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AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND & SOUTH PACIFIC START THE ADVENTURE Cabarita Beach, Australia


What's inside... 04 Our story 05 Start the adventure with us 06 Exploring not exploiting 08 Travel essentials 10 Airfares 12 Travel styles 14 Who we work with 16 Get a room 18 Map 20 AUSTRALIA 21 WORK IN AUSTRALIA 24 Internships 25 Virgin Australia 26 Australia by rail 27 CAMPERVAN HIRE IN AUSTRALIA 28 Travellers Autobarn 30 Mighty & Britz Campervans 32 Greyhound Australia 34 Oz Experience 36 Stray 40 Accommodation passes

41 EPIC AUSTRALASIAN ADVENTURES 57 NEW SOUTH WALES 58 Sydney & Bondi 65 Mojosurf - Spot X 66 Byron Bay 68 QUEENSLAND 72 Gold Coast & Surfers Paradise 74 Brisbane 76 Noosa 78 Fraser Island & beyond 81 Whitsundays & Airlie Beach 84 Sailing Whitsundays 87 Magnetic Island 88 Cairns & the Tropical North 95 Port Douglas & Cape Tribulation 97 NORTHERN TERRITORY & THE OUTBACK 106 Alice Springs 107 Uluru 110 Darwin & the Top End 112 WESTERN AUSTRALIA

117 Perth & beyond 119 Exmouth & Broome 120 SOUTH AUSTRALIA 121 Adelaide & beyond 124 VICTORIA 125 Melbourne & beyond 132 TASMANIA 133 Hobart & beyond 136 NEW ZEALAND 137 WORK IN NEW ZEALAND 140 Travellers Autobarn 142 Mighty & Britz Campervans 144 Kiwi Experience 150 Accommodation passes 151 Touring in New Zealand 162 NORTH ISLAND 166 Auckland & Bay of Islands 169 Coromandel & Bay of Plenty 170 Rotorua 172 Taupo & Tongariro National Park 173 Wellington


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TRAVELLERS AUTOBARN (AUSTRALIA)

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GREYHOUND AUSTRALIA WHIMIT PASS

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BEACHES & REEFS

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 SOUTH PACIFIC HELLO KIND HUMAN. 189 FIJI 190 Feejee Experience PLEASE RECYCLE ME! 192 Vitu Levu I'M HOPING TO COME BACK 196 Mamanuca & Yasawa Islands NEXT TIME AS A POP-UP 204 Volunteering Fiji UNICORN BOOK. 205 COOK ISLANDS 206 FRENCH POLYNESIA 207 SAMOA 208 TERMS & CONDITIONS 210 TRAVEL INSURANCE

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COOL DINGO TOUR (FRASER ISLAND)

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NEW ZEALAND ENCOMPASSED

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ISLAND HOPPING IN FIJI


Our Our story started way back in 1979 with two Aussie backpackers, a long-haul hangover and an idea: to create affordable adventures for awesome humans. Today, we are the world's largest student and youth travel company, inspiring over 2 million travellers a year to discover the countries, communities and cultures that we love. The world and the tools we have to explore it may have changed over the years, but our philosophy never has. We’re still the place to #StartTheAdventure. And now, it’s your turn. Peace, love and adventure, STA Travel.

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THE ADVENTURE WITH US

The world according to STA Travel, here's why you should grab life by the backpack and book with us. Here's how we see it. If you're going to book a trip, you should book it with travellers. Our Travel Experts are well-travelled, worldly-wise and can repack a 60-litre backpack in a minute flat.

Don't sit and watch as the flights you've been cyber-stalking creep up in price. Lock in the lowest airfares up to 11 months in advance with a £49 deposit, paying the rest 10 weeks before you fly.*

From gap years to grey years, and every Round the World route, adventure tour, language school and working holiday visa in between, we've been mastering the art of escape for almost 40 years.

Our STA Travel Cares team are online and on the phone 24/7/365 with travel advice, crisis management and to help resolve your issues quickly – so you can get on with the fun stuff.

The world's largest airline network for students and under 31, our BlueTickets have been flying the young and the studious around the planet on the lowest and most flexible airfares since 1979.**

Travel is about freedom and discovery, not about setting limits. Yes, we do offer student discounts on many of our products, but for us, adventure is a mindset, not a number or a status.

We know how important it is to feel safe on your trip. We're constantly on the road assessing our operations, withdrawing any products or properties that compromise our travellers' safety.

*Not all tickets are available for our £49 deposit scheme. Please ask your Travel Expert. **Some airlines may require you to be under 26 years old.

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Exploring

NOT EXPLOITING

For us, travelling isn't about bucket lists or bragging rights, it's about discovering how we can be more responsible as travellers. Here's how we're making a STAnd.

FIGHTING

Animal Cruelty WHAT WE ARE DOING

We were one of the first travel companies to make a stand on animal welfare. Our industry-leading animal welfare policy safeguards the wellbeing and protection of animals across all our operations. So far, we have withdrawn almost 4,000 of our suppliers' tours and activities, including Pamplona's Running of the Bulls, Tiger Temple in Thailand and an outright ban on elephant and ostrich riding. WHAT YOU CAN DO

We urge our travellers to help us change attitudes within the tourism industry, and to say no to any activities at home or abroad that would hurt or humiliate animals. Our full animal welfare policy is available to view online.

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RESPONSIBLE

Voluntourism

STA TRAVEL'S STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

It's a sad fact that often well-intentioned volunteer projects can be mismanaged, exploiting communities rather than helping them. From turtle conservation in Costa Rica to building homes in Nepal, we support more than 50 projects in over 30 countries. Our Volunteering Codes of Conduct ensure that we only work with projects that can prove to have a lasting and positive impact, meeting the local needs of communities through sustainability rather than dependency, as well as meeting the desires of travellers to make a genuine contribution. For more information about the projects we work with, pick up a Volunteer, Work & Learn brochure instore. Our full Statement of Commitment and Code of Conduct can be viewed online.


Supporting young people LIVING WITH CANCER

THANKS A MILLION

In the UK, seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer each day. In 2015, we joined forces with teen cancer charities in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand on a global campaign to help raise awareness and vital funds. Today, we work with nine charities around the world, all with one mission in mind: to make sure that no young person should face cancer alone.

Gre en wa rrio r vibe s!

Our goal is to raise USD $1 million by 2020. From Manchester to Melbourne, our travellers have been donating, and our staff have been busy fundraising by running, swimming and baking. You can help by adding ÂŁ1 to your booking. 100% of your donation will go to Teenage Cancer Trust to help provide support services, specialist facilities and outreach programmes to thousands of young people. Find out more instore or online.

For tips on how to travel more responsibly, green places to stay and green gear to pack, please visit the STA Travel Blog.

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Travel Essentials

How to survive and save on your trip.

VACCINATIONS What's up, doc? Hopefully nothing, but please visit your GP or an STA Travel Clinic at least ten weeks before your trip to check what vaccinations and anti-malarials you might need.

 IRPORT HOTELS, PARKING AND LOUNGES A Let’s face it, airports can be terminal-ly boring. Get your trip off to a flying and stress-free start by saving up to 50% when you prebook airport hotels, parking and lounge access.

V ISA REQUIREMENTS We will advise you on what visas you need, but it's up to you to make sure all the requirements are met. If you do require a visa, our service is safe, speedy and free of boring embassy queues.

 TA TRAVEL ACCOUNT S Give a tree a hug and make paperwork panic a thing of the past. Store, amend and share your bookings, check for flight updates, and access travel help. Register on the app or visit my.statravel.com

P ASSPORT REQUIREMENTS Don't forget to check the validity of your passport and that you have enough blank pages. Remember, some countries may require you to have at least six months remaining on your passport.

 TA TRAVEL APP S Tap into your adventures, anytime and anywhere. Book beds, flights and activities on the road, access your STA Travel Account, and search for the coolest stuff to do every time you travel.

T RAVEL INSURANCE No one likes a travel bore, but this could be one of the most important trip purchases you make. With four levels of cover, 24/7 medical help, cancellation cover from the day you book, and over 100 sports and activities included, our exclusive range of policies and add-ons can be tailored to suit any budget and adventure. See page 210 for more. L OYALTY DISCOUNTS AND MATES RATES If you’re travelling with friends or have travelled before, you could save with mates rates, multi-trip offers and loyalty discounts, such as 10% off repeat G Adventures trips – exclusive to us.

ISIC / IYTC / ITIC DISCOUNT CARDS Student, teacher or under 31? Access exclusive airfares with us, plus thousands of travel and lifestyle discounts for foodies, gym bods and even plant lovers! For students, the ISIC card is the ONLY international student ID and comes loaded with 150,000+ discounts in 130+ countries. See page 211.

ON THE ROAD Run by backpackers for backpackers, visit our Backpacker by STA Travel stores on your trip in Australia, Thailand and South Africa for a homesick hug, free Wi-FI and the best deals on local hostels, trips, flights and transport.

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STA Travel Money Cards You know it makes cents... Forget fanny packs stuffed with cash or being charged fees every time you use your bank card abroad. Our prepaid STA Travel Money Cards are safe, simple to use and will help your travel budget go far.

Award winning*

LOAD Lock and load! Load money onto your card or store it in your Cloud wallet until you’re ready to spend. SPEND Use your chip and pin card at ATMs, shops and wherever you see the Mastercard acceptance mark. SAVE Free transactions, competitive exchange rates and up to 11% cashback on what you spend. Plus, thousands of travel and lifestyle discounts on our ISIC and IYTC Travel Money Cards.**

SAFE • Block your card instantly in the STA Travel App • Extra security as funds aren't linked to a bank account • 24/7 call centre • Free second card included*** • Emergency replacement card posted to you as you travel • Emergency funds can be loaded onto your card by family members SIMPLE Easy to use and control your spending, manage your funds online, by text or in the STA Travel App.

*STA Travel ISIC Cashcard: Winner of ‘Best New Prepaid Product of The Year’ at The Card & Payment Awards 2014 and Winner of 'Best Support Service' at the British Youth Travel Awards 2016, as awarded by BETA **STA Travel ISIC and IYTC Prepaid Mastercard Cashcard only. Terms and conditions apply ***Not available on all cards The STA Travel ISIC Prepaid Mastercard Cashcard, the STA Travel Prepaid Mastercard Cashcard and the STA Travel IYTC Prepaid Mastercard Cashcard are issued by IDT Financial Services Limited pursuant to a license from Mastercard International. Mastercard and the Mastercard Brand Mark are registered trademarks of Mastercard. IDT Financial Services is a regulated bank, licensed by the Financial Services Commission, Gibraltar. Registered Office: 57-63 Line Wall Road, Gibraltar. Registered No. 95716. All communications should be sent to STA Travel, PO BOX 3753, Chester, CH1 9UH

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Airfares It was love at first flight!

Over the last 40 years, we've worked with the world's leading airlines to bring you exclusively low and flexible fares. From one-way flights to 18-stop Round the World routes, we guarantee to have just the ticket.

THE ORIGINAL ROUND THE WORLD EXPERTS

First rule of flight club... our club is a little different. Because we're not tied to the same rules and routes as other travel companies, our Travel Experts can help you to create completely unique multi-stop and Round the World itineraries from our exclusive open-to-all and student fares.

BOOK NOW PAY LATER

Travel truth. Most airlines release their seats 10-11 months in advance, with the lowest-priced tickets selling out first. Therefore, the earlier you book, the cheaper your flights will be. Our deposit scheme allows you to lock in the price from as little as £49, then pay the balance 10 weeks before you fly.**

OPEN-TO-ALL AND STUDENT FARES

Our BlueTickets are just for students and under 31*, however, we appreciate that this does seem a little unfair to tax payers/the over 30s! That's why we have an open-to-all version of many of our BlueTickets, all offering the same unique flexibility. We just didn't call them GreyTickets that's all, out of respect.

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PREMIUM, BUSINESS AND FIRST

If you're unfamiliar with this part of the plane, it's the bit behind the curtain where the flat beds and magical unicorns live. We love the whole backpacker vibe, but we also love splashing out once in a while on our upgraded airfares.

FLEXIBLE DATE CHANGES

Let's face it, the only person that ever stuck to their Round the World flight dates was Santa. (24th Dec, lock it in Mr Claus). Our MultiFLEX date change passes give you the freedom and flexibility to change your flights without having to pay the airline or admin fees each time your plans change. If there's a difference in fare because your priced seat is unavailable, then we'll always offer you an alternative date, or you can choose to pay the difference in airfare. Either way, it can still save you hundreds in fees, especially on bigger trips. One change for £29, three for £69 and unlimited for £99. Or £199 if purchased after departure.*** *Some airlines may require you to be under 26 years old **Not all tickets are available for our £49 deposit scheme. Please ask your Travel Expert ***Not all tickets are eligible for a MultiFLEX pass. Please ask your Travel Expert


EXCLUSIVE STUDENT AND UNDER 31 FARES*

STUDENT AND UNDER 31 FARES

Snuggle down, it's retro storybook hour. 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'd known about airfares - offering unlimited stopovers, rebellious Round the World routings and bargain date changes. They were printed on blue paper, so now, we simply call them blue tickets. (Slow marketing day). Today we have the world's largest airline network for students and under 31, with over 60 of the world's leading carriers on board. You can create any route, book now pay later, and add unlimited date changes to every BlueTicket. And they're still only available at STA Travel.

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Travel Styles Every traveller is different. That's why when it comes to getting around, we've thought of every type of transport and trip style. That's just how we ride.

HOP-ON HOP-OFF BUS PASSES

GROUP TOURS

Best for local culture and maximising your time. First of all, there are some parts of the planet that you just can't do solo. Like Antarctica. Or wouldn't want to. Like Madagascar. Who would sing the 'I like to move it, move it' song with you? Exactly. On the group tours we sell, there's no being herded around in huge groups by flag-wielding tour leaders. Led by local guides, not guidebooks, it’s all about getting away from the crowd, not following it. Expect people just like you, authentic experiences such as homestays, and lots of free time to do your thing. Group sizes and inclusions vary per supplier, but with transport and accommodation included, it's a great way to budget and make sure you get around everything in your timeframe. Meet some of our tour suppliers on page 14.

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SELF-DRIVE TOURS

Best for flexibility and semi-independent travellers.

Best for seeing everything in your time frame.

Travel with the security of knowing that your transport is paid for, but with the freedom to hop on and off at your own pace. Transport varies per country between backpacker and public buses, and passes are usually valid for a year.

Want to road trip but worried about where you'll stay, or how long it will take? On our self-drive tours, we provide the route, maps and prebook each night's accommodation. All you have to do is choose the car hire.

RAIL PASSES

CAR HIRE

Best for green warriors and epic scenery.

Best for classic road trips and groups of friends.

One of the most environmentally-conscious ways to travel, not only will you get a window onto the world rather than just dash from A to B, but rail passes also offer huge savings over buying individual train tickets.

If you're two or more, or just can't make public transport work, car hire will give you both freedom and can save you money. Remember, for non-residents, you may have to be over 21 and have been driving for two years.

CAMPERVAN HIRE

Best for budgeting and the ultimate freedom. If you're a small group of friends or a couple, 2, 4 or 6-berth campervans can be one of the most economical ways to travel. You'll save on accommodation and eating out, plus you'll be the coolest crew on the road.

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


INDI INDI //INDEPENDENT

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

Best for our most flexible and fancy-free adventures yet!

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

Best for tailor making your trip, your way.

FLEXIBLE FLIGHTS, TOURS, BEDS AND TRAVEL PASSES.

WE ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS, SO WHY WOULD

YOUR ADVENTURES, YOUR RULES.

WE TRAVEL THE SAME?

Here at Adventure HQ, we don't penalise our travellers for changing their minds, we embrace it. Flexible payments before you fly + flexible dates on the road = never missing out because you couldn’t commit to dates or your plans changed. Or got waylaid by a dive instructor called Jez.

YOU MAKE THE RULES

Pick any dates, destination and budget, and our Travel Experts will create a bespoke and INDIvidually tailor made itinerary for you. From public buses to private drivers, and tea huts to luxury overwater bungalows, you're in charge.

I'M FLEXI AND I KNOW IT! CHECK IT OUT...

FLEXIfly Book now pay later // Add unlimited date changes with MultiFLEX // Get even more flying flexibility with BlueTicket if you're a student or under 31. FLEXIstay Book now pay later // Pay for a number of nights upfront with our accommodation passes // Choose where and when you want to stay on the road.

FLEXItour Book now pay later on selected tours and passes // Open-dated tours, day trips, hop-on hop-off bus and rail passes // Confirm your dates on the road. FLEXIpackage Book now pay later // Choose from any of our FLEXI flights and products // Watch us put them together to create a fully flexible and free-loving adventure.

ORIGINAL ITINERARIES

Whether you're travelling solo, in a couple or with friends, you’ll have the freedom to create your own trip, but with the security of pre-arranged transport, accommodation and the support of our local ground handlers. MAKE IT PERSONAL

From high-altitude treks to downward dog yoga retreats, make each itinerary personal with our INDI Hits - our favourite local experiences, treks and Nama-Stay wellness retreats. Whether you’re planning a three-week itinerary or just a private driver to get you around a tricky leg of your trip, with INDI, any adventure is possible. Pick up an INDI brochure instore for inspiration and sample routes.

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Who We WORK WITH

We only work with people who can give you a genuinely authentic experience. Let's meet them!

redefining small group travel for over 25 years. G Adventures’ award-winning trips are all about getting you face to face with people, cultures and wildlife across the world. Travel in small groups and stay in some truly unique places along the way.

WHY WE LOVE THEM

SERVICE LEVELS

LOCAL LEADERS Trips are led by certified local guides, or Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). Hello, insider tips!

CAMPING Great value. Camping most nights and even the odd hotel stay. Affordable public and private transport.

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS Get paired up with a same-sex roommate instead. Lone wolves can opt for the My Own Room option at extra cost.

BASIC Simple digs, great optional activities. Affordable public and private transport.

LIFETIME DEPOSITS Cancelling or postponing? Put it towards another trip in the future - your deposit is protected for life. 100% GUARANTEED DEPARTURES Once you’ve paid, you’re going!

STANDARD Mid-range accommodation, top highlights included. Mix of public and private transport. UPGRADED Living it up! Upgraded everything with more meals, activities and transfers than any other G Adventures tour.

STA TRAVEL EXCLUSIVES

10% REPEAT DISCOUNT* Get a tasty 10% discount on your next G Adventures trip when you book with us. FREE ISIC DISCOUNT CARD Student, teacher or under 31? Grab a free discount card or ISIC/IYTC Mastercard© Cashcard when you book a tour with this logo.

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TRIP STYLES

18-TO-THIRTYSOMETHINGS Light on frills, heavy on experience. Exclusive to 18-39s. CLASSIC Huge variety, wiggle room included for free spirits. ACTIVE Multi-sport tours with equipment and experts on-hand. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS More inclusions, deeper exploration and exclusive access. MARINE Experience the Caribbean, the Galápagos, the Amazon & Antarctica. RAIL Bringing sexy rail travel back. Awesome views included. LOCAL LIVING Immersive community stays.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

G FOR GOOD Tours that include visits to G for Good projects, funded by the not-for-profit Planeterra Foundation to encourage social enterprise. THE JANE GOODALL COLLECTION Wildlifefocused tours endorsed by primatologist Dr Jane Goodall.


Connecting young travellers to the time of their lives since 1962. Social travel experiences for 18-35s. WHY WE LOVE THEM

REAL EXPERIENCES The icons you can’t miss, the unique experiences you can only get with Contiki and the unexpected gems that will surprise you. They include more - all delivered by a legendary team. EAT LOCAL Immersive dining experiences (like sharing a home-cooked meal in a local’s home), locally sourced meals in Contiki properties, and local restaurants wherever you go. UNIQUE ACCOMMODATION that’s more than just a place to sleep. From centrally located launchpads, to cool next generation hostels, to Contiki-owned properties (A French chateau? An Austrian Gasthof? Yep they own them). EXCLUSIVELY FOR 18-35s The ultimate experience for young travellers from all over the world. A PROUD MEMBER OF TTC a passionately run family owned business committed to service. When you travel with Contiki, you’re treated like family.

FLEX DEPOSIT Need to cancel or postpone? Your deposit can be put towards any Contiki trip you take in the future. And once you turn 35, it'll be transferred to their sister brands - so you'll never lose it! RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

CONTIKI CARES Sustainable tourism matters - Contiki Cares is a commitment to preserving the planet and giving back to the communities Contiki visits.

STA TRAVEL EXCLUSIVE

5% REPEAT DISCOUNT* Done Contiki before? Book again and save 5% off your next trip.

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Room GET A

Bye bye bedlam, hello making choosing and booking beds easy.

MORE CHOICE

From hammocks and hostels, to floatels (floating hotels, it's a thing we swear) and five-star honeymoon suites, we've travelled the world to secure you the best deals on accommodation. This brochure is just the start, with thousands more options available online, instore and on the STA Travel App. TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS

We've teamed up with TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel community, to add their customer reviews to our website and app. So whether you're at home or booking on the road, see exactly what other travellers have to say before you stay.

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HEALTH & SAFETY

Swan towel origami is all very impressive, but not as impressive as a clean health and safety record. We vet properties using our own guidelines, working continually with suppliers to ensure that where you are staying is hygienic and safe.

A NOTE ON ACCOMMODATION PRICING Prices shown in this brochure are ‘per person, per night’ for the meal plan shown, and are based on the cheapest season for travel to each destination. Unless otherwise stated, accommodation prices exclude any locally-payable supplements such as city taxes, visitor or ‘tourist’ taxes, and hotel resort fees. Airport transfers, where these are a compulsory requirement in order to reach your hotel, are also excluded and will need to be arranged separately at the time of booking. The end.


Shoestring

NOMADS NOOSA - NOOSA, page 76

Glampacker

SYDNEY HARBOUR YHA THE ROCKS - SYDNEY, page 59

Rock Solid

VERIU CENTRAL - SYDNEY, page 60

Class Act

PACIFIC RESORT - RAROTONGA, page 205

THE LORD BYRON - BYRON BAY, page 67

A-List

OUR OWN RATINGS

One country's high-end can be another country's mid-range. That's why we rate properties using our own categories, so that you can see exactly who you're getting into bed with. Shoestring

No frills, but no nasty surprises either

Glampacker Stylish, minus the matching price tag Rock Solid Good value, good rooms, good times

CROWN METROPOL - MELBOURNE, page 127

Class Act Comfort dressed up in fancy shoes A-List

Hello, room service? It’s me

Apartments

Look out for our favourite digs, bonus room upgrades, early bird and long stay specials.

Think 'Friends', only with your own mates

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Australasia LITCHFIELD LITCHFIELD N.P.N.P.

DARWIN DARWIN KAKADU KAKADU N.P.N.P.

VANUATU VANUATU

KATHERINE KATHERINE CAPE CAPE TRIBULATION TRIBULATION CAIRNS CAIRNS

PORT PORT DOUGLAS DOUGLAS

BROOME BROOME NORTHERN NORTHERN TERRITORY TERRITORY

GREAT GREAT BARRIER BARRIER REEFREEF TOWNSVILLE TOWNSVILLE

AIRLIE AIRLIE BEACH BEACH

Australi Australia a

EXMOUTH EXMOUTH

WESTERN WESTERN AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA

WHITSUNDAY WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS ISLANDS

1 QUEENSLAND QUEENSLAND

ALICE ALICE SPRINGS SPRINGS CARNARVON CARNARVON

NEW NEW CALEDONIA CALEDONIA

AGNES AGNES WATER WATER

KATA KATA TJUTA TJUTA ULURU ULURU

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HERVEY HERVEY BAY BAY

MONKEY MONKEY MIA MIA

NOOSA NOOSA BRISBANE BRISBANE

KALBARRI KALBARRI N.P.N.P.

GOLD GOLD COAST COAST

GERALDTON GERALDTON

BYRON BYRON BAY BAY

COOBER COOBER PEDY PEDY SOUTH SOUTH AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA

KALGOORLIE KALGOORLIE

COFFS COFFS HARBOUR HARBOUR WILPENDA WILPENDA POUND POUND

PERTH PERTH

MARGARET MARGARET RIVER RIVER

FRASER FRASER ISLAND ISLAND

NEW NEW SOUTH SOUTH WALES WALES

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PORT PORT AUGUSTA AUGUSTA

BLUEBLUE MOUNTAINS MOUNTAINS

ESPERANCE ESPERANCE ADELAIDE ADELAIDE

SYDNEY SYDNEY

CANBERRA CANBERRA

KANGAROO KANGAROO ISLAND ISLAND VICTORIA VICTORIA

3 MELBOURNE MELBOURNE

LAUNCESTON LAUNCESTON

HOBART HOBART

FRANZ FRANZ JOSEF JOSEF GLACIER GLACIER

6 QUEENSTOWN QUEENSTOWN DUNEDIN DUNEDIN

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Check out the map for the top student discounts available with your ISIC card. Plus, we're ditching the plastic and going virtual! Plastic is not fantastic. (Sorry Barbie).

New Zealand 6 RECEIVE A FREE $15 GIFT AT NZONE SKYDIVE

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Australia Unlike the wizard, the real Oz would never be caught hiding behind a curtain. Australia puts it all out in the open: think bold landscapes, confident cities and a never-ending coastline.


AUSTRALIA

Working Holidays AUSTRALIA

Get your Visa

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Oz is a huge country, so if you want to see it all in one hit you’ll need some extra funds. We can help you secure a working holiday visa to live and work here for up to 12 months. We’ll also throw in a free work pack to help you set up a bank account, tax number and superannuation account. Most visas are authorised within 48 hours of applying, but we advise applying at least 4 weeks before departure in case further information is required.

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.

Who can get one?

Job help starter packages

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.

Working holidays should be fun (clue’s in the ‘holiday’ part). That’s why our Hello Australia starter packs sort out the necessities like tax numbers, accommodation and job-hunting support, and give you time to let loose on some great included activities. See pages 22-23.

Professional Internships What better way to make your CV stand out than with international industry experience? Opportunities range from marketing and events to engineering and architecture. Want to combine an internship with paid work? Check out our Intern and Work combos. See page 24.

GROUP FLIGHT Travelling to Australia? We offer a group flight option via Hong Kong so you can meet new friends and visit another destination on the way. Ask your Travel Expert for details.

TYPICAL JOBS

BRISBANE

MELBOURNE

ADELAIDE

PERTH

DARWIN

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

Corporate hospitality AUD $25 p/h

Housekeeping AUD $19 p/h

Office admin AUD $22-30 p/h

Labourer AUD $22-30 p/h

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Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Cairns & perth

Get your working holiday off to an effortless start. Let us take care of the hard stuff while you find feet and friends with fun activities. Our Hello packages also include the services of a dedicated STA Travel working holiday hero, based instore and yours for 12 months to help with anything from work stuff to buying duvets.

What is it? A 4, 6 or 8-day welcome package in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Cairns or Perth, with some city tasters included.

What do you get?  SYDNEY Australia’s largest city. City walking tour Ferry trip to Manly Beach Stay at an award-winning hostel CAIRNS Year-round sunshine party town. City & Market Bike Tour Stay at a top-rated hostel

BRISBANE Queensland’s capital city. Wheel of Brisbane entry City walking tour Stay at a centrally-located hostel MELBOURNE Australia’s hipster child. Eureka Skydeck entry City walking tour Stay at a renowned hostel in town PERTH The world’s sunniest city. Boat cruise to Fremantle Stay in the centre of the action at a local backpackers

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WHAT YOU GET

4 DAYS 6 DAYS 8 DAYS

£235

FR

£271

FR

£306

FR

3, 5 or 7 nights hostel accommodation, including breakfast and free Wi-Fi Arrival airport transfer Local activities and social events (see left)

12 months membership to Hello Australia, which includes: Access to Hello Australia online jobs board and offices nationwide Arrival orientation – everything you need to know about living, working and travelling in Australia Dedicated working holiday hero to support you (based instore) CV building and job consultation Australian Harvest Guide handbook Assistance with Australian bank account and superannuation Medicare, SIM card and Tax File Number assistance Backpacker by STA Travel discount voucher for when you want to start travelling Second-year visa assistance


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WHAT YOU GET

9 DAYS (SYDNEY) 8 DAYS (MELBOURNE)

£549

FR

£535

FR

SYDNEY & MELBOURNE

Arrival transfer and city orientation

The Big One

Available in Sydney & Melbourne

Get stuck into your Oz adventure with eight or nine activity-packed days. Meet new people, hit the sights and get in the swing of all things Sydney or Melbourne! SYDNEY

BY OZ INTRO

MELBOURNE

BY WELCOME TO TRAVEL

DAY 1 Included airport pick-up & transfer to the hostel to meet your fellow travellers.

DAY 1 Transfer from the airport to the hostel and meet your fellow travellers.

DAY 2 City orientation, Sydney Harbour jet boat trip and a night out.

DAY 2 Sort out the essentials, discover the world’s most liveable city and tuck in to a riverside welcome dinner.

DAY 3 Travel info session followed by a private cruise of Sydney’s famous harbour. DAY 4 Beach day at Bondi then walk the Coogee Coastal Walk. Snorkel, play volleyball and enjoy a beach barbie and cold beers.

DAY 3 Explore Melbourne’s eclectic markets and art-filled laneways before a private food and drink tour.

DAY 5-6 Overnight stay at Port Stephens: surfing, sandboarding, dolphin cruise, wild kangaroos and BBQ included.

DAY 4-5 Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island overnight adventure. Includes surfing, wine tasting and sightings of kangaroos, koalas and over 200 penguins!

DAY 7 Enjoy a day back in Sydney to relax and sort out your onward plans.

DAY 6 Stroll through St. Kilda, hit the beach and opt for some paddleboarding.

DAY 8 Sort out your working holiday essentials then enjoy some Aussie tucker and drinks at your farewell dinner.

DAY 7 Travel or employment, look at what’s next with a personalised advice session, followed by a blow-out bar crawl.

DAY 9 Continue your travels or start looking for work!

DAY 8 Chill out with a beer and a rooftop barbie overlooking the city.

DEPARTS MONDAYS

DEPARTS MOST SUNDAYS

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Internships AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Often regarded as the best way to maximise your employability and to bridge the gap between studying and the working world. Choose from professional internships in Australia or New Zealand or combine an internship with a job on the side to earn some extra cash while you’re at it.

Professional Internships

£750

FR

As a graduate looking to step foot in to the working world, we know it’s important to make your CV stand out, so get yourself some international industry experience! Unpaid internships are available in Australia or New Zealand.

What is it?

INCLUSIONS

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 138. Make lifelong friends, travel to new places on your days off and say hello to new opportunities, global connections and that sweet dream job!

A tailored internship placement

Help and support throughout your internship

Your own placement coordinator

Networking opportunities and social events

Assistance with visa application and long-term accommodation

Orientation upon arrival

Intern and Work Combos

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

Welcome pack with mobile SIM card

£899

FR

If you want to gain career-relevant experience to boost your CV but need to earn some extra cash on the side, our Intern and Work Combo programmes might be what you’re looking for. Intern part-time in the industry of your choice and work on the side. INCLUSIONS

GROUP FLIGHT

Initial assessment (via phone or Skype)

Tailor made internship placement

Professional CV consultation

Travelling to Australia or New Zealand? We offer a group flight option via Hong Kong so you can meet new friends and visit another destination on the way. Ask your Travel Expert for details.

 ost organisation interview H at an employer in your chosen industry

A dedicated supervisor within your host organisation

Arrival orientation

Exclusive social events 24-hour emergency contact number

TYPICAL PLACEMENTS

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a i l a r t s u A n Virgi

friends in high places Need a fast and reliable way to travel around Australia, and beyond? Take to the skies with our friends at Virgin Australia. On top of a wide range of domestic and international destinations, all of their aircrafts have comfy seating, fantastic in-flight entertainment and state-of-the-art wireless systems accessible on your mobile or tablet on all domestic flights.

Domestic flights

DARWIN

CAIRNS

NORTHERN WESTERN TERRITORY QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA SOUTH AUSTRALIA NEW SOUTH WALES VICTORIA

SAMOA

BRISBANE GOLD COAST

PERTH

1,150 KM

Perth Darwin Sydney

£279

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 and add on a wilderness detour up to the Top End.

2,400 KM NUKU’ALOFA

1,500 KM

INTERNATIONAL flights

NEW ZEALAND

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

AUCKLAND

Available to book on BlueTicket. See p11 for details.

FR

NADI

SYDNEY

MELBOURNE

ROUND TRIP

Sydney Melbourne Fr £65 Fr £69 Melbourne Hobart Fr £79 Brisbane Hamilton Is. Fr £85 Sydney Cairns  Fr £125 Perth Sydney  Fr £175 Darwin Perth  Fr £115 Sydney Uluru 

SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDS COOK ISLANDS

WHITSUNDAYS (PROSERPINE)

CHRISTCHURCH

BEACH LOVERS Sydney

£99

FR

Gold Coast make

your own way to Brisbane

Proserpine make your own way 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.

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.

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COASTING AROUND Sydney

Fr £125 Fr £165 Fr £179 Fr £145 Fr £199 Fr £155 Fr £429 Fr £239

£329

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Christchurch make

your own way to Auckland

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

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AUSTRALIA

BY RAIL

DARWIN KATHERINE

NORTHERN TERRITORY

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

Darwin

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.

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

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA MANGURI SIDING

RAWLINNA PERTH

BROKEN HILL COOK

KALGOORLIE

PORT AUGUSTA

Fr £624 Fr £624 Fr £1,105

NEW SOUTH WALES SYDNEY

The Ghan Indian Pacific The Overland

ADELAIDE

VICTORIA MELBOURNE

INDIAN PACIFIC Alice Springs

QUEENSLAND

ALICE SPRINGS

Sydney

Adelaide

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 £368 Fr £754 Fr £1,069

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 Café Matilda aboard all services.

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

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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 superfunky travelling home?

AUSTRALIA

a i l a r t s u A in freedom & flexibility

SAVE MONEY

Jump in your campervan, turn up the music, and go where you want to go, 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.

Avoid forking out for accommodation, get great deals on food at local supermarkets and cater for yourself! With a fridge on board, you'll never be far from a snack when hunger strikes.

What's your style? FOR THE BUDGET CONSCIOUS

FOR ALL AGES (MIN 18)

Travellers Autobarn

Mighty

Campervans that are compact, functional and custom-designed for backpackers and budget travellers. They also come with a guide to Australia's free campgrounds! See page 28-29.

Reliable campervans to suit anyone riding on a budget. Two, three, four or six berths are available, all include a tablet with GPS and the CamperMate app so you can find all you need on the road. See page 31.

FOR CREATURE COMFORTS

FOR THE BALLERS

Britz

Maui

Sporting a huge fleet of spacious and compact campervans (so whatever you need!) including 4WD, take on the road without sacrificing on comfort. Also comes with free tablets and GPS! See page 30.

Apartment-living on wheels. Designed to give you comfort, style and heaps of space, you can also sign up to an inclusive pack so you can drop by any maui branch during your rental period for a fresh supply of linen and bedding!

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Travellers Autobarn WE

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See Oz 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 crosscountry and stretch your horizons, not your budget.

Standard Inclusions FOR ALL VEHICLES

WHY travellers Autobarn  erfect for the budget-savvy traveller P 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

PROTECTION PLUS

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 $3,000* Free maps, guides, travel advice and discount offers around Australia A guide to the free campgrounds around Australia

 ccidental liability reduced from AUD $3,000 to zero A Extra cover for tyres and windscreens

Pick-up/Drop-off from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Darwin.

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

CAMPER & VAN INCLUSIONS  leeping bags, pillows and sheets S Towels, gas cooker, cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils Coffee, tea and sugar Cleaning equipment

CAIRNS

NORTHERN TERRITORY

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

BRISBANE

SOUTH AUSTRALIA PERTH

NEW SOUTH WALES VICTORIA

SYDNEY

STA Travel exclusive

MELBOURNE

No one-way fees on the East Coast (saving of AUD $200).

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

STATION WAGON INCLUSIONS

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Choose your ride! STATION WAGON 2-BERTH

SEATS : 5

£20

FR

SLEEPS : 2 (two person tent)

per van per day

BUDGIE VAN 2-BERTH

SEATS : 2

£26

FR

SLEEPS : 2 (double bed)

TRANSMISSION : Auto

TRANSMISSION : Manual

YEAR : 2005-2010

YEAR : 2007-2008

Includes: Ample boot storage, camping chairs & table, Esky (cooler), gas cooker, water tank.

per van per day

Includes: Mains power, dual battery, large kitchenette, gas cooker, sink, water tank. CHUBBY CAMPER 2-BERTH

SEATS : 2

£28

FR

SLEEPS : 2 (double bed)

per van per day

HITOP CAMPER 3-BERTH

SEATS : 2-3

TRANSMISSION : Manual

TRANSMISSION : Manual

YEAR : 2010-2013

YEAR : 2008-2010

KUGA CAMPER 3-BERTH

SLEEPS : 2-3 (double & singles)

per van per day

Includes: Mains power, dual battery, kitchenette, gas cooker, fridge, microwave, sink.

Includes: Mains power, dual battery, large kitchenette, gas cooker, sink, USB chargers.

SEATS : 2-3

£34

FR

SLEEPS : 2-3 (double & singles)

£37

FR

per van per day

HI5 CAMPER 5-BERTH

SEATS : 4-5 SLEEPS : 4-5 (two doubles)

TRANSMISSION : Manual

TRANSMISSION : Auto

YEAR : 2009-2013

YEAR : 2007-2011

£51

FR

per van per day

Includes: Mains power, dual battery, gas cooker, large fridge, microwave, sink.

Includes: Mains power, dual battery, kitchenette, gas cooker, fridge, microwave, sink.

ALL VEHICLES INCLUDE

UNLIMITED KILOMETRES

POWER STEERING

MINIMUM HIRE AGE OF 18 YEARS

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Mighty & Britz

CAMPERVANS

vroom with a view A no-fuss Aussie adventure done your way. Britz offers a huge range of campervans kitted out with road trip essentials like a kitchen, unlimited kilometres for 2WDs and 24-hour road assistance. Just charge it up every couple of days and you’re sorted! Budget-conscious? Mighty offers reliable campers that don't break the bank.

Choose your

BRITZ

SEATS : 4 SLEEPS : 4 (two doubles)

SAVE some MONEY

£45

FR

per van per day

YEAR : 2015-2018

Includes: Mains power, fresh water tank, gas stove, fridge, microwave, USB/MP3/AUX input/ Bluetooth. SEATS : 2 SLEEPS : 2 (one double or two singles)

Pick-up/Drop-off from

VENTURER 2-BERTH

£63

FR

per van per day

TRANSMISSION : Auto

Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Broome* (Britz only), Cairns, Darwin*, Hobart*, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. *Branches operate seasonally, please ask for details

standard inclusions  nlimited kilometres Kitchen and living gear, linen and U 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 4WDs MIGHTY: Standard liability of AUD $3,500 for the Highball and Double Down and AUD $5,000 for all other campervans

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VOYAGER 4-BERTH

TRANSMISSION : Auto

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 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!

See page 31 for how to reduce your liability to NIL

ride!

YEAR : 2015-2018

Includes: Mains power, shower, toilet, fresh water tank, gas stove, fridge, microwave, slide-out BBQ, DVD player with flatscreen. SEATS : 6 SLEEPS : 6 (three doubles) TRANSMISSION : Auto YEAR : 2015-2018

Includes: Mains power, shower, toilet, gas stove, fridge, microwave, DVD player with flatscreen. USB/ MP3/AUX input, awning.

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FRONTIER 6-BERTH

£79

FR

per van per day


STA Travel

exclusive NO ONE-WAY FEES on East Coast bookings when you book for 21 days or longer (inclusive pack only)

AUSTRALIA

Upgrade BRITZ & MIGHTY INCLUSIVE PACK van per day Fr £28 per Accident liability reduced to NIL for 2WDs Wi-Fi, including 1GB of data Extra driver fees Linen exchange Picnic table and chairs (per person) Portable fan heater Single vehicle rollover cover

Choose your

MIGHTY

ride!

HIGHBALL 2-BERTH

SEATS : 2

£35

FR

SLEEPS : 2 (double bed)

per van per day

DOUBLE UP 4-BERTH

SEATS : 4

TRANSMISSION : Auto or Manual

TRANSMISSION : Auto

YEAR : 2012-2016

YEAR : 2014-2018

Includes: Mains power, fresh water tank, gas stove and bottle, fridge, microwave. Minimum hire age: 18 years

per van per day

Includes: Mains power, fresh water tank, shower, toilet, gas stove and bottle, fridge, microwave.

DOUBLE DOWN 4-BERTH

SEATS : 4

£35

FR

SLEEPS : 4 (two doubles)

£44

FR

SLEEPS : 4 (two doubles)

per van per day

DEUCE PLUS 3-BERTH

SEATS : 3

SLEEPS : 3 (three singles/double & single)

TRANSMISSION : Auto

TRANSMISSION : Auto

YEAR : 2013-2018

YEAR : 2014-2016

£44

FR

per van per day

Includes: Mains power, shower, toilet, fresh water tank, gas stove and bottle, fridge, microwave, slide-out BBQ.

Includes: Mains power, fresh water tank, gas stove and bottle, fridge, microwave. Minimum hire age: 18 years

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, or to upgrade to the premium maui collection!

ALL MIGHTY & BRITZ VANS INCLUDE

UNLIMITED KILOMETRES FOR 2WD'S

POWER STEERING

QUALITY KITCHEN EQUIPMENT

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IN-VEHICLE TABLET

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a i l a r t aus You can’t beat a Greyhound Greyhound Australia has the safest and most extensive coach network in Australia with over 250 stops, both on and off the beaten track. So, whether you’re looking for a city break, an Outback adventure or to discover those hidden Aussie gems, jump on board a Greyhound Coach, chances are they’ll be heading that way, too!

Coach Features Free on-board Wi-Fi

In-seat USB chargers

Air con

On-board restrooms

DARWIN

Panoramic views

Environmentally friendly

JABIRU KATHERINE

CAIRNS BROOME

FITZROY CROSSING TOWNSVILLE

TENNANT CREEK

NORTHERN TERRITORY

AIRLIE BEACH/ WHITSUNDAYS

MT. ISA

HUGHENDEN

LONGREACH

ALICE SPRINGS

ROCKHAMPTON AGNES WATER

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

HERVEY BAY/ FRASER ISLAND

QUEENSLAND

MILES TOOWOOMBA GOLD COAST

COOBER PEDY

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

NEW SOUTH WALES

PORT AUGUSTA

COFFS HARBOUR PORT MACQUARIE NEWCASTLE SYDNEY

ADELAIDE

VICTORIA

CANBERRA

MELBOURNE

NOTE: Greyhound does not operate between Melbourne and Adelaide and this is not included in their passes. We recommend travellers either use a local bus or train operator. Ask your Travel Expert for details.

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Whimit Travel Passes

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Do you like to take your time in some destinations, and not rush from one to the other? The Whimit pass is priced by day, not by distance or destination, which means you can go where the wind takes you for as long as your pass allows. In fact, choosing the right pass is the hardest part, because it's all smooth sailing from there.

Why choose Whimit?

WHIMIT PASS OPTIONS

Unlimited travel, up to the number of days purchased Flexibility, backtrack and repeat trips Freedom to travel in any direction Greyhound has the largest network of coaches in Australia

7 day pass: 21 day pass: 45 day pass: 60 day pass: 90 day pass: 120 day pass: 365 day pass:

Fr £164 Fr £261 Fr £295 Fr £366 Fr £425 Fr £523 Fr £980

travel & accommodation passes

hop-on hop-off passes

These passes take the flexibility of the Whimit pass and combine it with a hostel pass, giving you the security of knowing you have your travel sorted and a bed to sleep in too!

This pass takes the guesswork out of planning your holiday with pre-selected extended journeys. Valid for one-way travel, you have up to 90 days to complete your trip. (One direction only)

The Base/Nomads Bed Hopper pass provides unlimited nights at any hostel around Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, while the YHA Dreamcatcher pass gives you access to over 80 hostels in Australia. See page 40 for details.

WHIMIT BASE PASSES

Coach: 21 days | Hostel: 10 nights Coach: 45 days | Hostel: 21 nights Coach: 60 days | Hostel: 21 nights

Fr £434 Fr £653 Fr £725

WHIMIT YHA PASSES

Coach: 21 days | Hostel: 15 nights Coach: 45 days | Hostel: 15 nights Coach: 45 days | Hostel: 28 nights Coach: 60 days | Hostel: 28 nights

Fr £511 Fr £535 Fr £760 Fr £832

HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS OPTIONS

Sydney Cairns Brisbane Cairns Melbourne Cairns Sydney Brisbane Melbourne Brisbane

Fr £273 Fr £214 Fr £339 Fr £89 Fr £154

We recommend 120 days to travel Greyhound's full 11,000km network. Short on time? How about these shorter trips?

MELBOURNE TO CAIRNS

SYDNEY TO CAIRNS

CAIRNS TO BRISBANE

AIRLIE BEACH TO BROOME

DARWIN TO ALICE SPRINGS

4,170 km Recommended travel: 45 Days

3,170 km Recommended travel: 45 Days

2,220 km Recommended travel: 21 Days

3,960 km Recommended travel: 21 Days

1,500 km Recommended travel: 7 Days

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s r u o &T Discover Australia your way Ideal for the independent traveller, an Oz Experience bundle will connect you with like-minded travellers and set you up with iconic bucketlist experiences plus all your travel needs on Greyhound’s network covering Australia’s East Coast and centre. That means you can see as much or as little as you want.

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DARWIN 3 days, 2 nights Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks tour GREAT BARRIER REEF 1

FLEXIBLE COACH TRAVEL

CAIRNS Great Barrier Reef cruise

NORTHERN TERRITORY

All trips include unlimited travel on Greyhound Australia’s coach network, giving you ultimate freedom to travel anywhere on their network for the number of consecutive days included.

WHITSUNDAYS 2

AIRLIE BEACH 2 days, 2 nights Whitsunday Sailing

Travel in any direction Backtrack and repeat trips as many times as your days allow

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QUEENSLAND ALICE SPRINGS 3 days, 2 nights Rock tour

Unlimited consecutive days travel (60 or 90 FRASER ISLAND

HERVEY BAY 3 days, 4 nights Fraser Island Tag-a-long

activites separately

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Comfortable, modern coaches including;

BRISBANE GOLD COAST

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

days, dependent on pass)

Cheaper than booking a travel pass and

4

Wi-Fi, USB charging points, panoramic windows, on-board toilets

BYRON BAY 1 day, 1 night Surf n Stay

EXPERIENCES Must-do experiences along the East Coast are selected to ensure you are connecting with like-minded travellers along the way.

NEW SOUTH WALES NOTE: ADELAIDE Greyhound does not operate between Melbourne and Adelaide and this is not included in their passes. We recommend travellers either use a local bus or train operator or purchase a Great Ocean Road tour (already included in Explorer and Wanderer) to explore this area. Ask your Travel Expert for details.

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VICTORIA

5

MELBOURNE Great Ocean Road tour

FARE RULES 1. First day of travel must be within 12 months of the date of purchase 2. Travel days start on the first date of travel 3. Unlimited travel is available on any Greyhound Australia operated service 4. All packages are non-transferable to another person 5. Once travel has commenced the pass is non-refundable 6. Refunds requested prior to first sector of travel will incur 10% cancellation fee 7. Full terms & conditions apply - ask your Travel Expert for details 8. All prices, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice

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Fr £643

With so many experiences on offer in the northern East Coast region, it can be hard to figure out where to go and what to do. And that’s where this little beauty comes in! Not only does it include some of the best experiences from the region, but it also gives you unlimited travel, in any direction, on Australia’s largest coach network. INCLUSIONS

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Adventurer

If cruising Fraser Island, surfing in Byron Bay and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef sounds like a sweet deal, the Adventurer has your name written all over it. Discover some of the best spots on the East Coast of Australia while making the most of 60 days of unlimited travel. Easy as. INCLUSIONS

Tour code: AUSDIS

Fr £1,163

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Looking for the road less travelled and want to see the true Australia? With city sights, rough and rugged coastlines, red centre adventures and nature experiences, this trip will see you lose yourself in the culture and sheer beauty of your surroundings. With 60 days unlimited travel on Greyhound’s network included, take your time to find those hidden gems, then back track again to discover even more!

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The ultimate Aussie adventure. Travelling with Greyhound, you have total freedom to travel in any direction for 90 days, taking in everything the country has to offer. Rugged Southern Ocean adventures, city nightlife, wild landscapes and spectacular island escapes await, as well as the unique culture of the Red Centre and Byron Bay. FOMO will not be an issue. You’ll see Oz top to bottom and inside out. INCLUSIONS

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• Surf n Stay (1 day, 1 night) • Great Ocean Road tour (3 days, 2 nights) • Rock tour (3 days, 2 nights) • Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks tour (3 days, 2 nights)

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do things your way: freestyle Discover Australia on your own terms on Stray’s flexible guided travel network. Stray really does go off the beaten track, so you’ll get the chance to see places other travellers don’t and immerse yourself in cultures well away from the tourist trail! Keep your plans loose with a Freestyle Pass, with accommodation and activities on a pay-as-you-go basis so you only pay for what you want. For included accommodation and must-do activities, upgrade to a Freestyle Tour. Enjoy the ease of group travel, but retain total freedom on the road. You do you!

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As well as covering Australia’s must-do hotspots, Stray will take you on an adventure further off the beaten track into small communities and beautiful places not mentioned in your guide book.

Between your Guide and Stray’s userfriendly Stray Mate App you can research and book your bus, extra accommodation and activities on the go. Manage your trip with a fingertip and score some great deals!

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We can’t go through life alone, which is why Stray’s legendary guides are always on hand with tips, tricks and great advice on how to get the most out your trip. Ramp up the fun and maximise your experience by travelling with a local.

Travel is as much about the people you meet as it is about the destinations. Stray attracts a fun crew of outgoing, curious and like-minded adventurers who all have the same goal; to see the world and have a great time!

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Freestyle Passes and Tours are valid for 12 months from the first date of travel, giving you the freedom to spend time in your favourite places. Find a place you love, hop-off for a few days and hop back on when you’re ready to continue the journey.

Stray runs two to six departures per week year-round on its hop-on hop-off network. Once booked, customers get access to ‘Stray Mate’, an online trip manager where they can view their itinerary, plan their travel dates and make amends in real time.

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strademark places - unique overnight experiences These are Stray’s most remote, beautiful and interesting destinations. They are places so far off the beaten track it’s unlikely you’d be able to find or experience them on your own.

Freestyle Passes VS freestyle Tours Stray Australia offers two styles of adventure up and down the East Coast of Australia – Freestyle Passes and Freestyle Tours. Both travel on Stray’s guided travel network (on a mix of buses, boats and trains) offering total flexibility to hop-off anywhere along the route. Freestyle Tours have the added benefit of included accommodation and a selection of top-rated activities along the way, which guarantees travellers the best possible experience for the least amount of planning required. See page 38-39 for more on Freestyle Passes and Tours. FREESTYLE PASSES

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Safe, comfortable transport Fun, knowledgeable guide Flexibility to hop off along the way Valid for 12 months of travel Accommodation

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blue mountains day trip £XX£62 An epic nature-focused day out in the Blue Mountains for backpackers and alternative travellers. Spot wild kangaroos and other wildlife, take a guided hike though the spectacular Blue Mountains, enjoy a light lunch and finish the day with a drink! Tour Code: SYDLKB

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5. A  ll transport, including the Stray bus between Sydney and Rainbow Beach/ Gympie, fast trains between Gympie and Cairns, local transfers and return Magnetic Island ferry 6. B  lue Mountains day trip 7. W  ine tasting, Hunter Valley 8. River tubing, Barrington Tops National Park 9. Surf lesson, Spot X Surf Camp 10. Koala Hospital visit, Port Macquarie 11. Kangaroo spotting, Emerald Beach 12. Canoeing experience, River Retreat 13. Angourie Blue Pools, Yamba 14. Byron Bay orientation drive 15. Danger Point Border Crossing Walk 16. Carlo Sand Blow Walk, Rainbow Beach 17. 3-Day / 2-Night Fraser Island trip 18. Treasure Island Adventure at Emu Park 19. Airlie orientation walk 20. 1-Day Whitsunday Sailing tour 21. 2-Day /1-Night Whitsunday Sailing Adventure 22. Forts Walk, Magnetic Island 23. Tully Rainforest Experience SOUTHBOUND

24. All transport, including fast trains between Cairns and Cooroy, the Stray bus between Rainbow Beach, Cooroy and Sydney, local transfers and return Magnetic Island ferry 25. Forts Walk at Magnetic Island 26. 2-Day /1-Night Whitsunday Sailing Adventure 27. Airlie orientation walk 28. Treasure Island Adventure 29. Bluff Point Walk at Emu Park 30. 1-Day Fraser Island tour 31. Carlo Sand Blow Walk, Rainbow Beach 32. Byron Bay orientation drive

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Whether you're looking for relaxing beaches, cultural insights or an active adventure, Stray has a pass that's sure to deliver. They've crafted a guided route along the East Coast of Australia covering all the iconic must-see highlights along with some hidden gems most tourists won't know about. Just decide where you want to visit and the time you have to travel. The rest is easy!

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START/FINISH: Sydney Brisbane (Northbound) ROUTE: WHY: For those with less time, start in Sydney and see what NSW is made of: a lodge in a world heritage national park, cool beaches, river tubing, and laidback, artsy towns full of interesting things to do and see. FREESTYLE TOUR INCLUSIONS: 1-15 MINIMUM DAYS: 6 (Pass) / 8 (Tour)  Tour Code: AUSGRE/AUSGRS

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START/FINISH: Byron Bay Cairns (Northbound) ROUTE: WHY: A Queensland focused tour that hits all the best, sunny spots. Head all the way up to Cairns, visiting tropical Islands, cool towns and a world-heritage listed rainforest. FREESTYLE TOUR INCLUSIONS: 1-4, 15-19, 21-23 MINIMUM DAYS: 8 (Pass) / 11 (Tour)  Tour Code: AUSKAT/AUSKAS

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START/FINISH: Brisbane Cairns (Northbound) ROUTE: WHY: Head north ticking off all the best stops through Queensland. Cruise through stops like Airlie Beach, Magnetic Island and get off the beaten track on Great Keppel Island. FREESTYLE TOUR INCLUSIONS: 1-4, 16-19, 21-23 MINIMUM DAYS: 8 (Pass) / 12 (Tour)  Tour Code: AUSSTS/AUSSTU

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START/FINISH: Cairns Sydney (Southbound) ROUTE: WHY: Take in the whole East Coast from top to bottom, experience the Great Barrier Reef, beautiful islands, and iconic beach towns. FREESTYLE TOUR INCLUSIONS: 1-4, 24-32 MINIMUM DAYS: 11 (Pass) / 11 (Tour)  Tour Code: AUSTRE/AUSTRS

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START/FINISH: Cairns Brisbane (Southbound) ROUTE: WHY: Hit all the best spots that Queensland has to offer. Spend time exploring tropical islands, spotting amazing wildlife and relaxing on beautiful beaches. FREESTYLE TOUR INCLUSIONS: 1-4, 24-31 MINIMUM DAYS: 10 (Pass) / 10 (Tour)  Tour Code: AUSCAM/AUSCMS

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START/FINISH: Sydney Cairns (Northbound) ROUTE: WHY: Experience all the best spots that the East Coast has to offer. An off-the-beaten-track adventure that includes tropical islands, a rainforest experience, national parks, world heritage listed sites, native wildlife and more. FREESTYLE TOUR INCLUSIONS: 1-20, 22, 23 MINIMUM DAYS: 13 (Pass) / 19 (Tour)  Tour Code: AUSMIC/AUSMKS


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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. Choose from a continent-hopping pass to cover you in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Cambodia and The Philippines, or travel the vast landscape of Oz for up to 35 nights with YHA.

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• Save money on accommodation • Stay flexible by booking on the go • Valid in Oz, NZ and Southeast Asia

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Duration: 7, 10, 21, 45 or 60 nights Accommodation: Large multishare dorm at any Base or Nomads hostel, or participating affiliate member hostels in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines Note: Contact hostels directly to make a booking. Blackout dates apply over peak and event periods Tour Code: AUSHOP

• Multiple durations available • Easy-to-use • Compatible with the Whimit Pass

Save money by bulk buying your accommodation. Put simply, this accommodation pass is yours to store in your back pocket to spend at any Base or Nomads hostel, and any participating affiliate member hostels in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines. Knowing that all your accommodation is paid for gives you great peace of mind on the road, and makes it one less thing you need to worry about when trying (hopelessly, in our case) to stick to a budget. Whether you're off on your travels for a couple of weeks or planning a major pilgrimage, you can get a pass for 7, 10, 21, 45 or 60 nights. It's also worth noting that these durations have been specifically designed to work with Greyhound's Whimit Pass, so keep that in mind if you're planning to board the big red bus (see page 32-33 for details).

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• Multiple durations available • Multi-share dorm in any YHA • An easy way to stay on budget

A flexible, pre-paid accommodation pass to make life easier on your travels around Australia! Not to worry, you don't need to know all your check-in dates when you sign up (but kudos to you if you're that organised, please show us the way), just roughly how long you're going for. 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. You can then book on the go using YHA’s simple online booking system. The pass allows for multi-share dorm accommodation, and you should always book as soon as possible in advance to avoid disappointment - doubly true for peak times, public holidays and seasonal events. 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.

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Australia and New Zealand are polar opposites in almost everything, but they're both regular favourites when it comes to epic journeys. Strap in and join the party!


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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

Day 1-3 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. Day 3, head for the Hunter Valley 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)

Day 4-6 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)

Day 7-10 Brisbane / Noosa / Fraser Island / Noosa Everglades

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Cross the border into Queensland and on to Brisbane for an optional night out in this cultural capital. 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)

Day 11-13 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 and hike to 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)

Day 14-15 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 white water rafting. The nightlife here can get pretty lively too, so you're in for fun times when darkness falls. (L)

Day 16-17 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) Melbourne, Victoria

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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, or choose to check out more wineries for some wine tasting (because why not hey). On Day 23, head to the 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. If you're lucky, you may spot some of the native wildlife, including wallabies and echidnas. While here, don't miss out on a trip to the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, a museum giving insight into local Aboriginal history and rock art. (2B)

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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. Alternatively, visit Wilpena Pound, a vast natural amphitheatre created through erosion over millions of years. (3B, 2D)

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Accommodation: Hostels (16 nts), swag camping (2 nts), maxi yacht (2 nts), cabins (2 nts), underground hostel (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt) - all nights multishare Transport: Private vehicle, train, maxi yacht, 4WD, ferry, plane Meals: 17 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $595-775 for meals not included

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Day 24-25 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!). Enjoy a morning walk in Grampians National Park on Day 24 and visit an Aboriginal cultural centre to learn of the area's cultural significance. Make sure you stop for a visit to the Arch along the Great Ocean Road! On Day 25, visit Loch Ard Gorge, admire the impressive rock pinnacles known as the Twelve Apostles and walk through the rainforest in Great 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. Not to mention the eclectic nightlife, tantalising food and wine, and dynamic arts scene. (2B)

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Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling Climb aboard a 25m catamaran and journey out to the Barrier Reef.  Fr £95 Shorten your trip East Coast Encompassed (18 days, Sydney - Cairns) (GAOAEC) see page 52 Fr £2,279 Red Centre to Melbourne (10 days, Alice Springs - Melbourne) (GAOARM) see page 102 Fr £929 Explore Australia (12 days, Sydney - Melbourne) (GAOAXNG) Fr £3,599

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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.


COMPLETE AUSTRALIA 28 DAYS, Melbourne

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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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Accommodation: Hostels (19 nts), swag camping (3 nts), maxi-yacht (2 nts), underground hostel (1 nt), cabin (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt) - all nights multi-share Transport: Private vehicle, train, maxi-yacht, 4WD, ferry, plane Meals: 20 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners Budget: Allow USD $600-780 for meals not included

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Arrive in Melbourne, ready for the Great Ocean Road. You'll pass world-famous surf beaches, check out the 12 Apostles and go inland to Grampians National Park for waterfall treks and viewpoints. Day 5, explore Adelaide and wind through Clare Valley's wine region, stopping for a few tasters, before heading on to the town of Quorn. (4B)

Day 7-12 Wilpena Pound / Coober Pedy / Kings Canyon / Uluru / Kata Tjuta Day 7, head to Wilpena Pound for a walk to a natural amphitheatre sacred to the Aboriginal Adnyamathana people. 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. The next day, enjoy a day driving through the Outback and bed down under the starry skies. 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)

Day 13-18 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. Travel over the Great Dividing Range to Yamba, a great beach town for a swim and a relax. 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 go sea kayaking. (5B, D)

Day 19-22 Brisbane / Noosa / Fraser Island / Noosa Everglades

Like that? Try this… Customise your trip Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling Climb aboard a 25m catamaran and journey out to the Barrier Reef.  Fr £95 Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Flight Get a bird's-eye view of the iconic red rock on a helicopter flight.  Fr £150

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 the laid-back paradise of Fraser Island. After arriving at the sandy wilderness, go canoeing and kayaking, and swim in Lake McKenzie before continuing on to Noosa National Park, the land of the koala and the mirrored waterways of Noosa Everglades. (3B, L)

Day 22-28 Whitsunday Islands / 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 G for Good Ingan Cultural Museum for an Aboriginal painting or weaving workshop before heading on 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. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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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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• Snorkel and swim in the Whitsundays • Surf in the hippie hotspot of Byron Bay • G for Good Collection

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• See Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road • Learn Aboriginal history at Uluru • Incredible wildlife in Daintree Rainforest

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Day 5-9 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. You'll stop in the Clare Valley for a wine tasting and light gourmet lunch featuring regional produce. Afterwards, drive through the Flinders Ranges. Day 8, you'll venture on to Wilpena Pound, a 800-million-year-old natural amphitheatre, before making the most of some free time. Choose to hike in Finders Ranges or take a 4WD tour of the diverse scenery. 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. (4B, 2L, 3D)

Day 10-15 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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Day 16-19 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 opt to enjoy a spot of swimming, snorkelling and hiking. Continue the barefooted dream as you fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two days of happy hippie living. (B, 2L)

Day 20-25 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 an optional jet boat ride around the harbour and one last night out before leaving on Day 25.

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Colourful coastal capitals and lunar-like landscapes, this tour takes you to the hippie wonderland of Byron Bay, the birdfilled rainforests around Cape Tribulation and the sparkling snorkel spots of the Great Barrier Reef. Oh and the Red Centre which totally rocks!


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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!

Day 1-2 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, check out the iconic Three Sisters rock formation and get your first taste of true Aussie flavour with dinner at the iconic Darling Harbour. On Day 2, hit the incredible streets and sights of Sydney. See the Harbour Bridge and Opera House as you cruise from Manly, and check out the neighbourhood of Chinatown and The Rocks. Later on, you can make an optional climb over the Sydney Harbour Bridge - definitely one to rave about when you get home! (B, D)

Day 3-4 Coffs Harbour / Byron Bay Time to get into surf serenity at Coffs Harbour. Pass the famous Big Banana (one of Australia's earliest Big Things - cult attractions that also includes the Big Avocado, the Big Ant and the Big Beer Can), 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 laidback 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)

Day 5-6 Byron Bay / Surfers Paradise

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After another free day in Byron Bay, it's time to head on 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. Tonight, check out the lively local nightlife, nightclub entry included! (2B)

Day 7-8 Noosa / Fraser Island / Noosa Next on the itinerary is 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 right on the beach at Noosa Surf Club, overlooking the town's pristine white beach. Next up, set out to explore the world's largest sand island: Fraser Island. The best 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, 2L, D)

Day 9 Farmstay Journey to the incredible Great Dividing Range and into cattle country for a unique overnight stay at a local cattle station. Learn about the area's heritage and farming history, check out the farm and animals on a hay wagon ride, then try your hand at whip cracking. (B, D)

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Enjoy two days at Airlie Beach where you can relax by the pool, recline with a cocktail at the bar, or opt for a sailing trip to Whitehaven Beach. Make the most of your free time to stroll along the promenade, visit the lagoon, or generally take some time out. At night, you can also visit some of Oz's best bars and clubs. (2B, D)

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

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Day 17-20 Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Uluru / Alice Springs / Renner Springs 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 after indulging in a barbecue 'Big Brekkie'. On Day 20, cross the Tropic of Capricorn and visit the Devil's Marbles en route to the traditional Outback homestead of Renner Springs. (4B, D)

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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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Head to Tropical North Queensland and the gateway to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Hit Townsville for lunch, 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, where you can dive and explore the coral reefs. (3B, D)

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Accommodation: Hotels/resorts (9 nts, 7 nts on sailing option), hostel (7 nts), surf school village (1 nt), lodge (3 nt), cattle station lodge (1 nt), Outback bush camp (1 nt), eco lodge (2 nts), yacht (2 nts - sailing option only) Transport: Modern air con coach with power points for charging, flight from Cairns to Alice Springs Meals: 24 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 10 dinners (sailing option - 1 extra lunch & 1 extra dinner)

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Day 21-23 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 indigenous rock art 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)

Day 24-25 Kakadu National Park / Litchfield 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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A real feast of the East, this trip leaves very few stones unturned. Visit three islands, six World Heritage National Parks, iconic surf beaches and a host of locally-loved spots. Get a true feel for 'real' Australia in just 30 days. With wine tasting, wild camping, wildlife cruising and more, you're in for a treat. Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code: SYDDRW

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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

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• Enjoy a two-day Fraser Island excursion • Back to basics at historic cattle stations • Morning climb to the top of Mount Tyson

Day 1-5 Sydney / Barrington Tops / Spot X / River retreat / Byron Bay

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: 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners Note: Flight from Cairns to Alice Springs is not included. Itinerary will differ for departures prior to April 2019

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Wander Sydney Harbour and chill out on Bondi Beach. Head to the Hunter Valley vineyards, then journey to your lodge near Barrington Tops National Park. Enjoy a tubing sesh on the river and stop via a koala hospital before heading to Spot X surf camp. Day 4, start strong with a surf lesson. Next, it's off to your remote river retreat in the Solitary Islands Marine Park, spotting sea eagles and marine life en route. Day 5, hop on a bus to Byron Bay. (3B, 3D)

Day 6-9 Byron Bay / Brisbane / Rainbow Beach / Fraser Island Surf up or go whale-spotting! Explore Danger Point and Snapper Rock before driving on to the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Continue to the resort town of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, and push on to Rainbow Beach. Hop over to Fraser Island for a 4WD tour, spot dingoes in the wild, and do some wild swimming. (B, 2L, 3D)

Day 10-15 Rainbow Beach / Emus Beach Resort / Whitsundays / Maggie Island Start with a kayaking tour in search of marine life. Head on a 4WD ride through the Great Sandy National Park before heading north to Emus Beach Resort on Day 11. You're up early to head to tropical paradise Great Keppel Island where you can take part in water-based activities. Board an overnight train to Airlie Beach, and see the Whitsundays with its dazzling reef. Day 14, ferry to Magnetic Island for a guided walk. Spend Day 15 at leisure. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 16-20 Magnetic Island / Tully Rainforest / Cairns / Alice Springs / Uluru Head to the mainland, stop via Alligator's Nest for a dip before heading to a historic pub. Buckle up as the next day you'll be climbing Mt. Tyson before a champagne brunch. Then, journey on to Cairns. Day 18, make for the Great Barrier Reef on a luxury boat, where you can opt to dive. Fly to the desert township of Alice Springs, the start of your journey towards Uluru. Next day, embark on a base walk of Uluru and catch the sunset. (B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 21-23 Kings Creek / Banka Banka Cattle Station / Springvale Homestead Watch the sunrise over Uluru before journeying to the rock formations of Kata Tjuta. Take a guided walk of the Valley of the Winds and head to a cattle station at Kings Creek Station. Visit the Amphitheatre and the Garden of Eden at Watarrka National Park, and then return to Alice Springs. Day 23, cross over the Tropic of Capricorn passing the Devils Marbles before setting up camp in the Banka Banka Cattle Station. Take it easy on Day 24. (3B, 3L, 2D)

Day 25-30 Darwin / Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park / Darwin Drive to Katherine Gorge National Park, opt for a boat cruise, and head on to Darwin where you'll have a free day on Day 26. It's then off to the Mary River Wetlands on a cruise to spot wildlife. You'll also enter into Kakadu National Park to learn about indigenous cultures. Travel on to the majestic Twin and Jim Jim Falls and take a walk through the monsoon forests. Explore Litchfield National Park on Day 29, before the end of your trip the next day. (3B, 4L, 2D)

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Beach bums and nature lovers, come hither. This tour explores rainforests, scours for glowworms and cruises the Whitsundays. Join the barefoot crew in the hippy-hangout of Byron Bay and never come back (we're joking... kind of). Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOACQ

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Touch down in Cairns, the gateway to Aussie's Great Barrier Reef, before heading north to Cape Tribulation, stopping en route to explore the rainforest of Mossman Gorge. Take an interpretative walk (your guess is as good as ours) through the Daintree Rainforest. Day 3, choose to head to the Great Barrier Reef or explore Daintree National Park. It's then back to Cairns for a free afternoon to explore. Set your alarms early the next day as you'll be setting off to Airlie Beach with time to walk around. Stop en route for lunch and tour the G for Good Ingan Cultural Centre. (4B, L)

Day 6-12 Airlie Beach / Byron Bay / Port Macquarie / Blue Mountains / Sydney Sailors ahoy! You're off sailing for a day in Whitsunday Islands to uncover the Great Barrier Reef. Choose to swim, snorkel, or lace your boots up and hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, famous for its incredibly white sand. Then, head back to Airlie Beach where you'll bed down for the night. Day 7, fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay where you'll spend two nights in this bohemian backpacker's haunt, with opportunities to muck into sea kayaking, visit Cape Byron lighthouse, or beach lounge. The next day, limber up with an included surf lesson before heading on to the coastal township of Port Macquarie (think glorious beaches and gorgeous national parks guys) where you'll spend the evening. The next day, choose to visit a koala hospital (our fav) before heading on to the Blue Mountains Region. Day 11, wander around Leura and Katoomba and see the Three Sisters, a quirky rock formation. You'll see the Jenolan Caves, take a walk in Jamison Valley and next day, it's back to Sydney for an orientation walk. (L)

Day 13-17 Sydney / Auckland / Rotorua Choose to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, zip through the harbour on a jet boat or lounge on Bondi Beach before an optional night on the town with your group. Next day it's time to fly to Auckland, New Zealand! Opt to spend the next day visiting the Maritime Museum, walking the waterfront, or even taking a ferry to Waiheke Island. The next day, it's time for the Waitomo Caves, known for their glowworms and adrenalin activities. Choose to take an excursion into the caves or explore the area by foot. Continue on to Rotorua, famous for its geothermal activity and culture. On Day 17 you'll be able to enjoy heaps of free time in the adrenalin capital of North Island. Choose to go white water rafting, see a geothermal park with its technicolour pools, check out a nearby spa or head to the Hobbiton movie set. That evening you'll get a chance to learn more about Maori culture with a local experience and dinner. (2B, D)

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• Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef • Sailing day tour of Whitsunday Islands • Chill out in bohemian Byron Bay

Accommodation: Hotels (20 nts), rainforest cabin (2 nts) Transport: Private vehicle, sailboat, plane, boat Meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $970-1265 for meals not included

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Day 18-23 Christchurch / Lake Tekapo / Queenstown Fly to Christchurch on the South Island and get orientated. Day 19, it's a city walking tour carried out by a G for Good project, with a focus on history, nature, Maori culture and Christchurch' future. Drive on to Lake Tekapo, help out at a traditional Kiwi barbecue, and opt to spend the evening stargazing. Head to Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park to hike the region surrounding Mt Cook in the morning. En route to Queenstown, stop at a vineyard for a wine tasting. The next couple of days will see you exploring Fiordland National Park and Doubtful Sound on a day cruise, and getting your adrenaline kicks in Queenstown (a real adventure hub) before your trip ends on Day 23. (6B, L, D)

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Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Physical Grading: 2 Service Level: Upgraded Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (21 nts), cruise boat (1 nt) Transport: Minibus, plane, train, boat Meals: 22 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Budget: Allow USD $925-1,205 for meals not included Tour Code: GAOAZNG

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• Fiordland National Park wilderness cruise • Watch the sun rise and fall over Uluru • See the sparkling sights of Sydney

• Foodie tour of metropolitan Melbourne • Lodge stay in Franz Josef Glacier region • Ride the scenic TranzAlpine train

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Day 1-4 Sydney / Port Douglas Arrive at any time in the harbour city of Sydney and settle in to its laid-back lifestyle, Aussie style. 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 (fun fact - it can be seen from outer space) the following day. (3B, D)

Day 5-8 Cairns / Tully / Uluru Return to Cairns and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the James Cook University aquarium. Day 6, relax on the beach and choose to explore North Queensland's tropical rainforests or get your pulse racing with white water rafting or bungee jumping. Day 7, you'll hop on a flight to Uluru where you'll visit a cultural centre and learn about ancient traditions and beliefs portrayed in food, art and music before watching an epic sunset with a glass of bubbly in hand. Then watch the sun return the following morning and take a guided walk around Kata Tjuta National Park. (4B)

Day 9-12 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 culinary author which includes a three-course lunch. On Day 12 leave Australia for Auckland where you're free to explore its sparkling waterfront neighbourhoods. (4B, L)

Day 13-16 Auckland / Raglan / Rotorua / Christchurch Catch a ferry to Waiheke Island to sample some of the region's famous wines. Next day, drive on to Rotorua, stopping for an excursion at Waitomo Caves where you'll boat ride through glowworm-lit caves. Day 15, it's a free day to explore Rotorua! This town is an active geothermal zone with bubbling mud pits and multicoloured pools. That evening visit a Tamaki Maori Village for dinner and a mythical performance. Then catch a flight to Christchurch for an orientation walk. (4B, D)

Day 17-23 Franz Josef / Queenstown / Fiordland National Park / Queenstown All aboard the 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. Take time to gaze out of your window for incredibly scenic views en route. On Day 20, take a wilderness cruise through Fiordland National Park in search of dolphins, seals and penguins, or get closer still with an optional kayaking excursion. Bed down aboard in comfortable cabins (seasonal) with time to chill out on the deck and stargaze. Soak up the natural beauty as you return to Queenstown where the trip ends on Day 23. (7B, D)

Sydney Adrenalin Bundle A 134m climb up Harbour Bridge & a jetboat around the harbour.  Fr £219 Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling from Port Douglas (Agincourt/Opal Reef) Climb aboard a 25m catamaran and journey out to the Barrier Reef.  Fr £148 Shorten your trip Explore Australia (12 days, Sydney - Melbourne) (GAOAXNG) Fr £3,599 New Zealand Journey (12 days, Auckland - Queenstown) (GAONENG) see page 159 Fr £2,799

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• Trek through beautiful Mossman Gorge • Sail through the gorgeous Whitsundays • Hang ten in famous Byron Bay

• Hit Sydney's buzzing bars and clubs • Chill out in Port Macquarie • G for Good collection

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Day 1-3 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)

Day 4-6 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 at the G for Good Ingan Cultural Centre. 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. Visit the Great Barrier Reef, have a refreshing swim, and buckle up for a hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach. Return back to Airlie Beach, bronzed and windswept for a night out on the town. (2B, 2L)

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Day 7-9 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 out.

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Day 10-14 Blue Mountains / Jenolan Caves / Sydney Kick off with a visit to a koala hospital before heading on to the Blue Mountains. Here you'll want to keep your camera handy for snaps of expansive eucalyptus forests and plunging gorges. This wilderness region gets its name from the beautiful blue haze that the eucalypt forests create. On Day 11, explore the area around Leura, the art deco town of Katoomba with its many galleries, and take in panoramic views of the Three Sisters pinnacles at Echo Point. Opt to take the Scenic Railway, the world's steepest railway, take a walk in Jamison Valley, 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, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) or visit the iconic Opera House. Start off with an orientation walk to get your bearings, and then enjoy a full afternoon to explore. Hit up the big ticket activities like climbing the Harbour Bridge, motoring round on a jet boat or chatting up the lifeguards at Bondi Beach. The name Bondi is of Aboriginal origin, and it is said to refer to the sound of water crashing over rocks. Choose to join your group for one final night out on the town, then depart any time the next morning.

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), rainforest cabin (2 nts) Transport: Private vehicle, sailboat, plane Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches Budget: Allow USD $720-940 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOACS


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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 G for Good collection

Day 1-2 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. Afterwards, head out and explore some of the city's bars, restaurants and glitzy nightclubs. (B)

Day 3-4 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. Yamba is also known for its surf, so it's a great place to grab a board and surf some breaks. Alternatively, just kick back on the beach and watch the sunset with a couple of beers. And relaxxxx... (2B, D)

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Day 5-7 Byron Bay / Brisbane Heading up the coastal road you'll find yourself in the sumptuous haven of Byron Bay, and enjoy an included surf lesson with trained surf dudes. 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, enjoy a day at leisure. Optional activities here include skydiving, sea kayaking, dolphin watching cruises or an indulgent spa treatment. The 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. If you've got time to spare, don't miss a trip to the Arbour, a bougainvillea-laden awning that snakes through the entire length of the parklands. Alternatively, hop aboard the CityHopper ferry down the Brisbane River. Most of the services have rooftop seating available, adding to the fun. Don't expect it to go anywhere very fast, but then that's not really the point! (2B)

Day 8-10 Noosa / Fraser Island / Noosa Everglades On Day 8, 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! The next day, you'll head on to the Noosa Everglades after a final morning of exploring Fraser Island by 4WD. The next day, use your free time in the Noosa Everglades 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 the town of Airlie Beach. (2B, L)

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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. (2B, L, 2D)

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Accommodation: Hostels (12 nts), cabin (1 nt), maxi yacht (2 nts), overnight train (1 nt), beach hostel (1 nt) (all nights multi-share) Transport: Train, maxi yacht, private vehicle, 4WD safari vehicle, ferry Meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $440-575 for meals not included

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Day 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 the G for Good 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)

Day 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 bed down. Day 18, stop at Lake Eacham, a volcanic crater lake for a swim before heading on to some of the waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands, including Josephine Falls and the iconic Millaa Millaa Falls. Round off your trip with a peaceful swim in the waters of Babinda Boulders before returning where your trip ends on arrival. (2B)

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Byron Bay Ocean Kayaking A half day kayaking adventure in Byron bay, discovering marine life.  Fr £41 Extend your trip Australia Encompassed (25 days, Sydney - Melbourne) (GAOAAE) See page 42 Fr £3,299 Shorten your trip Most of the Coast (16 days, Sydney - Cairns) (GAOASC) Fr £2,149

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Island hop by yacht through the stunning Whitsunday Islands, overnight at a traditional sheep shearing station, zip over sand dunes on an adrenalin-fuelled 4WD adventure, get to grips with the Aboriginal culture and sleep under the stars on this awesome Aussie adventure!


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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 1-2 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 after stopping for a unique Aboriginal cultural experience at Tjapukai Cultural Centre. 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 and visit the tropical oasis of Port Douglas. Later, you'll be back on the road bound for Cairns, a town renowned for its tropical climate and laid-back ambience. (B)

Day 3-4 Cairns The next two days are yours to spend as you please, so get out there and see what Cairns is all about! This place 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. This is also the place where you can opt for a boat trip to the beautiful Great Barrier Reef, or sign up for the 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 a lively night. (2B, D)

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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)

Pack your swimmers and hit the inviting waters on a private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays' 74 paradise-like islands. Stroll along the picture-perfect Whitehaven Beach and snorkel in the glittering waters of the Great Barrier Reef's vibrant depths, darting between schools of incredible fish, turtles and more. (2B, L, 2D)

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Day 7-8 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 with an icy cool drink and watch as the sun sets over mainland Australia. This is the life, hey?! (2B, D)

Day 9 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, surely one of the country's most scenic locations. Later, head back to the mainland to the aptly-named Sunshine Coast, for another night at your exclusive accommodation where the rainforest literally meets the sea. (B, L, D) Surfers Paradise, Queensland

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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. On Day 13, 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)

Day 14-15 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 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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Embrace Noosa's positively chilled vibes over lunch at the Noosa Surf Club, before passing the impressive Glasshouse Mountains on the way to the East Coast party capital, Surfers Paradise! Here, you can rest up at the resort, conveniently located a short distance from the beach. Tonight, you'll experience Surfers' nightlife with included nightclub entry. Let the good times roll! On Day 11 you can 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. And from one coastal town to another, say hello to Byron Bay! Stop en route at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can get close to koalas, crocs and kangaroos. (2B, L)

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Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts, or 1 nt on sailing option), lodge (1 nt), hostel (7 nts), eco lodge (2 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, 2 lunches, 6 dinners (sailing option includes 1 extra lunch and 1 extra dinner)

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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!


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Day 1-2 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 at the iconic Darling Harbour. Day 2, hit the sights 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 Harbour Bridge (B, D)

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Day 3-6 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 or opt to take to the water on a stand-up paddleboard. On Day 6, head to Surfers Paradise, and see some Aussie wildlife at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary en route. Enjoy club entry to experience Surfers' nightlife. (4B, D)

Day 7-9 Noosa / Fraser Island / Farmstay This morning, make way to Noosa, passing the Glasshouse Mountains on the way. On 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. Drop in to the Noosa Surf Club for lunch overlooking the golden sandy beach before resting up at your exclusive accommodation, where the rainforest literally meets the sea. 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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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, head to one of its spacious beer gardens, make a splash in the pool or opt for a day sailing trip to Whitehaven Beach. (2B, D)

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)

Whitsundays Sailing Upgrade On Days 10-11, swap Airlie Beach for two days on a private yacht. (COBRSW) Fr £1,935 Go in Reverse Beaches & Reefs (14 days, Sydney - Cairns) (COBRSC) Fr £1,705 Whitsundays Sailing Upgrade: Beaches & Reefs (14 days, Sydney - Cairns) (COBRCW)  Fr £1,875

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Day 12-14 Townsville / 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. You could head to the quaint village of Palm Cove for pretty beaches, visit the Cairns botanical gardens, or take a refreshing dip in the Crystal Cascades. Your trip ends on Day 14, but do stay on if you can't get enough of the life Down Under. (3B, D)

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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

SYDHAR

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SYDYHC

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Shoestring

BONDI YHA

NEW SOUTH WALES

5

Apartments

£25

FR

DORM

6

ULTIMATE APARTMENTS BONDI

ROOM ONLY

£102 £51

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

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 surrounding bars.

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

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

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Personal lockers • Rooftop terrace • Shared kitchen • Barbecue area • Lounge • Complimentary use of bodyboards

Highlights: Studio apartments • Air con • Kitchenette • Flatscreen TV • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Sun terrace • 24-hour access • Laundry • Free on-site parking SYDYHB

ASYDUA

Rock Solid

ARTS HOTEL

7

Rock Solid

£103 £52

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

8

VERIU CENTRAL

ROOM ONLY

£112 £56

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

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 • Free bike hire • Café • 2 restaurants • Laundry facilities • Luggage storage • 24hour reception • Wheelchair accessible

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SYDSUS

SYDSTA

Rock Solid

9

MERCURE SYDNEY

Rock Solid

£169 £85

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

10

TRAVELODGE SYDNEY

ROOM ONLY

£120 £60

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

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 • Bar • 3 restaurants • Rooftop gym • Sauna • Laundry

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

ASYDMS

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Rock Solid

11

Apartments

VIBE HOTEL SYDNEY

£174 £87

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

12

OAKS GOLDSBOROUGH APARTMENTS

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

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 • Laundry facilities • Luggage storage • Gym • Sauna • 24-hour reception

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SYDVHS

ASYDOG

Class Act

13

A-List

HOLIDAY INN POTTS SYDNEY

£125 £63

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

14

INTERCONTINENTAL SYDNEY

ROOM ONLY

£299 £150

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: A 10-minute walk from Fitzroy Gardens, Sydney Jewish Museum and Woolloomooloo Wharf.

Location: This stylish haunt is footsteps away from the Botanical Gardens and the iconic Sydney Harbour.

Vibe: This elegant hotel is home to modern & spacious rooms with sweeping views of Sydney.

Vibe: Think luxury & style, with panoramic views of Sydney's Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Royal Botanic Gardens.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Room service • Flatscreen TV • Bar • Lounge • Café • 24-hour gym • Laundry • Self on-site parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Premium bedding • Air con • Minibar • Lift • Bar/lounge • Restaurant • Indoor pool • Spa • Sauna • Laundry • Gym • 24-hour reception

ASYDHI

ASYDIN

SYDNEY HARBOUR EXPERIENCE 4 DAYS, Sydney

£266

FR

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

Sydney, New South Wales

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Shared room in YHA Sydney Harbour (3 nts) Meals: Daily breakfast 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 experience taking you up, down and around Sydney Harbour's most loved attractions. Staying at 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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NEW SOUTH WALES

ROOM ONLY

£156 £78

FR


NEW SOUTH WALES

BRIDGE CLIMB SYDNEY

£104

FR

HALF DAY

A uniquely Sydney experience. Take the climb of your life to be rewarded with thrilling panoramic views of the city and harbour from the summit of this famous landmark. See Sydney like a local at dawn, by day, twilight or even night - the view is always different! What's more, throughout the tour, you'll be under the guidance of professional guides. Plus you'll get the perfect group photo as a memento. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Includes: Professional climbing leaders, certificate, group photo, climbing hat Note: Transfers are not included Tour Code: SYDBCS

HUNTER VALLEY WINE TOUR WITH LUNCH & TASTINGS

BLUE BLUE MOUNTAINS TOUR

FR

£59

FULL DAY

Get ready for a 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: 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

£81

FR

FULL DAY

BLUE MOUNTAINS SUNSET & WILDERNESS TOUR

FR

£59

FULL DAY

Great wine equals fun times, that's what they say, right? Add to that 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.

See the highlights of the Blue Mountains with this magical sunset tour. Located within a World Heritage-listed National Park, the Blue Mountains cover thousands of hectares of temperate forest, eucalyptus trees and sandstone escarpments. Start strong with a bushwalk boasting views of the gorgeous Jamison Valley before journeying to a lookout over an incredible Aussie waterfall. Later that afternoon, head to the Three Sisters for sunset photo ops.

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

Departs: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Sundays Meals: 1 lunch (if booked) Transport: Mini coach with air con Note: National Park entry fees included Tour Code: SYDWTB

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

£22

FR

HALF DAY

Step inside the theatres and foyers that bring over 1,800 performances to life 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 a showbiz breakfast in the Green Room. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Includes: Entry fees, tour guide Note: Transfers, meals and drinks not included. Other tour options available - please ask your Travel Expert for details Tour Code: SYDOPE

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LEARN TO SURF ON BONDI BEACH

FR

£51

HALF DAY

Catch your first wave at Bondi Beach and be part of this great Aussie institution. Don your swimmers and hit those waves. Learn surf awareness and safety, paddling techniques, tips on catching the surf 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. You'll also get some advice on equipment selection which will come in handy. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: No transport included in this tour Note: Make sure you bring a swimming costume and a towel with you Tour Code: SYDBSE

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OVERNIGHT BLUE MOUNTAINS TOUR 2 DAYS, Sydney

£139

FR

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

SYDNEY HARBOUR HIGHLIGHTS CRUISE

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.

£21

FR

HALF DAY

Short on time but wanna catch Sydney's best bits? See its highlights aboard a 1.5 hour cruise to see all of its striking waterfront landmarks. With your camera in tow, get some shots of the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. En route, take the time to gaze at scenic harbourside suburbs such as Point Piper and Balmain. Stand on the exterior's decks to get optimum views! Choose to sit indoors or right out on the deck. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Hotel pick-up and drop-off Includes: Commentary on board, GST (Goods and Services Tax) Tour Code: SYDSHH

SYDNEY HARBOUR JET BOATING

£47

FR

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. Expect to get wet. SYDOJB

STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING

SYDNEY NEW YEAR

£835

FR

4 DAYS

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 walk the coastal trail to Coogee or kick back before heading out that night. Watch the fireworks with a mouth full of canapés and drinks, all from the comfort of your harbour cruise. On New Year's Day, why not ease your head with a Sydney brunch and chill? Trip style: Short Trip and Festivals Departs: 30Dec19 Accommodation: Hostel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner Tour Code: COSNYE

£36

FR

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, stretch tight muscles and test your balance. Plus, you'll look super cool doing it (balance dependent). SYDSUP

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SYDNEY HARBOUR WHALE WATCHING

£47

FR

HALF DAY

Set off in search of humpback and southern right whales in this thrilling tour. From May-Nov these giants migrate between Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef! Head to the open waters from Sydney Harbour on a catamaran and watch out for dolphins and other sea birds, scouring the seas for marine life from open-air viewing decks. SYDWHA

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Blue Mountains, New South Wales

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


NEW SOUTH WALES

PORT STEPHENS, HUNTER VALLEY AND BLUE MOUNTAINS

Small Group Adventure

Small Group Adventure

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Bondi Beach, Sydney

£164

FR

2 DAYS

highlights

• Spot kangaroos in the wild • See the Blue Mountains

• Tastings in Hunter Valley • Activities in Port Stephens

ULTIMATE SYDNEY EXPERIENCE Sydney

£461

FR

Sydney

5 DAYS

highlights

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

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

Hit three great Aussie sites all in one go, because, why not? Kick off with a trip to Port Stephens and have a go at sandboarding or hop on a dolphin cruise. Then, venture on to Hunter Valley Region for some cheeky vodka & schnapps tastings, followed by some sumptuous chocolates. It's then off to The Blue Mountains to admire quirky rock formations and marvel at the Wentworth Falls. Round off with a forest stroll before heading back to Sydney.

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 which you will explore by bike. Last activity on the list is the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. A great way to finish!

Departs: Mondays Accommodation: Shared or private room in Hunter Valley Hostel (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast Transport: Mini-coach with air con Note: Wear comfortable walking shoes Tour Code: SYDWTS

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (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

OZ ADVENTURE 9 DAYS, Sydney

£505

FR

Sydney

• Private cruise in Sydney • Bondi to Coogee Walk • Learn to surf in Sydney

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Sandboarding in huge dunes • See kangaroos in the wild • Dolphin spotting on a cruise

Day 1-2 Sydney Welcome to Sydney! Transfer to your hostel, check in, relax after a long flight and meet the rest of your group. The next day, get your bearings around this exciting city with an orientation tour. It's then off jet boating on Sydney Harbour - a great way to see the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and a good way to blow off any potential jet lag. Tonight, head out for dinner and drinks with the group. Sydney, New South Wales

Day 3-4 Sydney On Day 3, board a private cruise around the one and only Sydney Harbour. The next day, work on your tan on Bondi Beach, swim in among the waves and relax on the sand. Stretch your limbs as you wander the beautiful Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, snorkel in secluded bays and play beach volleyball before tucking into an Aussie beach barbie and a couple of refreshing beers. (L)

inclusions N E W S O U T H WA L E S

Day 5-6 Port Stephens / Sydney Head north to Port Stephens. Stop en route at a secluded beach and learn to surf with qualified instructors. Stay overnight in an Aussie bush bungalow, spot wild kangaroos and koalas, sandboard down the biggest sand dunes in the southern hemisphere then hop on a boat cruise and see wild dolphins. You’ll then head back to Sydney for a big night out! (B, 2L, D)

Port Stephens

Day 7-9 Sydney Spend the next few days exploring the city. Undoubtedly one of Australia's most beautiful cities, it's also the most energetic and the most unapologetic. Sights here range from the icons of Sydney Harbour to the national parks that fringe the suburbs and the CBD, so you'll have plenty to keep you busy. Get dressed up fancy for a farewell dinner on Day 8 before heading home, or continuing with your travel plans, the following day. (D)

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Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Sydney hostel (7 nts), Port Stephens bush bungalow (1 nt) Transport: Airport pick-up, transport to all activities included Includes: All activities as per itinerary Meals: 1 breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Size: Max 22, Min 6 Note: A working holiday version of this tour is also available. See page 23 for more details Tour Code: SYDOZF

Departures 2019/20 Jan-Dec

Mondays


Spot X

£461

GREAT AUSSIE SURF ADVENTURE

FR

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

WE

LEARN TO SURF

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LIVING THE DREAM SURF ADVENTURE

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.

£592

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

Spot X Surf Camp BRISBANE GOLD COAST BYRON BAY

£158

FR

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.

SURF ACADEMY

TRAVELLING BY BUS? SPOT X

AUSTRALIA

SYDNEY

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

£2,071

FR

1-3 MONTHS

At the Spot X academy, you can pick from a one or two-month surf development course, or opt for the three-month instructor course to get your Surf Coaching and Ocean Surf Safety qualifications. Food and accommodation is provided so you can focus on improving your skills. Start and end in Sydney, Byron Bay or Brisbane. BNEBEG/BNETCI/SYDBEG/SYDTCI/QYNBEG/QYNTCI

SYDMOO/HDOSSX

CAMP VIBES

OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND

BYO

ABSOLUTE BEACHFRONT

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MEALS INCLUDED

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NEW SOUTH WALES

MOJOSURF


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

NOMADS BYRON BAY

Glampacker

£21 £36

FR FR

WAKE UP BYRON BAY, BYRON BAY

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

£24 £38

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

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

Location: Opposite the beautiful Belongli Beach in the quieter end of Byron, and a 15-minute stroll into town.

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

Vibe: Chilled out (and newly refurbished) backpacker hangout with all the extras. Free yoga classes, surf board, bike and SUP hire.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Personal lockers • Barbecue area • Shared kitchen • Outdoor cinema • Jacuzzi • Games room • Daily activities

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Bar • Restaurant • Luggage storage • Laundry • Barbecue night • Pancake breakfast • Free shuttle bus

QYNODY

Glampacker

BYRON BAY BEACH HOSTEL

£20 £36

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

QYNWUP

FREE YOGA AND FREE SURFBOARD, PADDLEBOARD AND BIKE HIRE

Shoestring

ART FACTORY BACKPACKERS

£20 £30

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Shoestring

YHA BYRON BAY

£18 £30

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: In the heart of Byron, just 50 metres from Main Beach.

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.

Vibe: A cosy and social 'Cavanbah' (meeting place). Check out the rooftop bar!

Vibe: Once a renowned rock and roll venue, this subtropical hostel has oomph.

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

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Bar • Shared kitchen • Barbecue area • Terrace

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

QYNBBB

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Class Act

A-List

THE LORD BYRON BYRON BAY

£143 £72

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

THE BYRON AT BYRON RESORT & SPA

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Just a ten-minute walk from Byron Main Beach, and 15 minutes from the secluded bays of Arakwal National Park.

Location: This gorgeous property is just a 9-minute walk from the beach and 7 minutes away from Byron Bay Golf Course.

Vibe: Seaside stunner with a quiet and tropical atmosphere and stylish interior features.

Vibe: Elegant, modern and luxurious. This is where you come to relax and unwind, either inside or on the surrounding forest trails.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Balcony • Heated outdoor pool • Barbecue area • Tennis court • Laundry • Safe at reception • Picnic area • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Private suites • Air con • In-room safe • Infinity pool • Bar • Restaurant • Outdoor tennis court • Spa and massage services • Sauna • Yoga classes • Bike rental • 24-hour reception

AQYNLB

MOJOSURF: BYRON BAY SURF LESSON

£41

FR

HALF DAY

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

AQYNBB

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KAYAKING WITH DOLPHINS IN BYRON BAY

£39

FR

HALF DAY

Kayak in the clear waters of Byron Bay and get up close with the resident turtles, dolphins and humpback whales (May-Oct). Start in Clarke's Beach, the calmest part of Byron Bay, and get a grapple on all the kayaking basics. Once you've got it, paddle along the surfing hotspot of The Pass and past Cape Byron, Oz's most easterly point. End with snacks and a cooling swim.

QYNBBS

BYRON BAY SKYDIVE

VIBYR1

QYNSKY

£191

FR

Byron Bay

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Find your inner zen with daily yoga • Hit the waves and surf every day • Cycle around Byron Bay

inclusions

HALF DAY

There's no rush quite like freefalling through the sky strapped to a piece of fabric. This trip will see you get hurled from a plane from a height of up to 15,000ft, drop at over 200 km/hr for 60 seconds, then float over Byron Bay for five to seven minutes. Once you're back on solid ground, relive the thrill over and over again with awesome video and photo packages.

MOJO SURF: BYRON BAY SURF & STAY PLUS YOGA 3, 4, 5 OR 6 DAYS, Byron Bay

£169

FR

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Tipis (summer), multi-share mixed dorms (winter) (2,3,4 or 5 nts) Meals: Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner Note: Transfers are not included Tour Code: QYNSYO

• Overnight in a tipi (summer only) • Enjoy all the activites at the camp • Meals and accommodation included

Located in the laid-back, artsy hangout of Byron Bay (one of our favourite Aussie surfing spots) this trip will see you embracing the barefoot mantras of the surfer-yogi lifestyle. With included surf and yoga lessons every day, plus loads of other activities like bush walks and bongo lessons (!) thrown in, this bundle is all about unclenching your travel-weary muscles and replenishing your inner zen. With two-hour board and bike hire available each day, you're also free to go it alone and take to the waves or the cycle paths solo. And to really amp up the boho chic, summer will see you overnight in a tipi and enjoying optional on-site activities and workshops like didgeridoo-making and African drumming. This trip is totally hassle-free, with all accommodation, meals, transfers and daily lessons included.

CALL 0333 321 7854 TO BOOK

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NEW SOUTH WALES

ROOM ONLY

£234 £117

FR


Queensland

CAPE TRIBULATION PORT DOUGLAS CAIRNS MAGNETIC ISLAND AIRLIE BEACH WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS

QUEENSLAND

FRASER ISLAND

NOOSA

BRISBANE GOLD COAST

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THE DIVERSITY

NATIONAL PARKS

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

THE SUN

FRASER ISLAND

Queensland is almost five times the size of Japan and seven times that of Great Britain. Fertile ground for diverse landscapes.

There are over 200 national parks in Queensland, some home to dugongs, also (adorably) known 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.

Let's face it, you'd have to if you lived here. With 261 days of sun per year, Queensland is rightfully labelled the Sunshine State.

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

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BRISBANE TO CAIRNS EXPERIENCE 10 DAYS, Brisbane

£1,279

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Cairns Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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snapshot Ferry to the world's largest sand island, embark on a sailing adventure in the stunning Whitsunday Islands, and snorkel in the kaleidoscopic Great Barrier Reef.

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOABC

inclusions Accommodation: Hostels (5 nts), maxi yacht (2 nts), overnight train (1 nt), cabin (1 nt) (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

Departures 2019

highlights

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

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

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Day 1-2 Brisbane / Fraser Island 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. The next day, you'll travel by 4WD and ferry to the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island. This UNESCO-listed island is incredibly rich in wildlife, and is a massive 122km long! The landscape here ranges from ever-transforming dunes to dark motionless lakes, making for eye-widening views. (B, L)

Day 3-4 Fraser Island / Noosa Everglades Spend the morning of Day 3 exploring by 4WD to see the remainder of Fraser Island's highlights. Journey on to the Noosa Everglades, a great place for waddling, paddling and wildlife spotting. Situated within the Cooloola National Park, the Noosa Everglades are home to an impressive 44 per cent of the entirety of Aussie birdlife. And, nine of their deadliest snakes! Here you can choose to go canoeing or kayaking along the calm waters before bedding down on an overnight train to Airlie Beach. But don't worry, no crocs here, as the water is too cold for them. (B)

Day 5-7 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. The climate tends to be tropical here all year round, so you'll be able to enjoy good weather at any time! It's definitely sunny-side up in these islands which boast of 274 days of sunshine a year. Not bad? 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)

Customise your trip Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling Take a catamaran to the world’s largest coral reef system and don your snorkel.  Fr £95 Extend your trip Queensland Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime (12 days, Brisbane - Cairns) (GAOAQE) see page 71 Fr £1,549 Most of the Coast (16 days, Sydney - Cairns) (GAOASC)  Fr £2,149 East Coast Encompassed (18 days, Sydney - Cairns) (GAOAEC) see page 53 Fr £2,279

Day 8-10 Tully / Cairns This morning we'll catch a train north to the tiny town of Tully. Whilst here we'll visit Café Chloe, a vocational training café for young Aboriginal people. Using the re-purposed 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. Random fact, did you know that Cairns was home to Australia's largest moth? Probably not. The Hercules moth can be found in Tropical North Queensland, and the wings of females can span up to 27cm in length. Don your gear and go diving in the colourful Great Barrier Reef, hit the heights and get your pulse racing with 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)

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Tully

Airlie Beach

Whitsunday Islands

Fraser Island

Q U E E N S L A N D

Noosa Everglades

Noosa

Brisbane

Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island

Whitsunday Islands, Queensland

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THE SUN SEEKER 9 DAYS, Cairns

£1,199

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Surfers Paradise

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Day trip to Fraser Island • Opt to sail the Whitsundays • Party in Surfers Paradise

• Farmstay hay wagon riding • Two days to explore Cairns • See koalas in Currumbin

Settle into the resort in Surfers Paradise for the ultimate surf and play experience. Get to know your fellow travellers on a group night out in this party haven. Day 2, it's off to Noosa. Enjoy lunch at the Noosa Surf Club overlooking the golden sandy beach before resting up at your exclusive Contiki accommodation, where the rainforest literally meets the sea. (B, L D) The Whitsundays, Queensland

Day 3-4 Noosa / Farmstay

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The Sun Seeker (Cairns - Surfers Paradise) (COBTSC) 9 Days, £1,239

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£799

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Brisbane

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

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

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Noosa Q U E E N S L A N D

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Fraser Island

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Stop for lunch in colonial Townsville before heading on to Cairns. Enjoy plenty of free time to discover this wonderful town, with its markets, art galleries and rainforest before choosing to hop across to one of the world's seven natural wonders. Depart at any time on Day 9. (3B, D)

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Capricorn Coast

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Whitsunday Islands

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Mackay

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Airlie Beach

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Day 7-9 Cairns

Townsville

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Pack your swimmers and hit the waters on a private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays' paradise-like islands. (2B, L, 2D)

Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Outback Cattle Station (1 nt), eco lodge (2 nts), hotels and resorts (3 nts), hostels (2 nts). Sailing option: swap 2 nts in hotels for 2 on a boat Transport: Modern air con coach with power points for charging Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners (sailing option includes 1 extra lunch and dinner) Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 50 Note: Itinerary only valid post 31 March 2019 Tour Code: COBTSI

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Day 5-6 Whitsundays Sailing

Choose to sign up to the ultimate sailing adventure! Cruise along some of Whitsundays' 74 magical islands for stunning views. (2B, L, D)

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Day 5-6 Sailing Whitsundays

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Enter, paradise! This morning, you'll start your day trip to Fraser Island where you'll 4WD over sand dunes and take a dip in Lake McKenzie. On Day 5, venture on to the Old Station for whip cracking, Hay wagon riding and a traditional outback feast followed by a session of good-humoured karaoke (sing in tune guys). (2B, L, D)

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

Day 1-2 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? For a bit of peace and quiet, head to the Botanic Gardens, home to thousands of flying foxes! (Like a fruit bat, but cat sized). If you're a science-nerd, head to the Museum of Human Disease to learn all about the complexities of the body. Or just find a good coffee shop and people watch till your coffee goes cold. (B)

Sydney, New South Wales

Day 3-4 Hunter Valley / Tamworth / Yamba

inclusions

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

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Yamba

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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. If you're up for setting your alarms early, the sunrise from Byron Bay Lighthouse is incredible! (B)

May

Day 5-6 Byron Bay

Apr

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 vehicle 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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Q U E E N S L A N D

Feb

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)

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QUEENSLAND

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QUEENSLAND SAND, SAILING & DREAMTIME 12 DAYS, Brisbane

£1,549

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Cairns Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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snapshot Sleep under the stars in comfy swags, uncover native history and make the most of white sands and bountiful waters on Australia's incredible East Coast.

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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• 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

Jan 20

Accommodation: Hostels (6 nts), cabin (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt), maxi yacht (2 nts), beach hostel (1 nt) All multi-share Transport: Private bus, maxi yacht, boat, train, 4WD, ferry Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $295-385 for meals not included

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Day 1-2 Brisbane / Fraser Island Arrive at any time in thriving Brisbane and settle in to the laid-back Aussie lifestyle before boarding a ferry to Fraser Island the next day, a world of sand. This island stretches over a whopping 120km! Go off exploring this island in the comfort of a 4WD. Whilst here you can wander around fern forests, get out your bathers at Lake McKenzie, and zoom along Australia's only sand highway. (B, L)

Day 3-4 Fraser Island / Noosa Everglades Make the most of your morning exploring Fraser Island by 4WD, seeing its highlights, and then journey on to the Noosa Everglades for an evening surrounding by incredible wilderness. 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)

Day 5-7 Whitsunday Islands / Airlie Beach Arrive in Airlie Beach and start your three-day maxi yacht sailing adventure around the Whitsunday Islands. Wander on beach walks, walk the island bush routes and don your snorkels to marvel at the wonders of the coral reef before dropping anchor in a secluded cove for the night. On Day 6, hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, famous for its wonderfully white sand, and then enjoy some free time to beach lounge. Bed down that evening off on a secluded tropical island. The next day, continuing sailing on, taking in the views of the stunning Whitsunday Islands in the background. Then, sail on to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night out with your fellow travellers. (2B, L, 2D)

Day 8-11 Tully / Cairns / Cape Tribulation / Yungaburra The following day, it's an early start to catch the train to Tully. Stop at the G for Good project, Café Chloe, to meet and support at-risk Aboriginal youth. Enjoy a lunch and take a tour of the Centre, and get creative with a painting activity with traditional Jirrbal Aboriginal artists. Continue on to Cairns and spend the next day at leisure. You could visit the Great Barrier Reef, go white water rafting or brave a bungee jump. 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 enjoy some additional free time to explore the area. (B, L)

Like that? Try this… Customise your trip Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling Take a catamaran to the world’s largest coral reef system and don your snorkel. Fr £95 Jungle Surfing through Daintree A ziplining tour above the Daintree Rainforest with views of the Great Barrier Reef.  Fr £63

Cape Tribulation

Cairns

Day 12 Cairns Go out with a bang with a visit to the crater lake of Eacham, visit to the Atherton Tablelands waterfalls, including the Millaa Millaa Falls and Josephine Falls. Later, head onto the refreshing waters of Babinda Boulders before journeying back to Cairns where where the tour ends upon arrival. The tour ends on your arrival back in Cairns. (B)

Yungaburra

Tully

AU S T R A L I A

Airlie Beach

Whitsunday Islands

Q U E E N S L A N D

Fraser Island

Noosa Everglades

Noosa

Brisbane Fraser Island, Queensland

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays

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GOLD COAST & SURFERS PARADISE riding waves & rollercoasters

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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.

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BUNK SURFERS PARADISE

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£24 £48

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SURFERS PARADISE YHA

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£16 £22

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

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

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

Vibe: A sweet and simple surfer spot. Sunny backpacker haunt offering convenient digs at fair prices.

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: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Shared kitchen • Terrace • Lounge • Free on-site parking • Terrace • Onsite activities • Luggage storage • Laundry

OOLBUN

Rock Solid

MANTRA CROWN TOWERS

OOLYHA

FREE TRANSFER TO CENTRAL COACH STATION AND FREE BODYBOARD HIRE

Class Act

£128 £64

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

VIBE HOTEL GOLD COAST

ROOM ONLY

£104 £52

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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

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

Vibe: High-rise resort hotel with airy apartments, ideal for groups & families who want a more private crash pad with a view.

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

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

Highlights: Private rooms • Balcony • Air con • In-room safe • Terrace • iPod docking station • Outdoor pool • Pool bar • Hot tub • Restaurant • Gym • Laundry

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LEARN TO SURF LESSON

£36

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HALF DAY

£33

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HALF DAY

DREAMWORLD AND WHITEWATER WORLD

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.

Adrenalin junkies, hello. Australia's largest theme parks plays no games! Shoot down the world's tallest free-falling ride, get propelled from zero to 161km p/h and hit the heights on the Big 9 Thrill Rides (15 storeys above the ground). Swoop down huge waterslides at WhiteWater World, and hit the wave pool.

OOLSIK

OOLDWS

OOLGWS

SURF, SUP & STRADBROKE ADVENTURE 4 DAYS, Surfers Paradise

£57

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FULL DAY

£187

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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

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/OOLDWS

• Kayak tour of Surfers Paradise • Try stand-up paddleboarding • Spot exotic coastal birds

Staying at Bunk, a recent addition and a new fav in Surfers Paradise, this tour introduces you to all things fun and splashy. You'll get a two-hour surf lesson with the Get Wet Surf School at Spit Beach, a stand-up paddleboarding lesson and a two-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 attraction 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 experience for first-timers.

Independent Tour

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GOLD COAST NATURE & WILDLIFE

£137

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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. You'll also take a Mt. 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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Rock Solid | Novotel Surfers Paradise FR  £48

CUSTOMISE YOUR TRIP Half Day | Gold Coast Skydive

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£217

Full Day | Paradise Jet Boating

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£39

Full Day | Treetop Challenge 

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£27

Half Day | Stand Up Paddle Boarding FR  £33 Full Day | Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary 

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Perfect for first timers 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 Spit Beach, you'll be up in no time.

DOLPHIN & STRADBROKE ISLAND TOUR


BRISBANE bands, bright lights & barbies

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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.

Shoestring

NOMADS BRISBANE

£15 £21

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Shoestring

BUNK BRISBANE

ROOM ONLY

£17 £29

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BRISBANE CITY YHA

ROOM ONLY

£24 £33

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Location: Facing Central Station, it's only a short walk from Southbank Parklands.

Location: In the graffitied suburb of Fortitude Valley by a ton of coffee houses.

Location: This sociable hostel overlooks the Brisbane River and the CBD.

Vibe: Bubbly hostel with five floors built for social butterflies.

Vibe: Great value dorms with privacy screens and great mingling spaces.

Vibe: On the funky side of Shoestring and sporting a banging playlist.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms •In-room lockers • Rooftop terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Shared kitchen

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • In-room lockers • Outdoor pool • Bar • Shared kitchen

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Rooftop terrace • Barbecue area • Laundry

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IBIS STYLES ELIZABETH STREET

BNEYHA

Rock Solid

£91 £46

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

HOTEL GRAND CHANCELLOR

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

£76 £41

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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, welcoming rooms. Choose a river view room for extra snazz.

Vibe: Upscale digs at reasonable prices. If you've spent a long time on dusty Aussie roads, this is a great place to wind down.

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

£72

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HALF DAY

£39

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HALF DAY

The pinnacle of laid-back living, what better way to see Brisbane than on a leisurely bike ride? Travel From South Bank Parklands to the City Botanic Gardens and, with a knowledgeable guide in tow, learn about the city's history and find out about the best bars in town. Opt to go in the morning, afternoon or during twilight.

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DOLPHIN VIEWING DAY CRUISE

£60

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FULL DAY

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 sand-tobogganing on a desert safari. After lunch you'll see the island's bottlenose dolphins come to shore!

VINO BUS, TAMBORINE MOUNT WINE TASTING

One for the grape juice lovers. The boutique wineries of Mt. Tamborine know a thing or two about wine, and after this full-day tour from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, soon so will you! Your trusty guide will take you to five (yes, five) of the best local wineries to sample award-winning vinos. A two-course lunch is also - thankfully - included.

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MORETON ISLAND DAY TRIP

£83

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FULL DAY

Leave Brisbane on a luxury catamaran and dock 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, picnics on the beach and sandboarding down the island's dunes.

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BRISBANE SKYDIVE

£190

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HALF DAY

One off the bucket list! During a 20-minute scenic flight you'll take in expansive ocean views, beaches and Brisbane's shimmering skyline. At roughly 15,000ft you'll strap to your expert diving partner and prepare for your freefall. And the best bit? You'll land on the beach every time. James Bond eat your heart out.

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Independent Tour

TANGALOOMA RESORT OVERNIGHT

£87

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FULL DAY

£80

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2 DAYS

BNESKY

Small Group Adventure

COOL DINGO TOUR: LINGER LONGER ON FRASER ISLAND

£469

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4 DAYS

Escape the city and make for the dolphin-filled waters around Moreton Island. Spend a day in the pools of Tangalooma Island Resort or join a marine discovery tour in search of dugongs, sea turtles and other marine life. Alternatively, hop on a desert safari and take to the dunes for an exhilarating session of sand tobogganing. Then at sunset, see the island's bottlenose dolphins come to shore – a special sight to say the least!

Start in Brisbane and travel to Hervey Bay for your ferry to Fraser Island. You'll take a 4WD tour to Lake McKenzie for a dip, amble rainforest boardwalks, marvel at the ancient trees of Pile Valley and finish off with a hike to Basin Lake. Day 3 takes you to the beaches. Experience Mother Nature's Jacuzzi at the Champagne Pools, climb Indian Head for Fraser's spectacular views, and check out the Maheno shipwreck. It's back to Brisbane on Day 4.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Standard hotel room with air con (1 nt). Optional upgrade available Meals: 1 breakfast Tour Code: BNEDGS

Departs: Daily (from Brisbane) 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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Lace up your boots and embark on a two-hour day or night climb of Story Bridge for incredible views. From the central platform, walk across the width of the bridge to enjoy panoramic views of Brisbane River, Moreton Bay, the Glass House Mountains, Mt. Coot-tha and Lamington National Park. Worth it!

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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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£17 £21

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NOOSA LAKES RESORT

£94 £47

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

MANTRA FRENCH QUARTER

£130 £65

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

ROOM ONLY

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

Location: A short walk from Noosa Marina and minutes to the town centre.

Location: A short distance from Hastings Street and Noosa Beach.

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

Vibe: Modern and spacious riverside apartments with sociable pool areas.

Vibe: A peaceful spot in the middle of the action. Rooms are bright, airy and comfy.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Free board hire

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Balcony • Kitchenette • 3 outdoor pools • Barbecue area • Laundry • Luggage storage

Highlights: Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Kitchenette • Spa tub • Barbecue area • Sauna • Laundry • Free on-site parking

FREE SURFBOARD AND BODYBOARD HIRE

NSANTP

ROOM ONLY

ANSALR

HABITAT NOOSA EVERGLADES ECO CAMP

ANSAFQ

£10 SHARED TENT FR£14 PRIVATE TENT FR

ROOM ONLY

Shoestring/Glampacker

This everglades eco camp 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 five-minute boat ride from Noosa Everglades. Free daily shuttles into Noosa. 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 area • Canoe, kayak or SUP hire (at extra cost) • Daily tours

NSAEEC

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FRASER DAY TOUR

£111

FR

FULL DAY

Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch Transport: 4WD with air con 'Warrior' Vehicle Note: You can bring one soft carry-on bag with a 5kg limit Tour Code: MCYFRD

DOLPHIN KAYAKING

£50

FR

HALF DAY

Hit the waters of Honeymoon Bay and Double Island Point and enjoy a guided kayak tour to see the local marine life. Look out for bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales (Jun-Nov), turtles, rays, and more in this immersive tour. Soak up surrounding views of the coloured sands of Rainbow Beach and migrating bird species.

BAR B CANOE DAY TRIP

£169

FR

HALF DAY

There's something pretty great about seeing a place from above. Your skydiving experience starts with a 20-minute flight and vast views of the ocean and Noosa's thick green Everglades. At roughly 15,000ft you'll strap on to your expert skydiver and start your rapid descent! During freefall you'll see the Sunshine Coast from a whole new perspective, then enjoy around five minutes floating under canopy before landing on the beach. 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: NSASKY

£81

FR

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. Look around for bountiful wildlife!

NSAEPI

NSABBC

Small Group Adventure

FRASER ISLAND CAMPING TAG-A-LONG TOUR

£297

FR

3 DAYS

See all the natural beauty that Fraser Island has to offer. Spend three days in a 4WD cruising around 75 Mile Beach, the Island's official road. Don some comfortable walking shoes for some bush walks, have a couple of refreshing dips in Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, Lake Wabby and Champagne Pools, and take in the breathtaking views from Indian Head. Blow off any leftover steam at the end with a post-tour party! Departs: Daily (apart from 01Jan) Accommodation: Camping in safari tents (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Transport: 4WD Note: Safety briefing compulsory. Pre-night in Noosa required and not included Tour Code: NSATAG

SANDPATCH SAFARI

£93

FR

FULL DAY

After your morning tea at Fig Tree Point, 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. NSASPS

Independent Tour

WILDERNESS CANOE & ECO CAMP

£73

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: Twin-share tent (2 nts) Meals: 1 lunch Includes: Return transfers, morning tea, barbecues, canoe tour, all equipment Tour Code: NSAWCF

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QUEENSLAND

Time to enjoy a day in utter paradise. See natural beauty at its absolute best with a tour through the UNESCO-listed Fraser Island. Experience amazing sand dunes like a pro on a custom made 4WD, bathe in refreshing waterholes and prepare to be in awe of the coloured sands and lush rainforests present throughout the region. That, plus a tasty Aussie lunch, will make for a pretty unforgettable trip. All in a day's work!

SKYDIVE NOOSA


FRASER ISLAND QUEENSLAND

& beyond

Getting To Fraser

INDIAN HEAD

HERVEY BAY

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.

KINGFISHER BAY

LAKE MCKENZIE LAKE BIRRABEEN

EURONG

RAINBOW BEACH

QUEENSLAND NOOSA

Shoestring

FRASERS ON RAINBOW RAINBOW BEACH

MAHENO SHIPWRECK

Shoestring

£17 £24

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

THE WOOLSHED BACKPACKERS, HERVEY BAY

£16 £21

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

ROOM ONLY

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 • Shared kitchen • Barbecue area • TV lounge • Daily activities

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

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FREE SNORKELLING EQUIPMENT AND BIKE HIRE

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HVBWOO


FRASER ISLAND 4WD TAG-ALONG CAMPING TOUR

£276

FR

3 DAYS, Fraser Island Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Swim in stunning Lake McKenzie • Take a dip in the Champagne Pools • Dip your toes in Eli Creek

inclusions

Departs: Daily (except Dec 23/25/30th and 1st Jan) Accommodation: Camping (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: 4WD, ferry Note: Safety briefing compulsory. Pre-night in Rainbow Beach required. $15 insurance local payment Tour Code: RUBTAG

Spend three days swimming in the clear waters of stunning Lake McKenzie, buckle up on a hike to Indian Head to absorb panoramic views of the island, take a refreshing dip in Champagne Pools (fancy) and Eli Creek, and head out to explore heritage-protected rainforests with a group of like-minded travellers. And to really soak up the Fraser Island vibe, you'll also bed down in your own private campsite under the stars just metres from the beach. All the camping and cooking equipment is provided, so you don't have to worry about a thing. Fraser Island is one of Queensland's most treasured spots, and this is the perfect way to experience it. In the evenings, chill out by the campfire and enjoy dinner with your group. On your last day, say your goodbyes and continue on your journey (or stay forever).

KINGFISHER BAY RESORT FRASER ISLAND ADVENTURE 3 DAYS, Hervey Bay

£267

FR

Hervey Bay Independent Tour

highlights

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

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Kingfisher Bay Resort (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 morning tea Transport: 4WD coach, ferry Note: Upgrade to Whales Tour Fraser trip available (Aug-Oct)Tour Code: HVBFRS

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

A more upmarket take on Fraser Island! 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 Kingfisher Bay Resort, you'll enjoy a buffet breakfast each morning, air con rooms and a refreshing outdoor pool. This three-day bundle includes a full-day guided 4WD drive across UNESCO-listed Fraser Island to check out the rusting hulk of the Maheno Shipwreck and the coloured sands of the Pinnacles. There's also time to chill out on 75 Mile Beach, as well as visits to Wanggoolba Creek and Lake McKenzie. Meals plus return transfers from Hervey Bay are all included. Travelling between August and October? Upgrade to the Whales Tour Fraser trip for all the above plus the chance to see the humpback whales!

FRASER BAY EXPLORER TOUR 2 DAYS, Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay OR Rainbow Beach

£211

FR

Rainbow Beach

Small Group Adventure

highlights

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

Fraser Island, Queensland

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Kingfisher Bay Resort (1 nt) Transport: 4WD coach, ferry Meals: 1 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 morning tea Includes: Return ferry transfer from/to Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach, 4WD Fraser Island tour and national park entry fee Tour Code: HVBFEO/RABFEO

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

Get acquainted with the sights of Fraser Island in just two days with this quick and easy cover-all-your-bases tour. And it couldn't be easier, with return transfers from Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach accommodation, barge transfers to and from the island, two full days of 4WD touring, meals and overnight accommodation in the Eurong Beach Resort all included. Swim in the beautiful waters of Lake McKenzie, walk through ancient rainforests, circle the stark Maheno shipwreck, spot whales and sharks from the summit of Indian Head and hop aboard a 4WD to drive the endless stretches of sand at 75 Mile Beach. On the final day, catch a barge back to River Heads and transfer to your accommodation in Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach. Don't forget to pack your swimsuit, camera and some sturdy footwear for your walks.

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QUEENSLAND

Fraser Island, Queensland

• Bed down in a private campsite • See heritage protected rainforests • Try a 4WD along the beach


Cool Dingo

QUEENSLAND

FRASER ISLAND GUIDED TOURS

CHAMPAGNE POOLS INDIAN HEAD THE PILLACLES COLOURED SANDS HERVEY BAY

WE

it shore is sandy

love

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.

RIVER HEADS

KINGFISHER BAY RESORT

BASIN LAKE

£229

FR

DAY 1

LAKE BIRRABEEN

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: HVBO1N/RUBCOD

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£291

FR

EURONG BEACH RESORT Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Depart & Return

QUEENSLAND

RAINBOW BEACH Rainbow Beach

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.

ALL MEALS INCLUDED

3 Days

STONETOOL SAND BLOW LAKE MCKENZIE LAKE WABBY CENTRAL STATION

Departs Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach

2 Days

MAHENO SHIPWRECK ELI CREEK

ECO CERTIFIED

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: HVBFO2, HVBF0T, RABHBO, RABRBO

EPIC SIGHTS

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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. The 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.

FREE WI-FI

FULLY GUIDED


Whitsundays QUEENSLAND

& Airlie Beach

GETTING TO THE WHITSUNDAYS HAYMAN ISLAND

HOOK ISLAND

AIR

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

GREAT BARRIER REEF

BORDER ISLAND

DAYDREAM ISLAND

AIRLIE BEACH

NORTH MOLLE ISLAND

HASELWOOD ISLAND

SOUTH MOLLE ISLAND

WHITEHAVEN BEACH

QUEENSLAND

COACH

WHITSUNDAY ISLAND

LONG ISLAND

HAMILTON ISLAND

DENT ISLAND

PROSERPINE

Hamilton Island Airport

LINDMAN ISLAND

TRAIN

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.

PENTECOST ISLAND MAHER ISLAND

Proserpine Airport

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

MANSELL ISLAND

SHAW ISLAND

ROAD THOMAS ISLAND

Airlie Beach lies between Brisbane and Cairns. Travel here by car or campervan (pages 27-31) or visit as part of a tour.

Where to stay Shoestring

BASE AIRLIE BEACH RESORT

£18 £32

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Shoestring

NOMADS AIRLIE BEACH

£18 £32

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Class Act

MANTRA CLUB CROC, AIRLIE BEACH

FR FR

£94 £47

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

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

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

Location: A 15-minute walk from Cannonvale Beach and Bicentennial Park.

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

Vibe: Tropical backpacker hangout with affordable accommodation.

Vibe: Chic, stylish and luxurious. Kick back and relax in this modern haunt.

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

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

Highlights: Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Restaurant • Bar • Spa and massage services • 24-hour gym

WELCOME PACK ON ARRIVAL

GZCBAB

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Apartments

QUEENSLAND

FR£177 SINGLE WHITSUNDAY APARTMENTS, HAMILTON ISLAND FR£89 TWIN/ DOUBLE

Rock Solid

PALM BUNGALOWS HAMILTON ISLAND

£229 £115

FR FR

A-List

REEF VIEW HOTEL, HAMILTON ISLAND

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

£206 £103

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: A short walk from Catseye Beach, overlooking the waters of the Coral Sea.

Location: A two-minute walk from Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Wildlife Park.

Location: Opposite Catseye Beach just two minutes' walk from the beach.

Vibe: Enjoy the privacy of your own apartment with ocean or garden views.

Vibe: Recently refurbished bungalows in a lush, tropical setting.

Vibe: Relaxed rooms with furnished balconies to make the most of the view.

Highlights: Apartments • Air con • Fullyequipped kitchen • Balcony • Outdoor pool • Hot tub • Garden • Luggage storage

Highlights: Private bungalows • Air con • In-room TV • Garden • Free use of the island's gym, pools and shuttle service

Highlights: Private rooms or suites • Balcony • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Free use of the island's sauna

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SKYDIVE AIRLIE BEACH

AHTIWH

£117

FR

HALF DAY

Get your pulse racing and your parents reeling. Launch yourself off a plane up to 15,000 feet in the air (with a profesh on your back) in one of Australia's most beautiful locations. Freefall at over 200km an hour for up to 60 seconds before floating for around five minutes with incredible Aussie views of Airlie Beach.

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SOUTHERN LIGHTS WHITEHAVEN BEACH TOUR

AHTIPB

£95

FR

FULL DAY

Beach holidays don't come much beachier than this! Go 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 views from the southern lookout point and Hill Inlet, and an hour of snorkelling by Border Island, Dumbell Island or a secret snorkel spot.

WSYSKY

AHTIRV

WHITSUNDAY & WHITEHAVEN FR£95 SNORKELLING ADVENTURE FULL DAY Setting off from Abell Point Marina, visit two snorkel spots on Hook Island, with around 45 minutes to explore each one. Visit Hill Inlet at the north end of Whitehaven Beach where for lunch, and take a guided walk through the powdery national park to the lookout and snap a well-earned panorama.

WSYNED

WSYSLD

WELCOME TO THE WHITSUNDAYS 5 DAYS, Airlie Beach

£475

FR

Airlie Beach Independent Adventure

highlights

• Scenic flight over the Whitsundays • Visit Hill Inlet Lookout • Two-night sailing trip

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Airlie Beach hostel (2 nts), shared cabin on boat (2 nts) Meals: All meals on sailing trip included Includes: All activities listed, luggage storage (2 nts) Note: Order of itinerary may be amended depending on the day of the week Tour Code: WSYWTW

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• Airlie Beach accommodation • Relax on Whitehaven Beach • Digeridoo lesson

The perfect welcome to your visit in the Whitsundays. This trip includes all your must-do activities and two nights' accommodation at Base or Nomads in Airlie Beach, plus a one-hour scenic flight over Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and out to the Great Barrier Reef. You'll also enjoy a fly-by over the iconic Heart Reef (a definite winner on your social). For a totally different perspective, you'll follow that by setting sail on a two-day two-night sailing trip on a maxi yacht to explore the Whitsundays by boat. These super sociable boats are the perfect place to spend your time at sea. Get involved in small sailing tasks or choose to leave that to the others and spend your days relaxing on deck. And if that wasn’t enough, there's even a didgeridoo lesson thrown in as well.

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WHITSUNDAYS FLY AND CRUISE

£232

FR

FULL DAY

Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch, morning and afternoon tea Transport: Mini bus, plane, speed boat Note: Bring protective clothing, a hat and suncream Includes: 60-minute scenic flight, 7.5 hour speed boat tour Tour Code: WSYFLY

Airlie Beach

FULL DAY

Cruise to the Whitsundays' number one outer reef pontoon, situated on the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel among the colourful coral and tropical fish or opt see them from the comfort of the semi-submersible boat. Sunbathe on the top deck, opt to scuba dive and get stuck into a delicious buffet lunch. A complimentary morning and afternoon tea are also included to make sure your strength is kept up for all the swimming and sunning! Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch, and morning and afternoon tea Transport: Highspeed catamaran Note: Pack a towel, sunscreen, protective clothing, camera, extra money and a sweater Tour Code: WDSCRU

REEFSLEEP UNDER THE STARS 2 DAYS, Airlie Beach

£312

FR

Airlie Beach Small Group Adventure • Great Barrier Reef overnight • Spot fish and turtles • Sleep under the stars

inclusions

Departs: Daily (except Tue) Accommodation: Single/double swag (1 nt) Transport: Luxury vessel transfers to/from the reef Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Includes: Morning and afternoon tea, return transfers, all snorkelling equipment & glass bottom boat tour Note: Optional activities are at extra cost Tour Code: WSYAWR

highlights

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

This experience will see you sleeping on a pontoon under the stars on the Great Barrier Reef. Take an early transfer on Day 1 to the Heart Pontoon and get your fill of snorkelling, sun bathing, diving (at extra cost) or even a helicopter ride (again, at extra cost). At 3pm the day trippers depart leaving you and a few others alone for the next 20 hours before the boat arrives again the next day. You'll be lucky enough to experience the reef's beauty overnight. As you reach dusk, watch out for surfacing turtles and even humpback whales if you're travelling Jun-Sep. Take in the sunset (and sunrise) from the comfort of your unique digs located on the top deck of the pontoon, and sleep to the sound of the gentle waves of the ocean. On top of that, you'll be able to enjoy delicious, gourmet food cooked up by your hosts.

REEF & WHITEHAVEN ADVENTURE 4 DAYS, Airlie Beach

£266

FR

Airlie Beach Small Group Adventure

highlights

• See The Great Barrier Reef • Airlie Beach's man-made lagoon • Sail around the Whitsunday Islands

Whitehaven Beach, Queensland

inclusions

£206

FR

Hamilton Island

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Choice of dorm or private room at Base or Nomad hostels (3 nts) Meals: 2 lunches Note: Coach transfers are all included, other meals at own expense Includes: Great Barrier Reef Adventure Day Cruise & Camira Sailing Tour Tour Code: WSYRWA

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

Spend the first day relaxing and exploring Airlie Beach. Soak up some rays at the lagoon or on the beach, and hit the town to explore its numerous bars, restaurants and shops. The next day, you'll hop on a fast cruising vessel and travel through the Whitsunday Islands to a pontoons on the incredible Great Barrier Reef. Here, try your luck at diving, snorkelling, and swimming with thousands of fish. Opt to take a scenic flight to the famous Heart Reef (at extra cost), and tuck in to a delicious buffet lunch. Your third day will be spent exploring The Whitsundays aboard Camira - one of the biggest and fastest catamarans here. Lend a hand to the crew by hoisting the sails and chill out on Whitehaven Beach. If all this activity makes you hungry, don't worry, as a sumptuous barbecue lunch is included.

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QUEENSLAND

See the highlights of the Whitsundays and The Great Barrier Reef, all in one day! Kick off with a 60-minute flight over the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef with views of Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and Heart Reef. Next, transfer to the harbour for a full day of boating on Whitsunday Bullet. Hop on and off the fast vessel to see it all again, this time from sea level. Snorkelling, stand-up paddleboarding, lunch and snacks included.

GREAT BARRIER REEF ADVENTURE DAY CRUISE


QUEENSLAND

g n i l Sai s y a d n Whitsu

The

Water Wonderful World Whether you’re a cash-strapped sociable sailor or just looking to lounge around in sunny silence, these trips will have the perfect boat for you. All the sailing operators are eco-certified, all meals are included on board and all boats have snorkelling gear included.

Choose your sail style! Small Group

Social

Life of Luxury

Chill Seeker

Party Animal

Speed Demon

Watersports

DAY SAILING £107

FR

SOUTHERN CROSS

FULL DAY

Based on the former American Cup yacht, this BYOB sailing trip takes you to all the Whitsundays’ best bits. Visit Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout and some awesome reefs for top snorkelling.

DEPARTS : Daily at 8am

RETURN TIME : Around 5-5.30pm

RETURN TIME : Around 4.30pm

GROUP SIZE : Max 22

GROUP SIZE : Max 39

MEALS : 1 morning tea, 1 lunch, 1 afternoon tea

MEALS : 1 morning tea, 1 lunch, 1 afternoon tea

£119

FR

FULL DAY

Make for Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet lookout on one of the world’s fastest commercial catamarans. Swim, snorkel, spot resident loggerhead turtles and learn about the Ngaro people.

Tour Code: WDSDHF

FULL DAY

A full-day trip at top speed. Enjoy the speed of the Bullet and enjoy visits to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet lookout and great snorkelling excursions. DEPARTS : Daily at 9am

RETURN TIME : Around 5.45pm

RETURN TIME : Around 5pm

GROUP SIZE : Max 85

GROUP SIZE : Max 50

MEALS : 1 morning tea, 1 lunch, 1 afternoon tea

MEALS : 1 morning tea, 1 lunch, 1 afternoon tea

BEST BITS : Student discount available, lots of room for sunbaking

£107

FR

WHITSUNDAY BULLET

DEPARTS : Daily at 8am

BEST BITS : Fastest speed boat in the Whitsundays

Tour Code: WDSCAM

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FULL DAY

BEST BITS : Big focus on snorkelling, historic tall ship

Tour Code: WDSSCO

WHITEHAVEN BEACH CAMIRA

FR

Style, grace, pace... and an on-board bar! Visit the private mooring at pristine Langford Reef, where you can snorkel over multi-coloured corals and take an eco guided walk ashore on the sand cay.

DEPARTS : Daily (except Wednesdays) at 8am

BEST BITS : America’s Cup winner, hands on sailing

£104

TALL SHIP SAILING: DERWENT HUNTER

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Tour Code: WSYWBF


QUEENSLAND

1-NIGHT SAILING

2-NIGHT SAILING £226

FR

MAXI SAILING

1 NIGHT

This Formula One of yachts is, unsurprisingly, one of the fastest out there. And that means you have more ground to cover! Bask in your gorgeous surroundings, swim and make the most of the BYOB policy. DEPARTS : Daily at 8.30am

FR

MAXI SAILING

£273

2 NIGHTS

Spend two nights and two full days aboard a fast and spacious yacht. Relax on deck, go swimming and snorkelling, and head ashore on some of the area’s stunning desert islands. BYOB. DEPARTS : Daily at 2pm

RETURN TIME: Around 4pm on Day 2

RETURN TIME: Around 11am on Day 3

GROUP SIZE: Max 24

GROUP SIZE: Max 29

MEALS: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner (plus snacks)

MEALS: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners (plus snacks)

ACCOMMODATION: Single or double open plan beds

ACCOMMODATION: Single or double open plan beds

BEST BITS : 0pt to sleep on deck under the stars

BEST BITS : Fun, adventure, sleep under the stars on deck Tour Code: GZC2SF

£235

FR

WALTZING MATILDA

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.

Tour Code: GZC2SO

£303

CATAMARAN: ADVENTURER

FR

2 NIGHTS

Popular with young-at-heart adventurers who prefer a smaller group experience. This catamaran features a heated spa bath (!) on deck, stand-up paddleboards and a two-person glass-bottomed kayak.

DEPARTS : Daily at 8.30am

DEPARTS : Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 3pm

RETURN TIME: Around 4pm on Day 2

RETURN TIME: Around 1pm on Day 3

GROUP SIZE: Max 24

GROUP SIZE: Max 12

MEALS: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner (plus snacks)

MEALS: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners (plus snacks)

ACCOMMODATION: Shared or double cabins

ACCOMMODATION: Open share singles or private double cabins

BEST BITS : Barbecue dinner, escape the crowds

BEST BITS: Small group, BYOB, blue lights to attract marine life Tour Code: WDSWMO

£235

FR

SV WHITEHAVEN

1 NIGHT

With big open decks and plenty of shaded areas, this BYO vessel is the ideal safari boat. Choose to muck in with the sailing crew or take things easy. Kayaking and snorkelling opportunities available. DEPARTS : Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays at 8.30am

Tour Code: WDSTAR

£297

ADVENTURE SAILING: ATLANTIC CLIPPER

FR

2 NIGHTS

Attracting the young, fun and social, Atlantic Clipper offers loud and lively tours of the Whitsundays. On top of the usual activities, you'll also enjoy a 12-person hot tub, two water slides and a dive platform. DEPARTS : Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays at 2.30pm

RETURN TIME: Around 4pm on Day 2

RETURN TIME: Around 11.30am on Day 3

GROUP SIZE: Max 24

GROUP SIZE: Max 54

MEALS: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner (plus snacks)

MEALS: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners (plus snacks)

ACCOMMODATION: Shared cabins

ACCOMMODATION: Private and shared cabins

BEST BITS : On board kayaks, air con to keep you cool at night

BEST BITS: Air con, scuba diving available (at extra cost)

Tour Code: WDSSWO

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Tour Code: WSYACO

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QUEENSLAND

2-NIGHT SAILING £186

FR

WINGS SAILING TOURS

2 NIGHTS

Hop aboard with a fun and knowledgeable crew and feel right at home as you sail the blue to Whitehaven Beach. Includes a hike to Hil Inlet and multiple guided snorkelling excursions. DEPARTS : Daily (except Wednesdays) at 1pm RETURN TIME: Around 11.30am on Day 3 GROUP SIZE: Max 31 MEALS: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners (plus snacks) ACCOMMODATION: Shared or private cabins BEST BITS: Air con, spend the night moored at Whitehaven

3-NIGHT SAILING

Tour Code: WDSOSO

£285

FR

PRIMA ADVENTURE SAILING

2 NIGHTS

With a maximum of just 12 guests, this experience is perfect for anyone looking for something a little less party centric. Stop at Whitehaven Beach and see Hill Inlet.

£345

FR

SOLWAY LASS TALL SHIP SAILING

3 NIGHTS

Complete with ten sails, a Tarzan-style rope swing and bow nets for lounging time, this historic sail boat is primed for travelling the islands in style. End your days with a sundowner from the licensed bar. DEPARTS : Tuesdays and Saturdays at 7.30pm (check-in at 4pm)

DEPARTS : Mon, Wed & Fri at 1pm (check-in at 10.30am) RETURN TIME: Around 10am on Day 3

RETURN TIME: Around 4pm on Day 4

GROUP SIZE: Max 12

GROUP SIZE: Max 30

MEALS: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners (plus snacks)

MEALS: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners (plus snacks)

ACCOMMODATION: Open plan or private cabins, some en suite

ACCOMMODATION: Multi-share and private cabins

BEST BITS : Intimate group, air con cabins, BYOB

BEST BITS : Icon boat, air con cabins Tour Code: WDSSSS

Tour Code: WDSEWO

£502

FR

WHITSUNDAY GETAWAY

2 NIGHTS

Designed to offer couples the chance to be wined and dined while exploring the beauty of the Whitsunday Islands. This 2 day, 2 night luxury trip will take you to all the best parts of the Whitsundays. DEPARTS : Daily except Monday at 3pm

WHITSUNDAY BLUE

Enjoy the Whitsundays in style on a peaceful eight-person boat. Expect a very personal atmosphere and an expert crew, plus on-board paddleboards and see-through kayaks for your own use. DEPARTS : Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 3pm

RETURN TIME: Around 1pm on Day 3

RETURN TIME: Around 12pm on Day 4

GROUP SIZE: Max 8

GROUP SIZE: Max 8

MEALS: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners (plus snacks)

MEALS: All meals on board (plus snacks)

ACCOMMODATION: En suite private cabins

ACCOMMODATION: Private cabins, some en suite

BEST BITS: Air con, stand up paddleboards, all cabins en suite

BEST BITS: Air con, clear bottom kayaks, luxury boat

Tour Code: WDSWG1

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£523

FR

2 OR 3 NIGHTS

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Tour Code: GZCEXH


MAGNETIC ISLAND SUNNY SIDE UP IN MAGGIE

QUEENSLAND

This year-round destination boasts a whopping 320 days of sunshine a year. This popular backpacker's haunt, locally known as 'Maggie' is a mountainous island home to 23 bays and 8 beaches - many of which can only be reached by boat! Its national park also takes up over half of the island. In Maggie you can expect to find gum trees rammed with sleeping koalas, beautiful coastal walks, bobbling wallabies and great snorkelling opportunities.

Shoestring

Shoestring

BASE MAGNETIC ISLAND

£21 £35

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

MAGNETIC ISLAND YHA

ROOM ONLY

£20 £24

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Beachside hostel, reachable by ferry from Townsville and within walking distance to cafés and shops.

Location: Located in the stunning Horseshoe Bay in the heart of Magnetic Island's National Park. A short walk from beaut beaches.

Vibe: Beachy, social hostel by the sea. Simple rooms, simple style but prime location!

Vibe: These funky bungalows and its outdoor pool make for a nature-lovin' backpacker's hangout.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Outdoor pool • ATM • Laundry • Bike rental • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Twin or double bungalows • Mixed or single sex dorms • Balcony • Air con in public areas • Bar • Shared kitchen • Laundry • Koala sanctuary nearby • Free on-site parking

MGYBMI

FGPKOA

Independent Tour

BASE MAGNETIC ISLAND LEARN TO DIVE

£298

FR

5 DAYS

Independent Tour

BASE MAGNETIC ISLAND ESCAPE

£71

FR

3 DAYS

Rave up at the famous Base Backpackers hostel in stunning Magnetic Island, take an open water dive course and experience 4 open water dives! This hostel is right on the beach, so chill out, learn and practice for your SSI Open Water Dive Certification by day, and throw some shapes at the Island Bar by night, with scenic views over the sea. Be sure to complete your online training, medical declaration & Queensland Dive Medical in advance.

Party until the sun comes up and chill out 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. The island has 23 beaches and 70% of it is designated as a national park, so there's plenty of natural beauty to explore. Includes return ferry transfers from Townsville, plus breakfast and dinner vouchers.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Base Magnetic Island (4 nts) Meals: 4 dinners Transport: Return ferry transfer Includes: All dive equipment, qualified instructors, SSI Open Water Dive Certification, 4 open water dives Tour Code: FGPOWD

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Base Magnetic Island (2 nts) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Includes: Return transfer from Townsville, one complimentary drink, free snorkel hire Tour Code: FGPSTF

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KURANDA

SKYRAIL RAINFOREST CABLEWAY

CAIRNS

FITZROY ISLAND: 35KM

Best Place for.. • Nightlife: The strip along Spence Street is famous for unrivalled entertainment, bars and general shenanigans. • Seafood: Unbutton your jeans, as Cairns is absolutely rammedBILWON with fantastic seafood restaurants. FOREST RESERVE scuba-dive, hop on a helicopter, or sleep • Reefing: Snorkel, on a Reef Pontoon for the ultimate starry experience. CAIRNS

Budget

Currencies

Best time to go

USD $130 per day

Australian Dollar ($)

Apr-Nov

ARTHERTON TABLELANDS: 35KM TULLY RIVER: 160KM


CAIRNS & THE TROPICAL NORTH 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, diving and bungy jumping before getting even giddier in the bars.

Glampacker

1

GILLIGAN'S RESORT

Shoestring

£13 £39

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

2

NOMADS CAIRNS

ROOM ONLY

£14 £17

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 • Shared kitchen • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Garden • Library • ATM • 24-hour reception

CNSGIL

STAY 4 PAY 3: 01JAN19-31MAR20

Shoestring

3

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CNSSER

STAY 4 PAY 3: 01JAN19-28MAR19. FREE AIRPORT TRANSFERS & LUGGAGE STORAGE

Rock Solid

£23 £30

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

4

QUEENS COURT

ROOM ONLY

£52 £26

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Right in the centre of the city, next to the shopping centre and within touching distance of the bars and the Marina.

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

Vibe: Newly facelifted, this is a great place to meet people with hammocks and great social areas.

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

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Garden • Safe at reception • Luggage storage • Laundry • On-site parking (at extra cost)

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

CNSYHA

STAY 2 OR MORE NIGHTS AND RECEIVE DISCOUNTED RATES: 01JAN19-31DEC19

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CNSQUC

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Rock Solid

Apartments

BAY VILLAGE TROPICAL RETREAT

5

£110 £55

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

6

SOUTHERN CROSS ATRIUM APARTMENTS

QUEENSLAND

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

£75 £38

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Just two minutes' walk from the Cairns Esplanade waterfront and a short drive from the airport.

Location: Right in the city centre, just seven minutes' walk from the train station. The Esplanade is ten minutes away.

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

Vibe: Relaxed apartments that won't break the bank, with great outdoor areas making up its best features.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Bar Balinese restaurant • Barbecue area • Luggage storage • Laundry • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Apartments • Air con • Private balcony • Kitchenette or full kitchen • 2 outdoor pools • Barbecue area • Garden • Spa and massage services • Gym • Off-site parking (at extra cost)

ACNSBV

STAY 4 PAY 3: 01APR19-30JUN19, 01MAR20-31MAR20

ACNSSC

Rock Solid

Class Act

NOVOTEL CAIRNS OASIS

7

£113 £57

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

8

PACIFIC HOTEL CAIRNS

ROOM ONLY

£136 £68

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: A short walk from the beach, the Esplanade and the bar-lined city centre.

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

Vibe: Shall we say... tropical? The laid-back hotel is surrounded by forest and features a fab pool and shady gardens.

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

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

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

STAY 4 PAY 3: 01APR19-07JUN19, 10JUN19-30JUN19, 01NOV19-24DEC19, 01JAN20-19JAN20, 31JAN20-31MAR20

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CAIRNS BUDGET BUSTER 4 DAYS, Cairns

£407

FR

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

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

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

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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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ULTIMATE CAIRNS 6 DAYS, Cairns

£549

FR

Cairns Independent Tour

highlights

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

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

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.

£110

FR

HALF DAY

If there's a more adrenalin-powered way to see the Great Barrier Reef, we haven't found it yet! This 4,200m (15,000ft) skydive over Cairns takes in views of the city, the Great Barrier 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. It's the biggest adrenalin and something you won't forget in a hurry! The duration of this activity is around two to three hours. 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

£107

FR

HALF DAY

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

RAGING THUNDER: XTREME RAFTING

£116

FR

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

£101

FR

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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QUEENSLAND

inclusions

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


Small Group Adventure

QUEENSLAND

UNCLE BRIAN'S FUN, FALLS & FOREST

£75

FR

FULL DAY

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. Departs: Daily 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

£90

FR

FULL DAY

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. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Includes: Coach to Rainforestation Nature Park, Army Duck Tour, Pamagarri Aboriginal Experience and Koala & Wildlife Park plus one-way Skyrail Tour Code: CNSKRS

GREEN ISLAND DISCOVERY TOUR

£54

FR

FULL DAY

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

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ATHERTON TABLELANDS OVERNIGHT ADVENTURE

£119

FR

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 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

FR

£44

FULL DAY

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

MARINE WORLD GREAT BARRIER REEF PONTOON

£127

FR

FULL DAY

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: 1 lunch, 1 morning and afternoon tea Transport: Return transfers from/to Marine World included Includes: All snorkelling equipment, semi-submersible and glass-bottom boat, wet suit hire Tour Code: CNSREM

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PASSIONS OF PARADISE FULL DAY, Cairns

£89

FR

Cairns

highlights

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

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

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 (at extra cost). 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

£107

FR

Cairns

highlights

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

inclusions

Departs: Daily Meals: Morning and 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

• 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.

SUNLOVER BY STARLIGHT 2 DAYS, Cairns

£297

FR

Cairns Small Group Adventure

highlights

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

inclusions

Departs: Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays Accommodation: Deluxe swag (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: Return 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

• 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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QUEENSLAND

inclusions

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


PADI OPEN WATER COURSE 5 DAYS, Cairns

£562

FR

Cairns

highlights

QUEENSLAND

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

inclusions

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 AUD $20 per person per day payable locally Tour Code: CNSODD

• Enjoy six guided fun dives • Opportunity for a night dive • Buffet lunches and starlit dinners

This popular learn to dive option is a great way to discover the surrounding beauty of Cairns, and get an extra qualification under your belt. 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 you can 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.

SNORKEL AND DIVE LIVE ABOARD 2 or 3 DAYS, Cairns

£268

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Cairns

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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 (1 or 2 nts) Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: Return air con boat transfers included Includes: Dives as specified in itinerary Note: Reef tax of AUD $20 per person per day payable locally Tour Code: CNS2OL

PADI ADVANCED OPEN WATER COURSE

• 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 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 three-day option, you'll then have a whole full day to discover more of the surrounding reef. If it's the two-day option, you can do an early morning dive and head back to Cairns after lunch.

£550

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3 DAYS

MINKE WHALE EXPEDITION

£999

FR

5 DAYS

All certified up? 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. 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 you'll need to complete a waiver and medical statement prior to diving.

Ever wanted to go snorkelling with one of the biggest animals on earth? Well, now's your chance. Set sail from Cairns and head out to the Great Barrier Reef to try and spot dwarf minke whales. During peak season, you're looking at a success rate of around 90%. On the other days, enjoy up to five dives per day and see if you can spot some of the reef's other wildlife. All meals, accommodation and transfers are included.

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

Departs: 31May19, 07Jun19, 14Jun19, 21Jun19, 19Jul19, 26Jul19 Accommodation: Twin/double room on boat (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Includes: All scuba/snorkel equipment included Tour Code: CNSMIN

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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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£18 £36

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REEF RESORT PORT DOUGLAS BY RYDGES

£137 £69

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BAY VILLAS

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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£93 £47

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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 area • Free on-site parking

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APTIRR

£143

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AQUAQUEST

FULL DAY

DAINTREE DREAMING

Highlights: Studios or apartments • Air con Outdoor pool • Garden • Barbecue area • Tennis court • Car hire STAY 4 PAY 3: 01APR19-16JUN19, 07OCT19-19DEC19, 06JAN20-31MAR20

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£152

FULL DAY

Spend a full day on a modern 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.

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.

Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch, 1 morning and afternoon tea Transport: Return boat transfers and transfers from Port Douglas or Cairns included Includes: Snorkel and dive equipment, briefings, free wetsuit hire Tour Code: PTIAQU

Departs: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Return transfers from/to Cairns in air con private vehicle Includes: Rainforest walk, smoking ceremony, Mossman Gorge swim Tour Code: CNSDAI

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QUEENSLAND

GO JUNGLE SURFING DAY TOUR

£163

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FULL DAY

After leaving Cairns or Port Douglas, head along the scenic Captain Cook Highway to Port Douglas and enter The Wildlife Habitat to spot rare cassowaries and other Aussie wildlife. Continue through Daintree National Park and then go jungle surfing; a unique rainforest tour where you fly across the canopy on ziplines. Later on, enjoy a Daintree River boat cruise and spot saltwater crocs, then head back via Alexandra Lookout. Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch, 1 morning tea Transport: Return transfers from/ to Cairns/Port Douglas included Includes: Wildlife Habitat entry, Jungle Surfing canopy tour, Daintree River cruise, driver/guide Tour Code: CNSGOJ

UNCLE BRIAN'S CAPE TRIBBBIN' TOUR

£101

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FULL DAY

Grab your hat, sunnies and some swimming gear and hit the road with Uncle Brian to visit ancient rainforests, swim in pristine creeks and rainforest rivers, laze about on tropical beaches and search for massive saltwater crocodiles on a cruise. First up is Port Douglas, where you'll get the chance to swim at Four Mile Beach before continuing into the rainforest. Keep an eye out for a rare cassowary! Later, enjoy lunch, more beach time and epic views. Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch, 1 morning tea Transport: All transfers included Includes: Rainforest walks, crocodile cruise (time is tide-dependent), viewpoints and national park fees, 1 morning tea Tour Code: CNSRCT

OCEAN SAFARI GREAT BARRIER REEF EXPERIENCE

£289

FR

2 DAYS

Cape Tribulation, where the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef is every bit as cool as it sounds. On this fully guided, two-day adventure, you'll swim in pristine creeks, lounge on tropical beaches, search for saltwater crocodiles, visit scenic lookouts and enjoy a rainforest and night walk. There's also plenty of free time and a trip to the Outback to see rock wallabies. Stay in a rainforest lodge, with a pool and just metres from the beach. Departs: Mon, Wed, Sat Accommodation: Multi-share dorms in Jungle Village Meals: 1 morning tea, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Transport: All transfers included Includes: Activities as mentioned in the itinerary Tour Code: CNSCTO

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£89

Explore fabulous underwater worlds on this snorkelling tour of the Mackay and Undine reefs, just off the coast from the 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. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Pick-up from Cape Tribulation accommodation is included Includes: All equipment hire, personalised snorkel instruction and marine park fees Tour Code: CIOOSA

CAPE TRIBULATION GO WILD OVERNIGHT

£116

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2 DAYS

On Day 1, head to Port Douglas to the Wildlife Habitat Sanctuary and 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: Shared room in beach house (1 nt) Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Mini-coach, boat Includes: Return transfers from Cairns/Port Douglas, Wildlife Habitat entry, rainforest walk, river cruise Tour Code: PTITJS/CNSTJS

Small Group Adventure

UNCLE BRIAN'S CAPE TRIBBBIN' OVERNIGHT TOUR

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Independent Tour

RAINFOREST MEETS REEF Cairns

Port Douglas

£248

FR

3 DAYS

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 half-day Ocean Safari Reef Experience, an exhilarating ride to snorkel a pristine, untouched reef. On Day 3, enjoy jungle surfing, ziplining, then spot wildlife on a Daintree River Cruise. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Cape Tribulation Beach House (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch Includes: Return transfers from Cairns/Port Douglas, Ocean Safari half-day snorkelling tour, wetsuit hire Tour Code: CNSRMR/PTIRMR

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Northern Territory & the Outback DARWIN KATHERINE

northern territory DEVIL’S MARBLES N.P. ALICE SPRINGS ULURU

south australia COOBER PEDY FLINDERS RANGES

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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 big!

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MELBOURNE TO THE RED CENTRE 13 DAYS, Melbourne

£1,339

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Alice Springs Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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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. 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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Day 1-2 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)

Day 3-4 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 Mackenzie 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)

Day 5-6 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 session. You're in Australia after all hey?! Tonight, bed down in the historic town of Quorn for a unique slice of Australian life. (B)

Day 7-9 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)

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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: Multi-share hostels (7 nts), multi-share swag camping (4 nts), underground multi-share hostel (1 nt) Transport: Private vehicle Meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $245-320 for meals not included

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Day 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 ever-iconic 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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Alice Springs

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AUSTRALIA SOUTH TO NORTH 19 DAYS, Melbourne

£1,799

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Darwin Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

Itinerary NORTHERN TERRITORY & THE OUTBACK

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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Accommodation: Multi-share hostels (10 nts), multi-share swag camping (7 nts), underground multi-share 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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• Great Otway National Park rainforest hike • Spot crocs on a nature cruise • Wine tasting in the Clare Valley

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Jan

Departures 2019 • Sleep underground in Coober Pedy • Champagne sunset at Uluru • Relax in the Mataranka Hot Springs

Like that? Try this… Day 1-5 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)

Day 6-9 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 Adnyamathanha 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)

Day 10-14 Kings Creek / Uluru / Alice Springs 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)

Day 15-19 Daly Waters / 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 massive salties on a nature cruise. The tour ends upon arrival in Darwin on the evening of Day 19. (4B, 4L, 2D)

Shorten your trip Australia North to South (13 days, Darwin - Adelaide) (GAOADZ)  Fr £1,249 Outback to Red Centre (9 days, Adelaide - Alice Springs) (GAOAAR) see page 101 Fr £899 Alice Springs to Kakadu (6 days, Alice Springs - Darwin) (GAOAAK) see page 111 Fr £679 Extend your trip Australia Encompassed (25 days, Sydney - Melbourne) (GAOAAE) see page 42-43 Fr £3,299

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MELBOURNE TO DARWIN SAFARI

NORTHERN TERRITORY & THE OUTBACK

20 DAYS, Melbourne

• Walk around Uluru • Camp at cattle stations • Hike in the Grampians

£1,753

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Darwin

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Swim in Litchfield • Barossa Valley vineyard tour • Discover Alice Springs

Day 1-8 Melbourne / Grampians National Park / Adelaide / Barossa Valley / Kangaroo Island / Adelaide / Southern Flinders Ranges Head from Melbourne towards the Great Ocean Road. Enjoy lunch at Otway National Park and watch the sun set behind the Twelve Apostles. Next day, hit the road to Grampians National Park and hike to Mackenzie Falls. Day 3 you'll visit Brambuk Cultural Centre, then jump on a bus to Adelaide. Continue to the Barossa Valley for vineyard tours. It's a gorgeous coastal drive on Day 5 as you head towards Kangaroo Island. Here, meet sea lions, sandboard, kayak, snorkel and go quad biking. Stay at a farmhouse in Flinders Chase ready to explore the wilderness the next day. Enjoy a free day in Adelaide then continue to the Southern Flinders Ranges. (3B, 7L, 4D)

Day 9-16 Coober Pedy / Kings Canyon / Uluru / Alice Springs / Banka Banka Station / Mataranka 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. Rise early for a canyon rim walk then travel to Uluru in the afternoon. Learn about Aboriginal culture and walk around the base with a local guide. On Day 13, experience sunrise over Kata Tjuta and hike around the Valley of the Winds before hitting the road to Alice Springs. Your adventure to Darwin begins by crossing the Tropic of Capricorn and stopping at Karlu Karlu (Devil's 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. (6B, 7L, 6D)

Day 17-20 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! Spend the morning of Day 19 swimming and climbing around Gunlom Falls, then overnight at a campsite by Litchfield. (3B, 4L, 2D)

Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles), Warumungu

Darwin

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Kakadu N.P. Katherine Mataranka Litchfield N.P. Banka Banka Kings Canyon

Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hostels (11 nts), camping (7 nts), farmhouse (1 nt) Transport: Minibus Meals: 12 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 12 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code: MELD20

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Alice Springs

Uluru

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Tuesdays

Coober Pedy

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Kangaroo Island

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Grampians N.P. Twelve Apostles

DARWIN TO ADELAIDE SAFARI 13 DAYS, Darwin

£1,106

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Adelaide

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Sunsets at stunning Uluru • Leisure time at Alice Springs • Learn about Aboriginal art

• Swim in waterfalls at Kakadu • Look out for crocs and more • Tour an opal mining town

Day 1-6 Darwin / Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park / Darwin / Katherine / Banka Banka / Alice Springs 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. On Day 2, travel to Twin and Jim Jim Falls, then continue to Litchfield National Park. The next day, explore the park's waterfalls, termite mounds and rock holes before returning to Darwin. On Day 4, travel south to Alice Springs. Spend the afternoon at Katherine Gorge. If the season's 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 to Banka Banka cattle station. Next morning, pass Tennant Creek and Devil's Marbles (Karlu Karlu) en route to Alice Springs. (4B, 6L, 4D)

Day 7-10 Alice Springs / Kings Canyon / Uluru / Kata Tjuta / Kings Canyon Enjoy a day at leisure in Alice Springs 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 starstudded 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, go to Watarrka National Park for a walk around Kings Canyon. (2B, 3L, 3D)

Day 11-13 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, stop at Josephine's Kangaroo Orphanage. In the morning you'll journey into the Flinders Ranges, stopping at Pimba for a look at the salt lakes. After a night among the gum trees of Wilmington, take a walk through Alligator Gorge and try spotting wallabies. Then, head back to Adelaide. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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inclusions Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Min 18 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,departing on Tuesdays and selected Saturdays (ADLPAC) Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code: DRWDAR/ADLPAC

Departures 2019 Jan-Dec

Wednesdays


OUTBACK TO THE TOP END 15 DAYS, Adelaide

£1,399

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Darwin

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• See the sunset over Uluru • Hike the Valley of the Winds • Spend a night underground

Day 1-2 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)

Day 3-5 Beltana / Wilpena Pound / William Creek / Coober Pedy

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Adelaide

Beltana

Departures 2019

Clare Valley

20 25 29

03 14 24

OUTBACK TO THE RED CENTRE 9 DAYS, Adelaide

£899

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Alice Springs

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Travel the Oodnadatta Track • See the sunset from Uluru • Spend a night underground

Dec

Wilpena Pound

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William Creek

Coober Pedy

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S O U T H AU S T R A L I A

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Alice Springs

Uluru

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Kings Canyon

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Continue north to Katherine Gorge via Mataranka Hot Springs, then on to the national parks of Kakadu and Litchfield. Finish in Darwin on Day 15. (4B, 3L, 2D)

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Day 12-15 Katherine Gorge / Kakadu / Litchfield N.P. / Darwin

Daly Waters

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Multi-share hostels (7 nts), multi-share swag camping (6 nts), multi-share 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

May

Enjoy a free day exploring the many attractions of Alice Springs before journeying north through the Outback to Daly Waters. (L)

Litchfield N.P.

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Day 10-11 Alice Springs / Outback / Daly Waters

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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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Day 6-9 Kings Canyon / Uluru / Alice Springs

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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)

• Hike Kings Canyon's gorges • Clare Valley wine tasting • Visit the opal mining capital

Day 1-2 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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Enjoy a morning walk through the gorges and canyons of Kings Canyon 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. Discover more of the region with a hike through the Valley of the Winds. Then, transfer to the town of Alice Springs on Day 9, where the tour ends on your arrival early in the evening. (3B, 2L, D)

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Day 7-9 Uluru / Kata Tjuta / Alice Springs

William Creek

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Kata Tjuta

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels (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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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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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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THE RED CENTRE TO MELBOURNE 10 DAYS, Alice Springs

£929

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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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Day 1-3 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 aweinspiring 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)

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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

Accommodation: Multi-share hostels (6 nts), multi-share swag camping (2 nts), underground multi-share hostel (1 nt) Transport: Private vehicle Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $250-325 for meals not included

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Day 4-5 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)

Day 6-7 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)

Day 8 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)

Day 9 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)

Day 10 Melbourne Day 10, visit the Loch Ard Gorge and the dramatic rock formations of the 12 Apostles - a must on any trip to 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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ROCK & RED 6 DAYS, Alice Springs

£765

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Alice Springs

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Visit Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) • Enjoy a breakfast barbecue • Simpsons Gap Aboriginal site

Day 1 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) Uluru, Outback

Day 2-3 Kings Creek Station / Uluru Meet members of the Walpiri Aboriginal community, learn how to throw a boomerang (and catch one, presumably) 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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• Awe at the Flinders Ranges • Spend a night underground • Enjoy an Uluru sunset

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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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Day 6 Alice Springs

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Simpsons Gap

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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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Day 4-5 Uluru / Alice Springs

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), lodge (2 nts), Kings Creek Station bushcamp (1 nt) Transport: Modern air con coach with free Wi-Fi and power points Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager/Driver Group Size: Max 50 Note: Optional extras include a quad-bike adventure and Uluru helicopter flight Tour Code: COAEDAD

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N O RT H E R N T E R R I TO RY

• Learn of Aboriginal culture • Walk the Valley of the Winds • Chill at the Garden of Eden

Day 1 Adelaide / Wilmington 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 town of Wilmington. (L, D)

Day 2 Coober Pedy

Kata Tjuta, Northern Territory

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 and escape underground for a night's rest. (B, L, D)

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Day 3-4 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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Day 5-6 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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inclusions Accommodation: Camping, sleeping swag included (4 nts), multi-share hostel dorm (1 nt). Option to upgrade to own dome tent or private cabin for 3 of the nights Transport: Minibus Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Group Leader: Experienced guide Group Size: Max 21 Note: Trip is also available in reverse (Alice Springs to Adelaide), departing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays (Dec-Mar) and Wednesdays and Sundays (Apr-Nov) Tour Code: ADLROP

Departures 2019 Jan-Mar & Dec

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

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Tuesdays and Saturdays

Rock to Water (Alice Springs to Adelaide) (ASPROC) 6 Days, Fr £503

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• Champagne Uluru sunset • Overnight in the Outback • Hike through Kings Canyon


OUTBACK ADVENTURE 11 DAYS, Alice Springs

£1,329

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Darwin Exclusively for 18-35s

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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. You're in for a ripper, mate. 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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Day 4-6 Uluru / Alice Springs / Renner Springs 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. On Day 5, return to Alice Springs after indulging in a big barbecue breakfast, Aussiestyle! Your Top End adventure begins the following day. Cross the Tropic of Capricorn and arrive at the traditional outback homestead of Renner Springs. On the way, keep your eyes peeled for UFOs at Wycliffe Well and visit the Devil's Marbles. (3B, D)

Day 7-9 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 massive saltwater crocs on an included wildlife cruise. (3B, D)

Day 10-11 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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Day 1-3 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-yearold 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. Perhaps Australia's most famous landmark, it doesn't need any introduction if we're being honest! (2B, 2D)

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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

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Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), lodge (3 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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TOP END & RED CENTRE 'CROCODILE ROCK' 10 DAYS, Darwin

£799

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Alice Springs Small Group Adventure

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Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 17-24 Tour Code: DRWRED

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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

Day 1 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 saltwater 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. When in Australia, do as the Aussies do! (L, D)

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 (fee of AUD $25 required until 31Mar). Itinerary can also be done in reverse from Alice Springs or Uluru

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Day 2-3 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)

Day 4-5 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. On Day 5, take a soak in the Mataranka thermal pools and enjoy a cold beer or two at the Daly Waters Pub. (B, 2L, 2D)

Day 6-8 Banka Banka / Alice Springs / Uluru Pass through Tennant Creek, taking in the huge granite boulders known as Devil's Marbles. Cross the Tropic of Capricorn and arrive into Alice Springs to stay for the next two nights. On Day 8, arrive at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and take a guided walk at 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)

Day 9-10 Uluru / Kata Tjuta / Kings Canyon / Alice Springs

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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 on arrival. (2B, 2L, D)

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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.


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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HAVEN BACKPACKER RESORT

£17 £32

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ALICE SPRINGS YHA

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£23 £33

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£90 £45

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Location: A five-minute walk from Alice Springs town centre.

Location: A block from the town centre and the Mbantua Aboriginal art gallery.

Location: On the banks of the Todd River in a popular accommodation hub.

Vibe: Aimed at budget-conscious travellers with simple, social dorms.

Vibe: Colourful and functional hostel with a barbecue area and nightly movie showings.

Vibe: Functional villas with comfy beds and plenty of privacy. Great for shutting off!

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Barbecue area • Luggage storage

Highlights: Private, mixed and female-only dorms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Barbecue area • Shared kitchen • Outdoor cinema

Highlights: Villas • Air con • Kitchenettes • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Barbecue area • Laundry • Free on-site parking

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DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON

£87 £44

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OUTBACK BALLOONING

£158

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WESTERN MACDONNELL RANGES DAY TRIP

£59

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Location: Between the Todd River and Alice Springs Golf Club.

Highlights: Private rooms • Private balcony • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Tennis court • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost)

This one calls for an early alarm with pick-ups taking place around one hour before the first light. Start the ascent and drift over the region, appreciating the view and looking out for native wildlife like red kangaroos in the light of day. After landing, enjoy light refreshments before your return transfer. The tour takes around four hours.

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Depart early 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 materials provided for indigenous people for thousands of years. Head back to Alice via the Ellery Creek Waterhole. ALSWMR


ULURU there's something in the ayer NORTHERN TERRITORY & THE OUTBACK

As far as rocks go, Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) is 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, climbing the rock has now been prohibited.

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Location: Set in a red sand desert, just 16km from Uluru itself and a short walk from the visitors' centre.

Location: In the Yulara Resort, just steps from Red Desert Reptiles and five minutes' walk from the Wintjiri Arts and Museum.

Vibe: 160 basic rooms, ideal for a quick stopover in the national park. Perks include a free shuttle to the Yulara Resort.

Vibe: Red block, cube-like hotel with sleek rooms and an outdoor pool with a sundeck. Guided walks are included.

Highlights: Mixed and single-sex dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Shared kitchen • Barbecue area • Lounge • Games room • Free shuttle to Yulara Resort

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Sundeck • Daily guided walks and cultural programmes • Free airport and resort shuttle • Free on-site parking

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Location: Surrounded by lush gardens in the Yulara Resort complex, within easy access of Uluru.

Location: In the Yulara Resort, a five-minute walk from the Uluru lookout and 20km from Uluru.

Vibe: A safe bet for comfort, convenience and helpful staff. Check out the views of that famous sacred rock!

Vibe: An upscale, luxurious complex of 228 rooms, all inspired by the ancient Aboriginal culture.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony • Outdoor pool • Bar • 2 restaurants • Garden • Spa • Art gallery • Laundry • Free airport shuttle • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • 2 bars • Restaurant • Terrace • Spa and massage services • Laundry • Tennis courts • Free on-site parking

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FIELD OF LIGHT

£26

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The exhibition, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara is overwhelming in size, covering more than seven football fields. It invites immersion in its fantasy garden of 50,000 spindles of light, all swaying in front of the sacred Uluru rock. This is definitely worth a photo opp!

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ULURU SUNRISE TOUR

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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 buffet under the stars (think kangaroo or barramundi fish) paired with beautiful wine, tales from the Outback and a stargazing session (weather dependent).

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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!

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4WD OVERNIGHT DINGO DREAMING RED CENTRE SAFARI 2 DAYS, Alice Springs/Uluru

£253

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Uluru

Small Group Adventure

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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 (required until 31Mar19 Tour Code: AYQODD/ASPODD

• See the sunset at Uluru • Camp in the Outback • Hike the Valley of the Winds

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, 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 to catch your onwards flight.

COCKATOO DREAMING RED CENTRE SAFARI 3 DAYS, Alice Springs/Uluru

• Watch the sunrise at Uluru • Hike to Kata Tjuta • Go off the beaten track

Uluru, Outback

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Swag camping (2 nts) Transport: 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 (required until 31Mar19) Tour Code: AYQCOC/ASPCOC

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£220

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Alice Springs

Small Group Adventure

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£42

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HALF DAY

highlights

• 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

£497

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Alice Springs

Small Group Adventure

inclusions

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 (required until 31Mar19) Tour Code: ASPGOA/AYQGOA

highlights

• 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. 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 (we won't make you slum it here!). 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 where your trip ends on arrival.

GALAH DREAMING RED CENTRE SAFARI 4 DAYS, Alice Springs/Uluru

£268

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Uluru

Small Group Adventure • Walk around the base of Uluru • See the sunrise at Uluru • Valley of the Winds hike

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Swag camping (2 nts), hostel (1 nt) Transport: Minibus Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (Day 1 lunch not included for Uluru departures) Group Leader: Tour guide Note: Sleeping bag hire of AUD $30 and national park fees not included (required until 31Mar19) Tour Code: ASPGAF/AYQGAF

highlights

• 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

Small Group Adventure • Get to know the Outback • Explore the Kings Canyon • Endless Star dining experience

Yulara Camp, Uluru

inclusions

£592

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Alice Springs

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 (required until 31Mar19) Tour Code: ASPWAL/AYQWAL

highlights

• 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. 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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NORTHERN TERRITORY & THE OUTBACK

• 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!

Shoestring

CHILLIS BACKPACKERS

£18 £23

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

Rock Solid

Glampacker

MELALEUCA ON MITCHELL YHA

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

£15 £20

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PALMS CITY RESORT

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

£102 £51

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Garden • 2 hot tubs

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • 3 outdoor pools • Bar • Terrace • Barbecue area • Hot tub

Highlights: Private rooms • Bungalows • Villas • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Barbecue area

STAY 4 PAY 3 & STAY 7 PAY 6: 01JAN19-31MAR20

DRWCHI

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4WD DRAGONFLY DREAMING TOP END SAFARI 3 DAYS, Darwin

£428

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Darwin Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Cruise the Kakadu wetlands • See Aboriginal rock art • Explore Litchfield National Park

inclusions

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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ADRWPC

STAY 4 PAY 3: 01JAN19–31MAR19

• 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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4WD BUFFALO DREAMING TOP END SAFARI 3 DAYS, Darwin

£384

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Darwin Small Group Adventure

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

inclusions

Departs: Daily (May-Oct) 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, 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.

4WD JABIRU DREAMING TOP END SAFARI 5 DAYS, Darwin

£727

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Darwin Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore many national parks • Swim in amazing clear pools • Litchfield & Kakadu national parks

Katherine Gorge, Northern Territory

inclusions

Departs: Daily except Thu & Fri (May-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 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!

ALICE SPRINGS TO KAKADU 6 DAYS, Alice Springs

£679

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Darwin

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Explore Kakadu National Park • Soak in Mataranka Hot Springs • See Litchfield's termite mounds

Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory

inclusions

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 Devil's 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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NORTHERN TERRITORY & THE OUTBACK

• Search for crocodiles and more • Swim in cooling plunge pools • Learn about Aboriginal art


Western Australia THE KIMBERLEY

BROOME

EXMOUTH

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

MONKEY MIA

GERALDTON

KALGOORLIE

PERTH ESPERANCE MARGARET RIVER

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ALBANY

GOING OFF ROAD

THE ISOLATION

NINGALOO REEF

HIPPIE HAVEN

WIDE OPEN SPACE

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 darn 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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PERTH TO DARWIN CAMPING ADVENTURE 20 DAYS, Perth

£2,252

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Darwin Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: Guide/driver throughout Group Size: Max 13, Min 4 Tour Code: PERPDC

inclusions Accommodation: Camping (16 nts), multi-share dorm (3 nts) Transport: 4WD, Off-Road Vehicle Meals: 17 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 16 dinners Note: You must make your own way to your pick up point in Perth

Day 1-5 Perth / Pinnacles / Kalbarri / Monkey Mia / Shark Bay / Coral Bay / Exmouth Head out of Western Australia's capital and swing by Nambung National Park, home of the Pinnacles limestone formations. Continue to Kalbarri National Park for your first bush camp of the trip, located along the banks of the Murchison River. The next day, explore Murchison Gorge and Nature's Window, then head north to Shark Bay and Monkey Mia. Wild dolphins have been visiting the shoreline at Monkey Mia virtually every day for over 40 years, making this spot one of the best places in the world for wild dolphin encounters. Later on, continue north to Coral Bay where you'll have free time to do as much snorkelling as you please. The region is famous for its manta rays and whale sharks (in season), so fingers crossed lady luck is on your side! Then, continue to Exmouth and the Cape Range National Park, where Ningaloo Reef comes right in to shore. Take a dip underwater to spot turtles. (4B, 5L, 5D)

Day 6-10 Karijini National Park / Pardoo Roadhoue / Broome

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• Spot Monkey Mia's famous dolphins • Plenty of beach time in Broome • See crocs, birds and more at Lake Argyle

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Departures 2019

highlights

• Discover incredible scenery and wildlife • Explore the epic Murchison Gorge • Spot manta rays and whale sharks

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Say goodbye to the West Coast for a few days and head inland to the spectacular Karijini National Park. A highlight of any trip through the region, you'll have a few days to explore the spectacular gorges and waterfalls that make the park so famous. You'll also get the chance to join a canyoning tour (at own expense) for one of these days, enabling you the chance to explore some of the areas restricted to rope access only. Don't forget to make some time to go swimming in the park's waterfalls and pools; Fortescue Falls and Handrail Pool are our personal favs. On Day 9, push through the Pilbara Region and make your way to Broome via Marble Bar and 80-Mile Beach. (4B, 4L, 3D)

Day 11-15 Broome / Gibb River Road There's plenty to do in Broome; chill out on the beach, check out the town's dinosaur footprints (yes, really) or visit the world's oldest outdoor cinema. On Day 12, pay a visit to the famous Boab Prison Tree, probably the world's only prison to be found in a tree (!), then continue to Windjana Gorge for a scenic hike. Journey on to Tunnel Creek, home to one of the oldest cave systems in Western Australia. Many Aboriginal rock paintings are present in the cave and it was a hideout of the Aboriginal warrior, Jandamarra in 1897. From Tunnel Creek, head onto the Gibb River Road, a 700km long outback dirt road which runs between Derby and Kununurra. Along the way, stop at Manning Gorge to see some Bradshaw Aboriginal Rock Art and spot saltwater crocs in the Pentecost River. (4B, 4L, 4D)

Darwin

Day 16-20 Purnululu N.P. (Bungle Bungles) / Lake Argyle / Katherine / Darwin

Katherine Lake Argyle

A hike through a spectacular gorge on Day 16 takes you to Emma Falls a deep plunge pool where you can take a dip. Journey on to Purnululu National Park, otherwise known as the Bungle Bungles. Your time here will be spent hiking, and there's even a chance to take a helicopter ride over the famous rocks themselves. Head via Kununurra to Lake Argyle, a huge freshwater lake teaming with wildlife, from wallabies to freshwater crocodiles to birdlife. Enjoy a boat ride here, then head to Darwin via Katherine to explore Edith Falls in Nitmiluk National Park. (5B, 5L, 4D)

Gibb River Broome Marble Bar

Exmouth

Bungle Bungles N O RT H E R N TE R R I TO RY

Karijini N.P.

Coral Bay

Shark Bay / Monkey Mia Kalbarri N.P. Pinnacles

W E S T E R N AU S T R A L I A

Perth

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Travel the entire West Coast of Oz in three weeks, as you discover raw desert landscapes, stunning coastlines and national parks of the off-the-beatentrack Kimberley region. And the best part? You'll be sleeping under the stars most nights. When in Western Oz.


EXMOUTH EXPLORER 7 DAYS, Perth

£770

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Perth Small Group Adventure

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

A true blue Aussie tour that takes you to some of the best natural wonders in Australia from the Pinnacles Desert to canyoning in Cape Range National Park. Mingle with dolphins, take in coastal scenery, snorkel Ningaloo Reef, sand board huge dunes and unwind and swim in secluded bays, ah the serenity! Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Experienced guide Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code: PEREXE

inclusions Departs: Tuesdays and Fridays Accommodation: Multi-share dorms (6 nts). Upgrades available Transport: Bus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Note: Ensure you pack appropriately for all weather conditions

• Visit the limestone Pinnacles Desert • Explore Kalbarri National Park • Spot the dolphins at Monkey Mia

highlights

• Snorkel your way around Ningaloo Reef • See canyons at Cape Range National Park • Spend quality time with Aussie wildlife

Day 1 Perth / Kalbarri Start the tour sandboarding the huge white dunes of Lancelin. Follow up with a guided tour through the limestone pillars and yellow sand dunes of the Pinnacles Desert, and dig into lunch by the sea. You'll then journey up the Indian Ocean Drive with great coastal views. After a quick stop at Geraldton and then it's on to the seaside town of Kalbarri for the night, known for its seaside cliffs and estuary beach and wild pelicans. (L, D)

Day 2-3 Kalbarri National Park / Shark Bay / Coral Bay Day 2 begins with a visit to Murchison Gorge, Nature's Window and Z-Bend in Kalbarri National Park where water has carved its way through sandstone, you're going to want to have the batteries charged for the pics here guys. Opt to give abseiling a go and if you're here during wildflower season, you'll be spoilt with colour. Take your gram pic at Nature's Window before strolling a beach made up of tiny shells. Spot dolphins on Day 3 at Monkey Mia, chill out at the beach, coffee and dinner at nearby restaurants before hitting the road again. See the stromatolites at Shark Bay, one of only two places in the world where living marine stromatolites exist. Then rest-up and tuck in for the night at your accommodation in Coral Bay. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 4-5 Coral Bay / Exmouth You have Day 4 to explore Ningaloo Reef at your own pace, choose to join a boat tour or just spend your time swimming off the magnificent beaches. You can spot hundreds of exotic marine species here like whale sharks, humpback whales, and turtles. Worth a mention is that over 500 species of fish live here, so it would be best to pop the snorkel on and discover it for yourself. After all that swimming, opt to sink your teeth into the quintessential Aussie snack, the humble meat pie. Stroll along the beach and visit the shark nursery, opt to swim with the manta rays or snorkel on the reef. Take a short drive along the peninsula to Exmouth for the night. Adventure through Cape Range National Park on Day 5, here you'll find rugged limestone ranges, deep canyons and only 50km of pristine beach... nothing to brag about. Relax on the beach or choose to snorkel the Turquoise Bay, visit Vlamingh Head Lighthouse and more before returning to your accommodation in the late arvo. (2B, L, 2D)

Day 6-7 Exmouth / Northbrook / Perth Rise and shine on Day 6 with a visit at Carnarvon and visit on the local banana or mango plantations (seasonal) staying overnight on an Australian wheat farm. Make your way back to Perth on Day 7 with a scenic drive in the countryside. You'll stop along the way at Greenough Wildlife Park where you can say g'day to wonderful Aussie wildlife and meet one of the country's national emblems, the kangaroo. Kick back and settle in on the bus for the last stretch of the drive into Perth. Drop-offs start at about 6:30pm and then you're free to go and explore Perth, Australia's most isolated capital but the country's sunniest! (2B, 2L, D)

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Kalbarri N.P.

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Nature's Window, Kalbarri National Park

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Exmouth Coral Bay

Shark Bay

Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef

Fr £740


PERTH TO BROOME CAMPING 9 DAYS, Perth

£948

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Broome

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Hike remote areas • Swim in gorgeous gorges • Explore national parks

• See the Pinnacles • Snorkel beautiful beaches • Bush camp in private areas

Xxxxxxxxxxx Get out of Perth nice and early on Day 1 to see the Pinnacles. Then, you're off to explore the coastal areas of Kalbarri, here you can opt to get on the Bigurda Trail and Eagle Gorge, before settling in around the campfire along the Murchison River. On Day 3 you'll hit the sand dunes, then into Hamelin Pool and Shell Beach before meeting the dolphins in Monkey Mia. Head north towards Coral Bay and camp under the stars tonight. (2B, 3L, 3D)

Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef

Day 4-5 Coral Bay / Cape Range National Park

Perth to Broome Accommodated & Camping (PERPBA) 10 Days Fr £1,005

BROOME TO DARWIN 4WD CAMPING ADVENTURE 9 DAYS, Broome

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£1,305

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Darwin

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• See wallabies in Lake Argyle • 4WD along Gibb River Road • Cathedral Gorge hike

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It's a big travel day today as you journey through the Pilbara region via Marble Bar, an Outback town home to the famous Iron Clad Hotel. Enjoy some beers and Aussie hospitality before getting back on the dirt roads to Broome, finishing the tour with one last swim and sunset at Cable Beach. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Departures 2019/20

Jan 20

Monkey Mia Kalbarri N.P.

Day 8-9 Karijini National Park / Pilbara / Broome

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Karijini N.P.

Coral Bay

Apr

Head west to Karijini National Park where you'll be spoilt with spectacular gorges and waterfalls to swim and hike. Spend two nights in the National Park Campground which has great access to activities in the area, you can opt to join a canyoning tour. On Day 7 you'll also explore the gorges in Weano area. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Trip Style: Camping Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Bush camping in swags or tents, no bathroom (8 nts) Transport: Offroad vehicle Meals: 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners Group Leader: Dedicated wildlife hiking guide throughout Group Size: Max 13 Note: Sleeping bag required. Tour also operates in reverse Tour Code: PERPBC

Cape Range N.P.

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Day 6-7 Karijini National Park

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Broome

Feb

Spend most of Day 4 frolicking in beautiful Coral Bay, opt to do a variety of activities from snorkelling with manta rays (year-round) or whale sharks (Mar-Jul) to boat cruises. Head towards Exmouth and spend a night on Yardie Creek Station. Hike the limestone cliffs of Cape Range National Park on Day 5 or snorkel Ningaloo Reef. With some luck you'll spot some turtles and dolphins in Turquoise Bay. (2B, 2L, 2D)

• Spot salt water crocs • Hike Emma Falls • Explore the Bungle Bungles

Day 1-3 Broome / Kimberley / Tunnel Creek / Manning Gorge Kick off in Broome heading into the Kimberley stopping first at the famous Boab Prison Tree near Derby, and next to Windjana Gorge where you can expect epic cliffs and sandy beaches. You'll also get to see freshwater crocodiles swimming in nearby waterholes. Get off the grid on Days 2 and 3 going into tough 4WD territory on Gibb River Road and explore various rivers, gorges and waterfalls. (2B, 3L, 3D)

Day 4-5 Manning / Pentecost River / Purnululu National Park Wake up to an early morning swim and then get back on the road stopping at Ellenbrae Cattle Station. Then you'll 4WD through the Pentecost River occupied by salt water crocodiles, and settle into camp under the stars. Hike Emma Falls and jump into a waterhole on Day 5 before heading to Purnululu National Park more commonly known as the Bungle Bungles. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Darwin W E S T E R N AU S T R A L I A

Day 6-7 Purnululu National Park/ Cathedral Gorge / Lake Argyle Set out on one of the most impressive hikes through epic geographical formations into Cathedral Gorge. Opt for a scenic helicopter ride over the Bungles and then hike the Echidna Chasm. Make your way to Kununurra on Day 7 stopping at Lake Argyle, a huge freshwater lake beaming with wildlife from wallabies to freshwater crocs. Take a swim and watch the sunset from your remote island campsite. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 8-9 Katherine / Edith Falls / Darwin Pack up camp and push east towards the border of the Northern Territory. Spend an afternoon with an Aboriginal elder viewing the Rock Art of the Menngen Community. Day 9, arrive in Katherine to swim, hike and adventure at Edith Falls. Take in the views one last time before making your way to the final stop, Darwin. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Darwin to Broome 4WD Camping Adventure (DRWDTB) 9 Days, Fr £1,305

Katherine Pentecost River

Manning Gorge

Broome

Tunnel Creek

N O RT H E RN T E R R I TO RY

Bungle Bungles

inclusions Trip Style: Camping Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Camping in swags or tents, no bathroom (8 nts) Transport: 4WD Meals: 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners Group Leader: Dedicated wildlife hiking guide throughout Group Size: Max 13 Note: Sleeping bag required Tour Code: BMEDCA

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Lake Argyle

Departures 2019/20 Apr-Aug Sep Oct

Typically 4 departures per month Typically 5 departures per month Typically 1 departure per month

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Day 1-3 Perth / Kalbarri National Park / Monkey Mia


MARGARET RIVER & BEYOND 3 DAYS, Perth

£407

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Perth Small Group Adventure

highlights

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

• Eat & drink through Margaret River • See the ancient forests of Walpole • Swim in William Bay National Park

Margaret River, Western Australia

inclusions

Departs: Selected Sundays Accommodation: Dorm or private room (2 nts) Group Size: Max 20 Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Note: Pack a waterproof jacket and walking shoes Tour Code: PERMRB

• Experience indigenous culture • Canoe along scenic Margaret River • See epic rock formations in Albany

The adventure begins travelling south from Perth into Busselton for a coffee and a chat by the waterfront, then head into Margaret River. Taste some of the finest wine, chocolate and cheese, and visit wineries and craft breweries. Spend the night in Dunsborough, with beautiful beaches and great evening vibes. Visit the deep Ngilgi Caves, experience the sounds of a didgeridoo and taste indigenous food. Swing by the township of Margaret River for a quick look at the boutique shops and galleries. Fuel up at lunch in Hamlin Bay before climbing up the native Karri tree in Walpole, one of only three wooden top towers in the world. Get further into Walpole with a bushwalk through a 400 year old giant forest, and swim the stunning Greens Pool beach. Cruise the scenic coast of Albany and enjoy a final lunch in town before rolling into Perth.

BEST OF SOUTH WEST 6 DAYS, Perth

£743

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Perth Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Swim some of the best beaches • See Cape Le Grand National Park • Walk the Valley of the Giants

Cape Le Grand National Park, Esperance

inclusions

Departs: Selected Sundays Accommodation: Multi-share hostel. Upgrades available (5 nts) Group Size: Max 20 Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Note: Moderate level of fitness required Tour Code: PERBOS

• Engage in indigenous culture • Discover Wave Rock & the Outback • Taste the wines of Margaret River

Your first day begins with a coffee on the waterfront in Busselton, then you're off to a dream-like beach for lunch and a swim. And that's just the beginning. You will indulge your tastebuds at Margaret River, sampling your way around wineries, breweries and cheese and chocolate factories. Experience the unique sound of a didgeridoo, taste native foods and learn bush medicine. Check out some of the best waves and head into the Valley of the Giants, with red tingle trees over 400 years old. Cruise the scenic coastline to Albany and visit the oldest mountain range in the world, Porongurups. Swim the pristine beaches of Cape Le Grand, spot the local grey 'roos and hike up Frenchman's Peak, which is sure to make your top hike list. You'll be spoilt with a gorgeous sunset and a cold beer and a last dinner in Esperance before the heading back to Perth.

SECRETS OF ESPERANCE 6 DAYS, Perth

£541

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Perth Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore the intriguing Wave Rock • Fitzgerald River National Park • Koomal Dreaming experience

Frenchman's Peak, Cape Le Grand

inclusions

Departs: Sundays (Jan-Feb & Dec), selected Sundays (Mar-May, SepNov) Accommodation: Swag 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

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• Climb Tingle & Diamond tree • 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 East Mount Baron. 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 and some secret swim spots. Hike the oldest mountain range, the Porongurups, on Day 4, and enjoy sweeping views from Castle Rock. Taste your way around Margaret River's breweries, wineries and a chocolate and cheese factory and immerse yourself in the indigenous culture with the Koomal Dreaming experience on your last day. Return to Perth on Day 6.

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PERTH & BEYOND slow it down WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The world's most isolated state capital, but also the sunniest! Beautiful weather, great beaches and a knack for laid-back living accounts for the city's youthful glow. Throw in Leederville and Subiaco's glut of restaurants, bars and boutiques as well as Northbridge's vibrant nightlife, and you've got yourself a city that's worth sticking around in. Further out, make for the beachside club scene in Fremantle or surf the breaks in Cottesloe.

Shoestring

PERTH CITY YHA

Shoestring

£24 £38

FR FR

FREMANTLE PRISON YHA, FREMANTLE

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

£17 £59

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: In the heart of Perth's central business district and a five-minute walk from Perth Railway Station.

Location: Situated in the former women's division of the World Heritage-listed Fremantle Prison.

Vibe: Art Deco building with a swimming pool and gym. Have a drink at the bar, play billiards and enjoy the evening entertainment.

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 or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Lockers • Outdoor pool • TV lounge • Games room • Shared kitchen • Gym • Evening entertainment

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Personal lockers • Shared kitchen • Shared TV lounge • Games room • Book exchange • Vending machines

PERYHA

Shoestring

OLD SWAN BARRACKS

£21 £32

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

PERFPY

Rock Solid

SULLIVANS HOTEL

£95 £48

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Class Act

TRIBE HOTEL

FR FR

£75 £38

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: In the heart of Northbridge and close to the new Optus Stadium.

Location: At the foot of King's Park and just over a kilometre from central Perth.

Location: A short walk from Domain stadium and close to the city centre.

Vibe: Lively hostel housed in a former military barrack dating from 1896.

Vibe: Unfussy boutique hotel with 71 clean and comfy rooms.

Vibe: Each room features stylish decor, a luxurious bathroom and a coffee pod, lush!

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 • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Terrace • Garden • Free bike rental

Highlights: Private rooms with garden or city views • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Bar • Free bike rental • 24-hour reception

PEROLD

STAY 4 PAY 3: 01APR19-31JUL19

PERSUP

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

SWAN VALLEY WINERY EXPERIENCE

£66

FR

FULL DAY

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.

WAVE ROCK, YORK & WILDFLOWERS TOUR

£120

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.

PERSWN

SWIM WITH SEALS JURIEN BAY

FR

£60

FR

HALF DAY

Swim the beautiful Jurien Bay with its cute and friendly inhabitants. During the eco-friendly tour you'll see dolphins and native bird life before anchoring the boat to see the seals come out and play. Now it's time to pop on the snorkel and jump in, swimming with the seals until they get bored of you, which is around 1-1.5 hours!

VIPER1

VIPER2

Independent Tour

PINNACLES SUNSET & WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE

£89

FR

FULL DAY

Slather on the sunscreen for a big day in Yanchep National Park, visiting bushlands and caves, and spotting kanagaroos and koalas. Take the option to explore the Crystal Cave or stroll around taking pictures of the adorable koalas and kangaroos roaming the area. Visit a gourmet Aussie chocolate shop and have free time to roam among the gumtrees before heading to the Pinnacles Desert for a sunset picnic and a guided tour through the limestone pillars. Departs: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays Meals: Morning tea, 1 dinner Transport: Bus, transfers from selected locations Note: Bring bathers (summer), money for optional Crystal Cave tour Tour Code: PERODP

ROTTNEST OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE

£157

FR

2 DAYS

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: 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

£43

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Perth

highlights

• Spend a full day on Rottnest • Enjoy an included bike ride • Spot ospreys, seals and dolphins

Rottnest Island, Western Australia

inclusions

Departs: Daily Meals: Not included 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

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• 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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EXMOUTH & BROOME surf 'n' turf WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Broome is your western gateway to Australia's last frontier, the Kimberley region. Still steeped in Aboriginal culture, it's also famed for its pearling industry, a DINOmite collection of dinosaur footprints (…) and the luxury beachfront resorts of Cable Beach. A thousand kilometres down the coast, beachy Exmouth is home to wandering emus, cockatoos and even migrating whale sharks (AprJul), as well as being a base for the UNESCO-listed Ningaloo Reef.

Rock Solid

POTSHOT RESORT, EXMOUTH

£93 £47

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

Shoestring

KIMBERLEY KLUB, BROOME

ROOM ONLY

£12 £22

FR FR

A-List

CABLE BEACH CLUB, BROOME

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

£148 £74

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

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 area • Nightclub

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

Highlights: Private studios • Bungalows • 2 outdoor pools • 3 restaurants • Bar • 2 cafés • Spa • Gym • Tennis courts

AEXMPS

SWIMMING WITH WHALE SHARKS OR HUMPBACKS

BMEKKY

£104

FR

FULL DAY

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 (Aug-Oct) Meals: Lunch and morning and afternoon tea Transport: Hotel pick-up Includes: Mask and snorkel and wetsuit hire Tour Code: EXMMOU/EXMHUM

NINGALOO REEF SNORKEL SAFARI DAY TRIP

ABMECB

£113

FR

FULL DAY

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

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South Australia

SOUTH AUSTRALIA WILLIAM CREEK

COOBER PEDY

FLINDERS RANGES

COODLIE PARK

PORT LINCOLN

ADELAIDE

KANGAROO ISLAND

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CULTURE VULTURES

KANGAROO ISLAND

GREAT WHITE DELIGHT

FESTIVAL CITY

EYRE PENINSULA

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, just off Port Lincoln, are one of the best places in the world to spot the mighty great white sharks.

Adelaide turns into festival city in March, with Adelaide Fringe, WOMADelaide and Adelaide Festival. And the weather is perfectly balmy.

This is THE place for aquatic adventures. We're talking whale watching, swimming with dolphins and plenty of sea lions.

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ADELAIDE & BEYOND great whites or great vintages

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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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TEQUILA SUNRISE HOSTEL, ADELAIDE

Shoestring

£15 £23

FR FR

DORM SINGLE

ADELAIDE CENTRAL YHA

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

£25 £34

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Adelaide's CBD, two blocks from Central Market, Hindley Street and a wealth of museums and attractions.

Location: Right in the centre of town, overlooking a leafy square in the CBD and just a few minutes away from Central Market.

Vibe: This historic Victorian building has an awesome vibe right in the heart of the action. Plus, morning pancakes!

Vibe: Funky, modern hostel with a lively lounge-come-dining area. It's all go and there are plenty of people to meet.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Air con • Lockers • TV lounge • Shared kitchen • Luggage storage • Laundry (at extra cost) • Tour desk • Airport shuttle available (at extra cost)

Highlights: Mixed or single-sex dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Shared kitchen • Barbecue area • TV lounge • Movie night • 24-hour reception • Free Wi-Fi available in public areas

ADLTEQ

ADLYHA

Rock Solid

BREAKFREE ADELAIDE

Class Act

£70 £35

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

MAJESTIC MINIMA

ROOM ONLY

£49 £25

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: At the heart's of Adelaide's vibrant West End, a short walk from West Terrace tram stop.

Location: On North Adelaide's cosmopolitan Melbourne Street. Within walking distance of the CBD and the Botanic Gardens.

Vibe: Save your dollars for the sights at this simple, comfy and self-catering hotel.

Vibe: It's not just the outside covered in murals! Each room at this quirky hotel has been painted by a local South Australian artist.

Highlights: Studios • Apartments • Air con • Fully-equipped kitchen • Private balcony • Bar • Restaurant • Laundry • Access to off-site gym • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor terrace • Luggage storage • Laundry • Daily housekeeping • Free bike rental • On-site parking available (at extra cost)

AADLBD

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA

BAROSSA VALLEY TOUR

£64

FR

FULL DAY

KANGAROO ISLAND EXPERIENCE

£176

FR

FULL DAY

Get groovy in the Barossa Valley, Australia's most famous wine region! Swirl, sniff and sip your way around four wineries 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. Enjoy an included gourmet pizza lunch. End the day with a superb view over the Barossa Valley from Menglers Hill and then head back to Adelaide.

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. Make sure the cameras are charged because the photo ops will be incredible, snap vineyards, wildlife and epic coastlines.

Departs: Daily Meals: Lunch and four wine tastings. Transport: Air-conditioned minibus Note: Hotel pickup and drop-off available from selected hotels Tour Code: VIADL1

Departs: Daily Meals: Two course lunch at Vivonne Bay Bistro Transport: Bus, ferry Includes: Transfers, expert local guide/driver Note: moderate level of fitness required Tour Code: ADLKIH

SWIM WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS, PORT LINCOLN

£176

FR

FULL DAY

Spend almost three hours cruising from Port Lincoln to where mighty great whites hang out, spotting dolphins and birds along the way. To ensure protection of the environment audio vibrations are used to to attract the sharks, turns out they love AC/DC! And when the sharks arrive, you'll have the option to hop into a cage or an aqua-sub (glass viewing area) and come face to face with this incredible species. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea are included. Departs: Daily (from Port Lincoln) Meals: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea Transport: Bus, boat Inclusions: Free photos Note: You must be a confident swimmer. Swimming equipment is available for hire Tour Code: PLOSWI

SWIM WITH SEA LIONS, PORT LINCOLN

£122

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HALF DAY

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. Sea lions love to play and will definitely show-off for you with a few back-flips, leaps and twists. Snorkel, mask, wetsuits and flippers are included along with photos and some light meals. Departs: Daily Meals: 1 breakfast, morning tea Inclusions: Swimming equipment, free photos Transport: Bus, boat Note: Must be a confident swimmer Tour Code: PLOSSL

KANGAROO ISLAND ADVENTURE TOUR 2 DAYS, Adelaide

£273

FR

Adelaide Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Flinders Chase National Park • See a shearing demonstration • Beach barbecues and sandboarding

inclusions

Departs: Daily (Dec-Mar); Wed and Sat (May-Aug); Mon, Wed, Sat (Sep-Oct); Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat (Apr and Nov) Accommodation: Multishare dorms (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: Coach, ferry Tour Code: ADLKIS

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• Visit the beautiful Stokes Bay • Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary • Free time in Vivonne Bay

Veer off the tourist trail from Adelaide, and take a short ferry to Kangaroo Island. First up, visit Rob's Sheep Shearing & Sheepdogs for a shearing demonstration by one of the island's biggest characters, then continue to the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery before walking among a colony of rare Australian sea lions at (where else) Seal Bay. Tie up the day with sandboarding at Little Sahara and a beach barbie and swimming at Vivonne Bay. On Day 2, make for Flinders Chase National Park to see the park's resident long-nosed fur seals at Cape du Couedic's Admiral Arch. Fuel up with another beach barbecue (when in Rome) and head to the secluded beach of Stokes Bay where, time permitting, you can spot wallabies on the Ironstone Hill. Return to Adelaide in the evening. Fancy doing it as a self-drive? Please ask for details.

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Small Group Adventure

Kangaroo Island, Australia

Port Lincoln, Eyre Peninsula

KANGAROO ISLAND WILDLIFE ADVENTURE FARM STAY Adelaide

Adelaide

£265

FR

2 DAYS

highlights

• Spot seals at Seal Bay • Great views from Prospect Hill

• Visit Remarkable Rocks • Great sandboarding

SECRETS OF THE EYRE PENINSULA Adelaide

£541

FR

Adelaide

6 DAYS

highlights

• Traditional swag camping • Optional shark cage diving

• See lots of native wildlife • Hike the Dutchman's Stern

A great way to check out the wildlife and wilderness of Kangaroo Island. Leave 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... place your bets... seals! Next up, visit Remarkable Rocks and Admiral's Arch, then sleep in farm-style accommodation before the following day's hiking, snorkelling (summer only), sandboarding and kayaking. Return to Adelaide that evening.

See some of Oz's best national parks, beaches and wildlife-laden coasts. Leaving the city on Day 1, pass the Southern Flinders Ranges and arrive at the Eyre Peninsula on Day 2. Spend your days hiking the Dutchman's Stern, exploring Venus Bay, sandboarding, snorkelling and digging into barbecue dinners. You'll also visit Port Lincoln, the seafood capital of Australia, and get the chance to sign up to a shark cage dive! Return to Adelaide on Day 6.

Departs: Mon, Wed, Sat (Nov-Apr); Wed, Sat (May-Oct); Mon, Thu and Sat (Apr and Nov) Accommodation: Multi-share dorm on a farm (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: Coach, ferry Tour Code: ADLKI2

Departs: Wed (Dec-Jan), selected Wed (Feb-May and Sep-Nov) Accommodation: Swag camping (5 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Transport: Minibus Group Leader: Tour guide Tour Code: ADL5DS

ULTIMATE WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE 10 DAYS, Adelaide

£978

FR

Perth

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Hike the Flinders Ranges • Swim with sea lions • Cross the mighty Nullarbor

• Explore ancient forests • Aboriginal cultural experience • Lake Newland sandboarding

Day 1-3 Flinders Ranges / Eyre Peninsula / Fowlers Bay From Adelaide, head to the Flinders Ranges, with its rugged rock formations, wallowing canyons, and rich in Aboriginal and pastoral history. Keep an eye out for the rare yellow-footed rock wallabies before setting up camp in the Warren Gorge. Pass through the Eyre Peninsula and stop by the Lake Newland sand dunes before settling in to your swag huts at Coodlie Park. Opt to swim with seals and sea lions on Day 3, then head to your camp at Fowlers Bay. (2B, 3L, 3D)

Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia

Day 4-7 Great Australian Bight / Esperance / Cape Le Grand Travel along 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, rugged scenery and... sunbathing kangaroos! Find kaleidoscopic wildflowers and keep your eyes peeled for pygmy possums. Enjoy a day here meandering its beaches, fishing, swimming, surfing, you name it, before heading to the Stirling Ranges on Day 7 after an early-morning hike to Frenchman's Peak. Walk along granite, wooden boardwalks and gravel paths before reaching this rewarding summit with wonderful panoramic views over the park. (4B, 4L, 4D)

W E S T E R N AU S T R A L I A

Perth

Fowlers Bay Esperance

Margaret River

S O U T H AU S T R A L I A

Cape Le Grand N.P. Stirling Ranges

Flinders Ranges

Coodlie Park Eyre Peninsula

Adelaide

Day 8-10 Stirling Ranges / Margaret River / Perth Enjoy the scenic drive along the South West Coast on Day 8 and get the cameras ready for the Valley of the Giants. Afterwards, head to Margaret River, known for its amazing wineries (world-class red wines, hello), incredible views and local produce. Visit the underground karst world of Ngilgi Caves - formed roughly a million years ago - and learn about local indigenous culture on Day 10 before getting back on the road for your final destination, Perth. Not quite ready to leave yet? Choose to stay on and take a walking tour in Perth, gaze at the sunset from Cottesloe Beach, and sit back and enjoy the chilled out slow paced lifestyle. (3B, 3L, 2D).

inclusions Departs: Selected Wed (Jan-May & Sep-Mar20) Accommodation: Camping (9 nts). Sleeping bag required Transport: Modern air con minibus Meals: 9 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

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Small Group Adventure


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YARRA VALLEY

MELBOURNE PHILLIP ISLAND

WILSONS PROMONTORY

HIPSTER HAVENS

GETTING INTO NATURE

LIVEABLE CITIES

THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD

WINERIES

Cracking coffee, craft beer, top-notch bistros plus a vibrant arts and live music scene; edgy Melbourne is Oz's culture capital.

Get back to nature with bushwalks, waterfalls and ancient Aboriginal rock art at the sandstone mountain ranges of the Grampians.

Melbourne was ranked the world's most liveable city for seven years in a row. Vienna only just pipped it to the post this year.

One of Oz's most famous routes and arguably the most beautiful, you'll swing by surf beaches, cute towns and the Otways.

The perfect getaway year round and you're spoilt for choice. Our picks would be the Yarra Valley or the Mornington Peninsula.

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MELBOURNE ZOO

Melbourne

ROYAL PARK

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Royal P arade

Ellio tt A

Citylink

North Melbourne WEST MELBOURNE

Melbourne Airport: 20KM

MELBOURNE MUSEUM

CARLTON

CARLTON GARDENS

QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET

fitzroy Victoria Pa rade

4

9

CURTIN HOUSE

CHINATOWN

8 MELBOURNE STAR

7

THE LANES

ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL

2

FEDERATION SQUARE

DOCKLANDS

YARRA RIVER

1

FLINDERS STREET STATION

10 CROWN ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX

West Gate Fwy

YARRA PARK

MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND

NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA

EUREKA SKYDECK

SOUTHBANK

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS

SOUTH MELBOURNE er t Alb

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SOUTH YARRA

ALBERT PARK St K

Middle Park

Rd ilda

PORT PHILLIP BAY

ALBERT PARK

ST KILDA WEST

Best Place for..

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•C  offee:

For the finest coffee in the city head to Flinders Lane, Degraves Street and Little Bourke Street. •G  raffiti: Creative and colourful artwork awaits you in Hosier Lane, Centre Place, Croft Alley, and AC/DC Lane. •C  afés: Fitzroy is home to the best brunches in the city. Head to Gertrude, Brunswick, Rose and Johnston streets.

Budget

Currencies

Best time to go

Approx. USD $100 per day

Australian Dollar ($)

September-April

3 LUNA PARK

St Kilda

Punt Rd

SOUTHERN CROSS STATION

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MELBOURNE & BEYOND musos, museums & macchiatos

VICTORIA

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 Phillip Island 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.

Glampacker

£29 £43

MELBOURNE CENTRAL YHA

1

Glampacker

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2

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

UNITED BACKPACKERS

ROOM ONLY

£24 £48

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: In the heart of Melbourne's CBD within the Free Tram Zone. A convenient six-minute walk from Southern Cross Station.

Location: Right opposite the Flinders Street train station and just minutes from the Yarra River and Federation Square.

Vibe: Clean and comfy rooms and electronic locks. Fire up the barbecue on the rooftop terrace and take in the views.

Vibe: A perennial backpacker favourite. Buckets of personality and full of quirky art and décor throughout.

Highlights: Mixed and single sex dorms • Reading lights • Lockers • Rooftop terrace • Bar • Shared kitchen • TV lounge • Movie nights • Pub crawls • Walking tours • Table tennis • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Lockers • Bar • Shared kitchen • Shared TV lounge • Nightclub/DJ • Evening entertainment • Vending machines

MELYHA

MELUBK

Shoestring

BASE MELBOURNE, ST. KILDA

3

Shoestring

£18 £33

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

NOMADS MELBOURNE

ROOM ONLY

£17 £30

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Location: Five minutes' walk from Queen Victoria Market and Flagstaff Gardens, and steps away from a tram stop.

Vibe: Named as one of the world's hippest hostels by Lonely Planet, Base is ideal for those on a budget.

Vibe: Sociable, no-frills hostel featuring a rooftop sun deck, cinema lounge and bar. Perfect for meeting other travellers!

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)

126

TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Around the corner from Luna Park, close to St. Kilda and the hipster hangout of Carlisle Street.

FREE ARRIVAL AIRPORT TRANSFER: MIN STAY 3 NIGHTS

DORM

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Lockers • Bar • Café Shared kitchen • Barbecue area • Shared TV lounge • Rooftop terrace • Garden • Evening entertainment

MELBBP

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Apartments

5

EASYSTAY STUDIO APARTMENTS, ST. KILDA

Rock Solid

£93 £47

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

CAUSEWAY 353 HOTEL

6

ROOM ONLY

£112 £56

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Right in the city centre, less than a five-minute walk to Bourke Street Mall and the Regent Theatre.

Vibe: Comfortable, clean and fitted with kitchenettes. Check in at 63 Fitzroy St and get free transfers to your apartment.

Vibe: The perfect base for shopaholics, sports fans and sightseers alike, this warmly-decorated hotel offers 142 modern rooms.

Highlights: Double, twin, triple and family studio apartments • Air con and heating • Kitchenettes • TV • Tea and coffee making facilities • Laundry • Parking available (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • In-room safe • Breakfast room • Steam room • Gym • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception • Off-site parking (at extra cost)

MELEMS

MEL353

Rock Solid

7

IBIS STYLES KINGSGATE

Rock Solid

£79 £40

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

CAUSEWAY INN ON THE MALL

8

ROOM ONLY

£94 £47

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Only 500 metres from Southern Cross train station, less than a ten-minute walk from Etihad Stadium.

Location: Situated right on Bourke Street Mall, surrounded by some of Melbourne's best cafés and boutique shops.

Vibe: Urban high-rise hotel housed in a 1920s building. All 171 rooms are bright, spacious and clean, with private en suites.

Vibe: Cosy hotel set within a 1920s commercial building. Choose a city view room for the best wake-up view.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Shared TV lounge • Luggage storage • Laundry • Safe at reception • Vending machines • Off-site parking (at extra cost)

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)

AMELIK

STAY 4 PAY 3: 01APR19–31AUG19; 01DEC19–24DEC19; 02JAN20–07JAN20

Class Act

9

OVOLO LANEWAYS

MELCAU

STAY 4 PAY 3: 01APR19–31AUG19; 01DEC19–24DEC19; 02JAN20–07JAN20

A-List

£126 £64

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FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

10

CROWN METROPOL

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

£200 £100

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: On Little Bourke Street, the heart of Melbourne's foodie culture hub, and a three-minute walk from Parliament Station.

Location: On Melbourne's Southbank next to the Crown Entertainment Complex with designer shops and great restaurants.

Vibe: Stylish rooms with original artworks and luxurious bathrooms. Treat yourself to the room with a rooftop terrace.

Vibe: Luxury accommodation with access to an exclusive lounge and bar with panoramic city views, a day spa and infinity pool.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Apple TV • Black-out curtains • Minibar • Laundry • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception • Off-site parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms with views • Air con • LCD TV • Infinity pool • Indoor pool • Sun deck with loungers • Restaurant • Exclusive lounge & bar • Spa • Gym

AMELOV

AMELCM

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VICTORIA

Location: Two locations, close to the beach in St. Kilda and within walking distance to Luna Park and Acland Street cafés and bars.


VICTORIA

GREAT OCEAN ROAD EXPERIENCE

£81

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FULL DAY

Head out on one of the world's most spectacular drives heading first to Kennet River to see koalas in the wild. Enjoy lunch in Apollo Bay, home to rugged coastline and beautiful beaches. Afterwards, go for a short walk in the Otway Ranges, admiring some of the tallest trees in the world. Visit the Twelve Apostles, the extraordinary rock formations at Loch Ard Gorge and if weather permits, the fallen London Bridge - an unforgettable day trip. 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

£78

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FULL DAY

PENGUIN PARADE & KOALA HIGHLIGHTS

£81

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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

£122

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FULL DAY

Visit some of Victoria's best wineries in the scenic region of the Yarra Valley, departing Melbourne from 9am. 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 visit another prestigious winery (Apr-Oct). Later, enjoy a bird's-eye view of Mornington Peninsula on the Arthur's Seat Eagle cable car over the state forest.

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

£77

FR

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. 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

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WILSONS PROMONTORY DAY TOUR

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£81

FULL DAY

At mainland Australia's most southern point lies Wilsons Promontory or 'The Prom', as the locals call it. An incredible biosphere with diverse natural wildlife from birds to koalas and wombats. Go on a rainforest walk and a bush walk and dig your feet into the white sand on a walk to Tidal River. Gear up for a true Aussie outdoors adventure and be blown away by beautiful white beaches, native wildlife, coastal forests and walking tracks. Departs: Wednesdays and Sundays Meals: Not included Inclusions: Morning tea, entry fees, transfers to/from Melbourne Note: Wear good shoes and clothing for warm and cold weather Tour Code: MELWIL

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HIKE AND SEEK PHILLIP ISLAND

£107

FR

FULL DAY

£16

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HALF DAY

Step into the 'G' on a guided Melbourne cricket ground MCG tour. 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.

MELHCW

EUREKA SYKDECK & THE EDGE EXPERIENCE

If you're looking for an experience above all else (literally!), you could do worse than the 285m high Eureka Skydeck. Ride the Southern Hemisphere's fastest elevator to soak up floor-to-ceiling, 360-degree views. Plus, check out The Edge, an all-glass cube which projects out of the building and 285m above Melbourne, with you in it!

MELMCG

MELEUR

Small Group Adventure

PHILLIP ISLAND BEACH & WILSONS PROM EXTRAVAGANZA

£188

FR

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

Small Group Adventure

£134

FR

highlights

• Cruise along the Great Ocean Road • Take a pic at the Twelve Apostles • Camp in a Native American teepee

inclusions

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

2 DAYS

Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (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

Melbourne

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

£188

FR

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

£12

FR

HALF DAY

• 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 koalas and kangaroos in the wild and eventually camp overnight in a 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 photos along the way. Later on, head back to Melbourne for an optional night out in a favourite locals' spot.

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VICTORIA

Hike a guided circuit around Phillip Island's highest point, Cape Woolamai. Along the way you'll have plenty of chances to spot seal, penguins, wallabies, kangaroos and native birds and have knowledgeable tour guides to keep you posted. Enjoy a scenic sunrise over the coast and fuel up with a delicious post-hike brekkie.

MCG TOUR & NATIONAL SPORTS MUSEUM


WILSONS PROM WILDERNESS RETREAT 3 DAYS, Melbourne

£297

FR

Melbourne Independent Tour

highlights

VICTORIA

• Hike spectacular walking tracks • Go swimming at pristine beaches • Sleep in en suite safari tents

Wilsons Promontory, Western Australia

inclusions

Departs: Wednesdays & Fridays Accommodation: Tents with an en suite at Wilderness Retreat (2 nts) Meals: Not included Inclusions: Return transfers from Melbourne Note: Medium level of fitness required Tour Code: MELWPR

• See kangaroos, wombats and emus • Discover the granite mountains • Walk through coastal forests

Located at the southernmost point of mainland Australia, Wilsons Promontory National Park is known for its rugged granite mountains, abundant native wildlife and beautiful coast. Pack your best walking shoes and set off from Melbourne to explore the Prom on foot, strolling by wild kangaroos, wombats and emus. On your first day you'll be guided around the national park before being dropped off at your retreat. Then, hike a few tracks and take in the mountain views before hitting the white quartz sands of Squeaky Beach. Selfguiding you way through Days 2 and 3, there are more than a dozen short and day walks to choose from, including bushwalking to find native wildlife. Check out huge granite rocks and mountains, coastal forests, and all the secluded beaches you can before transferring back to Melbourne on Day 3.

GREAT OCEAN ROAD & GRAMPIANS 3 DAYS, Melbourne

£265

FR

Adelaide Small Group Adventure • Admire epic landscapes • Swim at secluded beaches • See kangaroos, koalas & more

Twelve Apostles, Victoria

inclusions

Departs: Tue & Fri (plus Sun from Jan-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

highlights

• Learn about Aboriginal life • Hike the scenic Grampians • Chase waterfalls and photo ops

Hit the Great Ocean Road one of the most scenic drives from Melbourne and head to Adelaide. Stop at 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. Enjoy lunch at Tower Hill Reserve, the site of a dormant volcano, and habitat to lots of wildlife, hopefully you'll bump into some Aussie animals here. Continue to Grampians National Park, where you'll hike to McKenzie Falls and just before sunset you'll make your way to The Balconies for a magnificent view of the ranges and photo op. Get up early on your final day for one last hike (challenging, but worth the effort for the views) before heading to Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Centre on the way to Adelaide.

ULTIMATE MELBOURNE CITY & COAST 5 DAYS, Melbourne

Independent Tour • Drive the Great Ocean Road • See the Twelve Apostles • Watch the penguin parade

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

inclusions

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

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£291

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Melbourne

highlights

• Eureka Skydeck admission • See the infamous Loch Ard Gorge • Walk Melbourne's graffiti laneways

Combine inner city beaches and breathtaking coastlines on this trip. Start with a two-day tour of the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island. Heading to Geelong early in the morning your stop is Port Campbell to see the iconic Twelve Apostles, next up it's Loch Ard Gorge named after a famous shipwreck. Afterwards head through the Otway Ranges to see some one the tallest eucalyptus trees in Australia before passing through the coastal towns of Apollo Bay and Lorne. On Day 3, ferry over to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula before making your way to Phillip island. Watch the famous penguin parade, when the adorable penguins return to shore after a day's fishing. Get under Melbourne's skin on Day 4 with a cultural walking tour, check-out cafés and laneways, then brave the lofty heights of Eureka Skydeck for epic views.

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Self-Drive Tour

Twelve Apostles, Victoria

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

GREAT OCEAN ROAD WEST Melbourne

£449

FR

Adelaide

5 DAYS

highlights

• See the Twelve Apostles • Enjoy waterfalls and lakes

• Spot an array of wildlife • Explore the Grampians

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 $145-190 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Tour Code: GAOAMA

STRAIGHT OUTTA MELBOURNE ROAD TRIP Melbourne

£476

FR

Melbourne

7 DAYS

highlights

• Drive the Great Ocean Road • Wine taste in Yarra Valley

• Go hiking in the Grampians • See the penguin parade

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: Daily Trip Style: Self-Drive Accommodation: Hotels, motels and resorts (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

WELCOME TO MELBOURNE 8 DAYS, Melbourne

£505

FR

Melbourne

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• See the famous graffiti lanes • Enjoy an exclusive food tour • Visit the Queen Vic Market

• See koalas, roos and penguins • Enjoy a wine tasting session • Surf on Phillip Island

Day 1-2 Melbourne Be in Melbourne on the Sunday night to begin your tour on Monday morning. Meet and greet your travel buddies for the week before setting off on a walking tour around the city, including the famous graffiti laneways, cafés, Federation Square and Bourke Street Mall. You'll have a welcome dinner and drink on the banks of Melbourne's Yarra River, the part of the city that sparkles by night. (D) Mount Martha, Melbourne

Day 3-4 Melbourne / Mornington Peninsula / Phillip Island Start your day with a bargain at the Queen Victoria Market, and set yourself a goal of finding the van selling hot jam doughnuts. Spend the rest of the afternoon in the most Melbourne way, eating and drinking your way through the city on an exclusive food tour, with snacks, dinner and a few drinks included. Day 4 is all about the Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island. Sit on the beach, go for a wine tasting session and finish the day watching a 500-strong penguin parade! (L, D)

Explore Melbourne yourself on Day 7, get on the tram and head into the inner city suburbs such as Richmond or Fitzroy to eat the best brunch of your life. In the afternoon, you'll sink a few beers to begin the big Saturday night bar crawl. If you're up to it on Day 8, continue exploring the city before a farewell dinner and drinks at some of the city's best rooftop and laneway bars. (2D)

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Phillip Island

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Mornington Peninsula

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Day 7-8 Melbourne

Melbourne

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This morning, learn how to ride a wave on Phillip Island before getting the chance to get up close to koalas and kangaroos! Head back to Melbourne in the evening, and start Day 6 in St. Kilda, one of the liveliest hubs in Melbourne. Take a morning stroll along the promenade and take a seat at one of the alfresco cafés, laze on the beach in the afternoon and see Acland Street by night.

Feb

V I C TO R I A

Trip Style: Small Group Tour Age Group: 18-35s Accommodation: Melbourne hostel (6 nts), Phillip Island hostel (1 nt) Transport: Coach Meals: 4 dinners, 2 lunches Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 24 Note: A working holiday version of this tour is also available. See page 23 for more details Tour Code: MELWEL

Jan

Day 5-6 Phillip Island / Melbourne

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Small Group Adventure (18-39s)


Tasmania

BAY OF FIRES CRADLE MOUNTAIN

LAUNCESTON

BICHENO

MONTEZUMA FALLS STRAHAN

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FREYCINET N.P.

MT. FIELD

HOBART PORT ARTHUR BRUNY ISLAND

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GETTING OUTDOORS

YACHT RACES AND OYSTERS

BUSHWALKING

MONA FOMA

WINE TASTING

42% of Tasmania is a World Heritage Area, a national park or a marine or forest reserve. So get the hiking boots ready!

Late December brings a party vibe to Hobart, with the annual Rolex Yacht Race and foodie loving Taste Festival in town.

The 80 km overland track to Cradle Mountain to lake St. Clair is one of Oz's greatest bushwalks. Tackle all, or just a part of it.

The Museum of Old and New Art throws an annual summer and winter music and arts festival, and it's the coolest ticket in town.

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.

Shoestring

HOBART CENTRAL YHA

Glampacker

£25 £35

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

IBIS STYLES HOBART

ROOM ONLY

£117 £59

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FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

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 • Reading room • Library • Laundry • Luggage storage • Tour desk • Private rooms

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) HBAYHA

AHBAIS

Bruny Island, Tasmania

TASVILLAS GROUP ACCOMMODATION PASS

£86

FR

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 is required from 23 Dec 31 March. No min/max night stays Tour code: TASVIL

BRUNY ISLAND DAY TOUR

£72

FR

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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TASMANIA

MOUNT WELLINGTON & MONA DAY TRIP

£64

FR

FULL DAY

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. Departs: Mon, Wed & Sat. Plus Thur & Sun (Dec-Feb) Meals: Not included Includes: Mt. Wellington Lookout, Mona entry, hotel pick-up and drop-off Tour Code: VIHBAM

BAY OF FIRES NATIONAL PARK

£78

FR

FULL DAY

PORT ARTHUR DAY TOUR

FR

£73

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 NATIONAL PARK

FR

£64

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.

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!

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

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

WILD WEST COAST 3 DAYS, Hobart

£267

FR

Hobart or Launceston Small Group Adventure • Spot wildlife at Mt. Field • Chill out by Lake St. Clair • Visit mighty Montezuma Falls

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

inclusions

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

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highlights

• Hike up Cradle Mountain • Visit the Town of Murals • Have some fun on Henty Dunes

The perfect option if you're short on time but still keen to see Tassie's biggest attractions. 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 for an added energy burst. Stop for lunch in Sheffield, the Town of Murals, then enjoy a delicious salmon tasting before ending the trip in either Launceston or Hobart.

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• Hike in beautiful wilderness • See Montezuma Falls • Enjoy incredible views

• Taste delicious cheese • Visit a penguin colony • Swim in the Bay of Fires

Day 1 Hobart / Mt Field / Russell Falls / Lake St. Clair

Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania

Day 2 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. Walk through ancient rainforest and tuck into lunch in the fishing village of Strahan, once one of the most remote outposts of the British Empire. End the day with a visit to the giant Henty Dunes for tip-top views and jumping pics, we got you!

Day 3 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! A truly spectacular site, and you've got plenty of time to enjoy it. After a few hours hiking or casually strolling here, head to Sheffield known as the town of murals for lunch. Continue on to sample delicious hot smoked salmon and honey before arriving in Launceston, where you'll check out Cataract Gorge.

Day 4-5 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.

inclusions TA S M A N I A

Launceston Bay of Fires Sheffield Cradle Mountain Montezuma Bicheno Falls Lake St. Clair Strahan / Henty Dunes Mt Field Russell Hobart Falls Freycinet / Wineglass Bay

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

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Hobart

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore Port Arthur • Go chocolate tasting • See wallabies at Bruny Island

• See the 'Town of Murals' • Swim in the Bay of Fires • Take in spectacular views

Day 1-2 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.

Russell Falls, Tasmania

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Day 3-4 Montezuma Falls / Strahan / Henty Dunes / Cradle Mountain / Sheffield / Launceston Day 3 is action packed! Begin the day on Tassie's wild west coast with a trip to Montezuma Falls, the highest waterfall in Tasmania. Continue to the quaint town of Strahan for lunch, a place of rich British colonial history. 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). Then its time to sample some of Tassies finest smoked salmon before reaching Launceston in the evening and exploring Cataract Gorge.

Day 5-7 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.

TA S M A N I A

Launceston Bay of Fires Sheffield Cradle Mountain Montezuma Bicheno Falls Lake St. Clair Strahan / Henty Dunes Mt Field Russell Falls

Wineglass Bay / Freycinet

Hobart

Departs: Daily except Thursdays (Dec-Apr), Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays (MayNov) 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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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.


New Zealand Can we say anything bad about the first country in the world to grant all women the vote, that once broadcasted the weather in Elvish AND appointed itself a National Wizard? No, we can't.


WORKING HOLIDAY

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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).

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.

New Zealand job help starter packs include access to dedicated work resource centres staffed by working holiday employment experts as well as free Wi-Fi and chill out areas. Spend a week touring Auckland and the tip of the North Island on The Big One starter package including an overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands before focusing on your job search.

Travelling to New Zealand? We offer a group flight option via Hong Kong so you can meet new friends and visit another destination on the way. Ask your Travel Expert for details.

Professional Internships What better way to make your CV stand out than with international industry experience? Opportunities range from marketing and events to engineering and architecture. You could even combine an internship with paid work with an Intern and Work combo. See page 24 for details.

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

Job help starter packages Ensure a hassle free start with included accommodation, activities and job hunting help to get you earning fast! Our hello

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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.

WHAT YOU GET

4 DAYS 6 DAYS 8 DAYS

£262

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£309

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

What is it?

Airport arrival transfer

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 Hello 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.

what do you get?  AUCKLAND New Zealand's most diverse city. Access to a dedicated work centre Weekly pub meets Monthly city events e.g. outdoor cinema Winter movie nights

CHRISTCHURCH Your gateway to the South Island. Access to a dedicated resource centre with computers, free Wi-Fi and chill-out area Fortnightly pub meets

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The Big One

Available in Auckland

Everything you'd get in our Hello package opposite but with loads of extra activities in Auckland and the Bay of Islands to give you the best intro to Kiwi life. DAY 1 Touch down and take the included transfer to your hostel. Take the day to relax before meeting your group for evening dinner and drinks. DAY 2 Your arrival orientation day, including all your working holiday essentials. Set up your bank account and tax number plus get a helpful travel talk. DAY 3 Find your feet on a city walking tour and head up the Sky Tower for 360-degree views over Auckland. DAY 4 Head up to the winterless north. Set up base in Paihia, Bay of Islands, and enjoy free time to explore.

WHAT YOU GET

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4 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners on your activities week

DAY 5 Enjoy a free morning before hitting the waters of the Bay on an overnight cruise. Enjoy a Kiwi barbecue, take a kayak out for a paddle, go for an ocean swim and learn all about the stars, planets and constellations above you.

3 nights accommodation at Base Auckland

DAY 6 Watch the sunrise and spend the day swimming, kayaking and snorkelling. Visit some remote beaches and keep your eyes peeled for resident dolphins. Return to Paihia for one last night.

Auckland arrival transfer

DAY 7 Treat yourself to a lie-in before the drive back to Auckland and the start of your job search.

1-2 DEPARTURES PER MONTH

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2 nights accommodation at Base Pipi Patch, Paihia 1 night on an overnight cruise in Bay of Islands Welcome dinner and beer Auckland city walking tour Sky Tower entry Return transfer to Bay of Islands Overnight tour includes kayaking, fishing, island exploring, bush walking and a barbecue Pub crawl

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Travellers Autobarn king of the road 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 well-established Australian company, Travellers Autobarn has been operating in NZ since 2009. You know you'll be in safe hands!

Standard Inclusions

WHY travellers Autobarn

FOR ALL VEHICLES

 erfect for the budget-savvy traveller P 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

U  nlimited kilometres S  tandard protection insurance with an excess of NZD $3,000* 2  4-hour on-road assistance K  itchen and living gear and chairs and tables** L inen and bedding C  amping guides and maps *For travel with peace of mind be sure to check out Protection Plus **$45 NZD payable on pick-up

CAMPER & VAN INCLUSIONS  leeping bags, pillows, sheets and towels S Gas cooker, cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils Coffee, tea and sugar Cleaning equipment

PROTECTION PLUS*  ccidental liability reduced from NZD A $3,000 to zero Extra cover for tyres and windscreens

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

NORTH ISLAND

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Choose your ride! STATION WAGON 2-BERTH

SEATS : 7 SLEEPS : 2 (optional two-person tent)

£19

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ESCAPE CAMPER 2-BERTH

SEATS : 2

£21

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SLEEPS : 2 (double bed)

TRANSMISSION : Auto

TRANSMISSION : Manual

YEAR : 2006-2008

YEAR : 2007-2008

Includes: Charger, 60L fuel tank, MP3/CD/AUX, radio. Optional two-person tent with portable gas cooker and water tank.

per van per day

Includes: Mains power, single burner gas cooker, sink, cooler, water tank, MP3 plug-in.

ESCAPE CAMPER 2-BERTH SELF-CONTAINED

SEATS : 2 SLEEPS : 2 (double bed)

£26

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TRANSMISSION : Manual

per van per day

HITOP CAMPER 2/3-BERTH

SEATS : 2-3 SLEEPS : 2-3 (double & singles)

£31

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per van per day

TRANSMISSION : Auto

YEAR : 2007-2008

YEAR : 2009-2012

Includes: Mains power, dual battery, gas cooker, fridge, microwave, sink. Self-contained option available. Fit out 2009-2012.

Includes: Mains power, single burner gas cooker, sink, cooler, MP3 plug-in, water tank.

KUGA CAMPER 2/3-BERTH

SEATS : 2-3 SLEEPS : 2-3 (double & singles)

£34

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per van per day

HI5 CAMPER 5-BERTH

SEATS : 4-5 SLEEPS : 4-5 (two doubles)

TRANSMISSION : Auto

TRANSMISSION : Auto

YEAR : 2009-2014

YEAR : 2011-2014

Includes: Mains power, dual battery, two burner gas stove, fridge, microwave, sink, USB charger, charger. Self-contained option available. Fit out 2016-2019.

£47

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per van per day

Includes: Mains power, dual battery, gas cooker, fridge, microwave, sink, rooftop solar panel. Self-contained option available. Fit out 2018-2019.

ALL VEHICLES INCLUDE

UNLIMITED KILOMETRES

POWER STEERING

MINIMUM HIRE AGE OF 18 YEARS

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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 out the rest! Britz offer a huge range of campervans with everything you could possibly need for your travelling home on wheels. And with all vehicles due to be self-contained by April 2019, with a toilet and shower on board, you don't have to worry about parking close to one! 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, it's time to hit the road.

Choose your

BRITZ

SEATS : 3 SLEEPS : 3 (double & single)

ride!

HI-TOP 2+1-BERTH

£23

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per van per day

TRANSMISSION : Auto YEAR : 2014-2018

SAVE some MONEY Buy a one-week pass at DOC campgrounds (see page 150) Discounts on multiple hires in Australia and New Zealand Ask about our earlybird and long hire discount for Mighty and Britz bookings 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!

Pick-up/Drop-off from

Includes: Mains power, fresh water tank, gas stove, fridge/freezer, microwave, CD/USB/MP3/AUX input. SEATS : 2 SLEEPS : 2 (one double or two singles)

VENTURER 2-BERTH

£26

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per van per day

TRANSMISSION : Auto YEAR : 2018-2019

Includes: Mains power, shower, toilet, fresh water tank, gas stove, fridge/freezer, microwave, bike rack (extra cost).

Auckland, Queenstown and Christchurch.

standard inclusions  ertified self-contained Unlimited kilometres Kitchen C and living gear, linen and bedding Rates include GST (Goods and Services Tax) and all admin fees 24-hour onroad assistance (toll-free calls) B  RITZ: Standard liability of NZD $5,000 for the HiTop and Voyager, NZD $7,500 for all other campervans M  IGHTY: Standard liability of NZD $3,500 for the Highball and Double Down and NZD $5,000 for all other campervans.

SEATS : 6 SLEEPS : 6 (three doubles)

FRONTIER 6-BERTH

£31

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per van per day

TRANSMISSION : Auto YEAR : 2014-2015

Includes: Mains power, shower, toilet, gas stove, fridge/freezer, microwave, DVD player, flatscreen, USB/MP3/AUX input, awning. The Britz and Mighty Campervans shown here have a minimum hire age of 21 years old, except the Mighty Highball, which has a minimum hire age of 18 years old.

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van per day Fr £26 per Accident liability reduced to NIL Wi-Fi, including 1GB of data Extra driver fees Linen exchange Picnic table and chairs (per person) Snow chains Portable fan heater Single vehicle rollover cover

HIGHBALL 2+1-BERTH

SEATS : 3

£21

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SLEEPS : 3 (one double & one single)

per van per day

TRANSMISSION : Auto YEAR : 2008-2010

Includes: Mains power, fresh water tank, gas stove and bottle, fridge/ freezer, microwave. Minimum hire age: 18 years DEUCE 2-BERTH

SEATS : 2

£24

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SLEEPS : 2 (one double or two singles)

per van per day

TRANSMISSION : Auto YEAR : 2009-2012

Includes: Main power, shower, toilet, fresh water tank, gas stove, fridge, microwave.

DOUBLE UP 4-BERTH

SEATS : 4

£31

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SLEEPS : 4 (two doubles)

per van per day

Britz Bikes

TRANSMISSION : Auto

Explore even more of New Zealand on your Britz adventure with Britz Bikes available for hire. Choose from a comfort model, great for country trails and town cycling, or a mountain bike for some off-road riding. Britz will even throw in all of the essentials you need, from helmets to pumps. Available from Auckland and Christchurch.

YEAR : 2011-2013

Includes: Mains power, shower, toilet, fresh water tank, gas stove and bottle, microwave.

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, or to upgrade to the premium maui collection!

ALL MIGHTY & BRITZ VANS INCLUDE

UNLIMITED KILOMETRES

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Kiwi Experience Hop-On Hop-Off

Why Kiwi Experience?

New Zealand's leading hop-on hop-off bus tour company, they provide experiences tailored to all appetites for adventure...and budgets. Their local guides know NZ better than anyone, having hosted over 500,000 travellers in their 29 years. With flexible tours offering everything from sky diving to whale-watching, Kiwi takes care of it all, leaving you to focus on the memory making and unrivalled experiences with likeminded travellers from across the globe.

FREEDOM TO EXPLORE

One of the best things about travelling? The freedom to explore a new place on your own time. You have 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 adventure. *Unless you buy a time restricted pass.

UNLIMITED TRAVEL

Choose from one of six 'start anywhere passes' and you'll have the freedom to repeat the circuit as often as you like within 12 months.* A handy feature for those on a working holiday visa, who want to explore NZ in between work. *This is subject to terms and condition. Please see page 146 for pass details.

LIFELONG FRIENDSHIPS

Kiwi Experience welcomes travellers from all walks of life; lone-wolves, happy couples, the young and the young at heart. Kiwi Experience creates a unique atmosphere by attracting like-minded folks from across the globe.

activities along the way meaning more bang for your Kiwi buck. DRIVER GUIDES

Kiwi Experience don't hire bus drivers, they hire local guides. Epic humans who are passionate about New Zealand, who go above and beyond. They make things hassle free by supporting you with accommodation & activity bookings. SEE MORE & DO MORE

New Zealand is a playground that ensures no two days are the same. The Kiwi Experience team can advise you on all of the dopest activities and adventures available in NZ. Accommodating all budgets and appetites; they ensure each passenger gets what they want out of their trip. From whale watching to bungy jumping, heli-hiking, to skydiving; there are plenty of mind-blowing experiences each and every day.

THE ORIGINAL & THE BEST

Kiwi Experience don't imitate, they just do their thing better than anyone else. With 29 years on the road, there isn't a corner of New Zealand they don't know by heart or a fellow tourism vendor they don't know personally. The depth of these relationships ensures they're able to offer travellers a 'best price guarantee' on all

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ACCOMMODATION

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

Kiwi Experience are always sniffing out secret spots that no amount of Googling will surface. Hidden gems around New Zealand that embody the values and ethos of adventure and offer a truly unique opportunity to experience the culture and magic of Aotearoa 'the land of the long white cloud'. We can't tell you about them all (wouldn't be a secret otherwise!) but to give you a flavour….

And whilst hostels are great for backpackers, budget wise, Kiwi Experience offer some pretty special accommodation options across New Zealand. Spend a night at a Maori village or go 'glamping' on the shoreline of some of the most photographed spots on the planet.

R  iver Valley: Oozing Kiwi charm and tranquility this place leaves visitors with a sense of dreamy wellbeing after they've explored the tranquil trails on horseback and rafted down the Rangitikei River amongst rapids. L ake Tekapo is a pretty special place. So special, that Kiwi Experience offer their customers shoreside glamping in Lotus Belle Tents; bringing their passengers closer to the magic of the UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve. T  amaki Maori village in Rotorua: Voted as one of the world's best experiences by TripAdvisor, at Tamaki you can immerse yourself in the culture, customs and traditions of the native Maori people by experiencing life in a traditional Maori village in Rotorua.

*Accommodation is not included in the bus pass price.

Choose Your Own Pass So you're heading to New Zealand but you don't know where to start? Don't worry, Kiwi Experience have got your back. Start with a CORE PASS, their most popular being FUNKY CHICKEN, or if you're short on time, the SHEEPDOG. You can then choose from a number of SHORT PASSES, either to tailor your big adventure or do them on their own. See pages 146-149 for more passes.

Core Passes

Short Passes

Funky Chicken 21+ days START ANYWHERE

FR £622 Bay & Cape 3-4 days AUCKLAND

WHERE YOU STARTED

This core pass showcases the best of what the North and South islands have to offer, this pass is packed full of larger-than-life landscapes, cities and cultural experiences.  (NZDCHI)

This short pass will take you through the scenic North Island towards Paihia (gateway to the Bay of Islands) and then on to the northernmost point of New Zealand, Cape Reinga, where the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea dramatically meet.  (AKLSHE)

Milford Explorer 1 day QUEENSTOWN

Sheepdog 17+ days AUCKLAND

FR £565

CHRISTCHURCH

If you're short on time this 'best of' core pass gives you access to the most iconic destinations in New Zealand. This pass comes with 12 months validity so you can stay longer, enjoy longer.  (AKLSHE)

FR £114

AUCKLAND

FR £67

QUEENSTOWN

This short pass takes you to the 8th wonder of the world, Milford Sound, situated in the jaw-droppingly stunning Fiordland National Park. A must-do if travelling around the South Island.  (ZQNMIL)

DEEP SOUTH 3+ days QUEENSTOWN

FR £202

QUEENSTOWN

This short pass journeys into the deep south of New Zealand. With a Milford Explorer pass included, you'll also experience the wild Catlins, the legendary university city of Dunedin, before returning to the adrenaline capital Queenstown.  (ZQNSOU)

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Kiwi Experience driver guides will take care of finding you a comfy and affordable bed that delivers good ol' Kiwi hospitality as you travel around NZ with them. What's more, Kiwi Experience guarantee passengers' first nights' accommodation at every overnight stop*; even in peak season when accommodation can be hard to come by. In the sweet spots such as Taupo and Franz Josef, they offer two nights guaranteed. And in the adrenalin capital Queenstown, they offer three.


KIWI EXPERIENCE

NEW ZEALAND

Start Anywhere FUNKY CHICKEN Anywhere

Where you started

Minimum travel time: 21+ Days

ISIC/ STANDARD FR

£622 / £648

SAVE 5% See Page 149 Tour Code: NZDCHI

Showcasing the best the North and South islands have to offer, this pass is packed full of larger-than-life landscapes, cities and cultural experiences.

FUSH 'N' CHUPS Anywhere

Where you started

Minimum travel time: 25+ Days

Anywhere

ISIC/ STANDARD FR

£710 / £736

SAVE 5% See Page 149 Tour Code: NZDFNC

ISIC/ STANDARD Where you started

This pass blends the Funky Chicken core pass with a trip to the Bay of Islands where you'll be immersed in the history of modern New Zealand.

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Where you started

Minimum travel time: 30+ Days

£850 / £876

SAVE 35% See Page 149 Tour Code: NZDWKC

SUPER FUNKY Anywhere

Where you started

Minimum travel time: 28+ Days

ISIC/ STANDARD FR

£746 / £772

SAVE 5% See Page 149 Tour Code: AKLSFP

Packing a lot of punch, the Super Funky pass includes the 'Funky Chicken', 'Bay & Cape' and 'Milford Explorer' passes into one absolute banger.

FR

Minimum travel time: 23+ Days

Anywhere

ISIC/ STANDARD FR

See and experience it all! Go right up to Cape Reinga and all the way down to Milford Sound, and enjoy some mind-blowing stops along the way.

Experience the stunning and historic Bay of Islands and sandboard the dunes on the way to the northernmost tip of New Zealand - Cape Reinga.

RANGI

THE WHOLE KIT & CABOODLE

£658 / £684

SAVE 5% See Page 149 Tour Code: NZDRAN

HOKEY POKEY Anywhere

Where you started

Minimum travel time: 24+ Days

As tasty as NZ's favourite ice cream flavour, 'Hokey Pokey' combines the 'Funky Chicken' core pass and the 'Milford Explorer' add-on pass.

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KIWI EXPERIENCE

Start in Auckland Auckland

Christchurch

Minimum travel time: 17+ Days

ISIC/ STANDARD FR

£565 / £591

SAVE 5% See Page 149 Tour Code: AKLSHE

Short on time? This 'best of' pass gives you access to the most iconic destinations, plus 12 months validity in case you decide to stay longer.

Auckland

FR

Christchurch

Minimum travel time: 18+ Days

£601 / £627

SAVE 5% See Page 149 Tour Code: AKLTKI

Bringing the 'Sheepdog' pass and the 'Milford Explorer' addon together; making sure you don't miss Fjordland National Park and Milford Sound.

ZEPHYR Auckland

Christchurch

Minimum travel time: 19+ Days

The Zephyr encompasses the 'Sheepdog' core pass and the 'Bay of Islands' add-on; ideal for making the most of the Northland's sun kissed beaches.

Auckland

Christchurch

Minimum travel time: 25+ Days

ISIC/ STANDARD FR

£772 / £798

SAVE 35% See Page 149 Tour Code: AKLKIT

Starting in Auckland and ending in Christchurch, this pass includes all the add-on passes for those who want to make a real dent in their NZ bucketlist. ISIC / STANDARD

TIKI

KITCHEN SINK

BACK YARD Auckland

Christchurch

Minimum travel time: 24+ Days

ISIC/ STANDARD FR

£684 / £710

SAVE 5% See Page 149 Tour Code: AKLBYD

Experience oceans colliding in the far north, the historical beaches of the Bay of Islands then wind down through the heartlands of the two islands. ISIC/ STANDARD FR

£591/617

SAVE 5% See Page 149 Tour Code: AKLZEP

BUZZY BEE Auckland

Queenstown

Minimum travel time: 14+ Days

ISIC/ STANDARD FR

£492 / £518

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In a hurry? Say hello to the Buzzy Bee! Wind down the North Island, ferry across to the South Island and finish up in action-packed Queenstown.

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Other Passes GEYSERLAND & LAKES Auckland

Auckland

FR

£223

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Minimum travel time: 6 Days

SOUTHERN ROUND UP Christchurch

Minimum travel time: 11 Days

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£363

SAVE 5% See Page 149 Tour Code: PCNSOU

Staying in the South Island, this tour takes your on a round trip via Kaikoura, Lake Tekapo, Queenstown, Abel Tasman, Franz Josef and more.

Anywhere (South Island)

FR

Where you started

Minimum travel time: 14 Days

Minimum travel time: 10 Days

FR

£311

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SOUTH & SOUND Christchurch

Christchurch

Minimum travel time: 12 Days

ISIC/ STANDARD

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£384 / £409

SAVE 5% See Page 149 Tour Code: CHCSAS

This pass includes the best of the South Island and includes the Milford Explorer add-on pass so you can visit the awe-inspiring Milford Sound. ISIC/ STANDARD

SOUTH & SKI

Auckland

The North Island's best-of list: visit incredible beaches, volcanic landscapes, lush vistas and two great cities, Auckland and the capital Wellington.

Postcard-perfect Coromandel beaches, Waitomo Caves & Rotorua geysers; this pass is great if you want a snapshot of the North Island.

Christchurch

NORTHERN ROUND UP Auckland

£389 / £518

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MIGHTY MOA Anywhere

Where you started

Minimum travel time: 21 Days

ISIC/ STANDARD FR

£492 / £518

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Kaikoura

This pass combines Kiwi's 'Southern Round Up' pass with a three-day ski packages to New Zealand's most extensive ski field, Cardrona.

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Travelling during the off-peak season opens up a world of unique experiences, not to mention cheaper prices, fewer crowds and epic vibes.

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Kiwi Experience: Green, Not Mean NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand's outstanding landscapes attract thousands of travellers each year; however, all those visitors can sometimes leave Mother Nature a little worse for wear. Dedicated to sustainability; Kiwi Experience have a number of initiatives to encourage its passengers to offset their impact during their trip.

GLAMPING

Over the summer months Kiwi Experience install FOMO-inducing glamping (fancy camping for the uninitiated) tents in stunning locations across New Zealand. Where possible, they are powered by solar pods and are removed at the end of the summer season to allow Mother Nature to take back the lands after the visitors have gone home. This is a unique way for Kiwi Experience passengers to enjoy the country, and to get closer to nature.

EVERYDAY HEROES

Kiwi Experience provide all of their Driver Guides with Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving training (SAFED). They have fuel monitoring systems and special training programmes so their drivers drive in a way that reduces fuel consumption. Kiwi Experience also train their crew to promote recycling and to educate passengers on important things like reducing single-use plastic, refilling water bottles and using keep-cups for coffee.

BEACH CLEAN-UPS

Situated on the West Coast of the South Island, Westport is a renowned for its rugged coastline; home to world-class surf breaks and unique wildlife. In their pursuit to keep this playground wild, the Kiwi Experience team lead regular beach clean-ups with the help of regional partners. Each month, passengers save an average of 250kgs of rubbish from entering the oceans. TREE PLANTING

When you buy your pass with Kiwi Experience, you can opt to help offset your carbon footprint by buying a tree, which the team will plant with help from a local school. To date, they have helped to plant thousands of trees across New Zealand; allowing native bird life to flourish once again.

BOOK BEFORE YOU GO AND SAVE

The Kiwi bird is a New Zealand icon, and its future survival isn't just a concern for New Zealanders but to people across the globe. Kiwi Experience have joined forces with the conservation experts of Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua to support them with their Kiwi rescue, rehabilitation and release programme which works hard to ensure that this very adorable species survives and thrives.

STA TRAVEL EXCLUSIVE OFFER

Get yourself organised and plan ahead; it will save you up to 35% off on the below pass. 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 and Kitchen Sink - save 35%

Saving the Kiwi

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.

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ACCOMMODATION PASSES Tired? there's a nap for that

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Travelling is a tough break (...) so we've combined your three favourite things - sleeping, flexibility and saving cash. With these accommodation passes you can pre-purchase your New Zealand hostels and DOC campsites while you're still feeling flush at home. You'll get great discounts upfront, so you won't need to worry about paying out and your rag of a travel wallet can breathe a sigh of relief when you're on the road. Too easy.

BASE/NOMADS BED HOPPER

£134

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7-60 NIGHTS, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Cambodia & the Philippines

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• Save money on accommodation • Stay flexible by booking on the go • Valid in Oz, NZ and Southeast Asia

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Duration: 7, 10, 21, 45 or 60 nights Accommodation: Large multishare dorm at any Base or Nomads hostel, or participating affiliate member hostels in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines Note: Contact hostels directly to make a booking. Blackout dates apply over peak and event periods Tour Code: AUSHOP

• Multiple durations available • Easy-to-use • Compatible with the Whimit Pass

Save money by bulk buying your accommodation. Put simply, this accommodation pass is yours to store in your back pocket to spend at any Base or Nomads hostel, and any participating affiliate member hostels in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines. Knowing that all your accommodation is paid for gives you great peace of mind on the road, and makes it one less thing you need to worry about when trying (hopelessly, in our case) to stick to a budget. Whether you're off on your travels for a couple of weeks or planning a major pilgrimage, you can get a pass for 7, 10, 21, 45 or 60 nights. It's also worth noting that these durations have been specifically designed to work with Greyhound's Whimit Pass, so keep that in mind if you're combining NZ with Australia (see page 32-33 for details).

DOC MOTORHOME CAMPSITE PASS

£14

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7, 14 or 21 NIGHTS, New Zealand

• The best campsite locations • Wake up to scenic views • Valid for 12 months

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Duration: 7, 14 or 21 nights Note: Valid for 12 months from date of purchase. Valid for 2 people only, plus campervan. Not valid for serviced campsites, powered campsites, Great Walks campsites or any campsites on the DOC online booking system. Tour Code: NZDDOC

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• Over 200 sites to choose from • Multiple durations available • Travel at your own pace

Vary your motorhome holiday around New Zealand by staying at some of the best Department of Conservation campsites throughout the country. Located in some of the most scenic areas imaginable, you could find yourself waking up in a forest, on a lake shore or on a long stretch of powdery beach. With over 200 spots to choose from, you could tuck yourself away in the bush and still have access to some great activities in the area. Passes are available for seven, 14 or 21 nights and valid for 12 months from the day of purchase, so you can book yourself on a whistlestop one-week tour or take a back seat and take things easy. Park up in the bush, near sandy beaches or in the shadow of alpine peaks, all in the comfort of your new home on wheels. Passes are valid for two people only, plus camper (of course).

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BEST OF NEW ZEALAND 21 DAYS, Auckland

£2,199

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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.

NEW ZEALAND

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: GAONNS

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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)

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Day 1-4 Auckland / Raglan / Rotorua

Departures 2019/20 Feb

• Sea kayak and picnic excursion • Explore Abel Tasman National Park • Stay near the Franz Josef Glacier

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• Learn about native Maori culture • Spend a night on a floating hostel boat • Free time in Queenstown for adrenalin

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Accommodation: Hostels (11 nts), basic hotel (3 nts), basic lodges (6 nts) (most nights multi-share) Transport: Private vehicle, kayak, boat, ferry Meals: 20 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $425-555 for meals not included

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Day 5-9 Lake Taupo / Wellington / Abel Tasman National Park / Westport Take advantage of free time in the adventure capital of North Island. Opt to go white water 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. Make the most of the city's nightlife on a big night out with your group! 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 to Westport. (5B, 2D)

Day 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)

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Day 15-18 Te Anau / 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)

Auckland Raglan

Day 19-21 Kaikoura / Wellington

Rotorua

Lake Taupo

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. Sperm whales are here year round, so you stand a good chance of spotting them. 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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Abel Tasman N.P. Westport

Picton

Wellington

Kaikoura Franz Josef Christchurch

RESOURCEFUL OTAUTAHI, CHRISTCHURCH

Milford Sound Queenstown Wedderburn / Otago Rail Trail

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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 Opt to 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 1-3 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)

Day 4-6 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)

Wellington, North Island

Day 7-9 Rotorua / Lake Taupo / Wellington End your Raglan stay with an optional caving activity or go all out on a black water 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 white water 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)

Day 10-13 Abel Tasman National Park / Westport 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 just outside Franz Josef. (3B, 2D)

Day 14 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. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them, so don't be afraid to ask! (2B, D) Rotorua, North Island

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£2,499

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Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

snapshot New Zealand might not be big on a map, but once you're there you'll realise how much there is to do! This is one of our longest trips in this part of the world, but even 24 days won't feel like enough.

NEW ZEALAND

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: GAONNZ

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Accommodation: Hostels (13 nts), basic hotels (3 nts), houseboat (1 nt), basic lodges (6 nts) Transport: Private bus, kayak, boat, ferry Meals: 23 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners Budget: Allow USD $455-595 for meals not included

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 landscapes 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 (it's 35 km long) 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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Departures 2019/20 Jan

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, go snowboarding or skiing. There's a reason Queenstown is often labelled the 'Adventure Capital of the World'; now's the time to find out why. (3B)

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Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

Day 21-24 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, hop 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)

Abel Tasman National Park, South Island

Paihia (Bay of Islands)

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Auckland Raglan

Rotorua

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Abel Tasman N.P. Westport Punakaiki

Picton

Wellington

Kaikoura

Franz Josef Christchurch Milford Sound Queenstown Wedderburn / Otago Rail Trail Te Anau

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Shorten your trip Best of New Zealand (21 days, Auckland - Wellington) (GAONNS) see page 151 Fr £2,199 North Island Encompassed (10 days, Auckland - Wellington) (GAONNE)  Fr £969 South Island Encompassed (16 days, Wellington - Wellington) (GAONSE) see page 176 Fr £1,649

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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

Day 1-3 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)

Day 4-6 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 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)

Day 7-8 Kaikoura / Christchurch / Rangitata / Lake Pukaki

Franz Josef, South Island

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)

Day 9-10 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, and the perfect place to enjoy panoramic Pacific views. Wake up the next day 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 at Speight's Brewery. Tonight's camp takes us to a Dunedin surf beach. (2B, L, D)

Day 11-12 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 glowworm walks. (2B, L, D)

Day 13-15 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)

Day 16-17 Mt. Aspiring National Park / Fox Glacier / Okarito Lagoon Wake early and then head up the West Coast by bus and enjoy rides of varying lengths along the wild west coast. Camp in the village of Fox Glacier, seek out a secret glowworm walk, and wake up on Day 17 to hike or heli-hike the 13km beast. Drive to your beachside camp near Okarito Lagoon, and keep your eyes peeled for the native kiwi bird. (2B, 2L, 2D) Fiordland National Park, South Island

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Small Group Adventure

snapshot Showcasing New Zealand's outdoors in all its glory, this four-week trip takes you to its most exciting corners. Get your fill of adrenalin-fuelled activities, optional hikes, bike rides and nights spent under the stars.

NEW ZEALAND

Age Group: Any age Group Size: Max 28, Avg 18 Group Leader: 2 tour guides Tour Code: AKLHES

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Day 20-21 Abel Tasman National Park

Day 23-24 Wellington / Waikato Region / Waitomo Caves / Auckland

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Soak up the atmosphere of Nelson's café 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. (B)

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Departures 2019/20

Day 22 Abel Tasman National Park / Wellington

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You'll also get an exclusive discount of NZD $100 with STA Travel, so you can give your thrifty self a pat on the back!

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, paddleboarding, kayaking or sailing around the park. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, seals and even orcas if the... orcassion... is right (we'll show ourselves out). Tonight, sit down to a group meal. (2B, L, 2D)

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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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Day 18-19 Okarito Lagoon / Punakaiki / Abel Tasman National Park

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. Accommodation in Wellington isn't included.

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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, return to Auckland. (B, L, D)

Day 25-26 Auckland / Bay of Islands Venture north to the golden beaches of the Bay of Islands. Make use of free sports gear, explore excellent hikes through mangroves and past waterfalls. Hit the waters with sailing, fishing and diving options. (B, 2D)

Day 27-28 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) Paihia (Bay of Islands) Waiwera Coromandel Peninsula

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Rotorua Lake Taupo Tongariro N.P.

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Abel Tasman N.P. Punakaiki Okarito Lagoon Fox Glacier Milford Sound

Queenstown Fiordland N.P.

Kapiti Coast Wellington Picton Kaikoura

Christchurch Rangitata Aoraki N.P. Lake Pukaki Moeraki Dunedin

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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 1 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)

Day 2 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)

Day 3-4 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)

Hobbiton, North Island

Day 5-6 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)

Day 6-7 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. Alternatively soak up the views with a cold brew. (2B, D)

Day 8-9 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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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, 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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Day 11-12 Hokitika / Franz Josef National Park

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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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Day 10 Marlborough Sounds / Kaikoura / Christchurch

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Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), lodges (7 nts), special stopover (1 nt) Transport: Modern air con coach with power points for charging Meals: 18 breakfasts, 6 dinners

Day 13-16 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)

Day 17-18 Milford Sound / Te Anau / Lake Ohau Cue scene change! To quell the heartbreak of leaving Queenstown, take to the glassy waters of Milford Sound on a stunning cruise. At nightfall, descend on the lakeside town of Te Anau for quaint country vibes. On Day 18, continue your overland journey and stop at an authentic New Zealand farm. Following a lunch stop at the former goldrush village Arrowtown, it's on to Lake Ohau, graced with epic views of Mt. Cook and the Southern Alps. (2B, D)

Lake Taupo, North Island

Day 19 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 adventure ends. (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: CONPZA

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• Taste a Maori hangi feast in Rotorua • Pass the 'Lord of the Rings' country • Cruise via the Marlborough Sounds

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• Unleash your wild side in Queenstown • Take a thrilling Shotover Jet boat ride • See Auckland's iconic harbour

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Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), lodges (7 nts) special stopover (1 nt) , Transport: Modern air con coach with power points for charging Meals: 15 breakfasts, 5 dinners

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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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Day 3-4 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)

Day 5-6 Mount Ruapehu / Wellington Hit the Desert Road on Day 5 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)

Day 7-9 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)

Reverse your trip Kiwiana Panorama (16 days, Christchurch - Auckland) (CONPZC)  Fr £1,835 End in Queenstown Kiwiana Panorama (14 days, Auckland - Queenstown) (CONBZA)  Fr £1,615 Start in Queenstown Kiwiana Panorama (14 days, Queenstown - Auckland) (CONBZC)  Fr £1,575

Day 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)

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Day 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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• Learn about Maori culture • Hike the Tongariro Crossing • Abel Tasman kayak trip

• Cycle in Karangahake Gorge • Free time in Queenstown • Optional whale-watching

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 Waitomo on Day 7 for an optional trip into the famous glowworm caves. Then, continue to Raglan. (5B, 2L, 4D)

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Christchurch Mt. Cook

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Franz Josef Milford Sound

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Wellington Abel Tasman N.P. Marahau

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Enjoy a free day around Franz Josef on Day 14, then head to Wanaka for a chance to go mountain biking, skydiving, or a trip to Puzzling World! Continue to Queenstown for a hike along the Routeburn Track, then it's on to Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound for a boat cruise. Continue the scenery theme with a hike and bike ride on Mt. Cook, then explore Christchurch on a walking tour. (7B, L, D)

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Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/hostels (18 nts), lodges (2 nts), multi-share in Maori village (1 nt) Transport: Private vehicle, plane, jet boat, bike, kayak, boat Meals: 18 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners Budget: Allow USD $420-550 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAONAM

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Head to Auckland today and hop aboard a flight to Christchurch. On Day 9, transfer to Kaikoura and opt to spot sperm whales and dolphins on a whale-watching tour. Continue to Abel Tasman National Park where you'll get the chance to check out the scenery on a sea kayaking trip. On Day 12, pass through the mountainous Westland region and stop by the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks along the way. On Day 13, head to Franz Josef, stopping for a wildlife walk at Okarito Lagoon on the way. (6B, L, 2D)

Rotorua Karangahake Gorge

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Day 8-13 Raglan / Christchurch / Kaikoura / Abel Tasman National Park / Lake Brunner / Franz Josef

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Queenstown

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• Spot whales and dolphins • Visit a Maori village • Enjoy a hangi feast

• Explore glowworm caves • Take a TranzAlpine train • Roam ancient rainforests

Day 1-4 Auckland / 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, visit the glowworm caves of Waitomo en route to Rotorua, a town sitting on an active geothermal zone with bubbling mud pits and multi-coloured pools in different areas around the town. On Day 4, enjoy a free day and opt to visit one of the geothermal sites, or get the adrenalin pumping on a white water rafting trip. Later that evening, a traditional Maori welcome awaits with a hangi feast and a talk with a Maori elder. (3B, D)

Doubtful Sound, South Island

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Day 8-12 Queenstown / Fiordland National Park / Queenstown

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Travel south along the coast through rugged rainforest to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. 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! On Day 10, enjoy early morning wildlife viewing along the fiord as you cruise back to port, then return to Queenstown. On Day 11, enjoy a free day to explore on your own; visit a winery, or cruise on a historic steamship. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Opt to go bungy jumping or skydiving. Enjoy a gondola ride with spectacular views of the city this evening, then head off on Day 12. (5B, D)

Jan

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)

Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), cruise boat (1 nt, seasonal) Transport: Private vehicle, plane, train, boat Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $370485 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAONENG

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Christchurch

Small Group Adventure

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• Hot Water Beach spa digging • Learn about Maori culture • Explore trendy Wellington

• Go whale watching • Adrenalin in Queenstown • Visit breathtaking Fiordland

Arrive in Auckland, New Zealand's most multicultural city. The following morning, head east to the beach town of Hahei on the Coromandel Peninsula, and dig yourself a natural hot tub on Hot Water Beach (it feels even better when you've built it yourself). 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 here at leisure. (2B, 2D)

Mt. Cook, South Island

Day 6-10 Kaikoura / Hanmer Springs / Franz Josef / Queenstown

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Christchurch (or Wellington)

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• Visit 'Lord of the Rings' land • Climb Mt. Victoria • Parry Kauri Park visit

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Queenstown

Christchurch

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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, train, boat, ferry Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $515-670 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAONAC

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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)

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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. Sperm whales can be found here all year-round, and it's also a seasonal playground for humpacks (Jun-Au) and blue whales (who have a more unpredictable schedule). 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)

• Opt to ride the Huka Falls jet • See geothermal mud pools • Marlborough Sounds ferry

Day 1-3 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. On Day 2, take a day trip to coastal Paihia for sailing, swimming and snorkelling. Opt to take a Cape Reinga day trip, or take a cruise out to sea to Bay of Islands. Return to Auckland next day for an included city tour. Looking for a bit of excitement? Why not throw yourself off the Harbour Bridge or Sky Tower; bungy jump attached of course! (3B, 2D)

Hobbiton, North Island

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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 leisure shopping or people-watching over a flat white coffee. Enjoy an optional dinner in the heart of the city then head out to the lively bars and restaurants with your fellow travellers. 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)

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Rotorua Huka Falls Mt Ruapheu

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Hobbiton

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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: CONNHA

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Parry Kauri Park

Lake Taupo

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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. The next day, head to Mt. 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)

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Day 1-5 Auckland / Hahei / Rotorua / Wellington


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Trip Style: Classic Age Group: Any age Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAONAQ

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• Visit the famous Waitomo Caves • Learn about Maori culture • Tuck into a barbecue at Lake Tekapo

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Day 1-2 Auckland / Rotorua Touch down into New Zealand's capital at any point on Day 1 and get settled in. Otherwise known as the 'City of Sails', there's plenty to keep you busy while you're here. Have some fish and chips and an ice cream by the Pacific Ocean in Mission Bay, go wine tasting on Waiheke Island or get the adrenalin going by throwing yourself off the Sky Tower; the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. The next day, head south to the Waitomo Caves, a labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers. Opt to take a trip underground to spot the famous glowworms, or go on a walk and enjoy the views. Continue to Rotorua, known for its bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers, hot springs and fascinating Maori Culture. (B)

Day 3-4 Rotorua / Christchurch Enjoy free time in the North Island's self-proclaimed 'adrenalin capital' on Day 3. Opt to go whitewater rafting or zorbing (i.e. throwing yourself down a hill in a giant inflatable hamster ball), hit up a nearby spa for some proper R&R or journey into Middle Earth with a trip to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Later that evening, learn more about the Maori culture with a local dinner experience. On Day 4, enjoy a free morning exploring the rest of Rotorua; a visit to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute or Rotorua Museum perhaps? That afternoon, hop aboard a flight to Christchurch, situated on the eastern coast of the South Island. On arrival, enjoy an orientation walk of the city with your Chief Experience Officer. (2B, D)

Day 5-6 Christchurch / Lake Tekapo / Queenstown Enjoy a morning walking tour of the city from a G for Good-supported local non-profit organization, focusing on history, nature, Maori culture and the future for Christchurch. The city was hit by a massive earthquake back in 2011; many buildings were completely demolished and, sadly, 185 people lost their lives. Since then, the city has tried to rebuild and remould itself, and you'll get the chance to find out all about this process from your guide. Later on, drive to the stunning Lake Tekapo and lend a hand at a traditional Kiwi barbecue. The next day, set off for Mt. Cook National Park and enjoy a morning hike. Learn about the famous mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary at the visitor's centre, then stop by a vineyard for a wine tasting session on your way to Queenstown. (2B, D)

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Day 7-9 Doubtful Sound / Queenstown Take in the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Doubtful Sound of a cruise around the region. Keep a look out for some of the local wildlife and waterfalls along the way. Head back to Queenstown, the so-called 'Adventure Capital of the World', and enjoy a free day on Day 8. Opt to fling yourself off a bridge with a bungy cord attached, go skydiving, paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. Looking to take it a little slower? Why not catch the gondola up to the top of Bob's Peak for some great views? Toast your trip with a night out in the town's bars, restaurants and clubs, then head off on Day 9. (3B, L)

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New Zealand has plenty to offer all kinds of travellers, but if you're running short on time, this option is a humdinger. Start in Auckland then head south to Christchurch via Rotorua. End up in the far south for adrenalin aplenty and some pretty epic scenery.


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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 white water 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

£639

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Wellington

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• 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

Day 1-3 Auckland / Raglan

Tongariro National Park, North Island

Day 4 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) with a local Maori guide. You'll have a traditional feast after a welcoming ceremony and to learn the legendary Haka. (B)

Wellington

North Island Encompassed (GAONNE) 10 Days Fr £969

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Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

£794

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Auckland

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Hole in the Rock Cruise • Swim in idyllic Kai Iwi Lakes • Hot Water Beach sand spa

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BATTEN: FULL NORTH ISLAND 10 DAYS, Auckland

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Tongariro N.P.

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 or stroll along Oriental Parade and then finish with a big night out with your group. The trip wraps up on Day 7 at any time. (2B)

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Rotorua

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Raglan Waitomo

Day 6-7 Wellington

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N E W Z E A L A N D

Mar

Auckland

Spend a night near the shores of Lake Taupo. Whilst here, opt for white water rafting, mountain biking, relax at a geothermal park with multicoloured pools, hit up a nearby spa or journey into Middle Earth on a Hobbiton Tour. (B)

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

Feb

Day 5 Taupo

inclusions

• 4WD eco farm adventure • Maori culture village • Hike the Tongariro Crossing

Day 1-3 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 Hole in the Rock cruise in the Bay of Islands - eyes peeled for wild dolphins! Continue on to Hokianga Harbour and opt for a Maori-guided twilight encounter 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)

Cathedral Cove, North Island

Day 4-7 Auckland / Hahei (Coromandel) / Rotorua / Tongariro N.P. Drive on to coastal Hahei, where you can takea coastal walk to the iconic Cathedral Cove, followed by a classic Kiwi barbecue for dinner. The next morning, visit Hot Water Beach en route to Rotorua. Catch the tide right, and dig up your own hot tub in the sand! Later tonight, enjoy an interactive Maori culture performance, followed by a free day where you can opt to go white water rafting, mountain biking or ziplining. Alternatively, head to the famous movie set, Hobbiton. On Day 7, 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). (3B, L, 3D)

Day 8-10 Blue Duck Station / Wellington / Auckland On Day 7, head to the remote Blue Duck Station for a 4WD eco 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)

inclusions Paihia Hokianga Hahei

Auckland Rotorua Blue Duck Station

Tongariro N.P.

Departs: Sundays (Oct-Apr) Accommodation: Quad-share hostel (3 nts), lodge/cabin (6 nts) Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners Transport: Minibus, ferry Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 24 Includes: Hole in the Rock boat cruise, sandboarding, Kaimoana cooking class, Interactive cultural performance and hangi dinner, 4WD eco farm tour Note: In off-peak season (May-Sep) a different 13-day tour operates on Saturdays (dorm-share in hostels/lodges) and may have a group size bigger than 24 people (AKLDFN) Tour Code: AKLFNI

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Wellington

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NORTH ISLAND

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)


SUN & STEAM 6 DAYS, Auckland

£785

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

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, options are a plenty like sailing, parasailing and a fast boast trip. Enjoy a true Kiwiana fish 'n' chips for dinner! (B, D)

Rotorua, North Island

Day 3 Auckland

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NORTHERN VOYAGER 7 DAYS, Auckland

Nov

Oct

£709

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Auckland

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Swim in NZ's largest lake • Surf lesson in Raglan • Admire art deco Napier

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Jan 20

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)

Departures 2019/20 Rotorua

Dec

Day 5-6 Rotorua / Auckland

Hobbiton

Apr

Drive through the lush farmlands of Waikato on the way to the steaming landscape of Rotorua, but we'll pay a visit to Hobbiton first, where you'll have a guided tour of 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. (B, D)

Mar

Day 4 Rotorua

Mar 20

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

Paihia

Feb

Back in Auckland, get to know the city a little better with a guided orientation walk around the streets. In your spare time you can check out some of the city's many markets or get your history fix at the Maritime Museum. You could also discover Auckland by foot heading up Mount Eden volcano, and don't worry guys it's dormant and boasts a 3600 view of Auckland. Afterwards, get prepped for a night out around Ponsonby Road's best hangouts. (B)

Jan

NORTH ISLAND

Day 1-2 Auckland / Paihia

• Waitomo's glowworm caves • Explore Coromandel coast • Enjoy Hawkes Bay wineries

Day 1-2 Auckland / Raglan / Taupo Get out of Auckland and drive to the rugged landscape and black sand beach of Raglan, home to one of the world’s longest left-hand breaks with its laid-back, hippie attitude. If you're up for it, give surfing a go or chill out and explore the town with its bohemian vibes, boutique shops and cafés. On Day 2, make your way towards more fun on the water in Waitomo, known for its underground caves. Here you can abseil and raft your way through the dark abyss with only glowworms to light your way. Then, it's time for a beer by Lake Taupo. (B)

Lake Taupo, North Island

Day 3-4 Taupo / Napier / Rotorua Enjoy breakfast with a view on Day 3 and head out to explore Lake Taupo from the water's edge, or jump above it from 15,000 ft. Head west for art deco Napier and New Zealand's most famous wine region, Hawkes Bay. Stroll the funky streets or taste some of New Zealand's most famous wines. Head for geothermal Rotorua on Day 4, get into the mud pools, walk, hike or bike the lake or Redwood forest. Opt for luging, zorbing or maybe white water rafting on the Kaituna River. (2B, D)

Day 5-6 Rotorua / Coromandel Explore Rotorua at leisure on Day 5 or, for any 'Lord of the Rings' fans out there, you can head to Hobbiton. Cruise the scenic coast of the Coromandel Peninsula and stop in Hahei. Explore Cathedral Cove (made famous in the Chronicles of Narnia), and kayak, snorkel or swim at the blissful beach. Finish the day watching the sunset from your natural hot pool. (2B)

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Raglan

Rotorua

Make your way back to Auckland today. But it's not all tears, you'll have a leisurely journey back to the city with some scenic stops on the way. The tour comes to and end on arrival. (B)

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Taupo

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Day 7 Coromandel / Auckland

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Coromandel

Auckland

Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hostels (6 nts) Transport: Luxury vehicles with Wi-Fi and USB chargers Meals: 7 breakfasts and 1 dinner Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 18 Tour Code: AKLNVO

Napier

Saturdays

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A TASTE OF THE NORTH ISLAND 8 DAYS, Auckland

£498

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Wellington

Self-Drive Tour

highlights

• Travel at your own pace • Tailor the drive to suite you • Tour delicious wine regions

• Soak at Hot Water Beach • Journey into Hobbiton • Relax in geothermal springs

Day 1-2 Auckland / Rotorua

Wellington, North Island

Day 3-4 Rotorua / Napier Get ready for a day of natural hot springs, mud baths and steaming geysers! Rotorua is one of the world's most active volcanic regions, and also rich in indigenous history. Opt to skydive, hop aboard a helicopter, go on a canopy tour, or visit a Maori village. Head south on Day 4, passing more geothermal attractions such as Wai-O-Tapu and Craters of the Moon. Continue on to Taupo to see the stunning lake and visit Huka Falls before continuing on to Napier.

Day 5-6 Napier / Hawke's Bay / Martinborough Napier is known for its stylish art deco architecture, Mediterranean climate, and its proximity to Hawke's Bay, New Zealand's first wine making region. If you're keen on the outdoors you can head to Gannet Beach, or have some boozy fun on a wine tour. Leave Hawke's Bay on Day 6, driving through Wairarapa region, here you can visit native wildlife. Continue on to Masterson and then pitsop in historic Greytown to explore its antique shops and quaint cafés. Cross over the Ruamahanga River into Martinborough wine country. Is it time for another wine tour, yet?

inclusions Auckland

N E W Z E A L A N D

Hobbiton

Rotorua

Taupo

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 Auckland Rotorua (230km) Napier/ Hawkes Bay (220km) Martinborough (270km) Wellington (80km)

Napier

Day 7-8 Wellington Cross the Rimutaka Ranges into Wellington on Day 7, a vibrant cultural hub, you'll have plenty of eateries to check out, vintage shops and museums. If you want to see some awesome wildlife, a tour in Zealandia is the perfect treat. Tour ends on Day 8.

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Wellington

NORTH ISLAND TRAIL HUNTER MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR 7 DAYS, Auckland

£1,146

FR

Wellington

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Bike ride stunning trails • Maori cultural experience • Exhilarating jet boat ride

• Local natural hot pools • Explore funky Wellington • Ride at Skyline Rotorua

Day 1-2 Auckland / Rotorua Hit the road in the morning for Rotorua where160kms of tracks are waiting for you in Whakarewarewa Forest. Ride the Rainbow Mountain Trail to Kerosene Creek for a rewarding dip in the natural hot pools. Day 2 is the Big Kahuna, the crème de la crème of mountain bike trails: El Grande New Zealand. Ride on unbeatable tracks across varying topography and recover those legs in geothermal pools tonight. (B) North Island Trails

Day 3-4 Rotorua / Taupo Rise early and get to the gondola-accessed bike park, Skyline Rotorua, which is used for the annual Crankworx Slopestyle World Tour. Have a crack at the Spring Warrior track and take on a range of trails before relaxing in mud pools. Ride the tracks at Craters of the Moon park, and visit Huka Falls or Awatea Dam. Opt to bungy jump, skydive or sail before heading out on a night ride. Cycle the Great Lake Trail around Lake Taupo and through Tongariro National Park on Day 4. (2B)

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Day 7 Wellington There is a huge selection of tracks to choose from today, and after one last day on the saddle, enjoy lunch with the group before saying your goodbyes. (B)

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Ohakune N E W Z E A L A N D

Departures 2019 Mar

Rotorua Taupo

Feb

Auckland

Wake up to the mountains of Ohakune and ride the Bridge to Nowhere, boasting native bush, rivers, suspension bridges and intriguing history. the ride includes 4WD roads and a long downward track which will test your riding skills. Enjoy a thrilling jet-boat trip down the Whanganui River on the way back to Ohakune. Cruise into Wellington in the late afternoon and ride to the Makara Peak with a backdrop of the city. Treat yourself tonight in one of the city's funky bars and eateries. (2B)

Jan

Day 5-6 Ohakune / Wellington

Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Accommodation: Choice of dorm or private room (6 nts) Group Size: Max 14 Meals: 6 breakfasts Note: Bike hire is not included (to allow you the flexibility to take your own), but can be arranged at the time of booking for a supplement of £273 Tour Code: AKLNTH

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Wellington

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NORTH TAB NAME ISLAND

Begin your drive in Auckland, head off to explore the city's bushlands, beaches and rainforests. There are over 800 regional National Parks to discover, so find yourself a deserted beach! Drive south to Rotorua on Day 2, passing through the Bombay Hills and farmland of Waikato. Passing through Matamata, you can visit Hobbiton, and then continue on to geothermal Rotorua.


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 for your Vitamin D fix with picturesque surroundings and paradise-blue waters.

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BASE AUCKLAND

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£19 £28

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NOMADS AUCKLAND

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£17 £29

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Location: At the centre of Auckland's downtown, 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: Nomad has 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

Glampacker

HAKA LODGE AUCKLAND

AKLFUB

FREE SPA & SAUNA

Shoestring

£16 £28

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JUCY SNOOZE

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£45 £27

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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 on bunks • Individual power points • Shared kitchen • Lounge • Shared TV lounge • Activity desk

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Café • Shared kitchen • Barbecue facilities • Shared TV lounge • Book exchange • Luggage storage • Laundry • 24-hour reception

AKLHAK

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Rock Solid

BEST WESTERN PRESIDENT

£108 £54

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AUCKLAND HARBOUR OAKS

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£136 £68

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SKYCITY HOTEL AUCKLAND

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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£152 £76

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Location: In the city, close to the harbour and entertainment venue Vector Arena.

Location: Aptly-named, standing next to the iconic Sky Tower.

Vibe: Comfortable rooms in a central spot close to restaurants and city attractions.

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 and apartments • Air con • LED Smart TV • Kitchen • Restaurant • Gym • Tour desk • Laundry

Highlights: Apartments • Fully-equipped kitchen • Living area • Outdoor pool • Gym • Laundry • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • 8 bars • 15 Restaurants • 2 cafés • Casino • Gym • 24-hour reception

AKLAHO

AAKLSC

TAKLBW

WAITOMO CAVES & HOBBITON MOVIE SET

£190

FR

FULL DAY

See two magical places come to life on this nifty day trip 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

£161

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HALF DAY

WAIHEKE ISLAND FERRY & HOHO EXPLORER PASS

£22

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 Tour Code: AKLWDT

AUCKLAND WHALE & DOLPHIN SAFARI

£99

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HALF DAY

AJ HACKETT BRIDGE CLIMB AND BUNGY

£69

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HALF DAY

How would you rather see Auckland? From 9,000 feet? 13,000 feet? Even 16,500 feet? The big one is the North Island's highest. So take your pick and free fall for an insane 75 seconds overlooking coasts. This tandem skydive includes return transfers from central Auckland, making the whole day a complete breeze.

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!

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AKLAJB

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NORTH ISLAND

Location: In the heart of Auckland's business district close to the Sky Tower.


Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

NORTH ISLAND

THE BAY OF ISLANDS

£339

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4 DAYS

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

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: CONCZA

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HAKA LODGE BAY OF ISLANDS

£325

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£19 £34

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£19 £28

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Location: Located on Marsden Road, across the road from Paihia Beach, a short drive from Waitangi and the ferry wharf.

Location: Just 50 metres from the beach of Paihia in the Bay of Islands. A short walk from Paihia's shops, cafés and bars.

Vibe: Relax on the beach, mingle in the lounge, and whip up your meals in the modern kitchen while taking in the picturesque view.

Vibe: 136 clean, basic rooms, but with plenty of non-basic extras like nightly barbecues and drink special at the bar.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Privacy curtains on bunks • Beachfront • Shared kitchen • Movie nights • Activity desk • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Mixed or single-sex dorms with balcony • Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Bar • Nightclub • Barbecue facilities • Terrace • Hot tub • Free on-site parking

BOIHAK

CAPE REINGA & 90 MILE BEACH TOUR

£83

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FULL DAY

This tour is all about the brilliant stretch of coastline between the Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga, which according to Maori legend, is where spirits leave New Zealand for the underworld. Soak up the sun at the stunning Ninety Mile Beach and 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 to sandboard on the Quicksand Stream. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Not included Meals: Fish and chips lunch Transport: Coach Includes: Return transfers from Paihia Tour Code: PHYCAR

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BAY OF ISLANDS DAY TOUR WITH HOLE IN THE ROCK DOLPHIN CRUISE

£145

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FULL DAY

Travel north from Auckland crossing the harbour bridge and soaking up the scenery into the Bay of Islands. Once in Paihia you'll board a catamaran with large viewing decks and sail the bay keeping an eye out for bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life. Cruise past Cape Brett Lighthouse and continue to Hole in the Rock, admire the towering rock walls before heading back through the islands of the bay to Auckland. Departs: Daily Meals: Picnic lunch option available at extra cost Transport: Return coach travel from Sky City Coach Terminal, Auckland Note: Hotel pick-up/drop-off available Tour Code: AKLBHR

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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!

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£74

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WHITE ISLAND CRUISE

£148

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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.

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Vibe: Boutique backpackers with an artistic flair and creative décor.

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. WHKWIC

Independent Tour

COROMANDEL FERRY

£35

FR

HALF DAY

Take a scenic two-hour ferry cruise from downtown Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula. Coromandel is known for the Driving Creek Railway, a narrow gauge train ride through mountain forests and gold mining history that began in 1852. Coromandel Town is now a haven for talented artists and craftspeople, giving the town a unique character and soul. Enjoy beautiful heritage buildings and fresh homegrown cuisine at one of the many local restaurants. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Ferry Includes: One way or return ferry ticket Note: Bring money for meals, drinks and personal expenses Tour Code: AKLCOF

COROMANDEL CLASSIC

£166

FR

2 DAYS

Depart Auckland by ferry and head for the stunning Coromandel Peninsula, hopefully seeing some dolphins on the way. Experience the delights of Te-Wanganui-A Hei Marine Reserve (Cathedral Cove) including digging your own thermal spa at Hot Water Beach. Hop on board the Driving Creek Railway and enjoy a guided tour of the ancient Kauri Forest and Waiai Waterfall, learning about its rich history while walking through lush regenerating rainforest. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel in Caromandel Town (1 nt) Meals: Not included Transport: Ferry transfers from Auckland Note: Bring money for meals, drinks and personal expenses Tour Code: AKLCOC

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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.

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£18 £26

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£70 £35

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MILLENNIUM HOTEL

£125 £63

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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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.

Location: Next to Lake Rotorua and close to Puarenga and Kuirau parks.

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.

Vibe: Eco-friendly hotel that hosts nightly culture shows with buffet dinners.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Bar • Shared kitchen • Barbecue facilities • Hot tub

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Bar • Restaurant • Laundry • Free on-site parking • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Indoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Spa & wellness centre • Hot tub

ROTHOT

WAITOMO BLACK WATER RAFTING

STAY 3 NIGHTS AND RECEIVE NZD$50 FOOD AND BEVERAGE CREDIT PER ROOM PER STAY

£81

FR

HALF DAY

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 glowworm cities in the depths of the Ruakuri Cave. The day ends when you emerge from the darkness into the sunlight of the Waitamo Forest. 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. Departs: Daily (except Christmas Day) Meals: Hot soup Transport: Abseil, raft Inclusions: Activity entry and equipment Note: Transfers not included, bring swimmers and towels Tour Code: ROTBLA

170

AROTIR

WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES

AROTMH

FR

£28

HALF DAY

Go on this trip to discover the ancient and beautiful cave networks of Waitomo and meet the famous glow worms. Walk through the famous Cathedral Cave and hear the awesome acoustics in a grand open space. Discover Ruakuri Cave a place of legends and tales and then into Arunui Cave, one of the area's best-kept secrets. Look up at the thousands of magical glowworms above while you cruise silently by boat in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Departs: Daily (except Christmas Day) Meals: Not included Inclusions: Entrance and guided tour Transport: Boat Note: Take money for personal expenses Tour Code: WTYGWC

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TAMAKI MAORI VILLAGE

£55

FR

FULL DAY

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

GEOTHERMAL DUO: WAI-O-TAPU & WAIMANGU PACKAGE

£71

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 ecosystem – 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

THE MIDDLE EARTH TRILOGY FR£166 ATTRACTION PASS FULL DAY Begin at the weird and wonderful Waitomo Caves taking a boat through the darkness, illuminated only by the resident glowworms. Then head to the Shire, the hometown of hobbits in 'Lord of the Rings' for a twohour tour. Finish in Te Puia for a traditional Maori feast and time to check out the surrounding geysers and mud pools. NZDETA

KAITUNA RAFTING

£46

FR

HALF DAY

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. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Return transfers from Matamata (transfers from Rotorua available at extra cost) Includes: Guided tour as specified, return transfers and shopping time at Shire's Store Tour Code: ROTHOB

HOBBITON EVENING BANQUET

£107

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: Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays Meals: Dinner included Transport: Return transfers from/to Matamata included Includes: Guided tour, free drink Tour Code: ROTHBN

£53

FR

HALF DAY

Paddle through native forest learning history and rafting the world's highest commercially-rafted waterfall. 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. VIROT1

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TE PUIA WITH STEAM BOX LUNCH

£21

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HALF DAY

We love a good lunch with a view. Come face to face with the mighty Pohutu Geyser, the jumping mud pools 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

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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!

HOBBITON MOVIE SET 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

£18 £28

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

Shoestring

HAKA LODGE TAUPO

ROOM ONLY

£16 £20

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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 area • Terrace • TV lounge

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Privacy curtains on bunks • Shared kitchen • Hot tub • Bike rental • Activity desk

TUOBSE

TUOHAK

£140

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.

SKYDIVE TAUPO

HALF DAY

£153

FR

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

MAORI ROCK CARVING SAILING TOUR

£15

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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£74

FR

ROOM ONLY

Location: Just a few minutes' walk from the bus station and the waters of Lake Taupo.

GUIDED 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

£17 £28

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

Shoestring

BASE WELLINGTON

ROOM ONLY

£19 £36

FR FR

Rock Solid

IBIS WELLINGTON

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

FR FR

£86 £43

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: The eclectic Bohemian Quarter, a five-minute walk from the waterfront.

Location: At the heart of Wellington's nightlife, and a short walk from the beach.

Location: Inner-city base, walking distance from major attractions and the waterfront.

Vibe: Fun, friendly and fairly-priced hostel with lots of free food!

Vibe: Not just a place to sleep, but a place to hang out and socialise.

Vibe: Seven-storey hotel with 200 basic but modern rooms and friendly staff.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Shared kitchen • Barbecue area • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Bar • Shared kitchen • Terrace • Nightclub • ATM • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Bar • Restaurant • Gym • Laundry • 24-hour reception • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost)

WLGCAP

WLGBBW

AWLGIW

Independent Tour

INTERISLANDER WELLINGTON TO PICTON FERRY

£40

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 STAY

£61

FR

3 DAYS

Discover the best that New Zealand's capital has to offer with this Ultimate Wellington bundle, which includes two nights' accommodation at the social hostel of Nomads Wellington. Enjoy entry to Zealandia, the world’s first fully-fenced urban eco sanctuary, and the famous Weta Workshop. 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, Weta Workshop tour Tour Code: WLGCAP/VIWLG1/VIWLG2

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South Island ABEL TASMAN N.P. NELSON

PICTON

WESTPORT

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PUNAKAIKI HOKITIKA

KAIKOURA

FRANZ JOSEF FOX GLACIER

CHRISTCHURCH

HAAST AORAKI / MT. COOK TIMARU MILFORD SOUND

WANAKA QUEENSTOWN

TE ANAU FIORDLAND N.P. DUNEDIN

STEWART ISLAND

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QUEENSTOWN

ADVENTURES

STUDENT TOWNS

SUNSHINE AND WINE

BEACHES

Queenstown is arguably the world's best 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.

No other region in New Zealand boasts as much sunshine as Marlborough. Which probably helps the 150 wineries found here!

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

£975

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

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Day 1-2 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)

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• 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 2019/20

highlights

Jan 20

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

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Day 3-6 Queenstown

Extend your trip

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 sky swing, an 109m high canyon swing, white water rafting, horse riding, skydiving - pause for breath - funyaks (inflatable kayak), trail hiking, or visit to Milford Sound in the Fiordland National Park. (4B, D)

Sweet as South (10 days, Wellington - Christchurch) (CONSHA)  Fr £1,135 Sweet as South (10 days, Christchurch - Wellington) (CONSHC)  Fr £1,135 Shorten your trip Ultimate NZ Ski (7 days, Queenstown - Queenstown) (COCZSKI)  Fr £895

Day 4-6 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)

Day 7-8 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)

Day 9 Franz Josef Glacier / Christchurch Make tracks through the Southern Alps and check out traditional Maori greenstone carving in the gold rush town of Hokitika, and take a look at traditional Maori art. Then travel along the old trade route through Arthur's Pass, admire the scenery as you cross the Southern Alps. Your trip wraps up in the hipster capital of Christchurch, so grab a craft beer and get exploring! (B)

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Hokitika

Arthur’s Pass

Franz Josef / Fox Glacier Haast Pass

Christchurch Lake Tekapo Lake Ohau

Wanaka Queenstown Dunedin

Mt. Cook, South Island

Moeraki Boulders, South Island

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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

£1,649

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 wonders of the South Island. Whether it's epic day hikes, or 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

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Dec

Jan 20

Feb 20

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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)

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Day 1-3 Wellington / Abel Tasman National Park

Departures 2019/20 Feb

• Opt to go dolphin and whale-spotting • Take in the reflective wonders of Fiordland • Overnight in a unique rainforest lodge

Jan

highlights

• Hike around Abel Tasman National Park • Get adventurous in Queenstown • Cycle the historical Otago Rail Trail

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

Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

Day 4-6 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)

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Day 7-10 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)

Day 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 re-purposed shipping containers, then back to nature the next day. (3B, D)

Customise your trip Dolphin Swim (Kaikoura) Go in search of dolphins, with around 20-40 minutes of swim time.  Fr £96

Day 14-16 Kaikoura / Wellington

Abel Tasman N.P.

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 saying goodbye on Day 16. (3B)

Westport Hokitika

Wellington Kaikoura

Franz Josef Christchurch Milford Sound Queenstown Otago Rail Trail Te Anau

Otago Rail Trail, South Island

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Milford Sound, Fiordland

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HAAST - BEST OF THE SOUTH 9 DAYS, Christchurch

£1,247

FR

Christchurch

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore Franz Josef Glacier • Mt. Aspiring jet boat ride • TranzAlpine scenic train

• Doubtful Sound cruise • Hooker Valley track hike • Go biking at Lake Wanaka

Day 1-2 Christchurch / Franz Josef

Mt. Cook, South Island

Day 3-5 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)

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Day 6-7 Queenstown Leave the fiords behind, and make for Queenstown. You now have two free days in the adventure capital of the world, and it's the perfect time to embrace your inner thrill seeker. Throw yourself off a bungy bridge or out of a plane, zipline or go canyoning, ride on a jet boat or go on epic walks. Alternatively you can just do your foodie and culture research and get yourself into lively restaurants, pubs and music venues. The options are endless. (2B)

Christchurch Franz Josef Mt Cook Makarora

Day 8-9 Mt. Cook / Christchurch

Rangitata

Queenstown

You'll journey through beautiful landscape today from Queenstown into Lake Wanaka. Spend the morning on the scenic bike trails and 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)

Departs: Thursdays (26Sep19-07May20) Accommodation: Quad-share lodge/cabin (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 Includes: Activities as per itinerary, mountain biking, overnight Doubtful Sound cruise, jet boating Note: During winter (11May19-21Sep19), a different 10-day itinerary will operate on Saturdays. Accommodation in multi-share hostels/lodges (9 nts) and the group size may be bigger than 24 people (CHCBSW) Tour Code: CHCBSS

Doubtful Sound

Small Group Adventure

SOUTH ISLAND LICK Christchurch

£737

FR

Christchurch

7 DAYS

highlights

• Soak up Queenstown • Ride the Tranz-Alpine train

• Explore Franz Josef Glacier • Chill out by Lake Wanaka

Small Group Adventure

SOUTH ISLAND DIRT SEEKER Christchurch

£1,091

FR

Queenstown

7 DAYS

highlights

• Cycle down scenic bike trails • Opt for a range of add-ons

• Included skyline pass • Included maps and advice

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.

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 dates (Jan-Dec) Accommodation: Mixed dorm or private room (7 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts Transport: Bus transfers and TranzAlpine Express Group Size: Max 16 Includes: Kiwi guide Tour Code: CHCSIL

Departs: Selected Mon (Oct-Apr) Accommodation: Mixed dorm or private room (6 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners Group Size: Max 14 Includes: Transport, Skyline Gondola Pass, two guides Note: Bike hire not included Tour Code: CHCDSD

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SOUTH ISLAND

From Christchurch, travel over Arthur's Pass on the iconic TranzAlpine train, 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)


Small Group Adventure

SOUTH ISLAND

QUEENSTOWN POWDER PACK

£287

FR

5 DAYS

Calling all snow bunnies! Head out of Queenstown and into the snow-capped mountains. Spend your days either carving up some gnarly turns 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

Small Group Adventure

SKI & SNOW EXPLORER Christchurch

£982

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: 28Jul19, 06Aug19, 15Aug19 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

£982

FR

Queenstown Small Group Adventure • Ski in six different locations • 6 lift passes as standard • Tekapo Hot Springs entry

The Remarkables, Queenstown

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Departs: Selected Wed and Sun (Jun-Sep) Accommodation: Mixed dorm/private room in Haka Lodges (6 nts). Upgrades available Meals: 6 breakfasts Transport: Shuttle transport and mountain transfers included Includes: 6 lift passes, Tekapo hot springs entry. Equipment hire & lessons included in other packs. Ask your Travel Expert for details Group Size: Max 16 Tour Code: CHCSSS

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• Time for adrenalin in Queenstown • All transport included • 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, Ohau, Treble Cone, Cardrona, Queenstown and Coronet Peak) and swing by Lake Tekapo Hot Springs to soak your muscles. To make things as stress-free as possible, all transport, lift passes, accommodation and entry fees are included, plus there are a ton of optional activities you can add on to your trip (do this as early as possible to avoid disappointment). For extra included lessons and equipment hire, choose the Beginner Pack. Equipment hire can also be added if you choose the Lift Pass and Hire Pack. Ask your Travel Expert for more details.

ALPINE EXPLORER 9 DAYS, Christchurch

£1,419

FR

Christchurch Small Group Adventure

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• Ski on four different mountains • Train ride over the Southern Alps • Soak in Tekapo Hot Springs

Franz Josef Glacier, South Island

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Departs: 28Jul19, 06Aug19 & 15Aug19 Accommodation: Multishare 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

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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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TASMAN BAY BACKPACKERS, NELSON

£17

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THE BARN ABEL TASMAN

£22 £31

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SCENIC HOTEL MARLBOROUGH

£102 £52

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Location: A 10-minute walk from Nelson city centre and Nelson Bus Depot.

Location: In a coastal village, on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park.

Location: In the heart of Marlborough Wine Country, a short walk from Blenheim.

Vibe: Hop on the free bikes by day and relax by the log fire in the lounge by night.

Vibe: Fun and friendly backpackers and campground, built for adventure.

Vibe: Modern and stylish hotel with a restaurant and bar serving local produce.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Heating • Lounge • Shared kitchen • Bikes • Barbecue • Terrace • Library • Garden

Highlights: Campsite • Mixed dorms • Private rooms • 2 shared kitchens • Barbecue area • Cinema room • Laundry

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Hot tub • Sauna • Internet kiosk

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ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK CRUISE

£40

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BIKING AND KAYAKING ADVENTURE

£105

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MARLBOROUGH WINE TOUR

£63

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Explore Abel Tasman National Park by foot and onboard. Cruise from Kaiteriteri Beach into the national park and lace up your walking boots to enjoy a guided forest walk. Trek 10.5 kilometres through dense forest past the Falls River swing bridge, looking out for wildlife and stopping for a dip in Cleopatra's Pool.

Bike and kayak your way around Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park. Kayak from Kaiteriteri to Split Apple Rock, the water is calm, but if you need help there is a guide by your side. Take a break and swim at the beach and then set off for Ngaio Island. Mountain bike through the bush and finish up with a rewarding swim and a cold one!

Taste some of the best regional wines and enjoy beautiful Marlborough scenery on this day trip that stops at local vineyards. Taste sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, riesling, pinot noir and some lesser known varieties to intrigue your wine-guzzling palette. Learn about the craft of wine making and finish up at a chocolate factory, perfection!

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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

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£19 £24

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JAILHOUSE BACKPACKERS, CHRISTCHURCH

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£17 £23

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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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JUCY SNOOZE, CHRISTCHURCH

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£22 £33

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BREAKFREE ON CASHEL, CHRISTCHURCH

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£38 £19

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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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CHRISTCHURCH ADVENTURE PARK

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£82

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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

Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Not included Includes: Entry to Christchurch Adventure Park, chairlift entry Tour Code: VICHC1

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AKAROA DOLPHIN SWIM

£49

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BELLA VISTA KAIKOURA

£80 £41

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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 two hours in the jet-powered catamaran, you'll have the chance to get in the water with these friendly flippers. All equipment is provided, plus hot showers and drinks.

KINGSGATE HOTEL, DUNEDIN

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£91 £46

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Location: A 12-minute walk from the beach, and five minutes from town.

Location: A short walk from Dunedin city centre & 15 minutes from Otago Museum.

Vibe: Comfortable and modern selfcontained rooms, close to the attractions.

Vibe: Ticks the 'comfy and spacious' box for busy sightseeing bods.

Highlights: Private rooms • Satellite TV • Heating • Barbecue area • Garden • Laundry • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Private rooms • Heating • Bar • Restaurant • TV lounge • Library • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

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OTAGO PENINSULA WILDLIFE TOUR

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£92

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Get ready for a day of spotting rare yellow-eyed penguins, and visit the nesting grounds of the northern royal albatross on the Otago Peninsula. Spend the morning sightseeing in Dunedin's city centre, including the Octagon, and opt to visit Larnach Castle. In the afternoon, go deeper in the Otago Peninsula and travel along the coast of Taiaroa Head. Enjoy a guided tour observing the penguins, then marvel at the dramatic coastline as you return. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Minibus Note: Pick-up and dropoff available from Dunedin hotels or Port Chalmers cruise port Tour Code: VIDUD1

STAY 3 NIGHTS AND RECEIVE NZD$50 FOOD AND BEVERAGE CREDIT PER ROOM PER STAY

TASTE THE OTAGO RAIL TRAIL

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£156

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Head out on a day trip from Dunedin travelling to Strath Taieri and Maniotolo, cycling the beautiful Otago Central Rail Trail. This is an uninterrupted trail, so no vehicles to deal with and no thigh-killing hills - bonus! Start at the old Ranfurly railway station and then pass through the old mining town of Waipiata. Enjoy the lovely cycle between Daisybank and Hyde that runs along the Taieri River. Enjoy scenic return transfers from Dunedin and a packed lunch. Departs: Daily (except Fridays) (Nov-Apr) Meals: 1 packed lunch, 1 snack Transport: Train, bikes, shuttle Tour Code: DUDORT

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SOUTH ISLAND

One of our new favourite days out in Christchurch, the adventure park opened its doors back in 2016. Catering for for both high energy and easy going days, the park has everything from beginner and intermediate downhill mountain biking trails to a world-class jump track and a zipline through the Port Hills. This ticket includes entry to the park plus a ride on NZ's longest chairlift, which has great views of the Southern Alps and Pacific Ocean.

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FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 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

£18 £50

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BELLA VISTA MOTEL, FRANZ JOSEF

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£84 £42

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FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK

Location: in the heart of the Franz Josef Glacier Village and close to the hot pools.

Vibe: Unique getaway with spectacular views and rooms for all budgets.

Vibe: Comfy rooms with views of the glacier. Walk to nearby shops & eateries.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms, suites or cabins • Electric blankets • Bar • Restaurant • Hot tub • Sauna

Highlights: Private rooms • Heating • Flatscreen TV • Picnic area • Barbecue area • Garden • Free on-site parking

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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. WHOGVW

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FRANZ JOSEF HELI HIKE & HOT POOLS HALF DAY, Franz Josef Glacier

£271

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Franz Josef Glacier

• Hike on the Franz Josef Glacier • Enjoy two helicopter rides • See awe-inspiring scenery

Franz Josef Glacier, South Island

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: Waterproof clothing, boots, crampons and woollen hats and gloves are available to borrow Tour Code: XOZFRA

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Location: Just two minutes' walk from the heart of Franz Josef Glacier Village.

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£39

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highlights

• 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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BASE WANAKA

£17 £32

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WANAKA HOTEL

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£118 £59

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EDGEWATER RESORT

£123 £62

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Location: In the centre of Wanaka, only two blocks from the waterfront.

Location: A three-minute walk from the beach, right in Wanaka town centre.

Location: On the edge of Lake Wanaka and two kilometres from Wanaka town centre.

Vibe: Informal hostel with a fun communal area and helpful staff.

Vibe: Clean, comfortable and homely, with two restaurants and beautiful views.

Vibe: Quality rooms with lake and mountain views, and a day spa and sauna.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Bar • Shared kitchen • TV lounge

Highlights: Private rooms • Flatscreen TV • Bar • Restaurant • Shared kitchen • Café • Garden • Laundry • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Private rooms • Flatscreen TV • Restaurant • Café • Terrace • Spa • Hot tub • Tennis court • Bike and ski tours

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WANAKA SKYDIVE

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£164

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With a professional by your side, take to the skies on this 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! Take home a video to show your freefalling grin to everyone at home. NZSKYW

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WILD WIRE WANAKA

£104

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If you want a heavy dose of adventure when in Wanaka, then this is for you. After all, this is the world's highest via ferrata, waterfall climb! Choose from a beginners' (Go Wild) or slightly more adventurous (Wild Thing) route and enjoy epic views from wire bridges along the way. You'll be supported by expert guides throughout. WKAWWW

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LAKE CRUISE & NATURE WALK

£134

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Cruise across Lake Wanaka to remote and magical Mou Waho Island, a predator-free island and haven for rare birdlife like the Buff Weka that's extinct on the mainland. Go on a guided bush walk to a lake at the top of the island boasting scenic views in every direction, before planting a native tree and returning to Wanaka. VIWKA1

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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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BASE QUEENSTOWN

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£17 £28

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£23 £35

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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: Opened in April 2018, this 52 room hostel boasts a rooftop bar and café and panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Bar • Restaurant • 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 • Shared kitchen • Café • Rooftop terrace • Shared TV lounge • Luggage storage • Laundry

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NOMADS QUEENSTOWN

£20 £39

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NOVOTEL LAKESIDE, QUEENSTOWN

£140 £71

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CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL, QUEENSTOWN

£133 £67

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Location: Right in the middle of downtown Queenstown, close to bars and restaurants.

Location: Centrally-located and close to the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

Location: A short walk from the city's main streets and four-minutes to the beach.

Vibe: A four-time winner of Best Hostel in NZ, Nomads is low-key, affordable and fun.

Vibe: Soak in the tranquil lakeside views at this polished, four-star hotel.

Vibe: Luxurious hotel overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the mountain range.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Shared kitchen • Sauna • Cinema room

Highlights: Private rooms • Flatscreen TV • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost) • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Hot tub • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms with balcony • Flatscreen TV • Air con • Restaurant • Lounge & bar • Ski storage • Gym

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AJ HACKETT BUNGY QUEENSTOWN BUNGY

£107

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£204

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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 (maybe not). 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. Get ready to fly!

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LORD OF THE RINGS MOVIE TOUR

£107

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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.

SHOTOVER JET

Acknowledged as the world`s most famous and exciting Jetboat ride, no visit to Queenstown is complete without a sesh on the Shotover Jet. 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.

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QUEENSTOWN RAFTING

£71

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Take on two rivers with thrilling 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 Queenstown return transfers, all equipment, safety briefings, expert instructors and a hot shower at the end.

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SKYLINE GONDOLA & LUGE

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£189

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Queenstown Independent Tour

highlights

• Explore magical Queenstown • White water raft the Kawarau River • Raft the famous Dog Leg Rapid

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£32

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Make your way through the rugged alpine scenery of Queenstown. Enjoy epic views of Lake Wakatipu from the Skyline Gondola that happens to be the Southern Hemisphere's steepest cable car. Gear up for the luge cart and speed your way downhill and through tunnels, then take a seat back on the gondola to Queenstown.

QUEENSTOWN & MILFORD ENCOMPASSED 3 DAYS, Queenstown

£71

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Dorm at Base Queenstown (2 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: Karawau River Rafting, 25-minute Jet Boat, Milford Sound Cruise (departing Milford Sound) Note: Upgrade options available Tour Code: ZQNDIS/ZQNGOC

• Chase waterfalls in Milford Sound • Gawk at epic canyons • Thrilling river jet boat ride

This tour encompasses the best of Queenstown and Milford over three days of adventuring fun. Kick off the thrills on Day 1 with an exhilarating jet boat ride taking on 3600 spins at high speeds. Make your way to Milford Sound on Day 2 or opt for an upgrade departing from Queenstown. Sit back and relax and experience the spray of a waterfall as you cruise close to sheer rock faces. White water raft the scenic Kawarau River on Day 3, an ideal spot for first time rafters or those looking for a more relaxed rafting experience. The scenery on this raft is spectacular, so sit back and enjoy the enormity of the canyons. You'll be staying in a dorm room at Base hostel on Shotover Street, right in the heart of Queenstown. There is an option to upgrade your activities and accommodation. Please ask your Travel Expert for details.

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SOUTH ISLAND

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.

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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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TE ANAU LAKEVIEW HOLIDAY PARK

£78 £39

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FIORDLAND JET BOAT AND BIKE

£98

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TE ANAU GLOWWORM CAVES

£51

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Location: Situated just opposite the shores of Lake Te Anau, outside the town centre. Vibe: Clean, comfy and spacious rooms with picnic space and barbecue facilities. Highlights: Private rooms & bungalows • Self-contained studios • Barbecue area • Lounge • Picnic area • Shared kitchen

Begin your adventure on an exhilarating jet boat ride down Waiau River, a magical spot lined with forest, also known as the great river of Middle Earth. Jet down Lake Manapouri surrounded by snow capped mountains then explore Fiordland by bike. Admire unique flora and fauna, experience Maori culture and have fun!

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

£23

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Milford Wharf

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• Laid-back catamaran cruise • Get up close to waterfalls • Marvel at snow-topped Mitre Peak

Milford Sound, South Island

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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: CMSCCC

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• Informative on-board 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

£109

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£67

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Don't have four days to do the full trek? Take this 'taster' session instead. Paddle the shores of the Arthur River and then set foot on the most famous of Kiwi walks, the Milford Track. Enjoy a guided two-hour return walk, supported by an experienced guide and learning about the area's flora and fauna and admiring waterfalls.

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DOUBTFUL OVERNIGHT KAYAKING & CAMPING ADVENTURE

£240

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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? 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

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DOUBTFUL SOUND OVERNIGHT CRUISE

£202

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2 DAYS

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: 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

£284

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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

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FULL DAY

This is the perfect way to experience a small corner of the beautiful Doubtful Sound. Cruise the stunning Lake Manapouri and cross the remote alpine route of Wilmot Pass. Hopefully you'll run into dolphins, penguins and seals on your three-hour kayak exploring lush rainforest, waterfalls, and towering cliffs in Fiordland.

Small Group Adventure

2 DAYS, Queenstown or Milford Wharf

£144

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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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Kayak from Deep Water Basin to the inner part of Milford Sound, exploring Bowen Falls and getting up close to Sinbad Gully, have your camera ready for the beautiful Mitre Peak. You'll visit a sanctuary to learn about the native wildlife, have two hours of easy scenic kayaking, and a return boat cruise to the Tasman Sea on the agenda.

KAYAK & MILFORD TRACK


South Pacific Cut yourself adrift amid the dreamy islands and coast-hugging reefs of the South Pacific. This is 'stranded' in the best sense of the word. Come to hide, re-energise - or both!


Fiji SOUTH PACIFIC

bula buddy The word 'paradise' gets thrown around too often, but if anywhere in the world was deserving of this description, it's definitely Fiji. White sandy beaches, crystal-clear 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 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

CORAL COAST

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 204.

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why feejee experience? Fiji is so much more than just dreamy white beaches (though we love those, too). 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.

BLUE LAGOON BEACH RESORT

Yasawa islands BAREFOOT MANTRA

GOLDEN POINT RAKIRAKI BEACHCOMBER ISLAND

Mamanuca islands ROBINSON CRUSOE ISLAND

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

BA TOWN NASAUTOKA VILLAGE

SABETO VALLEY HOT POOLS NADI

KOROVOU

Viti Levu

NAUSORI SUVA UPRISING BEACH

Overnight stop Short stop Lei Low Triple Treat Feejee Five Whole Hula Feejee Beach & Culture Culture Marine Echo Experience

FEEJEE BEACH AND CULTURE Nadi

Nadi

£291

FR

4 DAYS

Travelling along the south coast of Viti Levu, this tour will see you trekking through tropical jungle, snorkelling with marine life, exploring Robinson Crusoe Island, getting dirty in Sabeto's mud baths, sandboarding like a pro and gazing at the largest coastal waterfall. Pay a visit to the seven-chamber historical snake cave, head on to the Nasautoka Village for a kava ceremony and village tour and enjoy a spot of bilibili rafting in the Wainibuka River. Departs: Wed & Sat Accommodation: Multi-share resorts (4 nts) Meals: 1 breakfast (Meal pack at extra cost) Transport: All included except airport pick up/ drop off (except with Bula Arrival Pack/Moce Departure Pack) Tour Code: NANBCO

190

FR

Moce (Departure) Pack

FR

MEAL PACKAGES Whole Hula 

SIGATOKA

WHOLE HULA Nadi

Nadi

£54 £54

Bula Arrival Pack

£95

FR

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.

£264

FR

4 DAYS

Experience a full circuit of Viti Levu in just four days. Witness a South Pacific dance, knife and fire dancing show, snorkel, dive and relax on Fiji's fine beaches, swim in the biggest coastal waterfall and trek through tropical jungle. You'll also get the chance to visit the seven-chamber historical snake cave! Get involved with the local community on a village visit and kava ceremony, head to a market and bathe in hot pools and mud pools for ultimate relaxation. Departs: Wed & Sat Accommodation: Multi-share resorts (3 nts) Meals: 1 breakfast (Meal pack at extra cost) Transport: All transport included Note: There is a compulsory meal pack at Robinson Crusoe Island Tour Code: NANWO3

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LEI LOW 6 DAYS, Nadi

£418

FR

Nadi Day 1-2 Robinson Crusoe Island / Pacific Harbour

Set those alarms early as you're off today to Robinson Crusoe Island for a full afternoon to explore the incredible island of fire dancers. The next day, venture on to Pacific Harbour along the stunning Coral Coast, stopping en route in Sigatoka for a spot of lunch (at extra cost). Next, opt for a rainforest trek to a waterfall, where you'll be able to have a cooling dip before checking in. (B)

Day 3 Golden Point Resort

Day 4-6 Nadi / Beachcomber Island / Nadi Take a drive through the pretty Indo-Fijian sugar cane belt, explore Bat Market and enjoy an Indo-Fijan lunch (at extra cost). Soak up in the Sabeto hot pools before heading back to Nadi. Day 5, you're off on an overnight trip to the world-famous Beachcomber Island. Head back to Nadi the following day in the early evening where your trip ends. Departs: Wed & Sat Accommodation: Multi-share resorts (4 nts), hostel in Nadi (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast (meal pack at extra cost) Transport: All transport included Note: A compulsory meal pack applies on Robinson Crusoe & Beachcomber Island Tour Code: NANFEL

CULTURE & MARINE ECO EXPERIENCE 8 DAYS, Nadi

Nadi

£676

FR

Day 1-2 Robinson Crusoe Island / Pacific Harbour Journey to Robinson Crusoe Island for an afternoon of exploring the island of fire dancers. Next day, you'll head to Pacific Harbour along the stunning Coral Coast. Buckle up for a rainforest trek and see the gushing coastal waterfall. Check in to your resort that evening. (B)

Day 3-4 Pacific Harbour / Nadi Get up early for a fun day out! Take a scenic drive from Suva City to Wailotua, and head on to visit the seven-chamber snake cave. Enjoy a kava ceremony and village tour in Nasautoka Village where you'll interact with locals and kids. Round off with some bilibili rafting in the Wainibuka River before heading back to Pacific Harbour. On Day 4, stop via the Sigatoka Sand Dunes for some sandboarding, before heading to a market in Nadi. Drive in to the heart of Sabeto Valley where you'll cleanse yourself (kind of) in some mud pools and thermal springs. (B)

Day 5-8 Barefoot Manta / Nadi Time to get your socks off (not really) and head for Barefoot Manta! Spend the next couple of days exploring this incredible island, getting involved in the Marine Project, attending talks, snorkelling and diving. There are also plenty of other activities to get involved with - just ask. Depart the island mid afternoon on Day 8 to get back to Nadi where your trip ends on arrival. Departs: Wed & Sat Accommodation: Multi-share resorts (7 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts Transport: Return boat transfers to Robinson Crusoe Island & Barefoot Manta, driver for first 4 days Note: There is a compulsory meal pack at Robinson Crusoe Island Tour Code: NANCMO

FEEJEE FIVE 11 DAYS, Nadi

£773

FR

Nadi

Day 1-4 Robinson Crusoe Island / Pacific Harbour / Golden Point Resort Head to Robinson Crusoe Island for a full afternoon to explore the incredible island of fire dancers. The next day you'll journey to Pacific Harbour along the scenic Coral Coast, stopping en route in Sigatoka town for lunch (at extra cost). Get your hiking boots on for a rainforest trek and see the cascading waterfall. Day 3, head to Golden Point Resort, Rakiraki, and hop on a scenic drive through Suva City. Explore the seven-chamber historical snake cave before reaching Nasautoka Village for a kava ceremony and village tour before and round off with bilibili rafting in the Wainibuka River. (B)

Day 4-8 Nadi / Beachcomber Island / Blue Lagoon Beach Resort Journey to Nadi for a pretty drive through of the Indo-Fijian sugar cane belt, head to the Ba Market, enjoy an Indo-Fijian lunch (at extra cost). Unwind in the Sabeto hot pools before heading back to Nadi. You'll head to the Beachcomber Island where you'll spend the next couple of days relaxing in your very own tropical paradise. Day 7, travel to Blue Lagoon Beach Resort and experience the amazing Yasawa Islands. Make the most of all the activities on offer. (B)

Day 9-11 Blue Lagoon Beach Resort / Barefoot Manta / Nadi It's on to Barefoot Manta for some swimming and snorkelling. Opt to snorkel with Mantarays on your last full day on Day 10 before going back to Nadi the next day where your trip ends. Departs: Wed & Sat Accommodation: Multi-share resorts (9 nts), hostel in Nadi (1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts Transport: All transfers included Note: There is a compulsory meal pack at the island resorts. Please ask for details Tour Code: NZFEO5

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Set off in the morning to Golden Point Resort, Rakiraki, and enjoy a drive through Suva City. Take a visit to the seven-chamber historical snake cave before heading on to Nasautoka Village for a kava ceremony and village tour where you'll get to interact with the locals and round off with a spot of bilibili rafting in the Wainibuka River. Opt to have a local lunch (at extra cost).


VITI LEVU wind it down a notch

SOUTH PACIFIC

Dump your rucksack in the sand, take off your shoes and slow down. You're on Fiji time now. First port 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.

Shoestring

SMUGGLERS COVE, NADI

1

Shoestring

£15 £38

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

2

NADI BAY RESORT, NADI

ROOM ONLY

£19 £21

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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 • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Barbecue terrace • Daily activities • Dive shop • Laundry

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Apartments • Air con or fan • 2 outdoor pools • 2 bars • 2 restaurants • Spa • Cinema room • Free on-site parking

STAY 5 PAY 4 & STAY 9 PAY 7: 15AUG19-15DEC19 & 10JAN20-31MAR20 FREE ARRIVAL AIRPORT TRANSFER

STAY 4 PAY 3 & STAY 5 PAY 4 & STAY 6 PAY 5 & STAY 7 PAY 6: 01JAN19-31MAR19

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Shoestring

AQUARIUS ON THE BEACH, NADI

3

NANNAD

Rock Solid

£18 £28

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

4

ANCHORAGE RESORT, LAUTOKA

ROOM ONLY

£88 £44

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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: Small boutique hotel with an intimate and friendly 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 • Bar • Restaurant • Spa • Table tennis • Live entertainment • Free use of kayaks and beach equipment • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Villas and apartments • Air con • Private balcony • 2 outdoor pools • 3 bars • 2 restaurants • Spa • Private jetty • 24-hour reception • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost)

STAY 3 OR 4 NIGHTS AND RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT: 01JAN19–31MAR20 STAY 5 NIGHTS AND RECEIVE A 15% DISCOUNT: 01JAN19–31MAR20

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Yasawa IslandS

N

RAKIRAKI TAVUA

Mamanuca Islands

5-7 1-3 8

NADI AIRPORT

Transfer | Airport transfers to Coral Coast Hotels

MT. VICTORIA

KOROYANITU NATIONAL HERITAGE PARK

A-List | Westin Denarau COLO-I-SUVA FOREST PARK

10

FR

£32

FR

£71

Class Act | Shangri La Fijian Resort & Spa (Coral Coast)

FR

£102

FR

£129

SUVA

12

9

SIGATOKA

UPRISING BEACH PACIFIC HARBOUR

CORAL COAST

A-List

5

£19

SOUTH PACIFIC

Rock Solid | Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa 

VITI LEVU

11

FR

SLEEP HERE INSTEAD

NADI

DENARAU ISLAND

HASSLE-FREE TRANSFERS Transfer | Airport transfers to Nadi & Denarau 

LAUTOKA

4

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HILTON FIJI RESORT & SPA, DENARAU

A List

£225 £113

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

6

SHERATON FIJI RESORT DENARAU, DENARAU

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

£204 £102

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Set on a vast stretch of private beach, just a 20-minute walk from Port Denarau.

Location: Just a short 3 minutes' drive from Port Denarau Marina and 20 minutes from the airport.

Vibe: It's the Hilton, so expect swanky rooms, plenty of amenities (hello, adult-only swimming pool!) and slick service from staff.

Vibe: Think luxurious beach vibes. This waterfront hotel has a stunning outdoor pool and tropical gardens.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Private patio or balcony • Air con • In-room safe • 7 outdoor pools • 3 bars • 2 restaurants • Café • Spa • Gym • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Indoor pool • Private beach area • Outdoor pool • Sun terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Spa • Gym • Laundry service • 24-hour reception

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ADNYSF

Class Act

7

RADISSON BLU RESORT DENARAU, DENARAU

Class Act

£346 £174

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

8

DOUBLETREE RESORT BY HILTON, SONAISALI ISLAND

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

£130 £65

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Situated in Denarau among ten acres of tropical gardens. A ten-minute walk to Denarau Golf and Racquet Club

Location: Sonaisali Island, a quick three-minute boat trip from Viti Levu. Nadi airport is a 25-minute drive away.

Vibe: Modern, spacious rooms and suites with excellent facilities. Kids (of all ages) will love the waterslide!

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 • Flatscreen TV • Balconies • 4 pools • Snack bar • Library • Picnic area • Spa and massage services • Gym • Laundry • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • 2 restaurants • Café • Spa • Tennis court • Watersports available • Free use of kayaks • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost)

ADNYRB

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Glampacker

MANGO BAY, CORAL COAST

9

Rock Solid

£27 £44

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

10

NAVITI RESORT, CORAL COAST

SOUTH PACIFIC

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

£202 £109

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: In 12 acres of tropical forest within the Tadrawai Valley overlooking an enclosed beachfront bay.

Location: Beachside resort located on the Coral Coast. A great base for exploring the Sigatoka Valley.

Vibe: Colourful thatched-roof resort with eco-conscious living spaces and a relaxed atmosphere.

Vibe: This relaxing beach side resort boasts newly-renovated rooms and a wide range of outdoor activities.

Highlights: Beachfront bures and garden villas • Ceiling fan • Outdoor terrace • Lagoon pool • 2 bars • Restaurant • Spa • Outdoor cinema • Lounge area

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balconies • Outdoor pool • 3 bars • 4 restaurants • Spa • Golf course • Gym • 24-hour security • On-site parking (at extra cost) NANMBR

FREE USE OF NON-MOTORISED WATERSPORTS EQUIPMENT

AGXNNR

A-List

OUTRIGGER FIJI BEACH RESORT, CORAL COAST

11

A-List

£157 £79

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

12

THE WARWICK FIJI, CORAL COAST

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

£245 £123

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Exquisite seaside setting with sweeping views of the ocean, surrounded by tropical gardens.

Location: Positioned along a golden stretch of sand by crystal clear lagoons and manicured gardens.

Vibe: Five-star resort modelled on a traditional Fijian village. Most rooms come with your own personal butler!

Vibe: Luxurious Coral Coast hotel offering world-class service for romance, relaxation and carefree fun.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Balcony or patio • Outdoor pool • Bar and cocktail lounge • Restaurant • Spa • Gym • Tennis courts • Cultural activities • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Balcony or patio • Air con • 2 outdoor pools • 4 bars • 5 restaurants • Spa • Hot tub • Tennis and squash courts • Watersports available • Village tours available

STAY 3 NIGHTS OR MORE AND RECEIVE REDUCED RATES: 01APR19-31MAR20

CLOUD NINE

NANOUT

£87

FR

FULL DAY

Ever wanted a day in a floating paradise? Cloud 9 is a two-level floating platform stocked with everything you need for a relaxing day out. Expect an internationally-stocked bar, an Italian woodfired pizzeria, and plenty of chill out areas with amazing views. Spend the day swimming in the sea, snorkelling, hitting up some watersports (at extra cost), lounging on hanging chairs, sun decks and day beds. And, Cloud 9 is totally powered by solar power. Departs: Daily Meals: $60.00 FJD tab redeemable for food & drinks/merchandise Transport: Return transfers from Denarau, Nadi and Lautoka & return sea transfers Note: Coral Coast pick-ups available at extra cost Tour Code: NADCL9

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MALAMALA BEACH CLUB DAY CRUISE

FR

£65

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

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Independent Tour

Nadi

£274

FR

Smugglers Cove

4 DAYS

highlights

• Two full days of surfing • Up to eight hours of surfing

• All accommodation included • Equipment hire included

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 in the price. Check out on Day 4 and start planning your next surfing adventure. 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 pick-up included Tour Code: NADSUR

SMUGGLERS COVE LEARN TO DIVE Nadi

£465

FR

Smugglers Cove

5 DAYS

highlights

• Get PADI-certified to 18m • Stay in a fun, friendly resort

• Several open water dives • Practice in the pool

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 Accommodation: Hostel private room or dorm (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts Transport: Airport pick-up included Includes: Diving equipment, diving instructor, PADI dive certificate on passing Tour Code: NADDIV

WANDERLANDS FIJI 8 DAYS, Nadi

£832

FR

Mantaray Island

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Island-hop in the Yasawas • Relax on stunning beaches • Go jungle trekking

• Spot mantas and turtles • Snorkel and paddleboard • Enjoy beach barbecues

Day 1 Nadi After meeting your group leader, check in to your accommodation and spend the day relaxing and exploring Nadi. Choose to go snorkelling over coral reefs or kayak.

Day 2 Coral Coast The next day, head south to the Coral Coast and enjoy a boat trip to the Vatulele and Yanuca Islands, a top surfing and relaxing spot. You'll be able to hit the waters with a spot of snorkelling and enjoy a tasty beach barbecue. (B, L, D)

inclusions

Day 7-8 Mantaray Island Don your swimmers, see unexplored beaches and end your trip with sunset tubing.

Central Coast

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Dec

Nov

Oct

Departures 2019 Sep

Nadi

Jan

Blue Lagoon - Day 5, visit some natural caves and a local village, to learn all about Fijian day-to-day life, then it's off to Mantaray Island for some unbeatable snorkelling on Day 6. It really is one of the best snorkelling spots in the world so make the most of it! End the day with some beach volleyball over sunset.

Aug

Day 5-6 Yasawa Islands / Mantaray Island

Jul

F I J I

Mantaray Island

Jun

Paradise here we come! Cruise out to these beautiful islands in the luxury of the Captains Lounge on the Yasawa Flyer (which has air con, snacks and unlimited drinks) and spot mantas and turtles if you're lucky. Check into the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort and opt to go paddleboarding or kayaking.

May

Day 4 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: 3 breakfasts, 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 $170) or sea plane (FJD $380) - payable locally Tour Code: NANWDF

Apr

Yasawa Islands

Mar

Day 3, spend the morning by the water, paddle boarding or grab a friend and a double kayak. Then you'll get your trainers on a little bush trek to Novala Falls (B, D)

Feb

Day 3 Coral Coast

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SOUTH PACIFIC

SMUGGLERS COVE LEARN TO SURF

Independent Tour


MAMANUCA

16 18 17

SOUTH PACIFIC

& YASAWA

13

MATACAWALEVU

NACULA

14 15 NANUYA LAILAI

YAQETA

Islands

12 NAVITI

11 10

island hopping & resorts

DRAWAQA

WE

love

The idyllic Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands lie just off the mainland of Fiji and offer a great array of resorts. With so many different styles of accommodation available, we've adopted a local grading system of 1 and 2 Coconuts. Both offer room types (e.g. dorms or bures) of differing standards. Want a little luxury? Look out for the palm trees!

NANUYA BALAVU

WAYA

3

If you need a hairdryer, these are not for you! The accommodation is typically basic but in really beautiful locations. Often these properties do not have hot water; however the local water supply is tepid. You'll need to bring your own towel, soap and other necessities, and note that most 1 Coconut properties have fans as opposed to air con. Simple and filling meals are included.

Dorms & Bures These resorts are more modern with a higher standard of accommodation, though still with a strong Fijian flavour to make you feel welcome and immerse you in the local way of life. You'll have a fan or air con in your room. Meal supplements are compulsory and can be pre-paid in advance or on arrival. 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. Meal supplements are compulsory and can be pre-paid in advance or on arrival.

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5 WAYALAILAI

CHOOSE YOUR ISLAND

KUATA

MAMANUCA ISLANDS (less than 1 hour from Denarau)

2

Dorms & Bures

9

6

1

CHOOSE YOUR STYLE

7

NAUKACUVU

8

South Sea Island

KEY Yasawa Islands

Beachcomber IslandResort

VOMO

Mamanuca Islands

KUATA ISLAND (approx. 2 hours from Denarau)

3

Viti Levu (Fiji mainland)

Barefoot Kuata Resort

WAYALAILAI ISLAND (approx. 2 hours from Denarau)

4

Wayalailai Ecohaven Resort

5

Naqalia Lodge

WAYA ISLAND

2 MANA

Octopus Resort

NAUKACUVU

SOUTH SEA ISLAND

CASTAWAY MALAMALA

(approx. 21/2 hours from Denarau)

6

1

MALOLO PORT DENARAU MARINA & CHECK-IN, NADI

(approx. 23/4 hours from Denarau) 7

Paradise Cove Resort

NANUYA BALAVU (approx. 3 hours from Denarau)

8

Mantaray Island Resort

DRAWAQA ISLAND RESORT (approx. 3 hours from Denarau)

9

Barefoot Manta Resort

NAVITI ISLAND

MATACAWALEVU ISLAND (approx. 4-5 hours from Denarau)

13 Long Beach Resort NANUYA LAILAI ISLAND (approx. 5 hours from Denarau)

14 Boathouse Nanuya 15 Gold Coast Resort NACULA ISLAND

(approx. 31/2 hours from Denarau)

(approx. 41/2 hours from Denarau)

10 Botaira Beach Resort

16 Blue Lagoon Beach Resort

11 Korovou Eco-Tour Resort

17 Nabua Lodge

12 White Sandy Beach Resort

18 Oarsman's Bay Lodge

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MOCE DEPARTURE PACK Port Denarau

Take the hassle out of arriving in Fiji with this convenient welcome pack, which includes an airport meet and greet, your first night's accommodation at a choice of great properties, a sim card with FJD $7 talk time and 2GB of data, and all the transfers you need. The next morning, transfer to the marina at Port Denarau.

inclusions Accommodation: Nadi Bay Resort, Smugglers Cove, Aquarius on the Beach or Bamboo Tropic of Capricorn (1 nt, shared dorm or twin/double room) Transport: Nadi Airport to hotel transfer, hotel to Port Denarau transfer Meals: Not included Tour Code: NANBWP Upgrade to two night option, including Malamala Beach Club.

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BULA PASS ISLAND HOPPING Port Denarau

Port Denarau

5-13 DAYS

At the end of your island-hopping trip, 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 bundle. Next day, transfer back to Nadi Airport.

If you're a bit of a freestyler, this pass takes care of your boat transfers in the Yasawas and selected Mamanuca Islands. It's valid for one return journey from Port Denarau along the full length of the stunning Yasawa Island chain, with one island hop per day. The pass is valid for 5 -13 consecutive days, and it's easy to book accommodation as you travel.

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pass prices

Accommodation: Nadi Bay Resort, Smugglers Cove, Aquarius on the Beach or Bamboo Tropic of Capricorn (1 nt, shared dorm or twin/double room) Transport: Port Denarau to hotel transfer, hotel to Nadi Airport transfer Meals: Not included Tour Code: NANBWP

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£162 11 DAYS

£274

7 DAYS

£205 13 DAYS

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9 DAYS

£251

AWESOME PASS ISLAND HOPPING 5-13 DAYS, Port Denarau

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Coconut Properties Wayalailai Ecohaven Resort: Dorm or Lodge Naqalia Lodge: Dorm or Bure White Sandy Beach, Korovou Eco-Tour Resort, South Sea Island: Dorm or Beachfront Bure Long Beach Resort: Dorm or Garden Bure Nabua Lodge: Dorm or Double Gold Coast Resort: Dorm or Bure

The Awesome Pass (formerly 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 included at all 1 Coconut properties, while all 2 Coconuts properties have compulsory meal plans at extra cost that can be pre-paid or paid on arrival (ask your Travel Expert for more details). As with the Bula Pass, the Awesome Pass 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, and 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. The Awesome Pass is available in your choice of 1 or 2 Coconut accommodation in either dorm-style or twin/double rooms, lodges or bures. A full list of all the available options can be seen on the right. AWESOME PASS UPGRADE Already staying in a 2 Coconut property and fancy an upgrade? Some of these resorts offer even swankier accommodation with guaranteed private and en suite facilities, so you can bump yourself up to a jungle bure, a garden villa or an oceanview room. Ask your Travel Expert for more details.

Coconut Properties Blue Lagoon Beach Resort, Beachcomber Island Resort: Dorm or Lodge Mantaray Island Resort: Dorm or Bure Octopus Resort: Dorm or Bungalow Oarsman's Bay Lodge: Dorm or Ocean Room Barefoot Kuata Resort: Dorm or Garden Bure Barefoot Manta Resort, South Sea Island: Dorm or Beachfront Bure Botaira Beach Resort: Dorm

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10 Nights

£786

£911

£501

£843

12 Nights

£915

£1,066

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TROPICAL ISLAND EXPLORER 12 DAYS, Port Denarau

£845

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Port Denarau

Snapshot

SOUTH PACIFIC

If it's a paradise island escape you're after, welcome! 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.

Departures 2019 Jan-Dec

Daily

Departs from Port Denarau at approx. 8.45am, 9am and 12.15pm Returns to Port Denarau at approx. 12pm and 3pm

Inclusions

• Feel the white sand between your toes • Embrace the tranquillity of the area • Dive and snorkel in the stunning reefs

Day 1-2

highlights

• Explore the ocean on the Yasawa Flyer • Visit the famous Blue Lagoon region • Be welcomed by local Fijian people

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 option. An additional meal supplement applies and can be pre-paid in advance or on arrival to all 2 Coconut properties. Tour Code: NANTRO

South Sea Island or Beachcomber Island Resort

Just 30 minutes after your departure you'll be right on the beach! Sand between your toes, cold drink in hand and diving straight into some R&R on your chosen island. Depending on your flight arrival time, you can take the 8.45am, 9am or 12.15pm departures. If you're on the 'Full Monty' option, you can jump on the Seaspray Day Adventure and check out the outer Mamanucas.

Day 3-4 Naqalia Lodge or Wayalailai Kuata Resort

Octopus Resort or Barefoot

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.

Day 5-6 Korovou or White Sandy Beach Barefoot Manta Resort

Mantaray Island Resort or

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.

Day 7-8 Nabua Lodge or Long Beach Resort Lagoon Beach Resort

Oarsman's Bay Lodge or Blue

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-ILau, where a short underwater swim takes you into a surreal underground cavern.

Day 9-10

Long Beach or Gold Coast Resort

Boathouse Nanuya

Marvel at the exuberant and colourful coral and marine life that lies 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 buy the Full Monty add-on, make sure you check out the Blue Lagoon on an included snorkelling trip. You can also zen out with a traditional massage.

Day 11-12

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 add-on Includes the following activities: • Seaspray Day Adventure with lunch • Guided summit walk • Swim with sharks snorkelling trip • Swim with manta rays (May-Oct) or reef site snorkel trip (Nov-Apr) • Sawa-l-Lau Caves trip • Blue Lagoon snorkelling trip • Traditional Fijian village visit • Free sulu and drink bottle (NANFTR) Fr £216

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FIJI DISCOVERY 9 DAYS, Port Denarau

£661

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Port Denarau

Snapshot

Departures 2019 Jan-Dec

Daily

Departs from Port Denarau at approx. 8.45am and 12.15pm Returns to Port Denarau at approx. 6pm

Inclusions

• Cruise on the Yasawa Flyer • Chill out in a beach hammock • Sample fresh Fijian food

Day 1-2

highlights

• Snorkel with reef sharks • Swim in the Blue Lagoon • Swim with manta rays (May-Oct)

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 option. An additional meal supplement applies and can be pre-paid in advance or on arrival to all 2 Coconut properties. Tour Code: NANFBF

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 8.45am or 12.15pm departure to your island of choice.

Day 3-4 Wayalailai or Naqalia Lodge or Octopus Resort

Barefoot Kuata 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.

Day 5-6 White Sandy Beach or Korovou or Barefoot Manta Resort

Botaira Beach Resort

It's all about making the most of paradise for the next couple of days. Think 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. These incredible creatures are the giants of the sea, and getting up close and personal to them is something that is pretty darn hard to forget. If you have a Full Monty Add-On, 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.

Day 7-8

Nabua Lodge or Gold Coast Resort

Oarsman's Bay Lodge or

Blue Lagoon Beach Resort Finish up in the stunning Blue Lagoon region, famous as the location of the Brooke Shields film, 'The Blue Lagoon'. Enjoy scenic walks along the lagoon or Waitui Base Camp, 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?

Day 9 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!

Full Monty add-on Includes the following activities: • Seaspray Day Adventure with lunch • Guided summit walk (Octopus Resort only) • Swim with sharks snorkelling trip • Swim with manta rays (May-Oct) or reef site snorkel trip (Nov-Apr) • Sawa-l-Lau Caves trip • Blue Lagoon snorkelling trip or Fijian village visit (Gold Coast Resort only) • Free sulu and drink bottle (NANFFF) Fr £206

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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), that you'd be a fool to miss. So pack those sunnies and suncream and off you go.


COCONUT CRUISER 7 DAYS, Port Denarau

£550

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Port Denarau

Snapshot

SOUTH PACIFIC

Your one-stop shop for blazing sunsets, azure waters, friendly locals and fabulous beaches. 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 out beachside with a cocktail in hand.

Departures 2019 Jan-Dec

Daily

Departs from Port Denarau at approx. 8.45am Returns to Port Denarau at 12pm and 3pm

Inclusions

• Explore the Yasawa Islands • Snorkel with brightly-coloured fish • Optional trip to the Sawa-I-Lau Caves

highlights

• Make new friends on the Yasawa Flyer • Kayak through the Blue Lagoon • Enjoy local Fijian hospitality

Day 1-2 Nabua Lodge or Long Beach Beach Resort

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 option. An additional meal supplement applies and can be pre-paid in advance or on arrival to all 2 Coconut properties. Tour Code: NANULT

Oarsman's Bay Lodge or Blue Lagoon

Arrive at Port Denarau Marina and meet your fellow travellers as you check in. Enjoy the cruise on board the famous 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! 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.

Day 3-4 White Sandy Beach or Korovou Island Resort

Barefoot Manta or Mantaray

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 has stunning locations, 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).

Day 5-6

Beachcomber Island Resort or South Sea Island

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!

Day 7 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.

Full Monty add-on Includes the following activities: • Seaspray Day Adventure with lunch • Swim with sharks snorkelling trip • Swim with manta rays (May-Oct) or reef site snorkel trip (Nov-Apr) • Sawa-l-Lau Caves trip • Blue Lagoon snorkelling trip • Free sulu and drink bottle (NANFUL)) Fr £173

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ISLAND TIME 6 DAYS, Port Denarau

£472

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Port Denarau

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Departures 2019 Jan-Dec

Daily

Departs from Port Denarau at approx. 8.45am Returns to Port Denarau at approx. 3pm

Inclusions

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 1-2 Long Beach or Gold Coast Beach Resort

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 option. An additional meal supplement applies and can be pre-paid in advance or on arrival to all 2 Coconut properties. Tour Code: NANLAZ

Oarsman's Bay Lodge or Blue Lagoon

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. Your life over the first two days can consist of snorkelling, walking and heading out on optional dives (at extra cost). We'd also recommend that you hit the beach at sunset to keep a lookout for flying fish with a drink by your side. If you're joining the Full Monty package, you'll get the chance to visit the Sawa-I-Lau Caves on Day 2 to see some dramatic underwater caverns and swim-throughs.

Day 3-4 Korovou or White Sandy Beach Island Resort

Barefoot Manta or Mantaray

There's no rush to get up today as your transfer isn't until mid-morning (but we've always been partial to a swim at the start of the day). White Sandy Beach sits on a beautiful bay dotted with swaying palm trees. It's run by a local Fijian family and you'll be made to feel very welcome from the second you arrive. Relaxation is the name of the game here - take to the beach, pool or hammock, read or snooze, sip on a cocktail, go for a dip in the crystal-clear waters or just top up your tan! Island life generally means not having a schedule, and just going with the tide. If you have a Full Monty add-on, you'll get to choose from a couple of activities to fill up your day, including a swimming trip to see majestic manta rays (May-Oct) or a fab snorkelling excursion. If you're lucky, you may spot some reef sharks, as well as turtles, stingrays and a whole host of reef fish.

Day 5

South Sea Island 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. These very islands featured in the Tom Hanks' film 'Cast Away', and for good reason. These Islands are home to fantastic beach-based activities such as diving, snorkelling and surfing. Here you'll be able to enjoy snorkelling and swimming in beautiful settings as well as a traditional village visit and kava ceremony. The Mamanucas are also known for their world-class surf breaks - perhaps test your balance and try and hang ten in your free time (as we keep telling ourselves, falling over is part of the fun).

Full Monty add-on Includes the following activities: • Seaspray Day Adventure with lunch • Swim with manta rays (May-Oct) or reef site snorkel trip (Nov-Apr) • Sawa-l-Lau Caves trip • Blue Lagoon snorkelling trip • Traditional Fijian village visit (Gold Coast Resort only) • Free sulu and drink bottle (NANFLT) Fr £144

Day 6 Port Denarau Time for your last day on a hard-to-leave Fijian island. Surrounded by palm trees, you can spend your time lazing about on hammocks, swimming in the turquoise waters or snorkelling over the colourful coral reefs nearby. If you're looking for something a bit more adventurous, why not try your hand at diving? There are some good diving centres around for certified divers as well as those who want to start on the journey to being a fully-fledged marine explorer. If you're on a Full Monty Package, today is the day you can experience the thrill of the waves in the outer Mamanuca Islands on a 15m yacht. While you probably won't want to leave Fiji's islands, this is the perfect way to end your holiday on a high.

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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.


SHORT & SHARK 3 DAYS, Port Denarau

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£221

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highlights

SOUTH PACIFIC

• Snorkel to find Kuata's sharks • Overnight on South Sea Island • Stay at the Barefoot Kuata Resort

Your typical Fijian island escape (white beaches, rustling palm trees, crisp waters, a beaming sun - that kind of thing) with a toothy twist. After a night spent at the idyllic South Sea Island, make for another part of the Yasawas as you take a boat over to Kuata's Barefoot Kuata Resort. Here, you'll don a snorkel and head for the nearby reef to spot the passing population of sharks. And with a 99% chance of spotting at least one, you can look forward to getting up close to white-tipped reef sharks or black-tipped reef sharks, both can grow to a length of just over 1.5 metres. Any time you don't spend in the water can be spent soaking up your stunning surroundings. Coach transfers from/to hotels at Denarau, Nadi and Wailoaloa Bay are included on Days 1 and 3, as well as all transfers in between.

inclusions

Departs: Daily at 8:45 Accommodation: Mixed dorm/private double in South Sea Island (1 nt), mixed dorm/private bure in Barefoot Kuata Resort (1 nt) Meals: Compulsory meal plan of approx. £43 per person, per day applies (pre-paid) Includes: Return hotel transfers from/to Denarau/Nadi/Wailoaloa Bay Tour Code: NANSAS

SOUTH SEA ISLAND ISLAND ESCAPE

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In the Mamanuca Islands, just 30 minutes of Port Denarau, South Sea Island is the perfect place to bed down pre and post Yasawa touring. Home to a 32-bed dorm room, beachfront bures (doubles only) and a deck, this haunt is in just the right place for snorkelling and diving. Each lunchtime (excluding Sundays), feast on barbecues and spend your afternoons swimming in the salt water swimming pool and getting involved in watersports. Departs: Daily at 8.45am Includes: Accommodation, coach transfers from most Nadi accom., boat transfers Meals: All meals included (1 Coconut), compulsory meal plan of approx. £43 per person, per day (2 Coconut) Tour Code: NANSEF

OARSMAN'S BAY LODGE ISLAND ESCAPE

£158

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Plus meal plan

Ready for some R&R in a peaceful setting? Stay in bures and dorms by crystal-clear waters and white sand in this amazing beach resort. Chill out in the outdoor restaurant and bar, kick back in hammocks peppered on the beaches or play some volleyball with the Fijian staff. Choose to visit the local village to get a feel for daily life, feast on a Fijian Lovo dinner and learn about the traditions of the Yasawan people during your relaxing stay. Departs: Daily at 8.45am Includes: Boat transfers, accommodation and coach transfers from most Nadi accommodation Meals: Compulsory meal plan of approx. £36 per person, per day applies (pre-paid) Tour Code: NANOAF

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• Soak up idyllic surroundings • All transfers included • Free time to relax

WAYALAILAI ECOHAVEN RESORT ISLAND ESCAPE

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Here, find amazing views of the island and a summit walk opportunity like no other. Wayalailai can be found on the hillside, and boasts views across the channel of Kuata Island's awesome rock formations. Spend your evenings in its laid-back outside dining deck area, enjoying the sunset with a cold drink. In such close proximity to the beach, get stuck in with diving, trekking and swimming while here. Or, just chill out on the beach. You do you. Departs: Daily at 8.45am Includes: Boat transfers, accommodation and coach transfers from most Nadi accommodation Meals: All meals included Tour Code: NANWAF

MANTARAY ISLAND RESORT ISLAND ESCAPE

£152

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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. Departs: Daily at 8.45am Includes: Boat transfers, accommodation and coach transfers from most Nadi accommodation Meals: Compulsory meal plan of approx. £43 per person, per day applies (pre-paid) Tour Code: NANRAF

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BAREFOOT KUATA RESORT ISLAND ESCAPE

£149

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Departs: Daily at 8.45am Includes: Boat transfers, accommodation and coach transfers from most Nadi accommodation Meals: Compulsory meal plan of approx. £43 per person, per day applies (pre-paid) Tour Code: NANKUF

BLUE LAGOON BEACH RESORT ISLAND ESCAPE

£158

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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 8.45am Includes: Boat transfers, accommodation, coach transfers from most Nadi Accommodation Meals: Compulsory meal plan of approx. £43 per person, per day applies (pre-paid) Tour Code: NANBLB

OCTOPUS RESORT ISLAND ESCAPE

£143

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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'. Departs: Daily at 8.45am Includes: Boat transfers, accommodation and coach transfers from most Nadi accommodation Meals: Compulsory meal plan of approx. £43 per person, per day applies (pre-paid) Tour Code: NANOSR

£106

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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. Departs: Daily at 8.45am Includes: Boat transfers, accommodation and coach transfers from most Nadi accommodation Meals: Compulsory meal plan of approx. £36 per person, per day applies (pre-paid) Tour Code: NANBAF

BAREFOOT MANTA RESORT ISLAND ESCAPE

£164

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One of the gems of the Yasawa Islands is the lovely Barefoot Manta. Ideally positioned between two beaches, the resort boasts a lagoon where manta rays 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 8.45am Includes: Boat transfers, accommodation, coach transfers from most Nadi accommodation Meals: Compulsory meal plan of approx. £43 per person, per day applies (pre-paid) Tour Code: NANBIF

PARADISE COVE ISLAND ESCAPE

£230

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Plus meal plan

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 8.45am Includes: Boat transfers, accommodation, coach transfers from most Nadi Accommodation Meals: Compulsory meal plan of approx. £43 per person, per day applies (pre-paid) Tour Code: NANPAR

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Perched above a 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 into a wealth of activities while you're here, including snorkelling or swimming with sharks, kayaking and a summit walk for panoramic views.

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VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN & SCHOOLS PROGRAMME FIJI

£759

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1-8 WEEKS, Yasawa Islands

SOUTH PACIFIC

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 to 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 a 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 volcanoes. Or simply spend lazy days on the beach and take it easy.

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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

• Immerse yourself in local culture • Encourage skills through lessons and play • Improve kids' future prospects

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN FIJI 2-12 WEEKS, Viti Levu or Caqalai, Fiji

£1,295

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These rewarding initiatives will throw you into local community work. Work on a diverse and varied range of projects on this awesome volunteering project, situated in the Dawasamu region of Viti Levu or in Caqalai. Depending on the local community's needs, you may be helping to install rainwater harvesting systems, constructing vegetable gardens, environmental mapping and monitoring, interacting with kids at local kindergartens and schools and immersing yourself in traditional Fijian life. You may also be helping out with health awareness in the community and to encourage sustainable agricultural practice. Weekends are free for you to do as you wish (we vote for the beach). You may choose to indulge in some island hopping to some pretty beautiful locations, have a go at scuba diving, watch dolphins in their natural habitats, trek to waterfalls, or try your luck at learning some of the local Fiji language.

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• Create better living conditions for locals • Become a part of the village community • Weekends off to explore the region

Project Start Date: Saturdays (arrive Friday) Project Location: Dawasamu district of Viti Levu or Caqalai Getting There: Meet at Nadi Bay Resort. Nadi Airport pick-up and transfer to project included (post 8.30pm arrivals only) Accommodation: Basic mixed dorm with shared facilities (14+ nts) Meals: 3 meals a day during the week Note: Background check required. Internship option available Trip Code: COMFIJ

VOLUNTEERING FIJI MARINE RESEARCH & CONSERVATION 1-4 WEEKS, Yasawa Islands

£1,226

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Comprising over 300 islands, 4,000 square miles of reefs and 1,500 species of sea life, this location is the perfect backdrop to a vital marine research and conservation project. 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. 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. All programs are based on a week-long stay, with Saturdays and Sundays at your leisure.

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• Dive in vibrant reefs and coral cays • Contribute to vital local marine research • Research and swim with manta rays (May-Oct)

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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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COOK ISLANDS Go all robinson crusoe

SOUTH PACIFIC

Consisting of 15 paradisical islands scattered across the 2 million square kilometres of the wide Pacific blue, the Cook Islands are legit Robinson Crusoe stuff. Get your culture fix in the most populated of the islands, Rarotonga, home of ancient marae (traditional meeting places), coral churches and an impressive café culture. If it's off the map travel you're looking for, make for Aitutaki's stunning lagoon or Mitiaro's underground cave pools.

Rock Solid

EDGEWATER RESORT, RAROTONGA

Rock Solid

£145 £80

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CLUB RARO, RAROTONGA

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

£153 £77

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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

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PACIFIC RESORT RAROTONGA

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STAY 5 OR MORE NIGHTS AND RECEIVE DISCOUNTED RATES: 01APR19 – 30JUN19

Rock Solid

£292 £146

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

AITUTAKI VILLAGE AITUTAKI

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

£210 £105

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: On the white sands of Muri Beach, home to the famous lagoon. You can basically flop from bed to beach!

Location: As the name suggests, you'll find these beachfront bungalows on Aitutaki, a 50-minute flight from Rarotonga.

Vibe: A family friendly resort with super king beds, a free kids club and twice-daily happy hours at this 64-room luxury resort.

Vibe: Budget-friendly bungalows on the lagoon. An ideal place to disconnect from the outside world.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites and villas • Air con • Private balcony or patio • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Free use of kayaks and paddleboards • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private bungalows • Air con • Private patio • Bar • Restaurant • Library • Cultural nights • Free use of kayaks and sun loungers • Wi-Fi available (at extra cost)

STAY 5 NIGHTS AND RECEIVE ONE NIGHT FREE PLUS NZD50.00 FOOD & DRINKS CREDIT PER ROOM PER NIGHT, STAY 7 PAY 5: 01APR19–31MAR20

RARPAC

STAY 5 OR MORE NIGHTS AND RECEIVE A FREE FULL DAY LAGOON CRUISE AND BBQ LUNCH

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FRENCH POLYNESIA je t'aime barefoot chic

SOUTH PACIFIC

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.

Class Act

Class Act

MANAVA SUITE RESORT, TAHITI

£135 £69

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FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

MANAVA BEACH RESORT, MO'OREA

£297 £149

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Conveniently just a 10 minutes' drive from Faa Airport and is also just by the beach. Dreamy.

Location: A minute away from the beach, just by the village of Maharepa, and close to the Golf of Mo'orea and Cook's Bay.

Vibe: Luxurious, elegant and modern accommodation in a tropical setting with an infinity pool overlooking the blue sea.

Vibe: A traditional but luxurious Polynesian-style resort in a beautiful setting.

Highlights: Private rooms and suites • Terrace • Air con • Flatscreen TV • In-room safe • Infinity swimming pool • Spa and wellness centre • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Rooms and bungalows • Air con • In-room safe • Sun terrace • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Bar • Luggage storage • Laundry (at extra cost) • 24-hour reception EXMOZM

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Rock Solid

MAITAI POLYNESIA BORA BORA, BORA BORA

A-List

£161 £189

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

BORA BORA PEARL BEACH RESORT AND SPA, BORA BORA

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

£328 £164

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Conveniently situated in the south of Bora Bora on Matira Point Beach.

Location: Set on Motu Tevairoa, with incredible views of Mt. Otemanu. Paradise, in a word!

Vibe: Enjoy the privacy of a bungalow & waking up to the sound of the sea in an incredibly peaceful location. A romantic's dream.

Vibe: Sleep like a queen in a thatched-roof bungalow, complete with private pool, hot tub or direct access to the lagoon.

Highlights: Bungalows • Air con • In-room safe • TV • Private beach area • Bar • Restaurant • Free use of fishing, snorkelling & kayaking equipment • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

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

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SAMOA FEEL THE HEAT IN SAMOA

SOUTH PACIFIC

Gushing waterfalls, long sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, lava fields and volcanoes. You name it, Samoa is basically paradise. This cluster of islands is a super chilled out destination, so don't expect a fast paced lifestyle here. Put your feet up and enjoy the view. Snorkel colourful coral reefs, have a go at scuba diving, do breast stroke in a swimming hole (and drink in a watering hole), admire the verdant rainforests and generally beautiful scenery. Welcome to Samoa.

Shoestring

THE SAMOAN OUTRIGGER HOTEL APIA, APIA

Class Act

£26 £28

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

SALETOGA SANDS RESORT AND SPA, MATATUFU

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

£122 £61

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: A short 15-minutes walk from downtown Apia, and a 5-minute walk from the Samoan Outrigger, popular for snorkelling.

Location: Located on the South East Coast of Upolu, just a minute's walk away from the beach.

Vibe: The ultimate relaxation experience in a tropical setting, ideal for couples.

Vibe: Family friendly beach resort with chilled but luxurious vibes. Surround yourself with verdant greenery and tropical flowers.

Highlights: Mixed dorm • Private room/private with shared bathroom • Air con • Outdoor Pool • Sun terrace • Garden • Bar • Barbecue area • Shared kitchen • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Flatscreen TV • Air con • In-room safe • Sun terrace • Outdoor pool with swim-up bar • Garden • Spa • Gym • Luggage storage • Free watersports available

APWOUT

Class Act

SHERATON SAMOA BEACH RESORT, FALEOLO

APWSSR

STAY 5 PAY 4 & STAY 7 PAY 5: 05JAN19-31MAR19

A List

£209 £227

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

TAUMEASINA RESORT, APIA

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

£266 £133

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Hitting all targets. A convenient five-minute drive from Faleolo Airport, and right on the beautiful beachfront.

Location: Located on an exclusive island just outside of Apia. A 45-minute drive to Faleolo International Airport.

Vibe: You'll be in the heat of nature, surrounded by 224 acres of tropical gardens & waking up to wonderful ocean views.

Vibe: Spacious, modern rooms and villas with incredible views. Relax in the hot tub and sauna, and hit the beach.

Highlights: Private rooms and suites • Air con • Flatscreen TV • In-room safe • 5 bars • 5 restaurants • Terrace • Garden • Spa • Live entertainment • Return airport transfers • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms or villas • Private living room and kitchen • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Bar • 3 restaurants • Laundry • Spa • Outdoor tennis court • Gym

APWSSB

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2. WHEN THESE TERMS WILL APPLY 2.1 These terms apply to bookings made from the 1st July 2018. For products purchased prior to this date please refer to the following booking conditions- http://www.statravel. co.uk/booking-terms-and-conditions-pre-july-1-2018.htm. These terms will apply to any contract between you and us where we are not acting as the organiser of a package (as defined in the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 (the Package Travel Regulations)). 2.2 Our agreement with you will be on the basis of our Package Terms – www.statravel.co.uk/booking-terms-andconditions-post-july-1-2018-package.htm if: (i) you book a trip with us which lasts for more than 24 hours and STA Travel combines two or more of the following travel services for the purposes of that trip: •

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13. IF YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT 13.1 Because the contract(s) for your travel arrangements is between you and the principal(s) or supplier(s), any queries or concerns relating to the travel arrangements should be addressed to them. If you have a problem whilst on holiday, this must be reported to the principal/supplier or their local supplier or agent immediately. If you fail to follow this procedure there will be less opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint. The amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced or you may not receive any at all depending upon the circumstances. If you wish to complain when you return home, write to the principal/supplier. You will see the name and address plus contact details in any confirmation documents we send you. We will of course assist you with this if you wish - please contact us in the UK, either through the office where you made your arrangements, or through www.statravel.co.uk/customer-services.htm. 13.2 If the matter cannot be resolved and it involves us or another ABTA Member then you have the option to use ABTA’s ADR scheme, approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, see www.abta.com. You can also access the European Commission Online Dispute (ODR) Resolution platform at http:// ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/. This ODR platform is a means of notifying us of your complaint; it will not determine how your complaint should be resolved.

14. PASSPORTS, VISA AND IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS We can provide general information about the passport and visa requirements for your trip. Your specific passport and visa requirements, and other immigration requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. Neither we nor the principal(s) or supplier(s) accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements. Please note that these requirements may change between booking and departure. Most countries now require passports to be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. Please take special note that for all air travel within the British Isles, airlines require photographic identification of a specific type. Please ask us for full details. We can provide general information about any health formalities required for your trip but you should check with your own doctor for your specific circumstances.

travel vaccinations, anti-malarials and expert advice as well as other services for your travel health needs. Locations, open hours and consultation appointments can be viewed/booked online at: www.statravelclinic.co.uk/. 16.4 It is your responsibility to behave in a reasonable and responsible manner over the course of your travels, including abiding by any local laws and by-laws. We reserve the right to immediately cancel any travel arrangements in the event of unruly behaviour towards airline/ hotel / supplier representatives or other guests and you will be liable in full for cancellation charges and the costs of purchasing replacement accommodation and air tickets.

17. EU NOTICE REQUIREMENTS 17.1 Under EU law (Regulation (EC) 2111/2005), we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a ‘Community List’, which contains details of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban within the EU. The Community List is available for inspection at http://ec.europa.eu/transport/ modes/air/safety/air-ban/index_en.htm. We are also obliged to notify you of the airline(s) to be used in your booking. For details please see your booking confirmation or itinerary. You will be notified if any carrier changes as soon as possible and in all cases at check-in or at the boarding gate. Please note that a change of carrier is not considered to be a significant change to your arrangements. 17.2 Under EU law (Regulation (EC) 261/2004) you have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Details of these rights will be publicised at EU airports and will also be available from your airline. The airlines are responsible for compensating you in these circumstances. Please note that, if affected flights comprise part of a Package arranged on your behalf, any reimbursement from the airline under these regulations will not automatically entitle you to cancel and/or obtain a refund of your Package cost from us. Further information about your rights is available from the CAA www.caa.co.uk. Note: Prices are correct at time of print (Oct 2018) and subject to change. Photographical representation deemed accurate at time of print.

15. INSURANCE Travel insurance is an important part of your arrangements. You should take out adequate insurance for the duration of your journey. Travel insurance is a mandatory element of some travel arrangements. We can arrange travel insurance for you and provide you with a quote and answer any queries you may have regarding the insurance we can offer.

16. TRAVEL ADVICE AND VACCINATIONS 16.1 British Citizens should refer to the travel advice posted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk for all the countries you intend to visit. You should take advice about the health precautions you need to take prior to departure. 16.2 Vaccinations may be required for some or all of the places you are intending to visit. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have arranged necessary vaccinations for your itinerary. Information on health and any vaccinations required to travel is available from your GP and on the Public Health England website: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/publichealth-england. 16.3 Alternatively, the STA Travel Clinic offers a full range of

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travel arrangements and where the failure is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or due to unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or an event which we or the other suppliers of travel services, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall.


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WHY BUY STA TRAVEL INSURANCE OUR POLICIES ARE UNIQUE Designed by travellers for travellers. TRUSTED SINCE 1979 Last year, we insured over 40,000 travellers from the UK alone. 24/7/365 MEDICAL HELP Medical helpline and free remote access to a private UK GP online or by phone. PROTECTION BEFORE YOU LEAVE Cover for cancellation as soon as you’ve purchased your policy.* COVER FOR 100+ ACTIVITIES Skydiving, bungy jumping, zorbing – you name it! FLEXIBILITY ON THE ROAD If your travel plans change, so can your cover. Extend and upgrade cover while you’re away. Homesick? You can even return home once without invalidating your policy.^ LONG TERM COVER AVAILABLE Cover from four days up to two years. FREE COVER Benefit from 7 days free cover for winter sports on our single trip policies and 21 days on our annual policy. Get up to 5 days of cover for North America included at no extra cost on our premier policies. DISCOUNTS We offer up to 25% off group insurance policies. You can also get a 50% discount for children. Infants under two are covered for free.

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Annual Policies Likely to take more than one trip this year? Save money and hassle with our Annual cover. T  ake unlimited trips per year P  olicies are based on our most comprehensive cover – Premier or Premier Plus Includes travel to North America Includes 21 days FREE Winter Sports cover throughout the year

Students, Workers and Volunteers Our insurance is packed full of inclusions that are kind to students, workers and volunteers too, including: E  xam resit cover C  over for working and volunteering S  tudy abroad policies M  edical elective cover

Sports and WintersportS If you’re heading off on a ski trip, or especially to play a particular sport you’ll need specialist cover. C  over adventure activities as the main purpose of your trip C  over ski equipment, piste closure & more

Flight Only C  over cancellation, luggage, travel documents and personal accidents during your flight *For reasons that fall within the conditions of the policy. ^Valid on single trip policies of 6 months or longer. Not all cover is available on all policies.

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TAILOR YOUR POLICY Choose from four levels of cover and three geographical areas, and then tailor your policy with our range of add ons. NATURAL CATASTROPHE COVER Covers travel disruption in case of unexpected natural phenomena. MEDICAL EXCESS WAIVER Remove the £100 excess on medical claims. EXCESS REDUCTION Reduce the excess to £50 or remove it completely on our premier plus policy. GADGET COVER Want to cover your phone and laptop? Get up to £1000 of cover for up to two gadgets. HIGHER CANCELLATION COVER Increase your cover from £2000 to £5000 on our premier policy. PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS We consider all pre-existing medical conditions, and medical screening is available on our Standard, Premier and Premier Plus Single Trip and Annual Policies.

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