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									8 Day River Murray Discovery & SA Highlights Package
Exclusive to the Bush Dancers Display Group Departing on Sunday 3rd January 2010
Highlights and Inclusions  Transfers from the Adelaide Airport to meet the Murray Expedition in Murray Bridge South Australia and return to hotel in Adelaide  5 Night Fully inclusive River Murray Nature Cruise o Deluxe river view ensuite accommodation o All meals and entertainment o Daily nature based shore excursions guided by an ecologist o Meals & transfers throughout (as stated in itinerary)  2 Nights 5 Star accommodation in Adelaide (include buffet breakfast)  Full Bay Barossa Valley Tour with meals FLIGHTS ARE NOT INCLUDED. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR ARRIVAL INTO THE ADELAIDE AIRPORT ON SUNDAY THE 3 rd JANUARY 2010 BY 5:15PM READY FOR A DEPARTURE AT 5:40PM TO MEET THE BOAT. Please register your interest by calling or emailing Barbara Court on (02) 6161 2426 or Email: by Fri 16 October. A $200 deposit is due by Fri 23 October to secure your place on the tour, payable to Proud Australia Holidays. See booking form for details
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Per Person Twin Share

(valued at $2335 per person twin share)

Proud Australia Holidays Pty Ltd est 1982 Toll free (AU): 1800 677 683 Toll Free (NZ): 0800 233 524 18 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000 Phone: +61 8 8217 6100 Fax: +61 8 8217 6121 Email: ABN# 59 115 615 300


Day 1

Sunday –Adelaide to Murray Bridge (Dinner) Please ensure your arrival into the Adelaide Airport by 5:15pm. On arrival in Adelaide, your private coach will meet you at 5:40pm for your private transfer to Murray Bridge to meet your 5 night cruise onboard the Murray Expedition. Upon arrival at Sturt Reserve Murray Bridge at 7:30pm, the friendly captain and crew will meet you, who will welcome you onboard for your 5 night wildlife expedition cruise onboard the Murray Expedition. After you settle into your superb Riverview accommodation, there is time to enjoy a drink at the bar before a delicious dinner is served. As you cruise, floodlights illuminate the shore. This is an excellent opportunity to see the River environment in a different perspective and may allow for a view of some of the nocturnal wildlife, especially birds such as night herons, owls and coots. Later, The Murray Expedition ties up for a night of peace and tranquillity in the Australian bush.

Day 2

Monday – Murray Expedition (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) This morning you will cruise past huge lagoons teeming with birdlife. Mid morning The Murray Expedition arrives in picturesque Mannum. Here you will board the waiting coach for a history tour of this small township, which played a significant role in the development of South Australia. Captain William Randall launched the 1st Paddle Steamer on The Murray River the “Mary Ann” in 1853. By the late 1880's there were over 250 Paddle Steamers and barges trading on the River Murray and Mannum had become an industrious inland port. Your tour includes a visit to the 'Olden Days, Olden Ways' Museum in Mannum, where you will find a large collection of historic memorabilia. Lunch will be served aboard The MV Expedition as you cruise upstream past lovely Lake Carlet, peaceful Bow Hill and Purnong. Early in the evening, The Murray Expedition moors at Walker Flat. This evening is “Australiana Night” and we will be featuring the use of some traditional “Bush foods” such as emu, kangaroo, damper bread, lemon myrtle, wild bush tomatoes and quandongs (wild peaches), combined into exciting creations by our chefs to showcase a new evolving Australian cuisine. After dinner you have a rare opportunity to experience the Australian bush on our nocturnal coach tour lead by our onshore ecologist.

Day 3

Tuesday – Murray Expedition (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Today you will pass fascinating Wongulla where, some fifty years ago, men found the petrified remains of a shark. Mid Morning The Murray Expedition arrives at the pioneering township of Swan Reach. The settlement was originally the port of the large Portee Sheep Station and was settled as a township in 1899. Here you will disembark the Murray Expedition and with a local guide visit Murray Aquaculture, one of the most ambitious aquaculture projects undertaken in Australia. The fresh water crustacean is uniquely Australian and is only one of many species of crayfish found in Australia. With a local guide passengers are taken through the complex covering 10,000 sq metres of ponds, nurseries and an interpretive information centre. Eco guides provide an informative commentary relating to fresh water crustacean biology, production and marketing. On Board, you will have the opportunity to sample Murray Aquaculture fresh water crustaceans.

Proud Australia Holidays Pty Ltd est 1982 Toll free (AU): 1800 677 683 Toll Free (NZ): 0800 233 524 18 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000 Phone: +61 8 8217 6100 Fax: +61 8 8217 6121 Email: ABN# 59 115 615 300

Late afternoon The Murray Expedition arrives at Blanchetown, site of the Lock and Weir No. 1 on the River Murray. The River Murray is dammed by 13 locks built for the early riverboat trade. Water cascades over the lock creating an excellent feeding place for the birdlife. Pelicans and dozens of species of water birds are found diving in the water to feed. Tonight enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by Murray Expedition’s chefs as your evening cruise takes you to Moorundie Creek, named after the Aboriginal tribe that lived here. In native dialect Moorundie means sand or sandy, The Murray Expedition moors overnight on a beautiful beach amongst towering River Red Gums.

Day 4

Wednesday – Murray Expedition (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) You will wake this morning in one of the most unspoilt and picturesque areas of the River Murray. You will be taken on an environmental discovery walk of Moorundie Creek, where even today you will see evidence of an ancient Aboriginal civilisation a huge canoe tree still stands. Moorundie is the site where the history of the area began in 1840. It is here that the explored Edward John Eyre established a village named “Sturt” after the famous navigator. As The Murray Expedition cruises downstream, you will pass magnificent lagoons teeming with birdlife, majestic cliffs reaching for the sky and spectacular scenery as far as the eye can see. This afternoon your vessel ties alongside the towering cliffs of Big Bend. A highlight of your cruise is a guided cruise led by our ecologist aboard a river tender through the lagoons and inlets. There are some 320 species of birdlife in this area; you will study at close range the prolific wildlife of the region. This evening there is a traditional Australian barbecue on shore followed by live Aussie entertainment around a blazing campfire.

Day 5

Thursday – Murray Expedition (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) You can see the sunrise over the towering cliffs this morning with an early departure to the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal conservation area where you will be met by our local aboriginal guide and shown over Australia's first Aboriginal Archaeological digs. It contains galleries of Cave Art, smoke stains from ancient fires and an excavated campsite of a civilisation over 8,000 years old. As you cruise this afternoon there will be on-board activities organised by the Cruise Director, time to relax and view the River environment and the associated birdlife before an afternoon arrival in Mannum. Passengers who have not seen the “P.S Marion” may visit the fascinating floating museum or stroll the magnificent lawns of lovely Mary Ann Reserve. This evening you are invited to enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the bar followed by our Captain's Dinner five sumptuous courses to tempt the most discerning palate.

Day 6

Friday – Murray Expedition Murray Bridge to Adelaide Airport (Breakfast, Lunch) A Chance for a short stroll this morning at Many Ann Reserve prior to boarding the waiting coach for a tour of Reedy Creek Environmental Park. Discover this permanent watercourse from waterfalls, through swamps and wetlands. Reedy Creek and the waterfalls played a significant part in the lives of the ancient Nganguruku and Ngaralta Aboriginal tribes. As well as natural rock shelters, the area offered permanent water and an abundance of wild game for hunting. As part of your Murray Expedition Cruise experience you will have the opportunity to take a guided bush walk through the Reedy Creek gorge. Re-board the Murray Expedition as we begin the final leg of your journey. Today, lunch is a superb buffet of fresh local produce. This afternoon there will be more spectacular scenery before the vessel ties up once more in Murray Bridge, the Captain and crew bid farewell to guests and newfound friends before disembarkation at 4:15pm. Your coach captain will meet you at Sturt Reserve, for your transfer into Adelaide. Your 5 star accommodation is located right in the heart of Adelaide. After checking in at approx 5:30pm you will have the rest of the evening to enjoy at your leisure. There are plenty of dining options located within 2 minutes walk of your hotel on the popular Gouger Street, Adelaide.

Proud Australia Holidays Pty Ltd est 1982 Toll free (AU): 1800 677 683 Toll Free (NZ): 0800 233 524 18 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000 Phone: +61 8 8217 6100 Fax: +61 8 8217 6121 Email: ABN# 59 115 615 300

Day 7

Saturday – Barossa Valley (Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea) After a full hot buffet breakfast in your hotel any time from 6am, your private coach will collect you from outside the Hotel at 9:00am, for your guided tour of the wonderful Barossa Valley. The Barossa Valley is the largest wineproducing region in Australia. Premium award winning wines, stone architecture and boutique wineries all encapsulated in a peaceful rural setting of vineyards and rolling hills. You will visit the Whispering Wall, Angus Park Fruits, Maggie Beers Farm and enjoy wine tastings, tours, lunch at Kaesler’s Restaurant plus afternoon tea. You will arrive back at the hotel this evening at approx 5pm where you will have the rest of the evening to enjoy at your leisure. There are plenty of dining options options located within 2 minutes walk of your hotel.

Day 8

Sunday – Adelaide (Breakfast) After a full hot buffet breakfast in your hotel’s restaurant located on the ground floor from 6am, you will be asked to check out at 10am (your luggage may be stored here until your chosen departure). Today you will have at your leisure. If you are not departing until the afternoon there are plenty of things to do in Adelaide city which won’t cost you anything. You might like to take the free city tram to North Terrace the cultural hub of the city. Here you will find the War memorial, SkyCity Adelaide casino the Adelaide Convention Centre, the old Railway Station, the Museum, Art Gallery and many magnificent old building included the Adelaide University Campus. Further along North Terrace there is the National Wine Centre of Australia. This is free to explore on your own, or you might like to take part in a fully guided tour of the Centre. Next door are the beautiful Botanical Gardens and the Conservatory. You might like to shop down Rundle Mall or explore chine Town and Gouger Street for lunch. Please ensure your arrival at the Adelaide airport no later than 45 minutes prior to your scheduled departure.

Proud Australia Holidays Pty Ltd est 1982 Toll free (AU): 1800 677 683 Toll Free (NZ): 0800 233 524 18 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000 Phone: +61 8 8217 6100 Fax: +61 8 8217 6121 Email: ABN# 59 115 615 300

Please complete your booking form and send it back to Murray River Expeditions office at: 18 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000, with your deposit of $200 per person.

Group name: Bush Dancers Display Group

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Booking Conditions: Please read the following terms and conditions carefully as they incorporate the basis upon which Proud Australia Holidays and its subsidiaries accept bookings. On receipt of your booking form it is assumed that you have read, understand and agree with these conditions. Prices and Itineraries: All prices and itineraries (including times, dates and ports of call) are subject to change and availability without notice and may be based on minimum numbers. Prices are correct at time of printing and are based on tariffs and airfares current at that time. Travel suppliers may apply a surcharge or change accommodation and the itinerary format without notice. Travel offers may be limited to specific passenger numbers. Prices can be withdrawn or varied without notice. All rates shown are per person twin share. Deposits and final payments:

A non-refundable security deposit of $200 is payable by Friday the 23rd of October 2009. The full balance of your
holiday is required 6 weeks prior to departure. Your travel consultant will advise full details. If for any reason we do not receive your due balance, we reserve the right to treat your bookings as cancelled and to apply the appropriate cancellation charges. Credit Card Payments: To enable us to provide the best and most competitive rates, all costs are based on cash, cheque payments or direct deposits. Should you prefer to pay by Visa or Mastercard a 2% surcharge is applicable. If paying by American Express or Diners Card a 4% surcharge is applic able. Cancellations and Refunds: If you terminate your travel arrangements, you will be charged a cancellation fee. Cancellation from date of confirmation will incur loss of deposit and any additional supplier costs. Where cancellations are made less than 60 days prior to travel the cancellation fee charged is 100%. Please note all cancellation fees are at the discretion of products and services used by Proud Australia Holidays and may vary. Airlines conditions and cancellation fees also apply on airfares. Amendments: Any changes to the itinerary requested by you, after being processed is subject to amendment fees. Different amendment fees apply to products and in some cases amendments can not be requested after the travel has been processed. Travel Documents: Your travel documents will be made available two weeks prior to your departure date. For bookings made four weeks or less prior to travel, your tickets will be available one week prior to your departure date. Your travel consultant will phone you to advise when your documents are ready. Travel Insurance: Proud Australia Holidays Pty Ltd & its subsidiaries is an agent for QBE Travel Insurance. Please see the QBE Travel Insurance brochure for full terms and conditions. Please advise if you have a pre-existing medical condition, as incorrect insurance will not cover you. You are not covered until the application form is signed and payment is received and issued. Payment of insurance should be made out to Proud Australia Holidays (not QBE Insurance) Please note..... Climate: South Australia is by nature a warm and friendly place. Expect high temperatures during the Australian summer (November to March) but be prepared for lower temperatures at night and during the Australian winter (May to August). Conditions can change quickly. Wildlife: To see wildlife in their natural habitat (in the wild) is not guaranteed. Fuel levy: A $7 fuel levy per person per night is included in the package cost. This minimal fee applies as a result of Government Levies on fuel.

Proud Australia Holidays Pty Ltd est 1982 Toll free (AU): 1800 677 683 Toll Free (NZ): 0800 233 524 18 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000 Phone: +61 8 8217 6100 Fax: +61 8 8217 6121 Email: ABN# 59 115 615 300

Important Information - Conditions of Travel: Services: Proud Australia Holidays is a travel agent in Australia. The client engages Proud Australia to select ground tour operators and accommodation suppliers to supply tours, transfers, meals and accommodation in accordance with published itineraries or in accordance with written instructions by the client. Proud Australia Holidays cannot guarantee arrival and departure times, and are not liable for passenger’s failure to connect with other services. Proud Australia Holidays accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to personal belongings or baggage. Passengers/Luggage: Aircraft in Australia must comply with Civil Aviation Safety Regulations, which determine the total amount of weight (includi ng crew, passengers, luggage and fuel) that can be carried. Under Australian Civil Aviation Safety regulations, the pilot in command of the aircraft has the right to refuse to carry drunk or disruptive passengers who may threaten the safe operation of the flight. The pilot in command of the aircraft has the right to refuse to carry excess baggage which may overload the aircraft. We regret to advise that Proud Australia Holidays cannot store excess baggage. NOTE: Interstate Proud Australia Holiday guests have the ability to store excess luggage at the Adelaide Stamford Plaza Please note: Proud Australia Holidays will make every effort to safeguard clients travelling with Proud Australia Holidays. Due to this fact, and for factors including weather, operational requirements or other factors beyond our control (force majeure), tours may be cancelled or varied at the absolute discretion of Proud Australia Holidays. If a tour is affected by a Force Majeure Event, Proud Australia Holidays shall notify the client as soon as reasonably practical of the nature and extent thereof. In relation to a Force Majeure event, once Proud Australia Holidays has investigated the situation, it shall remain at Proud Australia Holidays discretion whether or not the tour shall proceed. If, after having made all reasonable and proper enquiries, Proud Australia Holidays is of the opinion that the tour may proceed, but the client does not wish to proceed, Proud Australia Holidays standard cancellation policy will apply. Proud Australia Holidays accept no responsibility for personal injury or loss due to events that are beyond our control. Passengers should note that adventure travel involves a higher than normal risk. Clients who have any cause for complaint while travelling, must immediately notify Proud Australia Holidays, or their representative of their concerns to allow Proud Australia Holidays the opportunity to rectify the situation. Medical Conditions: Clients must advise Proud Australia Holidays in writing at the time of booking of any special requests (such as dietary requirements) and of any medical conditions that may affect the clients ability to participate in a tour. Clients are advised that medical services and facilities may not be readily available during a tour, and no medically qualifi ed personnel will accompany a tour. In case of any dispute, Australian law is applicable.

Proud Australia Holidays Pty Ltd est 1982 Toll free (AU): 1800 677 683 Toll Free (NZ): 0800 233 524 18 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000 Phone: +61 8 8217 6100 Fax: +61 8 8217 6121 Email: ABN# 59 115 615 300

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