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In this Newsletter
 Editorial                                  2
 A Weekend to Remember                      3
SPRING STAYPUTS
 Creswick Stayput                           4
 Clare Valley Stayput                       5
 Sanctuary House, Healesville               6
 RACV Resort, Inverloch                     7
 Sorrento Perth Gold Stayput                8
 Port Stephens Stayput                      9
 Warrnambool Gold                          10

SPRING SHORT BREAKS
 Victorian Alps                            11
 Murray Princess                           12
 Renmark Rose Festival                     13
 Tasmanian Crafts                          14

SPRING EXTENDED HOLIDAYS
                                                      Young at Heart staff inspecting one of the new coaches
 Across the Nullarbor                      15
 Kangaroo Island to Melbourne              16
 Eyre & Yorke Peninsula                    16        CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR
 Majestic Mountains                        17         Christmas in the North East                      34
 Norfolk Island                            18         Christmas Gold in Warrnambool                    34
 O’Reilly’s & Binna Burra                  19         Christmas at RACV Resort Inverloch               34
 Sydney & Weekend Cruise                   20         Christmas Gold in Tasmania                       35
 West Coast                                21         New Year Gold in Tasmania                        35
 Port Stephens & Southern Highlands        22         New Year Gold in Warrnambool                     36
 Spring Garden Spectacular                 24        AUSTRALIAN AIR HOLIDAYS
 West Australian Wildflowers               26         AAH Lake Eyre                                    36
 The Southern Spirit                       28         AAH Kangaroo Island                              37
2012 OPERA                                            AAH Bass Strait Islands                          38
  Sydney Opera House – La Traviata         30         AAH Flinders Ranges                              39
  Opera in the Alps                        32          Just for Fun                                    40
  Opera in the Caves                       33          Email Addresses                                 40




                                                 1
Editorial

                          WINTER GREETINGS!                   Short break stayput holidays are a popular concept
                                                              and this Spring we introduce several new locations.
                          As you receive this
                                                              We have already announced Clare Valley (page 5) but
                          Newsletter      we       are
                                                              we are pleased to add to the “new” list a short break
                          entering the last month
                                                              staying in Creswick at Forest Resort and exploring
                          of Winter – winter as cold
                                                              parts of Central Victoria in extra easy pace day trips
                          as I remember Winters
                                                              (page 4). Also new is a Victorian Alps short break,
                          of years ago, certainly
                                                              with two nights at the magnificent Quay West at
                          different from the last few
                                                              Falls Creek (page 11). Enjoy our stunning mountain
                          years. Those on holidays in
                                                              scenery on this new holiday.
                          warmer parts will enjoy the
warmth even more, and the rest of us will, I’m sure,          There are several vacancies on two Spring Garden
survive until the Spring! Thank you for your support          holidays, Spring Garden Spectacular (page 24) and
of our Winter program.                                        West Australian Wildflowers (page 26). Save up to
                                                              $400 on these September holidays.
We have some exciting and different holidays to
offer in this edition of the Young at Heart Newsletter.       Another new holiday is the Southern Spirit rail
If you enjoy our musical events, you will love a two          journey from Brisbane to Melbourne, with gold or
day holiday (page 3) involving an evening concert             platinum sleeping cabins, meals in the a la carte
featuring Marina Prior, Kamahl and Opera Scholars             onboard Queen Victoria restaurant, and relaxed
Australia in Geelong in October. Werribee Zoo and             sightseeing and whistle stop tours as we travel. If you
Mansion, plus a special Sunday winery lunch add to            enjoy rail travel, and many world travellers choose
your enjoyment.                                               this as the preferred mode of travel, see page 28 for
                                                              details.
Full details of 2012 Opera in the Alps and Opera in
the Caves are now available (pages 32 and 33), both           Christmas and New year tours are now available. At
first class events which may interest you.                    Christmas choose harbour views in Hobart, Tasmania
                                                              GOLD, the North East at Wangaratta, RACV Club
Young at Heart proudly invites you to a genuinely
                                                              at Inverloch or Warrnambool GOLD, while at New
unique five day holiday featuring a performance of
                                                              Year we have holidays in Tasmania and Warrnambool.
La Traviata on a floating stage below Mrs Macquaries
Chair on Sydney Harbour for which we purchased                I also recommend the Australian Air Holidays
gold class seats as they were released. We have also          Flinders Ranges weekend. Special fares available for
chartered on a sole basis MV Captain Cook Explorer            remaining seats. See page 39.
for five days so, as well as a floating stage, we have
                                                              Happy travelling!
floating accommodation for our five day holiday. It
will be a stunning experience. More details pages 30
and 31. Save by booking early!




Email Newsletter
Recently Young at Heart Holidays launched its
email Newsletter. We plan to send these short,
easy to read updates regularly to all those who have
given us their email address. If you would like to
receive the YAH Email Newsletters and have an
email address that we don’t have, please either
email us on info@youngatheart.com.au or fill in the
form on page 40 and post to us (no postage needed)
and we will happily email these Newsletters to you.

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                                                   A Weekend To Remember
    “A night to remember” with Marina Prior, Kamahl and Opera Scholars Australia
Fares: (p.p.t.s)                                                                      2 days, departs Oct 22
ex Melbourne           $845
single supplement      $ 90                                 Opera Scholars Australia are well known to many
                                                            YAH passengers, with Australian Air Holidays as
                                                            their major sponsor. “A Night to Remember” in Costa
                                                            Hall, Geelong, with the Opera Scholars Australia
                                                            and featuring both Marina Prior and Kamahl, who
                                                            as well as singing recites some of Banjo Paterson’s
                                                            poetry, will indeed be “A Night to Remember”. We
                                                            stay at the 4 star Sheraton Four Points Hotel and our
                                                            weekend includes a luncheon visit to Werribee Zoo
                                                            and Werribee Mansion on route to Geelong. An
                                                            ideal Sunday includes a visit to Barwon Grange and
                                                            lunch at the iconic Jack Rabbit Wineyard, perched
                                                            high of the majestic cliffs of the Bellarine Peninsula.
                                                            Home transfers in metropolitan Melbourne are
                                                            included in this 2 day holiday.
Day 1 (L,D) MELBOURNE, WERRIBEE ZOO and
MANSION, GEELONG
Following Melbourne metropolitan home/hotel pick
up it’s a short journey to Werribee and the Open
Plains Werribee Zoo. Morning cuppa on arrival.
Enjoy a tour to see some of the African animals
for which the Zoo is famous – including Cheetah,
Giraffe, Meerkat, Hippopotamus, Lion and Zebra.
Lunch today at the Meerkat Cafe. Following lunch
we enjoy a visit to Werribee Mansion, a 60 room
Italianate style mansion completed in 1877 by the
Chirnside family, wealthy pastoralists of that era. A
short journey brings us to Geelong and our home for
the night, the 4.5 star Sheraton Four Points Hotel.
                                                            Day 2 (B,L) GEELONG, JACK RABBIT
Enjoy deluxe rooms, with the option to enjoy the
                                                            VINEYARD, MELBOURNE
heated indoor swimming pool and steam room. Two
                                                            Breakfast this morning is at a time of your choice. We
courses of dinner commence at 5:30 p.m. following
                                                            depart at 10:30 a.m. You may choose to “sleep in” or
which we transfer to the highlight of the weekend, “A
                                                            as we are located on Eastern Beach Road opposite
Night to Remember” featuring Marina Prior, Kamahl
                                                            Steampacket Gardens and close to Cunningham
and Opera Scholars Australia. Following the show
                                                            Pier, you may choose to enjoy a Sunday morning
we return for dessert and coffee which completes a
                                                            walk before or after breakfast. Departing Four Points
memorable day.
                                                            we visit Barwon Grange, an elegant early Victorian
                                                                                 home built in 1855 for an upper
                                                                                 middle class family on the banks
                                                                                 of the Barwon River. Lunch
                                                                                 today is at the iconic Jack Rabbit
                                                                                 Vineyard, perched high on the
                                                                                 majestic cliffs of the Bellarine
                                                                                 Peninsula with spectacular views
                                                                                 across the bay to Melbourne.
                                                                                 Enjoy a guided tasting of
                                                                                 sophisticated cool climate wines
                                                                                 prior to a delightful Sunday
                                                                                 lunch. We return to Melbourne
                                                                                 at approximately 4:00 p.m.
                                                                                 Home transfers complete a most
                                                                                 enjoyable weekend.

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                                                                                 SPRING STAYPUTS
Creswick Stayput
5 days, departs Oct 24, Nov 7                                Fares: (p.p.t.s)
                                                             ex Melbourne            $1,795 ex Sydney* $2,195
                                                             ex Brisbane*            $2,295 ex Adelaide* $2,215
          NEW ITINERARY                                      ex Hobart/Launceston*
                                                             single supplement
                                                                                     $2,165 ex Perth*
                                                                                     $ 285
                                                                                                         $2,515

                                                             * Overnight Melbourne


Forest Resort, a 4.5 star property, was opened in                      INTRODUCTORY FARE
2008. The resort features modern, stylish and
comfort plus facilities. Large lounge, excellent                 Book by August 31 – SAVE $100
restaurant, indoor swimming pool, boutique day
                                                               (cannot be combined with any other offer)
spa (own expense) extensive grounds and warm,
friendly service. Perfectly located for a new YAH
stayput holiday in central Victoria.


Day 1 (L,D) MELBOURNE, BALLARAT,
CRESWICK
Following Melbourne metropolitan home/hotel pick
up we journey to Bacchus Marsh, located in the
valley between the Werribee and Lerderderg Rivers
and well known for its avenue of North American
elms, a living war memorial. Morning tea at the Big
Apple Tourist Orchard. Visit one of Australia’s best
cool climate gardens, “Garden of St Erth” on route
to Ballarat, Victoria’s largest inland city. Following
lunch we visit Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. Time to
browse and enjoy the display before rejoining our
coach for a “drive thru” tour of Ballarat on route to
                                                             Day 4 (B,L,D) AVOCA, MARYBOROUGH,
Creswick. Visit the Creswick Woollen Mills. Home
                                                             CASTLEMAINE
for four nights is the Forest Resort. Time to unpack
                                                             Departing at 9:30 we travel through gold country
and relax prior to a pre-dinner drink and dinner
                                                             to historic Castlemaine. Morning tea and a guided
together at the resort.
                                                             tour at Buda, a gentleman’s residence built in 1861.
Day 2 (B,L,D) DAYLESFORD, KYNETON,                           A short tour of this busy town before travelling to
After a relaxing breakfast at the resort we depart           Maryborough, where we visit the Maryborough
at 9:30 for a short journey to Daylesford. Enjoy             Railway Station, built to a plan designed for Spencer
morning cuppa and a stroll in Wombat Hill Botanical          Street Station in Melbourne. Enjoy lunch and a
garden, with views overlooking the town. We visit            stroll through a huge antique and art centre. During
the spa capital of Hepburn Springs and then continue         the afternoon we continue to Avoca on the Avoca
to Kyneton, named after Kineton in England and               River, where alluvial gold was discovered in 1852.
known for its bluestone buildings, many of which are         Today primary industry in the area includes well
National Trust classified. Lunch today at Bringalbit         known wineries. Enjoy a wine tasting and afternoon
Gardens, a 10 acre garden dating back to the 19th            nibbles at Mount Avoca Vineyard before returning to
Century. During the afternoon we visit Kyneton               Creswick and Forest Resort.
Museum, a former bluestone Bank of NSW, with
                                                             Day 5 (B,L) CRESWICK, BALLARAT,
time to stroll along the main street shops prior to
                                                             MELBOURNE
returning to Forest Resort.
                                                             Departing at 9:30 we travel to Ballarat, its wealth
Day 3 (B,L,D) STAWELL, HALLS GAP &                           dating back to the golden era of the 1860’s. Time
GRAMPIANS, ARARAT                                            for a stroll through the Robert Clark Conservatory
Departing at 9:30 today we travel to Beaufort and            at the Botanic Gardens adjacent to Lake Wendouree.
Stawell. Morning cuppa by Lake Lonsdale, second              We visit Hymettus Historic Cottage and Garden,
largest lake in the Grampians area. We continue to           developed in the 1860’s and restored to its 1915
Halls Gap, with time for a stroll in this picturesque        state. Following an enjoyable luncheon we join
village prior to lunch. Enjoy the splendour of the           the Western Freeway for the return journey to
Grampians as we travel to selected areas, subject to         Melbourne, arriving at approximately 3:30 p.m.
road conditions. We return via Ararat, visiting the          Home/hotel transfers complete a most enjoyable
Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre on route.                    new stayput holiday in beautiful central Victoria.

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SPRING STAYPUTS
                                                                 Clare Valley Stayput
Fares: (p.p.t.s)                                                                       6 days, departs Oct 9
ex Melbourne           $2,695 ex Sydney    $2,795
ex Brisbane            $2,895 ex Perth     $2,945           Clare Country Club Resort is situated in one of
ex Hobart/Launceston   $2,895
                                                            Australia’s premium wine regions with splendid
single supplement      $ 390
                                                            views overlooking lush fairways of the adjacent golf
                                                            course. The 4 star resort boasts an en-suite spa in
Day 1 (L,D) HOME, ADELAIDE, CLARE                           every room, plus walk in shower, gourmet cuisine
Following home/hotel pick up in the metropolitan            and stunning wines. Our rooms have either a
area we transfer to Melbourne Airport for the short         balcony or ground floor outdoor sitting area.
flight to Adelaide. Passengers from other states may        Located just 90 minutes from Adelaide, this
fly direct to Adelaide or via Melbourne. On arrival         beautifully appointed complex is positioned in the
we board our coach for a tour of Adelaide followed          tumbling Clare Valley hills, quietly away from the
by lunch in Glenelg. We continue to Clare and our           town centre but close enough to enjoy all the region
home for 5 nights, the 4 star Clare Country Club.           has to offer. The Clare Valley is an idyllic holiday
Time to settle in prior to dinner.                          destination with more than 35 boutique wineries,
Day 2 (B,L,D) CLARE, SEVENHILL                              antique stores, and the Riesling Trail.
A leisurely start as we travel the short distance to        Breakfasts for this stay-put holiday are in the Resort
Sevenhill Winery. Sevenhill was established in 1851         dining room.
when Jesuit priests from Austria settled in the area
and planted vines to produce sacramental wine.
Today sacramental wines are still produced together
with an extensive range of excellent table wines. The
site also contains St Aloysius’ Church and College
buildings together with spacious gardens and
surrounding vineyards. We also visit Mitchell Wines
where award-winning wines are produced using “dry”
grown grapes/vines. We return to Clare for lunch,
followed by some free time in the shopping district
before visiting the Old Police Station Museum.
Day 3 (B,L,D) CLARE, BURRA
Today we visit the historic former copper mining
town of Burra. The discovery of copper here helped
to save the ailing South Australian economy in the
1850’s and 60’s. Enjoy a guided tour of the town
visiting the historic remnants of the copper heydays,
followed by lunch at the Burra Bakery. Free time in
town to explore the antique shops and galleries.
Day 4 (B,L,D) GLADSTONE, BUNGAREE,
CLARE
A country drive through Spalding and Jamestown
before arriving in Gladstone where we visit the Old
Gaol built in 1879 to house “inebriates and debtors”.       Day 5 (B,L,D) EUDUNDA, NURIOOTPA,
Later we continue to another historic location,             ANGASTON, KAPUNDA
Bungaree Station, lunch here today. In its heyday,          Today we travel through Eudunda to Nuriootpa and
Bungaree was like a small village with its beautiful        Angaston on the northern edge of the Barossa Valley.
sandstone woolshed, shearers quarters, stable yard,         Visit Angus Park Shop (dried fruits, chocolate, nuts),
station store, manager’s house, staff cottages and          Barossa Valley Cheese and Barossa Valley Quilt
even the district council chambers and a church.            and Craft Cottage. We return via Kapunda which,
The property and the heritage-listed buildings              together with Burra, was part of the South Australian
remain largely unchanged since the horse and buggy          copper belt.
days and, as a result, Bungaree provides a better           Day 6 (B,L) CLARE, ADELAIDE, HOME
insight into the pastoral history of the 19th Century       We return to Adelaide for our mid afternoon flights
than a museum could ever do. Today it is still one          to Melbourne. Interstate passengers may fly direct
of Australia’s parent merino studs and many of the          to their home state or via Melbourne. Metropolitan
buildings have been converted into comfortable              home/hotel transfers complete a relaxing holiday in
accommodation.                                              one of Australia’s premium wine districts.

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                                                                                 SPRING STAYPUTS
Sanctuary House, Healesville
5 days, departs Oct 3, 10, 31 (Melbourne Cup), Nov 14

A Sanctuary in the Yarra Valley                              Fares: (p.p.t.s)
                                                             ex Melbourne            $1,495 ex Sydney* $1,895
With no unavoidable steps, indoor passages to the            ex Brisbane*            $1,995 ex Adelaide* $1,915
dining and breakfast rooms, a smaller but very               ex Hobart/Launceston*   $1,865 ex Perth*    $2,215
pleasant lounge area, walk in showers and extensive          single supplement       $ 135
grounds and gardens, it is very suited to our needs.         * Overnight Melbourne
Helen and Sam, the owner-operators, will make
you feel most welcome and gladly assist in any way
possible.
With the delightful nearby scenery and attractions
and Healesville’s close proximity to Melbourne, it
all adds up to a most enjoyable easy pace stayput
holiday.

Day 1 (L,D) HOME, HEALESVILLE
Following metropolitan home/hotel pick up
(interstate passengers arrive day prior) we travel
through the eastern suburbs to Lilydale, where we
visit Red Gum Gallery, a gift shop and gallery noted
for its red gum fine furnishings. We travel through
the Yarra Valley, a major grape and winery area, to
Healesville, where we visit Magic Garden Roses, home
to 100,000 roses of all varieties and types. Enjoy a
stroll in the garden, learn a little of how drought
tolerant roses can be. Then to The Big Bouquet,
a state-of-the-art gerbera and alpaca farm, where
60,000 gerberas are grown in a massive glasshouse.
Lunch and a guided tour showing various aspects
of these stunning cut flowers. Browse in the alpaca
gift shop. Visit the Yarra Valley Tourist Railway for
a 45 minute train journey. At Badger Weir enjoy
the forest and fern glades, take a short stroll if you
wish. Our home for four nights is Sanctuary House
Resort Motel. We arrive in time to relax prior to a          the destruction of the fires but also the regrowth and
pre-dinner drink and evening meal together.                  commencement of rebuilding in these well-loved
Day 2 (B,L,D) HEALESVILLE                                    towns. Lunch in Marysville. During the afternoon
This morning we visit Healesville Sanctuary. Over 200        we climb high onto the mountains to the old mill
species of Australian animals live here. Our morning         village of Cambarville, then continue to Upper Yarra
includes the famous fly free “birds of prey” show.           Dam and Warburton.
Today we also visit local galleries, the Healesville         Day 5 (B,L) HEALESVILLE, YARRA GLEN,
Historical Society and Maroondah Reservoir. Stroll           HOME
through the gardens and, if you wish, the top of the         A little time to browse in Healesville then to
retaining wall.                                              Tarrawarra Museum of Art, the first privately-funded
Day 3 (B,L,D) ALEXANDRA, EILDON                              public art gallery, the culmination of Eva and Marc
Today we travel along the Black Spur over the Great          Besen’s dream of sharing their passion for Australian
Dividing Range to Alexandra, centre of a farming             art with the people of Australia. The collection is
district, and Eildon. Drive over the retaining wall,         housed in a modern purpose-built gallery in the
enjoy the extensive lake views from nearby Mt                Yarra Valley. It comprises primarily works of art
Pinniger. We return via the Melba Highway and Yea.           collected from the 1950‘s forward. Eva and Marc’s
                                                             extensive private collection was donated to the
Day 4 (B,L,D) MARYSVILLE, WARBURTON                          gallery when it opened. Lunch today at Balgownie
Today enjoy the tall eucalyptus forest as we drive           Estate Café before continuing to Melbourne, arriving
to Fernshaw, once a gold mining village, and along           at approximately 4:00 p.m. Metropolitan home and
the Black Spur to Dom Dom Saddle and the bush                interstate transfers complete a most enjoyable short
fire ravaged areas of Narbethong and Marysville. See         stayput holiday at Healesville.

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SPRING STAYPUTS
                                                           RACV Resort, Inverloch
                                                           6 days, departs Oct 2, 9, 16, Nov 6, 13, 20, 27

Fares: (p.p.t.s)
ex Melbourne             $1,985 ex Sydney* $2,385
                                                               RACV Inverloch Resort
ex Brisbane*             $2,485 ex Adelaide* $2,405            The RACV Inverloch Rresort is located opposite the
ex Hobart/Launceston*    $2,355 ex Perth*    $2,705            beach on the picturesque South Gippsland coast. Set
single supplement        $ 415                                 in a stunning natural environment, the resort boasts
* Overnight Melbourne                                          magnificent views of the Bass Coast and Anderson
                                                               Inlet, just 5 kilometres from Inverloch township.
                                                               On this short break stayput holiday our
                                                               accommodation is in ocean view rooms with private
                                                               balconies, (some views restricted by trees) ensuite
                                                               bathrooms, flat screen television, fridge, and tea/
                                                               coffee making facilities. King or twin beds. Rooms
                                                               are serviced daily. Full breakfast is served in the
                                                               resort restaurant, dinners at the resort or at local
                                                               restaurants. Leisurely scenic day trips, plus time to
                                                               stroll along the beach or relax at the resort, making
                                                               this a delightful holiday for passengers who enjoy
                                                               beach settings.



                                                               homestead. Visit the Koala Conservation Centre
This holiday includes some walking (strolling pace)            for an opportunity to get very close to wild koalas.
on several days and may be best suited to those who            Lunch at the Seal Centre Cafe at the Nobbies before
enjoy this style of activity. On these days, less mobile       returning to Inverloch via Cowes, Phillip Island’s
passengers may travel with the group or choose to              main settlement.
remain at the resort and enjoy a less active day.
                                                               Day 4 (B,L,D) FOSTER, WILSONS
Day 1 (L,D) HOME, YARRAGON,                                    PROMONTORY
KORUMBURRA, INVERLOCH                                          Today we visit Wilsons Promontory National Park.
Following Melbourne metropolitan home/hotel pick               Enjoy extensive coastal views above Foster and visit
up (interstate passengers arrive day prior), we depart         the Foster Museum on route to the most southern
Melbourne at 10:00 a.m. Travel to Yarragon, browse             coastline on the Australian mainland. Take in the
in the many craft-style shops and enjoy a light lunch.         views of Mt Oberon before arriving at Tidal River.
Travel to Nyora to join the South Gippsland Tourist            Following lunch there is time to visit the Information
Railway to Korumburra. The steep and windy                     Centre, enjoy a short stroll to Norman Bay or try the
track skirts its way along the hills of the beautiful          Loo-Ern boardwalk, great for those with limited
Strzelecki Ranges, with spectacular views across               mobility. Enjoy afternoon cuppa at the Fish Creek.
Gippsland towards Phillip Island and the Wonthaggi
coast. Then to our home for five nights, RACV                  Day 5 (B,L,D) TURTON FALLS, MIRBOO
Resort, Inverloch.                                             SOUTH, INVERLOCH
                                                               Enjoy viewing the murals at Mirboo North before
Day 2 (B,L,D) TARWIN LOWER, VENUS BAY,                         making our way to Turtons Falls, set amongst a
CAPE PATERSON                                                  spectacular forest of giant eucalypts, wattles and
Visit Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay situated on a                 ferns (subject to road conditions). From here we
narrow peninsula of land, bordered on one side by              visit Meeniyan and enjoy a light lunch at Koonwarra
the wild oceans of Bass Strait and on the other by             before returning to Inverloch for some free time.
the calm waters of Anderson Inlet. Following a light
lunch we visit the Bunurong Shell Museum and                   Day 6 (B,L) INVERLOCH, LEONGATHA,
enjoy the Bunurong Coastal Drive, a stunning 14                HOME
kilometre stretch of coastline between Cape Paterson           We return via Leongatha, lunch at Loch Village,
and Inverloch.                                                 home to antique and craft shops, bric-a-brac stores,
                                                               galleries, original buildings and colourful cottage
Day 3 (B,L,D) KILCUNDA, CHURCHILL                              gardens. We arrive in Melbourne at approximately
ISLAND                                                         3:00 p.m. Metropolitan home, hotel and airport
Today we visit Kilcunda cliffs and Churchill Island            transfers complete a most relaxing stayput holiday
with its historic working farm and original 1872               at Inverloch.

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                                                                                SPRING STAYPUTS
Sorrento Perth Gold Stayput
8 days, departs Sep 3

Feel like a week of the very best? Then join the              Fares: (p.p.t.s)
Young at Heart Perth Gold Stayput holiday. In 2011            ex Melbourne            $4,940 ex Sydney $5,040
we stay at the Quality Resort Sorrento Beach, located         ex Brisbane             $5,140 ex Adelaide $4,840
on Perth’s magnificent Sunset Coast. Enjoy the                ex Hobart/Launceston    $5,390
                                                              single supplement       $ 860
spacious apartments and extensive leisure facilities
on a unique beachfront location.
                                                                  SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY FARE
Our units are one bedroom oceanview spa
apartments with a separate walk-in shower. All                                 SAVE $500
units are fully self-contained with a kitchenette,
separate lounge, TV, cordless phone and balcony.
Full breakfast provisions will be supplied in your
apartment for you to prepare at your leisure.




Day 1 (L,D) HOME, PERTH
Following Melbourne metropolitan home/hotel
pickup we fly to Perth. Lunch on arrival. Passengers
from other states may fly direct to Perth. We explore         Day 5 (B,L,D) TOODYAY, BINDOON
the city on route to our home for seven nights, the           Situated on the Avon River, Toodyay is a quiet place
Quality Resort Sorrento Beach. Settle in, enjoy a             with just a hint of alternative lifestyle. We visit the
pre-dinner drink and dinner together.                         Newcastle Gaol and Connors Mill where we step
                                                              back in time and explore the rich heritage of the area.
Day 2 (B,L,D) KINGS PARK, PERTH MINT
                                                              We continue to Bindoon with its stands of marri and
After breakfast we spend the day in and around Perth.
                                                              jarrah on the hilltops around the town. Visit the
Visit the 2011 Kings Park Festival with its spectacular
                                                              Bindoon Arts & Crafts Centre before returning to
displays of Western Australian wildflowers in bloom
                                                              Perth via Muchea and Bullsbrook.
in the Botanic Gardens and across the Park. After a
light lunch we visit the Perth Mint where we view the         Day 6 (B,L,D) FREMANTLE
amazing spectacle of a traditional Gold Pour, during          We start our day in fabulous Fremantle (known as
which pure gold is heated to molten temperatures              “Freo” to the locals) with some free time to explore
and transformed into a solid gold bar.                        the town before visiting the Round House, the oldest
                                                              remaining building in Western Australia, built as a
Day 3 (B,L,D) ART GALLERY OF WA, SWAN
                                                              gaol and the first permanent building in the colony.
RIVER CRUISE
                                                              After a light lunch we visit the Western Australian
This morning we visit the Art Gallery of Western
                                                              Maritime Museum on Victoria Quay, the first
Australia. The State Art Collection comprises
                                                              Museum of the Indian Ocean. In keeping with the
16,500 works in a range of media, including painting,
                                                              maritime theme, we return to Perth by ferry.
sculpture, craft and design, watercolours, drawings,
photography and prints. Enjoy a Swan Valley Lunch             Day 7 (B,L,D) WESTERN AUSTRALIA MUSEUM
Cruise (with a delicious buffet lunch on board) as we         Today we visit the Western Australian Museum
depart the city and head upstream for an afternoon            providing an insight into Western Australia’s history
in the Swan Valley.                                           and environment. This is followed by some free time
                                                              in the afternoon before our Farewell Dinner.
Day 4 (B,L,D) ROTTNEST ISLAND
A day with a difference as we visit nearby Rottnest           Day 8 (B,L) PERTH, HOME
Island, home of the quokka, a small inquisitive               Sadly we must depart Western Australia for our
marsupial mammal. Travel by ferry from Perth, ride            return flight home today. Interstate passengers may
the Rottnest train to Oliver Hill gun battery, part           fly direct to home ports. Melbourne metropolitan
of WA’s coastal defences, take a tour of the Island           hotel/home transfers are available. Great memories
by coach, enjoy lunch and visit the Rottnest Island           of a grand week in Perth and a most enjoyable stayput
Museum. Later we return to Perth.                             holiday.

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                                                         Port Stephens Stayput
                                                                                10 days, departs Oct 16,

Fares: (p.p.t.s)                                        Fly to Newcastle where our Young at Heart coach
ex Melbourne            $4,145 ex Brisbane $4,145       awaits to take us to our home for nine nights, the
ex Adelaide             $4,325 ex Perth*   $4,645       Shoal Bay Resort and Spa, set on the pristine sands of
ex Hobart/Launceston    $4,345                          Shoal Bay in Port Stephens. Relax, unpack, and settle
single supplement       $ 810
                                                        in to this delightful resort.
* Overnight Melbourne
                                                        From the comfortable base of Shoal Bay Resort enjoy
                                                        easy paced day trips to explore the sights of NSW’s
                                                        northern coast. Cruise on board the Moonshadow
                                                        V, a Supercat catamaran, on a dolphin spotting
                                                        cruise with 99% success rate whilst enjoying views
                                                        of the spectacular headlands and the outer islands
                                                        or watching the marine life at close range through
                                                        the underwater cameras. Morning tea and expert
                                                        commentary are included, followed by a buffet
                                                        lunch.
                                                        Visit Fighterworld Aviation Museum, where we see
                                                        a comprehensive display of the history of the Royal
                                                        Australian Air Force. Make the trip to beautiful
                                                        Fingal Bay. Take in the views from Gan Gan Hill,
                                                        Port Stephens’ highest and most accessible lookout.
                                                        Enjoy morning tea at Boat Harbour. Journey to
                                                        Tanilba House for a guided tour and lunch. You may
                                                        even catch a glimpse of the resident ghost! Visit
                                                        Tilligerry Peninsula and Soldiers Point.
                                                        Visit the magnificent Hunter Valley Gardens located
                                                        in the heart of the Hunter vineyards at the foothills
                                                        of the Brokenback Ranges. Enjoy morning tea before
                                                        a guided tour around the 25 hectares of sensational
                                                        sights, colours and fragrances on a people mover.
                                                        Time to stroll and enjoy before lunch at the Gardens
                                                        Café. Return to the Resort via Cessnock and Kurri
                                                        Kurri where we stop to look at the very attractive
                                                        murals, each with a “hidden” Kookaburra.
                                                        Tour Newcastle, a city rich in history, and ride on the
                                                        famous Newcastle Tram.
                                                        Visit the Inner Head Lighthouse. Lunch at the Tea
                                                        Gardens/Hawks Nest. Stroll along the riverfront.
                                                        Take the classic timber ferry to Nelson Bay across
                                                        Port Stephens Bay.
                                                        Visit a local market. Stroll to Raymond Terrace and
                                                        Sketchley Cottage, a rare timber slab colonial farm
                                                        house, and Museum for a guided tour. Take a short
                                                        drive to the historic National Trust-classified town of
                                                        Morpeth. Pause at Medowie Macadamias for home-
                                                        made macadamia ice cream.
                                                        Take a four wheel drive tour to the Sygna shipwreck
                                                        along the magnificent Stockton Sand Dunes. Enjoy
                                                        lunch and wine and beer tasting at Murrays Brewery
                                                        and Port Stephens Winery.
                                                        At the end of our relaxing stay at Port Stephens our
                                                        coach takes us back to Newcastle for our flight home.
                                                        The perfect mix of relaxation and sight-seeing.

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                                                                                  SPRING STAYPUTS
Warrnambool Gold Stayput
6 days, departs Oct 23, Nov 27
Warrnambool – along with Port Fairy and Portland –            Fares: (p.p.t.s)
dates back to the early 1800‘s when whalers beached           ex Melbourne            $2,275 ex Sydney* $2,675
their ships on the wide beaches to repair them. Now           ex Brisbane*            $2,775 ex Adelaide* $2,695
a large city, Warrnambool’s coastal scenery still             ex Hobart/Launceston*   $2,645 ex Perth*    $2,995
holds a great attraction for holiday makers. Young            single supplement       $ 315
at Heart invites you to join us for a relaxing holiday        * Overnight Melbourne
on the stunningly beautiful south coast.
Highlights include the Twelve Apostles, nearby Port
Fairy, Portland and Cape Bridgewater, Hopkins
Falls, plus Flagstaff Maritime Village, many National
Trust buildings and much more.
Our home for 5 nights is the 4.5 star Sebel Deep
Blue Warrnambool. Relax in Studio Oceanview
rooms.
Day 1 (L,D) HOME, WARRNAMBOOL
Following Melbourne metropolitan home/hotel
pickups, (passengers from other states arrive day
prior) we travel to Anglesea and, following morning
tea, enjoy the awe-inspiring Great Ocean Road on
our journey to Lavers Hill. Lunch at the Blackwood            Day 4 (B,L,D) PORTLAND, CAPE
Gully Tea Rooms before heading inland to Chapple              BRIDGEWATER
Vale, Cobden and Terang. Arriving late afternoon,             This morning we travel to Portland, Victoria’s first
we settle into our accommodation for five nights,             settlement. Visit the Botanic Gardens, view the
the Sebel Deep Blue Warrnambool, before enjoying              bluestone church of St Stephens built in 1824
welcome drinks and a three course dinner.                     and enjoy a ride on the historic Portland Tram.
Day 2 (B,L,D) PORT FAIRY                                      Following lunch we make the short journey west to
Today we discover the sights and sounds of                    Cape Bridgewater. Enjoy the beautiful scenic drive
Warrnambool on a town tour, followed by a visit               along surf beaches, Shelly Beach and Bridgewater
to the delightful Botanic Gardens. Travel to Port             Bay. Following dinner, enjoy the spectacular show
Fairy, viewing the inactive volcano at Tower Hill             Shipwrecked at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.
Game Reserve along the way. Lunch today in this               Day 5 (B,L,D) WARRNAMBOOL
delightful seaside town. On a guided tour discover            Today we visit Flagstaff Hill.        This recreated
the fascinating history of Port Fairy and its links to        maritime village offers the visitor an interactive
the sealers and whalers who operated in Bass Strait           journey through Victoria’s early maritime history,
in the 1800‘s, before returning to Warrnambool later          including the tragic tale of the Loch Ard shipwreck.
in the afternoon.                                             Flagstaff Hill combines 1870’s charm and heritage
Day 3 (B,L,D) TWELVE APOSTLES, PORT                           with the most modern of multi-media technology
CAMPBELL                                                      to produce an historic exhibition and show with a
For millions of years the forces of nature have worn          difference. Lunch at Flagstaff Hill before visiting
away the coastline in the Port Campbell area resulting        the Warrnambool Art Gallery. Built in 1886, the
in a rugged coastline with many landforms, the most           current purpose-built gallery was opened in 1986
famous being the Twelve Apostles. This morning we             as a memorial to Sir Fletcher Jones. Later in the
journey along this fantastic coastline viewing London         afternoon we view Hopkins Falls, often referred to
Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge, the famous Apostles and               as a miniature Niagara, whilst enjoying an afternoon
Gibsons Steps. Lunch in Port Campbell before                  cuppa.
returning early afternoon to Warrnambool. Enjoy a             Day 6 (B,L) WARRNAMBOOL, HOME
walk along Lady Bay, browse amongst the shops, or             Sadly this morning we must depart for home. On
simply relax at the Sebel Deep Blue.                          route we visit Red Rock with 360 degree views of
                                                              the surrounding area including several crater lakes.
                                                              A lovely farewell lunch, overlooking Eastern Beach
                                                              in Geelong, is followed by metropolitan Melbourne
                                                              home/hotel and airport transfers, completing a
                                                              most enjoyable short break holiday to beautiful
                                                              Warrnambool and the stunning Southwest Coast.

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                                                                                 Victorian Alps
                        2 nights at                             Quay West Resort, Falls Creek
                                                                                       6 days, departs Nov 20
Fares: (p.p.t.s)
ex Melbourne            $2,225 ex Sydney* $2,625
ex Brisbane*            $2,725 ex Adelaide* $2,645                      NEW ITINERARY
ex Hobart/Launceston*   $2,595 ex Perth*    $2,945
single supplement       $ 315
* Overnight Melbourne

          INTRODUCTORY FARE
    Book by August 31 – SAVE $150
  (cannot be combined with any other offer)
                                                               The Alps in Springtime are simply spectacular. Snow
Day 1 (L,D) MELBOURNE, EILDON, BENALLA,                        capped mountains, cool, fresh mountain air, Spring
BEECHWORTH                                                     sunshine, stunning views – the perfect short break.
Following Melbourne metropolitan home/hotel pick               Visit Falls Creek and Mt Buller in Spring – stunning
up we journey to Healesville. Morning cuppa then               Spring mountain scenery!
over the Black Spur to Taggerty and Eildon. View the
                                                               Two nights at the 5 star Quay West Resort and Spa is
almost full lake from Mt Pinniger Lookout and drive
                                                               an experience you will long remember. Top quality
across the spillway prior to lunch in Eildon. During
                                                               apartment facilities, including breathtaking views
the afternoon we continue to Alexandra, Benalla and
                                                               maybe from your your 1 or 2 bedroom apartment.
Beechworth. Home for two nights is the Carriage
                                                               Take advantage of the indoor swimming pool,
Motor Inn.
                                                               sauna, steam room and plunge pool or Mii spa (own
Day 2 (B,L,D) BEECHWORTH, CHILTERN                             expense), enjoy a short walk in the mountains. The
A relaxing day as we explore this historic gold rush           choice is yours!
era township, commencing with a town tour led by
a local guide which includes Latrobe at Beechworth,
previously Mayday Hills hospital, set in 11 hectares
of National Trust-listed gardens and over 50 heritage-
listed buildings. The grounds are currently the
location of the annual Opera in the Alps. We visit
the historic Court House and the Bourke Memorial
Museum. Following lunch there is time to browse
along the main street shops prior to the short drive
to Chiltern, where we visit Dow’s Pharmacy, built in
1859 and Lakeview Homestead.                                   travel to Bogong Estate Winery for lunch – meet the
                                                               winemaker, learn a little of the varieties produced
Day 3 (B,L,D) BEECHWORTH, BRIGHT, MT
                                                               by the vineyard, purchase if you wish. We return
BEAUTY, FALLS CREEK
                                                               mid-afternoon, maybe enjoy a refreshing short walk
This morning we travel to Myrtleford, well known
                                                               around the Falls Creek village prior to meeting for
for the Phoenix Tree carving by Knorr, and Bright,
                                                               dinner together.
travelling through glorious countryside once a major
tobacco and hops producing area. Enjoy the Spring              Day 5 (B,L,D) FALLS CREEK, MILAWA, MT
weather with a stroll among the many art and craft             BULLER
shops. Following lunch we travel via Tawonga Gap               We retrace our steps to Bright and Myrtleford,
to Mt Beauty, where we visit the Alpine Discovery              with lunch today in the village of Milawa. During
Centre, learn a little of the Kiewa Valley hydro power         the afternoon continue to King Valley, Tolmie and
scheme. On to Falls Creek and Quay West Resort                 Merrijig on route to Melbourne’s closest reliable
and Spa. Time to settle in, enjoy the views and                snow field, Mt Buller Alpine Village. Stunning views
simply relax prior to dinner together at the resort.           again in this section of the Victorian Alps. Home
                                                               tonight is Mt Buller Chalet Hotel, well known to
Day 4 (B,L,D) QUAY WEST RESORT, BOGONG
                                                               many YAH Christmas passengers.
ESTATE WINERY
This morning the choice is yours – relax at the resort,        Day 6 (B,L) FALLS CREEK, MELBOURNE
soak in the views, enjoy a mountain walk, take a               We travel to Mansfield and Yea and, following lunch,
sauna or visit the steam room, perhaps organise a              continue to Melbourne, arriving at approximately
Mii spa (own expense). Maybe enjoy a chairlift ride            4:00 p.m. Home /hotel/airport transfers complete a
further up the mountain. Late in the morning we                most enjoyable Victorian Alps Spring holiday.

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                                                                        SPRING SHORT BREAKS
Murray Princess
4 days, departs Oct 21                                           Fares: (p.p.t.s)
                                                                 ex Melbourne            $1,985 ex Sydney    $2,085
                                                                 ex Brisbane             $2,185 ex Perth     $2,235
The best way to see any river is to travel on it and
                                                                 ex Hobart/Launceston    $2,185
the Murray Princess is the best way to enjoy the                 single supplement       $ 160
Murray River, a natural icon and river system which
has shaped so much of our dry country for millions
of years and will continue to be of vital importance
to a large part of our country.
Young at Heart Holidays, in association with
Captain Cook Cruises, invite you to a 4 day cruise
on the Murray. Natural history, scenic beauty with
towering gorges and quiet backwaters, plus on shore
excursions, all combine for a memorable short break
holiday.
All cabins and staterooms have twin beds, private
ensuites and are airconditioned, as are the bar,
lounge and dining areas. Tea and coffee are always
available in the Paddlewheel Lounge, 24 hours a
day. A lift operates between main decks, including
all cabins and bar, lounge and dining areas. Some
areas are accessible only by stairs. A double cabin is           Day 4 (B,L) PS MURRAY PRINCESS, MANNUM,
available on request for an extra $50 per night per              ADELAIDE, HOME
cabin.                                                           We cruise to Mannum and, after breakfast, bid
Day 1 (L,D) HOME, ADELAIDE, MANNUM,                              farewell to the Murray Princess, returning to Adelaide
PS MURRAY PRINCESS                                               in time for lunch at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel.
Following metropolitan home pick up we transfer to               Passengers transfer to Adelaide Airport for our return
Melbourne Airport. Interstate passengers travel either           journey. Melbourne passengers will be transferred
via Melbourne or fly direct to Adelaide. On arrival              to metropolitan home/hotels; interstate passengers
we transfer to the Adelaide Mercure Grosvenor for                may fly direct to their home state or via Melbourne,
lunch. During the afternoon we transfer to Mannum                depending on airline schedules. Thus concludes a
and board the PS Murray Princess. Enjoy pre-dinner               most relaxing and enjoyable Murray River Cruise.
drinks and a Welcome Dinner. We cruise to our
mooring at Mundoora and, as the day closes and we
cruise under floodlights, you may see a variety of
wildlife including kangaroos, wombats, longnecked
tortoises, egrets and many other species. The onboard
entertainer will keep the night-owls company.
Day 2 (B,L,D) PS MURRAY PRINCESS
In 1879 the first bridge to span the Murray was
built at Edwards Crossing, later the bustling town of
Murray Bridge. A morning guided tour of the historic
landmarks and attractions. Following lunch we begin
our journey upstream, learn a little of the bounty of
food and wine of the area. We moor at Craignook,
our dinner and overnight destination.
Day 3 (B,L,D) PS MURRAY PRINCESS
If exercise excites, join a nature walk and share the
secrets of the local fauna and flora. We sail for the big
river gorges and 90 metre cliffs of the upper river. At
the 207 kilometre mark we turn and head downriver
to River View Lodge. Enjoy a backwater wildlife
tour. In small groups explore the maze of backwaters,
creeks and lagoons. The bird life is amazing. Later an
opportunity for capturing a spectacular river sunset,
before joining the Captain and crew for pre-dinner
drinks and the finale Captain’s Dinner and Dance.

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                                                               Renmark Rose Festival
Fares: (p.p.t.s)                                                                        5 days, departs Oct 18
ex Melbourne            $2,145 ex Sydney     $2,245
ex Brisbane             $2,345 ex Perth      $2,395            Renmark grows superb roses. Sixteen Rose Festivals
ex Hobart/Launceston    $2,345
                                                               bear testimony and the 2011 17th Rose Festival will
single supplement       $ 275
                                                               again delight garden lovers and, in particular, those
                                                               who love roses. The festival offers a wide variety of
                                                               activities and open gardens, some of which Young at
                                                               Heart passengers will be able to visit and enjoy.
                                                               Young at Heart’s first visit to the Renmark Rose
                                                               Festival in 2010 was a great success and 2011
                                                               promises to be even better. Why not join us?




Day 1 (L,D) HOME, ADELAIDE, LYNDOCH                            Day 3 (B,L,D) RENMARK
Following metropolitan home pick up we transfer                Today we take a short journey to Berri, view the
to Melbourne Airport. Lunch following our arrival              Community Mural, a depiction of life in the area,
in Adelaide. Interstate passengers travel either               6 metres high and 50 metres long. At Loxton
via Melbourne or fly direct to Adelaide where                  stroll through the Memorial and Gladys Hentschke
our Young at Heart coach awaits us. During the                 Gardens, both large rose gardens, and visit Loxton
afternoon we travel into the Barossa, visit Yaldara            Historical Village, with over 35 fully-furnished
Estate overlooking North Para River. Taste the wine            buildings and displays. During the afternoon we visit
and cheese, purchase if you wish. Home tonight is              the Bella Estate Lavender Farm at Winkie.
Lyndoch Hill.
                                                               Day 4 (B,L,D) RENMARK
Day 2 (B,L,D) LYNDOCH, RENMARK                                 An enjoyable stroll, visit the Frank Harding Gallery
We join the Sturt Highway and travel to Waikerie,              and later Ruston’s Rose Garden, home of the National
morning tea stop, and on to Renmark on the Murray              Rose Collection and well known for the scents often
River. The name is an aboriginal derivation which              missing in modern roses grown outdoors in a warm
means red mud. The town was born in 1887 and                   dry climate. Enjoy the roses, the gift shop and the
was Australia’s earliest irrigation area, founded by           Dudley Siviour gallery. Lunch here today. During
George and Benjamin Chaffey. During the afternoon              the afternoon an enjoyable two-hour cruise on board
we visit the major floral display at Renmark Institute,        the Big River Rambler.
followed by traditional Victorian Afternoon Tea
                                                               Day 5 (B,L) RENMARK, ADELAIDE, HOME
at a local rose garden overlooking Nardoo Lagoon.
                                                               We return to Adelaide, lunch on route, for mid-
Home for three nights is the 4-star Renmark Golf
                                                               afternoon flights home. Melbourne passengers will be
and Country Club. Settle in, relax and enjoy dinner
                                                               transferred to metropolitan home/hotels; interstate
together.
                                                               passengers may fly direct to their home state or via
                                                               Melbourne, depending on airline schedules. Thus
                                                               concludes a most relaxing and enjoyable short break
                                                               holiday at the Renmark Rose Festival.




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                                                                       SPRING SHORT BREAKS
Tasmanian Crafts
5 days, departs Nov 4                                         Fares: (p.p.t.s)
                                                              ex Melbourne             $2,245 ex Sydney $2,345
                                                              ex Brisbane              $2,545 ex Adelaide $2,545
Day 1 (L,D) HOME, LAUNCESTON                                  ex Perth*                $2,915
Following metropolitan home/hotel pick up we                  single supplement        $ 320
transfer to Melbourne Airport for the short flight to         * Overnight Melbourne
Launceston. Passengers from other states may wish
to fly direct to Launceston or via Melbourne. Lunch
on arrival. Visit Entally House, enjoy afternoon tea
and a guided tour prior to arriving at our home for
four nights, the Sebel, Launceston.
Day 2 (B,L,D) TASMANIAN CRAFT FAIR
Today we visit the 31st Tasmanian Craft Fair. A
leisurely day visit with time to explore many of the
huge variety of displays and stalls. Lunch as we enjoy
this fascinating show. Later visit Yarns Artwork in
                                                              Tasmanian Craft Fair: From a small beginning 30
Silk.
                                                              years ago Deloraine Rotary Club’s small craft fair has
Day 3 (B,L,D) TASMANIAN OPEN GARDENS                          grown into one of Australia’s leading craft shows with
A garden lover’s delight as we visit three private            over 200 exhibitors. Now held in 14 venues, all in
gardens, each part of the Tasmanian Open Garden               Deloraine, visitors are transported by shuttle coaches
Scheme. Enjoy the garden and morning tea at The               or may choose to walk between venues. Wood
Beeches, then visit Waihemo Gardens. Lunch today              carvings, hand blown glassware, lead lighting, oil
at Flying Teapot Garden Café. In the afternoon we             and water colour paintings, pottery, candle making,
visit Manalanga Farm. We return to Launceston via             leather work and embroidery are just a few of the
Pipers Brook Winery, taste the wine and purchase if           crafts you will enjoy at this fair.
you wish.                                                     Deloraine: On the banks of the Meander River, the
Day 4 (B,L,D) LAUNCESTON                                      town has many colonial buildings and is set against
This morning enjoy views of the Tamar river as we             the backdrop of the Great Western Tiers. A local
visit the Swiss village of Grindlewald and the mining         treasure is the Yarns Artwork in Silk, an historic story
town of Beaconsfield, site of a notable mine rescue           created by over 300 people in a work taking over
in 2006. We return to Launceston for lunch and a              10,000 hours to complete.
scenic chairlift ride at Cataract Gorge, followed by a        Sebel Launceston: On this holiday we stay at the
leisurely cruise into the gorge. Afternoon tea in the         4.5 star Sebel Launceston in stylish boutique one
parkland of People’s Park.                                    bedroom suites with walk-in shower. Comfort plus
                                                              accommodation, excellent food and great location.
Day 5 (B,L) LAUNCESTON, HOME
A morning visit to Woolmers Estate. Take a guided             Entally House: One of the finest historic homes in
tour and stroll in the National Rose Garden. Lunch            Tasmania, built in 1819. As well as a magnificent
in flight. Our flight arrives in Melbourne mid-               homestead, the property includes a Conservatory,
afternoon. Interstate passengers may fly direct to            Chapel, Stables, Carriage House and farmyard.
their home state, or via Melbourne. Metropolitan              Woolmer Estate: This estate also dates from 1819.
home/hotel transfers complete a most enjoyable                Most of the original buildings are still standing. The
short holiday in Northen Tasmania.                            property was largely built and operated using convict
                                                              labour. Of special significance is the National Rose
                                                              Garden of Australia, established in the 1990’s with
                                                              today a total of over 4,000 roses growing in the
                                                              garden.
                                                              Northern Tasmanian Gardens:
                                                              Beeches Garden: Cottage style garden with a variety
                                                              of Old World flowers and shrubs – blooms the whole
                                                              year round.
                                                              Waihemo Garden: Featuring rockeries planted
                                                              with azaleas, rhododendrons, flowering cherries &
                                                              magnolias.
                                                              Manalanga Farm: An early farming homestead with
                                                              colourful exotics and natives, a large pond with arum
                                                              and water lilies.

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SPRING EXTENDED HOLIDAYS
                                                            Across the Nullarbor
Fares: (p.p.t.s)                                                                15 days, departs Oct 14
ex Melbourne           $5,995 ex Sydney $6,195
ex Brisbane            $6,425 ex Adelaide $6,155
ex Hobart/Launceston   $6,205 ex Perth    $5,995        Fly to Perth (3 nights). Visit Kings Park, Federation
single supplement      $ 950                            Walkway, afternoon tea in the café and Kings Park
                                                        Gallery and gift shop. Explore Fremantle, catch the
                                                        Fremantle Tram, visit the Maritime Museum and
                                                        enjoy a waterside lunch on Fisherman’s Wharf. Visit
                                                        Rottnest Island, home of the quokka.
                                                        Journey eastward via Northam, Cunderdin,
                                                        Kellerberrin and Merredin to Southern Cross and
                                                        Goldfields Woodlands National Park. Continue to
                                                        Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie (2 nights). Explore the
                                                        historic gold city of Kalgoorlie, visit the Mining Hall
                                                        of Fame, the Loopline Tourist railway and take in the
                                                        views from Mt Charlotte Reservoir.
                                                        Travel south to Norseman. View the bronze statue
                                                        of the horse “Norseman” (after which the town
                                                        is named) and the camel train. Continue east to
                                                        Balladonia (1 night). Travel via Caiguna, Cocklebiddy
                                                        and Madura to Eucla (1 night). Visit the ruins of the
                                                        telegraph station.
                                                        Cross into South Australia at Border Village and
                                                        continue to White Wells, the 2,000 dunes at “Head of
                                                        Bight” and, subject to seasonal conditions, sightings
                                                        of many whales and their calves, on route to the
                                                        village of Nullarbor (1 night). From Nullarbor travel
                                                        to Yalata roadhouse and Nundroo, on the edge of the
                                                        Nullarbor, then continue to Ceduna (1 night). Visit
                                                        Thevenard Wharf, Pinky Point and the Aboriginal
                                                        Cultural Centre.
                                                        Travel the Flinders Highway via Streaky Bay and
                                                        Venus Bay to Port Lincoln (2 nights). View the sea
                                                        lions, visit a local aquaculture farm before continuing
                                                        via Tumby Bay, Cowell and Whyalla to Port Augusta
                                                        (1 night). Visit Wadlata Outback Centre before
                                                        travelling via Wilmington, Orroroo, Peterborough
                                                        and the historic copper mining town of Burra.
                                                        Continue to Morgan and Berri (1 night).
                                                        Travel via Mildura, Ouyen and Warracknabeal to
                                                        Horsham (1 night). Complete the journey via
                                                        the Grampians and Ballarat to Melbourne, ending
                                                        a traditional and most enjoyable coach holiday
                                                        travelling east from Perth across Australia.




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                                                        SPRING EXTENDED HOLIDAYS
Kangaroo Island to Melbourne
10 days, departs Oct 26                                      Fares: (p.p.t.s)
                                                             ex Melbourne            $3,925 ex Sydney $4,075
                                                             ex Brisbane             $4,115 ex Adelaide $3,925
                                                             ex Hobart/Launceston    $4,125 ex Perth*   $4,645
Fly to Adelaide where our Young at Heart coach               single supplement       $ 495
awaits. Travel to Cape Jervis to board the ferry for         * Overnight Melbourne
the crossing to Kangaroo Island (5 nights).
Explore the township of Kingscote, take a walk
around the bay, to the wharf, or browse in the local
shops. Visit the Emu Bay Lavender Shop and Island
Pure Sheep Dairy. Visit Seal Bay on route to Flinders
Chase National Park. Visit Remarkable Rocks, Cape
du Couedic and Admirals Arch. Visit Clifford’s
Honey Farm, Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery and
Hope Cottage and watch the daily pelican feeding at
Kingscote. Visit Parndana Wildlife Park on route to
Cape Borda. To Penneshaw to join the return ferry
to Cape Jervis. Travel to Victor Harbor where we
visit Granite Island, Port Elliot, Hindmarsh Island
and the mouth of the once-mighty Murray River
before continuing to Goolwa (1 night).
Our homeward journey takes us along the Coorong
to the seaside towns of Robe (1 night) and Beachport
to Millicent and Mt Gambier (1 night), Portland,
Warrnambool (1 night), Colac and Geelong to
Melbourne.


Eyre & Yorke Peninsula
10 days, departs Sep 28                                      Fares: (p.p.t.s)
                                                             ex Melbourne            $4,075 ex Sydney   $4,175
             6 SEATS ONLY                                    ex Brisbane
                                                             ex Hobart/Launceston
                                                                                     $4,275 ex Perth
                                                                                     $4,275
                                                                                                        $4,325

                                                             single supplement       $ 545
Some of South Australia’s best kept secrets are
hidden away on the Eyre and Yorke Peninsulas.
Peaceful little fishing villages like Streaky Bay and
Coffin Bay; the tuna fleet at Port Lincoln; the jade
mine at Cowell; the iron ore town of Whyalla; the
starkly beautiful but seldom seen Gawler Ranges and
the bizarrely shaped rocks of Murphy’s Haystack – to
mention just a few.
Fly to Adelaide. Transfer to our comfort-plus
coach for the journey north along the east side of
St Vincent’s Gulf to Port Wakefield where we turn
south into the Yorke Peninsula and Edithburgh (2
nights). Explore the coastal scenery of Stenhouse
Bay and West Cape before continuing up the west
coast of Yorke Peninsula to Port Augusta (1 night).
We cut across the top of Eyre Peninsula through the
Gawler Ranges via Wudinna (1 night) to Streaky
Bay (2 nights). A short excursion to Ceduna before
following the coast down Port Lincoln (2 nights).
We continue north along the coast via Whyalla and
Port Augusta to Clare (1 night) and then to Adelaide
for our flight home.

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                                                                      Majestic Mountains
Fares: (p.p.t.s)                                                                         7 days, departs Nov 16
ex Melbourne             $2,345 ex Sydney* $2,745
ex Brisbane*             $2,845 ex Adelaide* $2,765
ex Hobart/Launceston*    $2,715 ex Perth*    $3,065
single supplement        $ 360
* Overnight Melbourne

Day 1 (L,D) HOME, EUROA, ALBURY
Following Melbourne metropolitan home/hotel pick
up (passengers from other states arrive day prior) we
travel through the edge of the Yarra Valley to Yea;
morning cuppa time. Along the Melba Highway
to Merton, then across the Strathbogie Ranges to
Euroa, our luncheon destination. An easy run along
the Hume Freeway to Benalla. Enjoy a stroll in the
beautiful Benalla Rose Garden or visit the Regional             along the Barry Way. The road passes through
Art Gallery. Afternoon cuppa before the last leg                unspoilt wilderness in the Australian Alps, – majestic
of our journey to Albury. Home tonight is Rydges                mountains and picturesque scenery. Descend into
Albury.                                                         the Snowy River Valley with morning tea at Willis
                                                                Picnic Area on the banks of the Snowy. At the NSW/
Day 2 (B,L,D) ALBURY, JINDABYNE                                 VIC border the Barry Way becomes the Snowy River
From Albury we travel east, past Lake Hume to                   Road and continues southward into Gippsland. Visit
Corryong, with morning cuppa at Khancoban. Then                 the tiny bark and timber school at Suggan Buggan,
a spectacular drive along the Alpine Way, taking in             then descend through fertile cattle grazing properties
the magnificent views from Scammel’s Spur Lookout               to Gelantipy. Lunch today at Buchan. Depending
prior to arriving in Thredbo. A ride on the Thredbo             on scheduling we may have the opportunity to
chairlift awaits – an exhilarating ride with magnificent        inspect the beautiful limestone Royal Cave. Later
views. Later we continue to Jindabyne and our home              we continue to Lakes Entrance for two nights at the
for two nights, Horizons Quality Resort.                        Banjo Paterson Motor Inn (or similar).
Day 3 (B,L,D) JINDABYNE                                         Day 5 (B,L,D) LAKES ENTRANCE
This morning we take a drive to Perisher Valley                 A day in Lakes Entrance. Some free time to enjoy a
and Charlotte Pass on the highest public road in                walk along the Esplanade or across the footbridge to
Australia. Great mountain vistas and views (subject             the ocean beach. Later in the morning a cruise on
to weather) of Mt Kosciuszko from a nearby                      the North Arm to the Wyanga Winery, our luncheon
boardwalk and lookout (few steps involved to reach              destination. An afternoon drive to Metung completes
the top lookout.) On to Cooma, centre of the Snowy              an easy relaxing “non travel” day.
Mountain scheme, for lunch. Visit the Avenue of
Flags, Snowy Hydro Education Centre, Centennial                 Day 6 (B,L,D) LAKES ENTRANCE, OMEO,
Park and Nanny Goat Hill.                                       BEECHWORTH, WANGARATTA
                                                                Today the scenery is again stunning and spectacular as
Day 4 (B,L,D) JINDABYNE, LAKES ENTRANCE                         we drive the Great Alpine Way from Lakes Entrance
Today we journey along a route, not known to many               north over the Great Divide, passing through cattle
tourists, which follows the Great Dividing Range and            grazing country as we journey to Swifts Creek and
the path of the Snowy River from close to its source            the historic gold mining village of Omeo to Dinner
to Willis on the Victorian/NSW border. Magnificent              Plain and Hotham Heights, with some of Australia’s
scenery as we descend to the river plain travelling             best mountain scenery along the way and lunch in
                                                                Bright. Time to browse or take a leisurely walk in
                                                                Bright. On to Beechworth and Wangaratta. Home
                                                                tonight, The Quality Gateway Motor Inn.
                                                                Day 7 (B,L) WANGARATTA, MANSFIELD,
                                                                HOME
                                                                Homeward bound we travel to Whitfield, Mansfield
                                                                and Alexandra our lunch stop. The last mountain
                                                                scenery as we return via the Black Spur to
                                                                Healesville and Melbourne, arriving around 4:30p.m.
                                                                Metropolitan home/hotel and airport transfers
                                                                complete a most enjoyable short break holiday
                                                                through some of Australia’s most scenic mountain
                                                                country.

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Norfolk Island
8 days, departs 2011 - Oct 7, Nov 18                          Fares: (p.p.t.s)
                                                              ex Melbourne            $3,875 ex Sydney $3,775
     2012 - Mar 16, Apr 13, Oct 12, Nov 9                     ex Brisbane             $3,715 ex Adelaide $4,295
           2012 FARES SAME AS                                 ex Hobart/Launceston    $4,245 ex Perth*   $4,595
                2010 & 2011                                   single supplement       $ 460
                                                              * Overnight Melbourne
The most relaxing holiday you could imagine.
The locals are friendly and laid back. The island is
beautiful and full of history.
A Young at Heart escort will travel with you from
Melbourne. On Norfolk your hosts are long term
Norfolk resident Bev Wheeler, and Bill Adams, a fifth
generation Pitcairn Island descendant.
We fly direct to and from Melbourne.

Highlights
Our itinerary includes all of the following highlights        South Pacific Resort
(subject to weather, possible absence of locals from          The South Pacific Resort is centrally located adjacent
the Island and other unforeseen factors).                     to the shopping area of Burnt Pine.
„   Introductory coach tour of scenic attractions             Superior rooms used by Young at Heart are
„   Dinners at various local restaurants                      spacious and comfortably furnished with modern
„   Guided tour of Pitcairn Settlers Vilage                   conveniences. Rooms feature outdoor decks and
                                                              picturesque rural and mountain views.
„   Bounty Folk Museum
„   Historic Cemetery walk                                    Add in some of the South Pacific’s legendary Island
                                                              hospitality and you have the perfect home base for
„   Progressive dinner in four Island homes
                                                              your Norfolk Island holiday.
„   Convict Settlement Tour
„   Melanesian Mission Chapel
„   Fish Fry dinner
„   Farm and Industry Tour
„   Cyclorama
„   1856 Pitcairners Dinner and Show
„   Trial of Fifteen play
„   Clydesdale-drawn wagon tour to Steeles Point
„   Glass-bottomed boat tour of the coral reef
„   Liquor Bond Store
„   Generous shopping time
„   Includes 22 meals                                         Just five kilometres one way, eight the other, this
    7 full breakfasts (B),                                    extinct volcanic outcrop is a mere speck in the ocean.
    8 lunches (L),                                            Captain Cook was the first European to see Norfolk
    7 dinners (D)                                             Island. In 1774 he claimed it for Great Britain and
    Most morning and afternoon teas                           described it as “paradise”. In the following years,
                                                              this tiny uninhabited paradise became home to two
Local identity, Bev Wheeler,                                  convict settlements. The last convict was moved to
is our host on Norfolk Island.                                Tasmania in 1856.
A permanent resident on                                       The famous “Mutiny on the Bounty” in 1791 saw
the island, her knowledge,                                    Captain Bligh and some crew set adrift and Fletcher
humour and friendliness help                                  Christian and the remainder of the crew, with
make your holiday a most                                      Tahitian girlfriends, sail to Pitcairn Island.
memorable experience. You
will also meet Bill Adams, a                                  In 1856, Queen Victoria resettled the Pitcairn
fifth generation Mutiny on the                                Islanders from their now overcrowded island to
Bounty descendant, who assists                                Norfolk Island. Descendants of over one third of
Bev from time to time.                                        those original settlers remain on the Island today.


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                                                                    O’Reilly’s & Binna Burra
Fares: (p.p.t.s)                                                     8 days, departs Oct 13 (fully booked), Nov 17
ex Melbourne                 $3,615 ex Sydney        $3,695
ex Adelaide                  $3,815 ex Perth*        $4,335
ex Hobart/Launceston         $3,995                                                             For Young at Heart, 2009
single supplement            $ 550                                                              was our first visit to Binna
Single supplement based on a Mountainview Room. Deduct                                          Burra Mountain Lodge which
$280 if you wish to have a Bithongabel Room at O’Reilly’s (single                               combines the peace and
bed and smaller room).                                                                          tranquillity of a mountain
* Overnight Melbourne                                                                           getaway with a unique
                                                                                                opportunity to explore a
                                                                                                truly    beautiful   rainforest
                                                                                                environment.      We stay in
                                                                         “Acacia Rooms” with panoramic mountain or
                                                                         rainforest views, private facilities and balcony.
Day 1 (L,D) HOME, COOLANGATTA, BINNA                                     Radios, clocks, telephones and televisions are not
BURRA                                                                    found in our rooms in order to “leave the world
Following Melbourne metropolitan home/hotel                              behind”. After three nights in this idyllic mountain
pickup, we transfer to Melbourne Airport for our                         forest hideaway, we transfer to O’Reilly’s Rainforest
flight to the Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta.                         Retreat also located in the Lamington National Park.
Passengers from other States may fly direct to
                                                                         We have been visiting O’Reilly’s world-famous guest
Coolangatta. Upon arrival we transfer to the
                                                                         house for over ten years. It was opened in 1926
Lamington National Park (lunch on route) where we
                                                                         and is now operated by third generation O’Reillys.
relax and enjoy the experiences that the Binna Burra
                                                                         Originally a dairy farming lease, until 1946 the last
Mountain Lodge has to offer.
                                                                         stage of the journey to O’Reilly’s was undertaken by
Days 2 and 3 (B,L,D) BINNA BURRA                                         horseback, along a mountain track which originally
Take part in the daily activities program of guided                      was used to take cream to a dairy factory off the
bird and wildlife walks, bush tucker presentation,                       mountain and to bring all the materials and supplies
bush poetry, history talk and enjoy a roaring campfire                   to the farm. Today O’Reilly’s is a modern property
with billy tea. Find solitude in the relaxation areas                    with an old fashioned flavour, set in the ever-
around the Lodge or explore the Park at your leisure.                    beautiful mountains of the Gold Coast hinterland.
Each day culminates in a hearty country-style dinner
with friendly ambience and spectacular views.
Day 4 (B,L,D) BINNA BURRA, BEECHMONT,
CANUNGRA, O’REILLY’S
Today we make our way down the mountain to
Beechmont and Canungra, stopping for lunch along
the way, before making the journey to O’Reilly’s
Rainforest Retreat.
Days 5,6 & 7 (B,L,D) O’REILLY’S
Join in the day’s activities or just relax by the pool
with a book from the O’Reilly’s library. You are
free to join as many or as few of the activities as
you wish. Take part in the morning bird walks, tree
top walk, morning and afternoon bus excursions to
magnificent scenic lookouts and after dinner evening
photo presentations and talks.
Day 8 (B,L) O’REILLY’S, COOLANGATTA,
HOME
Sadly we must leave the Lamington National Park
this morning and begin our journey home. We take
in the magnificent scenic views from our coach as
we wind our way down the mountain. Lunch prior
to our flight home. We depart Coolangatta Airport
returning to Melbourne mid-afternoon. Interstate
passengers fly direct to their home state. Melbourne
metropolitan home/hotel transfers complete a
memorable Lamington National Park holiday.

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Sydney & Weekend Cruise
                                                                Fares: (p.p.t.s)
7 days, departs Nov 7                                           ex Melbourne            $3,175 ex Brisbane $3,205
                                                                ex Adelaide             $3,255 ex Perth    $3,475
Day 1 (L,D) HOME, SYDNEY                                        ex Hobart/Launceston    $3,335
Following Melbourne metropolitan home/hotel pick                single supplement       $ 495
up we transfer to Melbourne Airport for our morning             Prices based on twin bedded cabin, double bedded cabin
flight to Sydney. Interstate passengers travel direct to        extra $50 per night per cabin.
Sydney or via Melbourne. We cross Sydney Harbour
to visit Middle Harbour and Manly before arriving
at our hotel for four nights, the Sebel Surrey Hills,
Sydney.
Day 2 (B,L,D) RIVERBOAT POSTMAN CRUISE
A short drive along the Sydney – Newcastle Freeway
this morning to Brooklyn and the Hawkesbury River
system. Join Australia’s last riverboat postman as              mountain views. Afternoon tea on route back to
he delivers mail to some of the river residents and             Sydney.
enjoy cruising on the extensive Hawkesbury River
inlets. Smorgasbord luncheon as we cruise. During               Day 5 (B,L,D) ELIZABETH BAY HOUSE,
the afternoon we return to Sydney via the beautiful             COOGEE, SYDNEY HARBOUR CRUISE
northern beaches. Enjoy the scenery, take a photo,              A relaxing morning as we visit Mrs Macquarie’s
watch the windsurfers. Afternoon tea on route.                  Chair and the Botanic Gardens, then the stately
                                                                Elizabeth Bay House, with lunch at Vaucluse House.
Day 3 (B,L,D) CHINESE GARDEN, SYDNEY                            Later in the day we join Captain Cook Cruise’s
TOWER, QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING                                  luxury cruiser, MV Captain Cook Explorer, for a
For a change of pace this morning, we escape to a               magical weekend cruising the magnificent Sydney
tranquil oasis in the heart of the city at the Chinese          Harbour and waterways. Dinner tonight with the
Garden of Friendship. Take a journey through the                spectacular backdrop of the city lights, Opera House
winding pathways and experience the serenity of the             and Harbour Bridge.
garden’s traditional pavilions, lakes and waterfalls
before venturing further afield on the iconic                   Day 6 (B,L,D) SYDNEY HARBOUR CRUISE
Monorail. We ride the Monorail as it glides quietly             For the early risers, a walk around the Opera House
through Sydney giving us views over the city and                and Botanical Gardens, followed by a leisurely cruise
Darling Harbour prior to enjoying the 360 degree                on the upper reaches of the Parramatta and Lane
views from Sydney Tower, ranked as one of the safest            Cove Rivers. During the afternoon you may wish to
buildings in the world. Lunch today at the historic             go ashore and explore the historic Rocks area. Fine
Queen Victoria Building. Free time this afternoon to            dining and live music complete a beautiful day on
explore the city or browse in the myriad of shops and           the harbour.
boutiques before returning to the Sebel Surrey Hills.           Day 7 (B,L) SYDNEY HARBOUR CRUISE,
Day 4 (B,L,D) BLUE MOUNTAINS                                    SYDNEY, HOME
This morning we travel to Katoomba in the Blue                  Early wakers may choose a morning walk around
Mountains with spectacular scenery and views.                   the ruins of the old fort complex, set in bushland,
Follow Cliff Drive along the escarpment, visit the              at Bradleys Head, built in 1840 to defend Sydney
incredible Three Sisters. Lunch today at Leura’s                Harbour. Later we cruise along the Eastern suburbs
Everglades House and Garden, a 1930’s residence                 shoreline to Watsons Bay. Time for a walk ashore
set on 12.5 acres of one of Australia’s great heritage          before an al fresco luncheon on the top deck.
gardens designed by Paul Sorenson, with stunning                Following lunch we return to Circular Quay. A late
                                                                afternoon flight to Melbourne. Interstate passengers
                                                                fly direct to home state. Metropolitan home/hotel
                                                                transfers complete an enjoyable Sydney and harbour
                                                                cruise holiday.




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                                                             West Coast Explorer
Fares: (p.p.t.s)                                                                19 days, departs Aug 11
ex Melbourne           $8,995 ex Sydney $8,995
ex Brisbane            $9,095 ex Adelaide $8,895
ex Hobart/Launceston   $9,345 ex Perth    $8,595        Fly to Broome (2 nights). Explore some of the
single supplement      $1,640                           attractions of Broome including the Pearl Luggers,
                                                        Chinatown and the Broome Historical Society
            4 SEATS ONLY                                Museum. Watch the sunset at Cable Beach tonight.
                                                        Journey along the Great Northern Highway into
                                                        the Pilbara District to Karratha (2 nights). Visit the
                                                        North West Shelf Venture Visitors Centre before
                                                        continuing to Tom Price (2 nights) passing through
                                                        the scenic Millstream – Chichester National Park.
                                                        Explore the deep gorges, waterfalls and spectacular
                                                        scenery of Karijini National park.
                                                        Continue via Paraburdoo and Nanutarra Roadhouse
                                                        to Exmouth (2 nights). Explore Cape Range
                                                        National Park, visit the Milyering Visitor Centre, take
                                                        in the magnificent 360 degree views from Vlamingh
                                                        Lighthouse before continuing south to Coral Bay and
                                                        the Ningaloo coral reef. Enjoy a glass-bottomed boat
                                                        cruise.
                                                        Continue to Carnarvon (2nights). Visit the distance
                                                        education School of the Air, Bumbak’s Plantation,
                                                        Lighthouse Keepers Museum and the wharf heritage
                                                        precinct. Ride the Coffee Pot Train along the jetty.
                                                        Travel to the Peron Peninsula and Denham (2 nights).
                                                        Visit Hamelin Pool and see the stromatolites, the
                                                        world’s oldest known living organism. Enjoy a scenic
                                                        cruise on Shark Bay and visit Monkey Mia.
                                                        Continue south, visiting Hawks Head Lookout on
                                                        route to Kalbarri (2 nights). Enjoy a scenic cruise
                                                        through the Murchison River gorges and visit
                                                        Kalbarri National Park and Rainbow Jungle before
                                                        continuing to Northampton and Geraldton (1 night).
                                                        Visit the St Francis Xavier Cathedral and take in the
                                                        views from Mills Park Lookout.
                                                        Continue via Greenough, Dongera, Green Head and
                                                        Julien to Cervantes (1 night). View the Pinnacles in
                                                        Nambung National Park before continuing to Perth
                                                        (2 nights). Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Swan River
                                                        to Fremantle followed by a Fish & Chips lunch. Visit
                                                        the Royal Perth Mint and enjoy a stroll in Kings Park.
                                                        Fly home from Perth.




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Port Stephens, Blue Mtns & Sthn Highlands
12 days, departs Oct 28                                        Fares: (p.p.t.s)
                                                               ex Melbourne            $4,585 ex Sydney $4,735
                                                               ex Adelaide             $5,085 ex Brisbane $4,985
                                                               ex Hobart/Launceston    $4,935 ex Perth    $5,335
          NEW ITINERARY                                        single supplement       $ 770

                                                                        INTRODUCTORY FARE
Shoal Bay Resort & Spa                                             Book by August 12 – SAVE $300
Shoal Bay Resort is nestled on 5 acres on the edge of            (cannot be combined with any other offer)
Shoal Bay – crystal clear waterways and magnificent
volcanic headlands. Shoal Bay Resort and Spa was
originally the Country Club Hotel, a favourite with
both locals and holiday makers since 1954. Recent
restorations and refurbishments have resulted in the
award-winning 4.5 star Shoal Bay Resort and Spa.
Our Barrington Apartments with excellent water
views are one or two bedroom, separate from the
living area, and complete with kitchen. One bedroom
apartments have shower over bath, two bedroom
have two bathrooms, main with walk in shower. The
second bedroom does not have an outside window.
Apartments are serviced daily.
Enjoy buffet breakfasts in the resort’s restaurant.
Dinners are at a variety of restaurants within the
resort or close by, mostly within walking distance.

Day 1 (L,D) HOME, NEWCASTLE, PORT
STEPHENS
Following Melbourne metropolitan home/hotel                    Day 3 (B,L,D) KURRI KURRI, HUNTER VALLEY
pick up we travel to Melbourne Airport for our                 GARDENS
flight north to Newcastle. Interstate passengers fly           A highlight today as we visit the magnificent Hunter
direct to Newcastle. Our Young at Heart coach                  Valley Gardens located in the heart of the Hunter
awaits. Following lunch and a visit to the nearby              vineyards at the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges.
Fighterworld Aviation Museum, where we see a                   Journey through Hexham, Maitland and Branxton.
comprehensive display of the history of the Royal              At the Hunter Valley Gardens we enjoy morning
Australian Air Force, we make our way to our home              tea before a guided tour around the 25 hectares of
for four nights, Shoal Bay Resort and Spa, set on the          sensational sights, colours and fragrances on a people
pristine sands of Shoal Bay in Port Stephens. Relax,           mover. Time to stroll and enjoy before lunch at
unpack, and settle in to this delightful resort. Dinner        the Gardens Café. We travel back to the Resort via
together tonight at the resort.                                Cessnock and Kurri Kurri where we stop to look
                                                               at the very attractive murals, each with a “hidden”
Day 2 (B,L,D) DOLPHIN SPOTTING CRUISE                          Kookaburra.
Following breakfast, enjoy the morning aboard the
Moonshadow V, a Supercat catamaran, on a dolphin
spotting cruise with 99% success rate. This oceangoing
cruise offers views of the spectacular headlands and
the outer islands as well as underwater cameras to
view the marine life at close range. Morning tea and
expert commentary are included, followed by a buffet
lunch. During the afternoon visit Gan Gan Hill, Port
Stephens’ highest and most accessible lookout. From
a height of 160 metres we enjoy commanding views
of the whole of Port Stephens. We journey to Tanilba
House for a guided tour and afternoon tea. We may
even catch a glimpse of the resident ghost! Tonight
we enjoy a seafood buffet dinner.


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                                     Port Stephens, Blue Mtns & Sthn Highlands

Day 4 (B,L,D) NEWCASTLE                                      and miniature gardens. Home for three nights is
This morning we depart for Newcastle, a city rich            Berida Manor at nearby Bowral. Time to settle in
in history, once a penal colony then a coal mining           prior to dinner together.
port and a steel producing city developed by BHP,
                                                             Day 9 (B,L,D) BOWRAL, BERRIMA
and situated on the coast overlooking the Pacific
                                                             A relaxing day as we enjoy the Southern Highlands.
Ocean. We enjoy a relaxing morning taking in the
                                                             See the stunning views from Mt Gibraltar, browse
views along the wharf area and ocean beaches and
                                                             in the village and a visit to the Bradman Museum,
a ride with a difference on the famous Newcastle
                                                             a fascinating display featuring not only Sir Donald
Tram as it rumbles past the major attractions of
                                                             Bradman but the wonderful game of cricket. We
central Newcastle and the waterfront. Lunch on the
                                                             also visit nearby Berrima, the delightful village on
recently developed Queens Wharf old dockside area.
                                                             the old Hume Highway, no longer the “main route”
We return for some free time at Shoal Bay Resort
                                                             to Sydney. Visit the old courthouse and Berrima
this afternoon.
                                                             Galleries.
Day 5 (B,L,D) PORT STEPHENS, GOSFORD,
                                                             Day 10 (B,L,D) BOWRAL, SOUTHERN
WISEMANS FERRY, KATOOMBA
                                                             HIGHLANDS
Sadly we depart Port Stephens and travel the Sydney
                                                             Today we explore the Highlands, and its range of
Newcastle Freeway to Gosford and, following
                                                             art and craft, Fitzroy Falls and Kangaroo Valley, the
morning tea, continue through picturesque country
                                                             village of Robertson, Leighton Gardens in Moss Vale,
to the Hawkesbury River, which we cross by ferry at
                                                             a “Little Piece of Scotland” at Sutton Forest and at
the village of Wisemans Ferry. Picnic lunch today.
                                                             Bundanoon, Morton National Park, with great views
During the afternoon we continue to Windsor and
                                                             of the highlands.
Penrith, then climb into the Great Dividing Range
to Katoomba and our home for three nights, Best              Day 11 (B,L,D) BOWRAL, GOULBURN,
Western Alpine at Katoomba.                                  GUNDAGAI, ALBURY
                                                             Southbound we join the Hume Freeway to the
Day 6 (B,L,D) MT TOMAH GARDENS, ZIG ZAG
                                                             inland city of Goulburn, Australia’s first inland city,
RAILWAY, GOVETTS LEAP
                                                             declared in 1863. Visit the historic courthouse and
A day in the beautiful Blue Mountains in Springtime.
                                                             St Saviours Cathedral, completed in 1884. We divert
At Mt Tomah, enjoy a stroll in the beautiful cool
                                                             to visit Yass, our luncheon destination. During the
climate Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens. During the
                                                             afternoon our journey resumes along the Hume
afternoon we visit Clarence and enjoy a ride on the
                                                             Highway to Gundagai and Albury. Home tonight,
historic Zig Zag railway, an engineering masterpiece
                                                             Rydges Albury.
used prior to the construction of tunnels, to allow
trains to “climb mountains”. Enjoy spectactular views        Day 12 (B,L) ALBURY, MELBOURNE
from Govetts Leap at Blackheath as we return to our          An easy journey on the final day of a delightful
motel.                                                       Spring holiday. Morning cuppa as we visit the
                                                             Benalla Regional Art Galley, with lunch at Trawool
Day 7 (B,L,D) BLUE MOUNTAINS
                                                             Resort, near Seymour. To Yea and along the Melba
A relaxing day as we visit the Blaxland, Wentworth
                                                             Highway to Yarra Glen and Melbourne, arriving
and Lawson “explorer tree”, enjoy the scenic drive
                                                             at approximately 4:00 p.m. Home/hotel/airport
around the edge of the cliff, visit Three Sisters
                                                             transfers complete our most enjoyable 12 day Spring
Lookout and the Scenic Railway and Skyway. Choose
                                                             holiday.
the ride to suit you. Visit Everglades Historic House
and Garden. Stroll in the garden, enjoy the gallery,
soak in stunning Blue Mountain views and enjoy
lunch here today. Enjoy an afternoon screening of a
spectacular film of the Blue Mountains at the IMAX
Edge Cinema.
Day 8 (B,L,D) KATOOMBA, BERRIMA
This morning we descend from the Blue Mountains,
travelling the Western Highway and Highway 9 to
Picton, one of the earliest European settlements.
Lunch at Stonequarry Gardens with time to enjoy
the landscaped gardens, home to many native
birds including bellbirds and kookaburras. On to
Mittagong and All Aboard Braemar Model Railways

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Spring Garden Spectacular
12 days, departs Sep 15                                         Fares: (p.p.t.s)
                                                                ex Melbourne            $4,750 ex Sydney $4,850
                                                                ex Brisbane             $4,750 ex Adelaide $4,920
Day 1 (L,D) HOME, BRISBANE, TOOWOOMBA                           ex Hobart/Launceston    $5,000 ex Perth*   $5,450
Following metropolitan home/hotel pick up we                    single supplement       $ 745
transfer to Melbourne Airport for our morning flight            * Overnight Melbourne
to Brisbane. Passengers from other States may fly
direct to Brisbane or via Melbourne, depending                             SPRING SPECIAL
on air schedules. On arrival transfer to our Young                            SAVE $300
at Heart coach for the journey to Toowoomba and
our home for three nights, the Burke & Wills Hotel.
Toowoomba, with a population of 90,000 and more
than 150 public parks and gardens, is Queensland’s
largest inland city, set on the edge of the Great
Dividing Range 700 metres above sea level. It is
renowned as the “Garden City”, with picturesque
settings, tree-lined streets, beautiful gardens, antique
and art and craft shops and buildings steeped in
                                                                Day 4 (B,L,D) TOOWOOMBA, TENTERFIELD,
history. During our visit, we enjoy the annual
                                                                GLEN INNES, ARMIDALE
Carnival of Flowers Festival.
                                                                Departing Toowoomba, we travel the New England
Day 2 (B,L,D) TOOWOOMBA                                         Highway to Tenterfield, home to Sir Henry Parkes
Today our program includes a visit to some of the               and the location of his Federation Speech in 1889.
gardens taking part in the festival, accompanied by a           We visit the historic Tenterfield Saddler and,
local guide. We enjoy gardens which in Spring are an            following lunch, we continue to Glen Innes to view
extravaganza of colour and the friendly atmosphere              the “Balancing Rock”, before arriving in Armidale
of the festival will add to our enjoyment. Queens               and our home for tonight, the Regency Hallmark.
Park is in full bloom and we take some time to stroll
                                                                Day 5 (B,L,D) ARMIDALE, TAMWORTH,
and take in the colour and the beauty of the flowers.
                                                                MUSWELLBROOK, SINGLETON
At Laurel Bank Park the scented garden is another
                                                                We continue south along the New England Highway
special attraction.
                                                                to Tamworth, the Country Music Capital of Australia.
Day 3 (B,L,D) TOOWOOMBA                                         Visit Bicentennial Park beside the Peel River and
An enjoyable day today as we visit the Japanese                 The Big Golden Guitar Centre. Later we travel
Gardens, set in the grounds of the University of                to Muswellbrook before arriving in Singleton and
Southern Queensland, a breathtaking massed display              our home for two nights, Quality Inn Charbonnier
of Cymbidium, Exotic and Native Orchids. Around                 Hallmark.
midday we view the annual Carnival Street Parade.
During the afternoon we visit the Cobb & Co
Museum which is the custodian of the Cobb & Co
story and includes the National Carriage Collection
plus many displays about Toowoomba and the
Darling Downs.




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                                                                     Spring Garden Spectacular
Day 6 (B,L,D) HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS
A special day today as we visit the nearby Hunter
Valley Gardens. Located in the foothills of the
Brokenback Mountains and spanning 25 hectares, it
contains an amazing rose display with over 35,000
roses and 125 different varieties. Stroll amongst the
roses, take in the superb views from the lookout, sit
and ponder at the 10 metre high waterfall or step
back in time in the Storybook Garden. All this and
more –– there are different garden sections with
plants and displays from various countries including
an Indian Tea Garden, Italian Grotto and a Japanese           Day 10 (B,L,D) CANBERRA BOTANIC
Garden in addition to the Frog Pond, Border Garden,           GARDENS, OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE, LAKE
Orchard and Sunken Garden, plus many more                     BURLEY GRIFFIN CRUISE
displays to catch your eye. During the day we have            Today we visit the Botanic Gardens, with a morning
the chance to attend a Rose Society talk or a Rose            cuppa and time for a stroll, followed by a visit to
Garden talk. Morning tea and lunch here today                 Old Parliament House. Take a fascinating tour of
with plenty of time to relax and absorb the special           the building including both Chambers, the Party
atmosphere and displays.                                      and Cabinet rooms as well as the Prime Minister’s
                                                              suite. Lunch at Old Parliament House is followed
Day 7 (B,L,D) SINGLETON, WOLLEMI N.P.,                        by a most enjoyable one hour cruise on Lake Burley
YENGO N.P., WINDSOR, PENRITH, CAMDEN                          Griffin, centrepiece of Canberra’s design and named
This morning we travel the scenic route through               after the city’s architect, Walter Burley Griffin. Later
Wollemi and Yengo National Parks to Windsor,                  travel through the Embassy Drive area and take in
before continuing through Penrith to Camden. Our              the views of the city from one of the nearby lookouts.
home for tonight is the Camden Valley Inn.
                                                              Day 11 (B,L,D) CANBERRA, YASS, GUNDAGAI,
Day 8 (B,L,D) CAMDEN, PICTON, BERRIMA,                        TUMUT, HOLBROOK, ALBURY
BOWRAL, CANBERRA                                              We travel this morning to Yass and Gundagai, where
A relaxing morning as we explore Bowral and the               we visit the miniature Rusconi Marble Cathedral,
immediate surrounds. We visit one of the many                 and then to Tumut, northern gateway to the Snowy
magnificent private gardens, the Bradman Museum               Mountains. During the afternoon we rejoin the
and the famous Corbett Park, home of the Tulip                Hume Highway travelling to Holbrook and Albury,
Festival, followed by lunch. We depart Bowral and             where we take in the views from Monument Hill,
travel to Canberra, our national capital. Home for            before arriving at our home for tonight, Rydges
three nights, the Brassey of Canberra Hotel.                  Albury. Scenic country indeed!
Day 9 (B,L,D) FLORIADE, COCKINGTON                            Day 12 (B,L) ALBURY, BENALLA, MERTON,
GREEN                                                         YARCK, YARRA GLEN, HOME
This morning we visit Floriade, a spectacular floral          We travel the Hume Highway to Benalla and Euroa
event and Canberra’s leading spring attraction.               then take the scenic route across the Strathbogie
Enjoy strolling through the Floriade gardens and              Ranges to Merton. Pub lunch today on route to
special floral exhibits. Take the opportunity to visit        Yarra Glen, arriving in Melbourne at approximately
the National Capital Exhibition at nearby Regatta             4:00 p.m. Metropolitan home and airport transfers
Point. During the afternoon we visit the National             complete a most enjoyable Spring Gardens holiday.
Portrait Gallery and later famous Cockington Green
with its miniature English village and delightful
garden settings.




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West Australian Wildflowers
13 days, departs Sep 14                                         Fares: (p.p.t.s)
                                                                ex Melbourne             $6,145 ex Sydney $6,245
                                                                ex Brisbane              $6,345 ex Adelaide $6,045
Day 1 (L,D) HOME, PERTH
                                                                ex Hobart/Launceston     $6,595
Following metropolitan home/hotel pickup, we                    single supplement        $ 895
transfer to Melbourne Airport for our flight to
Perth, lunch as we fly, arriving early afternoon. Our                     SPRING SPECIAL
Young at Heart coach and coach captain awaits our
arrival. Passengers from other home ports may fly
                                                                             SAVE $400
via Melbourne or direct to Perth, depending on
airline schedules. This afternoon enjoy a visit to
Kings Park, a combination of native bushland and
manicured parkland on the edge of the city. Enjoy
the wildflowers, Federation Walkway, afternoon tea
in the café and a visit to Kings Park Gallery and gift
shop. Our home for two nights, the Intercontinental
Perth Burswood. Enjoy a welcome drink tonight
before dinner.
Day 2 (B,L,D) FREMANTLE, PERTH
Today we explore Fremantle, a fascinating city and a            Day 5 (B,L,D) BUNBURY, BUSSELTON,
blend of the old and the new. We start by taking the            MARGARET RIVER, AUGUSTA, CAPE
ferry from Perth along the Swan River, viewing some             LEEUWIN, PEMBERTON
of the magnificent homes along the riverbank as we              From Bunbury we travel through the giant Tuart
cruise downstream to Fremantle. Then we catch the               Forests on route to the seaside resort of Busselton,
Fremantle Tram, visit the Maritime Museum and                   with its jetty of over a kilometre in length. Visit St
have a waterside lunch on Fisherman’s Wharf before              Mary’s, the first stone church in WA, built of limestone
driving back to Perth in the afternoon.                         and jarrah with a sheoak shingle roof, completed in
                                                                1848. Enjoy a wine tasting at the Regional Wine
Day 3 (B,L,D) PERTH, ROCKINGHAM,                                Centre at Cowaramup prior to lunch at Margaret
MANDURAH, BUNBURY                                               River, home of many well-known West Australian
Departing from Perth, we head south to the seaside              wineries. After lunch continue to Cape Leeuwin and
resort of Rockingham, with Penguin and Seal Islands             the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse. Spectacular scenery!
nearby. Enjoy a short cruise and hopefully see some             On to Pemberton and our overnight home, the Best
of the local wildlife, including dolphins, sea lions and        Western.
little penguins. Visit the Penguin Centre prior to
lunch. We continue south to Mandurah, Dawesville                Day 6 (B,L,D) PEMBERTON, WALPOLE,
Cut, and Australind on route to Bunbury. Home for               ALBANY
two nights, the Comfort Inn Admiral.                            This morning we visit the Pemberton Museum and
                                                                hand feed the brilliant Rosellas under the giant
Day 4 (B,L,D) BUNBURY HINTERLAND                                Gloucester Tree prior to boarding the Pemberton
Today we explore the breathtaking scenery of the                Tram, which takes us on a forest journey winding
hinterland behind Bunbury. Highlights include                   through giant stands of Karri and Marri forests to
the Ferguson Valley, the King Jarrah Tree, Gnomes               Cascades. Picnic lunch today. Continuing south, we
Village, a kangaroo encounter, Wellington Dam, bush             pass through Walpole and the Valley of the Giants. A
tucker walk and a wildflower walk – a memorable                 highlight of our holiday is the spectacular Tree Top
day in this relatively undiscovered but beautiful part
of the world made even more enjoyable with the
expert assistance of a local guide.




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                                                              Day 9 (B,L,D) ALBANY, JERRAMUNGUP,
                                                              RAVENSTHORPE, ESPERANCE
                                                              Departing Albany we head east through Jerramungup
                                                              and Ravensthorpe, pausing at various places as we
                                                              travel to view more exotic wildflowers. During the
                                                              afternoon we continue to Esperance. Home for two
                                                              nights is the Hospitality Inn.
                                                              Day 10 (B,L,D) CAPE LE GRAND N.P.
                                                              A local wildflower expert travels with us as we
                                                              visit Cape le Grand National Park. In this area
                                                              we will experience an abundance of wildflowers
                                                              and breathtaking coastal scenery. In the afternoon
                                                              we travel along the scenic coastal drive, pausing
                                                              for afternoon tea, then returning home via Helms
                                                              Arboretum.
                                                              Day 11 (B,L,D) ESPERANCE, LAKE KING,
Walk, high above the forest. On to the coastal city           HYDEN
of Albany and our home for three nights, the Metro            Following breakfast, we leave the beauty of the coast
Inn.                                                          and head into the interior, travelling again through
                                                              magnificent wildflower country to Lake King and
Day 7 (B,L,D) ALBANY                                          Hyden. We visit the unique rock formation at Wave
A relaxing day in Albany as we explore this southern          Rock, 2.7 million years old and up to 15 metres high.
city. Enjoy a tour which includes Albany city sights,         Enjoy also the Wildflower Shoppe, Wildlife Park and
the Gap and Natural Bridge, and spectacular views             Old Lace collection. There are also many species of
and wildflowers at Stoney Ridge. Enjoy the absolute           wild orchids in the area. Home tonight is the Hyden
natural beauty of the area. Lunch today at Whale              Wave Rock Hotel Motel.
World, the last whaling station in Australia to cease
operation, with time to browse through some of the            Day 12 (B,L,D) HYDEN, KONDININ,
many displays. We also visit Patrick Taylor Cottage,          CORRIGIN, YORK, PERTH
an eleven room wattle and daub home, the oldest               We travel through the wheatbelt towns of Kondinin
surviving intact cottage in WA, and Anzac Memorial            and Corrigin to York. Visit the York Motor Museum
on Mt. Clarence.                                              (or, if you prefer, browse in this quaint township)
                                                              and the Mill Gallery, which exhibits local hardwood
Day 8 (B,L,D) ROMANCE SANDLEWOOD &                            furniture and fine art. Enjoy lunch here today. Great
EMU OIL FACTORY, MT BARKER BANKSIA                            views of York Town from Mt Brown Lookout, then a
FARM, STIRLING RANGES                                         short drive to Perth completes our wildflower journey.
Another scenic day as we first travel a short distance        Overnight at Intercontinental Perth Burswood.
to visit Mt Romance Sandalwood & Emu Oil Factory,
the only sandalwood factory in Australia. Sample              Day 13 (B,L) PERTH, HOME
Emu and Sandalwood Oil and body care products,                We transfer to Perth Airport for flights home. Lunch
purchase if you wish. Then on to Mt Barker and                as we fly. Melbourne passengers will be transferred
Banksia Farm, with over 70 species of Banksia and             to metropolitan homes/hotels; interstate passengers
wildflowers on display. Lunch here today. This                may fly direct to their home state or via Melbourne,
afternoon we traverse the mighty Stirling Ranges              depending on airline schedules. Thus concludes
along Red Gum Pass Road, an unforgettable drive               a most relaxing and enjoyable Western Australian
through spectacular scenery.                                  wildflowers holiday.




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                             SPRING EXTENDED HOLIDAYS
The Southern Spirit




       The Ghan
       Indian Pacific
       The Overland
       The Southern Spirit




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                                                                                   The Southern Spirit
Fares:                                                                                  6 days, departs Nov 12
Gold Class: Twin share Full fare: $5,985 p.p.t.s.
            Single supp: (twin cabin sole use) $ 2,510
                                                               A first class rail journey through three states is the
            Deduct $540 discount for Pensioner,
            Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.
                                                               latest addition to great rail journeys of Australia, an
                                                               ideal opportunity to enjoy the Australian landscape
Platinum Class: Double/twin $8,560 p.p.t.s.                    through the comfort and relaxation offered by rail
         Single supp: $3,970                                   travel. We travel in gold or platinum class, in twin
         (no discount available)
                                                               (or single) in gold class, or double in platinum.
   Book by August 8 – SAVE               $200                  Comfortable beds at night transform to relaxing 3
                                                               seater lounge cabins by day. Meals are served in the
                                                               Queen Adelaide restaurant (drinks not included),
                                                               and the Outback Explorer Lounge (and bar) provides
                                                               an opportunity to mix with fellow passengers during
                                                               the day and in the evenings. Whistle stop tours are
                                                               included and we take time to visit Byron Bay, Port
                                                               Macquarie, Hunter Valley and Dubbo.
Day 1 (L,D) HOME, BRISBANE                                     Your Young at Heart host will accompany you
Following metropolitan home pick up we transfer to             throughout this journey, departing from Melbourne.
Melbourne Airport for the midday flight to Brisbane.           Young at heart Holidays is offering the first group
On arrival enjoy a short afternoon coach tour on               departure on this exciting new rail journey, and your
route to our overnight accommodation, Citigate                 hostess, along with the Southern Spirit staff, is there
Brisbane. Time to relax prior to dinner together at            to ensure you have the best holiday possible.
the hotel.
                                                               Passengers from other states meet the YAH group in
Day 2 (B,L,D) BRISBANE, BYRON BAY, CASINO                      Brisbane and at the end of the holiday are transferred
Following breakfast we join The Southern Spirit and,           to Melbourne Airport on arrival in Melbourne for
departing Brisbane, begin our journey southward.               the journey to their home airport. You are able to
A whistle stop tour at the small eastern town of               stay in Melbourne overnight (or longer) with family
Byron Bay, the most easterly point of the Australian           or friends or we will happily arrange accommodation
mainland. We rejoin The Southern Spirit in Casino.             for you (transfers, accommodation, etc own expense).
Dinner on board as we travel.
Day 3 (B,L,D) PORT MACQUARIE
Today we enjoy a whistle stop tour in the historic
coastal town of Port Macquarie, one of the early
convict settlements and located on the Hastings
River. Dinner on board as we travel.
Day 4 (B,L,D) HUNTER VALLEY
This morning our train takes us to the Hunter Valley,
one of Australia’s premium wine growing areas.
Enjoy the changing scenery as we continue our
journey. Dinner on board as we travel.
Day 5 (B,L,D) DUBBO, WESTERN PLAINS ZOO
Today we arrive in Dubbo which is nestled in the
heart of NSW. Enjoy a whistle stop tour to the
Taronga Western Plains Zoo, an open range sanctuary
and a vital link in international programs for rare and
endangered species.
Day 6 (B,L) ALBURY/WODONGA,
MELBOURNE
We continue south along the Great Dividing Range
to the twin cities of Albury and Wodonga on the
Murray River. Enjoy our final whistle stop tour
before continuing south to Melbourne where sadly
our journey comes to an end. Home/airport transfers
complete a most enjoyable holiday on Australia’s
newest rail journey, The Southern Spirit.

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                                                                                              2012 OPERA
Sydney Opera House – La Traviata
5 days, departs Mar 26                                         Fares: (p.p.t.s)
                                                               ex Melbourne             $3,445 ex Brisbane $3,475
                                                               ex Adelaide              $3,525 ex Perth    $3,745
Young at Heart Holidays have arranged an exclusive             ex Hobart/Launceston     $3,605
use charter of the MV Captain Cook Explorer, the ship          single supplement        $ 240
we use for the YAH Sydney and Weekend harbour
cruise holiday itinerary. Enjoy 4 nights on Sydney             Fares include guaranteed outside window cabin.
harbour, with daily cruising on Sydney Harbour. A              Limited non window cabins available. $2,995 per person.
floating “stay put” Autumn holiday combined with               No single supplement.
“premium” seats at an evening performance of La                Deposit $400 (non refundable, name changes welcome up
Traviata. We alight from Captain Cook Explorer at              to 30 days prior to departure). Balance due Nov 30.
Man O War Steps Jetty adjacent to Sydney Opera                 Passengers need to have a mobility level which includes
House and easy walking distance from the outdoor               using stairs between decks on the Captain Cook
theatre.                                                       Explorer. This holiday is not suitable for passengers
One of the greatest operas ever written, Verdi’s La            wishing to bring walkers.
Traviata is presented here for the first time under
the stars in a large-scale production with spectacular               EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
sets, beautiful costumes, dazzling lighting effects,            Book & Deposit by August 30 – SAVE $100
fireworks and a huge 9 metre chandelier suspended
above a purpose-built, shimmering, floating stage.             Book & Pay in full by August 30 – SAVE $200
The Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge
and the city skyline will provide the magnificent
backdrop. Enjoy “premium” seats at the performance.
Day 1 (L,D) HOME, SYDNEY, PARRAMATTA
RIVER
Following metropolitan home pick up (Melbourne
passengers) we join the Qantas midday flight to
Sydney. Coach transfer to King Street Wharf to
board our home for four nights, MV Captain Cook
Explorer. Afternoon cruise up the Parramatta River,
afternoon tea served on route. Cocktails, dinner with
music and the beautiful setting of Sydney Harbour
by night. Anchor overnight near the Sydney Zoo.
Day 2 (B,L,D) LANE COVE RIVER, HUNTERS
HILL, LA TRAVIATA (half group)
Those wishing a morning exercise walk go ashore at             Day 4 (B,L,D) KING STREET WHARF, LA
7:00 a.m. Others relax with breakfast at 9:00 a.m.             TRAVIATA (half group)
Morning cruise up the Lane Cove River. Afternoon               Early exercise if you wish, breakfast at 9:00 a.m. We
visit to historic suburb of Hunters Hill. Later meet           spend the morning at King Street Wharf , adjacent to
Captain Hunter for an afternoon Captain’s talk.                Darling Harbour. Explore this hub of the city, ride
Dinner on board. Tonight half of our group attend              the monorail if you wish (own expense) or relax on
the performance of La Traviata, disembarking at                board. Lunch on board as we cruise. Tonight the
nearby Man O’ War Steps, close to the venue. Other             “other half” of our group attend the performance of La
passengers may choose to remain on board or visit              Traviata, disembarking at nearby Man O’ War Steps,
Sydney Tower, view the city and harbour from this              close to the venue. Other passengers may choose to
revolving lookout in the heart of the city. Tonight we         remain on board or visit Sydney Tower, view the city
moor in Farm Cove, close to the Opera House.                   and harbour from this revolving lookout in the heart
                                                               of the city. Tonight we moor off Taronga Zoo.
Day 3 (B,L,D) BOTANIC GARDENS/SYDNEY
OPERA HOUSE, WATSONS BAY                                       Day 5 (B,L) SYDNEY, HOME
Early exercise if you wish, breakfast at 9:00 a.m.             Sadly we prepare to depart and, following breakfast
This morning choose either a walk in the Botanic               at 9:00 a.m., disembark at 10:30 from our starting
Gardens or a tour of the Sydney Opera House.                   point, King Street wharf. An enjoyable “on land”
Enjoy lunch while we cruise to Watsons Bay. A local            lunch together prior to our afternoon flight home.
tour guide joins us on this visit. See the famous              Melbourne passengers are due to arrive at 4:30 p.m.
Doyles restaurant, taste its famous “fish and chips”. A        and home/hotel transfers follow. So concludes a
highlight tonight is the Captain’s Dinner. Tonight we          unique and most enjoyable floating “Sydney Opera”
anchor at Berry’s Bay.                                         holiday.

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2012 OPERA
                                      Sydney Opera House – La Traviata




Featuring:
             Soprano Emma Matthews
             is a Principal Artist
             with Opera Australia,
             for which she made
             her debut as Damigella
             in Monteverdi’s
             L’incoronazione di
             Poppea in 1993. She is
             now regarded as one
             of Australia’s most               MV Captain Cook Explorer is Sydney’s only
             outstanding sopranos,             overnight cruise ship; 53 metres in length and 1160
             equally at home with              tonnes, with 61 double, twin and single ensuite
             opera and concert                 cabins over three decks. Enjoy the spacious lounges,
             repertoire.                       cocktail bar, open and covered observation deck as
                                               we cruise on Sydney Harbour, with over 250 kms
                                               of shoreline of beaches, waterfront attractions and
             Ji-Min Park trained               mooring points. A classic older style cruiser, perfect
             at the Seoul National             for this feature holiday.
             University, South Korea,
             as a student of Professor
             Philip Kang, and at the
             Vienna Conservatory,
             Austria, as a student of
             Professor Carolyn Hague.
             He joined the Jette Parker
             Young Artists Program
             at the Royal Opera
             House Covent Garden in
             September 2007.

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                                                                                               2012 OPERA
Opera in the Alps
4 days, departs Jan 19, 2012                                   Fares: (p.p.t.s)
                                                               ex Melbourne             $1,585 ex Sydney* $1,985
This is the 15th year (out of 16) Young at Heart               ex Brisbane*             $2,085 ex Adelaide* $2,005
has enjoyed Opera in the Alps. The highlight is                ex Hobart/Launceston*    $1,955 ex Perth*    $2,305
                                                               single supplement        $ 180
the outdoor evening performance of the Opera in
                                                               * Overnight Melbourne
the Alps 50 piece orchestra, combined with the 100
voice choir led by one of Australia’s most entertaining
conductors, Guy Noble. Plus outstanding solo
performers including James Morrison, one of the
most exciting brass virtuosos in Australia and the
“rising star” young Australian dramatic soprano
Helena Dix. Enjoy the performance from A Reserve
seats – a magical night you will long remember.
Enjoy a relaxing evening of classical favourites under
the stars, in the picturesque grounds of La Trobe at
Beechworth.




                                                               Some time later on to browse, or visit one of the
                                                               central historic sights. Following lunch we visit
                                                               nearby Chiltern, with its National Trust operated
                                                               Dow’s Pharmacy, the Athenaeum Library Museum,
                                                               Star Theatre Grapevine and Lakeview Honestead.
                                                               An interesting afternoon from a former era!
                                                               Day 3 (B,L,D) This morning we visit Myrtleford on
                                                               route to Mt Buffalo, always great mountain views
                                                               and fresh mountain air. Drive to Mt Buffalo Chalet,
                                                               sadly still closed awaiting a new operator. Morning
                                                               cuppa before descending to Bright, our luncheon
                                                               destination. We return to Albury with some free
                                                               time this afternoon prior to an early dinner. We
                                                               travel to Beechworth where we take our “A” Reserve
                                                               seats for the highlight of our short break Opera in
                                                               the Alps 2012. This year’s event features virtuoso
Day 1 (L,D) Following home/hotel pick up we travel             trumpeter James Morrison and soprano Helena Dix
to Healesville and over the Black Spur to Narbethong           They will be joined by a 100-voice choir and 50-piece
and Marysville. The remaining rubble from the                  orchestra led by one of Australia’s most entertaining
disastrous bush fires of 2008 has gone, replaced by            conductors, Guy Noble. It’s a relaxing evening of
amazing regrowth, a new village centre and school,             classical favourites under the stars, in the picturesque
and some new houses. Morning cuppa in Marysville,              grounds of La Trobe at Beechworth. Supper after the
and a short coach tour of the town, before continuing          event concludes a memorable day.
to Alexandra and Mansfield. Following lunch we
                                                               Day 4 (B,L) A later start today and, following a
continue to Tolmie and Whitfield. Afternoon cuppa
                                                               hearty breakfast, we leave Albury and travel south
time. We continue through the picturesque King
                                                               to Benalla where we visit the Benalla Rose Gardens
Valley to Albury. Home for three nights is Rydges
                                                               and/or Regional Art Gallery, an excellent collection
Albury. Relax and settle in prior to a pre-dinner
                                                               of art. On to Trawool for a most enjoyable Sunday
drink and appetising welcome dinner.
                                                               lunch. Following lunch we return to Melbourne,
Day 2 (B,L,D) This morning we explore the historic             arriving at approximately 4:30 p.m. Metropolitan
gold era town of Beechworth, commencing with a                 home/hotel drop off concludes a most enjoyable
guided tour (in our coach) of the township area.               Opera in the Alps 2011 holiday.


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                                                                      Opera in the Caves
Fares: (p.p.t.s)                                                                         7 days, departs Feb 7
ex Melbourne            $2,745 ex Sydney* $3,145
ex Brisbane*            $3,245 ex Adelaide* $3,165
ex Hobart/Launceston*   $3,115 ex Perth*    $3,465           Featuring the Opera Scholars Australia at Naracoorte
single supplement       $ 415                                Caves
* Overnight Melbourne
                                                             Opera Scholars Australia assists in the development
                                                             of young singers by providing scholarships, training
                                                             and opportunities to perform in a variety of locations.
                                                             For the second time they will perform in the
                                                             outstanding acoustic conditions in Blanche Cave at
                                                             Naracoorte, where their voices need no amplification,
                                                             to an audience of around 200 persons.
                                                             This concert is organised by Young at Heart Holidays,
                                                             Australian Air Holidays and Seniors Coach Tours for
                                                             their passengers. The Opera Scholars program will
                                                             include items from well known musicals and operas.




Day 1 (L,D) HOME, ARARAT, HALLS GAP
Following Melbourne metropolitan home, hotel or
airport pick up (passengers from other states arrive         Day 5 (B,L,D) MARY MACKILLOP, PENOLA,
day prior) we travel along the Western Highway,              OPERA IN THE CAVES
with morning cuppa at Lake Wendouree. Lunch                  A relaxing day today as we explore Penola, visit
in Ararat, then a short journey to the magnificent           the Mary MacKillop Centre, the Schoolhouse and
Grampians. Enjoy stunning views from Baroka and              Petticoat Lane. Enjoy wine tasting and lunch at one
Reed Lookout, visit the Brambuk Cultural Centre.             of the local wineries. Time to relax at Chardonnay
Home tonight, Country Plaza, Halls Gap.                      Lodge prior to departing for the highlight of our
                                                             trip, “Opera in the Caves” featuring Opera Scholars
Day 2 (B,L,D) HALLS GAP, NARACOORTE
                                                             of Australia. A totally new, exciting event organised
We journey through Horsham and Edenhope to
                                                             by the Young at Heart group. A glass of champagne
Naracoorte, lunch today in the Naracoorte Caves
                                                             prior to enjoying this first class entertainment.
Cafe. Time to enjoy the stunning floodlit cave
                                                             Dinner follows the concert.
formations in an Alexandra or Fossil Cave inspection.
Later we transfer to our home for four nights, the           Day 6 (B,L,D) MT GAMBIER, NELSON,
Chardonnay Lodge, Coonawarra. Time to unpack,                PORTLAND, WARRNAMBOOL
settle in and relax prior to dinner.                         We travel to Mt Gambier, City of the Blue Lake, a
                                                             short tour of the city then to the coastal village of
Day 3 (B,L,D) BEACHPORT, ROBE, KINGSTON
                                                             Nelson. Following lunch we continue to Portland,
Today we explore South Australia’s beautiful
                                                             Port Fairy and Warrnambool. Home tonight, the
Limestone Coast, visiting the seaside town of
                                                             luxurious Sebel Deep Blue, Warrnambool.
Beachport and the fishing port of Robe. A highlight
today is a crayfish lunch (non seafood eaters catered        Day 7 (B,L) WARRNAMBOOL, GEELONG,
for) in the home of crayfish fishing. Enjoy the view         HOME
from Beacon Hill Lookout before returning to                 We travel along the Princes Highway. Lunch in
Naracoorte via Kingston.                                     Geelong, arriving in Melbourne at approximately
                                                             4:00 p.m. Home, hotel or airport transfers complete
Day 4 (B,L,D) MILLICENT, MAYURA STATION
                                                             a most enjoyable holiday to the “Opera in the Caves.”
This morning we visit the award-winning Millicent
Museum. A highlight of our holiday, we visit Mayura          Please note: The cave in which the Opera Scholars
Station, experience Wagyu beef during lunch today.           perform is accessible only by an open staircase (20 -30
During the afternoon visit Yallum Park, one of the           steps). Unfortunately it is not suitable for passengers
best preserved Victorian houses in Australia.                using walkers or for those who cannot climb stairs.

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                                                                    CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR
Christmas in the North East
6 days, departing Dec 23                                       Fares: (p.p.t.s)
                                                               ex Melbourne                    $2,295
                                                               single supplement               $ 225
Five nights stayput at the Gateway in Wangaratta.
                                                               * Interstate fares on application
Explore the magnificent north east, travel to Dinner
Plain and Mt Buffalo for superb scenic views, enjoy the
gardens and historic house at Byramine Homestead,
a Lake Mulwala cruise, with time to browse and
discover the gold era township of Beechworth.




Christmas Gold in Warrnambool
6 days, departing Dec 23                                       Fares: (p.p.t.s)
                                                               ex Melbourne                    $2,267
                                                               single supplement               $ 300
Five nights stayput at the luxurious Sebel Deep Blue
                                                               * Interstate fares on application
in Warrnambool. Enjoy the stunning views along the
Great Ocean Road, visit Victoria’s first settlement at
Portland, visit historic Flagstaff Hill and the “Ship-
wrecked” show, cruise on the Hopkins River, with
time to enjoy the botanic gardens, nearby Port Fairy
and the regional art gallery.




Christmas at RACV Resort Inverloch
                                                               Fares: (p.p.t.s)
4 days, departing Dec 24                                       ex Melbourne                    $1,725
                                                               single supplement               $ 285
A shorter Christmas stayput celebration at the popu-           * Interstate fares on application
lar RACV Resort at Inverloch, a favourite YAH desti-
nation. Comfort plus surroundings, excellent service
and delightful food. Enjoy the coastal scenery, walk
along the beach, and visit Port Albert and the beauti-
ful Tarra Valley.




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CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR
                                         Christmas Gold in Tasmania
Fares: (p.p.t.s)                                                       6 days, departing Dec 23
ex Melbourne                    $3,375
single supplement               $ 500            If you feel like spoiling yourself at Christmas,
* Interstate fares on application                this holiday is for you. Five nights stayput at the
                                                 Grand Chancellor Hobart in harbour view rooms
                                                 overlooking Constitution Dock.        Uninterrupted
                                                 harbour views with Mt Wellington in the background
                                                 from every room. Stroll along the harbour front,
                                                 just across the road. Great location, great service,
                                                 and great food. Look down from the peak of Mt
                                                 Wellington, visit Mt Field National Park and Russell
                                                 Falls, the Huon Valley and Tahune Air walk and, if
                                                 you wish, Port Arthur.




                                         New Year Gold in Tasmania
Fares: (p.p.t.s)                                                          5 days, departs Dec 29
ex Melbourne                    $2,745           Tasmania’s west coast wilderness country, inland
single supplement               $ 330
                                                 from Macquarie Harbour and the township of
* Interstate fares on application
                                                 Strahan, is world heritage country. Welcome the
                                                 New Year overlooking Macquarie Harbour and enjoy
                                                 best seats for two world class wilderness attractions
                                                 – the ABT West Coast Wilderness Railway in the
                                                 comfort-plus Premium Carriage with refreshments,
                                                 delightful local produce, lunch and premium
                                                 Tasmanian wines as well as stunning scenery as our
                                                 train takes us through an absolute wilderness of deep
                                                 gullies and high mountains; and Premium Class on
                                                 the Captain’s Deck of the Lady Jane Frankin II as we
                                                 cruise to Hells Gates, the narrow harbour entrance
                                                 and the Gordon River.




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                                                                CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR
New Year Gold in Warrnambool
4 days, departing Dec 29                                   Fares: (p.p.t.s)
                                                           ex Melbourne                    $1,695
                                                           single supplement               $ 195
Three nights stayput short break at the luxurious
                                                           * Interstate fares on application
Sebel Deep Blue, Warrnambool. If you would like
a short break to welcome in the New Year, this is
perfect for you. Special New Years Eve celebrations
at the Country Comfort. Enjoy magnificent stunning
views as we travel the Great Ocean Road, and visit
nearby Portland.




AUSTRALIAN AIR HOLIDAYS
AAH Lake Eyre
2 days,                                                    Fares: (p.p.t.s) 2 DAYS
Melbourne: Aug 13, 26, Oct 2, Nov 12                       ex Melbourne                    $2,195 ex Brisbane $2,195
Brisbane: Sep 18, Oct 16, 28, 30, Nov 13, 27               ex Adelaide                     $2,095
Adelaide: Oct 8                                            single supplement               $ 90

3 days,                                                    Fares: (p.p.t.s) 3 DAYS
Perth: Sep 16, Oct 21                                      ex Sydney                       $2,875 ex Canberra $2,875
Sydney: Sep 9, Oct 14, Nov 4                               single supplement               $ 150
                                                           ex Perth                        $ 2,875 single supp. $ 180




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AUSTRALIAN AIR HOLIDAYS
                                                     AAH Kangaroo Island
Fares: (p.p.t.s)
ex Melbourne        $2,295 ex Sydney   $2,395                    3 days, departs Melbourne Nov 18
ex Brisbane         $2,495                                                  departs Sydney Nov 18
single supplement   $ 180                                                   departs Brisbane Dec 2
                                                          Sydney passengers fly to Melbourne day prior (Nov 17).
                                                     Airfare, 1 night accommodation, dinner & breakfast included
                                                                                                      in the fare.
                                                     Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island (after
                                                     Tasmania and Melville Island). Over a quarter of the
                                                     island is conserved in National Parks, Conservation
                                                     Parks or Wilderness Protection Areas and its isolation
                                                     from the mainland over the last 9,000 years has
                                                     made it a sanctuary for native flora and fauna which
                                                     is now extinct on the mainland. Kangaroo Island is
                                                     one of South Australia’s best kept secrets.
                                                     Meeting at the departure lounge, we board our
                                                     comfort plus Fokker 50 for the flight to Kangaroo
                                                     Island. Light refreshments as we fly. On arrival we
                                                     fly “low and slow” to take in the coastal views of
                                                     the island, viewing Cape Borda and the lighthouse,
                                                     Admiral’s Arch and Remarkable Rocks prior to
                                                     landing at Kingscote Airport. Our modern coaches
                                                     await and we take the short journey to American
                                                     River for lunch. Visit Pennington Bay and Island Pure
                                                     Sheep Dairy and join the daily pelican feeding show.
                                                     Home for two nights is the All Seasons Kangaroo
                                                     Island Lodge at American River or Ozone Seafront
                                                     Hotel, Kingscote.
                                                     Explore parts of the scenic Kangaroo Island coast.
                                                     Enjoy the Hanson Bay koala walk and educational
                                                     talk prior to entering Flinders Chase National Park
                                                     to visit Remarkable Rocks, a huge rocky outcrop
                                                     of weather sculptured granite boulders, Cape du
                                                     Couedic with its 1909 lighthouse, and Admirals
                                                     Arch, complete with a large colony of New Zealand
                                                     fur seals, plus many dolphins. Departing the National
                                                     Park we enjoy a visit to the island’s only distillery,
                                                     Kangaroo Island Spirits. Following dinner tonight
                                                     you may wish to join the local penguin watching.
                                                     We visit Seal Bay, home of around 500 sea lions,
                                                     and join a guided walk from the Information Centre
                                                     down to a viewing platform above the sand. On
                                                     to another highlight, the Raptor Domain “Birds of
                                                     Prey” free flight presentation featuring wedge tailed
                                                     eagles, barn owls, kookaburras and much more. Our
                                                     third highlight is the Gum Creek Andermel Marron
                                                     Farm. Marron are freshwater crayfish and are farmed
                                                     here at Gum Creek in an amazing and huge series of
                                                     outdoor ponds. A vineyard on the property produces
                                                     excellent wines under the “Two Wheeler” label and
                                                     we enjoy a wine tasting prior to a most enjoyable
                                                     three course luncheon, including wines and freshly
                                                     cooked marron, prior to returning to Kingscote
                                                     Airport for the return flights to our home port, with
                                                     refreshments from the bar as we fly. So concludes
                                                     a most enjoyable short break holiday on South
                                                     Australia’s best kept secret - Kangaroo Island.

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                                                          AUSTRALIAN AIR HOLIDAYS
AAH Bass Strait Islands
3 days, departs Melbourne & Adelaide Dec 2                    Fares: (p.p.t.s)
                                                              ex Melbourne            $2,395 ex Sydney $2,595
        departs Sydney Dec 9                                  ex Adelaide             $2,495 ex Brisbane $2,695
        departs Brisbane Nov 18                               single supplement       $ 200

Meeting at the departure lounge, we board our                 Accommodation on Flinders Island is comfortable
comfort plus Fokker 50 for the flight to Flinders             “country” accommodation. Included are ensuited
Island (2 nights). Local guides await and we                  rooms at the 1911 Whitemark Interstate Hotel, modern
commence a delightful journey of scenic exploration           ensuited cabin style rooms at Lady Barron Furneaux
of the island. Visit the town of Whitemark and the            Tavern plus several nearby tourist cottages. “A weekend
beautiful coastal beaches at Trousers Point, Emita/           in the country!” Enjoy!
Port Davies and Wybalenna, site of the settlement of
the Tasmanian Aboriginal settlement between 1833
and 1847. Enjoy Allports Beach and the Furneaux
Museum, a fascinating country museum. Take a walk
on the beach at Killiekrankie, home of Killiekrankie
“diamonds”, a form of white topaz. Visit Palana,
where evidence of WWII surveillance is still visible.
Explore North East River and the beautiful Sawyers
Beach. Walk along the beach and enjoy an afternoon
cuppa.
After two delightful days exploring Flinders Island
we return to the airport where our Fokker 50 awaits.
We depart Flinders Island for King Island flying over
Cape Barren Island, the wreck of the Farsund and
Franklin Pass on route to Currie.
At Currie a local coach awaits and, following a
short introductory tour of the township of Currie,
we enjoy a crayfish lunch. During the afternoon we
learn a little of the kelp industry, spend some time
browsing in the town, visit the award-winning King
Island Dairy – taste the large variety of tempting
cheeses purchase if you wish – before rejoining our
aircraft for the flight home, making a short detour to
fly along the Victorian coast to the Twelve Apostles
and the Cape Otway Lighthouse, concluding a most
enjoyable weekend Bass Strait Island holiday.




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AUSTRALIAN AIR HOLIDAYS
                                                         AAH Flinders Ranges
                    SAVE $400
                                                                    4 days, departs Melbourne Sep 16
Fares: (p.p.t.s)
ex Melbourne           $2,685 ex Sydney   $2,785                               departs Sydney Sep 16
ex Brisbane            $2,885                                                 departs Brisbane Sep 16
single supplement      $ 265                               Sydney & Brisbane passengers fly to Melbourne day prior
                                                               (Sep 15). Airfare, 1 night accommodation, dinner &
            LAST MINUTE FARE                                                          breakfast included in the fare.

                    SAVE $400                           The Flinders Ranges has been officially recognised as
                                                        one of Australia’s first “National Landscapes”. The
     Limited Seats – BOOK NOW                           ancient, weathered rock of the ranges hides a wealth
                                                        of secret places full of breathtaking calm and beauty.
                                                        Pioneers struggled with small success to tame this
                                                        awe-inspiring landscape. The survivors were true
                                                        “characters” – tough men and women who learned
                                                        to understand and love the Ranges. Their spirit and
                                                        love of the Ranges lives on in their descendants.
                                                        Meeting at the departure terminal, we board
                                                        the comfort plus Fokker 50 for our flight to the
                                                        majestic Flinders Ranges, located approximately 500
                                                        kilometres north of Adelaide. Refreshments as we fly.
                                                        A superb “bird’s eye view” as (weather permitting)
                                                        we “fly low” to view Wilpena Pound before landing
                                                        at Port Augusta. We transfer to a modern air
                                                        conditioned coach and head north via Quorn, the
                                                        ruins of Kanyaka Station, Hawker, Parachilna and
                                                        Beltana to Leigh Creek (1 night).
                                                        We head into the heart of the Northern Flinders
                                                        Ranges as we travel to Balcanoona through Gammon
                                                        Ranges National Park on route to Arkaroola (1
                                                        night). Following lunch at the resort we embark on a
                                                        world-famous and award-winning “Ridge Top Tour”,
                                                        using special 4 wheel drive vehicles to travel over
                                                        geological mining exploration roads through some of
                                                        Australia’s most magnificent scenery, culminating in
                                                        the view from Sillers Lookout.
                                                        From Arkaroola we travel south through picturesque
                                                        country using forded river crossings over meandering
                                                        creeks lined with ancient river gums, to Wirrealpa
                                                        Station.    Enjoy “saltbush lamb” and quandong
                                                        dessert, before continuing via Blinman, the Great
                                                        Wall of China and Stokes Lookout to Wilpena Resort
                                                        (1 night). Visit the old Wilpena Homestead and the
                                                        Cazneaux Tree before departing for Hawker and Port
                                                        Augusta where our plane awaits us for the return
                                                        flight to home ports.




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Just for Fun
Drive to Succeed                                                                                 Not Close
A uni student sees a pair of shoes she loves and wants                                           I was out in the garden with my step-ladder today.
to buy, but she’s $50 short. So she goes home and                                                Not my real ladder. No, I don’t get along with my
starts knocking on her neighbours’ doors, hoping                                                 real ladder.
someone will pay her to do odd jobs. Finally a sauve-
looking man says, “You can paint my porch. How                                                   Good Advice
much do you want?”                                                                               “You wouldn’t believe my bad luck,” a thief tells his
“Fifty dollars,” she replies.                                                                    friend. “I broke into a lawyer’s house last night and
So he gives her the paint and goes inside to tell his                                            he caught me. He let me go but told me never to
wife. “Fifty dollars?” she says. “Does she realise how                                           steal again.”
big our porch is?”                                                                               “He let you go? Why’s that bad luck?” asks the friend.
“I don’t know, but she made the offer and I’m fine                                               “He charged me $500 for the advice.”
with that!” the man says smugly.
A little while later, the uni student knocks on the                                              What’s in a Name?
door.                                                                                            A burglar broke into a house and confronted a
“Finished!” she announces.                                                                       frightened couple.
“Wow! That was fast!” he replies.                                                                “What are your names?” he demanded. “I like to
                                                                                                 know my victims’ names before I rob them.”
“Yeah, I even had enough to do two coats,” she said.
“And, by the way, it’s not a Porsche, it’s a Ferrari.”                                           “My name is Elizabeth,” said the woman.
                                                                                                 “I won’t steal from you - my mother’s name is
Dieting                                                                                          Elizabeth,” he answered, then turned to the terrified
A successful diet is the triumph of mind over platter.                                           man and said, “What’s your name?”
                                                                                                 “I’m Peter,” he said quaking in fear, “But my friends
                                                                                                 call me ‘Elizabeth’.”


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