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									     Australia Car Rental – Avis
     One of the best ways to discover
     Australia is by road; enjoy the
     freedom and flexibility of driving and
     sightseeing at your own pace. With
     our partner Avis we offer a wide
     range of vehicles at excellent rates.
     With nearly 200 depots around the
     country, Avis will ensure that you
     obtain maximum value and
     convenience as you explore the real
     Down Under.




 Terms & Conditions                                               should no damage occur and can be reduced to AU$385
                                                                  by paying the Excess Reduction Fee of AU$22 per day. For                                                Compact - Group B
 Driver Qualifications: All drivers must be 21 years of                                                                                                                   • Manual/Automatic
                                                                  4WD vehicles excess is $5500 which can be reduced to
 age or over, and have held a current British or                                                                                                                          • 5 door hatch
                                                                  $1100 by paying the Excess Reduction Fee of $33 per day.
 international driving licence for a minimum of a year.                                                                                                                   • 1.5 litre engine
                                                                  Petrol Bond: Petrol is not included. A fee of $100 will be                                              • Power steering
 Hirers must be 25 years or over when hiring full size or
                                                                  collected at the commencement of the rental and                                                         • 55 litre fuel
 4WD vehicles.
                                                                  refunded in full, less any charge to top up the fuel tank.                                                capacity
 Under-25 Surcharge: Renters from 21-24 years will be
                                                                  One-Way Rentals: Vehicles may be dropped off at most
 subject to a surcharge of $27.50 per day to a maximum of
                                                                  Avis offices throughout Australia. For many popular routes,
 $192.50 per rental, payable locally.
                                                                  e.g. Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast, Cairns to Port
 Additional Driver: No charge.
                                                                  Douglas and within Tasmania, no one-way rental charge is
 Rental Period: Rates are calculated in 24-hour periods.                                                                                                                  Intermediate - Group C
                                                                  payable. For full details on one-way rental options and fees
 Additional hourly or daily rate is to be paid locally.           (if applicable) please ask for details. Please note: one-way                                           • Automatic
 Multiple Hire: When you hire more than one vehicle               rentals are not permitted on Economy group cars.                                                       • 4 door sedan
 during your holiday in Australia, you can use the                                                                                                                       • 1.8 litre engine
                                                                  Vehicle Registration Fee (VFR): This fee applies to all                                                • Power steering
 cumulative rental days to determine the rate payable. Each       vehicles from all depots, for any duration. The charge is                                              • 52 litre fuel
 rental must be over two days to qualify.                         approx. $5.50 + GST per day and is payable locally.                                                      capacity
 Driving Restrictions: Insurance will be void when                Airport Concession Recovery Fee & Premium
 driving in prohibited areas (including outback tracks or any     Location Surcharge(ACRF/PLS): At most Australian
 road north of Cape Tribulation) or in dangerous conditions       airports a recovery fee is payable. The charge is
 (including beaches, above the snow line and when                 approximately 20% of the total rental charge and is
 crossing rivers and floodwaters). Different restrictions apply                                                                                                           Full-Size - Group E
                                                                  payable locally.
 to 4WD vehicles – please ask for full details.                                                                                                                           • Automatic
                                                                  Tolls: A number of roads in Sydney and Melbourne have
 Vehicles may not be taken between Tasmania and the                                                                                                                       • 4 door sedan
                                                                  electronic tolls only and do not have toll booths. Please
 mainland, or onto any of Australia’s islands (including Fraser                                                                                                           • 3.6 litre engine
                                                                  ask for advice when picking up your rental vehicle.                                                     • Power steering
 and Kangaroo Islands).
                                                                  Miscellaneous Items: Baby seats, ski racks, portable                                                    • 65 litre fuel
                                                                  GPS etc.                                                                                                  capacity
 Included in Your Rental                                          Administration Charge: All locally paid fees are subject
 Kilometre Allowance: Unlimited kilometres are                    to an administration charge of approx 3%.
 included at all metropolitan and ‘country’ locations across
 Australia, and at all rental locations within the Northern       Avis Car Hire Prices
 Territory. At locations classed as ‘remote’ outside the           Price per vehicle, per day, in £'s from                                                 Australia (Excluding Northern Territory)
 Northern Territory, 100 km per day is included, with the                                                                              01Apr09-31Aug09*                                                              01Sep09-31Mar10**
 excess charged at 27.5c per km. Popular ‘remote’
                                                                   Vehicle type or similar                   2-6 days            7-13 days          14-20 days           21+ days              2-6 days           7-13 days           14-20 days          21+ days
 locations include Broken Hill, Broome, and Carnarvon –            X - Hyundai Getz - 3 Dr                      22                  20                  18                 16                     23                 21                   19                 18
 please ask for full details. 4WD vehicle hire from all            A - Hyundai Getz - 5 Dr                      24                  19                  19                 18                     25                 23                   21                 19
 metropolitan and ‘country’ locations and within the               B - Hyundai Getz - 5 Dr                      24                  22                  20                 19                     26                 24                   22                 20
                                                                   C - Toyota Corolla Ascent - 5Dr              26                  24                  22                 20                     29                 27                   25                 22
 Northern Territory have 200km per day included, the               E - Holden Commodore Sedan                   31                  29                  26                 23                     34                 31                   28                 25
 excess charged is 33c per kilometre, ‘remote’ locations           F - Holden Commodore                         39                  36                  33                 31                     41                 39                   37                 33
 outside of the Northern Territory have 100km included             V - Toyota Tarago GLI                        50                  46                  41                 38                     53                 49                   44                 40
                                                                   K - Nissan X-Trail                           52                  49                  47                 45                     52                 50                   47                 45
 and an excess of 33c per km.                                      W - Nissan Patrol                            55                  53                  51                 48                     55                 52                   51                 48
 Loss Damage Waiver (LDW): Subject to excess, see
                                                                   Price per vehicle, per day, in £'s from                                    Northern Territory - Darwin, Alice Springs & Ayers Rock†
 Excess and Excess Reduction Fee.
                                                                                                                                     01Apr09-31Oct09††                                                             01Nov09-31Mar10
 State Stamp Duty: Variable in each state up to 2%.
                                                                  Vehicle type or similar                       2-6 days          7-13 days            14-20 days          21+ days            2-6 days            7-13 days          14-20 days           21+ days
 Goods and Service Tax (GST): 10% Australian GST applies          A - Hyundai Getz - 5 Dr                           42                 40                    38                36                 41                   38                   36                 35
 to all prepaid charges.                                          B - Hyundai Getz - 5 Dr                           43                 41                    39                37                 41                   39                   37                 36
                                                                  C - Toyota Corolla Ascent - 5Dr                   46                 44                    42                39                 43                   41                   39                 37
                                                                  E - Holden Commodore Sedan                        51                 48                   45                 42                 48                   46                   43                 40
                                                                  F - Holden Commodore                              58                 56                   53                 50                 56                   53                   50                 48
 Not Included in Your Rental                                      V - Toyota Tarago GLI                             70                 66                   62                 57                 67                   63                   58                 55
 Excess and Excess Reduction Fee (ER): An authority               K - Nissan X-Trail                                69                 66                   64                 62                 69                   66                   64                 62
                                                                  W - Nissan Patrol                                 72                 69                   68                 65                 72                   70                   68                 65
 against your credit card will be taken for the full excess
                                                                  * Rates are also available for rentals prior to 01Apr09. **Supplements apply 20Dec09-11Jan10. Vehicles hired from airport depots will incur a supplement. Please call for details. †Supplement of £9 per
 amount, AU$2750 - your maximum liability in the event of         day applies for rentals from Ayers Rock. ††Rates are also available for rentals prior to 01Apr09 & supplements apply 16Jun09-31Aug09. Vehicles hired from airport depots will incur a supplement.
 loss or damage to the vehicle. This is fully refundable          Please call for details.

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                                                                Self Drive Tours with Avis
                                                                                                                                   There is no better way to explore
                                                                                                                                   Australia than by being the master of
                                                                                                                                   your own destiny on the open road.
                                                                                                                                   Here you will find general information
                                                                                                                                   on driving, and details of your self-
                                                                                                                                   drive kits that are included in all our
                                                                                                                                   pre-planned self-drive tours. Just
                                                                                                                                   choose the area you wish to see,
                                                                                                                                   select your grade of
                                                                                                                                   accommodation, the car, and the
                                                                                                                                   duration of your trip.




Driving                                                            Accommodation Gradings
Driving in Australia is easy as they drive on the left, the        In most of our pre-planned self-drive tours, we offer a
                                                                                                                                             Self-drive Tours index
same as the UK. The main roads are well maintained,                choice of either standard, superior or deluxe                   New South Wales             Pg.     South Australia            Pg.
                                                                                                                                   Discover the Blue Mountains         Great Ocean Road - 5 days 141
clearly sign-posted and fuel is more affordable. Some              accommodation, with gradings based on facilities and            & Beyond - 5 Days           59
highways and bridges do have toll charges. On Australian           location. Should the stated hotel be unavailable at the time    Sydney to the Sunshine              Victoria
motorways the maximum speed is 100/110 km per hour                 of booking, an alternative of a similar standard and location   State - 5 days              62      Great Ocean Road - 5 days 151
                                                                                                                                   Capital & Coast - 6 days    62      Great Southern Touring
(60/68 mph), outside built-up areas and on dual                    will be offered. In certain remote areas, where                                                     Route - 5 days            152
carriageways it is 100 km and in built-up areas 60/50 km           accommodation choice is limited, we have opted for the          Queensland                          Apostles & Penguins -
per hour (35/30 mph). There are regular service stations           best-available property for each grading.                       Pacific Highway - 7 days       78   7 days                    152
                                                                                                                                   Great Sunshine Way - 8 days 78
on the major roads, and distances are measured in                                                                                  Great Barrier Reef, Rainforest      Tasmania
kilometres.                                                        Single Travellers & Small Groups
                                                                                                                                   & Tablelands - 7 days          89   Classic Tasmanian Coast -
                                                                   Tour prices shown are based on two passengers sharing a                                             5 days                      158
Tour Itineraries                                                   car and room. Please ask for prices for single travellers and   Northern Territory                  Tasmanian Wilderness -
                                                                                                                                    op
                                                                                                                                   T End Adventure - 6 days 108        6 days                      158
Our carefully planned itineraries ensure that you do not           for groups of three or more.                                    Discover the Red Centre -           Grand Circle - 10 days      159
spend too much time driving, yet still see the real                                                                                5 days                       120
highlights. They do all the work for you, taking the stress        Car Hire                                                        Territory Road Trip - 11days 120
out of having to plan your route each day. Armed with              Our car hire partners, Avis, have over 200 depots in
                                                                   Australia, and have an excellent selection of vehicles. The     Western Australia
your Avis rental car, comprehensive driving instructions                                                                           Margaret River &
and pre-booked accommodation, driving becomes fun and              cars included in our self-drive tours have been chosen to       South West - 7 days          128
easy, thus giving you more time to enjoy the sights. We            give you great comfort and plenty of room. Each car             Golden Outback &
                                                                                                                                   Beaches - 10 days            128
also provide you with a 24-hour contact number to give             group is clearly stated in the tour price box. For further      Coral Coast &
you complete peace of mind.                                        details on Avis car hire please see the adjacent page.          Dolphins - 6 days            130



                                                                                                                                   Your Self-Drive Kit
                               Australia driving distances (km)                                                                    Included in the comprehensive self-
Cairns                                                                                                                             drive kit are your personalised driving
                                           To work out how far it is from one destination to another, simply
140 Mission Beach                                                                                                                  itinerary with day-by-day driving
                                                 find each of the places on the calculator, then follow their
                                                                                                                                   instructions, road and city maps,
370 230 Townsville                                  columns to the point where they intersect, and you will                        attraction information and tourist
655 515    285 Airlie Beach                                find the distance between the two destinations.                         guides of the sites and regions you
1150 1010 780 495 Rockhampton                             For towns not listed please ask your Consultant.                         will be visiting along the way.
1600 1465 1230 945 455 Hervey Bay                        Please Note: This km grid is to be used as a guide only.
1785 1645 1415 1130 640 185    Noosa                                                                                               Prices Include
1925 1785 1555 1270 775 325 160 Brisbane                                                                                           • Twin-share accommodation as stated on a room-only
2005 1865 1635 1350 855 405 240 80       Surfers Paradise                                                                            basis, unless otherwise specified.
2105 1980 1735 1450 970 505 340 195      120   Byron Bay                                                                           • Car hire for the duration of the tour, including unlimited
2345 2210 1975 1690 1200 745 580 425 350 230 Coffs Harbour                                                                           mileage, unless advised, Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
                                                                                                                                     subject to an excess, Vehicle Registration Fee and any
2515 2380 2145 1860 1370 915   750 595 515     400 170     Port Macquarie
                                                                                                                                     applicable one way fees.
2945 2810 2575 2290 1800 1310 1150 1025 945 830 595 430 Sydney                                                                     • Self-drive kit, including maps and driving instructions.
3210 3070 2840 2555 2095 1610 1445 1320 1240 1125 895 725 300 Canberra
3835 3695 3465 3180 2755 2235 2105 1910 1865 1750 1520 1350 925 625 Melbourne                                                      Prices Exclude
4625 4485 4255 3970 3545 3025 2895 2735 2655 2540 2310 2140 1545 1415 790 Adelaide                                                 • Air Fares - see pages 10-13.
6630 6490 6260 6545 6010 5530 5345 5185 5265 5270 5045 4875 4450 4235 3770 2980 Perth                                              • Airport charges – vehicles hired from airport depots will
                                                                                                                                     incur a one-off ‘Airport Concession Recovery Fee’ – for
4260 4120 3890 4175 4670 5120 5055 4895 4975 5090 5325 5490 5965 5670 5203 4415 2370 Broome
                                                                                                                                     more details please refer to car hire pages.
2930 2790 2560 2845 3340 3890 3725 3565 3645 3760 3990 4160 4800 4500 3875 3085 4340 1970 Darwin
                                                                                                                                   • Sightseeing tours mentioned in the itineraries are purely
2420 2280 2050 2335 2830 3380 3195 3055 3135 3250 3480 3550 3285 2985 2360 1570 4550 2845 1515 Alice Springs                         suggestions and recommendations and are not included
2975 2835 2605 2890 3385 3935 3750 3610 3690 3805 4038 4205 3840 3045 2420 1630 4595 3385 1955 555 Uluru (Ayers Rock)                in the tour price, unless otherwise stated.
3110 2970 2740 3025 3520 4070 3885 3745 3825 3940 4170 4340 2595 2300 1675 885 3865 3545 2205 690 730 Coober Pedy                  • Insurance excesses and petrol bond.

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     Motorhomes & Campervans
     Motorhome holidays offer total
     independence, with the freedom to
     explore and discover the sights at
     your own pace, and in your own
     way. Hiring a ‘home on wheels’ really
     couldn’t be easier, with an excellent
     network of roads and a choice of
     campgrounds across Australia.




 Terms & Conditions                                                Exclusions
                                                                                                                                 Special Offers
 • Minimum rental age is 21 years and a full British or            • Excess & Excess Reduction Fees (see “Insurance”)
                                                                   • Overhead and underbody sections of the vehicle              Book by 30May09 to receive up to 40% off your rental
   International driver’s licence is required.
                                                                     (except when No Worries Cover or Maui Premium               hire. Travel must be started and completed between
 • Drivers 75+ years of age must provide a medical                                                                               20Apr09 and 30Jun09.
   certificate stating they are fit to drive for the duration of     Package has been purchased).
                                                                   • Airport to branch taxi fare (unless purchasing the Maui     Reduced rates apply to selected one-way rentals from
   their hire.
                                                                     Premium Package).                                           Brisbane to Adelaide / Alice Springs / Darwin /
 • The minimum rental period is 5 days, excluding Spirit                                                                         Melbourne / Sydney. Plus, NO ONE WAY FEE from
   4 and Spirit 6 rentals, all one-way rentals, and rentals        • Airport Concession Fee, for pick-ups and/or drop-offs at
                                                                                                                                 Brisbane to Sydney! Please ask for more details.
   with a collection date from 01Jan-05Jan09 and                     Hobart airport.
   15Dec09-05Jan10, for which the minimum rental                   • Transfers back to the airport or hotel.                    Insurance
   period is 7 days.                                               • A cleaning fee of up to AU$220 will apply if the vehicle   In the event of any damage to the vehicle or third party,
 • One-way rentals are available between all branches.               is returned excessively dirty.                             the hirer will be liable for the first AU$7500. A security
 • Motorhomes may only be driven on sealed, bitumen or well        • Rental extension fee of AU$150 will apply if the rental    deposit of AU$7500 is payable at the start of the hire to
   maintained roads. 4WD vehicles have separate restrictions.        period is extended without authorisation.                  cover this liability.
 Inclusions                                                        • Repair costs over AU$100 unless authorised.                The security deposit can be paid by credit card only and will be
 • Unlimited kilometres.                                           • A one-way rental fee of AU$250 is charged where pick       debited immediately incurring a fee of 2% (Visa/Mastercard) or
 • Vehicle insurance (excess applies).                               up and drop off is within Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney,                                    o
                                                                                                                                4.5% (American Express). T reduce excess and security deposit
 • 10% GST.                                                          Melbourne, Hobart or Adelaide, and AU$350 is charged       fees, chose from the following options. We strongly recommend
                                                                     when pick up or drop off is between the above              upgrading to the Maui Premium Package for the best value for
 • Extra driver fee.
                                                                     mentioned locations and Darwin, Broome, Alice Springs      money. Only available in the UK prior to departure.
 • Kitchen and general equipment, (linen and bedding) and            or Perth.                                                  Excess Reduction Option 1: AU$22 per day (max.
   starter pack.
                                                                   • LGP gas bottle refills.                                    AU$1100) payable locally, reducing excess to AU$2500. For
 • Travel wallet including map of Australia with driving tips                                                                   4WD vehicles AU$27 per day (max. AU$1350) payable
                                                                   • Change of drop-off destination while on hire.
   and travel information.                                                                                                      locally, reducing excess to AU$2500. Security deposit payable
                                                                   • Remote location fee of AU$650 for pick-ups/drop-offs
 • 10% off powered sites at all Big4 Holiday Parks.                                                                             locally, AU$2500 for both 2WD and 4WD vehicles.
                                                                     in Broome.
 • Customer care 24-hour toll free nationwide road                                                                              Excess Reduction Option 2: AU$40 per day (max.
   service helpline.                                                                                                            AU$2000) payable locally, reducing excess to NIL. Security
                                                                                                                                deposit payable locally, AU$220 For 4WD vehicles AU$49
                                                                                                                                per day (max. AU$2450) payable locally, reducing excess
     Britz Campervans                                                                                                           to AU$440. Security deposit payable locally, AU$440.
     A good alternative to Maui for                                                                                             No Worries Cover Option: Purchase excess reduction
     those looking for more                                                                                                     option 2 and upgrade to No Worries Cover Option for
     affordable options. The price of                                                                                           AU$50 per hire payable locally for all 2WD vehicles and
     Britz campervans have been                                                                                                 AU$120 for all 4WD vehicles, covers for accidental
     designed to secure the best                                                                                                damage to the overhead and underbody sections of the
     possible rates. These Flex rates are set on a very simple                                                                  vehicle (otherwise excluded). Security deposit payable
     system of supply and demand. Generally this means that                                                                     locally, AU$220.
     the earlier you book the more you save! Please enquire
     for full details                                                                                                           Maui Premium Package
                                                                                                                                *Highly recommended. Only available in the UK
                                                                                                                                prior to departure.
     Britz 4WDs
                                                                                                                                Pre-book the Maui Premium Package upgrade from £26
     Britz really are the experts when it comes to hiring                                                                       per day (max. £1320) in addition to the standard rates
     4WDs. For those who love adventure and the great                                                                           shown on the adjacent page, for all 4WD vehicles upgrade
     outdoors these vehicles offer a different experience to                                                                    from £31 per day (max. £1550) in addition to the standard
     motorhomes and all feature basic camping equipment.                                                                        rates shown on the adjacent page, for all the benefits of
     Please ask for full details.                                                                                               excess Reduction Option 2 (Nil excess), No Worries
                                                                                                                                Cover Option, No one-way fees, plus pre-purchase gas,
                                                                                                                                airport to branch taxi fare (receipt must be produced for
                                                                                                                                reimbursement), child/booster seat if required & picnic
                                                                                                                                table & chairs. Security deposit payable locally, AU$220 for
                                                                                                                                all 2WD vehicles and AU$440 for all 4WD vehicles.

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Spirit 2 Grande                                           Spirit 2 T/S
                           • Automatic                                                                             • Automatic
                           • Air Conditioning                                                                      • Air Conditioning
                           • Fridge/freezer                                                                        • Fridge/freezer
                           • Gas stove &                                                                           • Gas stove &
                             microwave                                                                               microwave
                           • Cold pressurised                                                                      • Hot & cold
                             water                                                                                   pressurised water
                           • No toilet &                                                                           • Toilet & shower
                             shower
              Day layout                                                                                      Day layout




                                         Night layout                                                                                Night layout




Spirit 4                                                                                                                                                        Spirit 4WD
                           • Automatic                                                                                                                                                                           • Air Conditioning
                           • Air Conditioning                                                                                                                                                                    • Fridge
                           • Fridge/freezer                                                                                                                                                                      • Gas Stove
                           • Gas stove &                                                                                                                                                                         • 50 litre water tank
                             microwave                                                                                                                                                                           • No toilet &
                           • Hot & cold                                                                                                                                                                            shower
                             pressurised water                                                                                                                                                                   • Innovative slide-
                           • Toilet & shower                                                                                                                                                                       out kitchen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 • Awning
                  Day layout                                                                                                                                                                        Day layout




                                         Night layout                                                                                                                                                                     Night layout




Spirit 6
                           • Automatic
                           • Air Conditioning
                           • Fridge/freezer
                           • Gas stove &
                             microwave                   Maui Motorhome & Campervan Prices
                           • Hot & cold                  Price per vehicle, per day, in £'s from
                             pressurised water                                                                        01Apr09-           01May09-            01Jul-09-           01Oct09-    01Nov09-        15Dec09-       15Jan10-
                           • Toilet & shower                                                                          30Apr09             30Jun09            30Sep09             31Oct09     14Dec09          14Jan10       31Mar10
                           • TV & DVD player             Spirit 2 Grande                          5-20 days                52                 33                 50                  68        60                 73           41
                            Day layout                   (sleeps 2)                              21-34 days                48                 31                 46                  63        55                 67           52
                                                                                                 35-49 days                44                 28                 42                  58        51                 62           48
                                                         Spirit 2 T/S                             5-20 days                64                 50                 73                  95        85                 97           79
                                                         (sleeps 2)                              21-34 days                59                 46                 67                  88        78                 90           73
                                                                                                 35-49 days                55                 42                 62                  81        72                 83           67
                                                         Spirit 4 (M)                             7-20 days                91                 66                 108                122        112               135           102
                                                         (sleeps 4)                              21-34 days                84                 61                  99                113        103               124            93
                                          Night layout                                           35-49 days                78                 56                 92                 104         95               115            86
                                                         Spirit 6                                 7-20 days               104                 77                 124                131        118               145           114
                                                         (sleeps 6)                              21-34 days                95                 71                 114                120        109               134           105
                                                                                                 35-49 days                88                 65                 106                111        100               123            97
                                                         Spirit 4WD                               5-20 days                77                 83                 106                 97        83                 83           68
                                                         (sleeps 2)                              21-34 days                71                 76                  97                 90        76                 76           63
                                                                                                 35-49 days                65                 71                 90                  83        71                 71           58
                                                         Supplements and changes to minimum hire length may apply during peak periods. For rates & conditions 01Jan09-31Mar09 please call.

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     Rail Travel
     Australia is home to some of the
     world’s greatest train journeys,
     and a trip across this vast
     continent allows the traveller to
     recapture the golden age of rail
     travel. The Indian Pacific spans
     Australia from east to west, while
     The Legendary Ghan journeys
     through the heart of Australia. The
     prestigious Sunlander and the
     comfortable Tilt Train travel
     Queensland’s coast. The                                                                                                                                                                            The Ghan

     Overland follows the historic route
                                                                                                                                                                   Darwin
     from Adelaide to Melbourne, and                                                                                                                                         Katherine
     the aerodynamic XPT will take                                                                                                                                                              Cairns
                                                                                                                                                                                                Townsville
     you from Melbourne up to                                                                                                                                           Alice
                                                                                                                                                                       Springs
     Brisbane. While rail travel in                                                                                                                                                   Rockhampton

     Australia is an experience in its                                                                                                                                                       Brisbane
                                                                                                                                                      Kalgoorlie      Tarcoola      Broken              Coffs
     own right, it is equally well suited                                                                                                                                            Hill
                                                                                                                                                                                             Dubbo
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harbour
                                                                                                                                                       Perth         Port Augusta
     as an easy way to get from A to                                                                                                                  Banbury
                                                                                                                                                                                     Adelaide        Sydney
                                                                                                                                                                                              Albury Wodunga
     B. Ask your consultant for route                                                                                                                                                        Melbourne
                                                                                                                                                     The Sunlander
     and timetable details.                                                                                                                          The Overland
                                                                                                                                                     The Ghan
                                                                                                                                                     Indian Pacific
                                                                                                                                                     Tilt Train
                                                                                                                                                     XPT Countrylink
                                                                                                                            Indian Pacific



                                                                                                                                             Life on Board
      The Ghan                                                                                                                               Red Service
                                                                                                                                             Offering excellent value, the Red Service ‘Daynighter’ seats
     The Ghan is legendary; an unforgettable experience that                                                                                 are reclining chairs with plenty of leg room. Red Service
                                                                                                                                             guests may purchase drinks, snacks and light meals from
     follows the historical route of the Afghan camel trains,
                                                                                                                                             the Diner/Buffet car. Showers and toilets are at the end of
     covering a distance of 3000km. This is a marvellous way to                                                                              each carriage, with towels and soap provided.
     experience the spectacular colours of the outback and the                                                                               Gold Service
     tropical splendour of the Top End.                                                                                                      Gold Service offers a choice of Twin and Single Sleeper
                                                                                                                                             cabins. Twins feature a comfortable three seater lounge
                                                                                                                                             that converts to an upper and lower berth with compact
                                                                                                                                             en-suite facilities. Singles have a wash basin in room with
                                                                                                                                             showers and toilets at the end of the carriage. Guests have
                                                                                                                                             a dedicated lounge car with comfortable chairs and
                                                                                                                                             complimentary tea and coffee. Full breakfasts, two-course
                                                                                                                                             lunches and three-course dinners are all included and
                                                                                                                                             served in the finely appointed restaurant car.
                                                                                                                                             Platinum Service
                                                                                                                                             Platinum Service is now available for travel between
                                                                                                                                             Adelaide and Darwin, March to December, Wednesday
                                                                                                                                             from Adelaide and Saturday from Darwin. Platinum Service
                                                                                                                                             offers new levels of comfort to elevate The Ghan
                                                                                                                                             experience to a truly global standard of luxurious travel.
                                                                                                                                             The spacious cabins offer a unique blend of classic style
                                             Platinum Service Cabin
                                                                                                                                             with modern comfort. Settle in to your plush lounge chairs
                                                                                                              Platinum Service Restaurant
                                                                                                                                             by day, and a full size double, or twin beds by night. Your
 The Journey                                                          Optional Whistle Stop Tours                                            cabin is adorned with a coffee table and ottomans, leaving
 Departing Sundays and Wednesdays from Adelaide, and                  Optional Whistle Stop Sightseeing tours of Alice Springs               you plenty of room to relax and enjoy the journey. Your
 Saturdays and Wednesdays from Darwin, The Ghan                       and Katherine Gorge are available to be purchased on                   bathroom features a full size shower, toilet and mirror,
 travels for three days through the heart of Australia. Travel        board. Alice Springs offers a number of local attractions              with your own vanity basin. All meals are included in the
 through South Australia, past the Flinders Ranges and into           from the Alice Springs Desert Wildlife Park, a tour of the             Queen Adelaide restaurant, while relaxing in the Desert
 the Red Centre and Alice Springs, here you can leave the             town’s historical sites or a helicopter flight over the                Explorer lounge is just one of the many highlights.
 train to discover the heart of Australia and pick up the next        breathtaking scenery. At your stop in Katherine you can
 one as it comes through. Or, continue onto the Top End,              choose to explore the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge)                       Adelaide to Darwin or v.v prices from: Red Service £330 per
 see how the scenery transforms into lush green foliage,              canyons, or enjoy a spectacular walk or river cruise of this           person, fuel surcharge £14 per person. Gold Service £905
 stop at Katherine to explore Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge)              fantastic area in the Northern Territory.                              per person, fuel surcharge £41 per person. Platinum Service
 and finish your amazing journey in Darwin.                                                                                                  £1372 per person, fuel surcharge £61 per person. All fuel
                                                                                                                                             surcharges are to be paid at the time of booking.

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                                                                                                                                                                Rail Travel
         Queensland's Coast                                                       The Overland                                                         The XPT




                                       Queenslander Class Cabin
 The Queensland Coast sparkles with shimmering                     The Overland journeys between Adelaide and                    Introduced in 1982 the XPT is short for ‘express
 waters, lush rainforest and undulating landscapes, all            Melbourne, operating both ways three times a week.            passenger train’. Travel from Sydney to Melbourne
 making the backdrop for your journey. The                         Travel past diverse landscapes, from rugged                   and you can stop off at Albury, Wodonga to visit
 Sunlander travels between Brisbane and Cairns,                    scrubland, to vast open plains and through gently             some of the Rutherlgen wineries, or combine your
 accommodation ranges from an economy seat to                      rolling hills. The route was inspired by the                  XPT journey with the XPLORER rail service to visit
 single and twin berth cabins. Why not upgrade to the              ‘Overlanders’ who made this journey by horseback              the nation's capital Canberra - en route. The XPT's
 premium all inclusive Queenslander Class? By day                  until 1887, when the train line was first pioneered.          unique aerodynamic nose design makes a distinctive
 each cabin has a sofa and by night it converts into               On board choose between Red Service, offering                 impression as you cruise through the countryside.
 twin berths, relax and enjoy your meals in the fine               comfortable recliner seats or Red Preimum Service             Choose from an economy or first class seat, or for
 dining restaurant. Covering the same route, the Tilt              with only 36 seats per carriage offering plenty of leg        overnight journeys twin berths are available. A buffet
 Train is modern, convenient and ideal for shorter                 room and wider aisles allowing an at seat trolley             car is on the train serving hot and cold food and
 journeys. Take the train to Hervey Bay, the gateway               service (for purchase). Complimentary orange juice            drinks. Along your Sydney to Brisbane route you will
 to Fraser Island, or stop off at Proserpine to easily             or water is provided on departure in the Red                  pass through Coffs Harbour, surrounded by miles of
 access the beautiful Whitsundays Islands.                         Premium Service while all guests can access the Café          unspoilt beach. Travel from Sydney to Melbourne and
                                                                   Carriage. The Overland links up with both The Ghan            you will journey into Canberra, the nation's capital;
 Prices from £102 per person Brisbane to Cairns or v.v.            and the Indian Pacific in Adelaide.                           why not take the opportunity to break your journey
 standard economy seat; from £378 per person Brisbane                                                                            and rejoin the train the next day?
 to Cairns or v.v. Queenslander Class on The Sunlander.            Adelaide to Melbourne or v.v prices from:
                                                                   Red Standard Service £40 per person, fuel surcharge £7        Prices from £44 per person Sydney to Brisbane or v.v.
 Prices from £33 per person Brisbane to Hervey Bay or v.v.
                                                                   per person. Red Premium Service £60 per person, fuel          economy seat, from £59 per person first class seat.
 economy class seat on the Tilt Train.
                                                                   surcharge £10 per person. All fuel surcharges are to be       Prices from £44 per person Sydney to Melbourne or v.v.
                                                                   paid at the time of booking.                                  economy seat, from £62 per person first class seat.



                                                                                                                                Life on Board
    Indian Pacific                                                                                                              Red Service
                                                                                                                                Offering excellent value, the Red Service ‘Daynighter’ seats
   A staggering 4352km is covered twice-weekly in both directions                                                               are reclining chairs with plenty of leg room. Red Service
   on the Indian Pacific. This is one of the world’s longest train                                                              guests may purchase drinks, snacks and light meals from
                                                                                                                                the Diner/Buffet car. Showers and toilets are at the end of
   journeys, travelling from Sydney and the Pacific Ocean to Perth                                                              each carriage, with towels and soap provided.
   and the Indian Ocean. Cruise across the continent for three days                                                             Gold Service
   and you will be a spectator to fascinating landscapes & wildlife.                                                            Gold Service offers a choice of Twin Sleeper and Single
                                                                                                                                Sleeper cabins. Twin cabins feature a comfortable three
                                                                                                                                seater lounge that converts to an upper and lower berth
                                                                                                                                with compact en-suite facilities. Single cabins have a wash
                                                                                                                                basin in room with showers and toilets at the end of the
                                                                                                                                carriage. Gold Service guests have access to a dedicated
                                                                                                                                lounge car with comfortable chairs and complimentary tea
                                                                                                                                and coffee. Full breakfasts, two-course lunches and three
                                                                                                                                course dinners are all included and served in the finely
                                                                                                                                appointed restaurant car.
                                                                                                                                Optional Whistle Stop Sightseeing
                                                                                                                                Optional Whistle Stop Sightseeing tours include Broken
                                                                                                                                Hill, Adelaide, Cook and Kalgoorlie and are available for
                                                                                                                                purchase on board. Visit the remote town of Broken Hill
                                                                                                                                and learn about the rich mining history. In Adelaide you
                                                                                                                                have the option to tour many of the city’s highlights
                                                                                                                                including the Adelaide Oval Cricket Ground. Cook is one
                                                                                                                                of the world’s most isolated outposts, once a thriving
                                                                                                                                railway settlement, now it only has a handful of residents
                                                                                                                                left; discover its history on this one-hour tour. At night the
                                                                                                                                tour of Kalgoorlie gives an insight into the largest outback
                                                                                                                                city in Australia and how its fortune was made mining gold.
                                                                                                                                On westbound trains, a morning sightseeing tour of Perth
                                                                                                                                is also available.
The Journey                                                       the stunning Blue Mountains you will travel through the       Perth to Sydney or v.v prices from:
                                                                  barren plains of the Nullarbor Desert and eventually arrive   Red Service £328 per person, fuel surcharge £14 per person.
Departing Saturdays and Wednesdays from Sydney,
                                                                  in Perth. To break the journey up you can leave the train     Gold Service £891 per person, fuel surcharge £41 per
Sundays and Thursdays from Adelaide, and Wednesdays
                                                                  at Adelaide and spend a few days exploring South Australia    person. All fuel surcharges are to be paid at the time of
and Sundays from Perth this truly epic journey stretches
                                                                  before catching the next train as it comes through.           booking.
from east to west Australia traversing three states. From

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     Passes
     For independent holiday-makers,
     flexibility and good value are key,
     which is why many of our customers
     appreciate the benefits of passes.
     Accommodation passes are a
     versatile and economical choice for
     visitors touring Australia; sightseeing
     passes offer excellent value for
     money when combining two or
     more tours; and coach passes make
     travel easy by offering a choice
     based on either the distance or the
     amount of days you wish to travel.

                                                                                                                                                                           Nobby’s Head, Newcastle, New South Wales




                            Greyhound Australia Coach Passes                                                                                APT Sightsee 'n' Save Pass
     The Greyhound coach network is the most extensive in Australia, and using the passes, we are able to                              See many of Australia's top
     arrange, for you, the most flexible coach travel in the country. Purchase a Kilometre Pass and be free to                         attractions and save up to 35%
     use any route on the network, up to the number of kilometres you have purchased. Or, if you want to                               using the Sightsee 'n' Save pass.
     cover greater distances, choose one of the new Day Passes and travel around Australia with no                                     The pass offers four open-dated
     kilometre restriction for as many days as your pass allows.                                                                       vouchers which you can
                                                                                                                                       exchange for day tours. Each
 Aussie Kilometre Passes                                                                                                               day tour has a value of 0.5, 1,
 Enjoy the freedom to explore and the flexibility to travel
                                                                                       Darwin      Kakadu                              1.5, 2, and 2.5 days, so the value of the tour you
 wherever and whenever you choose with an Aussie
                                                                                                   Cooinda                             pick will reflect in how many tours you get out of
                                                                                                Katherine                 Cairns
 Kilometre Pass. You can travel up to your chosen distance,               Broome
                                                                                                                                       the four voucher pass; as shown below:
                                                                                         Tennant
 for up to 12 months from the first day use, with unlimited                               Creek        Mt. Isa                Mackay
                                                                                                                                       1 Day: Magnificent Hunter Valley Winetaster
 stopovers. Once in Australia you just need to give twelve                             Alice Springs

 hours notice by phone to secure your seat for each part of
                                                                                                           Charleville                 Sample the wines of the Hunter Valley and enjoy a
                                                                         Coral Bay                                        Brisbane
 your journey. If you run out of kilometres its as easy as a                                                                           sumptuous lunch.
                                                                          Monkey Mia       Coober Pedy
 phone call to top them up.                                                                                                            1.5 Days: Sydney with Harbour Luncheon Cruise
                                                                              Perth
                                                                                                   Adelaide
                                                                                                                         Sydney        See the sights of Sydney city, Manly and the Northern
 Flexi Day Passes                                                                                                                      beaches including a fabulous harbour luncheon cruise.
 If you want to travel around Australia with no restriction                                                              Melbourne
                                                                   McCafferty’s & Greyhound services                                   1.5 Days: Blue Mountains & Australian Wildlife
 on kilometres, this is the pass for you. Travel as far as you
 like within the day limit. These new passes are valid for                                                                             See the Three Sisters rock formation and take a ride on
 sixty days from the first day of travel and allow 10, 15, or    Prices from £172 per person for a 2000km Aussie Kilometre             the world's steepest scenic railway or the Scenic Skyway.
 21 days of unlimited travel. Just give 12-hours notice          Pass. Passes up to 20,000km are available, prices on                  The APT Sightsee 'n' Save pass can be used in any city or combination of
                                                                                                                                       cities in which APT day tours operate. Look out for the Sightsee 'n' Save logo
 within Australia to secure your seat each day.                  request. Flexi Day Passes - prices from £265 (10 days),               throughout the brochure.
                                                                 £348 (15 days), £429 (21 days).
                                                                                                                                       Price from £170 per person.




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                                                                                                                                                                                              Passes
                                          Choice Hotel Pass
Choice Hotels is one of the largest accommodation providers in the world with a reliable range of well
known brands and a total of around 260 hotels in Australasia. Comfort is the name people think of for
value & reliability. Quality inns, hotels, suites & resorts offer superior facilities. Clarion hotels, suites &
resorts are the ideal choice for guests looking for first class accommodation.

                                                            Colour Categories
                                                            All properties are colour branded enabling you to select the
                                                            accommodation to suit your specific requirements.

Pre-booked                                                          Silver: Luxury hotels centrally located in capital
Accommodation can be pre-booked, with one pass covering             cities
multiple nights. We strongly recommend pre-booking your             Red: Deluxe hotels with excellent service &
first night’s stay and stays over peak travel periods               facilities in the city centres & resorts               Choice Hotel Pass
(November-February and holidays) to avoid disappointment.           Blue: First class accommodation in capital cities,     Prices per person per night, room only, in £'s from
                                                                    provincial cities & resorts                                                                       01Jan08-31Mar08             01Apr08-30Sep08
Open-dated                                                          Green: An excellent standard of accommodation                                                        Twin        Single         Twin       Single
For complete flexibility, accommodation can be purchased            with good facilities in cities & resort locations      Yellow                                         24            49           27          53
                                                                                                                           Pink                                           31            63           34          67
on open-dated vouchers. Choice open-dated passes are                Pink: Good quality, economical accommodation
                                                                                                                           Green                                          36            71           39          77
valid for an entire season of travel. Just exchange them            mostly in regional locations                           Blue                                           43            85           46          92
locally for accommodation selected from the Choice                  Yellow: Most economical, good hotels & motels          Red                                            50           99            53         107
directory that we provide. You, or your hotel, make                 found in country towns & some suburban motels in       Silver                                         56           113           61         122
                                                                                                                           2 children, under the age of 12, stay free of charge when sharing with 2 adults.
onward telephone reservations to secure your next room.             capital cities



                      New South Wales Explorer With Choice
 8 Days Sydney - Sydney
 With the wealth and variety of accommodation Choice Hotel Pass offers in New South Wales, there’s
 no excuse for not going off the beaten track to explore Sydney’s beautiful surrounds. Here’s one of the
 many possible itineraries.
 Days 1-2: Sydney - The Blue Mountains                      Day 6: Forbes - Griffith
 Admire the spectacular views of the Three Sisters in The   Drive through one of the largest vegetable production
 Blue Mountains before staying overnight for 2 nights at    areas in Australia, before staying overnight at Choice Hotel
 Choice Hotel Quality Inn St Mounts, Blackheath.            Comfort Inn Gemini, Griffith.
 Day 3: Blackheath - Mudgee                                 Day 7: Griffith – Wagga Wagga
 Continue your journey onto Mudgee and enjoy the local      Wagga Wagga is the state’s largest wine-producing region.
 vineyards, fresh local food and wine. Stay overnight at    Overnight, stay at Choice Hotel Comfort Inn Prince of
 Choice Hotel Quality Parklands Resort, Mudgee.             Wales, Wagga Wagga.
 Day 4: Mudgee - Dubbo                                      Day 8: Wagga Wagga – Sydney
 Continue your journey en-route to Dubbo, home to the       Return in a north-east direction back to Sydney.
 Western Plains Zoo. Overnight, stay at Choice Hotel
 Comfort Inn Blue Lagoon, Dubbo.
 Day 5: Dubbo - Forbes
 Travel south via Parkes to Forbes, recognised for fine
 architecture remaining from the 19th century gold boom
 and stay overnight at Choice Hotel Comfort Inn Forbes.




                                                  Go Koala
Go Koala offers a wide range of accommodation to choose from in Australia, with around 240 properties,
located in 140 key city and tourist resort locations. Go Koala is often able to provide you with the
accommodation type you are looking for exactly where you want it.

                                                            Colour Categories
                                                            All properties are colour branded enabling you to select
                                                            the accommodation to suit your specific requirements.
Pre-Booked                                                           Platinum Plus: Top end properties, recently
We strongly recommend pre-booking your first night’s stay            introduced to Go Koala
and stays over peak travel periods (November-February                Platinum: These properties offer something
and holidays) to avoid disappointment. Remote locations              special in city and resort locations                  Tour Prices
usually need to be pre-booked.
                                                                     Jade: First class accommodation in many               Prices per person per night, room only, in £'s from
Open-dated                                                           locations throughout Australia                                                                  01Jan09-31Mar09              01Apr09-31Mar10
                                                                                                                                                                       Twin           Single      Twin           Single
For complete flexibility, accommodation can be purchased             Gold: Superior hotels and resorts with excellent
                                                                                                                           Bronze                                        25             51          25             51
on open-dated vouchers. Go Koala open-dated passes are               services and facilities                               Silver                                        30             61          31             62
valid for an entire season of travel. Just exchange them                                                                   Gold                                          37             74          37             74
                                                                     Silver: Good quality accommodation with good          Jade                                          43             85          43             85
locally for accommodation selected from the Go Koala
                                                                     facilities                                            Platinum                                      51            102          51            102
directory that we provide. You, or your hotel, make                                                                        Platinum Plus                                 61            122          61            122
onward telephone reservations to secure your next room.              Bronze: Basic hotels and motels in regional           One child under 12 free of charge when sharing with 2 adults. Max 3 adults or 2 adults & 2
                                                                     locations or value city locations                     children under 12 per room, please call for extra adult rate.
A credit card guarantee is required.
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     Independent Touring
     Our Independent Touring options
     have been designed to help ensure
     you see the very best of Australia.
     You will not be travelling as part of a
     group, but will nevertheless be
     following a fully comprehensive
     itinerary. Choose between the five
     itineraries presented over the next
     few pages and we will take care of
     booking all your overnight
     accommodation, transfers, and
     sightseeing, and even any extra
     extras you may wish to add on.




                                                                               Essential Australia
     15 Days Sydney to Cairns, from £1252, Independent Tour (Excludes Flights)
                                                                                                                                          1              nights stayed
                                                                                                                                                  No. of11
                                                                                                                                          2
                                                                                                                                                  Air 12
      Highlights Include
                                                                                                                                                  Land 13
                                                                                                                                          3
      • Four nights in fabulous Sydney
                                                                                                                                          4             14
      • Access to Sydney Attractions including Sydney
        Wildlife World, Sydney Aquarium and a cruise                                                                                       5            15                    Cape
                                                                                                                                                                         1 Tribulation
        on the world-famous harbour                                                                                                       6             16     (
                                                                                                                                                                         2 Port Douglas
      • Visit the picturesque Blue Mountains                                                                                              7
                                                                                                                                                        17               3 Cairns &




                                                                                                                                                                (
      • Two nights at the magnificent Uluru (Ayers                                                                                        8             18                Palm Cove
        Rock)                                                                                                                              9            19
                                                                                                                                         Alice
      • ‘Sounds of Silence’ dinner under the stars                                                                                      Springs
                                                                                                                                          10            20
      • Explore the mighty Kings Canyon                                                                                                    1
      • Cruise to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef                                                                                   1 Kings Canyon

      • Ride the exciting Skyrail Rainforest Cableway                                                                                  2 Uluru
                                                                                                                                       (Ayers Rock)
      • Two nights in laid-back Port Douglas
      • Overnight in Cape Tribulation, where the
        rainforest meets the reef

 Departures: Daily
 Day 1: Arrive Sydney                                                                                                                                                                4 Sydney
 This classic Australia itinerary starts in the country’s most
 famed city, iconic Sydney. Top of many visitors wish list,
 the city boasts a cosmopolitan vibe, a spectacular harbour,
 and the beautiful Sydney Opera House among its
                                                                                                                           Sydney
 attractions. Transfer to your chosen hotel for a four-night
 stay and enjoy a leisurely afternoon or evening.                  Katoomba, the heart of the Blue Mountains, and follow a          with the sunset silhouetting Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kaka
 Standard: Mercure Sydney (page 52)                                scenic drive to see the awe-inspiring Three Sisters rock         Tjuta (The Olgas). The haunting sounds of a digeridoo and
                                                                   formation, towering over the Jamison Valley. You will also       some of the best stargazing you will ever experience
 Superior: Holiday Inn Darling Harbour (page 53)
                                                                   get the chance to take a ride on the world’s steepest            complete a perfect evening. (D)
 Deluxe: InterContinental Sydney (page 55)                         scenic railway or the Scenic Skyway (own expense). In the        Standard: Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel (p114)
 Day 2: Sydney Attractions                                         afternoon you will visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, where        Superior: Voyages Desert Gardens, Standard Room (p114)
 Sydney’s Darling Harbour is packed with attractions, and          you can see kangaroos, wallabies and koalas in a natural
                                                                                                                                    Deluxe: Voyages Desert Gardens, Rock View Room (p114)
 your Darling Harbour Experience Pass gives you a great            bush setting before your return to Sydney.
 deal with access to many of these. Visit the fantastic                                                                             Day 6: Uluru (Ayers Rock)
                                                                   Day 4: Sydney
 Sydney Wildlife World and the famous Sydney Aquarium;                                                                              Enjoy a morning at leisure before your driver guide takes
                                                                   Explore Sydney at your leisure. If you didn’t visit all of
 take a Matilda Harbour Cruise with five stops around the                                                                           you closer to the great monolith. Have a look around the
                                                                   Sydney’s attractions on Day 2, then today’s the day to
 harbour and hop on and off as you please; enjoy a                                                                                  Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre before joining a guided
                                                                   complete your Sydney sightseeing. Alternatively, if you
 restaurant meal at Jordons Seafood (bookings essential);                                                                           Mala Walk to explore the base of Uluru and the Mutitjulu
                                                                   need some more ideas, turn to pages 50-51 for more
 travel the monorail with a full-day pass; access the Sydney                                                                        waterhole. Tonight savour a second Uluru sunset with a
                                                                   touring options to add on to your itinerary.
 Tower, taking you 250 metres above Sydney; Oztrek, a                                                                               glass of wine, closer to the Rock this time.
                                                                   Day 5: Sydney - Uluru (Ayers Rock)
 brilliant virtual reality tour around Australia; and see a film                                                                    Day 7: Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) – Kings Canyon
 on the world’s largest screen at the IMAX Theatre.                Transfer to the airport today to board your flight to
                                                                                                                                    Rise early and enjoy sunrise at Uluru before travelling out
 Activities can be completed today, but your pass is also          Australia’s Red Centre. Outback Australia holds a
                                                                                                                                    to the marvellous domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) for a
 valid for use on Day 4. (L)                                       fascination for visitors from around the globe. On arrival at
                                                                                                                                    guided walk into Walpa Gorge. Today’s driver guide takes
                                                                   Uluru (Ayers Rock) airport, a complimentary shuttle will
 Day 3: Blue Mountains                                                                                                              you to the mighty Kings Canyon. Stay overnight at Voyages
                                                                   transfer you to your chosen accommodation for a two-
 Join a tour to the picturesque Blue Mountains National                                                                             Kings Canyon Resort or upgrade to the Kings Canyon
                                                                   night stay. Tonight is an experience to remember as you
 Park. This is a region of crisp, clean mountain air where                                                                          Wilderness Lodge for an additional cost (dinner & breakfast
                                                                   enjoy the magical ‘Sounds of Silence’ dinner in the desert,
 distant blue haze rises above awesome canyons. Reach                                                                               will be included at the Lodge).

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                                                                                                                                                               Independent Touring




                                                           Cairns lagoon




                           Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, North Queensland                                                                                                                                                  Uluru

Day 8: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs                                        Great Barrier Reef. Disembark at Quicksilver’s pontoon to                           Reef. Look out for the Ulysses Butterfly and the Giant Tree
Take an early morning guided walk to the canyon rim for                    view the reef from an underwater observatory, and take a                            Frog among other resident fauna en route. The rainforest
breathtaking views of the canyon walls. Visit the Lost City                trip in a semi-submersible. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch and                             really comes alive at night and the accommodation we
and the beautiful Garden of Eden. There is an alternative,                 maybe a spot of snorkelling. Back on dry land, you will be                          have chosen is tucked safely in its midst.
easier, shaded walk along the canyon floor, offering                       transferred to your chosen hotel in Port Douglas, where                             Standard: Ferntree Rainforest Lodge (page 101)
spectacular views. Later travel to Kings Creek Station                     your luggage will be waiting for you. (L)                                           Superior: Cape Tribulation Resort & Spa (page 101)
before arriving in Alice Springs by evening.                               Standard: Bay Villas (page 98)                                                      Deluxe: Cape Tribulation Resort & Spa (page 101)
Standard: Aurora Alice Springs Resort (p111)                               Superior: Mantra Treetops Resort & Spa (page 99)                                    Day 14: Cape Tribulation - Palm Cove
Superior: Voyages Alice Springs Resort (p111)                              Deluxe: Sea Temple Port Douglas (page 99)                                           Transfer back through the rainforest to the delightful resort
Deluxe: Voyages Alice Springs Resort, Dlx River Gum (p111)                 Day 12: Port Douglas                                                                of Palm Cove, known as one of the most exclusive of
Day 9: Alice Springs - Cairns                                              Today is yours at leisure to explore this charming resort.                          Cairns’ northern beaches and an ideal stop on your return
Departing the Red Centre, you will be transferred to Alice                 Enjoy a drink or two at the marina, or relax with your                              to Cairns. It boasts a delightful palm tree-shaded beach
Springs airport to board your flight to Cairns in Australia’s              favourite book on Four Mile Beach. Port Douglas is as laid-                         and a variety of top quality restaurants and health spas.
tropical north. One of the main gateways to Australia’s                    back as it gets!                                                                    Standard: Paradise on the Beach (page 95)
Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is popular with Australian and                  Day 13: Port Douglas - Cape Tribulation                                             Superior: Novotel Rockford Palm Cove Resort (page 96)
international visitors alike and a fun-filled holiday                      Depart Port Douglas for the Daintree National Park. This                            Deluxe: Peppers Beach Club & Spa, Palm Cove (page 96)
destination. On arrival, a shuttle transfer will take you to               is a region of stunning natural beauty known for its ancient                        Day 15: Palm Cove – Depart Cairns
your chosen accommodation for a two-night stay. Enjoy                      rainforests, sandy beaches and rugged mountains and
bustling Cairns at leisure tonight.                                                                                                                            Transfer from your Palm Cove hotel to Cairns airport for
                                                                           where the rainforest famously meets the Great Barrier
                                                                                                                                                               your onward or homeward flight.
Standard: Discovery Resort Cairns (page 93)
Superior: Mantra Esplanade (page 93)
                                                                           Prices Include                                                                      Prices Exclude
Deluxe: Shangri-La Hotel The Marina (page 93)                                                                                                                  • Airfares
                                                                           • Accommodation as specified
Day 10: Kuranda & Tjapukai                                                 • Meals as specified (L = Lunch, D = Dinner)                                        • Items of a personal nature
This morning, you will be collected from your hotel for a                  • Sightseeing & touring as specified                                                • Fuel surcharge of approximately AU$5 per person,
full-day experience starting with a ride on the Scenic                     • Transfers as specified                                                              payable locally on Day 11
Railway up to colourful Kuranda. See spectacular views of
the rainforest as the train climbs the mountains, and stop
                                                                            Tour Prices
                                                                            Prices per person, in £'s from                                                        Essential Australia
to browse Kuranda’s markets at the summit. Return on
Skyrail, the world’s longest gondola cableway, gliding just                                                                          Standard                          Superior                         Deluxe
metres above the rainforest canopy, and hop on and off to                                                                Twin                         Single   Twin                Single       Twin             Single
see the rainforest up close. Your host will transfer you to                 01Jan09-22Jan09                              1252                         1843     1387                2107         1680             2696
                                                                            23Jan09-31Mar09                              1252                         1843     1387                2107         1758             2853
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park this afternoon for a buffet               01Apr09-30Jun09                              1308                         1927     1434                2168         1727             2696
lunch, traditional dancing and interactive craft                            01Jul09-30Sep09                              1392                         2077     1543                2374         1839             2964
demonstrations. (L)                                                         01Oct09-31Oct09                              1386                         2064     1541                2370         1913             3112
                                                                            01Nov09-25Nov09                              1363                         2015     1515                2318         1890             3066
Day 11: Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Port                                  26Nov09-13Dec09                              1308                         1927     1486                2273         1823             2951
Douglas                                                                     14Dec09-01Jan10                              1320                         1951     1497                2294         1727             2760
                                                                            02Jan10-31Jan10                              1308                         1927     1464                2230         1727             2760
This morning, transfer to the marina at Port Douglas to                     01Feb10-31Mar10                              1308                         1927     1464                2230         1799             2907
board a catamaran cruise to the outer edge of the iconic                    Supplements and minimum stays apply during New Year and special events.

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 Independent Touring
                               Sydney and East Coast Explorer
     20 Days Sydney to Cairns from £1521, Independent Tour (Excludes Flights)                                                                                               5   Port Douglas
                                                                                                                                                                   Cairns
      Highlights Include
      • Four nights in fabulous Sydney
      • Access to Sydney Attractions including Sydney                                                                                                                                    3
                                                                                                                                                                                               Hamilton
        Wildlife World, Sydney Aquarium and a cruise                                                                                                                                            Island
        on the world-famous harbour
      • Small group tour and overnight in the
        picturesque Blue Mountains                                                                                                                                              Brisbane 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Gold
      • Soak up the fun on the Gold Coast & explore                                                                                                           Gold Coast Hinterland 2           2 Coast
        the Gold Coast Hinterland
      • Three nights in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands
      • Five nights in laid-back Tropical North
        Queensland
      • Cruise to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef                                                                                                                Blue         2    4 Sydney
                                                                                                                                                                  Mountains
      • Ride the exciting Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
      • Visit Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest
        meets the reef                                                                                                                                1           nights stayed
                                                                                                                                                           No. of11
                                                                                                                                                      2
                                                                                                                                                           Air 12
 Departures: Daily                                                                                                                                         Land 13
                                                                                                                                                      3
                                                                                                                                                      4           14
 Day 1: Arrive Sydney                                                                   O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Gold Coast Hinterland
                                                                                                                                                       5          15
 What better way to begin the epic journey of Australia’s
 popular east coast than in fabulous Sydney, often described     accommodation for a two-night stay. (BL)                                                                     (
                                                                                                                                               ‘Sunshine State’. Stroll along the South Bank or explore
                                                                                                                                                        6              16

 as the most beautiful city in the world. On arrival, transfer   Standard: York Leura Gardens Resort (page 57)                                 the choicest dining17
                                                                                                                                                        7               options at Eagle Street Pier.




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 to your chosen hotel for a two-night stay.                      Superior: Mountain Heritage (page 57)                                         Standard: Hotel Ibis Brisbane (page 68)
                                                                                                                                                        8             18
 Standard: Mercure Sydney (page 52)                              Deluxe: Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa (page 58)                      Superior: Mantra on Queen (page 68)
                                                                                                                                                         9            19

 Superior: Holiday Inn Darling Harbour (page 53)                 Day 4: Blue Mountains                                                         Deluxe:10  Sofitel Brisbane Grand Central (page 69)
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 Deluxe: InterContinental Sydney (page 55)                       The pace relaxes today as you have time to explore the                        Day 8: Brisbane - The Gold Coast
 Day 2: Sydney Attractions                                       towns, galleries and cafés, take a bush walk, ride the scenic                 Today, it’s off to Australia’s top beach holiday destination,
 Sydney’s Darling Harbour is packed with attractions, and        railway (own expense), or simply enjoy the spectacular                        the dazzling Gold Coast, for a two-night stay. Just south of
 your Darling Harbour Experience Pass gives you a great          scenery of the Blue Mountains at your leisure.                                Brisbane, the Gold Coast boasts white-sand beaches,
 deal with access to many of these included. You can visit       Day 5: Blue Mountains - Sydney                                                fabulous shopping and, in Surfers Paradise, the east coast’s
 the fantastic Sydney Wildlife World and the famous Sydney       On your return to Sydney today, you’ll stop en route to                       liveliest nightlife.
 Aquarium; take a Matilda Harbour Cruise with five stops         wander amongst the peaceful kangaroos at Euroka, before                       Standard: Vibe Hotel Gold Coast (page 72)
 around the harbour and hop on and off as you please;            returning to the hustle and bustle of Sydney for a further                    Superior: Mantra Legends (page 72)
 enjoy a restaurant meal at Jordons Seafood (bookings            two nights.                                                                   Deluxe: Q1 Resort & Spa (page 73)
 essential); travel the monorail with a full-day pass, and       Standard: Mercure Sydney (page 52)                                            Day 9: Gold Coast
 much more! Activities can be completed today, but your          Superior: Holiday Inn Darling Harbour (page 53)                               With a full day of leisure today, you might like to visit
 pass is also valid for use on Day 6. (L)
                                                                 Deluxe: InterContinental Sydney (page 55)                                     Australia’s biggest and best theme parks (own expense).
 Day 3: Sydney - Blue Mountains                                                                                                                Experience the thrills of themed rides at Movie World or
                                                                 Day 6: Sydney
 A trip to the Blue Mountains is part of the Sydney                                                                                            Wet ‘n’ Wild, or enjoy interactive marine-themed shows at
                                                                 If you didn’t visit all of Sydney’s attractions on Day 2, then
 experience, and we recommend staying a couple of nights                                                                                       Sea World. See page 70 for details of the theme park pass
                                                                 today’s the day to complete your Sydney sightseeing.
 whenever possible. Today, join a fantastic small group tour                                                                                   or other recommended day tours.
                                                                 Alternatively, if you need some more ideas, turn to pages
 into the heart of the Blue Mountains visiting remote                                                                                          Day 10: Gold Coast - Gold Coast Hinterland
                                                                 50-51 for more options to add on to your itinerary.
 regions, crossing creeks, and climbing trails, all in the
                                                                 Day 7: Sydney - Brisbane                                                      Venture inland and leave the crowds behind as you
 comfort of a small custom-built vehicle. Stop for world
                                                                 Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Brisbane, a                   transfer to the tranquil Gold Coast Hinterland. This
 class views such as Govett’s Leap and the Three Sisters
                                                                 thriving city and your gateway to Queensland, Australia’s                     itinerary includes one morning activity, one afternoon
 before continuing on to your overnight Blue Mountains
                                                                                                                                               activity and one evening activity on the O'Reilly's
                                                                                                                                               'Discovery Programme' during your two-night stay.
                                                                                                                                               Standard: O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Garden View (p71)
                                                                                                                                               Superior: O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Mountain View (p71)
                                                                                                                                               Deluxe: O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, 1-bed Mt Villa (p71)
                                                                                                                                               Day 11: Gold Coast Hinterland
                                                                                                                                               As part of O'Reilly's 'Discovery Programme' choose from a
                                                                                                                                               selection of rainforest activities today including various
                                                                                                                                               walks to suit different levels of ability, 4WD tours, and an
                                                                                                                                               evening glow-worm walk.
                                                                                                                                               Day 12: Gold Coast Hinterland - Brisbane Airport
                                                                                                                                               - Hamilton Island
                                                                                                                                               Transfer back to Brisbane airport to board your flight to
                                                                                                                                               beautiful Hamilton Island. Located in the heart of the idyllic
                                                                                                                                               Whitsunday Islands on the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton
                                                                                                                                               Island is a vibrant and popular holiday destination with
                                                                                                                                               plenty of exciting sightseeing and activity options for a fun-
                                                                                                                                               filled three-night stay.
                                                                                                                                               Standard: Palm Bungalows, Hamilton Island (page 81)
                                                                                                                                               Superior: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island (page 81)
                                                                                                                                               Deluxe: Beach Club, Hamilton Island (page 81)
                                                                                                                                               Day 13: Hamilton Island
                                                                                                                                               This morning is yours to explore Hamilton Island by foot
                                                                                                                                               or hire ‘buggy’. This afternoon, you are booked on a
                                                                                                                                               cruise to the beautiful Whitehaven Beach, a 'must-see'

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                                                     Port Douglas                                                                                                                                            Hamilton Island
attraction of the Whitsunday Islands. From Hamilton Island          eateries and boutiques, Port Douglas' Macrossan Street is a
marina, you’ll cruise to Whitsunday Island and disembark            bustling centre. Enjoy a five-night stay.
on pristine silica white sands of Whitehaven Beach. For the         Standard: Bay Villas Resort (page 98)
best views, walk to the lookout and see both Whitehaven
                                                                    Superior: Mantra Treetops Resort & Spa (page 99)
Beach and idyllic Hill Inlet from above.
                                                                    Deluxe: Sea Temple Port Douglas (page 99)
Day 14: Hamilton Island
                                                                    Day 16: Outer Barrier Reef
We have included a full day at leisure on Hamilton Island
today. You may like to laze at one of the island’s swimming         Transfer to the marina at Port Douglas this morning to
pools, dine at one of its many restaurants or cafés, try            board Quicksilver’s catamaran cruise to Agincourt Reef on
watersports or bushwalking, or simply relax at the beach.           the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Travel in comfort
Hamilton Island offers more than 40 activities in beautiful         to the spacious reef pontoon and either stay dry on the
surrounds, so the choice is yours.                                  pontoon or try some snorkelling. You will enjoy a
                                                                    sumptuous lunch before your return to Port Douglas at
Day 15: Hamilton Island - Cairns Airport - Port
                                                                    the end of a wonderful day. (L)
Douglas
                                                                    Day 17: Kuranda All Inclusive
After your direct flight to Cairns today, you will be
transferred along a beautiful stretch of coastline to your          Another day to remember, starting with a morning transfer
                                                                    and a ride on the Scenic Railway to Kuranda. See                                                                                             Gold Coast
chosen accommodation in Port Douglas. Tropical North
Queensland is one of the most popular gateways to the               spectacular views of the rainforest near Cairns as the train                          Day 19: Cape Tribulation
Great Barrier Reef, priding itself on its laid-back Australian      climbs the mountains and return on Skyrail, the world’s                               At Cape Tribulation, the Great Barrier Reef is remarkably
charm as well as its stunning natural heritage, and Port            longest gondola cableway. This afternoon visit Tjapukai                               close to shore. This, coupled with the majesty of the
Douglas is an ideal base. With sophisticated yet relaxed            Aboriginal Cultural Park for a buffet lunch, traditional                              ancient Daintree Rainforest National Park, makes Cape
                                                                    dancing and interactive craft demonstrations. (L)                                     Tribulation one of the highlights of the east coast and a
                                                                    Day 18: Port Douglas                                                                  perfect finale to your journey. Today you’ll be collected
                                                                    Today is yours at leisure to explore the charming resort of                           from your hotel to visit this untouched region. Cross the
                                                                    Port Douglas. The town boasts the beautiful Four Mile                                 Daintree River, take a walk along Cape Tribulation beach,
                                                                    Beach, a bustling marina, galleries and boutiques. Perhaps                            and enjoy lunch in a unique rainforest setting. (L)
                                                                    wander up Flagstaff Hill for superb views of the Coral Sea                            Day 20: Port Douglas - Depart Cairns
                                                                    or enjoy a drink or two with the locals.                                              It’s farewell to the Australia’s spectacular east coast as you
                                                                                                                                                          transfer from your Port Douglas hotel to Cairns airport for
                                                                                                                                                          your onward or homeward flight.

                                                                    Prices Include                                                                        Prices Exclude
                                                                    • Accommodation as specified                                                          • Airfares
                                                                    • Meals as specified (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch)                                       • Items of a personal nature
                                                                    • Sightseeing & touring as specified                                                  • Fuel surcharge of approximately AU$5 per person,
                                                                    • Transfers as specified                                                                payable locally on Day 16

                                                                     Tour Prices
                                                                     Prices per person, in £'s from                                                     Sydney & East Coast Explorer
                                                                                                                              Standard                            Superior                          Deluxe
                                                                                                                  Twin                         Single     Twin               Single         Twin              Single
                                                                     01Jan09-25Jan09                              1521                         2286       1717               2532           2227              3678
                                                                     26Jan09-31Mar09                              1531                         2307       1706               2503           2319              3770
                                                                     01Apr09-31May09                              1603                         2402       1757               2588           2282              3641
                                                                     01Jun09-30Jun09                              1668                         2532       1757               2588           2365              3641
                                                                     01Jul09-30Sep09                              1668                         2532       1786               2645           2365              3740
                                                                     01Oct09-14Dec09                              1603                         2402       1788               2649           2421              3797
                                                                     15Dec09-06Jan10                              1705                         2503       1793               2659           2335              3710
                                                                     07Jan10-31Mar10                              1603                         2402       1788               2649           2377              3753
                                                                     Supplements and minimum stays apply during New Year and special events.
                                                Whitehaven Beach
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     18 Days Sydney to Darwin from £2255, Independent Tour (Excludes Flights)                                                                                                  Air 14
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      Highlights Include                                                                                                                                                                16        (
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      • Three nights in fabulous Sydney                                                                                                                                 7
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      • Access to Sydney Attractions including Sydney




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                                                                                                                                                                        8               18
        Wildlife World, Sydney Aquarium and a cruise                                                                                                                     9             19
        on the world-famous harbour
                                                                                                                                                 2 Alice Springs        10              20
      • Visit the picturesque Blue Mountains                                                                                          Uluru
                                                                                                                                          2
      • Three nights in wonderful Melbourne
      • Small group tour along the stunning Great
        Ocean Road
      • Overnight on The Ghan, Australia’s iconic rail
        journey through the Outback
      • Two nights in Alice Springs, Australia’s best-
        known Outback town
      • Two nights at the magnificent Uluru (Ayers                                                                                                               Adelaide
        Rock)                                                                                                                                                1                               Sydney
                                                                                                                                                                                                       3
                                                                                                                                                                     Coonawarra
      • Three nights in the ‘Top End’ visiting the                                                                                                               1
        spectacular Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks
                                                                                                                                                                                   3 Melbourne
                                                                                                                                                        Port Campbell         1
 Departures: Mondays unless modified                                                                                                                                              Apollo Bay
 Day 1: Arrive Sydney                                                                                    Darling Harbour, Sydney

 This epic adventure starts in one of the world’s most
 visited cities. With a spectacular harbour, the Sydney      Activities can be completed in a day, but your pass is valid          be transferred to your chosen accommodation in
 Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, a cosmopolitan vibe        for your entire stay in Sydney. (L)                                   Melbourne for a three-night stay.
 and beautiful beaches, Sydney is an experience of a         Day 3: Blue Mountains                                                 Standard: Mercure Hotel Welcome (page 146)
 lifetime. Enjoy a three-night stay here.                    Join a tour to the picturesque Blue Mountains National                Superior: Grand Mercure Hotel on Swanston (page 146)
 Standard: Mercure Hotel Sydney (page 52)                    Park today. Marvel at a majestic landscape, breathe the               Deluxe: The Langham, Melbourne (page 147)
 Superior: Holiday Inn Darling Harbour (page 53)             fresh mountain air and unwind. Reach Katoomba, the                    Day 5: Melbourne & Tramcar Dinner
 Deluxe: InterContinental Sydney (page 55)                   heart of the Blue Mountains, and follow a scenic drive to
                                                                                                                                   See the highlights of Melbourne on today’s tour. Begin
                                                             see the Three Sisters rock formation from Echo Point. This
 Day 2: Sydney Attractions                                                                                                         your day with a relaxing cruise down the Yarra River then
                                                             afternoon visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you can
 You’ll have access to the best of Sydney’s attractions on                                                                         travel past Flinders Street Station, Old Melbourne Gaol,
                                                             see kangaroos, wallabies and koalas in a natural bush
 your Darling Harbour Experience Pass. Visit the fantastic                                                                         Queen Victoria Market, and the Flagstaff and Fitzroy
                                                             setting before your return to Sydney. (BL)
 Sydney Wildlife World and the famous Sydney Aquarium;                                                                             Gardens before travelling east to the Dandenong Ranges
                                                             Day 4: Sydney - Melbourne                                             which dominate Melbourne’s eastern horizon. Return to
 take a Matilda Harbour Cruise with five stops around the
 harbour and hop on and off as you please; enjoy a           Depart Sydney for Melbourne, known as the arts, cultural              the city to board a Colonial Tramcar for dinner in this most
 restaurant meal at Jordons Seafood (bookings essential);    and sporting capital of Australia. After your flight from             unusual setting. (D)
 travel the monorail with a full-day pass, and much more!    Australia’s largest city to its second largest today, you will        Day 6: Melbourne
                                                                                                                                   Today is at leisure for you to explore the fascinating city of
                                                                                                                                   Melbourne. This is a planned city, easy to navigate, yet
                                                                                                                                   with a creative energy that lets you lose yourself amongst
                                                                                                                                   cafés, galleries and boutiques hidden in its back streets.
                                                                                                                                   With a packed festivals calendar, and the cream of
                                                                                                                                   Australian cultural events frequently showcased at exciting
                                                                                                                                   venues across the city, there’s plenty to entertain. See
                                                                                                                                   page 145 for additional sightseeing ideas.
                                                                                                                                   Day 7: Melbourne - Apollo Bay
                                                                                                                                   Depart Melbourne for its majestic coast by joining a small




                                                                                                                   Kings Canyon                                      City Tram and Flinders St Station, Melbourne
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sydney Wildlife World




                                                                                                       Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road                                                                            The Ghan Train

group tour along the spectacular Great Ocean Road today.            Standard: Mercure Grosvenor (page 135)                                 Day 15: Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Darwin
Along the way your expert guide will open his treasure              Superior: Mantra Hindmarsh Square (page 136)                           Time to relax at the resort before your airport transfer. On
chest and amaze you with stories of the region. Travel to           Deluxe: Hyatt Regency (page 136)                                       arrival in Darwin, you will be transferred to your chosen
Anglesea, and Lorne, and look out for koalas in their               Day 10: Adelaide - The Ghan                                            accommodation for a three-night stay.
natural environment. After dinner, you will be taken on a                                                                                  Standard: Travelodge Mirambeena Resort (page 105)
                                                                    Transfer to Adelaide station to board The Ghan. This
Rainforest by Night walk (weather permitting). (D)                                                                                         Superior: Mantra on the Esplanade (page 105)
                                                                    lengendary rail journey follows the historical route of the
Overnight: Beacon Point, Ocean View Villa (or similar)              Afghan camel trains right into the heart of Australia’s Red            Deluxe: Mantra Pandanus (page 105)
Day 8: Apollo Bay - Coonawarra Wine Region                          Centre. Your Outback adventure begins as you watch                     Day 16: Kakadu National Park & Yellow Waters
After breakfast, travel along the Shipwreck Coast to the            landscapes change from the comfort of a dedicated lounge               Journey into Kakadu National Park’s vast wetlands today.
Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and the picturesque                 carriage. Enjoy a three-course dinner on board tonight,                Home to one of Australia’s most diverse bird populations,
township of Port Campbell. See London Bridge, and the               before heading to your en-suite cabin for a comfortable                the ‘Top End’ also holds cultural significance and has a
limestone stacks of the Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands.          night’s sleep.                                                         timeless quality. A cruise along Kakadu’s Yellow Water
You’ll have a relaxing overnight stop in the Coonawarra             Overnight: The Ghan, Gold Service (page 24)                            billabong is included before your return to Darwin.
wine region tonight. (BD)                                           Day 11: The Ghan - Alice Springs                                       Day 17: Litchfield National Park
Overnight: Chardonnay Lodge (or similar)                            Awake this morning to a hearty breakfast and on arrival in             There’s time to explore Litchfield National Park before you
Day 9: Coonawarra Wine Region - Adelaide                            Alice Springs, transfer to your chosen hotel for a two-night           leave. With spectacular scenery, waterfalls, giant magnetic
Taste some of the area’s wine and food before heading               stay. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to                termite mounds, and lush rainforest, this is a perfect finale
north to the World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves.                acquaint yourself with the famous outback town.                        to an amazing adventure. After an optional refreshing swim
Your journey continues towards Hahndorf, a traditional              Standard: Aurora Alice Springs (page 111)                              at Wangi Falls, return to your Darwin hotel tonight.
German town in the Adelaide Hills and you’ll bid farewell           Superior: Voyages Alice Springs Resort (page 111)                      Day 18: Depart Darwin
to your fellow travellers this evening on arrival in Adelaide
                                                                    Deluxe: Voyages Alice Springs Resort, Dlx River Gum (p111)             Transfer to Darwin airport for your onward flight.
for an overnight stay. (B)
                                                                    Day 12: Alice Springs
                                                                    Alice Springs has so much to offer and you will see the
                                                                    highlights on today’s interesting town tour. See panoramic
                                                                    views from Anzac Hill, visit the Royal Flying Doctor Base,
                                                                    take a trip to the local School of the Air, explore the Old
                                                                                                                                           Prices Include
                                                                    Telegraph Station, and visit the fascinating Mbantua Gallery,
                                                                                                                                           • Accommodation as specified
                                                                    home to a private collection of rare Aboriginal artefacts,
                                                                                                                                           • Meals as specified (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch)
                                                                    bush tucker and art.                                                   • Sightseeing & touring as specified
                                                                    Day 13: Alice Springs - Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) -                       • Transfers as specified
                                                                    Uluru (Ayers Rock)
                                                                    Depart Alice Springs and travel through the rugged West                Prices Exclude
                                                                    MacDonnell Ranges on a guided tour commencing today.
                                                                                                                                           • Airfares
                                                                    Journey to the remarkable domes of Kata Tjuta (The                     • Items of a personal nature
                                                                    Olgas), then at sunset, watch the sky change over the
                                                                    iconic monolith, Uluru (Ayers Rock). Stay at Uluru (Ayers
                                                                    Rock) Resort for two nights in your chosen hotel.
                                                                                                                                            Tour Prices
                                                                                                                                            Prices per person, in £'s from                Cities, Coast & Outback
                                                                    Standard: Voyages Outback Pioneer (page 114)
                                                                                                                                                                                        Standard                   Superior
                                                                    Superior: Voyages Desert Gardens (page 114)                                                                          Twin        Single  Twin          Single
                                                                    Deluxe: Voyages Sails in the Desert (page 114)                          01Jan09-31Jan09                              2299        2949   2452           3226
                                                                    Day 14: Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Sounds of Silence                          01Feb09-28Feb09                              2255        2903   2380           3155
                                                                                                                                            01Mar09-31Mar09                              2355        3105   2534           3461
                                                                    Dinner                                                                  01Apr09-30Jun09                              2376        3085   2510           3351
                                                                    Take a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole and around the                01Jul09-30Nov09                              2415        3151   2578           3465
                                                                                                                                            01Dec09-31Jan10*                              RQ          RQ      RQ            RQ
                                                                    base of Uluru (Ayers Rock), and visit the Cultural Centre               01Feb10-28Feb10                              2353        3041   2499           3330
                                                                    and the Maruku Arts & Craft Cooperative. This evening,                  01Mar10-31Mar10                              2453        3240   2664           3660
                                                                    dine under the desert stars at the magical Sounds of                    RQ=On request. Supplements and minimum stays apply during New Year and special events.
                                                                                                                                            *Alternative itinerary operates please call for details.
                                                                    Silence Dinner. (D)
                                             Kakadu National Park
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                                                                        Melbourne & Wild Tasmania
     16 Days Melbourne to Launceston from £1013, Independent Tour (Excludes Flights)
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yarra Valley 1
                                                                                                                                                                                       Melbourne
                                                                                                                                                                                                    3
       Highlights Include
       • Three nights in cosmopolitan Melbourne                                                                                                                                                           Mornington
                                                                                                                                                                                Queenscliff               Peninsula
       • Visit the picturesque Yarra Valley                                                                                                                                                                 1
       • Enjoy the Little Penguins Parade on Philip Island                                                                                                         Port                                      1
                                                                                                                                                                                1 Lorne                       Phillip
       • Drive the spectacular Great Ocean Road                                                                                                                1 Campbell
                                                                                                                                                                                Apollo Bay                    Island
       • Two nights in maritime Hobart                                                                                                          Melbourne
       • Visit the historical Port Arthur site
       • Cruise the majestic Gordon River                                                                                                                                          1             nights stayed
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       • Two nights in the wilderness at Cradle Mountain                                                                                                     Phillip Island        2
                                                                                                                                                                                          Air 13
         Lodge                                                                                                                                                                     3
                                                                                                                                                                                          Ferry 14
                                                                                                                                                                                   4
     Departures: Daily                                                                                                                                                             5               15

     Day 1: Arrive Melbourne                                                                                                                                                       6               16            (
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (
     discover everything from cosmopolitan Melbourne to the                                                                                                                     8               18
                                                                                                                                                                                   Bay of Fires
     wilderness of Tasmania and historical Hobart in this exciting                                                                                                               9
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                                                                                                                                                         Cradle
     itinerary. On arrival in Melbourne you will be transferred                                                                                         Mountain
                                                                                                                                                                                10              20
     to your chosen accommodation for a two-night stay.                                                                                                         2
     Depending on your arrival time, enjoy a leisurely                                                                                            Strahan 2
     afternoon or evening in Melbourne, perhaps visiting the                                                                                                                  2 Hobart
     vibrant South Bank or Federation Square.
     Standard: Mercure Hotel Welcome (page 146)
                                                                                                             Federation Square, Melbourne
     Superior: Grand Mercure Hotel on Swanston (page 146)
     Day 2: Melbourne Tramcar Dinner                                   included. A highlight of this itinerary is the iconic Great            not so distant history unfolds. Step back in time with
     See the highlights of Melbourne on today’s tour. Begin            Ocean Road. Approach via the Mornington Peninsula and                  interactive displays and historic buildings, ruins and gardens
     your day with a relaxing cruise down the Yarra River then         take the ferry across to Queenscliff to begin your journey             bringing the era to life. A compelling and at times uplifting
     travel past Flinders Street Station, Old Melbourne Gaol,          along this iconic coastal route. Return to Melbourne on                reminder of the lives of Australia’s convicts 200 years ago,
     Queen Victoria Market, and the Flagstaff and Fitzroy              Day 8 for another overnight stay.                                      this tour includes entry into the Port Arthur Historic Site,
     Gardens before travelling east to the Dandenong Ranges            Day 9: Melbourne - Hobart                                              an introductory walk, and a cruise on Carnarvon Bay.
     which dominate Melbourne’s eastern horizon. Return to             Transfer to Melbourne airport today to board your flight to            Days 11-15: Tasmanian Wilderness Self-Drive
     the city to board a Colonial Tramcar for dinner in this most      Hobart. On arrival in Hobart you will be transferred to                Collect your hire car on Day 11 and journey into
     unusual setting. (D)                                              your chosen accommodation for a two-night stay. Enjoy                  Tasmania’s wilderness, as fully detailed on page 158. Travel
     Day 3-8: Apostles & Penguins Self-Drive                           some leisure time in the city before starting your                     through spectacular scenery and national park to Strahan
     Collect your hire car on Day 3 and head off to explore            Tasmanian wilderness adventure; wander around the                      passing through the World Heritage Franklin-Gordon Wild
     Melbourne’s accessible surrounds as fully detailed on page        waterfront or stroll around Battery Point.                             Rivers National Park, a huge expanse of mainly
     152. One of Melbourne’s appeals is the plethora of                Standard: Mercure Hobart (page 154)                                    impenetrable rainforest; cruise the spectacular Gordon
     regional attractions all within a short drive of the city. Over   Superior: The Grand Chancellor (page 154)                              River to the massive expanse of Macquarie Harbour, six
     the next five days take a short drive to the picturesque                                                                                 times the size of Sydney Harbour to its narrow entrance,
                                                                       Day 10: Grand Port Arthur
     Yarra Valley, renowned for its beauty, wineries and national                                                                             Hell’s Gates. Next, it’s on to the beautiful Cradle Mountain
                                                                       A full-day tour today takes you to the Port Arthur Historic
     parks; travel to Phillip Island and visit the Koala                                                                                      National Park, for two nights at the Cradle Mountain
                                                                       Site, one of Australia’s greatest attractions and where the
     Conservation Centre and the popular Penguin Parade with                                                                                  Lodge – a wilderness retreat with comfortable cabins, cosy
                                                                       country’s convict heritage is most visible. On the Tasman
     upgrade to the exclusive penguin-plus viewing boardwalk                                                                                  log fires, fine food and wines. Enjoy the tranquillity and
                                                                       Peninsula at Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur, the nation’s
                                                                                                                                              remoteness of this unique area, continuing on to
                                                                                                                                              Launceston where you will stay overnight.
                 Bay of Fires Walk                                                                                                            Day 16: Depart Launceston
               – Optional Extension                                                                                                           Transfer to Launceston airport for your onward or
                                                                                                                                              homeward flight today. If you wish to extend your stay, we
                                                                                                                                              highly recommend the Bay of Fires Walk Extension. Please
                                                                                                                                              refer to the feature box.



                                                                                                                                              Prices Include
                                                                                                                                              • Accommodation as specified
                                                                                                                                              • Meals as specified (D = Dinner)
                                                                                                                                              • Sightseeing & touring as specified
                                                                                                                                              • Transfers as specified
      This delightful small group tour makes a perfect
      finale for walking enthusiasts. Drop of your car on
      Day 15; then on the morning of Day 16 you will be                                                                           Strahan     Prices Exclude
      collected from your Launceston hotel to join the                                                                                        • Airfares
      tour. You will walk a total of approximately 27km                                                                                       • Ferry from Mornington Peninsula to Queenscliff (payable
      over the four days, along secluded beaches, rocky                                                                                         locally)
      headlands and heathland in Mt. William National                                                                                         • Items of a personal nature
      Park. Look out for a fascinating diversity of wildlife
      en route; enjoy gourmet meals, and exclusive
      accommodation along the way. Return for a final                                                                                          Tour Prices
      night in Launceston, departing Launceston on Day 20                                                                                      Prices per person, in £'s from    Melbourne & Wild Tasmania
      if you choose this option.                                                                                                                                                  Standard                   Superior

      The Bay of Fires Walk departs daily 01Jan09-01May09 & 01Oct09-                                                                                                            Twin      Single        Twin         Single
      31Mar10                                                                                                                                  01Jan09-31Mar09                  1021      1795          1195         2149
                                                                                                                                               01Apr09-31Aug09                  1013      1759          1193         2132
      From an additional £973 per person, including return                                                                                     01Sep09-21Sep09                  1013      1759          1267         2179
      transfers from Launceston, 4 nights’ accommodation & all                                                                                 22Sep09-19Dec09                  1090      1906          1267         2272
      meals. Please ask for further details.                                                                                                   20Dec09-11Jan10                  1180      2086          1277         2291
                                                                                                                                               12Jan10-31Mar10                  1090      1906          1273         2278
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                                                                                                                                          Independent Touring
                                                                        Wonders of Western Australia
14 Days Perth to Perth from £1130, Independent Tour (Excludes Flights)                                                                                 Ningaloo                        1              nights stayed
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                                                                                                                                                         Reef                                  Land 12
                                                                                                                                                              2 Carnarvon              2
  Highlights Include                                                                                                                                                                   3
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  • Four nights in Perth, the capital of Western                                                                                             Monkey Mia 1                               4               14
    Australia                                                                                                                                                                                           15
                                                                                                                                                                                        5
  • Visit historic Fremantle & cruise the Swan River                                                                                                                                                     16           (
                                                                                                                                                                                       6
  • Two nights in beautiful Margaret River                                                                                                                                             7
                                                                                                                                                                                                         17
  • Two nights at Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort to




                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (
                                                                                                                                                        Kalbarri 1                     8                18
    see dolphins as they come to shore
                                                                                                                                                                                        9               19
  • Experience pristine Ningaloo Reef by glass-
                                                                                                                                                                                       10
    bottom boat, or snorkelling                                                                                                                                                                          20

  • See the mystical Pinnacles in Nambung National
    Park

Departures: Sundays unless modified
Day 1: Arrive Perth                                                                                                                                                        Perth 4
On arrival in Perth airport, you will be transferred to your
chosen accommodation for a two-night stay. The most
isolated of Australian cities, Perth nevertheless benefits
from being the shortest flight from the UK, and the                                                                                                             Margaret
                                                                                                                                                                 River 2
international gateway to the wonders of Western Australia.
Standard: Sullivans Perth (page 124)                                                                                                                                     Pemberton 1                  2 Albany
Superior: Mantra on Hay (page 125)
Day 2: Perth & Fremantle Tour                                                                                             The Pinnacles
We’ve included a tour today starting in Perth’s beautiful
Kings Park botanical gardens then on to one of the city’s               Day 9: Perth - Monkey Mia                                         Day 11: Coral Bay
most popular beaches, Cottesloe. You’ll continue to the                 It’s time to let someone else do the driving as you join a        Ningaloo Reef is one of the most accessible reefs in the
nearby town of Fremantle and spend some time exploring                  tour group today. After a morning pickup from your Perth          world, so close to shore; stretching 260km, it creates a
this historic port before cruising back to Perth along the              hotel, travel north to Port Denison and make a short stop         sheltered lagoon inhabited by a rich and colourful array of
Swan River. On board, relax and enjoy the views as you                  for lunch. Continue past the unusual ‘leaning trees’ to           sea life. There are exquisite corals and over 460 species of
indulge in tasting some of Western Australia’s finest wines.            Peron Peninsula and the region of Shark Bay to the                fish and manta rays, dugong and dolphins here. Choose
At the end of the day, visit Caversham Wildlife Park.                   fabulous Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort. (LD)                          from either a 90-minute cruise by glass-bottom boat, or a
Days 3-8: Margaret River & South West Self-Drive                        Overnight: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort (page 129)                   two-hour snorkelling cruise. (BD)
Collect your hire car on Day 3 and set out on the                       Day 10: Monkey Mia - Carnarvon                                    Day 12: Carnarvon - Kalbarri
wonderful ‘Margaret River & South West Self-Drive’ as                   You’ll have the chance to interact with the wild bottlenose       Start your return south today and explore the deep red
fully described on page 128. Spend two nights in the                    dolphins at Monkey Mia this morning. After lunch, travel          river gorges of Hawkes Head. Follow the dramatic coastal
beautifully quaint Margaret River region known for its                  via Shell Beach, and see billions of tiny white shells            cliffs and view wildflowers in season (July to September)
world-class wines, picturesque wineries, and quirky arts                stretching as far as the eye can see. Stop to view the            before arriving at the beach resort of Kalbarri. (BLD)
and craft scene. This picturesque drive then takes you                  ancient Stromatolites, the world’s oldest living creatures,       Overnight: Kalbarri Edge Resort
through Karri Forests and along the stunning south west                 before continuing north to Carnarvon for a two-night stay         Day 13: Kalbarri - Perth
coastline to Pemberton and Albany before returning inland               in the stunning Ningaloo National Park region. (BLD)              Journey via the spectacular coastal gorges of Kalbarri to
to Perth for an overnight stay.                                         Overnight: Hospitality Inn, Carnarvon                             Cervantes, gateway to the Pinnacles Desert, an amazing
                                                                                                                                          moon-like landscape and truly one of Australia’s most
                                                                                                                                          mystical experiences. (BL)
       Bungle Bungle Explorer                                                                                                             Standard: Sullivans Perth (page 124)
        – Optional Extension                                                                                                              Superior: Mantra on Hay (page 125)
                                                                                                                                          Day 14: Depart Perth
                                                                                                                                          Transfer to Perth airport for your onward or homeward
                                                                                                                                          flight. Western Australia is so vast, there is always more to
                                                                                                                                          see. Please refer to the Bungle Bungle Explorer Extension
                                                                                                                                          to extend your stay.



                                                                                                                                          Prices Include
                                                                                                                                          • Accommodation as specified
 The Kimberley region, depicted in the epic movie                                                                                         • Meals as specified (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D =
 ‘Australia’, is an unspoilt wilderness for the                                                                                             Dinner)
 adventurous. On Day 14, transfer to Perth airport to                                                                                     • Sightseeing & touring as specified
                                                                                                                          Cape Leeuwin    • Transfers as specified
 board your flight to Kununurra where this fantastic
 experience begins. After a day in Kununurra, a
 spectacular early-morning scenic flight takes you
                                                                                                                                          Prices Exclude
 over expansive open country to Purnululu National                                                                                        • Airfares
 Park. Stay for two nights in en-suite, tented                                                                                            • Items of a personal nature
 accommodation at the exclusive Bungle Bungle
 Wilderness Lodge and by day marvel at the                                                                                                 Tour Prices
 surrounds during 4WD tours and fascinating guided                                                                                         Prices per person, in £'s from            Wonders of Western Australia
 walks.                                                                                                                                                                                Standard                  Superior
 Bungle Bungle Explorer departs daily 13Apr09-17Oct09. A 10kg luggage                                                                                                              Twin         Single         Twin       Single
 restriction applies. Excess baggage can be stored in Kununurra.                                                                           01Jan09-31Mar09                        1130          1696          1242        1931
 Reasonable level of fitness required.                                                                                                     01Apr09-30Jun09                        1199          1780          1346        2094
 From an additional £720 per person, including spectacular                                                                                 01Jul09-31Oct09                        1222          1822          1409        2189
                                                                                                                                           01Nov09-19Dec09                        1215          1808          1405        2106
 return scenic flights to Purnululu National Park, three                                                                                   20Dec09-11Jan10                        1229          1835          1407        2193
 nights’ accommodation, touring, and some meals. See                                                                                       12Jan10-31Mar10                        1215          1808          1366        2111
 page 132 for more details.                                                                                                                Supplements and minimum stays apply during New Year and special events.
                                                                                                                           Monkey Mia
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     and New Zealand’s most renowned
     tour operator, celebrating over 80
     years of expertise in what started as
     a passion and personal dream to
     share the exquisite beauty of each
     country with travellers from all over
     the world. APT offers a
     comprehensive and diverse
     collection of Australia and New
     Zealand touring experiences,
     designed to showcase the best of
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                                                                 On top of thier accredited training, all APT’s Tour             Freedom of Choice Touring
                                                                 Directors and Drivers have in-depth knowledge of their
                                                                                                                                 The concept of Freedom of Choice Touring is simple and
                                                                 destinations and will bring your tour to life with insightful
                                                                                                                                 very exciting. Your tour still takes in all the major
 All-Inclusive Escorted Touring                                  commentary. Chosen not only for their wealth of
                                                                                                                                 attractions of the region, then in feature locations, we
 Whichever touring holiday you choose, you can be sure           destinational knowledge, but for their friendly nature and
                                                                                                                                 present you with a selection of different touring activities.
 that the price is fully inclusive of all sightseeing,           genuine enthusiasm. From the moment you step on tour,
                                                                                                                                 Choose the one that best suits you and we pay for it!
 accommodation, all ‘feature meals’ and other meals as           you’ll feel right at home as they show you the sights.
 specified (when booking the meals-inclusive option),                                                                            Freedom of Choice Dining
 entrance fees, and transfers where applicable. Even                                                                             On most evenings, you can choose to dine early or late,
 porterage, hotel and restaurant tipping is taken care of by                                                                     choose to dine with friends or alone, and choose what
 APT. If you are travelling alone and are happy to share a                                                                       you would like to eat - every menu or buffet offers a
 room with another person of the same gender, there’s no                                                                         selection of dishes.
 need to pay a single supplement. We guarantee to find            Special Early Bird Offer – Save £100                           Dine Around Dinners
 you a person with whom to share, or we’ll give you a             per person                                                     Dine Around Dinners give you the chance to explore the
 single room at no extra cost.                                    Book by 31Jan09 for any Affordable Value, Premier              local cuisines for yourself. Options range from restaurants
                                                                  or Premier Plus escorted tour in Australia with a              within your accommodation to a selection of restaurants
                                                                  minimum duration of 10 days. Special early bird offer          about the town, or maybe it could be a feature dinner such
                                                                  discount must be requested at the time of booking.             as fresh local crayfish. It’s all included in your tour price.



       Escorted Touring Holidays                                            Regional Mini-Stay                                        Small Group Adventures
     Premier Plus Escorted holidays offer the absolute
     best in escorted touring
     • Maximum 30 passengers
     • Stay in iconic, luxury hotels and resorts
     • A Tour Director and Driver who will see to your
       every holiday need
     • Your tour will be fully inclusive
     Premier Escorted holidays offer all the sightseeing
     must-sees
     • Stay in top class hotels in unique or central locations
     • Freedom of Choice Touring in selected destinations
                                                                                                                                  Experiences provide an adventure into Australia’s
     • Dine Around Dinners and Feature Meals for the best
                                                                                                                                  best Outback and Bush, much of which featured in
       dining experiences
                                                                                                                                  the recent film ‘Australia’
     • Enjoy the services of a Driver and Tour Director
                                                                                                                                  • Tour Tasmania, Kangaroo Island, South Australia,
     • Your tour will be fully inclusive                                                                                            Nothern Territory and The Kimberley
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                                                                    budgets                                                       • Showcase the best of the Northern Territory
     • Extensive inclusions and sightseeing are balanced with
                                                                  • Convenient daily departures                                   • Focus on the land, people and spirit of the region
       time to explore at leisure
                                                                  • Expert local guides throughout                                • Permanent tented accommodation with real beds
                                                                  • Airport transfers for your convenience                        • Hot and cold showers
                                                                                                                                  • Experienced local Driver/Guide


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                                                                                                                              Escorted Touring with APT
                                                           Grand Tasman - Affordable Value Touring
10 Days Launceston to Launceston from £1060,
Escorted Tour
Tour TXT10
Offering great scenery, cultural experiences, World Heritage areas and quality food and
accommodation, as an APT Affordable Value Tour and with a dedicated tour director and driver, this
tour is also excellent value for money. Sample chocolates at the Cadbury Chocolate Factory and indulge                                                         ‘The Nut’
in a crayfish feast along the way.                                                                                                                            and Stanley

                                                                                                                                                         1                   Devonport
  Highlights Include                                                                                                                         Smithton                     Beauty Point
                                                                                                                                                                                   Scottsdale
  • Guided tour around the ruins of Port Arthur                                                                                                                       Sheffield             St Helens
  • Two nights in Tasmania's historic capital, Hobart                                                                                                             1
                                                                                                                                                                     Cradle 2 Launceston
                                                                                                                                                                    Mountain
  • Discover beautiful Russell Falls in Mt Field                                                                                                                                 Swansea
                                                                                                                                                       Queenstown Dove Lake                  Coles Bay
    National Park                                                                                                                                         1          Lake     Ross      1
                                                                                                                                                  Strahan                                    Freycinet
  • Beautiful Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair and                                                                                                                                   St. Clair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                National Park
    Freycinet National Parks                                                                                                                             Mt. Field Nat. Park
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Richmond
                                                                                                                                                            Russell Falls                     2
  • Cruise the Gordon River and visit the penal                                                                                                                                       Hob art
    ruins on Sarah Island
                                                                                                                                                                                                           1 Port Arthur
Departures: Most Saturdays from September to May
Tours prior to 01Apr09 are slightly different, details on request.
Day 1: Launceston - Seahorse World -                                                                                                                1               nights stayed
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Beaconsfield                                                                                                                                        2
                                                                                                                                                             Land 12
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Travel north from Launceston to Beauty Point. Take in the                                                                                           3
aquatic splendour of Seahorse World before visiting the                                                          Freycinet National Park             4                 14

country town of Beaconsfield, and its Gold and Heritage              ‘Isle of the Dead’. Travel to Tasmania’s capital of Hobart,                    5          15
                                                                                                                                           lunch on board. Later, depart Strahan for World Heritage
Museum. This evening, enjoy complimentary pre-dinner                 situated along the shores of the Derwent River and check-                                 16     (
                                                                                                                                           Cradle6Mountain National Park. (BFLD)
drinks and a Welcome Dinner. Get to know your fellow                 in for a two-night stay. Journey to the top of Mt Nelson for                 7
travellers and Tour Director. (FD)                                                                                                         Overnight: Cradle Mountain Chateau, Cradle Mountain
                                                                                                                                                               17
                                                                     magnificent views. (BD)




                                                                                                                                                                                    (
                                                                                                                                                   8           18
Overnight: Sandors on the Park, Launceston                                                                                                 Day 8: Cradle Mountain National Park - Smithton
                                                                     Overnight: Grand Mercure Hadleys, Hobart                                       9          19
Day 2: Launceston - Freycinet - Swansea                                                                                                    Tour Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park before
                                                                     Day 5: Cadbury Chocolate Factory & Hobart                                     10          20
                                                                                                                                           heading to Waldheim Chalet to visit the shores of Dove
Continue through the wine producing area of northern                 Tour the sights of Hobart, including a guided tour through            Lake. Later, see Sheffield where many of the buildings are
Tasmania. During flowering season, visit the Bridestowe              the Cadbury Chocolate Factory and sample some well-                   decorated with murals depicting the region’s history, and
Lavender Farm (Dec-Jan). Stop at the East Coast                      known favourites (seasonal closures occur). See Salamanca             Stanley, set in the shadow of ‘The Nut’ – a striking outcrop
Natureworld and meet Delilah, APT's sponsored                        Place, and the historic Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.            soaring 150 metres from the sea. (BD)
Tasmanian Devil. Travel along beautiful Tasmanian coastline          The remainder of the day is at leisure, perhaps visit the
and into the stunning Freycinet National Park. Join a guided                                                                               Overnight: Tall Timbers Hotel, Smithton
                                                                     Cascade Brewery (own expense). Dinner this evening has
walk along Richardsons Beach at Coles Bay. Tonight, enjoy                                                                                  Day 9: Smithton - Launceston
                                                                     not been included to allow you to discover the culinary
a crayfish dinner in Swansea. (BFD)                                  delights of Hobart for yourself.                                      Visit Ashgrove Cheese Factory, makers of delicious
Overnight: Waterloo Inn, Swansea                                                                                                           cheeses using traditional recipes and techniques. Try
                                                                     Optional Extra: Bruny Island Adventure Cruise Option -
Day 3: Swansea - Tasman Peninsula - Port Arthur                                                                                            'farmstyle' English cheeses, vintage cheddars or a unique
                                                                     Join a full day tour including a cruise to the rugged
                                                                                                                                           cheese flavoured with native pepperberry. Traverse the
Journey inland to Campbell Town and Ross before                      coastline of southern Tasmania. Replaces the day's touring
                                                                                                                                           Great Lakes Plateau before passing through Poatina and on
travelling south to the charming Georgian village of                 and must be pre-booked, prices on request. (B)
                                                                                                                                           to Launceston. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with
Richmond. When a bridge was built at Sorell, traffic no              Day 6: Hobart - Mt Field National Park - Strahan
                                                                                                                                           new-found friends. (BFD)
longer passed through, so Richmond remains much as it                Leave Hobart and enter Mt Field National Park and stop to
was 100 years ago. See Richmond Bridge, then proceed                                                                                       Overnight: Sandors on the Park, Launceston
                                                                     view Russell Falls. Then enter some of Tasmania's highest
through Sorell to Eaglehawk Neck and its rugged coastline                                                                                  Day 10: Launceston - Tamar River Cruise - Depart
                                                                     country, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
which you can enjoy from Pirates Bay Lookout. Continue               Enjoy a stop on the shores of Lake St Clair to admire the             Visit Cataract Gorge for a stroll through the European-style
on to Port Arthur. (BD)                                              view before travelling through World Heritage-listed                  gardens. Afterwards, take a cruise along the Tamar River
Overnight: Fox and Hounds Inn, Port Arthur                           wilderness to Strahan, on Macquarie Harbour. (BD)                     then head out to Woolmers Estate to inspect some
Day 4: Port Arthur - Harbour Cruise - Hobart                                                                                               fascinating antique works in the historical homestead.
                                                                     Overnight: Strahan Village Hilltop, Strahan Village
                                                                                                                                           Wander through beautiful rose gardens before rejoining
Port Arthur is Australia's most notorious convict prison,            Day 7: Strahan - Gordon River Wilderness Cruise
                                                                                                                                           the coach for a transfer back to the airport. (B)
having been called 'hell on earth' by its 12,500 convict             - Cradle Mountain National Park
                                                                                                                                           Please ask for details of APT's 12 day Royal Tasman Premier Plus tour (Tour
prisoners. Many of the sandstone prison buildings remain             Board the luxury cruise vessel, the Lady Jane Franklin II, for        RT12, from £1820 per person) if you would like to upgrade.
and have been preserved. At the Port Arthur Historic Site,           a cruise across tranquil Macquarie Harbour and along the
call into the Visitor Centre and play the ‘Lottery of Life’          World Heritage Gordon River. Cruise to the former penal
game. Take a guided tour through the chapel and                      settlement of Sarah Island. Enter the Franklin-Gordon Wild
penitentiary ruins. Join the Marana for a cruise around the          Rivers National Park and stop at Heritage Landing. Enjoy
                                                                                                                                           Prices Include
                                                                                                                                           • Quality accomodation as shown
                Gourmet Adventurer - Small Group Experience                                                                                • Meals as shown: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, FL =
                                                                                                                                             Feature Lunch, D = Dinner, FD = Feature Dinner
                                                                     The Gourmet Adventurer is a leisurely small group                     • Touring & sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
                                                                     (max. 20 people) sojourn into Tasmania's best
                                                                     walking destinations. World Heritage areas and
                                                                                                                                           Prices Exclude
                                                                     national parks are awaiting your discovery. Immerse                   • Airfares
                                                                     yourself in gourmet dining experiences, tasting such                  • Items of a personal nature
                                                                     delights as the freshest oysters, crayfish and salmon,
                                                                     farmhouse cheeses and flavoursome beers. Traverse                      Tour Prices
                                                                     some of the great wilderness areas on earth,                           Prices per person, in £'s from                        Grand Tasman
                                                                     including Cradle Mountain and Gordon River. Stay in                    Tour Code                                                  TXT10
                                                                     the most luxurious places such as the award-winning                                                             Excluding Meals*           Including Meals
                                                                     Freycinet Lodge and Tidal Waters Resort.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Twin         Single       Twin        Single
                                                                     8 Day Tour from Launceston (Tour TGW8)                                 01Jan09-31Mar09                          1073         1441         1260        1628
                                                                                                                                            01Apr09-31Mar10                          1060         1285         1245        1470
                                                                     Prices from £1590 per person.
                                                                                                                                            *Includes Feature Meals

                                                                                                                                                             Brochure prices may change. See booking conditions. 37
 Escorted Touring with APT
                                                       East Coast Adventure – Affordable Value Touring
     12 Days Sydney to Cairns from £1445, Escorted Tour                                                                                                                              G r
                                                                                                                                                                                         e   at
     10 Days Brisbane to Cairns from £1397, Escorted Tour                                                                                         Port Douglas
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     Tour TQ12 & TQ10                                                                                                                                                     2   Cairns                               ee
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     Offering excellent value without compromising on the quality of food, accommodation or inclusions; this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        W hitsunday
     APT Affordable Value Tour along one of the world’s great coastlines travels with a dedicated tour                                                                                                                     Islands
     director as well as a driver.                                                                                                                                                                                     N ational Park
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Daydream
                                                                                                                                                                                                        2Island
       Highlights Include
       • Gorgeous coastal New South Wales                                                                                                                   Queensland
       • Stay two-nights at Tangalooma
                                                                                                                                                                          Rockhampton                              1           Fraser
       • Take a 4WD tour of Fraser Island                                                                                                                                                                                      Island
       • Spend two nights on fabulous Daydream Island
       • See the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef                                                                                                                                Hervey Bay 2
       • Corroboree and dinner at Tjapukai by Night                                                                                                   1               nights stayed
                                                                                                                                                               No. of11
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                                                                                                                                                               Land 12                          Moreton
                                                                                                                                                               Ferry 13                          Island
 Departures (12 Days Sydney to Cairns): 2009 Jan.                                                                                                     3
 22; Feb. 2*, 26; Mar. 9*; Apr. 23; May 5*, Aug. 6, 18*; Sept.                                                                                                       14             Salt Beach 1
                                                                                                                                                       4
 3, 15*; Oct. 1, 13*, 29; Nov. 10*.                                                                                                                    5                 15      Port Macquarie                               1

     2010 Jan. 21, Feb. 2*, 25; Mar. 9*; Apr. 22; May 4*; Aug. 5,                                                                                      6                 16      (
     17*; Sept. 2, 14*, 30; Oct. 12*, 28; Nov. 9*.                                                                                                    7     New South Wales
                                                                                                                                                                   17




                                                                                                                                                                                  (
     *Operates in reverse, Cairns to Sydney (TQ12R).                                                                                                   8                 18
                                                                                                                                                       9
     Please note that tours departing 01Jan09-31Mar09 follow a                                                                                                           19      Sydney
     different itinerary. Details on request.                                                                                                          10                20

 Day 1: Sydney – Port Macquarie
 The adventure begins in Sydney. Drive across the Sydney                    Day 4: Tangalooma at leisure                                      and Reefworld, one of the largest reef pontoons in
 Harbour Bridge to the Central Coast en-route to Port                       You have a full day to explore this ecological haven. The         Australia. Enjoy a reef education presentation and view the
 Macquarie. Tonight, enjoy Welcome Dinner & Drinks to                       island is best known for providing guests with an                 tropical fish from the Underwater Observatory and the
 meet your fellow travellers. (FD)                                          opportunity to interact up close with Queensland’s                semi-submersible. For the more adventurous, follow a
 Overnight: Rydges Port Macquarie                                           friendliest wild dolphins. You can also snorkel over              snorkelling trail and view the coral and sea life up close.
                                                                            shipwrecks, try sand tobogganing, go quad biking or take a        Lunch on board is included. (BFL)
 Day 2: Port Macquarie – Byron Bay – Salt Beach
                                                                            4WD tour of the island (all at own expense). Tonight will         Day 10: Daydream Island – Cairns
 Enjoy a scenic drive to Byron Bay, renowned for its surf
                                                                            be your chance to meet the dolphins as they swim right            This morning, return to the mainland and head to
 beaches that have attracted wealthy city dwellers as well as
                                                                            up to the beach to be fed. (B)                                    Townsville, North Queensland’s largest city. Continue
 bohemian lifestylers. Take in the views from the
 picturesque lighthouse on Cape Byron, the Australian                       Day 5: Moreton Island – Australia Zoo –                           along the coastline between lush green mountains tropical
 mainland’s most easterly point, and watch the surfers and                  Hervey Bay                                                        sandy beaches. Your destination for a two-night stay is
 dolphins riding the swell off the point. Continue on to Salt               After returning to the mainland and rejoining your coach,         Cairns, a lively cosmopolitan city. Cairns is where two of
 with its expanse of spectacular and pristine beach that’s                  head to famous Australia Zoo, home of the late Steve              Australia’s World Heritage areas - the Great Barrier Reef
 located right on the doorstep of your hotel. Perhaps go for                Irwin aka the ‘Crocodile Hunter’. Later, travel through the       and the Wet Tropics Rainforest - converge. (B)
 a stroll along the empty beach as the sun sets. (B)                        beautiful Sunshine Coast to Hervey Bay for a two night            Overnight: Hotel Cairns
 Overnight: Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliffe                               stay. Hervey Bay is a great place for spotting humpback           Day 11: Port Douglas – Kuranda
                                                                            whales (Aug-Oct) and is also gateway to World Heritage            Drive along the coast to Port Douglas. On arrival, enjoy
 Day 3: Salt Beach – Moreton Island
                                                                            protected Fraser Island.                                          some free time before heading to Kuranda, a village in the
 A short drive takes you to Brisbane where you have time
                                                                            Overnight: Mantra Hervey Bay (page 76)                            rainforest where you can wander the local markets. Travel
 to explore this easy going city. Those on the 10 Day
 (TQ10) tour will join the group here. Later, cruise across                 Day 6: Fraser Island                                              aboard the Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway (own expense)
 the expanse of Moreton Bay to Moreton Island National                      Your full day adventure on the world’s largest sand island        or by coach back to Cairns. Tonight enjoy a special
 Park for a two-night stay at Tangalooma Wild Dolphin                       begins with a short cruise across Great Sandy Strait, so          Farewell Dinner at Tjapukai by Night where you discover
 Resort. (BD)                                                               look out for those whales (Aug-Oct). Exceptionally                the Dreamtime and be an interactive part of an ancient
                                                                            beautiful, Fraser Island offers miles and miles of                corroboree before a banquet of regional food. (BFD)
 Overnight: Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort, Moreton Island
                                                                            uninterrupted beaches, turquoise lakes, strikingly coloured       Day 12: Depart Cairns
                                                                            sand cliffs, pristine forests of giant eucalypts and truly wild   Your tour concludes today after breakfast and you are
                                                                            wildlife. During your exciting 4WD tour you’ll discover it        transferred to Cairns airport for your onward flight. (B)
                                                                            all and more! (BFL)
                                                                            Day 7: Hervey Bay – Rockhampton
                                                                            As you continue north you’ll cross the Tropic of Capricorn
                                                                                                                                              Prices Include
                                                                            before arriving in Rockhampton. Take a leisurely stroll
                                                                                                                                              • Quality accommodation as shown
                                                                            around the Botanic Gardens, one of the best in regional
                                                                                                                                              • Meals as shown: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, FL =
                                                                            Australia. Excellent specimens of palms, cycads and ferns           Feature Lunch, D = Dinner, FD = Feature Dinner
                                                                            are found throughout the grounds, and a Japanese garden           • Touring & sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
                                                                            gives a sense of peace and tranquillity. (BD)
                                                                            Overnight: Rockhampton Plaza Hotel                                Prices Exclude
                                                                            Day 8: Rockhampton – Airlie Beach – Daydream                      • Airfares
                                                                                                                                              • Items of a personal nature
                                                                            Island
                                                                            This morning, you head for Mackay, the sugar capital of
                                                                            Australia. Continue to Airlie Beach from where you will            Tour Prices
                                                                            cruise to Daydream Island, part of the Great Barrier Reef          Prices per person, in £'s from                          East Coast Adventure
                                                                            Marine Park, for a two night stay. The idyllic Whitsunday          Tour Code                                          TQ12                                   TQ10
                                                                            Islands archipelago is a yachting paradise protected by the                                              Twin                          Single         Twin      Single
                                                                            vast Great Barrier Reef. (BD)                                      Excluding Meals*
                                                                                                                                               01Jan09-31Mar09                       1447                          1959           1397      1815
                                                                            Overnight: Daydream Island Resort & Spa (page 80)                  01Apr09-31Mar10                       1445                          1910           1400      1785
                                                                            Day 9: Great Barrier Reef                                          Including Meals
                                                                                                                                               01Jan09-31Mar09                       1700                          2211           1645      2063
                                                                            Travel by catamaran to the heart of the Great Barrier Reef         01Apr09-31Mar10                       1700                          2165           1645      2030
                                                                                                                                               *Includes Feature Meals
                                                       Whitsunday Passage
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                                                                                                                                Escorted Touring with APT
                                           Barrier Reef Island Wanderer - Premier Escorted Touring
13 Days Sydney to Cairns from £2426, Escorted Tour                                                                                                                                         1             nights stayed
                                                                                                                                                                                                  No. of11
11 Days Brisbane to Cairns from £2101, Escorted Tour                                                                                                                                       2
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  • Stay on magnificent Hamilton Island                                                                                                                     Airlie Beach                9
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  • Tour Fraser Island by 4-wheel drive                                                                                                                                                    10                20
  • Two nights on beautiful Dunk Island
                                                                                                                                                                   Rockhampton 1
  • Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Cruise to and explore the Great Barrier Reef
  • Stay in tropical Port Douglas and Cairns                                                                                                                                                      Fraser Island
                                                                                                                                                   Queensland                   Hervey Bay         2
                                                                                                                                                                             Sunshine Coast
Departures (13 Days Sydney to Cairns): 2009: Jan
22. Feb 3*, 19, 26. Mar 3*, 10*, 12, 24*. Apr 23. May 5*.                                                                                                                         Brisbane 1
Jun 23*. Aug 6. Sep 17, 22*, 29*. Oct 1, 8, 13*. 20*, 29. Nov                                                                                                                     Gold Coast
5, 10*, 17*. Dec 17, 29*.                                                                                                                                                         Byron Bay
2010: Jan 21. Feb 2*, 18, 25. Mar 2*, 9*, 11, 23*. Apr 22.
                                                                                                                                                                            Coffs Harbour 1
May 4*. Jun 22*. Aug 5. Sep 16, 21*, 29*. Oct 7, 12*, 19*,                                                                                         New
28. Nov 4, 9*, 16*. Dec 16, 28*.                                                                                                                South Wales
* Tours operate in reverse, starting in Cairns (CS13).                                                                                                                       Sydney
Tours departing 01Jan09-31Mar09 follow a different itinerary.                                                           Great Barrier Reef
Details on request.
                                                                        Day 4: Fraser Island - Freedom of Choice Touring                     Atherton Tablelands to Millaa Millaa Falls and the unique
Day 1: Sydney – Coffs Harbour                                           Explore with APT's Freedom of Choice options. Join a                 Curtain Fig Tree. Continue north to the golden, palm-
Depart Sydney early for a scenic drive past the picturesque             local Ranger for a 4WD adventure along Seventy-Five Mile             fringed beaches of Port Douglas. (FBD)
Hawkesbury River then north through scenic New South                    Beach to Maheno Shipwreck and Eli Creek, or tour the                 Overnight: Rydges Sabaya Resort Page 99)
Wales countryside to Coffs Harbour, surrounded by                       inlets and rainforest of the island, visiting Lake McKenzie.         Day 11: Great Barrier Reef – Cairns -
banana plantations. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner. (FD)               Alternatively, join a humpback whale watching cruise                 Freedom of Choice Touring
Overnight: Novotel Pacific Bay Resort (page 61)                         (seasonal). Tonight, enjoy a delicious barbeque. (BFD)               Today, explore the Great Barrier Reef your way, at no
Day 2: Coffs Harbour – Byron Bay – Brisbane                             Day 5: Fraser Island – Rockhampton                                   extra cost to you. Choose from three exciting Quicksilver
Travel to Byron Bay, famous for its relaxing lifestyle and              Look out for humpback whales (August–October) as you                 cruises, all including a delicious lunch on board and offering
idyllic climate. Nearby, Cape Byron marks the most                      cruise back to the mainland. Continue north, crossing the            full bar facilities. Cruise to the Outer Reef on the 45-metre
easterly point on the Australian mainland. Continue on to               Tropic of Capricorn on the way to Rockhampton. (BD)                  ‘Wavepiercer’ and snorkel the clear waters or view the
Brisbane and enjoy a tour of Queensland’s capital city. Its             Overnight: Travelodge Rockhampton                                    marine life from the semi-sub. Alternatively, go sailing on
mix of old and new architecture, tropical climate and                   Henderson Park Farmstay Option: Stay overnight at a working          the ‘Wavedancer’, a 30-metre luxury catamaran, and
historical heritage gives it a laid-back appeal. (B)                    cattle station (min two people & prices on request)                  cruise the Coral Sea before mooring at Low Isles for a
Overnight: Royal on the Park                                                                                                                 host of reef activities. Your third option is to board the
                                                                        Day 6: Rockhampton – Hamilton Island
Day 3: Sunshine Coast – Fraser Island                                                                                                        magnificent ‘Silversonic’, for an exciting day of snorkelling
                                                                        Begin the day with a visit to a working cattle station, before
                                                                                                                                             and discovery on the remote outer reef. (BFL)
11 Day (CN11) passengers join the tour in Brisbane this                 passing through the sugar town of Mackay en-route to
morning. Journey north passing the Glass House                                                                                               Overnight: Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina (page 94)
                                                                        Airlie Beach and your short cruise to fabulous Hamilton
Mountains on your way to the late Steve Irwin’s Australia               Island for a two-night stay. This evening is free to explore         Day 12: Cairns and Kuranda
Zoo, where crocodiles are the main attraction. Travel on                the island’s Marina Village and sample some of its                   Journey aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway up to
to Hervey Bay for your transfer to Fraser Island and check-             cosmopolitan cuisines. (B)                                           Rainforestation where you will be treated by the Pamagirri
in for a two-night stay. (BD)                                           Overnight: Reef View Hotel (page 81)                                 Aboriginal Dancers. Later traverse the Kuranda Skyrail, and
Overnight: Kingfisher Bay Resort (page 76)                                                                                                   glide just metres above the rainforest canopy, passing the
                                                                        Day 7: Hamilton Island at Leisure
                                                                                                                                             lush Cairns Highlands and waterfalls as you journey down
                                                                        Awaken to the Whitsundays’ azure waters and sandy
                                                                                                                                             the range. Tonight, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner. (BFD)
                                                                        beaches from your room. Spend your day at leisure,
                                                                                                                                             Day 13: Cairns
                                                                        choosing from over 40 different activities offered on the
                                                                        island. Relax by one of the 7 luxurious pools, wander the            Free time to catch up on some last-minute shopping
                                                                        shops down at the marina or take a day trip out to the               before your transfer to Cairns airport. (B)
                                                                        pristine Whitehaven Beach (own expense). (BD)
                                                                                                                                             Prices Include
                                                                        Day 8: Hamilton Island – Townsville – Dunk Island
                                                                                                                                             • First Class accommodation as stated
                                                                        Say farewell to Hamilton Island as you cruise through the            • All touring & sightseeing as detailed
                                                                        Whitsundays to Shute Harbour. Continue north via the                 • Meals as shown: B = Breakfast, FB = Feature
                                                                        mango-growing region of Bowen to Townsville and on to                  Breakfast, L = Lunch, FL = Feature Lunch,
                                                                        the hidden paradise of Mission Beach. On arrival, transfer             D = Dinner, FD = Feature Dinner
                                                                        to Dunk Island, a national park and one of the most                  Prices Exclude
                                                                        beautiful Great Barrier Reef Islands. Check-in to your               • Airfares
                                                                        island resort for a relaxing two-night stay. (BD)                    • Items of a personal nature
                                                                        Overnight: Dunk Island Resort (page 85)
                                                                        Day 9: Dunk Island                                                    Tour Prices
                                                                                                                                              Prices per person, in £'s from                       Barrier Reef
                                                                        Today’s activities on Dunk Island are up to you. Perhaps                                                                Island Wanderer
                                                                        join a guided nature walk to view the array of orchids and            Tour Code                                    CN13                          CN11
                                                                        native flowers, take a stroll through tropical rainforest and
                                                                                                                                                                                    Twin        Single           Twin              Single
                                                                        search for the Blue Ulysses butterfly, walk to the highest            Excluding Meals*
                                                                        peak, Mt. Kootaloo, or take a glass-bottom boat cruise to             01Jan09-31Mar09                      2426         3185            2101               2767
                                                                        view the Great Barrier Reef (own expense). (FB)                       01Apr09-31Mar10                      2570         3260            2215               2815
                                                                                                                                              Including Meals
                                                                        Day 10: Dunk Island – Atherton Tablelands –                           01Jan09-31Mar09                      2855         3614            2470               3135
                                                                        Port Douglas                                                          01Apr09-31Mar10                      2855         3545            2470               3070
                                                                                                                                              *Includes Feature Meals
                                                         Port Douglas
                                                                        Return to the mainland and journey via the picturesque
                                                                                                                                                              Brochure prices may change. See booking conditions. 39
 Escorted Touring with APT
                                      Western Wildflower Wonderland – Premier Escorted Touring
     15 Days Perth to Perth from £2240, Escorted Tour
     Tour WAS15                                                                                                                                                      1               nights stayed
                                                                                                                                                                              No. of11
     A feast for the eyes, this tour is timed to coincide with the spectacular wildflower bloom; an explosion                                                        2
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     of colour that will surround you as you tour the best of Western Australia. Also, as an APT Premier                                                             3
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     Escorted Tour, you can be sure of the highest standards along the way.                                                                                                              14
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      • Explore the colourful Outback mining town of                                                                                            1 Kalbarri            8                  18
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      • Discover sophisticated Margaret River                                                                                         Geraldton                       10                 20
      • See the wildflowers of Bluff Knoll, The Stirling                                                                                                                                      Kalgoorlie
                                                                                                                                                             Coomberdale                           1
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      • Stay 2 nights at Monkey Mia and see the wild                                                                                                             N ew N orcia
        dolphins                                                                                                                                                                     Wave Rock
                                                                                                                                                       Perth 3
      • Freedom of Choice Touring in five locations                                                                                                Fremantle 1    Y ork
                                                                                                                                                                                  1 Hyden
        including Kalgoorlie and Monkey Mia!                                                                                                                                                               1
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Esperance
                                                                                                                                               Busselton
                                                                                                                                         Margaret River 1
 Departures: 2009: Aug 23, 26, 30. Sep 6, 9, 13, 20, 23,                                                                                  Cape Leeuwin                         2 Albany
 27. Oct 4, 11, 18.                                                                                                                                               Valley of
                                                                                                                                                                 the Giants
 Day 1: Arrive Perth
 Upon arrival in Perth, enjoy a tour of the city and
 parklands including a visit to Karakamia Wildlife Sanctuary.
 Later enjoy a dusk nature walk and welcome dinner amid                                                             Wave Rock
 the Jarrah woodlands. (FD)
                                                                  Day 5: Esperance – Albany                                     Day 11: Kalbarri National Park – Monkey Mia
 Overnight: Novotel Langley Hotel, Perth
                                                                  Visit Twilight Bay and unique Pink Lake near Esperance        Visit rugged Kalbarri National Park, known for its floral
 Day 2: Perth – Wave Rock                                         before crossing the Stirling Ranges to see the wildflowers    beauty and interesting geology before continuing north via
 Depart Perth and cross the Darling Ranges to National            with your local expert guide. From Bluff Knoll, see the       Eagle Bluff (subject to road conditions) to Shark Bay, a
 Trust listed York for a visit to a local wildflower farm (Sep-   jagged peaks towering over bushland carpeted with             World Heritage Marine Park. Spend two nights in Monkey
 Oct). Continue on to the isolated town of Hyden for a            wildflowers. Continue to historic Albany for a two night      Mia with a spectacular seafood dinner tonight. (BFD)
 visit to peculiar Wave Rock. (BD)                                stay. (BD)                                                    Overnight: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort (see page 129)
 Overnight: Wave Rock Hotel, Hyden                                Overnight: Dog Rock Hotel, Albany                             Day 12: Monkey Mia – Freedom of Choice Touring
 Day 3: Hyden – Kalgoorlie                                        Day 6: Albany – Freedom of Choice Tour                        Visit the friendly wild dolphins that almost always visit the
 From Hyden; journey through the spectacular wheat belt           Today, choose from a selection of APT Freedom of Choice       area (subject to appearance) before choosing one of the
 to Coolgardie, the site of Western Australia’s original gold     touring options that include a visit to Mt Romance            APT Freedom of Choice Touring options available today
 rush. Visit the interesting Gold Museum before continuing        Bodycare Factory and a whale watching cruise. Later, visit    such as a wildlife cruise in search of the endangered
 on to Kalgoorlie, a town that still produces more than half      Whaleworld with a guide before heading to Torndirrup          dugong. (BD)
 of all the gold mined in Australia. (BD)                         National Park to see the wildflowers along the Stony Hill     Day 13: Monkey Mia – Denham – Geraldton
 Overnight: All Seasons Plaza Hotel, Kalgoorlie                   Heritage Trail. (B)                                           Heading back south to Geraldton, you’ll visit spectacular
 Day 4: Kalgoorlie, Freedom of Choice Touring –                   Day 7: Pemberton, Freedom of Choice Touring –                 Shell Beach near Denham and the ancient stromatolites at
 Esperance                                                        Margaret River                                                Hamelin Pool. (BD)
 Today, choose from APT’s Freedom of Choice Options to            Depart Albany for the forests of giant Tingle Trees.          Overnight: Ocean Centre Hotel, Geraldton
 experience the best of this colourful town. Visit the Mining     Choose from a selection of APT Freedom of Choice              Day 14: Gerladton – The Pinnacles – Perth
 Hall of Fame, tour Hannans North Goldmine or find your           touring options, including the spectacular Treetop Walk, a
                                                                                                                                Visit unusual Nambung National Park, famous for the mass
 fortune panning for gold. Later; head south across the           ground level walk through the Ancient Empire or perhaps
                                                                                                                                of eerie ‘Pinnacles’ protruding from the sand. Continue on
 desert stopping to view colourful Lake Lefroy, before            climb the famous Gloucester Tree. Later, visit the
                                                                                                                                to Perth and tonight, enjoy your farewell dinner. (BFD)
 continuing to the seaside town of Esperance which boasts         Pemberton Tramway before continuing on to Margaret
 white sand beaches. (BD)                                         River for a pre-dinner wine presentation. (BD)                Overnight: Novotel Langley Hotel, Perth
 Overnight: Bay of Isles Motel, Esperance                         Overnight: Margaret River Inn, Margaret River                 Day 15: Depart Perth
                                                                  Day 8: Margaret River – Fremantle                             After breakfast, enjoy time at leisure in Perth before taking
                                                                                                                                your transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
                                                                  Today, explore Margaret River, beautiful Cape Leeuwin
                                                                  and visit the Leeuwin Estate for a tour and wine tasting.
                                                                  Continuing north, check in for an overnight stay in the
                                                                  historic seaport of Fremantle. (B)
                                                                  Overnight: The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle (page 125)          Prices Include
                                                                  Day 9: Freedom of Choice Touring – Perth                      • First Class accommodation as stated
                                                                  Choose from your selection of APT Freedom of Choice           • All touring and sightseeing as stated
                                                                  touring options in Fremantle that include the Fremantle       • Meals as shown: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D =
                                                                  Tram Tour, a cruise on the Swan River, a visit to old           Dinner, FD = Feature Dinner
                                                                  Fremantle Prison or a cruise to Rottnest Island. Continue
                                                                  to Perth for an overnight stay and your choice of dining      Prices Exclude
                                                                  options. (BD)                                                 • Airfares
                                                                  Overnight: Novotel Langley Hotel, Perth                       • Items of a personal nature
                                                                  Day 10: Perth – Kalbarri
                                                                  From Perth you will head north stopping at the charming        Tour Prices
                                                                  town of New Norcia to visit the museum and gallery.            Prices per person, in £'s from               Western Wildflower
                                                                  Later visit Coomberdale Wildflower Farm before finishing                                                       Wonderland
                                                                  in picturesque Kalbarri for an overnight stay. (BD)            Tour Code                                          WAS15

                                                                  Overnight: Kalbarri Edge Resort, Kalbarri                                                        Excluding Meals*              Including Meals
                                                                                                                                                                   Twin         Single          Twin           Single
                                                                                                                                 23Aug09-18Oct09                   2240         2870            2635           3265
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                                                                                                                         Escorted Touring with APT
                                   Kimberley and Kakadu Explorer – Small Group Experience
15 Days Broome to Darwin from £2945, Escorted Tour
Tour GKB15                                                                                                                                                                                             Kakadu
This small group 4WD adventure (maximum 20 passengers) will take you to some of the most beautiful,                                                                                     Darwin         National
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Park
untouched and isolated regions in the wild north of Australia. Explore the gorges and waterfalls of the                                                                                                   2
Kimberley, discover the beehive domes of World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park and                                                              Mitchell
                                                                                                                                                         Falls
experience the spectacular wetlands of Kakadu!                                                                                                                                             Katherine
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                                                                                                                                                                   Emma
                                                                                                                                                                   Gorge
                                                                                                                                                 Marunbabidi 1                   1
 Highlights Include                                                                                                                         El Questro Station 2                Kununurra
 • Explore numerous Kimberley gorges and                                                                                                                        2 Imintji
                                                                                                                                           Derby Bell                      2
                                                                                                                                                 Gorge
   waterfalls                                                                                                                         Broome                             Purnululu
                                                                                                                                                                 Windjana National
 • Travel the famous Gibb River Road by 4WD                                                                                                                        Gorge    Park
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 • View rarely seen Aboriginal rock art                                                                                                                     Fitzroy                              Northern
 • Fly over spectacular Mitchell Falls                                                                                                                     Crossing                              Territory
 • Enjoy the isolation of the Mitchell Plateau                                                                                           Western
 • Hike through Purnululu (Bungle Bungle)                                                                                                Australia
   National Park
 • Take a dinner cruise through Katherine Gorge
 • Discover the history, wildlife and scenery of
   Kakadu National Park

Departures: 2009: May 14, 23, 30*. Jun 8*, 18, 29. Jul 6*,
                                                                                                                                                                            1               nights stayed
                                                                                                                                                                                     No. of11
8, 18*, 23, 27*. Aug 8, 10*, 20, 25, 26*. Sep 3, 5*, 10,
                                                                                                                                                                                     Land 12
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Day 1: Broome, Geikie Gorge – Fitzroy Crossing                                                                                                                                              15
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Your adventure begins! From Broome head to Geikie                  Day 4: The Kimberley, Galvans Gorge, Barnett                    River Scheme, established for irrigation and electricity
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Gorge for a cruise guided by a traditional Banuba                  River Gorge                                                     production. (BL)
                                                                                                                                                                   7
landowner before continuing on to Fitzroy Crossing for an          Visit Galvans Gorge and Barnett River Gorge before              Overnight: All Seasons Hotel, Kununurra 17




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                                                                                                                                                                    8          18
overnight stay. (LD)                                               turning onto the Kalumburu Road towards the Mitchell            Day 12: Kununurra – Katherine    9          19
Overnight: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing                   Plateau and your exclusive permanent camp for an                Depart Western Australia and 10  cross into the Northern
                                                                   overnight stay. (BLD)                                                                                        20
                                                                                                                                   Territory. At Nitmiluk National Park enjoy a dinner cruise
Day 2: Fitzroy Crossing – The Kimberley
                                                                   Overnight: Marunbabidi Wilderness Camp tented cabins            through impressive Katherine Gorge. Overnight in nearby
Today, head off the tarmac and enter the Kimberley
proper. Wade in torchlight through the waters of Tunnel            Day 5: The Kimberley, King Edward River,                        Katherine. (BD)
Creek and visit the towering white cliffs of Windjana              Mitchell Plateau                                                Overnight: All Seasons Hotel, Katherine
Gorge. Continue on to the famous Gibb River Road for               Continue along the Kalumburu Road, ascending the                Day 13: Katherine – Kakadu National Park
two nights at an exclusive permanent camp. (BLD)                   Mitchell Plateau. Visit isolated Wandjina and Gwion             Travel into World Heritage Kakadu, the Northern
Overnight: Imintji Wilderness Camp tented cabins                   Aboriginal art galleries and take a swim at King Edward         Territory’s best known national park, for a two night stay.
                                                                   River Crossing before stopping for two nights on the            Rich in flora, wildlife and beautiful scenery, it’s home to
Day 3: The Kimberley, Bell Gorge
                                                                   plateau. (BLD)                                                  more than 5,000 rock art sites and up to one-third of all
Travel to Bell Gorge, where rugged cliffs surround a series
                                                                   Overnight: Ungolan Wilderness Lodge tented en-suite cabins      Australian bird species. At Gunlom Falls, explore the
of tiered waterholes. Enjoy a swim, go bird watching or
choose from a number of hiking opportunities. (BLD)                Day 6: Mitchell Falls scenic helicopter flight                  waterhole and enjoy a refreshing swim. (BLD)
                                                                   Hike to Little Merten and Big Merten Falls before arriving      Overnight: Gagudju Lodge, Cooinda
                                                                   at Mitchell Falls for a refreshing swim above the falls. Then   Day 14: Kakadu National Park
                                                                   enjoy an included helicopter flight to see spectacular          An easy hike from Nourlangie leads you to Nanguluwur
                                                                   Mitchell Falls from above! (BLD)                                art site. Visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre and
                                                                   Day 7: The Kimberley, El Questro Station                        gain an insight into the cultural and historical significance
                                                                   Head back down to the Gibb River Road and ford the              the park holds. Later, join a guided cruise on Kakadu’s
                                                                   Durack and Pentecost Rivers on the way to El Questro            Yellow Water Billabong, keeping watch for fearsome
                                                                   Station and Wilderness Park for a two-night stay. (BLD)         saltwater crocodiles. (B)
                                                                   Overnight: Emma Gorge Resort tented cabins, El Questro          Day 15: Kakadu National Park – Darwin
                                                                   Day 8: The Kimberley, El Questro Station                        After visiting the Bowali Visitor Centre, explore the East
                                                                   Today join a local ranger and cruise Chamberlain Gorge, a       Alligator River on the Guluyambi cruise with an Aboriginal
                                                                   fresh waterway fringed by tropical vegetation and rugged        guide. Travel on to Ubirr to view fascinating rock art
                                                                   escarpments. This afternoon walk to beautiful Zebedee           before continuing on to Darwin where your tour
                                                                   Springs, before hiking into Emma Gorge where you can            concludes. (BL)
                                                                   indulge in a refreshing swim. (BD)
                                                                   Day 9: El Questro – Purnululu National Park
                                                                   From Emma Gorge, leave the Kimberley and head south             Prices Include
                                                                   to the spectacular Bungle Bungles. Travel along the Spring      • Accommodation as shown
                                                                   Creek Track into the park and to your exclusive                 • 4WD touring and meals as shown (B = Breakfast, L =
                                                                   accommodation for a two night stay. Enjoy a drink as the          Lunch, D = Dinner)
                                                                   sun sets over the range. (BD)                                   • National Park Permits
                                                                   Overnight: Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge tented en-suite       Prices Exclude
                                                                   cabins, Purnululu National Park                                 • Airfares
                                                                   Day 10: Purnululu National Park                                 • Items of a personal nature
                                                                   Hike into spectacular Echidna Chasm to Piccaninny Creek
                                                                   and the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge. As you          Tour Prices
                                                                   walk among the beehive domes your guide will bring the           Prices per person, in £'s from          Kimberley & Kakadu Explorer
                                                                   range to life, explaining about bush tucker, bush medicine       Tour Code                                             GKB15
                                                                   and the local Aboriginal culture and history. (BLD)                                                           Twin                  Single
                                                                                                                                    01Apr09-05Jun09                              2945                  3555
                                                                   Day 11: Purnululu National Park– Kununurra
                                                                                                                                    06Jun09-15Sep09                              3035                  3645
                                                                   Travel to Kununurra for an overnight stay. Tour the Ord          16Sep09-07Oct09                              2945                  3555
                                                  Mitchell Falls
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 Escorted Touring with APT
                                    Australia & New Zealand Highlights - Premier Plus Escorted Touring
     12 Days Sydney to Cairns from £2338, Escorted Tour                                                                                                                               1              nights stayed
                                                                                                                                                                                              No. of11
     20 Days Auckland to Cairns from £3735, Escorted Tour                                                                                                                             2
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       • Traditional Maori Feast in Rotorua                                                                                                                                             9           19
                                                                                                                                                                      Mission Beach
       • Cruise magnificent Milford Sound Cruise                                                                                                                                       10                  20
       • Journey to Mt Cook, Australasia's highest                                                                                              1 Alice Springs
         mountain                                                                                                                            1
                                                                                                                                            Uluru            AUSTRALIA
       • Stay three nights at the Shangri-La in Sydney                                                                                      (Ayers Rock)
       • Sydney Harbour Cruise & Opera House Tour                                                                                                                                                      Auckland
                                                                                                                                                                                                               1
       • Tramcar Dining in Melbourne                                                                                                                                               3 Sydney        Waitomo Caves Rotorua
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2
       • Tour the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock)                                                                                                                                                NEW ZEALAND
       • Great Barrier Reef Cruise                                                                                                                   Melbourne 2                                           Arthurs
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pass
                                                                                                                                                                                 Franz Josef Glacier
 Departures: (20 Days Auckland to Cairns)                                                                                                                                                              1      1 Christchurch
                                                                                                                                                                                   Milford Sound           1
     2009: Jan 7, Feb 4, 18, 25, Mar 11, 25, Apr 8, May 6, Jul 15,                                                                                                                 Queenstown      2       Mt.Cook
     Sep 16, Oct 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 18, 25, Dec 16.
     2010: Jan 6, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar 3, 10, 17, 24,
     Apr 14.
     Tours prior to 01May09 are slightly different, details on request.
 Day 1: Arrive Auckland                                                   Optional country homestay is available. Details on request.       cruise aboard the vintage steamboat TSS Earnslaw to
 After arriving in Auckland, the 'City of Sails', transfer to             Day 4: Rotorua - Christchurch                                     historic Walter Peak Station for dinner. (BFD)
 your hotel before enjoying a city tour this afternoon.                   You have free time this morning in Rotorua before flying to       Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown
 Tonight get to know your fellow travellers and Tour                      Christchurch (airfare not included) for an overnight stay.        Day 7: Milford Sound Cruise
 Director at a special Welcome Dinner. (FD)                               On arrival there is time to explore this pretty ‘garden city’,    Absorb the majesty of Fiordland National Park with a
 Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Auckland                                  perhaps take a ride on the Christchurch Gondola for               journey to Milford Sound. On arrival, enjoy a cruise along
 Day 2: Auckland - Rotorua, Hangi (Feast)                                 spectacular views of the city (own expense). (BD)                 the sound, passing beneath cliffs, tumbling waterfalls and
 Journey to Waitomo Caves for a guided tour of the                        Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Christchurch                       towering mountains. Return to Queenstown by coach or
 limestone caverns and breathtaking glow worm grotto.                     Day 5: Southern Alps - Franz Josef                                upgrade to the optional return flight, which provides a truly
 Continue on for a two-night stay in Rotorua, a town                      Board the TranzAlpine Train, one of the most spectacular          unforgettable view (own expense). (BL)
 renowned as a Maori cultural centre and for its                          rail journeys in the world for a memorable journey across         Day 8: Queenstown - Mt Cook
 effervescent geothermal activity. Tonight you are guests at              the Southern Alps to the South Island’s wild west coast.          This morning is at leisure before our afternoon journey to
 a traditional Hangi (feast) and Maori cultural performance               Disembark at Greymouth and continue south along the               Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage-listed area that
 of song and dance. (BFD)                                                 rugged coast to Franz Josef to explore the frozen rivers of       is home to Australasia’s highest mountain, Mt Cook, as
 Overnight: Millennium Rotorua                                            ice in this spectacular glacier country. (BD)                     well as spectacular glaciers and glacial lakes. (BD)
 Day 3: Rotorua Sightseeing                                               Overnight: Franz Josef Glacier Hotel                              Overnight: The Hermitage, Mt Cook
 Visit the impressive Te Puia Thermal Reserve, the Rainbow                Day 6: Franz Josef - Queenstown                                   Day 9: Mt Cook - Christchurch - Sydney
 Springs and the truly unique Agrodome for an insight into                Today, a spectacular road journey takes you over Haast            Today you fly to Sydney, Australia for a three-night stay in
 rural New Zealand life. Your afternoon is at leisure so                  Pass and along the picturesque shores of lakes Wanaka and         one of the world’s most iconic cities. Your journey from
 perhaps journey onboard the Skyline Gondola and enjoy                    Hawea for a two-night stay in Queenstown, a city that             Mt Cook takes you via Lake Pukaki, picturesque Lake
 views overlooking the thermal wonderland of Rotorua                      surely boasts one of the world’s most dramatic mountain           Tekapo and Burkes Pass, before crossing the fertile plains
 (own expense). (BD)                                                      backdrops and picturesque lakeside settings. This evening,        of Canterbury to Christchurch. Continue on to the airport
                                                                                                                                            to board your international flight bound for Sydney,
                                                                                                                                            Australia (airfare not included). This evening, you are free
                                                                                                                                            to explore Sydney, perhaps stroll down to Circular Quay
                                                                                                                                            and see the Opera House at night and maybe discover a
                                                                                                                                            local restaurant in the historic Rocks district. 12 Day guests
                                                                                                                                            (EK12) join on arrival at hotel. (B)
                                                                                                                                            Overnight: Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney (page 55)
                                                                                                                                            Day 10: Sydney Sights, Sydney Harbour Cruise,
                                                                                                                                            Opera House Guided Tour
                                                                                                                                            This morning enjoy a unique breakfast with the Koalas,
                                                                                                                                            after which you will be introduced to this magnificent city
                                                                                                                                            on a guided tour. Discover the iconic sights Sydney is so
                                                                                                                                            known for and also visit Hyde Park and the famous
                                                                                                                                            Australian surfing capital of Bondi Beach. For grandstand
                                                                                                                                            Sydney Harbour views, you’ll board a fabulous luncheon
                                                                                                                                            cruise, viewing the famous Harbour Bridge and the Opera
                                                                                                                                            House. After disembarking you will then take a tour of the
                                                                                                                                            Sydney Opera House for a chance to appreciate this
                                                                                                                                            stunning building from within. (BFL)
                                                                                                                                            Day 11: Sydney at Leisure
                                                                                                                                            You have a full day at leisure, so you can enjoy Sydney at
                                                                                                                                            your own pace. Optional sightseeing (at your own
                                                                                                                                            expense) you may wish to consider includes a visit to the
                                                                                                                                            Hunter Valley, New South Wales prime wine producing
                                                                                                                                            region, or alternatively a visit the spectacular Blue
                                                                                                                                            Mountains, a World Heritage protected wilderness. (B)
                                                                                                                                   Sydney
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                                                                                                                                                                                                Milford Sound, New Zealand

Day 12: Melbourne, Tramcar Dinner                                       Day 14: Melbourne - Alice Springs                                   and tour the base of Uluru, learning of the region's history
Board your flight to Melbourne (airfare not included) for a             Join your flight to Alice Springs (airfare not included). On        and cultural significance. After visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta
two-night stay in this cosmopolitan city. Take in the city              arrival, enjoy a town tour including the Telegraph Station          Cultural Centre, head to the airport to board your flight to
sights upon arrival, exploring Queen Victoria Market, tour              and the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base, before a                  Cairns (airfare not included). (B)
past Parliament House and stroll through Fitzroy Gardens.               enjoying an authentic Aussie Outback Dinner and                     Overnight: Shangri-La, The Marina, Cairns (page 94)
Tonight, indulge in a gourmet dinner aboard the Colonial                Aboriginal performance. (BFD)                                       Day 17: Dunk Island
Tramcar Restaurant. (BFD)                                               Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Alice Springs (page 111)             Take a short drive to Mission Beach, where you join a
Overnight: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins                                 Day 15: Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock)                          cruise to Dunk Island, your home for the next two nights.
Day 13: Melbourne at Leisure                                            After departing Alice Springs, you can try riding a camel at        This afternoon is free for you to relax. (BD)
After enjoying a leisurely breakfast, you are free to explore           a camel farm (own expense) en-route to mystical Uluru-              Overnight: Voyages Dunk Island (page 85)
Melbourne at your leisure. Sports fans may wish to visit                Kata Tjuta National Park. Visit the impressive red domes of         Day 18: Great Barrier Reef Cruise
the famous MCG or the Rod Laver Tennis stadium (own                     Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) before marvelling at the amazing             Today, a once in a lifetime trip takes you to the wonder
expense). Alternatively, visit you could choose to visit                series of colour changes as the sun sets on Uluru. Tonight,         that is the Great Barrier Reef. You will moor at Beaver Cay
Phillip Island to see the penguins or you could take a tour             you may wish to dine under the stars at the ‘Sounds of              where you can swim, snorkel, relax on the beach or tour
of the Great Ocean Road, famous as one of the world’s                   Silence’ dinner (additional cost, please enquire). (B)              in the glass bottom boat. (BFL)
great drives and location of the impressive ‘Shipwreck                  Overnight: Voyages Sails in the Desert (page 114)                   Day 19: Dunk Island - Kuranda - Cairns
Coast’ and the magnificent Twelve Apostles (own                         Day 16: Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Cairns
expense). (B)                                                                                                                               After returning to the mainland you have a spectacular
                                                                        This morning, take a guided walk to Mutitjulu waterhole             journey into the rainforest. Later, board the Kuranda
                                                                                                                                            Scenic Railway and travel back to Cairns in style. Tonight
                                                                                                                                            there is a special Farewell Dinner. (BFD)
                                                                                                                                            Overnight: Shangri-La, The Marina, Cairns (page 94)
                                                                                                                                            Day 20: Depart Cairns
                                                                                                                                            Enjoy a relaxed breakfast at your hotel marking the end of
                                                                                                                                            an epic journey before transferring back to the airport. (B)




                                                                                                                                            Prices Include
                                     Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
                                                                                                                                            • Luxury accomodation as shown
                                                                                                                                            • Meals as shown: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D =
                                                                                                                                              Dinner, FL = Feature Lunch, FD = Feature Dinner
                                                                                                                                            • All touring & sightseeing as detailed
                                                                                                                                            • Freedom of Choice Touring & Dining

                                                                                                                                            Prices Exclude
                                                                                                                                            • Airfares
                                                                                                                                            • Items of a personal nature

                                                                                                                                             Tour Prices
                                                                                                                                             Prices per person, in £'s from      Australia & NZ Highlights
                                                                                                                                             Tour Code                               EK12                     EK20
                                                                                                                                                                              Twin          Single     Twin          Single
                                                                                                                                             01Jan09-31Mar09                  2338          3405       3735          5533
                                                                                                                                             01Apr09-31Mar10                  2340          3185       3735          4965
                                                               Uluru                                                   Great Barrier Reef
                                                                                                                                                         Brochure prices may change. See booking conditions. 43
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                                                                                                                                                                                                 Darwin
                  West Coast Discovery - Premier Escorted Touring                                                                                                                                    1
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nitmiluk
                                                                                                                                                                                                          National
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Park
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Katherine 1
     20 Days Perth to Darwin from £3645, Escorted Tour                                                                                                                       Emma Gorge
                                                                                                                                                                                    2         2 Kununurra
     19 Days Perth to Darwin from £3510, Escorted Tour                                                                                                                  Windjana Geikie
                                                                                                                                                                                                Lake Argyle
                                                                                                                1
     Tour WNPD & WNPDP                                                                                                                                                   Gorge   Gorge      Argyle Diamond Mine
     Embark on a journey of discovery along the wild and unspoilt coastline of Western Australia. This is an                                                    Broome 2                  1 Halls Creek
                                                                                                                                                                                 1
     ancient land filled with staggeringly beautiful landscapes and abundant natural attractions that is truly                                                                Fitzroy
     one of the most isolated, remote and pristine corners on the planet.                          3                                       Karratha                          Crossing
                                                                                                                                                1        1     Port
                                                                                                                    4                                         Hedland
                                                                                                                                     Exmouth                                                        Northern
       Highlights Include                                                                                                                                                                           Territory
                                                                                                                                       1                  1     1 Newman
       • Walk amongst the eerie forms of the Pinnacles
                                                                                                                                      Ningaloo Reef Tom
       • Explore stunning Shark Bay and meet the                                                                                                        Price
                                                                                                                                                                              Western
         friendly dolphins of Monkey Mia                                                                                                    1 Carnarvon                       Australia
       • See the Ningaloo Reef, the world’s largest                                                                                                                                                  South
                                                                                                                                           1 Monkey Mia
         fringing coral reef                                                                                                                                                                        Australia
       • Spend three nights in the wild Pilbara region
       • The beautiful gorges of Karijini National Park                                                                                             1    Geraldton
       • Tour the impressive Argyle Diamond Mine                                                                                                       The Pinnacles
       • Relax on spectacular Cable Beach in Broome                                                                                                 Nambung National Park
                                                                                                                                                             1 Perth                        nights stayed
                                                                                                                                                                                     No. of11
       • Explore the Kimberley from El Questro                                                                                                                               1
         Wilderness Park                                                                                                                                                     2
                                                                                                                                                                                     Optional scenic flight
                                                                                                                                                                                           12
                                                                                                                                                    Fremantle
       • A breakfast cruise through Katherine Gorge                                                                                                                                  Land 13
                                                                                                                                                                            3
                                                                                                                                                                             4              14
                                                                                                                        Boab trees
                                                                                                                                                                             5              15
 Departures (20 Days Perth to Darwin): 2009: Apr 2,               huge coastal wilderness lined with miles of stunning white                                                       Bay, (
                                                                                                                                     wonders, the Ningaloo Reef. From Coral 16 gateway to
                                                                                                                                                                      6
 16, 30*. May 7*, 28, Jun 4, 18*. Jul 16. Aug 6*, 20*. Sep 3*,    beaches and a protected marine park, Shark Bay is also                                               a
                                                                                                                                     the reef, you will cruise out in 7 glass bottom boat to
 10*, 17. Oct 1, 8*.                                                                                                                                                              17
                                                                  home to Monkey Mia, renowned for its famously punctual             experience the wonders of this, the world’s largest fringing




                                                                                                                                                                                                      (
                                                                                                                                                                      8           18
     2010: Apr 1, 15, 29*; May 6*, 27. Jun 3, 17*. July 15. Aug   dolphins. This afternoon you can choose from your APT              reef. Later, continue to Exmouth for an overnight stay.
                                                                                                                                                                       9          19
     5*, 19*. Sep 2*, 9*, 16, 30. Oct 7*.                         Freedom of Choice Touring options that includes amongst            (BD)
                                                                                                                                                                      10
     *Operates in reverse, Darwin to Perth (WSPD).
                                                                  others, a cruise of Shark Bay in search of the rare dugong         Overnight: Pot Shot Hotel Resort, Exmouth 20
                                                                  and an Aboriginal guided cultural walking tour. This               Day 6: Exmouth – The Pilbara – Karratha
 Day 1: Arrive Perth                                              evening, enjoy a delectable seafood dinner. (BFD)
                                                                                                                                     Leave the Coral Coast behind and delve into the Pilbara, a
 Upon arrival in Perth, you will be met and transferred to        Overnight: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort (page 129)                    vast expansive rugged terrain that has some of the oldest
 your hotel for an overnight stay. Tonight you can enjoy          Day 4: Monkey Mia – Carnavon                                       rocks in the world and some of Australia’s richest mining
 Welcome Dinner and Drinks to introduce your Tour
                                                                  This morning you have the chance to meet the friendly              operations. Visit the isolated mining town of Dampier and
 Director and fellow guests. (FD)
                                                                  local dolphins that frequent the white-sand beaches of             the Woodside Petroleum North West Shelf Visitors Centre
 Overnight: Novotel Langley, Perth                                Monkey Mia (subject to appearance). Afterwards you will            for an insight into the region's mining industry. Continue on
 Day 2: Perth – Pinnacles – Geraldton                             head to spectacular Shell Beach which was created by               to Karratha for an overnight stay. (BD)
 This morning, 19 Day guests (WNPDP) join the tour and            billions upon billions of tiny cockleshells, and also Hamelin      Overnight: Karratha International Hotel
 you depart early for a visit to unique Nambung National          Pool to see the Stromatolites formed by organisms                  Day 7: Karratha – Millstream-Chichester National
 Park, home to the eerie Pinnacles – a huge collection of         unchanged for nearly 2 billion years! Continue on to               Park – Tom Price
 naturally formed sandstone pillars protruding from the           Carnavon for an overnight stay. (BD)
                                                                                                                                     Visit Millstream-Chichester National Park where you can
 earth. Later, continue north along the increasingly empty        Overnight: The Fascine Lodge                                       stroll amongst the palms, ferns and lilies before visiting
 coastline to the town of Geraldton. (BD)                         Day 5: Carnavon – Exmouth                                          Hamersley Gorge and continuing on to the mining town
 Overnight: Ocean Centre Hotel, Geraldton                         From here on, the country empties almost completely. As            of Tom Price. (BFLD)
 Day 3: Geraldton – Monkey Mia, Freedom of                        you continue north you arrive at the spectacular Coral             Overnight: Windawarri Lodge, Tom Price
 Choice Touring                                                   Coast. Here, endless beaches stretch into the distance             Day 8: Tom Price – Karijini National Park –
 From Geraldton you will cross the Murchison River and            alongside flat open country and beneath huge blue skies.           Newman
 continue on to the World Heritage protected Shark Bay. A         Off the coral coast lies one of Australia’s great natural
                                                                                                                                     Today you will discover the wonderful geological structures
                                                                                                                                     of Karijini National Park, including spectacular Dale and
                                                                                                                                     Fortescue Falls and Joffre Gorge. Continue on to Mt
                                                                                                                                     Whaleback Iron Ore Mine, the world’s largest open-cut
                                                                                                                                     mining operation. (BD)
                                                                                                                                     Overnight: Seasons Hotel, Newman
                                                                                                                                     Day 9: Newman – Marble Bar – Port Hedland
                                                                                                                                     Your journey across the Pilbara goes via Marble Bar, the
                                                                                                                                     hottest place in Australia before reaching the coast at Port
                                                                                                                                     Hedland. From here, huge ships carry thousands of tons of
                                                                                                                                     iron ore to feed the emerging economies of Asia. (BD)
                                                                                                                                     Overnight: All Seasons, Port Hedland
                                                                                                                                     Day 10: Port Hedland – Broome
                                                                                                                                     From Port-Hedland you will travel along the Great
                                                                                                                                     Northern Highway to the old pearling capital of Broome.
                                                                                                                                     You have a two night stay at the Cable Beach Club Resort
                                                                                                                                     on spectacular Cable Beach. (BD)
                                                                                                                                     Overnight: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome (page 131)
                                                                                                                                     Day 11: Broome, Freedom of Choice Touring
                                                                                                                                     Today you can choose from one of your APT Freedom of
                                                                                                                                     Choice Touring Options that include a hovercraft ride, a
                                                                                                                                     tour of the fascinating Pearl Lugger Museum or a sunset
                                                                                                                                     camel ride along beautiful Cable Beach. (BD)
                                                                                                                                     Day 12: Broome – Fitzroy Crossing
                                                                                                                                     From Broome you head next towards the vast, wild and
                                                                                                                                     relatively unexplored Kimberley region. Visit isolated
                                                                                                               Cable Beach, Broome
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                                                     Dugongs




                                                     Ord River                                                                                                                                The Pinnacles


Derby with its famous Boab Prison Tree before continuing         Day 15: El Questro, Freedom of Choice Touring                    hotel before this afternoon enjoying a guided sightseeing
via breathtaking Windjana Gorge to the small township at         Today you can choose from your APT Freedom of Choice             tour of the town known as the gateway to the Kimberley.
Fitzroy Crossing for an overnight stay. (BD)                     Touring activities. Perhaps enjoy a picnic hamper and relax      Upgrade: Bungle Bungle Full Day Tour
Overnight: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing                 in this amazing wilderness park, learn about bush tucker         Take a scenic flight into World Heritage Purnululu (Bungle
Day 13: Fitzroy Crossing – Geikie Gorge – Halls                  and local history or cruise through Chamberlain Gorge.           Bungle) National Park. Then enjoy a guided trek among
Creek                                                            Afterwards, travel to Zebedee Springs and walk through           the striped domes of the Bungle Bungle Range, learn
Not far from Fitzroy Crossing is Geikie Gorge where you          the lush vegetation or soak in the hot natural pools. Later,     about the history of the area and visit Cathedral Gorge.
will cruise with a park ranger along the Fitzroy River that      perhaps walk to Emma Gorge to view the droplet                   Return by air to Kununurra. A picnic lunch is included.
carved the gorge through the ancient rocks. Look out for         waterfall. (BD)                                                  Replaces Day 17 touring. Prices on request. Must be pre-
freshwater crocodiles, fruit bats, wallabies, dingoes and        Day 16: El Questro – Kununurra                                   booked. (BD)
many species of birds. Continue on to Halls Creek for an         Rise early for a chance to take a self-guided bird watching      Day 18: Kununurra – Lake Argyle – Katherine
overnight stay. (BD)                                             walk. Then travel to Wyndham and enjoy the lovely view           This morning, depart Kununurra for the vast Lake Argyle -
Overnight: Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek                          from the Five Rivers Lookout before continuing on to the         the Southern Hemisphere’s largest man-made lake - and
Day 14: Halls Creek – El Questro                                 town of Kununurra for a two-night stay.                          enjoy looking for the abundant wildlife on a cruise along
From Halls Creek you will visit the vast Lirrgan Argyle          Upgrade: Bungle Bungle 4WD & Walking Tour                        the scenic Ord River. Later, cross into the Northern
Diamond Mine, one of the largest and richest diamond             Plus Overnight Experience                                        Territory and on to Katherine. (BD)
mines in the world. You will then continue deep into the         Join a scenic flight into Purnululu National Park and tour       Overnight: Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine
Kimberley to El Questro Wilderness Park, a private               the Bungle Bungle Range. Enjoy a picnic lunch and an             Day 19: Katherine Gorge – Darwin
reserve with over one million acres of pristine wilderness,      evening watching the landscape change colour with sunset         Nitmiluk National Park is renowned for its 13 spectacular
for a two-night stay.                                            drinks and canapés. Stay overnight at APT’s exclusive            gorges, formed by the Katherine River. Take a guided
Upgrade: For an extra-special wilderness experience,             Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, then fly back to                 breakfast cruise along Katherine Gorge with commentary
spend your two nights at El Questro staying at the               Kununurra the next morning. Replaces Day 16 touring,             on the local Aboriginal art and wildlife. Then travel into
luxurious Homestead (page 132, prices on request).               prices on request. (BD)                                          Darwin where tonight you will indulge in a delicious
(BFLD)                                                           Overnight: Kununurra Country Club Resort                         Farewell Dinner. (FBFD)
Overnight: Tented ensuite safari cabin, Emma Gorge Resort,       Day 17: Kununurra                                                Overnight: Novotel Atrium, Darwin (page 105)
El Questro (page 132)                                            Your morning is at leisure to relax in the comfort of your       Day 20: Depart Darwin
                                                                                                                                  Your final day includes a tour of Darwin that takes in the
                                                                                                                                  Botanic Gardens, the Herbarium and Fannie Bay. This
                                                                                                                                  afternoon you can transfer to the airport for your onward
                                                                                                                                  or homeward flight. (B)


                                                                                                                                  Prices Include
                                                                                                                                  • First Class accommodation as stated
                                                                                                                                  • All touring and sightseeing as shown
                                                                                                                                  • Meals as shown: B = Breakfast, FB = Feature
                                                                                                                                    Breakfast, L = Lunch, FL = Feature Lunch, D =
                                                                                                                                    Dinner, FD = Feature Dinner

                                                                                                                                  Prices Exclude
                                                                                                                                  • Airfares
                                                                                                                                  • Items of a personal nature


                                                                                                                                   Tour Prices
                                                                                                                                   Prices per person, in £'s from          West Coast Discovery
                                                                                                                                   Tour Code                           WNPD               WNPDP
                                                                                                                                                                    Twin      Single   Twin       Single
                                                                                                                                   Excluding Meals*
                                                                                                                                   01Apr09-31Mar10                  3645      4665     3510       4455
                                                                                                                                   Including Meals
                                                                                                                                   01Apr09-31Mar10                  4050      5070     3900       4845
                                                                                                                                   * Includes Feature Meals
                                                                                                                      Katherine
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