Kahu Kayaks (Abel Tasman), Shotover Jet Boat (Queenstown). Kiwi As - FR £249 Includes Glowworm Caves (Waitomo), Tamaki Maori Village Encounter (Rotorua), Franz Josef Ice Explorer. Adrenalin Junkie - FR £328 Includes Black Water Rafting, Black Labyrinth (Waitomo), 12000ft Skydive (Taupo) and AJ Hackett Nevis Bungy Jump. *Available with the Whole Kit & Caboodle/Kitchen Sink/Chilly Bin/Long Drop/Super Funky/Back Yard/Fush ‘n’ Chups/Jandal/Hokey Pokey/Tiki/ Rangi/Zephyr/Funky Chicken/Sheepdog/Top Dog/Kea/Buzzy Bee

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THE Fitzy Auckland

THE WHOLE KIT & £868 CABOODLE

FR Auckland

adults

SAVE 12.5% See Page 132

Anywhere

FR

Where you started

Minimum travel time: 29 Days Tour Code: NZDFIT

Minimum travel time: 29 Days Tour Code: NZDWKC

Early Bird fr £760 (see page 132)

Early Bird FR £683 (see page 132)

isic / adults

£1,023 / £1,051

FR

SAVE 35% See Page 132

Super Funky Anywhere

isic / adults

£893 / FR£920 Rangi

FR

Where you started

SAVE 5% See Page 132

Minimum travel time: 27 Days Tour Code: AKLSFP

Anywhere

isic / adults

£777 / FR£804

FR Where you started

SAVE 5% See Page 132

Minimum travel time: 22 Days Tour Code: NZDRAN

NEW ZEALAND

NEW ZEALAND

fitzy Inclusions:

• Funky Chicken Pass - see opposite page • Bay & Cape Pass and Milford Explorer day trip - see page 133 • 10 nights’ accommodation at Base Backpackers • Free entry to Waitomo Glowworm Caves

• • • •

Highlights

Visit NZ’s largest cultural attraction, Te Papa Museum in Wellington Check out the Punakaiki’s incredible coastal formations, the Pancake Rocks Admire stunning views of Mt. Cook from Lake Pukaki Witness unbelievably glorious west coast sunsets

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

• Bungy jump in Queenstown with breathtaking views • Free-style high country horse trekking in the River Valley’s wilderness • Hike the Tongariro crossing taking in the amazing landscapes • Go whale watching or for a swim with the dolphins in Kaikoura

• Hike the Franz Josef Glacier • Skydive over the impressive Lake Wanaka • Keep your eyes peeled as you go whale watching in Kaikoura • Swim with the dolphins in the Bay of Islands

Meet The Fitzy, the absolute crème de la crème of all Kiwi Experience adventures. This epic, all-singing-all-dancing pass will guarantee you tick all the traveller must-dos from gentle strolls around Lake Wanaka and seal spotting in Kaikoura to swimming in the natural hot water at Hot Water Beach. NZ is all about heartracing adrenalin activities and trust us it has lots of these! For the brave amongst you, Kiwi’s legendary Driver Guides can also sign you up to go zorbing in Rotorua, bungy jumping in Queenstown (the second highest in the world!), glacier hiking in Franz Josef and the blackwater rafting; we’ve only named a few!

Chilly Bin Anywhere

isic / adults

£923 / £950

FR Where you started

FR

SAVE 5% See Page 132

Minimum travel time: 25 Days Tour Code: NZDCYB

• • • •

Highlights

Visit the sharply-winding canyon of Karangahake Gorge Enjoy stunning walkways high above the rushing water on Ruakuri Walk Take a day trip to the stunning fiord landscapes of Milford Sound Get active in Queenstown, adventure capital of New Zealand... and the world!

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Anywhere

Where you started

Highlights

Check out pretty Tawhai Falls in the shadow of Mt. Doom Explore the outstandingly beautiful Bay of Islands Check out the geothermal attractions in and around Rotorua Take in the spectacular views of Lake Matheson

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

• Take in the stunning scenery while skydiving over the Lake Wanaka • Experience a traditional Maori ‘hangi’ feast and concert in Rotorua • Take a surfing lesson in Westport • Cruise out to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ in Paihia

FUNKY CHICKEN

• • • •

• Heli hike or take a scenic flight at the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier • Go canyon swinging amidst the beautiful scenery of Queenstown • Kayak around Cathedral Cove in the Coromandel Peninsula • Punting on the Avon River in the revitalised ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch

isic / adults

£728 / FR£755 Kea

FR

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Christchurch

isic / adults

£505 / FR£532

FR Auckland

SAVE 5% See Page 132

Minimum travel time: 15 Days Tour Code: CHCKEA

Minimum travel time: 20 Days Tour Code: NZDCHI

With all this adventure and beauty going on you’ll need somewhere comfy to stay, so luckily the guys at Kiwi Experience have teamed up with Base Backpackers to bring you 10 nights’ accommodation at any of their hostels around the country as part of “The Fitzy”. Not only that, we’ve also thrown in all the awesome extras you’d get with the Bay & Cape pass, plus entry to Waitomo Caves. And a free t-shirt! You can thank us later, in the mean time get yourself “The Fitzy” and prepare for what will be a mind-blowing trip.

• • • •

Highlights

Watch the brave (or foolhardy) bungy jumping in Queenstown Visit Cathedral Cove for some spectacular coastal scenery Enjoy a close encounter with New Zealand’s fur seals in Cape Foulwind Explore the awe-inspiring Mount Aspiring National Park

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

• See glowworms and other crazy stuff in underground caves in Waitomo • Go zorbing, luging and try out all the activities at Agroventures in Rotorua • Check out Dunedin’s Cadbury chocolate factory or Speight’s brewery tours • Catch a water taxi to one of the stunning bays in the Abel Tasman National Park

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• • • •

Highlights

Explore the vibrant waterfront district in Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ Walk Lake Matheson at Fox Glacier and see the nearby Franz Josef Glacier Stroll around Kaikoura Peninsula to spot the noisy seal colony Check out the remarkable sight of Taupo’s powerful Huka Falls

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

• Take a bungy jump or canyon swing over the rugged landscapes of Queenstown • Try out skydiving over the geothermal scenery around the resort of Rotorua • Go sailing on Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand • Go kayaking out to Split Apple Rock and along to the golden bays.

• • • •

Highlights

Hike through the coastal scenery of Abel Tasman National Park Explore the geothermal hub of Rotorua Meet the whales, seals and dolphins in Kaikoura Get back to nature as you enjoy a swim at Nelson Lakes

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

• Check out an amusing and highly entertaining farm show in Rotorua • Splash your way down the Shotover River with whitewater rafting in Queenstown • Get competitive (and messy!) with a paintballing session in Franz Josef Glacier • Breathe in the fresh air with glacier country kayaks on Lake Mapourika

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Kitchen Sink Auckland

isic / adults

£953 / FR£980 TIKI

FR

Christchurch

SAVE 35% See Page 132

Minimum travel time: 24 Days Tour Code: AKLKIT

Auckland

isic / adults

£720 / FR£747

FR Christchurch

SAVE 5% See Page 132

Minimum travel time: 18 Days Tour Code: AKLTKI

Early Bird FR £638 (see page 132)

NEW ZEALAND • • • •

Highlights

Admire epic views of the lakeside resort of Wanaka from Mt. Iron Enjoy a Ruakuri bush walk in Waitomo, famous for its namesake caves Visit River Valley, situated amongst towering cliffs and bush-clad hills Check out the beautiful scenery of tranquil Lake Tekapo

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

• Try a skydive over scenic Nelson, the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park • Go luging in Rotorua, the North Island’s premier outdoors adventure destination • Swim with dolphins amidst the 144 islands in the aptly-named Bay of Islands • Saddle up for a mountain bike ride in the beautiful Redwoods Forest

ZEPHYR Auckland

Christchurch

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• Try out skydiving in Taupo with amazing views of the lake • Visit the Volcanic Centre and the spectacular Tongariro Crossing • Tie a rope to your ankles and jump off a bridge in Queenstown! • Get yourself confused in the Puzzling World attraction in Wanaka

Auckland

Christchurch

isic / adults

£657 / FR£684

FR

SAVE 5% See Page 132

Minimum travel time: 15 Days Tour Code: AKLSHE

Highlights

• Visit Rotorua’s incredible geothermal park to see geysers and mud pools • Trek in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand’s finest one-day hiking trail • Take a boat cruise in the Bay of Islands to see the remarkable ‘Hole in the Rock’ • Enjoy the beautiful serenity of kayaking in Franz Josef

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OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

isic / adults

Explore Auckland and enjoy the great food, wine and nightlife Enjoy Frisbee golf in the outdoors adventure playground of Queenstown Stroll the harbourfront in Wellington, NZ’s capital of culture and cool Unwind and relax your bones in Taupo’s natural hot springs

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights

Explore swing bridges in the Karangahake Scenic Reserve Go crazy in the adrenalin-pumping adventure capital, Queenstown Catch the perfect mirror reflection of Mt. Cook on Lake Matheson Take an unforgettable cruise into the breathtaking Milford Sound

£706 / FR£733 SHeepDOG

FR

Minimum travel time: 17 Days Tour Code: AKLZEP

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

Highlights

Heaps of scenic photo stops along the route, keep your cameras charged! Complete the awesome Cathedral Cove walk in the Coromandel Peninsula Take a hike up Wellington’s Mt. Victoria for spectacular views over NZ’s capital Enjoy a refreshing swim at Kaiteriteri beach

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

• Get your heart pumping with blackwater underground rafting in Waitomo Caves • Launch yourself off a hill in an inflatable ball, or ‘Zorbing’, in Rotorua • Take a high-speed jet boat ride to the base of Huka Falls in Taupo • Get involved in a Maori culture evening, complete with ‘hangi’ feast

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GEYSERLAND & LAKE Auckland

Auckland

NORTHERN £247 ROUND UP

£334

FR

SAVE 5% See Page 132

Minimum travel time: 6 Days Tour Code: AKLGLA

Auckland

Auckland

FR

SAVE 5% See Page 132

Minimum travel time: 10 Days Tour Code: AKLNOT

NEW ZEALAND

• • • •

Highlights

Dig your very own hot pool at Hot Water Beach in the Coromandel Peninsula Stroll through Redwoods Forest and admire New Zealand’s nature in Rotorua Hike up Mt. Tauhara in the North Island’s premier resort of Taupo Get amongst it as you take part in a native bush walk in Waitomo

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Auckland

Queenstown

• Whitewater rafting in the River Valley for a real taste of NZ’s outdoor lifestyle • Skydive over the stunning lakes and mountains scenery of Taupo • Hike through the dramatic volcanic scenery of Tongariro National Park • Check out the surreal filming location for Hobbiton

SOUTHERN £649 ROUND UP

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Christchurch

Christchurch

FR

SAVE 5% See Page 132

Minimum travel time: 10 Days Tour Code: PCNSOU

Highlights

Be refreshed lake jumping at Nelson Lakes Grab yourself a world-famous Fergburger in Queenstown - Mmmm! Admire lush West Coast native rainforest and mountain tops in Punakaiki See New Zealand’s largest geyser and a real Kiwi bird

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

£459

FR

Minimum travel time: 13 Days Tour Code: AKLBUZ

• • • •

Highlights

Explore New Zealand’s history with a visit to the Karangahake Scenic Reserve Check out the museums and cultural attractions in Wellington Sunbathe on stunning Hot Water Beach Explore the steamy, smelly geothermal town of Rotorua

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

• Kayak around beautiful Cathedral Cove in the Coromandel Peninsula • Head underground on the Black Abyss • Jump out of a plane with a daredevil skydive above Lake Taupo • Get involved in culture evening, ‘hangi’ feast and overnight marae stay

BUZZY BEE

• • • •

• Grab a surf board and challenge the waves at Westport • Visit the impressive limestone caves formed from 40 million year old dead fish • Get a good dose of adrenalin skydiving, bungy jumping or jet boating in Taupo • Go horse trekking and enjoy the amazing scenery in Westport

• • • •

Highlights

Go seal spotting amidst the dramatic scenery of the West Coast Dive into nature with a stop for swimming at Kaiteriteri Investigate the pancake rocks at Punakaiki Relax on Kaiteriteri’s golden sandy beaches

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

• Whitewater rafting on the Rangitata River between Queenstown and Christchurch • Look out for whales, dolphins and seals in the marine town of Kaikoura • Get your pulse racing with canyon swinging in the outdoors capital of Queenstown • Splash out on helicopter hiking at the epic Franz Josef Glacier

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CAR HIRE

self-drive Holidays

Dri ving Licence A full valid driver’s licence with photograph valid from your home country, otherwise an international licence is required

Age Restrictions Generally the minimum age is 21 years old, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Please check Terms and Conditions with your Travel Expert when making an enquiry or booking.

Our self-drives include a co-pilot kit with a full itinerary, map and helpful hints about all the cool, off-the-beaten track places you’ll encounter on your trip. If you want to alter either of these routes, ask your STA Travel Expert to tailor-make an itinerary for you. These two itineraries can also be combined to make one mega trip. Please note, prices include all your accommodation but exclude car hire as these costs are subject to change. Ask your STA Travel Expert for up-to-date prices.

SELF-DRIVE IDEAS

Please see opposite page for our favourite self-drive routes in NZ, or check out these other suggestions: • Auckland & The Bay of Islands • Coromandel & Rotorua/Taupo • Auckland to Wellington via the Bay of Plenty, Napier & Martinborough • South Island West Coast & Glaciers • Christchurch to Dunedin/Catlins Coast Our self-drive tours include accommodation, a co-pilot kit with a detailed itinerary, map and handy hints about off-the-beaten track little gems that you wouldn’t otherwise know about.

NORTH ISLAND SELF-DRIVE Auckland

Highlights

Accommodation: Motel/small hotel/B&B (12 nts) Includes: Self-drive kit; backpack, selection of maps, 24-hour assistance Note: Car hire & meals are not included. Total distance: 1,037km Tour Code: AKLNIS

BETWEEN Compact FR £19* per day

Intermediate FR £21* per day

Full Size FR £40* per day * Minimum rental periods and other conditions apply. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations, seasonal surcharges and may change depending on city of pick up or drop off and season. These are a ‘from’ guide only. Please see your STA Travel Expert for more details.

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(GUIDE ONLY)

APPROX. DISTANCE

APPROX. TRAVEL TIME

Auckland Paihia

Paihia Cape Reinga

227 kms / 141 miles 212 kms / 132 miles

2 hrs 55 mins 2 hrs 35 mins

Auckland

Rotorua

233 kms / 145 miles

3 hrs

Rotorua

Taupo

81 kms / 50 miles

1 hr 10 mins

Taupo

Napier

141 kms / 88 miles

1 hr 45 mins

Taupo

Wellington

371 kms / 230 miles

4 hrs 45 mins

Auckland

Wellington

636 kms / 395 miles

8 hrs 10 mins

Picton

Nelson

107 kms / 66 miles

1 hr 35 mins

Picton

Kaikoura

156 kms / 97 miles

1 hr 55 mins

Kaikoura

Christchurch

181 kms / 112 miles

2 hrs 25 mins

Christchurch

Greymouth

241 kms / 150 miles

3 hrs 10 mins

Greymouth

Franz Josef Glacier

170 kms / 106 miles

2 hrs 10 mins

Franz Josef Glacier

Queenstown

355 kms / 220 miles

4 hrs 15 mins

Queenstown

Milford Sound

286 kms / 178 miles

3 hrs 25mins

Queenstown

Invercargill

187 kms / 116 miles

2 hrs 20 mins

Queenstown

Dunedin

282 kms / 175 miles

3 hrs 35 mins

Dunedin

Christchurch

359 kms / 223 miles

4 hrs 50 mins

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13 DAYS

• Relax on one of the beautiful secluded beaches in the Bay of Islands • Discover the bubbling mud pools and geothermal pools of Rotorua • Sip international, award-winning Pinot Noir in a vineyard around Martinborough

Inclusions DRIVING DISTANCES IN new zealand

£655

FR

Wellington

CAR TYPES

Economy FR £18* per day

NEW ZEALAND

NEW ZEALAND

A self-drive holiday is a great way to see everything you want to see in New Zealand. You’ll have the freedom to explore the big cities, outside of which you’ll find there’s very little traffic on the gorgeously scenic roads! Our aim is to make your car hire experience as easy and stressfree as possible. We offer fully inclusive pre-paid car hire, and we advise you upfront of any locally payable extras. We only work with the most renowned global suppliers and the best local operators, ensuring you the highest level of service.

Depart Auckland for the Bay of Islands where you’ll spend two nights relaxing, surrounded by a myriad of secluded beaches. On Day 3, return to Auckland for a night in the city before you head back to nature and the dramatic and unspoilt coast of the Coromandel Peninsula for your next two nights. With native Pohutukawa trees on the western side and white sandy beaches on the east, treat yourself to a refreshing swim. Day 6, it’s off to Rotorua for a couple of nights where you’ll see bubbling mud pools and warm, colourful geothermal pools before heading to the untouched area of Lake Taupo. Arrive in Napier on Day 9 for a couple of nights and take in its Art Deco feel and Spanish Mission architecture before your next stop, Martinborough, famed for its Pinot Noir. Finish up by exploring the many attractions of the nation’s capital, Wellington.

South island self-drive Christchurch

£696

FR

12 DAYS

Christchurch

Highlights

• Swim with dolphins in the eco tourism destination of Kaikoura • Admire the impressive scenery of Franz Josef/Fox Glacier and relax on the West Coast • Get your adrenalin pumping with an adventure activity in Queenstown

Inclusions

Accommodation: Motel/small hotel/B&B (11 nts) Includes: Self-drive kit; backpack, selection of maps, 24-hour assistance Note: Car hire & meals are not included. Total distance: 2,140km Tour Code: CHCSIS

Leave Christchurch for Kaikoura. With many activities on offer, perhaps snorkel, swim with dolphins or go white water rafting whilst you’re here. You’ll then be off to Blenheim, known for its wine! Next, travel to the golden beaches and National Parks of Nelson for two nights before heading to Punakaiki Rocks. Arrive in Franz Josef/ Fox Glacier on Day 6, where glaciers, tranquil lakes and lush rainforest await, then get daring and try a once-in-a-lifetime adventure activity amongst the incredible scenery of Queenstown. Head to Te Anau on Day 9, a gateway to the wilderness of Fiordland National Park, and stop at Nugget Point in the Caitlins area to see seals and penguins, before arriving in Dunedin on Day 10. Travel to Mt Cook to find mountain ranges stretching across the horizon and finishing up back in the vibrant city of Christchurch.

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CAmpervan hire in new zealand

BRITZ CAMPERVANS All you need to worry about is preparing for an unforgettable free-wheeling adventure, whilst Britz sort the rest! Britz offer a huge range of campervans with everything you could possibly need for your trip; crockery, linen, inclusive insurance, unlimited kilometres, 24/7 onroad assistance and awesome discounts along the way. For travel with peace of mind we recommend the Bonus Pack. Britz’s philosophy is easy - everything you need for your travelling home on wheels. Let the good times roll!

freedom & flexibility With a campervan, you’re in charge and

save money Compared to car hire, a campervan can

you set the rules. You can plan your route down to the last detail or you can go as you please; there is no set itinerary. Wake up when you feel like it, and decide what to do when you’ve had a look outside at the weather. No packing and unpacking either, it’s like driving your own hotel!

seem like a more expensive option but consider that it’s your accommodation as well as your transport and you’ll soon be saving the dollars. Shop at supermarkets for the best value produce and cook your own meals. Think of the fridge as your own personal minibar, with a bottomless supply of cold drinks and beers - who needs to go to a bar when you’ve got the beach?

NZ’s well-equipped campsites and holiday parks can be found everywhere from cities to national parks and right on the beach, and you’ll be given a campsite directory when you pick up your vehicle to make planning easy. In many places, you can even just pull off the highway in a scenic spot to spend the night for free. Check out our great value 5, 10 or 15-night DOC Passes, which give you access to over 200 Department of Conservation campsites.

the perfect day 08:00 Wake up, smell the fresh air and 09:00 10:00 10:30 13:00 18:00 19:30 21:00

get ready for another adventure. Fried or scrambled? Get your eggs cooking how you like them on the cooker in your campervan. Grab a shower at the campsite (or use your onboard shower if you have one). Unplug the water, gas and power (very important this bit!) and it’s time to get back on the road. Fix yourself a picnic and find somewhere gorgeous to enjoy it. Rock up to your pre-booked campsite or, in low season, just turn up and take your chances. Make yourself a delicious dinner or cook outside on the barbecue! Grab some beers and make plans.

three of our favourite campervan itineraries.. Auckland

Auckland

Coromandel

Nelson

Hobbiton Whangamata

Taupo

Rotorua

Franz Josef

Napier

Mount Maunganui Picton

Raglan

Blenheim

Rotorua

Wellington

Milford Sound

Christchurch

Wanaka Oamaru

Queenstown

Kaikoura

Waitomo

Blenheim Kaikoura

Greymouth

Dunedin

Christchurch

Taupo

geysers & surf

north to south

mountains & fiords

Auckland

Auckland

Christchurch

Auckland (960kms/600 miles)

Head out of the big city and hang out for a few days in the laid-back surf heaven of Raglan. Travel inland via the spectacular Waitomo Caves and Lake Taupo to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Camp right by the beach in Mt. Maunganui before driving the full loop round the Coromandel and returning back to Auckland.

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Christchurch (1100 kms/685 miles)

Start with a visit to the Hobbiton film set and a few action-packed days in Rotorua and Taupo. Drop down to the Hawke’s Bay wine region and explore art-deco Napier. Camp right on the harbour in Wellington and catch the Interislander across to Picton on the South Island. Go whale watching in Kaikoura and finish up in Christchurch.

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Christchurch (2510 kms/1560 miles)

This full loop of the South Island starts with wine tasting in Blenheim and kayaking in Abel Tasman. Drive the stunning west coast road down to the alpine playground of Queenstown, jumping-off point for spectacular Milford Sound. Look for penguin and albatross on Dunedin’s Otago Peninsula and head back to Christchurch.

WHY BRITZ • Straight-talking prices • Vehicles for 21 yrs + • Help’s always on hand with a 24/7 call centre and on-road assistance • Widest range of vehicles • Explore even more of New Zealand with Britz Bikes available as an extra hire item with camper hire • Discounts on multiple hires in Australia and New Zealand • Heaps of handy discounts on activities and attractions • For travel with peace of mind, be sure to check out the Bonus Pack

SAVE SOME MONEY!

• Save 5% on long hires over 21 days + • Save 5% on early bird bookings (120 days or more before departure)

PiAuckland, ck-up / Christchurch Drop off from and Queenstown STANDARD Inclusions • Unlimited kilometres • Kitchen & living gear • Rates include GST (Goods & Services Tax) & all admin fees • Extra driver fees • Linen & bedding • 24hr on-road assistance (toll-free number) • Vehicle liability of NZ $7,500 • Tourism radio • Supermarket discount card • Free travel wallet – with driving tips & safety information • New Zealand leading attractions map • Airport transfer • Britz Travel App - your personal guide wherever you are! • Driver goes free at Waitomo Caves

NEW ZEALAND

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand is an absolute joy to drive around in a motorhome, giving you the freedom of the open road. It often seems like there are more campervans than cars here, so popular have they become as a way of seeing this beautiful country. With just three million inhabitants on the North Island and around one million on the South, there’s little traffic to speak of, and you can frequently drive for an hour or more without passing another vehicle - leaving you to enjoy this superlative natural scenery all to yourself.

HITOP • • • • • • • • •

Sleeps 3 (1 double, 1 single) Minimum hire age 21 yrs old Cold water only Fridge/freezer & sink 2 burner gas stove Kettle, toaster, microwave & gas bottle Radio & CD player Air-con & heating (drivers cab) Automatic & power-steering

VENTURER • • • • • • • • • •

£27

FR

Sleeps 2 (1 king or 2 singles) Minimum hire age 21 yrs old Shower & toilet Slide out barbecue Fridge/freezer & sink Microwave & 3 burner gas stove Hot & cold water Radio, LCD TV & CD/DVD player Air-con & heating (drivers & main cab) Automatic & power-steering

FRONTIER • • • • • • • •

£19

FR

£34

FR

Sleeps 6 (3 double beds) Minimum hire age 21 yrs old Fridge/freezer & sink Microwave & 4 burner gas stove Hot & cold water Radio, LCD TV & CD/DVD player Air-con & heating (drivers & main cab) Automatic & power-steering

BONUS PACK • Accidental liability reduced from NZ $7,500 to zero • Extra cover for tyres/windscreens • No one-way fees (if applicable) • Picnic table & chairs • Snow chains • Pre-purchase gas for cooking & heating • Portable heater • Road User Charge Recovery Fee (if applicable)

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MIGHTY CAMPERVANS

TRAVELLERS AUTOBARN

WHY MIGHTY • Perfect for the budget-savvy traveller • • • • • •

Heaps of handy discounts on activities and attractions Vehicles for 18 yrs + Help is always on hand with a 24/7 call centre and on-road assistance Huge choice of campers (we’ve just listed a few of our favourites here) Straight-talking, no nonsense prices and inclusions Discounts on multiple hires in Australia and New Zealand

SAVE SOME MONEY! • Save 5% on long hires over 21 days + PiAuckland, ck -up /Queenstown Drop off and fromChristchurch STANDARD Inclusions • Unlimited kilometres • • • • • • •

Kitchen & living gear Rates include GST (Goods and Services Tax) & all admin fees Linen & bedding 24hr on-road assistance (toll-free number) Mighty Light vehicle liability of NZ$3500 for the Lowball, Highball, Jackpot & Deuce (NZ $5000 on the Double Up, and on the Deuce from 01 April 2014) Mighty Travel App - your personal travel guide wherever you are! Driver goes free to Waitomo Caves

THE ALMIGHTY - also includes • Mighty Confident • • • • •

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(accident liability reduced to zero) Extra cover for tyres/windscreens Table & 1 camping chair per person Extra Driver Fees Road User Charge Recovery Fee Pre-purchase gas for cooking & heating

Travellers Autobarn knows New Zealand and it knows campervans, so you can sit back and chill, knowing you’re in trusted hands and these guys will sort out all the nitty-gritty for you! It’s a fact that a NZ road trip is an absolute must-do when heading to this beautiful country and what better way to do it than in your very own (very affordable) superfunky travelling home? You can pick a car or a camper, pick up from Auckland and drop off in Christchurch, pick up from Christchurch and drop off in Auckland, go for a week or go for a year and go with one mate or two! All you need to do is pack a sense of adventure, get out here and get on the road!

lowball

£15

FR

• Sleeps 2 (1 double bed) • Minimum hire age 18 yrs old • Chilly bin (esky) & sink • Portable 2 burner gas stove • AM/FM radio & CD player • 5-speed manual & power-steering • Cold water only • Air con & heating (driver’s cab)

• Heaps of handy discounts on activities and attractions in NZ • Vehicles for 18 yrs + • Help’s always on hand with a 24/7 call centre and on-road assistance

Sta travel exclusives! • No one-way fees in NZ £18

jackpot

FR

• Sleeps 3 (1 double bed, 1 overhead single) • Minimum hire age 18 yrs old • Fridge/freezer & sink • Portable gas stove • AM/FM radio & CD player • 5-speed manual & power-steering • Cold water only • Air con & heating (driver’s cab)

DOUBLE UP

£28

FR

• Sleeps 4 (2 double beds) • Minimum hire age 21 yrs old • Fridge/freezer & sink • Toilet & shower • Microwave & 4 burner gas stove • AM/FM radio & CD player • Automatic or manual • Hot & cold water • Air con & heating

camperFLEX

Mighty camperFlex

This 30, 40 or 50 day pass can be used wherever, whenever and as often as you desire in NZ and East Coast Australia. This is perfect if you are short on cash as Mighty camperFLEX can be as cheap as a hire car and you get a bed and a fridge and a stove… perfect for hitting the road! • Activate within 12 months of purchase • Use for up to 12 months after activation

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why travellers autobarn • Perfect for the budget-savvy traveller

• Free beach chairs & tables

PiAuckland ck-up /andDropChristchurch off from STANDARD Inclusions • Unlimited kilometres • Standard protection insurance with an excess of NZ $2,500 • 24-hr on-road assistance • Free extra drivers (up to three) • Kitchen & living gear, linen, bedding, beach chairs & tables • Camping guides and maps * For travel with peace of mind be sure to check out Protection Plus

PROTECTI ON PLUS • Accidental liability reduced from NZ $2,500 to zero • Extra cover for tyres & windscreens • Free Diesel Road Tax (Happy Camper Deluxe only)

Exclusive to STA Travel • Vehicle: Mighty Highball (or better) • Locations: Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Christchurch • Book dates - a minimum of 2 weeks before desired pick up date • Min hire 4 days / max hire 20 days • No pick-ups/drop-offs permitted any time between 20 December and 10 January

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If you want a no-fuss NZ campervan adventure that’s done your way and nobody else’s, then look no further! Mighty Campervans promises to look after your purse strings whilst providing safe, reliable campervans, with the added peace of mind that if something goes wrong along the way, Mighty will get on the case! Mighty also has a fleet suitable for all travellers on a budget, no matter what your age, with two to four berths available. All you need to do is grab some mates, maybe a surfboard and prepare for an awesome road trip!

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Sleeps 2 (1 Queen Size bed) Minimum hire age 18 yrs old Esky & single burner gas cooker Kitchenette with sink & water supply Power supply (via powered campsite) Air-conditioning Sink with running water MP3 Compatible stereo 4-10 years old Power-steering

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£33

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Sleeps 3 (1 double bed, 1 single bed) Minimum hire age 18 yrs old Kitchenette with sink & water supply Power supply (via powered campsite) 2 burner gas cooker, toaster, microwave Self-contained portable toilet Air-con cabin CD/MP3 player 6-9 years old Manual & power-steering

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Sleeps 3 (1 double bed, 1 single bed) Minimum hire age 18 yrs old Fridge & sink with running water Power supply (via powered campsite) 2 burner gas cooker Self contained portable toilet Toaster & kettle CD/MP3 player 8-10 years old Power-steering

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£22

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Sleeps 2 (1 Queen Size bed) Minimum hire age 18 yrs old Fridge Shower & toilet 3 burner gas cooker Power supply (via powered campsite) Sink with running hot & cold water Radio & CD player 6-10 years old Power-steering

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Base Jumping Accommodation Pass

£130

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10 NIGHTS

Nomads Mad night pass

£98

FR

7 NIGHTS

• Try out Base Hostels’ legendary bars for fantastic night life • Stay in perfectly central locations throughout New Zealand • Meet like minded travellers in the comfortable hostels

• Nomads central locations are perfect for exploring • Enjoy staying in some of the best hostels in the country • Hop the hotspots at your own pace to see the country your way

This pass is easy and flexible, meaning you aren’t locked into dates and you can choose how fast you travel - it’s the perfect addition to your transport pass or car/ campervan hire. Stay at any Base hostels or affiliate which offers clean, good quality, fun, centrally located accommodation with modern facilities and great staff. Plus, their bars are legendary, so once you’ve checked in, it’s easy to make a load of new friends! In terms locations, you’re covered all the way from the Bay of Islands to Dunedin.

The perfect way to explore NZ without the confines of planning your journey and booking hostels ahead of time! Choose the number of nights you want to stay with Nomads and move on at your leisure. Nomads hostels are well located in the centre of all the action in most New Zealand cities. Meet like-minded people as you hop from place to place. These comfortable and clean hostels will make your stay in New Zealand relaxed but exciting! Travelling in Australia, Fiji and Thailand as well? Check out page 37.

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DOC Accommodation Pass

£22

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5, 10, 15 NIGHTS

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Kiwi Holiday parks & Camping GROUND pass

£157

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7,10 or 15 NIGHTS

• Get in touch with nature and tuck yourself away in NZ’s scenery • Stay in the comfort of your motorhome surrounded by amazing views • With only basic facilities on site, experience the environment at its best

• Explore New Zealand at your own pace without planning in advance • Surrounded by nature, stay in some of the best camping grounds in NZ • Try an activity or two with the mates you’ve made along the way

Vary your motorhome holiday around New Zealand by staying at some of the best DOC (Department of Conservation) campsites throughout the country. Buy five, ten or 15 nights, and choose from over 200 campsites, all in beautiful locations. Whether you fancy being tucked away in the bush, beside a babbling stream, in the shadow of alpine peaks or near sandy beaches, you’ll get the chance to relax in NZ’s idyllic landscapes, all in the comfort of your home on wheels. Perfect!

This is the perfect accommodation pass for those who want to travel at their own pace and leisure. Pick seven, ten or 15 nights and choose from more than 50 independently-owned holiday parks and campgrounds in New Zealand. Located near forests, National Parks and coastal areas, you’ll get the real Kiwi experience as you spend each night surrounded by natural beauty. If you’re looking to keep busy along the way, each site has nearby activities so you’ll never be short of something to do.

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KIWIRAIL scenic 7 Day North & South Island Pass 14 Day North & South Island Pass 21 Day North & South Island Pass

inter-islander ferry Fr £342 Fr £398 Fr £455

Choose from the 7,14 or 21 Day North & South Island Passes which can be used on the epic Northern Explorer rail route (Auckland to Wellington), the Coastal Pacific (Picton to Christchurch) and the scenic TranzAlpine (Christchurch to Greymouth) services and are valid for unlimited InterIslander ferry crossings too! Please also ask us about the new ‘Flexi Pass’ options which give you the freedom to roam anywhere in New Zealand for between 3 and 9 days within a 6 month period.

1. CRUISE THE IDYLLIC BAY OF ISLANDS 2. RUB NOSES WITH A FRIENDLY MAORI 3. CONQUER THE TONGARIRO CROSSING 4. SIP A SAUVIGNON IN MARLBOROUGH 5. go KAYAKing IN MILFORD SOUND

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Rotorua Taupo Napier

Abel Tasman

£26

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Coromandel

New Plymouth

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The Inter-islander Ferry sails across the Cook Strait separating NZ’s North and South Islands up to five times daily between the cities of Wellington and Picton. The three-hour, 92km journey is considered one of the most scenic ferry crossings in the world, taking you through the picturesque waterways of the dramatic Marlborough Sounds. Offering a convenient and comfortable way to travel between the two islands, there’s also a comprehensive range of onboard facilities to enjoy if you tire of the scenery.

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Westport

• Scenic, quick and comfortable travel between the North and South islands • Wide range of on-board facilities - restaurants, bars, cinema and shops • Stunning Marlborough Sounds scenery

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Paihia Bay of Islands

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Abel Tasman

Wellington

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Kaikoura

Franz Josef

Christchurch

Queenstown Doubtful Sound

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Otago Rail Trail

Highlights

Snorkel and kayak the Bay of Islands Get face to face with Maori locals Conquer NZ’s epic Tongariro Crossing Get an adrenalin rush in Queenstown See the fiords of the Doubtful Sound Hike the beautiful Franz Josef Glacier Ride the waves at surf hotspot Raglan Check out Cape Foulwind seal colony

Departures 2014

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Jul

04 11 18 25

02 09 16 23 30

Dec

May 07 14 21 28

Nov

Apr 02 09 16 23 30

Oct

Mar 05 12 19 26

Sep

Feb 05 12 19 26

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Auckland

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06 13 20 27

03 10 17 24

01 08 15 22 29

05 12 19 26

03 10 17 24 31

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels (10 nts), basic hotels (4 nts), houseboat (1 nt), basic lodges (7 nts), boat hostel (1 nt in summer, cabin in winter) Transport: Bus, kayak, boat, ferry Meals: 23 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 11 dinners Budget: Allow NZD$350-400 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAONNZ

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Upgrade your trip New Zealand In Style (11 days, Auckland-Queenstown) (GAONIS) Fr £2,329 Shorten your trip The Best of New Zealand (21 days, Auckland-Auckland) (GAONNS) Fr £1,899

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Immerse yourself fully in New Zealand’s out-of-this world scenery. Hike its awe-inspiring mountains, volcanoes and glaciers, walk through rugged national parks, kayak in remote fiords, ride through forests on a mountain bike, swim in geothermal hot pools, camp on golden beaches and tour famous vineyards. Adrenalin junkies can get their next fix with optional bungy jumping over emerald lakes, skydiving over pristine islands and surfing Raglan’s crashing waves. This incredible trip will show you all of NZ’s hotspots, unique wildlife and get you face-to-face with Maori culture. This is New Zealand, embrace it.

01

Arrive in the ‘City of Sails’ whenever you fancy today, just make sure you’re in the city for 6pm when you’ll meet your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and group. Get out there and explore Auckland’s glamorous waterfront, visit the Maritime Museum or head across the harbour to the nearby beauty of Waiheke Island. The choice is yours!

Paihia (Bay of Islands)

02-03

Kick off by heading to a local reserve brimming with giant kauri trees, a native species of New Zealand. Next up, dive in and snorkel amongst vibrant sea life at the Goat Island Marine Reserve before you’re back on the road heading for Paihia in the Bay of Islands. The Bay of Islands is an exquisite collection of 144 beautiful islands that are sure to dazzle. Jump on a houseboat which will be your home for the next two days. There are plenty of optional activities; fishing, kayaking, target shooting, shellfish gathering, dolphin spotting or walking on a remote island before you anchor up at a secluded bay for the night. On Day 3, stroll around Paihia at your own pace or opt to visit the Treaty House, a historic location where Europeans and Maori signed the Treaty of Waitangi in an attempt to settle the issue of land ownership in the area. Overnight in a local lodge in Paihia and then chill on the beach with mates and a barbecue. (2B, L, 2D)

Auckland

04

Enjoy the peace and serenity of Paihia for as long as possible this morning or get involved in an array of heart-pumping and death-defying activities like skydiving or maybe something more mellow like dolphin watching or fishing, which guarantee amazing and unforgettable views. Check out the historic village of Russell before heading back to the big city! (B)

Raglan

05-06

Travel the North Island’s backroads to a remote conservation farm, admiring the native birds and animals the farm’s ecosystem has attracted back to the area. Then kayak to a remote spot for a picnic lunch before heading to surfer hotspot and artsy town of Raglan. Spend the night kipping at an eco camp nestled snugly between native kiwi bush and ocean. The next morning wake up and surf like a pro with an included surf lesson in a secluded part of the bay. All you need to worry about is looking cool on the board! When you’re surfed out, you then have a number of choices; opt to go mountain biking, bone carving with a local Maori or enjoy a boat cruise. By now you’re likely to have worked up a hunger for some hearty fish and chips! Listen to a local story teller unravel and divulge Maori history whilst you enjoy a mouth-watering dinner. (2B, L, D)

Abel Tasman National Park

10-11

Punakaiki

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Wellington

Travel to New Zealand’s arty capital of Wellington this morning where you can check out the city and visit Te Papa, the national museum; a must-see with incredible displays of historical Maori artefacts. Later, see what Wellington’s nightlife has to offer with an optional group night out. (B)

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Take a morning drive through Buller Gorge to the West Coast of the South Island where you’ll see the Cape Foulwind seal colony and admire Punakaiki’s incredible ‘Pancake Rocks’ followed by a night at a beach camp. Show off your cooking skills as you create a group meal together! Opt to kayak into the Paparoa National Park or trek some nature trails. (B, D)

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Franz Josef Glacier

13-14

Continue along the coastal road towards the almighty Franz Josef Glacier, where you’ll spend the night at a wilderness lodge set in the rainforest. Wake up to a free day for optional activities on Day 14. You can choose to go on various hikes onto the impressive glacier, opt for horseback riding or quad biking. Then enjoy an afternoon of swimming in local hot pools. (2B, D)

Queenstown

15-17

Follow the wild West Coast road, snapping the picturesque Lake Matheson as you pass through rainforest and end up in the adrenalin junkie’s heaven of Queenstown; the world’s original commercial bungy jumping site. Go on, we dare you! On Days 16 and 17, maximise the electric atmosphere and endless adrenalin-fuelled opportunities of Queenstown; jet boat, bungy, mountain bike, sky dive or tour a vineyard. Do one, or cram in as many as possible! (3B)

Fiordland National Park / Doubtful Sound

Visit one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand; the amazing Fiordland National Park. This remarkable natural environment boasts spectacular ice-carved fiords, lakes and valleys, spectacular waterfalls and pristine mountains. Take a boat across Lake Manapouri and engage on a guided kayak excursion before spending the night in a lodge on the edge of Doubtful Sound. (B, L, D)

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Central Otago

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Spend the morning checking out the mining country of Otago and spending tonight in a historic miners’ hotel. On Day 20, drive to one of the best starting points of the historic Otago Rail Trail. Spend part of the day cycling this disused railway route through stunning scenery, making essential stops for local food and wine along the way. In the evening, you can opt to try your hand at luging or curling (or both) at the only year-round curling facility in the whole of Australasia! (2B, D)

Christchurch

Drive through the utterly breathtaking Central Otago, stopping at historic towns to stock up for picnic lunch, before you rock up at the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch. Enjoy a free afternoon of exploration in this vibrant and increasingly revitalised city. (B)

Kaikoura

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Rotorua / Tongariro National Park

For daredevils, opt to start the day with a caving trip or go tubing through a glow worm cave! Back on the road you’ll head to Rotorua, visiting a geothermal area to see boiling mud pools and geysers. Tonight, visit a Marae (traditional Maori meeting place) for a traditional ‘Hangi’ (feast) and to learn about the famous and legendary Haka! Stock up on essential supplies this morning as it’s an early start on Day 8 for trekking across the legendary Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand’s top-rated oneday trek! Experience spectacular views while traversing the volcanic range, we guarantee this will blow your socks off. (2B, 2D)

Ferry across the scenic Cook Strait and enjoy views of the Marlborough Sounds and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park, known best for its stunning white and golden sand beaches. What better way to experience Abel Tasman than by staying in the heart of it? Spend Day 11 walking along a coastline track to one of the world’s most scenic beaches. (2B, 2D)

Leave Christchurch behind you and head to where the mountains meet the ocean, Kaikoura. This beautiful spot is well-known as one of the top spots in the world to go whale watching. You’ll have a free afternoon which you can choose to spend swimming with dolphins, visiting a colony of southern fur seals or take a scenic flight over the peninsula. If you like birds, keep your eyes peeled for big ocean birds such as albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters. There are also plenty of options to go hiking in the Seaward Kaikoura Mountains, part of the Southern Alps range, which provide an awesome backdrop to the town’s picturesque landscape. (B)

Picton / Wellington

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Visit the seal colony before embarking on the ferry from Picton to Wellington today and get deja-vu from the beautiful vistas of the Cook Strait as you make your way back to the North Island. Spend another night in Wellington, where a night on the town might be on the cards as you celebrate your last night on tour. (B)

Lake Taupo / Auckland

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Journey through the lunar-like landscapes that lie at the heart of the North Island this morning, with the most dramatic scenery being around Tongariro National Park. Stop in the country town of Tamaranui for lunch before continuing your drive northwards back to your starting point. Your tour wraps up back in Auckland at around 7pm today. (B)

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Russell Parry Kauri Park

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Rotorua Huka Falls

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Picton

Wellington

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Arthur’s Pass

Kaikoura Hanmer Springs

Hokitika Franz Josef & Fox Glacier Christchurch Haast Pass Lake Tekapo Wanaka Lake Ohau Milford Sound Queenstown Dunedin

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Highlights

Relax in the beautiful Bay of Islands See 360° views from the Sky Tower Ride Queenstown’s Shotover Jet Tour the iconic Speight’s Brewery Check out Ohinemutu Maori village Admire the beauty of lakeside Wanaka Opt to heli-hike on Franz Josef Glacier Check out some live music in Dunedin

Departures 2014/15

On the map, NZ might look small, but this country seriously packs some punch! New Zealand is brimming with out-of-this world landscapes, buzzing cities, unique cultural experiences, quirky towns, divine food and wine as well as electrifying and exhilarating activities; you’d be pushed to find another country that would even come close! This legendary trip, designed exclusively for 18-35 year olds, will showcase and help you fully embrace all of NZ’s classic hotspots in an amazing 19 days, with plenty of free time as well as group activities. All you need to do is chill out and experience NZ’s best.

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Jul 28 Aug 05 Aug 29 Sep 22 Sep 30 Oct 16 Nov 01 Nov 17 Dec 03 Dec 11 Dec 19 Dec 31 Jan 04 Jan 12 Jan 16

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Departures from 01 Oct 2014 will spend a night in Christchurch and will no longer visit Hanmer Springs Additional dates are available, please ask for details.

Hanmer Springs

You’ll now enjoy one of the most incredible ferry rides known to man as you leave the North Island and head south for a complete change of scenery. You’ll cruise through the jaw-dropping Marlborough Sounds where mountains covered in lush forest rise straight out of the sea. Have the camera handy as you’ll get some remarkable photos. It’s then another staggering drive through Marlborough’s wine country, down the wild and rugged east coast to see a seal colony before passing through coastal town Kaikoura. From Kaikoura, head inland for the short drive up to Hanmer Springs. Tonight you’ll enjoy Hanmer’s legendary hot pools which are, as we’re sure you’ll agree, the perfect way to unwind. (B)

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DAY ITINERARY 01

Meet up with your Tour Manager and new travel mates and leave the harbour city of Auckland behind. Heading north to Paihia, it’s all about chilled-out vibes, amazing beaches and cool locals. Get acquainted with the ‘winterless north’ by exploring NZ’s native bush at Parry Kauri Park, then indulge in a kiwi favourite of fish ‘n’ chips for dinner. Is there any better way to start a trip? (D)

Bay of Islands

02

If relaxing and soaking up the natural beauty of the Bay of Islands sounds appealing, then today you can do just that. Chill out and feel the sand between your toes on Paihia’s beach, take a boat cruise through the islands of the bay, jump on the ferry over to the even more relaxed village of Russell, get involved in some of Paihia’s pumping watersports (swimming with dolphins, anyone?), or visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and learn about NZ’s history. Alternatively, you can opt for an exciting offroad tour along Ninety-Mile Beach to include some sandboard surfing down the dunes! (B)

Christchurch / Hokitika / Franz Josef National Park

Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Recommended for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (14 nts), lodges (4 nts) Transport: Modern air-con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 18 breakfasts, 6 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 51 Tour Code: CONGZAD

Go in Reverse & Save Money! The Big Tiki (19 days, Christchurch to Auckland) (CONGZCD) Fr £1,775 End in Queenstown The Big Tiki (17 days, Auckland to Queenstown) (CONDZAD) Fr £1,665

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03

Back to the urban attractions of Auckland where you’ll check out some of the city’s key spots, including the glitzy harbourfront, on a sightseeing tour before heading up the iconic Sky Tower for unforgettable 360-degree views of the city. Next up, party time! Make the most of the city’s buzzing nightlife with an included VIP pass at a local favourite nightspot. (B)

04

Today you’ll check out NZ’s iconic native bird (they’re bigger than you think!) at Otorohanga’s Kiwi House and Nature Park before reaching Waitomo, which is famous for its extensive subterranean cave system. Get into the optional adrenalin activities that are on offer above and below ground before enjoying a traditional NZ-style barbecue followed by chilling at tonight’s lodge accommodation. (B, D)

Rotorua

05 06 07

Head to Rotorua to uncover its awesome geothermal mud pools and geysers and explore the other city sights before visiting a local farm show, a highly entertaining spectacle where you may even be able to get involved in some sheep shearing! Tonight, indulge in a Maori hangi, a traditional meal cooked slowly underground using hot rocks, complete with dance performance. (B, D)

Rotorua

Today get an in-depth look at the Maori people’s fascinating and unique culture and history as you check out Ohinemutu Village with a local expert. After a cultural overload, chill to the max and take full advantage of Rotorua’s geothermal environment and perhaps splash out on a spa treatment? (B)

Rotorua / Taupo

Make the most of Rotorua and check out its awesome bubbling mud pools before moving on to Taupo’s thundering Huka Falls. As you arrive at the beautiful Lake Taupo, you can opt for a dinner cruise on the lake tonight where you can fish, eat and party well into the night. (B)

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Today you’ll head through Haast Pass and Thunder Creek Falls before dropping into the lakeside gem of Wanaka and the former goldrush village of Arrowtown before hitting Queenstown, the world’s adventure capital. On Day 14, take a ride on the pulse-racing Shotover Jet boat before fully submerging yourself into Queenstown’s super-fun vibes. By night, Queenstown is absolutely pumping, so start the night out right with an included VIP nightclub entry. (2B)

Ski Queenstown Upgrade Option

Want to ‘carve up’ some of the great ski mountains around Queenstown? You can if you’re travelling in July or August! Opt to hit the awesome slopes either by ski or board for a full three days! (2B, D)

Queenstown

Queenstown, a place where anything involving the words adrenalin or adventure is absolutely possible! From bungy jumps to canyon swings and speedboat rides through ‘Lord of the Rings’ territory, there’s no shortage of things to do. Make the most of these two days. (2B, D)

Dunedin

17

Today it’s a change of scene in the ‘student city’ of Dunedin, where you’ll sample the national treasure and famous beer on a guided tour of the awesome Speight’s Brewery. Dunedin, whose name comes from the Gaelic name for Edinburgh, was founded by Scottish settlers in the mid 19th Century and retains a strong Scottish feel to its architecture. Take a stroll through the streets or head to ‘The Octagon’ for some of the city’s best nightlife. (B)

Dunedin / Moeraki / Lake Ohau

18

Taupo / Wellington

After a morning stroll around Lake Taupo, sit back and enjoy the scenic lunar-style landscapes along the remote Desert Road and the beautiful Kapiti Coast en-route to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Find your feet as you enjoy an orientation walk of this cosmopolitan city’s best bits, including Mt. Victoria. Tonight is all about fun so get your groove on and enjoy an included VIP pass at a funky local nightspot! (B)

Prepare for more outstandingly beautiful views today as you journey south towards Christchurch and then up and over the Southern Alps, stopping at Arthur’s Pass to admire the views. Enjoy a stop at Hokitika where you’ll learn about NZ’s native greenstone and how it’s carved. Later, you’ll rock up at NZ’s iconic glacial spot, Franz Josef, where you can prepare for tonight’s themed party! On Day 12, the day is yours, so hitting the icy surroundings of the dramatic Franz Josef Glacier is an absolute must. However you choose to explore, even if it’s just a gentle hike to the base of the Glacier, you cannot fail to be impressed. If your budget will stretch to it, one of the very best tours you’ll ever do in New Zealand is to jump aboard a helicopter for more challenging hiking higher up the Glacier. As the helicopter drops you off, you’re left to strap on your crampons and grab your ice axe to find a route across crevasses and through ice caves where you can see the blue and white ice to its most beautiful and dramatic effect. (2B, D)

Wanaka / Queenstown

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Waitomo

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Day at leisure to do your own thing. Maybe hit the shops along Lambton Quay or Cuba Street Mall and shop til’ you drop at the chic markets and shopping districts. Wellington boasts some of the country’s best coffee and cafés so taking a break with a ‘flat white’ is an absolute must. (B)

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Wellington

This morning check out Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest street, then it’s onto Moeraki to see the massive beach boulders. Next up you’ll stop at Oamaru and Benmore Dam before reaching the ohso-impressive Lake Ohau with epic views of Mt. Cook and the Southern Alps. What more could you possibly ask for? (B, D)

Lake Pukaki / Christchurch

19

Depart this morning, and get back on the road heading through MacKenzie Country towards Christchurch. You’ll stop at Lake Pukaki, which boasts intensely blue glacial water like you won’t have seen anywhere else in the world; and at Lake Tekapo, where there’s a chance for an optional scenic glacier flight over Mt. Cook. Then you’ll be making tracks for the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch, where your NZ adventure comes to an end upon arrival. (B)

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Christchurch

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Highlights

Unleash your wild side in Queenstown Take a thrilling Shotover Jet boat ride See Auckland’s iconic harbour Taste a Maori hangi in Rotorua Pass the ‘Lord of the Rings’ country Cruise via the Marlborough Sounds Travel over dramatic Arthur’s Pass Take a beer tasting tour of Speight’s

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Wellington Arthur’s Pass Kaikoura Hokitika Hanmer Springs Franz Josef & Fox Glacier Christchurch Haast Pass Lake Tekapo Lake Ohau Milford Sound Queenstown Alexandra Dunedin

If the thought of new, exciting adventures is what gets you going then you need to check out this 16-day tour of New Zealand’s North and South Islands. Taking in all the big-hitting cities such as Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown, plus the geothermal scenery of the North Island and the mountains of the South Island, you will see this magical country at its finest. Even better, you’ll see it all with young travellers like yourself, ensuring a fun and friendly way to travel. Bungy jumping, skiing, skydiving, beer sampling, chocolate tasting, hiking, cruising and chilling could all be on the menu. Get stuck in and enjoy!

DAY ITINERARY

Christchurch / Hokitika / Franz Josef National Park

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Wanaka / Arrowtown / Queenstown

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If you want to experience real Maori traditions then there’s no better place than Rotorua, regarded as the main centre of Maori culture in the North Island. You’ll see spurting geysers, boiling mud pools and hot springs and find out that an ‘interesting’ sulphur smell awaits! After a tour of the main sights, you’ll head to a farm show where you’ll witness some sheep shearing and can even get involved if you’re keen! Whilst you’re in this hub of Maori culture, feast your eyes on a traditional dance performance. Send your tastebuds soaring with a traditional Hangi meal cooked on hot rocks in an underground pit and hear about the mythology of New Zealand’s fascinating indigenous people. This is pure Maori culture, close up! (B, D)

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Recommended for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), lodges (4 nts) Transport: Modern air-con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 15 breakfasts, 5 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 51 Tour Code: CONPZAD

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Delve deeper into Maori culture this morning and visit Ohinemutu village with a local guide - it’s the perfect way to get in the know. With some free time in Rotorua, take advantage of the city’s awesome thermal environment and splash out with a spa session or treatment, or race down a hillside strapped inside a giant inflatable ball! Wander around Rotorua’s famous bubbling mud pools on Day 4, before you check out the raging Huka Falls where 220,000 litres of water per second surges through a narrow channel and then cascades over the falls. You’ll then have the chance to take a jet boat ride here to get a completely different glimpse of it’s awesomeness. It’s then a short drive to Taupo, a low-key resort town with some of the best trout fishing in the country and incredible views of Tongariro National Park’s three volcanoes. Enjoy Taupo’s breezy pace and later opt for a dinner cruise on the lake where you can fish, eat and party well into the night. (2B)

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Hanmer Springs

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Want to ‘carve up’ some of the great ski mountains around Queenstown? You can if you’re travelling in July or August! Opt to hit the awesome slopes either by ski or board for a full three days. (2B, D) Seriously, where to start? You’re going to have to choose your activities wisely here as you try and cram as much as possible into two days. This is one of the most iconic places in the country with everything from skiing (if in season) to bungy jumping to hiking to sky diving to horse riding to whitewater rafting. You really are spoilt for choice. One thing all these outdoor activities have in common is their shared backdrop of stunning scenery. We’d also like to recommend taking the time to explore the truly breathtaking Milford Sound, one of New Zealand’s gems and a real slice of paradise. Voted as one of the world’s top destinations, it boasts epic scenery of gigantic mountains rising straight from the sea and gorgeous waterfalls pouring down walls of rock to the deep waters of this incredible fiord. Taking a cruise here is one of the best ways to see it in all its glory – chill out on the deck and see if you can spot seals, dolphins, whales and penguins. At nighttime, back in Queenstown, check out the resort’s cool bar and club scene, it’s a quality night out! (2B, D)

Dunedin

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You leave the adventure capital this morning and make your way to studentville; Dunedin. By the time you’ve reached Dunedin, you’ll be ready to sample all its delights. Despite its historic appearance, the town boasts a vibrant and young population and they know how to have fun. Before hitting the bars, check out Speight’s Brewery and try some delicious kiwi beer and get an idea for what local delights are out there. After that, hit the bars and party at the city’s best hotspots, including Dunedin’s buzzing central area known as the Octagon. (B)

Dunedin / Moeraki / Lake Ohau

Wellington

Daydream out the window as you check out the incredible and dramatic landscapes along the Desert Road, many of which were used as backdrops in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ book and films. Next up you’ll arrive in the capital city of Wellington where an orientation walk will showcase Mt. Victoria, the city’s funky shops, street festivals, galleries, cool cafés and trendy bars. Experience ‘Welly’s’ electric nightlife this evening with an included VIP pass at a local nightspot. With a full day in this amazing city on Day 6, you’re going to wonder how you can fit everything in. Take a walk along the beautiful harbour, uncover New Zealand’s heritage and culture at Te Papa (the National Museum), take a cable car ride, do the optional Wairarapa Wine Trail or Kapiti quad bikes or simply chill out on alternative Cuba Street. Here you can watch street performers, explore the retro shops, grab some amazing ethnic foods and some of the country’s best coffee. (2B)

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Queenstown

Rotorua / Lake Taupo

Inclusions

Wake up this morning with an exhilarating ride on the Shotover Jet before you enjoy Queenstown’s awesome, adrenalin-fuelled vibes, where endless action and adventure await. This place isn’t for the faint-hearted! Tonight grab your mates and dive right into the heart of Queenstown’s legendary nightlife, good job you’ve got a free VIP nightclub entry! (B)

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Departures from 01 Oct 2014 will spend a night in Christchurch and will no longer visit Hanmer Springs Additional dates are available, please ask for details.

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Keep your eyes peeled for an abundance of wildlife native to the remote West Coast as you head through the stunning Haast Pass and Thunder Creek Falls. It’s then on to the majestic Lake Wanaka for a stroll around the lake and a photostop. You’ll then check out tiny Arrowtown before hitting the world’s adventure capital, the one you’ve all been waiting for, Queenstown. Cue drum roll... (B)

Auckland / Waitomo

Starting in Auckland, the country’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, the stunning landscapes that grace New Zealand will immediately strike you as volcanoes, islands and a truly beautiful harbour are right at your doorstep. You’ll soon understand why this city is known as the ‘City of Sails’ and was home to the famous America’s Cup. Visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House and Nature Park to get up close to New Zealand’s iconic kiwi birds, and then it’s off to Waitomo’s spectacular limestone cave system. Explore this remarkable subterranean world and get into its adrenalin pumping cave activities before a traditional kiwi-style barbecue. (D)

You head west today following Arthur’s Pass, checking out more A-class views of the Southern Alps before you stop at the old gold rush town of Hokitika. Here you can see some traditional Maori art and watch authentic carvers work with greenstone before continuing your journey onto the almighty Franz Josef National Park, a true kiwi icon where lush bushland and glaciers almost reach the sea. On Day 9, it’s your chance to experience the famous ice by grabbing an ice pick and heading out for optional glacier walks, hikes or just chill in Franz Josef. Alternatively, you could take a helicopter ride for a view from the air for an even more exhilarating experience. (2B, D)

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In the morning check out Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world! Back on the road you’ll be heading on to Moeraki for a look at the massive spherical boulders you find on its shores. Check out historic Oamaru and Benmore Dam before reaching your final stop at Lake Ohau. This NZ beauty is sure to impress and its epic views of Mt. Cook and the Southern Alps are out-of-this-world! Tonight you’ll stay in a lodge by the lake, a beautiful and peaceful experience to savour. (B, D)

Lake Pukaki / Christchurch

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Wake up to the sight of the beautiful Mt. Cook from across the beautiful blue glacial Lake Ohau and then jump on a plane in Tekapo, for the perfect end to the trip, and take an optional glacier flight over the mountain. Then head through sheep industry hub, Mackenzie Country, before stopping at Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo and Geraldine and finally arriving back in Christchurch where it’s time to say goodbye to your new-found friends. (B)

Leave the North Island behind and head for a change of scenery in the South Island as you embark on one of the most stunning ferry rides known to man. You’ll cruise through the Marlborough Sounds for picture-perfect views. Back on land you’ll drive through the wine country taking in the wild, rugged east coast passing through Kaikoura where you’ll stop off at a seal colony before heading inland to Hanmer Springs. Take to the water by night at the Hanmer Springs hot pools. (B)

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Bay Of Islands

Hot Water Beach

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Rotorua Lake Taupo

Waitomo Caves

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Tongariro National Park

Okarito Lagoon

Milford Sound

Kaikoura

Christchurch

Fox Glacier

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Oamaru Dunedin

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Highlights

Explore NZ’s best National Parks Bike rides through scenic landscapes Swim with dolphins in the Pacific The world’s best one-day walk Learn about Maori culture and history Loads of optional adrenalin activities Hike the incredible Fox Glacier Free wine tasting and gondola rides

Departures 2014 Multiple guaranteed departure options in Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Jul, Aug, Oct, Nov, Dec

This four-week trip is the perfect way to experience the outdoor beauty and excitement of New Zealand. Enjoy the thrill of adrenalin-fuelled activities mixed with optional hikes and bike rides - the best way to get off the beaten track. Wake up to amazing sunrises, gorgeous beaches and towering mountains, then fill your days with as much adventure as you can handle. In the evenings, enjoy tasty and healthy meals whilst relaxing by the campfire, watching lakeside sunsets and listening to the sounds of the ocean. Hang out with the locals and like-minded travellers from around the globe.

DAY ITINERARY 01

Auckland / Hot Water Beach

Head from Auckland to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. There are some spectacular walks and the chance to kayak (optional) to hidden coves. Bring your swim gear for a beachside camp and the chance to dig your own thermal pool. (B, D)

13-14

3 route options • Start Auckland, head north first • Start Auckland, head south first • Start Christchurch

Inclusions

Accommodation: Wilderness camps (4 nts), campsites, cabin upgrades available (18 nts), lodges (2 nts), hostels at own cost (3 nts) Transport: Custom built bus, ferry, bikes available for hire Meals: 24 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 19 dinners Group size: Average 18 Group Leader: Two great guides Tour Code: AKLULT/AKLU26

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Last chance to indulge in Queenstown’s activities before heading through the dramatic mountains and rainforest to our lakeside camp with spectacular views of Mt Aspiring National Park. (B, D)

Mount Aspiring National Park / Fox Glacier

Experience a thrilling jet boat ride (optional) in Mount Aspiring National Park and take to the bike and cycle the dramatic Haarst pass with panoramic views of the Southern Alps. Enjoy a “secret” hike as you head to glacier country and Westland Tai Poutini National Park. (B, L, D)

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Fox Glacier / Okarito Lagoon

Get up close and personal with one of the most amazing natural phenomena; Fox Glacier. You can choose to hike, heli-hike or ice climb (optional) this natural wonder. You’ll then make your way along a route rated by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten drives in the world - resting your heads by the campfire near Okarito Lagoon with breathtaking views all around. (B, L, D)

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Okarito Lagoon / Paparoa National Park

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Head to Wellington for cool cafés, funky shops and bars and Te Papa museum (optional). Take a movie tour (optional) or simply savour the unique culture of NZ’s capital. Enjoy an evening ferry crossing through stunning Cook Strait to the picturesque Marlborough Sounds with a final stop in Picton. Accommodation is not included but your guide will be able to help! (B)

Enjoy a spectacular sunrise and a recommended dolphin swim (optional) before going to pick up those starting in Christchurch. Sleep tonight in Shearer’s quarters at the foot of the Southern Alps. (B, D)

Rangitata Gorge / Lake Pukaki

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The chance to soak up the atmosphere of this café and arts hub. For cyclists take time to explore the ‘Tasman’s Great Taste’ trail. Then, refreshment time as you head to the nation’s best vineyard region for some wine tasting. Take a scenic ferry ride through the Marlborough Sounds to Wellington. Accommodation is not included but there are some great options. (B)

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Wellington / Waikato Region

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There’s time this morning to explore the capital before cruising along the Kapiti Coast to the heart of the North Island. Beautiful river walks and cycle options are available.

Waikato / Waitomo Caves / Auckland

Head to the limestone wonderland of Waitomo Caves and experience unique black water rafting or a cave walk (optional). Enjoy a local farm walk or cycle ride. After a picnic, travel to Auckland for a taste of the big city life “kiwi style”. Accommodation is not included but your guide will help make arrangements with great options. (B, L)

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Wake up to white water rafting (optional) on the mighty Rangitata River. Numerous cycle and walk options today through the Mackenzie basin with views of Main Divide. Check out scenic Lake Tekapo before sleeping by the shimmering waters of Lake Pukaki - the perfect spot for a dip. (B, L, D)

Lake Pukaki / Aoraki National Park / Otago Peninsula

Explore the dramatic snow-capped ranges around Aoraki National Park by foot and bike before heading to your scenic coastal camp. Check out the penguins (optional) before a beach fire and games. Wake to the sound of the ocean before checking out the bizarre Moeraki Boulders and the world’s steepest street! Check out Cadburys factory or Speight’s Brewery (optional). Head to camp in the country’s wildlife capital - the Otago Peninsula, home to albatross and penguins. (2B, L, 2D) Spend time exploring Fiordland National Park. Take a cycle ride or bush trek before heading to Hollyford Valley - a true wilderness escape. Next day, travel along one of the world’s most scenic routes into Milford Sound for a boat cruise (optional). Hikers get the chance to try one of NZ’s great walks - the Routeburn Track. The lakeside camp is also home to secret glow worm walks. (2B, L, D)

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Head up the coast to arguably NZ’s most beautiful National Park. Stay on the doorstep of the park for two nights to ensure you get every chance to relax and experience the best of this magnificent area. In addition to some highly recommended hikes and bike rides, you get the chance to try canyoning, skydiving, hang gliding, flying an aerobatic plane, kayaking or sailing (all optional) around the park. Compare notes at a great group dinner. (B, D)

Abel Tasman / Nelson / Marlborough / Wellington

Kaikoura / Christchurch / Rangitata

Otago Peninsula / Milford Sound / Fiordland National Park

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Picton / Kaikoura

Head from Picton along the scenic Pacific coast to Kaikoura - where towering mountains plunge towards the ocean. Cycle the coastal route where close encounters with seals and sea birds are common. Go sea kayaking or whale watching. Enjoy locally-caught seafood for dinner. (D)

There’s an early morning chance to spot a kiwi in the wild before heading to the Bushman’s Museum. Check out the infamous greenstone jewellery of Hokitika before setting up camp for the next two nights by Paparoa National Park and famous Pancake Rocks! Ask your guide about the numerous hike and cycle options or take the opportunity to river kayak (optional) through the heart of the National Park before heading to the Abel Tasman. (2B, L, 2D)

Paparoa National Park / Abel Tasman National Park

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing / Kapiti Coast

Experience one of the greatest one day walks - the World Heritage listed Tongariro Alpine Crossing (optional). This hike is unmatched for the variety of landscape. Alternatively, relax or cycle in this beautiful area. Tonight, camp on the Kapiti Coast and enjoy a spectacular sunset. (B, L, D)

Today head to the adventure and adrenalin capital of the world - Queenstown! There are endless activity options to suit every taste from hikes and horse rides, to bungy and rafting. Spend two nights in a great lodge, perfect for exploring the region and enjoy a free gondola ride. (2B)

Queenstown / Mount Aspiring National Park

Coromandel Peninsula / Rotorua / Taupo

Head to the heart of the North Island for adventure, culture and the thermal wonderland that is Rotorua. Experience the thrills of OGO, Luge, Agroventures and the only native forest zipline canopy tour in NZ (optional). Go mountain biking or cycling before camping at the foot of dramatic Mount Tarawera. Next morning, visit Wai-O-Tapu geothermal wonderland, followed by cycle and hiking options by the impressive Huka Falls. Relax in the thermal pools at camp. (2B, 2D)

Fiordland National Park / Queenstown

Auckland / Bay of Islands

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Head north to the golden beaches and warm waters of the Bay of Islands. Stop at beautiful beaches to make use of the free sports gear/boogie boards. Explore excellent hikes through the mangroves and thundering waterfalls before star-gazing around the campfire. After a pancake breakfast hit the azure waters with sailing, dolphin swimming, fishing, diving and snorkelling options. (B, 2D)

Bay of Islands / Waiwera

A day full of adventures and stunning beaches. Head to the giant dunes of Opononi for beach fun and sandboarding (optional). See the giant kauri trees of the Waipoua forest before camping on the Hibiscus Coast. Make the most of the hot pools and water slides right next to camp. (B, D)

Waiwera / Auckland

After a tasty breakfast by the coast, head back to the ‘city of sails’ for the end of your tour and time to bid farewell to your new friends. (B)

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Christchurch

Highlights

Dig yourself a hot pool in the sand Visit the spectacular Cathedral Cove Attend a traditional Hangi in Rotorua Explore Wellington, the capital of cool Watch sunset on a black sand beach Get your heart racing in Queenstown Visit the breathtaking Fiordland N.P. Cycle the famous Otago Rail Trail

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts), boat (1 nt) Transport: Train, private van/bus, boat, bike, ferry Meals: 13 breakfasts, 5 dinners Budget: Allow NZD$300-350 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAONAC

My Own Room Available: Fr £1,119

Explore the jaw-droppingly gorgeous New Zealand on this 15-day trip that wraps up the must-do’s of both islands with a nice little bow. This trip is perfect for those short on time but still wanting to experience this fascinating country and its picture-perfect scenery. Starting in Auckland and finishing in Christchurch, you’ll dive head first into the great mix of active exploration, stunning landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures. Visit the boiling mud pools, hang with the Maori, stroll the black sand beaches of Kaikoura, and get your adrenalin fix in Queenstown. Consider this your New Zealand Starters Kit.

DAY ITINERARY Auckland / Hahei

01-02 Auckland

Hahei Rotorua

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Tamaki Marae (Rotorua)

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National Park

Z E A L A N D

Arrive into Auckland, the most multicultural city in New Zealand; and meet your CEO and the group. Next morning you’ll head to the legendary Kiwi beach town of Hahei and the stunning Coromandel Peninsula. Here you’ll find nothing else but pristine beaches, native forests and a laid-back vibe. If the tide is right, you can grab a shovel and dig yourself a natural hot pool in the sand on Hot Water Beach where you can then rest after all the digging! Later, take a stroll to the beautiful Cathedral Cove or choose to try sea kayaking. (B) Get a taste of New Zealand’s most dynamic thermal area, home to erupting geysers, steaming hot springs and exploding mud pools. You can choose to raft a waterfall before heading to a traditional Maori Marae (village) for an overnight stay to learn about indigenous art forms and practices. Feast on a traditional dinner and experience the unique Poi dance and famed Maori Haka. (B, D)

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Christchurch

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Queenstown Milford Sound

From forests and calm lakes to a desert-like plateau and active volcanoes - Tongariro has them all. If conditions allow, hike the famous Tongariro Crossing, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular and most popular one-day treks! As you cross active volcanic terrain, you’ll be treated to some unbelievable views of mountain springs, old lava flows, active craters, emerald lakes and gorgeous native forests. On Day 5, enjoy a free morning before hopping on the train for a scenic journey to the cool capital of New Zealand, Wellington. Soak in the atmosphere in this relaxed and vibrant city as you explore its magnificent harbour, spectacular craggy shores and its outstanding museums. (2B, D)

TOP 5 MUST-DO’s 1. sandboard on ninety-mile beach 2. go sailing on auckland’s harbour 3. abseil into the waitomo caves 4. smell the geysers of rotorua 5. bar-hop on wellington’s cuba st. Cape Reinga Bay of Islands

Kaikoura / Christchurch / Franz Josef

Otago Rail Trail

06-09

Hop on a ferry to the South Island and travel the coastal railway from Picton to the beautiful seaside town of Kaikoura, famous for its volcanic black sand beaches. Depending on your mood, you can choose to go whale watching, fishing or opt to swim with seals before you chow down on fish and chips for dinner. On Day 7, travel by train to the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch; a little piece of England in New Zealand. Explore the Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park before heading out to the impressive Franz Josef Glacier. Take in the views as you cross the Southern Alps via the stunningly scenic Arthur’s Pass. Enjoy a stay in the rainforest near the world’s fastest-moving glacier. (4B, D)

Coromandel Auckland

Queenstown

10-11

Get a good dose of adrenalin in this pumping adventure capital of the world - the choice is endless! Everyone knows Queenstown was the birthplace for bungee jumping and jet boating, but besides that you can opt for skydiving, whitewater rafting, hiking, mountain biking or ‘Lord of the Rings’ tours. If you wish to take it down a notch, choose to travel by gondola to a local peak instead. With adrenalin rushing through your veins, enjoy the legendary night life. (2B)

Hamilton Waitomo

Milford Sound / Central Otago

12-13 14-15

Admire the views of the famous Milford Sound as you cruise through the stunning Fiordland National Park. See the waterfalls and wildlife or venture out to explore by kayak before a night on board. On Day 13, head to the historic gold mining area of Central Otago. Take in the fascinating landscapes as you cycle part of the famous and scenic ‘rail trail’ along a disused former railway line. (2B, 2D)

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Christchurch

Head back to Christchurch for one final night with the group as your unforgettable adventure wraps up on Day 15. (B)

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Christchurch

Highlights

Visit the land of ‘Lord of the Rings’ Get a Maori culture fix in Ohinemutu Visit NZ’s largest geothermal area See the thundering Huka Falls Go retro in alternative Wellington Cruise through Marlborough Sounds Check out Rotorua’s boiling mud pools See Auckland Sky Tower’s 360° views

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Jan 13 Jan 17 Jan 21 Jan 25 Feb 02 Feb 14 Feb 18 Mar 06 Mar 22 Mar 30 Apr 15 May 01 Jun 02 Jul 04

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Dec 25 Dec 29 2015 Jan 02 Jan 06 Jan 10 Jan 14 Jan 22 Feb 03 Feb 07 Feb 23 Mar 11 Mar 19 Apr 04

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Departures from 01 Oct 2014 will be 10 days duration, travelling directly from Wellington to Christchurch (not via Hanmer Springs). Additional dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Recommended for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts), lodge (1 nt) Transport: Modern air-con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 51 Tour Code: CONNHAD

Paihia

Russell Parry Kauri Park

Auckland Waitomo Caves Taupo N EW

With beaches, culture, adventure and endless landscapes, get ready to explore New Zealand’s voluptuous, volcanic North Island. Absorb all its natural beauty and tradition as you embark on a journey from Auckland, through the Bay of Islands, Waitomo and Wellington, and over to Christchurch on the South Island. This amazing trip has got adrenalin-fuelled activities, historic landmarks and incredible natural geothermal wonders, getting you completely under the North Island’s skin, as well as giving you an introduction to the charms of the South Island.

DAY ITINERARY Auckland / Bay of Islands

01-02

Auckland / Waitomo

03-04

Rotorua Huka Falls

Picton Hanmer Springs

Wellington

05-06

Kaikoura

Christchurch

This morning head back to Auckland’s bright lights, where you’ll see the city sights before jetting up its iconic Sky Tower for amazing 360° views. Later on, a VIP pass for a local nightspot will set you and your mates up for an awesome night out, Auckland style! On Day 4, see New Zealand’s iconic native birds at Otorohanga’s Kiwi House and Nature Park before you reach Waitomo. Soak up Waitomo’s adrenalin cave activities before a barbecue dinner tonight. (2B, D)

Rotorua

Tongariro N.P

Z E A L A N D

Volcanoes, islands and a stunning harbour greet you as you arrive in Auckland – the ‘City of Sails’. Admire the imposing Sky Tower before heading out across the Harbour Bridge, absorbing the full-on natural beauty of your surroundings. It’s then off to Parry Kauri Park where you’ll be surrounded by the native ancient kauri trees, standing over 50m tall and 8m around. Back on the road you’ll head off to the lovely coastal town of Paihia, considered the gateway to the Bay of Islands which is one of New Zealand’s most iconic natural playgrounds for travellers. On Day 2, get involved in some of Paihia’s pumping watersports, or visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to learn about NZ’s history. Alternatively, opt for sandboard surfing down the dunes on Ninety-Mile Beach. (B, D)

It’s off to Rotorua this morning where you’ll check out its geothermal sights and an Agrodome farm show, where you can try your hand at sheep shearing! Learn about the amazing Maori culture tonight and indulge in a traditional hangi followed by a Maori dance performance; not something you’d see every day! On Day 6, get an in-depth look at Maori culture and history as you check out Ohinemutu village with a local and enjoy free time to see Rotorua’s bubbling mud pools and geysers and treat yourself to a spa or treatment. (2B, D)

Rotorua / Lake Taupo

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Enjoy your last few hours in Rotorua before heading to Taupo, via the raging awesomeness of the Huka Falls. Here there is a chance to take a ride on the famous Huka Falls Jet, a heart-pumping but incredible experience! After this, take a look at Lake Taupo – New Zealand’s largest lake - where you can try your hand at fishing, enjoy an optional dinner and party well into the night. Enjoy cruising on the lake to take in the beautiful natural surroundings. (B)

Wellington

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If you’re a fan of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, the next part of this trip is for you as you drive along the Desert Road, passing the dramatic volcanic landscapes made famous by the films. Drive past Mt. Ruapehu and the Kapiti Coast, and then it’s on to the capital, Wellington - a funky cultural and political centre with plenty going on. As you arrive into ‘Welly’, enjoy an orientation tour and check out the awesome views from Mt. Victoria or check out the incredible national museum, Te Papa, before enjoying a VIP night out on the town. On Day 9, hit the shops of Lambton Quay, Courtney Place or Cuba Street Mall. With its street performers and cool local characters you’re sure to be kept fully entertained! Round the day off with some people watching and a flat white coffee. (2B)

Hanmer Springs / Christchurch

10-11

It’s then time to board the Interislander ferry and cruise to the South Island through Cook Strait and the beautiful Marlborough Sounds to Picton. You’ll pass through New Zealand’s largest wineproducing region before hitting the Kaikoura coastline and hopefully seeing one of the many seal colonies in this area. It’s then back on the road to Hanmer Springs where you’ll unwind this evening in its hot pools. On your last day on tour you’ll head for the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch where your tour ends on arrival. (2B)

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Auckland

Highlights

• Kayak remote and secluded coves • Get face-to-face with Maori culture • Learn to surf NZ’s phenomenal waves • Try yourself on Tongariro Crossing • Soak up the breezy Kiwi lifestyle • Check out Rotorua’s geothermal pools • Camp in Kiwi bush land • Stroll along Lake Taupo’s beach

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Get under the North Island’s skin with this seven-day, in-depth adventure that jams in bucketloads of dazzling scenic spots, up-close Maori culture and electrifying, heart-pumping activities in a breezy fashion. Kick off this jaunt by exploring Auckland’s streets, sea kayak secluded bays and get your surf on in laid-back Raglan then delve deeper into the island’s heart by exploring Rotorua’s geothermal mud pools and geysers. Experience a ‘hangi’ with local Maoris then conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand’s most scenic oneday hike, before strolling along Wellington’s Oriental Parade. North Island, tick.

DAY ITINERARY Auckland

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Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 1839s Accommodation: Hostels (3 nts), basic lodge (3 nts) Transport: Private bus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners Budget: Allow NZD$60-100 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAONNI

Meet up with your knowledgeable Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and group at around 6pm this evening and enjoy the big city at your own pace. Auckland boasts a glamorous waterfront lined with trendy restaurants, bars and cafés, quirky markets, museums galore, beachfront Devonport and the stunning off-shore islands of Rangitoto and Waiheke, so there is plenty to explore!

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Leaving the big city behind you this morning, take a scenic drive to a special conservation farm which has created an incredible ecosystem designed to attract the native birds and animals back to the area. Later pick up the pace by sea kayaking to a remote part of the harbour where you’ll be rewarded with a delicious picnic lunch. Back on the road and the next stop is dreamy Raglan, popular with surfers, tourists and artsy types. Soak up Raglan’s breezy, laid-back way of life and relax at tonight’s eco-camp, which is effortlessly located between bush land and white sandy beach and overlooks the Tasman Sea. Kick off Day 3 by heading down to the beach for an included surf lesson and ride some famous Raglan waves, Kiwi style! The afternoon is open for optional activities such as bone carving with local Maori, mountain biking or a boat cruise, so take your pick! At night, enjoy an included barbecue dinner hosted by a local story teller who will explain the awesome history of the area and of the Maori people. (2B, L, 2D)

Waitomo / Rotorua

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What better way to start your day than with an optional caving trip or by tubing through a glow worm cave at Waitomo? Another scenic journey awaits you as you make your way to geothermal Rotorua to check out its bubbling mud pools and geysers. Get to know the locals this evening as you make a night visit to a Marae (a traditional Maori meeting place) for a traditional ‘Hangi’ (feast) and to learn about the legendary Haka. (B, D)

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Extend your trip to the Bay of Islands North Island Encompassed (10 days, Auckland-Auckland) (GAONNE) Fr £849

Goodbye geothermal Rotorua and hello to World Heritage-listed Tongariro Alpine Crossing; NZ’s top-rated one-day trek. Stock up on snacks and drinks before trekking across its volcanic heights to experience out-of-this world vistas. After your hard trek, rest up at a mountainside ski lodge for the evening where an on-site spa and sauna will ease those tired muscles. (B, D)

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Today you’re off to New Zealand’s beautiful capital city, Wellington. Be sure to check out Te Papa, the country’s fascinating National Museum which is brimming with historical artefacts including an authentic Maori Marae (traditional meeting house). Stop for a spot of people watching at one of ‘Windy Welly’s’ delightful cafés, serving some of New Zealand’s finest coffee. Later on, enjoy a guided walk of the city which showcases the sights of the coastal CBD as well as the epic views from Mt. Victoria, then finish the trip in true Kiwi style with a night out on the town! Wellington has an abundance of nightlife, bars, cafés and restaurants located around the entertainment district of Courtenay Place. (B)

Auckland

Savour the last of your North Island adventure as you travel from Wellington back to the bright city lights of Auckland stopping at the country town of Tamaranui for lunch. Your trip wraps up upon arrival to Auckalnd at around 7pm. (B)

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Nomads Auckland

£17 DORM £25 TWIN/DOUBLE

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APARTMENT

£14 DORM £27 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Rock Solid

£80 SINGLE £40 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Mercure Auckland

£71 SINGLE £36 TWIN/DOUBLE

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• Enjoy travel, drinks and meal discounts • Located in the heart of the city, amongst all the action • Need some extra cash? Check out the onsite recruitment agency

• Get steamy in the rooftop spa with great city views • Chill out at the Sky TV lounge • Explore the shops and bars of downtown Auckland

• Modern, luxury apartments • Central Auckland location near to all the city’s top sites • Friendly, multilingual staff on hand 24 hours a day

• 10/10 waterfront location • Work up a sweat in the fitness centre • Panoramic city views from the top floor Vue Restaurant & Bar

When you see how close the Sky Tower is from the door, you’ll appreciate just how central you are. Close to bars and restaurants, some rooms even have harbour views. Facilities include 24-hour reception, Internet access, TV lounge, gym, communal kitchens and the most happening hostel bar in town.

This hostel is located in the heart of downtown Auckland, amidst shops, bars and fantastic restaurants. Spoil yourself with a private en suite, party all night in the late-night bar and when you’re peckish, head to the superb kitchen to make snacks. There’s also Wi-Fi throughout and female-only rooms.

Located close to Myers Park, Auckland University and the Sky Tower, you are right in the heart of things. The hotel’s collection of luxury apartments come equipped with microwaves, Wi-Fi, washer/ dryers, laundry services and helpful staff. Enjoy the space and freedom of a home away from home.

Overlooking the spectacular harbour and in walking distance of Auckland’s shopping, ferry terminals and Vector Arena is this 189-room mid-range hotel. The perfect base for a city break, after a long day’s sightseeing, retire to your cosy, comfy room and relax with satellite TV or catch up with friends using the Wi-Fi.

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£27 SINGLE £18 TWIN/DOUBLE

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city lodge

£43 SINGLE £26 TWIN/DOUBLE

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THE QUADRANT HOTEL

£82 SINGLE £41 TWIN/DOUBLE

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• Work up a sweat in the modern gym • Steam away your stress in the Quad sauna and spa • Grab some late night beers in the famous Quad bar

Just a short walk from the city’s famous Sky Tower and bustling Queen Street, you’ll find JUCY. The hotel has a range of rooms with a unique style to suit all types of traveller. Great features like Internet access, luggage storage and undercover parking make this hotel a great base for the start of a road trip.

For clean, comfy, quality accommodation that doesn’t break the bank look no further than City Lodge. Located just a five-minute walk from central Auckland, with shops, restaurants and bars nearby. The well-equipped kitchen means cheap evenings in with fellow travellers is a must - a great way to make new mates.

Enjoy the best of both worlds - apartment living in Auckland with your own private pad, but with some of the luxuries of a city centre hotel. Head out to the Quad Kitchen Café for some cheap eats or prop up the Quad Bar for some late-night beers. And if that’s not enough, check out Auckland’s exciting nightlife.

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Auckland arrival package

£71

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3 DAYS

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Private bathroom, fridge and TV in every room plus free Wi-Fi • Top notch laundry facilities • Affordable well located accommodation

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• Embrace your inner green - get with the JUCY vibe! • Short stroll to Viaduct Harbour and Britomart’s vibrant nightlife • Choose from hostel rooms or privates with en suites

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This awesome two-night package is the perfect way to launch into life Kiwi-style! The experts at Nomads will sort you out with airport transfers, dorm accommodation in a five-star backpacker, free Internet and to top it all off - a return ferry ticket to the beautiful Waiheke Island just off the Auckland coast. Enjoy stunning stretches of beach, vineyards and laid-back seaside villages. A great start to your time in New Zealand. Departs: Daily Includes: 6-bed mixed dorm with shared bathroom or upgrade to a hotel (2 nts), airport pick-up, city tour, sky tower entry, 1-hour free Internet, return ferry ticket to Waiheke Island Tour code: AKLFAP/AKLF20

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BAY OF ISLANDS waiheke island day trip

£21

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Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Ferry Includes: Open return ferry ticket Tour Code: AKLWDT

£119

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2 DAYS

Head back to nature and escape to the beautifully remote Great Barrier Island. Keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins as you cruise your way to untouched paradise. Once there, take a kayak for a paddle along the bay or explore one of the walking tracks. Spend the next day bathing in the beautiful Kaitoke hot springs, sipping on a refreshing drink in Claris village and strolling along the pristine Medland’s beach before your cruise back.

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Take a day trip and discover the picturesque setting of Waiheke Island. With sandy beaches, vineyards, pristine coastline, olive groves and laid-back seaside villages, there is so much to see and do. Get active and try optional activities like sea kayaking, zip-lining, mountain biking or the ‘Waiheke Explorer Tour’ to get a taste of its views, culture and history. Alternatively, sip on premium wine in a stunning vineyard on the ‘Wine on Wahieke’ tour.

Great barrier island overnight package

Departs: Tue, Fri & Sun Accommodation: Great Barrier Lodge (1 nt) Meals: Not included Transport: Return ferry trip & return transfers on the island Note: Mini tour included Tour Code: AKLGBI

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The Bay OF ISLANDS

£249

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4 days

If you are in the North Island, you simply must stop at these fabulous sub-tropical islands. Starting in Auckland, you will spend a night on a large house boat cruising through the stunning Bay of Islands, then spend the rest of your time hiking the nature trails, kayaking, snorkelling or skydiving and enjoy a mouth watering barbecue in Paihia before returning back to Auckland. Departs: Wednesdays Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels (2 nts), houseboat (1 nt) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow NZD$50-75 for meals not included Transport: Private bus Tour Code: GAONBI

super surf & SANDS

£255

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4 DAYS

JAFFAS ‘N’ JANDALS

£195

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3 DAYS

This short but sweet trip takes you from Auckland to the Bay and back, covering everything in between! Explore the massive native trees at Parry Kauri Park before getting into Paihia’s chilled vibes with a fish & chips dinner. In your free time, kick back beachside or take optional kayaking, dolphin swimming or fast boat trips through the Bay of Islands to see the ‘Hole in the Rock’. The tour ends on a high back in Auckland, with a trip up the Sky Tower! Departs: Please ask for details Accommodation: Multi-share hotel (2 nts) Transport: Air-con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver Tour Code: CONCZAD

super jill

£548

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8 DAYS

As the name suggests, this is all about the surf. Head out to the Coromandel Peninsula and spend the night at a cool beach campsite. Day 2, head to Raglan surf beach, with cow-spotting (yep!) and a walk to Bridal Veil Falls. Take a surf lesson, followed by a warming sauna. Sleep in an eco-lodge for the next two nights. Day 3 brings another surf lesson, and a bush walk around Mt Karioi. Day 4, hit the surf again before returning to Auckland.

This funky North Island tour departs Auckland for the Coromandel and world-renowned Raglan surf beach. You will get to overnight at an indigenous Maori Marae and at Blue Duck Station - a remote working farm specialising in conservation. Other stops are: Rotorua’s geothermal gysers, the world’s largest crater lake at Taupo, a full-day walk at Tongariro National Park and capital Wellington, before expressing back to Auckland.

Departs: Tue, Fri & Sat, Nov-April only Accommodation: Camping (1 nt), multishare dorm (2 nts) Transport: Air-con coach Includes: Surf board hire, 2 x surf lessons Meals: None included Tour code: STRSSS

Departs: Tue, Thu, Sat (plus Sun in Spring & Wed in Summer) Accommodation: Multishare dorm (7 nts) Transport: Air-con coach Includes: Surf lesson, 4WD eco-tour at the farm Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners Tour code: STRJIL

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base bay of islands

£16 DORM £21 TWIN/DOUBLE

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COPTHORNE HOTEL

£74 SINGLE £37 TWIN/DOUBLE

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dune rider - cape reinga via 90 mile beach

£81

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

A friendly hostel just a quick skip from the beach and a five-minute walk into town. Catch some rays in the sunny courtyard, unwind in the hot tub or cool off in the pool. Dorm and private rooms are of a high standard, most with their own bathroom. Pipi Patch bar hosts nightly BBQs, and is a top party hangout for locals and travellers. STAY 5 PAY 4 - ALL YEAR

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With a superb central waterfront location, expect scenic views from your private balcony/patio surrounded by acres of subtropical gardens. Make a splash in the spectacular lagoon-style pool, hit the tennis court or hire a mountain bike. Venturing further afield? Take advantage of the courtesy shuttle to downtown Paihia. FREE ROOM UPGRADE (subject to availability) - 01MAR14-31DEC14

£108

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2-3 tours

Planning to visit Auckland or the Bay of Islands or both? Choose either two or three trips from a range of amazing, top-quality tours as part of this flexible pass. These include: America’s Cup Saling Experience, Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, Discover the Bay ‘Hole in the Rock’ Cruise, Swim with Dolphins, Dune Rider: Cape Reinga & 90-Mile Beach and Ultimate Day Sail in the Bay. Loads of choice means you can tailor-make your pass and - best of all - you’ll actually achieve a saving of more than NZD $100 per person! FJWDOL

Uncover the wild beauty of Cape Reinga, a region rich in Maori culture. Encounter an ancient Kauri Forest where the its towering trees produce amber that’s made into beautiful jewellery and the famous 90-Mile Beach. Top the day sandboarding down the massive sand dunes on boogie boards at Te Paki Stream – if you dare! FJWDUN

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rock the boat overnight cruise

£108

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2 DAYS

‘The Rock’ is New Zealand’s biggest houseboat, offering a warm and welcoming environment for overnight tours of the Bay of Islands. With a capacity of 36, ‘The Rock’ is suitable for travellers of all ages who enjoy great company, new experiences, and who don’t mind getting their feet wet! This overnight tour allows guests to experience everything the Bay has to offer, including fishing, kayaking, snorkelling and island walks. Departs: Year round (ask for details) Accommodation: 6-bed mixed dorm or private cabin, both with shared bathroom facilities on cruise boat(1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Tour Code: FJWROC

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rotorua & taupo kaituna rafting, ROTORUA

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£16 DORM £21 TWIN/DOUBLE

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STAY 5 PAY 4 - ALL YEAR

base taupo

£53 SINGLE £27 TWIN/DOUBLE

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£45

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Boasting grade five rapids plus a sevenmetre drop down the awesome Tutea Falls, this is the ultimate action-packed thrill ride! Take a fast and furious ride through 15 amazing rapids set against the stunning background of one of NZ’s most beautiful waterways. Training, transport and equipment is included.

Ka mate Ka mate Ka Ora Ka Ora! Enjoy a wonderful evening of hangi, history and Haka on this great nighttime tour of a traditional Maori village. You’ll be welcomed by indigenous owners and learn all about traditional Maori life, from hunting and fishing to the famous Haka - you’ll have it in your head for ages afterwards!

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ogo H20g0, Rotorua

£19

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Think zorbing with a splash! We introduce, the OGO. Jump into the transparent plastic sphere within a sphere along with 50 litres of water. Then slip slide your way down a specially designed 350m-long hill track that is NZ’s longest and fastest whilst being rewarded with spectacular Lake Rotorua views. rotogo

£16 DORM £23 TWIN/DOUBLE

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wai -o-tapu & waimangu, ROTORUA

£65

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black labyrinth tour, rotorua

£68

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HALF DAY

HObbition™ movie set tour, Rotorua

£60

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

On the shores of Lake Rotorua and a short walk from downtown, this modern and cosy hotel offers rooms with beautiful lake, city or garden views. Indulge in the all-you-caneat breakfast or a la carte cuisine, work out in the nearby fitness centre or catch up on emails using the Wi-Fi. Great news if you are driving – parking is free. stay 3 nights and get 2 free breakfasts (superior room) - 01apr14-30sep14

Tamaki maori village, ROTORUA

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Adjacent to beautiful Kuirau Park in the centre of town, this hostel has great facilities including an outdoor, hot mineral pool. Rooms comprise of a variety of dorms and deluxe rooms, which are comfy and clean, most with an en suite and a balcony. After dark, hit Lava Bar with its resident DJ, theme nights and drink specials.

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This flashpacker hostel has stunning lake and mountain views and is just seconds from the lakefront. It boasts comfy beds, Wi-Fi, plasma TVs, a large sundeck and modern kitchen. Cosy up by the fireplace or party hard in the rockin’ Element Bar. Take your pick from a small dorm, a private room or a blissful sanctuary room for girls only!

Visit some of the most incredible and picturesque lakes, pools and craters on offer in New Zealand with the Geyser Link Shuttle that runs connections to WaiO-Tapu, Waimangu and Paradise Valley. Explore the largest mud pool in NZ and hike or take a boat cruise on the world’s newest geothermal eco-system – Waimangu.

This is the original Waitomo subterranean adventure that will have you climbing, black water tubing, leaping and floating through Ruakuri Cave. Over three hours, you’ll take leaps of faith over cascading waterfalls and float serenely down an underground river as you enjoy the glowworm show on the vaulted limestone galleries overhead.

Your guide will escort you through the ten-acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton™ set was created. See the Hobbit holes, Green Dragon™ Inn, Mill and other structures created for the film and discover how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire™ from Middle-earth™.

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blue duck conservation, Whakahoro (160 km from Taupo)

£98

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2 DAYS

Highlights

• Overnight in a cosy bush lodge • Enjoy an authentic bushtucker dinner • Experience a 4WD bush safari

best western SAILS, taupo

£90 SINGLE £45 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Situated lakeside, opposite the main swimming pool, the real draw of this newly refurbished hotel is, unsurpisingly, its location. Enjoy stunning mountain and lake views, while the town centre is restaurants within easy walking distance. Rooms are impeccably clean, modern and all come with balconies, kitchen facilities and free Wi-Fi. Honeymoon Bonus: Free bottle of bubbles and cheese platter for 2 people in your room upon arrival

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Departs: Daily except Thu Accommodation: Shared dorm or private lodge (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 bush tucker dinner. Wine or beer (private lodge package only) Includes: 4WD Bush Safari Tour Code: wlgbld

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If you’re driving around the North Island, don’t miss spending a night or two at the impressive Blue Duck Station. Hear all about their valuable conservation work on a fabulous bush safari and witness the results it has produced. Observe the everyday workings of this sheep and beef station, including sheep shearing and cattle mustering. In the summer months, visit the hangouts of the blue ducks as you kayak along the base of the Kaiwhakauka Falls. All of this while soaking up the amazing atmosphere of the New Zealand bush, with breathtaking views around every corner.

hukafalls jet, TAUPO

£60

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Jetboat to the base of New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction - the spectacular Huka Falls. Hukafalls Jet is the only jetboat company permitted to take you there, and it’s a ride of thrills, fun and excitement with high-speed, 360-degree spins. What’s more, you’ll be gifted with front row, water level views of the Huka Falls. TUOHUc

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Skydive Taupo, TAUPO

£149

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tongariro crossing, Taupo

£173

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HALF DAY

Taupo is known as the skydiving Mecca, and it’s easy to see why! Home to breathtaking scenery and the North Island’s most active volcano, you’ll have amazing views as you climb to 12,000 or 15,000 feet to experience the ultimate high – jumping out of a plane! Float back down to earth with the best feeling. Ever.

This 19-kilometre trek is NZ’s best one-day walk. The track leads up to the saddle between Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro and then diverts over Mt Tongariro. The landscape on Tongariro is peppered with different coloured and shaped craters, scoured volcanic rocks, mountain springs, and brightly coloured emerald lakes.

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WELLINGTON

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BASE WELLINGTON

£16 DORM £27 TWIN/DOUBLE

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COMFORT HOTEL WELLINGTON

£67 DORM £34 TWIN/DOUBLE

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kiwi night tour zeAlandia, WELLINGTON

£39

This three-star hotel is located right in the heart of Cuba Street where you’ll find the city’s best cafes, galleries and boutique shops. Modern rooms come with en suites, Sky TV and Wi-Fi. With access to a heated indoor pool, spa, fitness room, bar, cafe and restaurant - you can’t go wrong! Great value for money in a good location.

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Situated in the lively nightclub district of Courtney Place, this renovated budget backpackers boasts a heaving bar with cheap drinks, DJs, great nightly specials, as well as a BBQ area. Choose from double rooms with en suites, dorms or the ‘Sanctuary’, a female-only floor with little extras like crisp bed linen and duvets. STAY 5 PAY 4 - ALL YEAR

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Try your hand at spotting NZ’s iconic bird; the kiwi! Zealandia is an award-winning nature reserve just ten minutes outside the city, home to some of the rarest and most extraordinary wildlife on the planet. This nocturnal tour gives guests a magical forest encounter to search for kiwi lit by the light of glow-worms.

1. search for whales in kaikoura 2. heli-hike on franz josef glacier 3. tie a rope to your legs & jump! 4. raft the shotover river rapids 5. sail overnight on doubtful sound

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Kapiti ISLAND

£199

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Experience one of the most precious nature reserves in New Zealand with this overnight trip to the small, tranquil Kapiti Island. Set next to a marine reserve, the island is an internationally renowned sanctuary for native birds, forest and wildlife. Go kiwi spotting and birdwatching with local Maori iwi-tribe, and listen to their stories of the land, history and birds as you explore the island’s beauty. For nature-lovers, this tour is a must! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Lodge (1 nt) Meals: All meals, snacks, plus NZ wines & beer Transport: Return ferry Includes: Landing permits, guidebook, conservation brochure & guided walk Tour Code: WLGKST

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wellington Movie Tour

£25

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Take an exciting journey through the real Middle Earth where you’ll get the lowdown on the making of these timeless films. You’ll start in Hobbiton Woods where the filming began, then head off to the famous production studio sites for a peek around to discover loads of behind-the-scenes secrets. Spend an hour at the famous Weta Cave, where much of the modelling magic took place, rounding off the day with a scenic drive along the stunning South Coast. Departs: Daily Includes: Exclusive movie-clips, movie trailers. “Easter Eggs”, production diaries, behind-the-scenes facts, props for pictures, visit to Weta Cave Not included: Entry to studios, transfers Tour Code: wlgmov

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SOUTH ISLAND ENCOMPASSED Wellington

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£1,299

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15 DAYS

Wellington

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Visit the stunning Abel Tasman N.P. Meet cute seals at Cape Foulwind See the unusual Pancake Rocks Kayak through the waterfalls Sleep on the edge of Doubtful Sound Visit the original bungee site Enjoy walks around Lake Matheson Cycle along the Otago Rail Trail

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Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 1839s Accommodation: Hostels (12 nts), eco lodge (1 nt), boat hostel (1 nt in summer, cabin in winter) Transport: Private bus, kayak, boat, ferry Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners Budget: Allow NZD$350-400 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAONSE

This 15-day adventure will suck you straight into the action of South Island and whizz you through a bundle of different environments all in one go. New Zealand’s South Island hosts the most dramatic natural scenes you’ll ever experience, including rainforests, glaciers and some of the most gorgeous coastline. Hike the trails of Abel Tasman National Park, go kayaking through the fascinating fiords of Doubtful Sound, cycle the Otago Rail Trail and go bungy jumping in the adrenalin capital of Queenstown! If that’s not enough, you’ll also get to stay in a unique wilderness lodge set deep in the rainforest.

DAY ITINERARY 01

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Z E A L A N D

Abel Tasman

Wellington

02-03

Highlights

Refresh in the beautiful Lake Ohau Take an optional flight over Mt. Cook Try Kiwi brews at Speight’s Brewery Ride the legendary Shotover Jet Dig out your wild side in Queenstown Marvel at Milford Sound (optional) Party it up with locals in Dunedin Check out the incredible Franz Josef

Wellington

Arrive to Wellington at any time and go out to see this cool and cultural capital of NZ before meeting your group and CEO in the evening.

Abel Tasman National Park

Today you’ll head out by ferry across the scenic Cook Strait and enjoy the views of the Marlborough Sounds before a transfer to the absolutely awesome Abel Tasman National Park where you’ll get a chance to go hiking and explore its golden beaches and waterways. (2B, 2D)

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Jan 12 Jan 16 Jan 20 Jan 24 Feb 01 Feb 13 Feb 25 Mar 05 Mar 21 Apr 14 May 08 Jul 03 Jul 11

Jul 10 Jul 26 Aug 11 Sep 12 Sep 28 Oct 14 Oct 30 Nov 15 Nov 23 Dec 05 Dec 25 Dec 29

Jul 19 Aug 04 Aug 20 Sep 21 Oct 07 Oct 23 Nov 08 Nov 24 Dec 02 Dec 14 Jan 03 Jan 07

2015 Jan 12 Jan 16 Jan 20 Jan 24 Feb 01 Feb 13 Feb 17 Mar 05 Mar 21 Mar 29 Apr 14

Jan 20 Jan 24 Jan 28 Feb 01 Feb 09 Feb 21 Feb 25 Mar 13 Mar 29 Apr 06 Apr 22

Additional dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Recommended for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts), lodges (3 nts) Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach with power points for charging Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 51 Tour Code: CONSZCD

Kaikoura

04

Christchurch

This morning head south through the stunning Buller Gorge to the West Coast of the South Island. Visit the Cape Foulwind seal colony for a close encounter with New Zealand fur seals in their natural habitat. Then it’s on to the beach camp in Punakaiki. If you’re feeling active, perhaps opt to kayak the river into the Paparoa National Park or go hiking on the local trails. (B, D)

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05-06

Queenstown Otago Rail Trail

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Hike to the famous Punakaiki ‘Pancake Rocks’, spectacular limestone formations looking like a pile of giant pancakes! You’ll then continue on to Franz Josef, famous for its spectacular glacier environment and its many hiking trails. You’re sure to be impressed with your accommodation tonight, as you stay at a unique wilderness lodge set deep in the rainforest. (2B, D)

Queenstown

07-09

Rise early this morning as you move on to the picture-perfect Lake Matheson to take a shot of the Southern Alps reflecting in the lake. Continue down the wild West Coast through the rainforest stopping for some walks and waterfall visits. If you’re dying for some action, well here is your chance, as you visit the world’s original commercial bungy site. Go on, we dare you! The adrenalin burst does not stop here as you’ll spend the next two days in the action-packed Queenstown. Optional activities include jet boating outing, mountain biking, sky diving or, for the mellower types, a vineyard tour. (3B)

Arthur’s Pass Hokitika Franz Josef & Fox Glacier Christchurch Haast Pass Lake Tekapo Wanaka Lake Ohau Milford Sound

Christchurch / Lake Ohau / Dunedin

01-02

Dunedin

10-12

Today you’ll continue on to the mind-blowingly beautiful Fiordland National Park. Take a boat across Lake Manapouri and enjoy a guided bush walk in deep cove including a visit to Helena Falls. Tonight, another impressive night stay awaits as you overnight in a lodge on the edge of Doubtul Sound. On Day 11, engage in a 4-5 hour kayaking trip through the national park below towering cliffs and waterfalls. Watch out for dolphins, seals and penguins! Later, you’ll continue to the historic Central Otago mining country for a night in an old miners’ hotel. On Day 12, cycle through the stunning scenery along the historic Otago Rail Trail. (3B, L, 2D)

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Take in the views as you drive through breathtaking Central Otago. You’ll stop off at little towns to buy supplies for a picnic lunch before arriving to Christchurch in the afternoon. You have free afternoon to explore the downtown district and stroll through Hagley Park and witness the impressive revival of the city which was so badly damaged by its recent earthquake. (B)

Kaikoura / Wellington

14-15

Journey the scenic coastal road to Kaikoura and admire the breathtaking views of the mountains meeting the ocean. The area is a prime spot to go whale watching. Opt to go swimming with dolphins, visit a colony of Southern Fur seals, or take a scenic flight over the peninsula. On Day 15, take a ferry to Wellington where your adventure ends upon arrival in the evening. (2B)

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Add on the North Island The Big Tiki (19 days, Christchurch - Auckland) (CONGZCD) Fr £1,775

From party town to adventure town as you head to Queenstown this morning. This place is simply awesome and the next few days will be some of the best of your life. Before it all kicks off, maybe grab a famous ‘Ferg’ burger and then check out the nightlife. On Day 4, you’ll have the chance to take a ride on the famous Shotover Jet, speeding through the canyons of the Shotover River by jetboat. Then the afternoon is all yours to really get into the swing of things. Later on indulge yourself with some more epic nightlife, this time you’ll be armed with an awesome VIP pass! (2B)

Ski Queenstown Upgrade Option

Want to ‘carve up’ some of the great ski mountains around Queenstown? You can if you’re travelling in July or August! Opt to hit the awesome slopes either by ski or board for a full three days! (2B, D)

Queenstown

05-06

You have two free days to embrace all that is Queenstown. Some of the highlights include views of the Remarkables Mountains and Coronet Peak, a visit to the famous AJ Hackett’s Kawarau Bridge where commercial bungy jumping was born, and a skyline gondola ride. Or you can really add a bit of spice to your time here and go nuts for a heliraft experience, skyswing, canyon swing, rafting, horse riding, skydiving, funyaks, trail hiking or opt to experience the highlight that is Milford Sound. Voted one of the world’s top destinations, it is set in Fiordland National Park where huge mountains rise from the sea and waterfalls hammer down sheer cliff faces into the deep, dark waters of the fiord. Take a cruise to savour one of nature’s finest creations. You may even spot seals, dolphins, whales and penguins if you’re lucky. (2B, D)

Arrowtown / Wanaka / Franz Josef National Park

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Get straight into the action after meeting your group in Christchurch. Travel from here and see views of the MacKenzie Country, stopping at Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki and Geraldine. When you arrive into Lake Ohau, pinch yourself as you walk around it admiring the imposing Mt. Cook and the seriously stunning Southern Alps that surround it. Tonight, rest up in a traditional ski lodge on Lake Ohau, an absolutely incredible location for your first night. On Day 2 it’s off to Dunedin, famous as a student city and brimming with history and Scottish heritage. On the way, stop at the impressive Benmore Dam and historic Oamaru for its quaint old buildings made from local stone, before getting a peek at Moeraki, where gigantic spherical boulders are located right on the beach. Later arrive in Dunedin and check out the world’s steepest street – Baldwin Street – followed by a tour and tasting session at the iconic Speight’s Brewery. (B, D)

Queenstown

Queenstown

Doubtful Sound

Central Otago / Christchurch

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Z E A L A N D

Franz Josef Glacier

Doubtful Sound

Unleash your wild, adventurous side as you embark on a nine-day journey of discovery through New Zealand’s scenic southern region. From the base of Mt. Cook to the ice of Franz Josef Glacier, and with Milford Sound (optional), the adventure capital Queenstown and the student town of Dunedin thrown into the mix, you can really get your teeth into all things Kiwi. Enjoy optional bungy jumping, skydiving, helicopter rides and whitewater rafting plus plenty of history, natural wonders, culture and buzzing nightlife. This trip will satisfy you to the very core and leave you with a desire to discover more.

Punakaiki

Punakaiki

Franz Josef

9 DAYS

Christchurch

Departures 2014/15

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Christchurch

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Departures 2014

£805

‘SWEET AS’ SOUTH

07-08 09

Leave the irresistable charm of Queenstown behind you and check out the former goldrush boomtown of Arrowtown plus the lakeside beauty of Wanaka on your way to NZ’s pin-up glacial spot, the almighty Franz Josef. On the way keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife as you head through utterly stunning Haast Pass and Thunder Creek Falls. On Day 8, get out there and hit the ice! It’s completely up to you how you tackle Franz Josef Glacier, you can choose to walk, hike or heli-ride it or maybe even take an optional scenic helicopter flight to see Mt. Cook and actually land on its equally amazing neighbour, Fox Glacier. Pinch yourself, you really are here! (2B, D)

Hokitika / Christchurch

Make tracks through the divine Southern Alps to Christchurch. You’ll check out traditional Maori greenstone carving in the town of Hokitika before travelling the old trade route through spectacular Arthur’s Pass. It’s then on to Christchurch where your tour sadly ends upon arrival. (B)

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NZ SNOW PACKAGE Queenstown

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£855

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christchurch, kaikoura & MT COOK

8 DAYS

Queenstown

Highlights

Choice of four ski resorts Option to trade in lift pass for credit Seven nights at Reavers Lodge Continental breakfast each morning Group dinner Nightly activities In-house support and local host

NEW ZEALAND

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Inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Reaver Lodge (7 nts) Transport: Return airport transfers Meals: Daily breakfast, 1 dinner Includes: 4-day NZ Ski Super Pass valid for Coronet Peak & Remarkables or credit towards activities, 1-day lift pass at Treble Cone, local host Note: instead of airport transfers you can opt for 7 days car hire at additional cost. Please ask for details Tour Code: COCZQNP0W

Calling all snow bunnies! Head out of the hustle and bustle and into the snow-capped mountains. This Queenstown-based powder pack includes seven nights’ bed and breakfast at the modern Reavers Lodge, just a ten-minute walk from the vibrant life of Queenstown. You’ll get lift passes, group dinners, an après ski nightly activity and entertainment schedule so you can hang out with your new mates after an active day on the slopes. There’s also a range of equipment on offer to hire, optional airport meet and greet, customer support, and transfers to all the resorts available. Sno’ worries! The NZ Super Pass vouchers can be used at Coronet Peak or the Remarkables (Cardrona and Treble Cone on request) or as an exchange towards an activity, so depending on whether you want to show off your carving skills or just chill out, you can pick the resort that best suits your style!

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£23 DORM £29 TWIN/DOUBLE

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super q SOUTH ISLAND Christchurch

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£814

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12 DAYS

Christchurch

Highlights

An incredible ‘Ice Explorer’ trip 6WD tour of rugged Mount Cook area Action-packed capital, Queenstown Other worldly Stewart Island Unforgettable Milfound Sound drive Hike up Key Summit Track ‘Lord of the Rings’ landscapes

Inclusions

Departs: Min twice weekly, year-round Accommodation: Multi-share dorm (11 nts) Transport: Air con coach Meals: None included Includes: Ice Exporer trip, Nevis Bungy visit, Milford Cruise, Stewart Island ferry, 6WD Agro Mt tour Note: The number of nights in Queenstown is dependent on the season Tour code: STRSUQ

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Hotel 115, christchurch

£104 SINGLE £52 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Created for travellers by travellers. This friendly backpacker hostel comprises of beautifully restored, charming colonial villas set in tranquil gardens, with large fully-equipped kitchens, a TV room, comfy lounges and colourful decor. Based in an inner city suburb of Christchurch, Cathedral Square is a 1,500-metre walk away.

Located in the heart of Christchurch, this 30-room boutique hotel offers elegant design with an eclectic twist. Its character rooms are a pleasing mix of functionality and simplicity, following recent refurbishment. With moden furnishings, all come with en suites and free Wi-Fi, plus Cathedral Square is a just a few steps away.

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DAY ITINERARY Christchurch / Franz Josef / Wanaka / Queenstown

01-04

Leave Christchurch and head over the stunning Arthur’s Pass to Greymouth and Franz Josef. Enjoy the amazing ‘Ice Explorer’ trip including a helicopter ride and the hot pools on Day 2. The following morning, it’s onwards to Lake Matheson and the quaint towns of Fox Glacier, Lake Hawea and Wanaka to overnight. Hit Queenstown on Day 4, stopping at the famous AJ Hackett Bungy site. Feeling brave??

07-10 11-12

CHRISTCHURCH CBD REBUILD CYCLE TOUR

£22

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Queenstown

The next two days are yours to explore Queenstown. Options include great local walks or taking part in one of many activity options. Take a peak at the day tours on page 173.

Queenstown / Gunn’s Camp / Stewart Island / Queenstown / Aoraki / Mt Cook

Bluff Stewart Island

£22 Dorm £27 TWIN/DOUBLE

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The Old county HOUSE, christchurch

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This former prison is now an awardwinning backpacker hostel, with a renovated interior and friendly staff. All rooms (former cells!) have fresh linen, shared bathrooms and super-comfy beds. With an espresso coffee bar, Wi-Fi and free parking, this is one place you will be happy to spend a few days behind bars.

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Get ready for one of the most scenic drives in the world on your way to Milford Sound and enjoy an amazing cruise before heading to your unique overnight stop at Gunn’s Camp. Start the morning with a hike up the Key Summit Track, then head through Southland to Bluff and the ferry across to Stewart Island! Enjoy your time here before returning back to Queenstown. Day 10, head over the Lindis pass past Lake Pukaki, then head north to New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki / Mount Cook. Jump in a 6WD tour of this remote and rugged alpine region.

Mt Cook / Rangitata / Christchurch

Make your way to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ landscape at Rangitata. Drive past scenic Lake Tekapo, into Geraldine and then head through to spend the night at Rangitata. Day 12, it’s an express haul across the Canterbury plains to Christchurch today where your adventure comes to an end.

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The Lazy Shag, KAIKOURA

£15 SINGLE £18 TWIN/DOUBLE

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whale watchING KAIKOuRA

£79

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HLAF DAY

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

The best way to see a city in a limited time frame is on two trusty wheels. Explore the highlights of Christchurch on this two-hour tour, including the Arts Centre, Antigua Boatsheds, Botanic Gardens, Christ’s College and Hagley Park. Continue on to the Re:START Project and Riccarton House & Bush. Includes your bike and helmet. chcbik

Warm, clean and well-equipped, the Lazy Shag is set amongst magnificent trees with plenty of open space. Spend time on the large decks with superb mountain and river views. Check out the seal swims and snorkelling trips or relax by the log fire in winter. Plenty of activities on offer to fill your time at the Lazy Shag! Kipsha

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This unique experience offers close encounters with the giant sperm whale, year-round. You may also encounter fur seals, dusky dolphins and the endangered wandering albatross. Depending on the season, you may also see migrating humpback, pilot and blue whales or even the world’s largest and smallest dolphins. KIPWHA

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nelson & abel tasman

WEST COAST

NEW ZEALAND

NEW ZEALAND

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paradiso, nelson

£15 DORM £18 TWIN/DOUBLE

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abeL tasman marahu lodge

£131 SINGLE £66 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

A travellers home just 650 metres from Nelson city centre. Paradiso provides a warm atmosphere, perfect for relaxing with fellow backpackers. Take a dip in the solarheated pool, laze in a hammock or hit the beach volleyball court. Female-only dorms are available and everyone has use of the spacious and well-equipped kitchen. Free: Breakfast, Evening Soup, Beach volleyball court, cinema bus, Coffee/Tea, Luggage Storage and Wireless Internet!

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THE BARN, abel tasman

£19 dorm £21 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

The Abel Tasman Village is the gateway to the famed Abel Tasman National Park. Unspoilt, hassle-free and peaceful, it’s the perfect place to unwind. Just 400 metres from the park lies the affordable Abel Tasman Marahu Lodge, providing the perfect base for the Abel Tasman experience and adventure.

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rainforest retreat, franz josef

£17 DORM £32 TWIN/DOUBLE

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A minute from the sea and Abel Tasman National Park, The Barn is perfect for those looking for fun and adventure. Friendly staff can help you sort any activities you wish to try. Offering camping, cabins, dorms and private rooms, The Barn also has Internet, two kitchens, bathrooms, a shop and laundry facilities.

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scenic hotel, franz joseph

£136 SINGLE £68 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

The handy location of Rainforest Retreat – right in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village - makes it a perfect base. Choose from en suite four-bed flashpacker rooms and five or six-bed dorms with shared kitchen facilities. Enjoy the roaring fire in the bar, the restaurant and particularly the Jacuzzi and sauna!

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Sat at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park and just moments from the Franz Joseph Glacier, you’ll find the aptly named Scenic Hotel. A great, afforable base for exploring, don’t miss out on the restaurant and bar’s hearty, local fare including whitebait, lamb shanks and Steinlager!

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noah’s ARk, greymouth

£17 DORM £21 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Noah’s Ark Backpackers provides welcoming quality, budget accommodation just 100 metres from Greymouth town centre. With spacious, animal-themed dorms, tent sites and private rooms, this converted monastery also has a large garden area picnic tables, BBQ and hammock, comfy lounges and a fully-equipped kitchen. nsnnoa

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ice explorer & hot pools coMbo

£150

FR

HALF DAY

Highlights

• An incredible glacier experience • Navigate through a maze of ice • Rejuvanate at the hot pools

SOUL FOOD

£71

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FULL DAY

REMOTE COAST OVERNIGHTER

£123

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2 DAYS

Travel from Marahau and explore the forest-fringed Astrolabe, where you’ll find the highest concentration of golden sandy beaches in the Abel Tasman. Visit the Adele Island sanctuary, home to protected native birds and a popular hang-out for gorgeous fur seals. On this eco-friendly kayak tour, prepare yourself for a workout as its 100 per cent paddle power but - weather permitting - you can sail back to Marahau on the sea breeze.

This stunning trip covers the entire Tonga Island Marine Reserve from start to finish. Starting your guided tour by kayak at Awaroa, visit the hidden inlet, Shag Harbour. Then paddle south, focusing on the Tonga Island Marine Reserve and its playful inhabitants; the fur seal Kekeno. After a picnic lunch on a pristine beach you’ll paddle past Tonga Arches and the peaceful lagoons to your home for the night - Bark Bay campsite. Day 2, walk back to Marahu.

Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Kayak Note: Transport available from Nelson Tour Code: NZSOUL

Departs: Daily, Oct-May from Nelson and Marahau Accommodation: Camping (1 nt) Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Kayak Includes: Waterproof map, buoyancy aid, spare paddle Note: NZD $20.00 for camping gear if required Tour Code: NZDRCO

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foX trot walk fox glacier

£63

FR

HALF DAY

Calling all adventurous travellers! This is a great eco-adventure full of variety. Kitted up in specialised gear, you’ll head onto the ice, traversing across steps to the middle of the glacier for spectacular views of the icefall and lower glacier. Spend up to an hour on the ice with your expert guide. Also available as a full-day tour.

Departs: Daily, note Nov-Mar is peak season Includes: Rain jacket, waterproof over-trousers, socks & sturdy boots, crampons, hat & gloves (if required) Tour Code: XOZFRA

This is a fantastic introduction to an enthralling world of ice starting with a short heli-hop from Franz Josef township to the incredible Pinnacles area of the glacier. Here, your guide will navigate you through a maze of ice and explain the dramatic environmental changes over the last few years, as you explore the awe-inspiring landscape of Franz Josef Glacier. After a day on the ice, there’s no better reward than to rejuvenate the body, soul and mind at the Glacier Hot Pools. Brrr-illiant!

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QUEENSTOWN nzone tandem skydive

BASE queenstown

£15 DORM £22 TWIN/DOUBLE

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£18 DORM £26 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Base Queenstown has something for everyone: from dorms with balconies to deluxe privates with en suites plus a friendly team of staff. Centrally located and with excellent facilities, its the perfect base (no pun intended) and a trip to the onsite bar is an absolute must, with amazing tacos and drink specials available every day! ZQNDIS

STAY 5 PAY 4 - ALL YEAR

Reavers Lodge offers modern en suite dorms and rooms with stunning mountain views. With a well-equipped communal kitchen and cosy common area complete with crackling winter fireplace, you’ll feel right at home. And when you feel like partying, why not head out and check out the amazing nightlife on offer? STAY 7 PAY 6 - ALL YEAR. STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01Oct14-30Nov14

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NOMADS queenstown

£16 DORM £30 TWIN/DOUBLE

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£151

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Full DAY

canyon swing

£134

FR

HALF DAY

It takes a certain kind of person to jump out of a plane. Some would say mad - we would say adventurous. Tandem skydive from 15,000, 12,000 or 9,000 feet at NZ’s most scenic resort; Queenstown. With two of the largest skydiving planes available, you can share your once-in-a-lifetime experience from start to finish with friends.

Bring the book to life on this 4WD quest to Middle Earth. Choose from a half or full-day tour, discovering famous movie locations whilst admiring the breathtaking landscapes. With an enthusiastic guide, movie props and a free drink at picturesque Glenorchy, this trip is not just for fans - the scenery alone is well worth a visit!

This intense, adrenalin-pumping activity is one for the thrill-seekers.! Launching yourself from a 109 metre-high platform, you’ll reach speeds of up to150km/h as the rocky cliff face rushes past you in a vertical freefall. The ropes then smoothly pendulum you into a giant 200-metre swing across the famous Shotover River. Eek!

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aj hacketT bungy & swing

£82

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HALF DAY

shotover jet

£71

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HALF DAY

routeburn Track guided walk

£76

FR

HALF DAY

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Smack in the middle of downtown Queenstown, this Nomads hostel is a three times winner of Best Hostel in NZ and was voted second best hostel in the world 2013! Everything here is brand new. All rooms are climate controlled, have access to balconies, Wi-Fi, lockers and individual reading lights. STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01May14-30May14 & 01Oct14-30Nov14

Choose from five very different bungy experiences: go for water touch at the Kawarau Bridge Bungy - the world home of bungy, jump or swing in the dark at the Ledge Bungy and Swing, push the limits at the Nevis Bungy (134 metres) or get the adrenalin pumping at the world’s biggest swing, the Nevis Swing! Exciting stuff!

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The world’s most famous and exciting jetboat ride. Described as ‘thrill therapy’ this is an unmissable experience. Hurtle through the Shotover River canyons aboard these specially designed machines. Expect super speeds, 360-degree spins and whitewater spray - all in just half an hour. Return Queenstown transfers are included.

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lord of the rings & scenic tour

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HALF DAY

Hike along the iconic Routeburn Track in Queenstown taking in Lake Wakatipu and Mount Aspiring National Park whilst learning about the historical importance of the track to the Maoris and the European Pioneers. Immerse yourself in nature and the stunning beech forest that engulfs you and try some scroggin - an NZ hiker snack!

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funyak kayak safari Queenstown

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£179

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FULL DAY

Queenstown

Highlights

OAks Shores

£84 SINGLE £42 TWIN/DOUBLE

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£82 SINGLE £41 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Take your pick from standard rooms or one to four-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes and knock-out views at this luxurious hotel located on Lake Wakatipu. A blend of comfort and contemporary style, all accommodation comes with en suites and Wi-Fi. Apres ski, fire up the BBQ or relax sore muscles in the sauna. stay 4 pay 3, stay 7 pay 5 - 05jan1426jun14 & 14sep14-19dec14

Novotel queenstown lakeside

AZQNOS

£94 SINGLE £47 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu, this hotel is surrounded by mountains and peaceful gardens. In the heart of Queenstown, its spacious, modern rooms come with en suites, king-sized beds and Wi-Fi. Indulge in a happy hour tipple, wind down in the hot tub or sample tasty local dishes al fresco in the Rose Garden. STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01APR14-30JUN14 & 01SEP14-25DEC14

Heritage Hotel queenstown

• Experience exhilaration at its best - jet boat along scenic Dart River • Hop in a unique ‘funyak’ inflatable canoe for a pleasant paddle • Spectacular scenery, straight out of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’

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Opt for a room, suite or apartment at this sumptuous hotel with the Remarkables mountain range as your backdrop! Rooms have super-king-sized beds, private balconies, Manuka Spa toiletries and fluffy robes. Enjoy an aperitif in the lodge-style bar, cosy log fires at the restaurant or keep toasty in the sauna, heated pool or spa. STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01APR14-25DEC14

Inclusions

Departs: Daily Includes: Jet boat ride, inflatable funyak canoe with guide, back country scenic drive Meals: 1 lunch Tour Code: zqnfun

This fun, fresh, water-bound safari, deep in the World Heritage area of Mt. Aspiring N.P, is the only one of its type in the Queenstown region. Kick off with a thrilling jet boat rumble on the open turquoise waters of Dart River. Hold on tight whilst your knowledgeable guide points out sights along the way. Next up, jump into an inflatable funyak canoe for a more peaceful paddle through the secluded channels, marveling at rock formations along the way as your guide talks you through the shimmering streams, rock pools and dramatic chasms. Stop for a pitstop buffet lunch amidst mountainous surroundings before swapping your canoe for terra firma and enjoying an on-road drive back to base. Enroute you’ll witness spectacular scenery and locations that have formed the epic backdrop for many international movies, including ‘The Lord of the Rings’.

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NEW ZEALAND

NEW ZEALAND

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£146

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milford & douBtful sounds, stewart island

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NEW ZEALAND

NEW ZEALAND

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Overnight milford sound cruise

£160

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2 DAYS

overnight doubtful sound cruise

£171

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2 DAYS

on top backpackers

GLAMPACKER

£15 DORM £18 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Sail the full length of Milford Sound before mooring up for the night in Harrison Cove, where you’ll enjoy a three-course dinner. Relax on the spacious deck as you cruise by waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife with a nature guide on board. Take to the open waters, exploring by kayak or tender craft (small boat) for an up-close experience. Stay in twin or four-bunk cabins and enjoy a hearty breakfast before returning to Milford Wharf the next day.

This enchanting overnight cruise takes you across Lake Manapouri before boarding the Fiordland Navigator at Deep Cove. Cruise the full length of the fiord, weaving through hidden coves and waterways. Bottlenose dolphins are often encountered, fur seals bask on the rocks and at times, rare penguins can be seen. Explore the shoreline by kayak or boat with a nature guide. Enjoy breakfast and more cruising next morning before returning to the wharf.

Departs: Daily, May-Sep Includes: Twin/quad share (1 nt), return coach transfers from Queenstown, dinner & breakfast. Also departs Te Anau & Milford Tour Code: ZQNMOD

Departs: May-Sep: Daily Includes: Twin/quad share (1 nt), return coach transfers from Queenstown, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast. Also departs Manapouri Tour Code: ZQNNVG/ZQNDOU

LARNACH CASTLE lodge

£84 SINGLE £42 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Helpful, hospitable and fun staff • A classic backpacker joint in the heart of Dunedin • Modern, fully-equipped kitchen to cook a backpacker feast

• New Zealand’s only castle! • Affordable accommodation in a unique setting • Sleep in historic stables

On Top Backpackers really is on top of everything. Located in the centre of town, this friendly hostel has pool tables, a bar and a sundeck perfect for pre-drinking before hitting the local hotspots. On a budget? Take advantage of the kitchen and cook up a storm or if you are feeling a bit lazy just grab something at the café.

This magnificent castle surrounded by stunning scenery has a colourful history of scandal and tragedy! Featuring exquisite and occasionally bizarre décor, it’s like being in an Highland castle or setting for a ghoulish novel. Budget-seekers needn’t overlook this place - just opt for the cosy stable rooms with shared facilities.

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castle, peninsula & wildlife combo

DUDLAR

£95

FR

FULL DAY

Highlights

• Visit the beautiful Lanarch Castle • See some spectacular wildlife spots • A close view of yellow-eyed penguins

MILFord EXPLOrer

£68

FR

FULL DAY

Go home without seeing and experiencing the beauty of Milford Sound and arguably you’ve missed the best of New Zealand. The Sound is a fjord surrounded by high, rainforest-covered cliffs. The trip starts and ends in Queenstown and includes a two hour boat cruise through the sound exploring soaring peaks, towering waterfalls and New Zealand nature at its best. See seals, penguins and dolphins at the underwater observatory. Departs: Sun, Mon, Wed & Fri Meals: Packed lunch Transport: Private bus, boat Tour Code: ZQNMIL

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£291

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3 DAYS

At NZ’s most southerly part is Stewart Island with its clear waters, lush rainforest, sweeping sands and unspoilt natural beauty. Leave Queenstown, pass Lake Wakatipu on one of the most scenic drives to Milford Sound and board your cruise before overnighting at the unqiue Gunn’s Camp. Next day, hike up the Key Summit Track and catch the ferry to Stewart Island. Day 3, explore the island and do a spot of fishing before returning to Queenstown. Departs: Thu & Sun year-round (additional Mon departure Jan-Mar) Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (2 nts) Transport: Bus, ferry, cruise boat Meals: None included Tour Code: QUEBUR

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Departs: Daily Includes: Guided Larnach castle tour with entry, Dunedin city sights tour, Elm Wildlife tour including private penguin conservation area Meals: None included Tour Code: dudlcw

Experience the best of Dunedin including a guided tour of Larnach Castle and the city highlights and the world’s steepest street. Continue on to the very tip of the stunning Otago Peninsula with award-winning wildlife gurus who’ll show you some of the most spectacular wildlife spots. Enjoy close-up viewing of rare, yellow-eyed penguins, Hooker’s sea lions, NZ fur seals and little blue penguins. See albatross at Tairoa headland and other wildlife around Otago peninsula bays and lagoons. All in all, a beautiful day!

SPEIGHTS BREWERY TOUR

£11

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HALF DAY

The Speight’s Tour is a fascinating, interactive guided experience through a historic working brewery. See, smell, touch and taste the ingredients that produce one of NZ’s most loved beers. Learn about the history of beer before entering the brewery and finishing 90 minutes later with a cheeky bottle. It’d be rude not to! DUDSPE

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TOP 5 MUST-DO’s 1. climb into a hammock & chill 2. snorkel pristine coral reefs 3. take part in a kava ceremony 4. volunteer with local villages 5. escape to tahiti & the cook islands Yasawa Islands

smugglers cove, nadi

£12 dorm £25 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

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• Beachfront location - feel the sand between your toes • Airport pick-up included • Great value for money

• Enjoy all the great facilities at sister resort Smugglers Cove • Bula - it’s always party time here! • To sit by the pool or on the beach - now there’s a choice

Smugglers Cove is a great little resort located on the beach at Nadi Bay just a ten-minute drive from the International Airport, Nadi Town and Port Denarau. Facilities include 24-hour airport pick-up and the use of resort kayaks. The bar is an ever popular hangout why not give your tequila elbow a workout?

Discover this friendly and affordable hostel, popular with both backpackers and independent travellers. Centrally located by the beach and only ten minutes from the airport and Nadi town. There is a party atmosphere where travellers feel at home and come back again and again.

STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01Jan14–30Apr14 & 01Oct14–31Dec14. EXCLUSIVE STA DISCOUNTED RATES - 05Mar14- 30Sep14

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STAY 5 PAY 4, STAY 9 PAY 7 or STAY 3 NIGHTs and GET 10% DISCOUNT - All Year

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£9 dorm £18 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Rakiraki Port Denarau Nadi

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£14 Dorm £26 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

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nadi bay resort, Nadi

£14 dorm £17 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

• Cosy, cute and family-run • Full-service health spa - treat yourself to a massage • All rooms have ocean or partial ocean views

• Fiftteen minutes from both the airport and Port Denarau • Cool down in one of the two swimming pools • Relax in the beauty and massage salon

Small, intimate and great value for money, Aquarius on the Beach is Nadi`s hidden gem. The hostel is a relaxing retreat and offers modern, clean facilities to make you feel welcome. Nestled right on Wailoaloa Beach in a converted luxury home, choose from dorms or doubles all with air con and a traditional Pacific touch.

A favourite amongst backpackers, Nadi Bay Resort has several courtyard areas with great bars, Mango Restaurant serving up tasty and affordable meals, two pools, plus sun loungers and hammocks for relaxing. There’s also a 70-seat cinema screening films every night.

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STAY 7 PAY 6 - ALL YEAR

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Rock Solid

 NADI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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£68 SINGLE £34 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

ANCHORAGE RESORT, NADI area

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Just 15 minutes north of Nadi International Airport, the Anchorage Resort is close to historic Viseisei Village and Vudu Point with great views of the ocean and Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands. There are two pools, one right by the beach adjacent to the restaurant, and guests can also enjoy a variety of watersports and activities.

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YASAWA ISLANDS

MAMANUCA ISLANDS NADI

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11 12

£246 SINGLE £123 TWIN/DOUBLE

radisson blu RESORT FIJI, denarau island

£234 SINGLE £117 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

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Denarau Island This integrated island resort offers a number of upmarket hotels, a championship golf course and a marina that is the gateway to the Mamanucas. If you’ve got the cash to spare, treat yourself!

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Coral Coast A beautiful stretch of shoreline. This region is dotted with small towns and hotels, flanked by green hills on one side and a fringing reef on the other.

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mango bay RESORT, Coral Coast

a-list

£10 DORM £39 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

OUTRIGGER ON THE LAGOON fiji, Coral Coast

£176 SINGLE £88 TWIN/DOUBLE

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FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

• Choice of three restaurants and two bars • All rooms and bures with expansive ocean views • Indulge in the Frangipani spa

• One of the largest rooms and suites on Denarau • Complimentary use of non-motorised watersports • Free Wi-Fi available in all rooms and throughout the resort

• Choose from dorms, cabins and bures • All accommodation comes with mozzie nets and thatched roofs • Hit Tadra nightclub and party the night away

• Sip a cocktail at the swim-up bar and bistro • Think swaying palm trees and a sugar sand beach • Free activities including kayaks and snorkelling equipment

This fun-filled tropical escape is set in the warm Pacific Ocean yet the world is only is only a three-minute boat ride away across the sleepy lagoon to the mainland, and just 25 minutes by car to Nadi town and the International Airport. You’re going to love the spectacular freeform pool with swim-up pool bar and Jacuzzi!

This beachfront resort is just a short drive from Denarau Marina and has stylish rooms and suites all with their own private balcony and free Wi-Fi. Enjoy open-air dining with views over the tropical gardens and the sparkling lagoon swimming pools – including an adults-only pool. Unwind in the Harmony Retreat day spa.

Nestled within the Tadrawai (dreamwater) Valley and set across 12 acres of lush tropical landscape, this resort overlooks an enclosed bay offering sheltered clear waters and stunning white beachfront. Relax in the oceanfront lagoon pool, experience the sunset bonfire, or chill-out under the stars at the open-air cinema.

A luxury, five-star resort in the heart of Fiji’s Coral Coast on a white sandy beach amongst 40 acres of tropical landscaped gardens. All the modern rooms and bures are set within a mini Fijian village – most with your own butler. There’s two huge pools, a choice of restaurants and bars, plus a world-class spa.

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STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01Apr14 - 23Dec14, STAY 6 PAY 4 - 10Jan14-31Mar14

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£17 dorm £51 TWIN/DOUBLE

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ROBINSON CRUSOE island, robinson crusoe island

£18 dorm £29 TWIN/DOUBLE

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STAY 4 PAY 3, STAY 7 PAY 5, STAY 10 PAY 7 - 11Jan-31Dec14

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seaspray day sailing

£66

FR

FULL DAY

south sea island day trip

£64

FR

FULL DAY

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Kayak, snorkel zipline or simply chill beachside • Enjoy brekkie beachside at Uprising’s restaurant • Get social at the beach bar’s twice daily happy hour. Bula!

• Closest budget accommodation to Nadi • Tribal dorm with upgrades to bures or lodges with private facilities • Become a Tribal Village Projects Volunteer

Set on two miles of beach just 45 minutes from the capital, Suva and close to the Arts Village Cultural Centre. Choose from traditional thatched bungalows and villas with hot water, open-air showers and private balconies or a unique 20-bed dorm treehouse - ideal for travellers of all ages.

This tropical island retreat offers a unique cultural experience. The resort is world-famous for its spectacular island dance shows with some of Fiji’s best fire and knife dancers. Revel in the customs, culture and cuisine of the Fiji Islands, with the opportunity of becoming an Islander yourself at this secluded beach haven.

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UPRISING BEACH RESORT, pacific harbour

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STAY 4 PAY 3 - ALL YEAR

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Enjoy a magnificent day cruise aboard the classic old sailing schooner, Seaspray. The day includes a Fijian village visit and time to explore Modriki Island, always a highlight of the trip and famous from the Tom Hanks movie ‘Cast Away’. Dive into the turquoise waters of the Mamanuca Islands, go snorkelling and enjoy a traditional Fijian kava ceremony (except Sundays). The sand is so white it’s almost blinding. Don’t forget your sunglasses! All beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks, morning/afternoon tea and a barbecue lunch are included. It’s a stunner!

You can’t beat a day at South Sea Island, a stunning island surrounded by crystal-clear waters and magnificent coral reefs. Just 30 minutes from Denarau aboard the high-speed catamaran, it is the closest day trip island to the mainland. Enjoy a full day in South Sea Island’s paradise or a quick trip in the morning and be back on the mainland by midday. Go snorkelling, sailing and kayaking or ride beneath the waves in a semi-submersible to explore the fascinating tropical fish life. A tasty barbecue lunch and all refreshments onboard are included.

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This hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to the airport and just eight kilometres from Nadi Town. With an idyllic setting in lush gardens, this affordable hotel suits everyone’s needs. Refurbished rooms all have air con and a contemporary design. Enjoy the two swimming pools and giant waterslide.

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• Picturesque views of Fiji’s outlying islands • All rooms with air con, fan, private balcony, fridge and TV • Choose from garden, beachside and oceanfront rooms

Nadi The closest city to the airport, Nadi is a great stopover location. Check out Main Street’s kilometre of shopping, eating and entertainment options. Party on!

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£67 SINGLE £34 TWIN/DOUBLE

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• Free airport shuttle, nightly entertainment and Wi-Fi • Relax in the swimming pool and spa • Fantastic setting surrounded by tropical gardens

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Which pass? Transport-only or Accommodated Package

If you want things sorted upfront so you can get on with enjoying ‘Fiji time’, it’s best you go for an accommodated package check out the options on page 181. These are for a set amount of time but still get you to all the amazing stops. If you are flexible and have time on your side, the transport-only passes may be the best option as they allow you to hop-on and hop-off anywhere along the route. Simply book your accommodation separately on a daily basis with the guide. The passes do not expire until you’ve finished your trip so there’s no rush to start or finish!

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can go to four or five? Single, resort-based holidays are so 1995! Feejee Experience have perfected their route over the past ten years to offer you the best possible Fiji experience. Sun, sand, culture and adventure, Feejee Experience takes you to unique stops where most often you are the only traveller in sight. Interact with locals, visit remote villages, all the time enjoying the overwhelming Fijian hospitality.

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Transport Only Passes (valid for up to 12 months) Hula Loop 

Fr £178

Min trip time: 4 days Departs Nadi: Mon, Wed, Sat Includes: 4 days of hop-on hop-off travel around Viti Levu Island.

Big Kahuna

Fr £357

Min trip time: 14 days Departs Nadi: Mon, Wed, Sat Includes: 7 days of hop-on hop-off travel around Viti Levu Island and 7 days travel in the Mamanuca & Yasawa Islands.

6 DAYS - Viti Levu & Beachcomber Island Includes: Accommodation (5 nts), 3 breakfasts, boat transfers, 6 days travel, multiple activities incl village visits, sevusevu ceremony, sandboarding, hot pools, mud pools, jungle trek, waterfall swimming Tour Code: NANFEL

mangos & mantaray

triple treat

£453

FR

Bula (Arrival) Pack * 1 day fr £25 Relax from the minute you step off the

10 DAYS- Viti Levu, Mantaray & Beachcomber Island

Includes: Accommodation (7 nts), 3 breakfasts, boat transfers, 8 days travel, multiple activities inc village visits, sevusevu ceremony, sandboarding, hot pools, mud pools, jungle trek and waterfalls and Fiji’s best budget island resort Tour Code: NANFEM

Includes: Accommodation (9 nts), 3 breakfasts, boat transfers, 10 days travel, multiple activities incl village visits, sevusevu ceremony, sandboarding, hot pools, mud pools, jungle trek and waterfall swimming Tour Code: NANTRD

island hopper Yasawa Island Group

Over night stop - amazing beach resort

plane in Fiji and book the Bula arrival pack. You’ll get a personalised airport meet and greet, private air con airport transfer, one night’s air con accommodation in Nadi as well as a Feejee Experience sulu. Totally easy and totally great value! You can choose from a number of Nadi resorts and the next day you’ll get picked up for the start of your adventure. * Bula and Moce Packs must be booked in conjunction with any Feejee Experience pass

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Free Activities A whole host of amazing activities are included in your pass so you get to experience the real Fiji: • Coastal and Highland village visits • Traditional Kava ceremony • Rainforest trekking • Billibilli rafting • A world top ten beach • Snorkelling in marine reserve • Trips to secluded waterfalls • Bathing in hot and mud pools • Sandboarding

£571

FR

8 DAYS - Viti Levu & Mantaray Island

Feejee Experience by Sea

Moce departure pack reverses the process. After your amazing time in Fiji, you’ll be well and truly operating on ‘Fiji time’. There is no risk of missing your flight as the Moce departure pack includes your accommodation in Nadi the night before and your transfer back to the airport. It’s a hard job leaving paradise but at least you can relax knowing all the details are being taken care of so you can enjoy every single minute.

£314

FR

Includes: Accommodation with breakfast (3 nts), 4 days travel around Viti Levu Island, multiple activities incl village visits, sevusevu ceremony, sandboarding, hot pools, mud pools, jungle trek and water fall swimming Tour Code: NANWH3

Feejee Experience by land

Moce (Departure) Pack * 1 day fr £23 Just as easy as the Bula arrival pack, the

Experience’s biggest asset. They give you a real insight into life in Fiji outside of a tourist resort.

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4 DAYS - Viti Levu

Some other cool stops we visit

Local drivers & guides The drivers and guides are Feejee

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£883

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14 DAYS - Viti Levu, Beachcomber, Mantaray, Yanuca, Robinson Crusoe & Beqa Islands Includes: Accommodation (13 nts), 5 breakfasts, boat transfers, 14 days travel, multiple activities incl village visits, sevusevu ceremony, sandboarding, hot pools, mud pools, jungle trek, water fall swimming and a jet ski safari Tour Code: NANISL

Travel by jetski

NANANUI-RA

15 minutes from Volivoli Beach

Travel by boat

MANTARAY ISLAND

Rivers Fishing/Snorkelling/Diving

VOLIVOLI BEACH

2.5 hours from Nadi

Surfing Waterfall

BA TOWN Mamanuca Island Group

BEACHCOMBER ISLAND 30 minutes from Nadi

NATADOLA BEACH

ROBINSON CRUSOE ISLAND 30 minutes from Natadola

Sabeto Valley Hot Pools

Wainibuka River

Ovalau Island NASAUTOKA KOROVOU TOWN

VITI LEVU

NADI MALOMALO VILLAGE

SIGATOKA

NAUSORI

Optional Uprising Trek

Sand Dunes

SUVA

Qaranigio River

UPRISING BEACH (PACIFIC HARBOUR)

MANGO BAY (CORAL COAST)

Yanuca Island

Please note: All tours take also the route of the black line

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TAVEWA MATACAWALEVU

South Sea Island

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Bounty Island

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Beachcomber Island

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Plantation Island Resort

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Funky Fish Resort

Port Denarau

Port Denarau

Nadi Airport

Port Denarau

Port Denarau

NANUYA LAILAI

NAVITI

DRAWAQA NANUYA BALAVU NAUKACUVU

WAYA

WAYA LAILAI KUATA

Take the hassle out of arriving in Fiji with this convenient ‘welcome pack’, which includes an airport meet & greet, your first night’s accommodation at a choice of great properties, and all the transfers you need to get you from A to B. Next morning, enjoy a delicious breakfast before transferring to the marina at Port Denarau ready to start your island-hopping adventures. Sorted!

At the end of your chilled island-hopping adventure, keep your stress levels at zero with this funky little departure pack. Most flights depart too early to fly out the same day, so a night in Nadi is essential. Avoid queuing for taxis and be transferred from Port Denarau straight to your chosen accommodation. Next day, enjoy breakfast before transferring back to Nadi Airport.

If you’re a bit of a freestyler, then this is a good way to sort out your boat transfers in the idyllic Yasawa and Mamanuca Islands. Your pass is valid for one return journey from Port Denarau along the full length of the Yasawa Island chain, offering one ‘island hop’ per day. Your pass is valid for between 5 and 21 consecutive days, and it’s easy to book accommodation as you go.

Inclusions

Inclusions

pass prices

Accommodation: Nadi Bay Resort, Smuggler’s Cove or Aquarius Pacific (or similar) (1 nt, shared dorm or twin/ double room) Transport: Nadi Airport to Hotel transfer, Hotel to Port Denarau transfer Meals: 1 breakfast Extras: FJD $5 Vodafone SIM card Tour Code: NANBWP

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Nadi Airport

£135

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MAMANUCA ISLANDS (1 hour from Denarau) 1

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bula £26 pass

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Kuata Resort

Accommodation: Nadi Bay Resort, Smuggler’s Cove or Aquarius Pacific (or similar) (1 nt, shared dorm or twin/double room) Transport: Port Denarau to Hotel transfer, Hotel to Nadi Airport transfer Meals: 1 breakfast Tour Code: NANMDF

5 days  7 days 10 days 

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£135 £175 £231

12 days  15 days  21 days 

£254 £277 £304

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Waya Lailai Ecohaven Resort

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Naqalia Lodge

WAYA ISLAND (2 hours 30 minutes from Denarau)

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Port Denarau (Nadi)

VOMO

Octopus Resort

£285

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5-21 DAYS

Port Denarau (Nadi)

NAUKACUVU (2 hours 45 minutes from Denarau)

As with the ‘Bula’ Pass, the Combo is valid for one return journey from Port Denarau along the full length of the Yasawas, and around the Mamanucas, and offers one ‘island hop’ per day between resorts and islands for the number of consecutive days on your chosen pass. Accommodation for the corresponding number of nights is also paid for, usually with a two-night minimum stay policy, and again this can be booked at the Travel Desk on board the boat – though it’s a good idea to reserve a few days in advance just to get you started.

10 Paradise Cove Resort BEACHCOMBER

NANUYA BALAVU (3 hours from Denarau)

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11 Mantaray Island Resort DRAWAQA ISLAND (3 hours from Denarau)

BOUNTY SOUTH SEA ISLAND

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12 Barefoot Island Lodge NAVITI ISLAND (3 hours 30 minutes from Denarau)

MALOLO •Port Denarau Marina

13 Botaira Beach Resort

& check in, Nadi

14 Korovou Eco-Tour Resort 15 White Sandy Beach MATACAWALEVU ISLAND (4/5 hours from Denarau)  16 Long Beach Resort 17 Bay of Plenty Resort NANUYA LAILAI ISLAND(5 hours from Denarau) 18 Nanuya Lailai Island 

DORMS & BURES

19 Gold Coast Resort

Higher standard accommodation but still retaining a strong Fijian flavour. Always with fan or air conditioning. Have set meals but generally with more variety and upgrade ‘treat’ options - please note that some 2 Coconut properties require a locally-payable supplement for the meal package.

TAVEWA ISLAND (5 hours from Denarau) 20 Coralview Resort 21 Otto & Fanny’s NACULA ISLAND (4 hours 30 minutes from Denarau) 22 Oarsmans Bay Lodge 23 Blue Lagoon Beach Resort 24 Nabua Lodge

DORMS & BURES If you need a hairdryer, these are not for you! Authentically Fijian, fairly basic but on a beautiful beach. Usually no hot water but the local water supply is tepid so it’s not really an issue. Meals are included in the price and are generally a set menu and served at a set time. Usually have fans rather than air conditioning, and you’ll need to bring your own towel, soap etc.

BURES ONLY More ‘resort’ in style, still small but generally purpose-built at a higher level with more mod-cons. You’ll enjoy a welcome cocktail, full bar, à la carte or buffet dining. Many properties have a meal package plan which you pay directly to the resort. All rooms have fan or air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms with all necessities and towels supplied.

If you like the freedom to do your own thing, then we recommend the ‘Bula’ Combo Pass as the most flexible way to explore the gorgeous Yasawa and Mamanuca Islands. The Combo Pass provides an easy, hassle-free way to pay for both your accommodation and transfers before you arrive in Fiji, but still gives you the chance to explore the islands at your own pace. Meals are also included at all 1 Coconut properties and most 2 Coconut properties.

The Combo Pass is available in your choice of 1 or 2 Coconut accommodation and in either dorm-style or twin/double rooms or bures. If you’re travelling on a 1 Coconut pass and fancy splashing out on a few nights in 2 or 3 Coconut accommodation, you can do so by paying the applicable surcharge at the Travel Desk on the boat.

Coconut Properties – Kuata, Long Beach (dorm & bure), Wayalailai (20 bed dorm & lodge), Barefoot (dorm & bure), White Sandy, Bay of Plenty, Gold Coast, Nabua, Naqalia (dorm & bure), Safe Landing (20 bed dorm & bure with shared facilities).

Coconut Properties – 1 Coconut properties, plus South Sea (dorm), Beachcomber (dorm), Barefoot (deluxe dorm), Korovou (dorm & bure), Wayalailai (6 bed dorm & bure), Safe Landing (6 bed dorm & bure ensuite).

bula combo passes Dorm

Dbl/ Twn

Dorm

Dbl/ Twn

4 NIGHTs

£285

£313

£306

£339

6 NIGHTs

£400

£443

£432

£481

9 NIGHTs

£568

£632

£616

£689

11 NIGHTs

£666

£744

£724

£815

14 NIGHTs

£801

£901

£876

£991

20 NIGHTs

£1,053

£1,196

£1,160 £1,324

Please note that where available, upgraded room types not specified at selected 2 Coconut properties attract locallypayable supplements, as does all accommodation at certain other resorts such as Octopus and Blue Lagoon.

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south pacific

Yasawa archipelagos lie just off the mainland of Fiji and offer an amazing diversity of islands and resorts. With so many different styles of accommodation available, we have adopted a local grading system of 1, 2 & 3 Coconuts. Where a property has more than one ‘coconut’ grading, this means it offers room types (e.g. dorms & bures) of differing standards. In general, what you can expect is explained below.

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tropical awegasm Port Denarau (Nadi)

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12 DAYS

Port Denarau (Nadi)

Highlights

Feel the white sand between your toes Embrace the tranquillity of the area Dive and snorkel in the stunning reefs Explore the ocean on the Yasawa Flyer Visit the famous Blue Lagoon region Be welcomed by local Fijian people Watch flying fish as the sun sets Hit the party island of Beachcomber

Port Denarau (Nadi)

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Highlights

Daily - year round

Departs from Port Denarau at approx. 8.30am/12.15pm/3.15pm

Departs from Port Denarau at approx. 8.30am

Returns to Port Denarau at approx. 5.45pm

Returns to Port Denarau at approx. 5.45pm

DAY ITINERARY South Sea Island or Bounty

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Standard Dorm

Bure

Dorm

Bure

£703

£792

£892

£981

£643

£858

£832

£1,047

N/A

£1,222

N/A

N/A

All prices are per person. Meals included on 1 Coconut. Meals included on 2 Coconut but a meal plan of FJD$174 payable at Mantaray and FJD$178 at Coralview. No meals included on 3 Coconut, except at Beachcomber.

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09-10

Octopus

Korovou or Barefoot

Paradise Cove

Coralview

03-04

Nanuya or Blue Lagoon

It’s back on board the Yasawa Flyer for your short transfer north, which gives you the option to check out the Blue Lagoon region. There are some cracking walks, beautiful beaches and stunning coral for you to explore as well as flying fish which make an appearance around sunset. Don’t miss the chance to visit the incredible caves of Sawailau, where a short underwater swim takes you into a surreal underground cavern. (2B, 2L, 2D) Full Monty Inclusions: Sawailau Caves Trip AND Blue Lagoon snorkelling trip by boat to awesome reef sites OR an island massage.

Mantaray

It’s off to the party island of Beachcomber today where the bar is open late, the music is pumping and the dance floor is buzzing so you can really make the most of your last night. The atmosphere of the whole island is quality and the food, drinks, beaches and crystal-clear waters make for a fantastic short stay. We know you won’t want to leave so how about going for a last spot of snorkelling, or chilling on the beach with an indulgent natural fruit smoothie? Whatever you decide, soak up the final few hours before transferring back to Port Denarau on Day 12. (2B, 2L, D)

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Kuata or Wayalailai

Mantaray

Standard

Full Monty

Dorm

Bure

Dorm

Bure

£407

£450

£505

£548

£387

£492

£484

£589

n/a

£652

n/a

n/a

05-06

Octopus or Mantaray

White Sandy Beach

Korovou or Barefoot

Arrive at Port Denarau marina and meet with your fellow travellers as you check in. Enjoy the cruise on board the famous yellow boat, the ‘Yasawa Flyer’, through turquoise water and past palm-fringed islands to the southernmost islands of the Yasawa chain. Stunning monolithic mountains with sheer rock peaks, beautiful greenery and golden sand beaches dominate these islands. You’ll really feel like you are on your own little paradise a million miles from civilisation. Activities vary depending on where you stay and can include exciting summit walks, reef snorkelling, guided kayaking tours or swimming with sharks and manta rays (depending on the season). For an incredible start to your island-hopping adventure, relax on the white sandy beaches with a cocktail in hand. (B, 2L, 2D) Full Monty Inclusions: Kuata / Wayalailai – guided summit walk, reef snorkelling/swim with the sharks trip, guided kayaking (choose 2 of 3). Mantaray - sunset tube cruise.

Botaira

Today, jump back on the ‘Yasawa Flyer’ for a mid-morning transfer to your next dose of Fijian paradise. White Sandy and Korovou share the same beach and beautiful bay, sitting just a short walk from each other. Botaira has a stunning location all to itself, with nothing to see but ocean, beach, forest and sky. All three options are Fijian family-run properties where you’ll feel at home and staff will greet you with a big smile. Idyllic and remote, relaxation is the name of the game here. Enjoy the fresh food prepared at the resort, fish caught that same day and vegetables and fruit grown on the island. Chill out on your beach towel or in a hammock with a good book and a beer and watch the world go by. But if you insist on being active, there is also plenty on offer. Grab your snorkel and fins, explore the island or even take part in a cooking class. (2B, 2L, 2D) Full Monty Inclusions: White Sandy / Korovu – swim with the manta rays (May to Oct) OR snorkel trip by boat to fantastic reef sites (Nov to Apr). Korovou – Fijian cooking lesson.

Nabua or Gold Coast

Botaira

Marvel at the exuberant and colourful coral and marine life that is just a few metres from the beach. Catch the splendour of the sunset with a cocktail in hand, have a little dance or relax with your mates around the kava bowl. (2B, 2L, 2D) Full Monty Inclusions: All – swim with the manta rays (May to Oct) OR snorkel trip by boat to fantastic reef sites (Nov to Apr). Barefoot - guided tour to Muaira Village OR sunset cruise. Mantaray – sunset tube cruise (we’ll surprise you!).

Beachcomber

11-12

01-02

Laze around in the sun, get in the kayak and head out for a paddle or don the mask and jump in head first for a bit of snorkelling. After these exertions, you’ll head to your next resort where a friendly welcome awaits and more relaxation is in store. But if you want to get active, there are heaps of great activities on offer. (2B, 2L, 2D) Full Monty Inclusions: Snorkel trip to view coral reef.

Barefoot Lodge

Full Monty

DAY ITINERARY

Treasure Resort

Wayalailai

Long Beach or Nabua

07-08

If your picture of Fijian paradise is small remote islands with the whitest, sandy beaches stretching as far as the eye can see with hammocks strung up between the overhanging palm trees, surrounded by fringing coral reefs teeming with exotic and colourful fish, you won’t be disappointed booking yourself on to the Ultimate Lei! You have seven days to soak up the Fijian flavours of the Yasawa Islands where the resorts are run by local Fijians who love welcoming backpackers and travellers and sharing their culture with you. Relax on the beach or try some of the optional activities available from jet skiing to snorkelling or diving.

Head out to the southernmost part of the Yasawa Islands and see the stunning mountains that command the horizon, then embrace the tranquillity. If you’re thirsty for adventure, there is plenty of activities to choose from with the highlight for the adrenalin junkies, the chance to swim with sharks. (2B, 2L, 2D) Full Monty Inclusions: Kuata / Wayalailai – guided summit walk, reef snorkelling/ swim with the sharks trip, guided kayaking (choose 2 of 3). Naqalia – guided summit walk and your choice of either a Fijian cooking lesson or reef snorkelling/swim with the sharks.

White Sandy Beach

05-06

Inclusions

Service Level: 1, 2 or 3 Coconuts Standard: All accommodation (6 nts), transfers between Port Denarau and selected accommodations in Nadi, all vessel transfers, meals as shown beneath price panel. Tour Code: NANULT Full Monty: All accommodation (6 nts), transfers between Port Denarau and selected accommodations in Nadi, all vessel transfers, meals as shown beneath price panel, sightseeing activities outlined in the itinerary, free sulu or cap, free souvenir photo book Tour Code: NANFUL

In what will seem like the blink of an eye, you will go from port to boat, to beach, to cold bevy in hand and to pure relaxation on the island of your choice. Take a swim, sunbathe and do some watersports in your own time. You can then jump aboard the Seaspray sailing adventure and check out the outer Mamanuca Islands, to visit a traditional Fijian village. (B, 2L, 2D) Full Monty Inclusions: Seaspray Day Sailing Adventure, incl. barbecue lunch, beer/wine & soft drinks.

Kuata or Naqalia

03-04

south pacific

south pacific

Departures 2014/15

Bula! Feel the warm white sand between your toes as you idle away the hours on the sundrenched Pacific Islands of Fiji. With a cold drink in hand and the silhouettes of flying fish sprinkling across the picture-perfect sunset, you’ll be lost in the tranquillity and serene splendour of this enchanting region. Snorkel and dive with the fish and the colourful coral, jump aboard a boat to explore the surrounding islands, embrace the welcome and friendliness of the local people, and leave here feeling utterly and completely relaxed and refreshed. This is quite simply our most fabulous holiday in Fiji.

7 DAYS

Explore the Yasawa Islands Snorkel with brightly-coloured fish Optional trip to the Sawailau Caves Make new friends on the Yasawa Flyer Plenty of beach time to relax Enjoy local Fijian hospitality Kayak through the Blue Lagoon Try catching your own fish dinner

Daily - year round

Service Level: 1, 2 or 3 Coconuts Standard: All accommodation (11 nts), transfers between Port Denarau and selected accommodations in Nadi, all vessel transfers, meals as shown beneath price panel. Tour Code: NANTRO Full Monty: All accommodation (11 nts), transfers between Port Denarau and selected accommodations in Nadi, all vessel transfers, meals as shown beneath price panel, sightseeing activities outlined in the itinerary, free sulu or cap, free souvenir photo book. Tour Code: NANFTR

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Port Denarau (Nadi)

Departures 2014/15 Inclusions

£387

ultimate lei

Safe Landing

Nanuya Island or Blue Lagoon

A lazy start to the day with more time to chill out on the beach before the ‘Yasawa Flyer’ appears mid-morning to collect you and cruise on up to the Northern Yasawas to the stunning Blue Lagoon region. You may recognise the aqua and turquoise waters from the famous Brooke Shields movie ‘The Blue Lagoon’. Enjoy the island walks, magnificent beaches and spectacular coral. Hit the beach at sunset and watch for the flying fish. This is Fiji paradise! Snorkel in Fiji’s famous Blue Lagoon or enjoy a fantastic trip to the Sawailau Caves where a short underwater swim takes you into a surreal underground cavern. The scenery on the trip out to the cave is unforgettable. The rest of the day is yours to chill out and do as you please. If you’re feeling more adventurous there is the option to upgrade to a guided jet ski trip to the caves or visit a nearby local village. Awesome! (2B, 2L, 2D) Full Monty Inclusions: Sawailau Caves Trip, snorkelling trip by boat to reef sites in the Blue Lagoon, village visit (village visit not available at Gold Coast Resort) (choose 2 of 3).

Port Denarau

07

You have all morning to soak up the Fiji sun, do a bit of snorkelling or kayaking and take in your stunning surroundings. About midday, the ‘Yasawa Flyer’ will appear on the horizon to collect you for the final time and transfer you back to Port Denarau. Sit back and relax on the top deck and enjoy the cruise through paradise back to the mainland ready for the next adventure. (B, L)

All prices are per person. Meals included on 1 Coconut. Meals included on 2 Coconut but a meal plan of FJD $174 payable at Mantaray. No meals included on 3 Coconut.

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FIJI FLING

lazy £443 threesome

£369

FR

Port Denarau (Nadi)

9 DAYS

Port Denarau (Nadi)

FR

Port Denarau (Nadi)

Port Denarau (Nadi)

great Pairs

5 DAYS, 4 nights, 2 islands

6 DAYS

Highlights

• Travel through this island paradise on the Yasawa Flyer • Chill out in a hammock by the beach and sway yourself into a doze • Sample freshly-prepared food cooked in traditional Fijian style

DAY ITINERARY

Korovou / Barefoot

Coralview

Inclusions

Daily - year round. Departs from Port Denarau at approx. 8.30am / 12.15pm / 3.15pm. Returns to Port Denarau at approx. 5.45pm.

Standard Dorm Bure

Full Monty Dorm Bure

£546

£658

£735

£847

£443

£679

£632

£868

N/A

£897

N/A

N/A

All prices are per person. Meals included on 1 Coconut. Meals included on 2 Coconut but a meal plan of FJD$174 payable at Mantaray or FJ $178 at Coralview. No meals included on 3 Coconut, except at Beachcomber.

Standard: Accommodation (8 nts), transfers between Port Denarau and selected accommodations in Nadi, all vessel transfers, meals as shown beneath price panel. Tour Code: NANFBF Full Monty: Accommodation (8 nts), transfers between Port Denarau and selected accommodations in Nadi, all vessel transfers, meals as shown beneath price panel, sightseeing activities outlined in the itinerary, free sulu or cap, free souvenir photo book. Tour Code: NANFFF

Korovou / Barefoot

No rush this morning as your transfer isn’t until mid-morning. White Sandy and Korovou share the same beach and beautiful bay. Botaira has its own stunning location, with nothing but ocean, beach and forest to spoil the view. Chill on the beach or in a hammock, or enjoy an afternoon snooze. But if you insist on being active there is plenty on offer! (2B, 2L, 2D) Full Monty Inclusions: All - swim with the manta rays (May to Oct) OR snorkel trip to fantastic reef sites (Nov to Apr). Korovou - Fijian cooking lesson.

03-04

South Sea/Beachcomber

Nanuya/Blue

Cruise on up to to the stunning Blue Lagoon region! Hit the beach at sunset and look out for flying fish. On Day 9, return to Port Denarau onboard the ‘Yasawa Flyer’. A transfer to selected accommodation nearby is included. (3B, 3L, 2D) Full Monty Inclusions: Sawailau Caves Trip, snorkelling trip to awesome reef sites in the Blue Lagoon, Fijian village visit (choose 2 of 3).

Departures 2014/15

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Botaira

White Sandy Beach Botaira

It’s just all the usual – beautiful beaches, friendly Fijians, enforced relaxation. (2B, 2L, 2D) Full Monty Inclusions: All - swim with the manta rays (May - Oct) OR snorkel trip by boat (Nov - Apr). Barefoot - guided tour to Muaira Village OR sunset cruise.

Nabua/Gold Coast Lagoon

07-09

Cruise up to the stunning Blue Lagoon region in the Northern Yasawas. Enjoy island walks, magnificent beaches and coral reefs. Hit the beach at sunset and watch for flying fish. Snorkel in the Blue Lagoon or join a fantastic trip to the Sawailau Caves. (2B, 2L, 2D) Full Monty Inclusions: Sawailau Caves Trip AND either Blue Lagoon snorkelling trip by boat OR a relaxing massage.

01-02

Octopus/

Time to head to the southern end of the Yasawas on board the ‘Yasawa Flyer’. Enjoy the great activities and awesome beaches. (2B, 2L, 2D) Full Monty Inclusions: Kuata/Wayalailai – guided summit walk, reef snorkelling/swim with the sharks trip, guided kayaking (choose 2 of 3). Mantaray – sunset tube cruise.

Barefoot Lodge

05-06

Mantaray

Nabua/Long Beach Oarsmans Bay/Otto & Fanny’s Nanuya/Blue Lagoon

Beachcomber

It’s straight into relaxing on the island of your choice. The next day, enjoy the crystal-clear water for snorkelling and swimming, plus maybe a village visit and kava ceremony. (B, 2L, 2D) Full Monty Inclusions: Seaspray Day Sailing Adventure.

Kuata/Wayalailai Mantaray

03-04

Highlights

• Take a short but sweet trip in both the Yasawas and Mamanucas • Look out for the spectacle of ‘flying fish’ as the sun goes down • Swim, snorkel or dive in the amazing crystal-clear blue water

DAY ITINERARY

South Sea/Beachcomber

01-02

south pacific

south pacific

All our ‘Great Pairs’ feature accommodation at two resorts, with each pair carefully chosen to offer similar standards, boat transfers from/to Port Denarau and between your chosen islands and, at most resorts, three meals per day. Choose between 1, 2 or 3 Coconut options, depending on the level that suits your budget and style, and feel free to add on extra nights if you want to extend your stay. The ferry departs daily from Port Denarau at 8.30am and returns on your last day at approx. 5.45pm.

BAREFOOT lodge & NABUA

£307

FR

5 DAYs

Barefoot Lodge straddles a peninsula on the island of Drawaqa, positioned between two beaches. Manta rays cruise past the resort (seasonally) to feed during the day and there are plenty of fantastic dive opportunities. Just north of this lies lovely Naviti Island, home to the friendly Nabua Lodge. A favourite among travellers and backpackers, it’s not hard to see why, with its great atmosphere and lovely setting in the spectacular Blue Lagoon. Accommodation: Barefoot Lodge (2 nts, dorm or bure with shared facilities), Nabua (2 nts, dorm or bure) Transport: Boat transfers included from/to Port Denarau Meals: Included Tour Code: NANBNF

Octopus Resort & Korovou

£261

FR

5 DAYs

Octopus has an absolutely beautiful bay, beach and tropical jungle all to itself. The large central openair bure has a marvellous bar with a view over the picture-perfect beach and adjoining pool area. The snorkelling is spectacular, however this is simply the first Fijian paradise you’ll visit - next up is one of the Yasawas’ friendliest resorts, Korovou. Set midway along a sandy beach, Korovou has a beachside dining area and freshwater swimming pool. Accommodation: Octopus (2 nts, gardenview bure), Korovou (2 nts, standard bure) Transport: Transfers from/to Port Denarau Meals: Included at Korovou; must pay FJD$198 meal package at Octopus Tour Code: NANOKF

Beachcomber

Laze the day away until your mid-afternoon transfer to the Mamanuca Islands. They may be small but they’re big on character with some of the best coral reef areas for snorkelling and diving that you’ll see in Fiji. Enjoy the crystal-clear water for snorkelling and swimming and a traditional Fijian village visit and kava ceremony. Enjoy your magnificent island for as long as you please as there are varying return times on the last day available. (2B, 2L, D) Full Monty Inclusions: Seaspray Day Sailing Adventure.

05-06

Inclusions

Departures 2014/15 Daily - year round. Departs from Port Denarau at approx. 8.30am. Returns to Port Denarau at approx. 12pm / 3pm / 5.45pm

Standard Dorm Bure

Full Monty Bure Dorm

£377

£441

£466

£529

£369

£549

£457

£637

n/a

£643

N/A

N/A

All prices are per person. Meals included on 1 Coconut. Meals included on 2 Coconut but a meal plan of either FJD $168 at Oarsmans Bay or FJD$178 payable at Otto & Fanny’s. No meals included on 3 Coconut, except at Beachcomber.

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Standard: Accommodation (5 nts), transfers between Port Denarau and selected accommodations in Nadi, all vessel transfers, meals as shown beneath price panel. Tour Code: NANLAZ Full Monty: Accommodation (5 nts), transfers between Port Denarau and selected accommodations in Nadi, all vessel transfers, meals as shown beneath price panel, sightseeing activities outlined in the itinerary, free sulu or cap, free souvenir photo book. Tour Code: NANFLT

BEACHCOMBER & MANTARAY

£272

FR

5 DAYs

Start your island holiday at Fiji’s tropical party island! Beachcomber is situated in the Mamanucas and has a reputation as both a lively resort by night and a chilled-out paradise by day. After a few wild nights at Beachcomber, you’ll be needing something more laid back. Mantaray ticks this box along with being one of Fiji’s best snorkelling and diving spots. The elevation of the dining area makes for fantastic views over the surrounding islands. Accommodation: Beachcomber (2 nts, dorm/oceanview bure), Mantaray (2 nts, dorm/treehouse bure) Transport: Transfers from/to Port Denarau Meals: Included at Beachcomber; must pay FJD$174 at Mantaray Tour Code: NANBMF

Botaira & Blue Lagoon

£507

FR

5 days

Botaira is a small, family-run resort set on a magnificent sandy beach that sweeps the width of the bay with no sign of civilisation in sight! The waters off the beach are a marine reserve, so the coral and marine life is every bit as spectacular as you’d expect. Next up is the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort, whose stunning stretch of sand fringes the Blue Lagoon. This modern resort retains a Fijian flavour and offers a full range of awesome activities. Accommodation: Botaira (2 nts, beachfront bure), Blue Lagoon (2 nts, premium beachfront villa) Transport: Transfers from/to Port Denarau Meals: Must pay FJD$198 meal package at both Botaira and Blue Lagoon Tour Code: NANBLF

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mamanuca & yasawa islands

3, 5 or 7 DAYS

botaira beach resort island escape

Optional activities

• Snorkelling • Diving • Fishing trips • Traditional craft • Island ridge walk • Massage • Swimming with manta rays (seasonal) • Soso Village Visit • Kayaking • Weaving and Lei making • Beach Escape - Private beach and picnic for the day • Eco garden tour • Volleyball

Inclusions

Includes: Vessel transfers, accommodation and coach transfers from most Nadi Accommodation Meals: Compulsory meal plan is payable directly to the resort, for approx. FJD$99 per person per day Tour Code: NANBOF

3, 5 or 7 DAYS

octopus resort island escape

£132 / FR£157 / FR£182

FR

Optional activities

Includes: Vessel transfers, accommodation and coach transfers from most Nadi Accommodation Meals: Compulsory meal plan is payable directly to the resort, for approx. FJD$99 per person, per day Tour Code: NANOSR Departs: Daily from Denarau Marina at 8.30am

The moment you step onto a superb bay with gorgeous white sand beach fringed with swaying palms and a tropical jungle, you will be on ‘Fiji Time’. Octopus Resort offers some of the best snorkelling and diving in Fiji and is a perfect place to be as active or as relaxed as you like. The resort has accommodation options that range in standard from 2 to 3 coconuts - choose from the dorm to garden view or beachfront bures. Communal open-air bure has a funky bar overlooking the beach and adjoining pool area. There is a sand-floor restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious à la carte lunch or a variety of dinner options. You can choose from three-course set menu or a barbecue dinner, usually followed by fire dancing and poolside Fijian music. The stunning sunsets are also on offer here and are best enjoyed while sipping a cocktail on the beach.

3, 5 or 7 DAYS

Mantaray Resort island escape

£144 / £173 / £202

FR

FR

FR

Includes: Vessel transfers, accommodation and coach transfers from most Nadi Accommodation Meals: Compulsory meal plan is payable directly to the resort, for approx. FJD$87 per person per day Tour Code: NANRAO Departs: Daily from Denarau Marina at 8.30am

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3, 5 or 7 DAYS

£197 / £272 / FR£346

FR

FR

Optional activities

• Snorkelling • Diving • Hand line fishing trips • Traditional craft • Island walks • Fishing • Island massage • Sawalau caves trip • Village visit to Naisisili • Volleyball

Inclusions Includes: Vessel transfers, accommodation, meals and coach transfers from most Nadi Accommodation Tour Code: NANNAF Departs: Daily from Denarau Marina at 8.30am

Nabua Lodge is located in a secluded tropical landscape with a stunning private beach and surrounded by aqua waters. This is a small, family-run property offering a true Fijian style experience with comfort and awesome hospitality. Accommodation here is basic but is located in beautiful location just metres from the beach and is perfect for budget-conscious travellers. Nabua Lodge focuses on welcoming guests into the Fijian island life, without sacrificing comfortable amenities and breaking the bank. You can find your own perfect hideout for relaxing in the warm Fijian breeze or if you’re feeling more energetic, enjoy a snorkelling trip around the lagoon, exploring magnificent coral and fish. Meet your fellow travellers on the beachside deck over dinner, have a few beers and share moments of your Fiji holiday before dancing the night away.

blue lagoon resort island escape

Optional activities

Inclusions

Set upon the pure white sands with sweeping bay, Botaira Resort is a uniquely secluded holiday escape. The resort prides itself for its beautiful accommodation, friendly staff, freshly-prepared cuisine and countless outdoor activities. It’s a small and friendly family-run resort with bures dotted along the beach in stunning garden style grounds. A magnificent beach sweeps the width of the bay with no sign of civilisation in sight. With top chefs preparing mouthwatering delights, and the dining/bar area providing superb outlook of the entire length of the bay, the resort is the perfect place to enjoy a nice meal. The spacious bures are a real work of art, designed with attention to traditional Fijian style and modern amenities. Most bures are situated right on the beach and you’ll fall asleep to the soothing sound of nature.

Nabua Lodge Island Escape

• Snorkelling • Fijian cooking lesson • Hand line fishing trips • Traditional craft • Private beachside dinners • Hiking • Fishing charters • Island massage • Movie nights • Scuba diving • Village church • Meke dancing, Sulu tying, weaving • Crab racing • Beach bonfire nights

Inclusions

FR

3, 5 or 7 DAYS

£147 / £172 / FR£197

FR

FR

Optional activities

• Snorkelling • Diving • Hand line fishing trips • Traditional craft • Island massage • Hiking • Beach volleyball • Great bar and party nights • Swimming with manta rays (seasonal) • Blue Lagoon trip • Shark dive • Sunset tube cruise • Kayaking • Private dinners for two

• Snorkelling • Nacula Village visit • Blue Lagoon snorkelling trip • Sawailau Caves trip • Island massage • Island walks • Weaving • Diving • Movie nights • Crab racing • Volleyball • Fire dancing • School visits • Hair braiding • Fijian singing and dancing • Fishing trips

The location of Mantaray Resort is quite unique to the Yasawa Islands. Tucked into a sheltered bay on the gorgeous little Nanuya Balavu Island, the resort looks across a sparkling channel of water to scenic Drawaqa. What makes the resort even more special are the gentle manta rays that cruise through the channel every year from May to October. It’s an experience that you’ll never forget! The resort itself has a large and comfortable dorm as well as several bures that range in standard from 2 to 3 coconuts. A short walk up a bush-clad hill will take you to the restaurant and bar. The elevation of the dining area makes for fantastic views out over the surrounding islands. A perfect spot for a sunset cocktail! There are over 40 dive sites and some excellent snorkelling and fishing to be had. Mantaray offers a perfect mix of partying, relaxation and culture.

Picture paradise and you’ll start to get an idea of this lovely resort. The island of Nacula has soft rolling peaks, reaching down to the coconut palms that line the whitest stretch of beach you have ever seen. And it doesn’t end there! The water is a mix of aqua and turquoise that will make you want to dive right in and discover the coral reefs below. The accommodation is superb and caters to the flash-packer or anyone looking for something special. Accommodation options range from award-winning dorms to Bula Lodge Rooms, to the more upmarket garden, beachfront and palm villas. The beachside restaurant and bar is kind of like a cool city bar but on the beach! The chefs like to utilise local ingredients and add their flair to the tasty menu. There is a range of awesome activities, but do leave some time for lazing in that hammock!

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Inclusions

Includes: Vessel transfers, accommodation, coach transfers from most Nadi Accommodation Meals: Compulsory meal plan is payable directly to the resort, for approx. FJD $99 per day (subject to change) Tour Code: NANBLB Departs: Daily from Denarau Marina at 8.30am

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south pacific

south pacific

Perhaps the most beautiful areas in Fiji, the Mamanuca and the Yasawa Islands stretch to the northwest of Nadi. These tropical islands offer everything you would need for a tropical holiday in the South Pacific, white sandy beaches, aqua blue water and picturesque lagoons. Plenty of accommodation options are sure to fit everyone’s requirements, all with one thing in common, stunning beaches and a ‘Fijianness’ that makes for a memorable experience. Please see page 182 for ‘coconut’ classifications.

£273 / £410 / FR£547

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Blue lagoon Cruises

3, 5 or 7 DAYS

Barefoot Island Lodge Island Escape

4 nights

WANDERER CRUISE

£198 / FR£282 / FR£365

FR

£746

FR

DAY ITINERARY Optional activities

Port Denarau / Sacred Islands

• Guided walks • Village visits • Hand line fishing • Snorkelling • Kayaking • Volleyball • Church on Sunday • Traditional craft • Swim with manta rays (seasonal) • Diving • Relaxing island massage

Includes: Vessel transfers, accommodation and meals, coach transfers from most Nadi Accommodation Tour Code: NANBIF Departs: Daily from Denarau Marina at 8.30am

3, 5 or 7 DAYS

South Sea Island island escape

£143 / FR£229 / FR£314

FR

Optional activities

• Unlimited use of non-motorised watersports equipment • Seaspray Day Sailing Adventure • Beachside massage • Free snorkelling equipment • Kayaking • Swimming pool • Diving • Semisubmersible coral viewer • Meke performances • Craft market

Inclusions

Includes: Vessel transfers, accommodation and meals, coach transfers from most Nadi Accommodation Tour Code: NANSEF Departs: Daily from Denarau Marina at 8.30am, 12.15pm or 3.00pm

Tiny South Sea Island is peppered with palm trees and crystal-clear waters, coral reefs and thousands of colourful fish. No one lives on the island; the only overnight guests are the travellers who find this great spot. A basic 32-bed dorm with a large deck and sun loungers sits atop the open-air restaurant, built with a rustic island theme in mind. You can watch the sunrise on one side of the island and later that day walk to the other side to watch the sunset! There is a saltwater swimming pool and non-motorised watersports equipment available free of charge. Take in the underwater world aboard the semi-submersible boat or get a taste of Fijian culture with a traditional Meke performance and craft market (Mon-Sat). Come the evening there is no more tranquil place to be – the lapping of the waves is the only sound to be heard.

VOLUNTEERING Children & schools programme in fiji Yasawa Islands

£573

FR

1 - 12 WEEKS

Blue Lagoon / Sawailau / Tamusua

03

Drawaqa Island / Port Denarau

04-05

Learn about the marine life and the conservation work the Vinaka Fiji Volunteer team are doing in Drawaqa. If you are visiting between May and October, you’ll get a chance to swim with the magnificent manta rays! Make the most of the exhilarating views and enjoy a barbecue before cruising back to Denarau on Day 5. (2B, L, D)

Departs: Mondays 12.15pm Accommodation: Double/twin cabins all with large ocean view windows - choose from the Hibiscus Deck cabins (lower deck) or the slightly larger Orchid / Frangipani Deck cabins (Frangipani will be re-classified as Orchid Deck from 01 April 2014) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Transport: Transfer catamaran, Fiji Princess cruise boat Tour Code: NANFJF 3 and 7 night cruise options are also available - please ask for details.

VOLUNTEERING SUSTAinable communitIes in fiji Yasawa Islands

Spend the day as you please, try basket weaving or choose a guided ‘Reef Safari’ snorkelling trip before heading to the mystical island of Sawailau for a guided visit to the caves. This evening includes a special visit to the village of Tamusua where you will enjoy a Fijistyle ‘feast’ before a movie night on-board Fiji Princess. (B, L, D)

£573

FR

1 - 12 weeks

VOLUNTEERING FIJI MARINE RESEARCh & CONSERVATION Yasawa Islands

£814

FR

1 - 12 weeks

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and built to withstand ocean-going conditions, although she is rarely tested by the calm and tranquil waters around the Yasawas and the palm-covered Mamanucas! The vessel accommodates a maximum of 68 guests on board, so you will never feel overwhelmed by crowds as most of the time you and your fellow travellers will be the only people on the beach! Fiji Princess can easily reach the remote bays and islands and allows you to explore lagoons and coves that would be inaccessible to a larger vessel. A friendly and relaxing atmosphere is guaranteed as you enjoy being spoilt by the lovely 100% Fijian crew! The 3, 4 and 7-night cruises are always very casual so you are bound to make friends for life. A wide range of exciting optional activities are included, such as ‘Reef Safari’ snorkelling trip, swimming with manta rays (May-Oct), diving, abseiling, basket weaving and many more!

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Scuba diving • Golf • Sailing • Massage • Coconut tree climbing • Kaya ceremony • Limbo • Bingo • Water skiing • Fishing • Wakeboarding • Banana boat ride • Windsurfing • Dolphin safari • Sunset cruise

Note: Prices are per person, per night. All meals are to be paid locally at the resort. Boat transfers are not included but can be booked separately Tour Code: NANPLA

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From one paradise-like setting to the other as you cruise past beautiful bays for today’s destination, the famous Blue Lagoon. This fascinating stretch of water is filled with fantastic coral reefs easily seen from the surface of the crystal-clear waters. Anchors down in Nanuya Lailai, where you can enjoy your own private beach! Get a massage and learn how to climb that coconut palm. (B, L, D)

£136 SINGLE £68 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Inclusions

Sacred Islands / Blue Lagoon

The island of Malolo LaiLai is home to the Plantation Island Resort – 23 acres of tropical gardens and coconut palms on seven kilometres of white sandy beaches. This is why you come to Fiji! The resort provides total relaxation combined with fun activities for adrenalin junkies and cultural experiences for travellers. Try your hand at coconuttree climbing, limbo and attend a Kava ceremony to get a taste for island life. After a long day relaxing by the lagoon, kick back at one of the resort’s many bars and enjoy a sunset cocktail. The resort’s staff are warm and friendly and accommodation on the island ranges from luxury hotel rooms to traditional Fijian bures, all of which come with top quality facilities to make sure you are comfortable. Wherever you choose to stay you’ll only be a short walk from all of the resort’s facilities.

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Dive straight into vibrant island life with this hands-on project. You’ll work with teachers to help local school children develop their education and sporting abilities through lessons, workshops and extra-curricular activities. As well as spending time with the kids, you’ll also encourage parents to understand and appreciate the value of education, inspiring change. In your free time, spend lazy days on the beach, swim with manta rays (seasonal) or chill with a book. This is Fiji. Sit back and enjoy.

Warm azure waters, endless stretches of white sand and palm trees blowing in the wind - how can you not love Fiji? These volcanic islands make a perfect location to volunteer, however life isn’t always idyllic for locals, so get active and help to support villages and improve living conditions. The project’s main aims are to improve nutrition and access to drinking water. No two days will be the same as you’ll get involved with everything from making and repairing water harvesting systems to assisting with agricultural initiatives.

This location is the postcard-perfect backdrop to a vital local marine research and conservation project. Here, you’ll play an active role with a local company, snorkelling and diving the depths of the South Pacific to carry out important research on food gathering areas and reefs surrounding the villages. Each day, you’ll be in a different location, giving you the opportunity to view many if the spectacular reefs and coral cays Fiji offers. Please note, you must have PADI Open Water certificate prior to starting this project.

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Projects’ Start Date: Saturdays Getting There: Local taxi transfers available from Nadi airport or purchase a Bula Welcome Pack Accomommodation: Traditional Fijian bure accommodation with shared facilities (7nts) Meals: All meals included Note: Background check required for children & schools programme Stay Longer: Schools programme: fr £445 per week, Communities programme: fr £445 per week, Marine programme: fr £675 per week

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One of the gems of the Yasawa Islands is the lovely Barefoot Island Lodge. Ideally positioned between two beaches, the resort boasts some of the best coral gardens right off the beach. One of the beaches overlooks the lagoon where the stunning manta rays cruise past during the day between May and October. A sight definitely not to miss! You can choose from standard bures and dorms that are beautifully set amongst mature trees or safari-style superior bures with a full opening wall and deck toward the beach! Barefoot Island offers a relaxing environment with just the gentle sound of waves however, if you are feeling active there are plenty of ways to fill your day – fantastic snorkelling and diving, picturesque nature walks, kayaking, visits to nearby villages and the opportunity to swim with manta rays!

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Begin your journey from Denarau into tropical paradise as you jump on board a private catamaran for your speedy transfer to Sacred Islands where the Fiji Princess awaits! Meet your lovely crew and fellow passengers and then relax and soak in the idyllic atmosphere while admiring a breathtaking backdrop of the Sacred Islands. Wander the beaches or go kayaking in the lagoon and enjoy the feeling of being in this amazing part of the world! (L, D)


Cook islands & tahiti

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THE reef MOTEL, COOK ISLANDS

£70 SINGLE £35 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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LAGOON BREEZE VILLAS, COOK ISLANDS

£137 SINGLE £69 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Situated right on the beach, just a stroll away from the popular Black Rock swimming spot, you’ll find this simple, affordable motel. Choose from garden or lagoon self-catering studios, all with patios and en suites. Restaurants, shops and activities are all easily accessible, whilst the airport is just a four-minute drive away.

Set in four acres of lush gardens, with white sandy beaches just across the road, Lagoon Breeze Villas is a welcoming resort with a real island feel. A few minutes from great shops and restaurants, it provides everything you need to chill out. Take advantage of the free scuba lessons in the pool, snorkelling gear and kayaks.

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£186 SINGLE £93 TWIN/DOUBLE

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£70 SINGLE £38 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Relais Fenua is a great slice of Tahiti a bijou, tranquil mountainside resort. Located on the west coast of the island, in a quiet area within easy reach of the beach, relaxation is assured. Rooms feature bamboo furniture, ensuites, Wi-Fi and private terraces with tropical garden views. The hotel also has a pool. PPTPEN

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tahiti & Moorea package

£461

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5 days

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Beautiful surroundings, waterfront views and access to Lafayette Beach – this is why you came to Tahiti. The Radisson Plaza offers all the amenities you would expect from a luxury hotel. Take a dip the infinity pool and chill out in the spa. All with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and a room you will want to hang out in! STAY 3 PAY 2 and get 10% OFF WHEN BOOKED 90 DAYS IN ADVANCE - ALL YEAR

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Radisson Plaza, tahiti

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Nestled in 12 hectares of sumptuous gardens alongside the lagoon is this luxury resort, offering gorgeous decor, infinity pools and a spa. Choose from a variety of stunning rooms including overwater bungalows all with TVs and either a terrace or balcony. Make the most of the great range of land and water activities. Bliss! STAY 4 PAY 3 and get 20% IF BOOKED 90 DAYS IN ADVANCE - ALL YEAR

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Boasting some of the world’s most incredible beaches and crystal clear waters, this neat little package combines one night on the main island of Tahiti with three nights on the heart-shaped sister island of Moorea. If you can drag yourself off that lounger, enjoy an included day trip to Moana Lagoon. PPT4NS


Leaving on your travels without getting yourself adequately insured is bonkers. So we won’t say this again: Make sure you get travel insurance! 48% of people don’t realise that without travel insurance they’d be liable to pay for their own medical bills abroad*

Think about what type of trip you’ll be having and decide on which type of policy you might need. Our friendly Travel Experts will be able to tell you about each and every level of cover, or check the policy summaries on our website: statravel.co.uk/insurance

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT Some of the benefits of booking your

ANNUAL POLICIES Going on more than one trip this year?

ADD ONS Tailor your policy and bolt on some extra

travel insurance with us

Check out the benefits of STA Travel’s Annual Multi-Trip policy • Unlimited trips in a 12 month period • Within Europe each trip can be a maximum of 42 days, worldwide trips can be a maximum of 60 days each • 21 days FREE winter-sports cover • Premier level of cover provided

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24 hour multi-lingual assistance line For medical emergencies, hospital treatment and/or repatriation 24 hour STA Travel Global Help Line Over the phone advice on your travel arrangements STA Travel Help Branches Ready to assist you in over 40 countries worldwide 3 geographical areas of cover Pay the relevant premium for the area you are travelling to 3 levels of cover Budget, Standard and Premier - choose the level that suits your trip Policy extensions available up to a maximum of 24 months Cover available from 4 days up to 2 years

SPECI ALIST COVER No matter what type of trip you are on, the chances are we have the right cover for you, check out these specialist policies

Medical Excess Waiver Waive your responsibility for the first £100 of any medical claim. Additional Electronic/Electrical Item Cover Insure up to two items up to the value of £500 per item Excess Reduction Reduce your excess from £100 to £50 on standard and premier policies Higher Cancellation Cover Increase the sum insured on Cancellation and Curtailment from £2,000 to £5,000, £7,500 or £10,000 available on premier policies only

Dedicated Winter Sports Cover For loss, theft or damage to ski equipment, compensation for piste closure and refund of ski-pack due to accident or illness

Dedicated Sports Trip Cover When sport or adventure activity is the main purpose of your trip

Medical Elective Cover For portable medical equipment, needle stick and locally available retroviral drugs

Flight Only Cover Including cancellation and luggage cover for your flight only

PRINCIPAL EXCLUSIONS

Studying in the US? We cover participating in American study Study Abroad Cover programmes Cover for a 12 month period allowing you up to 3 trips back to the UK in one year Specialist student cover Including repayment of student loans Pre-existing medical conditions and cancellation due to exam re-sits All medical conditions considered on selected policies. Medical screening service Cover for over 100 adventure and available on single trip policies at standard adrenaline activities at no extra cost and premier levels, and on Annual Multi (standard and premier policies only) Trip policies. Ask in store for details 7 days FREE winter-sports cover in each single trip policy As long as winter-sports is not the main purpose of your trip

DI• SGroup COUNTSdiscount of up to 25%

Working abroad Temporary work and volunteering abroad is covered

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Accompanied children aged 3-17 inclusive get 50% OFF Accompanied infants aged 2 or under are free of charge

• Pre-existing medical conditions only covered on selected policies and cover may be agreed on payment of an additional premium • Cover is available to anyone up to and including the age of 65 years • Insurance is available to UK residents or those who have been in the UK for a minimum of 3 months before purchase of the policy • Excesses apply to some areas of STA Travel’s insurance policies STA Travel Ltd is an Appointed Representative of Mondial Assistance (UK) Ltd, trading as Allianz Global Assistance, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Information on this page is correct at the time of going to print and only gives an outline of the insurance cover provided. Please read the policy wording in full. This is available on statravel.co.uk/insurance. Terms and conditions will apply. *Source: FCO Know before you go campaign, Travel Insurance statistics http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/travelinsurance-statistics

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TRAVEL INSURANCE

TRAVEL INSURANCE

There is no one-size-fits-all with travel insurance and each trip is unique, this is why we provide lots of different types of policies and loads of optional add-ons, so you can tailor a policy to you and your trip.


IMPORTANT BOOKING CONFIRMATION Terms & CONDITIONS Our Agreement With You In these terms and conditions, references to “STA Travel”, “we”, “us” or “our” mean STA Travel Limited (our registered office is at Priory House, 6 Wrights Lane, London, W8 6TA and our company number is 01263330). References to “you”, “your” and “your party” are references to you and all of the persons named in your booking.

Our Agreement With You

Your Travel Booking When you make a booking, you guarantee that as the lead name, you have the authority to accept and do accept, on behalf of your party, these terms and conditions and those of any other suppliers of travel services applicable to your booking. It is your responsibility to ensure that all of the details on your travel documents are correct and to bring to our attention any errors or discrepancies immediately.

Who your contract is with and the legal protections that apply to your booking will depend on the type of arrangements you book. A contract will exist (either between you and us or you and the other suppliers of travel services, as described below) as soon as we issue our confirmation invoice. The types of arrangements we offer are as follows:

The relevant supplier’s terms and conditions will apply to the supply of the services by the supplier to you. These will be provided to you by the relevant supplier or, if they are not, they are available on request from us or the relevant supplier. Please read the supplier’s terms and conditions carefully as they are incorporated into the contract between you and the supplier for the supply of the relevant services.

Although your contract for the services within the Flight-Plus will not be with us (it will be with the relevant third party supplier(s)), if we have arranged a Flight-Plus for you, it is protected by the ATOL Regulations. For full details of what this means, please ensure you familiarize yourself with “Your Financial Protection” section of Terms & Conditions.

Flight-Only, accommodation only and other individual services We also offer travel services (including flights, accommodation, excursions, etc.) for purchase as individual items (and each of these items are priced separately). If you purchase a flight, accommodation or other services from us as individual items (i.e. not as a Package or a Flight-Plus arrangement), the contract for the relevant service will be between you and the supplier(s) of those services. The name(s) of any supplier(s) who will be supplying the services will be stated in your itinerary.

Packages Unless otherwise stated on your booking confirmation, your contract will be with us if we sell you a Package. These terms and conditions are incorporated into the contract between you and us in relation to the sale of the Package.

Your holiday will be a Package if: (1)

it is a pre-arranged combination of at least two of the following components: a) transport; b) accommodation; and c) other tourist services not ancillary to transport or accommodation which account for significant part of the arrangements; and

(2) the services are sold or offered for sale at an inclusive price; and (3) the services cover a period of more than 24 hours or include overnight accommodation.

If we sell you a Package, the Package has protection under The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tour Regulations 1992 (Regulations) and The Civil Aviation (Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing) Regulations 2012 (ATOL Regulations). Please see the “Your Financial Protection” section below for what this means.

If you select and purchase a combination of services which are sold by us separately (i.e. not pre-arranged) and which are individually priced, this will not be considered to be a Package. In some circumstances, this may be considered to be a Flight-Plus – please see below for details.

Flight-Plus Your arrangement will be a Flight-Plus if you request and we arrange the following for you: a) a flight (provided that the outbound flight departs from the UK or the flight is into the UK and you have commenced your journey in the UK and departed the UK using another means of transport); and b) accommodation outside the UK or self-drive car hire outside the UK (or both) in connection with the flight, provided that: (1) the accommodation or self-drive car hire is requested to be booked on the same day, the previous day or the day following the day that you requested to book the flight; and (2) the arrangement covers a period of more than 24 hours or includes overnight accommodation.

Other services supplied in connection with the flight which were requested to be booked on the same day, the previous day or the day following the day that you requested to book the flight and which account for a significant proportion of the arrangement (but which are not ancillary to the flight or accommodation) will also be included in the Flight-Plus.

Your arrangement will not be Flight-Plus if your flight begins and ends in the UK or if you are purchasing the flight and other services in the course of your business or trade (i.e. not as a consumer).

Your arrangement will stop being a Flight-Plus (and the protections set out in the “Your Financial Protection” section below will not apply to your arrangement) if you cancel any part of your Flight-Plus and, as a result of that cancellation, the requirements set out above are no longer met.

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In the case of Flight-Only services, we act as an Airline Ticket Agent on behalf of the relevant airline. In the case of accommodation only and other individual services, we act as a Booking Agent. In either case, we accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions made by an airline or other supplier of travel services in relation to the relevant services.

The airline and other suppliers’ terms and conditions will apply to the supply of the services by the airline and/or any other suppliers to you. These will be provided to you by the airline or other suppliers or, if they are not, they are available on request from us or the relevant airline or other suppliers of travel services. Please read the airline and any other suppliers’ terms and conditions carefully as they are incorporated into the contract between you and the airline and/or the other supplier of travel services for the supply of the relevant services.

Unless otherwise stated in your booking confirmation, Flight-Only, accommodation only and other individual services are not covered by the Regulations or the ATOL Regulations and the protection described in the “Your Financial Protection” section below does not apply to these services.

Your Financial Protection All the Package and Flight-Plus holidays we sell come with protection for your money. If you buy a single travel service (such as Flight-Only, accommodation only or other individual services) then this might not apply.

Our Package and Flight-Plus holidays are ATOL-protected (our ATOL number is 3206). If we are not the organiser of your Package, the Package is still protected by the Package organiser and we will provide you with their confirmation.

When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. On all Flight-Plus holiday arrangements, your money is ATOL protected meaning that you will be able to continue with your holiday or receive a refund of the amount paid to us in the unlikely event of our insolvency or the insolvency of your suppliers. Please note however that we have no liability beyond that for insolvency as set out in the ATOL scheme, because we act as agent of the suppliers.

The price of our Packages and Flight-Plus holidays includes the amount of £2.50 per person as part of the ATOL Protection Contribution (APC). This amount is paid to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as part of the ATOL scheme. This charge is included in our advertised prices for Packages and Flight-Plus arrangements.

In respect of our Flight-Plus holidays, we are obliged to tell you: •

We or the suppliers of the services you have bought will provide you with the services you have bought (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances, the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract

to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.

For further information visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk.

Period before departure when a significant change is notified

Compensation payable per person

More than 56 days

£0

55-29 days

£10

28-15 days

£20

14-7 days

£30

7-0 days

£40

Important note - changes beyond our control Compensation will not apply if a significant change is made for reasons beyond our control. These reasons include (but are not limited to): war, threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activity, industrial disputes, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemics, health risks, changes due to rescheduling or cancellation of flights by an airline or alteration of the airline or aircraft type; closed or congested airports or ports, hurricanes and other actual or potential severe weather conditions, and any other similar event.

Deposits and Payment Deposits are non-refundable. Payment of a deposit enables us to hold a reservation for you but does not guarantee the price. The price can only be guaranteed once we receive full payment and tickets and/or other travel documents have been issued. We will advise you of the date that full payment is required. All prices shown are ‘from prices’ and we reserve the right to alter the prices of any of the holidays shown in our brochure. You will be advised of the current price of the holiday that you wish to book before your contract is confirmed.

If payment for your booking is made by credit card, an administration fee is payable, as advertised. No charge is made for payments made by debit card. We reserve the right to refuse personal cheques as a method of payment.

After full payment, if we are your Booking Agent or Airline Ticket Agent, the conditions of the contract with your airline or other supplier of travel services may permit them to increase the cost of your arrangements. We will pass on the details of any such increase to you and we will collect the additional amounts from you on behalf of the airline or other supplier of travel services (as their agent).

If we have arranged a Package for you, changes in transportation costs including the cost of fuel, taxes, fees and exchange rates mean that the price of your Package may change after you have paid in full. You will not be charged for any increase equivalent to 2% or less of the price of your Package. You will be charged for any amount over and above that. No price increases will be charged to you in the period of 30 days or less prior to your departure date.

Documentation Our general practice is to send documents to our customers electronically whenever possible. We reserve the right to charge an administration fee should you make a request for such documents to be sent as hard copy.

Your travel documents are valuable and should be safeguarded as if they were cash. It is not always possible to replace travel documents in the case of loss, theft, damage etc.

Cancellations and Changes If we are your Booking Agent or Airline Ticket Agent, your contract with your airline or other supplier of travel services may permit them to cancel or amend bookings. We will ensure that you are promptly notified of any significant changes to your booking, but we accept no liability for any changes or costs incurred which may result.

If you have booked a Package and we make a significant change to your booking, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure. You will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements, accepting an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us (we will refund any price difference if the alternative has a lower value), or cancelling your booked arrangements and receiving a full refund. We will pay compensation in respect of any significant changes that we make to your booking, using the scale below. These may include (but are not limited to) the following changes: a change in accommodation to that of a lower official category, a change of UK departure airport (except between London airports), a change of supplier, a change in the time of your departure or return flight by more than 12 hours.

This standard payment will not affect your legal or other rights. We will only make one payment for each full fare paying adult in the booking. Any children not paying the full adult fare will receive 50% of the listed amount. If the value of your booking is less than the compensation outlined, we will pay compensation only to the value of the booking.

If you have booked a flight and we are alerted to a significant schedule change by your airline before you leave the UK, we will contact you by email to advise you of this. Please ensure that you have given us your contact email address and that you regularly check for messages before you leave. We have no control over airline schedule changes and we accept no liability for costs which may arise as a result of such changes. After you have left the UK, it is your responsibility to check with the airline that any onward flights you have confirmed are operating as booked. We strongly recommend that you contact your airline at least 72 hours before the scheduled departure of each flight to do this. Please note that for some airlines it is mandatory to confirm with them your intention to fly.

Our Responsibility For Your Arrangements Nothing in this section or elsewhere in these terms and conditions is intended to or shall operate to exclude our liability for performance of our obligations under the Regulations and/or the ATOL Regulations.

In all circumstances, we will not be liable where any failure in the performance of the contract is due to: you (including, without limitation, unacceptable behaviour by you); or a third party unconnected with the provision of the travel arrangements and where the failure is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or due to unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or an event which we or the other suppliers of travel services, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall.

If we have arranged a Package and the contract we have with you is improperly performed by us or the other suppliers of travel services, we will pay you appropriate compensation if this has affected the enjoyment of your travel arrangements.

Our liability to you in relation to any Package arranged by us, except in cases involving death or injury caused by our negligence or fraud, shall be limited to a maximum of three times the cost of your Package.

Our liability will also be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to: (1) the contractual terms of other suppliers that provide the transportation and other services for your Package (the terms and conditions of those suppliers are incorporated into our contract with you); and (2) any relevant international convention, for example the Montreal Convention in respect of travel by air, the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation, which limit the amount of compensation that you can claim for death, injury, delay to passengers and loss, damage and delay to luggage. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitation of compensation contained in these or any conventions.

In relation to Flight-Plus and Flight-Only, accommodation only and other individual services, we have taken all reasonable care to make sure that all the services that make up the arrangements are provided by efficient and reputable suppliers. These suppliers should follow the local and national laws and regulations of the country where the services are provided (however, please be aware that overseas safety standards may be lower than in the UK).

Except as otherwise stated in these terms and conditions, any relevant international convention and in cases involving death or injury caused by our negligence or fraud, we have no liability to you for the actual performance of the services by the other suppliers of travel services unless it is proved that we have breached our duty to select the suppliers with reasonable care and skill and damage to you has been caused as a result of that breach.

Please note that any other suppliers of travel services who provide services as part of your arrangement may also limit their liability to you. We cannot accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of the contract between you and us. As such, you are advised to read the terms and conditions of any other suppliers of travel services who are supplying services to you.

You can ask for copies of the suppliers’ terms and conditions, or the international conventions, from the relevant supplier or from us by contacting Customer Relations, STA Travel, St Georges House, 56 Peter Street, Manchester M2 3NQ. Or email your request to us at http://www. statravel.co.uk/customer-services.htm.

Your Agreement With Us By finalising your arrangements with us, you are accepting that these terms and conditions and the terms and conditions of any contract made with any other suppliers of travel services within your arrangements apply to your booking and your travel arrangements. You also consent to our processing personal information about you and other members of your party for the purposes of performing our obligations in relation to your booking (which includes, but is not limited to, giving your personal information to airlines, other suppliers of travel services and public authorities (such as customs or immigration) where this is required for the fulfillment of your arrangements).

If you travel outside the European Economic Area, controls on data protection may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country. If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers of travel services, whether in the EEA or not, we will be unable to provide your booking. In making your booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons. The protection of your personal information is important to us, please see our privacy policy (available at www.statravel.co.uk/general-policy.htm) for further details of how we use your information.

Your contract with us is subject to the laws and jurisdiction of England and Wales. You may, however, choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland instead.

If You Change Your Booking Where a change to your travel arrangements is permitted and possible, STA Travel service fees apply in addition to any additional supplier charges. Please see the ‘FAQ’ pages on www.statravel.co.uk for details of how to request changes. Please note that all reservation changes are subject to availability and the terms and conditions of the services purchased. Changes to name details are not allowed by many airlines and other suppliers of travel services. Whilst we do our best to make such a change if necessary, please bear in mind that most airlines and other suppliers of travel services treat a name change as a cancellation, to which standard conditions and cancellation charges apply.

Flights must be taken in the sequence they appear on your ticket or eticket confirmation. If you plan not to take a flight as booked, please contact the airline as far in advance as possible to discuss your options. If you do not check in on time for a confirmed reservation, the airline may register you as ‘no-show’, which could result in extra charges and/or your whole flight itinerary being cancelled and/or render your ticket void.

If You Cancel Your Booking If you cancel your arrangements, you may be entitled to a partial refund. In addition to any cancellation fees set out in any supplier of travel services’ terms and conditions (which may be 100% of the cost of the travel arrangements), we will also charge the cancellation fees outlined on your receipt. We need to receive written notification of cancellation and your original ticket/voucher from you before any refund can be considered. If you decide to cancel arrangements before the balance due date, any deposits paid are non-refundable. Refunds will only be paid to you once we have received the funds back from the relevant supplier of travel services. Generally flight tickets cannot be refunded if they are partially used. If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your travel insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim your cancellation charges through your insurer.

If the person paying for the booking (the paying customer) is different from the travelling customer, and the paying customer wishes to cancel or withdraw the funding of any booked tickets, STA will notify the travelling customer of the paying customer’s funding withdrawal and give the travelling customer the option of continuing with the booking, subject to payment of the full cost of the travelling customer’s booked ticket by the travelling customer. If, following this notification, the travelling customer does not pay the full cost of his or her booked ticket, the booked ticket will be cancelled and the amount paid by the paying customer in relation to the booked ticket will be refunded to the paying customer (subject to the relevant supplier of travel services’ terms and conditions and the provisions of previous paragraph of these terms and conditions). Any airline costs/ charges associated with the cancellation will be deducted from the refund due to the paying customer. STA Travel will not charge a cancellation fee in these circumstances.

If You Have A Complaint If you have a problem during your holiday, please inform the relevant supplier of travel services (e.g. your hotel or airline) immediately. Should they be unable to resolve the matter, please contact us in the UK, either through the office where you made your arrangements, or through http:// www.statravel.co.uk/customer-services.htm. If you fail to contact us, we will not be able to investigate your complaint and rectify any error whilst you are away and this may affect your rights under this contract.

We are a member of ABTA (membership number 99209) and operate according to ABTA’s Code of Conduct. ABTA can also offer you an arbitration scheme for the resolution of disputes involving us or another ABTA member. Further information can be found at www.abta.com.

Passport, Visa and Immigration Requirements It is your responsibility to fulfill the passport, visa and other immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. You should confirm these with the relevant High Commissions, embassies and/or consulates. We do not accept any responsibility if you are unable to travel due to not complying with any such requirements.

Insurance Travel insurance is a vital part of your arrangements. We strongly recommend that you have taken out adequate insurance for the duration of your journey. Travel insurance is a mandatory element of some travel arrangements. We can arrange travel insurance for you and provide you with a quote and answer any queries you may have regarding the insurance we can offer.

Travel Advice and Vaccinations British Citizens should refer to the travel advice posted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk for all the countries you intend to visit. You should take advice about the health precautions you need to take prior to departure.

Vaccinations may be required for some or all of the places you are intending to visit. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have arranged necessary vaccinations for your itinerary. Information on health and any vaccinations required to travel is available from your GP and on the Public Health England website www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ public-health-england. Alternatively, the STA Travel Clinic offers a full range of travel vaccinations, anti-malarials and expert advice as well as other services for your travel health needs. Locations, open hours and consultation appointments can be viewed/booked online at http://www. statravelclinic.co.uk/.

It is your responsibility to behave in a reasonable and responsible manner over the course of your travels, including abiding by any local laws and bilaws. We reserve the right to immediately cancel any travel arrangements in the event of unruly behaviour towards airline/ hotel / supplier representatives or other guests and you will be liable in full for cancellation charges and the costs of purchasing replacement accommodation and air tickets.

EU Notice Requirements Under EU law (Regulation (EC) 2111/2005), we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a ‘Community List’, which contains details of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban within the EU. The Community List is available for inspection at http://ec.europa.eu/transport/ modes/air/safety/air-ban/index_en.htm. We are also obliged to notify you of the airline(s) to be used in your booking. For details please see your booking confirmation or itinerary. You will be notified if any carrier changes as soon as possible and in all cases at check-in or at the boarding gate. Please note that a change of carrier is not considered to be a significant change to your arrangements.

Under EU law (Regulation (EC) 261/2004) you have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Details of these rights will be publicised at EU airports and will also be available from your airline. The airlines are responsible for compensating you in these circumstances. Please note that, if affected flights comprise part of a Package arranged on your behalf, any reimbursement from the airline under these regulations will not automatically entitle you to cancel and/or obtain a refund of your Package cost from us. Further information about your rights is available from the CAA www.caa.co.uk.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

Our agreement with you sets out what you are legally entitled to expect from us and other suppliers of travel services (for whom we act as a booking agent) when you purchase travel services through us. Because we sell a variety of travel products, you should make sure you understand the terms and conditions which apply to your particular arrangements in addition to these general terms and conditions (which apply to all bookings made through us).

If we arrange a Flight-Plus for you, the contract for each of the services within the Flight-Plus will be between you and the supplier(s) of those services. The name(s) of any supplier(s) who will be supplying the services will be stated on your booking confirmation. Where the services are supplied by other suppliers of travel services, we act as a Booking Agent and we accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions made by other suppliers of travel services in relation to the relevant services.


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