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AUSTRALIA + NEW ZEALAND | 2017-18

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SYDNEY MELBOURNE GREAT BARRIER REEF AUCKLAND QUEENSTOWN

AMAZING

ADVENTURES FOR 1 8- 39 s

Prices & itineraries valid until 31 March 2018

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WHITSUNDAYS | BYRON BAY | ULURU | KAKADU | THE OUTBACK MILFORD SOUND | FOX GLACIER | BAY OF ISLANDS | WELLINGTON

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LIFE WAS MEANT FOR good friends... AND GREAT ADVENTURES


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WE ARE TOPDECK. WE DO EPIC EUROTRIPS,BIG GAME SAFARIS, AMERICAN ROAD TRIPS, SAILING VOYAGES, OUTBACK EXPLORATIONS AND LOADS OF OTHER GLOBAL ADVENTURES FOR TRAVELLERS BETWEEN 18-39.

We realise that everyone’s different – which is why our trips offer loads of free time to play, discover and channel your inner explorer. It’s your trip, your way. Hit the road in modern coaches, stay at unique, handpicked accommodation, get around in purpose-built transport and hang out with other young explorers bent on seeing the world. Keen to start ticking off your Bucket List? We hear you. Our trips include all the mustsee, must-do activities, with plenty of topnotch local fare to recharge your batteries in between stops – meaning you can spend your money where it matters, and focus on satisfying your thirst for adventure. After all, it’s a thirst for adventure that started it all. We had a group of mates, some wheels and enough wanderlust to make most mothers worried. More than forty years into this crazy ride and us Topdeckers are still discovering new places to see, and unforgettable experiences to make our trips that little bit more awesome. So that’s us, but this is about you. It’s time to live large, dream big and squeeze life for all it’s worth. The rest can wait. Ready to pack your bags? Let’s talk.


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FREEDOM TO EXPLORE

Make good use of your ‘me’ time with some of these not-tobe-missed experiences.

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UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

FREEDOM TO EXPLORE

DELICIOUS FOOD

Our one-of-a-kind included and

We realise that everyone’s different –

With visits to local restaurants and

optional activities in both iconic

which is why our trips offer loads of

lovingly prepared home-style meals,

hotspots and off-the-beaten track

free time to play, discover and channel

we’ll ensure your tummy is just as full

places mean there’s never a dull

your inner explorer.

as your passport.

moment on your trip of a lifetime.

UBIRR ROCK LOOKOUT, KAKADU NATIONAL PARK, NORTHERN TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA


PASSION & EXPERTISE

LASTING FRIENDSHIPS

VALUE FOR MONEY

With over 40 years in the travel

Memories fade but Facebook

From loads of inclusions to our

industry, a team of passionate crew

friends are forever. Hang out with

No Tipping Policy, we’ve got all the

and a collection of award-winning trips

other young explorers aged 18 to

important stuff covered – meaning

under our belt, you can be sure we

30-something and create bonds

you get to have the best trip possible,

know our stuff.

that last longer than your festival

completely hassle-free.

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Topdeck exclusive

OVERNIGHT SAILING + TROPICAL ISLAND STAY

SWAG UNDER THE STARS

KATHERINE GORGE CANOE

Experience the sensational Central

Connect with the land and

Set sail on the azure waters of the

Australian night sky and the crackle

experience the natural beauty of

Whitsundays and while away the

of the campfire as you drift off

the landscape as you canoe along

hours with swim stops and ample

counting shooting stars. The Aussie

the Katherine River in the Katherine

basking time. Reef snorkelling and

Swag is an oversized waterproof

Gorge section. Take in the Cascade

the Pinterest-worthy Whitehaven

sleeping bag with a built-in mattress

Falls and maybe even a meander to

Beach are also on the agenda for

that is rolled out on the ground for

a tropical swimming hole.

this 24-hour adventure.

what is sure to be one of your best night’s sleep on the trip.

WHITSUNDAYS, AUSTRALIA

KING’S CREEK STATION, AUSTRALIA

KATHERINE GORGE, AUSTRALIA


IENCES WYNNS VINEYARD

OVERNIGHT MARAE EXPERIENCE

MILFORD SOUND CRUISE

When travelling through one of

What better way to soak up all that

Voted by Topdeckers year after year

the country’s most famous wine

is Maori culture than by staying

as the most scenic part of their New

regions, always stop to sample the

overnight in a traditional wood

Zealand trip, a cruise through the

goods. It’d be rude not to, right?

carved meeting house? Learn the

towering cliffs and stunning waterfalls

Don a lab coat and blend your

meaning of the carvings, traditions

of Milford Sound will be an experience

very own drop of Merlot, Cabernet

of the elders and the story of the

to be remembered. Keep your eyes

and Shiraz that you’ll be happy to

local Iwi (“people”), as well as the

peeled for the New Zealand fur

put your name to (on your own

local Haka and Poi, while listening to

seals, dolphins and the ever elusive

personalised bottle).

stories of a fascinating culture.

Fiordland Crested Penguin.

COONAWARRA REGION, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

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Freedom to Put down the itinerary, stray from the crowd and make good use of your ‘me’ time with some of these not-to-be-missed experiences. Freedom never felt so good.

GREAT BARRIER REEF, CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA

SKYDIVE OVER ULURU, NT, AUSTRALIA

SWIM WITH DOLPHINS, KAIKOURA, NEW ZEALAND

The world’s largest coral reef and home to an

Adrenaline junkies, unite. Experience some

Get up close and personal with these

array of breathtaking underwater species, the

airtime over Uluru (Ayers Rock) and take in

playful creatures in their natural habitat

iconic Great Barrier Reef is the perfect place

the view from above with a pulse-racing leap

on either a viewing or swimming

to explore on a day trip from Cairns.

over one of the world’s most iconic landmarks.

excursion from Kaikoura.

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Delicious

FOOD

Some may bring home a tacky souvenir; others a picture-perfect postcard. But that epic feast you ate while on the trip of a lifetime? That’s a memory that will stay with you forever. Dig in!

CRAYFISH, KAIKOURA, NEW ZEALAND Where better to indulge in mouthwatering crayfish than the place that literally means “eat crayfish” in the Maori language? Scope out a roadside caravan selling the fresh crustaceans and dig in.

CAMEL BURGER, NT, AUSTRALIA Forget McDonalds. Think McDromedary. Already a delicacy in the Middle East, camel meat is leaner than beef and goes down a treat when paired with herbs and sauces. Humpalicious!

WINERIES, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND With a favourable climate, optimum growing conditions and let’s face it, an avid local fan base, there’s no wonder the Kiwis and Aussies know their vino. Get sipping some of the world’s best. DELICOUS FOOD | 11


meet our With a thirst for adventure, an endless stream of knowledge and let’s face it, a keen eye for a hearty local meal, our dedicated Topdeck crew make the best travel pals, ever.

“FROM THE AWESOME BLUE WATERS OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF TO THE RUGGED COASTLINES OF VICTORIA AND THE EERY BEAUTY OF THE OUTBACK, AUSTRALIA REALLY HAS IT ALL. IT’S A PRIVILEGE TO CALL THIS PLACE MY OFFICE!” - STEVE, TOPDECK TRIP LEADER 12 | MEET OUR CREW

CURIOUS Keen to learn about our passengers and what feeds their wanderlust.

FRIENDLY Socially intuitive with an eye for what makes the best trips tick.

PASSIONATE Embodying the spirit of Topdeck and all the brand represents.

RESPONSIVE Always in the know about current events and ensures your safety and wellbeing at all times.


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Our crew really are pretty awesome, but don’t just take our word for it. Check out what some of our passengers have to say...

SARAH, UNITED STATES (GRAND KIWI)

CAM, AUSTRALIA (MEGA EUROPEAN)

JENNIFER, UNITED KINGDOM (EGYPT EXPRESS)

“New Zealand - what a gem! I had the best time!

“We had one of the best trips ever, thanks mostly

“This tour was amazing! Beautiful places,

Thanks Topdeck for such a well organised tour

to our crew. Our Trip Leader was always in great

rich history, delicious food, and great people.

with fantastic people.”

spirits, his knowledge was outstanding and his

Definitely do the Felucca sailing if choosing

communication was even better.”

between tours – hands down the best part.”

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a i l a r t s u A From a continent as wide as the distance from London to Moscow, Australia sure doesn’t lack diversity. Think: endless golden beaches, fringing reefs and lush rainforests, complete with scorched expanses of outback and some of the world’s most livable cities. Your holiday dreams start here. BYRON BAY, NSW, AUSTRALIA


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East Coast

From Bondi to Burleigh and the scattered tropical islands, Australia sure knows how to do beaches. Grab your zinc and don’t forget your bikinis (or budgie smugglers): it’s time to hit the coast. DAYS | TRIP NAME 5 DAY | ULTIMATE SURFARI 6 DAY | TROPICAL SUNTANNER 10 DAY | TROPICAL ADVENTURE 12 DAY | EAST COAST CRUISIN' 14 DAY | ISL AND SUNTANNER

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WHAT ARE SECTORS Sector trips offer you a great way to choose a departure city, set of experiences, or journey length that best suits you. A Sector trip is part of a larger journey, meaning your new friends might continue on after you leave, or you might be joining a trip already in progress.

ACCOMMODATION HOTELS/MOTELS/LODGES/HOSTELS TRIP LENGTH 5-29 DAYS ROOM T YPES MULTI-SHARE/TWIN/SINGLE


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DAY 1 SYDNEY TO PORT STEPHENS. There’s no surprise Sydney has some pretty iconic sights to see, but we’ll take you to a spot in Kirribilli to get the very best views. After a short walking tour of the area, it’s up onto the Harbour Bridge, then beach time! We’ll check out the laidback lifestyle of Manly Beach before heading up the freeway to meet some local Aboriginal people. Think Rock Art and bush tucker tastings. After a jam-packed day we’ll relax in Port Stephens for a filling feast and maybe even a ‘coldie’ at the local bar. (D) DAY 2 PORT STEPHENS. Port Stephens is practically horizontal, it’s so laid back. You could take it easy today on an optional dolphin cruise with a swim and boom net ride. Feeling more energetic? Hike to the top of Tomaree Head for sensational views, or take up some optional sand dune quad biking and sand boarding. Whatever you do you’ll work up an appetite. Thankfully this place is known for its seafood, so we’ll have a taste of the local catch. (B) DAY 3 PORT STEPHENS TO HUNTER VALLEY. Hunter Valley is synonymous with wine, so we’ll visit a local vineyard, a brewery, and a chocolate tasting. You’ll get to hop in an oak barrel and have a go at grape stomping, then take a walk through the vines and into the Hunter Wine Theatre to learn about the grape’s journey from vine to bottle. (B)

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DAY 4 HUNTER VALLEY TO BLUE MOUNTAINS. Glenbrook might be small but it’s big on good coffee. We’ll stop off here before heading up to the Blue Mountains. Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and head towards the magical Wentworth Falls, check out the huge drop waterfall of Govetts Leap, Narrow Neck lookout, and Katoomba Falls, before seeing the ‘3 Sisters’ at sunset. (B) DAY 5 BLUE MOUNTAINS TO SYDNEY. Sure the Blue Mountains are gorgeous to just gawp at, but there a whole load of activities on offer to try too. Optional abseiling take your fancy? Or if you’re more of a speed fiend you could opt for a local Harley Davidson ride. Slower-paced options include the Scenic World Cable Car and walk in the rainforest. Say goodbye to the Blue Mountains mid-afternoon, we’ll be tracking back to Sydney. (B)

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Aboriginal Welcome & Rock Art Manly Beach 3 Sisters Sunset Blue Mountains Wentworth Falls Bike through the Hunter Valley with wine school Wine & chocolate tasting Seafood tasting

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4 breakfasts (B), 1 dinners (D) 4 nights in motels, lodges & hostels Modern air conditioned vehicle with Wi-Fi Awesome Topdeck Driver/Guide

START MEET AT 9AM IN SYDNEY FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN SYDNEY

WHAT ARE DISCOVERY TRIPS? Keen to scratch beneath the surface of some of Australia's most iconic destinations? Our exclusive Discovery range offers an in-depth look at the places that are on top of every Aussie bucket list. From camping under the stars at Kings Creek Station to spotting platypus in the Daintree Rainforest, these carefully designed itineraries include all the local experiences you’d expect, but with a smaller group size and more time to explore. Escape for a brief adventure or combine with another Topdeck trip – either way, a holiday of a lifetime is as certain as the outback sunset.

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DAY 2 CAPE TRIBULATION. Cape Trib is all yours for exploring. Got a head for heights? There’s the optional Jungle Surfing Zip Line. Want to be beach-based? You could pick to go horse riding or ocean safari snorkeling. There’s a crocodile cruise for nature-lovers. But if you just need to chill out, you could opt for a beach massage. Round out your day on a deserted beach with glass of bubbles in your hand, new mates to your side. (B) DAY 3 CAPE TRIBULATION TO ATHERTON TABLELANDS. Hungry for more rainforest action? You’re in luck, we’re off to Mossman Gorge. Waterfalls, flora and fauna and some 30,000 plant and animal species to spot. Now there’s a challenge. Like a nice cup of joe? See where your lattes start life at a coffee plantation before moving on to try some tropical fruit wines or local spirits. Yungaburra is home for the night. Head out to spot platypus at dusk, and check out even more wildlife on an optional night time canoe trip. (B) DAY 4 ATHERTON TABLELANDS TO MISSION BEACH. Today cool off with a swim in a volcanic crater lake. At lunch, take in the beauty that is Millaa Millaa Falls, then it’s back towards the coast, via a few swimming spots. Tonight we stay in the heart of Mission Beach. (B) DAY 5 MISSION BEACH TO CAIRNS. Start off with a beachside breakfast before exploring this oh-so-pretty part of the world. Raft your way down Tully River or take boat trip to explore Dunk Island. Or you could choose to pop on a parachute and see the scenery from 14,000ft up in the air. On the way back to Cairns we’ll take the Cassowary Coast trail with stops at Innisfail and another spot of swimming at Boulders. This tropical journey closes out as we venture back into the city of Cairns. (B)

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ ++ ++ ++

Daintree Rainforest Millaa Millaa Falls Mission Beach Platypus spotting

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4 breakfasts (B), 1 dinners (D) 4 nights in lodges & hostels Modern air conditioned vehicle with Wi-Fi Awesome Topdeck Driver/Guide

DAY STOP

TRIP CODE: AATMCC T R I P D AT E S 1 FEBRUARY 2017 - 31 MARCH 2018, DEPARTING MONDAYS

Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $210 Single: $370

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START MEET AT 8.30AM IN CAIRNS FINISH APPROXIMATELY 5PM IN CAIRNS

WHAT ARE DISCOVERY TRIPS? Keen to scratch beneath the surface of some of Australia's most iconic destinations? Our exclusive Discovery range offers an in-depth look at the places that are on top of every Aussie bucket list. From camping under the stars at Kings Creek Station to spotting platypus in the Daintree Rainforest, these carefully designed itineraries include all the local experiences you’d expect, but with a smaller group size and more time to explore. Escape for a brief adventure or combine with another Topdeck trip – either way, a holiday of a lifetime is as certain as the outback sunset.

ACCOMMODATION HOSTELS / HOTELS ROOM T YPES MULTI-SHARE

STARTING FROM $ 138 / D AY

DAY 1 CAIRNS TO CAPE TRIBULATION (DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK). After motoring out of Cairns via a few coastal beaches, we’re off for an Aboriginal Bush Tucker Walk. This afternoon it’s time to get wet and steamy in the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park. After a busy day of travelling it’s time for a filling feast and maybe a ‘coldie’ at the local bar. (D)

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DAY 1 DARWIN TO KAKADU. Kakadu, here we come. Inside the 20,000 square kilometre park, we’ll head to the village of Jabiru and check out the Bowali Visitors Centre. Fancy getting high and mighty? You could take an optional scenic flight over the Escarpment that borders Kakadu and Arnhemland. For the next two nights you’ll be calling the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park home. (D) DAY 2 KAKADU NATIONAL PARK. This morning we venture to Nourlangie Rock to spot some of the most famous Australian Indigenous art works, and then hit the water in Arnhemland. Try your hand at spear throwing while you’re there, then we’ll see some ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr before climbing to the top of a rocky lookout for beautiful views over the Nardab floodplain. (B) DAY 3 KAKADU NATIONAL PARK TO KATHERINE. Explore the magical Edith Falls and have a dip in one of the world’s most idyllic natural pools. Cooled off and refreshed, we’re on the road again and headed for Katherine. As the day draws to a close, round it out with an evening game of lawn bowls and a BBQ with some locals at the nearby Country Club. (B,D) DAY 4 KATHERINE GORGE TO LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK. Katherine Gorge is well known as a superb canoeing spot, so that’s exactly what we’ve lined up. Paddling not your game? Then you may wish to upgrade to an optional 3 gorge cruise (seasonal) to venture even further. We get back on the famous Stuart Highway heading for Batchelor, the gateway to the stunning Litchfield National Park. (B)

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DAY 5 LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK TO DARWIN. National Park, pools and a picnic are the order of the day. Then venture over to the Buley Rock Holes for another soaking. After lunch outdoors, we’ll take on the short drive and last leg of our discovery back into the heart of Darwin. (B,L)

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ Canoe in the Katherine Gorge ++ Visit Aboriginal Rock Art sites in Kakadu ++ Litchfield National Park

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4 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 2 dinners (D) 4 nights in lodges, hotels & motels Modern air conditioned vehicle with Wi-Fi Awesome Topdeck Driver/Guide

START MEET AT 8AM IN DARWIN FINISH APPROXIMATELY 5PM IN DARWIN

WHAT ARE DISCOVERY TRIPS? Keen to scratch beneath the surface of some of Australia's most iconic destinations? Our exclusive Discovery range offers an in-depth look at the places that are on top of every Aussie bucket list. From camping under the stars at Kings Creek Station to spotting platypus in the Daintree Rainforest, these carefully designed itineraries include all the local experiences you’d expect, but with a smaller group size and more time to explore. Escape for a brief adventure or combine with another Topdeck trip – either way, a holiday of a lifetime is as certain as the outback sunset.

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DAY 2 ULURU, KATA-TJUTA NATIONAL PARK (THE OLGAS). Start your day with a big bowl of 'oh my god' thanks to a breathtaking sunrise back at Uluru. Follow in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this sacred World Heritage site with a full base walk. Later, join an optional meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson. (B) DAY 3 ULURU TO KINGS CANYON. After a hearty breakfast, we spend a few hours back in the National Park. This time get ready for some soul searching as we venture into the heart of sacred Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk amongst the 36 red sandstone giants through the Valley of the Winds. After a drive into Watarrka National Park, live the life of a jolly swagman as we sleep under the stars in custom swags. (B,D) DAY 4 KINGS CANYON TO ALICE SPRINGS. If you would walk 500 miles (steps), then you'll make it through the toughest part of the Rim Walk – Heart Attack Hill. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Oz. Think age-old cycads, eroded dome shapes, a visit to The Lost City – and that's not even the best part. The sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden makes today bloody bonza (translation: awesome). After a picnic lunch, we’ll board the bus back to Alice Springs. (B,L) DAY 5 ALICE SPRINGS. Wake up. Rub eyes. Climb into a hot air balloon. Just saying, it’s an option...and an amazing start to the day. Back to earth, venture on an excursion out amongst the Western MacDonnell Ranges before we’re back to Alice Springs to grab a late lunch and explore the town centre. (B)

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ Sunset & sunrise over Uluru ++ Valley of the Winds walk at Kata-Tjuta ++ Swag under the stars at Kings Creek Station

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 4 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 2 dinners (D) ++ 3 nights in hotels, lodges & cabins & 1 night in a swag ++ Modern air-conditioned vehicle with Wi-Fi ++ Awesome Topdeck Driver/Guide

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TRIP CODE: AATMUU T R I P D AT E S 1 APRIL 2017 - 31 MARCH 2018, DEPARTING MONDAYS

Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $330 Single: $730

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START MEET AT 7AM IN ALICE SPRINGS FINISH APPROXIMATELY 4PM IN ALICE SPRINGS

WHAT ARE DISCOVERY TRIPS? Keen to scratch beneath the surface of some of Australia's most iconic destinations? Our exclusive Discovery range offers an in-depth look at the places that are on top of every Aussie bucket list. From camping under the stars at Kings Creek Station to spotting platypus in the Daintree Rainforest, these carefully designed itineraries include all the local experiences you’d expect, but with a smaller group size and more time to explore. Escape for a brief adventure or combine with another Topdeck trip – either way, a holiday of a lifetime is as certain as the outback sunset.

ACCOMMODATION HOSTELS / HOTELS ROOM T YPES MULTI-SHARE

STARTING FROM $ 178 / D AY

DAY 1 ALICE SPRINGS TO ULURU (AYERS ROCK). We're hitting the red ground running as we take to the road and head into Yulara (the gateway resort to Uluru) for lunch. It's off to the breathtaking Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour, and a glass of bubbles as the glow of sunset morphs through 50 shades of red. Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or veggie burger). Welcome to the outback, mate. (D)

DISCOVERY - AUSTRALIA

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EAST COAST

EAST COAST - AUSTRALIA

5 DAY | U L T I M A T E S U R F A R I SYDNEY

BRISBANE

6

MEALS

2

STATES

PHOTO: BYRON BAY, NSW, AUSTRALIA

START IN SYDNEY OR BRISBANE

1 STOP & STAY

DAY STOP

TRIP CODE: AAISSB/AAISBS S TA R T 2 12 23 30 21 28 18 25 1 16 23 13 20 10 17 28 8 15 26 5 12 23 3 10 2 4 7 18 28 4 15 25 4 15 25

FINISH

EX. SYDNEY AAISSB - 2017 APR 6 APR G APR 16 APR G APR 27 APR G APR 4 MAY G MAY 25 MAY G MAY 1 JUN G JUN 22 JUN G JUN 29 JUN G JUL JUL 5 G JUL 20 JUL G JUL 27 JUL G AUG 17 AUG G AUG 24 AUG G SEP 14 SEP G SEP 21 SEP G SEP 2 OCT G OCT 12 OCT G OCT 19 OCT G OCT 30 OCT G NOV 9 NOV G NOV 16 NOV G NOV 27 NOV G DEC 7 DEC G DEC 14 DEC G EX. SYDNEY AAISSB - 2018 JAN JAN 6 G JAN JAN 8 G JAN 11 JAN G JAN 22 JAN G JAN FEB 1 G FEB FEB 8 G FEB 19 FEB G FEB 1 MAR G MAR 8 MAR G MAR 19 MAR G MAR 29 MAR G

S TA R T 18 25 5 16 23 13 20 11 18 8 15 5 12 23 3 10 21 31 7 18 28 5 16 26 30 2 23 30 10 20 27 10 20 27

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EX. BRISBANE AAISBS - 2017 APR 22 APR G APR 29 APR G MAY 9 MAY G MAY 20 MAY G MAY 27 MAY G JUN 17 JUN G JUN 24 JUN G JUL 15 JUL G JUL 22 JUL G AUG 12 AUG G AUG 19 AUG G SEP SEP 9 G SEP 16 SEP G SEP 27 SEP G OCT OCT 7 G OCT 14 OCT G OCT 25 OCT G OCT 4 NOV G NOV 11 NOV G NOV 22 NOV G NOV 2 DEC G DEC 9 DEC G DEC 20 DEC G DEC 30 DEC G DEC JAN 3 G EX. BRISBANE AAISBS - 2018 JAN JAN 6 G JAN 27 JAN G JAN FEB 3 G FEB 14 FEB G FEB 24 FEB G FEB 3 MAR G MAR 14 MAR G MAR 24 MAR G MAR 31 MAR G

STARTING FROM $ 196 / D AY

G = Guaranteed Departure Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $150 Single: $250

5 DAYS FROM

$

980

AUD PER PERSON

DAY 1 SYDNEY TO CRESCENT HEAD. Set the tone for this fair dinkum (i.e. authentic) Aussie adventure by crossing Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge as we venture toward the surfing haven of Crescent Head. Before testing the waters, dip your toes into an oak barrel (literally) in the Hunter Valley. (D) DAY 2 CRESCENT HEAD TO BYRON BAY. Try a barrel of a different kind with an early morning private surf lesson on one of the best beaches in the world. Here's your chance to become a bona fide surf master. Our road trip continues with a traditional BBQ lunch and a cruise past the Big Banana icon before pulling into Byron Bay – where you can burn incense, sip chai and become a yoga teacher all in one day. (B,L) DAY 3 BYRON BAY. Anti-McDonald's and anti-anything mass produced (but pro juice bars, beer gardens and beards), Byron is glitzy on the outside but small townhearted underneath. Hit the shops, test out those newly acquired surfing skills, paddle a sea kayak, or watch whales breach from the Lighthouse in winter. This is the town where peace and tranquillity go to relax. You should too. Or jump out of a plane. Byron doesn't care as long as you're happy. (B) DAY 4 BYRON BAY TO GOLD COAST. Leave the blissful buzz of Byron behind you as we head to Springbrook National Park and its major landmark, Natural Bridge. Next, swap the national park for the golden sand beaches and bustling nightlife of Surfers Paradise. (B) DAY 5 GOLD COAST TO BRISBANE. Next stop: BrisVegas (aka Brisbane). Don't let its namesake fool you - there are no late-night wedding chapels in the sunshine state capital. Just a whole lot of fun. After breakfast, say farewell to your trip buddies. Take a dip at the manmade beach and plan the next part of your adventure. (B) This trip is a section of the Island Suntanner trip. See p.26 for more details.

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ ++ ++ ++

Wine tasting experience in the Hunter Valley Surf lesson at Topdeck’s surf retreat Visit Byron Bay Springbrook National Park

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ ++ ++ ++

4 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 1 dinner (D) 4 nights in hotels, lodges & cabins Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Dolphin kayaking ++ Skydiving ++ Extra surf lessons (Byron Bay) EX. SYDNEY AAISSB START MEET AT 7.30AM IN SYDNEY FINISH APPROXIMATELY 1.30PM IN BRISBANE EX. BRISBANE AAISBS START MEET AT 3PM IN BRISBANE FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN SYDNEY


23

EAST COAST

THE WHITSUNDAYS

CAIRNS

8

MEALS

1

EAST COAST - AUSTRALIA

6 DAY | T R O P I C A L S U N T A N N E R STATE

PHOTO: SAILING WHITSUNDAYS, QLD, AUSTRALIA

START IN THE WHITSUNDAYS OR CAIRNS

1 STOP & STAY

DAY 2 DAYDREAM ISLAND. Keep those sunglasses on as the blinding white sands of Whitehaven stretch before you like a 7km sea of diamonds, and swim with the resident Maori Wrasse at Blue Pearl Bay. Back on board, keep adrift of your seafaring skills by helping to set the sails or steer at the helm as we set course for land and two nights at Daydream Island Resort. (B,L,D) DAY 3 DAYDREAM ISLAND. Did someone say buffet breakfast? (Over) indulge, recharge and relax with water sports, beach volleyball and fish feeding right off the jetty. Grab a cocktail from the swim up pool bar then get in your happy place overlooking the pools. (B) DAY 4 DAYDREAM ISLAND TO CAIRNS. Today we pull into Cairns: Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. We’ll show you ‘round, then the night is yours to get out and explore some of Australia’s best nightlife. (B) DAY 5 CAIRNS. You’ve two days to crack Cairns! Why not start with an optional Great Barrier Reef day trip? It’s like a kid’s gone crazy with their paint set down there. (B)

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ ++ ++ ++

2 nights at the tropical Daydream Island Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands Whitehaven Beach Snorkeling

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 5 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 2 dinners (D) ++ 4 nights in hotels & lodges & 1 night live-aboard sailing ++ Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Daydream Island watersports ++ Day spa ++ Great Barrier Reef day trip EX. AIRLIE BEACH AAISWC START MEET AT 3.30PM IN AIRLIE BEACH FINISH APPROXIMATELY 5PM IN CAIRNS EX. CAIRNS AAISCW START MEET AT 9AM IN CAIRNS FINISH APPROXIMATELY 10AM IN AIRLIE BEACH

DAY 6 CAIRNS. After breakfast, say g’bye to your trip buddies. But with zip lining, rafting, hot air ballooning and bungee jumping on offer in Cairns, why would you leave this sunny corner of Oz? (B) This trip is a section of the Island Suntanner trip. See p.26 for more details.

DAY STOP

TRIP CODE: AAISWC/AAISCW S TA R T

FINISH

EX. AIRLIE BEACH AAISWC - 2017 10 APR 15 APR G 20 APR 25 APR G 1 MAY 6 MAY G 8 MAY 13 MAY G JUN 29 MAY 3 G JUN 10 JUN 5 G JUL 26 JUN 1 G JUL JUL 3 8 G JUL 14 JUL 9 G 24 JUL 29 JUL G 31 JUL 5 AUG G 21 AUG 26 AUG G SEP 28 AUG 2 G 18 SEP 23 SEP G SEP SEP 25 30 G 6 OCT 11 OCT G 16 OCT 21 OCT G 23 OCT 28 OCT G 3 NOV 8 NOV G 13 NOV 18 NOV G 20 NOV 25 NOV G 1 DEC 6 DEC G 11 DEC 16 DEC G 18 DEC 23 DEC G EX. AIRLIE BEACH AAISWC - 2018 10 JAN 15 JAN G 12 JAN 17 JAN G 15 JAN 20 JAN G 26 JAN 31 JAN G FEB 10 FEB 5 G 12 FEB 17 FEB G 23 FEB 28 FEB G 5 MAR 10 MAR G 12 MAR 17 MAR G 23 MAR 28 MAR G

S TA R T 9 16 26 7 14 4 11 2 9 30 6 27 3 14 24 1 12 22 29 9 19 26 7 17 21 24 14 21 1 11 18 1 11 18 29

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EX. CAIRNS AAISCW - 2017 APR 14 APR G APR 21 APR G APR 1 MAY G MAY 12 MAY G MAY 19 MAY G JUN JUN 9 G JUN 16 JUN G JUL JUL 7 G JUL 14 JUL G JUL 4 AUG G AUG 11 AUG G AUG 1 SEP G SEP SEP 8 G SEP 19 SEP G SEP 29 SEP G OCT 6 OCT G OCT 17 OCT G OCT 27 OCT G OCT 3 NOV G NOV 14 NOV G NOV 24 NOV G NOV 1 DEC G DEC 12 DEC G DEC 22 DEC G DEC 26 DEC G DEC 29 DEC G EX. CAIRNS AAISCW - 2018 JAN 19 JAN G JAN 26 JAN G FEB FEB 6 G FEB 16 FEB G FEB 23 FEB G MAR 6 MAR G MAR 16 MAR G MAR 23 MAR G MAR 3 APR G

G = Guaranteed Departure Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $190 Single: $470

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

GREAT BARRIER REEF DAY TRIP

Pre-book your Great Barrier Reef day trip at the time of booking to secure your spot.

6 DAYS FROM

1280

$

AUD PER PERSON

STARTING FROM $ 214 / D AY

DAY 1 AIRLIE BEACH TO THE WHITSUNDAYS (SAILING). Meet your new crew in Airlie Beach and board your own private yacht for our overnight (two day, one night) sailing trip in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Learn the ropes while sailing in paradise. More of a land-lover? Take the diva option and let the crew do the work whilst you feast, swim and snorkel. (D)


24

EAST COAST

EAST COAST - AUSTRALIA

10 DAY | T R O P I C A L A D V E N T U R E BRISBANE

CAIRNS

17

MEALS

1

STATE

PHOTO: DAYDREAM ISLAND, WHITSUNDAYS, QLD, AUSTRALIA

START IN BRISBANE OR CAIRNS

1 STOP & STAY

DAY STOP DAY 1 BRISBANE TO FRASER ISLAND. Meet your new trip mates in BrisVegas (aka Brisbane) and board the ferry bound for Fraser Island. It’s only UNESCO World Heritage listed. (D)

TRIP CODE: AAISBC/AAISCB S TA R T 6 16 27 4 25 1 22 29 5 20 27 17 24 14 21 2 12 19 30 9 16 27 7 14 6 8 11 22 1 8 19 1 8 19 29

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EX. BRISBANE AAISBC - 2017 APR 15 APR G APR 25 APR G APR 6 MAY G MAY 13 MAY G MAY 3 JUN G JUN 10 JUN G JUN JUL 1 G JUN JUL 8 G JUL 14 JUL G JUL 29 JUL G JUL 5 AUG G AUG 26 AUG G AUG 2 SEP G SEP 23 SEP G SEP 30 SEP G OCT 11 OCT G OCT 21 OCT G OCT 28 OCT G OCT 8 NOV G NOV 18 NOV G NOV 25 NOV G NOV 6 DEC G DEC 16 DEC G DEC 23 DEC G EX. BRISBANE AAISBC - 2018 JAN 15 JAN G JAN 17 JAN G JAN 20 JAN G JAN 31 JAN G FEB 10 FEB G FEB 17 FEB G FEB 28 FEB G MAR 10 MAR G MAR 17 MAR G MAR 28 MAR G MAR 7 APR G

S TA R T 9 16 26 7 14 4 11 2 9 30 6 27 3 14 24 1 12 22 29 9 19 26 7 17 21 24 14 21 1 11 18 1 11 18 29

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EX. CAIRNS AAISCB - 2017 APR 18 APR APR 25 APR APR 5 MAY MAY 16 MAY MAY 23 MAY JUN 13 JUN JUN 20 JUN JUL 11 JUL JUL 18 JUL JUL 8 AUG AUG 15 AUG AUG 5 SEP SEP 12 SEP SEP 23 SEP SEP 3 OCT OCT 10 OCT OCT 21 OCT OCT 31 OCT OCT 7 NOV NOV 18 NOV NOV 28 NOV NOV 5 DEC DEC 16 DEC DEC 26 DEC DEC 30 DEC DEC JAN 2 EX. CAIRNS AAISCB - 2018 JAN 23 JAN JAN 30 JAN FEB 10 FEB FEB 20 FEB FEB 27 FEB MAR 10 MAR MAR 20 MAR MAR 27 MAR MAR 7 APR

G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G

STARTING FROM $ 226 / D AY

G = Guaranteed Departure Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $360 Single: $810

10 DAYS FROM

$

2260

AUD PER PERSON

DAY 2 FRASER ISLAND. Four-wheel-drive along the beach highway to mingle with the Pinnacles Coloured Sands, Eli Creek and the Maheno Shipwreck. (B,L) DAY 3 FRASER ISLAND TO MYELLA FARM. Time to #livelikealocal with a home-cooked meal and cattle station visit. Think dusty plains and wide open spaces. (B,D) DAY 4 MYELLA FARM TO EMU PARK. Embrace your inner cowboy and prepare for whip cracking and lassoing, then enjoy an Aboriginal experience of totem history, traditional dancing and boomerang throwing. (B,L,D) DAY 5 EMU PARK TO THE WHITSUNDAYS (SAILING). Find your sea legs as you board your own private yacht for our overnight (2 day, one night) sailing trip. (B,D) DAY 6 DAYDREAM ISLAND. The Bahamas ain’t got nothing on Whitehaven Beach (aka. the most photographed beach in Oz). Get ready for crystal clear water and over 7kms of silica white sand. (B,L,D) DAY 7 DAYDREAM ISLAND. You’re on a stunning island. Relax, recharge and take it easy in a hammock of your choice. (B) DAY 8 DAYDREAM ISLAND TO CAIRNS. Today we pull into Cairns: Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. We’ll show you the sights of the local night markets, and then the night is yours. (B) DAY 9 CAIRNS. You’ve got two days to play with in Cairns. Why not start with an optional Great Barrier Reef day trip? Snorkel or scuba to get that elusive selfie with a photobombing fish. (B) DAY 10 CAIRNS. After breakfast, say g’bye to your trip buddies. But then again, are you really ready to go? (B) This trip is a section of the 14 Day Island Suntanner trip. See p.26 for more details.

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ ++ ++ ++

2 nights at the tropical Daydream Island Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands Whitehaven Beach Full-day Fraser Island 4WD experience including Lake McKenzie ++ Aboriginal Experience in Emu Park

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 9 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D) ++ 8 nights in hotels, lodges & cabins & 1 night liveaboard sailing ++ Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Scenic flights from the beach ++ Horse riding ++ Great Barrier Reef day trip EX. BRISBANE AAISBC START MEET AT 1PM IN BRISBANE FINISH APPROXIMATELY 5PM IN CAIRNS EX. CAIRNS AAISCB START MEET AT 9AM IN CAIRNS FINISH APPROXIMATELY 3PM IN BRISBANE


25

EAST COAST

SYDNEY

THE WHITSUNDAYS

21

MEALS

2

EAST COAST - AUSTRALIA

12 DAY | E A S T C O A S T C R U I S I N ' STATES

PHOTO: BYRON BAY, NSW, AUSTRALIA

START IN SYDNEY OR THE WHITSUNDAYS

1 STOP & STAY

DAY 2 CRESCENT HEAD TO BYRON BAY. Have a private surf lesson then cruise into Byron—where you can embrace your inner hippie. (B,L) DAY 3 BYRON BAY. Byron is glitzy on the outside but small town-hearted underneath. You’ll see. (B) DAY 4 BYRON BAY TO GOLD COAST. Head to Springbrook NP, and then swap nature for the bustling nightlife of Surfers Paradise. (B) DAY 5 GOLD COAST TO FRASER ISLAND (VIA BRISBANE). We’re Brisbane bound. Get your bearings on a walking tour before we catch a ferry heading for the world’s largest sand island. (B,D) DAY 6 FRASER ISLAND. It’ll be love at first Snapchat as you hit 75 Mile Beach, the Pinnacles Coloured Sands, Eli Creek, Maheno Shipwreck and Lake McKenzie. (B,L) DAY 7 FRASER ISLAND TO MYELLA FARM. Today, #livelikealocal with a home-cooked meal and cattle station visit. (B,D) DAY 8 MYELLA FARM TO EMU PARK. Embrace your inner jackaroo on the farm, then head to Emu Park for an Aboriginal experience. (B,L,D) DAY 9 EMU PARK TO THE WHITSUNDAYS (SAILING). Been on a private yacht before? After today, the answer will be yes as you sail the beautiful Whitsunday Passage. (B,D) DAY 10 DAYDREAM ISLAND (WHITEHAVEN BEACH). There’s a reason that Whitehaven Beach is the most photographed beach in Oz. (B,L,D) DAY 11 DAYDREAM ISLAND. On the island, time runs a little slower. Relax and rest up in a hammock. (B) DAY 12 THE WHITSUNDAYS. The trip might be over, but keep the party going in the godfather of Aussie backpacker towns. (B)

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ Wine tasting experience in the Hunter Valley ++ Surf lesson at Topdeck’s surf retreat ++ Full-day Fraser Island 4WD experience including Lake McKenzie ++ Aboriginal Experience in Emu Park ++ Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands ++ Whitehaven Beach ++ 2 nights at the tropical Daydream Island

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 11 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D) ++ 10 nights in hotels, lodges & cabins & 1 night live-aboard sailing ++ Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi ++ Awesome Trip leader + Driver

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Skydiving ++ Motorbike lesson ++ Living reef tours EX. SYDNEY AAISSQ START MEET AT 7.30AM IN SYDNEY FINISH APPROXIMATELY 10AM IN AIRLIE BEACH EX. AIRLIE AAISQS START MEET AT 3.30PM IN AIRLIE BEACH FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN SYDNEY

DAY STOP

TRIP CODE: AAISSQ/AAISQS S TA R T 2 12 23 30 21 28 18 25 1 16 23 13 20 10 17 28 8 15 26 5 12 23 3 10 2 4 7 18 28 4 15 25 4 15 25

FINISH

EX. SYDNEY AAISSQ - 2017 APR 13 APR APR 23 APR APR 4 MAY APR 11 MAY MAY 1 JUN MAY 8 JUN JUN 29 JUN JUN JUL 6 JUL 12 JUL JUL 27 JUL JUL 3 AUG AUG 24 AUG AUG 31 AUG SEP 21 SEP SEP 28 SEP SEP 9 OCT OCT 19 OCT OCT 26 OCT OCT 6 NOV NOV 16 NOV NOV 23 NOV NOV 4 DEC DEC 14 DEC DEC 21 DEC EX. SYDNEY AAISSQ - 2018 JAN 13 JAN JAN 15 JAN JAN 18 JAN JAN 29 JAN JAN FEB 8 FEB 15 FEB FEB 26 FEB FEB 8 MAR MAR 15 MAR MAR 26 MAR MAR 5 APR

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EX. AIRLIE AAISQS - 2017 APR 22 APR APR 29 APR APR 9 MAY MAY 20 MAY MAY 27 MAY JUN 17 JUN JUN 24 JUN JUL 15 JUL JUL 22 JUL AUG 12 AUG AUG 19 AUG AUG 9 SEP SEP 16 SEP SEP 27 SEP SEP 7 OCT OCT 14 OCT OCT 25 OCT OCT 4 NOV OCT 11 NOV NOV 22 NOV NOV 2 DEC NOV 9 DEC DEC 20 DEC DEC 30 DEC DEC JAN 3 DEC JAN 6 EX. AIRLIE AAISQS - 2018 JAN 27 JAN JAN FEB 3 FEB 14 FEB FEB 24 FEB FEB 3 MAR MAR 14 MAR MAR 24 MAR MAR 31 MAR MAR 11 APR

G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G

G = Guaranteed Departure This trip is a section of the 14 Day Island Suntanner trip. See full trip on p.26.

Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $430 Single: $830

12 DAYS FROM

2860

$

AUD PER PERSON

STARTING FROM $ 239 / D AY

DAY 1 SYDNEY TO CRESCENT HEAD (VIA HUNTER VALLEY). Let the wave chasing begin. But first, a stop for stomping and swilling amongst the vines in the Hunter Valley. (D)


EAST COAST

14 DAY | I S L A N D S U N T A N N E R SYDNEY

CAIRNS

23

MEALS

2

STATES

START IN SYDNEY OR CAIRNS

tour and take a dip at the man-made beach before we catch a ferry bound for the world’s largest sand island. (B,D) DAY 6 FRASER ISLAND. Four-wheel-drive along the beach highway of 75 Mile Beach to mingle with the Pinnacles Coloured Sands, Eli Creek and Maheno Shipwreck before testing out your stand up paddling skills on Lake McKenzie. (B,L) DAY 7 FRASER ISLAND TO MYELLA FARM. Continue to #livelikealocal with a home-cooked meal and cattle station visit. Think dusty plains and wide open spaces. (B,D) DAY 8 MYELLA FARM TO EMU PARK. Embrace your inner jackaroo and prepare for horse riding, whip cracking and lassoing. Then head to Emu Park for the Aboriginal experience of totem history, traditional dancing and boomerang throwing. (B,L,D)

1 STOP & STAY

DAY 9 EMU PARK TO THE WHITSUNDAYS (SAILING). Bail out of the bus and board your own private yacht sailing the beautiful Whitsunday Passage. Learn the ropes or let the crew do the work whilst you feast, swim and snorkel. (B,D)

DAY STOP

TRIP CODE: AAISSC/AAISCS DAY 1 SYDNEY TO CRESCENT HEAD (VIA THE HUNTER VALLEY). Cross Sydney’s iconic ‘coathanger’ as we venture toward the surfing cloud nine of Crescent Head. Before testing the waters, dip your toes into an oak barrel (literally) in the Hunter Valley. (D) DAY 2 CRESCENT HEAD TO BYRON BAY. Try a barrel of a different kind with an early morning surf lesson. Our roadie continues with a traditional BBQ lunch and a cruise past the Big Banana before arriving at our base. (B,L)

DAY 3 BYRON BAY. Byron is glitzy on the outside but small town-hearted underneath. Hit the shops and restaurants, test out those newly-acquired surfing skills, try scuba diving or jump out of a plane. (B) DAY 4 BYRON BAY TO GOLD COAST. Leave the blissful buzz of Byron behind you as we head to Springbrook National Park and its major draw card, Natural Bridge. Next, swap the national park for Surfers Paradise. (B) DAY 5 GOLD COAST TO FRASER ISLAND (VIA BRISBANE). Next stop: Brisbane. Get your bearings on a walking

DAY 10 DAYDREAM ISLAND (WHITEHAVEN BEACH). Keep those sunnies handy for the blinding white sands of Whitehaven. Keep adrift of your seafaring skills by helping to set the sails or steer at the helm as we set course for land and two nights at Daydream Island. (B,L,D) DAY 11 DAYDREAM ISLAND. Appropriately named, Daydream Island has walking tracks, palm trees and secluded beaches. Plus there’s a looong list of optional activities, from watersports to mini golf. Grab a cocktail from the swim up pool bar then make a date with a hammock. (B) DAY 12 DAYDREAM ISLAND TO CAIRNS. Today we pull into Cairns: gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. We’ll


DAYS 13-14 CAIRNS. The only place in the world nestled between two World Heritage areas. And you’ve got two days to take it all in. Why not start with an optional Great Barrier Reef day trip? Snorkel or scuba to get that elusive selfie with a photobombing fish. You could paddle the rapids of the Tully River, zip line over a crocodile or get an aerial view of the tropics by plummeting towards it. Yeah, you might want to stay a little longer… (B) (B)

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ ++ ++ ++

2 nights at the tropical Daydream Island Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands Whitehaven Beach Full-day Fraser Island 4WD experience including Lake McKenzie ++ Surf lesson at Topdeck’s surf retreat ++ Wine tasting experience in the Hunter Valley ++ Aboriginal Experience in Emu Park

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 13 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D) ++ 12 nights in hotels, lodges & cabins, 1 night liveaboard sailing ++ Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Great Barrier Reef sail / dive / snorkel ++ Skydive either Cairns or Byron Bay ++ Dolphin kayaking EX. SYDNEY AAISSC START MEET AT 7.30AM IN SYDNEY FINISH APPROXIMATELY 5PM IN CAIRNS EX. CAIRNS AAISCS START MEET AT 9AM IN CAIRNS FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN SYDNEY

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EX. SYDNEY AAISSC - 2017 APR 15 APR APR 25 APR APR 6 MAY APR 13 MAY MAY 3 JUN MAY 10 JUN JUN JUL 1 JUN JUL 8 JUL 14 JUL JUL 29 JUL JUL 5 AUG AUG 26 AUG AUG 2 SEP SEP 23 SEP SEP 30 SEP SEP 11 OCT OCT 21 OCT OCT 28 OCT OCT 8 NOV NOV 18 NOV NOV 25 NOV NOV 6 DEC DEC 16 DEC DEC 23 DEC EX. SYDNEY AAISSC - 2018 JAN 15 JAN JAN 17 JAN JAN 20 JAN JAN 31 JAN JAN 10 FEB FEB 17 FEB FEB 28 FEB FEB 10 MAR MAR 17 MAR MAR 28 MAR MAR 7 APR

S TA R T G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G

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EX. CAIRNS AAISCS - 2017 APR 22 APR APR 29 APR APR 9 MAY MAY 20 MAY MAY 27 MAY JUN 17 JUN JUN 24 JUN JUL 15 JUL JUL 22 JUL JUL 12 AUG AUG 19 AUG AUG 9 SEP SEP 16 SEP SEP 27 SEP SEP 7 OCT OCT 14 OCT OCT 25 OCT OCT 4 NOV OCT 11 NOV NOV 22 NOV NOV 2 DEC NOV 9 DEC DEC 20 DEC DEC 30 DEC DEC JAN 3 DEC JAN 6 EX. CAIRNS AAISCS - 2018 JAN 27 JAN JAN FEB 3 FEB 14 FEB FEB 24 FEB FEB 3 MAR MAR 14 MAR MAR 24 MAR MAR 31 MAR MAR 11 APR

G = Guaranteed Departure Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $510 Single: $1050

14 DAYS FROM

2990

$

AUD PER PERSON

G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G

STARTING FROM $ 214 / D AY

show you the sights of the local night markets, and then the night is yours to get out and explore some of Australia’s best nightlife. (B)

PHOTO FROM LEFT (CLOCKWISE): GREAT BARRIER REEF | MYELLA FARM | DAYDREAM ISLAND | EMU PARK | HUNTER VALLEY

EAST COAST - AUSTRALIA

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OUTBACK - AUSTRALIA

9 DAY | O U T B A C K G E M ADELAIDE

ALICE SPRINGS

14

MEALS

2

STATES

PHOTO: ALICE SPRINGS, NT, AUSTRALIA

START IN ADELAIDE OR ALICE SPRINGS

1 STOP & STAY

DAY STOP

TRIP CODE: AAOGAU/AAOGUA S TA R T 6 4 1 29 27 24 21 19 16 14 11 8 8

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EX. ADELADE AAOGAU - 2017 APR 14 APR G MAY 12 MAY G JUN JUN 9 G JUN JUL 7 G JUL 4 AUG G AUG 1 SEP G SEP 29 SEP G OCT 27 OCT G NOV 24 NOV G DEC 22 DEC G EX. ADELADE AAOGAU - 2018 JAN 19 JAN G FEB 16 FEB G MAR 16 MAR G

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EX. ALICE SPRINGS AAOGUA - 2017 10 APR 18 APR G 8 MAY 16 MAY G JUN 13 JUN 5 G JUL 11 JUL 3 G 31 JUL 8 AUG G SEP 28 AUG 5 G 25 SEP 3 OCT G 23 OCT 31 OCT G 20 NOV 28 NOV G DEC DEC 18 26 G EX. ALICE SPRINGS AAOGUA - 2018 15 JAN 23 JAN G 12 FEB 20 FEB G 12 MAR 20 MAR G

G = Guaranteed Departure Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $190 Single: $340

9 DAYS FROM

$

1330

AUD PER PERSON

DAY 1 ADELAIDE TO FLINDERS RANGES. We’ll head for the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall, a fascinating accident of design with surprising results and stop in the town of Claire. This evening, meet the locals in the pub after a spectacular sunset. (D) DAY 2 FLINDERS RANGES. Flinders Ranges National Park has everything – from mountains to gorges and creeks to rivers. And you get to play in it. You lucky thing, you. (B,L,D) DAY 3 FLINDERS RANGES TO COOBER PEDY. Destination: Coober Pedy. Famous for opals...and the locals who live underground. We’ll take a mine and town tour to check it all out, before meeting the joeys at the Kangaroo Orphanage. (B,D)

View the magic of the Flinders Ranges Stay underground in Coober Pedy Visit a kangaroo orphanage Sunset & sunrise over Uluru Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta Guided hike of Kings Canyon

MORE INCLUSIONS

DAY 4 COOBER PEDY TO ALICE SPRINGS. Cross Moon Plain and pop across the border into the Northern Territory today. The resort pool will be waiting. (B)

++ 8 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D) ++ 7 nights in hotels, lodges & hostel & 1 night in a swag ++ Entrance fees to national parks ++ Modern air-conditioned vehicle ++ Awesome Driver/Guide

DAY 5 ALICE SPRINGS TO ULURU (AYERS ROCK). We're off to Yulara (the gateway resort to Uluru) for lunch. This afternoon there’s a guided tour of Uluru itself. See it at sunset before honing your BBQ skills at dinner tonight. (B)

++ Scenic helicopter flight over the 12 Apostles ++ Skydive over Uluru ++ Camel ride in outback

DAY 6 ULURU. Sunrise at Uluru is a little bit special. You won’t mind setting your alarm. Then go on a full base walk. If you like, you could take a flight over the big rock, or hop on a Harley...or a camel. (B) DAY 7 ULURU TO KINGS CANYON. Head on into the heart of sacred Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk amongst the 36 red sandstone giants through the Valley of the Winds. Tonight we get our swag on and sleep under the stars. (B,D)

STARTING FROM $ 148 / D AY

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

DAY 8 KINGS CANYON TO ALICE SPRINGS. No pain, no gain. So get yourself up Heart Attack Hill in Kings Canyon before we get to the Garden of Eden. (B,L) DAY 9 ALICE SPRINGS. Early birds could take an optional hot air balloon ride before we head out on an excursion amongst the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Then it’s back to Alice for a late lunch and chance to explore. (B)

TOP OPTIONALS

EX. ADELAIDE AAOGAU START MEET AT 9AM IN ADELAIDE FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN ALICE SPRINGS EX. ALICE SPRINGS AAOGUA START MEET AT 7AM IN ALICE SPRINGS FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN ADELAIDE

This trip is a section of the 14 day Down South and Outback trip. See p.30 for more details.


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12 DAY | R O C K ' N ' T O P STATE

PHOTO: ULURU, NT, AUSTRALIA

START IN ALICE SPRINGS OR DARWIN

1 STOP & STAY

DAY 2 ULURU. Forgive the early hour, but this is a sunrise you’ll want to see. Trust us. Then, get a sense of the immense scale of Uluru with a base walk. (B) DAY 3 ULURU TO KINGS CANYON. Stroll amongst the 36 red sandstone giants through the Valley of the Winds. Tonight: we experience a touch of outback luxe with a sleep-out under the stars in custom swags. (B,D) DAY 4 KINGS CANYON TO ALICE SPRINGS. Kings Canyon starts with Heart Attack Hill before we get to the Garden of Eden. It’ll be worth the climb. Promise. (B,L) DAY 5 ALICE SPRINGS. Before heading out on an excursion amongst the Western MacDonnell Ranges, you could get high and mighty with an optional hot air balloon flight. Then it’s back to Alice for a late lunch. (B) DAY 6 ALICE SPRINGS TO DARWIN. Cheerio, Alice. We’re flying to Darwin today, the capital of the Northern Territory. (B) DAY 7 DARWIN. You’ve got a day in Darwin to explore. Get your urban fix before Kakadu tomorrow. (B) DAY 8 DARWIN TO KAKADU. For the next two nights you’ll call Kakadu home. Expect phenomenal wildlife, Instagram-worthy scenery and of course local Indigenous culture. (B,D) DAY 9 KAKADU NATIONAL PARK. When will you get to see Aboriginal Rock Art and wildlife up close? Oh right, today. Remember the age-old tune, “never smile at a crocodile…”. (B) DAY 10 KAKADU NATIONAL PARK TO KATHERINE. Get wet ‘n’ wild in the waterfalls and swimming spots today. After drying off, we’re off to play lawn bowls. (B,D) DAY 11 KATHERINE GORGE TO LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK. Can you canoe? The answer will be yes after having a go at Katherine Gorge. There’s an option to

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ ++ ++ ++

Sunset at Ubirr Canoe the Katherine Gorge Aboriginal art sites in Kakadu National Park Litchfield National Park

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 11 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D) ++ 10 nights in hotels, lodges & cabins & 1 night in a swag ++ Entrance fees to national parks ++ Modern air-conditioned vehicle ++ Awesome Driver/Guide ++ Internal flight as marked on trip map*

DAY STOP

TRIP CODE: AARTKD/AARTDK T R I P D AT E S 1 APRIL 2017 - 31 MARCH 2018, DEPARTING MONDAYS

Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share *Price subject to change within 42 days of departure Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $500 Single: $840

12 DAYS FROM

2649

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AUD PER PERSON

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Skydive over Uluru ++ Camel ride in outback ++ Kangaroo sanctuary EX. ALICE SPRINGS AARTKD START MEET AT 7AM IN ALICE SPRINGS FINISH APPROXIMATELY 5PM IN DARWIN EX. DARWIN AARTDK START MEET AT 8AM IN DARWIN FINISH APPROXIMATELY 4PM IN ALICE SPRINGS

upgrade to a three gorge cruise if you want to see more. (B) DAY 12 LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK TO DARWIN. Waterfalls, rainforest and beautiful pools, oh my! After lunch outdoors, we’ll take on the short drive and last leg of our discovery back into the heart of Darwin. (B,L) This trip is a combination of the 5 day Uluru Discovery trip and the 5 day Top End Discovery. See p.20 & p.21 for more details.

STARTING FROM $ 221 / D AY

DAY 1 ALICE SPRINGS TO ULURU (AYERS ROCK). After lunch in Yulara (the gateway resort to Uluru) there’s a guided tour of the big red rock itself. Then snap away at the gorgeous sunset and tuck into a BBQ for dinner. (D)


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DAY 5 ADELAIDE. You’ve made it to the City of Churches but there’s no sermon here. You could join the optional day trip to the Barossa Valley or if you want to spot wildlife, there’s the day trip to Kangaroo Island. Learn about the birds and the bees... and some of the other 46 endemic species. (B) DAY 6 ADELAIDE TO FLINDERS RANGES. On our way to the Clare Valley, we'll stop at the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall, before hitting a pub for dinner and a schooner or two. (B,D) DAY 7 FLINDERS RANGES. Flinders Ranges National Park has everything. From mountains to gorges and creeks to rivers. Take a hike to Wilpena Pound – a natural amphitheatre about three times the size of Uluru. Then to rock art site Arkaroo Rock. (B,L,D) DAY 8 FLINDERS RANGES TO COOBER PEDY. Destination: Coober Pedy. Where locals live in homes carved deep underground to escape the heat. Just like wombats. (B,D)

1 STOP & STAY

DAY 9 COOBER PEDY TO ALICE SPRINGS. Cross Moon Plain like a fleeing Mad Max or glammed-up Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Just remember to close the gate on 5,614 kms of dingo fence. (B)

DAY STOP

TRIP CODE: AAMRMU/AAMRUM DAY 1 MELBOURNE TO PORT CAMPBELL (GREAT OCEAN ROAD). It’s not called the GREAT Ocean Road for nothing y’know. Get snappy over the 12 Apostles before chilling out tonight with your new trip buddies. (D)

DAY 3 GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK TO MOUNT GAMBIER. Next up: MacKenzie Falls, the largest waterfall in Victoria. Then the Northern Grampians for one last panorama shot. Tonight get a slice of history as you get some shut eye in Old Mt. Gambier Gaol. (B)

DAY 2 PORT CAMPBELL TO GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK. From one natural wonder to another, we’ll explore the 167,000 hectares of The Grampians. Meet the traditional landowners, hear their Dreamtime stories and paint your own story on a boomerang. (B,D)

DAY 4 MOUNT GAMBIER TO ADELAIDE. Check out the Blue Lake and Umpherston Sinkhole before kicking onto Adelaide. Then a stop at Wynn’s Coonawarra vineyard. Chin chin! (B)

DAY 10 ALICE SPRINGS TO ULURU (AYERS ROCK). It's off to Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour, and a glass of bubbles as the glow of sunset morphs through 50 shades of red. Tonight it’s BBQ time. (B,D) DAY 11 ULURU, KATA-TJUTA NATIONAL PARK (THE OLGAS). What’s more amazing than sunset at Uluru? Sunrise. Get your adventure on with an optional scenic flight or Harley ride. (B) DAY 12 ULURU TO KINGS CANYON. Visit Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas), where according to the Dreaming, the great snake king Wanambi inhabits the highest peak. Tonight we sleep in swags. Best zip up tight! (B,D)


DAY 14 ALICE SPRINGS. Wake up to an optional balloon ride then back on earth venture amongst the stunning Western MacDonnell Ranges. This afternoon it’s back to Alice to explore. (B)

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Great Ocean Road & sunset at 12 Apostles Grampians National Park Paint your own souvenir boomerang Hike to the base of MacKenzie Falls Make your own wine in Coonawarra View the magic of the Flinders Ranges Stay underground in Coober Pedy Visit a kangaroo orphanage Sunset & sunrise over Uluru Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta Guided hike of Kings Canyon

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 13 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D) ++ 12 nights in hotels, lodges & hostels & 1 night in a swag ++ Entrance fees to national parks ++ Modern air-conditioned vehicle ++ Awesome Driver/Guide

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EX. MELBOURNE AAMRMU - 2017 1 APR 14 APR G 29 APR 12 MAY G JUN 27 MAY 9 G JUL 24 JUN 7 G 22 JUL 4 AUG G SEP 19 AUG 1 G 16 SEP 29 SEP G 14 OCT 27 OCT G 11 NOV 24 NOV G 9 DEC 22 DEC G EX. MELBOURNE AAMRMU - 2018 JAN 19 JAN 6 G FEB 16 FEB 3 G 3 MAR 16 MAR G 31 MAR 13 APR G

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EX. ALICE SPRINGS AAMRUM - 2017 10 APR 23 APR G 8 MAY 21 MAY G JUN 18 JUN 5 G JUL 16 JUL 3 G 31 JUL 13 AUG G 28 AUG 10 SEP G 25 SEP 8 OCT G 23 OCT 5 NOV G 20 NOV 3 DEC G 18 DEC 31 DEC G EX. ALICE SPRINGS AAMRUM - 2018 15 JAN 28 JAN G 12 FEB 25 FEB G 12 MAR 25 MAR G

G = Guaranteed Departure Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $350 Single: $850

14 DAYS FROM

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TOP OPTIONALS ++ Scenic helicopter flight over the 12 Apostles ++ Skydive over Uluru ++ Camel ride at Uluru EX. MELBOURNE AAMRMU START MEET AT 6.30AM IN MELBOURNE FINISH APPROXIMATELY 5PM IN ALICE SPRINGS EX. ALICE SPRINGS AAMRUM START MEET AT 7AM IN ALICE SPRINGS FINISH APPROXIMATELY 7PM IN MELBOURNE

STARTING FROM $ 143 / D AY

DAY 13 KINGS CANYON TO ALICE SPRINGS. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Oz. But that's not even the best part. The sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden makes today bloody bonza (translation: awesome). (B,L)

PHOTO FROM LEFT (CLOCKWISE): GREAT OCEAN ROAD | ALICE SPRINGS | ADELAIDE | COOBER PEDY | ULURU

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DAY 5 ADELAIDE. A free day in Adelaide. You could join the optional day trip to the Barossa Valley or spot wildlife on the optional day to Kangaroo Island. (B) DAY 6 ADELAIDE TO FLINDERS RANGES. On our way to the Clare Valley, we'll stop at the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall. There is a classic Aussie pub awaiting you tonight. (B,D) DAY 7 FLINDERS RANGES. Think mountains, gorges, creeks and rivers. Today, check out Flinders Ranges National Park. (B,L,D) DAY 8 FLINDERS RANGES TO COOBER PEDY. Heat things up in Coober Pedy, where the locals live underground to escape the heat. (B,D) DAY 9 COOBER PEDY TO ALICE SPRINGS. Drive across Moon Plain like a Mad Max, just remember to close the gate on 5,614 kms of dingo fence. (B) DAY 10 ALICE SPRINGS TO ULURU (AYERS ROCK). A guided tour of Uluru awaits this afternoon. Then toast your trip buddies with a glass of bubbles as the sun sets. (B,D)

1 STOP & STAY

DAY STOP

TRIP CODE: AAMRMD/AAMRDM DAY 1 MELBOURNE TO PORT CAMPBELL (GREAT OCEAN ROAD). The Great Ocean Road deserves its name. See why at the 12 Apostles (just don’t worry about the accuracy of the name). (D) DAY 2 PORT CAMPBELL TO GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK. Just the 167,000 hectares of The Grampians to explore today then? Meet the traditional landowners, hear their Dreamtime stories and paint your own story on a boomerang. (B,D)

DAY 3 GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK TO MOUNT GAMBIER. Tonight you’ll sleep in Old Mt. Gambier Gaol. But before that there’s the small matter of seeing the largest waterfall in Victoria – the MacKenzie Falls. (B) DAY 4 MOUNT GAMBIER TO ADELAIDE. See the Blue Lake and Umpherston Sinkhole before heading onto Adelaide. We’ll raise a glass en route at Wynn’s Coonawarra vineyard. (B)

DAY 11 ULURU, KATA-TJUTA NATIONAL PARK (THE OLGAS). If you thought sunset last night was good, just wait until you see sunrise at Uluru. And when you’ve recovered your senses, there’s an optional scenic flight or Harley ride. (B) DAY 12 ULURU TO KINGS CANYON. Visit Kata-Tjuta for the Valley of the Winds, then over to Kings Canyon to sleep in swags under the vast Aussie night sky. (B,D) DAY 13 KINGS CANYON TO ALICE SPRINGS. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal. Get ready to climb. Then find relief in the sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden. (B,L) DAY 14 ALICE SPRINGS. You could just venture amongst the stunning Western MacDonnell Ranges,


DAY 15 ALICE SPRINGS TO DARWIN. Today we’re transferring to Darwin by flight and meeting our Top End Crew in this unique tropical city. (B) DAY 16 DARWIN. You’ve got a day in Darwin to explore before Kakadu tomorrow. (B) DAY 17 DARWIN TO KAKADU. For the next two nights you’ll call Kakadu home. Expect phenomenal wildlife, like-worthy scenery and of course local Indigenous culture. (B,D) DAY 18 KAKADU NATIONAL PARK. Along with gorgeous views over the Nardab floodplain, today has Aboriginal Rock Art and a crocodile cruise on the to-do list. (B) DAY 19 KAKADU NATIONAL PARK TO KATHERINE. Swimmers at the ready, we’re hitting waterfalls and swimming spots today. Tonight, fall in love with the game that is lawn bowls. (B,D) DAY 20 KATHERINE GORGE TO LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK. Katherine Gorge is well known as a superb canoeing spot, so it’d be rude not to take to the water and paddle. (B) DAY 21 LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK TO DARWIN. See waterfalls, pockets of rainforest and beautiful pools before the short hop back to Darwin. This adventure might be winding up. But there’s a whole lotta Oz out there. (B,L) EX. MELBOURNE AAMRMD START MEET AT 6.30AM IN MELBOURNE FINISH APPROXIMATELY 5PM IN DARWIN EX. DARWIN AAMRDM START MEET AT 8AM IN DARWIN FINISH APPROXIMATELY 7PM IN MELBOURNE

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Great Ocean Road Paint your own souvenir boomerang Grampians walks and MacKenzie Falls Make your own blended wine class Flinders Ranges guided walk Opal mine & town tour Sunrise & sunset at Uluru Walks at Kata-Tjuta Guided hike of Kings Canyon West MacDonnell Ranges Kakadu Aboriginal Rock art sites Kakadu River Cruise Arnhemland (seasonal) Katherine Gorge canoeing (boat cruise in wet season) ++ Litchfield National Park Waterfalls

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 20 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 9 dinners (D) ++ 19 nights in hotels, lodges & hostels & 1 night in a swag ++ Entrance fees to national parks ++ Modern air-conditioned coach ++ Awesome Driver/Guide ++ Internal flight as marked on trip map*

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Sunset camel tour ++ Kangaroo sanctuary ++ Kakadu scenic flight

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EX. MELBOURNE AAMRMD - 2017 1 APR 21 APR G 29 APR 19 MAY G 27 MAY 16 JUN G 24 JUN 14 JUL G 22 JUL 11 AUG G SEP 19 AUG 8 G 16 SEP 6 OCT G 14 OCT 3 NOV G 11 NOV 1 DEC G 9 DEC 29 DEC G EX. MELBOURNE AAMRMD - 2018 JAN 26 JAN 6 G FEB 23 FEB 3 G 3 MAR 23 MAR G 31 MAR 20 APR G

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EX. DARWIN AAMRDM - 2017 APR 23 APR G MAY 21 MAY G MAY 18 JUN G JUN 16 JUL G JUL 13 AUG G AUG 10 SEP G SEP 8 OCT G OCT 5 NOV G NOV 3 DEC G DEC 31 DEC G EX. DARWIN AAMRDM - 2018 JAN 28 JAN G FEB 25 FEB G MAR 25 MAR G

G = Guaranteed Departure Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share *Price subject to change within 42 days of departure Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $940 Single: $2070

21 DAYS FROM

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STARTING FROM $ 170 / D AY

but when there’s an option to see them from a hot air balloon at sunrise, why wouldn’t you? (B)

PHOTO FROM LEFT (CLOCKWISE): KINGS CANYON | KAKADU | MT CONNER | KINGS CANYON | GREAT OCEAN ROAD

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20 DAY | B E A C H & B U S H SYDNEY

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ferry bound for the world’s largest sand island: Fraser Island (aka paradise). (B,D)

DAY 6 FRASER ISLAND. Destination: the clear waters of Lake McKenzie. Route: Four-wheel-driving along the 75 Mile Beach. (B,L) DAY 7 FRASER ISLAND TO MYELLA FARM. Try your hand at whip cracking and lassoing as you embrace your inner jackaroo today. (B,D) DAY 8 MYELLA FARM TO EMU PARK. Get your boots dirty on Myella Farm before heading to Emu Park for a traditional Aboriginal experience. (B,L,D) DAY 9 EMU PARK TO THE WHITSUNDAYS (SAILING). Bus be gone. We’re stepping aboard a private yacht to sail the beautiful Whitsunday Passage. Hoist the sails and kick back on deck while your chef prepares dinner. (B,D) DAY 10 DAYDREAM ISLAND (WHITEHAVEN BEACH). Set course for Whitehaven aka the beach that will ruin other beaches for life. Snorkel. Swim. Soak up the sun, then steer the way to Daydream Island. (B,L,D)

1 STOP & STAY

DAY 11 DAYDREAM ISLAND. Daydream Island has walking tracks, palm trees, secluded beaches and a looong list of activities to pick from. Keep busy or kick back. Your choice. (B)

DAY STOP

TRIP CODE: AAGASU/AAGAUS DAY 1 SYDNEY TO CRESCENT HEAD (VIA THE HUNTER VALLEY). Stomping, swilling, and sipping the Hunter Valley’s finest drops is the perfect way to start, no? Then, a bus nap before waking up to a surf camp. Yeah, sucks to be you. (D) DAY 2 CRESCENT HEAD TO BYRON BAY. Regular or goofy? Find your surfing stance with an early morning surf lesson. Then it’s a BBQ lunch and a cruise past the Big Banana. (B,L)

DAY 3 BYRON BAY. Hit the shops and restaurants of Byron, test out those new surfing skills, paddle a sea kayak, try Scuba diving or jump out of a plane. (B) DAY 4 BYRON BAY TO GOLD COAST. See the Natural Bridge rock formation at Springbrook NP. Then swap the national park for the bustling nightlife of Surfers Paradise. (B) DAY 5 GOLD COAST TO FRASER ISLAND. We’ll stop in Brisbane for a walking tour before catching the

DAY 12 DAYDREAM ISLAND TO CAIRNS. Welcome to Cairns: The gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the night markets with us then get in on the nightlife. (B) DAYS 13-14 CAIRNS. Surely it’s time for an optional Great Barrier Reef day trip? You’ve got two whole, free days to make the most of Cairns. Hurl yourself from great heights with a bungy cord, zipline through the Daintree, skydive over the Great Barrier Reef or snorkel, dive and cruise the EAC with sea turtles. (B) (B)


DAY 16 ALICE SPRINGS TO ULURU (AYERS ROCK). After lunch it's off to the breathtaking Uluru for a guided tour, a glass of bubbles and an unforgettable sunset. (B,D) DAY 17 ULURU, KATA-TJUTA NATIONAL PARK (THE OLGAS). What’s more amazing than sunset at Uluru? Sunrise. Follow it with a full base walk. Embrace the Dreamtime with art markets and a cultural dance performance. (B) DAY 18 ULURU TO KINGS CANYON. Get ready for some soul searching as we venture into the heart of sacred Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas). Tonight we sleep under the stars in custom swags. (B,D) DAY 19 KINGS CANYON TO ALICE SPRINGS. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Oz. Get ready for the climb. (B,L) DAY 20 ALICE SPRINGS. Venture amongst the stunning Western MacDonnell Ranges before heading back to Alice Springs. This afternoon the trip comes to an end, but your adventure doesn’t have to. (B) This trip is a combination of the Island Suntanner trip and the Uluru Discovery trip. See p.26 and p.21 for more details. EX SYDNEY AAGASU START MEET AT 7.30AM IN SYDNEY FINISH APPROXIMATELY 5PM IN ALICE SPRINGS EX ALICE SPRINGS AAGAUS START MEET AT 7AM IN ALICE SPRINGS FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN SYDNEY

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands Whitehaven Beach Surf lesson at Topdeck’s surf retreat Full-day Fraser Island 4WD experience including Lake McKenzie Wine tasting and grape stomping in the Hunter Valley Sunrise & sunset at Uluru Valley of the Winds walk at Kata-Tjuta Guided hike of Kings Canyon West MacDonnell Ranges

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 19 breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L), 8 dinners (D) ++ 17 nights in hotels, lodges & cabins, 1 night in a swag, 1 night live-aboard sailing ++ Entrance fees to national parks ++ Modern air-conditioned vehicles ++ Awesome Driver/Guide ++ Internal flight as marked on trip map*

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Dolphin kayaking ++ Great Barrier Reef day trip ++ Scenic flights

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EX. SYDNEY AAGASU- 2017 APR 21 APR G APR 12 MAY G APR 19 MAY G MAY 9 JUN G MAY 16 JUN G JUN JUL 7 G JUN 14 JUL G JUL 4 AUG G JUL 11 AUG G AUG 1 SEP G AUG 8 SEP G SEP 29 SEP G SEP 6 OCT G OCT 27 OCT G OCT 3 NOV G NOV 24 NOV G NOV 1 DEC G DEC 22 DEC G EX. SYDNEY AAGASU- 2018 JAN 26 JAN G JAN 16 FEB G FEB 23 FEB G FEB 16 MAR G MAR 23 MAR G MAR 13 APR G

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EX. ALICE SPRINGS AAGAUS- 2017 3 APR 22 APR G 10 APR 29 APR G 1 MAY 20 MAY G 8 MAY 27 MAY G 29 MAY 17 JUN G JUN 24 JUN 5 G JUN JUL 26 15 G JUL 22 JUL 3 G 24 JUL 12 AUG G 31 JUL 19 AUG G SEP 21 AUG 9 G 28 AUG 16 SEP G 18 SEP 7 OCT G 25 SEP 14 OCT G 16 OCT 4 NOV G 23 OCT 11 NOV G 13 NOV 2 DEC G 20 NOV 9 DEC G 11 DEC 30 DEC G DEC JAN 18 6 G EX. ALICE SPRINGS AAGAUS- 2018 JAN 27 JAN 8 G FEB 15 JAN 3 G FEB 24 FEB 5 G 12 FEB 3 MAR G 5 MAR 24 MAR G 12 MAR 31 MAR G

G = Guaranteed Departure Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share *Price subject to change within 42 days of departure Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $910 Single: $1750

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4170

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STARTING FROM $ 209 / D AY

DAY 15 CAIRNS TO ALICE SPRINGS. Take to the skies heading south west to meet up with your NT crew in Alice Springs. (B)

PHOTO FROM LEFT (CLOCKWISE): MYELLA FARM | WHITSUNDAYS | CRESCENT HEAD | GRAMPIANS NP | ADELAIDE

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DAY 7 FRASER ISLAND TO MYELLA FARM. Not brought your own whip? Worry not. All equipment will be provided as you embrace your inner jackaroo. (B,D) DAY 8 MYELLA FARM TO EMU PARK. Go walkabout on a real Aussie farm, before enjoying a traditional Aboriginal experience at Emu Park. (B,L,D) DAY 9 EMU PARK TO THE WHITSUNDAYS (SAILING). Time to board a private yacht to sail the beautiful Whitsunday Passage. (B,D) DAY 10 DAYDREAM ISLAND (WHITEHAVEN BEACH). Set course for Whitehaven, then steer the way to Daydream Island. (B,L,D) DAY 11 DAYDREAM ISLAND. Daydream Island has walking tracks, palm trees, secluded beaches and more. Keep busy or kick back. Your choice. (B) DAY 12 DAYDREAM ISLAND TO CAIRNS. Welcome to Cairns: the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the night markets with us then get in on the nightlife. (B)

1 STOP & STAY

DAYS 13-14 CAIRNS. Hurl yourself from great heights with a bungy cord, zipline through the Daintree or skydive over the Great Barrier Reef.. (B) (B)

DAY STOP

TRIP CODE: AAGASD/AAGADS DAY 1 SYDNEY TO CRESCENT HEAD (VIA THE HUNTER VALLEY). Get your (grape) stomp on, enjoy a wine tasting, then settle into our surf camp. (D)

DAY 4 BYRON BAY TO GOLD COAST. Take a peek at Natural Bridge before hitting the theme park capital of Australia. (B)

DAY 2 CRESCENT HEAD TO BYRON BAY. Wax on for this morning’s surf lesson and BBQ lunch (great excuse for extra snags). (B,L)

DAY 5 GOLD COAST TO FRASER ISLAND (VIA BRISBANE). It’s a stop in Brisbane, before ferrying to Fraser Island (aka paradise). (B,D)

DAY 3 BYRON BAY. The ‘Welcome to Byron Bay’ sign says it all: “Cheer up. Slow down. Chill out”. You’ve got 24 hours to find inner peace. (B)

DAY 6 FRASER ISLAND. From two legs to four wheels. Drive along the beach highway of 75 Mile Beach and see the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie. (B,L)

DAY 15 CAIRNS TO ALICE SPRINGS. Take to the skies heading South West to meet up with your NT outback crew in Alice Springs. (B) DAY 16 ALICE SPRINGS TO ULURU (AYERS ROCK). After lunch it's off to Uluru to take in that famous rock. Enjoy a guided tour, a glass of bubbles and an unforgettable sunset. (B,D) DAY 17 ULURU, KATA-TJUTA NATIONAL PARK (THE OLGAS). You thought last night’s sunset was cool? Wait for sunrise and a full base walk of this World Heritage site. (B) DAY 18 ULURU TO KINGS CANYON. Immerse yourself in the heart of sacred Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) and desert


TOP OPTIONALS ++ Extra surf Lessons (Byron Bay) ++ Hot Air Ballooning ++ Great Barrier Reef Day Trip

DAY 19 KINGS CANYON TO ALICE SPRINGS. Pack your hiking boots and prepare for a climb with The Kings Canyon Rim walk. (B,L) DAY 20 ALICE SPRINGS. Travel the stunning Western MacDonnell Ranges before heading back to Alice Springs. You’ll earn Outback Adventurer status. (B) DAY 21 ALICE SPRINGS TO DARWIN. Bye Bye Alice, we’re flying to Darwin in search of Crocodile Dundee. (B) DAY 22 DARWIN. A free day in Darwin. What to do? You could chill on Mindil Beach, feast at the food markets or head down to the lively waterfront. (B) DAY 23 DARWIN TO KAKADU. For the next two nights you’ll call the legendary Kakadu home. Expect phenomenal wildlife, Instagram-worthy scenery and of course local Indigenous culture. (B, D) DAY 24 KAKADU NATIONAL PARK. Today is about Aboriginal rock art and a lesson on 20,000 years of culture. Then we’ll go croc spotting on a river cruise. (B) DAY 25 KAKADU NATIONAL PARK TO KATHERINE. Pack your budgie smugglers, we’re hitting waterfalls and swimming spots. Tonight, try your hand at lawn bowls. (B,D) DAY 26 KATHERINE GORGE TO LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK. The world famous Katherine Gorge is well known as a superb canoeing spot, so that’s exactly what we have lined up. (B) DAY 27 LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK TO DARWIN. Our trip ends at the waterfalls and natural pools of Litchfield National Park, before we wave g’bye and embark on the short hop back to Darwin. (B,L)

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands Whitehaven Beach Surf lesson at Topdeck’s surf retreat Fraser Island 4WD tour including Lake McKenzie Sunrise & sunset at Uluru Valley of the Winds walk at Kata-Tjuta Guided hike of Kings Canyon West MacDonnell Ranges Wine tasting and grape stomping in the Hunter Valley

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 26 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 10 dinners (D) ++ 24 nights in hotels, lodges & cabins & 1 night in a swag, 1 night live-aboard sailing ++ Entrance fees to national parks ++ Modern air-conditioned vehicles ++ Awesome Driver/Guide ++ Internal flights as marked on trip map*

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EX. SYDNEY AAGASD - 2017 APR 28 APR G APR 19 MAY G APR 26 MAY G MAY 16 JUN G MAY 23 JUN G JUN 14 JUL G JUN 21 JUL G JUL 11 AUG G JUL 18 AUG G AUG 8 SEP G AUG 15 SEP G SEP 6 OCT G SEP 13 OCT G OCT 3 NOV G OCT 10 NOV G NOV 1 DEC G NOV 8 DEC G DEC 29 DEC G EX. SYDNEY AAGASD - 2018 JAN FEB 2 G JAN 23 FEB G FEB 2 MAR G FEB 23 MAR G MAR 30 MAR G MAR 20 APR G

EX SYDNEY AAGASD START MEET AT 7.30AM IN SYDNEY FINISH APPROXIMATELY 5PM IN DARWIN

G = Guaranteed Departure

EX DARWIN AAGADS START MEET AT 8AM IN DARWIN FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN SYDNEY

27 DAYS FROM

This trip is a combination of the Island Suntanner, Uluru Discovery, and Top End Discovery trips. See p.19, p.20 and p.21 for more details.

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EX. DARWIN AAGADS - 2017 APR 29 APR G APR 20 MAY G MAY 27 MAY G MAY 17 JUN G MAY 24 JUN G JUN 15 JUL G JUN 22 JUL G JUL 12 AUG G JUL 19 AUG G AUG 9 SEP G AUG 16 SEP G SEP 7 OCT G SEP 14 OCT G OCT 4 NOV G OCT 11 NOV G NOV 2 DEC G NOV 9 DEC G DEC 30 DEC G DEC JAN 6 G EX. DARWIN AAGADS - 2018 JAN 27 JAN G JAN FEB 3 G JAN 24 FEB G FEB 3 MAR G FEB 24 MAR G MAR 31 MAR G MAR 21 APR G

Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share *Price subject to change within 42 days of departure Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $1160 Single: $2380

5990

$

AUD PER PERSON

STARTING FROM $ 222 / D AY

plains. Tonight we sleep under the stars in custom swags. (B,D)

PHOTO FROM LEFT (CLOCKWISE): ALICE SPRINGS | GREAT BARRIER REEF | EMU PARK | MYELLA FARM | FRASER ISLAND

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ADVENTURE

29 DAY | U L T I M A T E A U S S I E A D V E N T U R E SYDNEY

MELBOURNE

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5

STATES

START IN SYDNEY OR MELBOURNE

DAY 8 MYELLA FARM TO EMU PARK. Take a selfie as you pass into the Tropic of Capricorn before heading to Emu Park for a traditional Aboriginal experience. (B,L,D) DAY 9 EMU PARK TO THE WHITSUNDAYS (SAILING). Hoist the sails! We’re stepping aboard a private yacht to sail the beautiful Whitsunday Passage. (B,D) DAY 10 DAYDREAM ISLAND (WHITEHAVEN BEACH). Shield your eyes from the blinding white sands of Whitehaven, then set course for Daydream Island. (B,L,D) DAY 11 DAYDREAM ISLAND. You + one full day on a tropical island = Bliss. (B) DAY 12 DAYDREAM ISLAND TO CAIRNS. Welcome to Cairns: the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the night markets with us then get in on the nightlife. (B) DAYS 13-14 CAIRNS. You’ve got two free days to make the most of Cairns. Bungy, zipline or snorkel, dive and cruise the Great Barrier Reef. (B) (B)

1 STOP & STAY

DAY 15 CAIRNS TO ALICE SPRINGS. Take to the skies heading South West to meet up with your NT crew in Alice Springs. (B)

DAY STOP

TRIP CODE: AAUASM/AAUAMS DAY 1 SYDNEY TO CRESCENT HEAD (VIA THE HUNTER VALLEY). Get your (grape) stomp on, enjoy a wine tasting, then settle into our surf camp. (D)

DAY 5 GOLD COAST TO FRASER ISLAND (VIA BRISBANE). Say g’day to Brisbane before we catch a ferry bound for Fraser Island. (B,D)

DAY 2 CRESCENT HEAD TO BYRON BAY. Try a barrel of a different kind with an early morning surf lesson. (B,L)

DAY 6 FRASER ISLAND. Four-wheel-drive along the highway of 75 Mile Beach and make a splash in the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie. Epic. (B,L)

DAY 3 BYRON BAY. The ‘Welcome to Byron Bay’ sign says it all: “Cheer up. Slow down. Chill out.” You’ve got 24 hours to find inner hippy peace. (B) DAY 4 BYRON BAY TO GOLD COAST. Stop in at Springbrook NP before landing in the glitzy GC. (B)

DAY 7 FRASER ISLAND TO MYELLA FARM. Embrace your inner jackaroo and prepare for whip cracking and lassoing at a real Aussie farm. (B,D)

DAY 16 ALICE SPRINGS TO ULURU (AYERS ROCK). It’s Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour, a glass of bubbles and an unforgettable sunset. (B, D) DAY 17 ULURU, KATA-TJUTA NATIONAL PARK (THE OLGAS). What’s more amazing than sunset at Uluru? Sunrise. Plus, a full base walk to follow in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this World Heritage site. (B) DAY 18 ULURU TO KINGS CANYON. Venture into the heart of sacred Kata-Tjuta. Tonight we sleep under the stars in custom swags. (B,D) DAY 19 KINGS CANYON TO ALICE SPRINGS. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Oz. Get ready for the climb. (B,L)


DAY 21 ALICE SPRINGS TO COOBER PEDY. Cross Moon Plain and remember to close the gate on 5,614 kms of dingo fence. (B,D) DAY 22 COOBER PEDY TO FLINDERS RANGES. From Coober Pedy where locals live underground to the mountains of the legendary Flinders Ranges. (B,D) DAY 23 FLINDERS RANGES. Today we explore the mother of outback landscapes: mountains, gorges, creeks and rivers at Flinders Ranges. (B,L) DAY 24 FLINDERS RANGES TO ADELAIDE. We'll stop at the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall before rolling to a classic Aussie pub. (B) DAY 25 ADELAIDE. A free day to explore Radelaide. Hop to Kangaroo Island or take a trip to the Barossa Valley. (B)

DAY 26 ADELAIDE TO MT GAMBIER. We’ll check out the Blue Lake and Umpherston Sinkhole, then a stop at Wynn’s Coonawarra vineyard. (B) DAY 27 MT GAMBIER TO GRAMPIANS. Next up: MacKenzie Falls, the largest waterfall in Victoria and epic sandstone landscapes. (B,D) DAY 28 GRAMPIANS TO PORT CAMPBELL. Meet traditional land owners, paint a boomerang, then see a sunset you’ll want to write home about. (B,D) DAY 29 PORT CAMPBELL TO MELBOURNE. Stop at the 12 Apostles and Bells Beach, before rolling into Melbourne. (B) This trip is a combination of the Island Suntanner trip, and the Down South & Outback trip. See p.26, and p.30 for more details.

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ Full-day Fraser Island 4WD experience including Lake McKenzie ++ Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands ++ Whitehaven Beach ++ Surf lesson at Topdeck’s surf retreat ++ Sunrise & sunset at Uluru ++ Valley of the Winds walk at Kata-Tjuta ++ Paint your own souvenir boomerang ++ Guided hike of Kings Canyon ++ West MacDonnell Ranges ++ 12 Apostles and the Great Ocean Road ++ Grampians National Park ++ Opal Mine & Town tour ++ Wine tasting and grape stomping in the Hunter Valley ++ Wilpena Pound guided walk ++ Wine school and Make Your Own

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 28 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 12 dinners (D) ++ 26 nights in hotels, lodges & cabins, 1 night live-aboard sailing & 1 night in a swag ++ Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver ++ Internal flight as marked on trip map*

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Dolphin kayaking ++ Hot air ballooning ++ Kangaroo Island day trip

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EX. SYDNEY AAUASM - 2017 APR 21 MAY G MAY 18 JUN G JUN 16 JUL G JUL 13 AUG G AUG 10 SEP G SEP 8 OCT G OCT 5 NOV G NOV 3 DEC G DEC 31 DEC G EX. SYDNEY AAUASM - 2018 JAN 25 FEB G FEB 25 MAR G MAR 22 APR G

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EX. MELBOURNE AAUAMS - 2017 1 APR 29 APR G 29 APR 27 MAY G 27 MAY 24 JUN G 24 JUN 22 JUL G 22 JUL 19 AUG G 19 AUG 16 SEP G SEP OCT 16 14 G 14 OCT 11 NOV G 11 NOV 9 DEC G JAN 9 DEC 6 G EX. MELBOURNE AAUAMS - 2018 JAN FEB 6 3 G FEB 3 3 MAR G 3 MAR 31 MAR G 31 MAR 28 APR G

G = Guaranteed Departure Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share *Price subject to change within 42 days of departure Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $1270 Single: $2600

29 DAYS FROM

5270

$

AUD PER PERSON

EX MELBOURNE AAUAMS START MEET AT 6.30AM IN MELBOURNE FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN SYDNEY EX SYDNEY AAUASM START MEET AT 7.30AM IN SYDNEY FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6.30PM IN MELBOURNE

STARTING FROM $ 182 / D AY

DAY 20 ALICE SPRINGS. Venture amongst the stunning Western MacDonnell Ranges. (B)

PHOTO FROM LEFT (CLOCKWISE): FRASER ISLAND | ULURU | WHITSUNDAYS | CAIRNS | SPRINGBROOK NP

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w e N nd a l a Ze SOUTH ISLAND,NEW ZEALAND


NEW ZEALAND

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From the ancient glaciers and fjordscapes in the south to the green, rolling hills on the North Island, New Zealand waves a magic wand at every turn. Get up close with whales and dolphins in Kaikoura, trek around Sauron’s old crib at Mt Doom or throw yourself off just about anything. Adventure starts here.

DAYS | TRIP NAME

PAGE SECTOR

5 DAY | SWEET AS NORTH

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7 DAY | NORTHERN EXPLORER

43

7 DAY | SOUTHERN EXPLORER

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7 DAY | SKI NEW ZEAL AND

45

9 DAY | CIT Y TO CIT Y

46

11 DAY | PURE ADRENALIN

47

16 DAY | KIWI ENCOUNTER

48

18 DAY | GRAND KIWI

50

WHAT ARE SECTORS? Sector trips offer you a great way to choose a departure city, set of experiences, or journey length that best suits you. A Sector trip is part of a larger journey, meaning your new friends might continue on after you leave, or you might be joining a trip already in progress.

ACCOMMODATION HOTELS/MOTELS/LODGES/HOSTELS TRIP LENGTH 5-18 DAYS ROOM T YPES MULTI-SHARE/TWIN/SINGLE


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NEW ZEALAND

5 DAY | S W E E T A S N O R T H AUCKLAND

WELLINGTON

6

MEALS

1

ISLAND VISITED

PHOTO: MT TONGARIRO, TONGARIRO NP, NEW ZEALAND

START IN AUCKLAND OR WELLINGTON

1 STOP & STAY

DAY STOP

TRIP CODE: ANGKRW/ANGKWR S TA R T

FINISH

EX.AUCKLAND ANGKRW - 2017 10 APR 14 APR G 18 APR 22 APR G 30 APR 4 MAY G 13 MAY 17 MAY G 22 MAY 26 MAY G JUN JUN 3 7 G 14 JUN 18 JUN G 25 JUN 29 JUN G JUL 12 JUL 8 G JUL JUL 18 22 G 29 JUL 2 AUG G 11 AUG 15 AUG G 21 AUG 25 AUG G SEP SEP 1 5 G 16 SEP 20 SEP G 25 SEP 29 SEP G 7 OCT 11 OCT G 22 OCT 26 OCT G 26 OCT 30 OCT G 30 OCT 3 NOV G 12 NOV 16 NOV G 26 NOV 30 NOV G 1 DEC 5 DEC G 5 DEC 9 DEC G 18 DEC 22 DEC G EX.AUCKLAND ANGKRW - 2018 JAN 10 JAN 6 G JAN 13 JAN 9 G 22 JAN 26 JAN G FEB 30 JAN 3 G 10 FEB 14 FEB G 14 FEB 18 FEB G 26 FEB 2 MAR G 7 MAR 11 MAR G 18 MAR 22 MAR G 21 MAR 25 MAR G

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FINISH

EX.WELLINGTON ANGKWR - 2017 23 APR 27 APR G 7 MAY 11 MAY G 16 MAY 20 MAY G JUN 28 MAY 1 G JUN 13 JUN 9 G 19 JUN 23 JUN G JUL 30 JUN 4 G 11 JUL 15 JUL G 23 JUL 27 JUL G AUG AUG 5 9 G 15 AUG 19 AUG G 26 AUG 30 AUG G SEP 12 SEP 8 G 17 SEP 21 SEP G 29 SEP 3 OCT G 14 OCT 18 OCT G 18 OCT 22 OCT G 22 OCT 26 OCT G 4 NOV 8 NOV G 18 NOV 22 NOV G 23 NOV 27 NOV G 27 NOV 1 DEC G 10 DEC 14 DEC G 23 DEC 27 DEC G EX.WELLINGTON ANGKWR - 2018 JAN JAN 1 5 G 14 JAN 18 JAN G 22 JAN 26 JAN G FEB FEB 2 6 G FEB 10 FEB 6 G 18 FEB 22 FEB G 27 FEB 3 MAR G 10 MAR 14 MAR G 13 MAR 17 MAR G 26 MAR 30 MAR G

STARTING FROM $ 164 / D AY

G = Guaranteed Departure Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $170 Single: $380

5 DAYS FROM

$

820

AUD PER PERSON

DAY 1 AUCKLAND TO ROTORUA (MARAE STAY). Maori legends and mythology have been passed down for thousands of years. You have one night in this sacred meeting house, so pay attention. After learning the tongue-thrusting Haka dance moves of the All Blacks, and enjoying the finesse of the ladies’ Poi dance, polish off a traditional maori dinner. (D) DAY 2 ROTORUA. Get muddy in the bubbling, sulphursoaked town of Rotorua. If you’re starting to resemble a muddy prune, flush out the mud rafting over the waterfalls, discover the Disneyland of mountain biking, or jump into the real-life landscapes of Tolkien’s dreams on the Hobbiton Shire escape. (B) DAY 3 ROTORUA TO TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK. Geothermal activity gets turned up to 11 with natural hot pools, and if that's not enough, you can jump off a bridge as we pass by the largest lake in New Zealand. (B,D) DAY 4 TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK. With dual cultural and natural heritage status, and often described as the most epic hike in NZ, Tongariro NP is home to two active volcanoes that will hopefully keep a lid on things. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing will quickly top your list of favourites if you don't mind heights and the odd dormant lava chamber (and walks from 20 mins to 8 hours). (B) DAY 5 TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK TO WELLINGTON. From hiking over lava to readjusting to city life, today we hit the nation's capital, Wellington (no, it's not Auckland!). After you conquer the six floors of the Te Papa museum, you'll probably be ready for a big city nightlife hit. With more bars and restaurants per capita than New York and a well-earned spot as the sporting capital of NZ, you can't go wrong with a craft beer and some local rugby action. What better way to bid farewell to your North Island trip mates? (B) This trip is a section of the 18 Day Grand Kiwi trip. See p.50 for more details.

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae Haka & Poi class Huka Falls Lake Taupo Te Papa Museum

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 4 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D) ++ 3 nights in hotels & lodges, 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae ++ Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Hobbiton tour ++ Mountain biking ++ Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike EX. AUCKLAND ANGKRW START MEET AT 1PM IN AUCKLAND FINISH APPROXIMATELY 5.30PM IN WELLINGTON EX. WELLINGTON ANGKWR START MEET AT 8.30AM IN WELLINGTON FINISH APPROXIMATELY 11.30AM IN AUCKLAND


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AUCKLAND

WELLINGTON

9

MEALS

1

NEW ZEALAND

7 DAY | N O R T H E R N E X P L O R E R ISLAND VISITED

PHOTO: REDWOODS, ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND

START IN AUCKLAND OR WELLINGTON

1 STOP & STAY

DAY 2 BAY OF ISLANDS. Grab a kayak and paddle under the Haruru Falls. We’re having fish and chips for dinner so good thing you did all that exercise. (B,D) DAY 3 BAY OF ISLANDS TO ROTORUA (MARAE STAY). Departing Bay of Islands, we’ll make two pit stops: first at the gorgeous Whangarei waterfalls and next to pick up some extra travel pals in Auckland. Tonight, Maori legends and mythology come alive as we bunker down at a traditional Marae homestay. After learning the tongue-thrusting Haka dance moves of the All Blacks and the finesse of the ladies’ Poi dance, you’ll polish off a traditional maori dinner and feel like one of the locals. (B,D) DAY 4 ROTORUA. Muddy yourself in the bubbling, sulphur-soaked town of Rotorua. If you’re starting to resemble a muddy prune, flush out the mud while rafting over the waterfalls. (B) DAY 5 ROTORUA TO TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK. After enjoying the geothermal activity of Rotorua, the brave can jump off a bridge as we pass by the largest lake in New Zealand. (B,D) DAY 6 TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK. Take on what’s often described as the most epic hike in NZ. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing will quickly top your list of favourites (if you don't mind heights and the odd dormant lava chamber). (B) DAY 7 TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK TO WELLINGTON. Wellington has more bars and restaurants per capita than New York and is known for its craft beer. The perfect way to bid your trip mates goodbye after exploring Te Papa Museum’s six levels of awesome. (B) This trip is a section of the 18 Day Grand Kiwi trip. See p.50 for more details.

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Parry Kauri park Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae Haka & Poi class Huka falls Lake Taupo Te Papa Museum

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 6 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D) ++ 5 nights in hotels & lodges & 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae ++ Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Rock The Boat island tour ++ Hobbiton tour ++ Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike EX. AUCKLAND ANGKAW START MEET AT 11.30AM IN AUCKLAND FINISH APPROXIMATELY 5.30PM IN WELLINGTON EX. WELLINGTON ANGKWA START MEET AT 8.30AM IN WELLINGTON FINISH APPROXIMATELY 11.30AM IN AUCKLAND

DAY STOP

TRIP CODE: ANGKAW/ANGKWA S TA R T

FINISH

EX. AUCKLAND ANGKAW - 2017 8 APR 14 APR G 16 APR 22 APR G 28 APR 4 MAY G 11 MAY 17 MAY G 20 MAY 26 MAY G JUN JUN 1 7 G 12 JUN 18 JUN G 23 JUN 29 JUN G JUL 12 JUL 6 G JUL JUL 16 22 G 27 JUL 2 AUG G 9 AUG 15 AUG G 19 AUG 25 AUG G SEP 30 AUG 5 G 14 SEP 20 SEP G 23 SEP 29 SEP G 5 OCT 11 OCT G 20 OCT 26 OCT G 24 OCT 30 OCT G 28 OCT 3 NOV G 10 NOV 16 NOV G 24 NOV 30 NOV G 29 NOV 5 DEC G 3 DEC 9 DEC G 16 DEC 22 DEC G EX. AUCKLAND ANGKAW - 2018 JAN 10 JAN 4 G JAN 13 JAN 7 G 20 JAN 26 JAN G FEB 28 JAN 3 G FEB 14 FEB 8 G FEB FEB 12 18 G 24 FEB 2 MAR G 5 MAR 11 MAR G 16 MAR 22 MAR G 19 MAR 25 MAR G

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EX. WELLINGTON ANGKWA - 2017 23 APR 29 APR G 7 MAY 13 MAY G 16 MAY 22 MAY G JUN 28 MAY 3 G JUN 15 JUN 9 G 19 JUN 25 JUN G JUL 30 JUN 6 G 11 JUL 17 JUL G 23 JUL 29 JUL G AUG AUG 5 11 G 15 AUG 21 AUG G SEP 26 AUG 1 G SEP 14 SEP 8 G 17 SEP 23 SEP G 29 SEP 5 OCT G 14 OCT 20 OCT G 18 OCT 24 OCT G 22 OCT 28 OCT G 4 NOV 10 NOV G 18 NOV 24 NOV G 23 NOV 29 NOV G 27 NOV 3 DEC G 10 DEC 16 DEC G 23 DEC 29 DEC G EX. WELLINGTON ANGKWA - 2018 JAN JAN 1 7 G 14 JAN 20 JAN G 22 JAN 28 JAN G FEB FEB 2 8 G FEB 12 FEB 6 G 18 FEB 24 FEB G FEB MAR 27 5 G 10 MAR 16 MAR G 13 MAR 19 MAR G 26 MAR 1 APR G

G = Guaranteed Departure Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $330 Single: $700

7 DAYS FROM

1230

$

AUD PER PERSON

STARTING FROM $ 176 / D AY

DAY 1 AUCKLAND TO BAY OF ISLANDS. James Cook named our first stop the ‘Bay of Islands’. Well, you know what to expect. Seeing all 144 islands might take a while, so grab the optional ‘Rock the Boat’ island tour.


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7 DAY | S O U T H E R N E X P L O R E R CHRISTCHURCH

10

MEALS

1

ISLAND VISITED

PHOTO: LAKE MATHESON, NEW ZEALAND

CHRISTCHURCH

1 STOP & STAY

DAY STOP

TRIP CODE: ANGKCO S TA R T

FINISH

EX. CHRISTCHURCH ANGKCO - 2017 APR 15 APR G APR 18 APR G APR 22 APR G APR 25 APR G APR 29 APR G APR 2 MAY G APR 3 MAY G MAY 11 MAY G MAY 15 MAY G MAY 23 MAY G MAY 28 MAY G MAY 4 JUN G MAY 6 JUN G JUN 14 JUN G JUN 18 JUN G JUN 25 JUN G JUN 29 JUN G JUN JUL 1 G JUN JUL 6 G JUL JUL 8 G JUL 10 JUL G JUL 15 JUL G JUL 18 JUL G JUL 23 JUL G JUL 31 JUL G JUL 2 AUG G AUG 10 AUG G AUG 13 AUG G AUG 21 AUG G AUG 26 AUG G AUG 3 SEP G AUG 5 SEP G SEP 12 SEP G SEP 16 SEP G SEP 24 SEP G SEP 28 SEP G SEP 1 OCT G SEP 5 OCT G OCT OCT 9 G

9 12 16 19 23 26 27 5 9 17 22 29 31 8 12 19 23 25 30 2 4 9 12 17 25 27 4 7 15 20 28 30 6 10 18 22 25 29 3

S TA R T 4 OCT 7 OCT 11 OCT 16 OCT 24 OCT 31 OCT 4 NOV 7 NOV 8 NOV 12 NOV 16 NOV 21 NOV 29 NOV 5 DEC 10 DEC 12 DEC 14 DEC 21 DEC 27 DEC

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G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G

EX. CHRISTCHURCH ANGKCO - 2018 JAN JAN 9 G JAN 17 JAN G JAN 21 JAN G JAN 24 JAN G JAN 28 JAN G JAN FEB 1 G JAN FEB 6 G feb 13 FEB G FEB 14 FEB G FEB 22 FEB G FEB 25 FEB G FEB 1 MAR G FEB 5 MAR G MAR 8 MAR G MAR 13 MAR G MAR 21 MAR G MAR 22 MAR G MAR 2 APR G MAR 5 APR G MAR 6 APR G

3 11 15 18 22 26 31 7 8 16 19 23 27 2 7 15 16 27 30 31

STARTING FROM $ 186 / D AY

G = Guaranteed Departure Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $330 Single: $560

7 DAYS FROM

$

1300

AUD PER PERSON

DAY 1 CHRISTCHURCH TO FOX GLACIER. The Canterbury Plains make for epic scenery. Stop for whitebait fritters and Pounamu (Jade) pendant shopping. Try to grab a shot of NZ’s two tallest mountain peaks reflected in Lake Matheson. (B,D) DAY 2 FOX GLACIER TO QUEENSTOWN. Hit up NZ's most famous glacier. Strap on some crampons and get an up-close look on an ice walk or heli-hike. Then journey past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea and feel your pulse start to quicken as we roll into Queenstown. (B) DAYS 3-4 QUEENSTOWN. Queenstown has adrenaline on tap. Get your fix with a bungy jump, a narrow canyon swing, Shotover Jet, or paragliding, hiking, horse riding and the skyline gondola. (B,D) (B) DAY 5 QUEENSTOWN TO MILFORD SOUND. Steady yourself for the otherworldly beauty of the Fjords. The Milford Sound comes complete with seals, dolphins and thundering waterfalls. (B) DAY 6 MILFORD SOUND TO LAKE OHAU. Zig-zag a gold-bearing river on a mountain bike ride through A+ scenery. Think: icy clear pools, an 80m suspension bridge, and ending at the site of the world’s first bungy. Will you jump? (B,D) DAY 7 LAKE OHAU TO CHRISTCHURCH (VIA MT COOK VILLAGE). Visit a monument to the faithful sheep dog and watch the ankle biters in action on a Kiwi farm. We wrap things up here but where will you go next? (B,AT) This trip is a section of the 18 Day Grand Kiwi trip. See p.50 for more details.

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Stay in Fox Glacier region Milford Sound nature cruise Lake Matheson Fiordland National Park Kiwi Farm experience in Fairlie Arrow River bike trails

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 6 breakfasts (B), 1 afternoon tea (AT), 3 dinners (D) ++ 5 nights in hotels & lodges & 1 night in hostel ++ Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Helicopter scenic glacier flights ++ Bungy jumping ++ Skydiving START MEET AT 7AM IN CHRISTCHURCH FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6.30PM IN CHRISTCHURCH


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QUEENSTOWN

8

MEALS

1

ISLANDS VISITED

PHOTO: QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND

QUEENSTOWN

NEW ZEALAND

7 DAY | S K I N E W Z E A L A N D

1 STOP & STAY

DAY 2 QUEENSTOWN. Put that 4 day superpass to good use. Head up to Coronet Peak and find your ski legs with a first timer lesson or a refresher course from your last ski. It’s like riding a bike. Ask the crew for the best trails to practice on, then refuel at a mountain cafe for lunch before an afternoon ski sesh. Try out your new tricks or stick to the green slopes – if you look like a giant stick insect with oversized shoes on, never fear, you’ll get the hang of it soon. (B) DAY 3 QUEENSTOWN. Pull out the big guns today. Take the scenic bus drive up to the Remarkables ski area and test out your skills – lessons of all levels are available again to perfect your turns. Check out the Tube Park if you’d like to go from standing to sliding, or organise a soaking at the Onsen Hot Pools to rest those aching muscles. (B) DAY 4 QUEENSTOWN. You should be starting to get some serious muscle tone by now. Head back to the slopes for old favourite trails or day trip it to Milford Sound. Stop at Mirror Lake, Hollyford Valley and drive through the Homer Tunnel on the way back. Spend the afternoon learning about the history and geology of the Fiord. (B) DAY 5 QUEENSTOWN. Today do the optional bungy jump, canyon swinging or jet boating. If you’re all adrenaline-d out, do a horseback ride or winery tour. Change scenery and try the Cardrona Ski Mountain trails. Exchange epic jumps and embarrassing face plant stories over dinner. (B,D) DAY 6 QUEENSTOWN. No visit to Queenstown is complete without a visit to the Ferg Bakery. Head up to the mountain in the afternoon for twilight skiing with DJs and bars for a backdrop. The party life of Queenstown awaits tonight. (B)

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ 4 Day Queenstown Superpass

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ ++ ++ ++

6 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D) 6 nights in a centrally located motel 4 day return ski field transport Topdeck Ski Guide

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Milford Sound day trip ++ Jet boating ++ Bungy jumping START MEET AT 1PM IN QUEENSTOWN FINISH APPROXIMATELY 10.30AM IN QUEENSTOWN

DAY STOP

TRIP CODE: ANGKSK S TA R T

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EX. QUEENSTOWN ANGKSK - 2017 16 JUL 22 JUL G 23 JUL 29 JUL G 30 JUL 5 AUG G 6 AUG 12 AUG G

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G = Guaranteed Departure Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $410 Single: $750

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1395

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DAY 7 QUEENSTOWN. We’re off after breakfast – it's been real as, bro. Same time again next year? (B) Bring your own gear if you have it, however you can hire everything on arrival. Skis, snowboards, helmets and boots, choose lessons if you need them.

STARTING FROM $ 200 / D AY

DAY 1 QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND. An NZ ski trip is always a good idea. Our base for the week is a stone's throw away from all the action of Queenstown, with Lake Wakatipu and the dramatic Southern Alps to keep you company. We’ll get your lift passes and transport cards sorted before a walking tour. Tonight: get to know your snow buddies over dinner at Winnie's. (D)


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PHOTO: TAHUNANUI BEACH, NELSON, NEW ZEALAND

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EX.AUCKLAND ANGKRK - 2017 APR 18 APR G APR 26 APR G APR 8 MAY G MAY 21 MAY G MAY 30 MAY G JUN 11 JUN G JUN 22 JUN G JUN JUL 3 G JUL 16 JUL G JUL 26 JUL G JUL 6 AUG G AUG 19 AUG G AUG 29 AUG G SEP SEP 9 G SEP 24 SEP G SEP 3 OCT G OCT 15 OCT G OCT 30 OCT G OCT 3 NOV G OCT 7 NOV G NOV 20 NOV G NOV 4 DEC G DEC 9 DEC G DEC 13 DEC G DEC 26 DEC G EX.AUCKLAND ANGKRK - 2018 JAN 14 JAN G JAN 17 JAN G JAN 30 JAN G JAN FEB 7 G FEB 18 FEB G FEB 22 FEB G FEB 6 MAR G MAR 15 MAR G MAR 26 MAR G MAR 29 MAR G

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EX.CHRISTCHURCH ANGKKR - 2017 19 APR 27 APR G 3 MAY 11 MAY G 12 MAY 20 MAY G JUN 24 MAY 1 G JUN 13 JUN 5 G 15 JUN 23 JUN G JUL 26 JUN 4 G JUL 15 JUL 7 G 19 JUL 27 JUL G AUG AUG 1 9 G 11 AUG 19 AUG G 22 AUG 30 AUG G SEP 12 SEP 4 G 13 SEP 21 SEP G 25 SEP 3 OCT G 10 OCT 18 OCT G 14 OCT 22 OCT G 18 OCT 26 OCT G 31 OCT 8 NOV G 14 NOV 22 NOV G 19 NOV 27 NOV G 23 NOV 1 DEC G 6 DEC 14 DEC G 19 DEC 27 DEC G JAN 28 DEC 5 G EX.CHRISTCHURCH ANGKKR - 2018 10 JAN 18 JAN G 18 JAN 26 JAN G FEB 29 JAN 6 G FEB 10 FEB 2 G 14 FEB 22 FEB G 23 FEB 3 MAR G 6 MAR 14 MAR G 9 MAR 17 MAR G 22 MAR 30 MAR G

STARTING FROM $ 174 / D AY

G = Guaranteed Departure Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $250 Single: $640

9 DAYS FROM

$

1560

AUD PER PERSON

DAY 1 AUCKLAND TO ROTORUA (MARAE STAY). Today we trek south to the heartbeat of Maori culture in Rotorua, a steamy thermal playground. You’ll stay at a traditional Maori Marae, have a traditional dinner and end the night a Haka expert. (D) DAY 2 ROTORUA. The day is yours to play with. There’s an optional trip to the thermal pools or you could race around on a mountain bike, go white water rafting or try the original OGO Zorb. Hobbit fans, The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour is a must. (B) DAY 3 ROTORUA TO TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK. We’ll detour to the gurgling Mud Pool and the raging Huka Falls before reaching Lake Taupo. And what better way to see the lake than leaping out over it at Taupo Bungy? (It’s optional, so don’t worry if you don’t have a head for heights.) (B,D) DAY 4 TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK. Two active volcanoes, old lava flows, an active vent, emerald lakes and amazing views. The Tongariro Crossing is one of the best full day hikes you can do in NZ. It’s a free day, so you’ve got the time. There are some shorter walks too. (B) DAY 5 TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK TO WELLINGTON. Swap tranquil Tongariro for the ‘4th coolest city’ in the world. We’ll get a great view of the city from the lookout at the top of Mount Victoria. As night falls, get a taster of the craft beer scene. (B) DAY 6 WELLINGTON TO NELSON. We’ll cross the Cook Strait and sail into the blue waters of the Marlborough Sound. Hopping off in Picton and you’ll see why this region has become so famous for its wine (and scenery). (B) DAY 7 NELSON. You could explore Abel Tasman National Park by boat, take to the walking tracks, or you paddle along the shoreline in ocean kayaks. Just bring a camera for today’s optional activities. (B,D) DAY 8 NELSON TO KAIKOURA. Wine still on your mind? Worry not, we’re heading for our secret Marlborough Winery for a wine tasting. Then as we carry on down the coast, we’ll try to spot a New Zealand fur seal or two before entering Kaikoura. (B) DAY 9 KAIKOURA TO CHRISTCHURCH. There’s optional whale watching, dolphin swimming and

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae Haka & Poi dance class Huka falls Lake Taupo Te Papa Museum Marlborough wine tasting Kaikoura peninsula walk Ohau Point seal colony Hanmer Springs

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 8 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D) ++ 7 nights in hotels, motels & lodges & 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae ++ Cook Strait ferry crossing ++ Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Whale watch scenic flight ++ Wild dolphin swim ++ Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike EX. AUCKLAND ANGKRK START MEET AT 1PM IN AUCKLAND FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6.30PM IN CHRISTCHURCH EX. CHRISTCHURCH ANGKKR START MEET AT 8AM IN CHRISTCHURCH FINISH APPROXIMATELY 11.30AM IN AUCKLAND

seal swimming today. Then after a walking tour in Christchurch with your travel buddies, it’s time to say goodbye and wrap up the trip. But there’s plenty more where this came from with Topdeck. (B) This trip is a section of the 18 Day Grand Kiwi trip. See p.50 for more details.


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11 DAY | P U R E A D R E N A L I N ISLANDS VISITED

1 STOP & STAY

DAY 2 NELSON. Choose your own adventure today: throw clay or wield a paintbrush in the creative artist hub. Skydive, kayak, take a horse ride or quad bike to explore the mountains. (B,D) DAY 3 NELSON TO KAIKOURA. Brace yourself for the triple threat of acrobatic sperm whales, orcas and humpbacks on a whale watching tour. (B) DAY 4 KAIKOURA TO CHRISTCHURCH. Make some marine mates and brace yourself for the triple threat of dolphin swimming, seal swimming or whale watching. Fancy a little more altitude? Jump in an incredible whale watching scenic flight. Then on to Christchurch. (B) DAY 5 CHRISTCHURCH TO FOX GLACIER. Roll across the pastoral patchwork quilt that forms the Canterbury Plains and watch 50 shades of green melt into snow-topped peaks. (B,D) DAY 6 FOX GLACIER TO QUEENSTOWN. Captivating deep blue glacial ice will be burnt into your memory after a morning on the Fox Glacier. Take a helicopter to explore the ice caves higher up. (B) DAYS 7-8 QUEENSTOWN. Here’s some basic math: Queenstown has over 220 activities; you have two days. No rush. Prepare for more adventure than you can shake a stick at. (B,D) (B) DAY 9 QUEENSTOWN TO MILFORD SOUND. Today is going to chew through your memory cards with Mirror Lake, Hollyford Valley, Milford Sound, towering rock faces, wildlife and waterfalls. (B) DAY 10 MILFORD SOUND TO LAKE OHAU. It's time to test your nerves at the birthplace of bungy jumping. Think about it during our mountain bike ride through Arrowtown this morning. (B,D)

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Milford Sound nature cruise Marlborough wine tasting Kaikoura Peninsula Ohau Point seal colony Lake Matheson Fiordland National Park Mountain bike ride (13km/2hrs) along Arrow River

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

11 breakfasts (B), 1 afternoon tea (AT), 4 dinners (D) 9 nights in hotel, motels & lodges, 1 night in hostel Cook Strait ferry crossing Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Skydiving ++ Bungy jumping ++ Fox Glacier hikes EX. WELLINGTON ANGKWC START MEET AT 7AM IN WELLINGTON FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6.30PM IN CHRISTCHURCH EX. CHRISTCHURCH ANGKCW START MEET AT 7AM IN CHRISTCHURCH FINISH APPROXIMATELY 5.30PM IN WELLINGTON

DAY 11 LAKE OHAU TO CHRISTCHURCH (VIA MT COOK VILLAGE). A kiwi farm adventure in the middle of sheep country will keep ewe happy. Today we shut the gate on this adventure but you can still let the dogs out in Christchurch. (B,AT) This trip is a section of the 18 Day Grand Kiwi trip. See p.50 for more details.

DAY STOP

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EX. WELLINGTON ANGKWC - 2017 15 APR 25 APR G 23 APR 3 MAY G 5 MAY 15 MAY G 18 MAY 28 MAY G JUN 27 MAY 6 G JUN 18 JUN 8 G 19 JUN 29 JUN G 30 JUN 10 JUL G 13 JUL 23 JUL G 23 JUL 2 AUG G 3 AUG 13 AUG G 16 AUG 26 AUG G SEP 26 AUG 5 G SEP 16 SEP 6 G SEP OCT 21 1 G 30 SEP 10 OCT G 12 OCT 22 OCT G 27 OCT 6 NOV G 31 OCT 10 NOV G 4 NOV 14 NOV G 17 NOV 27 NOV G 1 DEC 11 DEC G 6 DEC 16 DEC G 10 DEC 20 DEC G JAN 23 DEC 2 G EX. WELLINGTON ANGKWC - 2018 11 JAN 21 JAN G 14 JAN 24 JAN G FEB 27 JAN 6 G FEB 14 FEB 4 G 15 FEB 25 FEB G 19 FEB 1 MAR G 3 MAR 13 MAR G 12 MAR 22 MAR G 23 MAR 2 APR G 26 MAR 5 APR G

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EX. CHRISTCHURCH ANGKCW - 2017 12 APR 22 APR G 26 APR 6 MAY G 5 MAY 15 MAY G 17 MAY 27 MAY G JUN 29 MAY 8 G JUN 18 JUN 8 G 19 JUN 29 JUN G 30 JUN 10 JUL G 12 JUL 22 JUL G 25 JUL 4 AUG G 4 AUG 14 AUG G 15 AUG 25 AUG G SEP 28 AUG 7 G SEP 16 SEP 6 G SEP SEP 18 28 G 3 OCT 13 OCT G 7 OCT 17 OCT G 11 OCT 21 OCT G 24 OCT 3 NOV G 7 NOV 17 NOV G 12 NOV 22 NOV G 16 NOV 26 NOV G 29 NOV 9 DEC G 12 DEC 22 DEC G 21 DEC 31 DEC G EX. CHRISTCHURCH ANGKCW - 2018 JAN 13 JAN 3 G 11 JAN 21 JAN G FEB 22 JAN 1 G FEB 26 JAN 5 G FEB 17 FEB 7 G 16 FEB 26 FEB G 27 FEB 9 MAR G 2 MAR 12 MAR G 15 MAR 25 MAR G

G = Guaranteed Departure Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $460 Single: $900

11 DAYS FROM

1990

$

AUD PER PERSON

STARTING FROM $ 181 / D AY

DAY 1 WELLINGTON TO NELSON. Make a grape escape to the South Island and the 700 wineries surrounding the Marlborough Sounds. (B)

PHOTO: KAWARAU BRIDGE, ARROWTOWN, NEW ZEALAND

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16 DAY | K I W I E N C O U N T E R AUCKLAND

START IN AUCKLAND OR CHRISTCHURCH

CHRISTCHURCH

22

MEALS

2

ISLANDS VISITED

DAY 1 AUCKLAND TO ROTORUA (MARAE STAY). Sulphur smells lingering in your nose, Maori legends filling your ears, a feast on your lips and the Haka shaking your bones. It’s all part of the welcome at a traditional marae. (D) DAY 2 ROTORUA. There are 14 lakes around Rotorua and geothermal steam vents everywhere. Relax in the hot springs, have a traditional Miri Miri massage or get more blood rushing and raft, bike or Zorb around this outdoor playground. (B) DAY 3 ROTORUA TO TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK. Bubbling mud is just one of the star attractions on our way out of town. At Spa Park, pick your perfect temperature where the hot spring meets the Waikato River. (B,D) DAY 4 TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK. NZ’s first National Park likes to show off. It’s home to two active volcanoes, a cold mountain spring, lava flows, an active crater, emerald lakes and hot springs. Stretch your legs with walks from 20 mins to 8 hours and once back at the lodge, warm your feet by the fire. (B) DAY 5 TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK TO WELLINGTON. We’ve hit the nation’s capital, Wellington (no, it’s not Auckland!). After you conquer the six floors of Te Papa, you’ll probably be ready for a big city nightlife hit. Festivals, live music and craft beer bars will keep you busy. (B) DAY 6 WELLINGTON TO NELSON. Make a grape escape to the South Island and the 700 wineries surrounding the Marlborough Sounds. With postcard-perfect vistas and 35,000 hectares under vines she’s a slice of heaven, yeah, she’s a slice of heaven, yeah. (B)

1 STOP & STAY

DAY STOP

TRIP CODE: ANGKAC/ANGKCA

DAY 7 NELSON. Choose your own adventure today: throw clay or wield a paintbrush in the creative artist hub. Skydive, kayak, take a horse ride or quad bike

to explore the mountains, forests and water. Or go treasure hunting in Nelson’s galleries. (B,D) DAY 8 NELSON TO KAIKOURA. Brace yourself for the triple threat of acrobatic sperm whales, orcas and humpbacks on a whale watching tour and melt over the cuteness of fur seals under the falls. Congratulations, you made it. Welcome to the crusader heartland. (B) DAY 9 KAIKOURA TO CHRISTCHURCH. Make some marine mates and brace yourself for the triple threat of dolphin swimming, seal swimming or whale watching. Fancy a little more altitude? Jump in an incredible whale watching scenic flight. Then on to Christchurch. (B) DAY 10 CHRISTCHURCH TO FOX GLACIER. Through the patchwork Canterbury Plains, Arthur passed this way in 1864 and mapped one of only three routes over the southern Alps to the wild west coast – a place as rugged and captivating as Russell Crowe. #kiwinotaussie (B,D) DAY 11 FOX GLACIER TO QUEENSTOWN. Captivating deep blue glacial ice will be burnt into your memory after a morning on the Fox Glacier. Take a helicopter to explore the ice caves higher up. (B) DAYS 12-13 QUEENSTOWN. Forget personal grooming for the next two whole days. There simply isn’t enough time to bungy jump, jet boat, canyon swing, horseback ride, ski, dirt bike, white water sledge, 4wd, paraglide, and hike to even think about brushing your teeth. (B,D) (B) DAY 14 QUEENSTOWN TO MILFORD SOUND. Today is going to chew through your memory cards with Mirror Lake, Hollyford Valley, Milford Sound, towering rock faces, wildlife and waterfalls. (B) DAY 15 MILFORD SOUND TO LAKE OHAU. Recharge your batteries with venison burgers and a central


DAY 16 LAKE OHAU TO CHRISTCHURCH (VIA MT COOK VILLAGE). A kiwi farm adventure in the middle of sheep country will keep ewe happy. Today we shut the gate on this adventure but you can still let the dogs out in Christchurch. (B,AT) This trip is a section of the 18 Day Grand Kiwi trip. See p.50 for more details.

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Milford Sound nature cruise Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae Haka & Poi class Huka Falls Lake Taupo Te Papa Museum Marlborough wine tasting Kaikoura Peninsula Ohau Point Seal colony Lake Matheson Fiordland National Park

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 15 breakfasts (B), 1 afternoon tea (AT), 6 dinners (D) ++ 13 nights in hotels, motels & lodges, 1 night in a hostel & 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae ++ Cook Strait ferry crossing ++ Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Sea kayaking ++ Skydiving ++ Whitewater rafting EX. AUCKLAND ANGKAC START MEET AT 1PM IN AUCKLAND FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6.30PM IN CHRISTCHURCH EX. CHRISTCHURCH ANGKCA START MEET AT 7AM IN CHRISTCHURCH FINISH APPROXIMATELY 11.30AM IN AUCKLAND

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EX.AUCKLAND ANGKAC - 2017 APR 25 APR G APR 3 MAY G APR 15 MAY G MAY 28 MAY G MAY 6 JUN G JUN 18 JUN G JUN 29 JUN G JUN 10 JUL G JUL 23 JUL G JUL 2 AUG G JUL 13 AUG G AUG 26 AUG G AUG 5 SEP G SEP 16 SEP G SEP 1 OCT G SEP 10 OCT G OCT 22 OCT G OCT 6 NOV G OCT 10 NOV G OCT 14 NOV G NOV 27 NOV G NOV 11 DEC G DEC 16 DEC G DEC 20 DEC G DEC JAN 2 G EX.AUCKLAND ANGKAC - 2018 JAN 21 JAN G JAN 24 JAN G JAN FEB 6 G JAN 14 FEB G FEB 25 FEB G FEB 1 MAR G FEB 13 MAR G MAR 22 MAR G MAR 2 APR G MAR 5 APR G

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EX.CHRISTCHURCH ANGKCA - 2017 12 APR 27 APR G 26 APR 11 MAY G 5 MAY 20 MAY G JUN 17 MAY 1 G 29 MAY 13 JUN G JUN 23 JUN 8 G JUL 19 JUN 4 G 30 JUN 15 JUL G 12 JUL 27 JUL G 25 JUL 9 AUG G AUG AUG 4 19 G 15 AUG 30 AUG G 28 AUG 12 SEP G SEP 21 SEP 6 G 18 SEP 3 OCT G 3 OCT 18 OCT G 7 OCT 22 OCT G 11 OCT 26 OCT G 24 OCT 8 NOV G 7 NOV 22 NOV G 12 NOV 27 NOV G 16 NOV 1 DEC G 29 NOV 14 DEC G 12 DEC 27 DEC G JAN 21 DEC 5 G EX.CHRISTCHURCH ANGKCA - 2018 JAN 18 JAN 3 G 11 JAN 26 JAN G FEB 22 JAN 6 G 26 JAN 10 FEB G FEB 22 FEB 7 G 16 FEB 3 MAR G FEB MAR 27 14 G 2 MAR 17 MAR G 15 MAR 30 MAR G

G = Guaranteed Departure Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $620 Single: $1270

16 DAYS FROM

2910

$

AUD PER PERSON

STARTING FROM $ 182 / D AY

Otago pinot noir in Arrowtown, then take on a zigzagging mountain bike ride along the Arrow River. Once you’ve successfully conquered the original bungy bridge, cool your heels and practice your stoneskimming skills in Lake Ohau. (B,D)

PHOTO FROM LEFT (CLOCKWISE): KAIKOURA | ROTORUA | NELSON | QUEENSTOWN | KAIKOURA

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18 DAY | G R A N D K I W I AUCKLAND

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25

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ISLANDS VISITED

OPTIONAL

ROCK THE BOAT ISLAND TOUR

Grab the optional 'Rock the Boat' island tour for 24 solid hours cruising and snorkelling the archipelago. Instagram your first Pacific sunset then get your mind blown by the southern night sky. You could get used to this.

START IN AUCKLAND OR CHRISTCHURCH

DAY 1 AUCKLAND TO PAIHIA, BAY OF ISLANDS. Step into a Jurassic park adventure 130 million years in the making. Become a tree hugging hippie as you wrap your arms around NZ’s botanical elder, the Kauri tree. Rock the boat on an optional overnight houseboat trip. DAY 2 PAIHIA, BAY OF ISLANDS. The Bay of Islands is big on numbers: 144 islands, 90 miles of beach in one stretch, and 100-metre high Te Paki sand dunes ready for some serious sandboarding action. (B,D) DAY 3 BAY OF ISLANDS TO ROTORUA (MARAE STAY). We’ll make a pit stop to walk to the Whangarei falls, then learn the tongue-thrusting Haka and polish off a traditional maori dinner. (B,D) DAY 4 ROTORUA. Mud, Middle Earth and massages are the order of the day in the bubbling, gurgling and sulphur-soaked town of Rotorua. (B) DAY 5 ROTORUA TO TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK. Next up: Lake Taupo and a chance for a Bungy over the river, some natural hot pools, before heading to the hills of Tongariro National Park. (B,D) DAY 6 TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK. Lace up your boots and get ready to tramp the lunar landscape of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing – home to two active volcanoes – or save your feet and take to wheels or skis. (B) DAY 7 TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK TO WELLINGTON. From hiking over lava to readjusting to city life, today we thaw out in Wellington. (B)

1 STOP & STAY

DAY STOP

TRIP CODE: ANGKBC/ANGKCB

DAY 8 WELLINGTON TO NELSON. Ferry into the arms of the world’s best Sauv Blanc on the banks of the Marlborough Sounds and enjoy a private tasting in a family-owned vineyard. (B) DAY 9 NELSON. Dense forest, snow capped mountains and the epic Abel Tasman National Park. Kayak with

seals, go horse riding or jump out of a plane. You’ve got the whole day to explore. (B,D) DAY 10 NELSON TO KAIKOURA. More wine you say? Okay. Today we’ll stop at our secret Marlborough Winery for some famous NZ wine tastings. Then it’s down the coast to spy New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point. (B) DAY 11 KAIKOURA TO CHRISTCHURCH. Make some marine mates and brace yourself for the triple threat of dolphin swimming, seal swimming or whale watching. Then on to Christchurch. (B) DAY 12 CHRISTCHURCH TO FOX GLACIER. The Canterbury Plains make for epic scenery. Stop for whitebait fritters and Pounamu (Jade) pendant shopping. Try to grab a shot of NZ’s two tallest mountain peaks reflected in Lake Matheson. (B,D) DAY 13 FOX GLACIER TO QUEENSTOWN. Hit up NZ's most famous glacier. Strap on some crampons and get an up-close look on an ice walk or heli-hike. Then journey past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea and feel your pulse start to quicken as we roll into Queenstown. (B) DAYS 14-15 QUEENSTOWN. Queenstown has adrenaline on tap. Get your fix with a bungy jump, a narrow canyon swing, Shotover Jet, or paragliding, hiking, horse riding and the skyline gondola. (B,D) (B) DAY 16 QUEENSTOWN TO MILFORD SOUND. Steady yourself for the otherworldly beauty of the Fjords. The Milford Sound comes complete with seals, dolphins and thundering waterfalls. (B) DAY 17 MILFORD SOUND TO LAKE OHAU. Zig-zag a gold-bearing river on a mountain bike ride through A+ scenery. Think: icy clear pools, an 80m suspension bridge, and ending at the site of the world’s first bungy. Will you jump? (B,D)


ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae Kapa Haka performance Traditional Kiwi lamb roast dinner with pavlova Tongariro National Park & Lake Taupo Wine tasting in Marlborough Kaikoura Peninsula & marine life Stay in Fox Glacier region Milford Sound experience Arrow River bike trails Kiwi Farm experience in Fairlie

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 17 breakfasts (B), 1 afternoon tea (AT), 7 dinners (D) ++ 15 nights in hotels, motels & lodges, 1 night in a hostel & 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae ++ Cook Strait ferry crossing ++ Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Rock The Boat island tour ++ Hobbiton tour ++ Dolphin swimming EX. AUCKLAND ANGKBC START MEET AT 11.30AM IN AUCKLAND FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6.30PM IN CHRISTCHURCH EX. CHRISTCHURCH ANGKCB START MEET AT 7AM IN CHRISTCHURCH FINISH APPROXIMATELY 11.30AM IN AUCKLAND

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EX.AUCKLAND ANGKBC - 2017 APR 25 APR G APR 3 MAY G APR 15 MAY G MAY 28 MAY G MAY 6 JUN G JUN 18 JUN G JUN 29 JUN G JUN 10 JUL G JUL 23 JUL G JUL 2 AUG G JUL 13 AUG G AUG 26 AUG G AUG 5 SEP G AUG 16 SEP G SEP 1 OCT G SEP 10 OCT G OCT 22 OCT G OCT 6 NOV G OCT 10 NOV G OCT 14 NOV G NOV 27 NOV G NOV 11 DEC G NOV 16 DEC G DEC 20 DEC G DEC JAN 2 G EX.AUCKLAND ANGKBC - 2018 JAN 21 JAN G JAN 24 JAN G JAN FEB 6 G JAN 14 FEB G FEB 25 FEB G FEB 1 MAR G FEB 13 MAR G MAR 22 MAR G MAR 2 APR G MAR 5 APR G

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EX.CHRISTCHURCH ANGKCB - 2017 12 APR 29 APR G 26 APR 13 MAY G 5 MAY 22 MAY G JUN 17 MAY 3 G 29 MAY 15 JUN G JUN 25 JUN 8 G JUL 19 JUN 6 G 30 JUN 17 JUL G 12 JUL 29 JUL G 25 JUL 11 AUG G AUG AUG 4 21 G SEP 15 AUG 1 G 28 AUG 14 SEP G SEP 23 SEP 6 G 18 SEP 5 OCT G 3 OCT 20 OCT G 7 OCT 24 OCT G 11 OCT 28 OCT G 24 OCT 10 NOV G 7 NOV 24 NOV G 12 NOV 29 NOV G 16 NOV 3 DEC G 29 NOV 16 DEC G 12 DEC 29 DEC G JAN 21 DEC 7 G EX.CHRISTCHURCH ANGKCB - 2018 JAN 20 JAN 3 G 11 JAN 28 JAN G FEB 22 JAN 8 G 26 JAN 12 FEB G FEB 24 FEB 7 G 16 FEB 5 MAR G FEB MAR 27 16 G 2 MAR 19 MAR G 15 MAR 1 APR G

G = Guaranteed Departure Price based on AUD Per Person multi-share Supplements from an extra - Twin/Double: $780 Single: $1600

18 DAYS FROM

3170

$

AUD PER PERSON

STARTING FROM $ 177 / D AY

DAY 18 LAKE OHAU TO CHRISTCHURCH (VIA MT COOK VILLAGE). Visit a monument to the faithful sheep dog and watch the ankle biters in action on a Kiwi farm. We wrap things up here but where will you go next? (B,AT)

PHOTO FROM LEFT (CLOCKWISE): FOX GLACIER | FAIRLIE | QUEENSTOWN | KAIKOURA | QUEENSTOWN

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The RDV can only be combined with 1 other discount, either a standard Early Bird deal or standard brochure discount applicable at time of booking. Rolling deposit vouchers cannot be requested or redeemed against African Safari trips.

All extended trips in this brochure are operated by Top Deck. Your contract will be with Top Deck as the Operator. All Topdeck trips are sold subject to the following conditions (“these Conditions”). 1. (a) Please note that our trips are designed for young people between the ages of 18 to 39 years. We may in special circumstances approve persons outside this range. If You are 17 years of age and wish to book on one of our trips, please contact us before making a booking as we will require the written consent of your parent or guardian. We reserve the sole right to decline a booking request from You should we think our trips are not suited to You. (b) A contract between You and us will exist as soon as we issue an invoice in response to your request for a booking and the deposit has been paid to your travel agent or us. BOOKING YOUR TRIP 2. Bookings can be made either through your local travel agent or with us direct and must be secured with a deposit of $200 per person paid at the time of booking. This deposit is non-refundable unless we cancel your trip. If You are making a booking within 42 days of departure, then full payment is required PROVIDED HOWEVER that if the trip comprises a special offer we may require full payment including any pre and post accommodation and sundry service charges to be paid at the time specified in the offer. All Discounts apply to the Trip price only and do not apply to any included flights, pre & post accommodation or transfers. Only two discounts can be combined to a maximum of 15%. For Friends and Discounts, all passengers must be booked on the same trip at the same time. For multi trip discounts all trips must be booked at the same time. All discounts are subject to availability. Early Bird Deals are valid strictly for trips listed in the new 2017/18 Australia + New Zealand brochure departing 1 April 2017 onwards. Must book & pay in full by 31 Jan 2017 to qualify for the 10% discount OR pay in full by March 31 2017 to qualify for the 7.5% discount. Early Bird discounts can be combined with one standard brochure discount up to the maximum discount of 15% if applicable (excluding Early Payment Discount). The discount does not apply to pre/post accommodation or ancillary services such as flights. Subject to availability. Promo code TANZ17EB10% or TANZ17EB7.5% must be mentioned at time of booking. Normal cancellation conditions apply. Passengers must be aged 18-39 at time of travel. Topdeck reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time. For full terms and conditions of all discounts please visit www.topdeck.travel.Open dated passes must be paid in full at the time of booking. Your booking is taken to be confirmed, and accepted when we issue an invoice. If your booking is made through a travel agent, we will address all correspondence to that travel agent. All monies paid by You to the travel agent will be held by them on behalf of Topdeck. If You arrange your trip direct with us, all correspondence and communications will be sent to your address in our booking file unless You specify otherwise. Balance of all payments is required at least 42 days prior to your trip departure date. If You do not pay within this period we may deem your booking cancelled and your deposit forfeited. 3. Alterations or cancellations by You after your booking has been accepted will be effected subject to the provisions of clauses 5, 6 and 7 of these Conditions. 4. Prices quoted in our brochures are calculated on costs and exchange rates at 28 July 2016. These prices may increase or decrease and we reserve the sole right to alter prices and other particulars contained in our brochures and on our website. Price changes in trips featured in subsequent brochure versions will supersede the prices in this brochure. (The version date is indicated on the back cover of this brochure). Before You make a booking we will provide You with details of the current price of your chosen trip. This will also be displayed on the website. Once You have accepted this price and your booking has been confirmed in accordance with clause 2 that price will remain fixed and will not be subject to surcharges. 5. You must clearly state all your requirements at the time of booking. Please note that any dietary requirements will be a request only. We cannot guarantee special dietary requirements nor will we assume any responsibility or liability if your special requirements cannot be fulfilled. If You want to change any aspect of your booking including but not limited to a change to a trip of shorter duration or different departure date You must notify us as soon as possible in writing. We will do our best to accommodate your requested changes but You will be required to pay an amendment fee of $60 per person per change. If a request is made less than 42 days before departure, normal cancellation fees will apply in accordance with clause 7 unless the transfer or change is to an earlier departure of the same trip. In the event of a request for a change to be made a new invoice will be issued by Topdeck and cancellation charges/amendment fees will be shown. All amendment fees are payable within 7 days of the issue of a new invoice or on the date of departure, whichever is the sooner. 6. If You are prevented from traveling as a result of illness, the death of an immediate family member, jury service, or other reason beyond your control which we consider significant, we will agree to your booking being transferred to another person who satisfies all the conditions applicable to the trip, subject to You and the other person accepting liability for full payment of the trip cost and any additional costs arising from the transfer PROVIDED THAT we must be given at least 21 days written notice of the proposed change. CANCELLATION BY YOU 7. Cancellation of a booking by You must be made in writing. We will not regard a booking as cancelled unless and until written notice is received by us. On cancellation the following charges will apply: Days before Departure

% of trip cost forfeited

Pre/post accomm

Over 42 days

Deposit

Nil

42-29 days

40%

40%

28-14 days

60%

60%

13-7 days

80%

100%

6-3 days

90%

100%

2-0 days

100%

100%

Cancellation of Open Dated Passes before booking a departure date incur a $400 cancellation charge. Once your chosen departure date is booked all booking conditions apply including cancellation charges as listed above. FLIGHTS Cancellation charges for the flight segment of any flight included as part of your Topdeck Trip featured in this brochure: Up to 42 days before trip departure: Included in trip deposit loss. Less than 42 days: $60 plus any airline charges, which could be up to the full value of the ticket. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS Should we book any flights on your behalf, which are not included as part of the trip package, they will be subject to the conditions of the respective airline - this includes but is not limited to deposit/full payment and amendment/cancellation conditions. Topdeck will charge a $60 per person administration fee for any amendments, cancellations or reissue of tickets in addition to any airline fees. ROLLING DEPOSIT VOUCHER Any cancellation within 6 weeks which incurs more than deposit charge is not applicable to this offer. The Rolling Deposit Voucher (RDV) may only be used as a deposit on one future Topdeck trip 4 days of length or more. Only one Rolling Deposit may be applied per trip. The RDV has no expiry date, but the passenger must be aged between 18 to 39 years to travel as per these terms and conditions. The RDV will equate to the initial deposit amount paid. If redeeming against a trip with a lower deposit amount, the remainder of the voucher will be forfeited. If redeeming against a trip with a higher deposit amount the balance will be payable at time of booking. The RDV has no cash value and cannot be

CANCELLATION OR MODIFICATION BY US 8. Every effort will be made to operate all trips as advertised but it must be remembered that our trips are planned up to eighteen months in advance. We therefore reserve the sole right, at our discretion, to modify or cancel any trip, accommodation or arrangement at any time. We will notify You as soon as possible of any changes and they will form part of our contract with You. In the case of any material modification or cancellation, we will, if possible, provide You with three alternatives: (1) a trip of an equivalent or closely similar standard and price, if available; (2) a trip of a lower standard together with a refund of the difference in price; or (3) cancellation with a full refund of all monies paid. 9. A material modification is one which has a serious effect on your trip and includes a change of departure date, departure point or airport, or change of departure time of more than twelve hours, which would cause substantial inconvenience to You. We do not consider a change of accommodation, or transport style a material change. 10. We will endeavor not to materially modify or cancel the trip within 42 days of the date of the scheduled departure unless compelled to do so because of circumstances beyond our reasonable control. If a material modification or cancellation is made by us within six weeks of the scheduled departure date for reasons other than Force Majeure in accordance with clause 18 You will receive compensation as stated in the scale below. Period before scheduled departure date that we notify You or your travel agent together with the compensation offered. Over 42 days nil 42-29 days

$50

28-14 days

$75

13-7 days

$100

6-0 days

$200

11. Topdeck may require a minimum number of participants for certain trips and in the event that there are insufficient bookings recorded by not later than 42 days before the scheduled departure date we will be entitled to cancel the scheduled trip, whereupon all monies paid by You for your Topdeck trip shall be refunded but no further compensation will be paid and You and Topdeck hereby agree to mutually release each other from any further obligations which would have been enforceable had the trip not been cancelled. 12. We reserve the right to alter or substitute the type or size of vehicle, or style of transport mentioned in the brochure, depending on the number of passengers carried, which can vary from trip to trip. Normally the maximum group size is 36 passengers. Please also note there are strict laws governing Driver’s driving hours and this may necessitate utilizing public transport in some cities. OUR LIABILITY TO YOU 13. Save where the provisions of Force Majeure apply, in the event that the trip does not reasonably comply with the description in the brochure, Topdeck may compensate You to a maximum value equal to the price of the trip but excluding insurance premiums and amendment fees AND Topdeck will only be liable to pay the maximum amount of compensation where there has been a total failure of consideration for your payment. Topdeck will not be liable where any failure in the performance or provision of Your trip is due to: (a) Your acts or omissions or the acts or omissions of another member in Your group (b) any third party (c) unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised or (d) an event which we or a travel service provider, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall (including but not limited to Force Majeure and unavoidable technical problems with transport and similar events). If You are killed, injured or become ill during or as a result of, carriage by ship, train or coach forming part of the trip in circumstances where such death, injury or illness is not caused by or contributed to by You our liability to pay damages and/or the amount of compensation we will be liable to pay is limited in accordance with the liability of a carrier under any international Convention applicable to such events, including, but not limited to: • In respect of carriage by sea,the Athens Convention; • In respect of the provision of accommodation, the Paris Convention; • In respect of carriage by rail, the Berne Convention; and, * In respect of carriage by road, the Geneva Convention. The terms of these Conventions are incorporated into and form part of our contract with You. You should know that the carrier will rely upon its ‘conditions of carriage’ which may limit or remove the carrier’s liability to You and limit compensation under any international Conventions. Our liability will also, in all cases, be limited in accordance with relevant carrier conditions of carriage. Our obligation to You is to (and You expressly authorise us to) make trip bookings on Your behalf with reasonable skill and care and to arrange a contract between You and the relevant operator. We exercise care in the selection of reputable operators but we have no control over, or liability for, the services provided by third parties. All bookings are made on Your behalf subject to the terms and conditions, including conditions of carriage and limitations of liability, imposed by the relevant operator. Your legal rights in connection with such trips are against the specific operator and are not against us, except to the extent a problem is caused by fault on our part. In the event that Topdeck (or its insurers) make any payment to You for death, personal injury or illness, You must give us or our insurers all and any rights You may have to take action against the party responsible for causing the death, personal injury or illness and You must co-operate fully with us in seeking recovery of any payment we may make from such party. 14. Your booking is accepted on the condition that You understand, and take responsibility for, the risks inherent in adventure travel. Every effort will be made to operate all trips featured in this brochure but because of the number of countries visited on trips there may be a necessity to vary the itinerary from that stated in the brochure, and delays may occur for a variety of reasons beyond our control. The need for a flexible attitude to this type of travel is stressed in our publication. The final decision on the itinerary and the content of the trip will be taken by the Trip Leader, as appointed by us in the interest of the group as a whole. Please note that due to Public holidays some sights or activities may not be available on a particular trip. 15. No refund will be made for services made available by Topdeck but which for whatever reason are not used by You once the trip has departed. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS 16. Topdeck and/or its associated staff partners and suppliers makes no warranties or representations in relation to implied or explicit suggestion and/or recommendation for services, activities and events not highlighted as included in the related trip(s). Information not explicitly noted as included is provided 'as is' and intended to be general in nature so may not be suitable for your particular needs. It is essential that you ensure that any/all risk associated with getting to/from, the participation in or visitation of any area, activity, event or venue is in-line with your expectations and suitably covered under your travel insurance 17. During Your trip You will be offered the chance to purchase various optional excursions and activities. Topdeck does not own, operate or control any of the companies or individuals which provide the optional activities or excursions. Some of the optional activities and excursions, such as canyoning are inherently risky. If You want to take part in such optional activities or excursions You must be fit enough to do so and must follow all reasonable instructions. The standards of health and safety which will be adopted by the company or the individual providing the optional activity or excursion will be those of the country where the optional activity or excursion takes place. Please note that these standards may not be the same as You would find in Your home country. If You wish to book any optional excursion or activity, You may do so subject to the operator’s terms and conditions. Your contract will be with the operator of the activity or excursion and will be governed by local law. Topdeck acts only as their agent. Topdeck’s Trip Leader will have further details and additional information can be found on our website. Topdeck accepts no liability for any act or omission of any operator or operator’s employees, agents or sub-contractors. EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY – FORCE MAJEURE

18. We do not accept liability for any loss, damage or expense resulting from war or terrorist activities threatened or actual, civil unrest, industrial action threatened or actual, weather conditions, fire, flood, drought, closures, unforeseen alterations to public transport schedules, rescheduling of aircraft or boats, epidemic or outbreaks of illness or any other event outside our control which either delays or extends or reduces the trip, or compels a change in the trip arrangements after departure (“Force Majeure”). CONTRAVENTION OF LAW 19.We will not be responsible for any loss or damage sustained by You as a result of a contravention of any law or regulation of any of the countries visited while on the trip. HEALTH AND MEDICAL CONDITIONS 20. If You have a medical condition or disability which may affect your trip, we ask that You inform us in writing at the time of booking the trip of any special arrangements required by You so that we are able to advise as to the suitability of those arrangements. If we reasonably feel we are unable to satisfactorily accommodate your particular needs, we reserve the right to decline the booking or ask for You to be accompanied by a person who is able to provide full assistance to You throughout your trip. YOUR LIABILITY TO US 21. You will not be permitted to embark or continue on the trip if your mental or physical condition is, in the reasonable opinion of any representative of Topdeck, such as to render You incapable of caring for yourself, or whereby You become objectionable to other passengers, or You become a hazard to yourself or other passengers. We will not be responsible for expenses resulting in You being precluded from completing the trip for any reason, nor will we refund You any part of your trip cost. In all cases we will notify You of the reasons why we have taken this action. We will have no obligation to arrange for your return to the point of the trip departure where your condition manifests itself after the trip departure. Further, if the trip involves travel by air, the captain of your aircraft can refuse to allow You to fly on the aircraft if he believes that You could be dangerous or disruptive to other passengers on the flight. TRAVEL DOCUMENTS 22. Please ensure You carefully read your invoice, tickets and all other documents we send to You as soon as You receive them, and contact your travel agent, or us immediately if any information appears to be incorrect. We will not accept any liability if You fail to notify us of any inaccuracy in any document within 14 days of us sending them to You or your agent. While we will do our best to rectify any changes made outside this time, it is your responsibility to meet any additional costs which may be involved, except in the case of an error made by Topdeck and where there is reasonable justification for You not contacting us within the specified time. You are responsible for ensuring that all necessary travel documents including, but not limited to, passports, visas and vaccination certificates are valid and subsisting. We strongly recommend that You verify current documentation requirements and all other relevant protocols and procedures associated with your trip with your travel agent or us. Please note requirements change and you must check with your Consulate for the most up to date information, including but not limited to Visa requirements for the countries visited on your Trip. Passports must have an expiry date of at least six months after completion of the trip. INSURANCE 23. We recommend You take out comprehensive travel insurance before You travel on your trip. Your insurance protection should include cover for cancellation, medical and repatriation expenses, personal injury and accident, death and loss of personal baggage and money and personal liability insurance. Evidence of such insurances should be produced to Topdeck on request and normally on day one of your trip. Insurance cover offered by credit card companies or reciprocal medical cover agreements are often not comprehensive. 24. You hereby indemnify us against all third-party actions taken against us for loss or damage caused by You or arising from your participation on the trip. 25. In the event of You making a claim against Topdeck arising out of the trip, You hereby assign to us, any rights to take action against any third party supplier or any other person or party that Topdeck reasonably considers to be a party to the action and to co-operate fully with Topdeck should Topdeck or its insurers wish to enforce those rights which have been assigned to Topdeck. 26. In the event that You make a claim against us which is covered by your insurance policy, You agree to pursue the claim through your insurer either in addition to, or in substitution for, your claim against us (if any). We agree to indemnify You in respect of reasonable expenses incurred in successfully pursuing such a claim and acknowledge that any settlement made by the insurer shall not prejudice your rights against us. 27. In the event of You not making a claim before 5 working days of the maximum length of time permitted by your policy, You must assign, by letter sent by courier delivery to Topdeck not less than 5 working days prior to the said specified time, the benefit of the policy and give immediate notice of such an assignment to your insurer. COMPLAINTS 38. In the event of any dissatisfaction with the accommodation or any other service provided by Topdeck, You must report it immediately to the Trip Leader so that action can be taken to remedy the problem. Failure to notify the Trip Leader of any problem immediately may prejudice Topdeck and may result in your ability to claim compensation from us being extinguished or reduced. Any complaint made to Topdeck following the conclusion of the trip should be made in writing within 28 days of completion of the trip. In the event that You do not notify us in writing within 28 days, Topdeck’s ability to investigate the complaint may be prejudiced and may extinguish your claim. DATA PROTECTION 29. We are committed to protecting your personal information and agree to process your personal information in accordance with our Privacy Notice, which is available online at www.topdeck.travel/privacy. In order to make your booking and ensure that your travel arrangements run smoothly, we need to use the information You provide and pass it on to other relevant suppliers who are responsible for parts of your travel arrangements. In many cases this will include transferring your data to overseas recipients (including to recipients outside of the European Union). In making this booking, your consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons is deemed to be given unless You object and advise Topdeck of your objection at the time of booking. The information may also be provided to public authorities such as Customs or Immigration if required by them, or as required by law. This consent applies to any sensitive information that You give to us such as details of any disabilities or dietary/religious requirements. SMOKING 30. Topdeck operates a non-smoking policy on our coaches (although we make frequent stops for breaks), and in most of our accommodation. LUGGAGE 31. There are strict weight limits for coaches when fully loaded. Therefore You are only entitled to have one piece of main luggage of standard size (see the pre-departure information or our website for size limits), and not weighing more than 20kg, (15kg for Outback trips). In addition You may bring a daypack. GENERAL 32. You understand that future Topdeck advertising and publicity material may include statements made by passengers, or their photographs, and You consent to such use of your comments or photographic/video likeness. 33. No servant, agent, employee or representative of the Company has any right to alter, vary or waive any of these Conditions, nor undertake any activity likely to lead to increased liability whatsoever on behalf of Topdeck unless such be in writing and signed by a duly authorised person. 34. Wi-Fi connectivity. Topdeck will endeavor to deliver Wi-Fi connection as stated on relevant trips to the best of our ability. This service is subject to availability and may not be available on some peak season departures or in the event of technical malfunction. 35. All contracts for bookings made with Topdeck, for trips in this brochure, are governed by Australian law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Australian Courts, should any dispute between us not be otherwise amicably agreed.


5 DAY T O P E N D D I S C O V E R Y

5 DAY T R O P I C A L D I S C O V E R Y

T

P TO R I P

5 DAY S Y D N E Y D I S C O V E R Y AATMSS

P.18

AATMCC

P.20

DISCOVERY

DISCOVERY

6 DAY T R O P I C A L S U N T A N N E R

10 DAY T R O P I C A L A D V E N T U R E

DISCOVERY

MAPS

AATMDD

P.19

AUSTRALIA

DISCOVERY EAST COAST OUTBACK ADVENTURE

NEW ZEALAND

5 DAY U LT I M A T E S U R FA R I

T

P TO R I P

5 DAY U L U R U D I S C O V E R Y AATMUU

P.21

AAISSB/AAISBS

DISCOVERY

P.22

AAISWC/AAISCW

EAST COAST

P.23

AAISBC/AAISCB

EAST COAST

12 DAY E A S T C O A S T C R U I S I N '

P.24 EAST COAST

14 DAY I S L A N D S U N T A N N E R

AAISSQ/AAISQS

AAISSC/AAISCS

P.25 EAST COAST

12 DAY R O C K ' N ' T O P

14 DAY D O W N S O U T H & O U T B A C K

T

P TO R I P

9 DAY O U T B A C K G E M

P.26 EAST COAST

AAOGAU/AAOGUA

P.28 OUTBACK

AARTKD/AARTDK

P.29 OUTBACK

AAMRMU/AAMRUM

P.30 OUTBACK


21 DAY O U T B A C K A D V E N T U R E

20 DAY B E A C H A N D B U S H

AAMRMD/AAMRDM

AAGASU/AAGAUS

P.32 OUTBACK

P.34 EAST COAST + OUTBACK = ADVENTURE

27 DAY G R A N D A U S S I E

29 DAY U LT I M A T E A U S S I E A D V E N T U R E

AAGASD/AAGADS

AAUASM/AAUAMS

P.36 EAST COAST + OUTBACK = ADVENTURE

7 DAY N O R T H E R N E X P L O R E R

7 DAY S O U T H E R N E X P L O R E R

7 DAY S K I N E W Z E A L A N D

T

P TO R I P

5 DAY S W E E T A S N O R T H

P.38 EAST COAST + OUTBACK = ADVENTURE

ANGKRW/ANGKWR

P.42

P.43

10 DAY P U R E A D R E N A L I N

ANGKCO

P.44

16 DAY K I W I E N C O U N T E R

ANGKSK

P.45

18 DAY G R A N D K I W I

T

P TO R I P

9 DAY C I T Y T O C I T Y

ANGKAW/ANGKWA

ANGKRK/ANGKKR

P.46

ANGKWC/ANGKCW

P.47

ANGKAC/ANGKCA

P.48

ANGKBC/ANGKCB

P.50


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