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AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND & SOUTH PACIFIC


FACE TO FACE WITH AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND SOUTH PACIFIC In 1979 two students returned from their travels, having experienced all the world has to offer. Inspired by their trip, they founded STA Travel to help young people get the most out of their travels abroad. More than thirty years on and millions of trips later, the ethos of STA Travel remains the same. We’re still convinced that experiencing the wonders of our planet will open your mind and stretch your horizons. Our approach is simple. We listen to our travellers, we visit faraway places ourselves and we use this knowledge to create life-changing experiences from the ground-up. Inside this brochure you’ll find a raft of these real-value travel options in every pocket of Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific to inspire your ultimate trip. From the iconic journeys to the little-known ventures, the best value tours to the niftiest shoestring digs, we’ve got you covered. If you fancy lending a hand and making a real difference, you’ll find a solid selection of volunteering projects in here too. We’ve got some great new adventures to share with you this year, so dive on in and then get out there.


CONTENTS Responsible Travel Why STA Travel Planning Your Trip Travel with STA Travel Essentials Sweet Dreams Your Amazing Adventure Face to Face with Australasia Volunteering AUSTRALIA Be Inspired Getting Around EAST COAST New South Wales Sydney Byron Bay Queensland Gold Coast Brisbane Noosa, Hervey Bay & Rainbow Beach Fraser Island Airlie Beach & The Whitsundays Magnetic Island & Mission Beach Cairns Port Douglas & Beyond THE OUTBACK Northern Territory Red Centre - Alice Springs & Uluru Darwin Western Australia Perth & Broome THE SOUTHERN STATES Victoria Melbourne South Australia Tasmania new zealand Getting Around North Island Auckland & Bay of Islands Rotorua, Taupo & Wellington South Island Christchurch, Kaikoura & Mt Cook Nelson, Abel Tasman & West Coast Queenstown SOUTH PACIFIC Fiji Mamanuca Islands Yasawa Islands Cook Islands & Vanuatu French Polynesia Travel Insurance Terms & Conditions

STA Travel acknowledges the contribution of graduate photographers Lin B. Campbell and Reuben Acciano, capturing selected imagery featured in this brochure.

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responsible travel

Responsible travel is about lightening our tread on this planet and giving back to

responsible travel

THE STA TRAVEL APPROACH Responsible travel has been with STA Travel in various shapes and forms since our pioneering days. Over three decades, we’ve helped millions of travellers to make deep connections to the places they visit and to come away with a greater sense that we’re sharing this world. In 2011, we made it all official by signing up with Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), endorsed by the United Nations Foundation, an international initiative dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism practices around the world. To ensure that we’re doing the right thing, we also went into partnership with Sustainable Travel International - a non-profit organisation helping travel providers to support environmental conservation and protect cultural heritage - to take part in their rigorous Eco-Certification programme. Also endorsed by the United Nations’ Global Sustainable Tourism Council, the holistic programme tracks the good stuff we’ve done so far, measures our environmental footprint and highlights the gaps we must fill in order to gain the highest accreditation by 2015. Our goal is to earn the Eco-Certification Gold standard by 2015 and we’ll be audited by an external body along the way. No excuses. No shortcuts.

THE STA TRAVEL FOUNDATION Established in 2012, the STA Travel Foundation works with partners around the world to support sustainable development projects within communities that will deliver benefits today and for years to come. The projects are based in parts of the world that STA Travel helps our travellers to experience and are targeted at improving the living conditions for people in socially and economically disadvantaged communities, empowering them to achieve sustainable economic growth and regeneration. Our goal is to promote responsible tourism involving all the people we touch and for you to be able to share this journey with us!

Saving Lives One Drop at a Time Bocas del Toro in Panama is a tourist paradise but unfortunately there is another side to this beautiful area. A lack of safe drinking water means the indigenous population is susceptible to many water-born diseases. This, combined with a poor diet means many children become sick and can’t get to school. Without an education, the future is bleak for these communities. With this desperate situation in mind, the STA Travel team and our customers worked together to raise over USD$25,000 to install 10 rain catchment water tanks and purchase an ambulance services boat for the community. The water tanks were installed by STA Travel staff in June 2012 and the school principals have since reported that the absenteeism rate has dropped from 70% to 30%. This is a direct result of clean drinking water, keeping the local kids healthy.

THE RESPONSIBLE STA TRAVELLER We can make a big difference if we all travel responsibly - check out our website for a few simple steps to set you on your way: www.statravel.co.za/responsible-traveller.htm

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the places we roam responsible travel

AT A GLANCE

With your help, here’s what we’re doing to meet out goals...

VOLUNTEERING

• We offer over 85 local projects from one day to six months worldwide, working with children, communities, animals, conservation, building and sports. • We have committed USD$1,000,000 over five years to work with our major non-profit volunteering partner, Planeterra, to develop volunteering projects and other sustainable tourism initiatives • We give our staff the opportunity to experience our volunteering projects first-hand • We support a Community Giving program for staff to lend a hand to local charities

FUNDRAISING

• With a combined donation of USD$80,000 from STA Travel customers and staff, we have developed a community centre and tourism training facility on the tsunami devastated island of Koh Phra Thong, Southern Thailand • Our customers and staff have raised USD$25,000 to install rain catchment systems and purchase an ambulance services boat in the Bocas Del Toro islands of Panama, providing safe drinking water to the indigenous Kuna people • Our customers and staff are raising USD$100,000 to build a hospital ward for children in Kikuyu, Kenya, to restrict their exposure to disease and make their hospital stay a happier one • After fundraising enough to purchase a house in Cuzco to be used as a child and youth drop in centre, STA Travel is now focused on raising further funds to build an art workshop allowing the centre to sell their arts and crafts • We match customer and staff donations towards our chosen projects (up to USD$28,000 annually)

OUR GREEN WORKPLACE

• We track and measure our total operations-based carbon footprint • We recycle brochures, paper, cardboard and ink cartridges in our branches and offices • We print our brochures on chlorine-free paper sourced from fully sustainable forests • We replace business travel with webinars when face to face meetings aren’t necessary • We choose to work with suppliers with genuine sustainability awards and accolades • We have an army of ‘Green Plan’ champions to promote staff awareness of responsible travel and green workplace practices

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why sta travel? why sta travel

TOP 10 reasons to TRAVEL WITH US 1. Global Travel Help Wherever you are, we’re there

for you

2. World Class Travel Partners We only work with the best to

ensure you’re looked after

3. Exclusive Low Airfares

Our unique airline partnerships give you access to the lowest fares

4. Exclusive Flexible Airfares

You can change your plans at minimal cost and effort

5. 100s of Branches Worldwide

Speak face to face with us on the other side of the world

8. Over 30 Years Experience

We’ve got the experience to take you to the most exciting places for less

6. One Stop Shop for All 9. Price Beat Guarantee Your Travel Needs

With all your bookings in one place, it’s easy to manage your holiday

7. Extremely

Knowledgeable,

Well Travelled Staff They’re expertly trained with hands on experience to give you the best advice

If you find a price lower elsewhere we’ll beat it! *

10. Massive Range

of Adventures Available to Everyone No matter your age you can enjoy

our extraordinary adventures in any corner of the world

* For more information on STA Travel’s Price Beat Guarantee, please see the Terms and Conditions on page 187.

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planning your trip checklist Pick up my STA Travel Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific brochure

Get a phone card so I can phone home cheaply

Book an appointment with a Travel Expert and get planning!

Book somewhere to stay for at least my first few nights

Get my flights booked

Check and arrange my visas

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

Speak to my GP about my jabs Get packed and hit the road

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

Where should i go? Here’s the hardest bit. With so many treasures dotted across this diverse and colourful continent, where do you spend your time? Choose those picture postcard views of Sydney and its raucous nightlife. Go for the stunning islands, white sandy beaches, fish-infested coral reefs and buzzing surf towns of the East Coast of Oz. Maybe you crave the unfettered freedom of New Zealand - its fiords, snow capped mountains, endless lakes, bungy jumps and skydives. or maybe you want the sun-drenched splendour of the South Pacific. Paradise!

getting around From wheel to water, hoof to foot, there are many ways to tackle the incredible and endless terrain downunder. STA Travel uses the full mixed bag of transportation methods to make sure you get around as safely, comfortably and efficiently as possible. One day you’ll be bumping along an off-road track, the next you’ll be sailing through beautiful azure waters, or you might be using flipper power to discover the underwater world of the reef. Australia and New Zealand boast long, scenic, well maintained roads, high speed trains and loads of well-connected airports.

Money Every major town and city will have ATMs, so you’ll have quick and easy access to your hardearned cash with your credit, debit or STA Travel Cashcard. We’ll help you work out a budget when you book a trip, based on your chosen destinations, activities, and time on the road. Many of our journeys include everything you need, so you’ll only need a small amount of cash per day to get by.


travel witH STA Aside from our unbeatable prices, many of our airfares are unique and exclusive, meaning we can offer something truly tailor-made just for you. We can book just about anything you desire, from one ways, simple return tickets and complex and exciting round the world itineraries. Below is just a snippet of what we can do for you: • The absolute lowest fares with the world’s leading airlines including exclusive discounts and flexible booking conditions for students holding an ISIC card and for youths under 26 holding an IYTC card. We even throw in discounts for teachers holding an ITIC card for good measure. • We offer you the flexibility to change your travel dates and route before and after departure. • Build your very own itinerary using our exclusive one-way fares! • 100’s of STA Travel branches worldwide giving you personal support as you travel the globe. • Sign up to our weekly newsletter by visiting statravel.co.za to receive our best offers and the chance to win amazing prizes!

GET THE BEST PRICE We’ve been helping our customers get the best airfares for over 30 years so our Travel Experts know exactly where to look and what to check to give you the deal of a lifetime! Talk to one of our Travel Experts or why not visit our website to explore what we have to offer and inspire the traveller within you! A few tips below on how to get the best deals: • Buy an ISIC, IYTC, ITIC card to be eligible for our exclusive student, under 26 and teacher fares. • Being flexible with dates could save you loads and why don’t you ask whether flying out on a weekday instead of the weekend would be the cheaper option. • Keep it local and fly from your nearest airport. • We’ll beat any competitor on price and that’s a promise – see statravel.co.za or ask in store for details.

ROUND THE WORLD We practically invented the concept of flying round the world, so we’ve got a huge range of exclusive choices and plenty of suggestions for you. Our fares are totally flexible and some even last up to 18 months; so you can work for a year and travel the other six! We think this is pretty amazing and it will save you a load of cash as well!

STOPOVERS The vast majority of our fares allow discounted, or even free, stopovers en route to your final destination. Bangkok, Hong Kong, Dubai, or LA are just a selection of the many exciting options that we can offer to break up your journey. You don’t need to limit it to a night or two as some of our fares allow stopovers of weeks or even months!! So, in effect you’re getting two countries for the price of one! Think sunning yourself in the Thai islands en route to Australia or skiing in the Rockies on the way to New Zealand! These aren’t bookable online so be sure to ask your personal travel expert what’s available for you.

MULTIFLEX PASS On average, an STA traveller on a round the world trip will change their flight dates 5 times. By buying your date changes up front you could save hundreds of rand and change your mind during your trip, without having to worry about the cost. You can get three date changes for R500 or unlimited date changes for R1,000 saving you heaps of cash!


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

Find us on Facebook Over 20,000 travel fanatics like us on Facebook… are you one of them? If not, get over there right now! As well as giving away some of the world’s best travel prizes, we also smother you with inspiration. Whether you’re looking to connect with other travellers, share your best travel tips and ideas, or find the latest deals from STA Travel, hit the wall on our Facebook page and get involved today!

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

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

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travel essentials visa Don’t ruin your trip of a lifetime; remember to sort out your entrance visa’s. Please do not forget to check with the relevant embassy for the country that you are visiting. If you are South African, please do not forget to check with one of our friendly consultants for visa requirements. If you do require a visa we do offer a great visa service, which is hassle free, efficient and the safest way to process your visas for your upcoming travels. Please ask one of our consultants in branch or call 0861 782 782

tefl Make the best use of your time away, immerse yourself in a new culture, add to your CV and gain a skill for life. Millions of people are learning English worldwide in the most far flung of places. Why don’t you teach English abroad? Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is a recognised qualification. Anyone can do it and there is no need for prior teaching experience - just enthusiasm. Learn to teach English as a foreign language either online or as part of a weekend course with our Premier TEFL course. Once certified you can then take advantage of one of the many paid teaching opportunities available around the world. Fund your travels and never run out of cash. Please speak to your consultant regarding any current promotions.

HEALTH It’s your responsibility to obtain proper and detailed medical advice in good time before departure. We suggest that you check out the excellent Department of Health website at www.doh.gov.za for up to date information. Your local GP can also give advice on which vaccinations you’ll need for particular countries.

travel insurance OK, travel insurance ain’t the most exciting thing in the world, but it could be the most important purchase you make before you take off on your travels. You must take travel insurance before you leave, you won’t be able to get travel insurance once you have left SA. The chances are that you’ll have the time of your life and you’ll return home with a big smile on your sun-bronzed face – but just in case things don’t quite go according to plan it’s very wise to have a safety net in place for that extra peace of mind. So if you plan to cycle around colourful city streets, cross a few roads, eat weird and wonderful food, cart your expensive camera or iPod from hostel to hotel or go snorkelling in fish infested phosphorescent waters – then make sure you ask us to organise the right cover for you. See page 186 for the nitty gritty.

isic and youth cards Want to take advantage of 1000s of discounts worldwide? Avaliable for full time students the ISIC card is the definitive student discount card, it costs R100 with us at STA Travel For those under 26, with their student days behind them there’s the ITIC, and for teachers the ITIC, both getting great discounts with us at STA Travel.


Thinking of flying Down Under? Then Qantas is the perfect fit for your trip! Qantas are renowned experts in long-haul, round-the-world and Australian domestic travel. Everything they do is geared towards making your trip comfortable, safe and as enjoyable as possible. International flights from Johannesburg include...

• Personal TV screens featuring the latest movie releases and video games

• Free meals and beverages • Personal phones • Handy little comfort kit • Economy, Premium Economy and Business Cabins

STA Travel and Qantas work hard together to provide you with the most exciting and unique tickets to make your travels the trip of a lifetime, whilst offering you discounts, so you save on what you would pay elsewhere! And if this still isn’t enough.

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

ROUND THE WORLD FLIGHTS

Hop on board one of Qantas’ daily services between South Africa and Sydney with fantastic onward connections within Australia and onto New Zealand.

This is something that STA Travel specialises in; we practically invented the concept of flying around the world!

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS No need to pay hefty transport costs to Johannesburg – Qantas can hook you up with the world from a host of South African domestic and regional airports. You might have to pay a little more in taxes and maybe a small supplement – but rather that than a cramped bus or a stressful train ride. Australia is one pretty massive country, so you’ll end up saving days worth of travelling time if you make the wise decision to fly from place to place. Qantas boast an unrivalled domestic network within Australia with flights to over 50 Australian destinations making it just a little bit easier to fly and flop. Plus all Qantas’ fares allow for 2 FREE* stops within Australia! *Excludes specials and subject to fare rules

Qantas boast proud partnerships with a large number of global airline partners enabling you to choose from 100’s of round-the-world options.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET THERE From Johannesburg to Sydney – 11hr45min (from Sydney to Johannesburg – 14 hours due to head winds!!)

From Johannesburg to Perth – 9hr25min (operated by our codeshare partner SAA)

From Johannesburg via Sydney to Auckland, New Zealand – 16 hours From Johannesburg via Sydney to Brisbane – 15hr30min Please note all times are approx and subject to connection availability.

So what are you waiting for – it is your quickest direct means to getting Down Under

ECONOMY

PREMIUM ECONOMY

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BUSINESS

You’re the reason we fly


sweet dreams Where to stay? Star ratings are often not the best way to categorise hotels. Depending on what country you’re travelling through, perceptions of each standard can vary quite dramatically. To make things much easier for you, we’re giving you our own, very educated opinion on each property that we feature. We have four very straightforward accommodation categories to choose from: STAysimple, STAysmart, STAystylish and STAyapartments. Read below for a description of each.

+ BONUS

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

STAysimple For those who want their travelling money to stretch a little further. Clean, comfortable, secure and perfectly adequate, these are no frills budget options. All of our hostels and some of our more basic hotels come under this category. The majority of our STAysimple properties are in great locations in the heart of all the action and many of them boast popular bars and vibrant social scenes. Facilities are generally limited, but this is compensated for by the friendly staff and buzzing atmosphere. Many of these options will have shared bathrooms.

STAysmart Perfect for those who demand a little comfort when they travel and like to have a host of facilities close at hand. These are modern, international standard hotels that provide good value for money. Most rooms will have private bathrooms, air-con, TV, hairdryer and other facilities that make your stay comfortable. You’ll regularly find other features such as a pool, gym, bar and restaurants. STAysmart hotels are ideal for a city break, stopover or a couple of days of rest after a busy adventure tour, whilst keeping to a budget.

STAystylish These are a little bit special. Adjectives such as unique, funky and intimate are definitely very apt. Most will boast something absurdly indulgent, such as a private pool, pillow menu or a cigar lounge. Luxury, darlings! The utmost service and an unforgettable experience are more or less guaranteed. Whether you’re rounding off a fantastically hectic trip or if you’re after a really indulgent weekend, it definitely pays to splash a little cash and book yourself into one of these wonderful STAystylish hotels.

STAyapartments For a bit of home away from home comfort, why not spread out your suitcase contents in a STAyapartment? When you are done sightseeing for the day, head back to your apartment and cook up a storm using local ingredients to really feel like you are in the thick of it. What could be better? Perhaps the fact that you will save a small fortune on food and drink leaving plenty extra cash for those souvenirs! Most apartments are centrally located, come with kitchens or kitchenettes and offer comfort and ease from which to explore your city of choice.

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


your amazing adventure G Adventures was founded more than 20 years ago, and set out on a journey to transform the way people think about travel. Combining the convenience of small group touring with the joys of independent discovery, they offer authentic and sustainable travel experiences. Better still, all departure dates with G Adventures are 100% guaranteed to operate, regardless of numbers booked for each trip. G Adventures don’t believe that unforgettable travel experiences have to be expensive, nor do they ever rest on their laurels. For 2013, they are launching their first-ever trips in Australia and New Zealand, to complement and complete their worldwide programme of tours on every continent. They’ve looked at these two amazing countries in a fresh light to bring you a host of innovative and inspiring new experiences. Whether you opt for a basic or comfort level trip, or for a more active holiday in the great outdoors, G Adventures will bring you face-to-face with the world’s most fascinating cultures, customs and wildlife. Their (modest) aim is to change people’s lives, and they’ll do exactly that whilst showing you this amazing planet.

With Contiki, the original travel company for 18-35s, holidays are all about discovering the cool corners of Australia and New Zealand with a bunch of like-minded people, and having fantastic fun along the way. Contiki’s experienced guides take care of all the day-to-day stuff, so you can just chill with your travelling mates and enjoy. Contiki’s easy-going tours feature all the sights you really need to see, plenty of free time, local culinary delights and an exciting range of exclusive optional activities. For your overnights, you’ll sleep easy in hotels most nights with all your favourite home comforts, though you can also live like a local with special stays at surf camps or under the outback stars in a ‘swag’. Travelling with Contiki isn’t about ticking the boxes. The Tour Managers are all born and bred Kiwis and Aussies, and will get you off the tourist trails and into the heart of the places you visit. They know the best swimming spots in the Bay of Islands and the prime places to watch the sunset (and sunrise) at Uluru. And they just can’t wait to share them with you!

Choosing your perfect trip isn’t just about working out which tour visits all your favourite destinations, it’s also important to know what style of travel is going to suit you best. For those who enjoy meeting new people and like to have plenty of free time for socialising, look for our ‘Easyrider’ tours where you’ll experience the very best of Australasia with up to 50 fun and friendly travel mates. ‘Small Group’ adventures encourage you to step off the beaten path and immerse yourself in your chosen destination. You’ll usually share your trip with no more than 18-24 like-minded travellers – though the average group size is often lower. Look out too for our ‘Hop-On, Hop-Off’ concept, designed to take the hassle out of travelling independently. We’ve developed this handy collection of logos to help you choose the trip style right for you – keep an eye out for them throughout this brochure. Excellent value for those looking to mix adventure with affordability. Your accommodation is basic, ranging from hostels to campsites, ‘swags’ and the occasional overnight train, but always clean and well-kept. When it comes to getting around, experience a range of options from 4WD safari vehicles to minivans, boats and trains. All the adventure but with a much softer landing. Stay in hand-picked accommodation with plenty of facilities, enjoy more included meals and activities, and travel in comfort by train, plane or private vehicle. EASYRIDER

These fantastic group tours are perfect for the sociable 18 to 35-year-old traveller

looking to make new friends whilst seeing the best of Australia and New Zealand. You’ll travel by private coach and stay near the sights in a mix of comfortable hotels and unique local stopover options. Combining the challenge of physical adventure with the thrill of exploration, this great skiing trip for 18-35s in Queenstown also includes plenty of time for other outdoors adventure activities such as bungy jumping, rafting or skydiving. Independent travel within Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific needn’t be intimidating if you book yourself one of the fantastic Oz Experience, Kiwi Experience or Feejee Experience hop-on hop-off bus

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passes. Safe, easy, affordable and fun, these flexible travel passes include all your transport along your chosen route, plus tons of included activities to enhance your enjoyment. Stay as long as you like in each destination, and jump back on the bus whenever you’re ready to move on. It’s really that simple. Offering unbeatable freedom, our self-drive routes in Australia and New Zealand include all your accommodation together with a self-drive kit full of maps and directions, so all you have to do is concentrate on seeing the highlights. Car rental is bought separately, so you can choose the vehicle that’s right for you – see pages 37 and 137.

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your amazing adventure

We know that everyone wants something different from their big trip, and so we partner with leading worldwide tour companies to offer a variety of travel styles and experiences. Whatever your budget, we’re confident you’ll find your perfect trip. Whether you’re looking for a sociable group tour (we call these ‘Easyrider’) or an exciting small group adventure, all our partners have one thing in common – they share the same passion for travel as STA. We also guarantee you will not find the same trip cheaper anywhere else!


face to face with AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND & south pacific FACE TO FACE with Australasia

DARWIN

GREAT BARRIER REEF

KATHERINE

CAPE TRIBULATION PORT DOUGLAS CAIRNS BROOME TOWNSVILLE AIRLIE BEACH WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS AUSTRALIA

EXMOUTH

ALICE SPRINGS ULURU

MONKEY MIA

FRASER ISLAND NOOSA BRISBANE GOLD COAST BYRON BAY

COOBER PEDY GERALDTON PERTH MARGARET RIVER

ESPERANCE ALBANY

SYDNEY ADELAIDE CANBERRA

KANGAROO ISLAND MELBOURNE

LAUNCESTON HOBART

Been inspired, thinking about spreading your wings a little further? Then pick up one of our other destination brochures

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AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST


FLIGHTS

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FIJI

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PORT VILA

FACE TO FACE with Australasia

My AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND & south pacific Wishlist

3,400 KM

PAPEETE TAHITI

2,400 KM

AVARUA RAROTONGA (COOK ISLANDS)

AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND

NELSON

WELLINGTON CHRISTCHURCH

QUEENSTOWN DUNEDIN

ACCOMMODATION ADVENTURE TRIPS ESSENTIALS MY SUMS

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VOLUNTEERING

85 PROJECTS, 30 COUNTRIES... 1 WORLD Our projects

Participate in a range of global projects and make a real difference. Every project has been chosen with the ultimate aim of helping local people and their environment achieve a sustainable way of life.

Work in conservation

Protect some of the world’s most fragile environments. By preserving these ecosystems, you’ll contribute to the project’s long term sustainability and help re-educate the community.

volunteer

Volunteering is all about making a greater contribution. Giving back and gaining lots too. It usually means volunteering on one project for a sustained period of time - the longer you stay the more you get out of it. Get to know the project in depth. Its an independent style of travel although you are likely to meet many other like-minded volunteers at the project. You will be making a positive difference to the lives of others.

Work with animals

Contribute to the protection of endangered species. In their desperate fight for survival, you’ll develop an understanding of their condition and work to protect them.

Work with Children

Inspire the newest generation to break the cycle of poverty. Your work will provide them with basic skills and help create an environment in which to reach their full potential.

BUILDING FOR comMunities

Many hands make not only lighter work but lighter hearts. You don’t need any specific DIY or building skills to do it; you just need the heart to help construct a roof over someone’s head.

work with comMunities

Spend time with a broad cross-section of the local community. Your work will improve quality of life and ensure a sense of community in some of the world’s most remote areas.

teaching sports

Make a positive difference to a child’s life by teaching a sport. Whether it be cricket, football or tennis, sport helps develop confidence, teamwork skills and brings fun and joy.

DO IT ALL

Combine conservation, animals, children, community construction and development; and you will have contributed in the most extraordinary way.

voluntOUr

Voluntours allow you to volunteer on a project for a short period of time as well as see some of the country’s highlights. Trip include travelling around on a tour with volunteering making up just one part of the  itinerary. Touring is usually with other people who will join you in volunteering as well. Voluntours are a way to learn about the people and places you are visiting on a much deeper level than simply visiting for a holiday.

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INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR LEARNING A NEW SKILL IN AN EXCITING CORNER OF THE WORLD? CHAT TO A TRAVEL EXPERT AT YOUR NEAREST STA TRAVEL BRANCH TO FIND OUT MORE. call 0861 782 782 to book


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• Get involved in heritage restoration projects • Volunteer in a variety of environments • Learn about conservation

• Hop-on-hop off bus experience • Assist with installing wildlife tracking tunnels • Visit a local Maori Marae (meeting house)

Experience the great outdoors! From beaches to rainforest, outback to metropolis. Australia is expansive, diverse in its environments and a land you can help protect. For a different pace, check out New Zealand and its rugged landscape, lush forests and deserted beaches. All offer exceptional opportunities and wherever you decide to volunteer, you can be sure your team leaders will teach you practical conservation techniques. You’ll visit different project sites completing a range of conservation activities from habitat restoration to heritage protection. Project Start Date: Fridays Getting There: Transfers from central meeting points included. Accommodation: Accommodation varies and may include caravans, hostels, shearers’ quarters, bunkhouses and camping (14 nts) Meals: All meals included Trip Code: STAMELCEX (Australia) / STAAKLCEX (New Zealand)

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MAORI CULTURAL fr r5,990 VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME AUCKLAND

WHAKAREWAREWA

AUCKLAND

AUCKLAND

VOLUNTEERING

HIGHLIGHTS

WAITOMO

Take a tour of the spectacular North Island of New Zealand and experience all the beauty and adventure associated with this remarkable country. Add to this a meaningful volunteer project working directly with the critically endangered Kiwi; New Zealand’s most famous native animal and national icon, in a hands-on conservation project designed to aid breeding programmes and habitat rejuvenation. Contribute through a selection of tasks including ‘egg-to-egg’ Kiwi encounters, installing wildlife tracking tunnels, building forest breeding trails, native bird feeding and night count surveys. Project Start Date: Fridays Getting There: Transfers from/to Auckland International Airport are included Accommodation: Shared rooms (6 nts) Meals: No meals included Trip Code: STAAKLKII

children r14,854 15 teach in fiji fr

Days

YaSAWA ISLANDS

highlights

highlights

• Watch a traditional Haka dance • Experience a Maori cultural performance and feast • Learn a Maori song and traditional cooking methods

• Teach children and see them progress • Be an advocate for education • Go island hopping around the stunning Yasawa Islands

This is an exclusive opportunity to experience Maori culture firsthand. The project focuses on conservation and community work in Whakarewarewa - an area located amidst a landscape of hot bubbling mud pools, thermal springs and erupting geothermal activity. Take part in reforestation and restoring walking tracks around the thermal hot springs. Learn all about the importance of this geothermal area to the Maori people and the significance of protecting and sustaining the village.

Based in beautiful Fiji, this project focuses on supporting local children through their education and improving their future prospects. You will be able to fully immerse yourself in Fijian culture while assisting with teaching, games and activities both inside the class and out. During your spare time you are perfectly located to island hop, swim in waterfalls, climb volcanoes and generally enjoy this stunning part of the world and its inspirational people.

Project Start Date: Sundays (from Auckland) Getting There: Arrive in Auckland and make your way to Nomads Backpackers. On Day 2, make your own way to Rotorua Accommodation: Nomads Auckland (2 nts) & Crash Palace Rotorua (5 nts) Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner Notes: Minimum of 2 travellers Trip Code: STAAKLCUV

Project Start Date: Saturdays (twice a month) Getting There: On arrival into Fiji, make your own way to the meeting point. Your transfer to the Yasawa Islands is included Extra Weeks: Fr R2,712 per fortnight Accommodation: Shared huts with shared bathroom facilities (14 nts) Meals: All meals included Trip Code: STAGVIFIJ

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VOLUNTEER WITH 15 DAYS DOLPHINS IN FIJi

Fr

R17,566

MOON REEF, FIJI

VOLUNTEERING

Moon Reef

Nadi

FIJ I

highlights • Live a traditional Fijian life • Explore the Yasawa Islands • Snorkel with brighly coloured fish • Chill out in a hammock on the beach • Enjoy the sun, sea and forest • Watch extraordinary sunsets

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: 26Jan13, 13Apr13, 06Jul13, 05Oct13

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This project is situated on Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island in the unique location of Moon Reef. This area is famous for being the only place in Fiji where Spinner dolphins are seen due to the reef system they use as a resting habitat. The project is run in conjunction with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and research collected is shared with other organisations worldwide in order to inform marine conservation policies and management.

how you can make a difference Volunteers play a vital and active role in the research and conservation of the incredible Spinner dolphin amongst the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters of Fiji. Although this project’s research is focused on identifying and studying the behaviour of Spinner dolphins, with the addition of a local awareness campaign, the project aims to help the local community learn to protect the whole of their marine biodiversity. In this way these communities can guarantee food and economic security for future generations.

Project Location: Moon Reef Getting There: On arrival into Nadi International Airport, make your way to the joining hotel by 6.00pm on Day 1

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On the project you will be conducting dolphin research five days a week at Moon Reef.

Meals: All meals are included

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In-country Support: Volunteer project co-ordinator and staff

Mornings are spent on the boat conducting research - acoustic recordings, photographic identification and behavioral observations.

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Afternoons are spent checking and entering data, with free time to explore the local beaches and tropical scenery.

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You’ll also have training sessions in your free time and help to contribute to an environmental awareness program conducted in a nearby school.

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You will have free time in the afternoons and weekends to explore the surrounding area, visit local villages, swim and snorkel on the reefs or trek in the beautiful forested hills of Dawasamu.

Accommodation: Shared mixed huts (14 nts)

Group Size: Max 8 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$150-250 for drinks, meals and other excursions not included Notes: This is a seasonal product with only one departure in Jan, Apr, Jul and Oct. Trip Code: STAGVIDPH

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Fiji MARINE 4 weeks CONSERVATION

Fr

R25,773

YASAWA ISLANDs, Fiji

Yasawa Islands

VOLUNTEERING

Nadi

FI J I

highlights • Work on community development projects • Participate in marine research and conservation • Teach environmental conservation to school children • Improve your SCUBA diving

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: 12Jan13, 09Feb13, 09Mar13, 06Apr13, 04May13, 01Jun13, 29Jun13, 27Jul13, 24Aug13, 21Sep13, 19Oct13, 16Nov13 Project Location: Yasawa Islands (4.5 hours by ferry off the coast of Nadi) Getting There: On arrival into Fiji, make your own way to the meeting point on Day 1. Your transfer to the Yasawa Islands is included Accommodation: Shared huts (28 nts) Meals: All meals are included Extra Weeks: Fr R10,8521 per 4 weeks In-country Support: Local project co-ordinator Group Size: Max 16 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$60-80 per week for drinks and snacks not included Notes: PADI Open Water qualification required if volunteers join for 4 week duration. Nondivers can join for 8 or 12 weeks, and will receive their PADI Open Water and Advance Open Water qualification at the end of the expedition Trip Code: STAGVIMRU

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This is an ambitious marine research and conservation expedition which will assist local government departments and conservation NGOs working in the field of marine conservation in Fiji. Fiji is a biodiversity hot spot and its waters contain one of the largest remaining commercial stocks of tuna in the world. As well as commercially important species, Fiji is on the migration route for Humpback whales and has many other species of cetacean, including the acrobatic Spinner dolphins that feature in the research project.

how you can make a difference The local communities in the Yasawa Islands do not have access to the necessary resources to carry out regular data collection in their fishing grounds. By collecting specific data you can ensure that the community can make more informed decisions with regards to the management of their vital resources and this will in turn help them develop sustainable management plans for the future.

Life as a volunteer a

The work undertaken by volunteers will help guarantee food security for generations to come by conducting underwater surveys in Fiji’s clear tropical waters. Ultimately you will be assisting to create a network of Marine Protected Areas.

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Teach children the importance of environmental conservation during weekly school visits.

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The day typically includes kitting up and equipment preparation and travel to the survey sites.

a

You will also participate in survey diving, washing down the equipment and filling SCUBA tanks ready for the next day plus ensuring all collected data has been reviewed and input in the database.

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Every evening, the whole team gathers for the evening debrief and to eat and socialise.

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Volunteers will rotate between projects enabling you to participate in a variety of tasks.

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Volunteers are also fully involved in the logistical operations of the camp, from the day-to-day rotations of cooking and cleaning to operating the compressor.

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4 weeks Fr R18,923

FIJI ISLAND EXPEDITION For all you land lovers out there who don’t want to dive, this fantastic four week community based project is ideal. Immerse yourself in the unique and friendly culture of Fiji and help to improve the quality of life for the villagers. Local organisations have been established to ensure water supply throughout the region through construction, education and awareness and as a volunteer on this project, you will help to implement this. Trip Code: STAGVIFII

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AUSTRALIA Australia

Australia – it’s huge! Don’t under estimate just how big this country is by making sure you allow plenty time to see and do everything you want to. Whether that be diving the reefs, surfing the waves, getting close to nature in the outback, relaxing on the beach or chucking another shrimp on the barbie! There is so much on offer so give yourself ample time and really get under the surface of this vast but amazing country. Once you’ve compiled your hit-list of ‘must see’ places, it’s time to decide on how to travel. Why not load your bags and surf board into a campervan and hit the open road for ultimate freedom? Or consider joining like-minded travellers on a hop-on hopoff travel pass allowing you to take everything at your own pace? If you’re the kind of person short on days and who just wants to sit back and enjoy their holiday without any stress, then why not try an organised overland trip? The choice is endless! Check out the following jam-packed pages for inspiration and a whole wack of information. You’ll be sorted before you know it and winging your way to Oz for the time of your life!

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Australia

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BE INSPIRED Australia... A sun lover’s dream, an oasis of stunning paradise locations, a playground for the adventurous and a hub of vivacious cities full of charm – that starts to sum up Australia. Australia

It’s a huge, magical place with such diversity that you won’t know where to start! Head to the amazing east coast and check out trendy Sydney, learn to surf at beautiful Byron Bay, marvel at the iconic sand dunes of Fraser Island, experience The Whitsundays in full glory and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns. Or if the outback is more your thing, the mysterious and enchanting Red Centre awaits your arrival. Ayer’s Rock, Alice Springs and Aboriginal culture and heritage - it gives you such an insight into Australia’s history. You could also head west to Perth and experience a different side to Oz. Whatever you choose, there’s spectacular sights to see and interesting culture to absorb.

Best for Nature and Wildlife

Kangaroo Island This is an island that has soooo much to brag about from native bushland, wildlife and incredible pristine beaches to local wines, beach houses and amazing adventures. It’s a magical mix and somewhere everyone must see before they kick the bucket!

Kakadu The secret to getting the most from your visit here is to slow everything down and take your time. By taking your time you can soak up the magnificent Aboriginal artwork, tour the expansive wetlands and see crocs or take a leisurely walk through the park. Satisfy that craving by slowing down.

Daintree Rainforest The Daintree is a haven. Or is that heaven? Whichever way, you can experience such a peaceful time here. Cruise down the river spotting crocs and wander through the rainforest – the home to the largest range of plant and animals on earth.

Best Touring Routes

The Great Ocean Road Let the wind flow through your hair as you weave along one of the most iconic stretches of road in the world. Take in the 12 Apostles, stop at stunning waterfalls, and head to surfing mecca, Torquay on this beautiful coastal drive.

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Australia’s South West Boasting lush forests and vineyards of some of the country’s best wineries, the South West provides a different view of Australia to the contrasting east coast beaches and Red Centre desert. Jump in a car and tour this region of beauty and ruggedness in all its splendour.

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The Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley If wine is your thing, taking a tour of this region will tick all of your boxes as you’ll pass by the stunning Blue Mountains and then tour through world class vineyards and wineries of the Hunter Valley. It’s a drive that changes outlooks and provides dramatic landscapes.


best beaches Australia

75 mile beach (Fraser Island) This beautiful beach boasts a number of exceptional highlights such as the Maheno Wreck and Indian Head. It’s also blessed with stunning wildlife such as an abundance of Tiger Sharks. Although these coupled with dangerous currents, mean this area isn’t the safest place to swim!

Whitehaven Beach (Whitsundays) A definitive beach of Australia, this is a must-see for any traveller heading to Oz. Uninhabited and peaceful with lush white sands and clear azure ocean, it gives you a sense of escapism not found at many other beaches of this calibre.

Cable Beach (Broome) An inspirational place for photographers and travellers alike, be captured by this beauty as aqua blue waters clash with pure white sands and the bright red-orange dirt to produce a stunning landscape. Simply breathtaking!

Cairns From raucous and wild to sophisticated and elegant, Cairns caters for all. Head to the strip along Spence Street for a real party or check out one of the 12 cinemas and two theatres for the latest productions and a bit of culture.

Darwin The countless backpackers that pass through this quirky town, making it a lively place year round, stoke up Darwin’s nightlife meaning you’re guaranteed a fun-filled night out. With comedy clubs, pubs and nightclubs, you have great choice and plenty to get stuck into.

Best Nightlife

Sydney From buzzing cafés, expensive bars and trendy clubs to a thriving gay scene and an established red-light district to the classical culture of the Opera House and mesmerizing contemporary performance art, Sydney’s nightlife is diverse to say the least.

Best for Adventure

The Red Centre From camel riding in Alice Springs to a helicopter flight over Uluru and hiking through Kings Canyon, the Red Centre is a natural playground for the adventurous. You could also take a 4WD through Finke Gorge NP or climb the MacDonnell Ranges.

The Nullarbor Untamed and natural, you can swim in pristine waters, play with sea lions and dolphins, jump in with Great White Sharks and feed wild tuna as well as share your camp with kangaroos, wombats and emus. It just doesn’t get much more adventurous than here.

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The Kimberley Considered one of the most remote and wild places on the planet, you can explore the solitude of The Kimberley on foot, by 4WD, on a boat or by flight. Check out The Bungle Bungles, Lake Argyle and El Questro to cap it all off.

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greyHOUND AUSTRALIA WHY GrEYHOUND? Greyhound Australia offers great hop-on hop-off travel options for adventure seekers across Australia. It’s cost effective, efficient and you travel on luxury coaches with large panoramic windows which allow you to really see Australia from the ground. Greyhound is Australia’s only national bus service and travels to over 1,100 destinations daily from the sea shores to the hinterland and from the rural country to the fast-paced cities. Operating 365 days a year, you can always get to where you’re going and with a wide range of pass options; you can travel from A to B in a flash, or take your time and hop-on and hop-off along the way, savouring every awesome experience. Australia

DARWIN

Kakadu Cooinda

Katherine Kununurra

Timber Creek

Derby

Mataranka Normanton

Halls Creek

Broome Fitzroy Crossing

Coral Bay

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

WA Overlander

Geraldton Cervantes

QLD

Longreach Blackall

Kulgera

Charleville

Rockhampton 1770 Taroom Bundaberg Hervey Bay Childers Rainbow Beach Noosa Dalby

Cunnamulla BRISBANE Toowoomba Surfers Paradise Coober Pedy Olympic Village Byron Bay Tenterfield Roxby Downs Lightning Moree Ridge Pimba Coffs Harbour Singleton Cocklebiddy Head of Bight NSW Port Macquarie Cave Dubbo Ceduna Port Augusta Newcastle Orange Norseman Griffith SYDNEY Coodlie Park Esperance Mildura Wagga ADELAIDE CANBERRA Wagga Bordertown Ballarat Shepparton Grampians VIC Warrnambool MELBOURNE Twelve Apostles Greyhound Route

SA

Kalgoorlie

PERTH Margaret River

Alice Springs Erldunda

Cairns

Mission Beach Charters Townsville Towers Bowen Airlie Beach Proserpine Mackay

Mt. Isa

NT

Carnarvon

Karumba Atherton

Tennant Creek

Sandfire Roadhouse

Port Hedland

Cooktown Cape Tribulation

Albany

Rail Link Launceston

Adventure Partner Route

TAS

Partner Operator Routes

HOBART

Mini Traveller Pass Mini Traveller Passes offer the lowest prices and added value. You can travel Australia’s most popular routes, hopping on and off as much as you like within 90 days. • Hop-on hop-off travel in one direction • 90 days to complete your travel • Travel Australia’s most popular routes • 10% discount for ISIC members • Best value for money pass AUSMNT

FR

ISIC FR

TRAVEL PASS

FR

ISIC FR

Cairns

Brisbane or Surfers

R3,053

R2,751

Airlie Beach

Sydney

R3,223

R2,893

Cairns

Byron Bay

R3,101

R2,789

Airlie Beach

Byron Bay

R2,420

R2,174

Cairns

Melbourne

R4,244

R3,819

Airlie Beach

Brisbane or Surfers R2,174

R1,957

Cairns

Sydney

R3,668

R3,308

Hervey Bay

Melbourne

R2,779

R2,505

Cairns

Darwin

R3,876

R3,479

Hervey Bay

Sydney

R2,080

R1,872

Cairns

Alice Springs

R3,412

R3,063

Hervey Bay

Cairns

R2,297

R2,070

Cairns

Mackay

R1,815

R1,636

Darwin

R2,798

R2,515

Perth

R3,819

R3,441

TRAVEL PASS

Brisbane

Melbourne

R2,448

R2,203

Brisbane

Sydney

R1,390

R1,258

The Kilometre Pass

Broome

TRAVEL PASS

The Kilometre pass is the ultimate pass. It gives you the freedom to explore Australia as you like and create your own unique itinerary. You can use your kilometres to hop on and off on the Greyhound network and use them to buy accommodation, tours and experiences! The options are limitless... • Available from 500 - 25,000 Kilometres • Flexible hop-on hop-off travel wherever, whenever you like • Backtracking allowed • Exchange kilometres for tours, accommodation and experiences • Top up your kilometres as you go

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Broome

AUSKMP

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500 Kilometre Pass

FR

ISIC FR

R965

R879

1,000 Kilometre Pass

R1,815

R1,636

3,000 Kilometre Pass

R4,991

R4,480

7,000 Kilometre Pass

R9,423

R8,526

9,000 Kilometre Pass

R11,559

R10,444

11,000 Kilometre Pass

R13,506

R12,193

13,000 Kilometre Pass

R15,274

R13,799

15,000 Kilometre Pass

R16,871

R15,236

20,000 Kilometre Pass

R20,264

R18,279

25,000 Kilometre Pass

R23,364

R21,077


Adventure packages Greyhound Adventure Packages combine hop-on hop-off travel with heaps of tours and experiences around Australia, perfect for travellers who want to plan their own itinerary, jump on the coach to get from A to B and do their own thing; with included tours in selected locations.

east coaster  cairns

island hopper brisbane 

Fr R10,296

 cairns

Australia

sydney 

Fr R14,707

Inclusions

Inclusions

• • • • •

• Hop-on hop-off travel between Brisbane and Cairns • Depart Hervey Bay – 3 Day, 2 Night Fraser Island Guided Tour • Depart Airlie Beach – 3 Day, 2 Night Whitsunday Sail & Stay Tour

Hop-on hop-off travel between Sydney and Cairns Byron Bay – Kayak with Dolphins Tour Depart Hervey Bay – 3 Day, 2 Night Fraser Island Guided Tour Depart Airlie Beach – 3 Day, 2 Night Whitsunday Sail & Stay Tour Cairns – Great Barrier Reef Day Tour

sydet2

Rock The harbour

Fr R13,231

sydney 

 alice springs

BNEih1

Rock the coastal road

Fr R12,933

melbourne 

Inclusions

Inclusions

• • • • • •

• • • • •

Hop-on hop-off travel from Sydney to Melbourne Depart Melbourne – 3 Day, 2 Night Great Ocean Road Tour to Adelaide Depart Adelaide – 2 Day, 1 Night Kangaroo Island Tour Hop-on hop-off travel from Adelaide to Alice Springs Coober Pedy – 1 Night Stopover at Radeka’s Underground Motel Depart Alice Springs – 3 Day, 2 Night Uluru (Ayers Rock) Tour

 alice springs

Depart Melbourne – 3 Day, 2 Night Great Ocean Road Tour to Adelaide Depart Adelaide – 2 Day, 1 Night Kangaroo Island Tour Hop-on hop-off travel from Adelaide to Alice Springs Coober Pedy – 1 Night Stopover at Radeka’s Underground Motel Depart Alice Springs – 3 Day, 2 Night Uluru (Ayers Rock) Tour

SYDRK1

southern outback

Fr R9,060

adelaide 

 alice springs

MELRK1

croc to the rock

Fr R12,136

darwin 

 alice springs

INCLUSIONS

Inclusions CLUSIONS

• • • •

• Hop-on hop-off travel between Darwin and Alice Springs • Darwin – Full Day Entry to Crocosaurus Cove • Depart Darwin – 3 Day, 2 Night Kakadu or Kakadu / Litchfield Tour (depending on departure date) • Depart Alice Springs – 3 Day, 2 Night Uluru (Ayers Rock) Tour

Hop-on hop-off travel from Adelaide to Alice Springs Depart Adelaide – 2 Day, 1 Night Kangaroo Island Tour Coober Pedy – 1 Night Stopover at Radeka’s Underground Motel Depart Alice Springs – 3 Day, 2 Night Uluru (Ayers Rock) Tour ADLSO1

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oz EXPERIENCE Australia

Why oz experience?

Inclusions

Oz Experience is Australia’s only dedicated guided hop-on hop-off flexible bus network designed with backpackers in mind. It’s the perfect way to backpack along the East Coast between Sydney and Cairns and elsewhere around Oz, allowing you to minimise the cost, maximise the fun and meet loads other travellers looking to share the experience. Choose an East Coast or National Pass full of unique inclusions and activities. You’ll have heaps to brag to your mates about. You can choose when you travel and for how long.

Fair dinkum

Fr R30,047 ISIC Fr R28,563

cairns 

• Passionate, fun & knowledgeable guides • VIP wristband - giving you deals on the road • Selected accommodation stopovers as shown • Guaranteed accommodation on all compulsory stops, at an additional cost

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Hop-on-hop-off travel, basic inclusions, Fraser Island tour and accommodation

• Easy online booking system • On-board travel advice & booking service • Heaps of free awesome inclusions • Small groups, max. 30 fun-loving travellers

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

OZ EXPERIENCE NETWORK

 darwin

HIGHLIGHTS * • Muster goats at an outback cattle station • Kayak next to dolphins in Byron Bay • Swim under Kakadu’s Jim Jim Falls

Inclusions • Guided hop-on hop-off travel between Cairns & Sydney (also available vice versa) • 2 Day Whitsunday Sailing Adventure (1 nt on-board dorm, snorkelling) (All meals) • Outback farm stay – (1 nt dorm) (B, D) • Kayak with dolphins at Byron Bay • Surf & stay at Spot X – (1 nt dorm, 1 surf lesson) (B, L, D) • Express travel between Sydney & Melbourne • Phillip Island day trip (D) • 3 Day Great Ocean Road trip (2 nts dorm) (All meals) • 2 Day Kangaroo Island day trip (1 nt dorm) (All meals) • Express travel between Adelaide & Alice Springs • Overnight stop at Coober Pedy (1nt dorm) • 3 Day Ayers Rock trip (2 nts camping) (All meals) • Express travel between Alice Springs & Darwin • Overnight at Katherine (1 nt camping) (B, D) • 3 Day Kakadu or Kakadu/Litchfield trip (2 nts camping) (All meals) AUDFDP

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Hop-on-hop-off travel and basic inclusions

• Hop-on hop-off flexi travel up to 12 months

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bruce COBBER

Fr R6,428 ISIC Fr R6,125

sydney 

 cairns

bonza sydney 

Fr R10,208 ISIC Fr R9,717

 cairns

cruiser

Fr R14,641 ISIC Fr R13,922

sydney 

BE

 cairns

TT

Australia

ER

HIGHLIGHTS *

HIGHLIGHTS *

HIGHLIGHTS *

• Snorkel the Great Barrier’s colourful reefs • Explore the eccentric town of Byron Bay • Muster goats at an outback cattle station

• Explore the oh-so-chic city of Sydney • Swap campfire tales at Spot X Surf Camp • Look out for koalas on Magnetic Island

• Uncover Maheno shipwreck at Fraser Island • Set sail for the stunning Whitsundays • Skydive over Mission Beach (optional)

Inclusions

Inclusions

Inclusions

• Guided hop-on hop-off travel between Sydney & Cairns (also available vice versa) • Surf & stay at Spot X – (1 nt dorm, 1 surf lesson) (B, L, D) • Kayak with dolphins at Byron Bay • Outback farm stay – (1 nt dorm) (B, D)

• Guided hop-on hop-off travel between Sydney & Cairns (also available vice versa) • Surf & stay at Spot X – (1 nt dorm, 1 surf lesson) (B, L, D) • Kayak with dolphins at Byron Bay • Outback farm stay – (1 nt dorm) (B, D) • 3 Day Fraser Island trip – (3 nts dorm Nomads Noosa, 2 nts dorm Base Camp) (All meals)

• Guided hop-on hop-off travel between Sydney & Cairns (also available vice versa) • Surf & stay at Spot X – (1 nt dorm, 1 surf lesson) (B, L, D) • Kayak with dolphins at Byron Bay • Outback farm stay – (1 nt dorm) (B, D) • 3 Day Fraser Island trip – (3 nts dorm Nomads Noosa, 2 nts dorm Base Camp) (All meals) • 2 Day Whitsunday Sailing Adventure (1 nt on-board dorm, snorkelling) (All meals) • Great Barrier Reef Day trip - (L)

AUBRU

OZEBOO

AUSCZP

strewth

Fr R4,159 ISIC Fr R3,970

brisbane 

barra brisbane 

 cairns

Fr R7,940 ISIC Fr R7,562

beaut

Fr R12,278 ISIC Fr R11,683

brisbane 

 cairns

BE

 cairns

TT

ER

HIGHLIGHTS *

HIGHLIGHTS *

HIGHLIGHTS *

• Discover Queensland’s lush rainforests • Ride the mechanical bull on a farmstay • Sunbake and snorkel on Magnetic Island

• Get your surf on with a lesson at Spot X • Try out whitewater rafting in Tully (optional) • Check out Noosa’s über-chilled vibes

• Snorkel and dive the pristine Whitsundays • Check out Airlie Beach’s awesome nightlife • Sunbake and chill out on Magnetic Island

Inclusions

Inclusions

Inclusions

• Guided hop-on hop-off travel between Brisbane & Cairns (also available vice versa) • Outback farm stay – (1 nt dorm) (B, D)

• Guided hop-on hop-off travel between Brisbane & Cairns (also available vice versa) • Outback farm stay – (1 nt dorm) (B, D) • 3 Day Fraser Island trip – (3 nts dorm Nomads Noosa, 2 nts dorm Base Camp) (All meals)

• Guided hop-on hop-off travel between Brisbane & Cairns (also available vice versa) • 3 Day Fraser Island trip – (3 nts dorm Nomads Noosa, 2 nts dorm Base Camp) (All meals) • 2 Day Whitsunday Sailing Adventure (1 nt on-board dorm, snorkelling) (All meals) • Great Barrier Reef Day trip - (L) • Outback Farm Stay (1nt door) (D, B)

AUSWTH

OZEBPO

*Some of the activities mentioned will incur a cost as they are optional and hence not included in your pass.

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oz EXPERIENCE troppo

banana bender corker Fr R8,497 ISIC Fr R8,091

Fr R4,717 ISIC Fr R4,499

byron bay 

 cairns

byron bay 

 cairns

Fr R12,845 ISIC Fr R12,221

byron bay 

 cairns

Australia

BE

TT

ER

HIGHLIGHTS *

HIGHLIGHTS *

HIGHLIGHTS *

• Explore the free-wheeling town of Nimbin • Experience an outback cattle station • Explore the Whitsundays colourful reefs

• Enjoy the laid-back lifestyle of Byron Bay • Watch the sunset over Whitehaven Beach • Choose to party at lively Surfers Paradise

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

Inclusions

Inclusions

Inclusions

• Guided hop-on hop-off travel between Byron Bay & Cairns (also available vice versa) • Nimbin day trip – (includes barbecue lunch) • Outback farm stay – (1 nt dorm) (B, D)

• Guided hop-on hop-off travel between Byron Bay & Cairns (also available vice versa) • Nimbin day trip – (includes barbecue lunch) • Outback farm stay – (1 nt dorm) (B, D) • 3 Day Fraser Island trip – (3 nts dorm Nomads Noosa, 2 nts dorm Base Camp) (All meals)

• Guided hop-on hop-off travel between Byron Bay & Cairns (also available vice versa) • Nimbin day trip – (includes barbecue lunch) • Outback farm stay – (1 nt dorm) (B, D) • 3 Day Fraser Island trip – (3 nts dorm Nomads Noosa, 2 nts dorm Base Camp) (All meals) • 2 Day Whitsunday Sailing Adventure (1 nt on-board dorm, snorkelling) (All meals) • Great Barrier Reef Day trip - (L) QYNCR1

QYNTR1

*See footnote on page 27

OZEBBO

TRIP Add-ons

Get out there and uncover more of Oz with these easy add-on packages, with inclusions of unique stopovers, transport, day tours and packages - these funky passes really have it all! Choose between Sydney and Melbourne, Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin then simply add them to your Oz Experience pass or buy them separately!

CITY SLICK sydney 

Fr R3,157 (ISIC)

 melbourne

INCLUSIONS • • • •

Express travel between Sydney & Melbourne Phillip Island day trip – (D) Blue Mountains day trip – (L) Melbourne City trip SYDSI1

SOUTHERNER sydney 

Fr R9,887 (ISIC)

 adelaide

sydney 

Fr R19,404 (ISIC)

 darwin

INCLUSIONS

Inclusions

• • • •

• Express travel between Sydney & Melbourne • Phillip Island day trip – (D) • 3 Day Great Ocean Road trip – (2 nts dorm) (All meals) • 2 Day Kangaroo Island trip – (1nt dorm) (All meals) • Express travel between Adelaide & Alice Springs • Overnight stop at Coober Pedy – (1 nt dorm) • 3 Day Uluru Tour – (2 nts camping) (All meals) • Express travel between Alice Sprigs & Darwin • Overnight stop in Katherine – (1nt camping) (B, D) • 3 Day Kakadu or Kakadu/Litchfield trip – (includes guided 4WD trip) (2 nts camping) (All meals)

Express travel between Sydney & Melbourne Phillip Island day trip – (D) 3 Day Great Ocean Road trip – (2 nts dorm) (All meals) 2 Day Kangaroo Island trip – (1 nt dorm) (All meals) SYDST1

RIPPER sydney 

Fr R13,478 (ISIC)  alice springs

Inclusions • • • •

All the inclusions of the Southerner pass Express travel between Adelaide & Alice Springs Overnight stop at Coober Pedy – (1 nt dorm) 3 day Uluru Tour – (2 nts camping) (All meals) SYDRP1

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FISH HOOK

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SYDFS1


Accommodation Passes Australia

R1,080 Go Koala R540 Accommodation Pass FR

FR

single twin/dbl

• Stay in over 130 fantastic cities with Go Koala hotels • Choose from properties ranging from 3 to 5 star standard • Tour Australia at your own place in great central locations

10 nights FR R2,354 Base Jumping Accommodation Pass • Settle in and enjoy drinks at the legendary Base hostel bars • Stay in the buzzing central hub at each of your stops • Modern facilities and friendly staff make your stay easy and fun

Go Koala is aimed at the independent traveller and features over 220 accommodation properties ranging from 3 to 5 stars, located in over 130 key city and resort locations throughout Australia. This is the perfect way to see the country at your own pace. The hotels featured in the Go Koala Programme have been carefully selected for their location, quality facilities and high standards of service. Simply purchase coloured coded passes from Bronze, Silver, Gold, Jade, Platinum and Platinum Plus depending on your budget and use them how and when you please! The colour coded accommodation vouchers may be used at any property of a corresponding colour within the Go Koala Directory. A mixture of Go Koala vouchers can be purchased.

For travellers who don’t want to pre plan every step of the way this 10-night flexible accommodation package is perfect. BASE Hostels are super modern and clean with all bed linen provided. Lockers are provided in each dorm and where you may have an overflow of personal items - reception can help you out with additional lockers. You can use any of the Base hostels or affiliates located all over the country so you’re not locked into a date and are the perfect addition to your transport pass. Base hostels offer you clean, quality, centrally located accommodation with modern facilities and great staff to help you get the most from your experience. Plus their bars are legendary, so once you’ve checked in, it’s easy to make a load of new friends!

Nomads Bed Hopper

GOLDEN CHAIN motel pass

AUSGOK

5 nights FR R1,314

• Nomads fantastically central locations are perfect for exploring cities • Enjoy staying in the flashest chain of hostels in the country • See the hotspots at your own pace to see Australia your way Nomads Bed Hopper package is the perfect way to explore the best Australia has to offer without the confines of planning your journey and booking hostels ahead of time! Choose the number of nights you want to stay with Nomads (5, 10 or 15 night passes are available) and move on at your leisure. The package includes a tour within the arrival city to help you find your feet and get a feel for how it all works! Nomad hostels are fantastically located in the centre of all the action, making it easy to find the very best restaurants, bars and clubs! Meet like minded people as you hop from place to place. These comfortable, clean hostels will make your stay in Australia chilled out and exciting and the flexible schedule allows you to take your time around the fantastic country! AUSHOP

AUSJUM

7 nights FR R1,976

• Great motel-style accommodation for a true Aussie experience • Over 130 properties to choose from • Full flexibility for the independent traveller Golden Chain Australia is designed specifically for the independent traveller and offers an extensive network of motel & motor inn style properties across Australia. You can choose from over 130 properties in over 100 locations across all states & territories of Australia, including cities, resort locations & regional towns. This is a flexible accommodation pass which allows travellers the opportunity to stay in good quality accommodation with a name they can trust. The properties are graded on their facilities, services and location. Choose from Blue: good quality standard accommodation, Green: excellent quality mid range accommodation and Gold: superior accommodation. Fully flexible freedom and a true Australian experience. Fair dinkum mate!

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AUSGOL

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rail australia Australia

WHY travel by train? DARWIN Katherine Cairns

GREAT BARRIER REEF Townsville

Mount Isa Winton

ALICE SPRINGS

Longreach Charleville Quilpie

Mackay Yeppoon Rockhampton Gladstone Bundaberg Hervey Bay Maryborough FRASER ISLAND

Cunnamulla

The Sunlander Tilt Train Spirit of the Outback The Inlander The Westlander Connecting Coach The Ghan XPT XPLORER Indian Pacific The Overland

PERTH

BRISBANE

Gold Coast Byron Bay Casino Coffs Harbour

Moree

Dubbo Kalgoorlie

Broken Hill

Foster

SYDNEY ADELAIDE Cootamundra

CANBERRA Eden

MELBOURNE

The Ghan adelaide 

Airlie Beach (Whitsundays)

Proserpine

indian Pacific  alice springs 

 darwin

sydney 

The sunlander  adelaide   perth

Adelaide - Alice Springs Fr R4,074 Alice Springs - Darwin Fr R4,074 Adelaide - Darwin Fr R8,148 Departs Adelaide: Sun (year round)/Wed (Jun-Aug) Departs Darwin: Wed (year round)/Sat (Jun-Aug)

Sydney - Adelaide Fr R3,545 Adelaide - Perth Fr R5,227 Sydney - Perth Fr R8,204 Departs Sydney: Wed (year round)/Sat (Sep-Oct) Departs Perth: Sun (year round)/Wed (Sep-Oct)

This transcontinental adventure covers 1,846 amazing miles (2,979 km). Travel through the heart of Oz by rail between Adelaide, Alice Springs & Darwin, embarking on one of the greatest train journeys ever! Choose from Red Service for affordable comfort or Gold or Platinum Service which (from April 13) includes private sleeper cabin, all meals, beverages & off-train touring!

The Indian Pacific runs between Sydney & Perth, covering 2,698 miles (4,352 km). Travel by train between Sydney, Adelaide & Perth, passing valleys, vineyards, plains, mountains & outback landscapes. Choose from Red Service for affordable comfort or Gold or Platinum Service which (from April 2013) includes private sleeper cabin, all meals, beverages & off-train touring!

During Jan/Feb departures will be every fortnight only

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More than simply a mode of transport that takes you to your destination; a train journey becomes an unforgettable part of your holiday experience. Whilst others are rushing to their destinations 35,000 feet above, you are calmly weaving your way through Australia’s stunning scenery, from the lush tropics to the bountiful farmlands to the red dusty outback and along the divine eastern coastline. Travel in a comfortable padded reclining seat, walk to the bar and settle into an easy conversation with fellow passengers or enjoy a meal from the dining/buffet carriage. After all, it’s about making your journey into part of your holiday!

During Jan/Feb departures will be every fortnight only

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brisbane 

 cairns

Brisbane - Whitsundays Whitsundays - Cairns Brisbane - Cairns Departs Brisbane: Mon/Fri Departs Cairns: Wed/Fri

Fr R2,132 Fr R1,220 Fr R2,543

Explore the 1,056 miles (1,699 kms) of beautiful Queensland coast that The Sunlander covers and travel to lots of hotspots between Brisbane and Cairns. Head for the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, Hervey Bay or any stunning spot in between. The Sunlander offers room only sleepers or the all inclusive Queenslander Class option (private cabin & exclusive dining & lounge cars).


EAST COAST DISCOVERY PASS After absorbing heaps of big city buzz, marvel at East Coast gems like the Gold Coast and Fraser Coast, which lead you to idyllic locations such as Magnetic Island, Fraser Island, the epic Great Barrier Reef and the mind-blowing Whitsundays. melbourne

sydney

melbourne

Brisbane Fr R1,872

sydney sydney

Fr R1,106

cairns

Fr R2,505

cairns

melbourne

Fr R8,894

Use the Ausrail Pass to explore all incredible corners of Australia - from Perth in the west, to Darwin in the top end and the entire east coast from tropical Cairns in the north to cultural Melbourne in the south. Travel on all long-distance services in any direction as often as you like over a three- or sixmonth period. This pass also includes travel on CountryLink’s connecting coach services in New South Wales and Queensland Rail Travel’s connecting coach services in Queensland. Tick off all the ‘must-do’s’ plus a few off-the-beatentrack ones and make the most of awesome Oz with the Ausrail Pass.

3 months unlimited travel 6 months unlimited travel

Fr R3,913

Rail Explorer PASS

Fr R6,503

Trans aus pass

Fr R3,233

cairns

Ausrail PASS

3 months unlimited travel 6 months unlimited travel

Fr R1,106

Brisbane

Brisbane

3 months unlimited travel 6 months unlimited travel

Take one breathtaking train after another with the Trans Aus Pass. This cracking pass will use The Ghan, Indian Pacific, The Overland, XPT and Xplorer services as well as CountryLink’s connecting coach services in New South Wales, in any direction and for either three or six months! You’ll be whisked from cool Byron Bay to Sydney’s magnificent Blue Mountains and from South Australia’s wine country to the heart of Oz, Alice Springs. Carry on into the outback to Tennant Creek, Katherine and Darwin before travelling the vast Nullarbor Plain and reaching west coast Perth.

14 days unlimited travel 1 month unlimited travel

Fr R4,206 Fr R5,530

Check out almighty Oz, get under its skin and be inspired by some truly out-ofthis-world places. Use the Rail Explorer Pass to uncover the dusty wonders of the Red Centre, the jungles of the tropical north, the arid and treeless Nullarbor Plain and the isolated mining city of Broken Hill. This pass will allow you to travel on some of the world’s most incredible train journeys, including The Ghan, Indian Pacific and The Overland. Best of all you get to travel in any direction for either a three- or six- month period.

backtracker RAIL pass

Fr R5,397 Fr R7,269

Australia

The East Coast has got it all - chic cities, sun-kissed coasts, blissful beaches and postcard-perfect islands. Seriously, what more would you want from an Aussie rail adventure? Travel on CountryLink and Queensland Rail Travel’s train and coach network (including connecting coach services in New South Wales and Queensland), making unlimited stops in your chosen direction of travel for up to six months. You’ll check out the glitz of Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne as well as the tropical Cairns and parliamentary capital of Canberra.

queensland explorer pass

Fr R2,579 Fr R3,618

Get out there & explore New South Wales & beyond! Travel on the CountryLink XPT & Xplorer rail & connecting coach services to over 360 awesome locations, including cosmopolitan Sydney, riverside Brisbane, inspirational Melbourne & capital Canberra. Take the opportunity to explore Australia’s lively & captivating cities, quaint historical towns & beautiful white sandy beaches - whilst enjoy a scenic backdrop as you travel! Sit back, enjoy the journey and daydream out of the window for either 14 days, one month, three months or six months of flexible, unlimited travel.

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3 months unlimited travel 6 months unlimited travel

Fr R3,488 Fr R4,906

Queensland - brimming with rugged coastlines, turquoise waters, tropical rainforests, endless sunshine and stunning islands. Use the Queensland Explorer Pass to travel in an economy seat on the Tilt Train, The Sunlander, Spirit of the Outback, The Westlander and The Inlander in any direction as often as you like over a three- or six-month period. Admire every corner of Queensland; from Cairns in the tropical north, to Brisbane in the south and all the stunning coastal spots like Magnetic Island, the Whitsundays, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, Noosa and the Gold Coast!

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MIGHTY CAMPERVANS Australia If you want a no-fuss Aussie campervan adventure that’s done your way and nobody else’s, then look no further! Mighty Campervans promises to look after your purse strings whilst providing safe, reliable campervans, with the added peace of mind that if something goes wrong along the way, Mighty will get on the case! Mighty have a fleet suitable for all travellers, ages and budgets from two to four berth. All you need to do is grab some mates, maybe a surfboard and prepare for a road trip of a lifetime.

Pick-up / Drop off from

Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Ballina/Byron Bay, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

STANDARD Inclusions

• Unlimited kilometres • Kitchen & living gear, linen & bedding • Rates include GST (Goods and Services Tax) & all admin fees • 24-hr on-road assistance (toll-free call) • Mighty Light vehicle liability of AU $3500 for the Highball, Jackpot, Double Down & Deuce (except the Double Up which is AU $5000) • Magazine with discounts to attractions • All branches have tourist info & maps * For travel with peace of mind be sure to check out ‘The Almighty’ adjacent

HIGHBALL

FR

R570

• Sleeps 3 (1 double bed, overhead single) • Min hire age 18 yrs old • Fridge & sink • Portable 2 burner gas stove • AM/FM radio & CD player • Roof racks • 5-speed manual & power-steering • Cold water only • Air-con & heating (drivers cabin)

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THE ALMIGHTY

WHY MIGHTY? • Perfect for the budget-savvy traveller • Heaps of handy discounts on activities and attractions down under • Vehicles for 18 yrs + • Help’s always on hand with a 24/7 call centre and on-road assistance • Huge choice of campers (we’ve just listed a few of our favourites below) • Discounts on multiple hires in Australia and New Zealand

• Mighty Confident (accident liability reduced to zero) • Free one-way fees (rentals 14 days +) on East Coast rentals only (saves AU $260-360) • Extra cover for tyres & windscreens • Camping chairs (one per traveller) & table • Extra driver fees • Free Pre-purchase gas for cooking & heating

SAVE SOME MONEY!

jackpot

DOUBLE DOWN

FR

R682

• Sleeps 3 (1 double bed, 1 overhead single) • Min hire age 18 yrs old • Brand new vehicle from October 2012 • Fridge & sink • Portable butane stove • AM/FM radio, CD player & MP3 (rear cabin) • 5-speed manual & power-steering • Cold water only • Air-con & heating (drivers cabin)

call 0861 782 782 to book

• Save 8% on long hires over 21 days + • Booking in advance = cheaper rates • 10% off site fees at selected campsites

FR

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

R789


BRITZ CAMPERVANS Australia

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

Pick-up / Drop off from

Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Ballina/Byron Bay, Broome, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

STANDARD Inclusions

FR

R926

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

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

SAVE SOME MONEY!

• Unlimited kilometres • Kitchen & living gear • Rates include GST (Goods and Services Tax) & all admin fees • Linen & bedding • 24-hr on-road assistance (toll-free number) • Vehicle liability of AU $7,500 • Extra driver fees • Free travel wallet – with driving tips & safety information • Magazine with heaps of discounts to tourist attractions. *For travel with peace of mind be sure to check out the Bonus pack

VENTURER

WHY BRITZ?

• Save 8% on long hires over 21 days + • Save 5% on early bird bookings (120 days or more before departure) • 10% off site fees at selected campsites

BONUS PACK • Accidental liability reduced from AU $7,500 to zero • No one-way fees (if applicable) • Extra cover for tyres & windscreens • Picnic table & chairs • Extra driver fees • Pre-purchase gas for cooking & heating

VOYAGER

FR

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

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R877

FRONTIER

FR

R1,266

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

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Travellers autobarn Australia Travellers Autobarn knows Australia and it knows campervans, so you can sit back and chill, knowing you’re in trusted hands and these guys will sort out all the nitty-gritty for you! It’s a fact that an Aussie road trip is an absolute must-do when heading down under and what better way to see this awesome country than in your very own (very affordable) super-funky travelling home? You can pick a car or a camper, pick up from Melbourne and drop off in Cairns, pick up from Sydney and drop off in Perth, go for a week or go for a year and go with one mate or go with four! The limits are endless. All you need to do is pack a sense of adventure, get out here and get on the road!

Pick-up / Drop off from

Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Darwin.

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

STA travel EXCLUSIVES

STANDARD Inclusions

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

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WHY travellers autobarn?

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• No one-way fees on the East Coast (saving of AU $200) • Free living equipment (saving of AU $45) • Free extra driver (saving of AU $3/a day)

PROTECTION PLUS: • Accidental liability reduced from AU $2,500 to zero • Extra cover for tyres & windscreens


Chubby Campers

FR

R427

HiTop Campers

FR

R522

KUGA campers

FR

R617

Australia

• Sleeps 2 (1 double) • Min hire age 18 yrs old • Esky & gas cooker • Power supply (via powered campsite) • Kitchenette with sink, water supply & cabinet space • MP3/CD player • 5-6 years old

• Sleeps 3 (1 double, 1 single) • Min hire age 18 yrs old • Fridge/freezer, gas cooker & microwave • Power supply (via powered campsite) • Kitchenette with sink, water supply & cabinet space • Air-con cabin • Radio/cassette player or CD player • 7-10 years old

Hi5 Campers

Wagons

FR

R845

• Sleeps 5 (2 doubles, 1 single) • Min hire age 18 yrs old • Fridge/freezer, gas cooker & microwave • Power supply (via powered campsite) • Kitchenette with sink, water supply & cabinet space • Air-con cabin • MP3/CD player • 4-6 years old

FR

• Sleeps 3 (1 double, 1 single) • Min hire age 18 yrs old • Fridge/freezer, gas cooker & microwave • Power supply (via powered campsite) • Kitchenette with sink, water supply & cabinet space • Air-con cabin • MP3/CD player • 4-7 years old

R333

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

brisbane to cairns road trip

You’ve picked up your camper, packed the surfboard and most importantly grabbed some mates, now get out there and uncover the very best of Queeensland! Day 01-02: Brisbane to Noosa (88 miles/141 kms) Head out on the Bruce Highway towards super-cool surfer town, Noosa. Explore Noosa’s beauty by meandering through Noosa Heads National Park through to hotspots like Paradise Cove as well as heaps of boutiques and funky beach-side restaurants. Day 03-04: Noosa to Hervey Bay (115 miles/185 kms) Leave the chilled vibes behind you and travel to Gympie. Stop-off and check out Cooloola Beach, Great Sandy National Park and one of Queensland’s most historic towns, Maryborough. Pass picture-perfect landscapes and pull up in Hervey Bay, nestled on the Fraser Coast between winding golden beaches and sheltered turquoise waters this beauty is home to turtles, dolphins and dugongs and is the whale watching capital of the world! On Day 3 take a ferry ride over to the world’s largest sand island, the incredible Fraser Island. Explore its unique combination of golden

sand, rainforest, Aboriginal culture, coloured sand cliffs, marvel at the Maheno shipwreck and diverse wildlife, then cool off with a dip in the freshwater of Eli Creek. Day 05: Hervey Bay to Rockhampton (244 miles/392 kms) Back on the Bruce Highway journey through the towns of Childers and Gin Gin, a pretty town with strange sandstone formations, the ‘Mystery Craters.’ Pull up in Rockhampton, in the heart of Australia’s beef cattle country to explore the Cammoo Caves, Yeppoon (gateway to Great Keppel Island) or Mount Morgan, a 100 year old mining town. Day 06-07: Rockhampton to Mackay (208 miles/335 kms) Depart Rockhampton via Marlborough and Sarina en-route to Mackay. Get out a bit further and visit Eungella National Park, one of Queensland’s most spectacular parks, with cloud-shrouded peaks, gorges and lush rainforest.

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Day 08-10 Mackay to Airlie Beach (93 miles/150 kms) Passing Prosperine you’ll soon arrive at Airlie, the gateway to the idyllic and out-of-this world, Whitsunday Islands. Submerge yourself in azure waters of the Great Barrier Reef, dive its depths and explore its vibrant corals, neon sealife and white beaches and soak up its sublime sunshine, you get the idea! Day 11-12: Airlie Beach to Townsville (93 miles/150 kms) Depart Airlie Beach travelling through the towns of Bower and Ayr to reach Townsville. Day 13-14: Townsville to Cairns (215 miles/347 kms) Leaving Townsville you’ll enjoy a scenic coastal drive passing the sun-kissed towns of Ingham, Mission Beach and Innisfail before ending your road trip in tropical Cairns.

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

car types

Economy FR R236* per day

Compact FR R245* per day

Intermediate FR R310* per day

Full Size FR R383* per day

Driving Licence

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

Age Restrictions

Generally the minimum age is 21 years old, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Please check Terms and Conditions with your Travel Expert when making an enquiry or booking.

Please note that the above prices are subject to change depending on city of pick up or drop off and season. These are a ‘from’ guide only. Please see your STA Travel Expert for more details.

* Minimum rental periods and other conditions apply. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and seasonal surcharges.

DRIVING DISTANCES IN Australia BETWEEN

(GUIDE ONLY)

APPROX DISTANCE (KMs / MILES)

APPROX TRAVEL TIME

Sydney Sydney Byron Bay Brisbane Noosa Hervey Bay Airlie Beach Cairns Melbourne Adelaide Adelaide Alice Springs

Melbourne Byron Bay Brisbane Noosa Hervey Bay Airlie Beach Cairns Port Douglas Adelaide Kangaroo Island Alice Springs Uluru

877 kms / 544 miles 767 kms / 476 miles 165 kms / 102 miles 141 kms / 88 miles 185 kms / 115 miles 875 kms / 543 miles 620 kms / 385 miles 67 kms / 42 miles 728 kms / 452 miles 107 kms / 66 miles 1,531 kms / 950 miles 463 kms / 288 miles

9 hrs 30 mins 9 hrs 40 mins 1 hr 55 mins 1 hr 45 mins 2 hrs 35 mins 10 hrs 20 mins 7 hrs 55 mins 1 hr 10 mins 8 hrs 35 mins 1 hr 30 mins (+ ferry) 16 hrs 45 mins 6 hrs 20 mins

Our self drive tours include a co-pilot kit with a detailed itinerary, map and hints about how to get off the beaten track and find those hidden Aussie gems!

Alice Springs Perth Perth Exmouth Hobart

Darwin Albany Exmouth Broome Launceston

1,497 kms / 930 miles 416 kms / 258 miles 1,267 kms / 787 miles 1,371 kms / 851 miles 198 kms / 123 miles

18 hrs 30 mins 4 hrs 40 mins 14 hrs 50 mins 15 hrs 50 mins 2 hrs 30 mins

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self drive ideas & touring Please see opposite page for three of our favourite self drive routes in Australia or check out these other suggestions: • Great Ocean Road (see page 114) • Full island loop around Tasmania • Sydney/Blue Mountains & Hunter Valley (see page 59) • Cairns to Brisbane Road Trip • Alice Springs & The Red Centre (see page 95)


SELF DRIVE ITINERARIES Australia

19 days

east coast explorer 

SELF DRIVE TOURING

sydney 

DAY

01-02 03

FR

R19,041 6 pacific coast days explorer 

SELF DRIVE TOURING

 cairns

brisbane 

itinerary

DAY

Sydney to Hunter Valley (134 miles/216 kms) Leave the glitz of Sydney behind you and swap it for the Pacific Highway. Detour via Newcastle and after a charming stroll along its shores, travel via Maitland, before rocking up at the Hunter Valley. This spot is brimming with world-class wineries, arty and gourmet delights! Hunter Valley to Port Stephens (62 miles/101 kms) Heading for the Port Stephens, marvel its natural bay enclosed by two dormant volcanic headlands, over twice the size of Sydney Harbour! Explore its beaches and indulge in its mouth-watering seafood too.

04-05

Port Stephens to Coffs Harbour (273 miles/440 kms) Take the scenic route along the Lakes Way, weaving past views of rainforest, inland lakes and ocean beaches along the way. On Day 5 explore Coffs Harbour and see Boambee Beach and Dorrigo N.P.

06-07

Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay (155 miles/251 kms) Back on the road witness coastal, river and old country town landscapes before arriving at uber-chilled surfer hot-spot, Byron Bay. Check out Cape Byron for epic views and Oz’s most easterly point. Get out there, get your surf on and explore Byron’s awesome waves on Day 7.

08-09

10-11

Byron Bay to Surfers Paradise (55 miles/90 kms) Travelling away from the beauty of Byron, travel past Tweed Heads and pristine Coolangatta before hitting the legendary Gold Coast and then arriving at the flashy backpackers haven of Surfers Paradise. Party it up and chill on the beach, full of bronzed locals on Day 9. Surfers Paradise to Hervey Bay (228 miles/367 kms) Swap the Gold Coast for the Sunshine Coast, passing Brisbane before pulling up at Hervey Bay, the gateway to the world’s largest sand island - Fraser Island. Explore its blue creeks, freshwater lakes, lush rainforest, white sandy beaches and its resident Maheno shipwreck on Day 11.

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Hervey Bay to Yeppoon (272 miles/439 kms) On today’s road trip pass Rockhampton, the Tropic of Capricorn and arrive at the seaside gem of Yeppoon, overlooking Great Keppel Island.

13-14

Yeppoon to Airlie Beach (307 miles/495 kms) Enjoy a coastal drive past Mackay and onto Airlie Beach - gateway to the picture-perfect Whitsunday Islands. Opt to take a sail trip around the 74 idyllic islands and uncover it coral reefs and white beaches.

15-16

Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island (173 miles/280 kms) Pass through Bowen and Ayr and depending upon your time of arrival into Townsville, ferry across to Magnetic Island. On Day 16 admire its natural beauty, wildllife, explore its beaches and wander its National Park.

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Brisbane to Byron Bay (118 miles/191 kms) Leave Brisbane and either head via the Gold Coast or the rainforest hinterland to Byron Bay to enjoy its arty and organic surf lifetsyle.

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Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour (155 miles/251 kms) Watch the sunrise over the Pacific this morning and head through Grafton, a graceful old country town before you hit Woolgoolga and follow the picturesque coastal road to Coffs Harbour.

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Coffs Harbour to Port Stephens (273 miles/440 kms) Follow the Lakes Way past rainforest, lakes and beaches which lead to the white volcanic sand and aquamarine waters of Port Stephens.

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Port Stephens to Hunter Valley (62 miles/101 kms) Stroll the harbour or a morning cruise with dolphins before hitting the road for Hunter Valley - think wine, rolling vineyards and gourmet food!

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Hunter Valley to Sydney (134 miles/216 kms) Leave the world-renowned wineries behind you and make tracks for cosmopolitan Sydney, passing Maitland, Newcastle and Gosford too. BNEPCE

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Perth to Margaret River Wine Region (169 miles/273 kms) Head south to the Geographe Wine Region. Visit Capel Vale winery before stopping in Busselton for a walk along the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere. Explore stunning coastline including Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Ngilgi Cave near Yallingup.

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Margaret River Wine Region A day of exploring the fantastic wineries and food producers of the region. Stop at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory, sample wines, olive oils and fresh produce at Margaret River Providore and taste feta at the Margaret River Dairy Company. Delicious!

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Margaret River Wine Region to Perth (169 miles/273 kms) Take the short drive to Prevelly, home of the Margaret River Pro surfing titles, or stop at Leeuwin Estate and the Margaret River Fudge Factory for a final taste of the Margaret River, before your return journey to Perth.

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Mission Beach to Cairns (86 miles/139 kms) Driving through the tropical north your road trip will come to an end in Cairns - another amazing gateway to the Great Barrier Reef!

Itinerary includes: Fraser Island day tour and return ferry transfers to Magnetic Island from Townsville SYDECE

Our self drive itineraries include a co-pilot kit with a full itinerary, map and best of all, helpful hints from someone on the ground about all the cool, off-the-beaten track places you’ll encounter on your trip - maybe a working cattle station, outback pub or small local town. Most of these little gems are missed unless you get the low down from someone who’s been there and travelled that route - and that’s what we’re here for. If you want to alter the route, cut or add days then ask your Travel Expert. Please note the above prices include all your accommodation and the co-pilot kit but exclude car hire as these are subject to change. Ask your Travel Expert for up to date prices.

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BIG 25 THE WALKABOUT  days

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Simpsons Gap Kings Canyon The Olgas Uluru

Cairns

Tennant Creek Wycliffe Well

Tully Whitsundays Townsville (Daydream Island) Shute Harbour Airlie Beach Mackay Cattle Station

Alice Springs

Fraser Island Noosa Brisbane Surfers Paradise Currumbin Byron Bay Coffs Harbour

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Port Macquarie

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highlights • Enjoy a Sydney Harbour cruise to Manly • Unleash your hippie side in Byron Bay • Enjoy sunset drinks at incredible Uluru • Opt to dive the Great Barrier Reef • 4WD across sand dunes at Fraser Island • Cool off in Kakadu’s swimming holes • Overnight at a real outback bush camp • Island hop the pristine Whitsundays

DEPARTURES

Explore the exquisite East Coast and Northern Territory of Australia on this epic 25-day tour that takes in the country’s most stunning cultural, historical and natural landmarks. Embrace Australian life as you head with a bunch of like-minded 18-35 year old travellers from cosmopolitan Sydney to the outback metropolis of Darwin via Brisbane and Cairns, coming into contact with the country’s Aboriginal people, phenomenal wildlife, buzzing party towns, stunning beaches and some rocking surf spots. Be blown away by sights you only ever imagined, saw online and dreamt about from postcards.

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Accommodation: Hotels (17 nts), hostel (1 nt), lodge (2 nts), eco-lodge (1 nt), surf school village (1 nt), cattle station lodge (1 nt), outback bush camp (1 nt) Transport: Modern air-con coach with powerpoints for charging, flight from Cairns to Alice Springs Meals: 23 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 10 dinners (sailing option includes 1 extra lunch & 1 extra dinner) Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 50 Tour Code: COEXSDD

you might like Whitsundays Sailing Upgrade Days 10-11: swap Daydream Island for 2 days on board a private yacht (COEXDXD) Fr R38,045 Go In Reverse and Save Money! The Big Walkabout (24 days, Darwin-Sydney) (COEXDSD) Fr R34,070

itinerary Sydney / Blue Mountains / Sydney Your epic adventure begins in Sydney where you’ll meet your tour mates and Tour Manager who will show you Sydney’s hotspots, the Opera House and Sydney Harbour to name but a few! Head over to Manly on a cruise across the postcard-perfect harbour and stop off for a much-needed swim and time for lunch. There will also be time for a whizz around Kings Cross, Chinatown, charming Macquarie Street, Darling Harbour and The Rocks, before a group dinner overlooking sophisticated Darling Harbour. Delve into the incredible landscape of the Blue Mountains on Day 2 and enjoy a hike at Wentworth Falls and see the legendary Three Sisters rock formation before you head back into the urban chaos of Sydney. (B, D)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Farmstay / The Whitsundays And relax! Yep, two days for you to do as you please in the beautiful island archipelago of the Whitsundays, famous for its chilled-out vibe. Get active and get involved with with some jet skiing, parasailing, beach volleyball or snorkelling. Or you can slow it down with a swim in the pool or indulge in some essential beach time. Be sure to chill out island-style and grab a group photo to make your social networking friends jealous! (2B, D)

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

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The Whitsundays / Cairns Today you’ll head to Tropical North Queensland and gateway to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Take in a tour of Townsville, pass Australia’s largest island National Park (Hinchinbrook Island) and check out the beautiful island gem of Magnetic Island where you might glimpse koalas in their natural habitat. You’ll then have two free days to explore Cairns, from shopping to nightlife and from heart-pumping adrenalin activities to diving the depths of the colourful reefs, you are spoilt for choice. (3B, D)

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Cairns / Alice Springs Get your boots on and prepare for the outback! Check out Alice Springs’ famous Aboriginal art, the dry Todd River, admire the MacDonnell Ranges from ANZAC Hill and see the utterly stunning Aboriginal site of Simpson’s Gap. (B, D)

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

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

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Uluru / Alice Springs / Tennant Creek Leave the rock behind you and it’s back on the road to Alice where you can jaunt around the outback in style on a quad bike, or simply relax by the pool and maximise the golden rays. (2B, D)

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Tennant Creek / Katherine Fancy a beer? Be sure to hit the oldest pub in the Territory before taking a dip in the Mataranka Thermal Pools and making your way to the river town of Katherine. (B)

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Katherine / Kakadu National Park It’s time to get those hiking boots on and trek to Katherine Gorge or take a boat trip for a jaw-dropping experience. It’s then off to Kakadu National Park via Edith Falls – definitely a must-do swim stop. You’ll think this trip can’t get more incredible, but then you’ll rock up at Kakadu and be in awe of your surroundings. With arguably Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock and Ubirr, 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 too. (2B, D)

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

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

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AUSTRALIA’s BEST 30 without the wEST  days

Cairns 

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

Cairns

Tennant Creek

Mission Beach Townsville The Whitsundays Shute Harbour Airlie Beach Mackay

Australia

Simpsons Gap Kings Canyon Kata Tjuta Uluru

Alice Springs

Cattle Station

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Capricorn Coast

Surfers Paradise

Fraser Island Noosa Brisbane Byron Bay Coffs Harbour

Central Coast Blue Mountains

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

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

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Multi-share accommodation (23 nts), camping or swags (6 nts) Transport: Private coach, plane (flight from Sydney - Alice Springs not included), 4WD vehicle Meals: 16 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 16 dinners Group Leader: Tour guides throughout Group Size: Max 20 on East Coast, 24 in Northern Territory Note: The flight from Sydney to Alice Springs is not included and should be booked separately. Access to some falls may be seasonal Tour Code: CNSAUS

you might like Red Centre & Top End Crocodile Rock (10 days Alice Springs to Darwin or vv) (ASPRED/DRWRED) Fr R10,491 Please note other departure points are available. Please ask for details Stay Longer in Darwin See page 98

itinerary Cairns Welcome to the first day of your Australian adventure! Check in and explore the city before your group meets for a welcome dinner and a few drinks. The following day is yours at leisure to either check out the Great Barrier Reef or maybe take a serene hot-air balloon ride as dawn breaks. The world’s your oyster! (D)

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Cairns / Atherton Tablelands / Mission Beach Head south towards Mission Beach - the gateway to Australia’s best whitewater rafting river, the Tully. You have the option to ride the rapids (at extra cost) or head into the stunning Atherton Tablelands to visit the magnificent Millaa Millaa Falls, the Curtain Fig Tree and the volcanic crater of Lake Eacham. (B)

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Mission Beach / Airlie Beach Optional skydive right onto the beach or take a walk through the rainforest with your guide in search of the cassowary which belongs to the same family as the emu and ostrich. Don’t get too close though, it’s the only bird whose kick can knock you over! It’s then on to Airlie, one of the liveliest towns on the East Coast. (B, D)

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Whitsunday Islands This morning, head to Abel Point Marina for your cruise through the magnificent Whitsunday Islands including a stop at the beautiful white sandy stretch of Whitehaven Beach for a spot of snorkelling and swimming. (B, L)

06-07

Airlie Beach / Outback Cattle Station This morning bid farewell to the beautiful Whitsunday region to head to an outback cattle station for two nights. It’s quite a drive, so try your hand at counting kangaroos to pass the time along the way! In the evening, settle around the campfire for a traditional camp oven dinner followed by a ride on a mechanical bull to bring out your inner cowboy or cowgirl. The following day is a taste of true Aussie outback life as you can try your hand at a goat muster by horseback or quad bike through the cattle station (both optional). In between these activities experience a traditional Aussie barbecue to keep your energy levels up. In the evening take your seats around the campfire for another delicious dinner. (2B, L, 2D)

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Outback Cattle Station / Rainbow Beach Head south to Rainbow Beach – the gateway to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. The following day you will be treated to a unique experience as you design and paint your own boomerang. In the afternoon you will enjoy a walk to the Carlo Sandblow. (B, D)

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Fraser Island Allow us to introduce you to the largest sand island in the world, the extraordinary Fraser Island. During your two-day 4WD adventure you will have the chance to spot dingoes, swim in crystal-clear freshwater lakes and explore the diverse landscapes in this unique habitat. Don’t forget to bring your new boomerang with you to practice your throw and return technique on the beach. (B, 2L, 2D)

12-13

Rainbow Beach / Noosa / Brisbane / Byron Bay / Surf Camp On to the lovely resort town of Noosa where you’ll join the group for a walk of the Noosa Headland National Park along the coast before heading to Queensland’s capital city of Brisbane for the night and some urban excitement. The next day, cross into New South Wales and the famous hippie town of Byron Bay. It’s then on to a surf camp on the Coffs Coast. It encompasses 90 kilometres of beaches which makes it one of the best places in Australia to learn how to surf. (B, 2D)

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Surf Camp / Central Coast A bright and early start to the morning for those who have chosen to try their hand at ‘hanging ten’ with an optional surf lesson. Following the lesson, your journey continues to the Central Coast where you arrive in the early evening. (B)

All trips are 30 days unless marked with * which denotes a 29 day tour. Please enquire about travel dates after 21 Oct.

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Central Coast / Sydney via Blue Mountains In the morning it’s on to one of New South Wales’ most picturesque destinations, the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Home to the famous Three Sisters rock formation, take a walk from the lookout down the valley to witness the vast land around you. In the afternoon, make your way to the city many consider Australia’s real capital, Sydney. After checking into your accommodation enjoy a group dinner. (B, D) Sydney What better way to top off your east coast experience than by hurtling around Sydney Harbour, past the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge on a high-speed jet boat? Hold on tight! Enjoy two free days in Sydney to explore the Harbour City. Climb the Harbour Bridge, go for a dip at Bondi or Manly Beach, go shopping on Pitt Street Mall or visit the Hunter Valley for some wine tasting - the choice is yours!

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Sydney / Alice Springs Today your journey to the Outback begins as you fly from Sydney to Alice Springs which, in the absence of any real competition for many hundreds of miles in any direction, serves as the ‘capital’ of the outback! Please note this flight is not included in the trip price and needs to be booked separately.

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Alice Springs / Uluru An early start this morning and you’re on your way to the remote outback of Central Australia with its red soil, ancient geology and ghost gums. Australian pioneers originally used camels for transport and cartage and you now have the opportunity to check out the Outback Camel Farm at Stuart’s Well. Arrive at the Uluru– Kata Tjuta National Park where your guide will take you on an interpretive base walk of Uluru (Ayers Rock). The Cultural Centre is impressive and well worth a visit before watching the ever-changing colours of Uluru at sunset. After dinner cooked over the open fire, some campfire stories and star gazing at your private campsite, it’s time for a good night’s rest as you’re in for another active day tomorrow. (L, D)

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Uluru & Kata Tjuta / Kings Canyon / Alice Springs Wake bright and early to experience a mesmerising Uluru sunrise which can be viewed close-by your campsite. Then it’s a short drive to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), an Aboriginal word for ‘many heads’. Pull on your hiking boots and take the Valley of the Winds walk through creek beds, domes and beautiful wilderness. After lunch, it’s farewell to Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park as you travel to Kings Creek Station where you’ll camp for the night. The following day enjoy a hike round the incredible rock formations of Kings Canyon before journeying back to Alice Springs to spend the next day at leisure. Alice Springs offers a number of diverting attractions including the School of the Air, the Flying Doctors Service and a number of Aboriginal art galleries. (2B, 2L, D)

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Alice Springs / Banka Banka Station In the early morning, your adventure continues through the ‘Territory’ to Darwin. Visit the Devil’s Marbles (Karlu Karlu) before camping for the night at Banka Banka Cattle Station. (L, D)

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Banka Banka / Mataranka Region No trip to the ‘Territory’ is complete without a visit to the Daly Waters Pub, an important watering hole for explorers and drovers in days gone by and now a great spot for a cold beer, a bit of history and a ‘fair dinkum’ outback experience! Later in the day you can take a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees and near where you camp overnight. (B, L, D)

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Mataranka Region / Katherine / Darwin Short drive to the beautiful Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park. You may like to take a boat cruise or paddle a canoe (seasonal) through the peaceful water (both optional). (B, L)

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Darwin / Kakadu National Park Your Top End adventure begins as you travel to the Mary River Wetlands for a two-hour cruise to search for the mighty crocs who rule this waterway. Late afternoon arrive at Ubirr. Here you will view a wide range of ancient Aboriginal art which will be interpreted by your guide. Learn the story of the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for panoramic views over the floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land. (L, D)

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Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park / Darwin Spend the whole morning at Gunlom Falls (seasonal). There’s a large plunge pool at the base of the waterfall to enjoy, however the climb to the top of the falls is a must! After lunch and a final swim in the lower plunge pool exit the national park and travel via Batchelor to your overnight campsite near Litchfield National Park. The following day explore the park’s waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments before continuing on to Darwin. (2B, 2L, D) Darwin If you’ve opted for a night out on the town last night then you may wish to take things slower this morning, the last day of your 30-day adventure. If not, then there’s plenty to see and do around Darwin to complete your trip.

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Kakadu NP

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Western MacDonnell Ranges Uluru (Ayers Rock)

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highlights • Hike in the Great Ocean Road rainforest • Birdwatch in the dunes of the Coorong • Wine tasting in the Barossa Valley • Overnight at underground Coober Pedy • Catch the magnificent colours of Uluru • Learn Dreamtime stories from Aborigines • Ride the rails aboard the famous Ghan • Swim in Kakadu’s gorgeous waterholes

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Nov 29 Dec 06 Dec 13 Dec 20 Dec 27 Jan 03 Jan 10 Jan 17

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Basic hotels (4 nts), lodges (3 nts), camping in swag or tent (6 nts), cabins (2 nts), underground hostel (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Private bus, train, 4WD vehicle, boat Meals: 17 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 10 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $220-260 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOAMD

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

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

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Great Ocean Road / Port Campbell Head out of Melbourne to start your exploration of the world-famous Great Ocean Road, one of the most scenic driving routes in Australia. Check out the surf beaches of Torquay, Bells Beach and Lorne en route to Great Otway National Park where there’s time to enjoy a walk through the rainforest. From here, the scenery gets even more dramatic as you approach the eroded rock formations known as the 12 Apostles, which tower above the beach. Make a stop at Loch Ard Gorge to learn the tragic story of the Loch Ard, an immigrant ship from Scotland, which was shipwrecked along this treacherous coastline with the loss of all but two of its passengers. Feel close to the ocean tonight with a stay in a beachside cabin. (B, D)

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

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Robe Explore more of Grampians National Park, including waterfalls, lakes and a trek to the ‘Jaws of Death Balconies’. Heading back to the coast, the historic town of Robe is tonight’s destination with the option to go surfing if you wish. Visit the local Aussie Rules Football Club for a beer this evening if you’re up for an authentic ‘cultural’ experience and a real slice of local life! (B)

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

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Barossa Valley / Flinders Ranges The region around Adelaide is one of Australia’s leading wine-producing regions, and nowhere more so than the internationally-recognised Barossa Valley. What better way to start today than with a spot of wine tasting at a local vineyard? Continue to Alligator Gorge in Remarkable National Park, known for its uniquely-coloured rock formations and rugged scenery, before a stop at the historic town of Quorn. You’ll notice a distinct change of scenery today, a sure sign you’re heading into the Outback! Bed down for the night at a working sheep station for a one-of-a-kind Aussie experience. (B, L, D)

07-08

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

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

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Uluru (Ayers Rock) Cross the border into the Northern Territory, where Australia’s most iconic view awaits, the mighty monolith of Uluru. Experience the colourful sunset at the rock and then bed down in a ‘swag’ or, if you prefer, a tent for a night under the stars of the Outback. (B, D)

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Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Kings Canyon Start the day off with a glass of bubbles as you watch the sunrise over Uluru, and notice the stark difference in its appearance and colours compared with last night’s sunset. Take a walk around the base of the rock with a local guide to learn why Uluru is considered so significant to the Aborigines. Head west to the no-lessimpressive Kata Tjuta (also known as The Olgas) where, weather permitting, you can hike the beautiful Valley of the Winds. Retrace your steps back to Uluru and from there, head to tonight’s overnight stop at Kings Canyon. (B, L, D)

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Kings Canyon / Western MacDonnell Ranges Today, you’ll explore beautiful Kings Canyon on foot, walking around both the north and south walls and visiting the dramatic formations known as the Amphitheatre, the Lost City and the Garden of Eden. It’s a remarkable place, yet receives a fraction of the visitors that go to Uluru. From here, continue into the Western MacDonnell Ranges for a night staying in a tent or swag - your choice! (B, L, D)

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Alice Springs Start the day with a refreshing dip at the Glen Helen swimming hole before travelling via the Glen Helen Gorge towards the isolated but welcoming Outback outpost of Alice Springs, the only town of any significant size for hundreds, if not thousands, of miles in any direction! From its humble beginnings as a remote telegraph station, Alice has grown into the capital of the Outback, and serves as the base for two uniquely Australian institutions – the ‘Flying Doctors’ and the ‘School of the Air’, which teaches lessons via the Internet to children living on remote cattle stations. (B)

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

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

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Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park Early departure from Darwin this morning for a packed day of adventure in Kakadu. Stop for a quick crocodilespotting boat cruise at the Corroboree Billabong, visit Ubirr to admire the indigenous rock art and then call into an Aboriginal arts and crafts centre to learn about the ideas behind these ancient creations. Kakadu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for both its natural beauty and cultural significance, and you’ll spend the rest of your time here exploring its beautiful waterfalls, swimming holes and hiking trails, though the exact itinerary of the day does vary between the wet and dry seasons. Later on Day 17, transfer to an overnight camp near Litchfield National Park, where a delicious barbecue dinner awaits to mark your last night together as a group. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Litchfield National Park / Darwin Enjoy a guided excursion into Litchfield National Park to encounter streams, rock formations and the impressive magnetic termite mounds. Visit the Wangi, Florence and Tolmer Falls, with plenty of opportunities for a refreshing swim. The perfect end to a perfect trip! The tour comes to an end with an evening arrival back into Darwin. (B, L)

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EAST COAST Australia

Average High TempERATURE (ยบC / ยบF) City

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FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

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OCT

NOV

DEC

Sydney

26 79

26 79

25 77

22 72

20 68

17 63

16 61

17 63

20 68

22 72

23 73

25 77

Byron Bay

28 82

27 81

26 79

25 77

22 72

20 68

20 68

20 68

22 72

23 73

25 77

26 79

Brisbane

28 82

28 82

28 82

26 79

23 73

21 70

20 68

21 70

23 73

25 77

27 81

28 82

Hamilton Island

30 86

30 86

29 84

28 82

24 75

22 72

21 70

22 72

25 77

27 81

29 84

30 86

Cairns

31 88

31 88

30 86

28 82

27 81

25 77

25 77

26 79

27 81

29 84

30 86

31 88

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COAST 17 EAST ENCOMPASSED days

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Cooktown Cape Tribulation

Cairns

Airlie Beach Mackay

Whitsunday Islands

Australia

Cattle Station AUSTR ALIA

Byron Bay Bingara

Fraser Island Brisbane Yamba

Nundle Sheep Station

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

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Jul 16 Jul 30 Aug 06 Aug 13 Aug 20 Aug 27 Sep 10 Sep 24 Oct 08 Oct 22

Oct 20 Nov 03 Nov 10 Nov 17 Nov 24 Dec 01 Dec 08 Dec 15 Dec 22 Dec 29

Nov 05 Nov 19 Nov 26 Dec 03 Dec 10 Dec 17 Dec 24 Dec 31 Jan 07 Jan 14

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Basic hotels (3 nts), ecolodge (2 nts), maxi yacht (2 nts), beach lodge (1 nt), hostels (4 nts), beach teepee (2 nts), ‘swag’ (2 nts) Transport: Train, yacht, private bus, 4x4, ferry Meals: 16 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 10 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $200-250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOAEC

you might like Shorten Your Trip Sydney to Brisbane Experience (7 days, Sydney to Brisbane) (GAOASB) see page 52 Fr R10,948 Brisbane to Cairns Experience (9 days, Brisbane to Cairns) (GAOABC) see page 52 Fr R14,601

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

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

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

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Nundle Sheep Station / Bingara This morning, you’ll drive to the country and western music capital of Australia, Tamworth, where you can wander around and maybe grab a CD or two. After lunch at another quirky country town you’ll be back on the road and heading for Bingara. Try your hand at gold panning and gem grabbing after a visit to a historic gold mine and then meet a local Jackaroo (a man who works on a cattle or sheep ranch) who will give you the lowdown on the local area. If you fancy exploring, why not opt to horseback ride around Bingara? (B, D)

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

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Yamba / Byron Bay Heading up the coastal road you’ll find yourself in the sumptuous haven of Byron Bay. This Aussie beauty radiates chilled vibes and will fascinate you with its amazing surf, friendly locals and eccentric art scene. You’ll see the lighthouse which is nestled on the most easterly point of Australia, where (if you’re lucky) you may spot whales swimming off the shore. Hang with locals and get involved in an included yoga class followed by dinner at a local restaurant. On Day 6, get out there and ride some of the legendary waves with an included surf lesson. Forget hotels and hostels, get comfy and embrace the peaceful way of life as you spend your Byron nights in a unique teepee camp in an old hippy commune. (2B, D)

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Byron Bay / Brisbane Goodbye chilled paradise and hello glorious Gold Coast! This stretch of endorphin-inducing coast is famous for its stunning beaches and bronzed locals, oh yeah and a spot of surfing thrown in for good measure! Take it all in before heading farther up the Queensland coast to the razzle and dazzle of Brisbane. Take advantage of being in the heart of the city and check out some local hot spots and the city’s pulsing nightlife. (B)

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

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R27,384

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

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

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

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Airlie Beach / Cairns It’s an early start this morning as you take the train to tropical Cairns. Sit back and daydream out the window as you pass the coastline and through sugar cane country. After a charming adventure riding the rails you’ll pull up into the most popular resort in the beautiful ‘Tropical North’ of Queensland, Cairns. Grab your swimmers and head to Cairns’ pool lagoon - a firm favourite with all the locals! (B)

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

16

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

17

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

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& 16 REEFS RAINFORESTS  days

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Port Douglas

Cairns

Australia

Tully Townsville Whitsundays Shute Harbour (Daydream Island) Airlie Beach Mackay AU S T R A L I A

Cattle Station

Capricorn Coast

Surfers Paradise

Fraser Island Noosa Brisbane

Currumbin Byron Bay Coffs Harbour

Port Macquarie Blue Mountains

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

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Let your imagination run wild as you travel along Australia’s East Coast, where the stunning scenery and wonderful wildlife will fuel your wanderlust. This amazing adventure, exclusively for 18-35 year olds, takes you from Port Douglas via the Great Barrier Reef, stopping at the Whitsundays, Fraser Island and Byron Bay before reaching Sydney, ticking off a host of ‘A-List’ travel destinations. Feel the golden rays on your skin, let the ocean capture your soul and the rainforests of Tropical North Queensland ignite your love for nature as you venture along this sublime stretch of Australia.

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Aug 09 Aug 30 Sep 06 Sep 27 Oct 04 Oct 25 Nov 01 Nov 22 Nov 29 Dec 20 Dec 27

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Cape Tribulation / Cairns Wake yourself up with a refreshing swim in a waterhole and then stroll through mangroves on a cultural walk with a local guide. Later this afternoon you’ll be back on the road and headed for tropical Cairns. (B)

03-04

Cairns Days 3 and 4 are completely at your leisure, so get out there and see what Cairns is all about! Whatever you fancy, Cairns has it all; skydiving and whitewater rafting for the daredevils amongst you as well as heaps of shops, buzzing backpacker nightlife and a tropical lagoon-style swimming pool on the promenade. It’s also the best base for a whole host of optional boat and helicopter excursions to the outstandingly beautiful Great Barrier Reef, which is begging you to go and explore its multi-coloured coral and neon fish! (2B, D)

05-06

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

05-06

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

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), eco-lodge (1 nt), lodge (1 nt), hostel (1nt), surf school village (1 nt), cattle station lodge (1 nt), yacht (2 nts - sailing option only) Transport: Modern air-con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners (sailing option includes 1 extra lunch & 1 extra dinner) Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 50 Tour Code: COBWCSD

you might like Whitsundays Sailing Upgrade Days 05-06: swap Daydream Island for 2 days on board a private yacht (COBWCWD) Fr R25,090 Go In Reverse Reefs & Rainforests (16 days, Sydney to Cairns) (COBWSCD) Fr R23,770 Extend Your Trip The Big Walkabout (25 days, Sydney to Darwin) (COEXSDD) see page 38-39 Fr R35,665

itinerary Cairns / Cape Tribulation Your tour gets off to the most idyllic start as you travel north to Cape Tribulation after meeting your Tour Manager and group in Cairns. On the way you’ll check out divine Port Douglas, popular with young travellers and the rich and famous alike. This beautiful resort town boasts stunning white beaches lined with palm trees; a classic picture-postcard destination. From here, you’ll follow the remote beaches of the Coral Sea up to the tropical Daintree Rainforest where it’s time to get back to nature with a walk through this World Heritage Site before stopping for a unique Aboriginal cultural experience at the beautiful Mossman Gorge. You’ll then head to Cape Tribulation for the night where you’ll rest up in a comfy lodge.

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The Whitsundays / Farmstay Leave the shangri-la of the Whitsundays behind you. Get geared up for a more rural experience as you head through sugar cane country to tonight’s stop at an Aussie farm. Get to know the locals and station owners, try your hand at whip cracking and check out the farm animals on a hay wagon ride. Yeehah! (B, D)

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

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

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Australia

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

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Surfers Paradise / Byron Bay Bid farewell to Surfers and stop off at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you’ll see cute wombats, have the chance to pat a kangaroo and cuddle up to a koala. Keep the beach vibes rolling and get into Byron’s organic way of life as you pull up into the bliss-inducing Byron Bay. (B)

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

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Coffs Harbour / Sydney It’s time to head towards the razzle and dazzle of Sydney, passing the famous ‘Big Banana’ and the oyster farms of the Hawkesbury River on your way. This Australian city is on every traveller’s list and houses some truly iconic landmarks and has something for everyone. Enjoy its electric, cosmopolitan atmosphere before checking the city out after dark. (B)

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Sydney 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 to Manly Beach, where you’ll stop for a spot of lunch and a swim. Later, take a tour of Kings Cross, Chinatown, Macquarie Street and The Rocks. Phew. After you’ve delighted yourself in the daytime activities, enjoy a group dinner overlooking beautiful Darling Harbour and then make sure you experience Sydney’s nightlife on a last night out with your tour mates. (B, D)

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Sydney By now you’ve ticked off all essential Sydney must-do’s, except one - the Blue Mountains. Get out into the country and explore the heart of this amazingly colourful landscape, learning about its history, seeing the Three Sisters rock formation and hiking along the ridge overlooking Wentworth Falls. Then it’s back to the city where it will soon be time to say farewell. Before this epic adventure draws to a close (at around 5pm this evening), there is time to get a different view of the city and take an optional climb over the Sydney Harbour Bridge - as we’re sure you’ll agree, a once-in-a-lifetime chance! Don’t miss it! (B)

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Cairns Tully

Whitsundays (Daydream Island) Airlie Beach Mackay

Townsville Shute Harbour

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Cattle Station

Capricorn Coast

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Surfers Paradise

Fraser Island Noosa Brisbane Currumbin Byron Bay Coffs Harbour

Port Macquarie Blue Mountains

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

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Resorts (9 nts), hostel (1nt), eco-lodge (1 nt), surf school village (1 nt), cattle station lodge (1 nt) Transport: Modern air-con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners (sailing option includes 1 extra lunch & 1 extra dinner) Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 50 Tour Code: COBRSCD

you might like Go In Reverse & Save Money! Beaches & Reefs (14 days, Cairns-Sydney) (COBRCSD) Fr R20,730 Whitsundays Sailing Upgrade Days 10-11: swap Daydream Island for 2 days on board a private yacht (COBRSWD) Fr R24,000

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Grab your surfboard, dig out your hiking boots, pack your sense of adventure, charge the battery in the camera and make your way to Australia’s East Coast playground! With so much to do, you’ll probably want to stay another 14 days but this tour will give you a real feel for nature, city life and the adrenalin-fuelled side of Oz. With a fun group of 18-35 year olds, you’ll start in Sydney and make your way to sublime Cairns with stops at hippie-led Byron Bay, chilled-to-the-max Surfers Paradise, fascinating Fraser Island and the dreamy Whitsundays. An incredible trip of the East Coast’s best spots.

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Sydney / Blue Mountains / Sydney Meet your group this morning and head out with your guide to hit the incredible streets and sights of this Aussie legend; Sydney. See the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House as you cruise to Manly for a spot of lunch and have a dip to cool off. Check out Chinatown and The Rocks before a group dinner overlooking Darling Harbour. Get out of the chaos on Day 2 and admire the impressively scenic Blue Mountains. Hike along the ridge overlooking the Wentworth Falls before heading back to the city. Later, opt for a bridge climb over the Sydney Harbour Bridge - definitely one to rave about when you get home! (D, B)

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Sydney / Coffs Harbour / Byron Bay Leave the city behind and make your way to the very cool Coffs Harbour Surf Village where you’ll stay tonight at your beachside camp, lazing around a campfire for the evening. On Day 4, it’s time to get your surf gear on with a lesson in Coffs Harbour this morning, then it’s off to Byron Bay, known for its chilled vibes, shops and stunning beaches. You may see humpback whales at Cape Byron, Australia’s most easterly point! (2B, D)

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

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

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

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Farmstay / Airlie Beach / The Whitsundays Can you handle another island paradise? Yes! Passing the Tropic of Capricorn and through sugar cane country, board your boat at Airlie Beach and soon you’ll be faced with two blissful days of beaches, watersports and good times at Daydream Island, beautifully nestled in the Whitsundays. (2B, D)

10-11

Sailing Whitsundays Upgrade Option Immerse yourself in paradise and opt to take a private yacht sailing adventure through some of the Whitsundays’ 74 pristine islands including the spine-tinglingly beautiful Whitehaven Beach. Feel the white sand between your toes and the warm turquoise waters washing over you as you snorkel or scuba through its brightly-coloured reefs, dotted with neon fish of all varieties. (2B, L, 2D)

12-14

The Whitsundays / Cairns Today head into Tropical North Queensland, famous for its rainforests and as a gateway to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Cherish every dreamy moment here and do as you please. If you fancy skydiving; go skydiving. If you fancy shopping; shop til’ you drop. If you fancy doing absolutely nothing; do absolutely nothing at the local pool lagoon! Reminisce on the past 14 days of unforgettable memories before swapping e-mail addresses and phone numbers with your group as your tour ends at 5pm on Day 14. (3B, D)

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• Learn to ride the waves at Coffs Harbour Surf Village • Cuddle a koala at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary • Chill out, relax to the max and soak up Byron Bay’s hippie vibe • Travel with a fun bunch of 18-35 year olds

• Fall in love with the beautiful, tropical Whitsunday Islands • Gumboots on and enjoy a rural night’s stay on a cattle station • Party it up in the infamous backpacker haven of Surfers Paradise • Explore the best of Queensland with like-minded 18-35 year olds

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Cairns Get together with your group and prepare for good times in Cairns. After a quick tour of the city, head to a local restaurant where you can taste some Aussie delicacies. Then you’ll have two free days to explore this fun-filled place; optional activities include whitewater rafting on the Tully River, skydiving, bungy jumping or hot-air ballooning! If you do one thing in Cairns though it absolutely has to be an optional day trip to experience the almighty Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel or scuba its inviting blue waters and see the reef face-to-face. (2B, D)

03-04

Cairns / The Whitsundays Venture through rainforests before hitting colonial Townsville and then you’re off to Daydream Island in the picture-perfect Whitsundays! Fall in love with this tropical paradise, especially on uninhabited Whitehaven Beach. Take an optional day sail around some of the 74 islands or play some beach volleyball or cricket. Idyllic. (2B, D)

03-04

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

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Surfers Paradise You have a free day to explore the area where there is plenty for you to do. Hit the beach, walk the town or feed your wild side with plenty of optional adrenalin-quenching experiences like tandem skydiving, 4WD National Park tours or the amazing Australia Zoo. Tonight, enjoy Surfers’ whirlwind nightlife and get into the party capital of the East Coast with VIP club entry. (B)

The Whitsundays / Farmstay / Fraser Island Pass rolling sugar cane plantations on your way to a working cattle station for tonight’s outback stopover. Here you’ll learn about Aussie farm life and take part in some legendary bush dancing under the stars. On Day 6, prepare for the lush rainforests and lakes of Fraser Island and watch the sunset before dancing at the Dingo Bar! (2B, D)

07-08

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

07

Surfers Paradise The tour ends today but not before you’ve tucked into breakfast. (B)

09-10

Surfers Paradise Finish as you started and for the next two days pack in some adrenalin activities. Surfers Paradise is famous for its golden sands, partying and nightlife! Tour tour comes to an end after breakfast on Day 10. (2B)

01-02

Sydney / Blue Mountains / Sydney Meet your group and hit the streets of Sydney, taking in the city’s best views of Sydney Harbour on a cruise over to Manly, where you’ll stop for lunch and a swim. Check out the impressive Sydney Opera House and head to Macquarie Street for a culture fix. Day 2; get out to the Blue Mountains and be impressed by the Three Sisters and the hike along the ridge overlooking Wentworth Falls. Later, head back to the city and opt to get a different view of it with a bridge climb! (B, D)

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Sydney / Coffs Harbour Kiss the glitz and glamour of Sydney goodbye and let the waves of surfer cool hit you in the face as you arrive at Coffs Harbour Surf Village, passing the famous ‘Big Banana’ and pretty Port Macquarie on your travels. (B, D)

04-05

Coffs Harbour / Byron Bay / Surfers Paradise Grab a board and hit the waves for the included surf lesson. Get lost to the rhythm of the ocean and feel the buzz of nailing that first wave as you’re instructed by a local pro. After an afternoon relaxing with a good book at the beach, carry on chilling along the coast to the hippie haven of Byron Bay. Treasure Byron’s art-filled and charming ways as you wander past organic cafés and boutique shops on the way to Cape Byron where you might glimpse dolphins or whales! On Day 5, hang on to that glorious sunshine for a little longer as you flop on the beach, then it’s time to trade it all in for Surfers Paradise. Check out Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the way and rest up in a beachside resort. (2B)

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Currumbin Byron Bay Coffs Harbour

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

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Sydney

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Resorts (7 nts), cattle station (1 nt), eco-lodge (1 nt) Transport: Modern aircon coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners (sailing option 1 extra lunch & 1 extra dinner) Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 50 Tour Code: COBTCSD (reverse itinerary code COBTSCD)

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• Glasses at the ready as you go wine-tasting in the Hunter Valley • Learn to surf like a pro in the eccentric Byron Bay • Hang with bronzed locals on the stunning Gold Coast • Overnight at Nundle outback sheep station

• Listen to fascinating Aboriginal ‘Dreamtime’ stories • Sail from one sun-kissed island to the next in the Whitsundays • Get snug in a swag underneath the stars of the outback • Explore Fraser Island’s sand dunes on a 4x4 adventure

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

02

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

03

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

04

Bingara / Yamba Kick the day off with a trek into Gibraltar National Park before you reach the beautiful coastal town of Yamba. Play lawn bowls with some locals, go fishing off the huge sea wall or take a relaxing swim. (B, D)

05-06

Yamba / Byron Bay Welcome to the über-chilled, super-funky, awesomely-arty Byron Bay. Meet locals with an included yoga class and spend your evenings chilling in a teepee at an old hippy commune. Start Day 6 with an awakening surf lesson and use the rest of the day to explore, or to enjoy beach walks, people watching or hanging out at the Buddha Bar to watch the world pass you by. Ah, the peaceful way of life! (2B, D)

07

Byron Bay / Brisbane Leave paradise behind you and swap it for the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast. You’ll have a few hours to hang with bronzed locals, play some sports, maybe even head out for a surf before heading to the slick city of Brisbane. Your trip ends as you arrive into the city. (B)

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Accommodation: Basic hotels (3 nts), hostels (1 nt), beach teepee (2 nts) Transport: Private bus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $100-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOASB

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Brisbane Feel free to arrive into Brisbane any time before 6pm this evening and explore the city your way. Check out the historic Treasury Building or perhaps relax to the max on the riverside beach on the South Bank.

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Brisbane / Fraser Island Check out the best of the city on a guided walking tour followed by a scenic train journey up the coast. You’ll then head over to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island! Once you’ve settled in, enjoy the peace of the island and get to know your travel mates over a good old-fashioned Aussie barbecue. Day 3 will whizz you around the island’s best bits in a 4x4, taking in the spectacular Maheno shipwreck and the azure waters of Lake Mackenzie. (2B, L, D)

04

Fraser Island / Cattle Station Get right into the outback lifestyle today as you journey to a remote cattle station, your home for this evening. Mingle with the locals as they show you the cattle station ropes and gain some insight into local Aboriginal culture. Learn how to make your very own didgeridoo and experience the authentic Cattle Country lifestyle, sleeping in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the stars. (B, D)

05-06

Cattle Station / Whitsunday Islands Feast on an outback-style breakfast before you head back to the coast and set sail on a maxi yacht, your home for the next three days. Snorkel your way between colourful reefs, schools of neon fish and secluded spots in the archipelago. You’ll also get to see the Great Barrier Reef from another perspective with an optional scuba dive. (2B, L, 2D)

07

Whitsunday Islands / Whitehaven Beach / Airlie Beach Anchors up this morning as you set sail for Whitehaven Beach. Feel the sun on your skin and the white sand between your toes as you stroll its length. Later, head to Airlie Beach, a true backpacker legend. (B)

08-09

Airlie Beach / Cairns An early start this morning as you travel by train along the stunning coastline up to Cairns where you can relax at its pool lagoon for the afternoon. On Day 9, your adventure ends shortly after breakfast. (2B)

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2013

One Sunday Per Month Most Sundays Alternate Sundays Most Sundays Alternate Sundays Every Sunday

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Nundle Sheep Station

Sydney

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2013

Selected Saturdays Every Saturday Every Other Saturday Regular Saturdays

iNCLUSIONS

Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), eco-lodge (2 nts), ‘swag’ (1 nt), maxi yacht (2 nts), beach resort (1 nt) Transport: Private bus, yacht, boat, train, 4x4, ferry Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $100150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOABC

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Cairns Airlie Beach Mackay

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NEW SOUTH WALES Australia

Byron Bay Spot X Sydney Canberra

AREA: 800,000 KM2 Population: 7.1 MILLION

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1 BASE SYDNEY

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R275 Dorm R468 TWIN/Double

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2 WAKE UP!

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R322 Dorm R464 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

• Enjoy the most central location in town • 24-hour reception with safe and secure access • Girls can pamper themselves in the ‘Sanctuary Dorm’

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

Location, location, location! Save cash on transport by staying in this centrally located hostel within walking distance of all the must see attractions. Dorm and double rooms are big and comfy, plus girls-only sanctuary rooms come with some pampering extras. There’s a hip cafe, Internet, job desk to earn $$$ and for the party animals, the award-winning Scary Canary bar will be a hit.

This seven storey mega hostel opposite Central Station is a great place to make new friends and is widely regarded as one of Australia’s best hostels - and for good reasons! It has immaculate rooms (dorms and private) and bathrooms, a state of the art kitchen, Internet lounge, all day cafe, laundry facilities and Side Bar; the best backpacker bar in town!

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R225 Dorm

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4 nomads westend

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R312 Dorm R473 TWIN/Double

Prices are per person per night

• Enjoy a free pancake breakfast in the courtyard • Make the most of the complimentary airport pick-up service • Weekly BBQ to enjoy some real Aussie tucker! With a brilliant central location, you’re an easy walk to Hyde Park, the bars, shops and the must see sights of the city centre. There’s an awesome rooftop bar with views over Sydney’s skyline and the Harbour Bridge, a weekly BBQ and airport pick up service. The friendly crew will make your stay in Sydney as memorable as possible! SYDWbB

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ISIC holders receive a 2 for 1 drinks voucher

• Enjoy a top location just five mins from Sydney Central Station • All rooms have air-con and a private bathroom • Have a go in the pool competition, quiz night and other activities Westend has a perfect location in the centre of the city, five minutes walk from Central Station and close to many of Sydney’s awesome attractions. Not only is it funky, clean and safe but it also boasts a vibrant atmosphere with friendly staff and free activities that run day and night. An awesome pad for meeting new friends.

+Bonus

Stay 4 pay 3 (4 & 6 bed dorm) - 01Apr13-30sep13. Free airport pick up for 3 night stays (time restrictions apply)

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

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Stay 4 nights and receive a room upgrade. ISIC holders get 1 free breakfast for a 3 night stay

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Beyond Sydney If time permits (and if it doesn’t just make time) check out page 59 and spend a few days exploring the stunning Blue Mountains, less than two hours from the city or take your time travelling south to Melbourne on our city to city safari.

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Day Tours We have included some of our favourite day tours on page 58 so take your pick from a harbour cruise to a winelands tour or the iconic Bridge climb to a behind the scenes tour of the Opera House.

R454 dorm R473 Twin/Double

Surfs Up Want to head up the coast and learn to surf at the same time? See page 57 for our 5 day Surf Adventure from Sydney to Byron Bay. You can pick up your Oz Experience or Greyhound bus to Cairns from there as both pull directly into the surf camp.

7 TRAVELODGE SYDNEY

Prices are per person per night including breakfast

With spacious rooms and warm contemporary interiors, the Y Hotel Hyde Park is situated right in the heart of Sydney’s action. The rooms are all packed with essential comforts and the café and lounge area is open daily - make sure you drop in for the complimentary breakfast! With 24-hour reception and in-room safes, you are assured a stress free stay in the exciting city of Sydney.

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R1,560 Single FR R780 TWIN/Double

Prices are per person per night

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

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R1,525 SINGLE FR R763 TWIN/Double

Prices are per person per night

RAILWAY 9 CENTRAL hotel & APARTMENTS

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R1,055 SINGLE FR R528 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

• Flexible bedroom arrangements to suit everyone • Free Wi-Fi, luggage storage and a tourist desk all on site • Located near Chinatown, Paddy’s Market and Darling Harbour. A great choice for the cost-savvy traveller. Located just 15 minutes from Central Station, The Aspire Hotel has all the mod-cons you could possibly require. Whether you are in Sydney to party or see the sights you will appreciate a contemporary, air-conditioned room to come home to. Great service comes as standard here 24 hours a day. sydahs

• Studio apartments with lounges and kitchenettes • Some rooms have balconies with views of the city • Centrally located right by central station Forget about dorms or sharing rooms, the Central Railway Hotel is one accommodation that is leading the ‘flash-packer’ revolution in Sydney! The studio style apartments are modern with their own kitchenettes – great for self catering. With 24-hour reception, Internet and laundry facilities, you’ll find everything you need for a great stay in Australia’s most popular city.

+Bonus EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT AVAILABLE

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Located in the heart of Darling Harbour these fully self-contained one and two bedroom apartments will make you feel like a real Sydneysider. Set in a renovated neo-classical building these apartments are cool and stylish. Equipped with a sauna, pool and gym you have all the luxuries of a hotel but the privacy of an apartment.

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R1,664 Single FR R832 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

Luxury facilities at budget prices - now we have your attention! The recently refurbished contemporary yet cosy rooms come with TV and Wi-Fi. There’s a rooftop pool where you can relax with your complimentary newspaper and the hotel has its own restaurant and bar. You’re an easy walk to all the top sights such as Darling Harbour and World Square.

STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01Apr13 -07Jun13, 12Jun13-

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FR R2,549 Single ON 12 NOVOTEL FR DARLING HARBOUR R1,282TWIN/Dbl Prices are per person per night

Situated, as the name would suggest, in the heart of Sydney’s Darling Harbour with stunning views overlooking the water and the city skyline. The IMAX theatre, Sydney Aquarium, Maritime Museum and Casino are all within staggering distance. Rooms are really modern and bright with TV and minibar and the facilities are top notch too – a choice of restaurants and bars, outdoor pool, gym and a tennis court. 4 PAY 3 - 01May13-04Jul13, 07Jul1331Aug13 & 15Dec13-28Dec13 +Bonus STAY

Sydney 14 Mercure Potts Point

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R1,519 single FR R767 Twin/Double

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• Walking distance to Sydney’s major attractions • Modern and contemporary hotel rooms • Indoor rooftop swimming pool overlooking the city skyline

• Stylish rooms with magnificent harbour views • Great CBD location perfect for sightseeing • Terrace bar ideal for unwinding after a big day in the city

Conveniently located in the heart of Sydney’s modern retail district, this great hotel is just a short walk to some of the major local attractions. With 517 modern stylish rooms and six unique room types to choose from, there is something to suit everyone! Sample the new modern Australian restaurant, Four Elements Restaurant and Bar.

Minutes away from Sydney’s CBD the Mercure Potts Point is a great hotel if you want to be close to the action but don’t want to give up your creature comforts. The hotel’s array of modern and stylish rooms come with all the mod-cons as standard and provide an oasis in the heart of Australia’s premier party town.

+Bonus STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01Apr13-04Jul13, 07Jul13-31Aug13 & 15Dec13-29Dec13

+Bonus STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01Apr13-31Aug13 & 15Dec13-31Dec13

HOTEL 15 VIBE SYDNEY

Asyd03

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R2,145 single R1,073 TWIN/Double

Prices are per person per night

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R1,752 single FR R876 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

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

• Chill out in the hotel’s own restaurant and bar • Cool down by the rooftop swimming pool • Relax in your king-size bed, overlooking Central Station

What better way to end your busy day in the city than with a stint in the Vibe Hotel’s sauna, a dip in the heated rooftop swimming pool or unwinding with a quick gym session. If indulgence is more your style, relax in the chill out lounge of this fabulously stylish hotel then head to the chic Curve Café & Bar, serving the best of Australian cuisine and wine. Cheers! asyd07

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Studio 16 Rendezvous Hotel SYDNEY CENTRAL

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Formerly The Marque, this is a contemporary, intimate hotel. Unwind by the rooftop pool on the sundeck or meet up with friends in the lobby bar. Relax in your stylish bedroom, with modern interiors and state-of-theart facilities including a rain shower and iPod dock. Conveniently located adjacent to Railway Square, and minutes from major local attractions.

+Bonus Stay 5 pay 4 (Premier Rooms) - 01Apr13-30Sep13

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R303 DORM R449 Twin/Double

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Live the Aussie dream in one of the coolest locations by Coogee beach - sunning, swimming and surfing! Your waterfront hostel in one of the city’s ‘hot spots’, only 15 minutes from the central CBD and right on the sand-trek to Bondi Beach. Rooms are clean and cosy and most have a balcony overlooking the beach and the legendary nightlife. There is even an in-house bar.

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R1,560 single FR R780 Twin/Double

This contemporary Bondi property is a short stroll from the famous stretch of beach. Not a hotel but better, these service apartments with kitchenette are a great cost-saving option for short and long stays. There’s an outdoor pool, sundeck and free off-street parking. Experience the unique cafés, restaurants, bars and shops all located within a few minutes walk.

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Prices are per person per night

Bondi’s YHA Hostel is located at Australia’s most famous beach and is a backpacker’s favourite. Enjoy awesome views of Tamarama Beach from the rooftop. Close to shops and with good transport links to Sydney, you can stay by the beach but near the city centre! Enjoy free snorkelling gear/ body board hire, movie room, self-catering kitchen and weekly backpacker activities.

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highlights • Learn to surf on one of Australia’s best beaches • Embrace the surfers way of life with campfires and beach parties • Make loads of like-minded new friends after five fun days together!

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

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Spot X / Byron Bay Spend the next three days learning how to surf from the pros with two lessons a day. Even if you’re a complete beginner you’re guaranteed to stand and ride a wave - the instructors cater for all levels. Between surfs there’s loads of fun to be had with beach volleyball equipment, footballs and snorkelling gear to use. Three delicious meals a day will give you loads of energy for hitting the waves. Head further up the East Coast with an Oz Experience or Greyhound pass. Check out pages 24-28 for more info.

Departs: From Sydney - Mon, Wed, Fri. From Byron - Sun, Wed Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Transport: Luxury coach from Sydney to Byron Notes: Includes 5 x 2hr Surf lessons, 2 x expression sessions and all surf equipment Note: 7 & 10 days also available Tour Code: SYDGAS

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R3,340

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Take advantage of local expertise to help you find a job and get settled in this grand country. Spend three, five or seven days at Woodduck Backpackers in Sydney and after a city tour you’ll be guided through all the important bits you need to find a job plus set up with a bank account, taxfile number, Medicare card, mobile sim and access to Australian Backpackers job placement officer. After this, you’re free to do whatever you like or upgrade to the longer packages for even more saving on accommodation and activities including great social events to kick start your new life down under. Includes: Dorm accommodation (2 nts), hop-on hop-off Sydney Harbour cruise, all working starter pack necessities (see pages 22-23 for more details), airport pick-up Tour Code: SYD2SP

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R1,777 half sydney opera day house tour

On this spectacular tour to the Blue Mountains you’ll see native wildlife from Kangaroos and screeching cockatoos in the wild, enjoy a bushwalk to Wentworth Falls, and explore the village of Leura. Then head off to see the dramatic Three Sisters rock formation and unwind on an afternoon cruise along Parramatta River back to the city centre.

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

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Soak up a fun-filled afternoon cruising around one of the most beautiful waterfronts in the world! Enjoy the lively backpacker atmosphere, funky beats and a delicious picnic lunch before stopping at a secluded beach for a swim. Top up your tan on the spacious sunny foredeck, grab a drink from the bar and enjoy the party vibe.

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Think of this as your easy-squeezy intro to one of the world’s most exciting cities. Last thing you want to worry about after getting off a flight, no matter how long or short, is lugging your suitcase around Arrivals looking for a taxi. Well fear not for we’ve taken care of this for you. You will be picked up and taken to Nomads Westend hostel for the next two nights. We’ve also thrown in a city tour to kick start your exploration of Sydney’s amazing sights. If you’re looking for a little more comfort then why not upgrade to a hotel stay - either STAysmart or STAystylish. Ask for further details.

Discover Sydney Harbour from a magnificent timber tall ship! Sail past the Opera House, Fort Denison and under the Harbour Bridge as you embark on a real sailing experience on an authentic 1850s style tall ship. If you’d like to get involved and heave on a rope you can, otherwise simply sit back, relax and enjoy some live music and spectacular views.

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SYOSHT

FR

R232

Over 60 years ago, Jorn Utzon designed one of the greatest buildings of all time. The Essential Tour brings to life the saga behind the making of this famous house. With state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, your guide will take you on an emotional journey inside this masterpiece. The Essential Tour brings the Opera House to life. SYDOPE

R1,229 half CAPTAIN COOK FR R520 HALF sydney harbour FR R426 FULL BONDI SURF day VENTURE CRUISE day tall ship sailing day EXPERIENCE

Grab yourself a two, three or seven day Smartvisit card and see Sydney at your own pace. This easy to use card does everything and includes tours, walks and cruises and entrance to treasures like the Opera House. You can even get one that includes all your transport too. Perhaps best of all though, it allows you to jump queues at participating attractions!

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R993 FULL BLUE MOUNTAINS FR R709 HALF SYDNEY day SPECIAL TOUR day BRIDGE CLIMB

The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine production region with more than 180 wineries covering this picturesque valley. This great day trip is a diverse experience of wineries large and small, local breweries, picnic cheese tastings and a fun BBQ. Plenty of free time as well for you to explore and discover more of the good things in life!

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R747

If you have ever wanted to learn to surf and be part of this great Aussie tradition, there is no better place than to catch your first wave in the calm bay at Bondi Beach. You’ll be part of a group no bigger than five students to one super experienced surf instructor, so you’ll be up on your board in no time. You’ll be amazed at how easy, safe and enjoyable it can be to learn to surf. SYDBSE


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Days

overnight in the blue mountains sydney 

FR

R946

 sydney

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

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

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Days

blue mountainS & hunter valley self drive  sydney 

FR SELF DRIVE TOURING

R5,003

 sydney

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

Spend five days cruising around the stunning Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley regions, taking in breathtaking views, sampling some of Australia’s finest wines and indulging in some gourmet culinary delights. Start with the 100km drive from Sydney to the Blue Mountains, a region that gets its name from the blue haze. This is a captivating national park with attractions including Echo Point from where you can see the best of the Jamison Valley and the incredible Three Sisters rock formation. Head to Wentworth Falls and enjoy a scenic railway journey. In the morning, drive the 230km to Hunter Valley. Relax and get familiar with your surroundings as you have a full third day to explore this area. Hit the wineries, check out the art and sample gourmet food. On the penultimate day, you’ll travel to Port Stephens or Shoal Bay. Port Stephens is a natural bay over twice the size of Sydney Harbour. Make sure you try the seafood – it’s incredible! You’ll then make your way back to Sydney on the final day. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel room-only basis (4 nts), Transport: Co-pilot kit with maps, please note car hire is not included Tour Code: SYDBMH

3

Days

sydney to melbourne sydney 

FR

R3,677

 melbourne

highlights • Climb Mt Kosciuszko – the country’s highest peak • Take a city tour around the capital, Canberra • Do a bit of trout fishing at Jindabyne and exploring at Wilsons Prom

DAY

Departs: Wed Apr-Sep, Wed & Sat Oct-Mar Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (2 nts) Transport: Modern air-con minibus Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code: SYDAUT

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Sydney / Canberra / Jindabyne Golden beaches, incredible coastline, native wildlife and mountain ranges - this trip will blow your mind. Take in the capital, Canberra, then continue to Jindabyne to enjoy mountain life.

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Jindabyne / Snowy River Country Travel to Snowy River Country taking in a hike along an alpine track reaching the glacial ‘Blue Lake’ and Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko. As you reach Victoria, you can fly down a zip wire before arriving at Lakes Entrance for the night, gateway to Australia’s longest beach - Ninety Mile Beach.

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Snowy River Country / Wilsons Promontory / Melbourne Wilsons Promontory is the highlight today, where you can explore the amazing costal scenery, beaches and native wildlife including wombats! Hike along spectacular granite rock formations with fantastic views and finish your tour travelling to Melbourne through the pastoral landscape of South Gippsland.

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One day really isn’t long enough to enjoy and savour everything on offer in the World Heritage Blue Mountains National Park – so we’ve added in an extra day and a night’s accommodation in Katoomba so that you can enjoy your time here to the max. Get to the best vantage points in the Blue Mountains, see Australian wildlife in its natural environment and explore this amazing area just one hour drive from Sydney. Visit Kings Tableland or Evans Lookout and take the Pleasant Bushwalk to Wentworth Falls. Spend free time in the picturesque village of Leura and see Katoomba Falls and the Three Sisters rock formation. Ride the world’s steepest inclined railway to the floor of the canyon to take an enjoyable walk in the rainforest. Learn about aboriginal rock engravings and the Dharugs, thought to have arrived in the Blue Mountains over 22,000 years ago. On Day 2 return to Sydney on an afternoon cruise along the Parramatta River back to Circular Quay.


byron bay & spot x

Australia

HALF SURF LESSON IN day

1 nomads byron bay

FR

R284 DORM R497 Twin/Double

FR

2 arts factory

FR FR

R331 DORM R449 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

Prices are per person per night

Just 300 metres from the main beach, this new and flashy hostel has it all; 24-hour reception, games room, cinema lounge, Internet, kitchen, patio and BBQ area. All new and modern rooms have air-con and balconies and you can choose from dorm to king en suite rooms. King rooms come with plasma TVs! You’ll soon be addicted to the Byron surf culture and the relaxed way of life.

This Byron Bay institution was created in the 70s by hippies and artists and today, it still retains its original ‘free spirit’ with a range of weekly activities from yoga to reiki and didgeridoo classes. If you prefer the more traditional ways to relax you can laze by the pool or swing in the hammocks. The accommodation is unique; stay in anything from a tepee to a dorm.

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Days

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surf & stay at spot x

FR

QYNNAR

FR

BYRON BAY

R653

You’ll focus on five key areas to have you up and surfing with confidence and style. With years of experience the surf school have developed superior instructional techniques to assist all levels of surfers from beginner to advanced. Make the most of the fully qualified instructors, some of the best beaches in Australia, safety awareness and most importantly having the best time! QYNBBS

half TANDEM SKYDIVING day

FLEXI PASS

FR

R2,826

This is the very essence of ‘living on the edge’, and where better to push your limits than the spectacular east coast of Australia. They are the cream of skydiving operators in Australia, with over 1,000,000 jumps, almost 500 years combined experience, and with a 100% safety record you can rest assured you’ve made an astute choice for your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

CNSFPS

R1,844

highlights • Learn to surf or improve your skills • Chilled beachfront surf camp vibe • Two nights accommodation and all meals

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (2 nts) Transport: Not included. 3 hours south of Byron Bay so it’s easy to make your own way there via Greyhound, Oz Experience or self drive Meals: All meals included Tour Code: SYDMOO

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Spot X is the ultimate beach and surf lifestyle destination. An amazing beachfront location in a National Park, certified, experienced and good looking instructors (they told us to say that!) and a ‘stand and ride a wave’ guarantee – what more could you ask for? Stay one to ten nights and you get your dorm-style accommodation, a surf lesson a day and all your meals thrown in. The longer you stay the cheaper it gets and no experience is required! Pull your car or campervan right in or add this package to your Greyhound or Oz Ex pass. Even if surfing isn’t for your thing, you can substitute surfing lessons for kangaroo golf, kayaking or bike hire!

call 0861 782 782 to book

3 DAYS

best of byron

FR

R2,505

This package lives up to its name with two nights at Nomads Byron Bay plus a load of cool stuff thrown in - a ½ day surf lesson with the Mojo boys, a three hour kayak tour spotting dolphins along the way and a day exploring the weird and wonderful Nimbin Village to swim in the waterfalls and enjoy a BBQ lunch in a beautiful rainforest setting. QYNBOB


QUEENSLAND Australia

Cape Tribulation Port Douglas Cairns Airlie Beach & The Whitsundays Fraser Island Brisbane Gold Coast AREA: 1,850,000 KM2 Population: 4.4 MILLION

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gold coast

Australia

resort hotel & 1 ISLANDER nomads backpackers

FR FR

r284 Dorm r568 twin/double

2 Coolangatta Sands Hostel

Prices are per person per night

This central three star hotel resort and backpackers has awesome facilities which are available to all guests including a huge tropical pool, spa, steam room, tennis court, squash court, BBQ area, Internet lounge, communal kitchen and lounge! All rooms have a private bathroom and you can choose from a dorm, hotel room or one bedroom apartment.

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• Large communal kitchen, laundry and TV lounge • Great central Coolangatta location • Just across the street from the beach Coolangatta is an interpretation of an aboriginal word meaning ‘beautiful place’ or ‘stunning view’ and the huge wrap around covered balcony on this traditional Queensland building is the perfect place to hangout on day beds and appreciate just that. Dorms are clean and bright with lockers and linen included.

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r1,489 Single FR r745 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

This flash high-rise resort overlooks the famous Surfers Paradise beach. It is centrally located near the shopping and dining hub of Surfers Paradise, and close to all the city centre action. All apartments are self contained and have balconies with great views. There are three pools, outdoor barbecue facilities and the beach is only 100 metres from your doorstep. AOOL01

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r284 dorm

Prices are per person per night

• Great accommodation with all the facilities you could dream of • Bottleshop, restaurant and bar on site • Make sure you ask about the 2, 3 and 4 night packages too

3 BREAKFREE PENINSULA

FR

OOLCSH

TOWERS OF CHEVRON FR r1,985 Single 4 RENAISSANCE FR r993 Twin/Dbl Prices are per person per night

GRAnd 5 HOTEL chancellor

FR

r1,288 Single r644 TWIN/Double

FR

Prices are per person per night

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

Want to look your best on Surfers’ golden beach just 150 metres from the door of this hotel? Well the well-equipped fitness centre, swimming pool and tennis courts are just the place to do it. For the less energetic, enjoy chilling out in your modern room, sit on your private balcony, take a beer out of the fridge or catch up on all the soaps on the LCD TV.

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Where to Stay Probably the best known destination on the Gold Coast is the busy, happening resort of Surfers Paradise. Looking to party? Want to surf? Well you’ve found the right place. However if you’re after some retail therapy or fancy a flutter in the casino then head for Broadbeach, just ten minutes south of Surfers. Alternatively for a truly chilled out vibe stay in the authentic Aussie surf town of Coolangatta.

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What to Do If you’ve had enough of the beach then have a look at some of our day tours and packages on the next page. The Gold Coast is home to some of Australia’s best theme parks so check out Dreamworld and Whitewater World while you’re there. Alternatively take a hot air balloon ride, immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture on a night out, watch a few whales or buy the Great Sunshine Way pass which allows you entrance to a selection of top attractions. Check out page 64 for full details.

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r1,421 Single r725 TWIN/Double

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12km COOLANGATTA

7 MANTRA LEGENDS

FR

r1,700 Single FR r864 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

Prices are per person per night

Prices are per person per night

Here, you’ll be perfectly located to spend your time out and about, right at the heart of all the glitz of Surfers’. Designer shopping, great restaurants and a host of nightclubs are close by, while the Gold Coast’s theme parks are just a short drive away. The beach is walking distance too, for all the sun and surf you want, alternatively just relax by the hotel’s pool.

resort FR r1,607 Single 8 Phoenician FR GOld Coast r804 Twin/Dbl

This newly refurbished hotel offers the perfect getaway for your glitzy stay on the Gold Coast, just minutes away from shopping outlets, bars and restaurants. There’s a beautiful outdoor pool area, fully equipped gym as well as a relaxing steam room and Swedish sauna. Most of the contemporary rooms have a private balcony to take in some fresh sea air.

Set just 100 metres from the white sands of Broadbeach these 1 and 2 bedroom apartments come with a full kitchen, laundry, balcony, cable TV and CD player. Facilities include both indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, BBQ areas and a great spa modelled on the Italian Riviera (now that’s posh). The central location means you’re never far from the action or a great choice of restaurants.

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9 mantra Crown towers

07Jul13-20Sep13, 08Oct13-17Oct13 & 27Oct13- 22Nov13 +Bonus 05Jul13,

FR

r1,820 SINGLE FR r910 TWIN/Double

Prices are per person per night

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10 WATERMARK HOTEL & SPA

FR

r1,170 SINGLE r585 Twin/Double

FR

Prices are per person per night

• Set in the heart of Surfers Paradise • Enjoy your private balcony, TV, kitchen and laundry facilities • Great resort for families and couples alike

• Located just 80m from the golden beaches of Surfers Paradise • Cool down in one of the hotel’s two swimming pools • Dine in one of the two award-winning restaurants

With a central Surfers Paradise location you couldn’t be better placed than these modern and stylish apartments. Travelling as a family? The lagoon pool with pirate ship and waterslide plus games room will keep them occupied while you top up your tan, enjoy the spa or work out at the gym. The apartments have all mod-cons for an amazing holiday. aool07

Luxurious accommodation in the heart of Surfers Paradise, just 80m away from the famous golden beaches and close to world class shopping, dining and nightlife. All rooms feature ocean or hinterland views and guests have access to top-notch facilities including a day spa, two award winning restaurants, two pools, a sauna and a gym.

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surfing & sliding package

FR

r1,891

full dreamworld & day

FR

whitewater world

r473

Australia

Enjoy a fun packed, three night stay on the Gold Coast, staying at the best backpackers resort in Surfers Paradise. On one day, learn to surf with a two hour lesson from Get Wet Surf School. Then either visit Dreamworld where you can cuddle a koala or experience some fierce thrill rides, or visit SkyPoint, Australia’s only beachside observation deck, for spectacular 360 degree views of the area. Next up, Paradise Jet Boating will pick you up in their unique 10-seat super jeep and take you for the ultimate dose of extreme adrenaline packed adventure on your jet boat ride through Surfers.

Thrills, spills and heart pounding fun awaits at Dreamworld and Whitewater World. This place is home to some awesome rides that will have you quaking with fear and buzzing with excitement all at the same time. For the past two decades Dreamworld has been the biggest and best theme park in the country and that’s because it boasts an array of incredible live shows and some special, unique animal attractions as well as gut-wrenching rides. Right next door, Whitewater World is the ideal place to cool off with some sensational water based fun.

Includes: 2 hour surf lesson, entry to Dreamworld, jet boat ride Accommodation: Multishare dorm at Nomads Islander Backpackers (2 nts) Departs: Daily Tour Code: OOLSSL

Includes: Entrance to 1 theme park. Also available is a World Pass allowing free movement between both parks over a 1 day period. Ask for details Tour Code: OOLDMW

full WHALE WATCHING & day

ISLAND ADVENTURE

r1,315

FR

full WARNER BROS day

FR

MOVIE WORLD

r674

Spend the morning whale watching on a luxury, wave piercing, catamaran. Spot Humpback Whales and dolphins and relax with whale commentary and videos playing throughout the trip. After a morning of excitement, cruise along the Broadwater to McLarens Landing at South Stradbroke Island for a feast of a tropical BBQ lunch.

This exhilarating theme park offers fun and entertainment, from heart-thumping rides like Arkham Asylum and the Green Lantern to milder rides in the Looney Tunes Village. Experience the Superman Escape rollercoaster, taking you to 100km/h in just two seconds and enjoy other rides such as the Wild West Falls, Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster and the Shrek 4D Adventure.

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OOLMOV

half CHEYNE HORAN day

SURF school

FR

r464

Get the real deal with this amazing surfing experience and learn to surf at Australia’s number one surf school - Cheyne Horan School of Surf. They guarantee to have you standing and surfing on the first lesson or the next one’s free. You can’t say fairer than that! Surfers Paradise has some of the best waves to learn on and all your equipment is included so you’re sorted. oolche

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half Currumbin Wildlife day

sanctuary

FR

r558

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

call 0861 782 782 to book

full GREAT SUNSHINE day

FR

WAY PASS

r842

The Great Sunshine Way Pass is a ‘smart card’ which allows you free entry to a selection of over 25 top experiences in southern Queensland! This can save you up to 40% off the usual cost of admission. Featuring top attractions such as Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Paradise Jet Boating, Underwater World, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Bushwacker Eco Tours. OOLSUN

half HOT-AIR day

BALLOONING

FR

r1,985

Get picked up right from your front door, and all you need to think about is the amazing scenery as the hot air spurts into your colourful balloon and slowly drifts towards the heavens! Throughout the 30 minute flight your pilot will point out many beautiful and interesting things down below. The eye-opening tour ends with a tasty hot and cold champagne breakfast feast. BNEHOT


brisbane

Australia

BASE BRISBANE 1 CENTRAL

FR FR

Prices are per person per night

r227 DORM r374 Twin/Double

2 IBIS BRISBANE

FR

r1,672 Single FR R836 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

Ibis Brisbane is conveniently located in the centre of the city, within easy walking distance of the Queen Street Mall shopping area, South Bank Parklands, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and Roma Street Transit Centre. Inviting, modern and cosy, with extra comfortable beds, the Ibis has everything you need for a pleasant stay without breaking the bank.

+Bonus

+Bonus

2 for 1 drink voucher and space available upgrade

day

BNEPAL

FR

R2,826

JUMP THE BEACH BRISBANE

Just 30 minutes north of Brisbane, the amazing Suttons Beach Drop Zone is nestled between two of Brisbane’s amazing landmarks; the islands of Bribie and Moreton and the beautiful Glass House Mountains. Enjoy this unique and ultimate sky diving experience and take the plunge from 14,000ft and freefall for up to 60 seconds before floating onto the beach below.

STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01Apr13-30Apr13 & 13Dec13-31Dec13

FULL Tangalooma DOLPHIN day

Adventure Tour

FR

r1,686 Single r864 TWIN/Double

FR

Prices are per person per night

Brisbane Central is located in the very centre of the city opposite Central Station, providing everything you need at your fingertips. It has dorms, privates, singles, a roof top terrace to relax in the sun or BBQ. Looking for work - there is a job desk on site, feeling thirsty - visit the famous Down Under Bar which is the perfect Base to chill and play.

half TANDEM SKYDIVING:

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Nestled in the shadow of Brisbane’s most iconic landmark – Tower Mill – this hotel offers panoramic views of Brisbane CBD which can be enjoyed from your own private balcony. The hotel has a 24-hour reception, complimentary Wi-Fi and plush rooms with flat-screen TVs. A great option if you want to enjoy Brisbane in cosy comfort and who wouldn’t.

ABNE0I

FR

r1,654

Experience Queensland’s famous Tangalooma Island Resort. After a scenic cruise across Moreton Bay you’ll enjoy a buffet lunch before heading to the Tangalooma Desert to take on the exhilarating sport of sand tobogganing. Next, take your pick of over 40 free land based activities and then at sunset the unforgettable experience of hand feeding one of our wild bottlenose dolphins.

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4 days

TRUE BLUE SAFARI Brisbane sydney

FR

r4,254

An ideal way to travel from Brisbane to Sydney, this four-day True Blue Safari takes in all the highlights of New South Wales. Departing Brisbane head south to visit chilled-out Byron Bay, learn how to ‘Hang Ten’ at a Coffs Coast surf camp, hike the Blue Mountains with your guide and end in Sydney zipping around the most famous harbour in the world in a jet boat. bnetbs

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noosa

Australia

1 NOMADS NOOSA

FR

r265 DORM

FR r1,773 Single 2 BREAKFREE FRENCH QUARTER FR r887 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

Prices are per person per night

Prices are per person per night

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

BreakFree French Quarter is set in the fantastic entertainment hub of Noosa. The hotel offers direct access to the fantastic shopping and dining options, making it the perfect place to enjoy the best of Noosa. From the doorstep you can walk to the national park and Main Beach to relax in the sunshine, or head to the centre of BreakFree for an amazing pool, spa and sauna area.

+Bonus

+Bonus

Stay 4 pay 3 - 01Apr13-31Oct13. Free surfboard & boogie board hire

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Days

Stay 4 pay 3 - 03Apr13-02MAY13, 13MAY13-05SEP13, 10-20SEP13, 08-24OCT13 & 04NOV13-24DEC13

LITTLE FR r2,222 Single 3 OUTRIGGER HASTINGS STREET FR r1,111 TWIN/Dbl Indulge yourself at Noosa’s newest village-style resort where luxury meets nature. Just 500 metres from the national park and a short buggy ride to cosmopolitan Hastings Street. You will stay in a cool and chic serviced apartment with your own stylish kitchen and great views of the national park or village. All apartments come with a TV, blackout drapes and air-con.

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Noosa Everglades Canoe Discovery

FR

r1,276

highlights • Enjoy staying in a historic loggers’ campsite • Explore the wetlands by canoe • Fall asleep to the sounds of the bush

full BAR B CANOE day

DAY TRIP

FR

r1,125

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

Departs: Even dates (2nd, 4th etc) Accommodation: Private tent (2 nts) - includes all equipment Transport: Minibus & canoe Tour Code: NSAECD

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This is a fantastic self-guided canoe and camping adventure of the Noosa Everglades. Armed with a detailed map, quality equipment and top tips from the crew, you’ll enjoy complete independence paddling upstream through ancient landscapes, sub-tropical rainforest and a stunning variety of unique wildlife - all from the comfort of your own little boat! A 12km walking tour will show you around the Cooloola Sand Patch on Day 2, before jumping back into your canoe to paddle back to your tent. Enjoy restful evenings of riverside camping at historic logger’s campgrounds with hearty meals and fabulous company. Ask for details to include a stay on Fraser Island.


Hervey Bay & Rainbow Beach

Australia

FLASHPACKERS 1 HERVEY BAY

FR FR

Prices are per person per night

r265 DORM r402 Twin/Double

ON 2 FRASERS RAINBOW BEACH

FR FR

r246 DORM r355 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

3 KINGFISHER BAY resort

FR

r1,773 Single r887 TWIN/Double

FR

Prices are per person per night

Flashpackers Hervey Bay is a purpose built hostel that combines the atmosphere of a classic east coast backpackers with the luxuries of a resort hotel. Continental breakfast and Wi-Fi is available as is a courtesy pick up. You’ll also find plenty of entertainment with a pool, cinema and free Friday night BBQ. It’s the perfect place for your Hervey Bay stay.

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

Situated on Fraser Island, this resort is in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings and is a rare eco-tourism experience. With plenty going on close by, this award-winning resort offers indulgent, air-con, comfy rooms with Internet and private native-timber decking from where you can witness the best Fraser has to offer. Enjoy tasty food in one of the great restaurants.

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

Say goodbye to boredom and hello to boundless beauty and unbelievable adventures with a quickfire package that will make you smile! Staying two nights at the cracking Kingfisher Bay Resort, you’ll have a full day to tour Fraser Island as well as some time to chill out at your resort. So what do you get for your money? Well, here goes…4WD vehicle, expert guide, time on Seventy Mile Beach, Wanggoolba Creek and Lake McKenzie, morning tea, lunch and afternoon refreshments while out on the day tour and transfers to and from Hervey Bay. At your accommodation, you’ll have a private native-timber deck balcony so you can enjoy the bush from the comfort of your room, air-con and queen or king-single beds allowing you to immerse yourself in comfort and natural surroundings. Oh, we almost forgot, you get a yummy hot breakfast each day too! Get in! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Kingfisher Bay Resort (2 nts) Transport: Minibus, 4WD Meals: 2 breakfasts Tour Code: HVBFRS

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Fraser Island Guided Tours

Australia

Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and with its World Heritage listing, ranks up there with Uluru, Kakadu and the Great Barrier Reef as one of Australia’s most amazing natural and cultural wonders. It has some of the best beaches in the country; long uninhabited sandy stretches as far as the eye can see flanked by strikingly coloured sand cliff walls. There are over 100 freshwater lakes of varying colour, the most striking being the stunning Lake McKenzie with its clear blue water and fine, white sandy shore perched 100m high up on a huge sand dune. The Island is also home to incredible rainforests, a unique ecosystem and amazing native wildlife including dugongs, turtles, dingoes and a huge range of birdlife. How to Choose Your Tour We offer a choice of duration, departure point and style of tour so we literally have something for everyone. Choose from small group or large group and from camping options to dorms, apartment-style or lodge accommodation. Transport options range from selfdrive 4WD vehicles following a guide in the lead vehicle (hence the name tag-along) to the purpose-built 20-seater 4WD ‘Warrior’ or a 4WD coach. Once you know your departure point (Hervey Bay, Rainbow Beach, Noosa or even Brisbane) decide how long you want to spend on Fraser and what kind of tour you’re looking for and then check out our excellent selection on the next two pages. Ask your Travel Expert for their recommendation.

3

Days

Fraser Island Guided Tour hervey bay/rainbow beach

Fraser Island

Hervey Bay

Rainbow Beach

Q U E E N S L A N D

Noosa

Cairns

QUEENSLAND

Brisbane

Fraser Island

Brisbane

FR

r3,734

hervey bay/rainbow beach

highlights • Choice of departure points - Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach • Explore the Island by 4WD coach and visit lesser known beauty spots • Stay in backpacker-style lodge accommodation on the secluded West Coast of Fraser Island Your first day on this tour is all about discovering the awesome inland sights and your first stop is beautiful Basin Lake - get up close with the resident freshwater turtles! You’ll walk along the banks of Wanggoolba Creek and enjoy the forest walk at Pile Valley before ending the day with a swim in the clear blue water of Lake McKenzie. Your accommodation is backpacker-style with all your meals prepared for you, plus you can also use the great facilities at nearby Kingfisher Bay Resort. The next day cruise down the beach highway at 75-Mile Beach, enjoy a swim stop at Eli Creek and then explore the Maheno Wreck. Check out the Pinnacles Coloured Sands and take in the views from Indian Head before cooling off with a dip in the Champagne Pools. On your last day, head to some of the lesser known beauty spots. Walk through cool rainforest to beautiful emerald-green Lake Wabby, a favourite swimming hole. You’ll trek over Hammerstone Sandblow and stop at Eurong Beach Resort before hitting the alluring Lake Birrabeen. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Dorm lodge accommodation (2 nts); Transport: 4WD coach Meals: 2 breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Note: Free night pre/post available or you can Linger Longer - ask for details. Tour Code: HVBFIT

5

Days

Fraser Island & Rainbow Beach 4WD tag-along camping tour rainbow beach

FR

r3,875

rainbow beach

highlights • Discover all the sights of Fraser Island on a thrilling 4WD self-drive adventure • Get back to nature with two nights camping under the stars and cooking your own food • Drive along the gorgeous 75-Mile Beach, which serves as Fraser Island’s main highway! If you’ve ever wanted the thrill and freedom of off-road driving, but aren’t totally confident doing it alone, then this amazing 4WD ‘tag-a-long’ adventure has your name written all over it. The lead vehicle is driven by an experienced trip leader and you, or one of your mates, can volunteer to drive one of the vehicles behind. With someone up front to navigate, you can enjoy all the thrills of driving on shifting sand dunes and through the bushlands of Fraser Island, but with none of the risks. Your tour starts with a night at Frasers of Rainbow Beach, where you’ll attend an afternoon safety briefing and get the lowdown on all the cool places to visit. It’s just a 10-minute ferry ride over to Fraser, so you’ll be driving along 75-Mile Beach before you know it. Your next two nights are spent camping out under the stars in the bush on Fraser as you discover the bewildering beauty of this most incredible island. You’ll be provided with everything you need, including all camping equipment. By day, your guide will make sure you see all the major sites including Lake McKenzie, Central Station, Eli Creek, Champagne Pools and Maheno shipwreck. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Dorm at Frasers on Rainbow (1 nt pre and 1 nt post tour), camping (2 nts) Transport: Self-drive 4WD Meals: All food while on Fraser - cook yourself Tour Code: HVBFRI

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2

days

Fraser Island GUIDED TOUR  Adelaide Beach Hervey Bay/RainboW Adelaide 

FR

r3,072 4 4WD SELF DRIVE r3,015 days guided tag-along FR

Hervey Bay

Adelaide noosa  Adelaide noosa

highlights

• Start from Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach • Chill out in a backpacker-style lodge on the secluded West Coast • Two days of guided touring by 4WD coach

• Spend two days exploring Fraser Island, travelling by self-drive 4WD • Check out Maheno wreck, Lake McKenzie and Indian Head • Overnight in an en suite dorm at Nomads Fraser Island Beach House

You have two full days to explore the highlights of Fraser Island and the action starts as soon as your feet hit the sand. Start with a refreshing swim in Basin Lake to see the resident freshwater turtles. You’ll explore Central Station an ancient rainforest, then it’s onto Wanggoolba Creek. Day 1 ends at the stunning Lake McKenzie - you won’t be able to resist the clear blue water. Back at the lodge you can enjoy hot showers and a scrummy buffet dinner plus use the facilities of Kingfisher Bay Resort. The next day you’ll hit the sand highway at 75-Mile beach, cruising along the coast to Eli Creek for a swim before reaching the Maheno Wreck. Climb to the top of Indian Head for views of the island and famed wildlife below. Sharks and whales can be seen here at certain times of the year. End the day at the Champagne Pools before heading back to the lodge in time for dinner and your evening transfer back to the mainland (approx. 8.30pm). An incredible few days! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Dorm lodge accommodation (1 nt); Transport: 4WD coach Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Note: You can Linger Longer - ask for details. Tour Code: HVBFIO

2

days

Fraser Island Discovery

FR

Australia

highlights

If fun and flexibility are high on your list then take a look at this tag-along ‘self-drive’ safari around incredible Fraser Island. Jump into a safe and well-maintained 4WD vehicle and follow a knowledgeable, experienced and professional guide navigating the sandy landscape as they take you to the best spots on the island. You’ll be staying in an 8-bed en suite dorm at Nomads Fraser Island Beach House for the night and over the next two days you’ll get to experience the fresh waters of stunning Lake McKenzie, discover the Maheno ship wreck, cruise down sand dunes and along Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Back at the Beach House try a spot of fishing and enjoy the camp fire pit, games room with pool table and lounge. When the tour returns to Noosa, check back into Nomads Noosa for the night as reserved tables and an exclusive post tour party awaits at the famous KB’s Noosa Bar. Is this one of the best experiences possible on Fraser? We think so! Departs: Wed, Fri, Sun Accommodation: Dorms at Nomads Noosa (1 nt pre and 1 nt post tour) and Nomads Fraser Island Beach House (1 nt) Transport: Self-drive 4WD, fuel and local fees are included Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Tour Code: NSAFRA

r3,545 7 fraser & r6,796 days whitsunday combo FR

NOoSA Adelaide NOoSA  Adelaide

XXX   XXX HERVEY BAY 

  AIRLIE BEACH

highlights

highlights

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

• Spend three days exploring Fraser Island • Cruise around the Whitsundays, spending your time diving or snorkelling • Includes all accommodation plus a bonus night in Hervey Bay

Do you want to discover the beauty and incredible scenery of Fraser Island but have a little bit of comfort in mind? Ok then – board the purpose built, 20seat ‘Warrior’, the toughest and most comfortable 4WD truck on Fraser Island with spacious coach-style seating. Your accommodation is at apartment-style Happy Valley, set right on the beach on the east side of the island. You’ll try authentic Aussie cuisine including freshly baked scones for morning tea and BBQ barramundi and steak with wine at dinner. Your two day escape starts before you even reach Fraser with a spot of dolphin feeding en-route. Embark on a guided rainforest walk, swim in Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek, visit Maheno Shipwreck, the Pinnacles Coloured Sands and the magnificent views from Indian Head. Experience the excitement and adventure of the world’s best beach driving and immerse yourself in pristine wilderness.

Hit two of Australia’s best destinations with this great value package. Spend three days on a tag-along camping safari exploring Fraser Island and two nights aboard the Condor, Broomstick or SV Whitehaven as you sail through ‘paradise’ plus two nights in dorm accommodation in between. At each destination you’ll have plenty of free time to use as you like. Enjoy your two night sailing adventure, making the most of the incredible diving and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef or just chilling out on the sundeck. On Fraser Island, enjoy cruising around the 800,000 year old sand dune in a 4WD. There will be a experienced lead driver with the group to show you the ropes and all the best places. This is a remarkable few days in some of the most naturally beautiful places in the world. You can start with either the sailing or Fraser Island but must make your own way in-between.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Happy Valley apartment-style accommodation (1 nt), Transport: 4WD ‘Warrior’ Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 morning tea, 2 lunch, 1 dinner, Tour Code: MCYFRS

Departs: Daily Includes: Dorm (2 nts), camping (2 nts), multi-share cabin (2 nts) Transport: Self-drive 4WD, sailing boat. Meals: Some meals included Note: Transfers between Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays are not included Tour Code: HVBBUD/WDSBUD

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airlie beach & the WHITSUNDAYS

Australia

1 NOMADS AIRLIE Prices are per person per night

FR

r246 DORM r416 Twin/Double

FR

Nomads is a fully refurbished, clean and fresh bungalow-style resort. Its rooms have air-con, lockers and individual reading lights whilst there is Internet, laundry facilities and a cracking bar and restaurant on-site. Nestled in 7 acres of gardens in the heart of town, the beach, lagoon and marina are all close by. Great atmosphere and cheap drinks are an added bonus.

+Bonus

Stay 4 pay 3 - 01JAN13-31DEC13

FULL WHITEHAVEN BEACH day

CAMIRA SAILING

FR FR

r265 DORM r426 Twin/Double

FR

r1,371

WDSCAM

WATERS 3 AT EDGE

Prices are per person per night

GZCBAB

FULL great barrier reef day

r2,127 Single r1,064 TWIN/Double

FR FR

Prices are per person per night

The property is set amongst 6 acres of tropical garden bliss, with an outdoor swimming pool right in the heart of Airlie Beach. Relax with a few cold drinks in the Down Under Bar beer garden or chill out in the cinema lounge after spending the day touring The Whitsundays. Facilities include spacious air-con dorm and private en suite rooms, Internet and a friendly local welcome.

GZCAIR

From the rush of sailing on one of the world’s fastest catamarans, ‘Camira’, to the solitude of the uninhabited Whitehaven Beach, this adventure ticks all the boxes. You will reach speeds of up to 30 knots before hitting the beach for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing. There’s also a sumptuous barbecue lunch and drinks included, so make the most of it!

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2 BASE AIRLIE

FR

adventures day cruise

r1,371

See one of the world’s most beautiful landmarks as you cruise to the Whitsundays’ number one outer reef pontoon location, at Hardy Reef. You’ll be in awe of the colourful coral and tropical fish and you’ll get to see these by snorkelling and viewing them from the semi-submersible boat ride that is also included. There’s also a giant waterslide and buffet lunch to get stuck into too. WDSCRU

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If it’s state of the art facilities and a stunning location that you’re after then at Water’s Edge is a winner. It boasts stylish rooms, a great ambience and stunning restaurants as well as Internet, a swimming pool and laundry facilities. It’s just 100m from the centre of the bustling cosmopolitan village of Airlie Beach and 200m from the swimming lagoon.

+Bonus

stay 4 pay 3 - 06jan13-31mar13 & Stay 3 pay 2 - 01Apr13-27Dec13

FULL DERWENT HUNTER day

DAY TOUR

FR

WDSWER

r1,324

Spend a memorable day sailing through crystal blue waters, exploring beaches of uninhabited islands, snorkelling over pristine coral reefs or simply relaxing. See the stunning Whitsundays in a style which you could become accustomed to! The legendary Derwent Hunter has huge deck space with comfy seating and includes morning tea and lunch. wdsdwn


hamilton island

Australia

1 PALM BUNGALOWS

R3,119 SINGLE R1,560 Twin/Double

FR FR

view 2 REEF HotEl

FR

R3,497 SINGLE R1,749 Twin/Double

FR

Prices are per person per night

Prices are per person per night

Hamilton Island’s stunning Reef View Hotel is a fantastic option for those with a little extra cash. A fabulous setting right on the beach with sea or garden view rooms, each room has air-con, a private balcony and en suite bathroom. There’s also a gym for the energetic or a spa and sauna for those who wish to relax. Internet access is available too. You’ll be really comfortable here.

4 nights get free breakfast +Bonus stay 01jan13 - 31dec13

+Bonus

3

Days

Stay 5 pay 4 - 28Jan13-28Mar13 & 01apr1315aug13 (Garden & Coral Sea View Rooms) or Stay 4 nights & receive free breakfast

FR

R1,784 SINGLE FR R892 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

Close to everything you need including the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach, the resort centre and the airport, this dazzling hotel has it all. You can try go-karting, sea kayaking and parasailing, hit the spa and sauna, or join your mates and have a bevy in one of the six bars on site. All the rooms are comfortable, have en suite facilities and aircon as well as Internet. HTIPBU

3 WHITSUNDAY APARTMENTS

HTIRVH

If you’re looking for a modern stay with all the amenities, then these apartments are for you. They come with all you need including air-con, en suite and full kitchen facilities ensuring you’ll be comfortable and relaxed. There are pools, bars, restaurants and water sports available too. You’ll also be blessed with amazing views of the coral seas or tropical gardens.

+Bonus stay 7 pay 6 - 15jan13 - 31mar13

HAMILTON ISLAND PACKAGE

FR

AHTI01

R4,821

highlights • Enjoy a full day tour of the Great Barrier Reef with the option to snorkel • Soak up the sun and cool off in the azure ocean • Take advantage of unlimited access to a variety of watersports equipment

Set in the heart of the idyllic Whitsundays, Hamilton Island is one the most beautiful locations in the world. With this exceptional package, you can experience all its charm and adventure. You’ll have free, unlimited access to a host of watersports’ equipment, two nights at the Palm Bungalows and a Great Barrier Reef tour to enjoy so fitting everything in may be your only problem! On arrival and once you’re checked in, you have the first day to explore and enjoy as you please. This is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the free non-motorised watersports, hit the spa or the sauna or to simply soak up those rays and relax on the beautiful beach. The following day you head out on the seas for a full day aboard one of Cruise Whitsunday’s vessels taking in the Great Barrier Reef. You will enjoy the seated underwater viewing deck, use all of the snorkelling equipment, take a trip to the Queensland Groper viewing station and eat a fabulous BBQ lunch. It’s then back to the hotel for a night of cocktails with your new friends. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Palm Bungalow (2 nts), Transport: Return Hamilton Island Airport/Marina to hotel transfer Meals: 1 lunch Tour Code: HTIPBN

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Whitsunday islands ’stayputs’ 3

Lazy Daze ‘Stayput’ Airlie Beach

FR

Days

r2,080

4

FR

Days

r2,344

5

Days

FR

r2,609

Australia

highlights

• Spend two, three or four nights soaking up Airlie Beach’s buzzing atmosphere • Explore the vibrant, multi-coloured reefs and depths of the Great Barrier Reef • Or choose to witness the mind-blowingly beautiful Whitehaven Beach

If it’s adventure and action you’re after, then head to picture-postcard Airlie Beach, the gateway resort for the Whitsundays. Set on a picturesque peninsula, it’s a lively little town that boasts a huge array of activities and entertainment. From bars, restaurants, cafés and nightclubs to watersports, boat cruises, stunning beaches and tours to the Great Barrier Reef, you’re sure to be entertained throughout your stay here. Included in this package is your accommodation and the choice of one of the region’s best day cruises – either the Great Barrier Reef Adventures (see page 70), where you’ll have the chance to dive and snorkel from the pontoon; or the Camira Sailing Adventure (see page 70) visiting stunning Whitehaven Beach, a stretch of heavenly white sand that runs for seven kilometres! Departs: Daily Includes: 2, 3 or 4 nights twin/double accomodation at Base or Nomads Backpackers Airlie Beach or twin/double accomodation at Club Croc, choice of either Great Barrier Reef Adventure or the Camira Sailing Adventure, pick up/drop off at Airlie Beach accommodation for all activities, all vessel and coach transfers Tour Code: WDSLAT

3

Lazy Daze ‘Stayput’ Long Island

FR

Days

r2,316

4

FR

Days

r2,581

5

FR

Days

r2,845

highlights

• Chill out in a beachside hammock at Long Island Resort • Snorkel with tropical fish in the blue waters or enjoy a barbecue on a boat • Embrace nature and explore the surrounding tropical rainforest

Do you adore spending time exploring forests and walking amazing tracks? If you do, then this is the package for you. Long Island is a dreamy natural haven, set in 2,500 acres of tropical rainforest and boasting over 20km of scenic walking tracks. You’ll stay along the beachfront at Long Island Resort or Barefoot Lodge. The resort offers a relaxed atmosphere where you can swim up to the bar, chill out on the coconut palm-lined beachfront, laze around in beachside hammocks and indulge in cocktails. You’ll also have the choice of going to explore the Great Barrier Reef for a spot of snorkelling, swimming, coral and fish observation whilst riding in a semi-submersible boat, optional diving or setting off on the Camira Sailing Adventure day trip to the utterly stunning Whitehaven Beach. Departs: Daily Includes: 2, 3 or 4 nights dorm accommodation at Barefoot Lodge or twin/double accommodation at Long Island Resort and choice of either Great Barrier Reef Adventure or the Camira Sailing Adventure. Pick up from Airlie Beach accommodation, all vessel and coach transfers Tour Code: WDSISL

Lazy Daze ‘Stayput’ Daydream Island

3

Days

FR

r4,159

4

Days

FR

r5,293

5

Days

FR

r6,427

highlights

• Indulge yourself in wildlife, relaxation and pampering at Daydream Island • Head out to the Great Barrier Reef or on a catamaran day sailing adventure • See the sharks and stingrays at Daydream’s ‘Living Reef Lagoon’

Indulgence and rejuvenation are the order of the day at Daydream Island Resort where you can bask in beautiful surroundings and soak up all the sun and fun you can handle. With a large pool area, a stunning rainforest walk and a huge array of wildlife, plus lively bars and restaurants, this is a brilliant place to be. The open-air cinema is a great way to spend a relaxing evening. And if all the excitement gets too much, you can kick back with a pampering session in the Rejuvenation Spa. Daydream is renowned for its ‘Living Reef Lagoon’ which is home to sharks, stingrays and a variety of tropical fish, where Marine Biologists run presentations and daily feeding demos. You’ll also get the choice of heading out on the Great Barrier Reef Adventure or the Camira Sailing Adventure. Departs: Daily Includes: 2, 3 or 4 nights twin/double lodge or twin/double resort accommodation at Daydream Island Resort & Spa with daily breakfast and choice of either Great Barrier Reef Adventures or the Camira Sailing Adventure. Pick up from Airlie Beach accommodation, all vessel and coach transfers. Tour Code: WDSIER

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Whitsunday Escape Packages 2

Days

Barefoot Lazy Day & Night

FR

r2,033

• Spend two days roaming around the beautiful Whitsundays islands • Explore the Great Barrier Reef or discover Whitehaven Beach on a catamaran sailing trip • Watch the world go by from a beachside hammock on Long Island If you only have one night in the Whitsundays, then the Barefoot Lazy Day & Night is for you. You’ll jump aboard a boat and cruise out amongst the Whitsundays Marine Park by day and then spend the night on Long Island where rainforest and ocean collide to form a dramatic backdrop. On the first day you can choose between checking out the Great Barrier Reef where you can snorkel or dive or hitting the uninhabited, sevenkilometre stretch of glorious white sand at Whitehaven Beach. On the second day, relax and unwind on Long Island and make use of all the resort facilities. Meet the locals at both fish and bird feeding time, enjoy bush walks or snorkel the fringing reef. Recline on a beach lounger or climb into a hammock while looking out over this sheltered beach location. Departs: Daily Includes: 1 night dorm/twin/double at Barefoot Lodge or twin/double accommodation at Long Island Resort and choice of either Great Barrier Reef Adventures or the Camira Sailing Adventure visiting Whitehaven Beach, pick up from Airlie Beach accommodation, all vessel and coach transfers Tour Code: WDSBLZ

3

Days

Great Barrier Reef ‘n’ Sail

FR

r3,923

highlights • Snorkel, dive or take a a semi-submersible boat ride from the pontoon at Hardy Reef • Stay in the utterly divine setting of Long Island amidst beautiful natural surroundings • Discover the beauty of the uninhabited Whitehaven Beach on a catamaran sailing trip If you’re looking to tick off the ‘must see and do’s’ of the Whitsundays, then this three-day package is ideal for those who have only a short time here but want to make the most of it. Head to the Whitsundays’ number one outer reef pontoon site at Hardy Reef – where the coral is teeming with life and will blow your mind. You can do some snorkelling, enjoy your first scuba dive or take a ride in a semi-submersible boat for coral and fish viewing without getting wet! You’ll stay on tropical Long Island for two nights where the rainforest meets the beach and stunning blue sea. You’ll also get to discover Whitehaven Beach – an uninhabited 7km stretch of white sandy paradise. Enjoy a sumptuous barbecue lunch on the Camira sailing catamaran, sipping on a cold bevy after some active beach time. Beauty! Departs: Daily Includes: 2 nights dorm/twin/double at Barefoot Lodge or twin/double accommodation at Long Island Resort, Great Barrier Reef Adventures and Camira Sailing Adventure visiting Whitehaven Beach. Pick up/drop off at Airlie Beach accommodation, all vessel and coach transfers. Tour Code: WDSGBR

5

Days

Whitsunday Dreamtime

FR

r5,340

highlights • Experience all the Whitsundays has to offer with our most inclusive package • Party with friends in lively Airlie Beach or split your time between Airlie Beach and Long Island • Check out the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach and experience a croc-spotting safari If snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, sailing on a high-speed catamaran to stunning Whitehaven Beach and embarking on a crocodile spotting safari sounds like your idea of fun, then read on - this is the tour for you! You can even choose where you stay – either four nights in lively Airlie Beach or a combination of Long Island and Airlie Beach. This stunning region offers you plenty of wildlife and nature experiences as you’ll be surrounded by 2,500 acres of tropical rainforest plus you’ll have the chance to chill out on stunning beaches, snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef and sample watersports. After a day of adventure, chill out with some cracking cocktails and amazing food at the great selection of bars, restaurants, cafés and nightclubs where you and your new-found friends can party the night away. Departs: Daily Includes: 2 nights Airlie Beach and 2 nights Long Island, or 4 nights Airlie Beach (dorm or twin/ double options available), Great Barrier Reef Adventure, Camira Sailing Adventure and Whitsunday Croc Spotting Safari, pick up/drop off at Airlie Beach accommodation, all vessel and coach transfers Tour Code: WDSWSD

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Australia

highlights


sailing the whitsundays

Australia

YOUR WHITSUNDAYS EXPERIENCE

Hayman Island

The best way to explore these 74 stunning islands is on board one of the many sailing boats that depart from Airlie Beach. There are a number of different types of boat to choose from depending on whether you are looking for a more intimate experience, an adventure on the high seas or a party boat. The durations differ as well with trips from 2 days/1 night up to 3 days/3 nights and everything in between. You will also have a choice of departure dates or you could leave your trip open dated - just be sure to call in advance when you are more sure of your plans to book a space on the boat of your choice. Ask your Travel Expert which option best suits your budget, requirements and itinerary.

Hook Island

North Molle Island Daydream Island

Whitsunday Island

Airlie Beach South Molle Island

Hamilton Island Long Island

Dent Island

CHOOSE YOUR VESSEL

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

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

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ADVENTURE SAILING

CATAMARAN sailing

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

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

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


MAXI SAILING

FR

r3,110 CATAMARAN

FR

sailing

r3,768

Australia

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

Departs

Duration

Even Days Odd Days Tue/Thu/Sat Tue/Thu/Sun Sun/Wed/Fri Mon/Wed/Sat

2 days/1 night 2 days/1 night 2 days/2 nights 2 days/2 nights 2 days/2 nights 2 days/2 nights

Max passengers 22 22 28 28 28 25

ADVENTURE SAILING

Price p/p fr R3,110 R3,110 R3,579 R3,579 R3,579 R3,579

FR

tour code GZC2SF GZC2SF GZC2SO GZC2SO GZC2SO GZC2SO

‘Cat’s’ are a great choice for sailing the Whitsundays as they have roomy cabins and loads of living space. Great activities from an outer reef/island experience, snorkelling, on-board diving and more. Catamaran sailing is very popular with all age groups for stable sailing. Enjoy exploring this stunning region, including time to relax at the magnificent Whitehaven Beach to chill out or enjoy some bush walking. Boat Name

Departs

Duration

Powerplay Adventurer Whitsunday Blue Whitsunday Blue Wings Diving Emperors Wings

Tue/Thu/Sat Tue/Thu/Sat Mon/Sat Wed M/W/F/S/S Tue

2 days/2 nights 2 days/2 nights 2 days/2 nights 3 days/3 nights 2 days/2 nights 3 days/3 nights

Max passengers 18 12 8 8 25 26

r3,450 TALL SHIP

FR

SAILING

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

Departs

Duration

Southern Cross Eureka II Ragamuffin II SV Whitehaven Summertime Silent Night Waltzing Matilda

Tue/Fri Mon/Thu Wed/Sun Tue/Fri Thu/Sun Mon/Wed/Fri Tue/Thu/Sat

3 days/2 nights 3 days/2 nights 3 days/2 nights 3 days/2 nights 3 days/2 nights 2 days/2 nights 2 days/1 night

Max passengers 14 15 13 24 16 12 14

Price p/p fr R4,433 R4,433 R4,433 R4,717 R5,374 R3,768 R3,450

tour code GZCSA2 GZCSA2 GZCSA2 WDSSWO WDSSOD WDSSNO WDSWMO

Price p/p fr R4,339 R4,339 R6,569 R7,515 R3,768 R4,713

tour code WDSPWR GZCEXP GZCDEL GZCEXH WDSOSO gzcewo

r4,906

Fancy something a little different? Want a feel like an extra from Pirates of the Caribbean? Well sometimes size does matter and what better way to prove it than on this historic and impressive Tall Ship, Solway Lass. Combining style, space, grace and the heritage of sailing century old ship is truly impressive. Built in 1902 Solway Lass has been beautifully maintained and provides leisurely-paced fun sailing tours and the opportunity to meet a range of passengers from all over the world. Boat Name

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Solway Lass

Tue/Sat

3 days/3 nights

www.statravel.co.za

Max passengers 32

Price p/p fr R4,906

tour code WDSSOL

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magnetic island

Australia

1 BASE Magnetic Island

FR FR

r275 Dorm r473 TWIN/Double

BUNGALOW BAY 2 Koala Village

Prices are per person per night

3

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r265 Dorm r350 Twin/Double

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

Base is the hottest place to stay on Magnetic Island. Chill on the beach or check out the coral reef by day and groove by night with DJ’s spinning their funky tunes and wicked beats at the Island Bar. Along with a restaurant and cafe, there is also a scuba school on-site. With stylish dorms and a relaxed vibe, this is where you want to be on Maggie! ISIC holders receive 1 free drink

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Prices are per person per night

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

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Bungalow Bay Koala Village is Australia’s only resort with resident koalas and other Aussie wildlife in its boutique wildlife park. Nested into the national park, this 6 ½ acres of resort is built to harmonise with the environment and not impact on it. Laze around the island’s largest tropical pool and then join in the fun at the famous ‘On the Rocks’ Bar.

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highlights • Wicked beachside property • Spot a koala in the wild • See the coral reef from the beach

Bag an island escape on this bargain bonanza! Spend two nights at Base Magnetic Island in an island-style hut overlooking the beach. Explore the island on the Forts Walk and see Northern Australia’s largest colony of koalas in the wild. We’ll throw in return ferry tickets, a welcome drink, 1 free breakfast and dinner plus snorkel hire. Base also hosts a Full Moon Party once a month with the best Aussie and international DJ’s. What are you waiting for? Departs: Daily Accommodation: Base Backpackers (2 nts) Transport: Ferry Tour Code: FGPSTT

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WRECK

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The S.S. Yongala sank during a cyclone 1911 with the loss of all 122 passengers. The wreck begins 15m below the surface and extends to 29m and as it’s the only structure in the region, the marine life that gathers at the wreck provides for an unforgettable diving experience. This day trip includes two dives, all your equipment, morning and afternoon tea and lunch. twmyon

full ADRENALIN day

SNORKEL & DIVE

FR

r1,794

More than just fish and coral, the Great Barrier Reef is also home to turtles, humpback whales, reef sharks, rays and much more. Depths range from 1m - 20m which makes this a memorable treat for snorkellers, introductory divers and certified divers. Your day includes all snorkelling equipment, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. TSVGBR

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mission beach

Australia

1 Bali Hai

FR FR

r256 Dorm r804 TWIN/Double

2 castaways resort & spa

Prices are per person per night

Simple, self-contained beachside accommodation with stunning views of Dunk Island make this a great choice for travellers looking for bargain digs as well as a comfortable night’s sleep. The complex of cabins and campsite boasts an air-conditioned area, a BBQ and a fully-equipped kitchen so you can cook up a storm. Bali Hai is on Banfield Parade, Wongaling Beach.

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water rafting

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r1,465

Tully white water rafting is a proper adventure for those of you who enjoy a true adrenalin rush! Each raft is controlled by a highly trained river guide, who teaches you the correct techniques, and who will share with you the history and wonders of this magnificent landscape which few get to see. Enjoy thundering down the river on the ferocious white waters!

• Absolute beachfront location • Enjoy amazing views of the reef from your room • Luxury day spa facilities onsite Bound by the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics Rainforest, Castaways Resort and Spa is the perfect destination on Mission Beach to chill out and soak up the sun. In front of the resort you will find a secluded rainforest swimming area and walking trails just 6km from the resort, as well as fantastic bars and restaurants to enjoy!

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free transfer from cairns cbd to wongaling beach

full tully white

r2,021 SINGLE r1,011 Twin/Double

FR

Prices are per person per night

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

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HALF tandem skydiving day

flexi pass

aCNSio

FR

R2,826

full big mama reef day

sailing cruise

FR

r1,418

If jumping out of plane attached to a guy or girl you’ve just met appeals then this is the activity for you! Put your life in the hands of a qualified, instructor and skydive from 14,000 feet. It’s the ultimate way to see your surroundings and view the world like never before. This half-day activity is a must for anyone with a little bit of crazy in their make up!

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

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cairns

Australia

1 gilligans BACKPACKERS

FR FR

R218 Dorm R563 TWIN/Double

2 nomads cairns

Prices are per person per night

R199 Dorm R308 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night including breakfast

• Comfortable accommodation in a great central location • Get sociable and party the night away in the lively bar • Chill by the pool, catch up with emails or grab a bite to eat

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

Offering you a bit of backpacker tradition along with the comfort of modern hotel rooms, check out this resort if you’re on a budget. It has a swimming pool, spa, Internet access and laundry facilities. The rooms are clean and comfortable with en suite bathrooms and air-con. It’s right in the city centre, close to all the entertainment you can handle! CNSGIL

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R208 Dorm R265 Twin/Double

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

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4 njoy cairns

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R208 Dorm R256 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

Prices are per person per night

5 QUEENS COURT

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R842 single R421 TWIN/Double

Prices are per person per night includong breakfast

Soak up the atmosphere by the pool before hitting the cool Zanzibar bar at night. Calypso is perfect for those on a budget and those looking for a simple, clean, relaxing stay on the outskirts of the city. If the city centre is your thing, however, you’re still just a 10 minute walk away. You can access the Internet here, do your laundry or cook up a feast in the communal kitchen.

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

A swanky boutique hotel ideally located for anyone looking to explore the tropical wonders of Queensland. The hotel provides a relaxed atmosphere with friendly staff. It has secure parking, fast Wi-Fi and the essential Aussie BBQ area. There are a variety of rooms on offer but all come with great air-con – essential in the tropics – and comfy beds.

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r1,217 SINGLE r609 Twin/Double

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• All rooms with classical North Queensland balconies • Guest laundry and off-street parking • Complimentary day-use lounges and showers available

• Try tasty cuisine in the Balinese restaurant • Rooms come with TV, air-con and tea/coffee making facilities • Only a 10 minute drive from the airport

This modern, ritzy resort is a real gem. Just 500m from the city centre, it has it all including two salt water pools to cool down in, Internet, laundry facilities, a bar, an authentic Italian bistro and comfort galore. Rooms are en suite and come with air-con. It’s the perfect place to just chill out with a beer on your balcony as you watch the world go by. CNSDRC

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village 7 bay tropical retreat

FR

r1,711 SINGLE r856 TWIN/Double

FR

Prices are per person per night

Bay Village Tropical Retreat offers a perfect base to discover the region’s natural wonders of reef, rainforest and outback. Located within easy walking distance to Cairns waterfront and Central Business District, the hotel and apartments boast an award-wining restaurant and bar, free-form swimming pool, Internet, laundry and on site parking.

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REEF 9 PULLMAN CASINO

FR

r1,761 SINGLE FR r881 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

• Location, location, location - right on the waterfront • Try some Churrasco at the Bushfire Flame and Grill • All rooms with tea/coffee making facilities, fridge and air-con

• Indulge at the one of the many restaurants and bars • Enjoy your own private spa bath as standard • A touch of Vegas in the heart of Queensland

Overlooking the picturesque harbour and opposite the ferry point for the Great Barrier Reef, this hotel is only a short walk to the Esplanade Lagoon, tropical parklands and shopping precinct. The rooms are stunning with private balconies and cracking views. There is also a pool and an amazing restaurant that offers Brazilian inspired, Australian style BBQ.

Stay in a complex that boasts a boutique casino, a multitude of restaurants and bars and a host of tropical gardens. The Pullman Reef Casino is one of the most prestigious in Tropical North Queensland and will add some celebrity style to your trip. Everything from the rooftop swimming pool to the private garden balconies will make your stay unique.

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Dive the Great Barrier Reef Check out our diving options - either on a day trip (page 84) or on a Learn to Dive or Advance Dive course (page 85). The Great Barrier Reef is THE place to learn!

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port douglas & Beyond

Australia FR r350 dorm O’CALL 1 PORT ECO LODGE, Port Douglas FR r516 TWIN/Dbl Prices are per person per night

Prices are per person per night

Prices are per person per night

This great lodge boasts eco credentials (100% of its hot water comes from solar power), a top notch location just five minutes stroll from stunning Four Mile Beach and fantastic facilities that include a lagoon pool, bar, bistro and communal kitchen with free tea and coffee. The rooms aren’t bad either - air-con, free Wi-Fi, LCD TV, iPod dock and coffee plunger!

Ideally located between the beautiful coastline and spectacular McAllister Range, this is the perfect tropical accommodation getaway. Choose from spacious, contemporary rooms or two bedroom self-contained superior suites all with TV, two double beds and kitchenette. Private outdoor terrace or balconies overlook one of the resort’s numerous swimming pools or gardens.

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FR r1,217 Single AT 3 AMAROO TRINITY, Trinity Beach FR r609 Twin/Double

FR r1,288 Single palm 2 novotel cove resort, PALM Cove FR r644 Twin/Dbl

PTIECO

FR

r1,265 SINGLE FR r633 TWIN/Double

Prices are per person per night

Enjoying a peaceful elevated beachfront position this great resort offers stunning views over the Pacific Ocean. Located in the relaxed village atmosphere of Trinity Beach, all the entertainment, bars and restaurants are just a short stroll away. The selection of studios and suites all come with kitchenette, fab large balcony, air-con and cable TV. APTI02

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5 HIBISCUS RESORT, Port Douglas

FR

r1,300 SINGLE FR r650 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

• Huge complex that helps you make the most of the tropical north • Barbecues by the pool – a real Aussie dream • Pool right up to your bedroom – dive right in

• Located just 400 metres from Four Mile Beach • Great for exploring the reef and rainforest • Sit back and relax in the hotel’s spa

A mere three minute stroll from Four Mile Beach, Oaks Lagoons is the getaway of your dreams. Home to six lagoon-style swimming pools this hotel is a tropical paradise. An ideal pad for anyone who wants to explore the reef or get active on the beach. The complex will cater to all your needs and staff are on hand 24 hours a day with a friendly smile.

The Hibiscus Resort is a big dollop of relaxation. Full to the brim with lush tropical gardens, inviting pools and spa treatments. The hotel is a natural oasis with modern facilities. Your room is the ideal spot to escape the tropical heat – cool tile floors, air conditioning and a big bath are the perfect anecdote for tropical humidity.

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PORT DOUGLAS

Port Douglas Characterised by a sophisticated and friendly village atmosphere and surrounded by spectacular scenery. The town boasts the famous Four Mile Beach, award-winning restaurants and world class shopping. An hour’s drive from Cairns via a spectacular coastal road that is flanked by forest and the Coral Sea. Palm Cove This is Cairns’ premier beach resort where you will find trendy restaurants, bars, eateries, boutiques, galleries, the latest fashions, a golf course and a fabulous jetty for great fishing all just twenty minutes north of the city.

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r1,217 single r609 TWIN/Double

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Prices are per person per night

r1,158 SINGLE r579 Twin/Double

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• Laze around by the lagoon style swimming pool • Walking distance to picture perfect Four Mile Beach • Head out and spot some crocs on Daintree River

Stunning private apartments with their own courtyard or balcony make for a secluded stay here. With two swimming pools and an outdoor spa, plus Wi-Fi in your room, your stay will be one to cherish. All rooms come with air-con, en suite bathrooms and kitchenette or full kitchen facilities and the resort is within walking distance of downtown Port Douglas.

The Ramada Port Douglas is a tropical paradise equipped with traditional plantation shutters. The hotel is perfectly located for exploring the Daintree Rainforest but also gives you great access to the reef. All rooms provide air-con, which is necessary in tropical heat, and the hotel provides poolside cocktails – the best way to cool-off after a long day trekking!

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8 peninsula boutique hotel, port Douglas

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Prices are per person per night

• Within walking distance of all main Port Douglas attractions • Secluded apartments with Wi-Fi for comfortable stay • Relax by one of the two pools and outdoor spa

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7 RAMADa resort, PORT DOUGLAS

FR FR

r3,013 SINGLE r1,619 TWIN/Double

Prices are per person per night

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Port Douglas 9 PULLMAN SEA TEMPLE resort & spa, port Douglas

FR FR

r2,186 SINGLE r1,093 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

• Luxury, indulgence and relaxation – time just for you • In the heart of Port Douglas close to local attractions • Stunning sea views over Four Mile Beach and the Coral Sea

• Incredible on site spa for the ultimate treat • Cool, sleek accommodation from studios to apartments • Spa baths in every room

Relax and indulge in great food and drink at this exclusive hotel that oozes class and luxury from the moment you arrive. The stunning suites - all with en suite bathrooms that boast a twin bath, walk-in shower and aromatherapy oils and burner – and the oasis of heated pools ensure your stay is comfortable and refreshing. It’s well worth treating yourself.

Sea Temple has been designed for guests looking for total indulgence (that’s you right?) and boasts a beautiful tropical location close to Port Douglas’ Four Mile Beach. The resort centres around an expansive lagoon pool and island bar. Your stay is guaranteed to be indulgent with a spa bath in both studios and apartments, plus all the luxury amenities you could wish for.

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Cape Tribulation ‘Go Wild’ Overnight package

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Embrace your wild side on this overnight tour to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest. Enjoy one of the most scenic coastal drives in the country as you head to Port Douglas where you’ll see some native Australian animals at the Wildlife Habitat. Enjoy a cruise on the Daintree River spotting crocodiles, then after a picnic lunch explore the rainforest on a guided walk. End the day with some free time on Cape Tribulation beach before checking into your beachfront accommodation. On the second day there are loads of optional activities including Jungle Surfing before returning to Cairns. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Cape Trib Beach House (1 nt), Transport: Mini-coach Includes: 1 lunch, Daintree River cruise, entry to Wildlife Habitat Tour Code: CNSTJS

FULL CAPE TRIB day

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‘GO WILD’ DAY TRIP

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

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Enjoy the greatest adventures that the Tropics have to offer. On Day 1, head into the wilderness, stopping at the Wildlife Habitat Sanctuary in Port Douglas where you can feed kangaroos and see the elusive cassowary. Cross the Daintree River on a boat cruise, enjoy a picnic lunch then trek into the jungle and visit a spectacular beach. Check into Cape Tribulation Beach House then spend the next day relaxing in paradise or on great optional activities before returning to Cairns to overnight (not included). On Day 3, venture south and experience a full day whitewater rafting trip on the Tully River. Departs: Daily Acommodation: Hostel (1 nts) Transport: Modern air-con coaches Includes: 2 lunches, Tully River Rafting and Go Wild day tour Tour Code: CNSRNR

r898 FULL OUTER reef day

DAY TRIP

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r2,141 FULL FITZROY day

FR

r1,172

ISLAND DAY TRIP

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

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Power down over 40 rapids on the grade four Tully River, taking in the magical surroundings of the National Park Rainforest – if you can! You can either spend half a day or a full day on the rapids, and you’ll be given a DVD to view your day’s rafting. You’ll also have a BBQ lunch as well as the opportunity to buy photos, videos and other souvenirs later on.

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

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RAINFOREST, RELAX & RAFT

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

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SKYDIVE FLEXI PASS

If jumping out of plane attached to a guy you’ve just met appeals then this is the activity for you! Put your life in the hands of a qualified instructor and skydive from 14,000 feet. It’s the ultimate way to see your surroundings and view the world like never before. This halfday activity is a must for anyone with a little bit of crazy in their make up!

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

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DREAMING

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From pristine waterfalls to natural hide-aways very few tourists ever get to see or touch, this activity brings you the best of an authentic Aboriginal Cultural experience. You’ll hunt for delicacies such as mud crabs and mussels, learn the art of tracking, play didgeridoos and take a walk through ancient mangroves with the locals. It’s a remarkable trip. CNSDAI


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• Unleash your wild side as you navigate grade 4 rapids • Enjoy a day at beautiful Fitzroy Island • Take a balloon flight over the Cairns Highlands • Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef

• Fly down the rapids of the famous Tully River • Discover peace and tranquillity in the Cairns Highlands • Spot crocs as you cruise through the rainforest down Daintree River • Enjoy the beautiful array of fish and coral at the Great Barrier Reef

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Cairns Arrive in Cairns and make your way to your accommodation where you’ll meet new adventurous friends and have some free time to relax and see the highlights around town.

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White Water Rafting It’s off to the Tully River today for a rafting experience of a lifetime. You will fly down grade four rapids as this thrilling sport gets your heart racing. Each raft is controlled by a highly trained river guide, who teaches you the correct techniques during the day and who will share with you the history and wonders of this magnificent landscape which few get to see.

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Fitzroy Island - Sea Kayaking Tour From rapids to the reef, you’ll go from speed to calm as you embrace one of nature’s finest creations. With beautiful unspoiled, uncrowded beaches, you’ll head over to Fitzroy Island where you can enjoy the day soaking up the sun, swimming in pristine waters and snorkelling with the stunning array of sea life. The highlight of the day will be the guided sea kayaking tour which is a tranquil way to see the beauty of the reef and Fitzroy Island.

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Balloon Flight / Kuranda / Skyrail Rise up, literally, at dawn with this amazing balloon flight, gliding peacefully above the Cairns Highlands. You’ll then spend some free time in the rainforest town of Kurunda, famous for its arts and crafts before jumping on the Skyrail and travelling back to Cairns through the canopy of the rainforest – a journey you’ll never forget.

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Great Barrier Reef It’s off to the Great Barrier Reef today for some time at another of the world’s most beautiful, nature wonders. You will head out on Passions of Paradise – a modern, 25m sailing maxi cat. You’ll make your way to two parts of the reef and Michaelmas Cay, where you’ll have the chance to don the snorkelling gear and jump in for a tour. Morning and afternoon tea plus a tropical smorgasbord lunch is included.

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Cairns It’s time to wave goodbye to your newfound adrenaline-junkie friends.

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White Water Rafting There’s no messing about as you’re off early this morning straight into action as you head out to the Tully River for an adventure fuelled day. Navigate your way down the huge rapids to get the adrenaline pumping around your body, before coming back to conquer the lower part of the river after a BBQ lunch on the riverside. There are over 40 rapids to fly down with your expert guide to show you the way. If you can, try and take in the ancient rainforest that surrounds you. If you can’t, its ok; you are flying down a treacherous river in a raft after all!

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Tablelands Waterfalls & Rainforest Tour After the excitement of day one, you have a more peaceful and tranquil day to look forward to. You are off to enjoy the picturesque Cairns Highlands waterfall circuit where you will spend the day visiting stunning lakes, mesmerising waterfalls and splendid rainforest. There is plenty of opportunity for swimming and you’ll have a delicious lunch in the quaint, charming little village of Yungaburra before heading back to Cairns in the evening where you let your hair down for the night.

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Great Barrier Reef No stay in Cairns would be complete without a trip to the truly remarkable Outer Reef. You will spend five hours at a pontoon base where you can swim and snorkel with the exotic, colourful reef fish and coral. If you prefer, you can also see the reef life from a semisubmersible or underwater observatory. This is a magical day on your trip so be sure to make the most of your time here. After a buffet lunch, you can add in an optional intro or certified scuba dive to really explore the diversity of the marine life of the reef.

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

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Departs: Daily Includes: Multi-share dorm in a central Cairns hostel (5 nts), full day Tully River white water rafting tour including lunch and return transfers, Sea kayaking guided tour including boat transfers to Fitzroy Island, 30-minute Hot Air Balloon flight, pick up from accommodation and Skyrail rainforest cableway with return transfer, full day Outer Barrier Reef cruise including lunch and snorkelling gear Tour Code: CNSRTA

Departs: Daily Includes: Multi-share dorm in a central Cairns hostel (3 nts), full day Tully River white water rafting tour including transfers and BBQ lunch, Tablelands, Waterfalls and Rainforest tour including lunch and full day snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef Tour Code: CNSCBB

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Great Barrier REEF Day trips 1

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reef quest norman, saxon & hastings reef

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

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

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Passions of Paradise Michaelmas Cay & the Outer Barrier Reef

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r1,314

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

Experience life beneath the waves as you plunge into the crystal clear ocean that encompasses the Great Barrier Reef. Throw in an introductory dive at the unique coral of Michaelmas Cay – one of the largest bird rookeries in Australia – and you will simply be blown away by the beauty of this Passions of Paradise cruise. For those of you that wish to simply snorkel, the shallow waters of Michaelmas Cay make it an ideal place to do so. For those of you who are more experienced divers, there is an organised, fully guided dive in small groups under the instruction of one of the on-board qualified divers. You will also have the chance to take a glass bottomed boat tour if you choose. Lunch and tea and coffee are served onboard. Departs: Daily Includes: Unlimited snorkelling with equipment, guided snorkelling tours, buffet lunch, tea, coffee, glass bottom boat, transfers from Cairns Tour Code: CNSPAS

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Silverswift Dive & Snorkel

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r1,773

highlights • Free Introductory Scuba Dive included with a qualified instructor! • Visit and dive or snorkel three amazing locations • All of your food and equipment included

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

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Learn to Dive PADI Open Water Course

FR

r7,514

• PADI Gold Open Water Certification • 9 dives on the Great Barrier Reef (includes your very first night dive) • All dive equipment, insurance, all meals and twin share accommodation (on board boat only)

If learning to dive is on your ‘To Do’ list, this is an opportunity not to be missed! Don’t look past learning to dive on the Great Barrier Reef – it’s not called great for nothing! Pro Dive Cairns is recognised worldwide as a leader in scuba diving education offering a professional and safe learning environment combined with spectacular dive locations. This course is the most popular option for beginners and is broken down into two components: two days of pool and classroom training, followed by a three day liveaboard trip to numerous reef sights of the Outer Reef which will include an amazing night dive. You’ll just need to complete a compulsory dive medical before getting started. Departs: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat Includes: On land – transfers to the classroom, PADI Open Water Certificate, Log book. At sea - Twin cabin accommodation (2 nts), 9 dives (weather permitting), dive insurance, all meals on board the boat, dive equipment & computer, snorkelling gear Note: Accommodation during the land element is not included Tour Code: CNS5DA

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Liveaboard Dive Trips for Certified Divers

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r6,144

highlights • 11 dives on the Great Barrier Reef (includes 2 night dives) • All dive equipment and dive insurance • All meals, twin share accommodation and transfers

Get ready for three fantastic days exploring the stunning marine life on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This trip consists of a total of 11 dives including two exciting night dives. Spend time aboard an awesome 80ft vessel with comfortable double and twin-share cabins. There are two large decks, one of which is dedicated purely to relaxation and sunbathing - the perfect way to spend an afternoon kicking back after a full day of diving. All passengers must present their Dive Card at the beginning of the trip in order to participate in the certified dives and the rest of the time is yours to discover the incredible variety of fish and coral that call the Great Barrier Reef home. Departs: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Includes: Twin cabin accommodation (2 nts), 11 dives (weather permitting), dive insurance, all meals on board the boat, all dive equipment, dive computer, prescription mask if needed, wetsuit, torch and cyalume sticks for night diving, snorkelling gear Tour Code: CNSCER

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PADI Advanced Open Water Course

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r7,325

highlights • 11 dives on the Great Barrier Reef (includes 2 night dives) • PADI Advanced Manual, all dive equipment and dive insurance • All meals and twin share accommodation

The Great Barrier Reef is a very special place to complete your Advanced Dive Course. Over three days, visit up to four Outer Reef locations, taking in sites selected for their extravagance of marine life and excellent visibility. You’ll need a PADI Open water certificate or equivalent to participate. There is time for a total of 11 dives. Five of these are dedicated to Advanced Course training: Deep Dive, Underwater Navigation and Night Dive. Your remaining dives could be a choice of Underwater Naturalist, Search and Recovery or Underwater Photography. You’ll be staying on a purpose-built dive boat so this is a great way to meet like-minded travellers as well. Departs: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Includes: Twin cabin accommodation (2 nts), 11 dives (weather permitting), PADI Advanced Manual, dive insurance, all meals on board the boat, all dive equipment, dive computer, prescription mask if needed, wetsuit, torch and cyalume sticks for night diving, snorkelling gear Tour Code: CNSAPW

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14 days

outback to the top end   ADELAIDE 

FR

R22,819

 DARWIN

Darwin Kakadu NP Litchfield NP

AU S T RA LIA

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Western MacDonnell Ranges

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Alice Springs Kings Canyon

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Coober Pedy

William Creek Wilpena Pound Flinders Ranges

Adelaide

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highlights • Sample the wines of the Barossa Valley • Drive the rugged Oodnadatta Track • Stay at a unique underground hostel • Admire sunset and sunrise at Uluru • Hike the beautiful Valley of the Winds • Delve into fascinating Aboriginal culture • Travel aboard the iconic Ghan railway • Look out for crocodiles in Kakadu

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You have two weeks to discover the natural beauty of one of the world’s most awe-inspiring destinations. Where are you going to start? We’d like to suggest the charming city of Adelaide, a place that likes to enjoy the finer things in life. Follow your curiosity down the rugged tracks that make Outback Australia so remote, check out the underground mining town of Coober Pedy, and witness the magnificent colours of Uluru as the sun rises and falls. From Alice Springs, ride the historic Ghan railway all the way to the subtropical Top End and finish the trip swimming under the beautiful waterfalls of Kakadu National Park.

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Wilpena Pound / William Creek The stunning natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound is considered sacred by the Adnyamathana people and a guided walk here introduces both indigenous art and early settler history. Spend a memorable night sleeping in a ‘swag’ (canvas bedroll) for a real flavour of the Outback. On Day 8, travel along the Oodnadatta Track marvelling at ruins of early settler sites, visiting the Arabunna Aboriginal Centre and hiking down to Lake Eyre, a dried-up salt lake. If all this sounds a bit hot and dusty, don’t worry, you can refresh yourself later at a remote thermal spring. (2B, 2L, 2D)

05-06

Coober Pedy / Uluru (Ayers Rock) Head today to the world’s opal mining capital, Coober Pedy, where summer temperatures can be pretty fierce. You’ll take a guided tour of a mine, before spending the night at an atmospheric subterranean hostel. Cross the border into the Northern Territory, in time to witness sunset at Uluru, and then bed down in your choice of a ‘swag’ or tent, for a peaceful night under the stars. (2B, D)

07-08

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Kings Canyon / Western MacDonnell Ranges Start the day with a glass of bubbles as you watch the sunrise over Uluru, before taking a walk around the base of the rock with a local guide to learn why this is a sacred place for Aborigines. Head west to Kata Tjuta where, weather permitting, you can hike the beautiful Valley of the Winds. Retrace your steps back to Uluru and on to beautiful Kings Canyon where you’ll explore the unique rock formations known as the Amphitheatre, the Lost City and the Garden of Eden. From here, continue into the Western MacDonnell Ranges for a night staying in safari-style tents. (2B, 2L, 2D)

09-11

Alice Springs / Ghan Train / Katherine Gorge / Darwin Start the day with a refreshing dip at the Glen Helen swimming hole before travelling via the Glen Helen Gorge towards the remote capital of the Outback, Alice Springs, the only town of any significance for hundreds of miles in any direction! On Day 10 you have a free day to explore Alice Springs, which is home many of Australia’s finest galleries specialising in Aboriginal art, particularly of the distinctive dot painting style. Some of the many attractions here include the old Telegraph Station and the base station of the unique healthcare service that serves those living on remote cattle stations across the Outback, the ‘Flying Doctors’. Late afternoon, board the world-famous Ghan Train and spend a relaxing evening riding the rails. On Day 11, The Ghan takes a welcome four-hour break at the town of Katherine, and a transfer to Katherine Gorge is included, where you can enjoy several optional activities – hiking, helicopter flights or flat-bottomed boat rides. Jumping back on the train, you’ll continue your journey to the capital of the ‘Top End’, Darwin. (3B)

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Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park Early departure from Darwin for an action-packed day in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kakadu. Stop for a quick crocodile-spotting boat cruise, admire the indigenous rock art at Ubirr and call into an Aboriginal arts and crafts centre. You’ll spend the rest of your time here exploring beautiful waterfalls, swimming holes and hiking trails, though exactly what you’ll see is subject to weather and road conditions in the wet and dry seasons. Transfer to an overnight camp near Litchfield National Park, where a delicious barbecue dinner awaits. On Day 14, enjoy a guided trip into Litchfield National Park to encounter waterfalls, swimming holes and the impressive magnetic termite mounds. The tour comes to an end with an evening arrival back into Darwin. (3B, 3L, 2D)

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Basic hotels (3 nts), ‘swag’ accommodation (5 nts), cabins (2 nts), tent (1 nt), underground hostel (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Private bus, train, 4WD vehicle, boat Meals: 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $220-260 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOAAD

you might like Extend Your Trip Australia South to North (18 days, Melbourne to Darwin) (GAOAMD) see page 42 Fr R25,558 Shorten Your Trip Outback to the Red Centre (9 days, Adelaide to Alice Springs) (GAOAAR) see page 90 Fr R12,775

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itinerary Adelaide / Barossa Valley / Flinders Ranges Arrive into Adelaide at any time today, and head out to explore its parklands and botanical gardens. Meet your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and fellow travellers this evening. On Day 2, see the rolling hills around Adelaide that have become renowned worldwide as one of Australia’s top wine-producing regions, and the tour kicks off in style this morning with a spot of wine tasting in the Barossa Valley. Continue to Alligator Gorge to admire its colourful rock formations and rugged scenery. Make yourself comfortable this evening with some unique Aussie accommodation at a working sheep station. (B, L, D)

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13 days

MELBOURNE TO the RED CENTRE  MELBOURNE 

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R18,253

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AU STR AL IA

Western MacDonnell Ranges

Alice Springs

Kings Canyon

Australia

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

William Creek

Coober Pedy

Wilpena Pound Flinders Ranges

Adelaide

Melbourne

Robe Grampians NP

Port Campbell

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highlights • Check out surfing hotspots like Torquay • Say G’Day to koalas and kangaroos • Hike the sand dunes of the Coorong • Explore the elegant city of Adelaide • Sample the local Barossa Valley wines • Go opal mining in Coober Pedy • Enjoy a glass of bubbly at Ayers Rock • Admire the dramatic Kings Canyon

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

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Grampians National Park / Robe Continue your exploration of the Great Ocean Road, with visits to The Arch and London Bridge, whose main span has now collapsed. Look out for koalas and kangaroos at Tower Hill National Park before heading inland to Grampians National Park, a beautiful mountain region known for its lakes, waterfalls and indigenous rock art. Trek through the verdant forest or opt for a spot of mountain biking, before heading back to the historic coastal town of Robe. Surfers might like to catch a few waves here, and tonight you can visit the Aussie Rules Football Club to enjoy a few beers with the locals. (2B, D)

05-06

Coorong National Park / Adelaide / Barossa Valley / Flinders Ranges Enjoy a few short hikes in Coorong National Park, where the sand dunes and lagoons support a wonderful variety of birdlife. Continue to the cultured city of Adelaide, whose downtown is surrounded by parklands. On Day 6, explore the region around Adelaide. This is one of Australia’s leading wine-producing regions, so what better start to the day than a spot of wine tasting at a vineyard in the Barossa Valley? The next stop is at Alligator Gorge, known for its uniquely-coloured rock formations and rugged scenery. Bed down for the night at a working sheep station for a unique slice of Australian life. (2B, L, D)

07-08

Wilpena Pound / William Creek Learn about the indigenous art and early settler history at Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre sacred to the Adnyamathana people, and opt to take a flight over this stunning landscape feature. Spend a night sleeping in a ‘swag’ (canvas bedroll) for a real taste of the Outback. On Day 8, travel along the Oodnadatta Track deep into the Outback. Marvel at ruins of early settler sites, visit the Arabunna Aboriginal Centre and trek to the edge of dried-up Lake Eyre. You can relax afterwards in a remote thermal spring. (2B, 2L, 2D)

09-10

Coober Pedy / Uluru (Ayers Rock) Coober Pedy is the world’s opal mining capital and here you’ll take a guided tour of a mine before spending the night at a unique subterranean hostel, built to avoid the summer heat when temperatures can reach an oppressive 50C. Cross the border into the Northern Territory and onwards to magnificent Uluru. Experience sunset at the rock before curling up in a ‘swag’ for a cosy night under the star-filled sky. (2B, D)

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Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Kings Canyon Start the day with a glass of something sparkling as you watch the sunrise over Uluru, and notice the stark difference in the morning colours on the rock. Take a guided walk around the base of Uluru to learn why it is considered so sacred to the Aborigines. Head next to Kata Tjuta where, weather permitting, you can hike the beautiful Valley of the Winds. Retrace your steps back via Uluru to tonight’s destination, Kings Canyon. (B, L, D)

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Kings Canyon / Western MacDonnell Ranges Today, you’ll explore beautiful Kings Canyon on foot, visiting the dramatic formations known as the Amphitheatre, the Lost City and the Garden of Eden. From here, continue into the Western MacDonnell Ranges to spend your last night on tour in a tent or a swag - your choice. (B, L, D)

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Alice Springs Start the day with a cool dip at Glen Helen before travelling via the Glen Helen Gorge towards the isolated outpost of Alice Springs, the only town of any significant size in the entire Australian Outback. The tour ends upon arrival. (B)

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Basic hotels (2 nts), lodges (3 nts), camping in swag or tent accomodation (4 nts), cabins (2 nts), underground hostel (1 nt) Transport: Private bus, boat Meals: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $160-200 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOAMR

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

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OUTBACK TO R12,775 THE RED CENTRE  FR

ADELAIDE 

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ADELAIDE 

 ALICE SPRINGS

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R15,292

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Australia

highlights

highlights

• Travel the Oodnadatta Track and spend a night sleeping underground • Marvel at how the colours of Uluru contrast so vividly at dawn and dusk • Enjoy two lesser-known attractions – Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon • Sleep out in cabins, tents and swags and admire the star-filled sky

• See the awe-inspiring natural wonders of the Red Centre including Uluru • Enjoy time at leisure in the remote outback outpost of Alice Springs • Learn about Aboriginal rock art in beautiful Kakadu National Park • Cool down with swims to the Top End’s stunning waterfalls

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Adelaide Arrive into the elegant city of Adelaide today, before meeting your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and new travel buddies this evening.

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Barossa Valley / Flinders Ranges The rolling hills around Adelaide offer perfect conditions for the cultivation of grapes and you’ll discover why the Barossa Valley’s wines are so prized with a tasting session. Continue to Alligator Gorge and make a stop in historic Quorn, before bedding down for the night at an authentic and all-Australian sheep station. (B, L, D)

03-04

Wilpena Pound / William Creek Enjoy a guided walk at the stunning natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound to introduce the area’s cultural history and indigenous art. Tonight, we promise you’ll sleep like a baby wrapped up in your ‘swag’ (canvas bedroll) under the stars. On Day 4, travel along the rugged Oodnadatta Track, visiting the Arabunna Aboriginal Centre, hiking down to Lake Eyre and enjoying a refreshing soak at a thermal spring. (2B, 2L, 2D)

05-06

Coober Pedy / Uluru (Ayers Rock) Head today to the world’s opal mining capital, Coober Pedy, where you’ll take a guided tour of a mine before spending the night at a unique hostel, built underground to escape the extreme summer heat. Cross the border into the Northern Territory to witness sunset at Uluru, and then bed down for the evening in your choice of a ‘swag’ or tent. (2B, D)

07-08

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Kings Canyon / Western MacDonnell Ranges Start the day by watching the sunrise over Uluru, before taking a walk around the base of the rock with a local guide. Continue to Kata Tjuta where, weather permitting, you can hike the Valley of the Winds. Continue on to Kings Canyon to see the Amphitheatre, the Lost City and the Garden of Eden. From here, continue into the Western MacDonnell Ranges for a night in a tent or swag - your choice. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Alice Springs Start the day with a refreshing dip at the Glen Helen swimming hole before travelling via the Glen Helen Gorge towards the remote capital of the Outback, Alice Springs, where the tour ends on arrival. (B)

departures Apr - Jun Jul Aug - Oct Nov - Dec

Accommodation: Basic hotel (1 nt), camping in swag or tent accommodation (4 nts), cabins (2 nts), underground hostel (1 nt, multishare) Transport: Private bus, 4WD vehicle Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $100-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOAAR

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03-05

Coober Pedy / Uluru / Kata Tjuta / Kings Creek Station Today is all about the journey to Uluru (Ayers Rock) to enjoy your first Uluru sunset. On Day 4 walk around the base of Uluru and visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre before breakfast at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Walk the majestic Valley of the Winds before heading to Kings Creek Station the following day. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Kings Canyon / Alice Springs Enjoy a walk around the rim of Watarrka (Kings Canyon) and view the renowned waterhole known as the Garden of Eden. Head for Alice Springs to overnight before spending two days at leisure exploring the many attractions of the capital of the Australian outback. (B, L)

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Alice Springs / Katherine / Darwin Your adventure through the ‘Territory’ continues with a visit to the Devil’s Marbles, before heading farther up the Stuart Highway to the infamous Daly Waters pub and a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools. Camp nearby for the night before an early start to drive to Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park and on to Darwin. (2B, 3L, 2D)

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Darwin / Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park First stop is the Mary River Wetlands and the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the Southern Hemisphere. Take an informative, private two-hour cruise before visiting the Bowali Visitor Centre. At Ubirr enjoy your guide’s interpretation of Aboriginal rock art. Spend Day 13 at Gunlom Falls for a swim at the bottom of the waterfall before camping near Litchfield National Park. (B, 2L, 2D)

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Litchfield National Park / Darwin Today is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Go for a final swim in waterfalls before your early evening arrival back in Darwin. (B, L)

2013

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Alice Springs Kings Canyon

iNCLUSIONS

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Adelaide / Wilmington / Coober Pedy Leaving Adelaide travel through the Clare Valley and the southern Flinders Ranges before a hike up Dutchman’s Stern. Camp for the night at Stony Creek. An early start to Coober Pedy for a tour of an opal mine and a visit to Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage. (B, 2L, 2D)

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2013

Alternate Saturdays Regular Saturdays Alternate Saturdays Every Saturday

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Uluru (Ayers Rock)

William Creek

Coober Pedy Wilpena Pound

Flinders Ranges

Darwin Litchfield N.P.

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Camping (8 nts), multishare accommodation (5 nts), Transport: Mini-coach Meals: 9 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 9 dinners Notes: Prior to April 2013, this trip is 13 days in length. Please ask your Travel Expert for more details. Access to some falls may be seasonal Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 24 Note: Camping fees and equipment included Tour Code: ADLPAC

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Tennant Creek Devils Marbles KingsA U S T R A L I A Canyon Alice Springs Uluru, Kata Tjuta Coober Pedy Flinders Ranges

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NORTHERN TERRITORY Australia

Darwin Litchfield Katherine National Park

Uluru

Alice Springs

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ALICE SPRINGS 

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Darwin Kakadu N.P.

Litchfield N.P.

Katherine Mataranka Daly Waters

Australia

Tennant Creek Devils Marbles Wycliffe Well

AU STR A LIA

Ti Tree

Kings Canyon

Simpsons Gap Alice Springs

Kata Tjuta

Uluru

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highlights • Marvel at the majestic colours of Uluru • Grab a beer at the Territory’s oldest pub • Camp out in the wild Aussie outback • Learn about Aboriginal communities • Hold a python at a reptile centre • Eat some local croc, kangaroo or camel • Admire rugged canyons of Kakadu N.P. • See the ‘Lost City’ and ‘Garden of Eden’

Soak up the remoteness of the outback on this remarkable 11-day tour of the two halves of Australia’s Northern Territory, the dusty Red Centre and the tropical Top End, including stops at Ayers Rock, Kings Creek Station and Kakadu. Travelling exclusively with 18-35 year olds, spend a night under the stars, get friendly with reptiles and have a drink in the oldest pub in the region. It’s an adventure that will leave you longing for a return to the seclusion of the desert and for a deeper understanding of the communities that call the NT home. You’ll also experience the trendy urban vibe of Darwin to wrap up a great trip.

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Alice Springs It’s rustic, it’s remote and you’ll be right amongst it. Get up close to reptiles and snakes, but don’t fear, they’re only at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre! After you’ve held a python (if you’re game) you’ll see the MacDonnell Ranges from ANZAC Hill which boasts desert views and see the Aboriginal site of Simpson’s Gap. (D)

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Alice Springs / Kings Creek Station Have you ever slept in a traditional Aussie canvas bedroll, or ‘swag’? If not, tonight’s your chance to experience the real Australian outback lifestyle as you camp out under the stars. It’s bush life at its best. Before this, you’ll hang out with the fascinating Walpiri Aboriginal community and hike through the dramatic and starkly beautiful Kings Canyon to the ‘Lost City’ and the ‘Garden of Eden’. (B, D)

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Kings Creek Station / Uluru After a hearty breakfast make tracks for Uluru, Australia’s pin-up icon where framing up shots is a must! Next up, you’re off see the 700 million year old Lake Amadeus and Mt Connor, boasting staggering 360-degree views of the red desert. Then walk through its equally impressive neighbour, Kata Tjuta (a.k.a. the Olgas). (B)

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Uluru It’s an early rise this morning, but you’ll be rewarded with the changing colours of an Uluru sunrise. Priceless. Take a walk around ‘The Rock’ and listen to local tales of this remarkable area and its Aboriginal rock art. Complete the day by watching the sunset and toasting this awe-inspiring view with a glass of bubbles! (B)

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Uluru / Alice Springs It’s a peaceful day in store as you return to ‘The Alice’ and why not burn around the outback on a quad bike, explore the many Aboriginal art galleries or just relax poolside and soak up those sublime rays. (B)

06

Alice Springs / Tennant Creek You’re back on the road again but only after you’ve had the chance to opt for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take a hot-air balloon ride over the dusty desert and the incredible MacDonnell Ranges at dawn. On the way to the ‘Top End’ you’ll cross the Tropic of Capricorn and arrive at Tennant Creek, an old mining town in the middle of nowhere and the only point of contact for the million-acre cattle stations that surround it. (B, D)

07

Tennant Creek / Katherine It has been a busy few days and you deserve to chill out with a bevvy. You’ll have the chance to do just that at the Northern Territory’s oldest pub, the Daly Waters, that has been licensed since 1893. After hanging with some locals, cool off in Mataranka thermal pools before heading to the lush river town of Katherine. (B)

08

Katherine / Kakadu National Park Hike, walk, or opt to take a boat trip to see the massive Katherine Gorge up close. This afternoon, hit the road and stop off at breathtaking Edith Falls for a swim before you pull up at World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, which is Australia’s largest national park! (B, D)

09

Kakadu National Park Explore Kakadu today - its variety of stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife and arguably Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock. The nerve-ending landscapes of Ubirr will seriously impress. (B)

10

Kakadu National Park / Darwin Today cruise along a lake to spot crocs and other native wildlife before heading to Darwin. Take a city tour, an optional sunset cruise, hit the shops or simply kick back and watch the world pass you by! (B)

11

Darwin Before your tour comes to an end, swim in the beautiful Florence Falls as you explore the almighty Litchfield National Park. Marvel the park’s magnetic termite mounds and pick up a didgeridoo or two! (B)

departures

2013/14

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), lodge (2 nts), outback bush camp (1 nt) Transport: Modern air-con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 50 Tour Code: COTEADD

you might like Shorten your trip Alice & Kakadu (6 days, Alice Springs to Darwin) (COAKADD) Fr R8,385 Start in Alice Rock & Red (6 days, Alice Springs to Alice Springs) (COAEDAD/COAEADD) Fr R8,555 Go in reverse Outback Adventure (11 days, Darwin to Alice Springs) (COTEDAD) Fr R13,955

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10 days

RED CENTRE & top end ‘crocodile rock’  DARWIN 

Darwin

FR

R10,491

  ALICE SPRINGS

Kakadu N.P.

Litchfield N.P. Katherine

Australia

Mataranka Banka Banka Station Tennant Creek

AU S T R A L I A

Devils Marbles

Kings Canyon Kata Tjuta

Alice Springs

Uluru

snapshot

highlights • Down a beer at the Daly Waters Pub • Camp at Banka Banka Cattle Station • Enjoy campfire stories and star gazing • Spot crocs on a wetland cruise • See the Aboriginal art of Kakadu N.P. • Marvel at Uluru and Kata Tjuta • Swim in crystal-clear waterfalls • Hike the ‘Valley of the Winds’

departures Jan - Dec

2013

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hostel (3 nts), camping (6 nts) Transport: Mini-coach Meals: 6 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 24 Note: Access to some falls may be seasonal Tour Code: DRWRED

you might like Go in Reverse Red Centre & Top End Crocodile Rock (10 days, Alice Springs to Darwin) (ASPRED) Fr R10,491 Spend longer in Alice Springs See page 95

Many countries can offer fabulous beaches, exciting cities, great food and wine and friendly locals but there’s only one place in the world where you’ll find the ‘Red Centre’ and the ‘Top End’. If that’s your bag then this is the tour for you. Spend 10 amazing days hiking dramatic scenery, swimming in clear waterfalls, cruising the wetlands and camping under the stars. Make like an Aussie bushman in your swag or opt for the cover of canvas - either way the memories of chats round the campfire, the tantalising smell of a snag on an open grill and the sight of clear open night skies will stay with you forever.

DAY

itinerary

01

Darwin / Kakadu National Park First stop - Mary River Wetlands which are renowned for the 250 bird species that can be found here. Take an informative, two-hour cruise along the Mary River where you can spot crocs and other wildlife. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before your late afternoon arrival at Ubirr to view a wide range of Aboriginal rock art interpreted by your guide. Tonight enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at a campsite at Cooinda. (L, D)

02

Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park Spend the whole morning at Gunlom Falls where you can swim at the bottom of the waterfall, relax in a natural infinity pool and climb to the top of the falls. If these falls are inaccessible visit either Motor Car Falls or Boulder Creek instead. Leave Kakadu to stay overnight at a campsite near Litchfield National Park. (B, L, D)

03

Litchfield National Park / Darwin Today is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Highlights include the large magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and swimming in and hiking at Wangi Falls (seasonal). Go for a final swim in the waterfalls at Buley Rockhole before your early evening arrival back in Darwin. (B, L)

04

Darwin / Mataranka region (via Katherine) Your adventure through the ‘Territory’ to Alice Springs begins at Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park. Ancient sandstone has been carved away by the Katherine River to create a deep and picturesque gorge. You may like to take a boat cruise or paddle a canoe (seasonal) through the peaceful water before arriving at your overnight camp. (L, D)

05

Mataranka region / Banka Banka Station There’s no better start to the day than a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees. The Daly Waters Pub is a great spot to take a break and have a cold beer. Historically, it has been an important watering hole for explorers and cattle drovers. (B, L, D)

06-07

Banka Banka / Alice Springs Passing through Tennant Creek, the highlight of the day are the huge granite boulders known as the Devil’s Marbles (Karlu Karlu) which make for great photos. Just north of Alice Springs, you cross the Tropic of Capricorn before arriving into Alice Springs to stay for the next two nights. Spend the next day at leisure exploring this Red Centre town which has loads to offer including outstanding Aboriginal art galleries and a range of interesting attractions including the School of the Air and the Flying Doctors Service. (B, L)

08

Alice Springs / Uluru Today’s adventure begins with a stop at the Outback Camel Farm at Stuart’s Well where you can opt to ride a camel and visit Mount Ebenezer, which is a good place to see and buy Aboriginal art and craft. After lunch and your arrival at Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park, your guide will take you on an interpretive walk around the base of ‘the Rock’. The Cultural Centre is well worth a visit before it’s time to watch the ever-changing colours of Uluru at sunset before choosing to sleep in either a swag or tents at your private campsite. (L, D)

09

Uluru / Kata Tjuta / Kings Canyon Get up early for an Uluru sunrise which is as every bit dramatic as sunset and can be viewed close-by your campsite. After breakfast head for Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), an Aboriginal word for ‘many heads’. Here join your guide on a hike through the dry creek beds, domes and beautiful wilderness of the ‘Valley of the Winds’. After lunch drive to your private campsite at Kings Creek Station, a working cattle farm. (B, L, D)

10

Kings Canyon / Alice Springs This morning take a guided walk to see the towering walls, crevices and plateaux of Watarrka (Kings Canyon). Visit the rock formations known as the Amphitheatre and the Lost City plus a swim in the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’. After lunch, enjoy the return journey back to Alice Springs arriving in the late afternoon. (B, L)

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up top down under 

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ALICE SPRINGS 

FR

R9,122 8 the rock, rail & R13,231 days kakadu  FR

 darwin

ALICE SPRINGS 

 DARWIN

Australia

highlights

highlights

• Explore the museums and galleries of the Outback capital, Alice Springs • Skip a long bus journey by riding in comfort on the Ghan railway • Browse the famous night markets in the steamy, tropical city of Darwin • Cool off at waterfalls and swimming holes in UNESCO-listed Kakadu

• Leave civilisation behind as you explore remote bits of the vast Outback • Uncover some of the mysteries of indigenous Australian culture • Lace up your boots to explore Ayers Rock, The Olgas and Kings Canyon • Admire the beautiful landscapes of Kakadu and the sub-tropical Top End

DAY

itinerary

DAY

01

Alice Springs Arrive into the isolated community of Alice Springs which, in the absence of any competition (it’s the only town of any size for hundreds of miles north, south, east or west!) serves as the unofficial capital of the Australian Outback.

02

Ghan Train Free day to explore Alice Springs, with enough time to browse some of the town’s unique museums or highly-regarded Aboriginal art galleries. Late afternoon, you’ll climb on board the world-famous Ghan railway, named after the Afghan camel trains that used to provide essential supplies and communications to the remote cattle stations of the Outback. Spend a relaxing evening travelling on the train, watching the scenery change as you leave the Red Centre and start to approach the sub-tropical Top End. (B)

03

Katherine Gorge / Darwin The Ghan makes a four-hour stop at the town of Katherine, the perfect amount of time to catch the included transfer over to Katherine Gorge, where optional activities include numerous hiking trails, a flat-bottomed boat ride or even a helicopter flight. Back on the train, you’ll continue your journey to the vibrant, tropical city of Darwin. (B)

04-05

Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park Enjoy two action-packed days in Kakadu National Park starting with a quick boat cruise to spot crocodiles and followed with a visit to Ubirr to admire the indigenous rock art. Drop into an Aboriginal crafts centre to learn more about this unique regional culture and spend the rest of your time exploring Kakadu’s beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes (exact itinerary is dependent on seasonal conditions). Transfer to an overnight camp near Litchfield National Park, where a delicious barbecue dinner lies in store. (2B, 2L, 2D)

06

Litchfield National Park / Darwin Enjoy a guided excursion into Litchfield National Park to encounter its rock formations, waterfalls and impressive magnetic termite mounds. Sadly, this short but sweet adventure comes to an end with an evening arrival back into Darwin. (B, L)

departures Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct Nov Dec

2013

Alternate Sundays Regular Sundays Alternate Sundays Regular Sundays Regular Sundays

itinerary

01

Alice Springs / Kings Canyon Depart from Alice Springs early this morning to travel to awe-inspiring Kings Canyon. Hike around some of its remarkable rock features before camping under the stars, the best way to experience the Outback. (L, D)

02

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Uluru (Ayers Rock) Weather permitting, start the day with an enjoyable guided walk through the Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta, a collection of rocky domes that stand as the perfect complement to mighty Uluru. Visit the fascinating Aboriginal Cultural Centre before witnessing a majestic sunset over Uluru and heading to your campground for the night. (B, L, D)

03

Uluru (Ayers Rock) / Alice Springs Watch the sunrise over Uluru for a totally different perspective to last night’s sunset, before enjoying an informative guided walk around the base of the rock. Return to Alice Springs. (B, L, D)

04-05

Alice Springs / Ghan Train / Katherine Gorge / Darwin Free day to explore Alice Springs before embarking on an epic train ride aboard the famous Ghan. Glide effortlessly through the remote Outback towards the sub-tropical part of the Northern Territory. On Day 5 the Ghan makes a four-hour stop at the town of Katherine, and a transfer to Katherine Gorge is included, where optional activities include hiking trails, flat-bottomed boat rides and helicopter flights. Back on the train to continue to the capital of the ‘Top End’, Darwin. (2B)

06-07

Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park Depart early from Darwin to maximise valuable exploring time in Kakadu National Park, whose beauty and cultural importance have earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Spend the next couple of days on crocodile cruises, admiring indigenous rock art and swimming at waterfalls. Later on Day 7, transfer to an overnight camp near Litchfield National Park, where a barbecue dinner awaits (2B, 2L, 2D)

08

Litchfield National Park / Darwin Enjoy a guided excursion into Litchfield National Park to encounter waterfalls, rock formations and the intriguing magnetic termite mounds. The tour comes to an end with an evening arrival back into Darwin. (B, L)

departures Darwin Kakadu NP Litchfield NP

Apr - Jun Jul - Aug Sep - Oct Nov Dec

2013

Alternate Fridays Regular Fridays Alternate Fridays Regular Fridays Every Friday

Darwin

Kakadu NP

Litchfield NP

AU STRALIA

iNCLUSIONS

iNCLUSIONS

Accommodation: Basic hotels (2 nts), camping, with tent or ‘swag’ options (2 nts), overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Train, 4WD vehicle, boat Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $100-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOARD

Accommodation: Basic hotels (2nts), camping (4 nts), overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Private bus, train, 4WD vehicle Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $100150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOARK

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Kings Canyon Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Alice Springs


red centre - alice springs

Australia

1 TODDY’S BACKPACKERS

FR FR

R208 dorm R369 Twin/Double

2 HAVEN RESORT

ASPTOD

4

Days

R246 dorm R568 Twin/Double

3 DESERT PALMS

PriceS ARE per person per night

Prices are per person per night including breakfast

Comfort at a reasonable price with friendly service is the motto of Toddy’s. There are spacious dorms or private rooms as well as a swimming pool, bar, laundry, off street parking and Internet access. They also offer a free courtesy bus pick up from the airport, train or Greyhound Bus. During your stay, take advantage of the free light breakfast, tour confirmations and luggage storage too!

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Set amid palms and trailing bougainvillea, only five minutes from the centre of town, this is your oasis for exploring the Australian Outback. Enjoy a stunning sunset from the veranda of your private air-con villa, head down to the lagoon style pool with its waterfall and make the most of the BBQ facilities. Don’t forget to email home with the free Wi-Fi available.

ASPHBR

RED CENTRE DISCOVERY SELF DRIVE  SELF DRIVE TOURING

ALICE SPRINGS 

R1,324 SINGLE FR R662 Twin/Double

PriceS ARE per person per night

Five minutes from the centre of Alice is this dream destination for any backpacker heading to the desert. It’s stylish and funky but with lots of comfort and convenience. The rooms come with en suite and air-con and some have TVs and fridges. There’s a pool, communal kitchen, laundry facilities and the all-important Internet. On top of all this, it’s only a 25 minute walk to anywhere in town.

+Bonus Free breakfast (tea & toast). Free airport pick-up

FR

ASPDOR

FR

R4,386

  alice springs

highlights • Tour the Red Centre desert at your pace • See some of nature’s most wondrous creations • Catch the sunrise and sunset over the awesome Uluru

DAY

01-02

itinerary Alice Springs / Kings Canyon Pick up your car in Alice and it’s off to explore the Aussie outback; visit the Old Telegraph Station or the Aviation Museum. The next day, head to Kings Canyon and the ‘Garden of Eden’.

03

Kings Canyon / Uluru It’s an early start to complete the Rim Walk at Kings Canyon before travelling to Yulara where you will see Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Make sure you see the sunset here – majestic!

04

Uluru / Alice Springs You’ll be well rewarded if you drag yourself out of bed to catch the sunrise over Uluru this morning. There is more time to explore the area this morning before heading back to Alice Springs.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel room-only basis (3 nts) Transport: Co-pilot kit with maps, please note car hire is not included Tour Code: ASPRCD

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ULURU

Australia

PIONEER 1 OUTBACK hotel & lodge

FR FR

R360 Dorm R936 TWIN/Double

Prices are per person per night

APARTMENTS 2 EMU AYErS ROCK resort

FR FR

R2,198 SINGLE R1,099 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

• Great location on Ayers Rock Resort • Traditional outback hospitality • Excellent value for money

• Spacious and well-equipped apartments for up to six people • Great kitchen facilities in case you are fed up of hotel dinners • Perfect location for visiting iconic Uluru

Nestled in an extensive resort area boasting shops and attractions, the Outback Pioneer Lodge is perfect for a casual, fun stay close to Uluru. This lively hotel offers simple, smart rooms, a bar, restaurant, Internet, pool, self-catering kitchen, laundry facilities, a huge BBQ area and nightly entertainment. There is a mix of single sex and mixed dorms.

These apartments provide all the conveniences of home in a spectacular setting. Sheltered behind gardens of native trees, these spacious and wellequipped apartments are ideal. Have your own space, your own kitchen and your own unique experience. Hang out on your balcony with mates or visit the resort’s Gecko Café and make some new ones.

AYQOPL

3

Days

RED CENTRE EXPERIENCE  alice springs

AAYQ01

FR

R3,644

alice springs

highlights • Sunrise and sunset viewing of breathtaking Uluru (Ayers Rock) • Enjoy hikes at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and King’s Canyon • Kip under the stars as you experience outback life and sleep in a swag

DAY

01 departures Apr May - Jun Jul - Aug Sep - Oct Nov Dec

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Regular Fridays Every Other Friday Regular Fridays Every Other Friday Regular Fridays Every Friday

2013

02-03

itinerary Alice Springs / Kings Canyon After an early start you’ll travel to the beautiful Kings Canyon where you’ll embark on a guided tour of the Amphitheatre, Lost City, Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. At night, enjoy a campfire dinner and experience the Red Centre by sleeping under the stars in a swag. (L, D) Kata Tjuta / Uluru / Alice Springs An early start takes you to the rock formations of Kata Tjuta and the Valley of the Winds. Get to grips with Aboriginal culture and marvel at Uluru’s whirlwind of colours at sunset. On Day 3 glimpse Ayers Rock at sunrise. Opt to ride a camel before heading back to Alice Springs where your trip ends. (2B, L, D)

Accommodation: Camping (2 nts) Transport: Private bus Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $40-60 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOARC

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2

Days

overnight DINGO DREAMING red centre SAFARI  uluru 

FR

R2,789

 uluru

highlights • Share campfire stories and star gazing in the peace and tranquility of the desert • Explore the incredible rocky domes of Kata Tjuta, also known as The Olgas • Learn about indigenous culture on an interpretative tour around the base of Uluru

Departs: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat Accommodation: Camping (1 nt) Transport: Mini-coach Meals:1 breakfast, 1 dinner Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code AYQODD

3

Days

COCKATOO DREAMING red centre safari  alice springs/ULURU 

FR

R3,356

  alice springs

highlights • Experience the contrasting and ever-changing colours at sunrise and sunset at Uluru • Enjoy an invigorating hike through the Valley of the WInds at Kata Tjuta • Discover some fascinating Aboriginal ‘Dreamtime’ stories told by local indigenous people

This three-day adventure offers a true Red Centre camping experience at private and remote campsites. Begin with a stop at the Outback Camel Farm before your arrival at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park for your first glimpse of the iconic Ayers Rock. Enjoy an interpretive walk around the base before watching the ever-changing colours of Uluru at sunset. After dinner cooked over an open fire, campfire stories and star gazing, the choice is yours to sleep in a traditional swag or tents. Rise early for a spectacular Uluru sunrise before heading to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and a hike through the ‘Valley of the Winds’. Continue on to your next campsite on a working cattle farm. Start Day 3 with a guided walk to see the towering walls, crevices and plateaux of Watarrka (Kings Canyon), including rock formations such as the Amphitheatre and the Lost City followed by a swim in the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’ before your return to Alice Springs. Departs: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat Accommodation: Camping (2 nts) Transport: Mini-coach Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code ASPCOC

5

Days

4WD Kangaroo Dreaming red centre safari  alice springs/ULURU 

FR

R9,215

  alice springs

highlights • See all the highlights of the incredible Red Centre - Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon • Go ‘Aussie’ and sleep out in the bush in a swag under a starry southern sky • Meet the locals and hear remarkable stories at the Oak Valley Aboriginal Community

The ultimate five-day 4WD adventure! Fact. You’ll tour all the ‘must-see’ stops including Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and the West MacDonnell Ranges. Go ‘Aussie’ and experience authentic bush camping in traditional swags, falling asleep by the fire looking up at the starry skies. You can look forward to a drive through an old outback cattle station which will give you incredible views of the MacDonnell Ranges and visit the Oak Valley Aboriginal Community where you’ll spend time with a local Aboriginal host as they share remarkable stories with you and show you rock paintings and carvings. See the sun rise and set over Uluru, hike through the ‘Valley of the Winds’, enjoy hiking at Kings Canyon and take a swim in pools at Ormiston Gorge. Along the way you’ll enjoy lunch in bush camps, an Uluru sunset with a glass or two of bubbles and some amazing campfire dinners. Wow! Departs: Tue, Thu & Sat Accommodation: Camping (4 nts) Transport: Modern air-con 4WD vehicle Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 16 Note: Access to Oak Valley may be restricted Tour Code: ASPRKD

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This overnight adventure provides the ideal opportunity for those short on time to explore Uluru and Kata Tjuta. On Day 1, you will depart just after lunch and enjoy an interpretive walk around the base of ‘The Rock’. The Cultural Centre is well worth a visit before it’s time to watch the constantly changing colours of Uluru at sunset. After enjoying a delicious dinner cooked over an open fire, it’s time to retire to either your traditional ‘swag’ or a tent (the choice is yours). Wakey wakey, rise and shine, it’s Day 2 and time to view sunrise over Uluru from a lookout close to your campsite. After breakfast take off for the rocky domes of Kata Tjuta, whose Aboriginal word means ‘many heads’, for a 7km hike through the magnificent ‘Valley of the Winds’. After lunch, you will be returned to Ayers Rock Resort or the airport. If you’re literally flying in and out then flights must arrive at Ayers Rock Airport on or before 1.05pm and depart after 1.30pm the following day.


DARWIN

Australia

1 CHILLIS BACKPACKERS

FR FR

r256 DORM r331 Twin/Double

2 MELALEUCA ON MITCHELL

Prices are per person per night including breakfast

FR FR

r208 DORM r355 TWIN/Double

Prices are per person per night

Fancy watching a film whilst lounging around the pool? If you do, check out the four metre outdoor projection screen and poolside bar - party! The hostel also has a communal kitchen area as well as Internet, spa and pool deck. The rooms are spacious and clean with air-con, individual lockers and some even have en suite bathrooms. Everything you could possibly want from a hostel!

+Bonus

+Bonus

2

Days

DRWCHI

Stay 4 pay 3 (6 bed dorm only) - 01jan133oapr13 & 01oct13-31dec13. ISIC holders get 1 free drink & 1 hour free Internet

overnight LITCHFIELD safari 

FR

DRWMOM

r1,371

highlights • Share stories round the campfire • Swim in refreshing, shady waterholes • Admire Litchfield’s massive termite mounds

Departs: Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun (plus Mon May-Nov) Accommodation: Camping (1 nt) Transport: Mini-coach Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Note: Access to some falls may be seasonal Tour Code: DRWOLS

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FR

r1,050 single FR r525 Twin/Double

PriceS ARE per person per night

If you’re on a budget and heading to Darwin then head to Chillis – an awesome hostel with you in mind. It has two outdoor spas, an Internet centre, communal kitchen, swimming pool, and is located right in the heart of the city. It’s close to great bars, restaurants, clubs and attractions. The rooms all have air-con, a fan and security lockers. They throw in breakfast for you too. Stay 4 pay 3 - 01Apr13-31Dec13

3 VALUE INN

This chilled overnight camping experience is a mini outback adventure in itself and a great way to experience stunning Litchfield National Park. Leaving Darwin in the afternoon travel through a landscape that has been formed by water and time with waterfalls, monsoon rainforest and amazing Magnetic and Cathedral Termite Mounds. After spending the night under canvas close to the park, Day 2 is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Swim, hike and explore Florence and Wangi Falls or the many rock holes and cascading waterfalls of Buley Rockhole before heading back to Darwin.

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Set in the heart of Darwin’s tourist precinct surrounded by bars, restaurants and shops, guests staying here have full use of the great leisure facilities at Value Inn’s adjacent property - Melaleuca on Mitchell. Rooms come complete with TV, air-con, ensuite with shower and a queen bed plus a single. This is a great value for money option giving you more spendies!

+Bonus

Stay 4 pay 3 - 01Jan13-31Mar13 & 01OCT13-31DEC13. DRWVAL ISIC holders get 1 free drink & 1 hour Internet

half CROCOSAURUS COVE & day

FR

CAGE OF DEATH

r1,418

Crocosaurus Cove offers guests the opportunity to get up close with some of the Top End’s most iconic reptiles. Home to the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles and some of the largest saltwater crocs on the planet. Check out Australia’s only crocodile dive, the ‘Cage of Death’, where you can share the same water environment of these amazing prehistoric creatures. DRWCAG

full LITCHFIELD day

NATIONAL PARK

FR

r1,040

Spend a fun day exploring Litchfield National Park. You will see a landscape that has been formed by water and time with abounding waterfalls, monsoon rainforest, bush walking tracks, swimming holes and amazing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds. Enjoy a barbecue lunch with your fellow travellers and relax in this truly amazing part of ‘The Territory’. DRWLNP


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KAKADU ADVENTURE  darwin 

FR

r5,013 5 4WD JABIRU r9,877 days DREAMING safari  FR

 darwin

darwin 

 darwin

highlights

• Look out for crocodiles and wildlife at Corroboree billabong • Cool off in Kakadu’s refreshing plunge pools, such as Jim Jim Falls • Explore the incredible termite mounds of Litchfield National Park

• Explore the many highlights of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks • Swim in amazing clear pools to the sound of crashing waterfalls • Enjoy the simplicity and beauty of sleeping under the stars

Australia

highlights

Let your Top End adventure begin with a wildlife and crocodile-spotting cruise at the Corroboree billabong. Check out Ubirr to admire indigenous rock art and stop at an Aboriginal arts centre to learn about the ideas behind the creations. Overnight under the night sky in a ‘swag’ (canvas bedroll) just by Jim Jim Falls. Prepare for a full day of exploration on Day 2 as you hike to the top of Twin Falls for some awesome secluded swimming spots. Walk to Jim Jim Falls and take in the vibrant sandstone cliffs before cooling off in the refreshing plunge pools. Tonight’s accommodation is under the stars at Litchfield National Park with a group barbecue. On the final day explore incredible Litchfield N.P. with an opportunity to visit the Wangi Falls, the Buley Rockholes and time to see the giant termite mounds.

Explore the Top End by small group 4WD, get up close and personal with crocodiles and hike your way through Kakadu’s rugged terrain to Jim Jim and Twin Falls. Travel to Katherine Gorge where you can paddle, cruise or walk the gorge. Swim in the clear rock holes and waterfalls of Litchfield National Park and take in the indigenous culture that makes the Top End so unique. Spend your nights in private campsites, cooking over the campfire, sharing stories and marvelling at the clear, star-filled southern skies. Along the way you will cruise the Mary River Wetlands, discover the incredible Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr and swim in a waterfall or two including Gunlom, Wangi, Edith and Florence Falls. All this before you head back to the bright city lights of Darwin and a nice warm shower.

Departs: Selected Wednesdays Accommodation: Camping, option of tent or swag (2 nts) Transport: 4x4 vehicle Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $40-60 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOAKA

Departs: Mon, Wed & Fri (May-Nov) Includes: Deluxe camping (4 nts) Transport: Modern 4WD Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide Note: Access to some falls may be seasonal Group Size: Max 16 Tour Code: DRWJAB

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4

days

4WD DRAGONFLY r5,907 DREAMING safari  FR

darwin 

 darwin

days

4wd brolga r8,932 dreaming safari  FR

darwin 

 darwin

highlights

highlights

• Spot native wildlife on a private two-hour crocodile cruise • Spend your nights camping under the star-filled stars • Check out some of Litchfield and Kakadu’s magnificent waterfalls

• Explore the wonder and wildlife of Kakadu and Katherine • Make new buddies as you embark on this exciting 4WD adventure • Be inspired by your natural surroundings

Kick off with a visit to Litchfield National Park to explore the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments before discovering intriguing cathedral and magnetic termite mounds and enjoying a private two-hour wildlife cruise to spot a croc or two. Continue to your campsite for your first night under the stars. Day 2 dawns and you head into Kakadu National Park to view Aboriginal art interpreted by your guide and climb the Nadab Lookout for panoramic views over the floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land. Continue on to Barramundi Gorge for a short hike through monsoon forest before another night in a private campsite. More adventures await on Day 3 as you head deep into Kakadu to Twin Falls Gorge and Jim Jim Falls before returning to Darwin. Awesome! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Deluxe camping (2 nts) Transport: Modern 4WD vehicle Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max16 Note: Access to some falls may be seasonal Tour Code: DRWDRA

You’ll learn a whole heap about the Aussie bush in these few days as you and the rest of the group embark on an adventure of a lifetime. Camp out under the stars in the heart of Kakadu, enjoy some great bush tucker, awesome yarns and build priceless memories with new friends. Highlights include beautiful waterfalls, relaxing rock holes, exhilarating hikes, river and billabong cruises, thermal pools to soak yourself in and bush walks to open your mind and expand your knowledge. Accompanied by an experienced guide you’ll really get to understand the history behind this incredible region. Every night as the campfire embers start to die you’ll be treated to a massive better-than-IMAX version of the starry southern skies, totally free from urban light pollution. Departs: Mon, Wed & Fri (May-Nov) Includes: Deluxe camping (3 nts) Transport: Modern 4WD Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide Note: Access to some falls may be seasonal Group Size: Max 16 Tour Code: DRWKAK

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Broome Exmouth Monkey Mia Geraldton Perth

Margaret River

AREA: 2,600,000 KM2 Population: 2.2 MILLION

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22 days

DARWIN TO PERTH SAFARI  DARWIN 

FR

r35,070

  PERTH

Darwin Kununurra

Coral Bay

Victoria River Lake Argyle Bungle Bungles

Australia

El Questro Gibb River Manning Gorge Broome Eighty Mile Beach Pilbara Region Windjana Gorge Exmouth Karijini N.P.

AU S T R A L I A

Monkey Mia Kalbarri

Perth

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highlights • Visit Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls • Explore the Bungle Bungles N.P. • Go croc spotting at Windjana Gorge • Hike and swim in the Kimberleys • Catch a brilliant sunset at Cable Beach • Explore the gorges of Karijini N.P. • Wander the impressive Pinnacles Desert • Spot dolphins at Monkey Mia

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Sep 14 Sep 28 Oct 05 Oct 12 Oct 26 Nov 02

This is a real adventure in one of the world’s last remaining wilderness regions. Roam across great swathes of uninhabited bushland as you journey through a land untainted by human influence. Wonderfully rural you’ll have a chance to see the true outback as you explore the Kimberley and the fascinating Bungle Bungles, then head down the west coast with beaches to rival the more famous east coast. Enjoy exploring overgrown gorges, barren deserts, endless beaches, cascading waterfalls and eerie escarpments dominate your vision over 22 days of deliciously dusty discovery.

DAY

01-02 03-04

Kununurra Area / Bungle Bungles It’s time for some 4WD action as you wind your way into the Bungle Bungles. It’s a rugged ride but the scenery is fantastic and you’ll enjoy your first Kimberley sunset. Spend the next day exploring. (2B, 2L, 2D)

05-06

Bungle Bungles / El Questro/ Gibb River Road Travel out of the Bungles to El Questro Station. Sit back and admire the awesome scenery of the Carr Boyd and Durack Ranges as you head onto El Questro to set up camp. The next day you’re up early with a hike into the beautiful Cockburn Ranges for a refreshing swim under the waterfall at Emma Gorge before starting your journey along the Gibb River Road. (2B, 2L, 2D)

07

Gibb River Road and Gorges Today it’s time for swimming and hiking in the Kimberleys! Explore striking Manning Gorge and Barnett Gorge. Your guide will determine the most accessible gorges to explore. (B, L, D)

08

Manning Gorge / Windjana Gorge Today, make your way to Windjana Gorge, known for its freshwater crocodiles. (B, L, D)

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hostels (9 nts), camping (12 nts) Transport: Modern air-con minibus and 4WD Meals: 18 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 17 dinners Group Leader: Group leader throughout Group Size: Min 6, Max 20 Tour Code: DRWPER

you might like Go In Reverse Perth to Darwin Safari (22 days - Perth to Darwin) (PERDRW) Fr R35,445 Stay longer in Perth See page 104

itinerary Darwin / Victoria River Region/ Kununurra Area From Darwin, stop at either Edith Falls for a swim or explore Katherine Gorge, then travel on to the Victoria River region. On Day 2, visit Lake Argyle and spend time admiring the beauty and sheer size of the lake before making your way to your overnight camp in the Kununurra area. (B, 2L, 2D)

09-12 13 14-16 17

Windjana Gorge / Broome Explore the fascinating 750m underground Tunnel Creek, an area rich in bushranger history. It’s then off to Broome. These three days are yours to enjoy at your own pace. Broome is the perfect place to relax, swim and chill out on Cable Beach. There are also plenty of optional extras available. (B, L) Broome / Pilbara Region Cross the Great Sandy Desert, calling in at the coastal oasis of Eighty Mile Beach for a quick swim, before reaching your overnight station. (B, L, D) Pilbara Region / Karijini National Park This morning, head to the remote Karijini National Park where the next three days can be spent exploring the ancient gorges and swimming in emerald coloured rock pools. (3B, 3L, 3D) Karijini National Park / Exmouth Leaving Karijini, travel through the vast bush land and station country of the Pilbara region on the way to Exmouth and your overnight stay. (B, L, D)

18-19

Exmouth / Coral Bay Explore the Cape Range National Park and take a dip, snorkel or relax on the beach at Turquoise Bay. This afternoon, make the short trip to beautiful Coral Bay. Spend the entire following day snorkelling the famous Ningaloo Reef or choose one of the optional extras like quad biking or a coral viewing cruise. (2B, L, 2D)

20-21

Coral Bay / Monkey Mia / Kalbarri Heading south, pass through the town of Carnarvon and call in at unique Shell Beach. Then continuing on to Monkey Mia. In the morning, swim with the wild dolphins and enjoy the Shark Bay World Heritage area. Stop to view the stromatolites – the oldest living organisms in the world – before heading south for Kalbarri. (2B, 2L, 2D)

22

Kalbarri / Perth Departing via the coastal gorges of the Kalbarri National Park, travel south through the famous Pinnacle Desert. Then make your way to Perth arriving in the early evening. (B, L)

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R18,510 7 WEST COAST days EXPERIENCE 

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R9,215

 perth

Australia

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Swim at Edith Falls or explore Katherine Gorge 4WD action in the Bungle Bungles Swim under the waterfall at Emma Gorge Visit the 750m underground tunnel at Tunnel Creek

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itinerary

DAY

01

Darwin / Katherine Region From Darwin, stop at Edith Falls for a swim or explore Katherine Gorge (seasonal) and stay in the Katherine region tonight. (L, D)

02

Katherine Region / Kununurra Area Today, visit Lake Argyle, created by the Ord River Dam. Spend time here admiring the beauty and sheer size of the lake, home to thousands of freshwater crocodiles before making your way to the Kununurra area. (B, L, D)

03-04

Kununurra Area / Bungle Bungles It’s time for some 4WD action as you wind your way into the Bungle Bungles. It’s a rugged ride but the scenery is fantastic and you can enjoy your first Kimberley sunset. Spend the next day exploring, with a visit to Echidna Chasm and Cathedral Gorge. (2B, 2L, 2D)

05

Bungle Bungles / El Questro Travel out of the Bungles to El Questro Station. Sit back and admire the awesome scenery of the Carr Boyd and Durack Ranges as you head to Turkey Creek and onto El Questro to set up camp. (B, L, D)

06-07

El Questro Station / Gibb River Road You’re up early today to hike into the beautiful Cockburn Ranges for a refreshing swim under the waterfall at Emma Gorge before starting your journey over the Pentecost River and along the Gibb River Road. Spend the next day swimming and hiking in the Kimberleys! Your experienced guide will use their local knowledge to determine the most accessible gorges to explore. (2B, 2L, 2D)

08

Manning Gorge / Windjana Gorge Today, explore Galvins or Adcock Gorge before making your way to Windjana Gorge, known for its abundant freshwater crocodiles. (B, L, D)

09

Windjana Gorge / Broome Head towards the Napier Range and the fascinating Tunnel Creek, an area rich in bushranger history. Making tracks, head towards Broome and stop briefly at Willare Bridge. Late afternoon arrive in Broome to catch a brilliant Cable Beach sunset. (B, L)

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Additional departures are available. Please ask your Travel Expert

Darwin Kununurra El Questro Gibb River Manning Gorge

Victoria River Lake Argyle Bungle Bungles

Broome

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Bush camping (8 nts) Transport: Modern air-con 4WD Meals: 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners Group Leader: Group leader throughout Group Size: Min 6, Max 20 Note: Available in reverse Tour Code: DRWBME

itinerary

01

Perth / Kalbarri Your first stop is the impressive Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park and a fully-guided tour through these amazing limestone rock formations. Learn how they were formed at the Discovery Centre before enjoying a delicious lunch by the sea. Stop in Geraldton before continuing on to Big River Ranch in Kalbarri National Park for some true blue Aussie hospitality and an overnight stay. (L, D)

02

Kalbarri / Shark Bay / Monkey Mia Visit the marvels of the Murchison Gorge, Nature’s Window and Z-Bend in Kalbarri National Park, with the option to try abseiling. Cool off with a swim in the Murchison River before heading north to Shell Beach and Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort to overnight. This evening, you’ll enjoy a multi award-winning Aboriginal cultural tour. (B, L, D)

03-04

Shark Bay / Coral Bay / Exmouth Meet the famous and super-friendly dolphins of Monkey Mia before for an optional sea kayak adventure and a visit to the live rock formations known as the stromatolites, one of the oldest living organisms on earth. Spend a night at Coral Bay, located right on Ningaloo Reef, and check out the shark nursery, snorkelling or optional swimming with manta rays. Later on Day 4, head up to the resort of Exmouth. (2B, L, 2D)

05

Exmouth Today is yours to join any of the optional activities available. You can snorkel with the friendly giants of the sea, whale sharks (seasonal) or enjoy a fully-guided tour of Cape Range National Park; a beautiful place of rugged limestone ranges, breathtaking deep canyons and 50kms of pristine beaches. Finish your day with a guided snorkelling trip at Turquoise Bay. (B, L, D)

06-07

Exmouth / Kalbarri / Perth Begin the return trip to Perth via Carnarvon and an overnight stay in Kalbarri township. On Day 7, visit the Kalbarri coastal cliffs, feed the kangaroos at the Greenough Wildlife Park and try the unique sport of sand boarding on the amazing sand dunes at Lancelin. Return to Perth mid-evening, where your tour concludes on arrival. (2B, 2L, D)

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Snorkel among the coral and marine life at Ningaloo Reef Meet the friendly dolphins at feeding time in Monkey Mia Abseil in Kalbarri National Park and admire its coastal cliffs Explore the incredible sandstone rock formations of the Pinnacles

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2013

Tuesdays and Fridays Fridays Tuesdays and Fridays

Exmouth

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (6 nts) Transport: Mini-coach Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group size: Max 16 Note: Passengers can end in Exmouth on a 5 day trip Tour Code: PERWEE

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Monkey Mia Kalbarri

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9

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WEST COAST ODYSSEY  PERTH 

FR

R13,752

  BROOME

Broome Eighty Mile Beach Pilbara Region Karijini N.P.

Australia

Exmouth Coral Bay Monkey Mia

AU S T R A L I A

Kalbarri

Perth

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highlights • Visit the eerie Pinnacles Desert • Enjoy true Aussie ranch-style hospitality • Meet the dolphins at Monkey Mia • Snorkel the beautiful Ningaloo Reef • Explore Exmouth at your leisure • Sleep in deluxe Safari Eco Tents • Swim in amazing rock pools • Enjoy the delights of Broome

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2013

Saturdays

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Deluxe camping (2 nts), multi-share hostel (6 nts) Transport: Minicoach Meals: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group size: Max16 Tour Code: PERWES

you might like Go in Reverse West Coast Odyssey (9 days, Broome to Perth (BMEWES) Return to Perth West Coast Odyssey (14 days, Perth to Perth) (PERWEP) Stay longer in Broome See page 106

This adventure is set to get your camera clicking as you witness untouched wilderness in the wild west of Australia. Sandboard at Lancelin sand dunes, bathe in waterfalls in Karijini National Park, swim with giant whale sharks and manta rays (seasonal), snorkel at Ningaloo Reef, camp out under the stars and meet the friendly dolphins of Monkey Mia. You’ll be accompanied by an experienced guide well versed in a local tale or two and your beds for the night is a great mix of dorms (option to upgrade to a private room) and camping. The wild west is calling. What are you waiting for?

DAY

itinerary

01

Perth / Kalbarri Your first stop today is the amazing Lancelin sand dunes where you may try the unique sport of sand boarding. Then head north to the impressive Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park for a fully-guided tour through these amazing limestone formations. Drop in at the Discovery Centre to learn how they came to exist, before a sightseeing stop in the town of Geraldton and on to Big River Ranch in Kalbarri National Park, where you can enjoy some all-Australian hospitality and an overnight stay. (L,D)

02

Kalbarri / Shark Bay/Monkey Mia Visit the marvels of the Murchison Gorge, Nature’s Window and Z-Bend in Kalbarri National Park, where you have the option to try abseiling. Cool off with a swim in the Murchison River before travelling north to Shell Beach and Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort where you’ll stay tonight. (B, L, D)

03

Shark Bay / Coral Bay This morning, meet the famous Monkey Mia dolphins and join an optional sea kayaking adventure or just chill out on the beach or at the resort. Visit the oldest live rock formations in Australia, the stromatolites, before settling into your accommodation in Coral Bay, located right on the famous Ningaloo Reef. (B, L, D)

04

Coral Bay Today, enjoy free time to experience the many great tours and activities Coral Bay has to offer. Go for a stroll on the beach and check out the shark nursery, swim with the manta rays (seasonal) or go for a snorkel on the Ningaloo Reef which fringes only metres from shore. Head on to popular Exmouth for an overnight stay. (B, D)

05

Exmouth Today is yours to join any of the optional activities available including snorkelling with the friendly giants of the sea, the whale sharks (seasonal) or enjoying a fully-guided tour of Cape Range National Park; a spectacular place comprising rugged limestone ranges, breathtaking deep canyons and 50kms of pristine beaches. Experience guided snorkelling trips including the stunning Turquoise Bay, visit Vlamingh Head Lighthouse and lookout and Milyearing Visitors Centre before returning to your accommodation in Exmouth at the end of the day. (B, L, D)

06

Exmouth / Karijini National Park Up early to travel east through station country and a stop at Tom Price, the highest town in Western Australia. Continue on to the amazing Karijini National Park to stay at the multi award-winning Karijini Eco Retreat in deluxe Safari Eco Tents with your own veranda, quality beds, linen and hot showers. (B, L, D)

Fr R13,752

Fr R17,249

07-08

Karijini National Park The next two days allow plenty of time to explore Karijini National Park to enjoy 2.5 million years of evolution and 40,000 years of culture. Visit and hike many of the gorges including Hancock Gorge and Weano Gorge, swim in amazing rock pools, stand under waterfalls and explore intriguing rock formations. Check into your large comfy tent at Pardoo Roadhouse. (2B, 2L, 2D)

09

Pardoo Roadhouse / Broome This morning sees you arrive at 80-Mile Beach for some stunning photos. Upon arrival in Broome your guide will take you on a tour around town before it’s time to say farewell to your new-found travel buddies. Alternatively, ask your Travel Expert about the 14-day tour option which includes two full days in Broome and a return to Perth via Northampton and some of the most untouched beaches in Australia. (B, L)

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1 Coolibah lodge Prices are per person per night

FR FR

R303 DORM R379 Twin/Double

Coolibah Lodge is Perth’s leading backpacker’s budget accommodation. Situated just five minutes from the heart of happening Northbridge it’s close enough to party the night away and still get a good night’s sleep. Facilities include a licensed bar, kitchen, BBQ area and Internet café and there’s a choice of small recently painted dorms or private rooms. percoo

beach 2 OCEAN BACKPACKERS

FR FR

R237 DORM R331 Twin/Double

3 SULLIVANS hotel

Prices are per person per night

Prices are per person per night

Sullivans is a popular family-run hotel ideally located just a ten minute walk from the city centre and directly on the Clue Cat Bus service, which is provided free by the city of Perth. The hotel provides free parking, Wi-Fi, guest bikes and even in-house movies. A very smart hotel with its own pool and just a short bus ride away from Cottesloe Beach.

7 pay 6 - 01Jan13-31dec13. +BONUS Stay ISIC holders get 1 hour free Internet

holders receive a free bottle of +BONUS isic wine with a meal in the restaurant

PEROBB

day

day

PERTH

FR

R1,276

Start the day with a visit to Caversham Wildlife Park housing more than 200 Australian species. Enjoy chocolate tastings in the Swan Valley and sample at least eight premium wines served with a beautiful gourmet cheese platter. Explore Fremantle and treat yourself to some amazing seafood. Finally head to Cottesloe Beach, Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens.

full PINNACLES day

ADVENTURE

FR

R1,276

Visit Caversham Wildlife Park before a fully-guided tour through the Pinnacles Desert, an intriguing landscape of limestone formations. Head to the Indian Ocean Rock Lobster Factory and cool off for a swim at the beautiful beach while your guide prepares your lunch. The amazing Lancelin sand dunes are a great way to finish the day, trying your hand at the unique sport of sand boarding.

pertas

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R1,626 single FR R813 twin/double

This fantastically located hostel situated in an original hotel building offers ocean views, a pool table and BBQ facilities for everyone to enjoy. Just a two minute walk to the beautiful Cottesloe Beach, and close to Perth’s exciting centre, you are in each reach of the many attractions this vibrant city has to offer! Rooms are spacious with fridges and linen is provided.

half DOLPHIN

full TASTE OF

FR

perpin

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SWIM

persup FR

R2,067

Don your mask and snorkel - time to go for a splash with the friendly Bottlenose dolphins that inhabit the calm and crystal clear bays around Rockingham. This is a genuine once in a lifetime experience as you watch wild dolphins appear out of nowhere, happy to play around and interact with you. Return transfers from Perth and a light lunch are also included. PERDst

FULL experience DAY

ROTTNEST

FR

R1,172

Spend a full day marvelling at the land and marine beauty of Rottnest Island. Its Mediterranean-style climate and indigenous flora and fauna provide the breathtaking backdrop for your cycle tour which includes scrumptious afternoon tea or a wine tasting with your tour buddies before heading back to Perth!

PERRBS


4

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WEST COAST adventure  PERTH 

FR

R5,435

 PErTH

highlights • Experience an award-winning indigenous cultural tour to learn some Aboriginal traditions • Meet the dolphins at Monkey Mia and watch the sunset overlooking the Murchison River • Explore the amazing limestone needles and other formations at the Pinnacles Desert

Departs: Fri (Jul-Sep), Tues & Fri (Oct-Jun) Accommodation: Multi-share dorm (3 nts) Transport: Mini-coach Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 16 Tour Code: PERWCE

3

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south WEST ADVENTURE  perth 

FR

R4,206

 perth

highlights • Visit impressive natural wonders and stunning scenery including the ‘Valley of the Giants’ • See the Indian and Pacific Oceans meet at the most southwesterly point of Australia • Enjoy the Margaret River wine region plus visit the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere

Start your three-day tour of this rugged region by journeying south to the Stirling Ranges and the Porongurups to climb Castle Rock. Continue on to Middleton Beach and Mt. Clarence for sunset and finally Albany to overnight. It’s a busy day on Day 2 as you explore the natural wonders of The Gap, Natural Bridge and Blowholes. Head west to William Bay National Park for a swim at Greens Pool. Next is the Valley of the Giants to take the stunning tree-top boardwalk and finally on to Pemberton Forest to climb the famous Gloucester Tree and a beautiful night’s stay surrounded by huge Karri trees. The following day visit Cape Leeuwin lighthouse to see where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet, explore the stunning wine-producing region of Margaret River with a visit to a top-notch winery before stops at Prevelly Beach, Surfers Point and Busselton Jetty on your return to Perth. Departs: Sat (Jul-Sep), Wed & Sat (Oct-Jun) Accommodation: Multi-share dorm (2 nts) Transport: Mini-coach Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 16 Tour Code: PERSWA

6

days

secrets of esperance  perth

FR

R7,278

PERTH

highlights • Discover the beautiful southwest of Western Australia and get the camera out at Wave Rock • Walk amongst towering trees and admire nature’s beauty at the Valley of the Giants • Get friendly with kangaroos on the pristine white sandy beaches of Cape Le Grand National Park

You’ll find stunning landscapes, seascapes and wildlife a-plenty on this tour. Start by heading east over the Darling Ranges to the historic town of York before reaching Wave Rock, an amazing rock formation. It’s then on to Fitzgerald River National Park, a remarkable biosphere reserve of beautiful beaches and rugged coastline. You then reach Esperance, a remote town of magnificent granite, beach and bush surroundings. Take in the pristine Cape Le Grand National Park and spend a day and a half exploring this region. Next up, Stirling Ranges and the granite rock coastline close to Albany where you can see natural sculptures such as the Natural Bridge and the Gap. Visit the Valley of the Giants where towering trees dwarf everything and you’ll really understand the might of nature! Immerse yourself in the Aboriginal culture of the region when exploring Ngilgi Cave before heading up the west coast via the Margaret River wine region and the surfers’ paradise of Yallingup. Departs: Sun (Nov-May) Accommodation: Camping (5 nts) Transport: Mini-coach Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 18 Tour Code: PERESP

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Kick off this four-day adventure with a guided tour through the rock formations of the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. Continue on to Kalbarri and Big River Ranch for some real Aussie hospitality and your overnight stay. The following day explore Murchison Gorge and Nature’s Window in Kalbarri National Park, where you have the option to try abseiling. Head north to Shell Beach and your special overnight stay at Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort. This evening enjoy an awardwinning Aboriginal cultural tour. Day 3 and it’s time to meet the famous dolphins before exploring the living, ancient stromatolites. Settle into your accommodation in Kalbarri and the following day visit Kalbarri’s coastal cliffs, Greenough Wildlife Park and the amazing Lancelin sand dunes where you can try the thrilling sport of sandboarding before returning to Perth


broome

Australia

1 KIMBERLEY KLUB

FR FR

R222 DORM R605 Twin/Double

BMEKKY

Days

BEACH CLUB FR R3,025 SINGLE 3 CABLE FR resort & Spa R1,513 Twin/Dbl

Positioned in tropical gardens set between red desert and azure sea, whichever room you choose, you can rest assured of comfort, cleanliness and beautiful views. With a restaurant, two bars and a wonderful pool it offers friendly, affordable accommodation in a truly breathtaking setting, all only 1km from Broome city centre and 5km from stunning Cable Beach.

Just two minutes from the city centre, camel rides and Cable Beach, you are spoilt for choice at this luxurious resort! With two swimming pools, magnificent gardens and a wide range of accommodation options complete with a private butler, you will definitely be able to unwind in style! Why not check out the Buddha sanctuary or the Chahoya Spa to fully relax!

+BONUS

5 PAY 4 (Garden View Studio) +BONUS STAY 01Apr13-31May13

FR

FR

Prices are per person per night

Prices are per person per night

The YHA has something for everyone - get amongst the bar activities, soak up the sun by the awesome pool, fire up the coals on the BBQ or simply relax in a hammock. 24-hour Internet and a free shuttle bus make it easy for you to search and explore the area. Whether you choose one of the dorms or the private air-con option, you’ll find it very hard to leave.

9

R1,418 SINGLE R709 Twin/Double

INN 2 MERCURE CONTINENTAL

STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01Apr13-31May13

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wild KIMBERLEY loop  BROOME 

FR

abme02

R22,636

 BROOME

highlights • Search for fresh water crocs and bush tucker at Windjana Gorge • Head to iconic El Questro and search for native wildlife • Explore the Bungle Bungles by 4WD and learn about its remarkable past

Departs: Tuesdays (May-Oct) and Sundays (Jun-Aug) Accommodation: Camping (6 nts), National Park permanent camp (2 nts) Transport: Modern air-con 4WD Meals: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners Tour Code: BMEWIL

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Leaving Broome, head through the remote Kimberley landscape before hitting the Gibb River Road to the 350 million year old Windjana Gorge. Search for crocs and bush tucker and relax with a refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole. On Day 2 explore Bell Gorge before making your way to lily-laden Galvans Gorge and Mt Barnett Cattle Station. On the following couple of days soak up the abundance of wildlife, streams and pools at Manning Falls and then head to the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park. Enjoy some free time where you could take a dip in the Zebedee Springs or walk to Emma Gorge. Explore Kununurra at your leisure and then travel to the expansive Lake Argyle. Take a sunset cruise on the lake or visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum. On Day 6 it’s back on the road to the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Explore this incredible region over two days and learn about it’s remarkable past; amazingly, only the locals knew this place existed until the 1980s. En route to Fitzroy Crossing, stop at the gold rush town of Halls Creek to see the incredible China Wall and enjoy a morning cruise through Geikie Gorge seeing crocs and other wildlife before heading back to Broome and Cable Beach for a stunning sunset.

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adelaide to perth wildlife experience  ADELAIDE 

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AUSTRALIA

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Port Augusta Koonalda Homestead

Flinders Ranges

Perth

The Nullarbor Stirling Coodlie Ranges Cape Le Grand Park National Park Albany Adelaide

Margaret River

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highlights • Learn to surf on secluded beaches • Explore the Southern Flinders Ranges • Discover the Eyre Peninsula • Swim with sea lions and dolphins • Experience the true Nullarbor • Camping under southern skies • Visit Cape Le Grand National Park • See the lovely scenery of Margaret River

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This amazing Adelaide to Perth wildlife experience traverses parts of Australia very few people see apart from out of the window of a plane; it’s the real Australia! Travel through the Southern Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula and follow the deserted yet stunning coastline through the Great Australian Bight and on to the true Nullarbor. After crossing into Western Australia the tour travels back down to the coast and into Esperance. Marvel at the stunning coastline of Cape Le Grand National Park. Pass vineyards, olive farms and legendary surf beaches before seeing the bright city lights of Perth beckoning you home.

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Flinders Ranges / Eyre Peninsula The Eyre Peninsula is one of those great secrets many people have not yet discovered. Pass through Port Augusta and on to Bairds Bay, a beautiful coastline where you can opt to swim with sea lions and dolphins. In the afternoon arrive at your farm stay and head out in search of kangaroos, wombats and emus. (B, L, D)

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Eyre Peninsula This morning head out to find some of Australia’s best waves and spend two hours under the instruction of a qualified surfing teacher learning this most Australian of pastimes. That magic moment where you and the wave become one as you surf towards the shore could be the beginning of a lifelong addiction. (B, L, D)

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Great Australian Bight / Nullabor The Nullarbor Plain and the Great Australian Bight are two of Australia’s icons and today you will head into some of the most remote country on the planet. Stop briefly at the dingo fence, which runs for a staggering 5,320km (3,303 miles). At the head of the Bight stop to take in the staggering sheer drop of the Bunda Cliffs where Australia suddenly and dramatically ends and drops into the ocean. If travelling between June and October it is very likely you will get to see some giants of the ocean, the southern right whales. (B, L, D)

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The Nullarbor The reality of the Nullarbor really hits you; this huge expanse of karst limestone has many hidden secrets including the biggest underground lake system in Australia. Settle in for a big day’s drive across the plain, taking in Caiguna ‘Blow Hole’ and the story of Skylab at Balladonia, before your next overnight camp and an IMAX-sized version of the great southern night sky. (B, L, D)

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The Nullarbor / Esperance Get set for some of Australia’s most beautiful scenery. This area of Western Australia has no fewer than nine National Parks. Take in the most spectacular of all, Cape Le Grand National Park. Stunning blue seas mix with powder white beaches and secluded bays affording a swim or two. In the afternoon stretch your legs on Frenchman Peak with great views to the islands of the Recherche Archipelago. (B, L, D)

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Cape Le Grand National Park This area is too spectacular to experience in one afternoon so you have a full free day for you to take in some hikes, go swimming or relax at the beach. Look out for the kangaroos chilling right on the sand! (B, L, D)

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Stirling Ranges Today head to the Stirling Ranges stopping for a hike on the way. The day is left flexible as to which park to visit depending on the time of year and weather. (B, L, D)

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Stirling Ranges / Albany / Valley of the Giants Head to Albany today, where the incredible granite formations of The Natural Bridge and The Gap are just two of the many highlights. Towering old growth forests once dominated the landscape of the south west and you get to experience the majesty of the forest in the Valley of the Giants tree top walk. (B, L, D)

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Yallingup / Perth You finish your 4,000km (almost 2,500 miles) trip by heading up the western coast via the surfer’s paradise of Yallingup in the Margaret River region plus visits to an ancient cave and a local vineyard. We recommend that you book a night for yourself in Perth tonight as although there are no formal activities planned, it is usual for the group to get together and reflect on the big journey together over a few drinks and meal. (B, L)

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Camping (9 nts) Meals: 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners Transport: Modern air-con minibus Group Leader: Group Leader throughout Group size: Max 18 Tour Code: ADLNUT

you might like Go in Reverse Perth - Adeliade Wildlife Experience (9 days, Perth to Adelaide) (PERPTA) Fr R12,760 Stay Longer in Perth See Page 104

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itinerary Adelaide / Flinders Ranges Journey into the rusty, rugged gorges, abandoned homesteads and Red Gums of one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth - the Southern Flinders Ranges. Walk Alligator Gorge before heading towards Warren Gorge and your first overnight camp. (L, D)

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VICTORIA Australia

Grampians

Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Apollo Bay

Phillip Island

Wilsons Promontory AREA: 240,000 KM2 Population: 5.5 MILLION

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R275 Dorm R568 Twin/Double

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• Chill out on the rooftop sundeck or enjoy the cinema room • City centre location - pop to the nearby Queen Victoria market • Girls only Princess Wing

• Situated in the trendy suburb of St Kilda • Just five minutes from the beach • Voted one of the top 10 hostels in the world

This uber-cool hostel is located right infront of the Queen Victoria Market in the city centre. Facilities include a state-of-the-art cinema room, 24hour reception, Wi-Fi throughout, games room, Foxtel and other great flashpacker stuff! Enjoy a free drink on arrival at the Industry bar & lounge - well known for it chilled out vibe day and night.

In Melbourne’s trendiest suburb, designed in red glass and polished concrete, this hostel oozes cool. Enjoy a drink in the Red Eye Bar, chill out in the glass atrium or chat in the TV lounge; you can even cook your own meals in the self catering kitchen. The hostel offers luxury dorms, or the option of a private double with en suite facilities.

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R237 dorm R327 Twin/Double

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Discovery Melbourne is the perfect place to stay while you spend time in Melbourne. Minutes away from bustling Swanston Street and the world famous Victoria Market this hostel is an affordable option with a fun vibe in heart of the city. There is great access to Melbourne’s must see sites, plus you can enjoy any free time chilling out in the bar or cinema. melbkm

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R1,550 single FR R775 TWIN/Double

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A modern, affordable and comfortable hotel in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Just a walk away from the Skybus Airport Transfer and busy Southern Cross Train Station this hotel is perfectly located. All rooms come equipped with the conveniences you would expect from an Ibis hotel such as aircon, fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. Staff are on hand 24 hours a day.

Located right in the heart of town, this popular hotel has a cool design with comfort and convenience a priority. Check out the steam room, or get fit in the fantastically equipped gym before heading out into the city centre. All rooms have an en suite, fridge, microwave, heating/aircon, LCD flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, plus free tea and coffee. Sweet as.

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Victoria’s Wildlide and National Parks One of the major draws to Victoria is the variety of native wildlife and stunning scenery. The evening Penguin Parade is well known (see page 113) but did you know you could also see kangaroos, koalas and wallabies on Phillip Island and spot dolphins and seals on a cruise in the bay? Wilsons Prom (as its affectionately known), Mornington Peninsula and the Grampian Mountains are all within spitting distance of Melbourne so take a peak at the tours on page 112 and add some furry animals or stunning scenery to your itinerary.

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R1,351 SINGLE FR R676 Twin/Double

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Whether it’s a quiet night in watching TV or a fun-filled night out partying on the rooftop, this great hostel’s various facilities will ensure you are always entertained - without having to leave the building! But the bars, restaurants and beach of St Kilda are also only a short walk away, so you can get out and explore the trendiest area in Melbourne.

Situated in the heart of the action in St Kilda. Walk out of the motel and you have the trendiest bars, restaurants and nightclubs that Melbourne has to offer. Motel rooms are en suite and have tea and coffee making facilities, plus ironing equipment and hair dryers. Use of the BBQs on the balcony is free of charge and you’re walking distance to the beach.

With five great locations all within funky St Kilda you will be staying in the heart of the action. Check in at 63 Fitzroy Street and be taken to your fantastic studio apartment. The apartments offer kitchenettes, ironing equipment, tea and coffee making facilities and great amenities. Walk to the beach, cafés, trendy bars and nightclubs and stay in the best location in St Kilda.

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R1,619 single FR R810 Twin/Double

Situated in the heart of Melbourne’s popular Southbank, the Travelodge is a clean and comfortable hotel with a great buffet breakfast if you care to indulge. Surrounded by the best restaurants and bars along the Yarra River, there is plenty to see and do from this fantastic location. Why not check out the MCG and Crown Casino whilst you’re here? amel02

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MELEMS

FR R1,973 single 11 swanson grand mercure FR R987 TWIN/Double Prices are per person per night

Situated in the heart of Melbourne, this cosy hotel is surprisingly the perfect place to seek peace and quiet! Chill out in the lounge area with plasma TV, or if you want to sample the city nightlife head just five minutes from your door to some of the best bars this vibrant city has to offer. The modern hotel provides Internet access and laundry facilities for your convenience.

Melbourne is famous for its culture and the Swantson Grand Mercure is surrounded by it. The vibrant Bourke St Mall is on your doorstep and you are a casual stroll away from Southbank. Plug your iPod in to the dock provided and enjoy some luxury in the hotel’s spacious, contemporary rooms or grab your towel and take a dip in the heated indoor pool.

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FR

R3,340

Australia

Get your working holiday off to a smooth start - letting someone else do the paper work while you concentrate on the party! You’ll be whisked from the airport to Coffee Palace Backpackers Hostel and kick off your stay with an information session on Day 2. You’ll be set up with your bank account, mobile phone account, mail forwarding details, job club registration and tax file number. Then explore Ramsay Street on the Official Neighbours Tour. For even greater value and ask us about the 5 day option, which includes more cool events to kick start your social life. Includes: Dorm accommodation (2 nts), Official Neighbours Tour, all working starter pack necessities (see pages 22-23 for details), airport pick-up. Tour Code: MEL2SP

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neighbours tour

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R473

See famous Ramsay St, tucked away in Melbourne’s suburbia. Come prepared to take photos of the houses with authentic props and drive past the studios where you can grab an autograph of one of your favourite actors (past and present!). Your guide will have plenty of up coming Ramsay Street gossip, laughs and onboard entertainment.

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Includes: Dorm accommodation at Nomads Melbourne (2 nts or optional upgrade to a hotel), airport pick-up, city tour Tour Code: MELSHF

wine experience

FR

R1,040

Visit some of Victoria’s best wineries in the scenic region of the Yarra Valley, only one hour from Melbourne. Enjoy informative and tutored tastings at no less than four premium wineries, enjoy a superb winery restaurant lunch (with wine of course) and finish the day at the home of Australia’s number one bubbly - Domaine Chandon, for a glass of fizz!

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Take a trip to one of Australia’s most stunning peninsulas. Enjoy the spectacular views from Point Nepean National Park and then indulge with an exclusive visit to the prestigious Manton Creek Winery to enjoy a picnic lunch with a free glass of wine! You’ll see Australia’s most famous hedge maze, then stop at Murray’s Lookout to admire the spectacular panoramic views.

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R1,135

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great escape

R1,216

Enjoy exploring one of the world’s most spectacular mountain ranges, and see native wildlife including kangaroos, emus and birdlife. Travel to the delightful town of Halls Gap and take a stunning walk through the Wonderland Ranges, learn about the fascinating Aboriginal culture, and walk to the base of the magnificent Mackenzie Falls. MELGGE

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R1,409

Wilsons Promontory, or ‘The Prom’ as it’s known to the locals, is one of Victoria’s most loved and cherished natural attractions located at the southernmost point of mainland Australia. Enjoy discovering the diversity of this amazing international biosphere renowned for its breathtaking scenery, pristine white beaches, coastal forests, and abundance of native wildlife.

Experience the stunning Point Nepean National Park, discover the rich history and admire the panoramic views of Bass Strait. Visit the stunning seaside village of Sorrento and hop on the purpose built luxury vessel for your journey into the bay. See wild Bottle Nose Dolphins and Australian Fur Seals on a three hour adventure in Port Phillip Bay.

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So you’ve landed at Melbourne Airport - what now? Imagine if you had your first three days already sorted and all you had to worry about was where to eat and the coolest place to grab a beer. Accommodation in a great central location at Nomads Melbourne - check, a full day tour of the city - check, free and easy airport pick up - check. Let us take the strain and stresses out of landing in a strange city leaving you more time to concentrate on having a good time. That’s what you’re here for right? If a hostel’s not for you then upgrade to either a STAysmart and STAystylish hotel, after all you’re worth it.

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R1,216 FULL penguin parade & day

Departs: Daily Includes: Melbourne pick up and drop off and sightseeing as indicated plus entrance fees morning tea and lunch. Tour Code: MELGUR

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Visit an Aussie Wildlife Park and cuddle a baby wombat, hand feed the kangaroos and get up close and friendly with koalas and other native wildlife. Travel onto Phillip Island, known for its natural beauty, sandy beaches, rugged cliffs and unique wildlife experiences. Check out the giant surf at Woolamai Beach and take a swim or a tranquil coastal walk. Stroll the Nobbies boardwalk to view the majestic rocky coast, home to a colony of fur seals. Enjoy your pizza dinner and then on to the penguin parade. As the sun fades witness the world`s littlest penguins emerge from the sea and waddle ashore. Departs: Daily Includes: Melbourne pick up and drop off and sightseeing as indicated plus entrance fees, lunch and dinner. Tour Code: MELPPP

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highlights • See the penguins, seals, koalas, pelicans and kangaroos • Surf on the islands famously consistent waves • Learn about the conservation projects to save these vulnerable animals

This awesome two day tour to stunning Phillip Island is a perfect way to see nature in the city. Your first stop is to hand feed wallabies and kangaroos, have your photo taken with a koala and most importantly learn all about the conservation of these iconic animals. Its then off to Phillip Island where you’ll be dropped off at your overnight accommodation and the afternoon is free to explore. On Day 2, the morning is free and you will be picked up in the afternoon and it’s off to check out historic Churchill Island to catch sheep shearing and sheep dogs in action! Take in Cape Woolamai Surf Beach before heading to the Nobbies and Seal Rocks. From here you will see the home of Victoria’s largest colony of little penguins. The Penguin Parade is world famous and truly awesome - spend the next hour or so watching these little guys return from sea and back to their sand dune burrows. You’ll return to Melbourne late evening. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Multi-share dorm (1 nt) Meals: 1 dinner Transport: Modern air-con minibus Notes: Park entrance fees incl 3 Park Pass included Tour Code: MELPIW

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GREAT OCEAN ROAD & THE GRAMPIANS melbourne 

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R4,017

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highlights • See the fabulous scenery along the Great Ocean Road, including the magnificent Twelve Apostles • Hike through the impressive mountain scenery of the Grampians National Park • Hang out in the super-cool surfing destinations of Torquay, Bells Beach and Anglesea

Leaving Melbourne head to the famous surf coast and the resorts of Torquay, Bells Beach and Anglesea (home of Rip Curl and Quiksilver) with time to check out the local waves. Apollo Bay and Lorne are great places to swim as you marvel at the Great Ocean Road scenery. Arriving at the Otway National Park, enjoy the walks through some of the oldest temperate rainforest in the world and finish the day with a sunset at the spectacular Twelve Apostles. On Day 2, continue along the Great Ocean Road past Loch Ard Gorge, where the only two survivors from a tragic shipwreck swam ashore, plus London Bridge from where two romantic lovers had to be rescued by helicopter when the arch collapsed! Arrive into the Grampians National Park and spend a great afternoon hiking to the bottom of McKenzie Falls and see kangaroos and other wildlife come out to play. On your final day visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre and spend the morning hiking the beautiful Grampians. Marvel at Mt. Arapiles before arriving in Adelaide. Departs: Tues & Fri (Apr-Nov) plus Sun (Jan-Mar & Dec) Accommodation: Multi-share dorm (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Tour leader Group Size: Max 21 Tour Code: MELGOC

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Enjoy one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives! Stop for morning tea at the famous Bells Beach and check out the `Around The Twist Lighthouse`. Experience the breath-taking coastline, as every twist and turn exposes you to stretches of broad, uninterrupted beaches, dramatic coastlines and the lush rainforest of the Otway Ranges on the Great Ocean Road. See koalas in the wild and walk through a magnificent ancient rainforest, before heading to the breathtaking Twelve Apostles and the extraordinary rock formations at Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge.

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GREAT OCEAN ROAD WEST Melbourne 

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R5,470

 Adelaide

highlights • Check out the impressive Twelve Apostles as you wind along the Great Ocean Road • Stop off at Great Otway National Park to experience a walk through the rainforest • Delve into the outstanding natural beauty of the Grampians National Park

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itinerary Melbourne / Great Ocean Road / The Grampians / Robe / Adelaide Rock up in Melbourne and explore at your own pace. Start Day 2 by checking out the surf beaches of Torquay and Lorne before you stop off at Otway National Park for a rainforest walk. On your journey along the Great Ocean Road you’ll pass the towering Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. On Day 3, head to Tower Hill National Park to see koalas and kangaroos. The next morning, lose yourself in the Grampians and see McKenzie’s Falls, cooling off with a beer at Robe’s Aussie Rules Club. Admire the dunes, lagoons and wildlife of the Coorong before your trip ends on arrival into Adelaide. (4B, 2D)

Accommodation: Basic hotel (1 nt), lodges (3 nts) Transport: Private bus, boat Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $60-100 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOAMA

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SELF DRIVE TOURING

Melbourne 

R4,575

 Adelaide

highlights • Drive the most beautiful stretch of coastline in Australia • Sample some sensational wine at the home of Jacob’s Creek • Explore the cultural capital of Oz - Melbourne

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Melbourne / Great Ocean Road / Grampians/ Robe On leaving Melbourne travel via Ballarat to the start of the Great Ocean Road. The scenic coastline from Lorne to Apollo Bay has been described as one of the most breathtaking drives in the world. Continue on to the Grampians National Park to enjoy one of the many fantastic walks before arriving in Robe.

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Robe / Barossa Valley / Adelaide Skirt Lake Albert and Lake Alexandria to Mannum, one of the oldest towns located on the Murray River. Continue on to the Barossa Valley with plenty of time to explore some of the most famous wineries including Yalumba and Penfolds. This afternoon travel south through Gawler to Adelaide.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel room-only basis (4 nts) Transport: Co-pilot kit with maps, please note car hire is not included Tour Code: MELOR4

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GREAT OCEAN walk Melbourne 

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R9,168

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highlights • Walk with an experienced historian who has amazing knowledge of the area • Explore shipwrecks, lighthouses and see koalas in coastal forests • Discover remote beaches, spectacular scenery and finish at the Twelve Apostles

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Cape Otway You’ll be transferred from Melbourne to Apollo Bay to begin your walk with a local historian. Learn about the shipwrecks and eco-systems of the amazing Great Oceand Road. On Day 2, walk from Cape Otway lighthouse along dramatic coastline and forest to beautiful Johanna Beach. (B, 2L, 2D)

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Milanesia Beach On your final day’s walk, visit the rugged coastline of Milanesia Beach and the remote Wreck Beach - if tides and time permit! Afterwards, walk the coast to the famous Twelve Apostles. Call in at Loch Ard Gorge and Port Campbell before returning to Melbourne to end the trip this evening. (B, L)

Departs: Selected Fridays Accommodation: Cabins (2 nts) Transport: All transport and return transfers to Melbourne Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Experienced walking guide & driver Tour Code: MELGOW

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA Australia

Coober Pedy Flinders Ranges Adelaide Kangaroo Island

AREA: 1,000,000 KM2 Population: 1.6 MILLION

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R265 DORM R379 Twin/Dbl

R256 DORM R402 Twin/Double

ROOF FR R1,867 SINGLE 3 MAJESTIC FR GARDENS R934 Twin/Double

Located on tree-lined cosmopolitan Hutt Street in the centre of the action, this cosy hostel offers a friendly vibe and facilities including speedy Internet, on-site job centre and kitchen. Chill out over a BBQ and beers on the sociable balcony or hop on the free bus that stops outside the hostel to explore Adelaide. Choose from small size dorms or private rooms, with/without en suite.

‘Shakeys’ is Adelaide’s most distinctive hostel; housed in one of the city’s oldest buildings and oozing bags of charm. As well as a big screen TV lounge, Internet and job board, staff are full of friendly advice and on call 24-hours. The modern kitchen is spacious, plus the free jasmin rice (yes, really!) helps make a cheap meal. Opt for a clean, shared dorm bed or book a private room.

The Majestic Roof Gardens provides one of the best views of Adelaide. Located just 50 metres from Rundle Street it is within easy reach of great bars, restaurants and some pretty eclectic shopping opportunities. You can chill out in the roof garden, work out at the gym or book your next big adventure at the tour desk all without leaving the hotel.

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GREAT WHITE SHARKS

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ADLTIN

R2,974

Take a day on the water to visit Shark Bay at the Neptune Islands in South Australia, home of the world’s largest predatory marine animal. Spend almost three hours cruising to seek out dolphins and local sea birds. When the sharks arrive you have the option to actually join them in a cage and swim alongside this incredible species. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea is included. ploswi

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ADLSHA

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R851

Get groovy in the Barossa Valley - Australia’s most famous wine region! Swirl, sniff, sip and savour your way across the stunning Barossa. You’ll check out the home of Jacob’s Creek, see the world’s largest rocking horse and encounter the whispering wall. Enjoy wine from the cellar door and tuck into a scrumptious barbecue extravaganza of steak, chicken and kangaroo. ADLBAR

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R927

Encounter the friendliest creatures of the ocean on this memorable day trip. Hop onboard a luxury 58ft sailing catamaran and set sail to meet playful pods of wild dolphins. You’ll be astonished by these graceful creatures as they frolic around you; the sound of their whistles and echolocation is mesmerizing. You’re guaranteed to see dolphins - which means lots of swimming fun! ADLDSW


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kangaroo island R3,677 adventure tour  FR

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flinders ranges R4,364 safari  FR

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• Walk on Seal Beach, where you can see seals in the wild • Fly down the Little Sahara sand dunes on a toboggan • Visit Flinders Chase National Park and keep a lookout for koalas

• Embrace the Aussie wilderness at the Flinders Ranges • Search for the elusive yellow-footed rock wallaby • Bush walk into Wilpena Pound and hear about its Aboriginal signifcance

This tour is aimed at the spirited, budget traveller who enjoys experiencing places and attractions not on the main tourist route. Head to Seal Bay where you’ll get a chance to get up close and personal with a breeding colony of wild and rare Australian sea lions. Discover the real Aussie experience at Rob’s Shearing and Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery and enjoy sandboarding at Little Sahara or a spot of kayaking. Then it’s off to Australia’s best beach; Vivonne Bay Lodge where you will camp for the night. On Day 2 visit Flinders Chase National Park to see the famous Remarkable Rocks and stunning Admiral’s Arch, where you are able to view Kangaroo Island’s playful fur seals. Explore the north coast and its many idyllic beaches before returning to Adelaide.

If you’re looking for an Aussie outback adventure you can’t go past the magnificent Flinders Ranges. Leaving Adelaide, head north to an area which has vast and spectacular views of the mountains and Spencer Gulf. After this, it’s off to the Flinders Ranges and your fully-equipped campsite. In the morning, rise to the call of the kookaburras and enjoy breakfast with the ancient mountain ranges as your backdrop. Explore the region visiting the famous Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges and search for the elusive yellow-footed rock wallabies. See an abundance of other wildlife including kangaroos, emus and the bold wedge-tailed eagles. Back at camp enjoy a beer and some grub under the stars. For your final day head to Melrose, before hitting the wine country to round off the tour with wine tasting.

Departs: Daily (Dec-Mar); Mon, Thurs, Sat (May-Oct) plus Wed (Apr & Nov only) Accommodation: Multi-share (1 nt) Transport: Small coach, ferry Meals:1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Group size: Max 20 Tour Code: ADLKIS

Departs: Fri Accommodation: Camping (2 nts) upgrades available Transport: Off-road vehicle Meals: 2 breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Tour leader throughout Group size: Min 4, Max 20 Tour Code: ADLFDS

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SOUTHERN ocean R16,020 WILDLIFE ADVENTURE FR

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• Take the chance to swim with wild tuna in Port Lincoln • Go cheek-to-cheek with a great white shark • Snorkel and swim with dolphins and sea lions at Bairds Bay

• Swim with curious sea lions and friendly dolphins at Bairds Bay • Feeling brave? Take a dip with some great white sharks! • Learn to surf with Spike at the deserted Sceales Bay

An early start from Adelaide commences your adventure to get up close and personal with wild bluefin tuna, great white sharks, sea lions and dolphins on this exhilarating three-day tour of the Eyre Peninsula. Pull on a wetsuit, snorkel and fins and join the tuna at Port Lincoln before hitting the underwater observatory and Mikkira Station to see koalas. Day 2 is all about the great white and a choice of two ways to view these incredible beasts in and around the Neptune Islands. Your tour price includes the option to get right in the mix and swim with the sharks from behind the protection of a special cage but it’s not compulsory! The less adventurous can view them from the safety of the boat. Your final day will see you chill on the beach and swim with dolphins and sea lions before returning to Adelaide via the Wadlatta Cultural Centre. Departs: Wed (Sep-May) Accommodation: Multi-share dorm accommodation (2 nts) Transport: Mini-coach Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Tour code: ADLSWA

Check out the rugged side of the south as you journey into the rugged gorges and abandoned homesteads of the Southern Flinders Ranges. You’ll then arrive at Eyre Peninsula, a hidden gem that is relatively untouched by tourists meaning you get to experience all-natural wildlife. Head to Coodlie Park, your overnight farmstay, where you’ll search for the local resident kangaroo, wombat and emu population. The next day you’ll have the chance to swim with sea lions and dolphins before the short drive to Murphy’s Haystacks. Enjoy a surf lesson on the deserted Sceales Bay before making your way to Port Lincoln and Mikkira Station for your penultimate day. If you’re feeling brave, choose to swim with sharks. Enjoy a visit to the Wadlatta Cultural Centre before returning to Adelaide. Departs: Sun (Sept-Mar) Accommodation: Camping (5 nts) Transport: Air-con minibus Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Group Leader: Tour leader throughout Tour Code: ADL5DS

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TASMANIA Australia Launceston Strahan

Hobart

AREA: 68,000 KM2 Population: 500,000

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tassie devil safari  hobart 

FR

R8,459

 hobart

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Strahan

Cradle Mountain

Coles Bay

• Admire Freycinet National Park’s perfectly curvaceous and utterly stunning Wineglass Bay • Hike across Cradle Mountain and treat your lungs to pure fresh air around beautiful Dove Lake • Take a trip back to the dreaded days of Van Diemen’s Land at the old Port Arthur penal colony

DAY

03

Strahan / Launceston Today you’re Cradle Mountain bound. Embark on a hike with your guide or walk around the majestic Dove Lake before heading on to the charming northern town of Launceston. (B, L)

04

Launceston / Coles Bay First stop today is the Bay of Fires which showcases some of Australia’s best beaches, and that’s quite a boast! Then head south towards the Bicheno blowhole and overnight at Coles Bay. (B, L)

05

Coles Bay / Port Arthur Today you will stop at a local winery to sample of some of Tasmania’s best wine before exploring the Freycinet National Park. Walk to the perfect beach at Wineglass Bay or enjoy a three-hour hike to Mt. Amos for a spectacular view. Your day finishes in historic Port Arthur. (B, L, D)

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Port Arthur Explore the Tasman Peninsula on a series of coastal walks and look out for dolphins, seals, penguins and whales. In the afternoon, step back in time to the early 1800s when the penal colony at Port Arthur promised harsh punishment for convicts. It’s now a hugely rewarding World Heritage Site. (B, D)

07

Port Arthur / Hobart Visit Taranna Wildlife Park to meet a real Tassie Devil! In the afternoon return to Hobart and venture to a brewery or a local pub to sample some of the state’s best ale and toast to a great trip. (B)

Port Arthur

Departs: Wed & Sat (plus Mon Nov-Apr) Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (2 nts), private lodge (4 nts) Transport: Mini-coach Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Group Size: Max 20 Tour Code: HBATAS

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EAST COAST ECHIDNA SAFARI  launceston 

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R5,435 3 WEST COAST days WOMBAT SAFARI  Hobart 

 hobart

FR

R4,490

 Launceston

highlights

highlights

• Visit the pristine beaches of the Bay of Fires, some of Australia’s finest • Lace up your hiking boots to explore stunning Freycinet National Park • Come face-to-face with a real Tasmanian Devil

• Discover the pristine beauty of Lake St Clair National Park • Quad bike on the Henty Sand Dunes to get your adrenalin pumping • Take to the water with a range of optional activities from Strahan

This adventure is ideal for visitors who only have a short time on the island. With a perfect combination of picturesque beaches, iconic wildlife and thought-provoking history, the ‘Echidna’ tour is a great taste of Tasmania. Kick off with a relaxing stroll around Cataract Gorge and continue on to the pristine Bay of Fires and some of Australia’s best beaches followed by a visit to a local winery and the Bicheno blowhole. There may be an opportunity to see little penguins returning home after a day’s fishing. Over the next couple of days explore the Freycinet National Park and the Tasman Peninsula on a series of coastal walks. Finish with visits to historic Port Arthur and the Taranna Wildlife Park to meet a real Tassie Devil followed by a swift half in a local brewery or historic pub. Departs: Tue & Sat (plus Thu Nov-Apr) Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (1 nt), private lodge (2 nts) Transport: Mini-coach Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Tour Code: LSTECH

The rugged and wild west of Tasmania awaits you on this three-day adventure. Highlights include a visit to Mt. Field National Park and the chance to enjoy a walk at the base of the tallest trees in Australia. Explore Lake St. Clair National Park, home to Australia’s deepest lake, zip around the Henty Sand Dunes on a quad bike and spot the wombats at Cradle Mountain National Park. Those feeling energetic can embark on a hike with your guide or take a less strenuous walk around majestic Dove Lake. You will spend two nights in a private lodge in the scenic village of Strahan overlooking Macquarie Harbour. The area is rich in attractions and there are plenty of optional extras available, including sea kayaking or take a leisurely cruise along the Gordon River? Tour ends in Launceston. Departs: Wed & Sat (plus Mon Nov-Apr) Accommodation: Private lodge (2 nts) Transport: Mini-coach Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Group Leader: Tour guide throughout Tour Code: HBAWOM

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01-02

Hobart / Strahan Start your journey from Hobart with a visit to Mt. Field National Park and Lake St. Clair, Australia’s deepest lake. After stretching your legs, continue to the quiet but picturesque west coast village of Strahan for two nights in a private lodge. The following day, Strahan is your oyster with a range of optional activities on offer - quad bike on the Henty Sand Dunes, enjoy a jet boat adventure on the King River, go sea kayaking or take a leisurely wilderness cruise along the Gordon River. (L, D)

TASMA NIA

Hobart

itinerary


hobart

Australia

CITY 1 CENTRAL HOBART

FR FR

R227 DORM R327 Twin/Double

2 rydges hobart

Prices are per person per night

HBACCB

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WILDERNESS CRUISE

R1,217 SINGLE R609 Twin/Double

FR

Prices are per person per night

This large rambling hostel is clean, fun and just a few minutes walk to the city centre - everything you need is on your doorstep. Meet heaps of people in the huge lounge, dining room and kitchen. There is 24-hour coded door access, bike storage, free Wi-Fi, laundry and TV sports channels. Choose from a range of dorm or private rooms, all with shared bathroom facilities.

full BRUNY ISLAND

FR

FR

R1,560

+Bonus STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01Apr13-30nov13

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TASMAN ISLAND CRUISE

Ahba01

FR

R1,985

This full-day Bruny Island tour conveniently kicks off in Hobart for a whirlwind guided tour of this region’s most treasured area... Bruny Island! Encounter untouched wilderness, ocean wildlife and spectacular views, pass through tiny towns and admire pristine beaches. Chomp down on a tasty lunch and leave your worries behind as all the transport is taken care of... too easy!

Depart Hobart for a full day of Tasmanian adventure including a three hour eco cruise, scenic bus tour to historic Port Arthur and a lip smacking lunch. Sit at the foot of the highest sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere, marvel at towering sea stacks and rich ocean wildlife, glide in and out of awesome sea caves and uncover Port Arthur’s dark history and convict past.

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R2,304 SINGLE R1,152 Twin/Double

FR

Prices are per person per night

Rydges Hobart’s heritage listed buildings and antique suite accommodation capture the essence of historic Hobart. One of the city’s most conveniently located hotels just 2km from the CBD, Rydges Hobart combines modern comforts with small-hotel warmth and intimacy. Rooms have air-con, TV, free in-house movies and sometimes a kitchinette.

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3 SALAMANCA INN

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Situated just a short walk from Salamanca Place and the colourful waterfront, this all-suite hotel has an indoor rooftop pool with Jacuzzi, Wi-Fi and free secure parking. Guestrooms feature Tasmanian artwork, a self-contained kitchen, flat screen TV, computer and iPod docking station. Enjoy fresh Tasmanian produce at the restaurant, washed down with a cocktail or two in the bar. ahba02


launceston

Australia

1 ARTHOUSE hostel

FR FR

R227 DORM R308 Twin/Double

GRAND 2 hotel CHANCELLOR

LSTART

Days

R1,619 SINGLE FR R810 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

Prices are per person per night

A well located and super friendly renovated Heritage Listed building. There are two lounges complete with plasma screens perfect for socialising. Sniff your way around the herb garden and enjoy the free BBQ in the lovely courtyard. Rooms are sunlit and airy; choose from shared dorms and private rooms all with newly refurbished communal bathrooms.

4

FR

3 MERCURE LAUNCESTON

FR

R1,702 SINGLE FR R851 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

Top-notch accommodation only a short stroll from all the main attractions. There’s a great restaurant serving fab food, delectable high teas and barista perfect coffees, and the quaint bar offers Tasmanian wines and beers to wind down the evening. Guests have access to the Mud Club fitness studio, spa and juice bar. Amenities in the elegant rooms include Wi-Fi, air-con and TV.

This swish city centre hotel is just a hop and a skip from the main shopping area. Relax in spacious and modern rooms fully equipped with amenities such as TV, Wi-Fi and minibar. Sample the fresh local cuisine in Snappers Restaurant, then check out the famous tram bar – where you can enjoy a drink on an original 1911 tram that once graced Launceston’s streets.

+Bonus STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01Apr13-30Sep13

+Bonus STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01Apr13-30Sep13

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CRADLE MOUNTAIN WILDLIFE SAFARI 

FR

Alst02

R6,427

highlights • Work with Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service • Camp out under the bright stars with a proper dinner feast • Check out the exciting habits of the coastal animals

DAY

01-02

itinerary Cradle Mountain Travel along the base of the Great Western Tier and enjoy a range of short walks and stunning views. Once you get to the Cradle Mountain National Park enjoy a full day to explore all the walks and hikes available. Keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife like wombats, wallabies or echidnas!

03

Iris River Head to the Iris River for a rare glimpse of a platypus in the wild and explore the Cradle Mountain National Park visitor centre. Afternoon option to visit a Tasmanian Devil sanctuary.

04

Tamar Valley Witness the diversity of Tasmanian habitats, and go on the Narawntapu National Park nature walk. Cool off with a swim before heading off to the Tamar Valley for tidal wetlands bird watching.

Departs: Fri Accommodation: Camping (3 nts) Transport: 4WD troop carrier Meals: 3 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Group Leader: Experienced guide throughout Group Size: Max 12 Tour Code: LSTCMW

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NEW ZEALAND New Zealand

There is no place quite like New Zealand for dramatic, breathtaking and down right stunning scenery. What’s the best way to see it I hear you cry? Well how about from the top of a bridge with a bungy cord tied round your ankles or while hanging out of a plane at 14,000 feet or while rolling down a hill in an inflatable ball? For those of you with, ahem, a bit more sense, there is also amazing trekking, scenic boat trips and cycle tracks which will offer up some of the most photographic sights you’ll ever see. We have filled the next few pages with endless ideas so you can figure out how you best want to discover this awesome country. There are campervans, hop-on hop-off travel passes, awesome overland tours of all durations and a whole heap of great activities. You’re travelling to the adventure capital of the world so if you can handle the extreme then be sure to get that adrenalin pumping with one of the more crazy pursuits! Whatever you decide, you’re guaranteed to return home with some amazing memories.

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BE INSPIRED New Zealand

New Zealand... Kia Ora bro! Refresh your body and mind in the romantic, tranquil and inspiring setting of New Zealand before throwing yourself head first into all the energetic adventure you can handle!

BEST WILDLIFE AND NATURE

This fascinating country is renowned for beauty and fun, but it also boasts a friendly population that wishes to share its heritage and Maori culture with the many visitors that reach its shore each year. Experience authentic food, song and dance, hit the slopes for some of the best skiing in the world, sail through iconic seas between the islands, lap up the multiculturalism of the cities and build your own story of travelling adventures that you can share with those closest to you. You will be awestruck by a one of nature’s finest creations, enlightened by the way of life and excited about the time you will spend here. Get stuck in today!

Bay of Islands Sun-drenched islands teeming with native wildlife make the 144 isles of the Bay of Islands something rather special. Dolphins, Blue Penguins, Gannets, marlin and the endangered New Zealand Dotterel can all be spotted here. Abel Tasman National Park Considered one of the most beautiful NPs, Abel Tasman is a coastal playground like no other. Turquoise sea meets golden sands to form serenity whilst the northern reaches of the park remain relatively undiscovered by tourists creating peace and solitude. Rotorua – Geyser Land Fierce spurting geysers, lush hot springs, boiling mud pools and a sulphur smell not known anywhere else, create a stunning world of geothermal activity at Rotorua. It’s a fascinating place that’s just waiting for you to discover it.

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BEST ADRENALINE FUELLED FUN

BEST scenery and VIEWS

Queenstown Set on the dramatic landscape of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world. It’s the place to be for bungy jumping, skydiving, skiing and just about every other crazy sport you can think of!

Tongariro National Park Renowned for its Alpine Crossing trail, this park provides some of the most stunning walks known to man, with breathtaking views of the surrounding park. Climb Mt Ruapehu Crater for one of the most inspirational sights you can imagine.

Lake Taupo A water lover’s paradise, this action packed place has everything the adventure seeker could hope for with a plethora of heart pumping activities including skydiving, bungy jumping and jet boating. You can also swim, sail, kayak and parasail. Awesome!

Fiordlands: Milford and Doubtful Sound Cruise through the picturesque Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, surrounding yourself with beauty and peace as you sail past peaks that rise from the water like giants dominating the skyline. Breathtaking just about gives it justice.

Franz Josef and Fox Glacier If you like ice then you’ll love these stunning glaciers. It’s picture postcard stuff as the ice meets the sea to create perfection. Take a hike out onto the glaciers or jump in a chopper and fly right over the top.

Mount Cook A rainbow of colours bursts from the landscape at the base of the mountain that dominates the Southern Alps. Surrounded by little brothers, Mt Cook stands 3754m tall and boasts some of the most majestic views in New Zealand

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KIWI EXPERIENCE  STa Travel exclusive offer Fancy 5% off? 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.

New Zealand

Discount is valid for bookings made from 01 Jan 2013 – 31 Dec 2013 for any Kiwi Experience pass, and may be combined with other offers including the ‘early bird’ promotion.

Why Kiwi Experience? This is the legendary New Zealand travel network, offering you some of the most unforgettable experiences on the planet. Jump on the adventure of a lifetime and get amongst it! Awesome hop-on hop-off bus adventures for travellers, by travellers; Kiwi Experience is New Zealand’s original adventure company. They’ve been around for over a whopping 23 years, so you know you’re in safe, experienced and fun hands. Let the good times roll! Flexible Travel Plans change – you may find something (or someone) that stops you in your tracks. We really don’t think this should ever be an issue, so the lovely guys at Kiwi Experience have given you over 20 different pass options, so you can stay where you want en-route, for as long as you like, no questions asked. When you’re ready, hop back on the bus, where you want. Remember this is your trip, you’re the boss. Take your Time The awesome thing about all of these passes is you’ve got 12 months to kick off your trip from your date of purchase. Then it gets better, you have another 12 months to complete your epic NZ adventure. This is Kiwi pace, no stress, no worries and definitely no rushing, get used to it. Unlimited Travel Repeat your trip as often as you like within 12 months completely free of charge on any of the ‘start anywhere’ passes! (Subject to terms and conditions)

Off the Beaten Track Put the guide book down and let Kiwi Experience show you all sorts of weird and wonderfully unique New Zealand experiences that definitely won’t be in any book! Get under this utterly beautiful, fantastically scenic and superbly heart-pumping country’s skin, trust us this is will be a journey you won’t forget anytime soon. AWESOME Inclusions To make sure your hard-earned cash goes as far as possible, they’ve included loads of unique experiences – boat cruises through the stunning Milford Sound, Cathedral Cove, digging your own hot pool at Hot Water Beach, sandboarding on Cape Reinga, Huka Falls, Karangahake Gorge, Ruakuri Walk, Taranaki Falls, Cape Foulwind, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Lake Matheson… just to name a few! Kiwi Experience can always hook you up with heaps of cool optional activities too, but are always watching your purse strings and make sure there is a always a free alternative wherever the bus stops!

Driver Guides Kiwi’s legendary Driver Guides are definitely the people to know, they are the difference between a regular tour and the New Zealand experience of a lifetime! These guys will make sure your travelling experience is one of a kind, free of hassle and stress and will just generally knock your socks off. They’re 100% Kiwi, entertaining characters and are totally passionate about their country, and why not it’s pretty awesome! Their commentary, local knowledge and advice will ensure you discover the real New Zealand. They are such an integral part of the whole experience; we want you to meet a few before you get there!

PONCEY WHEN DID YOU START DRIVING FOR KIWI? 2003 HOW DID YOU GET YOUR NICKNAME? I’m in possession of a purple fluffy pencil case... apparently it’s very manly to have one. FAVOURITE KIWI PLACE? Anywhere with breathtaking scenery. Oh that’s EVERYWHERE in New Zealand! FAVOURITE KIWI ACTIVITY? Luging at Rotorua... It’s all about technique. FAVOURITE KIWI MOMENT? Beating Rich (another driver 10 years my junior) in a 100-metre running race in Franz Josef, after a couple, in the dark and it’s raining... It’s all about staying power...

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BEX WHEN DID YOU START DRIVING FOR KIWI? 2009 HOW DID YOU GET YOUR NICKNAME? Cheers was taken? FAVOURITE KIWI PLACE? Either Franz Josef or Queenstown! I love mountains and bubbles. They have both! FAVOURITE KIWI ACTIVITY? Swinging. At the Canyon Swing down in Queenstown of course! With a glass of bubbles... FAVOURITE KIWI MOMENT? When people actually take me seriously and heed my advice, then come and tell me I was right with massive smiles on their faces and a glass of bubbles in their hand for me!

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BIG RIG WHEN DID YOU START DRIVING FOR KIWI? 2001 HOW DID YOU GET YOUR NICKNAME? 6 ft 4in, 120kgs, when resting. FAVOURITE KIWI PLACE? Would have to be the South, Wanaka/ Queenstown/Milford. It’s all there, in the Big Country! On Bottom Bus: Curio Bay, Dolphins, Penguins, Fossil Forest, chilled atmosphere. FAVOURITE KIWI ACTIVITY? Bottom Bus, of course! 4 days of fun in the Deep South. Bungy jumping’s pretty cool as well. FAVOURITE KIWI MOMENT? Leaving Auckland, it’s all in front of you! On Bottom Bus: hitting the Catlins on a hot summer’s day, it goes off. Also, people’s reaction, when they come face to face with a 500 kg sea lion, outstanding!


3-4 AWESOME &

DAYs (MIN)

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TOP BIT

AUCKLAND  

R1,609 AKLATB

AUCKLAND

FULL MILFORD DAY

EXPLORER

QUEENSTOWN  

QUEENSTOWN

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New Zealand

The Awesome & Top Bit bus pass will take you through the scenic North Island towards Paihia (home to the Bay of Islands) and then on to the northernmost point of New Zealand; Cape Reinga. The Northland is rich in history and Maori culture and with its clear water, endless activities, huge Kauri forests and 144 islands to explore, you will soon see why Kiwi Experience heads up north. Get involved with dolphin swimming, jet boating out to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’, kayaking, sailing, fishing, diving, snorkelling, or just relax on the beach! Then you’ll head to Cape Reinga, to check out winding nature trails, drive along 90 Mile Beach and body board down the huge sand dunes.

R891 ZQNMIL

A proud owner of the title ‘the world’s most beautiful place,’ Milford Sound promises not to disappoint by any stretch of the imagination! This NZ must–do departs Queenstown early and stops at the picturesque Te Anau township on the lake before heading through the Homer Tunnel into Milford. Once there, you will go on an unforgettable two-hour boat cruise through the Sound exploring soaring peaks, towering waterfalls and New Zealand nature at its best - keep your cameras fully-charged and close at hand. In summer there is also the option of spending a few more nights or walking the legendary Milford Track.

MAP KEY Overnight stop Tour Partner/Operator Day Stop Optional Stop

5 DAYS (MIN)

SPLIT ENDZ AUCKLAND     AUCKLAND & QUEENSTOWN     QUEENSTOWN

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R2,312 NZDSPL

If you combine the unforgettable beauty of the North Island with the jaw-dropping peaks of the South Island the end result will be the almighty Split Endz pass, and what a fine pass it is! This combo pass is quite simply the Awesome & Top Bit pass + Milford Explorer day trip. The Split Endz pass is the perfect add-on to any bus pass and will ensure you really get under NZ’s skin as well as seeing what this country is all about along the way.

How do overnight stops work?

The big green dots on the map show where your overnight stops will be. Just relax, the drivers will happily sort you out with some ‘sweet as’ accommodation which you pay for locally as you go. You’re guaranteed a bed for each and every overnight stop you make. In some places it’s best to stay for at least a couple of nights to get the most out of what the area has to offer – our big favourites include Taupo, Franz Josef and activity-central Queenstown. And don’t forget, there’s no rush - your passes last for a whole 12 months worth of travel!

* Please note: the ferry between the North and South Island is not included

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THE FITZY auckland 

R11,964

FR

 auckland

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New Zealand Meet The Fitzy, the absolute crème de la crème of all Kiwi Experience adventures. This epic, all-singing-all-dancing pass will guarantee you tick all traveller must-dos (on the Funky Chicken pass) from gentle strolls around Lake Wanaka and seal spotting in Kaikoura to swimming in the natural hot springs of Taupo. NZ is all about heart-racing adrenaline activities and trust us it has lots of these! For the brave amongst you, the legendary Bus Drivers can also sign you up to go zorbing in Rotorua, bungy jumping in Queenstown (the second highest in the world!), glacier hiking in Franz Josef and blackwater rafting in Waitomo, we’ve only named a few! With all this adventure and beauty going on you’ll definitely need somewhere comfy to stay, so luckily the guys at Kiwi Experience have teamed up with Base Backpackers to give you 10 nights’ accommodation at any of their hostels around the country as part of the Fitzy. Not only that, we’ve also thrown in all the awesome extras you’d get with the Split Endz pass, plus entry to Waitomo Caves. And a free t-shirt! Oh yeah, then we’re going to give you a whopping discount on it too! You can thank us later, in the mean time get yourself a Fitzy and prepare for what will be a mind-blowing trip. Min travel time: 26 days

The Whole Kit & Caboodle ANYWHERE 

  WHERE YOU STARTED

RANGI ANYWHERE 

fitzy INCLUsions • Funky Chicken Pass - see opposite page • Split Endz Pass - see page 127 • 10 nights’ accommodation at Base Packpackers • Free entry to Waitomo Caves ... and a free t-shirt!

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS • Horse Trek in the coastal town of Punakaiki • Skydive over the impressive Lake Wanaka • Keep your eyes peeled and whale watch in Kaikoura • Get involved with scuba diving in the Bay of Islands

  WHERE YOU STARTED

FR R13,800 ISIC FR R13,426 Save 5% see page 126

FR R10,547 ISIC FR R10,173 Save 5% see page 126

Min travel time: 26 days

Min travel time: 22 days

NZDWKC

NZDRAN

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

• Walk up the iconic Mt Victoria in NZ’s capital city, Wellington • Check out the Punakaiki’s incredible Pancake Rocks • Admire awesome views from Mt. Cook • Witness unbelievably glorious west coast sunsets

• Walk the Coromandel’s Karangahake Gorge Walk • Explore the outstanding beautiful Bay of Islands • Check out Kuirua thermal park in Rotorua • Go swimming in Lake Mahinapua

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

• Bungee jump in Taupo witnessing breathtaking views of its lake • Free-style high country horse trekking in the River Valley’s wilderness • Ride the Grade V rapids whilst whitewater rafting on the Rangitikei River • Go whale watching or for a swim with the seals or dolphins in Kaikoura

• Glacier hike, heli hike or take a scenic flight at the stunning Franz Josef Glacier • Go canyon swinging amidst the beautiful scenery of Queenstown • Kayak around Cathedral Cove in the Coromandel Peninsula • Go punting on the Avon River in the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch

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FUNKY CHICKEN ANYWHERE 

ZEPHYR

  WHERE YOU STARTED

AUCKLAND 

 CHRISTCHURH

FR R9,612 ISIC FR R9,238 Save 5% see page 126

Min travel time: 20 days

Min travel time: 18 days

NZDCHI

New Zealand

FR R9,911 ISIC FR R9,537 Save 5% see page 126-127

AKLZEP

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

• Grab your sandboard and surf down the mighty dunes of Ninety-Mile Beach • Walk Lake Matheson at Fox Glacier and see the nearby Franz Josef Glacier • Stroll around Kaikoura Peninsula to spot the noisy seal colony • Check out the remarkable sight of Taupo’s powerful Huka Falls

• Get active and challenge yourself with a hike up Mt Fyffe • Enjoy Frisbee golf in the outdoors adventure playground of Queenstown • Sandboard gigantic dunes in the wonderfully scenic Ninety-Mile Beach • Unwind and relax your bones in Taupo’s natural hot springs

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

• Take a bungy jump or canyon swing over the rugged landscapes of Queenstown • Try out skydiving over the geothermal scenery around the resort of Rotorua • Go fishing at Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand • Go dolphin swimming and whale watching at the coastal town of Kaikoura

• Visit Rotorua’s incredible geothermal park to see geysers and mud pools • Trek in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand’s finest one-day hiking trail • Take a boat cruise in the Bay of Islands to see the remarkable ‘Hole in the Rock’ • Go paintballing in Franz Josef Glacier, just one of many optional activities available

SHEEPDOG AUCKLAND 

KITCHEN SINK

 CHRISTCHURCH

AUCKLAND 

 CHRISTCHURCH

FR R8,976 ISIC FR R8,602 Save 5% see page 126

FR R12,865 ISIC FR R12,491 Save 5% see page 126

Min travel time: 16 days

Min travel time: 22 days

AKLSHE

AKLKIT

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

• Heaps of scenic photo stops along the route, keep your cameras charged! • Complete the awesome Cathedral Cove walk in the Coromandel Peninsula • Take a hike up Wellington’s Mt. Victoria for spectacular views over NZ’s capital • Enjoy a refreshing swim at Kaiteriteri beach

• Admire epic views of the lakeside resort of Wanaka from Mt Iron • Enjoy a Ruakiri bush walk in Waitomo, famous for its namesake caves • Complete the rewarding hiking trail on Ben Lomond mountain • Check out the beautiful scenery fo Lake Tekapo

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

• Get your heart pumping with blackwater underground rafting in Waitomo Caves • Launch yourself off a hill in an inflatable ball, or ‘Zorbing’, in Rotorua • Take a high-speed jet boat ride to the base of Huka Falls in Taupo • Get involved in a Maori culture evening, complete with ‘hangi’ feast

• Try out a skydive over scenic Nelson, gateway to Abel Tasman National Park • Go luging in Rotorua, the North Island’s premier outdoors adventure destination • Swim with dolphins amidst the 144 islands in the aptly-named Bay of Islands • Saddle up for a mountain bike ride in the beautiful Redwoods Forest

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KEA CHRISTCHURCH 

TOP DOG  AUCKLAND

CHRISTCHURCH 

 AUCKLAND

New Zealand

FR R6,994 ISIC FR R6,620 Save 5% see page 126

FR R8,078 ISIC FR R7,705 Save 5% see page 126

Min travel time: 15 days

Min travel time: 19 days

CHCKEA

CHCTOP

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

• Hike through the coastal scenery of Abel Tasman National Park • Stop at Matamata, filming location for Hobbiton in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ • Take a stroll around the beautiful shores of Lake Wanaka • Get back to nature as you enjoy a swim at Lake Mahinapua

• Explore the geothermal landscapes of Te Puia Scenic Reserve in Rotorua • Enjoy Westport’s Cape Foulwind walk for a taste of dramatic West Coast scenery • Check out Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks, layers of rock strata in a distinctive formation • Follow nature trails that lead you to the ice of Franz Josef Glacier

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

• Check out an amusing and highly entertaining farm show in Rotorua • Splash your way down the Shotover River with whitewater rafting in Queenstown • Get competitive (and messy!) with a paintballing session in Franz Josef Glacier • Breathe in the fresh air with a glacier country hike on Lake Mapourika

• Check out scuba diving to explore the underwater world of the Bay of Islands • Bungy jump over the epic alpine activity playground that is Queenstown • Explore Abel Tasman National Park with a spot of kayaking in Kaiteriteri • Try out fishing in the Bay of Islands, or just watch for dolphins from the boat

TRANZ ALPINE BACK PADDOCK GEYSERLAND & LAKE CHRISTCHURCH 

 CHRISTCHURCH

AUCKLAND 

 AUCKLAND

FR R5,648 ISIC FR R5,274 Save 5% see page 126

FR R3,254 Save 5% see page 126

Min travel time: 7 days

AKLGLA

CHCGTB

Min travel time: 6 days *Please note that during peak summer months the TranzAlpine train between Christchurch and Greymouth can get very busy, so advance bookings are recommended

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

• Witness breathtaking views of Mt Cook reflected in the lake • Grab your swimming costume for a refreshing dip in Lake Mahinapua • Sit back and enjoy glorious sunsets on the driftwood-strewn West Coast beaches • Check out the remotely-situated and iconic Church of the Good Shepherd

• Dig your very own hot pool at Hot Water Beach in the Coromandel Peninsula • Stroll through Redwoods Forest and admire New Zealand’s nature in Rotorua • Hike up Mt Tauhara in the North Island’s premier resort of Taupo • Get amongst it as you take part in a native bush walk in Waitomo

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

• Make your heart race with a bungy jump in Queenstown, home of bungy jumping! • Don your wet suits for a spot of whitewater rafting on the Rangitata River • Take a scenic and thrilling skydive over the alpine adventure resort of Lake Wanaka • Go for an adrenalin-pumping spin on the Shotover Jet just outside Queenstown

• Kayak around beautiful Cathedral Cove in the Coromandel Peninsula • Head underground on the Abyss and Black Labyrinth tours at the Waitomo Caves • Jump out of a plane with a daredevil skydive above Lake Taupo • Get involved in Rotorua’s Maori culture evening and ‘hangi’ feast

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NORTHERN ROUND-UP Auckland 

SOUTHERN ROUND-UP

 auckland

christchurch 

New Zealand

FR R4,376 Save 5% see page 126

 christchurch

FR R6,022 ISIC FR R5,648 Save 5% see page 126

Min travel time: 9 days

Min travel time: 10 days

AKLNOT

PCNSOU

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

• Explore New Zealand’s early history with a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds • Check out the filming location for ‘Hobbiton’, a.k.a. Matamata • Hike through the dramatic volcanic scenery of Tongariro National Park • Walk through Karangahake Gorge in the Coromandel Peninsula

• Go seal spotting amidst the dramatic scenery of the West Coast • Dive into nature with a stop for swimming at Lake Mahinapua • Challenge yourself with the Ben Lomond mountain hiking trail • Relax on Kaiteriteri’s golden sandy beaches

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

• Whitewater rafting in the River Valley for a real taste of NZ’s outdoor lifestyle • Skydive over the stunning lakes and mountains scenery of Taupo • Go Zorbing for a crazy downhill ride in Rotorua - hold on tight! • Check out the museums and cultural attractions of Wellington

• Whitewater rafting on the Rangitata River between Queenstown and Christchurch • Look out for whales, dolphins and seals in the marine resort of Kaikoura • Get your pulse racing with canyon swinging in the outdoors capital of Queenstown • Splash out on helicopter hiking at the epic Franz Josef Glacier

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Days

GREEN NOT MEAN PUNAKAIKI COASTAL REFORESTATION PROJECT PUNAKAIKI 

FR

R2,244

 PUNAKAIKI

highlights • Assist in reforestation efforts • Help to protenct endangered species • See the amazing ‘Pancake Rocks’ • Coastal inland walks and hikes • Sight the Westland black petrel • Learn and apply practical skills

Project start date: Please ask for details Project location: Punakaiki, South Island Getting there: Your Kiwi Experience Bus Driver will drop you off at the Punakaiki Visitor Centre Typical working hours: 8am – 4pm Accomodation: On-site house with shared, hostel-style bunk rooms Meals: All meals included In-country support: Project team leader Group size: Max 10 What to bring: Sleeping bag, sturdy boots and appropriate clothing (for all weather conditions!) Trip Code: PKIPUN

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Get off the beaten track, get your hands dirty and make a real difference with Kiwi Experience! This rewarding volunteering project focuses on reforestation and environment conservation of the South Island’s utterly unique and beautiful landscapes. As well as protecting this one-of-a-kind country’s natural environment you’ll learn and apply practical skills to help with tree planting, seed collection and removal of weeds to transform existing open pastures into dense native forest and enhance habitat for the only breeding site in the world for the Westland black petrel. All this, plus did we mention the project is in Punakaiki, perched on the edge of breathtaking Southern Alps - what better way to give something back?

Life as a volunteer a

Joining this project will be a rewarding experience and allows you leave your stamp on New Zealand whilst mixing with enthusiastic conservation experts

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Work closely in the natural habitat of the little blue penguin and the only nesting ground of the Westland black petrel

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Impress the other volunteers with your culinary skills as everyone on the project will get involved with cooking

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In your spare time check out Punakaiki’s spectacular limestone landscapes, river gorges, caves, coastal and inland walks as well as the world renowned ‘Pancake Rocks’ and blowholes

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MIGHTY CAMPERVANS New Zealand If you want a no-fuss NZ campervan adventure that’s done your way and nobody else’s, then look no further! Mighty Campervans promises to look after your purse strings whilst providing safe, reliable campervans, with the added peace of mind that if something goes wrong along the way, Mighty will get on the case! Mighty have a fleet suitable for all travellers, ages and budgets from two to four berth. All you need to do is grab some mates, maybe a surfboard and prepare for a road trip of a lifetime.

Pick-up / Drop off from

Auckland, Queenstown and Christchurch.

STANDARD Inclusions

THE ALMIGHTY

• Unlimited kilometres • Kitchen & living gear • Rates include GST (Goods & Services Tax) & all admin fees • Linen & bedding • 24hr on-road assistance (toll-free number) • Mighty Light vehicle liability of NZ $3500 for the Lowball, Highball, Jackpot & Deuce (except the Double Up which is NZ $5000) • Driver goes free to Waitomo Glowworm Caves • All branches have local tourist information & maps

•M  ighty Confident (accident liability reduced to zero) • Extra cover for tyres & windscreens • Camping chairs & table (1 per traveller) • Extra driver fees • Road User Charge Recovery Fee • Pre-purchase gas for cooking & heating

WHY MIGHTY? • Perfect for the budget-savvy traveller • Heaps of handy discounts on activities and attractions • Vehicles for 18 yrs + • Help’s always on hand with a 24/7 call centre and on-road assistance • Huge choice of campers (we’ve just listed a few of our favourites below) • Straight-talking, no nonsense prices and inclusions • Discounts on multiple hires in Australia and New Zealand

Save some moneY! • No one-way fees • Save 5% on long hires over 21 days + • Booking in advance = cheaper rates

*For travel with peace of mind be sure to check out ‘The Almighty’ adjacent

lowball

FR

• Sleeps 2 (1 double bed) • Min hire age 18 yrs old • Chilly bin (esky) & sink • Portable 2 burner gas stove • AM/FM radio • Roof racks • 5-speed manual & power-steering • Cold water only • Air-con & heating (drivers cabin)

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R222

jackpot

FR

R291

• Sleeps 3 (1 double bed, 1 overhead single) • Min hire age 18 yrs old • Fridge & sink • Portable butane stove • AM/FM radio, CD player & MP3 (rear cabin) • 5-speed manual & power-steering • Cold water only • Air-con & heating (drivers cabin)

call 0861 782 782 to book

DOUBLE UP

FR

• Sleeps 4 (2 double beds) • Min hire age 21 yrs old • Fridge/freezer & sink • Toilet & shower • Microwave & 4 burner gas stove • AM/FM radio & CD player • Automatic & power-steering • Hot & cold water • Air-con & heating (drivers cabin)

R429


BRITZ CAMPERVANS New Zealand

All you need to worry about is preparing for an unforgettable free-wheeling adventure, whilst Britz sort the rest! Britz offer a huge range of cars and campervans from 2WD to 4WD and can house a couple to a group of six mates, with everything you could possibly need for your trip; crockery, linen, inclusive insurance, unlimited kilometres, 24/7 on-road assistance and awesome discounts along the way – again, Britz have got all the boxes ticked! Their philosophy is easy and ensures you only pay for the inclusions you want and need for your travelling home. Let the good times roll!

Pick-up / Drop off from

Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown.

STANDARD Inclusions

BONUS PACK

• Unlimited kilometres • Kitchen & living gear • Rates include GST (Goods & Services Tax) & all admin fees • Linen & bedding • 24hr on-road assistance (toll-free number) • Vehicle liability of NZ $7,500 • Tourism radio • Supermarket discount card • Free travel wallet – with driving tips & safety information • New Zealand leading attractions map • Airport transfer • Driver goes free at Waitomo Caves

•A  ccidental liability reduced from NZ $7,500 to zero • No one-way fees (if applicable) • Extra cover for tyres & windscreens • Picnic table & chairs • Snow chains • Extra driver fees •P  re-purchase gas for cooking & heating • Portable heater •R  oad user charge recovery fee (if applicable)

WHY BRITZ? • Perfect for your next adventure • Heaps of handy discounts on activities and attractions • Straight-talking prices • Vehicles for 21 yrs + • Help’s always on hand with a 24/7 call centre and on-road assistance • Widest range of vehicles (from 2WD to 4WD campervans) • Partnership with NZ Cycle Trail so you can hire some Britz bikes & explore • Discounts on multiple hires in Australia and New Zealand

SAVE SOME MONEY! • Save 5% on long hires over 21 days + • Save 5% on early bird bookings (120 days or more before departure)

*For travel with peace of mind be sure to check out the Bonus pack

HITOP

FR

R276

• Sleeps 3 (1 double, 1 single) • Min hire age 21 yrs old • Shower & toilet, cold water only • Slide out barbecue • Fridge/freezer &sink • 2 burner gas stove, kettle, toaster & microwave & gas bottle • Radio & CD player • Air-con & heating (drivers cab) • Automatic & power-steering

VENTURER

FR

R498

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

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FRONTIER

FR

R559

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

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Travellers autobarn New Zealand Travellers Autobarn knows New Zealand and it knows campervans, so you can sit back and chill, knowing you’re in trusted hands and these guys will sort out all the nitty-gritty for you! It’s a fact that an NZ road trip is an absolute must-do when heading to this beautiful country and what better way to do it than in your very own (very affordable) super-funky travelling home? You can pick a car or a camper, pick up from Auckland and drop off in Christchurch, pick up from Christchurch and drop off in Auckland, go for a week or go for a year and go with one mate or two! The limits are endless. All you need to do is pack a sense of adventure, get out here and get on the road!

ESCAPE CAMPERS

FR

R293

HAPPY CAMPERS

FR

R338

WHY TRAVELLERS AUTOBARN? • Perfect for the budget-savvy traveller • Heaps of handy discounts on activities and attractions in NZ • Vehicles for 18 yrs + • Help’s always on hand with a 24/7 call centre and on-road assistance

STA TRAVEL EXCLUSIVES! • No one-way fees in NZ • Free beach chairs & tables

Pick-up / Drop off from Auckland and Christchurch • Sleeps 2 (1 Queen Size bed) • Min hire age 18 yrs old • Esky & single burner gas cooker • Kitchenette with sink & water supply • Power supply (via powered campsite) • Air-conditioning & a heater • Sink with running water • Radio/cassette player or MP3 plug in • 6-9 years old • Manual & power-steering

HAPPY KUGA CAMPERS

FR

R413

• Sleeps 3 (1 double bed, 1 single bed) • Min hire age 18 yrs old • Fridge & sink with running water • Power supply (via powered campsite) • 2 burner gas cooker • Self contained portable toilet • Toaster & kettle • Radio/cassette player or CD player • 7-10 years old • Manual & power-steering

HAPPY CAMPERS DELUXE FR R564

STANDARD Inclusions • Unlimited kilometres • Standard protection insurance with an excess of NZ $2,500 • 24hr on-road assistance • Free extra drivers (up to three) • Kitchen & living gear, linen, bedding, beach chairs & tables • Reliable, modern campervans • Camping booklet, maps & guides *For travel with peace of mind be sure to check out Protection Plus

PROTECTION PLUS • Accidental liability reduced from NZ $2,500 to zero • Extra cover for tyres & windscreens • Allows you to travel on gravel roads • Free Diesel Road Tax (Happy Camper Deluxe only) • Sleeps 3 (1 double bed, 1 single bed) • Min hire age 18 yrs old • Kitchenette with sink & water supply • Power supply (via powered campsite) • 2 burner gas cooker, toaster, microwave • Self-contained portable toilet • Air-con cabin • MP3/CD player • 5-7 years old • Manual & power-steering

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• Sleeps 2 (1 Queen Size bed) • Min hire age 18 yrs old • Fridge • Shower & toilet • 3 burner gas cooker • Power supply (via powered campsite) • Sink with running hot & cold water • Radio & CD player • 7-9 years old • Manual, Turbo Diesel & power-steering

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transport & Accommodation Passes

New Zealand

R854 Golden Chain R427 Accommodation Pass FR

FR

single Twin/Double

• Stay in clean, comfortable self-catering motels throughout New Zealand • Ensure you visit all the hotspot with 98 properties nation wide • Enjoy the flexibility and value for money with an accommodation pass You can take off on your New Zealand adventure in the safe knowledge of a comfortable nights sleep wherever you may end up with this Golden Chain Motel Pass. With 98 motels located from Paihai to Invercargill, this pass has the length and breadth of New Zealand covered, leaving you free to spend your time exploring. Each of the individually owned and Qualmark approved motels has been carefully selected to offer guests an excellent standard of accommodation, facilities and customer service. Although facilities vary from motel to motel, the majority include a kitchen or kitchenette, guest laundry facilities, a telephone, TV and Radio. Choose either the Blue Pass (3 star motels) or Gold Pass (4 star motels) and your prepaid pass allows you to planned ahead or simply freewheel and see where you end up!

Base Jumping Accommodation Pass

10 nights FR R1,788

• Try out Base Hostels legendary bars for fantastic night life • Stay in perfectly central locations throughout New Zealand • Meet like minded travellers in the comfortable hostels

R1,001 Go Kiwi R501 Accommodation Pass FR

FR

single Twin/Double

• Explore New Zealand with the largest hotel pass programme • Stay in fantastic central locations to soak up the atmosphere • Chose your quality of comfort with the colour coding system Go Kiwi is designed for independent travellers and incorporates 93 hotels ranging from 3 to 4 star standard in 46 key city and resort locations throughout the North and South Islands of New Zealand. It is the largest hotel pass programme in New Zealand; so you can be sure you have the best variety of beds available! Each property listed in the Go Kiwi Hotel pass directory is categorised according to the easy to use grading system of Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum Plus. Hotels are graded on the standard of room type offered, additional facilities available and in some destinations, location is also considered. Upgrading is also easy, so if you feel like splashing out once your in New Zealand on a special treat, it’s easy to do and the surcharge is paid locally.

Nomads Mad night pass

7 nights FR R1,265

• Nomads fantastically central locations are perfect for exploring • Enjoy staying in the flashiest chain of hostels in the country • Hop the hotspots at your own pace to see the country your way

For travellers who don’t want to have to pre plan every step of the way, this 10-night flexible accommodation package is the perfect way to explore New Zealand. The Base Jumping accommodation pass is easy and flexible, so you aren’t locked into dates and you can choose how fast you travel around this fantastic country - it’s the perfect addition to your transport pass or car/ campervan hire. You can stay at any Base hostels or affiliate which offer you clean, good quality, fun, centrally located accommodation with modern facilities and great staff to help you get the most from your experience. Plus their bars are legendary, so once you’ve checked in, it’s pretty easy to just hang around and make a load of new friends! With hostels in all the key locations, you’re covered all the way from the Bay of Islands to Dunedin.

Nomads Bed Hopper package is the perfect way to explore New Zealand without the confines of planning your journey and booking hostels ahead of time! Choose the number of nights you want to stay with Nomads, and move on at your leisure. The package includes a tour within the arrival city to help you find your feet and get a feel for how it all works! Nomads hostels are fantastically located in the centre of all the action, making it easy to find the very best restaurants, bars and clubs! Meet like minded people as you hop from place to place. These comfortable, clean hostels will make your stay in New Zealand relaxed but exciting, and the flexible schedule allows you to take your time around the fantastic country!

KIWIRAIL scenic rail pass

interislander ferry

7 Day North & South Island Pass 14 Day North & South Island Pass 21 Day North and South Island Pass

Fr R4,481 Fr R5,221 Fr R5,969

Travel NZ with hop-on hop-off KiwiRail Scenic Rail Network, hopping off when and where you like, for the duration of your pass. Choose from the 7,14 or 21 Day North & South Island Passes which can be used on the epic Northern Explorer rail route (Auckland to Wellington), the Coastal Pacific (Picton to Christchurch) and the scenic TranzAlpine (Christchurch to Greymouth) services and are valid for unlimited InterIslander ferry crossings too! Please also ask us about the new ‘Flexi Pass’ options which give you the freedom to roam anywhere in New Zealand for between 3 and 9 days within a 6 month period.

1 way FR R543

Scenic, quick and comfortable travel between the North and South islands Wide range of on-board facilities - restaurants, bars, cinema and shops Stunning Marlborough Sounds scenery The Interslander Ferry sails across the Cook Strait which separates New Zealand’s North and South Islands up to five times daily between the cities of Wellington and Napier. The three-hour, 92km journey is considered one of the most scenic and beautiful ferry crossings in the world and takes you through the picturesque waterways of the dramatic Marlborough Sounds. The Interislander offers a convenient and comfortable way to travel between the two islands and there’s also a comprehensive range of on-board facilities to enjoy if you tire of the scenery.

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car hire New Zealand A self-drive holiday is a great way to see everything you want to see in New Zealand. You’ll have the freedom to explore the big cities, outside of which you’ll find there���s very little traffic on the gorgeously scenic roads! Our aim is to make your car hire experience as easy and stress-free as possible. We offer fully inclusive pre-paid car hire, and we advise you upfront of any locally payable extras. We only work with the most renowned global suppliers and the best local operators, ensuring you the highest level of service.

car types

Economy FR R236* per day

Compact FR R251* per day

Intermediate FR R265* per day

Full Size FR R545* per day

Driving Licence

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

Age Restrictions

Generally the minimum age is 21 years old, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Please check Terms and Conditions with your Travel Expert when making an enquiry or booking. Please note that the above prices are subject to change depending on city of pick up or drop off and season. These are a ‘from’ guide only. Please see your STA Travel Expert for more details.

self drive ideas Please see opposite page for our favourite self drive routes in NZ, or check out these other suggestions: • Auckland & The Bay of Islands • Coromandel & Rotorua/Taupo • Auckland to Wellington via the Bay of Plenty, Napier & Martinborough • South Island West Coast & Glaciers • Christchurch to Dunedin/Catlins Coast Our self-drive tours include a co-pilot kit with a detailed itinerary, map and lots of handy hints about off-the-beaten track little gems that you wouldn’t otherwise know about.

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* Minimum rental periods and other conditions apply. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and seasonal surcharges.

DRIVING DISTANCES IN new zealand BETWEEN Auckland Paihia Auckland Rotorua Taupo Taupo Auckland Picton Picton Kaikoura Christchurch Greymouth Franz Josef Glacier Queenstown Queenstown Queenstown Dunedin

Paihia Cape Reinga Rotorua Taupo Napier Wellington Wellington Nelson Kaikoura Christchurch Greymouth Franz Josef Glacier Queenstown Milford Sound Invercargill Dunedin Christchurch

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APPROX DISTANCE (KMs / MILES)

APPROX TRAVEL TIME

227 kms / 141 miles 212 kms / 132 miles 233 kms / 145 miles 81 kms / 50 miles 141 kms / 88 miles 371 kms / 230 miles 636 kms / 395 miles 107 kms / 66 miles 156 kms / 97 miles 181 kms / 112 miles 241 kms / 150 miles 170 kms / 106 miles 355 kms / 220 miles 286 kms / 178 miles 187 kms / 116 miles 282 kms / 175 miles 359 kms / 223 miles

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SELF DRIVE ITINERARIES New Zealand

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SELF DRIVE TOURING

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self-drive touring in new zealand Our self drive itineraries include a co-pilot kit with a full itinerary, map and best of all helpful hints from someone on the ground about all the cool, off-the-beaten track places you’ll encounter on your trip - maybe a working sheep station, a dairy (milk shop to most!) or small local town. Most of these little gems are missed unless you get the low down from someone who’s been there and travelled that route - and that’s what we’re here for. If you want to alter the route, cut or add days then ask your Travel Expert. Please note the above price includes all your accommodation and the co-pilot kit but excludes car hire as these are subject to change. Ask your travel expert for up to date prices.

FR

R9,668

 CHRISTCHURCH

itinerary Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula (99 miles/160 kms) Head south towards the Coromandel Peninsula to the township of Thames. From there it is a short trip over the beautiful Coromandel Ranges Mountains to the upmarket beach township of Pauanui. You have all of Day 2 to explore this beautiful region and its cool forests, picturesque beaches, rugged coastline.

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Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua (135 miles/ 218 kms) Travel south from Pauanui past many more beautiful beaches to the heart of NZ’s thermal activity, Rotorua. Rotorua is on the central North Island volcanic plateau, home to some amazing geysers and geo-thermal activity plus a host of adventure activities like sky diving or 4WD volcano trips.

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Rotorua to Tongariro National Park (106 miles/ 177 kms) Travel to the township of Taupo home to para-sailing, sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing, canoeing, whitewater rafting, horse-riding, sky-diving and bungy jumping. Continue past Huka Falls and into Tongariro N.P.

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Tongariro National Park to Wellington (208 miles/ 336 kms) Why not do what is generally regarded as the best day walk in New Zealand – the Tongariro Crossing before hitting Wellington, the capital of New Zealand full of arty bars, cafés and craft shops.

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Wellington to Nelson (by ferry) Catch the ferry from Wellington to Picton on the South Island and head to Nelson, a pretty city flanked by the sea, golden beaches and hills. Spend Day 7 exploring the Marlborough and Abel Tasman region.

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Nelson to the Glacier Region (291 miles/ 469 kms) Continue further south on one of the most beautiful and impressive scenic drives in New Zealand. Travel down the coast through Punakaiki, and then on to the Glacier region. The Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are located within the Westland National Park.

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Glacier Region to Wanaka (178 miles/ 287 kms) Spend time on the glaciers before continuing south along the Haast River, in the region of Central Otago, past Lake Wanaka to the town of Wanaka.

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Wanaka to Queenstown (72 miles/ 117 kms) From Wanaka there are two routes to Queenstown – either further inland through Luggate, Lowburn and Cromwell or via the Crown Range road via Cardrona. Spend Day 11 at leisure why not try a ride with Shotover Jet on the Shotover River, white-water rafting, take a helicopter ride, go bungy jumping or bush walking. Or, for a more relaxing day, take a cruise on Lake Wakatipu on TSS Earnslaw.

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Queenstown to Te Anau (105 miles/ 170 kms) From Queenstown travel south along Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau on the outskirts of the Fiordland National Park. Explore Milford Sound - the best known, most easily accessible and one of the grandest of the fiords.

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Te Anau to Dunedin (181 miles/ 292 kms) Travel east on via Lumsden and Gore to Dunedin – a cool university with great nightlife. Dunedin is situated on the Otago Peninsula, which is indented with bays, providing many picnic and swimming sites.

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Queenstown Pass through Palmerston to Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki, a spectacular turquoise-coloured glacial lake. Stop at the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo for one of New Zealand’s most picturesque picnic spots. Enter the Canterbury Plains, the widest area of flat land in New Zealand and into Christchurch.

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Christchurch Enjoy Christchurch - one of New Zealand’s historic cities with a distinctly “English” feel to it. Your self-drive ends when you return the car today.

Itinerary includes: InterIslander ferry ticket from Wellington to Picton

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ZEALAND 24 NEW ENCOMPASSED  days

AUCKLAND 

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Paihia Bay of Islands

Auckland

Raglan Rotorua

New Zealand

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National Park

Abel Tasman

Wellington

Punakaiki Franz Josef

Kaikoura Christchurch

Queenstown Otago Rail Trail

Doubtful Sound

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highlights • Snorkel and kayak the Bay of Islands • Get face to face with Maori locals • Conquer NZ’s epic Tongariro Crossing • Get your heart-pumping in Queenstown • Kayak the fjords of the Doubtful Sound • Hike the beautiful Franz Josef Glacier • Ride the waves at surf hotspot Raglan • Check out Cape Foulwind seal colony

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Jun 28 Jul 12 Jul 26 Aug 09 Aug 23 Sep 06 Sep 20 Oct 04 Oct 18 Nov 01

Oct 23 Nov 06 Nov 13 Nov 20 Nov 27 Dec 04 Dec 11 Dec 18 Dec 25

Nov 15 Nov 29 Dec 06 Dec 13 Dec 20 Dec 27 Jan 03 Jan 10 Jan 17

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Basic hotels (10 nts), house boat (1 nt), eco lodges (3 nts), lodges (7 nts), cabins (1 nt), bush camp (1 nt) Transport: Private bus, kayak, boat, ferry Meals: 22 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 14 dinners Budget: Allow NZD $350-400 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAONNZ

Immerse yourself fully in New Zealand’s out-of-this world scenery. Hike its awe-inspiring mountains, volcanoes and glaciers, walk through rugged national parks, kayak in remote fjords, ride through forests on a mountain bike, swim in geothermal hot pools, camp on golden beaches and tour famous vineyards. Adrenalin junkies can get their next fix with optional bungy jumping over over emerald lakes, skydiving over pristine islands and surfing Raglan’s crashing waves. This incredible trip will show you all of NZ’s hotspots, unique wildlife and get you face-to-face with Maori culture. This is New Zealand, embrace it.

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Auckland Arrive in the ‘City of Sails’ whenever you fancy today, just make sure you’re in the city for 6pm when you’ll meet your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and group. Get out there are explore Auckland’s glamorous waterfront or head over to the nearby island beauty of Waiheke Island. The choice is yours! Auckland / Paihia Kick off Day 2 by heading to a local reserve brimming with giant kauri trees, a native species of New Zealand. Next up, dive in and snorkel amongst vibrant sea life at the Goat Island Marine Reserve before you’re back on the road heading for Paihia in the Bay of Islands. The Bay of Islands is an exquisite collection of 144 beautiful islands that are sure to dazzle. Jump on a houseboat which will be your home for the next two days. There are plenty of optional activities; fishing, kayaking, target shooting, shellfish gathering, dolphin spotting or walking on a remote island before you anchor up at a secluded bay for the night. On your final day in this idyllic island paradise stroll around Paihia at your own pace or opt to visit the Treaty House, a historic location where Europeans and Maori signed the Treaty of Waitangi in an attempt to settle the issue of land ownership in the area. Overnight in a local lodge in Paihia and then chill on the beach with mates and a barbecue. (B, 2D) Paihia / Auckland Enjoy the peace and serenity of Paihia for as long as possible this morning or get involved in an array of heart-pumping and death-defying activities like skydiving or maybe something more mellow like dolphin watching or fishing, which guarantee amazing and unforgettable views. Then it’s back to the big city! (B)

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Auckland / Raglan Travel the North Island’s backroads to a remote conservation farm, admiring the native birds and animals the farm’s ecosystem has attracted back to the area. Then kayak to a remote spot for a picnic lunch before heading to surfer hotspot and artsy town of Raglan. Spend the night kipping at an eco camp nestled snugly between native kiwi bush and ocean. The next morning wake up and surf like a pro with an included surf lesson in a secluded part of the bay. All you need to worry about is looking cool on the board! When you’re surfed out, you then have a number of choices; opt to go mountain biking, bone carving with a local Maori or enjoy a boat cruise. By now you’re likely to have worked up a hunger for a hearty barbecue! Listen to a local story teller unravel history and divulge Maori history whilst you enjoy a mouth-watering barbecue dinner. (2B, L, 2D)

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Rotorua / Tongariro National Park For daredevils, opt to start the day with a caving trip or go tubing through a glowworm cave! Back on the road you’ll head to Rotorua, visiting a geothermal area to see boiling mud pools and geysers. Tonight, visit a Marae (traditional Maori meeting place) for dinner and to learn about the famous and legendary Haka! Stock up on essential supplies this morning as it’s an early start on Day 8 for trekking across the legendary Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand’s top-rated one-day trek! Experience 10 out of 10 views while traversing the volcanic range, we guarantee this will blow your socks off. (2B, 2D)

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Tongariro National Park / Wellington Travel to New Zealand’s arty capital of Wellington this morning where you can check out the city and visit NZ’s National Museum; a must-see with incredible displays of historical Maori artefacts. Later, see what Wellington’s nightlife has to offer with an optional group night out. (B)

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Wellington / Abel Tasman National Park/ Punakaiki Ferry across the scenic Cook Strait and enjoy views of the Marlborough Sounds and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park, known best for its stunning white sand beaches. What better way to experience Abel Tasman than by staying in the heart of it? Spend Day 11 walking along a coastline track to one of the world’s most scenic golden sand beaches. Take a morning drive through Buller Gorge on Day 12 to the West Coast of the South Island where you’ll see the Cape Foulwind seal colony followed by a night at a Punakaiki beach camp and a barbecue later on. Opt to kayak into the Paparoa National Park or trek some nature trails. (3B, L, 3D)

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Punakaiki / Franz Josef Glacier Admire Punakaiki’s incredible ‘Pancake Rocks’ and continue along the coastal road towards the almighty Franz Josef Glacier, where you’ll spend the night at a wilderness lodge set in the rainforest! Wake up to a guided glacier trek on Day 14 and walk up the terminal (ice) face of the amazing Franz Josef Glacier. Then enjoy a free afternoon of swimming in local hot pools. Yes please! (2B, D)

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Franz Josef Glacier / Queenstown Follow the wild West Coast road, snapping the picturesque Lake Matheson as you pass through rainforest and end up in the adrenalin junkie’s heaven; the world’s original commercial bungy jumping site! Go on, we dare you! On Days 16 and 17, maximise the electric atmosphere and endless adrenalin-fuelled opportunities of Queenstown; jet boat, bungy, mountain bike, sky dive or tour a vineyard. Do one, or do them all! (3B)

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Queenstown / Doubtful Sound Travel to Fiordland National Park, one of the most stunningly rugged places on earth; picture yourself in a scene from ‘Lord of the Rings.’ Take a boat across Lake Manapouri and spend the afternoon paddling through the National Park below towering cliffs, waterfalls and rainforest, spotting wildlife on the way. Round the day off by camping in a local bush camp on the edge of Doubtful Sound. In one word: beautiful. (B, L, D)

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Doubtful Sound / Central Otago Spend the morning checking out the mining country of Otago and spending tonight in a hsitoric miners’ hotel! On Day 20, drive to one of the best starting points of the historic Otago Rail Trail. Spend part of the day cycling this disused railway route through stunning scenery, making essential stops for local food and wine along the way. In the evening, you can opt to try your hand at luging or curling (or both) at the only yearround curling facility in the whole of Australasia! (2B, L, D)

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Central Otago / Christchurch Drive through utterly breathtaking Central Otago before you rock up at the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch. Get to know the city on an orientation walk and then enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner with the group. (B, D)

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Christchurch / Kaikoura Leave Christchurch behind you and head to where the mountains meet the ocean, Kaikoura. This beautiful spot is well-known as one of the top spots in the world to go sperm whale watching. You’ll have a free afternoon which you can choose to spend swimming with dolphins, visiting a colony of southern fur seals or take a scenic flight over the peninsula. Oh yeah and if you like birds, keep your eyes peeled for big ocean birds such as albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters! There’s also plenty of options to go hiking in the Seaward Kaikoura Mountains, part of the Southern Alps range, which provide an awesome backdrop to the town’s picturesque landscape. (B, D)

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Kaikoura / Wellington Visit the seal colony before embarking on the ferry from Picton to Wellington today and get deja-vu from the beautiful vistas of the Cook Strait as you make your way back to the North Island. Spend another night in Wellington, where a night on the town might be on the cards as you celebrate your last night on tour. (B)

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Wellington / Lake Taupo / Auckland Journey through the lunar-like landscapes that lie at the heart of the North Island this morning, walking Lake Taupo’s beach before your tour ends back in Auckland at around 6pm today. (B)

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On the map, NZ might look small, but this country seriously packs some punch! New Zealand is brimming with out-of-this world landscapes, buzzing cities, unique cultural experiences, quirky towns, classic locals, divine food and wine as well as electrifying and exhilarating activities; you’d be pushed to find another country that would even come close! This legendary trip, designed exclusively for 18-35 year olds, will showcase and help you fully embrace all of NZ’s classic hotspots in an amazing 19 days, with plenty of free time as well as group activities. All you need to do is chill out and let the good times roll!

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Auckland / Bay of Islands Meet up with your Tour Manager and new travel mates and leave the shiny city of Auckland behind. Heading north to Paihia, it’s all about chilled-out vibes, amazing beaches and cool locals. Get acquainted with Paihia by exploring NZ’s native bush at Parry Kauri Park, then indulge in a kiwi favourite of fish ‘n’ chips for dinner. Is there any better way to start a trip? (D)

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Bay of Islands If chilling out and soaking up the natural beauty of the Bay of Islands sounds appealing, then today you can do just that. Paihia is the perfect place to unwind and watch the world pass you by! Chill out and feel the sand between your toes on Paihia’s beach, take a boat cruise through the islands of the bay, jump on the ferry over to even more relaxed village of Russell, get involved in some of Paihia’s pumping watersports (swimming with dolphins, anyone?), or visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and learn about NZ’s history. (B)

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Bay of Islands / Auckland Back to the urban attractions of Auckland where you’ll check out some of the city’s key spots including the glitzy harbourfront, on a sightseeing tour before heading up the iconic Sky Tower for unforgettable 360-degree views of the city. Next up, party time! Make the most of the city’s buzzing nightlife with an included VIP pass at a local favourite nightspot. (B)

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Auckland / Waitomo Today you’ll check out NZ’s iconic native bird (they’re bigger than you think!) at Otorohanga’s Kiwi House and Nature Park before reaching Waitomo, which is famous for its extensive subterranean cave system. Get into the adrenalin activities that are on offer above and below ground before enjoying a traditional NZ-style barbecue followed by chilling at tonight’s lodge accommodation. (B, D)

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Waitomo / Rotorua Head to Rotorua to uncover its awesome geothermal mud pools and geysers and explore the other city sights before visiting a local farm show, a highly entertaining spectacle where you may even be able to get involved in some sheep shearing! Tonight, indulge in a Maori hangi, a traditional meal cooked slowly underground using hot rocks, complete with dance performance. (B, D)

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Rotorua Today get an in-depth look at the Maori people’s fascinating and unique culture and history as you check out Ohinemutu Village with a local expert. After a cultural overload, chill to the max and take full advantage of Rotorua’s geothermal environment and perhaps splash out on a spa treatment? (B)

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Rotorua / Taupo Make the most of Rotorua and check out its awesome bubbling mud pools before moving on to Taupo’s thundering Huka Falls. As you arrive at the beautiful Lake Taupo, you can opt for a dinner cruise on the lake tonight where you can fish, eat and party well into the night. (B)

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Taupo / Wellington After a morning stroll around Lake Taupo, sit back and enjoy the scenic lunar-style landscapes along the remote Desert Road and the beautiful Kapiti Coast en-route to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Find your Wellington feet as you enjoy an orientation walk of its best bits, including Mt. Victoria. Tonight is all about fun so get your groove on and enjoy an included VIP pass at a funky local nightspot! (B)

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Wellington Day at leisure to do your own thing. Maybe hit the shops along Lambton Quay or Cuba Street Mall and shop til’ you drop at the chic markets and shopping districts. Wellington boasts some of the country’s best coffee and cafés so taking a break to people watch with a ‘flat white’ is an absolute must. (B)

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Wellington / Hanmer Springs You’ll now enjoy one of the most incredible ferry rides known to man as you leave the North Island and head south for a complete change of scenery. You’ll cruise through the jaw-dropping Marlborough Sound where mountains covered in lush forest rise straight out of the sea. Have the camera handy as you’ll get some remarkable photos. It’s then another staggering drive through Marlborough’s wine country, down the wild and rugged east coast to see a seal colony before passing through Kaikoura where whales and dolphins can be spotted. From Kaikoura, head inland for the short drive up to Hanmer Springs. Tonight you’ll enjoy Hanmer’s legendary hot pools which are, as we’re sure you’ll agree, the perfect way to unwind. (B)

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Hanmer Springs / Franz Josef National Park Prepare for more outstandingly beautiful views today as you journey south towards Christchurch and then up and over the Southern Alps, stopping at Arthur’s Pass to admire the views. Enjoy a stop at Hokitika where you’ll learn about NZ’s native greenstone and how it’s carved. Later, you’ll rock up at NZ’s iconic glacial spot, Franz Josef where you’ll prepare for tonight’s themed party! On Day 12, the day is yours, so hitting the icy surroundings of the dramatic Franz Josef Glacier is an absolute must. However you choose to explore, even if it’s just a gentle hike to the base of the Glacier, you cannot fail to be impressed. If your budget will stretch to it, one of the very best tours you’ll ever do in New Zealand is to jump aboard a helicopter for more challenging hiking higher up the Glacier. As the helicopter drops you off, you’re left to strap on your crampons and grab your ice axe to find a route across crevasses and through ice caves where you can see the blue and white ice to its most beautiful and dramatic effect. (2B, D)

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Franz Josef National Park / Queenstown Today you’ll head through Haast Pass and Thunder Creek Falls before dropping into lakeside gems of Wanaka and Arrowtown before hitting Queenstown, the world’s adventure capital. On Day 14, take a ride on the pulse-racing Shotover Jet boat before fully submerging yourself into Queenstown’s super-fun vibes. By night, Queenstown is absolutely pumping, so start the night out right with an included VIP nightclub entry. (2B)

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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! Choose to hit the awesome slopes either by ski or board for a full three days! (3B, D)

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Queenstown Queenstown, a place where anything involving the words adrenalin or adventure is absolutely possible! From bungy jumps to canyon swings and gondolas to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ territory, there’s no shortage of things to do. Make the most of these two days and tick them all off your hitlist! (2B, D)

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Queenstown / Dunedin Today it’s a change of scene in the ‘student city’ of Dunedin, where you’ll sample the national treasure and famous beer on a guided tour of the awesome Speight’s Brewery. Dunedin, whose name comes from the Gaelic name for Edinburgh, was founded by Scottish settlers in the mid 19th Century and retains a strong Scottish feel to its architecture. Take a stroll through the streets or head to ‘The Octagon’ for some of the city’s best nightlife. (B)

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Dunedin / Lake Ohau This morning check out Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest street, then it’s onto Moeraki to see the massive beach boulders. Next up you’ll stop at Oamaru and Benmore Dam before reaching the oh-so-impressive Lake Ohau with epic views of Mt. Cook and the Southern Alps. What more could you possibly ask for? (B, D)

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Lake Ohau / Christchurch Your final day of the tour should get off to the best possible start and the only way of doing that is to take the spectacular optional glacier flight over Mt. Cook. It’s then back on the road and heading through MacKenzie Country towards Christchurch. You’ll stop at Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo, both boasting intensely blue glacial water like you won’t have seen anywhere else in the world. Then you’ll be making tracks for the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch, where your NZ adventure comes to an end upon arrival. (B)

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highlights • Unleash your wild side in Queenstown • Take a thrilling Shotover Jet boat ride • See Auckland’s iconic harbour and bridge • Taste a Maori hangi in Rotorua • Pass through ‘Lord of the Rings’ country • Cruise through the Marlborough Sounds • Soak in Hanmer Springs’ hot pools • Take a tasting tour of Speight’s Brewery

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If the thought of new, exciting adventures is what gets you going then you need to check out this 16day tour of New Zealand’s North and South Islands. Taking in all the big-hitting destinations such as Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown, you will see this magical country at its finest. Even better, you’ll see it all in the company of like-minded 18-35 year olds, ensuring a fun and friendly way to travel. Bungy jumping, skiing, skydiving, beer sampling, chocolate tasting, hiking, cruising and chilling are all on the menu. Get stuck in and enjoy!

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Auckland / Waitomo Are you ready for the greatest 16 days of your life in New Zealand? Embark on this grand adventure from Auckland to Christchurch and that’s what you’re going to enjoy. Starting in the country’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, the stunning landscapes that grace New Zealand will immediately strike you as volcanoes, islands and a truly beautiful harbour are right at your doorstep. You’ll soon understand why this city is known as the ‘City of Sails’ and was home to the famous America’s Cup. After some time here, it’s off to Waitomo and the region’s famous limestone caves. Explore this remarkable subterranean world and get into its adrenalinpumping cave activities before a traditional kiwi-style barbecue. (D)

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Waitomo / Rotorua If you want to experience real Maori traditions then there’s no better place than Rotorua, regarded as the main centre of Maori culture in the North Island. You’ll see spurting geysers, boiling mud pools and hot springs and find out that an ‘interesting’ sulphur smell awaits! After a tour of the main sights, you’ll head to a farm show where you’ll witness some sheep shearing and can even get involved if you’re keen! Whilst you’re in this hub of Maori culture, feast your eyes on a traditional dance performance and get involved, before enjoying dinner. Send your tastebuds soaring with a traditional Hangi meal including the centuries-old sweet potato and chicken recipe cooked on hot rocks in an underground pit and hear about the mythology of New Zealand’s fascinating indigenous people. This is pure Maori culture, close up! (B, D)

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Rotorua / Lake Taupo Delve deeper into Maori culture this morning and visit Ohinemutu village with a local guide. With some free time in Rotorua, take advantage of the city’s awesome thermal environment and splash out with a spa session or treatment. Wander around Rotorua’s famous bubbling mud pools on Day 4, before you check out the raging Huka Falls where 220,000 litres of water per second surges a narrow channel and then cascades over the falls. It’s a staggering sight, so camera at the ready! You’ll then have the chance to take a jet boat ride here to get a completely different glimpse of it’s awesomeness. It’s then a short drive to Taupo, a low-key resort town with some of the best trout fishing in the country and incredible views of Tongariro National Park’s three volcanoes. Enjoy Taupo’s breezy pace and later opt for a dinner cruise on the lake where you can fish, eat and party well into the night. (2B)

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Taupo / Wellington Daydream out the window as you check out the incredible and dramatic landscapes along the Desert Road, many of which were used as backdrops in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ book and films. Next up you’ll arrive in the capital city of Wellington where an orientation walk will showcase the epic Mt. Victoria, the city’s funky shops, on-street festivals, galleries, cool cafés and trendy bars. Experience ‘Welly’s’ electric nightlife this evening with an included VIP pass at a local nightspot! With a full day in this amazing city on Day 6, you’re going to wonder how you can fit everything in. Take a walk along the beautiful harbour, see the heritage, culture and history of the area, check out the iconic buildings, take a cable car ride, do the optional Wairarapa Wine Trail or Kapiti quad bikes or simply chill out on alternative Cuba Street. Here you can watch street performers, explore the retro shops, grab some amazing ethnic foods and some of the country’s best coffee. (2B)

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Wellington / Hanmer Springs It’s time to leave the beautiful North Island behind and head for a change of scenery in the South Island as you embark on one of the most stunning and picturesque cruises known to man. You’ll head through the Marlborough Sounds for picture-perfect views. Back on land you’ll drive through the wine country taking in the wild, rugged east coast passing through Kaikoura where you’ll stop off at a seal colony before before heading inland to Hanmer Springs. Take to the water by night at the Hanmer Springs hot pools; it’s the ultimate way to relax. (B)

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), lodges (4 nts) Transport: Modern air-con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 15 breakfasts, 5 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 51 Tour Code: CONPZAD

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Hanmer Springs / Franz Josef National Park You head west today following Arthur’s Pass, checking out more A-class views of the Southern Alps before you stop at the old gold rush town of Hokitika. Here you can see some traditional Maori art and watch authentic carvers work with greenstone before continuing your journey onto the almighty Franz Josef National Park, a true kiwi icon where lush bushland and glaciers almost reach the sea. On Day 9, it’s your chance to experience the famous ice by grabbing an ice pick and heading out for optional glacier walks, hikes or just chill in Franz Josef. Alternatively, you could take a helicopter ride for a view from the air for an even more exhilarating experience. (2B, D)

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Franz Josef National Park / Queenstown Keep your eyes peeled for an abundance of wildlife native to the remote West Coast as you head through the stunning Haast Pass and Thunder Creek Falls. It’s then on to the magestic Lake Wanaka for a stroll around the lake and a photostop. You’ll then check out tiny Arrowtown before hitting the world’s adventure capital, the one you’ve all been waiting for, Queenstown. Cue drum roll... (B)

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Queenstown Wake up this morning with an exhilirating ride on the Shotover Jet before you enjoy Queenstown’s awesome, adrenaline-fuelled vibes, where endless action and adventure await. This place isn’t for the faint-hearted! Tonight grab your mates and dive right into the heart of Queenstown’s legendary nightlife, good job you’ve got a free VIP nightclub entry! (B)

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Queenstown Seriously, where to start? You’re going to have to choose your activities wisely here as you try and cram as much as possible into two days. This is one of the most iconic places in the country with everything from skiing (if in season) to bungy jumping to hiking to sky diving to horse riding to whitewater rafting. You really are spoilt for choice. One thing all these outdoor activities have in common is their shared backdrop of stunning scenery. We’d also like to recommend taking the time to explore the truly breathtaking Milford Sound, one of New Zealand’s gems and a real slice of paradise. Voted as one of the world’s top destinations, it boasts epic scenery of gigantic mountains rising straight from the sea and gorgeous waterfalls pouring down walls of rock to the deep waters of this incredible fiord. Taking a cruise here is one of the best ways to see it in all its glory – chill out on the deck and see if you can spot seals, dolphins, whales and penguins. At nighttime, back in Queenstown, check out the resort’s cool bar and club scene, it’s a quality night out! (2B, D)

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Queenstown / Dunedin You leave the adventure capital this morning and make your way to studentville; Dunedin. By the time you’ve reached Dunedin, you’ll be ready to sample all its delights. Despite its historic appearance, the town boasts a vibrant and young population and they know how to have fun. Before hitting the bars, check out Speight’s Brewery and try some iconic kiwi beer and get an idea for what local delights are out there. After that, hit the bars and party at the city’s best hotspots, including Dunedin’s buzzing central area known as the Octagon. (B)

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Dunedin / Lake Ohau In the morning check out Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world! Back on the road you’ll be heading on to Moeraki for a look at the massive spherical boulders you find on its shores. Check out historic Oamaru and Benmore Dam before reaching your final stop at Lake Ohau. This NZ beauty is sure to impress and its epic views of Mt. Cook and the Southern Alps are out-of-this-world! Tonight you’ll stay in a lodge by the lake, a beautiful and peaceful experience to savour. (B, D)

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Lake Ohau / Christchurch Wake up to the sight of the beautiful Mt. Cook from across the beautiful blue glacial Lake Ohau and then jump on a plane (if you can stomach heights) and take a glacier flight over the mountain. You can do a bungy jump here too if that floats your boat. Then head through sheep industry hub, Mackenzie Country, before stopping at Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo and Geraldine and finally arriving back in Christchurch where it’s time to say goodbye to your new-found friends. (B)

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highlights • Explore New Zealand’s National Parks • Enjoy bike rides through scenic landscapes • Swim with dolphins and seals • Experience the World’s best one day walk • Learn about Maori culture and history • Try loads of different adrenaline activities • Hike the incredible Fox Glacier • Stay in beautiful locations with great food

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Mixture of wilderness camping and camping grounds (24 nts – cabin upgrades available most nights for a small fee), hostel (2 nts at own cost) Transport: Custom built buses, bikes available for hire Meals: 24 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 21 dinners Group size: Average 20 Group Leader: Two great guides Tour Code: AKLULT/AKLU26

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This four-week trip, allows you to immerse yourself in the most spectacular adventure and natural wonders. Enjoy the thrill of adrenalin-fuelled activities mixed with amazing optional hikes and bikes rides. You’ll be staying in campsites with stunning surroundings by lakes, mountains and oceans whilst digging into some tasty treats. It’s an adventure from start to finish, immersing you in gorgeous landscapes whilst discovering the real beauty and excitement that makes New Zealand an outdoor adventure paradise - grab your passport and book yourself onto this amazing trip.

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itinerary Auckland / Bay of Islands Head off early from Auckland to experience the golden beaches and warm seas of the Bay of Islands. Check out the historic Treaty House and enjoy the mangrove walk to Haruru waterfalls before sitting round a camp fire and staring at the stars. A cracking way to start your tour. After a delightful pancake breakfast, hit the azure waters with sailing, kayaking and dolphin swimming options. For cyclists there’s some excellent rides. In the evening, check out the optional Maori concert and Haka. (B, L, 2D)

03

Bay of Islands / Waiwera This is a day full of adventure and beautiful beaches. You’ll hit the dunes of Opononi for some fun and sand boarding if you wish. Head to see the giant Kauri trees at Waipoua Forest and then set up camp near the Waiwera hot pools and slides for a night of relaxation. (B, L, D)

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Waiwera / Auckland / Coromandel Peninsula Head through Auckland out to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. There are some spectacular coastal walks and the chance to kayak around golden coves. Next, relax as you dig your own hot pools in the sands of hot water beach. Accommodation tonight is right by the beach. (B, D)

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Coromandel Peninsula / Rotorua After a walk amongst the giant Pohutukawa trees head to the thermal wonderland of Rotorua – the cultural and thermal capital of NZ. Excellent mountain biking in the forest or enjoy the head spinning OGO, agroventures, luge or take a dip in the Polynesian Pools. Camp tonight is by the dramatic Mount Tarawera (B, D)

06

Rotorua / Lake Taupo Visit Wai-O-Tapu thermal resort and mud pools then drive on to the mighty Huka Falls and one of the World’s largest crater lakes - Taupo. Get your action fix with skydiving and bungy or kayak out to the Maori rock carving. Wind down in your stunning camp complete with thermal pools. (B, L, D)

07

Lake Taupo / Tongariro Today you can try one of the world’s greatest one-day walks – the fantastic Tongariro Alpine Crossing – or just relax or cycle with inspiring mountain backdrops. (B, L, D)

08

Tongariro / Wellington / Picton Head to Wellington where you will get to experience some cool cafés, funky shops, trendy bars and the awesome Te Papa museum. You’ll then enjoy a beautiful cruise across the Marlborough Sounds to Picton for the night. Accommodation is not included but there are some great options and your guide will help you with your booking. (B)

09

Picton / Kaikoura It’s only a short stay in Picton as you head to Kaikoura where you can cycle the stunning coastal route and get up close and personal with fur seals and sea birds. Optional sea kayaking or whale watching before an evening meal of freshly caught crayfish on the BBQ. Fall asleep to the sound of the waves. (D)

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Kaikoura / Rangitata Gorge Start the day with a highly recommended dolphin swim before heading through Christchurch. Head across the Canterbury plains with scenic cycle options to tonight’s unique accommodation at the foot of the southern alps. (B, D)

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Rangitata Gorge / Lake Pukaki Enjoy a morning bike ride or walk through Peel Forest and head out on the Rangitata River for some awesome white water rafting. You’ll then travel through Geraldine and Mackenzie Basin with views of the Main Divide before heading to tonight’s accommodation by the shimmering waters of Lake Pukaki – the perfect spot for a dip with the backdrop of Mount Cook. (B, L, D)

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Lake Pukaki / Dunedin Emjoy a superb morning hike in Aoraki National park surrounded by snow capped peaks. Then check out the bizarre Moeraki boulders before heading to the coastal camp for hikes, bike rides and beach games. (B, L, D)

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Dunedin / The Catlins Rise and shine by the beach before heading to Dunedin. Tackle the steepest street in the world, head to the Cadbury chocolate factory or go and sample Kiwi beer at the famous Speight’s brewery. It’s then onto the Catlins for the night and a wonderful sunset over the Pacific Ocean. (B, D)

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The Catlins / Milford Sound / Fiordland National Park Spend some quality time at two wonderful natural wonders of the world; Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park. Stay in the unspoilt Hollyford Valley and explore this beautiful area to your heart’s content. Enjoy some walking, some cycling or take a boat cruise to check out the glow worms. For hikers there is the chance to try one of NZ’s great walks; the Routeburn Track. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Fiordland National Park / Queenstown Today you head to the adrenalin and adventure capital of the World; Queenstown. There are endless adrenalin activities options to satisfy every taste from hikes and gondola rides to bungy and rafting. Get your fix here and chill out in the numerous great restaurants and bars. (2B, D)

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Queenstown / Fox Glacier Head through dramatic mountains and rainforest by bus or bike to Fox Glacier with the chance to try jet boating in Mount Aspiring national park on the way. Enjoy a “secret” hike as you soak up the fresh air and warm hospitality of this wonderful alpine village. (B, L, D)

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Fox Glacier / Okarito Get up close and personal with one of the most amazing natural phenomena; Fox Glacier. You can choose to hike or heli-hike at this amazing location and also explore Lake Matheson’s crystal clear reflections of the surrounding mountains by foot or bike. Head up the coast along a route rated as one of the best drives in the world by Lonely Planet for the evening with beachside fires and rolling waves. (B, L, D)

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Okarito / Paparoa National Park There’s an early morning chance to spot a kiwi in the wild before heading to the Bushman’s Museum for a unique insight into the region’s history. Check out the infamous greenstone jewellery of Hokitika before setting up camp by Pancake rocks in Paparoa National Park. We spend two nights in the park exploring the blowholes, secret wave rock, glow worm caves and an excellent river kayak for those who are keen. (B, D)

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Paparoa National Park / Abel Tasman National Park Head up the coast to a favourite National Park; Abel Tasman. This region is home to breathtaking turquoise waters and perfect sandy bays. You can choose how to explore with options including sailing, kayaking, hiking, skydiving or flying an aerobatic plane. To get the most out of your time it’s highly recommended that you take the overnight boat stay in the heart of the national park. (2B, L, 2D)

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Abel Tasman National Park / Nelson / Wellington Head to Nelson this morning to soak up the atmosphere of this café and arts hub. Then its wine time as you head through the Marlborough region for a chance to sample NZ’s best bottled grapes. Take the scenic ferry crossing through the Marlborough sounds to Wellington and a night out in the capital for those that are keen. Accommodation is not included but there are some great options and your guide will help you with your booking. (B)

26

Wellington / Taranaki Time in the morning to explore the capital before cruising the Kapiti coast to the magnificent Mount Taranaki. Lovely hike and bike ride options. Camp in the native gardens by the coast with some excellent options to dine out.

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Taranaki / Auckland On your final day head to the Waitomo Caves for the unique thrill of blackwater rafting. Check out a local farm and relax for a picnic lunch before heading back to Auckland for the evening. Soak up the big city life and bid farewell to your new friends. (B, L)

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Cape Reinga Bay of Islands

Auckland Hamilton Waitomo

Rotorua Taupo

Wellington

AREA: 115,000 KM2 Population: 3.4 MILLION

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NORTHERN CHOICE 

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Paihia

R12,755

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Russell Parry Kauri Park

Auckland

New Zealand

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Rotorua Huka Falls Tongariro N.P

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Picton

Wellington

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highlights • Discover the land of ‘Lord of the Rings’ • Get your Maori culture fix in Ohinemutu • Visit NZ’s largest geothermal area • See the awesome thundering Huka Falls • Go retro in alternative Wellington • Relax with a dip in Hanmer Springs • Check out Rotorua’s boiling mud pools • See Auckland Sky Tower’s 360° views

departures

With beaches, culture, big city vibes to caves and endless landscapes, get ready to explore New Zealand’s voluptuous, volcanic North Island. Absorb all its natural beauty and tradition as you embark on a journey from Auckland, through the Bay of Islands, Waitomo and Wellington, and over to Christchurch on the South Island. This amazing trip has got adrenalin-fuelled activities, historic landmarks and incredible natural geothermal wonders, getting you completely under the North Island’s skin. You’ll travel only with 18-35 year olds and meet some fun local people along the way.

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03

Bay of Islands / Auckland This morning head back to Auckland’s bright lights, where you’ll see the city sights before jetting up its iconic Sky Tower for amazing 360° views. Later on, a VIP pass for a local nightspot will set you and your mates up for an awesome night out, Auckland style! (B)

04

Auckland / Waitomo See New Zealand’s iconic bird at Otorohanga’s Kiwi House and Nature Park before you reach Waitomo. Soak up Waitomo’s adrenalin cave activities before a barbecue dinner tonight. (B, D)

05-06

Waitomo / Rotorua It’s off to Rotorua this morning where you’ll check out its geothermal sights and an Agrodome farm show, where you can try your hand at sheep shearing! Get face-to-face with some local Maoris tonight and indulge in a traditional hangi followed by a Maori dance performance, not something you’d see everyday! On Day 6 get an in-depth look at Maori culture and history as you check out Ohinemutu village with a local and enjoy free time to see Rotorua’s bubbling mud pools and geysers and treat yourself to a spa or treatment. (2B, D)

07

Rotorua / Lake Taupo Enjoy your last few hours in Rotorua before heading to Taupo, via the raging awesomeness of the Huka Falls. Here there is a chance to take a ride on the famous Huka Jet, a heart-pumping but incredible experience! After this, take a look at Lake Taupo – New Zealand’s largest lake - where you can try your hand at fishing, enjoy an optional dinner and party well into the night. Enjoy cruising on the lake to take in the beautiful natural surroundings. (B)

08-09

Lake Taupo / Wellington If you’re a fan of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, the next part of this trip is for you as you drive along the Desert Road and the Kapiti Coast, passing the dramatic volcanic landscapes made famous by the films. Drive past Mt. Ruapehu, and then it’s on to the capital, Wellington - a funky cultural and political centre with plenty going on. As you arrive into ‘Welly’, enjoy an orientation tour and check out the awesome views from Mt. Victoria or check out the incredible national museum, Te Papa, before enjoying a VIP night out on the town. On Day 9, hit the trendy shops of Lambton Quay, Courtney Place or Cuba Street Mall. With its street performers and cool local characters you’re sure to be kept fully entertained! Round the day off with some people watching and a flat white. (2B)

10-11

Wellington / Hanmer Springs / Christchurch It’s then time to board the Interislander ferry and cruise to the South Island through Cook Strait and Marlborough Sounds to Picton. You’ll pass through New Zealand’s largest wine-producing region before hitting the beautiful Kaikoura coastline and hopefully seeing one of the many seal colonies in this area. It’s then back on the road to the incredible Hanmer Springs where you’ll unwind this evening in its hot pools. On your last day on tour you’ll head for the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch where your tour ends on arrival. (2B)

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotel (9 nts), lodge (1 nt) Transport: Modern air-con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 51 Tour Code: CONNHAD

you might like Go in Reverse Northern Choice (11 days, Christchurch-Auckland) (CONNHCD) Fr R12,755 End in Wellington Northern Choice (10 days, Auckland-Wellington) (CONNZAD) Fr R10,545

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itinerary Auckland / Bay of Islands Volcanoes, islands and a stunning harbour greet you as you arrive in Auckland – the ‘City of Sails’, once home to the world-famous boat race; the America’s Cup. Admire the imposing Sky Tower before heading out across the Harbour Bridge, absorbing the full-on natural beauty of your surroundings. It’s then off to Parry Kauri Park where you’ll be surrounded by the native ancient kauri trees, standing over 50m tall and 8m around. Back on the road you’ll head off to the tiny coastal town of Paihia, considered the gateway to the Bay of Islands, which is one of New Zealand’s most iconic natural playgrounds for travellers. On Day 2, soak up Paihia’s endless vibes and chill out on its beach. You can also visit the sacred Maori tribal lands to uncover NZ’s fascinating history or do as the locals do and try your hand at some watersports. Finish the day with a kiwi favourite; fish ‘n’ chips for dinner. (B, D)

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National Park

Wellington

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highlights • Kayak remote and secluded coves • Get face-to-face with Maori culture • Learn to surf NZ’s phenomenal waves • Challenge yourself at Tongariro Crossing • Soak up the breezy Kiwi lifestyle • Check out Rotorua’s geothermal pools • Camp in Kiwi bush land at Raglan beach • Stroll along Lake Taupo’s beach

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Get under the North Island’s skin with this seven-day, in-depth adventure that jams in bucketloads of dazzling scenic spots, up-close Maori culture and electrifying, heart-pumping activities in a breezy fashion. Kick off this jaunt by exploring Auckland’s streets, sea kayak secluded bays and get your surf on in laid-back Raglan then delve deeper into the island’s heart by exploring Rotorua’s geothermal mud pools and geysers. Experience a ‘hangi’ with local Maoris then conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand’s most scenic one-day hike, before strolling along Wellington’s Oriental Parade. North Island, tick.

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Auckland / Raglan Leaving the big city behind you this morning, take a scenic drive to a special conservation farm which has created an incredible ecosystem designed to attract the native birds and animals back to the area. Later pick up the pace by sea kayaking to a remote part of the harbour where you’ll be rewarded with a delicious picnic lunch. Back on the road and the next stop is dreamy Raglan, popular with surfers, tourists and artsy types. Soak up Raglan’s breezy, laid-back way of life and relax at tonight’s eco-camp, which is effortlessly located between bush land and white sandy beach and overlooks the Tasman Sea. Kick off Day 3 by heading down to the beach for an included surf lesson and ride some famous Raglan waves, Kiwi style! The afternoon is open for optional activities such as bone carving with local Maori, mountain biking or a boat cruise, so take your pick! At night, enjoy an included barbecue dinner hosted by a local story teller who will explain the awesome history of the area and of the Maori people. (2B, L, D)

04

Raglan / Rotorua What better way to start your day than with an optional caving trip or by tubing through a glow worm cave at Waitomo! Another scenic journey awaits you as you make your way to geothermal Rotorua to check out its bubbling mud pools and geysers. Get to know the locals this evening as you make a night visit to a Marae (a traditional Maori meeting place) for dinner and to learn about the legendary Haka. (B, D)

05

Rotorua / Tongariro National Park Goodbye geothermal Rotorua and hello to World Heritage-listed Tongariro Alpine Crossing, NZ’s top-rated one-day trek. Stock up on sugary snacks before trekking across its volcanic heights to experience out-of-this world vistas. After your hard trek, rest up at a mountainside ski lodge for the evening where an on-site spa and sauna will ease those tired muscles. (B, D)

06

Tongariro National Park / Wellington Today you’re off to New Zealand’s beautiful capital city, Wellington. Be sure to check out its fascinating National Museum which is brimming with historical Maori artefacts. Stop for a spot of people watching at one of ‘Windy Welly’s’ delightful cafés, serving some of New Zealand’s finest coffee. Later on, enjoy a guided walk of the city which showcases the sights of the coastal CBD as well as the epic views from Mt. Victoria, then finish the trip in true Kiwi style with a night out on the town! (B)

07

Wellington / Auckland Savour the last of your North Island adventure as you travel back to the bright city lights of Auckland where your trip ends upon arrival. (B)

iNCLUSIONs Accommodation: Basic hotels (2 nts), eco camp (2 nts), lodges (2 nts) Transport: Private bus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow NZD $60-100 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAONNI

you might like Extend your trip to the Bay of Islands North Island Encompassed (10 days, Auckland-Auckland) (GAONNE) Fr R11,862

itinerary Auckland Meet up with your knowledgeable Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and group at around 6pm this evening and enjoy the big city at your own pace. Auckland boasts a glamorous waterfront lined with trendy restaurants, bars and cafés, quirky markets, museums galore, beachfront Devonport and stunning off-shore islands of Rangitoto and Waiheke, so there is plenty to explore!

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R221 Dorm R318 TWIN/Double

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2 NOMADS AUCKLAND

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R187 Dorm R371 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

• Drink at the atmospheric Globe bar in the hostel • Browse the internet at the massive hostel café • Check out Auckland’s exciting nightlife

• Get steamy in the rooftop spa with great city views • Chill out at the Sky TV lounge • Explore the shops and bars of downtown Auckland

With over 400 beds, a great city centre location and Globe, the most happening hostel bar in town - it’s not hard to see why this place is hugely popular. Close to bars and restaurants, and in the middle of the best nightlife on the North Island, you will be spoilt for choice! Facilities include 24-hour reception, Internet access, TV lounge, and a huge modern kitchen.

This hostel is located in the heart of downtown Auckland, amidst shops, bars and fantastic restaurants. Spoil yourself with a private en suite, party all night in the late-night bar or get steamy in the free rooftop spa with your fellow travellers. There’s Wi-Fi Internet throughout, female-only rooms and if you’re peckish head to the superb kitchen to make snacks.

+Bonus isic holders receive a free drink voucher on arrival

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AKLACB

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R360 single R238 Twin/Double

• Embrace your inner green - get with the JUCY vibe! • Short stroll to Viaduct Harbour and Britomart’s vibrant nightlife • Choose from hostel rooms or private with en suite Just a short walk from the city’s famous Sky Tower and bustling Queen Street, JUCY is the place to be. The hotel has a range of rooms with a unique style to suit all types of traveller. Great features like Internet access, luggage storage, 24-hour reception and undercover parking make this hotel a great base for the start of a road trip. AKLJCY

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AKLFUB

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R591 single R352 Twin/Double

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• Private bathroom, fridge and TV in every room plus free Wi-Fi • Top notch laundry facilities • Affordable well located accommodation For clean, comfortable, quality accommodation that doesn’t break the bank look no further than Auckland’s City Lodge. Located just a five minute walk from central Auckland with shops, restaurants and bars nearby. The well equipped kitchen means cheap evenings in with fellow travellers is a must - a great way to make new mates.

+Bonus STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01Jul13-30Sep13

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America’s Cup Sailing Spend an unforgettable two hours sailing and crewing a real America’s Cup yacht. Take the helm, exert some energy on the grinders or sit back and enjoy the ride along the beautiful Waitemata Harbour. Fr R1,197 AKLACS

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Bridge Climb or Bridge Bungy The Bridge Climb takes you on an exciting 1.5 hour adventure under, around, up and over this icon with a fully experienced tour guide. Alternatively build up the courage to leap out over Waitemata Harbour. Once airborne take time to enjoy the views of the harbour - that is if you can keep your eyes open long enough. Fr R935 AKLAJB

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R998 SINGLE R499 TWIN/Double

QUADRANT 6 THE HOTEL

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R1,020 SINGLE FR R604 Twin/Double

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• Luxury apartments with loads of mod-cons • Central Auckland location near to all the city’s top sites • Friendly, multilingual staff on hand 24-hours a day

• Work up a sweat in the modern gym • Steam away your stress in the Quad sauna and spa • Grab some late night beers in the famous Quad bar

Located close to Myers Park, Auckland University and the Sky Tower you are right in the heart of things. The hotel’s collection of luxury apartments come equipped with microwaves, Wi-Fi, washer/dryers and even a free newspaper whilst the complex provides complimentary breakfast, laundry services and helpful staff.

Staying at The Quadrant will give you the best of both worlds - apartment living in Auckland with your own private pad, but with some of the luxuries of a city centre hotel. Head out to the Quad Kitchen Café for some cheap eats or prop up the Quad Bar for some late-night beers. And if that’s not enough to get you chilled, check out Auckland’s exciting nightlife.

AKLBOQ

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Base Job Search Starter Pack

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R1,908

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R591

Who wants to spend time worrying about time consuming logistics when they arrive in a new country when you could be having a good time instead? This handy package sets you up with an awesome place to stay at Base Backpackers as well as 12 months NZ job search membership, an orientation session, SIM card, bank account and NZ tax file number and much more. Sorted! Why not extend your stay to up to a week and spend time getting to know fellow travellers - a great opportunity to get your social life spinning.

This awesome two night package is the perfect way to launch into life Kiwi style! The experts at Nomads will sort you out with airport transfers, dorm accommodation at Nomads Auckland, free Internet and to top it all off - a half day tour of the city centre. Stay in five star backpacker accommodation in a beautiful historic building jam-packed with all the latest mod cons. You can always increase your stay or alternatively upgrade to either STAysmart or STAystylish hotels if you’ve got some cash to burn. Either way this is a great start to your time in New Zealand.

Includes: Dorm accommodation (2 nts), airport pick-up, 12 months job search membership, SIM card, bank account & tax file number plus an orientation session Tour code: AKLACJ

Includes: Dorm accommodation (2 nts or optional upgrade to a hotel), airport pick-up, city tour, sky tower entry, 1 hour free Internet Tour code: AKLFAP

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R2,515 7 sun & days steam 

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AUCKLAND 

FR EASYRIDER

R8,475

 AUCKLAND

New Zealand

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• Explore Auckland’s cosmopolitan Waitemata Harbour • Stand in the shadows of giant kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park • Experience high-octane fun at the pristine Bay of Islands

• Experience a traditional Maori hangi and dance performance in Rotorua • Tuck into a blissful Bay of Islands fish and chips on the beach • Check out incredible 360° views from Auckland’s Sky Tower

Auckland provides the perfect backdrop for this short tour, designed especially for 18-35 year olds. Head out of the city on Day 1, crossing the harbour bridge en-route to Parry Kauri Park. Next up you’re off to the coastal town of Paihia; the gateway to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Get into its endless resort vibe and enjoy fish and chips on the beach! On Day 2, there are loads of activities to choose from including ocean kayaking to Haruru Falls. Get out there and visit Maori tribal lands to uncover NZ’s fascinating history, get involved with watersports or chill on the beach with a good book! On your final day, head back to Auckland for a city tour and to jet up the Sky Tower for 360° views. Departs: Please ask for details Accommodation: Multi-share hotel (2 nts) Transport: Modern air-con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Tour Code: CONCZAD

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Leaving Auckland, this great tour (designed for 18-35 year olds) heads north to the gorgeous Bay of Islands, stopping at Parry Kauri Park to admire NZ’s native trees. Spend a couple of days in Paihia checking out its watersports and Maori culture scene. On Day 3, head back to the city and jet up its Sky Tower for awesome views plus a tour of the city and a night out. On Day 4, it’s on to Waitomo, famous for its underground caves where you can try tubing down the underground river! On Days 5 and 6, you’ll check out Rotorua’s spurting geysers and hot springs and will get to know the locals at a Maori hangi and dance evening at cultural village experience. Tour ends back in Auckland. Departs: Please ask for details Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts), lodge (1 nt) Transport: Modern air-con coach with powerpoints Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Tour Code: CONRZAD

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• Hang ten on the world-renowned Raglan surf beach • Overnight at a campsite on Hahei Beach • Take a walk to Cathedral Cove

• Head to Raglan beach and hang out with the surf dudes • Rotorua – check, Waitomo – check, Taupo – check • Do one of the world’s best walks in Tongariro National Park

It’s an early start heading south towards the Coromandel Peninsula on your first day on this exciting surf trip. Your afternoon is free before tucking into an optional Kiwi BBQ dinner and then it’s off to stay overnight at a campsite on the stunning beach of Hahei. On Day 2, head to the world-renowned Raglan surf beach, with cow spotting (yep!) and a walk to Bridal Veil Falls on the way. Take a surf lesson and learn how to stand like a pro, then finish with a nice warm sauna. Sleep in an eco-lodge surrounded by native bush close to the beach for the next two nights. Hang ten on Day 3 with another surf lesson, a chance to bush walk around Mt Karioi or relax on the beach. Make use of the free surf board hire on Day 4 to test your rad new skills before returning to Auckland. Departs: Fri & Sun (01 Nov-30 Apr only) Accommodation: Camping (1 nt), multishare dorm (2 nts) Transport: Air-con coach Meals: None included Tour code: STRSSS

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This funky tour of the North Island covers all the well known bits with some overnights in a couple of really unique places. It all kicks off in Auckland before you head up to Hahei Beach in the stunning Coromandel Peninsula (summer trips only) and on to the world-renowned Raglan surf beach. Head south via the caves of Waitomo for a special cultural overnight stay in the Wharenui (Maori meeting house). Immerse yourself in indigenous Maori culture for an unforgettable night. Additional stops include Rotorua’s geothermal gysers, the world’s largest crater lake at Taupo and Huka Falls. Continue on to Tongariro National Park to do one of the world’s best one day walks and the capital city Wellington before expressing back to Auckland. North Island – done! Departs: Tue, Fri, Sun (plus Wed in Spring & Sat in Summer) Accommodation: Multishare dorm (7 nts) Transport: Air-con coach Meals: None included Tour code: STRJIL

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BAY OF ISLANDS

New Zealand

bay 1 base of islands

Prices are per person per night

r217 DORM r281 Twin/Double

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A friendly hostel just a quick skip from the beach and a five minute walk into town. Catch some rays by the sunny courtyard, get bubbly in the hot tub or cool off in the swimming pool. Dorm and private rooms are of a high standard and most feature their own bathroom. The notorious Pipi Patch bar hosts lively nightly BBQs, and is a top party hangout for locals and travellers.

+Bonus isic holders receive a free drink voucher

FULL Dolphin & day

Sailing Combo

BAY 2 NOMADS ADVENTURER

FR r217 DORM half discover the bay r711 r322 Twin/Double day ‘hole in the rock’ cruise

FR FR

Prices are per person per night

The Nomads Bay Adventurer is more than just your average hostel – it is a backpackers resort with everything from dorms to apartments. After a busy day sightseeing it’s the perfect place to relax. Hangout by the pool, make some friends in the courtyard or indulge yourself in the outdoor spa. If this was not enough this place even provides free kayaks, bikes and tennis!

PIIPIP

FR

PIINBA

R1,197 FULL dune rider - cape day

Don’t compromise – this tour has two activities for the price of one! Join the morning ‘Swim with the Dolphins’ cruise, then transfer to Lion NZ Sail in time for a lovely lunch. Once its anchor is away, participate as a crew member or sit back and enjoy the action sailing through the beautiful Otehei Bay, stopping at islands for activities such as kayaking, snorkelling and exploring ashore.

This fantastic half-day trip sets sail to explore the best of the Bay – spectacular scenery, diverse wildlife and a visit to the iconic ‘Hole in the Rock’ - when conditions permit; sail through it! You have the chance to meet local dolphins and whales, sail around the picturesque islands and learn about conservation, all from the comfort of your spacious, modern and fully licensed catamaran.

FR

R1,085

reinga via 90 mile beach

A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the top of the North Island – Cape Reinga. Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region that is rich in Maori culture. Encounter an ancient Kauri Forest and the wild horses on famous 90-Mile Beach. Top the day sandboarding down the massive sand dunes on boogie boards at Te Paki Stream – if you dare!

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rock the boat overnight cruise

FR

R1,407

‘The Rock’ is New Zealand’s biggest houseboat, offering a warm and welcoming environment for overnight tours of the Bay of Islands. With a capacity of 36, ‘The Rock’ is suitable for travellers of all ages who enjoy great company, new experiences, and who don’t mind getting their feet wet! This overnight tour allows guests to experience everything the Bay has to offer. FJWROC

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rotorua, taupo & wellington

New Zealand

1 base rotorua

FR FR

Prices are per person per night

R217 DORM R247 Twin/Double

2 ibis rotorua Prices are per person per night

FR FR

R697 SINGLE R349 Twin/Double

3 base taupo

R217 DORM R307 Twin/Double

FR FR

Prices are per person per night

Adjacent to beautiful and historic Kuirau Park in the centre of town, this hostel has a great range of facilities including indoor and outdoor hot mineral pools. All rooms, consisting of a variety of dorms and deluxe rooms, are comfy and clean, and most have an en suite and balcony! After dark, check out the notorious ‘Lava Bar’ with its resident DJ, theme nights and drink specials.

Ideally positioned on the shores of Lake Rotorua and a short walk from downtown, this modern and cosy hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with beautiful lake, city or garden views. Indulge in the all-you-can-eat breakfast or a la carte cuisine, work out in the nearby fitness centre or catch up on then news using the Wi-Fi access. Great news if you are driving – parking is free.

This ‘flashpacker’ hostel has stunning lake and mountain views and is just seconds from the lakefront. Top-class facilities include comfy beds, high speed Wi-Fi, plasma screen TV’s, a large sundeck and a modern kitchen. Cosy up by the fireplace or party hard in the rockin’ Element Bar. Take your pick from a small dorm, a private room or a blissful sanctuary room for girls only!

+Bonus isic holders receive a free drink voucher

+Bonus

+Bonus isic holders receive a free drink voucher

ROTHOT

STAY 3 NIGHTS AND GET FREE BREAKFAST 01APR13-30SEP13 (standard room only)

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R1,296 DORM FR R655 Twin/Double

capital FR R158 DORM 5 NOMADS FR WELLINGTON R356 Twin/Double

One of Taupo’s newest motels, the Miros offers unparalleled service and top quality facilities. Chill out in your modern apartment equipped with a well-appointed kitchen, huge LCD TV with 50+ Sky channels and a heavenly deep spa bath. Enjoy a work out with your complimentary gym membership or relax around the BBQ area. Check out the sumptuous room service breakfast menu.

This is a Qualmark 5* rated flashpacker hostel located in Wellington’s bohemian quarter with loads of communal areas to meet other travellers plus 24-hour reception, Internet, TV lounge and more. ‘Blend’ is the on-site bar and café offering daily food and drink specials at great prices. Rooms range from multi-share dorms to elite en suite private rooms with plasma TVs.

4 miros motel, taupo

FR

Prices are per person per night

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Stay 4 Pay 3 - 01APR13-30SEP13

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HOTEL 6 COMFORT WELLINGTON PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

FR

TUOBSE

R828 DORM R414 Twin/Double

FR

Ideally located near the Cuba Street mall you will find the city’s best cafés, galleries and boutique shops right on your doorstep. All rooms come with en suite facilities, Sky TV, Internet access and a handy fridge. The hotel provides parking and has its own exercise room and pool. A great, comfortable option in a good location – you can’t go wrong. wlgcom


Half kaituna day

fr

rafting, ROTORUA

R666

Half Tamaki maori day

village, ROTORUA

fr

R614

Ka mate Ka mate Ka Ora Ka Ora! Enjoy a wonderful evening of hangi, history and Haka on this great night time tour of a traditional Maori village. You’ll be welcomed by indigenous owners and you’ll learn all about traditional Maori life, from hunting to fishing to the famous Haka - you’ll have it in your head for ages afterwards!

ROTRAF

ROTJOA

fr full HObbition R823 day movie set tour, Rotorua

Half black day

fr

R1,571

labyrinth tour, rotorua

Your guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created. The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for the films can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.

Get ready for an elating underground adventure on this Black Labyrinth cave tubing tour. Drift through silent caves on a tyre tube, take leaps of faith over cascading waterfalls, climb tricky rock surfaces, float serenely down an underground river and glide through brilliant glow worm displays on the limestone galleries up above.

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WTYLAB

full tongariro day

fr

crossing, Taupo

R2,385

This 19km trek is New Zealand’s best day one day walk. The track leads up to the saddle between Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro and then diverts over Mt Tongariro. The landscape on Tongariro is peppered with the different coloured and shaped craters, scoured volcanic rocks, mountain springs, and brightly coloured emerald lakes. tuoton

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DAYS

day

H20g0, Rotorua

fr

R360

Think zorbing with a splash! We introduce - the OGO. Jump into the transparent plastic sphere within a sphere along with 40 litres of water (warm on cold days, cold on hot) and even a friend or two, then slip slide your way down a specially designed 250m long hill track that is the longest & fastest in New Zealand.

Full wai-o-tapu & day

30 hukafalls

jet, TAUPO

fr

R816

Jet boat to the base of New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction - the spectacular Huka Falls. Hukafalls Jet is the only jet boat company permitted to take you there, and it’s a ride of thrills, fun and excitement with high speed 360° spins. What’s more, you’ll be gifted with front row, water level views of the Huka Falls. TUOHUc

R891

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 NZ and hike or take a boat cruise on the world’s newest geothermal eco-system – Waimangu. Stunning.

rotogo

mins

fr

waimangu, ROTORUA

ROTTHE

Half Skydive day

Taupo, TAUPO

fr

R2,048

Taupo is known as the skydiving Mecca, and it’s