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Digital! The destroyer of dull daily commutes and overnight backpacker bus journeys, you can now download all our brochures straight to your tablet or mobile. Access videos and bonus imagery, share pages, tap to book, save trees and download for inspiration on the road. SEARCH STA TRAVEL BROCHURES EUROPE 2018/19

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Our story The big stuff The good stuff The responsible stuff The essentials Save money and stay flexible All about flights All about tours All about duvets Map and trip planner AUSTRALIA Work in Australia Australia by rail

27 Campervan hire 32 Hop-on hop-off bus travel 41 EPIC AUSTRALASIAN ADVENTURES 57 New South Wales 58 Sydney, Bondi and Byron Bay 68 Queensland 72 Surfers Paradise & Gold Coast 74 Brisbane & beyond 76 Noosa 78 Fraser Island 81 Whitsundays & Airlie Beach 85 Sailing the Whitsundays 88 Magnetic Island

89 Cairns & the Tropical North 96 Port Douglas & Cape Tribulation 98 Northern Territory & The Outback 108 Alice Springs & Uluru 112 Darwin and the Top End 114 Western Australia 118 Perth & Fremantle 120 Exmouth, Broome & the Kimberley 122 South Australia 123 Adelaide & beyond 126 Victoria 127 Melbourne 133 Tasmania


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CAMPERVAN HIRE IN AUSTRALIA

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134 Hobart & beyond 137 NEW ZEALAND 138 Work in New Zealand 141 Campervan hire 146 Hop-on hop-off with Kiwi Experience 152 Discover New Zealand 163 North Island 166 Auckland & Bay of Islands 169 Coromandel & Bay of Plenty 170 Rotorua 172 Taupo & Tongariro National Park 173 Wellington 174 South Island

179 Nelson, Abel Tasman & Marlborough 180 Christchurch, Kaikoura & Dunedin 182 Franz Josef Glacier 183 Wanaka 184 Queenstown 186 Milford Sound & Fiordland 188 FIJI 206 FRENCH POLYNESIA 207 COOK ISLANDS 208 TERMS & CONDITIONS

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Our It all started back in 1979 with two Aussie backpackers, a long haul hangover and an idea. To create affordable adventures for awesome humans. Over 35 years later and we're the world's largest student and youth travel company; with stores in over 50 countries and over 2 million travellers a year. Since then, we've launched apps, festivals, film projects, digital music platforms and pioneered charity campaigns. We've crossed borders to push boundaries, walked unfamiliar paths to find new friends, and got lost to discover the places we love. We've done all of these things, but our philosophy has never changed. We're STA Travel, and we're here to Start The Adventure. And now, it's your turn.

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WHY STA TRAVEL

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The world according to STA Travel, here's why you should grab life by the rucksack and book your next adventure.

Here’s how we see it. If you're going to book a trip, you should book it with travellers. Our Travel Experts are worldly-wise, well-travelled and can pack a 60 litre backpack in a minute flat.

Lots of travel companies make grand promises about their prices. Here's ours. If we can't beat a scheduled airfare, tour or hotel price, then we'll give you $1,000 travel credit towards your trip.*

We don't endorse credit card debt, organ harvesting or blackmail as legitimate ways to fund your trip. So if you see a flight you like, secure it there and then with a $49 deposit and pay the rest later.

We've been trusted by travellers since 1979. We work with the world's leading airlines, touring partners and ground handlers to create experiences that are real, responsible and authentic.

We know how important it is to feel safe on the road. That's why our STA Travel Cares team are online and on the phone 24/7/365 to help quickly resolve issues - so that you can get back on with the fun stuff.

The world's largest airline network for students and under 31, our exclusive BlueTickets have been flying the young and studious around the planet on the lowest and most flexible fares for over 35 years.

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Let’s clear this up once and for all before someone does a keg stand! Yes, we do offer student discounts on many of our products, but our adventures are ageless. If you love to travel, we love you.

NOT JUST FOR STUDENTS

*Not all tickets are available for our $49 deposit scheme. Please ask your Travel Expert **For full terms and conditions on our Price Beat Guarantee, please visit statravel.com/price-guarantee.htm

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WHY STA TRAVEL

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MAKING A STAND ON TEEN CANCER

At STA Travel, we help millions of young travellers explore the world each year. Yet for thousands of young people, their worlds are turned upside down by cancer.

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IT TAKES TWO

No young person should face cancer alone. That's why we've joined forces with Teen Cancer America and teenage cancer charities in the UK, Australia, Austria, Germany and New Zealand on a global campaign to raise awareness and vital funds.

We're asking our travellers to add just $2 to their booking. 100% of this donation will go towards helping provide the support services, specialist facilities and outreach programmes needed to ensure young people with cancer continue to receive the expert care they need.

Our mission is to raise USD $1 million by 2020, and your trip can help us do that.

For more information, head online or speak to us instore.

Our people have also been busy. In year one, we.. RAN AND WALKED OVER 400 KM

HAD A SONG WRITTEN FOR US BY ALONG CAME SHIFTY

SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER WORLDWIDE

SHAVED TO RAISE OVER USD $10,000

TOGETHER RAISED A TOTAL OF USD $155,000

BAKED (AND ATE) A LOT OF CAKES

To find out more about our fundraising adventures, watch our film or donate, please visit statravel.com/teen-cancer-america.htm

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WHY STA TRAVEL

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We believe in exploring, not exploiting. We're not perfect, but here's a bit about what we've been doing to help.

MAKING A STAND

MAKING A STAND

On Volunteering

On Animal Welfare We've partnered with international wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation, to enforce a pioneering animal welfare policy. Together, we are committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of animals across all of our operations, and to changing the attitudes of others within the tourism industry.

We love encouraging our travellers to give back on their travels. Unfortunately, volunteer projects can often be mismanaged; exploiting poorer communities for profit rather than helping them. We believe that volunteering should have a lasting and positive impact, meeting both the local needs of communities and the desires of travellers to make worthwhile contributions. Only then can voluntourism make a true difference.

WHAT WE ARE DOING

So far we have withdrawn almost 4,000 of our suppliers' tours and activities because they have compromised our stance on animal welfare. These have included Pamplona's Running of the Bulls, Tiger Temple in Thailand and a ban on elephant and ostrich riding. WHAT YOU CAN DO

We're asking our travellers to use their influence to help change perceptions, and in doing so, to help change the lives of animals around the world. If you come across any instances of animal neglect or cruelty on your trip, please report them to Born Free's Travellers' Animal Alert. Find out more at bornfree.org.uk/travellersalert/

STA TRAVEL'S STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

Our responsibilities are threefold. Firstly, to the project, to ensure that it is based on achievable and beneficial objectives. Secondly, to our volunteers, by giving a clear outline of the project's goals. And thirdly, to the community, by encouraging economic, social and environmental sustainability rather than dependency. STA TRAVEL'S CODE OF CONDUCT FOR VOLUNTEERS

Our volunteers do great work, and we want you to have the best time doing it. A big part of this comes down to attitude, and while we're lucky to have the World's Best Customers (your medal's in the post) we also want to ensure that you are prepared and your expectations are managed. Ask your Travel Expert for a copy.

IF IT'S NOT SAFE

We've been trusted by travellers for over 35 years, and we take that trust seriously.

We won' t sell it!

We operate a comprehensive customer safety policy to promote the good health and

safety of our travellers abroad, only working with reputable operators who meet local, national and our own strict company standards.

operations, withdrawing any products or properties where customer safety or our own company values are compromised.

We're constantly on the road assessing our

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The Essentials The holy grail of traveller essentials, here are all the things your trip can't survive without.

BEFORE YOU GO VISAS

Not getting deported is a fairly important part of travelling, so make sure you check all entry requirements well in advance. And if you do require a visa, our visa process is safe, speedy and free of boring embassy queues. If you're not prepared, it could mean forking out hundreds on flights from a country you won't even see. Not fun.

PARKING & LOUNGES

Early morning flight and no one kind (crazy) enough to drive you to the airport? Save up to 50% (and some important snooze time) by pre-booking airport hotels and parking with us. Or, start your journey off in style by booking yourself fancy airport lounge access. Player.

easy prepaid dates changes to your flights without ever paying airline or admin fees. It's a game changer. See page 12 for more info.

MULTIFLEX DATE CHANGE PASSES VACCINATIONS

Some countries won’t even let you in without having had certain vaccinations, so check the requirements and visit your GP at least ten weeks before you depart.

Who said travellers were fickle and indecisive? Yep, that was definitely us. Travelling should be about having the freedom and flexibility to change your plans, which is why you can now make

Dear Travel Insurance, We know that you're not always everyone's favourite travel purchase. People scoff at you, tell you they don't need you, and even palm you off onto their parents to deal with. Not us, we're here to thank you. You support us when we spontaneously decide to skydive out of light aircraft, reimburse us when our stuff gets nicked, pay for us to return home in an emergency, give us access to a 24/7 support line and generally lend your strong and silent support while we run around the planet doing stuff we wouldn't usually do - in places we wouldn't usually do it. Thank you travel insurance. Your services to travellers have been duly noted.

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Check out before you check in Check the validity of your passport and make sure you have enough blank pages. Check through all your documentation and share it with family members via your STA Travel account. Tell your bank where you’re going to avoid getting your card blocked. Double-check the airline’s luggage allowance. Compulsory last-minute panic check: passport, wallet, phone, charger, adaptor, sanitiser. Round of applause, you've nailed it.


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Save Money HOW TO

If there’s one thing we love (almost) as much as travelling, it’s discounts. If you’re a full-time student, a teacher, or just a young’un under 31, you can pick up an ISIC, ITIC or IYTC card for exclusive prices and discounts at home and abroad.

Choose your card International Student Identity Card (full-time students) You'll need: O  ne passport sized photo P  roof of age (driver's license, passport, birth certificate, 18+ card) P  roof of full-time education (official letter/ documentation from your place of study) International Teacher Identity Card (full-time teachers) You'll need:

Savvy Savings International Youth Travel Card (anyone 30 years or younger) You'll need: One passport sized photo Proof of age (same as ISIC above) All ISIC/ITIC/IYTC cards are valid for 12 months from date of issue.

FREEBIES

The benefits Reliable The number one global discount card and the only internationally-recognised student ID Trusted Held by more than 4.5 million students worldwide Save at home Get thousands of discounts at cafés, restaurants and takeaway outlets near you

P  roof of age (same as ISIC above)

Save abroad Get exclusive STA Travel prices on travel, and loads of discounts at some of our favourite attractions

P  roof of full-time teaching status (official letter or documentation from your place of study)

It’s a bargain At just $20, can you really afford not to get one?

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DISCOUNT CARDS

Full-time students, under 31s and teachers can pick up an ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card for discounted deals with us, plus thousands of savings at home and abroad. From $20.

Get a free ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card when you book a G Adventures trip. Eligibility required. MATES RATES

Going as a group? You could be eligible for a discount, or even a free spot for yourself! LOYALTY DISCOUNTS

Get repeat traveller discounts from some of our tour operators and free nights when you stay longer at our favourite digs. MULTI-TRIP OFFERS

When you book more than one tour with the same operator.


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TA I L O R M A D E Y O U R WAY / /

Flexible ...AND STAY

Travel the way you want it.

Can't pay yet? Book with a deposit and convince a concerned parent or friend to pay it later. F LY / / T O U R / / S TAY / / C A M P E R / / PAC K AG E / /

The promised land for flexible travellers, FLEXI has arrived! Secure all your adventures with a deposit, make changes to your flights, and confirm dates for beds, tours and campervans when you're on the road. Finally, congratulate yourself on being such a free spirit.*

FLEXIFLY

Hello, this is your captain speaking. With every FlexiFly flight, you can book now pay later to lock in the lowest prices, and add a MultiFLEX pass to make date changes before you fly and while you're on the road. And if there are any students or under 31s flying with us today, switch to a BlueTicket for even more freedom. FLEXISTAY

Two words, sleeping around. Another word, Why? Here's why. Solving that perennial travel dilemma of not knowing where you're going to be and when, pay for a number of nights now, but choose where you stay later.

FLEXITOUR

On day one, the adventure gods created tours. On day two, we created FlexiTour. Put down a deposit on hop-on hop-off buses, rail passes, tours and day trips; pay the balance before you go; then travel around the planet knowing that all the good stuff is sorted and that you can lock in the dates when you're ready.

Meet INDI, no rules tailor made travel for independent adventurers. With INDI, any adventure is possible. Whether you're travelling solo, as a couple or with a group of friends, get exactly the transport, experiences and accommodation you want, tailor made into an original and personalised itinerary.

We do the leg work With pre-booked transport, treks and trips; have the convenience and comfort of knowing that the main elements of your trip are sorted.

Style it out You choose exactly what you want to do and see, and our Travel Experts will coordinate it all using trusted local guides and suppliers.

Rides and digs Travel by any means you like, from private car and driver, to trains and planes; with accommodation from hostels to honeymoon suites.

Your world, your way For more inspiration, ask our Travel Experts for sample itineraries and start designing your ultimate INDI adventure today.

FLEXICAMPER

Where there's a wheel, there's a way. And it’s the FlexiCamper way. Available in Oz and New Zealand, pay for a number of campervan hire days now, but decide when you want to hit the road later. And to make things even sweeter (as if a bed and drinks fridge on wheels wasn't enough), book with a deposit. FLEXIPACKAGE

Make way for the mothership. All your adventures! Whack a deposit on everything – flights, tours, hop-on hop-off buses, rail passes, campers and accommodation – and we'll turn it into the most flexible trip the world has ever seen. The days of missing out because you've run out of cash are over. Insert smug face [here].

*Local T&Cs apply. Ask your Travel Expert for more details

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About Flights ALL

What we like best about flying is our prices. And the small bags of peanuts. THE ORIGINAL ROUND THE WORLD EXPERTS

We've been jumping into flat beds with the world's leading airlines for over 35 years, all to bring you exclusively low and flexible airfares. Because we're not tied to the same rules and routes as other companies, our Travel Experts can help you piece together completely unique itineraries. Create your own multi-stop route, 18-month tickets and personalised Round the World trips with unlimited stops and mileage. However fly you're feeling, we'll have just the ticket. PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE

This is how confident we are about our airfares. If you do happen to find a cheaper price for the same economy class scheduled airfare, and we can't beat it, we'll give you $1,000 travel credit towards your trip.* BOOK NOW PAY LATER

So, you could spend $49 on seven bottles of wine, and drink them (responsibly) as you watch your dream flights go up in price. Or you could lock in the price of

those flights today with a $49 deposit, and leave 'future you' to pay the balance 10 weeks before you fly.** MULTIFLEX DATE CHANGE PASSES

Flighty travellers, form an orderly queue! With our exclusive MultiFLEX passes, you can now make easy prepaid date changes on the road, without every paying airline or admin fees. It can save you hundreds, which can then be spent on beer. Or 50 pairs of Thai fisherman pants. One change for $49, three changes for $99 and unlimited changes for $149. EXCLUSIVE STUDENT AND YOUTH FARES

Back in 1979, STA Travel's flare-wearing forefathers created the first ever tickets for students and young people. They were cheaper, more flexible and flew in the face of everything we knew about airfares – offering unlimited stopovers, rebellious routings and bargain date changes. They used to be printed on blue paper, so today, we simply call them BlueTickets. (Slow day on the marketing floor). Over 35 years later, our BlueTickets are still the lowest and most flexible fares for students and under 31s. And they're still only available at STA Travel.

BUT WAIT, I'M NOT A STUDENT!

Yes, we realise that this all seems a bit unfair to tax payers and the over 30s. That's why we have an open-to-all version of many of our BlueTickets, all offering the same unique freedom and flexibility. We just didn’t want to call them GreyTickets that’s all, out of respect. PREMIUM, BUSINESS AND FIRST

We're referring to that section at the front of the plane - the bit you usually walk through to get to your seat? Business, pleasure, extremely long legs... we have upgraded fares with the world's leading airlines. Try us, we can do classy when we want.

When to book Booking last minute for long haul flights usually spells out OVERDRAFT. (If you can still focus through the tears). Most airlines release their seats 10-11 months in advance, with the lowest price tickets selling out first, so the earlier you book the better.

*For full terms and conditions on our Price Beat Guarantee, please visit statravel.com/price-guarantee.htm **Not all tickets are available for our $49 deposit scheme. Please ask your Travel Expert

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About ALL

Tours

we don't follow flags or umbrellas, just locals. What happens on tour Our tours are designed for curious, independent travellers. We know you don’t want to stick out like a sore tourist thumb when you’re strutting your best self around the globe. That’s why we only work with people who can give you a genuinely authentic experience. So let’s clear a few things up…

Myth:

IT’S MORE AUTHENTIC TO GO SOLO

BUSTED! Our tours are led by local people, which means you’ll be guided around a country by the ones who know it best. You’ll have access to great local haunts – places you might never find on your own – and you’ll be led by people who have the most extraordinary local knowledge about… well, just about everything. Beats having your head down in a guidebook all day!

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Myth:

THERE’S NO CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW LOCAL CULTURE

BUSTED! Backpa-scuse me?! Having a local guide on your side actually gives you more opportunity to get beneath the surface. They know the place, they know the people and they’ll want to give you the best impression of their home. Some tours even include overnight stays with local families where you’ll get to observe their traditions and get involved in their daily routine. Can’t get much closer than that.

Myth:

GROUP TOURS ARE ALWAYS BIG AND IMPERSONAL

Group Travel Small Group Adventure Small groups, authentic adventures. Go under the radar with local guides, public and private transport. Small Group Adventure (18-39s) As above, but with an age limit. Exclusively For 18-35s Bigger groups with more inclusions and high energy exploits! Overland Group Adventure

BUSTED! Not ours. We have group sizes to suit everyone, whether you want to travel in a small, intimate group or with a larger posse of like-minded people. Travel is all about doing it how you want to. This way, everybody wins!

Big tours to cover big ground. These trucks are the epitome of intrepid travel and boy, do they look the part!

Myth:

Flexible bus passes. Travel at your own pace on backpacker or public bus networks.

THERE’S NO FREEDOM ON A GROUP TOUR

BUSTED! Our tours vary in terms of how many activities are included in the price you pay. That means you can usually opt out of a scheduled activity if you’d rather go exploring on your own. But hey, we all need a pack sometimes, right?

Myth:

IT’S CHEAPER TO GO IT ALONE

BUSTED! There are always ways to cut corners when you’re travelling. But there are also loads of hidden costs. Most of our tours come with accommodation and some meals included so you know what you’re paying for, with no nasty surprises.

Hop-On Hop-Off

Going Solo Independent Tour Private tours for you and your friends. Some itineraries come with private guide and upgraded hotels.

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LOOK OUT FOR... The tours that make us go ooohhh. If we love it, we put a flag on it.


G Adventures has redefined small group travel for over 25 years. Step off the beaten path, embrace the unexpected and immerse yourself in the extraordinary. G Adventures’ award-winning trips are all about authenticity and getting you face to face with the world’s most fascinating cultures, customs and wildlife. Travel in small international groups on a mixture of private and local transport, and stay in some truly unique places along the way. From unique homestays and hotels to sleeping moored under the stars in a tranquil bay, the sense of adventure never leaves you!

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

You'll be automatically paired up with a same-sex roommate on your trip. However, if you prefer your own room, check out the My Own Room prices. LIFETIME DEPOSITS

Need to cancel or postpone? No problem. Your deposit is protected for life and can be put towards a future tour. 100% GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

Once you've paid, you're going! FREE DISCOUNT CARD

Student, teacher or under the age of 31? Grab a free discount card when you book any tour with this logo. You can also choose an ISIC or IYTC Mastercard® Cashcard to help you budget on the road. SERVICE LEVELS

CAMPING Great value trips with the odd hotel stay; public and private transport. BASIC Simple and clean hostels, hotels and guesthouses; public and private transport; great optional activities.

STANDARD Comfortable and central mid-range accommodations; public and private transport; top highlights included. UPGRADED Well-equipped hotels; private and upgraded transport; more included meals, activities and transfers. TRIP STYLES

You’ll have choices abound when you travel with Contiki, the travel company that has been taking on the young, the wild and the free since 1962. With travel experiences designed exclusively for 1835 year olds, you can count on awesome included activities as well as plenty of free time to explore, doing things your way. More departures, more destinations and more included in the overall trip price. You’ll travel with couples, solo travellers and groups of friends and you won’t be charged a single supplement if you travel alone (you’ll be matched with a same-sex roommate). You’ll also have access to valuable insider local knowledge with a Trip Manager and network of Local Guides. WAYS TO TRAVEL

DISCOVERER See it all and do it all. Great inclusions and places to stay.

18-TO-THIRTYSOMETHINGS These fun-filled and fast-moving adventures are designed exclusively for travellers aged 18 to 39.

HIGH ENERGY Tick off the must-sees by day, party and be social by night.

CLASSIC An unbeatable mix of uncommon experiences, insider access, cultural contact, and all the must-sees and dos.

SAILING, CRUISE & BEACH Live it up on the coast and spend your days chilling.

ACTIVE Why just see the world when you could bike, hike, kayak, and multi-sport it? Active tours keep travellers who like to move on the move. G FOR GOOD

G for Good projects are funded by the not-for-profit Planeterra Foundation to encourage social enterprise and give opportunities to young people, women and indigenous communities. Look out for the tours that visit them!

INTRODUCING National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures. This hand-curated collection of exclusive trips has been designed to take you deeper into the cultures and habitats of the incredible destinations we go to. Discover the world with more inclusions, deeper exploration, plenty of free time and greater opportunities to forge true, human connections.

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER Stay longer in one region. Local eats, local guides.

WINTER & SKI Hit the slopes and make the most of crisp, winter mornings. SHORT TRIPS & FESTIVALS It's all about the moments with this one. WAYS TO STAY

HOTELS Where it's all about comfort, great facilities and locations you'll love. HOSTELS Social, budget-friendly hubs with friendly staff. Great locations. SAILING BOATS A myriad of ways and opportunities to explore by sea. SPECIAL STAYS Outback cattle station, surf village, swags in Kings Creek, mountain lodge in Mt Ruapehu.


About Duvets ALL

Tired? There’s a nap for that.. Why book your bed with us? We've slept in a lot of strange beds and propped up a lot of hostel bars to make sure we get you the best deals on dorms, rooms and apartments around the world. We know what's important to you and we'll only offer you rooms we'd stay in ourselves.

PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE

All our pricing is per person, per night – with no hidden extras. We guarantee* to beat our competitors’ prices on all the accommodation featured in this brochure. MORE CHOICE

This brochure is just the start. We have thousands of options around the world from hammocks to five-star honeymoon

resorts. We also negotiate a range of room types, so if you have something to celebrate or need some *ahem* alone time... upgrade. FREEBIES

We’ve negotiated, bribed and flirted our way into securing great perks for you. Look out for this tag for room upgrades, long stay specials, earlybird offers, free nights and meals. TOP SELLERS

Stay where the cool kids stay at our top selling properties. If there's a Top Seller label on it, it means we love it AND our travellers love it too. FREE WI-FI

For the other kind of check-in (the Facebook kind), look out for the free Wi-Fi logo.

*For full T&Cs on our Price Beat Guarantee, visit statravel.com/price-guarantee.htm

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STA TRAVEL APPROVED

Swan towel origami is impressive, but not as impressive as a clean health and safety record. We vet properties using our own guidelines, and work continually with suppliers to maintain and improve their standards. Yes, we’re fun at parties.

Check out

HOW WE RATE OUR PROPERTIES ON THE NEXT PAGE


OUR OWN RATINGS Star ratings can’t always be trusted, so we came up with our own categories so you know exactly what to expect when you get there. NO FRILLS, BUT NO NASTY SURPRISES EITHER

Shoestring

ADELAIDE CENTRAL YHA - ADELAIDE, page 123 STYLISH, MINUS THE MATCHING PRICE TAG

Glampacker

SYDNEY HARBOUR YHA - THE ROCKS, page 59 GOOD VALUE, GOOD ROOMS, GOOD TIMES

Rock Solid THE WARWICK FIJI - CORAL COAST, page 194

We’ve teamed up with TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel community, to add their accommodation reviews and ratings to our app and website. So now, you can see what other travellers are saying before you book.

DESERT GARDENS - ULURU, page 109 HELLO, ROOM SERVICE? IT’S ME

A-List

where next? Need some inspiration? Check out TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Top 25 Destinations, listed here and throughout our brochures. Bali London Paris Rome New York Crete Barcelona Siem Reap Prague

Phuket Istanbul Jamaica Hoi An St. Petersburg Roatan Marrakech Belize Rio de Janeiro

St. Maarten Playa del Carmen Dubai Grand Cayman Kathmandu Bora Bora Cuzco

OAKRIDGE RESORT - LAKE WANAKA, page 183 THINK 'FRIENDS', ONLY WITH YOUR OWN MATES

Apartments

WHITSUNDAY APARTMENTS - HAMILTON ISLAND, page 82

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NEW SOUTH WALES

PORT AUGUSTA

MARGARET RIVER ALBANY

FRASER ISLAND

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BLUE MOUNTAINS SYDNEY

ESPERANCE ADELAIDE KANGAROO ISLAND

CANBERRA VICTORIA

MELBOURNE

LAUNCESTON TASMANIA

NEW ZEALAND

HOBART FRANZ JOSEF

5 QUEENSTOWN DUNEDIN

STEWART ISLAND

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

ADVENTURERS WANTED! PLAN YOUR TRIP HERE:

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SOUTHSOUTH PACIPACI FIC FIC ISLANDS ISLANDS

CAPE TRIBULATION, AUSTRALIA

6 NADI NADI FIJI

PORT VILA PORT VILA

FIJI

SUVA SUVA

PAPEETE PAPEETE TAHITI TAHITI

3,400 KM 3,400 KM

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ULURU, AUSTRALIA

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

2,400 KM2,400 KM

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EXMOUTH, AUSTRALIA

BAY OFBAY ISLANDS OF ISLANDS

AUCKLAND AUCKLAND

COROMANDEL COROMANDEL PENINSULA PENINSULA ROTORUA ROTORUA TAUPOTAUPO NAPIERNAPIER

WELLINGTON WELLINGTON NELSON NELSON

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QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND

CHRISTCHURCH CHRISTCHURCH

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MAMANUCA ISLANDS, FIJI


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Sydney

131

126

164

133

101

140

56

99

65

88

116

85

28

27

26

25

22

20

20

20

22

23

25

26

Byron Bay

166

171

136

190

106

167

102

80

42

100

101

150

26

25

24

22

18

16

15

16

19

21

23

25

Brisbane

100

130

100

130

100

60

60

40

30

90

100

110

28

28

26

25

23

20

20

21

23

25

26

27

Hamilton Island

248

344

293

200

125

87

64

42

27

45

112

191

28

27

27

25

24

22

22

23

23

25

27

28

Cairns

320

380

360

190

110

50

30

20

40

50

130

130

23

22

20

16

15

12

11

12

14

16

19

20

Adelaide

20

10

20

30

50

60

70

50

50

40

20

20

29

28

25

20

15

12

11

16

20

23

26

28

Alice Springs

40

30

50

20

20

20

20

10

10

20

30

30

29

28

29

29

28

26

24

25

28

29

29

30

Darwin

420

280

280

100

30

10

10

10

20

60

140

280

30

29

30

28

25

22

23

23

26

28

29

30

Broome

150

160

120

30

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

80

25

25

23

19

16

14

13

13

15

16

20

22

Perth

10

10

10

40

70

140

130

110

90

30

20

10

21

21

19

17

14

11

10

11

13

15

17

19

Melbourne

47

46

44

53

68

43

49

57

53

65

57

58

18

18

16

14

11

9

8

10

11

13

15

17

Hobart

40

30

50

30

40

40

50

40

40

40

40

50

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WORKING AUSTRALIA TAB NAME ABROAD

Working Holiday AUSTRALIA

HOW TO APPLY WE

love

Get your Visa

$467

FR

Live-for-the-moment summers make Oz one of the most fabled stops on the backpacking trail. Think road trips, barbecues, open desert, island getaways and beer on ice. Want to get yourself on the payroll, too? You’ll need a working holiday visa!

What is it? A working holiday visa lets you work (and play) in Australia for up to 12 months. When you apply through us, you’ll also receive a free Australia Work Pack to help you set up your bank account, tax file and superannuation (pension) account before you arrive. On top of that, our experts will talk you through the various work licenses you might need for your dream job and hook you up with the right agencies to get it organised.

Who can get one? British and Irish citizens aged between 18 and 30 (other nationalities may be eligible as well). You’ll need six months validity on your passport after your proposed return to the UK, as well as AUD $5,000 in your bank account and sufficient funds to cover a return ticket.

- STEP ONE Check eligibility requirements - STEP TWO Visit our website or see us instore - STEP THREE Pay the fee and complete a basic application form. A more comprehensive form will be emailed to you to fill out - STEP FOUR Get your visa granted and start getting set up for work with your free Australia Work Pack

You have your visa, now what? You need a job! Our range of starter packages are designed to give you support and easy access to job opportunities from the second you land. See pages 22-23 for more info.

Want to stay longer than 12 months? If you’re still under 31 at the end of your 12-month visa, you can apply for a second year visa through us as long as you’ve completed three months of specified work in regional Australia during your first year. This includes farm work, mining or construction. Ask your Travel Expert about work experience packages to help you qualify, and how to apply.

GROUP FLIGHT $1,443

FR

Add on a Group Flight via Hong Kong. Experience an amazing new culture and get to know others who are heading your way. INCLUDES

O  ne-way flight to Sydney Group Flight Facebook group 3-day/2-night guided tour of Hong Kong with 4* hotel Group welcome dinner in Hong Kong

TYPICAL JOBS IN AUSTRALIA

BRISBANE

SYDNEY

MELBOURNE

ADELAIDE

PERTH

DARWIN

Bar work AUD $200-300 p/w Inc. food & lodging

Beachside barista AUD $17-25 p/h

Corporate hospitality AUD $25 p/h

Housekeeping AUD $19 p/h

Office admin AUD $22-30 p/h

Labourer AUD $22-30 p/h

CALL 800.777.0112 TO BOOK

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. y a l P . k r o W a y. WHAT YOU GET

Hello

Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Cairns & Perth

A welcome package in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Cairns and Perth.

Which city? 

MELBOURNE Australia’s hipster child. Check out the view from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform (Eureka Skydeck), enjoy a city walking tour and stay at Greenhouse Backpackers.

SYDNEY Australia’s largest city. Enjoy a city walking tour, a ferry trip to iconic Manly Beach and stay at the awardwinning luxury hostel, Wake Up!

CAIRNS Year-round sunshine party town. Go on the Ultimate Party Pub Crawl with free drinks, take a city walking tour and stay in the centre of the action at Global Backpackers.

BRISBANE Queensland’s capital city. Get fab views of the city on the Wheel of Brisbane, enjoy a city walking tour and stay at the centrally-located Base Backpackers Uptown (with free pancake Tuesdays)!

PERTH It may be one of the world's most remote cities, but Perth still packs a punch thanks to its weather, beaches and locals. Bed down in Kangaroo Inn and enjoy a walking tour and a Fremantle Explorer cruise.

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$310

FR

$381

FR

$451

FR

3, 5 or 7 nights hostel accommodation including free Wi-Fi

Get your working holiday off to an effortless start with one of our starter packs. These nifty packages take care of all the hard stuff so you can concentrate on finding your feet Down Under.

What is it?

4 DAYS 6 DAYS 8 DAYS

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Arrival airport transfer Local activities and social events

12 months membership to Work Australia, which includes:  2 months access to Work 1 Australia online jobs board and offices nationwide  Arrival orientation – everything you need to know about living, working and travelling in Australia CV building and job consultation  ustralian Harvest Guide A handbook  Assistance with Australian bank account and superannuation Second Year Visa help  Medicare and Tax File Number assistance Australian SIM card  xclusive WWOOFing E membership rate Departs daily. Please ask your Travel Expert for details.


WORKING AUSTRALIA TAB NAME ABROAD

The Big One

Sydney & Melbourne

Everything you’d get in our Hello packages opposite plus an action-packed week of guided group activities. Meet new people, hit the must-sees and get in the swing of all things Sydney or Melbourne!

WHAT YOU GET

8 DAYS

$705

FR

8-DAY HELLO PACKAGE PLUS

City walking tour Evening pub crawl SYDNEY

Stand-up paddleboard lesson Blue Mountains day trip

DAY 1 Sydney & Melbourne: Transfer from the airport to the hostel and get settled in. DAY 2 Sydney & Melbourne: Get to know your new patch with a welcome orientation session. In Sydney, visit the Harbour Bridge Pylon and enjoy lunch. Grab evening drinks and nibbles in Melbourne. DAY 3 Sydney: Stand Up Paddle Boarding lesson and travel planning. Melbourne: Head to St.Kilda beach for a barbecue lunch and travel planning. DAY 4 Sydney: Blue Mountains day trip. Melbourne: Great Ocean Road day trip.

DAY 5 Sydney: Bondi to Coogee walk and beach barbecue, followed by a pub crawl. Melbourne: Yarra River cruise and evening pub crawl. DAY 6 Sydney: Explore the harbour with a hop on hop off explorer ticket. Melbourne: Go up the Eureka Skydeck for epic views and visit the Aquarium. DAY 7 Sydney & Melbourne: Celebrate the next chapter in your working life with a city walking tour. DAY 8 Sydney & Melbourne: Check out of Wake Up! hostel or Greenhouse Backpackers.

CALL 800.777.0112 TO BOOK

 ondi to Coogee walk and beach B barbecue  arbour Bridge Pylon and lunch in The H Rocks  ydney hop-on hop-off harbour S explorer ticket Daily breakfast MELBOURNE

Great Ocean Road day trip St. Kilda beach day and barbecue City centre pub crawl Yarra River cruise  ureka Skydeck and Melbourne E Aquarium entry Departs once a month. Please ask your Travel Expert for details.

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Internships AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

AUSTRALIA

WHAT YOU GET $1,003

FR

 rofessional internship placement P customised to your specific needs CV writing help and templates

With thousands of new graduates desperately looking for a job, you need experience that will make employers take notice of your CV. So how about a professional internship in Australia or New Zealand for 1-6 months?

Interview preparation advice Designated internship coordinator Organised social events 24-hour help desk Certificate on completion

HOW TO APPLY

What is it?

- STEP ONE -

A pre-arranged internship in Australia or New Zealand for 1-6 months. We have reputable placements all over Oz and New Zealand, all of which will give you valuable experience to help you stand out from the crowd. To ensure the focus is on learning, internships are unpaid. Looking for a paid job? Take a look at our work programmes on pages 22 and 139. Make lifelong friends, travel to new places on your days off and say hello to new opportunities, global connections and that sweet dream job!

- STEP THREE Plan your trip. Our team will help with all your travel plans including your visa application

Who can Apply?

- STEP FOUR Attend an arrival orientation, then start your dream internship!

Pay a $402 deposit, submit your CV and complete a Skype interview with our team - STEP TWO Complete an interview with your future employer

GROUP FLIGHT $1,510

FR

Add on a Group Flight via Hong Kong. Experience an amazing new culture and get to know others who are heading your way. INCLUDES

 ne-way flight to Sydney O or Auckland Group Flight Facebook group 3-day/2-night guided tour of Hong Kong with 4* hotel Group welcome dinner in Hong Kong

Any British or Irish citizen aged 18-30. To intern in Australia, your internship must be part of your university degree.

TYPICAL PLACEMENTS IN AUSTRALIA

Engineering

Finance

HR

Law

Marketing

Marketing

PR/Advertising /Graphic design

Tourism

TYPICAL PLACEMENTS IN NEW ZEALAND

Business admin

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Communication

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friends in high places

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Darwin Darwin

Cairns Cairns

Broome Broome

NORTHERN TERRITORY NORTHERN TERRITORY

Port Hedland Port Hedland

WESTERN AUSTRALIA WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Alice Springs Alice Springs Uluru Uluru

Adelaide Adelaide

Esperance Esperance

Apia Apia

700 KKMM 0 Nuku’alofa 70

QUEENSLAND QUEENSLAND

Nuku’alofa

TONGA TONGA

Sunshine Coast Coast Sunshine Brisbane Brisbane Coast Gold Gold Coast Coffs Harbour Coffs Harbour

COOK COOK ISISLANDS LANDS

Sydney Melbourne Fr $96 Fr $82 Melbourne Hobart Melbourne Hamilton Is. Fr $135 Fr $122 Sydney Cairns  Fr $185 Perth Sydney  Fr $195 Darwin Perth  Fr $159 Sydney Uluru 

KM 2,4000 KM 2,40

Rarotonga Rarotonga

INTERNATIONAL flights

NEW WALES Sydney SOUTHWALES NEWSOUTH Sydney Canberra A VIVICCTORI Canberra TORIA

NEW ZEALAND NEW ZEALAND

Melbourne Melbourne

Available to book on BlueTicket. See p13 for details.

Domestic flights

1,150 KM 1,150 KM

Samoa Samoa

Whitsunday Coast Whitsunday Coast Hamilton Island Hamilton Island

SOUTH AUSTRALIAA SOUTHAUSTRALI Perth Perth

Port Vila Port Vila

SOUTH PACIFIC PACIFIC SOUTH ISLANDS ISLANDS Nadi FIJI Nadi FIJI

AUSTRALIA

If you need a fast and reliable way to travel around Oz, then take to the skies with our glamorous friends at Virgin Australia. As well as offering a wide range of domestic and international destinations, all of their aircrafts have comfy seating, fantastic in-flight entertainment and state-ofthe-art wireless systems accessible on your mobile or tablet on all domestic flights. So, sit back, relax and create your own high-flying Australia itinerary.

Auckland Gold Coast Christchurch Sydney Bali Brisbane Brisbane Queenstown Sydney Nadi Rarotonga Auckland Sydney Los Angeles Melbourne Hong Kong

Auckland Auckland

Wellington Wellington Christchurch Christchurch Queenstown Queenstown Dunedin Dunedin

Hobart Hobart

Fr $146 Fr $159 Fr $263 Fr $239 Fr $239 Fr $199 Fr $427 Fr $394

Darwin

Cairns

Brisbane

Perth

Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) Perth-Melbourne Brisbane Brisbane Auckland Raratonga Gold CoastSydney

TONGA

Perth Darwin Sydney

$550

FR

Brisbane

Australia's coastline is 25,000 kilometres long which would take approximately... never mind, just fly. Do battle between the East and West Coast with a wilderness detour up to the Top End. BIFA

BEACH LOVERS

Melbourne

$136

FR

Sydney Gold Coast overland to Brisbane Proserpine overland to Cairns Pack your swimmers and leave a sun-kissed jetstream in your wake as you sail, surf, snorkel and scuba dive through Australia's East Coast icons.

FIJI

Sydney

Sydney

Perth

Auckland

Auckland

Christchurch

NEW ZEALAND

BOOMERANG

Nadi

Brisbane

Sydney

Sydney

SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDS

Nuku’alofa

CITY SLICKER

$689

FR

Perth Melbourne Brisbane Auckland Nuku'alofa (Tonga) Sydney About 85% of Aussies live in or around the big cities, so they must be on to something! Pack comfy sandals, a compact map, then jet over to Tonga for a welcome breather.

BIFA

CALL 800.777.0112 TO BOOK

BIFA

NEW ZEALAND

COASTING AROUND Sydney

$508

FR

Christchurch

overland to Auckland

Nadi

Beach-adjacent cities make for happy people and Fiji, New Zealand and Oz have it all figured out. Why were the rest of us not in on this?! Sun, wine and great bars. You're welcome. BIFA

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Australia

AUSTRALIA

BY RAIL

Darwin

great southern rail Travelling Oz on a train gives you a real sense of freedom. Great Southern Rail covers around 8,150 kilometres (5,065 miles) of track across the country, and offers a convenient and comfortable way of getting from east to west, south to north, and everywhere in between! Start way out west in Perth for a coast to coast journey to Sydney, or traverse the country's varied landscape as you make your way from Darwin to Adelaide. Watch the world go by through large panoramic windows, and soak up Australia's wide open spaces. Never mind the destination, the journey is a holiday in itself!

THE GHAN Adelaide

Cairns

Uluru

Alice Springs

Alice Springs

Darwin

Perth

Adelaide

Adelaide Alice Springs Alice Springs Darwin Adelaide Darwin  Prices based on Gold Service Day/Nighter Seats

Fr $1,146 Fr $1,146 Fr $2,141

Sydney

Great Barrier Reef

Townsville Airlie Beach (Whitsundays) Mackay Rockhampton Hervey Bay Fraser Island

Brisbane Manguri Siding Gold Coast Coober Pedy Byron Bay Rawlinna Dubbo Coffs Harbour Cook Kalgoorlie Port Augusta Broken Hill

INDIAN PACIFIC

One of the world's greatest train journeys, this transcontinental adventure covers 2,979 kilometres (1,846 miles) through the heart of Oz. Choose Gold Service for comfortable sleeper cabins and all-inclusive dining at the Queen Adelaide Restaurant. Or, upgrade yourself to Platinum Service for full-sized, fully-equipped en suites as well as freshly prepared continental in-cabin breakfasts on request.

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The Ghan Indian Pacific The Overland

Adelaide

Sydney

Canberra Melbourne

THE OVERLAND Perth

Melbourne

The legendary Indian Pacific covers 4,352 kilometres (2,968 miles) between Sydney and Perth. Gold and Platinum Service include private sleeper cabins, all meals, beverages and off-train excursions. Choose Gold Service for comfortable sleeper cabins and all-inclusive dining at the Queen Adelaide Restaurant. Or, upgrade to Platinum Service for full-sized en suites and continental in-cabin breakfasts on request.

Sydney Adelaide Adelaide Perth Sydney Perth

Fr $855 Fr $1,754 Fr $2,486

Prices based on Gold Service Day/Nighter Seats

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Adelaide

Relax and enjoy the trip between Melbourne and Adelaide onboard The Overland, taking just over ten hours to complete the 828-kilometre (514-mile) 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 CafĂŠ Matilda onboard all services.

Melbourne Adelaide Adelaide Melbourne Prices based on Red Service Day/Nighter Seats

Fr $151 Fr $151


CAMPERVAN HIRE IN

Australia AUSTRALIA

morning, campers An Aussie road trip is practically a rite of passage, and what better way to see the world’s sixth-largest (just sixth?!) country than in a super-funky travelling home? Follow one of our favourite routes across Australia or wing it and see where the road takes you. Embrace the can-do spirit and easy friendliness of Oz, experiencing soaring mountains, cinnamon-red deserts, dazzling reefs, beaches and multi-cultural cities along the way.

freedom & flexibility

Your choice of campervan

Jump in your campervan, turn up the music, and head where you want to head, stop where you want to stop, spend extra days at places you like, skip right by ones you don't, and generally do whatever you want every day.

We’ve teamed up with some of Australia’s leading operators to offer you campervans suitable for all ages, tastes and budgets.

SAVE MONEY When you hire a campervan, you avoid 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.

T  ravellers Autobarn campervans are compact and functional and are custom-designed for backpackers and budget travellers. See page 30-31. M  ighty offer reliable yet funky campervans suitable for all travellers on a budget, no matter what your age, with two, three, four and six berths available. See page 29. B  ritz has a huge fleet of comfortable campervans, including 4WD with all you’ll need on the road. See page 28. For even more comfort on the road, please ask us about the premium brand maui.

Two of our favourite campervan road trips... Pinnacles

Brisbane AU S T R A L I A

Newcastle

Blue Mountains

A campervan is your front-row seat to some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes. Regardless of how long you travel during the day, you always have the opportunity to pull up and set up camp when you find your desired morning view. And with so many campsites and motorhome parks operating across Australia, it’s easy to find a cheap and convenient place to stay.

Kalgoorlie

Gold Coast

Byron Bay

Hunter Valley

WAKE UP TO A VIEW EVERYDAY

Spot X Surf Camp Port Macquarie Port Stephens

Perth Mandurah

AU S T R A L I A

Esperance

Margaret River

Sydney

Pemberton

Albany

SYDNEY & SURF

BEST OF THE WEST

Sydney

Perth

Brisbane (1,275kms/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.

Perth (2,480kms/1,540 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.

CALL 800.777.0112 TO BOOK

SOAK UP THE LOCAL CULTURE

Experience Australia’s rich Aboriginal culture with expert guides from Uptuyu Aboriginal Adventure (Broome), Koomal Dreaming (Margaret River) and Shark Bay Coastal Tours (Western Australia). Get an exclusive 25% discount when you book a Britz, Mighty or maui campervan with STA Travel.

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AUSTRALIA

Mighty & Britz

CAMPERVANS

book early! The prices here are per van, per day, based on low season rates (Jun-Aug). These will vary throughout the year, with peak prices between Dec-Feb. The earlier you book a camper, the cheaper the price. So be savvy!

SAVE MONEY 10% off site fees at selected campsites Discounts on multiple hires in Australia and New Zealand Ask about our earlybird and long hire discount for Mighty and Britz bookings

Pick-up/Drop-off from Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Broome* (Britz only), Cairns, Darwin*, Hobart* (Britz only), Melbourne, Perth and Sydney *branches operate seasonally, please ask for details

standard inclusions  nlimited kilometres U Kitchen and living gear, linen and bedding Rates include GST (Goods and Services Tax) and all admin fees 24-hour on-road assistance (toll-free call) Britz: Standard liability of AUD $5,000 for the HiTop and Voyager, AUD $7,500 for all other 2WD campervans and AUD $8,000 for the Safari Landcruiser and Outback 4WD Mighty: Standard liability of AUD $3,500 for the Highball, Jackpot and Double Down and AUD $5,000 for all other campervans. See page 29 for how to reduce your liability to NIL

vroom with a view A no-fuss Aussie adventure done your way. Sounds good? Britz offers a huge range of campervans kitted out with road trip essentials like a kitchen, unlimited kilometres and 24-hour road assistance. Just charge it up every couple of days and you’ll be right! Budget-conscious? Mighty offers reliable campers that don't break the bank. So grab your mates and your surfboard and prepare for an awesome ride.

Britz Voyager • Sleeps 4 (two drop-down double beds) • Minimum hire age 21 years old • Fridge/freezer and sink • Microwave and gas stove • USB chargers (front cabin only) • In-vehicle tablet, AM/FM radio and CD player • Air con/heating (driver’s cab) • Automatic and power-steering

$65 PER VAN/PER DAY

FR

Day Night

Britz Venturer • Sleeps 2 (one double or two singles) • Minimum hire age 21 years old • Shower and toilet • USB chargers (front cabin only) • Fridge/freezer, sink and slide out barbecue • Microwave and gas stove • Hot and cold pressurised water • In-vehicle tablet, AM/FM radio and CD player • Air con/heating (driver's and main cab) • Automatic and power-steering

$111 PER VAN/PER DAY

FR

Day

Night

Britz Frontier • Sleeps 6 (three double beds) • Minimum hire age 21 years old • USB chargers (front cabin only) • Fridge/freezer, sink, microwave and gas stove • Hot and cold pressurised water • In-vehicle tablet, AM/FM radio, CD player and DVD player with flat screen • Air con/heating (driver’s and main cab) • Automatic and power-steering

$136 PER VAN/PER DAY

FR

Day

Night

Britz & Mighty has a large range of campervans to choose from. These are just three of our favourites! Please ask your Travel Expert for more options.

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Mighty Highball

$48 PER VAN/PER DAY

FR

• Sleeps 2 (one double beds) • Min hire age 18 years old • Fridge/freezer, sink, microwave and gas stove • Cold pressurised water • Automatic or manual and power-steering • Air con/heating (driver’s cab)

Day Night

Mighty Double Down

$51 PER VAN/PER DAY

FR

Day

Night

Mighty Double Up • Sleeps 4 (two double beds) • Min hire age 21 years old • Fridge/freezer, sink, microwave and gas stove • Shower and toilet • Hot and cold pressurised water • Automatic and power-steering • Air con/heating (driver’s cab)

AUSTRALIA

• Sleeps 4 (two double beds) • Min hire age 21 years old • Fridge/freezer, sink, microwave and gas stove • Cold pressurised water • Automatic and power-steering • Air con/heating (driver’s cab)

$84 PER VAN/PER DAY

FR

Upgrade

Day/Night

BRITZ & MIGHTY INCLUSIVE PACK

Stay connected All campers are fitted with an in-vehicle tablet to help you get from A to B, find activities on the road, safe driving videos and weather alerts.

 ccident liability reduced to NIL A Wi-Fi, including 1GB of data Extra driver fees Linen exchange Picnic table and chairs (per person) Portable fan heater Single vehicle rollover cover

Did you know? There are no one-way fees on east coast bookings when you book for 21 days or longer

Mighty FLEXIcamper Pass KEEP IN MIND If you haven't yet figured out your exact dates for exploring this incredible country, check out our FLEXI Camper pass (exclusive to STA Travel!). It is designed for those on a working holiday visa and are yet to figure out their plans or those who will be based in one location and want to do multiple short trips.

WHAT IS MIGHTY FLEXI CAMPER? Available as 30, 40 and 50-day passes, these great-value passes can be used wherever and as often as you like (blackout dates apply) P  ick-up: Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth (no one-ways allowed into or out of Perth), Auckland and Christchurch. M  ighty Highball or better depending on availability Max of two passengers as a 2-berth vehicle may be substituted

Must be activated within 12 months of purchase. Valid for 12 months from activation Min hire four days (per hire) and a max hire of 20 days (per hire) Cannot travel between 20Dec-10Jan or over Easter (including one week either side) If travelling 01Nov-31Mar, 21 days' advance notice is required. Mighty will find you a camper within 10 days either side of your requested travel dates If travelling 01Apr to 31Oct, 14 days' advance notice is required. Mighty will find you a camper within five days either side of your requested travel dates

CALL 800.777.0112 TO BOOK

F LY / / T O U R / / S TAY / / C A M P E R / / PAC K AG E / /

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AUSTRALIA

Travellers Autobarn pimp your ride Road trips are an absolute must-do in Oz, and what better way to see this awesome country than in your very own travelling home? Travellers Autobarn knows Australia and it knows campervans, and it specialises in getting you the best deal for your dollar. Pick up and drop off your car or camper from any depot you like, travel cross-country and stretch your horizons, not your budget.

WHY travellers Autobarn

Pick-up/Drop-off from

Perfect for the budget-savvy traveller Heaps of handy discounts on activities and attractions Vehicles for 18+ years old Help's always on hand with a 24/7 call centre and on-road assistance 10% discount to Travellers Autobarn's caravan park partners Official Travellers Autobarn app to help you find facilities such as dump stations, Wi-Fi, petrol stations, supermarkets, information centres and activities

Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Darwin

Standard Inclusions Unlimited kilometres Rates include GST (Goods and Services Tax) and all admin fees 24hr on-road assistance Standard protection insurance with an excess of AUD $2,500 Free maps, guides, travel advice and discount offers around Australia A guide to the free campgrounds around Australia

PROTECTION PLUS:

*For travel with peace of mind be sure to check out Protection Plus

Accidental liability reduced from AUD $2,500 to zero Extra cover for tyres and windscreens

INCLUDED HOME COMFORTS Valid for all vehicles, except the Station Wagon: Sleeping bags, pillows and sheets Towels, cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils Coffee, tea and sugar Cleaning equipment

Darwin

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Cairns

STATION WAGON INCLUSIONS

QUEENSLAND WESTERN AUSTRALIA Brisbane

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

 wo-man dome tent T Single gas stove Chairs and table Esky (cooler) Water tank

NEW SOUTH WALES Perth

Sydney

VICTORIA Melbourne

TASMANIA

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STA TRAVEL EXCLUSIVES No one-way fees on the East Coast (saving of AUD $200) Free beach chairs, tables and living equipement (in all campers free of charge)


AUSTRALIA

STATION WAGON

$28

FR

per van per day

BUDGIE VAN

$37

FR

per van per day

Seats up to 5 people and sleeps 2

Sleeps 2 (one double)

Minimum hire age 18 years old

Minimum hire age 18 years old

Ample boot storage

Esky (cooler) Portable single gas cooker Power supply (via powered campsite) Kitchenette with sink, water and cabinets Air con Radio, CD player and MP3 plug-in 8-9 years old

Includes camping equipment

(tent, Esky (cooler) and gas cooker) for two people (option for five) Air con Radio or CD player 6-12 years old

HITOP CAMPER

$44

FR

per van per day

KUGA CAMPER

$48

FR

per van per day

Sleeps 3 (one double, one single)

Sleeps 3 (one double, one single)

Minimum hire age 18 years old

Minimum hire age 18 years old

Fridge, gas cooker and microwave

Fridge, gas cooker and microwave

Power supply (via powered campsite)

Power supply (via powered campsite)

Kitchenette with sink, water and cabinets

Kitchenette with sink, water and cabinets

Air con

Air con

Radio/cassette player or CD player 9-12 years old

Radio and CD player 6-10 years old

CALL 800.777.0112 TO BOOK

CHUBBY CAMPER

$39

FR

per van per day

Sleeps 2 (one double) Minimum hire age 18 years old Esky (cooler) Portable single gas cooker Power supply (via powered campsite) Kitchenette with sink, water and cabinets Internal LED lights and air con Radio, CD player and MP3 plug-in 2 USB chargers/plug-ins 4-7 years old (Fit out 2013-2017)

HI5 CAMPER

$71

FR

per van per day

S  leeps 4-5 (one large double, one normal double) M  inimum hire age 18 years old F ridge/freezer, gas cooker and microwave P  ower supply (via powered campsite) K  itchenette with sink, water and cabinets A  ir con R  adio and CD player 7  -9 years old

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Greyhound HOP-ON HOP-OFF

AUSTRALIA

Release the Hound Greyhound offer a range of cost-effective coach travel options, ideal for adventure seekers. That's you! With enough daily departures to suit even the busiest timetable, these red buses can take you to over 200 stops both on and off the beaten track. So, whether you're looking for a city break, beach escape or an Outback adventure you can really rely on them to get you safely from A to B. So sit back and relax and let Greyhound do the work!

Coach Features Free on-board Wi-Fi

In-seat USB chargers

Leather recliner seats

Air con

On-board restrooms

Panoramic views

Environmentally Electronic airbag friendly suspension

Full disability access

Travel & Stay Travel and Stay packages combine the flexibility of our East Coast hop-on hop-off passes with pre-purchased hostel accommodation with YHA or Base hostels to add value and save money.

Travel Base Travel Base packages include a Greyhound Australia pass and a 10-night hostel voucher. You'll get flexible access to stay at a range of Base, Nomads or Base affiliate hostels in Oz, and there are loads of great locations to choose from. TRAVEL BASE PACKAGES Brisbane Cairns: Sydney Cairns: Melbourne Cairns:

Fr $486 Fr $561 Fr $643

Travel YHA Travel YHA packages travelling between Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns include a 7-night YHA Dreamcatcher pass, with a 10-night Dreamcatcher for packages between Melbourne and Cairns. TRAVEL YHA PACKAGES Brisbane Cairns: Sydney Cairns: Melbourne Cairns:

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Fr $437 Fr $519 Fr $676


KM Passes Valid for 12 months

$165

FR

KM Passes are the perfect companion for a spontaneous traveller. These super flexible hop-on hop-off passes allow you to start anywhere you like, travel wherever you want and backtrack to your heart's desire. Pretty neat.

KMs. Topping up also adds an additional 90 days validity on to your pass so you can explore Australia even longer.

BUY A TOUR WITH YOUR KMS!

DISTANCE 1,000 Kilometre Pass

NEED EXTRA KMS? No worries! Each KM Pass can be topped up by either 50, 500 or 1000 additional

FR

$165 $346 $651 $932 $1,188 $1,625 $1,963 $2,211

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

CAIRNS TO MELBOURNE

CAIRNS TO SYDNEY

CAIRNS TO BRISBANE

CAIRNS TO ALICE SPRINGS

SYDNEY TO MELBOURNE

BRISBANE TO BYRON BAY

4,170 km That's Cape Reinga to Bluff twice!

3,170 km That's Glasgow to Manchester ten times!

2,220 km That's Vancouver to Calgary and back!

2,920 km That's London to Edinburgh four times!

1,005 km That's New York to Washington three times!

195 km That's Rome to Naples!

Hop-On Hop-Off Passes Valid for 3 months

The most popular travel option, hop-on hop-off passes are perfect for travellers who know where they want to start and finish, but still crave the flexibility of being able to go with the flow in between. Valid for three months from commencement of travel, these passes can be extended for an additional 90 days by purchasing a handy pass extension upgrade.

$289

FR START/END POINT Brisbane* Cairns

Cairns Brisbane*

Alice Springs Cairns

Cairns

Alice Springs

Sydney

Cairns

Cairns

Sydney

Melbourne Cairns

Cairns

Melbourne

Short Hop Passes Valid for 30 days

FR

$289 $289 $326 $326 $368 $368 $453 $453

$87

FR

These short and sweet hop-on hop-off passes are perfect for quick trips, delivering you to all the bucket list Aussie destinations but with the flexibility to hop on and off along the way. Valid for 30 days from commencement of travel, these passes can also be extended for an extra 30 days if you can’t quite bear the thought of leaving just yet. (Trust us, there’s plenty to keep you exploring.)

START/END POINT

FR

Sydney

Melbourne

$87

Sydney

Byron Bay

Sydney

Brisbane* Melbourne

$95 $115 $194

Alice Springs

$186

Brisbane* Darwin

Alice Springs

Adelaide

$189

*For passes that start or end in Brisbane you can chose to start or end your journey in either Byron Bay or the Gold Coast, at no extra charge.

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As a KM Pass holder, you can also use your KMs as currency to buy tours, adventures, experiences and even accommodation.

Don't know how many KMs you need? No worries! Check out our KM guide below.


HO

h t i w f f o p o h n o P-

AUSTRALIA

e c n e i er p x E Oz hop-on hop-off travel & tours 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. Travel from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane up to Cairns (or vice versa). Start your trip within 18 months of purchase, and travel for up to six months!

• Hop-on hop-off travel in one direction with Greyhound Australia

Choose your package There are four package options for every type of traveller: Discoverer, Adventurer, Explorer and Wanderer. All of our packages include flexible hop-on hop-off travel throughout, plus bucket list experiences to do along the way. You can thank us later. Discoverer

Explorer

Perfect for travellers who want to discover Australia on their own terms, with select highlights along the way (consider it a Aussie taster).

Cross off your Aussie bucket list with this classic package. They include all of the must-sees without compromising the ability to explore at your own pace. Wanderer

Adventurer Not content with being average, these packages include some of Australia's most iconic destinations, with a little bit of adventure thrown in along the way.

Perfect for those who live without constraint, this package will take you on a journey across the vast Aussie landscape with heaps of inclusions on the way.

Adventurer

EXTREME Sydney

$1,410

FR

RIPPER

$1,254

FR

Alice Springs

 Hop-on hop-off travel, Cairns Sydney Whitsundays sailing trip (2 days, 2 nights) Fraser Island guided tour (2 days, 1 night) Surf n Stay (1 day, 1 night) 14,000ft Skydive

• Online booking & telephone helpline • On-the-ground support in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Cairns

-FRASER ISLAND INCLUSIONS Every package with a Fraser Island tour included will also have these extra inclusions thrown in so you can see the island in style. • Comfortable accommodation • All meals included • Driver Guide

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Wanderer

FAIR DINKUM

$3,448

FR

Darwin

INCLUSIONS:

Hop-on hop-off travel, Sydney Melbourne H  op-on hop-off travel, Adelaide Alice Springs Great Ocean Road tour (3 days, 2 nights) Kangaroo Island tour (2 days, 1 night) Uluru Rock tour (3 days, 2 nights)

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• 24hr on-road assistance

Cairns

INCLUSIONS:

INCLUSIONS:

• Experience & Accommodation inclusions as shown

Wanderer

Sydney

Cairns

STANDARD INCLUSIONS

 op-on hop-off travel, Cairns H Melbourne Hop-on hop-off travel, Adelaide Darwin Great Barrier Reef tour Magnetic Island Stopover Whitsundays Sailing trip (2 days, 2 nights) Fraser Island guided tour (2 days, 1 night) Surf n Stay (1 day, 1 night) Kakadu/Litchfield National Parks tour (3 days, 2 nights) All the tours of the Ripper Package AUDFDP


Discoverer

SKIPPY

$705

FR

Melbourne

Cairns

Adventurer

BRUMBY

$1,222

FR

Melbourne

Cairns

$603

FR

Cairns

BONZA

$1,144

FR

Cairns

Cairns

AUBRU

STREWTH Brisbane

$392

FR

Cairns

OZEBOO

 Hop-on hop-off travel, Brisbane Great Barrier Reef tour

BARRA

$924

FR

Cairns

AUSWTH

$1,356

 Hop-on hop-off travel, Sydney Cairns Great Barrier Reef tour Magnetic Island Stopover Whitsundays Sailing trip (2 days, 2 nights) Fraser Island guided tour (2 days, 1 night) Surf n Stay (1 day, 1 night) Cruiser  + Incl. 10n Base Jumping Pass and Surf n Stay (2D/2N) $1,724 AUSCZP

Explorer

BEAUT Brisbane

INCLUSIONS: Cairns

FR

Cairns

Adventurer

Brisbane

INCLUSIONS

CRUISER

INCLUSIONS:

 Hop-on hop-off travel, Sydney Cairns Whitsundays sailing trip (2 days, 2 nights) Surf n Stay (1 day, 1 night) Fraser Island guided tour (2 days, 1 night)

Discoverer

Explorer

Sydney

INCLUSIONS

 Hop-on hop-off travel, Sydney Great Barrier Reef tour Surf n Stay (1 day, 1 night)

AUSPHA

Adventurer

Sydney

INCLUSIONS:

 Hop-on hop-off travel, Melbourne Cairns Great Barrier Reef tour Magnetic Island Stopover Whitsundays Sailing trip (2 days, 2 nights) Fraser Island guided tour (2 days, 1 night) Surf n Stay (2 days, 1 night)

AUSBRU

Discoverer

Sydney

Cairns

INCLUSIONS:

 Hop-on hop-off travel, Melbourne Cairns Whitsundays Sailing trip (2 days, 2 nights) Fraser Island guided tour (2 days, 1 night) Surf n Stay (2 days, 1 night)

AUSSKI

BRUCE COBBER

$1,434

FR

Melbourne

INCLUSIONS:

Hop-on hop-off travel, Melbourne Great Barrier Reef tour Surf n Stay (2 days, 1 night)

PHARLAP

$1,254

FR

Cairns

INCLUSIONS:

 Hop-on hop-off, Brisbane Cairns Whitsundays Sailing trip (2 days, 2 nights) Fraser Island guided tour (2 days, 1 night)

OZEBPO

CALL 800.777.0112 TO BOOK

 Hop-on hop-off travel, Brisbane Cairns Great Barrier Reef tour Magnetic Island Stopover Whitsundays Sailing trip (2 days, 2 nights) Fraser Island guided tour (2 days, 1 night) BNEBE1

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INCLUSIONS

Cairns

Explorer


Loka

f f o p o h hop-on AUSTRALIA

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livin' la vida.. The guys and gals at Loka have thrown the rulebook (and the guidebook) out of the window. Get all the flexibility of a hop-on hop-off trip or follow the routes from start to finish like a traditional tour. See the best of Australia's east coast with the help of their awesome guides and easy-to-use mobile app, and travel on a mix of their buses and comfy trains. Start your trip within 12 months of purchase, and enjoy another 12 months to complete your journey.

The Basics

Travel Pass

A FLEXIBLE GUIDED TRAVEL PASS

OPTIONS

NORTHBOUND

Jan-Oct, departs every 1-2 days

Fr $937

MICK (Sydney Cairns) Min 13 days 

(Byron Bay Cairns) Min 8 days 

AUSKAT

Fr $566

STU (Brisbane Cairns) Min 8 days 

AUSSTU

Fr $409

GREG (Sydney Brisbane) Min 6 days

AUSGRE

Fr $491

NAT (Sydney Byron Bay) Min 7 days 

AUSNAT

Jan-Mar, departs every 2-3 days Apr–Oct, departs every 1-3 days

TREV (Cairns Sydney) Min 10 days 

CAM (Cairns Brisbane) Min 8 days 

DAN (Brisbane Sydney) Min 3 days 

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Fr $586

KAT

SOUTHBOUND

That includes all transport, preferred hostel pick-ups, local transfers and ferries.

Fr $632 AUSTRE

Fr $516 AUSCAM

Fr $145 AUSDAN

ALL YOUR TRANSPORT’S COVERED Travel on Loka’s own 24-seater buses between Sydney and Noosa/Rainbow Beach (and vice versa) with cool tunes and plenty of stops to do fun stuff along the way. For the long stretches between Rainbow Beach and Cairns we travel on comfortable trains (with toilets and a dining carriage) so we can get to the good bits faster.

GO OFF THE BEATEN TRACK As well as covering all the East Coast’s must-do attractions, Loka also takes you off the beaten track to some amazing, lesser-known towns and regions. Discover places not mentioned in your guidebook and try some crazy Aussie activities.

Blue Mountains DAY TRIP

An epic nature-focused day out in the Blue Mountains for backpackers and alternative travellers. Spot wild kangaroos and other wildlife, take a guide hike though the spectacular Blue Mountains, enjoy a light lunch and finish the day with a drink! Fr $66 SYDLKB

TRAVEL WITH FUN, LOCAL GUIDES These local legends are a fountain of knowledge from Australian history, culture and wildlife, to cheap eats, and the best nights out. They can also help book your accommodation and activities along the way so you can relax and just enjoy the ride!

ACCOMMODATION Accommodation is not included in the price of a Loka pass, so you have the flexibility to decide where you want to stay and for how long. Book your accommodation with the Loka web app or buy an accommodation package with your pass.

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Check out pages 38-39 for Loka’s flexi activity packages. Book your activities before you travel and save cash and hassle.


Unique Stops

Loka visits all the must-see sites as well as some special places well off the beaten track. Have a go at down-to-earth Aussie activities and get immersed in the local culture.

BARRINGTON TOPS

RIVER RETREAT Stay in cabins or sleep in traditional swags under the stars. Canoe down a river spotting wildlife along the way. Have a traditional

TREASURE ISLAND Visit the tropical paradise Great Keppel Island. See amazing marine life and coral reefs straight off the beach, then take part in the famous Loka Treasure Hunt. Go on a turtle-spotting walk to Bluff Point, then stay at the cool coastal town of Emu Park.

RAINFOREST EXPERIENCE AUSTRALIA

An exclusive lodge on the edge of a World Heritage listed area. Go tubing down the river and spot platypus and wild kangaroos. Have wood-fired pizzas for dinner, then relax in the giant hot tub looking out over the national park.

Aussie barbecue and toast marshmallows around the campfire.

A unique stop in a World Heritage-listed rainforest! Think swimming holes, dinner round the campfire, and a guided walk learning about the traditional indigenous use of the land. Those who do not wish to camp can stay in a historic pub instead.

Pay-as-you-go for these packages, that include meals, accommodation and activities (where applicable)

DAY MICK ITINERARY (northbound) 01-02

Sydney / Barrington Tops National Park / Spot X Surf Camp Set off from Sydney and join in a wine tasting in the Hunter Valley. Tonight’s unique stop is a private lodge overlooking the Barrington River. Spend the next morning exploring the National Park, visit a nearby koala hospital and travel on to your waterfront digs at Spot X

03-06

Spot X / River Retreat / Byron Bay / Gold Coast / Noosa Relax this morning or take a surf lesson (at extra cost), then head to our River Retreat, where you’ll enjoy a guided canoe trip down the river. On Day 4, travel up to the surf town of Byron. On Day 6, head north to the high-rise party city of the Gold Coast. It’s then on to upmarket resort Noosa, passing through Brisbane en route. Hop off here for Fraser Island or continue to Rainbow Beach.

07-11

Emu Park / Airlie / Magnetic Island Travel by train/bus to the remote Emu Park where you can visit the tropical paradise of Great Keppel Island and take part in the great Loka Treasure Hunt. On Day 8, catch an overnight train to Airlie Beach. Jump off for the Whitsundays or continue to the tropical wildlife haven of Magnetic Island.

12-13

Rainforest Experience / Cairns Travel into the rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park for a very special overnight stay. Have a swim by a beautiful waterfall and go on a guided walk through the rainforest, learning all about the indigenous culture along the way. The trip concludes on arrival into Cairns, late afternoon on Day 13.

CAIRNS

Rainforest Experience

Magnetic Island

TRAVEL DAYS

Townsville

Airlie Beach

Emu Park Cooroy

Fraser Island

Rainbow Beach

Noosa

BRISBANE

Gold Coast Byron Bay 2 NIGHTS

River Retreat

Spot X Barrington Tops National Park

inclusions Highlights: Wine tasting in Hunter Valley, Barrington Tops National Park, Koala Hospital, Spot X Surf Camp, Wild Dolphin Centre, Walks at Rainbow Beach, Emu Park and Magnetic Island, Canoeing Experience, hop-on hop-off option, access to the Loka web app Accommodation: Pay as you go Transport: Private minibus, train, public bus, ferry Meals: Pay as you go Group Leader: Driver/local guide Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code: AUSMIC

CAIRNS CAIRNS Magnetic Magnetic Island Island Airlie Airlie Beach Beach

TRAVEL DAYS

Rockhampton Rockhampton Emu Emu Park Park Cattle Station Experience Gympie Fraser Fraser Island Island Cooroy Rainbow Rainbow Beach Beach Noosa Noosa

BRISBANE BRISBANE

Gold Gold Coast Coast Byron Byron Bay Bay

KEY Overnight stops Day stops Rail

SYDNEY SYDNEY CAIRNS - SYDNEY

Day stops Rail Ferry

SYDNEY

Bus

SYDNEY - CAIRNS

01-03

Cairns / Magnetic Island / Airlie Beach Take the train to Townsville, then catch the ferry to the beautiful wildlife haven of Magnetic Island, then it’s on to Airlie Beach with a free day or two to spend in the Whitsunday Islands.

04-06

Airlie Beach / Emu Park Take the overnight train to the cool coastal town of Emu Park for a couple of days of poolside relaxation, turtle spotting (seasonal) and an optional trip to the tropical Great Keppel Island. Here, you can enjoy snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef and the great Loka Treasure Hunt.

07

Emu Park / Rainbow Beach Travel by train to Cooroy, then transfer by Loka bus to Rainbow Beach for the night. Do the famous Carlo Sand Blow Walk to watch the sunset. Hop off here (or Noosa) to access Fraser Island.

08-09 10

Spot Spot XX

SOUTHBOUND

KEY Overnight stops

DAY trev ITINERARY (Southbound)

Southbound Indigenous Camp Townsville Townsville

Northbound

Ferry Bus

Rainbow Beach / Noosa / Brisbane / Byron Bay Drive via Noosa, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, where you can hop off for partying, surfing and theme parks, onto Byron Bay. You’ll have a free day to take in the hippie surf vibes. Spot X / Sydney The final leg of your trip takes you via Spot X beachside surf camp, a recommended place to stop. From here, head down to Sydney, where your trip ends on Day 10.

inclusions Highlights: Walks on Magnetic Island, Emu Park, Carlo Sand Blow walk, Danger Point border crossing, Byron Bay orientation drive, hop-on hop-off option, access to the Loka web app Accommodation: Pay as you go Transport: Private minibus, train, public bus, ferry Meals: Pay as you go Group Leader: Driver/guide Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code: AUSTRE

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GOING 'LOCA' WITH LOKA Got a rough idea of must-sees on your epic East Coast adventure? Not got a clue? Don't worry, you can choose a Loka adventure that feels tailor-made. Stop where you want, when you want - and with these packages, you'll still squeeze in every single activity you've always dreamed about, alongside heaps of unique extras.

Going all the way?

Mick Activity Packages

Trev Activity Packages

SYDNEY - CAIRNS

CAIRNS - SYDNEY

mick’s Massive Package - minimum 19 days • Blue Mountains day trip • Tubing at Barrington Tops • Spot X surf lesson • Fraser Island day tour • Whitsunday sailing trip (2 nts)

Fr $2,227

• 5 special overnight stops, including accommodation • Base Jumping accommodation pass (dorm, 10 nts)

*For “Northbound” map and standard inclusions see page 37

TREV’s Massive Package - minimum 16 days • Whitsunday sailing trip (2 nts) • Emu Park package (2 nts) • Fraser Island day tour • Byron Bay dolphin kayak tour • 2-Day Spot X Surf & Stay

• Base Jumping accommodation pass (dorm, 10 nts) *For “Southbound” map and standard inclusions see page 37

Tour code: AUSTRM

Tour code: AUSMKM

mick’s BIG Package - minimum 17 days • Spot X surf lesson • Fraser Island day tour • Whitsunday sailing trip (1 nt)

*For “Northbound” map and standard inclusions see page 37

Tour code: AUSMKB

mick’s Small Package - minimum 13 days • Fraser Island day tour • Whitsunday Thundercat

Fr $1,320

Fr $1,155

*For “Northbound” map and standard inclusions see page 37

Tour code: AUSMKS

Packages include Loka Mick Sydney to Cairns hop-on hop-off bus/rail pass

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Fr $1,814

TreV’s BIG Package - minimum 14 days • Whitsunday sailing trip (1 nt) • Fraser Island day tour • Byron Bay dolphin kayak tour

*For “Southbound” map and standard inclusions see page 37

Tour code: AUSTRB

TREV’s Small Package - minimum 12 days • Whitsunday Thundercat • Fraser Island day tour

Fr $1,072

Fr $825

*For “Southbound” map and standard inclusions see page 37

Tour code: AUSTRS

Packages include Loka Trev Cairns to Sydney hop-on hop-off bus/rail pass

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AUSTRALIA

Or something shorter?

Greg Activity Packages

Cam Activity Packages

SYDNEY - BRISBANE

CAIRNS - BRISBANE

Greg’s BIG Package - minimum 8 days • 2 Day Spot X Surf & Stay • Byron Bay dolphin kayak tour

Fr $660 *For “Northbound” map and standard inclusions see page 37

Tour code: AUSGRB

Greg’s Small Package - minimum 6 days • Spot X surf lesson • Byron Bay dolphin kayak tour

Fr $495

*For “Northbound” map and standard inclusions see page 37

Tour code: AUSGRS

cam’s BIG Package - minimum 12 days • Whitsunday sailing trip (1 nt) • Fraser Island day tour

Fr $858 *For “Southbound” map and standard inclusions see page 37

Tour code: AUSCMB

cam’s Small Package - minimum 10 days • Fraser Island day tour • Whitsunday Thundercat

Fr $767

*For “Southbound” map and standard inclusions see page 37

Tour code: AUSCMS

Packages include Loka Greg Sydney to Brisbane hop-on hop-off bus pass

Packages include Loka Cam Cairns to Brisbane hop-on hop-off bus/rail pass

Stu Activity Packages

Kat Activity Packages

BRISBANE - CAIRNS

BYRON BAY - CAIRNS

Stu’s BIG Package - minimum 12 days • Fraser Island day tour • Whitsunday sailing trip (1 nt)

Fr $1,064 *For “Northbound” map and standard inclusions see page 37

Tour code: AUSSTB

Stu’s Small Package - minimum 10 days • Fraser Island day tour • Whitsunday Thundercat

Fr $808

*For “Northbound” map and standard inclusions see page 37

Tour code: AUSSTS

Packages include Loka Stu Brisbane to Cairns hop-on hop-off bus/rail pass

kat’s BIG Package - minimum 11 days • Fraser Island day tour • Whitsunday sailing trip (1 nt)

Fr $915 *For “Northbound” map and standard inclusions see page 37

Tour code: AUSKTB

kat’s Small Package - minimum 10 days • Fraser Island day tour • Whitsunday Thundercat

Fr $750

*For “Northbound” map and standard inclusions see page 37

Tour code: AUSKAS

Packages include Loka Kat Byron Bay to Cairns hop-on hop-off bus/rail pass

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ACCOMMODATION & ACTIVITY PASSES mate, get a room!

AUSTRALIA TAB NAME

Helpful and lovely as we are, we've combined your three favourite things into these passes: sleeping, flexibility and saving cash. Buy a hostel pass at home while you're still feeling flush, and guarantee your lodgings for the night, even after your dollars have run dry. Also, if you know you want to do the 'Point Break' double (if you have to ask we're confiscating your passport) but not sure when or where, buy a surf lesson or skydive pass as well.

BASE JUMPING ACCOMMODATION PASS

$239

FR

10 NIGHTS

For travellers who don't want to pre-plan every step of the way. This flexible ten-night pass can be used at any Base or Nomads hostel, and any Base affiliate property, no matter what part of Oz you find yourself in. When you're ready to lock in dates, make your arrangements with the hostel before you arrive (early if it's during peak season!). The pass lets you stay for a maximum of two nights at each hostel. Any additional nights will be at your own cost. Accommodation: 10 nights' accommodation at any Base or Nomads hostel, and any Base affiliate property. Max of 2 consecutive nights allowed at any one property Meals: Not included Tour Code: AUSJUM

YHA DREAMCATCHER PASS

$186

FR

7-35 NIGHTS

NOMADS BED HOPPER

$239

FR

10 OR 15 NIGHTS

This dorm accommodation voucher can be used at Nomads, Nomads affiliate and selected Base hostels in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand, ideal whether you're planning on visiting one, two or all three countries. Vouchers are available for 10 or 15 nights, and both carry a two-night maximum on each hostel. It'll save you loads on accommodation (more beer money), and it'll allow you to keep your schedule nice and flexible. Accommodation: 10/15 nights' accommodation at Nomads, Nomads affiliate and selected Base hostels. Maximum of 2 consecutive nights allowed at any one property Meals: Not included Tour Code: AUSHOP

SKYDIVE AUSTRALIA: TANDEM SKYDIVING FLEXI PASS

$227

FR

HALF DAY

LET'S GO SURFING PASS

$165/ FR$247

FR

3 OR 5 LESSONS

Pay for your accommodation upfront without having to book it all in advance. Choose from 7, 10, 15, 21, 28, or 35-night passes, giving you access to over 80 YHA hostels across the country for 12 months. It's not always easy to keep on budget when you're travelling, but at least you know the important stuff's taken care of.

Skydiving can seem like a big expense once you're on the road and living on a shoestring. So book ahead while you still have the cash! You don't even need to know where you're going to be. This pass can be used for a 14,000ft tandem skydive at Cairns, Mission Beach, Byron Bay, Sydney, Airlie Beach or Melbourne.

Valid for six months, this pass entitles you to three or five group surfing lessons off Bondi Beach, Maroubra Beach or Byron Bay. Sessions last for two hours but you'll also get an additional two hours of board and wetsuit hire so you can practise the skills you've just learnt. Book in lessons at your leisure, you'll be riding waves in no time!

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Wine tasting in the Hunter Valley Take a surfing lesson in Byron Bay Strike it rich by digging for gold Head out to idyllic Fraser Island Canoe to the stunning Noosa Everglades 3-day Whitsundays sailing excursion

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Rainforest walk in Great Otway N.P. Ingan Cultural Museum tour in Tully Get crafty with traditional Jirrbal artists Underground mine tour in Coober Pedy Champagne sunset viewing at Uluru G for Good collection

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Sydney / Hunter Valley / Tamworth Arrive into Sydney on Day 1 and meet your group. Enjoy a free day to explore the lively foodie scene and glitzy neighbourhoods of this cosmopolitan capital in New South Wales. While you're here, opt to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, hop on a jet boat ride around the Sydney Opera House or chill out with the bronzed bods of Bondi Beach. Head for the Hunter Valley the next morning for a taste of its world-famous wines and then continue to the countryside of Tamworth, a mecca for Aussie music lovers. Even if you're not into your Country and Western music, you've got to appreciate the locals' commitment to the Australian cowboy and cowgirl scene. (2B, D)

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Yamba / Byron Bay Travel through the rainforest to the coastal town of Yamba. Here, enjoy a refreshing swim in an old quarry hole, and round off the day on the beach with freshly-cooked fish and chips. Next day, head up the coast to Byron Bay, which boasts amazing surf, an eccentric art scene, and (if you're lucky) the odd humpback whale. Hang with locals and get limber and sea-ready in an included surf lesson. You can also opt for a yoga class, skydiving, sea kayaking or luxe spa treatments. (2B)

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Brisbane / Noosa / Fraser Island / Noosa Everglades Cross the border into Queensland and on to Brisbane for an optional night out in this cultural capital. In the morning, head north to Noosa and enjoy a free afternoon of surfing or strolling the boardwalk of Noosa National Park, keep an eye out for those eucalyptus-loving koalas! Journey on up the coast and ferry across to Fraser Island, the world's biggest sand island. Soak up the gorgeous scenery, then head on to Noosa Everglades and fire up the barbie at your beachside campsite. Spend your time here exploring the surrounding rainforest, swimming in lovely Lake McKenzie, and driving along Australia's only sand highway. On Day 10, you can spend a bit of free time kayaking before catching an overnight train to Airlie Beach. (3B, L)

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Whitsunday Islands Sailing / Whitehaven Beach / Airlie Beach Transfer to Airlie Beach 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 from one secluded cove to the next, where your snorkel gear (included) will help you see what the Great Barrier Reef is all about! Visit lookouts over the white sands of Whitehaven Beach and anchor off secluded islands each night. Back on board, enjoy an afternoon sail before disembarking at the popular resort of Airlie Beach, with its lively nightlife. (2B, L, 2D)

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Tully / Cairns 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. En route, stop off at Tully to visit the G for Good Ingan Cultural Museum and try your hand at painting or weaving with traditional Jirrbal Aboriginal artists. 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. (L)

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snapshot Sydney, Melbourne, Fraser Island, the Whitsundays - your crash course in all things Australia starts now! Surf in Byron Bay, bed down in swags under a broad Outback sky, sail around tropical reefs and learn about native Aboriginal culture with walks around iconic Uluru. A classic Aussie recipe. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOAAE

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Cairns / Alice Springs / Kings Canyon / Uluru 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'. It's an early start next morning to drive south through the open Outback to Kings Canyon where you'll embark on a four-hour hike through its red rock gorges and valleys, seeing natural formations such as the Garden of Eden. Later, continue to the Uluru campground for the night. (B)

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Uluru / Coober Pedy / Flinders Ranges Learn the significance of Uluru at the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and on the Mala Walk around the base of this iconic attraction. See a sunset over a glass of bubbly and bunk down under the stars in a canvas 'swag'. Day 19, travel along a remote track to Coober Pedy, the world's opal mining capital. Tour one of the mines and spend a night in an underground hostel - built to escape the summer heat. The next day you'll travel through the vast Outback, past lakes and lagoons to the small township of Quorn. Primarily a base for trails around the Flinders Ranges, you might want to go check out the Old Mill and some of the old railway yards. (3B, 2D)

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Flinders Ranges / Clare Valley / Adelaide / Grampians National Park Drive through the impressive Flinders Ranges before watching the arid scenery give way to the lush Clare Valley, where a wine tasting session will definitely be on the cards! Spend the night in Adelaide, a cosmopolitan coastal capital with plenty of culture and charisma. Fans of the fin might want to take an optional dolphin-spotting cruise. Day 23, head to Grampians National Park, known for its sandstone mountain ranges and ancient rock art. Trek through verdant forests and enjoy numerous photo opportunities at some famous landmarks. (2B)

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Great Ocean Road / Port Campbell / Melbourne Start your two-day journey along the world-famous Great Ocean Road with visit to impressive rock formations including The Arch and London Bridge (no longer a bridge since its supporting arch collapsed!). Visit an Aboriginal cultural centre to learn of the area's cultural significance. Day 25, 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 with an early evening arrival. We recommend pre-booking a few days' accommodation so you can really get to grips with the city. After all, it would be a shame to come all this way without soaking up some of the city's happy hipster culture. (2B)

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From Melbourne to Cairns via gold mines, wineries and surf towns. Weave with Aboriginal artists, yacht around the Whitsundays, and sleep under the Outback sky. It's a hard life on the road. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOAMC

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Melbourne / Great Ocean Road / Grampians National Park / Adelaide / Clare Valley / Quorn Arrive at any time in Melbourne, ready for the Great Ocean Road the next day. Pass world-famous surf beaches, check out the 12 Apostles and go inland to Grampians National Park for waterfall treks and wonderful viewpoints. On Day 5, enjoy a free day exploring Adelaide and then wind through Clare Valley's wine region, stopping for a few tasters on the way, to the tiny town of Quorn. (4B)

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Outback / Wilpena Pound / Coober Pedy / Kings Canyon / Uluru / Kata Tjuta Travel along the Old Ghan Railway route through the Outback and opt for a scenic flight over the great Lake Eyre. Continue to Coober Pedy, the world's opal mining capital for a tour of the mine and then overnight in an underground hostel. Rise early for a walk through Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park and catch a roaring sunset at Uluru. Learn more about Aboriginal culture on the Mala Walk and hike through the beautiful Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta. (6B, 4L, 4D)

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Sydney / Hunter Valley / Tamworth / Yamba / Byron Bay Wake up early for your flight to Sydney. Enjoy a free day to explore this cosmopolitan capital, try jet boating or cure that vertigo with a walk over Sydney Harbour Bridge. Next day, sample some wines in Hunter Valley and continue to Tamworth for a taste of Australian country living. Head off to the beach by Yuraygir National Park the next day. Continue up the coast to hippie hotspot of Byron Bay where you'll have an included surf lesson and plenty of free time to go skydiving, get a massage, or meet the bay's underwater residents with an afternoon of sea kayaking. (5B, D)

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Brisbane / Noosa / Fraser Island / Noosa Everglades Opt to welcome the day with a yoga session before heading off to the bars of Brisbane for an optional night out. It's then on to Noosa National Park, the land of the koala bear and the mirrored waterways of Noosa Everglades. Chill here before crossing the seas to the sandy wilderness of Fraser Island. Go canoeing, kayaking, and swim in Lake McKenzie before an overnight train to Airlie Beach. (3B, L)

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Whitsunday Islands Sailing / Whitehaven Beach / Airlie Beach / Tully / Cairns Today marks the start of your yachting adventure. For three days you'll anchor down in secluded bays, snorkel stunning coral reefs and enjoy plenty of free time on the white sands of Whitehaven Beach. On your last day, party it up around Airlie Beach before jumping on a train to Tully. Here you'll visit the Ingan Cultural Museum for an Aboriginal painting or weaving workshop, and then to your final stop, Cairns. In your free time try skydiving, white water rafting, bungy jumping or take a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Your trip comes to an end on Day 28. Super sad face emoji. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Accommodation: Hostels (18 nts), swag camping (3 nts), maxi-yacht (2 nts), underground hostel (1 nt), cabin (2 nts), overnight train (1 nt) - all nights multi-share Transport: Private bus, train, maxi-yacht, 4x4 vehicle, ferry, plane Meals: 20 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners Budget: Allow USD $600-780 for meals not included

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Colourful coastal capitals and lunarlike landscapes, this tour takes you to the hippie wonderland of Byron Bay, the bird-filled rainforests around Cape Tribulation and the sparkling snorkel spots of the Great Barrier Reef. Oh and the Red Centre which totally rocks! Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOAMS

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Melbourne / Mornington Peninsula / Port Campbell Touch down in hipster Melbourne, delve into its coffee culture and head to Mornington Peninsula the next day. Here you'll have free time to sample the local wines, hike the surrounding countryside or hit the sandy beaches. Then it's along the Great Ocean Road past numerous surf spots and rocky wonders like the Twelve Apostles. End with a walk through the rainforest of Great Otway National Park. (2B)

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Little Desert National Park / Adelaide / Flinders Ranges / Coober Pedy Step into the Aussie bush via Grampians National Park and spend the evening spotting the region's nocturnal critters. Then out of the Outback and into the city of Adelaide. Get to know the City of Churches with an orientation walk and leave for Flinders Ranges the next day. This region is all about wine tasting and rugged bush walks. The lunar-like landscape continues in Coober Pedy where you'll enter the world of opal mining and enjoy a 'deep sleep' in an underground hotel. (5B, 2L, 3D)

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Uluru / Cairns / Cape Tribulation / Cairns If you like red things, then two days at Uluru complete with fiery sunsets is just the ticket. Day 12, fly to Cairns and then head north to Cape Tribulation via Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge. A bird-watcher's paradise, you'll see loads of fancy feathers on an interpretative walk through the park. Spend the next day as you wish, explore the forest more or go find Nemo with a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Then return to Cairns the next day. (5B)

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Airlie Beach / Whitsunday Islands / Byron Bay Rise early for a full day's adventure to Airlie Beach. En route you'll stop at the G supported Ingan Cultural Centre where you can try weaving or painting under the watchful eye of Jirrbal Aboriginal artists. Set sail for the Whitsundays the next day and enjoy a spot of swimming and snorkelling. Continue the barefooted dream as you fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two days of happy hippie living. (B, 2L)

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Byron Bay / Port Macquarie / Sydney / Blue Mountains / Sydney Surf's up! Hone your board riding skills with an included surf lesson. Then head to the coastal town of Port Macquarie for beautiful beaches and national parks. Opt to kayak along the Hastings River, visit a koala hospital or simply chill your beans. The last leg of the trip takes you to Blue Mountains where you can opt for a cable car across the canyon or ride on the Scenic Railway, the steepest track in the world! Then continue to Sydney for a thrilling jet boat ride around the harbour and one last night out before leaving on Day 25.

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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

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Overnight at an Outback bush camp Island hop the pristine Whitsundays Hike through dramatic Kings Canyon Spot some crocs in Kakadu Dip in the Mataranka Thermal Pools Learn how to throw a boomerang!

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Sydney / Blue Mountains / Sydney Meet your group on the first morning and head to admire the impressively scenic Blue Mountains. Hike along the ridge overlooking Wentworth Falls and check out the iconic 'Three Sisters' rock formation. Experience true Aussie food, cooking your own barbecue dinner of Australian steak. Day 2, hit the incredible streets and sights of Sydney. 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)

03-04

Coffs Harbour / Byron Bay Time to get into surf serenity at Coffs Harbour. Pass the famous 'Big Banana' and visit the seaside town of Port Macquarie en route to your Surf Village stopover. Day 4, pull on your wetsuit, grab a board and head out for your included surf lesson. Then it's back on the road, next stop: bohemian Byron Bay. This little beauty oozes a laid-back lifestyle, hippie locals, bonza waves and cool nightlife. You'll head to Cape Byron, Australia's most easterly point, to see its lighthouse which boasts views of the bay. (2B, D)

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Surfers Paradise Today, 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 overnight at a beach resort. Day 6 is yours to do whatever you fancy. Hit the shops, skydive, or simply sun-worship with the bronzed locals at the beach. Tonight, check out the lively local nightlife, nightclub entry included! (2B)

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Brisbane / Noosa / Fraser Island / Noosa Explore the sleek city of Brisbane before heading for the flash surfer town of Noosa. Check out the Brisbane River, Royal Botanical Gardens and the Glasshouse Mountains. On Day 7, as you arrive into Noosa, you'll soak up its chilled vibes, and dine beachside at Noosa Surf Club, overlooking the town's pristine white beach. Explore 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. (2B, L, D)

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Townsville / Cairns Head to Tropical North Queensland and the gateway to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Hit Townsville for a city tour, then pass Australia's largest island National Park (Hinchinbrook Island) and the island gem of Magnetic Island. Cruise past waterfalls, fruit plantations and tropical rainforests through Tully, home to some of Australia's best white water rafting. Enjoy two free days in Cairns to explore, from heart-pumping adrenalin activities to diving the colourful coral reefs. (3B, D)

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Alice Springs / Kings Creek Station 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. Visit the Walpiri Aboriginal community, where they'll also teach you how to throw a boomerang! Later, 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'. (2B, 2D)

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Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Uluru (Ayers Rock) / Alice Springs / Tennant Creek Time to make your way to Uluru (Ayers Rock). Majestic colour changes and the 700-million-year-old Mt. Conner and Lake Amadeus will rock your world. Hike through Uluru's equally impressive neighbour, Kata Tjuta (aka The Olgas). Rise early on Day 18 for sunrise over Uluru. Take a walk around 'The Rock' and hear stories about its fascinating rock art. Tonight, catch an Uluru sunset with a glass of bubbles! Day 19, head back to Alice and indulge in a barbecue 'Big Brekkie'. On Day 20, cross the Tropic of Capricorn and visit the Devil's Marbles en route to the old mining town of Tennant Creek. (4B, D)

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Katherine / Kakadu National Park Stop at the Territory's oldest pub, before taking a dip in the Mataranka Thermal Pools. Day 22, get those hiking boots on and trek, or take an optional boat trip to Katherine Gorge. Next up, Kakadu National Park, with a stop off at Edith Falls for a swim. Witness Australia's best at Nourlangie Rock, 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. (3B, D)

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Kakadu National Park / Darwin Wave Kakadu farewell as you head to Darwin, stopping off en route for a swim in the famous Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park. Get your bearings on a city tour and check out the local museum. It's your final day, so make the most of it before it's time to say farewell. (2B)

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Learn to surf at Spot X Surf Camp Camp under the stars in a river retreat Hit the waves of Byron Bay Enjoy a two-day Fraser Island excursion Back to basics at historic cattle stations Morning climb to the top of Mount Tyson

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Witness a mesmerising Uluru sunrise Chill out in the Whitsundays River tubing in Barrington Tops NP Get up close to the Great Barrier Reef Take a walk around the Devils Marbles Spot crocs and buffalo in Kakadu N.P.

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Sydney / Barrington Tops / Spot X G'day and welcome to Sydney! Make the most of your free day with a wander around the famous harbour or with your very own spot at Bondi Beach before joining the rest of your group later on this afternoon. Your first port of call will be the historic vineyards of Hunter Valley, who are among the best in the business. Taste some of the country's finest vintages, then continue on to your private lodge near the Barrington Tops National Park. Enjoy a tubing session on the river in the afternoon and call by a koala hospital before heading to the Spot X surf camp the following day. (B, 2D)

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Solitary Islands Marine Park / Byron Bay Start the morning with a group surf lesson or opt to just chill out on the beach. Later on, jump in your kayak and make for your remote river retreat in the Solitary Islands Marine Park, spotting sea eagles and marine life on the way. On Day 5, take the bus to Byron Bay, Australia's most celebrated surfing town (and one the most horizontal destinations on the trip). On Day 6, test your surfing prowess in the bay, find a drinking spot, visit the region's lighthouse or go whale-spotting. (2B, D)

07-09

Brisbane / Rainbow Beach / Fraser Island This morning, explore Danger Point and Snapper Rock before driving to the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Continue to the resort town of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, and push on to Rainbow Beach, your gateway to Fraser Island. The World Heritage-listed island will be your base for the next two days. Rip up the sand on a 4WD tour, spot dingoes in the wild, swim in freshwater lakes and swimming holes, and gaze up at a star-studded sky at night. Return to Rainbow Beach Day 8. (B, 2L, 3D)

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Rainbow Beach / Emus Beach Resort / Airlie Beach In the morning take a guided sea kayaking tour out in search of dolphins, whales and sea turtles. Sprawl out on Rainbow Beach for the rest of the day and enjoy a 4WD ride through Great Sandy National Park before heading north to Emus Beach Resort on Day 11. Leave early for the tropical paradise of Great Keppel Island where you can opt for snorkelling or kayaking, then head back to the mainland for an overnight train to Airlie Beach. (B, 2D)

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Whitsunday Islands / Magnetic Island What would you say to a visit to world-famous Whitehaven Beach? The Whitsundays' pride and joy, its bleach-coloured sand and dazzling reef make for quite the idyllic getaway. Snorkel, explore and soak up the sun, and take in striking views of Pentecost Island from the Southern end of the beach. Day 14, ferry out to tropical Magnetic Island, or 'Maggie Island', and take a guided walk to learn about the abundant wildlife found here. Next day, you'll have plenty of free time so why not take on the island yourself? Otherwise, pitch yourself firmly by the pool and indulge in some sunbathing. (L)

16-17

Tully Rainforest / Cairns Head back to the mainland by train, stepping off the carriage at Alligator's Nest for a dip in the rainforest swimming hole. Tonight, spend the evening in a historic pub. But take it easy with the juice! You'll need to be in a fit state to climb Mt. Tyson in the morning. The views of Tully Gorge National Park are incredible and definitely worth the four-hour round trip. Afterwards, enjoy a well-earned champagne brunch back at the pub then travel back to Tully to catch a train north to Cairns. (B, L)

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Accommodation: Hostel/budget resort (18 nts), surf camp (1 nt), traditional swag (4 nts), permanent tents (5 nts), overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Minibus, 4WD, boat, train, ferry Meals: 12 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners Note: Flight from Cairns to Alice Springs is not included. Itinerary will differ for departures prior to April 2018

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Cairns / Great Barrier Reef / Alice Springs / Uluru Cairns is your oyster today. Jump on a luxury boat and make for the Great Barrier Reef where you can enjoy a full day of snorkelling or diving (at extra cost). Say goodbye to the Loka crew back in Cairns and book your own flight for Day 19 to the desert township of Alice Springs, the start of your journey towards Uluru. Next day, go on a base walk of Uluru and catch the roaring red sunset at night. (L, D)

21-22

Kata Tjuta / Kings Creek Station / Alice Springs Start early to witness a sunrise over Uluru. A short drive later, arrive at the rock formations of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Take a guided walk through the Valley of the Winds then continue to another cattle station at Kings Creek Station. Next day, visit the Amphitheatre and the tranquil Garden of Eden at Watarrka National Park, and return to Alice Springs in the afternoon. (2B, 2L, D)

23-24

Devils Marbles / Banka Banka Cattle Station / Springvale Homestead Today, your adventure through Darwin begins as you cross over the Tropic of Capricorn. On your way, pass by the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) - a collection of massive granite boulders balanced on top of one another - and set up camp in the historic Banka Banka Cattle Station. Take it easy on Day 24 in the Daly Waters pub, an important watering hole for travellers in days gone by, and opt for a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools before bed. (B, 2L, 2D)

25-27

Katherine Gorge / Darwin / Kakadu National Park Another early start, and a short drive to the Katherine Gorge National Park. Opt for a boat cruise through the gorge before heading to Darwin later that day. Day 26, take things at your own pace with a free day. Travel to the Mary River Wetlands on Day 27 for a cruise. Spot saltwater crocs, buffalo and birds and enter Kakadu National Park to learn about indigenous culture and art. (B, 2L, D)

28-30

Litchfield National Park / Darwin After breakfast, travel off road to the majestic Twin and Jim Jim Falls and soak up stunning views on a walk through monsoon forests. Move on to Litchfield National Park, and explore the area on Day 29. Your adventure ends in Darwin on Day 30. (2B, 2L, D)

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Choosing the correct footwear for this trip will be a nightmare. You'll take on dusty national parks, slippery glaciers, beach towns, caves and cosmopolitan cities. Good luck packing! Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Physical Grading: 2 Service Level: Upgraded Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOANNG

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Sydney / Port Douglas Arrive at any time in the harbour city of Sydney and settle in to its laid-back lifestyle. In the morning wander the historic The Rocks neighbourhood towards the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour. Don't stray far from the water as you'll soon board a private yacht for a sunset cruise. Next, we'll fly to Cairns and then travel up the Mossman Gorge near Port Douglas. Take an interpretive walk with a local Aboriginal guide and opt to go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef the following day. (3B, D)

05-08

Cairns / Tully / Uluru Return to Cairns and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the James Cook University aquarium. Continue south to tiny Tully via Cafe Chloe, a project offering weaving and Aboriginal art workshops to travellers. These help at-risk Aboriginal youth learn new skills while connecting and preserving their own culture. Day 7, catch a flight to the Red Centre and witness the otherworldly sunset over Uluru. Then watch the sun return the following morning and take a guided walk around Kata Tjuta National Park. (4B, L)

09-12

Uluru / Melbourne / Auckland Enjoy a final sunrise over Uluru and take to the skies for Melbourne. Spend your time here indulging in coffee shop culture, visiting local wineries or exploring the Great Ocean Road. Then take a guided foodie walk with local a culinary author which includes a 3-course lunch. Day 12 we leave Australia for Auckland where you're free to explore its sparkling waterfront neighbourhoods. (4B, L)

13-16

Auckland / Raglan / Rotorua / Christchurch Today we'll catch a ferry to Waiheke Island to sample some of the region's famous wines. Next morning, we take the scenic route to the artsy beach town of Raglan where we'll visit a local farm and cruise around the harbour at sunset. Day 15, stick on the nose clips as we head for Rotorua via the Waitomo Caves. Boat ride through glowworm-lit caves and that evening visit a Tamaki Maori Village for dinner and a mythical performance. Then catch a flight to Christchurch for an orientation walk. (4B, L, D)

17-22

Franz Josef / Queenstown / Fiordland National Park / Queenstown All aboard the scenic TranzAlpine rail route to New Zealand's glacier region and settle in to your rainforest lodge for the next two days. Opt to take a helicopter hike, walk over the glacier, or relax in hot pools. Then it's south to the adventureland of Queenstown for an evening gondola ride and an optional dinner in a skyline restaurant. Day 20, take a wilderness cruise through Fiordland National Park in search of dolphins, seals and penguins. Soak up the natural beauty as you return to Queenstown where the trip ends on Day 22. (6B, D)

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Blue Mountains / Jenolan Caves / Sydney Today it's into the Blue Mountains where you'll want to keep your camera handy for snaps of expansive eucalyptus forests and plunging gorges. On Day 11, explore the area around Leura, the art deco town of Katoomba and take in panoramic views of the Three Sisters pinnacles at Echo Point. Opt to take take the Scenic Railway, the world's steepest railway, and delve deep into the extensive Jenolan Caves. Drive back to Sydney on Day 12 where you can opt to rent a bike, stroll the botanical gardens or visit the iconic Opera House. Then you'll have a whole free day for the big ticket activities like climbing the Harbour Bridge, motoring round on a jet boat or chatting up the lifeguards at Bondi Beach. Choose to join your group for one final night, then depart any time the next morning.

May

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Byron Bay / Port Macquarie Board a flight to Brisbane today and transfer to the beachside town of Byron Bay for two nights soaking up the vibes of this hippie paradise. The time here is yours to spend at leisure. Potter your way around the town, top up your tan on the beach or dabble in the multitude of optional activities. Picnic by Minyon Falls, kayak with dolphins or, if you're feeling really brave, go for a tandem skydive! Day 9, after an included surf lesson, head to the coastal township of Port Macquarie. Enjoy a free afternoon here and choose to kayak, visit a koala hospital, or simply chill.

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Cairns / Airlie Beach / Whitsunday Islands Return to Cairns and escape the heat with a lazy afternoon around the Esplanade Lagoon. Rise early on Day 5 and get your playlist ready for a full day's travel to Airlie Beach, stopping for a spot of Aboriginal painting or weaving en route. The following day, set sail around the white-sand beaches, secluded bays and aquamarine waters of the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands. Opt for a quick dip or grab a snorkel to glimpse the kaleidoscopic corals and vibrant underwater life. Return back to Airlie Beach, bronzed and windswept for a night out on the town. (2B, 2L)

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Cairns / Cape Tribulation Leap into Cairns at any time on Day 1. Awash with cafés, bars and nightclubs, Cairns is the perfect party town for those who want to kick off their trip in style. Leave any hangover behind as you head north to the lush, unspoiled region of Cape Tribulation. Stopping en route, explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest where you may be lucky enough to spot cassowaries! Day 3 is yours to explore so why not take an optional boat trip to the Great Barrier Reef, wander Daintree National Park or cruise with the resident crocs? (2B)

Mar

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Party in Sydney's raucous bars and clubs Experience a shearing demonstration 4WD dune ride on Fraser Island Visit tranquil Whitehaven Beach Try your luck gold panning at Bingara Snorkel kaleidoscopic coral reefs

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Canoe through scenic Noosa Everglades Sleep in a 'swag' under a starlit sky Explore the lush rainforests at Mt. Molloy Learn about nature with local Aboriginals Opt to go hot-air ballooning or skydiving Swim over the iconic Great Barrier Reef

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Sydney Arrive at any time and feel free to explore the buzzing city of Sydney at your own pace before meeting your group at 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 track and explore its buzzing backstreets, cafés, museums and gardens or take a water taxi across the harbour to Manly. Thrill seekers might want to take a jet boat around the harbour, it's a great way to see the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, but just remember to pack a change of clothes because things can get a little splashy. (B)

03-04

Hunter Valley / Tamworth / Yamba Today you can explore the beautifully scenic Hunter Valley and get to taste some of its world-famous wines. With over two hundred years' experience producing world-renowned brands, you'd be forgiven for getting a little tipsy. Continue to Tamworth to check out the world's biggest guitar and pick up some cowboy or cowgirl clobber. This place is the Aussie mecca for country music so try not to insult Dolly Parton or Shania Twain. Travel through the rainforest to the coastal town of Yamba, surrounded by Yuragir National Park. Once in Yamba, enjoy a refreshing swim in an old quarry hole, and then round off the day savouring freshly-cooked fish and chips at the beach. (2B, D)

05-07

Byron Bay / Brisbane 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. 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. Next day, 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. (2B)

08-10

Noosa / Fraser Island / Noosa Everglades After taking a guided stroll around Brisbane you'll head up the coast to Noosa for an afternoon to stroll around the boardwalks of Noosa National Park. Koala sightings are common so keep an eye out for the super cute bundles of fur. If the wave forecast is good you might even want to try a bit of surfing. On Day 9, travel by 4WD and ferry to reach Fraser Island, the world's biggest sand island (and, dare we say, one of the prettiest). Pack your sense of adventure as you experience a 4WD tour taking in the highlights; Lake McKenzie, 75 Mile Beach and Maheno Shipwreck to name a few! Next, head on into the Noosa Everglade. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and scenic landscape before settling in for the evening for a barbecue at your beachside campsite. The next day, use your free day time to make the most of the great kayaking or canoeing conditions on in the calm waters. Noosa is a watery world loved by everything from crocs to roos and kookaburras. Soak it all up before hopping on an overnight train to Airlie Beach. (2B, L)

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Whitsundays Islands, Queensland

11-13

Whitsundays / Whitehaven Beach / Airlie Beach (Whitsunday Islands Sailing) Wake up to an Outback-style breakfast before you transfer to Airlie Beach to embark on an epic island-hopping 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 region's world-famous waters and anchor down each night in a quiet spot under the stars. You'll spend the days sailing from beach to beach, going on island bush walks and splashing around in clear blue sea. Take advantage of the included snorkel gear and go check out the many fish in the sea that your mum's always banging on about! The crowning moment has to be a hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, possibly one of the most beautiful spots in the archipelago. Then it's back to Airlie Beach on the morning of Day 13. Experience this party resort as you see fit; relax by the pool or head into town and check out its action-packed nightlife. (2B, L, 2D)

14-15

Tully / Cairns It's an early start on Day 14 as you take the train to tropical Cairns via Tully. Sit back and daydream out the window as you pass the coastline and through sugar cane country, stopping for lunch at our partner-supported Ingan Cultural Museum. Crafty ones among you can try your hand at a weaving or painting activity under the expert guidance of traditional Jirrbal Aboriginal artists. Continue your rail-riding adventure until you pull up into the most popular resort in the beautiful 'Tropical North' of Queensland, Cairns. Take your swimmers to the man-made lagoon, hire some rollerblades and zip along the esplanade or go for a lazy walk along the rainforest-fringed Palm Cove. Cairns is also popular as a jumping-off point for optional snorkelling and scuba diving trips to the Great Barrier Reef. Plus, it offers some of the best hot-air ballooning anywhere in the world not to mention outstanding white water rafting on the nearby Tully River. (L)

16-18

Cape Tribulation / Yungaburra / Cairns On today's menu: pure Aboriginal culture. You'll kick the day off travelling by 4WD up to a remote beach where you'll meet your local Aboriginal guides. These folks will take you spear fishing, while teaching you their traditional ways of life and also about the local flora and fauna. You'll also walk in some of the world's oldest rainforests and swim in a remote waterfall. Enjoy a unique overnight stop in a rainforest lodge, did we mention it's right on the beach? Day 17, enjoy free time in the morning to take in the views, then journey towards Yungaburra where you'll overnight in a swag under the stars. Day 18, travel south to a local winery and sample mango and fruit wines, then stop at Lake Eacham and Babinda Boulders for a swim. Return to Cairns in the afternoon. (2B)

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Accommodation: Hostels (11 nts), cabins (2 nts), maxi yacht (2 nts), beach hostel (1 nt), swag camping (1 nt) (all nights multi-share) Transport: Train, maxi yacht, private bus, 4WD safari vehicle, ferry Meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $440-575 for meals not included


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Three Sisters, Blue Mountains National Park

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Grab a board and learn how to surf Opt to visit the famous Great Barrier Reef Zipline in the Daintree Rainforest Visit the lovely town of Port Douglas Chill out to the max in Byron Bay Visit uninhabited Whitehaven Beach

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Experience buzzing Cairns nightlife Swim the waters of Lake McKenzie Get educated at an Aboriginal experience Party in the resort town of Airlie Beach Zip around Fraser Island 4WD style Enjoy a farmstay roast beef dinner

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Cairns / Cape Tribulation / Port Douglas / Cairns After meeting your group in Cairns, your trip gets off to an idyllic start as you travel north to Cape Tribulation. 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 Mossman Gorge. Perhaps indulge in some unusual flavours at a local ice creamery before heading up to the lush greenery of Cape Tribulation where you'll rest up for the evening in a comfy lodge. After breakfast, take a stroll through mangroves on a cultural walk with a local guide. Later this afternoon you'll be back on the road bound for Cairns, a town renowned for its tropical climate and laid-back ambience. (B)

03-04

Cairns The next two days are yours, so get out there and see what Cairns is all about! Cairns has it all: skydiving, white water rafting, world-class bungy jumping as well as heaps of shops and a tropical lagoon-style swimming pool on the promenade. You may also opt for a boat trip to the outstandingly beautiful Great Barrier Reef. You'll also 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 famous for its buzzing nightlife, so you're guaranteed some lively times. (2B, D)

05-06

Airlie Beach As you continue your quest for paradise, take a few days out in Airlie Beach to kick back by the pool, recline with a cocktail, or get pampered at a local spa. Make the most of your free time to stroll along the promenade, visit the lagoon or just take some time out to relax. At night, you can also visit some of the best local bars and clubs. (2B, D)

07-08

Farmstay / Noosa Leave the 'Shangri-la' of the Whitsundays behind you and get geared up for a more rural experience as you head through sugar cane plantations and down the Capricorn Coast to tonight's stop at a true Aussie farm. Try your hand at whip cracking and check out the farm animals on a hay wagon ride. Later, experience local hospitality with a hearty roast beef meal. Finish the day with traditional Aussie bush dancing and evening karaoke. The coast is calling! En route, check out Childers, known for its heritage and farming history before you reach the oh-so-dreamy surfer town of Noosa. Here, you can sit back and watch as the sun sets over mainland Australia. (2B, D)

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Fraser Island / Noosa Today, you'll head to Fraser Island, to zip around the world's largest sand island 4WD style! You'll be whisked 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 to the aptly-named Sunshine Coast, where you'll dine at Noosa Surf Club. (B, L, D)

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snapshot Let your imagination run wild as you travel along Australia's East Coast, where stunning scenery and wonderful wildlife will fuel your wanderlust. Feel the sun's golden rays on your skin, let the Pacific Ocean capture your soul and allow the tropical rainforests to re-ignite your love for nature on this 16-day adventure! Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 50 Tour Code: COBWCS

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Brisbane / Surfers Paradise / Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary 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. Later, it's time to hit the road again, pulling up at the East Coast party capital, Surfers Paradise! Here, you can rest up at the resort, conveniently located a short distance from the beach. Day 11, explore as you wish, indulge in some retail therapy, hit the skies with a heart-pumping skydive, or beach it up with a good book. There'll also be a stop at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can get close to koalas, crocs and kangaroos. Tonight, you'll experience Surfers' nightlife with included nightclub entry. Let the good times roll! (2B)

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Byron Bay / Coffs Harbour Keep the beach vibes rolling as you get into Byron Bay's organic way of life, popular with backpackers and hippies alike. 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 see dolphins and humpback whales. Journey a bit further down the coast and ride the waves with an included surf lesson at Coffs Harbour. Grab your towel, swimmers and shades and enjoy life the Aussie way, at the beach! (2B, D)

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Sydney It's time to head towards Sydney, passing the famous Big Banana and the oyster farms of the Hawkesbury River on your way. Enjoy its electric, cosmopolitan atmosphere before checking out the city's nightlife after dark. 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 at beautiful Darling Harbour and then make sure you experience Sydney's nightlife on a last night out with your trip mates. (2B, D)

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Blue Mountains / Sydney By now you've ticked off all essential Sydney must-dos, 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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Accommodation: Hotels/resorts (7 nts, or 5 nights on sailing option), lodge (1 nt), hostel (5 nts), surf school village (1 nt), cattle station lodge (1 nt), yacht (2 nts - sailing option only) Transport: Modern air con coach with power points for charging Meals: 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners (sailing option includes 1 extra lunch and 1 extra dinner)


BEACHES & REEFS 14 DAYS, Sydney

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EPIC AUSTRALASIAN ADVENTURES

Grab your surfboard, pack your sense of adventure and head to the East Coast. Get a real feel for nature, city life and the adrenalin-fuelled side of Oz in 14 days! Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 50 Tour Code: COBRSC

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• Party Aussie-style in Surfers Paradise • Have a go at whip cracking • 4WD Fraser Island's hotspots

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• Meander around Sydney's chic streets • Learn to surf the waves like a pro • Spot dolphins at Cape Byron

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Sydney, New South Wales

Accommodation: Hotels/resorts (6 nts, 4 nts on sailing option), yacht (2 nts, sailing option only), hostel (5 nt), surf school village (1 nt), cattle station (1 nt) Transport: Modern air con coach with power points for charging Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners (sailing option includes 1 extra lunch and dinner)

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Sydney / Blue Mountains Meet your group and head out of the city to explore the Blue Mountains. Hike along the ridge overlooking Wentworth Falls and check out the iconic 'Three Sisters' rock formation before heading back to Sydney. Enjoy true Aussie cuisine, cooking your own barbecue steak dinner. Day 2, hit the sights of Sydney with your Trip Manager. See the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House as you cruise from Manly. Check out Chinatown and The Rocks, and opt to climb the iconic Harbour Bridge (B, D)

03-06

Coffs Harbour / Byron Bay / Surfers Paradise Today, head for Coffs Harbour Surf Village, where you'll stay at a beachside camp and laze around a campfire. Day 4, grab your board for a surf lesson before it's off to Byron Bay where you'll visit Cape Byron Lighthouse. Day 5, spend the morning soaking up chilled vibes, before heading to Surfers Paradise. En route, see some Aussie wildlife at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Chill tonight, then on Day 6, explore Surfers Paradise as you wish. Enjoy club entry to experience Surfers' nightlife. (4B, D)

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Brisbane / Noosa / Fraser Island / Farmstay This morning, explore Brisbane. See the Brisbane River, Royal Botanical Gardens and visit Queen Street Mall, before heading to Noosa, passing the Glasshouse Mountains en route. Day 8, paradise awaits you. Venture out in a 4WD to discover the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island. Stroll along the beach, drive through rainforests and sand dunes and take a dip in Lake McKenzie. Day 9, it's on to Queensland's cattle country for a real Aussie experience. Here, you'll be shown the farm on a hay wagon ride and be taught how to crack a whip! (3B, L, 2D)

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Airlie Beach Home to a man-made lagoon pool and a renowned club scene, Airlie Beach is a fine place to spend a few nights. Sip on cocktails, make a splash in the pool or opt for a day sailing trip to Whitehaven Beach. (2B, D)

Whitsundays Sailing Option Pack your swimmers and hit the inviting waters on a private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays' paradise-like islands. Stroll along white sand beaches, snorkel colourful reefs and sun yourself on the deck. (2B, L, 2D)

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Cairns Return to the mainland and on to lively Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, famous for its rainforests and as a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. From shopping and great nightlife to endless adrenalin activities, you're spoilt for choice on your two last days, before your trip ends on Day 14. (3B, D)

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Reliable surf all year round, health-conscious cafés and gorgeous tanned locals make Bondi Beach a firm fave for backpackers.

Australia's oldest and best known wine region is full of fine dining restaurants, renowned wineries and the odd hot-air balloon.

Known as 'The Coat Hanger' to locals, this is the tallest steel arch bridge in the world. What's more, you can climb it!

Between June and November, thousands of humpback whales can be seen breaching off the coast of Byron Bay.

Legend has it that a black panther prowls the Blue Mountains along with ghosts, UFOs and bush monsters.

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We can't blame Sydneysiders for showing off. We've lost many a good traveller to Sydney's sophisticated suburbs and urban charms. Grand plans of conquering Oz get lost in the spell of Saturday markets, surfer-strewn Sunday beaches and swanky pubs. If you're just passing through, scratch beneath the harbourfront sparkle and hostel happy hours to get disco-feverish on Oxford Street or sort through vintage in Newtown.

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Location: In the heart of Sydney's city centre, a short walk from Oxford Street, Sydney Tower and Hyde Park.

Location: Opposite Central Railway Station just a ten-minute walk from Chinatown and the foody neighbourhood of Haymarket.

Vibe: Once an old wool factory, this hostel is a cheap and cheery place to untangle yourself from the real world.

Vibe: Seven-storey mega hostel with immaculate dorm and private rooms, a good place to meet fellow backpackers.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • In-room lockers • Communal kitchen • Award-winning bar • TV lounge • Daily activities • 24-hour internet café

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • In-room lockers • Communal kitchen • Café and bistro • TV lounge •Daily activities • Bar and nightclub • Internet café

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Location: Quite literally in the rocks, just up the hill from Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Rocks.

Location: Next to the transport links of Central Station and a short walk from Paddy's Market and Chinatown.

Vibe: Built above archaeological remnants of colonial Sydney, this is the daddy of YHAs and is more grown-up than other hostels.

Vibe: Spacious hostel in a spectacular heritage-listed building. Come for the international crowd and awesome facilities.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Air con • In-room lockers • Rooftop terrace • Communal kitchen • Café and dining area • TV lounge • Harbour and bridge views • Daily activities

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Air con • In-room lockers • Indoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Communal kitchens • Barbecue facilities • Terrace • Sauna • Lounge • Cinema room

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Location: Based on the southern-tip of Bondi Beach just a five-minute walk from Tamarama Beach.

Location: Central Bondi Beach Village, in easy reach of the beach and bars.

Vibe: Chilled out backpacker fave with beach views, movies, board hire and free use of snorkels and bodyboards.

Vibe: Affordable self-catering option, great for DIY couples, families and more.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • In-room lockers • Barbecue facilities • Lounge • Rooftop terrace • Communal kitchen • Complimentary use of snorkel equipment and bodyboards

Highlights: Studio apartments • Kitchenette • Outdoor pool and sundeck • Laundry facilities • Free on-site parking

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Location: Based in the fashionable suburb of Paddington, surrounded by boutiques, bookstores, cafés, and art galleries.

Location: Very close to Sydney's CBD and Central Station, within walking distance of the city's main attractions.

Vibe: Family-run. Get a more personal experience away from the big chain hotels.

Vibe: Modern, clean and comfy with fab food on site, including Harry's Dumpling House and the NEL fine dining restaurant.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor solar-heated pool • Garden courtyard • Free bike rental • Daily walking tours • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Foxtel TV • In-room massage and beauty services • Café • 2 restaurants • 24-hour reception • Laundry facilities • Luggage storage • Wheelchair accessible

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Location: Just a five-minute walk from Central Station, close to the wine bars and sophisticated eateries of Surry Hills.

Location: Lodged in Sydney's CBD, a short stroll from the bars, shops and restaurants on Oxford Street.

Vibe: Leading hotel for class and comfort with six stylish room types and first class amenities.

Vibe: Post-millennial hotel offering basic conveniences for those who like a city stay with minimal fuss.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Pillow menus • Heated indoor rooftop pool • 3 restaurants and bars • Rooftop fitness centre • Sauna • Laundry facilities

Highlights: Private rooms • Kitchenette • Air con • In-room safe • Fitness centre • Lounge area • Breakfast room • Laundry facilities • 24-hour reception • Wheelchair accessible

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Location: City-centre spot, just a couple of blocks away from Oxford Street and Hyde Park.

Location: In the heart of Darling Harbour. You'll find waterside shopping complexes and fish markets in touching distance.

Vibe: Easy-going hotel where style and convenience reign supreme. Grab some cocktails and tapas in Restaurant Fino Par.

Vibe: Feel like a true Sydneysider in cool, self-contained one or two-bedroom apartments.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • iPod docking station • 24-hour room service • Rooftop pool • Restaurant • Café • Gym • Sauna • Off-site parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Apartments • Air con • Kitchenette • Living and dining areas • Indoor pool • Gym • Sauna • 24-hour reception • Laundry facilities • Luggage storage

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Location: In the historic Rocks area with panoramic views over Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Location: Just a two-minute walk from the golden sands of Coogee Beach and a 15-minute drive from Sydney's centre.

Vibe: A high-rise five-star hotel with views to match, true to the immaculate Shangri-La form.

Vibe: Suburban Sydney hotel with ultra-modern rooms and panoramic ocean views.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Pillow menu • Heated indoor pool • Bar • 2 restaurants • Spa • Sauna • Lobby lounge and terrace • Sun terrace • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Heated outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Gym • Tennis courts • Laundry facilities • Luggage storage • On-site parking (at extra cost)

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SYDNEY HARBOUR EXPERIENCE 4 DAYS, Sydney

$459

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Sydney Independent Tour • Jet boat around the harbour • Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge • Learn about the city's history

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Shared room in YHA Sydney Harbour (3 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: Sydney Opera House tour, Sydney Harbour jet boat ride, BridgeClimb express climb, all equipment Note: No transfers are included Tour Code: SYDHAR, SYDOJB, SYDOPE, SYDBCS

highlights

• Guided tour of the Opera House • Drinks on your hostel rooftop • See Sydney from rare viewpoints

Reach new heights with this turbo-charged package taking you up, down and around Sydney Harbour's most loved attractions. Staying at the snazzy Sydney Harbour YHA you'll be well placed to make the most of all three of these harbourside activities. Ease yourself in with a tour of the Opera House and see inside the white sails of arguably the most respected performing arts centre in the world. Then it's time to crank things up a notch and get wet and wild as you jump in a jet boat and skip across the waters of Sydney Harbour. Pack a spare pair of socks! End things with the unbelievable Sydney Bridge Climb. Choose to do this day or night, the views are incredible whatever time you make it to the top. All safety equipment is provided and an expert guide will tell you all about the surrounding cityscape.

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BRIDGECLIMB SYDNEY

$136

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HALF DAY

BLUE BLUE MOUNTAINS TOUR

$66

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FULL DAY

NEW SOUTH WALES

Take the climb of your life to be rewarded with thrilling panoramic views of the city and harbour from the summit of this iconic landmark. See Sydney like a local - at dawn, by day, twilight or even night - the view is always a different one! What's more, throughout the tour, you'll be under the guidance of professional guides, and you'll even get the perfect group photo memento. This truly is an unforgettable and uniquely Sydney experience.

Get ready for a jam-packed day of adventure on this trip to the iconic Blue Mountains range. Stop along the way at Euroka Clearing, where you'll get the chance to spot wildlife. Soak up the history at Glenbrook Village, then enjoy a guided walk at the mighty Wentworth Falls. After a picnic, snap your selfies at the Three Sisters, hike into Jameson Valley, take a dip in a swimming hole, go beer tasting and opt to take the world's steepest railway.

Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Includes: Professional climbing leaders, certificate, group photo, climbing hat Note: Transfers are not included Tour Code: SYDBCS

Departs: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Minibus Includes: Guide, national park entry, sunscreen, beer tasting Note: Optional train ride and snacks not included Tour Code: SYDLKB

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

$24

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HALF DAY

Step inside the theatres and foyers that bring to life over 1800 performances each year. Learn how Jørn Utzon's vision came into existence, and capture photographs from rare vantage points that are off limits to the general public. Alternatively upgrade to the Backstage tour for a behind the scenes experience. Peek inside the dressing rooms, stand on the stage where stars stood before and enjoy showbiz breakfast in the Green Room. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Includes: Entry fees, tour guide Note: Transfers, meals and drinks not included Note: Other tour options available please ask your Travel Expert for details Tour Code: SYDOPE

FIGURE 8 POOLS COASTAL ADVENTURE

$106

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FULL DAY

Take to the world's second oldest National Park on a guided hike to the fabulous Figure 8 Pools. Just a 45-minute drive south from Sydney, you'll picnic on the beach, swim in local lagoons, and, if the time's right, you might even see humpback whales. Oh and there'll be a drink waiting for you when you get back to Sydney. Sold!

HUNTER VALLEY WINE TOUR WITH LUNCH & TASTINGS

FULL DAY

Great wine equals fun times, that's what they say right? Add in a gorgeous Hunter Valley location, gourmet cheese tastings, organic schnapps and seriously scoffable chocolates, and you've got yourself an ace day out! Get picked up in Sydney early in the morning, sample the wines of three wineries in the Valley, enjoy an included lunch with a glass of wine, craft beer or cider, and get dropped back in Sydney in the evening. Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch Includes: Minibus transfer to/from Sydney, 3 wine tastings, gourmet cheese tastings Note: Additional food and drink not included Tour Code: SYDZEP

LEARN TO SURF ON BONDI BEACH

$82

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HALF DAY

Catch your first wave at Bondi Beach and be part of this great Aussie institution. Learn surf awareness and safety, paddling techniques, tips on catching waves and most importantly - how to stand up! And, as part of a group no bigger than five per one super-experienced instructor, you'll receive plenty of hands-on help.

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Spend an afternoon on Home and Away's Summer Bay as an expert guide dishes the dirt on the people and places of this Aussie TV institution. What really goes on at Alf's bait shop?! You may even meet some of the cast and watch the filming in action! End with a scenic drive to Sydney's suburban beaches, cracking. VISYD1


OVERNIGHT BLUE MOUNTAINS TOUR 2 DAYS, Sydney

$153

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Sydney Small Group Adventure

highlights

• See the stunning Blue Mountains • Learn about Aboriginal legends • Enjoy guided bush walks

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch Transport: Modern air con minibus, train Includes: National park entry fees, wildlife park entry, 2 bushwalks, local map and information Tour Code: SYDBLO

One day isn't enough to enjoy the Blue Mountains in all its glory, so we've added in an extra day and night in Katoomba. With countless lookouts over a seemingly infinite blue landscape, it's hard to believe Katoomba is under two hour's drive from the flashy bar districts of Sydney. Visit the award-winning Featherdale Wildlife Park, picnic on fresh local produce, learn about Aboriginal legends, and take in the majesty of the Blue Mountains as you wander around. There'll also be a couple of bush walks past Wentworth Waterfall and Furber Steps. On the final day you'll have a free morning to wander (or try some canyoning!) and then catch an afternoon train back to Sydney. Staying at the art deco Blue Mountains YHA you'll get a continental breakfast in the morning and transfers are included.

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HIGH COUNTRY FARMSTAY TOUR SYDNEY TO MELBOURNE

$272

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2 DAYS

SYDNEY NEW YEAR

$1,115

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4 DAYS

Leave the well-trodden paths around Sydney's harbour for the lesser-known High Country. Learn about the nation's history in the museums of Canberra, dip into rural life with a stay on an Aussie farm, and go for gold in the historic mining town of Beechworth. As you travel further, you'll hear stories about infamous outlaws and get postcard-perfect pitstops. Your final stop is the coffee metropolis of Melbourne, where the tour comes to an end.

Arrive in Sydney and get to know your new travel crew over dinner and drinks. The next day you'll take a sightseeing tour of the city and all its best sights including the bronzed sands of Bondi Beach. Opt to cycle the coastal trail to Coogee or kick back before heading out that night. Watch the fireworks with a mouth full of canapes and drinks, all from the comfort of your harbour cruise. On New Year's Day ease your head with a Sydney brunch and chill.

Departs: Saturdays from Sydney, Fridays from Melbourne Accommodation: Farmstay (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Transport: Air con vehicle Includes: Free pick-up from selected inner city accommodations Tour Code: AUSMSO

Trip style: Short Trip and Festivals Departs: 30Dec17, 30Dec18 Accommodation: Hostel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner Tour Code: COSNYE

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BONDI BEACH SURF & STAY

$198

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3 DAYS

Sort out your yearning for surfing with two nights' accommodation at Bondi Beach YHA, a fun hostel just five minutes from the popular sands and swells of the East Coast. Suit up every day and take to the waves under the expert guidance of a surfing master. Board hire, lessons and equipment are provided. SYDSAS

SYDNEY HARBOUR JET BOATING

$65

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HALF DAY

All aboard the Shark for a splashy lap of Sydney Harbour! Go sightseeing at a faster pace as you spin and slide around the Opera House and other attractions in a thrilling 30-minute ride. Pass Clark and Shark Islands, harbourside mansions, and zoom under Sydney Harbour Bridge. This is a must-do when in town! SYDOJB

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STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING

$50

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HALF DAY

Perfect for calmer ocean conditions, stand up paddle boarding is a fun and easy way to get active. Head to the quieter Malabar Beach, south of Bondi, for your one-hour group lesson. It’s fun, social and a great way to tone up that bod, stretch those muscles and test your balance. Plus, you’ll look super cool doing it! SYDSUP

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• Views from King's Tableland • Meet furry natives in Featherdale • Transfers to and from Sydney


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Bondi Beach, Sydney

Tomaree Head Lookout, Port Stephens

$619

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Sydney

5 DAYS

highlights

• Sample the city's nightlife • Explore the Blue Mountains

• Learn to surf at Bondi Beach • Climb the Harbour Bridge

BEYOND SYDNEY ROAD TRIP Sydney

$485

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Sydney

6 DAYS

highlights

• Discover the Blue Mountains • Taste wine in Hunter Valley

• Drive the Pacific coastline • Beaches in Coffs Harbour

This tour will have you wiping out on waves, climbing over iconic landmarks, and trekking through a jungle-clad national park. Start in Sydney Harbour then make for the dusky Blue Mountains to learn about Aboriginal legends on Day 2. It's then back to Sydney for a morning surf lesson in Bondi before hopping on a ferry to Manly Beach on Day 4. Here you can hire a bike that'll take you to the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. A great way to finish!

Pick up your car and make for the Blue Mountains where you can coast across the canyon in a cable car or ride the steepest railway in the world. Then to the winelands of Hunter Valley and the jungle-fringed beaches of Port Stephens. The last leg takes you along the Pacific Highway to Coffs Harbour. Stop for an oceanview picnic along the way, then head back to Sydney on Day 6. You can also tailor make your own trip - ask your Travel Expert for details.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels (4 nts) Transport: Ferry, bike, bus Meals: 1 lunch Includes: Surf lesson, board and wetsuit hire, Blue Mountains day tour, 2 hours' bike hire at Manly, return ferry ticket, BridgeClimb Tour Code: SYDACT

Departs: Daily Trip Style: Self-Drive Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: Road Trip Kit (Backpack, maps, detailed itinerary, tourist guides, 24-hour assistance) Note: Car hire not included Tour Code: SYDSOS

OZ INTRO TOUR 9 DAYS, Sydney

$701

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Sydney

• Learn to surf • Go jet boating • Sydney Harbour Cruise

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Spot kangaroos and dolphins • Enjoy a beach barbecue • Party at Sydney's bars

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Sydney Touch down in Sydney and transfer to your hostel ready to meet your group later that day. Wander Sydney's pretty waterfront and acquaint yourself with its many harbourview bars. The next day you'll take a city orientation before strapping in and zooming round the bay in a jet boat. See the Harbour Bridge and Opera House at high speeds, then get ready for a night on the town that evening.

03-04

Sydney Today you'll join the bold and beautiful at Bondi Beach. Swim, top up your tan and take the coastal path to Coogee. Snorkel in secluded bays, play beach volleyball and enjoy an Aussie beach barbecue with a couple of cold ones. The following day, you'll take a private cruise around Sydney Harbour, learning more about this fascinating place. (L)

05-06

Port Stephens / Sydney Leave Sydney and try surfing in Port Stephens. If the conditions aren't great we'll visit a brewery instead. Tonight, you'll stay in a bush bungalow and enjoy a barbecue and bonfire on the beach. Wake up early and go koala and kangaroo spotting! Then go tackle the dunes with a spot of sand boarding. The action doesn't stop there as you end the day with a dolphin-spotting cruise before heading back to Sydney. (B, 2L, D)

07-09

Sydney Well-earned chill out time is on the cards for the last leg of the trip. You'll be given some essential information on life in Australia, and you'll cap things off with a buffet dinner at Sydney Tower, Australia's highest revolving restaurant. What a pièce de résistance. (D)

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inclusions Departs: Mondays Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Multi-share dorm at Base Sydney (7 nts), multi-share bush bungalow in Port Stephens (1 nt) Transport: Airport pick-up, transport to all activities included Meals: 1 breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Tour leader Group Size: Max 18, Min 4 Includes: All activities as per itinerary Tour Code: SYDOZF

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NEW SOUTH WALES

MOJOSURF Spot X

$640

GREAT AUSSIE SURF ADVENTURE

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5 DAYS

Live like a true Aussie surfer on your East Coast adventure with this beachy package, including four nights' accommodation at the legendary Spot X Surf Camp, all meals at the camp, daily lessons and two X-pression surf sessions. Guided transfers from Sydney or Brisbane to Byron (or vice versa) are also chucked in. SYDGAS/BNEGAO/QYNGAO

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Located in a national marine park between Sydney and Byron Bay is Mojosurf's beachfront surf camp, Spot X. Totally devoted to the Aussie surf lifestyle, this surfing institution provides the unique opportunity to spend time in one of Oz’s most beautiful and remote coastal areas while learning to master the waves and breaks. Long days in the sun and sea lead to memorable party nights around the campfire.

LIVING THE DREAM SURF ADVENTURE

$821

FR

7 DAYS

Similar to the Great Aussie, but with two extra nights in the legendary Byron Bay. Enjoy six nights' accommodation, all meals in the camps, five surf lessons and two X-pression sessions at Spot X, two surf lessons in Byron and all transport between Sydney or Brisbane and Byron Bay. You’re living the dream! SYDLOF/BNELIO/BYOLIO/HDOLIO

Surf & Stay at Spot X Brisbane

Gold Coast AU S T R A L I A

$186

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3, 4 OR 5 DAYS

Stay 2-4 nights and get accommodation, daily surf lessons and all meals included. The longer you stay, the cheaper it gets! Plus, there's the option to substitute surf lessons with golf, kayaking or surf rafting. TRAVELLING BY BUS?

Byron Bay

Loka buses stop at Spot X. Greyhound and Oz Experience buses stop at Woolgoolga, where Mojo Surf will pick you up for free!

Spot X

$2,772

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1-3 MONTHS

Hone your surf at stunning Spot X. All food and accommodation is provided so you can focus on improving your skills and/or getting your instructor qualification. Pick from a one or twomonth development course, or opt for the three-month instructor course. Start and end in Sydney, Byron Bay or Brisbane. BNEBEG/BNETCI/SYDBEG/SYDTCI/QYNBEG/QYNTCI

TRAVELLING BY CAMPERVAN? You can still enjoy the Surf & Stay package listed above without accommodation (it's cheaper too!). Just park your van up at Spot X's beachfront paradise and dive in to all the same daily surf lessons, delicious meals and laid-back vibes.

Sydney

ABSOLUTE BEACHFRONT

SURF ACADEMY

SYDMOO/HDOSSX

CAMP VIBES

OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND

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BYRON BAY barefoot boho surf beats

NEW SOUTH WALES

Nowhere embraces the barefoot, bicycle-riding philosophy like Byron. Famous for its liberal locals, sweeping surf beaches and whale-infested oceans, beloved Byron is a bastion of free-spirited bohemia. Wrapped in stunning national parks and colourful hippie markets, anything goes here (although not as much as in nearby Nimbin!). Hike miles of wilderness trails, learn to surf, perfect your fire poi or throw barefoot yoga poses in the sand.

Shoestring

BASE BYRON BAY

Glampacker

$31 $83

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BYRON BAY BEACH HOSTEL

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

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$28 $38

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Centrally-located, just off the main strip, only a ten-minute walk from the beach.

Location: In the heart of Byron, just 50 metres from Main Beach and a short stroll to Wreck Beach.

Vibe: Big and bright flashpacker with a fun and friendly feel. The two 12-seater Jacuzzis help break the ice.

Vibe: A cosy and social 'Cavanbah' (AKA meeting place) with a choice of dorms and private rooms. Check out the rooftop bar!

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • In-room lockers • Barbecue facilities • Communal kitchen • Outdoor cinema • Jacuzzi • Games room • Daily activities

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Bar • Café • Shared kitchen • Barbecue facilities • Terrace • Surfboard and bike rental • 24-hour reception • Free on-site parking

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STAY 4 PAY 3: 01MAY18-31AUG18

Shoestring

ART FACTORY BACKPACKERS

$33 $43

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Shoestring

YHA BYRON BAY

$28 $43

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Glampacker

THE LORD BYRON BYRON BAY

$198 $99

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Surrounded by a nature reserve, just off the main strip and near the beach.

Location: A few hundred metres from the beach and close to the best bars in Byron.

Location: Just a ten-minute walk from Byron Main Beach.

Vibe: Once a renowned rock and roll venue, this subtropical hostel is full of spirit.

Vibe: Great value youth hostel with laid-back Byron vibes.

Vibe: Seaside stunner with a quiet and tropical atmosphere.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Teepee • Air con • In-room lockers • Outdoor pool • Beer garden

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • In-room lockers • Outdoor pool • Barbecue area

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Balcony • Heated outdoor pool • Barbecue facilities • Tennis court • Laundry

STAY 4 PAY 3: 01JUN18–31AUG18

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MOJOSURF: BYRON BAY SURF LESSON

$57

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HALF DAY

KAYAKING WITH DOLPHINS IN BYRON BAY

$56

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FULL DAY

Kayak in the crystal-clear waters of Byron Bay and get up close and personal with turtles, dolphins and humpback whales (May to October) on this exciting three-hour adventure! Your tour will begin in Clarke's Beach, the calmest part of Byron Bay, where you'll get the chance to learn kayaking basics. Then it's out to sea - paddle along the surfing hostpot of 'The Pass' and past Cape Byron, Oz's most easterly point. End with snacks and a swim.

Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Includes: 3-4 hour lesson, including return beach transfers from Byron Bay, surf safety, use of surfboards and wetsuits Note: See more Mojosurf adventures on pages 65 Tour Code: QYNBBS

Departs: Daily Meals: Light refreshments and soft beverages included Transport: Hotel pickup (from select hotels only) Includes: Free photos for download, free WiFi, local guide, refreshments as stated Tour Code: VIBYR1

Small Group Adventure

BYRON BAY SKYDIVE

$247

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FULL DAY

Rightfully on most people's bucketlist, skydiving is the ultimate rush! You’ll get hurled out of a plane from a height of up to 15,000ft, then will freefall at over 200 km/hr for 60 seconds. Once the parachute has been pulled, you'll float over beautiful Byron Bay for five to seven minutes soaking up spectacular beach views. Once you're back on solid ground, relive the thrill over and over again with awesome video and photo packages! Departs: Daily (except 25Dec & 01Jan) Includes: Return transfers from all local accommodation, all equipment and training, jump certificate Tour Code: AUSKTS

Small Group Adventure

MOJO SURF: BYRON BAY SURF & FITNESS STAY

$231

FR

3, 4, 5 OR 6 DAYS

Byron Bay isn't only known for its great surf waves. It's also world famous for its laid-back lifestyle and fitness culture. So why not stay a few days, have a few surf lessons, do a few fitness classes and see what this great surf town has to offer! The idea is simple – each day you can either have a surf lesson or swap this out for the fitness class of your choice: Crossfit, Yoga, MMA fighting, Muay Thai Kick Boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsui. It's up to you! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Tipis (summer), dorms (winter) (2,3,4 or 5 nts) Meals: 2,3,4 or 5 breakfasts, 2,3,4 or 5 lunches, 2,3,4 or 5 dinners Transport: Byron Bay transfers Tour Code: QYNFIT

MOUNT WARNING OVERNIGHT SUNRISE TOUR

$149

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2 DAYS

Escape the crowds with this overnight camping tour starting at the foot of Mount Warning National Park. Spend the evening splashing around in the rock pools, exploring the forest or toasting marshmallows around a campfire. Enjoy a barbecue dinner and fall asleep under the stars. Then wake early for a 4-hour self-guided return walk through World Heritage-listed rainforest to the highest point, cracking views of Byron's hinterland await! Departs: Daily Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Transport: Byron Bay hotel pick-up and drop-off Includes: All camping equipment (tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, torches) Note: Pick-up is at 5.30pm, drop-off is at 9.30am Tour Code: QYNMWO

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MOJO SURF: BYRON BAY SURF & STAY PLUS YOGA

Small Group Adventure

$264

FR

3, 4, 5 OR 6 DAYS

Some things go hand in hand, like fun and sun, and surfing and yoga. This package has all four! You don't have to worry about a thing with all accommodation, meals, transfers and daily lessons provided. You'll get an included yoga lesson each day plus loads of free activities like bush walks and bongo lessons. Pus, you'll get 2-hour board and bike hire each day if you want to go find your own special surf spot! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Tipis (summer), dorms (winter) (2,3,4 or 5 nts) Meals: 2,3,4 or 5 breakfasts, 2,3,4 or 5 lunches, 2,3,4 or 5 dinners Note: Transfers are not included Tour Code: QYNSYO

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NEW SOUTH WALES

Learn to surf or improve your technique on fun, easy waves as part of this 3-4 hour surf adventure along some of Australia's most unspoiled coastline. In small groups - meaning plenty of handson help - you'll cruise to the pristine, uncrowded beaches skirting Byron Bay, Lennox and Ballina. Your qualified instructors will choose the best location depending on the winds, swells and tides. Newbies will be standing up in no time!


Queensland

Cape Tribulation Port Douglas Cairns

Magnetic Island

Airlie Beach

Whitsundays

QUEENSLAND Fraser Island Noosa

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Brisbane Gold Coast

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THE VASTNESS

NATIONAL PARKS

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

THE SUNSHINE

THE ISLANDS

Queensland is almost five times the size of Japan and seven times the size of Great Britain. That's pretty big!

There are over 200 national parks in Queensland, some home to dugongs, also known adorably as sea cows.

The largest living thing on earth and visible from outer space, this reef is home to over 1,500 different species of fish!

Everybody loves the sunshine but with 261 days of sun per year, Queensland is rightfully termed the Sunshine State.

Queensland is home to over 100 islands, including the world's largest sand isle, the World Heritage listed Fraser Island.

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BRISBANE TO CAIRNS EXPERIENCE 10 DAYS, Brisbane

$1,899

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Cairns Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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highlights

• Support Aboriginal youth in Tully • Anchor off the shores of tropical islands • Sailing around the stunning Whitsundays

Feb

Whitsunday Islands

Jan

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• Snorkel kaleidoscopic coral reefs • Opt to canoe around the Noosa Everglades • G for Good collection

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DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Brisbane / Noosa Arrive at any time in Queensland's booming capital and take a walk down to the river for coffee-mad cafés, gourmet restaurants and lively music venues. In the morning you'll head north to the celebspotting section of the Sunshine Coast, Noosa. Defined by its beautiful headlands you can spend the afternoon here taking on the area's fierce waves or wandering the boardwalk of the tiny national park. Keep your eyes peeled for eucalyptus-loving koalas as we're told they're everywhere! (B)

03-04

Fraser Island / Noosa Everglades Today we travel by 4WD and ferry to the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island. The landscape here ranges from ever-transforming dunes to dark motionless lakes. Whilst here you can walk through silent rainforests, take a dip in the gorgeous Lake McKenzie, and drive along Australia's only beachy highway. Finish the day in the Noosa Everglades, a great place for waddling, paddling and wildlife spotting, before catching the overnight train to Airlie Beach in the evening. (B, L)

05-07

Whitsunday Islands Sailing / Airlie Beach Hopefully you got a good night's sleep as Day 5 marks the start of your maxi yacht sailing adventure! Setting off from the marina in Airlie Beach, you'll spend three days on the open water around the absolutely stunning Whitsunday Islands. Kick back on countless white sand beaches, stretch your sea legs on various island bush walks including one to a lookout over Whitehaven Beach, and take some time to explore the underwater worlds with your flippers and snorkel. Fringing busy reefs and island bays, you're likely to spot batfish, parrotfish, clownfish and more. Each night you'll anchor just off a secluded tropical island so you can fall asleep under the stars, bliss. Enjoy a final morning of sailing before heading back to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night of dancing. (2B, L, 2D)

08-10

Tully / Cairns This morning we'll catch a train north to the tiny town of Tully. Whilst here we'll visit Cafe Chloe, a vocational training café for young Aboriginal people. Using the repurposed railway station, this G for Good project offers lunches and weaving or arts workshops to travellers. By supporting the development of the café, we are providing at-risk Aboriginal youth with an opportunity to learn skills that will help them find jobs, while also connecting with and preserving their own culture. Continue on to Cairns where you'll have some free time to get active. Go diving on the Great Barrier Reef, go bungy jumping or skydiving, or grab a paddle and go whitewater rafting. Cap it all off with a big night out in Cairns and depart at any time on Day 10. (L)

Extend your trip Queensland Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime (12 days, Brisbane - Cairns) (GAOAQE) see page 71 Fr $2,249 Most of the Coast (16 days, Sydney - Cairns) (GAOASC) Fr $2,999 East Coast Encompassed (18 days, Sydney - Cairns) (GAOAEC) see page 52 Fr $3,149 Why not add? Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling (PROOABR)  Fr $124

Cairns Tully Whitsunday Islands

Airlie Beach

Noosa Everglades

Fraser Island Noosa

Brisbane AU S T R A L I A

Lake MacKenzie

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QUEENSLAND

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels (4 nts), maxi yacht (2 nts), overnight train (1 nt), cabin (2 nts) (all nights multi-share) Transport: Private vehicle, maxi yacht, boat, train, 4WD, ferry Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $245-320 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOABC


THE SUN SEEKER 10 DAYS, Cairns

$1,815

FR

Surfers Paradise Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Absorb Noosa's chilled vibes • Rural stay at a cattle station • Party in Surfers Paradise

• 4WD across Fraser Island • Two days to explore Cairns • See a Whitsundays sunset

The Sun Seeker (Surfers Paradise - Cairns) (COBTSC) 10 Days, Fr $1,755

SYDNEY TO BRISBANE EXPERIENCE 7 DAYS, Sydney

Mar 19

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Surfers Paradise

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Noosa

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Brisbane

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Fraser Island

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Capricorn Coast

Sep

Cattle Station

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Mackay

Jul

Townsville Airlie Beach

Trip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels/resorts (6 nts, or 4 nts on sailing option), hostel (2 nts), cattle station (1 nt), yacht (2 nts, sailing option only) Transport: Modern air con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners (sailing option includes 1 extra lunch and 1 extra dinner) Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 50 Tour Code: COBTCS

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Cairns

May

Fraser Island / Noosa / Surfers Paradise See Fraser on a 4WD tour, taking in Lake MacKenzie's wildlife, then journey back to Noosa. Day 8, chill and go for a dip before continuing on to your next stop, Surfers Paradise. Here, enjoy the golden sands and party on before your adventure wraps up on Day 10. (4B, L, D)

inclusions Whitsundays

Apr

07-10

Farmstay / Noosa Pass rolling sugar cane plantations en route to a working cattle station for tonight's Outback special stay, where you'll learn about Aussie farm life. On Day 6, head for Noosa and get prepared for tomorrow's adventure around Fraser Island. (2B, D)

The Whitsundays, Queensland

Mar

05-06

Whitsundays Sailing Option Pack your swimmers and set sail around the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays. Chill on Whitehaven Beach, snorkel some of the world's best reefs and soak up the sun. (2B, L, 2D)

Feb

03-04

Airlie Beach Fall in love with beautiful Airlie Beach on a two-night stay. Hang out around the pool, sip on a cocktail or go check out the promenade's bars and restaurants. (2B, D)

Jan

01-02

Cairns After a tour of Cairns, you'll have two days in this fun-filled tropical city. Opt for white water rafting, skydiving, bungy jumping or visit the Great Barrier Reef on a snorkelling or dive trip. (B, D)

$1,149

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Brisbane Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Get snap-happy in Sydney • Wine taste in Hunter Valley • See cosmopolitan Brisbane

• Country living in Tamworth • Test your balance surfing • Top up your tan in Brisbane

DAY ITINERARY

Yamba

Byron Bay Continue up the coast to the alternative hippie paradise of Byron Bay. Get into the healthy living vibes with an zenned-out yoga class or grab a surfboard and try your luck with some of Australia's most talked about waves. Day 6 is yours to enjoy beach walks and optional activities such as skydiving or sea kayaking. (B)

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Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime (Brisbane - Cairns) (GAOAQE) 12 Days, Fr $2,249

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Sydney

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Departures 2018 Jun

Brisbane Today you drive back to the capital of Queensland where your tour comes to an end in the afternoon. (B)

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Brisbane

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels (6 nts, multi-share) Transport: Private bus Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $180-235 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOASB

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05-06

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AU S T R A L I A

Mar

03-04

Hunter Valley / Tamworth / Yamba Bid farewell to the city lifestyle and make for the famous wine region of Hunter Valley for an included wine tasting and talk on wine-making history. Then continue on to the rural town of Tamworth for a real taste of Aussie country living. Next day, you'll drive to the beautiful coastal town of Yamba, surrounded by Yuraygir National Park. Take a swim at the beach, sit back and enjoy the view. (2B, D)

Sydney, New South Wales

Feb

01-02

Sydney Rock up at any time and stroll Sydney's hotspots including the Opera House and Darling Harbour. The next day is yours to explore so why not climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, hop on a thrilling jet boat ride around the harbour, or chill out on Bondi Beach? Or just find a good coffee shop and people watch till your coffee goes cold. (B)

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QUEENSLAND

DAY ITINERARY

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Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.


QUEENSLAND SAND, SAILING & DREAMTIME 12 DAYS, Brisbane

$2,249

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Cairns Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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snapshot There's certainly no bad way to see Australia's east coast, and this tour fits in trains, buses and maxi yachts for that all-round experience! Sleep under the stars in comfy swags, uncover native history and make the most of white sands and bountiful waters.

QUEENSLAND

Trip Style: 18-to Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOAQE

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01-02

Brisbane / Noosa Arrive at any time in Brisbane and settle in to laid back Aussie lifestyle before heading north to Noosa the next day. Enjoy a free afternoon around these sunny headlands, grab a board and opt to take on the fearsome surf or walk the boardwalk to Noosa National Park where koala sightings are common. The park may be small but it's home to lakes, rainforest and several rare species. (B)

03-04

Fraser Island / Noosa Everglades Today we'll take the 4x4 and ferry to Fraser Island, a world of sand. Whilst here you can wander around fern forests, get out your bathers at Lake MacKenzie, and zoom along Australia's only sand highway. The following day will be spent in the calm waters of Noosa Everglades so pick up a paddle and go explore in your canoes and kayaks. Keep your eyes peeled for crocs before boarding an overnight train to Airlie Beach. (B, L)

05-07

Whitsunday Islands / Airlie Beach Arrive in Airlie Beach and start your three-day maxi yacht sailing adventure around the Whitsunday Islands. Drop anchor in a secluded cove for the night. On Day 6, continue on your way following part of Captain Cook's route, stopping for opportunities to snorkel the reefs and scuba dive (certified divers only). Day 7 is your last day on the water. Set off towards Whitehaven Beach and hike to an island lookout for views over the island's startling white sand and turquoise shores. Later, sail to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night of dancing and a night on dry land! (2B, L, 2D)

08-11

Tully / Cairns / Cape Tribulation / Yungaburra The following day, it's an early start to catch the train to Tully. Stop at Cafe Chloe where you'll meet and support at-risk Aboriginal youth. Continue on to Cairns and spend the next day at leisure. Visit the Great Barrier Reef, go skydiving or brave a white water rafting trip. Then start making your way north. Meet Aborigines and learn about the local plants and wildlife before cooling off in a waterfall in Daintree National Park. A free morning allows you to explore the rainforest a little further. Otherwise, set up camp by the pool! Continue on to Yungaburra in the Atherton Tablelands for the night, and stop to sample the famous mango and fruit wines. (B, L)

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Cairns Go out with a bang with a visit to the crater lake of Eacham, a swim in the waters of Babinda Boulders and another visit to the Atherton Tablelands waterfalls, including the Millaa Millaa Falls. The tour ends on your arrival back in Cairns. (B)

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Departures 2018 Apr

• Three-day maxi yacht Whitsundays tour • Meet artists at the Ingan cultural centre • G for Good collection

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highlights

Jan

• Explore Fraser Island by 4WD • Overnight in the Noosa Everglades • Sleep in a swag on a cattle station

Feb

Whitsunday Islands, Queensland

Accommodation: Hostels (5 nts), cabins (2 nts), swag camping (1 nt), maxi yacht (2 nts), beach hostel (1 nt) Transport: Private bus, maxi yacht, boat, train, 4WD, ferry Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $240-315 for meals not included

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SURFERS PARADISE & THE GOLD COAST riding waves & rollercoasters

QUEENSLAND

As the birthplace of the 'bikini', the Gold Coast's popularity should be apparent! Named after miles of endless gold sand and limitless sunshine, fun-loving Surfers is a world-famous party playground! Bronzed beauties and local surf legends mingle with giddy backpackers in party-hard bars and wild theme parks. If you can draw yourself away from the rush, you'll find a nearby world of tropical rainforests, idyllic islands and humpback migrations.

Glampacker

BUNK SURFERS PARADISE

Rock Solid

$33 $66

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MANTRA CROWN TOWERS

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

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$177 $89

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Location: Only a four-minute walk from the golden sands of Surfers Paradise Beach.

Location: Only a five-minute wander from Surfers Paradise beach and 15 minutes from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

Vibe: Brand new backpackers with privacy pods in the dorms and plenty of entertainment options all week.

Vibe: High-rise resort hotel with airy apartments, ideal for road trippers.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • In-room lockers • Outdoor pool • Communal kitchen • TV lounge • Garden terrace • Jacuzzi • Games room • Daily activities

Highlights: Apartments • Private balconies • Fully-equipped kitchen • 3 outdoor pools • 2 restaurants • Spa • Gym • Laundry • Free on-site parking

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STAY 3 OR MORE NIGHTS AND RECEIVE 60 AUD FOOD AND DRINK CREDIT: 18APR18-20SEP18; STAY 3 OR MORE NIGHTS AND RECEIVE FREE BREAKFAST DAILY: 18APR18-20SEP18

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YHA SURFERS PARADISE

$33 $85

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VIBE HOTEL GOLD COAST

$152 $76

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A-List

Q1 RESORT & SPA

$268 $134

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Peering over Marina Cove Marina, just a 5-minute walk to the beach.

Location: Overlooking the Nerang River, a short walk from Surfers Paradise Beach.

Location: Only a 3-minute walk to the golden sands of Broadbeach.

Vibe: Sunny backpacker offering convenient digs at fair prices.

Vibe: Simplicity and style, offering spacious rooms in a convenient location.

Vibe: Luxury apartment accommodation with a panoramic Gold Coast views.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Shared kitchen • Terrace • Lounge • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Private rooms • Balcony • Air con • iPod docking station • Outdoor pool • Pool bar • Restaurant • Gym

Highlights: Apartments • Observation deck • Indoor and outdoor pools • Bar • Restaurant • Spa • Free on-site parking

OOLYHA

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LEARN TO SURF LESSON

$50

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FULL DAY

$46

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HALF DAY

Take to the Gold Coast waters armed with a paddle and a friendly tour guide on this half-day tour. After a light breakfast on the beach, keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles and stingrays as you enjoy some awesome snorkelling on Wavebreak Island, and check out one of the world's best surfing beaches on South Stradbroke Island.

OOLGWS

PARADISE JET BOATING

If you've got a need for speed that your fastest front crawl just can't satisfy then let's get the motors out! This thrilling 55-minute jet boat ride takes you on a round trip from Mariners Cove, there'll be twist, turns, fishtails, and plenty of 'woos'. See stunning coastline and be prepared to get a little wet!

OOLSIK

OOLPJB

SURF, SUP & STRADBROKE ADVENTURE 4 DAYS, Surfers Paradise

$52

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HALF DAY

$189

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Surfers Paradise Independent Tour

highlights

• Beginner's surf lesson • Look out from the top of SkyPoint • Stay at a snazzy backpacker

• Kayak tour of Surfer's Paradise • Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding • Spot exotic coastal birds

Staying at the brand new Bunk in Surfers Paradise, this package introduces you to all things fun and splashy. You'll get a 2-hour surf lesson with the Get Wet Surf School at Spit Beach, a 1-hour beginner's lesson for SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding), and a 2-hour river kayak tour in Surfers Paradise where you'll pass celebrity homes and get the chance to spot exotic native birds at Macintosh Island. All equipment and safety instructions are included. If that's not enough (you greedy galahs) then how about a Skypoint ticket thrown in for good measure? This observation deck is the Gold Coast's highest atttraction and offers panoramic views of Surfers Paradise and surrounding hinterland. There's no need to have any prior experience of surfing, SUP or kayaking making this the perfect package for first-timers!

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Bunk Surfers Paradise (3 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: 2-hour surf lesson, 1-hour SUP session, 2-hour river kayak tour, Skypoint ticket, all equipment and accommoadtion Tour Code: OOLBUN/OOLGWS/OOLSUP/OOLSIK/ VOOLSP

Independent Tour

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GOLD COAST NATURE & WILDLIFE PACKAGE

$221

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4 DAYS

As well as being a surfing mecca, the Gold Coast is also known for its wide array of wildlife. This package takes you to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can see wombats, dingoes, Tasmanian devils, crocs and more. We'll also take a Mount Tamborine 4WD tour deep into the rainforest to see glowworms and other nocturnal wildlife. Last but not least is the Treetop Challenge. This high ropes adventure park has 80 treetop challenges including flying foxes and a zipline over crocodile infested waters. Very James Bond! Each night you'll stay at Bunk hostel, located in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Bunk Surfers Paradise (3 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary entry, Mount Tamborine 4WD tour, Treetop Challenge adventure park and accommodation Note: Treetop Challenge can be done at Currumbin or Mt. Tamborine Tour Code: OOLBUN/OOLCUR/OOL4WD/OOLTTC

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$157

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$94

GET OUT OF BED Half Day | Gold Coast Skydive Half Day | Stand Up Paddle Boarding

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$302

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$33

Full Day | Theme Park Tickets

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$66

Full Day | Treetop Challenge 

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$37

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$30

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Perfect for first time surfers who want to maximise their time in the water and catch that first wave! This two-hour lesson includes all equipment, a brief safety briefing, transfers from your Surfers Paradise accommodation and expert instruction. Based at Gold Coast's Split Beach, you'll be up in no time.

DOLPHIN & STRADBROKE ISLAND TOUR


BRISBANE bands, bright lights & barbies

QUEENSLAND

Brissie might have the cosmopolitan cool and bright lights of a big city ('Brisvegas' anyone?) but beneath this is a small-town mentality that loves its barbecues. Blessed with epic weather, this is an ace city to be outdoors and try things like paddleboarding or abseiling. Soak up cracking views from the Mt. Coot-tha lookout, melt over the koala cuteness at the Lone Pine Sanctuary and booze in the Castlemaine Brewery.

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$20 $33

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

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$24 $40

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Location: Facing Central Station, it's only a short walk from Southbank Parklands and other areas of shopping and dining.

Location: In the graffitied suburb of Fortitude Valley, surrounded by live music spots, coffee houses and cultural venues.

Vibe: Bubbly hostel with five floors catering for the part-time twerkers and wannabe workers.

Vibe: Great value accommodation offering dorms with privacy screens and plenty of social spaces for mingling.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • In-room lockers • Rooftop terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Communal kitchen • Barbecue area • TV lounge • Daily activities

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Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con In-room lockers • Privacy pods • Outdoor pool • Bar • Communal kitchen • TV lounge • Jacuzzi • 24-hour reception

Glampacker

IBIS STYLES ELIZABETH STREET

BNEBNK

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Rock Solid

$126 $63

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

HOTEL GRAND CHANCELLOR

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$118 $59

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: In the heart of Brisbane, ten minutes' walk from the central train station with shopping and dining on the doorstep.

Location: Based on the highest point in the city centre, overlooking Brisbane's bright lights and Roma Street Parklands.

Vibe: Colourful and playful hotel with modern and welcoming rooms, some with pretty river views.

Vibe: Upscale digs at a very reasonable price. If you've had a long time on the dusty Aussie road, this is a great place to wind down.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Bar • Restaurant • Gym • 24-hour reception • Luggage storage • On-site parking (at extra cost) • Bike hire (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Rooftop pool • Bar • Restaurant • Gym • Luggage storage • Laundry • 24-hour reception • On-site parking (at extra cost)

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DOLPHIN VIEWING DAY CRUISE

$83

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FULL DAY

Departs: Daily Meals: AUD $20 lunch voucher included Transport: Return boat transfers from Brisbane Includes: Day pass access to resort and facilities, choice of Desert Safari Tour or Marine Discovery Cruise Tour Code: BNEDOL

BRISBANE SKYDIVE

$276

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HALF DAY

Rightfully on most people's bucketlist, skydiving is the ultimate rush! During your 20-minute scenic flight you'll take in expansive ocean views, beaches and Brisbane's shimmering skyline. At roughly 14,000ft you'll strap to your expert diving partner and prepare for your freefall. One, two...jump! The best bit about the Brisbane jump is that you land on the beach every time. James Bond eat your heart out. Departs: Daily (except 25Dec and 01Jan) Meals: Not included Transport: Return transfers from all local accommodation Includes: Tandem skydive, return transfers, jump certificate, all equipment and training Tour Code: AUSKTS

Leave Brisbane on a luxury catamaran and land on Moreton Island for a full day of fun in the sun. See vibrant marine life in the Tangalooma Wrecks during a guided snorkelling tour and paddle over the reef in a transparent kayak. There'll also be time for chilling, picnicking on the beach and sandboarding down the island's dunes. You may even see a dolphin, but not on the dunes obviously. Back to Brisbane in the afternoon. Departs: Daily Meals: Picnic lunch Note: National park entry, and ferry fees, wetsuit hire and hotel transfers are not included Tour Code: VIBNE3

MOJO: EPIC BYRON BAY WEEKEND ESCAPE

$144

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2 DAYS

Departing Brisbane, you'll zoom to Moreton Island on a luxury catamaran, making for your tropical paradise just 50 metres from the beach. Activities on offer include scuba diving, quad biking and a desert safari tour with sand tobogganing. There'll be plenty of time to get stuck in before seeing wild bottlenose dolphins at sunset! The next day, enjoy all of the resort's facilities before making your way back to Brisbane. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Standard hotel room with air con (1 nt). Optional upgrade available Meals: 1 breakfast Tour Code: BNEDGS

$115

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3 DAYS

Depart Brisbane and immerse yourself into Byron Bay's bohemian surf lifestyle at Mojosurf camp. Known for funky cafĂŠs and feelgood surf, this weekend break gives you a true taste of Aussie living. Opt to take a surf lesson in the mornings, go kayaking in search of dolphins or grab a complimentary bike and explore the mainland. Transfers from the Gold Coast or Brisbane are included. Just bring your swimmers, a towel and some surfer vibes. Departs: Fridays Accommodation: Shared dorm at Nomads Byron Bay (2 nts) Meals: Not included Transport: Shuttle bus Includes: Return transfers from Brisbane or Gold Coast, bike hire, 1 coffee, discount vouchers Tour Code: BNEEBE

Independent Tour

TANGALOOMA OVERNIGHT PACKAGE

$80

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FULL DAY

Small Group Adventure

COOL DINGO: LINGER LONGER ON FRASER TOUR

$635

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4 DAYS

Start in Brisbane and hop on the ferry to Fraser Island. Next day, take a 4WD tour to Basin Lake, amble along rainforest boardwalks, marvel at the ancient trees of Pile Valley, and finish off with a refreshing dip in Lake McKenzie. Day 3 takes you to the beaches. Experience Mother Nature's Jacuzzi at the Champagne Pools, climb Indian Head for Fraser's most spectacular views, and check out the shipwreck at Maheno. Then, it's back to Brisbane on Day 4. Departs: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays Accommodation: Mixed dorm in lodge (3 nts) Transport: Shuttle bus, 4WD bus, ferry Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Tour Code: BNE3FD

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Escape the city and make for the dolphin-filled waters around Moreton Island. Spend a day in the pools of Tangalooma Island Resort or opt to join a marine discovery tour in search of dugongs, sea turtles and sea cucumbers. Alternatively, go on a desert safari and take to the dunes for an exhilarating session of sandtobogganing. Then after lunch, see the island's bottlenose dolphins come to shore - somefin you'll never forget!

MORETON ISLAND DAY TRIP


NOOSA hello sunshine!

QUEENSLAND

A flashpackers paradise on the Sunshine Coast, Noosa is all relaxed seafront glamour, golden surf beaches and lush hinterland. Dig deep into your backpack for your best threads and dive into a cocktail, pack up your gear and canoe into the emerald wilderness of the Everglades or hit the hiking trails of Noosa National Park Incidentally, we'd do all three, with the cocktail option probably more than once. You can also get onto Fraser Island from Noosa.

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NOMADS NOOSA

$24

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NAUTILUS NOOSA HOLIDAY RESORT

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ROOM ONLY

$180 $90

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Location: Set in tropical gardens in the town centre, a short walk from Main Beach and Noosa National Park.

Location: One block from Weyba Creek and only a ten-minute walk from Pelican Beach Park.

Vibe: Basic hostel full of fun times, sunny social spaces and low-key but comfortable lodgings.

Vibe: Unfussy two or three-bedroom holiday apartments. A great base for self-starters with a busy itinerary.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Lockers • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Games room • Beach volleyball • Free board hire • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Apartments • Air con • Patio • Heated outdoor pool • Garden • Barbecue facilities • Spa • Tennis court • Laundry • Bike hire (at extra cost) • On-site parking (at extra cost)

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HABITAT NOOSA EVERGLADES ECO CAMP

$19 PRIVATE TENT FR$14 SHARED TENT FR

ROOM ONLY

Shoestring/Glampacker

This everglades ecocamp is arguably Queensland's most exciting eco-tourism project. Focus here is on regenerating native vegetation and removing fences that endanger wildlife such as the resident eastern grey kangaroo. While you're here you can enjoy bush walks, canoe tours and plenty of barbecues. Location: A 25-minute drive north of Noosa and a 5-minute boat ride from the Noosa Everglades. Vibe: Much-loved camping ground in 65 acres of natural bushland. This eco camp offers 500 metres of beachfront on the Noosa River as well as plenty of motorhome sites and camping spots. Highlights: Cabins • Glamping tents • Powered campsites • Unpowered campsites • Bar • Restaurant • Barbecue facilities • Canoe, kayak or SUP hire (at extra cost) • Daily tours

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EPIC OCEAN ADVENTURES

$55

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FULL DAY

SKYDIVE NOOSA

$218

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HALF DAY

Rightfully on most people's bucketlist, skydiving is the ultimate rush! During your 20-minute scenic flight you'll take in expansive ocean views, sandy beaches and Noosa's thick green Everglades. At roughly 14,000ft you'll strap to your expert diving partner and prepare for your freefall. One, two...jump! During freefall you'll the Sunshine Coast from a whole new perspective, then enjoy around five minutes floating under canopy before the landing.

Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch Transport: 4WD Includes: 4WD Great Beach Drive, equipment hire, guided tour and/or instruction, national park entry fees Note: Drop off in Rainbow Beach can be arranged Tour Code: NSAEPI

Departs: Daily (except 25Dec and 01Jan) Meals: Not included Transport: Return transfers from all local accommodation Includes: Tandem skydive, return transfers, jump certificate, all equipment and training, scenic flight Tour Code: AUSKTS

BAR B CANOE DAY TRIP

$79

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FULL DAY

Enjoy this wilderness canoeing experience through the ancient landscapes, mirrored waterways and sub-tropical rainforest of the Noosa Everglades. The tour includes pick-up and drop-off from your Noosa accommodation, morning tea and an authentic Aussie lunch at historic Harry's Hut. Keep your eyes peeled for koalas, echidnas, turtles and plenty of native birds. There's sure to be time for a little dip as well! Departs: Daily (except 25Dec) Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Shuttle bus Includes: Pick-up/drop-off from Noosa accommodation, canoe trip, all equipment Tour Code: NSABBC

SANDPATCH SAFARI

$285

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2 DAYS

Board the purpose-built 'Warrior' for a two-day escape starting with a spot of dolphin spotting at Tin Can Bay. After a splashing good time, hop on your boat transfer to Fraser Island's sandy shores. Next day, take a guided rainforest walk, swim in Lake MacKenzie and Eli Creek, and visit the eerie Maheno shipwreck. Finish up your tour taking in the Pinnacles' coloured sands and magnificent views from Indian Head. Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays Accommodation: Shared cabins at Fraser Island Wilderness Retreat (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 morning teas, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: 4WD 'Warrior' Tour Code: MCYFRS

FULL DAY

Live a uniquely Australian wilderness experience in one of the most magnificent landscapes and waterways in Queensland. After your morning tea at Fig Tree Point, you'll canoe through the Noosa Everglades to Harry's Hut. Then explore further upstream on a tour boat as you make your way to your picnic spot for lunch. Fill your belly as it's a lengthy bush walk to the Cooloola Sandpatch in the arvo. Climb the dune for spectacular views of the everglades. Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Shuttle bus, boat Includes: Pick-up/ drop-off from Noosa accommodation, morning tea, all equipment Tour Code: NSASPS

Small Group Adventure

FRASER ISLAND DISCOVERY

$104

FR

Independent Tour

WILDERNESS CANOE PACKAGE

$145

FR

3 DAYS

Staying in a Wilderness Tent in the Habitat Noosa Everglades Eco Camp, this tour takes you through some of the most spectacular scenery of Australia. Wake up in nature each morning and fall asleep to the sounds of the bush. There'll be plenty of time to pick up a paddle and explore the Everglades by canoe. There'll be morning tea, sizzling barbecues and loads of free time to chill out at the campsite. Say hello to the 'roos for us! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Shared tent (2 nts) Meals: 1 lunch Includes: Return transfers, morning tea, barbecues, Bar 9 canoe tour, all equipment Tour Code: NSAWCF

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Feel the thrill of the Great Sandy National Park at Double Island Point. Only accessible by 4WD via stunning Rainbow Beach, these empty coves are some of the coast's best-kept secrets. Jump in a kayak and go dolphin-spotting, get Stand Up Paddleboard lessons, or try your hand at kitesurfing. Spend the day in this untouched paradise however you please. All equipment, entrance fees, refreshments and transfers are included.


FRASER ISLAND & Beyond

QUEENSLAND

Getting To Fraser

Indian Head

HERVEY BAY

NOOSA

With a warm subtropical climate, sweeping sandy beaches and chilled out locals, it's no wonder that Hervey Bay remains massively popular to travellers when in Oz. A short boat ride to Fraser Island, this is a smart start point.

Featuring more than 50km of pristine beaches as well as a whole host of national parks, Noosa is the perfect spot for those nature lovers looking to explore some of Queensland's most spectacular scenery.

RAINBOW BEACH

BRISBANE

A tiny yet picturesque coastal town, Rainbow Beach offers fab beaches and rolling surf. With a relaxed vibe and easy access to Fraser Island, it's a convenient hop off point for those wanting to tick off the best bits of the region.

Cool, hip, laid-back and blessed with epic weather, Queensland's capital is a must on any trip to Oz. Bursting with attractions, it's easy to while away your time here. It's roughly a six-hour drive to Fraser.

Hervey Bay

Lake Mckenzie Lake Birrabeen

Maheno Shipwreck Eurong

Rainbow Beach

Q U E E N S L A N D

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FRASERS ON RAINBOW RAINBOW BEACH

Kingfisher Bay

Noosa

Shoestring

$22 $33

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

THE WOOLSHED BACKPACKERS

$25 $29

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Just 100 metres from the beach, surrounded by tropical gardens and right by the bus stop, handy for tours.

Location: Set in an acre of tropical gardens, this backpacker is just a ten-minute walk from Torquay Beach.

Vibe: Colourful hostel with friendly staff and great value meals at the bar. Great place to chill out en route to Fraser Island.

Vibe: Basic but comfy family-owned backpackers. Super helpful staff and a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Communal kitchen • Barbecue area • Games room • TV lounge • Daily activities

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Lockers • Communal kitchen • Garden • Barbecue area • Lounge and games room • Free snorkelling equipment

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KINGFISHER BAY RESORT FRASER ISLAND ADVENTURE 3 DAYS, Hervey Bay

$358

FR

Hervey Bay Independent Tour

highlights

• Stay in a 4 star resort with pool • See the eerie Maheno shipwreck • 4WD across Fraser Island

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Kingfisher Bay Resort (2 nts) Transport: 4WD coach, ferry Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and morning tea while on tour Includes: Return ferry transfer ex Hervey Bay, 4WD Fraser Island tour and national park entry fee Tour Code: HVBFRS

Enjoy the best of the bush from your private deck or get out on those timber walkways and go explore the world's largest sand island. Staying two nights at the cracking Kingfisher Bay Resort, you'll enjoy a yummy buffet breakfast each morning, air con rooms and a refreshing outdoor pool. Whist here you'll drive across the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island on a 4WD guided tour checking out the rusting hulk of the Maheno shipwreck and the coloured sands of the Pinnacles. There'll be time to chill on 75 Mile Beach and you'll visit Wanggoolba Creek and Lake McKenzie. There'll be morning/afternoon tea and lunch while out on the day tour, plus transfers to and from Hervey Bay. Travelling between August and October? Upgrade to the Whales Tour Fraser package - you'll get all the above and the chance to see the humpback whales!

FRASER EXPLORER TOUR 2 DAYS, Hervey Bay

$288

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Hervey Bay OR Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Swim in beautiful Lake McKenzie • Spot whales from Indian Head • 4WD along sandy 75 Mile Beach

Maheno Shipwreck, Fraser Island

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Motel-style accommodation at Eurong Beach Resort (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: 4WD and transfers to/from the island Tour Code: HVBFEO/ RABFEO

• Go trekking through lush rainforest • Capture spooky Maheno shipwreck • Stay in a fun beachfront resort

Join this thrilling adventure to see the very best of the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island! With return courtesy pickup from your accommodation in Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach, barge transfers to and from the island, two full days of 4WD touring, meals, and overnight accommodation in the Eurong Beach Resort included, there really is no better way to discover the many sights of Fraser Island! Swim in the beautiful Lake McKenzie, walk through ancient rainforests, circle the spooky Maheno shipwreck, spot whales and sharks from atop Indian Head and hop aboard a 4WD to drive the endless stretches of sand at 75 Mile Beach. On the final day you'll catch a barge back to River Heads and then transfer to your accommodation in Hervey Bay. Don't forget to pack your swimsuit, camera and some sturdy footwear for your walks!

SAIL WHITSUNDAYS & FRASER COMBO 7 DAYS, Hervey Bay

Airlie Beach Small Group Adventure • Spot whales in Hervey Bay • Explore Fraser by 4WD • See the Maheno shipwreck

inclusions

$635

FR

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel dorm (4 nts), motel-style accommodation (1 nt), multi-share cabin (1 nt) Transport: Barge, 4WD, bus, maxi yacht Meals: Some meals included Note: Bus transfers between Hervey Bay and Airlie Beach are not included. This trip can also be done in reverse Tour Code: HVBSO6/ WSYSO6

highlights

• Swim the Airlie Beach Lagoon • Sail the Whitsundays Islands • Snorkel in clear blue waters

Fancy getting among the famed Fraser Island and sailing around the Whitsundays in a yacht? Why not! Start in the unofficial 'whale watching capital of the world', Hervey Bay, and hop over to Fraser Island for a 4WD adventure to striking blue lakes, crystalline creeks, giant dunes, rainforests and even a shipwreck! Then back to the mainland and off to Airlie Beach to check in for your yachting romp! Get ready to cruise around idyllic beaches, swim in picture perfect waters (no Instagram filter necessary) and enjoy daily cold ones with your shipmates. Start Day 6 with a morning dip and then take advantage of the numerous snorkelling and scuba diving activities on offer. Head back to Airlie Beach in the afternoon and, after one final night with the group, depart on Day 7.

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Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island

• Wildlife spot on bush walks • Take a dip in Lake McKenzie • Chill out on 75 Mile Beach


Cool Dingo

FRASER ISLAND GUIDED TOURS QUEENSLAND

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Sand gets everywhere. And this is no truer than on Fraser Island. Being the largest sand island in the world, you'll find sand in sub-tropical rainforests, around freshwater lakes and up crystalline creeks. These UNESCO-listed beaches be cray.

Departs Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach

2 Days The Champagne Pools

DAY 1 Indian Head

The Pinnacles Coloured Sands Hervey Bay Kingfisher Bay Resort River Heads Basin Lake Lake Birrabeen

$310

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Maheno Shipwreck Eli Creek Stonetool Sand Blow Lake McKenzie Lake Wabby Central Station Eurong Beach Resort

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Depart & Return Q U E E N S L A N D

Rainbow Beach

DAY 2

Explore 75-Mile Beach, float down Eli Creek and photobomb the Maheno Shipwreck. There'll also be viewpoints, rainbow beaches and Champagne pools before winding down and returning to Hervey Bay. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Dorm lodge accommodation (1-4 nts) Transport: Ferry, 4WD coach Meals: All meals on tour Includes: Driver guide, national park Fees, return Fraser Island ferry Tour Code: HVBFIO/RUBCOF

ACCOMMODATION ON TOUR No tents in sight! Stay in comfortable Wilderness Lodges surrounded by gum trees, bush plants and birdlife. Bedrooms have ceiling fans to keep you cool during summer, and heating for those chilly winter nights. Our lodges have a social lounge area and a small kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities. Plus, you'll be neighbours with the Dingo Bar, the perfect place to unwind after a fun-packed day.

LINGER LONGER FR

$450

This includes the 2 or 3-day guided tours of Fraser Island plus one day either side to ease in and out of your sandy adventure. Basically, more beachy chill time. Available from Hervey Bay or Brisbane. Tour Codes: BNE3FD/HVB3N4/BNECDE/HVBCD4

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DAY 1

Start with a morning swim in Lake McKenzie, walk along the banks of Wanggoolba Creek and check out the giant forest of Pile Valley. End the day checking out the resident turtles at Basin Lake.

4 OR 5 DAY OPTIONS

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All the sandy and sub-tropical sights; Lake McKenzie, Central Station, Wanggoolba Creek, Pile Valley and Basin Lake. DAY 2

More of Fraser's hotspots; Eli Creek, Maheno shipwreck, The Pinnacles Coloured Sands, Indian Head and Champagne Pools. DAY 3

Secret emerald-green swimming holes, dazzling white beaches, vast sand blows and a healthy amount of resort time. Departs: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Accommodation: Dorm lodge accommodation (1-4 nts) Transport: Ferry, 4WD coach Meals: All meals on tour Includes: Driver guide, national park fees, return Fraser Island ferry Tour Code: HVBFF2, HVBFIT, RABHBF, RABRBF


Whitsundays & Airlie Beach

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DESERT ISLAND DISCoS An archipelago of 74 castaway islands slung across the tip of the Great Barrier Reef, the wondrous Whitsundays are a showstopper of any East Coast trip. The gateway onto this paradise of near-deserted white beaches is Airlie Beach.

GETTING TO THE WHITSUNDAYS

Line Reef Bait Reef

Airlie Beach

Hardy Reef

Hayman Island

Hook Reef G R E AT

Hook Island Daydream Island

Airlie Beach

Proserpine

BA R R I E R

R E E F

Border Island

North Molle Island

Whitsunday Island

COACH

Greyhound coaches call into Airlie Beach four times daily on their Brisbane to Cairns services - see pages 32-33.

Haselwood Island

South Molle Island

Shute Harbour

AIR

Proserpine Airport is served by three flights daily from Brisbane and thrice-weekly from Sydney. Hamilton Island has six direct daily flights to the east coast hubs of Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Whitehaven Beach

Long Island Dent Island

Proserpine Airport

Hamilton Island

TRAIN

Mather Island

Q UE E N SLAN D

Penticost Island Mansell Island

Lindeman Island Shaw Island

Brampton Island

Thomas Island

30Km

Where to stay Shoestring

BASE AIRLIE BEACH RESORT

$27 $75

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Queensland Rail runs 'Sunlander' services to Proserpine three times weekly between Brisbane (19 hrs) and Cairns (11 hrs), from where there's a half-hour RailBus coach connection to Airlie Beach. ROAD

Airlie Beach lies between Brisbane and Cairns. Travel here by car or campervan (pages 2631) or visit as part of a tour.

Shoestring

NOMADS AIRLIE BEACH

$24 $33

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Rock Solid

AT WHITSUNDAY VISTA AIRLIE BEACH

$152 $76

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Location: Three minutes away from the beach, set in six acres of tropical gardens.

Location: In the heart of Airlie Beach, opposite the swimming lagoon.

Location: Five minutes from the city centre and a ten-minute walk from the beach.

Vibe: Simple, basic rooms for tight purse strings and social butterflies.

Vibe: Tropical backpacker hangout with affordable accommodation.

Vibe: A little more on the upmarket side offering balcony views over the Coral Sea.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Barbecue facilities

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • Barbecue facilities • Cinema

Highlights: Apartments • Air con • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Garden • Bar • Restaurant • Barbecue facilities • Luggage storage

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Apartments

WHITSUNDAYS APARTMENTS HAMILTON ISLAND

A-List

$281 $141

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

REEF VIEW HOTEL HAMILTON ISLAND

ROOM ONLY

$286 $143

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

QUEENSLAND

Location: Two minutes' walk from Catseye Beach overlooking the calm waters of the Coral Sea.

Location: Situated directly opposite Catseye Beach just two minutes' walk from the beach.

Vibe: Enjoy the privacy of your own apartment, with a separate living area and ocean or garden views.

Vibe: Relaxed, well-appointed rooms with furnished balconies to make the most of the view.

Highlights: Apartments • Air con • Fully-equipped kitchen • Balcony • Outdoor pool • Hot tub • Lounge • Garden • Laundry • Luggage storage • Free shuttle service

Highlights: Private rooms or suites • Balcony • Air con • Outdoor heated pool • Terrace • Garden • Bar • Restaurant • Free use of the island's sauna, fitness centre and tennis courts • Luggage storage

AHTIWH

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PALM BUNGALOWS HAMILTON ISLAND

$310 $155

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

SOUTHERN LIGHTS WHITEHAVEN BEACH TOUR

$132

FR

FULL DAY

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: A two-minute walk away from Catseye Beach and the Hamilton Island Wildlife Park. Vibe: Recently refurbished bungalows offering bright and breezy rooms in a lush, tropical setting. Highlights: Private bungalows • Air con • In-room TV • Garden • Free use of the island's fitness centre, pools, tennis courts and shuttle service • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception STAY 5 PAY 4: 01MAY18-05JUL18, 16JUL18-17AUG18, 26AUG18-31AUG18 & 01DEC18-20DEC18

NORTHERN EXPOSURE WHITSUNDAY & WHITEHAVEN SNORKELLING ADVENTURE

AHTIPB

$132

FR

FULL DAY

Setting off from Abell Point Marina, your captain will take you to not one but two different snorkel spots around Hook Island. You'll get around 45 minutes each time to explore these colourful underwater worlds. You'll also visit stunning Hill Inlet at the north end of Whitehaven Beach where lunch will be served. Take a guided walk through the powdery national park to the lookout and snap a panorama to remember the great day you had! Departs: Daily Includes: Snorkel equipment, entrance fees, hotel pick-up, whale watching (Jun-Oct), afternoon tea, guided walk Note: Lunch, snacks, drinks not included Tour Code: WSYSLD

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If you're after a beach holiday then they don't come much more beachy than this! This day tour takes you to both ends of Whitehaven Beach giving you plenty of time to bury your mate in the sand or build the world's biggest sandcastle. Enjoy breathtaking views from the southern lookout point and Hill Inlet. Plus get an hour snorkelling by Border Island, Dumbell Island or a super secret snorkel spot! Departs: Daily Includes: Snorkel equipment, entrance fees, hotel pick-up, whale watching (Jun-Oct), afternoon tea, guided walk Note: Lunch, snacks, drinks not included Tour Code: WSYNED

GREAT BARRIER REEF & ISLANDS SCENIC FLIGHT

$176

FR

HALF DAY

Taking off from Whitsunday Airport, this 60-minute flight introduces you to the best sites the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. You'll pass over island resorts, Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and the turquoise patterns of Heart and Hardy Reef. Transfers from Airlie Beach and an informative in-flight commentary is included. See the true scale of one of the biggest natural wonders of the world. Departs: Airlie Beach Meals: Not included Transport: Return bus transfers from/to Airlie Beach Includes: Flight, in-flight pilot commentary, guaranteed window seats, transfers Tour Code: VIWDSF

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REEF & WHITEHAVEN ADVENTURE 4 DAYS, Airlie Beach

$359

FR

Airlie Beach Small Group Adventure

snapshot This tour comes with more scantily-clad beaches than a Jay-Z video and we're not apologising for any of them. Starting and ending in the resort town of Airlie, you'll sail around the Whitsundays in a luxury catamaran, jumping off every now and again to swim and snorkel. Nice.

QUEENSLAND

inclusions Departs: Daily Accommodation: Choice of dorm or private room at Base or Nomads hostels (3 nts) Transport: Catamaran Meals: 2 lunches Includes: Great Barrier Reef day trip, Camira Sailing Adventure day trip, all vessel transfers Note: Coach transfers are not included, other meals at own expense Tour Code: WSYRWA Whitsunday Islands, Queensland

highlights

• Snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef • Chill at Airlie Beach's man-made lagoon • Sail around the Whitsunday Islands

• Relax on stunning Whitehaven Beach • Enjoy delicious barbecue lunches • Explore hidden beaches and bays

DAY ITINERARY

01

Airlie Beach Good reef! We have quite the adventure lined up for you. It all kicks off in the backpacking town of Airlie Beach. Fun fact, Airlie Beach doesn't actually have a beach. Go figure. The day is yours to chill at your chosen resort or go explore the surrounding region. All accommodation offered comes with selfcatering facilities so you can choose to keep it on the cheap or go out and splash your Aussie dollar in the town's bars and restaurants. To make up for the lack of beach, Airlie is the proud owner of a free, open-air lagoon pool complete with emerald lawns, picnic spots and a little sand. Pack your bathers and do what the locals do, jump in! If you're feeling a little more adventurous then you might want to take to open water and take advantage of the many watersports on offer. Try parasailing, jet skiing or, if you can't wait for the snorkelling, get into your wetsuit and go diving! Failing that, you'd be forgiven for just lounging by the resort pool or kicking back on the esplanade.

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Whitsunday Islands / Whitehaven Beach / Airlie Beach Rise and shine it's sailing time! After a good night's sleep we'll flip flop down to the marina and board our trusty vessel, the catamaran Camira. Spending a whole day on the water, make sure you've packed enough sunscreen. As we sail around the powdery landscape of the spectacular Whitsunday Islands National Park there'll be plenty of stops for you to crack out that rubber ring and float around hidden bays and beaches, swim in clear blue waters, and snorkel over multicoloured coral reefs. Plus, of course there'll be time to stretch your legs on the postcard pin-up Whitehaven Beach. Lunch will be a barbecue on the beach, true Aussie style. Once you've got your fill of island paradise (can you ever?!), you'll sail back to Airlie Beach. (L)

03

Great Barrier Reef / Airlie Beach Today is the day of the Great Barrier Reef. Jump back on board your Whitsunday explorer and sail through the islands to a pontoon at the outer Great Barrier Reef. This will be your base from which to go diving (at extra cost), snorkelling and swimming. You'll see more fish than you can shake an underwater GoPro at. Whilst here you have the chance to take an optional flight to the famous Heart Reef. Otherwise, plug in your headphones, set up camp on-deck and sunbathe as the view passes you by. A delicious buffet lunch is included before heading back to the mainland. (L)

04

Airlie Beach Back in Airlie, your tour comes to an end. Check out of your chosen accommodation and set sail to your next destination.

Whitehaven Beach, Queensland

Great Barrier Reef

Whitsunday Islands / Whitehaven Beach

Airlie Beach

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QUEENSLAND

WHITEHAVEN BEACH CAMIRA SAILING Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

$132

FR

FULL DAY

highlights

• Swimming around Hill Inlet • Beachy barbecue lunch

• Look out over Whitehaven • Spot turtles and more

Spend a full day on one of the world's fastest commercial catamarans on your way to uninhabited Whitehaven Beach. On a good day, sail at speeds of more than 20 knots before hitting the beach for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing. You won't go hungry, either, with morning and afternoon tea, a delicious buffet lunch as well as unlimited drinks (including beer and wine after 11am) included. Fill 'er up! Departs: Daily Meals: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea Transport: Catamaran, no transfers included Note: Pack towel, sunscreen, protective clothing, camera, extra money and a sweater for cooler weather Tour Code: WDSCAM

GREAT BARRIER REEF ADVENTURES DAY CRUISE

FR

Airlie Beach / Hamilton Island

FULL DAY

• Unbelievable snorkelling • Delicious buffet lunch

highlights

• Plenty of sunning time • Option for scuba diving

Cruise to the Whitsundays' number one outer reef pontoon, situated on the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel among the colourful coral and tropical fish or view them from the semi-submersible boat ride that's also included. Enjoy sunbathing on the top deck, optional scuba diving and get stuck into a delicious buffet lunch. Complimentary morning and afternoon tea are also included to make sure your strength is kept up. Departs: Daily Meals: Lunch Transport: High-speed catamaran Note: Pack a towel, sunscreen, protective clothing, camera, extra money and a sweater Tour Code: WDSCRU

REEF SLEEP UNDER THE STARS 2 DAYS, Airlie Beach

$165

Airlie Beach / Hamilton Island

$279

FR

Airlie Beach Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Great Barrier Reef overnight • Spot fish and turtles • Sleep under the stars

• Snorkel over colourful coral • Top up your tan on deck • Opt for a range of extras

DAY ITINERARY

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Airlie Beach / Great Barrier Reef It's an early start this morning as you depart from Airlie Beach, Daydream or Hamilton Island 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! Cruise around 40 nautical miles offshore to the spectacular reef, arriving at the Reefworld pontoon around 11am to spend the day enjoying all the amazing activities available here. Can't wait to get into the water? Don your mask and jump in to snorkel among the coral and see a myriad of colourful marine life. Not a keen swimmer? You can enjoy the same view from the comfort of the semi-submersible vessel or the underwater viewing chamber. At 3pm, the day visitors head for shore, leaving a small number of guests to enjoy the Reef all to themselves. Choose from a double room or a swag under the stars for a night's sleep out at sea. (L, D) Great Barrier Reef / Airlie Beach Wake up feeling bright and refreshed and tuck into a delicious breakfast. Spend the morning the way you want, whether it be snorkelling, swimming, or just topping up your tan from the reef pontoon. There's also time for optional activities such as a scenic helicopter flight over the world-famous Heart Reef, indulgent massages, diving or guided snorkelling excursions to see reef fish, turtles, black tip and white tip reef sharks and giant Maori wrasse. Mid-afternoon, hit the waters and head back to Airlie Beach (or to Hamilton Island) on your vessel. Your tour comes to an end on arrival, and you're free to carry on with your onward travel plans. (B, L)

inclusions Great Barrier Reef

Airlie Beach

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Choice of Under the Stars Swag or double doom at Reefsleep (1 nt) Transport: Large, luxury vessel transfers to and from the reef Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Includes: Meals as specified, accommodation, optional activities at extra cost (including diving) Tour Code: WSYAWR

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Water Wonderful World Whether you're a cash-strapped sociable sailor or a lazybones looking to lounge around in sunny silence, these trips will have the perfect boat for you.

ADVENTURE SAILING : SOUTHERN CROSS

$140

FR

FULL DAY

TALL SHIP SAILING: DERWENT HUNTER

$145

FR

FULL DAY

WHITSUNDAY BULLET DAY TRIP

$140

FR

FULL DAY

Based on the former Americas Cup yacht, this sailing trip takes you to all of the Whitsundays' best bits. Visit Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout and remarkable reefs for some unforgettable snorkelling. This tour departs daily (except Wednesday), has a maximum group size of 22 guests, is BYOB and includes lunch.

Experience the style, grace and pace of sailing on the Derwent Hunter. Visit the private mooring at pristine Langford Reef where you can snorkel over multicoloured corals and take an eco guided walk ashore on the sand cay. The tour departs daily, has a maximum group size of 39 and comes with a licensed bar.

Cruise over crystal waters at top speeds on the Whitsunday Bullet. Your full day will be spent not only enjoying the amazing speed and agility of the Bullet itself, but you'll also get to visit Whitehaven Beach, go snorkelling, and even try diving (extra cost). The tour departs daily, has a maximum group size of 40 and includes lunch.

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ADVENTURE SAILING: SV WHITEHAVEN QUEENSLAND TAB NAME

MAXI SAILING

$305

FR

VERY POPULAR

2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT

$326

FR

2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT

With big open decks and plenty of shaded areas, this BYO vessel is the ideal safari boat. You can choose to muck in with the sailing crew or just chill out on board. There'll be kayaking and snorkelling options as well as plenty of swim breaks if you want to cool off. WDSSWO

highlights

• Fastest sail boat in the land • Plenty of snorkelling stops

• Perfect if time-strapped • Bring your own booze

If you're short on time hop on the Formula One of yachts. When the wind is up these babies go faster than other motorised vessels meaning you can see much more of the Whitsundays. Plus, they're absolutely huge and can carry two London buses end to end. With all meals included, a BYOB policy and plenty of swim stops, you're sure to have fun. Plus, an evening under the Whitsunday stars is unforgettable. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Open-plan dorms or doubles (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Group size: Max 24 Tour Code: GZC2SF

MAXI SAILING

$363

FR

2 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

highlights

• Speedy and spacious yacht • Swim and snorkel spots

• Island beach breaks • Bring your own alcohol

Spend two nights and two full days aboard these fast and spacious yachts, designed for maximising your fun times on the water. They're among the largest yachts in the world and can fit a group of 29 guests on board. During your time in the Whitsundays you can relax on deck, go swimming and snorkelling, and there's sure to be a few desert island beach stops on which to stretch your sea legs. All meals are included and you can bring your own booze. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Open-plan dorms and doubles (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Group size: Max 29 Tour Code: GZC2SO

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ADVENTURE SAILING: WALTZING MATILDA

$326

FR

2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT

Designed for a stress-free adventure, this spacious boat features a roomy deck area for relaxing and soaking up the scenery, plus loads of head room down below. The tour departs Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and includes all meals. WDSWMO

ADVENTURE SAILING: ATLANTIC CLIPPER

$412

FR

2 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

highlights

• Fun and social adventure • Diving opportunities

• Swimming and snorkelling • Features on deck hot tub

Attracting the young, fun and social, Atlantic Clipper offers loud and lively tours of the Whitsunday Islands. The expert crew will be on hand to help you with snorkelling, diving and having good times. Facilities include a 12-person hot tub, two water slides, one dive platform, 19 air conditioned cabins and a spacious living area on board the Whitsundays' largest charter vessel. All meals are included and you can bring your own booze. Departs: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays Accommodation: Private and shared cabins (1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Group size: Max 54 Tour Code: WSYACO

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CATAMARAN: ADVENTURER

$409

FR

2 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

Wings sailing and snorkelling catamarans offer comfort, sailing and speed. The fun and knowledgeable crew will make you feel right at home as you sail across a sea of blue to Whitehaven Beach where you can hike up to the spectacular Hill Inlet. The crew will also guide you at multiple snorkelling sites throughout your tour. All meals are included and it's BYOB.

Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays Accommodation: Open-plan dorms or private cabins (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Group size: Max 12 Tour Code: WDSTAR

CATAMARAN: POWERPLAY

$409

FR

2 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

Social boat with a big focus on scuba (extra cost), spotting marine life at night and chilling in the on-deck hot tub. The tour departs Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, includes all meals and is BYO. Stay in private or shared cabins.

TALL SHIP SAILING: SOLWAY LASS

Departs: Daily, except Wednesdays Accommodation: Shared cabins (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Group size: Max 31 Tour Code: WDSOSO

ADVENTURE SAILING: PRIMA

$379

FR

2 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

Prima takes out a maximum of 12 guests for a small group sailing experience. Ideal for couples and chilled travellers looking for something a little less party-centric. Departing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, this BYO tour includes all meals.

WDSPWP

$396

FR

2 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

CATAMARAN: TONGARRA

$387

FR

2 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

All aboard the BYO party boat. This budget social trip has an amazing reputation for being fun, full of adventure and excitement! There is a huge foredeck for lounging, sunbaking and sleeping under the stars. Departs Mondays, Thursday and Saturdays.

WDSEWO

$388

FR

3 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

Get hands on in the Whitsundays on the largest tall ship in the village. Complete with ten sails, a Tarzan-style rope swing and bow nets for lounging around, this historic sail boat is primed for travelling the islands in style. Plus, there's a fully-licensed bar for all your grog-craving needs. Spend most of your time snorkelling, swimming or sunbathing on deck. All meals are included and the tour departs twice a week. Departs: Saturdays and Tuesdays Accommodation: Private or shared cabins, some en suite (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, 1 supper Group size: Max 30 Tour Code: WDSSSS

DELUXE SAILING: WHITSUNDAY BLUE

WSYTON

$709

FR

3 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

Sailing in a small group of eight means you can enjoy the Whitsunday Islands the way they were meant to be enjoyed, quietly and respectfully. Expect a very personal atmosphere with the best service from your expert crew. See-through kayaks and Standup Paddle Boards are on board for your use, plus there'll be plenty of breaks for swimming and snorkelling. All meals are included and you can bring your own drinks with you. Departs: Saturdays Accommodation: Private cabins, some en suite (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Group size: Max 8 Tour Code: GZCEXH

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Popular with young at heart adventurers who prefer a smaller group experience. The boat itself features a heated spa bath on the top deck, stand-up paddle boards, and a clear-bottomed kayak for two people - perfect for spotting all those underwater critters. Spend your days relaxing on deck, swimming secret coves and snorkelling in fishy waters. All meals are included and it's BYOB.

CATAMARAN: WINGS SAILING


Magnetic Island

Base Magnetic Island

$27/$46

FR

DORM OR TWIN/DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

LOCATION

Shoestring

Beachside hostel, reachable by ferry from Townsville and within walking distance to cafés and shops. VIBE Beachy, social hostel by the sea. Simple rooms, simple style but prime location!

Island Life Beach Festivals Home to the Full Moon Down Under, Magnetic Island is no stranger to all-night beach raves. By day, relax in pure paradise and by night, expect unlimited dancefloor fillers from the world's biggest electro artists. The price includes accommodation, return ferry from Townsville and event ticket.

ISLAND LIFE BEACH FESTIVAL

3 DAYS 

ISLAND LIFE NEW YEARS EVE PARTY 4 DAYS 

• Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Outdoor pool • ATM • Laundry facilities • Free on-site parking • Car hire • Bike rental MGYBMI

Base Magnetic Island Escape

3 DAYS

HIGHLIGHTS

MGYLIF

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$247 26-28 October FR

MGYHEP FR $330 30 Dec-02 Jan

Two nights at Base Magnetic Island Stay in 8-bed beachside dorms Pool parties and evening entertainment Return ferry transfers included Breakfast and dinner included

INCLUSIONS Departs: Daily Accommodation: Base Magnetic Island (2 nts) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Includes: Accommodation, meals and activities as listed, one complimentary drink, free snorkel hire FGPSTT

MGYNYE

25 MINUTES FERRY FROM TOWNSVILLE 88

$93

FR

Party until the sun comes up and chill until the sun goes down, life on Magnetic Island is beautifully backwards. Stay in dreamy dorms, dine on bumper breakfasts and dance to poolside beats. Package available year-round.

FR $247 27-29 July

3 DAYS 

ISLAND LIFE HALLOWEEN PARTY

HIGHLIGHTS

70% OF THE ISLAND IS NATIONAL PARK

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CAIRNS wet & even wilder

QUEENSLAND

Australia's wild child, Cairns' hot and steamy reputation precedes it well before boardie-clad backpackers spill off buses and fall into the lush lagoon or out of the packed pubs. If it's something in the water that made Cairns so infectiously crazy, then it lies just offshore and is called the Great Barrier Reef. Nature's biggest masterpiece aside, get your highs rafting, wakeboarding and bungy jumping before getting even giddier in the bars.

Glampacker

GILLIGAN'S RESORT

1

Shoestring

$24 $52

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

2

NOMADS CAIRNS

ROOM ONLY

$24 $27

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Situated in the heart of Cairns, next door to the famous Rusty's Market and just a short walk from the marina.

Location: Resort-style accommodation just minutes away from Cairns Esplanade and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Vibe: The ultimate poshtel experience. A fab blend of flashpacker dorms and modern hotel rooms.

Vibe: Easy-going and budget-friendly hostel. A convenient base for all of Cairns' outdoor escapades.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Restaurant • Poolside bar • Nightclub • DJs • Bike rental • ATM • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Communal kitchen • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Restaurant • Bar • Garden • Library • ATM • 24-hour reception

CNSGIL

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Shoestring

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STAY 4 PAY 3: 01JAN18-31DEC18

Shoestring

$21 $26

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

4

NJOY CAIRNS

ROOM ONLY

$20 $25

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Just 2.5km from the departure point for Great Barrier Reef trips, and 300m from the nightlife of Cairns Esplanade.

Location: Right next door to Rusty's Market, and just 800m from the bars and restaurants of Cairns Esplanade.

Vibe: Basic rooms with no frills, but everything you need for a comfortable stay.

Vibe: A backpacker favourite for basic, no-nonsense accommodation and social opportunities.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Air con • Communal kitchen • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Garden • Bar • Barbecue facilities • Safe at reception • Luggage storage

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Safe • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Garden • Barbecue facilities • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception • Laundry facilities

STAY 4 PAY 3: 01JAN18-31DEC18; FREE ARRIVAL AIRPORT TRANSFER

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FREE ARRIVAL AIRPORT TRANSFER

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Rock Solid

5

Rock Solid

QUEENS COURT

$78 $39

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

6

BAY VILLAGE TROPICAL RETREAT

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$124 $62

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: A 13-minute walk from the lagoon and a short drive from the airport.

Vibe: Independent hotel offering a personal service and bright, airy and spacious rooms.

Vibe: A boutique-style Cairns retreat with plenty of rejuvenating qualities. Set amid tropical gardens.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Garden • Barbecue facilities • Luggage storage • Laundry facilities • On-site parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Balinese restaurant • Bar • Barbecue facilities • Luggage storage • Laundry facilities • Free on-site parking STAY 5 PAY 4: 01APR18-30JUN18; STAY 3 NIGHTS AND RECEIVE CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST DAILY: 01APR18-30JUN18

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Rock Solid

7

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Rock Solid

NOVOTEL CAIRNS OASIS

$127 $64

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

8

PACIFIC HOTEL CAIRNS

ROOM ONLY

$181 $91

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: A short walk from the beach, the Esplanade and the barlined city centre.

Location: Overlooking Trinity Harbour, in easy reach of the main shopping precinct.

Vibe: Laid-back hotel with a tropical pool and shady gardens, a short strolling distance from the marina.

Vibe: Clean, bright, functional and a little fancy in the right places, this hotel has won awards for its hospitality.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Restaurant • Bar • Barbecue facilities • Gym • On-site parking (at extra cost) • Luggage storage • Laundry facilities

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Balcony • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Bar • Brazilian restaurant • ATM • Luggage storage • Laundry facilities • Waterfront location

STAY 3 OR MORE NIGHTS AND RECEIVE FREE BREAKFAST DAILY: 01APR18-29JUN18, 01NOV1831DEC18

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CAIRNS BUDGET BUSTER 4 DAYS, Cairns

$540

FR

Cairns Independent Tour • Raft the mighty Tully River • Visit the tranquil Highlands • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Multi-share dorm in a central Cairns hostel (3 nts) Meals: 4 lunches Includes: White water rafting tour, Rainforest Habitat Wildlife sanctuary entry, Atherton Tablelands tour, Great Barrier Reef snorkelling Note: Levy tax of AUD $50 per person not included Tour Code: CNSCBO

highlights

• Spot crocs and kangaroos • Explore a lush rainforest • Visit Cape Tribulation

Squeeze as much adventure as you can out of Cairns without breaking the bank! Start your budget-busting escapades right off the bat on Day 1, white water rafting down the Tully River. Navigate down grade three and four rapids for five hours, pausing for a barbecue lunch. The next day, spend the morning in the Atherton Tablelands. The waterfall circuit takes you to lakes, waterfalls and rainforests, giving you a great idea of the landscape's variety. Strap on your snorkel on Day 3, as you're off to the Great Barrier Reef! Explore two outer reef locations and opt to join in with a scuba dive at extra cost. Finish up on Day 4 at Cape Tribulation with a cruise down the Daintree River and a visit to the Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary to spot endangered species, like the Lumholtz tree kangaroo and the southern cassowary.

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Location: Only 500 metres from the city centre and a 20-minute walk to the Esplanade.


CAIRNS ADVENTURE PACKAGE 6 DAYS, Cairns

$740

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Independent Tour

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Multi-share dorm in Cairns hostel (5 nts) Meals: 3 lunches Includes: White water rafting tour, sea kayaking tour including transfers to Fitzroy Island, hot-air balloon, Skyrail rainforest cableway, outer barrier reef cruise, most transfers Note: Levy tax of AUD $85 per person not included Tour Code: CNSRTO

SKYDIVE AUSTRALIA: CAIRNS SKYDIVING

highlights

• Tully River white water rafting • Hot-air balloon over the Highlands • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

If any tour is worthy of a good splurge, it's this adventure package, offering a varied and adrenalin-filled look at this well-known Aussie hub. Find your feet in the city before taking to the rapids of the Tully River the following morning on a full-day white water rafting trip. The next day, take a catamaran to Fitzroy Island for a morning of sea kayaking to soak up the sun, snorkel and swim in the beautiful waters. Next up on Day 4, it's a real highlight as you take a 30-minute hot-air balloon at dawn over the tropical rainforest of the Cairns Highlands. Transfer to Kuranda and spend time in the markets before taking the scenic Skyrail back to the city. The last day is dedicated to Cairns' pride and joy, the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel the vibrant reefs and Michaelmas Cay before the tour comes to an end on Day 6.

$247

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If there's a more adrenalin-powered way to see the Great Barrier Reef, we haven't found it yet! This 4,200m (14,000ft) skydive over Cairns takes in views of the city, the reef (at low tide), the rainforest, the valleys and the mountains that divide the tablelands, and lands in a beautiful field 20 minutes south of the city. The duration of this activity varies depending on your starting point, from half-day (around three hours) to full-day. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Includes: Tandem skydive, return transfers from all local accommodation, jump certificate, all equipment and training Tour Code: AUSKTS

AJ HACKETT BUNGY JUMP

$140

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Who better to look after you on a 50m bungy jump than AJ Hackett, renowned innovators in modern-day bungy jumping! This is the only bungy tower in the whole of Australia, and there are 16 different jump styles to choose from. As you jump, admire a World Heritage rainforest, a waterfall-fed pond and the Great Barrier Reef. This thrilling experience includes transfers to and from Cairns, one jump, your bungy certificate and official jump t-shirt. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Includes: One jump (50m), bungy certificate, official t-shirt and return transfers from/to Cairns Tour Code: CNSBUN

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• Sea kayaking on Fitzroy Island • Visit the markets of Kuranda • Ride the Kuranda Skyrail

RAGING THUNDER: XTREME RAFTING

$182

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FULL DAY

Power down the grade three and four rapids of the Tully River as you make your way through a World Heritage rainforest! In a small group, navigate your way downriver on a raft and take full advantage of any chance to body surf, rock jump and swim the rapids. As the first group to travel the river in the morning, wildlife spotting opportunities are fantastic. Pause midday for a riverside barbecue lunch, then get back on the water in the afternoon! Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch Includes: Up to 5 hours' rafting on the Tully River, barbecue lunch, return accommodation transfers Note: Levy tax of AUD $30 per person not included Tour Code: CNSXTR

RAGING THUNDER: CANYONING

$140

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FULL DAY

Crystal Canyon is located in a secluded section of the Crystal Cascades, just 25 minutes from Cairns. Make your way downriver by way of eight abseils, three rock jumps, two rock slides and an awesome zipline with a water landing. It really is by any means necessary! Follow the lead of experienced guides as you push yourself outside your comfort zone conquering heights, boulders and Mother Nature, and passing by the local wildlife. Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch Includes: Canyoning excursion, all equipment and training, return transfers from/to Cairns accommodation Tour Code: CNSCYA

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Small Group Adventure

UNCLE BRIAN'S FUN, FALLS & FOREST

$96

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FULL DAY

Departs: Mon-Sat Meals: 1 lunch Includes: Bus transfer from Cairns, morning and afternoon tea, drinks, umbrellas, sun cream and insect repellent Tour Code: CNSUNC

KURANDA , RAINFORESTATION AND SKYRAIL

$120

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FULL DAY

$161

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2 DAYS

The platypus is one of nature's biggest oddities. The first scientist to study one thought he was being trolled! Is it a duck? Is it an otter? See for yourself on this overnight tour of the Atherton Tablelands, which also includes guided bushwalks in an ancient rainforest, waterfall and crater lake swimming, brilliant scenery and even a homecooked dinner! Day 2 is action-packed with a a guided mountain biking ride and wildlife canoeing on Lake Tinaroo. Departs: Sun-Fri Accommodation: Dorm at On the Wallaby Eco Lodge (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Includes: Cairns pick-up, all transport, guided mountain biking and wildlife canoeing Tour Code: CNSWNO

FITZROY ISLAND DAY TRIP

$61

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Kuranda is one of Cairns' most popular destinations, and it sure packs a punch. Drive to the Rainforestation Nature Park and enjoy a guided tour of the Koala and Wildlife Park, join a Pamagirri Dreamtime Walk (boomerang throwing included) and take an Army Duck Rainforest tour. Transfer to Kuranda Village to wander its markets, then return to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, skimming over 7.5km of tropical rainforest on your way.

This tour offers a tranquil way to see the Great Barrier Reef on a morning guided sea kayaking tour. Visit remote beaches and exclusive snorkelling locations only accessible by kayak to see turtles, reef fish and, if you're lucky, dolphins! Following a picnic lunch, spend the afternoon at leisure with either more snorkelling or head to dry land to explore Fitzroy Island. Think rainforests, beaches and great walking trails.

Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Skyrail, train, transfers from hotel to Skyrail included Tour Code: CNSKRS

Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Kayak, return transfers to Fitzroy Island Note: Levy tax of AUD $10 per person not included Tour Code: CNSFZI

GREEN ISLAND DISCOVERY TOUR

$74

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Enjoy this eco-adventure exploring Green Island, an idyllic coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef. Talk about your prime real-estate! See the coral reef and all its thriving marine life from a glass-bottomed boat, explore it for yourself on a snorkelling excursion, relax on the beach or take a stroll through the National Park. You can also opt to scuba dive, and even go underwater walking! Transfer there and back on a modern, air con catamaran. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Includes: Return transfer on air con catamaran, tea and coffee, use of day facilities and pool, use of snorkelling equipment, glass-bottom boat coral viewing tour Tour Code: VICNSG

MARINE WORLD GREAT BARRIER REEF PONTOON

$173

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Just 90 minutes from the Marlin Jetty in Cairns lies Marine World, a pontoon built to best enjoy activities on the Great Barrier Reef. During your five hours here you can choose to go snorkelling, take a semi-submersible or glass-bottomed boat tour, visit the underwater observatory, go fish feeding with a marine biologist, or just hang out on the sundeck. You may also want to make the most of scuba diving and guided snorkel tours (at extra cost). Departs: Daily Meals: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea Transport: Return catamaran transfers from/to Marine World included Includes: All snorkelling equipment, wet suit hire Tour Code: CNSREM

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Leave Cairns and head back to nature, treating yourself to a day of rare, native wildlife and fantastic 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 to the city feeling refreshed and relaxed. An overnight tour is also available. Please ask for details.

ATHERTON TABLELANDS ADVENTURE PACKAGE


PASSIONS OF PARADISE FULL DAY, Cairns

$123

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Cairns

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• Guided beginner & certified dives • Snorkel at two reef locations • See the Great Barrier Reef

QUEENSLAND

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Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch Includes: Unlimited snorkelling with equipment, guided snorkelling tours, tea, coffee, free wetsuit hire, certified eco guides on board Bonus Offer: Pre-purchase this package to receive AUD $20 bar tab and free wetsuit hire Tour Code: CNSPAS

• Swim with certified eco guides • Travel by luxury catamaran • Learn about the marine life

Experience life beneath the waves as you plunge into the ocean that encompasses the Great Barrier Reef. Travel on a brand new luxury high-speed catamaran to two Outer Reef destinations chosen from a selection of 26 exclusive locations and explore the reef the way you want to. Join the included snorkelling tour or try your hand at scuba diving. Get up close to a giant Maori wrasse, follow a turtle over colourful coral gardens or swim with a reef shark. An introductory scuba dive lesson is available for beginners or, for if you're more experienced, a certified guided dive is also available. Tuck in to a buffet lunch aboard the boat, relax with a cold drink on the sail home and enjoy a marine life presentation by the certified on-board eco guides.

REEFQUEST SNORKEL & DIVE FULL DAY, Cairns

$149

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• Visit two snorkel/dive sites • See a range of marine creatures • Choose from snorkelling or diving

• Top up your tan on the sundeck • Enjoy a buffet lunch onboard • Make use of the bar (extra cost)

This nifty day tour visits two sites on the Great Barrier Reef, each chosen depending on weather conditions and their unique variety of marine life and coral to make sure you get the best possible experience for either snorkelling or diving. Expect to see colourful parrot fish, turtles, clown fish, barracudas, humphead wrasse, the occasional stingray and a whole host of other incredible marine species. Not to mention the vast array of kaleidoscopic coral species! Choose from a variety of options, whether it be two dives, three dives or just snorkelling. In between water activities, relax on the luxury catamaran's spacious sundecks, make use of the full bar facilities and hot showers, not forgetting to tuck into a tasty, tropical buffet lunch and both morning and afternoon tea. Return back to Cairns around 4.30pm.

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Departs: Daily Meals: Morning & afternoon tea, hot & cold buffet lunch Includes: Unlimited snorkelling, guided snorkel tour, snorkel/ dive briefs, use of snorkelling equipment Note: STA Travel customers receive 1 free intro dive or 2 free certified dives. Reef tax of 20 AUD per person per day payable locally Tour Code: CNSDAY

SUNLOVER BY STARLIGHT 2 DAYS, Cairns

$352

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Cairns Small Group Adventure

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• Sleep on a pontoon by Moore Reef • Wake up to an ocean sunrise • Sunset platter and barbecue

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Departs: Three departures per week, subject to numbers and weather conditions Accommodation: Deluxe swag (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: Return air con catamaran transfers Includes: 2 days on Sunlover Reef pontoon, guided snorkel and glass bottom boat tour, Southern night sky talk Note: Max 18 overnighting on the pontoon Tour Code: CNSSBS

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• Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef • Guided glass-bottomed boat tour • Travel by luxury catamaran

Floating on a multi-level pontoon, you'll be glamping on the outer Great Barrier Reef. Wrap yourself in a deluxe swag under starry night skies and try spotting sparkling constellations like the Southern Cross. Travelling from Cairns in an air conditioned catamaran, this trip is all about maximising your time spent at the Great Barrier Reef. Spend Day 1 snorkelling and taking semisubmersible and glass-bottomed boat tours to otherwise inaccessible areas of Moore Reef. There'll also be diving options, fish feeding and a night time marine life presentation in an underwater observatory. That evening, enjoy a sunset platter of gourmet cheese and a three-course barbecue. Wake up to an ocean sunrise on Day 2 and enjoy a cooked buffet breakfast. Make use of the pontoon's numerous facilities before returning back to Cairns in the afternoon.

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PADI OPEN WATER COURSE 5 DAYS, Cairns

$702

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• Get PADI Open Water Certified • Stay two nights on the Barrier Reef • Learn in a safe, enclosed pool

Departs: Daily, except Wednesdays Accommodation: Shared cabin (2 nts), Cairns hostel (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Includes: All dive equipment, wetsuit and snorkelling gear, German course every Monday, Cairns accommodation transfers Note: Reef tax of 20 AUD per person per day payable locally Tour Code: CNSODD

This popular learn to dive option is a great way to discover the surrounding beauty of Cairns. You'll spend two days learning the SCUBA basics in a controlled pool environment before completing your PADI Open Water on a liveaboard experience over the Great Barrier Reef. Once certified, you'll get six additional fun dives, including a guided night dive, or a 'Sharks in the Dark' experience! The OceanQuest boat will treat you to breakfasts, buffet lunches and starlit dinners to make sure you maintain a certain buoyancy. Plus, there's a fully licensed bar on board so ease into those social evenings on deck. Please note that some medical conditions may prevent you diving, and you'll need to complete a waiver and medical statement prior to diving.

PADI ADVANCED OPEN WATER COURSE 3 DAYS, Cairns

$710

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Cairns

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• 11 dives on the Great Barrier Reef • Two awesome night dives • All equipment and dive insurance

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Departs: Daily, Accommodation: Twin cabin at sea (2 nts) Includes: 11 dives (weather permitting), all meals onboard the boat, all dive equipment, wetsuit and snorkelling gear Note: Reef tax of 20 AUD per person per day payable locally Tour Code: CNSADD

• All transfers included • Learn from expert diving guides • Enjoy downtime on the deck

All certified up? Let's take it to the next level and get your Advanced Open Water certificate. This trip consists of five training dives, six fun dives and two nights living aboard on the Great Barrier Reef. All passengers must present their Dive Card at the beginning of the trip in order to participate in the certified dives and there'll be plenty of time to discover the reef's fantastic variety of fish and coral. You'll learn the art of a successful night dive as well as how to navigate on dives below 18-metres. Breakfasts, buffet lunches and dinners will be served on board. Please note that some medical conditions may prevent you diving, and you'll need to complete a waiver and medical statement prior to diving.

SNORKEL AND DIVE LIVE ABOARD 2 or 3 DAYS, Cairns

$353

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• World renowned diving • 1 or 2 nights on a liveaboard vessel • Up to 12 dives plus a night dive

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: En suite cabin Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: Return air con boat transfers included Includes: Dives as specified in itinerary Note: Reef tax of 20 AUD per person per day payable locally Tour Code: CNSDDL

• Expert guidance throughout • Get to dive the Great Barrier Reef • Nitrox tanks available

Feel at home on the Great Barrier Reef as you stay for your choice of one or two nights on Cairns' premier dive and snorkel vessel. All comfortable en suite cabins feature air con, perfect for getting a good night's rest before exploring this underwater playground. On arrival you'll run through safety checks and then sail to your first reef stop. You can choose to snorkel, take an introduction to diving, or, if you're certified, go scuba diving! That afternoon you'll make for your liveaboard vessel where there's a bar, plenty of deck space to chill out in, and of course, boundless reef to explore. Certified divers might even want to do a night dive. If you choose the 3-day option, you'll then have a whole full day to discover more of the surrounding reef. If it's the 2-day option, you can do an early morning dive and head back to Cairns after lunch.

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• Enjoy six guided fun dives • Opportunity for a night dive • Buffet lunches and starlit dinners


PORT DOUGLAS & CAPE TRIBULATION reef meets rainforest

QUEENSLAND

Sophisticated yet low-key and relaxed, quaint Port Douglas is a perfect place for recharging before the rainforest calls. Grab some towel space on Four Mile Beach, sip a cocktail in a swanky bar and wander the boutique shops for one-off buys. A great springboard for trips to stunning Daintree, Cape Tribulation or the Great Barrier Reef, you'll feel refreshed, raring to go and ready to embrace Mother Nature's work with open arms!

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$145 $73

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BAY VILLAS

$128 $64

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Location: Between the Coral Sea, local rainforest and Port Douglas village.

Location: Set in tropical gardens, a six-minute walk away from the beach.

Location: A five-minute walk from the famous Four Mile Beach.

Vibe: An award-winning home for travellers with hammocks and a lagoon pool.

Vibe: Clean. comfy and convenient selfcontained villas with balconies or patios.

Vibe: 60 spacious studios and apartments with their own private terrace.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Personal lockers • Outdoor pool • Shared kitchen • Garden

Highlights: Private villas • Air con • Outdoor pool • Garden • Bar • Restaurant • Barbecue facilities • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Studios or apartments • Air con • Outdoor pool • Garden • Barbecue facilities • Tennis court • Car hire

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SCENIC GREAT BARRIER REEF HELICOPTER FLIGHT

APTIRR

$322

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Discover the beauty of the lovely Low Isles on a 90-minute helicopter flight over the reef. Get a real grasp of the scale of this natural wonder from the air as you take in the entire North Queensland coastline laid out below you. Soaring over the greatest single natural asset on the planet, your expert pilot will be on hand to help you spot any wildlife. Pick-up and drop-off from your Port Douglas accommodation is included. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Return accommodation transfers Tour Code: VIPTIH

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APTIBV

$181

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AQUAQUEST

FULL DAY

Spend a full day on a brand new dive and snorkel vessel. You'll be whisked off to the Outer Great Barrier Reef in the World Heritage Marine Park where there's a choice of nine different dive locations. All snorkelling equipment is provided and you can choose to do guided dives if certified. You'll spend four hours on the outer reef, and will enjoy a tasty buffet lunch while you're at it! STA Travel customers receive one free intro or certified dive on board. Departs: Daily Meals: Buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea Transport: Return boat transfers and transfers from Port Douglas or Cairns included Includes: Snorkel and dive equipment, briefings, free westuit hire Tour Code: PTIAQU

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DAINTREE DREAMING

$194

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FULL DAY

Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays Meals: Lunch included Transport: Return transfers from/to Cairns in air con private vehicle Includes: Rainforest walk, smoking ceremony, Mossman Gorge swim Tour Code: CNSDAI

GO WILD CAPE TRIBULATION DAY TOUR

$120

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Explore fabulous underwater worlds on this snorkelling tour of the Mackay and Undine reefs, just off the coast from Daintree. With all equipment provided and two hours in the water, chances are you'll get to swim with turtles and eagle rays! Courtesy pick ups from Cape Tribulation accommodation, marine park fees, eco appreciation presentations, personalised snorkel instruction and all equipment hire is included within the package price. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Complimentary pick-up from Cape Tribulation accommodation is included Includes: All equipment hire, personalised snorkel instruction and marine park fees Tour Code: CIOOSA

$124

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FULL DAY

See the best bits of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree. First up is the Wildlife Habitat sanctuary to see the endangered cassowary and Lumholtz tree kangaroo. Next up, cross the Daintree River on cable-driven ferry and make your way through the national park to Cape Tribulation. After a guided stroll down the Rainforest Boardwalk, make your way back to Cairns by way of the Alexandra Lookout and a Daintree River Cruise in search of crocs and birds. Departs: Daily Meals: 1 tropical lunch Transport: Mini coach, boat Includes: Entry to Wildlife Habitat, Daintree River Cruise, Rainforest walk, return transfers from Cairns/Port Douglas Tour Code: PTIGOW/CNSGOW

CAPE TRIBULATION GO WILD OVERNIGHT

$161

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2 DAYS

On Day 1, you'll head to Port Douglas to the Wildlife Habitat Sanctuary. Next up, cross the Daintree River and travel through Daintree National Park to your beachfront accommodation. After a tropical lunch, enjoy a free afternoon to explore Cape Tribulation. Next day, you can enjoy free time or opt in to activities such as horse-riding or jungle surfing. The return journey includes a guided rainforest walk, the Alexandra Lookout and a Daintree River Cruise. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Beach House (1 nt) Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Mini-coach, boat Includes: Return transfers from Cairns/Port Douglas, Wildlife Habitat entry, rainforest walk, Daintree River Cruise Tour Code: PTITJS/CNSTJS

RAINFOREST AND REEF PACKAGES 3 DAYS, Cairns/Port Douglas

$372

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• See rare Lumholtz tree kangaroos • Stay in beachfront accommodation • Free time in Cape Tribulation

Sailaway Boat

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Cape Tribulation Beach House (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch Includes: Return transfers from Cairns/ Port Douglas accommodation, all tours as mentioned, wetsuit hire Tour Code: CNSRMR/PTIRMR/CNSSTR/PTISTR

• Ziplining over the jungle canopy • Enjoy a Daintree River Cruise • All transfers included

The Daintree is a beautiful part of Australia, where the rainforest runs right down to the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Get the best of both worlds on one of these three-day packages. Day 1 starts with a coastal drive to the Wildlife Habitat Sanctuary, a Daintree River ferry crossing and a tropical lunch. Later on, choose to indulge in an optional activity, such as horse riding or a Jungle Adventures Nightwalk. Day 2 starts with a hot breakfast then your choice of either a half day Ocean Safari Reef Experience or a full-day adventure aboard Sailaway (package dependent). On Day 3, enjoy jungle surfing, a guided zipline excursion over the canopy of the world's oldest rainforest! Next up, enjoy a breathtaking view at Alexandra Lookout, then spot wildlife on the Daintree River Cruise before heading home on one of Oz’s most scenic drives.

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This fun, exclusive tour allows you to join in a real Aboriginal cultural experience while soaking up the pristine natural beauty of Daintree National Park On a two-hour coastal and mangrove walk, learn to identify and catch land and sea bush tucker, then venture out on a guided rainforest tour. Enjoy a Welcome to Country smoking ceremony, have a refreshing dip in the gorge and eat your fresh catch of the day! Head back to Cairns for around 6.30pm.

OCEAN SAFARI CAPE TRIB


Northern Territory & the Outback Darwin

Kakadu N.P.

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NORTHERN TERRITORY Alice Springs

Uluru

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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STARGAZING

THE ROCK

JURASSIC PARK

SPARKLY THINGS

COWBOYS AND COWGIRLS

Due to the lack of light pollution, the Outback is one of the best places in the world to kick back and stare at the stars.

Sometimes brown, sometimes red depending on how much sun it's had, Uluru is almost as tall as the Empire State Building.

The Outback has the only known fossilised dinosaur stampede in the world. Thousands of footprints preserved in time!

Coober Pedy, translated as 'white man's hole', is the opal capital of the world. The first opal was found here in 1915.

Anna Creek Station is the largest cattle station in the world. It's almost the same size as Belgium! Holy cow, that's pretty big!

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MELBOURNE TO THE RED CENTRE 13 DAYS, Melbourne

$2,149

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOAMR

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Melbourne / Great Ocean Road / Port Campbell Meet your group in Melbourne, then set off on the Great Ocean Road on Day 2, one of Australia's best coastal routes. Check in at the surfing hotspots of Torquay and Bells Beach and hike along a rainforest trail in Great Otway National Park. Next up are the dramatic rock formations of the 12 Apostles followed by Loch Ard Gorge, where a tragic shipwreck killed 54 out of its 56 passengers in 1878. (B)

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Grampians National Park / Adelaide Travel inland to Grampians National Park, a beautiful mountain region known for its lakes, waterfalls, sandstone mountain range and indigenous rock art. Trek through the verdant forest to the Jaws of Death Balconies and visit McKenzie Falls. The following day, there's time to enjoy some more hikes in the national park before travelling to your next stop, multicultural Adelaide. (2B)

05-06

Adelaide / Clare Valley / Quorn Spend a day at leisure in Adelaide, the so-called 'City of Churches'. If you're here during dolphin season (Sept-Jun), head out on the water on an optional dolphin cruise. Otherwise, explore what Adelaide does best - wineries! On Day 6, head out to the Clare Valley, one of Australia's leading wine regions, and keep cool with a refreshing wine tasting. Tonight, bed down in the historic town of Quorn for a unique slice of Australian life. (B)

07-09

Beltana / William Creek / Coober Pedy Learn about indigenous art and settler history at Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre sacred to the Aboriginal Adnyamathanha people, and explore the amazing scenery of the Flinders Ranges. On Day 8, travel along the Old Ghan Railway route and check out the ruins of early settler sites. Opt for a scenic flight over the salt lake of Lake Eyre before making for Coober Pedy, the world's opal mining capital, on Day 9. After a guided tour of the mine, escape the night's heat at an underground hostel. (3B, 2L, 2D)

10-13

Kings Canyon / Uluru / Kata Tjuta / Alice Springs Continue on through the Outback to bed down in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the star-studded sky, ready for a morning walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon on Day 11. Next up, the evericonic Uluru, where a flame-red sunset and a glass of bubbly awaits. On Day 12, set off on the Mala Walk around the base of the rock and learn about Uluru's importance to local Aborigines. You'll discover more of the Red Centre on Day 13, when you head to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) to hike the stunning Valley of the Winds. Your tour comes to an end early this evening on arrival at Alice Springs. (4B, 2L, 2D)

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• Overnight in an underground hostel • Sample vintage wine in Clare Valley • Drive along the Great Ocean Road

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• Check out the surfing hotspot of Torquay • See native koalas and kangaroos • Visit Great Otway National Park

Accommodation: Hostels (7 nts), swag camping (4 nts), underground hostel (1 nt) Transport: Private vehicle Meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $245-320 for meals not included

You might like Go in Reverse Red Centre to Melbourne (10 days, Alice Springs - Melbourne) (GAOARM) see page 104 Fr $1,549 Why not add? Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Flight (PROOAHU)  Fr $222

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Kings Canyon

Alice Springs

Uluru

William Creek

Coober Pedy

Outback

Quorn Adelaide Grampians N.P.

Melbourne

Port Campbell

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NORTHERN TERRITORY & THE OUTBACK

When you think of Australia, a few things spring to mind; exciting cities, surfer hangouts, fine wine, sleepy koalas and miles of red desert. Well guess what? See it all on this tour, from the 12 Apostles to Clare Valley and the Outback. And let's not forget that pretty special rock!


AUSTRALIA SOUTH TO NORTH 19 DAYS, Melbourne

$2,799

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Darwin Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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NORTHERN TERRITORY & THE OUTBACK

From Melbourne, crawl up the spine of Australia, cut through the Outback and follow your curiosity down desert tracks and through sprawling national parks and croc-laden waters to Darwin. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOAMD

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DAY ITINERARY 01-05

Melbourne / Great Ocean Road / Port Campbell / Grampians National Park / Adelaide Arrive on Day 1, and start driving along the Great Ocean Road the following morning. Check out the views of the iconic 12 Apostles and take a hike through the Great Otway National Park rainforest. On Day 3, travel inland to Grampians National Park, a beautiful region known for its sandstone mountain range and indigenous rock art. Trek through the forest and visit the Tower Hill state Reserve for a chance to see koalas, emus and kangaroos. Uncover Grampians' lakes and waterfalls on Day 4 before travelling on to Adelaide, and enjoy a full day at leisure. (3B)

06-09

Clare Valley / Quorn / Beltana / William Creek / Coober Pedy Make your way to one of the country's leading wine-producing regions with a visit to a Clare Valley vineyard, then continue on to Quorn. On Day 7, it's on to Wilpena Pound for a guided walk to a natural amphitheatre, sacred to the Aboriginal Adnyamathana people and where you'll learn about indigenous art and early settler history. This evening, spend a memorable night sleeping in a swag (canvas bedroll), and get up early on Day 8 to follow the Old Ghan Railway route, strewn with ruins of early settler activity. Next up, a mine tour in Coober Pedy followed by a night in an underground hostel! (4B, 2L, 2D)

10-14

Wilpena Pound / William Creek Day 10 will be a long driving day, the perfect opportunity to really feel how big the Outback is. An alien territory for most people, this is a day of new landscapes and epic views. Bed down under the Outback sky ready for a morning walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon. Continue to Uluru where you can enjoy the fusion of red as you watch the sunset with a glass of bubbly in hand. Day 13 we transfer to Alice Springs where on Day 14, you have a free day to explore its excellent museums, indigenous galleries and wildlife parks. (4B, 2L, 2D)

15-19

Outback / Katherine Gorge / Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park / Darwin Take in the vastness of the Northern Territory as you venture deeper into the Outback via Devil's Marbles and the small town of Daly Waters. Grab a refreshing beer and continue north the next day. Stop at the idyllic Mataranka Hot Springs before setting up camp in Katherine for the night. Opt to walk the stunning Katherine Gorge or get adventurous with a flat-bottomed boat ride or helicopter flight over the gorge. Day 17, explore the waterfalls, swimming holes and trails of UNESCO-listed Kakadu National Park. Check out a few sacred rock art galleries of Aboriginal craft centres before making for Litchfield National Park. Here you can wander round the region's bizarre rock formations and try croc-spotting on a nature cruise. The tour ends upon arrival in Darwin on the evening of Day 19. (4B, 4L, 2D)

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• Great Otway National Park rainforest hike • Spot crocs on a nature cruise • Wine tasting in the Clare Valley

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Accommodation: Hostels (10 nts), swag camping (7 nts), underground hostel (1 nt) Transport: Private vehicle, boat Meals: 15 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $345-450 for meals not included

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Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles), Warumungu

• Walk around the base of Uluru • Camp at historic cattle stations • Hike around Grampians National Park

Departs: Tuesdays Accommodation: Hostels (11 nts), camping (7 nts), farmhouse (1 nt) Transport: Minibus Meals: 12 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 12 dinners

Departures 2018

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• Swimming in Litchfield National Park • Barossa Valley vineyard tour • Free time to discover Alice Springs

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DAY ITINERARY 01-04

Melbourne / Grampians National Park / Adelaide / Barossa Valley Head from hipster Melbourne towards the Great Ocean Road via the surf havens of Torquay and Bells Beach. Lunch at Otway National Park and watch the sun set behind the Twelve Apostles. Next day, hit the open road to Grampians National Park and hike to a viewpoint by Mackenzie Falls. Day 3 you'll wake early for a longer hike and a visit to Brambuk Cultural Centre, then jump on a bus to Adelaide. Continue to the Barossa Valley for vineyard tours including the world-famous Jacob's Creek winery. (2B, 4L, 2D)

05-08

Kangaroo Island / Adelaide / Southern Flinders Ranges It's a gorgeous coastal drive today as you head towards Kangaroo Island. Spend the next two days fitting in as many optional activities as you can. Meet the sea lions, sandboard, kayak, snorkel and quad bike at sunset. Stay at a farmhouse in Flinders Chase ready to explore the wilderness the next day. Enjoy a free day in Adelaide on Day 7 and then continue on to the Southern Flinders Ranges via the historic town of Melrose and the vineyards of Clare Valley. (B, 3L, 2D)

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Coober Pedy / Kings Canyon / Uluru Today make for the opal capital of the world, visit a kangaroo orphanage and bed down in an underground bunkhouse. The following morning you're off to Kings Canyon to camp at an authentic station. Rise early for a canyon rim walk then travel to Uluru in the afternoon. Learn about Aboriginal culture and then absorb the majestic sunset followed by an equally impressive sunrise the following morning. Walk around the base with a local guide and then head back to your campground. (4B, 4L, 4D)

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Alice Springs / Banka Banka Station / Mataranka Experience sunrise over Kata Tjuta and hike around the Valley of the Winds before hitting the road to Alice Springs. Get a day here to spend at your leisure. Your adventure through the Territory to Darwin begins by crossing the Tropic of Capricorn and stopping at Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles). Tonight, camp at the Banka Banka cattle station. Day 16, drive up the Stuart Highway to a traditional pub and end the day with a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools. (2B, 3L, 2D)

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Katherine / Darwin / Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park / Darwin Take the short drive to Katherine and overnight in Darwin. Then make for the bird-filled Mary River Wetlands and take a two-hour cruise downstream. Keep your eyes peeled for crocs, there are loads! Spend the morning of Day 19 swimming and climbing around Gunlom Falls, then overnight at a campsite by Litchfield. Your final day can be spent exploring the falls and streams of this park before your early evening arrival back in Darwin. (3B, 4L, 2D)

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Starting in multicultural starlet Melbourne, your journey to Darwin takes in the Outback (Uluru and other famous rocks included), the Great Ocean Road, five national parks and a good few saltwater crocodiles on the way. It also celebrates Australia's best tricks: wine, barbecues and stellar night skies.


DARWIN TO ADELAIDE SAFARI PACKAGE 13 DAYS, Darwin

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Adelaide Small Group Adventure

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Hop through the dusty centre of Oz, stopping off in opal-rich towns, starcovered desert camps and Aboriginal landmarks. Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code: DRWDAR/ADLPAC

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Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

• Sunsets at stunning Uluru • Leisure time at Alice Springs • Learn about Aboriginal art

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• Swim in waterfalls at Kakadu • Look out for crocs and more • Tour an opal mining town

Accommodation: Camping (8 nts), multi-share accommodation (3 nts), multi-share in underground bunkhouse (1 nt) Transport: 4WD, minibus Meals: 9 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 9 dinners Includes: Camping equipment. Bring your own sleeping bag or hire one for AUD $30 Note: Trip is also available in reverse (Adelaide to Darwin), departing on Tuesdays and selected Saturdays

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Wednesdays

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Darwin / Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park From Darwin, head to Kakadu National Park to spot crocs on an included cruise along the Mary River and visit Ubirr's Aboriginal rock art. Learn about the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout before bedding down at your campsite for the night. On Day 2, travel to Twin and Jim Jim Falls by 4WD, boat and boardwalk, then continue on to Litchfield National Park this evening. The next day, explore the park's cascading falls, towering termite mounds and rock holes. Enjoy a refreshing swim before returning to Darwin for an overnight stay. (2B, 3L, 2D)

04-06

Darwin / Katherine / Banka Banka / Alice Springs On Day 4, travel south through the Territory to Alice Springs. Spend the afternoon at Katherine Gorge, surrounded by parkland owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people. If the season is right, you may be able to canoe through the gorge. Spend the next morning soaking in the Mataranka thermal pools, call by the Daly Waters Pub then continue on to Banka Banka cattle station. Hit the road the next morning and pass by Tennant Creek, Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) and the Tropic of Capricorn en route to Alice Springs. (2B, 3L, 2D)

07-10

Alice Springs / Kings Canyon / Uluru / Kata Tjuta / Kings Canyon Enjoy a day at leisure in Alice Springs and then continue through the rugged Outback to Uluru on Day 8. Learn about the region's indigenous history at the Aboriginal Cultural Centre before taking a guided walk around the base of The Rock. Finish the day with an incredible sunset before snuggling inside your swag under the star-studded desert sky. Wake early and head for Kata Tjuta for sunrise, then hike around the Valley of the Winds and cool off in your campground's pool that evening. Day 10, we set out for Watarrka National Park for a photo session and a rim walk around Kings Canyon. Experience the beautiful Garden of Eden and learn more about the local culture. (2B, 3L, 3D)

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Uluru / Coober Pedy / Wilmington / Adelaide Next up is Coober Pedy for a glimpse at the opal capital and a night in an underground bunkhouse! En route we'll even stop at Josephine's Kangaroo Orphanage where you can meet rescued roos and baby joeys - cute! In the morning you'll journey into the foothills of the magnificent Flinders Ranges, stopping at Pimba for a look at the salt lakes. After a night among the red gum trees of Wilmington, take a morning walk through the sometimes floriferous Alligator Gorge and try spot any wandering wallabies. Enjoy one last lunch together before heading back to Adelaide, your final stop. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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• See the sunset over Uluru • Hike the Valley of the Winds • Spend a night underground

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Daly Waters

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels (7 nts), swag camping (6 nts), underground hostel (1 nt) Transport: Private bus, boat Meals:12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $235-305 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOAAD

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Katherine Gorge / Kakadu / Litchfield National Park / Darwin Continue north to Katherine Gorge, then on to the national parks of Kakadu and Litchfield. The tour ends in Darwin on Day 15. (4B, 3L, 2D)

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Alice Springs / Outback / Daly Waters Enjoy a free day exploring the many attractions of Alice Springs before journeying north through the Outback to Daly Waters. (L)

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Kings Canyon / Uluru / Alice Springs Bed down in a swag under the stars, experience sunset and sunrise at Uluru, and learn of the rock's significance to local Aborigines on the Mala Walk. Day 9, enjoy a morning walk through the gorges of Kings Canyon then head to the frontier town of Alice Springs. (4B, 2L, 2D)

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Beltana / Wilpena Pound / William Creek / Coober Pedy Head to Wilpena Pound on Day 3 and walk to a natural amphitheatre sacred to the Aboriginal Adnyamathanha people before tackling the remote Oodnadatta Track the next day. Make your way to Coober Pedy for an overnight stop at an underground hostel. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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Adelaide / Clare Valley / Quorn Arrive into Adelaide at any time and head out to explore before meeting your group this evening. On Day 2, enjoy a wine tasting session in the renowned Clare Valley and overnight in the historic town of Quorn. (B)

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• Travel the Oodnadatta Track • See the sunset from Uluru • Spend a night underground

• Hike Kings Canyon's gorges • Clare Valley wine tasting • Visit the opal mining capital

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Uluru / Kata Tjuta / Alice Springs Enjoy a morning walk in the Watarrka National Park before jumping back on the bus to Uluru, Australia's most recognisable icon. Watch the sunset with a glass of bubbly (just how we roll) and enjoy the Mala Walk around the rock to learn about its symbolic and sacred nature to the Aborigines. Transfer to Alice Springs on Day 9, where the tour ends on your arrival early in the evening. (3B, 2L, D)

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostel (4 nts), swag camping (3 nts), underground hostel (1 nt) Transport: Private bus Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $135-175 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOAAR

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Coober Pedy / Kings Canyon / Uluru Take a rugged outback track to the world's opal mining capital, Coober Pedy. Head on a guided mine tour before overnighting in a unique underground hostel. It's a full day of driving on Day 6 as you make your way to Kings Canyon. Bed down in your traditional swag (canvas bedroll), ready for a morning walk through the nearby gorges and valleys. (2B, D)

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Wilpena Pound / William Creek Enjoy a guided walk at the natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound to see the area's indigenous art and explore the amazing scenery of the Flinders Ranges. On Day 4, travel the rugged Oodnadatta Track and opt for a flight above the salt flats of Lake Eyre. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Adelaide / Clare Valley / Quorn Arrive at the elegant city of Adelaide to meet your group. The surrounding hills offer perfect conditions for the cultivation of grapes, so where better to go for a wine tasting session than prize-winning Clare Valley?! Continue through the Flinders Ranges for a night in the characterful town of Quorn. (B)

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It’s a wide-open space between the aptly named Red Centre and Adelaide, and you'll make the most of it on this ten day adventure. From trekking in national parks to wine tasting in the Clare Valley, you won't be short of things to see and do. And let's not forget that red rock! Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOARM

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Alice Springs / Kings Canyon / Uluru Arrive in Alice Springs on Day 1, and depart early next morning for Australia's Red Centre. Enjoy a hike in the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon (seasonal) then continue on to the iconic red rock of Uluru. On Day 3, visit the Aboriginal cultural centre and get under the skin of their history on the informative Mala Walk. Enjoy a glass of bubbly watching the sunset over Uluru, then get ready for a night camping under the stars. It's the real way to experience the Outback! (B, D)

04-05

Coober Pedy / Flinders Ranges Head south and make for Coober Pedy, the world's opal mining capital. Enjoy a guided tour of the opal mine, then follow the locals and head underground to escape the sun in your subterranean hostel. On Day 5, soak up the Outback views as you travel south east to the Flinders Ranges, the largest mountain range in South Australia, for the evening. (2B, D)

06-07

Flinders Ranges / Adelaide Today, continue south through the gorgeous scenery of the Flinders Range, and head to the world-famous Clare Valley for a wine tasting session before continuing on to Adelaide, South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. The following day is yours to spend at leisure. Opt to go on a dolphin spotting cruise, go hiking in Cleland Conservation Park or the botanic gardens, then sample some more of the region's famous wineries. After all, how can you resist? (B)

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Grampians National Park On Day 8, set off early and make your way to the famous Grampians National Park, known for its imposing mountain ranges and impressive rock art. Trek through the forest, soak up its lush vegetation and wildlife and keep a look out for that intricate rock art! (B)

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Port Campbell / Great Ocean Road Enjoy an early morning walk in the Grampians National Park, visit the local Aboriginal cultural centre then set off down the legendary Great Ocean Road. Stop for a photo stop at the famous Arch rock formation along the way. (B)

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Melbourne Day 10, visit the Loch Ard Gorge and the dramatic rock formations of the 12 Apostles - a must on any trip to South Australia! Before arriving in Melbourne, catch the waves on the region's world-famous surf beaches and walk through the rainforest in Great Otway National Park. Your tour ends on arrival in Melbourne. If you've got time to spare, make sure you stick around! (B)

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• Spend a night underground in Coober Pedy • Taste some wine at Clare Valley • Opt to surf on world-famous beaches

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• Hike in the Kings Canyon • Camp out under the stars • See the iconic rock of Uluru

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• Visit Kaja Tjuta (The Olgas) • Enjoy a breakfast barbecue • Simpsons Gap Aboriginal site

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Alice Springs Back in The Alice, you can opt to take a fantastic hot-air balloon ride over the region for yet another perspective on life in the Outback. Otherwise, say goodbye to the group or hang around to make the most of the town's all-Aussie atmosphere! (B)

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Uluru / Alice Springs Safe to say, Australia's most famous view! Catch the shifting colours on Uluru at dawn and sunset (with a cheeky glass of bubbles with the latter) and take a walk around the rock to hear stories of the area and learn about its Aboriginal rock art. Pay a visit to the nearby Cultural Centre for a lesson on native culture, and head back to Alice Springs after a barbecue breakfast on Day 5. (2B)

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Kings Creek Station / Uluru Meet members of the Walpiri Aboriginal community, learn how to throw a boomerang and get a taste for some bush tucker before heading on to Kings Creek Station later on. Take to the bush in a comfy swag and sleep out under the stars. On Day 3, hike through Kings Canyon to the Lost City and the Garden of Eden (a lush, shady glade on the canyon floor), then take on The Olgas before making your way to Uluru. (2B, D)

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Alice Springs Meet up with your Trip Manager and the rest of your group and explore the Outback's unofficial capital. Alice Springs is the only town for hundreds of miles around, so you're already fairly off the map! Catch a view of the MacDonnell Ranges from Anzac Hill, slither by a reptile park and visit the Aboriginal site of Simpsons Gap. (D)

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• Awe at the Flinders Ranges • Spend a night underground • Enjoy an Uluru sunset

• Learn of Aboriginal culture • Walk the Valley of the Winds • Chill at the Garden of Eden

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Adelaide / Quorn Start your adventure travelling through the vineyards of the Clare Valley wine region, then head into the rugged Outback through the historic town of Melrose, gateway to the Flinders Ranges. Enjoy a stroll through Alligator Gorge, then move on to the historic town of Quorn. (L, D)

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Coober Pedy Journey on to Coober Pedy, the opal mining capital of the world. On a tour of an underground mine and Opal Mining Museum, learn about the history of Coober Pedy. Then, get close to some cuddly kangaroos at Josephine's Kangaroo Centre. Tonight, do as the locals do an escape underground for a night's rest. (B, L, D)

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Kata Tjuta / Kings Canyon Hit the road to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), then take a walk in the Valley of the Winds. Next, continue on to Kings Canyon Resort where, on Day 4, a hike along the rim of Watarrka (Kings Canyon) awaits you along with a visit to the Garden of Eden waterhole. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Uluru / Alice Springs Today is all about Uluru. Set up camp, learn all about the local Aboriginal history at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre, and enjoy a unique, and very colourful, sunset. On Day 6, spend more time at the popular monolith, walking around its base and listening to the stories of local Aboriginal people. End in Alice Springs. (2B, 2L, D)

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Starting right in the depths of the Outback, this trip takes you through the rust-red landscape all the way to Australia's tropical Top End. Meet members of some of Oz's many Aboriginal communities, see the sunrise over Uluru and see some native wildlife. Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 50 Tour Code: COTEAD

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Alice Springs / Kings Canyon / Kings Creek Station / Uluru Your Outback adventure starts on Day 1 as you meet your group in Alice Springs, the region's unofficial capital. See the MacDonnell Ranges from Anzac Hill, the dry Todd River (which hosts the famous Henley-on-Todd Regatta), and see the Aboriginal site of Simpsons Gap. On Day 2, hang out with the Walpiri Aboriginal community - one of hundreds of indigenous groups in Australia - and hike through Kings Canyon to the Lost City and the Garden of Eden. Tonight, it's a must-do Outback experience as you camp out under the stars. On Day 3, set off to see the 700-million-year-old Lake Amadeus and Mt. Connor, boasting 360-degree views of the red desert. Walk through the equally impressive neighbour, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), as you make tracks for Australia's pin-up icon, Uluru! (2B, 2D)

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Uluru / Alice Springs / Tennant Creek It's an early start this morning, but an Uluru sunrise is sure worth it. 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 the view with a glass of bubbly (naturally). On Day 5, return to Alice Springs and indulge in a big barbecue breakfast, Aussie-style! Your Top End adventure begins the following day. Cross the Tropic of Capricorn and arrive at Tennant Creek, an old mining town in the middle of nowhere. En route, keep your eyes peeled for UFOs at Wycliffe Well and visit the Devils Marbles. (3B, D)

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Katherine / Kakadu National Park It's been a busy few days, so grab a beer at the Northern Territory's oldest pub, the Daly Waters, licensed since 1893. And where better for a post-drink nap than the Mataranka thermal pools? Later, continue to the lush river town of Katherine. On Day 8, 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 Edith Falls for a swim before you arrive at Australia's largest national park; Kakadu. Enjoy the whole of the next day to explore a variety of stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife and arguably Australia's best Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock. Keep your eyes peeled for crocs on an included wildlife cruise. (3B, D)

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Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park / Darwin Pick up a didgeridoo before you leave Kakadu and head for Darwin, the city that serves as the capital of the tropical Top End. Enjoy a much-needed swim in the beautiful Florence Falls en route as you make your way around Litchfield National Park. On Day 11, find your bearings on a city tour and learn about Darwin's past at the Darwin Museum before your trip comes to an end. (2B)

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• Learn about Aboriginal communities • Visit two popular national parks • Spot crocs, kangaroos or camels

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• See the changing colours of Uluru • Sip a beer at the Territory's oldest pub • Camp out in the wild Aussie Outback

Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), lodge (2 nts), Kings Creek Station Outback Bush Camp (1 nt) Transport: Modern air con coach with free Wi-Fi and power points Meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 dinners

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• Mary River wildlife cruise • See spectacular rainforest scenery • Uluru sunset and stargazing

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• Valley of the Winds hike • Dip into refreshing waterfalls • Hike Kings Canyon to the Garden of Eden

Accommodation: Hostel (3 nts), camping (6 nts) Transport: Air con minibus, 4WD Meals: 6 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners Note: Access to some falls may be seasonal. Bring your own sleeping bag or hire one for AUD $50. National park fees not included. Itinerary can also be done in reverse from Alice Springs or Uluru

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Darwin / Kakadu National Park Start your tour with a cruise down the Mary River. This region is not only home to over 250 bird species, it also has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the Southern Hemisphere. So that's hands in the boat at ALL TIMES then! Thank you. Keep an eye out for the crocs, as well as buffalo, birds and a host of other wildlife. Head into Kakadu National Park and see the ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr before bedding down under the stars. (L, D)

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Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park / Darwin On Day 2, head a little further into Kakadu National Park with visits to the Twin and Jim Jim Falls. Cool down by taking a dip in the sandy middle pool and swim head first under the waterfall. Later on, leave the park and set up camp near the rugged Litchfield National Park. On Day 3, explore the park with visits to its many rockholes and head for a swim in the nearby waterfalls before arriving back in Darwin for the night. (2B, 2L, D)

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Darwin / Mataranka region / Banka Banka Station Today, start your journey into the Outback! First up is the Nitmiluk National Park, or Katherine Gorge, which is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Ancient sandstone has been carved away by the Katherine River to create a deep gorge. Take an optional boat cruise or paddle a canoe (seasonal and at extra 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. (B, 2L, 2D)

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Banka Banka / Alice Springs / Uluru Pass through Tennant Creek, taking in the huge granite boulders known as Devils Marbles. Cross the Tropic of Capricorn and arrive into Alice Springs to stay for the next two nights. On Day 8, visit Mt. Ebenezer, famous for its Aboriginal art, and take a walk around the base. Arrive at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and take a guided walk around the base of the iconic rock before it's time to experience a typical Uluru sunset. Safe to say you've never seen one quite like this before! (B, 2L, D)

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Uluru / Kata Tjuta / Kings Canyon / Alice Springs Get up at the break of dawn, 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. The morning of Day 10, take a guided walk to see the towering walls of Watarrka, also known as Kings Canyon. Head out on a trek of the canyon's rim, calling by the Amphitheatre, the Lost City and the Garden of Eden, a tranquil oasis. After lunch, return to Alice Springs where your tour ends. (2B, 2L, D)

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NORTHERN TERRITORY & THE OUTBACK

This awesome adventure offers a real value-for-money experience across two of Australia's most extreme regions, the Red Centre of the Outback and the tropical Top End. You'll also get the chance to see some of the country's most iconic sights, including sunset at Uluru, the Northern Territory's oldest pub, Daly Waters, and the nature-rich Kakadu National Park.


RED CENTRE - ALICE SPRINGS gimme some swag NORTHERN TERRITORY & THE OUTBACK

Dry, dusty, mostly barren, but totally worth the trip! You'll hear a lot about Dreamtime – an integral part of Aboriginal spirit – in the Outback; famous in part for the enduring presence of Aborigines and their almost mythical, if troubled, history. The swinging saloon bars of Alice Springs are bouncing with history, humour and colourful local characters, and a great base for Uluru explorations. And good thing, too, as it's the only town you'll see for miles!

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Location: A five-minute walk from Alice Springs town centre.

Location: On the banks of the Todd River in a popular accommodation hub.

Location: Between the Todd River and Alice Springs Golf Club.

Vibe: Aimed at budget-conscious travellers with simple, social dorms.

Vibe: Functional villas with comfy beds and plenty of privacy. Great for shutting off!

Vibe: Eco-friendly luxury hotel. Spacious with spick and span rooms.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Barbecue facilities • Luggage storage

Highlights: Villas • Air con • Kitchenettes • Outdoor pool • Barbecue facilities • Terrace • Laundry • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Private rooms • Private balcony • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost) • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Tennis court

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This one calls for an early alarm with pick-ups usually taking place approximately one hour prior to first light. Gaze up at the brilliant display of stars in the Outback sky, when you jump off the bus just as the balloon is being inflated. Start the ascent and drift over the region, appreciating the view and looking out for native wildlife like the red kangaroo in the full light of day. After landing, enjoy light refreshments before your return transfer to your accommodation.

Explore the West MacDonnell Ranges on this nifty day trip from Alice Springs. Depart early at 6am and head to Ormiston Gorge, a great stop to take a swim. Next up, hike the 'Ghost Gum Walk', a 90-minute loop with views of the surrounding area. After a barbecue lunch, make for the Ochre Pits to see the natural ochres that have provided materials for indigenous people for thousands of years. Head back to Alice Springs via the Ellery Creek Waterhole.

Departs: Daily Includes: 30 or 60-minute hot-air balloon flight, light refreshments including sparkling wine and fruit juice, hotel pick-up and drop-off Tour Code: ASPOBA

Departs: Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun Meals: Barbecue lunch Transport: Air con 4WD Group Leader: Tour guide Includes: All activities as specified and water. Bring your own bottle Note: A moderate level of fitness is required Tour Code: ALSWMR

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As far as rocks go, this one's pretty special. And the Yulara Resort has made access to it a doddle, with comfortable hotels and shops located just 20kms away. It serves as a gateway to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, owned by the Anangu of the Pitjanjatjara and Yankuntjatjara Aboriginal peoples, to whom the rock is sacred. In respect to these indigenous cultures, please don't attempt to climb onto the rock, however tempting!

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Location: In the Yulara Resort complex, within easy access of Uluru.

Location: The Yulara Resort, five minutes' walk from the Uluru lookout.

Vibe: 160 basic rooms, ideal for a quick stopover in the national park.

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Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Restaurant • 2 bars • Terrace • Tennis courts • Massage services

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Spend an evening in the shadow of Uluru as the sun sets, and enjoy silver-service dinner while you're at it! This experience is based in the Yulara Resort, and includes a gourmet meal under the stars (think kangaroo or barramundi fish) paired with beautiful wine, tales from the Outback and a stargazing session (weather dependent). AYQSOS

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This is the sunrise you'll be comparing every other sunrise to for years to come. It's an early start (naturally) as you make your way to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku, the Uluru viewing area. Pass by numerous sacred sites on the way, and learn about their significance from your guide. On arrival, find a spot and then enjoy! VIAYQ2

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SKYDIVE ULURU & SCENIC FLIGHT

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Few skydives offer views as iconic as this one. This tandem skydive takes place over Uluru at a height of 12,000 feet, and also takes in views of Kata-Tjuta, Lake Amadeus and Mt. Conner. Choose from six different time slots, including dawn and dusk, then enjoy a five-minute descent back to solid ground. This will be one to remember! AYQSKY

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4WD ROCK TO REEF 7 DAYS, Alice Springs

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Cairns Small Group Adventure

NORTHERN TERRITORY & THE OUTBACK

• Enjoy sunrise at Uluru • Walk with an Aboriginal guide • Hike through Kings Canyon

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Departs: Tue (Apr-Sep) Accommodation: Swag camping (4 nts) multishare dorms (2 nts) Transport: Air con 4WD Meals: 4 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide/driver Group Size: Max 16 Note: Sleeping bag hire fee of AUD $20 and airport transfers not included. Itinerary can also be done in reverse Tour Code: ASPRR6

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• Take time off in Alice Springs • Get off the map in Boulia • Take a dip in Millstream Falls

Travel from the deserts of the famous Red Centre to the lush rainforests and coral reefs of Cairns. Start off with a trip to the iconic site of Uluru, then move on to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) for some exploration time. On Day 2, enjoy one of those famous Uluru sunrises, then enjoy a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide. Later on, head to the Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. On Day 3, discover the Lost City rocks and Garden of Eden waterfall on a six-kilometre hike, then move on to Alice Springs, where you'll have a free day on Day 4. Get really off the map on Day 5 as you drive across dirt tracks to Boulia. The next day, stop via tiny Winton on your way to Hughenden, then visit Porcupine Creek, the world's smallest pub and the Millstream Falls on your way to Cairns.

4WD OVERNIGHT DINGO DREAMING RED CENTRE SAFARI 2 DAYS, Alice Springs/Uluru

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• Endless Star dining experience • Explore rocky Kata Tjuta • Visit the indigenous cultural centre

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Comfort camping in permanent tents (1 nt) Transport: Air con 4WD vehicle Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner (Day 1 lunch not included for Uluru departures) Group Leader: Tour guide Note: National Park fee of AUD $25 not included Tour Code: AYQODD/ASPODD

• See the sunset at Uluru • Camp in the Outback • Cultural dot painting workshop

This is the ideal way for anyone short on time to explore Uluru and Kata Tjuta, two of the Outback's most recognisable features. Leave Alice Springs early in the morning or join the tour at Uluru after lunch, where your tour jumps right in at the base of the sacred rock. Meet your Aboriginal guide for a cultural experience and dot painting workshop, then visit the local cultural centre to learn about Aboriginal law and religion. After a special Uluru sunset, head to your private campsite for an Endless Star dining experience then retire to your swag or permanent tent (beds included). The following day, watch the sunrise over Uluru from a nearby lookout and head for the rocky domes of Kata Tjuta for a hike through the Valley of the Winds. After lunch, return to the Yulara Ayers Rock Resort or the airport.

COCKATOO DREAMING RED CENTRE SAFARI 3 DAYS, Alice Springs/Uluru

Alice Springs

Small Group Adventure • Watch the sunrise at Uluru • Hike to Kata Tjuta • Go off the beaten track

Uluru, Outback

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Swag camping (2 nts) Transport: Air con minibus Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners (Day 1 lunch not included for Uluru departures) Group Leader: Tour guide Note: Bring your own sleeping bag or hire one for AUD $30. National Park fee of AUD $25 not included Tour Code: AYQCOC/ASPCOC

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• Hike the Valley of the Winds • Camp under the open Outback sky • Visit Kings Canyon

After leaving early from Alice Springs, make your way towards the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a park owned by the indigenous Anangu people. Enjoy an informative walk at the base of Uluru, its unmistakable icon, before settling in for a dramatic sunset. After a campfire dinner and some stargazing under the clear Outback sky, bed down in a traditional swag or a pop-up tent (at extra cost). The following morning, get up in time to watch an Uluru sunrise then head to Kata Tjuta for a hike through the Valley of the Winds and continue on to your next campsite at Kings Creek Station. Start Day 3 with a guided walk to see the towering walls and plateaux of Watarrka (Kings Canyon), including rock formations such as the Amphitheatre and the Lost City, before your return to Alice Springs.

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4WD GOANNA DREAMING RED CENTRE SAFARI 3 DAYS, Alice Springs/Uluru

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Comfort camping in permanent tents (2 nts) Transport: Air con 4WD Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide Note: Lunch on Day 1 not included for departures from Uluru. National Park fee of AUD $25 not included Tour Code: AYQGOA/ASPGOA

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• Discover the lush Garden of Eden • Explore the Valley of the Winds • Endless Star dining experience

Your Outback journey begins at either Alice Springs or Uluru. En route from Alice Springs, visit a camel farm then take part in the Maruku Aboriginal experience at Uluru. This includes a dot painting workshop, so you can try and emulate some of humanity's oldest artforms. Late afternoon, get out the bubbles and toast one of the world's most iconic sunsets before heading back to your camp, complete with proper beds. The adventurous can opt for a more traditional swag, and sleep out in the open! On Day 2, wake up for sunrise and head to Kata Tjuta for a seven-kilometre walk through the Valley of the Winds. Camp at Kings Creek Cattle Station, then spend your last day at the towering walls, crevices and plateaux of Kings Canyon. Visit the amphitheatre, the Lost City and the Garden of Eden oasis, then return to Alice Springs.

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Small Group Adventure • Walk around the base of Uluru • See the sunrise at Uluru • Valley of the Winds hike

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Swag camping (2 nts), hostel (1 nt) Transport: Air con minibus Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (Day 1 lunch not included for Uluru departures) Group Leader: Tour guide Group Leader: Tour guide Note: Sleeping bag hire of AUD $30 and national park fees not included Tour Code: AYQGAF/ASPGAF

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• Explore Kings Canyon • Overnight at Alice Springs • Sleep in an Aussie swag

This trip not only takes care of the wilds of the Outback, but also factors in a night at Alice Springs, the only town for hundreds of miles in any direction. If you're starting in Alice, it's an early start in order to arrive at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by early afternoon. Join the rest of the group before a walk at the base of Uluru. Visit the Cultural Centre before settling in for the sunset, then head to your campsite after dinner. Next up on Day 2 are the 36 rock domes of Kata Tjuta and a hike through the Valley of the Winds before leaving the region for Watarrka National Park, and Kings Canyon. The next day, complete the six-kilometre rim walk at Kings Canyon before making your way towards the iconic Outback town of Alice Springs after lunch. Spend the night here before an early start on Day 4, and your return to Uluru.

4WD WALLABY DREAMING RED CENTRE SAFARI 4 DAYS, Alice Springs/Uluru

Alice Springs

Small Group Adventure • Get to know the Outback • Explore the Kings Canyon • Endless Star dining experience

Yulara Camp, Uluru

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Departs: Tue, Thu, Fri and Sun Accommodation: Permanent tents at private camps (3 nts) Transport: Air con 4WD Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners (Day 1 lunch not included for Uluru departures) Group Leader: Tour guide Note: National Park fee of AUD $25 not included Tour Code: AYQWAL/ASPWAL

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• Maruku cultural experience • 4WD trip in MacDonnell Ranges • Hike at Kata Tjuta

This 4WD off-road adventure is geared up to take you through the Outback's remote landscapes as well as to the Red Centre's most popular icons. From Alice Springs, drive to Uluru for a cultural experience with a local Aboriginal guide and take part in a dot painting workshop. Next up, Uluru's unforgettable sunset and an Endless Star dining experience at camp before bedding down in permanent tents (with beds) or swags. After sunrise, hike Kata Tjuta's Valley of the Winds before making your way to the remote Kings Creek Station camp for some epic stargazing. In the morning, hike into Kings Canyon before driving into the spiritual lands of Glen Helen. On Day 4, 4WD through the MacDonnell Ranges, swim in rock holes, hike and visit the registered sacred site of the Ochre pits before returning to Alice Springs in the early evening.

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• Maruku cultural experience • Watch the sunset over Uluru • Hike along Kings Canyon


DARWIN & THE TOP END into the wild NORTHERN TERRITORY & THE OUTBACK

The tropical capital of Australia, Darwin is hot stuff (quite literally). With balmy weather, a melting pot of culture and many festivals and markets, you're going to want plenty of time for exploration. Time your visit for the annual Beer Can Regatta - tiny boats built from booze empties - or check out the national parks of Kakadu and Litchfield. Nothing beats plunging into a crystal-clear, cooling waterhole after a day exploring scorched landscapes!

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Location: City-centre spot close to the city's lively bars, clubs and restaurants.

Location: Mitchell Street, right at the heart of Darwin's central business district (CBD).

Location: Surrounded by lush tropical gardens in the centre of the CBD.

Vibe: Budget haunt with a couple of fancy highlights, like two outdoor spa decks!

Vibe: A real social butterfly. Plenty of entertainment options and bright décor.

Vibe: Relaxing, medium-sized hotel with just under 90 rooms.

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• Cruise the Kakadu wetlands • See Aboriginal rock art • Explore Litchfield National Park

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Comfort camping in permanent tents or en suite lodge (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Modern air con 4WD vehicle Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 17 Note: Access to some falls may be seasonal. National park fee not included Tour Code: DRWDRA

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• Kakadu National Park visit • Spot mighty saltwater crocs • Explore Litchfield National Park

Kick off with a visit to the famous Litchfield National Park and discover giant termite mounds, rugged sandstone escarpments and the Florence and Wangi Falls (seasonal). After lunch, venture off-road into the mighty Kakadu National Park. Bed down for the night in a permanent tent, then start Day 2 spotting giant saltwater crocs on a Yellow Waters Cruise. Visit the Aboriginal art sites of Nourlangie and Ubirr and where you can see how the local indigenous people have lived in the area through the generations. Later on, watch the sunset over the floodplains of Kakadu. On Day 3, visit the Twin and Jim Jim Falls (seasonal and only accessible by 4WD), surrounded by imposing 150 metre high cliffs. That afternoon, head back to Darwin and arrive in time for the early evening. Note that an upgraded lodge option is also available.

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ALICE SPRINGS TO KAKADU 6 DAYS, Alice Springs

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Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory

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Departs: Selected Mondays Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (2 nts), swag camping (3 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $100130 for meals not included Transport: Private vehicle, 4WD, boat Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Tour Code: GAOAAK

• Grab a beer at the Daly Waters pub • Stop at sacred rock art • Enjoy a croc river cruise

For travellers looking to discover Australia’s wild and rugged heart, few trips compare to this six day adventure. Arrive into Alice Springs at any time on Day 1 and get yourself geared up for the next day. On Day 2, travel north via the Devils Marbles - giant red granite boulders that are a sacred site to Aboriginals. Finish the day at Daly Waters and grab a drink at the local Outback pub. Continue north on Day 3, stopping at the Mataranka Hot Springs for a soak before setting up camp in Katherine. Opt to explore Katherine Gorge or take a helicopter ride over the surrounding region. The next day, stop at Edith Falls on your way to Kakadu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the park on Day 5 and admire the sacred rock galleries, then its on to Litchfield National Park for a croc spotting cruise. End up in Darwin.

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highlights

• Explore many national parks • Swim in amazing clear pools • Litchfield & Kakadu national parks

Katherine Gorge, Northern Territory

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Departs: Mon, Wed and Sat (Jun-Oct) Accommodation: Comfort camping in permanent tents (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Transport: Air con 4WD Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 17 Note: Access to some falls may be seasonal. National Park and boat shuttle fee fee not included Tour Code: DRWJAB

• Discover Aboriginal rock art • Interact with Aboriginal people • Spot giant crocs, birds and more

This is the ultimate Top End Adventure. Swim in the clear rock holes and waterfalls of Litchfield National Park, explore the famous Kakadu National Park on an adventurous 4WD drive, get up close and personal with a crocodile on a Yellow Waters Cruise and hike your way through the rugged terrain to Twin and Jim Jim Falls (seasonal - entrance cannot be guaranteed). Later on, travel to Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) where you can paddle, cruise or walk through the gorge and take part in an indigenous cultural experience with both the Jawoyn Aboriginal people and Aboriginal artist Manuel Pamkal. Spend your nights in private campsites, cooking over the campfire and gazing at the clear Southern skies where stars are plenty and stories flow free. This is five days you won't forget in a hurry!

4WD BUFFALO DREAMING TOP END SAFARI 3 DAYS, Darwin

Darwin Small Group Adventure • Search for crocodiles and more • Swim in cooling plunge pools • Learn about Aboriginal art

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

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$446

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Departs: Daily May-Oct (excluding Thu) Accommodation: Tent camping (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Air con 4WD Group Leader: Tour guide Note: Access to some falls may be seasonal. Sleeping bag hire of AUD $30 and national park fees not included Group Size: Max 17 Tour Code: DRWBUF

highlights

• Litchfield & Kakadu national parks • Amazing stargazing opportunities • Explore Twin and Jim Jim Falls

Get to know the history and cultures of the Aussie bush in the company of an experienced guide on this fab three-day trip. Highlights include rushing waterfalls (Twin, Jim Jim and Florence), beautiful hikes, a wildlife cruise, Aboriginal art and informative bush walks. But our favourite bit? The clear night skies. Every night as the campfire embers start to die, look up at the huge expanse of the starry southern skies, totally free from urban light pollution. Day 1 starts early as you get picked up from Darwin and whisked to the Kakadu National Park for a Mary River Wetlands cruise. That evening, hear Dreamtime stories from a local Aboriginal guide at the Bowali Centre. On Day 2, travel to Twin and Jim Jim Falls before making for Litchfield National Park. The next day, explore the park's impressive scenery then head back to Darwin.

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• Explore Kakadu National Park • Soak in Mataranka Hot Springs • See Litchfield's termite mounds


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Cutting through the parched Kimberley, the Gibb River Road provides a wild and adventurous 4WD adventure with epic scenery.

Perth is the most isolated city in the world. The next large city, Adelaide, is over 2,200km away. It's pretty remote!

Less commercial and less visited than its eastern counterpart the Great Barrier Reef, Ningaloo offers epic snorkelling.

Just 30 minutes from central Perth is the hippie port city of Fremantle. Stock up on quirky gifts, and original artworks.

In Western Australia lies the world's longest straight road and the world's longest stretch of straight railroad. Hit that open road!

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AUSSIE WANDERER 19 DAYS, Perth

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• Journey into the west's wild frontier • Snorkel with whale sharks (seasonal) • Stay on a ranch in Kalbarri National Park

• Camp in the rugged wilds of El Questro • Visit the famous Bungle Bungles • Plunge into rock pools in Karijini

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Perth / Kalbarri / Monkey Mia / Coral Bay / Exmouth After leaving Perth on Day 1, head north to the impressive Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park where you'll take a guided tour through the mystifying limestone pillars rising from the desert. Drop in at the Discovery Centre then tuck into lunch by the sea. That night you'll be welcomed with a taste of real Aussie hospitality and tucker, staying at the Big River Ranch in Kalbarri National Park. On Day 2, opt to wake up abseiling down craggy gorges (own expense) then head to the famous beachfront resort at Monkey Mia. The next day, witness wild dolphins swim up to shore, kayak (at own expense) or laze on the beach before visiting the stromatolites. That evening, stay at Coral Bay - gateway to the Ningaloo Reef. Next day is free to explore - snorkel off the beach or swim with mantas (at own expense). Later, drive the short distance to Exmouth. Opt to snorkel with the ocean's gentlest giants, whale sharks (seasonal), tour Cape Range or snorkel at Turquoise Bay. (4B, 4L, 5D)

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Exmouth / Karijini National Park / Pardoo Roadhouse / Broome / Silent Grove / Mt Elizabeth Leave the coast and travel into cattle country, picking up supplies before heading into the dramatic ancient landscapes of Karijini National Park. Sleep in deluxe safari tents at an award-winning ecoresort, spending two days hiking deep gorges, swimming in glassy rock pools and getting drenched under pounding falls. Late on Day 8, drive north to Pardoo Roadhouse where you'll camp for the night. On Day 9, drive onto the endless sands and azure waters of 80 Mile Beach and take an orientation tour of Broome. The next two days are free to enjoy this tropical township - think about visiting Cable Beach at sunset or take a trip to breathtaking Cape Leveque. Day 12, begin the journey into the remote wilderness. Switch to 4WD to drive through the Gibb River cattle country, stopping for lunch and to view birds and freshwater crocs at Windjana Gorge. After exploring the 350-million-year-old reef system of Tunnel Creek, drive on to Silent Grove for a night under the stars. Spend the next day hiking and swimming at Bell, Galvans and Manning Gorges. (5B, 6L, 5D)

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Accommodation: Ranch (1 nt), multishare resort/cabin/hostel (7 nts), safari tent (2 nts), tent/swag (8 nts). Upgrades from tents to rooms possible on 4 nights. Ask about upgrades from dorm to private room Transport: Minibus, 4WD Meals: 15 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 15 dinners Note: Sleeping bag required (AUD $30 to purchase). National park fees are included

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El Questro / Bungle Bungles / Lake Argyle / Katherine/ Darwin Heading north, visit beautiful Emma Gorge before driving into El Questro, the biggest working cattle station in Australia. Spend time exploring this giant's landscape - soaking in Zebedee thermal springs, or negotiating the difficult terrain of El Questro Gorge. On day 16, crank up the 4WD to bump into Purnululu National Park, home to the staggering sandstone Bungle Bungles. Take an optional cruise onto Lake Argyle, home to 125,000 birds and 25,000 crocodiles, before crossing into the Northern Territory and setting up camp at Victoria River. On Day 19, visit the waterways of Katherine. Your western adventure ends with a visit to Edith Falls before arriving into Darwin early evening. (6B, 6L, 5D)

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If you're looking to combine adventure with real off the beaten track travel, look no further than this awesome 19 day package. Starting in the thriving city of Perth and ending in tropical Darwin, you'll get to snorkel with whale sharks, the gentle giants of the sea, grab a selfie or two at the famous Bungle Bungles and hike the dramatic gorges of Karijini National Park.


WEST COAST ODYSSEY 9 DAYS, Perth

$1,234

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Broome Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Snorkel incredible coral reefs • See Monkey Mia's dolphins • Explore Murchison Gorge

• Walk Cape Range's beaches • Visit Karijini National Park • Hike, kayak & swim

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04-06

07-09

Perth / Kalbarri / Shark Bay / Monkey Mia / Shark Bay / Coral Bay Leaving Perth, head north to the impressive Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park for a guided tour through incredible limestone formations. Continue to Northbrook Farmstay in Kalbarri National Park, where you'll stay the night. On Day 2, visit the marvels of the Murchison Gorge, Nature's Window and Z-Bend in Kalbarri National Park. Continue north to Shell Beach and Baylodge in Denham. On Day 3, meet the famous Monkey Mia dolphins, then visit Oz's oldest living organisms, the stromatolites, before moving to Coral Bay. (2B, 3L, 3D) Coral Bay / Exmouth / Karijini National Park Enjoy free time on Day 4 and opt to go for a stroll on the beach, swim with the manta rays (at own expense) or snorkel on Ningaloo Reef. Head on to popular Exmouth for the night. Day 5 is yours to join any of the optional activities available, including snorkelling with whale sharks (seasonal) or enjoying a fully-guided tour of Cape Range National Park. There's also an option to visit Vlamingh Head Lighthouse. Day 6 involves an early start as you head to Karijini National Park via Tom Price, Western Australia's highest town. (3B, 2L, 3D) Karijini National Park / Pardoo Roadhouse / Broome 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. Then, roll out your swag at Pardoo Roadhouse. Day 9 will see you arrive at Eighty-Mile Beach for some epic photos, then you'll head to Broome where the trip ends. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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Departs: Saturdays (01Apr18-08Dec18) Accommodation: Safari tents (2 nts), swags (1 nt), multi-share hostel (5 nts) Meals: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners Transport: Minibus Includes: Sightseeing as indicated, national park fees Group Leader: Tour guide/ driver throughout Group Size: Max 20 Note: Sleeping bag required (AUD $30 to purchase). There are a range of extra activities available at extra cost. Please ask your Travel Expert for more details Tour Code: PERWES

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• Snorkel epic Ningaloo Reef • See dolphins up-close • Explore the Pinnacles

• Swim with mantas & sharks • Sandboard at Lancelin dunes • Overnight stay in Coral Bay

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Perth / Kalbarri / Shark Bay / Monkey Mia Your first stop on this West Coast Experience is the impressive Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park and a fully-guided tour through its amazing limestone rock formations. Continue on to your Northbrook Farmstay in Northampton for some true-blue Aussie hospitality and an overnight stay. On Day 2, visit the marvels of Murchison Gorge, Nature's Window and Z-Bend in Kalbarri National Park. Cool off with a dip in the Murchison River before heading north to Shell Beach. (B, 2L, 2D) Shark Bay / Coral Bay / Exmouth 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 enjoy a spot of snorkelling or optional swimming with manta rays (at own expense). 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. (3B, 2L, 3D) Exmouth / Kalbarri / Perth Begin the return trip to Perth via Carnarvon and an overnight stay in Kalbarri township. On Day 7, visit the Kalbarri coastal cliffs, see the friendly roos 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. (2B, 2L, D)

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Departs: Tuesdays and Fridays Accommodation: Multi-share hostel dorm (6 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Transport: Minibus Includes: Sightseeing as per itinerary, national park fees Group Leader: Tour guide/driver throughout Group Size: Max 20 Note: Passengers can end in Exmouth on a 5-day/5-night trip. There are a range of extra activities available at extra cost. Please ask your Travel Expert for more details Tour Code: PERWEE

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$409

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Perth Small Group Adventure

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• Visit the Valley of the Giants • Wine tasting at Margaret River • Explore the Stirling Ranges

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Departs: Tuesdays (Apr-May and Nov-Mar), selected departures (Jun and Sep-Oct) Accommodation: Multi-share dorm (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Minibus Includes: Sightseeing as indicated, national park fees Group Leader: Tour guide/ driver throughout Group Size: Max 20 Tour Code: PERSWA

First up, the Stirling Ranges, the Porongurups and a climb up Castle Rock. Continue on to Mt. Clarence in time for sunset then overnight in Albany. On Day 2, explore the natural wonders of The Gap, Natural Bridge and Blowholes as well as William Bay National Park, famous for its granite boulders and natural beaches. Next up, the Valley of the Giants to take the stunning Tree Top Walk through the massive trees. The fire lookout tree is yours to climb! Continue on to Augusta for the night. Day 3, visit Cape Leeuwin lighthouse and explore the picturesque wine-producing region of Margaret River with a visit to a top-notch winery, where you'll enjoy an included wine-tasting session. Once you've filled your boots with vino, head to Surfers Point, aptly named for its rad surf breaks. Continue back to Perth via the massive Busselton Jetty.

WEST COAST ADVENTURE 4 DAYS, Perth

$508

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Murchison Gorge, Western Australia

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Departs: Fridays, plus Tuesdays (Apr-May, Nov-Mar only) Accommodation: Multi-share dorm (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Transport: Minibus Includes: Sightseeing as indicated, national park fees Group Leader: Tour guide/driver throughout Group Size: Max 20 Tour Code: PERWCE

highlights

• Lancelin dune boarding • Visit Greenough Wildlife Park • Explore Murchison Gorge

Kick off with a guided tour through the rock formations of the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. Continue on to Northampton for an overnight stay in the Northbrook farmstay. The next day, explore the scenic Nature's Window and the Z Bend in Kalbarri National Park, and enjoy an optional abseil down the gorge (at extra cost). Head on to Denham's Baylodge for the evening and spend the evening at leisure. On Day 3, it's time to meet the residents - the famous dolphin population of Monkey Mia! Afterwards, head on to explore the living, ancient stromatolites of Shark Bay. The following morning, head to Greenough Wildlife Park to spot kangaroos and dingoes, then head to the epic Lancelin sand dunes for some optional sandboarding. Later, return to Perth where the trip comes to an end.

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Frenchman's Peak, Cape Le Grand

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highlights

• Explore the intriguing Wave Rock • Fitzgerald River National Park • Koomal Dreaming experience

Departs: Sundays (Jan-Feb & Dec), selected Sundays (Mar, Sep-Nov) Accommodation: Camping (5 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Transport: Minibus Includes: Sightseeing as indicated, national park fees Group Leader: Tour guide/driver throughout Group Size: Max 21 Tour Code: PERESP

• Valley of the Giants treetop walk • Try local produce in Margaret River • Cape Le Grand National Park

From Perth, head over the Darling Ranges and make your way to Esperance's Stokes Conservation Park. En route, see the amazing rock formation of Wave Rock and explore Fitzgerald River National Park - a renowned world biosphere. Spend two nights camping at Cape Le Grand, one of Western Australia’s most spectacular National Parks and, incidentally, a favourite sunbathing spot for local roos! After an early-morning hike up Frenchman's Peak on Day 3, move on to Stirling Ranges for incredible natural sculptures and as well as the colossal trees of the Valley of the Giants. On Day 4, taste your way around Margaret River's breweries, wineries and a chocolate and cheese factory then, for your last full day, immerse yourself in the indigenous culture with the Koomal Dreaming experience. Return to Perth on Day 6.

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William Bay National Park, Western Australia

• See the mighty Busselton Jetty • Hit the waves at Surfers Point • Discover the William Bay region


PERTH & FREMANTLE slow it down WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Perth, the most isolated state capital in the world but also the sunniest (remember your sunnies). Beautiful weather, incredible beaches and a laid-back character, - you couldn't want much more from a city. Throw in first-class restaurants, bars and a raft of cultural attractions and you've got number nine of the world's most liveable cities (yep, really). Drink in its smokin' beachside club scene in Scarborough or Fremantle and ride the surf breaks in Cottesloe.

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Location: Situated on Eric Street, 200 metres from the sands of Cottesloe Beach and close to Cottesloe Tennis Club.

Location: Situated in the former women's division of the World Heritage-listed Fremantle Prison.

Vibe: Colourful art deco hostel with plenty of social spaces to meet your future travel partner. Check out the ocean views!

Vibe: We wouldn't usually encourage a night in the cells, but hey. Set in an 1850s prison building, this is one for the scrapbook.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Restaurant • Bar • Shared Kitchen • Barbecue facilities • 2 shared TV lounges • Terrace • Free surfboard hire • Bike rental

Highlights: Mixed or single-sex dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Personal lockers • Café • Shared kitchen • Shared TV lounge • Games room • Book exchange • Vending machines

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Location: Just five minutes' walk from Perth Station, close to Nib Stadium.

Location: At the foot of King's Park and just over a kilometre from central Perth.

Location: Right in the heart of Perth's Central Business District near Langley Park.

Vibe: Lively hostel housed in a former military barrack dating from 1896.

Vibe: Unfussy boutique hotel with 71 clean and comfy rooms.

Vibe: Modern hotel with bright, chic rooms. We love the rooftop pool on this one.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Bar • 2 shared kitchens • Lounge • On-site parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Restaurant • Bar • Café • Terrace • Garden • Free bike rental

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Rooftop pool • Restaurant • 2 bars • Café • Jacuzzi • Sauna • Gym • Laundry

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SWAN VALLEY WINERY EXPERIENCE

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Beer o'clock, cider o'clock, wine o'clock... rocks. From Perth, head to Margaret River, stopping en route at Busselton Jetty, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and the Mammoth Caves. Fuel the journey with a gourmet lunch platter at the Bootleg Brewery, and chase it down with a glass or two of some of the region's famous tipples.

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WAVE ROCK, YORK & WILDFLOWERS TOUR

$173

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FULL DAY

From natural landmarks to Aboriginal culture, this fab day trip ticks all the right boxes. Start by visiting York, the oldest township in the Avon Valley, then continue with visits to the weird rock formations of Wave Rock and Hippo's Yawn. Continue via Gnamma Holes, an ancient site sacred to Aboriginals, then end up in quaint Babakin.

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PINNACLES ADVENTURE

$124

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ROTTNEST OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE

$211

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2 DAYS

Visit the astounding Caversham Wildlife Park, home to more than 200 Australian species, then enjoy a fully-guided tour through the sacred Pinnacles Desert, an intriguing landscape of limestone formations. Cool off for a swim at the beach before enjoying a barbecue lunch. The amazing Lancelin sand dunes are a great way to finish the day. Try your hand at the unique sport of sandboarding! Arrive back in Perth for around 7.30pm.

Marvel at historical Rottnest's unique array of wildlife, including fur seals, ospreys, dolphins and friendly quokkas (the perfect selfie companion) on this self-guided tour. Check out snorkel trails teeming with life and relax on the island's white sands. If you're feeling a tad more active, hop aboard a boat for an island tour or get those muscles working on a bike tour. Stay at the luxe Rottnest Lodge, with return ferry transfers and breakfast thrown in.

Departs: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday Accommodation: None Meals: Lunch Transport: Air con bus Includes: Transport, morning tea, lunch, all entry fees, sandboarding, experienced tour guide Tour Code: PERPIN

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Rottnest Lodge twin-share (1 nt) Transport: Ferry Meals: Breakfast Includes: Return hotel transfers, return ferry transfers, Rottnest Island admission Tour Code: PERROE

ROTTNEST EXPRESS DAY TRIP FULL DAY, Perth

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highlights

• Spend a full day on Rottnest • Enjoy an included bike ride • Spot ospreys, seals and dolphins

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: None Meals: None Transport: Ferry Includes: Return hotel transfers, return ferry transfers to/from Perth, admission fee and bike hire Note: Depending on the season, return ferry times may vary Tour Code: PERRBS

• Grab a selfie with a quokka • Opt to go wine tasting • Return ferry transfers included

Rottnest Island is a top-notch nature reserve and is widely regarded as one of Western Australia’s best-kept secrets. Spend a full day soaking up the scenery and marine beauty of this awesome island with this tour, lasting from between six to eight hours. Enjoy the boat ride over from Perth's port before arriving on dry land for a breezy 90-minute cycle tour (bike hire included) or walking tour. Chill out on white sandy beaches, spot a range of wildlife, including ospreys, dolphins and seals, and get the chance to grab a selfie with one of the island's friendly quokkas. To top off the day, why not indulge in a tasty afternoon tea or a wine tasting session with your tour mates? Afterwards, head back to Perth, full of a good dose of sun and fun. Note that depending on the season, times may vary slightly on the return voyage.

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Try more than 45 wines (say whaaaaaat?), snuffle truffles and feast on vineyard platters and cheeseboards on this overindulgent day in the Swan Valley wineries. Fully guided from Perth (designated driver, tick) swirl your way through five wineries and a boutique brewery before sloshing back to Perth. Hic!

MARGARET RIVER, CAVES, WINE & CAPE LEEUWIN


EXMOUTH, BROOME & THE KIMBERLEY A PEARLY HARBOUR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Broome is your western gateway to Australia's last frontier, the Kimberley region. Imagine desolate mountains, intense deserts and fiery red earth stretching out towards the sea. Scratch deep beneath the soil, and you'll also uncover the striking history. Still steeped in Aboriginal culture, Broome is also famed for its pearling industry, a DINOmite collection of dinosaur footprints (…) and the luxury beachfront resorts of Cable Beach.

NINGALOO REEF SNORKEL SAFARI DAY TRIP

$149

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Get up close and personal with the turtles, manta rays and colourful fish and coral of the Ningaloo Reef. This day tour gives you the chance to spot all of the above at several different snorkel spots (dependent on weather conditions), and spot rare dugongs, whale sharks and even humpback whales from aboard the boat. Note that the tour includes all equipment, snacks and a buffet lunch on board. Departs: Daily Meals: Buffet lunch Transport: All boat transfers included. Hotel transfers not included Includes: All snorkel equipment, guidance of qualified instructors, snacks and a buffet lunch Tour Code: EXMNRS

OPEN WATER DIVE COURSE

$510

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3 DAYS

Learn to dive on the famous Ningaloo Reef with this actionpacked package, culminating in you receiving a PADI Open Water Diver certification. You'll get three days of teaching under the guidance of expert instructors, all study manuals, a dive log book and training record, all equipment hire and four dives at Ningaloo Reef included within the price. Note that courses run from 8am to 5.30pm daily and one-on-one courses are available. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Not included Meals: None Transport: All transport to and from the shop, pool and boat provided Includes: All equipment hire, fees, manuals, lessons and 4 dives on Ningaloo Reef Tour Code: EXMDIV

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SWIMMING WITH WHALE SHARKS OR HUMPBACKS

$198

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Ever wanted to snorkel with the world's largest fish? The time has come! Join this epic day tour, departing from Exmouth, and get up close and personal with the magnificent whale shark. After a quick practice with your mask and snorkel on Ningaloo Reef, head out to sea where spotter planes will be able to locate the whale sharks for you (Mar-Aug). If you time it right (Sep-Oct), you may also be able to spot a humpback whale or two. Departs Whale Sharks: Daily (Mar–Aug) Departs Humpbacks: Daily (Sep-Oct) Meals: Lunch and morning and afternoon tea Transport: Hotel pick-up Includes: Mask and snorkel and wetsuit hire Tour Code: EXMMOU/EXMHUM

AFTERNOON NINGALOO REEF KAYAK TOUR

$80

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Join this afternoon kayak and snorkel tour for an introduction to the stunning Ningaloo Reef. From Exmouth, head to nearby Bundegi, Wobiri or Tantabiddy Beaches (depending on conditions) where you get kitted up for kayaking. Learn the basics of paddling, then follow your guide to see the area’s rich marine life, including turtles, rays and the occasional reef shark or dolphin, by snorkelling. Afterwards, refresh with tea and snacks on the beach. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Not included Meals: None Transport: Return hotel transfers included Includes: Use of snorkel and kayak equipment, afternoon tea and local guide Note: Subject to weather conditions Tour Code: VEXMKT

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Location: Situated in central Exmouth, not too far from Federation and Lefroy Parks.

Location: Just a five-minute walk from Broome's International Airport. Easy!

Location: Overlooks Cable Beach's 22km stretch of white sand.

Vibe: A solid base with a choice of private rooms and apartments.

Vibe: Colourful, laid-back hostel with a lounge and bar to while the night away.

Vibe: Award-winning and zen-giving. Take stock in the meditation garden.

Highlights: Private rooms • Apartments • Outdoor pool • Restaurant • Bar • Shared kitchen • Barbecue facilities • Nightclub

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Bar • Barbecue facilities • Terrace • Garden

Highlights: Private studios • Bungalows • 2 outdoor pools • 3 restaurants • Bar • 2 cafés • Spa • Gym • Tennis courts

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TOP END EXPLORER 8 DAYS, Broome

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Departs: Wednesdays (May-Sep) Accommodation: Camping in swag/twin-share dome tent (7 nts). Option to upgrade available Transport: 4WD vehicle Meals: All meals included Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Includes: All national park fees, sightseeing as specified, Bungle Bungle Wanderer Experience (including flight) Note: Sleeping bag fee of AUD $30. Departures early or late in the season are weather dependent. Maximum age for this tour is 55 Tour Code: BME8DT

You might like • T  ake a flight over the Bungle Bungles • Listen to the legend of Jandamarra • Spot freshwater crocs throughout

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• C  hill out in pretty Katherine Gorge • Overnight in a working cattle station • Take a dip in Zebedee Springs

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Broome / Silent Grove / Mt. Elizabeth Depart Broome on Day 1 and head east to Windjana Gorge, where you’ll enjoy a tasty lunch on arrival. Later on, spot the gorge’s native birds and resident crocs, then head to the ancient reef system of Tunnel Creek to hear the legend of the Aboriginal freedom fighter Jandamarra. On Day 2, wake up to the wilderness and discover the magnificent natural gorges of Bell, Galvans and Manning. That evening, overnight at Mt. Elizabeth’s working cattle station. (B, 2L, 2D)

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Mt. Elizabeth / El Questro On Day 3, journey further east to El Questro for your two-night stay in an outback oasis. While you're there, explore El Questro Wilderness Park, home to one million acres, hike into El Questro Gorge and take a relaxing dip in the soothing thermal pool of Zebedee Springs. Make sure you make time to grab a drink or two at the Swinging Arm Bar! (2B, 2L, 2D)

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El Questro / Lake Argyle / Kununurra On Day 5, wake up with a morning hike to Emma Gorge, then make for the Hoochery Distillery, the oldest operating distillery in Western Australia. Opt to try the famous Ord River Rum, then continue to Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man-made lake, to set up camp. The next day, hop aboard a plane for a scenic flight over Lakes Argyle and Kununurra, the Ord and Bow Rivers and the iconic Bungle Bungles rock formations. Once you’ve touched down, take a walk through Cathedral Gorge and those aforementioned rocks you have just seen from the sky. This awesome adventure will finish with another scenic flight, this time over the Argyle Diamond Mine. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Kununurra / Katherine / Darwin Make your way to the Victoria River Roadhouse today, where you’ll stop for lunch and an escarpment walk. Later on, head towards Katherine, stopping to take a dip in some crystal clear hot springs along the way. On Day 8, journey to Litchfield National Park, stopping by a Butterfly Farm along the way. Once you’ve arrived, visit the mighty Magnetic Termite Mounds, Florence Falls and the Buley Rockhole, where you can cool off with a dip. Your trip ends in Darwin that evening. (2B, 2L, D)

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4WD Kimberley Safari (8 days Broome - Broome) Day 1-6 as per itinerary. On Day 7 bid farewell to those continuing to Darwin. Make your way to Fitzroy Crossing where you will spend the night. Next morning stop at Geike Gorge for a boat tour before returning to Broome mid-afternoon. (BMEKS8)  Fr $2,141

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Adelaide houses the world's largest display of Aboriginal culture and artefacts, so culture vultures can get their fix!

Pristine Kangaroo Island is regarded as Australia's Galรกpagos, as you can get up close to a huge variety of native wildlife.

The Neptune Islands, situated just off Port Lincoln, are one of the best place's in the world to spot mighty great white sharks.

Adelaide turns into festival city during March, with the Adelaide Fringe, WOMADelaide and Adelaide Festival all in town.

This is THE place for aquatic adventures - whale watching, swimming with dolphins or sea lions - it's all here for your enjoyment!

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ADELAIDE & BEYOND great whites or great vintages

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Pop the cork on Australia's wine and foodie capital. Take your farmer market wares to Adelaide's leafy parks and guzzle grapes (or sniff, swirl, sip and spit if you're going to be all proper about it, although there's nothing proper about spitting) in the Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale vineyards. Surrounded by a rugged coastline, swim with dolphins minutes from the CBD, hop across to Kangaroo Island or trek to Eyre Peninsula to swim with mighty Great Whites.

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Location: Close to the bus station and in good company in the backpacker district.

Location: Right in the centre of town, a few minutes away from Central Market.

Location: The West End, a short walk from West Terrace tram stop.

Vibe: Simple, low-key hostel based in a historic Victorian building.

Vibe: Funky, modern hostel with a lively lounge-come-dining area. Added pool table!

Vibe: Save your dollars for the sights at this simple, self-catering hotel.

Highlights: Mixed or single-sex dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Bar • Shared kitchen • TV lounge • Games room

Highlights: Mixed or single-sex dorms • Private rooms • Shared kitchen • Barbecue facilities • TV lounge • Games room

Highlights: Studios • Apartments • Fully-equipped kitchen • Private balcony • Restaurant • Bar • Access to off-site gym

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BAROSSA VALLEY TOUR

$90

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$80

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HALF DAY

Get groovy in the Barossa Valley, Oz's most famous wine region! Swirl, sniff and sip your way around vineyards as you explore just why this region has the winning wine formula. Check out the home of Jacob's Creek, see the world's largest rocking horse and encounter the whispering wall. Top it all off with a tasty gourmet pizza lunch.

Climb along the roof of the famous Adelaide Oval on this two-hour tour. With your experienced guide, navigate from the Western Stand across a link bridge to the Riverbank Stand, then soak up the views from a deck overlooking the ground's southern end. While you're here, test your mettle on the 50 metre high lean out point!

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SWIM WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS

$236

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SWIM WITH SEA LIONS

$120

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KANGAROO ISLAND EXPERIENCE

$234

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FULL DAY

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Spend almost three hours cruising from Port Lincoln to where mighty great whites hang out, spotting dolphins and birds along the way. When the sharks arrive, you'll have the option to hop into a cage or an aquasuba (glass viewing area) and come face to face with this incredible species. Breakfast, lunch and tea are all included.

Known as the 'puppies of the sea' due to their friendly and playful nature, swimming with sea lions is definitely an experience to tick off the bucket list! With this half-day tour from Port Lincoln, you'll get to do just that, stopping only to enjoy morning tea aboard the boat. All equipment, transfers, photos and a light breakfast are included.

For all nature-lovers (and pretty much everyone else), this adventure from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island can't be missed. Aptly known as the Galápagos of Australia, take guided walks past yawning sea lions at Seal Bay, search for koalas at a sanctuary, eat lunch in the bush and climb the Remarkable Rocks in Flinders Chase.

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KANGAROO ISLAND WILDLIFE ADVENTURE FARM STAY

$326

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2 DAYS

Check out the wildlife and wilderness of Kangaroo Island on this two-day adventure! Depart Adelaide early on Day 1 and ferry over to the island. Stop at Prospect Hill for 360 degree views, then head to Seal Bay to see seals (duh!). Next up, visit Remarkable Rocks and Admiral's Arch, then sleep in farm-style accommodation. The next day, go hiking, snorkelling (summer only), sandboarding and kayaking. Head back to Adelaide that evening. Departs: Daily (Dec-Mar); Sat (May-Oct); Mon, Thu and Sat (Apr and Nov) Accommodation: Farm multi-share dorm (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: Coach and ferry transfers Tour Code: ADLKI2

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KANGAROO ISLAND ADVENTURE TOUR

$371

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2 DAYS

Veer off the tourist trail. From Adelaide, take a short ferry to Kangaroo Island to visit Rob's Sheep Shearing and Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, then walk among a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Next up, sandboarding at Little Sahara and a beach barbecue at Vivonne Bay. Next up, the Flinders Chase National Park's Admiral's Arch and fur seals. Return to Adelaide by ferry and coach. Fancy doing it as a self-drive? Please ask for details. Departs: Daily (Dec-Mar); Wed and Sat (May-Aug); Mon, Wed, Sat (Sep-Oct); Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat (Apr and Nov) Accommodation: Multi-share dorms (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: Coach, ferry Tour Code: ADLKIS

GREAT OCEAN ROAD & GRAMPIANS 3 DAYS, Adelaide

$326

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Melbourne Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Trek to MacKenzie Falls • Enjoy sunset at the Balconies • Stop by Brambuk Cultural Centre

The Balconies, Grampians

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Departs: Tue and Sat (year-round), Tue, Thu and Sat (Dec-Mar) Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (1 nt), multi-share cabin (1 nt). Upgrades available Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Minibus Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 21, Min 4 Includes: National park fees Tour Code: ADLGOR

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• Drive along the Great Ocean Road • Sunset at the Twelve Apostles • See plenty of local wildlife

Find out just what puts the 'great' into the Great Ocean Road with this awesome three-day tour. Depart Adelaide on Day 1 and journey to the scenic Grampians National Park, where you'll enjoy an afternoon trek to the MacKenzie Falls. Later that evening, walk to the Balconies look out point, keeping your eyes peeled for koalas and wallabies along the way. The next day, go for a morning hike on the Grampians, then it's on to the Brambuk Cultural Centre, where you'll get the chance to learn all about local Aboriginal history. Next up is the Tower Hill Reserve, chock-a-block full of wildlife and spectacular scenery. Later on, hit the famous Great Ocean Road and pass the Shipwreck Coast and Twelve Apostles. On Day 3, take a walk in Otway National Park and pass Apollo Bay, Lorne and Geelong on the way to Melbourne.

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FLINDERS OUTBACK EXPLORER

$450

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4 DAYS

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ADELAIDE TO MELBOURNE GREAT OCEAN ROAD TRIP

$418

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5 DAYS

Do the ultimate Great Ocean Road Trip with this scenic self-drive. With all accommodation included, you'll just be able to kick back, relax and take your time. Departing Adelaide on Day 1, head to the Barossa Valley, one of Oz's most famous wine areas. The next day, brush that wine head aside and make for Robe, a quaint fishing port on the Limestone Coast. Continue to Port Fairy, then it's on to picturesque Anglesea for beach time. End up in Melbourne.

Departs: Selected Fridays (Jan-Dec) Accommodation: Multi-share dorms (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Transport: Minibus Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 21 Includes: National park fees Tour Code: ADLFO4

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels, motels and resorts (4 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: Road Trip Kit (Backpack, maps, itinerary, information guides, 24hour assistance) Note: Car hire not included Tour Code: ADLATM

SECRETS OF THE EYRE PENINSULA 6 DAYS, Adelaide

$751

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Adelaide Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Camp out in traditional swag huts • Optional shark cage diving • See lots of native wildlife

inclusions

Departs: Wednesdays (Dec-Jan) and selected Wednesdays (Feb-Apr and Sep-Nov) Accommodation: Camping (5 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Transport: Minibus Group Leader: Tour guide Tour Code: ADL5DS

• Swim with sea lions and dolphins • Explore the cliffs of Locks Well • Visit the ancient Flinders Ranges

This tour is your chance to see some of Australia's best national parks, footprint-free beaches and pristine coastal regions, with a healthy dose of native wildlife packed in for good measure. It's an early start on Day 1 as you leave the city for the more rugged side of the Southern Flinders Ranges before arriving at the Eyre Peninsula on Day 2 - a little slice of paradise. After an afternoon of optional sandboarding at the Lake Newland dunes, head to your overnight farmstay at Coodlie Park to look for roos, wombats and emus. The next day, opt to swim with sea lions and dolphins, on a three-hour cruise before bedding down in traditional swag huts. On Day 4, travel along the Great Ocean Tourist Drive to your private campground, rising early the next day for optional shark cage diving! Return to Adelaide on Day 6.

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Perth Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Hike the Flinders Ranges • Swim with sea lions and dolphins • Cross the mighty Nullarbor

Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia

inclusions

$1,316

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Accommodation: Camping (9 nts). Sleeping bag required Age Group: Min 8 Transport: Modern air con minibus Meals: 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 21 Includes: National park fees Note: Reverse route option departing on Sundays (9 days duration) (PERPTA) Tour Code: ADLATP/ PERPTA

• Explore ancient forests • Aboriginal cultural experience • Sandboarding in Lake Newland

From Adelaide, head to the Flinders Ranges. On arrival, keep an eye out for the rare yellow-footed rock wallabies before setting up camp in the Warren Gorge. On Day 2, pass through the Eyre Peninsula and stop by the Lake Newland sand dunes before settling in to your swag huts at Coodlie Park for the night. The next day, opt to swim with seals and sea lions then head to your camp at Fowlers Bay. On Day 4, cross the Great Australian Bight before hitting the road to Esperance and Cape Le Grand National Park on Day 5. Crystal clear waters, powdery white sands and... sunbathing kangaroos? What else? Spend a day here, then make for the Stirling Ranges on Day 7 after an early-morning hike to Frenchman's Peak. Visit the Valley of the Giants, then make for Margaret River and undertake an indigenous experience. Finish up in Perth on Day 10.

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Cruise from Adelaide to the Outback and back again on this four-day trip. Depart on Day 1 and make for South Australia's largest mountain range, the Flinders Ranges. Spot plenty of wildlife along the way, then bed down in Parachlina Gorge. On Day 2, hike to Mount Ohlssen Bagge and Blinman Mine, then on Day 3, enjoy a bike ride then explore the quaint town of Quorn. On Day 4, head to Adelaide via the Sugar Gum trail hike on Mt. Remarkable.


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Cracking coffee, craft beer, top-notch bistros plus a vibrant arts and live music scene; edgy Melbourne is Oz's cultural capital.

Get back to nature with bushwalks, waterfalls and ancient Aboriginal rock art at the sandstone mountain ranges of the Grampians.

Melbourne has been ranked the world's most liveable city since 2011, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

One of Oz's most famous routes, the Great Ocean Road takes you past rad surf breaks, quaint towns and koala-filled trees.

Spot the classic Aussie animals (think koalas, dingoes and kangaroos) and watch the famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island.

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The Melbourne Star is a giant observation wheel in the Waterfront City.

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The biggest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere, Queen Vic Market is a foodie institution. Pack up your artisan treats along with your frisbee and head across the Yarra River to picnic in the lush Royal Botanic Gardens.

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Supercharged by ferocious coffee culture, Melbourne is criss-crossed with quirky laneways, artsy graffiti, rumbling trams and people-watching cafés. No wonder it's the 'world's most liveable city'.

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Embrace your inner hipster and ride your borrowed fixed-gear to Fitzroy. Peer into retro boutiques, browse for vinyl, take hours over brunch and even longer over jam jar cocktails.

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Within hours of Victoria's creative capital, you can be sloshing around in Chardonnay in the Yarra Valley, surfing wild swells and soaking up quaint seaside charms in the Mornington Peninsula or setting off along the Great Ocean Road. And in winter, skiing!

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Melbourne is… street art, music, sports, pop-up bars and coffee. It's edgy boutiques and thrift markets, vintage shops and al fresco restaurants. Basically, it's a big sprawl of awesome and we love it. As a rule, backpackers make for beachy St Kilda where surfers flock alongside fairy penguins. For a taste of hipster Oz, follow the beards to trendy Fitzroy where alternative culture reigns supreme. Bring your fixie bike and wayfarers.

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Location: Five minutes' walk from Queen Victoria Market and Flagstaff Gardens, and steps away from a tram stop.

Location: Right opposite the Flinders Street train station and just minutes from the Yarra River and Federation Square.

Vibe: Sociable, no-frills hostel featuring a rooftop sun deck, cinema lounge and bar. Perfect for meeting other travellers!

Vibe: A perennial backpacker favourite. Buckets of personality and full of quirky art and décor throughout.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Lockers • Bar • Café • Shared kitchen • Barbecue facilities • Shared TV lounge • Rooftop terrace • Garden • Evening entertainment

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Lockers • Bar • Shared kitchen • Shared TV lounge • Nightclub/DJ • Evening entertainment • Vending machines

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Location: Around the corner from Luna Park, close to St. Kilda and the hipster hangout of Carlisle Street.

Location: Situated in two separate locations across St. Kilda, just a hop, skip and a jump from the beach and Luna Park theme park.

Vibe: Named as one of the world's hippest hostels by Lonely Planet, Base is ideal for those on a budget.

Vibe: Choose from three-and-a-half-star Easystay or the four-star Abode and enjoy the independence of apartment living.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Lockers • Bar • Shared kitchen • Shared TV lounge • Games room • Luggage storage • Laundry • On-site parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Apartments in 2 separate locations • Air con • Kitchen • Breakfast included at Abode • Luggage storage • Close to the beach • On-site parking (at extra cost)

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$106 $53

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Location: Only 500 metres from Southern Cross train station, less than a ten-minute walk from Etihad Stadium.

Vibe: The perfect base for shopaholics, sports fans and sightseers alike, this warmly-decorated hotel offers 142 modern rooms.

Vibe: Urban high-rise hotel housed in a 1920s building. All 171 rooms are bright, spacious and clean, with private en suites.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • In-room safe • Room service • Breakfast room • Steam room • Gym • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception • Off-site parking (at extra cost)

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$148 $74

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Location: Situated right on Bourke Street Mall, surrounded by some of Melbourne's best cafés and boutique shops.

Location: Just three minutes' walk from the famous Luna Park and close to the sands of St. Kilda beach.

Vibe: Cosy hotel set within a 1920s commercial building. All 82 modern rooms feature flatscreen TVs and some have city views.

Vibe: Expect chic rooms with modern décor and down pillows at this boutique hotel. Apartment upgrades are available.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Blackout curtains • Breakfast room • Luggage storage • Laundry • 24-hour reception • Off-site parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Apartments • Restaurant • Café • Terrace • Bike rental • Luggage storage • Laundry • 24-hour reception • Free on-site parking

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$321

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See the best of the 'world's most liveable city' on this fab three-day package. With the social Nomads Melbourne as your base, you'll be right in the heart of the action, and will have the city's bars and restaurants on your doorstep. On top of accommodation, you'll also have three included tours thrown in for good measure. Sports fans rejoice! First up is a tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and National Sports Museum. Next up is a trip up the Eureka Skydeck, 285 metres above the city. If you've got a head for heights then you're in luck. The final activity on the agenda? Skydiving from 14,000 feet! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Mixed dorms or private rooms in Nomads Melbourne (2 nts) Meals: Not included Transport: Transfers to/from skydive included Includes: Entry to the Melbourne Cricket Ground and National Sports Museum, Eureka Skydeck and 14,000ft skydive Tour Code: MELIND/MELMCG/MELEUR/AUSKTS

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Location: Right in the city centre, less than a five-minute walk to Bourke Street Mall and the Regent Theatre.


GREAT OCEAN ROAD EXPERIENCE

$106

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FULL DAY

VICTORIA

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. Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Air con minibus Includes: Melbourne pick-up/drop-off, sightseeing as per itinerary, entry fees, morning tea, free Wi-Fi on journey home, experienced driver/guide Tour Code: MELGUR

YARRA VALLEY WINE EXPERIENCE

$108

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FULL DAY

PENGUIN PARADE & KOALA HIGHLIGHTS

$108

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FULL DAY

Visit an Aussie wildlife park to meet the kangaroos and see friendly 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 Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Air con minibus Includes: Melbourne pick-up/drop-off, sightseeing as per itinerary, entry fees, free Wi-Fi on journey home, experienced driver/guide Tour Code: MELPPP

MORNINGTON PENINSULA HOT SPRINGS & WINE TASTING TRIP

$161

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FULL DAY

Visit some of Victoria's best wineries in the scenic region of the Yarra Valley, just an hour from central Melbourne. Enjoy tutored tastings at no fewer than four premium wineries, enjoy a superb winery restaurant lunch (with wine included, of course) and finish the day at the home of Australia's number one bubbly, Domaine Chandon, for a glass of bubbles! You'll leave Melbourne at 10am and will be back by 5pm. Transfers to the Yarra Valley are included.

Relax and unwind on this fab full-day tour, taking in the multiaward winning Peninsula Hot Springs as well as lunch and wine tasting at the traditional Pig and Whistle tavern. Depending on time of year, you'll also get the chance to visit Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm (Nov-Mar) or Mornington Peninsula Chocolates in quaint Flinders. Later on, visit the Enchanted Adventure Garden, home to a giant slide park and featuring 20 beautiful gardens.

Departs: Daily Meals: Lunch included Transport: Transfers to/from the Yara Valley and to four wineries Includes: Tours as per itinerary, expert guide, lunch, tea and coffee Tour Code: MELWIN

Departs: Daily except Sun (Nov-Feb), Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays (MarOct) Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Transfers from/to Melbourne Includes: Access to thermal pools, towel hire, all park entry fees Tour Code: MELPHS

GRAMPIANS GREAT ESCAPE

$106

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HIKE & SEEK WILSONS PROM DAY TRIP

$148

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FULL DAY

Explore one of the world's most spectacular mountain ranges on this full-day tour from Melbourne. Experience the breathtaking scenery of the Grampians National Park as you are taken to many different look-outs to absorb the panoramic vista. Later on, travel through the delightful town of Halls Gap where you'll see kangaroos and emus in the wild and learn about the region's Aboriginal culture. A picnic lunch will be included.

Discover pristine beaches, eucalyptus forests and rocky peaks at Australia's most southern point on this full day tour. Wilsons Prom is the destination of the day, and you'll visit Squeaky Beach, Mts. Bishop and Oberon and the Tidal River township while you're here. Soak up the views and enjoy the Aussie fresh air! Note that there a significant amount of hiking on this tour (around 15 kilometres), so a good level of fitness is required. A vegan lunch is included.

Departs: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays plus Tuesdays (Oct-Apr) Meals: Lunch included Transport: Return transfers from Melbourne included Includes: Tours as per itinerary, entry fees, morning tea Tour Code: MELGGE

Departs: Thursdays Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Return transfers from/to Melbourne in a VW Caravelle included Includes: Hiking, lunch and snacks Note: Other Hike and Seek trips available. Ask your Travel Expert Tour Code: MELHSW

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$21

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EUREKA SYKDECK & THE EDGE EXPERIENCE

$17

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HALF DAY

If you’re looking for an experience above all else (literally!), look no further than the 285-metre high Eureka Skydeck. Shoot to the top in the Southern Hemisphere's fastest elevator, then soak up the floorto-ceiling, 360-degree views. For added adventure, check out The Edge, an all glass cube suspended 300 metres above the city.

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Everybody needs good neighbours. Storm the Neighbours set and relive its craziest scenes on this official half-day tour. Visit the actual houses and the street that provides the backdrop of this internationally-loved Aussie show. You may even get the chance to meet one of the cast members. We'll hold out for Dr. Karl. NEIBOU

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PHILLIP ISLAND BEACH & WILSONS PROM EXTRAVAGANZA

$247

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2 DAYS

See some of Oz's best landscapes on this epic two-day tour. Day 1 will see you spotting kangaroos, koalas and dingoes on your way down to Phillip Island. Enjoy fantastic coastal views as you walk across The Nobbies boardwalk, then end the day with the famous penguin parade. On Day 2, take in the views from Wilsons Prom, hike past Mt. Oberon and Mt. Bishop then head back to Melbourne. Departs: Saturdays and Tuesdays year-round plus Thursdays (Dec-Feb) Accommodation: Choice of shared or private accommodation (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast Transport: Modern air con minibus Includes: All park entry fees, guided tours, transfers to/from Melbourne Tour Code: MELPPR

Small Group Adventure

GREAT OCEAN ROAD, MORNINGTON PENINSULA & PHILLIP ISLAND

2 DAYS

Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Accommodation: Hostel multi-share (1 nt) or upgrade to private room Transport: Air con bus, ferry Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Includes: Entry fees, transport from/to Melbourne Tour Code: MELDGO

$186

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Melbourne Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Cruise along the Great Ocean Road • Take a pic at the Twelve Apostles • Camp in a Native American teepee

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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$247

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If you're short on time but big on bucket lists, then this is an absolute ripper! On Day 1, join the wild clifftops and pounding surf of the Great Ocean Road, climbing down to marvel at the jaw-dropping Twelve Apostles. Continue on driving through the lush Otway Ranges. The next day, catch the ferry to the idyllic Mornington Peninsula and on to Phillip Island. End up watching the aptly-named penguin parade then head back to Melbourne.

TEEPEE TOURS GREAT OCEAN ROAD TRIP 2 DAYS, Melbourne

$49

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Departs: Wednesdays & Saturdays Accommodation: Multi-share teepee (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: All transport included throughout the tour Includes: Surf lesson, sleeping bags and pillows, pick-up/drop-off from St Kilda or Melbourne CBD Tour Code: MELTEE

• Tuck into a tasty barbecue dinner • Hang out with fellow travellers • Opt for a locals' night out

If you're looking to hot foot it down the Great Ocean Road and meet some great friends along the way, this trip has got you covered! Cruise along the beautiful drive with tunes blaring, surf for a couple of hours (beginner friendly), share stories, stop whenever you feel like it, see wild koalas and kangaroos in the wild and eventually camp overnight in a real life Native American teepee. The teepee fits 15 camp beds and plenty of bean bags, so you'll really be able to relax. Here, you'll drink a few beers, play games and enjoy a tasty barbecue. There'll even be a few instruments lying about for any impromptu music session. The next day, you'll see the Twelve Apostles and the mighty Loch Ard Gorge, stopping for some piccies along the way! Later on, head back to Melbourne for an optional night out in a favourite locals' spot.

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Step into the 'G' on a guided MCG tour and visit the National Sports Museum. You'll get the opportunity to get an exclusive, behind the scenes peek at one of the world's most iconic sports stadiums, home of the AFL Grand Final and Boxing Day Test. Learn all about the history and secrets since it was first established.

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VICTORIA

GREAT OCEAN ROAD WEST Melbourne

$699

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Adelaide

5 DAYS

highlights

• See the Twelve Apostles • Enjoy waterfalls and lakes.

Small Group Adventure

GREAT OCEAN ROAD & GRAMPIANS Melbourne

$326

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Adelaide

3 DAYS

highlights

• Spot an array of wildlife • Explore the Grampians

• Admire epic landscapes • Swim off secluded beaches

Arrive into Melbourne at any point on Day 1 and get yourself settled in. The next morning, hit the Great Ocean Road and enjoy a stop at the Twelve Apostles and walk through the rainforest at Great Otway National Park. Travel inland on Day 3 to Grampians National Park, where you'll enjoy another trek through the forest, keeping an eye out for wildlife. Explore the park further the following day, then head to Adelaide where your tour ends Day 5. Departs: Selected Tuesdays Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Accommodation: Hostels (4 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $145-290 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Tour Code: GAOAMA

• See kangaroos & more • Learn about Aboriginal life

Hit the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne and head to Apollo Bay, Lorne and other secluded beaches for a dip before arriving in Otway National Park for lunch. Finish with an epic sunset over the Twelve Apostles. Next day, visit Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and the Bay of Martyrs. Continue to Grampians National Park, where you'll hike to McKenzie Falls. Spend your last day exploring the Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Centre on the way to Adelaide. Departs: Tue & Fri (plus Sun from Dec-Mar) Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Includes: Experienced guide and national park entry fees Note: Trip can be done in reverse Tour Code: MELGOC

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ULTIMATE MELBOURNE Melbourne

$371

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Melbourne

5 DAYS

highlights

• Ride the Great Ocean Road • See the Twelve Apostles

• Watch the penguin parade • Eureka Skydeck admission

STRAIGHT OUTTA MELBOURNE ROAD TRIP Melbourne

Melbourne

$660

FR

7 DAYS

highlights

• Drive the Great Ocean Road • Wine taste in Yarra Valley

• Go hiking in the Grampians • See the penguin parade

Combine inner city beaches and breathtaking coastlines on this trip. Start with a two-day tour of the Great Ocean Road, Twelve Apostles and Phillip Island. On Day 3, watch the famous penguin parade, when the penguins return to shore after a day's fishing. Get under Melbourne's skin on Day 4 with a cultural walking tour, then brave the lofty heights of Eureka Skydeck for epic views.

Get 'straight outta Melbourne' on this awesome road trip and visit some of Victoria's best hotspots. Take in the Yarra Valley wine region, the penguins of Phillip Island, the Mornington Peninsula, the world famous Great Ocean Road and the Grampian Mountains before returning to Melbourne. Note this is an accommodation only package. Car hire and activities must be booked separately.

Departs: Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays Accommodation: Melbourne hostel (3 nts), budget accommodation on Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island tour (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Includes: Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island tour, Melbourne walking tour, Eureka Skydeck entry Tour Code: MELUSP

Departs: Daily Trip Style: Self-Drive Accommodation: Hotels, motels and resorts D (6 nts) Transport: Ferry (Sorrento to Queenscliff) Meals: Not included Includes: Ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff, Road Trip Kit (Backpack, maps, detailed itinerary, tourist information guides, 24-hour assistance) Note: Car hire not included Tour Code: MELSOM

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Bay of Fires Launceston Cradle Mountain Freycinet N.P.

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GETTING OUTDOORS

YACHT RACES AND OYSTERS

BUSHWALKING

RARE WILDLIFE

WINE TASTING

42% of Tasmania is a World Heritage Area, a national park or a marine or forest reserve. So dig out those hiking boots!

Late December brings a party vibe to Hobart, when the annual Rolex Yacht Race and foodie loving Taste Festival come to town.

The 80 km Overland Track from Cradle Mountain to Lake St. Clair is one of Oz's greatest bushwalks. Tackle all or just a part of it.

If you're lucky, you might be able to spot the rare and feisty Tasmanian Devil, made famous by the 'Looney Tunes' cartoons.

We all love a glass of wine or two, and Tasmania produces some award winning stuff. Check out the Tamar Valley Vineyards.

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HOBART & BEYOND harbours & hardcore hikes

TASMANIA

Understated, self-assured and a downright treat; welcome to Hobart! The second-oldest city in Oz came third in a list of its most liveable cities in 2013, and it's easy to see why. The vibrant harbour is teeming with fresh restaurants and eclectic markets, and nearby Mt. Wellington is perfectly situated for biking excursions and bushwalks. Follow the crowd to the MONA gallery, or plan your arrival to coincide with Tasmania's Taste Festival.

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Location: Just 300 metres from the shops and restaurants of Constitution Dock, close to the Salamanca Markets.

Location: Situated on Macquarie Street, just steps from the shops and restaurants of Hobart city centre.

Vibe: Casual, redbrick hostel with a choice of dorms or private rooms. There's also a bar, lounge and kitchen for socialising.

Vibe: Colourful and modern hotel with 296 airy rooms and suites, some with city views. Get active in the heated indoor pool or gym.

Highlights: Mixed or single-sex dorms • Private rooms • Bar • Shared Kitchen • Shared TV lounge • Library • Laundry • Luggage storage

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Indoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Steam room • Gym • Laundry • Luggage storage • Off-site parking (at extra cost)

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TASVILLAS ACCOMMODATION PASS

$55

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3+ DAYS

Fall in love with Tasmania with this flexible accommodation pass, allowing you the choice of where you stay each night. Book three or more nights' accommodation and stay at any TasVillas or Motel Plus property. With over 10 properties available, from Hobart and Launceston to Cradle Mountain and St Helens, they’ll have you covered. Simply pre-book your first night’s accommodation, then use your flexi pass vouchers to stay where you like from then on. Departs: Daily Accommodation: 1 bed studios or 2 bed suites Meals: Not included Note: Subject to availability and pre-booking in Hobart is strongly recommended. No min/max night stays Tour code: TASVIL

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BRUNY ISLAND DAY TOUR

$104

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FULL DAY

Pack in incredible natural beauty, tasty food and plenty of wildlife on this tour. Your tour begins with a short ferry hop over to the island, where you'll enjoy a tasting session at the Bruny Island Cheese Company. Move on to the Neck Lookout for 360 degree views, then walk to Cape Bruny's lighthouse. After lunch at Adventure Bay, opt to go walking or take the Bruny Island Cruise (at extra cost) before heading back. Look out for white wallabies! Departs: Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays (Dec-Apr), Saturdays (May-Nov) Meals: Not included Transport: All land/ferry transfers and pick-up/drop-off included Includes: Cheese tasting, guide, national park fees Tour Code: VIHBAD

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MOUNT WELLINGTON & MONA DAY TRIP

$93

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FULL DAY

Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays (Mar-Nov), Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays (Dec-Feb) Meals: Not included Transport: All transfers and pick-up/drop-off from hostels/hotels included Tour Code: VIHBAM

BAY OF FIRES NATIONAL PARK

$105

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FULL DAY

This action-packed day tour takes you through some of the prettiest locations in Tasmania, from the green rolling hills and fertile farmlands around Lilydale and Scottsdale to the temperate rainforest of the Weldborough Pass. Continue to the spectacular coastal region of the Bay of Fires, to the open grazing lands of the Fingal Valley and Northern Midlands. Bring your own picnic lunch or purchase lunch to enjoy en route at the pretty Binalong Bay. Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays Meals: Not included Transport: All transfers and pick-up/drop-off from Launceston hostels/hotels included Includes: Activities as per itinerary, guided commentary, oyster tasting Tour Code: VILSTF

$121

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FULL DAY

Uncover Tasmania’s ruthless convict past at the World Heritage listed site of Port Arthur on this full-day tour. Start the day at Richmond, Australia’s best-preserved colonial village, before heading south to Tasman National Park for some amazing views. Continue to Port Arthur and join a guided walking tour, after which you can take a harbour cruise or take time to explore. Head back to Hobart via Tasman Arch, Devil's Kitchen and the Blowhole. Departs: Tuesday, Fridays, and Sundays (Jan-Dec), plus Saturdays (Nov-Mar) Meals: Not included Transport: All transfers and pick-up/drop-off included Includes: Port Arthur entry, guided tour, harbour cruise Tour Code: VIHBAP

WINEGLASS BAY & FREYCINET ATIONAL PARK

Departs: Daily except Sundays Meals: Not included Transport: All transfers and pick-up/drop-off from Hobart hostels/hotels included Includes: Activities as per itinerary, national park fees, guides Tour Code: VIHBAW

$359

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Hobart or Launceston Small Group Adventure • Spot wildlife at Mt.Field • Chill out by Lake St.Clair • Visit mighty Montezuma Falls

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

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FULL DAY

Discover the pink granite mountains, secluded bays and pristine beaches of Freycinet National Park on this full-day trip. Head east to the national park via the Freycinet Marine Farm, where you can indulge in some oysters! Next up, walk to the Wineglass Bay Lookout, then take a walk along the beach and back again. Opt to take a dip, then head back to Hobart via Spikey Bridge and Kate's Berry Farm. Make sure you try some of the ice cream!

WILD WEST COAST 3 DAYS, Hobart

$93

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Departs: Mon, Wed and Sat (Dec-Apr), Mon (May-Nov) Accommodation: Hotels/hostels (2 nts) Meals: Not included Transport: Return transfers, private vehicle. Return transfer to Hobart available at extra cost Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 24 Includes: Activities as mentioned per itinerary Tour Code: HBAWWW

highlights

• Hike up Cradle Mountain • Visit the Town of Murals • Have some fun on Henty Dunes

If you're short on time but looking to tick off some of Tassie's biggest attractions, then this is for you! After you've been picked up from your hotel in Hobart on Day 1, you'll head to Mt. Field National Park for wildlife and waterfalls. Continue to Lake St.Clair and Donaghy's Hill, then overnight in Tullah. The next day, wander through ancient rainforests and explore Montezuma Falls, Tasmania's highest waterfall. Stop for lunch in the beautiful town of Strahan, then let loose on the giant Henty sand dunes for some wild photos! Then on Day 3, it's all about Cradle Mountain, and you'll have plenty of time to enjoy it. Take it in with a quiet stroll or choose a more challenging hike – it's up to you! Stop for lunch in Sheffield, the Town of Murals, then enjoy some delicious salmon tasting! End the trip in either Launceston or Hobart.

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TASMANIA

Time to experience two of Hobart's hottest attractions. Start by heading to the summit of Mt. Wellington to enjoy stunning views over Hobart and Southern Tasmania. Afterwards, opt to walk the spectacular Organ Pipes walk or take it easy with various other walks on offer. That afternoon, enjoy free time by Hobart's waterfront, then board the ferry to the MONA museum for an afternoon of exploring.

PORT ARTHUR DAY TOUR


LAP OF TASSIE 5 DAYS, Hobart

$557

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Hobart Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Hike in beautiful wilderness • See Montezuma Falls • Enjoy incredible views

• Taste delicious cheese • Visit a penguin colony • Swim in the Bay of Fires

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Hobart / Mt Field / Russell Falls / Lake St. Clair Post pick-up from your hotel in Hobart, head to the pristine wilderness of Mt. Field National Park, the entry point to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. While here, take a look at Russell Falls and walk among some of the tallest trees on earth. Stop for lunch at Lake St. Clair and keep an eye out for platypus, then take in the views of Frenchmans Cap and Franklin River from Donaghy's Hill.

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Montezuma Falls / Strahan / Henty Dunes An action-packed day today on Tassie's wild west coast. First up, walk through lush rainforest to Montezuma Falls – Tasmania's highest waterfall. Tuck into lunch in the fishing village of Strahan, once one of the most remote outposts of the British Empire, and end the day with a visit to Henty Dunes for tip-top views.

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Cradle Mountain / Sheffield / Launceston It's time for Cradle Mountain. At a whopping 1,545 metres high, this is one of Tasmania's biggest icons! After a few hours hiking here, head to Sheffield, the Town of Murals, for lunch. Continue via Salmon Farm to the garden city of Launceston, where you'll check out Cataract Gorge.

04-05

Bay of Fires / Bicheno / Wineglass Bay / Freycinet / Hobart Head east to admire the amazing memorial carvings at Legerwood and taste the cheesy delights of the Pyengana Dairy Company. In the afternoon, head to the stunning Bay of Fires and take a dip. Overnight in Bicheno and have a look at a local penguin colony. Next day visit the beautiful Wineglass Bay via a local wildlife sanctuary (at extra cost). Opt to hike up Mt. Amos or walk on the beach. End back in Hobart.

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

inclusions TASMANIA

Sheffield Cradle Mountain Montezuma Falls

Bay of Fires Launceston

Lake St. Bicheno Clair

Mt Field Strahan/ Henty Dunes

Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (Dec-Apr), Mondays (May-Nov) Accommodation: Hostels/hotels (dorm or private room, 4 nts) Transport: Return transfers, private vehicle Meals: Not included Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 24 Includes: National park fees, activities as mentioned per itinerary Tour Code: HBALT5

Russell Falls

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BEST OF TASMANIA 7 DAYS, Hobart

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Hobart

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• Explore Port Arthur • Go chocolate tasting • See wallabies at Bruny Island

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Hobart / Port Arthur / Mt. Field / Russell Falls / Lake St.Clair Depart Hobart and follow the colonial route to Port Arthur via Richmond, home of Oz's oldest bridge and catholic church. Continuing to the Tasman Peninsula, explore Pirates Bay and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur historic site where you'll enjoy a guided walking tour and harbour cruise. The next day, explore Mt. Field National Park and see Russell Falls, then continue to Lake St.Clair and Donaghy's Hill, where you'll enjoy some incredible views. Montezuma Falls / Strahan / Henty Dunes / Cradle Mountain / Sheffield / Launceston Begin the day with a trip to Montezuma Falls, the highest waterfall in Tasmania, then continue to the quaint town of Strahan for lunch. Close by are Henty Dunes, where you'll get a chance to explore and have a bit of fun jumping around! The next day, get active hiking Cradle Mountain, then stop for lunch at the 'Town of Murals' (Sheffield). Continue to Salmon Farm then overnight in pretty Launceston. Bay of Fires / Bicheno / Wineglass Bay / Freycinet / Hobart Head east today to admire the amazing memorial carvings at Legerwood and taste the cheesy delights of the Pyengana Dairy Company. Next up, the stunning Bay of Fires. Opt to go for a swim, then head to Bicheno where you'll overnight. Check out the penguins coming ashore as darkness falls! The next morning, head to the beautiful Wineglass Bay via a local wildlife sanctuary (at extra cost) and soak up the views. Later on, travel down the scenic Great Eastern Drive to Hobart via Kate's Berry Farm. On Day 7, catch the ferry to Bruny Island and spot the famous white wallabies, then it's back to Hobart where your tour ends.

Russell Falls, Tasmania

inclusions TASMANIA

Sheffield Cradle Mountain Montezuma Falls

Bay of Fires Launceston

Lake St. Bicheno Clair

Mt Field

Russell Falls

Strahan/ Hobart Port Henty Dunes Bruny Arthur Island

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Departs: Daily (Dec-Apr), Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays (May-Nov) Accommodation: Hostels/hotels (dorm or private room, 6 nts) Transport: Return transfers, private vehicle, ferry Meals: Not included Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 24 Includes: National park fees, activities as per itinerary Note: If you join the tour on a Monday, Wednesday or Saturday, you will visit Port Arthur on Day 7 instead of Day 1 Tour Code: HBABT7

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30

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40

40

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50

60

50

40

40

40

30

19

20

18

16

14

12

11

12

12

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17

Paihia

85

58

62

72

120

127

139

202

144

94

75

70

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18

17

14

10

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10

12

14

16

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56

81

77

128

96

89

119

92

73

84

62

94

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18

17

15

14

12

11

11

12

13

15

17

Napier

51

60

90

71

67

92

79

75

70

53

48

74

18

19

17

15

13

10

10

11

12

14

14

16

Wellington

30

20

30

40

50

40

30

40

50

50

40

30

18

18

16

14

11

8

8

9

12

12

15

15

Nelson

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60

60

60

70

70

70

70

70

70

70

70

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17

16

13

9

7

6

8

10

12

15

17

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50

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20

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20

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8

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13

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67

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74

58

59

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90

65

69

14

14

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11

10

8

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8

10

11

12

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63

49

41

46

37

43

36

44

32

50

55

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WORKING HOLIDAY

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand HOW TO APPLY - STEP ONE Check eligibility requirements - STEP TWO Visit our website or see us instore - STEP THREE Pay the fee and complete a basic application form. A more comprehensive form will be emailed to you to fill out

Get your Visa

$235

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- STEP FOUR Get your visa granted

New Zealand is where the great outdoors reigns supreme, and getting a job might be the only way to sustain a year of skydives and white-knuckle triathlons. Get your visa and sign up as a barista, fruit picker or even a hobbit (yes, way).

What is it? A working holiday visa lets you work in New Zealand for up to 12 months, and stay for up to 23 months.

Who can get one? British and Irish citizens aged between 18 and 30 (other nationalities may also be eligible). For a 12-month visa, you’ll need 15 months validity on your passport from the date of entry specified on your application. For a 23-month visa, you’ll need 26 months. You’ll also need sufficient funds available in your bank account for a return flight and to cover your stay in New Zealand: NZD $350 per month for every month you plan to stay.

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You have your visa, now what? You need a job! Our starter packages are designed to give you support and easy access to job opportunities. They include airport transfers, three, five or seven nights' accommodation on arrival, welcome orientation, access to a national jobs database, organised social events and a whole lot more. See pages 139-140 for more info.

GROUP FLIGHT $1,510

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Add on a Group Flight via Hong Kong. Experience an amazing new culture and get to know others who are heading your way. INCLUDES

 ne-way flight to New Zealand O Group Flight Facebook group 2-day/2-night guided tour of Hong Kong with 4* hotel Group welcome dinner in Hong Kong

TYPICAL JOBS IN NEW ZEALAND

AUCKLAND

Wellington

CHRISTCHURCH

Queenstown

Office admin NZD $18-$25 p/h

Barwork NZD $16-$18 p/h

Labourer NZD $20-$25 p/h

Ski work NZD $300 p/w Inc. food & lodging

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4 DAYS 6 DAYS 8 DAYS

Hello

A 4, 6 or 8-day welcome package in Auckland or Christchurch. Get a full orientation of your chosen city, CV and job consultation and 12 months’ access to the Work NZ jobs board. We’ll help you find your ideal office whether that’s a sheep farm, an adventure tourism company or, you know, an actual office. Each to their own.

$415

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Airport arrival transfer

What is it?

$350

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3, 5 or 7 nights hostel accommodation including daily breakfast and free Wi-Fi

Auckland & Christchurch

Landing in New Zealand on a working holiday doesn’t need to be daunting. Our Hello packages have been designed to ensure a hassle-free start in ‘En Zed’ with accommodation, activities and job-hunting help included.

$285

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12-month membership to Work NZ, which includes: 12-month access to Work NZ online jobs board and dedicated resource centre Arrival orientation from local guide CV and job consultation Help with bank account and tax number setup New Zealand SIM card 1 month free luggage storage Exclusive WWOOFing membership rate Local activities and social events Departs daily. Please ask your Travel Expert for details.

which city?  AUCKLAND Surrounded by water and famous for its beaches and great cuisine, NZ’s largest city serves up one helluva lifestyle. Escape to the hills after work or scout out the bars! Bed down in Base Auckland.

CHRISTCHURCH A budding street art scene, a big sporting culture and a bike-friendly centre are just a few things that make Christchurch a firstrate student city. There’s also almost no hills! Overnight in All Stars Inn when here.

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The Big One Auckland WHAT YOU GET Everything you’d get in our Hello package on page 139 but with loads of extra activities in Auckland and the Northland region to give you the best intro to Kiwi life.

7 DAYS

$721

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6-NIGHT HELLO PACKAGE PLUS

4 breakfasts and 3 dinners on your activities week DAY 1 Touch down and transfer to your hostel. Get some shut eye before your briefing, then meet the rest of the group over welcome dinner and drinks. DAY 2 Your arrival orientation includes help to set up your bank account and tax number plus an Auckland guided walking tour with tips on food, coffee and nightlife. DAY 3 Meet the Maoris and enjoy a performance by the kapa haka group. Later, hit the town on a pub crawl and get four drinks on us! DAY 4 Head up to the winterless north. Set up

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Group dinner and drinks

DAY 5 Go further north and keep going until you hit the tip at Cape Reinga. This day trip will see you sandboarding down huge dunes and a visiting a 2,000-year-old Kauri Forest.

Maori culture performance including the haka

DAY 6 Back in the Bay of Islands, hop on an overnight cruise. Snorkel, kayak, try fishing or star gazing, go on island walks and enjoy a star-lit Kiwi barbecue. DAY 7 Return to Auckland on Day 7 to start your job search.

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City walking tour

Auckland Museum entry Pub crawl with a free drink at every stop Cape Reinga guided tour (Ninety Mile Beach and Kauri forests) Sandboarding Bay of Islands overnight cruise Night kayaking Kiwi barbecue Departs once a month. Please ask your Travel Expert for details.


CAMPERVAN HIRE IN

New Zealand NEW ZEALAND

driving with mother nature With scenery that looks like it's just come out of a movie (and chances are, it has), driving around New Zealand by campervan is a joy. And with just over three million people on the North Island and one million in the south, there's not even much traffic (save for sheep of course). Below are a few of our fav routes but no matter where you go, expect adrenalin activities, unbeatable nightlife and rich Maori culture. Be mild or be wild‌ the choice is yours!

SET YOURSELF FREE Jump in your campervan, turn up the music, and head where you want to head, stop where you want to stop, spend extra days at places you like, skip right by ones you don't, and generally do whatever you want every day.

save money Compared to car hire, a campervan can 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 - who needs to go to a bar when you've got the beach?

Your choice of campervan We have teamed up with some of NZ's leading operators to offer you campervans suitable for all ages, tastes and budgets. T  ravellers Autobarn campervans are compact and functional and are customdesigned for backpackers and budget travellers. See page 144.  ighty offer reliable yet funky M campervans suitable for all travellers on a budget, no matter what your age, with two to six berths available. See page 142-143.  ritz has a huge fleet of comfortable B campervans, with everything you need while on the road. See page 142-143. For even more comfort on the road, please ask us about the premium brand maui.

Two of our favourite campervan road trips... Auckland

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Picton Blenheim

Rotorua

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Blenheim Kaikoura

Greymouth NEW ZEALAND

Milford Sound

Oamaru

Queenstown

Kaikoura

Christchurch

Wanaka Dunedin

Christchurch

NORTH TO SOUTH

MOUNTAINS & FIORDS

Auckland

Christchurch

Christchurch (1,100 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.

Activity Packs

Make your trip even more awesome by adding on an activity package when you book with Mighty, Britz or maui. It's cheaper than booking locally! EXPERIENCE TRILOGY

Includes a tour of the Glowworm Caves (Waitomo), Hobbiton movie set, Maori welcome ceremony and cultural performance plus traditional 'hangi' Maori feast (Te Puia). MAUI WINERY HAVENS

Imagine waking up to sweeping views across a beautiful vineyard, sampling distinctly New Zealand wines and learning about how to blend old world artistry with the latest technology to produce award-winning wines. You'll have the opportunity to sample this for yourself with this awesome activity pack, giving you access to some of the country's best wineries, tasting the freshest local food and wine. Sweet!

Christchurch (2,510 kms/1,560 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.

CALL 800.777.0112 TO BOOK

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Mighty & Britz

CAMPERVANS

let the good times roll All you need to worry about is preparing for an unforgettable free-wheeling adventure, while Britz and Mighty sort the rest! Britz offer a huge range of campervans with everything you could possibly need for your travelling home on wheels. Short on cash? Mighty promises to look after your purse strings while offering a fun yet reliable fleet suitable for all travellers on a budget, with two to six berths available. Time to hit the road!

SAVE SOME MONEY Discounts on multiple hires in AU/NZ Discounts on activities and attractions Ask about our earlybird and long hire discount for Mighty and Britz bookings

Pick-up/Drop off from Auckland, Queenstown and Christchurch.

britz & mighty advantage  river goes free to the Waitomo D Glowworn Caves, Ruakuri Caves and Aranui Caves All campervans are supplied with our exclusive in-vehicle tablet featuring: • GPS capability • Trip planning content including things to see and places to stay • Booking capability of activities • Operational vehicle ‘how to’ videos • Safe driving video and information

Standard Inclusions  nlimited kilometres U Kitchen and living gear; linen & bedding Rates include GST (Goods and Services Tax) and all admin fees 24-hour on-road assistance (toll-free) Britz: Standard liability of NZD $5,000 for the HiTop and NZD $7,500 for all other campervans. Mighty: Standard liability of NZD $3,500 for the Highball and Double Down and NZD $5,000 for all other campervans.

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book early! The earlier you book a camper, the cheaper the price. The prices here are per van, per day, based on low season rates (Jun-Aug). These will vary throughout the year, with peak prices between Dec-Mar. So be savvy!

Britz HiTop • Sleeps 2 (one double bed) • Minimum hire age 21 years old • Cold water only • Fridge/freezer and sink • Microwave and gas stove • In-vehicle tablet, AM/FM radio, CD player and aux input • Air con and heating (drivers cab) • Automatic and power-steering • Certified self-contained

$45 PER VAN/PER DAY

FR

Day

Night

Britz Venturer • Sleeps 2 (one double or two singles) • Minimum hire age 21 years old • Shower and toilet • Microwave and gas stove • Fridge/freezer and sink • Hot and cold pressurised water • In-vehicle tablet, AM/FM radio and CD player • Air con (drivers) and heating (drivers/main cab) • Automatic and power-steering • Certified self-contained

$65 PER VAN/PER DAY

FR

Day

Night

Britz Frontier • Sleeps 6 (three double beds) • Minimum hire age 21 years old • Fridge/freezer and sink • Microwave and gas stove • Hot and cold pressurised water • Tablet, AM/FM radio, CD player and DVD player with flat screen • Air con (drivers) and heating (drivers/main cab) • Automatic and power-steering • Certified self-contained

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$81 PER VAN/PER DAY

FR

Day

Night


Mighty Highball

$34 PER VAN/PER DAY

FR

• Sleeps 3 (one double bed, one single bed) • Minimum hire age 18 years old • Fridge/freezer, sink, microwave and gas stove • In-vehicle tablet, AM/FM radio • Auto, power-steering • Cold water only • Air con/heating (driver’s cab) • Certified self-contained

Day

BRITZ & MIGHTY INCLUSIVE PACK

Night

$49 PER VAN/PER DAY

FR

• Sleeps 2 (one double bed or two singles) • Min hire age 21 years old • Certified self contained • Automatic • In-vehicle tablet, AM/FM radio • Fridge/freezer, sink, microwave and gas stove • Toilet and shower • Certified self-contained

Day

 ccident liability reduced to NIL A Wi-Fi, including 1GB of data Extra driver fees Linen exchange Picnic table and chairs (per person) Portable fan heater Single vehicle rollover cover

Night

Mighty Double Up

$61 PER VAN/PER DAY

FR

Day/Night

Britz Bikes

Explore even more of New Zealand on your Britz adventure with Britz Bikes available for hire. Choose from a hybrid model, great for country trails and town cycling, or a mountain bike for some serious off-road riding. Britz will even throw in all the essentials you need, from helmets to pumps. Available from Auckland and Christchurch.

Stay connected All campers are fitted with an in-vehicle tablet to help you get from A to B, find activities on the road, safe driving videos and weather alerts.

Britz & Mighty has a large range of campervans to choose from. These are just some of our favourites! Please ask your Travel Expert for more options.

Mighty FLEXIcamper Pass KEEP IN MIND If you haven't yet figured out your exact dates for exploring this incredible country, check out our FLEXI Camper pass (exclusive to STA Travel!). It is designed for those on a working holiday visa and are yet to figure out their plans or those who will be based in one location and want to do multiple short trips.

WHAT IS MIGHTY FLEXI CAMPER? Available as 30, 40 and 50-day passes, these great-value passes can be used wherever and as often as you like (blackout dates apply) Pick-up: Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth (no one-ways allowed into or out of Perth), Auckland and Christchurch Mighty Highball or better depending on availability Max of two passengers as a 2-berth vehicle may be substituted

Must be activated within 12 months of purchase. Valid for 12 months from activation M  in hire four days (per hire) and a max hire of 20 days (per hire) Cannot travel between 20Dec-10Jan or over Easter (including one week either side) If travelling 01Nov-31Mar, 21 days' advance notice is required. Mighty will find you a camper within 10 days either side of your requested travel dates If travelling 01Apr to 31Oct, 14 days' advance notice is required. Mighty will find you a camper within five days either side of your requested travel dates

CALL 800.777.0112 TO BOOK

F LY / / T O U R / / S TAY / / C A M P E R / / PAC K AG E / /

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Mighty Deuce

• Sleeps 4 (two double beds) • Minimum hire age 21 years old • Fridge/freezer and sink • Toilet and shower • Microwave and gas stove • Tablet and AM/FM radio • Automatic • Hot and cold pressurised water • Air con and heating • Certified self-contained

Upgrade


NEW ZEALAND

Travellers Autobarn king of the road

Standard Inclusions

Travellers Autobarn knows New Zealand and it knows campervans, so you can sit back and chill, knowing you're in trusted hands! There is no better way to see NZ than by driving the very quiet and impossibly scenic roads, so why not do so in your very own, very affordable, super-funky travelling home? A reliable and wellestablished Australian company, Travellers Autobarn has been operating in NZ since 2009. You know you'll be in safe hands!

PROTECTION PLUS

why travellers autobarn? Perfect for the budget-savvy traveller: Bed and kitchenette thrown in to keep food and budget costs under control. Heaps of handy discounts on activities, attractions and caravan parks in NZ Vehicles for 18+ years old Mobile app - find dump stations, Wi-Fi, petrol stations, supermarkets, information centres and activities Help's always on hand with a 24/7 call centre and on-road assistance 10% discount with caravan parks

STATION WAGON

$29

FR

per van per day

S  leeps 2 (one double bed) S  eats 7 M  inimum hire age 18 years old 6  0 litre fuel tank 1  3-14 litres/100 kilometres Optional 2 person dome tent and sleeping bags R  adio (CD/MP3/ AUX in some vehicles) 7  -11 years old A  ir conditioning Portable gas cooker, drinks holder, water tank, kitchen utensils (additional fee)

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U  nlimited kilometres S  tandard protection insurance with an excess of NZD $2,500 2  4-hour on-road assistance K  itchen and living gear and chairs and tables* L inen and bedding C  amping guides and maps

 ccidental liability reduced from A NZD $2,500 to zero Extra cover for tyres and windscreens

For travel with peace of mind be sure to check out Protection Plus *$45 NZD payable on pick-up

The bond waiver/reduction for Escape Campervans is valid for the first incident only. To cover hirers in the unlikely event of a second incident, an additional bond waiver/reduction insurance may be purchased or a fully refundable bond required.

PiAuckland ck-up/Drop off from and Christchurch.

ESCAPE CAMPER

STA TRAVEL EXCLUSIVES No one-way fee out of Christchurch Free beach chairs and tables (in all campers free of charge)

$34

FR

per van per day

S  leeps 3 (one queen-size bed) M  inimum hire age 18 years old Chilly bin (cooler) and single burner gas cooker K  itchenette with sink and water supply P  ower supply (via powered campsite) A  ir conditioning S  ink with running water M  P3-compatible stereo 4  -10 years old P  ower steering Self-contained option (additional fee)

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KUGA CAMPERVAN

$47

FR

per van per day

Fit-out 2016 to 2017  Sleeps 3 (one double bed, one single bed) M  inimum hire age 18 years old 2  burner gas stove and microwave K  itchenette with sink and water supply P  ower supply (via powered campsite) A  ir conditioning and Radio with CD player U  SB outlet to charge devices 4  -7 years old P  ower steering S  elf-contained option (additional fee)


ACCOMMODATION & ACTIVITY PASSES dude, get a room!

BASE JUMPING ACCOMMODATION PASS

$212

FR

10 NIGHTS

This flexible pass means 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 or Nomads hostel or Base affiliate. Their bars are legendary and in terms of locations, you're covered all the way from the Bay of Islands to Dunedin.

NEW ZEALAND

Travelling is a tough break (ahem - that was a cough by the way) so we've combined your three favourite things – sleeping, flexibility and saving cash. With our accommodation passes you can pre-purchase your NZ hostels, hotels and D.O.C campgrounds while you're still feeling flush at home. You'll get great discounts upfront, won't need to worry about paying out while you're travelling, and get to keep things totally flexible. Too easy.

FR$239 NOMADS BED HOPPER PASS AU, NZ & THAILAND 10 OR 15 NIGHTS

YHA HOPARA PASS

We all know that travelling is all about the unexpected, so why not make it flexible? Wherever you're going in Oz, NZ or Thailand, you'll be able to take advantage of between 10 and 15 nights at any Base, Nomads and Nomads affiliate property. Some will even throw in a free drink, a sauna and even some activities!

The Youth Hostel Association have some cracking properties in New Zealand, all with great service, locations and facilities. Choose a seven night + pass and have your pick from all of the YHA hostels in New Zealand. Meet like-minded travellers, stay in some fab locations and have a pretty awesome base from which to explore!

NZDBAJ

DOC MOTORHOME CAMPSITE PASS

$19

FR

7, 14 OR 21 NIGHTS

Vary your motorhome holiday around New Zealand by staying at some of the best Department of Conservation campsites throughout the country. Buy seven, 14 or 21 nights, choosing from over 100 campsites. Park up in the bush, near sandy beaches or in the shadow of alpine peaks, all in the comfort of your home on wheels. NZDDOC

$186

FR

7, 10, 14, 21 OR 28 NIGHTS

AUSHOP

NZ HOLIDAY PARKS & CAMPING PASS

$114

FR

5-15 NIGHTS

Located in sites ranging from beachside resorts to hidden gems among cities and mountains, it's little wonder that holiday parks are the preferred vacation accommodation of many Kiwis. Enjoy warm hospitality and fab amenities, including showers, kitchen and cooking facilities plus power sites (for campervans). NZHOLP

CALL 800.777.0112 TO BOOK

NZHPR5

SKYDIVE IN NEW ZEALAND

$212

FR

HALF DAY

It wouldn't be a trip to New Zealand unless you'd thrown yourself out of a plane attached to a parachute and someone in a fluoro jumpsuit. We work with skydive operators all over NZ (Taupo, Abel Tasman, Auckland, Wanaka, Queenstown) so pick your dropzone, buy your dive in advance and just jump whenever! Sweet as bro. TUOFRE/NZSKYD/AKLSKY/NZSKYW

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Hop-on hop-off with

Kiwi Experience NEW ZEALAND

Why Kiwi Experience?

Hop-On Hop-Off

A Kiwi Experience bus adventure is the best way to see New Zealand. Their local Guides know this country better than anyone, and have hosted more than 500,000 travellers in their 28 years. With flexible tours offering everything from sky diving to whale-watching, you can bet your last NZ dollar on a fun and hassle-free trip. TAKE YOUR TIME

You've got 12 months to kick off your trip from the date of purchase*. Then, once you're on the road, you have another 12 months to complete your epic adventure. This is Kiwi pace; no stress, no worries and definitely no rushing... get used to it. *unless you buy a travel restricted pass

MATES ALONG THE WAY

Our passengers come from all around the globe. You’ll be travelling with like-minded experience seekers, all set on having the trip of a lifetime! The mates you’ll meet along the way are part of the reason people love Kiwi Experience. It’s also the perfect option for lone travellers given the opportunity to meet others.

MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

So you have your bus and your crew. What else could we slap on to the deal? How about a mix of free activity options? Scenic walks through some of New Zealand's most cherished nature spots? Optional extras and thrilling excursions? OK, then. Oh, and most of the buses have free Wi-Fi. OVERNIGHT STOPS

You're guaranteed a bed for each overnight stop you make, even during the busy season. The drivers will sort out accommodation, which you'll pay for on arrival at each stop. In some places it's best to stay for a couple of nights to get the most out of it – our favourites include Queenstown, Franz Josef & Rotorua.

UNLIMITED TRAVEL On the seven ​New Zealand 'start anywhere' passes you can repeat your trip as often as you like within 12 months for free! Unlimited travel means that you repeat your journey again to see something you missed the first time or to do something again that you loved so much. (Note that this is subject to terms and conditions. Please ask for details). See page 148.

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 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 even get there!

HELLY

How did you get the name Helly? Helly like a helicopter! My name is Helinor so it's a natural progression. Best part of the job? Getting to blow minds on the daily by showing off our beautiful country. What's life like with Kiwi? I'm living the dream! I get to experience the magic of New Zealand whilst making incredible memories on the reg. It's hard but hilarious, and I've made some great friends. I feel so lucky!

FLEXIBLE TRAVEL

Plans change – you may find something (or someone) that stops you in your tracks. We don’t think this should 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 for as long as you like. When you’re ready, hop back on the bus, when you want.

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If you could be a superhero for the day, who would it be and why? Wonder Woman of course, the lady is boss!

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Choose Your Own Pass So you're going to New Zealand but don't know where to start? Don't worry, we've got your back. We've created this handy map so you can see which passes include which legs.

AUCKLAND

FR

$158

NEW ZEALAND

BAY & CAPE

3-4 DAYS

AUCKLAND

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.

GLAMPING OPTION

AKLBCP

DEEP SOUTH QUEENSTOWN

QUEENSTOWN

$271

MILFORD EXPLORER

MIN 3 DAYS

QUEENSTOWN

FR

This is a journey into the deep south of New Zealand. With a Milford Sound cruise included, you'll also get to see Te Anau, the wild Catlins and the legendary university city of Dunedin before returning to adrenalin-heavy Queenstown.

QUEENSTOWN

FR

$94 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 incredible South Island.

ZQNSOU

ZQNMIL

GLAMPING OPTION

Map Key Day Stop Overnight Stop 2

Two Night Stop Our partners' operated routes

Book Before You Go.. And Save!

STa Travel exclusive offer

Get yourself organised and plan ahead; it will save you up to 35% off selected passes. All the same inclusions and flexibility, only cheaper. Sweet as! Note this deal can only be booked a minimum of three months before you start your Kiwi Experience. Whole Kit & Caboodle, Kitchen Sink - save 35% The Fitzy - save 12.5%, New Zealand At Its Best - save 25%

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, excluding the 'early bird' promotion.

CALL 800.777.0112 TO BOOK

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Start Anywhere FUNKY CHICKEN Anywhere

Where you started

FR

ISIC/ STANDARD

$836/$872

SAVE 5% See Page 147

Minimum travel time: 21 Days

Tour Code: NZDCHI

Showcasing the best that the North and South islands have to offer, this in-depth pass is packed full of larger-than-life landscapes and cities.

FUSH ‘N’ CHUPS Anywhere

Where you started

FR

ISIC/ STANDARD

$959/$995

SAVE 5% See Page 147 Tour Code: NZDFNC

Swim with dolphins in the Bay of Islands and sandboard in Cape Reinga. This trip, which includes the Funky Chicken, brings the far north to life.

Anywhere

Where you started

A mixture of the Funky Chicken pass and Bay of Islands pass, you'll see more of the winterless north, including, fingers crossed, some dolphins.

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Where you started

ISIC/ STANDARD

$1,153/$1,189 SAVE 35% See Page 147

Minimum travel time: 30 Days

Tour Code: NZDWKC

SUPER FUNKY Anywhere

FR

Where you started

ISIC/ STANDARD

$1,009/$1,045 SAVE 5% See Page 147

Minimum travel time: 28 Days

Tour Code: AKLSFP

Packing a lot of punch, this Super Funky pass is the Funky Chicken, Bay and Cape, and Milford Explorer passes all rolled into one absolute banger.

FR

Minimum travel time: 23 Days

Anywhere

FR

This pass will take you right up to Cape Reinga and all the way down to Invercargill with an included Milford Sound cruise en route.

Minimum travel time: 25 Days

RANGI

THE WHOLE KIT & CABOODLE

ISIC/ STANDARD

$887/$923

SAVE 5% See Page 147 Tour Code: NZDRAN

HOKEY POKEY Anywhere

FR

Where you started

Minimum travel time: 24 Days

As tasty as the ice cream classic, this pass combines the legendary Funky Chicken and Milford Explorer. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins!

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ISIC/ STANDARD

$894/$930

SAVE 5% See Page 147 Tour Code: NZDHKY


KIWI EXPERIENCE

ISIC/ STANDARD

SHEEPDOG

FR

Auckland

SAVE 5% See Page 147

Christchurch

Minimum travel time: 17 Days

$757/$793 Tour Code: AKLSHE

If you want to see a lot but don't have much time, this one-way pass down The North Island and round The South Island is a great option.

TIKI Auckland

BACK YARD

SAVE 5% See Page 147

Auckland

ISIC/ STANDARD

Tour Code: AKLTKI

This tour includes the Sheepdog pass plus a chance to see the '8th wonder of the world' with an unforgettable Milford Sound cruise. ISIC/ STANDARD

FR

Auckland

SAVE 5% See Page 147

Combining the Sheepdog pass and the Bay of Islands, you'll see all of New Zealand's iconic spots plus the beauty of the northern beaches.

SAVE 35% See Page 147 Tour Code: AKLKIT

FR

Christchurch

ISIC/ STANDARD

$923/$959

SAVE 5% See Page 147

Minimum travel time: 24 Days

Tour Code: AKLBYD

See the historical beaches of the north at Cape Reinga and Bay of Islands, plus the natural wonder of Milford Sound on an included cruise.

ZEPHYR Christchurch

Christchurch

ISIC/ STANDARD

$1,045/$1,081

Minimum travel time: 25 Days

$807/$843

Minimum travel time: 18 Days

Minimum travel time: 19 Days

Auckland

FR

Throwing everything in, you'll see the Bay of Islands, Milford Sound, and the action-heavy city of Queenstown.

FR

Christchurch

KITCHEN SINK

$793/$829 Tour Code: AKLZEP

BUZZY BEE Auckland

FR

Queenstown

Minimum travel time: 14 Days

ISIC/ STANDARD

$685/$721

SAVE 5% See Page 147 Tour Code: AKLBUZ

You certainly will be busy as you wind down North Island, cruise down the west coast of South Island and finish up in action-packed Queenstown.

CALL 800.777.0112 TO BOOK

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Start in Auckland


KIWI EXPERIENCE

NEW ZEALAND

Other Passes KEA

FR

Christchurch

Auckland

Minimum travel time: 15 Days

ISIC/ STANDARD

$577/$613

SAVE 5% See Page 147 Tour Code: CHCKEA

The Kea heads up the coastline from Christchurch which allows you to spend a good amount of time in Kaikoura, more chance for whales.

NORTHERN ROUND UP Auckland

Auckland

Minimum travel time: 10 Days

Christchurch

FR

$418

SAVE 5% See Page 147 Tour Code: AKLNOT

Christchurch

This pass includes the best of The South Island plus a two hour cruise of the Milford Sound fjords, great for travellers short on time.

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Auckland

FR

$303

SAVE 5% See Page 147

Minimum travel time: 6 Days

Tour Code: AKLGLA

SOUTHERN ROUND UP Christchurch

Christchurch

FR

$504

SAVE 5% See Page 147

Minimum travel time: 11 Days

Tour Code: PCNSOU

Staying strictly to The South Island, this tour takes you on a round trip via Kaikoura, Lake Taupo, Queenstown, Abel Tasman, Franz Josef and more.

FR

Minimum travel time: 11 Days

Auckland

Coromandel beaches, Waitomo Caves and Rotorua geysers, this pass is great if you want to see a snapshot of The North Island.

Taking you to the core of the north, visit amazing beaches, volcanic landscapes and lush farmland with lots of activities on the way.

SOUTH & SOUND

GEYSERLAND & LAKE

$555

SAVE 5% See Page 147 Tour Code: CHCSAS

MIGHTY MOA Anywhere

FR

Where you started

Minimum travel time: 21 Days

Kayak in Abel Tasman, picnic by Lake Taupo and check out the underwater caves of Waitomo. Note: Travel must commence between 4 April 18 - 31 December 18

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ISIC/ STANDARD

$649/$685

SAVE 5% See Page 147 Tour Code: NZDMGM


NEW ZEALAND AT ITS BEST Auckland

$1,031

THE FITZY

SAVE 25% See Page 147

Auckland

FR

Christchurch

Minimum travel time: 18 Days

Tour Code: AKLNZB

• Cultural overnight stay • Cathedral Cove, Coromandel

With included highlights along the way such as, cruise through Milford Sound, navigate your way through the Waitomo Caves on a black water rafting trip, and wander the bush on guided forest walks. You'll also get to meet the locals with an overnight stay at Tamaki Maori Village complete with a hangi dinner and cultural performance.

$1,276

SAVE 12.5% See Page 147

Minimum travel time: 30 Days

Tour Code: NZDFIT

Inclusions

• Seal spotting in Kaikoura • Entry to Waitomo Caves

• Travel through Milford Sound • Blackwater rafting trip

An all-singing, all-dancing pass ticking off traveller must-dos from strolls around Lake Wanaka to seal spotting in Kaikoura. Plus there will be chances to go bungy jumping in Queenstown, glacier hiking in Franz Josef and blackwater rafting. Get 10 nights at any Base Backpackers across New Zealand, all the extras you'd get with the Bay and Cape pass, plus entry to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS • Hike the Franz Josef Glacier • Skydive from 12,000 feet over the impressive Lake Wanaka

Auckland

NEW ZEALAND

Inclusions

• Milford Explorer day trip • Guided forest walks

FR

• Keep an eye out for sperm whales whale-watching in Kaikoura • Swim with dolphins

• Hike the Franz Josef Glacier • Skydive from 12,000 feet over the gorgeous Lake Taupo

• Walk the Tongariro Crossing - one of NZ's best day hikes • Grade 5 rafting on Rangitikei River

Activity Packs Leave no stone unturned with these awesome add-on activity packages, catering to all kinds of travellers. Enjoy a range of add-on activities and save 5% of the total cost when compared to buying locally!

ADRENALIN JUNKIE

$526

FR

Includes Black Water Rafting Black Labyrinth (Waitomo), 12,000 ft. Skydive (Taupo) and AJ Hackett Nevis Bungy Jump. Tour Code: NZAJUN

KIWI AS

$457

FR

Includes Ruakuri Glowworm Caves (Waitomo), Tamaki Maori Village Encounter (Rotorua) and Franz Josef Ice Explorer. Tour Code: NZDKWA

CALL 800.777.0112 TO BOOK

WET N' WILD

$183

FR

Includes Sail Barbary Taupo, Kahu Kayaks (Abel Tasman) and Shotover Jet Boat (Queenstown). Tour Code: NZDWNW

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Discover New Zealand Paihia (Bay of Islands)

Coromandel

Auckland

Rotorua Taupo New Plymouth Napier Abel Tasman

Kapiti Island

Wellington

Nelson Westport Kaikoura

Greymouth Franz Josef Glacier

Christchurch

Milford Sound Wanaka Queenstown Invercargill

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MAORI CULTURE

FANTASY WORLDS

THRILL SEEKERS

TREND SETTERS

FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK

Maori people are deeply spiritual and still practise many traditional arts like face tattooing. Rather them than us!

Not only was New Zealand the setting for Lord of the Rings, it also appointed a National Wizard and did a weather report in Elvish.

Sir Edmund Hillary was the first person to reach the peak of Mount Everest and he was born in Auckland. It's in the blood!

New Zealand was the first country in the world to give all women the right to vote. Big up yourself New Zealand, respect.

Shrouded in mystery, this vast park is home to mountains, lakes, waterfalls and the world's only flightless parrot.

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BEST OF NEW ZEALAND 21 DAYS, Auckland

$3,099

FR

Wellington Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

snapshot This active itinerary takes in the best bits of the North and South Islands, including dramatic fiords, renowned hiking trails and native Maori culture, all packed into 21 fantastic days.

inclusions

May

01-04

Auckland / Raglan / Rotorua / Maori Village Arrive in Auckland on Day 1, and meet your group in the evening. Start the tour properly the following morning as you make your way to Raglan, possibly New Zealand's most horizontal town and best surf area. Call by a special conservation farm, then hop on a sea kayak and paddle to a nearby harbour for a picnic lunch. Next up is an included surf lesson and a traditional powhiri with the local Maori. Enjoy free time to explore this cultural hub or opt to visit the famous Waitomo Caves. (3B, L, D)

05-09

Lake Taupo / Wellington / Abel Tasman National Park / Punakaiki Take advantage of free time in the adventure capital of North Island. Opt to go whitewater rafting or visit a geothermal park with technicolour pools. Spend the night on the shores of Lake Taupo. Next up is capital Wellington, a young city with great bars and cafés. Visit Te Papa (the national museum) or stroll along the Oriental Parade. On Day 7, ferry over to the South Island for two days on the golden beaches of Abel Tasman National Park. Travel along the black sand beaches of the southern coast on Day 9, stopping at a seal colony and the pancake rock formations of Punakaiki en route. (5B, 2D)

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10-14

Franz Josef Glacier / Queenstown Next, it's on to Franz Josef Glacier, known by the early Maori as Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere (Tears of the Avalanche Girl). Legend has it that a local girl lost her lover after he fell from a nearby mountain, and her tears flooded the valley and froze to create the glacier. Explore the UNESCO-listed site from your rainforest lodge base, and travel to adrenalin maestro Queenstown on Day 12 for optional activities like jet boating, bungy jumping, mountain biking and skydiving (do you dare?). (5B, D)

Why not add? Auckland Sailing: America's Cup Experience (PROONAS) 

15-18

Milford Sound / Central Otago / Christchurch Travel through the beautiful landscape of Fiordland National Park as you make your way to one of New Zealand's most picturesque fiords, Milford Sound. In the evening cruise across Lake Te Anau and visit a cave that is home to thousands of glowworms. Next day transfer to Wedderburn in Central Otago for a 35km bike ride on the Otago Rail Trail, passing from one historic town to the next. The next day, enjoy a free day in Christchurch and uncover the city's creative heart. (4B, L, D)

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Kaikoura / Wellington Kaikoura is one of the world's best whale-watching spots, so if you're there in season you can opt for a tour to see migrating humpback and blue whales. Travel to Picton on Day 20 before catching the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group before the tour comes to an end on Day 21. (3B)

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Snorkel and kayak in the Bay of Islands Meet the local Maori people Explore the extinct volcano of Mt. Karioi Queenstown's adrenalin activities Milford Sound fiord cruise Hike the Franz Josef Glacier

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Ride the waves at surf hotspot Raglan Cape Foulwind's seal colony Learn about traditional Maori culture Abel Tasman National Park Free time in Christchurch Get active mountain biking in Otago

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Auckland / Bay of Islands / Paihia Arrive in the City of Sails today, and meet your group that evening. If you have some time to explore the city, we suggest a visit to Auckland's glamorous waterfront. You can also cross the harbour to the wine-producing Waiheke Island. Hit the road the following day, and head north to a local reserve brimming with native giant kauri trees. Next up, grab a snorkel for a look at the vibrant sea life in the Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal) before boarding a large houseboat for an overnight trip through the Bay of Islands. Wake up to a view of the region, a collection of 144 beautiful islands, and make the most of a free morning on the boat with included activities including snorkelling, kayaking and fishing. Disembark in Paihia and tuck in to your first evening barbecue. (2B, L, 2D)

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Paihia / Auckland / Raglan This morning, stroll around Paihia at your own pace or opt to visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a historic location where Europeans and Maori signed the Treaty of Waitangi in an attempt to settle the issue of land ownership. Return to Auckland this evening and continue on to Raglan on Day 5. Travel the North Island's backroads to a remote conservation farm to learn about its methods, and learn how it has successfully nurtured an ecosystem that attracts native plants and animals back to the area. Next, work up an appetite as you take a sea kayak to a nearby harbour for a picnic lunch. Next up on Day 6, take part in an included surfing lesson in artsy Raglan and opt to explore along the Karioi loop walk. (3B, L, D)

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Rotorua / Lake Taupo / Wellington End your Raglan stay with an optional caving activity or go all out on a blackwater rafting tour. Or, if you want to take it a little easier, take a boat ride through Waitomo glowworm cave. Later, it's time to head to New Zealand's geothermal capital of Rotorua. Yup, this is hot spring, mud pool and geyser country! When you arrive, transfer to a nearby Maori village to gain an insight into their culture. Ever wondered how the legendary Haka was formed? This is your chance to ask! Early start on Day 8, as you travel around Lake Taupo and explore the volcanic national parks in the area, some of them UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here you can chill out in one of the area's spas or pick up a paddle and go whitewater rafting. The next day, continue to capital Wellington. A formidable cultural hub, the city offers museums, theatres, galleries and boutique shops in droves. It's also very easy on the eye! Opt for a visit to the Te Papa Museum and take the opportunity for a group night out. (3B)

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Abel Tasman National Park / Punakaiki On Day 10, cross the scenic Cook Strait by ferry and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park. What the park lacks in size (it's the smallest in New Zealand) it definitely makes up for in sheer beauty. Most famously known for its stunning white and golden sand beaches, what better way to appreciate it than by staying right at the heart of it? Spend Day 11 walking along a coastline track to one of the world's most scenic beaches, or enjoying optional kayaking (seasonal) or sailing trips. The following day, take a morning drive down the coast of black sand beaches to the West Coast of the South Island to see the Cape Foulwind seal colony, and admire Punakaiki's Pancake Rocks before spending the night at a beach camp. Opt to kayak at Lake Mapourika or trek some nature trails before settling into your unique wilderness lodge in the rainforest. (3B, 2D)

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Franz Josef This UNESCO World Heritage Area begs to be explored, so take full advantage of your free time on Day 14. Choose from various optional activities like glacier hikes, horseback riding or quad biking, or sample the local hot pools. (2B, D)

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Queenstown On Day 15, follow the wild West Coast road and end up in adrenalin junkie heaven, Queenstown. Its claim to fame largely comes from the fact that it's the home of the world's original commercial bungy jumping site. AJ Hackett, take a bow! There's a lot you can do with two days, the problem is deciding where to start. Popular optional activities include jet boating, bungy jumping, mountain biking, skydiving. You can also take a tour of local vineyards and, if you're here in winter, snowboarding! (3B)

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Milford Sound / Central Otago The Fiordland National Park is New Zealand's pride and joy. And it's not difficult to see why. This remarkable natural environment boasts spectacular ice-carved fiords, lakes, valleys, waterfalls and mountains. Enjoy a boat cruise through breathtaking landscape and in the evening opt to cruise across Lake Te Anau to a cave lit up by glowworms. Spend the morning of Day 19 around Te Anau and then transfer to Wedderburn in Central Otago. On Day 20, drive to a starting point on the historic Otago Rail Trail. Spend part of the day cycling the disused railway route and take in the beautiful scenery. In the evening, opt to try your hand at luging at the only year-round curling facility in the whole of Australasia. (3B, L, D)

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Christchurch / Kaikoura / Wellington Drive through Central Otago and stop by some historic towns before you rock up into the Garden City of Christchurch. Even after 2011's devastating earthquake, there's still plenty to appreciate here, not least the creative rebuilding of the Central Business District. On Day 22, head to Kaikoura, one of the world's best whale-watching sites. With a free afternoon, choose to spend time swimming with dolphins, visiting a colony of southern fur seals, looking out for whales, hiking the mountains or taking a scenic flight over the peninsula. On Day 23, visit the local seal colony before hopping on the ferry from Picton to Wellington. Follow the path through the Cook Strait as you make your way back to the North Island, and have your camera ready for the scenic crossing. On arrival, bar hop your way around Wellington, before concluding your tour after breakfast on Day 24. (4B)

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ULTIMATE EXPLORER 28 DAYS, Auckland

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Explore NZ's best National Parks Sleep under the stars in stunning camps Bike rides through scenic landscapes Swim with dolphins in the Pacific The world's best one-day walk Learn about Maori culture and history

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Seek thrills and spills in Queenstown Hike the incredible Fox Glacier Free wine tasting and gondola rides Dine al fresco around the campfire Cruise to Marlborough Sounds Soak up the sun in the Bay of Islands

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Auckland / Coromandel Peninsula / Rotorua / Taupo From Auckland, your first stop is the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. Lace up for a hike, kayak, or call by Hot Water Beach to dig up your own hot tub! On Day 2, head to geothermal Rotorua, famous for its hot springs and local Maori communities. Take a zipline canopy tour or take on a mountain bike trail through the native forest. Next morning, visit the simmering pools of Wai-O-Tapu before continuing to adventure-rich Taupo, nestled next to one of the world's largest crater lakes. (2B, L, 2D)

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing / Kapiti Coast / Wellington / Picton / Kaikoura Today, opt to enjoy one of New Zealand's best one-day walks, the UNESCO-listed Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Bed down on the Kapiti Coast, and head to Wellington the following morning. After a day in the capital, an evening ferry through the Cook Strait will take you to the picturesque Marlborough Sounds with a final stop in Picton. Day 6, skirt along the Pacific coast to Kaikoura for excellent cycling and hiking options where towering mountains meet the ocean. Go sea kayaking or whale-watching before returning to your beachside camp in time for a fresh seafood dinner. (3B, L, 2D)

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Kaikoura / Christchurch / Rangitata / Lake Pukaki Watch the sunrise and opt for a highly recommended dolphin swim, then call by Christchurch on your way to your camp at the foot of the Southern Alps. Wake up to stellar views and opt to white water raft through the heart of the Alps, make time to visit Lake Tekapo - possibly the most picturesque spot in New Zealand - and head to your wilderness camp at Lake Pukaki for a refreshing dip. (2B, L, 2D)

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Lake Pukaki / Aoraki National Park / Moeraki / Dunedin Hike to the foot of New Zealand's highest mountain for views of the snow-capped ranges of Aoraki National Park. Cycle to your remote beach camp for panoramic views of the Pacific, wake up the next day to the sound of the ocean and head out to discover the bizarre Moeraki Boulders. In Dunedin, keep your vertigo in check at the world's steepest street, and join the student population for a couple of brews at Speight's Brewery. Tonight's camp takes us to a Dunedin surf beach. (2B, L, D)

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Dunedin / Milford Sound / Fiordland National Park / Queenstown Explore Fiordland National Park by bike or bush trek before heading to Hollyford Valley - a true wilderness escape. The next day, travel along one of the world's most scenic routes into Milford Sound for an optional boat cruise. Hikers get the chance to try one of the country's great walks - the Routeburn Track. The lakeside camp is also home to secret glow worm walks. (2B, L, D)

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Fiordland National Park / Queenstown Today, head to the adrenalin capital of the world, Queenstown. With a free gondola ride included, as well as endless activity options including hikes, horse riding, bungy jumps and rafting, you best prepare for a busy three days! On day 15, move on to a lakeside camp by Mt Aspiring National Park. (3B, D)

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Mount Aspiring National Park / Fox Glacier / Okarito Lagoon Wake early and then head up the West Coast by bus and opt for a bike ride along the Haast Pass. Camp in the village of Fox Glacier, seek out a secret glow-worm walk, and wake up on Day 17 to hike or helihike the 13km beast. Drive to your beachside camp near Okarito Lagoon, and keep your eyes peeled for the native kiwi bird. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Okarito Lagoon / Punakaiki / Abel Tasman National Park Wake for an alpine sunrise, then head up the coast to the greenstone jewellers of Hokitika before travelling through pristine forest to your beach camp. Admire the views of Paparoa National Park and discover the giant columns of water shooting skywards at Pancake Rocks. Spend the morning exploring caves and rivers, then head for Marahau in Abel Tasman National Park the next day. (2B, D)

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Abel Tasman National Park Staying on the border of the park, you're perfectly placed to make the most of this stunning location. In addition to some highly recommended hikes and bike rides, you can also opt to try canyoning, skydiving, hang gliding, paddleboarding, kayaking or sailing around the park. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, seals and even orcas...if the orcassion is right! Tonight, sit down to a group meal. (2B, L, 2D)

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Abel Tasman National Park / Wellington Soak up the atmosphere of Nelson's cafĂŠ and arts hub. For cyclists, take time to explore the Tasman's Great Taste trail. You're then on to Marlborough, the capital of wine tasting. Sip some fine vino in one of their best vineyards then take a scenic ferry ride through the Marlborough Sounds to Wellington. Accommodation is not included, but your guide can help book the best hostel for you. (B)

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Wellington / Waikato Region / Waitomo Caves / Auckland Enjoy a leisurely breakfast by the waterfront, then cruise along the Kapiti Coast to the Taranaki region, home to crashing waves, spectacular beaches and the snow-capped peak of Mount Taranaki. Next day, you're off to the limestone wonderland of Waitomo Caves for some black water rafting (optional). Later, it's time to return to Auckland for a taste of city life, kiwi-style! (B, L, D)

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Auckland / Bay of Islands Venture north to the golden beaches and warm waters of the Bay of Islands. Make use of free sports gear and boogie boards, explore excellent hikes through mangroves and thundering waterfalls. Hit the waters with sailing, fishing and diving options. (B, 2D)

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Bay of Islands / Waiwera / Auckland Head to the giant dunes of Opononi for beach fun and optional sandboarding. See the giant kauri trees of the Waipoua forest before camping on the Hibiscus Coast. Near camp, relax in the hot pools and whizz down water slides. After breakfast, head back to the City of Sails for the end of your tour. (2B, D)

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Accommodation: Wilderness camps (4 nts), campsites with cabin upgrades available (20 nts), hostels at own cost (3 nts) Transport: Custom built bus, ferry, bikes available for hire Meals: 25 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 18 dinners Includes: Wai-O-Tapu, Queenstown Gondola, glowworm walks and Marlborough wine tasting Note: You can start/finish your loop at any point on the itinerary. Winter trips are also available.


THE BIG TIKI 19 DAYS, Auckland

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Relax in the beautiful Bay of Islands Enjoy a city tour of Auckland Ride Queenstown's Shotover Jet Tour the iconic Speight's Brewery Guided tour of Treaty of Waitangi Grounds Admire the beauty of lakeside Wanaka

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Opt to heli-hike on Franz Josef Glacier Check out some live music in Dunedin Splash about in Rotorua's thermal pools Get a glimpse of Mt. Victoria in Wellington Stroll around striking Lake Taupo Savour a traditional Maori meal

DAY ITINERARY 01

Auckland / Paihia You've made it! Welcome to New Zealand. After arriving in Auckland, head to your starting point to meet up with your crew and jump straight in to your itinerary - you have a LOT to get through. First up, a journey north to Paihia, where it's all about relaxing beaches and laid-back locals. Get acquainted with the so-called winterless north by exploring New Zealand's native bush at Parry Kauri Park, then indulge in a Kiwi favourite of fish 'n' chips for dinner. (D)

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Paihia Soak up the natural beauty around you and feel the sand between your toes on Paihia's beach. With a whole day at leisure, jump on the bandwagon and test out the local watersports, visit the Maori tribal lands or explore the region's history. Alternatively, opt for an off-road tour along Ninety-Mile Beach with a sandboard surfing session down the dunes! Fancy something a little more relaxing? Stay on the beach! No judgements here. (B)

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Auckland Today, it's back to urban Auckland to check out some of the city's key spots on a sightseeing tour. Next up, party time! Make the most of the city's nightlife at a local nightspot. On Day 4, hit the road to the geothermal heavyweight Rotorua via the pocket-sized town of Hobbiton, Frodo's home from the Lord of the Rings movies. Enjoy some time at leisure here and get those compulsory (let's face it) photos in before you leave. Then, continue onwards for a visit to a Maori village for a cultural performance and hangi dinner. (2B, D)

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Rotorua Spend today in Rotorua, simmering and bubbling over with warm mud pools and geysers. Take advantage of the city's awesome thermal environment and treat yourself to a spa treatment, opt to walk around the crater of Mount Tarawera Volcano or go white water rafting down the Kaituna River. The region is also really well-known for its mountain biking, and is home to an extensive network of tracks. Want to explore on two wheels instead? There are plenty of options. (B)

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Lake Taupo / Ruapehu On Day 6, you'll slowly make your way to Lake Taupo. Stop by a kiwi enclosure to learn about New Zealand's adorable pin-up bird and then check out the bright blue Huka Falls. Once in Lake Taupo you can opt for an evening cruise where you can go fishing, eat great food and party into the night. Known as the aprés-ski capital of North Island, Ohakune is a great base from which to explore Mount Ruapehu and the surrounding national park. Opt to cycle the Old Coach Road trail and bed down in an old heritage-listed building at the foot of the mountain. (2B, D)

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Wellington Enjoy the lunar-style landscapes along the Desert Road and the beautiful Kapiti Coast en route to New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. Find your feet with an orientation tour of the city's best bits, including Mt. Victoria. Tonight, get out your gladrags (your most uncreased outfit and most intact flip flops) and visit a local nightspot. Spend Day 9 doing your own thing. Hit the shops along Lambton Quay or Cuba Street Mall, or lap up some of the country's best coffee with a flat white. (2B)

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Marlborough Sounds / Kaikoura / Christchurch Leave the North Island and head south for a complete change of scenery. Cruise through jaw-dropping Marlborough Sounds, where mountains covered in lush forest rise straight out of the sea, and make sure you have a camera handy. It's then another staggering drive through Marlborough's wine country and down the rugged east coast to the coastal town of Kaikoura. From here, it's a short drive south to Christchurch, the main city of the South Island with a fairly English feel. (B)

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Hokitika / Franz Josef National Park After a city tour of Christchurch this morning, prepare for more outstanding views as you journey up and over the Southern Alps. Rock up at New Zealand's most famous glacier, Franz Josef, and get ready for tonight's themed party! On Day 12, you're free to do as you please, but hitting up the icy surroundings of the glacier is an absolute must. If you can bear to tweak your budget, get yourself on one of New Zealand's best trips and hop aboard a helicopter for a more challenging hike higher up the glacier. Strap on your crampons, grab your ice axe and find a route through the ice caves! (2B, D)

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Wanaka / Queenstown Head through Haast Pass and Thunder Creek Falls on Day 13 before visiting lakeside beaut Wanaka. Next up, Queenstown, the world's adventure capital where you'll find bungy jumps, canyon swings and optional Milford Sound trips. Day 14, ride on the pulse-racing Shotover Jet boat before delving into the city's nightlife. Spend the next two days at leisure. (4B, D)

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Dunedin / Moeraki / Lake Ohau Cue scene change! Visit the former goldrush village Arrowtown before continuing on to Dunedin. Sample the city's famous beer on a guided tour of Speight's Brewery, take a stroll through the streets or head to The Octagon for some of the city's best nightlife. Next morning, check out Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street, before moving on to Moeraki to see the massive beach boulders. Next up, stop at historic Oamaru and Benmore Dam before reaching the oh-so-impressive Lake Ohau with epic views of Mt. Cook and the Southern Alps. (2B, D)

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Lake Pukaki / Lake Tekapo / Christchurch Get back on the road this morning and head through Mackenzie Country towards Christchurch. Stop at Lake Pukaki, which boasts intensely blue glacial water, and at Lake Tekapo, where there's a chance for an optional scenic glacier flight over Mt. Cook. Then, make tracks for the Garden City of Christchurch, where your New Zealand adventure comes to an end upon arrival. (B)

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KIWIANA PANORAMA 16 DAYS, Auckland

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The ideal trip for any New Zealand newcomer, Kiwiana Panorama will take you around the country's hottest spots in just 16 days. See some of the world's most picturesque valleys, get up close to fascinating Maori culture, and give your ticker a good workout with some hardcore adrenalin activities. Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: CONPZAD

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Auckland / Rotorua Meet your group in Auckland, then set off for Hobbiton, the 'Shire' made for Lord of the Rings. Continue to the thermal mud pools of Rotorua for a Maori cultural performance and hangi dinner. Then get the next day to explore on your own. How about a downhill race inside a transparent Ogo ball? (B, D)

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Rotorua / Lake Taupo / Mount Ruapehu Leave the steaming pools of Rotorua for Lake Taupo today. En route you'll stop to see the furry flightless emblem of New Zealand, the kiwi. Then to Huka Falls and the popular resort town of Lake Taupo in time for an evening cruise. Spend the next day around Mount Ruapehu where you can take a mountain bike round the trails and sleep at a heritage lodge by the base of the mountain. Between July and September you can spend these days skiing Ruapehu's snow fields! (2B, D)

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Mount Ruapehu / Wellington Hit the Desert Road on and make your way to capital Wellington. Find your feet with a guided tour and find out all about Welly's galleries, street festivals and trendy bars. And the nightlife? With a free day ahead of you tomorrow, you can go as hard as you want! (2B)

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Marlborough Sounds / Christchurch / Franz Josef Glacier Next up is the South Island. The ferry ride through Marlborough Sounds is among the most beautiful in the world and things get even better on dry land as you continue down the coast of Kaikoura to Christchurch. Stay the night, then head west on Day 8 through the Southern Alps to Hokitika, and later on to Franz Josef. This immense glacier is yours to explore on Day 9, with optional activities including hikes, ice climbing and even a heli-hike tour (the budget stretch is definitely worth it!). (3B, D)

10-13

Wanaka / Queenstown Keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife at Haast Pass and Thunder Creek Falls, and visit lakeside Wanaka en route to Queenstown. Take a ride on the Shotover Jet followed by a night on the tiles with your group before two whole days of adrenalin chasing. (4B, D)

14-16

Arrowtown / Dunedin / Lake Ohau / Christchurch Leave the adventure capital this morning and make your way to studentville, Dunedin. Check out Speight's Brewery for a Kiwi beer tasting then make your way to the city's nightlife centre, The Octagon. The next day, visit the giant beach boulders at Moeraki en route to Lake Ohau. Enjoy epic views of Mt. Cook, and opt for a scenic glacier flight before returning to Christchurch, where the trip ends. (3B, D)

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Maori Village

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NEW ZEALAND MULTISPORT 21 DAYS, Auckland

$4,999

FR

Wellington Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Learn about Maori culture • Hike the Tongariro Crossing • Abel Tasman kayak trip

• Cycle in Karangahake Gorge • Free time in Queenstown • Optional whale-watching

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North Island Multisport (GAONNA) 8 Days, Fr $1,899 South Island Multisport (GAONSA) 15 Days, Fr $3,099

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NEW ZEALAND JOURNEY 11 DAYS, Auckland

Dec

Milford Sound Te Anau

Nov

Otago Rail Trail

Departures 2018 Oct

Christchurch Queenstown

Sep

Wellington Kaikoura

Franz Josef

Aug

Marahau

Tongariro N.P.

Jul

Abel Tasman N.P.

Jun

Rotorua Whanganui River

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/hostels (17 nts), lodges (2 nts), Maori village (1 nt) Transport: Private bus, jet boat, bike, kayak, ferry, water taxi Meals: 17 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $410-535 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour code: GAONAP

May

Auckland

Karangahake Gorge

Apr

Z E A L A N D

Mar

14-21

Queenstown / Milford Sound / Te Anau / Central Otago / Christchurch / Kaikoura / Wellington Arrive at Queenstown for a full-day hike to the Routeburn Track. After a free day in the city, enjoy a boat ride through Milford Sound towards Te Anau. A 42-kilometre bike ride awaits in Central Otago before the drive to Christchurch on Day 19 takes you past Mt. Cook. Enjoy a day in Kaikoura before your final approach to Wellington on Day 21. (6B, L)

N E W

Feb

08-13

Abel Tasman National Park / Marahau / Westland District / Franz Josef / Wanaka Ferry over to the South Island and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park to explore by foot, sea kayak and water taxi. Overnight, then see the Pancake Rocks en route to the Westland region. Franz Josef is next up, with a free day of optional activities before travelling to Wanaka for mountain biking, skydiving or a visit to Puzzling World! (5B, L, 2D)

Franz Josef Glacier, South Island

Jan

01-07

Auckland / Tamaki Maori Village / Rotorua / Tongariro National Park / Whanganui National Park / Raetihi / Wellington Buckle up as you leave Auckland for a breathless 21 days! First up, cycling through the Karangahake Gorge then continue to Rotorua for a Maori greeting and a traditional hangi dinner. On Day 4, complete the Tongariro Alpine Crossing over an active volcano then travel to the Whanganui National Park by jet boat. Continue along the river to Raetihi then transfer to Wellington on Day 7. (6B, 2L, 4D)

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08 22

$3,199

FR

Queenstown

highlights

• Spot whales and dolphins • Visit a Maori village • Enjoy a hangi feast

• Explore glowworm caves • Take a TranzAlpine train • Roam ancient rainforests

DAY ITINERARY

Auckland Raglan Rotorua Z E A L A N D

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,989

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07 21 28

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Fiordland N.P.

Jul

Queenstown

Departures 2018 Jun

Christchurch

May

Franz Josef

Apr

N E W

Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts), cruise boat (1 nt, seasonal) Transport: Minibus, plane, train, boat Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $325425 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAONING

Mar

08-11

Queenstown / Fjordland National Park / Queenstown Travel south along the coast through rugged rainforest to Queenstown. Enjoy an evening gondola ride with incredible views over the city. On Day 9, head out on a wilderness cruise through Fiordland National Park led by on-board naturalist guides. During the right season, spend the night on the boat under a clear sky, Kiwi wine in-hand! Cruise back to port the next morning, and enjoy your final night in Queenstown. (4B, D)

inclusions

Feb

05-07

Christchurch / Franz Josef The mud pools of Rotorua await today with a free morning in the geothermal town. Fly to Christchurch this evening and enjoy an orientation walk with your CEO. The following day, head for New Zealand's glacier region on one of the world's greatest scenic rail rides, the TranzAlpine. Transfer to your rainforest lodge and opt to explore the Franz Josef Glacier by signing up for a helicopter ride or a glacier hike or, alternatively, just relax in the hot pools nearby. (3B)

Doubtful Sound, South Island

Jan

01-04

Auckland / Raglan / Rotorua Arrive in Auckland on Day 1 and meet your group. Your adventure fully starts the next day as you catch the ferry to Waiheke Island to learn about New Zealand's highly celebrated wine industry in its founding region, then enjoy some free time back in Auckland. The next day, take the scenic route to Raglan and call by an eel farm. Make another stop by Bridal Veil Falls before arriving at beachside Raglan. On Day 4, visit the glowworm caves of Waitomo en route to Rotorua, where a traditional Maori welcome awaits with a hangi feast and a talk with a Maori elder. (3B, L, D)

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HIGHLIGHTS OF NEW ZEALAND 15 DAYS, Auckland

$3,199

FR

Christchurch Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Hot Water Beach spa digging • Learn about Maori culture • Explore trendy Wellington

• Go whale watching • Adrenalin in Queenstown • Visit breathtaking Fiordland

inclusions

Dec

Queenstown

Nov

Te Anau

Doubtful Sound

Departures 2018 07 14 21 28

04 11 18 25

04 08 06 10 01 12 16 07 04 11 22 29 26 14 11 18 21 25 25

09 16 23

NORTHERN CHOICE 10 DAYS, Auckland

Oct

Christchurch Twizel

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,789

Sep

Franz Josef

Aug

Kaikoura Hanmer Springs

Jul

Wellington

Jun

Hahei Rotorua

May

Auckland

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/motels (13 nts), Maori village (1 nt) Transport: Private vehicle, plane, boat Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $505-660 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAONAC

Apr

Z E A L A N D

Mar

11-15

Queenstown / Doubtful Sound / Twizel / Mt. Cook / Christchurch With a free day in Queenstown, take your pick from adrenalin-pinching activities like bungy jumping, jet boating (both born here in Queenstown) or skydiving. Sample the lively nightlife, then clear your head the next morning with a boat trip through the stunning fiordlands around Doubtful Sound and an optional cruise across Lake Te Anau. Spend the morning of Day 14 hiking the region around Mt. Cook, then end your tour in Christchurch on Day 15. (4B, L)

N E W

Feb

06-10

Kaikoura / Hanmer Springs / Franz Josef / Queenstown Cross to the South Island and travel the coastal railway from Picton to seaside Kaikoura, famous for its volcanic black sand beaches and opt to go whale-watching or fishing. On the way to Hanmer Springs on Day 7, stop for a wine tasting and ready yourself for the hot springs! On Day 8, cross the Southern Alps and the beautiful Arthur's Pass on your way to Franz Josef, the world's fastest-moving glacier, and enjoy a free day for optional hiking or heli-hiking on the ice. Move on to Queenstown, New Zealand's outdoor adventure hub, next day. (2B)

Mt. Cook, South Island

Jan

01-05

Auckland / Hahei / Rotorua / Wellington Arrive in Auckland, New Zealand's most multicultural city. Next morning, head to the beach town of Hahei on the Coromandel Peninsula, and dig yourself a natural hot tub on Hot Water Beach. On Day 3, see the geysers and steaming hot springs of Rotorua, and head to a traditional Maori village for a cultural evening featuring a traditional hangi dinner and show. Next up is Kiwi capital, Wellington. Find your feet on an orientation walk then spend your days at leisure. (3B, 2D)

$1,585

FR

Christchurch (or Wellington) Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Visit 'Lord of the Rings' land • Climb Mt. Victoria • Parry Kauri Park visit

• Opt to ride the Huka Falls jet • See geothermal mud pools • Marlborough Sounds ferry

DAY ITINERARY

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Kaikoura

Departures 2018/19

Jan 19

Wellington

Dec

Picton

Nov

Mt. Ruapheu

Oct

Huka Falls

Sep

Rotorua

Jul

Taupo

Jun

Hobbiton

May

Auckland

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts), lodge (1 nt) Transport: Modern air con coach with power points for charging Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: CONNHAD

Apr

Parry Kauri Park

Aug

8-10

Wellington / Christchurch Drive along the awesome landscapes along the Desert Road towards Wellington. Enjoy an orientation tour of the capital and check out the panoramic views from Mt. Victoria. Enjoy Day 9 at leisure shopping or people-watching over a flat white coffee. On your last day, catch the ferry to the South Island and admire the breathtaking scenery of Marlborough Sounds. Hit the Kaikoura coastline and catch a glimpse of one of its many seal colonies before turning south once again to the Garden City of Christchurch. Your trip ends on arrival. (3B)

inclusions

Paihia

Mar

04-07

Rotorua / Lake Taupo Day 4, it's on to Rotorua via the Shire of Hobbiton. Learn about native Maori culture tonight and indulge in a traditional hangi feast, followed by a Maori dance performance. Make the most of the geothermal centre the following day, with plenty of free time to mud pool-hop your way around! On Day 6, make for the resort town of Taupo, with a stop at the popular Huka Falls and an optional dinner cruise. Next day make for Mount Ruapehu where you can mountain bike through stunning scenery and bed down in a heritage-listed ski lodge. Between July and September you might want to try a spot of skiing. (3B, D)

Hobbiton, Waikato

Feb

01-03

Auckland / Bay of Islands Arrive into Auckland, then head north to Parry Kauri Park and visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to learn about New Zealand's history. Day 2 take a day trip to coastal Paihia for sailing, swimming and snorkelling. Return to Auckland next day for a city tour. (3B, 2D)

Jan

NEW ZEALAND

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North Island

Cape Reinga Ninety Mile Beach Waitangi Goat Island

Auckland

Coromandel Paeroa

Raglan

Rotorua Waitomo

Mt. Taranaki

Taupo

north island

Gisborne

Tongariro National Park

Napier Kapiti Island

Wellington

WE

MAORI CULTURE

ROTORUA

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NINETY MILE BEACH

GLOW-MANTIC

Cape Reinga, where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet, is believed to be where Maori spirits begin their journey home.

Unapologetically pungent but home to whitewater rapids, mountain biking trails, hot pools, botanical gardens and 17 lakes.

The Weta Workshop in Wellington produced whole sets, bigatures and costumes for the 'Lord of the Rings' movies.

It may not actually be ninety miles long but it's still one of the longest uninterrupted beaches in the world.

The Waitomo Caves are lit by luminescent glowworms, take a boat ride through the caverns if you're a true glow-mantic.

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BEST OF THE NORTH ISLAND 7 DAYS, Auckland

$899

FR

Wellington Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Kayak near pretty Raglan • Conquer Tongariro in season • Gain insight into Maori life

• Opt to go caving in Waitomo • Surf world famous waves • Party on down in Wellington

NORTH ISLAND

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Auckland / Raglan Arrive in Auckland on Day 1 and meet your group. The next morning, a scenic drive takes you to a conservation farm whose ecosystem attracts native birds and animals back to the region. Sea kayak to a nearby harbour for lunch. Soak up Raglan's laid-back way of life at a lodge overlooking the Tasman Sea, and get ready for an included surf lesson and an afternoon of optional yoga or mountain biking. (2B, L, D)

04

Waitomo / Rotorua Start your day with an optional caving trip or inner-tube ride through a unique glowworm cave at Waitomo then make your way to geothermal Rotorua to check out its bubbling mud pools and geysers. Get to know the locals on an evening visit to a Marae (Maori meeting place) for a traditional feast and to learn the legendary Haka. (B)

05

Taupo Spend a night near the shores of Lake Taupo. Whilst here, opt for white water rafting, check out a geothermal park with multicoloured pools or hit up a nearby spa. (B)

06-07

Wellington Head to the capital, Wellington, and check out Te Papa, the fascinating National Museum brimming with historical artefacts. Opt to take the cable car to the hills overlooking the city, then finish with a big night out! The trip wraps up on Day 7. (2B)

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Tongariro National Park, North Island

inclusions Auckland Raglan Rotorua

Tongariro N.P.

Wellington N E W

Z E A L A N D

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels (4 nts), basic lodges (2 nts). Most multi-share Transport: Private vehicle, kayak Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $155-205 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAONNI

Departures 2018 Jan-Mar, Nov-Mar19

Wednesdays and Saturdays

Apr, Oct

Saturdays

May-Sep

Select Saturdays

North Island Encompassed (GAONNE) 10 Days, Fr $1,399

FULL NORTH ISLAND 10 DAYS, Auckland

$983

FR

Auckland Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Bay of Islands wildlife cruise • Swim in idyllic Kai Iwi Lakes • Hang at Hot Water Beach

• 4WD Eco-safari bush tour • Maori village experience • Hike the Tongariro Crossing

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Auckland / Paihia / Hokianga Short of actually discovering Middle Earth, this small group adventure hits every North Island highlight. Leaving Auckland for Paihia on Day 1, kick things off on Day 2 with a wildlife cruise in the Bay of Islands - eyes peeled for wild dolphins! Continue on to Hokianga Harbour and opt for a Maori-guided walk to see the God of the Forest, the world's largest kauri tree. Sandboarding is next up (weather permitting) before heading south through the Waipoua Forest to Kai Iwi Lakes. Swim or laze on the white beaches, then return to Auckland. (2B, 2D)

04-06

Auckland / Hahei (Coromandel) / Rotorua / Tongariro National Park Drive on to coastal Cathedral Cove, a must-see on the Coromandel Peninsula, and head to Hot Water Beach. Catch the tide right, and dig up your own hot tub in the sand. For dinner, learn how to cook fresh seafood in a Kaimoana cooking class. On Day 5, travel on to Rotorua. Enjoy a free day here and opt to go white water rafting, mountain biking or ziplining. Alternatively, head to the famous movie set, Hobbiton. On Day 6, opt to hike on the famous Tongariro Crossing. Rated as New Zealand's best one-day walk, it's one for the bucket list! Alternatively, sign up to a shorter walk in the volcanic region and visit a Volcanic Centre Museum (at extra cost). (2B, 3D)

07-10

Blue Duck Station / Wellington / Auckland On Day 7, head to the remote Blue Duck Station for a 4WD ecowilderness farm adventure. Then, it's on to the capital Wellington for craft beer sampling and a visit to the Te Papa National Museum. If you're a fan of the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Avatar', make sure you check out the famous Weta Workshop. Your tour comes to an end in Auckland on Day 10. (3B, D)

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Cathedral Cove, North Island

inclusions Paihia Hokianga Hahei

Auckland

Rotorua Blue Duck Station

Tongariro N.P.

Wellington

N E W

Departs: Saturdays (May-Sep), Sundays (OctApr) Accommodation: Quad-share hostel (3 nts), lodge/cabin (6 nts) (Oct-Apr), Hostels/ lodges (9 nts), (May-Sep) Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners Transport: Minibus, ferry Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 24 (may be higher in off-peak season) Includes: Wildlife boat cruise, sandboarding, Kaimoana cooking class, Interactive cultural performance and hangi dinner, 4WD eco-wilderness tour Note: In off-peak season (May-Sep) a different 13 day tour operates on Saturdays (dormshare) (AKLDFN) Tour Code: AKLFNI

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SUN & STEAM 6 DAYS, Auckland

$975

FR

Auckland

• See the Bay of Islands • Auckland guided walk • Traditional Maori meal

Exclusively 18-35s

highlights

• Mud pools in Rotorua • Explore the native bush • See Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Dec

Jan 19

Feb 19

Mar 19

Nov

03 11 19 27

03 11 19 27

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Rotorua

Self-Drive Tour

Small Group Adventure

Wellington, North Island

North Island Trails

$692

FR

Wellington

• Travel at your own pace • Tailor this to suit you

N E W

Departures 2018/19 Apr

Hobbiton

Rotorua / Auckland Day 6 is all yours, so you can explore geothermal Rotorua at your own pace. Make yourself at home and treat yourself to a spa session or a luxurious treatment before your time here comes to an end. On Day 6, it's back on the bus and back to Auckland, where your trip comes to an end on arrival. (2B)

A TASTE OF THE NORTH ISLAND Auckland

Auckland

Aug

05-06

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Accommodation: Hotel (5 nts), Transport: Modern air con coach with power points for charging Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Tour Code: CONRZAD

Mar

04

Rotorua On the way to the steaming landscape of Rotorua we'll pay a visit to Hobbiton, the 'Shire' created for the Lord of the Rings movies. If you see any rings lying around just hand them into lost property. Hungry, but not 'power' hungry, we'll indulge in a cultural performance and a traditional Maori hangi feast at a local village. (2B, 2D)

inclusions Paihia

Feb

03

Auckland Back in Auckland, get to know the city a little better with a guided orientation walk around the streets. Afterwards, get prepped for a night out around Ponsonby Road's best hangouts. (B)

Rotorua, North Island

Jan

01-02

Auckland / Paihia Meet up with your group in Auckland, New Zealand's most multicultural city. Travel straight up north to Paihia for a laid-back stay beside the Bay of Islands. Check out Kawakawa's famous Hundertwasser toilets on the way (yes, famous toilets!) and get a guided tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Museum. Spend Day 2 at leisure, but try to get some time out on the water. (B, D)

8 DAYS

highlights

• Tour the wine regions • Soak at Hot Water Beach

Meet and greet in Auckland, transfer to your accommodation and pick-up your car. Next day, drive south to Rotorua via farmland and the Shire of Hobbiton. Spend the next day exploring the geothermal landscape before heading for Lake Taupo and Napier's wine region the following morning. Spend your time touring the wineries of Hawkes Bay and Martinborough on Days 5 and 6. Then sober up for the drive to Wellington where the tour ends on Day 8. Departs: Daily Trip Style: Self-Drive Tour Accommodation: hotels and motels (7 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: 24-hour assistance, maps, airport pick-up Note: Car hire and optional activities not included Tour Code: AKLNZS

NORTH ISLAND TRAIL HUNTER MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR Auckland

$1,518

FR

Wellington

7 DAYS

highlights

• Bike ride stunning trails • Maori cultural experience

• Exhilarating jet boat ride • Local natural hot pools

From the white-knuckle downhills of Rotorua to the scenic backcountry trails near Ohakune, this tour introduces you to some of the finest mountain biking New Zealand has to offer. Start the ride in Auckland and end in Wellington, passing through redwood forests, great lakes and mountain bike meccas, this tour will leave you breathless in more ways than one. There are loads of activities thrown in and many more to choose from while on the road. Departs: 06, 27Jan, 17Feb, 10, 31Mar, 21Apr, 13Oct, 03, 24Nov, 15Dec, 05, 26Jan19, 16Feb19, 09, 30Mar19 Accommodation: Choice of dorm or private room (6 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts Note: Bike hire not included Tour Code: AKLNTH

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AUCKLAND & BAY OF ISLANDS the city of sails

NORTH ISLAND

It's fair to say that Auckland is pretty smokin'. Not least because it's built across 50-odd volcanoes. Carved into lush peaks, islands and waterfronts, this youthful city is all about lifestyle. Hike the lava-flows on Rangitoto Island, stagger through the wineries of Waiheke or watch seasoned city surfers ride Piha's mad swells. Up north, Bay of Islands is all set four your Vitamin D fix with picturesque surroundings and paradise-blue waters.

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Shoestring

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NOMADS AUCKLAND

ROOM ONLY

$23 $38

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: At the centre of Auckland's city, in easy reach of the Sky Tower (a five-minute walk door-to-door).

Location: In a historic building in the heart of downtown, five minutes' walk from Britomart train station and the ferry terminal.

Vibe: Good value for money in terms of convenience, comfort and social kudos! There's also a couple of drink discounts thrown in...

Vibe: With a reputation for being the chosen hostels of social butterflies everywhere, Auckland is no exception.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Lockers • Bar • Café • Barbecue facilities • Shared TV lounge • Nightclub with DJs • Games room • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Lockers • Bar • Restaurant • Shared kitchen • Barbecue facilities • Terrace • Lounge • Hot tub • Sauna • 24-hour reception

AKLACB

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AKLFUB

STAY 4 PAY 3: 01APR18–30SEP18

Shoestring

$23 $38

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ROOM ONLY

$45 $30

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Situated on Karangahape Road (also known as K' Road), just 15 minutes' walk from the CBD and Sky Tower.

Location: Central location in Auckland's backpacker district, less than a ten-minute walk from the waterfront.

Vibe: One of the city's youngest backpackers with smart dorms and boutique rooms. Cook up a storm in the kitted-out kitchen.

Vibe: Budget accommodation with few frills but plenty of character. Hostel-style rooms are casual but private.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Lockers • Privacy curtains • Individual power points • Shared kitchen • Lounge • Shared TV lounge

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Café • Shared kitchen • Barbecue facilities • Shared TV lounge • Book exchange • Luggage storage • Laundry • 24-hour reception

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SKY CITY HOTEL AUCKLAND

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

$190 $95

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: In the city, close to the harbour and entertainment venue Vector Arena.

Location: Aptly-named, standing next to the iconic Sky Tower.

Vibe: Clean, comfy, quality hotel that doesn't break the bank.

Vibe: Upgrade and get your hands on an apartment with an amazing harbour view.

Vibe: All-rounder with 323 spacious rooms and restaurants, theatres and live music.

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Shared kitchen • Shared TV Lounge • Garden • Games room • Laundry

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STAY 3 PAY 2: 01APR18–30JUN18

WAITOMO CAVES & HOBBITON MOVIE SET

$256

FR

FULL DAY

See two magical places come to life on this nifty day package from Auckland. First up, the Waitomo Caves, known for its population of glowworms. Make your way through the caves to see thousands of twinkling lights in the glowworm grotto. Next, head on to Hobbiton, the film set used in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. You'll see Hobbit Holes (including Bilbo`s house at Bag End), the Party Tree and hear behind-the-scenes secrets. Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch Transport: All coach transport included. Hotel pick-up/drop-off is not included. Option to be dropped off in Rotorua Includes: Waitomo Caves tour and Hobbiton tour Tour Code: AKLWHE

SKYDIVE AUCKLAND

$224

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HALF DAY

AUCKLAND WHALE & DOLPHIN SAFARI

WAIHEKE ISLAND FERRY & HOHO EXPLORER PASS

$28

FR

FULL DAY

Discover the picturesque setting of Waiheke Island on this day tour, with sandy beaches, vineyards, pristine coastline, olive groves and laid-back seaside villages to boot! On arrival, board a modern coach, and hop on and off as much as you like at any of the tour’s 15 convenient stops. And it's not just sightseeing. Optional activities include sea kayaking, ziplining, mountain biking or sipping on vino on the Wine on Waiheke tour. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Ferry, hop-on hop-off bus Includes: Hop-on hop-off bus ticket, return ferry transfer tickets Note: Other tours available, please ask your Travel Expert for details Tour Code: AKLWDT

$122

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HALF DAY

AJ HACKETT BRIDGE CLIMB AND BUNGY

$99

FR

HALF DAY

How would you rather see Auckland? From 9,000 feet? 13,000 feet? Even 16,500 feet? This tandem skydive package includes pick-up and drop-off from central Auckland, making the whole day a complete doddle (apart from the bit where you throw yourself out of a plane, but that's what the experts are there to help you with).

This eco tour takes you out to explore the wildlife of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in the company of on-board Marine Research Specialists. Home to over a third of the world's marine mammal species, viewing rates top an incredible 95%! And if you don't spot anything on your first go, there's a second trip in it for you absolutely free.

Want an activity in Auckland that really showcases the true Kiwi spirit? Then the Auckland Bridge Climb and Bungy is not to be missed. AJ Hackett NZ offers exclusive access to the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge, where you can enjoy fantastic views before challenging yourself to take on that 40 metre high leap!

AKLSKY

AKLAWD

AKLAJB

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NORTH ISLAND

Location: A quiet tree-lined street just a 10 minutes' walk from the city centre.


Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

THE BAY OF ISLANDS

$529

FR

4 DAYS

NORTH ISLAND

The ideal trip for nature lovers and watersport enthusiasts. On Day 1, travel north from Auckland, visiting the giant kauri trees and stopping for a snorkel at Goat Island (seasonal). Then, start your overnight cruise through the Bay of Islands. On Day 3, enjoy a free morning to go kayaking, snorkelling, fishing. Spend the night in Paihia, then enjoy leisure time before returning to Auckland. Departs: Wednesdays Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels (2 nts), houseboat (1 nt) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $70-95 for meals not included Transport: Private bus Group Size: Max 20, Avg 14 Tour Code: GAONBI

Exclusively for 18-35s

JAFFAS 'N' JANDALS

$20 $27

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

3 DAYS

This short but sweet trip takes you from Auckland to Paihia and back again. Leave Auckland via the harbour on Day 1 and hit the road north. On the way, explore the massive native trees at Parry Kauri Park. On arrival, visit the Treaty Museum, then settle into the region's laid-back atmosphere. With a free day on Day 2, kick back beachside or enjoy a Ninety Mile Beach tour with added sandboarding. The trip ends on a high with an Auckland city tour. Departs: 2-8 departures per month. Please ask for details Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts) Transport: Modern air con coach with power points for charging Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Tour Code: CONCZAD

Shoestring

HAKA LODGE BAY OF ISLANDS

$355

FR

Shoestring

BASE BAY OF ISLANDS

$20 $27

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

Location: Just 50 metres from the beach of Paihia in the Bay of Islands.

Vibe: Paihia's newest backpackers boasts the best views of the Bay of Islands.

Vibe: 136 clean, basic rooms, but with plenty of non-basic extras.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Privacy curtains • Shared kitchen • Lounge

Highlights: Mixed or single-sex dorms • Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Bar • Barbecue facilities • Terrace • Hot tub

BOIHAK

$192

FR

HALF DAY

This cruise gets you up close to the Bay's resident dolphins. Make your way through the region's beautiful scenery and keep your eye out for the friendly mammals. When you have them in sight, the staff will consult regulations to see whether swimming with them is possible! Masks, snorkels, fins and wetsuits are included.

FULL DAY

See the best of the Bay of Islands on this action-packed tour, starting and ending in Paihia. After you've hopped over to Russell on the ferry, enjoy a cruise to the Hole In The Rock, keeping your eyes peeled for dolphins and whales along the way. Later on, discover Cape Reinga's unspoilt beauty and hit the sands of Ninety Mile Beach.

PIIPIP

CAPE REINGA & 90 MILE BEACH TOUR

$111

FR

FULL DAY

BOIDOD

BEST OF THE BAY SUPERCRUISE (CREAM TRIP)

$96

FR

FULL DAY

This tour is all about the brilliant stretch of coastline between the Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga. Ride over the sand on a custom-built Waverider coach, visit the thousand-year old kauri trees of Puketi Forest and the Cape Reinga lighthouse, and stop at the Te Paki Sand Dunes for downhill sandboarding on the Quicksand Stream.

This sightseeing tour takes place as part of the Cream Trip, a traditional route that delivers mail, cream and sundries to island residents. Setting off from Paihia or Russell in your catamaran, keep a look out for seals, penguins and whales and get close to Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock and enjoy free time on Urupukapuka Island.

VIFJW4

VIFJW1

VIFJW3

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$158

FR

ROOM ONLY

Location: Located on Marsden Road, just across the road from Paihia Beach.

DOLPHIN CRUISE

THE DOUBLE DIP: HOLE IN THE ROCK, CAPE REINGA AND RUSSELL FERRY

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COROMANDEL & BAY OF PLENTY life's a beach

NORTH ISLAND

Famed for its beautiful beaches, pristine forests and laid back vibe, this area of NZ pretty much begs to be explored. Bake in the sands of Hot Water Beach, Kayak through the mighty Cathedral Cove and take a hike up Tauranga's Mt. Maunganui for Pacific views. And then there's White Island, the world's most accessible live volcano. No trip to the North Island would be complete without a wander around its steamy shores. Look out for dolphins!

Shoestring

ARTHOUSE HOSTEL, TAURANGA

$34 $48

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

GLOW WORM KAYAKING

$97

FR

HALF DAY

WHITE ISLAND CRUISE

$158

FR

HALF DAY

ROOM ONLY

Location: Situated in the heart of the city, close to bars, shops and restaurants.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms Private rooms • Personal lockers • Shared Kitchen • Lounge • Steam room • Art gallery

Enchanting, surreal, unique... that about sums it up! While you can see glow-worms elsewhere in New Zealand, and you can paddle a sea kayak across the world, this is the only place when the two combine for a magical evening. The tour is great fun with added cheese and wine to boot! Departs from Tauranga.

ATRGAH

VITRGW

Vibe: Boutique backpackers with an artistic flair and creative décor.

Hop-On Hop-Off

STRAY EAST COASTER

$213

FR

3+ DAYS

Sitting 49 km off the coast of NZ, White Island is one of the world’s most accessible live volcanoes. On this tour, you'll get the chance to see its bubbling mud pools, volcanic steams and even a lake of steaming acid! Plus, spot plenty of marine life along the way. Cruise departs from laid-back Whakatane. VIWHKW

Small Group Adventure

COROMANDEL EXPERIENCE

FR

$232 2 DAYS

NZ's Eastern Cape is a remote region, untouched by commercialism and rich in Maori history. See the best of it on this three sector pass, starting and ending in Rotorua. Start off by heading east to Maraehako Bay, where you'll enjoy kayaking, waterfront walks and optional fishing trips. Next up, head to Tatapouri where you can enjoy beach barbecues, wine tasting, surfing and stingray feeding! Opt to swing by White Island on your way back to Rotorua.

This Coromandel adventure is the perfect sandy sojourn. With return transfers from Auckland, accommodation and trips to three classic destinations included, it's stress free! First up is a visit to Cathedral Cove and the unique thermal pools at Hot Water Beach. It's then on to the bush on Day 2 for a guided visit to the 309 Kauri Grove, housing trees nearly 800-years-old. Your accommodation has a heated pool, making it a pretty sweet base.

Departs: Tuesdays and Saturdays (Oct-Apr) Accommodation: Not included but organised. Ask your Travel Expert for details Meals: Not included Transport: Hop on hop off bus pass Note: We recommend 7 days for this pass Tour Code: ROTECP

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel dorm (2 nts) or upgrade to private room Meals: Not included Transport: Return transfers Includes: Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach Tour, Kauri Forest Experience Tour Code: AKLCOR

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ROTORUA burning ring of fire

NORTH ISLAND

Hissing, puffing and bubbling from the Earth's core, Rotorua is the spiritual cradle of Maori culture and the volcanic heart of New Zealand. The resulting sulphuric smell may cause some suspicious sidelong glances, but the scantily-clad mud baths should always give you something else to look at! See 30 metre spurting geysers, eat earth-cooked Maori hangis, watch hair-raising hakas and float through Waitomo's subterranean stalactites.

Shoestring

BASE ROTORUA

$26 $37

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

Rock Solid

IBIS ROTORUA

ROOM ONLY

$95 $48

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

$108

FR

HALF DAY

ROOM ONLY

Location: Adjacent to the beautiful Kuirau Park in the centre of town.

Location: On the shores of Lake Rotorua and just a short walk from downtown.

Vibe: Embodies the region's nature, with a geothermal pool and a lively Lava Bar.

Vibe: Affordable hotel with 145 cosy rooms, designed for a fuss-free stay.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Bar • Shared kitchen • Barbecue facilities • Hot tub

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost) • Bar • Restaurant • Laundry • Free on-site parking

STAY 4 PAY 3: 01MAY18-30NOV18

WAITOMO BLACK WATER RAFTING

ROTHOT

STAY 3 NIGHTS AND RECEIVE FREE BUFFET BREAKFAST DAILY: 01APR18-30SEP18

AROTIR

Hear the sounds of the underground with this exciting three-hour tubing experience through Ruakuri Cave. Leap over cascading waterfalls, float down rivers, and marvel at glow worm cities. All cave tubing gear, wetsuits and booties are provided. Plus you'll get a shower and some hot soup at the end of the tour. ROTBLA

Independent Tour

ULTIMATE ROTORUA PACKAGE

$209

FR

3 DAYS

TAMAKI MAORI VILLAGE

$76

FR

FULL DAY

Get a taste of the best that Rotorua has to offer. Enjoy two nights' included accommodation in Rotorua Backpackers, with a choice of dorms, quad, twin or private rooms. On top of this, you'll also receive entry to the Polynesian Spa, a world-leading geothermal spa retreat, as well as an exciting half-day white water rafting trip down the Kaituna River. There's also a cultural trip to Tamaki Maori Village 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 and participate in haka, warrior training, poi, weaving and woodcarving. The evening draws to a close with an all-you-can-eat hangi feast and Poroporaki, a ceremony of songs and speeches. This is definitely one to remember!

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Dorm, twin, quad or double room in Rotorua Backpackers (2 nts) Includes: Buffet dinner and dessert, pick-up and drop-off from accommodation, activities as specified Tour Code: ROTULO

Departs: Daily Meals: Buffet dinner and dessert Transport: Private van/shuttle bus Includes: Pick-up and drop-off from Rotorua hotel, activities as specified Tour Code: ROTJOA

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HOBBITON MOVIE SET TOUR

$64

FR

HALF DAY

THE MIDDLE EARTH TRILOGY ATTRACTION PASS

$230

FR

FULL DAY

Experience three of the best of North Island on this trilogy tour. Start at the weird and wonderful Waitomo Caves where you'll take a boat through its inky darkness, illuminated only by the resident glow worms. Then head to the Shire, the bucolic hometown of the hobbits in 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit', for a two-hour tour of all the hobbit holes. Lastly, Te Puia for a traditional Maori feast and time to check out the surrounding geysers and mud pools.

Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Return transfers from Rotorua and Matamata are included Includes: Guided tour as specified, return transfers and shopping time at Shire's Store Tour Code: ROTHOB

Departs: Daily Meals: Maori dinner Transport: Transport is not included within the price. Please ask your Travel Expert for further details Includes: Guided tours as specified and welcome ceremony Tour Code: NZDETA

HOBBITON EVENING BANQUET

$145

FR

HALF DAY

Experience Hobbiton as you have never seen it before with a guided tour through The Shire at dusk. Your guide will escort you through the 12-acre site, recounting fascinating stories and anecdotes about the famous films. The tour concludes at The Green Dragon Inn with a complimentary drink. You'll then head into The Green Dragon dining room and be treated to a banquet feast fit for a Hobbit. Second helpings are encouraged! Departs: Wednesdays and Sundays (year-round). Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (Nov-Feb only) Meals: Dinner included Transport: Return transfers from/to Matamata included Includes: Guided tour, free drink Tour Code: ROTHBN

TE PUIA WITH STEAM BOX LUNCH

$28

FR

FULL DAY

We love a good lunch with a view. Come face to face with the mighty Pohutu Geyser, the jumping mudpools of the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley and real life kiwi birds. With a local guide, you'll also get to learn all about Maori culture and enjoy a box lunch of traditional Maori food steam-cooked in an active geyser! ROTTEP

KAITUNA RAFTING

THERMAL DUO: WAI-O-TAPU & WAIMANGU PACKAGE

$99

FR

FULL DAY

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 Wai-O-Tapu, Waimangu and Paradise Valley. Explore the largest mud pool in New Zealand and hike or take a boat cruise on the world's newest geothermal eco-system – Waimangu. With almost three hours to wander the volcanic valley, you should catch Lady Knox Geyser erupting! Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Private van/shuttle bus Includes: Pick-up and drop-off from Rotorua hotel Tour Code: ROTTHE

$83

FR

HALF DAY

Paddle grade five Kaituna River and the world's highest commercially-rafted waterfall on this thrill ride! Experience over 15 fast and furious rapids and three waterfalls set against the stunning background of one of New Zealand's most beautiful waterways. Training, equipment and transport from Rotorua is included. ROTRAF

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OGO H20GO

$27

FR

HALF DAY

Who wouldn't want to roll downhill in a giant, inflatable ball?! Slip and slide with 40 litres of water down the H2OGO Sidewinder track, or race a friend down the two double Straight H2OGO tracks. For those of you that aren't up for getting wet, try the latest creation; the DRYGO. There are even hot tubs waiting for you at the end. Ogo on! ROTOGO

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NORTH ISLAND

Discover real Middle Earth on a two-hour guided tour of Hobbiton, from 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit'. Make your own way to Matamata and walk the tiny steps of all the hobbits gone before. Explore the hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the picturesque Mill and all the bridges and gardens developed purposely for Frodo, Bilbo, Sam and co. in all six films. Tours depart daily and you can choose from a morning or afternoon tour.


TAUPO & TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK river deep mountain high

NORTH ISLAND

If Queenstown is the adventure capital of the South Island, then Taupo took the title for the North and promptly jumped out of a plane with it. On the shores of Lake Taupo, next to Tongariro National Park, this idyllic spot is a white knuckle playground. Bungy off bridges, skydive onto lakeview dropzones, jet boat over rapids, get drenched under Huka Falls and hike the epic Tongariro Crossing. After your adventure, unwind in hot springs and fun-filled bars.

Shoestring

BASE TAUPO

$23 $35

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

Shoestring

HAKA LODGE TAUPO

ROOM ONLY

$23 $27

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

Location: Just off Kaimanawa Street, 600 metres from Lake Taupo.

Vibe: Small, home-like hostel with stunning lake and mountain views.

Vibe: Upmarket backpackers with 30 rooms and dorms. Wind down in the hot tub.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Bar • Café • Shared kitchen • Barbecue facilities • Terrace • TV lounge

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Shared kitchen • Barbecue facilities • Hot tub • Bike rental

TUOBSE

STAY 4 PAY 3: 01JUN18–30SEP18

$194

FR

FULL DAY

This 19-kilometre trek is one of New Zealand's best. The track leads up to the saddle between Mt. Ngauruhoe (Mt. Doom to 'Lord of the Rings' fans!) and Mt. Tongariro and past the recently awakened Te Maari craters. The landscape is peppered with volcanic rocks, coloured craters and emerald lakes.

HALF DAY

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 mighty Huka Falls. TUOHUC

TUOHAK

SKYDIVE TAUPO

$212

FR

HALF DAY

MAORI ROCK CARVING SAILING TOUR

$35

FR

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.

Cruise the scenic bays of Lake Taupo and explore Maori rock carvings on this 90-minute boat tour. Sailing beneath the snowy mountain tops of Tongariro National Park, you'll learn all about the legends of local tribes, as well as the volcanology of the area. Plus there's tea, or a fishing demo depending on departure time.

TUOFRE

VITUO1

TUOTON

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$98

FR

ROOM ONLY

Location: Just a few minutes' walk from the bus station and the waters of Lake Taupo.

TONGARIRO CROSSING

HUKA FALLS JET

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WELLINGTON you're squidding?!

NORTH ISLAND

Welcome to Welly, New Zealand's compact capital. This blustery urban gem is famous for its wild winds, coffee culture, red cable cars and lush lookouts. The Te Papa Museum is a must-see (the size of three rugby fields, it's pretty much unmissable anyway). This huge interactive experience is packed with Maori treasures and a 495-kilogram squid! And why not feel the wind in your hair with a cycle up to the heights of Mt. Victoria. It'll blow you away.

Shoestring

NOMADS WELLINGTON

Rock Solid

$23 $38

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

IBIS WELLINGTON

ROOM ONLY

$120 $60

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Right in the heart of the eclectic Bohemian Quarter, a five-minute walk from the waterfront.

Location: Inner-city base, within walking distance from all major attractions and the waterfront.

Vibe: Fun, friendly and fairly-priced hostel with lots of free food and a great range of comfortable accommodation.

Vibe: Contemporary, seven-storey hotel with 200 basic but modern rooms and friendly, attentive staff.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Shared kitchen • Barbecue facilities • Terrace • Shared TV lounge • Massage services • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost) • Bar • Restaurant • Gym • Laundry • 24hour reception • On-site parking (at extra cost)

Free light breakfast and dinner

WLGCAP

AWLGIW

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Independent Tour

INTERISLANDER WELLINGTON TO PICTON FERRY

$56

FR

HALF DAY

More than just a ferry between two islands, this scenic service bridges the great divide between north and south. Once aboard, the spectacular 92-kilometre journey through Cook Strait should take around three hours. All modern conveniences are onboard and with 11 crossings per day, there's sure to be a time to suit you. Keep your eyes peeled during the crossing for dolphins, seals, whales, sea birds and plenty of impressive scenery. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Ferry with food and beverage facilities and onboard Wi-Fi Includes: Ferry ticket. Vehicle/Car/Campervan rates do not include the passengers - they must be booked separately Tour Code: NZEINT

ULTIMATE WELLINGTON PACKAGE

$228

FR

3 DAYS

Discover the best that New Zealand's capital has to offer with this Ultimate Wellington package, which includes two free nights accommodation at Nomads Wellington. Enjoy entry to Zealandia, the world’s first fully-fenced urban eco sanctuary, and the famous Weta Workshop. Then get active with a half-day bike ride around the city. Culture vultures should also check out the Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum - it's a must and entry is free! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Dorm or private room at Nomads Wellington (2 nts) Meals: Not included Transport: Not included Includes: Zealandia entry fee, cycle tour Tour Code: WLGCAP/VIWLG1/VIWLG2/VIWLG3

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South Island

Abel Tasman N.P. Nelson

Picton Blenheim

Punakaiki

Kaikoura

Greymouth Hanmer Springs

Franz Josef Glacier Fox Glacier Haast

Milford Sound

Christchurch Akaroa

Aoraki/ Mt. Cook

Wanaka Queenstown

Doubtful Sound

south island

Moeraki

Invercargill Dunedin Bluff Stewart Island

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THE ADRENALIN CAPITAL

ADVENTURERS

STUDENT TOWNS

SUNSHINE AND WINE

BEACH TIME

Queenstown is arguably the world's adrenalin capital. Bungy jumping, skydiving, jet boating, zorbing - it's all here!

The South Island was the site of the first commercial bungy site. It also gave birth to Sir Edmund Hillary, Everest's first conqueror.

Dunedin is a lively party town full of 'scarfies' (students). Get out and about and party with the best of them. Cheers!

No other region in New Zealand boasts as much sunshine as Marlborough. There are also some 150 wineries here. Hic!

There are a number of beautiful sandy beaches and lake shores to relax on or venture around in kayaks or boats.

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'SWEET AS' SOUTH 9 DAYS, Christchurch

$1,365

FR

Christchurch Exclusively for 18-35s

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Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: CONSZCD/CONSZAD

inclusions Accommodation: Lodges (7 nts), hotel (1 nt) Transport: Modern air con coach with free Wi-Fi and power points for charging Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners

01-02

03-06

Christchurch / Lake Ohau / Dunedin Meet your group in Christchurch, start the journey through Mackenzie Country, and stop at Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki and Geraldine on the way. Arrive into Lake Ohau and awe at imposing Mt. Cook and the surrounding Southern Alps. Wake up on Day 2 for the drive down to Dunedin, packed with history and Scottish heritage. En route, stop at the Benmore Dam and sneak a peek at Moeraki, where large spherical boulders are located right on the beach. Arrive in the city and check out the world's steepest street – Baldwin Street – and enjoy a tasting session at the iconic Speight's Brewery. (B, D) Queenstown From party town to adventure town as you head to Queenstown this morning. On Day 4, you'll have the chance to take a ride through the canyons of the Shotover River on the famous Shotover Jet. Spend the afternoon finding your feet before joining the other night owls for an epic night on the town! Heavy head or not, you'll need to get up early on Day 5 to start planning the next two days of activities you have a lot to get through! For bungy, where better than the AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge, where commercial bungy was born? Been there, done that? Choose from a skyswing, an 109 metre high canyon swing, white water rafting, horse riding, skydiving - pause for breath - funyaks (inflatable kayak), trail hiking, or pay a visit to Milford Sound in the Fiordland National Park. (4B, D)

04-06

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 two full days! (3B, D)

07-08

Franz Josef Glacier Leave Queenstown behind and check out the lakeside beauty of Wanaka on your way to NZ's pin-up spot, the almighty Franz Josef Glacier. Keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife as you head through the stunning Haast Pass and Thunder Creek Falls. Day 8, get out there and hit the ice! It's completely up to you how you tackle Franz Josef Glacier; choose from a variety of optional walks, hikes or heli-rides, or opt to take a scenic helicopter flight over Mt. Cook. (2B, D)

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Franz Josef Glacier / Christchurch Make tracks through the Southern Alps and check out traditional Maori greenstone carving in Hokitika before travelling the old trade route through Arthur's Pass. Your trip wraps up in the hipster capital of Christchurch, so grab a craft beer and get exploring! (B)

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Feb

• Ride the legendary Shotover Jet • Dig out your wild side in Queenstown • Marvel at Milford Sound (optional)

Jan

• Refresh in beautiful Lake Ohau • Take an optional flight over Mt. Cook • Try Kiwi brews at Speight's Brewery

Departures 2018/19

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Mar 19

Lake Wanaka, South Island

You might like Extend your trip 'Sweet As' South (10 days, Wellington - Christchurch) (CONSHA)  Fr $1,575 'Sweet As' South (10 days, Christchurch - Wellington) (CONSHC)  Fr $1,575 Shorten your trip Ultimate NZ Ski (7 days, Queenstown - Queenstown) (COCZKI)  Fr $1,245

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Arthur’s Pass Hokitika Franz Josef & Fox Glacier Haast Pass Wanaka

Christchurch

Lake Tekapo Lake Ohau

Queenstown Dunedin

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SOUTH ISLAND

Unleash your wild side as you embark on a nine-day journey through New Zealand's scenic southern region. From the base of Mt. Cook to the ice of Franz Josef Glacier, and with the adventure capital Queenstown, and student town of Dunedin thrown in the mix, you will get your teeth into all things Kiwi!


SOUTH ISLAND ENCOMPASSED 16 DAYS, Wellington

$2,299

FR

Wellington Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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SOUTH ISLAND

From the beaches and hills of Abel Tasman National Park to the breaching whales of Kaikoura's coastline, this trip introduces you to all the outdoor wonders of the South Island. Whether you get your thrills from daytime hikes, or from jumping off really high things, New Zealand's south has it all! Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAONSE

inclusions Queenstown, South Island

highlights

• Hike around Abel Tasman National Park • Get adventurous in Queenstown • Cycle the historical Otago Rail Trail

• Opt to go dolphin and whale-spotting • Take in the reflective wonders of Fiordland • Overnight in a unique rainforest lodge

Accommodation: Hostels (10 nts), basic hotels (2 nts), basic lodges (3 nts) - most nights multi-share Transport: Private vehicle, boat, bike, ferry Meals: 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners Budget: Allow NZD $325-425 for meals not included

Departures 2018

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Wellington / Abel Tasman National Park Arrive in the waterfront capital of Wellington at any time to meet your group. Start the adventure with a Big Night Out. After all, it's the perfect way to get to know one another! The next morning you'll ferry across the scenic Cook Strait, enjoying views of the sea-drowned valleys of Marlborough Sounds, before transferring to Abel Tasman National Park. Spend a couple of days here chilling out on its golden beaches and hiking up forested hills for panoramic views. (2B, D)

04-06

Westport / Franz Josef Glacier Next to the West Coast of South Island for the pancake rock formations of Punakaiki and the coal mining town of Westport. Visit a seal colony at Cape Foulwind and ready yourself for the next day. At the UNESCO World Heritage area of Franz Josef Glacier, you'll bed down in a lodge deep in the rainforest and spend your days hiking, quad biking, riding or exploring the ice - the choice is yours! (3B, 2D)

07-10

Queenstown / Milford Sound / Te Anau The fun continues as you arrive in the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown. Over two days, you'll find countless ways to get your heart pumping. Throw yourself from Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge (bungy attached), go jet boating on the Shotover and Dart rivers, or jump out of a plane. Day 10, head out into the dramatic scenery of Fiordland National Park and make for Milford Sound. In the evening, opt to cruise across Lake Te Anau and visit a cave full of thousands of glowworms. (4B, L)

11-13

Central Otago / Christchurch Today, spend some free time exploring the beautiful Te Anau region. Then, drive to Central Otago. Rest up and ready your legs for a 35-kilometre cycle along the Otago Rail Trail. You'll pass through historical towns like Clyde, stop at viewpoints in Wedderburn, and fill up on food and drink in old country taverns like those at Chatto Creek. Day 13, make for the equally cycle-friendly region of Christchurch. Enjoy a free day discovering its many repurposed shipping containers, then back to nature the next day. (3B, D)

14-16

Kalkoura / Wellington Kaikoura is a pretty special place. Not many places in the world can rival it for opportunities of marine encounters. Opt for a whale-watching trip for your chance to see the big friendly giants in the wild. You'll probably also get a glimpse of the coast's resident dolphins, and you can also opt to swim with seals! If you prefer to stay on land then take a walk along the coast and keep an eye out for any breachers! Travel to Picton on Day 15 and then catch a ferry back to Wellington. Here you can opt for a final night out with the group before bidding them goodbye on Day 16. (3B)

Jan-Mar & Nov-Dec Apr-Jun & Oct

Typically 8-9 departures per month

Jul-Sep

Typically 2-3 departures per month

Typically 4-5 departures per month

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BEST OF THE SOUTH 9 DAYS, Christchurch

$1,211

FR

Christchurch Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore Franz Josef Glacier • Mt. Aspiring jet boat ride • Free time in Queenstown

• Doubtful Sound boat cruise • Hike near Mt. Cook • Go biking at Lake Wanaka

01-02

Christchurch / Franz Josef From Christchurch, travel over Arthur's Pass and down onto the West Coast, passing endless picturesque backdrops on the way. Bed down tonight within a cosy rainforest lodge at Franz Josef - a pretty unique experience if you ask us! Spend Day 2 on walking trails around the glacier, or opt for a guided trip to this icy wonder. (B, D)

03-05

Franz Josef / Makarora / Doubtful Sound Admire the cascading waterfalls of the Haast Pass as you travel towards Makarora, and visit its stunning Blue Pools. Arrive in Mount Aspiring National Park and go jet boating along its pristine waterways. Day 4, it's on to the untouched beauty of Doubtful Sound, the deepest of all the fiords. Board an overnight cruise boat and get spotting the Sound's resident seals, penguins and dolphins. (3B, 2D)

06-07

Queenstown Leave the fiords behind, and make for Queenstown. With two free days in the adventure capital of the world, it's the perfect time to embrace your inner thrill seeker! Throw yourself off a bungy bridge, out of a plane, or into lively restaurants, pubs and music venues. (2B)

08-09

Mt. Cook / Rangitata / Christchurch From Queenstown, spend the morning on the scenic bike trails around Lake Wanaka, then head through picturesque Mackenzie region to the base of Mt Cook. On Day 9, stroll around turquoise Lake Tekapo and opt to go white water rafting on the Rangitata River before finishing in Christchurch, where your trip comes to an end. (2B, D)

Mt. Cook, South Island

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Christchurch Franz Josef Mt. Cook Makarora Rangitata

Departs: Thursdays (18Oct18-09May19) Accommodation: Multi-share lodge (5 nts), hostel (2 nts), boat (1 nt) Transport: Minibus, boat, bike Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 24 (may be higher during off-peak season) Includes: Activities as per itinerary, mountain biking, overnight Doubtful Sound cruise, jet boating Note: During winter (May-Oct), a different 10-day itinerary will operate on Fridays (CHCBSW) Tour Code: CHCBSS

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Small Group Adventure

SOUTH ISLAND LICK Christchurch

$1,024

FR

Christchurch

7 DAYS

highlights

• Soak up Queenstown • Ride the Tranz-Alpine train

• Explore Franz Josef Glacier • Chill out by Lake Wanaka

Be awed by stunning mountains, fantastic views, and the adrenalin capital of Queenstown on this epic adventure. Soak up the unbeatable scenery, so famous from the movies, coupled with a massive range of optional activities. Take in Lake Tekapo, Queenstown, Lake Wanaka, the Franz Josef Glacier and finish with a stint on the Tranz-Alpine Express - rated as one of the world's top ten train journeys. Opt to go skydiving or cruise Milford Sound. Departs: Selected departures (Jan-May & Aug-Dec) Accommodation: Mixed dorm or private room (6 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts Transport: Bus transfers and TranzAlpine Express Group Size: Max 16 Includes: Kiwi guide Tour Code: CHCSIL

Small Group Adventure

SOUTH ISLAND DIRT SEEKER Christchurch

$1,518

FR

Queenstown

7 DAYS

highlights

• Cycle down scenic bike trails • Opt for a range of add-ons

• Included skyline pass • Included maps and advice

NZ's South Island is renowned for its outstanding beauty and wild adventures. Plant your feet on your pedals and take a spin on some of the most thrilling trails the mighty South Island has to offer. Naturally, you'll take in Queenstown in all its glory, as well as areas handpicked by expert guides such as Arrowtown, Wanaka and Christchurch’s all new MTB park. Add an extra dose of awesome by including add-ons such as Heli-Biking and skydiving. Departs: Selected Mon (Oct-Apr) Accommodation: Mixed dorm or private room (6 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner Group Size: Max 14 Includes: Transport, Skyline Gondola Pass, two guides Note: Bike hire not included Tour Code: CHCDSD

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Small Group Adventure

QUEENSTOWN POWDER PACKAGE

$739

FR

5 DAYS

SOUTH ISLAND

Calling all snow bunnies! Head out of Queenstown and into the snow-capped mountains. Spend your days either carving up some gnarly turns in off-piste powder or gliding down the blues with your nights reserved for group dinners, a nightly après ski activity and entertainment schedule. Your super pass, return airport transfers and local host are all included, and there's a range of equipment to hire if you haven't got your own, sno' worries! Departs: Daily (Jun-Oct) Accommodation: Queenstown self-contained lodge (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner Transport: Airport transfers Note: Mountain shuttle, ski and board hire not included Tour Code: ZQNQPP

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SKI & SNOW EXPLORER Christchurch

$1,238

FR

Queenstown

6 DAYS

Jump aboard and take flight to the South Island's mustsee highlights on this epic ski and snow adventure. Depart Christchurch on Day 1 and head for the famous Mt. Hutt ski resort. Hit the slopes the next morning, then head to Lake Tekapo for hot springs and star gazing. Make for Mt. Cook on Day 3, then head to the Ohau ski fields for more skiing and incredible views. On Day 5, head to Queenstown for more skiing and adrenalin activities. Departs: 06Aug18, 24Aug18 Accommodation: Multi-share lodges or hostels (5 nts). Upgrades are available Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners Transport: All bus transfers included Includes: Activities as per itinerary Tour Code: CHCSSE

SOUTH ISLAND SNOW SAFARI 7 DAYS, Christchurch

$1,366

FR

Christchurch Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Ski in six different locations • Included lift passes • Have a soak in Tekapo Hot Springs

The Remarkables, Queenstown

inclusions

Departs: Selected departures (Jun-Sep) Accommodation: Mixed dorm or private room in Haka Lodges (6 nts). Upgrades are available Meals: 6 breakfasts Transport: All shuttle transport and mountain transfers included Includes: 6 lift passes, Tekapo Hot springs entry. Equipment hire and lessons included in other packages. Ask your Travel Expert for more details Group Size: Max 16 Tour Code: CHCSSS

• Time for adrenalin in Queenstown • All transport included throughout • Enjoy expert guidance throughout

Welcome to New Zealand's ultimate guided ski and snowboard tour. Hit six different mountains over seven days and enjoy expert guidance of the best runs and powder-stashes along the way. Throughout the week, you'll get the chance to ski or snowboard in six different locations (Mt. Hutt, Lake Oahu, Treble Cone, Cardrona, Queenstown, Coronet Peak) and will also swing by Lake Tekapo Hot Springs for a chance to soak those muscles! Everything you need for a stress-free week is here. All transport, lift passes, accommodation and entry fees are paid for, and you get added lessons and included equipment hire if you choose the Beginner Package. Equipment hire can be added if you choose the Lift Pass + Hire Pack. Just ask your Travel Expert for further details and they will happily provide you with details!

ALPINE EXPLORER 9 DAYS, Christchurch

$2,027

FR

Christchurch Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Ski on four different mountains • Train ride over the Southern Alps • Soak in Tekapo Hot Springs

Franz Josef Glacier, South Island

inclusions

Departs: 06Aug18 Accommodation: Multi-share dorm in hostels and lodges (8 nts) Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners Transport: Minibus Includes: 2 professional guides, activities as per itinerary Group Size: Max 20, Min 8 Note: Optional activities are not included Tour Code: CHCAES/CHCAPW

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• Visit two beautiful glaciers • Explore scenic national parks • Down time in Queenstown

So much more than just a regular ski tour, this nine-day trip not only gives you the opportunity to ski four different mountains, but also takes you to the base of Mt Cook, NZ’s highest peak, over the Southern Alps on one of world’s most famous train journeys, through three alpine passes and close to two different ice glaciers. There's also the chance to soak in Tekapo Hot Springs, go cycling and hiking in scenic national parks and learn all about the region's history. You'll also get to enjoy plenty of down time in the 'Adventure Capital of the World', Queenstown. Opt to get an adrenalin fix bungy jumping or sky diving, then hit the lively bars of this famous town. All transport throughout the trip is included in the package price, however you must arrange your own airport transfers. Please ask your Travel Expert to book these for you.

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NELSON, ABEL TASMAN & MARLBOROUGH picture perfect landscapes

SOUTH ISLAND

Full of artists, sculptors and potters, Nelson is New Zealand's creative capital. It's also the most liberal and liveable of Kiwi towns, thanks to the resulting amounts of tie-dye and a glorious coastal palette. To the west, you'll find Abel Tasman National Park and its miles of walking trails and endless curves of golden beaches. To the east lies Blenheim and Marlborough (aka wine country), home to New Zealand's finest sauvignon blanc. Fill 'er up!

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$34

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THE BARN ABEL TASMAN

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$31 $43

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

$171

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FULL DAY

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Location: Situated on Weka Street, two minutes' walk from the nearest bus stop.

Location: In a coastal village, on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park.

Vibe: Laid back hostel with a choice of rooms or dorms. There's even a hot tub!

Vibe: Fun and friendly backpackers and campground, built for adventure.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Barbecue facilities • Garden • Hot tub • Sauna

Highlights: Campsite • Mixed dorms • Private rooms • 2 shared kitchens • Barbecue area • Cinema room • Laundry

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MARLBOROUGH WINE TASTING

SEA KAYAK, STROLL, SEALS & SAIL

Your aquatic adventure starts with a morning's sea kayaking around the islands between Marahau and Watering Cove. Take a scenic stroll over to the Anchorage, in time for a tasty lunch. Recharged, hop aboard your catamaran and check out Pinnacle Island's fur seal colony before sailing back to Kaiteriteri Beach.

WLGBAR

$86

FR

HALF DAY

Love wine? Tour up to four Marlborough wineries on this grape (geddit?) day out. Visit barrel rooms and well-stocked cellars and learn about both the wine making and wine drinking process. Sample wines such as Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling Varietals throughout the day. Stroll through the vineyards, learn more about New Zealand wines, and opt to tuck into a tasty lunch (at extra cost) at one of the wineries. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included. Lunch available to purchase at one of the 1 wineries Transport: Hotel pick-up and drop-off from Picton or Blenheim and minivan transfers included Includes: Driver/guide, wine tasting Tour Code: VIBHE1

MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS PELORUS MAIL BOAT

NZSEAK

$43

FR

FULL DAY

Join one of the last remaining mail boats left in the world, still delivering mail and groceries as it has been for almost a century. You’ll visit isolated homesteads nestled in quiet secluded bays, each property only getting one delivery per week. View mussel farms and see why Pelorus Sound is the mussel capital of the world, discover hidden bays and coves well away from the tourist trail, and spot a range of local wildlife along the way. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Hotel pick-up and drop-off included Includes: Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits Note: Itinerary may vary due to weather constraints and timings Tour Code: VIBHE2

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CHRISTCHURCH, KAIKOURA & DUNEDIN english gardens & whales

SOUTH ISLAND

Having suffered a devastating earthquake in 2011, Christchurch is in the throes of an exciting rebuild. Though still in its early stages, the transition has served to highlight the city's resilience with projects such as Re:START, a colourful mall made up of shipping containers, fast becoming icons of Christchurch's creativity. Bike through the city's English Gardens, watch a game of ruggers at the pub or head on to Kaikoura for world-class whale watching.

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ALL STARS INN ON BEALEY, CHRISTCHURCH

Shoestring

$26 $33

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JAILHOUSE BACKPACKERS, CHRISTCHURCH

ROOM ONLY

$23 $31

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Location: Based on Bealey Avenue, a 15-minute walk along the Avon River to the city centre.

Location: Close to local Addington eateries, bars and cafés, a short walk through Hagley Park to the city centre.

Vibe: A hostel-hotel hybrid with spotless interiors. A good option for budget travellers who still like a quality service.

Vibe: Set in a refurbished prison (which ran from 1874 to 1999), this warm and friendly hostel makes 'doing time' look like a doddle.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Shared kitchen • Barbecue area • Shared TV lounge • Garden • Laundry • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Café • Shared kitchen • Cinema room • Games room • Luggage storage • Laundry • Bike rental (at extra cost) • Free on-site parking

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$30 $47

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BREAKFREE ON CASHEL, CHRISTCHURCH

ROOM ONLY

$77 $38

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Location: A ten-minute walk from the terminals of Christchurch International Airport.

Location: Cashel Street, surrounded by a good selection of shopping and dining options.

Vibe: Handy spot to slump before or after a long-haul flight. Pod beds and self check-in kiosks make it a hostel from the future!

Vibe: Innovative and stylish hotel with bright and funky rooms, each with cutting-edge technology.

Highlights: Private pods and rooms • Air con or fan • Shared kitchen • Barbecue facilities • Shared TV lounge • Terrace • Garden • Steam room • Luggage storage • Laundry • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Bar • Restaurant • Massage services • Gym • Luggage storage • Laundry • 24-hour reception • Free on-site parking

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DUSKY LODGE, KAIKOURA

$19 $27

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$30 $41

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Rock Solid | Larnach Castle, Dunedin FR  $137

Location: Situated on George Road, just two minutes from the Otago Museum.

Vibe: Welcoming backpackers with friendly staff and laid back vibes.

Vibe: Relaxed and simple hostel with cosy rooms and plenty of space for socialising.

Half Day | Christchurch Airport Transfers 

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • 2 shared kitchens • Laundry • Ironing facilities • Free on and off-site parking

Half Day | Christchurch City Walking FR Tour  $26

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Outdoor pool • 3 shared kitchens • Barbecue area • Hot tub • Free on-site parking EKIPDL

AKAROA DOLPHIN SWIM

$68

FR

HALF DAY

Departs: Daily (Sep-May). Less frequent (May-Sep) Meals: Not included Transport: Transfers are not included Includes: All equipment, briefing on dolphin behaviour, hot drink and shower Tour Code: CHCSDA

$73

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HALF DAY

Fill up on hot cocoa and leave the coast of Kaikoura for an awesome open sea adventure. Spend the chunk of your day in the water with the dusky dolphins, or stay on deck with a handful of biscuits and watch them do their thing from afar. Wetsuits and snorkelling equipment are provided, as are the biscuits! KBZDOL

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$23

Half Day | International Antarctic FR Centre Entrance  $44

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Ninety minutes from Christchurch, Akaroa is the only place you can see the world's smallest and rarest dolphin species - the Hector's or New Zealand dolphin. Spending over three hours in the jetpowered catamaran, you'll have the chance to get in the water with these friendly flippers. All equipment (wetsuits, masks, snorkels) is provided for you, plus there'll be photos, hot showers and hot drinks on hand once you're back on board the boat.

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WHALE WATCH KAIKOURA

$114

FR

HALF DAY

This unique experience, departing from Kaikoura, offers close encounters with the giant sperm whale, year-round. You may also see fur seals, dusky dolphins and the endangered wandering albatross. Depending on the season, you may also see the odd migrating humpback, pilot or even blue whale! Should you not spot a whale (don't worry - this is a very rare occurrence), you're guaranteed an 80% refund. Tours run daily (except Christmas Day). Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Transfers are not included Includes: 2.5 hour boat tour, bus from office to and from the marina Tour Code: KIPWHA

DUNEDIN SHORE EXCURSION: TAIERI GORGE & SIGHTSEEING

$122

FR

HALF DAY

Board the Taieri Gorge Railway for a legendary trip on this train-lover's shore excursion from Dunedin, which includes a two-hour coach tour. Pass over centuryold viaducts, journey through spectacular surrounds along the Taieri River Gorge, and see Dunedin's botanical gardens, historical homes and the Otago Peninsula. VIDUD2

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TRANZ ALPINE

$135

FR

HALF DAY

The Tranz Alpine rail journey is ideal for those looking for an affordable, reliable and eco-friendly way of travelling from Greymouth to Christchurch and vice versa. Stunningly beautiful, it's also a great way of meeting locals and other like-minded travellers in comfortable surroundings as you whizz through New Zealand. 1TRACK

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Rock Solid | Kaikoura Boutique Hotel FR  $91

Location: Beach Road. And guess what? You're only two minutes from the beach.


FRANZ JOSEF ice, ice baby (west coast rules)

SOUTH ISLAND

Filled with chills and thrills, you don't want to miss out on two of world's most majestic glaciers, Fox and Franz Josef. Full of brooding mountains, glaciers and surreal coastal formations, the combination of finger-numbing icy temperatures and lush tropical rainforest will blow your mind. To see the best of it, make sure you book a hiking trip onto the Franz Josef. Think glistening blue ice and towering peaks. And the best part? You can take a chopper!

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RAINFOREST RETREAT, FRANZ JOSEF

$24 $42

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK

$60

FR

HALF DAY

LAKE MAPOURIKA KAYAK ADVENTURE

FR

$86

HALF DAY

ROOM ONLY

Location: Just two minutes' walk from the heart of Franz Josef Glacier Village. Vibe: Unique getaway with spectacular views and rooms for all budgets. Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms, suites or cabins • Electric blankets • Bar • Restaurant • Hot tub • Sauna

Experience the Franz Josef Glacier at its most dynamic with NZ's best hiking guides. You'll start alongside the mighty Waiho River bed, learning all about the glacier's history as you walk. Hear about the legend of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere then enjoy the spectacular views of the glacier’s rapidly changing terminal face.

Explore the serene waters of Lake Mapourika in NZ’s glacier country on this half-day kayak adventure. Paddle out onto the lake with your guide and enjoy awesome views as you learn all about the region’s fascinating geology. Later, move into the estuaries of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary for birdwatching and more.

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FRANZ JOSEF HELI HIKE & HOT POOLS HALF DAY, Franz Josef Glacier

$341

FR

Franz Josef Glacier

• Hike on the Franz Josef Glacier • Enjoy two helicopter rides • See awe-inspiring scenery

Franz Josef Glacier, South Island

inclusions

Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Helicopter to and from the glacier are included. Hotel transfers are not included Includes: Heli-ride, glacier walk (up to 3 hours), glacier goody bag and entry to Glacier Hot Pools Note: Rain jackets, waterproof trousers, boots, crampons and woollen hats and gloves are available to borrow at no extra cost Tour Code: XOZFRA

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• Soak in the Glacier Hot Pools • Learn about the region's geology • Enjoy the company of a local guide

Here's a question for you - have you ever stepped onto a glacier? If the answer is no then we're here to change that pronto! This half-day tour is the perfect introduction to the land of ice. Starting with a short heli-hop from Franz Josef township to the incredible Pinnacles area of the famous glacier, your guide will navigate you through a maze of ice as you explore the awe-inspiring landscape of Franz Josef Glacier. Your guide will choose your route carefully as you go and, with an eye for the most spectacular ice formations, you`ll soon be making your way through an extraordinary land of towering peaks and glistening blue ice. After a half-day on the ice, there's no better reward than to rejuvenate body, soul and mind than with a soak at the Glacier Hot Pools. This is a popular tour, so make sure you book in advance!

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WANAKA get back to nature

SOUTH ISLAND

The picturesque gateway to the mighty Southern Alps, Wanaka (or should we say Wow-naka?!) is a beautiful mish-mash of snow-capped mountains, verdant forests and quaint streets. Oh, and there's that bloody great lake of course! To get the most out of your time here, hop aboard a mountain bike and just start pedalling. You're guaranteed to stumble across something impressive! Alternatively, hit the serene waters via kayak.

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$23 $40

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OAKRIDGE RESORT LAKE WANAKA

ROOM ONLY

$145 $73

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FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

$227

FR

HALF DAY

ROOM ONLY

Location: In the centre of Wanaka, only two blocks from the waterfront.

Location: Overlooking a picturesque mountain landscape, just outside of town.

Vibe: Informal hostel with a fun communal area and helpful staff.

Vibe: Sleek hotel complex with modern rooms apartments, a spa and hot tub.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Bar • Shared kitchen • Shared TV lounge

Highlights: Private rooms • Apartments • Private balcony • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Spa • Sauna • 7 hot tubs

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WILD WIRE WANAKA

WANAKA SKYDIVE

$144

FR

HALF DAY

If you're wanting a heavy dose of adventure when in Wanaka, then this is for you. After all, this is the world's highest waterfall climb! Choose from a beginners' ('Via Ferrata') or slightly more adventurous ('Wild Thing') route and enjoy epic views from wire bridges along the way. Throughout, you'll be supported by expert guides. WKAWWW

Strap yourself on to a beautiful stranger and take to the New Zealand skies on this thrilling sky diving experience. Take in Wanaka's world-renowned mountains and lakes as you ascend to your jump-off point, record a quick video for those at home, then open the door and FLY! Keep smiling as it's all on tape, phwoar. NZSKYW

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LAKE WANAKA KAYAK TOUR

$100

FR

HALF DAY

A fantastic introduction to kayaking, with an easy guided paddle exploring the beautiful Lake Wanaka coastline, enjoying the outstanding scenery along the way. You'll undertake eight to 10 kilometres of easy paddling with light snacks and refreshments provided. Note that no experience is required to join. VIWKAK

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WANAKA BIKE HIRE & TRANSPORT

$58

FR

HALF DAY

This awesome package lets you explore Lake Wanaka's famous bike tracks. You'll be provided with a mountain bike and will be transported to the start point of your chosen bike track. All trails lead back to the bike return point in Wanaka town, and there are a range of trips and bikes available for all ages and abilities. VIWKAB

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QUEENSTOWN i can see my house from heeere!

SOUTH ISLAND

The world's adventure capital does exactly what it says on the tin. No artificial colours (apart from that ski jacket you're wearing), just good old adrenalin-pumping fun. Ski, board, bungy jump, freefall, canyon swing, spin 360 degrees on a jet boat and dance precariously on the bar (optional – the others aren't). You'll hardly have time to breathe, but YOLO and all that. Side note: the oldest person to bungy jump here was 94. So no excuses.

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$23 $35

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JUCY SNOOZE QUEENSTOWN

ROOM ONLY

$43 $57

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: On the most popular street in Queenstown, bordered by three magnificent mountain ranges and on the edge of a lake.

Location: Situated right in the heart of Queenstown, just steps from the Toi o Tahuna Art Gallery and Queenstown Mall

Vibe: Something-for-everyone hostel with great value rooms and friendly staff to help you make the most of this adventureland.

Vibe: Opening in April 2018, this 52 room hostel will boast a rooftop bar and café and panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Restaurant • Bar • Shared kitchen • Shared TV lounge • DJs • Games room • Laundry • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed pods (self-contained capsules) • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Privacy blinds • Bar • Café • Shared kitchen • Rooftop terrace • Shared TV lounge • Luggage storage • Laundry

ZQNDIS

ISIC / IYTC / ITIC CARD HOLDERS: 1 FREE DRINK VOUCHER

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NOMADS QUEENSTOWN

$27 $54

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ZQNJSZ

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REAVERS LODGE

$25 $42

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Rock Solid

NOVOTEL LAKESIDE, QUEENSTOWN

$180 $90

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Right in the middle of downtown Queenstown, close to bars and restaurants.

Location: Beside Ben Lomond Scenic Reserve, a short walk from the town centre.

Location: Centrally-located and close to the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

Vibe: A four-time winner of Best Hostel in NZ, Nomads is low-key, affordable and fun.

Vibe: Rustic and relaxed hotel with comfy sofas to chill out on and a communal feel.

Vibe: Soak in the tranquil lakeside views at this polished, four-star hotel.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Shared kitchen • Sauna • Cinema room

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Shared kitchen • Shared TV lounge • Hot tub • Ski shop • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Private rooms • Flatscreen TV • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost) • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Hot tub • Gym

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NZONE TANDEM SKYDIVE

$227

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HALF DAY

Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Transfers from/to Queenstown accommodation included Includes: All equipment and safety briefing Tour Code: ZQNTSD

AJ HACKETT BUNGY QUEENSTOWN BUNGY

$148

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HALF DAY

LORD OF THE RINGS MOVIE TOUR

$98

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HALF DAY

Acknowledged as the world`s most famous and exciting Jetboat ride, no visit to Queenstown is complete without a sesh on the Shotover Jet. 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 white water spray - all in just half an hour. Return Queenstown transfers are included within the price. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Transfers from/to Queenstown accommodation included Includes: 30-minute Shotover Jet experience, professionally trained drivers, spray and life jackets Tour Code: ZQNJET

$122

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HALF DAY

QUEENSTOWN RAFTING

$98

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HALF DAY

Jump right in at the Kawarau Bungy Centre, the world home of bungy! There are three sites and different products at each jump spot. Go for the water touch at the original, Kawarau Bridge, 'freestyle' bungy off The Ledge or swing high above Queenstown. Or, if you fancy taking on Australasia's highest, head to the 134-metre tall Nevis Bungy.

An adventure safari packed with breathtaking scenery, thrilling 4WD action and a whole host of Lord of the Rings filming locations. Visit Minas Tirith, the Misty Mountains, the Ford of Bruinen and more, and travel along a historic gold mining road where you'll have the chance to try your luck at gold panning.

Three thrilling rides of spins, spills and spray. Choose the world's most notorious jet-boat ride through the Shotover Canyons or opt for a more scenic raft down the Kawarau River. Both include Queensland return transfers, all equipment, safety briefings, expert instructors and a hot shower and sauna at the end.

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$501

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This is definitely one for all you adventure-junkies. Staying at the lively and backpackerheavy Base Queenstown, you'll have four days to get your blood pumping. Included in this epic package is an elastic-fantastic bungy jump (Nevis, Kawarau or Ledge - it's up to you!), a wet-and-wild Shotover River white water rafting trip and a thrilling Shotover Jet experience. Think high speeds (85 kph, ahem) and close calls with canyon walls. If none of that gets your heart rate up then you must be a robot. Ex-hil-ar-ate. During free time, make sure you check out some of Queenstown's bars and restaurants. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Dorm or private room in Base Queenstown Hostel (3 nts) Transport: Transfers from/to all three activities included Includes: Queenstown Shotover River rafting, bungy jump (Nevis, Kawarau or Ledge) and Shotover Jet experience Tour Code: ZQNDIS/ZQNRCO/AKLAJQ

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It takes a certain kind of person to jump out of a plane. Some would say mad - we would say 'mad adventurous brah'. Tandem skydive from 15,000, 12,000 or 9,000 feet at NZ's most scenic resort; Queenstown. Equipment is provided and you'll be harnessed to an experienced jumpmaster. With two of the largest skydiving planes available, you can even share the experience with your friends. So kick back, relax and get ready to fly!

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MILFORD SOUND & FIORDLAND SIGHTS AND SOUNDS

SOUTH ISLAND

More dramatic than an All Blacks v. Wallabies test match, welcome to the fiordlands. Scoured by ancient glaciers into mist-swirling peaks, tumbling falls and glassy waters, choose from day or overnight Milford Sound cruises or seasonal overnight boats to remote Doubtful Sound. While your main gateway to Fiordland National Park is Te Anau, most Doubtful Sound cruises start in Manapouri, one of New Zealand's most beautiful towns.

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$51

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$62

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ROOM ONLY

Location: On Luxmore Drive, right in the heart of Te Anau town. Vibe: Caravan park and campground with plenty of outside space for barbecuing! Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Cabins • Campsite • Barbecue facilities • Shared TV lounge • Garden • Laundry

Cycle through mountainous countryside and dip'n'dive your way along the Waiau River on this active tour. Starting in Te Anau, you'll hop aboard an included transfer to the end of the trail, 25 kilometres away. Make your way back at your own pace and soak up the scenery on the way. Want some energy? Book the packed lunch option.

Experience the mysterious underground world of the Te Anau Glowworm Caves on this two-hour trip. Sail to the western shores of Lake Te Anau via cruise vessel then enter the caves at Cavern House. Friendly guides will share their knowledge, and you'll be able to see thousands of glittering glowworms on a short boat trip.

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JUCY CRUISE MILFORD SOUND FULL DAY, Milford Wharf

$35

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Milford Wharf

highlights

• Laid-back catamaran cruise • Get up close to waterfalls • Marvel at snow-topped Mitre Peak

Milford Sound, South Island

inclusions Departs: Daily from Milford Sound wharf Meals: Not included Includes: Cruise on board a modern catamaran, informative commentary, complimentary tea. Espresso Coffee, snacks and lunches can be purchased on board Note: Available from Milford Sound, Te Anau or Queenstown. Ask your Travel Expert for details Tour Code: CMSJCM

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• Informative onboard commentary • Fun and friendly crew • Spot Milford Sound's wildlife

A Milford Sound cruise with a difference. Sail through one of the most spine-tingling places on Earth on board the Maiden of Milford, a modern and uncrowded catamaran. Staffed by a fun friendly crew, grab a delicious pita wrap or salad and park yourself on one of three viewing decks, getting up close to waterfalls, wildlife and ancient rainforest as you sail out to the Tasman Sea and back. Marvel at Mitre Peak, feel the spray of the Fairy and Sterling waterfalls, and, if you're lucky, catch a rainbow forming over the Sound. Tea is offered throughout and there will be an informative commentary during the cruise. You can join from Milford Sound, Te Anau or Queenstown with various coach packages, and you can make use of a glass roof coach (Jucy Vista) from Queenstown or small group minivan (Jucy Zest) from Te Anau.

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MILFORD SOUND CRUISE & KAYAK

$130

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HALF DAY

$88

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HALF DAY

Don't have four days to do the full trek? Take this 'taster' session instead. Paddle the shores of the Arthur River, then set foot on the most popular of New Zealand's great walks for a guided two-hour return walk. Throughout the trip, you'll be supported by an experienced guide and will learn all about the area's flora and fauna.

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DOUBTFUL SOUND DAY OUT

$190

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FULL DAY

This is the perfect way to experience a small corner of the beautiful Doubtful Sound. Cross the stunning Lake Manapouri by ferry then, by coach, cross the Southern Alps over the Wilmot Pass into Deep Cove. Get a taste of Doubtful Sound with three hours of kayaking exploring Deep Cove, Rolla Island and Olphert Cove.

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Small Group Adventure

DOUBTFUL OVERNIGHT KAYAKING & CAMPING

$305

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2 DAYS

Small Group Adventure

DOUBTFUL SOUND OVERNIGHT CRUISE

$265

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2 DAYS

Discover just what makes Doubtful Sound so unique on this two-day kayaking and camping adventure. Each day will involve around five hours of kayaking, and throughout you'll get chummy with personable and experienced guides. In the evening, you'll bed down in a campsite nestled in the forest and really get back to nature! Should you have heard enough birdsong, why not hang out with other kayakers and campers in the communal tent?

This enchanting overnight cruise takes you across one of the most serene natural wonders of the world. Get picked up in Queenstown, transfer to Deep Cove, and cross Lake Manapouri in the Fiordland Navigator, a vessel with spacious viewing decks and comfortable cabins. Cruise the length of the fiord, weaving through hidden coves and waterways. Overnight in one of Doubtful Sound's hidden arms and enjoy a buffet dinner before heading back the next day.

Departs: Selected dates (Oct-Apr) Accommodation: Tent in Hall Arm campsite (1 nt) Meals: Not included. Please bring with you Transport: Lake Manapouri ferry and coach transfers included Note: Minimum age to join is 16 Tour Code: TEUDOK

Departs: Daily from Queenstown or Manapouri (Sep-May) Accommodation: Twin/quad share (1 nt), Transport: Return coach transfers from Queenstown, boat Meals: 1 dinner, 1 breakfast Tour Code: ZQNNVG

MILFORD SOUND OVERNIGHT CRUISE 2 DAYS, Queenstown or Milford Wharf

$375

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Queenstown or Milford Wharf

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Cruise the waters of Milford Sound • Stay the night on board a ship • See incredible scenery throughout

Milford Sound, South Island

inclusions

Departs: Daily from Queenstown or Milford (Nov-Mar) Accommodation: Twin/quad share cabins (1 nt), Transport: Return coach transfers from Queenstown, boat Includes: All bed linen is provided for you Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Tour Code: ZQNMOD

• Tuck into a three-course dinner • Enjoy drinks on deck (at extra cost) • Return transfers to Queenstown

Milford Sound is often regarded as one of the most beautiful locations on earth. See the best of it with this overnight trip, starting and ending in either Queenstown or Milford. After you've departed on Day 1, sail towards a realm of delicate silence and jaw-dropping scenery in the Milford Wanderer. Cruise the full length of Milford Sound, past waterfalls and mountains, into the Tasman Sea. That night you'll anchor down in the sheltered waters of Harrison Cove, where you'll enjoy a three-course dinner with drinks. Overnight, you'll stay in twin or four-bunk cabins, waking up to a hearty breakfast in the morning of Day 2. After some more time exploring, head back to Milford Wharf then continue on to Queenstown. Note that this is a seasonal trip and boats only operate from November to March.

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Double the adventure with this tour as you take in a Milford Sound cruise and kayaking experience. The trip includes a Milford Sound cruise past Pembroke Glacier, entry to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory and an hour of kayaking around the sheltered Harrison Cove. No previous kayaking experience is needed.

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mamanuca islands Port Denarau

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Coral Coast Pacific Harbour

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Fiji is famous for its diving and snorkelling, with some of the most prolific coral reefs on Earth. Spot giant mantas, turtles and more.

Fiji is incredibly conscious about sustainable tourism practices. Villages throughout are almost completely self-sustaining!

In Taveuni, there is a spot where you can stand with one foot in the current date and your other foot in the previous date!

Watch out for falling coconuts! Fijians believe these hard-shelled tree dwellers have eyes and bomb people for bad luck!

Kava, or Yaqona, is the national and traditional drink. It is believed to have medicinal qualities and is used in ceremonies.

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FIJI

bula buddy The word 'paradise' gets thrown around all too often, but if anywhere in the world was deserving of this description, it's definitely Fiji. White sandy beaches, crystalclear waters and super-friendly locals are the order of the day here, and you'll soon find yourself winding down to 'Fiji Time'. Explore the villages and volcanic scenery of Viti Levu, then take it down a further few notches if you decide to hit up the gorgeous Yasawas or Mamanucas.

Where to Stay

GETTING around AIR

Nadi is the main airport, serviced by routes from destinations including Australia, New Zealand, the US east coast, Singapore and Hong Kong. Build it into your Round the World ticket or ask about point-to-point fares.

NADI & SURROUNDS

DENARAU ISLAND

Home to the main airport, Nadi splits into three distinct sections - Nadi Bay (beach with a great choice of backpacker stopovers), authentic Nadi Town and Main Street - a busy commercial strip.

This integrated island resort on the mainland boasts a championship golf course and upmarket hotels if you fancy a luxurious treat. The marina is also the gateway to the Mamanucas/Yasawas.

TRANSFERS

Take the hassle out of arriving with a minibus/taxi transfer to your chosen hotel. If you're travelling on Feejee Experience or out to the Mamanucas or Yasawas, opt for a 'Bula Pack' which includes your transfer and your first night's accommodation. FEEJEE EXPERIENCE

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PACIFIC HARBOUR

A beautiful stretch of shoreline on the south west of Viti Levu, the Coral Coast is dotted with small towns and resort hotels, flanked by green hills on one side and a fringing reef on the other.

Great for adrenalin junkies, Pacific Harbour offers a wide variety of activities from surfing to 4WD tours, plus a mix of hotel and dining options suitable for all budgets.

MAMANUCA ISLANDS

YASAWA ISLANDS

This chain of 20 islands is just a quick hop from Port Denarau. From party islands to barefoot luxury, there's a resort here to suit all tastes, and you can be as active or inactive as you like.

More dramatic than the Mamanucas, this remote chain offers natural beauty, white sand beaches, aqua lagoons and great diving. Backpackers love it here for an affordable break from civilisation.

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Mainland Fiji (the island of Viti Levu) has much to offer beyond its beaches. For culture, adventure and gorgeous scenery, it's hard to beat one of Feejee Experience's hop-on hop-off bus passes (see pages 190 and 191). FERRY

Sailing daily from Port Denarau, the yellow Yasawa Flyer provides a lifeline to the remote Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, stopping at multiple resorts on its five-hour journey along the chain.

VOLUNTEERING IN FIJI Why not give something back to these beautiful islands and welcoming communities? See page 205.

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Why go to one resort when you can go to four or five? Single, resortbased 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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Every Feejee Experience package includes the Whole Hula which is a four-day/three-night journey encompassing the highlights of Fiji's largest island Viti Levu. There are other packages to choose from if you want to visit some of Fiji's other islands. Tailor your package to suit you with the option to add on an arrival pack, departure pack and meal plans. Your accommodation is provided every night and you have a choice of dorm or private rooms.

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Market visit Hot pools and mud pools Free sim card with 2GB data

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Wainibuka River

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Feejee Experience by sea

Fishing/Snorkelling/Diving

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Surfing

Some other cool stops we visit

Waterfall

Travel by boat

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$73 $73

Bula Arrival Pack

$358

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Includes meal plan at Robinson Crusoe Island on day 1, Lunch on day 2-4, Dinner on day 2 & 3 There are compulsory meal packages at the island resorts. Please ask your Travel Expert for more details.


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WHOLE HULA

$358

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4 DAYS, Viti Levu and Robinson Crusoe

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Travel from Nadi on Day 1 to Robinson Crusoe Island – the island of the fire dancers! Spend the afternoon chilling on the beach then watch one of those impressive dance shows, accompanied by knives and fire! The next day, make your way to Pacific Harbour, stopping for lunch in Sigatoka town (at extra cost). During the afternoon, opt for a rainforest trek to a waterfall, where you'll be able to have a cooling dip. Once you've arrived at Pacific Harbour, check in at Uprising Beach or Club Oceania and chill out. (B)

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Make your way today to Golden Point Resort, stopping at Suva town for a visit to the Fiji Museum on the way. Visit the seven-chamber Snake God Caves before reaching Nasautoka Village for a traditional kava ceremony and village tour. Interact with the locals over an optional lunch (at extra cost) and finish your day with bilibili rafting. (B)

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Spend half the day today at your resort, where you'll have the opportunity to go snorkelling and swimming. Have an Indo-Fijian lunch (at extra cost) at the resort before departing for Nadi. Drive through the scenic Indo-Fijian sugar cane belt, visit Ba Market then to the Sabeto hot pools before finishing your trip back in Nadi. (B)

Departs: Wednesdays and Saturdays Accommodation: Robinson Crusoe Island (1 nt), Resort at Pacific Harbour (1 nt), Golden Point Resort (1 nt) Meals: 3 breakfasts Tour Code: NANWH3

LEI LOW

$566

FR

6 DAYS

Includes: Departs: Wednesdays and Saturdays Islands: Viti Levu, Robinson Crusoe, Beachcomber Accommodation: Robinson Crusoe Island (1 nt), Resort at Pacific Harbour (1 nt), Golden Point Resort (1 nt), Nadi Hostel (1 nt), Beachcomber Island (1 nt) Meals: 4 breakfasts Tour Code: NANFEL

MANGOS AND MANTARAYS

$710

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7 DAYS

Includes: Departs: Wednesdays and Saturdays Islands: Viti Levu, Robinson Crusoe, Barefoot Manta Accommodation: Robinson Crusoe Island (1 nt), Resort at Pacific Harbour (1 nt), Golden Point Resort (1 nt), Nadi Hostel (1 nt), Barefoot Manta (2 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts Tour Code: NANFEM

ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT ABOUT THE OTHER PASSES AVAILABLE

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FEEJEE FIVE

$1,047

FR

11 DAYS

Includes: Departs: Wednesdays and Saturdays Islands: Viti Levu, Robinson Crusoe, Beachcomber, Barefoot Manta, Blue Lagoon Accommodation: Robinson Crusoe Island (1 nt), Resort at Pacific Harbour (1 nt), Golden Point Resort (1 nt), Nadi Hostel (1 nt), Beachcomber Island (2 nts), Blue Lagoon Resort (2 nts), Barefoot Manta (2 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Tour Code: NZFEO5

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VITI LEVU wind it down a notch

FIJI

Dump your rucksack in the sand, take off your shoes and slow down. You're on Fiji time now. First point of call, take it easy. Second, explore the idyllic island's swaying canefields and green highlands and make for Nadi's historical hotspots. Get your fill of Fijian cuisine (the curries and seafood will make you weak at the knees) and get acquainted with the islands' rich indigenous culture, complete with annual fire-walking rituals at Mariamma Temple.

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SMUGGLERS COVE, NADI

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Shoestring

$22 $64

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NADI BAY RESORT, NADI

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$26 $28

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ROOM ONLY

Location: In beautiful Nadi Bay, right on Wailoaloa Beach with front row seats to the ocean.

Location: Surrounded by tropical gardens on the western shores, just off Wailoaloa Road (and very handy to the airport).

Vibe: A treasure chest of fresh and affordable backpacker accommodation with sunny seaside vibes.

Vibe: Basic resort with a mixture of accommodation types, a welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Restaurant • Café • Bar • Barbecue terrace • Daily activities • Dive shop • Laundry facilities

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Apartments • Air con or fan • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost) • 2 outdoor pools • 2 restaurants • 2 bars • Spa • Cinema room • Free on-site parking

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$25 $38

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ANCHORAGE RESORT, LAUTOKA

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$118 $59

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Location: Right on the beach, one-minute walk from Wailoaloa Beach and a 15-minute drive from Nadi Town.

Location: Nestled in the Lautoka hillside with a stretch of private beach, just a 15-minute drive from the airport.

Vibe: Boutique hotel with a small and homely feel. Rooms are clean, modern and affordable.

Vibe: Every aspect of this resort invites you to relax, from the beach cabanas and swim-up bar to the traditionally-styled rooms.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Restaurant • Bar • Spa • Free use of kayaks and beach equipment • Table tennis • Live entertainment • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Villas and apartments • Air con • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost) • Private balcony • 2 outdoor pools • 2 restaurants • 3 bars • Spa • Private jetty • 24-hour reception

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$42

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$221

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$112

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Rock Solid

$292 $146

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DOUBLETREE RESORT BY HILTON, SONAISALI ISLAND

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$176 $88

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FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Set on a vast stretch of private beach, just a 20-minute walk from Port Denarau.

Location: Sonaisali Island, a quick three-minute boat trip from Viti Levu. Nadi airport is a 25-minute drive away.

Vibe: It's the Hilton, so expect swanky rooms, plenty of amenities (hello, adult-only swimming pool!) and slick service from staff.

Vibe: Your sunnies and swimsuit will get a good workout at this polished resort - it's home to one of Fiji's largest lagoon pools.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • In-room safe • Private patio or balcony • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost) • 7 outdoor pools • 3 bars • 2 restaurants • Café • Spa • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost) • Outdoor pool • Bar • 2 restaurants • Café • Spa • Tennis court • Watersports available • Free use of kayaks DNYBEA

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SHANGRI LA FIJIAN RESORT AND SPA, CORAL COAST

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$310 $155

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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MANGO BAY, CORAL COAST

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$37 $85

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Location: Overlooking Cuvu Harbour on the exclusive and private 109-acre Yanuca Island.

Location: In 12 acres of tropical forest within the Tadrawai Valley overlooking an enclosed beachfront bay.

Vibe: Luxury resort that offers a romantic refuge and welcomes you with warm Fijian open arms.

Vibe: Colourful thatched-roof resort with eco-conscious living spaces and a relaxed atmosphere.

Highlights: Private rooms and suites • Air con • 24-hour room service • Balcony • 3 outdoors pools • 4 restaurants • 2 bars • Spa • Gym • Tennis courts

Highlights: Beachfront bures and garden villas • Ceiling fan • Outdoor terrace • Lagoon pool • Restaurant • 2 bars • Spa • Outdoor cinema • Lounge area

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THE WARWICK FIJI, CORAL COAST

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$314 $157

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OUTRIGGER FIJI BEACH RESORT, CORAL COAST

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$256 $128

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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Location: Positioned along a golden stretch of sand by crystal clear lagoons and manicured gardens.

Location: Exquisite seaside setting with sweeping views of the ocean, surrounded by tropical gardens.

Vibe: Luxurious Coral Coast hotel offering world-class service for romance, relaxation and carefree fun.

Vibe: Five-star resort modelled on a traditional Fijian village. Most rooms come with your own personal butler!

Highlights: Private rooms • Balcony or patio • Air con • 2 outdoor pools • Hot tub • 5 restaurants • 4 bars • Spa • Tennis and squash courts • Watersports available • Village tours available

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Balcony or patio • Outdoor pool • Restaurant • Bar and cocktail lounge • Spa • Gym • Tennis courts • Cultural activities • 24-hour reception

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EXCITOR CLOUD 9 DAY TRIP

$124

FR

FULL DAY

Departing from Port Denarau, take Fiji's fastest boat of its kind, Excitor Fiji, a must-do experience in itself, to Cloud 9, a unique, two-level floating platform, complete with a stocked bar, wood fire pizza oven, sundecks, day beds, DJ and surround sound. Lunch includes a wood fired pizza, two beers or wines or two soft drinks. Enjoy turquoise waters, a stunning location and the return transfer aboard the smooth riding Excitor Fiji. Departs: Daily Transport: Return Nadi hotel transfers, Excitor Fiji speed boat Meals: Pizza lunch Includes: Choice of 2 beers/wine or soft drinks, 2 bottles of drinking water Tour Code: NANCL9

THUNDER JET BOUNTY, BURGER & BEER

$77

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HALF DAY

Looking for sun, sea and a hefty dose of adrenalin? This package has got you covered. Feel the wind in your hair as you head for Bounty Island aboard the mighty Thunder Jet, the fastest boat in the South Pacific. On arrival, hit the beach, take a dip and kick back and relax. When you're ready, tuck into a beef, fish or veggie burger and wash it down with either a beer or juice. Opt to visit a turtle hatchery before heading back to the mainland via jet boat. Departs: Daily Meals: Lunch included Transport: Return Thunder Jet transfers, transfers from/to Denarau hotels Includes: Choice of beef, fish or veggie burger, beer or fruit juice, bottled water Tour Code: NANBBB

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MALAMALA BEACH CLUB DAY CRUISE

$87

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FULL DAY

Surrounded by Fiji’s crystal-clear waters, Malamala Beach Club is a pretty great choice if you're looking for some R&R. Enjoy the beach club with a full day pass and experience white sand beaches, beachside cabanas, a resort-style infinity edge pool and stunning views across the Mamanucas. If you're feeling peckish or wanting a drink or two (you're on holiday after all), there's an awesome bar and ocean-facing restaurant you can indulge in. Bula! Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Return coach/boat transfers from specified hotels Includes: Free use of non-motorised watersports, free Wi-Fi and towel hire Note: 7 day club entry valid from first day of travel Tour Code: SSCMIC

QUAD BIKE ADVENTURE

$199

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HALF DAY

Take a quick ride up Nadi’s back roads past the South Pacific's biggest Hindu Temple, then it’s time for the off-roading adventure to begin. Splash through mud puddles (a seasonal offering), zip past cane fields and ride higher up the pine forest mountainside before stopping on a mountain plateau overlooking the Mamanuca Islands. Soak up the views, then wind back down to Nadi town for a short stop at a local beach. This is adventure with a capital 'A'! Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Not included Includes: Local tour guide, all safety gear and equipment, light snack and refreshments Tour Code: VNANQB

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$279

SMUGGLERS COVE LEARN TO DIVE PACKAGE

4 DAYS

Nadi

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Smugglers Cove

highlights

• Two full days of surfing • Up to eight hours of surfing

• All accommodation included • Equipment hire included

$593

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Smugglers Cove

5 DAYS

highlights

• Get PADI-certified to 18m • Stay in a fun, friendly resort

• Several open water dives • Practice in the pool

Forget surfin' USA, surfin' Fiji is where it's at! With four days at Smugglers Cove Resort, you're sure to be up on the board in no time. Begin with theory and some off-beach training, then get two days on the idyllic Natadola Beach to catch the perfect wave. Airport pick-up, breakfasts, equipment and expert coaching is all included within the package price. Check out on Day 4 and start planning your next surfing adventure.

There can't be many places in the world better for diving than Fiji. With five days at Smugglers Cove Beach Resort, you'll be well set to master the underwater world and secure your PADI dive certificate. You'll stay in bright and basic dorms or private rooms, all complete with en suite bathrooms and oceanview balconies. You'll receive all training sessions in either the pool or in the sea, and expert instructors will be with you every step of the way.

Departs: Daily Includes: 5-8 hours of surf lessons (depending on weather), wet suit and board hire. Accommodation: Hostel private room or dorm (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Transport: Airport pickup included Tour Code: NADSUR

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel private room or dorm (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts Includes: Diving equipment, diving instructor, airport pick-up, PADI dive certificate on passing Tour Code: NADDIV

WANDERLANDS FIJI 8 DAYS, Nadi

$1,155

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• Island-hop in the Yasawas • Relax on stunning beaches • Go jungle trekking

Small Group Adventure

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• Spot mantas and turtles • Snorkel and paddleboard • Enjoy beach barbecues

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Nadi

After meeting your group leader, check in to your accommodation and spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring Nadi. (D)

Central Coast

Enjoy one last day on gorgeous Mantaray Island followed by a farewell dinner and dance, then it’s up to you what to do on Day 8. (D)

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On Day 5, visit some caves and a local village for some culture, then it’s off to Mantaray Island for some unbeatable snorkelling on Day 6.

Nov

07-08

Yasawa Islands / Mantaray Island

Nadi

Jul

05-06

Paradise here we come! Cruise out to these beautiful islands and spot mantas and turtles if you’re lucky. Check into the Blue Lagoon Resort and opt to go paddleboarding or kayaking.

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04

Mantaray Island

May

Yasawa Islands

Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Accommodation: Multi-share hostels and resorts (7 nts) Transport: Airport pick-up and boat transfers. Flights and transport back to Nadi not included Meals: 1 lunch, 2 dinners Includes: Activities as specified in the itinerary Note: The tour finishes at Mantaray Island on Day 8. In order to get back to the airport, you can take a boat (FJD $120) or sea plane (FJD $380) - payable locally Tour Code: NANWDF

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On Day 3, hang ten with a guided surf lesson. The lesson is taken by chilled local instructors, and if the waves aren’t on your side you'll head for a paddle-boarding session in a sheltered area. Then, you'll get your trainers on for a little bush trek to Novala Falls.

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Central Coast

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Yasawa Islands

Feb

The next day, head south to the Central Coast and enjoy a boat trip to the Vatulele and Yanuca Islands, where you’ll be able to go snorkelling and enjoy a beach barbecue. (L)

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Central Coast

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MAMANUCA

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15 16 NANUYA LAILAI

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DRAWAQA 10 NANUYA BALAVU 9 8

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island hopping & resorts The idyllic Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands lie just off the mainland of Fiji and offer an amazing diversity of resorts. With so many different styles of accommodation available, we have adopted a local grading system of 1 and 2 coconuts and palm trees. Where a property has more than one 'coconut' grading, this means it offers room types (e.g. dorms or bures) of differing standards. The 'palm tree' grading offers more luxurious room types.

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CHOOSE YOUR ISLAND CHOOSE YOUR STYLE Dorms & Bures If you need a hairdryer, these are not for you! The accommodation is typically basic but in really beautiful locations. Often these resorts do not have hot water however; the local water supply is tepid. More than likely, you will have a fan as opposed to air-con. Bring your own towel, soap and other necessities. However, simple and filling meals are included within the price.

Dorms & Bures These resorts are more modern properties with a higher standard of accommodation, though still with a strong Fijian flavour to make you feel welcome and immerse you in the Fijian way of life. You could have a fan or air con in your room. A meal supplement is compulsory and paid on arrival (expect for South Sea Island). Meals are generally more varied.

Bungalows & Villas More luxurious, these resorts offer tropical garden and ocean view bungalows, handcrafted local furnishings, king sized beds and en suites with some open air showers. If you can pull yourself away from lazing in a hammock, make the most of the fine Fijian dining and ice cool cocktails on offer. A meal supplement is compulsory and paid on arrival.

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South Sea Island

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Bounty Island Resort

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Beachcomber Island

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Barefoot Kuata Resort

Mamanuca Islands

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(approx 2 hours from Denarau)

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SOUTH SEA ISLAND

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WAYA LAILAI ISLAND (approx 2 hours from Denarau)

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Wayalailai Ecohaven Resort

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Naqalia Lodge

WAYA ISLAND (approx 2.5 hours from Denarau)

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Octopus Resort

NAUKACUVU (approx 2.75 hours from Denarau) 8 Paradise Cove Resort

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CASTAWAY MALOLO

MALAMALA PORT DENARAU MARINA & CHECK IN, NADI 13 White Sandy Beach MATACAWALEVU ISLAND (approx 4-5 hours from Denarau)

14 Long Beach Resort NANUYA LAILAI ISLAND

(approx 3 hours from Denarau)

(approx 5 hours from Denarau)

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Mantaray Island Resort

DRAWAQA ISLAND RESORT (approx 3 hours from Denarau)

NAVITI ISLAND (approx 3.5 hours from Denarau)

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11 Botaira Beach Resort 12 Korovou Eco-Tour Resort

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16 Gold Coast Resort NACULA ISLAND (approx 4.5 hours from Denarau)

17 Oarsmans Bay Lodge 18 Blue Lagoon Beach Resort 19 Nabua Lodge 20 Safe Landing Resort


Nadi Airport

$30

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Port Denarau

MOCE DEPARTURE PACK Port Denarau

$29

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Nadi Airport

Port Denarau

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. The next morning, enjoy a delicious breakfast before transferring to the marina at Port Denarau ready to start your island-hopping adventures. What more could you ask for?

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 before you fly. Avoid queuing for taxis and be transferred from Port Denarau straight to your chosen accommodation with this nifty little pack. Next day, enjoy breakfast before transferring back to Nadi Airport.

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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 Tour Code: NANBWP

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 Tour Code: NANBWP

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Port Denarau

If you're a bit of a freestyler, this takes care of your boat transfers in the Yasawas and selected Mamanuca Islands. Your pass is valid for one return journey from Port Denarau along the full length of the stunning Yasawa island chain, offering one 'island hop' per day. The pass is valid for between 5 and 15 consecutive days, and it's easy to book accommodation as you go. So kick back, relax and off you go!

$217 $273 $335

$366 $399

12 DAYS 15 DAYS

NANBUL

BULA COMBO PASS ISLAND HOPPING 5-15 DAYS, Port Denerau

$217

BULA PASS ISLAND HOPPING

$482

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Port Denerau

The 'Bula' Combo Pass is the most flexible way to explore the gorgeous Yasawas and selected Mamanuca Islands. It 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. As with the 'Bula' Pass, the Combo is valid for one return journey from Port Denarau along the length of the Yasawas, and selected Mamanuca Islands, 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. Coconut Properties – Wayalailai (20 bed dorm and lodge), Naqalia (dorm and standard bure), White Sandy (dorm and beachfront bure), Long Beach (dorm and garden bure), Gold Coast (dorm and bure), Nabua Lodge (dorm and bure), Safe Landing (dorm and bure), South Sea Island (dorm) Korovou (dorm and bure).

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4 Nights

$482

$519

6 Nights

$671

$727

9 Nights

$932

$1,015

11 Nights

$1,096

$1,197

14 Nights

$1,328

$1,458

NANPAC

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BULA WELCOME PACK


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TROPICAL ISLAND EXPLORER 12 DAYS, Port Denarau

$1,409

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Port Denarau

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If it's a paradise island escape that you're looking for, look no further than this awesome twelve-day tour. Dive and snorkel kaleidoscopic coral reefs, swim with graceful manta rays (May-Oct), get to grips with friendly Fijian culture, tuck into tasty beach barbecues, top up that tan on palm-fringed beaches and party hard on Beachcomber Island - it's all here and more! So kick back and relax. You've earned it.

Departures 2018 Jan-Dec

Daily

Departs from Port Denarau at approx. 8.30am, 9am or 12.15pm Returns to Port Denarau at approx. 11.10am, 1pm or 6pm

• Feel the white sand between your toes • Embrace the tranquillity of the area • Dive and snorkel in the stunning reefs

Inclusions

highlights

• Explore the ocean on the Yasawa Flyer • Visit the famous Blue Lagoon region • Be welcomed by local Fijian people

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

South Sea Island or Bounty Island Resort Just 30 minutes after your departure you'll be right on the beach! Sand between your toes, cold drink in hand and straight into relaxing on your chosen island. Depending on your flight arrival time, you can take the 8.30am, 9am or 12.15pm departures. If you're on the 'Full Monty' option, you can jump on the Seaspray sailing adventure and check out the outer Mamanucas. Full Monty Inclusions: Seaspray sailing adventure, incl. barbecue lunch, beer/wine & soft drinks.

03-04

Naqalia Lodge or Wayalailai Octopus Resort or Barefoot Kuata Head out to the southern part of the Yasawas and see the stunning hills that command the horizon, then embrace the tranquillity. If you're thirsty for adventure, there are plenty of activities to choose from with the highlight for adrenalin junkies being the chance to swim with sharks. Full Monty Inclusions: Guided summit walk and swim with the sharks snorkelling trip.

05-06

White Sandy Beach Mantaray Island Resort or Barefoot Manta 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. During late morning, 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, including swimming with manta rays (May-Oct) and trips to local reefs for more fantastic snorkelling. Full Monty Inclusions: Swim with the manta rays (May-Oct) or snorkel trip by boat to fantastic reef sites (Nov-Apr).

07-08

Nabua Lodge or Safe Landing Resort Oarsmans Bay Lodge or Blue Lagoon Beach Resort 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 Sawa-i-Lau, where a short underwater swim takes you into a surreal underground cavern. Full Monty Inclusions: Sawa-i-Lau Caves Trip.

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Long Beach or Gold Coast Resort Nanuya Boathouse 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 (a traditional Polynesian drink). If you're here on the 'Full Monty' package, make sure you check out the Blue Lagoon on an included snorkelling trip. You can also zen out with a traditional massage. Full Monty Inclusions: Blue lagoon snorkelling or traditional Fijian massage.

STANDARD

All accommodation (dorm or single/ twin/double bure,11 nts), transfers between Port Denarau and selected accommodation in Nadi, all boat transfers, all meals on the 1 coconut package. An additional supplement applies and is payable on arrival to all 2 coconut properties, except for South Sea Island. Tour Code: NANTRO FULL MONTY

All accommodation (11 nts), transfers between Port Denarau and selected accommodation in Nadi, all boat transfers, meals as mentioned above, sightseeing activities outlined in the itinerary, free sulu or cap. Tour Code: NANFTR

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Beachcomber Island Resort 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 always lively 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.

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FULL MONTY

Dorm

Dbl/ Twn

Dorm

Dbl/ Twn

$1,163

$1327

$1,571

$1,735

$877

$1290

$1,283

$1,697

Single

Dbl/ Twn

$2,056

$1,290

Local Meal Payment for 2 coconut properties: Barefoot Kuata (FJD $210), Mantaray (FJD $198), Barefoot Manta (FJD $210), Beachcomber (FJD $99), Bounty (FJD $178), Octopus (FJD $238), Oarsmans (FJD $192), Blue Lagoon Resort (FJD $238), Nanuya Boathouse is served à la carte and is subject to change.


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COCONUT CRUISER 7 DAYS, Port Denarau

$850

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Port Denarau

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Departures 2018 Jan-Dec

Daily

Departs from Port Denarau at approx. 8.30am Returns to Port Denarau at approx. 6pm

Inclusions • Explore the Yasawa Islands • Snorkel with brightly-coloured fish • Optional trip to the Sawa-i-Lau Caves

STANDARD

highlights

• Make new friends on the Yasawa Flyer • Kayak through the Blue Lagoon • Enjoy local Fijian hospitality

DAY ITINERARY

01-02

Nabua Lodge or Long Beach Oarsmans Bay Lodge or Blue Lagoon Beach Resort Arrive at Port Denarau marina and meet your fellow travellers as you check in. Enjoy the cruise on board the famous yellow boat, the 'Yasawa Flyer', 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. Snorkel in Fiji's famous Blue Lagoon or enjoy activities including exciting summit walks, guided kayaking tours or even swimming with sharks! Bear Grylls eat your heart out! Activities vary depending on where you stay but include reef snorkelling, a village visit as well as a trip to Sawa-i-Lau Caves where a short underwater swim takes you into a surreal underground cavern. The scenery out to the cave is nothing short of unforgettable. For an incredible start to your island-hopping adventure, relax on the white sandy beaches with a cocktail in hand at sunset. Full Monty Inclusions: Sawa-i-Lau caves trip and snorkelling trip to reef sites in the Blue Lagoon.

03-04

White Sandy Beach or Korovou Barefoot Manta or Mantaray Island Resort Today, jump back on the 'Yasawa Flyer' for a mid-morning transfer to your next dose of Fijian paradise. White Sandy sits right on the beach in a beautiful bay, near the resort of Korovou. Barefoot Manta and Mantaray have stunning locations themselves, with nothing to see but ocean, beach, forest and sky. All four options are traditional Fijian 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 go snorkelling with manta rays (seasonal). Full Monty Inclusions: Swim with the manta rays (May-Oct) or snorkel trip by boat to fantastic reef sites (Nov-Apr).

05-06

Wayalaliai Barefoot Kuata Resort 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 to travel back 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. If you're on the Full Monty package, you'll also get the chance to spend a day out at sea on the Seaspray yacht, with a barbecue lunch and drinks included. Ace! The rest of the days are yours to chill out and do as you please. And relaxxx! Full Monty Inclusions: Snorkel/swim with sharks trip and Seaspray sailing adventure, incl. barbecue lunch, beer/wine & soft drinks.

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Port Denarau 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.

All accommodation (dorm or single/ twin/double bure, 6 nts), transfers between Port Denarau and selected accommodation in Nadi, all boat transfers, all meals on the 1 coconut package. An additional supplement applies and is payable on arrival to all 2 coconut properties, except for South Sea Island. Tour Code: NANULT FULL MONTY

All accommodation (6 nts), transfers between Port Denarau and selected accommodation in Nadi, all boat transfers, meals as mentioned above, sightseeing activities outlined in the itinerary, free sulu or cap. Tour Code: NANFUL

STANDARD

FULL MONTY

Dorm

Dbl/ Twn

Dorm

Dbl/ Twn

$736

$802

$1,091

$1,158

$564

$847

$920

$1,203

Single

Dbl/ Twn

$1,352

$847

Local Meal Payment for 2 coconut properties: Barefoot Kuata (FJD $105), Barefoot Manta (FJD $210), Mantaray (FJD $198), Bounty (FJD $89), Oarsmans (FJD $192) and Blue Lagoon Resort (FJD $238). Prices subject to change.

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Looking for picture-perfect sunsets, azure waters, friendly locals and fabulous beaches? Look no further than the seven-day Coconut Cruiser. Starting and ending in Nadi's Port Denarau, you'll get to see the very best of this tropical region. Highlights include kayaking the crystal clear Blue Lagoon, snorkelling alongside reef sharks and turtles, and just chilling beachside with a cocktail in hand - now that's the life!


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FIJI DISCOVERY 9 DAYS, Port Denarau

$1,082

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Port Denarau

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Beautiful beaches, friendly locals and crystal-clear waters. We've all heard about Fiji. Discover the best of it and get really off the map with this nine-day trip, taking in the remote, rugged and dramatic Yasawa Islands. Throw in some picture-perfect beaches, underwater caves and a few manta rays and sharks (and let's not forget those sunsets), you'd be a fool to miss out. So pack those sunnies and suncream and off you go.

Departures 2018 Jan-Dec

Daily

Departs from Port Denarau at approx. 8.30am or 12.15pm Returns to Port Denarau at approx. 6pm

• Cruise on the Yasawa Flyer • Chill out in a beach hammock • Sample fresh Fijian food

Inclusions

highlights

STANDARD

• Snorkel with reef sharks • Swim in the Blue lagoon • Swim with mantas (seasonal)

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

South Sea Island or Beachcomber Island Resort It's straight into relaxing on your choice of island after you have departed Port Denarau. Think warm waters, snorkelling, swimming... maybe a local village visit or kava ceremony? Depending on your flight arrival time, you can take the 8.30am or 12.15pm departure to your island of choice. As no one coconut option is available for these two days, you'll get a free upgrade to either South Sea Island or Beachcomber resorts. Now how's that for an introduction? Full Monty Inclusions: Seaspray Day Sailing Adventure, incl. barbecue lunch, beer/wine & soft drinks.

03-04

Wayalailai or Naqalia Lodge Barefoot Kuata Resort or Octopus Resort Cruise to the southern Yasawas on the Yasawa Flyer for hiking, kayaking and coral reefs. While you're here, kick back and relax on sweeping sandy beaches, top up your tan, or get involved with a range of activities including kayaking and snorkelling with sharks. Don't worry - they're only the reef kind and won't bite. You may also be lucky enough to spot a turtle or two. This is real Robinson Crusoe stuff so just wind down and enjoy the ride. Full Monty Inclusions: Guided summit walk and reef snorkelling/ swim with sharks trip.

05-06

White Sandy Beach or Korovou Botaira Beach Resort It's just all the usual aspects of paradise for the next couple of days – beautiful beaches, friendly Fijians, enforced R&R. Stay at the islands of Drawaqa and Naviti, and if you're lucky, during the months of May to October you may spot a manta ray or two! These incredible creatures are the giants of the sea, and getting up close and personal to them is something that is pretty damn hard to forget! If you're on the Full Monty trip, you can also choose to go snorkelling on world-class coral reefs. Feeling enough like Jacques Cousteau yet? Of course there will be plenty of time to just take it down a notch and relax with a drink. Full Monty Inclusions: Swim with the manta rays (May-Oct) or reef snorkelling trip by boat (Nov-Apr).

07-08

Nabua Lodge or Gold Coast Resort Oarsmans Bay Lodge or Blue Lagoon Beach Resort Finish up in the stunning Blue Lagoon region, famous as the location of the Brooke Shields-starring film, aptly named 'The Blue Lagoon'. Enjoy scenic walks along the lagoon, chill out on palm-fringed beaches and take a cooling dip. On Day 8, snorkel in the Blue Lagoon itself then enjoy a trip to the beautiful Sawa-i-Lau Caves, passing some spectacular scenery en route. The caves themselves are definitely not to be missed. You can even swim into a surreal underground cavern via an underwater passage! Spend the rest of your time here chilling with a cocktail or beer at sunset. What else is paradise for? Full Monty Inclusions: Sawa-i-Lau Caves trip, Blue Lagoon snorkelling trip, 30 minute massage or local village visit (choose two).

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Port Denarau After a morning enjoying the last moments of island life, getting in that last bit of sun-worshipping and snorkelling, it's time for you to head back to Port Denarau. At around midday, the Yasawa Flyer will appear on the horizon to collect you for the final time and transfer you back to port. Sit back and relax on the top deck and enjoy the cruise back through the beautiful Yasawas back to the mainland and civilisation. Island time - over and out!

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Accommodation (dorm or single/ twin/double bure, 8 nts), transfers between Port Denarau and selected accommodation in Nadi, all boat transfers, all meals on the 1 coconut package. An additional supplement applies and is payable on arrival to all 2 coconut properties, except South Sea Island. Tour Code: NANFBF FULL MONTY

Accommodation (8 nts), transfers between Port Denarau and selected accommodation in Nadi, all boat transfers, meals as mentioned above, sightseeing activities outlined in the itinerary, free sulu or cap. Tour Code: NANFFF

STANDARD

FULL MONTY

Dorm

Dbl/ Twn

Dorm

Dbl/ Twn

$903

$1,066

$1,310

$1,473

$686

$1,132

$1,092

$1,539

Single

Dbl/ Twn

$1,815

$1,132

Local Meal Payment for 2 coconut properties: Barefoot Kuata (FJD $210), Botaira (FJD $230), Beachcomber (FJD $198), Octopus (FJD $238), Oarsmans (FJD $192) and Blue Lagoon Resort (FJD $238). Prices are subject to change.


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ISLAND TIME 6 DAYS, Port Denarau

$693

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Port Denarau

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Departures 2018 Jan-Dec

Daily

Departs from Port Denarau at approx. 8.30am Returns to Port Denarau at approx. 12pm/6pm

Inclusions STANDARD

highlights

• Take a trip to the Yasawas • Look out for flying fish at sunset • Swim, snorkel or dive on amazing reefs

• Swim with massive mantas • Visit traditional villages • Sail to the Mamanuca Islands

DAY ITINERARY

01

Long Beach or Gold Coast Oarsmans Bay Lodge or Blue Lagoon Beach Resort Cruise on up to the Northern Yasawas and the stunning Blue Lagoon region – scene of the famous Brooke Shields movie - and enjoy island walks, magnificent beaches and spectacular coral reefs. Hit the beach at sunset and watch for flying fish with a beer. Now this is the life... If you're joining the Full Monty package, you'll get the chance to visit the Sawa-i-Lau Caves for some underwater caverns and swim-throughs. You'll also get to head to the sublime Blue Lagoon for a snorkelling trip. We are good to you. Full Monty Inclusions: Sawa-i-Lau Caves Trip.

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Long Beach or Gold Coast Resort Oarsmans Bay Lodge or Blue Lagoon Resort Today you'll be able to continue to enjoy your little slice of island paradise in Fiji! Don't blame us if it's hard to decide what to indulge in: will it be the beach, snorkelling, reading a book under a palm tree, going for a walk or perhaps a dive? Whatever you choose to do, be sure to enjoy the sunset with a cocktail or two. The choice is completely yours. Remember, if you haven't made use of your Full Monty inclusions yet, now's your chance to do so! Full Monty Inclusions: Blue Lagoon snorkelling trip by boat to various coral reefs.

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White Sandy Beach Barefoot Manta or Mantaray Island Resort No rush this morning as your transfer isn't until mid-morning. White Sandy Beach sits on a beautiful bay dotted with palm trees. It's run by a local Fijian family and you'll be made to feel very welcome while here! Relaxation is the name of the game here - take to the beach, pool or hammock, read or snooze, sip on a beer or wine, go for a dip in the crystal clear waters or simply top up that tan! If you're here on the Full Monty package, you'll get to enjoy your choice from a couple of activities, including a swimming trip to see majestic manta rays (seasonal) or a snorkelling trip. If you're lucky you may spot a reef shark or two, as well as turtles, stingrays and a whole host of reef fish. Full Monty Inclusions: Swim with the manta rays (May-Oct) or snorkel trip via boat to a variety of coral reef sites (Nov-Apr).

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South Sea Island Resort or Beachcomber Island Resort Laze the day away until your mid-afternoon transfer to the Mamanuca Islands. They may be small but they're big on character! And while it might be cliché to say that this is as close to paradise as you'll come, you definitely won't get tired of this one! Enjoy snorkelling and swimming whist here as well as a traditional village visit and kava ceremony. The Mamanucas also have world-class surf breaks - perhaps test your balance and try and hang ten in free time? Note that as no one coconut option is available for tonight, you'll get a free upgrade to South Sea Island or Beachcomber Resort. Perfect.

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Port Denarau Enjoy one last day on your magnificent Fijian island. You'll be surrounded by palm trees and can laze on hammocks, swim in crystal clear waters or snorkel over colourful coral reefs. If you're looking for something a bit more adventurous, why not try your hand at diving? If you're on a Full Monty Package, today is the day you can experience the thrill of sailing in the outer Mamanuca Islands on a 83 foot schooner. You won't want to leave Fiji's islands, but this is the perfect way to end your holiday. Full Monty Inclusions: Seaspray Day Sailing Adventure, incl. barbecue lunch, beer/wine & soft drinks.

Accommodation (dorm or single/ twin/double bure, 5 nts), transfers between Port Denarau and selected accommodation in Nadi, all boat transfers, all meals on the 1 coconut package. An additional supplement applies and is payable on arrival to all 2 coconut properties, except South Sea Island. Tour Code: NANLAZ FULL MONTY

Accommodation (5 nts), transfers between Port Denarau and selected accommodation in Nadi, all boat transfers, meals as mentioned above, sightseeing activities outlined in the itinerary, free sulu or cap. Tour Code: NANFLT

STANDARD

FULL MONTY

Dorm

Dbl/ Twn

Dorm

Dbl/ Twn

$631

$725

$930

$1,024

$454

$745

$754

$1,043

Single

Dbl/ Twn

$1,118

$745

Local Meal Payment for 2 coconut properties: Barefoot Manta (FJD $210), Beachcomber (FJD $99), Oarsmans (FJD $192), Mantaray (FJD $198) and Blue Lagoon Resort (FJD $238). Prices subject to change.

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If you're looking to see Fiji in all of its glory, look no further than this trip taking you to three distinctly different areas of the country's islands. First up, it's the Northern Yasawas for caves and blue lagoons. Carry on cruising south and anchor up in manta ray territory. You can even go swimming with them! Finish up in the picture-perfect Mamanuca Islands. It's a hard life but someone's gotta do it.


FIJI

WAYALAILAI & LONG BEACH RESORT

$489

FR

5 DAYS

optional activities

BAREFOOT MANTA & BAREFOOT KUATA RESORT

$554

FR

Inc. local payment

5 DAYS

optional activities

• Snorkelling • Kayaking • Diving • Fishing • Guided summit walk • Kava ceremony • Village visit • Blue Lagoon visit

• Snorkelling • Kayaking • Diving • Kava ceremony • Village visit • Craft making • Swim with manta rays (May-Oct)

Perched on a hillside overlooking Kuata Island, Wayalailai Resort offers basic dorms and bures with spectacular views of the cobalt blue channel. Going downwards, you'll be rewarded with a beautiful beach. Upwards and you'll be treated to incredible views of the islands. Long Beach is set in the Blue Lagoon region and boasts superb snorkelling, swimming and sunning spots. Nothing comes closer to paradise than this we promise.

Barefoot Manta straddles a peninsula on the island of Drawaqa. Surrounded by a marine reserve, you'd be unlucky not to see manta rays cruising past the resort (between May-October). Sleep under palms, just steps from the shore or stay in safari-style tents. Barefoot Kuata sits on a white sandy beach in the stunning southern Yasawas. Don't miss out on the 'snorkelling with sharks' trip whilst here - it's the must-do thing in this region!

Accommodation: Wayalailai (2 nts, dorm/lodge/bure), Long Beach (2 nts, dorm/ garden bure/beachfront bure) Transport: Ferry transfers from/to Port Denarau Meals: Included Tour Code: NANWLO

BEACHCOMBER & MANTARAY ISLAND RESORT

$519

FR

Inc. local payment

5 DAYS

optional activities

• Snorkelling • Kayaking • Diving • Watersports • Party nights • Kava ceremony • Village visit • Swim with manta rays (May-Oct)

Start your island holiday at Fiji's tropical party island! Beachcomber has a reputation as both a lively resort by night and a chilled-out paradise by day. After a couple of 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. Don't miss swimming with mantas (May-Oct)! 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: FJD $198pp at Beachcomber, $198pp at Mantaray Tour Code: NANBMF

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Accommodation: Barefoot Manta (2 nts, dorm/bure), Barefoot Kuata (2 nts, dorms/bure) Transport: Ferry transfers from/to Port Denarau Meals: FJD $210pp at Barefoot Manta & $210pp at Barefoot Kuata Tour Code: NANBFT

OCTOPUS RESORT & BLUE LAGOON BEACH RESORT

$521

FR

inc. local payment

5 DAYS

optional activities

• Snorkelling • Kayaking • Diving • Fishing • Craft making • Island massage • Village visit • Blue Lagoon visit • Sawa-i-lau Caves

Octopus is set on a magnificent sweeping beach. Sunny, sandy and secluded, this resort boasts a modern and funky vibe. Enjoy cocktails and a tasty dinner whilst overlooking the beach. Blue Lagoon sits on Nacula Island, a paradise of coconut palms and white sand beaches. Rooms in these two properties range from award-winning dorms to upmarket villas. Go barefoot at the bar, snorkel in the lagoon or simply laze around in a hammock. Accommodation: Octopus (2 nts, dorm/beachfront bures), Blue Lagoon (2nts, dorm/ garden/beachfront villa) Transport: Ferry transfers from/to Port Denarau Meals: FJD $238pp at Octopus and FJD $238pp at Blue Lagoon Tour Code: NANOBF

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$271

FR

Inc. local payment

3, 5 OR 7 DAYS

optional activities

• Snorkelling • Kayaking • Sunset tube cruise • Fishing • Volleyball • Hiking • Party nights • Swimming with mantas (May-Oct)

BAREFOOT KUATA ISLAND ESCAPE

$269

FR

Inc. local payment

3, 5 OR 7 DAYS

optional activities

Snorkelling with sharks • Fishing • Snorkelling • Village visit • Guided summit walk • Kava ceremony • Diving

Tucked into a sheltered bay on the gorgeous little Nanuya Balavu Island, this 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 unforgettable! The resort itself has a large and comfortable dorm as well as several bures. There's also a restaurant and bar. Check out the views from the bar.

Perched above a white sandy beach in one of the most beautiful locations in the Yasawas, Barefoot Kuata Resort is the perfect place to get away from it all. Accommodation here is basic and suits backpackers to a tee (i.e. those not fussed by all the bells and whistles). Choose from simple dorms and bures and get stuck in to a wealth of activities whilst you're here, including snorkelling with sharks, kayaking and a summit walk for panoramic views.

Departs: Daily at 8.30am Includes: Boat transfers, accommodation and coach transfers from most Nadi accommodation Meals: Compulsory meal plan is payable at resort, for approx. FJD $99 per person, per day Tour Code: NANRAF

Departs: Daily at 8.30am Includes: Boat transfers, accommodation and coach transfers from most Nadi accommodation Meals: Compulsory meal plan is payable at resort for approx. FJD $105 per person, per day Tour Code: NANKUF

$211

BEACHCOMBER ISLAND ESCAPE

FR

Inc. local payment

3, 5 OR 7 DAYS

optional activities

• Snorkelling • Seaspray sailing adventure • Kayaking • Fishing • Volleyball • Spa • Jet skiing • Village visit • Party nights

BLUE LAGOON BEACH RESORT ISLAND ESCAPE

$291

FR

Inc. local payment

3, 5 OR 7 DAYS

optional activities

• Paddleboarding • Village and school visit • Diving • Snorkelling • Kayaking • Cooking demo • Yoga • Fire dancing

Beachcomber Resort is a tiny island that's big on atmosphere and has a great reputation for being the original party island. Every day is Friday here, the bar is open till late and the sandy dance floor is pumping. But it's not all about partying – Beachcomber also has a stunning beach, azure waters and a great coral reef. The resort is covered in trees and garden areas, with the dorms set in the heart of all the action and the bures close to shore.

The island of Nacula is the definition of paradise - palm-fringed beaches, plentiful sand and sun. And it doesn't end there! Accommodation options range from award-winning dorms to Bula Lodge Rooms, to the more upmarket garden, beachfront and palm villas. A major highlight here is the restaurant-come-bar. Chefs like to utilise local ingredients and add their flair to the tasty menu. There's plenty to do, but leave time for lazing in that hammock!

Departs: Daily at 8.30am Includes: Boat transfers, accommodation and coach transfers from most Nadi accommodation Meals: Compulsory meal plan is payable at resort for approx. FJD $99 per person, per day Tour Code: NANBAF

Departs: Daily at 8.30am Includes: Boat transfers, accommodation, coach transfers from most Nadi Accommodation Meals: Compulsory meal plan is payable at resort, for approx. FJD $119 per person, per day Tour Code: NANBLB

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MANTARAY RESORT ISLAND ESCAPE


LONG BEACH RESORT ISLAND ESCAPE

$299

FR

3, 5 OR 7 DAYS

BAREFOOT MANTA ISLAND ESCAPE

$312

FR

Inc. local payment

3, 5 OR 7 DAYS

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Run by a local family, the friendly Long Beach Resort is nestled on one of the longest, whitest, sandiest beaches in the Yasawas. The resort is a small Fijian-style property with modern dorms and bures set in tropical gardens. On one side of the resort you can look out to the open ocean, and on the other, into the beautiful sheltered Blue Lagoon. There is superb snorkelling, a great volleyball court and a beachside deck to watch the sunset.

One of the gems of the Yasawa Islands is the lovely Barefoot Manta. Ideally positioned between two beaches, the resort boasts a lagoon where mantas cruise past between May and October. A sight definitely not to miss! Choose from standard bures and dorms or safari-style superior bures with a full opening wall and deck toward the beach. If you're feeling active, go snorkelling or diving, kayaking or visit nearby villages to see the locals.

Departs: Daily at 8.30am Includes: Boat transfers, accommodation, meals and coach transfers from most Nadi accommodation Meals: All meals included within the price of the package Tour Code: NANLOF

Departs: Daily at 8.30am Includes: Boat transfers, accommodation, coach transfers from most Nadi accommodation Meals: Compulsory meal plan is payable at resort, for approx. FJD $105 per person, per day Tour Code: NANBIF

$271

OCTOPUS RESORT ISLAND ESCAPE

FR

Inc. local payment

3, 5 OR 7 DAYS

$343

PARADISE COVE ISLAND ESCAPE

FR

Plus local payment

2, 5 OR 7 DAYS

Octopus Resort offers some of the best snorkelling and diving in Fiji, and it's the perfect place to be as relaxed or active as you like. Choose from dorms or garden view/beachfront bures and make use of all the amenities, including a restaurant and bar. After a day out on (or under) the water, soak yourself in the pool, tuck into a three-course or barbecue dinner then chill on the beach sipping a cocktail or two. Now that's what we call 'Fiji Time'.

Sitting on the champagne sands of Naukacuva Island, Paradise Cove boasts one of the most beautiful spots in the Yasawas. Choose to stay in garden bungalows, beachfront villas or garden villas. All accommodation features en suite open-air showers, balconies or terraces, and warm Fijian furnishings. Active types can go kayaking, swim next to manta rays or jump aboard a boat with local villagers and go fishing. This is what island living is all about.

Departs: Daily at 8.30am Includes: Boat transfers, accommodation and coach transfers from most Nadi accommodation Meals: Compulsory meal plan is payable at resort for approx. FJD $119 per person, per day Tour Code: NANOSR

Departs: Daily at 8.30am Includes: Boat transfers, accommodation, coach transfers from most Nadi Accommodation Meals: Compulsory meal plan is payable at resort, for approx. FJD $199 per person, per day Tour Code: NANPAR

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PLANTATION ISLAND RESORT, MALOLO LAILAI ISLAND

Rock Solid

$294 $147

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

MUSKET COVE, MALOLO LAILAI ISLAND

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$307 $154

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Lagoon-front resort in the Mamanuca islands, surrounded by 23 acres of tropical gardens and palm trees.

Location: Sheltered on the western side of Malolo Lailai island, with the cove's white sands almost on your doorstep.

Vibe: Ideal for active travellers looking to explore, with snorkelling, kayaking, beach volleyball and bike hire all on offer at this resort.

Vibe: Embrace island life at this intimate, 55-room resort, complete with swim-up bar, day spa and daily happy hour.

Highlights: Private rooms • Bures • Air con • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost) • 3 outdoor pools • 2 restaurants • Snack bar • Café • Massage services • Tennis courts • Beach volleyball • Golf course

Highlights: Private rooms • Bures • Villas • Air con • 2 outdoor pools • Swim-up bar • 2 restaurants • Free cooking classes • Spa • Free use of snorkelling gear, kayaks and windsurfers

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VOLUNTEERING CHILDREN & SCHOOLS PROGRAMME IN FIJI

$952

FR

1-8 WEEKS, Yasawa Islands

highlights

• Immerse yourself in local culture • Encourage skills through lessons and play • Improve kids' future prospects

Project Start Date: Saturdays Project Location: Yasawa Islands (2.5-hour boat transfer from Nadi) Getting There: Return transfer from/to Port Denarau (taxi transfers from Nadi airport to Port Denarau at extra cost) Accommodation: Multi-share dorm or private room in traditional Fijian bure with shared/en suite facilities (7+ nts) Meals: 3 meals a day Note: We recommend at least two weeks on this project. During school holidays, an alternative holiday programme will be conducted. Background check required Trip Code: NANCHI

VOLUNTEERING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES IN FIJI

$952

FR

1-8 WEEKS, Yasawa Islands Warm, azure waters and endless stretches of white sands make the volcanic Yasawa Islands one of the world's dreamiest volunteer locations. The project's main aims are to improve local living conditions, nutrition and access to clean drinking water. You'll get involved with a bit of everything, including construction, crop rotation and repairing water harvesting systems, as well as helping to establish chicken coops for local villages. Working alongside the local villages, the work will be physical and no two days will be the same. When you're not getting your hands dirty, relax with your fellow do-gooders in your traditional Fijian bures (thatched-roof huts) or kick back in a hammock in time for sunset. You'll volunteer Monday to Friday, with weekends free to spend at your own leisure. Volunteering between May and October? Opt to swim in the wild with giant manta rays - one to tick off the bucket list!

highlights

• Create better living conditions for locals • Swim with manta rays (May-Oct) • Become a part of the village community

Project Start Date: Saturdays Project Location: Yasawa Islands (2.5-hour boat transfer from Nadi) Getting There: Return transfer from/to Port Denarau (taxi transfers from Nadi airport to Port Denarau at extra cost) Accommodation: Multi-share dorm or private room in traditional Fijian bure with shared/en suite facilities (7+ nts) Meals: 3 meals a day Note: We recommend at least two weeks on this project Trip Code: NANSUS

VOLUNTEERING FIJI MARINE RESEARCH & CONSERVATION

$1,585

FR

1-4 WEEKS, Yasawa Islands Comprising over 300 islands, 4,000 square miles of reefs and 1,500 species of sea life, this location is the picture-perfect backdrop to a vital marine research and conservation project. Here, you'll play an active role with a local dive company, carrying out important research and collection of data on food gathering areas and reefs surrounding the villages. Organisations that this project provides data for include: Manta Trust, Fiji Fisheries, University of South Pacific, Marine Ecology Fiji and Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network. You'll get the chance to identify and research giant manta rays, map local coral reefs, assess the damage done by the crown of thorns starfish. You'll dive on a daily basis, so a PADI Open Water or SSI certificate is a must before arriving on project. All Volunteer programs are based on a week-long stay, with Saturdays and Sundays at your leisure.

highlights

• Dive in vibrant reefs and coral cays • Contribute to vital local marine research • Research and swim with manta rays (May-Oct)

Project Start Date: Saturdays Project Location: Yasawa Islands (2.5-hour boat transfer from Nadi) Getting There: Return transfer from/to Port Denarau (taxi transfers from Nadi airport to Port Denarau at extra cost) Accommodation: Multi-share dorm or private room in traditional Fijian bure with shared/en suite facilities (7+ nts) Meals: 3 meals a day Note: PADI Open Water or SSI certificate required. We recommend at least two weeks on this project to get the most out of it Trip Code: NANMAR

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Dive straight into vibrant island life with this hands-on project. Based in the sublime Yasawa Islands, you'll assist at under-resourced and understaffed local schools, helping 3-13 year-olds develop their education. Through supporting lessons, workshops, sport, extra-curricular activities and also encouraging parents to understand and appreciate the value of education, you'll inspire confidence and change within the community. You'll stay with other volunteers in a traditional Fijian bure, complete with thatched roof. You'll volunteer between 8am-3pm, Monday through Friday, with weekends free to explore all the Yasawa Islands have to offer. We're talking snorkelling, swimming with wild manta rays (May-Oct), bush walks or even climbing volcanos. Or simply spend lazy days on the beach and take it easy.


FRENCH POLYNESIA je t'aime barefoot chic

FRENCH POLYNESIA

If you're looking for paradise, you've found it in the shape of Tahiti, Mo'orea and Bora Bora. Palm-fringed beaches, colourful coral reefs and picturesque holiday resorts sum up these idyllic locations - the jewels in the South Pacific's crown. Though honeymooners and travellers alike flock here (who can blame them?), it's remarkably easy to find a secluded spot of sand. So grab a cocktail and kick back and relax. C'mon - you've earned it.

A-List

BORA BORA PEARL BEACH RESORT AND SPA, BORA BORA

A-List

$436 $218

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

SOFITEL BORA BORA PRIVATE ISLAND, BORA BORA

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$759 $380

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Set on Motu Tevairoa, with incredible views of Mt. Otemanu. Paradise, in a word!

Location: Set on a private island off the southern tip of Bora Bora. Looking for great views? Peek outside - you're right on the lagoon!

Vibe: Sleep like a king (or celeb) in a thatched-roof bungalow, complete with private pool, hot tub or direct access to the lagoon.

Vibe: Plush hotel with 31 villas and overwater bungalows to choose from. You'll also have access to facilities at a nearby resort.

Highlights: Suites • Overwater bungalows • Air con • Outdoor pool • 2 bars • 3 restaurants • Jacuzzi • Tennis court • Spa • Mini golf • Free use of snorkelling gear and kayaks • On-site diving centre

Highlights: Overwater bungalows • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost) • Private beach • Beachfront bar • Restaurant • Massage services • Free use of snorkelling gear and kayaks • Watersports available

EXBOBP

QBOBSB

A-List

HILTON MO'OREA LAGOON RESORT AND SPA, MO'OREA

A-List

$466 $233

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

LE MÉRIDIEN TAHITI, PUNA'AUIA

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$297 $149

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Set right on the beach in the northern part of Mo'orea, 18km from the ferry. Enjoy your own private lagoon!

Location: Steps away from the lagoon, on the western side of Tahiti island. The airport is just a 15-minute drive away.

Vibe: Indulge in a little (okay, a lot) of luxury at this resort, which boasts French Polynesia's only overwater bar. Hello, sunsets!

Vibe: A haven of tranquillity among tropical gardens. Rooms are stylishly decorated, while bungalows come with private balconies.

Highlights: Private rooms • Overwater bungalows • Air con • Free minibar • Private beach • Bar • Restaurant • Spa • Jacuzzi • Tennis court • Free use of snorkelling gear, kayaks and paddleboards

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Overwater bungalows • Air con • Outdoor sand-bottom lagoon pool • 2 bars • 2 restaurants • Spa • Yoga • Free use of snorkelling gear and kayaks • Cultural nights

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COOK ISLANDS Go all robinson crusoe

COOK ISLANDS

Dump your rucksack in the sand, take off your shoes and slow… down. You're on island time now. Consisting of 12 paradisiacal islands cast across the wide Pacific blue, the Cook Islands are true Robinson Crusoe stuff. Get your culture fix in the most populated of the islands, Rarotonga, home of ancient marae (traditional meeting places) and coral churches. If it's off the map travel you're looking for, make for Aitutaki's stunning lagoon. Bliss.

Rock Solid

Rock Solid

EDGEWATER RESORT, RAROTONGA

$154 $77

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

CLUB RARO, RAROTONGA

NCLUDES BREAKFAST

$172 $86

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Situated on the sheltered western coast of Rarotonga, just a five-minute drive from the airport.

Location: Overlooking the lagoon, located just 2km from the airport and close to Avarua's shops, banks, restaurants and bars.

Vibe: Lush, tropical resort set on six acres of beachfront grounds. Rooms feature tropical-style décor and rattan furnishings.

Vibe: A favourite among coin conscious travellers, thanks to its swim-up bar, free intro dive lesson and easy access to the reef.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites and villas • Outdoor pool • Bar • 2 restaurants • Snack bar • Terrace • Spa • Tennis courts • Bike rental • Games room • Cultural nights • Laundry • Gift shop

Highlights: Private rooms • Apartments • Air con • Outdoor pool • Restaurant • Bar • Swim-up bar • Terrace • Intro dive lesson • Free snorkelling • Bike rental • Free on-site parking

STAY 5 PAY 3, STAY 10 PAY 7: 01NOV18 – 31DEC18; STAY 5 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 8: 01APR18 – 31OCT18

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RARCLU

A-List

Rock Solid

PACIFIC RESORT RAROTONGA

$406 $203

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

AITUTAKI VILLAGE AITUTAKI

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$317 $159

FR

SINGLE

FR

TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: On the white sands of Muri Beach, home to the famous lagoon. You can basically flop from bed to beach!

Location: Like the name says, you'll find these beachfront bungalows on Aitutaki, a 50-minute flight from Rarotonga.

Vibe: Expect super king beds, soothing Polynesian spa treatments and twice-daily happy hours at this 64-room luxury resort.

Vibe: Budget-friendly bungalows with an enviable lagoon location. An ideal place to disconnect from the outside world.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites and villas • Air con • Private balcony or patio • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost) • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Spa • Free use of kayaks and paddleboards

Highlights: Private bungalows • Air con • Private patio • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost) • Bar • Restaurant • Massage services • Library • Cultural nights • Free use of kayaks and paddleboards

STAY 6 PAY 5 AND GET NZD $50 FREE FOOD AND DRINK CREDIT PER ROOM PER NIGHT: 01APR18-31DEC18

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STAY 5 OR MORE NIGHTS AND RECEIVE A FREE FULL DAY LAGOON CRUISE AND BBQ LUNCH

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We sell a variety of travel related products from different suppliers and service providers (“Suppliers”). Each Supplier has its own terms and condition that are applicable to your particular arrangements in addition to our general terms and conditions, and you should make sure you understand them. Certain software and content found on our website are owned or licensed by us or our Suppliers, your use of which may be subject to further conditions. Our website, which is referred throughout this Agreement, can be found at www.statravel.com. STA Travel is acting as intermediary or a “Booking Agent” for products and services that are not directly supplied by us (e.g., air carriage and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, tours, cruises, etc.). We are not a co-vendor of such products and services. You will be entering into a separate contract with such Suppliers in connection with such products and services. Deposits and Payment Any deposits from you 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 other travel documents have been issued, subject to any terms and conditions of the Supplier. We will advise you of the date that full payment is required. Upon your provision of your payment information, you are authorizing us to make the payment arrangements with the corresponding Suppliers. We reserve the right to refuse personal checks as a method of payment. After full payment, the conditions of the contract with your Supplier may permit them to increase the cost of your arrangements. If we are acting as your Booking Agent, we will pass on any such increase to you as we become aware of such increase. If we have arranged a package, changes in transportation costs including the cost of fuel, taxes, fees and exchange rates mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have paid in full.

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Cancellations and Changes Your contract with your Suppliers may allow them to cancel or amend bookings. If we are your Booking Agent, we will ensure that you are promptly notified of any significant changes once we become aware of such change if there is time before your departure, but we accept no liability for any changes or costs incurred that may result. Subject to the Supplier’s terms and conditions, you will then have the choice of accepting the change of arrangements, accepting an offer of alternative travel arrangements if one is made available by the Supplier, or canceling your booked arrangements and receiving any applicable refunds. We do not guaranty that any refunds will apply. If you have booked a flight and we are alerted to a significant schedule change by your airline before you leave the United States, we will contact you by email to advise you of this. Please ensure that you have given your contact email address to us and that you regularly check for messages before you leave. We have no control over airline schedule changes and accept no liability for costs which may arise as a result of such changes. After you have left the US, 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. Right of California Customer to Make Claim on the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund You may be eligible for a refund for losses to a registered seller of travel that participates in the California state refund program. If you were located in California at the time of your purchase, you may have a right to file a claim for loses with the California Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation. Certain restrictions apply. For a claim form and additional information, write to: Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation P.O. Box 8474 Northridge, CA 91327

2. Your Agreement With Us Your Acceptance of these Terms and Conditions By booking your arrangement with us or using our website, you are agreeing to be bound by the terms of this Agreement, including Parts 1-3 of this Agreement and any additional terms and conditions of any Supplier that are applicable to your booking, travel arrangements or use of any website content. You agree on behalf of yourself and those you represent to comply with all such terms and conditions, including the payment of all amounts when due. You agree that any violation of any such terms and conditions may result in (a) the cancellation of your reservation or purchase, (b) your forfeiture of any monies paid for your reservation or purchase, (c) you being denied access to the applicable travel related product or service, and (d) our right to debit your account for any costs we incur as a result of such violation. You represent and warrant that (a) you are of sufficient age to use our services and website and can create binding legal obligations in connection with your use, (b) you are legally authorized to act on behalf of those you represent and accept these terms and conditions on their behalf, and (c) the information supplied by you or members of your group is true and correct. You are responsible for informing such other persons of all terms and conditions applicable to their travel arrangements. You understand that you are financially responsible for any use of our services or website by you and those using your name or account.

If You Change Your Booking Where a change requested by you to your travel arrangements is permitted and possible, our standard service fees will apply in addition to any additional Supplier charges. Please contact your original booking agent to enquire about changes or review the ‘Travel Help’ section of www.statravel.com for details of how to request changes. Please note that all reservation changes are subject to availability and the terms and conditions of the product purchased.

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Changes to name details are not allowed by many airlines and other Suppliers. While we will endeavour make such a change if necessary, please bear in mind that most airlines and Suppliers treat a name change as a cancellation, to which standard conditions and charges would 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 a ‘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 the cancellation terms and conditions of your Supplier(s), our standard fees will apply as may be outlined on your receipt or booking confirmation. We need to receive from you your original voucher before any applicable 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 Supplier(s). Generally flight tickets cannot be refunded if they are partially used. We are not responsible for a Supplier’s failure to pay a refund. 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.

Important Notice Regarding Airline Reservations If you arrive at an airline ticket or passenger check-in counter with your confirmed ticket and find that the airline shows no reservation for you – do not leave the counter. Check your ticket. If the status box shows “OK” for the flight in question, the airline policies typically require them to accommodate you on that flight, or if that is not possible, they must either find you a substitute flight or pay you denied boarding compensation. If necessary ask to speak to a supervisor.

If You Have A Complaint If you have a problem during your holiday, please inform the relevant Supplier (e.g. your hotel) immediately. Should they be unable to resolve the matter, please immediately contact us in the United States, either through the office where you made your arrangements, or through www.statravel.com. If you fail to timely contact us, we will not be permitted the opportunity to investigate your complaint and attempt to rectify any error while you are away, and this may affect your rights under this Agreement. We are a member of the Better Business Bureau.

Travel Documents and Destinations 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. 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. Prior to booking international travel, we recommend that you review any U.S. Government’s prohibitions, warnings and advisories applicable to your destinations. By offering travel to any particular destination, we do not represent that travel in such destination is safe or without risk. You further agree that in connection with your activities, you will not permit the use of our services or website by anyone that resides or is staying in a country for which such use is prohibited under U.S. regulations. Passport, Visa and Immigration Requirements It is your responsibility to fulfil the passport, visa and other immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. You should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/ or consulates. We do not accept any responsibility in the case of you being unable to travel due to not complying with any such requirements. You are also required to carry a valid International Student I.D., and International Youth I.D. or an International Teacher I.D. card if you are traveling on a special student/ youth/teacher ticket. It is your responsibility to verify this with our travel expert who is assisting you. InsuranceTravel 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 may be able to arrange travel insurance to be provided to you, furnish you a quote, and answer any queries you may have regarding the insurance. Travel Advice and Vaccinations U.S. Citizens should refer to the travel advice posted by the U.S. Department of State at travel.state.gov for all the countries you intend to visit. 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 all necessary vaccinations for your itinerary. Use of our Services and Website You agree you will only use our website or services to make legitimate reservations or purchases and shall not make speculative, false or fraudulent reservations or reservations in anticipation of demand. You will only use our website and services in compliance with applicable law. Without our prior written permission, you may not (a) access, monitor or copy any content or information on our website using any “robot”, “spider” or other automated or manual device or program, (b) deep link to any portion of our website, or (c) “frame” or incorporate any portion of our website into any other website. Our website may contain links to third party websites that we provide only as a convenience to you. You should take precautions to ensure that whatever links you access are free of viruses, worms, trojan horses or other destructive mechanisms The existence of these links does not imply that we endorse such websites or any included content. We are not responsible for such websites or content or any data privacy practices of such websites. Indemnification You agree to indemnify us and our affiliates, and any of our Suppliers, and any such parties’ officers, directors, employees and agents from and against any claims, causes of action, demands, losses, damages, or other costs, (including reasonable legal and accounting fees) brought by you or third parties as a result of (a) your breach of this Agreement, (b) your violation of any law or rights of any third party, or (c) your use of our website. Privacy Policy You consent to our processing and sharing of personal information about you and other members of your party that you have provided to us in accordance with the terms of and for the purposes set forth in our privacy policy. You represent that you have read and agree to the terms of our privacy policy, which can be found at our website.

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3. Additional Terms Warranties, Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability

Any ratings for suppliers are intended only as generalguidelines, and we do not guarantee the accuracy of the ratings. We make no guarantees about the availability of specific products and services. We make no representations about the suitability of the information, software, products, and services provided by us or contained on our website for any purpose. The inclusion or offering of any products or services by us does not constitute our endorsement or recommendation of such product or service. All such information, software, products, and services are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind. We disclaim all warranties that our website, its servers or any email sent from us or our suppliers are free of viruses or other harmful components. We hereby disclaim all warranties and conditions with regard to this information, software, products, and services, including all implied warranties and conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, and noninfringement. Warranty disclaimers may vary from state to state. The carriers, hotels and other suppliers providing travel or other services on this website are independent contractors and not agents or employees of the us. We are not liable for the acts, errors, omissions, representations, warranties, breaches or negligence of any such suppliers or for any personal injuries, death, property damage, or other damages or expenses resulting therefrom. We have no liability and will make no refund in the event of any delay, cancellation, overbooking, strike, force majeure or other causes beyond our control, and we have no responsibility for any additional expense, omissions, delays, re-routing or acts of any government or authority. In no event shall we be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special, or consequential damages arising out of, or in any way connected with, your access to, display of or use of this website or our services or with the delay or inability to access, display or use our website whether based on a theory of negligence, contract, tort, strict liability, or otherwise, and even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages. If, despite the limitation above, we are found liable for any loss or damage which arises out of or in any way connected with any of the occurrences described above, then our liability will in no event exceed, in the aggregate, the greater of (a) the service fees you paid to us in connection with such transaction(s) on this website, or (b) one-hundred dollars (US$100.00) Or the equivalent in local currency. The limitation of liability reflects the allocation of risk between the parties. The limitations specified in this section will survive and apply even if any limited remedy specified in these terms is found to have failed of its essential purpose.

General We are acting as an independent contractor and no joint venture, partnership or employment relationship exists between you and us or our Suppliers as a result of this Agreement or your use of our website. We reserve the right at any time to modify this Agreement without prior notice to you. Please refer to our website at www.statravel.com from time to time to review the most current version of the Agreement. Your continued access or use of our website or services signifies your acceptance of the modifications to the Agreement. You may not assign your rights or obligations under this Agreement to any third party. We may terminate this Agreement at any time for any reason, and such termination shall not affect any right to relief to which we are entitled at law or in equity. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Texas without regard to its conflicts of laws principles. If any provision of this Agreement is found to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the enforceability of the remaining provisions will not in any way be affected or impaired.

Photography STA Travel takes every care to ensure that photography used to illustrate its tours, accommodation and other products is accurate, up-to-date and representative of the product(s) or destination(s) featured. We are committed to ensuring images are used appropriately, either by crediting the copyright owners, confirming with product or other third party suppliers images can be reproduced in our brochures or where necessary, providing financial reimbursement to the copyright owners for the use of their images. Images provided by third party suppliers are reproduced with the knowledge these may be used by STA Travel against particular product(s) only. The accommodation photos featured are representative of the the room types available at each property however this may not be the actual room type you receive; if you have a preference for a particular room, please ask your Travel Expert. All accommodation or product images within this brochure may be reproduced in other STA Travel collateral in junction with that particular product(s) only.

Pricing The accommodation prices featured in this brochure are based on per person, dorm or twin-share and is based on lead-in room types. The ‘from’ pricing shown has been calculated using low season stays and may be subject to availability, currency fluctuation and change without notice. 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 Travel Expert for the best available deal for your travel period. Applicable pre-paid taxes and charges are included for flight prices, but airfares do not include taxes or charges collected by third parties or overseas airports. Current fuel surcharges have been included in the advertised airfares and are subject to change without notice. Prices advertised are based on cash payment and payment by any other means may attract a nominal administration fee. Work programmes exclude applicable visa fees. Seasonal surcharges may apply to some products depending on date of departure. Some products require you to hold an ISIC, ITIC or IYTC discount card to purchase at the cheaper price. If you do not hold any of these cards they can be purchased at the time of booking, subject to eligibility criteria. Local payments may apply for tour operators. Amendment, cancellation and administration fees apply.

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