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Program #3110RJ
27 Days | 26 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Feb 16 — Mar 14, 2013

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Day One: Saturday, February 16 - Departure
Depart From: Depart USA on International flight.

Day Two: Sunday, February 17 - In Flight
In Transit: Cross International Dateline.

Type: Hotel

Description: Overlooking Darling Harbour, this hotel is within minutes walk to the heart of the city.

Contact info:
17 Little Pier Street
Sydney NSW, 2000 Australia
phone: +61 -2-8217-4000
web: www.accorhotels.com.au

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, hairdryer, refrigerator and internet access.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a safety deposit box, gymnasium, indoor heated lap pool and foreign exchange facilities. Valet laundry service is available or a commercial laundry is located nearby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA in Preparatory Material
The Provider can arrange additional accommodation for participants arriving earlier or departing later than the group. A Request form will be included with the Preparatory Material, or participants can contact the Program Provider direct by email.


Day Three: Monday, February 18 - Group Arrival / City & Suburbs Orientation / Prog...
Group Arrival / City & Suburbs Orientation / Program Overview / Walking Exploration / Welcome and Introductions

Arrive To: Excursion: Orientation to City and Eastern Suburbs. Lecture: Program Overview.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Walking Exploration of City. Remainder of afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: EnrichActivity: Introductions and Getting To Know You.

Lodging: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Overlooking Darling Harbour, this hotel is within minutes walk to the heart of the city.

Contact info:
17 Little Pier Street
Sydney NSW, 2000 Australia
phone: +61 -2-8217-4000
web: www.accorhotels.com.au

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, hairdryer, refrigerator and internet access.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a safety deposit box, gymnasium, indoor heated lap pool and foreign exchange facilities. Valet laundry service is available or a commercial laundry is located nearby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA in Preparatory Material
The Provider can arrange additional accommodation for participants arriving earlier or departing later than the group. A Request form will be included with the Preparatory Material, or participants can contact the Program Provider direct by email.


Day Four: Tuesday, February 19 - Introduction to Australia / Harbour Cruise / Colo...
Introduction to Australia / Harbour Cruise / Colonial History / Enjoy a guided exploration of the world-famous Sydney Opera House / In the evening, delight in an Opera, Music or Theatre Performance at the Sydney Opera House

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: Introduction to Australia - Its Discovery and Settlement. Field Trip: Sydney Harbour Cruise - How the Harbour Evolved.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Sydney's Colonial Past - including Macquarie Street and The Rocks area. Field Trip: Behind the scenes at the Sydney Opera House.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: EnrichActivity: This evening we enjoy a performance at the Sydney Opera House - one of the world's great pieces of architectural design. Definitely something to tell the folks back home about!

Lodging: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Overlooking Darling Harbour, this hotel is within minutes walk to the heart of the city.

Contact info:
17 Little Pier Street
Sydney NSW, 2000 Australia
phone: +61 -2-8217-4000
web: www.accorhotels.com.au

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, hairdryer, refrigerator and internet access.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a safety deposit box, gymnasium, indoor heated lap pool and foreign exchange facilities. Valet laundry service is available or a commercial laundry is located nearby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA in Preparatory Material
The Provider can arrange additional accommodation for participants arriving earlier or departing later than the group. A Request form will be included with the Preparatory Material, or participants can contact the Program Provider direct by email.


Day Five: Wednesday, February 20 - Sydney's renowned Taronga Zoological Gardens over...
Sydney's renowned Taronga Zoological Gardens overlooking Sydney Harbour where we are introduced to Australian fauna in the morning / Afternoon & evening free to explore Sydney at leisure

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip/Class: Taronga Zoological Gardens - Fauna of Australia.

Lunch: At Taronga Zoological Gardens

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Own arrangements.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is ideally located opposite parklands and just five minutes stroll from the city centre.

Contact info:
334 Murray Street
Perth WA, 6000 Australia
phone: +61 -8-9322-2844
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1773-ibis-perth/index.shtml

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, television, refrigerator, hair dryer, iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, guest laundry, gaming lounge, concierge, safety deposit box facility and a courtesy shuttle bus into the city.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, February 21 - The Australian Rail System / Flight to Perth / Or...
The Australian Rail System / Flight to Perth / Orientation to Perth from picturesque Kings Park & Botanical Gardens / History & Growth of Western Australia

Breakfast: At accommodation.

Morning: Lecture: An Introduction to the Australian Rail System. Coach to Sydney Airport. Flight to Perth

Lunch: On board Sydney to Perth flight..

Afternoon: Course Overview en route to Kings Park. Excursion: Orientation to City and Walk in Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens. Lecture: History and Growth of Western Australia - Minerals and Agriculture.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Ibis Perth

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is ideally located opposite parklands and just five minutes stroll from the city centre.

Contact info:
334 Murray Street
Perth WA, 6000 Australia
phone: +61 -8-9322-2844
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1773-ibis-perth/index.shtml

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, television, refrigerator, hair dryer, iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, guest laundry, gaming lounge, concierge, safety deposit box facility and a courtesy shuttle bus into the city.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, February 22 - Ferry to Rottnest Island to explore its history, ...
Ferry to Rottnest Island to explore its history, beauty & unique marsupial fauna / Return to Fremantle / Beach visit

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip/Class: Ferry to Rottnest Island - guided exploration to learn the natural history of the island.

Lunch: Lunch in cafe on Rottnest Island.

Afternoon: Field Trip/Class: Rottnest Island continued - meet the island's unique marsupial, the Quokka. Ferry return to Fremantle. Excursion: Dip your toes in the Indian Ocean at a local beach.

Dinner: At local pub restaurant in Perth.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Ibis Perth

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is ideally located opposite parklands and just five minutes stroll from the city centre.

Contact info:
334 Murray Street
Perth WA, 6000 Australia
phone: +61 -8-9322-2844
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1773-ibis-perth/index.shtml

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, television, refrigerator, hair dryer, iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, guest laundry, gaming lounge, concierge, safety deposit box facility and a courtesy shuttle bus into the city.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, February 23 - Western Australian Maritime Museum / Fremantle gu...
Western Australian Maritime Museum / Fremantle guided walk / An afternoon at leisure to explore Perth and/or Fremantle

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip/Class: Western Australian Maritime Museum - exhibitions tell the stories of human endeavour that bring to life our maritime past. Excursion: Walking exploration of Fremantle.

Lunch: Seafood buffet lunch at a Fremantle restaurant.

Afternoon: Free afternoon. Participants will be given a train pass to make their own way back to Perth. Participants can choose whether to explore Fremantle, Perth or places in between.

Dinner: At own arrangements.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Ibis Perth

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Train

Contact info:
(c/- Odyssey Travel Head Office
Northfields Ave, University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Aust)
Adelaide/Alice Springs/Darwin, Australia
phone: +61 -2-4224-7030
web: www.trainways.com.au

Room amenities: All cabins are airconditioned. Towels and a complimentary toiletry pack are provided for on-board use. Please note that rooms are not lockable and awareness is needed for security of valuables.

Facility amenities: There is a lounge car and a dining carriage available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Each twinette contains a shower, toilet and washbasin. Each roomette contains a washbasin only, with shower and toilet facilities being located at the end of each carriage.


Day Nine: Sunday, February 24 - The historic Swan Bells / Board the famous "India...
The historic Swan Bells / Board the famous "Indian Pacific" train bound for Adelaide

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip/Class: The Bell Tower - Learn about the history of this historic Ring of Bells and the techniques required to make them ring. Coach to Perth Railway Station to board the Indian Pacific.

Lunch: On board train.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Life aboard the train.

Dinner: On board Train.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Indian Pacific Train

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Train

Contact info:
(c/- Odyssey Travel Head Office
Northfields Ave, University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Aust)
Adelaide/Alice Springs/Darwin, Australia
phone: +61 -2-4224-7030
web: www.trainways.com.au

Room amenities: All cabins are airconditioned. Towels and a complimentary toiletry pack are provided for on-board use. Please note that rooms are not lockable and awareness is needed for security of valuables.

Facility amenities: There is a lounge car and a dining carriage available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Each twinette contains a shower, toilet and washbasin. Each roomette contains a washbasin only, with shower and toilet facilities being located at the end of each carriage.


Day Ten: Monday, February 25 - "Indian Pacific" train across the Nullarbor
Breakfast: On board Train.

Morning: Field Trip/Class: Observe the Landscape across the Nullarbor Plain.

Lunch: On board Train

Afternoon: Continue Field Trip/Class: Observe the Landscape across the Nullarbor Plain.

Dinner: On board Train.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Indian Pacific Train

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Ideally located just a short walk from the centre of Adelaide and the southern parklands.

Contact info:
208 South Terrace
Adelaide, Australia
phone: +61 8 8223 2800
web: www.grandchifleyhotels.com.au/adelaide/grand-chifley-hotel-adelaide/

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee-making facilities, telephone, television, refrigerator, hair dryer and iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Laundry, currency exchange, 24-hour reception.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Tuesday, February 26 - Central Markets / Adelaide - the City of Churches...
Central Markets / Adelaide - the City of Churches / Botanic Gardens / Animal Wildlife Sanctuary

Breakfast: On board train.

Morning: Field Trip: Adelaide Central Markets - a melting pot of multi-national food and cultures. Excursion: Orientation to Adelaide, its layout & distinctive architecture.

Lunch: At the Botanic Gardens restaurant.

Afternoon: Excursion: Guided walk through the Botanic Gardens.

Dinner: At Animal Wildlife Sanctuary

Evening: Field Trip: Cleland Animal Wildlife Sanctuary - guided tour and time to wander amongst the kangaroos, wallabies and emus.

Lodging: Grand Chifley Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in an unsurpassed seafront setting on the foreshore of Kingscote Harbour.

Contact info:
The Foreshore
Kingscote SA, 5223 Australia
phone: +61 -8-8553-2011
web: www.auroraresorts.com.au

Room amenities: Room facilities include air conditioning, tea/coffee making, television, in-house movies, telephone, refrigerator, iron/ironing board and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include guest laundry, outdoor heated swimming pool, indoor sauna, gymnasium/exercise room.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Wednesday, February 27 - Coach & Ferry to Kangaroo Island / Australian Sea...
Coach & Ferry to Kangaroo Island / Australian Sea Lion Colony / Kangaroo Island natural cottage industries / An evening walk to find the local penguin population

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Coach & ferry to Kangaroo Island. Lecture: Australian Sea Lions. Field Trip/Class: Up close and very personal with the local population of the Australian Sea Lion Colony at Seal Bay. Little Sahara Geological Monument.

Lunch: At Vivonne Bay Outdoor Education Centre.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Explore some of Kangaroo Island's natural cottage Industries such as Sheep Milking, Eucalyptus Distillery, Ligurian Honey Bee Farm.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Field Trip: A guided walk to find some of the local population of fairy penguins.

Lodging: Aurora Ozone Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Ideally located just a short walk from the centre of Adelaide and the southern parklands.

Contact info:
208 South Terrace
Adelaide, Australia
phone: +61 8 8223 2800
web: www.grandchifleyhotels.com.au/adelaide/grand-chifley-hotel-adelaide/

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee-making facilities, telephone, television, refrigerator, hair dryer and iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Laundry, currency exchange, 24-hour reception.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Thursday, February 28 - Kangaroo Island's natural beauty - the Flinders C...
Kangaroo Island's natural beauty - the Flinders Chase National Park / Fly to Adelaide

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Morning: Field Trip/Class: Flinders Chase National Park.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch at Flinders Chase National Park.

Afternoon: Continue Field Trip/Class: Flinders Chase National Park - The Remarkable Rocks. Fly to Adelaide.

Dinner: At accommodation.

Evening: At leisure

Lodging: Grand Chifley Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Ideally located just a short walk from the centre of Adelaide and the southern parklands.

Contact info:
208 South Terrace
Adelaide, Australia
phone: +61 8 8223 2800
web: www.grandchifleyhotels.com.au/adelaide/grand-chifley-hotel-adelaide/

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee-making facilities, telephone, television, refrigerator, hair dryer and iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Laundry, currency exchange, 24-hour reception.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Friday, March 01 - Australian Constitution / Eden and Barossa Valley...
Australian Constitution / Eden and Barossa Valleys / Cooperage and Wine History Museum / Menglers Hill Lookout

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip: Eden and Barossa Valleys - Exploring the History of German Settlement and Traditions. Field Trip/Class: Walk through a local vineyard and talk with the Winemaker.

Lunch: At local Winery.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Tour through Seppeltsfield, Tanunda and Bethany. Field Trip/Class: Yalumba Winery - Guided tour of Cooperage and Wine History Museum. Field Trip: Menglers Hill Lookout - to view Barossa Valley.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Grand Chifley Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is a Northern Territory icon - constructed in the shape of a crocodile!

Contact info:
Flinders Street
Jabiru NT, 0886 Australia
phone: +61 -8-8979-2800
web: www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/jabgg/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Room facilities include a television, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, refrigerator, iron/ironing boards and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, guest laundry, safety deposit box and foreign exchange facilities.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fifteen: Saturday, March 02 - Fly to Darwin / Coach to Kakadu National Park / C...
Breakfast: At accommodation.

Morning: Coach to Adelaide Domestic Airport for flight to Darwin.

Lunch: At local restaurant.

Afternoon: Coach to Kakadu National Park - Course Overview and "Window on the Wetlands" en route to accommodation.

Dinner: At accommodation.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Gagudju Crocodile Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is a Northern Territory icon - constructed in the shape of a crocodile!

Contact info:
Flinders Street
Jabiru NT, 0886 Australia
phone: +61 -8-8979-2800
web: www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/jabgg/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Room facilities include a television, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, refrigerator, iron/ironing boards and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, guest laundry, safety deposit box and foreign exchange facilities.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Sixteen: Sunday, March 03 - Introduction to Kakadu National Park and Aborigin...
Introduction to Kakadu National Park and Aboriginal Heritage / Kakadu National Park Visitors' Centre - World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park / Wildlife and Crocodile spotting on the Yellow Waters flood plains.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: Introduction to Kakadu National Park and Aboriginal Heritage of Arnhem Land. Field Trip/Class: Kakadu National Park Visitors' Centre - World Heritage Listed.

Lunch: At local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field Trip/Class: Wildlife and Crocodile spotting on the Yellow Waters flood plains.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Gagudju Crocodile Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Overlooks Darwin Harbour to the Arafura Sea and the City Skyline, and is within easy walk to the central business district.

Contact info:
88 The Esplanade
Darwin NT, 0800 Australia
phone: +61 -8-8943-4333
web: www.mantraresorts.com.au/resorts/

Room amenities: Room facilities include air-conditioning, full kitchen and laundry facilities, iron/ironing board, television, pay movies, ISD/STD telephone, radio/alarm clock, wireless internet access and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include swimming pool, spa/hot tub/jacuzzi, laundry/dry cleaning service and business centre.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seventeen: Monday, March 04 - Nourlangie Rock - Aboriginal sacred sites & rock ...
Nourlangie Rock - Aboriginal sacred sites & rock art / Coach to Darwin / Orientation to Darwin

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip/Class: Aboriginal Sacred Sites and Rock Art.

Lunch: At accommodation.

Afternoon: Coach transfer to Darwin; orientation to city.

Dinner: At local waterfront restaurant on Stokes Hill Wharf.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Mantra On The Esplanade Darwin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Overlooks Darwin Harbour to the Arafura Sea and the City Skyline, and is within easy walk to the central business district.

Contact info:
88 The Esplanade
Darwin NT, 0800 Australia
phone: +61 -8-8943-4333
web: www.mantraresorts.com.au/resorts/

Room amenities: Room facilities include air-conditioning, full kitchen and laundry facilities, iron/ironing board, television, pay movies, ISD/STD telephone, radio/alarm clock, wireless internet access and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include swimming pool, spa/hot tub/jacuzzi, laundry/dry cleaning service and business centre.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eighteen: Tuesday, March 05 - Coach to Darwin / Museum of Northern Territory
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: Darwin's relationship with Melanesia & South-East Asia. Field Trip/Class: Guided tour of the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field Trip/Class: Defence of Darwin Experience – Darwin’s role in WWII. Remainder of afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: At own arrangements.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Mantra On The Esplanade Darwin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Train

Contact info:
(c/- Odyssey Travel Head Office
Northfields Ave, University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Aust)
Sydney/Adelaide/Perth, Australia
phone: +61 -2-4224-7030
web: www.trainways.com.au

Room amenities: All cabins are airconditioned. Towels and a complimentary toiletry pack are provided for on-board use. Please note that rooms are not lockable and awareness is needed for security of valuables.

Facility amenities: There is a lounge car and a dining carriage available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Each twinette contains a shower, toilet and washbasin. Each roomette contains a washbasin only, with shower and toilet facilities being located at the end of each carriage.


Day Nineteen: Wednesday, March 06 - Board "The Ghan" Train / Katherine Gorge Cruise /...
Board "The Ghan" Train / Katherine Gorge Cruise / Continue "The Ghan" Train

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Coach to Darwin Railway Station to board "The Ghan" train for overnight journey to Alice Springs.

Lunch: On board Train.

Afternoon: Train stop in Katherine. Field Trip/Class: Nitmiluk National Park - Cruise in Katherine Gorge. Re-board "The Ghan" Train to continue journey to Alice Springs.

Dinner: On board Train.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: The Ghan

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated on the banks of the famous Todd River, with its magnificent river red gums, the hotel is only a five minute walk from the town centre.

Contact info:
34 Strott Terrace
Alice Springs NT, 0870 Australia
phone: +61 -8-8951-4545
web: www.chifleyhotels.com.au/component/hoteldetail/?tid=ASR

Room amenities: Room facilities include air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator, television, in-house movies, telephone, radio, internest access, iron/ironing board hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, guest laundry, dry cleaning service, internet kiosk, foreign currency exchange and safety deposit box facility.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twenty: Thursday, March 07 - Arrive Alice Springs / City Orientation / School ...
Arrive Alice Springs / City Orientation / School of the Air - Teaching children of the Outback / Aboriginal Culture, Art and Heritage / Outback Yarns & Ballads / The Stars of the Southern Sky

Breakfast: On board Train.

Morning: Disembark "The Ghan" Train. Excursion: City Orientation, via ANZAC Hill. Field Trip/Class: School of the Air - providing education to students in isolated communities.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Lecture: Aboriginal Culture, Art and Heritage. Remainder of afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: BBQ dinner at Olive Pink Botanical Gardens

Evening: Performance: Outback Ballads & Yarns - stories and songs of life in Australia's Red Centre. Lecture: Stars of the Southern Hemisphere - look for the Southern Cross and other southern constellations in the clear air of Australia's Red Centre, free of the lights of the big city.

Lodging: Alice Springs Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated on the banks of the famous Todd River, with its magnificent river red gums, the hotel is only a five minute walk from the town centre.

Contact info:
34 Strott Terrace
Alice Springs NT, 0870 Australia
phone: +61 -8-8951-4545
web: www.chifleyhotels.com.au/component/hoteldetail/?tid=ASR

Room amenities: Room facilities include air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator, television, in-house movies, telephone, radio, internest access, iron/ironing board hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, guest laundry, dry cleaning service, internet kiosk, foreign currency exchange and safety deposit box facility.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twenty One: Friday, March 08 - The stunning Outback landscape - Alice Springs De...
The stunning Outback landscape - Alice Springs Desert Park & the Western MacDonnell Ranges / The Royal Flying Doctor Service / Aboriginal Bush Foods - traditional foods & their contemporary usage.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip/Class: Alice Springs Desert Park - Desert Landscapes, Flora and Fauna.

Lunch: At Alice Springs Desert Park.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Western MacDonnell Ranges & Simpson's Gap - unique desert landforms. Field Trip/Class: The Royal Flying Doctor Service - learn how medical services are dispensed across Australia's vast Red Centre. Lecture at local restaurant/caterer: Aboriginal Bush Foods - Traditional & Contemporary

Dinner: At local restaurant - traditional aboriginal foods utilised in contemporary cuisine.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Alice Springs Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located as a part of the Ayers Rock Resort.

Contact info:
Yulara Drive
Yulara NT, 0872 Australia
phone: +61 -8-8957-7605
web: www.voyages.com.au

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee facilities, telephone, television, refrigerator, iron/ironing board and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a guest laundry, swimming pool and safety deposit box facility.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twenty Two: Saturday, March 09 - Coach to Uluru / Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park C...
Coach to Uluru / Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre / Uluru/Sunset

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Coach to Uluru (Ayers Rock) - visiting a Camel Farm en route.

Lunch: At Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Guided tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre. Field Trip: Guided tour around the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock). EnrichActivity: Sunset over Uluru.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located within walking distance from the waterfront esplanade and the city centre.

Contact info:
122 Lake Street
Cairns QLD, 4870 Australia
phone: +61 -7-4080-1888
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0534-novotel-cairns-oasis-resort/index.shtml

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, in-room safe and internet connection.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include lagoon-style pool with a sand-beach entrance, gymnasium, valet laundry/dry cleaning and guest laundry.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twenty Three: Sunday, March 10 - Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Fly to Cairns / City Ori...
Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Fly to Cairns / City Orientation / Course Overview

Breakfast: At Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre

Morning: Field Trip: Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) - Viewing platform and Olga Gorge walk.

Lunch: At Cafe at Ayers Rock Resort.

Afternoon: Coach to Ayers Rock Domestic Airport for flight to Cairns. Excursion: Orientation to City en route to accommodation.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Course Overview. Lecture: The Great Barrier Reef - the largest natural feature on Earth.

Lodging: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located within walking distance from the waterfront esplanade and the city centre.

Contact info:
122 Lake Street
Cairns QLD, 4870 Australia
phone: +61 -7-4080-1888
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0534-novotel-cairns-oasis-resort/index.shtml

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, in-room safe and internet connection.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include lagoon-style pool with a sand-beach entrance, gymnasium, valet laundry/dry cleaning and guest laundry.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twenty Four: Monday, March 11 - Cruise the Great Barrier Reef
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip/Class: Full day cruise on Great Barrier Reef - including snorkelling, glass-bottom boat & semi-submersible.

Lunch: On board Catamaran.

Afternoon: Continue Field Trip/Class: Great Barrier Reef Cruise.

Dinner: Own arrangements.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Located within walking distance from the waterfront esplanade and the city centre.

Contact info:
122 Lake Street
Cairns QLD, 4870 Australia
phone: +61 -7-4080-1888
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0534-novotel-cairns-oasis-resort/index.shtml

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, in-room safe and internet connection.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include lagoon-style pool with a sand-beach entrance, gymnasium, valet laundry/dry cleaning and guest laundry.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twenty Five: Tuesday, March 12 - Wet Tropical Rainforests / Kuranda Scenic Railway...
Wet Tropical Rainforests / Kuranda Scenic Railway Train / Butterfly Sanctuary / SkyRail Rainforest Cableway

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: Wet Tropical Rainforests of North Queensland. Field Trip: Kuranda Scenic Railway Train to Kuranda. Excursion: Butterfly Sanctuary - home to 1500 tropical butterflies.

Lunch: At local restaurant in Kuranda.

Afternoon: Part of afternoon at leisure. Field Trip: SkyRail Rainforest Cableway - over the treetops and the edge of the Atherton Tablelands escarpment.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at accommodation.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated next to riverfront parklands and overlooking an 18 hole golf course, the hotel is only 2kms from Sydney’s International and Domestic Airports but is away from the direct flight path.

Contact info:
20 Levey Street
Wolli Creek
Sydney NSW, 2205 Australia
phone: +61 -2-9518-2000
web: www.mercuresydneyairport.com.au

Room amenities: Room facilities include air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator, television, pay-to-view movies, telephone, iron/ironing board and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a laundry/valet service, computer centre, outdoor swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis courts and squash courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBA in Preparatory Material
The Program Provider can arrange additional accommodation for participants arriving earlier or departing later than the group. A Request form will be included with the Preparatory Material, or participants can contact the Provider direct by email.


Day Twenty Six: Wednesday, March 13 - Rainforest Habitat Centre / Flight to Sydney
Breakfast: Coach to Rainforest Habitat Centre for "Breakfast with the Birds".

Morning: Field Trip: Guided walk through Rainforest Habitat Centre to experience the Fauna of the Rainforest and the Wetland Aviaries.

Lunch: At local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time followed by transfer to airport for flight to Sydney.

Dinner: Aboard flight to Sydney.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Mercure Sydney Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twenty Seven: Thursday, March 14 - Group Departure
Depart From: Coach to Sydney International Airport for flight to Los Angeles.

Breakfast: At accommodation.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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24 nights of accommodations
68 meals: 24 breakfasts, 24 lunches, 20 dinners
14 Expert-led lectures
47 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances
5 Flights during the program

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